(Don't take anything what i say is as FACT. This is merely something i did for fun and to also understand my own character better.)
I am pretty sure, some of you have seen it a dozen times by now, being it through fanart or by writing how Mesme Rize is hypnotizing his friends and others, by using his seductive charms, thick coils and his colorful hypnotic eyes. And for whatever reason he does it (mostly for entertainment purposes) there is always one question in our mind, that keeps plaguing us. How does it work?
It may surprise you to know that our lovable snekpone has an ability many could only dream of obtaining. He has what people refer to as the power of psychokinesis. In simple terms, Mesme Rize can manipulate things with his mind, but only on such a small scale. While he can't make objects levitate in the air, or be able to bend a spoon using his thoughts alone, he has managed to train this ability to produce the invisible waves of energy that can act on a victims mind. However, this is nothing close to the same kind of mind-control power a storybook psychic uses to manipulate people. His power, much to our surprise, is a very rudimentary power. In a hypnotic trance, a person's brainwave is at a lower frequency than someone that is awake. Mesme Rize can manipulate a victim's mind, using the invisible waves he can emit, so that their mind matches a similar frequency as that of someone in a hypnotic trance. How this is done is not completely certain, but there is another part to this power of his. These same waves also bombard the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that deals with emotions, long-term memories and motivational responses. The reason for attacking the frontal lobe will be explained later, but what this means is Mesme Rize cannot hypnotize someone from behind, and must hypnotize them from the front.
You may be wondering how this ability of Mesme Rize is related with his eyes. It would be easy to say that the rings are purely an artistic feature, but then why couldn't Mesme hypnotize (for example) Dark Horse with his eyes closed, or if he was completely still, or possibly asleep? Much about Mesme Rizes eyes are unknown, but what is known is he requires the victim's attention when he tries to use his power. When he has a victim's full attention, they will normally lock their eyes with his eyes, and stay completely focused on Mesme Rize while he uses his psychokinetic powers to attack their mind. The reason for that is simple. he requires eye contact to distract them long enough for his powers to work properly. Without a distraction, his victims may be experiencing a number of emotions that interfere with the snekpones ability to attack their mind. With a distraction, it could allow an opening for him to manipulate their mind long enough for it to be difficult to break away.
During the hypnosis, the victim also experiences many different emotions, that makes them fall more and more into a trance. All (or most of them) are:
-loss of all inhibitions
-forgetting of responsibilities, situations, consequences, other people, even yourself sometimes
-loss of fear of any kind of danger
-complete physical relaxation from body untensing its muscles and going limp
-overwhelming feeling of lust and infatuation towards the "master" (deep feeling of complete love for them and trust)
-almsot all thoughts going through your mind ending up in "mind blanks" and then no thoughts going through at all. in some cases just 100% mind blank all together like you're in a dreamless sleep
-sense of suggestability from overwhelming trust
It's safe to say though, that Mesmes Hypnosis technique is completly harmless, as victims don't have any memory loss once they are out of a trance, or have any sort of brain damage, even after multiple uses. Infact, most of them feel very good, considering their muscles and bones will get a few hours of break and total relaxation, even more then they would get through normal sleep.
So don't be afraid, if you cross paths with Mesme next time. Being in his care for a few hours, might even be an enriching experience.