Cannot Be Hypnotized
A character who is unable to be hypnotized.

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Maybe he has strong willpower. Maybe he has superpowers or some Applied Phlebotinum that protects him. Whatever the reason, this person is completely impervious to any attempts to hypnotize him. This could be a major plot point in an episode involving hypnosis...or it could just be dashed off as a joke.

It should be noted that in reality, nobody can be hypnotized unless they willingly submit to it, and even then they cannot be forced to do something that is against their moral code. And yes, there are also some people who just can't be hypnotized, period. One's susceptibility to hypnosis also is linked to how susceptible you are to the Placebo Effect.

Related to No Sell and Disability Immunity. Contrast Weak-Willed and Hypno Fool.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • Rond Vidar in the Legion of Super-Heroes cannot be hypnotized; his father is Universo, a villain with hypnosis powers.
  • In the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip "The First", Historical-Domain Character Ernest Shackleton is immune to the psychic paper. He mentions his wife once took him to see a music hall hypnotist, and that didn't work on him either.
  • Static Shock (in both the comic and animated incarnations) reveals the titular main character is immune to mind control whether induced by a psychic, or by mechanical means. It apparently has something to do with the Electro-Magnetic field he produces.

  • Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996). Alan Rickman (as Rasputin) is waiting to see the Tsar, and is staring at his doctor (one of his opponents who regards Rasputin as a fraud). The doctor just smirks and says, "You're wasting your time. I can't be hynotized."
  • In the Star Wars series of movies, certain characters are immune to Jedi mind tricks.

  • In the original Jungle Book Mowgli (being human) seems to be the only creature in the jungle who's immune to Kaa's hypnosis. Try telling Disney that.
  • In Carpe Jugulum Agnes and Mightily Oats are able to resist the vampires' hypnosis because of their split personalities.
  • A minor character whose car the Master steals in the Doctor Who Past Doctor Adventures novel Face of the Enemy can't be hypnotised. So the Master kills him instead.

Live Action TV
  • In the Dick Van Dyke Show episode "My Husband is Not a Drunk" Buddy really can't be hypnotized, although he plays along for a couple of minutes. Rob however acts the Hypno Fool.
  • Played with in an episode of Leave it to Beaver, where Eddie Haskell pretends to be hypnotized by the Beaver; true to form, the writers knew that no one can be hypnotized against their will.
  • In True Blood vampire compulsion doesn't work on Sookie.
  • In Vampire Diaries ingesting/wearing vervain protects from vampire compulsion.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Time-Flight", Professor Hately is immune to the Mass Hypnosis going on by virtue of dogged skepticism.
    • In the audio drama "The Cradle of the Snake", one character is immune to the Mara, which mind-controls people by feeding on their dreams.
    That character: I never really have dreams.
  • On Forever Knight Nick and other vamps use a Jedi Mind Trick to keep up The Masquerade, but some people are naturally immune, unrelated to any other character quality (intelligence, strong-mindedness, etc.). Those are the ones who become Secret Keepers, get turned, or are killed.
  • The Mentalist: Jane needs to get into a locked & guarded room to talk to a prisoner, but the guard Cant Be Hypnotised, so he resorts to sleight of hand to steal the guy's keycard instead.
  • An episode of Star Trek: Voyager shows an humorous subversion. Someone attempts to hypnotize the Doctor. He calls this ridiculous, because being a hologram rather than a real human, he can't be hypnotized of course. Yet, it succeeds almost immediately. (Perhaps because all this happened within a holo-simulation itself.)
  • In Wings, Roy Bigguns uses this strength to his advantage, pretending to be hypnotized to trick others into doing his work for him.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • In Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, Sagiitta and Rika try to hypnotize Subaru (who is quite mysterious and hinted not to be a normal human being). Subaru just thinks it's funny.
  • In the Sam & Max games by Telltale Games, Max can't be hypnotized due to a metal plate in his head, and Sam has a hypnosis-blocking device built into his hat from Episode 2 on.
  • In Donkey Kong Country Returns, the Tiki Tak Tribe attempts to hypnotize Donkey Kong, to no avail.


Western Animation
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode where Eddy tries hypnotizing everyone in the cul-de-sac, his attempts to hypnotize Lee Kanker don't work. Why? "I eat my roughage!". In the same episode, Eddy tries to hypnotize Johnny, but fails. However, it works on Plank.
  • In Teen Titans Cyborg can't be controlled by Brother Blood because half of his brain is electronic.
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