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->''"All memory of your existence will be wiped from reality. You will die, and no one will mourn."''
-->-- ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', "[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=73559 Door to Nothingness]]" [[FlavorText flavor text]]

A character seems to vanish off the face of the earth. Sometimes people [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome just disappear]], but this is [[Administrivia/TheSameButMore something more.]] People who should know about it aren't even sure who the person was. Photos look the same, but without them in. Their [[LoveInterest Love Interests]] either don't exist at all, or are in love with someone else. They never existed. They're not just gone, they're Ret Gone.

Of course, it's hard to write stories about people who don't exist, so regardless of the intensity, there is normally at least one person who [[RippleEffectProofMemory remembers the disappeared character's life]]. Mostly, this will be someone close to the character, such as a friend or family member (and it's often just one person) who will do their best to find evidence, while convincing themselves and others that they're [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness not crazy]].

This plot has three levels of intensity:

* '''Mild:''' Records of the character's existence are destroyed, leaving no physical evidence of his birth or activities. Memories of the character still exist. This is technically possible in the real world, and if said character is personally behind the plot, it usually only goes this far.
* '''Serious:''' Not only is physical existence destroyed, but scientific and/or supernatural forces affect the memories of other characters, who can no longer remember that character. The character - if alive - remembers, and there may be a few others that do (usually including the orchestrators of the plot) but nobody else. A self-induced retcon may cause this in extreme cases.
* '''Extreme:''' The character has been utterly erased from existence, due to either a {{Time Travel}}er or some sort of supernatural force having altered the past to prevent his birth. The only ones who may remember the character are (possibly) whoever is responsible, and if anyone else does, it's due to some out-of-the-ordinary ability or intervention. This form of self-induced retcon is ''very'' rare, and often counts as a HeroicSacrifice taken UpToEleven.

Sometimes, without this character, the world is a [[ForWantOfANail notably different place]], but sometimes, [[InSpiteOfANail hardly anything]] has changed at all.

Occasionally, it'll be the character themselves, whose continued existence is the only evidence they've ever been alive. They may be InvisibleToNormals, seeing what the world is [[ItsAWonderfulPlot like without them]]. Or they may be alive and well, just really, really annoyed. Cases like this can sometimes cause a LossOfIdentity if the character fears that they will start to forget themselves.

Common methods of a Ret Gone include [[GrandfatherParadox killing them off at youth]], shunting them into an AlternateHistory, and removing them from a metaphysical [[RewritingReality book of history]], or rewriting [[RecursiveCanon the book itself in-story]], although there are plenty of other AppliedPhlebotinum tricks. If we actually ''see'' the character vanish and become Ret Gone, then that character doubles as a RippleEffectIndicator.

Named, of course, after the {{Retcon}}.

When some shadowy but non-supernatural force erases the evidence of someone's existence in a more mundane manner, they've been [[UnPerson Un-Personed]]. When ''the writers'' decide to simply [[CanonDiscontinuity "forget" a character's existence]], that's ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, when a DelayedRippleEffect is used as a story device this will often be used to perform a sort of half-hearted StoryReset which may inadvertently 'remove' some characters from creation. When a character actively does this on a large scale, it may be to retcon the universe into being more InTheirOwnImage.

Keep in mind that doing this to Hitler [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct never works]].

As this is a DeathTrope, expect spoilers.


* An ad for [=DirecTV=] features a couple of parents watching TV while their kid draws on the walls. The husband bemoans the fact he forgot to record a show, whereupon Music/BonJovi appears and sings to them the benefits of [=DirecTV=]'s 72 Hour Rewind feature, and then starts making suggestions for other stuff they can do with the power to turn back time... beginning with changing their salsa from spicy to mild and somewhat distressingly culminating in him [[BreadEggsMilkSquick eliminating the nearby kid from existence]] with a lyric about choosing not to have a second child. Because of ''course'' children and whether or not to have them is on the same level of importance as catching up on missed [=TV=] shows and choosing the right kind of salsa.
** Another commercial (from the "Advertising/GetRidOfCable" series) concerns a man who, bored after waiting forever for the cable guy, becomes addicted to cheddar after volunteering for lab experiments. In one of his bungled robbery attempts, he falls into a time machine and is teleported back to the time of his conception. He meets his would-be father, who chases him out of the house and into the path of an oncoming ice cream truck...[[ShaggyDogStory only for him to fade out of existence anyways because his parents never ended up doing it that night.]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/AquarionLogos'' literally the main power of the Aquarion San which threatens to erase Akira from existence to the point of nobody remembering him. The villains loyal to Nesta also use similar methods to destroy writing from the world. The Aquarion Logos Genesis, the final form of the titular mecha, has the power to erase concepts from reality and everything associated with them by default.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** [[spoiler: The first movie, ''[[Anime/BleachMemoriesOfNobody Memories of Nobody]]'', ends with Senna fading from existence. It's a bit of a subversion for two reasons: Originally she never really existed in the first place being a collection of random memories given a soul, and Ichigo walks right by her in the movie's ending.]] Still, she's essentially Ret Gone. Because she's a [[spoiler: movie character]] she's probably never going to be brought up in canon again, meaning she's never going to be re-introduced to the cast.
** [[spoiler: In ''[[Anime/BleachFadeToBlack Fade to Black]]'', Rukia gets an incomplete dose of Ret-gone. The force behind this isn't powerful enough to completely erase her; Zanpakutou spirits and artificial souls such as Kon are immune to the effect, and physical evidence such as written notes remain. Ichigo also regains his memories with a bit of nudging, as the force couldn't Ret Gone the fact that Rukia was the original source of his powers.]]
* In ''Anime/CControl'', if you go bankrupt after being [[LoanShark given a loan by the Financial District]], then you lose your future, literally. Anything you gained from that money ceases to exist, even people and '''whole countries'''.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}}:
** In the end of the Clow Card arc of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Sakura is threatened with something like this should she fail: no one will actually be gone [[spoiler:except Yukito in the anime, who disappears with Kero, Yue, and the Cards]], but everyone will forget that their most beloved person ever meant anything to them.
** ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Manga/XxxHolic'' are connected by a Ret Gone in which [[spoiler:Real!Syaoran]] of ''Tsubasa'', the son of ''reincarnated in the past'' [[spoiler: Clone!Syaoran and Clone!Sakura (and not of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' Sakura and Syaoran as previously thought)]], gave up his existence in his home world for the [[spoiler: Sakura of the world of Clow]]. In order to fill the gap this left in space-time, a new son (who had not previously existed in any world) was created for [[spoiler: C!Sakura and C!Syaoran]], [[spoiler: Watanuki Kimihiro of ''Holic'']]. [[spoiler: Watanuki]]'s existence is therefore precarious and could be erased by [[spoiler: R!Syaoran]]'s death or by the Tsubasa gang correcting the space-time disturbance. The point of ''Holic'' has been for [[spoiler: Watanuki]] to develop connections to other people that will anchor him to existence when the endgame comes.
*** Additionally, this almost happens to the "twins" described above when their parents have a CriticalExistenceFailure upon the death of their creator, as when he dies, their parents technically never existed once again, just as they were retconned in originally. The twins end up making a DealWithTheDevil ''just to continue having existed''.
*** Also, [[spoiler: Yuuko Ichihara]] of ''Manga/XxxHolic'' suffers this once she re-dies. She actually died centuries ago, but a RealityWarper told reality to ignore that for a while. When she sells that "reality ignore my death" effect in a DealWithTheDevil of her own, all of a sudden, to most people it is as if she had never kept on living for hundreds of years.
* [[spoiler:Fuuko]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. Gradually, everyone forgets that she's been running around the school lately and becomes unable to see or remember her. Eventually, only Tomoya remembers her. [[spoiler:The starfishes she carved stay around, a handful of characters like Sunohara and the Fukuhara's kind-of but not quite remember her. She gets better if you make the right decisions.]]
* This is the driving force behind Micchi's odyssey across the universe in ''Cosmos Pink Shock''. When she was 4 years old, the boy she loved was abducted by aliens, and everyone, including his parents, forgot he even existed. Micchi somehow retained her memories of what happened, ran away from home, and has spent years travelling through space trying to find some clue to point to her friend's location.
* In ''Manga/DevilmanLady'' this happened to [[spoiler: an entire nation of demon worshipers]] and ''[[spoiler: the events of Devilman ]]''.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' inverts this with Goten, Goku and Chi-Chi's second son, Bra, Vegeta and Bulma's daughter, and Pan, Gohan and Videl's daughter : none of them existed in the original timeline, in which the Androids terrorize the Earth, since their respective parents died long before they would've been conceived (and this timeline's Gohan never even ''met'' Videl), but they all exist now thanks to Trunks' time traveling.
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has [[EvilTwin Goku Black]] outright defies this trope. Even after his previous incarnation is killed, his possession of the Time Ring protects him from any changes made to history via time travel.
* Used interestingly in ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld''. When a member of Group 1 dies, [[spoiler: the others are brainwashed into forgetting that the vanished person ever existed, and after the death of Shun, who they'd known for a long time, a ReplacementGoldfish is introduced into the group in his place and their memories of Shun are overwritten with ones of the new boy]]. It doesn't take, though; [[spoiler:the ones who knew Shun begin to sense that something is off and don't fully accept his replacement]]. By the story's end, [[spoiler: Saki is able to remember Shun's name and face]].
* In ''Manga/GamerzHeaven'', if someone or something is killed or destroyed in the game, they will disappear from reality.
* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', [[spoiler:In [[SpaceX space kindergarten]], there was a kid who would bully Hasta, which earned him butt-kickings from Nyarko and Cuko. The bully held onto his grudge for years, and finally got "payback" by erasing them from existence. Mahiro is the only one who remembers the girls because he has RippleEffectProofMemory, and so he enlists the help of Yithka to go back in time and set history back on its proper course.]]
* TheMovie of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' -- ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'' -- centers around about what you'd expect. [[spoiler:Haruhi (and Itsuki, who was DemotedToExtra) turn up going to another school. The fantastic secret identities of the SOS Brigade -- including Haruhi -- have likewise been retroactively undone.]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has this happen in Rei, since [[spoiler:Rika getting hit by a truck sent her to a Hinamizawa where the dam project was still underway in June 1983, and a good portion of the major characters are absent. She's only in a coma though.]]
* In ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' this happens to the people that were possessed by the daemonia.
* This is the fate of [[spoiler:Enrico Pucci]] at the end of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Part 6]] of ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. By using his newfound power of [[spoiler:speeding up time, he speeds up time so much that]] the universe loops back on itself and reality is reset. However, as he is killed before completing the loop, the universe snaps back into a slightly altered version, and [[spoiler:Enrico Pucci]] is nowhere to be seen. Which is interesting, considering that he wanted to inflict this on the entire Joestar bloodline.
** Sadly, this happens to a hero from the same part, as well. [[spoiler:F.F. refuses Jolyne's offer to take the Foo Fighters disc when she dies, on the grounds that even if it were inserted into something else, it wouldn't be her.]] As such, in line with that request, [[spoiler:there is no counterpart for F.F. in the new reality]].
* Happened to Chikane from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' as requirement for the save-the-world ritual... well, until ThePowerOfLove and ThePromise shook hands with each other to ScrewDestiny, and she and Himeko were reunited in another lifetime.
* In a story arc of ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'', set in the past, Brocken Jr. loses his right arm in a match, thus removing his trademark Red Rain of Berlin attack. In the next match, Jade attempts the move and is shocked to find he can't do it. Looking at a photo shows that Brocken Jr.'s hand is now a hook, therefore Brocken could never have taught the move to Jade. After some time for Jade's mind to adapt to his new memories, he now knows a leg-based version of the move: Brocken's Repatriation.
* In an episode of ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'', no one was able to recognize Escargoon when the monster Erasem entered his body, although he never actually disappeared.
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' [[spoiler:this happens to Kanba and Shouma in the final episode as the former sacrifices himself to save Himari and Masako, while the latter takes the burden of changing fate from Ringo. The only things left to prove they existed are scars on Himari's forehead and Ringo's arms and Himari's teddy bear with a little note from them inside]].
* In ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', this is [[spoiler: Yoite]]'s main goal. He [[spoiler:doesn't succeed in either the manga or anime]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece,''
** An incomplete version occurs in the Dressrosa arc courtesy the powers of the Hobby-Hobby Fruit wielded by Sugar. Her powers allow her to transform anyone she touches into LivingToys, which she can then place under her control. A side-effect of this power is all memory of who she transforms is removed from other people. Physical evidence, such as written reports or statues, still remain.
** It's frighteningly easy for Ain - from the 12th movie - to RetGone a foe. Her Devil Fruit power can make someone 12 years younger with each use (and she does ''not'' have to touch a victim to use it), and can potentially erase a person from existence via multiple uses by reversing them past their birth. While she's never done so on-screen, she tends to use it as a threat after displaying what it can do. (And it ''works''. Even the Straw Hats, who usually don't fear death, backed off after she reduced Nami to an eight-year-old and explained what would happen if she did it again.)
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** In ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', the three Seeds have this effect, but the evidence was pretty much all faked in the first place -- each sprang into existence at the beginning of the same episode where his/her Ret Gone happened -- so it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as a non-lethal case of NoOntologicalInertia.
** In ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Max Heart'', this briefly happens to Hikari, but it's a milder form, as Nagisa and Honoka are able to reverse all this merely by mentioning her.
** In ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'', when Michiru and Kaoru die, only Saki and Mai remember they ever existed, as Saki discovers when she tries to tell her sister Minori that Kaoru (who Minori was close to) is gone. [[spoiler:When they turn out to be not so dead after all, everybody suddenly remembers them again, even realizing they've been gone lately.]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', this happens to [[spoiler:Madoka in the final episode, when she wishes to destroy all witches before they are born ([[TemporalParadox this includes herself]]). Homura's upset (seeing as the whole reason she became a MagicalGirl and went through her GroundhogDayLoop ordeal in the first place was to keep Madoka alive), but Madoka herself is pretty cool about it. Madoka's little brother also remembers her, but everybody else just thinks he has an ImaginaryFriend.]] Sadly WordOfGod says that [[spoiler: even he will forget about her when he grows up.]]
* The end of the ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' manga has [[spoiler: Utena erased from the memories of the entire cast,]] with the exception of [[spoiler: Touga,]] who mourns [[spoiler: her]] passing worse because [[spoiler: he cannot share his mourning with anyone.]] Only just then, [[spoiler: Chuchu dresses up like Utena, and then Anthy walks by, now dressed in a boy's uniform like Utena had worn, so obviously ''some'' things have changed - and, as she says, Utena is not gone, but out there somewhere.]]
** [[spoiler: Same happens in the anime series (minus Touga remembering and Chuchu in Utena's outfit) and Anthy, dressed in civilian's clothes and [[LettingHerHairDown with her hair down]], sets off with Chuchu to find Utena again, implying that she wasn't so much "erased" as "moved away" from the other characters' world, which signifies her transition from childhood to adulthood -- and, for Anthy, freeing herself from Akio and his plans (and leaving Akio deprived of her presence as his pawn, thus making all his plans crumble from then on as he can't set duels without Anthy as the Rose Bride anymore) and giving her the chance to ''finally'' start her own life.]]
* Happens to [=ChibiUsa=] in both versions of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' that she is in; in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] it's due to [[spoiler: Mamoru being placed in an almost permanent state of dreaming by Queen Nehellenia]] in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] it's due to [[spoiler: Mamoru being thrown into the Galaxy Cauldron and melting away, soul and all.]], which causes her to never exist since [[spoiler: Usagi can't get together with a guy who either never existed or has been brainwashed into a coma]]. She also gets retgoned after [[spoiler: Galaxia Kills Mamoru]] In the manga, contary to standard Grandfather Clauses, [=ChibiUsa=] is able to survive for an unusual amount of time after the point where her birth is made techincaly impossible; the future just becomes very stormy and unstable. In the anime version of this she's almost entirely retgoned however, vanishing from photos. The Sailor Senshi still seem to remember her however, they just can't tell things that are supposed to show her have changed. Chibi-Usa survives because [[spoiler: when Galaxia kills Mamoru, she just takes his Golden Crystal]]. At that point, it's still possible for him to be revived [[spoiler: as it happens later in that arc]]. However once he's thrown into the Cauldron, he's pretty much dead until Sailor Moon defeats Chaos.
** Spoofed in the ''Super S'' arc of the anime, when a girl who crushes on Mamoru appears and it looks like she might swipe Mamoru for herself. Chibi-Usa has a rather tragicomical ImagineSpot where Mamoru runs off with the RomanticFalseLead and leaves Usagi, who then wails that "Chibi-Usa will not even be boooooorn!". Chibi-Usa brings herself back to the real world and tries to tell Usagi to kick the runner-up out of Mamoru's surroundings, but Usagi blows her off and says she's not worried about losing Mamoru's love. [[spoiler: The Runner Up eventually realises she can't break them up, and willingly steps out.]]
* This is essentially the power of [[spoiler: Ukoku Sanzo's Muten Sutra]] in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'', as he shows Sanzo first-hand: literally, 'the power of nothingness'. It also extends to things, though, not just people, but the effect it has on people is what makes it fit the trope.
* At the end of ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' [[spoiler:The main character Lain does this ''to herself'']].
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has bad guys which consume people's power of existence. In order to prevent a shock to the reality fabric, placeholders ("torches") that resembles the original person are left behind. "Torches" slowly burn out, becoming increasingly lethargic while all traces of their existence begin to disappear. At the beginning of the series, Yuji desperately, but futilely, tries to keep a classmate-turned-torch alive and continuously involved with their friends, but their attention inevitably drifts, until she finally fades away.
** Except nobody actually ends up forgetting her for long, because Shana then takes on her identity. She doesn't take on the vanished girl's personality, though, leading some to question, "Has she ''always'' been like this?"
* ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'', [[spoiler:Yugi apparently "Ret Hered" her shadow Sakuya into the community- everyone else is given FakeMemories of her, her name's put into the records of her apartment building, etc. Once Sakuya realizes she doesn't remember anything but Tenchi ''and'' Yugi decides she's served her purpose, all the illusions are undone and Sakuya is Ret Goned again- Tenchi's friends don't remember her, her name disappears from the records, and she disappears from a previously-taken photo, even when Tenchi ''still'' remembers her presence.]]
* ''Manga/TimeStrangerKyoko'' has this happen to the titular character. [[spoiler: After giving Ui her body back, Kyoko returns to earth to see her friends one last time. She's invisible, can't be heard. Her father explains that her friends didn't forget about her. It's that she never existed in their hearts to begin with.]] She gets better.
* During the final arc of ''Manga/UshioAndTora'', the BigBad causes his minions to delete all trace of Ushio from everyone's memories, including those he sees everyday or whose life he saved. Fortunately, Tora can still see him even when the other youkai can't.
* The fate of [[spoiler:most]] Kanshuu's victim on ''Manga/WorldEmbryo''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': [[spoiler:The M.O. of the BigBad of Season 4 is to mentally torture his victims with the darkness and guilt in their hearts until they believe they don't deserve to exist -- and then grant their wish.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' the the Three Nobles of Yliaster did this to Yliaster member Clark Smith after he deliberately disobeyed them, changing the past so that his birth never occured. (At least, that's what they claimed happened to him. Seeing as it did not undo any of the crimes he was responsible for, like the murder of Sherry [=LeBlanc=]'s parents, there may have been more to it than it seemed.)

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Some cards, such as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=73559 Door to Nothingness]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=49075 Æther Snap]] do this, according to their {{flavor text}}s.
** You can actually do this to yourself with the Pact Cycle, flavor-wise. These involve borrowing mana from the future. When it's time to send mana into the past, if you can't, you erase yourself from existence.
** Apparently it happened to Zhalfir. [[TimeMaster Teferi]] "phased it out" (transported it to the future) to prepare for the Phyrexian invasion, and when it was time for it to "phase in", it couldn't.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Chrononauts}}'', this is done with the aptly-named card "Your Parents Never Met". The chosen player's SecretIdentity is revealed, and they must trade it in for a new one.
* Munchkin features a card that when used lets you take any item/steed in play, put it in the appropriate Box of Holding and carry on as if the card you just put in the box ''never existed''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Towards the end of ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', several universes have been subjected to this. Survivors find that in the new universe, nobody remembers that they ever existed. Those characters [[spoiler:are then killed off in the remainder of the book, and promptly forgotten by those few who still remembered them. Ouch.]]
* According to Creator/GrantMorrison's DC work, part of DC's multiverse is Comic Book Limbo, a space where all forgotten comics characters go. As long as they are there, no one will remember them, and everybody will regain their memories about them when writers drag them from this terrible place and put them in their stories.
* DC's second Chronos removed ''himself'' from history, since this was the only way to prevent his adoptive mother being killed in a car crash. Due to the nature of his powers, he continues to exist, but no one remembers him. [[spoiler:Except his biological father, who remembers him being born and then vanishing.]]
* This is one of the higher-end abilities of ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s Omega Beams in ''ComicBook/NewGods''.
* Linda Park, the wife of Wally West, the third ComicBook/TheFlash, was {{Ret Gone}}d by a supervillain at her ''wedding'', just before vows were exchanged. The groom found himself at home, confused and vaguely aware that something was missing, but unable to figure out what it was. Eventually (a year and a half later) she was restored to her proper place and the ceremony resumed.
** Although Bart Allen (Impulse) could still see and remember her. Of course, his grasp on reality is a [[CloudCuckooLander little]] [[CrazyAwesome off]].
** The time-traveling villain Eobard Thawne a.k.a. Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash has learned to weaponized this, frequently erasing people from both history either for his own benefit or to make Barry Allen suffer.
** In ComicBook/DCRebirth, it's revealed Wally got {{Ret Gone}}d following ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', thrown out of time until he could find a way back to reality. Unfortunately, he [[spoiler:and Linda both lost a few years of their lives... which included their marriage]].
* The immortal Hamed Ali was ''literally'' erased from existence in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan''. His lines became sketchier, he lost his color, he became nothing more than rough pencil lines and design notes, and disappeared into nothing at all.
* In ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', the need to get Mon-El out -- because he was written out of Franchise/{{Superman}}'s existence -- resulted in a confrontation between the Time Trapper and Mon-El. The Time Trapper explained he was behind Mon-El's origin and Mon-El would retroactively cease to exist if he killed him. Mon-El declares that other heroes will arise in his place, and kills him. Fade to white.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** There was a truly heartbreaking Christmas special a couple years after the Crisis where the ghostly superhero Deadman is wondering why he bothers going on when a young woman, who can see him, tells him: "We don't do it for the glory. We don't do it for the recognition... We do it because it needs to be done. Because if we don't, no one else will. And we do it even if no one knows what we've done. Even if no one knows we exist. Even if no one remembers we ever existed." Then she disappears into the night, but not before Deadman asks her name. "My name is [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]]. Though I doubt that'll mean anything to you."
** Pre-Crisis, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} fought a villain named Black Flame whose plan to defeat her was to trick the heroine into ''attempting'' this. Claiming to be a descendant of Supergirl from the future, Black Flame committed a few random acts of vandalism, and then "generously" let her "ancestor" see archived recordings of the future, where she ruled as a cruel and murderous tyrant. In truth, the archives were fake, and Black Flame was a citizen of the shrunken city of Kandor; she had hoped that Supergirl would expose herself to gold kryptonite to erase her powers to prevent any descendants from having them - which, of course, would render her helpless while not getting rid of Black Flame at all. There was one flaw in the villain's plan - [[spoiler:a ''dental filling'' which Supergirl noticed, which she realized an actual descendant would not have.]]
** A later version of the Dark Angel tried to do this to ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Post-Crisis]]'' ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} by trapping her in a horrifying illusion without her knowledge. If Supergirl had mentally, physically, or spiritually broken, Dark Angel would have had the authority to erase her. Supergirl survived the test, but Dark Angel decided to erase her anyway, only to be stopped by her boss, The Monitor.
* This was the origin of Waverider. In a dark future ruled by a tyrant named Monarch, scientist Matthew Ryder time-traveled to the past to defeat him, suffering an accident that turned him into the time-travelling superhero. Waverider ultimately prevented Monarch from conquering the world, but in doing so history was altered, so that Matt Ryder never went to the past and never became Waverider. However Waverider still existed, and eventually joined forces with the Matt Ryder of the new timeline to form the [[TimePolice Linear Men]].
* ''ComicBook/WonderGirl'': Donna Troy's (again) {{Retcon}}-ed origin involved her being cursed by a character called the Dark Angel to live [[DiabolusExMachina a life full of pain and suffering]], with her life being restarted and erased from the world's memory --again-- when Donna was at her lowest. (In the most recent case, the death of her ex-husband and son, coupled with the loss of her powers). Hippolyta (the Wonder Woman at the time) and her Teen Titans teammate Wally West (Franchise/TheFlash) remembered her due to being outside the timestream when it was rewritten, and Donna was restored to her previous form, complete with powers (because they used Wally's memories to restore her, and he remembered her best with her Wonder Girl powers).
** The tragic part turned out to be that Wally didn't have much memory or knowledge of the (well-written and positive for both of them) relationship she had had with Green Lantern Kyle Rayner before her latest Ret Gone - and so of course she came back with only the vaguest memories of her time with him. Then again, that could just be the writers playing with the readers.
* As a result of ComicBook/{{New 52}} putting all the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age DC heroes]] back in a [[ComicBook/{{Earth 2}} separate universe]] and making them younger, Obsidian and his sister Jade no longer exist because their father isn't old enough to have adult children. Because of this, the writers transferred Obsidian's sexual orientation to the new version of [[Characters/Earth2GreenLantern the man who had previously been his father]].
** When [[spoiler: Superman and Wonder Woman kissed]], it had the side-effect of [[spoiler: erasing Booster Gold from existence.]] People still remember, but they only think he has disappeared. As a man from the future, [[spoiler: Booster Gold]] disappearing is quite ominous... [[spoiler:He ended up getting collected by Brainiac, leading into the events of ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}''.]]
* [[spoiler: The fate of reality, courtesy of the Anti-Monitor, according to the Amazonian prophecy,]] in DC's ''ComicBook/DarkseidWar''.
* The ''entirety'' of the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship from the New 52 was Retgone'd when the pre-New 52 Superman and New 52 Superman fused together in ''ComicBook/SupermanReborn'', with the resulting combined timeline basically being pre-New 52 Superman but with [=NuSupes=]' dead parents, briefly using his armoured costume and some clearing up of continuity surrounding his son's birth. This new, whole Superman has ''never'' dated Wonder Woman.
* From the aftermath of ''Superman Reborn'', there's an issue of Clark recounting his past, from the beginning of his career as Superman to his current life. One of the things he remembers is his death and the Supermen who came after. Missing is Kon-El, Superboy. This may or may not be connected (Superboy existed in the New 52 already), but Superman ''does'' say he feels like something's missing.

* An issue of ''ComicBook/CaptainMarVell'' by Peter David had Genis-Vell travel into the future to face his evil son. The son is ultimately defeated when [[spoiler: Genis makes the decision to kill him as an infant]]. Once the decision is made, he fades away and is Ret-Gonned.
* Invoked once by Comicbook/DoctorStrange -- to clear his schedule so that he could chase down and defeat a mystical enemy, he cast a spell which made the ''entire world'' believe that he had died years ago, and that the physical man they saw was a harmless occult expert named "Stephen Sanders."
* Happens to Gorilla Girl in ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' spinoff Evil Evolution when she triggers a TemporalParadox to prevent the [[ZombieApocalypse zombie plague]] from spreading to other realities.
* This would have happened to Chase in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' had he sacrificed himself to the Gibborim to save Gertrude. There would be no trace or memory that he ever existed.
* ComicBook/TheSentry's entire backstory is that he got Ret Gone'd, which is why nobody remembers the character from Silver Age comics, even though he was active and present then.
* In the ''ComicBook/SheHulk'' story "Time of Her Life", the Time Variance Authority's method of execution is the Retroactive Cannon, AKA the [=RetCan=], which does this to anyone shot with it. Including, in that very story, Knight Man and Dr. Rocket. [[AppealToObscurity Who, you ask? Well, isn't that the point]]...
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' examples:
** "Retcon bombs" are the preferred weapon of [[DrivenToVillainy Hobgoblin 2211]], the daughter of that era's Spider-Man. Their first victim is her boyfriend, who helped her escape from her VR prison in the first place. [[spoiler: She herself is erased when Spidey catches one with a webline and swings it back at her, assuming it was just a pumpkin bomb.]]
** A one-shot 1970's Spidey enemy was Drom the Backwards Man, who [[MerlinSickness was continually growing younger.]] When Drom gets killed, Spidey realizes that by the nature of Drom's affliction, all memory that he ever existed will probably vanish as well. So Peter narrates a record of the incident on a tape recorder for himself. Just as he finishes the recording, he forgets what he had been talking about.
* In the conclusion of the original ComicBook/SpiderWoman comic series, this was supposed to happen to Spider-Woman. After being unable to return her soul to her body, she requested that her friend Magnus casts a spell that makes everyone forget that she ever existed. In the end... the spell was faulty, and she's BackFromTheDead.
* A very early example occurs in Strange Tales #3, published by Marvel's predecessor, Atlas Comics, in which three men who discover the identity of Death are systematically wiped from existence.
* This is the stated purpose of the Ultimate Nullifier - a piece of [=KirbyTech=] which will erase the chosen target from history, completely. With the unfortunate side-effect that if the target is imperfectly visualized in the user's mind, ''the user'' is the one who's erased. Of course how you can determine if a firing succeeded or failed...
** ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' changes the effect of the weapon completely: it only nullifies differences in power, so that anyone can beat anyone, which is why it can be used to defeat Galactus.
* In ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #9, a hero team calling themselves the Avengers formed in the 50s, rather than the 60s as is canon in the main MarvelUniverse. In ''ComicBook/AvengersForever'', Wasp and Captain Marvel (from the present and future Avengers teams, respectively) ''meet'' these Avengers, much to their confusion, as they know damn well the team never existed in their timeline, and this is supposed to still ''be'' their timeline. The discrepancy is explained by the arrival of Immortus, who wipes out the standing section of time (nearly taking Marvel and Wasp with it) in order to prevent a confrontation between Earth and the Skrull Empire, who had one of its agents impersonating Not-Yet-President Nixon. The now nonexistent Avengers team was later resurrected and reinstated in their place in the 50s as a ''different'' team, known as the G-Men, who later became the ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas. Phew.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** In a storyline, the ComicBook/NewMutants (a group of teenage mutants being trained as the next generation of X-Men) were Ret Goned by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien called the Beyonder. The only one to remember their existence was Kitty Pryde, who had a magical connection to one of the New Mutants that [[GodModeSue even the Beyonder's godlike powers couldn't erase]].
** Stryfe is forced to keep Cyclops and Jean alive, despite utterly despising them, so that he can be born.
** This is used by the X-Men as a last-ditch effort to defeat GenericDoomsdayVillain Matthew Malloy, who is described by creator Creator/BrianBendis as "beyond omega" and somehow more of a threat to the universe than Vulcan, Onslaught or even Dark Phoenix.
** ''ComicBook/XMen Legacy'' introduced a character named "Forget-Me-Not", a member of the X-Men whose mutant power made everyone forget he existed the second his existence drifted from their minds. (That's right, this guy is ''a member of the core team'' of mainstream Marvel, and has been so since M-Day at least; his heroic actions include fighting the Brood, acting as a soldier during the Age of X, and saving the other members from death, enslavement, and many other horrid fates.) He was used tongue-in-cheek to explain why certain bad guys tend to have something happen to their super awesome weapons at the last moment and things like that. (Why did the team luck out and escape that death trap that seemed flawless? Forget-Me-Not sabotaged it. How could they have survived those rigged explosions that were strong enough to vaporize the island? Forget-Me-Not disarmed it. He seems to be the catch-all way to describe any confusing DeusExMachina in the Mutant Books.) The only one who remembered him was Xavier, who put in an "alarm clock" telepathicly to remind him of his existence and the guy took it hard when Xavier died during ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.
* Things and beings that didn't make it before (thanks to the Multiversal collapse, courtesy of [[spoiler:the Beyonders]]), during (thanks to simply being killed) and after (more importantly, this is the deciding one) the course of events of Marvel's ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015''.
** This includes almost everyone in the [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] except for ComicBook/MilesMorales, [[ComicBook/TheUltimates Bombshell]], their supporting cast, and [[ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour The Maker]].

* Used in the ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' arc "World's End".
* The subject of "The Nearness of You", a bittersweet issue of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' in which a man keeps dreaming of a woman he's never met and all her intimate details. It turns out that she was his wife and they were deeply in love, but a supervillain has just made an attempt to control all reality. He was thwarted (it's strongly implied that a CrisisCrossover took place while nobody was watching), but the heroes couldn't restore time ''exactly'' how it was before. [[ForWantOfANail Her grandparents never met]] in this new history, and so the man's wife never existed. The man has RippleEffectProofMemory thanks to their strong love. The Hanged Man (a very powerful ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' hero) appears to the man, explains the situation, and then gives him a choice: he can either have all his memories of her erased so that he'll no longer be haunted, or he can continue to remember the perfect, pure love of his life -- knowing full well that he'll never get to experience it. The man chooses to remember. When the Hanged Man excuses himself and says that he has others to visit, the man asks:
-->'''Michael''': Wait! Others? What -- Uh -- What do most people choose? Do they forget, or--\\
(For a moment, he thinks that he sees a twitch of a smile under that burlap hood.)\\
'''Hanged Man''': ''No one forgets. No one. Good night, Michael Tenicek. Sleep well.''
** Also in ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', one of Samaritan's powers (as well as his nemesis Infidel) is immunity to becoming Ret Gone. Samaritan has already averted the grim future from which he came, and as a result he was never born (an automated taco stand was built where his house was supposed to be.) Once, Infidel accidentally wrote ''everything'' out of continuity except for him and Samaritan, at which point they realized that [[GoKartingWithBowser it was pointless for them to keep trying to kill each other]].
*** In fact, two of the stories featuring Samaritan strongly hint that the reason why he's been obsessively doing good acts ever since the success of his first mission is to make up for deleting the loved ones of his original timeline. Talk about [[SurvivorGuilt Survivor's Guilt]]!
* When ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}'' got cancelled after 3 seasons, the creators failed to find a 4th season on another home channel so they settled on a comic book that focused on Future Steve going back in time to stop alien cows from taking over the earth. In the last issue, Future Steve finally saved the day and helped everyone survive the impending alien cow invasion, but because of this he can't exist anymore.... then only his skin vanishes first! And THEN his muscles! It hurts so much, and he regrets ever saving everyone.
* Rayek in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest: Kings of the Broken Wheel'' wants to take the Palace forward in time and merge it with its former self before it went ''back'' in time. This, he claims, will erase the entire history of the elves, trolls and preservers, except for those who happen to be ''in'' the Palace when the paradox doesn't happen. Confused? In the event, he does take the Palace forward, leaving behind a whole bunch of elves and trolls who are afraid they'll suddenly cease to exist at some point. [[spoiler:Surprise - it doesn't happen. Rayek fails. And then Cutter gets to beat the crap out of him, which Rayek allows to get the ill-feeling out of his system.]]
* Implied in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}''. The Jack of Fables and Fables crossover even has the villain doing this to Little Black Sambo, after Revise had more or less done this to him by censoring his myth.
** As an example of how effective Revise's power could be, the story showed Carl, the fourth little pig who built his house out of cloth. But Revise removed Carl from the story and everyone now thinks there have always been just three little pigs.
** A further point of this is that at one point the entity called Bookburner puts together an army of fictional characters such as the Comanche Skeleton, Man O' Fruit, Ann O' The Woods, and Lindy Lou the Pragmatic Cat. In-universe these characters and many more were all Fables whose stories were completely forgotten by the Mundy World, while WordOfGod states they were all specifically made up just for the series.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' once faced off against a HumanoidAbomination known as the Stygian Devourer. Looking like a man in a trenchcoat with a fedora, it would not only devour a person, but also its entire existence. Defeating it would undo the effect, bringing hundreds of people back into existence.
* In the OELManga ''ComicBook/MikiFalls'', they effectively do this to Miki's Deliverer boyfriend. [[spoiler:It doesn't work on her, even though everyone else forgets.]]
* In an unknown comic (appeared in the Swedish edition of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom''): a teenage time traveler is hiding in the present day, trying to avoid futuristic robots that want to kidnap him (because he knows of their existence). When the robots find out where (or rather, when) he is, they try to zap him into their time, but they keep getting the wrong kid... and every time, everyone forgets the victim's existence, as though they never existed. The only ones who remember is the time traveler, and the normal kid protagonist (due to some {{Phlebotinum}}).
* In the final issues of ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'', Shade ([[WriterOnBoard and Milligan]]) attempted to invert this, and remove Kathy's tragic backstory [[spoiler: and murder]]. It made for an anticlimactic ending, as Shade's personality had come full circle to the socially awkward idealist he was at the beginning, the final page left hanging on his clumsy attempts to reconcile with a woman who no longer had a history with him.
** As revealed in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'', it didn't work. Shade's creation isn't really Kathy, and Shade has gotten so screwed-up as a result, he's no longer sure if there was ''ever'' a real Kathy.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' has two examples:
** The Brotherhood of Metallix try to do this to Robotnik by stealing the rotten egg out of Kintobor's fridge which meant the accident than turned Kintobor into Robotnik never happened, allowing them to take over the world for themselves, their continued existence being because Grimer was the one who created them, with Robotnik only adding a self-destruct program in case of rebellion. However, Sonic created a StableTimeLoop by retrieving the egg, putting it back in the fridge and then making sure the accident happened, ensuring Robotnik exists.
** Later on, Robotnik himself absorbs the Chaos Emeralds' power and becomes a [[AGodAmI god]], using his newfound power to erase Sonic from the timeline and create a new present where he rules and Sonic's pals are either his servants, frightened civilians, or dead. Of course, since, due to the StableTimeLoop, Robotnik only exists ''because'' of Sonic, one has to wonder how Robotnik didn't Ret Gone himself as well.
* Not to be outdone, Dr. Eggman attempts this in the ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' storyline "Sonic: Genesis" via the Genesis Wave. However, it turns out that Sonic couldn't be erased and, instead, the universe is altered to be the video game version with [=SatAM=] elements in it. As he later reasons, the Genesis Wave's original power source, a singular Chaos Emerald, wasn't enough. Enter...
** ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', in which Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily obtain all seven Chaos Emeralds and uses its power to completely alter both Mobius Prime and Earth 20XX. At the end of the story, Mega Man fixes his world, but Eggman interferes in fixing Sonic's, which leads to...
** ...the [[FanNickname "nu252"]] universe, which pretty much altered Mobius to the point where it was mostly video game based. Even more, a vast majority of the characters were RetGone by the event and the only ones who remember the old world are Eggman, Orbot, Cubot, Naugus, and the Freedom Fighters.
*** And it's been clarified that those characters have since lost those memories of the old world, so there are no ties to the old continuity. The removed characters have been cut off completely.
* In ''ComicBook/ThessalyWitchForHire'', a being known as the Tharmic Null has this power. Anything it touches is retroactively removed from existence.

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* Lyra Heartstrings suffers a certain variant of this in ''Fanfic/BackgroundPony'', constantly fading out of perception while technically still existing. Other ponies notice her and can hold conversations with her, but as soon as they walk away, they forget who she is and what they just did. Anything written about her turns blank, and pictures of her fade out while leaving everything else intact. (Twilight has a photo of herself and her classmate Moondancer, and Lyra mentions that it used to hold three ponies...)
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Any being who gets erased gets separated into their Light of Existence and Shadow of Existence. The Light returns to Fauna Luster and the Shadow inhabits Oblivion, the realm of Entropy. The Shadow of Existence has the memories and personality of the original person, but nobody can remember them except the Gods, people ImmuneToFate, Time Lords, and anyone else with RippleEffectProofMemory, and any evidence of their existence disappears. It is possible to restore someone to existence by reuniting their Shadow and Light, but it is also possible to destroy a Shadow, rendering that person DeaderThanDead.
** [[EldritchAbomination Entropy]], as the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Heat Death, is capable of erasing anything from existence at will (at least as long as they're in her [[DimensionLord domain]]). Most notably, she did this to [[AbusiveParents one of her children]] when [[UnPerson ___]] talked back to her, [[spoiler:or so was believed. ____ was actually a KnightTemplar who desired to wipe out all the gods and Entropy did it to stop him, with Fauna Luster actually ''helping'' her because the consequence of ____ winning [[GodzillaThreshold was just that horrible of a prospect]]]]. She's even capable of erasing the other [[TopGod Elders]], just they're capable of willing themselves back ''into'' existence due to being on the same plane as her. She does this to her husband Havoc, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mass Hysteria, on a regular basis to the point it's described as being equal to one member of a bickering couple shoving the other one.
** The entire pantheon was [[GodzillaThreshold forced]] to erase the entire G3 timeline and everyone and everything in it, because its very existence was creating a RealityBreakingParadox.
** The Blank Wolf from Shining Armor's Arc, a mysterious entity that's been chasing Shining Armor, erases anything it eats, and seems intent on doing this to him. Made all the more frightening by its ImplacableMan status. [[spoiler:He ends up turning it on [[BigBad Makarov]]/[[EldritchAbomination The Shadow of Chernobull]] instead. Minuette also gets rid of [[Series/DoctorWho The Master]] by feeding the fob watch that contains his essence to the Blank Wolf. It manages to erase Shining Armor, but his Shadow of Existence fights his way back to Princess Cadence and ThePowerOfLove restores him.]]
** [[spoiler:It is revealed that in the original timeline, Twilight Sparkle's uncle Cool Sun had a daughter named Athena. Unfortunately, when Shining Armor was inserted into the timeline, the changed circumstances made Cool Sun never meet his wife and then die early, meaning Athena never existed. Athena's Shadow of Existence speaks to Shining Armor and forgives him for this.]]
** This briefly happens to [[spoiler:the entire Changeling race after Makarov alters history so that they became extinct. They are restored when Makarov is erased by the Blank Wolf.]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox has done this to [[BadFuture Dark World]] several ''billion'' times via her GroundhogDayLoop plan, herself and Discord being the only survivors of the original loop.]]
** A Concept Killing Weapon can erase any object it destroys and any being it kills, and it can kill even a god. [[spoiler:Cupid was killed by one. Erasing him also erased a great multitude of beings, since Cupid wasn't around to make their parents get together.]]
** In the Finale Arc, Nyarlathotrot creates an EvilKnockoff of the Blank Wolf called the Dark Hound or the Moon Howler, with the same ability to erase anything it eats. [[spoiler:With the help of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Button Mash, the Blank Wolf defeats and devours it, [[DeathByIrony so the Dark Hound gets erased itself]].]]
** In the Finale Arc, Discord battles the heroes by [[LiteralSplitPersonality splitting himself into his various character assets]]. [[spoiler:Goatcord, who represented his insanity, gets erased when Scootaloo wraps her cape, which was a gift from Entropy and has some of her power, around her hoof and literally punches him into Oblivion.]]
* Happens to an entire ''universe'' in ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops.'' Potentially even more then one.
* In ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'', this is what happens to anyone who falls into an Oubliette.
* In ''Fanfic/LongTermMemories'', this happens to [[FusionDance Garnet]]. [[spoiler: Fusion nullifies Spinel's powers, so she got rid of every memory of fusion in everyone's minds. But since Garnet is a fusion herself, she is immune to Spinel's influence.]] Spinel made her disappear, and implanted FakeMemories in everyone's minds, causing them to either remember her being shattered during the Gem War, or to make them forget about her existance entirely. Steven, Connie and [[spoiler: Amethyst]] are the only ones that remember her.
* There's [[http://www.dotmoon.net/library_view.php?storyid=38 a Sailor Moon fanfic]] where Usagi gives birth to a different child in place of [=ChibiUsa=]. Said child, after ''over nine hundred years'' of living in the shadow of a sister who never existed, eventually manages to [[spoiler: become Sailor Moon, thereby causing [=ChibiUsa=] to disappear from photos and gradually fade from memory.]] Interestingly, this is also one of the few fics to suggest that Usagi would be upset by this situation.
* One of the few ''inversions'' of this trope is in ''FanFic/FistOfTheMoon''. Sailor Pluto starts the whole story off when she arranges to change the future, her present, so that ''more'' people are there than originally survived. She wrote them in instead of erasing them.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' shows the darker side of PeggySue stories when Asuka and Shinji are sent back to before the Twelfth Angel but [[spoiler: their daughter is left behind. Fortunately, Kaworu (who was behind the time travel) actually sent her back to a point after the danger had passed.]]
-->'''Asuka''': [[spoiler: I have nothing else from her! I don't have photos of her, I don't have one of her drawings, I don't have Kiko, I- I don't have... *sob* Please. That song... that song is all there's left from her.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheLastGreatTimeWar'' has weapons ''and'' creatures that can cause this.
* An amusing example happens in ''Fanfic/TheKeysOfTheKingdom''. [[Franchise/SailorMoon Chibi-Usa]] arrives from the future, and accidentally reveals a big hint on Tuxedo Kamen's identity to Sailor Venus when she refers to him as "Mamo-chan". Unfortunately, Sailor Venus is crushing on Tuxedo Kamen, and Usagi hasn't been awakened yet. Chibi-Usa is abruptly replaced by a different girl.
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/471497/chapters/815855 Time v.3.0]] is a Doctor Who fanfic that tries to make sense of [[spoiler: the Great Time War]]. As expected of Doctor Who, there are countless examples of [[TimeCrash time being smashed into bits]], and not everything is fixed. Most notable are the [[spoiler:Rani's]] [[RetGone self-obliteration]] to escape the madness of the [[spoiler:Time War]], and [[spoiler:the Doctor's display of his own limited ability to [[IRejectYourReality replace past events with his own preferred outcome]]. [[FridgeLogic Tears ensue]] upon the realization that even with all that power, he still couldn't save his companions]].
* In the MLP fanfic ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'', this happening to [[spoiler: Starlight Glimmer was one of the key aspects to making it an Alternate Universe fic. Princess Twilight tried to talk Starlight down during the events of "The Cutie Remark" and tried to offer her hoof in friendship. Unlike in canon, however, Starlight [[RedemptionRejection rejected it]] underneath the belief that she would be thrown in prison for her crimes if she surrendered. At that point, Twilight had no choice but to encase the villain in a crystal, find the filly Starlight, and ask her if she wanted to run away from her OrphanageOfFear and become her personal student. Filly Starlight eagerly agreed, which wiped the original Starlight out of existence.]]
* One story in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersBackwater'' has a version of Lisa from a BadFuture do it to herself ''on purpose'' to prevent the bad future from occurring, the ultimate HeroicSacrifice.
* ''FanFic/YinAndYangSeries'': The core theme of Episode 8 of 'Paradise Is Where the Heart Is'. Kirere, a little girl genetically designed to be a SuperSoldier, is deleted from history by a time-controlling alien. Her family gradually regain their memories back and manage to get Kirere returned.

* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', and [[ItsAWonderfulPlot all the other stories inspired by it]].
* ''Film/TheForgotten'': Telly holds on to memories of her young son who died in a plane crash, and goes through therapy to help her cope. Only shortly after the story begins, her therapist tells her that her son ''never existed'', but was made up by her after a miscarriage. Telly frantically tries to prove that she's not crazy, but every single person who ought to know her son has forgotten him, and every scrap of evidence is missing or destroyed. [[spoiler:Turns out aliens took her son, along with several other children, and tried to see how much it would take for the parents to forget them. Everybody else who clued in, including several non-parents who knew the children, gets randomly flung into the sky and disappears. Telly is not; instead, the alien wipes her memory since the birth of her son. Upon realizing that she (obviously) has memories from ''before'' that birth, i.e. her pregnancy, the alien is hurled into the sky.]]
* It's implied that this happens in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies when history is changed. The [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film]] features a photograph which gradually loses photographees.
* In ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'', Freddy's most recent victims are erased from existence and from most people's collective memories, apparently a side effect of his growing power.
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'': The director's cut ending [[spoiler:has Evan Ret Gone ''himself'' by going back in time and committing suicide by strangulation in the womb]]. Along with the implication that [[spoiler: he may have had several brothers and/or sisters who chose the same fate for themselves ultimately.]]
* The indie sci-fi film ''Ghosts of Hamilton Street'' has this happening to an everyday man. The people in his life are vanishing in reverse chronological order -- first his recent acquaintances, then co-workers and finally his oldest friends -- and he's the only one who notices the difference.
* In ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness,'' Sutter Cane [[RewritingReality deletes all memory]] of Linda Styles once she has completed her role in his plot.
* In the French film ''La moustache'', a man decides to shave off his mustache of many years, only to be disappointed when no one notices. The thing is, when he points it out, everyone - including his wife - is adamant that he's never had any facial hair. His quest to find the truth - whether he's crazy or at the centre of a conspiracy - endangers his marriage.
* Happens in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' when Lewis wipes Doris from existence by [[spoiler:vowing to never invent her.]]
* In ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader,'' the spell to make one beautiful (which in the book is implied to be a BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor) takes an even more sinister turn. Lucy wishes to look like Susan and finds that she is Susan -- in a timeline where Lucy never existed. Among other consequences, she and her brothers never went to Narnia. Luckily, [[NightmareSequence Aslan intervenes.]]
* The German film ''Reconstruction'' does this with the protagonist. After certain point in the narrative, he is erased not only from the memory of his friends and family, but also is left with no home (the house where he lived doesn't properly exist). Obviously, the story becomes highly symbolical after that happens, with the possibility of some, most or all events in his story not being real. One of the most radical possible scenarios is that [[spoiler:he doesn't even exist, and is merely a character in a story being written by the husband of the woman he loves.]] The movie plays with the idea of love itself being an ilusion.
* Invoked in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies, with [=SkyNet=] attempting to do this to John Connor, then the rebels attempting to do this to [=SkyNet=]. It doesn't actually happen, though, ever. Even ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' subverts it in the next movie.
* The entire premise of ''Film/ForgetMeNot''. Whenever the ghost kills one of the protagonist's friends, they not only die but also get completely erased from reality, so none of their other friends or family remember them (also [[spoiler:they become retro-killing ghosts themselves]]). By the end of the movie, the protagonist's family has her committed because of her constant rantings about witnessing the horrible deaths of those closest to her — people that, as far as the family knows, have never existed.
* The premise of ''Film/TheCaller'' is that Mary, in the present day, mysteriously starts receiving calls from Rose, living in the same apartment four decades earlier. Once Rose becomes jealous enough to start tracking down people close to Mary in her time and killing them, it apparently works this way: To everyone else but Mary, the victims are already long dead, which means if no one else around knew the person in question prior to that point, they won't be remembered by anyone else at all.
* ''Film/{{Timecop}}'':
** Early in the film a former time cop who nows works for the BigBad [[TheMobBossIsScarier refuses to testify against the big bad]] due to fear of this happening. The time cops can order his execution after [[KangarooCourt a short trial that barely deserves to be called a trial]], sure. The bad guy, on the other hand, can make sure that he [[AndYourLittleDogToo and his entire family]] never existed at all.
** This is the ultimate fate of the BigBad, after the protagonist forces him to [[spoiler:touch [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet his past self]] with both of them disintegrating]].
* ''Film/Timecop2TheBerlinDecision'': The villain goes on a mission to erase all his enemy time agents from history so that he can interfere in history undisturbed.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Happens to the future Sentinels when the murder of the program's creator, which led to the dystopian future they reside in, is averted.
* ''Film/TimeRunner'': The bad guys at one point try to kill the time travelling hero's pregnant mother before she could give birth to him. [[spoiler:They manage to kill his mother, but he saves his newborn self. However, his future version ceases to exist after he kills the bad guy since there would have been no reason for him to go back in time in the first place.]]
* In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', Cameron Mitchell didn't exist in the altered timeline because the man Ba'al killed to stop the Stargate from reaching North America was his grandfather. The other two teammates who [[RippleEffectProofMemory retained their memory of the original history]] did have duplicates running around, though. One of them died in an unrelated incident by HeroicSacrifice before the three of them showed up, and the other briefly talks to his clone over the phone.

* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', a mild version happens to any Muggle who makes contact with London Below. After helping Door, Richard wakes up the next day to find he's effectively InvisibleToNormals unless he gets right in their face - and even then, they forget him in about five seconds. People on the street barge into him without noticing, his credit card is no longer accepted, and his own fiancee can't remember him. This is taken to the extreme when someone literally rents his apartment out while he's standing in it.
* In the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series, starting in ''Lost In A Good Book'', Thursday's husband Landen Parke-Laine gets erased from history through time travel, despite attempts to stop this. The Chronoguard then hold his existence hostage unless Thursday does a task for them.
** This has already happened to Thursday's father, although because he's an experienced Chronoguard himself, this doesn't prevent him popping up on occasion to give Thursday advice. They've wiped him from history, but they haven't actually stopped him existing yet (although he now has [[NoNameGiven no first name]]). Don't think about this too hard, and especially don't wonder how ''Thursday'' can exist.
*** [[spoiler: [[MindScrew Of course, it helps that time travel ]][[TimeTravelTenseTrouble will never have been going to be invented.]]]]
** At one point, there is a support group for people with family members who have been Ret Goned. Then some of the Ret Goned are retroactively [=de-Ret Goned=]. The former support group members go to the remaining support group to thank them for their support during the Ret Gone period, but because the [=de-RetGoning=] was retroactive, the support group don't recognize them and think they're being mocked.
* [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Balefire]], in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series. When it hits you, it kills you in the (recent) past, with the amount of "backburn" being based on the power of the spell. Everything you did in the past few seconds or minutes never actually happened. This affects physical reality but ''not'' the memory of those still around to witness the events, leading to much confusion as people ''remember'' dying but are clearly not dead.
** Note that it's said that excessive use of balefire could destroy the fabric of reality, in the War of Power in the series BackStory, both sides eventually stopped using it for this reason.
* In Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' books, this is a risk of messing around with FasterThanLightTravel. One alien hints that entire civilizations have been erased this way, and that's only the ones who left evidence behind.
** ''Redemption Arc'' shows a variation of this. In both cases, the only person who remembers the missing person being there at the time of the event was there in the room with them. However, these people didn't vanish from time. A look in the records showed that they did exist, but died years earlier and if they hadn't died, they very likely would have ended up working on the project that they are claimed to have vanished during. This implies that the witness, or at least their memories of the person, was transplanted into an alternate universe where that person was already dead.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel ''Dragons of Summer Flame'', those who die while fighting the forces of All-Father Chaos are eliminated completely from existence, including the memories of the entire world. The only evidence they were ever there at all is the empty clothing and suits of armor left behind. Their method of doing so? All they need is for you to see them, and listen to them for a few seconds, so their words can steal your will to exist away. Or touching them will do that too. Chaos The All-Father was not a nice person, and his creations express this very well.
** In a later book, a group of shadow-wights survive by feeding off the memories of a small village, rather then wiping the villagers from existence, allowing the wights to survive indefinitely with their victims none the wiser.
*** A short story titled, appropriately, ''Gone'', describes the fate of a group of treasure hunters who go to an island populated only by shadow wights hoping to find loot. The story is told by way of a diary, with the author repeatedly getting confused (at one point IN THE MIDDLE OF WRITING AN ENTRY, as the person he was writing about gets erased at that very moment) because his past entries mention people who were never there. The final entry is made by the last survivor, who thinks that the entire diary is actually a work of fiction someone wrote as a present for him.
* All Travelers in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' are Ret Gone from their specific worlds after they take their first trip to another territory. They have no histories, no traces of evidence, no sign they ever existed. The people they knew still remember them, but there are no physical records of them and their journals serve as the only other proof of existence. Bobby Pendragon gets this in full, including having his house and family vanishing. Though the fact that Travelers are Ret Gone has helped the Travelers a few times in discovering that someone is [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Saint Dane]].
* The Scotti from ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' believe in a demon with the power to do this. Malcolm enters his guise of Malkallam the Sorceror and threatens to summon said demon if a Scotti general doesn't spill the beans on his plan. [[spoiler:It works.]]
* This happens in the anthology book connected to the ''Literature/BlackJewels'' trilogy. The character Saetan wipes out an entire people in response to his son's death. However, an incredibly minor character, an inn owner, remembers that a merchant from that island was there, but him and everything the man had brought with simply weren't there anymore. Also, his wife, Heketeah, the one actually responsible for the death, remembers them and is utterly terrified at the power it takes to simply erase a whole people. Saetan's friend goes to find the island only to find it's completely gone.
* At the end of Creator/MadeleineLEngle's ''Literature/ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'' [[spoiler:Charles has succeeded in changing the past so that Madoc "El Rabioso" Branzillo, the [[EvilOverlord mad tyrant]] on the verge of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt ending the world]] is replaced with Madoc "El Zarco" Branzillo, a good man]].
* One of Adam's powers in ''Literature/GoodOmens''.
* Happens to the protagonists in the book ''Superstition''. [[spoiler:They and their circle of associates test the power of belief by willing a spirit into existence; that spirit then proceeds to wipe that entire circle ''out'' of existence, and succeeds at it.]]
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', after the title character refuses to collect the soul of a princess who should have died, the universe attempts to carry on as if she had died, causing much confusion as the citizen begin mourning the loss of someone though they don't know who or why. Said princess has to constantly remind people in the same room that she's present.
** Later, an 'interface' forms, a bubble on the world (which only the magically gifted or Death can see) centred on the princess, where the inside is the changed timeline and the outside is 'correct' history in which the princess is dead. The pressure of history causes the bubble to shrink and shrink until the changed timeline would never have existed.
* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'': This is the main power possessed by the [[LivingShadow shadow-men]], though the erasure isn't perfect. Dave has the vague impression of his group having six people instead of its actual five and realizes that someone in their number has been erased from existence. For all Dave knows, it might have been someone he knew very well, but now he has no memory of them because they never existed.
-->"But one night, me and John got really drunk and we sat around telling Todd Brinkmeyer stories, real stories, stories that happened but didn't happen. I think of his face and sometimes I can see it, and it's like a dream you can't quite remember the next morning. And I go back and go over the chain of events and there's places, holes where I know Todd should be."
** And it's not limited to entire people. In the sequel ''[[Literature/ThisBookIsFullOfSpidersSeriouslyDudeDontTouchIt This Book Is Full Of Spiders]]'', [[spoiler: Amy's hand, which was amputated after the car accident in which her parents were killed, had not been amputated until the point Amy touched a Shadow Man during the climax of the novel.]] Which actually raises a lot of questions, the most obvious being how they opened the Ghost Door earlier in the novel...
*** [[spoiler: They could open the Ghost Door in John Dies at the End because that book takes place in the timeline the Shadow Men created ''after the fact'' in This Book is Full of Spiders.]]
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novel ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' has this happen to the heroes. Fortunately, the reason it happens is also the means of their escape -- a TimeTravel device that allows access to TheMultiverse and establishes that they live in a MutuallyFictional MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover. Within the work's RecursiveCanon, a rival "Author" deleted them from their home universe in an act of revenge.
* The protagonists try this on Hitler in Creator/StephenFry's ''Literature/MakingHistory''. [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct It backfires.]]
* The Literature/{{Goosebumps}} book "The Cuckoo Clock of Doom" involves the protagonist being forcibly transported back through his own life by the clock. He manages to find it again and return to the present before ceasing to exist, but realises that his AnnoyingYoungerSibling was now never born due to a flaw in the clock. He considers going back and attempting to fix things, but it's left ambiguous.
* In the short story "The Edge of the World" by Michael Swannick, three high school kids, one girl, two boys, full of hormones and teenage angst, blow off school one day and decide to go look at the edge of the world, which is not far from the American military base where they live. While there they look at caverns carved into the cliffs by ancient monks. They each make a wish - and one boy wishes he had never been born. They get their wishes. They only trace left by the boy is a quickly fading dream-like memory in the mind of the girl.
* A variant in the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series: If a wizard breaks the Wizards' Oath, he loses his wizardry and everyone in the world forgets he was ever a wizard.
* In "TheTimeOfYore" by Michail Uspensky the main hero, a slapdash bloke named Jihar, runs up to his neck in debts and finally pawns his very fame to a greedy merchant. Due to interference of dark magic, the due-bill has this power: nobody in the whole world recognises him anymore, all his heroic achievements are attributed to the merchant, and even the books written about Jihar are changed.
* Sweet wee Cassie from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' considers preventing a person from being born to be more humane than killing them. It wouldn't normally have been a problem for the poor host who would have been infested ''against his will'', but she happened to have a time machine at the time she came to this revelation. Sorry John.
* [[Creator/StephenKing Stephen King's]] ''Blockade Billy'' is about a baseball player that was retgoned from the history books.
* In ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', it is eventually revealed [[spoiler: that our timeline is NOT the original one; there was a whole other history wherein Europe never sailed west to the Americas but the successors of the Aztecs sailed east and laid waste to most of the "Old World" with a religion based on conquest and human sacrifice. The people of this timeline eventually Ret Gone'd themselves to try to create a better world (wherein Columbus sailed west first). By the end of the book, the people of our timeline have little choice but to make a similar sacrifice, this time with a more detailed plan that provides a chance for a peaceful and mutually beneficial meeting of Europe and the Americas.]]
* This happens to Kahlan in the last three novels in the Literature/SwordOfTruth series. Richard is the only one who remembers her, including herself; Kahlan, in an interesting twist, is rendered amnesiac and is kept as a scullery maid by those who {{Ret Gone}}d her.
* The end of ''[[Literature/{{Stardoc}} Dream Called Time]]'': [[spoiler:Cherijo and Duncan]] end up in an alternate timeline where they never existed, due to [[spoiler:their [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right]] [[CosmicRetcon what once went wrong]] with the [[AbusivePrecursors Jxin]]]]. ''They're'' fine—although, obviously, [[UnPerson there's no record of them]] aside from a few people's [[RippleEffectProofMemory ripple-effect-proof memories]] and the fact that they're, well, ''there''...[[spoiler:and so, as it turns out, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming is their daughter Marel]]. ''[[BellisariosMaxim Somehow]]''.]]
* In Lisa Smedman's "Storm of the Dead", a high magic ritual erased drow deity Kiaransalee's memory from existence. With the goddess now devoid of followers, the Ret Gone effectively killed her.
* The title character of James Maxie's novel ''[[Literature/NobodyGetsTheGirl Nobody Gets The Girl]]'' is accidentally [[ButterflyOfDoom erased from the timeline]], but persists as a "ghost" visible only to the [[MadScientist time traveler who caused the divergence]] and his (the time traveler's) daughters.
* This is done in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' so as to destroy Arthur's happy ending in ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' and allow a fifth book to be written. Arthur and Fenchurch are travelling around the galaxy, and make a "perfectly ordinary hyperspace jump." Once they get out of hyperspace, Fenchurch has disappeared, the seat next to Arthur is empty, and records show that Arthur boarded the flight alone. In the radio series, the flight attendant points out that Arthur ''has his feet on the empty seat''.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', this trope happens to places; forgetting about them makes them fade from existence [[spoiler: where they are turned into pocket dimensions by Man In Suit]].
* Hermione disappears from her family photos when, at the start of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', she [[spoiler:erases herself from her parents' memories]] for their safety. An interesting example in that she [[spoiler:{{Retcon}}s ''herself'' out.]]
* In Creator/RebeccaLickiss's ''Literature/EccentricCircles'', things that fall into the rifts are ''gone''. They also get something of that effect when fantasy writers end up RewritingReality though less drastically.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', a demon of the first choir known only as Ur ([[EldritchAbomination because it ate the rest of its name]]) does this to its victims, removing all memories of their existence but leaving the events that they affected intact, forcing people to wonder for the rest of their lives what and who they had lost to it that they can never remember.
* The ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' gives us Literature/FactionParadox, an especially vicious {{cult}} where Step One in your initiation ceremony is to hop into a timeship and go kill Grandma. [[TemporalParadox Before Mommy was ever born.]] This has the effect of erasing your existence in its entirety, making you a [[HumanoidAbomination living paradox]] and making you ''extremely'' hard to destroy.
** Later on, they came up with a variant of the Time Lords' De-Mat Gun, Continuity Needles. Anyone stabbed with one will never have existed. Unusually, the works of that person do not disappear - Time fills in the cracks by attributing them to someone else. That said, Needles have their limits and it's not recommended to use them on people who leave massive impressions upon the timeline. Case in point, a Needle almost caused a disaster when someone had the bright idea of attacking [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton some British alchemist]] with it.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'' has Sky Marshall Beaux pull a gun and shoot Richard, the protagonist of the story, a gut-shot fatal wound, whereupon several others pull their guns and shoot Beaux. Immediately, Beaux disappears (as does Richard's wound) by an erase as if Beaux and the gunshot wound were simply blackboard chalk.
* In ''Literature/ThreeDaysToNever'', the villains have a sorcerous ritual that can remove a person from history. Part of why they're after the MacGuffin is that with it they will be access to a more direct and less difficult method to do the same thing.
* Similar to the example of Hermione erasing her parents' memories of her, in the backstory of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', one of the protagonists, Dalinar Kholin, sought out a being that grants a boon and a curse that it feels is appropriate. For instance, one person who sought it out is mentioned as having gotten enough food to feed his family through hard times, but at the cost of seeing everything upside down. In Dalinar's case, he cannot remember anything about his wife other than the fact that she existed, and can't even hear her name when others speak it. Given that he sought the being out after her death, it really isn't clear (and isn't stated) whether this was his boon, his curse, or both.
* This is the fate of all people, who are chosen to become [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals Functionals]] in ''Literature/RoughDraft''. The protagonist Kirill finds out about this first-hand, when he comes home to find someone else living in his apartment seemingly for years. Even his dog barks at him as if at a stranger. Some people still remember him, but a day later even they have no idea who he is. All his personal effects, such as identification and keys, quickly degrade and turn to dust. He can't even find his birth certificate in the city records. Then people start forgetting him almost as soon as they see him, and some have trouble perceiving him at all. Then he gets a text message to go to a certain address, where his finds his new home and Function, that of a customs officer in Kirill's case. To be more precise, his new home looks like a water tower in our world but is actually an InnBetweenTheWorlds with him beings the custodian. It should be noted that the effects of this trope fade away after Kirill accepts his Function, and people now perceive him as before, except his loved ones still don't remember him. Strangely enough, [[spoiler:After Kirill destroys his Function at the end of the first novel, the first thing that happens is he gets a call from his father, asking where he's been for the past several days]].
* In Natalie Parker's ''Beware the Wild'', the protagonist's brother runs off into a nearby swamp after an argument, and a girl she's never seen before comes out shortly afterwards, at which point everyone begins acting as if she's ''always'' had a sister; any physical evidence of her brother, including photos, has also been changed. It soon becomes clear that this has happened several times before - the only person who believes her immediately is a classmate whose troubled reputation stems from a breakdown after his best friend vanished when their car crashed into the same swamp - and towards the climax, the force responsible begins to extend through town, unpersoning people fast and often.
* In ''Literature/{{Zeroes}}'', Thibault/Anonymous, whose superpower is normally being a ForgettableCharacter, seems to suffer a serious case of this after his DespairEventHorizon.
* This is the basis of the short story "Exit" by Harry Farjeon - and [[https://vimeo.com/76992293 the short film]] adaptation starring Creator/JulianGlover.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' once did this to its title characters (all 4400 of them). In one episode, it appeared to do it (again) to all but one of them, but it turned out that it was really a dream world created by said character.
* ''Series/{{Alice|1976}}'': What Mel fears has happened to him in the 1983 episode, "Sweet, Erasable Mel" (after Vera accidentally erases his financial records from his new computer). Things temporarily get worse for Mel when he and Alice go to the bank and try to resolve the issue – the banker accidentally presses the "delete" key, not only double-erasing Mel but the banker's information as well! (The banker famously sings, mournfully, "I don't exist!")
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'':
** In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Harrison Wells, aka Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash, disintegrates into nothingness when [[spoiler:his ancestor, Eddie, kills himself.]] However, since he's such an important part of the timeline, history didn't change and everyone still remembers him. A younger version of him later arrives to trouble the heroes again. [[spoiler:Barry defeats the younger version of Thawne and tries to imprison him forever, but is forced to allow him to return to the future because he became a key part of Cisco/Vibe's origin story. Cisco almost vanished from existence before Thawne was released.]]
** In the Season 2 finale, [[spoiler:Barry goes back and saves his mother from Thawne. He then watches his past self, the one who failed to save her, smile and vanish into thin air. After Barry fixes the above timeline in season 3, Diggle's daughter Sara is erased from existence, and John Diggle Jr. is the Diggle baby now, possibly setting the BadFuture of [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow the 2030s and 2040s in motion]].]] Additionally, [[spoiler:Cisco's brother Dante has been killed by a drunk driver several months prior in the new timeline, so he fits too]]. Interestingly, it's stated that time ripples don't cross into parallel universes, even if their timelines are intertwined. This means that [[spoiler:Harry and Jesse are unaffected by Barry's changes to Earth 1's timeline, and they immediately start noticing changes upon returning]].
** In Season 3, Savitar is revealed to be born from a StableTimeLoop. [[spoiler:Savitar murdered Barry Allen's lover Iris West. In rage and despair, Barry creates Time Remnants to help him hunt down Savitar, but one of them inevitably turns to the dark side from being rejected by Barry and his family and ''becomes'' Savitar. Barry and his friends break the loop by preventing Iris from being killed, then Iris shoots Savitar dead. Now that the conditions that made him are impossible, Savitar ceases to exist. However, everything Savitar has done up to that point remains, including his murder of H.R.]]
** In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', this is how the Pilgrim kills her targets. Instead of killing them in their present, she finds their younger version and kill it, thus causing the future version to disintegrate. This is also why all Time Masters use fake names and conceal their past, since that makes it much more difficult to do this to them. In season 2, [[spoiler:the Legends meet Rex Tyler (AKA Hourman), the leader of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, who has been sent by a future version of Mick to warn the Legends about coming to 1942 (Tyler's time). However, Tyler disappears halfway through his warning. Later on, the team travels to 1942 and meets members of the JSA, while Tyler has no idea who they are. At the end of that episode, the Reverse-Flash kills him, so Tyler doesn't thwart his plans by warning the Legends (thus explaining his disappearance in the middle of his warning)]].
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Inverted on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}''. Dawn popped into existence, leaving the viewers scratching their heads for a while since all the characters acted as if Dawn had always been with them. It turns out that Dawn is fabricated and all the characters have false memories. Just what their memories of the first four seasons were changed to is never specified, but they all remember Dawn being there alongside them the entire time. A number of the official comics set during the first four seasons have Dawn as a character, with notes attached saying, in effect, "Yeah, she didn't exist back then, but everyone remembers her being there, so..."
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
*** Angel has memories of his son Connor removed from all of his friends' minds, so that only he remembers Connor ever existed. The difference here is that Connor still exists, just not in the minds of the supporting cast. Their modified memories of what happened the previous seasons are never fully explained, even after certain characters get their memories back.
*** From that same season, every mention and memory of The Beast was erased from our dimension [[spoiler:by [[EldritchAbomination Jasmine]]. The Beast is still mentioned in a book from another dimension, where his information was not removed. Angelus also recalls the Beast because he was not in control of Angel when the erasure occured.]]
* In one skit, [[Series/ChappellesShow Dave Chappelle]] took a woman on a MagicalNegro ride into [[AlternateHistory a world where]] her sizeable breasts [[DCupDistress she'd been complaining about]] were Ret Goned. [[ACupAngst It wasn't such A Wonderful Life for her.]]
* In an ItsAWonderfulPlot episode of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' a demon shows JR Ewing what everyone's life would be like had he not existed. After seeing how well off everyone would be it convinces JR to shoot himself which concludes the series.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs "Invasion of the Dinosaurs"]], [[spoiler:the {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s would have Retgoned everyone outside the protection field. This would have included nearly all humanity, as well as the entire Silurian species.]]
** Let's not forget the De-Mat gun in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime "The Invasion of Time"]], which not only erases its target from history, but erases itself after being fired, as well as a bit of the wielder's memory.
** Since the Doctor is said to be the last of the Time Lords no matter what era of history he's in, the removal of Gallifrey and (most) of the Daleks could count as this.
** The armies of Neverweres and Might-Have-Beens in the Time War are theorized to be people erased by the Time Lords or other nutjobs (see the ''Big Finish'' examples in Radio).
** The [[TimeyWimeyBall cracks in time]] driving the plot of Series 5 have this effect:
*** The cracks are first explained starting in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]]. Time travellers can still [[RippleEffectProofMemory remember the victims]] -- ''unless'' they were part of the traveller's own history, as we learn in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood "Cold Blood"]] when [[spoiler:Rory is erased]]. Things get worse in "The Pandorica Opens", where [[spoiler:the TARDIS blows up, triggering the explosion that [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble caused/will cause/is causing]] the cracks and threatening to Ret Gone the ''universe.'']] In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang"]], both [[spoiler:Rory and the universe]] get better.
*** The cracks only sort of scrape things off the surface; no one remembers the lost events, but they still ''happened''. The best example is probably Amy Pond. She has no parents, she never had any parents, and she lives in a big empty house with her biological aunt, who is an only child. None of that makes the slightest amount of sense, but everyone's brains just sort of [[WeirdnessCensor skip over it]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]], the Great Intelligence attempts a massive Ret Gone on the Doctor himself. It almost works.
** The Doctor jokes about it [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E3ThinIce "Thin Ice"]]; arriving in 1814 London, Bill is worried that she might do something like stepping on the archetypal butterfly that will change history and, say, prevent her from ever being born. The Doctor immediately tells her that that's what happened to Pete.
---> '''Bill:''' Pete?
---> '''The Doctor:''' Your friend. Pete. He was standing there a moment ago, but he stepped on a butterfly and now you don't even remember him.
---> '''Bill:''' .........Shut up! I'm serious!
---> '''The Doctor:''' Yeah. So was Pete.
* The same plot as ''TNG'' episode "Remember Me", with a research facility substituted for the ship and virtual reality goggles substituted for a NegativeSpaceWedgie, appeared in the ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' episode "Games People Play". Much like the TNG episode, it comes down to the ludicrous yet creepy statement that the population of Eureka is "two". [[spoiler:It turns out that the VR goggles are part of a psychiatric treatment program. In Carter's case, it was trying to get him to accept the thought of his daughter going off to college]].
* In the season 3 finale of ''{{Series/Fringe}}'', [[spoiler:this happens to Peter Bishop]]. [[spoiler:He eventually gets better]]. The trope is apparently played to full effect regarding [[spoiler:Peter's infant son Henry]], though.
** Although [[spoiler:Henry]] has an equivalent in the new timeline which results from [[spoiler:Peter's]] return, [[spoiler:his daughter Henrietta]].
** In the series finale, this happens to the Observers.
* In the ''Series/HannahMontana'' episode "The Way We Almost Weren't", Jackson and Miley begin to undergo this after preventing their parents from meeting.
* In the ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "Silent Night", this happens one-by-one to everyone in Haven, with only Audrey Parker and the Troubled person causing it being able to remember them. Although no one else can remember them, they do notice something is wrong if they think about it, like Duke asking Nathan, "Why are there only two people in your class photo?" One guy whose wife was erased realizes that he must have a wife, even if he can't remember her, because his daughter must have a mother. When Audrey saves the day, everyone reappears with no memory of that day.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** [[NextSundayAD five years in the future]] some of the characters had settled down (or undergone a HeelFaceTurn) and had families of cute little children that won't exist now because the future has changed and the mothers of said children have been StuffedInTheFridge.
** There's also Caitlin. Peter utterly ruins her life just by crossing paths with her and for all her trouble she gets left behind in a BadFuture that's subsequently erased from existence, again thanks to [[IdiotHero Peter]].
* An episode of ''Series/{{Journeyman}}'' has Dan accidentally leave a digital camera in the early [[TheEighties 80s]]. He returns home to not only find a [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin more advanced technological level]] (including newspapers that play video and holographic screens) but a daughter instead of a son. Since he remembers the night his son was originally conceived, he asks his wife about it. She explains that they were about to get it on, when he received a call about malfunctioning nano-systems at his work and had to go. They ended up having sex sometime later and conceiving a daughter. He resolves to go back and change things back, despite his wife pleading him not to (as far as she knows, they never had a son, and Dan is about to erase her daughter from existence). He does that anyway and doesn't tell his wife what happened.
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', [[spoiler:the Greatest Treasure in the Universe has the power to do this to Zangyack, which would retroactively undo all the damage they've done to the universe. However, using it would also erase the history and legacy of the SuperSentai, so the Gokaiger ultimately decide not to use it.]]
* In ''Series/TheLostRoom'', this happens to room 10 of the Sunshine Motel as well as everything in it, in the same event that gave all of the objects inside it extraordinary powers. After the event, the room was never built and the motel owners don't remember it ever existing. It can only be accessed by using one of the objects, the key to it, to open a door (any door). [[spoiler:One of the objects is a man who was occupying the room at the time of the event. Afterwards, he came home to find that his wife no longer remembered him.]]
* This is a standard side effect of entering ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}''.
* ''Series/NowhereMan'' has this as the series premise. In the end Veil discovers [[spoiler: he really did never exist. He's a brainwashed federal agent.]]
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "The Man Who Was Never Born''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title says it all.]] There is a CruelTwistEnding, however. [[spoiler:It's not the man everyone assumes it will be.]]
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'':
** At the start of the second series, Claudia Brown has never existed, though this was foreshadowed. There were other differences, such as that they had a new base, and the identical Jenny Lewis existed.
** At the end of S3 it is revealed that [[spoiler:Helen's plan is to do this with the [[MoralEventHorizon entirety of humanity]], thankfully the punishment for trying that is [[KarmicDeath death by velociraptor]].]]
* In one episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam's actions accidentally cause Al to be convicted of murder and executed in the 1960s. Al is immediately replaced by another character (played by Roddy [=MacDowell=]) who in the new time line has always been Sam's connection to the Project. When Sam fixes things, Al comes back, with no idea that he had ever stopped being there.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** While passing through pockets of "unreality" where things change at random, the Red Dwarf crew of four pass through one and then start wondering what happened. They're in an unreality pocket but nothing has changed, the ship is normal and all three of them are normal. Meanwhile the Cat is sitting in the front seat, invisible and inaudible, constantly trying to correct them. Luckily for him this doesn't last long; once they exit the pocket he becomes "real" again and the others forget that they ever forgot him.
-->'''Kryten:''' I don't understand. The three of us are here as normal.
-->'''Cat:''' The ''four'' of us! The ''four'' of us! Can't you see me? Can't you feel me?
-->''He shakes Lister's shoulder.''
-->'''Lister:''' Look out, we're getting some buffeting!
** The Inquisitor from the eponymous episode does this to people he deems unworthy. He mostly completes this with Lister and Kryten but is stopped by a StableTimeLoop. According to Lister, he programs the Inquisitor's gauntlet to backfire and do this to the Inquisitor himself.
** In '"Timeslides" Lister uses time travel to prevent himself from joining the Space Corps and thus ending up in deep space three million years in the future. While he disappears from Red Dwarf, he technically isn't really Ret Gone because he just changed his past and lived a different life. Kryten also disappears, but only because he would still be on the Nova 5. The Cat, however, ''is'' Ret Gone, because without Lister the Cat race never existed.
* In one episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', this very nearly happens to the entire holiday of Christmas. According to Salem, it has already happened to another holiday, called Bobunk.
-->'''Salem''': Ah, the days of Bobunk...
* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Sarah Jane gets eradicated, with Maria the only person with any memory of her. And later, Maria gets eradicated, with only her father remembering her. It nearly goes one step further.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark casually says life would be so much easier to everyone [[WonderfulLife if he had never existed]]. Only he's holding the [[MagicFromTechnology octagonal key]], which then goes on to {{Retcon}} the world without him. At first everybody is indeed happier, until he finds out that [[PresidentEvil President Luthor]] is about to destroy the world. Luckily, as Brainiac kills him with a kryptonite bullet, he [[spoiler:says farewell with Jor-El's voice, and then it all fades away. It was an illusion created by the disc, to move Clark into [[TimeTravel saving himself in the past]].]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** In "Revisions", there's a community of people living under a shield dome on an otherwise hellish planet: they all had devices on their heads which wired them into a central mainframe to retrieve knowledge from it. However, the shield was losing power, so the computer slowly shrank it over the years, [[PopulationControl controlling the excess population]] in their sleep and sending them out to die in the boiling atmosphere outside, and then editing the remaining people's memories so they thought the town had always been that size and didn't remember the dead ones.
** Inverted in an episode where a new character who the audience doesn't remember appears.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode "Remember Me", this happened to the entire crew of the Enterprise; only Dr. Crusher remembered the missing people. This leads to a rather odd scene in which only Picard and Crusher were left on the ship, and he insisted that it made sense that they could run the ship with only two people - then the computer insists after Picard vanishes that she has always run the entire ''Enterprise'' alone. Only after everyone was gone did Dr Crusher figure out that [[spoiler:she was trapped in a pocket universe based on her own thoughts]]. And it's ''shrinking''.
** This is also Q's main threat to Picard in the first ("Encounter At Farpoint") and last episode ("All Good Things..."): To wipe humanity itself out so completely that it will never have existed.
** In "Yesterday's Enterprise", Tasha Yar finds out she shouldn't exist because she ''died'' in the "real" timeline. The episode causes a TimeParadox when Yar "sacrifices" her life to restore the timeline - but later it's learned she was taken prisoner and gave birth to Sela.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', "Children of Time": The crew find out they started a colony 200 years in the past, and to prevent the non-existence of several thousand people, they agree to go back and strand themselves. However, Odo, having lived those 200 years, was distressed that Kira was going to die in this timeline from some severe injury. So he fixes the ''Defiant'' and causes the non-existence of those thousands of people, including himself.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-parter "Year of Hell", the episode's villain, Annorax, has a weapon ship that can erase entire civilizations from history. When he originally fired the weapon at his people's greatest enemy, it restored the Krenim Empire, only to collapse due to an unforeseen plague (which also killed his wife) that only occurred because the enemy race had never introduced a vital immunity genome to the Krenim. In desperation, he fired it ''again'' to try fixing his mistake, managing to restore everyone, ''except'' for the colony in which his wife lived! This has led to his 200-year-long crusade to [[{{Necromantic}} resurrect her]] that has failed every single time, causing him to become obsessed to the point where he's conducting a one man war [[RageAgainstTheHeavens against time itself!]] The plot is resolved when [[spoiler:Janeway's [[RammingAlwaysWorks kamikaze]] attack on the weapon ship causes the weapon ship ''itself'' to be [[ResetButton erased from history]], resetting time and reuniting Annorax with his wife.]]
-->'''Janeway:''' [[BondOneLiner Time's. ]][[PunctuatedForEmphasis Up.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' pilot, after Lucy comes back from 1937, she is shocked to discover that her previously-comatose mother is perfectly fine. Then she gets a second dose, when she realizes that her sister Amy never existed. It turns out, when Flynn saved the original passengers of the ''Hindenburg'', a descendant of one of the people who died in the original timeline married the man whom Lucy has always thought as her father. Thus, her sister was never born. She also realizes that her mother has been lying to her about who her real father is.
** In a later episode, [[spoiler:Wyatt intentionally tries to erase the man he thinks killed his wife from existence by preventing his parents from having a one-night stand. He accidentally causes the father's death, but, upon returning to the present, is shocked to find out that his wife is still dead. Someone else must have killed her]].
** Agent Christopher gives Lucy a flash drive with the information on her wife and kids, just in case something accidentally causes them to cease to exist as well. She asks Lucy to keep the flash drive in the time machine and give it to her in that eventuality. [[spoiler:The flash drives proves useful, when Rittenhouse sends agents to try to kill Christopher in 1981, which would prevent the team from being assembled in the first place. Even though the assassination fails, Christopher's kids are nearly ret-gonned by her accepting an ArrangedMarriage proposal, before Lucy and Jiya convince her to come out to her mother instead.]]
** This is Flynn's end goal as well - to erase [[spoiler:[[AncientConspiracy Rittenhouse]] from existence in order to bring back his wife and daughter, who were murdered by Rittenhouse agents. This is also why Rittenhouse has financed the time travel project in the first place, planning to use the time machine to cleanly remove people they don't like from reality]].
** In season 2, the inverse happens, when [[spoiler:Wyatt discovers that his wife Jessica is still alive after something Rittenhouse did. While this is great news, it's also coming at the worst time possible, as he has just started sleeping with Lucy]].
* ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'':
** ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': "And When the Sky Was Opened". Three astronauts return from a trip into space and disappear one at a time. As each disappears, only one of the astronauts remembers that the others existed, until he disappears too, then the spacecraft they returned in vanishes as well. Every time someone disappears, the audience sees that day's newspaper, saying something along these lines each time: "Three men return from space", "Two men return from space", "Lone man returns from space", And something about a "miracle birth".
** One of the episodes of ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'' series called "Upgrade" was about a woman who wished for a perfect family. She gets her wish, and her children are replaced by more perfect children. However, eventually she is replaced.
* The pilot of ''Series/{{Frequency}}'' has Raimy Sullivan managing to warn her father, Frank, of his impending death in 1996. Frank survives (later dying in 2011) and Raimy is at first happy. But then she's informed that a body recently discovered is her mother, who Raimy remembers alive but in this new timeline vanished in 1997. Raimy realizes something Frank did in the past caused the Nightingale serial killer to live longer than he should have and thus, a dozen women who should be alive are his victims.

* In ''Manhua/InfinityGame'' this happens when [[spoiler:a player is in the alternative world when it's destroyed. The only people who remember are the players who weren't in the world at the time, aka. the RPG Society. They intend to do this to Long Wei and his group as erasing his world and returning their world would un-erase their friends. Instead Long Wei fights back and due to time being frozen in the alternative world, he's forced to erase himself from his friends' memories as he won't be able to return to the real world for fifty years and if they remain with him, they won't have anywhere to return to]].

* "Hands of Doom" by Music/{{Manowar}}:
-->''Nothing shall remain.''/
-->''Not your memory, your name.''/
-->''It will be as though you never, ever lived.''/

[[folder:Radio and Audio]]
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'':
** In the audio drama ''Neverland'', the Time Lords are revealed to have a device called "The Oubliette of Eternity", which is a dispersal chamber combined with an erase-from-history device. The really horrifying thing that is that there is no RippleEffectProofMemory in effect: even a person who has authorized its use many times over is under the impression that it has never been used.
** Nazi scientist Dr Elizabeth Klein has this happen to her after she continues altering history to ensure Nazi power. However, a new Elizabeth Klein is created who has no memory of the actions of her previous self.
** ''The Light at the End'' has this happen to the Doctors when the Master uses a conceptual bomb to remove the TARDIS from existence.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', individuals on the losing side of the "Secret War" often suffer this fate. They don't cease to exist, but rather find that the world as they know it has suddenly changed all around them, no one other than themselves (and other time travelers) remembers their version of reality, and they themselves have no past in this new version of reality - no family, no home, no friends, no identity - because they never existed in it to begin with.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', this is one of the things the penultimate technique of the Charcoal March of Spiders style can do.
** In addition, one of the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Yozis]], She Who Lives In Her Name, did this to huge portions of Creation before being [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]]. It's still debated amongst the fandom whether she "merely" destroyed things and erased them from living memory, or whether she rewrote the laws of Creation so that the things she scythed away could ''never'' come into existence again.
* ''TableTopGame/MagicTheGathering'': At the end of the Tarkir story-line, [[spoiler: Sarkhan Vol]] significantly alters alters his world's history so that [[spoiler: dragons never went extinct on that world. Despite over a thousand years of altered history, most people Sarkhan knew still very much exist (albeit with heavily altered lives). However, none of them have any recollection of Sarkhan himself, as he apparently was never born in this time-line]]. Paradoxically, every event he took part in on ''other'' worlds was completely unaffected (as it includes some pretty important ones in the MTG time-line). He doesn't angst over it for long, instead seeing it as a fresh start on a better version of his world.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', the Red Word cult (who worship [[CosmicHorror an alternate timeline so abhorrent]] that it was aborted from reality into the Abyss, where it attained sentience and got ''really'' pissed off), [[ImAHumanitarian devour people]] in order to symbolically wipe them from this history. If they do it in their sacred temple, it ''actually happens'' with all evidence that the person existed gradually fading away.
** In the same game, the Cult of the Doomsday Clock are attempting to destroy the Fallen World (i.e., this one) in order to free themselves to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. (Needless to say, the heads of the cult are all [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal beings]].) Their key weapon for this is a Doomsday Clock, which not only erases everything around it, but goes back through time and erases it ''there'', eventually leaving a gaping hole in both the world and history.
** This is particularly associated with archmages:
*** If someone fails during the process of becoming an archmage, they die and are retroactively erased from history.
*** If someone succeeds at becoming an archmage, it's possible that the changes the transition causes result in something or someone the archmage knew getting removed from history.
*** If an archmage completes an Imperium Rite that involves removing something from reality, that something - be it a place, a society, etc. - now never existed.
*** When the Exarchs ascended to the Supernal, history was rewritten such that their original home, the Awakened City (aka Atlantis), had never existed. Artifacts and ruins from the Awakened City still survive, despite having no origin in this timeline... but they come from different - and contradictory - Awakened Cities.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' - the Arcane background is a sort of "cloaking" from the Universe. Records, memories and evidence for the existence of an Arcane character slip away from the world, slowly at low levels ("''You're easy to forget.''") while at high levels people start forgetting you as soon as you leave the room (the five dot version's description is "''In other people's minds, you don't even exist.''"). Oh, and the stat potentially goes [[UpToEleven up to ten]] for [=NPCs=] (and really powerful or unlucky [=PCs=]). Not bad for mages, who really want to hide from the world, but it may become a hindrance for other people. Think ''Film/TheNet''. The Virtual Adepts can do that. Don't piss them off.
** Wrinkle, the Paradox spirit who [[ClockRoaches deals with sufficiently obnoxious temporal meddlers]], is rumored to deal with the worst cases by rewriting time so they were never born.
** Online fan-created material suggests that the Syndicate and New World Order factions could do this ''by way of'' UnPerson, due to their paradigms of magic.
** According to ''Guide to the Traditions'', this is what happened to the Etherite Czar Vargo when he shattered the {{Masquerade}} in an attempt to stop the First World War - his act of magic was so public, and so at odds with consensus reality, Paradox {{RetGone}}d him and his allies out of existence. Worse, the effect was progressive: initially, it was his attempt to stop the war that got retconned, then as time went on it extended backwards through Vargo's timeline to the point that the village he came from ended up never having existed. Some few mage witnesses still remember Vargo, but they get fewer and fewer as time passes and the Paradox effect gets to them. (Related to the note above, a sidebar comments that the Technocracy, whatever else it's capable of, couldn't manage to Ret Gone an event on that scale itself, as it's not that powerful. Paradox ''is''.)
* In a book on magic for ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', there is a spell that erases the memories of a person or object from existence completely. However, a character's connections can help them resist, on the principle that it gets harder to make everyone and everything "forget". Also, trying to remove important or big things won't work completely, as the universe will try to fit something else in the hole. For example, if a building in the middle of town is erased from existence, you won't end up with an empty lot; something has to go there, so some other building will appear.
* The [[BigBad Excrucians]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' aim to do this to all of creation, one aspect at a time. [[PlayerCharacter Nobles]] can, themselves, to a more limited extent, make retroactive changes to physical existence and history. A minor element of the game {{Backstory}} speaks of the five hundred years of human progress which got unmade, changing history considerably.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' the disadvantage ''Unique'' makes one vulnerable to this and the advantage ''Temporal Inertia'' makes one invulnerable to it.
* The D20 setting ''TabletopGame/{{Infernum}}'' incorporates Ret Gone into its background; get swallowed by a Hellgout (a kind of naturally occuring portal that links Hell and Earth, which usually ends up acting like a black hole) and Earth will basically rewrite itself to wipe out your existence, with any remaining hints that you ever existed being subtle ones, a process referred to in-universe as "The Twisting". For example, the Knights of the Harrowing are the descendents of an order of [[KnightTemplar overzealous]] Christian Crusaders called the Knights of the Sepulchre, an order dedicated to the reclaimation of the tomb where Jesus Christ resided for three days after being crucified, who deliberately invoked a Hellgout to swallow their fortress so they could lead a crusade against Hell. The vast majority of the deeds they accomplished have either been erased from history, or attributed to other orders. A rare few examples of their symbol, a charging crusader on horseback, are occasionally found on crumbling ruins in either the Holy Land or south France.
* Inverted in the TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} D&D setting's Alphatia, which was destroyed in the ''Wrath of the Immortals'' campaign-arc and recreated in the Hollow World by the Immortals. To recreate the population, they first resurrected the Empress, then everyone the Empress remembered, then everyone ''they'' remembered, and so on. Many isolated villages and antisocial individuals were omitted from the restored Alphatia, as none of the Alphatians who ''did'' get restored had missed their presence. For them, being forgotten became the ''cause'' of non-existence, rather than the effect.
** Speaking of ''Dungeons and Dragons'', the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting has rules for fighting the minions of Chaos (also mentioned under Literature.) Die to them, and all you'll leave behind is empty armor and any books that were written about you (the latter of which will be assumed to be fiction.)
* The very highest level spells of the Destruction Path in the ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' RPG allows a mage to erase anything from existance. From a single person to an entire species or continent the Uncreation spell completly stops it from ever having existed at all, with the timeline changing to match. Only people with a very high Gnosis (basically how important they are in reality) can even notice that something is different.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' had a limited-run {{Sourcebook}} written as an April Fool's joke called ''The Rifter 9 1/2''. One of the gag articles was written as a TakeThat against [[{{Munchkin}} power gaming]] and PowerCreepPowerSeep known as "Giga-Damage." It was described as a new game mechanic, weapons that literally do 1 million times the damage of regular weapons in the game. The writer suggested that one way to handle this is to have any normal item hit by a Giga-Damage weapon is not only vaporized, but never existed at all. He goes on to explain how he used a Giga-Damage weapon in his game to destroy a piece "[[UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria]]"[[note]] No, that wasn't written wrong. The writer himself seemed to think that Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria was the name of one ship. Of course, the fact that said writer is something of a BookDumb idiot was a running gag throughout the book[[/note]] and that is how he was able to become the Overlord of Illinois.
* It's implied that [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Emperor]] did this to the Second and Eleventh Legions prior to the Literature/HorusHeresy, by ripping out the heart of each Legion's Primarch and using a psychic ritual to kill off their Legions and wipe their existence from memory. Certainly only the other Primarchs seem to remember their forgotten brothers ever existed, and the Emperor has forbidden them to speak of it.
* Anyone who makes a DealWithTheDevil in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'' can experience this in whole or part. Demons typically use Pacts to gain "Cover" -- metaphysical pieces of their human personas. When they make a Pact, parts of a human's life is literally removed and cosmically retconned into belonging to the Demon instead -- from a simple memory or skill to physical attributes or even relatives. And then there's the ultimate pact: the soul. If a Demon takes a person's entire soul as their payment, that person is ''gone''. The gamebook differentiates this from a disguise or DemonicPossession, the original person has been retconned out, with the Demon claiming their entire ''existence'' as its own Cover.
** People who live in one of the contained, fragmented versions of Seattle detailed in the main [=DtD=] book experience a different version: if they make a stigmatic pact with a demon, they are pushed farther and farther out of existence each time the fragment resets. A father of two sons will, after one reset, become an ''uncle'' with two nephews, then a distant relation, then a complete stranger, then *poof* gone unless they escape to the "real" Seattle in time.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity''. The game replays events from the past and you can eliminate any or all of the characters, and it'll effectively change the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' timeline and ''depict'' it. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, in the final game you only have the choice of sparing or killing Leon, and the game doesn't even reveal the aftermath of making the choices.]]
* This is a fairly standard tactic in ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'', due to the time travel game mechanics. Not only do you have to defend your base in the present, you have to defend it in the past lest another player decides to retroactively attack you and retcon your army away.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', this is what happens to [[spoiler: Ragna. After wiping out all of everyone's wishes and stopping everyone who could hurt those he loved, he wipes away everyone's memory of him as he becomes the new Amaterasu unit.]] Only [[spoiler: Rachel]] seems to have any ability to recall him, and even that's no more than a mere remembrance of [[spoiler: his]] "will to fight."
* This is also the fate of Serge in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' if your party is wiped out.
** Your party also encounters the "Dead Sea": an area containing the Ret Gone items from the bleak future of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' that ''was prevented'' due to the original destruction of Lavos.
** In ''Chrono Cross'''s ending, Serge does this [[spoiler:to to all timelines by ''interweaving'' them to create a ''perfect'' timeline, which permanently destroys the Time Devourer(at least in the form of a Schala/Lavos hybrid since Lavos' fate is unknown) and frees Schala once and for all(the reason the Schala/Lavos hybrid is gone)]].
** ''Chrono Trigger'' even gives us the victim's thoughts after she comes back: "Crono! It was awful...I can't recall it all...I was somewhere cold, dark...and lonely. Is that what it's like to...die?"
** In fact, the Chrono Compendium has this as a theory, named [[http://www.chronocompendium.com/Term/Time_Bastard.html Time Bastard]]. Every time history is changed, the overwritten version of the timeline is [=RetGoned=] and replaced with the timeline created by the change of history.
* S(h)innosuke's bad ending in ''VideoGame/GigaWing'' has his name [[spoiler:"mysteriously vanish from existence, never to be recorded in history."]]
* The defeat of Chaos (aka [[spoiler:Garland]]) in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' brings about the end of the StableTimeLoop; as a result, [[spoiler:nobody remembers him or his defeat at the hands of the Light Warriors.]]
** Nobody remembers [[spoiler:the Light Warriors, either, nor any of their exploits. Including the Light Warriors themselves]].
*** The idea gets revisited in a subversion with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. In the chapter "The End of an Era", the player characters who are fighting to end the war against TheEmpire encounter Bahamut and can only watch as the elder primal rains destruction across the land. Louisoix saves the world's only hope, the player characters, [[spoiler: by sending them several years into the future while he performs a HeroicSacrifice to stop Bahamut]]. Once "A Realm Reborn" came to be (patch 2.0), everyone forgets who the warriors that fought Bahamut were and can only remember them by a figure shrouded in light, dubbing them the Warriors of Light. While said warriors still exist, no one can remember them. This is taken a step further if a legacy player completes the main storyline where [[spoiler: everyone remembers that the player is indeed the Warrior of Light.]]
* Keine from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has the ability to eat history. What exactly this entails is never made entirely clear, but is generally believed to involve this, though there are indications that she only erases people's ''memory'' of elements of history.
** Keine made an entire village disappear when you first face her. The other characters notice that there should be a village in front of them, though [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] can apparently still see the village.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' seems to love this trope.
** Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]''. In the game's climax, [[spoiler: Xion is absorbed by Roxas. As she was created from the memories of main character Sora, there was nothing left for anyone to remember her with after she was gone]]. The Ret Gone appears to be played straight, but in the cell phone game Coded, [[spoiler: it is revealed through a conversation between Data Sora and Data Roxas that the real Roxas still feels the pain of losing Xion, even if he doesn't remember her. Interestingly, this pain is also felt by Data Sora, who states that even if he doesn't know the source of his turmoil, he's still resolved to do his best to fix it.]] Of course, it is also possible that [[spoiler: the database entry where Xion learned about her past is still intact]].
*** In ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]'', [[spoiler:we learn Xion isn't entirely gone yet. She appears (and Ventus and Roxas too) when Riku enters Sora's heart.]]
** And of course a straight example of the trope occurs with [[spoiler:Sora]] during the year between ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'': [[spoiler:while Sora is sleeping and Namine is reconstructing his memories, everyone who knew him forgets that he existed until he awakens again.]]
** A minor variation on the trope occurs when all the photos owned by the residents of Twilight Town are stolen. Everyone remembers the photos, but the theft is so complete that even the ''word'' "photo" is stolen, and is blanked out of the characters' dialogues when they try to say it. And then later, on the final day, Roxas finds that not only has time stopped again, but all those same photos no longer have him in them.
*** The Roxas situation has an even odder example of how the trope works, as the real Twilight Town serves as a 'world without Roxas' look at the Twilight Town inside the simulation - even though we know that the TT Roxas was in wasn't real, it feels to the players like Roxas has been Ret Gone'd. It gets even more {{Mind Screw}}y when it appears as though data!TT has affected the real world - the Usual Spot gang coming to see Sora off for almost no reason - and Sora experiences Roxas' pain at ''being'' Ret Gone'd, without actually knowing why, seeming to play this trope straight, though in a non-standard way.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse'', the Time Breakers attempt to pull this on Trunks by powering up the Androids and having them kill him in his original timeline, before he can join Time Patrol.
** In the [[VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2 sequel]], Towa does this to the [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo previous game's]] Future Warrior by killing Shenron before Trunks has the chance to wish for them.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time/Darkness'', [[spoiler:this is what will happen to all the Pokémon from the future once the world is saved. This includes both Grovyle and the main character, though in the latter's case, Dialga comes to the rescue. This is also, presumably, why Dusknoir and Primal Dialga try to stop the heroes from changing the past.]]
** In the UpdatedRerelease ''Explorers of the Sky'', [[spoiler:the same charity extended to the main character is granted to everyone in the future. Including a {{Heel Face Turn}}ed Dusknoir.]]
** A different version is at work in the sequel ''Gates to Infinity'', where instead [[spoiler: it's claimed that a law of nature will force all memories of the player to disappear when he leaves the Pokémon world. Everyone else decides [[ScrewDestiny that's a stupid law]] and force themselves to remember anyway]].
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'':
** The alternate timeline of the series was caused by a succesful attempt on Albert Einstein's part to [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct assassinate Adolf Hitler]] by erasing him from history in Landsberg in 1924 and prevent World War II. The Soviet Union under Stalin then develops into an unstoppable war machine in the European power vacuum, causing World War II to happen anyway, just a decade later and with some sides changed (Germany heading up the Allied forces, Russia fighting them on its own, and Japan and the US not getting seriously involved).
** The Allies in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' developed the Chrono Legionnaire which could erase units from the timestream completely over a few seconds while they're left utterly helpless and untouchable. Weaponized Retgone anyone?
** In the intro to ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', the Soviets travel backwards in time to remove Albert Einstein from history in 1927, since it was his Chronosphere technology responsible for the Allies' victory in ''Red Alert 2''. When they return to the present, the war was never lost, Einstein never existed, and there is no nuclear technology. Only the three Soviets who travelled back are aware of the changes. The events of ''Red Alert 2'' were completely erased. Of course Hitler, having previously been retgonned by Einstein, stayed retgonned.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', over the course of the game, Mary's letter turns blank, then disappears from the envelope, and finally the envelope disappears as well; it was a creation of his mind. Or was it?
* Used for a ''non''-evil or horrible effect in ''VideoGame/{{Siren}} 2'': As a side effect of defeating the Big Bad, [[spoiler: Ryuko Tagawa never existed, therefore Abe Soji is no longer wanted for her murder (he was innocent anyway). The picture of Abe and Ryuko now shows only Abe, and the newspaper clipping of the murder has changed and now reports Ikuko's mother killing her father]].
* One possible way to die in ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest V'' is via time paradox.
-->Bea is dead. In an alternate future she would've borne your son. In the future past of Space Quest 4, your son would've saved your life. But she didn't so he couldn't - therefore you aren't.
* One of the many ways to die in ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject'' is to be "uncreated" by the reality distortion wave, which happens if you go to the wrong place in the Global Transporter, or wait too long at the TSA.
* Pretty much the entire plot of ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow''.
* This is a choice in the final ending of ''VideoGame/{{Nier}}'' where [[spoiler: the eponymous main character can sacrifice himself to save Kaine. The downside? He completely erases himself and all memories of himself from existence. Kinda a downer ending considering Kaine was willing to sacrifice herself and Nier's daughter (whose cure/rescue was the driving focus of the game) is now fatherless, but at least she doesn't know it...]] The game takes this choice one step further by forcing the deletion of all your save games. Hope you backed them up to a flash drive! At least the game gives you ample warning...
* In ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', [[spoiler:this takes on a meta twist for the player in Ending E. During the [[NintendoHard grueling]] shoot-em-up stage, players eventually receive help from other players who had completed the game, sacrificing themselves to give you a fighting chance of [[EarnYourHappyEnding giving 2B, 9S, and A2 a happy ending]]. Once you complete the game, you are given the choice to make the same sacrifice, erasing your save data for the sake of another player.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2003 - XIII'': [[spoiler: Ash Crimson planned to do this to himself all along.]]
** [[spoiler:Not as much a matter of planning, he mostly did this as a last-ditch desperate attempt to stop Saiki, head of Those From the Past and his {{Time Travel}}ling ancestor, from going back in time and retry to steal the Sacred Treasures that kept Orochi's seal in place after [[GrandTheftMe hijacking Ash's body]]. It was his last shred of freewill that kept Saiki stuck in the present and thus, prevented Ash himself from even being born, erasing both from the ''KOF'' continuity. All that remains of Ash is [[HairDecorations his black headband]], [[TragicKeepsake kept by]] his OnlyFriend [[TheNotLoveInterest Elisabeth]].]]
* Happens with [[spoiler:the Guardians/Celestrians]] of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' after [[spoiler:Celestia ascends them all for accomplishing the purpose they were created for. All the Guardian statues in the world lose their inscriptions, and everyone (except the ghosts) treat their presence as a minor mystery.]]
* The ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia: Sands of Time'' trilogy has this on a rather grand scale: The climax of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' has the Prince reseal the Sands, which sends him back before they were released in the first place and lets him defeat the Vizier who started the whole affair. The [[CuttingOffTheBranches canon ending]] for ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' has [[spoiler:the Prince prevent the Sands from being made in the first place]], and so in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' the Vizier is alive, and he takes over Farah's country before marching on Persia as part of his plan to [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble re-create the Sands in the first place...]]
* At first, ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis'' appears to be about things coming into existence rather than vanishing from it--but when they appear, the things that were previously there stop being there. This becomes rather important when [[spoiler:the entire country of Janam is replaced by an uninhabited desert.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', Thomas Zane did this to [[spoiler: himself using the magic of Cauldron Lake, which brings the creations of artists to life.]] He was previously a very famous author, but when [[spoiler: he unintentionally gave the Dark Presence an avatar in the form of his lover Barbara Jagger by resurrecting her with his writing without explaining how (allowing it to take over her body)]], he then [[spoiler: wrote himself and everything he'd ever done out of existence, to keep the Presence contained.]]
* With enough mods and hacks, you can do this in ''VideoGame/TheSims2''. However, if you do it the wrong way, it backfires horribly and ruins your game.
** Moving sims into different neighbourhoods then back can appear to have this effect as family and friends don't remember them.
** This can happen in-universe with ''VideoGame/TheSims3''[='=]s expansion pack, Into The Future. Fortunately, your Sim can bring back their descendants through the mausoleum.
* This ''almost'' happens to Mario/Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and the Lumas at the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', thanks to the universe being destroyed (and recreated) by Bowser's black hole.
* The sequel to ''VideoGame/IMMeen'' called "Chill Manor" has the villain take over history. If you get a game over; the player character [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_p0k4tJPgs is erased from history. Forever. And the villain even cackles as she erases you.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', the party's goal is to erase the goddess Fortuna and her priestess Elraine from time itself. [[spoiler: Reala and Judas]], who exist because of Fortuna, are fully aware that doing this will cause the same thing to happen to them. ([[spoiler:[[TheAtoner Judas,]] in fact, wants it to happen for most of the game]]). [[spoiler: Reala's bond with Kyle later saves her from unexisting, while Judas's ultimate fate is left ambiguous.]]
* In ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'', this is the fate of anyone who wanders into The Flux (more formally, phenomenon fluctuation sectors), though it is unclear how people figured this out. It's used for a NonStandardGameOver. [[spoiler: Also the Overseers' retaliation for Kira hacking their computer, though Yuri manages to reverse it in the ending.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'', "Cease to Exist", one of the [[TimeMaster Chronomancy]] spells, allows you to do this to a monster. You have to push it outside of time and kill it there first, but if you manage that, everything that you used outside of time gets restored to you.
* Partway through ''Terminator 3: The Redemption'', [[spoiler:the T-850 (the Terminator [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Arnie]] played) gets thrown into a prototype time machine in the present and thrown into the future, where, without his help, John Conner and Katherine Brewster are dead, thus, the human resistance is never formed to fight against Skynet, ergo, humanity is extinct.]]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', [[spoiler: Booker [=DeWitt=] commits interdimensional suicide to ensure that his evil alternate self, Father Comstock, never exists to threaten the multiverse. Because its creation was masterminded by Comstock, Colombia also ceases to exist and the events of the game never take place.]] However, TheStinger reveals that [[spoiler: Booker and Elizabeth live on in a universe where Booker [[InSpiteOfANail never gave up his daughter]], freeing them from the cycle of events that had made the lives of their other selves so hellish.]] The Burial At Sea DLC reveals that [[spoiler:not all versions of Comstock were eliminated as the Booker [=DeWitt=] you play as is actually an alternate Comstock who had the Luteces send him to Rapture after accidentally killing Anna.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'': Lightning's survival at the end of the original game undergoes this treatment (everyone except Serah thinks she died with Vanille and Fang). It also happens to several people affected by paradoxes up and down the timeline.
** This includes [[spoiler:Alyssa Zaidelle, who should have died in the Purge, but is Ret-Gonned as a result of the protagonists fixing the paradoxes]].
** It is eventually revealed by Lightning and Yeul that [[spoiler:Etro's intervention at the end of the previous game (i.e. freeing everyone from crystal stasis)]] caused the paradoxes, and hence, all of the anomalies and disappearances.
* In ''[[VideoGame/AdventureQuest AdventureQuest]]'', The'Galin is the ''God of Uncreation'' and the [[BigBad driving]] [[PowersThatBe force]] behind the [[MythArc Devourer Saga]]. He is also known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Devourer and The Uncreator]]. He travels the universe searching for division and chaos [[AntiVillain out of duty]]; should he find a [[CrapsackWorld world which has an excess of these traits]], he uncreates the inhabitants to allow the world to begin again, cleansing the world, as he views it. Aiding him in his search is an organization known as The Network, composed of beings who have opted to follow him for one reason or another, that are, ironically, mainly chaotic in nature, letting The'Galin [[StartXToStopX fight chaos with chaos]], [[HumanityOnTrial testing worlds he visits]].
** [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Ryuusei Cartwright]]]] has been shown to be able to [[spoiler:transform into Omega, becoming a physical manifestation of The'Galin, and]] uncreate at will.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Metal Gear Solid 3]]'' if you die anywhere in the game and choose not to continue the screen displays: ''Time Paradox''. [[spoiler:Volgin won, used Shagohod,]] and all hell broke loose. More importantly, Solid, Liquid and Solidus are now Ret Gones, with all the consequences it brings. [[Main/NightmareFuel Think on it]] [[Main/FridgeHorror for a second.]]
* According to the in-game "news" feed in ''VideoGame/CookieClicker'', this is one of the possible side effects of the antimatter condenser.
--> ''News : whole town seemingly swallowed by antimatter-induced black hole; more reliable sources affirm town "never really existed"!''
* ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'': Laverne lands 200 years in the future, awkwardly hanging by her underpants caught in a tree. In order to free her, the tree has to be cut down before it can grow that size, causing it to disappear underneath her.
* The entire timeline that spiraled into the catastrophic events of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' was wiped out of existence by the actions of Raidou Kuzunoha the XIV: [[spoiler:first, he smashed his successor's [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy plan]] to introduce future tech into Japan in the Taisho era to ensure global dominance by the Japanese. Later, destroying the despair god, [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Shinado]]'s, attempt to subsume the Capital into despair confirmed the timeline was no longer extant.]]
** Despite this, [[AmbiguouslyHuman Steven]] is still running around...
* Two occurances in the Triangulum Arc of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' ''[[UpdatedRerelease Record Breaker]]''
** The first is the disappearance of [[spoiler: the Protagonist, during the first regression of the world]], who performed a HeroicSacrifice to keep Al Saiduq safe. Played with, as every party member still remembered him [[spoiler: and they eventually fell to Arcturus]]. And this is attempted ''again'' on him for the rest of the Triangulum Arc, [[spoiler: meaning that the Triangulum are attempting to erase the protagonist's data from the Akashic Record and cause him to cease to exist '''at any moment''']].
** The other disappearance goes to Yamato Hotsuin. As they remember their previous world, everyone remembers that Yamato Hotsuin existed, but he doesn't seem to exist in ''this'' world and has been replaced by Miyako Hotsuin. And she claims that no Yamato was ever part of the Hotsuin clan. [[spoiler: Yamato does exist, but he's willingly remaining in the Akashic Stratum, to continuously protect the protagonist's data from getting corrupted and deleted. This happened during the second regression of the world and Carnopus, noticing the empty spot of 'Yamato Hotsuin' replaced it by creating Miyako.]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' ends with Sonic and Princess Elise going back in time and blowing out the flame of Solaris, erasing the god from existence and altering history so that the events of the game never took place.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has the hidden character W. D. Gaster, an exploration of the implications of [[DummiedOut cut content]]. [[spoiler:Gaster was the previous Royal Scientist, but an experiment gone wrong saw him shattered across time and space -- ie. ''the game files''. Anyone who knew him well was subjected to the same fate (except Sans, who's implied to be connected to him) and he was wiped from everyone else's memories, leaving him to [[AndIMustScream look on forever as]] [[ItsAWonderfulPlot the world carries on like he never existed]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'', this is what happens to anyone who dies while trapped in Heavenly Host Elementry. [[spoiler: This includes four of the nine main characters, and presumably all the side characters who died. The five survivors are the only ones who remember that they ever existed once they return to the real world.]]
** The sequels also deal with after-effects of ''remembering'' someone that was wiped from reality. [[spoiler:Specifically, Naomi's huge mental breakdown over nobody remembering Seiko and Shinozaki's guilt over being responsible for introducing everyone to the ritual that ended up getting her friends killed.]][[spoiler: But this series plays with the trope: although the Nirvana/Heavenly Host causes that the people who died inside aren't remembered, it doesn't erase their souls, it only alters the memories of the people]]. In Blood Drive,[[spoiler: the souls are freed and all the memories restored... at the cost of Ayumi (and Yoshiki, because he stayed with her)'s presence in history, as they are erased from their friends' memories and from all photos or records, but they are still alive. So while they don't exist for the world, people can still see them... They just won't remember them ]].
* In ''VideoGame/WeirdAndUnfortunateThingsAreHappening'', the town of Daybreak. Only Alicia [[RippleEffectProofMemory remembers]] due to being TouchedByVorlons?
* In the ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' universe, there is a method by which mortals can [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascend to godhood]]. It has several names and variations (the "Psijic Endeavor" championed by the ancient Chimeri prophet Veloth and [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec, the idea of "Ehlnofic Annulment" championed by the [[TheTheocracy Alessian Order]], etc.) but each, essentially, teaches that mortals can "observe the entirety of the universe" (ie, realize that [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall they are in a video game]]) and then accomplish one of three things. The first is [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence CHIM]], where one becomes aware of this nature, exists as one with it, and maintains a sense of individuality. (Vivec hints at this in his ''[[InGameNovel 36 Lessons]]'' book series and outright claims to have achieved this in [[WordOfGod developer written]] [[LooseCanon supplemental works]].) The second is [[TheOmnipotent Amaranth]], where one exit's this universe to create one's own. The third, which occurs if one fails to maintain their individuality in either step, is [[CessationOfExistence Zero-Sum]], where one experiences the "extreme" version of this trope, ceasing to be and fading into the universe as if you never were. (Note that, [[NonindicativeName despite the name]], the Psijic Endeavor has nothing to do with the [[MagicalSociety Psijic Order]]. The Psijic Order does not believe that there really is a fundamental difference between ancestor spirits and gods in the first place, and ascending to divinity has never been mentioned as a motivation of theirs.)
* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2'', [[spoiler:after Towa loses Mira and Bardock, she reveals that she captured and brainwashed the hero from the original ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse''. However, when you free him, she time travels to the beginning of the original ''Xenoverse'' and kills Shenron, stopping the hero from being summoned. When he's removed from the timeline, the others forget about him until they start thinking harder about what's missing. The hero of this game is able to arrive in the nick of time and end up inspiring Trunks into summoning the hero.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': [[spoiler:When BigBad Yaldabaoth starts overlaying his MentalWorld onto reality, the Phantom Thieves start disappearing since nobody believes that they exist, as the other world runs on ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve, which means that they really don't exist. The Thieves only barely manage to hang onto existence thanks to Yuki and his website.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'' features Praedyth, a Guardian who ventured with two others into the [[EldritchLocation Vault of Glass]], a research facility built by time-manipulating robots. After an unsuccessful attempt to destroy it, the Vex erase Praedyth from the universe's timeline so that he may never have the chance to threaten their operation. Their work was so thorough that, when the player enters the Vault to track down a signal Praedyth is broadcasting, there were only scattered pieces of gear and vague references to indicate he existed at all.
* This is one of the ways you can die in ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject''. Due to the BigBad altering the timeline, the main character will cease to exist. You only get uncreated if you go anywhere besides the TSA or faff about and let the temporal wave hit the present after being warned about it.
* ''VideoGame/TormentTidesOfNumenera'' features two minor characters running a shop stall. Talking with them eventually reveals that the apprentice is actually the younger self of the store owner prior to accidentally falling into misadventure through different dimensions and time. Upon learning this the player character has the option of [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential murdering the younger one]], which causes the older one and the entire shop setup to disappear. The game then mentions that the player character has no memory of the store or why he murdered the man lying on the ground.
* In ''VideoGame/Injustice2'' has an odd example with the Reverse Flash, who angrily tells ComicBook/TheFlash that the Regime killed one of his ancestors, meaning he was never born. He seems to be safe as long as he stays in the past, but that means that [[YouCantGoHomeAgain he can't return to the future]], and so dedicates himself to trying to kill Flash even more than he did before.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' has the playable class Shade, the sixth of the Five Legendary Heroes that sealed the Black Mage. Why is there OneExtraMember? In order to seal the Black Mage, someone had to sacrifice their time. Shade offered but instead of being killed like he expected, his memory was removed from history instead.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The VisualNovel ''[[VisualNovel/OneKagayakuKisetsuE One: To the Radiant Season]]'' has this as the major plot. You are disappearing from everyone's mind and vanishing from the Earth. The only thing that can bring you back is if you've made a connection with a girl enough for her to remember you.
* Naturally as a time travel story, this sort of thing was bound to happen in ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate''. In the True End route, [[spoiler: Suzuha, her mission complete, creates a timeline where Daru theoretically never has her]], therefore Ret Gone-ing her out of existence. And there's only a ''vague'' inference that ''anyone'' will ''ever'' remember she existed aside from Kyouma. Naturally, her fans [[FanonDiscontinuity like to state her ending as the best end.]]
** The anime adaptation's [[spoiler: exclusive 25th episode OVA shows, however, that Daru will eventually meet up with Suzuha's mother and she'll be born 7 years later in 2017. Her disappearance in the series is because only that particular version of her (a ShellShockedVeteran of WorldWarIII) never comes to be.]]
** This trope is the basis for the plot of TheMovie, where Okabe's leaping across time is starting to do this to him.
* ''VisualNovel/DateALiveRinneUtopia'' has the eponymous character herself. Because she doesn't exist in the [[LightNovel/DateALive original novels]], fans know she'd have to disappear so as not to muck up the continuity. [[spoiler: [[TearJerker And she did get herself hit with this trope]] causing Shido to [[SkywardScream cry his heart out.]] Notably, this is the ''only'' time he even openly cries his heart out.]]
* Sola from ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Academy'' experiences a drawn-out version of this in her route. She suffers from “distortions”, episodes where parts of her body will randomly (and painfully) fade out of existence. The people who know her lose some of their memories of her whenever a distortion occurs: if she were to disappear completely, they would forget her entirely and it would be like she never existed. The plot of her route involves figuring out why this is happening and finding a way to prevent it.
** In ''Sunrider Liberation Day''’s [RE]turn mode, this is almost inevitable. [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong Kayto has been sent back in time to prevent]] [[WhamEpisode a horrible incident]] [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong that happened in the main storyline from taking place]], and if he succeeds the resulting paradox will erase him from existence. Not counting the bad endings where he dies, exactly three of [RE]turn’s [[MultipleEndings eighteen endings]] do not have Kayto getting erased.
* ''VisualNovel/{{SOON}}'': One of Atlas' less-than-noble motivations to build a time machine is to get rid of their academic rival, Dr Fang, by preventing her parents from getting together. Atlas can actually accomplish this by time traveling to Fang's parents first meeting and revealing that [[spoiler:Mr. Fang is a Billy Ray Cyrus fan. [[TakeThat Fang's mother is horrified and leaves in a hurry]].]]
* A particularly horrifying example happens to [[spoiler: Sayori]] in ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' after being [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide at the end of Act 1. Initially the game tries to render her interactions but they all come out as broken sprites and garbage text, before the game resets and treats her as if she never existed. Of course, this was Monika's plan all along in order to force the player (not the player ''character'', the actual person playing the game) to interact with her in a meaningful fashion despite being a side-character with no pre-planned route. She also briefly did this to Yuri and Natsuki, her other romantic rivals, as well as the entire game world and possibly even the ''player character'' save for a single classroom floating in the void of space so that she could have the player all to herself. She undoes it after a HeelFaceTurn caused by you deleting ''her'' file, pulling this trope on her from a meta-level, but in the DownerEnding of the game she wipes out everything save for a single farewell note so that Sayori doesn't come to the same conclusion due to having inherited her MediumAwareness.]]


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'', Erin Winters was sucked through a portal to Hell as an unintended result of her sister Shelley saving the universe. She was confident that Shelley would rescue her, but [[http://www.scarygoround.com/index.php?date=20070727 Bob Crowley explained]] that she was "no longer part of the universe we knew" and everyone would soon forget her. This state of affairs persisted even after she became ruler of Hell and returned to the mortal world, with Erin eventually meeting and telling her story to an old boyfriend; she mentioned that she hadn't tried contacting her family, as it would be too painful. Indeed, when she did meet Shelley face to face soon after, the latter didn't recognize her at all... [[spoiler:until after Tim accidentally opened ''another'' portal to Hell and Erin had to trade her soul for boyfriend Eustace's life, which somehow let Shelley remember and recognize her dear sister right through the latter's "queen of Hell" persona.]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' once had a comic that suggested [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/03/29/episode-972-department-of-un-history-item-d-36/ there was a fifth Light Warrior named Bard]] that [[TricksterMentor Sarda]] erased from existence for some (likely stupid) reason.
* The titular ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' in the webcomic of that name Ret Gones Ash's male life and identity to everyone except him/herself and the stoner angel that did it to him/her. Emily's last two years (and acceptance into Harvard) were also wiped.
** Part of the concern for our heroes is some of the positive changes that this change has wrought. Ash has a better relationship with both parents, and Emily barely avoided being in a severe car accident that could very well have killed her (and this is before getting into their attraction to each other).
* In ''Webcomic/TRULifeAdventures'', Scarlett places Jack in a coma-like stasis so he won't [[spoiler: exist in the new timeline she's constructing]]''. It works.
* A rather ''brutal'' way of doing this [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=269 shown here]] in ''WebComics/VGCats''.
* In an arc of ''Webcomic/GamingGuardians'', two new recruits are visiting the Guardians' facilities when one is snatched away by an enemy... and no one remembers him being there in the first place. Except for the other recruit, who has hazy memories but don't know why the other person isn't there. The others thinks it's cute that he has an imaginary friend...
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' this happens to Dave Davenport's [[spoiler:smoking habit]]. In the Director's Cut re-run of the strip, the comments section ran with this as a joke for a while, insisting that [[spoiler: 'Dave Davenport has never smoked']]!
* ''Webcomic/{{Cheer}}'': Four bullying [[JerkJock jerk jocks]] get turned into cheerleaders. Nobody much notices or cares. The few who do know all decide not to rock the boat since everyone seems happier.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', in the ''Torg Potter'' parodies of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', it is eventually revealed that the reason everyone keeps talking about [[TheTropeWithoutATitle "You-probably-don't-know-who"]] and such is because the character in question accidentally erased himself from history and everyone's memories, so that no-one really did know who even though they knew there had been someone.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''
** The Psionic Minmax intends to do this to every version of his party that has entered the maze, creating holes that Retgone anything that falls into them. It quickly turns out that while people will have no memory of the object thus removed, they can notice something's going on. As "our" Minmax starts throwing his clothes into the hole, Kin considers the unlikelihood of someone going on an adventure without shoes or pants, and realizes what it must be doing.
** Kin realized that, while she could not remember Minmax ever having pants, she had no idea what he looked like without them, so he must have had them.
** And in a WhamEpisode, a non-lethal version of this occurs. Because of Kin #80, [[spoiler: the bonding between Minmax and our Kin was completely undone when #80 tossed a MementoMacguffin into one of the holes, causing Kin to forget why she trusted Minmax to begin with]].
* PlayedForLaughs with one character in ''Webcomic/SuperStupor'', who has the ability to punch through time -- he uses this power to abort criminals in the womb.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the whole point of the Scratch is to reset the entire universe and modify the lives of the players[[spoiler:- by switching them with their ancestors-]] to better prepare them for the game. However, in both canonical instances of the Scratch, the players who initiated it managed to escape its Ret Gone-ing influence.
** [[BigBad Lord English]] is also explicitly immune to getting erased this way due to {{Stable Time Loop}}s. [[ArcWords He is already here.]] He is ''always'' already here.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', Sabrina once threatened her boyfriend, Fido, with erasure from existence.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Webcomic/{{MYth}}: Distillation''. Athena writes herself into existence the moment she comes out of Zeus' mind, to the point everyone already knows her ''from a long time ago''. Even Zeus has vague memories of knowing her before but he's not sure until Prometheus assures him of them. Officially, Athena is a girl that Zeus took in from Cronus' castle after Metis' death. The only one who knows the truth behind Athena's existence is Prometheus, being the one who took her out of Zeus' head.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', we find out this is the reason he can't reveal his own first name: [[spoiler: His name was used as a sacrifice to seal a dangerous [[ZombiePirateNinja Ghost Wizard]]. Doc was the only person on Earth who still remembers it (later joined by his clone "Old [=McNinja=]"). If either of them reveals the name in any way, the seal is broken and the Ghost Wizard will be free.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]] series of online Microfiction has [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-268 SCP-268]], which is half this trope, half UnPerson. Instead of only erasing records or removing people from history, the wearer is erased from all memories after prolonged use AND becomes practically invisible to everyone, but paper and digital records remain.
** The writer Fishmonger was banned from the site, and he demanded that all of his content (which included some of the more iconic [=SCPs=] and stories) purged from the site, to the point where none of them are even mentioned anymore.
** [[PhysicalGod SCP-343]] may have done this to a researcher who resisted its psychic properties.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1310 SCP-1310]] is a room which does this to everyone who remains inside. The twist is that they don't themselves disappear, and must hereafter live in a world where they've never actually been born.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2747 SCP-2747]] has this effect (mild level) not on humans, but narratives. Books, music, video games, websites... They all get destroyed and all that's left are references to them.
* In the ''WebOriginal/{{Paradise}}'' setting, humans are randomly, permanently changed into {{Funny Animal}}s by causes unknown—and some are [[GenderBender gender-switched]] at the same time. As the [[WeirdnessCensor "Reality Distortion Field"]] that keeps these changes InvisibleToNormals begins to wind down, gender-bent Changed discover all extant documentation about themselves is [[RetCon retconned]] as reality itself is edited to reflect their new gender. Their driver's licenses and other identification have newly-feminine names, and all photos all the way back to when they were babies will show a girl instead of a boy (or vice versa). Hence, as far as the world is concerned, the character's original gender is "Ret Gone"—records will show that the former "he" has always been a "she" (or vice versa). (Memories of those who knew them before are not affected, however. Also, while people who already know them will continue to see them as their original gender, strangers they meet will see them as the new one.)
* ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction]]'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this concept: after the Reds [[{{Unperson}} delete the Blues from the Command database]], Caboose disappears. Simmons panics, thinking he may have deleted Caboose from existence. Turns out Caboose was just using the bathroom.
-->'''Grif:''' Come on dude, tell us more about the reality bending computer. I'm ''hanging'' on your every word.
-->'''Simmons:''' I don't wanna talk about it.
* ''WebOriginal/TheBookOfStoriesOCT'', where the Book's Unwriting could make not only individuals go Ret Gone, but also to worlds and possibly to reality itself.
* According to Yatzhee of ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', DNF was such a massively transcendental work of awesomeness that reality itself couldn't handle it and the timeline it was in collapsed. Sadly, the DNF of our reality was far worse.
* In ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', Phil travels back in time to episode 1 and kills his past self with an axe, in doing so causing himself to be "[[Film/BackToTheFuture McFlyed]]" and erasing him from existence. With nothing else to do now that his foil is gone, Joel hangs himself, causing every episode of the series to be erased from existence (including the previous episode, which, as a result of Joel's death, was erased in mid-episode).
* One of the extradimensional artifacts that appears in ''Literature/{{Anachronauts}}'' is Oblivion, a large and ornately-decorated revolver which [[BottomlessMagazines never runs out of bullets]] and does this to anything it shoots. It's lampshaded several times in the text that its "edits" are relatively clumsy, as these things go; it's a freakin' HandCannon, it doesn't do "subtle". The full NightmareFuel potential of such a weapon comes up a couple of times, such as when [[spoiler:Carrie realizes why the current owner has no parents (an accident; it's implied the thing is more than a little cursed)]], and when [[spoiler:he brings it to school and opens fire in ''an empty library.'']]
** [[spoiler:Eventually disposed of by having Carrie literally invoke [[SuperSpeed "faster than a speeding bullet"]] to make it shoot ''itself'', undoing all of its previous edits in a spectacular (and again, very unsubtle) flurry of people and things appearing out of thin air.]]
* Happens to everyone in WebVideo/DemoReel, as it turns out none of them are real and their tragic backstories, whether it's rape, sending your father to jail, maternal suicide, war crimes and so on, were just ways of teaching WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic an AesopAmnesia lesson. As one might imagine, it was a DownerEnding.
* A fate suffered by several characters in ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon''. Has been caused intentionally by the streamer after accidentally starting a new game (Crystal and possibly Black), the Mob managing to soft reset the game multiple times through chat inputs (Emerald), as well as the few times the game crashed (Platinum and Black 2.)
* [[FanNickname ErasUr]] in {{Literature/Pact}} removes all memories and records of anything it eats.
* In ''Literature/{{Curveball}}'', the entire island of [[spoiler:Esperanza]] was erased from history. This was the only way to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong undo something even worse]].
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Super Android 13'', the titular android grabs Goku and hits him so hard [[GroinAttack in the groin]] that the scene skips to the beginnings of the Buu Saga and Goten suddenly disappears from existence in front of Gohan's eyes. Luckily, Goku later takes several Senzu Beans to recover, thereby undoing the retcon. (To make this even more amusing, in an earlier movie Vegeta got kicked in the dick a ''minimum'' of 500 times and yet Bra didn't get erased.)
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': [[YinYangBomb Keedran]], in her true form, can just straight-up wipe you from existence by imploding you in light.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', if Megatron's scheme had worked out, the entire Maximal race would have been negated from history and would never have existed. However, it's revealed in the video game of the series that, had his scheme worked, ForWantOfANail would've kicked in, dooming the Decepticons, their ancestors, as well, because without Optimus Prime there would be no [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie Matrix of Leadership to stop Unicron from chowing down on Cybertron]].
** Tarantulas was also planning to wipe out both the Autobots and the Decepticons, thus erasing the Maximals and the Predacons. When someone points out that he'd be erased as well, he reveals that, like the Tripredacus Council (the three Cybertronians running the Predacon government), Tarantulas is descended from another group of bots.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Sam gets in a fight with Danny and wishes they had never met. In the presence of a [[LiteralGenie wish-granting ghost]]. Take a wild guess what happens. Sam herself is unaffected, thanks to a Fenton Device. It's revealed that she's directly responsible for his powers (and his snazzy new shirt logo). The fading-photograph trope (resulting in awkward gaps that wouldn't have actually happened) features heavily (although why the warded copies were on her person in the first place... just go with it). While in the presence of the wish-granter again, she managed to [[ResetButton wish everything back to normal]] (relatively speaking), except for the outfit.
** Although it is the relationship that is retgonned, not any person. In contrast, when Danny stops his parents from meeting, Jazz was retgonned.
* Taken UpToEleven on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when Stewie learns that his time machine accidentally created the universe, but Bertram kills Stewie's ancestor. Stewie sets everything right, though, since StatusQuoIsGod and they've already done the GainaxEnding to death.
** Another episode takes it up a notch when Stewie and Brian fighting in the time machine causes the flow of time to go in reverse. The reversed flow of time threatens to have Stewie (and possibly all life) become unborn, though Brian manages to fix the time flow at the last minute.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Roswell that Ends Well". Fry travels back to the 40's, meets his grandfather Enis, and becomes convinced that any harm that befalls Enis will result in his own non-existence. (Fry even claims at one point "I could feel myself beginning to fade away!") Then Fry's meddling accidentally results in Enis' death, and Fry is surprised to find himself still in existence. He concludes that Enis wasn't his grandfather after all and his grandmother wasn't really his grandmother so he slept with her. As it turns out, a StableTimeLoop is in effect, and Fry is [[MyOwnGrampa his own grandfather]].
** Another time travel episode has another subversion: In this episode, you can only travel ''forward'' in time, albeit at any speed you desire. You can travel backward by going through one Big Crunch and another Big Bang, and as a result [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct there's a universe out there with no Nazis]].
** "Decision 3012": The politician Chris came from a BadFuture, where Richard Nixon won the 3012 election and he must avoid this. Once Chris accomplished the mission and win the election, he is erased from the timeline since the BadFuture no longer exists and all forget him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'': In the episode "Te Xuan Me", Juniper prevented a thief from stealing dragon eggs. The thief then tried to get back in time to change this by using a secret time portal guarded at a clocktower where Juniper and her classmates went for a field trip. The portal was kept by time wraiths who captured Juniper and her classmates and reformed Earth without them. In the alternative timeline, Ray Ray was the Te Xuan Ze; Dennis behaved like the mainstream Ray Ray; and Monroe said Ray Ray accepted the Te Xuan Ze role better than anybody else he ever met. Ray Ray and the thief were the only people to remember the original timeline. Despite Monroe's protests, Ray Ray rescued everyone.
* It is often debated among fans of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' whether or not Sally (Numbuh 3's granddaughter from a BadFuture) inadvertently (or even ''purposely'') prevented her own birth in "Operation: F.U.T.U.R.E." by helping to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. [[spoiler:She clearly was not related to Numbuh 4 in that timeline, and "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S." shows the adult Wally and Kuki married.]] If true, it may count as the most heroic of {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s.
* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' AnimatedAdaptation dealt with a crazed alien enthusiast finding a way to time-travel and going back to send the founding members of the eponymous organization to a dimensional limbo. A photo displaying the meeting between the founders and a group of aliens has each human disappearing one by one, and everyone instantly forgets them except Jay, who's gained RippleEffectProofMemory via some Alien Phlebotinum which is also slowly killing him. Additionally, all the founders' contributions disappear as well, such as all the medical devices invented by Agent D. By the time only K is left, [=MiB=] is reduced to a tiny organization operating out of the back of a store. [[spoiler:Jay manages to undo everything, including his own Phlebotinum exposure.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': This happens to Captain Hoek and Cadet Stimpy (and the narrator) in "Space Madness", after Stimpy pushes the [[BigRedButton History Eraser Button]], which turns out to be ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* In "Yesteryear" by [=DCFontana=], the most popular episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', Spock is temporarily Ret Gone until he creates a StableTimeLoop preventing his death as a child.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'', Chode and Gus travel to the beginning of time to witness the creation of the universe, and accidentally kill God, Retgonning his influence from the universe. Upon returning to their own time, HilarityEnsues.
** It was actually rather pleasant, up until Chode and Gus brought in the concept of evil with them, which caused an immediate death spiral for all life everywhere. The reason why? [[RousseauWasRight Well, with no God to tell people what NOT to do, no one ever had the idea of doing anything bad. No God, No Evil.]] But once the concept of "Evil" was brought in from the outside, with no fear of divine punishment for any crimes you commit, well, there's no reason NOT to do terrible things, up to and including senseless murder.
* In the season 5 opening of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn, Jake and the Lich end up in [[RealityWarper Prismo]]'s wishroom. After [[OmnicidalManiac the Lich]] wishes for the extinction of all life, Finn, Jake and Prismo are the only living things left. Finn's solution? Wish that the Lich never existed. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Unfortunately it doesn't go as planned]], considering the guy he wished out of existence played a huge part in the series' backstory, resulting in a CosmicRetcon. It also ends up in a semi-{{subver|tedTrope}}sion: the Lich turned out to be the result of a [[NuclearNasty devastating weapon]], and an alternate version of him popped up anyway as that timeline's Jake--which was the result of Prismo's wishes having an ironic twist (in this case, the Lich never existed ''until now''). Main timeline Jake manages to fix this by changing the Lich's wish, undoing the Ret Gone.
* In the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', Scooby's destruction of the show's UltimateEvil results in the latter never having existed. Thus, Crystal Cove becomes a SugarBowl.
* Happens to minor character Molly Collins from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''[[note]]She last appeared in person in "The Fight" in Season 1 and then only appeared in photos in "The Words", "The Sidekick" and "The Joy" in the following two seasons before disappearing completely[[/note]]. "The Void" reveals that the world deemed her one of its mistakes for being too boring and sent her to the titular dimension. Gumball, Darwin and Mr. Small rescue her at the end of the episode. "The Nobody" reveals that the same kind of thing happened to [[spoiler: Rob, but the [[CerebusRetcon results]] [[BodyHorror aren't]] [[CreateYourOwnVillain quite]] [[BigBad the same]]]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', the Shredder's plan to destroy TheMultiverse resulted in several characters being erased from existence, literally, as the plot came to fruition, including April and Casey. Ironically, it happened to [[TheDragon Hun]] just as the Turtles convinced him [[MookFaceTurn to turn against the Shredder.]] Fortunately, April and Casey were restored once the plan was stopped, and presumably, everyone else was.
* In the final season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', [[spoiler:Jack's fiance Ashi ceases to exist after he travels back to his time and defeats her father Aku]]. This is only a mild case as [[RippleEffectProofMemory he still possesses memories of her]] as indicated by his smile when he sees the ladybug. This is also definitely the case with [[spoiler:Future Aku, since his erasure is what erases Ashi, as well as the evil cult that worshipped him]].
** [[spoiler: Not only her, the entire future timeline and everyone and everything in it ceases to exist]] as it was a distorted reality created by the act of Aku banishing Jack into the future. Jack returning to the past [[spoiler: resets this distortion and the timeline essentially proceeds as it would have had Jack never travelled to the future, even though his memories and experience remain.]]
** All of Jack's friends from future [[spoiler: would have been Ret Gone along with Ashi as killing Aku means that he couldn't kill or displace human populations for the next several millennia, nor be able to invite various alien races to Earth, thus negating them from being born. Even if they still exist under a happier future, none of them will remember ever meeting Jack; even though he's a legendary hero now, all those events he took part in never happened. The only one who'll remember these events is Jack himself, unless he somehow decides to chronicle his adventures.]] There is a silver lining to this: they would never have had to experience the living hell that was Aku.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' sketch, Skeletor goes back in time to prevent He-Man from being born, but the spell he used turns him into a baby. He's taken in by King Randor and takes the opportunity to kill him and his mistress. Unfortunately, it turns out the mistress was Skeletor's mother and Randor was his illegitimate father, so Skeletor is erased from existence instead.