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* In ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'', Tramp has long since retired from his life of crime. However, he unlocks one locked door with awe-inspiring ease, showing that his criminal skills have not degraded in all those years.

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* In ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'', Tramp has Tramp's long since retired from his life of crime. However, crime and has adjusted to his life as a housepet--however, he unlocks one locked door with awe-inspiring ease, showing that his criminal skills have not degraded in all those years.


* In ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', The Mamushka turns out to be this, as Gordon can dance it almost instinctively.

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* In ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', The Mamushka turns out to be this, as Gordon aka. an amnesiac Fester Addams can dance it almost instinctively.

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* The English phrase "like riding a bicycle" refers to a skill that one never forgets after learning it. Common knowledge is that, once someone learns how to ride a bike, they never need to re-learn it; most of learning how to ride a bike is learning to maintain your balance on it. Thus, while one can always learn how to ride a bike better, the basics of how to do it are never forgotten once it's been ingrained.


** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': After not using it in-universe for almost two decades (he did use it once in {{Filler}}, but even then only in the afterlife, where his body doesn't have the same limits), Goku [[spoiler: busts out the Kaio-Ken against Hit during their match in the God of Destruction tournament.]]

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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': After not using it in-universe for almost two decades (he did use it once in {{Filler}}, but even then only in the afterlife, where his body doesn't have the same limits), Goku [[spoiler: busts out the Kaio-Ken against Hit during their match in the God of Destruction tournament.]]]] Though it is hinted that he already tried it just some time before the tournament.


* In Real Life, skills which work like this are the ones related to motor control; once the cerebellum (the part of the brain which co-ordinates your muscle movements) learns a given pattern of movement, you'll never forget it (through natural means, at least). Hence why it's so easy to get back on a bike (which is controlled entirely by simple muscle movements), no matter how long it's been since you last used one, after learning to ride one. In other words, muscle memory.
* Another Real Life example is musician Clive Wearing, who suffered a bout of encephalitis which left him amnesiac and entirely unable to form new memories. Yet he can still expertly play the piano and remember many of the songs he's learned. This is because the part of the brain that stores your acquired skills is different from the part of your brain that stores experiences. So even if you've forgotten how you learned a skill, you can still perform it. [[/folder]]

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* In Real Life, skills which work like this are the ones related to motor control; once the cerebellum (the part of the brain which co-ordinates your muscle movements) learns a given pattern of movement, you'll never forget it (through natural means, at least). Hence why it's so easy to get back on a bike (which is controlled entirely by simple muscle movements), no matter how long it's been since you last used one, after learning to ride one. In other words, muscle memory.
* Another Real Life
A RealLife example is musician Clive Wearing, who suffered a bout of encephalitis which left him amnesiac and entirely unable to form new memories. Yet he can still expertly play the piano and remember many of the songs he's learned. This is because the part of the brain that stores your acquired skills is different from the part of your brain that stores experiences. So even if you've forgotten how you learned a skill, you can still perform it. [[/folder]]


-->--'''Tim Drake''', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''

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-->--'''Tim -->-- '''Tim Drake''', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''






* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'': In the sequel ''Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure'', Tramp has long since retired from his life of crime. However, he unlocks one locked door with awe-inspiring ease, showing that his criminal skills have not degraded in all those years.

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* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'': In the sequel ''Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure'', ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'', Tramp has long since retired from his life of crime. However, he unlocks one locked door with awe-inspiring ease, showing that his criminal skills have not degraded in all those years.


This trope can result in DamnYouMuscleMemory. BagOfSpilling can happen and subvert this trope. This is the polar opposite of ForgotAboutHisPowers, in other words, an InvertedTrope. Compare and contrast with InstantExpert, NoStatAtrophy, SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat, and CentipedesDilemma.

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This trope can result in DamnYouMuscleMemory. BagOfSpilling can happen and subvert this trope. This is the polar opposite of ForgotAboutHisPowers, in other words, an InvertedTrope. Compare and contrast with AmnesiacResonance, InstantExpert, NoStatAtrophy, SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat, and CentipedesDilemma.

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* In HarryBrown, Michael Caine's Harry Brown character is a elderly, retired SAS soldier. Gangs roam his neighborhood, and he along with everyone else avoids them. Then one night he's threatened by a punk with a knife. At first he's fearful and trying to get away, but when the punk tries to stick the knife in his chest... The scene ends with a dead punk and Brown deciding it's high time he put the skills he's learned to good use.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': Link has spent the last 100 years sleeping in the Shrine of Resurrection and wakes up without his memories, yet he is still able to pick up any weapon and wield it against monsters.


->''"I'm no Boy Wonder anymore, but that old training never goes away, even at my age."''
-->--'''Tim Drake''', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''



** Bruce Wayne has retired from being Batman, and has spent years being a bitter old recluse. However, he is a quite proficient fighter (though he no longer has the stamina for a prolonged battle), using his cane not just for attacking but for casually blocking thrown knives.

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** Bruce Wayne has retired from being Batman, and has spent years being a bitter old recluse. However, he is a quite proficient fighter (though he no longer has the stamina for a prolonged battle), using his cane not just for attacking but for casually blocking thrown knives. We also occasionally see him throw a Batarang with all of his old pinpoint accuracy.



** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', he still knows how to make the antidote for Joker venom -- fortunately. And in the beginning of the film, he's shown throwing a Batarang with enough accuracy to behead a dummy of Two-Face and then catch it on the rebound.
-->'''Bruce''': Still got it.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', he still knows how to make the antidote for Joker venom -- fortunately. And
** When he appears
in the beginning ''Return of the film, he's shown throwing a Batarang with enough accuracy Joker'', Tim Drake has been retired from his position as Robin for 40 years, but he still retains some measure of his old skills, able to behead hear a dummy of Two-Face and then catch it on the rebound.
-->'''Bruce''': Still got it.
[[{{Invisibility}} cloaked]] Batman coming "from a mile away."
-->'''Tim''': I'm no Boy Wonder anymore, but that old training never goes away, even at my age.


** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', he still knows how to make the antidote for Joker venom -- fortunately.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', he still knows how to make the antidote for Joker venom -- fortunately. And in the beginning of the film, he's shown throwing a Batarang with enough accuracy to behead a dummy of Two-Face and then catch it on the rebound.
-->'''Bruce''': Still got it.


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*Another Real Life example is musician Clive Wearing, who suffered a bout of encephalitis which left him amnesiac and entirely unable to form new memories. Yet he can still expertly play the piano and remember many of the songs he's learned. This is because the part of the brain that stores your acquired skills is different from the part of your brain that stores experiences. So even if you've forgotten how you learned a skill, you can still perform it. [[/folder]]


* ''Anime/DragonBallGT'': Played with quite oddly. After being turned back into a kid, Goku is unable to use his Instant Transmission technique and Trunks theorizes that since Goku is a kid again, he can't use any technique he learned when he was an adult. However, Goku pulls off the techniques of flying, turning Super Saiyan, shooting out ki blasts, and sensing energy with little difficulty... despite the fact that he never learned them back when he was a kid. The show later implies that like turning Super Saiyan 3, it simply requires energy and stamina his child body simply isn't capable of.

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* ** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'': Played with quite oddly. After being turned back into a kid, Goku is unable to use his Instant Transmission technique and Trunks theorizes that since Goku is a kid again, he can't use any technique he learned when he was an adult. However, Goku pulls off the techniques of flying, turning Super Saiyan, shooting out ki blasts, and sensing energy with little difficulty... despite the fact that he never learned them back when he was a kid. The show later implies that like turning Super Saiyan 3, it simply requires energy and stamina his child body simply isn't capable of.of.
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': After not using it in-universe for almost two decades (he did use it once in {{Filler}}, but even then only in the afterlife, where his body doesn't have the same limits), Goku [[spoiler: busts out the Kaio-Ken against Hit during their match in the God of Destruction tournament.]]


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-->"I don't know why...I know how to do things like this. How can I know this? How can I know...when I know nothing else?"

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-->"I -->'''Kirika:''' I don't know why...why... I know how to do things like this. How can I know this? How can I know... when I know nothing else?"

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* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'': In the sequel ''Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure'', Tramp has long since retired from his life of crime. However, he unlocks one locked door with awe-inspiring ease, showing that his criminal skills have not degraded in all those years.
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-->Harry: If I break it, they can take it out of my pay.

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-->Harry: -->'''Harry:''' If I break it, they can take it out of my pay.




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* ''Literature/TheMysteriousFlameOfQueenLoana'': Yambo, despite losing his memory from a stroke, still knows how to spot valuable texts among old collections - [[MoneyDearBoy and how to get them at the best prices]].

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Xander got magically transformed into an army soldier. After the transformation wears off, he still has the skills he "learned" even though he rarely uses them.
** By the later parts of the series, however, he admits that he's mostly forgotten them.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': After being [[spoiler: erased from all of time and space, then reappearing as an Auton Roman centurian then re-integrated back into history after The Doctor restarts the big bang,]] Rory still remembers the whole experience, including details of [[spoiler: living as a Roman and constantly guarding the Pandorica for roughly 2000 years]] despite it technically never happening. {{Justified}} since [[spoiler: !New Rory (along with everything else in the rebooted universe) is created from Amy's memories just like !Auto Rory was; as far as she's concerned, they're the same person so he got both of their memories dumped in his head. Technically, ''none'' of his memories happened to him, but to someone else in a previous universe who happened to be physically identical]].

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* ''Literature/TheMysteriousFlameOfQueenLoana'': Yambo, despite losing his memory from a stroke, still knows how to spot valuable texts among old collections - -- [[MoneyDearBoy and how to get them at the best prices]].

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Xander got magically transformed into an army soldier. After the transformation wears off, he still has the skills he "learned" even though he rarely uses them.
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them. By the later parts of the series, however, he admits that he's mostly forgotten them.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': After being [[spoiler: erased [[spoiler:erased from all of time and space, then reappearing as an Auton Roman centurian centurion then re-integrated back into history after The Doctor restarts the big bang,]] Rory still remembers the whole experience, including details of [[spoiler: living [[spoiler:living as a Roman and constantly guarding the Pandorica for roughly 2000 years]] despite it technically never happening. {{Justified}} since [[spoiler: !New [[spoiler:New Rory (along with everything else in the rebooted universe) is created from Amy's memories just like !Auto Auton Rory was; as far as she's concerned, they're the same person so he got both of their memories dumped in his head. Technically, ''none'' of his memories happened to him, but to someone else in a previous universe who happened to be physically identical]].




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--> '''Kraal''': Kraal is island Orc. Will be okay. Sailing is like riding a horse:
--> '''Sandor''': Because once you know how you never forget?
--> '''Kraal''': No. Because you fall off a lot. Heh heh heh.

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--> '''Kraal''': -->'''Kraal:''' Kraal is island Orc. Will be okay. Sailing is like riding a horse:
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Because once you know how you never forget?
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forget?\\
'''Kraal:'''
No. Because you fall off a lot. Heh heh heh.




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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Bruce Wayne has retired from being Batman, and has spent years being a bitter old recluse. However, he is a quite proficient fighter (though he no longer has the stamina for a prolonged battle), using his cane not just for attacking but for casually blocking thrown knives.

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Bruce Wayne has retired from being Batman, and has spent years being a bitter old recluse. However, he is a quite proficient fighter (though he no longer has the stamina for a prolonged battle), using his cane not just for attacking but for casually blocking thrown knives.



* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'': In the sequel ''Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure'', Tramp has long since retired from his life of crime. However, he unlocks one locked door with awe-inspiring ease, showing that his criminal skills have not degraded in all those years.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':




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* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' when Sterling has a HeroicBSOD that causes him to think he's [[Series/BobsBurgers Bob]]. He retains his skills in combat and the Russian language, putting both to good use throughout the episode. As with just about everything in the show, this is frequently lampshaded by him.

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* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' when Sterling has a HeroicBSOD that causes him to think he's [[Series/BobsBurgers [[WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers Bob]]. He retains his skills in combat and the Russian language, putting both to good use throughout the episode. As with just about everything in the show, this is frequently lampshaded by him.

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