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Basic Trope: The protagonist of the story suffers from retrograde amnesia.

  • Straight: The story opens with its protagonist Jack chased by The Mafia and not remembering anything about his life up that point.
  • Exaggerated:
    • None of the characters in the story can remember anything from before the plot started.
    • Jack is an Amnesiac God.
  • Downplayed: Jack remembers most of his life, just not how he got involved with the mob.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Jack remembers killing Bob The Don but nobody else seems to remember this event or even that Don Bob existed at all.
    • The villain is amnesiac and is a villain due to assuming this was how they were like before getting amnesia.
  • Subverted:
    • As soon as Jack escapes from the hospital, his memories of killing Bob come back.
    • Jack is lying about having amnesia because he wants his past to remain hidden.
    • Jack remembers everything about his life with the mafia.
    • Jack is revealed at the end of the story to have been a Villain Protagonist with amnesia. See Amnesiac Villain Joins the Heroes.
    • Jack is revealed to actually be an AI inhabiting a human body who was created around the start of the story, and thus has no past to remember.
  • Double Subverted:
    • All Jack's memories come back... except the ones that explain why the mafia is after him.
    • What Jack doesn't remember is his Past-Life Memories of a previous Reincarnation that had history with the mafia and continues to affect him in the present.
    • Jack decides he likes his new life too much and pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Parodied: Jack and Charlie the Hitman accidentally knock heads and get their roles confused after coming to, with Jack henceforth pursuing Charlie.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Jack is an Amnesiac Hero who occasionally has moments of lucidity.
    • Jack begins to recover memories only to discover they're not real memories.
  • Averted: Jack is shot in the head but wakes up perfectly aware of his situation.
  • Enforced: The plot is about Jack finding out about his past.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, I know! The mafia shot you in the head and now you have to take on them to find out what happened to you, just like in the movies!"
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  • Invoked: Jack has a healing factor, so Charlie shoots him in the head specifically to wipe his memory.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: While unconscious, Jack fights a Battle in the Center of the Mind to preserve his memories.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Jack's amnesia is so severe that he basically reverts back to being a baby and has to be taught to speak, eat, and use the bathroom all over again.
  • Reconstructed: Through his sheer willpower, Jack makes a full recovery quickly and takes the fight back to the mob.
  • Played For Laughs: Jack's friend lies about who he is as a prank.
  • Played For Drama: Jack's "friend" lies about who he is in order to manipulate him.

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