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1->''"We can supply anything\²That your heart desires\²But the consequences\²Will surely be dire!"''²-->-- "The Greatest Show Unearthed", Music/CreatureFeature ²²These bad guys trap you by preying upon your desires. They know what you want and are willing to offer it to you--[[DealWithTheDevil or so it would seem]]. They [[SchmuckBait show you things]] you've always dreamed of, presenting you with the very thing that your heart yearns for. However, BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor. Temptation can be a [[ForbiddenFruit powerful and dangerous]] thing, and is sometimes harder to resist than any overt danger.²²This is a favorite technique of the MasterOfIllusion, who may use it to trap others in a LotusEaterMachine, or the kinds of monsters that get satisfaction out of [[EmotionEater manipulating their victims' emotions]]. After all, it's much easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar, and the victim often won't even be able to realize the danger until it's [[DeathByIrony too late]]. Even if s/he realizes it's not real, the power of the desire [[PrefersTheIllusion may entice them to remain "deceived."]] The DealWithTheDevil also frequently runs on this trope, exacting a horrible price in exchange for one's heart's desire, frequently in a way that makes it not worth it in the end. This is why your parents always told you not to take candy from strangers.²²----²!!Examples²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]²* In ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', the Shinrabanshou often tries to tempt Miharu into telling her his greatest desires, and then she will grant him her destructive power, regardless of [[SuperPowerMeltdown whether his body can handle it.]]²* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', the Book of Darkness trapped [[TheWoobie Fate]] in a world where her EvilMatriarch of a mother loved her and the dead girl she was cloned from was her CoolBigSis. Fate even admits that this is what she always wanted as she breaks down in tears. This was meant to be a case of LetThemDieHappy rather than any form of malice, but ended up being crueler than any torture could have been since Fate knew almost immediately that it wasn't real ([[TragicDream and that it never would be]]). [[spoiler: Although it does help Fate come to terms with being a separate person from Alicia and [[HappilyAdopted accept Lindy's offer to adopt her]]]]. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Comic Books ]]²* In ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'' a LotusEaterMachine of this sort is used on {{Superman}}, who hallucinates that he's back on Krypton.²* Rare hero example: Danielle Moonstar, AKA Mirage of the Comicbook/NewMutants, could create a mental illusion of your worst fear, or your heart's desire. She could choose which one, but even she couldn't know ''what'' her victim was seeing.²* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' annual ''Lost in the Funhouse'' revolved around this - Horde, the villain of the issue, sent the team to a Citadel to retrieve a MacGuffin on pain of destroying their world if they refused. The citadel's defence mechanism was offering intruders a vision of their heart's desire one-by-one. When it couldn't find Longshot's desire due to his "[[IncorruptiblePurePureness purity]]", it cut out step two and absorbed him.²* In DC's ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', when Shrinking Violet was under the influence of the Emerald Eye (unbeknownst to her teammates), she started granting the Legionnaires their hearts' desires. It went fairly well until Leviathan got his, which was to die as a hero. Attempting to bring him back to life, Violet was taken over entirely by the Emerald Eye.²* Black Mamba of the B.A.D girls (seen in ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'', among others) can temporarily incapacitate people with an illusion of their ultimate fantasy. This failed to work on Shen Kuei / the Cat, a GentlemanThief and martial artist who already ''is'' living his ultimate fantasy.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Film--Animation]]²* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog,'' when [[BewitchedAmphibians Tiana]] steals the magical talisman that [[WitchDoctor Facilier]] needs for his evil plan, he conjures up a vision where she's a human again, in the dream restaurant that she's been working for years to open, and [[TheFinalTemptation offers to give it all to her]] if she hands it back and lets him keep [[LoveInterest Naveen]]. At this point, however, she realizes that she needs her restaurant ''and'' Naveen to be happy, and tries to smash the talisman instead. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Film--Live Action]]²* The female 'space vampire' in ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' took [[MsFanservice her appearance]] (her natural form is a winged alien creature) from the subconscious desires of the astronaut who found her. This gives him an unhealthy obsession with her, even after he discovers she feeds on LifeEnergy and is entirely capable of destroying the world.²-->'''Carlson:''' [[WhatTheHellAreYou What are you?]] Why are you so human, so perfect? What were the bird-creatures on the [space]ship?²-->'''Space Girl:''' Our bodies are unimportant. As you and your men approached in your ship, we [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith changed them for you]]. We entered your minds, and found there new bodies. I took my shape from your mind. [[AliensSpeakingEnglish I took your language.]] I became the woman I found there, in your deepest thoughts, your deepest...needs.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Literature ]]²* Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series had a gadget called a droud, which stimulated the pleasure centre of the brain directly. Users quickly became addicted and eventually starved to death, immobile in a puddle of their own wastes. Humanity had given up trying to treat the problem, regarding it as Darwinsim in action in a society which was, in any case, hugely over-populated so there was no value is trying to save people who would have nothing to contribute²* In the novel ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes'' by Ray Bradbury, the carnival tries to entice the boys by showing them exciting and marvelous things. Particularly Jim, who is fascinated by it, and who also has a desire to become older.²* Stanley G. Weinbaum's science fiction short story "A Martian Odyssey" had a carnivorous plant monster that read the mind of its victim and created a mental illusion of what the victim most desired to lure it into the plant's clutches.²* The short story "A Part of the Game" in Dragon magazine #51. A group of desert travelers find an oasis which appears to be a gate to a utopian other world. Most of the group enters the pool only to be eaten by its inhabitant, a monster that can create beautiful illusions.²* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' had the Mirror of [[SdrawkcabName Erised]], which shows the viewer whatever their greatest desire is. Ron, who feels overshadowed by his siblings, sees himself outdoing them all. Harry, who never knew his real family, sees himself with his parents and relatives. Dumbledore mentions that [[LotusEaterMachine it can be highly addictive]], however. [[spoiler:Dumbledore hides the Philosopher's Stone "inside" the mirror as its final measure of protection--someone who wants to use its powers will just see themselves doing so, but someone who wants the stone for itself, without intent to use it, will magically obtain it]].²* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Primary modus operandi of the [[FallenAngel Denarians]]. The Shadows of the Fallen Angels are just as powerful and knowledgeable as their original forms, but need a willing Host to allow the Fallen to fully enter the person. While it could be lies on the Fallen's side, one way to break their Host is to offer them this idea. One White Court vampire who genuinely loves a mortal woman and is loved in return is burned by that Love they feel towards each other as it is a poison to his incubus demon within. While he is originally feels he could resist the Shadow's offer, when told it could grant him a way to be with his beloved and not fear being hurt by her love, he goes silent, recognizing the effectiveness of this tactic.²* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Faysal Anwar, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Gatekeeper of the Seventh Ring]], offers Blake Thorburn a choice of either immortality (by giving him the ability to return from death indefinitely) or humanity (by restoring the pieces of Blake that were torn away when Blake [[LossOfIdentity fell through the cracks in the world]]), if he'll come work for Faysal's master Johannes. To Blake, who ultimately just wants to be free, both are incredibly tempting not for themselves but what they'd allow him to do. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Live Action TV ]]²* ''Series/RedDwarf: Back to Earth'' has a joy squid (opposite of the despair squid in earlier episodes.) Both had the same effect of trapping you in a hallucination until you die.²** The "total-immersion video game [=BetterThanLife=] was pretty much this.²* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': In the episode "Bliss", the space-borne equivalent of a [[ pitcher plant]] tricked the crew of Voyager into entering it by making it appear to them as a wormhole they could use to [[SeriesGoal return home and be reunited with their loved ones]]. The only people unaffected were the Doctor (a hologram, but the creature tricked the rest of the crew into shutting him off) Seven of Nine and Naomi Wildman (who, only being familiar with life on Voyager, had no real desire to go to Earth) and a Captain Ahab-type alien captain who had been hunting the creature (and was thus familiar with the creature's tricks). It does briefly work on Seven at the end when the creature makes her imagine ''escaping from it'', which she did genuinely desire at that point.²* A whole episode of the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', "The Man Trap", was all about this, disguising itself as a woman who had been dead for some years in order to be protected by the woman's widower and to prey on her old flame.²* The [[BigBad Greeed]] from ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' are all about this. They are basically ancient homunculi who feed on humans' desire indirectly via their [[MonsterOfTheWeek Yuumies]]. ²* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': The Djinn trap their prey by making their deepest wishes come true--by putting them in a hallucinogenic trance while the Djinn drains all their blood over the course of several days. Dean was once caught by a Djinn who made him experience an alternate world where the Winchesters' mother was never killed by a demon.²* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Averted in "Headhunter", when MasterComputer Orac is taken over by the MonsterOfTheWeek.²-->'''Orac:''' Join us, Soolin. We can fulfill your every desire.²-->'''Soolin:''' ''[Turning Orac off]'' You wouldn't know where to start.²* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'', episode "War of the Gods Part 1". The mysterious being known as Count Iblis can read the mind of anyone he talks to and determine their greatest desire.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Mythology ]]²* This goes all the way back to the Sirens of Myth/ClassicalMythology. They would sing a song that made them irresistible to sailors, who would steer their ships toward the sound. Then the ships would hit the rocks surrounding the sirens and sink.²* In a great many stories {{Satan}} is said to know Your Heart's Desire in order to get you to sign a DealWithTheDevil. Far too many stories to list, really.²* Several examples of JackassGenie.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]²* ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'': On August 31, 1948, cartoonist Al Capp introduced the schmoo, a bewhiskered white blob of a creature that looked like a bowling pin with legs. Schmoos seemed to exist only to provide humanity with its every need. Capp said he came up with the idea of the schmoo when he was driving through the New England countryside and saw the abundance that the earth provided. People of all political stripes -- communists and capitalists alike -- saw the schmoos as an analogy critical of their beliefs. (The fact that "schmoos" rhymes with "schmooze" didn't help.) Schmoos were {{Explosive Breeder}}s that laid eggs and could give milk. If they really loved you, they'd could lay a cheesecake. And if you expressed a desire to eat a schmoo, one of them would die of ecstasy just to provide you with the opportunity. Naturally, a schmoo TastesLikeChicken. Fed up with all the controversy over a character he claimed was nothing more than a commentary on the abundance of nature, Capp carried out a WriterRevolt by slaughtering the entire species in December. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a more detailed analysis of the schmoos [[ here]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Other Sites]]²* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''²** [[ SCP-157 ("Mimetic Predator")]]. SCP-157 uses {{telepathy}} to project an illusion that it is something the target would want to eat, wear, or apply to its body.²** When viewed, [[ SCP-071 ("Degenerative Metamorphic Entity")]] changes its form to match that of its observer's strongest sexual desire, even if that sexual desire is for [[BestialityIsDepraved dogs]] or [[ILoveTheDead corpses]]. If the observer has sex with it, he or she suffers significant temporary and permanent negative side effects.²** [[ SCP-699 ("Mystery Box")]]. 90% of people who look at SCP-699 see that it holds "something they want to possess or to release...", such as "...precious metals, artwork, family members, pets, religious figures, and apparently useful technology..."²** [[ SCP-1888 ("Terraforming Temple")]]. When a sapient creature looks inside the "TreasureRoom", it sees some extremely valuable object(s) appropriate to its own knowledge. For example, a jewel thief would see precious stones and gems, a nuclear physicist would see a cold fusion reactor, and so on.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Tabletop Games]]²* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''²** 1st/2nd Edition²*** Adventure ''[[ S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth]]''. A group of dao (similar to djinn) create an illusion of a desirable setting to lure the party into a cave. When the party enters, the dao attack.²*** TabletopGame/DarkSun/World of Athas campaign setting. The Red Silt Horror uses its telepathic/ESP abilities to determine what its target desires most, then uses its False Sensory Input power to create an image of the desired item. After its target moves close to it, it attacks.²*** TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms supplement [=FR4=] ''The Magister''. The Cloak of Delight can cause any creature that sees it to fall into an motionless and oblivious trance for 1-8 minutes by showing the creature its ultimate pleasure and goal. The creature will maniacally attack any creature or thing that blocks its view of the Cloak. If its view is blocked by something without solid form (e.g. darkness or smoke) the trance ends.²** 3rd Edition. ''Creature Collection'' supplement. The Dweller at the Crossroads is a sinister figure that knows its victim's greatest wish and can grant it - for a price. Every gift the dweller gives is cursed in some way to bring corruption and misery to the person receiving it.²* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has an Awakened creature ability called "Desire Reflection" that allows the creature to know the greatest desire of another being and trick that being into believing that the creature is that thing.²** ''Paranormal Animals of North America'': Incubus²** ''Paranormal Animals of Europe'': Blackberry Cat, Kludde²** ''Critters'': Quicksilver Mongoose, Siberian Firebird²* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' RPG. The angel Islington can see into people’s hearts and offer them what they most desire.²* Subverted in the Gamescience's ''Space Patrol'' RPG. In an example of play a man walking through a forest sees a beautiful nude woman. [[GenreSavvy Believing that such coincidence is only possible in the movies]], he decides that the woman is an illusion created by a man-hungry alien monster. He draws his blaster and fires at it, reducing it to its component atoms. The text reveals that the man was wrong: it was a real woman and he is now a murderer.²* Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters'' Volume III. The Dream Beast is a [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] plant can cause any creature looking at it to see whatever it wants most. Once the target gets close enough, the Dream Beast grabs it with its 5-10 CombatTentacles and drags it in to be eaten.²* SPI's ''TabletopGame/DragonQuest'' supplement ''The Enchanted Wood''. The {{PC}}s will encounter a living bog that can generate illusions of desirable things to lure them into itself. The bog tricks the characters by creating the illusion of a castle which appears to be a RestAndResupplyStop. When the {{PC}}s touch it, it disappears and reveals that they are trapped in the bog.²* TSR's ''TabletopGame/AmazingEngine'' system setting supplement ''Bughunters''. ''Magazine/{{Polyhedron}}'' magazine #106 had an article called "Bugging the Hunters" with dangers that UTPRF Marines could face. One is the device known as the Siren. It uses mechanical {{telepathy}} to summons humans to its location and makes them see whatever they desire most. When they approach the Siren, it [[CombatTentacles strangles them with its tentacles]].²* Creator/SteveJacksonGames' ''TabletopGame/InNomine''. When a Lilim (a type of demon) looks into someone's eyes, they can see that person's greatest need. They can then use their demonic abilities and resources to meet that need and gain a geas (control) over that person.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Video Games ]]²* Pretty much the reason people enter into ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal''.²* The PC horror game ''VideoGame/ThePath'' can be interpreted this way, as it seems that [[spoiler: each girl's wolf]] is something that appeals to them according to their personality, and thus they are lured in one by one.²* The aptly-named Desire Demons from ''Franchise/DragonAge''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', this is what the final illusion in Girard Draketooth's pyramid does, trapping anyone in a LotusEaterMachine [[spoiler:so that Girard's clan can kill them. However, by this point, Girard's entire clan is dead, having fallen victim to V's Familicide spell.]] Interestingly, it is [[QuirkyBard Elan]] who breaks the Order out of it by realizing his heart's desire (seeing his dysfunctional, broken family reunited) is too unrealistic to ever happen.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Western Animation ]]²* TheSeries of ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' had a variant in one episode: a small, timid animal that can do this whenever scared, hoping to distract a perceived threat. Naturally, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Iago]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Abu]] continually frighten it just to get stuff. In the end, Iago [[PetTheDog used a mirror to make the critter scare itself so it would grant its own heart's desire: to go home.]]²* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' episode "[=LarryBoy=] and the Bad Apple" dealt with the [[AnAesop aesop]] of temptation and how difficult it is to fight it by revolving around a dangerous villain who literally [[PocketDimension trapped]] her victims [[IronicHell inside their own obsessions]].²* An accident more than a malicious act, but the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Cutie Pox" involves Apple Bloom misusing a plant that's outright called Heart's Desire in order to get her cutie mark. She got it, all right... [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor dozens of them]].²* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticVoyage''. In "The Magic Crystal of Kabala", when the protagonists enter the title magic item they are each exposed to a fantasy that fulfills their heart's desire in an attempt to entrap them.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Real Life]]²* This is common with pedophiles and sexual predators, and the process is called grooming their victim.²[[/folder]]


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