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* In ''The WebOriginal/SCPFoundation'', there's an SCP, SCP-2000. [[spoiler: It's a ResetButton that can recreate humanity in the event of an ApocalypseHow.]] Behavioral and cultural modifications are noted to be possible with this SCP, and there's a suggestion it could be used to tone down the sociopathic and violent tendencies in humanity. [[spoiler: They've toned it down as far as they could: to do any more would actually ''hinder'' humanity's progress.]]

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* In ''The WebOriginal/SCPFoundation'', there's an SCP, SCP-2000. [[spoiler: It's a ResetButton that can recreate humanity in the event of an ApocalypseHow.]] Behavioral and cultural modifications are noted to be possible with this SCP, and there's a suggestion it could be used to tone down the sociopathic and violent tendencies in humanity. [[spoiler: They've toned it down as far as they could: to do any more would actually ''hinder'' humanity's progress. Think about that.]]
18th Jul '16 11:03:51 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''WebOriginal/TheSCPFoundation'', there's an SCP, SCP-2000. [[spoiler: It's a ResetButton that can recreate humanity in the event of an ApocalypseHow.]] Behavioral and cultural modifications are noted to be possible with this SCP, and there's a suggestion it could be used to tone down the sociopathic and violent tendencies in humanity. [[spoiler: They've toned it down as far as they could: to do any more would actually ''hinder'' humanity's progress.]]

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* In ''WebOriginal/TheSCPFoundation'', ''The WebOriginal/SCPFoundation'', there's an SCP, SCP-2000. [[spoiler: It's a ResetButton that can recreate humanity in the event of an ApocalypseHow.]] Behavioral and cultural modifications are noted to be possible with this SCP, and there's a suggestion it could be used to tone down the sociopathic and violent tendencies in humanity. [[spoiler: They've toned it down as far as they could: to do any more would actually ''hinder'' humanity's progress.]]
18th Jul '16 11:03:06 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''WebOriginal/TheSCPFoundation'', there's an SCP, SCP-2000. [[spoiler: It's a ResetButton that can recreate humanity in the event of an ApocalypseHow.]] Behavioral and cultural modifications are noted to be possible with this SCP, and there's a suggestion it could be used to tone down the sociopathic and violent tendencies in humanity. [[spoiler: They've toned it down as far as they could: to do any more would actually ''hinder'' humanity's progress.]]
5th Jul '16 8:55:18 AM FordPrefect
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** A third episode involves the crew having to do this to one of their own, the Doctor[[note]]who is a holographic AI entity[[/note]], after he ends up developing a severely impeding obsession with a past decision over treatment of two critically wounded crewmembers who had an equal chance of survival with his care, but he only had time to treat one. In essence, his decision processing could handle greater-than/less-than, but not equal-to values. He repeatedly demands the blocked memories be restored when he figures out there's blocked memories, and then repeatedly has a nervous breakdown, and the crew repeatedly has to re-block the memory. [[FridgeLogic Just don't ask why they never thought about the limits having only ONE doctor for the whole ship (especially in combat situations) when they could have set up MULTIPLE holographic bodies for the Doctor to control simultaneously in such situations.]]

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** A third episode involves the crew having to do this to one of their own, the Doctor[[note]]who is a holographic AI entity[[/note]], after he ends up developing a severely impeding obsession with a past decision over treatment of two critically wounded crewmembers who had an equal chance of survival with his care, but he only had time to treat one. In essence, his decision processing could handle greater-than/less-than, but not equal-to values. He repeatedly demands the blocked memories be restored when he figures out there's blocked memories, and then repeatedly has a nervous breakdown, and the crew repeatedly has to re-block the memory. [[FridgeLogic Just don't ask why they never thought about the limits of having only ONE doctor for the whole ship (especially in combat situations) when they could have set up MULTIPLE holographic bodies for the Doctor to control simultaneously in such situations.situations. Well, maybe the multitasking would have slowed him down.]]
5th Jul '16 8:51:03 AM FordPrefect
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* In ''Franchise/MenInBlack'', the organization uses a device called a neurolizer on people to cause LaserGuidedAmnesia and purge any memories of aliens (which is truly for the best, something that we are repeatedly reminded of). They even use it on their own members who retire.
* Used in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' by the San Angeles correctional system. Criminals are reprogrammed to be unable to perform the crimes they committed, and have useful skills or hobbies implanted. It's hit-and-miss, though; John Spartan can't stop himself from knitting despite being at best indifferent about it, and while Simon Phoenix can't kill Cocteau, he still really, really wants to.

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* In ''Franchise/MenInBlack'', the organization uses a device called a neurolizer neuralyzer on people to cause LaserGuidedAmnesia and purge any memories of aliens (which is truly for the best, something that we are repeatedly reminded of). They even use it on their own members who retire.
* Used in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' by the San Angeles correctional system. Criminals are reprogrammed to be unable to perform the crimes they committed, and have useful skills or hobbies implanted. It's hit-and-miss, though; John Spartan can't stop himself from knitting despite being at best indifferent about it, and while Simon Phoenix can't kill Cocteau, he still really, really wants to.to, [[spoiler:and eventually gets around it by asking one of his {{mook}}s to do it]].
5th Jul '16 2:33:39 AM StFan
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* This is Tobi's main goal in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. He plans to cast a permanent genjutsu on the moon that will make everyone live without hatred, since he believes mankind cannot live in such a way of their own free will. [[spoiler:Except he really just wanted to live in a dream world with [[TheLostLenore Rin, his dead love interest]]]].
** Additionally, this is [[spoiler: Itachi's backup plan for Sasuke]]. To make a long story short, [[spoiler:he acquired a specialized Sharingan capable of rewriting Sasuke's mind to be loyal to Konoha in the event he completely betrayed the village. He stored it with Naruto, where it was eventually used to break Kabuto's control over the resurrected Itachi]].
*** The other Sharingan belonging to the original owner was [[spoiler:used by Danzo in an attempt to make himself leader of the Shinobi Alliance, in the belief that only Danzo could use that position to bring about a lasting peace]].

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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This is Tobi's main goal in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.in . He plans to cast a permanent genjutsu on the moon that will make everyone live without hatred, since he believes mankind cannot live in such a way of their own free will. [[spoiler:Except he really just wanted to live in a dream world with [[TheLostLenore Rin, his dead love interest]]]].
** Additionally, this This is [[spoiler: Itachi's backup plan for Sasuke]]. To make a long story short, [[spoiler:he acquired a specialized Sharingan capable of rewriting Sasuke's mind to be loyal to Konoha in the event he completely betrayed the village. He stored it with Naruto, where it was eventually used to break Kabuto's control over the resurrected Itachi]].
*** ** The other Sharingan belonging to the original owner was [[spoiler:used by Danzo in an attempt to make himself leader of the Shinobi Alliance, in the belief that only Danzo could use that position to bring about a lasting peace]].



* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s {{Elseworlds}} counterpart in ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' did this, to disturbing effect.
** The Batman imitators mopping the floor still in their costumes were particularly creepy; of course, [[spoiler:President]] Superman has a lot of reason to hate Batman. Unfortunately, the comic {{Time Skip}}s over the stage at which Superman decided to start cyberlobotomizing his enemies so as to maintain control without having to kill anybody, so by the time we see it it's treated as normal--a good drama call, but frustrating.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s {{Elseworlds}} counterpart in ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' did this, to disturbing effect.
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effect. The Batman imitators mopping the floor still in their costumes were particularly creepy; of course, [[spoiler:President]] Superman has a lot of reason to hate Batman. Unfortunately, the comic {{Time Skip}}s over the stage at which Superman decided to start cyberlobotomizing his enemies so as to maintain control without having to kill anybody, so by the time we see it it's treated as normal--a good drama call, but frustrating.



* Used on Dr. Light in Franchise/TheDCU. It opened a floodgate of crap.
** Used on ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' in the same arc; ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''. The floodgates weren't big enough.

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Used on Dr. Light in Franchise/TheDCU. It opened a floodgate of crap.
** Used on ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' in the same arc; ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''.arc. The floodgates weren't big enough.



* Attempted on ComicBook/{{Magneto}} in his many Franchise/MarvelUniverse incarnations. However, due to PersonalityPowers and JokerImmunity, he reverted to his original mindset.
** It was also revealed that it had failed ''very'' soon after its first use: all the {{Anti Hero}}ic and ''just plain good'' things he's done since leaving the BigBad role behind in TheSeventies truly was him. (It also means he's as dangerous to piss off now as he was then. He was ''not'' happy when he found out what had been done to him, and to this day, Moira remains a sore subject.)

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Attempted on ComicBook/{{Magneto}} in his many Franchise/MarvelUniverse incarnations. However, due to PersonalityPowers and JokerImmunity, he reverted reverts to his original mindset.
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mindset. It was is also revealed that it had failed ''very'' soon after its first use: all the {{Anti Hero}}ic [[AntiHero anti-heroic]] and ''just plain good'' things he's done since leaving the BigBad role behind in TheSeventies truly was him. (It also means he's as dangerous to piss off now as he was then. He was ''not'' happy when he found out what had been done to him, and to this day, Moira remains a sore subject.)



* One ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' story centered on a tank-sized ray that could turn entire crowds into happy, good-hearted pacifists. Ming the Merciless takes control of it and use it to subjugate the opposition, until the protagonists manage to turn it on him. Flash even remarks what a swell guy Ming is when he's not evil. Justified since the ray's effect is temporary, and the rebound causes a lot of trouble later on.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange on occasion has used LaserGuidedAmnesia to make villains forget the evil magic they have learned -- mostly for those who stumbled into it by accident and had no idea what they were doing.
* The Institutes of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' serve this purpose in pre-war Cybertronian society, rearranging the personality and outlook of anyone who opposes the senate or the alt mode based caste system.
** It should be noted that the Senate was completely corrupt during this time. [[spoiler: With one exception, whom they pulled this on along with the Empurata ritual: ''Shockwave''.]]

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* One ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' story centered on a tank-sized ray that could turn entire crowds into happy, good-hearted pacifists. Ming the Merciless takes control of it and use it to subjugate the opposition, until the protagonists manage to turn it on him. Flash even remarks what a swell guy Ming is when he's not evil. Justified since the ray's effect is temporary, and the rebound causes a lot of trouble later on.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange
ComicBook/DoctorStrange on occasion has used LaserGuidedAmnesia to make villains forget the evil magic they have learned -- mostly for those who stumbled into it by accident and had no idea what they were doing.
* The Institutes of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' serve this purpose in pre-war Cybertronian society, rearranging the personality and outlook of anyone who opposes the senate or the alt mode based caste system.
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system. It should be noted that the Senate was is completely corrupt during this time. [[spoiler: With [[spoiler:With one exception, whom they pulled pull this on along with the Empurata ritual: ''Shockwave''.]]



* Nico Minoru of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} was alarmingly fond of this type of thinking, using her magic to wipe the young Geoffrey Wilder's memory of his trip to the modern day, forcing the Yorkes to live out the rest of their lives knowing they'd be betrayed by their own offspring, and casually transforming the Yorkes' ally Maneater into a vegan. While the first two cases were probably justified, as Wilder and the Yorkes might have otherwise been able to change history for the worse, the vegan spell was just petty. She finally earned a WhatTheHellHero speech from Molly after [[spoiler:using a minor version ("Settle Down") to force Klara to stop crying, for no other reason than because her crying was irritating Chase]]. Molly compared it to the way her evil parents used to use their mutant mind-control abilities to force her to sleep.

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* Nico Minoru of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} was ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' is alarmingly fond of this type of thinking, using her magic to wipe the young Geoffrey Wilder's memory of his trip to the modern day, forcing the Yorkes to live out the rest of their lives knowing they'd be betrayed by their own offspring, and casually transforming the Yorkes' ally Maneater into a vegan. While the first two cases were probably justified, as Wilder and the Yorkes might have otherwise been able to change history for the worse, the vegan spell was just petty. She finally earned a WhatTheHellHero speech from Molly after [[spoiler:using a minor version ("Settle Down") to force Klara to stop crying, for no other reason than because her crying was irritating Chase]]. Molly compared it to the way her evil parents used to use their mutant mind-control abilities to force her to sleep.



* In ''Comicbook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam,'' after [[EvilCounterpart Theo Adam/Black Adam]]'s first arc, [[BigGood the Wizard]] uses his magic to erase his memory of anything except for his name and age, then has him put in an OrphanageOfLove. It didn't stick for too long, though.
** A rare villain-to-hero version: [[AffablyEvil Axe]] wants to get [[KidHero Billy]] out of his hair, but to do him a favor based on his own FreudianExcuse, orders Billy to go and overcome his worst fear (which, at the time, was the fact that [[spoiler:some unknown evil was possessing [[OlderAlterEgo Captain Marvel]]]]). PlayedWith also because it doesn't totally work, though in the process [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Billy breaks out of the spell]] so that he can go back and defeat Axe.

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* In ''Comicbook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam,'' after ''ComicBook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam,'':
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[[EvilCounterpart Theo Adam/Black Adam]]'s first arc, [[BigGood the Wizard]] uses his magic to erase his memory of anything except for his name and age, then has him put in an OrphanageOfLove. It didn't stick for too long, though.
** A rare villain-to-hero version: [[AffablyEvil Axe]] wants to get [[KidHero Billy]] out of his hair, but to do him a favor based on his own FreudianExcuse, orders Billy to go and overcome his worst fear (which, at the time, was the fact that [[spoiler:some unknown evil was possessing [[OlderAlterEgo Captain Marvel]]]]). PlayedWith also because it doesn't totally work, though in the process [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Billy breaks out of the spell]] so that he can go back and defeat Axe.



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* One ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' story centered on a tank-sized ray that could turn entire crowds into happy, good-hearted pacifists. Ming the Merciless takes control of it and use it to subjugate the opposition, until the protagonists manage to turn it on him. Flash even remarks what a swell guy Ming is when he's not evil. Justified since the ray's effect is temporary, and the rebound causes a lot of trouble later on.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Snarfquest}}'': It's evil on evil, but Suthaze magically brainwashes an evil dragon into [[RuleOfFunny thinking he is a friendly duck named Willie]]. Snarf breaks the spell temporarily to distract Suthaze, but it is rendered permanent by massive head trauma.
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* The use of the eponymous ark in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' movie ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' to convince the Ori's followers of the error of their ways could be viewed this way. While it is justified in that A) the Ori are dead anyway, and B) the Ori's followers are on the verge of overrunning the Milky Way, it's still brainwashing. Even Daniel, who found the ark and figure out how to activate it in the first place, isn't happy that they had to use it since it does mess with free will in a disturbing way.

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* The use of the eponymous ark in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' movie ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' to convince the Ori's followers of the error of their ways could be viewed this way. While it is justified in that A) the Ori are dead anyway, and B) the Ori's followers are on the verge of overrunning the Milky Way, it's still brainwashing. Even Daniel, who found the ark Ark and figure out how to activate it in the first place, isn't happy that they had to use it since it does mess with free will in a disturbing way.



* In the original ''Franchise/DocSavage'' magazine stories, Doc performed "a delicate brain operation" on criminals to cure their criminal tendencies. It also removed all memories of their criminal past.
** This is a prime example of ValuesDissonance. Back in the 1930s, it was believed that ongoing criminal behaviour was a result of malformation of the brain, essentially a medical problem.

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* In the original ''Franchise/DocSavage'' magazine stories, Doc performed "a delicate brain operation" on criminals to cure their criminal tendencies. It also removed all memories of their criminal past.
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past. This is a prime example of ValuesDissonance. Back in the 1930s, it was believed that ongoing criminal behaviour behavior was a result of malformation of the brain, essentially a medical problem.



* Averted - in fact, treated with revulsion and contempt - in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's "If This Goes On". The [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified revolutionaries]], after overthrowing the CorruptChurch, vote to reject their psych experts' proposal to use SubliminalSeduction to "condition" the people to accept the restoration of democracy (after an old man who "looked like Mark Twain" made an impassioned speech on how "free men aren't 'conditioned'.")
** Though interestingly, in the first published version of the story it wasn't averted: the revolutionaries agreed to the conditioning program with minimal discussion. Presumably Heinlein later decided this was morally very dubious and inserted the "Mark Twain" Expy as a kind of TakeThat against his younger self.
* Averted in ''{{The Wheel of Time}}''. [[spoiler: Rand, in his confrontation with the Dark One, projects a future without a Dark One. Without his influence, though, everyone in the world was effectively Brainwashed For The Greater Good. The idea sickened Rand so much that he abandoned his plan to kill the Dark One, opting instead to reseal the prison.]]

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* Averted - -- in fact, treated with revulsion and contempt - -- in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's "If This Goes On". The [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified revolutionaries]], after overthrowing the CorruptChurch, vote to reject their psych experts' proposal to use SubliminalSeduction to "condition" the people to accept the restoration of democracy (after an old man who "looked like Mark Twain" made an impassioned speech on how "free men aren't 'conditioned'.")
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") Though interestingly, in the first published version of the story it wasn't averted: the revolutionaries agreed to the conditioning program with minimal discussion. Presumably Heinlein later decided this was morally very dubious and inserted the "Mark Twain" Expy as a kind of TakeThat against his younger self.
* Averted in ''{{The Wheel of Time}}''.''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. [[spoiler: Rand, in his confrontation with the Dark One, projects a future without a Dark One. Without his influence, though, everyone in the world was effectively Brainwashed For The Greater Good. The idea sickened Rand so much that he abandoned his plan to kill the Dark One, opting instead to reseal the prison.]]



* In the ''JacobsLadderTrilogy'', the planet Grail employs a "rightminding" procedure to eliminate all irrational thoughts and urges. The crew of ''Jacob's Ladder'' are somewhat amused to learn that despite this, there is still violent crime on Grail -- just by criminals acting for for unimpeachably rational reasons. None are actually keen on undergoing the procedure themselves, with the exception of Cynric, who cheerfully admits that her personality could probably benefit from a bit of amending.

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* In the ''JacobsLadderTrilogy'', ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', the planet Grail employs a "rightminding" procedure to eliminate all irrational thoughts and urges. The crew of ''Jacob's Ladder'' are somewhat amused to learn that despite this, there is still violent crime on Grail -- just by criminals acting for for unimpeachably rational reasons. None are actually keen on undergoing the procedure themselves, with the exception of Cynric, who cheerfully admits that her personality could probably benefit from a bit of amending.



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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' it was implied that Ethereal caste of Tau empire is using mind-controlling pheromones to control the rest of the tau species. Pheromones have limited range, so Ethereals also spend a lot of effort to teach their subjects to genuinely believe in Greater Good.[[note]]Founding religio-philosophical principle of modern Tau society which holds that all sentient beings should strive to ensure the greatest good for the greatest number of beings in the galaxy under guidance of the Ethereal caste. [[/note]]
** There was also an instance where the leaders of a new-found sentient species were issued portable translation devices by the Tau. It was implied that said devices also provided mind control.
** Implied, as in, Imperial scribes say they do. And TheEmpire is notoriously xenophobic. So there's no way to tell whether it's true or not. The only way to know for sure is to ask an Eldar farseer (who are rumored to have genetically engineered the Tau Ethereal caste) but [[ManipulativeBastard Eldar being Eldar, they have no reason to tell the truth]].
** The Imperium is also known to do this. Since the galaxy is full of things that can permanently corrupt a man's soul just for looking at them, it occasionally occurs that someone you'd rather not 'save' (that is to say, summarily execute) ends up a wee bit mad. The Imperium sorts this out by brainwashing the subject and either putting in fake memories or leaving the person blank. This allows them to continue service without being a risk of heresy. The Inquisition uses this tactic more than other factions.
** Space Marines, especially Grey Knights are notorious for using mind wipes, hypnosis and brainwashing as part of their training. It results in incredible mental fortitude, loyalty and resistance to Chaos influence, but makes them far less human.
** The brainwashing of Space Marine recruits is rather necessary, to allow both subliminal training and to indoctrinate the recruits into loyally serving the chapter and [[TheEmpire the Imperium]]. This is as much as to make them loyal servants as well as to behave; while recruiting from [[{{Arcology}} a Hive]], they prefer "recruiting" gangs members since most recruits are chosen ''because'' they have psychotic killing instincts and experience with weapons. If Marines decide they would rather strike out on their own, they would either [[DangerousDeserter go renegade]], or, much worse and ''more common'', [[TheCorruption fell to temptation]] and became terrifying [[EvilCounterpart Chaos Space Marines]]. Space Marines' predecessors, the Thunder Warriors, were ''not'' brainwashed, and proved to be so physically and mentally unstable that The Emperor had them purged once the conquest of Terra was complete.
* It's evil on evil, but [[SnarfQuest Suthaze]] magically brainwashed an evil dragon into [[RuleOfFunny thinking he was a friendly duck named Willie]]. Snarf broke the spell temporarily to distract Suthaze, but it was rendered permanent by massive head trauma.
* Dungeons & Dragons' third edition Book of Exalted Deeds contains the Sanctify the Wicked spell, which has this effect, not only changing an Evil character to Good, but also changing the victim's alignment to Law or Chaos to match the caster's.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', this is the modus operandi of the [[LightIsNotGood Selesnya]]. The Song of the Conclave, for instance, was a plane-wide spell to keep the population docile (keep in mind that it was done with [[WellIntentionedExtremist "good" intentions]] in mind). Predictably, when the guildless found out, they weren't very happy...

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' it was 40000}}'':
** It is
implied that Ethereal caste of Tau empire is using mind-controlling pheromones to control the rest of the tau species. Pheromones have limited range, so Ethereals also spend a lot of effort to teach their subjects to genuinely believe in Greater Good.[[note]]Founding Founding religio-philosophical principle of modern Tau society which holds that all sentient beings should strive to ensure the greatest good for the greatest number of beings in the galaxy under guidance of the Ethereal caste. [[/note]]
caste.
** There was also an instance where the leaders of a new-found sentient species were issued portable translation devices by the Tau. It was implied that said devices also provided mind control.
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control. Implied, as in, Imperial scribes say they do. And TheEmpire is notoriously xenophobic. So there's no way to tell whether it's true or not. The only way to know for sure is to ask an Eldar farseer (who are rumored to have genetically engineered the Tau Ethereal caste) but [[ManipulativeBastard Eldar being Eldar, they have no reason to tell the truth]].
** The Imperium is also known to do this. Since the galaxy is full of things that can permanently corrupt a man's soul just for looking at them, it occasionally occurs that someone you'd rather not 'save' "save" (that is to say, summarily execute) ends up a wee bit mad. The Imperium sorts this out by brainwashing the subject and either putting in fake memories or leaving the person blank. This allows them to continue service without being a risk of heresy. The Inquisition uses this tactic more than other factions.
** Space Marines, especially Grey Knights are notorious for using mind wipes, hypnosis and brainwashing as part of their training. It results in incredible mental fortitude, loyalty and resistance to Chaos influence, but makes them far less human. \n** The brainwashing of Space Marine recruits is rather necessary, to allow both subliminal training and to indoctrinate the recruits into loyally serving the chapter and [[TheEmpire the Imperium]]. This is as much as to make them loyal servants as well as to behave; while recruiting from [[{{Arcology}} a Hive]], they prefer "recruiting" gangs members since most recruits are chosen ''because'' they have psychotic killing instincts and experience with weapons. If Marines decide they would rather strike out on their own, they would either [[DangerousDeserter go renegade]], or, much worse and ''more common'', [[TheCorruption fell to temptation]] and became terrifying [[EvilCounterpart Chaos Space Marines]]. Space Marines' predecessors, the Thunder Warriors, were ''not'' brainwashed, and proved to be so physically and mentally unstable that The Emperor had them purged once the conquest of Terra was complete.
* It's evil on evil, but [[SnarfQuest Suthaze]] magically brainwashed an evil dragon into [[RuleOfFunny thinking he was a friendly duck named Willie]]. Snarf broke the spell temporarily to distract Suthaze, but it was rendered permanent by massive head trauma.
* Dungeons & Dragons' third edition Book
''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The 3.5 Edition "Book of Exalted Deeds Deeds" contains the Sanctify the Wicked spell, which has this effect, not only changing an Evil character to Good, but also changing the victim's alignment to Law or Chaos to match the caster's.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', this is the modus operandi of the [[LightIsNotGood Selesnya]]. The Song of the Conclave, for instance, was a plane-wide spell to keep the population docile (keep in mind that it was done with [[WellIntentionedExtremist "good" intentions]] in mind). Predictably, when the guildless found out, they weren't very happy...



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* [[spoiler: Revan AKA the protagonist]] in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''

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* [[spoiler: Revan AKA a.k.a. the protagonist]] in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''



* ''{{Starcraft}}'': Much of the Terran military is made up of 'resocialized' criminals. The training process of Ghosts involves this as well, though they aren't necessarily criminals; The program will take anyone with enough [[PsychicPowers potential]]. One would hope this statistic doesn't apply to the higher command.
** Interestingly, Nova (one of the most powerful, if not THE most powerful, Terran psychics ever) actually ''chose'' to have her memory wiped, unable to cope with the memory of [[spoiler:her parents being murdered in front of her and living a year as a slave to a psychopath]].

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* ''{{Starcraft}}'': ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': Much of the Terran military is made up of 'resocialized' "resocialized" criminals. The training process of Ghosts involves this as well, though they aren't necessarily criminals; The the program will take anyone with enough [[PsychicPowers potential]]. One would hope this statistic doesn't apply to the higher command.
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command. Interestingly, Nova (one of the most powerful, if not THE most powerful, Terran psychics ever) actually ''chose'' to have her memory wiped, unable to cope with the memory of [[spoiler:her parents being murdered in front of her and living a year as a slave to a psychopath]].



* The Legion in ''MSFHigh'' used to do this. A lot. Or, at least they saw it like that. Most people saw them as the 'Heels', at times, and Legion transformations can have this effect, if done unwillingly. One of the reasons people don't like them very much. Generally, they don't do it now, though.

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* ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'':
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The Legion in ''MSFHigh'' used to do this. A lot. Or, at least they saw it like that. Most people saw them as the 'Heels', "Heels", at times, and Legion transformations can have this effect, if done unwillingly. One of the reasons people don't like them very much. Generally, they don't do it now, though.



* In [[Roleplay/{{Glowfic}} Effulgence]], Aelise believed her world was in danger of being "nuked to a population of one." So she enlisted the help of [[LoveHungry Chelsa]] to brainwash everyone into loving each other, figuring that was better then everyone dying.

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* In [[Roleplay/{{Glowfic}} Effulgence]], ''[[Roleplay/{{Glowfic}} Effulgence]]'', Aelise believed her world was in danger of being "nuked to a population of one." So she enlisted the help of [[LoveHungry Chelsa]] to brainwash everyone into loving each other, figuring that was better then everyone dying.



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', the alternate universe KnightTemplar Justice League, the Justice Lords, brainwashed dangerous villains like ComicBook/TheJoker. Or rather, Superman ''[[FateWorseThanDeath lobotomized]]'' them with his heat vision. (When Doomsday - freaking ''Doomsday'' shows up, this makes for a CurbStompBattle with the Justice Lord Superman. Instead of [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman fistfighting to their mutual destruction]], brain-fry ensues and it's a done deal. Of course, [[spoiler: He got better a couple seasons later, and when the prime Superman is desperate enough to use his darker version's tactic, Doomsday, via his AdaptiveAbility, is now immune]].)
** Amusingly, when we get to see the alternate Arkham Asylum and the various lobotomized supervillains, The Ventriloquist has no lobotomy scars, but [[DemonicDummy Mr. Scarface]] ''does''. [[note]] It makes perfect sense in the context of Batman's rogues gallery, since the ventriloquist has Multiple Personality Disorder and believed Mr. Scarface was alive. So he just needed to ''believe'' Mr. Scarface was lobotomized.[[/note]]

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', the alternate universe KnightTemplar Justice League, the Justice Lords, brainwashed dangerous villains like ComicBook/TheJoker. Or rather, Superman ''[[FateWorseThanDeath lobotomized]]'' them with his heat vision. (When Doomsday - freaking ''Doomsday'' shows up, this makes for a CurbStompBattle with the Justice Lord Superman. Instead of [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman fistfighting to their mutual destruction]], brain-fry ensues and it's a done deal. Of course, [[spoiler: He got better a couple seasons later, and when the prime Superman is desperate enough to use his darker version's tactic, Doomsday, via his AdaptiveAbility, is now immune]].)
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) Amusingly, when we get to see the alternate Arkham Asylum and the various lobotomized supervillains, The Ventriloquist has no lobotomy scars, but [[DemonicDummy Mr. Scarface]] ''does''. [[note]] It makes perfect sense in the context of Batman's rogues gallery, since the ventriloquist has Multiple Personality Disorder and believed Mr. Scarface was alive. So he just needed to ''believe'' Mr. Scarface was lobotomized.[[/note]]
29th Jun '16 11:52:04 AM Quanyails
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* Mindf*** of ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' habitually uses her psychic powers to do this [[spoiler:to ''herself''.]]

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* Mindf*** of ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' habitually uses her psychic powers to do this [[spoiler:to ''herself''.to [[spoiler:''herself''.]]
23rd May '16 8:42:31 PM Anddrix
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', the alternate universe KnightTemplar Justice League, the Justice Lords, brainwashed dangerous villains like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Or rather, Superman ''[[FateWorseThanDeath lobotomized]]'' them with his heat vision. (When Doomsday - freaking ''Doomsday'' shows up, this makes for a CurbStompBattle with the Justice Lord Superman. Instead of [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman fistfighting to their mutual destruction]], brain-fry ensues and it's a done deal. Of course, [[spoiler: He got better a couple seasons later, and when the prime Superman is desperate enough to use his darker version's tactic, Doomsday, via his AdaptiveAbility, is now immune]].)

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', the alternate universe KnightTemplar Justice League, the Justice Lords, brainwashed dangerous villains like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. Or rather, Superman ''[[FateWorseThanDeath lobotomized]]'' them with his heat vision. (When Doomsday - freaking ''Doomsday'' shows up, this makes for a CurbStompBattle with the Justice Lord Superman. Instead of [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman fistfighting to their mutual destruction]], brain-fry ensues and it's a done deal. Of course, [[spoiler: He got better a couple seasons later, and when the prime Superman is desperate enough to use his darker version's tactic, Doomsday, via his AdaptiveAbility, is now immune]].)
7th May '16 4:08:25 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8374923/1/Confession-is-Good-for-the-Soul This]] ''GoodOmens'' hurt/comfort fic is a quick deconstruction of this

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* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8374923/1/Confession-is-Good-for-the-Soul This]] ''GoodOmens'' ''Literature/GoodOmens'' hurt/comfort fic is a quick deconstruction of this
28th Apr '16 10:32:19 AM Angelus25
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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Angel becomes the CEO of evil law firm Wolfram & Hart's L.A. branch in exchange for them altering reality to give his son Connor a well-adjusted past with a normal family, and wipe everyone else's memories. Eventually Connor gets his old memories restored...but from his perspective the implanted memories remain and they're the ones that feel "real" to him. The real memories are more like a strange dream from Connor's perspective. The rest of Angel's team get their memories back at the same time IIRC, leading Wesley to suddenly remember the role he played in Connor's abduction as an infant and the subsequent fallout.

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Angel becomes the CEO of evil law firm Wolfram & Hart's L.A. branch in exchange for them altering reality to give his son Connor a well-adjusted past with a normal family, and wipe everyone else's memories. Eventually Connor gets his old memories restored...but from his perspective the implanted memories remain and they're the ones that feel "real" to him. The real memories are more like a strange dream from Connor's perspective. The rest of Angel's team get their Wesley also gets his memories back at the same time IIRC, leading Wesley to restored and suddenly remember the role he played in Connor's abduction as an infant and the subsequent fallout.
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