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25th Sep '16 10:32:33 AM Someoneman
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* Pied Piper, usually a mostly harmless reformed villain in Franchise/TheDCU, turns out to be able to cause a Brown Note effect with his flute, as demonstrated in ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. Not only does he [[YourHeadAsplode kill Desaad]] with it, he ''takes out Apokolips''. And he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome does it using the music of]] ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Queen.]]'' Pied Piper could do this because he was one of the rare humans who possessed the entire Anti-Life Equation inside his mind.

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* Pied Piper, usually a mostly harmless reformed villain in Franchise/TheDCU, turns out to be able to cause a Brown Note effect with his flute, as demonstrated in ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. Not only does he [[YourHeadAsplode kill Desaad]] with it, he ''takes out Apokolips''. And he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome does it using the music of]] ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Queen.]]'' of Music/{{Queen}}. Pied Piper could do this because he was one of the rare humans who possessed the entire Anti-Life Equation inside his mind.



** A recurring plot point involves a musical score called The Empyrean Suite. The music itself is fairly harmless when played on it's own. However it has connections to something absolutely ''horrifying''; [[NothingIsScarier so horrifying that upon learning the music's significance, Chromedome refuses to ever speak of it again and expresses his hope that Skids never learns the truth behind for the sake of his sanity]]. Turns out [[spoiler: Skids had been tricked into building a smelting furnace for Autobot POWs in Grindcore prison. The Empyrean Suite was the music played to drown out the screams.]] [[NightmareFuel Brrrrrr.]]

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** A recurring plot point involves a musical score called The Empyrean Suite. The music itself is fairly harmless when played on it's own. However it has connections to something absolutely ''horrifying''; [[NothingIsScarier so horrifying that upon learning the music's significance, Chromedome refuses to ever speak of it again and expresses his hope that Skids never learns the truth behind for the sake of his sanity]]. Turns out [[spoiler: Skids had been tricked into building a smelting furnace for Autobot POWs in Grindcore prison. The Empyrean Suite was the music played to drown out the screams.]] [[NightmareFuel Brrrrrr.]]



* The ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series has a lot of these. Examples include [[spoiler: singing Giegue into submission]] in the first game, Frank saying something nasty in the second, or [[ThatOneBoss Lucky's bass]] in ''Mother 3''.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series has a lot of these. Examples include [[spoiler: singing Giegue into submission]] in the first game, Frank saying something nasty in the second, or [[ThatOneBoss Lucky's bass]] bass in ''Mother 3''.



** It is forever robbed of this ability, however, when its artistic context is irreparably changed by [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Mr. Jinx wearing it as a hat]]]], and is thereafter described by at least one character as "the dumbest thing i've ever seen".

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** It is forever robbed of this ability, however, when its artistic context is irreparably changed by [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Mr. Jinx wearing it as a hat]]]], hat]], and is thereafter described by at least one character as "the dumbest thing i've ever seen".



** The ''Murderous Maths'' book ''The Phantom X'' by British author Kjartan Poskitt had a rather... [[GoMadFromTheRevelation intimidating]] prospect near the end once it had taught the reader all the basics of mathematics. It came in the form of [[spoiler: a very complicated, yet reasonable formula which straight-up proved that any number is equal to zero. Cue collapse of time-space continuum...]][[note]]At least, that would be the case if it wasn't for the [[GeniusBonus easily missable fact]] that the proof asks you to essentially divide zero at one point. In short? [[FridgeBrilliance The proof is one final joke to test the reader.]][[/note]]

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** The ''Murderous Maths'' book ''The Phantom X'' by British author Kjartan Poskitt had a rather... [[GoMadFromTheRevelation intimidating]] prospect near the end once it had taught the reader all the basics of mathematics. It came in the form of [[spoiler: a very complicated, yet reasonable formula which straight-up proved that any number is equal to zero. Cue collapse of time-space continuum...]][[note]]At least, that would be the case if it wasn't for the [[GeniusBonus easily missable fact]] fact that the proof asks you to essentially divide zero at one point. In short? [[FridgeBrilliance The proof is one final joke to test the reader.]][[/note]][[/note]]



* The Flaming Lips have a album called Zaireeka. But, to make sure this WAS A EXPERIMENT, they put a warning on the front stating that on rare occasion, some of the songs contain high frequencies that could cause listeners to become disoriented. [[OhCrap Oh god.]]

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* The Flaming Lips have a album called Zaireeka. But, to make sure this WAS A EXPERIMENT, they put a warning on the front stating that on rare occasion, some of the songs contain high frequencies that could cause listeners to become disoriented. [[OhCrap Oh god.]]



-->'''Adams:''' ''"[[LoudnessWar PPFFFFFFPPPFFFPFFFFPPPPPPT]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The Yangtze River, ladies and gentlemen]]."''

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-->'''Adams:''' ''"[[LoudnessWar PPFFFFFFPPPFFFPFFFFPPPPPPT]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The Yangtze River, ladies and gentlemen]].gentlemen."''
19th Sep '16 5:43:59 PM Minni128
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* The root of the mandrake plant looks a bit like a tiny person. Naturally, people were afraid it would scream if cut, then that it would scream if ever dug up, and finally that if anyone heard it scream, they would die. In same cases, [[YourHeadAsplode violently]].

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The root of the mandrake plant looks a bit like a tiny person. Naturally, people were afraid it would scream if cut, then that it would scream if ever dug up, and finally that if anyone heard it scream, they would die. In same cases, [[YourHeadAsplode violently]].
*** They say that Bluebell flowers will make a sound when there is wind. They say that the bells toll your death, after you hear it, you die on the spot.



* The sight of Medusa and her Gorgon sisters either [[OneHitKill kills you instantly]] or [[TakenForGranite turns you into stone]] depending on what version of the legend you read. In most versions, this power remains with her hideous visage even after she's been beheaded, and it ends up mounted on Athena's shield or breastplate for exactly that reason. Medusa was killed by the hero Perseus who had ([[SupernaturalAid along with various god-given tools]]) a mirrored shield -- not to reflect her gaze back ''VideoGame/NetHack'' style, but to look into, so he could aim his sword to kill her without looking directly at her.
* The Sirens are like an auditory version of the Gorgons, as they lure sailors to their death with their song.
* They say that Bluebell flowers will make a sound when there is wind. They say that the bells toll your death, after you hear it, you die on the spot.

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* *Greek Mythology
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The sight of Medusa Medusa and her Gorgon sisters either [[OneHitKill kills you instantly]] or [[TakenForGranite turns you into stone]] depending on what version of the legend you read. In most versions, this power remains with her hideous visage even after she's been beheaded, and it ends up mounted on Athena's shield or breastplate for exactly that reason. Medusa was killed by the hero Perseus who had ([[SupernaturalAid along with various god-given tools]]) a mirrored shield -- not to reflect her gaze back ''VideoGame/NetHack'' style, but to look into, so he could aim his sword to kill her without looking directly at her.
* ** The Sirens are like an auditory version of the Gorgons, as they lure sailors to their death with their song.
* They say that Bluebell flowers will make a sound ** Seeing the true form of the Greek Gods was said to have this effect on mortals, with one of the more famous cases being when there is wind. They say that Semele, a human princess, was tricked by Hera into convincing Zeus to reveal his true form to her since he had been coming to her in the bells toll your death, after you hear it, you die on the spot.night in disguise. When he finally relented and threw off his disguise she was incinerated instantly. Thankfully her demigod fetus was immortal so Zeus was able to take it and [[MisterSeahorse bring it to term]] in his thigh[[note]]which may have been a euphemism for "ballsack" which makes more sense[[/note]] and eventually gave birth to Dionysus.



* The eyes of cemetery statue "Black Aggie" are said to glow bright red in the middle of the night, either blinding or killing anyone who looks into them. ([[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/agnes.asp source]])
* Seeing the true form of the Greek Gods was said to have this effect on mortals, with one of the more famous cases being when Semele, a human princess, was tricked by Hera into convincing Zeus to reveal his true form to her since he had been coming to her in the night in disguise. When he finally relented and threw off his disguise she was incinerated instantly. Thankfully her demigod fetus was immortal so Zeus was able to take it and [[MisterSeahorse bring it to term]] in his thigh[[note]]which may have been a euphemism for "ballsack" which makes more sense[[/note]] and eventually gave birth to Dionysus.

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* ** The eyes of cemetery statue "Black Aggie" are said to glow bright red in the middle of the night, either blinding or killing anyone who looks into them. ([[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/agnes.asp source]])
* Seeing the true form of the Greek Gods was said to have this effect on mortals, with one of the more famous cases being when Semele, a human princess, was tricked by Hera into convincing Zeus to reveal his true form to her since he had been coming to her in the night in disguise. When he finally relented and threw off his disguise she was incinerated instantly. Thankfully her demigod fetus was immortal so Zeus was able to take it and [[MisterSeahorse bring it to term]] in his thigh[[note]]which may have been a euphemism for "ballsack" which makes more sense[[/note]] and eventually gave birth to Dionysus.
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18th Sep '16 10:38:35 AM MitchellProductions
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* Kyon and Haruhi of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' uploaded a symbol made by Haruhi onto their website... which just happened to magnify data in such a way to bring into our reality a long-dormant "digital cave cricket" that infects the minds of those who looked at the image file. He disarms it by changing the "SOS" logo into a "ZOZ".

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* Kyon and Haruhi of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' uploaded a symbol made by Haruhi onto their website... which just happened to magnify data in such a way to bring into our reality a long-dormant "digital cave cricket" that infects the minds of those who looked at the image file. He disarms it by changing the "SOS" logo into a [[SdrawkcabName "ZOZ".]]



* Several episodes of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' featured a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Jigglypuff]] who didn't seem to know its own strength. Its singing would put anyone who heard it - human and Pokémon alike - to sleep, and with amplification equipment, once did so to a whole city. Every time this happened, it got upset because it thought no-one was listening to it, and marked up the sleepers' faces with a magic marker!

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* Several episodes of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' featured a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter [[KidAppealCharacter Jigglypuff]] who didn't seem to know its own strength. Its singing would put anyone who heard it - human and Pokémon alike - to sleep, and with amplification equipment, once did so to a whole city. Every time this happened, it got upset because it thought no-one was listening to it, and marked up the sleepers' faces with a magic marker!
13th Sep '16 2:25:24 AM jormis29
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* In ''[[TabletopGame/SeventhSea 7th Sea]]'', there is a red jewel known as "Legion's Spike". While not everyone has been affected by it, some unfortunate cases who have stared into its depths have suffered from catatonia, madness and homicidal rampages. And there's apparently more than one such gem.
* In ''{{GURPS}}'' the Terror advantage (caused by whatever aspect of yourself you wish) can terrify victims beyond all reason. At its worst Terror can cause permanent insanity and actually make someone so horrified by the effect that he becomes stupider.
** ''{{GURPS}}: Ultra-Tech'' has a more literal brown note. Sonic nauseators make people void their bowels as side effect of knocking them out. Just don't mix one up with a Sonic Screamer, which produces a sound that ''melts'' the target.

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* In ''[[TabletopGame/SeventhSea 7th Sea]]'', ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'', there is a red jewel known as "Legion's Spike". While not everyone has been affected by it, some unfortunate cases who have stared into its depths have suffered from catatonia, madness and homicidal rampages. And there's apparently more than one such gem.
* In ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' the Terror advantage (caused by whatever aspect of yourself you wish) can terrify victims beyond all reason. At its worst Terror can cause permanent insanity and actually make someone so horrified by the effect that he becomes stupider.
** ''{{GURPS}}: ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Ultra-Tech'' has a more literal brown note. Sonic nauseators make people void their bowels as side effect of knocking them out. Just don't mix one up with a Sonic Screamer, which produces a sound that ''melts'' the target.



* ''{{Exalted}}'' features a spell called Rune of Singular Hate. It's described as a single word full of such vile and complete hatred that, when uttered at someone, curses them to debility at best, and outright death at worst. It's such a powerful word that it even affects the caster in a similar way, and can only be cast once in a lifetime.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' features a spell called Rune of Singular Hate. It's described as a single word full of such vile and complete hatred that, when uttered at someone, curses them to debility at best, and outright death at worst. It's such a powerful word that it even affects the caster in a similar way, and can only be cast once in a lifetime.
11th Sep '16 8:49:30 PM PaulA
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* In OrsonScottCard's ''Songmaster'', the protagonist, Ansset, can manipulate people psychologically with his singing. At one time, he causes a sadistic man to disembowel himself by showing the sadist the depth of his own evil through a song.

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* In OrsonScottCard's Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Songmaster'', the protagonist, Ansset, can manipulate people psychologically with his singing. At one time, he causes a sadistic man to disembowel himself by showing the sadist the depth of his own evil through a song.
4th Sep '16 1:16:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of ''Tharg's Future Shocks'' from ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'' written by Creator/AlanMoore gave a spin on the alien parasite, ''Invasion of the Body Snatchers''-type tale by suggesting that an alien life form could even be as abstract as an idea. One such "idea" takes over the mind of a person once he/she is told the "idea" by someone already possessed by it.

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* One of ''Tharg's Future Shocks'' ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'' from ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'' ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' written by Creator/AlanMoore gave a spin on the alien parasite, ''Invasion of the Body Snatchers''-type tale by suggesting that an alien life form could even be as abstract as an idea. One such "idea" takes over the mind of a person once he/she is told the "idea" by someone already possessed by it.



* ''NationalLampoon'' once ran a comic about Ugly Deirdre, a little girl who was so hideous that the sight of her face caused people to lose bowel control. A kind plastic surgeon tried to fix Deirdre's face... and the results were so horrible that anyone who looked at her would violently blind or kill themselves. The cartoonist spared us the sight of the after-surgery face by covering it with a black box labeled "TOO HIDEOUS FOR PUBLICATION".

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* ''NationalLampoon'' ''Magazine/NationalLampoon'' once ran a comic about Ugly Deirdre, a little girl who was so hideous that the sight of her face caused people to lose bowel control. A kind plastic surgeon tried to fix Deirdre's face... and the results were so horrible that anyone who looked at her would violently blind or kill themselves. The cartoonist spared us the sight of the after-surgery face by covering it with a black box labeled "TOO HIDEOUS FOR PUBLICATION".
26th Aug '16 5:43:21 AM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', TheCorruption that turns Gems into monsters (a process that is referred to, in-universe, as comparable to MindRape) appears to have been some combination of weaponized light and sound. Possibly justified, because certain frequencies really can cause damage to gemstones.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', TheCorruption that turns Gems into monsters (a process that is referred to, in-universe, as comparable to MindRape) appears to have been some combination of weaponized light and sound. Possibly justified, because certain frequencies really can cause damage to gemstones.sound.
22nd Aug '16 7:21:11 AM Alexsi
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* Throughout the world, it has been proven that two words that can cause unfathomable rage within many people, but only when their attention has been drawn to it. In casually noticing the words, as you, the reader have done do 9 times on this page alone, there is no ill effects. But once one's attention is brought to the words, the rage begins. The two words in question? [[spoiler: The Game]].
21st Aug '16 2:41:59 PM Metrophor
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', TheCorruption that turns Gems into monsters (a process that is referred to, in-universe, as comparable to MindRape) appears to have been some combination of weaponized light and sound. Possibly justified, because certain frequencies really can cause damage to gemstones, and it does not seem to have affected any other lifeforms.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', TheCorruption that turns Gems into monsters (a process that is referred to, in-universe, as comparable to MindRape) appears to have been some combination of weaponized light and sound. Possibly justified, because certain frequencies really can cause damage to gemstones, and it does not seem to have affected any other lifeforms.gemstones.
21st Aug '16 2:41:15 PM Metrophor
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', TheCorruption that turns Gems into monsters (a process that is referred to, in-universe, as comparable to MindRape) appears to have been some combination of weaponized light and sound. Possibly justified, because certain frequencies really can cause damage to gemstones, and it does not seem to have affected any other lifeforms.
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