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25th Jul '16 3:38:11 AM Vir
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** In a more recent episode Selma insults Homer by saying he has a brain "[[ShrunkenOrgan the size of superball]]". Cue a cutaway to Homer's tiny brain bouncing around inside his head till it gets stuck in one of his ears, pops out his head and bounces away down the street. Homer is not only unaffected but actually seems ''pleased'' to see it go.

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** In a more recent another episode Selma insults Homer by saying he has a brain "[[ShrunkenOrgan the size of superball]]". Cue a cutaway to Homer's tiny brain bouncing around inside his head till it gets stuck in one of his ears, pops out his head and bounces away down the street. Homer is not only unaffected but actually seems ''pleased'' to see it go.


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** In a later episode, Billy is in the future with [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] centuries after Billy found him in his yard. Fred's brain is promptly eaten by one of two alien overlords, but Fred is fairly indifferent toward it.
25th Jul '16 3:33:24 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Brown Evil" Mandy reveals the reason why she sent Billy outside to deal with the zombies is because he has no brain. She then shows Hoss Delgato an x-ray of Billy's skull and a screw is shown where his brain should be ([[NegativeContinuity however, in later episodes him having a brain is alluded to and he's shown to have one in "The Nerve").

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Brown Evil" Mandy reveals the reason why she sent Billy outside to deal with the zombies is because he has no brain. She then shows Hoss Delgato an x-ray of Billy's skull and a screw is shown where his brain should be ([[NegativeContinuity however, in later episodes him having a brain is alluded to and he's shown to have one in "The Nerve").Nerve"]]).
23rd Jul '16 4:50:12 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' episode "Really Oldies But Goodies" had a segment where Chit Chatterson demonstrated the steps of mummification on a living man in spite of his complaints. When they get to the part about the Ancient Egyptians removing the mummy's brain, the man being mummified against his will suffers no ill effects and is only reaction is to complain about having his brain removed.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' episode "Really Oldies But Goodies" had a segment where Chit Chatterson demonstrated the steps of mummification on a living man in spite of his complaints. protests. When they get to the part about the Ancient Egyptians removing the mummy's brain, the man being mummified against his will suffers no ill effects and is his only reaction is to complain about having his brain removed.
23rd Jul '16 4:48:46 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' episode "Really Oldies But Goodies" had a segment where Chit Chatterson demonstrated the steps of mummification on a living man in spite of his complaints. When they get to the part about the Ancient Egyptians removing the mummy's brain, the man being mummified against his will suffers no ill effects and is only reaction is to complain about having his brain removed.
3rd Jul '16 10:07:14 AM WillKeaton
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* In the Franchise/StarTrek parody ''Treks Not Taken'', there's a Literature/MobyDick spoof where the Captain says that as the sailors of old had the sea in their veins, "[[ThatCameOutWrong I have the emptiness of space inside my head]]."

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* In the Franchise/StarTrek ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody ''Treks Not Taken'', there's a Literature/MobyDick spoof where the Captain says that as the sailors of old had the sea in their veins, "[[ThatCameOutWrong I have the emptiness of space inside my head]]."
26th Jun '16 2:27:03 PM Vir
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[[caption-width-right:229:[[IncrediblyLamePun Una Nemo has an open mind.]]]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' tends to use this type. On the multiple occasions where a character's brain gets removed, they tend to stand around and drool until it is replaced. In [[TheDitz Patrick]]'s case, this is often indistinguishable from his normal behavior.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' tends to use this type. On the multiple occasions where a character's brain gets removed, they tend to stand around and drool until it is replaced. In [[TheDitz Patrick]]'s case, this is often indistinguishable from his normal behavior.



* The [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] version of this trope (in which bits of brain are removed, leaving the victim slightly less capable) is very much TruthInTelevision. Depending on which part of the brain is damaged or removed, a person can fail to recognize faces, shapes, certain patterns in sound and colour, and even their own family members. Some of the effects can be weirder than a simple loss of ability, though: removing bits of the amygdala frees people from getting bogged down in emotion when making decisions, and forces them to become hyperrational, but at the cost of being TheDitherer for even minor decisions as ''every'' decision has to be weighed consciously. And it only gets weirder from there.

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* The [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] {{downplayed|Trope}} version of this trope (in which bits of brain are removed, leaving the victim slightly less capable) is very much TruthInTelevision. Depending on which part of the brain is damaged or removed, a person can fail to recognize faces, shapes, certain patterns in sound and colour, and even their own family members. Some of the effects can be weirder than a simple loss of ability, though: removing bits of the amygdala frees people from getting bogged down in emotion when making decisions, and forces them to become hyperrational, but at the cost of being TheDitherer for even minor decisions as ''every'' decision has to be weighed consciously. And it only gets weirder from there.



** In an episode of , Timmy drinks a smoothie too fast and says "Ugh... brainfreeze" which Cosmo replies to with "Brain? What is this "brain" you speak of?" and then proceeds to drink the whole smoothie in one slurp. "Nope.. nothing." [[ChekhovsGag Later,]] Cosmo and Wanda disguise as smoothies. Cosmo drinks himself in one slurp and still feels nothing.

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** In an episode of , Timmy drinks a smoothie too fast and says "Ugh... brainfreeze" brain freeze" which Cosmo replies to with "Brain? What is this "brain" you speak of?" and then proceeds to drink the whole smoothie in one slurp. "Nope.. nothing." [[ChekhovsGag Later,]] Cosmo and Wanda disguise as smoothies. Cosmo drinks himself in one slurp and still feels nothing.



** In another, he is told that if he loses a game, he'll recieve 10, 000 volts of electricity to his cerebral cortex, and retorts that he doesn't have one of those.

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** In another, he is told that if he loses a game, he'll recieve 10, 000 10,000 volts of electricity to his cerebral cortex, and retorts that he doesn't have one of those.



* In ''WesternAmination/TheSecretShow'' episode 'And that's for Helsinki' both Victor and Anita find out that significant 'chunks' of their brains were removed by Professor Professor to be cleaned after they were hit my a mind bomb. Other that some slight amnesia they suffer no ill effects, even though the brain 'chunks' are big enough they look like they make up most of their brains.

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* In ''WesternAmination/TheSecretShow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' episode 'And that's "And That's for Helsinki' Helsinki" both Victor and Anita find out that significant 'chunks' of their brains were removed by Professor Professor to be cleaned after they were hit my a mind bomb. Other that some slight amnesia they suffer no ill effects, even though the brain 'chunks' are big enough they look like they make up most of their brains. brains.
* The plot of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' is that Whiskers' brain leaves after getting fed up with Whiskers not listening to him, but Whiskers is otherwise unaffected.



* Creator/RobertHeinlein's ''Time for the Stars'', {{invoked}} by one twin insulting the other:

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* {{Lampshaded}} in one ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'' episode. Creepie's adopted insect brother Gnat is buzzing around her, trying to annoy her and when Creepie turns to glare at him he flies into her right ear, cackles 'Hello, anybody home?' and exits her left ear still laughing.

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in one ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'' episode. Creepie's adopted insect brother Gnat is buzzing around her, trying to annoy her and when Creepie turns to glare at him he flies into her right ear, cackles 'Hello, anybody home?' and exits her left ear still laughing.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Brown Evil" Mandy reveals the reason why she sent Billy outside to deal with the zombies is because he has no brain, she then shows Hoss Delgato an x-ray of Billy's skull and a screw is shown where his brain should be.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Brown Evil" Mandy reveals the reason why she sent Billy outside to deal with the zombies is because he has no brain, she brain. She then shows Hoss Delgato an x-ray of Billy's skull and a screw is shown where his brain should be.be ([[NegativeContinuity however, in later episodes him having a brain is alluded to and he's shown to have one in "The Nerve").
17th Jun '16 8:09:57 AM CaptainTedium
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* Quilt in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' is an ArtificialHuman (specifically a Flesh {{Golem}}) with no brain. He is fully capable of speaking, acting, and thinking, but he's an utter {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. He is, however, immune to brainwashing -- "No brain to wash!"
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* Quilt in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' is an ArtificialHuman (specifically a Flesh {{Golem}}) with no brain. He is fully capable of speaking, acting, and thinking, but he's an utter {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. He is, however, immune to brainwashing -- "No brain to wash!"
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17th Jun '16 8:07:57 AM CaptainTedium
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Brown Evil" Mandy reveals the reason why she sent Billy outside to deal with the zombies is because he has no brain, she then shows Hoss Delgato an x-ray of Billy's skull and a screw is shown where his brain should be.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'':
** A variation on Type III is Billy. Billy is very much TheDitz at all times and it is revealed in "Little Rock of Horror" that he doesn't have a brain at all. That makes him a literal example of this trope: he never had a brain to begin with.
** In another episode, Billy's dad accidentally eats his own tiny brain and is no less stupid than before.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'':
** A variation on Type III is Billy. Billy is very much TheDitz at all times and it is revealed in "Little Rock
In one episode of Horror" that he doesn't have a brain at all. That makes him a literal example of this trope: he never had a brain to begin with.
** In another episode,
''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy's dad accidentally eats his own tiny brain and is no less stupid than before.


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Brown Evil" Mandy reveals the reason why she sent Billy outside to deal with the zombies is because he has no brain, she then shows Hoss Delgato an x-ray of Billy's skull and a screw is shown where his brain should be.
5th May '16 2:04:05 PM CaptainTedium
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''Type III No Change:'' This is most likely to happen to a character who is already TheDitz (or worse). Brain falls out, is stolen or whatever and the de-brained character acts exactly the same (and may not even notice their brain is gone.) Sometimes the brain will be [[ShrunkenOrgan far smaller than normal]] to begin with.

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''Type III No Change:'' This is most likely to happen to a character who is already TheDitz (or worse).TheDitz. Brain falls out, is stolen or whatever and the de-brained character acts exactly the same (and may not even notice their brain is gone.) Sometimes the brain will be [[ShrunkenOrgan far smaller than normal]] to begin with.
29th Apr '16 5:57:21 PM looneynightmare
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBabyHueyShow'' aliens abduct Baby Huey to perform experiments on him, at one point they take an X-ray of his head, in place of his brain is a spider and cobwebs.
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