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Fireblood
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11:04:56 PM Jun 28th 2012
edited by Fireblood
Religion and Mythology: * This is a theory behind why secular historians did not mention the Bethlehem Massacre — Herod the Great was such a monster that to record every massacre or other act of murder on his part would have required several scrolls.

This would be a Moral Event Horizon even for him, though, and historians of the time noted down his other misdeeds meticulously, so this theory is very unlikely. It's likely an apocryphal story aiming to fulfill Rachel's prophecy from the Torah.
Quatic
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04:04:05 PM May 11th 2012
The Mitt Romney example: I put in

    Real life 
  • Mitt Romney's classmates described in an interview how Romney participated in an attack on a fellow student they thought was gay, where several of them pinned that student to the ground while Romney, brandishing scissors, hacked off chunks of the person's hair. Others who participated in the act reported Its a haunting memory. I think it was for everybody that spoke up about it because when you see somebody who is simply different taken down that way and is terrified and you see that look in their eye you never forget it." But Romney claims not to even remember it.

This was removed. I know some real life examples were off the mark, but this is the trope, textbook!!
ATC
12:07:06 PM Jul 17th 2012
That's a perfect example of this trope. It could very well be used to define this trope.

I have no idea why this example was removed.
Jordan
12:08:01 PM Jul 17th 2012
It is a good example, but I think this is understandably a No Real Life Examples, Please! trope.
Larkmarn
08:27:58 PM Aug 26th 2013
I don't know if that would really be this trope as much as it's him pretending it didn't happen for political purposes.

Because really, there's no way to know since if he did rememeber it, there's exactly zero percent chance he'd say that it happened.
Kalaong
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08:47:38 PM Feb 16th 2012
edited by Kalaong
I had an odd thought: A nascent superhero is "killed" by a particular soldier during a "deniable operation" as part of the process of becoming a superhero, and that soldier goes on to become a Badass of Nick Fury or Solid Snake proportions.

Years later, that soldier bumps into that superhero entirely by accident, and can't overcome a sense of familiarity and terror.

Finally the soldier bites the bullet and asks if they've met; the superhero says, "You killed me. It's okay. You were Just Following Orders. Getting mad at you for doing it would be like getting mad at your gun for shooting a bullet at me. Or the bullet for blowing a hole in my chest. Just like any other soldier in the world."

Cue soldier having a Heroic BSOD.
MrDeath
07:28:38 AM Feb 17th 2012
What does any of that have to do with anything?
Kalaong
10:39:41 PM Feb 17th 2012
What would you call it when someone EXPECTS this trope?
Kalaong
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02:38:26 AM Jul 25th 2011
Does anyone remember any reversed incidents; someone shows up and saves the hero, says that they did it because I Owe You My Life, but the hero doesn't remember that particular rescue? Ennis gave The Punisher two of those, but aside from that I'm stumped.
69.118.109.154
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02:08:14 PM Apr 26th 2011
edited by 69.118.109.154
I know I'll probably get A LOT of hate for this, and I'm really sorry if I offend anybody, but this is a fact: 9/11 happened on a tuesday...
MrDeath
09:36:49 AM Apr 27th 2011
So? This trope isn't about something happen on a Tuesday.
DJDoena
02:56:07 PM Aug 26th 2013
It might have shaken America's foundation but I bet there are a lot of people in the world for which this day was _just a Tuesday_

(Not for me though, I remember it pretty well, even though I'm not an American)
Larkmarn
08:26:15 PM Aug 26th 2013
That's still unrelated to the trope... if the perpetrators didn't care about the event and to them, then it would apply. As-is, this was just a sad little attempt to cause controversy that we can easily ignore.
Mrcox
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01:54:52 AM Jan 19th 2011
What about high school bullies? There have been many anecdotes of victims of bullying talking to their oppressors at high school reunions, with the bullies forgetting the things they did to them.
213.100.228.224
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08:50:35 AM Nov 14th 2010
The real life section needs to be looked over. Most are about battles and wars that other nation has no reason to remember because they weren't in them, thus making this trope irrelevant. I'm removing most of the sports examples as they are about one sided rivalry and not about forgetting an injustice.
Dracoblade
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02:21:18 AM Sep 2nd 2010
This trope is NOT a villain trope. The whole "rival shows up to take revenge on a guy who doesn't at all remember him" can be found for wide verity of characters both good and bad. On the top of my head I can think of more heroic examples than villainous ones. Can we change the wording so it's more inclusive?
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