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9th Jun '17 3:31:59 PM nombretomado
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* During the "Trinity" arc, it is revealed that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are "Keystones" of reality, inherent to the fabric of the universe, and that the endless Expies of them across the multiverse are the "Keystones" of their universe (including [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Apollo, Midnighter]] and [[ComicBook/WildCATs Zealot]] for the {{Wildstorm}} universe, whch makes... [[{{Grimdark}} a lot]] [[NinetiesAntihero of sense]]). When a trio of villains tries to usurp their position for ultimate power, the spell they use has the side effect of of causing them to take on each others personality traits, meaning on a mission to the MirrorUniverse, Superman goes LeeroyJenkins and [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomps]] the [[EvilTwin CSA]] while Batman tries to negotiate a peaceful solution and Wonder Woman broods on their out of character behaviour. Then when Superman sends Ultraman, Owlman and Superwoman out of their universe, it starts trying to force them to become the new Keystones, and they start acting like their CSA doubles as well as each other. Fortunately ComicBook/BlackCanary tells them to go home and get their act together.

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* During the "Trinity" arc, it is revealed that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are "Keystones" of reality, inherent to the fabric of the universe, and that the endless Expies of them across the multiverse are the "Keystones" of their universe (including [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Apollo, Midnighter]] and [[ComicBook/WildCATs Zealot]] for the {{Wildstorm}} Creator/{{Wildstorm}} universe, whch makes... [[{{Grimdark}} a lot]] [[NinetiesAntihero of sense]]). When a trio of villains tries to usurp their position for ultimate power, the spell they use has the side effect of of causing them to take on each others personality traits, meaning on a mission to the MirrorUniverse, Superman goes LeeroyJenkins and [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomps]] the [[EvilTwin CSA]] while Batman tries to negotiate a peaceful solution and Wonder Woman broods on their out of character behaviour. Then when Superman sends Ultraman, Owlman and Superwoman out of their universe, it starts trying to force them to become the new Keystones, and they start acting like their CSA doubles as well as each other. Fortunately ComicBook/BlackCanary tells them to go home and get their act together.
7th Jun '17 3:32:36 PM Xtifr
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* On an episode of ''{{Kojak}}'', Lt. Kojak appears to go corrupt, but of course in the end it's all a [[FakeDefector big undercover operation]].

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* On an episode of ''{{Kojak}}'', ''Series/{{Kojak}}'', Lt. Kojak appears to go corrupt, but of course in the end it's all a [[FakeDefector big undercover operation]].
20th Apr '17 8:26:18 AM FF32
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* Maya undergoes this in a flashback-themed dungeon in ''VideoGame/Persona2InnocentSin'', acting as a complete opposite of herself, refusing to participate in team conversations with demons, having a much more sinister portrait in fusion spells, and having yellow eyes. While the party notices she's acting rude, they never notice that she's clearly not the same person and wants them dead until the ''real'' Maya shows up.

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* Maya undergoes this in a flashback-themed dungeon in ''VideoGame/Persona2InnocentSin'', ''[[VideoGame/Persona2 Persona 2: Innocent Sin]]'', acting as a complete opposite of herself, refusing to participate in team conversations with demons, having a much more sinister portrait in fusion spells, and having yellow eyes. While the party notices she's acting rude, they never notice that she's clearly not the same person and wants them dead until the ''real'' Maya shows up.
17th Mar '17 12:04:59 PM Riolux
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** [spoiler: Zidane]] displays this for a short while near the end of the game. Given his normally cheerful personality, this moment is notable as it hints at [[spoiler: what he was really capable of if he had been acting towards his intended purpose -- i.e., an angel of death and destroyer of worlds]].

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** [spoiler: [[spoiler: Zidane]] displays this for a short while near the end of the game. Given his normally cheerful personality, this moment is notable as it hints at [[spoiler: what he was really capable of if he had been acting towards his intended purpose -- i.e., an angel of death and destroyer of worlds]].
11th Mar '17 10:04:13 AM nombretomado
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* Definitely seen a lot in ''Film/FaceOff'', when plastic surgery for an undercover operation results in Sean Archer (JohnTravolta) getting the face of Castor Troy (Creator/NicolasCage), and subsequently, Castor retaliates upon finding out his face has been stolen by stealing Archer's face for himself. By having Cage and Travolta swap roles, one sees how the two characters react differently when in the company of the other's inner circle. One contrast is how they take victory celebrations: when Archer gets his for putting Castor into a coma, he looks depressed and turns down a bottle of champagne, then decides to remind them of the agents killed by Castor in the shootout. When Castor is being congratulated for "locating" and disarming his own bomb, he wears his sunglasses and seems unusually chipper. Elsewhere, when Castor gets his first glimpse of Archer's daughter Jamie, he inadvertently calls her "Janie", and also lights up a cigarette, two things the real Archer would never do, but which are glossed over.

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* Definitely seen a lot in ''Film/FaceOff'', when plastic surgery for an undercover operation results in Sean Archer (JohnTravolta) (Creator/JohnTravolta) getting the face of Castor Troy (Creator/NicolasCage), and subsequently, Castor retaliates upon finding out his face has been stolen by stealing Archer's face for himself. By having Cage and Travolta swap roles, one sees how the two characters react differently when in the company of the other's inner circle. One contrast is how they take victory celebrations: when Archer gets his for putting Castor into a coma, he looks depressed and turns down a bottle of champagne, then decides to remind them of the agents killed by Castor in the shootout. When Castor is being congratulated for "locating" and disarming his own bomb, he wears his sunglasses and seems unusually chipper. Elsewhere, when Castor gets his first glimpse of Archer's daughter Jamie, he inadvertently calls her "Janie", and also lights up a cigarette, two things the real Archer would never do, but which are glossed over.
7th Feb '17 9:47:09 AM Madrugada
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanReturnOfTheCapedCrusaders'', Batman is fairly happy and works with the police, fitting the 60's TV show that the movie's based on. When he's BrainwashedAndCrazy, he pulls off a StealthHiBye on the commissioner like most other versions of the character, making everyone present realize that something is wrong with him.
7th Feb '17 9:39:12 AM Madrugada
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* Apparently, hacking into {{Superman}}'s mind is like evil hypnotists' [[WikiVandal wikivandalism]]. Some bratty six-year-old in Minneapolis trips over a ouija board, next thing you know our Man of Steel is giving the Batman a wedgie. Supes has probably been brainwashed, hypnotized, or possessed more than any character in fiction. And if you count the times he's [[SuperDickery pretended]] to be Not Himself, more than all fictional characters combined. Read any random five Superman or Superman-associated comics from the 50s through the 70s, and see if you can't find one of these stories.
** Or refer to [[http://www.superdickery.com/ here]] for the condensed version.
*** Since this is practically Superman's only vulnerability besides kryptonite, writers got stuck using it lest he become a BoringInvincibleHero
** There's also the arc in 2000 where Lois and Clark's marriage appeared to start falling apart, with Lois accusing Clark of not caring about her because she was just a human, and of cheating on her with Wonder Woman, effectively turning the poor guy into a miserable wreck and culminating in her walking out on him. Turns out it was actually Parasite masquerading as Lois in order to simultaneously feed off of Superman's powers and destroy his spirit in a plot to kill him. The arc wound up with what looked like [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a superpowered-Lois Lane beating the snot out of Superman right in front of a flabbergasted Perry White and Jimmy Olsen]], and apparently required loads of explanations from the real Lois after everything was cleared up, especially as Parasite had been running around using Lois's know-how to steal millions of dollars.

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* Apparently, hacking into {{Superman}}'s mind is like evil hypnotists' [[WikiVandal wikivandalism]]. Some bratty six-year-old in Minneapolis trips over a ouija board, next thing you know our Man of Steel is giving the Batman a wedgie.
**
Supes has probably been brainwashed, hypnotized, or possessed more than any character in fiction. And if you count the times he's [[SuperDickery pretended]] to be Not Himself, more than all fictional characters combined. Read any random five Superman or Superman-associated comics from the 50s through the 70s, and see if you can't find one of these stories.
** Or
stories, or refer to [[http://www.superdickery.com/ here]] for the condensed version.
*** Since this is practically Superman's only vulnerability besides kryptonite, writers got stuck using it lest he become a BoringInvincibleHero
** There's also the an arc in 2000 where Lois and Clark's marriage appeared to start falling apart, with Lois accusing Clark of not caring about her because she was just a human, and of cheating on her with Wonder Woman, effectively turning the poor guy into a miserable wreck and culminating in her walking out on him. Turns out it was actually Parasite masquerading as Lois in order to simultaneously feed off of Superman's powers and destroy his spirit in a plot to kill him. The arc wound up with what looked like [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a superpowered-Lois Lane beating the snot out of Superman right in front of a flabbergasted Perry White and Jimmy Olsen]], and apparently required loads of explanations from the real Lois after everything was cleared up, especially as Parasite had been running around using Lois's know-how to steal millions of dollars.



* In ''[[Creator/WoodyAllen Everyone Says I Love You]]'', one of the characters becomes a Republican to the great surprise (and dismay) of his family. It turns out it was because of some sort of brain problem. Subtle, we know.

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* In ''[[Creator/WoodyAllen Everyone Says I Love You]]'', one of the characters becomes a Republican to the great surprise (and dismay) of his family. It turns out it was because of some sort of brain problem. Subtle, we know.



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', one of his allies tries to stab Ward. They later find out that [[spoiler: the man was magically controlled by the ''real'' traitor. He gets to apologize and be forgiven before he dies.]]

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', one ''Literature/DragonBones'':
** One
of his Ward's allies tries to stab Ward.him. They later find out that [[spoiler: the man was magically controlled by the ''real'' traitor. He gets to apologize and be forgiven before he dies.]]



** Most probably intentional, as Austen didn't like the overly tragic endings which were the fashion at the time.



* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', the penultimate episode sees Chuck realizing that something is deeply wrong when a [[spoiler:mind-wiped Sarah gets snappish over a massage and then turns away from him in bed at night]]. He convinces himself that it's just the result of [[spoiler:her traumatic escape from Quinn]], but he can't explain [[spoiler:what she's doing with the Intersect glasses in her bag]].
-->'''Chuck''': [[spoiler:I saw the glasses in her bag before we left. I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to believe it. But deep down I knew it was true. My wife never came home.]]
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Angel turns on his friends and finds himself without hope.
** Not to mention his role in the second season of ''Buffy'', after experiencing a moment of pure happiness (ie sex) with Buffy caused him to lose his soul.
** Or you could say that almost the entire runs of ''Buffy'' and ''Angel'' are Angelus not being himself.
*** Spike and Dru certainly thought so. Less clear what Darla thought.
** Say it with us now. [[IJustWantToBeNormal B]][[GrandTheftMe u]][[CameBackWrong f]][[TookALevelInJerkass f]][[WhatTheHellHero y]][[GeneralFailure .]] She does this even more than [[SplitPersonality Angel.]] Whether it be a spell going wrong and making her fall in love with Spike or the way she cracks under the pressure makes the fans crack at her attitude whether or not the Slayer is herself is, quite literally, largely dependent on how her [[ImportantHaircut hair]] is that week.
** Season 4 of ''Angel'' has [[spoiler: Cordy]] be this after being possessed by the BiggerBad. The end of season 5 has Angel as a FakeDefector in order to stop the Apocaplyse. [[SuperDickery The audience isn't immediately aware of this, though.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', the penultimate episode sees Chuck realizing that something is deeply wrong when a [[spoiler:mind-wiped Sarah gets snappish over a massage and then turns away from him in bed at night]]. night. He convinces himself that it's just the result of [[spoiler:her her traumatic escape from Quinn]], Quinn, but he can't explain [[spoiler:what she's doing with the Intersect glasses in her bag]].
-->'''Chuck''': [[spoiler:I saw the glasses in her bag before we left. I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to believe it. But deep down I knew it was true. My wife never came home.
bag]]. Turns out [[spoiler:Sarah has been mind-wiped.]]
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Angel turns on his friends and finds himself without hope.
Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:
** Not to mention his role in the second season of ''Buffy'', after experiencing a moment of pure happiness (ie sex) with Buffy caused him to lose his soul.
** Or you could say that almost the entire runs of ''Buffy'' and ''Angel'' are Angelus not being himself.
*** Spike and Dru certainly thought so. Less clear what Darla thought.
** Say it with us now. [[IJustWantToBeNormal B]][[GrandTheftMe u]][[CameBackWrong f]][[TookALevelInJerkass f]][[WhatTheHellHero y]][[GeneralFailure .]]
Buffy. She does this even more than [[SplitPersonality Angel.]] Whether it be a spell going wrong and making her fall in love with Spike or the way she cracks under the pressure makes the fans crack at her attitude whether or not the Slayer is herself is, quite literally, largely dependent on how her [[ImportantHaircut hair]] is that week.
** Season 4 of ''Angel'' has [[spoiler: Cordy]] be this after being possessed by the BiggerBad. The end of season 5 has Angel as a FakeDefector in order to stop the Apocaplyse. [[SuperDickery The audience isn't immediately aware of this, though.]]
week.



* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Jackson becoming creepily pleasant, albeit increasingly unstable. Allison takes notice.

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*Series/[[Angel]]:
** Season 2 has Angel uncharateristically hateful.
** In Season 4, Cordy isn't herself after being possessed by the BiggerBad.
** The end of season 5 has Angel as a FakeDefector in order to stop the Apocaplyse. [[SuperDickery The audience isn't immediately aware of this, though.]]
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': ''Series/TeenWolf'':
**
Jackson becoming creepily pleasant, albeit increasingly unstable. Allison takes notice.



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has several, mostly involving Kirk and Picard.
** Data is pretty good at them, too. Usually when he's possessed by one thing or another, or something's going weird in his programming.
** Geordi [=LaForge=] gets one of these in the episode [[ManchurianAgent "The Mind's Eye"]]. The most disturbing thing about it being that asides from his being brainwashed and attempting to murder someone in full view, he behaves entirely and utterly ''like'' himself.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' basically has three plots: (1) The Enterprise suffers engine failure leading to an hour of TechnoBabble, (2) The holodeck tries to kill everybody, or (3) one or more of the crew members get their minds taken over by aliens. All of the episodes in the 3rd category are examples of this trope.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", Spock's uncharacteristic emotional outbursts are the first clue that something is [[MateOrDie seriously wrong with him]].
** In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Dramatis Personae", a disagreement between Sisko and Kira rapidly turns into a multi-faction cold war running across the station. It turns out telepathic artifacts from a dead world are causing the regular characters to recreate the power struggle that destroyed that civilisation.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has several, mostly involving Kirk and Picard.
Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration:
** Data is pretty good at them, too. Usually Data, relatively often, usually when he's possessed by one thing or another, or something's going weird in his programming.
** Geordi [=LaForge=] gets one of these in the episode [[ManchurianAgent "The Mind's Eye"]]. The most disturbing thing about it being that asides aside from his being brainwashed and attempting to murder someone in full view, he behaves entirely and utterly ''like'' himself.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' basically has three plots: (1) The Enterprise suffers engine failure leading to an hour of TechnoBabble, (2) The holodeck tries to kill everybody, or (3) one or more of the crew members get their minds taken over by aliens. All of the episodes in the 3rd category are examples of this trope.
**
* Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries: In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", Spock's uncharacteristic emotional outbursts are the first clue that something is [[MateOrDie seriously wrong with him]].
** * In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Dramatis Personae", a disagreement between Sisko and Kira rapidly turns into a multi-faction cold war running across the station. It turns out telepathic artifacts from a dead world are causing the regular characters to recreate the power struggle that destroyed that civilisation.



** Perhaps the most famous example of this trope, though, is when Harvey takes over Crichton at the end of Season 2 and [[spoiler: forces John to kill Aeryn]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has its fair share of Not Himself episodes, no thanks to Red Kryptonite and the truly absurd number of villains who have possession abilities.

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** Perhaps the most famous example of this trope, though, is A fourth occurs when Harvey takes over Crichton at the end of Season 2 and [[spoiler: forces John to kill Aeryn]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has its fair share of Not Himself episodes, no thanks to Red Kryptonite and the truly absurd number of villains who have possession abilities.



* ''Series/NewsRadio'': Matthew punched out Bill after one of Bill's pranks went too far. Somehow, the two [[PersonalitySwap switch personalities]] - Bill becomes submissive, while Matthew starts acting like the office alpha male. An accidental slap from Bill reverses the effect, and the two return to normal.

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* ''Series/NewsRadio'': ''Series/NewsRadio'':
**
Matthew punched out Bill after one of Bill's pranks went too far. Somehow, the two [[PersonalitySwap switch personalities]] - Bill becomes submissive, while Matthew starts acting like the office alpha male. An accidental slap from Bill reverses the effect, and the two return to normal.



* Used to the point of exhaustion on ''Series/KnightRider'', where at least twice a season someone would screw with KITT or manipulate Michael for various reasons.



* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the audience gradually realizes that Sheppard is Not Himself after being fed on by a Wraith/human hybrid when he A) beats Ronen in a race, B) beats Teyla in a fight, C) asks Teyla to call him "John", and D) kisses Teyla. He realizes something is up himself after the last one.
** They get pretty good at spotting it too; in fact, standard SG training involves numerous scenarios that involve teammates possibly being compromised by a Goa'uld.
* In season 5 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', after [[spoiler:returning to the Island]] Locke is not himself, acting more determined and secretive than ever and knowing things he can't possibly know. Because [[spoiler:he's still dead and The Man in Black is in his place.]]

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* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** The
audience gradually realizes that Sheppard is Not Himself after being fed on by a Wraith/human hybrid when he A) beats Ronen in a race, B) beats Teyla in a fight, C) asks Teyla to call him "John", and D) kisses Teyla. He realizes something is up himself after the last one.
** They The characters get pretty good at spotting it too; in fact, standard SG training involves numerous scenarios that involve teammates possibly being compromised by a Goa'uld.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
**
In season 5 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', 5, after [[spoiler:returning returning to the Island]] Island Locke is not himself, acting more determined and secretive than ever and knowing things he can't possibly know. Because [[spoiler:he's still dead and The Man in Black is in his place.]]



* This happens twice in ''Series/TheXFiles'', once in "Small Potatos" that involved a shape-shifting man, and another in "Dreamland", where Mulder switches bodies with an Area51 worker. Both Non-Mulders try their hand at seducing Scully.

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* This happens twice in ''Series/TheXFiles'', once in ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** In
"Small Potatos" that involved a shape-shifting man, and another in "Dreamland", where Mulder switches bodies with an Area51 worker. Both Non-Mulders try their hand at seducing Scully.



* Anytime an angel or demon appears on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' could count as this since both angels and demons must possess a human host in order to operate on Earth. Most of the hosts never appear onscreen without being possessed by the angel/demon, but they obviously wouldn't have their angelic/demonic powers/personality when they're not being possessed.
** [[spoiler:Sam]] throughout season 4 when he was a demon-blood junkie and [[spoiler:Dean]] in the back half of season 9 due to [[spoiler:the effects of the Mark of Cain]].
** [[spoiler:Sam]] in the first half of season 6 because he [[spoiler:[[CameBackWrong came back as]] [[TheSoulless The Soulless]]]] causing him to show classic sociopathic behavior as a result.
** [[spoiler:Castiel]] at the end of season 4 where he was brainwashed, before [[spoiler:Dean]] snaps him out of it. Then in season 8 when he is [[spoiler:taken out of Purgatory and brainwashed by Naomi to serve as a [[ManchurianAgent Manchurian Agent]] without him realizing it]] and again in season 11, this time because [[spoiler:he is possessed by Lucifer who is impersonating Cas when around the Winchester brothers.]]

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* Anytime an angel or demon appears on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' could count as this since both angels and demons must possess a human host in order to operate on Earth. Most of the hosts never appear onscreen without being possessed by the angel/demon, but they obviously wouldn't have their angelic/demonic powers/personality when they're not being possessed.
''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** [[spoiler:Sam]] Sam throughout season 4 when he was a demon-blood junkie and [[spoiler:Dean]] and
** Dean
in the back half of season 9 due to [[spoiler:the [the effects of the Mark of Cain]].
Cain.
** [[spoiler:Sam]] Sam in the first half of season 6 because he [[spoiler:[[CameBackWrong [[CameBackWrong came back as]] [[TheSoulless The Soulless]]]] causing him to show classic sociopathic behavior as a result.
** [[spoiler:Castiel]] Castiel, three times: at the end of season 4 where he was brainwashed, before [[spoiler:Dean]] Dean snaps him out of it. Then in season 8 when he is [[spoiler:taken taken out of Purgatory and brainwashed by Naomi to serve as a [[ManchurianAgent Manchurian Agent]] without him realizing it]] it and again in season 11, this time because [[spoiler:he he is possessed by Lucifer who is impersonating Cas when around the Winchester brothers.]]



* The Brandi Carlisle song "That Wasn't Me" is about how addiction can change how a person acts and cause them to hurt the ones they love and do things they're shamed of.[[note]]WordOfGod says the song was inspired by a friend's battle with addiction.[[/note]]

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* The Brandi Carlisle song "That Wasn't Me" is about how addiction can change how a person acts and cause them to hurt the ones they love and do things they're shamed of.[[note]]WordOfGod WordOfGod says the song was inspired by a friend's battle with addiction.[[/note]]



* [[spoiler: Zidane]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' displays this for a short while near the end of the game. Given his normally cheerful personality, this moment is notable as it hints at [[spoiler: what he was really capable of if he had been acting towards his intended purpose -- i.e., an angel of death and destroyer of worlds]].

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* [[spoiler: Zidane]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'':
** [spoiler: Zidane]]
displays this for a short while near the end of the game. Given his normally cheerful personality, this moment is notable as it hints at [[spoiler: what he was really capable of if he had been acting towards his intended purpose -- i.e., an angel of death and destroyer of worlds]].



* [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic HK-47]] can have a Not Himself moment in the second game if the player installs a Pacifist Package into him. Needless to say, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny this genuinely scares the hell out of him]].

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* [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic HK-47]] VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic: HK-47 can have a Not Himself moment in the second game if the player installs a Pacifist Package into him. Needless to say, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny this genuinely scares the hell out of him]].



* Video games in general bring a unique version of this where the out of character behavior is caused by the player controlling the action either being a jerk or having a sense of humor toward the choices the game throws at him.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', in an early mission, you find a man being menaced by bad guys. You have a choice to either prioritize beating up the bad guys, or saving their victim. Choosing the former prompts the main character's best friend to ask if he's flipped his lid.
*** [[spoiler:Choosing this option actually makes the mission easier though, as your goal becomes merely to defeat the enemies rather than save the NPC. The NPC is sometimes suicidal, and will live even if knocked out, so there's no loss to doing so. Said NPC is also a [[AssholeVictim colossal jackass]], so repeat players can only wish he could die permanently.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', there's a funny mini-game where you play as Peach trapped in a dating sim and can choose her reactions to the other character's fumbling attempts to court her. You can of course choose to have her react favorably... It's an interesting case in that doing this repeatedly will cause the princess to call ''herself'' on her bizarre behavior.

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* Video games in general bring a unique version of this where the out of character behavior is caused by the player controlling the action either being a jerk or having a sense of humor toward the choices the game throws at him.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'',
''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'': in an early mission, you find a man being menaced by bad guys. You have a choice to either prioritize beating up the bad guys, or saving their victim. Choosing the former prompts the main character's best friend to ask if he's flipped his lid.
*** [[spoiler:Choosing this option actually makes the mission easier though, as your goal becomes merely to defeat the enemies rather than save the NPC. The NPC is sometimes suicidal, and will live even if knocked out, so there's no loss to doing so. Said NPC is also a [[AssholeVictim colossal jackass]], so repeat players can only wish he could die permanently.]]
**
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', there's a funny mini-game where you play as Peach trapped in a dating sim and can choose her reactions to the other character's fumbling attempts to court her. You can of course choose to have her react favorably... It's an interesting case in that doing this repeatedly will cause the princess to call ''herself'' on her bizarre behavior.



* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Chapter 18, Robot S13 -- previously the comically {{Pollyanna}} ChewToy -- abruptly begins acting deadly serious and [[TookALevelInBadass proves to be a dashing swords-bot]] after being transferred to a much older body, much to the surprise of Annie and Kat. He returns to normal after his body is changed once again.

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* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
**
In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Chapter 18, Robot S13 -- previously the comically {{Pollyanna}} ChewToy -- abruptly begins acting deadly serious and [[TookALevelInBadass proves to be a dashing swords-bot]] after being transferred to a much older body, much to the surprise of Annie and Kat. He returns to normal after his body is changed once again.



* Gamzee [[spoiler: going crazy under the order of Lord English and then going on a rampage]] is preceded by a simple, even avoidable, line. In a conversation with Karkat, Gamzee, normally TheStoner who is all peaceful, calm, and prone to daydreaming, suddenly snaps:
-->'''TC [Gamzee]''': shut up.\\
'''CG [Karkat]''': WHAT...\\
'''TC''': I SAID SHUT THE MOTHERFUCK UP, MOTHERFUCKER.
* In ''WebComic/DeadOfSummer'', [[spoiler:[[Music/TheProtomen Panther]]]] falls under this. At first he seems normal (and awesome), though breaking a bad guy's finger may raise some eyebrows. But later on, he [[spoiler: [[EyeScream tears out Dr. Light's eyes]], kills him, and proceeds to reveal that he's [[FaceHeelTurn in league with the Big Bad.]]]]
** Turns out [[spoiler: he's ''literally'' not himself; the Panther we'd been following was the EvilTwin. The real one sets things right.]]

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* Gamzee [[spoiler: going crazy under the order of Lord English and then going on a rampage]] is preceded by a simple, even avoidable, line. In a conversation with Karkat, Gamzee, normally TheStoner who is all peaceful, calm, and prone to daydreaming, suddenly snaps:
-->'''TC [Gamzee]''': shut up.\\
'''CG [Karkat]''': WHAT...\\
'''TC''': I SAID SHUT THE MOTHERFUCK UP, MOTHERFUCKER.
* In ''WebComic/DeadOfSummer'', [[spoiler:[[Music/TheProtomen Panther]]]] falls under this. At first he seems normal (and awesome), though breaking a bad guy's finger may raise some eyebrows. But later on, he [[spoiler: [[EyeScream tears out Dr. Light's eyes]], kills him, and proceeds to reveal that he's [[FaceHeelTurn in league with the Big Bad.]]]]
**
]] Turns out [[spoiler: he's ''literally'' not himself; the [[spoiler:the Panther we'd been following was the EvilTwin. The real one sets things right.]]



* It [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil appeared this way]] with Varsuuvius in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', but accepting that it ''was'' consistent with his character was part of his CharacterDevelopment. A straight and more striking example would be Belkar's [[SnapBack very brief]] wisdom boost turning him repentant and pacifistic.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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It [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil appeared this way]] with Varsuuvius in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', in but accepting that it ''was'' consistent with his character was part of his CharacterDevelopment. CharacterDevelopment.
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A straight and more striking example would be Belkar's [[SnapBack very brief]] wisdom boost turning him repentant and pacifistic.



* In the movie ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'', after gets bitten by the wolfman, Theodore became very strong and cool during the day, but also arrogant and aggressive. To point that Brittany ask if he and Alvin have a FreakyFridayFlip.

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* In the movie ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'', after he gets bitten by the wolfman, Theodore became very strong and cool during the day, but also arrogant and aggressive. To point that Brittany ask if he and Alvin have a FreakyFridayFlip.



* Briefly in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "The Ultimate Enemy" where Danny's [[FutureMeScaresMe evil self]], Dark Danny, goes to the past (present time) and disguises as his old fourteen-year-old self. His friends wonder what's up with him when he starts speaking rather eloquently, but being a [[ConsummateLiar smart bastard]], Dark Danny quickly fixes this and their suspects drop.

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* Briefly ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
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in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "The Ultimate Enemy" where Danny's [[FutureMeScaresMe evil self]], Dark Danny, goes to the past (present time) and disguises himself as his old fourteen-year-old self. His friends wonder what's up with him when he starts speaking rather eloquently, but being a [[ConsummateLiar smart bastard]], Dark Danny quickly fixes this and their suspects drop.



** Maybe it wasn't the accident. In the words of the clearly well-researched website Cracked:
-->[...]scientists have come up with all kinds of theories about the damage affecting his impulse control. But, holy crap, some of us turn into dicks after missing morning coffee. Can we not cut a guy some slack after surviving a fucking spike through the skull?
** He wasn't competent to run his crew anymore. He didn't have ''respect'' anymore. Plenty to get mad about.
** He lost his hypothalamus and frontal lobe connection, meaning less stuff was routed through the frontal lobes, particularly emotion.
** Reportedly, Gage started drinking heavily after the accident -- which could be either a direct result of brain damage, or an attempt to dull chronic pain from the injury. In either case, the new personality might be simply be him being a mean drunk.
** He was also reputed to have taken to gambling as well as drinking after the injury. The part of his brain that was damaged is also involved with planning and predicting future events, so he may have become reckless, in part at least, as a result if impaired ability to appreciate the consequences.



* Lobotomies. Goddamn lobotomies.
** Which ''starts'' by ramming an ice pick ''[[EyeScream into your eye]]''. Hey! Where are you going? I only got started!
** Rosemary Kennedy (sister of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy) was having mood swings and underwent a lobotomy at age 23, which left her permanently incapacitated. After the experience her speech was unintelligible, she would stare blankly at walls for hours, and was left mentally handicapped.
* The U.S. first learned about the Soviet plan to [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar put nuclear missiles in Cuba]] when their spy planes captured a bunch of new soccer fields being built, since the most popular sport in Cuba is baseball, applying this trope to an entire country.

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* Lobotomies. Goddamn lobotomies.\n** Which ''starts'' by ramming an ice pick ''[[EyeScream into your eye]]''. Hey! Where are you going? I only got started!\n** Rosemary Kennedy (sister of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy) was having mood swings and underwent a lobotomy at age 23, which left her permanently incapacitated. After the experience her speech was unintelligible, she would stare blankly at walls for hours, and was left mentally handicapped.\n
* The U.S. first learned about the Soviet plan to [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar put nuclear missiles in Cuba]] when their spy planes captured a bunch of new soccer fields being built, since the most popular sport in Cuba is baseball, ''baseball'', applying this trope to an entire country.
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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', mind-altering enchantments leave subtle hints in the victim's behaviour that can be detected with the Sense Motive skill, even if the victim isn't aware of them. ''Very'' subtle, since an average person has only a 30% chance of noticing that someone's been Dominated into being a {{People Puppet|s}}, and other enchantments are even easier to miss.
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', everyone notices that Ringo is getting a little strange and obsessed while they're at the Guardians. They assume he's going nuts because he's unable to use his mindsight while he's under the Guardians' city mask. Although this is partially true, John figures out (to his horror) that the psionics among the Guardians [[MoreThanMindControl have been subtly working on Ringo to ensure that he wants to stay with them]]. It takes [[WhamEpisode a rather shocking moment for Ringo to snap out of it]].
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* In the young adult novel ''Stranger With My Face'' by Lois Duncan, protagonist Laurie discovers that she was adopted as an infant and has an identical SeparatedAtBirth twin, Lia. Lia has mastered astral projection and uses it to form a bond with Laurie. She teaches Laurie to do likewise, but it's a ruse to trick Laurie out of her body so Lia can possess it. Laurie is left in a ghostlike state, watching her body operate under her twin's power. The only people who notice that anything's amiss are her adoptive little sister, who spots that Laurie is acting out of character, and Laurie's boyfriend, who knows the whole story and suspects that Lia might have done exactly what she did.

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* In the young adult novel ''Stranger With My Face'' by Lois Duncan, Creator/LoisDuncan, protagonist Laurie discovers that she was adopted as an infant and has an identical SeparatedAtBirth twin, Lia. Lia has mastered astral projection and uses it to form a bond with Laurie. She teaches Laurie to do likewise, but it's a ruse to trick Laurie out of her body so Lia can possess it. Laurie is left in a ghostlike state, watching her body operate under her twin's power. The only people who notice that anything's amiss are her adoptive little sister, who spots that Laurie is acting out of character, and Laurie's boyfriend, who knows the whole story and suspects that Lia might have done exactly what she did.
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