30. I will refuse all gifts from the Evil Overlord. They probably contain mind-control devices that would make me giddily happy to marry him. It's demeaning enough to be head-over-heels for the Hero, let alone a creep like the EO.The power to Hypnotize being imbued in a wearable item, by either magic or Applied Phlebotinum. It doesn't matter the form. It's usually just a piece of jewelry, but it can be anything from a hat to a wedding dress. Heck, it doesn't always have to be mind control in the typical sense. It can also be a conduit for a spirit to possess the wearer. This can even cause the victim to look like the spirit did in life. Many of these things tend to be Soul Jars of the Sealed Evil in a Can, and are purposely made desirable for this effect. Note this is direct mind control, not simply corrupting people with the object's dark influence. Also, this apply to items worn by the victim, not by the hypnotist. A frequent way to Hypnotize the Princess. And of course, like most mind control tropes, Rule 34 and Fetish Fuel can apply, especially with Author Appeal. A Sub-Trope of Mind-Control Device. Compare Artifact of Doom, Artifact of Attraction (rather than hypnotize causes Gold Fever), Clothes Make the Maniac, The Hat Makes the Man, Hypno Ray, Instant Allegiance Artifact, Love Potion, Mirror Morality Machine, and Mind-Control Device.
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- A villain in a Filler arc of One Piece was able to create these thanks to the Pet-Pet Fruit. He created collars that attached to people and animals, forcing them to obey his orders... provided they could hear him.
- Hige's collar and the collars of at least 22 other wolves in Wolf's Rain is a mind-control device of Lady Jagara's.
- In an InuYasha filler episode, a Chinese boar yokai collects fiancées this way.
- Dragon Ball Z: Broly in Movie 8 was given a mind-control crown by his dad (and going by the flashback, it was without his consent), initially to control Broly so as to not have him have outbursts, but shortly thereafter, he ended up used by Paragus to blow up planets — presumably more than before, given the fact that the amount was high enough to get even King Kai to notice.
- Arguably, the Red String of Fate that Shampoo uses on Ranma in the Ranma ½ TV series. And then Shampoo just has to brag about it all the time, therefore Akane gets enough time to brew a plan to get it cut...
- Digimon Adventure 02 has the Dark Rings (and later, upgraded Dark Spirals.)
- Used in Orphen Revenge, when Majik gets Brainwashed and Crazy by Esperanza due to a Nice Hat that she puts on him. Orphen "fixes" him via both both blasting and talking to him, then lowring Majik's defense enough to blast the hat away.
- Record of Lodoss War has Karla the Grey Witch's circlet that allows her to possess its wearer.
- Disney did this with a Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers comic, where Gadget and a bunch of other creatures were enslaved with magical necklaces by Fat Cat.
- In Batman comics, the Mad Hatter started using his trademark mind-control hats in the early eighties.
- The Ringmaster, who leads the Circus of Crime and began as an antagonist for the Incredible Hulk, also has a mind-control device in his top hat.
Films — Animation
- An inversion of the trope is used in The Little Mermaid. When Ursula directly intervens in the goal by disguising herself as Romantic False Lead Vanessa, it's clear that a Hypno Trinket is involved. Said Hypno Trinket (a necklace with a big shell that has Ariel's voice inside), however, is worn by Vanessa — and she uses it to place Prince Eric under mind control. When Ariel's animal friends attack her, they shatter the shell and both free Eric and return Ariel's voice to her.
Films — Live-Action
- Dale Arden is given a mind-controlling ring by Ming the Merciless in the Flash Gordon movie.
- In Illusion by Paula Volsky, the king's brother uses hypnotic jewelry to make ladies in the court fall for him when they first spurn his advances.
- The Caps in The Tripods.
- In Throne of Glass, King Havilliard gives out black rings that render those who wear them under his control. Dorian gets a neck brace version at the end of Heir of Fire.
- Are You Afraid of the Dark? uses an old riding jacket that causes a girl to be possessed by the spirit of her dead aunt.
- Similarly, in The Avengers episode "Return of the Cybernauts", Beresford gives Mrs. Peel a bracelet, which is actually a mind-control device.
- In The Monkees episode "Monstrous Monkee Mash," the vampiress Lorelei mind-controls her victims with a magic necklace, which she bestows with a kiss. (Prompting the repeated exchange: "What a kiss! I've never felt this way before!" "You fool, it is not my kiss, but the magic necklace!" "What a necklace! I've never felt this way before!" The villainess herself got tired of it...)
- In the original The Twilight Zone episode "Dead Man's Shoes", a homeless man finds the body of a gangster's victim, puts on his shoes, and is possessed by the victim. The '80s remake did a gender flip, "Dead Woman's Shoes", in which the trinket is a pair of shoes belonging to the murdered wife of a rich corporate type.
- Uther is hypnotized with a magic amulet powered by troll blood.
- Also Gwen and the magic bracelet in "Lancelot Du Lac".
- In Smallville, Winslow Schott has a diadem that emits a frequency to the brain stem. He got Courtney Whitmore to commit crimes for him and Lois try to kill Clark (who had his powers at the time).
- They have appeared several times in Doctor Who over the years.
- Wearing anything made of gold allows the Animus to control you in "The Web Planet".
- The Shadow uses tiny mind-control trinkets to control Princess Astra in "The Armageddon Factor".
- Kassia finds that the Melkor's gifts have a price in "The Keeper of Traken".
- Please wear your Cybus Industries technology with pride. You will not be permitted to regret it! ("Rise of the Cybermen")
- In Warhammer, Azhag the Slaughterer has a crown that tries to control him. However, as Azhag is an orc this isn't going that easily, and he suffers from stupidity by the power struggle within.
- In Warhammer Online and related media, Grumlok has an enchanted amulet that makes him unwittingly carry out the Witch King's plans. Although later Greenskin quests suggest that he's not entirely mind-controlled...
- Final Fantasy:
- Terra, one of the characters of Final Fantasy VI, wears a slave crown and thus is mind controlled. Cut dialogue that remained in the Data Texts for the game also had Terra shouting "No! Stay Away!" during the procedure from Kefka, implying that she was not a willing participant.
- This gets a Continuity Nod in Dissidia: Final Fantasy during the boss fight against her in Onion Knight's storyline. If you check her equipment before the fight, you can see that she is wearing a Hypnocrown to explain why she is acting against her will.
- Similar to the Final Fantasy VI example above, in Super Paper Mario, Dimentio implants a floro sprout that he got from the Floro King into Luigi's head when he knocked him unconscious, activating it when betraying Count Bleck so Luigi, or rather, Mr. L, could merge with the Chaos Heart and thus allow him to gain control of it.
- The title item from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The evil creature that lives in the mask takes control of any person who puts it on.
- There are a couple in Baldur's Gate 2, ranging from cursed items to vitally important devices that used for an interesting subset of Mind Control — mind flayer control. Handy.
- This goes back as far as Commander Keen. In the "Invasion of the Vorticons" trilogy, "The Grand Intellect" enslaves the entire Vorticon race with mind control belts, and it's up to Keen to thwart their invasion and discover who the Grand Intellect really is.
- Tiny Toon Adventures games:
- The Sega Genesis game, Buster's Hidden Treasure has Mad Scientist Dr. Gene Splicer use spiky mind control helmets on Plucky Duck, Hamton Pig, Dizzy Devil, and Calamity Coyote. They are all fought as boss fights, though in order to win, Buster must hit the one controlling them (Splicer) rather than his Brainwashed and Crazy friend — recall that the mind control helmets are spiky.
- In the Super Nintendo Game, Buster Busts Loose, Splicer uses a mind control helmet on Melvin the Monster, much like he did in the episode, "Hare Raising Night". To save Melvin from Splicer's mind-control, Buster must destroy Splicer's machine by kicking the screwbolts Melvin tosses at him towards it.
- In the Gun'drak zone of World of Warcraft, the Scourge commander Drakuru attempts to give the Player Character one of these, a necklace that will control their mind and turn them into a shambling undead to boot. Seeing as his enemies are adventurers, he does this by giving it to a minion, in hopes that you'll kill it, loot the item, and put it on (as adventurers are wont to do). Fortunately for you, you're working for the Knights of the Ebon Blade, former Scourge agents who know all the tricks of the trade. They stop you from putting the stupid thing on, and help you modify it to disguise you as an undead while retaining your free will. You then use the item to trick Drakuru into thinking you're a minion and destroy his operation from within.
- In the Borderlands 2 DLC Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, during the fight with Greedtooth Tina notes that there's a "Weird-Ass Magic Globe" floating around the battlefield which might be the reason he's hostile. If you blow it up, Greedtooth stops fighting you and then remembers that you killed the Dwarven King earlier. Afterwards, he gets back to killing you.
- In The Legend of Zelda, Ganon puts a necklace on Zelda to force her to marry him.
- In Danny Phantom, Johnny 13 uses his girlfriend's clothing to first influence the mind of, and then transfer his girlfriend's soul into, the body of Jazz when she wears them.
- An episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog has Robotnik put a mind-controlling watch on Tails, called a "compliance chip". Robotnik's fatal mistake is putting Scratch and Grounder in command of him.
- In Adventure Time, Ice King uses an engagement ring to hypnotize a princess into marrying him.
- In Code Lyoko, XANA once manages to sneak an enhanced piece of jewelry to Aelita, who's usually immune to the mind control through his specters, by disguising it as a Valentine's gift from Jérémie.
- A literal "love bracelet" was used in an episode of Dinosaucers. Subverted to comic effect when the bracelet ends up on the wrong person. Twice.
- The Mad Hatter from Batman: The Animated Series controls minds without spirals, using cards marked 10/6 which he sticks on people's heads. And that's just his stock device; he has been known to use other things when appropriate.
- The Herculoids episode "Ruler of the Reptons". The Reptons put a crown on Tarra to mind-control her into being their queen.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- An episode has the "Yes-Dear 6000" (better known as the Boyfriend Helmet) a mind-control helmet that is mass-marketed towards girls as a way of controlling their boyfriends. More frighteningly, the effect becomes permanent as the helmet fuses with the victim. Lizzie puts one on Numbuh One, who is forced to take her on a fancy date, until eventually the insane prices make him angry enough to break free.
- Brought back in a later episode; this time, it was modified to be a Girlfriend Helmet by the evil Student 4th grade president to be used on Lizzie
- Kim Possible has Dr. Drakken controlling Shego and Kim with computer chips attached to their forehead.
- In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Hare Raising Night", Dr. Gene Splicer uses a mind control helmet on Melvin the Monster to help him turn the show's four main protagonists into a single species. Babs uses Melvin's crush on her to override the helmet and later help Melvin turn against Splicer.