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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.
12th Aug '16 1:25:05 AM PaulA
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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', security operative (and eventually Chief of Imperial Security) Simon Illyan has an artificial eidetic memory, due to a computer chip implanted in his brain. It should be noted that [[strike: almost]] everyone else given such chips was eventually driven mad by the disconnect between their natural and artificial memories.

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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', security operative (and eventually Chief of Imperial Security) Simon Illyan has an artificial eidetic memory, due to a computer chip implanted in his brain. It should be noted that [[strike: almost]] everyone else given such chips was eventually driven mad by the disconnect between their natural and artificial memories.
11th Aug '16 9:10:36 AM eowynjedi
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* Thomas Cromwell in ''Literature/WolfHall'' is a somewhat more realistic case. Cromwell picked up a "system" as a young soldier in Italy wherein one can remember things with precision by associating them with specific sensory experiences, and this plays out in how Cromwell's memories of past events are tied to specific objects and experiences (i.e. a type of fabric). Cromwell has also memorized several texts, including the Bible in Latin and in one scene, inquires about resuming a chess game started several years previously, offering to place the pieces precisely where play left off.

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* Thomas Cromwell in ''Literature/WolfHall'' is a somewhat more realistic case. Cromwell picked up a "system" as a young soldier in Italy wherein one can remember things with precision by associating them with specific sensory experiences, and this plays out in how Cromwell's memories of past events are tied to specific objects and experiences (i.e. a type of fabric). Cromwell has also memorized several texts, including the Bible in Latin and in one scene, inquires about resuming a chess game started several years previously, offering to place the pieces precisely where play left off.[[note]]Although he said that mostly for effect; really he'd be placing pieces from how he remembers the man's ''style'' of play.[[/note]] Maybe that's why he never forgets any insult, ever.
7th Aug '16 5:19:06 PM nombretomado
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* Barbara Gordon, the first ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} and Oracle in TheDCU. This notably backfired for her, as she remembers every detail of her getting shot and paralyzed by the Joker.

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* Barbara Gordon, the first ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} and Oracle in TheDCU.Franchise/TheDCU. This notably backfired for her, as she remembers every detail of her getting shot and paralyzed by the Joker.



* Sage, a member of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, has a photographic memory as well as other powers. Also justified, as this is a mutant ability.
* X-Men founder and former headmaster Professor X has one as well, but an extremely weird one. He can transfer parts of his short term memory to his long term memory, getting a similar effect. At times that telepaths have perfect memories because they can ''read their own minds''.

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* Sage, a member of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Sage
has a photographic memory as well as other powers. Also justified, as this is a mutant ability.
* ** X-Men founder and former headmaster Professor X has one as well, but an extremely weird one. He can transfer parts of his short term memory to his long term memory, getting a similar effect. At times that telepaths have perfect memories because they can ''read their own minds''.



* A relatively minor villain in the MarvelUniverse, the Comicbook/{{Taskmaster}}, takes this trope a step further with his "photographic reflexes" - if he sees something done, even on TV, he can easily replicate it regardless of complexity. He can pass as a master chef, use any fighting style, and even catch a bullet. The 2010 Taskmaster miniseries reveals that this comes at a cost. Copying so many moves has made him forget a lot of ''other'' memories - including those about his personal life, like the fact that [[spoiler:he used to be a SHIELD agent, the true origin of his photographic ability and that he has a hot SpicyLatina as a wife]].

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* A relatively minor villain in the MarvelUniverse, Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the Comicbook/{{Taskmaster}}, takes this trope a step further with his "photographic reflexes" - if he sees something done, even on TV, he can easily replicate it regardless of complexity. He can pass as a master chef, use any fighting style, and even catch a bullet. The 2010 Taskmaster miniseries reveals that this comes at a cost. Copying so many moves has made him forget a lot of ''other'' memories - including those about his personal life, like the fact that [[spoiler:he used to be a SHIELD agent, the true origin of his photographic ability and that he has a hot SpicyLatina as a wife]].
30th Jul '16 12:59:34 PM nombretomado
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* Merlin in 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 DavidWeber's 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.
13th Jul '16 1:59:41 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[RedHeadedHero Ben Skywalker]] (son of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade) also has a photographic memory; this is first mentioned and utilized in ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheForce Sacrifice]]'', and again in ''[[FateOfTheJedi Abyss]]'', but it's easily missed, since most writers tend to gloss over it or not mention it at all.

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** [[RedHeadedHero Ben Skywalker]] Skywalker (son of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade) also has a photographic memory; this is first mentioned and utilized in ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheForce Sacrifice]]'', and again in ''[[FateOfTheJedi Abyss]]'', but it's easily missed, since most writers tend to gloss over it or not mention it at all.
7th Jun '16 5:36:31 AM Mildegard
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* People of the Mute tribe in ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' have photograpic memories. They also draw wery well and reproduce images of ancient objects and places in perfect detail which therefore do not fade in their collective memory over generations.
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