Created By: DennisDunjinman on March 16, 2013 Last Edited By: DennisDunjinman on March 16, 2013
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Brain Buster

A device that drills into the human mind and recovers memories

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A cartoon supervillain may not invent his own devices, he might prefer to steal them instead. But what happens in the case when those he intends to steal from destroy their work to prevent it from being stolen and used for nefarious purposes? Well, the information is still stored in the scientist's brain, and most scientists are quite attached to that and won't be as willing to destroy it.

The solution is to kidnap the scientist and use the Brain Buster to forcibly extract whatever data, designs or other forms of top-secret information that resides within the scientist's head. After all, you can't make an omlette without cracking a few eggheads.

Needs a Better Description, Needs Examples. Up for Grabs.
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  • March 16, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Peacekeeper Commander Scorpius' Aurora Chair in Farscape is a device used to extract memories for interrogation purposes. It was with this device that Scorpius discovered that Crichton had some knowledge of wormhole technology, but Crichton was able to resist a complete probing.
  • March 16, 2013
    StarSword
    TV:
    • In Stargate SG 1 Anubis had a device he could implant into people's brains and copy their memories into his ship's computer. He is known to have used it on a nameless Tok'ra operative he captured (which gave him the location of their headquarters on Revanna, which he promptly attacked and destroyed), on Thor (whom the device downloaded entirely due to the Asgards' dependence on Body Backup Drives), and on SG-1 member Jonas Quinn.
  • March 16, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    I believe I might have found the trope(s). See Mind Probe, for when the evil supervillains want to torture the mind and extract memories, and/or Mind Reading Machine, where the subjects' memories can be viewed visually.
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