History Main / BeatItByCompulsion

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.
25th Sep '16 12:02:09 AM doorhandle
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*As mentioned above, ArtificialStupidity can be considered along these lines.
21st Jun '16 2:09:32 PM Chabal2
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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...
17th Feb '16 5:42:20 PM Rodrigokun
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* In ancient Egypt cats were considered sacred animals, and to harm one meant bringing down a severe punishment on the offender, up to and including death. When the Romans invaded, rumor has it that one of their tactics was to have their front line carry cats out in front of them, gambling that this compulsion would prevent the opposing Egyptian army from striking through the cats to get at the Roman troops. As we all know from history, it apparently worked. This compulsion against harming the sacred animals shows up, of all places, in the first ''[[Film/TheMummy1999 Mummy]]'' movie, where Branden Frasier's character scares off [[ThePunishment Imhotep]] with a cat.

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* In ancient Egypt cats were considered sacred animals, and to harm one meant bringing down a severe punishment on the offender, up to and including death. When the Romans invaded, rumor has it that one of their tactics was to have their front line carry cats out in front of them, gambling that this compulsion would prevent the opposing Egyptian army from striking through the cats to get at the Roman troops. As we all know from history, it apparently worked. This compulsion against harming the sacred animals shows up, of all places, in the first ''[[Film/TheMummy1999 Mummy]]'' movie, where Branden Brendan Frasier's character scares off [[ThePunishment Imhotep]] with a cat.
9th Nov '15 12:56:56 AM jormis29
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8th Nov '15 7:27:17 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Literature/TheSanguineChronicles'' almost all of the traditional vampire weaknesses are due to OCD, though the symptoms vary from vampire to vampire. Marko has a compulsion to count.



* Autistic people of all kinds may exhibit this behavior, helpful or not.

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* Autistic and obsessive-compulsive people of all kinds may exhibit this behavior, helpful or not.
19th Oct '15 1:56:06 AM jormis29
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* In ''SoulEater'', Death the Kid has a crippling obsession with symmetry, resulting in him stopping mid-battle to chew out one of his [[EmpathicWeapon Weapons]] for being off center, going home in the middle of a mission to check whether the picture in his room was centered properly (it was), refusing to attack a symmetrical opponent and going berserk and obliterating an asymmetrical one.

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* In ''SoulEater'', ''Manga/SoulEater'', Death the Kid has a crippling obsession with symmetry, resulting in him stopping mid-battle to chew out one of his [[EmpathicWeapon Weapons]] for being off center, going home in the middle of a mission to check whether the picture in his room was centered properly (it was), refusing to attack a symmetrical opponent and going berserk and obliterating an asymmetrical one.



* In ''OnePiece'', an entire species of birds (known as South Birds) compulsively face south and thus are used as compasses. At one point, the crew captures one and makes fun of it. The bird threatens to throw them off course and turns its head North...until it gets tired and turns back to south. It's also worth noting that there are North Birds as well, and will produce East or West birds through mating with South Birds.

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* In ''OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', an entire species of birds (known as South Birds) compulsively face south and thus are used as compasses. At one point, the crew captures one and makes fun of it. The bird threatens to throw them off course and turns its head North...until it gets tired and turns back to south. It's also worth noting that there are North Birds as well, and will produce East or West birds through mating with South Birds.



** A currently-running story has Two-Face completely unable to control himself after a rival villain stole his coin. Dent's dialogue and internal monologue makes much of his frustration with his lack of control.

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** A currently-running story has Two-Face completely unable to control himself after a rival villain stole his coin. Dent's dialogue and internal monologue makes much of his frustration with his lack of control.



** Which is kind of ironic since Two-Face's coin ''is'' a two-headed trick coin: he simply scratched one of the sides.

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** Which is kind of ironic since Two-Face's coin ''is'' a [[TwoHeadedCoin two-headed trick coin: coin]]: he simply scratched one of the sides.



* Canonically {{Thanos}} has been defeated because he has an uncontrollable compulsion to ultimately let himself lose. Seriously. He's not called the "Mad Titan" for nothing.

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* Canonically {{Thanos}} ComicBook/{{Thanos}} has been defeated because he has an uncontrollable compulsion to ultimately let himself lose. Seriously. He's not called the "Mad Titan" for nothing.



* In the second AustinPowers movie, Mustafa feels compelled to answer any question that he's asked three times in a row. Though he's an amazing RulesLawyer with regard to the questions.

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* In the second AustinPowers movie, ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'', Mustafa feels compelled to answer any question that he's asked three times in a row. Though he's an amazing RulesLawyer with regard to the questions.



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Bad Blood", Mulder diverts an attacking vampire by flinging a bag of sunflower seeds. The vampire is compelled to stop and pick them up. Mention is also made of the alleged vampiric compulsion to untie knots, such as tied shoelaces.

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* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Bad Blood", "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood Bad Blood]]", Mulder diverts an attacking vampire by flinging a bag of sunflower seeds. The vampire is compelled to stop and pick them up. Mention is also made of the alleged vampiric compulsion to untie knots, such as tied shoelaces.



* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" the Winchesters distract a leprechaun (played by Robert Picardo) by spilling salt on the ground and forcing him to count them, giving them time to figure out how to banish him.

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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Clap "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E09ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Clap Your Hands If You Believe" Believe]]" the Winchesters distract a leprechaun (played by Robert Picardo) by spilling salt on the ground and forcing him to count them, giving them time to figure out how to banish him.



* ''[[StarControl Star Control 2]]'' has The Words: "Hold! What you are doing to us is wrong! Why do you do this thing?" [[spoiler:Use this [[DialogueTree dialogue option]] on the [[BigBad Ur-Quan]], and they will explain their history and [[MotiveRant the motives]] for their actions.]] However, they'll still attack you afterwards. The reason it works is [[spoiler:that phrase is a MeaningfulEcho from a race they tried to exterminate in their {{Backstory}}, which initiated the EnemyCivilWar between the two factions of the Ur-Quan, the Green Kzer-Kza, and the [[OmnicidalManiac Grey Kohr-Ah]].]]

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* ''[[StarControl Star Control 2]]'' ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' has The Words: "Hold! What you are doing to us is wrong! Why do you do this thing?" [[spoiler:Use this [[DialogueTree dialogue option]] on the [[BigBad Ur-Quan]], and they will explain their history and [[MotiveRant the motives]] for their actions.]] However, they'll still attack you afterwards. The reason it works is [[spoiler:that phrase is a MeaningfulEcho from a race they tried to exterminate in their {{Backstory}}, which initiated the EnemyCivilWar between the two factions of the Ur-Quan, the Green Kzer-Kza, and the [[OmnicidalManiac Grey Kohr-Ah]].]]



* Bruce teaches Terry this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Batman Beyond}}''.

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* Bruce teaches Terry this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Batman Beyond}}''.''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
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