'''Basic Trope''': The BigBad doesn't remember some horrible act he committed because it didn't matter to him as much as it did the heroes.
* '''Straight''': [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] [[ForTheEvulz Evulz]] wiped out MysteriousWaif Mana's DoomedHometown. When the heroes confront him, he doesn't remember the atrocity.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Emperor Evulz forgets ''all'' the atrocities he commits, and doesn't understand why people hate him so much.
** Emperor Evulz has killed so many people and razed so many towns that they all start to blur together. Wiping entire nations off the map is just another day at the office for him.
* '''Downplayed''': Emperor Evulz rarely forgets things, one of which is what the hero is after him for.
* '''Justified''':
** Emperor Evulz commits horrible acts daily, often to hundreds or thousands of people at a time. How's he supposed to remember all of them?
** Evulz doesn't remember Mana's hometown because he was in the grip of a massive psychotic break and there are many gaps in his memory regarding that day.
** Emperor Evulz has grown senile in his old age, and would be lucky if he remembered what he had for breakfast this morning.
** Evulz suffered a MyGodWhatHaveIDone about crossing the MoralEventHorizon and wiped it from his memory
** Evulz wasn't even there himself; the whole thing was carried out by a subordinate on his orders as part of a set of generalized instructions.
** He's totally innocent -- [[NotMeThisTime someone else burned down the town and he was misblamed]].
** The hero [[GenreSavvy doesn't even care if Evulz doesn't remember]], just that he did it and that's all he wants to say to him about it. Now the hero's [[PrepareToDie gonna make him pay]].
* '''Inverted''':
** Emperor Evulz remembers how he killed Mana's boyfriend. [[ForgottenFallenFriend Mana doesn't]].
** Emperor Evulz only remembers killing Mana's boyfriend, and no one else.
** "I beat last-rate bad guys all the time, you can't expect me to remember all of them." See AvengingTheVillain.
** Mana runs into the heroes and thanks them for saving her village the last time they met. The heroes are dumbfounded, as they forgot all about it.
** Mana savvily waits until she's delivered the lethal blow to Evulz before [[JustBetweenYouAndMe informing]] the AlmostDeadGuy that she killed him for wiping out her hometown, and quotes the trope, expecting him not to remember it. Turns out he was NecessarilyEvil, and he remembers destroying her hometown vividly -- doing it [[SadisticChoice saved exponentially more lives]] for some reason. Perhaps it was even [[MyGreatestFailure His Greatest Failure]] -- if he'd been better at his job, he wouldn't have had to sacrifice those lives to save others.
** When Mana tells Evulz her boyfriend's name, Evulz suddenly starts a long rant. He keeps praising the man's bravery and affirms that he was a WorthyOpponent, how the victory over Mana's boyfriend is Evulz's greatest achievement, and how he feels his life is so empty without his rival. Mana is dumbfounded, for she never knew he was that great.
** Turns out he burned down her home town because years ago she burnt down ''his'' home town...and ''she'' doesn't remember.
** Mana, a DamselInDistress, has been kidnapped and almost killed so many times that she's forgotten who Emperor Evulz is and all the times he tried to kidnap her.
* '''Subverted''':
** When confronted, Evulz doesn't remember wiping out Mana's hometown... until he recognizes the scar he put on her left cheek.
** It's later revealed that Evulz ''does'' remember -- [[ManipulativeBastard he was just messing with her]].
** "{{I Never Said|ItWasPoison}} it happened on a Tuesday..."
** Evulz doesn't remember most of the places he razes, but Mana's hometown was special... After all, [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed he grew up there too.]]
** Mana realizes that Evulz doesn't remember the incident because it really wasn't him; Mana was thinking of someone else all along.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Turns out he was remembering scarring someone ''else'''s left cheek while burning down ''their'' hometown.
** He remembers, but only vaguely, and still doesn't give a damn. He forgets it about it later.
* '''Parodied''':
** Upon learning that Emperor Evulz doesn't remember the wrong he committed against Mana, Mana begins to explain in detail what the wrong was in an attempt to jog Evulz's memory. Evulz still doesn't remember.
** Evulz doesn't remember wiping out Mana's hometown, but he ''does'' remember something trivial that is vaguely connected to wiping out Mana's hometown, like he got a lot of blood on his shirt and wanted to wash it off, but his washing machine at home was busted, so he had to go to a drycleaner, but he left his credit card at home so he had to pay with cash and was five dollars short...
** Mana takes Evulz back to her hometown, which after years of rebuilding has finally got back on its feet, and encourages him to raze it ''again'' in an attempt to jog his memory.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Emperor Evulz wiped out Mana's homeland. When the heroes confront him, he recognizes them and starts bragging about how he destroyed it... but then they realize he's not talking about Mana. Turns out he destroyed AliceAndBob's hometown, too -- something they hadn't known about yet.
* '''Averted''':
** Emperor Evulz knows ''exactly'' who Mana is and why she has a grudge against him.
** Emperor Evulz doesn't know who Mana is, but the instant she mentions the town, he puts two and two together.
* '''Enforced''': The editors of the story wanted to make Emperor Evulz even more horrible and evil than was originally planned to make the AntiHero Mana look more like a good guy. To compensate for the Emperor's escalation, the writer doesn't have him remember the now comparatively tiny crime of destroying Mana's hometown.
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "My dear, you can't expect me to remember ''every'' pathetic little village I've wiped out in my time."
** "It was '''Thursday''', you ''sick son of a bitch!''" "Was it, now? Well, I'm sure you remember it better than I do."
* '''Invoked''': Emperor Evulz ''pretends'' not to remember just to enrage the heroes, expecting their anger to blind them and lead to them making critical mistakes in the following fight.
* '''Exploited''': The heroes take advantage of Evulz's terrible memory for atrocities so they can pose as a different victim of his, evading notice.
* '''Defied''':
** Before he escaped, Mana managed to gave Emperor Evulz a distinctive scar on his face precisely so that he wouldn't forget her or what he did to her.
** Evulz keeps a running journal of his misdeeds
** Evulz has a cell built, with the name of each town he razed carved into the walls. Once a week, he visits that cell, and has himself whipped while he chants their names.
* '''Discussed''': "Mana, this psycho commits at least two world-shattering atrocities every day before lunch. You really think that [[YouKilledMyFather killing your father]] is going to stand out in his mind?"
* '''Conversed''': "I'm waiting for a scene where somebody calls Evulz on the phone and gets the message: 'Please leave your name, number, and relation to people I've killed, and I'll get back to you shortly.'"
* '''Implied''': The hero [[HeroicMime doesn't say much]], but he obviously holds a grudge against Evulz, one which Evulz is honestly surprised to learn of.
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Evulz doesn't remember who Mana is until she reminds him in specific detail. Then, he asks her the names of all the members of his LegionOfDoom that she's killed, and where they live, and if they have families. He then shows her a memorial he's built for the dead soldiers, and a gigantic stack of letters he was writing to their families.
** Alternatively, Evulz's multiple acts of reckless KickTheDog moments pile up throughout his career, causing the rise of one revenge-seeking hero after another. They team up to hunt down Evulz en masse and defeat him. Evulz doesn't know how to deal with this; he doesn't remember any of them.
** Emperor Evulz and Mana's allies call her out for focusing one on a single event rather than the sum total of his travesties.
* '''Reconstructed''': Evulz doesn't recognise the name of the town, but finds out where it is and unapologetically explains that it was part of a scorched earth campaign to keep his enemies from sheltering there. Of course, a man with WorldDomination on his to-do list can't fight a personal duel with every kid whose [[YouKilledMyFather father he may have killed]], but have you met TheDragon? [[LetsYouAndHimFight You kids play nicely now]].
* '''Played For Laughs''':
** "Oh yeah! It bothered me that the body count was one short. Well, time to fix that mistake."
** "Oh, it's all coming back to me, I went to Subway before that."
** "Still not ringing any bells... Maybe you should talk to my secretary? She usually knows when I schedule my massacres."
** ''Evulz pulls out his diary.'' "Let's see...March 4, March 4...ah, here it is! ''Now'' I remember! 'The smoke rising from the burning buildings looked particularly striking against the cloudless blue sky. As I rode into the sunset I spotted a solitary child glaring balefully from the rubble, doubtless plotting her eventual revenge.' Good times, good times."
* '''Played For Drama''': Mana takes her revenge on Evulz, but her victory feels hollow to her, since Evulz didn't completely understand what he had done to deserve it.
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For you, the day this {{stinger}} sent you back to [[ButForMeItWasTuesday the main page]] was the most important day of your life. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday But for it, it was Tuesday.]]
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