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9th Mar '17 10:52:49 PM M84
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Goku was a baby he was just as violent as all Saiyans are, until he accidentally hit his head and became the kind-hearted hero everyone knows and loves. It was even lampshaded by his evil older brother Raditz, who point-blank asks Goku if he ''did'' hit himself in the head as a child and Goku not only confirms it, but even adds "I still have the scars, you know".

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Goku was a baby he was just as violent as all Saiyans are, until he accidentally hit his head and became the kind-hearted hero everyone knows and loves. It was even lampshaded by his evil older brother Raditz, who point-blank asks Goku if he ''did'' hit himself in the head as a child and Goku not only confirms it, but even adds "I still have the scars, you know". The BigBad of ''Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight'', Turles, represents what Goku would have been like without his childhood brain injury. The result is an IdenticalStranger who has Goku's love of food and fighting but none of his empathy.
27th Feb '17 3:37:43 AM Vir
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* In ''[[WebVideo/DragonballAbridged Dragonball Z Abridged]]'', like his canon counterpart, Goku fell on a rock head-first when he was still a child. And he's noticeably more ditzy and absent-minded than his canonical self.

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* In ''[[WebVideo/DragonballAbridged Dragonball ''[[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Dragon Ball Z Abridged]]'', like his canon counterpart, Goku fell on a rock head-first when he was still a child. And he's noticeably more ditzy and absent-minded than his canonical self.
15th Feb '17 9:21:17 PM Divra
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* In ''Series/KenanAndKel'', Kenan explains in a minor RunningGag that Kel's lack of common sense (and otherwise intelligence) was the result of him being dropped on his head as a child. Kel invariably agrees: "Yes - Many times!" This is usually in situations where he needs to excuse Kel's odd behaviour, so it may or may not be true.
* In ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles tells Frasier than one of Daphne's brothers, who mostly speaks in incomprehensible mumbling, was dropped as a child. Worse yet, he was actually dropped on ''another brother''.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' has a slight variation, when Will asks Carlton if he was deprived of oxygen.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had a flashback in which Kelly (TheDitz) was shown to be very intelligent as a young girl, until she hit her head during a car ride.
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Dewey's odd behavior is apparently the result of Lois standing in front of a microwave oven while she was pregnant with him.
* ''Series/That70sShow'', Kitty asks Kelso (aka TheDitz) if he was dropped on his head, as seen in the above quote.
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* In ''Series/KenanAndKel'', Kenan explains in a minor RunningGag that Kel's lack of common sense (and otherwise intelligence) was the result of him being dropped on his head as a child. Kel invariably agrees: "Yes - Many times!" This is usually in situations where he needs to excuse Kel's odd behaviour, so it may or may not be true.
* In ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles tells Frasier than one of Daphne's brothers, who mostly speaks in incomprehensible mumbling, was dropped as a child. Worse yet, he was actually dropped on ''another brother''.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' has a slight variation, when Will asks Carlton if he was deprived of oxygen.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had a flashback in which Kelly (TheDitz) was shown to be very intelligent as a young girl, until she hit her head during a car ride.
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Dewey's odd behavior is apparently the result of Lois standing in front of a microwave oven while she was pregnant with him.
* ''Series/That70sShow'', Kitty asks Kelso (aka TheDitz) if he was dropped on his head, as seen in the above quote.
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15th Feb '17 9:20:39 PM Divra
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* A good example from the Creator/NoelCoward song "I wonder what happened to him?"
--> You remember Monroe from the P.A.V.O.?
--> He was tall-ish and mentally dim.
--> All that talk of heredity can't be ''quite'' true,
--> He was dropped on his head by his ''[[EthnicMenialLabor ayah]]'' at two.
--> I'm certain by now he'll have reached G.H.Q.
--> I'm sure that's what happened to him!
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13th Jan '17 8:05:51 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Goku was a baby he was just as violent as all Saiyans are, until he hit his head and became the kind-hearted hero everyone knows and loves. It was even lampshaded by his evil older brother Raditz, who point-blank asks Goku if he ''did'' hit himself in the head as a child and Goku not only confirms it, but even adds "I still have the scars, you know".

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Goku was a baby he was just as violent as all Saiyans are, until he accidentally hit his head and became the kind-hearted hero everyone knows and loves. It was even lampshaded by his evil older brother Raditz, who point-blank asks Goku if he ''did'' hit himself in the head as a child and Goku not only confirms it, but even adds "I still have the scars, you know".
1st Jan '17 10:53:30 AM sorceressmon9
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* In ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'', this is possibly the reason Mewtwo goes insane. As a child, he was not allowed to come to terms with fellow clone Ambertwo's passing away naturally. The scientists gave him a heavy tranquilizing serum to put him back to sleep until he developed into an adult. He wakes up confused, bitter and angry with little to no memory of why.
24th Oct '16 9:53:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* A RunningGag in the Creator/ChrisFarley movie ''TommyBoy'' has people ask [[ManChild his character]] if he ate paint chips (or lived near powerlines) as a child.

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* A RunningGag in the Creator/ChrisFarley movie ''TommyBoy'' ''Film/TommyBoy'' has people ask [[ManChild his character]] if he ate paint chips (or lived near powerlines) as a child.
19th Oct '16 6:33:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'', the fact that the penguin Mumble's egg was dropped by his father is the main reason he can't sing, and the film does everything it can to compare it to this trope without actually saying it.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'', the fact that the penguin Mumble's egg was dropped by his father is the main reason he can't sing, and the film does everything it can to compare it to this trope without actually saying it.
11th Oct '16 8:27:16 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]], the poison that [[spoiler: a teenaged King Zephiel]] was tricked into taking as a young man is repeatedly stated to have been the catalyst [[StartOfDarkness that left him not quite the same.]] A number of similar poisons in the real world (such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_poisoning mercury]]) can and do result in personality-warping brain damage, including paranoia, increased aggression, and decreased impulse control... just like it happened to him.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]], Blade]]'', the poison that [[spoiler: a teenaged King Zephiel]] was tricked into taking as a young man is repeatedly stated to have been the catalyst [[StartOfDarkness that left him not quite the same.]] A number of similar poisons in the real world (such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_poisoning mercury]]) can and do result in personality-warping brain damage, including paranoia, increased aggression, and decreased impulse control... just like it happened to him.
11th Oct '16 8:26:29 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Goku was a baby he was just as violent as all Saiyans are, until he hit his head and became the kind-hearted hero we know and love.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Goku was a baby he was just as violent as all Saiyans are, until he hit his head and became the kind-hearted hero we know everyone knows and love.loves. It was even lampshaded by his evil older brother Raditz, who point-blank asks Goku if he ''did'' hit himself in the head as a child and Goku not only confirms it, but even adds "I still have the scars, you know".


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* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]], the poison that [[spoiler: a teenaged King Zephiel]] was tricked into taking as a young man is repeatedly stated to have been the catalyst [[StartOfDarkness that left him not quite the same.]] A number of similar poisons in the real world (such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_poisoning mercury]]) can and do result in personality-warping brain damage, including paranoia, increased aggression, and decreased impulse control... just like it happened to him.
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