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 hypnotizer.
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 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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Anime & Manga
- 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 had 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.
- In Book 3 of the Lone Wolf series, The Cavern of Kalte, evil sorcerer Vonotar the Traitor uses gold bracelets to control the Ice Barbarians. Putting one on your wrist is a very bad idea.
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.
- 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.
- In Merlin, 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.
- Also, 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...
- 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 titular 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.
- The Sega Genesis game Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure has Mad Scientist Gene Splicer use 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.
- Musaran in the Ciem Webcomic Series is the result of an AI backvisor being attached to the back of Jeraime's head. It essentially makes Jeraime into Arfaas' slave; a no-fee version of the Psycho for Hire.
- 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.
- An episode of Codename Kids Next Door had a mind-control helmet that was mass-marketed towards girls as a way of controlling their boyfriends. Lizzie put one on Numbuh One, who was forced to take her on a fancy date, until eventually the insane prices made him angry enough to break free.
- Kim Possible has Dr. Drakken brainwashing Shego and Kim via this method.
- An inversion of the trope was used in The Little Mermaid. When Ursula directly intervened 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, was 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.