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10th Jun '17 2:16:27 AM Az_Tech341
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The artifact version is InstantAllegianceArtifact. The amnesia-induced versions are CriminalAmnesiac and AmnesiacsAreInnocent (Heel/Face). Compare MoralityDial.

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The artifact version is InstantAllegianceArtifact. The amnesia-induced versions are CriminalAmnesiac (Face/Heel) and AmnesiacsAreInnocent (Heel/Face). Compare MoralityDial.
10th Jun '17 2:15:53 AM Az_Tech341
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Usually, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" is standard... but what if you could make ''them'' join ''you?'' This is what a lot of SaturdayMorningCartoon villains have thought, anyway, and use a spell, artifact or machine that can invert the target's morality like a mirror. The hero subject to the Mirror Morality Machine will suffer an instant FaceHeelTurn and go over to the bad guy's side. The CharacterAlignment of the hero will go from Good to Evil and Lawful to Chaotic. Alternately, it may simply "suppress" his conscience and give his ego free rein to do whatever mischief he wants. Usually this results in [[PokeThePoodle cheeky but harmless]] [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy misanthropic antics]], despite the villain's darker intentions.

Usually the effects of the machine will have a time limit, after which its effects will wear off and the hero has to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] for all the things he's done. However, his SideKick will usually stop him before he does anything ''really'' bad and reverse the effects... or the bad guy will do it voluntarily because [[PityTheKidnapper the hero is a better villain than he is]]! This applies when the machine is not an InstantAllegianceArtifact, and the hero-turned-villain [[TheStarscream turns on his "boss"]].

Of course, this being a morality-reversing ray, if the hero turns it on the villain, the villain will spend the rest of the episode as a contrite, cheerful and helpful soul. Sadly, ItOnlyWorksOnce and the heroes [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood can't keep dosing the bad guy]], something about it being "[[PygmalionSnapback immoral]]" or something. [[HeelFaceMindScrew Most of the time]].

The artifact version is InstantAllegianceArtifact. The amnesia-induced versions are CriminalAmnesiac (Face/Heel) and AmnesiacsAreInnocent (Heel/Face). Compare MoralityDial.

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Usually, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" is standard... but what if you could make ''them'' join ''you?'' ''you''? This is what a lot of SaturdayMorningCartoon villains have thought, anyway, and use a spell, artifact artifact, or machine that can invert the target's morality like a mirror. The hero subject to the Mirror Morality Machine will suffer an instant FaceHeelTurn and go over to the bad guy's side. The CharacterAlignment of the hero will go from Good to Evil and Lawful to Chaotic. Alternately, it may simply "suppress" his conscience and give his ego free rein to do whatever mischief he wants. Usually this results in [[PokeThePoodle cheeky but harmless]] [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy misanthropic antics]], despite the villain's darker intentions.

Usually the effects of the machine will have a time limit, after which its effects will wear off and the hero has to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] for all the things he's done. However, his SideKick will usually stop him before he does anything ''really'' bad and reverse the effects... or the bad guy will do it voluntarily because [[PityTheKidnapper the hero is a better villain than he is]]! This applies when the machine is not an InstantAllegianceArtifact, and the hero-turned-villain [[TheStarscream turns on his "boss"]].

boss]].

Of course, this being a morality-reversing ray, if the hero turns it on the villain, the villain will spend the rest of the episode as a contrite, cheerful cheerful, and helpful soul. Sadly, ItOnlyWorksOnce ItOnlyWorksOnce, and the heroes [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood can't keep dosing the bad guy]], guy]] - something about it being "[[PygmalionSnapback immoral]]" or something. [[HeelFaceMindScrew Most of the time]].

The artifact version is InstantAllegianceArtifact. The amnesia-induced versions are CriminalAmnesiac (Face/Heel) and AmnesiacsAreInnocent (Heel/Face). Compare MoralityDial.
31st May '17 8:15:39 PM nombretomado
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* TheWheelOfTime has a magical method of turning [MagicByAnyOtherName channelers]] to the DarkSide against their will using 13 Black sorceresses channeling through 13 Myrddraal. This causes previously good characters to realize that EvilFeelsGood and start serving the Shadow; moreover, in perfect deference to this trope, it makes them exactly as ardently devoted to the Dark One as they previously were to the Light (which means that morally ambiguous characters are less effected). It is not known if this process is reversible, but the implication is that it isn't. Characters who know victims of this process very well note that something is [[NotHimself slightly off]] about the person's mannerisms, as if they'd been replaced with an almost perfect evil doppelganger, and one person who was rescued before the process was completed was mostly the same, but with fewer moral qualms.

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* TheWheelOfTime ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has a magical method of turning [MagicByAnyOtherName channelers]] to the DarkSide against their will using 13 Black sorceresses channeling through 13 Myrddraal. This causes previously good characters to realize that EvilFeelsGood and start serving the Shadow; moreover, in perfect deference to this trope, it makes them exactly as ardently devoted to the Dark One as they previously were to the Light (which means that morally ambiguous characters are less effected). It is not known if this process is reversible, but the implication is that it isn't. Characters who know victims of this process very well note that something is [[NotHimself slightly off]] about the person's mannerisms, as if they'd been replaced with an almost perfect evil doppelganger, and one person who was rescued before the process was completed was mostly the same, but with fewer moral qualms.
26th Apr '17 6:02:03 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Comicbook/{{Axis}}'' revolves around a force of evil that has inverted the moralities of many heroes and villains alike. [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] for example has reverted to the selfish, womanizing, militaristic alcoholic he was before he became Iron Man, Loki became an insufferable SmugSuper, Carnage an {{Anti|Hero}}-{{Hero With An F In Good}} and so forth.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Axis}}'' revolves around a force of evil that has inverted the moralities of many heroes and villains alike. [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] Stark]], for example has example, reverted to the selfish, womanizing, militaristic alcoholic asshole he was before he became Iron Man, Loki Man. Loki, who'd been struggling to be a better person, became an insufferable SmugSuper, SmugSuper with ''no'' guilt. Carnage became an {{Anti|Hero}}-{{Hero With An F In Good}} Good}}, and so forth.
6th Feb '17 11:33:04 AM Generality
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* TheWheelOfTime has a magical method of turning channelers to the Dark against their will using 13 Black sorceresses channeling through 13 Fades. This causes previously good characters to realize that EvilFeelsGood and start serving the Shadow. It is not known if this process is reversible, but the implication is that it isn't.

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* TheWheelOfTime has a magical method of turning channelers [MagicByAnyOtherName channelers]] to the Dark DarkSide against their will using 13 Black sorceresses channeling through 13 Fades. Myrddraal. This causes previously good characters to realize that EvilFeelsGood and start serving the Shadow.Shadow; moreover, in perfect deference to this trope, it makes them exactly as ardently devoted to the Dark One as they previously were to the Light (which means that morally ambiguous characters are less effected). It is not known if this process is reversible, but the implication is that it isn't. Characters who know victims of this process very well note that something is [[NotHimself slightly off]] about the person's mannerisms, as if they'd been replaced with an almost perfect evil doppelganger, and one person who was rescued before the process was completed was mostly the same, but with fewer moral qualms.
28th Jul '16 12:48:05 AM PaulA
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* ''SpockMustDie'': in this early StarTrek novel, a machine used by the Klingons to suppress the Organians has the side effect of creating a mirror version of Spock, right down to the molecular level. Curiously, this biological mirroring also reverses Spock's allegiance, making him a Klingon agent.

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* ''SpockMustDie'': in ''Literature/SpockMustDie'': In this early StarTrek Franchise/StarTrek novel, a machine used by the Klingons to suppress the Organians has the side effect of creating a mirror version of Spock, right down to the molecular level. Curiously, this biological mirroring also reverses Spock's allegiance, making him a Klingon agent.
23rd Jul '16 2:10:33 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', [[EvilTwin Lore]] manages to convince Data to join his evil plot by deactivating Data' ethical program.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' two parter "Descent", [[EvilTwin Lore]] manages to convince Data to join his evil plot by deactivating Data' ethical program.program.
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two parter "Equinox", the ''Equinox'' crew shut down the EMH's ethical subroutines, making him quite happy to torture Seven, [[FauxAffablyEvil while trying to continue the conversation they were having before]].
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Tikka to Ride", Lister deactivates Kryten's morality chip. This is purely to make him go along with a plan to misuse time travel in the pursuit of curry, but it leads to Kryten doing a number of other immoral things, such as [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies cooking a human body and feeding it to his biological crewmates]]. It doesn't seem to have a noticeable effect on his general behaviour, though.
1st Jul '16 11:05:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': The evil scientist Makuta, Mutran, created mutant Shadow Leeches so that they can drain a target's moral light. Takanuva was partially affected, but still retained his moral self and the additional powers over shadow. Fortunately, all those affected were cured by the screech of a bat-like Klakk

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': The evil scientist Makuta, Mutran, created mutant Shadow Leeches so that they can drain a target's moral light. Takanuva was partially affected, but still retained his moral self and the additional powers over shadow. Fortunately, all those affected were cured by the screech of a bat-like Klakk
24th Jun '16 11:54:49 AM JoeMerl
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** Later Doofenshmirtz builds an "Ultimate-Turn-Everything-Evil-inator" to try to turn Major Monogram evil, but accidentally hits Carl instead.

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** Later Doofenshmirtz builds an "Ultimate-Turn-Everything-Evil-inator" to try to turn Major Monogram evil, but accidentally hits [[TheIntern Carl]] instead. Given that Carl instead.is the one who actually ''does'' things in the O.W.C.A. while Monogram just issues orders, [[FromNobodyToNightmare this turns out to be worse]].


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** One last one, from ''PhineasAndFerbStarWars:'' "Darthenshmirtz" creates a Sith-inator, which was actually designed to just make himself more evil and powerful. [[OhCrap Instead, it hits Ferb]].
21st May '16 2:23:37 PM LentilSandEater
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight Sparkle mentions having access to at least a few "[[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood Reform Spells]]" in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Keep Calm and Flutter On]]". Thankfully, at least [[NightmareFuel when you consider the potential of such a thing]] and ''especially'' what happened [[GoneHorriblyRight the last time Twilight screwed with ponies' minds]], [[RealityWarper Discord]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext eats the pages from her books that contain the spells.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight Sparkle mentions having access to at least a few "[[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood Reform Spells]]" in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Keep Calm and Flutter On]]". Thankfully, at least [[NightmareFuel when you consider the potential of such a thing]] thing and ''especially'' what happened [[GoneHorriblyRight the last time Twilight screwed with ponies' minds]], [[RealityWarper Discord]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext minds]], Discord eats the pages from her books that contain the spells.]]
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