Created By: 0dd1 on April 20, 2011 Last Edited By: DAN004 on February 20, 2015
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Immune To Mind Control

A character who is unable to be mind controlled.

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This describes a character who is, somehow, immune to any kind of Mind Manipulation when other characters aren't.

Maybe he has strong willpower.note  Maybe he has superpowers or some Applied Phlebotinum that protects him. Maybe it's inherent to his species. Whatever the reason, this person is completely impervious to any attempts to mind control him. This could be a major plot point in an episode involving hypnosis...or it could just be dashed off as a joke. Those who are immune may exploit the fact by going to Pretend to Be Brainwashed.

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. Compare Intrinsic Vow: A person is immune to Mind Control that conflicts with one of their strongly held beliefs. Compare also Psychic Block Defense, immunity to telepathy. Contrast Weak-Willed and Hypno Fool.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Usui from Kaichou Wa Maid-sama! is unable to hypnotized because he does not trust anyone.
  • In Naruto, Killer Bee (and probably all Jinchuuriki) is shown immune to genjutsu (illusionary techniques) because of the influence of the Tailed Beasts sealed inside them.
  • Aizen's Kyoka Suigetsu in Bleach can manipulate all five senses of anyone who sees the flash of light it emits when first released. Tosen, who is blind, is naturally immune to it.
  • Mikoto Misaka from the A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun thanks to her high bioelectricity content. She is immune to mind control and mind reading.

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.
  • Magneto of X-Men has a Cool Helmet that prevents him from being mind-controlled. Definitely comes in handy when your archnemesis (Prof. X) is one of the most accomplished psykers in the world.
    • Cyclops was raised by the most powerful telepath in the world, married a second telepath (trained by the first), and dated a third telepath after his wife died. He's also has been possessed by several quasi-demonic evil entities on numerous occasions. As a result, he has built up amazing psychic blocks and resistance over years of training, to the point where he was able to take in a shard of The Void and lock it in a room in his mind, where it has yet to be heard from again. He was also able to keep a leash on the Phoenix Force for a surprisingly long time until The Avengers forced him to go full-on Dark Phoenix.
    • Emma Frost's secondary mutation gives her an organic diamond form. While it prevents her from using her own telepathy, it renders her immune to anyone else's.
  • This is downplayed in Savage Dragon. The main character has a Healing Factor that allows him to resist mind control after a time. If the same process is used more than once, he is totally immune. For instance, one story had Horde, a mind-controling worm, take control of him. Once he was free from his control, he was immune to Horde every other time they met. The same goes for other telepathic villains such as Brain-Ape.
  • The Punisher once No Selled a sexuality-based mind control power from two villainesses who ordered Spider-Man to attack him (something about his using his reptilian brain more than other brain functions).
  • The Hulk normally can't be mind-controlled due to the abundance of rage within him. The multiple personality disorder he suffers from has also helped. For this reason, his "Professor" incarnation, originally touted as a "merger" of all the other minds and lacking the others' rage, was vulnerable to mind control for these very reasons.
  • Sillage: Navis is unique among all species since as a human, she can't read thoughts or be mind controlled to any degree.

Film
  • 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, such as Jabba the Hutt.
  • In Rocky and Bullwinkle, Bullwinkle can't be hypnotized because he's just to dumb to fall for it. At least, that's what the narrator says.
  • In Good Will Hunting one of the psychologists they first take Will to tries to hypnotize him. Will pretends to recall an alien abduction for a minute, then jumps up and starts laughing.
  • Marvin the Paranoid Android in the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie isn't attacked by the spade-shaped things on Vogsphere that rise from the ground and smack the other characters in the face whenever they have ideas. Word of God explains that this is a psychic creature that feeds on original thought, which is why the Vogons have evolved to be exceptionally dull, and thus become the bureaucrats of the galaxy. Presumably Marvin isn't affected because of his inorganic brain.
  • The Twelve Tasks of Asterix: In this film Asterix and Obelix have to fulfill 12 tasks. One of them is visiting an Egyptian hypnotist who tries to make Asterix believe he's a wild boar. While other clients were easily hypnotised Asterix remains cool and unphased and distracts the hypnotist by asking him silly questions which break the man's concentration. Eventually he is so confused that Asterix makes him believe he is a wild boar, whereupon the hypnotist leaves the room grunting on all fours. Thus the task is fulfilled.

Literature
  • In the original The 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.
  • In The Demon Headmaster, the five founding members of SPLAT (Lloyd, Harvey, Ian, Mandy, and Ingrid) are somehow immune to the Headmaster's hypnotic powers. As such, they are exempt from the assemblies (which the Headmaster uses as mass-brainwashing sessions), and sit in detention with the prefects watching over them instead.
  • On at least two occasions in the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis wears mirrored lenses to protect himself from the fairies' Mesmer power (which requires direct eye contact with the Mesmered individual). Butler is also able to shake off a Mesmer by Heroic Willpower when ordered to do something against his will, though the effort causes him to suffer a near-fatal heart attack.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, the Ring does not strictly control minds, but it does have a strong ability to warp whoever is wearing it into an evil mutant of what they once were. Not Tom Bombadil, however. Tom is a very, very old being who is not impressed by the Ring at all, and casually plays with it before handing it back to Frodo.
  • In Larry Niven's Known Space universe the Bandersnatchi were created as a food source for the the mind-controlling Thrintun by one of their subject races. They were also created as spies immune to the Thrintun's powers. The result was that they were pretty much the only vertebrates to survive the Slavers' mass-suicide command and therefore the oldest sapient race in the galaxy by at least a billion years.
    • Pak Protectors are also immune to Thrintun control, due to their multilobed brain structure. A Thrintun who thinks it's controlling one actually only gets one of the Protector's five brain lobes, reducing its irresistible commands to optional suggestions.
    • Black Priest kzinti are immune to telepathy due to the same gene that gives them their eponymous fur color.
  • In Rivers of London, Peter Grant has built up a near-total resistance to glamours, due to literally every supernatural creature he meets trying to magically compel him in some fashion or another.

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.
  • Doctor Who
    • In the 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.
    • In "Trial of a Timelord", the Master tries to hypnotise Glitz using the popular hypnotic pendulum. Unfortunately Glitz is just too focused on the monetary value of the shiny thing to be actually hypnotised by it.
    • In the new series, certain trained individuals such as the members of Torchwood or troops of the Papal Mainframe, as well as sufficiently brilliant people (William Shakespeare) and certain races (the Ood) are immune to the effects of psychic paper.
  • 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 can't be hypnotized, so he resorts to sleight of hand to steal the guy's keycard instead.
  • An episode of Star Trek: Voyager shows a 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.)
    • Voyager encounters a creature in space that lures starships in so it can eat them by showing the crews what they want and leading them down its gullet. Voyager's crew see it as a wormhole to the Alpha Quadrant, except for the doctor, Seven-of-Nine, and Naomi Wildman. The Doctor is a hologram, of course, Seven is apprehensive about returning to Earth, and Naomi was born and raised on Voyager so she considers it home more than Earth. In this case, they start to fall under its control later when they're trying to escape, and keep thinking they're getting out when they're really going further in.
  • In Wings, Roy Bigguns uses this strength to his advantage, pretending to be hypnotized to trick others into doing his work for him.
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Maquis, Part II", Gul Dukat no sells an attempt by a Vulcan to mind-meld with him to mine information from him, which he puts down to Cardassian mental discipline.
  • In the final story of The Sarah Jane Adventures, the titular journalist has an interview with a man who is actually a hologram being controlled by aliens. One of the things the aliens can do with the hologram is use it to hypnotise people. So they try to use hypnosis on Sarah Jane. However, Sarah Jane has had experience with hypnosis before (when she was still the Doctor's companion), and has learnt to prevent herself from being hypnotised.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • In an episode where the entire crew is brainwashed into believeing they're at war with another species, Data (who is immune) is deactivated by the same wave which brainwashes them.
    • In another episode where the entire crew is brainwashed into an unprovoked attack, Data (who is immune) is deactivated by a brainwashed crew member.
  • In Alphas Gary's autism makes him immune to mind control Alpha powers such as Nina's Compelling Voice. Something about his brain being too rigid.
  • Late in the fifth season of Babylon 5, Lyta Alexander demonstrates the ability to mind control an entire room when station security comes to arrest her, claiming, "you cannot stop one who has been Touched by Vorlons". Then Sheridan comes up behind her with a gun, seemingly unaffected since he, too, has been touched by Vorlons, and threatens to blow her skull off.

Roleplay
  • For The Spirit Of Creation: Lilith, being the Scion of Free Will, has this (although she says isn't sure it will work against a being as powerful as the Enslaver). In fact, even using mind control on other people in her vicinity is a bad idea - not only does she have an aura that boosts the willpower of everyone nearby, but she has an attack that, when used on a mind-controlled person, doesn't hurt them, but damages the person controlling them (as well as possibly breaking them free).

Tabletop Games
  • All Demon hosts in Demon: The Fallen are immune to all mind-controlling effects including hypnosis, thanks to being already possessed by a demon. They are still susceptible to I Know Your True Name, however.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons, plants, slimes, insects, Golems and The Undead are immune to hypnosis and all other mind-effecting magic.
    • In 3rd Edition, the spell Mind Blank did this as well as provide some immunities to divination.
  • Warhammer 40K: Some characters are immune to psychological effects, whether by possessing the heart of a possibly divine being or being blessed by the magic-hating god of war.
  • Shadowrun
    • Paranormal Animals of North America. The Fideal is basically a magical jellyfish. Because it doesn't have a brain, it is immune to Control Manipulation (mind control) magic.
    • Paranormal Animals of Europe. The Corps Cadavre zombie is immune to all forms of magic that control or influence the mind, including spells and Awakened creature powers.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • In Minion, the vampire Prince Charming Wannabe Count Antonie tries to use his Hypnotic Eyes on Meryl, with predictable results.
    Meryl: [PUNCH] "I'm a dark witch you moron! Did you honestly think I didn't know about that stupid 'Hypno-Eye' of yours?!"
  • Homestuck: Vriska finds out that humans are immune to her mind control powers. Presumably this is because troll and human brain waves just don't jive very well. Instead, attempting to control John, and the others just makes them fall asleep. This ends up being used as a gag a few times.

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.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Return of Harmony Part 1", Discord hypnotizes the Mane characters into acting contrary to their Elements of Harmony by taking advantage of their weaknesses (e.g. showing Applejack, the element of honesty, a future she can't believe and claiming it's the truth, making Pinkie Pie (element of laughter) think her friends are laughing at her rather than with her). However, Fluttershy is the only one who doesn't fall for his tricks. Subverted in that she is hypnotized by brute force by Discord.
    • In the animated feature film My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks, The Dazzlings hypnotize the entire school with their enchanted singing, including Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna, into turning the initially friendly musical showcase into a Battle of the Bandsnote . However, the Rainbooms, thanks to the the magic of friendship and the instruments that they play, are the only ones in the school who aren't mind-controlled into showing animosity towards their schoolmates; in fact, they devise a plan to try to break the Dazzlings' spell on the rest of the school. Double Subverted into that, due to their arguing over little things along the way, the Rainbooms almost fall into the trap of turning on each other and showing ill-will amongst even each other, thus giving the Dazzlings more energy, until Sunset Shimmer tries to reconcile them and bring the band back together again.
  • The Awesomes: Both Mr. Awesome and his son Prock have a natural immunity to mind control (the one power Prock inherited.) Teleportation Larry also turns out to be immune to Malocchio's mind control eyes, but only because his constant inebriation makes him unable to focus his vision.
  • The season 2 finale of Strange Hill High has the villainess of the week (Terpsichore) use hypnosis against the students. During the episode, Mitchell and Becky discover that the only other student (aside from themselves) who has not been hypnotised is Matthews. He explains to Mitchell and Becky that for some reason, Terpsichore's hypnosis did not work on him.
Community Feedback Replies: 116
  • April 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    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.
  • April 21, 2011
    Gringodingo
    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.
  • April 21, 2011
    Koveras
    All Demon hosts in Demon The Fallen are immune to all mind-controlling effects including hypnosis, thanks to being already possessed by a demon.
  • April 21, 2011
    dalek955
  • April 21, 2011
    LeeM
  • April 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    @ the Ed Edd And Eddy example: it's usually spelled roughage, unless there's a particular reason to use the "ruffage" spelling in this case.
  • April 21, 2011
    0dd1
    Fix'd.
  • April 22, 2011
    Arutema
  • April 22, 2011
    troacctid
    • In Carpe Jugulum Agnes and Mightily Oats are able to resist the vampires' hypnosis because of their split personalities.
  • April 23, 2011
    LeeM
    ^^Something's gone wrong with the header formatting.
  • April 23, 2011
    0dd1
    @Lee M: What do you mean?
  • April 24, 2011
    troacctid
    If you mean the folder markup, folders don't work in YKTTW, but they'll be fine when the page goes up on the main wiki.
  • April 24, 2011
    bluepenguin
    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.

    Then again, we don't ever see them trying to hypnotize anyone else (that I know of), so maybe they're just bad at it. Thought I'd throw that out there, at least.
  • April 24, 2011
    Earnest
    Contrast Weak Willed.
  • April 24, 2011
    TBTabby
    In the Sam And 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.
  • April 24, 2011
    dellaphine
    In Teen Titans Cyborg can't be controlled by Brother Blood because half of his brain is electronic.
  • April 25, 2011
    Tropalicious
    In True Blood vampire compulsion doesn't work on Sookie.

    In Vampire Diaries ingesting/wearing vervain protects from vampire compulsion.
  • April 25, 2011
    DougSMachina
    Related to No Sell.
  • April 25, 2011
    Odon
    • 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 hynotised."
  • April 25, 2011
    LogicallyDashing
    My understanding is that this is rather common in Real Life. Hypnosis requires you to mentally submit to the hypnotist; some people who can merely obey can't really "submit".
  • April 25, 2011
    Bisected8
    Also related to Disability Immunity.
  • April 25, 2011
    arromdee
    Rond Vidar in the Legion of Super-Heroes cannot be hypnotized; his father is Universo, a villain with hypnosis powers.
  • April 25, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    This seems similar (but opposite) to another trope I've seen that involves hypnotizing people accidentally.
  • April 26, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    • In the Doctor Who episode "Time-Flight", Professor Hately is immune to the Mass Hypnosis going on by virtue of dogged skepticism.
  • April 26, 2011
    Augustine
    Usui from Kaichou Wa Maid Sama is unable to hypnotized because he does not trust anyone.
  • April 26, 2011
    0dd1
    Okay, I've updated this with all the examples it's gathered. I should probably launch this soon, since it looks pretty good by this point.
  • April 26, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    It might be worth noting that in Demon The Fallen they are still susceptible to I Know Your True Name
  • April 27, 2011
    0dd1
    Duly noted.
  • May 5, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • 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.

    • 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.
  • May 5, 2011
    thewriter
    • Urkel on Family Matters stated to a therapist that he cannot be hypnotized, until the therapistdropped the watch on it's string and urkel is immediately entrhalled.
  • May 5, 2011
    0dd1
    @thewriter: You may be confusing this with the YKTTW for "Hypnotism Cut" (WHICH BADLY NEEDS A BETTER NAME).
  • May 5, 2011
    NESBoy
  • May 6, 2011
    OneMore
  • May 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • 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.
  • May 6, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Static Shock reveals the titular main character is immune to mind control whether induced by a psychic, or by mechanical means. This carries over to his Comic Book incarnation as well. It apparently has something to do with the Electro-Magnetic field he produces.
  • May 21, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    • 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.)
  • May 22, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    In Courage the Cowardly Dog, Eustace says he can't be hypnotized, and then promptly falls under hypnosis for the whole episode, when he gets snapped out of it, he says "I told ya, I can't be hypnotized".
  • May 22, 2011
    Korodzik
    • Wokulski, the protagonist of the novel The Doll, at one points supects that he's being hypnotized by a scientist to believe in his wondrous inventions (and fears that his unhappy love is also a result of someone's hypnosis), so he visits a hypnotist to check if that can be true. Turns out he's an example of this trope.
  • May 22, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    Fry is unable to be mind controlled (by the Brainspawn, Dark Ones, OR Brain Slugs) because he doesn't have a Delta Brainwave. This is caused by his very existence being a temporal paradox, also making him the only living being that doesn't have the brainwave.
  • May 23, 2011
    0dd1
    Riddlewizard, that's a different trope.
  • May 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    In Real Life, your ability to be hypnotized is linked to how susceptible you are to the Placebo Effect.
  • May 27, 2011
    DaibhidC
    Another Doctor Who example: 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. "I never really have dreams."
  • May 27, 2011
    kapntoad
    In [Wings], Roy Bigguns uses this strength to his advantage, pretending to be hypnotized to trick others into doing his work for him.
  • October 12, 2014
    Unknown Troper
    In the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie, Bullwinkle can't be hypnotized because he's just to dumb to fall for it. At least, that's what the narrator says.
    • true in real life - hypnotic succeptibility is directly related to intelegence. so people really can be too stupid to hypnotize.
  • October 12, 2014
    StarSword
    TV:
  • October 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Maybe call it The Unhypnotizable.
  • October 12, 2014
    Koveras
    Hypnosis is a Real Life thing that almost never works on unwilling targets, anyway. Maybe instead call this Immune To Mind Control to emphasize its fantastic nature?

  • October 13, 2014
    PacificGreen
    In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, episode "The Return of Harmony Part 1", Discord hypnotizes the Mane characters into acting contrary to their Elements of Harmony by taking advantage of their weaknesses (e.g. showing Applejack, the element of honesty, a future she can't believe and claiming it's the truth, making Pinkie Pie (element of laughter) think her friends are laughing at her rather than with her). However, Fluttershy is the only one who doesn't fall for his tricks. Subverted in that she is hypnotized by brute force by Discord.
  • October 13, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ if so then the description needs to be expanded to cover cases of Mind Control.
  • October 13, 2014
    Arivne
    Compare:
  • October 13, 2014
    DAN004
    May I grab this? The op doesn't seem to be around.
  • October 13, 2014
    CrypticMirror
    Also Doctor Who, this time from Trial of a Timelord, the Master tries to hypnotise Glitz using the old swinging shiny thing trick. Unfortunately Glitz is just too focused on the monetary value of the shiny thing to be actually hypnotised by it.
  • October 13, 2014
    Astaroth
    • In The Demon Headmaster, the five founding members of SPLAT (Lloyd, Harvey, Ian, Mandy, and Ingrid) are somehow immune to the Headmaster's hypnotic powers. As such, they are exempt from the assemblies (which the Headmaster uses as mass-brainwashing sessions), and sit in detention with the prefects watching over them instead.

    • On at least two occasions in the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis wears mirrored lenses to protect himself from the fairies' Mesmer power (which requires direct eye contact with the Mesmered individual). Butler is also able to shake off a Mesmer by Heroic Willpower when ordered to do something against his will, though the effort causes him to suffer a near-fatal heart attack.
  • October 13, 2014
    zarpaulus
    • In Good Will Hunting one of the psychologists they first take Will to tries to hypnotize him. Will pretends to recall an alien abduction for a minute, then jumps up and starts laughing.
  • October 20, 2014
    Koveras
    Good for launch, as far as I can tell.
  • October 20, 2014
    DAN004
    I grabbed this when it already had 5 hats and when it was still limited to hypnosis.

    Thus I'll wait for a bit.
  • October 20, 2014
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • In Sonic Chronicles, during the battle with the Voxai Overmind, there are four characters who are immune to his control. They are Sonic himself, E-123 Omega, Cream the Rabbit, and Big the Cat. Sonic is immune because he was in possession of a Great Emerald at the time, which gave him some protection, Omega because he's a robot, Big because he's The Ditz, and Cream because she's only six years old.
  • October 20, 2014
    SKJAM
    The Awesomes: Both Mr. Awesome and his son Prock have a natural immunity to mind control (the one power Prock inherited.) Teleportation Larry also turns out to be immune to Malocchio's mind control eyes, but only because his constant inebriation makes him unable to focus his vision.
  • October 20, 2014
    arivor
    • Doctor Who: In the new series, certain trained individuals such as the members of Torchwood or troops of the Papal Mainframe, as well as sufficiently brilliant people (William Shakespeare) and certain races (the Ood) are immune to the effects of psychic paper.
  • October 20, 2014
    Peteman
    In 3rd Edition of Dungeons And Dragons, the spell Mind Blank did this as well as provide some immunities to divination.
  • October 20, 2014
    Chabal2
    • Warhammer 40 K: Some characters are immune to psychological effects, whether by possessing the heart of a possibly divine being or being blessed by the magic-hating god of war.
    • Warcraft III: The Charm Person spell doesn't work on heroes, spell-immune units or neutral creatures above a certain level.
    • Starcraft II: The Ultralisk has the Frenzied ability, which makes it immune to not only mind control but some slowing effects as well.
    • Averted in the Dawn Of War expansion Soulstorm, where any unit can be mind controlled, though not permanently (the spells either force the unit to attack its allies or itself, or give you temporary control of the unit, better used to waste its abilities and run away than fighting). Except in the campaign, where your Hero Unit can be permanently mind-controlled by the Deceiver and rebuilt, allwing the two to fight themselves).

  • October 21, 2014
    Arivne
  • October 21, 2014
    triassicranger
    Live Action Television
    • In the final story of The Sarah Jane Adventures, the titular journalist has an interview with a man who is actually a hologram being controlled by aliens. One of the things the aliens can do with the hologram is use it to hypnotise people. So they try to use hypnosis on Sarah Jane. However, Sarah Jane has had experience with hypnosis before (when she was still the Doctor's companion), and has learnt to prevent herself from being hypnotised.

    Western Animation
    • The season 2 finale of Strange Hill High has the villainess of the week (Terpsichore) use hypnosis against the students. During the episode, Mitchell and Becky discover that the only other student (aside from themselves) who has not been hypnotised is Matthews. He explains to Mitchell and Becky that for some reason, Terpsichore's hypnosis did not work on him.
  • October 22, 2014
    Theharbo
    Beings from the Slug race in FTL Faster Than Light are telepathic, which -on top of being able to influence minds themselves- renders them immune to mind control.
  • October 22, 2014
    SKJAM
    The Awesomes is Western Animation, if you were wondering where to place that example.
  • October 22, 2014
    PacificGreen
    Another MLP example. You can file it under either Animated Film or Western Animation
    • In the animated feature film My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks, The Dazzlings hypnotize the entire school with their enchanted singing, including Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna, into turning the initially friendly musical showcase into a Battle Of The Bandsnote . However, the Rainbooms, thanks to the the magic of friendship and the instruments that they play, are the only ones in the school who aren't mind-controlled into showing animosity towards their schoolmates; in fact, they devise a plan to try to break the Dazzlings' spell on the rest of the school. Double Subverted into that, due to their arguing over little things along the way, the Rainbooms almost fall into the trap of turning on each other and showing ill-will amongst even each other, thus giving the Dazzlings more energy, until Sunset Shimmer tries to reconcile them and bring the band back together again.
  • November 3, 2014
    DAN004
    Wait, I just found Psychic Block Defense.
  • November 3, 2014
    Koveras
    ^ Laconic: "Immunity to telepathy." A related concept, but not all Mind Control is established telepathically, and not all telepathy is used to control minds.
  • November 3, 2014
    robinjohnson
    • Marvin the Paranoid Android in the The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy movie isn't attacked by the spade-shaped things on Vogsphere that rise from the ground and smack the other characters in the face whenever they have ideas. Word Of God explains that this is a psychic creature that feeds on original thought, which is why the Vogons have evolved to be exceptionally dull, and thus become the bureaucrats of the galaxy. Presumably Marvin isn't affected because of his inorganic brain.
  • November 3, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Star Trek The Next Generation:
    • In an episode where the entire crew is brainwashed into believeing they're at war with another species, Data (who is immune) is deactivated by the same wave which brainwashes them.
    • In another episode where the entire crew is brainwashed into an unprovoked attack, Data (who is immune) is deactivated by a brainwashed crew member.
  • November 6, 2014
    Odd1
    Oh hey, I completely forgot I'd proposed this. This is what happens when you try to trope while attending college/university/whatever.
  • November 6, 2014
    jamespolk
    Literature

    • In The Lord Of The Rings, the Ring does not strictly control minds, but it does have a strong ability to warp whoever is wearing it into an evil mutant of what they once were. Not Tom Bombadil, however. Tom is a very, very old being who is not impressed by the Ring at all, and casually plays with it before handing it back to Frodo.
  • November 6, 2014
    xanderiskander
    Webcomics
    • Homestuck: Vriska finds out that humans are immune to her mind control powers. Presumably this is because troll and human brain waves just don't jive very well. Instead, attempting to control John, and the others just makes them fall asleep. This ends up being used as a gag a few times.
  • November 6, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^^ Oh hey, wanna grab it back?
  • November 6, 2014
    dexterian120
    Lana from GONE is immune to Penny's illusions, the story provides no clues as to why
  • November 7, 2014
    WiseKarasu
    • Aizen's Kyoka Suigetsu in Bleach can manipulate all five senses of anyone who sees the flash of light it emits when first released. Tosen, who is blind, is naturally immune to it.

    Sorry, I'm new to this YKTTW thing, so I originally put this in the larger text. Sorry if I wasn't supposed to do that.
  • November 24, 2014
    Theharbo
    In Dragon Ball Z, the wizard Babidi has a mind control spell that works on anyone with evil in their heart and amplifies their physical strength as a side effect. Vegeta is, by the point where Babidi is introduced, on the good guys' side but he's not pure of heart and thus placed under the influence of Babidi's spell. This is a spell that has worked on Dabura, the universe's version of Satan, and made him a loyal servant of Babidi, but the moment that Babidi gives Vegeta an order going against Vegeta's own interests (interest being fighting his rival, command being to kill Babidi's father's killer who's travelling with the heroes), he flat-out refuses, shocking both Babidi and aforementioned servant-Satan.

    Babidi isn't about to relent though, and commands every fiber in Vegeta's body to obey his command - It's at this point that Vegeta proves why he is the God of pride here on Tv Tropes and breaks the mind control with the following quote:
    Vegeta: "It will take more than head-games to stop me! You may have invaded my mind and my body, but there's one thing a Saiyan always keeps! His PRIIIIIDE!!"

    So while Vegeta can be mind controlled, it's only because he allows himself to be in order to gain the increased strength. This is starting to sound like a bad Chuck Norris fact. So.. Does the example count? He's not immune to mind control, but he can still fight it off, something no one else in the series is shown capable of.
  • November 24, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ that sounds more like Heroic Willpower (which is related) or Fighting From The Inside
  • November 24, 2014
    zarpaulus
    • In Larry Niven's Known Space universe the Bandersnatchi were created as a food source for the the mind-controlling Thrintun by one of their subject races. They were also created as spies immune to the Thrintun's powers. The result was that they were pretty much the only vertebrates to survive the Slavers' mass-suicide command and therefore the oldest sapient race in the galaxy by at least a billion years.
  • November 24, 2014
    jormis29
    There is a work page for Strange Hill High
  • November 25, 2014
    dalek955
    ^Also in known space:
    • Pak Protectors are also immune to Thrintun control, due to their multilobed brain structure. A Thrintun who thinks it's controlling one actually only gets one of the Protector's five brain lobes, reducing its irresistible commands to optional suggestions.
    • Black Priest kzinti are immune to telepathy due to the same gene that gives them their eponymous fur color.
  • November 26, 2014
    mauri
    Well seems that at some point some of the information went poof but the example of immunity to Mind Control was worked before but then again...

    Example missing: Command And Conquer Red Alert 2: Dogs, Terror drones, radio controlled tanks, and Boris are immune to Yuri's Mind Control.
  • November 26, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    We may need a split to group all of the robots to their own section. The main section should be organics-only, right?
  • November 26, 2014
    Kantonkage
  • November 26, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^^ what can be done then?

    ^^ I don't see any justification to split it.
  • November 26, 2014
    mauri
    Well it is just that my memory might be playing tricks on me: been on doing exams, end of semester and had surveys to filter, but I do recall the whole immunity to mind control was worked before so I guess a good trope search is in order. If it was lost due the whole transition then it is just a good old remake and it is all right and dandy.
  • November 26, 2014
    AP
    • This is downplayed in Savage Dragon. The main character has a Healing Factor that allows him to resist mind control after a time. If the same process is used more than once, he is totally immune. For instance, one story had Horde, a mind-controling worm, take control of him. Once he was free from his control, he was immune to Horde every other time they met. The same goes for other telepathic villains such as Brain-Ape.
  • November 27, 2014
    GiorgioDaneri
    • Happens in Western Animation/Futurama, where a giant reality wrapper brain put people under his control, However, It doesn't affect Fry
  • November 27, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ By any chance, is it ever said how he's not affected?
  • November 27, 2014
    Chabal2
    The Punisher once No Selled a sexuality-based mind control power from two villainesses who ordered Spider Man to attack him (something about his using his reptilian brain more than other brain functions).
  • November 27, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^Because Fry is his own grandfather he has no Delta brainwave.
  • November 28, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Shadowrun supplement Paranormal Animals of Europe. The Corps Cadavre zombie is immune to all forms of magic that control or influence the mind, including spells and Awakened creature powers.
  • December 5, 2014
    zarpaulus
    • In Alphas Gary's autism makes him immune to mind control Alpha powers such as Nina's Compelling Voice. Something about his brain being too rigid.
  • December 5, 2014
    mr.whim
    X-Men
    • Cyclops was raised by the most powerful telepath in the world, married a second telepath (trained by the first), and dated a third telepath after his wife died. He's also has been possessed by several quasi-demonic evil entities on numerous occasions. As a result, he has built up amazing psychic blocks and resistence over years of training, to the point where he was able to take in a shard of The Void and lock it in a room in his mind, where it has yet to be heard from again. He was also able to keep a leash on the Phoenix Force for a surprisingly long time until The Avengers forced him to go full-on Dark Phoenix.
    • Emma Frost's secondary mutation gives her an organic diamond form. While it prevents her from using her own telepathy, it renders her immune to anyone else's.
  • December 5, 2014
    KingZeal
    • The Hulk normally can't be mind-controlled due to the abundance of rage within him. The multiple personality disorder he suffers from has also helped. For this reason, his "Professor" incarnation, originally touted as a "merger" of all the other minds and lacking the others' rage, was vulnerable to mind control for these very reasons.
  • December 5, 2014
    Tallens
    • Late in the fifth season of Babylon Five, Lyta Alexander demonstrates the ability to mind control an entire room when station security comes to arrest her, claiming, "you cannot stop one who has been Touched By Vorlons". Then Sheridan comes up behind her with a gun, seemingly unaffected since he, too, has been touched by Vorlons, and threatens to blow her skull off.
  • December 17, 2014
    Theharbo
  • December 17, 2014
    Patachou
    Wait, one more: The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix: In this film Asterix and Obelix have to fulfill 12 tasks. One of them is visiting an Egyptian hypnotist who tries to make Asterix believe he's a wild boar. While other clients were easily hypnotised Asterix remains cool and unphased and distracts the hypnotist by asking him silly questions which break the man's concentration. Eventually he is so confused that Asterix makes him believe he is a wild boar, whereupon the hypnotist leaves the room grunting on all fours. Thus the task is fulfilled.
  • January 1, 2015
    DAN004
    Final bump.

    Indices?
  • January 1, 2015
    goyani
    • Fixed an error in the Live Action TV section because Doctor Who was listed twice.
    • Another example for the Literature section we could possibly use:
    • Divergent: In the first book, Tris and Tobias are immune to a mind-controlling serum because they are divergent.
      • Subverted when the Erudite find a serum that can take over Tobias's mind.
      • And then double subverted when Tobias then snaps out of the mind control because of his love for Tris.
  • January 2, 2015
    FerrousFaucet
    This is a bit of nitpicking here, but in the examples for Star Trek The Next Generation, if the first example is referring to the episode "Conundrum", then that episode didn't really involve brainwashing, hypnotism, or mind control. The aliens simply erased the crew's memories, and then inserted information into the ship's logs which insinuated that the crew was involved in a war. When the crew read the ship's logs, they were simply tricked into believing it was real because they had no memory.

    If the second example is referring to the episode "The Game" then it was definitely mind control in that one.
  • January 11, 2015
    Tallens
    Another ST:VOY example:
    • Voyager encounters a creature in space that lures starships in so it can eat them by showing the crews what they want and leading them down its gullet. Voyager's crew see it as a wormhole to the Alpha Quadrant, except for the doctor, Seven-of-Nine, and Naomi Wildman. The Doctor is a hologram, of course, Seven is apprehensive about returning to Earth, and Naomi was born and raised on Voyager so she considers it home more than Earth. In this case, they start to fall under its control later when they're trying to escape, and keep thinking they're getting out when they're really going further in.
  • January 11, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^ I believe the first case is a variant of this

    ^

    "In this case, they start to fall under its control later when they're trying to escape, and keep thinking they're getting out when they're really going further in. "

    Who are "they"?

  • January 11, 2015
    Dalillama
    • In Rivers Of London, Peter Grant has built up a near-total resistance to glamours, due to literally every supernatural creature he meets trying to magically compel him in some fashion or another.
  • January 12, 2015
    Laevatein
    • For The Spirit Of Creation: Lilith, being the Scion of Free Will, has this (although she says isn't sure it will work against a being as powerful as the Enslaver). In fact, even using mind control on other people in her vicinity is a bad idea - not only does she have an aura that boosts the willpower of everyone nearby, but she has an attack that, when used on a mind-controlled person, doesn't hurt them, but damages the person controlling them (as well as possibly breaking them free).
  • January 12, 2015
    randomsurfer
    ^^^Seems clear to me that "they" is the Doctor, Seven and Naomi.
  • January 12, 2015
    Chabal2
    Sillage: Navis is unique among all species since as a human, she can't read thoughts or be mind controlled to any degree.
  • January 12, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^ Then they aren't actually immune?
  • January 25, 2015
    randomsurfer
    [Bear in mind I'm not the one who provided the example. If I misunderstand I'm sure that Tallens will correct me.] I guess not. They seem to be initially, because they don't "want" what everyone else on the ship wants. When everyone (including the three in question) wants to get out and think they are (but they aren't) the three also believe that they're getting out.

    Possibly the Doctor, being a computer program/hologram, remains immune. it isn't clear from the provided text.
  • February 18, 2015
    Koveras
  • February 19, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ I'd like indices
  • February 19, 2015
    Tallens
    Mind Manipulation

    For a page quote, maybe:

    Qui-Gon Jinn: (waving his hand) Credits will be fine.
    Watto: No they won't!
    Qui-Gon Jinn: (confused) Credits will be fine.
    Watto: No they wont! What, do you think you're some kind of Jedi waving your hand like that? I'm a Toydarian, mind tricks do not work on me!
  • February 20, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ maybe you can also write that as an example.
  • February 20, 2015
    Torchic65101
    In Star Wars, some characters who are normally immune to mind tricks can be controlled by a group of Jedi using the Jedi mind trick. This happened with Cad Bane in season two of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • February 20, 2015
    eroock
  • February 20, 2015
    Tallens
    Re-writing the Star Wars example

    • Star Wars:
      • The Phantom Menace: Qui-Gon tries to Jedi Mind Trick Watto into accepting Republic credits for the parts they need to repair Queen Amidala's ship, but it falls flat, with Watto telling him mind trick won't work, only money.
      • Return Of The Jedi: When Luke enters Jabba's palace to rescue Han, he's first met by Jabba's majordomo, who he's able to influence into granting an audience. Jabba, however is more strong-willed, so using the Force on him doesn't work.
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