'''Basic Trope''': All the records of a person's existence are completely erased.
* '''Straight''': Alice pisses off a repressive regime, and they execute her. They then delete or doctor all photos of her and all records, and otherwise delete any evidence that she existed at all.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** They [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erase all memories]] of Alice from everyone she's ever met.
** Many, many people are "deleted" this way.
** An entire city is destroyed, and then "deleted" this way along with all of its inhabitants.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Alice's "deletion" is purely ceremonial. Everyone knows that she existed, but no one speaks of her in polite company.
** Alice is not executed but imprisoned. (They still erase all records of her existence.)
** They simply edit the records so no one will know that Alice was a criminal. If she was executed, the records will say that she died in an accident or mysteriously disappeared.
** The fact of Alice's existence remains known, but their ''name'' is no longer permitted to be spoken or recorded.
** Alice was a decorated official in the oppressive regime before she was caught committing "treason". She's stripped of all her awards before her execution, and official records merely list her as an unremarkable traitor.
* '''Justified''':
** The chance exists that Alice's deeds, even if she died from them, would make her a martyr in some people's eyes and inspire rebellion if word got out, and the government in power wants to forestall that possibility.
** Alice was a heinous criminal. The government wants to prevent her from going down in infamy and inspiring copycat crimes.
** Alice is a police informant and the mob is looking for her. [[IWasNeverHere She wants to disappear even more than the government wants her to disappear.]]
* '''Inverted''':
** [[TheSpook Alice erases all the government's records of her existence]], either in order to hide from them or as a way to further scare the crap out of them when she attacks them as a one-person army and no one in power even knows who the hell she is. It also has the added benefit of [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies protecting her loved ones]] - the authorities don't know whom they should harass or threaten, and openly threatening everyone tends to be counter-productive.
** The government [[InventedIndividual invents a nonexistent person]] and gives them all kinds of records to make a plausible background.
** Alice's records are specifically preserved by her government so that she can be known as having worked through her line of duty as best as she could.
** Alice somehow erases every record of the ''government's'' existence, resulting in the regime devolving into chaos.
** Alice's records are specifically preserved by the government so that she can be used as a symbol for everything the gov't hates.
* '''Subverted''': Alice is captured, and all records of her are deleted... but they forgot about [[ChekhovsGunman her janitor-friend]] from high-school.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...however, the government gets to him, too, so that [[DownerEnding at the end of the story there really is no evidence that Alice existed]].
* '''Parodied''':
** The police hand weapon is a big black pen. When someone robs a bank, policemen bring their pen: "hands up or we erase you!"
** A government desk jockey accidentally deletes Alice's profile, nobody remembers her.
** The government tries to erase all evidence of Alice's existence, but [[BleepDammit their censorship is so inept that it ends up hiding nothing]].
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** All of the records that Alice are obliterated, and her family is brainwashed into believing that she never lived in the first place. Then Alice escapes, and everyone thinks she is some kind of crazy person. She gets put into a mental hospital that is just as bad or worse than the prison.
** (followed from Double Subverted) It turns out that the janitor did manage to leave behind something that could be subtle clues to Alice's existence. It's left ambiguous whether anyone ever figured them out.
* '''Averted''': No records are deleted or messed with in any way.
* '''Enforced''':
** The story is a 70s paranoid conspiracy film about the oppressiveness of government, so the execs made the writers include this trope to pander to the audience's paranoia.
** The story takes place in a real-life oppressive regime that used to erase all evidence of a person's existence.
* '''Lampshaded''': "You might as well take the photo albums while you're arresting me."
* '''Invoked''': [[TheSpook Hoping to disappear from public view]], Alice tries to get the regime to hate her, knowing that they will destroy all evidence of her existence.
* '''Exploited''': Alice escapes and starts in a new place with a new identity in order to open the bakery she's always wanted.
* '''Defied''':
** Alice makes sure that she has extra copies of pictures and records because she joins LaResistance.
** The public figures out that the government is trying to hide Alice's existence from them, so [[StreisandEffect they get curious and eagerly share info about her]].
* '''Discussed''': "All this danger might make you a little paranoid, but everyone will remember you if you escape."
* '''Conversed''': "Ever notice how whenever a member of LaResistance gets captured, they always delete all memory of him?"
* '''Implied''': Alice escapes from prison, and her own friends and siblings have completely forgotten about her.
* '''Deconstructed''': "They erase all evidence of enemies of the state. However, they aren't so effective in actually disposing of them physically. Every once a while, a man with nothing to lose jumps off a prison train and vanishes in TheLostWoods, or runs for the hills some hours before the midnight knock, or [[PlayingPossum crawls out]] of a pile of shot bodies and scampers off into the night, wounded but alive. They all resurface here, in LaResistance. Right now, we've got a cadre of untraceable avengers, about whom the police knows nothing at all: neither addresses, nor fingerprints, nor [[IHaveYourWife their vulnerable loved ones]]. They are invisible, they are lethal, and they have no other place to go, and soon we'll have enough manpower to shoot the Dictator's {{mooks}} from behind every corner".
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