Playing With / Identity Amnesia

Basic Trope: A character has amnesia of his/her identity.
  • Straight: Bob gets knocked on the head and forgets he was ever Bob, the Cowboy Cop, and becomes Jason, a fry cook at the local fast food joint.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Whenever Bob gets hit in the head, he will become Jason.
    • Bob was The Ditz; somehow being hit in the head turns him into a bona fide genius.
  • Downplayed: Bob gets hit in the head, causing him to forget that he could play the piano.
  • Justified: Bob's doctor explains exactly how his brain was damaged to cause such a loss.
  • Inverted: A Tap on the Head causes an amnesiac character to remember their past identities.
  • Subverted: Bob is merely acting like he doesn't know who he is so as to throw off his enemies.
  • Double Subverted: Bob is passing off acting like he has no memory as some kind of ploy, when he really has lost his memory.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob keeps getting hit on the head, alternately erasing and restoring his memory.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't suffer from amnesia.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Bob is a weapons designer who's having pangs of remorse, so he runs his face into a brick wall hoping to forget his old life.
  • Exploited: Zeke clonks Bob on the head so he can trick "Jason", the Genius Ditz persona, into building a Doomsday Device.
  • Defied: Zeke immediately calls out "Bob"/Jason on abusing Obfuscating Insanity, and proceeds to explain all the reason why amnesia does not work like that. Jason immediately admits that the amnesia was a lie and he was trying to throw off suspicion.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Y'ever notice in shows like this, whenever a person gets hit on the head, the first thing they forget is who they are?"

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