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14th Feb '18 4:21:15 PM TheWanderer
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* Inverted in ''{{ComicBook/Preacher}}'': Jesse gets rid of Hoover (an ordinary human working for Starr) to count sand with the Voice of God, forcing the poor guy to go and count several billion grains of sand. Several story arcs later, we find him still on the beach (having since learned to dig the sand into a dam so fish would get caught in it at high tide) and finishing counting. Understandably unstabilized by the experience, he goes to find Jesse to kill him... only for Jesse to not remember him at all. After some exposition, Jesse removes his mental state by telling him to forget about it (with the Voice of God). This in turn causes Tulip to remark on a guy with the initials J.C. is going around healing the (mentally) ill, where has she heard that before...

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* Inverted in ''{{ComicBook/Preacher}}'': Jesse gets rid of Hoover (an ordinary human working for Starr) to count sand with the [[CompellingVoice Voice of God, God]], forcing the poor guy to go and count several billion grains of sand. Several story arcs later, we find him still on the beach (having since learned to dig the sand into a dam so fish would get caught in it at high tide) and finishing counting. Understandably unstabilized by the experience, he goes to find Jesse to kill him... only for Jesse to not remember him at all. After some exposition, Jesse removes his mental state by telling him to forget about it (with the Voice of God). This in turn causes Tulip to remark on a guy with the initials J.C. is going around healing the (mentally) ill, where has she heard that before...
30th Nov '17 11:50:51 AM CheeseDogX
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* Played with a fair bit in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', where methods to defeat vampires included mixing up their sock drawer (they would then have to pair and sort the socks), and forcing other obsessive-compulsive type behaviour. Another example would be the werewolves in The Fifth Elephant. Saying the word 'bath' actually gets them to wince, and throwing something has them automatically run over and grab it in a doggy-esque manner.

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* Played with a fair bit in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', where methods to defeat vampires included mixing up their sock drawer (they would then have to pair and sort the socks), and forcing other obsessive-compulsive type behaviour. Another example would be the werewolves in The Fifth Elephant. Saying the word 'bath' actually gets them to wince, and throwing something has them automatically run over and grab it in a doggy-esque manner.[[note]]Creator/TerryPratchett's reasoning for this behavior is that werewolves, like dogs, are caught halfway between wolf and man. [[InsaneTrollLogic Therefore]], they would have the same mannerisms.[[/note]]
9th Aug '17 2:17:42 PM darkemyst
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-->''"It's a compulsive thing. I was like, '''half done''' counting it and some moron running through shoved me!"''
--->'''Charby''', ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate''

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-->''"It's -->''"Curses! The old "leave a compulsive thing. I was like, '''half done''' counting it and some moron running through shoved me!"''
--->'''Charby''',
pile of beans on the porch so the vampire has to count until the break of dawn" trick!"''
--->-- '''Charby''',
''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate''



* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Vampires in this setting have a compulsion to count that can be very inconvenient for them, as seen [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/archive/644 here]] in the old archives.

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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Vampires in this setting have a compulsion to count that can be very inconvenient for them, as seen [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/archive/644 here]] in the old archives.archives though Charby has figured out how to get around it by weighing the items en masse to figure out how many there are.
9th Aug '17 11:07:02 AM darkemyst
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-->''"It's a compulsive thing. I was like, '''half done''' counting it and some moron running through shoved me!"''
--->'''Charby''', ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate''
25th Jul '17 12:03:08 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Vampires in this setting have a compulsion to count that can be very inconvenient for them, as seen [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/archive/644 here]] in the old archives.
19th Mar '17 4:05:47 AM CupOSunshine
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* The Finemdi Corporation in Matthew Laurence's ''{{Literature/Freya}}'' series abuses this trait to keep literal ''gods'' in line. They know the divine have to follow their natures, even if it's not in their best interests, making them incredibly predictable. This gets turned up to eleven [[spoiler:when they start using brainwashed worshippers to ''believe'' those gods are loyal to the company. Since gods change to match the image of their followers, they'll eventually shackle themselves to Finemdi without even realizing it.]]
28th Dec '16 6:20:44 PM WillyFourEyes
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** He also [[SlaveToRouting follows a strict schedule without fail]], so any weird action that he would do on a particular day would be a sure sign of something suspicious. Case in point: he went to the bank two days in a row, allowing the SPK member tailing him to find the real Death Note that was used to kill people.

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** He also [[SlaveToRouting [[ScheduleFanatic follows a strict schedule without fail]], so any weird action that he would do on a particular day would be a sure sign of something suspicious. Case in point: he went to the bank two days in a row, allowing the SPK member tailing him to find the real Death Note that was used to kill people.
28th Dec '16 6:19:23 PM WillyFourEyes
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** He also follows a strict schedule without fail, so any weird action that he would do on a particular day would be a sure sign of something suspicious, Case in point, he went to the bank two days in a row, allowing the SPK member tailing him to find the real death note that was used to kill people.

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** He also [[SlaveToRouting follows a strict schedule without fail, fail]], so any weird action that he would do on a particular day would be a sure sign of something suspicious, suspicious. Case in point, point: he went to the bank two days in a row, allowing the SPK member tailing him to find the real death note Death Note that was used to kill people.
11th Dec '16 9:16:07 AM TonyG
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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' the titular hero is goaded into revealing his hiding spot when the BigBad begins tapping out 'shave and a haircut' a gag that no toon can resist. This apparently isn't hyperbole as Roger fails to physically restrain himself and leaps through the wall and answers with 'Two Bits!'

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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' the titular hero is goaded into revealing his hiding spot when the BigBad begins tapping out 'shave '{{shave and a haircut' haircut}}', a gag that no toon can resist. This apparently isn't hyperbole hyperbole, as Roger fails to physically restrain himself and leaps through the wall and answers with 'Two Bits!'



* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' had a Greek inventor character who compulsively revealed weaknesses to his inventions... tied to a compulsion to dictate notes to himself not to do that again.
** [[NeatFreak His obsession with cleanliness]]. Splash a bit of mud on his tunic and he'll be incapable of anything but whining until he scrubs it all out.

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* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' had Mechanicles, a Greek inventor character who compulsively revealed weaknesses to his inventions... tied to a compulsion to dictate notes to himself not to do that again.
** He also had an [[NeatFreak His obsession with cleanliness]]. Splash a bit of mud on his tunic and he'll be incapable of anything but whining until he scrubs it all out.
30th Oct '16 5:42:55 AM Gess
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** In another vampire flick (probably ''Dracula 2000'') they also try the rice trick, and it works in that the vampire is compelled to count every last rice seed they throw at him... which, thanks to his super-human reflexes, takes him about a second.
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