Created By: TheBlankMage on September 5, 2011 Last Edited By: bwburke94 on September 9, 2011

Regress to Childhood

A form of amnesia where the character mentally reverts to their childhood self.

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Either by some malfunctioning experiment, bizarre drug, physical damage or sheer Mind Screw, the character becomes a child. This can be played for laughs, as a previously serious and mature character splashes through puddles and chases bugs, but far more often, this is a tragic case where someone just can't take the pressure. This can sometimes be a convenient, bloodless way to revert the Big Bad if they have a Villainous Breakdown. However, this can be reversed, and when it is, you can expect some Amnesiac Dissonance to occur.

Not to be confused with Fountain of Youth, which is about literally turning back into a child.

Examples contain spoilers:
  • Utawarerumono: Kuya, once a young, proud empress, snaps back into adorably depressing toddler years.
  • Heroes: Hiro, although no one likes to remember that particular arc.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Tongpu, the crazy clown with the experimental weapons.
  • Akiha from Tsukihime, in a rare comical example, after downing one of Kohaku's drugs. Moe ensues. (This, of course, comes from one of the spinoff manga. Happy things don't happen in the original.)
  • Lucy from Elfen Lied is an odd case seeing as to how 'Nyu' is not entirely a childhood regression, but having to be taught continence and language again certainly apply.
  • Air. Again, nothing good comes of this.
  • Camille of Gundam Zeta, although this might be considered strait up retardation.
  • Caska of Berserk. (Note, I haven't seen this show, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.)
  • Nancy of Read or Die, due to brain damage.
  • Ibuki of Asu no Yoichi!, for an arc.
  • Again, feel free to correct me, but Evangelion?
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  • September 5, 2011
    • One of the High Priests of Belar in The Belgariad does this when it's revealed that UL is the father of the Gods.
    • Taken to an extreme in the Chakat Universe when a Chakat tries teleportation for the first time--hir mind is wiped completely blank. Even everything shi has learned in the womb is gone. (The use of "hir" and "shi" are not typos, but in-universe pronouns for that type of hermaphrodite).
  • September 5, 2011
    • Done to the whole adult population of Sunnydale in the 3rd season Buffy episode Band Candy.
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    • In an episode of Angel a spell makes them all regress to their teenage personas. Liam (Angel as a teen) is quite taken aback at being in the 21st century.
    • Get Smart: a KAOS mole in CONTROL uses a regression gun on some scientists, which regress them to their very early years. It turns out that one of the scientists is the mole; she reveals herself when she pretends to have been shot by the regressor ray and says she's watches Captain Kangaroo, which wasn't on when she was a little girl.
  • September 5, 2011
    In an episode of Rugrats Stu falls off the roof and gets amnesia, reverting to infancy. He is even able to talk to the babies.
  • September 5, 2011
    • An episode of Recess involves the principal getting hypnotized into thinking he's a 6-year-old kid.
  • September 6, 2011
    One episode of Monk did this due to Monk visiting a hypnotist.
  • September 7, 2011
    Berserk's Casca ends up suffering this as a result of the traumas she suffered during the Eclipse at the hands of the demons and the newly-incarnated Femto in particular. She's also rendered nearly mute.
  • September 8, 2011
    Happened with Alexander in Seikon No Qwaser.

    Though I don't like admitting I've seen that. ):
  • September 9, 2011
    Live Action TV
    • Star Trek The Original Series episode "The Changeling". When Nomad inflicts amnesia on Lieutenant Uhura, she is shown as having a child-like mind and being educated at a 1st grade (about 6 years old) level.