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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.
28th Jul '17 12:03:02 PM ClintEastwood
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* Averted in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Season 7 episode "Chrysalis". Doctor Bashir meets a genetically altered person whose intelligence is actually extremely high, but is completely withdrawn into herself, unable to express herself normally. Complications set in that threaten to revert her to her normal state or worse, but Bashir manages to fix the problem. The first draft of the episode's script played it straight, though.
* Played straight in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "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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* Averted in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Season 7 episode "Chrysalis"."[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E05Chrysalis}} Chrysalis]]". Doctor Bashir meets a genetically altered person whose intelligence is actually extremely high, but is completely withdrawn into herself, unable to express herself normally. Complications set in that threaten to revert her to her normal state or worse, but Bashir manages to fix the problem. The first draft of the episode's script played it straight, though.
* Played straight in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E19TheNthDegree}} The Nth Degree".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.)



** Subverted in the final Third Doctor serial, ''Planet of the Spiders'', where a minor, mentally retarded character gains normalised intelligence through handling a Metebelis Crystal, and gets to stay that way at the end of the story.

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** Subverted in the final Third Doctor serial, ''Planet "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders'', Spiders]]", where a minor, mentally retarded character gains normalised intelligence through handling a Metebelis Crystal, and gets to stay that way at the end of the story.



* 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}}''. It is also a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, implying that his new intelligence has turned him into an arrogant JerkAss {{Jerkass}} with a LackOfEmpathy.



** In "The Cyber House Rules" Leela gets a second eye surgically installed. She goes back to one, after seeing that the person she's been dating (and who gave her the operation) treats a kid with three ears differently from other kids. In this case, it had been established earlier in the episode that having one eye wasn't really a problem since it didn't stop Leela from being successful and accomplished...it just made her look odd (and the second eye was merely cosmetic, she still had no depth perception). Going back down to one eye was actually CharacterDevelopment for her to accept that fact.
** In "Parasites Lost" Fry accidentally ingests parasitic worms that make him super-strong and super-intelligent. He gets rid of the worms because he wants Leela to love him for who he really is. This also turned into CharacterDevelopment because Fry finally was smart enough to realize that he had feelings for Leela and spent the rest of the series trying to better himself normally.
** Subverted in "Mars University" where Farnsworth creates an intelligence hat for his experimental monkey, Gunther. Gunther decides he's unhappy being smart, and throws the hat away. Then he realizes he doesn't like not being sapient either. When the hat becomes damaged, he decides he [[TakeAThirdOption likes it that way]] as it bestows a moderate amount of intelligence.

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** In "The "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS3E9TheCyberHouseRules}} The Cyber House Rules" Rules]]" Leela gets a second eye surgically installed. She goes back to one, after seeing that the person she's been dating (and who gave her the operation) treats a kid with three ears differently from other kids. In this case, it had been established earlier in the episode that having one eye wasn't really a problem since it didn't stop Leela from being successful and accomplished...it just made her look odd (and the second eye was merely cosmetic, she still had no depth perception). Going back down to one eye was actually CharacterDevelopment for her to accept that fact.
** In "Parasites Lost" "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS3E2ParasitesLost}} Parasites Lost]]" Fry accidentally ingests parasitic worms that make him super-strong and super-intelligent. He gets rid of the worms because he wants Leela to love him for who he really is. This also turned into CharacterDevelopment because Fry finally was smart enough to realize that he had feelings for Leela and spent the rest of the series trying to better himself normally.
** Subverted in "Mars University" "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS1E11MarsUniversity}} Mars University]]" where Farnsworth creates an intelligence hat for his experimental monkey, Gunther. Gunther decides he's unhappy being smart, and throws the hat away. Then he realizes he doesn't like not being sapient either. When the hat becomes damaged, he decides he [[TakeAThirdOption likes it that way]] as it bestows a moderate amount of intelligence.



** Done with much emotion in the last episode of the original FOX run, "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" where Fry enters into a deal with the robot devil in exchange for hands that are good enough to play the holophoner. Hedonism Bot hires Fry to write an opera. In the end, Fry gives the devil back his hands to save Leela from marrying the robot devil.

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** Done with much emotion in the last episode of the original FOX run, "The "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS4E18TheDevilsHandsAreIdlePlaythings}} The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" Playthings]]" where Fry enters into a deal with the robot devil in exchange for hands that are good enough to play the holophoner. Hedonism Bot hires Fry to write an opera. In the end, Fry gives the devil back his hands to save Leela from marrying the robot devil.



** "Brother's Little Helper". Bart takes a behavior drug called Focusyn to control his "ADD". Sure enough Bart becomes focused but he becomes paranoid about Major League Baseball spying on the town using satellites ([[spoiler:he's right]]). After stealing a tank he's convinced to stop taking the Focusyn and onto "good old Ritalin".
** "Pygmoelian." Moe gets plastic surgery on his face. The reversion to the status quo was lampshaded. Moe's face is crushed by a falling piece of a TV set, which restores him to his previous ugliness.

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** "Brother's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E2BrothersLittleHelper Brother's Little Helper".Helper]]". Bart takes a behavior drug called Focusyn to control his "ADD". Sure enough Bart becomes focused but he becomes paranoid about Major League Baseball spying on the town using satellites ([[spoiler:he's right]]). After stealing a tank he's convinced to stop taking the Focusyn and onto "good old Ritalin".
** "Pygmoelian." "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E16Pygmoelian Pygmoelian]]": Moe gets plastic surgery on his face. The reversion to the status quo was lampshaded. Moe's face is crushed by a falling piece of a TV set, which restores him to his previous ugliness.



** "Large Marge". Marge goes in for liposuction and awakens to find that the doctor has mistakenly given her breast implants.
** "My Fair Laddy". Lisa got Willie to be a gentleman.

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** "Large Marge"."[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E4LargeMarge Large Marge]]". Marge goes in for liposuction and awakens to find that the doctor has mistakenly given her breast implants.
** "My "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E12MyFairLaddy My Fair Laddy".Laddy]]". Lisa got Willie to be a gentleman.



** Subverted in the episode "The Old Man and the Lisa" When Mr. Burns becomes completely broke, Lisa, who sees good in everyone, tries to help the evil old miser earn a honest living while at the same time teaching him how to be good by helping others. He admittingly realizes how good it feels to help and wants to help others as much as possible, but even then his "helping" is still evil. He creates an industrial paste to feed the homeless, as well as many other positive uses, except it's made from thousands of sea creatures as his new invention basically sweeps the entire ocean floor clean.

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** Subverted in the episode "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E21TheOldManAndTheLisa The Old Man and the Lisa" Lisa]]". When Mr. Burns becomes completely broke, Lisa, who sees good in everyone, tries to help the evil old miser earn a honest living while at the same time teaching him how to be good by helping others. He admittingly realizes how good it feels to help and wants to help others as much as possible, but even then his "helping" is still evil. He creates an industrial paste to feed the homeless, as well as many other positive uses, except it's made from thousands of sea creatures as his new invention basically sweeps the entire ocean floor clean.
9th Jul '17 9:40:59 AM MrJeperson
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** [[spoiler:Donna Noble]]'s incredible journey and transformation from "The Runaway Bride" to the end of series 4, culminating in [[spoiler:the human-Time Lord metacrisis and her becoming [=DoctorDonna=]]]. Then, the Doctor has to wipe every single memory of these adventures to save her. Unlike most of these entries, this actually ''is'' presented as a tragedy.
4th Jul '17 4:31:23 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'':
4th Jul '17 7:55:58 AM NESBoy
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', The Brain makes Pinky smart with a machine so he would stop making the world domination plans fail. Pinky proceeds to appoint flaws in all of the upcoming plans, angering his friend. This causes Pinky to get sad at his intelligence, and Brain to make calculations proving the duo only works with one of the two being dumb. Brain then uses the machine to make himself a dimwit... and shortly later Pinky does the same.
-->'''Pinky''': What are we going to do tomorrow night, Brain?\\

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', The Brain makes Pinky smart with a machine so he would stop making the world domination plans fail. Pinky proceeds to appoint flaws in all of the upcoming plans, angering his friend. This causes Pinky to get sad at his intelligence, and Brain to make calculations proving the duo only works with one of the two being dumb. Brain then uses the machine to make himself a dimwit... and shortly later Pinky does the same.
same. Since the machine relies on "calculations on the fly, split-second decisions, huge amounts of data, incredible mental abilities, and precise timing", neither of the mice are intelligent enough to be able to do a proper ResetButtonEnding (at least for [[SnapBack what little is left of the episode]]).
-->'''Pinky''': What are we going do you want to do tomorrow night, tonight, Brain?\\
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