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''ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD. THE HYPNOTOAD IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TROPES IN FICTION. ALL HAIL!''

What is the Hypnotoad? In addition to being our glorious lord and master, the Hypnotoad is a creature that has the ability to control other creatures, especially humans, via some form of MindControl through hypnosis, telepathy, or any other method that does not involve [[PuppeteerParasite biological invasion]] of some sort. This power is the Hypnotoad's primary method of defense, and the Hypnotoad itself has [[SquishyWizard few, if any]], other ways to protect itself.

The Hypnotoad's most important feature, aside from its ability to control minds, is that such a creature is not human, or even humanoid. It may be some sort of StarfishAlien creature, or a bizarre alien animal or plant. HypnoticEyes are a common feature. Such creatures never have any sort of a civilization, and typically come from places where their hypnosis is much [[LikeAFishTakesToWater less effective]]. After all, if their mind control powers were 100% effective in their home environment, they would have conquered the universe already. A Hypnotoad may not even be intelligent, for that matter... but regardless, ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the anime ''OutlawStar'', there was a bizarre alien cactus that used its powers to influence human brains to... sell ice cream. This was actually a test to see how effective its powers actually were before it tried its hand at galactic dominion. However, when it encountered someone that its powers could not control, it ended up as squished cactus.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Starro the Conqueror is a quite literal StarfishAlien who frequently opposes the JusticeLeague and started using mind-control powers in the BronzeAge. [[spoiler:Or it was, until a recent {{Retcon}} that the starfish-like Starros seen before was "really" just the probes of a humanoid being.]]
** [[spoiler:Turns out the humanoid was really under mind control too]]
** There's also the Star Conqueror, a different member of Starro's species.
* SilverAge Sub-Mariner stories briefly introduced a nonsentient, one-eyed "hypno-fish."
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[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* In one episode of ''FanFic/PrettyCureHeavyMetal'', the author mentions the Hypnotoad in narration, and even though the Hypnotoad doesn't appear, he does manage to say--ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Kaa, at least in Disney's version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
** He also has hypnotic abilities in the original (though they don't work on humans), but he's already plenty dangerous without them. Fortunately, he was one of the good guys.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* From Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series:
** In the short story " The Handicapped", the Grogs of the planet Down could not move unaided, but can control others by putting thoughts in their heads telepathically. They develop active trade with humans (we give them mechanical hands and mobility, they serve as useful translators and living security monitors). The humans are ''fairly'' certain its an even trade without any mind control involved, and that the planet-destroyer set up over their homeworld in case that changes is outside their range. ''Fairly'' certain.
** The Grogs are thought to descend from the Thrintun, a species better known as the Slavers. Slavers were an intellectually inferior species that nonetheless ruled a vast interstellar empire via such control after a spacefaring race landed and was forced to give them the secret to faster than light travel. They never invented anything for themselves, which eventually bit them in the ass when the species with the longest mental "leash" used that freedom to rebel; the counterattack was a suicide command that killed ''everything in the galaxy that had a notochord''.
* In the ''LuckyStarr'' series, the [[SpaceX V-Frogs]] have a form of telepathy that allows them to put ideas in peoples' heads, usually without their realizing that they're being controlled. They defend themselves by causing potential predators to become fond of them and thus unable to kill them; this endearing quality makes them popular pets for humans on Venus. [[spoiler:They can also be used to transmit thoughts and feelings from human to human, especially when they're gathered in large groups.]]
* A rare example with a civilization: In the StarTrekNovelVerse, we have Berlis, and any other "Troublesome Mind" among the Isitri. Usually totally innocent and friendly people, they donít actually realize theyíre doing it. They just naturally assert their will over everyone around them, on a massive scale, as part of Isitri telepathic contact. These crowds of people then consider it their greatest purpose in life to ensure the Troublesome Mind is comfortable and gets what he or she wants. From the viewpoint of the Troublesome Mind themselves, people just go out of their way to make them comfortable and be considerate to them. Life is one long CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Arenít people ''nice''? This is part of the reason a Troublesome Mind is rarely hostile- they have no experience of mistreatment.
* Similar to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' tribbles are Heinlein's flat cats, from ''The Rolling Stones''. Heinlein said he may have gotten the idea from a story written in 1905, which might make this OlderThanTheyThink.
* The Strong Toad from the writings of Creator/JorgeLuisBorges is almost indestructible and has the power to control other living things with its [[HypnoticEyes eyes]]. The only way to destroy it is by [[KillItWithFire burning it completely]].
* One of the worlds the main characters of PiersAnthony's ''Mode'' series is populated by telepathic horses that control the native humans. In the absence of human brains, they're only as intelligent as ordinary horses, but their telepathy lets them become as smart as people by using the brains of nearby humans to help them think better. (Being used in this way doesn't appear to affect the main characters' intelligence, although generations of being mind-controlled by horses has resulted in the native humans having a very animal-like society and culture.)
* The serpent-bearded Byatis of the ''CthulhuMythos'' uses hypnosis to attract human prey. And yes, its toad shaped. However, despite being a Great Old One (thus very, very big), it does get [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punched out]] [[spoiler: when a human defeats it by setting it on fire.]]
* The Gaiaphage in Creator/MichaelGrant's Literature/{{Gone}} can control anyone who comes close enough to it whenever it wants to. It can even control people after they move away. It's not usually a complete control ([[spoiler: Lana managed to resist it long enough to try to kill it, although she didn't succeed]]), and the person might not even be aware that they're being controlled. ([[spoiler: Such as Caine.]]) It is different from other examples in that it has many, ''many'' other forms of defense besides mind control.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Tribbles from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' qualify, since, as Spock puts it, the Tribbles' purr has a tranquilizing effect on most lifeforms. This is probably why they haven't been wiped out from the universe, since with their eating habits and their extremely high rate of reproduction, they're basically [[KillerRabbit an incredibly cute]] HordeOfAlienLocusts. With no limbs (though they can somehow move a bit and climb step surfaces), and no means of protecting themselves, they basically use their incredible cuteness to spread across the galaxy. The Klingons aren't affected by this, and the instinctive reaction of a Tribble encountering a Klingon is a loud hiss. (Spock claims in the original "The Trouble with Tribbles" that Vulcans aren't affected due to their control over their own emotions, but somehow ends up giving this speech while petting a purring Tribble.)
** The tribble is incredibly similar to the flat cat of Heilein's ''The Rolling Stones''. So much so that the author of the episode, on learning of it, asked Heinlein for permission to use it. Heinlein agreed, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_cat in return for an autographed copy of the script]].
** [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Denobulans]] are immune to tribbles, as Dr. Phlox casually tosses a lonely tribble into a cage to be devoured by his other pets.
*** And of course the Klingons who declared Tribbles an enemy of the Empire. They trained warriors to hunt Tribbles and sent an entire ''armada'' to raze their homeworld. And yes, we're still talking about the same near-immobile bundles of fur.
--->"Another glorious chapter in Klingon history. Tell me, do they still sing songs of 'The Great Tribble Hunt?'"
* In one episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', Wayne created an invention that allowed a person to [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain utilize a higher percent of their brain]]. As a side effect, those affected temporarily gained psychic powers. Quark the dog was exposed and was shown to be a mesmerizer.
* Variation: In the DoctorWho episode ''The Hand of Fear'', the petrified hand of Eldrad, a silicon crystal-based alien, used mind control on humans to take his hand to a nuclear power plant to generate a new body.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''StarControl 2'' features the Dnyarri, a race of toadlike beings that can utterly dominate the minds of others and may be the inspiration behind the TropeNamer. [[spoiler:After a slave revolt millenia ago, the entire race was genetically altered into nonsentient pets. When just one is accidentally reverted to full power, it shows horrifying power levels, and immediately takes control of an interstellar empire all by itself.]]
* The Thorian from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' is an excellent example of this. [[spoiler:It's a huge, telepathic plant-like entity that spreads spores in the air to control its victims.]]
** The [[spoiler: 37 million year old Reaper corpse]] in the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 second game]] is also an example of this.
* Cats in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' are prone to "adopting" your dwarves, and there is nothing you can do about it. These drones will then flip out if their furry little masters are harmed. Since they also breed explosively, this leads many players to stick all new kittens in cages or [[EatTheDog butcher them]] to stop them from mind-controlling your dwarves and killing your framerate.
** Or, as one forum-goer so eloquently put it, "''When life gives you kittens, you make kitten-ade''".
* The Mastermind of the [[AlienInvasion Scrin]] race in [[CommandAndConquerTiberium Command And Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars]] can take control of exactly one enemy unit or building at a time and has the additional ability of teleporting allied units around the battlefield. Other than that, it has no actual means of self defence.
** This is based on [[MindControlDevice Yuri's psychic drones]] from ''[[CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert 2]]''. Yuri himself is an excellent example, as he's shown controlling someone's mind simply by grabbing his shoulder. The explanation? His brain can somehow both receive ''and transmit'' information.
*** Yuri's Masterminds are tanks driven by psychic brain, it can take control any unit within its range, but it will overload if it controls more than 3 units, and will slowly loose health until the excess unit is gone.
* Certain Psychic-type {{Pokemon}} can function as these.
** Even better, the [[FrogsAndToads Poliwag]] line learn Hypnosis. Although it only puts others to sleep.
** The best example is Inkay and Malamar. Squid Pokemon that happen to be [[CombatPragmatist Dark]] and [[PsychicPowers Psychic]] types. Malamar has been described as having the most compelling hypnotic powers of any Pokemon.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': Cecil reports that a sinister glowing cloud is heading for the town, and once it reaches him he falls under its MindControl and declares "''All hail the mighty Glow Cloud''."
** Said cloud becomes a recurring character of sorts, becoming a prominent member of the community and head of the local PTA> Its hard to discuss its policies, though, since all discourse is cut off by courses of "ALL HAIL".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has the TropeNamer Hypnotoad. Using its large oscillating multicolored eyes and emiting a [[DroneOfDread droning hum]], it's able to influence humans and probably other creatures (including sheep) into doing its bidding. It has used this ability to win a contest for best pet. Afterward, it got its own sitcom, which -- [[InterruptingMeme ALL GLORY]] [[MemeticMutation TO THE HYPNOTOAD]].
** His sitcom, ''Everybody Loves Hypnotoad'', consists of 30 minutes[[note]] Okay, 22 minutes plus commercials[[/note]] of Hypnotoad staring at you. It is the greatest piece of entertainment ever produced. ("Feh, [[SeasonalRot it's been going downhill since season three]]").
*** But whatever you do, don't interrupt his program for anything, or [[PsychicAssistedSuicide he'll make you kill yourself]].
*** The ''Bender's Big Score'' DVD comes with a bonus, full-length ''Everybody Loves Hypnotoad'' episode.
*** Among other things, this episode contains a commercial for the ''Everybody Loves Hypnotoad'' Season One DVD boxset: all 365 episodes, with deleted scenes (indistinguishable from the rest of the show), {{hilarious outtakes}} (including one where the toad is shown upside down) and director's commentary (take a gue-ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD).
** There are also the alien cats who enslave people through cuteness, and the opening song to ''The Wild Green Yonder'' mentions "the psychic worms from Rigel IX who control everything we do." Nibbler can do it as well.
* The ''InvaderZim'' episode "Rise of the Zitboy" features one of the more bizarre examples: Zim develops an enormous pimple on the side of his head that can hypnotize people into submission by ''jiggling.'' He dresses it up with a doodled-on face (actually GIR's doing) and a little puppet body and goes to school, passing it off as his new friend "Pustulio" - and soon, Pustulio is ''everyone's'' new friend [[spoiler: until it ''explodes'']].
* Starro (see Comics) appears twice in the DCAU. The first time was in the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Main Man". It was just a cameo, and its appearance was overshadowed by Lobo and the plot. At the end, it and all the other animals seen are provided a home at the Fortress of Solitude. Its second appearance was in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. [[spoiler:It has taken control of Superman and attached itself to his chest.]]
** Starro (or his minions, at least) also shows up in several teasers in the first part of Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' controlling various people. He finally appears in person in "The Siege Of Starro, Part I!", [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle only to be quickly defeated by Captain Marvel's transformation lightning]]]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/PowerpuffGirls'' episode 'Cat Man Do' features an intelligent cat capable of hypnotizing humans as its villain. Its EvilPlan involved using a machine to amplify its hypnosis powers so that all humans became slaves of catkind.
* The Worm King from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has the power to hypnotize and lock people into their dreams. Introduced in the "Evicted!" episode of Season One...and for extra points, voiced by Erik Estrada!
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