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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' in ''My Big Fat Spy Wedding'', where Jet Fusion is hypnotized to kill anyone who says "I have the Ring". The catch? Jimmy is the Best Man in the wedding of Jet Fusion and Beautiful Gorgeous. [[spoiler:Sheen and Carl discover the trick and crash into the wedding to tell Jimmy, Jimmy then orders everybody in the church to say "I have the Ring" and Libby makes up a song which its lyrics are "I have the Ring, yes I have the Ring, I have the Ring right here". Cue to a whole musical number which included DNA Production's Founders Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis dancing in the Church.]] CrowningMomentOfFunny? I think so.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' in ''My "My Big Fat Spy Wedding'', Wedding", where Jet Fusion is hypnotized to kill anyone who says "I have the Ring". The catch? Jimmy is the Best Man in the wedding of Jet Fusion and Beautiful Gorgeous. [[spoiler:Sheen and Carl discover the trick and crash into the wedding to tell Jimmy, Jimmy then orders everybody in the church to say "I have the Ring" and Libby makes up a song which its lyrics are "I have the Ring, yes I have the Ring, I have the Ring right here". Cue to a whole musical number which included DNA Production's Founders Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis dancing in the Church.]] CrowningMomentOfFunny? [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Moment of Funny]]? I think so.



* Using this, Sideshow Bob turned [[spoiler:Bart Simpson]] into a LaserGuidedTykeBomb in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
-->'''[[spoiler:Bart]]''': [[CreepyMonotone Time to blow up the clown]].
-->'''Homer''': Go. Blow.

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* Using this, Sideshow Bob turned [[spoiler:Bart Simpson]] Bart Simpson into a LaserGuidedTykeBomb in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
-->'''[[spoiler:Bart]]''': -->'''Bart''': [[CreepyMonotone Time to blow up the clown]].
-->'''Homer''':
clown]].\\
'''Homer''':
Go. Blow.
20th Apr '17 6:07:11 PM AthenaBlue
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** In one of the [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing books]] used this. The trigger phrase, different for each agent, was a nonsensical problem (for example, "Those Wookiees are dancing in the parlor again") that instantly became the sole focus of the brainwashed person's life - and the only way to "solve the problem" was to carry out the preprogrammed mission, usually an assassination.

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** In one One of the [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing books]] used this. The trigger phrase, different for each agent, was a nonsensical problem (for example, "Those Wookiees are dancing in the parlor again") that instantly became the sole focus of the brainwashed person's life - -- and the only way to "solve the problem" was to carry out the preprogrammed mission, usually an assassination.



** In the story "Therefore I Am" from ''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'' the assassin droid IG-88 plans to use a program to turn every droid in the galaxy into one, inciting a droid rebellion. The most astonishing part is, he ''actually manages to out-gambit Palpatine himself''. The only reason IG-88 fails is because the final part of his plan - which he succeeds at doing - involves downloading his mind into the second Death Star's computer core (and even improves the super laser's accuracy) right before the Battle of Endor. (Which in case anyone forgot, is where the DS2 is blown up.)

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** In the story "Therefore I Am" from ''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'' the assassin droid IG-88 plans to use a program to turn every droid in the galaxy into one, inciting a droid rebellion. The most astonishing part is, he ''actually manages to out-gambit Palpatine himself''. The only reason IG-88 fails is because the final part of his plan - -- which he succeeds at doing - -- involves downloading his mind into the second Death Star's computer core (and even improves the super laser's accuracy) right before the Battle of Endor. (Which in case anyone forgot, is where the DS2 Death Star II is blown up.)
20th Apr '17 6:05:49 PM AthenaBlue
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* The near-eponymous (technically speaking, the Manchurian Agent isn't the "Manchurian Candidate", but that's nitpicking) ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' (TheFilmOfTheBook). There are currently two adaptations, the 1962 adaptation and the 2004 adaptation.
* Arguably, the entire population of ''Film/TheMatrix'', being as how anyone who hasn't been freed from the Matrix can become an Agent at any time. It's arguable because, while the result is the same, from the perspective of anyone inside the Matrix they physically turn into an Agent.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', the title character is hypnotized into becoming a berserk assassin when he hears the song "Relax" by Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood. As is ''every'' [[TheConspiracy major assassin in US history]]. Maybe not to that particular song, but the brainwashing thing.

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* The near-eponymous (technically speaking, ''Film/AmericanUltra'' has the Manchurian Agent isn't the "Manchurian Candidate", but that's nitpicking) ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' (TheFilmOfTheBook). There are currently two adaptations, the 1962 adaptation and the 2004 adaptation.
* Arguably, the entire population of ''Film/TheMatrix'', being as how anyone who hasn't been freed from the Matrix can become an Agent at any time. It's arguable because, while the result is the same, from the perspective of anyone inside the Matrix they physically turn into an Agent.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', the title
lead character is hypnotized into becoming a berserk assassin when under ''heavy'' psychological programming to forget he hears was ever a field operative[[note]]It actually takes several attempts to use his verbal activation phrase, and even then it's slow to fully unlock[[/note]]. Apparently because a side-effect of the song "Relax" by Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood. As is ''every'' [[TheConspiracy major assassin in US history]]. Maybe not to program's techniques was giving the test subjects mental instability. Later sub-programs made use of test subjects that particular song, but were already unhinged.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' we learn that [[spoiler:although Bucky is no longer being put through
the full HYDRA brainwashing thing.process, he can still be controlled by anyone who can recite a certain sequence of code words. And [[TearJerker he recognizes them, but can't stop it from happening]].]]



* ''Film/{{Telefon}}'' (1977). The KGB plant 51 such agents with fake identities in the United States, programmed to commit acts of sabotage on receiving a TriggerPhrase. Unfortunately a fanatical Stalinist opposed to détente steals the list of agents, and the Soviets have to send Charles Bronson to stop him.



* ''Film/TheNakedGun''. [[spoiler:Reggie Jackson]] is programmed to assassinate the Queen of England. There's even a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Telefon}}'' when the technique is first demonstrated.

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* ''Film/TheNakedGun''. [[spoiler:Reggie Jackson]] is programmed In ''Film/DemolitionMan'', Dr. Raymond Cocteau intends to use [[AxCrazy Simon Phoenix]] in this way to assassinate the Queen leader of England. There's even a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Telefon}}'' when the technique is first demonstrated.underground resistance.



** Candy is also one in one of the very few funny moments in ''Volunteers'' (1985). Captured by the Red army he laughs at their plans to brainwash him. One jump cut later he's quoting Mao at every opportunity to the point where he's annoying the hell out of his new commander.

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** Candy is also one in one of the very few funny moments in ''Volunteers'' (1985). Captured by the Red army Army, he laughs at their plans to brainwash him. One jump cut later he's quoting Mao at every opportunity to the point where he's annoying the hell out of his new commander.commander.
%%* ''Film/TheIpcressFile''.



* The near-eponymous (technically speaking, the Manchurian Agent isn't the "Manchurian Candidate", but that's nitpicking) ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' (TheFilmOfTheBook). There are currently two adaptations, the 1962 adaptation and the 2004 adaptation.
* Arguably, the entire population of ''Film/TheMatrix'', being as how anyone who hasn't been freed from the Matrix can become an Agent at any time. It's arguable because, while the result is the same, from the perspective of anyone inside the Matrix they physically turn into an Agent.
* ''Film/TheNakedGun''. [[spoiler:Reggie Jackson]] is programmed to assassinate the Queen of England. There's even a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Telefon}}'' when the technique is first demonstrated.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The Clone Troopers from the prequels are an ''army'' of Manchurian Agents. However, the manner of how this was done differs between canon and ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]''.
** ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'': Palpatine had a series of genetic "orders" implanted in them that he could activate them when ready. Until then, the Clone Troopers simply acted as normal, friendly soldiers. The only order we see is [[ThePurge Order 66]], which, when said, caused every single Clone Trooper who heard it to instantly consider any Jedi a traitor to the Republic and attack them. He also had plenty of failsafes to keep them loyal to him and him only.
*** The Expanded Universe showed that some of the Clone Troopers were strong enough to resist Order 66 and that those who simply didn't hear it remained good (one Clone Trooper who was stuck on an uncharted world during the end of the Clone Wars later joined up with the Rebellion), but the vast majority of them succumbed to it, and those who didn't were either forced into hiding or killed.
** Canon: See ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' in the Western Animation folder.
* ''Film/{{Telefon}}'' (1977). The KGB plant 51 such agents with fake identities in the United States, programmed to commit acts of sabotage on receiving a TriggerPhrase. Unfortunately a fanatical Stalinist opposed to détente steals the list of agents, and the Soviets have to send Charles Bronson to stop him.
* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' lampshades it, with Kyle Reese trying to convince Sarah Connor to not trust the "Guardian" T-800, on the grounds that it might have hidden programming that it's not even aware of.



* The Clone Troopers from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels are an ''army'' of Manchurian Agents. Palpatine had a series of genetic "orders" implanted in them that he could activate them when ready. Until then, the Clone Troopers simply acted as normal, friendly soldiers. The only order we see is [[ThePurge Order 66]], which, when said, caused every single Clone Trooper who heard it to instantly consider any Jedi a traitor to the Republic and attack them. He also had plenty of failsafes to keep them loyal to him and him only.
** The Expanded Universe showed that some of the Clone Troopers were strong enough to resist Order 66 and that those who simply didn't hear it remained good (one Clone Trooper who was stuck on an uncharted world during the end of the Clone Wars later joined up with the Rebellion), but the vast majority of them succumbed to it, and those who didn't were either forced into hiding or killed.

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* The Clone Troopers from In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels are an ''army'' of Manchurian Agents. Palpatine had movie ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', the title character is hypnotized into becoming a series of genetic "orders" implanted berserk assassin when he hears the song "Relax" by Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood. As is ''every'' [[TheConspiracy major assassin in them US history]]. Maybe not to that he could activate them when ready. Until then, the Clone Troopers simply acted as normal, friendly soldiers. The only order we see is [[ThePurge Order 66]], which, when said, caused every single Clone Trooper who heard it to instantly consider any Jedi a traitor to the Republic and attack them. He also had plenty of failsafes to keep them loyal to him and him only.
** The Expanded Universe showed that some of the Clone Troopers were strong enough to resist Order 66 and that those who simply didn't hear it remained good (one Clone Trooper who was stuck on an uncharted world during the end of the Clone Wars later joined up with the Rebellion),
particular song, but the vast majority of them succumbed to it, and those who didn't were either forced into hiding or killed.brainwashing thing.



* In ''Film/DemolitionMan'', Dr. Raymond Cocteau intends to use [[AxCrazy Simon Phoenix]] in this way to assassinate the leader of the underground resistance.
* ''Film/AmericanUltra'' has the lead character under ''heavy'' psychological programming to forget he was ever a field operative[[note]]It actually takes several attempts to use his verbal activation phrase, and even then it's slow to fully unlock[[/note]]. Apparently because a side-effect of the program's techniques was giving the test subjects mental instability. Later sub-programs made use of test subjects that were already unhinged.
* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' lampshades it, with Kyle Reese trying to convince Sarah Connor to not trust the "Guardian" T-800, on the grounds that it might have hidden programming that it's not even aware of.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' we learn that [[spoiler:although Bucky is no longer being put through the full HYDRA brainwashing process, he can still be controlled by anyone who can recite a certain sequence of code words. And [[TearJerker he recognizes them, but can't stop it from happening]].]]



* In the fourth ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' book, [[spoiler:Klaus is repeatedly taken in and out of a brainwashed state, which is triggered by the word "lucky" and ended by the word "inordinate."]]

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* Creator/LordByron was ''almost'' used as one of these in Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/TheAnubisGates''.
* 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]].
* Programming people is routine for the protagonist's agency in Creator/OlegDivov's ''Brothers in Reason''. [[spoiler:The main character himself]] as well as [[spoiler:his half-brother]] are programmed to shoot [[spoiler:their father]] on sight, one with a gun and the other with a laser implanted in the forearm. The first one is revealed when he begins to suspect something and asks his half-brother to hypnotize him. When he becomes aware of the programming, he is now free to disobey it.
** It is standard policy for all agency employees to undergo brainwashing whenever a [[TheMole mole]] is suspected.
** This is the same agency that psychically zombifies the entire population of Earth into loving everything Russian, the ultimate psychotronic weapon.
* In the fourth ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' book, [[spoiler:Klaus is repeatedly taken in ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' books, Mr. Krupp turns into Captain Underpants when he hears fingers snapping, and out of a brainwashed state, which returns to normal when water is triggered by the word "lucky" and ended by the word "inordinate."]]poured on his head.



* Richard Condon's ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''. The TropeNamer.

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* Richard Condon's ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''. The TropeNamer.''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]].



* Creator/DeanKoontz' ''Night Chills'' has an entire town of sleepers triggered by the phrase "[[TriggerPhrase I am the key]]".

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* Creator/DeanKoontz' ''Literature/{{The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters}}'' features a trigger phrase known only to the highest echelon of the Cabal, used on those who have undergone the Process, that makes them [[spoiler:follow the instructions given by the person who uses the phrase to the letter.]] It varies based on several factors; it includes a colour ("blue" for those who underwent the Process at the Institute, "orange" for those who underwent it at Harschmort,) a Biblical reference ("Magdalene" for the recruited followers, "Caesar" for the officers, etc.,) the place they were recruited ("Royale" for the Hotel Royale, "Regiment" for the army,) and the words "ice consumption." So, for example, the Countess uses "orange Magdalene orange Royale ice consumption" on [[spoiler:Miss Temple, when trying to determine whether or not she underwent the Process at Harschmort.]]
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' verse has several methods for doing that. One is called "psych adjustment", which implants a series of compulsions into the unwitting subject that causes him or her to do something when certain conditions are met. However, this requires a lengthy period of programming, which can be problematic if the "agent" has a rigid schedule or urgent responsibilities. A new technique is pioneered by [[spoiler:the [[AncientConspiracy Mesan Alignment]],]] involving nanites that, at a specific time, take over the person's nervous system and force the body to act the way the programmer desires. This method also involves AndIMustScream, since the agent in question is aware that he or she is not in control of the body but can't do anything about it. After the agent is dead, the nanites self-destruct, leaving no trace for anyone not specifically looking for them.
* Creator/DeanKoontz's
''Night Chills'' has an entire town of sleepers triggered by the phrase "[[TriggerPhrase I am the key]]".



* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'',
** In one of the [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing books]] used this. The trigger phrase, different for each agent, was a nonsensical problem (for example, "Those Wookiees are dancing in the parlor again") that instantly became the sole focus of the brainwashed person's life - and the only way to "solve the problem" was to carry out the preprogrammed mission, usually an assassination.
** An earlier ''X-Wing'' book had a version not triggered by a code phrase, caused by long-term torture and reconditioning in the Lusankya prison. These agents would be unaware of what Isard had done until they were triggered, at which point they became [[ApologeticAttacker Apologetic Adversaries]]. The example above was considered more dangerous because it could be engineered by only a day's worth of chemical treatments after kidnapping the target, and it also managed to stir up FantasticRacism by, for example, causing a fleetwide suspension on Twi'lek pilots.
** In the story "Therefore I Am" from ''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'' the assassin droid IG-88 plans to use a program to turn every droid in the galaxy into one, inciting a droid rebellion. The most astonishing part is, he ''actually manages to out-gambit Palpatine himself''. The only reason IG-88 fails is because the final part of his plan - which he succeeds at doing - involves downloading his mind into the second Death Star's computer core (and even improves the super laser's accuracy) right before the Battle of Endor. (Which in case anyone forgot, is where the DS2 is blown up.)
* ''Film/TheIpcressFile''.



* Creator/LordByron was ''almost'' used as one of these in Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/TheAnubisGates''.
* 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 AxCrazy lethality on enemies of the Crown.]]
* ''Literature/{{The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters}}'' features a trigger phrase known only to the highest echelon of the Cabal, used on those who have undergone the Process, that makes them [[spoiler:follow the instructions given by the person who uses the phrase to the letter.]] It varies based on several factors; it includes a colour ("blue" for those who underwent the Process at the Institute, "orange" for those who underwent it at Harschmort,) a Biblical reference ("Magdalene" for the recruited followers, "Caesar" for the officers, etc.,) the place they were recruited ("Royale" for the Hotel Royale, "Regiment" for the army,) and the words "ice consumption." So, for example, the Countess uses "orange Magdalene orange Royale ice consumption" on [[spoiler:Miss Temple, when trying to determine whether or not she underwent the Process at Harschmort.]]
* In the ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' books, Mr. Krupp turns into Captain Underpants when he hears fingers snapping, and returns to normal when water is poured on his head.
* Programming people is routine for protagonist's agency in Creator/OlegDivov's ''Brothers in Reason''. [[spoiler:The main character himself]] as well as [[spoiler:his half-brother]] are programmed to shoot [[spoiler:their father]] on sight, one with a gun and the other with a laser implanted in the forearm. The first one is revealed when he begins to suspect something and asks his half-brother to hypnotize him. When he becomes aware of the programming, he is now free to disobey it.
** It is standard policy for all agency employees to undergo brainwashing whenever a [[TheMole mole]] is suspected.
** This is the same agency that psychically zombifies the entire population of Earth into loving everything Russian, the ultimate psychotronic weapon.
* In the TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} novel ''Night's Pawn'', a MegaCorp executive's daughter is programmed to kill her father as soon as they're alone together. Worse, she's programmed to do so with a concealed bone spur that can't be detected on scans ... and that's designed to slit her own arteries as it emerges, causing her to bleed to death and thus be unable to explain what happened to her.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Turn Coat'', 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.]]
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', Tom Cullen is hypnotized and programmed to be a spy for the Boulder faction. The full moon is his trigger for returning to report his observations. [[{{Catchphrase}} M-O-O-N, that spells moon]].
* 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.]]
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' verse has several methods for doing that. One is called "psych adjustment", which implants a series of compulsions into the unwitting subject that causes him or her to do something when certain conditions are met. However, this requires a lengthy period of programming, which can be problematic if the "agent" has a rigid schedule or urgent responsibilities. A new technique is pioneered by [[spoiler:the [[AncientConspiracy Mesan Alignment]],]] involving nanites that, at a specific time, take over the person's nervous system and force the body to act the way the programmer desires. This method also involves AndIMustScream, since the agent in question is aware that he or she is not in control of the body but can't do anything about it. After the agent is dead, the nanites self-destruct, leaving no trace for anyone not specifically looking for them.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', they're not Manchurian! They're Anti-Manchurian, evil people turned into good people thanks to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia laser-guided brain surgeries]] and then who turns evil again when their brain heals and they recover their memories (It's just artificially induced DID really).



* 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 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.]]
* Richard Condon's ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''. The TropeNamer.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', they're not Manchurian! They're Anti-Manchurian, evil people turned into good people thanks to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia laser-guided brain surgeries]] and then who
turns evil again when their brain heals and they recover their memories (It's just artificially induced DID really).
* 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.]]
* In the fourth ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' book, [[spoiler:Klaus is repeatedly taken in and
out to have been of a brainwashed state, which is triggered by the word "lucky" and ended by the word "inordinate"]].
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' novel ''Night's Pawn'', a MegaCorp executive's daughter is
programmed to kill her father as soon as they're alone together. Worse, she's programmed to do so with a concealed bone spur that can't be detected on scans ... and that's designed to slit her own arteries as it emerges, causing her to bleed to death and thus be unable to explain what happened to her.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', Tom Cullen is hypnotized and programmed to be a spy for the Boulder faction. The full moon is his trigger for returning to report his observations. [[{{Catchphrase}} M-O-O-N, that spells moon]].
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'',
** In one of the [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing books]] used this. The trigger phrase, different for each agent, was a nonsensical problem (for example, "Those Wookiees are dancing in the parlor again") that instantly became the sole focus of the brainwashed person's life - and the only way to "solve the problem" was to carry out the preprogrammed mission, usually an assassination.
** An earlier ''X-Wing'' book had a version not triggered
by [[spoiler: Babel-17 itself, a code phrase, caused by long-term torture and reconditioning in the Lusankya prison. These agents would be unaware of what Isard had done until they were triggered, at which is crafted to make people hate point they became [[ApologeticAttacker Apologetic Adversaries]]. The example above was considered more dangerous because it could be engineered by only a day's worth of chemical treatments after kidnapping the Alliance]].target, and it also managed to stir up FantasticRacism by, for example, causing a fleetwide suspension on Twi'lek pilots.
** In the story "Therefore I Am" from ''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'' the assassin droid IG-88 plans to use a program to turn every droid in the galaxy into one, inciting a droid rebellion. The most astonishing part is, he ''actually manages to out-gambit Palpatine himself''. The only reason IG-88 fails is because the final part of his plan - which he succeeds at doing - involves downloading his mind into the second Death Star's computer core (and even improves the super laser's accuracy) right before the Battle of Endor. (Which in case anyone forgot, is where the DS2 is blown up.)



[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* Several episodes of ''Series/TheWildWildWest''.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s River Tam, although it's only really seen in TheMovie, ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. Her trigger was a subliminal message buried in a Fruity Oaty Bars commercial, which caused her to go into [[WaifFu martial-arts-killing-machine]] mode.

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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* Several episodes of ''Series/TheWildWildWest''.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s River Tam, although it's only really seen in TheMovie, ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. Her trigger was a subliminal message buried in a Fruity Oaty Bars commercial, which caused her to go into [[WaifFu martial-arts-killing-machine]] mode.
[[folder:Live-Action TV]]



* Spike in season seven of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The trigger is "Early One Morning," a song his mother used to sing when he was a child.
* The Romulans do this to [=LaForge=] in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Mind's Eye".
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** 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.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In the MirrorUniverse, Mirror Tucker is tortured for hours after a suspicious overload shuts off the ship's cloaking device and internal sensors. Afterwards he accuses Mirror T'Pol of doing the deed and framing him for it.
-->'''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.
* The setup for ''Series/MyOwnWorstEnemy'' is an inversion as Edward Albright, the spy, is the original personality, and Henry Spivey, a quiet middle-management office employee with a wife and two kids, is the implanted cover. The whole premise of the show is the breakdown of the chip that separates the two lives and Henry becoming aware of his alter-ego. Cue the inexperienced Henry going on missions, and Edward sleeping with Henry's wife.
* A couple episodes of ''Series/StargateSG1'' use this. [[spoiler:The agents trigger to a particular event or time after being brainwashed to do so, kill the target(s) and then themselves.]]
* A ''Tekwar'' episode had an agent undergo this to infiltrate a criminal organization, which screens entries using a lie detector. The criminals somehow catch on and interfere with the switch, causing a personality crisis resolved by the main character preparing to make the coup de grace.
* This was a favourite tactic of the aliens in the 1970s British sci-fi series ''Series/{{UFO}}''.
** In "Kill Straker!" The aliens give Paul Foster a subliminal command to kill Commander Straker.
** In "The Man Who Came Back", Commander Straker's friend Collins turns out to have been brainwashed by the aliens into an assassin. His orders: kill Straker.
* 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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* Spike in season seven of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The trigger is "Early One Morning," a song his mother used to sing when he was a child.
* The Romulans do this to [=LaForge=] in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Mind's Eye".
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** 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.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In the MirrorUniverse, Mirror Tucker is tortured for hours after a suspicious overload shuts off the ship's cloaking device and internal sensors. Afterwards he accuses Mirror T'Pol of doing the deed and framing him for it.
-->'''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
[[spoiler:Sharon "Boomer" Valerii]] 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.
* The setup for ''Series/MyOwnWorstEnemy'' is an inversion as Edward Albright, the spy, is the original personality, and Henry Spivey, a quiet middle-management office employee with a wife and two kids, is the implanted cover. The whole premise of the show is the breakdown of the chip that separates the two lives and Henry becoming aware of his alter-ego. Cue the inexperienced Henry going on missions, and Edward sleeping with Henry's wife.
* A couple episodes of ''Series/StargateSG1'' use this. [[spoiler:The agents trigger to a particular event or time after being brainwashed to do so, kill the target(s) and then themselves.]]
* A ''Tekwar'' episode had an agent undergo this to infiltrate a criminal organization, which screens entries using a lie detector. The criminals somehow catch on and interfere with the switch, causing a personality crisis resolved by the main character preparing to make the coup de grace.
* This was a favourite tactic of the aliens in the 1970s British sci-fi series ''Series/{{UFO}}''.
** In "Kill Straker!" The aliens give Paul Foster a subliminal command to kill Commander Straker.
** In "The Man Who Came Back", Commander Straker's friend Collins turns out to have been brainwashed by the aliens into an assassin. His orders: kill Straker.
* 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.
2000s ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''.



* The alien "sleeper agents" on ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
** Also in the episode "They Keep Killing Suzie", where a certain someone [[spoiler:Suzie]] encodes multiple triggers into a hapless man she met at a philosophical group [[spoiler:in order to get herself brought back from the dead and take over Torchwood]].
* [[spoiler:Mellie and Perrin]] in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
--> '''Adelle [=DeWitt=]''': There are three flowers in a vase. The third flower is green.
** It's not perfect, though. If someone realizes they're being triggered, they may resist, to an extent. Specifically, [[spoiler:Mellie resists when ordered to kill Paul, and opts to shoot herself instead]].
* The episode "Attack Angels" of ''Series/CharliesAngels'' features a villain who runs a business creating examples of this trope and selling their services to other villains.
* [[spoiler:Sharon "Boomer" Valerii]] from the 2000s ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''.
* Rocko from ''Series/PuppetsWhoKill'' was brainwashed into becoming an assassin for the government in one episode. The trigger to switch him between normal and brainwashed was to show him a Jack of Diamonds. Naturally, this led to [[HilarityEnsues a whole bunch of stuff happening]] that made the two scientists stop and note that they shouldn't have used something as common as playing cards for the trigger. At the end of the episode, the scientists attempt to remove the brainwashing and are seemingly successful... at least, until the local news introduces their new weatherman, Jack O'Diamond.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' - Max is abducted and brainwashed to assassinate the Chief over their usual chess game at the club - an employee is the KAOS agent behind the scheme and knows the Chief always wins, so he makes "Checkmate" the trigger. It's ''Get Smart''-- ''of course'' it doesn't work as planned.
** And the funny part at the end after the villain is defeated, Max is ''still'' reflexively shooting at anyone saying "Checkmate" and sheepishly explaining that a bad habit is hard to break.



* The ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "Mindbend", where brainwashing is used. They have a drug prepared to counter it...
** The second series episode "The Assassin", with hypnosis and biochips behind the ear.
* The ''Series/{{Vegas}}'' episode "Lost Monday" has Binzer being hypnotized into constructing and detonating a bomb. The hypnotist instructs him to respond to the trigger word "superstar".
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "A Prefect Murder", Aeryn is turned into one via a mind-controlling bug. There's also a subversion: after being bitten. John pieces together what's happening just in time to hand over his weapon and leave the area.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': The episode "Straight and Narrow" deals with a prep school which is a front for an agency training these. It is revealed at the end that their "recruits" have infiltrated many agencies, including law enforcement. Programming is done with an implanted computer chip, although it fails with someone who has ulcers due to a treatment formerly prescribed for it.
* In the (original) TV series of ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', Ham Tyler is brainwashed to kill resistance leader Michael Donovan.
* In one episode of ''Series/InSecurity'', N'udu is brainwashed and assigned to kill his best friend.

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* Spike in season seven of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "Mindbend", where brainwashing is used. They have a drug prepared to counter it...
** The second series episode "The Assassin", with hypnosis and biochips behind the ear.
* The ''Series/{{Vegas}}'' episode "Lost Monday" has Binzer being hypnotized into constructing and detonating a bomb. The hypnotist instructs him to respond to the
trigger word "superstar".
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "A Prefect Murder", Aeryn
is turned into one via "Early One Morning", a mind-controlling bug. There's also a subversion: after being bitten. John pieces together what's happening just in time to hand over song his weapon and leave the area.
mother used to sing when he was a child.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': The episode "Straight "Attack Angels" of ''Series/CharliesAngels'' features a villain who runs a business creating examples of this trope and Narrow" deals with a prep school which is a front for an agency training these. It is revealed at the end that selling their "recruits" have infiltrated many agencies, including law enforcement. Programming is done with an implanted computer chip, although it fails with someone who has ulcers due services to a treatment formerly prescribed for it.
* In the (original) TV series of ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', Ham Tyler is brainwashed to kill resistance leader Michael Donovan.
* In one episode of ''Series/InSecurity'', N'udu is brainwashed and assigned to kill his best friend.
other villains.



** The Auton Romans in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]", [[spoiler:including Rory]].
** The ''entire human race''. The Silence's ability to control humanity via post-hypnotic suggestion ends up [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard backfiring]] in the most spectacular way possible when one of them is recorded uttering the following words (intended as a boast rather than a command), which is then broadcast to the whole planet during the Moon-landing.
--> '''Silence''': You should ''kill us all on sight''.
* ''Series/MagnumPI'': During their service in Vietnam, Magnum and T.C. were captured by the Viet Cong. One episode revealed that a KGB officer had turned [[spoiler:T.C.]] into one of these. [[spoiler:They activated him in order to assassinate some Japanese dignitaries, but Magnum was able to stop the plot and T.C. was sent to a hospital for deprogramming.]]

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** The Auton Romans in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens]]", Opens"]], [[spoiler:including Rory]].
** The In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]], the ''entire human race''. race'' becomes this. The Silence's ability to control humanity via post-hypnotic suggestion ends up [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard backfiring]] in the most spectacular way possible when one of them is recorded uttering the following words (intended as a boast rather than a command), which is then broadcast to the whole planet during the Moon-landing.
--> '''Silence''':
Apollo 11 Moon landing.
-->'''Silence:'''
You should ''kill us all on sight''.
* ''Series/MagnumPI'': During their service in Vietnam, Magnum [[spoiler:Mellie and T.C. were captured by Perrin]] in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
--> '''Adelle [=DeWitt=]''': There are three flowers in a vase. The third flower is green.
** It's not perfect, though. If someone realizes they're being triggered, they may resist, to an extent. Specifically, [[spoiler:Mellie resists when ordered to kill Paul, and opts to shoot herself instead]].
* In
the Viet Cong. One ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode revealed that a KGB officer had "A Prefect Murder", Aeryn is turned [[spoiler:T.C.]] into one of these. [[spoiler:They activated him via a mind-controlling bug. There's also a subversion: after being bitten. John pieces together what's happening just in order time to hand over his weapon and leave the area.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s River Tam, although it's only really seen in TheMovie, ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. Her trigger was a subliminal message buried in a Fruity Oaty Bars commercial, which caused her to go into [[WaifFu martial-arts-killing-machine]] mode.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' - Max is abducted and brainwashed
to assassinate some Japanese dignitaries, but Magnum was able to stop the plot Chief over their usual chess game at the club - an employee is the KAOS agent behind the scheme and T.C. was sent knows the Chief always wins, so he makes "Checkmate" the trigger. It's ''Get Smart''-- ''of course'' it doesn't work as planned.
** And the funny part at the end after the villain is defeated, Max is ''still'' reflexively shooting at anyone saying "Checkmate" and sheepishly explaining that a bad habit is hard
to a hospital for deprogramming.]]break.
* In one episode of ''Series/InSecurity'', N'udu is brainwashed and assigned to kill his best friend.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Castiel spends most of Season 8 being controlled by Naomi, the head of Heaven's black ops division, only remembering this fact when called back to Heaven to report to her. [[spoiler:When the retrieves the Word of God tablet, however, its energy breaks her control.]]
* In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', while [[spoiler:Dillon]] is the most obvious, [[spoiler:a ''significant percentage'' of the population of Corinth have been turned into cyborgs without their knowledge, to turn on the rest of the population when Venjix triggers the command.]]

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Castiel spends most of Season 8 being controlled by Naomi, Done twice in the head of Heaven's black ops division, only remembering this fact when called back to Heaven to report to her. [[spoiler:When ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "Brainwashed". Jack Dalton and Pete Thornton are both programmed with different code phrases buried in the retrieves speech to be given by the Word president of God tablet, however, its energy breaks her control.a fictional African country they're programmed to assassinate. The simultaneous missing weekend over which they were programmed is covered by FakeMemories.
* ''Series/MagnumPI'': During their service in Vietnam, Magnum and T.C. were captured by the Viet Cong. One episode revealed that a KGB officer had turned [[spoiler:T.C.]] into one of these. [[spoiler:They activated him in order to assassinate some Japanese dignitaries, but Magnum was able to stop the plot and T.C. was sent to a hospital for deprogramming.
]]
* In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', while [[spoiler:Dillon]] The ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "Mindbend", where brainwashing is used. They have a drug prepared to counter it...
** The second series episode "The Assassin", with hypnosis and biochips behind the ear.
* The setup for ''Series/MyOwnWorstEnemy'' is an inversion as Edward Albright, the spy,
is the most obvious, [[spoiler:a ''significant percentage'' original personality, and Henry Spivey, a quiet middle-management office employee with a wife and two kids, is the implanted cover. The whole premise of the population of Corinth have been turned into cyborgs without their knowledge, to turn on show is the rest breakdown of the population when Venjix triggers chip that separates the command.]]two lives and Henry becoming aware of his alter-ego. Cue the inexperienced Henry going on missions, and Edward sleeping with Henry's wife.




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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': The episode "Straight and Narrow" deals with a prep school which is a front for an agency training these. It is revealed at the end that their "recruits" have infiltrated many agencies, including law enforcement. Programming is done with an implanted computer chip, although it fails with someone who has ulcers due to a treatment formerly prescribed for it.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', while [[spoiler:Dillon]] is the most obvious, [[spoiler:a ''significant percentage'' of the population of Corinth have been turned into cyborgs without their knowledge, to turn on the rest of the population when Venjix triggers the command.]]
* Rocko from ''Series/PuppetsWhoKill'' was brainwashed into becoming an assassin for the government in one episode. The trigger to switch him between normal and brainwashed was to show him a Jack of Diamonds. Naturally, this led to [[HilarityEnsues a whole bunch of stuff happening]] that made the two scientists stop and note that they shouldn't have used something as common as playing cards for the trigger. At the end of the episode, the scientists attempt to remove the brainwashing and are seemingly successful... at least, until the local news introduces their new weatherman, Jack O'Diamond.
* A couple episodes of ''Series/StargateSG1'' use this. [[spoiler:The agents trigger to a particular event or time after being brainwashed to do so, kill the target(s) and then themselves.]]
* The Romulans do this to [=LaForge=] in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Mind's Eye".
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** 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.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In the MirrorUniverse, Mirror Tucker is tortured for hours after a suspicious overload shuts off the ship's cloaking device and internal sensors. Afterwards he accuses Mirror T'Pol of doing the deed and framing him for it.
-->'''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.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Castiel spends most of Season 8 being controlled by Naomi, the head of Heaven's black ops division, only remembering this fact when called back to Heaven to report to her. [[spoiler:When the retrieves the Word of God tablet, however, its energy breaks her control.]]
* A ''Tekwar'' episode had an agent undergo this to infiltrate a criminal organization, which screens entries using a lie detector. The criminals somehow catch on and interfere with the switch, causing a personality crisis resolved by the main character preparing to make the coup de grace.
* The alien "sleeper agents" on ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
** Also in the episode "They Keep Killing Suzie", where a certain someone [[spoiler:Suzie]] encodes multiple triggers into a hapless man she met at a philosophical group [[spoiler:in order to get herself brought back from the dead and take over Torchwood]].
* This was a favourite tactic of the aliens in the 1970s British sci-fi series ''Series/{{UFO}}''.
** In "Kill Straker!" The aliens give Paul Foster a subliminal command to kill Commander Straker.
** In "The Man Who Came Back", Commander Straker's friend Collins turns out to have been brainwashed by the aliens into an assassin. His orders: kill Straker.
* In the (original) TV series of ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', Ham Tyler is brainwashed to kill resistance leader Michael Donovan.
* The ''Series/{{Vegas}}'' episode "Lost Monday" has Binzer being hypnotized into constructing and detonating a bomb. The hypnotist instructs him to respond to the trigger word "superstar".
%%* Several episodes of ''Series/TheWildWildWest''.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' in ''My Big Fat Spy Wedding'', where Jet Fusion is hypnotized to kill anyone who says "I have the Ring". The catch? Jimmy is the Best Man in the wedding of Jet Fusion and Beautiful Gorgeous. [[spoiler:Sheen and Carl discover the trick and crash into the wedding to tell Jimmy, Jimmy then orders everybody in the church to say "I have the Ring" and Libby makes up a song which its lyrics are "I have the Ring, yes I have the Ring, I have the Ring right here". Cue to a whole musical number which included DNA Production's Founders Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis dancing in the Church.]] CrowningMomentOfFunny? I think so.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' episode "The Panchurian Candidate" reveals that the previous king had trained a team of sleeper agents that he can deploy to take care of various threats to his crown, and that Pancho is the only one of those left.



* 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."
* Mayor Adam West of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Like the ''American Dad'' example above, the trigger phrase was purposely chosen to be something that has no chance of ever being said in normal conversation: "Gosh, that Italian family at the next table sure is quiet." Also, [[spoiler:Meg is revealed to be a deep-cover agent as well, luckily she is ignored as even the Russians treat her as a ButtMonkey.]]
** Bonus points for doing this to a character whose [[spoiler:[[Creator/MilaKunis voice actress]] is fluent in Russian]].
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' did this once, with a game show that hypnotized its contestants (including the titular character) into reacting to the phrase "Going my way?" Turns out it did make him go their way...



* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' did this once, with a game show that hypnotized its contestants (including the titular character) into reacting to the phrase "Going my way?" Turns out it did make him go their way...
* The brainwashing done by 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."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' in ''My Big Fat Spy Wedding'', where Jet Fusion is hypnotized to kill anyone who says "I have the Ring". The catch? Jimmy is the Best Man in the wedding of Jet Fusion and Beautiful Gorgeous. [[spoiler:Sheen and Carl discovers the trick, crash into the wedding to tell Jimmy, Jimmy then orders everybody in the church to say "I have the Ring" and Libby makes up a song which its lyrics are "I have the Ring, yes I have the Ring, I have the Ring right here". Cue to a whole musical number which included DNA Production's Founders Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis dancing in the Church]] CrowningMomentOfFunny? I think so.
* Mayor Adam West of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Like the ''American Dad'' example above, the trigger phrase was purposely chosen to be something that has no chance of ever being said in normal conversation: "Gosh, that Italian family at the next table sure is quiet." Also, [[spoiler:Meg is revealed to be a deep-cover agent as well, luckily she is ignored as even the Russians treat her as a ButtMonkey.]]
** Bonus points for doing this to a character whose [[spoiler:[[Creator/MilaKunis voice actress]] is fluent in Russian]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' the heroes discover that there may be a [[TheMole Mole]] on the Team. One possibility they float is {{Superboy}}--he's a clone created by Cadmus and "raised" by telepathic mutants, so what if he was working for the villains without even knowing it? Ultimately, we learn that [[spoiler:''Roy'' is actually a clone and the real Manchurian Agent]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' the heroes discover Lost Missions, [[spoiler:the Clone Troopers]] are revealed to be this. [[spoiler:Seeing how we've discovered that there may be a [[TheMole Mole]] their obedience conditioning doesn't make them mindless and have spent the entire series with them arguing that ClonesArePeopleToo, the chip in their head that enforces total obedience is probably the only way to explain how they all turned on the Team. One possibility they float is {{Superboy}}--he's a clone created by Cadmus and "raised" by telepathic mutants, so what if he was working for the villains without even knowing it? Ultimately, we learn that [[spoiler:''Roy'' is actually a clone and the real Manchurian Agent]]. Jedi in Order 66.]]



* In the lost episodes of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', [[spoiler:the Clone Troopers]] are revealed to be this. [[spoiler:Seeing how we've discovered that their obedience conditioning doesn't make them mindless and have spent the entire series with them arguing that ClonesArePeopleToo, the chip in their head that enforces total obedience is probably the only way to explain how they all turned on the Jedi in Order 66]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' episode "The Panchurian Candidate" reveals that the previous king had trained a team of sleeper agents that he can deploy to take care of various threats to his crown, and that Pancho is the only one of those left.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the lost episodes of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', [[spoiler:the Clone Troopers]] are revealed to be this. [[spoiler:Seeing how we've discovered heroes discover that their obedience conditioning doesn't make them mindless and have spent the entire series with them arguing that ClonesArePeopleToo, the chip in their head that enforces total obedience is probably the only way to explain how they all turned there may be a [[TheMole Mole]] on the Jedi in Order 66]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' episode "The Panchurian Candidate" reveals
Team. One possibility they float is ComicBook/{{Superboy}} -- he's a clone created by Cadmus and "raised" by telepathic mutants, so what if he was working for the villains without even knowing it? Ultimately, we learn that [[spoiler:''Roy'' is actually a clone and the previous king had trained a team of sleeper agents that he can deploy to take care of various threats to his crown, and that Pancho is the only one of those left.real Manchurian Agent]].


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* One of various character options that be taken on ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' is that of an Agent of the Inquisition that has some of his knowledge locked away (meaning that the player must take some of his character creation points and use them to buy skills and abilities that will be locked) up until the moment he hears a TriggerPhrase. This is one of various measures the Inquisition takes with agents that will be constantly exposed to Chaos or doing dirty (well, dirt''ier'') jobs for it.
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* ''ComicBook/PathfinderWorldscape'' had elf thief [[TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Merisiel]], who had been transported to the Worldscape 20 years prior to the storyline' beginning by [[EvilSorcerer Kulan Gath]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Empress Camilla]] to help them acquire important artifacts of immense power. After succeeding on this task, she is returned to her home with her memories of the past events wiped out. Many years afterward, she is brought back to the Worldscape, this time bringing with her the adventuring party she had joined. Her memories are restored and [[TheStarscream Gath]] conspires to rob Camilla's artifact so he can gain ultimate power and has the thief infiltrate her court to steal it and kill the empress. [[spoiler:After helping Gath in his plans, its revealed the entity that returned Merisiel to her home world and wiped her memories guarded the artifacts she stole and Merisiel was the Manchurian Agent to Gath all along, making this trope a rare heroic variant]].

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* ''ComicBook/PathfinderWorldscape'' had elf thief [[TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Merisiel]], who had been transported to the Worldscape 20 years prior to the storyline' beginning by [[EvilSorcerer Kulan Gath]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Empress Camilla]] to help them acquire important artifacts of immense power. After succeeding on this task, she is returned to her home with her memories of the past events wiped out. Many years afterward, she is brought back to the Worldscape, this time bringing with her the adventuring party she had joined. Her memories are restored and [[TheStarscream Gath]] conspires to rob Camilla's artifact so he can gain ultimate power and has the thief infiltrate her court to steal it and kill the empress. [[spoiler:After helping Gath in his plans, its revealed the entity that returned Merisiel to her home world and wiped her memories guarded the artifacts she stole and Merisiel was the Manchurian Agent to ''against'' Gath all along, making this trope a rare heroic variant]].variant of this trope]].
7th Apr '17 6:59:33 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/PathfinderWorldscape'' had elf thief [[TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Merisiel]], who had been transported to the Worldscape 20 years prior to the storyline' beginning by [[EvilSorcerer Kulan Gath]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Empress Camilla]] to help them acquire important artifacts of immense power. After succeeding on this task, she is returned to her home with her memories of the past events wiped out. Many years afterward, she is brought back to the Worldscape, this time bringing with her the adventuring party she had joined. Her memories are restored and [[TheStarscream Gath]] conspires to rob Camilla's artifact so he can gain ultimate power and has the thief infiltrate her court to steal it and kill the empress. [[spoiler:After helping Gath in his plans, its revealed the entity that returned Merisiel to her home world and wiped her memories kept the artifacts with her all along and Meriiel was the Manchurian Agent to Gath all along, making this trope a rare heroic variant]].

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* ''ComicBook/PathfinderWorldscape'' had elf thief [[TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Merisiel]], who had been transported to the Worldscape 20 years prior to the storyline' beginning by [[EvilSorcerer Kulan Gath]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Empress Camilla]] to help them acquire important artifacts of immense power. After succeeding on this task, she is returned to her home with her memories of the past events wiped out. Many years afterward, she is brought back to the Worldscape, this time bringing with her the adventuring party she had joined. Her memories are restored and [[TheStarscream Gath]] conspires to rob Camilla's artifact so he can gain ultimate power and has the thief infiltrate her court to steal it and kill the empress. [[spoiler:After helping Gath in his plans, its revealed the entity that returned Merisiel to her home world and wiped her memories kept guarded the artifacts with her all along she stole and Meriiel Merisiel was the Manchurian Agent to Gath all along, making this trope a rare heroic variant]].
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* ''ComicBook/PathfinderWorldscape'' had elf thief [[TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Merisiel]], who had been transported to the Worldscape 20 years prior to the storyline' beginning by [[EvilSorcerer Kulan Gath]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Empress Camilla]] to help them acquire important artifacts of immense power. After succeeding on this task, she is returned to her home with her memories of the past events wiped out. Many years afterward, she is brought back to the Worldscape, this time bringing with her the adventuring party she had joined. Her memories are restored and [[TheStarscream Gath]] conspires to rob Camilla's artifact so he can gain ultimate power and has the thief infiltrate her court to steal it and kill the empress. [[spoiler:After helping Gath in his plans, its revealed the entity that returned Merisiel to her home world and wiped her memories kept the artifacts with her all along and Meriiel was the Manchurian Agent to Gath all along, making this trope a rare heroic variant]].
5th Mar '17 6:09:58 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in the {{Marvel}} ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comics when Ratchet, forced by Megatron to rebuild [[TheStarscream Starscream]] as a Pretender, hides Starscream's true personality deep in his neural circuits. Megatron then sends the "new" Starscream against the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. One shot from Hot Rod damages Starscream, and he ''immediately'' reverts to the DirtyCoward we all know and love.

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* Inverted in the {{Marvel}} {{Creator/Marvel}} ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comics when Ratchet, forced by Megatron to rebuild [[TheStarscream Starscream]] as a Pretender, hides Starscream's true personality deep in his neural circuits. Megatron then sends the "new" Starscream against the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. One shot from Hot Rod damages Starscream, and he ''immediately'' reverts to the DirtyCoward we all know and love.
14th Feb '17 11:19:19 PM JoeMerl
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* Often discussed in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Since Superboy is a clone from Cadmus, many were fearful that he's secretly programmed to spy and/or turn on the Justice League and their affiliates. [[spoiler:Superboy is confirmed not to be one. Same episode reveals Red Arrow is a sleeper agent.]]

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* Often discussed in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Since Superboy In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' the heroes discover that there may be a [[TheMole Mole]] on the Team. One possibility they float is {{Superboy}}--he's a clone from Cadmus, many were fearful created by Cadmus and "raised" by telepathic mutants, so what if he was working for the villains without even knowing it? Ultimately, we learn that he's secretly programmed to spy and/or turn on [[spoiler:''Roy'' is actually a clone and the Justice League and their affiliates. [[spoiler:Superboy is confirmed not to be one. Same episode reveals Red Arrow is a sleeper agent.]]real Manchurian Agent]].
22nd Jan '17 12:48:40 PM FordPrefect
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** The ''entire human race''. The Silence's ability to control humanity via post-hypnotic suggestion ends up accidentally backfiring in the most spectacular way possible when one of them is recorded accidentally uttering the following words, which is then broadcast to the whole planet during the Moon-landing.

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** The ''entire human race''. The Silence's ability to control humanity via post-hypnotic suggestion ends up accidentally backfiring [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard backfiring]] in the most spectacular way possible when one of them is recorded accidentally uttering the following words, words (intended as a boast rather than a command), which is then broadcast to the whole planet during the Moon-landing.
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