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31st May '17 1:29:32 PM Ajoura
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* In 1982, Australian physicians [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Warren Robin Warren]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Marshall Barry Marshall]] were certain that gastric ulcers (which are extremely painful and can easily be fatal if untreated) were caused by ''Helicobacter pylori'', a massive shift from the prevailing opinion that stress, spicy food, and excess stomach acid caused ulcers. To finally prove the hypothesis, Marshall consumed ''H. pylori'' from a Petri dish and developed a gastric ulcer five days later. Marshall and Warren, who developed a non-invasive breath test for the presence of ''H. pylori'', received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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* In 1982, Australian physicians [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Warren Robin Warren]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Marshall Barry Marshall]] were certain that gastric ulcers (which are extremely painful and can easily be fatal if untreated) were caused by microorganism ''Helicobacter pylori'', a massive shift from the prevailing opinion that stress, spicy food, and excess stomach acid caused ulcers. To finally prove the hypothesis, Marshall consumed took a sample of ''H. pylori'' from a Petri dish his patient, cultivated it on nutrient broth and drank the whole beaker. Five days later, he developed a gastric ulcer five days later.case of gastritis. Marshall and Warren, who developed a non-invasive breath test for the presence of ''H. pylori'', received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
13th May '17 9:58:15 AM Abodos
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* Purah from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' developed a FountainOfYouth rune with Ancient Sheikah technology so that the elderly warriors of Hyrule could once again be robust enough to fight Ganon's forces. She tested it on herself and [[GoneHorriblyRight quickly went from elderly to physically six years old]]. Naturally, she didn't bring it into mass use after that.

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* Purah from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' developed a FountainOfYouth rune with Ancient Sheikah technology so that the elderly warriors of Hyrule could once again be robust enough to fight Ganon's forces. She tested it on herself and [[GoneHorriblyRight quickly went from elderly to physically six years old]]. old]]. Naturally, she didn't bring it into mass use after that.
13th May '17 9:58:11 AM Abodos
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* Purah from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' developed a FountainOfYouth rune with Ancient Sheikah technology so that the elderly warriors of Hyrule could once again be robust enough to fight Ganon's forces. She tested it on herself and [[GoneHorriblyRight quickly went from elderly to physically six years old]]. Naturally, she didn't bring it into mass use after that.
6th May '17 4:15:34 AM WillBGood
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** Averted in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (2008 film) where Bruce is trying to find a cure and tests it on a blood sample instead of drinking it himself.

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** Averted in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (2008 film) where Bruce is trying to find a cure and tests it on a blood sample instead of drinking taking it himself.



* In the first nationally broadcast season of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', as well as the one that came before it, Dr. Laurence "Larry" Erhardt was an involuntary version: Dr. Forrester would test experiments on him (often against his will.) The more interesting ones included cold fusion being created within Erhardt's mouth and making him sweat through his tongue. TV's Frank would later take on this role, but not technically being a scientist he's just a plain GuineaPig.

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* In the first nationally broadcast season of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', as well as the one that came before it, Dr. Laurence "Larry" Erhardt was an involuntary version: Dr. Forrester would test experiments on him (often against his will.) The more interesting ones included cold fusion being created within Erhardt's mouth and making him sweat through his tongue. TV's Frank would later take on this role, but not technically being a scientist he's just a plain GuineaPig.Guinea Pig.
6th May '17 4:02:27 AM WillBGood
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Believe it or not, [[TruthInTelevision this was actually standard procedure]] in many fields of science. Even as late as the 1950's, chemists would create a new compound and ingest it to see what it did. It was not the healthiest of occupations; quite a few scientists did end up killing themselves via experimentation. The Nuremberg Code of 1946, which codified the ethical requirements for human experimentation, forbids any experiments that is highly likely to or will certainly cause death or serious harm to the subjects. However, the ban is '''explicitly waived''' if the researcher is experimenting on himself. It's still sort-of common; see the real-life examples down below.

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Believe it or not, [[TruthInTelevision this was actually standard procedure]] in many fields of science. Even as late as the 1950's, chemists would create a new compound and ingest it to see what it did. It was not the healthiest of occupations; quite a few scientists did end up killing themselves via experimentation. The Nuremberg Code of 1946, which codified the ethical requirements for human experimentation, forbids any experiments that is highly likely to or will certainly cause death or serious harm to the subjects. However, the ban is '''explicitly waived''' if the researcher is experimenting on himself. It's It still sort-of common; happens; see the real-life examples down below.
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6th May '17 4:00:38 AM WillBGood
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The more cartoonish the show, and the crazier the scientist, the more blatant this trope becomes. A WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon might very well feature a scientist who, suddenly needing to be giant, just steps over to his array of beakers and retorts, mixes a bunch of [[TechnicolorScience funny-colored liquids]] together and drinks it.

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The more cartoonish the show, and the crazier the scientist, the more blatant this trope becomes. A WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon ZanyCartoon might very well feature a scientist who, suddenly needing to be giant, just steps over to his array of beakers and retorts, mixes a bunch of [[TechnicolorScience funny-colored liquids]] together and drinks it.
30th Mar '17 3:44:46 AM Grudgeal
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* Doctor Finn from ''VideoGame/AtlasReactor'' used himself as a subject in order to finalize his human-fish-hybridization proceedure, because he had run out of willing test subjects. Downplayed in that it's mentioned that he ''did'' test parts of the proceedure on others first, but he was the first person to go through the finished process (which was performed by a whole team of geneticists and doctors).
3rd Feb '17 5:09:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'', a MadScientist breaks Livewire out of prison only to plug her into his machine and drain her ShockAndAwe powers into his two {{Mook}}s (a security guard and a former female prisoner). The two new Livewires turn out to be highly effective copies of the original. When the [[BadassNormal Guardian]] and [[Characters/SupermanSupportingCast Mon-El]] manage to defeat them at the scientist's warehouse, he references this trope before subduing them with a more powerful version of Livewire's lightning coming from his hands. Luckily, Supergirl arrives and, together with the original Livewire, defeats the scientist.
30th Jan '17 9:59:56 AM Omeganian
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* It is said that in the past, a finished mail was usually tested by the armorerr putting it on, and the client stabbing it a few times with a dagger. If there was no one left to get the payment, then none was given.

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* It is said that in the past, a finished mail was usually tested by the armorerr armorer putting it on, and the client stabbing it a few times with a dagger. If there was no one left to get the payment, then none was given.
15th Jan '17 8:48:38 AM BKelly95
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* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' is a rare example where the scientist doesn't test the machine himself; but he does put his beloved pet dog in the driver's seat, and himself and his best friend in the path of the speeding vehicle, so he does still seem overly confident. "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit." "WHAT DID I TELL YOU?! EIGHTY EIGHT MILES PER HOUR!" He did intend for himself to be the first human test subject, with the space of time to observe negative side effects in said dog being a few minutes.
* Buckaroo Banzai in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension'' in a way. He decided to test his Oscillation Overthruster (which could allow something to pass through solid matter) in a vehicle he himself drove. He suffers no ill effects as a direct result, although the president's adviser suggested otherwise.



* Also turns up in a lot of TimeMachine stories, once again, including the Creator/HGWells original. ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' is a rare example where the scientist doesn't test the machine himself; but he does put his beloved pet dog in the driver's seat, and himself and his best friend in the path of the speeding vehicle, so he does still seem overly confident. "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit." "WHAT DID I TELL YOU?! EIGHTY EIGHT MILES PER HOUR!"
** He did intend for himself to be the first human test subject, with the space of time to observe negative side effects in said dog being a few minutes.
** In ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' he at least has the presence of mind to build a proof of concept device first.

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* Also turns up in a lot of TimeMachine stories, once again, including the Creator/HGWells original. ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' is a rare example where the scientist doesn't test the machine himself; but he does put his beloved pet dog in the driver's seat, and himself and his best friend in the path of the speeding vehicle, so he does still seem overly confident. "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit." "WHAT DID I TELL YOU?! EIGHTY EIGHT MILES PER HOUR!"
** He did intend for himself to be the first human test subject, with the space of time to observe negative side effects in said dog being a few minutes.
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In ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' he at least has the presence of mind to build a proof of concept device first.
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