But for Me, It Was Tuesday

Chun-Li: My father saved his village at the cost of his own life. You had him shot as you ran away. A hero at a thousand paces.
M. Bison: I'm sorry. I don't remember any of it.
Chun-Li: You don't remember?!
M. Bison: For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday.
Street Fighter (1994 film)

A critical event that started the protagonist on their journey was an action by another. The latter may have long since forgotten this action, most likely never giving it a second thought. This is used to show that the action, however exceptional it may seem to the protagonist, is mundane for the antagonist. For them, it was just another day. Goes hand in hand with Unknown Rival.

This is often used to show just how evil the antagonist is. If the hero is upset over his murdered father, and the villain barely remembers killing the guy, then apparently the villain has murdered a lot of people in his life, and he has a pretty callous attitude about it. A particularly smarmy villain might even lecture the hero on his "arrogance" for thinking that he alone deserves to have his revenge when the villain has wronged countless others.

A variation exists, involving odd or dangerous situations being a simple part of a character's everyday life.


Alternative Title(s):

But To Me It Was Tuesday