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23rd May '17 3:58:27 PM Kingler
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* In the Superman Adventures story "Flowers for Bizarro", ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s [[OddballDoppelganger backwards-minded clone]] Bizarro gains normal intelligence. He begins to imitate Superman properly and is at first happy with his new life as a superhero. But civilians remember his past as a [[ObliviouslyEvil destructive menace (however unwitting)]], and they shun him. Unable to bear their hatred, Bizarro comes to resent his new mind and sets out to change himself back.
22nd May '17 4:28:05 AM Nyame
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* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' has Peter Quill meet his father, [[spoiler:Ego the Living Planet]], and with it learns of his nascent [[spoiler:Celestial]] powers. These powers made him, unarguably, ''the'' most powerful superhero in all of the MCU -- once he gained control of them, he could've taken '''Thanos''' on his own if he wanted to. He loses them at the end of the movie [[spoiler:after his father dies]], but considering how he's had to live most of his life without them [[spoiler:and considering that his father planned on using him to complete his AssimilationPlot for most of the known universe]], Peter doesn't seem to mind all that much.
19th May '17 4:23:19 AM TheCuza
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* In one ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode George is prevented from having sex for a fixed period of time; the result is that this frees an enormous previously-unused part of his mind (the part that had been obsessed with sex) and his progressively growing intelligence enables him to solve Rubik's Cubes, read scientific journals and learn Portuguese by simply reading through a translation dictionary. Of course, he ends up back where he started (presumably because he had sex with the Portuguese waitress, reversing the effect).

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* In one ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode episode, George is prevented from having can't have sex for a fixed period of time; the several weeks since his girlfriend has mono. The result is that this frees an enormous previously-unused he becomes vastly more intelligent due to the part of his mind (the part brain that had been is normally obsessed with sex) getting more sex (nearly all of it) finally being freed up to think about other things for the very first time in his life. He gains a great thirst for knowledge and his progressively growing intelligence enables him learning and is soon able to effortlessly solve Rubik's Cubes, read scientific journals Cubes while watching ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' at the same time and answering all the questions correctly, out-hit the New York Yankees using only his knowledge of physics, and learn to speak Portuguese by simply reading through a translation dictionary. Of course, he ends ''accidentally'' just from hearing his cleaning lady speak it. George actually finds life much more fulfilling being smart, and vows to remain celibate forever, even breaking up back where he started (presumably because he had sex with the his girlfriend after her mono is cured and she can have sex again. However, StatusQuoIsGod, and his ability to speak Portuguese waitress, reversing allows him to sleep with the effect).hot Portuguese waitress at Monk's. He did the math in his head and determined that it was a once in a lifetime chance, so he took it, and became an idiot again.
27th Apr '17 8:42:25 AM longWriter
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* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': Potato Bug's stupidity got Mr. Potato Head's plant killed, so she asked Dr. Fruitcake to make her smart with a brain-enhancing device. It works ''too'' well: she felt like she was SurroundedByIdiots, she enhanced every appliance in ways only she could understand, she made the whole cast obsolete by programming the computer to create episodes of the show for them, and in general made herself and everyone around her miserable to the point where she [[DrivenToSuicide thought about throwing herself under a bus.]] She instead had the brain-enhancement reversed and went back to being a CloudCuckooLander.
22nd Apr '17 7:10:02 AM TristanJeremiah
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* Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks (''The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat'') has one chapter on "Witty Ticcy Ray", a man with severe Tourette's Syndrome who takes Haldol during the week to control his tics, but forgoes his medication on weekends where his condition actually enhances his wild jazz drumming.

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* Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks (''The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat'') has one chapter on "Witty Ticcy Ray", a man with severe Tourette's Syndrome who takes Haldol during the week to control his tics, but forgoes his medication on weekends where [[DisabilitySuperpower his condition actually enhances his wild jazz drumming.drumming]].
11th Apr '17 10:30:19 PM TheHolotome
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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 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 viewers' mouths.
11th Apr '17 10:29:56 PM TheHolotome
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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 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.

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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 characters 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.
23rd Mar '17 6:52:35 PM Shadoboy
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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Operation: C.A.R.A.M.E.L. an episode centered on what basically ammounted to Flowers for Algernon ''candy''; a legendary golden caramel that has to be invoked via a magic ritual that creates five pieces of delicious candy in exchange of striping someone of his/her most valued trait. During the episode Heinrich Von Marzipan uses this against Sector V: TheLeader, Numbuh 1, vecomes an undecisive dork, the inventor Numbuh 2 becomes a drooling idiot, GenkiGirl Numbuh 3 becomes a goth who cares about nothing, fight-loving Numbuh 4 becomes a snivrling coward and cool Numbuh 5 becomes an utter geek. At the end, we find out Heinrich was also a victim of the candies five years ago and Numbuh 5 tells him that the only way to reverse the curse is to share the candy. Heinrich obliges and we find out that [[spoiler: HER most valued trait was her beauty and then she returns to being a pretty girl named Henrietta]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Operation: C.A.R.A.M.E.L. an episode centered on what basically ammounted to Flowers for Algernon ''candy''; a legendary golden caramel that has to be invoked via a magic ritual that creates five pieces of delicious candy in exchange of striping someone of his/her most valued trait. During the episode Heinrich Von Marzipan uses this against Sector V: TheLeader, TheLeader Numbuh 1, vecomes becomes an undecisive dork, the team inventor Numbuh 2 becomes a drooling idiot, GenkiGirl Numbuh 3 becomes a goth who cares about nothing, fight-loving Numbuh 4 becomes a snivrling sniveling coward and cool Numbuh 5 becomes an utter geek. At the end, we find out Heinrich was also a victim of the candies five years ago and Numbuh 5 tells him that the only way to reverse the curse is to share the candy. Heinrich obliges and we find out that [[spoiler: HER most valued trait was her beauty and then she returns to being a pretty girl named Henrietta]]
23rd Mar '17 6:50:24 PM Shadoboy
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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Operation: C.A.R.A.M.E.L. an episode centered on what basically ammounted to Flowers for Algernon ''candy''; a legendary golden caramel that has to be invoked via a magic ritual that creates five pieces of delicious candy in exchange of striping someone of his/her most valued trait. During the episode Heinrich Von Marzipan uses this against Sector V: TheLeader, Numbuh 1, vecomes an undecisive dork, the inventor Numbuh 2 becomes a drooling idiot, GenkiGirl Numbuh 3 becomes a goth who cares about nothing, fight-loving Numbuh 4 becomes a snivrling coward and cool Numbuh 5 becomes an utter geek. At the end, we find out Heinrich was also a victim of the candies five years ago and Numbuh 5 tells him that the only way to reverse the curse is to share the candy. Heinrich obliges and we find out that [[spoiler: HER most valued trait was her beauty and then she returns to being a pretty girl named Henrietta]]
13th Mar '17 2:24:32 AM Troperinik
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* In Episode 70 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', a spirit grants [[TheDitz Stumpy]]'s wish to become intelligent. Nobody else is satisfied with it, since he makes [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]] statements (such as saying that [[TheAlcoholic Mr. Cat]]'s drinking problem will lead to him becoming obese), annoys everybody by [[InsufferableGenius acting superior to them]], and winds up creating a bomb in order to TakeOverTheWorld, at which point the spirit decides to [[StatusQuoIsGod return him back to his (relatively) normal, stupid self.]]
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