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Basic Trope: A wearable object turns out to have the power to hypnotize the wearer.

  • Straight: Alice finds a white fur cape in an old magician's chest. When she puts it on, she finds herself acting like a Princess Classic.
  • Exaggerated: Any lady who even pets the cape's fur is hypnotized.
  • Downplayed: She just suffers some minor Hypno Fool commands, like yawning whenever someone says the right word.
  • Justified: The magician's wife really liked being hypnotized, so imbuing a charm spell into the cape made a great anniversary gift.
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  • Inverted: Alice is hypnotized by an evil sorcerer, but the effects don't work as long as she is wearing the fur cape.
  • Subverted: Susan thinks Alice is faking being hypnotized, so she puts on the cape to prove it. Nothing happens.
  • Double Subverted: Then Susan tries putting on the latch for the cape, which completes the hypnosis.
  • Parodied: Alice finds a talking rabbit, who put the spell on the fur cape to punish Alice for wearing the pelts of his people. The rabbit then removes the spell when Alice corrects him that the cape is ermine, because screw those weasels.
  • Zig Zagged: Queen Alice puts a spell on a white ermine cape, that will cause any woman wearing it to fall into a trance, as long as she is truly of Royal Blood. This Engagement Challenge seems to backfire when dozens of princesses are entranced by the cape, but when Bob chooses his bride, he is shocked to see her wearing the cape during the wedding ceremony. His mother planned to control his bride all along.
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  • Averted: Alice suffers no effects from wearing the ermine cape.
  • Enforced: It's become a trend to have plots kicked off by heroines put under spells from innocuous things.
  • Lampshaded: You can just hypnotize people by having them put on clothing? That's as silly as putting it in a spray can.
  • Invoked: Alice asks the sorcerer to put a spell on her ermine cape that makes her act like a Proper Lady, as her posh relatives are visiting, and Alice never completed finishing school.
  • Exploited: When Queen Alice fails to have the cape test prevent her son from marrying, Bob gets his mother to not say a word on his wedding day, as he puts the cape over her shoulders before the ceremony.
  • Defied: Alice constantly wears an enchanted fur cape specifically because it grants her immunity to hypnosis.
  • Discussed: "Why is it that whenever you wear that fur coat, you act like an entirely different person?"
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  • Conversed: "You'd think that girl would know not to wear that fur coat after the first time it hypnotized her."
  • Implied: Alice is hypnotized offscreen, and she's wearing the cape when she wasn't before. It's just not clear if the cape is what put her under this spell.
  • Played For Horror: Alice eventually finds herself acting like a princess even without the cape, which isn't just hypnotizing her, but overwriting her personality and memories with someone else.

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