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11th Oct '17 1:07:38 AM BigKlingy
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* Halfway through ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', the heroes find out that the supposed Big Bad Dhoulmagus was actually possessed by the spirit of Rapthorne contained within his scepter. This force possesses several other characters over the course of the game, so when Marcello picks up the scepter and imprisons the heroes, and they hear that the Lord High Priest is dead and Marcello has taken over the church, they naturally suspect he's the latest victim. As it turns out, Marcello resisted the possession and killed the Lord High Priest of his own free will, for AmbitionIsEvil reasons. It's possibly he was still being influenced, albeit more subtly than the other holders of the scepter.
11th Sep '17 2:06:29 PM RedScharlach
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In a world where getting {{Brainwashed}} by evil AppliedPhlebotinum is a common occurence, what's worse than seeing a teammate taken over by TheVirus, subjected to some DemonicPossession, be NotHimself or act all BrainwashedAndCrazy?

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In a world where getting {{Brainwashed}} by evil AppliedPhlebotinum is a common occurence, occurrence, what's worse than seeing a teammate taken over by TheVirus, subjected to some DemonicPossession, be NotHimself or act all BrainwashedAndCrazy?



* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis:'' When the BigBad is revealed, and explaining what they've been doing to Power Girl, manipulating events behind the scenes for years, she takes it to mean that their manipulations are why Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have been on the outs through the event. She's promptly told that nope, that's just their own fault.

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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis:'' When the BigBad is revealed, and explaining explains what they've been doing to Power Girl, manipulating events behind the scenes for years, she takes it to mean that their manipulations are why Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have been on the outs through the event. She's promptly told that nope, that's just their own fault.



* [[http://wikinfo.org/index.php/Tarra_(Doctor_Who) Tarra]] from ''[[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures The Ancestor Cell]]'', at least in [[ChivalrousPervert Fitz's]] conception. He thinks she's led on by Kellen, but it's obvious she's leading the rich kids on and is the ManBehindTheMan. Her "first name" is [[spoiler:[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mother]], the title of a Literature/FactionParadox agent, a vicious {{Cult}} engaging in {{Temporal Paradox}}es and whose goal is to destroy the structure of time itself. ]]

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* [[http://wikinfo.org/index.php/Tarra_(Doctor_Who) Tarra]] from ''[[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures The Ancestor Cell]]'', at least in [[ChivalrousPervert Fitz's]] conception. He thinks she's led on by Kellen, but it's obvious she's leading the rich kids on and is the ManBehindTheMan. Her "first name" is [[spoiler:[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mother]], the title of a Literature/FactionParadox agent, a vicious {{Cult}} engaging in {{Temporal Paradox}}es and whose goal is to destroy the structure of time itself. ]]



* A perfect example is Connor in ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s fourth season. Jasmine has the power to enthrall anyone who sees her; only contact with her blood can break the spell, at which point the victim sees her true, horrific face. Fred is accidentally freed this way, and she manages to free the rest of the cast one by one. But when they try to cure Connor, he betrays them -- turns out that due to their blood relation, he's ''never'' been under Jasmine's spell. He's just so tired of fighting and being manipulated that he's willing to go along with her UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans thing.

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* A perfect example is Connor in ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s fourth season. Jasmine has the power to enthrall anyone who sees her; only contact with her blood can break the spell, at which point the victim sees her true, horrific face. Fred is accidentally freed this way, and she manages to free the rest of the cast one by one. But when they try to cure Connor, he betrays them -- turns out that due to their blood relation, relationship, he's ''never'' been under Jasmine's spell. He's just so tired of fighting and being manipulated that he's willing to go along with her UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans thing.
2nd Sep '17 4:01:49 AM Nadim
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2nd Sep '17 3:59:48 AM Nadim
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename: Kids Next Down}}'', Class President Jimmy was thought to be brainwashed towards the end of "Operation P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T" when he announcing longer hours of school and extra homework on air with a {{Creepy Monotone}} followed by Father stabding behind [[EvilLaughter laughing maniacally]]. However, it is revealed in "Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G" that he was {{Evil All Along}}.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename: ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename Kids Next Down}}'', Door}}'', Class President Jimmy was thought to be brainwashed towards the end of "Operation P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T" when he announcing longer hours of school and extra homework on air with a {{Creepy Monotone}} followed by Father stabding standing behind [[EvilLaughter laughing maniacally]]. However, it is revealed in "Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G" that he was {{Evil All Along}}.wilingly made a {{Face Heel Turn}}.
2nd Sep '17 3:58:21 AM Nadim
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename Kids Next Down}}'', Class President Jimmy was thought to be brainwashed towards the end of "Operation P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T" when he announcing longer hours of school and extra homework on air with a {{Creepy Monotone}} followed by Father stabding behind [[EvilLaughter laughing maniacally]]. However, it is revealed in "Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G" that he was {{Evil All Along}}.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename: Kids Next Down}}'', Class President Jimmy was thought to be brainwashed towards the end of "Operation P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T" when he announcing longer hours of school and extra homework on air with a {{Creepy Monotone}} followed by Father stabding behind [[EvilLaughter laughing maniacally]]. However, it is revealed in "Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G" that he was {{Evil All Along}}.
2nd Sep '17 3:57:35 AM Nadim
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename Kids Next Down}}'', Class President Jimmy was thought to be brainwashed towards the end of "Operation P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T" when he announcing longer hours of school and extra homework on air with a {{Creepy Monotone}} followed by Father stabding behind [[EvilLaughter laughing maniacally]]. However, it is revealed in "Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G" that he was {{Evil All Along}}.
1st Sep '17 11:42:47 PM Nadim
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Alien Force}}'' episode "Above And Beyond", the Plumbers' Helpers thought Ben was {{Brainwashed And Crazy}} when he raoded an attack on them and Max in a satellite station. Except that he wasn't, he was only acting to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test their skills of teamwork]]
12th Jul '17 10:59:48 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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This is often held back as a dramatic (and tragic) reveal after a long montage (or whole episode) of the heroes performing [[MagicAntidote all]] [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight manner]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship of]] [[ThePowerOfLove attempts]] to break whatever control the BigBad has over this character. The reason it doesn't work? Because the BigBad doesn't actually ''have'' any control over them to begin with; they insist they are NotBrainwashed, and they're right.

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This is often held back as a dramatic (and tragic) reveal after a long montage (or whole episode) of the heroes performing [[MagicAntidote all]] [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight manner]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship of]] [[ThePowerOfLove attempts]] to break whatever control the BigBad has over this character. The reason it doesn't work? Because the BigBad doesn't actually ''have'' any control over them to begin with; they insist they are NotBrainwashed, Not Brainwashed, and they're right.



Having one person out of a million NotBrainwashed is becoming more and more common. Not so much a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] as the [[CyclicTrope natural cycle]] of the trope.

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Having one person out of a million NotBrainwashed Not Brainwashed is becoming more and more common. Not so much a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] as the [[CyclicTrope natural cycle]] of the trope.



** This {{Retcon}} does illustrate how it can often be hard to tell when somebody's ''really'' NotBrainwashed: somebody who really has been brainwashed is ''rather unlikely to say so'', after all. If they did it would mean they were brainwashed ''really poorly''.

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** This {{Retcon}} does illustrate how it can often be hard to tell when somebody's ''really'' NotBrainwashed: Not Brainwashed: somebody who really has been brainwashed is ''rather unlikely to say so'', after all. If they did it would mean they were brainwashed ''really poorly''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Spud makes a deal with an evil Gorgon who claims that she will make his [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleader]] crush Stacy [[LovePotion fall in love]] with him. And when Stacy does decide she likes Spud, he thinks that it's because of this supposed "love spell," even though she continues to act far more fickle than you'd think someone truly under a love spell would act. In the end, like any other DealWithTheDevil, Spud has to break off his alliance with the Gorgon, and prepares himself for Stacy to break up with him now that she's not enchanted anymore. But Spud is relieved to find that there was never a love spell, and Stacy was NotBrainwashed.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Spud makes a deal with an evil Gorgon who claims that she will make his [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleader]] crush Stacy [[LovePotion fall in love]] with him. And when Stacy does decide she likes Spud, he thinks that it's because of this supposed "love spell," even though she continues to act far more fickle than you'd think someone truly under a love spell would act. In the end, like any other DealWithTheDevil, Spud has to break off his alliance with the Gorgon, and prepares himself for Stacy to break up with him now that she's not enchanted anymore. But Spud is relieved to find that there was never a love spell, and Stacy was NotBrainwashed.Not Brainwashed.
3rd Jun '17 9:10:27 AM Piterpicher
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* In ''SuikodenI'': [[spoiler:The BigBad of the game has most of the empire's soldiers under her MindControl, and everyone (including her) thinks she has the king under that power, too. At the very end of the game, though, he reveals that he was never really under her control, and was acting the way he did [[LoveMartyr because he genuinely loved her]].]]

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* In ''SuikodenI'': ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'': [[spoiler:The BigBad of the game has most of the empire's soldiers under her MindControl, and everyone (including her) thinks she has the king under that power, too. At the very end of the game, though, he reveals that he was never really under her control, and was acting the way he did [[LoveMartyr because he genuinely loved her]].]]
27th Apr '17 8:40:47 PM Golondrina
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* The final arc of ''ItsWalky'' deals with several mind-controlled former teammates... and one who, it turns out, switched sides by choice.

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* The final arc of ''ItsWalky'' ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' deals with several mind-controlled former teammates... and one who, it turns out, switched sides by choice.
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