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21st Dec '16 12:38:04 AM Xtifr
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* In the second book of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', the main characters encounter TheWisePrince Adaon. Adaon has heightened senses, psychic dreams, is a WarriorPoet with keen insight into people, etc. When Adaon dies, he gives Taran (the teenage main character) a brooch of his, and Taran begins to experience some of the heightened senses and psychic dreams and visions, making him feel for the first time something like [[HeroicWannabe the hero he has always wanted to be]]. He does have to give it up though, and for a good reason: it's the only thing a trio of super powerful witches will trade for the ArtifactOfDoom that they are on a quest to destroy.

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* In the second book of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', the main characters encounter TheWisePrince Adaon. Adaon has heightened senses, psychic dreams, is a WarriorPoet with keen insight into people, etc. When Adaon dies, he gives Taran (the teenage main character) a brooch of his, and Taran begins to experience some of the heightened senses and psychic dreams and visions, making him feel for the first time something like [[HeroicWannabe the hero he has always wanted to be]]. He does have to give it up though, and for a good reason: it's the only thing a trio of super powerful witches will trade for the ArtifactOfDoom that they are on a quest to destroy.
16th Nov '16 7:21:00 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Belkar is normally a psychotic mass murderer, but in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0058.html one strip]], Varsuvius uses a spell to increase his Wisdom, at which point he realizes the error of his ways and vows nonviolence. This lasts for all of about 15 seconds before the spell is dismissed.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Belkar is normally a psychotic mass murderer, but in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0058.html one strip]], Varsuvius uses a spell to increase his Wisdom, at which point he realizes the error of his ways and vows nonviolence. This lasts for all of about 15 seconds before [[{{Jerkass}} Varsuvius]] dismisses the spell is dismissed.spell.



** Mort once had his foot fetish cured, only to get it back (which was actually necessary to save King Julien).

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** Mort once had his foot fetish cured, only to get it back (which ([[AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp which was actually necessary to save King Julien).Julien]]).
11th Nov '16 8:09:21 PM ZootyCutie94
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* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries arc "A Gooey-Ful Mind", Egghead, the resident klutzy ditz of the Grosseries, finds himself super-smart (from sticking his tongue in an outlet trying to get a mint). Unfortunately, his smartness makes him realize how filthy the Yucky Mart is, causing him to campaign to shut it down. The big issue with this is that not only is the Yucky Mart the home of the Grosseries, it's the only reason they're ''alive''. Thankfully a second electric shock is enough to bring Egghead back to normal... [[HereWeGoAgain only to give Rocky amnesia.]]
2nd Nov '16 1:50:38 AM Tamfang
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* ''Charly'', the below mentioned [[TheFilmOfTheBook film of the book]], is [[AdaptationDisplacement almost as famous]] as the [[Literature/FlowersForAlgernon book]] it's based on.

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* ''Charly'', the below mentioned [[TheFilmOfTheBook film of the book]], book mentioned below]], is [[AdaptationDisplacement almost as famous]] as the [[Literature/FlowersForAlgernon book]] it's based on.book]].
2nd Nov '16 1:49:33 AM Tamfang
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** Happened to yet another patient of his with a different disease: syphilis. Some forms of syphilis can cause mental problems, such as dementia and seizures. For this patient, though, she actually liked the effects so far - she was adapting to the disease fine, it was just making her slightly manic. The challenge for her and Dr. Sacks was to find a treatment that would prevent the disease from getting any worse, but not reverse the effects so far.
*** The trick to it is that the neurological damage caused by syphilis is irreversible. The standard penicillin regiment used to treat the disease anyway should have accomplished exactly what they wanted.
*** Dr. Sacks did indeed give her penicillin when she requested treatment, and she stayed "frisky" (to use her words) without fear of getting worse.

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** Happened to yet another patient of his with a different disease: syphilis. Some forms of syphilis can cause mental problems, such as dementia and seizures. For But this patient, though, she patient (who had acquired syphilis many years before, and showed these effects in old age) actually liked the effects so far - far: she was adapting to the disease fine, it was just making her slightly manic. The challenge for her and Dr. Sacks was to find a treatment that would prevent the disease from getting any worse, but not reverse the effects so far.
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far. The trick to it is that the neurological damage caused by syphilis is irreversible. The standard penicillin regiment regimen used to treat the disease anyway should have accomplished exactly what they wanted.
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wanted. Dr. Sacks did indeed give her penicillin when she requested treatment, and she stayed "frisky" (to use her words) (her word) without fear of getting worse.
24th Jul '16 10:23:55 AM MarkLungo
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See also WeWantOurJerkBack, CompressedAbstinence, TallPoppySyndrome, LossOfIdentity. Compare PygmalionSnapBack.

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See also WeWantOurJerkBack, CompressedAbstinence, TallPoppySyndrome, LossOfIdentity. Compare PygmalionSnapBack. SisterTrope to DumbassNoMore, in which a character gains intelligence permanently.
22nd Jul '16 10:11:49 PM Codefreak5
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** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E9HOMR HOM&#1071]];". Dumb Homer had a crayon lodged in his nose since childhood, and when it was removed he became intelligent Homer. He eventually had the crayon re-inserted after discovering that a man with a 105 IQ is too intelligent to be happy in today's world ([[BrokenAesop which isn't much comfort to Lisa]]).

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** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E9HOMR HOM&#1071]];".HOMЯ]];". Dumb Homer had a crayon lodged in his nose since childhood, and when it was removed he became intelligent Homer. He eventually had the crayon re-inserted after discovering that a man with a 105 IQ is too intelligent to be happy in today's world ([[BrokenAesop which isn't much comfort to Lisa]]).
7th Jun '16 9:31:26 PM Timjames98
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Done poorly, this is a [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop warped or family-unfriendly]] message that being smart or even above average will make you [[JadeColoredGlasses unhappy]] and {{insufferable|Genius}}, and the only way to have friends and be acceptable is to be at (or below) their own level. [[DumbIsGood Ignorance is bliss,]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch knowledge is misery.]] Sadly, this is sometimes a TruthInTelevision, as many geniuses do experience feelings of isolation. Note that how bad the Aesop is depends on how willing the characters are to go back to their former selves and how much the return was based on their own actions.

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Done poorly, this is a [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop warped or family-unfriendly]] message that being smart or even above average will make you [[JadeColoredGlasses unhappy]] and {{insufferable|Genius}}, and the only way to have friends and be acceptable is to be at (or below) their own level. [[DumbIsGood Ignorance is bliss,]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch knowledge is misery.]] Sadly, this is sometimes a TruthInTelevision, as many geniuses do experience feelings of isolation. Note that how bad the Aesop is depends on how willing the characters are to go back to their former selves and how much the return was based on their own actions.
actions. If the characters friends force them to give up their improvement against their will, or if the character seeks to lose it because of mistreatment from others, then it can leave a very bitter taste in viewers mouths.
11th May '16 4:39:29 PM MarkLungo
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** In the episode "Bubba's Big Brainstorm", Bubba Duck becomes intelligent, civilized, and utterly ruthless and incapable of compassion, something [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop indicated to be directly connected to his new intelligence]]. He becomes dumb and barbaric again when his brute strength is needed to pound a monster threatening his friends.

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** In the episode "Bubba's "[[Recap/DuckTalesBubbasBigBrainstorm Bubba's Big Brainstorm", Brainstorm]]", Bubba Duck becomes intelligent, civilized, and utterly ruthless and incapable of compassion, something [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop indicated to be directly connected to his new intelligence]]. He becomes dumb and barbaric again when his brute strength is needed to pound a monster threatening his friends.
11th May '16 4:37:19 PM MarkLungo
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** In an earlier episode, Scrooge is racing against a villain to gain the titular "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E30PearlOfWisdom Pearl of Wisdom]"", which magically grants infinite wisdom for a moment in the morning. Huey, Duey, and Louie are surprised that the islanders seem unconcerned about the prospect of having their pearl stolen by the villain ''or'' Scrooge. The reason soon becomes clear: Scrooge and the villain both get their wisdom moment simultaneously, and in that instant realize that stealing the pearl would be wrong and put it back where they found it. The chief chuckles and says the same thing happens all the time. (It helps that the Pearl ''only'' activates on the shore of the island.)

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** In an earlier episode, Scrooge is racing against a villain to gain the titular "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E30PearlOfWisdom Pearl of Wisdom]"", Wisdom]]", which magically grants infinite wisdom for a moment in the morning. Huey, Duey, and Louie are surprised that the islanders seem unconcerned about the prospect of having their pearl stolen by the villain ''or'' Scrooge. The reason soon becomes clear: Scrooge and the villain both get their wisdom moment simultaneously, and in that instant realize that stealing the pearl would be wrong and put it back where they found it. The chief chuckles and says the same thing happens all the time. (It helps that the Pearl ''only'' activates on the shore of the island.)
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