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11th Nov '17 3:51:50 PM CheeseDogX
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* Happens to Sheriff Carter in ''{{Series/Eureka}}''. It is also a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, implying that his new intelligence has turned him into an arrogant {{Jerkass}} with a LackOfEmpathy.

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* Happens to Sheriff Carter in ''{{Series/Eureka}}''. Carter is a BookDumb [[TheEveryman normal guy]] in a town full of {{Mad Scientist}}s. In one episode, the invention of the week causes him to become a super genius. It is also a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, implying that his new intelligence has turned him into an arrogant {{Jerkass}} with a LackOfEmpathy. He becomes obsessed with experiments, to the detriment of everything else in his life.
11th Nov '17 3:37:19 PM CheeseDogX
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* A mild example, in one episode of ''Series/KingOfQueens'', Doug starts wearing a pair of prescription glasses that he never bothered with before. Being able to read without straining his eyes causes him to before more insightful, even explaining to Carrie that a book they've been reading makes perfect sense if seen as an allegory. Eventually, Carrie convinces him to stop wearing the glasses, preferring the nonintellectual Doug.
11th Nov '17 3:30:38 PM CheeseDogX
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has O'Neill become the repository for a cache of Ancient knowledge, but ultimately having his brain overstuffed proves bad for him. Twice.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has O'Neill become the repository for a cache of Ancient knowledge, but ultimately having his brain overstuffed proves bad for him. Twice. At least the second time it was self-inflicted, and he was fully aware of the consequences.
11th Nov '17 3:27:09 PM CheeseDogX
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* Played straight in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E19TheNthDegree}} The Nth Degree]]". Reginald Barclay is zapped by an alien probe that raises his IQ to 1200+. After becoming superhumanly good at everything (including putting the moves on Councilor Troi), he reprograms the Enterprise to take the crew to the homeworld of the aliens who built the probe (this was the aliens' intent all along) -- and then his intellect drops back down to normal. (Well, ''almost'' down to normal, anyway.)

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* Played straight in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E19TheNthDegree}} The Nth Degree]]". Reginald Barclay is zapped by an alien probe that raises his [[ImprobablyHighIQ IQ to 1200+. 1200+]]. After becoming superhumanly good at everything (including putting the moves on Councilor Counselor Troi), he reprograms the Enterprise to take the crew to the homeworld of the aliens who built the probe (this was the aliens' intent all along) -- and then his intellect drops back down to normal. (Well, ''almost'' down to normal, anyway.)
1st Sep '17 11:23:18 AM tromag
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** {{Invoked|Trope}} in another episode when a brilliant man deliberately takes a combination of drugs that limit his brilliance in order to make himself happier, [[UnfortunateImplications thus making him able to connect, and therefore love, his girlfriend.]]

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** {{Invoked|Trope}} in another episode when it turns out their patient had been a brilliant man deliberately takes a combination of but deeply unhappy physicist. While on drugs that limit impaired his brilliance cognition, he fell in order love with a much less intelligent woman, and was so happy with her that he continued to make drug himself happier, [[UnfortunateImplications thus making so he could stay impaired and happy. When he has to stop the drugs for medical reasons, we see him able to connect, becoming sharper, more anxious, and therefore love, utterly incapable of connecting with his girlfriend.]]
29th Aug '17 10:47:36 AM DracoKanji
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': Grimlock, who by the third season had suffered {{Flanderization}} to the point where he could barely speak coherently, became super intelligent after getting hit with a TransformationRay in the episode "Grimlock's New Brain". He quickly became the best Autobot you could have ever wanted, but was forced to build a new team of combining robots and transfer his intelligence into them to solve a dilemma.
** Averted by the biography on some of his more recent toys like the ''Transformers Universe'' Grimlock which actually gave him an intelligence score of ''eight'' (out of ten) and claims [[CatchPhrase "Me Grimlock"]] is just a speech impediment.
*** ALSO averted by his original toy's tech specs, which gave him an intelligence of 7 out of 10. The common excuse for [[CatchPhrase "Me Grimlock"]] is a speech impediment, as above, usually explained away as damage from the Gladiator Pits on Cybertron prior to the Great War (only in the cartoon was he built on Earth), one he chooses NOT to get repaired so people [[ObfuscatingStupidity will underestimate him.]]

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Grimlock, who by the third season had suffered {{Flanderization}} to the point where he could barely speak coherently, became super intelligent after getting hit with a TransformationRay in the episode "Grimlock's New Brain". He quickly became the best Autobot you could have ever wanted, but was forced to build a new team of combining robots and transfer his intelligence into them to solve a dilemma.
** Averted by the biography on some of his more recent toys like the ''Transformers Universe'' Grimlock which actually gave him an intelligence score of ''eight'' (out of ten) and claims [[CatchPhrase "Me Grimlock"]] is just a speech impediment.
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impediment. ALSO averted by his original toy's tech specs, which gave him an intelligence of 7 out of 10. The common excuse for [[CatchPhrase "Me Grimlock"]] is a speech impediment, as above, usually explained away as damage from the Gladiator Pits on Cybertron prior to the Great War (only in the cartoon was he built on Earth), one he chooses NOT to get repaired so people [[ObfuscatingStupidity will underestimate him.]]]]
** Others sources that it's a deliberate ploy Grimlock uses to fool his enemies. At least one shows that while of exceptional intelligence (i.e., piecing together information and drawing conclusions), he's ''slow'' at it due to having a primitive design. It's usually more beneficial to just start smashing stuff than to wait for the next synapse to fire.
20th Aug '17 11:05:56 AM Freezer
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* Invoked and PlayedForLaughs in ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'' episode 8: The day after Asuna and Kirito have dinner of a stew made from an S-rank ingredient and made by an S-rank cook (Asuna), Kirito finds his lunch tastes like [[TastesLikeFeet "dog turds dipped in Cool Ranch."]] Asuna realizes that after eating [[ImpossiblyDeliciousFood the most delicious food possible]] (highest level ingredient possible, prepared by someone with the highest skill possible), nothing else could ever compare. Which led Kirito to exclaim "My God... We ''Flowers for Algernon-ed'' our taste buds?!"
10th Aug '17 1:10:56 AM ShamanOfHedon
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** The [[TV/Limitless TV Sequel]] later answers this by confirming Bradley Cooper's character [[spoiler: still needs the pills to be hyper intelligent, but HAS at least developed a medication that prevents all the crack addict nasty side effects.]]
4th Aug '17 4:07:13 PM azul120
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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]], [[IntelligenceEqalsIsolation knowledge is misery]]. Sadly, this is sometimes 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. If the character's 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.

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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]], [[IntelligenceEqalsIsolation [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation knowledge is misery]]. Sadly, this is sometimes 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. If the character's 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.
4th Aug '17 4:06:50 PM azul120
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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. If the character's 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.

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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 bliss]], [[IntelligenceEqalsIsolation knowledge is misery.]] 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. If the character's 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.
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