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25th Sep '16 11:45:49 PM PsychoGecko
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*** The Book of Exodus, for example, has Pharaoh wanting to let the Jews go after just the first couple of plagues, with God telling Moses he's going to make Pharaoh change his mind, with the Bible saying that He did so when it gets to that point in the story, and later recapping that He did so. The phrase "God hardened Pharaoh's heart" comes up a lot.
23rd Sep '16 1:17:26 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': Tom argues that the subconscious makes decisions before the conscious mind becomes aware of it and, as such, free will is only an illusion. [[spoiler:Tom claims that mind-controlling Ava is right because, as free will does not exist, she's either a slave to her impulses, or a slave to Tom's.]]
20th May '16 7:01:17 PM Fireblood
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* One of the entries for Dignity in ''[[http://www.dictionaryofmoments.com/ The Dictionary of Moments]]'' is about a situation where, originally, dangerous criminals were fitted with some kind of mind control implant which made them docile and obedient, but it worked so well that increasingly more people were fitted with them until everybody was, 'for the good of society'. Readable [[http://www.dictionaryofmoments.com/?p=1763 here]].
11th May '16 3:47:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' have the elimination of free will as their number one goal. Of course, this involves brainwashing the entire human race and establishing a dictatorship with the Templars in control.

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* The [[TheKnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' have the elimination of free will as their number one goal. Of course, this involves brainwashing the entire human race and establishing a dictatorship with the Templars in control.
28th Apr '16 1:30:22 AM WillBGood
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If this process merges everyone into one being, see AssimilationPlot. If the villain actually succeeds in creating this world, it may become a VillainWorld and possibly a CrapsaccharineWorld. See also HappinessIsMandatory and its BrainwashedAndCrazy variant GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul, {{Thoughtcrime}}, DystopianEdict and NietzscheWannabe. Inverted trope of HelpingWouldBeKillstealing. HobbesWasRight could be used as another reason to justify this trope.

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If this process merges everyone into one being, see AssimilationPlot. If the villain actually succeeds in creating this world, it may become a VillainWorld and possibly a CrapsaccharineWorld. See also HappinessIsMandatory and (and its BrainwashedAndCrazy variant GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul, GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul), {{Thoughtcrime}}, DystopianEdict and NietzscheWannabe. Inverted trope of HelpingWouldBeKillstealing. HobbesWasRight could be used as another reason to justify this trope.
1st Mar '16 8:32:52 PM Anddrix
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** This is also in [[spoiler:Amity, due to "happiness serum" being put in bread and given to everyone without them noticing. Anyone who acts negatively will be taken to a room and given some directly]].
24th Jan '16 3:07:30 PM triscion
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** It's interesting to note that [[spoiler: Durandal]] never claims to be making a Utopia. Quite the opposite; He knows full well that he's basically ushering in a totalitarian state, and potentially a Dystopia, but he believes such measures are the only way to keep mankind from destroying itself.
17th Jan '16 7:06:56 AM Dolphinjamez
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*** Jews tend to follow the above interpretation due to the importance of freedom to their religion.
15th Jan '16 7:52:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' works with this concept via [[spoiler:nigh-omnipotent ship AI Petey]]. On the one hand, he's running around grabbing up villain groups and conscripting them into positions trying to help out innocents and stop bigger villains (kinda reminiscent of ''TheStainlessSteelRat''). On the other hand, he points out that he wants to preserve free will, and in service to that ideal is refusing to take certain steps that would be more efficient than his current methods. He even talks this over with the strip's resident moralist, Theo Fobius.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' works with this concept via [[spoiler:nigh-omnipotent ship AI Petey]]. On the one hand, he's running around grabbing up villain groups and conscripting them into positions trying to help out innocents and stop bigger villains (kinda reminiscent of ''TheStainlessSteelRat'').''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat''). On the other hand, he points out that he wants to preserve free will, and in service to that ideal is refusing to take certain steps that would be more efficient than his current methods. He even talks this over with the strip's resident moralist, Theo Fobius.
29th Dec '15 2:19:57 PM Anddrix
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* In ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'', Superman believes this school of thought, having been raised by the Soviet government during the Cold War. Anyone who willingly disobeys Superman or Soviet Russia become a mind-controlled slave and work hard labor for the rest of their lives. The whole way through, however, Superman is genuinely convinced he is doing the ultimate good for the world and cannot understand why SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor would so adamantly refuse to submit. Unlike many of the examples on this list, Soviet Superman cares for everyone on Earth from the bottom of his heart (even Luthor) and cannot bear to see any physical harm come to them, which is why he goes to such extremes to prevent that.

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* In ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'', Superman believes this school of thought, having been raised by the Soviet government during the Cold War. Anyone who willingly disobeys Superman or Soviet Russia become a mind-controlled slave and work hard labor for the rest of their lives. The whole way through, however, Superman is genuinely convinced he is doing the ultimate good for the world and cannot understand why SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor would so adamantly refuse to submit. Unlike many of the examples on this list, Soviet Superman cares for everyone on Earth from the bottom of his heart (even Luthor) and cannot bear to see any physical harm come to them, which is why he goes to such extremes to prevent that.
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