Created By: Acacia on September 6, 2009
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Often when someone is under control of the mind or the body, the controller will force them to do things that either don't advance the Evil Plan at all or are simply very inefficient in doing so. This is because getting things done isn't the point. The point is to torment or humiliate the victim, or the onlookers if the victim isn't aware.

Sometimes the controller claims they're testing the extent of their control, but it will never be the most scientific way of doing that, either; the purest examples are clearly For the Evulz. If the victim is only made to Kneel Before Zod, they got off very lucky indeed.

Examples:
  • In Bioshock, this trope lends weight to a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Happens in the movie version of Ella Enchanted.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Plato's Stepchildren". The Platonians use their telekinetic powers to make the Enterprise crew members act in absurd and humiliating ways.
  • In Disney's Aladdin, when Jafar takes over Agrabah, he humiliates Sultan and Jasmine. One of his cut songs involved doing this to Aladdin.
  • Before turning the principal into Captain Underpants, George and Harold made him pretend to be a chicken and give them money with their hypnotic ring.
  • Done in a variety of ways, and over the course of an entire day, to the main character of Heir Apparent by Vivian Van Velde. Under the control of a magical ring, she does indeed cluck like a chicken, not to mention singing "I'm a little teapot." Fortunately for her, the Reset Button is soon activated.
  • In A Very Potter Musical, Voldemort and Quirrell use the Imperio spell to make Harry dance during the song "Dance Again".
  • Spider Robinson's Callahan's Lady. A villain uses her Mind-Control Device to force the people in Lady Sally's House to perform disgusting and embarrassing acts for her own amusement.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • September 2, 2009
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Star Trek The Original Series episode "Plato's Stepchildren"". The Platonians use their telekinetic powers to make the Enterprise crew members act in absurd and humiliating ways.
  • September 2, 2009
    Shellsh0cker
    In the Kim Possible episode "The Twin Factor," Drakken manages to get both Shego and Kim with some sort of mind control chip, but spends most of the time just making them listen to his boring stories and cook and clean for him. Good trope.
  • September 2, 2009
    Xanderk
    In Aladdin, when Jaffar takes over Agrabah, he humiliates Sultan and Jasmine. One of his cut songs involved doing this to Aladdin.
  • September 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Before turning the principal into Captain Underpants, Fred and George made him pretend to be a chicken and give them money with their hypnotic ring.
  • September 2, 2009
    newtonthenewt
    ^ That would be George and Harold.
  • September 2, 2009
    Nate the Great
    Needs a clearer name.
  • September 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Cluck Like A Chicken, for a very standard and cliche thing to do when hypnosis is involved.
  • September 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Done in a variety of ways, and over the course of an entire day, to the main character of Heir Apparent by Vivian Van Velde. Under the control of a magical ring, she does indeed cluck like a chicken, not to mention sing "I'm a little teapot." Fortunately for her, the Reset Button is soon activated.
  • September 2, 2009
    Jordan
    I wonder if this connects to a related idea. There's a Faust chapbook from the Renaissance era (and to a lesser extent in Marlowe's Dr. Faustus) where he pretty much uses his powers for the purpose of playing pranks. Like in the chapbook, one is making women take off their clothing.

    Or similarly, in Bruce Almighty, Bruce makes surprisingly petty use of what is supposedly, all of the power of God.

  • September 2, 2009
    SevenOfDiamonds
    • In A Very Potter Musical, Voldemort and Quirrell use the imperio spell to make Harry dance during the song "Dance Again".
  • September 2, 2009
    IlGreven
    Power Perversion Potential abounds, though the raciest thing I've ever seen a mind controller do is the Kirk and Uhura kiss...
  • September 3, 2009
    Acacia
    I'm not sure about Cluck Like A Chicken. It just doesn't evoke malice, when this trope played straight is all about sending the message "I own you."

    I do agree the title could do with changing, though. Playing With Puppets? Other suggestions?
  • September 3, 2009
    STUART
    I've played through Bioshock and I can't identify what part the OP is referring to. Fort Frolic?
  • September 3, 2009
    Acacia
  • September 3, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    • In Code Geass, Leleuch is criticized by C.C. for not using his geass as sparingly as possible. He explains that he needs to know exactly how well it works.
  • September 5, 2009
    Acacia
    Bump for more examples and/or name suggestions?
  • September 6, 2009
    Arivne
    LIterature
    • Spider Robinson's Callahan's Lady. A villainess uses her mind control device to force the people in Lady Sally's House to perform disgusting and embarrassing acts for her own amusement.
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