Created By: Socius on June 30, 2012

Physical Avatar

When Artificial Intelligence or a sentient entity wants a body to interact with the world.

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Whether it's for fitting into spaces normally too cramped, a less disturbing public image or just because they want to understand what it's like being a mortal, sometimes AIs or some vast cosmic entity will want to create a Physical Avatar, typically a human proportioned body that's either a Mini Mech or solid construct in most cases.

Examples Anime
  • Maps: The starships have all Physical Avatars in the form of attractive human females.

Live-Action TV
  • Andromeda: Andromeda has Romy, but all other Commonwealth capital ships have Physical Avatars for their AIs.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • June 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Also from Andromeda is Trance Gemini, the avatar of a star. Others of that ilk have them too.
  • July 1, 2012
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • In the Marvel Universe Secret Wars II series the Beyonder created a human body that he controlled (and inhabited) so he could interact with normal beings.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons. Deities can create avatars of themselves and send them into other planes to perform actions.
  • July 3, 2012
    kamai
    The Legendsong Saga: by Isobelle Carmody has a character known as the Chaos Spirit, a demonic-type entity and Big Bad of the series, who lives in the Void (a formless plane of existence outside the physical worlds) and whose endgame involves taking over the body of Lanalor, semi-mythical lost hero, after destroying his soul (both perserved as part of Lanalor's cunning but rather convoluted plan to defeat the said Chaos Spirit), thus allowing the Chaos Spirit to manifest in the physical worlds.
  • July 3, 2012
    Koveras
    Or it can just "possess" an existing robotic body.

  • July 3, 2012
    ElCheViva
    Smith in The Matrix copies himself into Bane's body and escapes into the real world.
  • July 3, 2012
    chicagomel
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Moloch using the teens to build himself a robot body in 'I Robot,You Jane'.
  • July 3, 2012
    KTera
    Ever17: Sora gets an android body at the end of Coco's route.
  • July 3, 2012
    reub2000
    • In ''Full Metal Alchemist the character of Father started out as a humnculous in a flask, a sentient being that was confined to said flask. He turned Xeres into a philosophers stone so that he could create a human like body that isn't confined to a flask.
  • July 4, 2012
    Koveras
  • July 4, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Non Artificial Intelligence example. The titular Starman cloned a human body to occupy while on earth.
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