Created By: Animefan4alltime on August 29, 2011 Last Edited By: Animefan4alltime on September 8, 2011

self-inflicted amnesia

You remembered that you made yourself forget

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A special form of Amnesiac Dissonance and Laser-Guided Amnesia where the loss of memories was purposefully caused by the character who was suffering from amnesia. Maybe it was to hide his dark and troubled past, or to forget that his heart was broken or so that he can keep a life preserving secret. This can be done by either wiping ones memories or good old fashion repression

Similar to Brain Bleach

Compare to Memory Gambit, except the memory loss is intended to be Permanent.

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  • August 29, 2011
    Chabal2
    K in the first Men In Black film. Most of the second movie is J trying to get him to remember.
  • August 29, 2011
    Koveras
    Compare Memory Gambit and Neuro Vault.

    • Kinda what happens to Harry in Ghost Story when he discovers that he convinced Molly to erase his memories of organizing his own assassination in the previous book.
  • August 29, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    This is the backdrop of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and the episode of The Simpsons that parodied it.
  • August 29, 2011
    hevendor717
    Used strategically by Light Yagami in Death Note. See Just As Planned.
  • August 30, 2011
    NetMonster
    I'm pretty sure we already have that. Something like Memory Gambit?
  • August 30, 2011
    Koveras
    Memory Gambit overlaps with this, but Memory Gambit also requires the memories to be restored at some point. The way I understand it, this one is about people deliberately erasing painful memories they cannot deal with otherwise, and not planning to have them restored, ever.

    By that definition, the Death Note example and my own Ghost Story example above count as Memory Gambit (in fact, they are both on that page already) and not this trope.
  • August 30, 2011
    Sackett
    Eden Of The East uses this trope. Something went wrong though and the hero woke up naked with a gun in front of the White House, and no memory on how it happened.
  • August 30, 2011
    Stratadrake
    • In Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team, it's eventually revealed that the reason your main character arrives in the Pokemon world with no memories of why or how is because he asked to have his memories erased, to prove for himself whether or not he was really The Chosen One they spoke of.
  • August 30, 2011
    KTera
    • Daniel from Amnesia The Dark Descent erases his own memories so he won't have to live with the knowledge that he tortured people to death and murdered children who tried to escape.
  • August 30, 2011
    PaulA
    It's spelled "inflicted", by the way.
  • August 30, 2011
    Merlo
    "the person resposeable for the loss of memories was purposefully caused by the character who was suffering from amnesia"

    I'm confused by this part. I'm going to guess the trope is exactly what the title says and nothing more complicated than that.

    Ergo Proxy. This is the eponymous character's backstory.

    Played with in Memento. The protagonist isn't responsible for his anterograde amnesia, but eventually he gets to the point that he stops trying to keep his life straight and intentionally goes on living a lie.
  • August 30, 2011
    Stratadrake
    [note: this comment affected by YKTTW bug]

    ^ I think it's supposed to mean that they are the one responsible for their own amnesia.
  • August 30, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Apparently the YKTTW borked on my previous post. Overlaps with previous comment, can't edit it properly.
  • August 31, 2011
    TrustBen
    Walter on Fringe is distressed that William Bell removed pieces of his brain. When he confronts Bell about it, Bell tells him that Walter asked to have his brain cut into because he didn't like the man he was becoming.
  • August 31, 2011
    Higurashiblood98
    [[Anime/Manga]] -Kouta in Elfen Lied represses his memories after seeing his sister Kanae get torn in half and his father get beheaded by Lucy. He convinces himself that his dad died in a car accident, and that Kanae died of an illness. It isn't until Lucy kills someone in front of him that he remembers.
  • August 31, 2011
    TheBigDawg
    This makes me think of the "Simpsons" episode where Homer can't remember anything from the night before, and we find out Moe gave him his famous "Forget-me-shot". I really can't explain anything else without spoilers and, since I'm new to doing anything besides READING pages, I don't know how to spoiler. But someone who knows what I'm referring to, please add an appropriately-formatted example.
  • August 31, 2011
    ChocolateChip
    Zaphod turned out to have done this in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy so he could get elected president. If he hadn't done it, the brain scans would have determined that he was going to use his presidency to steal the Heart of Gold.
  • August 31, 2011
    deuxhero
    Planescape Torment makes it clear early on the lack of name for The Nameless One was an intentional design by one of his his predecessors who wrote the "novel" on his back and latter reveals that EVERYTHING was part of the First Incarnation's work.
  • September 1, 2011
    TheRedDuke
    "Doublethink" from the novel [[1984]] is a perfect example of this.
  • September 1, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    In the episode of The Simpsons, Moe wiped Homer's memories with a powerful alcohol nicknamed the "Forget-me Shot." It was a clever enough pun to warrant mention on it's own.
  • September 2, 2011
    Acebrock
    Related to Brain Bleach.

    You might even be able to mine some examples from that page.
  • September 2, 2011
    Stratadrake
    I thought Brain Bleach was a viewer reaction?
  • September 8, 2011
    LeeM
    In the Elf Quest In Space! series Jink the title character erases her own memory after erasing her boyfriend's in order to purge some traumatic memories. Unfortunately this also wipes the memories of their relationship. Later on they meet again and feel deja vu, which tips off Jink to what she'd done, and they get to know each other again for the "first" time.

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