History Main / BrainInAJar

24th Nov '16 3:08:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Whisperer in Darkness'' (1930) by Creator/HPLovecraft is the TropeCodifier, in which the alien Mi-Go plant living human brains in cylinders to transport them to other planets, which the human body apparently cannot withstand. The 2011 film ends with TheReveal that [[spoiler: this happened to Albert Wilmarth himself, and the entire story he's been relating is a holographic projection coming from a brain in a can]].

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* ''The Whisperer in Darkness'' ''Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness'' (1930) by Creator/HPLovecraft is the TropeCodifier, in which the alien Mi-Go plant living human brains in cylinders to transport them to other planets, which the human body apparently cannot withstand. The 2011 film ends with TheReveal that [[spoiler: this happened to Albert Wilmarth himself, and the entire story he's been relating is a holographic projection coming from a brain in a can]].



* ''AWrinkleInTime,'' by MadeleineLEngle, in which an oversized brain referred to as IT has gained complete telepathic control of an entire planet. IT runs the planet on a heartbeat which controls everyone's life. Despite being in a novel, so great is the influence of IT that the characters ''know'' [[LampshadeHanging how to capitalize the name]].

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* ''AWrinkleInTime,'' ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime,'' by MadeleineLEngle, Creator/MadeleineLEngle, in which an oversized brain referred to as IT has gained complete telepathic control of an entire planet. IT runs the planet on a heartbeat which controls everyone's life. Despite being in a novel, so great is the influence of IT that the characters ''know'' [[LampshadeHanging how to capitalize the name]].
11th Nov '16 10:47:46 AM Dreadjaws
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* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has the villain "The Overbrain", which floats around in his jar with telekinesis, and attacks the player with psychic blasts. There are also clones of it made by another villain that serve as small mooks. The goal of the mission that pits the player against The Overbrain is to release yet another, larger brain that's being kept prisoner in a jar by the villain. Of note is that The Overbrain is an obvious parody of ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'''s villain "The Brain", complete with second-in-command talking ape.
8th Nov '16 12:35:53 PM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/{Spacetrawler}'': They show up in the spacetrawler construction facility.
2nd Nov '16 6:47:55 AM MrFebreze
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** The Bio-Drones of ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromThe Deep'', [[DemonicSpiders only their jars can hover anywhere it wants, are hard to hit, can take quite a bit of damage, come equipped with highly accurate weapons, and explode with a huge radius upon death]]. Oh, and if you research them, you find out that some of them are human brains that have been butchered to obedience by the aliens.

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** The Bio-Drones of ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromThe Deep'', ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep'', [[DemonicSpiders only their jars can hover anywhere it wants, are hard to hit, can take quite a bit of damage, come equipped with highly accurate weapons, and explode with a huge radius upon death]]. Oh, and if you research them, you find out that some of them are human brains that have been butchered to obedience by the aliens.
30th Oct '16 9:28:10 AM nombretomado
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** One of the vignettes in ''{{GURPS}} Magic Items 3'' is about a brain trying to hire Humphrey Bogart to find his body.

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** One of the vignettes in ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Magic Items 3'' is about a brain trying to hire Humphrey Bogart to find his body.
24th Oct '16 5:01:33 PM FatFluffyFox
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*** President Eden is practically an artificial Brain-in-a-box built by the Enclave to keep their superiority over others through these means, leading to a fascist regime.
9th Oct '16 1:41:25 AM Xtifr
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* In the ''Literature/DrakeMaijstral'' series by Walter Jon Williams, this is a fairly common solution for people on the verge of death. They generally have full access to the futuristic equivalent of the Internet, but are usually still considered legally dead. Drake's father is one, and unfortunately, having his brain transferred to a jar didn't make him less curmudgeonly or less senile. Likewise, the current Emperor of the Khosali is a brain in a jar, because he didn't bear any heirs, but he does have frozen sperm on file. Unfortunately, the sperm was lost during the confusion of the human revolt, but the Khosali haven't given up hope of finding it.
14th Sep '16 11:32:53 PM PaulA
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* Orson Scott Card once jokingly referred to this as a possible solution to [[EndersGame Bean's]] condition. He also expressed serious revulsion at the idea, so we probably don't have to worry about him following through with it.

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* Orson Scott Card once jokingly referred to this as a possible solution to [[EndersGame Bean's]] condition.Bean's condition in the ''Literature/EndersShadow'' series. He also expressed serious revulsion at the idea, so we probably don't have to worry about him following through with it.
11th Sep '16 9:09:47 PM PaulA
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* OrsonScottCard's ''Wyrms'' features talking disembodied heads kept alive by some kind of leech.

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* OrsonScottCard's Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Wyrms'' features talking disembodied heads kept alive by some kind of leech.
5th Sep '16 1:37:29 AM Hanz
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** ''Videogame/{{Fallout 4}}''
*** The ''Nuka-World'' DLC has [[spoiler:John-Caleb Bradberton, the creator of Nuka Cola and the titular theme park, whose cryogenically-preserved head can be found in a secret chamber underneath the park. After 200+ years of being isolated, he wishes only for someone to deactivate his life support so he can finally die.]]
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