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20th Nov '17 4:41:39 PM mcgrew
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** ''Film/IronMan3'': The Mark 42 armor can be piloted remotely by Tony or controlled ''sans'' pilot by J.A.R.V.I.S. [[spoiler:The same applies to all of Tony's other armors, which he summons to fight off the Mooks in the climax.]]

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** ''Film/IronMan3'': ''Film/IronMan3:'' The Mark 42 armor can be piloted remotely by Tony or controlled ''sans'' pilot by J.A.R.V.I.S. [[spoiler:The same applies to all of Tony's other armors, which he summons to fight off the Mooks in the climax.]]]]
** ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming:'' Iron Man rescues Spider-Man from drowning, but it turns out to be just an empty set of armor that Tony is controlling remotely.
4th Nov '17 2:01:26 PM rjd1922
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' has the central dungeon being patrolled by suits of armor called Phantoms, who are completely invincible (at least, until you get the Phantom Sword). If one of these scores a hit on you, you lose a full heart, 30 seconds off of the titular hourglass, and are sent back to the start of the floor. They come in three flavors: regular(blue), fast(red), and teleporting(gold).

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' has the central dungeon being patrolled by suits of armor called Phantoms, who are completely invincible (at least, until you get the Phantom Sword). If one of these scores a hit on you, you lose a full heart, 30 seconds off of the titular hourglass, and are sent back to the start of the floor. They come in three flavors: regular(blue), fast(red), regular (blue), fast (red), and teleporting(gold).teleporting (gold).
28th Oct '17 5:45:51 PM Actua11y
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This trope usually involves some type of full armor that is made up of rigid parts and more or less keeps its human appearance when not being worn, such as medieval full plate or samurai lamellar armor. Because mail armor[[note]]The word "chain mail" is a redundant modernism. The etymology of "mail" goes back to the latin word for "mesh" or "net", and it was originally used only to refer to armor made of interlocking iron rings. Since the 19th century the word "mail" was misused to mean any kind of armor, hence the need to differentiate "chain mail" from "scale mail" or "plate mail", but the latter are properly called "scale armor" and "plate armor", while the former is simply "mail".[[/note]]takes the shape of its wearer and is formless on its own, you will not usually see a mail shirt and leggings walking about because it just doesn't look as impressive. On the other hand, many kinds of armor are made of some combination of textile, scales, mail, or plates and there is nothing saying you can't have an animated armor with both flexible and rigid components.

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This trope usually involves some type of full armor that is made up of rigid parts and more or less keeps its human appearance when not being worn, such as medieval full plate or samurai lamellar armor. Because mail armor[[note]]The word "chain mail" is a redundant modernism. The etymology of "mail" goes back to the latin Latin word for "mesh" or "net", and it was originally used only to refer to armor made of interlocking iron rings. Since the 19th century the word "mail" was misused to mean any kind of armor, hence the need to differentiate "chain mail" from "scale mail" or "plate mail", but the latter are properly called "scale armor" and "plate armor", while the former is simply "mail".[[/note]]takes the shape of its wearer and is formless on its own, you will not usually see a mail shirt and leggings walking about because it just doesn't look as impressive. On the other hand, many kinds of armor are made of some combination of textile, scales, mail, or plates and there is nothing saying you can't have an animated armor with both flexible and rigid components.



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' one can become this, if a person attaches someone's soul to a suit of armor with a blood seal.
** Alphonse Elric is one of these. The fact that he has [[VocalDissonance the voice of an eleven-year-old]] takes a lot of the intimidation factor right out. It ''does'' [[ActuallyThatsMyAssistant get him mistaken]] for the Fullmetal Alchemist [[RunningGag on a regular basis]], which annoys his brother Ed - the ''real'' Fullmetal Alchemist - to no end.
** Both Al and Ed fight empty suits of armor at one point. They're not quite as nice; both suits are controlled by {{serial killer}}s. Then again one turns out to be AffablyEvil [[spoiler:as well as being two people.]] The other turns out to be [[spoiler: Barry the Chopper]]. [[spoiler: Barry]] turns out to be fairly good-hearted, though still loving to kill, until he is irrevocably killed.
** There are also the mass-produced suits of armor Hohenheim created for [[ThoseWackyNazis the Thule Society]] in TheMovie of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. Though they have people inside them, they've been killed by the intense cosmic forces inside the portal that connects the FMA-verse to the real world & the armors are animated by the [[EldritchAbomination forces]] that dwell within the gate. Taken to a slightly creepy level when [[spoiler: Al takes control of one (which [[ContrivedCoincidence just happens to look like his old self]]) and uses it to help him fight the others, then after they get recalled, temporarily mind-rides back to our world with it]].
* ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'': If the host is killed while in use of the armor, it goes into a murderous autopilot until it's host is resurrected. Technically not empty of a occupant aside from a temporary corpse, still qualifies for this trope regardless.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', one of the characters buys an ancient suit of armor that [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman grants incredible fighting powers]], supposedly [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential "unlocking your true potential"]], and Ranma wants to use it. Three problems, one, it's a [[{{Breastplate}} woman's]] suit, two, it's sentient, a vindictive jerk and a PantyThief, and three, it's sized for a girl with... er, a more normal schoolgirl type figure. [[GenderBender Ranma]] is too short, thin and big-breasted to fit in his female form.
* In the ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' [=OVA=] ''Gaiden'' the Armor of Halo is seen running around the streets of New York without its owner. Turns out it is being controlled by [[EvilSorcerer Shikaisen]] the BigBad of the story. The Armor of Torrent is seen walking on its own in the last episode of the [=OVA=] ''Legend of the Inferno Armor'' in order to join the other Ronin armors that were captured by [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Mukala]]. It has been confirmed by the main characters that the armors can be used for good or evil but the more fights the armors are used in, especially without the human spirit, [[TheHeartless the more corrupt the armors become]]. That is why by the end of the second [=OVA=] [[spoiler: the armors are destroyed for good]].

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' one can become this, this if a person attaches someone's soul to a suit of armor with a blood seal.
** Alphonse Elric is one of these. The fact that he has [[VocalDissonance the voice of an eleven-year-old]] takes a lot of the intimidation factor right out. It ''does'' [[ActuallyThatsMyAssistant get him mistaken]] for the Fullmetal Alchemist [[RunningGag on a regular basis]], which annoys his brother Ed - the Ed--the ''real'' Fullmetal Alchemist - to Alchemist--to no end.
** Both Al and Ed fight empty suits of armor at one point. They're not quite as nice; both suits are controlled by {{serial killer}}s. Then again one turns out to be AffablyEvil [[spoiler:as well as being two people.]] The other turns out to be [[spoiler: Barry [[spoiler:Barry the Chopper]]. [[spoiler: Barry]] [[spoiler:Barry]] turns out to be fairly good-hearted, though still loving to kill, until he is irrevocably killed.
** There are also the mass-produced suits of armor Hohenheim created for [[ThoseWackyNazis the Thule Society]] in TheMovie of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. Though they have people inside them, they've been killed by the intense cosmic forces inside the portal that connects the FMA-verse to the real world & the armors are animated by the [[EldritchAbomination forces]] that dwell within the gate. Taken to a slightly creepy level when [[spoiler: Al [[spoiler:Al takes control of one (which [[ContrivedCoincidence just happens to look like his old self]]) and uses it to help him fight the others, then after they get recalled, temporarily mind-rides back to our world with it]].
* ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'': If the host is killed while in use of the armor, it goes into a murderous autopilot until it's host is resurrected. Technically not empty of a an occupant aside from a temporary corpse, still qualifies for this trope regardless.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', one of the characters buys an ancient suit of armor that [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman grants incredible fighting powers]], supposedly [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential "unlocking your true potential"]], and Ranma wants to use it. Three problems, one, it's a [[{{Breastplate}} woman's]] suit, two, too, it's sentient, a vindictive jerk and a PantyThief, and three, it's sized for a girl with... er, a more normal schoolgirl type figure. [[GenderBender Ranma]] is too short, thin and big-breasted to fit in his female form.
* In the ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' [=OVA=] ''Gaiden'' the Armor of Halo is seen running around the streets of New York without its owner. Turns out it is being controlled by [[EvilSorcerer Shikaisen]] the BigBad of the story. The Armor of Torrent is seen walking on its own in the last episode of the [=OVA=] ''Legend of the Inferno Armor'' in order to join the other Ronin armors that were captured by [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Mukala]]. It has been confirmed by the main characters that the armors can be used for good or evil but the more fights the armors are used in, especially without the human spirit, [[TheHeartless the more corrupt the armors become]]. That is why by the end of the second [=OVA=] [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the armors are destroyed for good]].



* In ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}} Evolution-R'' the cast meets one of these when they begin their search for the Hellmaster's Jar. This armor is in fact possessed by the soul of Naga the Serpent, who had a run-in with another cursed jar. In the process Naga lost her memories and began referring to herself as Nama.

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* In ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}} Evolution-R'' the cast meets one of these when they begin their search for the Hellmaster's Jar. This armor is in fact possessed by the soul of Naga the Serpent, who had a run-in with another cursed jar. In the process process, Naga lost her memories and began referring to herself as Nama.



* ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian once fought one of these guys, realising he was screwed as even though he could chop the arm and the head of the armor off, the thing could still attack. Thankfully the Wench of the Week shone some light into the priest controlling it, following which it collapsed like a sack of potatoes.

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* ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian once fought one of these guys, realising realizing he was screwed as even though he could chop the arm and the head of the armor off, the thing could still attack. Thankfully the Wench of the Week shone some light into the priest controlling it, following which it collapsed like a sack of potatoes.



* In ''Voyage of the Shadowmoon'' by Sean [=McMullen=], Silverdeath is a chainmail vest that, once put on a "host", transforms around them into a full suit of armor [[spoiler: capable of scouring entire continents of life]]; this is essentially animate armor since the host has no control over what Silverdeath does.

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* In ''Voyage of the Shadowmoon'' by Sean [=McMullen=], Silverdeath is a chainmail vest that, once put on a "host", transforms around them into a full suit of armor [[spoiler: capable [[spoiler:capable of scouring entire continents of life]]; this is essentially animate armor since the host has no control over what Silverdeath does.



* [=McGonagall=] and Flitwick enchant the armour of the castle to fight in the FinalBattle of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. This was hinted at in various places in the earlier books, if you paid attention (they occasionally moved on their own, and could even be taught Christmas carols).

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* [=McGonagall=] and Flitwick enchant enchants the armour of the castle to fight in the FinalBattle of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. This was hinted at in various places in the earlier books, if you paid attention (they occasionally moved on their own, and could even be taught Christmas carols).



* In the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} novel series following {{Konrad}}, the eponymous hero encounters a knight clad in bronze plate, and upon defeating him finds the armour empty. Being too GenreBlind to realise that this is the [[CrapsackWorld Wahammer Old World]], he takes it for his own, and finds that it is magically aiding him in battle. And then it takes control of his movements. And starts eating him.

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* In the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} novel series following {{Konrad}}, the eponymous hero encounters a knight clad in bronze plate, and upon defeating him finds the armour empty. Being too GenreBlind to realise realize that this is the [[CrapsackWorld Wahammer Old World]], he takes it for his own, and finds that it is magically aiding him in battle. And then it takes control of his movements. And starts eating him.



* ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' has Dogold, the Raging Knight. His main mission was to gather the anger of humans as part of the Deboss Army's plot to revive [[BigBad their master]]. Along the way he even managed to possess [[SixthRanger a Kyoryuger from the Feudal era]].

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* ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' has Dogold, the Raging Knight. His main mission was to gather the anger of humans as part of the Deboss Army's plot to revive [[BigBad their master]]. Along the way way, he even managed to possess [[SixthRanger a Kyoryuger from the Feudal era]].



-->'''Savitar:''' I forgot to tell you - my suit's cooler than yours!

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-->'''Savitar:''' I forgot to tell you - my you--my suit's cooler than yours!



* In "The Fall of the City", a radio play by Creator/ArchibaldMacLeish broadcast in 1937, Creator/OrsonWelles narratively describes a city that has gotten word that "The Conquerer" is approaching. In the face of uncertainty and recrimination, the people of the city do not mount a defense; instead, they surrender before the Conquerer arrives. With their faces on the ground, only the narrator can see that "There's no one! There's no one at all! No one! . . .The helmet is hollow! The metal is empty! The armor is empty! I tell you there's no one at all there: there's only the metal! The barrel of metal: the bundle of armor. It's empty!" The play ends with the warning "The people invent their oppressors: they wish to believe in them. They wish to be free of their freedom: released from their liberty: The long labor of liberty ended!"

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* In "The Fall of the City", a radio play by Creator/ArchibaldMacLeish broadcast in 1937, Creator/OrsonWelles narratively describes a city that has gotten word that "The Conquerer" is approaching. In the face of uncertainty and recrimination, the people of the city do not mount a defense; instead, they surrender before the Conquerer Conqueror arrives. With their faces on the ground, only the narrator can see that "There's no one! There's no one at all! No one! . . .one! ...The helmet is hollow! The metal is empty! The armor is empty! I tell you there's no one at all there: there's only the metal! The barrel of metal: the bundle of armor. It's empty!" The play ends with the warning "The people invent their oppressors: they wish to believe in them. They wish to be free of their freedom: released from their liberty: The long labor of liberty ended!"



** In both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]'', [[spoiler: you can unlock the ability to play as one]].

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** In both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]'', [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you can unlock the ability to play as one]].



** A straighter example is the [[BonusBoss Lingering Will]] in ''Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix'' and ''Birth by Sleep'', the discarded armor of a previous Keyblade wielder animated by sheer willpower. In BBS [[spoiler: you get to briefly play ''as the armor'' after its original owner gets possessed by the BigBad.]]

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** A straighter example is the [[BonusBoss Lingering Will]] in ''Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix'' and ''Birth by Sleep'', the discarded armor of a previous Keyblade wielder animated by sheer willpower. In BBS [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you get to briefly play ''as the armor'' after its original owner gets possessed by the BigBad.]]



** Ironknuckles, a series-wide enemy ranging from an ordinary {{Mook}} to an uncommon BossInMookClothing, are canonically suits of armor animated with evil magic (barring one in ''Ocarina of Time'' that held a brainwashed captive). There's another recurring enemy known as Darknut which resembles the Ironknuckle, but it's actually a living being wearing armor.

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** Ironknuckles, a series-wide enemy ranging from an ordinary {{Mook}} to an uncommon BossInMookClothing, are canonically suits of armor animated with by evil magic (barring one in ''Ocarina of Time'' that held a brainwashed captive). There's another recurring enemy known as Darknut which resembles the Ironknuckle, but it's actually a living being wearing armor.



** [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII The threequel]] has the [[LegacyCharacter Dragonslayer Armour]], a heavy armor resembling Dragnslayer Ornstein, it is in fact controlled by the Pilgrim Butterflies like a puppet. [[spoiler: The real Ornstein wasn't even in Lothric Castle, he's finding the Nameless King, Gwyn's first born son in Archdragon's Peak.]]
*** And then there is [[spoiler: [[FinalBoss Soul of Cinder]], who is a manifestation of whoever linked the First Flame [[AndIMustScream trapped inside an animated armor for eternity]], this includes the Chosen Undead and Gwyn.]]
* Death's Hand, TheDragon of ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', is in fact [[spoiler: the suit of armour of Prince Sun Li, inhabited by the ghost of his brother Prince Sun Kin, put there by their brother Sun Hai]].

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** [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII The threequel]] has the [[LegacyCharacter Dragonslayer Armour]], a heavy armor resembling Dragnslayer Ornstein, it is in fact controlled by the Pilgrim Butterflies like a puppet. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The real Ornstein wasn't even in Lothric Castle, he's finding the Nameless King, Gwyn's first born son in Archdragon's Peak.]]
*** And then there is [[spoiler: [[FinalBoss [[spoiler:[[FinalBoss Soul of Cinder]], who is a manifestation of whoever linked the First Flame [[AndIMustScream trapped inside an animated armor for eternity]], this includes the Chosen Undead and Gwyn.]]
* Death's Hand, TheDragon of ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', is in fact [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the suit of armour of Prince Sun Li, inhabited by the ghost of his brother Prince Sun Kin, put there by their brother Sun Hai]].
23rd Oct '17 3:11:38 PM Chabal2
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* The page image is Alice Margatroid from'' VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', who [[MarionetteMaster COULD]] pull this, but usually prefers dolls. It's fairly popular in fanart to draw her controlling suits of armor though.

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* The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/walkingarmor_1586.JPG former]] page image is Alice Margatroid from'' VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', who [[MarionetteMaster COULD]] pull this, but usually prefers dolls. It's fairly popular in fanart to draw her controlling suits of armor though.
19th Oct '17 4:44:34 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Savitar's hulking suit of armor can act on its own to some degree, as Barry learns mid-battle.
-->'''Savitar:''' I forgot to tell you - my suit's cooler than yours!
17th Oct '17 10:12:56 AM Prometheus117
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* Hakumen from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' counts. His soul is confined to the Susanooh unit, the armour that covers his body.

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* Hakumen from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' counts. His soul is confined to the Susanooh unit, the armour that covers his body. [[spoiler:This also applies to [[BigBad Yuuki Terumi]]/[[GodOfEvil Susanoo]], whose soul was the ''original'' owner of said armor.]]
8th Sep '17 11:57:59 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, this is implied to be the case for the Knights of Order, [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] servants of the expansion's BigBad, Jyggalag, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[ControlFreak Order]]. Their armor ''is'' their body and thus, cannot be looted.
26th Jul '17 7:13:38 PM HawkbitAlpha
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** Alphonse Elric is one of these. The fact that he has the voice of an eleven-year-old takes a lot of the intimidation factor right out. It ''does'' [[ActuallyThatsMyAssistant get him mistaken]] for the Fullmetal Alchemist [[RunningGag on a regular basis]], which annoys his brother Ed - the ''real'' Fullmetal Alchemist - to no end.

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** Alphonse Elric is one of these. The fact that he has [[VocalDissonance the voice of an eleven-year-old eleven-year-old]] takes a lot of the intimidation factor right out. It ''does'' [[ActuallyThatsMyAssistant get him mistaken]] for the Fullmetal Alchemist [[RunningGag on a regular basis]], which annoys his brother Ed - the ''real'' Fullmetal Alchemist - to no end.
14th Jun '17 9:26:05 PM nombretomado
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* Doku from the XBox reboot of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''.

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* Doku from the XBox UsefulNotes/XBox reboot of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''.
25th May '17 7:09:12 AM wootzits
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* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': The Black Guards are nothing more than empty, moving suits of leather armor.
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