[[caption-width-right:350:As you can see, this trope also caused [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] to commit SuperDickery.]]

One consequence of EasyAmnesia is that a character can be up and about, wandering around with all their faculties about them but with no clue who they actually are. If their arch-enemies find them in this state, they may decide to turn a liability into an asset, by convincing the character that they're really on the bad guys' side.

Thus, the rest of the protagonists find themselves having to not only fight against the amnesiac character, with all his abilities turned to the service of antagonism, but somehow rescue and {{Deprogram}} him. If the experience has a larger toll on a character's loyalties or [[LossOfIdentity sense of self]], even after regaining their memory, it becomes AmnesiacDissonance.

Used mostly by the kind of show that would use EasyAmnesia in the first place. By necessity this pretty much requires an IdiotHero to make any kind of sense- one hopes that most people would at least ''try'' to figure out who they are before quickly agreeing to a plan that involves killing or seriously maiming a large number of people. This can be averted if the bad guy did a more thorough job of brainwashing than just saying "clearly I am your friend" and the amnesiac just [[TakeOurWordForIt took his word for it]].

Then again, AmnesiacsAreInnocent.

If the lie comes from the character himself, it's AmnesiacLiar. If it happens to a villain, it's AmnesiacVillainJoinsTheHeroes. Contrast with ForgotTheCall.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* As far as the original [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] (and first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) are concerned, Mamoru is dead when Queen Beryl infuses his corpse with evil in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. In the Creator/DiC dub, however, they make it clear Darien's still alive as Beryl erases his memories and creates a powerful lackey.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', the Team Rocket trio managed to finally capture Ash's Pikachu after seven seasons via this method... until Pikachu regained his memory and the ResetButton was pushed at the end of the episode.
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga'':
** In the manga Excel gets amnesia and winds up living with Umi Rengaya and her family, including Professor Shiouji, who works for Kabapu, sort-of-arch-enemy of Excel's boss Il Palazzo. All the while, [[spoiler: Excel is replaced by a fake Excel so neither Elgala nor Hyatt realize she's gone]].
** [[Anime/ExcelSaga In the anime]], as well, during its one totally serious episode, [[spoiler: Excel forgets who she is after getting shot by Il Palazzo, and winds up being saved by the Municipal Defense Force.]]
** Hyatt gets amnesia in the manga too, and ends up getting engaged to her neighbor Watanabe. [[spoiler: Until Il Palazzo restores Hyatt's memories and she leaves with him.]]
* The ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' manga inverts this when the Saber Dolls (the BigBad's TerribleTrio of BodyguardBabes, and the PsychoRangers for the heroic harem of superpowered robot girls) get amnesia when struck by lightning, and fall in LoveAtFirstSight with the male hero, Otaru, after he [[ChronicHeroSyndrome repairs them]]. AmnesiacDissonance kicks in once their memories start coming back.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a variant of this. Scar's brother's lover and [[spoiler:Trisha Elric]] were resurrected as Lust and Sloth, to a degree. They don't have the souls of the original and thus are more akin to evil clones. Lust wants to become human, while Sloth is trying to [[spoiler:replace the Elric brothers with Wrath]].
* Captain Neo Roanoke of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', a ManipulativeBastard, EvilMentor, and dark take on the TeamDad and BigBrotherMentor tropes is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:Mu La Flaga]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' with his own memory gone, and false ones implanted on top.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Franco-Belgian comic ''ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}'', when the title hero is stripped of his memory by the gods, Kriss of Valnor convinces him that he is a pirate lord.
* ''[[ComicBook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'' has ComicBook/DoctorOctopus attempting this with Spidey during the original Creator/StanLee run. Quite possibly the TropeCodifier.
* Medusa, queen of [[ComicBook/TheInhumans the Inhuman]] sub-species, was given amnesia by her [[EvilChancellor evil brother-in-law]] Maximus, and was found hiding in a cave by the criminal mastermind called the Wizard, who made her Susan Storm's counterpart in his Frightful Four.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' had ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} turn an amnesiac Batman into "Catman".
** In UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, Catwoman herself was a Criminal Amnesiac, without even a villain talking her into it. A later {{Retcon}} said she'd made this up to facilitate her HeelFaceTurn.
* Some {{Space Pirate}}s did this to ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'''s Ultra Boy once. When it actually came down to fighting, he didn't like it. He tried fighting on the other side; that was much more natural to him.
* Reverted in a Disney Big Bad Wolf comic; BBW has a nasty fall when chasing the Three Little Pigs, gets EasyAmnesia, and Practical Pig convinces him he is a pig and got hurt when chased by a wolf. Cue Zeke Wolf becoming horribly scared of his own son...
* A vengeful enemy managed to do this to ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise once, in order to make her kill her sidekick. It almost worked.
** In "A Present for the Princess", Willie loses his memory after he hits his head on a rock in a river. An old enemy convinces him that he is a hitman for his organization.
* Superman became one in a ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]''-related side story when he was abducted by Darkseid and manipulated by Glorious Godfrey's sister Amazing Grace. Fortunately, Orion and Lightray helped restore Superman's memory and true self.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[FanFic/MarioAndSonicHeroesUnite Mario and Sonic: Heroes Unite!]]'', [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Luigi]] suffers amnesia following the transfer to {{Franchise/Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'s world. [[BiggerBad Metal Sonic]] takes the opportunity to claim that Luigi is on his side and that the heroes are actually his enemies.
* Empath becomes one in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Empath The Bandit Smurf", which is an adaptation of "The Jewel Smurfer" with Empath substituting for Jokey in the original.

* Deconstructed with ''Film/{{Memento}}''. Several people try to use Leonard Shelby's anterograde amnesia by setting their enemies up to look like John G., the man whom Leonard is planning to kill for raping and murdering his late wife. [[spoiler:At the end, it's revealed that Leonard has been playing himself as well by killing fake John G.'s to give himself purpose in life.]]
* ''Film/{{Push}}'' features this in the climax
* In ''Film/{{Unknown 2006}}'', the "Jean Jacket man" gets flashes that suggest that he was part of the kidnapping team, which leads him to collude with them. [[spoiler:He's actually an undercover cop. Who engineered the kidnapping in the first place.]]

* A variation: In Michael Kurland's [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]] novel ''The Empress of India'', there is a gang leader in London with a Chinese name (but he doesn't look Chinese). Turns out [[spoiler: he's Sherlock Holmes. See, he'd been posing as a Chinese gang leader as part of his investigation. After he got a bad knock on the head, he forgot his real identity but remembered his alter ego, and thought that's who he was. Eventually, another knock on the head restores his memory.]]
* In Creator/IanFleming's novels, Literature/JamesBond suffered from this for a period -- specifically, starting at the end of the last chapter of ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (Bond in a QuestForIdentity goes to Soviet Union) and ending at the beginning of the first chapter of ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' (brainwashed Bond fails to assassinate M).
* This happens after [[Literature/ArtemisFowl Artemis's]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind-wipe]], although to be fair he just reverted to his self before he met the fairies, which was a criminal mastermind.
* In [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Rebel Force]], Rezi Soresh develops torturous brainwashing techniques used to convert normal people into emotionless assassins. When he destroys someone's memory and ability to feel normal emotion, they lose their personality as well; he also plays mind games on them and culls anyone who doesn't end the process loyal to him. It's left ambiguous whether the most prominent assassin, X7, is one of the main characters of ''The Last of the Jedi''. Time away from Soresh starts giving X7 some emotions back and a few flashes of memory, but they are completely without context and make no sense. Whoever he was, it's gone for good. Soresh later [[OhCrap captures Luke Skywalker]] and puts him through the torture-and-brainwashing routine, but Luke is somehow immune and just ''fakes'' losing his memory, the better to turn on Soresh when the time is right.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': Tommy is given amnesia by Prince Gasket, then convinced that the other rangers are evil.
* Subverted in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Past and Present", in which the amnesiac is discovered to be the evil MadScientist (known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Destroyer of Worlds]]) responsible for infecting an entire planet with an amnesia virus. She cured herself of the amnesia, then tried to kill herself when her old, murderous personality conflicted with her new, peaceful one. Eventually, she is re-amnesiaed so she can live a peaceful life on the planet where these whacky adventures took place.
** Subverted again in another episode of ''SG-1'' where a murderer used a device to erase his own memories of the murder. However, since he had been in love with the murder victim, he then helped solve the murder, and then had his memories erased again.
* In the episode "Ill Gotten Grains" of ''Series/GoodEats'', Alton Brown gets EasyAmnesia, but is still a brilliant cook. He's rescued by Francis Andersen (his "biggest fan" and a dangerously obsessed pastiche of Creator/StephenKing's ''{{Literature/Misery}}''), who tells him his name is "Abe," and...
-->'''Francis''': ...you're here to create wonderful wheat recipes for my store.\\
'''Alton''': I am?\\
'''Francis''': Yes, and...and you live here with me.
* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' where Monk gets bonked on the head, and a woman unscrupulously convinces him that he's her husband. This doesn't stop Monk from attempting to solve the mystery of the week, although it causes his OCD to become significantly less serious.
* In an episode of ''Series/MacGyver1985'', the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]] takes advantage of [=MacGyver's=] amnesia to convince him that Peter Thornton is actually a terrorist to be apprehended, and even supplies him with a [[EvilCostumeSwitch gun]] to do the job. Since Mac's memory has started to come back, though, and since he and Pete are [[ThePowerOfFriendship such good friends]], it doesn't take long for Pete to [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight talk him out of it]].
** In another Mac-Gets-Amnesia episode, the writers play around a bit. Since all the flashes of memory (played by clips from other episodes) he gets are of explosions or other violent acts with him in the middle, Mac almost convinces himself that's he's really a Criminal Amnesiac.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' has a variation; as a result of a misfiring favor from Fate, Iolaus loses all his memories of working with Hercules... which is a large enough chunk of his life that it takes him back to his days as a teenage gang member, and he promptly hooks up with that week's villains.
* On ''Series/MiamiVice'', Crockett got amnesia while working undercover and began behaving as his cover identity would.
* On ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', Bo Duke got amnesia and Boss Hogg convinced Bo that he was Hogg's son.
* Narrowly averted in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. The villains of the episode make sure that the Enterprise's "mission" involves complete radio silence to keep them from talking to anyone who's either not on the ship or not a spy. Ultimately, the crew become suspicious when they realize the ship's advanced weaponry can reduce their foe's military equipment to scrap within a few seconds- a foe they've supposedly been fighting for several decades.
* An amusing semi-subversion pops up on the 1990's ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'' series remake, when HarmlessVillain Sgt. Mendoza is conked and convinced he's a ''seriously'' ruthless bandit leader, and it's up to Zorro to rescue him without getting captured...
* Happened once on Sci-Fi's ''Series/TheInvisibleMan''. BigBad, Arnaud, [[FakeAmerican puts on an American accent]] and convinces the amnesic hero, Darien Fawkes, that Arnaud is Fawkes' brother (while Fawkes' brother, in reality, was killed by Arnaud).
* You could say this happens to Olivia in the third season of ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. Olivia [[spoiler:gets captured by Walternate and through some technical mambo-jumbo that has to do with serums and the blood-brain barrier, manages to give her all of Alternate-Olivia's memories, skills, and emotions convincing her she is from that reality fighting against her own reality]].
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', [[spoiler: Mercury]] has a spell cast on her by Kunzite, causing her to become Dark [[spoiler: Mercury]] for a period of a few episodes, before ThePowerOfFriendship (with the help of the Mystical Silver Crystal) brings her back in the end.
* A particularly gut-wrenching example happens on ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' in the fifth season's final arc. [[spoiler: As Sarah suffers amnesia as a [[MySkullRunnethOver result of a faulty Intersect]], she's convinced by Nicholas Quinn that Chuck and his allies are evil, and is promptly ordered to kill Chuck.]]
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Adam Monroe convinced an amnesiac Peter to work for him. Somewhat justified in that he lied to Peter, who is something of an IdiotHero.
** And in season 5, Sylar's memories were suppressed and replaced by Nathan's! Sylar is nominally a villain, but these false memories interfered with Sullivan's attempts to control him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A key plot point in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is that [[spoiler: the player]] is actually [[spoiler: Darth Revan, former master to the game's current BigBad]]. The game drops subtle hints and references. [[PlayingWithATrope Interestingly]] the amnesia is [[spoiler: done by the Jedi Council, the good guys of the setting. If you embrace TheDarkSide, then it's [[InvertedTrope inverted]] and EvilAllAlong, if you choose the Light Side ending, then it's HeelFaceTurn via BecomingTheMask. Either way, it's an excellent TomatoInTheMirror]] PlotTwist [[LukeIAmYourFather worthy of]] ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', it happens again. [[spoiler: TheDreaded spymaster The Shroud turns out to be the silly, sweet droid with memory problems that's been helping the player all along. In the end, the droid doesn't ''want'' to be a bad guy, but it's up to you if you destroy her or recruit her.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', this gets pulled on Bowser, who doesn't turn evil, obviously (since he already was), but gets recruited by a two-bit thief to become half of the game's GoldfishPoopGang.
* This happens a few times in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. The first time it happens you can get them to confess about it after you've already done what they asked.
* Variation in ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves''. After beating the final boss, Sly gets hit and has amnesia. The first person to come up is Carmelita, the police officer who's been after Sly, and learning that he has amnesia, convinces him that he was her partner. The variation comes when [[spoiler: an epilogue scene reveals that Sly doesn't actually have amnesia, and is just faking it to get out of the thieving business, which also left the series open enough for [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime a sequel]]]].
* Possible in ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'' if the Amnesiac chooses to remember he was an Arsonist, Serial Killer, or a member of the Mafia.
* In ''VideoGame/FusionFall'' Buttercup gets hit by Mojo Jojo during a fight and ends up with amnesia. Separated from her sisters and deemed missing, she meets up with Ace of the Gangreen Gang. The two begin dating and Buttercup becomes a delinquent. We never do find out how she got her memory back, however in the future she's back to normal. [[spoiler:Unfortunately she's the SoleSurvivor out of her sisters]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' storyline starting [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20041009 here]] has Ethan, a Microsoft fanboy, getting hit on the head while in an Apple store and subsequently take over the "Mac Rights" movement as Malcolm OSX, and changing it from a peaceful to a violent protest.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A unique example occurs in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' where Valmont convinces the amnesiac Tohru that he was a criminal working for him. What makes this unusual is that, technically, Tohru ''did'' work for Valmont, before his HeelFaceTurn (indeed, Tohru's old criminal records are part of what Valmont uses to convince him).
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'': Taotie discovers that the Furious Five have lost their memory after being exposed to Po's memory-erasing move. While Po and Master Shifu are away, Taotie took the opportunity to use this to his advantage by having them attack Master Shifu and Po upon their return. When the Furious Five regain their memory, they attacked Taotie causing him to get away.
** In another episode, Po is the one to lose his memory, and is convinced by Fung that he is the leader of the Croc Bandits. Po embraces the role, becoming so villainous that [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone even Fung is disturbed by him]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "Public Enemy Number One" had Baron Greenback convince an amnesiac Danger Mouse he was really a super-thief known as "The White Shadow".
** Backfired spectacularly on Greenback when Danger Mouse proved to be a better criminal than he was.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' had it happen to Dale, who joined the cat mafia and became a surprisingly effective enforcer.
* Semi-example: In ''{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the upright, chivalrous Silverbolt was initially on the evil Predacon side. He was a newborn "blank" mechanoid, who had a personality but no memories. He had no clue Megatron was really the bad guy, but he figured it out soon enough.
* An episode of the ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' cartoon had Donkey Kong getting amnesia. Both King K. Rool and Kaptain Skurvy convince him he's on their sides.
* Sissi temporarily convinces an amnesiac Ulrich in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Amnesia" that he is her boyfriend and his teammates are his arch enemies. This fails partly because, even without his memories, Ulrich can't stand her....
* Snively did this to Sonic once in the [=SatAM=] cartoon of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''.
** A year later, the [[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog Archie comic book]] would do this plot as well, except it wasn't Snively giving the shots. The cover art to the second half of the story is shown above.
** The [[http://image2.milehighcomics.com/istore/images/fullsize/77327068712.27.GIF cover of the first part]] also acted as a homage to the [[http://image2.milehighcomics.com/istore/images/fullsize/78357032384.56.GIF cover]] of the Spider-Man example in the comics section. WholePlotReference maybe?
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' had Princess Jasmine getting amnesia, and HarmlessVillain Abis Mal convinces her that she's in fact his evil daughter, a desert bandit. She upgrades to a [[EvilCostumeSwitch eyebrow-raising black costume]] ([[WhipItGood complete with whip]]) and helps Abis take over the country, but then betrays him and decides to promote herself to main villain after realizing he's an imbecile.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Make a Wish". This is helped thanks to some video of Jameson bad-mouthing him as usual.
* Simon Belmont in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''.
* One episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' has {{Superman}} getting knocked out by a comet and landing on the KingArthur [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]] [[PlanetOfHats planet]]. When some local revolutionaries try to beat him up and fail miserably, they ask him to become their leader to TakeOverTheWorld. Superman quickly decides that this priority is way more interesting than figuring out who he is, and [[{{Superdickery}} topples the government]] to pave way for the revolution's primary objective- raising taxes. Naturally, it falls to the other {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} to stop him.
** And yes, that episode is every bit as [[SoBadItsGood ridiculous]] as those [[PotHole pot holes]] imply.
* In the last couple episodes of ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries the Superman animated series]]'', Superman has his memory wiped after being abducted by Darkseid, and he is led to believe he is Darkseid's adopted son.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has Franchise/{{Batman}} getting amnesia while in his "Matches Malone" gangster persona and believing he is an actual crime boss.
* One of the ''Captain Caveman and Son'' shorts on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstoneKids'' had Captain Caveman get amnesia and assume that he was a villain because he was dressed as one ([[PaperThinDisguise A domino mask]]). Interestingly, the entire criminal element of the city helps his son get him back to normal - Captain Caveman is such an effective thief that the city soon runs out of places that the other criminals can rob.
* ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'': One episode had Krypto lose his memory due to red kryptonite. The Junkyard Dogs, a gang of HarmlessVillain stray dogs, try to take advantage of Krypto by convincing him he's part of their gang. However, Krypto's heroic sense of justice still remains and a rescue of the dog leader's girlfriend (who wished for Krypto to regain his memory) brings him back to his senses.
* In the season 1 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', [[spoiler:Optimus Prime sacrifices the Matrix of Leadership to stop Unicron, along with all of his memories as Optimus Prime. Megatron immediately takes advantage of this opportunity to welcome his old friend Orion Pax into the ranks of the Decepticons.]]
* An accidental case in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode, "Los Dos Mojos": Mojo Jojo knocks out Bubbles from behind. Before going completely out, Bubbles opens her eyes one last time to see her assailant gloating over her, causing her to believe she IS Mojo Jojo once he wakes up.
* Ultimately subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' when a well-meaning alien, convinced that her Gargoyle companions are of an enemy species he has been fighting, erases Elisa's memory and tells her that the Gargoyles are her enemies. Elisa is of course hostile, but ultimately refuses to cooperate with the alien considering that the Gargoyles evidently have not done anything to deserve being treated like that ("that" being that he was going to execute them in a rather ''messy'' fashion). At that, the alien stands down and restores her memory since any beings who can inspire that kind of personal decision under such circumstances are likely not his enemies either.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RatedAForAwesome'' episode "Noam No More," Noam loses his memory after an attempt to improve it goes awry. [[{{Jerkass}} Chet]] finds him, and convinces him that he is "B.T.," his personal enforcer, using him to enact a wave of terror on the school.