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21st May '18 12:36:02 PM Sharlee
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* Rather than having a single Joker, ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' portrays Batman's future nemesis as more of a contagious ''idea'', that infects numerous mentally-unstable Gothamites. Jerome Valeska was its "patient zero", and he passes it on to [[spoiler: his twin Jeremiah]] and to hundreds of followers and "fans" of his rampages.
14th May '18 5:03:58 PM JackG
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* ''Project Itoh: Genocidal Organ'' involves the hunt for an American linguist called John Paul who has discovered a [[LanguageEqualsThought language of genocide]]. John Paul appears in Third World countries, translates the language into a local dialect (to limit its effect so it won't spread worldwide) and six months later the country implodes into ethnic conflict.
19th Dec '17 12:52:39 PM Redkun
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* Mind Seed is a particularly nasty high-level [[PsychicPowers Psionic power]] in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5 edition. It essentially transplants your own mind into the mind of a target, so that over the course of a week their thought patterns slowly transform into an exact mental duplicate of yourself at the time of implantation, including your personality and memories.
4th Oct '17 1:11:18 PM Xtifr
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* ''Master of Space and Time'' by Rudy Rucker has a section where the heroes visit an alternate dimension full of "meme viruses". One of the characters is bitten by a "Jesus Lizard" and subsequently starts gaining [[MessianicArchetype messiah-like characteristics]], along with [[HippieJesus growing out his hair and beard and wearing sandals all the time]].

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* ''Master of Space and Time'' by Rudy Rucker Creator/RudyRucker has a section where the heroes visit an alternate dimension full of "meme viruses". One of the characters is bitten by a "Jesus Lizard" and subsequently starts gaining [[MessianicArchetype messiah-like characteristics]], along with [[HippieJesus growing out his hair and beard and wearing sandals all the time]].
23rd Jul '17 10:07:08 PM SimYouLater
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* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' features a "biolinguistic virus" that renders its victims unable to communicate normally; anytime they try to talk, they just speak gibberish.

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* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' features a "biolinguistic virus" that renders its victims unable to communicate normally; anytime they try to talk, they just speak gibberish. [[spoiler:Actually, it's a "metavirus". It has ways of converting between any format... malware... biological... neurological... linguistic... it's a wonder it could be stopped at all.]]




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** [[According to one article, ''human sentience'' is a sentient and pandemic MindVirus, and as much as nobody wants to admit it in-universe, it's good that it is too or it would be wiped out by any number of things]].
20th Jul '17 8:41:27 PM racnor
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*''Fanfic/LulusBizarreRebellion'': The stand Hey Jude acts as this, inflicting MentalTimeTravel on anyone effected. Give in to the temptation to change something you know will happen, and you become a new user/carrier of the stand.
25th Apr '17 4:34:21 PM NNinja
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* The Radical-6 from ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' Trilogy slows down thought processes of brain making everything around look like it's going on fast-forward and after a while causes severe urge to commit suicide.
31st Mar '17 3:25:35 PM nombretomado
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* In ''OrionsArm'' [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-topic/45b41654cd0c4 memetics]] are a mature science.

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* In ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-topic/45b41654cd0c4 memetics]] are a mature science.
4th Mar '17 8:31:11 PM KillerClowns
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Compare with EarWorm, where it's a song that can't get out of your head; InfectiousInsanity, a trope where mental illnesses are treated like a Mind Virus; and MemeticMutation. Compare & contrast TheVirus, where a contagion acts as an intelligent, self-directed entity (adding to "itself", having a HiveMind, etc). See ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which is often--but not always--caused by one of these.

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Compare with EarWorm, where it's a song that can't get out of your head; InfectiousInsanity, a trope where mental illnesses are treated like a Mind Virus; MemeticMutation, and MemeticMutation.BrownNote. Compare & contrast TheVirus, where a contagion acts as an intelligent, self-directed entity (adding to "itself", having a HiveMind, etc). See ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which is often--but not always--caused by one of these.
4th Mar '17 10:52:41 AM nombretomado
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* In one ''Homer Price'' story, the town gets infected with a song. A mysterious stranger comes to town and puts a record in the donut shop's jukebox, telling Homer and his friend [[SchmuckBait not to play it]]. Of course they do, and they [[EarWorm can't stop singing the song]]. They teach the song to others, who can't stop, and so on. Homer finally cures himself and the town by learning a different song (from a MarkTwain story), which makes them forget the first song, and once you pass that song on you forget it in turn. They send the one person infected with the new song out of town (she was going on vacation anyway) where they hope she'll teach it to someone else.

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* In one ''Homer Price'' story, the town gets infected with a song. A mysterious stranger comes to town and puts a record in the donut shop's jukebox, telling Homer and his friend [[SchmuckBait not to play it]]. Of course they do, and they [[EarWorm can't stop singing the song]]. They teach the song to others, who can't stop, and so on. Homer finally cures himself and the town by learning a different song (from a MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain story), which makes them forget the first song, and once you pass that song on you forget it in turn. They send the one person infected with the new song out of town (she was going on vacation anyway) where they hope she'll teach it to someone else.
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