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15th Nov '16 9:48:34 PM anza_sb
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* The titular character from ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' offhandedly claims to have photographic memory, which allows him to learn magic so fast. It also allows him to achieve multiple degrees at once.
12th Nov '16 10:16:29 PM DeathsApprentice
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* Lexie Grey from ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. Which definitely helps in recalling obscure medical texts with even more obscure diseases and medical problems in order to diagnose patients. And she aced her residency exam. The other characters occasionally refer to her as a ''Lexopedia''!

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* Lexie Grey from ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. Which definitely helps in recalling obscure medical texts with even more obscure diseases and medical problems in order to diagnose patients. And she aced her residency exam. The other characters occasionally refer to her as a ''Lexopedia''!''Lexipedia''!
4th Nov '16 8:16:34 AM Morgenthaler
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** Actually, when he said that, it wasn't actually for the mission but for a space club of sorts. In fact, the only reason he's chosen is because one of the girls chosen for the mission has a crush on him.



** Lecter's abilities are semi-justified in the text by showing that he maintains a highly structured "cathedral of memories" to make it easy to access information.
* Robert Langdon, the lead character in ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' and ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', also claimed to near perfect eidetic memory in ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' movie.
** Actually, he explicitly ''denied'' having perfect eidetic memory, only stating "I can pretty much remember what I see," implying just a really good ''visual'' memory, not all-out photographic.
*** David Becker of Brown's ''Literature/DigitalFortress'', on the other hand, explicitly ''does'' have eidetic memory.

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** Lecter's abilities are semi-justified in the text by showing that he maintains a highly structured "cathedral of memories" to make it easy to access information.
* Robert Langdon, the lead character in ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' and ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', also claimed to near perfect eidetic memory in ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' movie.
** Actually, he explicitly ''denied'' having perfect eidetic memory, only stating "I can pretty much remember what I see," implying just a really good ''visual'' memory, not all-out photographic.
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David Becker of Brown's ''Literature/DigitalFortress'', on the other hand, explicitly ''does'' have eidetic memory.



*** The chess example is TruthInTelevision. Many chess Masters and Grand Masters can (or could) play "blindfold", that is, without seeing the board. Some could successfully play multiple games blindfold at the same time. The first known blindfold game of chess in Europe is documented to 1266. The current world record for greatest number of simultaneous blindfold games is 34, set in 1937 by George Koltanowski. He won 24 and lost 10.



** And Christopher's also a mathematical savant.



* In Creator/PiersAnthony's SF novel ''Ghost'', the captain of a spaceship has this ability.
** To the level that, in a demonstration for an admiral, he is able to answer the question, "What is the third word of the second sentence in the first paragraph of Volume 128a of the Space Regulatory Code?" Mentally, he opens the book, flips the pages, reads the word, and replies, "Celestial."

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* In Creator/PiersAnthony's SF novel ''Ghost'', the captain of a spaceship has this ability.
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ability. To the level that, in a demonstration for an admiral, he is able to answer the question, "What is the third word of the second sentence in the first paragraph of Volume 128a of the Space Regulatory Code?" Mentally, he opens the book, flips the pages, reads the word, and replies, "Celestial."



* Severian, the protagonist of Creator/GeneWolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' series. The narrative comprises Severian's journal, but although he claims to remember everything flawlessly, a careful examination of the text reveals that he does not always record those recollections consistently, suggesting that he either ''does'' have flaws in his memory or is lying. Pratchett's Brutha above may be a ShoutOut, as a minor character in ''Small Gods'' is named Severian and both have a CrystalDragonJesus version of the Catholic Church.
** A precise invokation of the trope, as described in the introduction above, occurs in this passage:

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* Creator/GeneWolfe:
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Severian, the protagonist of Creator/GeneWolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' series. The narrative comprises Severian's journal, but although he claims to remember everything flawlessly, a careful examination of the text reveals that he does not always record those recollections consistently, suggesting that he either ''does'' have flaws in his memory or is lying. Pratchett's Brutha above may be a ShoutOut, as a minor character in ''Small Gods'' is named Severian and both have a CrystalDragonJesus version of the Catholic Church.
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Church. A precise invokation of the trope, as described in the introduction above, occurs in this passage:



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is one of the Fallen's many helpful abilities.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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is one of the Fallen's many helpful abilities.



** It is also very much indeed Deconstructed, in that the narrator claims that Funes "can't think anymore" as the process of thinking would require generalizations and Funes is unable to make them, so he can have all the information in the world but would never come with something new. So, in a way, he was both a genius and a retard.
*** 'genius and a retard' - that observation is particularly interesting when one considers that in the ''BookOfTheNewSun'' (mentioned above) both the library and the librarian are a shout out to Borges, while the mnemonist Severian is a famously UnreliableNarrator.



* Lisbeth Salander of the "''[[TheMillenniumTrilogy Millennium]]''" trilogy.
* Ollivander, the Diagon Alley wand-maker in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', can remember the details of every wand he has ever made and who bought it.

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* %%* Lisbeth Salander of the "''[[TheMillenniumTrilogy Millennium]]''" trilogy.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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Ollivander, the Diagon Alley wand-maker in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', wand-maker, can remember the details of every wand he has ever made and who bought it.



* Merlin in Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series has this. Justified, as being a RidiculouslyHumanRobot he presumably has a hard drive in his head. At one point on being shown a journal he'd like to read but doesn't have time to he glances at each individual page explicitly so he can recall the saved image and read that later.

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* Merlin in Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series has this.series:
** Merlin.
Justified, as being a RidiculouslyHumanRobot he presumably has a hard drive in his head. At one point on being shown a journal he'd like to read but doesn't have time to he glances at each individual page explicitly so he can recall the saved image and read that later.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Eleventh Doctor has a photographic memory which he uses to find Prisoner Zero in his first episode and stop River from killing him in "Let's Kill Hitler". It is worth noting that the Doctor is in fact an alien, and that his race is perhaps the most technologically advanced in the entire universe. The contents of his mind are more than a human brain can handle.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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Eleventh Doctor has a photographic memory which he uses to find Prisoner Zero in his first episode and stop River from killing him in "Let's Kill Hitler". It is worth noting that the Doctor is in fact an alien, and that his race is perhaps the most technologically advanced in the entire universe. The contents of his mind are more than a human brain can handle.



* Mozzie, from WhiteCollar. He calls it "perfect recall."

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* Mozzie, from WhiteCollar.''Series/WhiteCollar'':
** Mozzie.
He calls it "perfect recall."



** Walter is implied to have one as well.



* Ziva David, a Mossad agent on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.

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* %%* Ziva David, a Mossad agent on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.



** Commander Susan Ivanova claimed to have eidetic memory. She recalled a once-heard Minbari phrase perfectly, despite not speaking the language at the time she heard it.
*** In another episode, she memorizes the long list of all [=EarthForce=] personnel perished in a battle in order to make sure they were burying people and not statistics.

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** Commander Susan Ivanova claimed to have eidetic memory. She recalled a once-heard Minbari phrase perfectly, despite not speaking the language at the time she heard it.
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it. In another episode, she memorizes the long list of all [=EarthForce=] personnel perished in a battle in order to make sure they were burying people and not statistics.



* Subverted on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', when Angel is asked if he remembers the code for a door, and replies "Hello? Photographic memory." He then gets the code wrong on the first try.
** He does demonstrate photographic recall on another occasion. He also says that he doesn't have it all the time, only when he actively tries.
* Kyle from ''Series/KyleXY'' combines this with his ability to draw photo-realistic pictures from said memories.
** Kyle has ''holographic'' memory meaning he can go back and see events as they happened in three dimensional space. This means that he can remember stuff he ''didn't actually see'' because it happened either behind his back or in a blind spot. Yes, this is as ridiculous as it sounds

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* Subverted on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', when Angel is asked if he remembers the code for a door, and replies "Hello? Photographic memory." He then gets the code wrong on the first try.
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try. He does demonstrate photographic recall on another occasion. He also says that he doesn't have it all the time, only when he actively tries.
* Kyle from ''Series/KyleXY'' combines this with his ability to draw photo-realistic pictures from said memories.
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memories. Kyle has ''holographic'' memory meaning he can go back and see events as they happened in three dimensional space. This means that he can remember stuff he ''didn't actually see'' because it happened either behind his back or in a blind spot. Yes, this is as ridiculous as it sounds



* TJ Henderson from ''Series/TheSmartGuy''.

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* %%* TJ Henderson from ''Series/TheSmartGuy''.



* Edgar Stiles, from ''Series/TwentyFour''.

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* %%* Edgar Stiles, from ''Series/TwentyFour''.



* Marshall Flinkman from ''Series/{{Alias}}''.

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* %%* Marshall Flinkman from ''Series/{{Alias}}''.



* Lexie Grey from ''Series/GreysAnatomy''.
** Which definitely helps in recalling obscure medical texts with even more obscure diseases and medical problems in order to diagnose patients. And she aced her residency exam. The other characters occasionally refer to her as a ''Lexopedia''!

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* Lexie Grey from ''Series/GreysAnatomy''.
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''Series/GreysAnatomy''. Which definitely helps in recalling obscure medical texts with even more obscure diseases and medical problems in order to diagnose patients. And she aced her residency exam. The other characters occasionally refer to her as a ''Lexopedia''!



* Jane Seever in ''Series/{{Life}}''.

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* %%* Jane Seever in ''Series/{{Life}}''.



** [[spoiler: Fauxlivia ''does,'' however, have ImprobableAimingSkills.]]



** This is an adaptation of a story by Creator/KirBulychev, actually.
4th Nov '16 8:09:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** Arguably [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data]], but he ''is'' a machine.
** It actually became a problem for the doctor at one point. He filled his harddrive until he crashed.
4th Nov '16 8:08:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** Justified since, unlike most examples on this page, Robo's memory can actually be retrieved, played back, and even output onto disc.
13th Oct '16 11:06:42 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* According to his [[LongRunner eighth movie]], not only does ''Manga/DetectiveConan'''s Conan remember everything in crystal detail, but he can even rewind the last twenty-or-so minutes of film to let his eidetic memory take over in order to solve the murder. So he's got... what, a ''cinematographic'' memory?

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
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According to his the [[LongRunner eighth movie]], not only does ''Manga/DetectiveConan'''s Conan remember everything in crystal detail, but he can even rewind the last twenty-or-so minutes of film to let his eidetic memory take over in order to solve the murder. So he's got... what, a ''cinematographic'' memory?memory?
** Heiji has shown himself to have an eidetic memory, capable of remembering complex letter and number sequences at only a glance, such as when he was able to solve a code in his head during the "Heiji and Kazuha in Grave Danger" arc, and even reproduce another message using the same code to text to Conan.
** Shuikichi Haneda is extremely skillful at memorizing, as shown when he managed to remember the code written on Sakurako's paper despite having only seen it for a very short amount of time. He also claims to be the best in this field.
15th Sep '16 1:03:18 AM PaulA
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* [[EndersGame Bean]] has the real deal. It's explicitly stated that Bean can watch an entire video, and rewatch it in his mind to learn new details. [[spoiler: Of course, he's the result of his MadScientist uncle's crazy genetic experiments, gifting Bean with a raw intelligence that surpasses even ''Ender''.]] Bean even learns passwords by rewatching the blurred fingertips of the typist over and over again. And to be fair, at no point is this ever just waved off. Everyone aware of Bean's capabilities recognizes that Bean is far, far beyond them. And this takes place in a school designed to churn out [[{{Tykebomb}} tykebombs for command positions.]]

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* [[EndersGame Bean]] ''Literature/EndersShadow'': Bean has the real deal. It's explicitly stated that Bean can watch an entire video, and rewatch it in his mind to learn new details. [[spoiler: Of course, he's [[spoiler:He's the result of his MadScientist uncle's crazy genetic experiments, gifting Bean with a raw intelligence that surpasses even ''Ender''.]] Bean even learns passwords by rewatching the blurred fingertips of the typist over and over again. And to be fair, at no point is this ever just waved off. Everyone aware of Bean's capabilities recognizes that Bean is far, far beyond them. And this takes place in a school designed to churn out [[{{Tykebomb}} tykebombs for command positions.]]
11th Sep '16 1:59:26 PM WillKeaton
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* Ingrid Third in ''{{Fillmore}}!'', who is taken by a genius because of that.

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* Ingrid Third in ''{{Fillmore}}!'', ''{{Fillmore}}'', who is taken by a genius because of that.
28th Aug '16 5:42:37 PM AliceM
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* ''Series/BronBroen'': Henrik appears to have this; in one episode, he scans a crime scene, and, when questioned, says he is making a mental map. He can spontaneously recall details from files he has read, from crime scenes, and license plates he has seen briefly. He is visibly frustrated when a colleague cannot instantly recall a license plate number like he can.


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26th Aug '16 2:15:06 PM Adeon
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* Merlin in Creator/DavidWeber's Literature/{{Safehold}} series has this. Justified, as being a RidiculouslyHumanRobot he presumably has a hard drive in his head. At one point on being shown a journal he'd like to read but doesn't have time to he glances at each individual page explicitly so he can recall the saved image and read that later.

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* Merlin in Creator/DavidWeber's Literature/{{Safehold}} ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series has this. Justified, as being a RidiculouslyHumanRobot he presumably has a hard drive in his head. At one point on being shown a journal he'd like to read but doesn't have time to he glances at each individual page explicitly so he can recall the saved image and read that later.later.
** Aivah Pahrsahn also has eidetic memory due to a legacy of genetic engineering. Genetically engineering eidetic memory into children was a fad during the Twenty-First century and while it became less popular the genes remained int he population and eidetic memory is more common on Safehold than in reality.
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