Compare with Non-Linear Character. Contrast Unstuck in Time. Often runs in tandem with Time Travel Romance. When used as a framing device, see Back to Front. Merlin Sickness is generally associated with fantasy and works that are on the soft end of Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness. Characters with Merlin Sickness live or age backwards in time. What happens to their memory is highly variable; some options include:
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.
— Bob Dylan, "My Back Pages"