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24th May '17 11:46:37 AM Antigone3
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** Shunning (see the Real Life: Religion folder) was practiced by both Karsites and Holderkin. After Karal is falsely accused of being an Imperial spy, he goes back to his room to find the servants have already begun to shun him.



* In ''Literature/TaleOfTheTroika'' by Creator/StrugatskyBrothers, the titular Troika possesses the [[ArtefactOfDoom Big Round Seal]], which is capable of fulfilling '''any''' bureucratic order. So if one uses it on an order "delete all records about XXX", then all records about XXX disappear, and will disappear again if somebody makes them. In story this is used only on a lake, but the possibility to use it on a person exists.

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* In ''Literature/TaleOfTheTroika'' by Creator/StrugatskyBrothers, the titular Troika possesses the [[ArtefactOfDoom Big Round Seal]], which is capable of fulfilling '''any''' bureucratic bureaucratic order. So if one uses it on an order "delete all records about XXX", then all records about XXX disappear, and will disappear again if somebody makes them. In story this is used only on a lake, but the possibility to use it on a person exists.
23rd May '17 6:18:16 PM Peteman
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': After Pink Diamond's shattering, Yellow Diamond embarked on a campaign of information suppression to remove her from public consciousness. However, this is a more benign example, as Yellow Diamond did not do it out of spite, but rather to avoid having to deal with her grief.
22nd May '17 9:59:16 AM Rio
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* One issue of ''ComicBook/MickeyMouseDetective'' have Mickey take on a case of a missing husband. The only proof of his existence is the words of his wife, as all records of him were erased and his apartment (where Hayden lived with his wife) occupied by an elderly woman who claimed that she always lived there. Turned out that Hayden had a very complicated life, juggling jobs to make ends meet and during his work [[spoiler:accidentally broke vial that contained a strain of very deadly desease]]. Seeking help he visits the doctor who happened to be [[spoiler:a good friend of mayor]] and [[spoiler:mayor fearing the mass hysteria/panic and possible outbreak]] made him this.
19th May '17 11:22:11 PM BackgroundGuy
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* A minor case of this happened in Round 2 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. Things were business as usual until early in the third game when Capitals Matt Niskanen and Alexander Ovechkin ended up giving Penguin Sidney Crosby a concussion. Penguins goaltender Marc-André Fleury had made and was wearing a mask with the names of his favorite Penguin comrades on it, amid rumors it would be his last season with the team; in time for the third game of the series, he had taken a Sharpie to the mask to add Niskanen - as "Nisky" - post-hoc as Niskanen had been a Penguin until he was signed to the Capitals in the 2014 offseason, and had been left out of the original list on the back of the mask. Come Game Four, however, and with Crosby out of commission for the time being, Fleury had conspicuously used masking tape to cover Niskanen's name. The tape was roughly the same color of the mask itself, but it was still visible. It was likely to send a message to "Nisky" that Fleury was ''not'' pleased with what had happened; he had said just after the third game that he hadn't seen the replays, so he didn't know exactly what went down, but at some point between games he apparently did and did not like what he saw of Niskanen. He didn't seem keen on discussing it after the fourth game, either, though it was making headlines before the game was even over.
17th May '17 11:00:58 AM MikeW
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* Played for laughs on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory.'' Howard, Sheldon and Leonard spend a year building a special gryoscope for the military only to have the prototype confiscated once they're done. Coming home, the trio step into a completely empty apartment. Sheldon naturally jumps to the idea that the military are going to erase their identities and eliminate them to cover up their research. Howard then points out that they simply got off on the wrong floor and this is an apartment to rent.
13th May '17 11:07:52 AM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' universe makes use of this trope extensively, outright stating that an incredible number of "fictional characters" are in fact [=Unpersons=], including Franchise/SherlockHolmes, [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], and FuManchu. The third book increases their ranks a great deal, going so far as to imply [[spoiler:[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian horrors]]]] are [=Unpersons=].

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* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' universe makes use of this trope extensively, outright stating that an incredible number of "fictional characters" are in fact [=Unpersons=], including Franchise/SherlockHolmes, [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], and FuManchu.Literature/FuManchu. The third book increases their ranks a great deal, going so far as to imply [[spoiler:[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian horrors]]]] are [=Unpersons=].
12th May '17 3:31:33 PM Mario1995
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* After Craig Kilborn left ''Series/TheDailyShow'' in 1999, Creator/ComedyCentral did everything they could to ensure he is never mentioned on the program again. The official ''Daily Show'' website has no Kilborn-era episode clips (besides a small flashback in one episode from the Jon Stewart era), no VHS or DVD release has showcased Kilborn's run, and fans have to rely on [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes home recordings]] in order to continue enjoying them. The mixed reception of the series during that era as well as Kilborn making crude jokes about ''Daily Show'' co-creator Lizz Winstead on an ''Esquire'' magazine interview didn't help matters.
** However, Kilborn did have a cameo in Stewart's final episode.

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* After Craig Kilborn left ''Series/TheDailyShow'' in 1999, Creator/ComedyCentral did everything they could to ensure he is never mentioned on the program again. The official ''Daily Show'' website has no Kilborn-era episode clips (besides a small flashback in one episode from the Jon Stewart era), no VHS or DVD release has showcased Kilborn's run, and fans have to rely on [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes home recordings]] in order to continue enjoying them. The mixed reception of the series during that era as well as Kilborn making crude jokes about ''Daily Show'' co-creator Lizz Winstead on an ''Esquire'' magazine interview didn't help matters.
** However,
matters. Comedy Central did allow Kilborn did to have a cameo in Stewart's final episode.episode, in which he insults Stewart for taking his job, but that was it.
9th May '17 8:44:06 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the sons of [[spoiler: Archmage Gauldur, who after discovering the source of their father's power was the amulet he wore at all times, betrayed and murdered their father to get ahold of the enchanted amulet and went on a killing spree before being shut down by another Archmage, Geirmund,]] have all record names and deeds purged to seal away the power of the [[spoiler:amulet]].
** The [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Aldmeri]] [[ScrewYouElves Dominion]] are attempting to do this to Talos, the Ninth Divine, by banning his worship in the Empire and hunting those who still worship him. This is because [[spoiler:they want to unmake him as a Divine through GodsNeedPrayerBadly, and from there go on to do the same to Shor, thus erasing even the possibility of humans, which they despise, from existence. And no, they don't give a shit if this means destroying creation itself]].
** This comes from the belief that the High Elves (and all elves in general) are direct descendants of the Eight Divines. Talos is the God-Name for the man Tiber Septim, who was the first Dragonborn Emperor of Tamriel. The idea that the Elves would have to share divinity with mere men was downright insulting to them.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the backstory, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Ayleids (Wild Elves)]] of Cyrodiil took the Nedes, human ancestors to most of the modern races of Men, as slaves. Eventually, after much [[KickTheDog Dog-Kicking]], the [[SlaveRevolt slaves revolted]] and, supported by the Aedra and some [[TokenHeroicOrc rebel Ayleid lords]], overthrew their former masters. The Ayleid lords who supported the revolt were allowed to keep their lands as vassals in the new empire of Men. However, about a century later, the Alessian Order, an extremist [[FantasticRacism anti-elven]] religious order led by the "monkey prophet" Maruhk, came to power in the young empire. They attempted to completely erase all trace of the Ayleids from history. While they obviously weren't completely successful, they did enough damage that the Ayleids are left shrouded in the mists of history while their magics and technologies are lost.
** Also from the backstory, Yokuda (the ancient homeland of the Redguards) was once the home to the Sinistral Mer (or "[[TheSouthpaw Left-Handed]] Elves"). The two races fought a devastating war, which left the Sinistral Mer extinct. To this day, the Redguards do not speak about them for talking about them tends to "darken their days."
** In the 4th Era, the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]-led [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] are attempting to do this to the deity, Talos. Talos, [[OurGodsAreDifferent the Ninth Divine]], is said to be the [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended god-form]] of Tiber Septim (and [[MergerOfSouls possibly others]]), the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire. As part of the treaty that ended the Great War between the Dominion and the [[VestigialEmpire Vestigial Third Cyrodiilic Empire]], worship of Talos is officially banned throughout the empire. Officially, their reasoning is that they do not believe a man could become a god. (Altmeri religion states that the races of Mer (Elves) are the direct descendants of the Aedra, and that the thought of a man joining their ranks is insulting.) However, [[AllThereInTheManual outside]] [[WordOfGod sources]] (supported by in-game evidence) indicate that what the Thalmor ''really'' want to do is to ''[[OmnicidalManiac unmake reality]]'', as they believe the act of creation was a cruel trick which forced their divine ancestors to experience mortal suffering and death. They believe that Talos is one of the last things keeping the mortal world extant, and they believe that they an KillTheGod by banning his worship.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'',
the sons of [[spoiler: Archmage Gauldur, who after discovering the source of their father's power was the amulet he wore at all times, betrayed and murdered their father to get ahold of the enchanted amulet and went on a killing spree before being shut down by another Archmage, Geirmund,]] have all record names and deeds purged to seal away the power of the [[spoiler:amulet]].
** The [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Aldmeri]] [[ScrewYouElves Dominion]] are attempting to do this to Talos, the Ninth Divine, by banning his worship in the Empire and hunting those who still worship him. This is because [[spoiler:they want to unmake him as a Divine through GodsNeedPrayerBadly, and from there go on to do the same to Shor, thus erasing even the possibility of humans, which they despise, from existence. And no, they don't give a shit if this means destroying creation itself]].
** This comes from the belief that the High Elves (and all elves in general) are direct descendants of the Eight Divines. Talos is the God-Name for the man Tiber Septim, who was the first Dragonborn Emperor of Tamriel. The idea that the Elves would have to share divinity with mere men was downright insulting to them.
[[spoiler:amulet]].
5th May '17 10:35:56 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Only a year after his death, the once beloved British TV presenter Creator/JimmySavile was unmasked as having been a gigantic child molester. He is now completely transformed into an unperson: memorials, street names, statues, archive recordings, his gravestone, two charity organisations carrying his name, and honorary degrees have all been removed/renamed/disbanded. In addition, despite his significant contribution to ''Series/TopOfThePops'' (on which he was a regular host for twenty years) he has largely been airbrushed out of the show's history and BBC4 no longer airs episodes which he presented. While he was also knighted and given an OBE medal, these accolades died with him since knighthood is for life, and only for life, and there is no knighthood to be stripped. [[HateDumb This has been misunderstood in the past by people who criticise the monarchy for not stripping him of his honours.]] That being said, some traces of Savile remain online in the form of Website/YouTube videos uploaded prior to the revelation of Savile's darker life.

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* Only a year after his death, the once beloved British TV presenter Creator/JimmySavile was unmasked as having been a gigantic child molester. He is now completely transformed into an unperson: memorials, street names, statues, archive recordings, his gravestone, two charity organisations carrying his name, and honorary degrees have all been removed/renamed/disbanded.removed, renamed, or disbanded. In addition, despite his significant contribution to ''Series/TopOfThePops'' (on which he was a regular host for twenty years) he has largely been airbrushed out of the show's history and BBC4 no longer airs episodes which he presented. While he was also knighted and given an OBE medal, these accolades died with him since knighthood is for life, and only for life, and there is no knighthood to be stripped. [[HateDumb This has been misunderstood in the past by people who criticise the monarchy for not stripping him of his honours.]] That being said, some traces of Savile remain online in the form of Website/YouTube videos uploaded prior to the revelation of Savile's darker life.
5th May '17 10:34:31 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Only a year after his death, the once beloved British TV presenter Creator/JimmySavile was unmasked as having been a gigantic child molester. He is now completely transformed into an unperson: memorials, street names, statues, archive recordings, his gravestone, two charity organisations carrying his name, and honorary degrees have all been removed/renamed/disbanded. In addition, despite his significant contribution to ''Series/TopOfThePops'' (on which he was a regular host for twenty years) he has largely been airbrushed out of the show's history and BBC4 no longer airs episodes which he presented. While he was also knighted and given an OBE medal, these accolades died with him since knighthood is for life, and only for life, and there is no knighthood to be stripped. [[HateDumb This has been misunderstood in the past by people who criticise the monarchy for not stripping him of his honours.]] That being said, some traces of Savile remain online ... namely, older YouTube videos that were uploaded prior to the revelation of Savile's darker life.

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* Only a year after his death, the once beloved British TV presenter Creator/JimmySavile was unmasked as having been a gigantic child molester. He is now completely transformed into an unperson: memorials, street names, statues, archive recordings, his gravestone, two charity organisations carrying his name, and honorary degrees have all been removed/renamed/disbanded. In addition, despite his significant contribution to ''Series/TopOfThePops'' (on which he was a regular host for twenty years) he has largely been airbrushed out of the show's history and BBC4 no longer airs episodes which he presented. While he was also knighted and given an OBE medal, these accolades died with him since knighthood is for life, and only for life, and there is no knighthood to be stripped. [[HateDumb This has been misunderstood in the past by people who criticise the monarchy for not stripping him of his honours.]] That being said, some traces of Savile remain online ... namely, older YouTube online in the form of Website/YouTube videos that were uploaded prior to the revelation of Savile's darker life.
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