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26th Aug '16 7:55:28 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Extreme:''' The character has been utterly erased from existence, a supernatural force having altered the past to prevent his birth. The only ones who may remember the character are (possibly) whoever is responsible, and if anyone else does, it's due to some out-of-the-ordinary ability or intervention. This form of self-induced retcon is ''very'' rare, and often counts as a HeroicSacrifice taken UpToEleven.

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* ''Extreme:''' '''Extreme:''' The character has been utterly erased from existence, a supernatural force having altered the past to prevent his birth. The only ones who may remember the character are (possibly) whoever is responsible, and if anyone else does, it's due to some out-of-the-ordinary ability or intervention. This form of self-induced retcon is ''very'' rare, and often counts as a HeroicSacrifice taken UpToEleven.
26th Aug '16 7:55:01 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* One story in ''Fic/ShadowchasersBackwater'' has a version of Lisa from a BadFuture do it to herself ''on purpose'' to prevent the bad future from occurring, the ultimate HeroicSacrifice.


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* It is often debated among fans of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' whether or not Sally (Numbuh 3's granddaughter from a BadFuture) inadvertently (or even ''purposely'') prevented her own birth in "Operation: F.U.T.U.R.E." by helping to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. [[spoiler:(See clearly was not related to Numbah 4 in that timeline, and "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W." shows the adult Wally and Kuki married.)) If true, it may count as the most heroic of {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s.
26th Aug '16 7:46:28 AM LadyJaneGrey
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Of course, it's hard to write stories about people who don't exist, so there is normally at least one person who [[RippleEffectProofMemory remembers the disappeared character's life]]. Mostly, this will be someone close to the character, such as a friend or family member (and it's often just one person) who will do their best to find evidence, while convincing themselves and others that they're [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness not crazy]].

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Of course, it's hard to write stories about people who don't exist, so regardless of the intensity, there is normally at least one person who [[RippleEffectProofMemory remembers the disappeared character's life]]. Mostly, this will be someone close to the character, such as a friend or family member (and it's often just one person) who will do their best to find evidence, while convincing themselves and others that they're [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness not crazy]].
crazy]].

This plot has three levels of intensity:

* '''Mild:''' Records of the character's existence are destroyed, leaving no physical evidence of his birth or activities. Memories of the character still exist. This is technically possible in the real world, and if said character is personally behind the plot, it usually only goes this far.
* '''Serious:''' Not only is physical existence destroyed, but scientific and/or supernatural forces affect the memories of other characters, who can no longer remember that character. The character - if alive - remembers, and there may be a few others that do (usually including the orchestrators of the plot) but nobody else. A self-induced retcon may cause this in extreme cases.
* ''Extreme:''' The character has been utterly erased from existence, a supernatural force having altered the past to prevent his birth. The only ones who may remember the character are (possibly) whoever is responsible, and if anyone else does, it's due to some out-of-the-ordinary ability or intervention. This form of self-induced retcon is ''very'' rare, and often counts as a HeroicSacrifice taken UpToEleven.



* Spider-Man example: "retcon bombs" are the preferred weapon of [[DrivenToVillainy Hobgoblin 2211]], the daughter of that era's Spider-Man. Their first victim is her boyfriend, who helped her escape from her VR prison in the first place. [[spoiler: She herself is erased when Spidey catches one with a webline and swings it back at her, assuming it was just a pumpkin bomb.]]

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* Spider-Man example: "retcon examples:
** "Retcon
bombs" are the preferred weapon of [[DrivenToVillainy Hobgoblin 2211]], the daughter of that era's Spider-Man. Their first victim is her boyfriend, who helped her escape from her VR prison in the first place. [[spoiler: She herself is erased when Spidey catches one with a webline and swings it back at her, assuming it was just a pumpkin bomb.]]
12th Aug '16 7:52:53 PM nombretomado
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* This is a fairly standard tactic in ''{{Achron}}'', due to the time travel game mechanics. Not only do you have to defend your base in the present, you have to defend it in the past lest another player decides to retroactively attack you and retcon your army away.

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* This is a fairly standard tactic in ''{{Achron}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'', due to the time travel game mechanics. Not only do you have to defend your base in the present, you have to defend it in the past lest another player decides to retroactively attack you and retcon your army away.
26th Jul '16 8:12:54 AM Jasin_Moridin
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* Similar to the example of Hermione erasing her parents' memories of her, in the backstory of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', one of the protagonists, Dalinar Kholin, sought out a being that grants a boon and a curse that it feels is appropriate. For instance, one person who sought it out is mentioned as having gotten enough food to feed his family through hard times, but at the cost of seeing everything upside down. In Dalinar's case, he cannot remember anything about his wife other than the fact that she existed, and can't even hear her name when others speak it. Given that he sought the being out after her death, it really isn't clear (and isn't stated) whether this was his boon, his curse, or both.
20th Jul '16 8:53:18 PM ultimomant
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** This briefly happens to [[spoiler:the entire Changeling race after Makarov alters history so that they became extinct. They are restored when Makarov is erased by the Blank Wolf.]]
5th Jul '16 5:07:33 AM Malady
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* An ad for [=DirecTV=] afeatures a couple of parents watching TV while their kid draws on the walls. The husband bemoans the fact he forgot to record a show, whereupon Music/BonJovi appears and sings to them the benefits of [=DireTV=]'s 72 Hour Rewind feature, and then starts making suggestions for other stuff they can do with the power to turn back time... beginning with changing their salsa from spicy to mild and somewhat distressingly culminating in him [[BreadEggsMilkSquick eliminating the nearby kid from existence]] with a lyric about choosing not to have a second child. Because of ''course'' children and whether or not to have them is on the same level of importance as catching up on missed [=TV=] shows and choosing the right kind of salsa.

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* An ad for [=DirecTV=] afeatures features a couple of parents watching TV while their kid draws on the walls. The husband bemoans the fact he forgot to record a show, whereupon Music/BonJovi appears and sings to them the benefits of [=DireTV=]'s 72 Hour Rewind feature, and then starts making suggestions for other stuff they can do with the power to turn back time... beginning with changing their salsa from spicy to mild and somewhat distressingly culminating in him [[BreadEggsMilkSquick eliminating the nearby kid from existence]] with a lyric about choosing not to have a second child. Because of ''course'' children and whether or not to have them is on the same level of importance as catching up on missed [=TV=] shows and choosing the right kind of salsa.
5th Jul '16 5:06:32 AM Malady
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* In ''VideoGame/WeirdAndUnfortunateThingsAreHappeningRetGone'', the town of Daybreak. Only Alicia [[RippleEffectProofMemory remembers]] due to being TouchedByVorlons?
1st Jul '16 4:14:22 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', [[spoiler:In [[SpaceX space kindergarten]], there was a kid who would bully Hasta, which earned him butt-kickings from Nyarko and Cuko. The bully held onto his grudge for years, and finally got "payback" by erasing them from existence. Mahiro is the only one who remembers the girls because he has RippleEffectProofMemory, and so he enlists the help of Yithka to go back in time and set history back on its proper course.]]
25th Jun '16 10:10:43 AM ThatBitterTase
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** Despite this, [[AmbiguouslyHuman Steven]] is still running around...
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