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* The power of the voidfish in ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance''. It subsists by eating information. This can be done by simply tossing it a piece of paper with writing on it, and afterward whatever was written will be removed from the collective memory of most planes of reality, with its name and any relevant details being impossible to understand—speakers will simply sound like static.
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* 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.

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* 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.[[/note]]


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* 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 "[[https://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.
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* 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.
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* ''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.
* 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/{{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.)
* 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.
* Played for laughs on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Howard, Sheldon and Leonard spend a year building a special gyroscope 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).
* In the last season of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' a character mentions that [[spoiler:Servalan]] is now considered an [=unperson=] by [[TheEmpire the Terran Federation]].
* ''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.
* 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''!
* 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.]]
* 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. However Le Vell was completely exonerated and he and his character returned to the series averting this trope.
* 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.
* 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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World War Three"]]: At the end, the Doctor gives Mickey Smith a disc that contains a virus that will erase all evidence 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]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]] has an interesting take on the trope. The Editor finds the Doctor and Rose dangerous because he can't find any information on them at all — they don't exist in the records of the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire.
--->"But that's why you're so dangerous. Knowledge is power, yet you remain unknown."
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: 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".
** 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.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "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 [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor 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/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/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.
** Shireen is hidden away in a dark tower, and her mother Selyse prefers to completely ignore her existence. Even Stannis is awkward around her and doesn't really talk about her.
* ''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.
* 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".
* ''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/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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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]].
* 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.
* ''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.]]
* ''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.
* ''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]].
* In ''Series/PrisonBreak'', all evidence of Paul Kellerman's involvement with the president was erased after he fell from the Company's favor.
* 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?
* 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.
* 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.
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', this is the fate of a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] who suffers "discommendation". He is banished from the Klingon Empire, and his name is never spoken again.
* ''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/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.
* Aliens do this to a salary man in an episode of ''Series/UltraSeven''.
* 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.
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]] has an interesting take on the trope. The Editor finds the Doctor and Rose dangerous because he can't find any information on them at all — they don't exist in the records of the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire.
--->"But that's why you're so dangerous. Knowledge is power, yet you remain unknown."


* ''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.

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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:''' --->'''Sansa:''' Your words will disappear. Your house will disappear. Your ''name'' will disappear. All memory of you will disappear.disappear.
** Shireen is hidden away in a dark tower, and her mother Selyse prefers to completely ignore her existence. Even Stannis is awkward around her and doesn't really talk about her.


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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', God declares this punishment on three Israelite dynasties within the 1st Book of Kings, beginning with Jeroboam I and ending with Ahab, for turning the nation against him and towards idolatry following their split from the House of David.



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: 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".



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: 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".



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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', God declares this punishment on three Israelite dynasties within the 1st Book of Kings, beginning with Jeroboam I and ending with Ahab, for turning the nation against him and towards idolatry following their split from the House of David.
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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.
** According to ''Script/C0DA'', an "[[LooseCanon Obscure Text]]" online graphic novel by former series writer Creator/MichaelKirkbride, [[HumongousMecha Numidium]] possesses an ability known as the "ancestroscythe" which can cause this. In [=C0DA=], rather than being destroyed by the Underking as previously believed, Numidium was instead caught in a time warp and emerges in the distant 5th Era where the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]], led by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], dominates Tamriel. Picking up where it left off in the 2nd Era, Numidium wages war on the Dominion and uses the ancestroscythe to refute the entire Altmer race from existence.
** 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.
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* 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.



* 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.

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* Happened ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'': It appears this has become the fate of [[spoiler:Della Duck]] following the adventure that caused Scrooge and Donald to Ron in part ways; one ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode after he angered a [[LargeHam hammy]] supervillain called time, when some junk mail addressed to her was delivered to the Mathter (yes, really). It was relatively easy for [[MissionControl Wade]] to fix, however.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/{{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.]]

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* ''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 [[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.]]]]
* 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.
* ''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/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]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'': It appears this has become ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** In
the fate end of [[spoiler: Della Duck]] following the adventure ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' episode "The Elite Guard", [[spoiler:Powell takes control of Sumdac Systems from Sari under the assumption 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 he found no evidence that can only be accessed by a blood relative.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': "Total Eclipsa The Moon" reveals that [[spoiler:
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.]]]]
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' has Megatron destroying statues of Cybertronian
historical documents have been significantly altered to cover up figures and wiping the existence archives, turning all of Eclipsa's half-monster daughter Meteora]].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.


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* 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.


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* ''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.

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* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Temporarily, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** After HYDRA emerges from the shadows
in the 1972 episode "Jan, the Only Child." Here, Jan feels insecure about her place first season and Coulson and his team are forced to go into hiding, he has Daisy erase all records of their existence, 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 had done for herself 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
joining up.
** In Season Four, S.H.I.E.L.D. has
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 reputation rehabilitated and can operate publicly again... but Coulson has enough and runs away to the only place where step down as director because he's considered a person ... Cody's van! Carol still [[Film/TheAvengers2012 officially dead]] and Frank eventually realize they were being too harsh on Brendan and help him to become a person again -- by making dead men can't be the others apologize.heads of official agencies.
* 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/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.

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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Coy 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 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 forgiveness, he instead embraced a life of Season 5 as part of a dispute – violence 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
local crime kingpin. In the series itself became an Un-Program in 2015. Due to rising controversy over the Confederate battle flag's [[NoSwastikas alleged racist symbolism]], everything premiere he saves some Amish, including his father, from reruns to General Lee models were pulled from public consumption.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'': Bob Barker's ill-will toward
a beating by a bunch of toughs and instead of thanking him, the classic Barker's Beauties – Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom and Kathleen Bradley – has grown to the point where Amish act as if he refuses to talk about them in interviews, and in his autobiography doesn't does not even acknowledge they were even exist.
* Played for laughs
on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Howard, Sheldon and Leonard spend a year building a special gyroscope for the show; their work has gone military only to have the prototype confiscated once they're done. Coming home, the trio step into a completely unacknowledged by Barker, in essence making them, in his view, "[=unpersons=]." For instance, in commentary about empty apartment. Sheldon naturally jumps to the pricing game Cliff Hangers, he remarks simply that "one of the models" – giving no indication idea that the model in question was Pennington – ran 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 crying 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).
* In the last season of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' a character mentions that [[spoiler:Servalan]] is now considered an [=unperson=] by [[TheEmpire the Terran Federation]].
* ''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.
* 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''!
* 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 game's first enabled the team to eventually track him down. As Alexei Volkoff.]]
* 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 when nighttime host Dennis James unwittingly him, Michael Le Vell, was accused of several serious sexual offences. Before his trial the actor was suspended from the show 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 storylines featuring Hallstrom as him fell into a model]].
* ''Series/GoodTimes'': Happened with Carl Dixon, a recurring
plot void. However Le Vell was completely exonerated and he and his character toward returned to the end series averting this trope.
* One [=UnSub=] in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' was run out
of Season 4. To explain Esther Rolle's departure from a small town as a teenager, at which point his family got rid of any evidence of him and the show, she married Carl and left for Arizona (to tend to his failing health) in the 1976-1977 season finale. Rolle town silently 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 speak of him again.
* 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 producers met her demand, and indeed, during the final season (1978-1979), there best Ben can find is nary a mention of Carl.
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'': Any contestant who finishes Double Jeopardy!
photo that shows an election campaign poster with $0 or Bill's face on it that was missed because it was part of 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 story that had nothing to do with Bill or the other players chatting with host Alex Trebek during the closing credits sequence.election.



** 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]].

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World War Three"]]: At the first series of the revival, end, the Doctor gives Mickey Smith a disc that contains a virus that will erase all existence evidence 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]].



** 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.]]

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor", Doctor"]], [[spoiler:an incarnation of The the Doctor (played by Creator/JohnHurt), who crossed the MoralEventHorizon]] is this to The the Doctor to the point that [[spoiler:he's suppressed all memories of this incarnation and denied him the very name "The Doctor."]]
Doctor".]]
*** It is [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor eventually revealed revealed]] that this [[spoiler:version of The 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/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/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/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.
* 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".
* ''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/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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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]].
* 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.



* ''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.
* ''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]].



* In the last season of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' a character mentions that [[spoiler:Servalan]] is now considered an [=unperson=] by [[TheEmpire the Terran Federation]].

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* 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?
* In the last season of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' a ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "The Inquisitor", the title character mentions that [[spoiler:Servalan]] is now considered an [=unperson=] by [[TheEmpire the Terran Federation]].does this as part of his sentencing on those whom he feels wasted their lives.



* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', this is the fate of a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] who suffers "discommendation". He is banished from the Klingon Empire, and his name is never spoken again.
* ''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.



** 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]].

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** In "To See The Invisible Man," Man", a man is sentenced to a year of [=Unperson=] status as a punishment for "coldness." "coldness". The authorities affix a mark to his forehead so everyone else will know to shun him.
* A very localized version occurs Aliens do this to a salary man 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]].''Series/UltraSeven''.



* 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.
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', this is the fate of a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] who suffers "discommendation". He is banished from the Klingon Empire, and his name is never spoken again.



!!Real life examples
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* 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.
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* 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.
* UsefulNotes/HenryVIII 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 Korematsu 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.
* Only one Doge of Venice does not have a formal portrait in the gallery of Doges' portraits. That doge, Marin Falier, was executed for treason after he tried a ''coup d'etat'' to get real power and punish his enemies. (Doges of Venice were more often than not ceremonial, not actual, rulers.)
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[[folder:Films]]
* 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.[[labelnote:*]]Granted, ''Adventures in Babysitting'' would actually be the 101 DCOM, but that's beside the point.[[/labelnote]] 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.
** In at least one case, it even led to a film being "orphaned"! After the original director of ''Wonder Park'' was fired for sexual harassment allegations levied by numerous female animators, Creator/{{Paramount}} decided against giving him ''any'' credit for the film despite the fact that he had directed more of it than his replacement did.
* 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 if 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, Ryosuka Yamada, 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.
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* ''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, the Nick website has dropped all references to it, 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, and official videos featuring the series have been taken down, including the show's opening theme.
* 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. The unpersoning became complete when ABC commissioned ''Series/TheConners'', a continuation of the series ''without'' Roseanne.
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* 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.
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* 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 May 2011, the NCAA investigated improper benefits violations involving some of the university's football players during the previous season. In the aftermath, coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State self-vacated their wins from the 2010 season and the NCAA imposed a five-year show-cause penalty on Tressel.
* 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.
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* Prior to modern record-keeping (like birth certificates and 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.
* Some professionals get paid to do this for people on the run from any number of horrors like a {{psycho ex|Girlfriend}}, the mob, etc. They will help the client disappear, change their identity, and remove records of their 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). It's particularly prevalent whenever people delete their own profiles in social media, though posts and comments tagging the deleted username are still present even though they don't link to valid accounts (and on Website/{{Reddit}}, the posts and comments are still there, only with an unclickable [deleted] in place of the username). On the other hand, 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.
* 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.
* 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 from entering into any future civil contract. The most notable person to face this punishment is fallen film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who if convicted in a court of law could spend the rest of his life in prison even if certain charges against him didn't explicitly carry a life sentence.
* 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.
* 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 This article]] shows a shirt with the scene of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' in which DarthWiki/DarthVader 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-Caucasian community and practically declared anyone who was non-white PersonaNonGrata. They bulldozed and ''buried'' an African-American school to the point where 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 [[EveryoneHasStandards 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.
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** According to [=C0DA=], an "[[LooseCanon Obscure Text]]" online graphic novel by former series writer Creator/MichaelKirkbride, [[HumongousMecha Numidium]] possesses an ability known as the "ancestroscythe" which can cause this. In [=C0DA=], rather than being destroyed by the Underking as previously believed, Numidium was instead caught in a time warp and emerges in the distant 5th Era where the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]], led by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], dominates Tamriel. Picking up where it left off in the 2nd Era, Numidium wages war on the Dominion and uses the ancestroscythe to refute the entire Altmer race from existence.

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** According to [=C0DA=], ''Script/C0DA'', an "[[LooseCanon Obscure Text]]" online graphic novel by former series writer Creator/MichaelKirkbride, [[HumongousMecha Numidium]] possesses an ability known as the "ancestroscythe" which can cause this. In [=C0DA=], rather than being destroyed by the Underking as previously believed, Numidium was instead caught in a time warp and emerges in the distant 5th Era where the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]], led by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], dominates Tamriel. Picking up where it left off in the 2nd Era, Numidium wages war on the Dominion and uses the ancestroscythe to refute the entire Altmer race from existence.


* 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. The unpersoning became complete when ABC commissioned ''Series/TheConnors'', a continuation of the series ''without'' Roseanne.

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* 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. The unpersoning became complete when ABC commissioned ''Series/TheConnors'', ''Series/TheConners'', a continuation of the series ''without'' Roseanne.


* 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.

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* 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. The unpersoning became complete when ABC commissioned ''Series/TheConnors'', a continuation of the series ''without'' Roseanne.


* 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 beside 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.

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* 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, [[labelnote:*]]Granted, ''Adventures in Babysitting'' would actually be the 101 DCOM, but that's beside the point[[/note]] point.[[/labelnote]] 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.

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