As established elsewhere, amnesia comes up a lot in TV. Amnesia is a funny thing in the real world and can give you lots of strange symptoms.
In TV, it's very weird too, but it's much more specific. Amnesia has several basic attributes in TV land:
With surgical precision, amnesia strips you of all information pertaining to personal identity, leaving just about everything else intact. TV Amnesia is a disorder where you forget where you put your keys, but you do not forget what a key is or what it's for. You will forget where you went to school, but not any of the things you learned in school. As a result, the character will retain all of their skills though they may not know they have them at first. Interestingly, while this would seem to be
In this story, there are a group of whatsits. There are n of them, to be precise, and they form a set. How do you know they're a set and also important? Why, because everybody refers to them as "The N Whatsits", of course. And they probably capitalise the phrase, too.
To be clear, simply having a set of n whatsits isn't enough to qualify as this trope - they have to be normally referred to as "The N Whatsits".
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