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20th Aug '17 11:02:29 AM zarpaulus
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys'' Rhesus-2 is a cyborg monkey with an exposed brain that he can remove and replace easily, and seems fully functional without one though he still has a habit of yanking his brain out and shooting it ("Bad brain!") whenever he messes up. Though, in one episode his original brain is re-inserted, which has the memory of his extremely painful cyber-conversion, leaving him catatonic.
8th Jul '17 6:39:59 PM nombretomado
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* Anencephaly, when a child is born with no brain, only a brain stem. A disturbingly common birth disorder. About half are stillbirths. Most of the rest survive a few hours or days. However, TheOtherWiki mentions a few cases of kids who survived a couple of years as a partial RealityIsUnrealistic case of this trope. As of spring 2016, one is alive with a [[https://www.facebook.com/ourbabyANGELA/ Facebook blog]]... view at your own risk; YMMV on it being either a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or UpToEleven creepiness.

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* Anencephaly, when a child is born with no brain, only a brain stem. A disturbingly common birth disorder. About half are stillbirths. Most of the rest survive a few hours or days. However, TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki mentions a few cases of kids who survived a couple of years as a partial RealityIsUnrealistic case of this trope. As of spring 2016, one is alive with a [[https://www.facebook.com/ourbabyANGELA/ Facebook blog]]... view at your own risk; YMMV on it being either a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or UpToEleven creepiness.
7th Jul '17 4:28:26 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForimaginaryFriends'' episode "Cheese a Go-Go" featured a movie where a woman had her brain sucked out by aliens. When asked if she is alright, she replies with "Shhh, I'm hiding from the aardvarks".

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* The ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForimaginaryFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Cheese a Go-Go" featured a movie where a woman had her brain sucked out by aliens. When asked if she is alright, she replies with "Shhh, I'm hiding from the aardvarks".
7th Jul '17 4:27:43 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForimaginaryFriends'' episode "Cheese a Go-Go" featured a movie where a woman had her brain sucked out by aliens. When asked if she is alright, she replies with "Shhh, I'm hiding from the aardvarks".
4th Jul '17 4:06:46 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/MadJackThePirate'': In one of the episodes, Jack gets a deadly disease that can only be cured by eating specific berries from an island of unknown location. Once they arrive there, Jack quickly starts eating the first berries they come across as soon as Snuk reads from the medical book that it should be these ones. However, as Snuk reads further into the book, it turns out that these particular berries actually cause the eater's eyes and brain to explode. Cue Jack spitting all the berries immediately, but still having both his brain and his eyes shoot out of his head. In the next scene, he holds both in a mug filled with water, but is otherwise fine.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MadJackThePirate'': In one of the episodes, Jack gets a deadly disease that can only be cured by eating specific berries from an island of unknown location. Once they arrive there, Jack quickly starts eating the first berries they come across as soon as Snuk reads from the medical book that it should be these ones. However, as Snuk reads further into the book, it turns out that these particular berries actually cause the eater's eyes and brain to explode. Cue Jack spitting all the berries immediately, but still having both his brain and his eyes shoot out of his head. In the next scene, he holds both in a mug filled with water, water but is otherwise fine.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "Head Fruit", Beast Boy's brain escapes, so when the other Titans fail to get it back they replace it with a maraca to replicate the rattling that his brain produced and he can't tell the difference ([[NegativeContinuity he has his brain back in later episodes]]).



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken Mike the Headless Chicken]]. Though not all of the bird's brain was gone. Quoting wikipedia: "The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact". Still, it is impressive.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken Mike the Headless Chicken]]. Though not all of the bird's brain was gone. Quoting wikipedia: Wikipedia: "The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact". Still, it is impressive.
17th Jun '17 4:40:30 PM Gosicrystal
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* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' Sabrina is infected by a Stupidity Virus, which leaves her literally empty-headed and a shallow boy- and shopping-obsessed BrainlessBeauty in personality. [[AccidentallyAccurate There actually is a parasite that eats brains]], but it's protozoan, not viral.

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* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' Sabrina is infected by a Stupidity Virus, which leaves her literally empty-headed and a shallow boy- and shopping-obsessed BrainlessBeauty in personality. [[AccidentallyAccurate [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting There actually is a parasite that eats brains]], but it's protozoan, not viral.
10th Jun '17 1:46:48 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 that he has no brain. She then shows Hoss Delgato an x-ray 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"]]).



* While it's true that people can't live without any brain at all, it turns out that half a brain is plenty enough. There was once a young woman born with only one working hemisphere,but aside from a few subtle edge-cases, she was perfectly normal. Her condition was only discovered when she volunteered as part of the control group for a study involving severed corpus callosums, and her results were not what was expected.

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* While it's true that people can't live without any brain at all, it turns out that half a brain is plenty enough. There was once a young woman born with only one working hemisphere,but hemisphere, but aside from a few subtle edge-cases, she was perfectly normal. Her condition was only discovered when she volunteered as part of the control group for a study involving severed corpus callosums, and her results were not what was expected.
29th May '17 7:08:39 PM PaulA
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* Creator/RobertHeinlein's ''Time for the Stars'', {{invoked|Trope}} by one twin insulting the other:
---> '''Twin 1''': I know, she hypnotized us! \\
'''Twin 2''': No. Granted I could be, but you couldn't. Nothing there to hypnotize.

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* Creator/RobertHeinlein's ''Time for the Stars'', Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeForTheStars'', {{invoked|Trope}} by one twin insulting the other:
---> '''Twin 1''': -->'''Twin 1:''' I know, she hypnotized us! \\
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'''Twin 2''': 2:''' No. Granted I could be, but you couldn't. Nothing there to hypnotize.
26th May '17 11:01:54 AM Mooncalf
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* ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'': The Novakids are a race of aliens whose bodies are composed of homogenous, super-heated plasma shaped into a humanoid form, and as such nobody knows exactly how they think, breathe, eat, or do any other normal functions. They are also extremely absentminded, as they can't remember things for long, never bother to write down things they've discovered, and keeps reinventing all their technology, which many fans attribute to their lack of an actual brain. (Despite this, they are actually incredibly intelligent, as they can reverse-engineer spaceship tech just from having ''seen'' it before.)
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8th Apr '17 1:20:28 AM Psychadelico
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* While it's true that people can't live without any brain at all, it turns out that half a brain is plenty enough. There was once a young woman born with only one working hemisphere,but aside from a few subtle edge-cases, she was perfectly normal. Her condition was only discovered when she volunteered as part of the control group for a study involving severed corpus callosums, and her results were not what was expected.
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