In general, brainwashing is a convenient method to get characters to act against previously established character traits without breaking willing suspension of disbelief. But here at the Fetish Fuel Wiki, we're more interested in the erotic undertones of mind manipulation.
It's not hard to see the appeal behind this trope. Part of it stems from a desire to be in control of another person, to a greater degree than is plausible in real life. The ability to brainwash someone allows you to control their actions, hijack their thoughts, or even mold their personality like clay.
Another aspect that generates fetish fuel is that it can make people behave in ways that are downright implausible otherwise. For instance, you could brainwash someone into becoming a boyfriend or girlfriend that would have sex with you whenever you wanted, and would be fully committed to you regardless of how committed you were to them. Through stronger brainwashing, you could remove the target's knowledge of societal norms and replace them with whatever lewd ideas you can imagine.
Perhaps the greatest draw (for Nightmare Fetishists , at any rate) is the sheer reprehensibility of the act. We all value our ability to think and act for ourselves, and consider it an inalienable human right. When you brainwash someone, you rob them of their free will, and cause them to behave in ways that they never would want to (or, you make them want to behave in those ways). Fortunately, brainwashing of this caliber is restricted to the realm of fiction, which helps your conscience rest easy.
The Erotic Mind Control Story Archive is a repository of amateur stories with mind control as the central theme. (No pictures, but still NSFW.)
Anime and MangaEdit
- This troper's first brush with Mind Control was thanks to Sailor Moon, of all things. Back then she was very confused by how much she enjoyed watching Chibiusa, then the Black Lady, using her powers to seduce and control the other characters.
- It's gotten so bad for QuestionableSanity that just seeing eyes drawn with flat-shading and no pupils is a turn on in and of itself.
- The number of times that various members of the Suzaku Warriors in Fushigi Yuugi have been brainwashed into assaulting Miaka in various ways is not small, and this fact has not gone unnoticed among the fanbase.
Live Action TVEdit
- This tropette's first encounter with brainwashing/hypnosis fetishism occurred at the tender age of eight as she repeatedly watched the Pinky and the Brain video cassette; "Animaniacs: You WILL Buy This Videotape", in which The Brain repeatedly used a swirling backdrop and soothing voice to assure the viewer that they would have no free will of their own when the video was over. Although it never worked, she found herself strangely drawn to watching it repeatedly until her mother confiscated it.