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* Dragons in ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' have a version that goes beyond just brains and is integral to their species. Dragons carry ancestral memories, which are somehow even contained in the cases (like cocoons) serpents build to mature into dragons (and which they eat when they emerge). A dead dragon will be devoured by its mates to pass on the knowledge, and even a human body eaten by a dragon will pass on its memories to the dragon.


* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Illithids (aka Mind Flayers) gain memories, skills, and even class levels by eating brains.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Illithids ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Illithids]]
(aka Mind Flayers) not only need to regularly eat brains to survive, but gain memories, skills, and even class levels by from their diet. For this reason, adventurers' brains are considered delicacies due to their interesting experiences.
** Aboleths get flashes of emotion and fragments of memory from their victims' brains, which they consider the height of the culinary experience.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' Nymphs, the insect analogues used for environmental maintenance on terraformed Mars and Venus, were designed to gain memories from
eating brains.each others' brains to exchange information between colonies and preserve maintenance directives over many generations. 40 years ago some scientist thought it would be a good idea to create a sapient Nymph. It ate him.
* In ''TabletopGame/MyriadSong'' the carnivorous plants known as Morphir can be fed the brains of sentient animals and they will grow buds that when smoked as a drug cause hallucinations of the brain-donor's memories. The brains of ''sapient'' animals (i.e. humans) produce particularly strong buds, and gradually make the Morphir plant itself intelligent, and mobile, and playable as characters. Not all Morphir characters can suck out people's brains and access their memories, but it's not hard for them to take the abilities as Gifts.



** Some SpaceMarines can do this, due to their omophagea organ, DependingOnTheWriter.
** Tyranids, most infamously lictors ( Tyranid StealthyColossus scouts) but anything with feeder tendrils might show this ability. This is pretty much their only way of gathering intel, as they never talk with their food.

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** Some SpaceMarines One of a Space Marine's implants is the Omophagea, a nerve bundle connected to the stomach that allows the Astartes to "read" memories or experiences from what he eats. This can do this, due to their omophagea organ, DependingOnTheWriter.
cause problems when other Imperial forces misinterpret the use of this ability as some cannibalistic ritual, or when the implant itself mutates and gives certain Space Marine chapters an unnatural hunger for flesh or blood.
** Tyranids, most infamously lictors ( Tyranid StealthyColossus scouts) but anything creatures with feeder tendrils might show tendrils, most famously [[StealthyColossus lictors]], use this ability. This is pretty much their only way to gather information in lieu of gathering intel, as they never talk with their food.a conventional interrogation.



* In ''TabletopGame/MyriadSong'' the carnivorous plants known as Morphir can be fed the brains of sentient animals and they will grow buds that when smoked as a drug cause hallucinations of the brain-donor's memories. The brains of ''sapient'' animals (i.e. humans) produce particularly strong buds, and gradually make the Morphir plant itself intelligent, and mobile, and playable as characters. Not all Morphir characters can suck out people's brains and access their memories, but it's not hard for them to take the abilities as Gifts.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' Nymphs, the insect analogues used for environmental maintenance on terraformed Mars and Venus, were designed to gain memories from eating each others' brains to exchange information between colonies and preserve maintenance directives over many generations. 40 years ago some scientist thought it would be a good idea to create a sapient Nymph. It ate him.


SubTrope of CannibalismSuperpower and BrainFood. SisterTrope of GeneticMemory, where the memories are instead recorded in the ''[[ArtMajorBiology genes]]''. Compare YouAreWhoYouEat.

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SubTrope of ArtisticLicenseBiology, CannibalismSuperpower and BrainFood. SisterTrope of GeneticMemory, where the memories are instead recorded in the ''[[ArtMajorBiology genes]]''.''genes''. Compare YouAreWhoYouEat.

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* The demon Nao Shi Gui ([[MeaningfulName Brain-eating Demon]]) from ''Manga/SazanEyes'' is used by Zhou Gui to find a way across the trap-filled dungeon leading to Kunlun... by slowing consuming the brains of the chief abbot to gain access to his memories and know how to navigate the dungeon. Apparently, he needs some time to obtain all the memories he need, and it also depends on the person's brain.


In fiction, some creatures are somehow able to obtain the memories of other beings by consuming their grey matter. The possibility of this in real life is unlikely, most evidence suggests that memories are "stored" in the connections between brain cells, which would be destroyed in the process of eating a brain usually. Though there are some hypotheses that memory is at least partially stored as chemicals inside the cells, which might survive something's digestive processes.

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In fiction, some creatures are somehow able to obtain the memories of other beings by consuming their grey matter. The possibility of this in real life is unlikely, most evidence suggests that memories are "stored" in the connections between brain cells, which would be destroyed in the process of eating a brain usually. Though there are some hypotheses that memory is at least partially stored as chemicals inside the cells, which might survive something's digestive processes.
processes; empirical research into this trope has been controversial, with a famous 1955 study on apparent cannibalism-based memory transfer in planarians being a frequent subject of debate among both neurobiologists and microbiologists.


* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' Carbosilicate Amorphs evolved from an ancient civilization's pseudo-organic memory storage devices, they've developed into {{Blob Monster}}s whose entire bodies are brains and they can exchange memories by breaking off bits of themselves and feeding them to other Amorphs. And as cannibalism was the only way for tribal Amorphs to kill one another without plasguns wars often brought tribes closer together.

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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' Carbosilicate Amorphs evolved from an ancient civilization's pseudo-organic memory storage devices, devices; they've developed into {{Blob Monster}}s whose entire bodies are brains (and muscle, all at once) and they can exchange memories by breaking off bits of themselves and feeding them to other Amorphs. And as cannibalism was the only way for tribal Amorphs to kill one another without plasguns wars often brought tribes closer together.


* In ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'', eating an alzabo gland extract gives its consumer memories of whoever was eaten by that alzabo.

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* In ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'', eating an Drinking alzabo gland extract then eating human flesh gives its consumer the memories of whoever was eaten by that alzabo.eaten.


** Some SpaceMarines can do this, depending on canon.

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** Some SpaceMarines can do this, depending on canon.due to their omophagea organ, DependingOnTheWriter.


* There's at least one version of the Creator/DCComics SuperVillain Grodd who did this. In ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'', Lex Luthor uses it against him by allowing him to capture and eat an underling who had been misinformed about Luthor's plans.

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* There's at least one version of the Creator/DCComics SuperVillain Grodd who did this. In ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'', Lex Luthor uses it against him by allowing him to capture and eat an underling [[FeedTheMole who had been misinformed about Luthor's plans.plans]].


* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the Illithids (aka Mind Flayers) who do this. They gain memories, skills, and even class levels by doing so.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Illithids (aka Mind Flayers) who do this. They gain memories, skills, and even class levels by doing so.eating brains.


* The Brain Bug in ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' was believed to do this. (We know it ate brains, but the reason was only theorized.)


* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' can copy other peoples' superpowers by taking their brains. It was left vague what he actually did with them until season 3 when Claire accused him of eating brains and he replies that that's disgusting. It's implied that his original power of understanding how things work lets him copy powers by examining brains though WordOfGod said he was originally intended to eat them.

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* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' can copy other peoples' superpowers by taking their brains. It was left vague what he actually did with them until season 3 when Claire accused him of eating brains and he replies that that's disgusting. It's implied that his original power of understanding how things work lets him copy powers by examining brains brains, though WordOfGod the crew said he was originally intended to eat them.


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* In ''VideoGame/BoardGameOnline'' a player can eat a human brain to learn a new feat and move a few spaces forward.



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* The "Medium?" legacy in ''VideoGame/CultistSimulator'' eventually gains the ability to consume the bodies of the dead to receive their memories. They can use the strongest such memories on their [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence path to ascension]], while lesser memories make them money in their NotSoPhonyPsychic routine.

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