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28th Oct '16 10:07:05 AM Arachnos
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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', there are two diseases that affect Magicka: Witbane and Brain Rot. The former slows down magicka regeneration, the latter reduces your maximum magicka.They are contracted from being attacked by Sabre Cats and Hagravens respectively.
12th Sep '16 6:46:34 PM PaulA
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* This is an ability of the Oversoul, the millions old AI that monitors humanity in Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/{{Homecoming}}'' series. To prevent humanity from developing to a point where it can potentially wipe itself out, the Oversoul can make those who delve into forbidden ideas suddenly stupid or forgetful until they move on to something else. It takes a lot of willpower for a human being to overcome this. This ability is so powerful that at one point the Oversoul does it to ''itself.''

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* This is an ability of the Oversoul, the millions old AI that monitors humanity in Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/{{Homecoming}}'' series.''Literature/HomecomingSaga''. To prevent humanity from developing to a point where it can potentially wipe itself out, the Oversoul can make those who delve into forbidden ideas suddenly stupid or forgetful until they move on to something else. It takes a lot of willpower for a human being to overcome this. This ability is so powerful that at one point the Oversoul does it to ''itself.''''itself''.
30th Aug '16 9:17:26 AM ultimomant
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* Parodied in One Piece when Luffy does "Gomu Gomu no Boh/Gum Gum Space Out" and completely clears his mind of thought so Eneru can't read his moves with his Mantra. It's not much of an "attack" as he can't fight back with it.

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* Parodied in One Piece ''Manga/OnePiece'' when Luffy does "Gomu Gomu no Boh/Gum Gum Space Out" and completely clears his mind of thought so Eneru can't read his moves with his Mantra. It's not much of an "attack" as he can't fight back with it.



* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Glory has a [[NightmareFuel terrifying version of this]], where she basically jams her fingers into the sides of the victims head, robbing them off their sanity and intelligence and leaving them babbling and helpless. This happens to [[spoiler: Terra]], who ends up being the only one cured thanks to Willow. A side-effect of this also benefits Glory as they see Dawn in her true form, which is described as a beautiful, pure green light, and [[spoiler:Terra]] accidentally helps Glory learn Dawn is the MacGuffin because she didn't understand that vocalizing this will result in everyone dying.

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Glory has a [[NightmareFuel terrifying version of this]], where she basically jams her fingers into the sides of the victims head, robbing them off their sanity and intelligence and leaving them babbling and helpless. This happens to [[spoiler: Terra]], Tara]], who ends up being the only one cured thanks to Willow. A side-effect of this also benefits Glory as they see Dawn in her true form, which is described as a beautiful, pure green light, and [[spoiler:Terra]] [[spoiler:Tara]] accidentally helps Glory learn Dawn is the MacGuffin because she didn't understand that vocalizing this will result in everyone dying.
7th Aug '16 3:40:17 PM Vindicar
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* In ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'' some of your traps, interrogation devices and trained social minions can do it to agents of justice. It's a highly useful technique, as not only stupefied targets become docile enough to be simply escorted away from your ElaborateUndergroundBase, they will also forget any incriminating activity they've seen.
16th Jul '16 4:12:21 PM nombretomado
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* Appears twice in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''. In "Grounder the Genius", Hacker creates a "Stupid Chip" as a decoy for the one with the Super Genius Program he stole from Robotnik. When Robotnik thinks he's recovered the Genius Chip, he ends up using the Stupid Chip on himself, with predictable results. Another episode had Robotnik inventing a Stupid Ray, which became the episode's MacGuffin: a crazed general thinks he can use it to make an army of brainwashed soldiers, and [[HonestJohnsDealership sleazy salesman Wes Weasley]] figures it will make it easier to sell people his worthless junk.

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* Appears twice in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''.''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''. In "Grounder the Genius", Hacker creates a "Stupid Chip" as a decoy for the one with the Super Genius Program he stole from Robotnik. When Robotnik thinks he's recovered the Genius Chip, he ends up using the Stupid Chip on himself, with predictable results. Another episode had Robotnik inventing a Stupid Ray, which became the episode's MacGuffin: a crazed general thinks he can use it to make an army of brainwashed soldiers, and [[HonestJohnsDealership sleazy salesman Wes Weasley]] figures it will make it easier to sell people his worthless junk.
10th Jun '16 2:30:33 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', Dave Bowman pulls a rare lethal version on the [[AIIsACrapshoot rogue computer]] HAL 9000, removing its memory modules until its "brain" shuts down. Despite the machine being a clear antagonist, the sequence is [[TearJerker remarkably upsetting]].

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* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', Dave Bowman pulls a rare lethal version on the [[AIIsACrapshoot rogue computer]] HAL 9000, removing its memory modules until its "brain" shuts down. Despite the machine being a clear antagonist, the sequence is [[TearJerker remarkably upsetting]].upsetting.
27th May '16 8:20:55 PM BatDan
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* Parodied in One Piece when Luffy does "Gomu Gomu no Boh/Gum Gum Space Out" and completely clears his mind of thought so Eneru can't read his moves with his Mantra. It's not much of an "attack" as he can't fight back with it.
25th May '16 7:57:44 PM Seanette
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Post-VillainousBreakdown, Zola announces her intent to administer a... rather crude version to Tarvek.[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103]]Specifically, coring out his brain with a sword in order to make him her 'zombie slave'. In her defense, she was ''incredibly[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ItMakesSenseInContext]]'' high when she came up with the idea.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Post-VillainousBreakdown, Zola [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 announces her intent intent]] to administer a... rather crude version to Tarvek.[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103]]Specifically, Specifically, coring out his brain with a sword in order to make him her 'zombie slave'. In her defense, she was ''incredibly[[http://tvtropes.[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ItMakesSenseInContext]]'' high php/Main/ItMakesSenseInContext incredibly high]] when she came up with the idea.
25th May '16 7:54:45 PM Seanette
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* In the ''Literature//{{Uglies}}'' series, when you are made into a Pretty at age sixteen, they make you into a bubblehead that won't try and rebel against the entire ideal.

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* In the ''Literature//{{Uglies}}'' ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' series, when you are made into a Pretty at age sixteen, they make you into a bubblehead that won't try and rebel against the entire ideal.
18th Apr '16 1:34:07 AM StFan
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-->-- '''Jace Beleren''', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=266487 Flavor Text for Mind Sculpt]]''

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-->-- '''Jace Beleren''', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=266487 Flavor Text for Mind Sculpt]]''
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* During the fight with Pana of Giga's Six Cyber Knights in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Poppa Rocks/Don Patch summons a literal idiot ball in retaliation against Pana's Psycho Balls. However, all it actually does is make you ace an upcoming test... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking by CHEATING!]]

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* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'':
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During the fight with Pana of Giga's Six Cyber Knights in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Knights, Poppa Rocks/Don Patch summons a literal idiot ball in retaliation against Pana's Psycho Balls. However, all it actually does is make you ace an upcoming test... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking by CHEATING!]]



--> '''Calvin:''' I have in my hand an invisible cretinizer! One shot renders the victim a babbling simp, a dolt, an utter moron!\\

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--> '''Calvin:''' -->'''Calvin:''' I have in my hand an invisible cretinizer! One shot renders the victim a babbling simp, a dolt, an utter moron!\\



* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', Dave Bowman pulls a rare lethal version on the [[AIIsACrapshoot rogue computer]] HAL 9000, removing its memory modules until its 'brain' shuts down. Despite the machine being a clear antagonist, the sequence is [[TearJerker remarkably upsetting]].
-->'''HAL:''' Dave. My mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer...

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* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', Dave Bowman pulls a rare lethal version on the [[AIIsACrapshoot rogue computer]] HAL 9000, removing its memory modules until its 'brain' "brain" shuts down. Despite the machine being a clear antagonist, the sequence is [[TearJerker remarkably upsetting]].
-->'''HAL:''' Dave. My mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer...



* In ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'', the villains plan to release Really Bad Television, a series of tv shows so horrible that anybody who watches them becomes a mindless idiot. As per usual (see the regular series below) Bulwinkle is unaffected.

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* In ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'', the villains plan to release Really Bad Television, a series of tv TV shows so horrible that anybody who watches them becomes a mindless idiot. As per usual (see the regular series below) Bulwinkle is unaffected.



* Used in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' [[spoiler:by Lara Raith on [[AbusiveParents her father]], turning him into little more than a weak-willed puppet for her to control [[TheManBehindTheMan from behind the throne]]]]. To be fair, though, the victim in that case ''[[KickTheSonOfABitch really deserved it]]''.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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Used in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' [[spoiler:by Lara Raith on [[AbusiveParents her father]], turning him into little more than a weak-willed puppet for her to control [[TheManBehindTheMan from behind the throne]]]]. To be fair, though, the victim in that case ''[[KickTheSonOfABitch really deserved it]]''.



* [[EldritchAbomination The Worm]] in ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt'' induces this effect. Its minions (who are themselves near-mindless puppets of the Worm's will) carry an aura of ignorance with them at all times, and anyone who gets too close will be stripped of all advanced mechanical and/or magical knowledge. [[spoiler: This turns out to be because the Worm itself is little more than an incarnation of primordial hunger - it doesn't understand advanced concepts, but its will is so strong that it can force its ignorance on others]].
* In the Uglies series, when you are made into a Pretty at age sixteen, they make you into a bubblehead that won't try and rebel against the entire ideal.

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* [[EldritchAbomination The Worm]] in ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt'' induces this effect. Its minions (who are themselves near-mindless puppets of the Worm's will) carry an aura of ignorance with them at all times, and anyone who gets too close will be stripped of all advanced mechanical and/or magical knowledge. [[spoiler: This turns out to be because the Worm itself is little more than an incarnation of primordial hunger - -- it doesn't understand advanced concepts, but its will is so strong that it can force its ignorance on others]].
* In the Uglies ''Literature//{{Uglies}}'' series, when you are made into a Pretty at age sixteen, they make you into a bubblehead that won't try and rebel against the entire ideal.



* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''

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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'':



* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Glory has a [[NightmareFuel terrifying version of this]], where she basically jams her fingers into the sides of the victims head, robbing them off their sanity and intelligence and leaving them babbling and helpless. This happens to [[spoiler: Terra]], who ends up being the only one cured thanks to Willow.
** A side effect of this also benefits Glory as they see Dawn in her true form, which is described as a beautiful, pure green light, and [[spoiler: Terra]] accidentally helps Glory learn Dawn is the MacGuffin because she didn't understand that vocalizing this will result in everyone dying.

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Glory has a [[NightmareFuel terrifying version of this]], where she basically jams her fingers into the sides of the victims head, robbing them off their sanity and intelligence and leaving them babbling and helpless. This happens to [[spoiler: Terra]], who ends up being the only one cured thanks to Willow.
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Willow. A side effect side-effect of this also benefits Glory as they see Dawn in her true form, which is described as a beautiful, pure green light, and [[spoiler: Terra]] [[spoiler:Terra]] accidentally helps Glory learn Dawn is the MacGuffin because she didn't understand that vocalizing this will result in everyone dying.



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** The spell Ray of Idiocy, which reduces the target's Intelligence by 1d4+1, [[LethalJokeItem can be hilariously broken if you know how to use it]]. How? Well, having a 0 in any stat is debilitating; 0 Intelligence causes a coma. Now, most animals have Intelligence 2 or less, and many magical beasts aren't much brighter. Thus, this spell can one-shot anything from a housecat to the Tarrasque.



** The spell Ray of Idiocy, which reduces the target's Intelligence by 1d4+1, [[LethalJokeItem can be hilariously broken if you know how to use it]]. How? Well, having a 0 in any stat is debilitating; 0 Intelligence causes a coma. Now, all animals have Intelligence 2 or less, and many magical beasts aren't much brighter. Thus, this spell can one-shot anything from a housecat to the Tarrasque.



* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' 1st edition had the 1st level Battle Magic spell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Steal Mind]], which temporarily reduced its victims to a drooling vegetable capable of doing little more than gibbering and eating grass.

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* ''Franchise/{{Warhammer}}'':
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''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' 1st edition had the 1st level Battle Magic spell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Steal Mind]], which temporarily reduced its victims to a drooling vegetable capable of doing little more than gibbering and eating grass.grass.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has a special rule called "Stupidity" which causes you to have to take an LD test or just wander forward. Several armies have magic weapons (such as the Wood Elf "Dragontooth Arrows") or abilities that cause a wounded model to be subject to the special rule, playing this trope literally. On the other hand, since it's on a model-by-model basis, and most models only have 1 wound, it's usually a wasted effort, but hey. Also, a high-level "metal" spell [[TakenForGranite turns an enemy into gold statues]], inducing Stupidity on nearby units through GoldFever.
** A Harlequin weapon in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is called the Neuro-disruptor, which "uses intricate psycho-crystalline circuitry to emit a wave of particles that disrupt the brain's neural pathways, turning the target into a drooling imbecile or killing them outright".



* WarhammerFantasy has a special rule called 'Stupidity' which causes you to have to take an LD test or just wander forward. Several armies have magic weapons (such as the Wood Elf 'Dragontooth Arrows') or abilities that cause a wounded model to be subject to the special rule, playing this trope literally. On the other hand, since it's on a model-by-model basis, and most models only have 1 wound, it's usually a wasted effort, but hey.
** Also, a high-level "metal" spell [[TakenForGranite turns an enemy into gold statues]], inducing Stupidity on nearby units through GoldFever.
* A Harlequin weapon in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warhammer 40K]]'' is called the Neuro-disruptor, which "uses intricate psycho-crystalline circuitry to emit a wave of particles that disrupt the brain's neural pathways, turning the target into a drooling imbecile or killing them outright".



* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'':

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** Fighter himself qualifies, as just being around him for long periods of time can drain your intelligence, according to Red Mage[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/09/07/episode-076-fighter-and-red-mage-are-back/]].
* In a ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' non-canon [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic/series.php?view=archive&chapter=10098 Sunday strip]] (actually a dream of one of the readers, that the author decided to illustrate) an enemy hits Dave with an Intelligence Extractor Ray to incapacitate him. Instead, dumb!Dave [[spoiler:reveals "a ''ForrestGump''-like ability to observe things and turn up at the right place at the right time"]] and saves the day.

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** Fighter himself qualifies, as just being around him for long periods of time can drain your intelligence, according to Red Mage[[http://www.[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/09/07/episode-076-fighter-and-red-mage-are-back/]].
com/2001/09/07/episode-076-fighter-and-red-mage-are-back/ according to Red Mage]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'':
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In a ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' non-canon [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic/series.php?view=archive&chapter=10098 Sunday strip]] strip (actually a dream of one of the readers, that the author decided to illustrate) an enemy hits Dave with an Intelligence Extractor Ray to incapacitate him. Instead, dumb!Dave dumb Dave [[spoiler:reveals "a ''ForrestGump''-like ability to observe things and turn up at the right place at the right time"]] and saves the day.



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** In "Plague of Babies" Zim does this ''successfully''--he fends off a horde of aliens who are fully sentient but visually similar to human infants by combining GIR with a power amplifier to create a lobotomizing wave that destroys their minds. He then returns them to their covers as real babies to random parents (where they had already been hiding as oddly unaging babies for 8-years). Yeah ''Invader Zim'' is kind of disturbing that way.

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** In "Plague of Babies" Zim does this ''successfully''--he ''successfully'' -- he fends off a horde of aliens who are fully sentient but visually similar to human infants by combining GIR with a power amplifier to create a lobotomizing wave that destroys their minds. He then returns them to their covers as real babies to random parents (where they had already been hiding as oddly unaging babies for 8-years). Yeah ''Invader Zim'' is kind of disturbing that way.



* [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy]] have the "Orb of Confusion", a literal IdiotBall which turns anyone in its range into a drooling idiot. Unfortunately, the range of the Orb is only a few feet, so it only affects the holders.
* According to the production material at least, [[Franchise/TheTransformers Wreck-Gar]] packed a ranged weapon that temporarily did this.

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* [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy]] Boy have the "Orb of Confusion", a literal IdiotBall which turns anyone in its range into a drooling idiot. Unfortunately, the range of the Orb is only a few feet, so it only affects the holders.
* ''Franchise/TheTransformers'': According to the production material at least, [[Franchise/TheTransformers Wreck-Gar]] packed Wreck-Gar packs a ranged weapon that temporarily did does this.
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