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8th Dec '17 3:34:38 PM TonyG
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** He exhibits this in ''Series/YoungSheldon'', where he is able to remember an event that happened on Valentines Day when he was ''a month shy of two years old''.
12th Oct '17 2:40:48 PM Discar
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** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Shallan has a version of this- she needs to concentrate on something in order to take it as a Memory (she uses the capital M to distinguish it from ordinary remembering), but once she does, it's there permanently and in perfect detail (though she can choose to forget it if she no longer needs it--usually after making a drawing of the Memory, since she's a sketch artist). ** Notably, when she takes a Memory and then draws a picture of it, the picture will show the normally invisible Cryptics. ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' implies that most, if not all, Lightweavers posses these abilities.

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** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Shallan has a version of this- she this. She needs to concentrate on something in order to take it as a Memory (she uses the capital M to distinguish it from ordinary remembering), but once she does, it's there permanently and in perfect detail (though she can choose to forget it if she no longer needs it--usually after making a drawing of the Memory, since she's a sketch artist). ** Notably, when she takes a Memory and then draws a picture of it, the picture will show the normally invisible Cryptics. ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' implies that most, if not all, Lightweavers posses these abilities.
12th Oct '17 2:39:28 PM Discar
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* Shallan from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has a version of this- she needs to concentrate on something in order to take it as a Memory (she uses the capital M to distinguish it from ordinary remembering), but once she does, it's there permanently and in perfect detail (though she can choose to forget it if she no longer needs it- usually after making a drawing of the Memory, since she's a sketch artist). ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' implies that most, if not all, Lightweavers posses these abilities.
** Notably, when she takes a Memory and then draws a picture of it, the picture will show the normally invisible Cryptics.

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** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
Shallan from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has a version of this- she needs to concentrate on something in order to take it as a Memory (she uses the capital M to distinguish it from ordinary remembering), but once she does, it's there permanently and in perfect detail (though she can choose to forget it if she no longer needs it- usually it--usually after making a drawing of the Memory, since she's a sketch artist).artist). ** Notably, when she takes a Memory and then draws a picture of it, the picture will show the normally invisible Cryptics. ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' implies that most, if not all, Lightweavers posses these abilities.
** Notably, when she takes a Memory ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'': Feruchemists use their magical powers to achieve something very like this; they can store up personal qualities (strength, speed, quickness of thought, etc) in pieces of metal, and memories are among these- meaning that, essentially, a feruchemist can store a ''massive'' amount of information perfectly and indefinitely in their "metalminds", which can be drawn forth as needed. Sazed, the main feruchemist character, is a scholar who has a tremendous amount of information on almost every subject imaginable memorized in this way; he's almost literally a walking library. At the end of the original trilogy, [[spoiler:Sazed has the opportunity to take up the powers of two gods, but everyone else who has used those powers has just screwed things up more--such as moving the planet out of alignment because they're trying to fix the global temperature and have no knowledge of astronomy. He then draws a picture of it, dumps ''all'' the picture will show knowledge from his metalminds into his head right as he's taking up the normally invisible Cryptics.power, giving him godlike knowledge to go with his godlike power]].



* Feruchemists from ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' use their magical powers to achieve something very like this; they can store up personal qualities (strength, speed, quickness of thought, etc) in pieces of metal, and memories are among these- meaning that, essentially, a feruchemist can store a ''massive'' amount of information perfectly and indefinitely in their "metalminds", which can be drawn forth as needed. Sazed, the main feruchemist character, is a scholar who has a tremendous amount of information on almost every subject imaginiable memorized in this way; he's almost literally a walking library.
18th Sep '17 7:36:45 PM zarpaulus
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* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' has eidetic memory and mnemonic augmentation available as [[BioAugmentation bioware]] and cyberware, respectively. There is also an eidetic memory trait that can be part of the character's ego and thus [[BrainUploading transferable]] to [[BodyBackupDrive new]] [[BodySurf morphs]].

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* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' has eidetic memory and mnemonic augmentation available as [[BioAugmentation bioware]] and cyberware, respectively. There is also an eidetic memory trait that can be part of the character's ego and thus [[BrainUploading transferable]] to [[BodyBackupDrive new]] [[BodySurf morphs]]. While hyperthymesia, like several other [[NeurodiversityIsSupernatural savant traits]], is a [[PsychicPowers Psi-Chi sleight]].
18th Sep '17 7:05:33 PM ChaoticNovelist
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On TV, every third character has a photographic memory, which here means only that they recall everything they see. When needed for the plot. In this sense, their memory is closer to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthymesia Hyperthymesia]] than eidetic memory. Sometimes paired with LaserGuidedAmnesia for ironic effect. If the narrator has this, he is an InfallibleNarrator.

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On TV, every third character has a photographic memory, which here means only that they recall everything they see. When needed for the plot. In this sense, their memory is closer to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthymesia Hyperthymesia]] than eidetic memory. Sometimes paired with LaserGuidedAmnesia for ironic effect. If the narrator has this, he is an InfallibleNarrator.
9th Sep '17 5:19:58 PM nombretomado
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* Olive in ''ANTFarm'' has a perfect memory as her talent.

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* Olive in ''ANTFarm'' ''Series/ANTFarm'' has a perfect memory as her talent.
12th Aug '17 10:41:34 PM zzedar
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On TV, every third character has a photographic memory, which here means only that they recall everything they see. When needed for the plot. Sometimes paired with LaserGuidedAmnesia for ironic effect. If the narrator has this, he is an InfallibleNarrator.

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On TV, every third character has a photographic memory, which here means only that they recall everything they see. When needed for the plot. In this sense, their memory is closer to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthymesia Hyperthymesia]] than eidetic memory. Sometimes paired with LaserGuidedAmnesia for ironic effect. If the narrator has this, he is an InfallibleNarrator.
30th Jun '17 2:06:28 PM TheKaizerreich
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* A man in Russia was born with this. While initially this helped him become a scholar, it also eventually drove him mad because he remembered every last horrible thing ever done to him, culminating in his suicide at age 30.
29th Jun '17 12:24:44 PM BeerBaron
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* During the [[MagicalSociety Mage's Guild]] questline in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', [[TheArchmage Shalidor]] is revealed to have this through use of a spell, though it is limited to written texts. [[spoiler: At the end of the questline he grants this ability to the player, expanding their Lore Library.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** This is said to be a racial trait of the Sload, a race of "slugmen" native to the archipelago of Thras to the southwest of Tamriel. It is said they have perfect recall of everything they see or hear.
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During the [[MagicalSociety Mage's Guild]] questline in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', [[TheArchmage Shalidor]] is revealed to have this through use of a spell, though it is limited to written texts. [[spoiler: At the end of the questline he grants this ability to the player, expanding their Lore Library.]]
27th May '17 11:35:58 AM nombretomado
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%%* Lisbeth Salander of the "''[[TheMillenniumTrilogy Millennium]]''" trilogy.

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%%* Lisbeth Salander of the "''[[TheMillenniumTrilogy "''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Millennium]]''" trilogy.
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