BySam Plank, writer at Creators.co
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Face it; at one (or twenty) points in all our lives, we've wanted to be able to pop some magic pill and have everything just be hunky-dory, right? A silver bullet, an easy out. Usually, that's wine for my wife, and Fireball for me. Or most recently, writing articles like this for moviepilot (wink).

That got me to thinking...what movies out there have featured this magic pill or drug? Something that can make everything better, make you better, or just change things around. There are plenty of drugs out there in the real world that can, um, alter your reality, but most of those come with some side effects, like death. Thankfully, for movies and television shows, we can live out all sorts of fantasies. Some of which include a little capsule that fixes everything!

No, we won't be covering the magic pills in Magic Mike, sorry to say.

You all know a couple right off the bat that I'm talking about, but we'll talk about a couple that maybe you forgot about, or didn't know existed, and will make you want to watch them!

The Matrix

Red & Blue pill?
Red & Blue pill?

Two words: well duh! The blue and red pill. Subjects of some of the most anti-government themed memes out there. You want to keep things comfortable, and stay living in your fantasy world? Take the blue pill. You want to see the truth, and live life in the real world? Red! The fact that these probably weren't actually drugs, but computer programs or viruses in them, doesn't really matter. The whole trilogy started with Neo going down the rabbit hole.

Limitless

NZT-48
NZT-48

I still have yet to see this movie, but it looks pretty stinkin good. A pill that makes you super smart, super everything? Hell yes! Eyes that change color? Well, okay. Blackouts and hallucinations? Well, shoot. Wait, you want a drug that makes you crazy smart, without any side effects (except the obvious, you have to keep taking it for it to work)? Talk to:

Lucy

CPH4
CPH4

The only other side effects from CPH4 were her body freaking out and disintegrating when she drank champaign on an airplane, and also, her (warning: spoiler alert)

turning into a supercomputer!?

It would still be worth it, right? Right? Anyone?

Trancers

Time travel injections
Time travel injections

We're going back in time a bit here, to 1985 (Back to the Future! Boom!). In the year 2247, there's a drug that apparently allows you to go back in time, and inhabit the body of your ancestor. Good stuff! And of course, and drug that lets you go back home, but you'll have to see ALL SIX MOVIES to see how that turns out.

The Faculty

Drug in a pen...and Jon Stewart!
Drug in a pen...and Jon Stewart!

I'm stretching a bit this one, but stay with me. I love this movie! There's aliens taking over a high school, and soon, THE WORLD! But a dorky kid, played by another dorky kid named Elijah Wood (just kidding Frodo), figures out that a new ecstasy type of drug kids are hiding in pens and bringing to school is the key to killing the head alien! Okay, so it's the dry powder that kills it, not the drug, but drugs save the world from diuretic aliens!

Dragonball Z

Senzu Bean
Senzu Bean

Maybe a Senzu Bean isn't really a drug, they're magic little things that restore your health and energy completely. And in this universe, where apparently everyone's fighting, that's mighty helpful!

True Blood

V
V

Again, like a bean, vampire blood isn't really a drug, although it's treated as such in the show, thanks to it's after effects. V can cure pretty much anything, it's an aphrodisiac for men and women alike, and links the donor and recipient through emotions, all that good stuff. Which makes for some awkward man-love dreams when Eric gives Jason some of his blood.

Star Wars

Death stick, sir?
Death stick, sir?
Elan Sel'Sabagno: "You wanna buy some death sticks?"
Obi-Wan Kenobi: "You don't want to sell me death sticks."
Elan Sel'Sabagno: "Uh, I don't wanna sell you death sticks."
Obi-Wan Kenobi: "You want to go home and rethink your life."
Elan Sel'Sabagno: "I wanna go home and rethink my life."

The good news? They made your world all pretty and twisty and stuff. Bad news? Your lifespan lost a chunk every time you took it. Not quite worth it, I'm thinking.

Dr. Who

Lipstick and Spectrox
Lipstick and Spectrox

There's hallucinogenic lipstick that I'll pass on trying, seeing that I have the wrong tackle to be wearing lipstick, even some that makes me see cool things. But there's also Spectrox, that gives you eternal youth, for a price.

Fringe

Cortexiphan
Cortexiphan

I LOVED THIS SHOW!!! And with zany Walter Bishop's drug use being so helpful in his research, there was also Cortexiphan, which helped the user travel between universes. Oh, and they temporarily were cable of pyrokinesis and telepathy. But the universe thing? Nice!

Peter Pan/Tinkerbell

Pixie dust
Pixie dust

Sparkly dust that can make you fly? I've only heard of the stuff that makes you think you can fly.

And the best for last...

Super Mario!

Flowers and shrooms!!!
Flowers and shrooms!!!

Flowers that give you firepowers? Mushrooms that make you glow and flash and invincible? This allows me to end this aricle with the best joke evar!

What were Mario's overalls made of?

Close your eyes while picturing this part of the original Super Mario NES game, if you remember it:

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and sing these three words in your head to the tune for the punchline:

Denim denim denim! Denim denim denim!

Now, watch this video of 1-2 world, because you know you want to!

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