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24th Jun '16 2:45:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted/inverted in one episode of ''ReBoot'': [[BrattyHalfPint whippersnapper]] Enzo wants to be smarter so he can help pull his weight, but learning takes too long. So he asks the [=CPU=] to just make him the smartest bit in Mainframe, [[LiteralGenie to which it accords by making everyone else dumb as a box of nulls]].

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* Subverted/inverted in one episode of ''ReBoot'': ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': [[BrattyHalfPint whippersnapper]] Enzo wants to be smarter so he can help pull his weight, but learning takes too long. So he asks the [=CPU=] to just make him the smartest bit in Mainframe, [[LiteralGenie to which it accords by making everyone else dumb as a box of nulls]].



* Notably averted in ''MightyMax''. Dr. Zygote, after inventing a machine that [[EvolutionaryLevels manipulates evolution]], uses it on himself to become a [[MyBrainIsBig huge-brained]] "man of tomorrow". Once he's done this... he's harmless: he has acquired new powers, but he doesn't know how to use them. Sure enough, a dozen episodes later, Zygote is back and has made some practice with his powers.

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* Notably averted in ''MightyMax''.''WesternAnimation/MightyMax''. Dr. Zygote, after inventing a machine that [[EvolutionaryLevels manipulates evolution]], uses it on himself to become a [[MyBrainIsBig huge-brained]] "man of tomorrow". Once he's done this... he's harmless: he has acquired new powers, but he doesn't know how to use them. Sure enough, a dozen episodes later, Zygote is back and has made some practice with his powers.



* ''GetEd'' had an episode where Loogie was zapped by a machine designed to enhance organic computers. This resulted in super-intelligence to the point of creating BiggerOnTheInside vaccuum cleaners. Unfortunately, if he didn't reverse the process, his brain would grow too big, with [[YourHeadAsplode messy results]].

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* ''GetEd'' ''WesternAnimation/GetEd'' had an episode where Loogie was zapped by a machine designed to enhance organic computers. This resulted in super-intelligence to the point of creating BiggerOnTheInside vaccuum cleaners. Unfortunately, if he didn't reverse the process, his brain would grow too big, with [[YourHeadAsplode messy results]].
28th Mar '16 2:51:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' manages this with the MagicFeather the Wizard gives the Scarecrow! Dodged in the book; after the wizard fills the scarecrow's head with bran and needles, the scarecrow says,
--->"I feel wise indeed, when I get used to my brains I shall know everything."

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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' manages this with the MagicFeather the Wizard gives the Scarecrow! Dodged in the book; after the wizard fills the scarecrow's head with bran and needles, the scarecrow says,
--->"I feel wise indeed, when I get used to my brains I shall know everything."
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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' manages this with the MagicFeather the Wizard gives the Scarecrow! Dodged in the book; after the wizard fills the scarecrow's head with bran and needles, the scarecrow says,
--->"I feel wise indeed, when I get used to my brains I shall know everything."
19th Jan '16 11:46:08 AM nombretomado
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* Similarly avoided in ''StaticShock''. When Richie gains SuperIntelligence, he doesn't really gain any knowledge that he didn't already have; his GadgeteerGenius tendencies had been present since the beginning of the series, so they just get taken UpToEleven, suggesting that the powers really just drastically improved and sped up his problem-solving abilities.

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* Similarly avoided in ''StaticShock''.''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''. When Richie gains SuperIntelligence, he doesn't really gain any knowledge that he didn't already have; his GadgeteerGenius tendencies had been present since the beginning of the series, so they just get taken UpToEleven, suggesting that the powers really just drastically improved and sped up his problem-solving abilities.
25th Dec '15 6:59:24 PM nombretomado
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in a SilverAge story where a DevolutionDevice devolves {{Franchise/Superman}} into a superpowered caveman while [[GoalOrientedEvolution evolving]] {{Franchise/Batman}} into a [[MyBrainIsBig huge-brained]] genius. Batman soon starts creating all sorts of AppliedPhlebotinum, which may be considered a case of "screw learning" but is actually not too hard to justify.[[note]]Batman is already technologically adept in his normal form, and he may have been doing his research off-panel with the story not showing it for brevity.[[/note]] On the other hand, Superman isn't just dumber -- he ''has actually forgotten what machines are'', and for instance believes a train to be an animal.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in a SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] story where a DevolutionDevice devolves {{Franchise/Superman}} into a superpowered caveman while [[GoalOrientedEvolution evolving]] {{Franchise/Batman}} into a [[MyBrainIsBig huge-brained]] genius. Batman soon starts creating all sorts of AppliedPhlebotinum, which may be considered a case of "screw learning" but is actually not too hard to justify.[[note]]Batman is already technologically adept in his normal form, and he may have been doing his research off-panel with the story not showing it for brevity.[[/note]] On the other hand, Superman isn't just dumber -- he ''has actually forgotten what machines are'', and for instance believes a train to be an animal.
16th Dec '15 6:57:55 AM CheeseDogX
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** And he's defeated ''exactly the same way'', only this time the machine causes him to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and not bother anyone again.

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** And he's defeated ''exactly the same way'', only this time the machine causes him to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and [[AboveGoodAndEvil not bother anyone again.again]].
28th Nov '15 5:02:46 PM nombretomado
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* Possibly the case with the [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted rats]] in ''TheSecretOfNIMH''. Seemingly the experiments would have just given them the biological capacity for human-like intelligence, but that doesn't explain how they learned to read or build machinery more complicated than the average person could. Explained better in the book; the rats are taught to read (granted, with experimental drugs injected for added flavor), and are tested for some time before they finally escape.

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* Possibly the case with the [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted rats]] in ''TheSecretOfNIMH''.''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh''. Seemingly the experiments would have just given them the biological capacity for human-like intelligence, but that doesn't explain how they learned to read or build machinery more complicated than the average person could. Explained better in the book; the rats are taught to read (granted, with experimental drugs injected for added flavor), and are tested for some time before they finally escape.
2nd Oct '15 4:11:29 PM nombretomado
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* Not uncommon at all in the {{Oz}} books. The Patchwork Girl of Oz has brains consisting of a cocktail of powdered essence of personality traits, Bungle the Glass Cat has brains made of pink beads (she's very proud of them; every time she brings them up, she insists that they're the best brains around because you can actually see them work), and the Highly Magnified Wogglebug takes it to the logical extreme; the students at his college spend most of their time focused on sports, because all learning occurs through a rigorously scheduled pill regimen. On top of that, anything with a mouth or analogue thereof exposed to Dr. Pipt's Powder of Life can speak, and quite eloquently at times, regardless of the fact that it was (for example) a log with a vaguely face-shaped arrangement of knots a minute ago.

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* Not uncommon at all in the {{Oz}} ''Literature/LandOfOz'' books. The Patchwork Girl of Oz has brains consisting of a cocktail of powdered essence of personality traits, Bungle the Glass Cat has brains made of pink beads (she's very proud of them; every time she brings them up, she insists that they're the best brains around because you can actually see them work), and the Highly Magnified Wogglebug takes it to the logical extreme; the students at his college spend most of their time focused on sports, because all learning occurs through a rigorously scheduled pill regimen. On top of that, anything with a mouth or analogue thereof exposed to Dr. Pipt's Powder of Life can speak, and quite eloquently at times, regardless of the fact that it was (for example) a log with a vaguely face-shaped arrangement of knots a minute ago.
25th Sep '15 4:38:18 AM carasci
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* This is the whole premise of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. While Chuck Bartowski is himself a bright and competent person, the "Intersect" allows all manner of skills and knowledge to be directly downloaded into his brain instead of needing to be actually learned.
** Somewhat subverted as the series progresses, as Chuck does learn enough to show that he can be competent even without the Intersect. This is played with especially in the show's final season.
4th Aug '15 11:28:01 PM allium
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "More Smarter", Rigby is teased because he didn't graduate from high school. He ends up ordering a drink that makes him smarter. It says to take a dose every week; however, he takes a whole bottle. He shows off his knowledge to Mordecai, who then takes some of the drink, and pretty soon they've covered the entire house in algebra equations and [[AltemVidetur started talking to each other in Latin]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "More Smarter", Rigby is teased because he didn't graduate from high school. He ends up ordering a drink that makes him smarter. It says to take a dose every week; however, he takes a whole bottle. He shows off his knowledge to Mordecai, who then takes some of the drink, and pretty soon they've covered the entire house in algebra equations and [[AltemVidetur [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin started talking to each other in Latin]].
4th Aug '15 11:27:05 PM allium
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "More Smarter", Rigby is teased because he didn't graduate from high school. He ends up ordering a drink that makes him smarter. It says to take a dose every week; however, he takes a whole bottle. He shows off his knowledge to Mordecai, who then takes some of the drink, and pretty soon they've covered the entire house in algebra equations and [[LoremIpsum started talking to each other in Latin]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "More Smarter", Rigby is teased because he didn't graduate from high school. He ends up ordering a drink that makes him smarter. It says to take a dose every week; however, he takes a whole bottle. He shows off his knowledge to Mordecai, who then takes some of the drink, and pretty soon they've covered the entire house in algebra equations and [[LoremIpsum [[AltemVidetur started talking to each other in Latin]].
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