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->''"I remember stuff from when I was an infant, now! I know we got a 'C' in Psychology, but it's not normal to remember stuff vividly from before the age of four, is it?"''
-->-- '''Ellen''', ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''

Characters in fiction have improbable memory spans; specifically, they can recall events that occurred before the age of three with detail, and their "memories" are true, real, and accurate -- not just memories of the event as it was told to them later, and not twisted by suggestion. Remembering one's own birth is particularly common. This trope is quite far from TruthInTelevision: not only do people not really remember their infancy, most people don't remember their childhood as well as they think they do and can be easily tricked into "remembering" stuff that never happened (as demonstrated by, among others, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Loftus Elizabeth Loftus]]).

Often associated with characters with an unusually, or even supernaturally, good memory or high intelligence.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': The first Broly movie. The titular villain has a deep, sadistic, personal hatred for Goku, because [[DisproportionateRetribution Goku's crying bothered him when they were newborns]]. For about one day maximum. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that this is an [[BizarreAlienBiology alien]] we're talking about, here. The only other time a Saiyan's infant memories are mentioned in the Anime/Manga is when Raditz asks if Goku received any head injuries when he was young. The way he talked, you'd almost expect that a Saiyan can recall their entire lives.
* ''Anime/DennouCoil'': Yasako and Isako, the main characters, have gaps in their memory from a specific incident when they were around seven years old. There is some implied memory manipulation or repression involved, but the characters generally react as if they're simply remembering something that they had forgotten.
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'': Kanna can remember being held as a baby. She had ESP.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Medaka and Zenkichi first met each other when they were two years old, at which time Medaka proposed but Zenkichi said no. Medaka remembers this [[JustifiedTrope because she's a superhuman being]] and assumes Zenkichi's feelings haven't changed; meanwhile, Zenkichi [[SubvertedTrope knows that they met but doesn't recall any specifics]], least of all the proposal (and even if he did, he probably wouldn't take it seriously). As a result, each of them has feelings for the other but wrongly assumes it's one-sided. [[spoiler:At least until Zenkichi wins the Student Council election.]]
* ''Anime/YugiohZexal'': One of Astral's recovered memories is his own birth.
* [[spoiler: Ray]] from ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'' has this condition, which allowed him to figure out the truth of the orphanage.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'':
** At age three, Tim Drake went to Haly's Circus and met the Flying Graysons. Six years later he remembered it well enough to identify Dick Grayson on sight when he saw Robin on television.
* ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'':
** Blade remembers his own birth and the subsequent death of his own mother (occurring only shortly afterwards). Whether this is the result of the whole vampire thing is never addressed.
** Dr. Doom, in a ''Blade'' comic, went significantly beyond this, actually remembering what his ''mother'' was doing while he was in the womb. (Then again, mother and son are both potent mages, so...)
* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had total recall as one of his many, many super-powers; he remembered Krypton quite well, even though he was about three when he left.
* ''ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfBarryWeenBoyGenius'' plays it straight. The titular boy genius was conscious and self-aware in the womb. He hypothesizes he has at most ten years from his current age (7? 10?) before his hyperintelligence drives him irreparably crazy, so he wants to live life to the fullest now.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', it's probably caused by OurElvesAreBetter.
** Skywise remembers "a sight burned into his infant brain when [he] was just hours old", including his mother's face.
** After the memories are triggered by a scent, Teir remembers his mother. One of the panels of that short flashback is drawn from the perspective of an infant being breastfed.
*** The elven infants stay in the womb for two years or more. They are also become capable of telepathy while in the womb, at least with the mother, and possibly with the father. (For comparison, in humans brain waves of the 'dreaming' type are detectable at at least five weeks.) It is entirely possible an elven child's brain is at a different level of development at birth.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'': The Cap's enemy the ComicBook/RedSkull once claimed he could remember being in his mother's ''womb''.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}'', Morgan le Fay causes Mordred's reincarnation to remember his previous incarnation's having almost been drowned by King Arthur as an infant.
* ''ComicBook/NewXMen'': In issue #121, Cassandra Nova, a Mummudrai from the astral plane, copies Charles Xavier's DNA and grows as a twin in Sharon Xavier's womb. Charles, as a fetus, can sense the evil within Cassandra and psychically attacks her.

* In Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX, we have two examples of this. In Yukari's case, this is played straight, in that she can recall things from when she was two, then again, she is a youkai, so this could be explainable, if not justified. In the case with Maribel and Renko, this is a tad downplayed in that they can remember bits and pieces from the past surrounding the time a little before and while meeting Yukari. Of course, they can only describe the very little they know. In Reimu's scenario, this is possibly averted in that she probably doesn't remember much a little before and during imprisonment.
** This is averted in Webcomic/KillLaKillAU with Ryuuko, who cannot remember anything before three-years old. This is noted in Part 2/part 4 of comic 25, where she is currently eight and doesn't remember what happened to Ragyo six years prior but she does feel her absence, describing it as "the warmth that had been gone from her life for some time". Satsuki, however, can remember things from when she was two, stating that is when her memories first began, along with that being the age she learned how to change diapers. Of course, Nui lampshades it by saying, "There is no fucking way you remember that."
* In ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', all the main character really remembers was [[spoiler:his biological father]] Papa Smurf leaving him in Psychelia when he was an infant -- before he felt the searing pain that was the Psyche Master's {{Mind Rape}}y mental probe that erased everything before that moment.
* {{Downplayed}} in ''Fanfic/BetterOffNotKnowing'': The protagonist's neonatal memory seems to be limited to the "bone-crushing cold" [[spoiler:of [[TheBrute her biological mother's]] TailorMadePrison at the North Pole]].

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', Lewis specifically tries to recollect his baby memories with his invention to meet his MissingMom. [[spoiler:He never does so, so it's unclear if the machine would have let him]].
* WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}} can remember the last thing his parents said to him before he was sent away as an infant. Granted, he's a supergenius alien and seemed to find living with his parents at eight days old to be 'embarrassing', so his mind probably works differently.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', after trying but failing to convince her long-lost brother Moses of his Hebrew origins, Miriam sadly sings the lullaby their mother sang when she [[MosesInTheBulrushes set him afloat on the river as a baby]] - Moses recognizes the song, making him begin to realize that her claim is true.
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' includes a scene in which [[spoiler:Rapunzel has an epiphany and remembers being the king's and queen's baby. The flashback is pretty blurry, though]]. The opening narration implies [[spoiler:she was one day old at the time. She had a lot of hair and was very... movey for a day old infant, so it could be the magic of the flower or something.]]
** She also claims to have remembered the floating lights for eighteen years. She could have walked to the window at one, perhaps, but it's unlike she would have remembered doing so for several years.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Averted in ''Film/BabyGeniuses'', where it is revealed that babies before the age of 2 are ridiculously smart (thanks to the experiences of their past life). Around the age of 2, they "cross over" and forget everything that happened before, becoming normal children. The main characters' adopted father actually manages to teach himself to understand infants' "speech".
** This may be a ShoutOut to the ''Literature/MaryPoppins'' books by P.L. Travers in which it's revealed that all infants have memories of their lives just before birth and can even communicate with animals--until they reach the age of two or so. Then they become regular children. Only Mary Poppins herself seems to have retained her infantile memories and ability to communicate with animals.
** In the sequel, one of the characters is a baby whose aging was halted before age two thanks to his father's invention. He'll always be a genius, but he'll also never be able to grow up.
* ''Film/{{Blade}}'': A flashback shows his dying mother bleeding from the neck reaching out to him after he was born. It moves Blade to help the doctor who is in a similar plight.
* Defied in ''Film/DonnieDarko'', when Donnie says during a class presentation that anyone who claims to remember anything from before the age of three is lying.
* In ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'', when Zarkov is reprogrammed by Ming's secret police, they rewind his memories all the way back to his birth, and even to the womb.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'': Averted: Forrest Gump explicitly states that he has absolutely no recollection of his birth.
* In ''Film/{{Hook}}'', when Peter's memories of being Peter Pan return, he recollects events all the way back to being a baby in his pram.
* Briefly mentioned near the beginning of ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'', where "the Mouse", in an aside, compares his escape from TheAlcatraz to leaving his mother's womb -- "God, what a memory!"
* In ''Film/{{Lucy}}'', the title character, [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs becoming superintelligent after accidental exposure to a powerful new drug]], tells her mother she can remember the taste of her milk in her mouth and petting a cat that died before she was one.
* The main character in ''Film/{{Powder}}'' has at least one pre-birth memory: [[spoiler:how he killed his own mother by summoning a lightning strike on her while still in the womb]]. The people he tells the story are as freaked by it as because of his ability to remember that.
* In ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', Sybok conjures Spock's most distressing, self-torturing memory, which turns out to be his father dissing him seconds after his own birth.
-->'''Sarek:''' So human.
** Interestingly, a deleted scene in the rebooted ''Film/StarTrek'' also shows a similar birth scene, except Sarek expresses nothing but pride for his son. Possibly, this was done because few people like the fifth film.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Princess Leia remembers her "real mother", giving her a description of "very beautiful, kind, but sad." Padmé fell to DeathByChildbirth in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', making it this trope retroactively. Her brother doesn't remember her. That, or Leia had a succession of three mothers, including Padmé. The first {{novelization}} to that movie, written long before the prequels with the full approval of George Lucas, expands on those memories, mentioning one of being hidden in a trunk and a traumatic parting -- "flesh torn from flesh". There is no WordOfGod on the issue, but a common {{Fanon}} theory held that the "real mother" Leia remembers is Bail Organa's wife at the time, Breha, who died when Leia was a young child. However, this theory was {{jossed}} by the ContinuityReboot, which established that Breha Organa died with Alderaan, and that Leia's adoption was public knowledge on Alderaan. The other popular theory, that Leia unconsciously used the Force to look into the past, is still possible.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the first book]], Harry vaguely remembers a blinding flash of green light. He later finds out that the light was the ''Avada Kedavra'' curse which killed his parents when he was one year old. After Hagrid tells him this, he suddenly remembers it with an EvilLaugh accompanying the light. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the third book]], the memories become a lot clearer thanks to the Dementors' power to dredge up a person's most traumatic memories. This ''may'' be justifiable by the fact that more traumatic memories are easier to recall even if you were young at the time. [[spoiler:Especially as we later learn that part of Voldemort's soul was transferred to Harry during this event]].
* ''I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President'': Oliver Watson was fully aware when being born, and remembers the color and smell of the birth canal.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'': Alia mentions being able to remember when she was in the ''womb''. Justified in that her mother Jessica [[spoiler:OD'd on spice while (unknowingly at the time) pregnant, resulting in Alia's genetic memories awakening when she was still in utero, and when the Fremen who had her take the spice realize she was pregnant they're horrified since if they'd known they wouldn't have made her do it]]. All of the novels toy with this trope. In the sequels more characters are introduced who, like Alia, are infants but already have adult-level intelligence and memories from past lives.
* In ''Literature/EndersShadow'', Bean is able to remember a fair amount of his own infancy, and was lucid enough to hide just before the "clean room" where he has been cared for is raided. This is justified by his eidetic memory. And his genetically-enhanced, ultra-powerful intellect; he was not just remembering it, he was fully conscious, although almost totally non-socialised.
* ''Discworld/SmallGods'': Brutha, the hero, has an eidetic memory. He reports that his first memory was a bright light, and then someone slapped him.
* The Icarii (Magical birdmen) of ''Literature/TheWayfarerRedemption'' can remember everything from the time they're born due to their magical nature. The Acharites (Humans) and Avar aren't so lucky however.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad's'' 'autobiography' of Polgara, she starts the story off describing her time in the womb. Her earliest memory is apparently when she and her twin sister split from one embryo to two. Needless to say, she also recalls her babyhood. Polgara is ''weird'': the daughter of an immortal sorcerer and his shapeshifting wife.
** It's specifically mentioned that Polgara's mother did this ''deliberately'', with the assistance of the god Aldur, to better prepare her daughters for their future. That power was also used to alter Polgara in the womb, explaining why she is a BrainyBrunette (her sister had HairOfGold) and seems stronger physically than average.
* Justified in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''[=EarthWorld=]''. A device is used to read Fitz's mind, causing him to remember his entire life in reverse:
-->"''Aaaaargh!''" Fitz yelled... "I was being born! Oh my god, I was being born!"
* Oskar Matzerath, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheTinDrum'', remembers being a fetus.
* Alias from the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novel ''Azure Bonds'' has vivid memories of the day she was born. [[spoiler:Except the memories are fake, she's a construct created just a few days before the novel began. This means that her ''creator'' succumbed to an in-character use of this trope, when he gave her those memories.]]
* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'': In Creator/RobertEHoward's story "A Witch Shall Be Born", the witch remembers being exposed.
-->''But the life in me was stronger than the life in common folk, for it partakes of the essence of the forces that seethe in the black gulfs beyond mortal ken. The hours passed, and the sun slashed down like the molten flames of hell, but I did not die—aye, something of that torment I remember, faintly and far away, as one remembers a dim, formless dream.''
* Creator/RayBradbury's "The Small Assassin". Like [[ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfBarryWeenBoyGenius Barry Ween]], he remembers being in the womb. And he's not too happy to have been expelled from it...
* In ''Literature/TheDemonata'', [[CreepyChild Bec]] is stated to have a memory so uncannily accurate, she not only remembers being born, but ''[[UpToEleven being in the womb itself.]]''
* It was clearly hyperbole but, according to the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, there are chemical interrogation techniques so effective that the test subject will remember things that his/her [[UpToEleven mother forgot]] while the subject was in utero.
* Although ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' relays the story of his mother's conception of him via rape and his birth, he very explicitly states that the stories were told to him by his mother and the owner of the inn where he worked.
* In the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series, dragons can remember the later parts of gestation. Temeraire himself comments that dragons hatch because being in the egg is not very interesting.
* Narrator Greg Heffley claims this applies to him at the beginning of ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKidTheThirdWheel''. Turns out that even his gestation had its annoyances, thanks to Mom's prenatal speakers...
* In Barbara Kingsolver's ''Animal Dreams'', protagonist Codi has a recurring nightmare of a "[[HellIsThatNoise shattering pop]]" and a [[BlindedByTheLight blinding flash]]. [[spoiler:Turns out that it's from the flashbulb on her father's camera when he took a picture of her as a newborn.]]
* In ''Literature/TheRedTent'', Zilpah claims to have memories of her time as a fetus in utero.
* Invoked in Jeramey Kraatz's [[Literature/TheCloakSociety Fall of Heroes]]. Amp's parents fell in battle when he was four. Now he is fourteen, and remembers them more from photographs than real life -- which he finds surprising. [[spoiler:Especially after the discovery they are still alive and the unsettling realization they are strangers to him.]]
* In ''{{Literature/Remnants}},'' Billy can remember infancy in Chechnya, including his birth mother nursing him. However, this trope is explicitly set up as a sign that [[PsychicPowers there's something weird about him]].
* In [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Doki-s-Chronicles-I-342986274 Doki's Chronicles]], Doki recalls bits and pieces of when she born, although she did state that she doesn't remember much aside from what she's described.
* Jamie in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' remembers the entire process of receiving the enhancements that gave him his PhotographicMemory, which involved removing his brain and spine, cloning them, and then putting them back in at a young age.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Olive in ''Series/ANTFarm'' claims to be able to remember, not just her birthday, but her actual birth day.
-->'''Olive:''' The doctor was so cute... and of course I was a mess.
* In an episode of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Mrs. Slocombe revealed that her earliest memory was an uncle with a bushy beard putting his face over her cot while she was still a baby. Weirdly, this was part of a ploy by the other characters to determine exactly how old she was (they believed it was her 50th birthday), which seemed to assume not only that her earliest memory would be from the year she was born, but that she would remember something newsworthy enough that it was recorded in history.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': [[InsufferableGenius Sheldon Cooper]] insists he hasn't forgotten one thing since his mother stopped breastfeeding him. (Note that it doesn't say how old he was.)
-->'''Sheldon:''' It was a drizzly Tuesday...
* Lampshaded and justified in ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''; the character who says he remembers something from the age of 2 has superpowered memory.
* PlayedForLaughs in a throwaway comment on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': Eric's one memory of his birth was "that cute nurse who slapped me on the tushie."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], River Song remembers the Doctor's cot, despite only having been in it for a few moments as a baby. (Then again, the fact that she's [[spoiler:part Time Lord]] could explain her having such an excellent memory).
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': Played for laughs when Steve Urkel is hypnotized in order to access a semi-repressed memory of overhearing Carl insulting him. When the hypnotist asks him to "go back" and state what he remembers. He goes too far and answers with:
-->"I'm being born. There's my dad. Oooooh, I'm being pushed back in!"
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. House has a rather interesting variation in one episode of Season 3. Although the patient, a child, doesn't actually remember anything in the womb, he does think he was kidnapped by aliens. Eventually, House deduces (by mockingly trying to talk to Cuddy's stomach as if she were pregnant) that the patient's Kidnapped by Aliens beliefs were actually the byproduct of portions of his twin being absorbed into his brain during fetal development.
* On ''Series/{{Limitless}}'' the drug NZT gives its users the ability to perfectly recall any memory. Eddie Morra, who has been using the drug daily for years, tells Brian that he likes to recall the memories of his time in his mother's womb because he finds them extremely relaxing.
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Ben and Locke both have flashback episodes that include their own births. ("The Man Behind the Curtain" and "Cabin Fever", respectively.)
* A kid in an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' recalled being born. Despite Malcolm's insistence that such a thing was impossible and that no one could remember their own birth, the episode played it up as truth.
* ''{{Series/Monk}}'': In "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man", Adrian Monk remembers ''how he was born''. Then again, this is played as just [[PhotographicMemory another way in which Monk's mind doesn't work like everyone else's]].
* A ''Series/MrShow'' sketch features both Bob and David flashing back to their {{Hilariously Abusive Childhood}}s. Bob's is from when he's a little boy (about 8-10) but David's of his parents arguing when he was a baby (and his father stepping on him).
* ''Series/SisterSister'' implies that Tia and Tamera actually remember being in the womb, as when Tamara tries to beg Tia to do something with her, she says "Remember the womb?", with Tia going "Oh no... not the womb." before consenting to Tamera's request.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
** Harry Kim claims to remember being in the womb. However, this is never confirmed to be a true memory and Paris thinks it's absurd.
** In the episode "Q2", Q's son voices how annoyed he was when Janeway cooed over him as a baby. She's surprised he can remember that, but of course, the Q are [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced Aliens]].
* Played straight ''and'' averted in ''Series/{{Titus}}''; Dave once got so high, he remembered being born.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic, Dilbert gave his life story, including "so there I am in my mom's fallopian tube..." (after apparently taking two hours to narrate that far).
* Averted in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Six-year old Calvin gives up writing his autobiography because he can't remember the whole first half of his life.
** In a later comic where Calvin struggles to remember his past, even wondering if someone had erased to keep secrets hidden, Hobbes comments that he remembers Calvin spending a lot of time burping up. If you take the view that Hobbes is a creation of Calvin's mind, then it's possible that Calvin still has his earliest memories but can't consciously access them. If you consider Hobbes a separate entity, however, it's a subtle retcon of how the two met as it implies he was always around from the start of Calvin's life in one way or another.
* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Jason implies that he could remember some bits before Age 5, as well as making advanced calculations. Likewise, in another comic strip, he once claimed that he wanted VideoGame/StarCraft since he was in the womb, with even Roger vouching for him, causing a {{squick}}ed Andy Fox to cancel the Dentist's appointment.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AnotherCode'': Ashley Mizuki Robbins is able to recall events from a little before and up to the day of her third birthday with decent clarity, as she's implied to have some kind of super memory. It's not perfect, as she mostly remembers her third birthday as a FlashbackNightmare and the events before it were only restored once she got back to the areas where they happened.
** This is actually discussed - a scientist working with her father is a specialist in memory and specifically states that the brain doesn't develop to remember long-term memories in children younger than the age of 3 so he is actually skeptical about some of the things she claims to remember [[spoiler: and is also a bit nervous, since some of the events she is recalling link to the time her mother was forced by her boss into a partial MindWipe when she quit in disgust at the direction their project was taking as well as possibly linking him as the BigBad of the series.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', Sasha's first memory vault sequence takes place when he was a baby.
* This is commented on in ''VideoGame/{{Galatea}}'', where the title character says she remembers how she was constructed, while others don't remember how they were born.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the Drell have eidetic memory but they don't perfectly remember their very early childhood. Thane Krios dryly speculates that if they remembered the birthing trauma, they would never recover from it.
* In ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai]]'', when Broly and Frieza encounter each other before fighting each other, it is implied that Broly also remembers when Planet Vegeta was destroyed and how he barely escaped with his father before they were killed by the explosion, in addition to Goku crying next to him. The same scene also implies that this incident in his life also contributed to his AxCrazy nature.
* In the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' games, genetic memory is apparently detailed enough that one can relive the birth of an ancestor through the Animus. When Altaïr impregnates Maria Thorpe, we find out that genetic memory even lets one remember being ''sperm''!
* Notably averted in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'', when Samos comments at the end that "It's funny, the boy won't remember any of this." To which [[spoiler:older Jak]] replies that he ''does'' remember [[{{Precursors}} the light]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' starts with the main character dreaming about ''his own birth''.
* [[VideoGameRemake Remakes]] of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' add the Recall/Remember/Recollect skill, which lets the Hero remember anything they've memorized. Learning and casting the stronger spells allows the Hero to recall things from further and further back in time. Including the last time they heard their father's voice, back when they were ''very'' young.
* It is implied in the original Japanese script and the script for the remake of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', as well as stated in the Director's Commentary for the same game, that Psycho Mantis subconsciously remembers his own mother giving up her own life to give birth to him.
** Similarly, its implied that Raiden has some memories of his birth in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', as he mentions that he was "born on a rainy day." As his parents were murdered by Solidus while he was still very young, it's unlikely that they would have told him.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Eoleo comments on Kraden [[{{Immortality}} having not aged a day]] since they encountered in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', at which time Eoleo was a toddler. It's immediately commented on, with the excuse that he was a [[LittleProfessorDialog very precocious toddler]].
** Pointedly averted in the first two games, where it's a plot point that Ivan doesn't remember his birth family.
* Played with in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. Sora, Riku, and Kairi all have major events in their early childhoods that they typically can't remember, seemingly averting the trope. But upon being ''reminded'' that these things ''did'' happen, they suddenly remember them with crystal-clear accuracy, unclouded by suggestion or holes of any kind.

* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when the implanting of the memories of an alternate-universe self gives Ellen near perfect recall of infancy. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-09-29 Ellen and Elliot discuss]] the fact that No Infantile Amnesia is not normal.
* In ''Webcomic/DragonTails'', Goldy's oldest memories are from ''within his own egg!'' Bluey's comments suggest he remembers that event, too.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* From Wiki/{{Killerbunnies}}, Snow is two and can remember almost anything as if it were yesterday, which would probably makes this a subversion, if anything, as she is already a toddler and what she remembers are probably her earliest memories.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Memories of Boom-Boom Mountain", Finn vividly recalls being abandoned in the woods as an infant and being taken in by Jake's parents. For some reasons, he does not remember how and why he was abandoned in the first place.
* The same thing happens to Beavis in ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica''. However, it was most likely a hallucination brought on by dehydration.
* Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' also remembers being a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homunculus#Homunculi_in_preformationism homunculus]] within a sperm cell, as does his half-brother, Bertram. Then again, they're mutant supergeniuses. Or something. Stewie is an odd case, since he not only ''remembers'' being born; he is depicted as having been fully functioning and able to speak, write, and draw a map of Europe prior to his birth. (In one rather disgusting off-hand comment, he tells Brian that he carved "[[Film/TheShawshankRedemption Brooks was here]]" in the wall of the birth canal.)
* An odd case from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Amy expresses surprise that Bender remembers his own birth. Bender replies, "Sure, it was only four years ago."
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': {{Invoked|Trope}} with Dr. Doofenschmirtz, who claims that his parents somehow missed witnessing his birth date, even though logically his mom should've been present.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
** In ''Mothers Day'', the babies discussed their earliest memories. Tommy's was being born or, rather, being in an incubator. Of course, Tommy is only a year old and the entire point of the show is babies with more cognitive skills than probable. Likewise, said episode,Phil and Lil reminisce on when their mother used to breastfeed them.
** In another episode, Chuckie describes a recurring nightmare which the viewer will realize is his birth. Oddly,as shown in ''Mother's Day'', even though he's about two, he doesn't have any memory of his mother [[spoiler: Melinda]] before she passed away but he does remember her as "the nice lady from his dreams"
** In ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', a spinoff where the babies were now pre-teens, it is shown on several occasions that the kids still remember things they've done when they were babies. For example, Tommy mentions that he used to keep a screwdriver in his diaper in "Rachel Rachel" and "The Curse of Reptar" has the gang remember that Reptar was the subject of the first movie they saw and the first ice show they saw, referencing the original series episodes "At the Movies" and "Reptar on Ice" respectively.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Groundkeeper Willie recalls how his father never said anything kind to him and just chewed him out. Cue the {{Flashback}} to Willie's father doing just this. The camera zooms back, and it is revealed that this happened just moments after Willie's birth. Back in the present, Willie claims that these were the last words his father ever said to him.
** Another episode opened with Homer dreaming of being a baby happily swimming in the womb, only to start screaming when the water broke.
* Gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are implied to remember their own births, although this might just be because they are BornAsAnAdult. Peridot describes her own creation as simply, "I didn't exist. Then I did." This does not apply to [[HalfHumanHybrid Steven]], who can't at all remember the events of his first winter in "Three Gems and a Baby".
* PlayedForLaughs in ''[[WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel Super Secret Secret Squirrel]]'' when Morocco Mole asks his EvilTwin Scirocco [[CainAndAbel why he hates him so much]]. This segues into flashbacks within flashbacks, from when they were children, when they were infants, when they were ''embryos''... Secret stops this lunacy before Embryo!Scirroco can explain how the circumstances of their parents meeting led to his hatred of Morocco.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Dawn Prince-Hughes Ph. D's biography ''Songs of the Gorilla Nation'' describes a memory of her own birth, recalling a nurse with horn-rimmed glasses.
* Creator/RayBradbury [[http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/24/books/chapters/0724-1st-weller.html claimed]] he can remember being born and said this inspired his EnfantTerrible short story "Small Assassin".
* In ''Finding Ben'' by Barbara [=LaSalle=], she states that her high-functioning autistic son Benjamin Levinson remembers the color of the walls of his first bedroom, which he moved out of at 11 months of age.
* The dubious practice of "rebirthing" as a pseudoscientific therapy for attachment disorder is rooted in this trope.
* Different cultures tend to remember earlier or later memories. This has something to do with how important recollection is to that culture. And [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/memory/understand/childhood_amnesia.shtml children of age 3 can have clear memories from when they are one year old]]. While common, infantile amnesia does not seem to be a universal phenomenon with a predictable trigger.
* One theory accounting for the images associated with alleged AlienAbduction experiences is that they're actually a foggy memory of the abductee's own birth, with "Grey aliens" being masked, white-coated doctors as perceived through a newborn's as-yet-unfamiliar vision. Fully justified, since newborns have an eyesight of about 20/400, according to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]].
* Creator/LeoTolstoy wrote about this trope (rarely happening in RealLife): "It's just a step from a five-year-old child to me, but there's a deep chasm between being five years old and birth." (Paraphrased)
* It's more common than people believe. Children have suddenly expressed memories of people who died before they turned two, or remembered a situation, believing it must have happened later in life, only to be told that the only time that could have happened was when they were a baby.