Created By: Momochi on November 1, 2012 Last Edited By: Momochi on July 21, 2014

Enslaved Enunciation (was: Tongue Failure)

A monster/entity/magical person can make another person say things they don\'t mean to.

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Certain types of monsters, wizards, and other supernatural or alien beings are able to control your voice, or otherwise replace your communications with those around you. They will use your voice to lie to team mates, friends and loved ones, or to deliver warnings or threats. Sometimes this is the beginning of full on Mind Control, or the opening move of the Puppeteer Parasite.

Super Trope to Truth Serums. Subtrope of People Puppets If the person is prevented from communicating certain information, it is Tongue-Tied. Frequently part and parcel of Puppeteer Parasites' abilities.

Anime and Manga
  • Talking Head, a stand from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5, attaches itself to the tongue of anyone its user wishes and forces them to lie through any means, be it speech, sign language or writing. The only way it was even removed was by its victim (Narancia in this instance) to cut their tongue off.
  • In MM!, Mio hypnotizes Taro into ending every sentence with "hugetastic boobs".
  • In Smile Pretty Cure!, Majorina ruins the comedy contest by using special rings on the guest duo which make them unable to tell jokes or speak with a Kansai Regional Accent, causing their routine to fall flat.
  • Keroro Gunsou tries to make a Hypno Fool of Natsumi with a Verbal Tic candy, but everyone ends up eating one (or more).
  • Episode 35 of Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri features a clingy magic card. Whatever it attaches itself to is forced to lie or act against what they say.
  • Immortals from Baccano!! are incapable of using aliases in the presence of other immortals, instinctively blurting out their real names if they try. In addition, their bodies reject all attempts to establish lasting false identities.
  • Medaka Box: Oudo's Compelling Voice won't allow itself to be used for anything but Kneel Before Zod. Though he meant to tell his schoolmates to live life to the fullest, the first words that came out of his mouth were the order to bow before him.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Torunka was unwittingly affected by a Cursed Needle during his infiltration with Luna, making him tell the truth when he intended to lie.

Comic Books
  • When Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen overheard crooks planning to kidnap him and force him to reveal Superman's identity, he tried to counteract this by taking a lie serum. Hilarity Ensues. When the crooks finally strapped him to a Lie Detector and interrogated about Superman's identity, he got through it by claiming that it is Clark Kent.

Film
  • In Bruce Almighty, Bruce uses his god-powers to make his rival anchorman speak gibberish during a live newscast.
  • The movie Liar Liar has Fletcher Reed, a busy attorney with little time for his family, subjected to a sort of spell that forces him to only speak truthfully, when his son makes a birthday wish that his Dad never tell a lie.
  • In Beetlejuice, the title character forces Lydia to agree to marry him.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Doctor Who
    • A certain Companion being forced to count down to her own death in Flesh and Stone.
    • In the episode Midnight, an unknown creature possesses one of the members of the group, to whom the Doctor tries to reason with. However, the creature's speech catches up to and then overtakes the Doctor's thoughts, taking control so he orders the others on the ship to kill him against his will.
  • Bewitched
    • In one episode Sam's mother put a spell on Darrin (as usual) causing him to start talking like he was three years old. Right in front of his boss!
    • At another time she casts a spell that causes him to constantly speak in clichés.
  • In the Muppet version of The Frog Prince, a witch poses as the king's sister, and only his daughter realizes it. To keep her from telling her rather dim-witted father, the witch curses her to say everything backwards.
  • The Twilight Zone
    • In TOS episode "The Whole Truth", a used-car salesman is forced to tell the truth against his will.
    • In The New Twilight Zone "The Trance", the deity Delos speaks through Leonard Randall's mouth.
  • In Get Smart, Maxwell Smart is given lying pills to foil any possible interrogation. Of course, he takes it at an inappropriate time and suddenly lies about every slightest fact, including his own name.
  • An episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch had Sabrina put a spell on Hilda so that she'd say whatever Sabrina said, so she could make her go on a date with Mr. Kraft. While that was going on, Valerie showed up and Sabrina started having a conversation with her while Hilda kept repeating everything Sabrina was saying to Valerie. Eventually the spell broke and Hilda dragged Sabrina off to Zelda to figure out an appropriate punishment.
  • One of the possible side-effects of owning someone's heart in Once Upon a Time — not only can you essentially use the victim as an unintentional mole, you can also make them say things you want them to say in order to manipulate others.

Professional Wrestling
  • WCW Masked Luchador La Parka would take the mic and a make outrageous statements, but it wasn't him talking. The voiceover would happen even if Parka didn't have the mic in his hand; towards the end of the bit's run La Parka brought a sign out to display while the voiceover happened saying "this is not my voice" or words to that effect.

Tabletop Games
  • The Puppeteer mutation in Paranoia can be used to force a character to say whatever you want (with a good enough Power roll).
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Ring of Truthlessness. The wearer must lie in response to any questions asked of them for as long as the ring is worn.

Video Games
  • The Ancient Conspiracy of the Metal Gear Solid games inject their agents with nanomachines that cause them to say nonsensical "La-li-lu-le-lo" when attempting to discuss them.

Web Comics
  • The Big Bad of 8-Bit Theater, Sarda, uses a rewriting reality spell against Black Mage, making him agree with what Sarda just said. Black Mage, who can copy spells since he is also a blue mage, tries what on Sarda; turns out, its effect is actually "rewrite reality as Sarda wishes".
  • In this strip of Dinosaur Comics, Utahraptor discusses that they wouldn't invent a lie serum. Except T-Rex does.
  • The Last Days of FOXHOUND
    • Revolver Ocelot secretly brainwashes his teammates into being incapable of saying "The Patriots", the secret organization he works for. Instead, it comes out at "LA-LI-LU-LE-LO"
    Psycho Mantis: That conniving backstabbing son of a bitch SANTA CLAUS!"
    • Confirmed by the Metal Gear Solid Database. Further confirmed by MGS4; at one point Snake mentions the Patriots, to which a confused Meryl replies, "La-li-lu-le-lo?"

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Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 47
  • November 1, 2012
    MrRuano
    • Talking Heads, a stand from Jojos Bizarre Adventure Part 5, attaches itself to the tongue of anyone it's user wishes and force them to lie through any means, be it speech, sign language or writing. The only way it was even removed was by it's victim (Narancia in this instance) to cut their tongue off.
  • November 1, 2012
    ImaHugeMoron
    The Big Bad of 8-Bit Theater, Sarda, uses a rewiting reality spell against Black Mage, making him agree with what sarda just said. Black Mage, can copy spells since he is also a blue mage, tries what on Sarda; turns out, the it's effect is actually "rewrite reality as Sarda wishes".
  • November 1, 2012
    DracMonster
    More Than Mouth Control! (I know, I know, bad snowclone...)

    Enslaved Enunciation perhaps?
  • November 1, 2012
    Tallens
    • There was an episode of Bewitched where Sam's mother put a spell on Darrin (as usual) causing him to start talking like he was three years old. Right in front of his boss!

    Does making them talk gibberish count?

    • In the War Of The Ancients trilogy, Krasus has gone back in time to right before Neltharion betrays the dragon flights and becomes Deathwing. Before he can warn anyone, however Deathwing enchants him so that whenever he speaks of Neltharion, his words come out unintelligibly.
    • In the Muppet version of The Frog Prince, a witch poses as the king's sister, and only his daughter realizes it. To keep her from telling her rather dim-witted father, the witch curses her to say everything backwards.
  • November 2, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Robert Heinlein's The Puppet Masters. The title aliens can control a human's body by touching him and make him say anything they want. One politician is taken over and forced to say things he doesn't mean, and suffers great anguish over it.
  • November 2, 2012
    Momochi
    ^^ yes.
  • November 2, 2012
    Tallens
    • A couple of times in Ella Enchanted Ella is forced to say things she doesn't want to as part of her curse of obedience.
  • November 2, 2012
    Chernoskill
    • In Bruce Almighty, Bruce uses his god-powers to make his rival anchorman speak gibberish during a live newscast.
  • November 2, 2012
    Momochi
    • When Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen overheard crooks planning to kidnap him and force him to reveal Superman's identity, he tried to counteract this by taking a lie serum. Hilarity Ensues. When the crooks finally strapped him to a Lie Detector and interrogated about Superman's identity, he got through it by claiming that it is Clark Kent.
    • In this strip of Dinosaur Comics, Utahraptor discusses that they wouldn't invent a lie serum. Except T-Rex does.

    I think Crunchyroll offers the official video of "Oh No! Trouble with the Magic Card! Pri!" but it is region-locked from here. Could someone point me to the webpage?
  • November 3, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    The movie Liar Liar has Fletcher Reed, a busy attorney with little time for his family, subjected to a sort of spell that forces him to only speak truthfully, when his son makes a birthday wish that his Dad never tell a lie.
  • November 3, 2012
    Momochi
    ^ Truth Serums would be a subtrope. Quick analysis time: it disrupts what (and, occasionally, when) to speak. This trope involves the disruption of the when (making a person say things when they don't mean to), the what (making a person say things they don't mean to), and the how (making a person say things in a manner they don't mean to).
  • November 4, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
  • November 4, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^^ The trope title "Tongue Failure" made me think of Liar Liar though, in that when he tries to say something that's either untruthful or would facilitate deception, Fletcher (played by Jim Carey) did the typical Carey-schtick with comical gibberish noises coming from his mouth--as if he was literally "tongue tied". But since you said Truth Serums is a subtrope, it would fit here as well, right? With again, the added bonus of a literal demonstration of "tongue failure".
  • November 4, 2012
    Momochi
    ^ Preventing someone from conveying certain information is Tongue Tied, though it largely overlaps with this. Or is it a subtrope? I'm still not quite sure whether this trope will cover making people The Speechless/The Voiceless.
  • November 4, 2012
    polarbear2217
    In the 1980's Twilight Zone "The Trance", the deity Delos speaks through Leonard Randall's mouth.

    In the classic Twilight Zone "The Whole Truth", a used-car salesman is forced to tell the truth against his will.
  • November 5, 2012
    Momochi
    • The Ancient Conspiracy of the Metal Gear Solid games inject their agents with nanomachines that cause them to say nonsensical "La-li-lu-le-lo" when attempting to discuss them. See The Last Days Of Foxhound example below.
    • In The Last Days Of Foxhound, Revolver Ocelot secretly brainwashes his teammates into being incapable of saying "The Patriots", the secret organization he works for. Instead, it comes out at "LA-LI-LU-LE-LO"
      Psycho Mantis: That conniving backstabbing son of a bitch SANTA CLAUS!"
      • Confirmed by the Metal Gear Solid Database. Further confirmed by MGS4; at one point Snake mentions the Patriots, to which a confused Meryl replies, "La-li-lu-le-lo?"
  • November 5, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • In Beetlejuice, the title character forces Lydia to agree to marry him.
  • November 6, 2012
    Momochi
    • In Get Smart, Maxwell Smart is given lying pills to foil any possible interrogation. Of course, he takes it at an inappropriate time and suddenly lies about every slightest fact, including his own name.
  • November 8, 2012
    Momochi
    Inversion of Voices Are Mental. Super Trope to Truth Serums. If the character is prevented from communicating certain information, it is Tongue Tied.
  • November 8, 2012
    WarriorSparrow
    Another Doctor Who example - in the episode Midnight, an unknown creature posses one of the members of the group, to whom the Doctor tries to reason with. However, the creature's speech catches up to and then overtakes the Doctor's thoughts, taking control so he orders the others on the ship to kill him against his will.
  • November 9, 2012
    Momochi
    • Immortals from Baccano! are incapable of using aliases in the presence of other immortals, instinctively blurting out their real names if they try. In addition, their bodies reject all attempts to establish lasting false identities.
  • January 30, 2013
    Frank75
  • January 30, 2013
    StarSword
    Frequently part and parcel of Puppeteer Parasites' abilities.
  • January 30, 2013
    Antigone3
    One of the mutations available in Paranoia can be used to force a character to say whatever you want (with a good enough Power roll). I think it's the Puppeteering mutation, I'll check the book when I get home from work.
  • February 12, 2013
    Tallens
    • An episode of Sabrina The Teenage Witch had Sabrina put a spell on Hilda so that she'd say whatever Sabrina said, so she could make her go on a date with Mr. Kraft. While that was going on, Valerie showed up and Sabrina started having a conversation with her while Hilda kept repeating everything Sabrina was saying to Valerie. Eventually the spell broke and Hilda dragged Sabrina off to Zelda to figure out an appropriate punishment.
  • February 17, 2013
    Irrisia
    Is there not also the opposite trope where the voice is the only thing that isn't under control?
  • February 17, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Most of the examples of "cannot lie" are actually "must tell the truth": the victim cannot just keep silent but must truthfully answer any question put to them.

    Doctor Who: It is prophesied of the Doctor that one day: On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the eleventh, when no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a Question will be asked, a question that must never, ever be answered.
  • February 17, 2013
    chicagomel
    This is of course present in Animorphs due to the Puppeteer Parasite aspect-there are several instances of controllers making their human hosts say things they really don't want to.
  • February 20, 2013
    Momochi
    ^^^ Voices Are Mental is mentioned in the first paragraph.
  • February 20, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^That's not what Voices Are Mental means.
  • January 10, 2014
    Tallens
    This has been sitting dormant for a year for some reason. It's got plenty of examples, but the description needs work.
  • January 10, 2014
    Synchronicity
    Live Action TV

    • One of the possible side-effects of owning someone's heart in Once Upon A Time — not only can you essentially use the victim as an unintentional mole, you can also make them say things you want them to say in order to manipulate others.
  • January 10, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    decent name. but enunciation also has connotations of proper pronunciation.

    "It's LEVY-OH-SAH, not LEVI-OH-SAR!"
  • January 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Enslaved Tongue would work better...
  • January 10, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons Ring of Truthlessness. The wearer must lie in response to any questions asked of them for as long as the ring is worn.
  • January 12, 2014
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized some work titles, corrected several incorrect Example Indentations, split off several Web Comic examples into their own section and added blank lines between each media section to improve readability.
  • January 13, 2014
    randomsurfer
    WCW Masked Luchadore La Parka would take the mic and a make outrageous statements, but it wasn't him talking. The voiceover would happen even if Parka didn't have the mic in his hand; towards the end of the bit's run La Parka brought a sign out to display while the voiceover happened saying "this is not my voice" or words to that effect.
  • January 13, 2014
    DAN004
  • July 16, 2014
    Tallens
    Someone going to launch this?
  • July 19, 2014
    Momochi
    Hello, this is OP. Thank you very much for watching this thread and editing the description, now it looks good enough. I'm still not sure myself if this is tropeworthy, but you guys make me feel confident! Should the name be changed to Enslaved Tongue?

    And I've found the answer to the question above: "the opposite trope where the voice is the only thing that isn't under control" is covered by Can Only Move The Eyes.
  • July 19, 2014
    DAN004
  • July 19, 2014
    FerrousFaucet
    • Star Trek: In "Plato's Stepchildren", the cruel and arrogant Parmen telekinetically controls the Enterprise crew, forcing them into humiliating performances such as dancing, singing, and reciting poetry.
  • July 19, 2014
    Generality
    Also from Beetlejuice, when in the climax Barbara tries to un-summon Betelgeuse, he intercedes, first by magically putting a zipper on her mouth, then when she unzips it, by installing a metal plate.
  • July 19, 2014
    Tallens
    ^That's just keeping her from talking. An actual example would be from earlier when the Maitlands first release him, he gives a demonstration of his possession power by talking through Barbara.

    The current BJ example doesn't really fit into this as is, anyway. That instance was hium covering Lydia's mouth and then talking for her imitating her voice.
  • July 20, 2014
    somerandomdude
    The Warlock spell Curse of Tongues in World Of Warcraft slows the target's spell casting speed by forcing them to speak Demonic.
  • July 21, 2014
    Kelnius
    I think we're go for launch. This is a good one.
  • July 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Title, though?
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=17vw9my2pyas5t6cmtmyikjv