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5th Apr '18 11:52:02 AM TeraChimera
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* Literature/CaptainUnderpants thinks his [[KryptoniteFactor powers are neutralized]] if he's sprayed with spray starch. So Harold and George hastily draw up a new origin story comic claiming he swallowed a powerful artifact with the ability to neutralize spray starch.

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* Literature/CaptainUnderpants thinks his [[KryptoniteFactor powers are neutralized]] if he's sprayed with spray starch. So Harold and George hastily draw up a new origin story comic claiming he swallowed a powerful artifact with the ability to neutralize spray starch. George ''[[{{Malaproper}} almost]]'' mentions it by name, calling it the "placenta effect".
10th Mar '18 8:02:58 AM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': There's this gem during an enemy FalseFlagOperation.
-->'''Murtaugh:''' Kathtryn, ''be brilliant''. Tell me what the enemy might have to prevent captured soldiers being presented as evidence.\\
'''Kathryn:''' Okay, I just need a minute, and some quiet, please.\\
'''Sorlie:''' You can ''order'' people to be brilliant?\\
'''Murtaugh:''' Shh... as long as ''they'' think I can, I get pretty good results.
8th Jan '18 7:03:14 AM Antigone3
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* ''[[Literature/TheGreatMerlini Footprints on the Ceiling]]'': Madame Rappourt invokes this trope when Linda Skelton begs her to let her try some of the medium's "trance capsules". Because Rappourt doesn't know if the morphine and scopolamine combo she takes is safe for Linda, she hands over sugar-filled capsules instead. [[note]]Though the novel implies that Rappourt has been taking sugar capsules and faking the trance state all along.[[/note]]
28th Dec '17 8:27:43 AM Someoneman
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* Therapeutic Touch therapy and it's "Eastern" equivalent, reiki, worked through this effect as well - it's so easily debunked that a 9-year old girl was able to do it, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY6lvpanGmw here]].

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* Therapeutic Touch therapy and it's its "Eastern" equivalent, reiki, worked through this effect as well - it's so easily debunked that a 9-year old girl was able to do it, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY6lvpanGmw here]].
27th Dec '17 6:13:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': Bailey uses a placebo to raise London's intelligence. [[StatusQuoIsGod After realizing that it's a placebo]], London [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome returns to normal]]. Then she [[TooDumbToLive takes]] ''[[TooDumbToLive another]]'' [[TooDumbToLive placebo]].

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* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': Bailey uses a placebo to raise London's intelligence. [[StatusQuoIsGod After realizing that it's a placebo]], London [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome [[Literature/FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome returns to normal]]. Then she [[TooDumbToLive takes]] ''[[TooDumbToLive another]]'' [[TooDumbToLive placebo]].



* Used when ''Series/NewsRadio'' parodied FlowersForAlgernon. Joe makes Matthew a [[MagicFeather "Smart Drink"]], which works until Matthew gets smart enough to realise it's only working because he thinks it will.

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* Used when ''Series/NewsRadio'' parodied FlowersForAlgernon.''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon''. Joe makes Matthew a [[MagicFeather "Smart Drink"]], which works until Matthew gets smart enough to realise it's only working because he thinks it will.
5th Oct '17 11:59:02 AM Jeduthun
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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie. Compare AllNaturalSnakeOil and SpiceRackPanacea for "natural" remedies that often prove to be placebos. It can be considered a form of SelfFulfillingProphecy.

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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie. Compare AllNaturalSnakeOil and SpiceRackPanacea for "natural" remedies that often prove to be placebos. It can be considered a form of SelfFulfillingProphecy.
SelfFulfillingProphecy. When this works on AppliedPhlebotinum, it's (naturally enough) the PlacebotinumEffect.
8th Jul '17 9:01:29 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridology Iridology.]] In the words of TheOtherWiki:

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridology Iridology.]] In the words of TheOtherWiki:Wiki/TheOtherWiki:
26th Apr '17 5:57:27 PM gophergiggles
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* Up + B and tapping B to increase the odds of success of a thrown Pokeball in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. It has been proven both by WordOfGod ''and'' by fans themselves analyzing the various game's coding and capture rate formulas that neither of these have any effect on the RandomNumberGod. Fans ''don't care''; to this day many fans do these "tricks" and ''swear'' that they make capturing Pokemon easier.
15th Apr '17 3:09:16 PM Jeduthun
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* Some public utilities, such as street-crossing signs, elevators, and thermostats, include buttons that don't actually function. The so-called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placebo_button placebo button]] serves not to operate the machinery but to keep people contented by giving them the illusion of control. For example, when office workers can't change the temperature in the room, they're likely to become disgruntled and upset if they feel too hot or cold; if they believe they can change the temperature, that belief is enough to calm them down. And similarly to the placebo effect in medicine, pressing a "lower temperature" button on a thermostat that you ''think'' works can be enough to make you actually feel cooler.
15th Apr '17 2:59:41 PM Jeduthun
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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie. Compare AllNaturalSnakeOil and SpiceRackPanacea for "natural" remedies that often prove to be placebos.

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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie. Compare AllNaturalSnakeOil and SpiceRackPanacea for "natural" remedies that often prove to be placebos. \n It can be considered a form of SelfFulfillingProphecy.
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