More Hypnotizable Than He Thinks
Alice has the power to (or has acquired a device
that can) hypnotize a person, and she wants to try it out on Bob. Bob merely scoffs at this, saying that he cannot be hypnotized. However, Alice tries anyway, and ends up successfully hypnotizing Bob.
If the character snaps out of hypnosis, expect him or her to say something along the lines of, "See? I told you I can't be hypnotized!"
Distantly related to Tempting Fate
. See also Unpaused
. A form of Irony
. This is very much Truth in Television
- trance is a state of consciousness that people enter and leave many times a day, so someone can be hypnotized and not recognize it, largely because the memory blackout and loss of free will are complete myth. Though if they know someone is trying to hypnotize them it won't work if they don't want it, all they need to do is not focus on whatever the hypnotist wants them to focus on.
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- In Nights of Cabiria, Cabiria laughs at the notion that the stage hypnotist could hypnotize her. He then rather cruelly hypnotizes Cabiria into believing she is meeting her dream lover.
Live Action TV
- In the season 1 finale of Eureka, Beverly hypnotizes Fargo so she can interrogate him.
Beverly: When I snap my fingers, you will wake feeling refreshed and remember nothing about what we discussed here today. One... two... three. (snaps fingers)
Fargo: (smugly) ...which is why it's not even possible for me to be hypnotized.
Beverly: Well, Fargo, we'll just have to keep working on it.
- In the first season of Smallville, Chloe and Clark go to see this man affected by meteor rock who claims he can hypnotize people. Chloe disbelieves him, he promptly does it to her, and he makes her kiss Clark. Afterward...
Chloe: (even smugger than Fargo) See? Not even possible. *pause* Why do I taste mint?
- The hypnotist episode of Murder, She Wrote has somebody do this to Jessica.
- Star Trek original episode, "Dagger of the Mind," had Kirk try out the Neural Neutralizer, complete with him not realizing he blanked out for a second when it was turned on.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Spirit Folk", the holodeck is malfunctioning (again) and the characters in the holonovel start noticing things outside the constraints of the program. They try to hypnotise the Doctor to get answers, which the Doctor points out won't work on him and it doesn't, until the characters remove his mobile emitter (believing it to be a magic talisman) which automatically transfers him to the same malfunctioning hologrid as they are on and he is immediately hypnotised.
- In Happy Days, the cowardly Ralph Malph is terrified by an approaching tornado, so a doctor hypnotizes him despite that he says he's too strong-willed; the doctor then makes him completely fearless, leading to his almost getting killed— not only by the tornado, but also the Fonz.
- From 30 Rock:
Lemon: Pete, no. I listened to you when you wanted to take the staff to that R-rated hypnotist, and that sucked.
Pete: It was pretty bad. Nutmeg.
[Lemon stands up like a zombie and starts to pull up her shirt.]
Pete: Aaaah!! Rodeo rodeo rodeo!
[Lemon stops stripping and looks around in confusion.]
- Urkel on Family Matters stated to a therapist that he cannot be hypnotized. All the therapist had to do was show him a pocket watch, and he was immediately under.
- In one episode of The Odd Couple, Felix confidently declares that he's immune because "persons of superior intellect cannot be hypnotized". After he goes under and Oscar asks what happened, the hypnotist jokes, "Since his intellect is too strong for hypnosis... he must be dead!"
- Subverted in an episode of Perfect Strangers, where Larry claims he can't be hypnotized and — after briefly faking out the hypnotist — turns out to be right. Of course, poor Balki standing next to him was a little more susceptible.
- This was recycled from an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, where the genuinely un-hypnotizable Buddy briefly fakes being hypnotized while Rob, in the other room, accidentally goes under for real.
- Bill Maxwell in an episode of The Greatest American Hero.
- In her 11/23/14 Parade Magazine column answering a reader's question about hypnotism, Marilyn vos Savant states "People who can be hypnotized - not everyone can be hypnotized, among them yours truly - ...." Unknown if she's mearly bragging or if she did indeed once give someone a fair shot at putting her under.
- Probably not bragging, but just stating a coincidence, as hypnotizability has no correlation with intelligence, and relates more to one's imagination and ability to get lost in a fantasy. Since Marilyn is more of a linear and practical thinker and not very imaginative (with all her intelligence, she has never innovated any field), she is probably less hypnotizable than more imaginative and less practical individuals of any intelligence level, including her own.
- The Mass Effect series has many characters, of various levels of intelligence and willpower, who believe they will be safe from the effects of Reaper Indoctrination. Often, they take some kind of precaution against it, and think that this precaution will stop them succumbing. By the end of the series absolutely nobody has has been able to resist the effect once they are exposed to it, and the most that any indoctrinated character can manage is to commit suicide, and even that requires an extremely strong will and a lot of encouragement from Magnetic Hero Shepard to make them realise they've succumbed and break free for just a short while.
- Only one character is shown to actually recover from Indoctrination if you spare her. And even then it's only possible because a second Eldritch Abomination overwrites it with its own version, which wears off after it dies.
- Shepard him/herself can run afoul of this trope depending on how one has role-played in Mass Effect 2 during Samara's Loyalty Mission. Acting as the bait for Morinth, Shepard will be given three conversation prompts as Morinth attempts to assert power over Shepard's mind. The first two are fairly reasonable reputation checks that let Shepard blithely ignore Morinth's attempts to manipulate their thoughts, but when Morinth gets serious, the third prompt hits you with one of the two most difficult reputation checks in the game; a Shepard that does this mission early or was mixing Paragon and Renegade options will likely be stunned by Morinth before Samara bursts in to save them. A very powerful Paragon or Renegade, however, can avert this and chalk up another Crowning Moment of Awesome by being too badass for Morinth's mind-trick to have any power.