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"C'mon Mertle, being undead and weeeird is awesome. Join us! The other girls love it. Don't you guys?" "Yeeeeah" note .

Usually, whenever there's a story that involves a malevolent force that can subjugate others through supernatural means, those affected will, of course, go after those they usually know, often droning "join us" in some fashion, sometimes zombie-like, or just as a way to really showcase the victims aren't themselves. Granted, this won't make for a convincing argument since the victim will be less than willing to take the offer, but it nevertheless does a good job in showcasing the threat of said force. Think of it like peer pressure, only much more scary.

Often the result of a Hive Mind. Sometimes a staple of Zombie Apocalypse, if said zombies are a bit more sentient. Can often overlay with Transhuman Treachery as well, if the victims are really sincere that the transformation is better than being normal.



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    Comic Books 
  • In Peculia and the Goon Grove Vampires, near the end Peculia runs into the Babysitters who were all fed on by the vampire family to whom they fell prey. Now turned themselves, they cite they love the change and chant for Peculia to join them when they corner her in a tree.
    Honor It'll be some much better if you don't resist.
    Noelle: Only a brief feeling of obliteration, then you will live forever!
    Wren: It feels wonderful! Join us!
    Noelle: Yes! Join us!
    All three: [closing in on Peculia with Noelle and Wren grabbing her] Join us! Join us!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Brides of Dracula, one of the charm school teachers, Gina, is bitten and drained by the Baron Meinster. She rises the following night just when her fellow teacher/friend Marianne comes by her coffin to pay her last respects, now a vampire and itching to bite her though tries to convince Marianne to do so with her consent.
    Gina: Marianne. My darling Marianne. You haven't forgotten your little Gina. Put your arms around me please, I want to kiss you, Marianne. Please be kind to me, say that you'll forgive me for letting [The Baron] love me. (After a cutaway to Van Helsing outside) We can both love him, my darling. He's up at the old mill now. We can go there together. (Hold out her hand) Come with me, Marianne.
  • A variant in Freaks: The famous "one of us" chant comes from a titular freaks accepting Cleo as someone who has joined them, whether she likes it or not. The difference is the context. The first time, they meant it in a friendly way since she was marrying a friend of theirs that they considered family. But when she reveals she was stringing him along. They show her they meant it literally as well and makes sure her appearance reflects likewise at the end of the movie.
  • In The Mummy (1999), one of the curses Imhotep inflicts is boils that turns a good chunk of Cairo's citizens to his control which he uses to storm the building where the heroes are located in trying to find where the Book of the Dead is, all the while chanting his name. Amusingly when Jonathan runs out to start up the car so they can escape and runs into a mob of them, he uses the chant himself to get them to halt their attack and ignore him.
  • The Shining: The infamous Grady Twins scene when they implore Danny to "play" with them. Doesn't help that Danny sees a quick cut of their dead bodies after they were murdered by their father when they do.
    Twins: Come play with us, Danny, forever and ever and ever.
  • In The Evil Dead, the spirits of the dead are frequently heard moaning the words "join us."

  • Dracula:
    • Lucy, after having been turned, beckons this to Arthur when Helsing, Seward, Quincy and he confront her vampire form in a graveyard.
      Lucy: Come to me, Arthur. Leave these others and come to me. My arms are hungry for you. Come, and we can rest together. Come, my husband, come!
    • Near the end of the book, Dracula's brides happen upon the camp where Van Helsing and Mina are stationed. A makeshift holy barrier Helsing made keeps them from getting near the two. But this doesn't stop them from calling out to Mina and trying to appeal to her growing vampire transformation to join them, citing her as their "sister".
  • Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters: Puppeteer Parasite aliens are trying to take over the human race. One of the aliens is allowed to possess a human being, a secret agent fighting them. While under control, the agent tries to convince his boss to let one of the aliens control him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation (and subsequent appearances in other series), the Borg, with the catch-phrase:
    You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

  • Probably the most epic is in Evil Dead: The Musical. Very rarely is this done in a song, compete with a ridiculous number of puns, jokes, and other general humor. [1]

    Theme Parks 
  • The Smiler at Alton Towers used this in their advertising campaign. The drone is also used when the ride leaves the station before going into one of the rides 14 inversions.

     Western Animation 
  • Dexter's Laboratory: In "Gooey Aliens That Control Your Mind", Dexter get his hand on some specimens that crawl out of a meteor and take them to the lab. They break free and crawls into the ears of his mother, father and sister, Dee Dee, taking over their brains and bodies. They head back into the lab intent on having Dexter taken over as well and using his lab to contact other of their kind for a full on Alien Invasion.
    Mother (Warped tone): Must contact mothership
    Father (Ditto): Must build signal device.
    Dee Dee (deep warped tone, to Dexter): Must take you in for reconditioning.
  • Parodied in Ed, Edd n Eddy. Nazz invites Ed and Edd to a barbecue; Edd accepts the invite first, and he and Nazz try to persuade Ed, who thinks Edd is experimenting on the kids, to join them by saying "Join us, Ed" over and over again.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Operation L.O.C.K.D.O.W.N has a bit of a variant, since the power subjugating the Sector is caused by being spanked by a vampire without their glove. So when Numbuh 5 is is the Final Girl among the group who've been turned. They cite her as being "bad" as an excuse to spank her and turn her into a spank-happy vampire.
    • In "Operation: D.A.T.E.", the Delightful Children From Down The Lane hold a party, inviting every kid in town. They then lure the kids into having their photos taken, using the "camera" to brainwash them. When discovered by Numbuh One and Lizzie, the brainwashed victims all chant "Join us" in unison.
  • Futurama: In The Honking, The Planet Express crew go to the home of one of Bender's relatives, Uncle Vlad, for a will reading which specifies Bender will get the inheritance if he spends the night in said relative's mansion. Naturally it's haunted (kinda, it's revealed later it was just projections coming from the relative's body) and Bender ends up confronted by the "ghosts" of his ancestors (lead by Vlad) who drone "join us" as they come out of the paintings.
    Vlad: Come to us Bender, you'll like being dead.
    Bender: That's what they said about being alive!
  • In the Growing Up Creepie episode "Attack of the Wasp Zombies", the hypnotized students chant this to Creepie as they corner her.
  • Totally Spies!: In "Computer Creep Much", this ends up happening to Jerry and Sam when an evil A.I uses bug like drones to brainwash them. The two going on how "wonderful" it feels to be "liberated" with the latter trying to get Alex to join them.
  • The Simpsons: In Treehouse of Horror IV's Bart Simpson's Dracula, Bart does this after being bitten by Mr.Burns, trying to beckon Lisa to do so while floating outside her window with other kids he's bitten.
    Bart: Come join us, Lisa, it's so cool. You get to stay up all night drawing blooood!
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo?: In "Mummy Scares Best", the titular mummy causes his victims to chant "join us" when going after others. This ends up happening to Fred, Daphne and Velma when the gang explore one of the pyramids.


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