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25th Sep '16 4:43:39 PM StClair
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has a short story, "The Nearness of You", in which it's gradually revealed that a woman was [[Ret Gone]]d out of existence during a Crisis Crossover which happened almost entirely "offscreen". Her husband still vaguely remembers her existence. Eventually, a spirit offers to completely wipe any trace of the memory, which he declines because as painful as it was, it's all that he has left of her. Before the spirit leaves, he asks it what others chose:

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has a short story, "The Nearness of You", in which it's gradually revealed that a woman was [[Ret Gone]]d {{Ret Gone}}d out of existence during a Crisis Crossover CrisisCrossover which happened almost entirely "offscreen". Her husband still vaguely remembers her existence. Eventually, This is all explained by a spirit who offers to completely wipe any trace of the memory, which he declines because as painful as it was, it's all that he has left of her. Before the spirit leaves, he asks it what others chose:
25th Sep '16 4:41:48 PM StClair
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has a short story, "The Nearness of You", in which it's gradually revealed that a woman was RetGoned out of existence during a Crisis Crossover which happened almost entirely "offscreen". Her husband still vaguely remembers her existence. Eventually, a spirit offers to completely wipe any trace of the memory, which he declines because as painful as it was, it's all that he has left of her. Before the spirit leaves, he asks it what others chose:

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has a short story, "The Nearness of You", in which it's gradually revealed that a woman was RetGoned [[Ret Gone]]d out of existence during a Crisis Crossover which happened almost entirely "offscreen". Her husband still vaguely remembers her existence. Eventually, a spirit offers to completely wipe any trace of the memory, which he declines because as painful as it was, it's all that he has left of her. Before the spirit leaves, he asks it what others chose:
25th Sep '16 4:40:46 PM StClair
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has a short story where a woman was retconned out of existence, however her husband still vaguely remembers her existence. Eventually, a spirit offers to completely wipe any trace of the memory, which he declines because as painful as it was, it's all that he has left of her. Before the spirit leaves, he asks it what others chose:

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has a short story where story, "The Nearness of You", in which it's gradually revealed that a woman was retconned RetGoned out of existence, however her existence during a Crisis Crossover which happened almost entirely "offscreen". Her husband still vaguely remembers her existence. existence. Eventually, a spirit offers to completely wipe any trace of the memory, which he declines because as painful as it was, it's all that he has left of her. Before the spirit leaves, he asks it what others chose:
25th Sep '16 4:37:25 PM StClair
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has a short story where a woman was retconned out of existence, however her lover still vaguely remembers her existence. Eventually, a spirit offers to completely wipe any trace of the memory, which he declines because as painful as it was, it's all that he has left of her.

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has a short story where a woman was retconned out of existence, however her lover husband still vaguely remembers her existence. Eventually, a spirit offers to completely wipe any trace of the memory, which he declines because as painful as it was, it's all that he has left of her. Before the spirit leaves, he asks it what others chose:
--> For a moment, he thinks he sees the twitch of a '''smile''' under that burlap hood --
-->'''The Hanged Man:''' [[AC:No one forgets. No one. Good night, Michael Teniceck. Sleep well.]]
25th Mar '16 9:20:52 AM Willbyr
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* In the first season finale of ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'', Fuyuki remembers Keroro after finding and building a Gundam model he left in the basement.

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* In the first season finale of ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'', ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Fuyuki remembers Keroro after finding and building a Gundam model he left in the basement.



** [[spoiler: Subverted]] in that not all of the girls [[spoiler: have fond feelings for Keima -- one thinks he ran away, while another is creeped out by this weirdo who acts like they've met before.]]

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** [[spoiler: Subverted]] [[spoiler:Subverted]] in that not all of the girls [[spoiler: have fond feelings for Keima -- one thinks he ran away, while another is creeped out by this weirdo who acts like they've met before.]]
17th Mar '16 2:59:52 PM Karxrida
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** Sora doesn't retain any memories of his Nobody, Roxas, yet he feels like he has met Hayner, Pence and Olette before when he wakes up. He even cries when they leave Twilight Town at the beginning of the game, even though he was no idea why.

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** Sora doesn't retain any of the memories of his Nobody, Roxas, yet he feels like he has met Hayner, Pence and Olette before when he wakes up. He even cries when they leave he leaves Twilight Town at the beginning of the game, even though he was no idea why.
17th Mar '16 2:58:36 PM Karxrida
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** The beginning uses this trope on Sora regarding Roxas's friends in Twilight Town. Although he does have an item of Roxas's, in a small subversion, he never does remember them directly, although he does learn Roxas's story.
** Roxas himself manages to avert this, though. He knows he doesn't remember his old friend Axel, but for the most part, he really doesn't care. He's more angry that Axel keeps butting into his new life and throwing it all into chaos. The old memories are only reawakened ''despite'' Roxas' best efforts. And it still takes a long and rocky time to [[spoiler: rekindle the friendship.]]
** On the other hand, Roxas plays it totally straight in the case of [[spoiler: Xion]].
** This also applies to Sora's friends before he wakes up. Kairi in particular is ''living'' this trope: she knows there was a boy who was very important to her, but can't remember anything else about him, and this bothers her so much she refuses to return to the small island where they used to play until she can remember everything. Riku has the same thing to a lesser extent -- only "fogginess" instead of outright amnesia, thanks to the exact mechanics of the magic involved.
** Subverted in ''Chain of Memories'': Early on, Sora realizes he has forgotten a second girl he was friends with on Destiny Islands, including her name, and struggles (and succeeds) in remembering more and more about her. [[spoiler:It turns out that his memories of the "other girl", Namine, are all fake, placed in his mind as the story progresses by her according to the EvilPlan of the game's BigBad. Also inverted in that he's also losing his real memories of Kairi and doesn't even realize the loss]].
** Xemnas gives the series a villainous example. He only recalls about a year of his human life, and one of his biggest goals -- even as a [[TheChessMaster ChessMaster]] and MagnificentBastard of literally world-destroying proportions -- is simply to find the old friends he can't quite remember.

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** The beginning uses this trope on Kairi still has a very vague recollection of Sora regarding Roxas's friends in Twilight Town. Although he does have an item of Roxas's, in a small subversion, he never does during the prologue, even though she isn't supposed to remember them directly, although he does learn Roxas's story.
him yet due Naminé's memory tampering.
** Roxas himself manages to avert this, though. He knows he Sora doesn't remember his old friend Axel, but for the most part, he really doesn't care. He's more angry that Axel keeps butting into his new life and throwing it all into chaos. The old retain any memories are only reawakened ''despite'' Roxas' best efforts. And it still takes a long of his Nobody, Roxas, yet he feels like he has met Hayner, Pence and rocky time to [[spoiler: rekindle the friendship.]]
** On the other hand, Roxas plays it totally straight in the case of [[spoiler: Xion]].
** This also applies to Sora's friends
Olette before when he wakes up. Kairi in particular is ''living'' this trope: she knows there He even cries when they leave Twilight Town at the beginning of the game, even though he was a boy who was very important no idea why.
** Xemnas is supposedly unable
to her, but can't remember anything else about him, from before 10 years ago, yet a cutscene added in the ''Final Mix'' version shows him talking to Aqua's discarded Keyblade and this bothers her so much she refuses to return to the small island where they used to play until she can remember everything. Riku has the same thing to a lesser extent -- only "fogginess" instead of outright amnesia, thanks to the exact mechanics of the magic involved.
** Subverted in ''Chain of Memories'': Early on, Sora realizes
armor as if he has forgotten a second girl he was friends with on Destiny Islands, including her name, and struggles (and succeeds) in remembering more and more about her. [[spoiler:It turns out that remembers his memories of the "other girl", Namine, are all fake, placed in his mind time as the story progresses by her according to the EvilPlan of the game's BigBad. Also inverted in that he's also losing his real memories of Kairi and doesn't even realize the loss]].
** Xemnas gives the series a villainous example. He only recalls about a year of his human life, and one of his biggest goals -- even as a [[TheChessMaster ChessMaster]] and MagnificentBastard of literally world-destroying proportions -- is simply to find the old friends he can't quite remember.
Terra/Master Xehanort.
27th Feb '16 12:05:15 PM billybobfred
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* This is how ''most'' characters in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' experience RippleEffectProofMemory when you SAVEScum. Unlike most examples of the trope, they never get their full memory back. Minor [=NPCs=] [[spoiler:and Sans, for some reason, though he's so CrazyPrepared that you might not realize it]] seem to lack even this much recollection, and [[spoiler:Flowey, Chara, and the six human [=SOULs=]]] go one further and remember ''everything''.
4th Dec '15 8:55:21 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', characters who used to be heroes are now mundane and struggle with a sense of loss. Comicbook/DoctorStrange, now a psychologist, spends time counseling Robert Reynolds, aka TheSentry, who doesn't know what he's lost but he's certain he used to be more...

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* In ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', characters who used to be heroes are now mundane and struggle with a sense of loss. Comicbook/DoctorStrange, now a psychologist, spends time counseling Robert Reynolds, aka TheSentry, ComicBook/TheSentry, who doesn't know what he's lost but he's certain he used to be more...
8th Nov '15 2:49:17 PM catmuto
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* In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' ''[[UpdatedRerelease Record Breaker]]'' gives this to Daichi and Io, if the player opts to follow the ''Triangulum Arc's'' route where [[spoiler: the protagonist decides to [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence become the world's Administrator]] and removes the memories of him from his friends]]. Daichi has a moment of leaving high school with Io and feels like he forgot something important.
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