A character whose defining characteristic is that he is ridiculously forgetful. Usually played for comedy, this trope does ''not'' cover characters with Alzheimer's or brain injuries that legitimately impair their short-term or long-term memory.

Compare AbsentMindedProfessor. For showrunners assuming their audience's memory is this bad, see ViewersAreGoldfish.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ira West (Iris' [[spoiler:adoptive]] father, Wally's grandfather) in ''Franchise/TheFlash''. In his first appearance, he was told Barry Allen's SecretIdentity and helped create his super-compressed costume, but had forgotten all about it the next day.
* Quinton Zempfester from ''ComicBook/ThievesAndKings''.
* [[PunnyName Senilo]] in the Swedish superhero spoof ''Kapten Stofil''. His superpower is being [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway incredibly forgetful]]. While generally useless, this sometimes allow him to perform marvelous feats as long as [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome they occur off-panel]] and [[RuleOfFunny he doesn't remember what he did]]. ("How did you get free?!" "I haven't the foggiest. Where are we?")

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Bow the Gothorita, one of the supporting characters in ''FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonReflectingBalance'', is very forgetful, often forgetting to tell other Pokémon of her visions of the future until after they have already happened.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Dory from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''
-->'''Dory:''' I suffer from short-term memory loss. It runs in my family. Well, at least I think it does... Where ''are'' they?

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'' (or, indeed, any AbsentMindedProfessor). The original movie begins with the Fred [=MacMurray=] character ''forgetting his own wedding!''
* Uncle Billy in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': Besides his big blunder toward the end of the film, an earlier scene shows him with reminder strings tied on several different fingers, indicating that he is generally prone to forgetfulness.
* Decidedly ''not'' PlayedForLaughs in ''{{Film/Memento}}'', where Leonard's anterograde amnesia drives the plot, and the movie's format.

* "Biffy" Biffen from the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories, who has found the girl of his dreams, but ''can't remember her last name!'' Also applies to the [[Series/JeevesAndWooster TV show]].
* Another Creator/PGWodehouse example: Lord Emsworth of ''Literature/BlandingsCastle''.
* [[AbsentMindedProfessor Professor Plum]] from the ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' book series.
* Mr. Forgetful from the ''Literature/MrMen'' series. In his book, he even has to memorize a message (and, being Mr. Forgetful, gets the message wrong, of course).
-->''' Mr. Forgetful:''' There's a goose asleep in the rain!
::The original message was "There's a sheep loose in the lane."
* Neville Longbottom of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fame, long before his MemeticBadass days, was this for the first four (and part of the fifth) books. It's implied that he was this because of his lack of self-confidence and drive to be better. Or it could be due to the [[spoiler:Memory charm he received as a child to erase his traumatic memories of watching his parents be tortured into insanity.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "Mr. Short-term Memory", with Creator/TomHanks.
* In the DrakeAndJosh episode "Football" Drake and Josh meet the school janitor, Zeke Braxton, who used to be a pro football player until a head injury affected his memory.
-->'''Zeke:''' Who are you kids?
-->'''Drake:''' I'm Drake.
-->'''Zeke:''' And you are?
-->'''Josh:''' Josh.
-->'''Zeke:''' And I am?
-->'''Drake:''' Zeke... you're Zeke.
-->'''Zeke:''' Right... And you are?

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The TropeNamer is Forgetful Jones, the cowboy Muppet from ''Series/SesameStreet''. A RunningGag on the show is his inability to even remember that his memory is so bad.

* From ''Radio/TheBobAndTomShow'', the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd-6KIPSOIU Joe Johnson Memory System]]. The Jim Johannsen Memory System helps you remember names, phone numbers and even names with the help of Jonah Jameson. Followups include the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIRtwBTDp2s Jack Jefferson]] [[BuffySpeak Vocabulary Builder-Upper]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdnJtbh7lj8 Jim Jenkins]] [[ElSpanishO Spanish El Learno Systemo]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G. II]]'': There's only thing Tamao seems able to remember: which is [[{{fangirl}} how much she admires Yuka.]] Aside from that, don't expect her to remember anyone else's name for more than a few seconds (''literally'') before she forgets it. Kaori actually had to reintroduce herself [[RunningGag three times]], within a minute, after first meeting her.
* Koishi of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' had become this as a side effect of her completely sealing her ability to read any minds, including her own. By ''Hopeless Masquerade'', she mentions that she tends to forget everything now, so she's surprised that she could still remember [[spoiler:the Mask of Hope that she found some time ago]].
* Gaboonga from ''VideoGame/WonderlandAdventures'' frequently forgets his own name.
* [[VideoGame/{{Nethack}} Who was that Maud person, anyway?]] (This is a reference to the eponymous poem by Creator/AlfredLordTennyson.)

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' has Rose, in her one scene from the episode "So Random!"
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I can't help but notice that [[NonIndicativeName despite your name and cutie mark]], you're growing flowers that aren't roses.\\
'''Rose:''' Sorry about that, I've got a very bad memory.\\
'''Pinkie:''' Oh, don't worry. I'm sure we'll get that fixed one day.\\
'''Rose:''' Get what fixed?\\
'''Rose:''' 'Allo, Pinkie Pie!\\
'''Pinkie:''' Goodbye, Rose.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Jade Harley of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' starts out somewhat like this, hence why her fingers are covered in reminder strings.
* Tyler from ''Webcomic/MorphE'' is so forgetful that he needs to keep a journal for reminders.
* In ''Webcomic/CityFace 2'', City Face forgets what Torus said, mere seconds after she said it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Gunshow}}'': [[http://gunshowcomic.com/806 "Please go to the hospital already, your short term memory is a burden to us all."]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Sparadrap from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', thus extending his TheWatson role to things that his guildmates have presumably already explained to him previously off-screen and mild cases of ViewersAreGoldfish.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBears'', Beastly was written as having an extremely bad short-term memory. To the point where he would often lose his train of thought mid-sentence. He wasn't written that way in other episodes.
* The entire elephant village are depicted as this in the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' series.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode, "Bride of the Swamp Monster" had a swamp monster's girlfriend (also a swamp monster) who forgot things instantly. She even says that she never got his letters because every time she got off work she forgot where she lived.
* On one of the ''U.S. Acres'' segments of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Wade's cousin Newton, who has a ''really' bad memory visits. He keeps forgetting who Orson is less than a minute after he tells him. One hilarious dialogue between them:
-->'''Orson:''' You really do have a bad memory.
-->'''Newton:''' I know, I'm in a club for people with bad memories.
-->'''Orson:''' What's the name of the club?
-->'''Newton:''' I forgot.
-->'''Orson:''' How often does it meet?
-->'''Newton:''': I dunno.
-->'''Orson:''' How often are the meetings held?
-->'''Newton:''' Beats me.
-->'''Orson:''' Why don't you just quit??
-->'''Newton:''' I can't! I'm the president! Incidentally, what was your name again?
* Mr. Scatterbrain from ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''.
* This is the main trait of Lily the fox on ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool''. It's not played for comedy, though, so much as AnAesop that she is working to get better about it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[EnfantTerrible Klarion]], since he's a [[HumanoidAbomination Lord of Chaos]] whose mind works differently than a human's. Upon being told that [[MadScientist T.O. Morrow]] is in a coma, he pauses to ask "Did I know that already?" WordOfGod also noted that while everyone in [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Light]] knew about [[spoiler:Black Manta]] being Kaldur's father, "whether Klarion remembers is a legit question."
* Patrick on ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is so stupid he'll sometimes forget things in seconds. Like when he and [=SpongeBob=] were hiding out in the desert and he decided to eat his only food, a chocolate bar, in one go and then immediately forgets he ate it.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Lumpy Space Princess can be ridiculously forgetful at times. In "Video Makers" after Jake tells her they're filming a food fight scene she immediately forgets they're filming a scene and gets mad when Peppermint Butler throws food at her.
* The [[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Tweety and Sylvester]] cartoon "Red Riding Hoodwinked" features a version of TheBigBadWolf who can never remember Red's name and has to be prompted by other characters. Another, even more forgetful wolf was [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Bugs Bunny's]] antagonist in "The Hare-less Wolf"
* Lilly from TimothyGoesToSchool is very prone to forgetting important things. One episode had Lilly take care of the class pet (A fish) which Doris thinks isn't a good idea. Lilly always remembers what to do with her pet fish and proves it in that episode. She can also be seen wearing a string around her hand to remember things and would talk to herself to remind herself.
* In WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries episode "Mission Imp Possible", Genie, Iago and [[TheImp Nefir]] end up in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Bog of Forgetfulness.]]
-->'''Iago:''' You know, you're big, blue and funny looking; you must be a genie. Turn into something that will help us out.
-->'''Genie:''' How about an elephant? An elephant never forgets. ''(Turns into a hippopotamus)'' Was this what I was suppose to turn into?
-->'''Iago:''' You weren't always a hippo?

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