Created By: ginsengaddict on March 31, 2011 Last Edited By: ginsengaddict on April 2, 2011
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Phlebotinum Pills

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Rolling Updates, Title changed from "Phlebotimol"

Applied Phlebotinum in pharmaceutical format.

  • Step 1: Swallow Pill
  • Step 2: Engage with Plot

Possible manifestations of the trope could be: drugs which induce dreaming, a cure that must be taken every so often to stave off zombification, super vitamins, orally taken miracle cures, cyanide capsules, etc.

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Examples

  • Limitless: A pill that unlocks your full potential. Nuff said.
  • The Matrix: "[That Red Pill] is part of a trace program." In other words, it allows you to get out of the Matrix.
  • Underdog's Power Energy/Energy Vitamin Pills.
  • Roger Ramjet's Proton Pills, which give him the power of twenty atom bombs for twenty seconds.
  • Related to (but not the same as) Food Pills.
  • Total Recall. While Doug Quaid is on Mars, a psychiatrist tries to get him to take a pill which will cause him to wake up back at Rekall. Quaid ends up spitting it out. The movie doesn't make it clear whether Quaid is hallucinating or not, so we can't be sure whether it would have worked or if it was just one of Cohaagen's tricks.
  • Champions adventure The Great Super Villain Contest. One of the NP Cs, the Dash, had Energy Pills that increased his Endurance by 100 points. He needed them because his super powers had high Endurance costs.
  • Classic Traveller had a number of wonder drugs in convenient pill form, including anagathics (stopped the aging process), fast drug (reduced speed and metabolism to 1/60th of normal), slow drug (act twice as fast as normal), truth drug (compelled truthfulness for 2 minutes), combat drug (improved Strength and Endurance) and several drugs that enhanced psionic ability.
  • Miraclo, the drug that gives Hourman superpowers for an hour in The DCU.
  • Panacea Pills that give Vita-Man (an Alternate Company Equivalent of Hourman) powers in Big Bang Comics.
  • The 'performance enhancers' that gave Demon superspeed and enhances strength and reflexes in Justice Machine.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • March 31, 2011
    Deboss
    Use an exclamation point in front of the Examples line to get that cool bar. Please elaborate a bit more on your examples. Assume the reader hasn't seen the work when writing them.
  • March 31, 2011
    SeanMurrayI
    Why is a work being embedded in the description when detailing the broad ways this kind of trope could be used? I always thought putting links to works in that portion of a trope page was something we try not to do.
  • March 31, 2011
    TonyG
    • Underdog's Power Energy/Energy Vitamin Pills.
    • Roger Ramjet's Proton Pills, which give him the power of twenty atom bombs for twenty seconds.
  • March 31, 2011
    JCCyC
    Does Bane's superstrength serum "Venom" qualify? (It's injected, rather than a pill.)
  • March 31, 2011
    Ekuran
    That would go under Super Serum / Psycho Serum.
  • March 31, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    @ Sean Murray: Inception isn't the only work with drugs that make you dream. In fact, it doesn't qualify for this trope, since the drugs are injected. But there are other works which do have dream pills. Inception is embedded as a well-known example of the mother trope.
  • March 31, 2011
    Thebes
    Chopper from One Piece has those little green pills. I don't remember what they're called though.
  • March 31, 2011
    SeanMurrayI
    ^^ So then why not link to a trope page that's about drugs which make characters dream? Why are you linking to a movie?
  • March 31, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^Because there is no Dream Drug trope... Yet.
  • March 31, 2011
    SeanMurrayI
    ^That doesn't justify linking to a movie in its place. That's just Entry Pimping.
  • March 31, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^If the link were dropped, would it be better? Rather, would you have no complaints?
  • March 31, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^^ Dropped the Inception link. Happy?
  • March 31, 2011
    RodrigoVega
    El Chapulin Colorado has the chiquitolina pills that make him the size of a house mouse,
  • March 31, 2011
    Flioro
    Maybe Magic Pills? The title you have now feels a bit too clunky to me.
  • March 31, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Not to mention it's two letters off from a title some of use have enough trouble spelling.

    Plebotinum Pharmaceuticals?
  • March 31, 2011
    Dawnwing
    • Subverted in the film Special. Les, who is part of a drug study for a new antidepressant, fully believes that his new medicine is giving him superpowers, such as telepathy and the ability to run through walls. In reality, he doesn't actually have those powers - it is only a psychological reaction to the medicine.
  • April 1, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^ I think that would be Subverted, not Inverted. Inverted is when the tropes effects are opposite of the expected - for instance, if he had superpowers and the pills were making lose them, that would be an inversion.

    ^^ Could be simpler: Phlebotinum Pills. Of course, the original name is meant to be a riff on the names usually given to pharmacy drugs, like paracetamol.

    To use a clever tropey title or to go with a simpler, more laymans alternative... Decisions, decisions.
  • April 1, 2011
    Arivne
    Related to (but not the same as) Food Pills.

    Film
    • Total Recall. While Doug Quaid is on Mars, a psychiatrist tries to get him to take a pill which will cause him to wake up back at Rekall. Quaid ends up spitting it out. The movie doesn't make it clear whether Quaid is hallucinating or not, so we can't be sure whether it would have worked or if it was just one of Cohaagen's tricks.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Champions adventure The Great Super Villain Contest. One of the NPCs, the Dash, had Energy Pills that increased his Endurance by 100 points. He needed them because his super powers had high Endurance costs.
    • Classic Traveller had a number of wonder drugs in convenient pill form, including anagathics (stopped the aging process), fast drug (reduced speed and metabolism to 1/60th of normal), slow drug (act twice as fast as normal), truth drug (compelled truthfulness for 2 minutes), combat drug (improved Strength and Endurance) and several drugs that enhanced psionic ability.
  • April 1, 2011
    foxley
  • April 1, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Northern Exposure: The town of Cecily Alaska is used for a double-blind study of a cold immunization pill. Some people are supposed to get the pill, some a placebo. The lone doctor doesn't know which batch is which. But before the pills get distributed Ed accidentally knocks the pills over scattering them, and picks the pills up and replaces them in their recepticals to hide his screw-up. The placebo pills and the real pills are now mixed up. People report very strange reactions to the pills. (Man, that Needs A Better Description! Episode "The Robe" if anybody wants to research it.)
  • April 1, 2011
    Dawnwing
    @ginsengaddict Thanks, I figured it was one or the other. I've edited it now.
  • April 1, 2011
    Deboss
    Favor Phlebotinum Pills. May lead to either Phlebotinum Addict or Phlebotinum Muncher (I forget which is the proper one). When the pill doesn't actually do anything and the power was inside all along, that's Magic Feather (again, operating from memory).
  • April 1, 2011
    Gringodingo
    Also favor Phlebotinum Pills.

  • April 1, 2011
    TBTabby
    In Bleach, Ichigo swallows a Mod Soul pill (Kon) when he needs to become a Soul Reaper.
  • April 2, 2011
    Thebes
    One more for Phlebotinum Pills.

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