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I thought of a fun plot twist: What if there was a character who said they didn't know who they are, so everyone assumes they lost their memories, but they didn't and never actually said that. They instead decided to throw away their old identity because they ended up not liking who they became. They knew who they were, just not who they are.
Doubt I will ever use this in anything though.
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It for sure requires a build-up of sorts and good writing to finesse through the aftermath.
For that particular scenario I would begin the game with a younger version of X with shorter hair leading an attack on the main protag's town or something, some form of attack. Establish who they are the extent of their brutality.
When the plot begins, discretely wedge in word of mouth rumor that X is dead, turned into a martyr among the foot soldiers who hero worshiped him/her.
Then I would leave a tiny trail of bread crumb hints like the grave, the dog, nothing jumping out into your path with glowing signs saying "Imposter!" hehe. Little things that merely create suspicion to a keen eye. I imagined a scene where an NPC runs from X without explanation in a larger city, and another npc later making a remark about -insert npc name- being spotted in the tavern, wasted rambling about seeing ghosts.
Little things you've actually got to find/trigger, then read into, and yet nothing concrete.
I would probably have the revelation come in a scene between X and one of the antags, probably the main. Have some speculation before it's fully revealed. Having it so one of the other characters have blood with old X makes for good plot work as well.
Another good scene would be an enemy captain pulling X into an alley during a plot battle saying something to the tune of "Where have you been? You've got to help us-" Before one of the party members takes him/her out with an arrow, spell, throw-able, whatever. X could be so disturbed and terrified by the prospect of being one of the people he's/she's been fighting, he/she could keep quiet about it.
At that time X could begin wearing a hood to conceal their face, justifying him/her not being recognized on a regular basis.
I played one of my Skyrim characters this way. He had no memory prior to being found half dead on a beach among ship wreckage. His natural penchant for killing without being detected scared him, so he concealed his face, worried that what he'd find about his past would shatter the man he was trying to become now.
But yeah, there's a lot you can do with a character like this.
Hehe, yeah Fei and Id being the same person (and what's his name too sorta) was pretty amazing.
Well I actually had a bit more of a story planned out. See I got a copy of Disgaea 4 a few days ago, and it kinda reminded me that one of the problems I had with the series it's it's plots and characters are kinda... waaaay too anime might be the best way to describe them. Anyway I got to thinking about what kinda story I would want to tell in that universe, and basically I had the idea for a while that it would be kinda neat to use the "reincarnation" game mechanic in the main character's backstory (because if your gonna start and level 1 anyway, why not).
So basically I was thinking that the Disgaea series is filled with "Big Baddass Demon Overload" type characters, a lot of them being obsessed with power, some talked about in hushed tones, that kind of thing. But the thing is, in the Disgaea series by the time the main story is over your characters might be around level 100 or so. Out of a maximum of 9999. Which once reaching, your still gonna get your ass kicked by a lot of the post game content unless you reincarnate to go back to level 1 and get back to level 9999 multiple times.
So in my mind I am thinking what if one of those power obsessed Big Baddass Demon Overload maniacs who basically spend their whole existence to get stronger and stronger basically one day somehow learned just how weak and pathetic they were and realized they have been an idiot basically there whole life, and basically decides everything they had been working to was worthless. So they basically decide to completely start over. Actually in my mind they were a guy and reincarnated into a female body, but that's besides the point.
In my head they would be sort of reclusive and wouldn't talk much, and would just say they didn't know who they are and act uncomfortable when questioned a lot and be somewhat vague about some things saying they can't answer. And the point was it wasn't that they really was trying to manipulate people into thinking they lost their memories, it's just that they really just couldn't deal with the emotional baggage of their old identity.
Or something like that. Basically someone who ended up completely rejecting everything about their old life. There have been shades of that kinda story arc in Disgaea games before mind you, i just was thinking of what it would be like if taken a little further.