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A humorous map of a character's brain.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
guyy on Sep 6th 2011 at 12:46:22 AM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Mar 15th 2019 at 5:19:22 AM
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Page Type: Trope

Wondering where The Hero gets his bravery, skill in combat, or love of raspberry pancakes? Well, as you can see on this chart, he's got a portion of his brain devoted to each of those things, along with other sections for the rest of his character traits!

Used to point out, and usually make fun of, the qualities and/or un-qualities of a character, group, or stereotype.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

  • In Panty and Stocking's opening theme, while not a full map, Panty's Brain is filled with the words "Men" and "Sex", while Stocking's Brain has "Sweets" and "Goth".

Literature

  • Unsurprisingly, the cover of, and some of the pages in, My Dog's Brain has a dog's brain maps.

Webcomics

Web Original

Western Animation

  • An episode of The Weekenders has Tino speculate that the "look cool" part of Carver's brain has expanded to the detriment of all the other parts with a diagram like this.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Moms I'd Like to Forget", a diagram shows that the majority of Marge's brain consists of the "Repressed Rage" center.

Real Life

  • Real brain maps make use of this concept, though the categories are more general (vision, memory, etc.) and aren't as cleanly divided as diagrams imply.
  • In the pseudoscience realm, there's phrenology. - Weblinks Are Not Examples

Feedback: 12 replies

Sep 6th 2011 at 5:17:53 AM

  • An episode of The Weekenders has Tino speculate that the "look cool" part of Carver's brain has expanded to the detriment of all the other parts with a diagram like this.

Sep 7th 2011 at 4:39:14 PM

In The Simpsons episode "Moms I'd Like to Forget," a diagram shows that the majority of Marge's brain consists of the "Repressed Rage" center.

Sep 7th 2011 at 11:42:29 PM

Panty And Stocking- on the opening theme, while not a full map, Panty's Brain is filled with the words "Men" and "Sex", while Stocking's Brain has "Sweets" and "Goth"

Sep 8th 2011 at 11:15:45 PM

^^^^ Yeah, that makes the name less confusing/snowcloney. Changing the title to that, unless someone liked the old one better.

Mar 14th 2019 at 3:38:48 PM

It should be "Brain Map Gag".

And maybe a note on how real brains work should be there...

Mar 14th 2019 at 3:55:03 PM

Mar 14th 2019 at 4:05:19 PM

  • Used in a more dramatic way in Chihayafuru episode 21: while Chihaya had initially been very focused on the tournament she is about to compete with, when Sudo speaks to her he effectively manages to distract her with mentions of other interesting things such as a karuta scholarship, so a moment later a frustrated Taichi imagines a brain map in which Chihaya's head is mostly filled with the word 'karuta' but also includes a few assorted other words, illustrating her sudden lack of focus.

Mar 14th 2019 at 4:33:15 PM

^^^ Feel free to grab this draft and write/improve the description.

Mar 15th 2019 at 3:39:24 AM

Weblinks Are Not Examples have been marked as such. They need more information about how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.

Please don't give this proposal any more hats until these have been corrected.

Mar 15th 2019 at 5:19:22 AM

^^ I'm not too keen on grabbing this one, but maybe I can help with the description...

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