Created By: Tomodachi on January 17, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 4, 2013

The Idiot and the brain

When a stupid character talks to his more intelligent brain.

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When a character, usually the idiotic male protagonist asks his brain for help. The brain is smarter than the character, and make you wonder how can the character be so stupid if it have a inteligent brain. Or better, how can he talk to a brain when the brain is not supposed to speak, or have his own mind.

The brain is usually lonely and abandoned. He isn't used as much as any other brain should be. Sometimes hates his owner, or sometimes wish he listen to it.

Not related to Pinky and the Brain... well, not that much.


Examples:

Video Games

Web Original Web Animation
  • Eddsworld: In Moviemakers, Tom starts doing this while thinking up ideas for the movie's plot.
    "Tom: Dammit Brain, these films suck! How do you expect me to write a good script with this trash?"
    "Brain: How about 'SPACE CATS'?"
    "Tom: That's brilliant! Why didn't I think of that?"

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer often has discussions with his brain. In one occassion the brain gets fed up with Homer and leaves.
    • Marge and Lisa have conversations with their brains on occaision. In Marge's case, the conversation went all the way to the top of her hair, who said, "Why are you asking me? Your brain stopped three feet ago."
  • Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. This is usually avoided, since Mr. Whiskers hates his own brain, but can't live without him (in a platonic way, mind you, we are talking about Toon Physics, as Mr Whiskers can live without his brain in a literal way) but it happens a few times, asking his brain for help.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 17, 2013
    TonyG
    Homer from The Simpsons often has discussions with his brain. In one occassion the brain gets fed up with Homer and leaves.
  • January 17, 2013
    Tomodachi
    Bump! i need at least another example.
  • January 17, 2013
    Stratadrake
    For some reason, the first thing that sprang to mind when seeing the title was "...are soon parted."
  • January 17, 2013
    Tomodachi
    why would you think that? o.o

    Also, bump. I see this trope many times, but cant remember besides those three.
  • January 17, 2013
    dvorak
    In the Old World Blues expansion for Fallout New Vegas, you have to convince your (stolen) brain to re-join you. He (and it's always a he, regardless of your character's gender) demands you bathe regularly and stop doing stupid things, like trying to beat Deathclaws to death bare-handed.
  • January 17, 2013
    Tomodachi
    Makes me wonder. I wonder if theres a idiotic female character who do this trick once. Of course, women always receive a Positive Discrimination. Except for the blondies.
  • January 18, 2013
    dvorak
    took the liberty of adding "VideoGame/" in front of Fallout: New Vegas to make the link work.
  • January 18, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized the work names in the OP examples.
  • January 18, 2013
    Porvora
    This happens quite a lot in TheDrinkyCrowShow.
  • January 18, 2013
    Tomodachi
    • Why thank you for the liberty.

    I just added an image. If you find a better example for an image tell me.
  • January 18, 2013
    Porvora
    Here is an example from the aforementioned Drinky Crow Show.
  • January 19, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • In addition to Homer, Lisa has done it at least once. In "Bart of Darkness" the Simpson family gets a pool, making Lisa quite popular with the other kids from school, and she has an argument with her brain.
      Lisa's Brain: They're only using you for your pool, you know.
      Lisa: Shut up, brain! I got friends now. I don't need you any more.
      Hilarity Ensues and all of Lisa's new "friends" depart, leaving her stranded at the bottom of the pool with no way to get out.
      Lisa: Huh? Hello? Hey, I'm stuck in here! I gotta think of a way to get out.
      Lisa's Brain: Well, well, well: look who's come crawling back.
  • January 19, 2013
    Architect
    Web Animation:
    • Eddsworld: In Moviemakers, Tom starts doing this while thinking up ideas for the movie's plot.
      Tom: Dammit Brain, these films suck! How do you expect me to write a good script with this trash?
      Brain: How about 'SPACE CATS'?
      Tom: That's brilliant! Why didn't I think of that?
  • January 19, 2013
    SomeSortOfTroper
    Hmm, I think we can do better with Homer Simpson and describe the situations more. There's at least one where he bargains with his brain and actually says "Alright brain, I don't like you and you don't like me"- so he's stupid because he doesn't like using his brain, there's the one where he finds $20 under the sofa and there's a fairly long back and forth dialogue in his head with himself about why finding $20 is better than finding a single peanut- so he's stupid because it just takes him so long and requires a dialogue. Homer actually has subtropes of talking to his brain, all to himself.

  • January 19, 2013
    Architect
    I should clarify my earlier post by adding that that particular bit of dialogue occurs after Tom's brain comes up with several bad movie scripts, all of them somehow involving space cats.
  • January 27, 2013
    Chabal2
    A variation is the "Scumbag Brain" meme, where a person's brain actively conspires against him (forgettng where the car keys you had five minutes ago are, remembering a humiliating event in excruciating detail...)
  • February 5, 2013
    foxley
    In Zits, Jeremy gets in a argument with his brain right before a big exam (in a sequence that might just be a delusion brought on by stress) and ends up having to beg his brain for help.
  • April 4, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    I see two distinct versions here: when the brain is (often in vain) trying to get Stupid Character to listen to him; and when the Character needs their brain only to find it AWOL.

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