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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })A character seems to vanish off the face of the earth. Sometimes people just disappear, but this is something more. People who should know about it aren't even sure who the person was. Photos look the same, but without them in it. Their Love Interests either don't exist at all, or are in love with someone else. They never existed. They're not just gone, they're Ret Gone.
Of course, it's hard to write stories about people who don't exist, so there is normally at least one person who remembers the disappeared character's life. Mostly, this will be someone close to the character, such as a friend or family member (and it's often just one person) who will do their best to find evidence, while convincing themselves and others that they're not crazy.
Sometimes, without this character, the world is a notably different place, but sometimes, hardly anything has changed at all.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Occasionally, it'll be the character themselves, whose continued existence is the only evidence they've ever been alive. They may be Invisible to Normals, seeing what the world is like without them. Or they may be alive and well, just really, really annoyed. Cases like this can sometimes cause a Loss of Identity if the character fears that they will start to forget themselves.
Common methods of a Ret Gone include killing them off at youth or somehow preventing their birth, shunting them into an Alternate History, and removing them from a metaphysical book of history, or rewriting the book itself in-story, although there are plenty of other Applied Phlebotinum tricks. If we actually see the character vanish and become Ret Gone, then that character doubles as a Ripple Effect Indicator.
Named, of course, after the Retcon.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })When some shadowy but non-supernatural force erases the evidence of someone's existence in a more mundane manner, they've been Un-Personed. When the writers decide to simply "forget" a character's existence, that's Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, when a Delayed Ripple Effect is used as a story device this will often be used to perform a sort of half-hearted Story Reset which may inadvertently 'remove' some characters from creation. When a character actively does this on a large scale, it may be to retcon the universe into being more In Their Own Image.
Keep in mind that doing this to Hitler never works.
As this is a Death Trope, expect spoilers.
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All Travelers in The Pendragon Adventure are Ret Gone from their specific worlds after they take their first trip to another territory. They have no histories, no traces of evidence, no sign they ever existed. The people they knew still remember them, but there are no physical records of them and their journals serve as the only other proof of existence. Bobby Pendragon gets this in full, including having his house and family vanishing. Though the fact that Travelers are Ret Gone has helped the Travelers a few times in discovering that someone is Saint Dane.
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Invoked in the Terminator movies, with SkyNet attempting to do this to John Connor, then the rebels attempting to do this to SkyNet. It doesn't actually happen, though, ever. Even Terminator 2: Judgment Day subverts it in the next movie.
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In Narbonic this happens to Dave Davenport's smoking habit. In the Director's Cut re-run of the strip, the comments section ran with this as a joke for a while, insisting that 'Dave Davenport has never smoked'!
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In the season 5 opening of Adventure Time, Finn, Jake and the Lich end up in Prismo's wishroom. After the Lich wishes for the extinction of all life, Finn, Jake and Prismo are the only living things left. Finn's solution? Wish that the Lich never existed. Unfortunately it doesn't go as planned, considering the guy he wished out of existence played a huge part in the series' backstory, resulting in a Cosmic Retcon. It also ends up in a semi-subversion: the Lich turned out to be the result of a devastating weapon, and an alternate version of him popped up anyway as that timeline's Jake (while that timeline's Finn became the Ice King)—which was the result of Prismo's wishes having an ironic twist (in this case, the Lich never existed until now). Main Timeline!Jake undoes the Ret-Gone by using his own wish to retcon the Lich's wish into sending Finn and Jack home, meaning Finn never had to make his wish.
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In the Thursday Next series, starting in Lost In A Good Book, Thursday's husband Landen Parke-Laine gets erased from history through time travel, despite attempts to stop this. The Chronoguard then hold his existence hostage unless Thursday does a task for them.
This has already happened to Thursday's father, although because he's an experienced Chronoguard himself, this doesn't prevent him popping up on occasion to give Thursday advice. They've wiped him from history, but they haven't actually stopped him existing yet (although he now has no first name). Don't think about this too hard, and especially don't wonder how Thursday can exist.
Of course, it helps that time travel will never have been going to be invented.
At one point, there is a support group for people with family members who have been Ret Goned. Then some of the Ret Goned are retroactively de-Ret Goned. The former support group members go to the remaining support group to thank them for their support during the Ret Gone period, but because the de-RetGoning was retroactive, the support group don't recognize them and think they're being mocked.
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In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, this happens to Madoka in the final episode, when she wishes to destroy all witches before they are born (this includes herself). Homura's upset (seeing as the whole reason she became a Magical Girl and went through her "Groundhog Day" Loop ordeal in the first place was to keep Madoka alive), but Madoka herself is pretty cool about it. Madoka's little brother also remembers her, but everybody else just thinks he has an Imaginary Friend. Sadly Word of God says that even he will forget about her when he grows up.
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In Pact, a demon of the first choir known only as Ur (because it ate the rest of its name) does this to its victims, removing all memories of their existence but leaving the events that they affected intact, forcing people to wonder for the rest of their lives what and who they had lost to it that they can never remember.
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MapleStory has the playable class Shade, the sixth of the Five Legendary Heroes that sealed the Black Mage. Why is there One Extra Member? In order to seal the Black Mage, someone had to sacrifice their time. Shade offered but instead of being killed like he expected, his memory was removed from history instead.
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Inverted on Buffy. Dawn popped into existence, leaving the viewers scratching their heads for a while since all the characters acted as if Dawn had always been with them. It turns out that Dawn is fabricated and all the characters have false memories. Just what their memories of the first four seasons were changed to is never specified, but they all remember Dawn being there alongside them the entire time. A number of the official comics set during the first four seasons have Dawn as a character, with notes attached saying, in effect, "Yeah, she didn't exist back then, but everyone remembers her being there, so..."
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Sola from Sunrider Academy experiences a drawn-out version of this in her route. She suffers from “distortions”, episodes where parts of her body will randomly (and painfully) fade out of existence. The people who know her lose some of their memories of her whenever a distortion occurs: if she were to disappear completely, they would forget her entirely and it would be like she never existed. The plot of her route involves figuring out why this is happening and finding a way to prevent it.
In Sunrider Liberation Day’s [RE]turn mode, this is almost inevitable. Kayto has been sent back in time to prevent a horrible incident that happened in the main storyline from taking place, and if he succeeds the resulting paradox will erase him from existence. Not counting the bad endings where he dies, exactly three of [RE]turn’s eighteen endings do not have Kayto getting erased.
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Hermione disappears from her family photos when, at the start of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she erases herself from her parents' memories for their safety. An interesting example in that she Retcons herself out.
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In the final season of Samurai Jack, Jack's fiance Ashi ceases to exist after he travels back to his time and defeats her father Aku. This is only a mild case as he still possesses memories of her as indicated by his smile when he sees the ladybug. This is also definitely the case with Future Aku, since his erasure is what erases Ashi, as well as the evil cult that worshipped him.
Not only her, the entire future timeline and everyone and everything in it ceases to exist as it was a distorted reality created by the act of Aku banishing Jack into the future. Jack returning to the past resets this distortion and the timeline essentially proceeds as it would have had Jack never travelled to the future, even though his memories and experience remain.
All of Jack's friends from future would have been Ret Gone along with Ashi as killing Aku means that he couldn't kill or displace human populations for the next several millennia, nor be able to invite various alien races to Earth, thus negating them from being born. Even if they still exist under a happier future, none of them will remember ever meeting Jack; even though he's a legendary hero now, all those events he took part in never happened. The only one who'll remember these events is Jack himself, unless he somehow decides to chronicle his adventures. There is a silver lining to this: they would never have had to experience the living hell that was Aku.
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The Sentry's entire backstory is that he got Ret Gone'd, which is why nobody remembers the character from Silver Age comics, even though he was active and present then.
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Happens to an entire universe in The Infinite Loops. Potentially even more then one.
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This happens to Grand Admiral Thrawn and his ship in The Great Starship Battle.
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In one skit, Dave Chappelle took a woman on a Magical Negro ride into a world where her sizeable breasts she'd been complaining about were Ret Goned. It wasn't such A Wonderful Life for her.
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The premise of The Caller is that Mary, in the present day, mysteriously starts receiving calls from Rose, living in the same apartment four decades earlier. Once Rose becomes jealous enough to start tracking down people close to Mary in her time and killing them, it apparently works this way: To everyone else but Mary, the victims are already long dead, which means if no one else around knew the person in question prior to that point, they won't be remembered by anyone else at all.
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In Zero Hour!, many future heroes are erased such as Booster Gold and Impulse and the Legion of Super-Heroes' Post-Crisis continuity is erased by the entropy wave. When the heroes restore the timestream, the alternate timelines that spawned a healthy Barbara Gordon Batgirl and Alpha Centurian are erased, though Booster and Impulse are restored.
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In Chrononauts, this is done with the aptly-named card "Your Parents Never Met". The chosen player's Secret Identity is revealed, and they must trade it in for a new one.
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In the MLP fanfic Aftermath of the Games, this happening to Starlight Glimmer was one of the key aspects to making it an Alternate Universe fic. Princess Twilight tried to talk Starlight down during the events of "The Cutie Remark" and tried to offer her hoof in friendship. Unlike in canon, however, Starlight rejected it underneath the belief that she would be thrown in prison for her crimes if she surrendered. At that point, Twilight had no choice but to encase the villain in a crystal, find the filly Starlight, and ask her if she wanted to run away from her Orphanage of Fear and become her personal student. Filly Starlight eagerly agreed, which wiped the original Starlight out of existence.
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The titular Misfile in the webcomic of that name Ret Gones Ash's male life and identity to everyone except him/herself and the stoner angel that did it to him/her. Emily's last two years (and acceptance into Harvard) were also wiped.
Part of the concern for our heroes is some of the positive changes that this change has wrought. Ash has a better relationship with both parents, and Emily barely avoided being in a severe car accident that could very well have killed her (and this is before getting into their attraction to each other).
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X-Men:
In a storyline, the New Mutants (a group of teenage mutants being trained as the next generation of X-Men) were Ret Goned by a Sufficiently Advanced Alien called the Beyonder. The only one to remember their existence was Kitty Pryde, who had a magical connection to one of the New Mutants that even the Beyonder's godlike powers couldn't erase.
Stryfe is forced to keep Cyclops and Jean alive, despite utterly despising them, so that he can be born.
This is used by the X-Men as a last-ditch effort to defeat Generic Doomsday Villain Matthew Malloy, who is described by creator Brian Bendis as "beyond omega" and somehow more of a threat to the universe than Vulcan, Onslaught or even Dark Phoenix.
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In Sluggy Freelance, in the Torg Potter parodies of Harry Potter, it is eventually revealed that the reason everyone keeps talking about "You-probably-don't-know-who" and such is because the character in question accidentally erased himself from history and everyone's memories, so that no-one really did know who even though they knew there had been someone.
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In Scary Go Round, Erin Winters was sucked through a portal to Hell as an unintended result of her sister Shelley saving the universe. She was confident that Shelley would rescue her, but Bob Crowley explained that she was "no longer part of the universe we knew" and everyone would soon forget her. This state of affairs persisted even after she became ruler of Hell and returned to the mortal world, with Erin eventually meeting and telling her story to an old boyfriend; she mentioned that she hadn't tried contacting her family, as it would be too painful. Indeed, when she did meet Shelley face to face soon after, the latter didn't recognize her at all... until after Tim accidentally opened another portal to Hell and Erin had to trade her soul for boyfriend Eustace's life, which somehow let Shelley remember and recognize her dear sister right through the latter's "queen of Hell" persona.
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Bleach
The first movie, Memories of Nobody, ends with Senna fading from existence. It's a bit of a subversion for two reasons: Originally she never really existed in the first place being a collection of random memories given a soul, and Ichigo walks right by her in the movie's ending. Still, she's essentially Ret Gone. Because she's a movie character she's probably never going to be brought up in canon again, meaning she's never going to be re-introduced to the cast.
In Fade to Black, Rukia gets an incomplete dose of Ret-gone. The force behind this isn't powerful enough to completely erase her; Zanpakutou spirits and artificial souls such as Kon are immune to the effect, and physical evidence such as written notes remain. Ichigo also regains his memories with a bit of nudging, as the force couldn't Ret Gone the fact that Rukia was the original source of his powers.
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Destiny features Praedyth, a Guardian who ventured with two others into the Vault of Glass, a research facility built by time-manipulating robots. After an unsuccessful attempt to destroy it, the Vex erase Praedyth from the universe's timeline so that he may never have the chance to threaten their operation. Their work was so thorough that, when the player enters the Vault to track down a signal Praedyth is broadcasting, there were only scattered pieces of gear and vague references to indicate he existed at all.
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Implied in Fables. The Jack of Fables and Fables crossover even has the villain doing this to The Story of Little Black Sambo, after Revise had more or less done this to him by censoring his myth.
As an example of how effective Revise's power could be, the story showed Carl, the fourth little pig who built his house out of cloth. But Revise removed Carl from the story and everyone now thinks there have always been just three little pigs.
A further point of this is that at one point the entity called Bookburner puts together an army of fictional characters such as the Comanche Skeleton, Man O' Fruit, Ann O' The Woods, and Lindy Lou the Pragmatic Cat. In-universe these characters and many more were all Fables whose stories were completely forgotten by the Mundy World, while Word of God states they were all specifically made up just for the series.
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Angel:
Angel has memories of his son Connor removed from all of his friends' minds, so that only he remembers Connor ever existed. The difference here is that Connor still exists, just not in the minds of the supporting cast. Their modified memories of what happened the previous seasons are never fully explained, even after certain characters get their memories back.
From that same season, every mention and memory of The Beast was erased from our dimension by Jasmine. The Beast is still mentioned in a book from another dimension, where his information was not removed. Angelus also recalls the Beast because he was not in control of Angel when the erasure occured.
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Arrow:
John and Lyla have a daughter named Sara, until Barry's meddling results in the baby being turned into a boy named John Junior. They don't actually remember baby Sara, so they can't be too mad about it, but Lyla does snipe at Barry about it a few times.
In the set up for the Green Arrow and the Canaries spin-off, Dinah Drake (the second Black Canary) appears in 2040 shortly after Oliver Queen's funeral, with all record of her history - along with any evidence of a Black Canary at all - wiped clean in the intervening years.
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Magic: The Gathering: At the end of the Tarkir story-line, Sarkhan Vol significantly alters alters his world's history so that dragons never went extinct on that world. Despite over a thousand years of altered history, most people Sarkhan knew still very much exist (albeit with heavily altered lives). However, none of them have any recollection of Sarkhan himself, as he apparently was never born in this time-line. Paradoxically, every event he took part in on other worlds was completely unaffected (as it includes some pretty important ones in the MTG time-line). He doesn't angst over it for long, instead seeing it as a fresh start on a better version of his world.
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In the Haven episode "Silent Night", this happens one-by-one to everyone in Haven, with only Audrey Parker and the Troubled person causing it being able to remember them. Although no one else can remember them, they do notice something is wrong if they think about it, like Duke asking Nathan, "Why are there only two people in your class photo?" One guy whose wife was erased realizes that he must have a wife, even if he can't remember her, because his daughter must have a mother. When Audrey saves the day, everyone reappears with no memory of that day.
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Wonder Girl: Donna Troy's (again) Retcon-ed origin involved her being cursed by a character called the Dark Angel to live a life full of pain and suffering, with her life being restarted and erased from the world's memory —again— when Donna was at her lowest. (In the most recent case, the death of her ex-husband and son, coupled with the loss of her powers). Hippolyta (the Wonder Woman at the time) and her Teen Titans teammate Wally West (The Flash) remembered her due to being outside the timestream when it was rewritten, and Donna was restored to her previous form, complete with powers (because they used Wally's memories to restore her, and he remembered her best with her Wonder Girl powers).
The tragic part turned out to be that Wally didn't have much memory or knowledge of the (well-written and positive for both of them) relationship she had had with Green Lantern Kyle Rayner before her latest Ret Gone - and so of course she came back with only the vaguest memories of her time with him. Then again, that could just be the writers playing with the readers.
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This is a standard side effect of entering Neverwhere.
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In Three Days to Never, the villains have a sorcerous ritual that can remove a person from history. Part of why they're after the MacGuffin is that with it they will be access to a more direct and less difficult method to do the same thing.
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Used interestingly in From the New World. When a member of Group 1 dies, the others are brainwashed into forgetting that the vanished person ever existed, and after the death of Shun, who they'd known for a long time, a Replacement Goldfish is introduced into the group in his place and their memories of Shun are overwritten with ones of the new boy. It doesn't take, though; the ones who knew Shun begin to sense that something is off and don't fully accept his replacement. By the story's end, Saki is able to remember Shun's name and face.
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In the season 3 finale of Fringe, this happens to Peter Bishop. He eventually gets better. The trope is apparently played to full effect regarding Peter's infant son Henry, though.
Although Henry has an equivalent in the new timeline which results from Peter's return, his daughter Henrietta.
In the series finale, this happens to the Observers.
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One episode of the Men in Black Animated Adaptation dealt with a crazed alien enthusiast finding a way to time-travel and going back to send the founding members of the eponymous organization to a dimensional limbo. A photo displaying the meeting between the founders and a group of aliens has each human disappearing one by one, and everyone instantly forgets them except Jay, who's gained Ripple Effect-Proof Memory via some Alien Phlebotinum which is also slowly killing him. Additionally, all the founders' contributions disappear as well, such as all the medical devices invented by Agent D. By the time only K is left, MiB is reduced to a tiny organization operating out of the back of a store. Jay manages to undo everything, including his own Phlebotinum exposure.
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Inside Out: Everything thrown to the Memory Dump goes through this, illustrating the fact that, although memories are usually stored within the long-term shelves (i.e. always in the back of your mind somewhere), there is only so much the brain can contain, so less important memories are periodically disposed of. When Joy and Bing Bong get trapped in the Dump, Bing Bong performs a Heroic Sacrifice so Joy can get out and is promptly forgotten. This not only ensures that Riley does not lose her ability to feel happy, but also flags a point in her coming-of-age story, as Bing Bong is her childhood imaginary friend and hence bound to be forgotten someday.
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The Doctor Who Expanded Universe gives us Faction Paradox, an especially vicious cult where Step One in your initiation ceremony is to hop into a timeship and go kill Grandma. Before Mommy was ever born. This has the effect of erasing your existence in its entirety, making you a living paradox and making you extremely hard to destroy.
Later on, they came up with a variant of the Time Lords' De-Mat Gun, Continuity Needles. Anyone stabbed with one will never have existed. Unusually, the works of that person do not disappear - Time fills in the cracks by attributing them to someone else. That said, Needles have their limits and it's not recommended to use them on people who leave massive impressions upon the timeline. Case in point, a Needle almost caused a disaster when someone had the bright idea of attacking some British alchemist with it.
Also in the DW Expanded Universe, the novel New Series Adventures: Engines of War sees the Daleks develop a cannon that erases whoever gets hit with it from history, including the partner of one of the main characters.
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Heroes:
Five years in the future some of the characters had settled down (or undergone a Heel–Face Turn) and had families of cute little children that won't exist now because the future has changed and the mothers of said children have been Stuffed in the Fridge.
There's also Caitlin. Peter utterly ruins her life just by crossing paths with her and for all her trouble she gets left behind in a Bad Future that's subsequently erased from existence, again thanks to Peter.
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At the end of Serial Experiments Lain The main character Lain does this to herself.
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Happens in Meet the Robinsons when Lewis wipes Doris from existence by vowing to never invent her.
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In DC Rebirth, it's revealed Wally got retgonned following Flashpoint, thrown out of time until he could find a way back to reality. Unfortunately, he and Linda both lost a few years of their lives... which included their marriage.
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A different version is at work in the sequel Gates to Infinity, where instead it's claimed that a law of nature will force all memories of the player to disappear when he leaves the Pokémon world. Everyone else decides that's a stupid law and force themselves to remember anyway.
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In an unknown comic (appeared in the Swedish edition of The Phantom): a teenage time traveler is hiding in the present day, trying to avoid futuristic robots that want to kidnap him (because he knows of their existence). When the robots find out where (or rather, when) he is, they try to zap him into their time, but they keep getting the wrong kid... and every time, everyone forgets the victim's existence, as though they never existed. The only ones who remember is the time traveler, and the normal kid protagonist (due to some Phlebotinum).
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The Outer Limits (1963) episode "The Man Who Was Never Born''. The title says it all. There is a Cruel Twist Ending, however. It's not the man everyone assumes it will be.
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The Outer Limits (1995):
In "Breaking Point", the Andrew McLaren from 2000 ceases to exist after he kills his younger self in 1993.
In "Time to Time", Satchko Watanabe, a member of the time travel agency Chrononics, ceased to exist after Lorelle Palmer altered history when she visited UC Berkeley on April 14, 1969. Lorelle caused her father Tom to miss his bus, which prevented his friend James Williams from telling him about a meeting later that night. At this meeting, he learned of Richard's plans to plant a bomb in the ROTC campus headquarters in McClanahan Hall. As a result, Tom lived and the bomb went off the next day instead of that night. Twelve people died in the altered timeline. In the original timeline, one of them had a child who became a medical researcher and discovered the cure for AIDS, saving thousands of lives in the process. Satchko was never born as she was a descendant of one of the AIDS sufferers. The course of history is restored and Satchko returns when Lorelle decides to allow her father to die in his attempt to deactivate the bomb.
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Linda Park, the wife of Wally West, the third The Flash, was retgonned by a supervillain at her wedding, just before vows were exchanged. The groom found himself at home, confused and vaguely aware that something was missing, but unable to figure out what it was. Eventually (a year and a half later) she was restored to her proper place and the ceremony resumed.
Although Bart Allen (Impulse) could still see and remember her. Of course, his grasp on reality is a little off.
The time-traveling villain Eobard Thawne a.k.a. Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash has learned to weaponized this, frequently erasing people from both history either for his own benefit or to make Barry Allen suffer.
In DC Rebirth, it's revealed Wally got retgonned following Flashpoint, thrown out of time until he could find a way back to reality. Unfortunately, he and Linda both lost a few years of their lives... which included their marriage.
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Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) ends with Sonic and Princess Elise going back in time and blowing out the flame of Solaris, erasing the god from existence and altering history so that the events of the game never took place.
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8-Bit Theater once had a comic that suggested there was a fifth Light Warrior named Bard that Sarda erased from existence for some (likely stupid) reason.
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In the last episode of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Scooby's destruction of the show's Ultimate Evil results in the latter never having existed. Thus, Crystal Cove becomes a Sugar Bowl.
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The story mode of Mortal Kombat 11 features time travel, so this comes into play. Kano threatens the life of Past!Johnny Cage in a hostage situation, threatening that if Cage dies in the past, his future daughter, Cassie Cage - whose mother, Sonya Blade, is currently holding a gun to Past!Kano's head - will die too. Sonya proceeds to exploit his threat, shooting Kano's past self in the eye and causing his future self to blow away into dust, á la Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Jacqui willingly does this to herself in her Arcade Mode ending, where after beating Kronika she alters the timeline so that her father never became a Revenant at the cost of never meeting his wife (who he met while recuperating from the trauma), thus never fathering Jacqui.
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As revealed in Justice League Dark, it didn't work. Shade's creation isn't really Kathy, and Shade has gotten so screwed-up as a result, he's no longer sure if there was ever a real Kathy.
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Tenchi in Tokyo, Yugi apparently "Ret Hered" her shadow Sakuya into the community- everyone else is given Fake Memories of her, her name's put into the records of her apartment building, etc. Once Sakuya realizes she doesn't remember anything but Tenchi and Yugi decides she's served her purpose, all the illusions are undone and Sakuya is Ret Goned again- Tenchi's friends don't remember her, her name disappears from the records, and she disappears from a previously-taken photo, even when Tenchi still remembers her presence.
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In the Franny K. Stein book The Fran That Time Forgot, Franny prevents the Bad Future where her teenage self terrorizes the world with an army of elephant monsters from ever happening by choosing to stop getting angry over her Embarrassing Middle Name and instead concede with the people laughing at her that her middle name actually is pretty funny.
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The entire premise of Forget Me Not. Whenever the ghost kills one of the protagonist's friends, they not only die but also get completely erased from reality, so none of their other friends or family remember them (also they become retro-killing ghosts themselves). By the end of the movie, the protagonist's family has her committed because of her constant rantings about witnessing the horrible deaths of those closest to her — people that, as far as the family knows, have never existed.
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The entire timeline that spiraled into the catastrophic events of Shin Megami Tensei I and Shin Megami Tensei II was wiped out of existence by the actions of Raidou Kuzunoha the XIV: first, he smashed his successor's plan to introduce future tech into Japan in the Taisho era to ensure global dominance by the Japanese. Later, destroying the despair god, Shinado's, attempt to subsume the Capital into despair confirmed the timeline was no longer extant.
Despite this, Steven is still running around...
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The Captain Planet and the Planeteers episode "Future Shock" had three villains descended from Looten Plunder, Dr. Blight, and Verminous Skumm sent back in time by Zarm to secure their future by killing a girl who would grow up to be a prominent defender of the environment. In the end, the three villains screw up and fire at Ma-Ti by mistake. While Ma-Ti survives, the failure to kill the little girl causes the Eco-Villains' descendants to disappear because of their timeline never transpiring.
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In The Lost Room, this happens to room 10 of the Sunshine Motel as well as everything in it, in the same event that gave all of the objects inside it extraordinary powers. After the event, the room was never built and the motel owners don't remember it ever existing. It can only be accessed by using one of the objects, the key to it, to open a door (any door). One of the objects is a man who was occupying the room at the time of the event. Afterwards, he came home to find that his wife no longer remembered him.
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In Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, it is eventually revealed that our timeline is NOT the original one; there was a whole other history wherein Europe never sailed west to the Americas but the successors of the Aztecs sailed east and laid waste to most of the "Old World" with a religion based on conquest and human sacrifice. The people of this timeline eventually Ret Gone'd themselves to try to create a better world (wherein Columbus sailed west first). By the end of the book, the people of our timeline have little choice but to make a similar sacrifice, this time with a more detailed plan that provides a chance for a peaceful and mutually beneficial meeting of Europe and the Americas.
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Pretty much the entire plot of Time Hollow.
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In Mawaru-Penguindrum this happens to Kanba and Shouma in the final episode as the former sacrifices himself to save Himari and Masako, while the latter takes the burden of changing fate from Ringo. The only things left to prove they existed are scars on Himari's forehead and Ringo's arms and Himari's teddy bear with a little note from them inside.
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"Hands of Doom" by Manowar:
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Deadpool 2:
Discussed and inverted in the plot of the film. Cable intends to travel to Deadpool's present time to kill Russell Collins (a.k.a. Firefist), so that he would cease to exist in Cable's own time and not turn into a supervillain that would have killed his family. However, Deadpool objects to this, believing that he could talk Russell out of going down that dark path, and decides to suppress his own superpowers and sacrifice his own life to save Russell from the last bullet from Cable's pistol during the climatic confrontation against him. This convinces Russell not to kill anyone, therefore giving Cable's family a chance to exist in his own time. After Deadpool's slow, dramatic death, he then descends into the afterlife to join his wife, Vanessa, who then tells him that he has finally found peace in having a heart for Russell and can join her in death, but before he could settle in and accept his demise, he is suddenly pulled back into existence and the world of the living when Cable went back in time once again to retrieve Deadpool's stolen memento and uses that to block the fatal shot he fired, allowing Deadpool to live on to appear in another planned sequel.
Played with in the post-credits scenes, where Deadpool uses Cable's now-repaired time-traveling device to "clean up the timelines" by killing off Weapon XI (Deadpool as he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and then his actor just as he was going to play the eponymous role in the 2011 film Green Lantern. Also inverted when he uses this same time-traveling tool to undo the deaths of Vanessa and an X-Force member.
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In Cardcaptor Rad, this is essentially The Erase's shtick. She not only wipes Rachel from existence, but that the timeline shifted itself to fill in the gaps the erased person caused. Thankfully though, Hot Shot still remembered Rachel and managed to get Rad in on the know to seal the card.
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A later version of the Dark Angel tried to do this to Post-Crisis Supergirl by trapping her in a horrifying illusion without her knowledge. If Supergirl had mentally, physically, or spiritually broken, Dark Angel would have had the authority to erase her. Supergirl survived the test, but Dark Angel decided to erase her anyway, only to be stopped by her boss, The Monitor.
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The title character of James Maxie's novel Nobody Gets the Girl is accidentally erased from the timeline, but persists as a "ghost" visible only to the time traveler who caused the divergence and his (the time traveler's) daughters.
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In the Discworld novel Mort, after the title character refuses to collect the soul of a princess who should have died, the universe attempts to carry on as if she had died, causing much confusion as the citizen begin mourning the loss of someone though they don't know who or why. Said princess has to constantly remind people in the same room that she's present.
Later, an 'interface' forms, a bubble on the world (which only the magically gifted or Death can see) centred on the princess, where the inside is the changed timeline and the outside is 'correct' history in which the princess is dead. The pressure of history causes the bubble to shrink and shrink until the changed timeline would never have existed.
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At the end of BioShock Infinite, Booker DeWitt commits interdimensional suicide to ensure that his evil alternate self, Father Comstock, never exists to threaten the multiverse. Because its creation was masterminded by Comstock, Colombia also ceases to exist and the events of the game never take place. However, The Stinger reveals that Booker and Elizabeth live on in a universe where Booker never gave up his daughter, freeing them from the cycle of events that had made the lives of their other selves so hellish. The Burial At Sea DLC reveals that not all versions of Comstock were eliminated as the Booker DeWitt you play as is actually an alternate Comstock who had the Luteces send him to Rapture after accidentally killing Anna.
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In In the Mouth of Madness, Sutter Cane deletes all memory of Linda Styles once she has completed her role in his plot.
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The idea gets revisited in a subversion with Final Fantasy XIV. In the chapter "The End of an Era", the player characters who are fighting to end the war against The Empire encounter Bahamut and can only watch as the elder primal rains destruction across the land. Louisoix saves the world's only hope, the player characters, by sending them several years into the future while he performs a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Bahamut. Once "A Realm Reborn" came to be (patch 2.0), everyone forgets who the warriors that fought Bahamut were and can only remember them by a figure shrouded in light, dubbing them the Warriors of Light. While said warriors still exist, no one can remember them. This is taken a step further if a legacy player completes the main storyline where everyone remembers that the player is indeed the Warrior of Light.
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In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, we find out this is the reason he can't reveal his own first name: His name was used as a sacrifice to seal a dangerous Ghost Wizard. Doc was the only person on Earth who still remembers it (later joined by his clone "Old McNinja"). If either of them reveals the name in any way, the seal is broken and the Ghost Wizard will be free.
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Dreamscape: Keedran, in her true form, can just straight-up wipe you from existence by imploding you in light.
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Supergirl (2015): Part of the reason the League came from the distant future was in hopes of stopping a plague this way. One of Supergirl's current villains, Pestilence, will eventually evolve into Blight, who will go on a rampage across the universe. Once they succeed in preventing this from ever happening, all the other Legionnaires in stasis on their ship are suddenly cured, as if they had never been sick at all.
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Lyra Heartstrings suffers a certain variant of this in Background Pony, constantly fading out of perception while technically still existing. Other ponies notice her and can hold conversations with her, but as soon as they walk away, they forget who she is and what they just did. Anything written about her turns blank, and pictures of her fade out while leaving everything else intact. (Twilight has a photo of herself and her classmate Moondancer, and Lyra mentions that it used to hold three ponies...)
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In Those That Wake, this trope happens to places; forgetting about them makes them fade from existence where they are turned into pocket dimensions by Man In Suit.
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In Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, this briefly happens to Hikari, but it's a milder form, as Nagisa and Honoka are able to reverse all this merely by mentioning her.
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The pilot of Frequency has Raimy Sullivan managing to warn her father, Frank, of his impending death in 1996. Frank survives (later dying in 2011) and Raimy is at first happy. But then she's informed that a body recently discovered is her mother, who Raimy remembers alive but in this new timeline vanished in 1997. Raimy realizes something Frank did in the past caused the Nightingale serial killer to live longer than he should have and thus, a dozen women who should be alive are his victims.
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In Injustice 2 has an odd example with the Reverse Flash, who angrily tells The Flash that the Regime killed one of his ancestors, meaning he was never born. He seems to be safe as long as he stays in the past, but that means that he can't return to the future, and so dedicates himself to trying to kill Flash even more than he did before.
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In Homestuck, the whole point of the Scratch is to reset the entire universe and modify the lives of the players- by switching them with their ancestors- to better prepare them for the game. However, in both canonical instances of the Scratch, the players who initiated it managed to escape its Ret Gone-ing influence.
Lord English is also explicitly immune to getting erased this way due to Stable Time Loops. He is already here. He is always already here.
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In Kamen Rider Build, Evolt is finally defeated by being used as a Living Battery for merging the World of Build with a world where the Sky Wall Incident never happened. As a result, when Build finally kills him in the Final Battle, he's not just dead but he and Pandora's Box never existed as far as the new Merged Reality Earth is concerned (it's not clear if he was retroactively already dead before humanity ever made it to Mars or never existed at all). Given what a horrible monster Evolt was, everyone is far happier.
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During the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog's Chaos Emerald Saga, Sonic's desire for a chili dog in ancient Egypt prevents his ancestors from meeting, leading to him being erased from existence. Tails quickly fixes this problem and brings Sonic back.
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This includes almost everyone in the Ultimate Universe except for Miles Morales, Bombshell, their supporting cast, and The Maker.
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The Twilight Zone (1959): "And When the Sky Was Opened". Three astronauts return from a trip into space and disappear one at a time. As each disappears, only one of the astronauts remembers that the others existed, until he disappears too, then the spacecraft they returned in vanishes as well. Every time someone disappears, the audience sees that day's newspaper, saying something along these lines each time: "Three men return from space", "Two men return from space", "Lone man returns from space", And something about a "miracle birth".
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The Twilight Zone (1985): In "The Card", Linda Wolfe receives an invitation from a credit card company that specifically caters to people with a bad credit rating who have had their previous cards cancelled. When she misses the first payment, she finds that the family cat Boris has disappeared and she is the only one to remember that he even existed. The following week, Linda misses the second payment and their dog Scooby disappears. Linda vows never to use the card again but she is forced to do so when her car breaks down. When she gets home that night, she discovers that her children Matt, Evan and B.J. have disappeared. The next day, Linda goes to the card company and demands to speak to the office manager Catherine Foley. While there, she sees her children, who fail to recognize her, being led into a room marked "Disbursements." Mrs. Foley explains to her that they may be returned to her if she writes them a check. Linda does so but Brian tells her that the bank called and he cancelled it. Further penalties are then made against her. Brian disappears and household items begin to vanish in front of her. When she cuts the card in half, it falls to the ground. The final scene shows that Linda herself has ceased to exist and there is an empty lot where her house once stood.
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One of the episodes of The Twilight Zone (2002) series called "Upgrade" was about a woman who wished for a perfect family. She gets her wish, and her children are replaced by more perfect children. However, eventually she is replaced.
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The Twilight Zone (2019): "The Comedian". Whenever a stand-up comic mentions something connected to his personal life during his routine, it instantly disappears from existence. At the end, he decides to talk about himself during his routine. He disappears, and since he never existed, everything and everyone he erased is brought back.
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Subverted in 358/2 Days. In the game's climax, Xion is absorbed by Roxas. As she was created from the memories of main character Sora, there was nothing left for anyone to remember her with after she was gone. The Ret Gone appears to be played straight, but in the cell phone game Coded, it is revealed through a conversation between Data Sora and Data Roxas that the real Roxas still feels the pain of losing Xion, even if he doesn't remember her. Interestingly, this pain is also felt by Data Sora, who states that even if he doesn't know the source of his turmoil, he's still resolved to do his best to fix it. Of course, it is also possible that the database entry where Xion learned about her past is still intact.
In Dream Drop Distance, we learn Xion isn't entirely gone yet. She appears (and Ventus and Roxas too) when Riku enters Sora's heart.
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Higurashi: When They Cry has this happen in Rei, since Rika getting hit by a truck sent her to a Hinamizawa where the dam project was still underway in June 1983, and a good portion of the major characters are absent. She's only in a coma though.
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Persona 5: When Big Bad Yaldabaoth starts overlaying his Mental World onto reality, the Phantom Thieves start disappearing since nobody believes that they exist, as the other world runs on Clap Your Hands If You Believe, which means that they really don't exist. The Thieves only barely manage to hang onto existence thanks to Yuki and his website.
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This is one of the higher-end abilities of Darkseid's Omega Beams in New Gods.
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In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, in space kindergarten, there was a kid who would bully Hasta, which earned him butt-kickings from Nyarko and Cuko. The bully held onto his grudge for years, and finally got "payback" by erasing them from existence. Mahiro is the only one who remembers the girls because he has Ripple Effect-Proof Memory, and so he enlists the help of Yithka to go back in time and set history back on its proper course.
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Undertale has the hidden character W. D. Gaster, an exploration of the implications of cut content. Gaster was the previous Royal Scientist, but an experiment gone wrong saw him shattered across time and space. Anyone who knew him well was subjected to the same fate (except Sans, who is implied to be connected to him), including a greyed-out monster named Goner Kid who muses about being wiped from everyone else's memories and left to look on forever as the world carries on like they (or whomever they have in mind) never existed.
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SOON: One of Atlas' less-than-noble motivations to build a time machine is to get rid of their academic rival, Dr Fang, by preventing her parents from getting together. Atlas can actually accomplish this by time traveling to Fang's parents first meeting and revealing that Mr. Fang is a Billy Ray Cyrus fan. Fang's mother is horrified and leaves in a hurry.
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Red Dwarf:
While passing through pockets of "unreality" where things change at random, the Red Dwarf crew of four pass through one and then start wondering what happened. They're in an unreality pocket but nothing has changed, the ship is normal and all three of them are normal. Meanwhile the Cat is sitting in the front seat, invisible and inaudible, constantly trying to correct them. Luckily for him this doesn't last long; once they exit the pocket he becomes "real" again and the others forget that they ever forgot him.
The Inquisitor from the eponymous episode does this to people he deems unworthy. He mostly completes this with Lister and Kryten but is stopped by a Stable Time Loop. According to Lister, he programs the Inquisitor's gauntlet to backfire and do this to the Inquisitor himself.
In '"Timeslides" Lister uses time travel to prevent himself from joining the Space Corps and thus ending up in deep space three million years in the future. While he disappears from Red Dwarf, he technically isn't really Ret Gone because he just changed his past and lived a different life. Kryten also disappears, but only because he would still be on the Nova 5. The Cat, however, is Ret Gone, because without Lister the Cat race never existed.
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In Neverwhere, a mild version happens to any Muggle who makes contact with London Below. After helping Door, Richard wakes up the next day to find he's effectively Invisible to Normals unless he gets right in their face - and even then, they forget him in about five seconds. People on the street barge into him without noticing, his credit card is no longer accepted, and his own fiancee can't remember him. This is taken to the extreme when someone literally rents his apartment out while he's standing in it.
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In Exalted, this is one of the things the penultimate technique of the Charcoal March of Spiders style can do.
In addition, one of the Yozis, She Who Lives In Her Name, did this to huge portions of Creation before being sealed away. It's still debated amongst the fandom whether she "merely" destroyed things and erased them from living memory, or whether she rewrote the laws of Creation so that the things she scythed away could never come into existence again.
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This happens in the anthology book connected to the Black Jewels trilogy. The character Saetan wipes out an entire people in response to his son's death. However, an incredibly minor character, an inn owner, remembers that a merchant from that island was there, but him and everything the man had brought with simply weren't there anymore. Also, his wife, Heketeah, the one actually responsible for the death, remembers them and is utterly terrified at the power it takes to simply erase a whole people. Saetan's friend goes to find the island only to find it's completely gone.
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An episode of Journeyman has Dan accidentally leave a digital camera in the early 80s. He returns home to not only find a more advanced technological level (including newspapers that play video and holographic screens) but a daughter instead of a son. Since he remembers the night his son was originally conceived, he asks his wife about it. She explains that they were about to get it on, when he received a call about malfunctioning nano-systems at his work and had to go. They ended up having sex sometime later and conceiving a daughter. He resolves to go back and change things back, despite his wife pleading him not to (as far as she knows, they never had a son, and Dan is about to erase her daughter from existence). He does that anyway and doesn't tell his wife what happened.
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As a result of New 52 putting all the Golden Age DC heroes back in a separate universe and making them younger, Obsidian and his sister Jade no longer exist because their father isn't old enough to have adult children. Because of this, the writers transferred Obsidian's sexual orientation to the new version of the man who had previously been his father.
When Superman and Wonder Woman kissed, it had the side-effect of erasing Booster Gold from existence. People still remember, but they only think he has disappeared. As a man from the future, Booster Gold disappearing is quite ominous... He ended up getting collected by Brainiac, leading into the events of Convergence.
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John Dies at the End: This is the main power possessed by the shadow-men, though the erasure isn't perfect. Dave has the vague impression of his group having six people instead of its actual five and realizes that someone in their number has been erased from existence. For all Dave knows, it might have been someone he knew very well, but now he has no memory of them because they never existed.
And it's not limited to entire people. In the sequel This Book Is Full Of Spiders, Amy's hand, which was amputated after the car accident in which her parents were killed, had not been amputated until the point Amy touched a Shadow Man during the climax of the novel. Which actually raises a lot of questions, the most obvious being how they opened the Ghost Door earlier in the novel...
They could open the Ghost Door in John Dies at the End because that book takes place in the timeline the Shadow Men created after the fact in This Book is Full of Spiders.
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In the final issues of Shade, the Changing Man, Shade (and Milligan) attempted to invert this, and remove Kathy's tragic backstory and murder. It made for an anticlimactic ending, as Shade's personality had come full circle to the socially awkward idealist he was at the beginning, the final page left hanging on his clumsy attempts to reconcile with a woman who no longer had a history with him.
As revealed in Justice League Dark, it didn't work. Shade's creation isn't really Kathy, and Shade has gotten so screwed-up as a result, he's no longer sure if there was ever a real Kathy.
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In Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star, when Michiru and Kaoru die, only Saki and Mai remember they ever existed, as Saki discovers when she tries to tell her sister Minori that Kaoru (who Minori was close to) is gone. When they turn out to be not so dead after all, everybody suddenly remembers them again, even realizing they've been gone lately.
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Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- and ×××HOLiC are connected by a Ret Gone in which Real!Syaoran of Tsubasa, the son of reincarnated in the past Clone!Syaoran and Clone!Sakura (and not of Cardcaptor Sakura Sakura and Syaoran as previously thought), gave up his existence in his home world for the Sakura of the world of Clow. In order to fill the gap this left in space-time, a new son (who had not previously existed in any world) was created for C!Sakura and C!Syaoran, Watanuki Kimihiro of Holic. Watanuki's existence is therefore precarious and could be erased by R!Syaoran's death or by the Tsubasa gang correcting the space-time disturbance. The point of Holic has been for Watanuki to develop connections to other people that will anchor him to existence when the endgame comes.
Additionally, this almost happens to the "twins" described above when their parents have a Critical Existence Failure upon the death of their creator, as when he dies, their parents technically never existed once again, just as they were retconned in originally. The twins end up making a Deal with the Devil just to continue having existed.
Also, Yuuko Ichihara of ×××HOLiC suffers this once she re-dies. She actually died centuries ago, but a Reality Warper told reality to ignore that for a while. When she sells that "reality ignore my death" effect in a Deal with the Devil of her own, all of a sudden, to most people it is as if she had never kept on living for hundreds of years.
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Although Bart Allen (Impulse) could still see and remember her. Of course, his grasp on reality is a little off.
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In Dragon Ball Z Abridged Super Android 13, the titular android grabs Goku and hits him so hard in the groin that the scene skips to the beginnings of the Buu Saga and Goten suddenly disappears from existence in front of Gohan's eyes. Luckily, Goku later takes several Senzu Beans to recover, thereby undoing the retcon. (To make this even more amusing, in an earlier movie Vegeta got kicked in the dick a minimum of 500 times and yet Bra didn't get erased.)
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An issue of Captain Mar-Vell by Peter David had Genis-Vell travel into the future to face his evil son. The son is ultimately defeated when Genis makes the decision to kill him as an infant. Once the decision is made, he fades away and is Ret-Gonned.
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In The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?", Sarah Jane gets eradicated, with Maria the only person with any memory of her. And later, Maria gets eradicated, with only her father remembering her. It nearly goes one step further.
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The entirety of the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship from the New 52 was Retgone'd when the pre-New 52 Superman and New 52 Superman fused together in Superman Reborn, with the resulting combined timeline basically being pre-New 52 Superman but with NuSupes' dead parents, briefly using his armoured costume and some clearing up of continuity surrounding his son's birth. This new, whole Superman has never dated Wonder Woman.
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In Pathfinder, upon reaching level 20 a Monk of the Healing Hand unlocks the "True Sacrifice" ability, which allows one to use the entirety of their ki to resurrect all fallen allies within a 50-foot radius. As a result the monk ceases to exist, can't be brought back using wishes nor deities, and all memory and written record of their existence fades away.
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In BlazBlue, this is what happens to Ragna. After wiping out all of everyone's wishes and stopping everyone who could hurt those he loved, he wipes away everyone's memory of him as he becomes the new Amaterasu unit. Only Rachel seems to have any ability to recall him, and even that's no more than a mere remembrance of his "will to fight."
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A fate suffered by several characters in Twitch Plays Pokémon. Has been caused intentionally by the streamer after accidentally starting a new game (Crystal and possibly Black), the Mob managing to soft reset the game multiple times through chat inputs (Emerald), as well as the few times the game crashed (Platinum and Black 2.)
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In Silent Hill 2, over the course of the game, Mary's letter turns blank, then disappears from the envelope, and finally the envelope disappears as well; it was a creation of his mind. Or was it?
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During the final arc of Ushio and Tora, the Big Bad causes his minions to delete all trace of Ushio from everyone's memories, including those he sees everyday or whose life he saved. Fortunately, Tora can still see him even when the other youkai can't.
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In AdventureQuest, The'Galin is the God of Uncreation and the driving force behind the Devourer Saga. He is also known as The Devourer and The Uncreator. He travels the universe searching for division and chaos out of duty; should he find a world which has an excess of these traits, he uncreates the inhabitants to allow the world to begin again, cleansing the world, as he views it. Aiding him in his search is an organization known as The Network, composed of beings who have opted to follow him for one reason or another, that are, ironically, mainly chaotic in nature, letting The'Galin fight chaos with chaos, testing worlds he visits.
Ryuusei Cartwright has been shown to be able to transform into Omega, becoming a physical manifestation of The'Galin, and uncreate at will.
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In the She-Hulk story "Time of Her Life", the Time Variance Authority's method of execution is the Retroactive Cannon, AKA the RetCan, which does this to anyone shot with it. Including, in that very story, Knight Man and Dr. Rocket. Who, you ask? Well, isn't that the point...
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Two occurances in the Triangulum Arc of Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker
The first is the disappearance of the Protagonist, during the first regression of the world, who performed a Heroic Sacrifice to keep Al Saiduq safe. Played with, as every party member still remembered him and they eventually fell to Arcturus except for Yamato and Al Saiduq. And this is attempted again on him for most of the Triangulum Arc, meaning that the Triangulum are attempting to erase the protagonist's data from the Akashic Record and cause him to cease to exist at any moment. These attempts stop after Arcturus is defeated.
The other disappearance goes to Yamato Hotsuin. As they remember their previous world, everyone remembers that Yamato Hotsuin existed, but he doesn't seem to exist in this world and has been replaced by Miyako Hotsuin. And she claims that no Yamato was ever part of the Hotsuin clan. Yamato does exist, but he's willingly remaining in the Akashic Stratum, to continuously protect the protagonist's data from getting corrupted and deleted. This happened during the second regression of the world and Carnopus, noticing the empty spot of 'Yamato Hotsuin' replaced it by creating Miyako.
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Similar to the example of Hermione erasing her parents' memories of her, in the backstory of The Stormlight Archive, one of the protagonists, Dalinar Kholin, sought out a being that grants a boon and a curse that it feels is appropriate. For instance, one person who sought it out is mentioned as having gotten enough food to feed his family through hard times, but at the cost of seeing everything upside down. In Dalinar's case, he cannot remember anything about his wife other than the fact that she existed, and can't even hear her name when others speak it. Given that he sought the being out after her death, it really isn't clear (and isn't stated) whether this was his boon, his curse, or both.
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Big Finish Doctor Who:
In Neverland, the Time Lords are revealed to have a device called "The Oubliette of Eternity", which is a dispersal chamber combined with an erase-from-history device. The really horrifying thing that is that there is no Ripple Effect-Proof Memory in effect: even a person who has authorized its use many times over is under the impression that it has never been used.
Nazi scientist Dr Elizabeth Klein has this happen to her after she continues altering history to ensure Nazi power. However, a new Elizabeth Klein is created who has no memory of the actions of her previous self.
The Light at the End has this happen to the Doctors when the Master uses a conceptual bomb to remove the TARDIS from existence.
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Pretty Cure:
In Futari wa Pretty Cure, the three Seeds have this effect, but the evidence was pretty much all faked in the first place — each sprang into existence at the beginning of the same episode where his/her Ret Gone happened — so it's justified as a non-lethal case of No Ontological Inertia.
In Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, this briefly happens to Hikari, but it's a milder form, as Nagisa and Honoka are able to reverse all this merely by mentioning her.
In Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star, when Michiru and Kaoru die, only Saki and Mai remember they ever existed, as Saki discovers when she tries to tell her sister Minori that Kaoru (who Minori was close to) is gone. When they turn out to be not so dead after all, everybody suddenly remembers them again, even realizing they've been gone lately.
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Supergirl:
There was a truly heartbreaking Christmas story ("Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot") in a DC Christmas annual a couple years after the Crisis in 1989 where the ghostly superhero Deadman is wondering why he bothers going on when a young woman, who can see him, tells him: "We don't do it for the glory. We don't do it for the recognition... We do it because it needs to be done. Because if we don't, no one else will. And we do it even if no one knows what we've done. Even if no one knows we exist. Even if no one remembers we ever existed." Then she disappears into the night, but not before Deadman asks her name. "My name is Kara. Though I doubt that'll mean anything to you."
A later version of the Dark Angel tried to do this to Post-Crisis Supergirl by trapping her in a horrifying illusion without her knowledge. If Supergirl had mentally, physically, or spiritually broken, Dark Angel would have had the authority to erase her. Supergirl survived the test, but Dark Angel decided to erase her anyway, only to be stopped by her boss, The Monitor.
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In one episode of Quantum Leap, Sam's actions accidentally cause Al to be convicted of murder and executed in the 1960s. Al is immediately replaced by another character (played by Roddy MacDowell) who in the new time line has always been Sam's connection to the Project. When Sam fixes things, Al comes back, with no idea that he had ever stopped being there.
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A pilot for an unproduced reboot of The Time Tunnel has a special particle accelerator erupting to create "time quakes" that affect history and a team has to go into the past to correct them. One agent wants to save a young soldier in World War I, arguing "how much difference does saving one kid make?" His scientist partner snaps that she knows it can because she was by the device when it blew so she was protected from any time alterations. However, when she got back to the surface and went home, she discovered that instead of being from a family of six siblings, she was now an only child. She notes that it's much worse than if her brothers and sisters (not to mention their various kids) had all died because at least then, she'd have photos and videos of them to remember. Instead, she's the only person who knows they existed and her own parents have no concept of the great large family they lost.
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Used in the Sandman arc "World's End".
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In one episode of Smallville, Clark casually says life would be so much easier to everyone if he had never existed. Only he's holding the octagonal key, which then goes on to Retcon the world without him. At first everybody is indeed happier, until he finds out that President Luthor is about to destroy the world. Luckily, as Brainiac kills him with a kryptonite bullet, he says farewell with Jor-El's voice, and then it all fades away. It was an illusion created by the disc, to move Clark into saving himself in the past.
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In a book on magic for Vampire: The Masquerade, there is a spell that erases the memories of a person or object from existence completely. However, a character's connections can help them resist, on the principle that it gets harder to make everyone and everything "forget". Also, trying to remove important or big things won't work completely, as the universe will try to fit something else in the hole. For example, if a building in the middle of town is erased from existence, you won't end up with an empty lot; something has to go there, so some other building will appear.
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Stargate SG-1: In "Revisions", there's a community of people living under a shield dome on an otherwise hellish planet: they all had devices on their heads which wired them into a central mainframe to retrieve knowledge from it. However, the shield was losing power, so the computer slowly shrank it over the years, controlling the excess population in their sleep and sending them out to die in the boiling atmosphere outside, and then editing the remaining people's memories so they thought the town had always been that size and didn't remember the dead ones.
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The Goosebumps book "The Cuckoo Clock of Doom" involves the protagonist being forcibly transported back through his own life by the clock. He manages to find it again and return to the present before ceasing to exist, but realises that his Annoying Younger Sibling was now never born due to a flaw in the clock. He considers going back and attempting to fix things, but it's left ambiguous.
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Date A Live: Rinne Utopia has the eponymous character herself. Because she doesn't exist in the original novels, fans know she'd have to disappear so as not to muck up the continuity. And she did get herself hit with this trope causing Shido to cry his heart out. Notably, this is the only time he even openly cries his heart out.
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Stardoc: The end of Dream Called Time: Cherijo and Duncan end up in an alternate timeline where they never existed, due to their setting right what once went wrong with the Jxin. They're fine—although, obviously, there's no record of them aside from a few people's ripple-effect-proof memories and the fact that they're, well, there...and so, as it turns out, is their daughter Marel. Somehow.
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In a story arc of Ultimate Muscle, set in the past, Brocken Jr. loses his right arm in a match, thus removing his trademark Red Rain of Berlin attack. In the next match, Jade attempts the move and is shocked to find he can't do it. Looking at a photo shows that Brocken Jr.'s hand is now a hook, therefore Brocken could never have taught the move to Jade. After some time for Jade's mind to adapt to his new memories, he now knows a leg-based version of the move: Brocken's Repatriation.
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Happened to Chikane from Kannazuki no Miko as requirement for the save-the-world ritual... well, until The Power of Love and The Promise shook hands with each other to Screw Destiny, and she and Himeko were reunited in another lifetime.
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The Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) crossover event inverts this with the above mentioned Sara Diggle, as the aftermath is a reality where both she and John Jr. exist.
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S(h)innosuke's bad ending in Giga Wing has his name "mysteriously vanish from existence, never to be recorded in history."
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The Ren & Stimpy Show: This happens to Captain Hoek and Cadet Stimpy (and the narrator) in "Space Madness", after Stimpy pushes the History Eraser Button, which turns out to be Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
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In Crowns of the Kingdom, this is what happens to anyone who falls into an Oubliette.
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Amnesia: Memories has this performed on Ukyo for his Normal Ending, and out of his own volition. In this ending, the heroine survives, but any knowledge of Ukyo's existence is erased... but only for her. During the ending's party at the café, the manager actually asks her about Ukyo, who had been a regular customer, and wondering where he's gone off to. The heroine herself doesn't know who he's talking about.
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The Life and Times of Juniper Lee: In the episode "Te Xuan Me", Juniper prevented a thief from stealing dragon eggs. The thief then tried to get back in time to change this by using a secret time portal guarded at a clocktower where Juniper and her classmates went for a field trip. The portal was kept by time wraiths who captured Juniper and her classmates and reformed Earth without them. In the alternative timeline, Ray Ray was the Te Xuan Ze; Dennis behaved like the mainstream Ray Ray; and Monroe said Ray Ray accepted the Te Xuan Ze role better than anybody else he ever met. Ray Ray and the thief were the only people to remember the original timeline. Despite Monroe's protests, Ray Ray rescued everyone.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Children of Time": The crew find out they started a colony 200 years in the past, and to prevent the non-existence of several thousand people, they agree to go back and strand themselves. However, Odo, having lived those 200 years, was distressed that Kira was going to die in this timeline from some severe injury, so he fixes the Defiant and causes the non-existence of those thousands of people, including himself.
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Also, Yuuko Ichihara of ×××HOLiC suffers this once she re-dies. She actually died centuries ago, but a Reality Warper told reality to ignore that for a while. When she sells that "reality ignore my death" effect in a Deal with the Devil of her own, all of a sudden, to most people it is as if she had never kept on living for hundreds of years.
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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain revisit this trope. If Big Boss dies in the the former, "Time Paradox" appears in small text on the Game Over screen. In the latter, the Game Over screen will read "Time Paradox" if the player allows Ishmael, Kaz, Huey, Eli, or Ocelot to die. In the case of Ishmael and Eli: Ishmael is the real Big Boss, while Eli would grow up to become Liquid Snake.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past: Happens to the future Sentinels when the murder of the program's creator, which led to the dystopian future they reside in, is averted.
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A variant in the Young Wizards series: If a wizard breaks the Wizards' Oath, he loses his wizardry and everyone in the world forgets he was ever a wizard.
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Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction hangs a lampshade on this concept: after the Reds delete the Blues from the Command database, Caboose disappears. Simmons panics, thinking he may have deleted Caboose from existence. Turns out Caboose was just using the bathroom.
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In Bonus Stage, Phil travels back in time to episode 1 and kills his past self with an axe, in doing so causing himself to be "McFlyed" and erasing him from existence. With nothing else to do now that his foil is gone, Joel hangs himself, causing every episode of the series to be erased from existence (including the previous episode, which, as a result of Joel's death, was erased in mid-episode).
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In Weird and Unfortunate Things Are Happening, the town of Daybreak. Only Alicia remembers due to being Touched by Vorlons?
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In Curveball, the entire island of Esperanza was erased from history. This was the only way to undo something even worse.
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The Flash (2014):
Harrison Wells, aka Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash, disintegrates into nothingness when his ancestor, Eddie, kills himself. However, since he's such an important part of the timeline, history didn't change and everyone still remembers him. A younger version of him later arrives to trouble the heroes again. Barry defeats the younger version of Thawne and tries to imprison him forever, but is forced to allow him to return to the future because he became a key part of Cisco/Vibe's origin story. Cisco almost vanished from existence before Thawne was released.
Thawne gets this again in the second season finale of Legends of Tomorrow. The Black Flash-literal death incarnate and sent by the Speed Force itself to remove any threat to the timeline- obliterates Thawne a second time. This still doesn't take, and Thawne shows up with the Earth-X Nazis for Crisis on Earth-X, at which point even Thawne just handwaves his continued existence.
In the Season 2 finale, Barry goes back and saves his mother from Thawne. He then watches his past self, the one who failed to save her, smile and vanish into thin air. After Barry fixes the above timeline in season 3, Diggle's daughter Sara is erased from existence, and John Diggle Jr. is the Diggle baby now, possibly setting the Bad Future of the 2030s and 2040s in motion. Additionally, Cisco's brother Dante has been killed by a drunk driver several months prior in the new timeline, so he fits too. Interestingly, it's stated that time ripples don't cross into parallel universes, even if their timelines are intertwined. This means that Harry and Jesse are unaffected by Barry's changes to Earth 1's timeline, and they immediately start noticing changes upon returning.
In Season 3, Savitar is revealed to be born from a Stable Time Loop. Savitar murdered Barry Allen's lover Iris West. In rage and despair, Barry creates Time Remnants to help him hunt down Savitar, but one of them inevitably turns to the dark side from being rejected by Barry and his family and becomes Savitar. Barry and his friends break the loop by preventing Iris from being killed, then Iris shoots Savitar dead. Now that the conditions that made him are impossible, Savitar ceases to exist. However, everything Savitar has done up to that point remains, including his murder of H.R.
In the Season 5 finale, this turns out to be Thawne's plot: Cicada's power-dampening dagger was being used to imprison him, so he tricks Barry and the others into destroying it in the past, thus freeing him in the future. When they try to stop him, Nora, Barry's future daughter, begins to disappear. All the changes she has made to the timeline mean that she doesn't exist in this form any more. Barry tries to take her into the Negative Speed Force to survive the change, but she ends up deciding that Dying as Yourself is a better option. Barry and Iris hope that they will eventually see Nora again, one way or another, but they don't realize that the reason Nora disappeared is that the Crisis where Barry is destined to disappear has moved up to next year, before they have a chance to conceive any children.
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With enough mods and hacks, you can do this in The Sims 2. However, if you do it the wrong way, it backfires horribly and ruins your game.
Moving sims into different neighbourhoods then back can appear to have this effect as family and friends don't remember them.
This can happen in-universe with The Sims 3's expansion pack, Into The Future. Fortunately, your Sim can bring back their descendants through the mausoleum.
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This can happen in-universe with The Sims 3's expansion pack, Into The Future. Fortunately, your Sim can bring back their descendants through the mausoleum.
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Naturally as a time travel story, this sort of thing was bound to happen in Steins;Gate. In the True End route, Suzuha, her mission complete, creates a timeline where Daru theoretically never has her, therefore Ret Gone-ing her out of existence. And there's only a vague inference that anyone will ever remember she existed aside from Kyouma. Naturally, her fans like to state her ending as the best end.
The anime adaptation's exclusive 25th episode OVA shows, however, that Daru will eventually meet up with Suzuha's mother and she'll be born 7 years later in 2017. Her disappearance in the series is because only that particular version of her (a Shell-Shocked Veteran of World War III) never comes to be.
This trope is the basis for the plot of The Movie, where Okabe's leaping across time is starting to do this to him.
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Inverted in the Mystara D&D setting's Alphatia, which was destroyed in the Wrath of the Immortals campaign-arc and recreated in the Hollow World by the Immortals. To recreate the population, they first resurrected the Empress, then everyone the Empress remembered, then everyone they remembered, and so on. Many isolated villages and antisocial individuals were omitted from the restored Alphatia, as none of the Alphatians who did get restored had missed their presence. For them, being forgotten became the cause of non-existence, rather than the effect.
Speaking of Dungeons and Dragons, the Dragonlance setting has rules for fighting the minions of Chaos (also mentioned under Literature.) Die to them, and all you'll leave behind is empty armor and any books that were written about you (the latter of which will be assumed to be fiction.)
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This is one of the ways you can die in The Journeyman Project. Due to the Big Bad altering the timeline, the main character will cease to exist. You only get uncreated if you go anywhere besides the TSA or faff about and let the temporal wave hit the present after being warned about it.
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The Flipside of Dominick Hide: A 22nd Century time traveler named Teddy Cochrane broke the rules and landed his Flying Saucer in Ohio in 1955. In the process, he accidentally killed a dog. This resulted in history being altered as the dog was supposed to raise the alarm about a fire. In the dog's absence, the fire killed many people who would have otherwise lived and their descendants were erased from existence. The story of Teddy Cochrane later served as a cautionary tale to other time travelers.
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When Brickleberry got cancelled after 3 seasons, the creators failed to find a 4th season on another home channel so they settled on a comic book that focused on Future Steve going back in time to stop alien cows from taking over the earth. In the last issue, Future Steve finally saved the day and helped everyone survive the impending alien cow invasion, but because of this he can't exist anymore.... then only his skin vanishes first! And THEN his muscles! It hurts so much, and he regrets ever saving everyone.
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Final Fantasy XIII-2: Lightning's survival at the end of the original game undergoes this treatment (everyone except Serah thinks she died with Vanille and Fang). It also happens to several people affected by paradoxes up and down the timeline.
This includes Alyssa Zaidelle, who should have died in the Purge, but is Ret-Gonned as a result of the protagonists fixing the paradoxes.
It is eventually revealed by Lightning and Yeul that Etro's intervention at the end of the previous game (i.e. freeing everyone from crystal stasis) caused the paradoxes, and hence, all of the anomalies and disappearances.
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The fate of most Kanshuu's victim on World Embryo.
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In Tripping the Rift, Chode and Gus travel to the beginning of time to witness the creation of the universe, and accidentally kill God, Retgonning his influence from the universe. Upon returning to their own time, Hilarity Ensues.
It was actually rather pleasant, up until Chode and Gus brought in the concept of evil with them, which caused an immediate death spiral for all life everywhere. The reason why? Well, with no God to tell people what NOT to do, no one ever had the idea of doing anything bad. No God, No Evil. But once the concept of "Evil" was brought in from the outside, with no fear of divine punishment for any crimes you commit, well, there's no reason NOT to do terrible things, up to and including senseless murder.
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Day of the Tentacle: Laverne lands 200 years in the future, awkwardly hanging by her underpants caught in a tree. In order to free her, the tree has to be cut down before it can grow that size, causing it to disappear underneath her.
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In The Weaver Option when Taylor leads a massive raid on Commorragh, home of the Dark Eldar, resulting in the death of billions. This has major implications for Slaanesh who, thanks to the mutable nature of time in the Warp, had many daemon minions created from the souls of Dark Eldar who hadn't been born yet. As a result, daemons start disappearing from their citadel having never existed in the first place.
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Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision: The villain goes on a mission to erase all his enemy time agents from history so that he can interfere in history undisturbed.
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In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the spell to make one beautiful (which in the book is implied to be a Be Careful What You Wish For) takes an even more sinister turn. Lucy wishes to look like Susan and finds that she is Susan — in a timeline where Lucy never existed. Among other consequences, she and her brothers never went to Narnia. Luckily, Aslan intervenes.
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During the Final Crisis mini-series Legion of Three Worlds, Superboy-Prime meets the Time Trapper in the end, now revealed to be a future, older Prime. Time Trapper makes the mistake of ordering their younger self to kill the Legion. Prime, furious by being ordered around by him, punches the Time Trapper and resulting paradox causes that Time Trapper to cease to exist while Prime is launched back to Earth Prime.
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In the end of the Clow Card arc of Cardcaptor Sakura, Sakura is threatened with something like this should she fail: no one will actually be gone except Yukito in the anime, who disappears with Kero, Yue, and the Cards, but everyone will forget that their most beloved person ever meant anything to them.
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The King of Fighters 2003 - XIII: This is what ultimately happens to Ash Crimson in the end, though it was not so much a matter of planning as it was a last-ditch desperate attempt to stop Saiki, head of Those From the Past and his Time Travelling ancestor, from going back in time and retry to steal the Sacred Treasures that kept Orochi's seal in place after hijacking Ash's body. It was his last shred of freewill that kept Saiki stuck in the present and thus, prevented Ash himself from even being born, erasing both from the KOF continuity. All that remains of Ash is his black headband, kept by his Only Friend Elisabeth.
Subverted as of XIV, where Verse's defeat brings him Back from the Dead... along with all the other dead characters.
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One possible way to die in Space Quest V is via time paradox.
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert Series:
The alternate timeline of the series was caused by a succesful attempt on Albert Einstein's part to assassinate Adolf Hitler by erasing him from history in Landsberg in 1924 and prevent World War II. The Soviet Union under Stalin then develops into an unstoppable war machine in the European power vacuum, causing World War II to happen anyway, just a decade later and with some sides changed (Germany heading up the Allied forces, Russia fighting them on its own, and Japan and the US not getting seriously involved).
The Allies in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 developed the Chrono Legionnaire which could erase units from the timestream completely over a few seconds while they're left utterly helpless and untouchable. Weaponized Ret gone anyone?
In the intro to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, the Soviets travel backwards in time to remove Albert Einstein from history in 1927, since it was his Chronosphere technology responsible for the Allies' victory in Red Alert 2. When they return to the present, the war was never lost, Einstein never existed, and there is no nuclear technology. Only the three Soviets who travelled back are aware of the changes. The events of Red Alert 2 were completely erased. Of course Hitler, having previously been retgonned by Einstein, stayed retgonned.
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In an episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, no one was able to recognize Escargoon when the monster Erasem entered his body, although he never actually disappeared.
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It's implied that this happens in the Back to the Future movies when history is changed. The first film features a photograph which gradually loses photographees. This leads up to the moment when Marty's parents almost don't get together and Marty himself starts to fade from existence.
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In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, after Towa loses Mira and Bardock, she reveals that she captured and brainwashed the hero from the original Dragon Ball Xenoverse. However, when you free him, she time travels to the beginning of the original Xenoverse and kills Shenron, stopping the hero from being summoned. When he's removed from the timeline, the others forget about him until they start thinking harder about what's missing. The hero of this game is able to arrive in the nick of time and end up inspiring Trunks into summoning the hero.
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Used in Infinity Crisis, a crossover with Avengers: Infinity War and the Arrowverse
As a result of the deaths caused by the Infinity Gauntlet affecting the entire multiverse in May 2018, the Waverider and Zari have to stay outside of time because of the risk that those erased include any of Zari's ancestors or the ancestors of those who would design the Waverider, with the result that they would ease to exist if they return to the regular universe.
Imra did not dissolve into dust, but vanished, intended to reflect how her future no longer exists.
Ava Sharpe notes that hundreds of futures are blinking out of existence after this attack.
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Sweet wee Cassie from Animorphs considers preventing a person from being born to be more humane than killing them. It wouldn't normally have been a problem for the poor host who would have been infested against his will, but she happened to have a time machine at the time she came to this revelation. Sorry John.
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Time Stranger Kyoko has this happen to the titular character. After giving Ui her body back, Kyoko returns to earth to see her friends one last time. She's invisible, can't be heard. Her father explains that her friends didn't forget about her. It's that she never existed in their hearts to begin with. She gets better.
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The very highest level spells of the Destruction Path in the Anima: Beyond Fantasy RPG allows a mage to erase anything from existance. From a single person to an entire species or continent the Uncreation spell completly stops it from ever having existed at all, with the timeline changing to match. Only people with a very high Gnosis (basically how important they are in reality) can even notice that something is different.
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In Shrek Forever After, Shrek is tricked by Rumpelstiltskin to give up the day he was born. As a result, Shrek finds himself Ret Gone. His children don't exist, and neither Donkey nor Fiona remember him.
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Happens with the Guardians/Celestrians of Dragon Quest IX after Celestia ascends them all for accomplishing the purpose they were created for. All the Guardian statues in the world lose their inscriptions, and everyone (except the ghosts) treat their presence as a minor mystery.
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In Timespinner, this is the price of using the titular Timespinner to travel through time; it causes your old timeline to be erased from history and erases all trace of your past from the new timeline, causing you to appear there as an outsider. Naturally, timeline changes can also invoke this on others; the main character intends to kill Emperor Nuvius, the Big Bad, in the past in order to prevent him from killing the other Time Messengers in the present.
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Shakugan no Shana has bad guys which consume people's power of existence. In order to prevent a shock to the reality fabric, placeholders ("torches") that resembles the original person are left behind. "Torches" slowly burn out, becoming increasingly lethargic while all traces of their existence begin to disappear. At the beginning of the series, Yuji desperately, but futilely, tries to keep a classmate-turned-torch alive and continuously involved with their friends, but their attention inevitably drifts, until she finally fades away. Except nobody actually ends up forgetting her for long, because Shana then takes on her identity. She doesn't take on the vanished girl's personality, though, leading some to question, "Has she always been like this?"
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The end of the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga has Utena erased from the memories of the entire cast, with the exception of Touga, who mourns her passing worse because he cannot share his mourning with anyone. Only just then, Chuchu dresses up like Utena, and then Anthy walks by, now dressed in a boy's uniform like Utena had worn, so obviously some things have changed - and, as she says, Utena is not gone, but out there somewhere.
Same happens in the anime series (minus Touga remembering and Chuchu in Utena's outfit) and Anthy, dressed in civilian's clothes and with her hair down, sets off with Chuchu to find Utena again, implying that she wasn't so much "erased" as "moved away" from the other characters' world, which signifies her transition from childhood to adulthood — and, for Anthy, freeing herself from Akio and his plans (and leaving Akio deprived of her presence as his pawn, thus making all his plans crumble from then on as he can't set duels without Anthy as the Rose Bride anymore) and giving her the chance to finally start her own life.
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In Alan Wake, Thomas Zane did this to himself using the magic of Cauldron Lake, which brings the creations of artists to life. He was previously a very famous author, but when he unintentionally gave the Dark Presence an avatar in the form of his lover Barbara Jagger by resurrecting her with his writing without explaining how (allowing it to take over her body), he then wrote himself and everything he'd ever done out of existence, to keep the Presence contained.
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In Thessaly: Witch for Hire, a being known as the Tharmic Null has this power. Anything it touches is retroactively removed from existence.
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Dragon Ball Super has Goku Black outright defies this trope. Even after his previous incarnation is killed, his possession of the Time Ring protects him from any changes made to history via time travel.
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In Long-Term Memories, this happens to Garnet. Fusion nullifies Spinel's powers, so she got rid of every memory of fusion in everyone's minds. But since Garnet is a fusion herself, she is immune to Spinel's influence. Spinel made her disappear, and implanted Fake Memories in everyone's minds, causing them to either remember her being shattered during the Gem War, or to make them forget about her existance entirely. Steven, Connie and Amethyst are the only ones that remember her.
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Wonder Woman: Artemis was erased from continuity for the New 52, before making a return in Rebirth after Wondy learned her memories had been altered in Wonder Woman (Rebirth).
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Happens to everyone in Demo Reel, as it turns out none of them are real and their tragic backstories, whether it's rape, sending your father to jail, maternal suicide, war crimes and so on, were just ways of teaching The Nostalgia Critic an Aesop Amnesia lesson. As one might imagine, it was a Downer Ending.
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Sonic the Comic has two examples:
The Brotherhood of Metallix try to do this to Robotnik by stealing the rotten egg out of Kintobor's fridge which meant the accident that turned Kintobor into Robotnik never happened, allowing them to take over the world for themselves, their continued existence being because Grimer was the one who created them, with Robotnik only adding a self-destruct program in case of rebellion. However, Sonic created a Stable Time Loop by retrieving the egg, putting it back in the fridge and then making sure the accident happened, ensuring Robotnik exists.
Later on, Robotnik himself absorbs the Chaos Emeralds' power and becomes a god, using his newfound power to erase Sonic from the timeline and create a new present where he rules and Sonic's pals are either his servants, frightened civilians, or dead. Of course, since, due to the Stable Time Loop, Robotnik only exists because of Sonic, one has to wonder how Robotnik didn't Ret Gone himself as well.
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Pony POV Series:
Any being who gets erased gets separated into their Light of Existence and Shadow of Existence. The Light returns to Fauna Luster and the Shadow inhabits Oblivion, the realm of Entropy. The Shadow of Existence has the memories and personality of the original person, but nobody can remember them except the Gods, people Immune to Fate, Time Lords, and anyone else with Ripple Effect-Proof Memory, and any evidence of their existence disappears. It is possible to restore someone to existence by reuniting their Shadow and Light, but it is also possible to destroy a Shadow, rendering that person Deader Than Dead.
Entropy, as the Anthropomorphic Personification of Heat Death, is capable of erasing anything from existence at will (at least as long as they're in her domain). Most notably, she did this to one of her children when ___ talked back to her, or so was believed. ____ was actually a Knight Templar who desired to wipe out all the gods and Entropy did it to stop him, with Fauna Luster actually helping her because the consequence of ____ winning was just that horrible of a prospect. She's even capable of erasing the other Elders, just they're capable of willing themselves back into existence due to being on the same plane as her. She does this to her husband Havoc, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Mass Hysteria, on a regular basis to the point it's described as being equal to one member of a bickering couple shoving the other one.
The entire pantheon was forced to erase the entire G3 timeline and everyone and everything in it, because its very existence was creating a Reality-Breaking Paradox.
The Blank Wolf from Shining Armor's Arc, a mysterious entity that's been chasing Shining Armor, erases anything it eats, and seems intent on doing this to him. Made all the more frightening by its Implacable Man status. He ends up turning it on Makarov/The Shadow of Chernobull instead. Minuette also gets rid of The Master by feeding the fob watch that contains his essence to the Blank Wolf. It manages to erase Shining Armor, but his Shadow of Existence fights his way back to Princess Cadence and The Power of Love restores him.
It is revealed that in the original timeline, Twilight Sparkle's uncle Cool Sun had a daughter named Athena. Unfortunately, when Shining Armor was inserted into the timeline, the changed circumstances made Cool Sun never meet his wife and then die early, meaning Athena never existed. Athena's Shadow of Existence speaks to Shining Armor and forgives him for this.
This briefly happens to the entire Changeling race after Makarov alters history so that they became extinct. They are restored when Makarov is erased by the Blank Wolf.
Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox has done this to Dark World several billion times via her "Groundhog Day" Loop plan, herself and Discord being the only survivors of the original loop.
A Concept Killing Weapon can erase any object it destroys and any being it kills, and it can kill even a god. Cupid was killed by one. Erasing him also erased a great multitude of beings, since Cupid wasn't around to make their parents get together.
In the Finale Arc, Nyarlathotrot creates an Evil Knockoff of the Blank Wolf called the Dark Hound or the Moon Howler, with the same ability to erase anything it eats. With the help of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Button Mash, the Blank Wolf defeats and devours it, so the Dark Hound gets erased itself.
In the Finale Arc, Discord battles the heroes by splitting himself into his various character assets. Goatcord, who represented his insanity, gets erased when Scootaloo wraps her cape, which was a gift from Entropy and has some of her power, around her hoof and literally punches him into Oblivion.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The M.O. of the Big Bad of Season 4 is to mentally torture his victims with the darkness and guilt in their hearts until they believe they don't deserve to exist — and then grant their wish.
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In SSSS.GRIDMAN, this is what happens to anyone who is killed during a Kaiju attack. Once the battle is over, history is rewritten to make people think the victims died several years earlier. Later episodes reveal that the fog kaiju are responsible for maintaining this. Once Anonymous B kills them all in its rampage, the damage to the present sticks.
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In the The Elder Scrolls series' universe, there is a method by which mortals can ascend to godhood. It has several names and variations (the "Psijic Endeavor" championed by the ancient Chimeri prophet Veloth and Tribunal deity Vivec, the idea of "Ehlnofic Annulment" championed by the Alessian Order, etc.) but each, essentially, teaches that mortals can "observe the entirety of the universe" (ie, realize that they are in a video game) and then accomplish one of three things. The first is CHIM, where one becomes aware of this nature, exists as one with it, and maintains a sense of individuality. (Vivec hints at this in his 36 Lessons book series and outright claims to have achieved this in developer written supplemental works.) The second is Amaranth, where one exits this universe to create one's own. The third, which occurs if one fails to maintain their individuality in either step, is Zero-Sum, where one experiences the "extreme" version of this trope, ceasing to be and fading into the universe as if you never were. (Note that, despite the name, the Psijic Endeavor has nothing to do with the Psijic Order. The Psijic Order does not believe that there really is a fundamental difference between ancestor spirits and gods in the first place, and ascending to divinity has never been mentioned as a motivation of theirs.)
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In Legacies, it's revealed that the reason no one knows about the existence of monsters (besides vampires, werewolves, and witches) is because a secret government agency has been hunting them down and dropping them into a puddle of black goo called Malivore. Anything dropped into Malivore is instantly wiped from the public consciousness, although physical evidence remains, which is why we still have myths about those monsters. Even if someone manages to make it out of Malivore, the memory isn't restored.
This is first brought up with the evil Necromancer arrives and boldly identifies himself, assuming the mere mention of his name is enough to terrify people. It takes him a bit to grasp literally no one has any idea who he is. He's told about the memory erasing and when it's mentioned dragons are among them, he scoffs "please, they don't exist" only to be informed they did. To him, the true crime is less what has happened and more the idea the world could forget him.
The season finale has Hope jumping into the Malivore itself to destroy it from within. This leaves everyone at the School with no memory of her existing which shifts several of the personal dynamics. In season 2, she comes back but has to deal with the fact that no one, including her boyfriend Landon, remembers her. Even worse, Landon has moved on and is dating another girl. She knows she can't fault him for that, but it still hurts.
It's later explained that Malivore was a Golem created by a witch, a vampire, and a werewolf to hunt other types of supernatural creatures, which were rampaging across the world. They did put in a Restraining Bolt preventing Malivore from attacking their three species. Eventually, Malivore's creators decided to end the creature, but it has grown intelligent and decided it didn't want to die, so it convinced humans to help it fight off the three supernaturals. Malivore then tried creating other golems in order to not be alone, but no attempt was successful. One such attempt became known as Ryan Clarke, although he looks human. Clarke resented his father for treating him like a failure and conspired with the humans to turn the golem into goo.
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In [C] - Control, if you go bankrupt after being given a loan by the Financial District, then you lose your future, literally. Anything you gained from that money ceases to exist, even people and whole countries.
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One Piece: An incomplete version occurs in the Dressrosa arc courtesy the powers of the Hobby-Hobby Fruit wielded by Sugar. Her powers allow her to transform anyone she touches into Living Toys, which she can then place under her control. A side-effect of this power is all memory of who she transforms is removed from other people. Physical evidence, such as written reports or statues, still remain.
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One of Adam's powers in Good Omens.
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In What If? #9, a hero team calling themselves the Avengers formed in the 50s, rather than the 60s as is canon in the main Marvel Universe. In Avengers Forever, Wasp and Captain Marvel (from the present and future Avengers teams, respectively) meet these Avengers, much to their confusion, as they know damn well the team never existed in their timeline, and this is supposed to still be their timeline. The discrepancy is explained by the arrival of Immortus, who wipes out the standing section of time (nearly taking Marvel and Wasp with it) in order to prevent a confrontation between Earth and the Skrull Empire, who had one of its agents impersonating Not-Yet-President Nixon. The now nonexistent Avengers team was later resurrected and reinstated in their place in the 50s as a different team, known as the G-Men, who later became the Agents of Atlas. Phew.
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Invoked once by Doctor Strange — to clear his schedule so that he could chase down and defeat a mystical enemy, he cast a spell which made the entire world believe that he had died years ago, and that the physical man they saw was a harmless occult expert named "Stephen Sanders."
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The Last Great Time War has weapons and creatures that can cause this.
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Subverted in the Futurama episode "Roswell that Ends Well". Fry travels back to the 40's, meets his grandfather Enis, and becomes convinced that any harm that befalls Enis will result in his own non-existence. (Fry even claims at one point "I could feel myself beginning to fade away!") Then Fry's meddling accidentally results in Enis' death, and Fry is surprised to find himself still in existence. He concludes that Enis wasn't his grandfather after all and his grandmother wasn't really his grandmother so he slept with her. As it turns out, a Stable Time Loop is in effect, and Fry is his own grandfather.
Another time travel episode has another subversion: In this episode, you can only travel forward in time, albeit at any speed you desire. You can travel backward by going through one Big Crunch and another Big Bang, and as a result there's a universe out there with no Nazis.
"Decision 3012": The politician Chris came from a Bad Future, where Richard Nixon won the 3012 election and he must avoid this. Once Chris accomplished the mission and win the election, he is erased from the timeline since the Bad Future no longer exists and all forget him.
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In the Hannah Montana episode "The Way We Almost Weren't", Jackson and Miley begin to undergo this after preventing their parents from meeting.
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This happens to Kahlan in the last three novels in the Sword of Truth series. Richard is the only one who remembers her, including herself; Kahlan, in an interesting twist, is rendered amnesiac and is kept as a scullery maid by those who retgonned her.
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One of the few inversions of this trope is in Fist of the Moon. Sailor Pluto starts the whole story off when she arranges to change the future, her present, so that more people are there than originally survived. She wrote them in instead of erasing them.
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This is also the fate of Serge in Chrono Cross if your party is wiped out.
Your party also encounters the "Dead Sea": an area containing the Ret Gone items from the bleak future of Chrono Trigger that was prevented due to the original destruction of Lavos.
In Chrono Cross's ending, Serge does this to to all timelines by interweaving them to create a perfect timeline, which permanently destroys the Time Devourer(at least in the form of a Schala/Lavos hybrid since Lavos' fate is unknown) and frees Schala once and for all(the reason the Schala/Lavos hybrid is gone).
Chrono Trigger even gives us the victim's thoughts after she comes back: "Crono! It was awful...I can't recall it all...I was somewhere cold, dark...and lonely. Is that what it's like to...die?"
In fact, the Chrono Compendium has this as a theory, named Time Bastard. Every time history is changed, the overwritten version of the timeline is RetGoned and replaced with the timeline created by the change of history.
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Avengers: Endgame: When the possibility of time travel is brought up, Tony initially refuses to help. Everyone else wants to go back five years and stop half the universe from being erased, but Tony doesn't want to risk his daughter, who was born in the meantime, being erased. It soon becomes apparent that time travel doesn't work that way: Going back in time merely creates an alternate timeline, so they plan to go back in time, retrieve past copies of the Infinity Stones, and return to their time where they can use the Stones to resurrect the lost. However, while actually changing the past is impossible, effectively changing the past by using the Stones to rewind the universe is still theoretically possible. Tony therefore emphasizes several times that they are only going to resurrect everyone who died and bring them to the present. In the end it works, and Tony's daughter (along with anyone else who was born since) survives.
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In NieR: Automata, this takes on a meta twist for the player in Ending E. During the grueling shoot-em-up stage, players eventually receive help from other players who had completed the game, sacrificing themselves to give you a fighting chance of giving 2B, 9S, and A2 a happy ending. Once you complete the game, you are given the choice to make the same sacrifice, erasing your save data for the sake of another player.
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In Magic: The Gathering:
Some cards, such as Door to Nothingness and Æther Snap do this, according to their flavor texts.
You can actually do this to yourself with the Pact Cycle, flavor-wise. These involve borrowing mana from the future. When it's time to send mana into the past, if you can't, you erase yourself from existence.
Apparently it happened to Zhalfir. Teferi "phased it out" (transported it to the future) to prepare for the Phyrexian invasion, and when it was time for it to "phase in", it couldn't.
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An amusing example happens in The Keys of the Kingdom. Chibi-Usa arrives from the future, and accidentally reveals a big hint on Tuxedo Kamen's identity to Sailor Venus when she refers to him as "Mamo-chan". Unfortunately, Sailor Venus is crushing on Tuxedo Kamen, and Usagi hasn't been awakened yet. Chibi-Usa is abruptly replaced by a different girl.
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Cheer!: Four bullying jerk jocks get turned into cheerleaders. Nobody much notices or cares. The few who do know all decide not to rock the boat since everyone seems happier.
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Fuuko in CLANNAD. Gradually, everyone forgets that she's been running around the school lately and becomes unable to see or remember her. Eventually, only Tomoya remembers her. The starfishes she carved stay around, a handful of characters like Sunohara and the Furukawa family kind-of but not quite remember her. She gets better if you make the right decisions.
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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. The game replays events from the past and you can eliminate any or all of the characters, and it'll effectively change the Resident Evil timeline and depict it. Unfortunately, in the final game you only have the choice of sparing or killing Leon, and the game doesn't even reveal the aftermath of making the choices.
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In Tales of Maj'Eyal, "Cease to Exist", one of the Chronomancy spells, allows you to do this to a monster. You have to push it outside of time and kill it there first, but if you manage that, everything that you used outside of time gets restored to you.
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The Forgotten: Telly holds on to memories of her young son who died in a plane crash, and goes through therapy to help her cope. Only shortly after the story begins, her therapist tells her that her son never existed, but was made up by her after a miscarriage. Telly frantically tries to prove that she's not crazy, but every single person who ought to know her son has forgotten him, and every scrap of evidence is missing or destroyed. Turns out aliens took her son, along with several other children, and tried to see how much it would take for the parents to forget them. Everybody else who clued in, including several non-parents who knew the children, gets randomly flung into the sky and disappears. Telly is not; instead, the alien wipes her memory since the birth of her son. Upon realizing that she (obviously) has memories from before that birth, i.e. her pregnancy, the alien is hurled into the sky.
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Mage: The Ascension: The Arcane background is a sort of "cloaking" from the Universe. Records, memories and evidence for the existence of an Arcane character slip away from the world, slowly at low levels ("You're easy to forget.") while at high levels people start forgetting you as soon as you leave the room (the five dot version's description is "In other people's minds, you don't even exist."). Oh, and the stat potentially goes up to ten for NPCs (and really powerful or unlucky PCs). Not bad for mages, who really want to hide from the world, but it may become a hindrance for other people. Think The Net. The Virtual Adepts can do that. Don't piss them off.
Wrinkle, the Paradox spirit who deals with sufficiently obnoxious temporal meddlers, is rumored to deal with the worst cases by rewriting time so they were never born.
Online fan-created material suggests that the Syndicate and New World Order factions could do this by way of Un-person, due to their paradigms of magic.
The Ahl-I-Batin, or hidden ones, used a ritual to increase their Arcane rating in order to hide from the Technocracy. It has Gone Horribly Right, in that some of them increased their rating enough to wipe themselves from existence entirely. It is implied that at rank 10, the universe itself forgets you, hence you Ret-Gone yourself.
According to Guide to the Traditions, this is what happened to the Etherite Czar Vargo when he shattered the Masquerade in an attempt to stop the First World War - his act of magic was so public, and so at odds with consensus reality, Paradox retgonned him and his allies out of existence. Worse, the effect was progressive: initially, it was his attempt to stop the war that got retconned, then as time went on it extended backwards through Vargo's timeline to the point that the village he came from ended up never having existed. Some few mage witnesses still remember Vargo, but they get fewer and fewer as time passes and the Paradox effect gets to them. (Related to the note above, a sidebar comments that the Technocracy, whatever else it's capable of, couldn't manage to Ret Gone an event on that scale itself, as it's not that powerful. Paradox is.)
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Happens to minor character Molly Collins from The Amazing World of Gumballnote She last appeared in person in "The Fight" in Season 1 and then only appeared in photos in "The Words", "The Sidekick" and "The Joy" in the following two seasons before disappearing completely. "The Void" reveals that the world deemed her one of its mistakes for being too boring and sent her to the titular dimension. Gumball, Darwin and Mr. Small rescue her at the end of the episode. "The Nobody" reveals that the same kind of thing happened to Rob, but the results aren't quite the same.
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Aquarion Logos literally the main power of the Aquarion San which threatens to erase Akira from existence to the point of nobody remembering him. The villains loyal to Nesta also use similar methods to destroy writing from the world. The Aquarion Logos Genesis, the final form of the titular mecha, has the power to erase concepts from reality and everything associated with them by default.
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In Nabari no Ou, this is Yoite's main goal. He doesn't succeed in either the manga or anime.
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This happens in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, at the end of Stone Ocean:
This is the fate of Enrico Pucci. By using his newfound power of speeding up time, he speeds up time so much that the universe loops back on itself and reality is reset. However, as he is killed before completing the loop, the universe snaps back into a slightly altered version, and Enrico Pucci is nowhere to be seen. Which is interesting, considering that he wanted to inflict this on the entire Joestar bloodline.
Sadly, this happens to a hero from the same part, as well. F.F. refuses Jolyne's offer to take the Foo Fighters disc when she dies, on the grounds that even if it were inserted into something else, it wouldn't be her. As such, in line with that request, there is no counterpart for F.F. in the new reality.
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In Stargate Continuum, Cameron Mitchell didn't exist in the altered timeline because the man Ba'al killed to stop the Stargate from reaching North America was his grandfather. The other two teammates who retained their memory of the original history did have duplicates running around, though. One of them died in an unrelated incident by Heroic Sacrifice before the three of them showed up, and the other briefly talks to his clone over the phone.
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In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, the Greatest Treasure in the Universe has the power to do this to Zangyack, which would retroactively undo all the damage they've done to the universe. However, using it would also erase the history and legacy of the Super Sentai, so the Gokaiger ultimately decide not to use it.
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In the first Tenchi Universe movie, Tenchi Muyo in Love, Big Bad KAIN goes back in time to kill Tenchi's mother, Achika. Tenchi is nearly Ret-Goned by it, but is saved by one of Washu's inventions. The main drive of the movie deals with Tenchi and the girls figuring out when KAIN killed his mother and stopping KAIN before he can do so.
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In Corpse Party, this is what happens to anyone who dies while trapped in Heavenly Host Elementry. This includes four of the nine main characters, and presumably all the side characters who died. The five survivors are the only ones who remember that they ever existed once they return to the real world.
The sequels also deal with after-effects of remembering someone that was wiped from reality. Specifically, Naomi's huge mental breakdown over nobody remembering Seiko and Shinozaki's guilt over being responsible for introducing everyone to the ritual that ended up getting her friends killed. But this series plays with the trope: although the Nirvana/Heavenly Host causes that the people who died inside aren't remembered, it doesn't erase their souls, it only alters the memories of the people. In Blood Drive, the souls are freed and all the memories restored... at the cost of Ayumi (and Yoshiki, because he stayed with her)'s presence in history, as they are erased from their friends' memories and from all photos or records, but they are still alive. So while they don't exist for the world, people can still see them... They just won't remember them .
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Spider-Man examples:
"Retcon bombs" are the preferred weapon of Hobgoblin 2211, the daughter of that era's Spider-Man. Their first victim is her boyfriend, who helped her escape from her VR prison in the first place. She herself is erased when Spidey catches one with a webline and swings it back at her, assuming it was just a pumpkin bomb.
A one-shot 1970's Spidey enemy was Drom the Backwards Man, who was continually growing younger. When Drom gets killed, Spidey realizes that by the nature of Drom's affliction, all memory that he ever existed will probably vanish as well. So Peter narrates a record of the incident on a tape recorder for himself. Just as he finishes the recording, he forgets what he had been talking about.
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In one Robot Chicken Masters of the Universe sketch, Skeletor goes back in time to prevent He-Man from being born, but the spell he used turns him into a baby. He's taken in by King Randor and takes the opportunity to kill him and his mistress. Unfortunately, it turns out the mistress was Skeletor's mother and Randor was his illegitimate father, so Skeletor is erased from existence instead.
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And it's not limited to entire people. In the sequel This Book Is Full Of Spiders, Amy's hand, which was amputated after the car accident in which her parents were killed, had not been amputated until the point Amy touched a Shadow Man during the climax of the novel. Which actually raises a lot of questions, the most obvious being how they opened the Ghost Door earlier in the novel...
They could open the Ghost Door in John Dies at the End because that book takes place in the timeline the Shadow Men created after the fact in This Book is Full of Spiders.
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At first, Suikoden Tierkreis appears to be about things coming into existence rather than vanishing from it—but when they appear, the things that were previously there stop being there. This becomes rather important when the entire country of Janam is replaced by an uninhabited desert.
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In TRU Life Adventures, Scarlett places Jack in a coma-like stasis so he won't exist in the new timeline she's constructing''. It works.
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In Gamerz Heaven, if someone or something is killed or destroyed in the game, they will disappear from reality.
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The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time trilogy has this on a rather grand scale: The climax of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has the Prince reseal the Sands, which sends him back before they were released in the first place and lets him defeat the Vizier who started the whole affair. The canon ending for Prince of Persia: Warrior Within has the Prince prevent the Sands from being made in the first place, and so in Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones the Vizier is alive, and he takes over Farah's country before marching on Persia as part of his plan to re-create the Sands in the first place...
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Subverted on Time Trax has Lambert is hunting a killer from 2193 who is killing seemingly random people. Lambert's computer, guide, SELMA, reveals that these people are the ancestors of a policeman who accidentally killed the fugitive's girlfriend during a raid in the future. The man thus figures that by eliminating them, the cop will never be born and his girlfriend will still be alive. SELMA points out the problem with this is that "the timelines are parallel, not linear" and nothing the man does here will change their future. Lambert notes the man either doesn't know that or doesn't believe it and so has no idea he's killing innocent people for nothing.
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In the Timeless pilot, after Lucy comes back from 1937, she is shocked to discover that her previously-comatose mother is perfectly fine. Then she gets a second dose, when she realizes that her sister Amy never existed. It turns out, when Flynn saved the original passengers of the Hindenburg, a descendant of one of the people who died in the original timeline married the man whom Lucy has always thought as her father. Thus, her sister was never born. She also realizes that her mother has been lying to her about who her real father is.
In a later episode, Wyatt intentionally tries to erase the man he thinks killed his wife from existence by preventing his parents from having a one-night stand. He accidentally causes the father's death, but, upon returning to the present, is shocked to find out that his wife is still dead. Someone else must have killed her.
Agent Christopher gives Lucy a flash drive with the information on her wife and kids, just in case something accidentally causes them to cease to exist as well. She asks Lucy to keep the flash drive in the time machine and give it to her in that eventuality. The flash drives proves useful, when Rittenhouse sends agents to try to kill Christopher in 1981, which would prevent the team from being assembled in the first place. Even though the assassination fails, Christopher's kids are nearly ret-gonned by her accepting an Arranged Marriage proposal, before Lucy and Jiya convince her to come out to her mother instead.
This is Flynn's end goal as well - to erase Rittenhouse from existence in order to bring back his wife and daughter, who were murdered by Rittenhouse agents. This is also why Rittenhouse has financed the time travel project in the first place, planning to use the time machine to cleanly remove people they don't like from reality.
In season 2, the inverse happens, when Wyatt discovers that his wife Jessica is still alive after something Rittenhouse did. While this is great news, it's also coming at the worst time possible, as he has just started sleeping with Lucy.
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In Metal Gear Solid 3 if you die anywhere in the game and choose not to continue the screen displays: Time Paradox. Volgin won, used Shagohod, and all hell broke loose. More importantly, Solid, Liquid and Solidus are now Ret Gones, with all the consequences it brings. Think on it for a second.
The same thing happens if players kill Ocelot, with Col. Roy Campbell chewing you out from the future for messing up history and creating a time paradox.
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In one episode of Danny Phantom, Sam gets in a fight with Danny and wishes they had never met. In the presence of a wish-granting ghost. Take a wild guess what happens. Sam herself is unaffected, thanks to a Fenton Device. It's revealed that she's directly responsible for his powers (and his snazzy new shirt logo). The fading-photograph trope (resulting in awkward gaps that wouldn't have actually happened) features heavily (although why the warded copies were on her person in the first place... just go with it). While in the presence of the wish-granter again, she managed to wish everything back to normal (relatively speaking), except for the outfit.
Although it is the relationship that is retgonned, not any person. In contrast, when Danny stops his parents from meeting, Jazz was retgonned.
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In Legion of Super-Heroes, the need to get Mon-El out — because he was written out of Superman's existence — resulted in a confrontation between the Time Trapper and Mon-El. The Time Trapper explained he was behind Mon-El's origin and Mon-El would retroactively cease to exist if he killed him. Mon-El declares that other heroes will arise in his place, and kills him. Fade to white.
During the Final Crisis mini-series Legion of Three Worlds, Superboy-Prime meets the Time Trapper in the end, now revealed to be a future, older Prime. Time Trapper makes the mistake of ordering their younger self to kill the Legion. Prime, furious by being ordered around by him, punches the Time Trapper and resulting paradox causes that Time Trapper to cease to exist while Prime is launched back to Earth Prime.
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This is done in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy so as to destroy Arthur's happy ending in Mostly Harmless and allow a fifth book to be written. Arthur and Fenchurch are travelling around the galaxy, and make a "perfectly ordinary hyperspace jump." Once they get out of hyperspace, Fenchurch has disappeared, the seat next to Arthur is empty, and records show that Arthur boarded the flight alone. In the radio series, the flight attendant points out that Arthur has his feet on the empty seat. This is apparently a hazard of being from a Plural sector, the parts of the universe which have a multiverse. Hyperspace jumps interact with that in weird ways.
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One of the extradimensional artifacts that appears in Anachronauts is Oblivion, a large and ornately-decorated revolver which never runs out of bullets and does this to anything it shoots. It's lampshaded several times in the text that its "edits" are relatively clumsy, as these things go; it's a freakin' Hand Cannon, it doesn't do "subtle". The full Nightmare Fuel potential of such a weapon comes up a couple of times, such as when Carrie realizes why the current owner has no parents (an accident; it's implied the thing is more than a little cursed), and when he brings it to school and opens fire in an empty library. Eventually disposed of by having Carrie literally invoke "faster than a speeding bullet" to make it shoot itself, undoing all of its previous edits in a spectacular (and again, very unsubtle) flurry of people and things appearing out of thin air.
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It's implied that the Emperor did this to the Second and Eleventh Legions prior to the Horus Heresy, by ripping out the heart of each Legion's Primarch and using a psychic ritual to kill off their Legions and wipe their existence from memory. Certainly only the other Primarchs seem to remember their forgotten brothers ever existed, and the Emperor has forbidden them to speak of it.
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The first movie, Memories of Nobody, ends with Senna fading from existence. It's a bit of a subversion for two reasons: Originally she never really existed in the first place being a collection of random memories given a soul, and Ichigo walks right by her in the movie's ending. Still, she's essentially Ret Gone. Because she's a movie character she's probably never going to be brought up in canon again, meaning she's never going to be re-introduced to the cast.
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Timecop:
Early in the film a former time cop who nows works for the Big Bad refuses to testify against the big bad due to fear of this happening. The time cops can order his execution after a short trial that barely deserves to be called a trial, sure. The bad guy, on the other hand, can make sure that he and his entire family never existed at all.
This is the ultimate fate of the Big Bad, after the protagonist forces him to touch his past self with both of them disintegrating.
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Arrowverse:
Arrow:
John and Lyla have a daughter named Sara, until Barry's meddling results in the baby being turned into a boy named John Junior. They don't actually remember baby Sara, so they can't be too mad about it, but Lyla does snipe at Barry about it a few times.
In the set up for the Green Arrow and the Canaries spin-off, Dinah Drake (the second Black Canary) appears in 2040 shortly after Oliver Queen's funeral, with all record of her history - along with any evidence of a Black Canary at all - wiped clean in the intervening years.
The Flash (2014):
Harrison Wells, aka Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash, disintegrates into nothingness when his ancestor, Eddie, kills himself. However, since he's such an important part of the timeline, history didn't change and everyone still remembers him. A younger version of him later arrives to trouble the heroes again. Barry defeats the younger version of Thawne and tries to imprison him forever, but is forced to allow him to return to the future because he became a key part of Cisco/Vibe's origin story. Cisco almost vanished from existence before Thawne was released.
Thawne gets this again in the second season finale of Legends of Tomorrow. The Black Flash-literal death incarnate and sent by the Speed Force itself to remove any threat to the timeline- obliterates Thawne a second time. This still doesn't take, and Thawne shows up with the Earth-X Nazis for Crisis on Earth-X, at which point even Thawne just handwaves his continued existence.
In the Season 2 finale, Barry goes back and saves his mother from Thawne. He then watches his past self, the one who failed to save her, smile and vanish into thin air. After Barry fixes the above timeline in season 3, Diggle's daughter Sara is erased from existence, and John Diggle Jr. is the Diggle baby now, possibly setting the Bad Future of the 2030s and 2040s in motion. Additionally, Cisco's brother Dante has been killed by a drunk driver several months prior in the new timeline, so he fits too. Interestingly, it's stated that time ripples don't cross into parallel universes, even if their timelines are intertwined. This means that Harry and Jesse are unaffected by Barry's changes to Earth 1's timeline, and they immediately start noticing changes upon returning.
In Season 3, Savitar is revealed to be born from a Stable Time Loop. Savitar murdered Barry Allen's lover Iris West. In rage and despair, Barry creates Time Remnants to help him hunt down Savitar, but one of them inevitably turns to the dark side from being rejected by Barry and his family and becomes Savitar. Barry and his friends break the loop by preventing Iris from being killed, then Iris shoots Savitar dead. Now that the conditions that made him are impossible, Savitar ceases to exist. However, everything Savitar has done up to that point remains, including his murder of H.R.
In the Season 5 finale, this turns out to be Thawne's plot: Cicada's power-dampening dagger was being used to imprison him, so he tricks Barry and the others into destroying it in the past, thus freeing him in the future. When they try to stop him, Nora, Barry's future daughter, begins to disappear. All the changes she has made to the timeline mean that she doesn't exist in this form any more. Barry tries to take her into the Negative Speed Force to survive the change, but she ends up deciding that Dying as Yourself is a better option. Barry and Iris hope that they will eventually see Nora again, one way or another, but they don't realize that the reason Nora disappeared is that the Crisis where Barry is destined to disappear has moved up to next year, before they have a chance to conceive any children.
Legends of Tomorrow:
This is how the Pilgrim kills her targets. Instead of killing them in their present, she finds their younger version and kill it, thus causing the future version to disintegrate. This is also why all Time Masters use fake names and conceal their past, since that makes it much more difficult to do this to them.
In season 2, the Legends meet Rex Tyler (AKA Hourman), the leader of the Justice Society of America, who has been sent by a future version of Mick to warn the Legends about coming to 1942 (Tyler's time). However, Tyler disappears halfway through his warning. Later on, the team travels to 1942 and meets members of the JSA, while Tyler has no idea who they are. At the end of that episode, the Reverse-Flash kills him, so Tyler doesn't thwart his plans by warning the Legends (thus explaining his disappearance in the middle of his warning).
In one episode in Legends season 3, Ray disappears from existence briefly due to a time anomaly causing him to be murdered at the age of 8.
In season 4, the team finally comes up with a plan to fix the Bad Future where Zari came from. Which is great, but they're not sure what this will do to her, since she'll have little reason to join the Legends if her family wasn't murdered by a fascist state. She agrees to spend the climax in the Temporal Zone, where the timeline changes won't affect her. But then she has to leave to save Nate. Everything seems fine, they share a hug... but when they separate, Zari has been replaced by her brother, and no one notices anything different.
Supergirl (2015): Part of the reason the League came from the distant future was in hopes of stopping a plague this way. One of Supergirl's current villains, Pestilence, will eventually evolve into Blight, who will go on a rampage across the universe. Once they succeed in preventing this from ever happening, all the other Legionnaires in stasis on their ship are suddenly cured, as if they had never been sick at all.
The Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) crossover event inverts this with the above mentioned Sara Diggle, as the aftermath is a reality where both she and John Jr. exist.
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Torment: Tides of Numenera features two minor characters running a shop stall. Talking with them eventually reveals that the apprentice is actually the younger self of the store owner prior to accidentally falling into misadventure through different dimensions and time. Upon learning this the player character has the option of murdering the younger one, which causes the older one and the entire shop setup to disappear. The game then mentions that the player character has no memory of the store or why he murdered the man lying on the ground.
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In an arc of Gaming Guardians, two new recruits are visiting the Guardians' facilities when one is snatched away by an enemy... and no one remembers him being there in the first place. Except for the other recruit, who has hazy memories but don't know why the other person isn't there. The others thinks it's cute that he has an imaginary friend...
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Your party also encounters the "Dead Sea": an area containing the Ret Gone items from the bleak future of Chrono Trigger that was prevented due to the original destruction of Lavos.
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The Butterfly Effect: The director's cut ending has Evan Ret Gone himself by going back in time and committing suicide by strangulation in the womb. Along with the implication that he may have had several brothers and/or sisters who chose the same fate for themselves ultimately.
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This is a fairly standard tactic in Achron, due to the time travel game mechanics. Not only do you have to defend your base in the present, you have to defend it in the past lest another player decides to retroactively attack you and retcon your army away.
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Judge Dredd once faced off against a Humanoid Abomination known as the Stygian Devourer. Looking like a man in a trenchcoat with a fedora, it would not only devour a person, but also its entire existence. Defeating it would undo the effect, bringing hundreds of people back into existence.
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The defeat of Chaos (aka Garland) in Final Fantasy I brings about the end of the Stable Time Loop; as a result, nobody remembers him or his defeat at the hands of the Light Warriors.
Nobody remembers the Light Warriors, either, nor any of their exploits. Including the Light Warriors themselves.
The idea gets revisited in a subversion with Final Fantasy XIV. In the chapter "The End of an Era", the player characters who are fighting to end the war against The Empire encounter Bahamut and can only watch as the elder primal rains destruction across the land. Louisoix saves the world's only hope, the player characters, by sending them several years into the future while he performs a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Bahamut. Once "A Realm Reborn" came to be (patch 2.0), everyone forgets who the warriors that fought Bahamut were and can only remember them by a figure shrouded in light, dubbing them the Warriors of Light. While said warriors still exist, no one can remember them. This is taken a step further if a legacy player completes the main storyline where everyone remembers that the player is indeed the Warrior of Light.
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The immortal Hamed Ali was literally erased from existence in Animal Man. His lines became sketchier, he lost his color, he became nothing more than rough pencil lines and design notes, and disappeared into nothing at all.
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In a storyline, the New Mutants (a group of teenage mutants being trained as the next generation of X-Men) were Ret Goned by a Sufficiently Advanced Alien called the Beyonder. The only one to remember their existence was Kitty Pryde, who had a magical connection to one of the New Mutants that even the Beyonder's godlike powers couldn't erase.
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Doctor Who
"Invasion of the Dinosaurs": The Well Intentioned Extremists would have Retgoned everyone outside the protection field. This would have included nearly all of humanity, as well as the entire Silurian species.
"The Invasion of Time": The De-Mat gun not only erases its target from history, but erases itself after being fired, as well as a bit of the wielder's memory.
Since the Doctor is said to be the last of the Time Lords no matter what era of history he's in, the removal of Gallifrey and (most) of the Daleks could count as this.
The armies of Neverweres and Might-Have-Beens in the Time War are theorized to be people erased by the Time Lords or other nutjobs (see the Big Finish examples in Radio).
The cracks in time driving the plot of Series 5 have this effect:
The cracks are first explained starting in "Flesh and Stone". Time travellers can still remember the victims — unless they were part of the traveller's own history, as we learn in "Cold Blood" when Rory is erased. Things get worse in "The Pandorica Opens", where the TARDIS blows up, triggering the explosion that caused/will cause/is causing the cracks and threatening to Ret Gone the universe. In "The Big Bang", both Rory and the universe get better.
The cracks only sort of scrape things off the surface; no one remembers the lost events, but they still happened. The best example is probably Amy Pond. She has no parents, she never had any parents, and she lives in a big empty house with her biological aunt, who is an only child. None of that makes the slightest amount of sense, but everyone's brains just sort of skip over it.
"The Name of the Doctor": The Great Intelligence attempts a massive ret gone on the Doctor himself. It almost works, but for the actions of Clara Oswald.
"Thin Ice": Arriving in 1814 London, Bill is worried that she might do something like stepping on the archetypal butterfly that will change history and, say, prevent her from ever being born. The Doctor, seizing the opportunity for a joke, immediately tells her that that's what happened to Pete.
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In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the Time Breakers attempt to pull this on Trunks by powering up the Androids and having them kill him in his original timeline, before he can join Time Patrol.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, after Towa loses Mira and Bardock, she reveals that she captured and brainwashed the hero from the original Dragon Ball Xenoverse. However, when you free him, she time travels to the beginning of the original Xenoverse and kills Shenron, stopping the hero from being summoned. When he's removed from the timeline, the others forget about him until they start thinking harder about what's missing. The hero of this game is able to arrive in the nick of time and end up inspiring Trunks into summoning the hero.
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In Fade to Black, Rukia gets an incomplete dose of Ret-gone. The force behind this isn't powerful enough to completely erase her; Zanpakutou spirits and artificial souls such as Kon are immune to the effect, and physical evidence such as written notes remain. Ichigo also regains his memories with a bit of nudging, as the force couldn't Ret Gone the fact that Rukia was the original source of his powers.
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In season 2, the Legends meet Rex Tyler (AKA Hourman), the leader of the Justice Society of America, who has been sent by a future version of Mick to warn the Legends about coming to 1942 (Tyler's time). However, Tyler disappears halfway through his warning. Later on, the team travels to 1942 and meets members of the JSA, while Tyler has no idea who they are. At the end of that episode, the Reverse-Flash kills him, so Tyler doesn't thwart his plans by warning the Legends (thus explaining his disappearance in the middle of his warning).
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This almost happens to Mario/Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and the Lumas at the end of Super Mario Galaxy, thanks to the universe being destroyed (and recreated) by Bowser's black hole.
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The fate of reality, courtesy of the Anti-Monitor, according to the Amazonian prophecy, in DC's Darkseid War.
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The Allies in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 developed the Chrono Legionnaire which could erase units from the timestream completely over a few seconds while they're left utterly helpless and untouchable. Weaponized Ret gone anyone?
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In the intro to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, the Soviets travel backwards in time to remove Albert Einstein from history in 1927, since it was his Chronosphere technology responsible for the Allies' victory in Red Alert 2. When they return to the present, the war was never lost, Einstein never existed, and there is no nuclear technology. Only the three Soviets who travelled back are aware of the changes. The events of Red Alert 2 were completely erased. Of course Hitler, having previously been retgonned by Einstein, stayed retgonned.
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Things and beings that didn't make it before (thanks to the Multiversal collapse, courtesy of the Beyonders), during (thanks to simply being killed) and after (more importantly, this is the deciding one) the course of events of Marvel's Secret Wars (2015).
This includes almost everyone in the Ultimate Universe except for Miles Morales, Bombshell, their supporting cast, and The Maker.
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Kon-El (Conner) has definitely been erased as the new iteration of his best friend (Tim Drake) has no clue who he is, but upon hearing his name feels like he's missing someone. Tim and Stephanie have set off to figure out what's happened to the timeline due to Tim realizing someone named Conner has no longer ever existed. He is found to have been shuffled off to Gemworld and therefore spared from the mess that created the New 52 but stranded from the main universe and brought back into continuity for Young Justice (2019).
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In Men in Black 3, Boris the Animal uses a time travel device to go back to 1969 and kill Agent K. We're shown Present!K sitting in his apartment with a gun before vanishing. For some reason, J still remembers him, but to everyone else he's been dead for over 30 years. Even worse, a shield that was supposed to protect Earth from alien invasions was never installed, so Earth is in the process of being attacked by Boris's race. J uses another time machine to go back in time and try to protect K and get the shield installed. Past!K also ends up killing Past!Boris instead of arresting him. Since Present!Boris is dead by that point, we're not shown him disappearing.
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The Twilight Zone:
The Twilight Zone (1959): "And When the Sky Was Opened". Three astronauts return from a trip into space and disappear one at a time. As each disappears, only one of the astronauts remembers that the others existed, until he disappears too, then the spacecraft they returned in vanishes as well. Every time someone disappears, the audience sees that day's newspaper, saying something along these lines each time: "Three men return from space", "Two men return from space", "Lone man returns from space", And something about a "miracle birth".
The Twilight Zone (1985): In "The Card", Linda Wolfe receives an invitation from a credit card company that specifically caters to people with a bad credit rating who have had their previous cards cancelled. When she misses the first payment, she finds that the family cat Boris has disappeared and she is the only one to remember that he even existed. The following week, Linda misses the second payment and their dog Scooby disappears. Linda vows never to use the card again but she is forced to do so when her car breaks down. When she gets home that night, she discovers that her children Matt, Evan and B.J. have disappeared. The next day, Linda goes to the card company and demands to speak to the office manager Catherine Foley. While there, she sees her children, who fail to recognize her, being led into a room marked "Disbursements." Mrs. Foley explains to her that they may be returned to her if she writes them a check. Linda does so but Brian tells her that the bank called and he cancelled it. Further penalties are then made against her. Brian disappears and household items begin to vanish in front of her. When she cuts the card in half, it falls to the ground. The final scene shows that Linda herself has ceased to exist and there is an empty lot where her house once stood.
One of the episodes of The Twilight Zone (2002) series called "Upgrade" was about a woman who wished for a perfect family. She gets her wish, and her children are replaced by more perfect children. However, eventually she is replaced.
The Twilight Zone (2019): "The Comedian". Whenever a stand-up comic mentions something connected to his personal life during his routine, it instantly disappears from existence. At the end, he decides to talk about himself during his routine. He disappears, and since he never existed, everything and everyone he erased is brought back.
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The sequel to I. M. Meen called "Chill Manor" has the villain take over history. If you get a game over; the player character is erased from history. Forever. And the villain even cackles as she erases you.
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In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness, this is what will happen to all the Pokémon from the future once the world is saved. This includes both Grovyle and the main character, though in the latter's case, Dialga comes to the rescue. This is also, presumably, why Dusknoir and Primal Dialga try to stop the heroes from changing the past.
In the Updated Re-release Explorers of Sky, the same charity extended to the main character is granted to everyone in the future. Including a Heel Face Turned Dusknoir.
A different version is at work in the sequel Gates to Infinity, where instead it's claimed that a law of nature will force all memories of the player to disappear when he leaves the Pokémon world. Everyone else decides that's a stupid law and force themselves to remember anyway.
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In Beast Wars, if Megatron's scheme had worked out, the entire Maximal race would have been negated from history and would never have existed. However, it's revealed in the video game of the series that, had his scheme worked, For Want of a Nail would've kicked in, dooming the Decepticons, their ancestors, as well, because without Optimus Prime there would be no Matrix of Leadership to stop Unicron from chowing down on Cybertron.
Tarantulas was also planning to wipe out both the Autobots and the Decepticons, thus erasing the Maximals and the Predacons. When someone points out that he'd be erased as well, he reveals that, like the Tripredacus Council (the three Cybertronians running the Predacon government), Tarantulas is descended from another group of bots.
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In "Yesteryear" by DCFontana, the most popular episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, Spock is temporarily Ret Gone until he creates a Stable Time Loop preventing his death as a child.
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A particularly horrifying example happens to Sayori in Doki Doki Literature Club! after being Driven to Suicide at the end of Act 1. Initially the game tries to render her interactions but they all come out as broken sprites and garbage text, before the game resets and treats her as if she never existed. Of course, this was Monika's plan all along in order to force the player (not the player character, the actual person playing the game) to interact with her in a meaningful fashion despite being a side-character with no pre-planned route. She also briefly did this to Yuri and Natsuki, her other romantic rivals, as well as the entire game world and possibly even the player character save for a single classroom floating in the void of space so that she could have the player all to herself. She undoes it after a Heel–Face Turn caused by you deleting her file, pulling this trope on her from a meta-level, but in the Downer Ending of the game she wipes out everything save for a single farewell note so that Sayori doesn't come to the same conclusion due to having inherited her Medium Awareness.
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In She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, the botched opening of a portal between dimensions starts to destroy the universe in which the series takes place, erasing not only space but time as well as such that certain events never happened. Naturally, characters slowly end up having this happen to them as a result, having never existed and being forgotten by most characters. For one character it's a lot worse, only having half their body erased; they survive, but with horrific results.
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Used for a non-evil or horrible effect in Siren 2: As a side effect of defeating the Big Bad, Ryuko Tagawa never existed, therefore Abe Soji is no longer wanted for her murder (he was innocent anyway). The picture of Abe and Ryuko now shows only Abe, and the newspaper clipping of the murder has changed and now reports Ikuko's mother killing her father.
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Happens to Gorilla Girl in Marvel Zombies spinoff Evil Evolution when she triggers a Temporal Paradox to prevent the zombie plague from spreading to other realities.
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Not to be outdone, Dr. Eggman attempts this in the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog storyline "Sonic: Genesis" via the Genesis Wave. However, it turns out that Sonic couldn't be erased and, instead, the universe is altered to be the video game version with SatAM elements in it. As he later reasons, the Genesis Wave's original power source, a singular Chaos Emerald, wasn't enough. Enter...
Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, in which Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily obtain all seven Chaos Emeralds and uses its power to completely alter both Mobius Prime and Earth 20XX. At the end of the story, Mega Man fixes his world, but Eggman interferes in fixing Sonic's, which leads to...
...the "nu252" universe, which pretty much altered Mobius to the point where it was mostly video game based. Even more, a vast majority of the characters were Ret Gone by the event and the only ones who remember the old world are Eggman, Orbot, Cubot, Naugus, and the Freedom Fighters.
And it's been clarified that those characters have since lost those memories of the old world, so there are no ties to the old continuity. The removed characters have been cut off completely.
Word of God also revealed that the Sonic X comic continuity was erased by the Super Genesis Wave.
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Marvel Adventures changes the effect of the weapon completely: it only nullifies differences in power, so that anyone can beat anyone, which is why it can be used to defeat Galactus.
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In the South Park episode "Trapper Keeper", a cyborg who calls himself Bill Cosby comes from the future to destroy Cartman's trapper keeper. The episode ends with the trapper keeper destroyed causing him to fade away, having fulfilled his purpose.
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The 4400 once did this to its title characters (all 4400 of them). In one episode, it appeared to do it (again) to all but one of them, but it turned out that it was really a dream world created by said character.
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In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's the the Three Nobles of Yliaster did this to Yliaster member Clark Smith after he deliberately disobeyed them, changing the past so that his birth never occured. (At least, that's what they claimed happened to him. Seeing as it did not undo any of the crimes he was responsible for, like the murder of Sherry LeBlanc's parents, there may have been more to it than it seemed.)
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In Zeroes, Thibault/Anonymous, whose superpower is normally being a Forgettable Character, seems to suffer a serious case of this after his Despair Event Horizon.
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Also in Astro City, one of Samaritan's powers (as well as his nemesis Infidel) is immunity to becoming Ret Gone. Samaritan has already averted the grim future from which he came, and as a result he was never born (an automated taco stand was built where his house was supposed to be.) Once, Infidel accidentally wrote everything out of continuity except for him and Samaritan, at which point they realized that it was pointless for them to keep trying to kill each other.
In fact, two of the stories featuring Samaritan strongly hint that the reason why he's been obsessively doing good acts ever since the success of his first mission is to make up for deleting the loved ones of his original timeline. Talk about Survivor's Guilt!
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In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Freddy's most recent victims are erased from existence and from most people's collective memories, apparently a side effect of his growing power.
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Lois & Clark: In "Meet John Doe", Andrus, a time traveller from the future Utopia created by Superman and his descendants, ceases to exist when Tempus traps Superman in the time window. He and Utopia itself are presumably restored after Tempus is defeated and Superman is rescued in "Lois and Clarks".
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Nowhere Man has this as the series premise. In the end Veil discovers he really did never exist. He's a brainwashed federal agent.
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Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, in which Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily obtain all seven Chaos Emeralds and uses its power to completely alter both Mobius Prime and Earth 20XX. At the end of the story, Mega Man fixes his world, but Eggman interferes in fixing Sonic's, which leads to...
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In chapter 3 of The Impossible Quiz Book, there is a question where you see Chris's past self from question 68 of the original quiz. If you touch him in any way, you'll cause a paradox that erases him from existance and give you an instant game over.
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Erika willingly subjects herself to this at the end of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory. As the world is in the process of being reset due to the ending of the original Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, she exempts herself from the process by sending herself to the Digital World as it happens, knowing that a new version of Erika would still develop her eventually fatal disease in that fatal car accident, but this time without an EDEN cyberspace to use as a treatment. She still lives on in the Digital World as Hudiemon, but the new timeline has no Erika ever being borm in the real world, with only Keisuke, who was in the space between worlds with her until the very end, remembering she ever existed.
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Keine from Touhou has the ability to eat history. What exactly this entails is never made entirely clear, but is generally believed to involve this, though there are indications that she only erases people's memory of elements of history.
Keine made an entire village disappear when you first face her. The other characters notice that there should be a village in front of them, though Yukari Yakumo can apparently still see the village.
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From the aftermath of Superman Reborn, there's an issue of Clark recounting his past, from the beginning of his career as Superman to his current life. One of the things he remembers is his death and the Supermen who came after. Missing is Kon-El, Superboy. Superman does say he feels like something's missing.
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According to the in-game "news" feed in Cookie Clicker, this is one of the possible side effects of the antimatter condenser.
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In GURPS the disadvantage Unique makes one vulnerable to this and the advantage Temporal Inertia makes one invulnerable to it.
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When Superman and Wonder Woman kissed, it had the side-effect of erasing Booster Gold from existence. People still remember, but they only think he has disappeared. As a man from the future, Booster Gold disappearing is quite ominous... He ended up getting collected by Brainiac, leading into the events of Convergence.
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This is a choice in the final ending of Nier where the eponymous main character can sacrifice himself to save Kaine. The downside? He completely erases himself and all memories of himself from existence. Kinda a downer ending considering Kaine was willing to sacrifice herself and Nier's daughter (whose cure/rescue was the driving focus of the game) is now fatherless, but at least she doesn't know it... The game takes this choice one step further by forcing the deletion of all your save games. Hope you backed them up to a flash drive! At least the game gives you ample warning...
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Rifts had a limited-run Sourcebook written as an April Fool's joke called The Rifter 9 1/2. One of the gag articles was written as a Take That! against power gaming and Power Creep, Power Seep known as "Giga-Damage." It was described as a new game mechanic, weapons that literally do 1 million times the damage of regular weapons in the game. The writer suggested that one way to handle this is to have any normal item hit by a Giga-Damage weapon is not only vaporized, but never existed at all. He goes on to explain how he used a Giga-Damage weapon in his game to destroy a piece "of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria"note  No, that wasn't written wrong. The writer himself seemed to think that Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria was the name of one ship. Of course, the fact that said writer is something of a Book Dumb idiot was a running gag throughout the book and that is how he was able to become the Overlord of Illinois.
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Goblins
The Psionic Minmax intends to do this to every version of his party that has entered the maze, creating holes that Ret Gone anything that falls into them. It quickly turns out that while people will have no memory of the object thus removed, they can notice something's going on. As "our" Minmax starts throwing his clothes into the hole, Kin considers the unlikelihood of someone going on an adventure without shoes or pants, and realizes what it must be doing. Kin realized that, while she could not remember Minmax ever having pants, she had no idea what he looked like without them, so he must have had them.
And in a Wham Episode, a non-lethal version of this occurs. Because of Kin #80, the bonding between Minmax and our Kin was completely undone when #80 tossed a Memento Macguffin into one of the holes, causing Kin to forget why she trusted Minmax to begin with.
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In Infinite Space, this is the fate of anyone who wanders into The Flux (more formally, phenomenon fluctuation sectors), though it is unclear how people figured this out. It's used for a Non-Standard Game Over. Also the Overseers' retaliation for Kira hacking their computer, though Yuri manages to reverse it in the ending.
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In Il Sole penetra le illusioni this happens to the people that were possessed by the daemonia.
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In Devilman Lady this happened to an entire nation of demon worshipers and the events of Devilman .
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In Mage: The Awakening, the Red Word cult (who worship an alternate timeline so abhorrent that it was aborted from reality into the Abyss, where it attained sentience and got really pissed off), devour people in order to symbolically wipe them from this history. If they do it in their sacred temple, it actually happens with all evidence that the person existed gradually fading away.
In the same game, the Cult of the Doomsday Clock are attempting to destroy the Fallen World (i.e., this one) in order to free themselves to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. (Needless to say, the heads of the cult are all Abyssal beings.) Their key weapon for this is a Doomsday Clock, which not only erases everything around it, but goes back through time and erases it there, eventually leaving a gaping hole in both the world and history.
This is particularly associated with archmages:
If someone fails during the process of becoming an archmage, they die and are retroactively erased from history.
If someone succeeds at becoming an archmage, it's possible that the changes the transition causes result in something or someone the archmage knew getting removed from history.
If an archmage completes an Imperium Rite that involves removing something from reality, that something - be it a place, a society, etc. - now never existed.
When the Exarchs ascended to the Supernal, history was rewritten such that their original home, the Awakened City (aka Atlantis), had never existed. Artifacts and ruins from the Awakened City still survive, despite having no origin in this timeline... but they come from different — and contradictory — Awakened Cities.
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This is essentially the power of Ukoku Sanzo's Muten Sutra in Saiyuki, as he shows Sanzo first-hand: literally, 'the power of nothingness'. It also extends to things, though, not just people, but the effect it has on people is what makes it fit the trope.
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Dragon Ball Z inverts this with Goten, Goku and Chi-Chi's second son, Bra, Vegeta and Bulma's daughter, and Pan, Gohan and Videl's daughter : none of them existed in the original timeline, in which the Androids terrorize the Earth, since their respective parents died long before they would've been conceived (and this timeline's Gohan never even met Videl), but they all exist now thanks to Trunks' time traveling.
Dragon Ball Super has Goku Black outright defies this trope. Even after his previous incarnation is killed, his possession of the Time Ring protects him from any changes made to history via time travel.
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According to Yatzhee of Zero Punctuation, Duke Nukem Forever, DNF was such a massively transcendental work of awesomeness that reality itself couldn't handle it and the timeline it was in collapsed. Sadly, the DNF of our reality was far worse.
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In Turtles Forever, the Shredder's plan to destroy The Multiverse resulted in several characters being erased from existence, literally, as the plot came to fruition, including April and Casey. Ironically, it happened to Hun just as the Turtles convinced him to turn against the Shredder. Fortunately, April and Casey were restored once the plan was stopped, and presumably, everyone else was.
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In Tales of Destiny 2, the party's goal is to erase the goddess Fortuna and her priestess Elraine from time itself. Reala and Judas, who exist because of Fortuna, are fully aware that doing this will cause the same thing to happen to them. (Judas, in fact, wants it to happen for most of the game). Reala's bond with Kyle later saves her from unexisting, while Judas's ultimate fate is left ambiguous.
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In the Star Trek: Voyager two-parter "Year of Hell", the episode's villain, Annorax, has a weapon ship that can erase entire civilizations from history. When he originally fired the weapon at his people's greatest enemy, it restored the Krenim Empire, only to collapse due to an unforeseen plague (which also killed his wife) that only occurred because the enemy race had never introduced a vital immunity genome to the Krenim. In desperation, he fired it again to try fixing his mistake, managing to restore everyone, except for the colony in which his wife lived! This has led to his 200-year-long crusade to resurrect her that has failed every single time (he once restored 98% of the Krenim Imperium except the colony where his wife lived), causing him to become obsessed to the point where he's conducting a one man war against time itself! The plot is resolved when Janeway's kamikaze attack on the weapon ship causes the weapon ship itself to be erased from history, resetting time and reuniting Annorax with his wife.
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Alice: What Mel fears has happened to him in the 1983 episode, "Sweet, Erasable Mel" (after Vera accidentally erases his financial records from his new computer). Things temporarily get worse for Mel when he and Alice go to the bank and try to resolve the issue – the banker accidentally presses the "delete" key, not only double-erasing Mel but the banker's information as well! (The banker famously sings, mournfully, "I don't exist!")
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Primeval:
At the start of the second series, Claudia Brown has never existed, though this was foreshadowed. There were other differences, such as that they had a new base, and the identical Jenny Lewis existed.
At the end of S3 it is revealed that Helen's plan is to do this with the entirety of humanity, thankfully the punishment for trying that is death by velociraptor.
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In Housepets!, Sabrina once threatened her boyfriend, Fido, with erasure from existence.
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Legends of Tomorrow:
This is how the Pilgrim kills her targets. Instead of killing them in their present, she finds their younger version and kill it, thus causing the future version to disintegrate. This is also why all Time Masters use fake names and conceal their past, since that makes it much more difficult to do this to them.
In season 2, the Legends meet Rex Tyler (AKA Hourman), the leader of the Justice Society of America, who has been sent by a future version of Mick to warn the Legends about coming to 1942 (Tyler's time). However, Tyler disappears halfway through his warning. Later on, the team travels to 1942 and meets members of the JSA, while Tyler has no idea who they are. At the end of that episode, the Reverse-Flash kills him, so Tyler doesn't thwart his plans by warning the Legends (thus explaining his disappearance in the middle of his warning).
In one episode in Legends season 3, Ray disappears from existence briefly due to a time anomaly causing him to be murdered at the age of 8.
In season 4, the team finally comes up with a plan to fix the Bad Future where Zari came from. Which is great, but they're not sure what this will do to her, since she'll have little reason to join the Legends if her family wasn't murdered by a fascist state. She agrees to spend the climax in the Temporal Zone, where the timeline changes won't affect her. But then she has to leave to save Nate. Everything seems fine, they share a hug... but when they separate, Zari has been replaced by her brother, and no one notices anything different.
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Rayek in ElfQuest: Kings of the Broken Wheel wants to take the Palace forward in time and merge it with its former self before it went back in time. This, he claims, will erase the entire history of the elves, trolls and preservers, except for those who happen to be in the Palace when the paradox doesn't happen. Confused? In the event, he does take the Palace forward, leaving behind a whole bunch of elves and trolls who are afraid they'll suddenly cease to exist at some point. Surprise - it doesn't happen. Rayek fails. And then Cutter gets to beat the crap out of him, which Rayek allows to get the ill-feeling out of his system.
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This would have happened to Chase in Runaways had he sacrificed himself to the Gibborim to save Gertrude. There would be no trace or memory that he ever existed.
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Buffyverse:
Inverted on Buffy. Dawn popped into existence, leaving the viewers scratching their heads for a while since all the characters acted as if Dawn had always been with them. It turns out that Dawn is fabricated and all the characters have false memories. Just what their memories of the first four seasons were changed to is never specified, but they all remember Dawn being there alongside them the entire time. A number of the official comics set during the first four seasons have Dawn as a character, with notes attached saying, in effect, "Yeah, she didn't exist back then, but everyone remembers her being there, so..."
Angel:
Angel has memories of his son Connor removed from all of his friends' minds, so that only he remembers Connor ever existed. The difference here is that Connor still exists, just not in the minds of the supporting cast. Their modified memories of what happened the previous seasons are never fully explained, even after certain characters get their memories back.
From that same season, every mention and memory of The Beast was erased from our dimension by Jasmine. The Beast is still mentioned in a book from another dimension, where his information was not removed. Angelus also recalls the Beast because he was not in control of Angel when the erasure occured.
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Speaking of Dungeons and Dragons, the Dragonlance setting has rules for fighting the minions of Chaos (also mentioned under Literature.) Die to them, and all you'll leave behind is empty armor and any books that were written about you (the latter of which will be assumed to be fiction.)
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In the conclusion of the original Spider-Woman comic series, this was supposed to happen to Spider-Woman. After being unable to return her soul to her body, she requested that her friend Magnus casts a spell that makes everyone forget that she ever existed. In the end... the spell was faulty, and she's Back from the Dead.
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Towards the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths, several universes have been subjected to this. Survivors find that in the new universe, nobody remembers that they ever existed. Those characters are then killed off in the remainder of the book, and promptly forgotten by those few who still remembered them. Ouch.
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The Scotti from Ranger's Apprentice believe in a demon with the power to do this. Malcolm enters his guise of Malkallam the Sorceror and threatens to summon said demon if a Scotti general doesn't spill the beans on his plan. It works.
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In Dream Drop Distance, we learn Xion isn't entirely gone yet. She appears (and Ventus and Roxas too) when Riku enters Sora's heart.
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In Feng Shui, individuals on the losing side of the "Secret War" often suffer this fate. They don't cease to exist, but rather find that the world as they know it has suddenly changed all around them, no one other than themselves (and other time travelers) remembers their version of reality, and they themselves have no past in this new version of reality - no family, no home, no friends, no identity - because they never existed in it to begin with.
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It's a Wonderful Life, and all the other stories inspired by it.
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Kingdom Hearts seems to love this trope.
Subverted in 358/2 Days. In the game's climax, Xion is absorbed by Roxas. As she was created from the memories of main character Sora, there was nothing left for anyone to remember her with after she was gone. The Ret Gone appears to be played straight, but in the cell phone game Coded, it is revealed through a conversation between Data Sora and Data Roxas that the real Roxas still feels the pain of losing Xion, even if he doesn't remember her. Interestingly, this pain is also felt by Data Sora, who states that even if he doesn't know the source of his turmoil, he's still resolved to do his best to fix it. Of course, it is also possible that the database entry where Xion learned about her past is still intact.
In Dream Drop Distance, we learn Xion isn't entirely gone yet. She appears (and Ventus and Roxas too) when Riku enters Sora's heart.
And of course a straight example of the trope occurs with Sora during the year between Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II: while Sora is sleeping and Namine is reconstructing his memories, everyone who knew him forgets that he existed until he awakens again.
A minor variation on the trope occurs when all the photos owned by the residents of Twilight Town are stolen. Everyone remembers the photos, but the theft is so complete that even the word "photo" is stolen, and is blanked out of the characters' dialogues when they try to say it. And then later, on the final day, Roxas finds that not only has time stopped again, but all those same photos no longer have him in them.
The Roxas situation has an even odder example of how the trope works, as the real Twilight Town serves as a 'world without Roxas' look at the Twilight Town inside the simulation - even though we know that the TT Roxas was in wasn't real, it feels to the players like Roxas has been Ret Gone'd. It gets even more Mind Screwy when it appears as though data!TT has affected the real world - the Usual Spot gang coming to see Sora off for almost no reason - and Sora experiences Roxas' pain at being Ret Gone'd, without actually knowing why, seeming to play this trope straight, though in a non-standard way.
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In one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, this very nearly happens to the entire holiday of Christmas. According to Salem, it has already happened to another holiday, called Bobunk.
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Time Runner: The bad guys at one point try to kill the time travelling hero's pregnant mother before she could give birth to him. They manage to kill his mother, but he saves his newborn self. However, his future version ceases to exist after he kills the bad guy since there would have been no reason for him to go back in time in the first place.
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And of course a straight example of the trope occurs with Sora during the year between Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II: while Sora is sleeping and Namine is reconstructing his memories, everyone who knew him forgets that he existed until he awakens again.
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The Second Try shows the darker side of Peggy Sue stories when Asuka and Shinji are sent back to before the Twelfth Angel but their daughter is left behind. Fortunately, Kaworu (who was behind the time travel) actually sent her back to a point after the danger had passed.
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Happens to ChibiUsa in both versions of Sailor Moon that she is in; in the anime it's due to Mamoru being placed in an almost permanent state of dreaming by Queen Nehellenia in the manga it's due to Mamoru being thrown into the Galaxy Cauldron and melting away, soul and all., which causes her to never exist since Usagi can't get together with a guy who either never existed or has been brainwashed into a coma. She also gets retgoned after Galaxia Kills Mamoru In the manga, contary to standard Grandfather Clauses, ChibiUsa is able to survive for an unusual amount of time after the point where her birth is made techincaly impossible; the future just becomes very stormy and unstable. In the anime version of this she's almost entirely retgoned however, vanishing from photos. The Sailor Senshi still seem to remember her however, they just can't tell things that are supposed to show her have changed. Chibi-Usa survives because when Galaxia kills Mamoru, she just takes his Golden Crystal. At that point, it's still possible for him to be revived as it happens later in that arc. However once he's thrown into the Cauldron, he's pretty much dead until Sailor Moon defeats Chaos.
Spoofed in the Super S arc of the anime, when a girl who crushes on Mamoru appears and it looks like she might swipe Mamoru for herself. Chibi-Usa has a rather tragicomical Imagine Spot where Mamoru runs off with the Romantic False Lead and leaves Usagi, who then wails that "Chibi-Usa will not even be boooooorn!". Chibi-Usa brings herself back to the real world and tries to tell Usagi to kick the runner-up out of Mamoru's surroundings, but Usagi blows her off and says she's not worried about losing Mamoru's love. The Runner Up eventually realises she can't break them up, and willingly steps out.
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The D20 setting Infernum incorporates Ret Gone into its background; get swallowed by a Hellgout (a kind of naturally occuring portal that links Hell and Earth, which usually ends up acting like a black hole) and Earth will basically rewrite itself to wipe out your existence, with any remaining hints that you ever existed being subtle ones, a process referred to in-universe as "The Twisting". For example, the Knights of the Harrowing are the descendents of an order of overzealous Christian Crusaders called the Knights of the Sepulchre, an order dedicated to the reclaimation of the tomb where Jesus Christ resided for three days after being crucified, who deliberately invoked a Hellgout to swallow their fortress so they could lead a crusade against Hell. The vast majority of the deeds they accomplished have either been erased from history, or attributed to other orders. A rare few examples of their symbol, a charging crusader on horseback, are occasionally found on crumbling ruins in either the Holy Land or south France.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation:
In the episode "Remember Me", this happened to the entire crew of the Enterprise; only Dr. Crusher remembered the missing people. This leads to a rather odd scene in which only Picard and Crusher were left on the ship, and he insisted that it made sense that they could run the ship with only two people — then the computer insists after Picard vanishes that she has always run the entire Enterprise alone. Only after everyone was gone did Dr Crusher figure out that she was trapped in a pocket universe based on her own thoughts. And it's shrinking.
This is also Q's main threat to Picard in the first ("Encounter At Farpoint") and last episode ("All Good Things..."): To wipe humanity itself out so completely that it will never have existed.
In "Yesterday's Enterprise", an alternate version of Tasha Yar finds out she shouldn't exist because she died in the "real" timeline they're trying to restore. The episode causes a Time Paradox when Yar "sacrifices" her life to restore the timeline - but later it's learned she was taken prisoner and gave birth to Sela.
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