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* ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan1995'': The Action Man has no memories of his past life. The now-notorious DVD ''Action Man:Past Performance'' indicates this.
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12th Feb '18 5:55:52 PM MarqFJA
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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FriendshipIsMagic]] fanfic ''FanFic/TheChangelingOfTheGuard'', this forms the crux of Idol Hooves's journey [[TheExile post-exile]], though it takes him a long time to realize it for himself.

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FriendshipIsMagic]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/TheChangelingOfTheGuard'', this forms the crux of Idol Hooves's journey [[TheExile post-exile]], though it takes him a long time to realize it for himself.
8th Feb '18 7:49:17 PM Kadorhal
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* In ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', the subplot of who the hell Yuumura Kirika ''is'' drives the action for the begining of the series. A subversion, since near the end Kirika doesn't really seem to want to find out about her past, and would rather just make tea for her [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship 'partner'.]]

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* In ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', the subplot of who the hell Yuumura Kirika ''is'' drives the action for the begining beginning of the series. A subversion, since near the end Kirika doesn't really seem to want to find out about her past, and would rather just make tea for her [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship 'partner'.]]



* ''ComicBook/WhoIsDonnaTroy'' is the end of Wonder Girl's quest for identity. Wonder Woman rescued her from a building on fire when she was a baby and took her to the Amazon Island, and grew up without knowing who were her real parents, which was her birth name or anything previous to the fire.

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* ''ComicBook/WhoIsDonnaTroy'' is the end of Wonder Girl's quest for identity. Wonder Woman rescued her from a building on fire when she was a baby and took her to the Amazon Island, and grew up without knowing who were her real parents, which was parents were, what her birth name was, or anything previous to the fire.



* The lead character of ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' literally wakes up at the begining of the film stranded in the middle of nowhere, with no recollection of who he is or how he got to his current location.

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* The lead character of ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' literally wakes up at the begining beginning of the film stranded in the middle of nowhere, with no recollection of who he is or how he got to his current location.



* ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'', which has the trope name in the subtitle. The whole identity plot ends at the beginning of level 2, though.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'', which has the trope name in its [[MarketBasedTitle American subtitle]], thus [[TropeNamers naming the subtitle. The trope]]. Ironically, the whole identity plot ends at the beginning of level 2, though.2.



* Many players on MU* s create characters of this sort, often because they save the player the trouble of having to do the real work of assembling a character, leading some MU* s forbid characters of this sort out right.

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* Many players on MU* s create characters of this sort, often because they save the player the trouble of having to do the real work of assembling a character, leading some MU* s to forbid characters of this sort out right.



* Both ''Knights of the Old Republic'' games twist this around in complicated ways.

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* Both ''Knights of the Old Republic'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games twist this around in complicated ways.ways.
** The first game twists it around in a [[WalkingSpoiler spoilerriffic]] way. Basically, [[spoiler:this sort of applies to one character, but they don't ''know'' it. As in, they don't know that there are vital things about their past they don't remember and that are part of what they're trying to find out, until TheReveal.]]



** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' twists it around in a [[WalkingSpoiler spoilerriffic]] way. Basically, [[spoiler: this sort of applies to one character, but they don't ''know'' it. As in, they don't know that there are vital things about their past they don't remember and that are part of what they're trying to find out, until TheReveal.]]



* This is [[ProtagonistWithoutAPast Grey's]] entire reason for going through the events of ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'', all in the name of trying to find the truth of his existence from the BigBad, Master Albert. [[SubvertedTrope However]], after fighting Maverick Mechaniloids, Pseudoroids, five other Mega Men, and both [[CoDragons Prometheus and Pandora]], he starts to [[CharacterDevelopment matures]] and decides that doesn't matter anymore, and when he finally learns that he's actually [[spoiler:Master Albert's [[FlawedPrototype failed]] [[TomatoInTheMirror backup body]] and Model A is a recording of Albert's powers and memories]], he essentially tells Albert [[ShutUpHannibal he doesn't give a damn about that]] and he'll make his own destiny. The fact that one of the Mega Men he fought beforehand was [[ScrewDestiny Ai]][[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo le]] certainly helped him get over it better, and at the end of the game he goes off on another QuestForIdentity, this time WalkingTheEarth to find his own place alongside Model A.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': Roxas was sick of being in the dark, realizing just how little he really knew of himself. So he ditched Organization XIII to find out who he was before becoming a Nobody, or even if he WAS someone before that. At least, that was the idea; DiZ had other plans for him.

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* This is [[ProtagonistWithoutAPast Grey's]] entire reason for going through the events of ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'', all in the name of trying to find the truth of his existence from the BigBad, Master Albert. [[SubvertedTrope However]], after fighting Maverick Mechaniloids, Pseudoroids, five other Mega Men, and both [[CoDragons Prometheus and Pandora]], he starts to [[CharacterDevelopment matures]] mature]] and decides that it doesn't matter anymore, and when he finally learns that he's actually [[spoiler:Master Albert's [[FlawedPrototype failed]] [[TomatoInTheMirror backup body]] and Model A is a recording of Albert's powers and memories]], he essentially tells Albert [[ShutUpHannibal he doesn't give a damn about that]] and he'll make his own destiny. The fact that one of the Mega Men he fought beforehand was [[ScrewDestiny Ai]][[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo le]] certainly helped him get over it better, and at the end of the game he goes off on another QuestForIdentity, quest for identity, this time WalkingTheEarth to find his own place alongside Model A.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': Roxas was sick of being in the dark, realizing just how little he really knew of himself. So he ditched Organization XIII to find out who he was before becoming a Nobody, or even if he WAS ''was'' someone before that. At least, that was the idea; DiZ had other plans for him.



* Subverted in ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' -- the narrator, a zombie, woke up ten years ago with [[IdentityAmnesia no memory of his past life]] [[NoNameGiven or even his name.]] Instead of going on a QuestForIdentity, however, he spent those years wandering and contemplating life, and has joined Hanna in his supernatural investigations for something to do rather than finding out why he's come back to life. He has shown relatively little interest in his past identity and has even stated in [[AllThereInTheManual the artist's Q&A]] that if he remembered the identities and address of his family, he probably wouldn't go see them - it would be too cruel to them.

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' -- the narrator, a zombie, woke up ten years ago with [[IdentityAmnesia no memory of his past life]] [[NoNameGiven or even his name.]] Instead of going on a QuestForIdentity, quest for identity, however, he spent those years wandering and contemplating life, and has joined Hanna in his supernatural investigations for something to do rather than finding out why he's come back to life. He has shown relatively little interest in his past identity and has even stated in [[AllThereInTheManual the artist's Q&A]] that if he remembered the identities and address of his family, he probably wouldn't go see them - it would be too cruel to them.
10th Dec '17 3:15:50 PM lakingsif
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* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "White Bear", the protagonist wakes up in a house surrounded by pills with no memory of who she is and a crazed maniac trying to kill her.

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* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "White Bear", "[[Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteBear White Bear]]", the protagonist wakes up in a house surrounded by pills with no memory of who she is and a crazed maniac trying to kill her.
21st Nov '17 11:52:08 PM Flame
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* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''

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* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''''Series/KamenRiderDecade'': Tsukasa Kadoya sets out on the journey across the Another Rider worlds to find the one he belongs to and his identity.
* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'': Sento Kiriyu became Build to protect people from [[MonsterOfTheWeek Smash]] and to find his memories (and the person who took them).
19th Oct '17 3:41:49 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'': The four ESP'ers are all suddenly find themselves in service to Dr. Tarsan without knowing who they are/were, or how they got there.

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* ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'': The four ESP'ers are ([[GirlNextDoor Mia]], [[TheBigGirl Pai]], [[TheBabyOfThebunch Lambda]] and [[TheOneGuy Roll]]) all suddenly find themselves in service to Dr. Tarsan without knowing who they are/were, or how they got there. Mia vaguely recalls that she's a normal girl from Earth, so they decide to fight their way there to live in peace. [[spoiler: As the story advances, the other three begin to remember their pasts. [[DarkAndTroubledPast And they're not pretty]].]]
18th Oct '17 8:11:11 PM Felipehc188
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* In ''Anime/KemonoFriends'', the main character is hoping to remember what kind of animal she is. [[spoiler: She's the last human...probably.]]
7th Oct '17 3:55:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' story ''The Dead Man'', a young boy finds the burned body of a stranger in the wilderness and takes him back to his village. He can't even remember his name, but he turns out to be damn good with a gun and is being pursued by evil spirits from beyond. After healing sufficiently, the man goes on a journey to find out who he is. [[spoiler:He's Judge Dredd.]]

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* In the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' story ''The Dead Man'', a young boy finds the burned body of a stranger in the wilderness and takes him back to his village. He can't even remember his name, but he turns out to be [[TheGunslinger damn good with a gun gun]] and is being pursued by evil spirits from beyond. After healing sufficiently, the man goes on a journey to find out who he is. [[spoiler:He's Judge Dredd.]]
29th Aug '17 6:04:09 PM GrammarNavi
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* ''AgarestSenki2'' has this as an overarching plot line where the first generation protagonist must find out who he really is before his amnesia.

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* ''AgarestSenki2'' ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki2'' has this as an overarching plot line where the first generation protagonist must find out who he really is before his amnesia.
13th May '17 4:48:16 PM StrixObscuro
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* Half way through the first season of ''Anime/{{K}}'', [[spoiler: Shiro]] realizes that all of his memories are false, and he has no idea who he really is. The first thing he remembers is [[spoiler: being kicked out of an airship and crash landing in the school's gym.]] From then on, he not only has to [[spoiler: clear his name]], he also has to figure out who he truly is. [[spoiler: Of course, the two goals end up being connected...]]

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* Half way through the first season of ''Anime/{{K}}'', [[spoiler: Shiro]] [[spoiler:Shiro]] realizes that all of his memories are false, and he has no idea who he really is. The first thing he remembers is [[spoiler: being kicked out of an airship and crash landing in the school's gym.]] From then on, he not only has to [[spoiler: clear his name]], he also has to figure out who he truly is. [[spoiler: Of course, the two goals end up being connected...]]



* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', Beautie has no memories of a time before she flew over a meadow. Periodically she tries to fix this -- having difficulty because her LaserGuidedAmnesia keeps erasing what she learned.

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* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', Beautie has no memories of a time before she flew over a meadow. Periodically she tries to fix this -- - having difficulty because her LaserGuidedAmnesia keeps erasing what she learned.



* ''MulhollandDrive'': A woman has amnesia after what seems to be a car accident. Recovering herself is not ontologically safe.

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* ''MulhollandDrive'': ''Film/MulhollandDrive'': A woman has amnesia after what seems to be a car accident. Recovering herself is not ontologically safe.



* Tzigone from ''CounselorsAndKings''. [[spoiler: She puts things together piecemeal throughout the trilogy, only learning the final bit- her real name- during the climax]].

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* Tzigone from ''CounselorsAndKings''. [[spoiler: She ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings''. [[spoiler:She puts things together piecemeal throughout the trilogy, only learning the final bit- bit - her real name- name - during the climax]].



* This is partially what happens in ''[[TheHeroesOfOlympus The Lost Hero]]'', but in the second book it's not really mentioned since the readers already know what happened, even though the character himself does not remember.

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* This is partially what happens in ''[[TheHeroesOfOlympus ''[[Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus The Lost Hero]]'', but in the second book it's not really mentioned since the readers already know what happened, even though the character himself does not remember.



* This is the initial driving question for [[OurGryphonsAreDifferent Aglaciel]] in ''ImagineSomeday''.

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* This is the initial driving question for [[OurGryphonsAreDifferent Aglaciel]] in ''ImagineSomeday''.''Literature/ImagineSomeday''.



* Played with in the ''Literature/VenusPrime'' series, where Sparta is aware that she used to be Linda Nagy, daughter of a pair of behavioral scientists, but can't remember anything about the three years prior to her waking up in a mental hospital.



* In the BlackMirror episode White Bear, the protagonist wakes up in a house surrounded by pills with no memory of who she is and a crazed maniac trying to kill her.

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* In the BlackMirror ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode White Bear, "White Bear", the protagonist wakes up in a house surrounded by pills with no memory of who she is and a crazed maniac trying to kill her.
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