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Certain types of monsters, wizards, and other supernatural or alien beings are able to control your voice, or otherwise replace your communications with those around you. They will use your voice to lie to teammates, friends and loved ones, or to deliver warnings or threats. Sometimes this is the beginning of full on Mind Control, or the opening move of the Puppeteer Parasite.

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  • The person under the Truth Serum is forced to tell the truth.
  • The Tongue-Tied person is unable to communicate a certain piece of information.
  • People burst into spontaneous song under the influence of The Music Meister.

Sub-trope of People Puppets. Frequently part and parcel of Puppeteer Parasites' abilities. May overlap with Answering Echo if the person can only repeat the last words of another. Inversion of Can Only Move the Eyes, where the person retain the ability to speak when they are being controlled.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Aquarion Evol: Kagura ends up insulting and threatening Mikono when he becomes nervous around her, due to his superpower of Reversal making him talk in reverse.
  • Big Order: Sena plans to get Gennai to confess what he did on live broadcast, but he outwits her and makes him look like the good guy. She cannot refute him because she is too shocked in the manga; in the anime, his ability of "Mind Set" controls her into agreeing with everything he says.
  • Crayon Shin-chan: Don Pan Pan in the 26th movie incapacitates his adversaries by hitting Pressure Points that make the victim crack one-liners, or only say "Your underwear is showing".
  • Dororo (the 2019 anime): The amanojaku, a Youkai that induces perverseness, forces the villagers and the protagonist duo to say and do the opposite of what they intend. It takes almost the entire episode for Dororo to figure out that her sudden Cannot Spit It Out is supernatural and that her partner has likewise been acting Weirder Than Usual.
  • Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri: Episode 35. Whatever a clingy magic card attaches itself to is forced to lie or act against what they say.
  • Maoh: Juvenile Remix: Ando's ability is to make people say things he wants them to say.
  • Medaka Box: Oudo's Compelling Voice won't allow itself to be used for anything but Kneel Before Zod. Though he meant to tell his schoolmates to live life to the fullest, the first words that came out of his mouth were the order to bow before him.
  • MM!: The A-Cup Angst sufferer Mio uses hypnosis to temporarily make Taro end all of his sentences with "hugetastic boobs".
  • Sgt. Frog:
    • Keroro tries to make a Hypno Fool of Natsumi with a Verbal Tic candy, but everyone ends up eating one (or more) conveniently right before important phone calls.
    • Kululu's invention turns the second light novel into an aptly-narrated Detective Story, in which the "detectives" are forced to call each other by their embarrassing code names.
  • Smile Pretty Cure!: Majorina ruins the comedy contest by using special rings on the guest duo which make them unable to tell jokes or speak in the Kansai Regional Accent, causing their routine to fall flat.
  • Stitch!: Checkers, the Experiment that makes others cater to his wearer like royalty, is now modified to take control of the wearer's body so Hämsterviel speaks through them. It results in an uncommon combination of Tropes: a People Puppet who Can Move The Face except for her mouth, out of which Hämsterviel's voice comes.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Torunka is unwittingly affected by a Cursed Needle during his infiltration with Luna, blurting out the truth when he intends to lie.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo has elite Passione member Tiziano whose Stand, Talking Head, is a small creature that latches onto a target's tongue and forces them to only communicate the opposite of what they mean. This even extends to writing and gestures and he can toggle it at will for further confusion.

    Comic Books 
  • When Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen overhears crooks planning to kidnap him and force him to reveal Superman's identity, he tries to counteract this by taking a lie serum. Hilarity Ensues. When the crooks finally strap him to a Lie Detector and interrogate about Superman's identity, he gets through it by claiming that it is Clark Kent.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Beetlejuice: When the Maitlands first release the title character, he gives a demonstration of his possession power by talking through Barbara.
  • Bruce Almighty: Bruce uses his god-powers to make his rival anchorman speak gibberish during a live newscast.
  • A mundane example happens in one of the Multiple Endings of Unfriended: Dark Web, where Mathias is Buried Alive and tries to use his phone to contact his deaf girlfriend Amaya for help. Problem is, the hackers have gotten into his phone so that his mouth on FaceTime is blurred (so Amaya can't read his lips), and so that all of his text messages, and the speech-to-text software he'd designed to communicate with her, instead say that he wished he'd spent more time learning sign language.
  • In the X-Men Film Series, Charles Xavier can use his telepathic mind control powers to have a conversation with someone else who is miles away, by taking over other people and using their voices. One example is in X-Men: Days of Future Past when Xavier talks to Mystique by possessing various people around her as she's walking through the airport.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • Bewitched:
    • Sam's mother put a spell on Darrin causing him to start talking like he was three years old. Right in front of his boss!
    • At another time she casts a spell that causes him to constantly speak in cliche.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Midnight": An unknown creature possesses one of the members of the group, to whom the Doctor tries to reason with. However, the creature's speech catches up to and then overtakes the Doctor's thoughts, taking control so he orders the others on the ship to kill him against his will.
    • "Flesh and Stone": Amy Pond is forced to count down to her own death after a copy of a Weeping Angel is created in the vision centres of her brain.
  • Get Smart: Maxwell Smart is given lying pills to foil any possible interrogation. Of course, he takes it at an inappropriate time and suddenly lies about every slightest fact, including his own name.
  • One of the possible side-effects of owning someone's heart in Once Upon a Time — not only can you essentially use the victim as an unintentional mole, you can also make them say things you want them to say in order to manipulate others.
  • Round the Twist: A skeleton's curse forces Pete to end every sentence with "without my pants".
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Sabrina puts a spell on Hilda so that she'll say whatever Sabrina says, so she can make her go on a date with Mr. Kraft. While that is going on, Valerie shows up and Sabrina starts having a conversation with her while Hilda keeps repeating everything Sabrina is saying to Valerie. Eventually the spell breaks and Hilda drags Sabrina off to Zelda to figure out an appropriate punishment.
  • In Sherlock, Moriarty steals voices — by the entirely non-magical means of kidnapping people, strapping them to bombs, and typing out what he wants them to say.
  • Star Trek: In "Plato's Stepchildren", the cruel and arrogant Parmen telekinetically controls the Enterprise crew, forcing them into humiliating performances such as dancing, singing, and reciting poetry.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): The deity Delos speaks through Leonard Randall's mouth in "The Trance".

    Mythology and Religion 
  • In Classical Mythology, the nymph Echo is cursed to repeat what she has already heard without ever putting anything in her own words.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Ring of Truthlessness. The wearer must lie in response to any questions asked of them for as long as the ring is worn.
  • Paranoia: The Puppeteer mutation can be used to force a character to say whatever you want (with a good enough Power roll).

    Video Games 
  • Disgaea Infinite: The player takes on the role of a Prinny who can induce Last-Second Word Swap on other characters via Mind Control. Everyone, including the target, immediately notices how out-of-character the altered decisions are.
  • Puyo Puyo!! Quest: The Accursed Knight Series. Eldur suffers the "Curse of Delayed Speech", and Fried suffers the "Curse of Attaching 'Pyon★' To the End of Every Sentence".
  • World of Warcraft: The Warlock spell "Curse of Tongues" slows the target's spell casting speed by forcing them to speak Demonic.
  • Yo-Kai Watch: So-Sorree and whoever he Inspirits halfheartedly apologizes by going "Sorry sorry I'm so sorry!"

    Web Original 
  • The Fear Mythos: The Choir from "Slip ups" makes people say the opposite of what they mean.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • I, SCP-426, am a toaster that makes people unintentionally refer to me in the first person. Eventually, they start to think that they're a toaster.
    • What to do with SCP-779-KO is the only thing people can talk about; they are unable to talk about how or why.

    Western Animation 
  • Dexter's Laboratory: After an experiment in Sleep Learning backfiring, Dexter wakes up unable to say anything except "omelette du fromage" (incorrect French for "cheese omelette"). Bizarrely enough, everyone he faces in the episode happens to want to hear the very phrase — from his French teacher to the crowd at the UN. Except the password authentication system in his lab.
  • In Martha Speaks, the titular talking dog draws her ability to speak from eating alphabet soup and the letters somehow entering her head instead of her stomach. Any change to the soup will mean a change in Martha's ability to communicate. For example, in one episode, Martha is compelled to speak Polish after being served Polish alphabet soup. In another, the soup company decides to stop including some letters, and Martha's speech Deteriorates Into Gibberish.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Under the effect of The Cutie Pox, Apple Bloom is forced to speak in Gratuitous French when she gets a Fleur de Lis cutie mark.
  • On Phineas and Ferb, many of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's inventions and schemes involve communication. One example is the Double-Negative-Inator. Which makes everybody trying to say a negative to add another negative to their sentences, so they become positive (and their own attitude change, as if they actually wanted to say a positive). Or the Least-Likely-inator, which forces people to do, or say, the least thing in their nature. Among others.
  • The Replacements: Todd gives himself "lie spice" to make his lies 50% more believable, but too much consumption of the salt causes Todd to have uncontrollable lying. Needless to say, it does not end well for him.
  • In an episode of The Smurfs, Gargamel captures the Smurfette and prepares a truth serum to force her to reveal the Smurf village's location. Unfortunately for him, Azrael steps on the potions book and accidentally turns the page to a potion of compulsive lying.
  • Steven Universe: White Diamond's mind control allows her complete and total control over the affected Gem, including speaking through them with her voice.
  • In Young Justice, the fully activated Blue Beetle scarab can control everything about its host except for their thought process, including their speech. Jaime's attempts at Fighting from the Inside only add up to sarcastic comments that only his puppeteers can hear.


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