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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.)
11th May '16 4:36:47 PM MarkLungo
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** In an earlier episode, Scrooge is racing against a villain to gain the magical Pearl of Wisdom, which 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 magical 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.)
8th May '16 1:28:44 AM Nazetrime
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* In ''Series/{{Noob}}'' a secondary character notorious for his HairTriggerTemper returns much calmer after a few in-universe months OutOfFocus during which he was doing some kind of anger management. However, he soon gets a NotMeThisTime moment, and the person accusing him refuses to listen to his side of the story. He quickly gets so annoyed by this that he returns to his old self.
5th May '16 3:40:48 AM NESBoy
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does this, but with looks instead of smarts. Peter gets liposuction and cosmetic surgery to become beautiful. He also [[strike: becomes a jerk]] becomes a slightly different kind of jerk than normal. And, even though his family recognize that he has become a jerk, most of them are willing to put up with it because he is beautiful. At the end, he is restored to the status quo by accidentally falling into a vat of lard at a meat factory and eating the contents to avoid suffocation. The family is happier. Lois asks, "I guess you learned a valuable lesson?", to which Peter replies, "Nope."

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does this, but with looks instead of smarts. Peter gets liposuction and cosmetic surgery to become beautiful. He also [[strike: becomes a jerk]] becomes a slightly different kind of jerk than normal. And, even though his family recognize that he has become a jerk, most of them are willing to put up with it because he is beautiful. At the end, he is restored to the status quo by accidentally falling into a vat of lard at a meat factory and eating the contents to avoid suffocation. The family is happier. Lois asks, "I guess you learned a valuable lesson?", to which Peter replies, "Nope."


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** "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS13E8OurIdiotBrian Our Idiot Brian]]" has this trope {{inverted|Trope}}. Brian turns into an idiot thanks to a tumor in his brain, and he refuses to get it removed as he prefers being an idiot. Stewie realises that Brian is TooDumbToLive, and tricks him into getting the tumor removed, restoring his original personality.
22nd Apr '16 9:45:48 AM Dravencour
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* A very sad and tragic case of this happens in ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 4}}'' with an Institute janitor who was punished for stealing cigarettes by being made a test subject and unknowingly injected with an experimental strain of FEV which heightened both his physical and mental capacity considerably. Unfortunately, he began suffering seizures and the mental degeneration that happens to all who are exposed to FEV into the third week of the experiment, and became fully aware of exactly what was happening to him. You may know this guy as [[spoiler:the psychopathic Super Mutant Behemoth known as Swan]].
17th Mar '16 12:25:25 AM allboyband
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In the {{Trope Namer|s}} short story ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'' by Daniel Keyes (later expanded into a novel), it was a side effect of the imperfect procedure that granted the intelligence in the first place. In the story, the main character, cognitively disabled Charlie, undergoes a surgery that boosts his intelligence. To an astounding degree, as it turns out; his intellectual breadth and knowledge allow him to learn languages of all kinds, science of all branches, surpassing even those that performed the operation. Charlie, though, finds that his intelligence isolates him just as much as his dimness did before it.

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In the {{Trope Namer|s}} short story ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'' by Daniel Keyes (later expanded into a novel), it was a side effect of the imperfect procedure that granted the intelligence in the first place. In the story, the main character, cognitively disabled Charlie, undergoes a surgery that boosts his intelligence. To an astounding degree, as it turns out; his intellectual breadth and knowledge allow him to learn languages of all kinds, science of all branches, surpassing even those that performed the operation. Charlie, though, finds that [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation his intelligence isolates him him]] just as much as his dimness did before it.



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10th Jan '16 5:23:13 PM nombretomado
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** In "Not Normal", [=SpongeBob=] gets upset by Squidward calling him not normal, so with the help of an instructional video, he changes his ways, and he's no longer a zany cartoon character. However, he winds up creating ink and paper Krabby Patties, causing Mr. Krabs to suspend him from work for the time being. [=SpongeBob=] then finds out he is incompatible with Patrick's ideas for fun. Squidward's reception for [=SpongeBob=]'s change in character was positive at first, but gets annoyed at the latter's criticisms regarding his lifestyle and appearance. [=SpongeBob=] ultimately decides being normal is no fun for him, and tries to revert to his original personality with Patrick's help. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode, it seems as though his new personality is permanent, but a normal version of Squidward appears and scares SpongeBob back to his original zany self.]]

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** In "Not Normal", [=SpongeBob=] gets upset by Squidward calling him not normal, so with the help of an instructional video, he changes his ways, and he's no longer a zany cartoon character. However, he winds up creating ink and paper Krabby Patties, causing Mr. Krabs to suspend him from work for the time being. [=SpongeBob=] then finds out he is incompatible with Patrick's ideas for fun. Squidward's reception for [=SpongeBob=]'s change in character was positive at first, but gets annoyed at the latter's criticisms regarding his lifestyle and appearance. [=SpongeBob=] ultimately decides being normal is no fun for him, and tries to revert to his original personality with Patrick's help. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode, it seems as though his new personality is permanent, but a normal version of Squidward appears and scares SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] back to his original zany self.]]
5th Jan '16 5:20:29 PM merotoker
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** Sabertooth once takes one of Wolverine's claws to the brain, which results in him becoming peaceful and relaxed. It takes a while, but eventually his HealingFactor repairs the damage, and he becomes an even ''worse'' psychopath with an increased psychic resistance: Prior to said claw-to-the-temple, Sabertooth could be (at least temporarily) pacified with certain psychic abilities, especially those of Psylocke, which put him in a state he called "the glow". Very Zen Buddhist. Shortly after he heals from Wolverine's attack, he is playing merry hell with the insides of the X-Mansion (having been a prisoner at the time) and Psylocke uses her attack as a last resort... [[NoSell to no effect]]. Sabertooth explains how that psychic trick doesn't work anymore with a SlasherSmile that is spine-chilling even for HIM.

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** Sabertooth ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}} once takes one of Wolverine's ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s claws to the brain, which results in him becoming peaceful and relaxed. It takes a while, but eventually his HealingFactor repairs the damage, and he becomes an even ''worse'' psychopath with an increased psychic resistance: Prior to said claw-to-the-temple, Sabertooth Sabretooth could be (at least temporarily) pacified with certain psychic abilities, especially those of Psylocke, ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}, which put him in a state he called "the glow". Very Zen Buddhist. Shortly after he heals from Wolverine's attack, he is playing merry hell with the insides of the X-Mansion (having been a prisoner at the time) and Psylocke uses her attack as a last resort... [[NoSell to no effect]]. Sabertooth explains how that psychic trick doesn't work anymore with a SlasherSmile that is spine-chilling even for HIM.



* One ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' arc has a hyper-dimensional force separate the league and their secret identities into different beings, allowing the heroes to be full-time heroes and the civilian-modes to have normal lives. Two of them were not happy about this. Plastic Man's normal self Eel O'Brian, who doesn't like the idea that he can't be ComicBook/PlasticMan again. When talking about this to ComicBook/MartianManhunter's civilian identity John Jones, he even mentions ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon''. Bruce Wayne and Batman didn't fare too well either. The anger that made Bruce into Batman stayed with Bruce. Batman lost all motivation to be a crime fighter and Bruce lost control because he no longer had an outlet for his anger.

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* One ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' arc has a hyper-dimensional force separate the league and their secret identities into different beings, allowing the heroes to be full-time heroes and the civilian-modes to have normal lives. Two of them were not happy about this. Plastic Man's normal self Eel O'Brian, who doesn't like the idea that he can't be ComicBook/PlasticMan again. When talking about this to ComicBook/MartianManhunter's civilian identity John Jones, he even mentions ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon''. Bruce Wayne and Batman Franchise/{{Batman}} didn't fare too well either. The anger that made Bruce into Batman stayed with Bruce. Batman lost all motivation to be a crime fighter and Bruce lost control because he no longer had an outlet for his anger.



* This trope is the major plot point of a 1990 movie starring Creator/RobinWilliams, ''Film/{{Awakenings}}'', which has some basis on real life and describes the treatment of catatonic patients with a then-new drug called L-Dopa.
** The movie tells a true story, and is based off a [[http://www.oliversacks.com/books/awakenings/ book of the same name]] by the Neurologist, Dr Oliver Sacks.

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* This trope is the major plot point of a 1990 movie starring Creator/RobinWilliams, ''Film/{{Awakenings}}'', which has some basis on real life and describes the treatment of catatonic patients with a then-new drug called L-Dopa.
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L-Dopa. The movie tells a true story, and is based off a [[http://www.oliversacks.com/books/awakenings/ book of the same name]] by the Neurologist, Dr Oliver Sacks.



* ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan''. A modern adaptation of the Literature/FlowersForAlgernon story: a mentally-challenged gardener, Jobe Smith, is raised to super-human intelligence with the use of medication and virtual reality with unintended consequences. Incidentally, [[InNameOnly it has nothing to do with]] the Creator/StephenKing story of the same title. It's hinted that Jobe would have inevitably gone crazy from the medication he was given initially, as it was a milder version of the one that Dr. Angelo had made for the government. When they switched the drugs, it simply sped up the process.
* ''Film/{{Limitless}}'' features a drug that enhances your intelligence, but only temporarily. Long term usage causes addiction, and mixing with alcohol and/or taking too much makes you lose complete control of yourself. If you stop after becoming addicted, your body becames incredibly frail, most people die from it. The protagonist's ex ended up looking like a meth addict. At the end, the protagonist [[spoiler: figures out a way to wean himself off the drug while keeping the effects. Or maybe he was lying about the weaning himself off it part, it's left ambiguous.]]

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* ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan''. A modern adaptation of the Literature/FlowersForAlgernon story: ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon story'': a mentally-challenged gardener, Jobe Smith, is raised to super-human intelligence with the use of medication and virtual reality with unintended consequences. Incidentally, [[InNameOnly it has nothing to do with]] the Creator/StephenKing story of the same title. It's hinted that Jobe would have inevitably gone crazy from the medication he was given initially, as it was a milder version of the one that Dr. Angelo had made for the government. When they switched the drugs, it simply sped up the process.
* ''Film/{{Limitless}}'' features a drug that enhances your intelligence, but only temporarily. Long term usage causes addiction, and mixing with alcohol and/or taking too much makes you lose complete control of yourself. If you stop after becoming addicted, your body becames becomes incredibly frail, most people die from it. The protagonist's ex ended up looking like a meth addict. At the end, the protagonist [[spoiler: figures out a way to wean himself off the drug while keeping the effects. Or maybe he was lying about the weaning himself off it part, it's left ambiguous.]]ambiguous]].



* ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}. The book, however, strongly avoids the "ignorance is bliss" aesop; [[Tearjerker/FlowersForAlgernon Charlie is horrified when he finds out that he'll lose his high intelligence, and the depiction of his mental degeneration is absolutely heartbreaking. Also, both the film and the book imply that, as Algernon died after his intelligence degraded, Charlie doesn't have long to live either.]]
** One of the alternate trope names, "The Algernon Gordon Effect", is an in-universe thesis describing this trope. ''Charlie's own research'' while he's super intelligent ''predicts'' what is going to happen.

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* ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}. The book, however, strongly avoids the "ignorance is bliss" aesop; [[Tearjerker/FlowersForAlgernon Charlie is horrified when he finds out that he'll lose his high intelligence, and the depiction of his mental degeneration is absolutely heartbreaking. Also, both the film and the book imply that, as Algernon died after his intelligence degraded, Charlie doesn't have long to live either.]]
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]] One of the alternate trope names, "The Algernon Gordon Effect", is an in-universe thesis describing this trope. ''Charlie's own research'' while he's super intelligent ''predicts'' what is going to happen.



* In the ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' book series, unintelligent bully Duncan Dougal has his brain fried into a more intelligent state in the second book, and later becomes horrified when learning that he may lose this intelligence.
** Although Duncan was never actually stupid, he merely bullied because he grew up in an abusive household. Becoming a genius gave him some perspective, and even though he will return to normal intelligence, it's implied that Duncan will be much wiser as a result of seeing his potential.

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* In the ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' book series, unintelligent bully Duncan Dougal has his brain fried into a more intelligent state in the second book, and later becomes horrified when learning that he may lose this intelligence.
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intelligence. Although Duncan was never actually stupid, he merely bullied because he grew up in an abusive household. Becoming a genius gave him some perspective, and even though he will return to normal intelligence, it's implied that Duncan will be much wiser as a result of seeing his potential.



* ''Series/NewsRadio'', "Flowers for Matthew": Matthew drinks what he thinks is a intelligence-boosting drink and becomes smart through [[MagicFeather the placebo effect]]. Paradoxically, his intelligence eventually drives him to understand that the drink has no actual chemical effect, at which point the placebo stops working on him and he rapidly returns to his original state.

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* ''Series/NewsRadio'', ''Series/NewsRadio''
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"Flowers for Matthew": Matthew drinks what he thinks is a intelligence-boosting drink and becomes smart through [[MagicFeather the placebo effect]]. Paradoxically, his intelligence eventually drives him to understand that the drink has no actual chemical effect, at which point the placebo stops working on him and he rapidly returns to his original state.



-->'''Chandler:''' We can't live there after living here! Didn't you ever read Flowers For Algernon?!

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-->'''Chandler:''' We can't live there after living here! Didn't you ever read Flowers For Algernon?!''Flowers for Algernon''?!



** In at least one case of the many House examples, House takes a procedure suggested to him by his team and does make him considerably nicer but a much worse doctor [[spoiler: and is quickly revealed to be nothing but House fucking with his team.]]

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** In at least one case of the many House examples, House takes a procedure suggested to him by his team and does make him considerably nicer but a much worse doctor [[spoiler: and is quickly revealed to be nothing but House fucking with his team.]]team]].



* In ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', around the end of season 4, Carlos [[spoiler: goes permanently blind.]] Less than halfway through season five though, [[spoiler: his vision is completely restored.]]
** Though this period includes a 5-year time skip.

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* In ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', around the end of season 4, Carlos [[spoiler: goes permanently blind.]] blind]]. Less than halfway through season five though, [[spoiler: his vision is completely restored.]]
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restored]]. Though this period includes a 5-year time skip.



* 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.
* Subverted in the "Flowers for Charlie" episode of ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia. Charlie is the subject of an experiment where he takes intelligence pills which appear to make him much smarter (he learns Mandarin in two days and starts speaking English more formally) but cause headaches and other pains as side effects. The end of the episode reveals that the pills were actually placebos and Charlie didn't get any smarter, he just became EXTREMELY arrogant and the side effects were all in his head.

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* Happens to Sheriff Carter in {{Series/Eureka}}.''{{Series/Eureka}}''. It is also a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, implying that his new intelligence has turned him into an arrogant JerkAss with a LackOfEmpathy.
* Subverted in the "Flowers for Charlie" episode of ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia.''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. Charlie is the subject of an experiment where he takes intelligence pills which appear to make him much smarter (he learns Mandarin in two days and starts speaking English more formally) but cause headaches and other pains as side effects. The end of the episode reveals that the pills were actually placebos and Charlie didn't get any smarter, he just became EXTREMELY arrogant and the side effects were all in his head.



* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': PlayedWith in "Forget Me Nots." The team wants to use an electronic gadget to improve the memory of a brain damaged former Secret Service agent so he can remember what happened to the nuclear football he was guarding. Cabe uses it first to prove it's safe. Both men have their physical and mental abilities temporarily enhanced before reverting to normal.

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* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in "Forget Me Nots." The team wants to use an electronic gadget to improve the memory of a brain damaged former Secret Service agent so he can remember what happened to the nuclear football he was guarding. Cabe uses it first to prove it's safe. Both men have their physical and mental abilities temporarily enhanced before reverting to normal.



* ''Drabble'' did this one week when Ralph was unable to figure out his new remote control and decided to read for entertainment. He found that doing so made him smarter. Also, because he couldn't hold a book and food at the same time, he started to lose weight. Just as his wife was telling her mother about the change, [[spoiler: Ralph became smart enough to use the remote and returned to normal.]]

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* ''Drabble'' did this one week when Ralph was unable to figure out his new remote control and decided to read for entertainment. He found that doing so made him smarter. Also, because he couldn't hold a book and food at the same time, he started to lose weight. Just as his wife was telling her mother about the change, [[spoiler: Ralph became smart enough to use the remote and returned to normal.]]normal]].



* ''Theatre/NextToNormal'' subverts this twice, in that [[spoiler: neither the medication nor the ECT worked, as they were supposed to, in the first place.]]

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* ''Theatre/NextToNormal'' subverts this twice, in that [[spoiler: neither the medication nor the ECT worked, as they were supposed to, in the first place.]]place]].



* In {{VideoGame/Fallout 2}} there is an autistic weapons upgrader in the New Reno Arms basement who is a reference to and named after Literature/FlowersForAlgernon.

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* In {{VideoGame/Fallout 2}} ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 2}}'' there is an autistic weapons upgrader in the New Reno Arms basement who is a reference to and named after Literature/FlowersForAlgernon.''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon''.



** Also happens ''twice'' (albeit ''very'' briefly) to [[AxeCrazy Black Mage]], in both the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/05/31/episode-289-a-change-of-heart/ Marsh Cave]] and the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/10/18/episode-613-mirror-master/ Castle of Ordeals]]. On the first occasion, he was thinking about his polar opposite, White Mage, and realized that perhaps he should [[HeelFaceTurn change his murderous, spiteful way of life]] and become a better person. This goes down the drain the second his thoughts are interrupted by anger at another of Fighter's stupid statements.

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** Also happens ''twice'' (albeit ''very'' briefly) to [[AxeCrazy [[AxCrazy Black Mage]], in both the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/05/31/episode-289-a-change-of-heart/ Marsh Cave]] and the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/10/18/episode-613-mirror-master/ Castle of Ordeals]]. On the first occasion, he was thinking about his polar opposite, White Mage, and realized that perhaps he should [[HeelFaceTurn change his murderous, spiteful way of life]] and become a better person. This goes down the drain the second his thoughts are interrupted by anger at another of Fighter's stupid statements.



* Website/NFLQuarterbacksOnFacebook [[RealLifeWritesThePlot After a game against the Ravens]] in which he took one too many hits, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger becomes a lot smarter, at least for the length of the conversation.

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* Website/NFLQuarterbacksOnFacebook ''Website/NFLQuarterbacksOnFacebook'': [[RealLifeWritesThePlot After a game against the Ravens]] in which he took one too many hits, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger becomes a lot smarter, at least for the length of the conversation.



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

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



** "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]]).

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** "HOMЯ"."[[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]]).



--->'''Moe''': "Here's what I don't understand. When that set fell on my face, how did I get my old face back? Shouldn't I have gotten some third face that was different? It don't make no -* End credits abruptly start*

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--->'''Moe''': "Here's what I don't understand. When that set fell on my face, how did I get my old face back? Shouldn't I have gotten some third face that was different? It don't make no -* [[InterruptedByTheEnd End credits abruptly start*start]]*



** Played straight in the episode "Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld" in which Peter becomes an intellectual by visiting Chicago. Though Lois is initially [[NerdsAreSexy turned on by the new Peter]], the family quickly becomes irritated by his pretension. Peter reverts to his idiot self again [[TakeThat by visiting Tucson, Arizona]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Patrick Smartpants", Patrick becomes a super-genius, but decides to go back to being stupid after he realizes he's turning into an InsufferableGenius and alienating all his friends.

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** Played straight in the episode "Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld" "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS12E17TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld The Most Interesting Man in the World]]" in which Peter becomes an intellectual by visiting Chicago. Though Lois is initially [[NerdsAreSexy turned on by the new Peter]], the family quickly becomes irritated by his pretension. Peter reverts to his idiot self again [[TakeThat by visiting Tucson, Arizona]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}''
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In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Patrick Smartpants", Patrick becomes a super-genius, but decides to go back to being stupid after he realizes he's turning into an InsufferableGenius and alienating all his friends.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Go Team Go", the [[ActionGirl title character]] gains [[SuperStrength super-strength]] from [[IdiotHero another hero]] due to Billy's attempt at revenge. Of course, she gives it back late.
** There was also the time Aviarius' power-sucking staff gave her Hego's powers, due to his attack getting interrupted.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' once boosted his friend [[CloudCuckoolander Sheen]] so he could pass a test and wouldn't be held back a grade. The upgrade made Sheen increasingly smarter, but also continued to [[MyBrainIsBig mutate]] him, eventually giving him PsychicPowers and a [[AGodAmI God complex]]. The worst of it was that Sheen's evolving genius [[MySkullRunnethOver would eventually be too much strain for him]] and [[YourHeadASplode cause his head to explode]]. Fortunately he has a WhatHaveIBecome moment and drains his brain back to normal.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Go Team Go", the [[ActionGirl title character]] gains [[SuperStrength super-strength]] from [[IdiotHero another hero]] due to Billy's attempt at revenge. Of course, she gives it back late.
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late. There was also the time Aviarius' power-sucking staff gave her Hego's powers, due to his attack getting interrupted.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''
** Jimmy
once boosted his friend [[CloudCuckoolander Sheen]] so he could pass a test and wouldn't be held back a grade. The upgrade made Sheen increasingly smarter, but also continued to [[MyBrainIsBig mutate]] him, eventually giving him PsychicPowers and a [[AGodAmI God complex]]. The worst of it was that Sheen's evolving genius [[MySkullRunnethOver would eventually be too much strain for him]] and [[YourHeadASplode cause his head to explode]]. Fortunately he has a WhatHaveIBecome moment and drains his brain back to normal.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Mr. Garrison gets a rhinoplasty having David Hasselhoff's face. He becomes a male model and pursue women. Until women are chasing him and wants his old face back.

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* In an the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', "Tom's Rhinoplasty", Mr. Garrison gets a rhinoplasty having David Hasselhoff's Creator/DavidHasselhoff's face. He becomes a male model and pursue pursues women. Until women are chasing him and he wants his old face back.



* ''WesternAnimation/StuntDawgs'': The Stunt Scabs' resident HollywoodCyborg[=/=]TheDitz Half-a-Mind has an accident which causes him to become so smart, he starts calling himself "Mind-and-a-Half".

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* ''WesternAnimation/StuntDawgs'': The Stunt Scabs' resident HollywoodCyborg[=/=]TheDitz {{Cyborg}}[=/=]TheDitz Half-a-Mind has an accident which causes him to become so smart, he starts calling himself "Mind-and-a-Half".



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', Dave's family gets tired of Dave's cowardice and makes him wear the Red Sweater of Courage, making him completely fearless. However, when Dave gets [[BloodKnight addicted to danger]] and engineers a team up between the show's three recurring main villains, he is unable to defeat them as his only solution to solving the problem is to just fight head on, which won't work. It's only after he loses the sweater that he's able to think of an idea to defeat the villains.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''
**
In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', one episode, Dave's family gets tired of Dave's cowardice and makes him wear the Red Sweater of Courage, making him completely fearless. However, when Dave gets [[BloodKnight addicted to danger]] and engineers a team up between the show's three recurring main villains, he is unable to defeat them as his only solution to solving the problem is to just fight head on, which won't work. It's only after he loses the sweater that he's able to think of an idea to defeat the villains.



*** And then the story was reused for a clinic patient in LiveActionTV/{{House}}.

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*** And then the story was reused for a clinic patient in LiveActionTV/{{House}}.''Series/{{House}}''.



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