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Remote Body
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin

A character, hopefully a protagonist, has a body that can be operated remotely. Likely with equal or greater performance than if said character was physically present. Distinct from Fighting a Shadow in that the character is not an Eldritch Abomination with only a small piece sticking out in our time and space, but a person (human, alien, whatever) that operates a separate device or number of devices. Although, this distinction can get a little messy if, for example, a Brain in a Jar was given remote control of one or more machine bodies.

Perhaps they are robots, cloned cyborgs, hard light, whatever. For story purposes what matters most is whether or not Your Mind Makes It Real and if the connection can be sabotaged.

Compare and Contrast: Soul Jar, Decoy Getaway, Enemy Without, Demonic Possession, Body Surf, and Robot Me.


Anime and Manga
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Major Kusanagi (and presumably other characters) can remotely control robot bodies. At the end of the first season she uses this ability to avoid being killed.
  • In Battle Angel Alita, Disty Nova cures his son's split personality by building a remotely controlled robot body to channel the other mind.

Comic Books

  • Surrogates: The hero spends part of the movie as the controller for a android.
  • Avatar: The hero spends most of the movie as the controller of a synthetic alien.
  • Gamer: The hero spends most of the movie being controlled like a video game Space Marine then at the end puppeteers the Big Bad, kind of.

  • New Kashubia Series: The hero spends most of the second book as the controller for a telepresence human-ish robot.
  • Aristide, the protagonist of Implied Spaces, makes use of this trope just like every other being in his verse.
  • The Ship Who Searched put a lot of money into building herself a remote body because she was a space ship and wanted to have legs.
  • This is the entire premise of David Brin's Kiln People. One can make duplicate bodies out of a special clay, and send them off to do things.

Live-Action Television
  • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: Remote controlled robot rangers show up at some point.
  • Played with in Mystery Science Theater 3000 with the Observers. They claim that their bodies are operated remotely (as their brains are located in bowls), but if their brains are more than a few feet away from their bodies they become completely helpless.
  • In the episode I, Robot, You, Jane of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a demon creates a mechanical robot self he operates via the internet. Eventually he gets stuck in that body.
  • An episode of Crusade had Galen generate a sort of remote hologram of himself to discover who had been kidnapping and vivisecting crewmembers who got seperated from the others while on the planet. His Bad Bad Acting as the Homonculus makes this scene a Crowning Moment of Funny.

Tabletop RPG
  • This is a central component of GURPS: Transhuman Space. People, especially AIs, rent (rarely purchase) cybershells designed for their environment or the job they're doing at the moment.

Video Games
  • Final Fantasy VII had Cait Sith who was really a high ranking member of Shinra operating a false body apparently operating another false body. Very Celtic.

Western Animation
  • NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core: Ish controls a robot called the Sub.

Perhaps It's just a Paranoia Plague but perhaps this is Tropable, no? -- Maybe.

any other title suggestions? Remote Robot or Telepresence Android maybe?

ready to launch?
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