Created By: Lavalyte on August 23, 2012 Last Edited By: DAN004 on December 7, 2015
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Brain Monster

A monster that consists of mostly brain, or has its brain exposed

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The brain. A big, juicy, wrinkled organ on our head that is protected by the skull for a good reason. Now, imagine when it's not...

There are two types of this:
  1. Just Brain: The brain moves around by itself. It might have some bits attached, such as legs, hovering jets or helicopter rudders, but its main "body" is a brain. Alternatively, it is stationary, and attached to something.
  2. Acranial Monster: A monster that has its skull being incomplete, thus exposing their brain.

A sister-trope of Brain in a Jar, although of lot of these brains don't really need the jar life-support system, as well as the furthest extension of My Brain Is Big.

Subtrope of Evil Is Visceral and Body Horror, and thusly, is always played for Nausea Fuel.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • Several incarnations of Brain of The DCU — as the disembodied, preserved, sentient Brain in a Jar of a Mad Scientist. Together with his sentient gorilla servant/boyfriend Mallah, the two of them would go on to gather the Brotherhood of Evil.
  • The B.P.R.D. short comic that introduced Lobster Johnson involves a scientist who gained psychic powers in an experiment, then used those powers to kill his colleagues. When the Lobster shoots the psychic in the head, his brain crawls out of the bullet hole, grows several times larger, then flies around the room. The Lobster barely kills the mutant brain before it strangles him with its spinal cord.
  • The giant squid monster from Watchmen. ZCE

Film
  • Gor and Vol from The Brain from Planet Arous are aliens that resemble giant disembodied floating brains. The former wants to take over the universe, the latter wants to stop him.
  • The 1958 film Fiend Without a Face featured invisible monsters that when revealed are actually slimy crawling human brains. Said brains strangle victims with their spinal cords.
  • The 1988 film The Brain featured an alien that resembled a gigantic brain with a face as the titular monster.
  • In The Time Machine (2002), the Morlock leader is of a caste in which the brain has become so enlarged that it's not only visibly exposed on the back of his head, but its lobes extend halfway down his back as well.
  • The invading Martians from Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! are the acranial type. Their brains visibly pulsate and explode inside their clear helmets when exposed to their Weaksauce Weakness: really bad singing.

Literature
  • Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time. The Big Bad IT is a huge disembodied brain. It has Mind Control abilities that involved making the victim think in repetitive patterns.
  • The Grand Lunar from H. G. Wells' work The First Men in the Moon is the ruler of the "Moonies," and rests in the throne room with his exposed brain taking up most of the cathedral-like ceiling space. There are lesser Moonies that hover around moistening this huge brain. The Grand Lunar is Lawful Neutral, but takes Doctor Cavor prisoner on the belief that humans are intelligent anarchists.
  • In the Lensman series novel Galactic Patrol, Mentor of Arisia is revealed to Kimball Kinnison to be (barring a few minor bits and appendages) "simply and solely a brain." Then in Second Stage Lensmen the Boskonian Prime Minister Fossten is revealed to be a nearly identical brain, explained by his being a renegade Arisian. Except that this was a false appearance in both cases, arranged by Mentor to hide from Kinnison that Fossten was really Gharlane of Eddore.

Live-Action TV
  • Farscape. The evil version of Crichton of the "My Three Crichtons" episode is the future version with the wrinkly head to show off his advanced brain lobes.
  • In an episode of Angel "That Vision Thing" Wolfram & Hart hire a psychic with an exposed brain to torture Cordelia, forcing Angel to release a soul from torment in return for stopping the torture.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Evolution of the Daleks", Dalek Sec turns himself into a Dalek/Human hybrid, which has a large exposed brain.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Illithid elder brains, which float in large brine pools in illithid cities. They are made up of the combined brains of old illithids that sacrificed themselves to join it.
    • The Intellect Devourer is basically a brain running around on four little legs. Its modus operandi is to crack a victim's skull open, remove the brain and then squeeze inside, taking over the body.

Video Games
  • Metroid
    • In Metroid the final boss, Mother Brain, is a massive brain in a tank, with a laser shooting eye. It's stated that it started off as an organic computer built by the Chozo, which took command of the Space Pirates.
    • In Super Metroid, Mother Brain reappears as the final boss this time as an "acranial" example, having gained a massive mechanised body.
  • Featured in Gradius, Gradius 3 and Gradius 5. ZCE
  • Shinobi 3 final boss. ZCE
  • In Star Fox 64, the Final Boss, Andross, is a (possibly robotic?) giant monkey head with unattached hands that attacks the player's Arwing Space Fighter with telekinesis. After taking a certain amount of damage, the surface layer of the...thing explodes to reveal an equally giant brain with attached eyeballs. No in-game explanation is given for how his brain got so large or why it can operate without a body.
  • In Salamander, the first boss is the Brain Golem, which resembles a giant brain with an eye at one end. It attacks mostly by waving two serpentine arms around. Brain Golem reappears in another Womb Level in Monster Maulers, now equipped with Eye Beams. A frozen-over cousin, "Brain Freeze," appears as an exclusive boss in the Game Boy version of Parodius, and wields a Paper Fan of Doom in its second attack phase.
  • Alien Syndrome's level 1 boss (A big brain with bonus supplemental brain attached).
  • The final boss of Quake IV, the Nexus. ZCE
  • The first boss of Stinkoman 20X6 is the brain of the Humongous Mecha Stinkoman defeated in the opening cutscene.
  • Doom series
    • The first final boss - the Spider Mastermind - was essentially a giant brain carried by a robot body.
    • Doom 2's final boss is the Icon of Sin, a giant skeletal goat face with an exposed brain as a weak point. It is only vulnerable to rockets, however.
  • One of Duke Nukem 3D's monsters is Octobrain, a large floating brain-like creature with tentacles hanging down beneath, 3 red eyes and a large mandibled mouth.
  • The first X-COM game also features the Alien Brain on Mars as the Big Bad.
  • The demon Omoikane from Shin Megami Tensei series isn't evil, but is a floating brain with tentacles nevertheless.
  • Metal Slug 3: Rootmars, the Final Boss, is an alien with a big exposed brain that serves as his weak point. Said brain can occasionally emit a shockwave that is hard to dodge.
  • The final boss of Vectorman 2 is a giant black widow spider with an exposed brain in her thorax. Sure enough, that exposed brain is her weak point.
  • The Lickers of Resident Evil are T-Virus zombies which have mutated further and have had their brain extend out of their cranium. Despite the (relative) boost in intelligence, they also become more bestial; crawling on all fours and attacking based on sound with an elongated tongue.
  • The Binding of Isaac has enemies that are large brains that crawl around the floor, leaving a trail of blood that damages you if you step on it. There's also an even larger variant that splits into two smaller ones when it dies.
  • The Mind Cripplers in Underworld Ascendant are floating humanoid brains that aggressively attack the unwary with psychic powers.
  • Deadly Rooms of Death has the brain enemy. It just sits there and doesn't attack. The problem is that it gives all other enemies much improved path finding, greatly complicating avoiding being overrun by them.
  • The Weirdboy in Dawn of War 2 has an upgrade called Bigger Brains, the icon for which shows his brain swelling out of his skull.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Big Brain (that's his name) from Fairly OddParents. ZCE
  • The Brain Spawn of Futurama are a race of giant, flying, telekinetic brains with the ability to telepathically drain the intelligence of animals, robots, and some plants. Their goal is to store all knowledge in the universe in a giant database, then destroy the universe so that no new knowledge will be generated, because apparently that's less work than making continual updates for all eternity.
  • The principal antagonist of the French film Gandahar, a/k/a Light Years, is a giant brain, made by the people of the utopian city of Gandahar as a prototype organic computer. When the superbrain didn't work out as planned, it was dumped in the ocean and forgotten. Interestingly, when the heroes first encounter this giant brain, it seems docile, and even gives the heroes the tool for its own destruction.
  • Krang, as seen in the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon has been reduced to a brain thanks to a judgment in his home dimension of Dimension X. He went through several iterations of armor to protect this squishy body until he reached a full robotic suit of armor.
  • Ben's Alien Brainsorm from Ben 10: Alien Force can open his head to reveal his oversized brain and shot electricity from it.
  • The Brains from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, contestants in the Galactic Showdown game. They bragged on how they evolved to not need bodies anymore, as they consisted of nothing but floating brains.
  • Gunter briefly becomes this leading up to the sixth season finale of Adventure Time, after a head injury literally splits his head open, and Gunter remembers that he is in fact Orgalorg, an ancient Eldritch Abomination from space, prompting his brain to hijack Princess Bubblegum's spaceship.
  • Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls has his enlarged brain protected by a transparent helmet.
Community Feedback Replies: 107
  • August 23, 2012
    MrRuano
    Metroid Prime 3's final boss, Aurora Unit 313, possessed by Dark Samus
  • August 23, 2012
    surgoshan
  • August 23, 2012
    abk0100
  • August 23, 2012
    ShadowHog
    Doom 2's final boss is the Icon of Sin, a giant skeletal goat face with an exposed brain as a weak point. It is only vulnerable to rockets, however.

    (Not sure if this counts, per se...)
  • August 23, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    And the first Doom's final boss- the Spider Mastermind- was essentially a giant brain carried by a robot body.

  • August 24, 2012
    Lavalyte
    Shadow Hog: is it mainly brain?
  • August 28, 2012
    ShadowHog
  • August 28, 2012
    TBTabby
    The first boss of Stinkoman 20X6 is the brain of the Humongous Mecha Stinkoman defeated in the opening cutscene.
  • August 28, 2012
    Euodiachloris
    Is this really distinctive enough to trope? After all, other, not-so-final bosses (and even mooks) might be a brain-of-some-pulsating description, as well...

    Shadow Hearts Covenant has one brand (the Otoroshi) that springs to mind during a the Dog Shrine side-quest, for example. Here, for a picture and description...
  • August 28, 2012
    animeg3282
    I don't think we have a enemies are giant brains trope.
  • August 28, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Can this be made less media-specific, to cover giant brain-monsters in general, such as the brains in Futurama?
  • August 29, 2012
    Lavalyte
  • August 29, 2012
    MorganWick
    You know, I thought we had a trope about disembodied brains, but maybe I was just thinking How Could We Miss This One?
  • August 29, 2012
    Dolski
    I think the Big Bad at the end of Space Station Silicon Valley was a brain as well.
  • August 29, 2012
    Dolski
    Oh, and if it's media-general, there's also the old film that inspired those Futurama episodes... (escapes my memory! They mentioned it on the audio commentary...)
  • August 29, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Big Bad Brain works for me.
  • August 29, 2012
    acrobox
    The boss of the first level of Stinkoman 20 X 6 is a giant brain, probably as a reference to this trope
  • August 29, 2012
    Jallen
    Some none videogame example are;

  • August 29, 2012
    MrRuano
    Krang, as seen in the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon has been reduced to a brain thanks to a judgment in his home dimension of Dimension X. He went through several iterations of armor to protect this squishy body until he reached a full robotic suit of armor.
  • September 2, 2012
    Lavalyte
    I think there's a few tropes here... brains as baddies, baddies with exposed brains, brains swapped into different bodies...

  • September 2, 2012
    Lavalyte
    Some brains aren't evil, of course. Brain In A Jar has a few.

  • September 2, 2012
    Euodiachloris
    ^ That's true... however, when you get a pulsating brain that's being shown for squick-value... odds are, the character ain't going to be a good one. It's related to skull and death imagery (Skull For A Head and The Grim Reaper spring to mind)... but more slimy and visceral, so possibly more "wrong". ;)

    Mars Attacks springs to mind, for some reason... Those aliens are definitely relying on brain-imagery to hammer home that they're no good... as well as the skull- and Little Green Men stuff. A threefer in deadly, green-things-from-space and squicky!
  • September 2, 2012
    JonnyB
    This is My Brain Is Big.
  • September 2, 2012
    cabr321
  • September 2, 2012
    abk0100
    ^^????
  • September 2, 2012
    cabr321
  • September 2, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^^ We have this trope already, it's called My Brain Is Big.
  • September 2, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    That is creatures having a large brain, not being a large brain, though, right?
  • September 2, 2012
    JonnyB
    Ah I see where you're going with this.

    There's a monster in Duke Nukem 3 D that is basically a large brain.

    The Gamesters of Triskelion might count.
  • September 3, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature

  • September 3, 2012
    Lavalyte
    rodney : Exactly... brain monsters that are (virtually) all brain.

  • September 4, 2012
    StarSword
  • September 5, 2012
    captainsandwich
    don't forget brain Golems in Dungeons And Dragons, not sure if they count though. they are around the size of an average creature (so large by brain standards, not by creature standards).
  • September 5, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I thought Brain In A Jar required a jar. If Big Bad Brain doesn't require a jar, then its a sister trope, not a sub trope.
  • September 5, 2012
    CaveCat
    • Vademon from Digimon Adventure has a huge exposed brain, seeing that he's an alien Digimon.
  • September 5, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Wasn't Dr. Wheelo from the second Dragon Ball Z movie a brain inside a huge Powered Armor? Although I can't remember if the brain itself was actually that huge.
  • December 14, 2012
    Chernoskill
    Movies

    • The Brain, duh! A man-sized brain with an evil-grinning face in front.

    Piccy
  • December 14, 2012
    lexicon
    Zero Context Example. Practically every one.
  • February 4, 2013
    Lavalyte
    That's because ending every example with "...is a big evil brain" doesn't add anything.
  • February 4, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • February 5, 2013
    aurora369
    The first X-COM game also features the Alien Brain on Mars as the Big Bad.
  • February 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In DC Comics the Brain is a Brain In A Jar carried about by his servant/boyfriend Monsiour Mallah (a talking ape).
  • February 5, 2013
    KZN02
    Would Bohrok count?
  • May 24, 2014
    DAN004
    What about simply Brain Boss?

    • Metal Slug 3: Rootmars, the Final Boss, is an alien with a big exposed brain that serves as his weak point.
  • May 25, 2014
    Lavalyte
    It's not necessarily a boss, although they commonly are.
  • May 26, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    The description needs to reflect how the proposed trope relates to the Big Bad trope, in case the reader knows of the latter and sees the similarities in the titles.
  • May 26, 2014
    Koveras
    ^ My first thought was of The Big Bad Wolf, however...
  • May 26, 2014
    DAN004
    Does the op even manage this?
  • May 26, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
  • May 26, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The principal antagonist of the French film Gandahar, a/k/a Light Years, is a giant brain, made by the people of the utopian city of Gandahar as a prototype organic computer. When the superbrain didn't work out as planned, it was dumped in the ocean and forgotten. Interestingly, when the heroes first encounter this giant brain, it seems docile, and even gives the heroes the tool for its own destruction.
  • June 7, 2014
    Synchronicity
    • Several incarnations of Brain of The DCU — as the disembodied, preserved, sentient Brain In A Jar of a Mad Scientist. Together with his sentient gorilla servant/boyfriend Mallah, the two of them would go on to gather the Brotherhood of Evil.

    EDIT: Dammit, already listed above. But I think my example has more context.
  • June 8, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Added the word "Examples".
      • Changed media section title(s) to our standard style.
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    • Namespaced and italicized work name(s), Namespaced Creator names.
  • October 21, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    I misunderstood the trope. It's about brain-based enemies, right?
  • October 21, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
    • Narbonic: in the Bad Future, Helen has been reduced to a brain in a jar after her body was destroyed.
  • October 21, 2014
    SatoshiBakura
    I think that Mother Brain would make a good image (here), with this caption.

  • October 21, 2014
    Arivne
    • Farscape: The evil version of Crichton of the "My Three Crichtons" episode is the future version with the wrinkly head to show off his advanced brain lobes.

    Not sure about the wording of my description of future Crichton here's the guy if anyone can do better.

    Farscape picture

    Edit: This post has been edited to change a picture that was breaking YKTTW (and violating YKTTW Guidelines) to a link. OP was jormis29. jormis29, to put your name back on this post just edit it in any way, such as by deleting this paragraph.
  • October 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Grabbing this if nobody beats me to it
  • October 21, 2014
    SatoshiBakura
    ^ Grabbing what, a picture? You are supposed to link the picture, not post it here. The results are obvious.
  • October 21, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ the pic was Jormis' doing, not mine.
  • October 21, 2014
    StarSword
    Help yourself, Dan. But I recommend you go with an illithid elder brain from Dungeons And Dragons for the page picture.
  • October 22, 2014
    SatoshiBakura
    ^^ Oh, sorry. But I still think Mother Brain is a good image.
  • October 22, 2014
    Aries
    I Thought It Meant a brain that also happens to be the Big Bad...

    As was already stated:

  • October 22, 2014
    acrobox
    thirding the motion for Mother Brain
  • November 4, 2014
    KZN02
    BIONICLE: The Krana and Krana-Kal are brain-like creatures that control Bohrok and Bohrok-Kal respectively.

    (while Bohrok aren't the second type of this trope, their headplate are partly transparent that shows said Krana.)
  • November 13, 2014
    Elfkaiser
    Film - Live Action

    • The 1958 film Fiend Without A Face featured invisible monsters that when revealed are actually slimy crawling human brains. Said brains strangle victims with their spinal cords.

    Film - Animation

    • The Big Bad of Gandahar, Metamorphis is a gigantic brain-like creature who goes insane in the future and sends Metal Men through a time portal to conquer the present.
  • November 13, 2014
    JonnyB
    Content then:

    One of Duke Nukem 3 D's monsters is Octobrain, a large floating brain-like creature with tentacles hanging down beneath, 3 red eyes and a large mandibled mouth.
  • November 13, 2014
    MattStriker
    Tabletop Games

    The Intellect Devourer in Dungeons And Dragons is basically a brain running around on four little legs. Its modus operandi is to crack a victim's skull open, remove the brain and then squeeze inside, taking over the body.
  • November 14, 2014
    Elfkaiser
    Film

    • The 1988 film The Brain featured an alien that resembled a gigantic brain with a face as the titular monster.

    P.S. please remove my Gandahar example or combine it as I unfortunately didn't see that Gandahar was already an example.
  • November 14, 2014
    erforce
    Film
    • Gor and Vol from The Brain From Planet Arous are aliens that resemble giant disembodied floating brains. The former wants to take over the universe, the latter wants to stop him.
  • November 14, 2014
    Scorpion451
    Its more specifically a subtrope of Body Horror, since its dealing with anatomy.
  • November 14, 2014
    SharleeD
    • In The Time Machine 2002, the Morlock leader is of a caste in which the brain has become so enlarged that it's not only visibly exposed on the back of his head, but its lobes extend halfway down his back as well.

    FWIW, the Narbonic example probably belongs under Brain In A Jar, not this trope.
  • November 14, 2014
    hbi2k
    Adding context to the Futurama example:

    • The Brain Spawn of Futurama are a race of giant, flying, telekinetic brains with the ability to telepathically drain the intelligence of animals, robots, and some plants. Their goal is to store all knowledge in the universe in a giant database, then destroy the universe so that no new knowledge will be generated, because apparently that's less work than making continual updates for all eternity. Many wiki users can relate.

    And adding a DBZ example:

  • November 14, 2014
    TitoMosquito
  • November 14, 2014
    eroock
  • November 15, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Literature
    • The Grand Lunar from HG Wells' work The First Men In The Moon is the ruler of the "Moonies," and rests in the throne room with his exposed brain taking up most of the cathedral-like ceiling space. There are lesser Moonies that hover around moistening this huge brain. The Grand Lunar is Lawful Neutral, but takes Doctor Cavor prisoner on the belief that humans are intelligent anarchists.
  • November 16, 2014
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Video Games
    • The final boss of Vectorman 2 is a giant black widow spider with an exposed brain in her thorax. Sure enough, that exposed brain is her weak point.
  • November 30, 2014
    WarriorSparrow
    A few of the Zombie Paintbrush options on Neopets
  • December 1, 2014
    SharleeD
    Quibble about the description: The brain isn't "stripey", it's wrinkled. And "anencephaly" actually means all or most of the brain is missing, not just exposed; "acranial" would be more accurate.
  • December 16, 2014
    dalek955
  • December 16, 2014
    Bisected8
    • The Lickers of Resident Evil are T-Virus zombies which have mutated further and have had their brain extend out of their cranium. Despite the (relative) boost in intelligence, they also become more bestial; crawling on all fours and attacking based on sound with an elongated tongue.
  • December 17, 2014
    sablesword
    Literature

    In Galactic Patrol, Mentor of Arisia is revealed to Kimball Kinnison to be (barring a few minor bits and appendages) "simply and solely a brain." Then in Second Stage Lensmen the Boskonian Prime Minister Fossten is revealed to be a nearly identical brain, explained by his being a renegade Arisian. Except that this was a false appearance in both cases, arranged by Mentor to hide from Kinnison that Fossten was really Gharlane of Eddore.
  • December 17, 2014
    GiorgioDaneri
  • December 17, 2014
    troacctid
  • January 1, 2015
    JonnyB
    • In the Doctor Who episode "Evolution of the Daleks", Dalek Sec turns himself into a Dalek/Human hybrid, which has a large exposed brain.
  • January 2, 2015
    Snicka
    • Freakazoid has a villain called the Lobe, who looks like a humanoid brain.

    (Since I never watched Freakazoid, this example requires a little more context.)
  • January 2, 2015
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Angel "That Vision Thing" Wolfram & Hart hire a psychic with an exposed brain to torture Cordilia, forcing Angel to release a soul from torment in return for stopping the torture.
  • January 18, 2015
    DAN004
    Needs a fitting trope image
  • February 3, 2015
    Bisected8
    Expanding on the Metroid example:

    • Metroid:
      • In Metroid the final boss, Mother Brain, is a massive brain in a tank, with a laser shooting eye. It's stated that it started off as an organic computer built by the Chozo, which took command of the Space Pirates.
      • In Super Metroid, Mother Brain reappears as the final boss this time as an "acranial" example, having gained a massive mechanised body.
  • February 10, 2015
    Koveras
    • The Mind Cripplers in Underworld Ascendant are floating humanoid brains that aggressively attack the unwary with psychic powers.
  • March 27, 2015
    TitoMosquito
    • The giant squid monster from Watchmen.
  • March 27, 2015
    GiorgioDaneri
    Western Animation
    • The Brains from The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, contestants in the Galactic Showdown game. They bragged on how they evolved to not need bodies anymore, as they consisted of nothing but floating brains.
  • March 27, 2015
    GiorgioDaneri
    There was some Brain In A Jar couple that were friends/relatives of the Spellmans in Sabrina The Teenage Witch, but i can't find their names. Does someone remember??
  • March 28, 2015
    Arivne
  • March 28, 2015
    henke37
    • Deadly Rooms Of Death has the brain enemy. It just sits there and doesn't attack. The problem is that it gives all other enemies much improved path finding, greatly complicating avoiding being overrun by them.
  • March 28, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    To expound upon Euodiachloris's example:

    Film
    • The invading Martians from Tim Burton's Mars Attacks are the acranial type. Their brains visibly pulsate and explode inside their clear helmets when exposed to their Weaksauce Weakness: really bad singing.
  • December 1, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    • Gunter briefly becomes this leading up to the sixth season finale of Adventure Time, after a head injury literally splits his head open, and Gunter remembers that he is in fact Orgalorg, an ancient Eldritch Abomination from space, prompting his brain to hijack Princess Bubblegum's spaceship.
  • December 2, 2015
    MetaFour
    Comicbook:

    • The BPRD short comic that introduced Lobster Johnson involves a scientist who gained psychic powers in an experiment, then used those powers to kill his colleagues. When the Lobster shoots the psychic in the head, his brain crawls out of the bullet hole, grows several times larger, then flies around the room. The Lobster barely kills the mutant brain before it strangles him with its spinal cord.
  • December 2, 2015
    Lumpenprole
    Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls has his enlarged brain protected by a transparent helmet.
  • December 3, 2015
    Chabal2
    The Weirdboy in Dawn Of War 2 has an upgrade called Bigger Brains, the icon for which shows his brain swelling out of his skull.
  • December 3, 2015
    HighCrate
    Adding context to the Star Fox 64 example:

    Video Games
  • December 3, 2015
    Prfnoff
    • In Salamander, the first boss is the Brain Golem, which resembles a giant brain with an eye at one end. It attacks mostly by waving two serpentine arms around. Brain Golem reappears in another Womb Level in Monster Maulers, now equipped in Eye Beams. A frozen-over cousin, "Brain Freeze," appears as an exclusive boss in the Game Boy version of Parodius, and wields a Paper Fan Of Doom in its second attack phase.
  • December 5, 2015
    morenohijazo
    Possible indexes?
  • December 5, 2015
    DAN004
  • December 6, 2015
    morenohijazo
  • December 6, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Thanks, thanks, and thanks.

    Okay, I now hereby declare: Final bump. Those ZC Es can stay as commented out on the trope page, if nobody wants to complete them.
  • December 7, 2015
    Lumpenprole
    Upon reflection, don't many of these more properly belong in My Brain Is Big?
  • December 7, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ it focuses more on the size of the brain and how it implies intelligence. Here, the focus is on horror. There may be overlap, of course.

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