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17th Oct '16 11:20:47 AM DracoKanji
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* Invoked in some ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' {{Fanon}} to explain why Shinigami generally don't remember their mortal lives- they measure their ages in hundreds.

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* Invoked in some ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' {{Fanon}} to explain why Shinigami generally don't remember their mortal lives- they measure their ages in hundreds. In truth, they were never mortal to begin with - the were literally born in [[CelestialBureaucracy Soul Society]], putting them on a different level than humans. Still comes up in fanfic a lot despite WordOfGod.
7th Aug '16 11:59:35 AM shawn_allen
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*** She even has pages that she ripped out if some journals. She can't remember the events but does remember she ripped out the pages because the memory of the events were too painful.
6th Aug '16 3:27:14 PM nombretomado
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* Often (but not always) averted by VandalSavage, one of several immortals in the DCUniverse. However, he has other powers in addition to his immortality, one of which is SuperIntelligence, so his recall is superhuman anyway.

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* Often (but not always) averted by VandalSavage, one of several immortals in the DCUniverse.Franchise/DCUniverse. However, he has other powers in addition to his immortality, one of which is SuperIntelligence, so his recall is superhuman anyway.
4th Aug '16 9:18:46 PM PaulA
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* Lampshaded in "Letter To a Phoenix", a short story by FredricBrown which is told by a narrator who is 180,000 years old (he ages one day per 45 years). He states he doesn't remember his own name because he only has enough place in his head for the important facts - and what could be less important than a 180,000 year old name he changed about a thousand times already?

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* Lampshaded in "Letter To a Phoenix", a short story by FredricBrown Creator/FredricBrown which is told by a narrator who is 180,000 years old (he ages one day per 45 years). He states he doesn't remember his own name because he only has enough place in his head for the important facts - -- and what could be less important than a 180,000 year old name he changed about a thousand times already?
10th Jul '16 9:27:02 AM Discar
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* The Branthicor in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-09-02 intentionally designed their own brains to work this way]]. Their normal brains couldn't handle becoming functionally immortal due to problems with long-term/short-term memory storage, but their new brains can... If only by intentionally 'compressing' long-term information to the point where they suffer from this trope. [[AxCrazy It beats the alternative.]]

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
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The Branthicor in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-09-02 intentionally designed their own brains to work this way]]. Their normal brains couldn't handle becoming functionally immortal due to problems with long-term/short-term memory storage, but their new brains can... If only by intentionally 'compressing' long-term information to the point where they suffer from this trope. [[AxCrazy It beats the alternative.]]]]
** Then there's Eina-Afa, a super-AI in charge of a space station the size of a large planet, who has been alone for longer than Earth has existed as a physical object.
--->'''Ennesby:''' She's forgotten more things than we currently know.\\
'''Tagon:''' I've heard that one before. Old people say it all the time.\\
'''Ennesby:''' Well, here's a new twist. I've seen the size of what's missing. She's forgotten more than what ALL of us know. All of us put together.
2nd Jul '16 6:43:43 PM TheWanderer
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* Methos from ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series''. When he tells [=MacLeod=] that he's over 5000 years old, he explains that's when he took his first head and "before that, it all starts to blur." Methos therefore has no idea ''how much'' over 5000 years old he is; for all he knows he could've gone for thousands of years before meeting another Immortal for the first time and killing him.

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* Methos from ''Series/{{Highlander}}: ''[[Series/{{Highlander}} Highlander: The Series''. When he Series]]'':
** Methos, the legendary [[TheOlderImmortal Oldest Immortal]]
tells [=MacLeod=] that he's over 5000 years old, he then explains that's when he took his first head and "before that, it all starts to blur." Methos therefore has no idea ''how much'' over 5000 years old he is; for all he knows he could've gone for thousands of years before meeting killing another Immortal for the first time time.
** In general this appears to be averted for Immortals, as they have an astounding recall of events that happened centuries or millennia ago, complete with holding grudges against other Immortals they've encountered. One episode, however, had a case [[RashomonStyle where two different Immortals present at the same event have very different memories of it]]. As the director points out in his commentary for the episode [[UnreliableNarrator this should throw a huge shadow of doubt]] over all flashbacks that we see Immortals having
and killing him.which had always seemed absolutely reliable before.
22nd Jun '16 3:00:01 AM BoredMe
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* Recent scientific evidence suggests that this may now be on its way to being a [[DiscreditedTrope an obsolete trope]]; evidence from the beginning of 2016 by the Salk Institute suggests that human memory capacity may be much bigger than we thought. Like ''Size of the Internet big''. http://www.salk.edu/news-release/memory-capacity-of-brain-is-10-times-more-than-previously-thought/
6th Jun '16 9:37:02 PM 20person
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** Averted in case of Loyalist Dreadnoughts. Old ones tend to remember past very well, while they don't have a firm grasp on the present acting somewhat senile.

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** Averted in case of Loyalist Dreadnoughts. Old ones tend to remember the past very well, while they don't have a firm grasp on the present acting somewhat senile. senile.
*** This is because they are only awoken to fight when they're needed. When they're not needed, they get put into a deep coma and sleep for hundreds of years at a time. Thus, they may have "lived" for thousands of years, but they've only been awake for a few years of that time.


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* In the ''Far Harbor'' DLC for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the synth [=DiMA=] has been around since he was first created by the Institute decades ago. To help him remember more, he had his fellow synths install additional memory in him, although one of his assistants notes that the upgrades are approaching the limits of what his battery can accommodate. [=DiMA=] suggests that this is the reason [[spoiler:his "brother" Nick Valentine doesn't remember him, since it's been a long time since they escaped the Institute and Nick hasn't had the same upgrades to his memory]]. Even with the memory upgrades, he's had to offload some of his memories to a computer system in an old submarine base, guarded by the Children of Atom as part of his deal with them. [[spoiler:As it turns out, another reason's he's offloaded some of his memories is because he doesn't want to remember all the shameful, horrible things he's done to keep the peace on the Island, such as murdering the original Captain Avery and [[KillAndReplace replacing her]] with a synth]].
10th May '16 7:51:48 PM PaulA
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* Crystal Singers in Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's series of that name have this problem, though it's brought on more by long-term exposure to Ballybran crystal than actual age. [[spoiler:Killashandra eventually finds a solution to this problem, accidentally.]]

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* Crystal Singers in In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's series of that name ''Literature/CrystalSinger'' series, the Crystal Singers have this problem, though it's brought on more by long-term exposure to Ballybran crystal than actual age. [[spoiler:Killashandra eventually finds a solution to this problem, accidentally.]]
8th May '16 9:46:27 PM PaulA
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* Crystal Singers in AnneMcCaffrey's series of that name have this problem, though it's brought on more by long-term exposure to Ballybran crystal than actual age. [[spoiler: Killashandra eventually finds a solution to this problem, accidentally.]]

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* Crystal Singers in AnneMcCaffrey's Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's series of that name have this problem, though it's brought on more by long-term exposure to Ballybran crystal than actual age. [[spoiler: Killashandra [[spoiler:Killashandra eventually finds a solution to this problem, accidentally.]]
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