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"I'm very convincing. People are like worm to me, and I see zero diversity. I can just completely mimic other people's speech patterns. It's funny, because they were explaining to everyone how I was legitimate. Admins of huge pages, mind you. Not only that, but they trusted me thoroughly. All for my enjoyment. :3 [...] I love making people have zero clue what's going on. Not only did it make the other admins look like dip-shits, but it makes people not trust anything. Especially when I was pretending to be a regular person. It was complete chaos, and no one even knew it yet. [...] I've gotten pages within the first comment I've posted. I've also gotten pages that have taken weeks. If I want a page, it's mine, regardless of anything. I've gotten pages where I was pointed out to be a 'hijacker', too. I'm a silver-tongued-devil. [...] I'm just really manipulative in general. And just super charming to everyone."
Zane McBane, Bronyism
"My manipulatin' hasn't even begun!"
Hence the saying: if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The ability to manipulate his enemies was one of Thrawn's greatest talents.
Borsk Fey'lya, Specter of the Past
"The woman you love is trapped in some horrible future where nearly everyone is dead. You can change that. She needs you, Peter. We all need you... to open that door."
Adam Monroe, Heroes, doing what he does best.

Rodney Foreman: My son says you're a Manipulative Bastard.

Gregory House: ... It's a pet name. I call him Dr. Bling.
Tell me what you regard as your greatest strength, so I will know how best to undermine you; tell me of your greatest fear, so I will know which I must force you to face; tell me what you cherish most, so I will know what to take from you; and tell me what you crave, so that I might deny you.

So you can help me out and we can go through very well

Or I can turn around and make your life a living Hell

It's up to you, you've got a choice, you've got incentive to succeed"

I watch you. I see the hatred in your eyes, well-hidden behind courtly graces.

I listen. I know the terrible darkness that hides behind your well-rehearsed lies.

I wait for you at the edge of sanity. I taste the pain in your mind, the yearning to end this charade.

I make my home in the darkest pits of your soul. In the shadows I bide my time.

I patiently wait for you to open your eyes and realize that it is by my will alone that you draw breath.

For I am Tzeentch and you are my puppet who dances to my tune.

Show me how to lie

You're getting better all the time

And turning all against the one

Is an art that's hard to teach

Another clever word

Sets off an unsuspecting herd

And as you step back into line

A mob jumps to their feet
—"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" by The Offspring
Everybody plays each other. That's all anybody ever does. We play parts.
—Saffron, Firefly
Jeff: "Crash course in manipulation. You don't actually tell the person what you want them to do. You help them realize they want to do it, so it can't be traced back to you."
"Did you hear him back there? Even his singing is up to something!"
Heather, Total Drama World Tour, "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better"
"For every task, there's a perfect tool."
Jihl Nabaat, Final Fantasy XIII
"Me? I'm dishonest and a dishonest man you can always rely on to be dishonest, honestly it's the honest ones you've got to watch out for because you can never tell when they're going to do something really stupid."
Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
"So you see Mercer, every man has a price which he will willingly accept. Even for that which he hopes never to lose."
Lord Cutler Beckett, same as above
"Twists and turns are my master plan. You'll find the elements back where you began."
"There's no such thing as too much power."
Max Schreck, Batman Returns

Mr. Gaunt thought of himself as an electrician of the human soul.

In a small town like Castle Rock, all the fuse-boxes were lined up neatly side by side. What you had to do was open the boxes… and then start cross-wiring. You hot-wired a Wilma Jerzyck to a Nettle Cobb by using wires from two other fuse-boxes-those of a young fellow like Brian Rusk and a drunk fellow like Hugh Priest, let us say.

You hot-wired other people in the same way, a Buster Keeton to a Norris Ridgewick, a Frank Jewett to a George Nelson, a Sally Ratcliffe to a Lester Pratt.

At some point you tested one of your fabulous wiring jobs just to make sure everything was working correctly-as he had done today-and then you laid low and sent a charge through the circuits every once in awhile to keep things interesting. To keep things hot.

But mostly you just laid low until everything was done… and then you turned on the juice.

All the juice.

All at once.
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