Created By: Euan2000 on July 29, 2012 Last Edited By: Euan2000 on May 6, 2015
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Hypnosis Proof Dogs

For whatever reason hypnosis and mind control doesn\'t seem to work on quadrupedal companions.

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The Big Bad has activated his Mind Control device, bringing the whole of Trope Town under his control. No tinfoil hats or even Heroic Willpower can save you now...

But your faithful companion Tropey the Wonder Dog can.

For whatever reason whenever mass hypnosis is involved it only seems to affect humans, not animals. It can be down to it only working on the brainwave frequencies of humans, that the dog's Super Senses can render them immune or simply that they're too thick to be hypnotized.

Usually used as a plot device to incapacitate the human members of the cast so as to have A Day In The Lime Light for the Team Pet. Expect this trope to appear in works with Intellectual Animals living alongside humans. This also applies to illusions or in extreme cases Reality Warping.

Subtrope to Immune to Mind Control. See Too Dumb to Fool where this trope may apply to less intelligent but otherwise sentient characters.

Related to Evil-Detecting Dog.


Appears in

Anime and Manga
  • In Gintama, one arc features Kintoki, the robot version of the protagonist Gintoki, implanting in most of the cast Fake Memories that he has been the protagonist. Canis Major Sadaharu and Robot Girl Tama are the few ones immune to his hypnosis wave.
  • Invoked in Cowboy Bebop when the Bebop crew plug their corgi Ein into a cult's website which would hypnotise any human trying to search it. Unbeknownst to them, Ein is actually a hyperintelligent "data dog", and manages to hack the site almost instantly to furnish the cult leader's location.
  • In the Sailor Moon anime, when Chibiusa first appears she tries to hypnotize Usagi's entire family. At first this even affects Luna (who is a cat, albeit sentient), but she quickly breaks out of the trance and then bites Usagi to snap her out of it as well.
  • Inverted in PokÚmon in a later episode where Team Rocket used a Drowzee's hypnosis specifically to brainwash Pokemon but not their trainers.

Comic Books
  • At the end of the Tintin story Flight 714 to Sydney the aliens wipe the minds of everyone of the entire incident. Snowy remembers the whole thing but it's unclear whether this trope is in effect or if they saw no need to do so as he can't tell anyone.
  • In a Mortadelo y Filemˇn comic, Mortadelo tries to invoke this trope by sending a dog after a hypnotizer thief to capture him. Unfortunately, it's subverted when the dog is hypnotized anyway, as the thief Speaks Fluent Animal.

Literature
  • In one of the Land of Oz books a baddie puts up an illusion of a wall of flame. Everyone else is stopped but Toto just walks right through it because he can't see it, or sees that it isn't real, or something.
  • In Harry Potter, Sirius Black turns into a dog to escape Azkaban because Dementors don't affect dogs as much as humans.
  • In Perdido Street Station, Sincerity the badger doesn't seem to be affected by the slake-moth's hypnotic wings. Justified because the moths feed exclusively on sentient victims, so would never need to hypnotize animals.

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • In some editions of the Champions role-playing game, this is explicitly a part of mind-affecting powers—in order to affect animals, you have to buy it with extra points (or sacrifice the Human mind category.)
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Charm or Hold spells that only work on humanoids are lower level than those which affect other creature-types.
    • 1st Edition psionics. The Hypnosis power doesn't work on creatures with an Intelligence of 7 or less, which includes all normal animals such as dogs.
    • Judge Guild supplement Masters of Mind. The Hypnosis psionic power doesn't work on animals (such as dogs).

Video Games
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, a powerful demon tries to imprison you and your current party in a Lotus-Eater Machine. After you break free, you can enter your companions' dreams to free them. Most of them (except Morrigan) fall for the illusion but your Dog is simply put to sleep and re-joins you as soon as you approach him.
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2: The dogs (and the terror drones which are mechanical dogs) are immune to the Psychic Control of the Psychic Commandos (Yuri).
  • Zigzaged in Mother 3. Boney is the only member of the party not to go on the Mushroom Samba but that's because he refused to eat the mushrooms rather than any immunity. Also, when the hallucination of the protagonist's assumed-dead brother joins the party, Boney indicates its true nature before it attacks.

Web Comics
  • The Last Days of FOXHOUND reveals fairly early on that Sniper Wolf's pet wolf Berthold is a telepath. Then there's one instance when Psycho Mantis and Bert both attempt to brainwash Vulcan Raven in order to fork over a stealth device. Eventually, Mantis' mask gets taken off and as soon as he gets it back on, he realizes that Berthold was a telepath the entire time, perhaps as strong as him.

Western Animation
  • In the 90's British Dennis the Menace cartoon (Dennis and Gnasher stateside) a mad scientist who was using hypnotizing music to trick the town into buying his useless inventions like toothless combs for bald people. He found out it didn't work on dogs and got around it by having a 'no dogs allowed' policy in the store.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
    • The episode with Aphrodite had all the humans falling under the spell of flowers at least, those who could smell it, which left Scooby Doo and Professor Pericles to save the town.
    • Also, the episode with Rude Boy and the ska band has Shaggy and Scooby immune from the music from forcing everyone else to dance.
  • In the Aladdin TV series, the sand witch rewrote history so that she and Jasmine swapped places. All the humans were affected, including Genie, but Iago, Apu, and Rajah were unaffected, overlapping with Ripple Effect-Proof Memory.
Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • July 30, 2012
    SKJAM
    In some editions of the Champions role-playing game, this is explicitly a part of mind-affecting powers--in order to affect animals, you have to buy it with extra points (or sacrifice the Human mind category.)
  • July 30, 2012
    Rognik
    • In Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated, the episode with Aphrodite had all the humans falling under the spell of flowers at least, those who could smell it, which left Scooby Doo and Professor Pericles to save the town.
    • In the Aladdin TV series, the sand witch (I forget her name now) rewrote history so that she and Jasmine swapped places. All the humans were affected, including Genie, but Iago, Apu and the tiger were unaffected.
  • July 31, 2012
    Koveras
    • In Dragon Age Origins, a powerful demon tries to imprison you and your current party in a Lotus Eater Machine. After you break free, you can enter your companions' dreams to free them. Most of them (except Morrigan) fall for the illusion but your Dog is simply put to sleep and re-joins you as soon as you approach him.
  • July 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Doctor Who, "The Horns of Nimon." The Doctor et al. are in a Minotaurlike maze where the walls keep moving about, but the Doctor's dog-shaped Robot Buddy K9 just goes right through the wall to freedom because he can't see it.
    • In one of the Land Of Oz books (don't remember which one, sorry) a baddie puts up an illusion of a wall of flame. Everyone else is stopped but Toto just walks right through it because he can't see it, or sees that it isn't real, or something.
  • July 31, 2012
    elwoz
    Possibly related to Too Dumb To Fool.
  • August 6, 2012
    MrRuano
    The Last Days Of Foxhound reveals fairly early on that Sniper Wolf's pet wolf Berthold is a telepath. Then there's one instance when Psycho Mantis and Bert both attempt to brainwash Vulcan Raven in order to fork over a stealth device. Eventually, Mantis' mask gets taken off and as soon as he gets it back on, he realizes that Berthold was a telepath the entire time, perhaps as strong as him.
  • August 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Presumably a subtrope of Evil Detecting Dog, with the hypnosis being the "evil."
  • September 7, 2012
    polarbear2217
    In Harry Potter, Sirius Black turns into a dog to escape Azkaban because Dementors don't affect dogs as much as humans.
  • September 7, 2012
    SharleeD
    • In Perdido Street Station, Sincerity the badger doesn't seem to be affected by the slake-moth's hypnotic wings. Justified because the moths feed exclusively on sentient victims, so would never need to hypnotize animals.

    • In Dungeons And Dragons, Charm or Hold spells that only work on humanoids are lower level than those which affect other creature-types.
  • September 13, 2012
    Rognik
    I'm pretty sure Rufus from Kim Possible shakes off hypnosis at one point or another (considering how often mind control comes up, it's got to be somewhere), but I can't remember which episode.
  • September 16, 2012
    Momochi
    In Gintama, one arc features Kintoki, the robot version of the protagonist Gintoki, implanting in most of the cast Fake Memories that he has been the protagonist. Canis Major Sadaharu and Robot Girl Tama are the few ones immune to his hypnosis wave.
  • October 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Add to Dungeons And Dragons
      • 1st Edition psionics. The Hypnosis power doesn't work on creatures with an Intelligence of 7 or less, which includes all normal animals such as dogs.
    • Judge Guild supplement Masters of Mind. The Hypnosis psionic power doesn't work on animals (such as dogs).
  • October 7, 2012
    Mauri
    Well it is a bit under Videogame example but:
    • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2: The dogs (and the terror drones which are mechanical dogs) are immune to the Psychic Control of the Psychic Commandos (Yuri).
  • October 8, 2012
    Koveras
    @OP: Why was the DA:O example omitted?
  • October 8, 2012
    tryourbreast
    I think this is a bit Example As A Thesis. Please fix this if you can
  • October 9, 2012
    morenohijazo
    In a Mortadelo Y Filemon, Mortadelo tries to invoke this trope by sending a dog after a hypnotizer thief to capture him. Unfortunately, it's ┬┐subverted? when the dog is hypnotized anyway.
  • April 4, 2013
    Alvin
    Also in Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated , the episode with Rude Boy and the ska band has Shaggy and Scooby immune from the music from forcing everyone else to dance.
  • April 5, 2013
    Generality
    Invoked in Cowboy Bebop when the Bebop crew plug their corgi Ein into a cult's website which would hypnotise any human trying to search it. Unbeknownst to them, Ein is actually a hyperintelligent "data dog", and manages to hack the site almost instantly to furnish the cult leader's location.
  • April 5, 2013
    DunDun
  • April 6, 2013
    morenohijazo
    ^ Not sure about that one.
  • April 6, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    In Mother 3, Boney instinctively avoids eating the mushrooms and so is the only character to not be hallucinating from them.
  • April 6, 2013
    morenohijazo
    If it's not said that it wouldn't have happened even it had eaten the mushrooms, I suppose it's not this trope.
  • April 8, 2013
    DunDun
    ^^^It's the inability to Mind Control because they're just too stupid for it. It's explicitly stated that way anyways. The enemy creatures have to make them more intelligent for the control to work. I think it applies to this because the Puppeteer Parasites are capable of doing this to all other animals (even the telepathic ones).

    Not a straight example, 'cause they do take over the sharks, but I still think it may apply?
  • Small typo in the first sentence ("brigning").

    Anime and Manga
    • In the Sailor Moon anime, when Chibiusa first appears she tries to hypnotize Usagi's entire family. At first this even affects Luna (who is a cat, albeit sentient), but she quickly breaks out of the trance and then bites Usagi to snap her out of it as well.
  • May 3, 2013
    squidlifecrisis
    Averted in the first season of Anime/Pokemon when Officer Jenny's Growlithe were easily fooled by Team Rocket's imitation of her voice, then played straight when Pikachu was able to distinguish between Team Rocket and Ash. Subverted in a later episode where Team Rocket used a Drowzee's hypnosis specifically to brainwash Pokemon but not their trainers.
  • May 4, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    Moreno: Hmm, that makes sense. It's played much the same way, though - when the hallucination of the protagonist's assumed-dead brother joins the party, Boney indicates its true nature before it attacks, for example. So it seems kind of a borderline example, at least.
  • For the Pokemon examples, the first one doesn't involve hypnosis, just voice mimicry tech, so it wouldn't fit here. The second example works, but it's an inversion (a subversion of this trope would be affecting both humans and animals).

    The Aladdin Western Animation example overlaps with Ripple Effect Proof Memory.
  • October 20, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • May 4, 2015
    BKelly95
    Video Games
    • Sam And Max Freelance Police subverts this in episode one when Sam falls victim to Brady Culture's hypno ray. Double subverted when Bosco rigs up a hypno ray shield after he's cured of hypnosis.
  • May 4, 2015
    DAN004
  • May 6, 2015
    Euan2000
    It's just about ready for launch, bar that one hidden Kim Possible example. Did anyone who watched that show care to elaborate on it?

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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