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3rd Aug '17 10:28:40 PM Rikmach
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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a]] [[HumanResources resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.

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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], Unmada]] where one believes their mad science is true and everyone else is crazy, or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a]] [[HumanResources resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.
20th Jul '17 11:11:33 PM Kalaong
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Compare WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, which, depending on the series, may be either the cause or the result of SRMD. Likely to lead to a NoMedicationForMe[=/=]FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome situation. Can quickly lead to TheMadnessPlace. Not to be confused with MemeticMutation. Also compare TheSparkOfGenius, which is sometimes combined with this syndrome.

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Compare WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, which, depending on the series, may be either the cause or the result of SRMD. Likely to lead to a NoMedicationForMe[=/=]FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome situation. Can quickly lead to TheMadnessPlace. Not to be confused with MemeticMutation. Also compare TheSparkOfGenius, which is sometimes combined with this syndrome.syndrome, as well as NeurodiversityIsSupernatural, where atypical mental conditions convey less scientific talents.
11th Jun '17 8:56:23 AM PixelKnight
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* Attention Deficit Disorder is a disruption of dopamine and ephedrine distribution within the brain which causes some areas to be flooded constantly with the chemicals, while others receive relatively little, similar to the effect that cocaine has on the brain. As dopamine can be loosely described as the "like button" neurochemical, while ephedrine is the "alertness" chemical, this causes the brain to follow somewhat random patterns regarding what is [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny perceived as important at the moment]], and [[SensoryOverload inhibits the ability to filter both mental and external noise]].[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, individuals with ADD/ADHD are not oblivious to what is going on around them. Its just that their brain flags the oven being on fire with the same level of importance as trying to remember where they put the remote, a stray thought about that lame joke they heard earlier, and the fact that they could ''really'' go for a grilled cheese sandwich right now. Wait. Grilled cheese sandwich. Oven. Smoke Alarm. OhCrap.[[/note]] This typically manifests as a constant state of extreme curiosity for subjects considered "interesting", impulsive behavior and thoughts with little inhibition, bursts of extreme inspiration and creativity, and elevated excitability. ADHD is generally treated with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomoxetine epinephrine reuptake inhibitors]] and dopamine reuptake inhibitors like stimulants, which even out the distribution somewhat. Thus medication makes cognition less chaotic, which can be frustrating for those who enjoy the buzz of constant..."colorful"...thoughts.

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* Attention Deficit Disorder is a disruption of dopamine and ephedrine distribution within the brain which causes some areas to be flooded constantly with the chemicals, while others receive relatively little, similar to the effect that cocaine has on the brain. As dopamine can be loosely described as the "like button" neurochemical, while ephedrine is the "alertness" chemical, this causes the brain to follow somewhat random patterns regarding what is [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny perceived as important at the moment]], and [[SensoryOverload inhibits the ability to filter both mental and external noise]].[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, individuals with ADD/ADHD are not oblivious to what is going on around them. Its just that their brain flags the oven being on fire with the same level of importance as trying to remember where they put the remote, a stray thought about that lame joke they heard earlier, and the fact that they could ''really'' go for a grilled cheese sandwich right now. [[ExplainExplainOhCrap Wait. Grilled cheese sandwich. Oven. Smoke Alarm. ]] OhCrap.[[/note]] This typically manifests as a constant state of extreme curiosity for subjects considered "interesting", impulsive behavior and thoughts with little inhibition, bursts of extreme inspiration and creativity, and elevated excitability. ADHD is generally treated with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomoxetine epinephrine reuptake inhibitors]] and dopamine reuptake inhibitors like stimulants, which even out the distribution somewhat. Thus medication makes cognition less chaotic, which can be frustrating for those who enjoy the buzz of constant..."colorful"...thoughts.
25th Nov '16 11:33:19 PM WingedCat
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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.

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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a a]] [[HumanResources resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.
13th Nov '16 11:31:56 PM Alas_Poor_Donny
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*** Arguably, the Sons are actually an aversion of the trope; while most mages have their powers as a result of what is more or less a psychotic break that turns their view of the world into reality around them, the Sons are former Technocrats; that is to say, they're fully aware of how the consensus and paradigms work, and have made a conscious, informed decision about what they're going to believe rather than having to follow the mad inspiration of their Avatar like everyone else. They wear the tropes of the mad scientist, but mechanically they're more like [[DoingInTheWizard Sane Mages]].
1st Sep '16 2:41:55 PM margdean56
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* Will Magnus, the creator of the ComicBook/MetalMen in the DC universe, suffers from bipolar disorder. Taking pills prevents him from acting irrational and creating machines of death--like making a robot out of uranium--but also stifles his creativity - like making a sexy robot out of platinum.

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* Will Magnus, the creator of the ComicBook/MetalMen in the DC universe, suffers from bipolar disorder. Taking pills prevents him from acting irrational and creating machines of death--like making a robot out of uranium--but also stifles his creativity - like creativity--like making a sexy robot out of platinum.



* Played straight in the ''Literature/MorganvilleVampires'' books; Myrnin is a MadScientist vampire who has developed a disease that only targets vampires, he tries to find a cure and managed to develop medication to slow it down, but often forgets to take it, turning him into a bloodthirsty monster, which is why he needs someone there to help him remember, but hiring an assistant often doesn't go well.

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* Played straight in the ''Literature/MorganvilleVampires'' books; Myrnin is a MadScientist vampire who has developed a disease that only targets vampires, he vampires. He tries to find a cure and managed manages to develop medication to slow it down, but often forgets to take it, turning him into a bloodthirsty monster, which is why he needs someone there to help him remember, but hiring an assistant often doesn't go well.
5th Jul '16 7:33:26 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/AgentCarter'': Howark Stark says that when he gets an idea for an invention, no matter how dangerous, he can't not make it. That's why he has a vault for his "bad babies". He puts these dangerous inventions in there because he never planned on selling them to ''anyone''. "I can't control what I make but I ''can'' control what I sell."

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* ''Series/AgentCarter'': Howark Howard Stark says that when he gets an idea for an invention, no matter how dangerous, he can't not make it. That's why he has a vault for his "bad babies". He puts these dangerous inventions in there because he never planned on selling them to ''anyone''. "I can't control what I make but I ''can'' control what I sell."
27th Jun '16 9:50:32 AM MadCat221
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a SteamPunk series that calls this disorder "[[TheSparkOfGenius The Spark]]". Those affected are often called Sparks, or are said to have "The Spark". No cure in sight short of massive, irreversible brain damage. But the Spark who's working on it is getting ''much'' better about that whole "quality of life" thing! Sparks are compelled to build things--often ''extremely dangerous'' things--with little to no regard for consequences. It's been called "TheMadnessPlace", with three known levels. After the first, concern for safety starts to falter a bit--''all'' safety.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a SteamPunk GaslampFantasy series that calls this disorder "[[TheSparkOfGenius The Spark]]". Those affected are often called Sparks, or are said to have "The Spark". No cure in sight short of massive, irreversible brain damage. But the Spark who's working on it is getting ''much'' better about that whole "quality of life" thing! Sparks are compelled to build things--often ''extremely dangerous'' things--with little to no regard for consequences. It's been called "TheMadnessPlace", with three known levels. After the first, concern for safety starts to falter a bit--''all'' safety.
27th Jun '16 9:46:50 AM MadCat221
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a SteamPunk series in which "Sparks" run rampant. No cure in sight short of massive, irreversible brain damage. But the Spark who's working on it is getting ''much'' better about that whole "quality of life" thing! Sparks are compelled to build things--often ''extremely dangerous'' things--with little to no regard for consequences. It's been called "TheMadnessPlace", with three known levels. After the first, concern for safety starts to falter a bit--''all'' safety.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a SteamPunk series in which "Sparks" run rampant.that calls this disorder "[[TheSparkOfGenius The Spark]]". Those affected are often called Sparks, or are said to have "The Spark". No cure in sight short of massive, irreversible brain damage. But the Spark who's working on it is getting ''much'' better about that whole "quality of life" thing! Sparks are compelled to build things--often ''extremely dangerous'' things--with little to no regard for consequences. It's been called "TheMadnessPlace", with three known levels. After the first, concern for safety starts to falter a bit--''all'' safety.
7th May '16 8:45:41 PM Theriocephalus
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Although obviously more extreme than in real life, this sort of thing is TruthInTelevision (or other media): Some medications used to treat mental illness leave the patient drained of energy, unable to think clearly, cut off from the full use of the senses, or any combination thereof. This is one factor in some of the many [[MadArtist historical geniuses]] and others who refuse to take their medication, preferring insanity to a lackluster funk.

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Although obviously more extreme than in real life, this sort of thing is TruthInTelevision (or other media): Some some medications used to treat mental illness leave the patient drained of energy, unable to think clearly, cut off from the full use of the senses, or any combination thereof. This is one factor in some of the many [[MadArtist historical geniuses]] and others who refuse to take their medication, preferring insanity to a lackluster funk.
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