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12th May '17 5:43:53 PM TheCuza
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* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-028 is a small area within an abandoned storage yard that causes anyone who enters it to gain complete, perfect knowledge about a single random subject. Subjects range from cold fusion, to the location of the keys to a specific Buick [=LeSabre=], to things that will make you GoMadFromTheRevelation.

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* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-028 is a small area within an abandoned storage yard that causes anyone who enters it to instantly gain complete, perfect knowledge about a single random subject. Subjects range from cold fusion, to the location of the keys to a one specific set of car keys[[note]]They belong to a Buick [=LeSabre=], [=LeSabre=] if you're wondering[[/note]], to things that will make you GoMadFromTheRevelation.
12th Mar '17 4:27:33 AM Argon2
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** In one story arc, he enlarges his brain to make his homework easier and becomes so intelligent that, within moments, he metally calculates the purpose of the cosmos and all reality into a single, simple answer. However, he was inable to figure out why girls are so weird.

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** In one story arc, he enlarges his brain to make his homework easier and becomes so intelligent that, within moments, he metally calculates the purpose of the cosmos and all reality into a single, simple answer. However, he was inable unable to figure out why girls are so weird.
25th Feb '17 2:26:04 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'' season 1: When the Ranger passes the intelligence ring, the Elf and Dwarf assume it works that way; but he predictably fails to answer their questions.

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* Subverted in ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'' ''AudioPlay/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'' season 1: When the Ranger passes the intelligence ring, the Elf and Dwarf assume it works that way; but he predictably fails to answer their questions.
7th Feb '17 6:29:25 PM FordPrefect
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* In the Eureka episode "Smarter Carter," Kevin gives Jack a substance that turns him into a genius, so that Jack can impress Kevin's visiting (genius) uncle.

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* In the Eureka ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' episode "Smarter Carter," Kevin gives Jack a substance that turns him into a genius, so that Jack can impress Kevin's visiting (genius) uncle.
29th Nov '16 10:15:06 AM MagnusForce
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has Beezy get affected by a machine that [[MadScientist Heloise]] intended to use on herself.

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* An episode of In the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has episode "Beezy J. Genius", Beezy get gets affected by a machine that [[MadScientist Heloise]] intended Heloise's Braniac Booster, making him even smarter than Heloise to use on herself.the point of InsufferableGenius, thus annoying Heloise, being a {{Jerkass}} to Jimmy, and even overthrowing Lucius as ruler of Miseryville.


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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Overclockwise" had Cubert upgrade Bender's intelligence, but it results in Bender's intellect exponentially increasing as time goes on. By the final act of the episode, Bender has ''become a god and merged with the universe'', now more interested in managing the cosmos than engaging in his usual immoral shenanigans.
12th Oct '16 1:44:57 AM PaulA
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* Justified in [[MyTeacherIsAnAlien My Teacher Fried My Brains.]] The narration explains that the intelligence-boosted protagonist can use words like "anthropologist" because he's heard them before, and now has the brainpower to remember what they mean. The first sign in the book that the intelligence boost worked was when he was sitting in math class and suddenly realized he understood what the teacher was saying.

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* Justified in [[MyTeacherIsAnAlien My Teacher Fried My Brains.]] ''Literature/MyTeacherFriedMyBrains''. The narration explains that the intelligence-boosted protagonist can use words like "anthropologist" because he's heard them before, and now has the brainpower to remember what they mean. The first sign in the book that the intelligence boost worked was when he was sitting in math class and suddenly realized he understood what the teacher was saying.
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.
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