- In RPG World Reka keeps fretting over the time when Galgarion killed her father, however, when she finally confronts Galgarion over the matter, he has no idea what she's talking about.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Xykon needs more detail to figure out which old guy he killed in cold blood was Eugene Greenhilt's mentor:Monster in the Darkness: You killed more than one guy named Fyron in Cliffport?
Xykon: Five, actually.
- And once Roy has narrowed it down to the exact date:Xykon: Oh, right! Now I remember. Because it was Laundry Night, and I had trouble getting the blood out of my robes.
- It's gotten to the point where he doesn't even remember the guy who has engaged him several times and is chasing him around the world. You really start to wonder if he's just messing with him.
- Even within the comic itself, Xykon accumulates enough enemies to not-unreasonably believe that Roy is a "third stringer" not even worth taking the time to crush, and even Redcloak is fuzzy on the specifics, though in his case, that was before he met Xykon and was in no way involved with the murder of Eugene's mentor, so he could be forgiven for not remembering why Roy was after them in the first place.Redcloak: Yeah, but you're forgetting that Greenhilt has some...thing...about his father, I think? Crap.
- Hilariously, when the Order is trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine that makes them believe they have encountered Xykon, killed him and had all their dreams come true, Fake!Xykon's initial reaction to Roy is just "Not this guy again". Roy just can't win this one.
- Even when Evil!Vaarsuvius teleports into his throne room for a duel, Xykon doesn't bother asking why they're there, and reacts to it more like "Oh, look. Another one."Jirix: What the hell is going on!?Redcloak: What, this? You'd be surprised how many people pop in to kill you when you're doing an evil scheme. Remind me when this is over: I'll tell you about the time, back in the day, a dozen druids jumped out of our potted fern.
- Xykon also exploits this trope at times just because he finds it funny to piss off the good guys. Note that he's referring to something that happened about five minutes earlier.Xykon: Hey! Paladin dude! Do you know what the best part about killing the entire Sapphire Guard was? Neither do I. I wasn't actually paying attention when I did it.
- And another Order of the Stick example:
- Thog has it, too. By this point it seems to have become a Berserk Button for Roy.
- Xykon needs more detail to figure out which old guy he killed in cold blood was Eugene Greenhilt's mentor:
- 8-Bit Theater:
- "Heroic" example:Thief: Turns out the Dark Warriors and the fiends want us dead.Red Mage: What?Thief: Yeah, I don't get it either. Something about revenge for ruining their lives forever.Black Mage: Oh, we've ruined millions of lives. They're just being babies about it.
- Black Mage (and the entire group) get another example when Sarda claims to be Onion Kid, whose life Black Mage had ruined numerous times.Sarda: But I started out as this young man!
Red Mage: I don't know who that is.
Thief: All humans look alike. Which is to say, ugly.
Sarda: That is a child who watched you slaughter his parents.
Black Mage: Gonna have to be more specific.
Sarda: After you broke his mind with a glimpse into the dread lattice of black magic, you killed his foster family. Then his other foster family. Then you destroyed his orphanage.
Black Mage: Like, was this recently? Last week? A month ago? Help a guy out, will ya.
- "Heroic" example:
- Appeared in Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic in the strip "Glitterbranch and Arachne":Prince Glitterbranch: This is about revenge.
Arachne: I guessed that much. More info please.
Prince Glitterbranch: You jilted me. Ignored my advances!
Arachne: Uh... more?
Prince Glitterbranch: You seduced and corrupted my own sister! Right in front of me!
Arachne: Uh... nope. We need to narrow the field.
Prince Glitterbranch: On the surface? In the Forest? I was A MAN!
Arachne: Look. A girl's got hobbies. Was there anything unique about it?
- Bun-Bun in Sluggy Freelance has killed a lot of people, so this trope was bound to show up eventually. In one of the Halloween arcs, the spirit of Christmas Elf Mr. Squeaky-Bobo comes back from the Dimension of Pain and, upon encountering his murderer, angrily tells him he is next on the list. Bun-Bun not only doesn't remember him, but mistakes him for a Neebler Elf instead.
- Van Von Hunter: Vengeance Joe is an odd case of this. For the day they met was, to Van Von Hunter, just another Tuesday...but for Vengeance Joe, that was the day that Van Von Hunter neglected to introduce himself (and probably an otherwise reasonably nice Tuesday)! And so Vengeance Joe swore eternal vengeance.
- Girl Genius:
Gil: Why? Because Wulfenbach troops turned her village into owls, or maybe we deposed her favorite mad prince, or hung her lover for piracy, or banished the Heterodyne boys or poisoned the well or raised the price of herring — that's not the point.
- Klaus Wulfenbach has damaged so many lives that when he is unconscious in a hospital, Gil has to defend him against dozens of assassin attempts, the first of which sets a precedent for the unimportance of motive (as seen in this elegant and finely-crafted link).
- A particular favorite from the endless stream, below:Insect Clank: DEATH TO THE DESPOILER OF EAST KRUMINNEY!!
Dr. Sun: ...East what?
Gil: Not really important!
Dr. Sun: I suppose not.
- Once in Scary Go Round, two gentlemen were talking. One asks the other if he has any (illegitimate) children; the other responds to the effect that a bear may not know how many insects he tramples as he treads through the forest, he knows only that there were many. Creepy.
- This strip of A Softer World.
- Arthur and Sedrick from Wiglaf and Mordred have no memory of Gawain at all—despite having run into him on at least eight occasions—all of which resulted in him being shot in the head. So in other words, Sedrick has killed enough people that he hasn't noticed he's "killed" the same person eight times.
- Heroic inversion in Sam & Fuzzy when Gertrude starts blabbing off the laundry list of all the wrongs Sam has inadvertently inflicted upon her. Sam doesn't remember (or is plain unaware of) any of it nor who she is for that matter. It's then subverted when she finishes off with "gave me exceptionally poor taxi service", which Sam leads to conclude is "probably true".
- Invoked in Goblins when Thaco finally gets his revenge on the Goblin Slayer, informing him that he'll consider this battle a "random encounter" and that there will be no stories or legends told about it. This infuriates the villain, who considered himself a legendary enemy of goblins, greatly. Just to rub salt in the wound, he survives that battle only to die as an actual random encounter against a human fighter who's never heard of him.
- In Muertitos here: "Which Ursula Cowznofski whose life I ruined? 'Cause there's, like, four."
- The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, "Monster MASHUP":Wonderella: Who the Christ are you?
Devlin: Er, I'm Devlin! You drove us off a cliff and nearly killed me last year, remember? Hell, we got married two years ago!
Wonderella: I marry or nearly kill lots of guys. You'll have to be more specific.
- Leo Modesto's Nuzlocke challenge of Touhoumon has this with Babs and the rival's Patchouli, who was responsible for killing Bab's partner and best friend. Given the nature of Nuzlocke challenges, it doesn't end well.
- Inverted with Dubious Company's Sal. She is kidnapped so often that she treats them like filling out tedious paperwork and interrupts the kidnappers with small talk or criticism, much to their annoyance or disappointment. Heck, Izor's sacrificial-lamb gambit and some guy that had a crush on her cousin are the only kidnappings she distinctly remembers.Izor: But...but I had a speech and everything.Sal: You just want to do your speech, don't you? Well, I don't care!
- The main cast of Exterminatus Now discovered in their facility a lot of armed intruders unavailable for questioning due to various horrible accidents involving local pets and appliances.Rogue: So we pissed somebody off and they want to kill us? Wow, that narrows it down.
- In Bob and George, the Author Avatar appears, Deus ex Machina, to save the comic after Protoman killed Dr. Light. Protoman doesn't remember that.
- Subverted in this page of Battlepug—turns out, Catwulf does remember wiping out the Kinmundians, and he is not pleased to find out one survived.
- In Dragon Mango, some attacked the farm that Mango defended. Then they returned for revenge. She asks who they are, since a lot of monsters attacked the farm.
- In Ansem Retort, Axel isn't interested in getting Grand Theft Auto because all the murder, crime, and violence in the games is "shit I did last Tuesday!"Axel: Today's Wednesday. I always kill orphans on Wednesday.
- Vexxarr has this with accidental screw-ups. Name-dropped almost literally here. Earlier, there was this exchange:Vexxarr: Everybody on the ship. Time to leave.
Minionbot: Have we yet again condemned an otherwise-innocent species to a brutal and premature extinction?
Vexxarr: What makes you say that?
Minionbot: It is a Thursday?
- In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, Kria Soulstealer has caused so much mayhem and death in her centuries-long life that she can't be bothered to recall specific atrocities. It's gotten to the point where she expects and isn't even fazed by revenge-fueled assassination attempts every time she travels.'
- Kevin & Kell: Fenton to Lindesfarne about carrying another person around. They've just learned she's pregnant, and she was waxing poetic about carrying a living being with her.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan comic Trixie Vs has Trixie being visited by a spirit on Hearts Warming Eve to try and help her turn her life around... who she apparently has met before, on other attempts to teach her this lesson, often enough, that she does not even seem to surprised to see her and just casually tells to wait, while she gets dressed.
- In a variation on the normal morality behind usual instances of this trope, Questionable Content has Elliot not recall helping Clinton before. He works as a bouncer, and so kicks out troublemakers from the Horrible Revelation bar all the time.
- In It Hurts!!, Pasqualo tracks down the space rhinos that killed him and all his friends and enacts brutal revenge on them. However, he is fully aware that due to their brutal nature and the passage of over 3,000 years they don't remember him, resulting in this speech to the rhino leader.Pasqualo: You probably don't remember me. How's it go again? "For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday." Suffice to say, I'm one of the many unfortunate little people in this universe you left crushed underneath your boots.
But For Me It Was Tuesday / Web Comics