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Hypnotic Head

A stock visual effect that is usually used to indicate someone is being hypnotized (or trying to hypnotize someone). It does get used for all sorts of hallucinations and visualized breakdowns but it's primarily associated with hypnosis for some reason.

The common version tends to include:

  • A floating head
  • The head itself is spinning or moving
  • A (usually) multicolored swirl as the background
  • A humming '50s sci-fi sound effect or increased echo if the head is speaking.

Goes in hand with Hypnotic Eyes and Compelling Voice, often used as part of a Mass Hypnosis plot. Compare Hypno Ray, Huge Holographic Head. For hypnosis symptoms, see Mind-Control Eyes.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • The Ringmaster from Marvel Comics has done this at least once.
  • Blake and Mortimer: Used when Abdul Razek hypnotizes Blake and Mortimer so they can't remember the Chamber of Horus and later in the series when Septimus hypnotizes Mortimer, complete with swirling effect.

Commercials

Film

Live-Action TV
  • Max Headroom
  • Doctor Who:
    • Played for Drama (it was the 60s) in the Hartnell-era story "The War Machines", in which WOTAN's manipulation of people's minds is depicted using a very faintly super-imposed spiral, usually over a closeup of the victim's struggling face. The Radiophonic Workshop musique concrete score makes it quite disturbing.
    • The Second Doctor, (first) Third Doctor and (first) Fourth Doctor title sequences both display a closeup of the Doctor's face in front of a whirling, spiralling psychedelic vortex of light.

Video Games
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Culture Shock'' has this happen to Sam when he gets hypnotized by Brady Culture. "Do my evil bidding, and so forth."

Western Animation