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For the Transformers character, see Mindwipe (Transformers).

Mindwipe is a technique used in some science fiction scenarios, where the subject's memories and personality are erased and replaced by new memories and personality more useful to those who are carrying out the mindwiping, or to their area's authorities. It is a more thorough form of real-world brainwashing. It is sometimes used as an alternative to capital punishment, or to make the subject more useful to the system. The mind-wiping can be performed by a hypnotic or magical ability, or by an electronic device. One well-known example is Borg assimilation in Star Trek.

Mind-wiping is mentioned in:


  1. ^ http://stlcomics.com/columns/cac/II/
  2. ^ http://superherouniverse.com/wiki/Identity_Crisis/
  3. ^ This case's effects are described in The Children of Húrin.
  4. ^ http://www.denofgeek.com/television/7879/underappreciated_tv_ufo.html