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Compare HappyPlace. Not to be confused with [[EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace the Crazy Place]].

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Compare HappyPlace. Not to be confused with [[EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace the Crazy Place]]. May be caused by ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, though going to TheMadnessPlace isn't necessarily due to a medical disorder.
5th Jun '16 3:45:32 AM Euodiachloris
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', we get a somewhat-downplayed version with [[TheAce Daenerys Targaryen]], as she isn't loud about it and "[[RightfulKingReturns For Politics, Survival, and Getting My Family's Stuff Back]]!" doesn't quite have the [[ForScience same ring to it]]. Yet, some of the greatest leaps of insight she makes (be they magical, mundane, or [[TakeAThirdOption just too out there to be forecast and prevented by others]]) are preceded by a rather weird reliance on visions and dream-states with the accompanying logic they give. The thing is, she makes it work for her more often than not -- particularly in the short-term. ([[DidntThinkThisThrough Longer-term]]...[[NotQuiteTheRightThing there can be a few issues, however]].) She often displays states close to trancing, lucid dreaming, or what looks an awful lot like natural self-hypnosis using mantras or sayings to spur herself along. As she is about the only major Targaryen example we get to go on in the series itself, you've got to ask questions about how much [[InTheBlood the House as a whole]] has done similar things down the centuries... be the individuals either the great, middling, or outright nutty ones. Even her [[TooDumbToLive less-than-impressive]] [[TheAlcoholic brother]], [[{{Jerkass}} Viserys]], could fixate on trying to avenge his House ''for years''. To [[SanitySlippage his detriment]], [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy in his case]].

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', we get a somewhat-downplayed version with [[TheAce Daenerys Targaryen]], as she isn't loud about it and "[[RightfulKingReturns For Politics, Survival, and Getting My Family's Stuff Back]]!" doesn't quite have the [[ForScience same ring to it]]. Yet, some of the greatest leaps of insight she makes (be they magical, mundane, mundane or [[TakeAThirdOption just too out there outside the box]] for others to be forecast and prevented by others]]) predict) are preceded by a rather weird reliance on visions and dream-states with the accompanying logic they give. The thing is, she makes it work for her more often than not -- particularly in the short-term. ([[DidntThinkThisThrough Longer-term]]...[[NotQuiteTheRightThing there can be a few issues, however]].) She often displays states close to trancing, lucid dreaming, or what looks an awful lot like natural self-hypnosis using mantras or sayings to spur herself along. As she is about the only major Targaryen example we get to go on in the series itself, you've got to ask questions about how much [[InTheBlood the House as a whole]] has done similar things down the centuries... be the individuals either the great, middling, or outright nutty ones. Even her [[TooDumbToLive less-than-impressive]] [[TheAlcoholic brother]], [[{{Jerkass}} Viserys]], could fixate on trying to avenge his House ''for years''. To [[SanitySlippage his detriment]], [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy in his case]].
2nd May '16 5:29:23 AM Euodiachloris
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', we get a somewhat-downplayed version with [[TheAce Daenerys Targaryen]], as she isn't loud about it and "[[ReturnOfTheKing For Politics, Survival, and Getting My Family's Stuff Back]]!" doesn't quite have the [[ForScience same ring to it]]. Yet some of the greatest leaps of insight (be they magical, mundane, or [[TakeAThirdOption just too out there to be forecast and prevented by others]]) she makes are preceded by a rather weird reliance on visions and dream-states with the accompanying logic they give. The thing is, she makes it work for her more often than not--particularly in the short-term. ([[DidntThinkThisThrough Longer-term]]...[[NotQuiteTheRightThing there can be a few issues, however]].) She often displays states close to trancing, lucid dreaming, or what looks an awful lot like natural self-hypnosis using mantras or sayings to spur herself along. As she is about the only major Targaryen example we get to go on in the series itself, you've got to ask questions about how much [[InTheBlood the House as a whole]] has done similar things down the centuries...be the individuals either the great, middling, or outright nutty. Even her [[TooDumbToLive less-than-impressive]] [[TheAlcoholic brother]], [[{{Jerkass}} Viserys]], could fixate on trying to avenge his House ''for years''--to his detriment, in his case.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', we get a somewhat-downplayed version with [[TheAce Daenerys Targaryen]], as she isn't loud about it and "[[ReturnOfTheKing "[[RightfulKingReturns For Politics, Survival, and Getting My Family's Stuff Back]]!" doesn't quite have the [[ForScience same ring to it]]. Yet Yet, some of the greatest leaps of insight she makes (be they magical, mundane, or [[TakeAThirdOption just too out there to be forecast and prevented by others]]) she makes are preceded by a rather weird reliance on visions and dream-states with the accompanying logic they give. The thing is, she makes it work for her more often than not--particularly not -- particularly in the short-term. ([[DidntThinkThisThrough Longer-term]]...[[NotQuiteTheRightThing there can be a few issues, however]].) She often displays states close to trancing, lucid dreaming, or what looks an awful lot like natural self-hypnosis using mantras or sayings to spur herself along. As she is about the only major Targaryen example we get to go on in the series itself, you've got to ask questions about how much [[InTheBlood the House as a whole]] has done similar things down the centuries... be the individuals either the great, middling, or outright nutty. nutty ones. Even her [[TooDumbToLive less-than-impressive]] [[TheAlcoholic brother]], [[{{Jerkass}} Viserys]], could fixate on trying to avenge his House ''for years''--to years''. To [[SanitySlippage his detriment, detriment]], [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy in his case.case]].
16th Mar '16 6:16:00 AM MoonByte
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is the TropeNamer. When Sparks [[strike:retreat]] advance to their Madness Place, amazing things can happen[[note]]Amazing things may or may not include killing, rebuilding a glider in mid-flight, building an escape machine and/or death ray in your sleep, and killing and reanimating yourself and your boyfriends to cure one of them of a disease[[/note]]. Also given a more high-brow term in-setting: "Spark-induced fugue state". You can tell how deep into the madness place a Spark is by the way their speech bubbles are. Mild bouts have a more mad font. Deeper in, their speech bubbles have wavering edges on top of the mad font (as seen in the trope image). Really deep in involves yelling (such as when Gil minionizes Wooster [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 through sheer force of will]]).

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is the TropeNamer. When Sparks [[strike:retreat]] advance to their Madness Place, amazing things can happen[[note]]Amazing things may or may not include killing, rebuilding a glider in mid-flight, building an escape machine and/or death ray in your sleep, and killing and reanimating yourself and your boyfriends to cure one of them of a disease[[/note]]. Also given a more high-brow term in-setting: "Spark-induced fugue state". You can tell how deep into the madness place a Spark is by the way their speech bubbles are. Mild bouts have a more mad font. Deeper in, their speech bubbles have wavering edges on top of the mad font (as seen in the trope image). Really deep in involves yelling (such as when Gil minionizes Wooster [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 through sheer force of will]]). Occassionally being under drugs (or coffee) can make the things they say entirely incoherent, though the results are still impressive.
--> "In my experience, a strong heterodyne will take about two hours to '''truly''' warp the laws of nature."
27th Oct '15 11:39:21 PM Deblin
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** In the sequel the trope becomes more literal, as some of her creations literally come from technology in a different physical place and time. Not a mysterious one, a specific one. In her own personal future. If anything, this is even more terrifying than the normal way it happens.
22nd Oct '15 1:09:15 PM Dalillama
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* Creator/PhilipKDick wrote most of his books in multi-day writing binges (often helped by stimulants) during which he never left the typewriter.
12th Apr '15 4:32:03 PM 102372
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->"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line." \\
--[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Levant Oscar Levant]]

Humans have human frailties, and even a character working on something vitally important will eventually have to rest. Tiredness, hunger, or just enemies bursting into the workplace can break anyone's concentration. There are also moral reasons to stop -- the experiment is a crime against nature, the "volunteer's" crying finally gets to you, etc. Most people understand the occasional need to take a break.

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Humans have human frailties, and even a character working on something vitally important will eventually have to rest. Tiredness, hunger, or just enemies bursting into the workplace can break anyone's concentration. There are also moral reasons to stop -- the stop--the experiment is a crime against nature, the "volunteer's" "volunteer"'s crying finally gets to you, etc. Most people understand the occasional need to take a break.



When these guys get involved -- or perhaps we should say ''[[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder obsessed]]'' -- with a project, they ignore all distractions. The prisoner's crying? I don't hear anything. Crime against nature? I haven't been outside in ten years, so I don't really care. Food, sleep? Obstacles. And enemies jumping into the lab are like bonus "volunteers." You don't even have to hunt them down with a taser first!

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When these guys get involved -- or involved--or perhaps we should say ''[[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder obsessed]]'' -- with obsessed]]''--with a project, they ignore all distractions. The prisoner's crying? I don't hear anything. Crime against nature? I haven't been outside in ten years, so I don't really care. Food, sleep? Obstacles. And enemies jumping into the lab are like bonus "volunteers." "volunteers". You don't even have to hunt them down with a taser first!



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* TheWoobie Chrona in ''Manga/SoulEater'' spends time in this, a HappyPlace and a BlackBugRoom. [[AmbiguousGender S/he]] spends much less of the anime in it due to a [[EarnYourHappyEnding happy]] GeckoEnding ([[spoiler:[[HeelFaceDoorSlam less so in the manga]]]]). [[MadScientist Dr. Stein]] is constantly at risk of slipping into his. Other "victims" include [[spoiler: Justin Law and Death The Kid]].

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* TheWoobie Chrona in ''Manga/SoulEater'' spends time in this, a HappyPlace and a BlackBugRoom. [[AmbiguousGender S/he]] spends much less of the anime in it due to a [[EarnYourHappyEnding happy]] GeckoEnding ([[spoiler:[[HeelFaceDoorSlam less so in the manga]]]]). [[MadScientist Dr. Stein]] is constantly at risk of slipping into his. Other "victims" include [[spoiler: Justin [[spoiler:Justin Law and Death The Kid]].












-->Some of Lex's classmates and a few of the teachers he had not yet intimidated left food outside the laboratory door. Clark Kent, the only student that the Smallville High faculty trusted not to copy answers that were often more accurate than teachers' answer keys, got the job of leaving Lex's tests and homework in the laboratory mail slot. Some days the food was gone in the morning, but it generally remained. Twice during the two weeks the accumulated assignment pages were tugged in through the mail slot. The next morning, both times, they were in a neat pile, correct and completed, on the ground outside under a basket of rotted fruit. No one ever saw the door open, not ever. Even Superboy had no idea what was going on inside. He had lined the walls and venetian blinds with thin lead sheeting. For three weeks Lex was very like a mystical medieval hermit living in a cave.

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-->Some of Lex's classmates and a few of the teachers he had not yet intimidated left food outside the laboratory door. Clark Kent, the only student that the Smallville High faculty trusted not to copy answers that were often more accurate than teachers' answer keys, got the job of leaving Lex's tests and homework in the laboratory mail slot. Some days days, the food was gone in the morning, but it generally remained. Twice during the two weeks weeks, the accumulated assignment pages were tugged in through the mail slot. The next morning, both times, they were in a neat pile, correct and completed, on the ground outside under a basket of rotted fruit. No one ever saw the door open, not ever. Even Superboy had no idea what was going on inside. He had lined the walls and venetian Venetian blinds with thin lead sheeting. For three weeks weeks, Lex was very like a mystical medieval hermit living in a cave.



* The title character of ''Literature/{{Monstrumologist}}'', a scientist who studies ''monsters'', often goes into week-long frenzied periods of nearly constant experimentation and research after he finds a new object of study. These are, of course, followed by periods of deep depression. Including ignoring his twelve-year-old assistant.

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* The title character of ''Literature/{{Monstrumologist}}'', a scientist who studies ''monsters'', often goes into week-long week(s)-long frenzied periods of nearly constant near-constant experimentation and research after he finds a new object of study. These are, of course, followed by periods of deep depression. Including depression, which include ignoring his twelve-year-old assistant.



* ''[[Literature/ZonesOfThought A Deepness in the Sky]]''. The Focus biovirus traps people in this as a permanent condition, so they can be used as brilliant but unquestioning drones for the Emergent dictatorship.

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* ''[[Literature/ZonesOfThought A Deepness in the Sky]]''. Sky]]'': The Focus biovirus traps people in this as a permanent condition, so they can be used as brilliant but unquestioning drones for the Emergent dictatorship.



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', we get a somewhat downplayed version with [[TheAce Daenerys Targaryen]] as she isn't loud about it and "[[ReturnOfTheKing For Politics, Survival and Getting My Family's Stuff Back!]]" doesn't quite have the [[ForScience same ring to it]]. Yet, some of the greatest leaps of insight (be they magical, mundane or [[TakeAThirdOption just too out there to be forecast and prevented by others]]) she makes are preceded by a rather weird reliance on visions and dream-states with the accompanying logic they give: the thing is, she makes it work for her more often than not--particularly in the short-term. ([[DidntThinkThisThrough Longer-term...]] [[NotQuiteTheRightThing there can be a few issues, however]].) She often displays states close to tracing, lucid dreaming or what looks an awful lot like natural self-hypnosis using mantras or sayings to spur herself along. As she is about the only major Targaryen example we get to go on in the series itself, you've got to ask questions about how much [[InTheBlood the House as a whole]] has done similar things down the centuries... be the individuals either the great, middling or the outright nutty ones. Even her [[TooDumbToLive less-than-impressive]] [[TheAlcoholic brother]], [[{{Jerkass}} Viserys]], could fixate on trying to avenge his House ''for years''--to his detriment, in his case.

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', we get a somewhat downplayed somewhat-downplayed version with [[TheAce Daenerys Targaryen]] Targaryen]], as she isn't loud about it and "[[ReturnOfTheKing For Politics, Survival Survival, and Getting My Family's Stuff Back!]]" Back]]!" doesn't quite have the [[ForScience same ring to it]]. Yet, Yet some of the greatest leaps of insight (be they magical, mundane mundane, or [[TakeAThirdOption just too out there to be forecast and prevented by others]]) she makes are preceded by a rather weird reliance on visions and dream-states with the accompanying logic they give: the give. The thing is, she makes it work for her more often than not--particularly in the short-term. ([[DidntThinkThisThrough Longer-term...]] Longer-term]]...[[NotQuiteTheRightThing there can be a few issues, however]].) She often displays states close to tracing, trancing, lucid dreaming dreaming, or what looks an awful lot like natural self-hypnosis using mantras or sayings to spur herself along. As she is about the only major Targaryen example we get to go on in the series itself, you've got to ask questions about how much [[InTheBlood the House as a whole]] has done similar things down the centuries... be the individuals either the great, middling middling, or the outright nutty ones.nutty. Even her [[TooDumbToLive less-than-impressive]] [[TheAlcoholic brother]], [[{{Jerkass}} Viserys]], could fixate on trying to avenge his House ''for years''--to his detriment, in his case.



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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Listen" is basically about the Doctor going straight into this place, to the point of doing some ridiculously dangerous and stupid things in pursuit of a mystery that may not actually be anything other than [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight his imagination]].

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Listen" is basically about the Doctor going jumping straight into to this place, to the point of doing some ridiculously dangerous and stupid things in pursuit of a mystery that may or may not actually be anything other than exist outside [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight his imagination]].



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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' Geniuses are known to do this, but there's no actual rules for it.

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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', Geniuses are known to do this, but there's no actual rules for it.



** While less straightforward than Lunars, most Exalted are capable of going to the Madness Place by using charms to forgo or mitigate the need for food and sleep, and many possess the kind of personality to do so. In particular, any scientifically minded exalt is at risk of going there when the [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Great Curse]] sets in.

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** While less straightforward than Lunars, most Exalted are capable of going to the Madness Place by using charms to forgo or mitigate the need for food and sleep, and many possess the kind of personality to do so. In particular, any scientifically minded exalt scientifically-minded Exalt is at risk of going there when the [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Great Curse]] sets in.
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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': In this game, your dorfs will sometimes be taken by a 'strange mood', which will cause them to find a workshop, kick out whoever's using it, and lock themselves up in it. They will then start either yelling, mumbling, or drawing the materials they want, unless they're psychotically depressed, in which case they'll either steal a corpse or kill a dwarf and use his remains to make their project. The will never leave for food, booze, or rest. If you get them all the materials they want, they'll create a valuable artifact and instantly gain legendary experience in the field of whatever they were making (with the exception of one mood). Failure to get them the materials, however, will cause the dorf to slip into incurable insanity and invariably die (and in the case of one flavor of insanity, [[AxCrazy try to take your other dwarves down with them]]).

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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': In this game, your dorfs will sometimes be taken by a 'strange mood', "strange mood", which will cause them to find a workshop, kick out whoever's using it, and lock themselves up in it. They will then start either yelling, mumbling, or drawing the materials they want, unless they're psychotically depressed, in which case they'll either steal a corpse or kill a dwarf and use his remains to make their project. The They will never leave for food, booze, or rest. If you get them all the materials they want, they'll create a valuable artifact and instantly gain legendary experience in the field of whatever they were making (with the exception of one mood). Failure to get them the materials, however, will cause the dorf to slip into incurable insanity and invariably die (and (and, in the case of one flavor of insanity, [[AxCrazy try to take your other dwarves dorfs down with them]]).
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** The first three panels of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-02-02 this strip]] with Tedd in full MadScientist mode. Note the ScaryShinyGlasses.
** This is also the focus of the [[http://egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=87 "One Way Road"]] arc. Only it's referred to as "Obsessive geek overdrive mode."
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is the TropeNamer. When Sparks [[strike:retreat]] advance to their Madness Place, amazing things can happen.[[note]]Amazing things may or may not include killing, rebuilding a glider in mid flight, building an escape machine in your sleep, and killing and reanimating yourself and your boyfriends to cure one of them of a disease.[[/note]] Also given a more high-brow term in-setting: "Spark-induced fugue state". You can tell how deep into the madness place a Spark is by the way their speech bubbles are. Mild bouts have a more mad font. Deeper in, their speech bubbles have wavering edges on top of the mad font (as seen in the trope image). Really deep in involves yelling (such as when Gil minionizes Wooster [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 through sheer force of will]]).
* ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' has this happen fairly often to [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder SRMD]] sufferers, often after they get caught (though fortunately the symptoms are pretty predictable at that stage)

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** The first three panels of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-02-02 this strip]] with are pure Tedd in full MadScientist mode. Note the ScaryShinyGlasses.
** This is also the focus of the [[http://egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=87 "One Way Road"]] arc. Only it's It's referred to as "Obsessive geek overdrive mode."
Geek Overdrive Mode".
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is the TropeNamer. When Sparks [[strike:retreat]] advance to their Madness Place, amazing things can happen.[[note]]Amazing happen[[note]]Amazing things may or may not include killing, rebuilding a glider in mid flight, mid-flight, building an escape machine and/or death ray in your sleep, and killing and reanimating yourself and your boyfriends to cure one of them of a disease.[[/note]] disease[[/note]]. Also given a more high-brow term in-setting: "Spark-induced fugue state". You can tell how deep into the madness place a Spark is by the way their speech bubbles are. Mild bouts have a more mad font. Deeper in, their speech bubbles have wavering edges on top of the mad font (as seen in the trope image). Really deep in involves yelling (such as when Gil minionizes Wooster [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 through sheer force of will]]).
* ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' has this happen fairly often to [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder SRMD]] sufferers, often after they get caught (though fortunately (though, fortunately, the symptoms are pretty predictable at that stage)
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* In ''The Dr. Steel Show'', Episode 2, Music/DoctorSteel seems to be going to this place as his robotic toy creation begins to work and walk around. [[spoiler: At least until he runs out of quarters...]]
* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', Devisers (MadScientist types) have a penchant for going into their Madness Place every now and then. It's so prevalent amongst those portions of the student body that the cafeteria even offers 'Deviser Specials', comprised of finger food and other offerings edible on the fly.

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* In ''The Dr. Steel Show'', Episode 2, Music/DoctorSteel seems to be going to this place as his robotic toy creation begins to work and walk around. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least until he runs out of quarters...]]
quarters]].
* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Devisers (MadScientist types) have a penchant for going into their Madness Place every now and then. It's so prevalent amongst among those portions of the student body that the cafeteria even offers 'Deviser Specials', "Deviser Specials", comprised of finger food and other offerings edible on the fly.
* Depending on how strong/stable they are, [[GadgeteerGenius Tinkers]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' may slip into a state like this when using their powers and working on a project. How strong it is and how long it lasts often depends on how sane they are. Thinkers do something similar when using their powers, but it's much easier to bring them out of it.



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** In "Lesson Zero" she becomes certain that her mentor will punish her if she doesn't write a friendship report -- and if she doesn't have anything to write about, ''she will make something worth reporting''. This ends in her having a mental breakdown which causes her to enchant the entire town into an obsessed stampede.
** "Its About Time" sees her go even deeper into this place when she tries to avoid a horribly unspeakable evil her future-self warned her about. She disaster proofs the whole town, goes to Tartarus and back, then locks herself in her laboratory and doesn't eat or sleep for an entire week as she tries to avert the crisis. [[spoiler: What did future!Twilight want to warn her about? [[SelfFulfillingProphecy Not to go creepily obsessive about the future]].]]

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** In "Lesson Zero" Zero", she becomes certain that her mentor will punish her if she doesn't write a friendship report -- and report--and if she doesn't have anything to write about, ''she will make something worth reporting''. This ends in her having a mental breakdown which causes her to enchant the entire town into an obsessed stampede.
** "Its "It's About Time" sees her go even deeper into this place when she tries to avoid a horribly horrible, unspeakable evil her future-self warned her about. She disaster proofs disaster-proofs the whole town, goes to Tartarus and back, then locks herself in her laboratory and doesn't eat or sleep for an entire week as she tries to avert the crisis. [[spoiler: What [[spoiler:What did future!Twilight want to warn her about? [[SelfFulfillingProphecy Not to go creepily obsessive about the future]].]]future]]]].






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* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla had this in RealLife. Then again, it makes sense for him, as he [[strike:[[OlderThanTheyThink invented]]]] [[TropeCodifier codified]] the trope of MadScientist.
* HenryCavendish was apparently never able to leave this state due to (at a bare minimum) crippling shyness. As a child he supposedly locked himself in a room and derived all of Euclid's laws by hand. He ended up doing important work in just about every field of physics (including ones that didn't yet exist) as an adult but never published any of it.
* Though generally a mild case when it happens, people with ADD and/or ADHD can sometimes be struck with a brief flash of inspiration and slip into this, where the idea must either be acted upon immediately or nearly forgotten and needing potentially hours of concentration to recover a majority of it.

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* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla had this in RealLife. Then again, it makes sense for him, as he [[strike:[[OlderThanTheyThink invented]]]] [[TropeCodifier codified]] the trope of MadScientist.
MadScientist trope.
* HenryCavendish Henry Cavendish was apparently never able to leave this state due to (at a bare minimum) crippling shyness. As a child child, he supposedly locked himself in a room and derived all of Euclid's laws by hand. He ended up doing important work in just about every field of physics (including ones that didn't yet exist) exist yet) as an adult but never published any of it.
* Though generally a mild case when it happens, people with ADD and/or ADHD can sometimes be struck with a brief flash of inspiration and slip into this, where the inspiration. The idea must either be acted upon immediately or nearly forgotten and needing (requiring potentially hours of concentration to recover a majority any of it.it), so they slip into this. Also happens when they're working on something they're interested in. It's called "hyperfocusing".
19th Feb '15 5:44:32 PM Twiddler
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* The title character of ''{{Monstrumologist}}'', a scientist who studies ''monsters'', often goes into week-long frenzied periods of nearly constant experimentation and research after he finds a new object of study. These are, of course, followed by periods of deep depression. Including ignoring his twelve-year-old assistant.

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* The title character of ''{{Monstrumologist}}'', ''Literature/{{Monstrumologist}}'', a scientist who studies ''monsters'', often goes into week-long frenzied periods of nearly constant experimentation and research after he finds a new object of study. These are, of course, followed by periods of deep depression. Including ignoring his twelve-year-old assistant.
21st Jan '15 7:25:51 PM WillBGood
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{{Mad scientist}}s think that kind of attitude is for wimps.

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{{Mad scientist}}s Scientist}}s think that kind of attitude is for wimps.
2nd Jan '15 7:25:57 AM StFan
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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: LastSonOfKrypton''. When Superboy gives a teenage Lex Luthor his own laboratory, Lex goes into this state.

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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: LastSonOfKrypton''.Literature/LastSonOfKrypton''. When Superboy gives a teenage Lex Luthor his own laboratory, Lex goes into this state.
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