->'''Sharon/Athena:''' Just being with you and Kara feels like I've come home. It's like I'm back in the fleet.\\
'''Helo:''' But you were never in the fleet. That was [[CloningBlues the other]] [[ArtificialHuman Sharon.]]\\
'''Sharon/Athena:''' I know. I know that. But I remember all of it. Like getting my wings. My first trip aboard the Galactica. You know, the memory of being in a uniform is so strong, is so potent, it's, like, I'm Sharon Valerii and this is my family. That's pretty weird, huh?\\
'''Helo:''' That's okay. I like weird.
-->-- '''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''' episode 207 ''"Home, pt 2".''

A character gets others' memories or abilities through some external means, like magic or... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ghosts]]. Compare with GeneticMemory, which uses genetics, reincarnation, and whatnot. Or FakeMemories, in which the implanted memory is totally made up. Contrast DeathAmnesia.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* Immortals in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt inherit the memories]] of any and every immortal that they kill by "devouring" them. How much they affect you depends on the person -- [[IdiotHero Firo]] copes with having the memories of a three hundred-year-old MadScientist and eighteen of his victims by simply insisting [[DumbIsGood he's too dumb to remember or make sense of any of it]], [[spoiler:although he admits to Maiza several years later that he's terrified of the possibility that Szilard's sadistic tendancies might surface in his own personality]]. Czeslaw, on the other hand, [[BreakTheCutie doesn't handle]] [[CreepyChild it quite]] [[CrazySurvivalist so well...]]
** While Firo has the memories of a bunch of strangers running through him, Czes picked up the ghost memory of his beloved guardian, who spent upwards of 200 years gleefully torturing the kid under [[ForTheEvulz the completely false premise]] of "ForScience". It's basically AmnesiacDissonance leading to a(n even more) BrokenPedestal, only the memories he recovered weren't his own.
* A rather creepy part of the first ''GhostInTheShell'' film. No, you have no ex-wife, or daughter. A hacker put them in your brain so you would do his bidding.
** Perhaps even more disturbing is the moment in which he is asked to look at the photo he kept trying to show his coworker of his daughter and it turns out to be a photo of him and ''his dog''.
* ''TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'': [[spoiler:The Dog Knight's dying wish was to pass on his martial arts abilities to the Lizard Knight]] and himself appears when those abilities finally come into use.
* Used by Gartlant (Yeah, I don't get the name either) in ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ''. Each ''[[ThoseWackyNazis fuhrer]]'' gets the memories of his predecessors impressed on him by a machine. It's not a pleasant process, and turned the current Faust from a normal kid to a vicious bastard who mistreated Tiger, Panther, and Luchs/Lynx from that day forward.
* Chimera Ants in HunterXHunter can sometimes recall memories from creatures eaten by their queen, to the point that some of them could be considered {{Reincarnation}}s of them.

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* MarvelUniverse limited series ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_Pryde_and_Wolverine Kitty Pryde and Wolverine]]''. The evil {{Ninja}} Ogun tries to take over Kitty Pryde by impressing his mind on hers. Among other things, this gives her knowledge such as the ability to perfectly prepare a Japanese rock garden.
* Absorbing people's memories is one side effect of Rogue's powers in most ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' continuities, as well.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' [[spoiler:the second Corinthian is troubled by occasionally experiencing thoughts and memories left over from the first one]].
* In ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' [[spoiler:Will Payton and Prince Gavyn are merged into the same person and can switch between forms. While in the form of one, they have the Ghost Memory of the other.]]
* In the DCUniverse, This is how the legacy of the Great Ten's Accomplished Perfect Physician works. Each new holder of the title inherits the collective memories of their predecessors; the current one is the seventeenth, giving him sixteen lifetimes of experience to draw on.
* In ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderman'', [[spoiler:Peter Parker's memories]] continue to haunt the Superior Spider-Man.
* This trope affects Chromedome in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' as a ''severe'' side effect of his [[MindMeld mnemosurgery abilities]]. The thing is, he can [[InterrogatingTheDead read the memories of the dead]], but the side effect of that is that by reading their memories, he also ends up experiencing them, which is in turn [[TransferableMemory recorded in his memory from his perspective]]. The big problem with that is that ''he now knows how it feels to die,'' repeatedly, innumerable times, and in innumerable ways. They have become literal NightmareFuel for him, in that [[BadDreams these memories torment him irregularly and unexpectedly]] while he recharges until he [[CatapultNightmare flings himself awake in a terror]]. It's little wonder he was DrivenToSuicide (though fortunately [[HappilyFailedSuicide he never went through with it]]).

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* In ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', people of TheFuture typically take vacations by having the memory of an exciting trip implanted in their brains, rather than by going on an actual trip somewhere.

* In the eminently forgettable Ray Liotta film ''Unforgettable'', A doctor, accused of the murder of his wife, injects himself with her memories, or some damn thing.

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* In Frank Herbert's later ''{{Dune}}'' series novels, the Bene Gesserit have the ability to share memories by using their mental disciplines. Some of them have the combined memories of a ''planet's'' worth of their fellow Bene Gesserit.
* In The Glass Flower by G. Martin: [[spoiler: As itís revealed by the end of the book, the memories that the protagonist received where so overwhelming for him that he lost his identity in them and shifted more towards that of the original owner of those memories.]]
* In the novel ''GreenRider'', Karigan is briefly possessed by a dead swordsmaster and fights another swordsmaster to save her own life. Later, the moves and skill he used is available to her, making her a better fighter than before.
* ''TheSwordOfTruth'': Richard channels the skills of the titular sword's previous users in order to defeat a large group of master swordsmen.
* ''TheWheelOfTime'': [[spoiler:Mat blurted out]] a wish [[spoiler:to have the holes in his memory filled]], and the wishgivers responded by filling his head with spare memories of other people who had visited them. [[spoiler:This turns him into a brilliant general, and his already [[BornLucky obscene luck]] doesn't hurt either]]. He also demonstrates cases of GeneticMemory early in the series.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', a Literature/{{Discworld}} novel, has the hiver, a creature that inhabits people, drives them mad, and leaves with impressions of them when they die. A hiver inhabits the protagonist, Tiffany. It is eventually driven out, but for a while Tiffany has trouble figuring out who she is. By the next book it's all been settled, except for the memory of this one wizard who stirs every now and again to translate something or randomly exposit. It's not SharingABody or anything like that; he's called "a ghost of a ghost", not self-aware.
** Also, Jeanie, the Nac Mac Feegle's Kelda, is able to access the memories of all Kelda that have been and will be via a ritual.
* In Creator/EEDocSmith's ''[[Literature/SkylarkSeries The Skylark of Space]]'', the heroes befriend an alien race that builds mind-reading machines. They use one of these machines to learn each others' languages. Later, they use one on the brain of a ''dead'' enemy to learn his secrets, effectively gaining the memories of the dead person.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': Apsalar is possessed for a while by Cotillion, the god of assassins, and gains some of his memories along with great skill at knife-fighting.
* Introduced subtly at first, this becomes a major plot point in PamelaDean's ''Secret Country'' trilogy.
* ''[[http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/lee_01_11/ Ghostweight]]'', a short sci-fi story by Yoon Ha Lee. A woman plans her RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the mercenary fleet that destroyed her people with the help of one of their 'ghosts' -- it turns out the ghost is not all he appears to be.
* In Creator/RobertWestall's ''Literature/UrnBurial'', the Fefethil war-leader Prepoc's tomb included a 'memory-helmet' which gives it's human discoverer, Ralph Edwards, insights into Prepoc's past life by showing him 'snapshots' of things that had happened in it's owners life.
* The robotic beings in ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' can obtain the memories of their sibs (other individuals of the same model) by putting in the sib's "soul chip".
* ''[[Literature/TheEchoriumSequence Dark Quetzal]]'': All quetzal have access to the "Memoryplace", a sort of telepathic/magical ancestral memory. By ingesting a certain flower, humans are able to tap in.

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* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Potential Slayers have a subconscious memory of the actions of past Slayers. While this usually only manifests through bizarre, monster-filled dreams, in the case of Dana (in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Damage") the memories combined with her already fragile psyche to send her on a killing spree.
** Another example comes from the ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' episode "Halloween"; Xander is magically transformed into a soldier, giving him memories of various military tactics and operational rules that come in useful in "Innocence" and "Graduation Day".
** Illyria has Fred's memories, but not her soul.
* Sharon "Athena" Valerii still had all of the memories of Sharon "Boomer" Valerii up to a certain point in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. This goes true for other Cylon models as well, but the Eights are the only model who we have seen sharing memories. Another Eight does it again in 'The Hub'.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' Actives usually have FakeMemories, but sometimes get the memories of other people. Some of their fake personas are constructed from bits of actual people (anyone scanned by a Rossum medical brainscan), such as "Ellie Penn" in "Ghost".
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', this is done to [[spoiler:Olivia to convince her that she is her alternate universe counterpart.]]
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode Thanks For The Memory, Lister gives Rimmer 12 months of his memory as a birthday present. He really should have bought him a tie...
* The Trill in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' are small slug like creatures that can bond to a host body, and when the body dies it is implanted in a new one, giving it all the memories and experiences of the previous hosts
** Also in the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' episode, "The Inner Light," Captain Picard receives a lifetime of memories belonging to a man named Kamin on a dying world through Alien [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum.]]
*** Actually, he was convinced that he was Kamin and reacted as such. The memories of the planet were a combination of the environment and his own pesonality. Whether the real Kamin's life, if there had actually been one, was the same is never addressed.
* In the ''DoctorWho'' ChristmasEpisode, "The Next Doctor," a man named Jackson Lake became [[TitleDrop the next Doctor]] [[spoiler: when a gadget called an "infostamp" backfired and disgorged its contents into his mind. He also watched as the Cybermen killed his wife and kidnapped his son. His already-broken mind readily accepted the information]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''FateStayNight'' Masters and Servants can see each others' memories while they sleep. This reveals Saber and Archer's backstories, goals, personalities and identities. They also tend to depress both Servants and Masters because the things they see tend to be real downers.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Baroque}}'', the brothers "Left" and "Right" retain each other's memories when each of them die to replace each other. The kicker: For quite a bit of the game, they don't know the other exists. That wacky Amnesia.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' have these as a result of each games AppliedPhlebotinum. While walking along, your character will occasionally see ghosts acting out what usually turn out to be their last moments alive.
** To be clear, it's revealed in an audio diary found near the beginning of "Arcadia" that [[spoiler:the visions are from the genetic memory of any person whose ADAM was extracted(by the Little Sisters) from their blood to be recycled after they died. Those who splice up with the ADAM(including the main characters, Jack and Subject Delta) end up getting some of these memories with it, experienced in the form of seeing such "ghosts".]] ''Franchise/BioShock''!
* It's implied that [[spoiler:Bastila Shan]] from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is experiencing some... feedback from her [[PsychicLink Force Bond]]. Probably explains the SanitySlippage.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', Krile inherits the abilities of [[spoiler:Galuf after his death]].
** The very first [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy]] game had a race called the Lufenians who pass down the memories of their ancestors in some type of ceremony, which seems to be why they're the only ones who know much about what happened 400 years ago.
* In VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater, The Sorrow was a telepath who would channel the spirits of dead soldiers to imbue himself with combat prowess.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** After ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', Sora was put into sleep to recover from his FakeMemories. During the interquel ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', [[spoiler:some of Sora's memories entered Xion, an OppositeSexClone of Sora, which kept him from waking up.]]
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', [[spoiler:Roxas meets with Sora in a dream and transfers the memories of his life into Sora.]]

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Inverloch}}'', Neirran absorbs the mind of another mage who was dying. This gives her all his memories and access to all the spells he knew.
* In MSPaintAdventures, future Dream Rose "survives" her time line ceasing to exist by fusing with her present dream self, giving her memories of the alternate timeline.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Ellen is an OppositeSexClone of another character, with all of his memories. Then Nioi showed up. Nioi claimed that since Ellen's [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]] was barely a couple months old, while her body and mind are as old as she feels she is (about 17), she'll end up going insane. So Nioi "offers"[[note]]she doesn't actually wait for Ellen to agree[[/note]] to "fix" the problem. For the next few weeks, when she slept, Ellen dreamt of life in another world, where she was born a girl (not a clone of a guy) and grew up normally. She retained all the memories of this other life, down to her own [[{{Squick}} birth]]. It's so far caused her as much angst as relief.

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* Agent Washington from ''RedVsBlue'' received the memories of the Alpha [=AI=] and its creator/[[BrainUploading template]], [[spoiler:the Director]] via its LivingMemory component, Epsilon.
** The AIs in general, particularly Alpha, are examples of this, with their memories being based on their creator's. [[spoiler:Epsilon!Tex is arguably also an example, with her memories being based on Epsilon's memories of what she should be like... which are in turn based on Church's memories, which are based on the Director's. It gets confusing.]]
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