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?!
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. They might be more thoughtless in the implication of the tone with it being phrased, "I've killed a lot of people, can you be more specific?"

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

A heroic variation exists where a hero is unable to remember foiling some villain's scheme or putting them in jail simply due to how many bad guys they've defeated/put away. This is especially true if the forgotten enemy was a mook in their previous appearance(s). Alternatively, the hero may have saved someone who is now a devoted fan of the hero as a result, but when the rescuee later shows up to thank the hero, they are angered by their idol failing to recognize them.

Another variation exists where a character is so used to strange or dangerous situations being a part of their everyday life that they're unable to remember a particular event which greatly affected someone else's life.

Even among This Very Wiki, this happens: superfans see tropes of their show (that they have a great knowledge of) on a regular occurrence, but people new to that same show would find the tropes applying rather fascinating (and thus would be mystified if the images do not make sense to them).

Could also be seen as a form of narcissism for the victim who will automatically assume that the one responsible would specifically remember the event because of how important it is to them.


Alternative Title(s): But To Me It Was Tuesday