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10th Dec '17 3:11:04 PM lakingsif
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* The second episode of season two in ''Series/BlackMirror'' has the protagonist wake up from presumably an attempted suicide attempt and amnesia to an empty street, until she notices people filming her actions on their phones, and an AxCrazy mob of MalevolentMaskedMen.
** The series' Christmas special starts with two men in an isolated outpost and [[spoiler:one of them has no idea how he got there]]...

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* The [[Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteBear second episode of season two two]] in ''Series/BlackMirror'' has the protagonist wake up from presumably an attempted suicide attempt and amnesia to an empty street, until she notices people filming her actions on their phones, and an AxCrazy mob of MalevolentMaskedMen.
** The series' [[Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteChristmas Christmas special special]] starts with two men in an isolated outpost and [[spoiler:one of them has no idea how he got there]]...
11th Oct '17 3:00:03 PM bt8257
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See also the QuestForIdentity, where the main character doesn't even know who he is. A subtrope of the DrivingQuestion. The simpler versions are YouWakeUpInARoom. Often spawns an EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace.
Some are examples of BeautifulVoid. Some fans may want the various mysteries to be LeftHanging. See also SendInTheSearchTeam, when the characters ''do'' know how they got there, and now they need to find out what happened. May have an AmnesiacHero.

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See also the QuestForIdentity, where the main character doesn't even know who he is. A subtrope of the DrivingQuestion. The simpler versions are YouWakeUpInARoom. Often spawns an EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace.
EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace. Some are examples of BeautifulVoid. Some fans may want the various mysteries to be LeftHanging. See also SendInTheSearchTeam, when the characters ''do'' know how they got there, and now they need to find out what happened. May have an AmnesiacHero.
11th Oct '17 2:59:19 PM bt8257
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-->-- '''Music/TalkingHeads''', "Once In A Lifetime"

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-->-- '''Music/TalkingHeads''', [[Music/RemainInLight "Once In A Lifetime"
in a Lifetime"]]
7th Oct '17 4:44:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''BlankIt'' takes place entirely in this scenario, with the two main characters appearing unexplainably in a blank white void.

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* ''BlankIt'' ''Webcomic/BlankIt'' takes place entirely in this scenario, with the two main characters appearing unexplainably in a blank white void.
15th Sep '17 11:54:57 PM distantsun
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* Each main game in the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' series focuses on a group of elite high school students who wake up trapped in a ClosedCircle (in the first game, it's a school; in the second game, it's a cluster of deserted islands). Though much of the plot centers around solving murder mysteries as a result of the [[DeadlyGraduation killing game]] they've all been unwillingly recruited into, the students (especially the PlayerCharacter) are simultaneously striving to learn about their surroundings, unmask the mastermind and find alternate ways to escape.
17th Aug '17 9:11:53 PM Abodos
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** At the start of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Link wakes up in a strange cave called the Shrine of Resurrection with no knowledge of [[AmnesiacHero who he is]], how he got there, or why he's being guided to specific locations. While you eventually get a chunk of exposition explaining the basic gist of the backstory, there are still lots of recoverable memories, old diaries, and NPC interactions that give you a much more complete picture of what happened.

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** At the start of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Link wakes up in a strange cave called the Shrine of Resurrection with no knowledge of [[AmnesiacHero who he is]], how he got there, or why he's being guided to specific locations. While you eventually get a chunk of exposition at the end of the tutorial section explaining the basic gist of the backstory, backstory and Link's role, there are still lots of recoverable memories, old diaries, and NPC interactions that give you a much more complete picture of what happened.
27th Jul '17 3:36:18 PM Kalaong
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* Both ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' did this in one episode each: "Tabula Rasa" for Buffy and "Spin The Bottle" for Angel. In both cases, a spell intended to affect memories went wrong and resulted in the entire main cast [[LaserGuidedAmnesia losing their memories]]. In "Tabula Rasa," they got complete IdentityAmnesia. In "Spin The Bottle," they got IdentityAmnesia removing all memories since their teenage years, which still complicated things because they each spent their teenage years very differently. In both cases, there were many logical but amusingly wrong deductions made about what was going on before they managed to undo the spell.

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* Both ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' did this in one episode each: "Tabula Rasa" for Buffy and "Spin The Bottle" for Angel. In both cases, a spell intended to affect memories went wrong and resulted in the entire main cast [[LaserGuidedAmnesia losing their memories]]. In "Tabula Rasa," they got complete IdentityAmnesia. In "Spin The Bottle," they got IdentityAmnesia removing all memories since their teenage years, which still complicated things because they each spent their teenage years very differently. years. In both cases, there were many logical but amusingly wrong deductions made about what was going on before they managed to undo the spell.spell.
** "Spin the Bottle" was particularly hilarious given that the dour, contemplative Angel was once the hard-drinking thug Liam. Oh, and he doesn't remember he's a vampire.
1st May '17 1:56:59 PM Abodos
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