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-->''My name is Thomas Veil, or at least it was. I'm a photographer, I had it all: a wife, Alyson... friends, a career. In one moment it was all taken away, all because of a single photograph. I have it, they want it, and they will do anything to get the negative. I'm keeping this diary as proof that these events are real... I know they are... they have to be..."
-->--OpeningNarration

The noirish action of ''Nowhere Man'' may or may not be taking place entirely in the mind of its hero, Thomas Veil (BruceGreenwood), a photojournalist specializing in stark, brutal war shots. In the first episode, Veil attends a showing of his work, which includes "Hidden Agenda," a disturbing photo of American military personnel apparently presiding over an execution in an unnamed Third World country. Almost immediately upon its display, Veil's life is ... destroyed. Erased. Zeroed. {{Un Person}}ed. He becomes a fugitive non-person, on the run from the mysterious forces that want the "Hidden Agenda" photo destroyed and forgotten.

The series had Veil {{walking the earth}}, dealing with often disturbing happenings throughout middle America which were probably caused by the same organization that was targeting him, although hard truths were difficult to come by on this show, and the viewer was often left with a sense of uncertainty which mirrored Veil's own.

A classic example of a show that was TooGoodToLast, the series may have aired too near in time to ''Series/TheXFiles'', which had absorbed a great deal of the audience's thirst for this kind of story.

Not to be confused with the song by Music/TheBeatles.

Note: in some cases below even the trope names can be spoilers.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AdventureTowns
* AssimilationAcademy: The private academy in "The Alpha Spike".
* CyberPunk
* ChristmasEpisode: It's nearly Christmas when Tom sees a newspaper reporting that the FBI are looking for him to testify. His family welcomes him back for the holiday and everything seems to have been a mistake. [[spoiler: [[YankTheDogsChain Then he finds the house has been turned over by his wife, looking for the negatives. He takes them from the hiding place]] [[StatusQuoIsGod and goes back on the run.]]]]
* DramaticHourLong
* TheEndingChangesEverything
* EvilPlan: Everything in the series Thomas Veil goes through is part of the Conspiracy's scheme to [[spoiler: test their FakeMemories treatment.]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption
* FakeMemories
* GovernmentConspiracy
* {{Homage}}: The town full of erased people is a pretty obvious one to ThePrisoner.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: "My name is Thomas Veil"]]
* LossOfIdentity
* MeaningfulName: Thomas ''Veil''. Also, "Thomas" is the doubting apostle and the hero begins to doubt everything as the series progresses. "Thomas" also means "twin" which takes on extra meaning twice, in the episode "Doppelganger" [[spoiler: where the hero is being impersonated by a lookalike]] and in the finale "Gemini Man" (Gemini is the zodiac sign of the twins).
* MysteriousInformant: Partway through the series one of the members of the conspiracy starts giving Tom info on the Organization who "erased him" in hopes Tom will take them down from without so he can more easily take them down from within.
* MundaneDogmatic
* OntologicalMystery: Of a sort.
* PostModernism: One of the Conspiracy's plots involved randomly broadcasting a television show that depicted scenes from Veil's life after his erasure.
* SternChase
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Photo negatives (and film photography in general) are nowhere near as common today as they were when this show was made.
* UnPerson
* WasItAllALie: Tom asks this question of [[spoiler: his wife who was seemingly in on the conspiracy from day one.]]
* XMeetsY: Some fans describe this show as ''Series/TheFugitive'' meets ''ThePrisoner''.
* YankTheDogsChain
* WalkingTheEarth

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