Past-life memories are memories that a reincarnated character gains from previous incarnations of their soul.

When {{Reincarnation}} and past-life memories are presented as being real within the context of a story, It often works in a way similar to GeneticMemory, by giving the character knowledge and skills that they would otherwise be unlikely to gain for themselves. Past-life memories often manifest as DreamingOfTimesGoneBy. On rarer occasions, an entire identity from a past incarnation may start to emerge, resulting in a SplitPersonality. Sometimes a character will undergo a SplitPersonalityMerge, with their current identity combining with that of a previous incarnation, giving them complete access to the memories and skills of the previous incarnation and resulting in a major LevelUp.

In most works with {{Reincarnation}}, the majority of characters do not gain past-life memories, so having them is often a sign of being a particularly important soul, perhaps even TheChosenOne.

Of course, in other works, {{Reincarnation}} is presented as not being true, and claims to having memories from past lives are treated as a sign of eccentricity or even insanity. A character making a claim to having past-life memories still invokes this trope.

RealLife public figures that can be verified as making claims to experiencing past-life memories are acceptable examples, as long as it is clear that these are claims only and this is not the place to debate whether or not these beliefs have any foundation in reality.

Compare GeneticMemory.

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!!Examples Include


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' gains memories of her previous life as Princess Serenity, and all the Senshi gain their memories of their lives during the Silver Millennium. The completeness of these memories depends on the individual senshi and the version of the series.
* Eclair from ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' starts to remember her past lives after a few dodgy missions. All the others "reincarnated" characters never lose theirs to begin with.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Juudai remembered the vow he made in his past life to love only Yubel when he inflicts damage on her through her Duel Monsters avatar. It's implied strongly that remembering this vow also restores his love for her.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': The outcome of the previous iteration in the GroundhogDayLoop flash in Madoka's dream. It's also seen in an earlier timeline, when she starts to recall Homura's name despite not having met her yet. Later, she gets a "mental static" during a certain event with Homura. Then things snowball into her AbstractApotheosis.
* ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo'' involves ReincarnationRomance. The three leads were in a love triangle in their past lives ''and'' their current ones, but only one of them remembers what happened clearly. (Or so he says)
* Einhart of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' gets these from her ancestor Hegemon Ingvalt, although she's quick to mention that she's her own person and not a continued existence of Ingvalt. Before the series, she only receives memories of his regrets of not being able prevent Sankt Kaiser Olivie's HeroicSacrifice during the Ancient Belka Wars, but after Einhart meets and becomes friends with [[CloneJesus Olivie's clone]], Vivio, she starts gaining memories of his happier times with Olivie.
* The central premise of ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki'' involves the main character, Harusumi, having memories of his [[{{Reincarnation}} past life]] as a [[GenderBender princess]] named Veronica. It turns out that nearly everyone in his high school class are also reincarnations of people from the same past, and they all eventually regain memories of their past lives as well.
* ''LightNovel/DenpaTekiNaKanojo'': Ochibana Ame declares to Juuzawa Juu that she has past-life memories where Juu was the King of the Lemurian Continent thousands of years ago, and Ame was his knight who CannotTellAJoke. Ame sincerely believes this, everyone else believes [[YoureInsane She Is Insane]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': [[spoiler:Greedling gains the memories of the original Greed after killing Bido. These memories lead to his HeelFaceTurn]].
* ''Manga/SpiritCircle'' has the main character, Fuuta, reliving his seven last lives as a major part of the story. In fact, most chapters are focused on following each incarnations' life.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Ken Murata retains the memories of Shinou's Great Wise Man from 4000 years ago, as well as the memories of all the lives he's lived in between then and now. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] when it's revealed that he was in psychological therapy as a kid because of the serious personal identity issues this caused him.
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': This is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:Shintaro Kisaragi]]'s power in the [[Anime/MekakucityActors anime's]] 8th episode. [[spoiler:He very suddenly remembers every timeline ever experienced (including the other events of the light novel, manga and music videos) when his power manifests itself properly. The memories play an essential role in the happy ending]].
* An important trope in ''LightNovel/SeikenTsukaiNoWorldBreak''. The students at the school are heroes from a past life reincarnated, and as such, they retain the memories, along with the weapons their past selves used.
* This tends to happen a lot in ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'' and ''Anime/AquarionEVOL'', given that reincarnation and past lives are major parts of the plot. Still, perfect recall of those memories is rare; the characters mostly get bits and flashes at a time, and it usually takes the whole series to figure out what ''really'' happened during a past life.
* ''Anime/DaisukiBuBuChacha'': Chacha, despite being reincarnated into a toy car, still retains all his previous memories from when he's still alive.
* Tamura from ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' thinks he has memories of a past life as a nymphomanic woman. In reality, [[spoiler:they're his repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse resurfacing]].

[[folder: Comics]]
* Subverted by Creator/MarvelComics' Starhawk. He lives his life in a GroundhogDayLoop, returning to birth every time he dies. So he remembers his past life, but it's identical to his current life.
* The original Loki set up a scheme to have a copy of his own memories overwrite the mind of his child incarnation, effectively killing the new Loki. However, since the new Loki is technically only a mental clone of the original Loki, he is actually able to feel guilty about this.
** Said copy also went around playing ImaginaryFriend (or ImaginaryEnemy if you wish) for a while, before he could ''convince'' the child to be overwritten, giving him access to vital knowledge for/about his schemes he couldn't poses otherwise.
** The copy later overwrites himself with a ''new'' new Loki. When asked, 'Loki, God of Stories' admits (dismissively) to uncertainty on whether he is an upgraded version of the copy or a new entity in his own right.
* The Corinthian from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' had two incarnations; the first was deemed a failure and uncreated. A part of him was included in the second, including some memories and traits.
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Torquemada starts to remember the lives of his previous incarnations because [[spoiler:Thoth is killing them off one by one as revenge.]]


[[folder: Fanfic]]
* As ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'' shows, Galvatron fully remembers his time as Megatron. And Galvatron. And the other Galvatron. Despite the fact that this is blatantly impossible, for [[AlternateUniverse several]] [[KilledOffForReal reasons]].
* In ''Fanfic/BringingMeToLife'' [[spoiler: Max starts to have dreams of his past life as Neo.]]
* ''FanFic/CastlevaniaNocturneOfRuin'': [[{{OC}} Mariabella Fox]], who is soon revealed to be the reincarnation of Maria Renard, starts getting flashes of memory and knowledge during her time in Castlevania, first by knowing the names of Death's CoDragons, then by being an InstantExpert with magic, and finally having flashbacks to Maria's life.
* In the ''Fanfic/ShadowWars'' universe, several character relationships hinge on conscious or unconscious past life memories.
** Most notably, it's why Princess Luna [[ReincarnationRomance falls in love]] with Twilight Sparkle; Twilight was Luna's [[TrueLove beloved]] [[GenderBender ''husband'']] Dusk Skyshine during Luna's incarnation as Moondreamer.
** Twilight's OddFriendship with Rainbow Dash stems from the same source: back when Twilight was Dusk Skyshine, Rainbow was Dusk's best friend Dash Firehooves.
** Pinkie Pie instantly recognizes Twilight Sparkle as a reincarnation of her best friend Minty from the World That Was Not. (Pinkie, due to her origins and relationship with [[DeusEstMachina The Paradise Entity]], has semi-conscious access to many of her past-life memories).
** A [[DarkerAndEdgier particularly nasty]] version of this happens to Dissy, the [[UsedToBeASweetKid young (and benevolent)]] son of Shady, when he is claimed and consumed by the [[DarkSide ''true'' incarnation]] of his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Cosmic Self]] -- which [[MeaningfulRename prefers to be called Discord]].
* The ''Vocaloid'' fanfic ''Fanfic/RottingCamellias'' has Miku [[spoiler: dreaming of her past life as a mage with Luka and Meiko.]]
* In the ''[[Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fic ''[[ Cyclical]]'', experience from her past incarnation briefly flares through Rukia's head when she first taps into her spiritual energy. (Unfortunately, her mind may have centuries worth of combat training, but her body does not.)

[[folder: Film]]
* In the film version of ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', it's said that each new Slayer is the same Slayer, reincarnated as long as there are vampires to fight, and Buffy has dreams of her past lives.
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns'':
** Evy has flashes of insights and memories that make her think she's hallucinating. Turns out, they're memories of her past life from ancient Egypt.
** Meela Nais is revealed to be the reincarnation of [[BigBad Imhotep]]'s lover Anck-su-namun, and has her memories, which allow her to track down and exhume Imhotep's body.
* The film ''Film/DeadAgain'' has a hypnotist who specializes in PastLifeRegression hypnotherapy of his subjects -- to help them overcome psychological obstacles, and to help him find and procure antiques they encountered in their previous lives. He even does it to the film's protagonsists.
* There's a film called ''Film/UncleBoonmeeWhoCanRecallHisPastLives''. Although, surprisingly given the title, Boonmee does not remember his past lives other than once when he visits a cave and remembers that e was born there in a past life.
* ''Film/{{Patton}}''. The title general claims that he remembers scenes from his past lives as a warrior. This was based on beliefs that have been attributed to the RealLife Patton.
* ''Film/TheMaster'': [[ChurchOfHappyology The Cause]]'s "processing" involves recalling these, and dealing with the trauma left bythem (just like Scientology's "auditing"). However, [[TheMaster Dodd]] later {{RetCon}}s this, though he claims to have known Freddie before in 1871 during the siege of Paris.
* In ''[[Film/{{Fluke}} Fluke]]'', the titular dog character Fluke gradually regains his memories of his time as a human known as Thomas Johnson, or just Tom. This eventually leads him to go on a search for the wife and son he left behind.


[[folder: Literature]]
* ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' sort of plays this trope out when Oberon gains memories from the life he's forgotten by coming into contact with his family. His power of {{psychometry}} is put to great use.
* Caspian in ''Literature/AstralDawn'' experiences this, as he tries to save his other selves from the time-traveling Defilers.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' many male channelers develop a form of insanity that results in a breakdown of the barriers between their past lives and their current life. For most, this results in simple insanity. However, Rand, who TheHero and TheChosenOne of the series, is able to take advantage of knowledge and skills gained from his past life even as it is slowly driving him into a SplitPersonality insanity. [[spoiler: Rand eventually undergoes a SplitPersonalityMerge, causing him to gain all the memories and knowledge of his previous incarnation, making him much more powerful.]]
* In the ''Literature/ChildeCycle'', TheHero Donal Graeme first travels to the past to take over a dying body, and then reincarnates himself as an infant in the future. In each case, he starts out with no memory of his original life, then manifests a few memories, and eventually gains full knowledge of all of his lives.
* Cinderheart in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has memories of her past life as Cinderpelt, but she has only ever shown signs of remembering them in her dreams, or recalls her past life subconsciously; for example, Cinderpelt's former apprentice Leafpool notes Cinderheart flicks her paw in the same way Cinderpelt did, as well as another character once thinking she was acting WiseBeyondHerYears, and Cinderheart remembering the distance between the Great Sycamore and [=ThunderClan=]'s camp in the Forest, even though she had been born after the Clans had left the Forest. Eventually - after a night of dreaming about Cinderpelt's life - she is told[=/=]realizes who she really is.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the [[OldMaster abbot]] of the History Monks is a master of serial reincarnation, currently in the body of a toddler. He retains the wisdom of his years, but his speech is often interrupted by the demands of the child. "...''Bikkit bikkit wanna bikkit.'' Unfortunately, young bodies have a mind of their own ''BIKKIT!''"
* ''[[ The Reincarnation of Peter Proud]]''. A man has nightmares about being murdered. He investigates and finds out that he was indeed murdered in a previous life. Later made into TheFilmOfTheBook.
* While Returned in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' don't retain memories of their human lives, they do keep any skills they may have possessed. Also, as they draw close to doing (or not doing) the thing that they came back to accomplish, they may get flashbacks to their human life.
* ''Literature/LammasNight'': Gray goes through a hypnotic past-life regression to find out how Sir Francis Drake managed to get all of England's mystics working together to block the Spanish Armada, in the hopes that this will help him get all of England's mystics working together to block Operation Sealion.
* In ''Literature/TheMoonMaid'' and sequels by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs, the premise of the FramingDevice is that Burrough's AuthorAvatar meets a man who remembers his other incarnations and tells their stories. In a twist, it's a 20th-century incarnation recalling the adventures of incarnations from the 21st century and later, so either reincarnation doesn't necessarily happen in chronological order or he can also remember ''future'' lives. He himself admits he has no idea how that works. There's a brief hint that his 21st century incarnation's nemesis has a similar condition; during their final confrontation, the bad guy rants that the hero has been thwarting his ambition "all our lives".
* All of the reborn Companions of the Hall in ''Literature/CompanionsCodex'' are fully aware of their previous lives, with all experiences included. This sometimes causes problems for them in ''The Companions'', because they need to remember to act like children, not their adult selves.
* In ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'', the protagonist has all of his past memories no matter how many times he reincarnates.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In one of the Thanksgiving episodes of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe is asked what her worst Thanksgiving memory is. She recalls the time she was a nurse in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.
-->'''Joey:''' Man, it must be so cool remembering stuff like that. I don't have any past life memories.
-->'''Phoebe:''' Of course you don't, sweetie. You're brand new.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' the [Something] Of The Week claims that she and Mulder were lovers in a previous life during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. He goes under hypnosis and seems to not only confirm it but discovers its a full Reincarnation Romance where several of the important people in his life (friends, family, and even ''enemies'') are always involved (Scully is usually his close friend, sibling or his superior; his sister is someone close who he loses every time, etc). Unfortunately, their romance rarely goes ''happily'', this encounter being no exception.
* On ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer says that he once underwent hypnotic regression, and found out that in a past life he was Alexander the Great[[spoiler:'s chief eunuch]].
* The Trill in ''Series/StarTrek'' have developed a process that allows them to create a symbiotic connection with a species of intelligent and extremely long-lived worms native to their planet. The host and symbiont start to think as a single mind and have complete access to each others memories. When the Trill dies from old age or injury, the worm retains all its memories and shares them with the next host body. Especially in the weeks and months after becoming a new host for such a worm, the Trill is affected by constant flashbacks of things experienced in the worms previous lives in a humanoid body. While new candidates are usually carefully selected to be of a compatible personalty, over the course of more than a dozen lifetimes and several centuries, some host may pick up unusual tastes and foreign customs, that later ones might find absolutely disgusting or horrifying. While still having all the memories of having enjoyed it greatly.


[[folder: Mythology]]
* From Greek mythology, Aethalides had perfect memory, including of things that happened before his birth.


[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The Spark of Exaltation (the godly thing that allows you to [[{{Ubermensch}} kick ass and chew bubblegum]]) attaches to the soul of its recipient, receiving the Exalt's memories in the progress. When an Exalt dies, the attached memory is normally removed by Lytek (the god of exaltation) because human souls aren't meant to house memories other than their own. However, the Sparks captured by the [[{{Hell}} Yozis]] aren't purified this way, so a Green Sun Prince can draw upon the memories of the previous Exalt his or her spark is attached to, gaining sudden skill as a result. It has its dangers too: due to the potential depth and vastness of the tapped memories, the previous Exalt's personality might overwhelm the current, obviously-younger Green Sun Prince. An official example was a (male) Infernal letting go of an elder Sidereal[[note]]kung fu ninja who controls fate[[/note]] instead of dealing the final blow, because that Sidereal was his/her husband in previous life. That's an override of gender, allegiance, and possibly sexual orientation.
** Alchemical Exalted have past life memories not from the Exaltation, but from the soul that is used to activate them (a soul that has gone through multiple incarnations of heroism being an integral component). Immersion in these memories can help them avoid accumulation of [[TheSpock Clarity]].


[[folder: Theater]]
* Theatre/OnAClearDayYouCanSeeForever is a musical about a modern woman who undergoes hypnosis and remembers a life in 18th century England. It was made into a film with Music/BarbraStreisand and Yves Montand.


[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Ragna recalls fighting [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Jin]] in the NOL Cathedral in Kagutsuchi in an alternate timeline... and then there's the fact that the soul Kokonoe installed into [[EmptyShell Lambda]] used to belong to [[{{Yandere}} Nu]].
* The Nameless One can do this in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. In fact, everything you learn in the game (ability wise) is actually the Nameless One remembering old fighting, thievery, and magic skills he had in his previous lives except for a very few times when an NPC teaches you something new.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', [[spoiler: Heather]] occasionally has [[spoiler: Alessa]]'s memories, even before she discovers she is her reincarnation. Some of the memories might also be [[spoiler: Cheryl's.]]
* A major plot point in ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence''.
* ''ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' deals with this, although more prominently in the second game. To wit, [[spoiler: in the first game, Gale has continuous flashbacks to a weeping woman. He initially chooses to use EmotionSuppression to deal with it, but eventually is forced to confront the memory. Later, it's revealed it's the last memory of the man whose personality Gale was constructed. The Four Archangels are a ''much'' weirder example - they're victims of the Demon Virus, who apparently have had their personalities obliterated by it and replaced by the consciousnesses of the Archangels Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael. The problem? All four make comments related to experiences the Archangels had in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', which apparently took place ''in another universe''. It also seems that the same has happened to two who turned into Seth and Satan, both of whom also make references to that game and even reference characters from that game.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': For Hieda no Akyuu, it's one part this and one part GeneticMemory, as she constantly reincarnates into her own bloodline (like certain figures in RealLife religions).
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'', you can Reincarnate a character who has reached level 20 or higher, starting over at level 1 (albeit with all of your gear and money intact) as a new class, race, and even gender, if you like. This causes the character to gain a permanent [[ passive Feat]] that gives them minor bonuses based on all of that character's past lives; they also allow the character to purchase other special Feats that are also based on their Past lives. To wit: "You were a Barbarian in a past life. You occasionally find yourself filled with a nearly irresistable urge to smash boxes. [[UseYourHead With your head]]."
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has Permed Skills, abilities learned in a previous life that were bound into your soul at Jeremy's Permery in Valhalla.
* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' this is effectively the case for [[spoiler: Ringabel being Alternis Dim. His 'life' as Dim ended when he [[TraumaInducedAmnesia lost his memory]] and fell through the Holy Pillar of his world. He acknowledges he ''is'' a version of the Dark Knight, and later journal entries have him becoming more accustomed to the idea, at one point describing the fifth world's Alternis as 'my past self'. Oddly, the third world's version of Alternis thinks of Ringabel as an ''earlier'' version of himself because he lacks the anger and self-loathing that Alternis expresses after crossing the DespairEventHorizon at the death of that world's Edea.]]
* Happens often enough in ''Videogame/PillarsOfEternity'' that there's an in-universe term for it: Awakening. People can be Awakened in various ways. The most common way is to encounter something [[spoiler:or in the case of the protagonist, ''someone'']] that has a connection with a past life. Being Awakened has its advantages, but the stress of having memories from other lives (particularly if said lives were bad ones) tends to offset them.
** Maerwald has been cursed by the fact that he is both a Watcher and fully Awakened, leading him to having gradually lost the ability to separate his past lives from his current one. By the time the PlayerCharacter meet with him, he has long since undergone serious SanitySlippage and crossed the DespairEventHorizon. This whole encounter mostly serves as a motivator for the PlayerCharacter, as they are a Watcher themselves, and Maerwald is an example of what could happen if they don't somehow learn to get control over their powers.
** During the main quest of ''The White Marches'', you have to use your powers as a Watcher to trigger an Awakening in someone. It's made clear that this could have dire consequences for whoever you choose. [[spoiler:One person will have to spend the rest of her life with a corrupt guard captain in her head (though that isn't ''all'' bad, as her past self's guidance leads her to becoming a much more assertive, if somewhat shady and dishonest person). The other one, if you make the wrong choices, will have her identity be completely overwritten by her past self who immediately attacks you forcing you to kill her.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'' titles, this is a bad thing. The protagonist, Soma Cruz, is the next incarnation of Dracula's soul, and if he gains too much of his past life's memories, he will lose his own identity and become the King of Vampires all over again. This happens in the bad ending of both games (losing to Chaos in ''Aria'', watching Mina die in ''Dawn''), and unlocks an alternate storyline where Julius Belmont has to take him down.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the ghost-type Yamask carries around a mask that used to be its face as a human. According to its Pokédex entries, each retains memories of its former life and sometimes it looks at its mask and cries.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the angara, a race native to the Andromeda galaxy, believe in reincarnation. In one mission, you have to trigger memories of a past life within a modern angara by having him touch a glove that was worn by his previous life. Not only is it successful, but the resulting memories are accurate enough that he's even able to lead you to the mummified remains of his previous life. Milky Way scientists are baffled, but theorize that GeneticMemory was at play.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** A major turning point for the characters is Keiichi remembering how he brutally murdered Rena and Mion in one of the previous iterations of the GroundhogDayLoop. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Then things get significantly better.]] [[spoiler:Though they still all end up dying [[SoleSurvivor except for Rena]].]]
** In a later arc, Rena, Keiichi, and Shion all start having dreams about events from the previous universes, including murders they've committeed.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Actually "Parallel Life Memories". Ellen was given memories of a version of herself from another universe to alleviate the stress of being an OppositeSexClone and, supposedly, prevent her from going insane due to how [[OurSoulsAreDifferent souls]] work. She gained great singing skill from this, as well as the experience of losing her virginity. She is still technically a virgin in the main universe, though.
* In ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', Misho Thrice-Radiant, a Solar, recalls his past life with perfect clarity due to taking both the "past life memory" and "eidetic memory" perks. However, for some reason he cannot recall anything of his current life before exaltation.
* In ''Webcomic/AmongTheChosen'' Aleph Stevens [[PosthumousCharacter was]] a "conditional past-life regressor" who used memories of her past lives to assist anthropologists. [[spoiler: She's also Jason Whitehouse's previous incarnation.]]
* In ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', [[spoiler:Layla's]] past life memories as an evil vampire queen are reawakened [[spoiler:when the bit of the queen that was inside her sister Nina was transferred to Layla]]. Said memories eventually start to overwrite Layla's memories [[spoiler:to the point that she doesn't even remember Nina's name.]]
* In ''WebComic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'', after [[spoiler: Chibiusa]] breaks her brainwashing, she starts getting the memories back of [[spoiler: her previous time-traveling incarnation]], who had disappeared via TemporalParadox.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* [[PersonOfMassDestruction Tennyo]] from the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is slowly remembering the life of the Star Stalker.
* In WebAnimation/PeteraDzive, Peter, the title character, tells of how his grandfather recommended drinking booze mixed with toothpaste to improve memory. Peter tries this and realizes that he was a cactus in his past life.
* Roleplay/LegendariesLost has Thanatos the Duskull, who was a Darumaka in a previous life, and once per day, can use a move from that list instead of his own.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Psycho Therapy", Quinn accidentally got hypnotized and dream that she was Cleopatra who was famous for inventing eyeliner.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': In "The Creeps" Finn has a vision of a ghostly, monstrous woman. A later episode, "The Vault", shows that the ghost has been haunting Finn's nightmares. Though a hypnosis-inducing BMO game, Finn unlocks the memories of his past lives and discovers that he is the reincarnation of the ghost (originally a woman named Shoko).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'',the Original Eliatropes and their Dragon siblings normally lose all memories of their past lives when they reincarnate. [[spoiler:Qilby and his sister Shinonome are the exceptions]] as befitting their roles as the knowledge-keepers of Eliatrope society.
* Parodied in WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy where Quagmire tries to hypnotically regress Peter to find some clue but accidentally goes too far and awakens a demonic personality with red glowing eyes, flaming hands and a megalomaniacal ego.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* In RealLife, there are people who claim that a person can unlock memories of their past incarnations under hypnosis, usually the directly preceding one. Often, this is declared to be a reason for that person's mental problems, essentially a case of suppressed memories taken UpToEleven. Needless to say, psychologists are skeptical, especially as the very idea of suppressed memories as a cause of problems is rapidly becoming discredited. This is probably one of the more common kinds of reincarnation claims in the Western world.