A character whose defining characteristic is that he is ridiculously forgetful. Not the type who forgets to wear a watch every now and then, but the type who can't find it because he's wearing it on his other wrist. He doesn't just misplace his reading glasses, he misplaces them by pushing them up onto his forehead.

Usually played for comedy, this trope does ''not'' cover characters with Alzheimer's or brain injuries that medically impair their short-term or long-term memory.

Compare AbsentMindedProfessor and ScatterbrainedSenior. For showrunners assuming their audience's memory is this bad, see ViewersAreGoldfish.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Shinnosuke in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' remembers his own name, what his duties are... and that's about it. Most of his forgetfulness is PlayedForLaughs, including the time when he forgot ''his own grandfather'', who was his sole human company for much (if not all) of his life, much to his grandfather's annoyance.
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'': Papi memory borders on nonexistent. She forgets the protagonist literally five minutes after meeting him (she doesn't forget his ''name'', she completely forgets that she ever met him in the first place), and routinely has difficulty getting her own name and [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies species]] straight. This is mainly because her characterization is based on a Japanese legend that birds forget everything after taking three steps.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ira West (Iris' [[spoiler:adoptive]] father, Wally's grandfather) in ''Franchise/TheFlash''. In his first appearance, he was told Barry Allen's SecretIdentity and helped create his super-compressed costume, but had forgotten all about it the next day.
* Quinton Zempfester from ''ComicBook/ThievesAndKings''.
* [[PunnyName Senilo]] in the Swedish superhero spoof ''Kapten Stofil''. His superpower is being [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway incredibly forgetful]]. While generally useless, this sometimes allow him to perform marvelous feats as long as [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome they occur off-panel]] and [[RuleOfFunny he doesn't remember what he did]]. ("How did you get free?!" "I haven't the foggiest. Where are we?")
* Comicbook/MonicasGang has the dog Zé Esquecido (nearly the trope name: Forgetful Joe), whose faulty memory causes many problems to himself and Bidu\Blu.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Bow the Gothorita, one of the supporting characters in ''FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonReflectingBalance'', is very forgetful, often forgetting to tell other Pokémon of her visions of the future until after they have already happened.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Dory from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''
-->'''Dory:''' I suffer from short-term memory loss. It runs in my family. Well, at least I think it does... Where ''are'' they?
* Nangi from ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'' is supposed to have an excellent memory [[AnimalStereotypes due to being an elephant]]. Yet, she cannot remember a single detail about Emmitt Otterton. [[spoiler: [[TheStoner Yax]] does, down to the plate number of his car. And yet, in the end, Yax wishes he had a memory like an elephant.]]
-->'''Nangi:''' I have no memory of this beaver.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'' and its remake, ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', start with Professor Brainard getting so wrapped up in experiments that he forgets his own wedding for the ''third time!''
* ''Film/TheAbsentMindedWaiter'': This self-explanatory title is a 1977 short film with Creator/SteveMartin as the waiter. His absent-minded blundering starts small-scale, when he asks for their order without giving them menus, and gets bigger-scale, like when he pours water all over the dinner table because he forgot to set the glasses down first.
* Uncle Billy in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': Besides his big blunder toward the end of the film, an earlier scene shows him with reminder strings tied on several different fingers, indicating that he is generally prone to forgetfulness.

* "Biffy" Biffen from the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories, who has found the girl of his dreams, but ''can't remember her last name!'' Also applies to the [[Series/JeevesAndWooster TV show]].
* Another Creator/PGWodehouse example: Lord Emsworth of ''Literature/BlandingsCastle''.
* [[AbsentMindedProfessor Professor Plum]] from the ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' book series.
* Mr. Forgetful from the ''Literature/MrMen'' series. In his book, he even has to memorize a message (and, being Mr. Forgetful, gets the message wrong, of course).
-->''' Mr. Forgetful:''' There's a goose asleep in the rain!
::The original message was "There's a sheep loose in the lane."
* Neville Longbottom of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fame, long before his MemeticBadass days, was this for the first four (and part of the fifth) books. It's implied that he was this because of his lack of self-confidence and drive to be better. Or it could be due to the [[spoiler:Memory charm he received as a child to erase his traumatic memories of watching his parents be tortured into insanity.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "Mr. Short-term Memory", with Creator/TomHanks.
* In the ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' episode "Football" Drake and Josh meet the school janitor, Zeke Braxton, who used to be a pro football player until a head injury affected his memory.
-->'''Zeke:''' Who are you kids?
-->'''Drake:''' I'm Drake.
-->'''Zeke:''' And you are?
-->'''Josh:''' Josh.
-->'''Zeke:''' And I am?
-->'''Drake:''' Zeke... you're Zeke.
-->'''Zeke:''' Right... And you are?

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The TropeNamer is Forgetful Jones, the cowboy Muppet from ''Series/SesameStreet''. A RunningGag on the show is his inability to even remember that his memory is so bad.

* From ''Radio/TheBobAndTomShow'', the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd-6KIPSOIU Joe Johnson Memory System]]. The Jim Johannsen Memory System helps you remember names, phone numbers and even names with the help of Jonah Jameson. Followups include the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIRtwBTDp2s Jack Jefferson]] [[BuffySpeak Vocabulary Builder-Upper]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdnJtbh7lj8 Jim Jenkins]] [[ElSpanishO Spanish El Learno Systemo]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G. II]]'': There's only thing Tamao seems able to remember: which is [[{{fangirl}} how much she admires Yuka.]] Aside from that, don't expect her to remember anyone else's name for more than a few seconds (''literally'') before she forgets it. Kaori actually had to reintroduce herself [[RunningGag three times]], within a minute, after first meeting her.
* Larry Da Vinci in ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' even forgets his own ''name''.
* ''VideoGame/OlloInTheSunnyValleyFair'': The character Rose. The narrator points out how often she forgets where she put her watering can.
* Koishi of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' had become this as a side effect of her completely sealing her ability to read any minds, including her own. By ''Hopeless Masquerade'', she mentions that she tends to forget everything now, so she's surprised that she could still remember [[spoiler:the Mask of Hope that she found some time ago]].
* Gaboonga from ''VideoGame/WonderlandAdventures'' frequently forgets his own name.
* [[VideoGame/{{Nethack}} Who was that Maud person, anyway?]] (This is a reference to the eponymous poem by Creator/AlfredLordTennyson.)
* Finch from ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' will forget her own name in the same sentence she just used it. This is actually a gameplay mechanic for her, If she uses a special and her "Birdbrain" ability kicks in, she will "forget" to drain her special charge meter, letting her use it again immediately after
* ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'' has Akane Owari, who, in her Free Time Events, repeatedly forgets people's names, which is strongly implied to be related to [[DarkAndTroubledPast growing up in a place where people near her could be killed at almost any moment]]. In the third game's Talent Development Plan mode, she tells Himiko that she usually forget the name of anyone who seems too weak to survive, and in a later event, still has trouble with Himiko's name, even though they've been going to school together for three years.
* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' has Monotaro, one of the Monokubs, who's even worse than Akane. He repeatedly forgets important or obvious information, and when he does remember, it's usually because he forgot that he'd forgotten it.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' has Rose, in her one scene from the episode "So Random!"
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I can't help but notice that [[NonIndicativeName despite your name and cutie mark]], you're growing flowers that aren't roses.\\
'''Rose:''' Sorry about that, I've got a very bad memory.\\
'''Pinkie:''' Oh, don't worry. I'm sure we'll get that fixed one day.\\
'''Rose:''' Get what fixed?\\
'''Rose:''' 'Allo, Pinkie Pie!\\
'''Pinkie:''' Goodbye, Rose.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Jade Harley of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' starts out somewhat like this, hence why her fingers are covered in reminder strings.
* Tyler from ''Webcomic/MorphE'' is so forgetful that he needs to keep a journal for reminders.
* In ''Webcomic/CityFace 2'', City Face forgets what Torus said, mere seconds after she said it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Gunshow}}'': [[http://gunshowcomic.com/806 "Please go to the hospital already, your short term memory is a burden to us all."]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
** Spraradrap, thus extending his TheWatson role to things that his guildmates have presumably already explained to him previously off-screen and mild cases of ViewersAreGoldfish.
** He seems to be getting it from his father. The latter has chronic case of AccidentalMisnaming concerning his sons [[spoiler:and forgetting whith which woman he had each of them. This is a problem when an established female character turns out to be someone's Missing Mom.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''Franchise/CareBears'', Beastly was written as having an extremely bad short-term memory. To the point where he would often lose his train of thought mid-sentence. He wasn't written that way in other episodes.
* The entire elephant village is depicted as this in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Bride of the Swamp Monster" had a swamp monster's girlfriend (also a swamp monster) who forgot things instantly. She even says that she never got his letters because every time she got off work she forgot where she lived.
* On one of the ''U.S. Acres'' segments of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Wade's cousin Newton, who has a ''really'' bad memory, visits. He keeps forgetting who Orson is less than a minute after he tells him. One hilarious dialogue between them:
-->'''Orson:''' You really do have a bad memory.
-->'''Newton:''' I know, I'm in a club for people with bad memories.
-->'''Orson:''' What's the name of the club?
-->'''Newton:''' I forgot.
-->'''Orson:''' How often does it meet?
-->'''Newton:''': I dunno.
-->'''Orson:''' How often are the meetings held?
-->'''Newton:''' Beats me.
-->'''Orson:''' Why don't you just quit??
-->'''Newton:''' I can't! I'm the president! Incidentally, what was your name again?
* Mr. Scatterbrain from ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[ComicBook/KlarionTheWitchBoy Klarion]], since he's a [[HumanoidAbomination Lord of Chaos]] whose mind works differently than a human's. Upon being told that [[MadScientist T.O. Morrow]] is in a coma, he pauses to ask "Did I know that already?" WordOfGod also noted that while everyone in [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Light]] knew about [[spoiler:Black Manta]] being Kaldur's father, "whether Klarion remembers is a legit question."
* Patrick on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is so stupid he'll sometimes forget things in seconds. Like when he and [=SpongeBob=] were hiding out in the desert and he decided to eat his only food, a chocolate bar, in one go and then immediately forgot he ate it, leading him to believe that [=SpongeBob=] stole it.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Lumpy Space Princess can be ridiculously forgetful at times. In "Video Makers" after Jake tells her they're filming a food fight scene she immediately forgets they're filming a scene and gets mad when Peppermint Butler throws food at her.
* The [[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Tweety and Sylvester]] cartoon "Red Riding Hoodwinked" features a version of TheBigBadWolf who can never remember Red's name and has to be prompted by other characters. Another, even more forgetful wolf was WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's antagonist in "The Hare-less Wolf".
* This is the main trait of Lily the fox on ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool''. It's not played for comedy, though, so much as AnAesop that she is working to get better about it. For example, one episode had her take care of the class pet (A fish) which Doris thinks isn't a good idea. Lily always remembers what to do with her pet fish and proves it in that episode. She can also be seen wearing a string around her hand to remember things and would talk to herself to remind herself.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "Mission Imp Possible", Genie, Iago and [[TheImp Nefir]] end up in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Bog of Forgetfulness.]]
-->'''Iago:''' You know, you're big, blue and funny looking; you must be a genie. Turn into something that will help us out.\\
'''Genie:''' How about an elephant? An elephant never forgets. ''(Turns into a hippopotamus)'' Was this what I was suppose to turn into?\\
'''Iago:''' You weren't always a hippo?
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' he Propulsions always forget ''not'' to tell people that they come from Bortron 7.
** Jet especially, who always needs to Sean to teach him the Scientific Method over and over, and often forgets things that he learned in previous episodes.
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