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Why use your amazing powers of hypnotism merely to HypnotizeThePrincess or make your hero's friend [[BrainwashedAndCrazy psychotic]]? Just steal some broadcasting equipment, [[HypnoticHead record your message]], and [[IControlMyMinionsThrough hypnotize the masses to do your bidding]], [[StockEvilOverlordTactics build your weapons, and wipe out the hero.]]

You could end up with a couple different possible results; the hypnotized people could become zombies, or could stay generally the same but still be compelled to follow you. Pretty soon, you'll have a cities worth of zombielike BrainwashedAndCrazy minions that follow your every order and, best of all, the hero can't beat, since they're really just poor {{Innocent Bystander}}s.

Compare DoNotAdjustYourSet. Often used to get rid of TheEvilsOfFreeWill. See also {{Glamour}}, which may be paired with this trope. Anyone who is WeakWilled will likely ''remain'' hypnotized even after the emitter's destruction.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The former image was from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhB8XG9_5Rc the commercial]] for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'', which has [[EvilCounterpart Wario]] try to hypnotize the viewers into not beating the game. It is also a well-known meme from {{Youtube Poop}}s.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSsjLXjPbbI The commercial]] for the first ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' takes the hypnosis track again, having Wario try to hypnotize the audience into being greedy and stealing pirate treasure.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Subverted. Aizen does keep calling his power "complete hypnosis" but the way his power works doesn't have anything in common with hypnosis. He cannot directly control how people behave or what they think. Instead, his zanpakutou fools all of the senses and Aizen uses that in combination with completely normal methods of manipulation to trick people into doing what he wants them to do. He does not, however, hypnotise peoples minds.
* This happens in the ''OnePiece'' special 'Dance Carnival' when Jango hypnotizes everyone on Mirrorball Island (including himself) to dance until they drop.
* In ''SonicX'', Eggman pulled a rather complicated Hypno Ploy which ends up being awesome through its sheer bizarreness. It went something like this:
-->Step 1: Create lightbulbs which broadcast subliminal messages for people to trust me.\\
Step 2: Reprogram my space station to block out the sun.\\
Step 3: Claim my space station is malfunctioning and sell lightbulbs as a sun substitute.
* In ''{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:Tobi/Madara's plan is to do this for the sake of his AssimilationPlot, where he'll bounce an incredibly powerful illusion '''''Off The Moon!''''']]
* Used humorously (are we surprised?) in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. The first time young Marik leaves the tomb, he sees Yami Marik on the TV repeating "kill your family, kill your family." You'd think it was just Marik seeing that, but then a street vendor voiced by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] says "What's the matter, kid? Haven't you ever seen the 'Kill Your Family' show before?"
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'' Fate's group, Cosmo Entelachia, plan this by [[spoiler:nullifying the magic keeping the Magic World intact and placing everyone into a [[LotusEaterMachine weird pocket dimension where the people can individually live in their own personal dreams and hopes where everything is sunshine and gumdrops.]] All under the excuse that it's to [[WellIntentionedExtremist save the populace of the Magic World from dying]] when it collapses from a lack of mana keeping the world stabilized on Mars.]]
** 10 or so volumes earlier, [[spoiler: Chao Lingshen]] also attempts to used the forced recognition magic of the World Tree on the whole of Earth to make everyone accept the existence of magic and wizards whether they wanted to or not. [[spoiler: It actually succeeds in its entirety, [[TimeTravel once.]] ]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': In the first Act[=/=]episode, the MonsterOfTheWeek achieves this by disguising herself as a jewelry merchant and selling enchanted {{Hypno Trinket}}s that both enslave and drain the LifeEnergy of the wearer. At her command, a crowd of women assemble and attack Sailor Moon.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics had the Ringmaster, whose hat contains a spiral thing much like the page image. He brainwashes his audiences all at once. Of course, if you happen to be a [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} blind superhero]]...
* Comicbook/{{Gen13}} had a villain named Cull who brainwashed to... well, not much. While he did get Our Heroes to live lives remarkably different than was normal.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Downplayed in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', wherein [[HarmlessVillain Sheila]] has to hypnotize several people [[OverlyLongGag in a row]] so they don't find out about her plans.
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[[folder:Film]]
* A similar premise is found in ''Film/BabyGeniuses 2: Superbabies''.
* ''Film/TheyLive''. The aliens use a TV station to broadcast a signal that keeps human beings from seeing the truth. They also use actual TV broadcasts to send specific messages.
* This was used by the villain in the ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' movie. He handed out cat-ear headbands that would submit subliminal messages during a televised concert of the band.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfGore'', this was what Montag planned to do by getting onto a late night TV show. And possibly make every person watching kill themselves.
* Both Film/TheShadow and Shiwan Khan can do so, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower having been trained]] by the same Far East master. Lamont uses it to hide himself from the others' eyes, thus becoming the titular hero. Shiwan Khan does one better and hides and entire building from prying eyes. Of course, nobody wonders why there is a seemingly empty lot in the middle of Downtown.
* The 1981 thriller ''Film/{{Looker}}'' has a company create commercials with digitized actors that can hypnotize people.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This was the titular bad guy's plan in ''Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster''. He didn't actually manage it though (he got on TV and lots of people fell asleep, but he was interrupted by the meddling kids before he could give any commands).
* DeanKoontz novel ''Night Chills''. A MadScientist develops a drug that lowers subconscious resistance to subliminal messages. He uses TV broadcasts to beam hidden control instructions into the minds of viewers that cause them to mindlessly obey anyone who says the correct code phrase.
* In ''TheThrawnTrilogy'', Joruus C'baoth could do this using the Force, controlling swaths of the Imperial fleet to improve their efficiency and make their timing impossibly precise. At first he just used it at Grand Admiral Thrawn's orders, but eventually he decided to make a power grab and took control of every member of the Imperial fleet except for those handful in a [[PowerNullifier ysalamiri bubble]]. Thrawn talked C'baoth down by reminding him that ''none'' of the people he was controlling knew what was planned, and C'baoth couldn't piece it together from a dozen or a hundred minds that had some inkling - it was [[AllUpToYou all up to Thrawn]] - and how long could C'baoth hold the meld, anyway, before people started to collapse?
* The [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Rebel Force]] series has, at one point, a base stocked by people who were brainwashed on an individual, laborious basis. Luke Skywalker, unwilling to kill brainwashed enemies, actually manages to ''undo it'' en masse with a desperate JediMindTrick; the people have no idea who they are or what they're doing, but they don't belong to the BigBad anymore.
* ''Literature/TheTripods'': The aliens (known as the Masters) take over humanity by hypnotizing them with television signals. Though while not universally effective, the Masters made sure the process was permanent by placing mind-controlled caps on the victims' heads - and the heads of everyone else, once the victims provide a sufficient foothold.
* Literature/MollyMoon does it too many times to count, through various means (going up on a stage to hypnotize a crowd, appearing on TV to hypnotize the audience). Her motives are usually less sinister than most people who use this trope, though sometimes (especially in the first book, ''Molly Moon's Incredible Book Of Hypnotism'') she does it for purely selfish reasons. Her enemies occasionally do it as well, though usually with more sinister motives.
* In the {{Novelization}} of the first ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' game, the voodoo villains do this to an entire police station and possibly an entire town.
* James H. Schmitz's 1962 short story "These Are The Arts". TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture a global television audience is hooked on a succession of "TV crazes". The latest one appears to the cynical to be an advertising gimmick for something called Galcom. Believers, entranced by the attractive Galcom Teachers and their beautiful Symbols, are convinced it's FirstContact. The Symbols are said to induce the development of telepathy in Earth's people so they can communicate with other members of the Galactic Community. Suffice it to say [[spoiler: it is not an advertising gimmick, but the Teachers are only the servants of another alien race which controls its captive populations via telepathy...]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[spoiler:Chloe/]]Brainiac hacks into the computers of Metropolis, putting his symbol on all the screens and hypnotizes any human who looks at them as he downloads all information from their brains, as shown in the page image.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had one of the ''scariest'' stand-offs ever using this. When Lyta Alexander (a telepath who has her powers increased by being TouchedByVorlons) is confronted by B5's new CO Lochley to move to smaller quarters or be evicted, she begins drumming her fingers on a tabletop while she talks to Lochley. Slowly, all conversation begins to die down ''and everyone in the place begins to drum there fingers in exactly the same pattern as Lyta''. Lochley's forces have an OhCrap moment until IA President Sheridan shows us why we love him by putting a loaded gun next to Lyta's head, as his own being TouchedByVorlons made him immune to Lyta's control. Lyta, basically good at heart but pushed beyond her limits, backs down and everyone wakes up.
* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', Maryann uses her mind-controlling powers to take over the entire town of Bon Temps.
* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story "Secret Of The Stars" Martin Trueman hijacks a tv station and makes it broadcast on every channel so as to hypnotise the masses under one star sign at a time (though the victims don't actually need to be watching tv to be affected, that's just for relaying instructions).
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Jasmine spreads her delusional happiness throughout the world before the heroes manage to break her spell.
** In the episode "Smile Time", a mass energy-draining event via a popular children's TV program is planned. HilarityEnsues, Angel is turned into a puppet, and, ultimately, the world is saved again. Hooray!
* In the ShowWithinAShow on ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'', one of the villains had some plushie toy, and the commercials for it had subliminal messages saying "Obey Me" in several different languages.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Master becomes Prime Minister by hypnotising people through their mobile phones.
** The Sycorax hypnotize people by blood type in "The Christmas Invasion".
** The Master also hypnotized a bunch of Concorde crew and passengers into believing they were at Heathrow Airport rather than the mid-Jurassic back in "Time-Flight", but he had help.
* Tempus (nearly?) becomes President by hypnotising people through their telephones in an episode of ''LoisAndClark'', which aired about [[FollowTheLeader ten or so years before the ''Doctor Who'' arc described above]].
** Interestingly, he is able to give orders immediately after the election, something a RealLife President-Elect can't do.
* In ''{{Dollhouse}}'', this is the true goal behind the creation of the imprinting technology. The BigBad intends to use it to "imprint" the ''entire world''.
* An episode of ''ComicBook/PainkillerJane'' has a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual neuro]] mind-control an entire small town to be a perfect place to live using a [[spoiler:local TV show]].
* In a ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode, the heroes finds themselves in a giant floating shopping center that uses subliminal advertising to get people to buy things until they need to get a loan (from the same corporation), essentially enslaving people.
* The series finale of ''Series/{{V 2009}}'' has Anna do it to the entire world.
* During the last arc of ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', [[spoiler: this is revealed to be one part of Bias's ultimate goal, along with immortality/eternal youth. ''And he succeeds.'']]
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The specialty of Ophidian, with aid from his Osirian Portal partner Amasis. While mostly seen in Wrestling/{{Chikara}} and Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel, not even the hardcore {{garbage wrestler}}s of Wrestling/{{CZW}} were immune. Electric weed whackers? Ha, The Osirian Portal is the most illegal thing to ever be seen in professional wrestling.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures''. According to [[AllThereInTheManual the manual]], the BigBad controlled his armies through hypnosis. This could have led to some serious moral dissonance if the player killed them instead of merely making them run around in their underwear.
* In ''MastermindWorldConqueror'', The Mastermind can send {{Mook}}s to go on brainwashing missions. They take over a T.V. studio and send a hypnotic recording of the Mastermind to everyone in a given country. The recording shows a hypnotic swirly spiral pattern superimposed on Mastermind's glaring face, complete with spooky hypno-sounds. The result is making the nation more vulnerable to criminal actions.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' has one mission each in the Soviet/Allied campaigns where you try to do this / stop it. In the expansion, Yuri attempts this to the entire world.
* The whole plot of ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Season 1'': the BigBad hypnotizes the populace with such things as self-help video tapes, teddy bears, TV broadcast, and the internet.
* The Elerians in ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion 2'' are telepathic SpaceElves. As long as they have at least one cruiser-sized ship in their attacking fleet, they don't even need to invade enemy planets to capture them after eliminating any defenses during the space combat phase. They can also use ships captured in battle immediately, instead of having to wait until the battle is over like other races.
* ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'': The villagers of the unnamed village are under one by [[KnightTemplar the priest]] who's actually a GiantSpider.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', Miss Amron, the Legend6, uses a TV signal to hypnotize a town.
* Shows up in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'' [[spoiler:as the situation behind the entire city of Labyrinthia.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Surprisingly [[AvertedTrope averted]] at "The Erotic Mind Control Story Archive". There are no known hypno-orgies in the stories. They only feature one, two, or a small group of people being hypnotized.
** There ''are'' a handful of stories where a MadScientist unleashes a mass wave of mind takeovers that quickly devolve into hypno-orgies, but those stories still focus on only a small group - at most a family - being affected at a time.
* DoctorSteel uses [[{{Brainwashed}} mind control]] [[EvilTastesGood cookies]] and [[SubliminalSeduction subliminal messages]]. And a particularly mesmerizing "hidden" Positive Affirmation track on a few of his [=CD=]s.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Invader Zim}} jokes with this sometimes:
-->'''Ice Cream Truck:''' "You like ice cream. You like ice cream. You love it. You cannot resist ice cream. To resist is hopeless. Your existence is meaningless without ice cream."//
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker does something like this in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', but it's less "mass hypnosis" and more "mass insanity." Almost works, too.
* Every plan by ''WesternAnimation/{{Wordgirl}}'''s villain "Mr Big" is some variety of this.
* Happened to a mall in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.
* ''PinkyAndTheBrain'': The Brain has tried this more than once, including in the ChristmasEpisode.
* In ''{{Garfield and Friends}}'', "The Beast From Beyond", a Tyrannosaurus Rex gets his own TV show that hypnotizes people.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** All glory to the Hypnotoad!
** That's gone downhill since season three. The ''popular'' show now is The Mass Hypnosis Hour.
* ''KimPossible'' had a pretty creative one. Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo. No wonder he went on an ''Series/AmericanIdol'' Parody to promote something that was well... ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** A scheme involving teens {{MP3}} players that didn't work out.
** The Seniors try it with a love ray.
* An episode of ''FamilyGuy'' has Stewie try this when he get put on the show "Kids Say the Darndest Things". This eventually backfires and has Bill Cosby accidentally hypnotize Stewie instead.
* In an episode of ''TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Robotnik did this in order to run for presidency.
* Ember used this in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' with her rock music.
* An episode of ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'' has a character doing this in order to sell flan.
* The first ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon had Krang use this to enslave the population of New York, but Bebop and Rocksteady screwed up the program so they behaved like monkeys, and later children. Krang's reaction to the error: "Only a complete idiot could mess this up! Complete... idiot... BEBOP!!! ROCKSTEADY!!!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'' Plankton finally takes over Bikini Bottom by giving away Chum Bucket Helmets that are actually mind control devices. There's a disturbingly intense scene when an army of zombies capture Squidward, the one citizen who doesn't wear them.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', a few of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's evil plans involve mass hypnosis, such as his plan to brainwash people into coming to his birthday party in "Raging Bully" and his infectious EarWorm in "Phineas and Ferb's Musical Clip-tastic Countdown".
* ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'': In "Heavy Dental", an evil scientist working for the big bad accidently puts the bioremote mind control device in Huey's braces during his dentist appointment, giving him near-infinite mind control powers. He then uses them to become the emperor of the world, but becomes miserable after realizing he can't be happy if people are forced to love him.
* The Horn of Hypnos from ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' is capable of this ability, as long as the victims are directly in front of the horn to become "trance-marchers".
* ''JusticeLeague'': In the two-part episode, "The Brave and The Bold", Gorilla Grodd controls the populace of Central City with his mind-control helmet so he launch a nuclear assault on Gorilla City.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'''s third season has the Trix and Valtar resorting to mind control to get the students from Cloud Tower on their side; it's partly because trying to bully them hasn't worked well in the past, and partly because they simply won't team up with the Trix willingly at this point.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MrMeaty'', the titular company makes a hypnotism device that is designed to drive customers into a meat addicted frenzy. Unfortunately, after finishing off all the meat in the restaurant, the zombie customers decide that [[ImAHumanitarian human meat is just as good]].
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