I've come up with the perfect plan to defeat you once and for all, by playing upon your greatest weakness: your loyalty to your pathetic friends. Don't worry; they're safe and sound right here with me. But I don't think they're on your side anymore! It seems their allegiance now lies with me! It's funny how our friends are so quick to turn....
~ Marik Ishtar revealing that he has brainwashed Yugi Yami's friends Joey Wheeler and Tea Gardner.
Villains who can take complete control of other people to do their bidding as Psychics or through Magic, hypnosis and/or mind control. The victim then becomes a helpless Puppet and most often a de facto Villain falling under the Possessed/Brainwashed category. Some villains can also brainwash their victims through complex manipulation and intense charisma, to the point of making their followers absolutely devoted to them and ready to commit the worst upon order. (To them only, not to an ideology.)

A Brainwasher differs from a Possessor by the fact that he or she does not need to enter the victim's body to take control and from a Corrupting Influence for the victim has its spirit eclipsed instead of turning evil though the outcome is quite similar in all cases.

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