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9th Mar '16 9:05:56 PM StrixObscuro
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Captain Janeway gets interested in holographic character Michael Sullivan in the "Fair Haven" program, and starts tweaking his program to make him more to her taste. Eventually she gets called on it by Voyager's doctor (also a hologram) and eventually shuts off her access to Michael's program so she won't be tempted to make more 'improvements'.

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Captain Janeway gets interested in holographic character Michael Sullivan in the "Fair Haven" program, and starts tweaking his program to make him more to her taste. Eventually she gets called on it by Voyager's doctor (also a hologram) and eventually shuts off her access to Michael's program so she won't be tempted to make more 'improvements'."improvements".



* In Season Six of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Willow casts a spell that makes Tara forget an argument they had about her cavalier attitude towards magic. After Tara finds out, she barely lasts a night of going 'cold turkey' before trying again, causing Tara to break up with her.

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* In Season Six of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow casts a spell that makes Tara forget an argument they had about her cavalier attitude towards magic. After Tara finds out, she barely lasts a night of going 'cold turkey' "cold turkey" before trying again, causing Tara to break up with her.



** He next tried this [[spoiler: on Rhinox ''again'' in ''BeastMachines,'' but this time also dialed his intelligence way down to HulkSpeak levels. Worked great until Rhinox got his memories and smarts back, at which point evil Rhinox nearly killed Megatron, ''again.'' The full snapback, this time, was posthumous.]]
* On ''TheFlintstones'', Wilma and Betty managed to completely change Fred and Barney's personalities on at least two occasions. The first time (by enrolling them in "charm school"), they got bored and tried to change them back. The second time (through subliminal messages in their sleep), Fred and Barney found out what their wives had done and took revenge.

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** He next tried this [[spoiler: on [[spoiler:on Rhinox ''again'' in ''BeastMachines,'' but this time also dialed his intelligence way down to HulkSpeak levels. Worked great until Rhinox got his memories and smarts back, at which point evil Rhinox nearly killed Megatron, ''again.'' The full snapback, this time, was posthumous.]]
* On ''TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Wilma and Betty managed to completely change Fred and Barney's personalities on at least two occasions. The first time (by enrolling them in "charm school"), they got bored and tried to change them back. The second time (through subliminal messages in their sleep), Fred and Barney found out what their wives had done and took revenge.



* One episode of ''BionicSix'' combined this with InTheBlood. The good [[TheProfessor professor]] wiped his evil brother Doctor Scarab's memory with the best of intentions to reform him, and was re-teaching him basic skills... and hard sciences. This new Scarab was more competent, smarter, and managed to hook up with his old goons to do a near successful attack on the Bionic Six. So, this trope works both ways for the good and evil.

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* One episode of ''BionicSix'' ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'' combined this with InTheBlood. The good [[TheProfessor professor]] wiped his evil brother Doctor Scarab's memory with the best of intentions to reform him, and was re-teaching him basic skills... and hard sciences. This new Scarab was more competent, smarter, and managed to hook up with his old goons to do a near successful attack on the Bionic Six. So, this trope works both ways for the good and evil.



* {{Lampshaded}} and spoofed in ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Pygmoelian": Moe has plastic surgery to become handsome and lands a role on a soap opera. Near the end of the episode the wall of a set falls on his face, and in the next scene we see he's [[StatusQuoIsGod back to normal]]. The last lines of the episode:

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* {{Lampshaded}} and spoofed in ''TheSimpsons'' repeatedly on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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episode "Pygmoelian": "Pygmoelian", Moe has plastic surgery to become handsome and lands a role on a soap opera. Near the end of the episode the wall of a set falls on his face, and in the next scene we see he's [[StatusQuoIsGod back to normal]]. The last lines of the episode:



*Lisa turns Groundskeeper Wille into a respectable gentlemen before he goes back because he misses his old life and is tired of putting up with assholes like Krusty the Klown.
Mr. Burns gets amnesia after a failed suicide attempt when his doctor tells him that he's dying. Lisa takes him to his old mansion to prove that he really can change, but then his memories come back. He soon discovers that general hatred for all mankind is literally the only thing keeping him alive.

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*Lisa ** Lisa turns Groundskeeper Wille into a respectable gentlemen before he goes back because he misses his old life and is tired of putting up with assholes like Krusty the Klown.
** Mr. Burns gets amnesia after a failed suicide attempt when his doctor tells him that he's dying. Lisa takes him to his old mansion to prove that he really can change, but then his memories come back. He soon discovers that general hatred for all mankind is literally the only thing keeping him alive.



*In another episode Peter vows to become smarter and more cultured after Lois calls him an idiot for leaving Stewie on the playground. After he becomes insufferable they send him on a trip to Tucson, Arizona (they call it the dumbest place on Earth).
In yet another episode, mean popular girl Connie makes Chris populat just to prove that she can make anyone popular. Chris is forced back to his old self after he starts to think that he's too popular to hang around Connie and Meg and Connie show an embarrassing video of him to the entire school.

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*In ** Another episode sees the family inherit a mansion, and Brian teaches Peter how to behave like a cultured gentleman so that he won't humiliate himself while socializing with their new neighbors. After Peter blows the family's savings on an expensive vase, Brian and Lois work to bring him back to his senses.
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In yet another episode, mean popular girl Connie makes Chris populat popular just to prove that she can make anyone popular. Chris is forced back to his old self after he starts to think that he's too popular to hang around Connie Connie, and Meg and Connie show an embarrassing video of him to the entire school.
9th Mar '16 8:49:28 PM GrammarNavi
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* The episode of ''TheKingOfQueens'' "Jung Frankenstein". Initially, Carrie sends Doug to a therapist to control his eating (which he isn't too thrilled about). When that goes well, she secretly convinces the therapist to get rid of Doug's other vices (that's how she sees it). Needless to say, when he finds out, he's furious. As he puts it by the end of the episode, "Well why don't I strap a suggestion box to my ass? It'll save you the trip."

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* The episode of ''TheKingOfQueens'' ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' "Jung Frankenstein". Initially, Carrie sends Doug to a therapist to control his eating (which he isn't too thrilled about). When that goes well, she secretly convinces the therapist to get rid of Doug's other vices (that's how she sees it). Needless to say, when he finds out, he's furious. As he puts it by the end of the episode, "Well why don't I strap a suggestion box to my ass? It'll save you the trip."
28th Jan '16 4:46:34 AM search
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*Lisa turns Groundskeeper Wille into a respectable gentlemen before he goes back because he misses his old life and is tired of putting up with assholes like Krusty the Klown.
Mr. Burns gets amnesia after a failed suicide attempt when his doctor tells him that he's dying. Lisa takes him to his old mansion to prove that he really can change, but then his memories come back. He soon discovers that general hatred for all mankind is literally the only thing keeping him alive.


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*In another episode Peter vows to become smarter and more cultured after Lois calls him an idiot for leaving Stewie on the playground. After he becomes insufferable they send him on a trip to Tucson, Arizona (they call it the dumbest place on Earth).
In yet another episode, mean popular girl Connie makes Chris populat just to prove that she can make anyone popular. Chris is forced back to his old self after he starts to think that he's too popular to hang around Connie and Meg and Connie show an embarrassing video of him to the entire school.
16th Oct '15 4:10:24 PM nombretomado
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* On one episode of ''PinkyAndTheBrain'', Brain makes Pinky smarter, hoping that he will now be helpful in his plans for world conquest. But Brain finds that Pinky is ''too'' smart, always pointing out the flaws in Brain's plans. To restore balance, Brain applies the same process in reverse and makes himself dumb. Unfortunately, so has Pinky.

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* On one episode of ''PinkyAndTheBrain'', ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', Brain makes Pinky smarter, hoping that he will now be helpful in his plans for world conquest. But Brain finds that Pinky is ''too'' smart, always pointing out the flaws in Brain's plans. To restore balance, Brain applies the same process in reverse and makes himself dumb. Unfortunately, so has Pinky.
6th Oct '15 11:41:41 AM Gideoncrawle
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* The TropeNamer is the stage production ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, adapted into musical form with ''Theatre/MyFairLady''. Containing the aformentioned pygmalion as represented by the incorrigible Henry Higgins (with his grand knowledge of accents, a novelty in turn-of-the-century England) who attempts to change the cockney Liza Dolittle into a well-bred, well-spoken English lady by correcting her common drawl. He succeeds but then discards his creation, much to Liza's great consternation, which is where the narrative tension arises in the second half of the play.


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* The TropeNamer is the stage play, ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, adapted into [[TheMusical musical form]] as ''Theatre/MyFairLady''. The Pygmalion figure is the incorrigible Henry Higgins, with his grand knowledge of accents, a novelty in turn-of-the-century England, who attempts to change the cockney Liza Dolittle into a well-bred, well-spoken English lady by correcting her common drawl. He succeeds but then discards his creation, much to Liza's great consternation, which gives rise to the narrative tension in the second half of the play.
* In ''Theatre/TheBeautifulGalatea'', a comic opera by Music/FranzVonSuppe, Venus brings Pygmalion's statue to life as in the original myth. When Pygmalion discovers that Galatea is independent, [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful]], and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor generally more than he can handle]], he prevails on Venus to turn her [[TakenForGranite back into a statue]].
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21st Sep '15 8:48:44 PM Adept
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* In ''BeautyPop,'' the main character gives the ShrinkingViolet a make-over--making her lose her glasses, putting her in trendy clothes and pretty make-up, and giving her a new hair-do. The girl keeps it ''just'' long enough so she can taunt a boy who rejected her for being plain. In the next chapter, she put the glasses back on and put her hair in braids again, saying she felt weird otherwise.

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* In ''BeautyPop,'' ''Manga/BeautyPop,'' the main character gives the ShrinkingViolet a make-over--making her lose her glasses, putting her in trendy clothes and pretty make-up, and giving her a new hair-do. The girl keeps it ''just'' long enough so she can taunt a boy who rejected her for being plain. In the next chapter, she put the glasses back on and put her hair in braids again, saying she felt weird otherwise.
4th Sep '15 4:23:41 PM nombretomado
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* The TropeNamer is the stage production ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, adapted into musical form with ''MyFairLady''. Containing the aformentioned pygmalion as represented by the incorrigible Henry Higgins (with his grand knowledge of accents, a novelty in turn-of-the-century England) who attempts to change the cockney Liza Dolittle into a well-bred, well-spoken English lady by correcting her common drawl. He succeeds but then discards his creation, much to Liza's great consternation, which is where the narrative tension arises in the second half of the play.

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* The TropeNamer is the stage production ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, adapted into musical form with ''MyFairLady''.''Theatre/MyFairLady''. Containing the aformentioned pygmalion as represented by the incorrigible Henry Higgins (with his grand knowledge of accents, a novelty in turn-of-the-century England) who attempts to change the cockney Liza Dolittle into a well-bred, well-spoken English lady by correcting her common drawl. He succeeds but then discards his creation, much to Liza's great consternation, which is where the narrative tension arises in the second half of the play.
30th Apr '15 9:19:01 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''InvaderZim'' episode "GIR Goes Crazy And Stuff", Zim gets fed up with his sidekick GIR's insane behavior and tinkers with his behavioral modifier to lock him in "serious mode". It succeeds... and then GIR starts questioning Zim's methods because they are stupid and ineffective. In the end, after trying to accomplish [[TakeOverTheWorld the mission goal]] himself as well as trying to eliminate Zim, he is restored to his usual stupid, non-threatening self.
* In ''GoofTroop'', Pete once hypnotized Goofy to turn him into a ruthless car salesman like himself. The problem was that Goofy's cluelessness persisted, and caused Pete no end of trouble, including stealing a armored car to sell on the lot, and robbing the policeman who came to investigate. In the end, Pete hypnotizes Goofy back to his old self.

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* In the ''InvaderZim'' ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "GIR Goes Crazy And Stuff", Zim gets fed up with his sidekick GIR's insane behavior and tinkers with his behavioral modifier to lock him in "serious mode". It succeeds... and then GIR starts questioning Zim's methods because they are stupid and ineffective. In the end, after trying to accomplish [[TakeOverTheWorld the mission goal]] himself as well as trying to eliminate Zim, he is restored to his usual stupid, non-threatening self.
* In ''GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', Pete once hypnotized Goofy to turn him into a ruthless car salesman like himself. The problem was that Goofy's cluelessness persisted, and caused Pete no end of trouble, including stealing a armored car to sell on the lot, and robbing the policeman who came to investigate. In the end, Pete hypnotizes Goofy back to his old self.
5th Apr '15 6:51:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Chowder}}'': Tired of his stupidity, Mung Daal creates a dish that makes Chowder ''very'' smart. At first, the audience expected to see Chowder's smartness becoming intolerable for Mung Daal, but this was subverted by having Chowder realizing that he's a cartoon character in a TV show. Using his newfound powers, he changes the show into a boring educational program. Realizing that this change made things worse, Chowder yanks his new brain out of his nose and smashes it, effectively deleting the show altogether.
* DuckDodgers got this makeover thanks to one of Ignacius' inventions. The new Dodgers not only became hyper-competent but even better than everyone else. Then he tried to pull a PygmalionPlot on the whole Earth, because it didn't live up to his expectations. It could easily have been permanent, as it took all the effort from I.Q., Cadet, Marvin and the Queen to get him back to his old self.

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* ''{{Chowder}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'': Tired of his stupidity, Mung Daal creates a dish that makes Chowder ''very'' smart. At first, the audience expected to see Chowder's smartness becoming intolerable for Mung Daal, but this was subverted by having Chowder realizing that he's a cartoon character in a TV show. Using his newfound powers, he changes the show into a boring educational program. Realizing that this change made things worse, Chowder yanks his new brain out of his nose and smashes it, effectively deleting the show altogether.
* DuckDodgers WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers got this makeover thanks to one of Ignacius' inventions. The new Dodgers not only became hyper-competent but even better than everyone else. Then he tried to pull a PygmalionPlot on the whole Earth, because it didn't live up to his expectations. It could easily have been permanent, as it took all the effort from I.Q., Cadet, Marvin and the Queen to get him back to his old self.
26th Mar '15 12:37:25 PM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Fenwick of Hurog wanted to make [[ARealManIsAKiller men]] out of his sons. His younger, more sensitive son attempted suicide, and ran away to become a bard. The older one has brain damage from a violent beating and is a GentleGiant, made rather more compassionate by the horrible childhood. It's hinted that Fenwick's father was the same kind of person ... well, [[GoneHorriblyRight Fenwick murdered him to get to inherit sooner.]] Which explains why Ward [[ObfuscatingStupidity exaggerates the brain damage]] to seem harmless - Fenwick can't decide whether he wants to have a strong, ruthless heir, or rather a harmless son who won't murder him. (In the end, he's killed by his horse, [[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt Stygian]].

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Fenwick of Hurog wanted to make [[ARealManIsAKiller men]] out of his sons. His younger, more sensitive son attempted suicide, and ran away to become a bard. The older one has brain damage from a violent beating and is a GentleGiant, made rather more compassionate by the horrible childhood. It's hinted that Fenwick's father was [[TestosteronePoisoning the same kind of person ...person]] ... well, [[GoneHorriblyRight Fenwick murdered him to get to inherit sooner.]] Which explains why Ward [[ObfuscatingStupidity exaggerates the brain damage]] to seem harmless - Fenwick can't seemingly couldn't decide whether he wants to have a strong, ruthless heir, or rather a harmless son who won't murder him. (In (At the end, beginning of the novel, he's killed by his horse, [[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt Stygian]]. Stygian]].)
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