Created By: LokiLFebruary 21, 2012
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retrieving the last image the victim saw

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The dead tell no tales, but sometime it is possible using mad science or psychic powers to retrieve the last thing a dead person saw from their eyes or minds, where it burned itself in when they died. A form of (pseudo) scientific necromancy or fortean forensics if you will.

This is mostly a dead trope nowadays and not used very often any more. If it is used at all than it is either played with somehow or used in a medium that does not take itself all that seriously. It might get used in a setting where anything goes or where one deliberately tries to evoke the bygone tropes of a different era. Sci Fi plays on the trope might involve accessing a persons cybernetic ocular implant or similar.

- Trope Maker might be Jules Verne in his novel "Les Frères Kip"/"The Kip Bothers". - The Wild Wild West Movie with Will Smith used it. - The Fringe used it directly referencing Jules Verne in the process.

Anyone can think of any others?
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • February 21, 2012
    SKJAM
    Pluto: Used with robots whose memories can be accessed.
  • February 21, 2012
    Antigone3
    Used in the first Lord Darcy story. Twisted a bit in that the "eye test" cannot be submitted as evidence ... but Darcy was using it to let the killer go free. (Asshole Victim, and a killer who didn't know the eye test shows a subjective image.)
  • February 21, 2012
    dalek955
    • The Watch in Feet Of Clay used a high-magnification iconograph to take a picture of the very center of the victim's eyes, revealing a pair of glowing red dots which turned out to be golem eyes.
  • February 21, 2012
    Shnakepup
    I wanna say this was used in a Star Trek The Next Generation movie, complete with some technobabble explaining how the last image was "burned" into the back of the guy's retina.
  • February 21, 2012
    Shnakepup
    Also, do last photos count? Because I'm pretty sure I've seen a sort-of example of this in an X-Files episode where a man was taking photos right before he died. Mulder and Scully manage to get the film out of the mangled camera and develop it, and the very last photo (take right before he died) gave them a clue as to how he died.
  • February 21, 2012
    Azkar
    • Star Trek Voyager: Lt. Paris is convicted of murder, based on memories extracted from the victim's mind.
  • February 21, 2012
    FireWalk
    This sounds like Eye Remember
  • February 21, 2012
    nman
    ^While the OP looks like that trope, where would cases that involve extracting the dead guy's memories, (like the Voyager example above) fit in?
  • February 21, 2012
    Hedgi
    If we count Photos, the Castle Episode " Murder most Fowl" had a man Shot while birdwatching/ witnessing a crime. his last act was to press the shutter, getting two photos of the man before he fell from the tree.
  • February 21, 2012
    sliz225
    Artemis Fowl: Foaly actually invents a device for this precise purpose.
  • February 21, 2012
    sliz225
    Also, this is totally Eye Remember.

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