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14th May '18 1:44:52 PM x_countryguy
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->He shook his head, which only intensified the ringing in his ears. When had that started? With the shockwaves? During the fight with [[KnightInShiningArmor Chevalier]]?
->Or before all that? Before the Yàngbǎn?
->Had it ever ''stopped?''
->He thought of the [[EmotionControl Simurgh]], thought of all of this in the context of him being just one of her pawns.
->His head hung.
->Always a pawn. Always the expendable one.

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->He shook his head, which only intensified the ringing in his ears. When had that started? With the shockwaves? During the fight with [[KnightInShiningArmor Chevalier]]?
->Or
Chevalier]]?\\
Or
before all that? Before the Yàngbǎn?
->Had
Yàngbǎn?\\
Had
it ever ''stopped?''
->He
''stopped?''\\
He
thought of the [[EmotionControl Simurgh]], thought of all of this in the context of him being just one of her pawns.
->His
pawns.\\
His
head hung.
->Always
hung.\\
Always
a pawn. Always the expendable one.



* Occurs in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' with [[spoiler: Shiori]]. In this case, it seems to simply be a decoy to keep Ala Alba from noticing something particular, but Mana [[GenreSavvy notes that they can't rule out the possibility]] of a TriggerPhrase.

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* Occurs in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' with [[spoiler: Shiori]].[[spoiler:Shiori]]. In this case, it seems to simply be a decoy to keep Ala Alba from noticing something particular, but Mana [[GenreSavvy notes that they can't rule out the possibility]] of a TriggerPhrase.



* In the conclusion of the ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' "ComicBook/{{Shadowland}}" event, [[spoiler: Typhoid Mary]] was revealed to be Kingpin's Manchurian Agent.

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* In the conclusion of the ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' "ComicBook/{{Shadowland}}" event, [[spoiler: Typhoid [[spoiler:Typhoid Mary]] was revealed to be Kingpin's Manchurian Agent.



* ''Fanfic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'' reveals during [[WhamEpisode Chapter 64]] that [[spoiler: the Armor Digivolutions were designed as this; when [[TheChessmaster Oikawa]] says a key phrase while the Digimon are in them, they're brainwashed into serving him.]]

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* ''Fanfic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'' reveals during [[WhamEpisode Chapter 64]] that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Armor Digivolutions were designed as this; when [[TheChessmaster Oikawa]] says a key phrase while the Digimon are in them, they're brainwashed into serving him.]]



* In ''Literature/Babel17'', one saboteur turns out to have been programmed by [[spoiler: Babel-17 itself, which is crafted to make people hate the Alliance]].

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* In ''Literature/Babel17'', one saboteur turns out to have been programmed by [[spoiler: Babel-17 [[spoiler:Babel-17 itself, which is crafted to make people hate the Alliance]].



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In ''Literature/TurnCoat'', there are abounding fears within the White Council of Wizards that there are traitors running amok after one of the Senior Council is murdered. It turns out that someone has been mucking with the heads of [[spoiler: the entire younger generation of wizards, turning them into sleeping assassins/suicide bombers, including Captain Luccio, the head of the Wardens]]. On top of that, [[spoiler: all of the other wizards have been quietly influenced by subtle mind-control enchantments over the course of the war]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In ''Literature/TurnCoat'', there are abounding fears within the White Council of Wizards that there are traitors running amok after one of the Senior Council is murdered. It turns out that someone has been mucking with the heads of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the entire younger generation of wizards, turning them into sleeping assassins/suicide bombers, including Captain Luccio, the head of the Wardens]]. On top of that, [[spoiler: all [[spoiler:all of the other wizards have been quietly influenced by subtle mind-control enchantments over the course of the war]].



* Inverted in the Literature/LordDarcy story ''A Case Of Identity'', where [[spoiler:Lord Seiger]] is a homicidal maniac when in his ''natural'' state, but has been constrained by mental healers' geas effects to be entirely harmless and trustworthy. [[spoiler: At least, until he's fed the correct trigger phrase by his superior in the Angevin royal spy organization, which unleashes his full AxeCrazy lethality on enemies of the Crown.]]

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* Inverted in the Literature/LordDarcy story ''A Case Of Identity'', where [[spoiler:Lord Seiger]] is a homicidal maniac when in his ''natural'' state, but has been constrained by mental healers' geas effects to be entirely harmless and trustworthy. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least, until he's fed the correct trigger phrase by his superior in the Angevin royal spy organization, which unleashes his full AxeCrazy lethality on enemies of the Crown.]]



* Raul Diaz in ''Literature/MrBlank'' is referred to as a Manchurian Candidate. Brainwashed by so many different conspiracies, traded as a pawn, he even [[spoiler: gets activated to kill by accident.]]

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* Raul Diaz in ''Literature/MrBlank'' is referred to as a Manchurian Candidate. Brainwashed by so many different conspiracies, traded as a pawn, he even [[spoiler: gets [[spoiler:gets activated to kill by accident.]]



-->'''Silence:''' You should ''kill us all on sight''.

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-->'''Silence:''' --->'''Silence:''' You should ''kill us all on sight''.



--> '''Adelle [=DeWitt=]''': There are three flowers in a vase. The third flower is green.

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--> '''Adelle [=DeWitt=]''': [=DeWitt=]:''' There are three flowers in a vase. The third flower is green.



** In the episode "Inquisition", Bashir is accused of being a ''willing'' one of these (as in, he agreed to become an enemy agent and then suppressed any knowledge of it in order to maintain his cover perfectly) [[spoiler: by Section 31. He's not, it's all just a test by the SecretPolice to screen him for initiation into their organization whether he likes it or not.]]
** In the episode "Whispers" [[spoiler: an alien rebel faction has come up with a twist; rather than try and brainwash O'Brien to sabotage peace talks, they replace him with a programmable clone who otherwise believes himself to be the original.]]

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** In the episode "Inquisition", Bashir is accused of being a ''willing'' one of these (as in, he agreed to become an enemy agent and then suppressed any knowledge of it in order to maintain his cover perfectly) [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by Section 31. He's not, it's all just a test by the SecretPolice to screen him for initiation into their organization whether he likes it or not.]]
** In the episode "Whispers" [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an alien rebel faction has come up with a twist; rather than try and brainwash O'Brien to sabotage peace talks, they replace him with a programmable clone who otherwise believes himself to be the original.]]



-->'''T'Pol:''' You're mistaken.
-->'''Tucker:''' The hell I am! I think I'd remember if I had sabotaged the ship!
-->'''T'Pol:''' Not necessarily.
-->'''Tucker:''' [{{beat}}] What did you do to me?
-->'''T'Pol:''' I lured you away from Engineering with the promise of a sexual encounter. Once we were alone in my quarters, I implanted a telepathic suggestion. I compelled you to sabotage the power grid. After you completed the assignment, we melded again. I altered your memory of what had happened.

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-->'''T'Pol:''' You're mistaken.
-->'''Tucker:'''
mistaken.\\
'''Tucker:'''
The hell I am! I think I'd remember if I had sabotaged the ship!
-->'''T'Pol:'''
ship!\\
'''T'Pol:'''
Not necessarily.
-->'''Tucker:'''
necessarily.\\
'''Tucker:'''
[{{beat}}] What did you do to me?
-->'''T'Pol:'''
me?\\
'''T'Pol:'''
I lured you away from Engineering with the promise of a sexual encounter. Once we were alone in my quarters, I implanted a telepathic suggestion. I compelled you to sabotage the power grid. After you completed the assignment, we melded again. I altered your memory of what had happened.



* [[spoiler: Alex Mason]] in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is programmed to [[spoiler:[[WhoShotJFK kill President Kennedy]].]] It's not outright stated whether this succeeded or not, but it's heavily implied.

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* [[spoiler: Alex [[spoiler:Alex Mason]] in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is programmed to [[spoiler:[[WhoShotJFK kill President Kennedy]].]] It's not outright stated whether this succeeded or not, but it's heavily implied.



** The other use of this in-game is the Children of the Emperor, crossing both the Consular and Knight arcs. Force-Sensitive infants and children throughout the galaxy are found by the Emperor's agents and brought to him. The Emperor then uses a Sith ritual to establish a PsychicLink with them, seeding them across the galaxy. At any time, he can activate that link and use them as vessels for his will and consciousness. The "children" are not usually aware of their status until the emperor has need of them, so they live ordinary lives, many as loyal Republic citizens, until the trigger causes them to betray their former friends and allies while exhibiting the usual [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide Sith degree of sanity]]. With the Knight, [[spoiler: Kira Carsen's parents surrendered her willingly,]] and the Emperor possesses her to try and kill the [[TheChosenOne Knight]] in Act One, when they're still too weak to face him directly. Consulars will have their hands full with the rest of the "siblings," who range from diplomats and low-ranking Sith, to common Republic soldiers and even [[spoiler:Master Syo Bakarn, a senior member of the Jedi Council]]!

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** The other use of this in-game is the Children of the Emperor, crossing both the Consular and Knight arcs. Force-Sensitive infants and children throughout the galaxy are found by the Emperor's agents and brought to him. The Emperor then uses a Sith ritual to establish a PsychicLink with them, seeding them across the galaxy. At any time, he can activate that link and use them as vessels for his will and consciousness. The "children" are not usually aware of their status until the emperor has need of them, so they live ordinary lives, many as loyal Republic citizens, until the trigger causes them to betray their former friends and allies while exhibiting the usual [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide Sith degree of sanity]]. With the Knight, [[spoiler: Kira [[spoiler:Kira Carsen's parents surrendered her willingly,]] and the Emperor possesses her to try and kill the [[TheChosenOne Knight]] in Act One, when they're still too weak to face him directly. Consulars will have their hands full with the rest of the "siblings," who range from diplomats and low-ranking Sith, to common Republic soldiers and even [[spoiler:Master Syo Bakarn, a senior member of the Jedi Council]]!



* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': After Cecil is bought by parties unknown at the secret police's auction he starts blacking out when mayor Dana Cardinal is in danger (fairly often) and saving her with no memory of it happening. And in "Briny Depths" it turns out that [[spoiler: everyone in Night Vale]] is a Manchurian Agent of the World Government with the TriggerPhrase "Briny Depths".

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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': After Cecil is bought by parties unknown at the secret police's auction he starts blacking out when mayor Dana Cardinal is in danger (fairly often) and saving her with no memory of it happening. And in "Briny Depths" it turns out that [[spoiler: everyone [[spoiler:everyone in Night Vale]] is a Manchurian Agent of the World Government with the TriggerPhrase "Briny Depths".



-->'''Bart''': [[CreepyMonotone Time to blow up the clown]].\\
'''Homer''': Go. Blow.

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-->'''Bart''': -->'''Bart:''' [[CreepyMonotone Time to blow up the clown]].\\
'''Homer''': '''Homer:''' Go. Blow.



29th Apr '18 5:48:16 PM eroock
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* The brainwashing done by the Dai Li in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is activated by saying "(name), the Earth King has invited you to Lake Laogai," to which they respond by gaining MindControlEyes and saying "I am honored to accept his invitation."

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* The brainwashing done by the Dai Li in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is activated [[TriggerPhrase activated]] by saying "(name), the Earth King has invited you to Lake Laogai," to which they respond by gaining MindControlEyes and saying "I am honored to accept his invitation."
13th Apr '18 6:55:56 PM DreadPirate7
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the [[OmnicidalManiac Simurgh]] ''mass produces'' these. As a powerful telepath, she gets into the minds of those she encounters and twists them until they will fulfill her needs. These agents can go undetected for years, acting perfectly normal until they get into position to influence something important, at which point they appear to snap. The Simurgh's impressive precognitive powers only makes this ''more'' effective.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the [[OmnicidalManiac Simurgh]] ''mass produces'' these. As a powerful telepath, she gets into the minds of those she encounters and twists them until they will fulfill her needs. These agents can go undetected for years, acting perfectly normal until they get into position to influence something important, at which point they appear to snap. The Simurgh's impressive precognitive powers only makes this ''more'' effective.
31st Mar '18 3:52:42 PM WillyFourEyes
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* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': After Cecil is bought by parties unknown at the secret police's auction he starts blacking out when mayor Dana Cardinal is in danger (fairly often) and saving her with no memory of it happening. And in "Briny Deeps" it turns out that [[spoiler: everyone in Night Vale]] is a Manchurian Agent of the World Government with the activation phrase "Briny Deeps".

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* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': After Cecil is bought by parties unknown at the secret police's auction he starts blacking out when mayor Dana Cardinal is in danger (fairly often) and saving her with no memory of it happening. And in "Briny Deeps" Depths" it turns out that [[spoiler: everyone in Night Vale]] is a Manchurian Agent of the World Government with the activation phrase TriggerPhrase "Briny Deeps".Depths".
12th Mar '18 5:50:44 PM marcoasalazarm
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%% * ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. In conjunction with BrainwashedAndCrazy.

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%% * ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. In Stryker utilizes several mutants this way, in conjunction with BrainwashedAndCrazy.BrainwashedAndCrazy. Cyclops is one of them, and then we find out that Stryker's Dragon Lady Deathstrike is another one.




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* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' dealt with people that were brainwashed by a magician to steal stuff for him, using the TriggerPhase "it's time for your vacation". The police finds out about this scheme when they start to investigate the apparent (and pretty weird) suicide of a woman, and then it turned out that the woman heard these words on a TV advertisement, started to hallucinate that she was on a pool, [[CarCushion and did a swan-dive out of her window straight onto the roof of a passing bus.]]
12th Mar '18 5:07:27 PM foxley
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* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Our Friend Maude", Maude Tiller is brainwashed to assassinate Rene Valois, the head of French intelligence, while believing she is acting on orders from Sir Gerald.
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12th Feb '18 4:44:29 PM nombretomado
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* Gabriel (of ''PennyArcade'' fame) is responsible for the murder of the president of the U.S.A in one comic after presumably having the instruction planted in him after going to a psychotherapist (or something).

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* Gabriel (of ''PennyArcade'' ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' fame) is responsible for the murder of the president of the U.S.A in one comic after presumably having the instruction planted in him after going to a psychotherapist (or something).
9th Feb '18 1:25:03 PM woerer1
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* This was one of many forms of mind control researched by the CIA's Project MKULTRA and, out of all the things they tried, seems to have been the ''least'' workable (and for one of America's many insane UsefulNotes/ColdWar super-science pipe dreams is ''really'' saying something). [[ParanoiaFuel At least that's the official story]]...

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* This was one of many forms of mind control researched by the CIA's Project MKULTRA and, out of all the things they tried, seems to have been the ''least'' workable (and for one of America's many insane UsefulNotes/ColdWar super-science pipe dreams that is ''really'' saying something). [[ParanoiaFuel At least that's the official story]]...
1st Feb '18 11:43:09 PM JackG
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* Played with in the mini-series ''Confessional'' (based on the thriller by Jack Higgins). Cuchulain is conditioned to be both a god-fearing Catholic (his cover identity) and a ruthless KGB assassin, with each aspect reinforcing the other (the TriggerPhrase for his conditioning is the Lord's Prayer). However in this case he's fully aware that he's an assassin.
28th Jan '18 10:30:56 PM foxley
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* Done twice in the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "Brainwashed". Jack Dalton and Pete Thornton are both programmed with different code phrases buried in the speech to be given by the president of a fictional African country they're programmed to assassinate. The simultaneous missing weekend over which they were programmed is covered by FakeMemories.

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* Done twice in the ''Series/MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' episode "Brainwashed". Jack Dalton and Pete Thornton are both programmed with different code phrases buried in the speech to be given by the president of a fictional African country they're programmed to assassinate. The simultaneous missing weekend over which they were programmed is covered by FakeMemories.
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