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->"''Nothing will remain of you: not a name in a register, not a memory in a living brain. You will be annihilated in the past as well as in the future. You will never have existed.''"
-->-- [[spoiler:'''O'Brien''']], ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''
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''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damnatio_memoriae Damnatio memoriae]]'': the systematic removal of all evidence of a character's existence, either through mundane conspiracy or a little bit of AppliedPhlebotinum (e.g., LaserGuidedAmnesia). The purposes for doing so vary. This is more commonly done in enclosed or isolated areas, where it's easier to track evidence. This can lead to characters [[PullTheThread tracking the shreds of evidence]] the hiders left behind. Often any shred of evidence they find will [[ItWasHereISwear disappear]] when they [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse show someone]]. If they dig too deep or get too involved in their search, [[HeKnowsTooMuch there's always the danger that they too will disappear depending on the circumstances.]]

''Damnatio memoriae'' ([[AltumVidetur Latin]] for "damnation of memory") often relies on the fact that history is WrittenByTheWinners, and of course, the winners would always like to remove evidence of opposition against their otherwise tyrannical rule as a warning for others and to perpetuate their power. It is also done for other purposes, such as literally condemning questionable acts done by the person in his lifetime to deter possible future offenders.

This effect isn't always someone's deliberate decision. History is largely reconstructed from the records of the time, and will have gaps of information when those records do not exist or get destroyed -- e.g. in ancient times, when very few people wrote, and most documents are now lost (paper, papyrus and similar materials do not last forever). Another typical example is the people that were largely ignored during their lifetime and did something that gave them a place in history, as the records about an average Joe are fewer and harder to locate than those of public figures. A man whose historicity is very complicated is UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}; see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historicity_of_Jesus Historicity of Jesus]] in the other wiki (which is, in short terms, what we know about Jesus outside of Literature/TheBible).

See also IHaveNoSon, where a child is disavowed by his/her family; ExpendableClone, where clones aren't given person status (or it's revoked upon [[TomatoInTheMirror discovery they're a clone]]); IWasNeverHere, which is requested on one's own behalf; and NameAmnesia, for characters who accidentally or intentionally un-person themselves. Compare RetGone, where the affected person is ''literally'' erased from existence, and ItsAWonderfulPlot, where they are not, but it's shown what the world would be like if they were. Contrast InventedIndividual (who never existed but is made to appear that they do), DeathOfPersonality (when someone ceases to exist from their perspective), the {{Outlaw}} (whose existence isn't covered up but no longer exists ''legally'') and TheSpook (who actively works to keep themselves unpersoned). If the unpersoning is executed poorly, it may lead to the StreisandEffect (see Herostratus under Real Life -- History). When this happens because of meta reasons, for example, if there are copyrights or other laws involved and someone cannot use a certain character anymore, or because the writers have just opted to write them out with no explanation, see ChuckCunninghamSyndrome. When GodsNeedPrayerBadly, this is a good way to [[KillTheGod kill them]]. Not to be confused with a [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN person]].

!!In-universe examples:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** In ''Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2'', [[spoiler:the Emperor (who has the power of creating FakeMemories with his Geass)]] erases all knowledge of [[spoiler:Nunnally vi Brittannia a.k.a. Nunnally Lamperouge]] from Ashford Academy, replacing her with [[spoiler:Rolo Haliburton, now Rolo Lamperouge. This even includes Lelouch, who for a year is convinced that Rolo is his brother... until C.C. restores his memories.]]
*** ''Manga/CodeGeassOzTheReflection'' adds to this by introducing [[spoiler:Clara Lanfranc, who was the ''first'' Geass Cult spy/"substitute Nunnally". She came into conflict with the Zevon twins and was killed, leading her to be replaced by Rolo, with the Emperor erasing everyone's memories of Clara.]]
** After Lelouch successfully topples Britannia, the first thing he does is mind-control the nobles that supported Charles to forget he ever existed, and the second thing is to burn every scrap of history involving the Britannian royal family.
* In the end of the Clow Card arc of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Sakura is threatened with something like this should she fail: no one will actually be gone [[spoiler:except Yukito in the anime, who disappears with Kero, Yue, and the Cards]], but everyone will forget that their most beloved person ever meant anything to them. This includes a LesYay moment when Tomoyo Daidouji cannot remember Sakura at all, despite being her best friend, meaning HER most beloved person ever is Sakura herself!
* Happens to [[spoiler:[[TheHero Aichi]]]] during Season 4 of ''Anime/CardfightVanguard''. [[spoiler:All memory of Aichi's existence has been wiped from everyone's (except [[TheRival Kai's]]) memory. Kai sets out to find Aichi, help Aichi's friends remember him, and discover what happened to him. It turns out that Aichi had himself sealed away to prevent the seed of [[TheCorruption Link Joker]] (Which had been inside of him since the end of Season 3) from taking control of him. He erased the memory of his friends himself for that end.]]
* This is the whole plot/premise of ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''. Friday Monday from seems to be able to do this to people, such as one poor detective who got too close to the truth. Eventually even he forgot who he was as well as everyone who once knew him.
* Happens in ''Manga/YuGiOh'' to the Pharaoh, or 'Yami Yugi' as he's known. When he was king he sacrified his life, name and memories to seal away the Shadow Games and Zorc, effectively wiping himself from history except in vague records. Upon first release 3,000 years later he seems to have adopted the identity of a dark avenger, since his magic is all he knows about himself. A theme of the series is his quest for a separate identity, as even Yugi's friends still refer to him as the other Yugi or just Yugi after learning of his past life.
* [[spoiler:Suou]] has this happen to her in the second season of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', as her family is killed/forced on the run, her house is wiped off the map, and all of her friends (excepting the also fugitive [[spoiler:Nika]]) have had their minds wiped of her existence.
* Johan Liebert from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is notable since the one who is removing the evidence of his existence is himself. [[spoiler:He also did the same to General Wolf. All because the poor sap at one point asked him "how he felt".]]
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', a large amount of people have had their power of existence consumed and turned into torches. When a torch's flame dies out, they disappear completely, and no-one ever remembers they existed.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** The prison Impel Down has six levels. The sixth level of the prison -- reserved for those who are most dangerous (whether to society or simply the World Government) -- does not officially exist; the same could be presumed of its inhabitants. [[spoiler:Which is why several of them escaping was covered up.]]
** The Donquixote Family member Sugar has this as a side effect of her Devil Fruit power. The main power of her Hobby-Hobby Fruit is that it turns people she touches into toys that she can then place under her total control. The side-effect is that all memory of her victims are erased from those who knew them, though physical evidence still remains.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has a variation on it: neither [[spoiler:[[{{superhero}} Wild Tiger]]]] nor [[spoiler:[[SecretIdentity Kotetsu T. Kaburagi]]]] were stricken from record and memory, but any indication that they're the same person was. Thus, it becomes much easier for [[spoiler:Maverick to frame Kotetsu for the murder of Samantha Taylor and have him hunted down by all of his former friends, whose memories were altered to believe Kotetsu is a murderer]]. Fortunately for the victim of this plot, [[spoiler:Maverick]] overlooked [[SpannerInTheWorks a few key people]] - among them [[spoiler:Kotetsu's former boss]], and [[spoiler:the judge who is secretly the vigilante anti-hero Lunatic]] - who retain their memories and are able to help unravel the plot.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Rukia had artificially created an existence for herself as a transfer student when she was hiding in the World of the Living. As a result, Soul Society removes all traces of Rukia's existence from the World of the Living when she's returned to Soul Society, including wiping human memories. Only those with spiritual pressure remember her.
** [[spoiler:Tsukishima's death]] undoes his power and all his effects. His victims also forget all about him, even his very existence and despite remembering everything else.
* The characters in ''Literature/{{Another}}'' adopt this as a survival tactic. A curse regularly kills [[spoiler:a particular class's students (and their immediate family members) year after year]]. The one common trend is that there always seems to be [[spoiler:an extra person each year and LaserGuidedAmnesia / FakeMemories prevents anyone from identifying who it is]]. One response, is to choose one student and make them an Un-Person in the hopes that will make the curse think everything is correct. [[spoiler: It has about a 50% success rate]].
* ''Manga/SuicideIsland'': Any attempted suicide patient who consents to being put on the titular island will be considered this by the Japanese government. The island is apparently isolated, and there seems to be little chance of getting off it in the first place, even if the characters wanted to. Furthermore, the characters find themselves handling a number of issues coming from both themselves and the island to even worry about the outside world!
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]'', [[spoiler:this is TheReveal about the Unknown Enemy: they are the descendents of an attempt to colonize Mars that failed when the planet's properties started killing people. Instead of evacuating them, the Federation erases all records of it so that they don't have to admit to such an enormous blunder]]. It backfires. Ohhh, does it ever.
* In ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' [[spoiler:this is also TheReveal towards the Jovians - they're a bunch of humans who wanted to live their lives through the ShowWithinAShow ''Gekiganger III'' and ended up getting chased out by the Earth Federation all the way to Jupiter. When they came back for revenge, they lied and called them alien lizards.]]
* A minor case occurs in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' when a character returned to America to find the real Eyeshield 21, everyone seemingly didn't recognize the name or refused to speak about said person. It turns out that [[spoiler: Mr Don filed charges against Yamato that didn't exist and had him expelled from Notre Dame.]]
* Implied in ''[[Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu Vampire Princess Yui]]''. [[spoiler: Once Yui leaves her home after the death of her grandmother and last relative, Miyu and Larva erase the memories of her remaining friends (Kyouko and Shouji) so they won't remember her.]]
* Played with in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Everyone from outside the Sohma family who has found out about their secret must have their memories of such a fact ''and'' of the respective cursed Sohma member deleted, to [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting not let anyone find out about the curse]]. This includes: [[spoiler: Yuki's pre-school friends after a girl trips on him and accidentally triggers said curse, and Momiji's German mother after she [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild rejects him]] and falls into illness.]] Tohru is the only exception, and the manga explains that there's a huge reason behind it: [[spoiler: Akito and her mother Ren bet on what would happen if she stayed around the Sohmas while knowing about their curse: will she be able to stray them away from Akito's grip, or will they stay by Akito's side even if it's through fear?]]
* This happens to Fuko in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', who simply disappears out of everybody's memories after her sister's wedding. [[spoiler:She reappears in ''~After Story~'', even though Tomoya doesn't remember they ever met.]]
* At the end of ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' [[spoiler:, Lain removes others' memories of her (former) self.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Diece}}'', all records of Kazuki and Haruki's existences are erased when they get sucked into the [[DeadlyGame death games]] known as di[e]ce. Only the players that serve them acknowledge/remember them.
* [[spoiler:Black Zetsu]] of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' erased all evidence of [[spoiler:Kaguya]]'s existence as part of his LongGame.
* In ''Manga/HowToMakeAnInvisibleMan'', becoming "invisible" doesn't just mean nobody can see you. It means nobody can see you, hear you, notice your presence, or even remember you, even if they are family, friends or lovers. You even disapear from the photos where you were. Your existence is erased from the world. [[spoiler:But even with that, Kana keeps a vague, residual feeling of having lost something; [[ThePowerOfLove her bond with Shinji is just that strong.]]]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Porygon has become something of an Un-Pokemon as far as the anime is concerned. The only episode to feature Porygon as "Pokemon of the week" is infamous for having triggered seizures in a number of viewers; as a result, [[BannedEpisode it was dropped from the schedules and never exported outside Japan]]. Since then, Porygon and its evolutions have, at most, been glimpsed fleetingly and have never been mentioned by any major character. Which is incredibly unfair by the way, because it was ''[[MisBlamed Pikachu]]'' that caused the seizures, [[TheScapegoat but since Porygon was the 'Mon of the week, he took all the blame]].
** Lorelei eventually met a similar fate due to using a Jynx in her only episode, "The Mandarin Island Miss Match". As of the current DVD print run, she doesn't exist in the anime at all as far as TPCI is concerned.
* This ends up happening to Sakuya in ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo''. With her purpose complete, BigBad Yuugi recalls her (as she's actually her shadow) and everything about her is erased from pictures, memories, everything... except for Tenchi and his friends, which makes the poor kid panic.
* Implied during the finale of ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. The chairman of the [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] has several files on his desk, one of which bears the picture and personal information of [[spoiler: protagonist Ken Kaneki]]. The file has been stamped with the word "ERASED", suggesting some sort of cover-up concerning his existence. In the sequel, '':Re'', Sasaki discovers that no files on the case exist.....with the exception of a single, misplaced draft report stashed deep within the archives. When he tries to find out more about the Investigator that authored the report, he is told the Investigator's cause of death has been classified and is completely inaccessible.
* In ''{{Anime/K}}'' : Return of Kings, it is revealed that, [[spoiler: as part of the plan to force Weismann to come down from his airship, the Green Clan did this to Tooru Hieda, the boy who's body the Colorless King stole in season 1, which is why not even Scepter 4's surveillance systems could identify the culprit in the video that shows the Colorless King in Tooru's body committing a murder.]]
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': [[spoiler:The BigBad of the Central arc, Azami Nakiri, was banished from Tootsuki and the Nakiri family for the abuse he put his daughter Erina through. Almost everything referencing him was removed from the school (which was ''not'' a small feat -- Azami is a ''very'' accomplished chef) and those who know of him (such as Hisako's parents) refuse to speak of him. After seeing the effects his abuse had on Erina, it's not hard to see why]].
* This happens to [[spoiler: Madoka]] in Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica. [[spoiler: She]] traded it for [[spoiler: a happy afterlife for corrupted magical girls]].
* This is done as a ''reward'' in ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' by the creator of the "Abh Hell." Though the Abh as the whole don't believe in an afterlife they created a living hell as a place of [[AFateWorseThanDeath torture for their worst enemies.]] The opening narration of one episode recounts the meeting of the Emperor who commissioned its creation, offering the creator any reward they desired. [[MoralEventHorizon Knowing full well the magnitude of the horror they have made]] the unnamed creator's only request is to be erased from history, a request the Emperor grants.
* Kaoru's grandfather in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' tries to do this to Kaoru after he was adopted as the Hanabishi clan's heir. After his mother passed away, his grandfather ordered the complete destruction of all personal effects that ever proved that she ever existed. Kaoru managed to hang onto a small necklace charm that contains a piece of her placenta when he was born. All he has left of her is that charm and his memories of her.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Any character or event from a joint venture comic book crossover would fall into this. If, for example, Superman meets Spider-Man in a crossover event by DC and Marvel, they should better try all the things they may want to do together in the comic book of the crossover, and close all the plot directions that they may open. Once it is done, goodbye, Superman will never appear or be remembered in the ''Amazing Spider-Man'' comic book, and Spider-Man will never appear in ''Action Comics'' either.
* During the brief period of time Franchise/SpiderMan's enemy the Vulture was a young man due to use of stolen technology, he was determined to do this to ''himself'', and delete any evidence that his Adrian Toomes identity existed. (The experience had [[AxeCrazy caused Toomes to go off the deep end in the process.]]) Unfortunately, this plan included murdering every person who knew about it (Spider-Man included). He offered to help fellow criminal the Owl (who was having quite an identity crisis at the time and could have benefited from such) do the same, but the Owl eventually decided against it and broke off their partnership.
* [[ComicBook/BrightestDay Max Lord]] did this to himself with his PsychicPowers. Anybody sees a photo of him? They see someone else. They are asked about anything from his past? Whatever it was, they don't remember him. When confronted with what the man did? They blame someone else. The reformed JLI has been shoved into confrontations with the biggest guns of the DCU as a direct result of this, and they still couldn't prove anything... until Batman came back, and he wasn't around at the moment of the mindwipe... Amusingly, about halfway through his master plan, Wonder Woman, who Max wanted revenge on, was herself Un-personed in an unrelated plotline, and only Max could remember she ever existed. He noted the irony of this.
* In a weirdly {{Meta Fiction}}al case, the DCU actually has a realm of this, with ComicBookLimbo, where characters go when nobody remembers them and they're not written about in stories anymore. Creator/GrantMorrison introduced this as an actual place in his ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' run, and later revisited it during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' in the Superman Beyond tie-in.
* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' universe makes use of this trope extensively, outright stating that an incredible number of "fictional characters" are in fact [=Unpersons=], including Franchise/SherlockHolmes, [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], and Literature/FuManchu. The third book increases their ranks a great deal, going so far as to imply [[spoiler:[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian horrors]]]] are [=Unpersons=].
** [[spoiler: Lovecraftian Horrors]] were involved in the supplementary material for volume 1.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} becomes (or always was?) this in ''Batman: Year 100'' as [[IdenticalGrandson James Gordon III]] tries to find any information about him. Arkham Asylum and the Bat's vaudevillians all exist and are widely-known... but Lieutenant Gordon can only find 3 [[MythologyGag witness reports]] from wildly different [[ArtShift periods]] of a strange cloaked figure who was once famous enough to attend charity functions. [[spoiler:He later burns all the evidence after reading his grandfather's secret laptop, proving [[Creator/FrankMiller the Gordons are ALWAYS hardcore about protecting Bruce Wayne]]... whatever he is after over a century of crime fighting.]]
* A ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' villain called the Mauler was an accountant who wanted revenge on the CEO who'd kept him from receiving his pension due to an accidental erasure of his work record. He tracked the guy down in a suit of PoweredArmor and, instead of killing him as Daredevil had expected, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard destroyed all proof of his legal identity]]. [[DownerEnding Then corporate security shot him down.]]
* A real-world cross-media example originating in comics: Live-action and animated adaptations of Creator/AlanMoore's comic book work routinely include ''no'' credit for him, at his insistence. He regards adaptations with horror. He only made such an insistence because [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Hollywood burned him over an earlier adaptation deal]].
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' story "August", Caesar Augustus calmly tells Lycius that, if he gave the order, Lycius would disappear sometime during the night, and the next day, no one would dare to mention that he even existed in the first place.
* In early issues of ''Comicbook/XFactor'', Mr. Sinister did this to Cyclops' estranged wife Madelyne Pryor -- records were altered, people who knew her disappeared, etc. It was never clear exactly why he bothered, since Cyclops knew perfectly well that she'd existed, and the whole thing was infinitely more suspicious than a faked death would have been.
* Rom the Spaceknight, a toy by the Parker Brothers, was promoted by giving a licence to Marvel Comics to publish a comic book about him. It was published from 1979 to 1986, and interacted with the other characters of the Marvel Universe. But, as Marvel does not have the license anymore, Rom is now completely off-limits. He is not around the Marvel universe, but he isn't either mentioned in flashbacks, found in alternate universes, or other similar tricks. Rom simply does not exist. Consider for example [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_bcS60NRiXFk/TH6gb787EUI/AAAAAAAADjI/kQiO2QiozwQ/s320/Avengers221.jpg Avengers 221]] (Rom is in the first column, second row), and the parody of that cover made for ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', in [[http://media.emmafrostfiles.com/comics/covers/new_avengers_42.jpg New Avengers 42]] (Rom was replaced with Jocasta)
* This was done hilariously in ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' towards ComicBook/HowardTheDuck. When he attempts to register for the Superhuman Registration Act, he's told that he's such a legal quagmire (which is true in real life; [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope long story]]) that the government's decided to just pretend he doesn't exist. Howard's overjoyed at this, mostly because he doesn't need to pay taxes anymore.
* In ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' a number of characters suffer this throughout the various titles:
** In ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', the Spiders (ComicBook/SpiderGwen, ComicBook/SpiderHam, Spider-UK, ComicBook/SpiderManIndia and ComicBook/SpiderManNoir) suffer this, Gwen especially according to local history, [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied she's supposed to be dead]].
** ''None'' of the domains have a counterpart of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]]. Fitting since the god of Battleworld is [[spoiler:Doctor Doom]], who notes that he spent years searching Battleworld for a version of Richards to no avail.
** And apparently, despite existing in most domains, there are no files or official documents of Jane Foster to the point of nobody being able to identify her [[spoiler:when a serial killer begins to hunt her versions down]].
* The Retroactive Cannon (or "Ret-Can") from Dan Slott's ''She-Hulk'' is a powerful weapon from the Time Variance Authority's arsenal that bombards an individual with anti-temporal rays, unraveling them backwards through time and erasing them from all reality.
* This is the horrific fate of The Gibborim's sacrifices in ''{{ComicBook/Runaways}}''. After the beast devours a person's soul, their being is slowly broken down such that all memory and proof of their existence is wiped from reality.
* The underground comic "Dopin' Dan" has a strip where the title Army private is being run through a typical bureaucratic procedure, but the girl at the desk can't find his papers. After a lengthy search she concludes "I guess you don't exist" and he happily goes along with it...but his sergeant doesn't, ordering him out of bed the next day.
* In ''Comicbook/NightmaresAndFairyTales'', the ''Beauty and the Beast'' chapter has Beauty's father giving her to the Beast to save himself. He then tells her younger sister that Beauty was ungrateful and ran away from and thus should be forgotten. [[spoiler:When the sister later expresses concern for Beauty's well-being and begs her father to forgive Beauty and try to find her, he hits her for not listening to him.]]
* One of the past Witchblade bearers in ''ComicBook/{{Switch|2015}}'', Zala, had her name erased from history out of fear that other bearers would imitate her tyrannical example.
* During ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'', the Beyonder does this to the ComicBook/NewMutants, the only connection still to the team is a bond ComicBook/KittyPryde had to Magik.
* The Sentry's origin relies on his un-person-ness being dropped. His nemesis, with the help of a few others, erased any records, knowledge or memory of the Sentry from the world, including the minds of his closest friend Reed Richards and other fellow heroes whom he had teamed up with and helped in various instrumental ways.
* One issue of ''ComicBook/MickeyMouseDetective'' have Mickey take on a case of a missing husband. The only proof of his existence is the words of his wife, as all records of him were erased and his apartment (where Hayden lived with his wife) occupied by an elderly woman who claimed that she always lived there. Turned out that Hayden had a very complicated life, juggling jobs to make ends meet and during his work [[spoiler:accidentally broke vial that contained a strain of very deadly desease]]. Seeking help he visits the doctor who happened to be [[spoiler:a good friend of mayor]] and [[spoiler:mayor fearing the mass hysteria/panic and possible outbreak]] made him this.
* ComicBook/WonderWoman supervillain the First-Born was subjected to this in his backstory. After being exiled from Mount Olympus shortly after his birth, he tried to take revenge on his parents for abandoning him. He founded an barbaric kingdom from the peoples he conquered and rose an massive army to lay siege to Olympus itself only for the gods to destroy it with a tidal wave. Zeus imprisoned his son beneath the earth and practically erased all remnants of his existence, including his kingdom. Until the First-Born re-emerged 7,000 years later, only four people knew his existence: his parents Zeus and Hera, and his uncles Poseidon (who sent the tidal wave that destroyed his army) and Hades (who took the souls of his warriors to his realm).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Stephanie Brown's subplot in ''FanFic/AngelOfTheBat'' is focused heavily on the events and fallout of the Batman miniseries ''War Games'' in which her death was faked. In particular, the fact that she feels like Batman considered her such a failure he tried to cover up the fact that she ever existed. These arguments ranging from her not being given a memorial in the Batcave to the fact that he claims to have believed she was still alive, but never acted on the belief to try and find her. WordOfGod is this this was intended as a huge TakeThat regarding DC's own treatment of the character.
* ''Fanfic/AmbienceAFleetSymphony'':
** The Battle of Baltimore was left out of official records by the Feds, leaving almost all the dead undocumented.
** In chapter 108, following [[spoiler:Suzukaze's dishonourable discharge from the fleet]], Sanford deletes all records of her and officially forbids any discussion of her existence.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', after the Xilians blamed Controller 011 and Praetorian Guard 094 for Kaizer Ghidorah's rampage against their planet, they erased all records of the two from history.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBridgeHumanitysStand'', Titanosaurus is angry at humanity after a MadScientist mind-controlled her. Zilla later informs her that after the scientist was stopped and arrested, he was imprisoned and all of his records and research was destroyed, and nobody is allowed to mention his name. Titanosaurus considers that more horrible than anything she can think off and drops her vendetta.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Certain beings like the Alicorns, Draconequi, and those ImmuneToFate can still remember beings who have suffered a RetGone. However, for his heinous crime, Havoc and Entropy's eldest son was erased ''and'' cannot be mentioned by name. Anyone who knows about him refers to him as _____ or D___t.
** Venus killed the murderer of her son Cupid, then asked Pandora to erase the memory of the murderer's name and appearance from everyone's mind, including the killer herself. All anyone knows about the murderer is that she was a Pegasus filly.
** Shining Armor mentions the Hooviet Empire erases records of enemies after killing them.
** While recounting her origin story, Queen Chrysalis mentions that her predecessor, Queen Cocoon, erased the records of the previous Changeling rulers. Chrysalis herself thought that was stupid and made a point to not erase Cocoon after killing her, so that her people could learn from her mistakes.
* ''Fanfic/LongTermMemories'': Garnet is not only missing, everyone except Steven, Connie and [[spoiler: Amethyst]] either forgot about her existance or remembers her getting killed in FakeMemories that Spinel planted in their heads.
* ''[[Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames Integration]]'': Pony Cinch was revealed to be just as obsessed with her reputation and legacy as her [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames human counterpart was]]. She was eventually assassinated and [[LaserGuidedKarma her killers erased her legacy that she cared so much about by removing all records of her]]. She was so disliked that nopony cared when she was killed or tried to find out who did it, [[spoiler:not even her own daughter Fleur]].
* In a rare case, ''Fanfic/BackgroundPony'' has a character un-personed while still alive and well. The main character's un-personing is a curse—anypony who interacts with her will [[LaserGuidedAmnesia completely forget]] the interaction shortly after. [[spoiler:And she's not the only one with this curse… but how was she to know that?]]
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3505392/1/Hell-is-a-Martial-Artist Hell is a Martial Artist]]'': After he's adopted by Hild, reality is rewritten so only those closest to Ranma remember him. Anything that involved him is changed, such as Cologne thinking she and Shampoo came to Nerima simply to open their restaurant and send money back to their village. It says volumes about his relationship with her, that Nodoka is one of the ones to forget Ranma.
* Creator/SamAndMickey's "Family Reunion", and several videos released after it, reveal that no one in Creator/{{Mattel}}'s domain must speak of [[spoiler:Tutti and Todd]]. The video with their names in the title explains who they were, and the last anyone ever saw of them.[[note]]Tutti and Todd were Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s younger siblings. Their parents found them so ugly, that they wore {{Brown Bag Mask}}s when out in public. One night, the family stayed at a cliffside hotel, and sent Tutti and Todd in the rain to get more Dijon mustard. The kids never came back.[[/note]]
* Sometimes if a character gets married and has kids with someone who isn't in the FanPreferredPairing of a fandom, angry fanfic authors will write an AlternateUniverse scenario where their canon spouse is erased from canon, giving the preferred partner biological parentage of the canon child. (Either that, or the other canon parent is {{Flanderized}} into an abuser, letting the preferred partner rescue them and take them into a safer home.)

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In a rare benign example, this happened to Timmy Turner in the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Wishology}}'' film. Turns out he was [[spoiler: [[TheUnchosenOne mistaken for]]]] TheChosenOne, and Jorgen wiped him and his name from human memory in order to protect him from [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Eliminators]] attempting to hunt him down. [[ParanoiaFuel They have really good hearing and appear whenever his name is spoken]]. Although, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it does bite Timmy in the butt when everyone who doesn't recognize him thinks he's a criminal and he's arrested by]] [[TheMenInBlack MERF]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero for not having any public records]].
* [[spoiler:[[TheMissingno Princess Vanellope]]]] in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' got DummiedOut of a video game by a character from another game who wanted the throne.
* This is essentially what happened to Kai in WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3. After being defeated by Oogway and being sent to the Spirit Realm, he vanished from the memories of the people over the course of hundreds of years. In fact, the only written proof of his existence is one scroll inside the Jade Palace

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', Ivan Ooze plans to do this to Zordon after he wins:
-->"It will be as if Zordon of Eltar never existed!"
* ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'': A woman's daughter disappears, and the other passengers and crew claim that the woman boarded the plane alone. To be fair, most just aren't that attentive, rather than actively malicious. Keyword being "most".
* ''Film/CapricornOne'' has the bad guys try to remove all traces of NASA technician Elliot Whittier. They move someone else into his apartment and she pulls out rent receipts to "prove" she has lived there for years. However, they are unable to change every phone book in the city, so the astute reporter finds Whittier still listed as living there.
* In ''Film/MenInBlack'', new secret agents have all records of their prior lives destroyed... at least until retirement/resignation/dismissal, where they're promptly [[MindWipe neuralyzed]] and given their old life and previous history back with a bizarre tabloid HandWave that they just came out of a long coma. Although in the series it's shown they don't erase people's memories of them; on two separate occasions an old acquaintance of J's recognized him as James Edwards.
* In ''Film/ThreeHundred'', Xerxes threatens to do this to all of Sparta if Leonidas doesn't bow down to the King of Kings.
* Quoth TheHeavy Amon Göth in ''Film/SchindlersList'':
-->"Six hundred years ago when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great - so called - told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries are a rumor. They never happened."
* This is the premise of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'', which deals with the experiences of a young woman who receives a knock on the head boarding a train and subsequently passes out. When she comes to and looks for the kind lady who tended to her in her injury, she finds that no one on the train remembers the woman existing. When she insists that the woman was real and searches for her, things begin to take a sinister turn.
* In ''Film/{{Eraser}}'', the participants in the Witness Protection Program acquired a new identity and had all the fixings of their old one destroyed.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part I'', as in the novel, Hermione does this ''to herself'' in order to protect her parents from Voldemort's forces coming after her. WordOfGod stated that she later reversed the spell, but it still shows the length she goes to protect her family.
* In the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series, after it became known that Freddy Krueger grows more powerful based on how much he is feared and by how many people know of him, the town of Springwood prior to the events of ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' tried to erase all knowledge of his existence and his murder spree to spare their children. But anyone who already came in contact with Freddy was put in Westin Hills Asylum and kept on Hypnocil permanently. There's even a ward for those who were put in comas from overdoses of the medication. Summarized in the [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 remake]]: "Freddy Krueger never existed."
* In the ending of ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', BigBad Captain Vidal, [[FaceDeathWithDignity accepting defeat]], asks Mercedes to at least tell his newborn son what time he died, but Mercedes coldly tells him that she will make sure that Vidal's son will never even know his name before her brother Pedro shoots him dead.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' has Selina Kyle chasing after a computer program that will wipe her identity off of every database in the world, allowing her to erase her extensive record of larceny and disappear off the grid. Batman gets hold of it and uses it as a bargaining chip to get her to help him take down Bane.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Silva tries to get M to say his real name once he's captured. M retorts that his real name is listed on the memorial wall of the [=MI6=] building he attacked, and she'll have it struck off.
* ''Film/WingCommander'' has the pilots intentionally do this with their fellow pilots who have died, so they won't lose morale when their buddies/lovers are killed. They aren't dead; they simply never existed.
* This was a plot point in Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'', where the MadArtist Sutter Cane writes the protagonist's partner Linda Styles out of existence so that only he can remember her. That's assuming he's not just crazy.
* Happened to Anton Vanko in ''Film/IronMan2'', which was why Tony didn't know about his involvement in the creation of the Arc Reactor.
* In ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', this happened to Hela when her ambition became too much for Odin, who had decided to settle down after conquering the Nine Realms while she wanted to conquer more of them. It got to the point where all images of her were plastered with more peaceful imagery depicting her brothers. When she escapes her imprisonment and returns to Asgard, she is irritated to learn no one there knows who she is.
* In ''Film/TheHeat'' Mullins' family effectively treats her like this after she [[spoiler:arrested her brother Jason]] to the point that the family photo in their house is folded down to obscure her face. The only one who doesn't seem to feel like this is [[spoiler:said brother, and at the end of the movie she and the rest of the family reconcile]].
* In the {{Film/Apocalypse}} film series movie ''Tribulation'', Tom Canboro's brother Calvin doesn't remember their sister Eileen (a Christian who was CaughtUpInTheRapture) and has her image removed from all family pictures that were taken. Also a fellow police officer who was a Christian was removed from any records of him prior to the Rapture.
* In ''Film/WhenDarknessFalls'', after Nina is honour-killed by her family, they destroy all photos of Nina and [[IHaveNoSon disavow her]].
* In ''Film/TheNet'', hackers erase a woman from reality. [[HollywoodHacking With hacking.]] They're able to pull it off so thoroughly in part because she's a recluse who has little face-to-face interaction with other people, preferring the convenience and anonymity of the internet.
* The 1950 film ''So Long at the Fair'', which is based on the legend of "The Vanishing Hotel Room". Jean Simmons plays the woman whose mother disappears and Dirk Bogarde plays the obligatory male hero who helps her solve the mystery.
* In the Ally Sheedy comedy ''Maid To Order'', she plays the daughter of a wealthy philanthropist (played by Tom Skerritt) who has been magically unpersoned from her father's life when her carefree hard-partying lifestyle wears thin on his patience with her, and thus she has to seek employment as a maid in order to regain any respect.
* Happens twice in ''Film/TheTenCommandments''. First Seti chooses Moses as his heir and states his name will be on all buildings in the empire while Ramses' will be nowhere. When Moses is revealed as Hebrew, Seti reverses the situation and orders Moses' name wiped from everything and makes it illegal to speak his name.
* An interesting variation happens to Henry Hill in Film/GoodFellas when he goes into witness protection. In a sense, he had been something of an Un-person for most of his life.
-->"It was easy for all of us to disappear. My house was in my mother-in-law's name. My cars were registered to my wife. My Social Security cards and driver's licenses were phonies. I've never , voted. I never paid taxes. My birth certificate and my arrest sheet, that's all you'd ever have to know I was alive."

* A classic urban legend (occasionally couched as a lateral-thinking puzzle), usually referred to as "The Vanishing Lady" or "The Vanishing Hotel Room", relates the story of a mother and daughter, on holiday in Europe, who checked into a hotel late one night and booked separate rooms. The next morning, the daughter complained of not feeling well and told the mother to go out and enjoy her vacation. When she returned, the daughter's hotel room had a different occupant and the hotel owner and staff refused to acknowledge the existence of the daughter, telling the mother that she had checked in alone and bringing out the hotel registry (where guests signed in) to demonstrate that only one signature existed. The mother eventually discovered [[spoiler:that the daughter had come down with a fast-acting disease and had died, and the hotelier had covered up her stay because he feared that having an illness and death under his roof would cause travelers to stay elsewhere (whether the mother or anyone else got sick afterward is left to the reader's imagination).]] The story is frequently set during the 1889 Paris Exposition with the mother and daughter portrayed as British tourists.

* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', which also used ([[OlderThanTheyThink and popularized]]) the trope name. As O'Brien says to Winston Smith:
-->''"You must stop imagining that posterity will vindicate you, Winston. Posterity will never hear of you. You will be lifted clean out from the stream of history. We shall turn you into gas and pour you into the stratosphere. Nothing will remain of you, not a name in a register, not a memory in a living brain. You will be annihilated in the past as well as in the future. [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble You will never have existed]]."''
* The TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms ''Finder's Stone Trilogy'' of novels features the Nameless Bard, made an [=Unperson=] by the Harpers as punishment for the accidental death of an apprentice caused by his hubris.
* "Negation of Being" in ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin'', the third most severe punishment for a crime, after mutilation and execution.
* ''Literature/TheGiver'':
** The story's {{dystopia}}n society has removed [[spoiler:Rosemary]], the previous Receiver of Memory and [[spoiler:the Giver's daughter]] from the public memory, going as far as to forbid her name to be used for a new child ever again, after [[spoiler:the memories she received dissipated out into the community when she applied for [[ReleasedToElsewhere release]] (assisted suicide, and she knew what it was) and the members of the community had to feel emotion and pain for the first time]].
** There's a variant that is ''almost'' kinder: A young child dies, his parents are given a new child, same gender, and the same name, in order to "[[ReplacementGoldfish replace]]" the child that died. Because everyone's emotions are so dulled, this is an effective emotional replacement, rendering the original child meaningless.
* ''Literature/{{Holes}}'': The Warden wipes Zero's records after he runs away and announces that "he was never here." [[LaserGuidedKarma This comes back to bite her later.]]
* Another ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' example, this one non-canonical: in one of the early novels, Creator/PeterDavid's ''Strike Zone'', the worst punishment in Klingon society is to be stripped of one's name. This actually matches pretty well with how the Klingons were eventually portrayed on the show -- after Worf accepts "discommendation", he's essentially an [=Unperson=] (this happens to him ''twice'').
** Peter David did this again in ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'': When the New Thallonian Protectorate is attacked, Si Cwan finds that one Thallonian was away from his post at the time ([[spoiler:actually, he was killed by the doppelganger impersonating Si Cwan's sister]]), and decides to [=Unperson=] him as punishment.
* In Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'', the residents of the titular country put up so much resistance to invading sorcerer-king Brandin of Ygrath (especially in killing his favorite son), that when he wins he casts a spell that erases Tigana almost completely. It disappears from all written record and living memory -- except the memories of the few surviving Tiganans themselves. Only they can hear it spoken, or read it written, and thus forced to live with the knowledge that when they've died, it will be as if they and their home never existed.
* In Stephen Baxter's ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'' novels, the alien Qax attempt to do this to the history of humankind, in a project known as the extirpation, in order to make them better slaves.
* Jason Taverner in Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said'' is a [[GeneticEngineering genetically engineered]] singer and TV star who goes from global celebrity to Un-person overnight.
* In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' [[TheEvilPrince Iofur Raknison]] vows to do this to Iorek Byrnison by making speaking his name a capital offense and writing him, [[FisherKing and his idea of what a Panserbjorne should be]], out of history... Just as soon as he [[LeaveHimToMe defeats Iorek]] [[ContractualGenreBlindness in their ritual one-on-one combat that Iorek cannot possibly win...]]
* The hero and narrator of ''[[Creator/RogerZelazny My Name is Legion]]'' did this to ''himself''. As one of the few people with a trapdoor into the global identification database, he could at will input specifics for a new identity and then erase it when he no longer needed it. The people in his 'Verse were awfully ''trusting'' about information they got from their computers...
* Cleverly handled by BrianStableford in ''RhapsodyInBlack''. The subterranean theocracy of God's Nine Splinters has no place to actually banish offenders... so they are simply declared nonexistent. Both loyal and criminals live in the same dismal environment, but nobody will acknowledge that the criminals are there. This is circumvented on occasion when guards decide to do target practice by shooting at the space which "just happened to be occupied by us nonexistent people", and when Grainger tells a captive he can pass the time by talking to his "imaginary" guard.
* In a few ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' books, this was the worst, and most disturbing, fate.
* In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', all evidence that Lobsang Ludd was ever at the Thieves' Guild is removed from history when he joins the History Monks.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''
** The Seachan strike the names of all damane from the records upon discovery.
** Balefire can do this. It not only kills you in the present, but it burns you out of existence into the past, undoing things you might have done. Strong enough balefire can make it as if a person was never born, with only the balefire user remembering the shadow of their existence. In theory. In practice, the strongest Balefire ever used (by the strongest human magic user period, with a unusually, but not godly, powerful magic booster) only erased an hour, two at most. It seems unlikely that even the largest possible circle using the most powerful sa'angreal ever crafted could erase any meaningfully aged character from existence.
* Happens in the ''Literature/AlexRider'' novel, ''Crocodile Tears''. A journalist investigating the titular spy has this done to him by MI-6, before it is reversed. This just makes him more bitter.
* A threat by King Haggard in ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', made all the scarier by the vagueness of just how Haggard would accomplish it.
-->"You are losing my interest," the rustling voice interrupted him again, "and that is very dangerous. In a moment I will have forgotten you quite entirely, and will never be able to remember just what I did with you. What I forget not only ceases to exist, but never really existed in the first place."
* This was considered to be the ultimate punishment in ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'''s Eastern Empire. It was enacted on Grand Duke Tremain, for his forging of the Imperial Seal and using fake documents marked with that seal to loot a military supply depot (which he had needed to do in order to get critical supplies his troops needed to survive after being cut off from the Empire by the Mage Storms). [[spoiler:Since Tremain had no intention of ever going back home after looting that depot, and ended up getting made king of the nation he was supposed to conquer for the Empire, it sort of fell flat as a punishment. In fact, due to his being out of contact from the Empire, he never even found out about it.]]
** Shunning (see the Real Life: Religion folder) was practiced by both Karsites and Holderkin. After Karal is falsely accused of being an Imperial spy, he goes back to his room to find the servants have already begun to shun him.
* This is the harshest form of punishment the dwarves of The Literature/InheritanceCycle can bestow. [[UpToEleven Also, the dragons wiped every single memory of the forsworn's dragon's names]] - '''including the memories of said dragons'''. The names cannot be read, remembered, nor spoken.
* In ''Seven Sorcerers'' by Caro King, Bogeymen have this as a power. They force people who knew a child to forget him/her, and any document/photo with them is altered. Then they make all things belonging to the child disappear. And then they '''kidnap''' the child, and nobody is going to miss him/her!
* In ''Literature/TaleOfTheTroika'' by Creator/StrugatskyBrothers, the titular Troika possesses the [[ArtefactOfDoom Big Round Seal]], which is capable of fulfilling '''any''' bureaucratic order. So if one uses it on an order "delete all records about XXX", then all records about XXX disappear, and will disappear again if somebody makes them. In story this is used only on a lake, but the possibility to use it on a person exists.
* As noted in the Film section, Hermione does this to herself in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', forcing her parents to forget that she exists. Unlike in the film, where this is shown happening, it only gets mentioned several weeks after the event has taken place, when Harry asks Hermione if her parents will be okay. She explains that she not only wiped her own existence from their minds, but also gave them false identities and an overwhelming desire to move to Australia, which is where they remain for the entirety of the book. [[spoiler:(WordOfGod has promised us that after Voldemort is defeated, Hermione gets her parents back.)]]
* The purpose of the Oblivion War in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is to render certain paranormal nasties into unpeople, as they can only interact with this plane if people know about them.
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, Daja is made an [=unperson=] by the Traders because of their beliefs regarding disaster survivors. At the end of the third book, Daja reroutes a giant forest fire to save another Trader clan, and in gratitude they revoke her [=unperson=] status and adopt her.
** Also in the series, the ''prathmuni'' of Tharios, who handle the dead. Although [[spoiler: now that they've all gone into hiding]], their status may change in the near future.
* Stu Redman realizes the army was going to do this after things fell apart in ''Literature/TheStand''. They would have burned his body and his records.
--> "Stu Redman was going to become an un-person."
* ''Fuku''! By E. Evtuschenko is a poem about this trope. Namely, the author discusses the name taboo (the titular "Fuku") and reminiscences about people who should be Unpersoned. His list includes UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, Pinochet and Columbus.
* In ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Prince of the Blood]]'', this is part of the punishment that Lord Fire receives (In addition to humiliation, mutilation, being fed to a crocodile, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and having his sentence recited to him every fifteen minutes for the last day of his life so he can't get any sleep]]) for attempted treason. His name was stricken from every document mentioning his existence, replaced with 'One Who Betrayed His Country', and it became ''illegal'' for any member of the Keshian nobility to give a child his first name ever again. Whenever anyone in Kesh refers to him later in the series, it is never by name, only by indirect reference, such as 'One Whose Name Has Been Forgotten'.
* Discussed and then defied in ''Mick Harte Was Here'', when Mick hangs pictures of Wocket, his dog, on his bedroom mirror to make sure he won't forget her after her death.
-->"What if I forget her, Phoeb? If I forget her, it'll be like she was never even here."
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', this happens to Laura, and eventually the other main characters.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', the [[EldritchAbomination abstract demon Ur]] does this to those that it devours, erasing them from the memories of the world and damaging those that they leave behind. It's speculated that the reason that it's trapped in an abandoned factory but nobody can remember how it got there is that someone very powerful trapped it, and then went in to try to kill it permanently, but ''lost'', leaving it to steadily eat away at the bindings. [[spoiler: Halfway through the story, it [[TheHeroDies does this to the protagonist after killing him]], and an extended interlude displays how his friends forgot him and would always wonder who they lost, his {{Familiar}} was rendered broken and dying, unable to sustain itself because it couldn't remember how to exist, and the truce he'd brokered among the [[MagicalSociety practitioners of Toronto]] was rendered nonexistent because he'd done so personally, and none of them remembered making the agreement with him.]]
* In [[Literature/EarthsChildren The Clan of the Cave Bear]], Ayla becomes an un-person in the eyes of the Clan when she is "cursed with death" - twice. The first death curse (imposed by Brun after Ayla is caught breaking the Clan's prohibition on females hunting) is of temporary duration and Ayla is allowed to rejoin the Clan when the time expires; she is even granted special hunting privileges. The second (imposed by Broud, who has hated Ayla almost from the start) is [[YouCantGoHomeAgain permanent]]. In both cases, the rest of the Clan cease to acknowledge Ayla's existence, though this takes a while to happen in the second instance since Broud orders her cursed without preparing them for it - and she hasn't done anything to merit being cursed in the first place.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': There was a person in the Bladi Clan who did something so horrible that the rest of the clan excommunicated him. After that they did their best to forget about him and people outside the clan will skirt the issue when the incident comes up. When Basilard Bladi comes face to the face with this person, he insists on addressing him as "The Exile".
* In the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel "First and Only", the Jantine Patricians regiment is scrubbed from imperial archives after they're wiped out in an unsuccessful attack on another imperial regiment.
* ''Literature/TheAvenger'': The mystery that begins Benson's crimefighting career is an incident in which his own wife and daughter disappear from a plane in midflight and everyone on board, everyone at the airport they took off from, and the driver of the taxi that brought them to the airport, insists he was traveling alone.
* Alvin Schwartz's ''[[Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark Scary Stories]]'' series includes a version of the legend of "The Vanishing Hotel Room" titled "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMHd6OMxkeA Maybe You Will Remember]]".
* The Literature/PhryneFisher short story "Hotel Splendide", based on the legend of "The Vanishing Hotel Room". [[spoiler:This time, though, a) the husband is still alive, and b) he didn't have the plague, as the paranoid hotel manager feared--he had malaria]].
* A major plot point in the ''Legend of Jig Dragonslayer'' trilogy was the Forgotten Gods: Gods who had rebelled against the divine hierarchy and were sentenced to be utterly forgotten by all civilized beings as punishment. And this forgetting couldn't be undone - at least one of them found that whenever they introduced themselves to anyone, the people they said their name to would forget it within seconds. Then they discovered a loophole: the curse only applied to ''civilized'' being. ''Uncivilized'' races, such as goblins, weren't affected.
* ''A Hunger in the Soul'' by Creator/MikeResnick. A famous JerkAss reporter is leading an expedition on an alien planet. When a member of the expedition pisses him off, the reporter states that he won't be mentioned in the documentary he's making, so he will be lost to history. This seems an unimpressive threat, but when the man is killed the reporter gives a moving speech to his camera crew...and mumbles the name of the deceased so it's indistinguishable.
* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Henry VIII treats Katherine of Aragon this way--he leaves without saying goodbye and never speaks to her again. He houses her more or less comfortably in Kimbolton, but refuses to visit her or even read her letters (including her deathbed letter, in which she professes still to love him) and does his best to ignore that she ever existed. When he decides to get rid of Anne Boleyn he starts the same way, by leaving without saying goodbye.[[note]]After her execution, Henry would have all portraits of her destroyed, which is why we only have one that we know is her.[[/note]] Annulling both marriages is a lower-key version because it essentially says "that didn't count" and made the daughters of both marriages, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth Tudor, legal bastards.
* This sets off the plot of ''Landslide'' by Desmond Bagley. A man with no memory of his past after a car accident finds the town square is named after Trinavant, the man whose family was killed in the same accident. He then finds that the name Trinavant has been removed from all public areas, despite him being a town founder. Turns out a [[IOwnThisTown powerful businessman]], worried that the protagonist might regain his memory if prompted, has erased any mention of the name (unfortunately the square had been named by a federal government official whom he couldn't coerce). [[SelfFulfillingProphecy This starts the protagonist investigating exactly what happened on that day.]]
* ''{{Literature/Catch-22}}'': Doc Daneeka gets declared killed in action when a plane he was listed to have been on crashes. He can't convince anyone that he isn't dead, and eventually comes to believe it himself.
* [[spoiler:Chikage Koori]] from ''[[Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero Nogi Wakaba Is A Hero]]'' received this treatment because she went on a rampage and tried to kill another character. Taisha refused her burial services and all records of her existence were erased, though one of her friends made sure that proof of her existence still exists somewhere.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome is a television example of making someone an "[=unperson=]" – a character that has some importance to the show's main premise will be dropped, with no proper farewell or explanation, and they are not referred to again. [[{{Retcon}} Even "dated" photographs will have the ex-family member cropped out]]. This "[=unperson=]" trope was named for a ''Series/HappyDays'' character who was Richie Cunningham's older brother, Chuck. Chuck ended up being a superfluous character who usually appeared only in transitional scenes, was never given any meaningful dialogue, and was eventually written out without explanation. In fact, in the series' 1984 finale ("Passages," where Joanie and Chachi are married), Cunningham patriarch Howard toasts his family and mentions that his '''two''' children have married well ... leading longtime fans of the show, who were aware that originally there were three children, to scratch their heads and wonder "Where's Chuck?" (In a blooper reel, Tom Bosley indeed asks that question after the final cut.) Numerous other "[=unperson=]" examples of the ChuckCunninghamSyndrome exist; see that page for more details.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Temporarily, in the 1972 episode "Jan, the Only Child." Here, Jan feels insecure about her place as the middle daughter of a six-child blended family. When she is unable to get along with her siblings – almost always, these arguments are over privacy, courtesy and personal space issues – and declares she wants to become an only child, her sibilings (who tried to accommodate her) are ''so'' offended that they declare her invisible ... ignoring her and staying out of her way. It isn't long before a tearful Jan declares she wants to become a person again in her siblings' eyes.
* ''Series/StepByStep'': Young Brendan is shunned (unfairly) by his older siblings and stepsiblings in "Back to Basics." Why? For the "send him to hell" crime of having a months-overdue video that was found under his bed. Carol had found it, declared it the last straw in a series of increasingly irresponsible behavior by her children/step-children, and imposed a crackdown on privileges. Brendan is immediately targeted and is yelled at and/or shunned ... then becomes an "[=unperson=]" when Carol stiffens the punishment for their abusive behavior. Brendan eventually has enough and runs away to the only place where he's considered a person ... Cody's van! Carol and Frank eventually realize they were being too harsh on Brendan and help him to become a person again -- by making the others apologize.
* ''Series/{{Alice|1976}}'': The 1983 episode "Sweet, Erasable Mel" humorously plays with the "[=unperson=]" concept when Vera accidentally erases all of Mel's financial records on his new computer. Naturally, Mel panics and believes he's been virtually erased from existence, but when he and Alice go to the bank to recover the information, the computers there go haywire, and it appears everything there is lost, too. (Everything works out in the end.)
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Coy and Vance, who were "[=unpersons=]" before their arrival in Hazzard in 1982 – to replace Bo and Luke, after John Schneider and Tom Wopat sat out most of Season 5 as part of a dispute – and became "[=unpersons=]" ''after'' Bo and Luke returned. Indeed, the two "fake Dukes" are never spoken of again (in first-run episodes, anyway; their legacy remains in reruns) ... and it is as though they never existed.
** The series itself became an Un-Program in 2015. Due to rising controversy over the Confederate battle flag's [[NoSwastikas alleged racist symbolism]], everything from reruns to General Lee models were pulled from public consumption.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'': Bob Barker's ill-will toward the classic Barker's Beauties – Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom and Kathleen Bradley – has grown to the point where he refuses to talk about them in interviews, and in his autobiography doesn't even acknowledge they were even on the show; their work has gone completely unacknowledged by Barker, in essence making them, in his view, "[=unpersons=]." For instance, in commentary about the pricing game Cliff Hangers, he remarks simply that "one of the models" – giving no indication that the model in question was Pennington – ran off the set crying after that game's first playing when nighttime host Dennis James unwittingly and unknowingly referred to the "mountain climber" as Fritz. (Pennington's husband – Friedrich "Fritz" Stammberger – had disappeared in Afghanistan while mountain climbing a year earlier). Barker's dislike for Hallstrom in particular has led to speculation that he refuses to [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes allow reruns of shows featuring Hallstrom as a model]].
* ''Series/GoodTimes'': Happened with Carl Dixon, a recurring character toward the end of Season 4. To explain Esther Rolle's departure from the show, she married Carl and left for Arizona (to tend to his failing health) in the 1976-1977 season finale. Rolle agreed to return in 1978 under a number of conditions, one of which was that Carl -- a hardcore atheist who somehow marries a devout Christian -- never existed. The producers met her demand, and indeed, during the final season (1978-1979), there is nary a mention of Carl.
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'': Any contestant who finishes Double Jeopardy! with $0 or a negative score is disqualified from the game's final round, Final Jeopardy! Not only are they not behind their lectern, they aren't even shown with the other players chatting with host Alex Trebek during the closing credits sequence.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the first series of the revival, the Doctor gives Mickey Smith a disc that contains a virus that will erase all existence of the Doctor from the [[ItsASmallNetAfterAll internet]], as if he never existed. Mickey chooses not to use it, and explains why [[http://www.whoisdoctorwho.co.uk/index6.shtml on a tie-in site]].
** We learn in Series 7 of the new series that the Eleventh Doctor has been doing this to himself, wiping out all mention of himself from every database he can get to. One of the ones he ''can't'' (the Dalek semi-HiveMind), someone else does it for him. It's later pointed out to him that this has only ''partially'' worked, since in his over-eagerness to wipe all traces of himself from history, he's left a giant "Doctor-shaped hole" where he used to be, making his existence fairly ''obvious'' to anyone who bothered to look.
** One of the weapons used by the Time Lords or the Daleks in the Last Great Time War was "the Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Never-Weres".
** In "The Name of the Doctor", [[spoiler:an incarnation of The Doctor (played by Creator/JohnHurt), who crossed the MoralEventHorizon]] is this to The Doctor to the point that [[spoiler:he's suppressed all memories of this incarnation and denied him the very name "The Doctor."]]
*** It is eventually revealed that this [[spoiler:version of The Doctor is the one who fought in the Time War, and ended it by destroying both races. Subverted, when the Tenth and Eleventh versions realize how unfair this is, saying he was the Doctor more than any of them. In fact it was originally the War Doctor himself who refused to use the title, thinking himself unworthy of it.]]
* ''Series/NowhereMan'': Tom Veil's identity is scrubbed from all records by the conspiracy, and his family, relatives and friends no longer recognise him. Over the series, he meets a number of other people who have suffered this too - even a whole town of them.
** Subverted when [[spoiler:it's revealed in the final episode that Tom Veil never existed in the first place; it was simply a false memory given to the protagonist and presumably the other [=unpersons=] he'd encountered in the series.]]
* In ''Series/PrisonBreak'', all evidence of Paul Kellerman's involvement with the president was erased after he fell from the Company's favor.
* In the last season of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' a character mentions that [[spoiler:Servalan]] is now considered an [=unperson=] by [[TheEmpire the Terran Federation]].
* Lex Luthor threatens to do this to a corrupt journalist in an episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
** And Chloe does a variation of this to ''herself'' when she leaves in season ten. It's not fully complete (Lois was able to access high school newspaper articles she had written, for one) but it works well enough.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** "Person or Persons Unknown" concerned an average man who wakes up one morning and finds that no one recognizes him or has any memory of him. Not his wife, his boss and coworkers, or the bartender he sees once a week. He knows all of them and the facts are unchanged but no memory of him (pictures with his wife have her standing alone) exists. The episode ends with an inversion: the man wakes from his nightmare only to find that he does not recognize his wife.
** "And When The Sky Was Opened" is this trope in a nutshell. Three men return home from a space mission and then one man starts disappearing from sight and no one remembers him. All evidence he exists (the glass he dropped, pictures) either aren't there or don't show him. The newspaper now says 2 spacemen return instead of 3. Soon after he disappears. Then the same happens to another spaceman, the newspaper now saying 1 returned. And finally it ends with the last man disappearing when the nurse offers the room to 3 malaria patients. Even the hospital beds aren't there. It's then taken UpToEleven when the spaceship disappears.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'':
** In "The Card", a mercilessly efficient credit card company will repossess parts of a person's life if they overdraft, including the protagonist's children. It's left unclear as to how they do this: at the beginning of the episode it appears that they merely take people, reprogram them to believe that they are someone else, and change all records, but, as it goes on, it appears that it may be something much more [[RetGone sinister]].
** In "To See The Invisible Man," a man is sentenced to a year of [=Unperson=] status as a punishment for "coldness." The authorities affix a mark to his forehead so everyone else will know to shun him.
* A very localized version occurs in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', where Monk meets a stranger at an inn. The man disappears, and then the next day everyone acts like the guy never existed, prompting Monk to worry that he might have hallucinated him (he was under the influence of alcohol at the time). [[spoiler:The man really did exist; the other guests found him dead then covered it up so they could steal his money]].
* The Syndicate in ''Series/TheXFiles'' is fond of this to cover its tracks with people who give Mulder too much information or people who are no longer of use.
* Played for laughs in an episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd'', where Roy removes his ex-girlfriend from photos of the two of them together. Moss says it's "like breaking up with Stalin".
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "The Inquisitor", the title character does this as part of his sentencing on those whom he feels wasted their lives.
* Aliens do this to a salary man in an episode of ''Series/UltraSeven''.
* The character of Kevin Webster, who for twenty years had been a fixture of soap opera ''Series/CoronationStreet'', might have gone this way as the actor playing him, Michael Le Vell, was accused of several serious sexual offences. Before his trial the actor was suspended from the show and the storylines featuring him fell into a plot void. Howevev Le Vell was completely exonerated and he and his character returned to the series averting this trope.
* In ''Series/{{Banshee}}'' the local Amish community treats Kai Proctor like this. Proctor was born Amish but was thrown out of the ActualPacifist community when he used a hammer to defend himself against an attack by some local criminals. Instead of seeking atonement and forgiveness, he instead embraced a life of violence and became the local crime kingpin. In the series premiere he saves some Amish, including his father, from a beating by a bunch of toughs and instead of thanking him, the Amish act as if he does not even exist.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', the fear of becoming this is one of the things that drives Walter White/[[VillainProtagonist Heisenberg]] to make his final moves in the GrandFinale, after previously resigning himself to his fate. Even the tagline for Season 5B, the final eight episodes of the series was, ''Remember My Name''!
* ''Series/LateNight with Conan O'Brian'' had a segment focusing on the ill-fated ''XFL'' [[note]] A professional American football league started by Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, started and failed in 2001.[[/note]]. One of the jokes was that the last game of the season would begin with the burial of all XFL merchandise in a landfill, taking the executives responsible for the failed league in a helicopter and dropping them from the sky into the field, and having an orbital satellite erase everyone's memory on earth of the XFL.
* On ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher'', Bill accused the Republican party of doing this to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and his presidency at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
-->'''Bill:''' If your party can run the country for 8 years, and then hold a convention and not invite Bush, [Dick] Cheney, [Donald] Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, or Tom [=DeLay=], you're not a political movement, you're the witness protection program. If you're gonna hold a convention and not invite your most recent president, your most recent vice-president, [[UsefulNotes/SarahPalin your most recent vice-presidential nominee]], or most of the runners-up from your most recent primary, why not just wave one of those ''Film/MenInBlack'' memory-eraser wands and make us forget everything we ever knew about you?
* Trope is mentioned by name in ''{{Series/MASH}}'' when a clerical error declares Hawkeye dead. At first he sees it as a way out of the normal military grind until he finds he can't tell his father he's all right... and isn't getting paid.
* One [=UnSub=] in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' was run out of a small town as a teenager, at which point his family got rid of any evidence of him and the town silently agreed to never speak of him again.
* Events far outside his control turned Eddie [=McCleister=] into this in the miniseries ''Series/TheLostRoom''. [[spoiler:Specifically, the Event which created the title room and its Objects also included the man inside, hereby immortal, erased from history and known only as either John Doe or "The Occupant". Even his wife had no memory of him, being very disturbed by the Wedding Photo which depicted them married in the previous timeline.]]
* In ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' Bill Fisk, Wilson Fisk's abusive father becomes this after Wilson becomes ''ComicBook/TheKingpin''. Wilson has all public records of his father erased and it is so thoroughly done that even an experienced reporter like Ben Ulrich has trouble finding any evidence that Bill even existed. The best Ben can find is a photo that shows an election campaign poster with Bill's face on it that was missed because it was part of a story that had nothing to do with Bill or the election.
* In the second half of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'s'' fourth season, a significant plot arc centers around a mysterious figure named Agent X, of which no record can be found. [[spoiler: It turns out, there was an Intersect agent before Chuck: Hartley Winterbottom, a close friend of Stephen Bartowski's, who uploaded an experimental version of the Intersect designed to temporarily overwrite his personality and memories with an alias for mission purposes. It turns out the test had GoneHorriblyRight and Hartley's personality was ''permanently'' overwritten. The CIA subsequently attempted to erase all trace of his existence, and it was only Stephen's efforts to fix it that enabled the team to eventually track him down. As Alexei Volkoff.]]
* Spoofed in an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (specifically, the episode featuring the movie ''Film/DevilFish''). In the teaser, Mike tells the audience that a mysterious government conspiracy erased his whole identity and life. Midway through his speech about he'll never rest until he rights this wrong, we learn the truth: he just lost his wallet. Tom and Crow find it and return it. Identity back, problem solved...until it happens again.
* The episode "Into Thin Air" of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'', based on the legend of "The Vanishing Hotel Room". In the opening of the episode, Hitch says that his film ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'' is also based on this legend, though, if so, it's pretty loosely.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In "Battle of the Bastards", when Ramsay Bolton is defeated, Sansa Stark promises this is going to happen to him and [[TheDreaded his house]].
-->'''Sansa:''' Your words will disappear. Your house will disappear. Your ''name'' will disappear. All memory of you will disappear.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** After HYDRA emerges from the shadows in the first season and Coulson and his team are forced to go into hiding, he has Daisy erase all records of their existence, as she had done for herself before joining up.
** In Season Four, S.H.I.E.L.D. has had their reputation rehabilitated and can operate publicly again... but Coulson has to step down as director because he's still [[Film/TheAvengers2012 officially dead]] and dead men can't be the heads of official agencies.
* Played for laughs on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory.'' Howard, Sheldon and Leonard spend a year building a special gryoscope for the military only to have the prototype confiscated once they're done. Coming home, the trio step into a completely empty apartment. Sheldon naturally jumps to the idea that the military are going to erase their identities and eliminate them to cover up their research. Howard then points out that they simply got off on the wrong floor and this is an apartment to rent (it's also a bit of LeaningOnTheFourthWall as the 'staircase' is a one-story set and the 'halls' on the floor they don't occupy are the same, just without Sheldon or Leonard's apartment numbers on the doors or the elevator 'do not enter' tape shifted around the doors to maintain the illusion).
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Mors praematura", detainees who have been taken to a government BlackSite have been declared legally dead so they can be legally tortured and held without trial.

* Music/MachinaeSupremacy's ''The Wired'' is about this, due to [[WordOfGod being inspired by the ending of]] [[spoiler: Anime/SerialExperimentsLain.]]
* This is commonplace in bands and music ensembles when members who were with the band before they hit it big, leave or are kicked out prior to the group becoming famous.
** Music/IronMaiden has gone so far as to in many a GreatestHitsAlbum have singer Music/BruceDickinson on all tracks, even in songs originally performed by his predecessor Paul Di'Anno (helps that [[IAmTheBand band]] [[LeadBassist leader]] Steve Harris developed some CreatorBacklash with Di'Anno's albums) and [[ReplacementScrappy his not-very-popular replacement]] Blaze Bayley (though Dickinson has denounced fans who like to pretend Bayley's era of the band never happened and has made several of the songs of his era songs regulars in the band's set list).
*** You can't blame them if you know Paul's reputation for violence (including against women and audience members), the fact he is banned from the US, and the fact he claimed benefits even whilst touring the world, and went to prison many times. Upon leaving the band, Rod Smallwood actually made him sign over his rights to the songs so he wouldn't get royalties for them, instead getting one large payoff. Di'Anno spent most of the money on drugs and alcohol.
* In all biographical material sanctioned by {{Music/Devo}}, the band was formed by Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale, who were classmates at Kent State. Wikipedia and the only (unofficial) book on Devo tells us that a [[ThePeteBest third co-founder]], Bob Lewis, was edged out before their first major label release, and as a result took legal action over his contributions to the band's concept and aesthetic. The only real acknowledgement of Lewis comes in being credited on older songs like "Be Stiff."
* One particularly infamous example is the 2002 "remasters" of Music/OzzyOsbourne's first two albums. In an effort to avoid paying royalties to Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake (the original bassist and drummer), the rhythm tracks were rerecorded by Ozzy's current bassist and drummer, Daisley and Kerslake's names were removed from the songwriting credits, and they were completely removed from the photos in the liner notes, all without any indication that the albums were anything but straight reissues. The move caused massive backlash, and the subsequent ''Bark at the Moon'' reissue contained Daisley's original bass track (Kerslake had left the band by that point).
* Ever since Dave Holland's arrest for having sex with a minor, Music/JudasPriest prefer to pretend he was never in the band, including editing him out of band photos from that era.
* CountryMusic group Gloriana was in the middle of recording their second album ''A Thousand Miles Left Behind'' when Cheyenne Kimball left the group for reasons only really known to her. They ultimately re-recorded the tracks that originally had Kimball on them (including the first single, "Wanna Take You Home"), and omitted a song she co-wrote from the track list. This will happen frequently when a musician leaves, since intellectual property is involved and there can be legal and economic reasons to [=Unperson=] someone.
* The 2003 GreatestHitsAlbum for the country band Music/{{Lonestar}} has only ''one'' mention of bassist John Rich (who was fired in 1998): specifically, as the co-writer of the #1 single "Come Cryin' to Me". All the pictures show only the most famous four-man lineup of Richie [=McDonald=], Keech Rainwater, Dean Sams, and Michael Britt. But Rich has nothing to worry about, as he's well known as a songwriter and producer, and one-half of the duo Big & Rich.
* When Music/{{Blondie}} were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, Debbie Harry tried to have two founding members of the band, Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante, excluded from the ceremony. She was tactfully informed the induction was for all members of the classic lineup, and whether she liked it or not, Harrison and Infante were part of the Blondie who were being honoured.
** There was a similar controversy involving Music/{{Heart}} on their induction into the Hall. The Wilson sisters agreed - very grudgingly - that the induction was for the original line-up of the band which included the Fisher brothers, with whom they had had a major falling-out. Roger and Mike Fisher were allowed to rejoin the rest of the original members on stage for ''one'' song, agreed to be a blistering version of "Barracuda". But that was it; they quietly stood down for two current band-members, practically anonymous sessions musicians, who filled in for the rest of the gig. Fans present noted the quality of music played soon stopped being "blistering", and became merely "average".
** Another controversy happened in the late 90s, when Music/FleetwoodMac singer and guitarist Bob Welch was the only major member of the band to not be inducted, despite him effectively being the "leader" of the band during the bridge period between their blues-based years and superstar Nicks/Buckingham era. His relationship with the band soured in the mid-90s and for a long while, he believed Mick Fleetwood had arranged for him to be excluded from the band's Hall of Fame list of inducted members. When he finally buried the hatchet with Fleetwood, he discovered this wasn't the case at all and suspected that the Hall of Fame's board had removed him from their inductees list because they didn't like his solo music. He opined that if he had been on better terms with Fleetwood in 1998, he would have made a better case for why Welch should be in the Hall.
** Gram Parsons was not inducted as a member of Music/TheByrds despite being one of the band's most famous members and often being credited as the inventor of the country rock genre. The thinking behind the exclusion may have been that he would be inducted as a solo artist in due time or because he was in the band [[ShortLivedBigImpact for just six months]]. Despite nominations in 2002, 2004 and 2005, he hasn't made it in and hasn't been on the nomination ballot in a decade.
** Surprisingly subverted in the case of Music/{{Kiss}}. When only the original four members of the band were inducted in 2014, many suspected that leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had arranged for the exclusion of well-liked replacements such as Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer and the late Eric Carr. Then news came out that it was actually quite the opposite: Simmons and Stanley had actually fought with the Hall to include those members and [[http://ultimateclassicrock.com/kiss-hall-of-fame-wont-perform/ when they were rebuffed, the band refused to perform]].
* While on the Hall of Fame, a minor case revolves around who is listed as an inducted member regarding bands. Sure, there's no problem streamlining a RevolvingDoorBand, specially regarding members who are [[ThePeteBest borderline footnotes]], [[ReplacementScrappy unpopular replacements]] or reminiscents of a DorkAge. But some musicians [[http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/489094/ex-chili-peppers-guitarist-feels-dishonored-by-rock-hall-snub reacted]] [[http://loudwire.com/former-acdc-bass-player-mark-evans-speaks-out-about-hall-of-fame-brushoff/ badly]] upon their exclusions.
* When searching allmusic, you can find [[http://www.allmusic.com/album/robin-hood-prince-of-thieves-mw0000268628 stray mentions]] to Music/BryanAdams, but not his own pages - because he's such a ReclusiveArtist that he asked the site to take them down.
* Even though Music/GaryGlitter was an important and significant artiste in the seventies' glam-rock scene, try finding any radio or TV station that will acknowledge this, after his convictions for child sex abuse. Glitter has effectively been airbrushed out of 1970's music history, and nearly every playing of his crowd anthem ''Rock and Roll Part 2'' in a stadium or arena is always a SuspiciouslySimilarSong so he doesn't get performance royalties from the original song.[[note]]As Glitter is credited as co-writer, he probably still gets writing royalties though.
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s Dave Mustaine always gave the impression just him and Dave Ellefson formed the band, but eventually mentioned in his book the names of several ex-members of Megadeth before he settled on a touring lineup. Early on, Dave was seriously considering hiring somebody else to be a lead singer, and tried out a few, one of whom actually suggested the name Megadeth for Dave's band. Mustaine felt that most of the auditionees were too glam metal for the band, and eventually just decided to sing himself.
* Music/ThePlasmatics: Guitarist Richie Stotts was a co-founder of the band, but after the release of "Coup d' Etat" he was edited out of band videos and not referred to by name in a 2006 compulation DVD of the band.
* This is what Music/InExtremo's ''Spielmannsfluch'' is about. Two musicians come to the court of a king, and the queen falls in love with the younger musician. The king then kills the young musician, and the old musician curses him with the ''Spielmannsfluch'' (the musicians curse), causing every musician, poet, writer etc. to never mention the king or any of his deeds.
** It's based on the ballad ''Des Sängers Fluch'' (The singers curse) by Ludwig Uhland, which has the same plot.
* In recent Music/{{ABBA}} documentaries, the importance of manager Stig Anderson - who wrote most of the band's lyrics up to 1979, used his business savvy to promote and market the band worldwide, and was generally considered the "fifth member" of the group - has been downplayed to the point that he is rarely mentioned at all. Depending on who you believe, this is either because of Stig's falling out with the band before his death or [[EpilepticTrees it's part of Benny and Bjorn's sinister plot to take over the world]].
* Music/JohnLennon and Music/YokoOno spent a lot of time not only telling the world about peace and love, and how much in love they were... But also how no other women had ever existed in John's life.
** John's first wife, Cynthia Lennon, was portrayed as a dead weight he had been forced to marry in a shotgun wedding. They had been together for ten years, but after John started using drugs they divorced. He later claimed to never have written love songs about her and that their marriage was rushed because of her pregnancy. This extended to incivility after his death. Lennon's first wife and their son were pointedly not invited to the funeral rites. They still do not know the secret location where Yoko interred or otherwise bestowed the ashes and cannot even pay private respects there. Julian Lennon had to fight Yoko for years to be acknowledged as a son with a right to some part of his father's estate.
** John's girlfriend for eighteen months, May Pang, got a worse treatment. In 1972, Yoko Ono told Pang she should have a relationship with John. Pang refused at first, but accepted afterwards. John moved with May Pang, and in eighteen months produced three records (including his most successful solo work, "Walls and Bridges") and reunited with long time friend Music/PaulMcCartney and estranged son Julian. Still, when John went back to Yoko, he called his time with May "the lost weekend". It had been a very productive weekend, on musical and personal accounts.
* A number of outsider musicians have done this ''to themselves'', to varying degrees, some prominent examples being Music/TheResidents, free-jazz pioneer Music/SunRa, and reclusive singer-songwriter Music/{{Jandek}}.
** Jandek is a particularly unusual case: While the man himself has almost certainly been identified, his musical collaborators prior to his live debut in 2004 remain unknown. Take into account that this man has been making records on a yearly basis ''since 1978...''
** Technically outdone by The Residents (active since at least 1969), but the identities of (most of) the group members has been all but public knowledge since the late-'70s. Unless we're wrong, in which case [[EpilepticTrees all bets]] [[WildMassGuessing are off]].
* Kerry Katona left Music/AtomicKitten just before their single 'Whole Again' became a huge hit, reaching number one in the charts. Her replacement, Jenny Frost, joined the band within days. The music video was reshot, replacing Kerry with Jenny. Their album was also reissued with Jenny's vocals instead of Kerry's.
* Creator/ParlophoneRecords has almost completely erased Music/TheBeatles from the label's history. This was right after Parlophone broke off from EMI during that company's sale to UMG, whilst keeping the Beatles' recordings. The website mentions the group [[http://www.parlophone.co.uk/about/ only once]] in their "About" page, and current Beatles albums reissues only retain mentions of Parlophone in the packaging for reproduction purposes. Despite this, Parlophone's Website/YouTube page continued to host the music video for "You Got to Hide Your Love Away," from the film and studio album ''Film/{{Help}}'', uploaded years before EMI's collapse, for a number of years, before UMG began taking down Beatles videos from the site.
* Music/VanHalen gave this status to their third singer, Gary Cherone, and Un-album status to ''Van Halen III''.
* Similar to the Gary Glitter example further above, no music station will screen/play any song by Lostprophets after singer Ian Watkins's paedophilia conviction.

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* In a case of "too expensive to keep" instead of falling out with the person, many Wrestling/JesseVentura commentaries are cut from recent [=DVDs=]. That said, there actually was a falling out between Wrestling/{{WWE}} and Ventura over video game rights in 1990. The next year, Jesse sued WWE over home video royalties that were withheld from him. He won almost $900,000 in back royalties and walked away with a court decision that significantly increased his royalties for subsequent WWE video releases. When WWE began releasing WCW footage as part of compilation [=DVDs=], Jesse's commentary (unless absolutely necessary) was muted, resulting in many cases where Wrestling/TonySchiavone would be heard on commentary in between periods of silence.
* Wrestling/{{Chyna}} (Joan Laurer): Thanks to a large number of reasons, such as general backstage conflict (Wrestling/ChrisJericho's second book paints her as difficult to work with), being on the bad side of the heirs to the WWE throne Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon (Chyna and HHH dated, and at some point around their break-up, HHH dated, then married, Stephanie, and Chyna was let go from the company), and her stint in pornography, WWE erased much of her existence. They'd have had more success if she didn't do so many firsts in WWE, such as first woman to hold a men's title, first female to compete in the Royal Rumble, first woman in the King of the Ring. The situation started to mend, with WWE darling Wrestling/TrishStratus and HHH saying Chyna definitely deserved a spot in the Hall of Fame, and she is featured prominently in the Triple H documentary on the formation of Wrestling/DGenerationX and their convincing Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to hire her. As of January 2015, they even included her in a WWE Vintage episode on bodyguards. After her untimely passing in 2016, [=Stephanie McMahon=] joined in stating that a Hall of Fame induction for Chyna is warranted.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} tried, and did a pretty good job of this, after Wrestling/ChrisBenoit's murder of his family and suicide. You can find examples of this in WWE.com's title history section where articles on Benoit's championship reigns have been deleted - Benoit is still listed in the title histories, but you can no longer see the summary of the title win. As far as archive footage goes, the WWE will no longer show Benoit matches or segments, unless Benoit's just a background figure, and will mute any audio referring to him. On DVD, if the match features Benoit but needs to be highlighted (such as the first 'Money in the Bank' ladder match on an Wrestling/{{Edge}} DVD), they cut it down to highlights and either completely edit Benoit out of the match, or acknowledge that he was in the match but not show his in-ring performance. VERY rarely, WWE has included Chris Benoit footage in full-length matches released on DVD, but with edits made. For example, in the 2010 Elimination Chamber collection DVD, Benoit's EC match from New Year's Revolution in 2005 was shown in its entirety, but when the commentators said anything positive about him, they were muted and replaced with crowd noise. For the 2013 War Games collection, the Four Horsemen's entrance is cut from the 1997 match, which was the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] (Wrestling/KevinNash[=/=][[Wrestling/SeanWaltman Syxx]][=/=]Wrestling/{{Konnan}}[=/=]Buff Bagwell) vs. the Four Horsemen (Wrestling/RicFlair[=/=]Benoit[=/=]Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael/=]Wrestling/CurtHennig). In the 2013 Money in the Bank collection DVD, the same methods used in the two aforementioned [=DVDs=] were implemented again, as well as the use of a wide-angle camera instead of a close-up in the climax of the first [=MITB=] match at [=WrestleMania=] 21 in 2005, which showed Edge rushing in to cost Benoit the win, likely to telegraph what would happen and lessen the heroic effort Benoit showed in the match. Even in the documentary the company did on their history, despite going over many other dark periods of their company (like the steroid scandal of the 90s), Benoit is never touched on. While in line with their usual M.O. with Benoit, given that this was a history of the company, omitting the Benoit tragedy is fairly jarring. Perhaps the most glaring omission of Benoit's history is his victory from the #1 position in the 2004 Royal Rumble. Wrestling/ShawnMichaels is the only other man to do this, and thus, is the only one credited by name as having done so. (The commentators will occasionally mention that two men have won from the #1 position without mentioning Benoit or the 2004 Royal Rumble.) When WWE Network launched, it was announced that footage of him would appear, with a disclaimer appearing before the relevant shows. His name, however, doesn't exist in the network search engine and his matches are not pinpointed in the scrolling bar of the shows. To some people, this particular unpersoning is a sore point, as during his career, the business exploited and potentially exacerbated his obvious mentally unwell state, a state which may have played a part in the murder-suicide.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero was one of the men who shaped Wrestling/{{Chikara}}, but after he left in 2007, those in charge of the promotion decided to do their best to forget about him and make sure no one else reminds them of him. Fans get around this by instead talking about Kassius Ohno, the ring name he uses on WWE's NXT developmental brand.
* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon tried to invoke this with Wrestling/CMPunk after he left the company after winning at the Money in the Bank PPV, and taking the WWE Championship with him. This only lasted one or two weeks as he came back after they had held a tournament to crown a new winner. Then when Punk legitimately quit the company in January of 2014, WWE went full force with the unperson treatment. His absence has only ever been acknowledged twice (both times in his hometown of Chicago) in the half a year as of this writing that he's been gone. They even did the classic editing out of photographs with his likeness removed from the Summerslam 2013 poster on the WWE Network and hilariously a post it note covering his face on a poster in the background during an Wrestling/UltimateWarrior documentary. At the 2015 Royal Rumble, the announcers falsely credited Wrestling/SethRollins with being the longest survivor of the previous year's titular match, although Punk actually outlasted Rollins. WWE even went so far as to erase him from a comic series shortly after his June 2014 firing (which was not announced to the public). He isn't ''completely'' scrubbed from the WWE, being noted in several documentaries in the WWE Network and his videos are still available there and on the WWE's [=YouTube=] channel. It's more like they're ignoring his part in their history rather than erasing it, much in the vein of Brock Lesnar, who faced similar treatment when he left for the NFL. When Lesnar came back, all his accomplishments were promptly noted, even name-dropping the UFC, which the WWE steadfastly ignored until then. Punk would probably go through similar treatment if he ever got back on good terms with them again.
** Punk's wife Wrestling/AJLee faced some fallout from this same instance. During the time that he had left but she still wrestled, fans chanted Punk's name during her matches, until Punk requested they chant his name at wrestlers that suck instead. By the time of her retirement, she held the Divas Championship for a record 295 days, 79 days longer than the previous record. During and after her retirement, Wrestling/NikkiBella beat that record by six days, holding the championship for 301 days, at which point she lost it. Some fans suggest the timing of this was to further remove any mention of either Punk or his wife.
* Currently being done to Wrestling/HulkHogan, who was engaged in legal troubles with pornography, but more for being caught on tape ranting against black people, using racial slurs. WWE, after firing him, removed all mention of him everywhere. More [[http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/07/24/wwe-just-dropped-hulk-hogan-after-learning-he-said-ngger-repeatedly-in-on-air-rant/ here]]. Wrestling/TripleH has said in [[http://www.wrestlingnews.co/triple-h-leaves-the-door-open-for-hulk-hogans-potential-return-to-wwe/ an interview]] that he leaves the door opened for a potential return, if he makes amends.
* Not even two months after the above Hogan example, Wrestling/JimmySnuka is now having this done to him as well. He was arrested for the death of his girlfriend in September 2015 (She died in 1983, and Jimmy Snuka was the prime suspect in her death, but no charges were filed. However, the case was never closed, and 32 years later, Snuka was finally arrested for the crime) and, much like Hulk Hogan, the WWE was quick to terminate his contract and remove any references to him from their website. This serves as a bit of an issue, as Snuka's daughter Wrestling/TaminaSnuka is currently a diva in the WWE and uses a lot of his mannerisms when competing, including his famous splash, though they ditched her surname and she was never really a big player, getting start-stop pushes. After the case against him was dropped in January 2017, and he passed away not long after, an article about his passing was posted on the WWE website, Repersoning him posthumously.
* For some reason Wrestling/RandySavage never returned to WWE after the Monday Night Wars ended and was rarely acknowledged or celebrated on-camera. (There was a rumor going around the IWC that this banishment was because he had sex with Stephanie [=McMahon=], and that she may or may not have still been a minor when this happened). After his death in 2011, he was acknowledged far more often, and in early 2015, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
* [[Wrestling/EnzoAndCass Enzo Amore]] got this treatment after he was released in January 2018 for failing to inform the company about an ongoing police investigation against him in regards to possible sexual assault. You ''know'' it's bad when the company pointedly doesn't wish you well in your future endeavors while announcing your release. They completely removed his profile page from the website, and he isn't even listed on their alumni page (for context, even the above Wrestling/CMPunk is on that page). They even removed his face from the truck graphics, which are rarely ever updated. He's on the fast track to being Benoit'd at this point, and in this case, many don't blame them.

* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio "Neverland" introduces us to a world of Neverpeople, which is a mix of this and government-sanctioned RetGone. Being Time Lords, they didn't have to just settle for this trope; Gallifreyans were thrown into the Oubliette of Eternity for crimes of "treason" ([[HeKnowsTooMuch they knew too much]]) and erased from Time.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''
** Alluding to this trope, when the Fifth Edition was thrown to CanonDiscontinuity, it was officially declared an un-product.
** In the second edition's [=post-MegaWhoops=] period, there were still information terminals hooked up to The Computer's old personnel database, but due to data corruption, a few clones weren't recognized: the terminals would glitch and cough up random unrelated data instead, both a blessing and a curse.
** The XP edition supplement ''The Underplex'' had DELETED citizens. All records of them were wiped from computer data banks (including those of the Computer itself) as a result of error, revenge, system failure or bureaucratic idiocy. It also happens to Troubleshooters who are out of contact for too long.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' people without a System Identification Number (SIN) cannot legally make purchases, sign business contracts, or vote, they're not even considered citizens. Lacking a SIN also makes it much harder to track one's criminal activity so the majority of Shadowrunners are [=SINless=] but also use one or more fake [=SINs=]. Editions that use character advantages list [=SINner=] as a disadvantage, and there's a [=SINless=] advantage where one not only lacks a legit SIN, but any attempt to register a legal one for them (like when a [=SINless=] person is convicted of a crime) is erased by mysterious forces.
* Often attempted to varying degrees of success in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', when the Inquisition or other Imperial agencies try to sweep some information under the rug. Nobody's sure what happened to the 2nd and 11th of the original Space Marine Legions, only that all records of them have been scrubbed, "order designation unknown," and likewise the Space Marine chapters of the so-called "Cursed Founding" got this treatment after breaking out in severe mutations. The Imperium has ''tried'' to erase all references to the Literature/HorusHeresy to hide the fact that Space Marines can fall to Chaos from citizens, but depending on the planet Horus may be completely unknown or commonly referenced as a bogeyman. This is either due to [[{{Doylist}} GW's relatively low standards on]] {{canon}}, [[{{Watsonian}} or because it's hard to eliminate every trace of someone from countless sprawling data-crypts spanning the Imperium]].
** Games Workshop's actions regarding the Squats are eerily similar to this trope. The official stance is that the Squats ''never existed'', and to reinforce this the publishers have removed all mention of the Squats from publications and ceased distributing any works where the Squats played a significant role. When the GW website was active, so much as mentioning the Squats would get you banned and the thread you posted in deleted. Ask questions about Squats at GW-sanctioned events and they'd ''have security remove you from the event''. GW really, ''really'' did not like the Squats. It was nearly two decades before things finally relaxed, and the writers were allowed to give Squats an in-canon send-off ([[HordeOfAlienLocusts eaten by Tyranids]]). They were even referenced in the 6th Edition Rulebook.
** The ''Literature/SoulDrinkers'' chapter was obliterated from all historical records after they were judged to be heretics and traitors, an action that actually hindered the efforts of those seeking to bring them to justice, because they had no records to work from. [[spoiler:In the end, this was revoked and those members who helped repel a Chaos assault led by Soul Drinkers who genuinely had fallen to Chaos were posthumously restored to the records.]]
* The "Zeroed" advantage in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', available to secret government operatives, TheMenInBlack and the like.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'': Back during the days of Rome, it turned out a clan was suspected of working with [[OminousOwl the strix]]. The clan was wiped out down to a man, and all references to their name stricken -- they are only known as the Traditores (or "traitors").
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' some advanced Sidereal charms are capable of killing someone so thoroughly that they were never actually born.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Revoke Existence, which does this to artifacts (machinery) and enchantments (long-lasting effects). Even the flavor text fits this.
** Door to Nothingness reads, "All memory of your existence will be wiped from reality. You will die, and no one will mourn."
* In the TabletopGame/NentirVale D&D setting, [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Asmodeus]] erased the name of the god that he rebelled against from history. Very few people know the god existed, those who do know him only as He Who Was. This is because Asmodeus feared what would happen if [[SpeakOfTheDevil someone said the slain god's name even once]].
* Iron Crown Enterprise's ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberspace}}'' cyberpunk RPG. Blanks are people who have either never had a file on them (born without being documentated) or have had their file deleted from all databases. They don't have to pay taxes and are hard to track down, but if caught they are subjected to "thought reorientation" (brainwashing/mindwiping).
* Last Unicorn Games' ''StarTrek: The Expanded Universe'' supplement ''All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook'' has the Disadvantage "No Past". It's usually caused by either a character coming from outside of civilization or all of their records being deleted. It could also be caused by a time traveler altering the timeline and erasing the character's personal history or if the character is from an alternate timeline. The character is difficult to track down or identify and is thus a valued espionage operative. They also have all of the disadvantages of not having their existence acknowledged: can't own property, doesn't have any rights, etc.
* ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' has a meta-example. When designing many the game's earliest {{Humongous Mecha}}s in 1984, the FASA Corporation contracted outside art companies or simply licensed the designs from existing mecha shows, primarily ''Anime/{{Macross}}''. Long story short [[ScrewedByTheLawyers of a messy lawsuit]] due to licensing confusion in 1994, FASA was no longer able to use artwork - either original or licensed - of these mechs. While these "[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Unseen unseen]]" mechs still existed InUniverse, they could not be depicted in artwork or produced as miniatures for the wargame; all publications with artwork of these mechs had to be taken out of print and edited. After a number of clumsy attempts to get around this, the designs were completely replaced/reworked (via RetCon) in 2015.
* In the ''TabletopGame/PokemonTradingCardGame'', this ended up being Kadabra's fate after ''Skyridge'' due to a lawsuit from Uri Geller. There hasn't been a Kadabra card since, with this sometimes extending to Abra and Alakazam as well. The most egregious example of this is in ''Mysterious Treasures'', which has Abra and Alakazam, but skips over Kadabra. That set's Abra even has an attack that lets you search your deck for Alakazam and put it onto Abra, thus negating the need for a Kadabra card altogether.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': Tali states that [[spoiler:if her father were found guilty of bringing live geth to the fleet, he'd be written off all records and become a bogeyman used to scare children.]]
** [[spoiler:ex-C-Sec agent Harkin]] had taken up a job where he makes people 'disappear' under the apt pseudonym of 'Fade'.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'', being deemed "Without Honor" in Tarna does this: No one will trade, or even talk with you. The hero catches a thief at the beginning of the game. Said capture leads the thief to being declared honorless. The hero showing kindness to the thief and giving him food leads to said thief becoming [[BigDamnHeroes an ally at a crucial moment]].
** Under normal circumstances, those declared honorless could still at least catch the nearest caravan out of the city. But since caravans stopped coming to the city due to the looming threat of war, the thief would very reasonably starve to death without the hero's intervention.
* ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' has the forced disappearance and the deletion of all the records of anyone that had something to do with alien artifacts. Juni finding this out is the moment that kickstarts the UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory plot.
* The first story arc involving Crey Industries in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' involves the attempted assassination and {{unperson}}ing of a woman (and her sister, when she becomes suspicious and gets involved), all because she had convinced her husband to quit his job with Crey.
* The one of the primary directives of the titular organization in ''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'' [[GovernmentConspiracy Government agency]] is to "Erase" any records or physical evidence of extraterrestrial invasion.
* Featured in ''VisualNovel/SharinNoKuni'' in the form of The Maximum Penalty, the worst punishment an individual can receive. You're virtually isolated from society; no one can befriend you, no one can speak to you, no one can touch you, no one can even ''look at you''. No jobs, no fun, '''nothing'''. The only person allowed to interact with you is your assigned Special High Class Individual, and only for strictly monitoring purposes. Everyone subject to this punishment has a strange spiral-like mark tattooed in its skin and sewn in its clothes, so everyone can know its punishment.\\
[[spoiler:Ririko, being the daughter of Saburou Higuchi (the one that started the uprising years ago), receives this punishment, and Houzuki is the Special High Class Individual in charge of her. He uses her to put pressure on Kenichi (actually Ken, Ririko's brother) to become a Special High Class Individual, promising him that once he does, he'll let him take care of Ririko.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'' there is this disturbing quest involving a GovernmentConspiracy, which among other things standard for this sort of story, also includes the man-disappears-and-is-replaced motif.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s Keine Kamishirasawa is a were-hakutaku with the power to "devour" history, which she uses in ''Imperishable Night'' to hide the human village from harm - afterward she returns it without any damage done. Fans have planted EpilepticTrees about whether Keine used this power on the PC-98 continuity, or on Rin Satsuki, the DummiedOut third protagonist from the first Windows game.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', Yuri brands general Vladimir a traitor and a "non-person" after setting him up for Romanov's murder. Having known Stalin personally, he probably picked up the habit from the man himself.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', in addition to being exiled and sentenced to die in the Deep Roads, the Dwarf Noble is permanently erased from the Memories of the Shaperate. As far as the rest of Dwarven society is concerned, the second child of the King of Orzammar ''never'' existed.
** The Casteless were never written into the Memories to begin with, and thus actually ''start out having never existed,'' as far as greater Dwarven society is concerned. Czibor even outright tells the Dwarven Commoner Warden that their ever having been to Orzammar ''at all'' are "delusions," and that s/he does not exist.
** In both cases, after the defeat of the Archdemon at the end of the game, the Dwarf Noble and Commoner Wardens are risen to Paragon status by the Dwarven Assembly, leading to their names being restored/recorded within the Memories of the Shaperate as "Living Ancestors".
** Defied in ''Awakening''. Visions of the past reveal that a warrior rallied the Casteless of Kar-hirol to help him buy time for everyone else to escape the Darkspawn. They all perished, but the warrior spent his final moments right before an Ogre killed him inscribing all of their names into a stone tablet. He wanted their bravery to be remembered forever.
** Also played straight in ''Awakening''. In an especially cathartic moment if you're a Human Noble Grey Warden, Howe's actions against your family and the kingdom end up causing his family to be tainted and every bit of evidence of Howe's contributions to his lands wiped away. His one remaining son, who later becomes a party member, starts out bitter about this but through CharacterDevelopment becomes aware that his father was a horrible person who brought his fate on himself.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Solas mentions that in his travels through the Fade he encountered a spirit that had once ruled an empire more vast than any in recorded history. When Solas asked what kind of spirit it is, it said:
-->'''Spirit''': "They have forgotten. There is no longer a word for what I am."
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you can get yourself declared "in damnatio memoraie" by Caesar's Legion, like the Real Life instance of the trope below - not that you'd care what they'd think of you if you earned enough infamy to reach that point. This also happened to Legate Joshua Graham after the Legion's first major military defeat at the First Battle of Hoover Dam, so now the slaves can only whisper about the Burned Man who somehow survived Caesar's wrath...
* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'', Gwyn's firstborn, an unnamed WarGod, had his name stricken from history and his altars destroyed for unknown reasons. ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' all but states that [[spoiler:[[BonusBoss the Nameless King]] is Gywn's son, and his offense was siding with the dragons in the war that lead to the Age of Fire]].
** [[spoiler:''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'''s final DLC, ''The Ringed City'', reveals this wasn't Gwyn's only use of the trope - the whole mess that was the Undead Curse began with the Pygmy Lords, loyal servants of Gwyn who participated in the dragon slaughter. However, they and their knights wielded the power of the Dark Soul, which Gwyn feared. To keep them sealed, Gwyn had the splendid Ringed City built to house the Lords and the Knights, branded them all with the flame sigil that would become the Darksign, used his youngest daughter Filianore to seal the city in a bubble of frozen time, expurgated their memory, taught a sanitized version of history to the Pygmies' descendants, humanity, and taught them to fear the dark, robbing them of the knowledge they could have used to master the Abyss and overthrow him. All of this ultimately contributed to the creation of the Undead Curse and aided in the death of the First Flame Gwyn so feared.]]
* This was actually one of the devices used by the Five Gods in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' to imprison their fallen brother, Abaddon. His followers and any literature, art, or structure associated with Abaddon was banished into the Realm of Torment. Even long after his defeat, souls touched by Abaddon's power were taken to the Realm to be cleansed. Unfortunately, enough escaped their efforts to guide new followers in bringing about Nightfall. In the case of Abaddon, it was actually very important this happen. He was the God of Secrets, so a mortal simply possessing knowledge of his existence was enough to give him a connection to Tyria.
* In ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew The Captive Curse]]'', it's implied that tales of "the Monster" had their roots in the case of a medieval criminal who'd been declared an Un-Person after he escaped from the castle dungeon. As no one was allowed to speak his name, rumors about this fugitive eventually re-cast him as an anonymous inhuman freak.
* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series, Dr. Weil is said to have been so heinous (having kicked off a war that wiped out 60% of mankind and 90% of [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot reploidkind]] ) that all records of him have been suppressed by Neo-Arcadia, to the extent that libraries containing records of his actions have been flooded and anyone who finds out about him is declared a Maverick. This is intended to prevent anyone from doing what he did again.
* Similar to ''Franchise/DragonAge'' example above, seems to be practiced by dwarven society in ''VideoGame/TheBattleForWesnoth''.
-->"The Law speaks: you are cast out. You are un-dwarf. I AM A WITNESS!"
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In the backstory, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Ayleids (Wild Elves)]] of Cyrodiil took the Nedes, human ancestors to most of the modern races of Men, as slaves. Eventually, after much [[KickTheDog Dog-Kicking]], the [[SlaveRevolt slaves revolted]] and, supported by the Aedra and some [[TokenHeroicOrc rebel Ayleid lords]], overthrew their former masters. The Ayleid lords who supported the revolt were allowed to keep their lands as vassals in the new empire of Men. However, about a century later, the Alessian Order, an extremist [[FantasticRacism anti-elven]] religious order led by the "monkey prophet" Maruhk, came to power in the young empire. They attempted to completely erase all trace of the Ayleids from history. While they obviously weren't completely successful, they did enough damage that the Ayleids are left shrouded in the mists of history while their magics and technologies are lost.
** Also from the backstory, Yokuda (the ancient homeland of the Redguards) was once the home to the Sinistral Mer (or "[[TheSouthpaw Left-Handed]] Elves"). The two races fought a devastating war, which left the Sinistral Mer extinct. To this day, the Redguards do not speak about them for talking about them tends to "darken their days."
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the curse on the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal ''causes'' this to happen to the wearer. The Cowl was stolen from Nocturnal, the the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheSacredDarkness Darkness and the Night]] who is also associated with Thieves and Luck, centuries prior. She [[DoNotTauntCthulhu cursed the cowl to erase the identity of its bearer from history]]. The cowl's owner took on the identity of the thief known as the Gray Fox, and the curse was passed on each grandmaster of the Thieves Guild. [[spoiler:The plot of the ThievesGuild questline is, ultimately, to steal an [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scroll]] and use its power to break the curse once and for all]]. Regarding the curse:
---> ''"Whosoever wears it shall be lost in the shadows. His true nature shall be unknown to all who meet him. His identity shall be struck from all records and histories. Memory will hide in the shadows, refusing to record the name of the owner to any who meet him. He shall be known by the cowl and only by the cowl."''
** In the 4th Era, the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]-led [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] are attempting to do this to the deity, Talos. Talos, [[OurGodsAreDifferent the Ninth Divine]], is said to be the [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended god-form]] of Tiber Septim (and [[MergerOfSouls possibly others]]), the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire. As part of the treaty that ended the Great War between the Dominion and the [[VestigialEmpire Vestigial Third Cyrodiilic Empire]], worship of Talos is officially banned throughout the empire. Officially, their reasoning is that they do not believe a man could become a god. (Altmeri religion states that the races of Mer (Elves) are the direct descendants of the Aedra, and that the thought of a man joining their ranks is insulting.) However, [[AllThereInTheManual outside]] [[WordOfGod sources]] (supported by in-game evidence) indicate that what the Thalmor ''really'' want to do is to ''[[OmnicidalManiac unmake reality]]'', as they believe the act of creation was a cruel trick which forced their divine ancestors to experience mortal suffering and death. They believe that Talos is one of the last things keeping the mortal world extant, and they believe that they an KillTheGod by banning his worship.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the sons of [[spoiler: Archmage Gauldur, who after discovering the source of their father's power was the amulet he wore at all times, betrayed and murdered their father to get ahold of the enchanted amulet and went on a killing spree before being shut down by another Archmage, Geirmund,]] have all record names and deeds purged to seal away the power of the [[spoiler:amulet]].
* ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' explains the absence of any mention of Sophia Lamb in the first game by Andrew Ryan ordering that all records of her existence be destroyed.
* In the first ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' Edward Diego removes all mentions regarding the presence of the Hacker from the records aboard Citadel Station. It works so well that SHODAN has no idea about his existence while he spends six months in an artificially induced healing coma.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}'', after [[spoiler: Robin,]] James Blackwood's son died, he bricked up the door to the boy's former room and erased all traces of his identity from the family's records. [[spoiler: Except he didn't die, he was [[MadwomanInTheAttic locked up in a prison cell below the house]] because of his severe birth defects.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'', this happens to TheHero. At age 7, a demon arrives in his hometown, kidnaps his father and wipes the memories of all the townspeople. No one recognizes him when he returns from a quick outing.
* In a very literal example, in one of the endings of ''VideoGame/NieR'', [[spoiler: the memory of your protagonist and all his actions are purged in-verse, and your real life save data is deleted!]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Stonekeep}}'', one of your dwarven companions is declared an "uck-togoth" and cast out of his clan for disobeying his clan elder.
-->"An uck-togoth cannot be heard or seen!"
-->--Two clan elders when he objects.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' [[LaughablyEvil Mad King]] [[TheCaligula Thorn]] found his son, Bloody Prince Edrick, to be a severe disappointment and a constant source of trouble. After Edrick's latest attempt to overthrow his father by riling up the peasants, Thorn had him sealed in a sarcophagus to consider his actions. Before he could be released, the peasants stormed the castle and butchered Thorn. One of the king's last orders was for his courtiers to erase all evidence of Edrick's existence from their library, resulting in Edrick being forgotten for four hundred years.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'', both Selene and the Earth Forces delete every record of the protagonist's existence and endeavours. Only "those who actually fought and were wounded in the war know the name of 'EINHÄNDER'."
* ''Videogame/FallenLondon'' has [[spoiler:Mr. Eaten]], someone who got unpersoned with enough vigor and magic involved that just ''trying'' to seek his actual name needs you to perform horrific, suicidal, tragic and otherwise pointless rituals and sacrifices that will destroy everything you have. Everyone you speak to about this will try to dissuade you, be it subtly or just bluntly telling you "Don't look for it". Heed their advice, or you're going to ''suffer''.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': It's revealed during the climax of the game that this is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's greatest fear: that he will fade into obscurity and be forgotten by everyone in Gotham.
* At the end of the Imperial Agent storyline of ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', The Agent is given a chance to do this by [[spoiler:using the Black Codex to erase all information regarding Cipher Nine from the galaxy, thus making them a "ghost" free to do as they wish, including protecting the Empire without Sith oversight.]]
* After declaring himself the new God of Time in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', Demigra swears that, for the interference of the PlayerCharacter, they will be erased from all of history.
* By the nature of the game's design, ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' performs this with any mii erased from the island. Their appearances in previously recorded news broadcasts and family photo albums sees them replaced with other characters, with no hint they ever existed.
* An interesting aspect of ''VideoGame/TheYouTestament'' as if you end up dying, your save file is erased completely. No matter how far along you are, once you're dead, that's it.
* In ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'', [[spoiler: if Elodie decides to join Togami in the "To Serve Evil" ending, then she is stricken from all Novan records and her name forbidden from ever being spoken again]].
* Done in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' where Aiden erases T-Bone's ctOS profile so that he can safely enter Chicago without Blume trying to kill him.
** Also done as part of the tutorial mission for [[VideoGame/WatchDogs2 the sequel]] as Marcus erases his own profile to prove himself worthy to join [=DedSec=], although it's also because ctOS mistakingly flagged him as a criminal and got him charged with a criminal record [[ThoughtCrime before he did anything]]. [[spoiler: This goes horribly wrong since Blume were anticipating his break in. Not only do they reinstate his profile, they add a warrant for serious fake charges to get him arrested.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'', [[spoiler: after Sayori's suicide, the game restarts the opening scene, but her name and sprite are glitched out. The game then abruptly cuts to a different version where, instead of talking about how he and Sayori always walk to school together, the main character says that he's always walked there alone. The rest of the game carries on as if she never existed. [[FromBadToWorse This only marks the beginning of the game's horror.]]]]
* One of the endings of ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' results in Fazbear Entertainment determining the player is too much a liability risk ''even for them'', and they end up firing you and saying they're going to scrub any record of your employment from their files.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/CivilProtection'': The characters, two [[BigBrotherIsEmployingYou members of the Dystopian police force]], mention how their captain doesn't shout at people he doesn't like. He just stares at them and they disappear a few days later.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Reconstruction'':
** The Red Team "deletes" the Blue Team from the Command database, allowing them to achieve "victory". While this doesn't directly affect most of the Blues, it prevents Church from proving his identity when it comes into question.
-->'''Church:''' Alright, great, that's fantastic. Now I can't prove him wrong, ''and'' I don't get a paycheck.
** This also [[spoiler:prevented the Epsilon unit from being detected by the UNSC, as Caboose was the last one to have it, and because the Red Team "deleted" the blues, the UNSC had no knowledge of them.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''[[Webcomic/WalkyVerse It's Walky]]'', it is revealed midway through the story that the GovernmentConspiracy that employs the main characters is frequently infiltrated by an even shadowier conspiracy who edit their records and memories and then vanish again. If anyone has to be killed: "Well, they never existed."
* The Eastern Gods and the First World of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' were completely destroyed by the Snarl. The surviving gods don't tell anyone about them lest they get the bright idea to try and harness its power. Similarly, the Paladins of Azure City traveled the world to purge all mention of the Rifts. Given Girard's bitter comment to Soon regarding Kraagor, there is a hint that the memory of their dead friend would be part of this purge.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', the founders of the Court attempted to erase all evidence of Jeanne's existence, to hide [[spoiler:their guilt in killing her, and the fact that it was her ghost stalking the banks of the Annan]]. They succeeded, with one exception: Diego kept a record of her in secret.
** It later turns out that [[spoiler:they actually killed Jeanne's forest elf boyfriend]], who is also written out of existence by the Court. Even Diego's secret record mostly ignores that "detail," probably because [[spoiler:Diego was jealous of him. Jeanne herself died of grief.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', Earth is part of the Nemesite Empire but is a nature preserve, and the Nemesites regard humans as "wildlife". Jean takes offense at this, and Voluptua points out that, considering what citizenship in the Empire would entail, their [=unpersonhood=] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100323.html is actually a blessing.]]
* The hyenas of ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' use this as their ultimate punishment, even worse than 'mere' death. One's name is eaten and one is cast from the tribe and forgotten...in theory.
* In the backstory of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', on planet Alternia, a troll known only as The Signless or The Sufferer led a revolution much more subversive than any the war-torn planet had seen. When the Sufferer was killed, all record of him was stricken from history, and it was made illegal to speak or write of him, even in private journals. However, his movement went underground and secretly kept his memory alive.
* Downplayed in ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors''. Mori is revealed to have genetic engineering in her backstory chapter, and as a child she was exiled from her home country and her family name was obliterated magically so that nobody, not even she herself, can remember it. "Genetically engineered people have no family" was Thoria's rule.
* In Silver's time in ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' this happens to [[spoiler:Sonic]] who is replaced in the history books by [[spoiler:Tails]].
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', Rosemaster has the ability to tamper with certain people's memories, and her method of choice for dealing with anyone who's not affected by her powers is to remove them from the scene and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia make everyone else forget that they were even there]] (and [[InterfaceScrew erase them from the website's cast page and banner]], for good measure). She first targets [[spoiler:Nautilus]] and [[spoiler:Commander Caboodle]]; she's willing to leave [[spoiler:Peridot]] alone, but ends up un-personing her as well [[spoiler:to prevent her from revealing Rosemaster's MacGuffinDeliveryService]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/ChannelAwesome isn't in the habit of keeping its former producers' content on their web site, so really anyone who leaves automatically becomes this. However, there are at least three occasions where the site did this purposefully:
** Daniel Rizzo, a.k.a. That Aussie Guy, was an early personality at Website/ChannelAwesome who was fired after slutshaming [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Lindsay Ellis]] during the filming of the First Anniversary Brawl and inappropriately editing pages on Channel Awesome's Wikia site, among other "issues, ill-advised actions, and other various events." As a result, Rizzo's videos were abruptly taken down from WebVideo/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses without much fanfare and the wiki only briefly mentions him.
** Creator/BradJones was forced to do this to Jerrid Foiles first in 2012 (under circumstances similar to That Aussie Guy's dismissal from Channel Awesome) and again in 2014. Despite making limited appearances between those dates, Jerrid disappeared again and his characters have either vanished or have been killed off. However, Brad has clarified that he is still friends with Jerrid, he has just stopped making appearances. It ultimately ended in 2017, as Jerrid eventually started appearing in the Webvideo/MidnightScreenings again.
** Brad also did this to "Angry Jake" Norvell in early 2015 after Jake stole his girlfriend. Jake's characters were either discontinued or replaced, while Brad and the rest of Team Snob cut ties with him.
--->'''Brad:''' ''[announcing Jake's firing on Facebook]'' The term "dead to me" may be overused, but it serves a purpose sometimes.
** WebVideo/ObscurusLupa was fired rather controversially in early 2015 from the site (allegedly over being out of the house while CA management was trying to contact her), which caused her boyfriend WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and Andrew Dickman to quit in protest. Within five minutes all of their content was removed from the site (in Phelous' case, videos that dated all the way back to 2008) with the exception of a few crossover appearances. Made worse by the fact that fellow long-time contributors Lindsay Ellis, Oancitizen and Smarty also left around the same time, and were all given a "farewell" period to say their goodbyes to the site. [[TheDogBitesBack Lupa was the first of many former Channel Awesome employees to state her case against the site]] in [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFkR__B3Mk9EYQglvislMUx9HWvWhOaBP820UBa4dA/mobilebasic this document]] which calls the management out on how they operated.
** In 2018, four years after his suicide, it was revealed that [[WebVideo/YouCanPlayThis Justin "JewWario" Carmical]] was a sexual predator who assaulted multiple women, and that that was the previously-undisclosed reason he had been let go from Channel Awesome shortly before his passing. After these crimes came to light, former Channel Awesome producers took down {{Crossover}} collaborations with Justin, excised or replaced his {{Cameo}}s in their videos, and removed [=JewWario=] hats that had been prominently placed on their sets in tribute to him. WebVideo/MarzGurl, who had made the movie ''Film/FarewellFamiKamenRider'' in Justin's memory, averted this by deciding to keep that movie online for "historical purposes", while stating she would have ''never'' made it if she was told about Justin's true nature and adding a disclaimer to the movie making it clear that it no longer reflected her opinion of him.
* In season 2 of ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' [[spoiler:Bladezz deletes Tink's online gaming character Tinkerballa, removing permanently from existence her gold, reputation and "two years of [her] life". She even phrases it as "I don't exist anymore."]]
* ''Literature/FineStructure'' has "informational weapons" that can destroy specific kinds of knowledge, both in living brains and in recorded form. That could prevent everyone from ever remembering or perceiving a person again, even if he were standing right in front of them. [[spoiler:This was done to Thomas Muoka. The effect was so strong that it even encompasses the guy who did it, ''and the reader of the story,'' so it's even impossible for us to learn what he did to deserve it.]]
* ''Website/SFDebris'' has as a RunningGag the idea that Jonathan Archer was considered such an embarrassment that he was wiped from Starfleet's history books. For unknown reasons, he was also wiped from the Klingon history books, and those who know the truth flatly refuse to speak about him.
* Following his departure from WebVideo/GameGrumps, WebVideo/JonTron was not mentioned by [[Creator/{{Egoraptor}} Arin]] or any of the new Grumps -- all of whom were apparently good friends with him -- in their newer videos, and almost any mention of him was done so in a roundabout way so as to not say his name or include his involvement. While speculation abounds as to whether he had a falling out with the rest of the cast or not, Arin's only official mention of Jon was to say that it's not out of disrespect or to ignore his contribution, but because Arin feels talking about Jon on the show unintentionally drags him back to it and stops all of them from moving on. As of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aVgIkFu36Q&ab_channel=GameGrumps Episode 109]] of Arin & Danny's [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokemon FireRed]] series, however, Jon has been mentioned occasionally by name, more than a year and a half after his departure.
* The Hyacintho Mental Collective from Roleplay/VoidOfTheStars will wipe the memory of any citizen who wants to leave it. Finding someone in the Triarian Collective who hasn't had their memory wiped or altered is all but impossible.
* Looking up ''Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse'' on a computer that's on display in an Apple store will net you a redirect to a [=MacBook=] Pro ad or a 404 error. [[http://thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=apple_store_ban Maddox had a field day with this]], making the guess that the ban is due to his anti-Apple posts (especially his anti-iPhone post).
--> [[{{Irony}} "Yes, the company that once alluded to an Orwellian future with controlled media, is now controlling media."]]
* Speaking of Maddox, the final episode of his abruptly cancelled podcast "The Biggest Problem in the Universe" was recorded without his co-host, Dick Masterson, who is also not mentioned once throughout the episode, including the ending where Maddox thanks every single person who's contributed to the show. Over the next few months, it was revealed that personal issues that had been brewing for many months had come to a head and resulted in an ongoing public feud.
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
** The first WhamEpisode can be summed up as this trope happening to one of the top players as part of what seems to be a RevealingCoverup. The webseries and novel versions make it quite clear that anything done by the player's avatar never happened, up to having a character actually say something along the lines of "[That avatar] not longer exists. Actually, it has never existed.".
** The webseries all but confirmed that this happened to Spectre's first avatar after he retired, [[spoiler:probably thanks to the hacker trying to drive people off MMORPG in the present day being his former teammate]].
** According to the novel version, the FictionalVideoGame's gods did this to the Syrial continent in addition to freezing it in time and surrounding it with a PerpetualStorm. This is the reason for which no version of the story ever mentions the people who became the Order before the installment introducing the faction.
* PlayedForLaughs with Creator/RoosterTeeth. After Creator/RayNarvaezJr left Creator/AchievementHunter, they go out of their way to act weird around Ray's name being used for kicks, usually playing him off as some no-named wanna-be or mysterious player they have friended. In all honesty, he's still on good terms with the group and shows up from time to time on their podcasts.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' series "What is Reality?" has the Riddler erasing all of the records of his existence as Edward Nygma, including birth certificates, drivers licenses, employment records and so on.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' has Megatron destroying statues of Cybertronian historical figures and wiping the archives, turning all of the planet's history up to that point into "nothing more than a rumor". The reason this isn't listed as a PropagandaMachine is because there was no one left to be told anything at that point.
* Meta-example with ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat''. The ending credits give both Creator/OttoMessmer (the creator of the whole WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat franchise) and Creator/JoeOriolo (who [[WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat revived the character in the late 50's]] and kept the series alive from then on) credit as the creator of Felix the Cat, while Pat Sullivan, who owned the studio that made the original cartoons, but had virtually nothing to do with creating the character or drawing the cartoons, and falsely took credit for creating Felix in his lifetime, isn't mentioned at all.
* In the end of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' episode "The Elite Guard", [[spoiler:Powell takes control of Sumdac Systems from Sari under the assumption that he found no evidence that Isaac had any offspring.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Sari:''' Are you saying I can't prove I'm Isaac Sumdac's daughter?\\
'''Powell:''' [[WhamLine I'm saying you can't even prove you exist.]]]]
* In one promo for Creator/CartoonNetwork, WesternAnimation/YogiBear arrives at the studio for work, but forgets his ID card. Much to his confusion and frustration, everyone, including Booboo and Ranger Smith, acts like they have no clue who he is.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DoubleDragon'' cartoon, the Shadow Master intends to destroy the Dragon Dojo (the Dragon Warriors have been banished to the Shadow Mural, and the Lees are in another dimension), saying that once it occurs, "it will be as though (the Double Dragons) never existed."
* Happened to Ron in one ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode after he angered a [[LargeHam hammy]] supervillain called the Mathter (yes, really). It was relatively easy for [[MissionControl Wade]] to fix, however.
* On ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', this was the fate of Quentin Trembley, the 8th and 1/2 President of the United States. He was kicked out for being [[TheCaligula utterly looney]] and all evidence of his brief term was erased from history. Trembley eventually founded Gravity Falls itself (after plummeting to it on a horse), but his role in it was covered up in order to ensure that he was completely erased from history. He was replaced by William Henry Harrison as the official 9th US President (which is incredibly ironic, considering that Harrison died barely even a month into his term), and they made waste-shoveling village idiot Nathaniel Northwest the founder of Gravity Falls.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': If Smileyland is destroyed and someone is given the task of creating it again, anyone who they don't think of/don't want to be in it will be erased from existence. In Episode 105, this happens to [[TheUnseen Ursula]] when Quack Quack tries doing it (since he doesn't know her), and [[spoiler: almost happens to Kaeloo, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat when Stumpy decides to do it since he's sick of their constant mockery of him.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': After Pink Diamond's shattering, Yellow Diamond embarked on a campaign of information suppression to remove her from public consciousness. However, this is a more benign example, in as much as such an act can be, as Yellow Diamond did not do it out of spite, but rather to avoid having to deal with her grief.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'': It appears this has become the fate of [[spoiler: Della Duck]] following the adventure that caused Scrooge and Donald to part ways; one time, when some junk mail addressed to her was delivered to the mansion, Scrooge bought the post office and the carrier never came back. The only traces of her existence are a photograph owned by Donald, an old painting in Scrooge's garage, and a secret room in the [=McDuck=] archive that can only be accessed by a blood relative.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': "Total Eclipsa The Moon" reveals that [[spoiler: historical documents have been significantly altered to cover up the existence of Eclipsa's half-monster daughter Meteora]].
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': In Season 6, the BigBad promised he would remove all knowledge of [[CombiningMecha Voltron]], [[BadassPrincess Princess Allura]], and [[TheGoodKing King Alfor]] after he wins. [[spoiler:He loses gloriously.]]

!!Real life examples
* Adobe Photoshop (and other computer photo editing/manipulation software programs): Professional photographers sometimes are requested to remove undesirable people from professional (and sometimes, other) photographs. Using the different cropping and cutting features, the "[=unperson=]"-ee is seamlessly removed from the photograph, and the background or another person's features are restored. The end result is a photograph that appears exactly as it might had the "[=unperson=]" never been in the original photograph. Usually, someone will request such photos be altered only in extreme cases – for instance, a professional photo of single mother, her children and her boyfriend ... but then the couple has a big falling out, and it is obvious the man will never have any contact with anyone in the family again. Yet, the photo – with or without him – is perfectly good to display (as opposed to disposing of them in a burn barrel), and the woman wants to do just that ... only she doesn't want anything with the jerk (the now "[=unperson=]") hanging on her walls.
** In addition, some people remove unwanted people from other types of photos, such as a high school sports team photo where several members are no longer part of a team. It can be a hassle to have a new picture taken, and rather than use other techniques (such as simple cropping or using blocks to cover up the ex-teammates), the photographer simply [=PhotoShop=]s the ex-players out of existence ... as far as that picture is concerned. Usually, this will be done only if the player(s) are kicked off a team for severe offenses, such as drinking or serious crimes; if one simply leaves the team, even if on not the best terms, the original team photo will be left intact.
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' did this to Dan [=DeCarlo=] after he attempted to sue them over ownership rights to ''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats''. They refused to even refer to him in the company's history, even though he contributed much and was someone artists were previously instructed to imitate. Years after he died, [[DueToTheDead they reversed their stance and started openly referring to him in compilations and Best Ofs, and individual Digest stories (historically almost completely without notice of the original writers and artists) now often carry his name under the title.]]
** As we can see at this [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics91.html link]], [=DeCarlo=]: There were two panels of two editions of a comic where Betty was visiting a museum with the gang and she is asked about her favorite artist: In the original version of the comic, she says "Dan [=DeCarlo=], because where'd this story be without him? In the second (maybe from a compilation), her favorite artist'''s''' are "the Archie comic staff" instead. Doesn't help that [[ConspicuouslyLightPatch the new text is very obviously made using a typed font]], as opposed to the hand-drawn letters used in the original version and the rest of the sequence.
* The band The Spring Standards used to be called Old Springs Pike and had a forth member, actor John Gallagher Jr, who very suddenly quit the band a while back. Looking at anything official related to the band now, you wouldn't think they ever even knew him.
* One of Amnesty International's primary mandates is finding and, when possible, freeing "disappeared" persons - individuals who have been secretly imprisoned, deported or executed by governments, militia groups, etc. You would be shocked not just by how often this happens, but where.

* This happened in ancient Egypt to perceived traitors (most notably, the heretical Pharaoh UsefulNotes/{{Akhenaten}}, who had tried to [=Unperson=] ''the Egyptian Pantheon''). These disgraced people had their carved images, monuments, etc. either effaced or obliterated, wiping out not only their images but also their names. Given the Egyptian focus on the afterlife, and the need for a perpetual image and name to ensure that afterlife, this was a very serious punishment.
** Ironically, because of this modern scholars often have a better idea of the lineage of pharaohs than they themselves did, because we have access to records that were sealed in tombs and thus not altered to erase someone the way the records they would have access to were.
** The 25th Dynasty was virtually erased from existence by the first of the 26th simply because [[SinsOfOurFathers a Pharaoh from the 25th executed his great-grandfather]], as mentioned in a National Geographic Special on the subject of the 25th.
** The latest to receive this punishment are former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his wife -- one of the first things to happen after the Revolution of 2011 was a ruling by the administrative court that declared that ''everything'' with their name/s on it had to be renamed.
* The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was burned down in 356 BC by a guy named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herostratus Herostratus]]. [[IfItBleedsItLeads He had done this specifically to get his name in the history books]], and the Ephesian authorities, in an attempt to deny him this goal, executed him, erased his name from all their records, and made it a crime to mention his name on penalty of death. As you can well imagine, it didn't work ''that'' well, as people needed to know what the name was in order to know which one not to say on pain of death. ThanatosGambit much?
* The Romans did this, though the Latin term for it, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damnatio_memoriae damnatio memoriae]]'' or "damnation of memory", came later. A notable example is Lucius Aelius Sejanus, who was even omitted from the Gospels, which were written for a Roman audience at a time of turmoil for both mainstream Jews and the Christians that would eventually spin off from them, despite playing a key role in the Passion of the Christ through a political conspiracy with Herod Antipas and his sudden downfall on charges of treason.
* {{Henry VIII}} did this to Anne Boleyn and her co-accused. He had their portraits destroyed, their badges and other devices painted over or hacked off, their papers burned, and their jewels reset. Two notable images survived: a defaced medallion prototype that shows little more than the general shape of Anne Boleyn’s face, and one painting that may be of Francis Weston. All the famous portraits of Anne, including the paintings held by the National Portrait Gallery and Hever Castle and the ring at Chequers, are artists’ concepts of what Elizabeth I’s mother might have looked like painted fifty years after she died by men who never saw her.
** Henry didn’t think to do the same with his fifth wife Catherine Howard, but he may have been too sick by then to care.
* At West Point there is a series of portraits of generals of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. Among them is Benedict Arnold--turned face inward. He is no longer publicly acknowledged as a former Commandant of West Point, due to his plan to surrender the fort to the British during the American Revolution. Similarly, there is a monument commemorating his victory at Saratoga that which only depicts ''his foot'' without mentioning him by name. (It's his foot because Arnold got shot in the lower leg and then had his horse fall on that same leg, shattering it. He spent over a year bedridden, which was when he started thinking about treason.) Which becomes HarsherInHindsight when you realize that Gates taking all the credit for Arnold's actions at Saratoga was one of the many KickTheDog moments that drove Arnold to treason ''in the first place''.
* The Nazis did this too: [[http://s17.postimage.org/pd1ugrmn3/hitler_str_56_max_470904_S0.jpg In this photo]], Goebbels was removed due to a falling out with the Fuhrer. Ironically, he and his wife, as seen in ''Film/{{Downfall}}'', went out the same way as did Hitler and his wife: they committed suicide, and their bodies were burned in a gas-fueled funeral pyre, though they were less successful at going up in flames beyond all recognition than the Hitlers were, Goebbels's leg brace in particular not helping matters.
** They also suppressed, and tried to destroy, Leni Riefenstahl's documentary ''Victory of Faith'' for presenting SA leader Ernst Rohm as Hitler's [[HarsherInHindsight most loyal follower]]. A few prints managed to escape destruction.
* The Soviet Union did this often; ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'''s use of it is a direct allusion.
** UsefulNotes/JosefStalin was the biggest practitioner of this as alluded to in the main article, manipulating historical accounts and photographs to remove certain people, or, more rarely, insert people (usually himself). UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky, former head of the Red Army, is probably the [[http://www.11points.com/images/doctoreddictators/lenin.jpg most]] [[http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2012/01/30/lenin_no_trotsky2-89dedaa6a7a40be0d6e30dad2284c57fec08b04f-s40.jpg famous case of this.]]
** The page picture demonstrates this with Nikolai Yezhov, who was the head of NKVD (the precursor of KGB) for less than a year in 1936-37. Stalin heaped blame for the Great Purge on Yezhov, and accused him of conspiracy against himself. After Yezhov's execution, Stalin ordered all evidence of his existence removed.
** After Stalin died the Soviet Union [[LaserGuidedKarma did this to Stalin]] (to a limited extent) after they remembered how much they should hate him. For example, say Stalin had inserted himself into a movie with himself playing a historical role he never did using the actor Aleksei Dikiy as himself. The de-stalinized version would have the Aleksei Dikiy edited out, perhaps in one scene being covered up by a new unnamed extra.
** A lesser example occurred during Brezhnev's time, when a movie about Gagarin was being made, and they needed footage without Khrushchev. Due to the latter's ego, the only samples of such footage were found in the trash.
** Soviet actions frequently utilized this in Warsaw Pact countries, usually when leaders in nations such as Hungary dared to propose a more efficient form of communism that dealt with problems through means other than repression.
** Everyone who did not agree with Soviet collectivization policies, along with anyone associated with a suspected rebel was subject to relocation to the Gulag. This led to huge numbers of people in the western regions of the Soviet Union (the Baltic states and western Ukraine in particular) falling to this.
** A particularly sad example is Vladimir Clementis, who helped lead a Communist Revolution in Slovakia, but was later hanged in a show-trial. Before the coup, Clementis had stood next to Klement Gottwald (who later became leader of Czechoslovakia) during a photoshoot, and lent him a fur hat. Clementis was unpersoned after the purge, and the only evidence of his existence for decades was the picture of his hat. Clementis has been reclaimed by history, but the image became a metaphor for Eastern European history, and Milan Kundera used it in the beginning of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
** Poet Robert W. Service was an un-person for the Soviet literary science and literary criticism. Soviet officials were so enraged by Service's narrative poem ''The Ballad of Lenin's Tomb'' that he wasn't just branded as "anti-Soviet" or "anti-Communist" - his name and poetry were forbidden to mention at all.
* The Nazis' "Night And Fog" (''Nacht und Nebel'') decree.
* UsefulNotes/NorthKorea has erased the Soviet Union from the history of their country's founding. While the earliest North Korean propaganda portrayed the Soviets as paternal figures, it wouldn't last long. In 1958, Kim Il-sung decided he didn't like the Soviet Union anymore and ordered history revised so that the nation was founded by him alone. Subsequently, every pro-Soviet and pro-Stalin monument in the country was destroyed. A couple decades later, the founding of the Korean People's Army was moved from 1948 to 1932, tying it to Kim's earlier anti-Japanese guerrilla activities and erasing its Soviet origin. In 2009, North Korea amended its constitution to remove all references to communism. It wasn't until 2012, however, that the portraits of Marx and Lenin were finally removed from Kim Il-sung Square.
** More recently, after Kim Jong-Un's uncle Jang Song-thaek was declared an enemy of the state and executed, [[http://www.theguardian.com/global/gallery/2013/dec/09/kim-jong-uns-uncle-vanishes-from-documentary-footage-in-pictures?CMP=fb_gu his image was edited out of a North Korean documentary]].
* Lin Biao, UsefulNotes/MaoZedong's ChessmasterSidekick, was unpersoned after his unauthorized departure from China on 12 September, 1971... for just two days, as Beijing thought he defected to another country. Two days later, when if became obvious (outside of China) that Lin died in a plane crash in Mongolia, China ceased to unperson him "to dispel rumours," such that there was no leadership activities during National Day celebrations on 1 October. Report of his death, plus a smear campaign, only started when the propaganda people have a game plan, a month after Lin died.
* During the [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Pinochet]] regime in Chile from 1973 to 1990 people would randomly disappear; so much so that the verb "disappear" became transitive, as in "He was disappeared". Most simply never returned and their homes/possessions were taken by the government but in a few cases some of those who were disappeared would also lead to their family and anyone who spoke of them to disappear as well effectively removing a person's existence. Official estimates are around 3,000 people but some believe as many as 5-10,000 people had gone missing.
* The government of the late Argentine President Nestor Kirchner (2003-2007) sought to discredit all former military rulers of Argentina by removing any official reference to their "presidencies" from government records and history, including the removal of several portraits from halls of presidents around the nation. Similarily, all the info about the terrorist guerrillas of the 1970s is downplayed.
** This was a case of LaserGuidedKarma. [[UsefulNotes/NationalReorganizationProcess Tens of thousands 'disappeared' in Argentina]] under the rule of the military junta. Even today you can still find fresh graffiti in some areas with messages like "Free all political prisoners!" despite the government's assurance that all prisoners have been freed. This is because only about 9,000 of the 30,000 people estimated to have been disappeared by the dictatorship have been accounted for and speculation that some may still be alive continues to this day.
** Speaking of Argentina, the Peróns were this for 16 years after the military junta that led to Juan Perón's exile. Eva's embalmed body was moved by the military to a tomb in Italy. The body was later returned to Argentina after the junta rule ended, and Juan Perón himself made a political comeback with a third election in 1973 (though he died just nine months into it), with Peronism still going strong today, even surviving a second military junta in the late '70s/early '80s. During Perón's exile, Peronism was proscripted and the very mention of Perón's name was forbidden; the media had to use terms like "[[SpeakOfTheDevil the runaway tyrant]]" when needing to say something about him.
* It's popular for monarchists in Commonwealth countries such as Canada and Australia to argue that "stealth republicans" are systematically removing references to [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen the Queen]] in government and the popular culture, in order to downplay an institution they supposedly loathe. Though not nearly as widespread as monarchists often imagine, it is true that public acknowledgement of Queen Elizabeth II as head of state is considerably less conspicuous in many Commonwealth countries than it was in the 1960s and 70s, when the monarchy was far less controversial.
* It's also popular in the United States to deny the existence of any Asian Americans in any notable role in history, particularly in social activism, then blame Asian Americans for not doing anything. Creator/GeorgeTakei has lessened denial of Internment, but it was also denied at one time. The Google Doodle of Fred Korematu was a very rare and much celebrated aversion to this erasure.
* After the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011, the White House released [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Obama_and_Biden_await_updates_on_bin_Laden.jpg a photo]] of the President and his associates watching a live feed of the assault from the situation room. Newspapers were given strict orders to not alter the photo in any way, but ''Der Zeitung'', a Yiddish newspaper stationed in New York catering to the ultra-Orthodox, [[http://www.orthodox-jews.com/images/orthodox-jewish-brooklynbased-hasidic-newspaper-der-zeitung-cut-hillary-clinton-from-white-house-picture-21505427.jpg Photoshopped Hillary Clinton and one other woman out of the photo]] due to their standards against showing women in any photos.
* Subverted ultimately with Spiro Agnew, Vice President of the United States (1969-1973) under Richard Nixon. During Agnew's term, he had to resign from office because of bribery and tax evasion charges during his time as governor of Maryland. From 1979 until 1995, he was not allowed to have his portrait in the Maryland State House Governor's Reception Room due to those scandals. It wasn't until 1995 that Governor Parris Glendening allowed Agnew's portrait to be put up; he even invoked ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' by saying it wasn't right to alter history.
* UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson used this as well early in his political career. As a young Congressman in 1937, he had been photographed shaking the hand of President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/FDR-LBJ.png with Texas Governor James Allred]] between the two. In later campaigns, Johnson would have the picture altered to remove Allred.
* While they didn't forbid mention of him, the authorities were quite eager to see anarchist and Presidential assassin Leon Czolgosz forgotten and sweep the matter of William [=McKinley=]'s assassination under the rug as quickly and as cleanly as possible, to the point where they destroyed Czolgosz's remains by pouring sulfuric acid into his coffin as he was buried in the precincts of the prison where he had been electrocuted, and his clothes and possessions were burnt so as to prevent any exhibition of his life. Small wonder he's less well known than any of the three other Presidential assassins.

* Following ''Film/HeavensGate'' and the subsequent sale to MGM, Transamerica did this to themselves as far as the United Artists library was concerned; however, some United Artists films have shown up with the respective original logo, including the Hexagon logo used by UA before being bought by Transamerica, restored/intact.
* David Schmoeller, director of ''Film/PuppetMaster'', accused Charles Band of doing this to directors of Full Moon's productions (including himself--he actually stated that Band wouldn't let him do a commentary for the aforementioned film when it was released on DVD) in an online interview.
* Creator/{{Disney}} considers ''Film/TheBlackHole'', not the sports film ''Take Down'', to be their first PG-rated film. This could be somewhat justified considering that Disney didn't actually produce the latter film, as Disney picked up the movie for distribution [[MoneyDearBoy just so they could find some money]] to slow their then-rapid decline. It probably doesn't help that ''Take Down'', unlike ''The Black Hole'', [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes hasn't been released on DVD or Blu-ray disc at all]], likely because Disney doesn't care enough about the movie to re-release it.
* Similarly, when Creator/DisneyChannel kicked off their 100 DCOM marathon to commemorate the release of ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting2016'', the press release stated that their first Original Movie was ''Under Wraps'' and not ''Northern Lights'', which was excluded from the marathon altogether. The omission caused fans to question whether ''Northern Lights'' was a real DCOM to the point where Wiki/TheOtherWiki removed it from their list, despite some [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5exh5m-42U sound]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g61fBB_bnMA evidence]] to the contrary.[[note]]Granted, ''Adventures in Babysitting'' would actually be the 101 DCOM, but that's besides the point.[[/note]] In their defense, ''Northern Lights'' was much more [[DarkerAndEdgier mature]] than contemporary Disney Channel Original Movies as the network didn't skew exclusively to tweens back then. Since the film was [[OddballInTheSeries a deep character driven drama focusing on mental illness]], including it in the marathon probably would be jarring for Disney's targeted demographic. Those who are interested will have to resort to [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes difficult means]] to track the film down.
* [[https://www.flayrah.com/6527/retrospective-review-chicken-little According to this article:]] Disney also seems to be doing this to ''Disney/ChickenLittle'', due to the film being OldShame.
* Sexual disgrace can do this to anyone in the industry no matter how important they were before the ugly revelations came to light. Here are just a few examples:
** Since being accused of multiple sexual assaults spanning three decades, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the film studio bearing his name; kicked out of BAFTA, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America; and has had his Democratic political donations diverted to charity. Even his biggest allies in the industry, including Creator/KevinSmith and ([[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil unsurprisingly]]) Creator/QuentinTarantino, have turned on him, with Tarantino going so far as to shop his Manson Family script to other studios.
** Creator/KevinSpacey was taken down in the whirlwind of the Weinstein allegations, when several men came forward to say he had sexually harassed or assaulted them over many years. In the aftermath, [[http://deadline.com/2017/11/kevin-spacey-dropped-all-in-the-money-in-the-world-christopher-plummer-ridley-scott-j-paul-getty-1202204437/ the cast, director and Tri Star Pictures unanimously]] decided to write him out of ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld'' and replace him in his role as billionaire J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer, with Creator/RidleyScott adding an additional TakeThat by saying he wanted Plummer anyways to begin with, but Tri Star wanted a 'name' actor in the role. There has even been suggestions that Spacey be removed from everything else he ever did (well, except for trash hardly any film buff is willing to defend, that is), including ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', which featured him in his StarMakingRole.
** Sex scandals can even lead to ''a movie'' getting Unpersonned. After Creator/LouisCK admitted to sexual misconduct allegations made against him following the Weinstein and Spacey scandals, he was kicked out of everything he had been working on up to that point. This included the film ''I Love You, Daddy'' -- about [[AudienceAlienatingPremise a 17-year-old girl falling in love with a 68-year-old man]] -- which was pulled just days before its scheduled release, most likely due to the [[UnfortunateImplications inevitable comparisons]] between the film's premise and the allegations against C.K. His cameo role in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' as "the Horrifying, Sweaty, One-Armed Monstrosity" was also dubbed over by Creator/AlexHirsch for all subsequent releases and re-runs.
** Claude Jutra was considered one of the most important filmmakers in Canadian (and especially Quebecois) history, with his career and legacy compared to the likes of David Cronenberg and Norman Jewison. That changed in 2016, thirty years after Jutra's death, when a Quebec journalist released a book alleging that he had a history as a pedophile, followed by an article in a Montreal newspaper detailing an account by one of his victims. Immediately after the allegations were printed, Canadian film academies which put Jutra's name on their awards announced that they would be renamed.
** The [=RatPac=] logo was removed from the DVD and Blu-ray release of ''Film/JusticeLeague'' as a direct result of sexual harassment allegations against producer Brett Ratner.
* A unique example in terms of adult animation: ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' was released in 1999, and garnered significance as the first computer-animated film to be rated R. However, because the computer animation was rendered to resemble the 2D stop-motion animation [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark the show]] utilized, and because of the lack of a 3D look to the film, it does not fit [[AllCGICartoon the modern popular consensus of what computer-generated imagery means]]. As a result, when ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' was announced in 2013, ''it'' was labeled as the first computer-animated film to be rated R, effectively exiling ''Bigger, Longer, and Uncut'' from that designation. (''Sausage Party'' fits it's [[ExactWords narrowed down to]] ''3D'' computer animation) In all honesty, though, one of the main reasons ''Bigger, Longer, and Uncut'' was made in computer animation was because it would have been cheaper and quicker to do it that way rather than the traditional way, and Matt Stone and Trey Parker pointed out in the Blu-ray commentary for the movie that the final product was more "middle ground" than fully computer-animated.
* Edward Elric has been removed from an online poster for the ''Film/FullmetalAlchemist2017'' film because the actor portraying him is affiliated with Johnny and Associates, which is notorious both for racism towards non-Japanese people to the point where ''Anime/YuGiOh'' hasn't yet received a complete official uncut release outside of Japan and for a "no-photo" rule which caused Ed's removal from the poster in the first place.

* ''Series/The700Club'', hosted by televangelist Pat Robertson, has done this a few times throughout its run:
** The original co-host of the show was Jim Bakker, who had a poor working relationship with Pat and eventually left the ministry. He and his wife Tammy Faye went on to co-found Creator/{{TBN}} with Paul and Jan Crouch, but similar issues ended their times there as well. After the Bakkers' own PTL ministry collapsed amidst a fraud scandal, both ''The 700 Club'' and TBN erased the Bakkers from their official histories.
** Another co-host, Danuta Soderman, was on the show for five years in the late [[TheEighties Eighties]], then was fired after writing an autobiography detailing her longtime affair with a married man. Afterwards, she spoke publicly about her dissatisfaction with the show's conversative politics (she was a feminist in a TV ministry run by men) and faded into obscurity. ''The 700 Club'' makes no mention of Soderman, even during anniversary specials.
** There is also Pat Robertson's son Tim, who co-hosted the show while Pat ran in the 1988 Republican presidential primaries. Tim did not share his dad's charisma and ratings and contributions for the show suffered, necessitating Pat's return when he left the race. Tim moved to behind the scenes work but has also never been acknowledged as a former co-host.
* Music/CeeLoGreen was given this treatment by Creator/{{TBS}} after [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor he expressed controversial views regarding rape on his Twitter page]] related to a 2012 sexual battery incident he was accused of. His comedy show ''The Good Life'' was canceled before production of a second season could begin, and TBS then yanked the show from the schedule and On Demand services, took down the show's website, and removed it from the TBS mobile viewing app. TBS did everything to ensure that their ties with Green were cut off for good.
* Once dozens of rape allegations against Creator/BillCosby came into light, TV Land not only pulled all reruns of ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' from their schedule, but they removed all mention of the series from their website, taking down any links to the show's section on the site. [[note]]This is an extraordinary step; usually when a series is not currently being rerun, it is removed from the website but a knowledgeable computer user can still often access an archived version of the page. Not so with ''Series/TheCosbyShow''.[[/note]] Only time will tell if he will be unpersoned in a similar manner as Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris and Jian Ghomeshi mentioned below; however, Cosby has already stepped down from several of his positions and has also been forced to cancel or reschedule several of his performances. Following his admissions to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with in July 2015, there was more Cosby unpersoning after cable channels "Bounce" and "Centric" pulled ''Cosby Show'' reruns from their schedule and Disney removed their statue of him.
* Fans of anarchic comedy clowns ''Series/TheGoodies'' - and the three Goodies themselves - all suspect the [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] has done exactly this to erase a long-running spectacularly popular show from the 1970's that ran for the life of the decade. When the BBC has exhumed and repeated practically every other 1970's comedy show, including some which have far more spectacularly politically incorrect moments than the Goodies, this series (hailed as a serious competitor to Creator/MontyPython) remains uncelebrated and unrepeated. Perhaps the fact the show fell foul of joyless senior executives with a lot of clout has to do with this. One episode - and far from being the best - was grudgingly repeated on the show's thirtieth anniversary. And that's been it.
* Comedian Creator/MichaelBentine, a founder-member of ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', alleged right up until his death that the BBC had blacklisted him for refusing to insert political satire he disagreed with into his TV shows. He also pointed to virtually his entire archive of TV work having been erased as proof of this. While this might have been paranoia - Bentine's extremely conservative views did not sit well with a liberal-left leaning BBC - after objectively considering what happened to Chris Langham and the Goodies, it does open room for wondering. The BBC also erased virtually every early ''Goon Show'' episode in which Bentine performed, leaving the impression that the Goons were only ever Milligan, Secombe and Sellers. Creator/SpikeMilligan may have encouraged this, as "creative differences" were the cause of Bentine leaving the group. Milligan always underplayed Bentine's contribution to the Goons.
* Even TV shows can be [=unpersons=]: ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is this in the eyes of Comedy Central; this was most blatantly on display during a 13th Anniversary special the network had. Not only was the show utterly ignored, but what was the network's first major hit was ignored in favor of "Politically Incorrect" (the network's second major hit), which was declared the network's first big hit.
* After the end of Conan O'Brien's run on ''Series/TheTonightShow'', NBC proceeded to remove every single trace of his career at the network from their website and video sites across the internet. With the exception of an episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' he hosted and a first season episode of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' in which he and his show play an integral part in the plot, no other Conan footage appears on Hulu or NBC.com. However a portrait of O'Brien (still credited as host of ''Late Night'') at the Universal Studios Tour waiting line remained for at least a while longer.
** This was somewhat reversed when a new regime came into power at NBC and Creator/JimmyFallon took over as host, with Conan being mentioned as a previous host in commercials. However, there still aren't any official videos or anything online.
* After Craig Kilborn left ''Series/TheDailyShow'' in 1999, Creator/ComedyCentral did everything they could to ensure he is never mentioned on the program again. The official ''Daily Show'' website has no Kilborn-era episode clips (besides a small flashback in one episode from the Jon Stewart era), no VHS or DVD release has showcased Kilborn's run, and fans have to rely on [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes home recordings]] in order to continue enjoying them. The mixed reception of the series during that era as well as Kilborn making crude jokes about ''Daily Show'' co-creator Lizz Winstead on an ''Esquire'' magazine interview didn't help matters. Comedy Central did allow Kilborn to have a cameo in Stewart's final episode, in which he insults Stewart for taking his job, but that was it.
* Only a year after his death, the once-beloved British TV presenter Creator/JimmySavile was unmasked as having been a gigantic child molester. He is now completely transformed into an unperson: memorials, street names, statues, archive recordings, his gravestone, two charity organizations carrying his name, and honorary degrees have all been removed, renamed, or disbanded. In addition, despite his significant contribution to ''Series/TopOfThePops'' (on which he was a regular host for twenty years) he has largely been airbrushed out of the show's history and [=BBC4=] no longer airs episodes which he presented. While he was also knighted and given an OBE medal, these accolades died with him since knighthood is for life, and only for life, and there is no knighthood to be stripped. [[HateDumb This has been misunderstood in the past by people who criticize the monarchy for not stripping him of his honours.]] That said, some traces of Savile remain online in the form of Website/YouTube videos uploaded prior to the revelation of Savile's darker life.
** As of July 2014 -- as a result of investigations begun in the wake of the Savile scandal -- Rolf Harris has also begun the unperson process after being convicted of sexual offences against underage girls. His art (including what was then an original royal-commissioned portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which she genuinely liked) was withdrawn from public view, honours stripped, TV programmes featuring references to him or his music pulled off the air and plaques around Australia and the UK taken down.
* The drag performance group The Kinsey Sicks were heavily featured in promotional material for Season 3 of ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'' but after the producers found out more about the group's history and politics, their performance was scrubbed from the show and they were un-invited from the second round of performances.
* After their reputation was destroyed by a legion of scandals, Canadian animation studio Cinar resurfaced as Creator/CookieJarEntertainment. As Cookie Jar, they erased all references to the Cinar name from all their shows… and replaced the old Creator/DicEntertainment logos with Cookie Jar.
* After the crashing and burning of their controversial show ''WesternAnimation/AllenGregory'', broadcaster Creator/{{Fox}} removed all traces of it from the channel, going so far as to shoot down people selling bootleg DVD's of it, in an extreme case of LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain. [[AudienceAlienatingPremise Given the]] [[DudeNotFunny content of the show]], it's probably for the best.
* The Creator/AdultSwim series ''Million Dollar Extreme Presents Series/WorldPeace'' burned through their six episodes in late summer 2016 without much buzz, holding middling million-viewer ratings in a Friday night slot, but remained in contention for a second season. However, once it was found out that the ''MDE'' comedy troupe had trafficked in racist, misogynistic and homophobic humor in the past, had somehow gotten through things like a blackface sketch which had to be edited considerably by [[MoralGuardians Standards and Practices]], and eventually became heavily involved in the alt-right scene online, things quickly went downhill. Network stalwart Brett Gelman quit working with the network in disgust because of how he saw the network promoting the humor of ''MDE'' while turning down several woman-led projects, the network faced hostile reaction during the show's run from their staff, and more S&P editing had to be done to get through the run, including the removal of subtle swastika imagery. Even the show's musical guests regretted their appearances; all but one performer/band (and that one just couldn't be found) distanced themselves from the show, repudiating the views of ''MDE'' in whole. Adult Swim washed their hands of the show in December 2016, for a short time removing all signs that it existed from its website. It returned later in the month, but the network certainly isn't doing anything to promote its existence.
* ''Series/RobotWars'': The VHS release of Series 1 removed all footage of and reference to then-presenter Jeremy Clarkson. No tie-in media mentions him at all, and Series 1 has never aired in the US. Clarkson was an unpopular presenter who was infamously harsh and insulting to the losing contestants.
* Harvey Weinstein's name is being erased from Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany's latest television programs after he was removed from the company in disgrace following sexual harassment allegations dating back nearly three decades.
* After its judge Johnny Iuzzini got caught up in a similar series of allegations, ABC pulled ''[[Series/TheGreatBritishBakeOff The Great American Baking Show]]'' in the middle of its 2017 season, and announced that it would not air the remaining episodes.
* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} gave both ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpyAdultPartyCartoon'' the Wrestling/ChrisBenoit treatment in April 2018 following the publication of a [=BuzzFeed=] report where two female animators accused show creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi of attempting to prey on them while they were teenagers in the mid-90's. The series is no longer rerun on Series/NickSplat, all "retro" merchandising for it has been discontinued and no digital outlets are selling the series anymore. Even the episodes that Kricfalusi wasn't involved in have been pulled due to his mere association to the characters. [=NickSplat=]'s social media accounts also no longer mention the series since the allegations surfaced.
* After Roseanne Barr posted a racist/Islamophobic tweet against former [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Obama]] advisor Valerie Jarrett, ABC cancelled the revival of [[Series/{{Roseanne}} her show]] (after initially renewing it for another season), removed all references to it from their website, and replaced its summer reruns with episodes of ''Series/TheMiddle'', which had ended its run a week earlier. ''Roseanne'' was also pulled from syndication on networks such as CMT and Paramount Network.

* Shunning is used as a severe punishment in many religions, including Christianity and the ChurchOfHappyology, among others.
** It's an especially strong punishment in Amish communities, since individual Amish often have no social connections outside the Amish community. Enough to drive the individual in question to suicide in severe cases. And, as shown in an episode of ''Genealogy Roadshow'', they even went so far as to not keep records of the one who was shunned, thus adhering to the part of this trope where all traces of their existence are erased.
** In the same way, exile could be a very severe punishment in tribal societies, not much better than execution.
* After [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]] confirmed that Fr. Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, was really a pederast who sexually abused numerous underage seminarians and fathered at least three children with two women, created a "system of power" built on silence and obedience that enabled him to lead an "immoral" double life "devoid of scruples and authentic religious sentiment" and allowed him to abuse young boys for decades unchecked, the Legionaries of Christ, an ecumenically and politically powerful Catholic organization have divulged new norms regarding their founder: [[http://www.monkwhostolethecow.com/2010/12/legion-of-christ-adopts-new-norms.html They will not display any photo of him in their installations, they will not sell any of his writings nor cite him as the author when giving a sermon, they will not celebrate his birthday or the anniversary of his death, they will not build a mausoleum in his tomb]].
** This rule is not universal, however. On the Legion's website, they do acknowledge Fr. Maciel as their founder, and do display a small photo of him in a timeline charting the group's history. At the same time, they pull no punches on showing just how off the rails he went, and describe his actions as "gravely reprehensible," among other terms.
* Religions and Christian denominations [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement which in some eyes are verging on cults]] have been accused of this with regard to previously-held beliefs now considered theologically or socially inconvenient/embarrassing. The Watchtower Society has revised its doctrines several times to cover up "fallacious doctrines" (and those Church founders who espoused them) leading to their predicting the non-happening end of the world in certain years, and to conceal the extent to which their theology was determined not by Biblical exegesis but by [[PyramidPower Victorian pseudo-science]]. In a different church, the notoriously autocratic Herbert W. Armstrong also made ''his own son'', the then very famous televangelist Reverend Garner Ted Armstrong, into an Un-Person in the eyes of his Church following a series of scandals in the 1960's.

* After the Atlanta Spirit Group sold the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Atlanta Thrashers]] ([[ContinuitySnarl now known as]] [[InNameOnly the second generation]] [[ReplacementGoldfish Winnipeg Jets]]) to True North Sports and Entertainment, Atlanta Spirit erased most, if not all, references to the Thrashers, including their only divisional title banner and a mural from when the team hosted the 2008 NHL All-Star Game from Philips Arena. Also, several Canadian hockey outlets tend to disregard the existence of the former Thrashers; however, many hockey purists tend to be biased against any NHL team in warm-weather markets.
* In April 2014, when the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Chicago Cubs]] celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field (their stadium), they brought back many of their past greats for the celebration. One glaring exception: Sammy Sosa, who hit 60 homers in three different seasons with the team (though allegedly with the help of steroids), and was the face of the Cubs in the late 1990s and early 2000s, wasn't invited. He had left the team on bad terms in 2004.[[note]] By the end of his time with the Cubs, he had alienated most of his teammates. The final straw was when he sat out the last game of the 2004 season, left the stadium before the game was over, and then tried to lie about it publicly.[[/note]]
* Following investigations that implicated poker player Russ Hamilton in what is perhaps the largest instance of online gambling fraud ever committed (his company, Ultimate Bet, would eventually refund over $22 million that was taken from its members by "cheating software"), Hamilton has been shunned by the World Series of Poker, who covered up his portrait from when he won the main event in 1994 and declined to invite him to an anniversary event that all other living main event winners attended.
* Since being charged with murder, Aaron Hernandez was cut from the New England Patriots[[note]]He was actually cut before being charged, but after being arrested[[/note]], his player stats were temporarily blanked at NFL.com (they are back now, but his photo is gone), he lost all his endorsement deals, the Patriots allowed fans to exchange jerseys bearing his name for any other player[[note]]for one weekend only[[/note]], and a photo of him was removed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
* Penn State Nittany Lions football:
** Following allegations of child sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky, Penn State is going to great lengths when it comes to obliterating him completely: not only has his image been [[http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/1111/espn_a_mural_600.jpg removed from the school's mural]], an ice cream named after him was also pulled by the university's ice cream parlor.
** Even Joe Paterno himself, the coach on whose victories Penn State enjoys its reputation, is being purged. The Penn State administration even debated pulling down a statue of him, then did so. The only exceptions were buildings such as libraries that his family (and not him personally) had funded. Given his death not long after the allegations came to light, however, and the public outpouring of grief, this may wind up being a subversion of this trope, and after the statue was removed there was a vocal minority, led by Creator/RogerEbert (of all people), that condemns the removal as TooSoon, particularly in light of Paterno's death.
** The NCAA ordered Penn State to vacate 14 years of victories, thus effectively stripping Paterno of the record for most wins by a head coach. The governor of Pennsylvania instigated a legal battle to fight against many of the NCAA's sanctions, since quite a few of them penalize innocent students; the wins were restored in January 2015.
* Other NCAA members:
** The NCAA is also essentially doing this to both Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo by the University of Southern California. Both were found to have illegally taken money from agents while they were playing at USC, and as a result of NCAA sanctions, USC cannot recognize either of them in any way. Their names cannot appear in any school record books (not so bad for Mayo, as he only played one season of basketball before moving onto the NBA and probably didn't even want to be there in the first place; however a much bigger deal for Bush, up until then one of the best college football players of all time), the university cannot display any images of them or hang their jerseys anywhere, nor can Bush or Mayo assist in recruiting or be in any way involved with USC. In addition, they were forced to vacate any victories while Bush and Mayo were playing for their respective teams. In Bush's case, this even included the 2004 National Championship.
** The NCAA effectively did this to Morehouse's men's soccer program for 2004 and 2005 after particularly egregious rules violations. Two Nigeria-born players were allowed to play despite previously having played professional soccer, and were also allowed to play before enrolling at the school. Other players were allowed to play without proper paperwork, and for a time not even the athletic department knew a soccer program even existed. The so-called "death penalty" is now rarely used due to the fallout from the only football team (SMU) to be slapped with the death penalty back in 1987, including the disbanding of the Southwest Conference. The NCAA has imposed the death penalty five times, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, but only once on a D-I football squad (in the aforementioned [[{{Scandalgate}} SMUgate]]); however, there had been talks about slapping the death penalty on Miami (due to massive improper benefits provided by booster and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro) and Penn State (due to a possible cover-up of Sandusky's crimes), and in 2002 they stopped short of slapping the death penalty on Alabama for using a booster to reel in a Memphis player after receiving a tip from Alabama rival Tennessee's then-coach, Phillip Fulmer.
** As it turned out, neither Miami nor Penn State received a death penalty. Penn State did receive crippling sanctions, though after the school showed clear progress in the cleanup process, the sanctions were eased. As for Miami, they received only modest scholarship reductions and "show-cause penalties"[[note]]essentially blackballing a coach from employment with other schools[[/note]] for some assistants. The NCAA badly botched the Miami investigation, and the school self-imposed postseason bans in 2011 and 2012 despite being bowl-eligible in both seasons.
** It's highly unlikely that the measure will ever be used again in the future (at least on a football program, due to the popularity of the sport). After SMU's sentence was laid down in '87, it took close to 20 years for their program to recover, and it is highly unlikely that it will ever enjoy the same kind of prominence it once did; this naturally makes the NCAA wary of such a harsh measure.
* In February 2013, trading card manufacturer Topps erased all mention of disgraced slugger Pete Rose from its 2013 Major League Baseball trading card series, which has several mentions of players chasing famous lifetime records. Rose himself has not appeared on any officially-licensed MLB product since his lifetime ban in 1989.
* "Replacement players" who participated in Spring Training in 1995 (during the 1994 player's strike) are similarly treated, because they cannot be members of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Their names cannot appear on any merchandise, they cannot have official baseball cards, and they are replaced with [[{{Expy}} expies]] in MLBPA-licensed video games.
* Chris Webber was disassociated from the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan for his illicit association with booster Ed Martin from 2003 to 2013. The basketball team will remain stripped of its 1992 and 1993 title game appearances, and all wins in the 1992-93 season will remain vacated. Maurice Taylor, Robert "Tractor" Traylor, and Louis Bullock received similar sanctions for their involvement with Martin, though they were allowed to associate with the school again in 2012 (although Traylor died in 2011). The team wins from 1995-1999 were also vacated, although the Wolverines were awarded a win by forfeit for the 1995-96 season due to Purdue's own recruiting scandal, even though they were swept by the Boilermakers that year.
* Lance Armstrong has become this in cycling. Between 1999 and 2006 he won the Tour de France seven times, a record! In the 2010s, however, it turned out he had used doping to obtain this goal. The official ''Tour de France'' committee has effectively stripped him from his titles, without saying who won the tours in those years, but did comment: "There is no place in cycling for him."
* The Baltimore Orioles baseball club was originally the American League St. Louis Browns, before being moved following the 1953 season, with the Browns being most notable for being an utterly abysmal team. The Orioles were so determined to make a clean break from their loser past that they officially disavow any connection to their time in St. Louis, leaving it to their former in-city rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, to honor the Browns's hall of famers and records.
* In 1895 The Northern Rugby Union, later to become the UsefulNotes/RugbyLeague, seceded from the Rugby Football Union over the thorny issue of compensation to players who lost wages in order to play. Up to that point, Yorkshire had dominated the County Championship with players drawn from the coal mines and textile factories of that county, and the well-heeled amateurs in the south of England were very unhappy about this. For the next hundred years the UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion had a massive sulk, banning for life any player who had so much as enquired about changing to the, by now very different, game of Rugby League. Nobody who had ever played so much as a park kickabout game of League was permitted to sully the Union game. In the Club Room at Twickenham, HQ of the English Rugby Union, phoptographs of County Championship-winning teams had players who had transferred to League painted out. This ended in 1995 when, under pressure from leading Union countries New Zealand and South Africa, the game finally went professional with Wigan Rugby League and Bath Rugby Union teams playing each other at both games. Wigan trounced Bath at League and Bath won more closely at Union.
* A minor case of this happened in Round 2 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. Things were business as usual until early in the third game when Capitals Matt Niskanen and Alexander Ovechkin ended up giving Penguin Sidney Crosby a concussion. Penguins goaltender Marc-André Fleury had made and was wearing a mask with the names of his favorite Penguin comrades on it, amid rumors it would be his last season with the team; in time for the third game of the series, he had taken a Sharpie to the mask to add Niskanen - as "Nisky" - post-hoc as Niskanen had been a Penguin until he was signed to the Capitals in the 2014 offseason, and had been left out of the original list on the back of the mask. Come Game Four, however, and with Crosby out of commission for the time being, Fleury had conspicuously used masking tape to cover Niskanen's name. The tape was roughly the same color of the mask itself, but it was still visible. It was likely to send a message to "Nisky" that Fleury was ''not'' pleased with what had happened; he had said just after the third game that he hadn't seen the replays, so he didn't know exactly what went down, but at some point between games he apparently did and did not like what he saw of Niskanen. He didn't seem keen on discussing it after the fourth game, either, though it was making headlines before the game was even over.
** Later, when the championship documentary came out, Fleury finally broke his silence as he gave the simple answer that it was him sticking up for his comrades, but that he doesn't hold a grudge.

* Prior to modern record-keeping (e.g., birth certificates, newspapers) and widespread use of grave markers, billions of people [[note]]- one count had the number of people who ever lived at 107 billion -[[/note]] are simply lost to history. It isn't a sinister plot to strike these people from history, but simple truth: People who were not well-known and lived fairly anonymous lives, everyone connected to them is dead, stories of an individual lost through the generations, and absolutely no printed records exist of that person's life – either never created or long since lost – no headstone was created of that person and his/her remains have long since decayed into the earth are examples of this "[=unperson=]" trope ... there is no evidence available that those particular people ever lived.
* There are professional people in this world who will do this for you for a price if you happen to be on the run from any number of horrors like a PsychoEx, the mafia, etc. They will help you to disappear, change your identity and remove all records of your previous existence.
* Industrial engineer C. V. Wood not only chose the location for [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] in the early 1950s, but was also the park's chief developer during its construction and the man most responsible for bringing in outside sponsors to fund it, and due to his success was named the first vice president and general manager of the park. He probably would have gone on to become one of the most important people in Creator/{{Disney}}'s history - if he hadn't been caught embezzling money from Disneyland's corporate sponsors just months after the park opened. While he had some success from the 1960s to the 1990s billing himself as "The Master Planner of Disneyland" and designing several Disneyland knockoffs around the world (including the first Ride/SixFlags), Disney's expunging of him from their records has relegated him to obscurity among even the most hardcore theme park fans.
* Psychologist and founder of the self-esteem movement Nathaniel Branden had this happen to him after the collapse of his affair with Creator/AynRand. Rand removed the dedication to him on the title page for ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' and his voice was edited out of taped lectures by her.
* After Goelitz purchased the rights to Jelly Belly, they removed any mention of the candy's inventor, David Klein, despite Klein having numerous television and magazine appearances in the 1970s as "Mr. Jelly Belly." Klein's son made the documentary ''Candyman'' to set the record straight.
* This is ''culturally mandatory'' in Japan, especially in corporate ambients for face-saving reasons, and there have been many cases of this:
** Noriko Sakai's drug-abuse scandal caused her albums to be recalled, all info about her career to be deleted by her agency and, as an additional consequence, barred her popular anime theme song [[Anime/GunBuster Active Heart]] (used as the OP theme) from being used in any Japanese-made product, i.e. ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''.
** Haruki Kadokawa's cocaine scandal is the most infamous example, since as soon as the allegations arose his own company fired him, and one of his movies was banned as TooSoon by its distributor, Shochiku, simply for having his name attached to it. Presumably his other 59 works became much more difficult to find as well.
** Japanese universities have a procedure called "houkou," which expunges the records of a current student back to ''and including'' their application forms, if that person caused enough bad rep for the university concerned. For example, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kōzō_Okamoto Kouzou Okamoto]], one of the attackers of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lod_Airport_massacre Lod Airport massacre]], was given this treatment since he's at the time a sophomore of the Kagoshima University. This mean, legally, he can only say he's a high school graduate. %%Source: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/除籍_(学籍)
* Happened to a guy in India back in 2003. He married the wrong girl and his wealthy family declared him legally dead. All of his belongings and land were seized and when he went to the police they told him he's only dead on paper and if he doesn't bugger off he'll be dead for real. When he went to New Delhi they told him the only way to generate case documents proving he exists is for him to commit a crime. He has aims towards subverting this [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9349320/Dead-man-runs-for-Indias-presidency.html by running for president]].
* Although the edits will still be there, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:RTV you can do it to yourself]] on Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.
* Scott Jarkoff, Website/{{deviantART}}'s co-founder, was fired by the current CEO Angelo Sotira ("Spyed"). Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} was edited to say that he had no involvement in the site's founding, whereas Sotira did.
** Jark [[SubvertedTrope kinda sorta]] did the same thing to Spyed within the site itself: he claimed that Spyed had nothing to do with [=DeviantArt=] until about 2003 or so. Also, after he fired Matteo (another co-founder) in 2003, he regarded Matteo as an [=unperson=]...[[ZigZaggingTrope until he was fired; then he suddenly revived Matteo's relevance and made it look like Spyed fired him]]. Finally, in December 2003/January 2004, he tried to get anime and anthro artists banned from what was then called the "Daily Top Favorites", but it didn't work. The controversies surrounding Scott Jarkoff are incredibly ugly.
** The same thing happened to Wikipedia itself as Jimmy Wales attempted to distance the site from departed co-founder Larry Sanger. Lampshaded hilariously [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:1984 here.]]
* This happens all the time on the Internet, though rarely for nefarious purposes. Anything you delete is gone from the only official record that it ever existed ([[http://archive.org The Internet Archive]] exists as an attempt to keep old versions of pages available, but its abilities are limited).
** Subverted though in that between backups and the highly interconnected nature of the web, while you may personally delete and erase a specific instance of something, it's more than likely that a copy exists somewhere for some reason.
** It's particularly prevalent whenever people delete their own profiles in social media - although mentions to the person are still present, and on Website/{{Reddit}}, the posts\replies are still there, only with an unclickable [deleted] as the responsible.
* Something similar to the above example happened with Amazon's Kindle e-book service. The DRM system used allows Amazon to remove books that its users have already purchased. Appropriately, this actually happened -- to ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. It turned out that Amazon had not properly secured the copyright to either book. Users were refunded the purchase, but it's one of the more frightening aspects of the push from owning physical copies to accessing digital ones over the Internet.
* This is what happens to those conscripts who fail to complete the Reserve Officer Academy in the Finnish Army. The washouts' names and photos are deleted from the matricles and the course publications, and they are quietly returned to their units as Corporals. This process is known as ''maitojuna'' ("Milk Train") as the early morning trains, on which the washouts are compelled to leave, used to haul milk and other easily perishable victuals. [Becoming a washout is considered ''extremely'' shameful, and many conscripts have killed themselves because of the shame.]
* There is an interesting case of this in Colombia. In 1985, the Palace of Justice of Colombia and its workers were taken hostage by the guerrilla movement M-19. After much gunfire the government was finally able to gain control of the place. A few of the low-class workers were stated to have died in the gunfire. Cue to the 2000s, and some recordings are made public showing that the military forces ''did took those people out all fine and alive''. Good luck trying to find out what they did to them.
* LG Corp tried to do this to the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 in the Netherlands over a patent dispute with Sony, though that [[LaserGuidedKarma backfired spectacularly]] as the Dutch injunction on [=PS3=]s was lifted before it could happen, and LG wound up having to pay a fine for their aggressiveness.
* An interesting subversion: Witness-protection programs more or less make you an [=Unperson=]--for your own benefit, so that you can live in peace while waiting to give evidence in a trial (and sometimes after, if you're testifying against someone who still has free friends willing to kill you).
* Due to an injunction in Germany, Samsung can't even advertise its Galaxy Tab 7.7" at the IFA or on the German branch of its own website. In fact, it's illegal for them to even ''mention'' the tab in Germany.
* [[http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1092412.1339447877!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/gallery_635/canadian-prime-minister-william-lyon-mackenzie-queen-elizabeth.jpg Here's]] a less drastic example: while the person was not removed from history, he was still cut out of a photo for political reasons: On the left we see Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and King George VI. The doctored photo on the right was used on an election poster for the Prime Minister. It is thought that he removed King George VI so that he was shown in a more powerful light.
* A strange (and thankfully non-permanent) version of this occurs in English senior courts. If, while appearing as counsel, you are not correctly attired, the Judge will insist that they cannot see or hear you - and not in the sense that you cannot make an appointment, but in the sense that you are an un-person in the eyes of the law until you don your second pair of stockings or put your wig on properly. Several attempts to modernise the standards of court dress have met [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks strong opposition]], although the requirements are relaxed in Family Division, at the trials of minors, or if the Judge opts to do so.
* In Augusta, Georgia, students and alumni within the former Augusta State University were not happy with the adopted name of the merger between them and Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia Regents University, since it removed "Augusta" from the consolidated university's identity; however, the [=unpersoning=] of Augusta State became more apparent when GRU [[http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/asu/2013-02-27/altered-photos-erase-augusta-state-gru-publication?v=1362019244 removed the Augusta State name and logos from its athletic teams' uniforms]] in a university brochure. As a reversal, the university was rebranded, for the ''third'' time in only five years, as Augusta University after only two years under the Georgia Regents name[[note]]Known as the Medical College of Georgia from 1833 to 2011, the university was rebranded as Georgia Health Sciences University, later became Georgia Regents University with the merger of Augusta State in 2013, and finally rebranded as Augusta University in 2015[[/note]].
* The Western practice of ''spin-doctoring'' involves erasing not people, but inconvenient facts from biographies and history to ensure good political ratings of candidates. But it is definitely related.
* Corporate profiles can do this to executives, especially if they leave on less than good terms.
* ''WebAnimation/OnYourMark'', a music video animated by Creator/StudioGhibli, was pulled from a Blu-ray box set of Ghibli films after one of the performers for the song used in the video was arrested on drug charges. In late 2014, Walt Disney Japan reconsidered their stance and re-added the music video in subsequent box sets.
* UsefulNotes/McDonalds regards Ray Kroc, not the [=McDonald=] brothers, as the company founder. During Kroc's lifetime, the brothers were mentioned in the official company history only as users of multiples of the milkshake machines Kroc was selling. Since he died it's become fairer but still glosses over things like the fact that the brothers had begun franchising at several locations before Kroc entered the picture.
* Early in British Royal Marine training, each company takes a group photo while at full strength. As training progresses and recruits start getting "backtrooped" (either due to injury or not making the cut), the CO will black out each man who washes out. Because Royal Marine training is infamously long and arduous (it's rare for a commando to make it through training in one try), there are often more blacked out men than not in the photos by the time of the much smaller company's passing out parade.
* {{Website/IMDb}} has been known to do this to users who engage in JustForFun/{{egregious}}ly bad behavior, not only deleting their accounts but also everything they ever posted in the site's forums.
* Blocking people on Website/{{Facebook}} results in the other person being unable to see your profile or posts. A RevealingCoverup, aside from other people mentioning their names, comes from "likes": if only the blocked one did so, hovering above the hand makes it disappear! Past conversations with the person have them with a blank avatar and "Facebook user". Even worse if it's a deleted profile, as the things they said can be replaced with an error message.
* Similarly, most online dating websites have an option to block people you don't feel are right for you. If you block them, your profiles disappear from each other's feeds, and any correspondences you sent each other (email, questionnaires, etc.) are deleted. eHarmony actually used to have the option of allowing the user to briefly explain why he/she chose to block another user, but this was dropped when the website was revamped in late 2011.
* In the US state of New York, anyone sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for a crime automatically becomes an unperson in the eyes of the law. Any existing contracts they made (such as marriages and last wills) are automatically cancelled under New York law and these convicts are barred by entering into any future civil contract.
* Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} does this to subjects [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Notability not considered "notable" enough to justify having an article]] about it. In some cases, fans of that particular subject have incessantly tried to recreate deleted articles on non-notable subjects so much that Wikipedia admins have stepped up efforts to protect the deleted articles from recreation. High-profile examples of this include WebVideo/TheTourettesGuy, WebAnimation/YouTubePoop, the WebVideo/AngryGermanKid, and ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', the latter of which has every possible variation of the name [[SaltTheEarth "salted"]].
* Happened to a woman in Texas. When she left home with the help of her grandparents, she found she had no identification records whatsoever. She was born at home, after which her parents, both fundamentalist Christian anti-government types, didn't file for either a birth certificate or a social security number, she was homeschooled and therefore has no school records and she has never been to a hospital and is without medical records. Furthermore, her parents refused to help her in any way. She was informed that she should apply for a delayed birth certificate, but she [[Catch22Dilemma can't go to court to get records without already having the records she needs to go to court to get]].
** [[https://homeschoolersanonymous.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/alecia-pennington-the-girl-who-doesnt-exist-can-now-prove-she-does/ Fortunately, thanks to her grandfather, her attorney Bill Morris, state representative Marsha Farney, and the Government of Texas she can now prove she exists.]] Way to go, Alecia Pennington!
* After popular Creator/{{CBC}} radio host Jian Ghomeshi was alleged to have sexually assaulted several women and entered multiple affairs, the CBC not only fired him, but removed almost every trace of him from ''Q''[='=]s website and the CBC's history (his radio interviews are still up, but time will tell if they will be removed if he is convicted). They even considered renaming his former show ''Q'' to distance it from him: when Shad K. took over at host, they did ... except they re-titled it ''q'' (yes, lowercase)
* Most social media and forum sites use bans as a disciplinary measure - no records of the banned account exist, links to posts will 404. Hellbanning or shadowbanning is a variation where all the content still exists, and from the perspective of the account user everything is working normally, but for everyone else the content is completely invisible.
* ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' did a segment on the US Social Security [[AwesomeMcCoolName "Master Death List"]] and people who were accidentally declared dead (for example one guy tried to notify them that his wife had died but discovered they had somehow listed ''both'' of them as deceased). Because they're "dead" they can't open bank accounts or get their social security checks and this can take years to sort out.
* Creator/{{Konami}} has been removing Creator/HideoKojima's name from every game he (and his production company) worked on. This includes all the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games and the ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' HD Collection, among others.
* After Subway pitchman Jared Fogle admitted to possessing child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with minors, Subway removed all traces of him from the franchise. Advertisements and commercials featuring him were pulled from rotation and all mentions of him were removed from their website.
* Comic actor Chris Langham has been airbrushed out of BBC history following his conviction on a relatively minor charge of possessing child pornography. (Even the prosecution conceded that no children had been harmed by Langham and his only sin was looking at some relatively tame pictures). Despite his not insignificant contributions to British comedy, including being a founder member of the ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' team and several series in his own right[[note]]his spoof documentary series ''People Like Us'' may well have inspired ''Series/TheOfficeUK''[[/note]], Langham was portrayed as a temperamental prima donna with mental health issues in a BBC comedy documentary. Worse yet, he was a guest star in the fifth and final season of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', which is notorious for its season sets being stalled beyond season 3. What this means for his episode if seasons 4 and 5 do get released is up in the air.
* Subverted by former Creator/{{FUNimation}} voice actor Scott Freeman; while it's been made clear that after his child pornography conviction there is no place in voice acting for him and all of his roles are in the process of being given new English voices, his prior work for the company will remain intact and available in stores for the foreseeable future, largely for reasons of practicality.
* There is a rumor (likely false) that Gunpei Yokoi was going to become this to Nintendo after his retirement and failure of the VirtualBoy, but that his untimely death made the Nintendo executives decide it would be in poor taste.
* Convicted murderer Malcolm Webster is completely airbrushed out of the history of his first wife, Claire Morris, who he killed. Not only was her gravestone altered to use her maiden name, he is even legally forbidden to be buried next to her.
* [[http://www.upworthy.com/shes-the-heroine-of-the-star-wars-universe-so-why-was-she-erased-from-this-childrens-shirt?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+upworthy+%28Upworthy%29&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner This article shows a shirt with the scene of "Star Wars: A New Hope" in which Darth Vader points an accusatory finger at Princess Leia while aboard her ship, Princess Leia has been replaced with Luke Skywalker]] by Target, [[GirlShowGhetto with the nefarious goal]] of [[OnlyInItForTheMoney selling more merchandise]].
* The official Creator/MarvelComics "Universe Wiki" has a policy that does not allow the creation of articles that cover subjects such as characters or comics that Marvel formerly owned but no longer do, or properties that are not owned by Marvel but licensed to them, whether current or expired. This means that Marvel's wiki can't even acknowledge ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' comics from Marvel, nor can they acknowledge the ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'' comic book series despite Marvel recently regaining the Star Wars publishing rights, the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' comic book series from Marvel UK, or any of their Creator/HannaBarbera comic books (''especially'' the latter two, since both properties are owned by Creator/WarnerBrothers, parent of Creator/DCComics). This policy can actually be justified as Marvel would be liable for lawsuits if they were to allow the creation of such articles about non-Marvel property. This is averted with Wikia's Marvel Comics Database, as it is not owned by Marvel and thus free of any legal repercussions.
* Even on Wiki/ThisVeryWiki we've experienced this with the Pantheon/TropePantheon. You see, among the "undesirables" like The Fallen, there used to be a house called the disgraces, characters from media that are generally disliked ([[{{Literature/Twilight}} Bella and Edward]], [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]], etc. etc.) who championed tropes filed under the ScrappyIndex. Unfortunately after flame wars and vitriol, WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings set in and the house was destroyed and every mention of the disgraces or any stories related to them were scrubbed clean, which had far-sweeping effects since otherwise beloved gods had profiles made up mostly of abusing them (which was part of the issue). While you can still find some of the least controversial disgraces in other houses, the most controversial (like the three mentioned) are PersonaNonGrata to ever being re-added in any capacity.
* Following the court-ordered integration of Arkansas's schools, the town of Sheridan became an all-white community and practically declared anyone who was non-white PersonaNonGrata. They even not just bulldozed a black school, but went so far as to ''bury it whole'' and did it so thoroughly, it was as though the school never even existed to begin with. If not for one woman going in to salvage old records, as her son recounted in an episode of ''POV [=StoryCorps=]'', the school probably wouldn't even be ''remembered'' by anyone, let alone in the present generation.
* For an unknown reason, the current Creator/WilliamsElectronics would prefer to downplay their pinball history as much as possible, despite it being one of the most prolific, most well-liked, and longest-lasting creators in the industry. Until recently, the only mention of pinball on its site was its founder Creator/HarryWilliams and his invention of the tilt bob, a device to penalize players who shake the machine too much. Otherwise, as far as the present-day Williams Electronics (now known as WMS) is concerned, it has always been a gambling machine company and never made pinball at all. Though there is plenty of documentation on Williams's pinball machines, as well as many machines still out available to play in public, all of this information is gathered independently without Williams's involvement. (Not that they mind much anyway--unlike some other companies that choose to scrub something they did from their history and will go after people trying to investigate, Williams seems to just ignore anything pinball-related. Except for its [[ScrewedByTheLawyers copyrights and trademarks]].)
* After the closure of Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Studios in 2005, Ride/UniversalStudios Florida (which Nickelodeon leased for the studio space) removed whatever traces of the network they could find in the park, although ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' remained open for a few more years until 2011. The only remnants of Nickelodeon's production history at Universal are located in Stage 19 (off limits to the public), which have a number of Nickelodeon murals left intact, dating all the way back to the 90's. [=YouTube=] user adamthewoo [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7_CychOtto made a video of the remnants left behind after closure]] in 2012. For a long time, there were plaques outside Stage 19 outlining all of the Nickelodeon programs that were shot in Nickelodeon Studios, but in 2016 the plaques were removed. The only remaining traces of Nickelodeon in the park are the appearances of WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer and WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants characters at various locations of USF, and a ''[=SpongeBob=]'' store outside ''Ride/ETAdventure'' that opened in 2012.
* Being dishonorably discharged effectively makes you this in the eyes of the military; not only are you drummed out of your branch, typically unceremoniously, you are [[PersonaNonGrata forever barred]] from joining any other branch of the military. And in civilian life, it's on par with a felony as you lose any rights to apply state and federal programs (including job training, scholarships, grants, etc.) and lose the right to purchase a weapon. Any accomplishments you made from the rank at which you lost your honor onward gets erased from your military record when you leave the army; just ask Colonel Michael Murphy, a JAG attorney who had lied about his having earlier been disbarred as a civilian and was forced to retire on an honorable discharge as a first lieutenant when his superiors found out.
* After Creator/ArchieComics lost the license to Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog and was forced to cancel [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog its long-running title]], it seemed determined to pretend they never even ''touched'' the blue hedgehog at all, only referring to some of their former creators going to other titles as just "popular".
* When Blip went under, [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash Bozard]] moved most of his videos to Youtube... except those featuring his former partner WebVideo/JesuOtaku, leading to the number 21 being skipped in the prerecorded episodes, orphaned references in [=MAGfest=] specials to a review of the Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot, and the loss of one the late [[WebVideo/YouCanPlayThis Jew Wario]]'s guest appearances.
* Nick Robinson was once a very prominent feature in multiple web shows for Polygon, but after he was found to be abusing his newfound fame to sexually harass fans on Twitter, he was very quietly dropped from the site. While footage of him wasn't removed from the site, many fans treat him (and content he was featured in) like he was never there to begin with. The last episode of "Video Game Theatre" also doesn't feature any of the shows with him in it (''Car Boys'', ''Touch The Skyrim'', and ''CoolGames Inc'') among their "Polygone But Not Forgotten" montage of cancelled/ended shows.
* A member of the WebVideo/MLPAnalysis group, [=ToonKriticY2K=], has since become this after revelations of pedophilia and outright dishonesty between even his closest friends came about. None of the people he's collaborated with want anything to do with him, with a good chunk of them outright deleting their crossovers with him, and many future videos with Toon's presence have been either discontinued or cancelled altogether. With maybe a few exceptions here and there.
** Shortly after [=ToonKriticY2K=]'s scandal, a MLP fan project voice actor known as Performance Major was revealed to have been doing much the same, including engaging in erotic RP with minors. When news broke, there was quite an uproar, resulting in Major being dropped from several projects, and several in-progress episodes of said projects [[TheOtherDarrin finding replacement voice actors for his roles]], such as the audio drama of ''FanFic/TheApprenticeTheStudentAndTheCharlatan'', and some even going so far as to replace his earlier participation as well.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is a game that runs on VideoGameCrueltyPotential and BlackComedy. They used to have a thread on the worst things players did in-game, dedicated to CrossingTheLineTwice, until one particular dwarf (known as Obok Meatgod), had such brutality that it [[EvenEvilHasStandards went too far, even for the Dwarf Fortress community]]. The thread was expunged, and the dwarf is not spoken of.
* Nerdist no longer acknowledges Chris Hardwick as its founder after he was accused by his ex of sexual harassment.
* On Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, pages that casually mention certain celebrities tend to be edited to remove any mention of them should said celebrity get involved with a career-destroying scandal or controversy, particularly if removing the mentioned celebrity does not have any major effect on the article.