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. 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.

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. 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.

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Video Games

Webcomics

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.

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