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  • This happened in ancient Egypt to perceived traitors (most notably, the heretical Pharaoh 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.
    • An interesting subversion: One that continues to puzzle Egyptologists is the extensive but by no means complete removal of the name and images of Hatshepsut from her monuments. Early scholars theorized that this was the work of her successor and nephew Thutmose III, a military-minded king (being one of the earliest Young Conquerors of whom we have record) whom they guessed might have chafed under the direction of his much more diplomatic aunt. However, later research showed that Thutmose and Hatshepsut had actually gone along quite well, with Hatshepsut giving Thutmose essentially free rein in military matters once he came of age, and Thutmose never begrudging Hatshepsut her authority over civil administration and trade. It also doesn't help that only the most public mentions of Hatshepsut are defaced; interior carvings and other places the public would have to do serious work to get at are unaffected. This has led to a number of theories, the most prominent of which blames on Thutmose's late-reign advisors (on the theory that they would have pressured the elderly king to diminish the public memory of his aunt out of misogyny) to his successor (who may have believed that erasing Hatshepsut from pubic memory might detract from questions about the strength of his claim to the throne).
    • The 25th Dynasty was virtually erased from existence by the first of the 26th simply because 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 Herostratus. 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. Thanatos Gambit much?
  • The Romans did this, though the Latin term for it, 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.
  • Henry VIII 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 The American Revolution. 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 boot'' without mentioning him by name. It represents the leg was shot during a vital military charge, which then had his horse fall on it, shattering it. He spent over a year bedridden, during which he struggled with debts and started thinking about treason. The monument reflects the apocryphal story that if Arnold was ever captured by the Americans, they would cut off his wounded leg and bury it with full military honors while hanging the rest. The battlefield monument becomes Harsher in Hindsight when you realize that General Gates taking all the credit for Arnold's actions at Saratoga was one of the many Kick the Dog moments that drove Arnold to treason in the first place.
  • The Nazis did this too: In this photo, Goebbels was removed due to a falling out with the Fuhrer. Ironically, he and his wife, as seen in 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 most loyal follower. A few prints managed to escape destruction.
  • The Soviet Union did this often; Nineteen Eighty-Four's use of it is a direct allusion.
    • Josef Stalin 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). Leon Trotsky, former head of the Red Army, is probably the most 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 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.
  • North Korea 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.
  • Lin Biao, Mao Zedong's Chessmaster Sidekick, 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 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 Laser-Guided Karma. 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 "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 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.
  • After the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011, the White House released 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, 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 Nineteen Eighty-Four by saying it wasn't right to alter history.
    • Similarly, there is a portrait gallery in the Illinois State Capitol of all former Illinois governors, except for Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached, removed from office, and then convicted and sentenced to federal prison for bribery and trying to sell Barack Obama's former Senate seat. While there is no official restriction on his portrait being added, the state has declared that he would have to pay for it himself. In a straighter example, a number of signs he had put up around the Illinois Tollway system were removed immediately after his impeachment. note 
  • Lyndon Johnson used this as well early in his political career. As a young Congressman in 1937, he had been photographed shaking the hand of President Franklin D. Roosevelt 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.)
  • Robert Reich has suggested going above and beyond impeachment and doing this to Donald Trump in implicit accordance with the Constitution if it is found, through overwhelming and indisputable evidence, that he had direct involvement in the Russian interference in the 2016 election, in the sense that his very presidency is unconstitutional on the grounds that he had conspired with Vladimir Putin to rig the election in his favor.
  • A half-hearted attempt was made for Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria after his Murder-Suicide at the Mayerling hunting lodge. The lodge itself was converted into a convent by Emperor Franz Joseph note . His personal belongings were moved to the Imperial Furniture Collection (a rather out-of-the-way destination for tourists, as opposed to Vienna's intense marketing of his parents' image and relationship). His quarters in the Schönbrunn Palace were converted into the Children's Museum. A railway line named after him was also renamed. Stuff, places, and organizations bearing Rudolf's name can still be found around Vienna (including the 15th district, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus) thanks to Plausible Deniability as there were a few other famous members of royalty by that name. There are a few aversions, such as the Kronprinz Rudolf apple.
  • After a white supremacist murdered fifty people and injured dozens more in a shooting attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed to never speak his name, and many officials and media organizations, both in that country and abroad, seem to have followed her lead. The videos and manifesto the perpetrator uploaded to the internet are also the subject of an extended campaign of disappearance.
  • Iran is a hard-line anti-Semitic and Islamist state that will not recognize the sovereignty of Israel. This hate goes so far as to prohibit its own athletes from facing off against Israeli athletes in any competitive sports under the threat of imprisonment and death.
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    Films 
  • Following Heaven's Gate 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 Puppet Master, 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.
  • Disney considers The Black Hole, 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 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, 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 Disney Channel kicked off their 100 DCOM marathon to commemorate the release of Adventures in Babysitting (2016), 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 The Other Wiki removed it from their list, despite some sound evidence to the contrary. In their defense, Northern Lights was much more mature than contemporary Disney Channel Original Movies as the network didn't skew exclusively to tweens back then. Since the film was 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 difficult means to track the film down.
  • According to this article: Disney also seems to be doing this to Chicken Little, due to the film being Old Shame. As of 2018, Home on the Range appears doomed to receive the same treatment due to starring Roseanne Barr, who Disney blacklisted over a highly offensive tweet.
  • 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 Kevin Smith and (unsurprisingly) Quentin Tarantino, have turned on him, with Tarantino going so far as to shop his Manson Family script (later known as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) to other studios, eventually settling on Columbia Pictures.
    • Kevin Spacey 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, the cast, director and Tri Star Pictures unanimously decided to write him out of All the Money in the World and replace him in his role as billionaire J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer, with Ridley Scott adding an additional Take That! 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 The Usual Suspects, which featured him in his Star-Making Role.
    • Sex scandals can even lead to a movie getting Unpersonned. After Louis C.K. 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 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 inevitable comparisons between the film's premise and the allegations against C.K. His cameo role in Gravity Falls as "the Horrifying, Sweaty, One-Armed Monstrosity" was also dubbed over by Alex Hirsch 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.
    • As a direct result of sexual assault allegations against producer Brett Ratner, the DVD and Blu-ray release of Justice League (2017) plasters over the logo of his company RatPac with that of its parent company, Access Entertainment.
    • 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, 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: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 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 the show utilized, and because of the lack of a 3D look to the film, it does not fit the modern popular consensus of what computer-generated imagery means. As a result, when Sausage Party 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 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 Fullmetal Alchemist 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 Yu-Gi-Oh! 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.
  • After Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, the latter's studio lot (which wasn't part of the sale) had all references to the former major studio removed, including memorabilia of their classic films in their various sound stages and gift shops, and all studio logos on the lot. A banner reading "Welcome to Fox" was put up on the first day post-merger to indicate that the Murdochs still owned the lot, and that it was no longer home to a movie studio. The only remnants of 20th Century Fox's presence that remain are the iconic murals of its various movies and shows painted on the soundstages. The Fox network also removed the iconic 20th Century Fox fanfare from its generic themes at the end of their programs, as Disney now owned the rights to that music.

    Television 
  • The 700 Club, 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 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 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.
  • Cee Lo Green was given this treatment by TBS after 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 Bill Cosby came into light, TV Land not only pulled all reruns of The Cosby Show 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  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 The Goodies - and the three Goodies themselves - all suspect the 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 Monty Python) 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 Michael Bentine, a founder-member of The Goon Show, 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. Spike Milligan 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: Mystery Science Theater 3000 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 The Tonight Show, 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 Saturday Night Live he hosted and a first season episode of 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 Jimmy Fallon 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 The Daily Show in 1999, Comedy Central 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 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 Jimmy Savile was unmasked as having been a gigantic sexual predator. 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 Top of the Pops (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. 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 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. Additionally, guest vocals by Harris on Kate Bush's 2002 album Aerial were overdubbed in the 2018 remastered release by Bush's son, Albert McIntosh.
  • The drag performance group The Kinsey Sicks were heavily featured in promotional material for Season 3 of America's Got Talent 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 Cookie Jar Entertainment. As Cookie Jar, they erased all references to the Cinar name from all their shows… and replaced the old Dic Entertainment logos with Cookie Jar.
  • After the crashing and burning of their controversial show Allen Gregory, broadcaster 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 Let Us Never Speak of This Again. Given the content of the show, it's probably for the best.
  • The [adult swim] series Million Dollar Extreme Presents World Peace 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 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.
  • Robot Wars: 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 The Weinstein Company'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 The Great American Baking Show in the middle of its 2017 season, and announced that it would not air the remaining episodes.
  • Nickelodeon gave both The Ren & Stimpy Show and Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" the Chris Benoit treatment in April 2018 following the publication of a BuzzFeed report where two female animators accused show creator John Kricfalusi of attempting to prey on them while they were teenagers in the mid-90's. The series is no longer rerun on 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 on YouTube featuring the series have been taken down, including the show's opening theme. On top of all that, when Nick launched the NickSplat streaming service in August 2018 on the VRV service showcasing much of their classic programming, The Ren & Stimpy Show was nowhere to be found, underscoring Nick's desire to bury the show completely. However, the unpersoning has been undone as of late as Ren & Stimpy returned to Nick's spotlight like nothing happened (or they just wanted to keep the fans happy whilst pretending John K never got accused of any of that).
  • After Roseanne Barr posted a racist and Islamophobic tweet against former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, ABC cancelled the revival of 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 The Middle, which had ended its run a week earlier. Roseanne was also pulled from syndication on networks such as CMT and Paramount Network (though the show later returned to TV Land like nothing happened). The unpersoning became complete when ABC commissioned The Conners, a continuation of the series without Roseanne.
  • The third season of Hell's Kitchen initially cast 13 contestants (as opposed to the advertised 12), one of whom was a male contestant named J.R. who was never mentioned on the show. His unpersoning came into play after he was caught behind the scenes spreading rumors about a fellow contestant having an affair with her very high-profile former boss. Likely viewing him as a liability after catching wind of this, the show's producers decided to not only demand that J.R. forfeit the competition, but also to edit him out of nearly all footage recorded up to that point. This was done to the extent that only a few brief glimpses of him remain visible in the first episode of the finished season – after this, he is never seen again.
  • Remember all those great children's programs that aired on Fox Kids and 4Kids TV? Fox doesn't. Ever since both blocks ended in 2002 and 2008, respectively, Fox has rarely if ever acknowledged broadcasting of some of the most popular children's programming of the 90s and 00s, including Batman: The Animated Series, Animaniacs, Bobby's World, the Power Rangers franchise and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), among many other shows. Most tellingly, Fox's 25th anniversary special from 2012 doesn't even mention either Fox Kids for 4Kids TV, with not a single clip from any of the above mentioned shows being shown. Doesn't help much that Fox doesn't own any footage from both blocks' catalogs, as they sold the Fox Kids library to Disney upon that block's closure and only handled broadcasting duties for 4Kids TV, with 4Kids handling the block's operations.

    Religion 
  • Shunning is used as a severe punishment in many religions, including Christianity and Scientology 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 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: 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 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.
  • Harold Camping, the man who is best known as "The False Prophet of the May 21st, 2011 Rapture", has been completely disavowed by Family Radio through the cancellation of his programs and the erasure of his audio recordings. As one of its original founders, Harold used Family Radio as the platform for his rapture warning campaign and had spent a lot of money on advertisement (and on personal things for himself) to spread his word across the country. The rapture warning began to snowball, generating a large influx of revenue for Family Radio but also steadily increasing its operating expenses. And when the 6 P.M. May 21st, 2011 rapture deadline had passed with no world-ending catastrophe, the gravy train began to derail until it completely disappeared long before the end of 2011, forcing Family Radio to dramatically downsize to avert a financial crisis due to accumulating at least 26 million in operating costs from the rapture scare. A lot of people were very disillusioned and angry at Family Radio and Harold for disrupting and even ruining their lives with their swindling deception.

    Sports 
  • After the Atlanta Spirit Group sold the Atlanta Thrashers (now known as the second generation 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 1912, athlete Jim Thorpe participated in the Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, earning gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon. In 1913, a newspaper reported that Thorpe had played baseball with a minor league team in North Carolina and received meager pay. Unfortunately, the Amateur Athletic Union had strict standards against what was considered professional sports (including minor league games), and the AAU and International Olympic Committee decided to strip Thorpe of his amateur status, medals and awards. Thorpe later went on to play professional baseball for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Braves. He also started to play professional football with the Pine Village Pros of Indiana, followed by the Canton Bulldogs, and Oorang Indians (Ohio), later playing 52 NFL games for 6 teams from 1920 to 1928. After Thorpe's death, replicas of his gold medals were presented to two of his children, his amateur status was restored, yet his results from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm have yet to be restored to the IOC records, even though he is listed as a gold medalist by the IOC.
  • In April 2014, when the 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 
  • 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 Patriotsnote , 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 playernote , and a photo of him was removed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By the time Hernandez died in prison in 2017, he had been completely scrubbed from the history of the team.
  • 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 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 Roger Ebert (of all people), that condemns the removal as Too Soon, 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 The Other Wiki, but only once on a D-I football squad (in the aforementioned SM Ugate); 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  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 expies in MLBPA-licensed video games. Four of the replacement players note  would later be part of World Series-winning teams, but were not allowed to appear in any official commemorative memorabilia as as a result of crossing the picket line in 1995.note 
  • Chris Webber was disassociated from the University of Michigan 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 Rugby League, 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 Rugby Union 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.

    Other 
  • Industrial engineer C. V. Wood not only chose the location for 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 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 Six Flags), 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 Ayn Rand. Rand removed the dedication to him on the title page for Atlas Shrugged 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 Active Heart (used as the OP theme) from being used in any Japanese-made product, i.e. Super Robot Wars.
    • 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 Too Soon 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.
    • Ryo Asuka, of the musical duo CHAGE & ASKA, was arrested in 2014 on drug possession. In addition to his music label dropping him, Walt Disney Japan recalled a Studio Ghibli movie collection that featured the music video On Your Mark, which they collaborated on (this decision would later be reversed, and the music video has appeared in subsequent Blu-ray releases).
    • When Pierre Taki was arrested on the suspicion of drug use, Sony Music dropped his band, Denki Groove. Furthermore, his voicework was removed from Kingdom Hearts 3 and Judgment. In the latter case, Sega went as far as to replace his character's likeness.
    • 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, Kouzou Okamoto, one of the attackers of the Lod Airport massacre, was given this treatment since he's at the time a sophomore of the Kagoshima University. This means, legally, he can only say he's a high school graduate.
  • 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 by running for president.
  • Although the edits will still be there, you can do it to yourself on Wikipedia.
  • Scott Jarkoff, deviantART's co-founder, was fired by the current CEO Angelo Sotira ("Spyed"). Wikipedia was edited to say that he had no involvement in the site's founding, whereas Sotira did.
    • Jark 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...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 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 (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 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 Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. 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.
  • 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 PlayStation 3 in the Netherlands over a patent dispute with Sony, though that backfired spectacularly as the Dutch injunction on PS3s was lifted before it could happen, and LG wound up having to pay a fine for their aggressiveness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 namenote .
  • McDonald's 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.
  • IMDb was known to do this to users who engage in egregiously bad behavior, not only deleting their accounts but also everything they ever posted in the site's forums.
  • Blocking people on Facebook results in the other person being unable to see your profile or posts. A Revealing Cover-Up, 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.
  • 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.
  • Wikipedia does this to subjects 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 The Tourettes Guy, YouTube Poop, the Angry German Kid, and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, the latter of which has every possible variation of the name "salted".note 
  • 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 can't go to court to get records without already having the records she needs to go to court to get.note 
  • After popular 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). It should be noted that Ghomeshi was never actually convicted of the charges against him, though.
  • 60 Minutes did a segment on the US Social Security "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.
  • Konami has been removing Hideo Kojima's name from every game he (and his production company) worked on. This includes all the Metal Gear games and the Zone of the Enders 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 for possessing child pornography despite his not insignificant contributions to British comedy, including being a founder member of the Not the Nine O'Clock News team and several series in his own rightnote , 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 The Muppet Show, 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 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.
  • This article shows a shirt with the scene of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in which Darth Vader points an accusatory finger at Princess Leia while aboard her ship, Princess Leia has been replaced with Luke Skywalker by Target, with the nefarious goal of selling more merchandise.
  • The official Marvel Comics "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 The Transformers comics from Marvel, nor can they acknowledge the Marvel Star Wars comic book series despite Marvel recently regaining the Star Wars publishing rights, the Tiny Toon Adventures comic book series from Marvel UK, or any of their Hanna-Barbera comic books (especially the latter two, since both properties are owned by Warner Bros., parent of DC Comics). 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 This Very Wiki we've experienced this with the Trope Pantheon. You see, among the "undesirables" like The Fallen, there used to be a house called the disgraces, characters from media that are generally disliked (Bella and Edward, Peter Griffin, etc. etc.) who championed tropes filed under the Scrappy Index. Unfortunately after flame wars and vitriol, Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things 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 Persona Non Grata 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 Persona Non Grata. They bulldozed and buried an African-American school to the point where it was as 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 Williams Electronics 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 Harry Williams 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. Most of their pinball and video game properties are now controlled by their sister company and former competitor Bally. (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 copyrights and trademarks.)
  • After the closure of Nickelodeon Studios in 2005, Universal Studios Florida (which Nickelodeon leased for the studio space) removed whatever traces of the network they could find in the park, although Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast 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 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 Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants characters at various locations of USF, and a SpongeBob store outside E.T. Adventure that opened in 2012.
  • After Archie Comics lost the license to Sonic the Hedgehog and was forced to cancel 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".note 
  • 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 MLP Analysis 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.note 
  • Dwarf Fortress is a game that runs on Video Game Cruelty Potential and Black Comedy. They used to have a thread on the worst things players did in-game, dedicated to Crossing the Line Twice, until one particular dwarf (known as Obok Meatgod), had such brutality that it went too far, even for the Dwarf Fortress community. The thread was expunged, and the dwarf is not spoken of.
  • Subverted with Chris Hardwick. For a time, Nerdist refused to acknowledge Hardwick as its founder after he was accused by his ex of sexual harassment. This was later reversed following an internal investigation.
  • On This Very Wiki, 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.
  • Shouzou Kaga, creator of Fire Emblem left Nintendo for undisclosed reasons shortly after the release of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. He went to fund his own game company, Tirnanog, and released Tear Ring Saga. This game turned to be such a blatant Fire Emblem knockoff that Nintendo and Intelligent Systems sue him and his company over it and won but they failed to stop the sales of the game. Since then, Nintendo has gone to great lenghts to not make references to Kaga in any way, the best example being the fact that Kaga wasn't even mentioned in the The Making of Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary book, despite being the mastermind behind the entire franchise.
  • IGN's Nintendo Editor Filip Miucin was accused of plagiarizing a review of Dead Cells wholesale from a Youtuber in mid-2018. Shortly after, it came to light that most of Miucin's reviews were also plagiarized, leading to him being fired and IGN going over his reviews with a fine-toothed comb, unpublishing everything he wrote. Because of how many reviews he wrote, this resulted in a lot of games needing revised reviews.
  • In September 2018, several women came forward describing sexual harassment that they suffered from Mack Leighty, a former columnist for Cracked and editor-in-chief of another website, The Modern Rogue, under the pseudonym of "John Cheese". In the days that followed, Leighty stepped down as EIC of The Modern Rogue, and both websites he contributed to unpublished all of his articles, columns, and other material.
  • For unknown reasons, George R. R. Martin's biological grandfather has been airbrushed out of his family's history, as revealed during the Season 5 premiere of Finding Your Roots.
  • The Closing Logos Group mandates this policy for those guilty of despotism, sexual abuse, murder, or any other serious crime, such as Fidel Castro, Bill Cosby, Charles Manson, and XXXTentacion, by way of specifically excluding them from the site's "In Memoriam" section of its homepage when they die. They also do it to users they ban for any reason, including pedophilia or being a known member of the VGCP (widely considered the CLG's archrival due to how many logo thieves and CLG critics consider themselves members), to the point where any logo capture they make cannot be displayed anywhere on the site.
  • Following allegations (and subsequent confirmation) of sexual impropriety and NDA violations, Nintendo announced that the original dub voice actor of Byleth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Chris Niosi, would be replaced with Zach Aguilar. A datamine of Fire Emblem Heroes originally named Niosi as Byleth's voice actor, but the name was scrubbed shortly afterwards. Nintendo further announced that, even though Niosi's voice was featured in Three Houses, a future patch would replace his voice with Aguilar's.
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