Created By: Deboss on September 29, 2011 Last Edited By: Deboss on January 5, 2012

Hypnotic Reptile

A reptile or amphibian that can hypnotise people.

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Trope:

Reptiles Are Abhorrent. Everyone knows this. What's a way to make them even more so? By giving them Mind Control powers! A common subtrope of The Hypnotoad.

Examples.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons. The Necrophidus is a golem-like monster that looks like the skeleton of a giant snake, with a fanged human skull as its head. It can perform the Dance of Death, which will cause anyone looking at it to be hypnotised.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade: Hypnosis is one of the possible uses of the Serpentis discipline, which belongs to the Setite clan, a snake-themed vampire sect.

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Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • September 29, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • September 29, 2011
    Routerie
    By all means, remove these examples from Somewhere A Herpetologist Is Crying, but that doesn't mean they form their own trope. The Hynotoad is not an example of "one of those reptiles that can hypnotize you." It's a mind-controlling alien, which is convered by a different trope, one we unfortunately named after the hypnotoad. And though people do falsely believe that snakes can hypnotize their prey, Kaa is not an example of this misapprehension... Kaa can also TALK. She's not supposed to represent how real snakes act.
  • October 1, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons. The Necrophidus is a golem-like monster that looks like the skeleton of a giant snake, with a fanged human skull as its head. It can perform the Dance of Death, which will cause anyone looking at it to be hypnotised.
  • October 1, 2011
    Asgar
    Tabletop Games
    • Vampire The Masquerade: Hypnosis is one of the possible uses of the Serpentis discipline, which belongs to the Setite clan, a snake-themed vampire sect.
  • October 1, 2011
    CaveCat
    Sir Hiss also did this briefly in Robin Hood.
  • October 5, 2011
    Deboss
    Updated. Anyone care to write a good description? Also, I'd like a little more info on Sir Hiss.
  • October 5, 2011
    Jordan
    Jaffar in Aladdin has a staff in the shape of a snake which he uses to hypnotize people.

  • October 17, 2011
    Arivne
    ^^ @Deboss:

    Film
    • In Disney's Robin Hood, Sir Hiss and Prince John mention that Hiss hypnotized King Richard and sent him off on a Crusade. Hiss then tries to hypnotize Prince John to get him to stop sucking his thumb.

    You can watch the scene here.
  • October 17, 2011
    Ryuuma
    @ Routerie: Well, If my memory is still working Kaa (in the book at least) was able to hypnotize his victims using his body movements, seen in his Big Damn Heroes against the monkeys who kidnapped Mowgli.
  • October 17, 2011
    TrustBen
    The Master takes the form of a mesmerizing snake monster in the Doctor Who TV movie, before taking over Eric Roberts' body.
  • October 17, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    The Yuan-ti in Dungeons And Dragons are a snake-like people that have Charm Person and among other mind-affecting abilities.
  • October 17, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    BTW, the idea that snakes hypnotize their prey is a common myth in the real world as well as being a fictional trope.

    See here and here.

    There are two factors that likely contribute to the belief that snakes can hypnotize their prey, and neither has anything to do with a watch being swung back and forth. First is a snake’s lack of eyelids. The resulting unblinking stare gives snakes a bit of a hypnotic aura right off the bat. Second is the tendency of living prey animals to freeze up, possibly in fear, when in close proximity to a snake. Some may run, but not all. Animals that sense danger will often remain motionless, in the hope (assuming animals can hope) that the predator that is approaching or confronting them will not see them if they are not moving. To them, stillness equals invisibility. Combine these two factors -- an unblinking snake staring at an animal that is not moving – and the tableaux seems to illustrate hypnotism at work.
  • October 17, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Make sure you link Hypnotic Eyes.
  • January 5, 2012
    Auxdarastrix
    Bump
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