Created By: Known Unknown on February 8, 2009
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Obey Wario! Destroy Mario!

Alternate name: Mass Hypnosis

Why use your amazing powers of hypnotism merely to Hypnotise The Princess or make your hero's friend psychotic? Just steal some broadcasting equipment, record your message, and hypnotize the masses to do your bidding, build your weapons, and wipe out the hero.

You could end up with a couple different possible results; the hypnotized people could become zombies, or could become stay generally the same but still be compelled to follow you.

Compare Do Not Adjust Your Set
Example:
  • The image is from the commercial for Super Mario Land 2: The Golden Coins, which has Wario try to hypnotize the viewers into not beating the game.
  • In Mr Meaty, the titular company makes a hypnotism device that is designed to drive customers into a meat addicted frenzy. Unfortunately, after finishing off all the meat in the restaurant, the zombie customers decide that human meat is just as good.
  • The Joker does something like this in Justice League, but it's less "mass hypnosis" and more "mass insanity." Almost works, too.
  • Happened to a mall in an episode of Ben10.
Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • February 8, 2009
    Kuciwalker
    Use in the prequel to the Tripod trilogy.
  • February 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • February 8, 2009
    triassicranger
    (This one's already listed in Do Not Adjust Your Set) In The Sarah Jane Adventures story "Secret Of The Stars" Martin Trueman hijacks a tv station and makes it broadcast on every channel so as to hypnotise the masses under one star sign at a time (though the victims didn't actually need to be watching tv).
  • February 8, 2009
    dotchan
    • A mass hypnosis event via a popular children's TV program is planned on Angel in the same episode where he gets turned into a muppet. Hilarity Ensues and the world is saved, hooray.
  • February 8, 2009
    Haven
    IIRC the Big Bad in Rocket Knight Adventures did this according to the intro narration.
  • February 8, 2009
    Trigger Loaded
    Rocket Knight Adventures? I'm almost absolutely certain that wasn't hypnosis in the slightest. That was just Sparkster looking defiantly at the giant holographic projection of the Evil King, and I'm not even sure if that was really a projection, or just symbolic of the King ruling over the land. There's absolutely nothing about hypnosis anywhere else in the game.
  • February 9, 2009
    Nyperold
    • In Garfield & Friends, "The Beast From Beyond", a Tyrannosaurus Rex gets his own TV show that hypnotizes people.
    • A similar premise is found in Baby Geniuses 2: Supergeniuses.
  • February 9, 2009
    MrD
    However this trope ends up, somebody must ensure that the picture remains as it is!
  • February 9, 2009
    SonofRojBlake
    This is similar, but not quite, the plot of Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
  • February 9, 2009
    trouserwearingbarbarian
  • February 9, 2009
    BlackMageJ
    This was the titular bad guy's plan in The Demon Headmaster. He didn't actually manage it though (he got on TV and lots of people fell asleep, but he was interrupted by the meddling kids before he could give any commands).
  • February 9, 2009
    Magnezone
    Kim Possible has antagonist Doctor Drakken attempt to hypnotize unknowing people. The method of hypnosis? His very own brand of shampoo.
  • February 10, 2009
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Dean Koontz novel Night Chills. A Mad Scientist develops a drug that lowers subconscious resistance to subliminal messages. He uses TV broadcasts to beam hidden control instructions into the minds of viewers that cause them to mindlessly obey anyone who says the correct code phrase.
  • February 10, 2009
    Dracomicron

    Jasmine in Angel spreads her delusional happiness throughout the world before the heroes manage to break her spell.
  • February 10, 2009
    CountSpatula
    In an episode of The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog, Robotnic did this in order to run for presidency.
  • February 10, 2009
    Haven
    @Trigger Loaded: Okay, so it was the manual, not the narration. But still the Big Bad definitely was controlling his armies through hypnosis, which I always thought was a little bit of moral dissonance, but you're only making them run around in their underwear so it's okay!
  • February 11, 2009
    Camacan
    Web Original
    • In Mastermind: World Conqueror, Mastermind's mooks go on brainwashing missions. They take over a T.V. studio and send a hypnotic recording of the Mastermind to everyone in a given country. The recording shows a hypnotic swirly spiral pattern superimposed on Mastermind's glaring face, complete with spooky hypno-sounds.
  • February 11, 2009
    Pom Rania
    There's like a million old comics villains that have this; I can think of two separate instances in ten consecutive issues of Spider-Man alone.
  • February 14, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Bump
  • February 15, 2009
    Arivne
    Film
    • They Live. The aliens use a TV station to broadcast a signal that keeps human beings from seeing the truth. They also use actual TV broadcasts to send specific messages.
  • February 15, 2009
    adam_grif
    I fucking hate this trope, along with all of the Brainwashed And Crazy variants.
  • February 26, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Bump
  • March 21, 2009
    Known Unknown
    More bump
  • March 21, 2009
    alfinchkid
    An episode of Family Guy has Stewie try this when he get put on the show "Kids Say the Darndest Things". This eventually backfires and has Bill Cosby accidentally hypnotize Stewie instead.
  • March 21, 2009
    [AOD]
    This happens in Bleach as Sousuke Aizen uses his soul cutter's special ability -- Absolute Hypnosis -- to fool everyone to his massive Xanatos Gambit.
  • March 21, 2009
    highcastle
    Didn't this happen in the Show Within A Show on The Famous Jett Jackson? One of the villains had some plushie toy, and the commercials for it had subliminal messages saying "Obey Me" in several different languages.
  • March 21, 2009
    BrightBlueInk
    If I remember right, this was used by the villain in the Jodie And The Pussy Cats movie. He handed out cat-ear headbands that would submit subliminal messages during a televised concert of the band.

    Ember used this in Danny Phantom with her rock music.
  • March 30, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Last bump before launch.
  • April 1, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Kirby episode 5(I think, it might be 6)
  • April 1, 2009
    Nobodymuch
    Every plan by Wordgirl's villain "Mr Big" is some variety of this.
  • April 1, 2009
    CountSpatula
    An episode of Courage The Cowardly Dog has a character doing this in order to sell flan.
  • April 2, 2009
    Cosmetor
    In Sonic X, Eggman pulled a rather complicated Hypno Ploy which ends up being awesome through its sheer bizarreness. It went something like this: Step 1: Create lightbulbs which broadcast subliminal messages for people to trust me. Step 2: Reprogram my space station to block out the sun. Step 3: Claim my space station is malfunctioning and sell lightbulbs as a sun substitute.
  • May 11, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Launching today.

    So, what's it gonna be, Hypno Ploy or Mass Hypnosis?
  • May 11, 2009
    TB Tabby
    The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon had Krang use this to enslave the population of New York, but Bebop and Rocksteady screwed up the program so they behaved like monkeys, and later children. Krang's reaction to the error: "Only a complete idiot could mess this up! Complete...idiot...BEBOP!!! ROCKSTEADY!!!"
  • May 12, 2009
    The Jackal
    The Master becomes Prime Minister by hypnotising people through their mobile phones in the revived Doctor Who.
  • May 12, 2009
    Arivne
    A vote for Mass Hypnosis.
  • May 12, 2009
    PokeballCakeTriforce
    Kim Possible had a pretty creative one. Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo. No wonde he went on an American Idol Parody to promote sometheing that was well... Exactly Whats On The Tin
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