Hypnosis in Books, Novels, Comics & Manga?
So I've recently been reading the novels for a series called "Kumo Desu ga, Nani Ka?" ("I'm a Spider, So What?") and I was very pleasantly surprised to see it had hypnosis as a major plot point (spoiler).

This got me wondering if anyone else knows of any stories where hypnosis becomes such a major factor? If so, please share them!
Spirals said:
So I've recently been reading the novels for a series called "Kumo Desu ga, Nani Ka?" ("I'm a Spider, So What?") and I was very pleasantly surprised to see it had hypnosis as a major plot point (spoiler).

This got me wondering if anyone else knows of any stories where hypnosis becomes such a major factor? If so, please share them!
Couple off the top of my head:

In the fourth book of the Series of Unfortunate Events series, titled The Miserable Mill, Klaus is hypnotized by an optometrist who is in cahoots with Count Olaf. When the word "lucky" is spoken to him, he falls into a trance, and the word to snap him out of it is "inordinate".

The book Night Chills by Dean Koontz is exclusively about amoral scientists subliminally hypnotizing an entire town via the water supply and inducing obedient trances in people by uttering a trigger phrase to them.
There's the Molly Moon series which is almost entirely involved with hypnosis. I've only read the first 2 in the series a long time ago, so I can't really give specific details.
This is a nice thread. I'd recommend checking out this blog, that someone posted a while ago already, for manga at least (the manga scenes are called "Past clap picture summary").
As a kid, I remember reading this series called "Nerds", and the first one had a kid with hypnotic braces. It makes sense in context.
The Redwall series of books also have several occurences of hypnosis; villian snake characters usually use it to ensnare other characters in order to kill them, such as Asmodeus Poisonteeth the adder and Zassaliss, Harssacss, and Sesstra, a trio of snakes who are bound together by a badger's mace. There is also Ublaz Mad-Eyes, a pine marten emperor with hypnotic abilities so powerful that he could even use them to lull a venomous serpent to guard his treasure.
Sorry to keep posting here, but I can't believe I forgot to mention this one: in the third book in the Wayside School series, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, there's a psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Pickell who hypnotizes people with a pickle-shaped pendulum. He's good at his job, usually curing people through aversion therapy, but he also plays cruel jokes on people by making them respond to a random trigger word in embarrassing ways. For example, he hypnotizes a woman so that every time she tries to smoke a cigarette, she believes that it turns into a worm and she spits it out, but any time her husband says the word "potato", she is compelled to slap him in the face.
He eventually loses his license to practice psychiatry and becomes Wayside School's guidance counselor, where he hypnotizes one of the kids, Paul, so that he'll stop feeling compelled to grab his classmate Leslie's pigtails. However, Dr. Pickell also adds the command that any time Leslie says the word "pencil", Paul will feel compelled to eat her ears.
geekgirl8 said:
The Redwall series of books also have several occurences of hypnosis; villian snake characters usually use it to ensnare other characters in order to kill them, such as Asmodeus Poisonteeth the adder and Zassaliss, Harssacss, and Sesstra, a trio of snakes who are bound together by a badger's mace. There is also Ublaz Mad-Eyes, a pine marten emperor with hypnotic abilities so powerful that he could even use them to lull a venomous serpent to guard his treasure.
GAH! THE NOSTALGIA! IT BUUUUUUUUUUUUUURNS! That series was one of the things that helped form my fetishes! They actually made a TV show of it too. https://youtu.be/04MHAO0giUo?t=6m28s
Nadie said:
GAH! THE NOSTALGIA! IT BUUUUUUUUUUUUUURNS! That series was one of the things that helped form my fetishes! They actually made a TV show of it too. https://youtu.be/04MHAO0giUo?t=6m28s
Aw hell yea, I adore these books and the TV series. They actually got Tim Curry to voice Slagar the Cruel in season 2, that was dope as hell. But the descriptions for the snake hypnosis in the books were incredible to me, always loved re-reading those parts.

REALLY wish they would make a film adaptation for the first book.
geekgirl8 said:
Aw hell yea, I adore these books and the TV series. They actually got Tim Curry to voice Slagar the Cruel in season 2, that was dope as hell. But the descriptions for the snake hypnosis in the books were incredible to me, always loved re-reading those parts.

REALLY wish they would make a film adaptation for the first book.
I've actually still got a whole bunch of the books from when I was a kid. Hell, just because I can, here's a little taste:

"'Look at me, my little friend. I can see that you are a great warrior. You are not afraid to gaze into my eyes. Look at me.'
The eyes seemed to expand and dilate until they filled the whole of Matthias's vision. They dominated him. He could not tear his gaze away. Asmodeus continued in a persuasive undertone.
'See, they are the twin pools of eternity. Sink into them, and you will find darkness and rest.' . . . Matthias . . . felt overcome by an immense lethargy. The adder's voice was a cold, dark, green velvet fog that threatened to envelop him. He stared deep into the deadly eyes, his lids began to droop heavily . . . ."

And then Asmodeus ate him! THE END :D
Nadie said:
I've actually still got a whole bunch of the books from when I was a kid. Hell, just because I can, here's a little taste:

"'Look at me, my little friend. I can see that you are a great warrior. You are not afraid to gaze into my eyes. Look at me.'
The eyes seemed to expand and dilate until they filled the whole of Matthias's vision. They dominated him. He could not tear his gaze away. Asmodeus continued in a persuasive undertone.
'See, they are the twin pools of eternity. Sink into them, and you will find darkness and rest.' . . . Matthias . . . felt overcome by an immense lethargy. The adder's voice was a cold, dark, green velvet fog that threatened to envelop him. He stared deep into the deadly eyes, his lids began to droop heavily . . . ."

And then Asmodeus ate him! THE END :D
Hahaha! Well, we both know that's when Martin's spirit just has to butt in and ruin everything XD I own all the books up until I think The Taggerung, but the first book never ceases to be my favorite, mostly because of ol' Asmodeus Poisonteeth. Of course, it goes against everything I stand for as an advocate of our scaly friends needing more positive representation in the media, but who cares, he's an amazing villain. XD
geekgirl8 said:
Hahaha! Well, we both know that's when Martin's spirit just has to butt in and ruin everything XD I own all the books up until I think The Taggerung, but the first book never ceases to be my favorite, mostly because of ol' Asmodeus Poisonteeth. Of course, it goes against everything I stand for as an advocate of our scaly friends needing more positive representation in the media, but who cares, he's an amazing villain. XD
Damn ancient warrior ghosts, always interrupting dinner! I swear, it was Redwall and Kaa that really got me into snake vore and hypnosis. How is there no art of him around here or fanfics where he 'wins'? Someone needs to stand up for the little guy. And by little guy I mean proportionally huge adder.
Nadie said:
Damn ancient warrior ghosts, always interrupting dinner! I swear, it was Redwall and Kaa that really got me into snake vore and hypnosis. How is there no art of him around here or fanfics where he 'wins'? Someone needs to stand up for the little guy. And by little guy I mean proportionally huge adder.
It baffles me that Kaa is the one who gets all the fanart/fanfics when Asmodeus is like the sexiest evil motherfucker of all time. Plus he doesn't fall out of trees or swallow boulders like a goober. He gets his head cut off by an ancient warrior's sword that was forged from meteorite steel, made by a badger lord. That is so much more badass. XD
geekgirl8 said:
It baffles me that Kaa is the one who gets all the fanart/fanfics when Asmodeus is like the sexiest evil motherfucker of all time. Plus he doesn't fall out of trees or swallow boulders like a goober. He gets his head cut off by an ancient warrior's sword that was forged from meteorite steel by a badger lord. That is so much more badass. XD
To be fair, the Kaa in the actual book was kind of badass. But also 94% less evil. From the stories I've read (and written lol) I think people just use Kaa as a placeholder name for any given hypnotic snake who likes eating people -- they don't really keep in mind his original personality. Kaa is probably more popular because more kids were exposed to Disney than Brian Jacques: if the latter were the case, I'm sure people would be using Asmodeus as a catch-all for hypno snakes instead. I agree he's a better character than the Kaa in the film, though. I just love how he talks, with his "twin pools of eternity" and his "darkness and rest". Maybe I'll write something with him one of these days, or use him in an RP or something.
Nadie said:
To be fair, the Kaa in the actual book was kind of badass. But also 94% less evil. From the stories I've read (and written lol) I think people just use Kaa as a placeholder name for any given hypnotic snake who likes eating people -- they don't really keep in mind his original personality. Kaa is probably more popular because more kids were exposed to Disney than Brian Jacques: if the latter were the case, I'm sure people would be using Asmodeus as a catch-all for hypno snakes instead. I agree he's a better character than the Kaa in the film, though. I just love how he talks, with his "twin pools of eternity" and his "darkness and rest". Maybe I'll write something with him one of these days, or use him in an RP or something.
Kaa in the books is the fucking coolest, and I am perpetually in a state of mild irritation that he has not been adapted properly to film yet. XD I want to see him dance and hypnotize the monkeys in glorious HD graphics, goddammit! That is all that I want! *slams fist*

And hell yeah, the words he uses when he hypnotizes small helpless animals is awesome. I say go for it, the snek needs more love. \o/
geekgirl8 said:
Kaa in the books is the fucking coolest, and I am perpetually in a state of mild irritation that he has not been adapted properly to film yet. XD I want to see him dance and hypnotize the monkeys in glorious HD graphics, goddammit! That is all that I want! *slams fist*

And hell yeah, the words he uses when he hypnotizes small helpless animals is awesome. I say go for it, the snek needs more love. \o/
God, I wish I could remember what it was, but I don't: a loooooooooooooong time ago I saw some old other animated adaptation of the jungle book where Kaa actually did do the dancing thing on the Bandar-Log. Wouldn't know where to begin to search for it though.

But yeah... wouldn't it be nice if a certain Cornflower encountered a certain adder? Subtly seduced, silently but suddenly sucked into the snake's starving stomach?
Nadie said:
God, I wish I could remember what it was, but I don't: a loooooooooooooong time ago I saw some old other animated adaptation of the jungle book where Kaa actually did do the dancing thing on the Bandar-Log. Wouldn't know where to begin to search for it though.

But yeah... wouldn't it be nice if a certain Cornflower encountered a certain adder? Subtly seduced, silently but suddenly sucked into the snake's starving stomach?
OH I know exactly which one you're talking about, it was a Russian animated cartoon! https://youtu.be/TAkyKttnKaM?t=2204

WELL I don't go in for the whole vore thing personally, but if that is your cup of tea, I say sip it! Or rather in this case, gulp it!
geekgirl8 said:
OH I know exactly which one you're talking about, it was a Russian animated cartoon! https://youtu.be/TAkyKttnKaM?t=2204

WELL I don't go in for the whole vore thing personally, but if that is your cup of tea, I say sip it! Or rather in this case, gulp it!
That might be the animation, but I don't think so. I think it was an even different one. Something very low budget, and I know it was in English. Maybe I'll find it one day.

And as for the vore... yeah... It's a real shame being in a minority of a minority here. Lonely. But when life gives you anthropomorphic mice and hungry venomous snakes, you make lemonade.
sooo I was looking for a major thread for hypnosis in manga... like the Mind Control Scenes in Japanese and Western Animation!! thread for anime, but there seems to have none.... so I just post here, hope it will become one like the above

chapter 7 of Maou no Hisho featuring main heroine being brought out to be experimenting brainwashing methods on, on which she gladly accepted, got many varieties to look for, just it was a PG home comedy manga so don't expect to have any sexual means. All of the routes lead to hilarious conclusion which is kind of amusing :)
You can read the mandchurian candidate as well, a soldier being brainwashed by the communists, becoming a sleeper agent tasked to assassinate and forget to set up a coup in the US
His trigger being the queen of diamonds card.
".....And when you're down here with me, YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!"
Contorted said:
".....And when you're down here with me, YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!"
Indeed. Now I think about it, Stephen King wrote a very descriptive account of the hypnotic effects of vampires' eyes in 'Salem's Lot. Kind of ruins the whole 'horror' angle when you're (I'm) consequently rooting for the bloodthirsty creatures of the night.
Nadie said:
Indeed. Now I think about it, Stephen King wrote a very descriptive account of the hypnotic effects of vampires' eyes in 'Salem's Lot. Kind of ruins the whole 'horror' angle when you're (I'm) consequently rooting for the bloodthirsty creatures of the night.
Considering how a lot of King's books are connected through The Dark Tower series, that isn't all that surprising.
Contorted said:
Considering how a lot of King's books are connected through The Dark Tower series, that isn't all that surprising.
King's continuity between otherwise unrelated books makes my brain itch.
Just gonna flat out say it since No one else has. There's a series of books called The Hypnotists. Id recommend at least reading the first one
TheFinalAnubis said:
Just gonna flat out say it since No one else has. There's a series of books called The Hypnotists. Id recommend at least reading the first one
Care to go into more detail about what they're about besides the obvious?
As far as I read in the Legend of Drizzt novels, for the Dark Elf Trilogy, Malice Do'Urden loves to use the Command Spell, if that counts as MC.
Contorted said:
Care to go into more detail about what they're about besides the obvious?
I'll try to sum it up as best as I can. A kid discoveres by accident that he can control people's minds with his eyes that shift color (not kaa like, more of a mood ring type, just softer and faster) and he is recruited into this institute that trains anyone with the ability to be "mind benders" aka hypnotists to perfect their talent. The kid is actually an incredibly powerful hypnotist because both of his parents have families with a reputation as powerful hypnotists throughout history. The director of the institute actually turns out to be a bad guy who has been secretly hypnotizing celebs and politicians, and actually rigs an upcoming election to make sure he's pulling the strings of NYC. The director actually finds out that the kid has the ability to hypnotize through video, something previously thought impossible, and creates a virus that causes a pop-up video of the kid using his eyes to hypnotize and rig the election. Shit goes down, the kid actually gets hypnotized himself and almost jumps to his death from a really tall height, and the director is of course arrested but the kid has to move cities to protect his family. I skipped a lot but it's a good book
TheFinalAnubis said:
I'll try to sum it up as best as I can. A kid discoveres by accident that he can control people's minds with his eyes that shift color (not kaa like, more of a mood ring type, just softer and faster) and he is recruited into this institute that trains anyone with the ability to be "mind benders" aka hypnotists to perfect their talent. The kid is actually an incredibly powerful hypnotist because both of his parents have families with a reputation as powerful hypnotists throughout history. The director of the institute actually turns out to be a bad guy who has been secretly hypnotizing celebs and politicians, and actually rigs an upcoming election to make sure he's pulling the strings of NYC. The director actually finds out that the kid has the ability to hypnotize through video, something previously thought impossible, and creates a virus that causes a pop-up video of the kid using his eyes to hypnotize and rig the election. Shit goes down, the kid actually gets hypnotized himself and almost jumps to his death from a really tall height, and the director is of course arrested but the kid has to move cities to protect his family. I skipped a lot but it's a good book
I'm just gonna be that guy: Any sexy time or nah?
there's examples in practically every vampire series book ever, although rarely to the main character, or is so there is less sexuality to it
examples I can think of include through out the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton, several of the red court and white court vampires in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher [which also has faerie control], and the Hollows series by Kim Harrison

however, despite there being mind control in all of these, there's something about them that fails to make it titillating, at least to me

Now there are three books in particular in which the hypnosis scene sparked my mind;

In "the White Gryphon" by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon, there is a minor villain early on who is the equivalent of a magical fantasy therapist; he has been enslaving and sexually dominating at least 6 of his female clients. We see one of our protagonists bust in on a session he's having, and the woman, who is naked and bound in an uncomfortable position by ordinary thread, is so entranced won't move or acknowledge the presence of the guards stopping her master because she has not been ordered to

While there are a few sprinklings of mind control or magic dominance throughout, in the 3rd book of the Mercy Thompson series, "Iron Kissed", by Patricia Briggs, has a human as the main villain with a fey artifact, a goblet; in addition to healing and truth powers, it can also "enslave" humans - we mostly see it work like a potent "charm person" on our protagonist, who is normally resistant to magic - he is manipulating her throughout the story, and he makes her drink a lot from it towards the end, and it really messes her up

Lastly, and I might be projecting a little too much on this one, is "Lost in Translation" by Margaret Ball, in which a college girl accidentally gets sekaikei'd to a magical world by the villain, who immediately puts her under a charm spell so she won't report him, and she's pretty much bespelled by him throughout the entire book.... its not a great book, but I had several daydream fantasies that he would fall in love back and give up his evil ways
Grim said:
there's examples in practically every vampire series book ever, although rarely to the main character, or is so there is less sexuality to it
examples I can think of include through out the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton, several of the red court and white court vampires in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher [which also has faerie control], and the Hollows series by Kim Harrison

however, despite there being mind control in all of these, there's something about them that fails to make it titillating, at least to me
I don't know about the other two, but in the case of the Dresden Files series, I'd guess that it fails to be titillating largely because Butcher consistently portrays most cases of mind control as nightmarish scenarios that invariably end with the controlled person either dead or insane, and the controller either insane or twisted into a complete monster.

That said, Butcher does use mind control surprisingly often in his books. There is, as mentioned above, vampires, demons, fairies, spirits and magic users who all employ it at some point during the Dresden Files series. In the Codex Alera series, there are Earth Crafters (who can induce lust), Fire Crafters (who can manitpulate emotions, but rarely do so), there are the Aleran slave collars (which reward obedience with orgasmic bliss so intense that when it stops, normal existence is perceived by the wearer as agony by comparison), and, reputably, the Vord.