History Main / FlowersforAlgernonSyndrome

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.)
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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