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->''"We were different once. We fought, drank, and loved, as mortal beings. But our world changed and we faced a stark choice: alter our bodies, or perish. Yet 'survival' is not the same as 'life'. Now we are prisoners of the armor that binds us and the Dust that sustains us."''
-->-- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jasxikI9G-I The Broken Lords]], ''Videogame/EndlessLegend''

A character is attacked by a heavily armored knight. Upon defeat, however, it is revealed that there is ''nothing inside''. The empty armor falls to the ground with a great clatter. [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Was it a ghost?]] Enchantment? [[MarionetteMaster Animation by something unseen?]]

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.

In Science Fiction settings, a similar effect may be achieved by using PoweredArmor in unmanned mode (programmed or remote).

See also TinTyrant, DancingPants. Compare AdaptiveArmor, RoboticReveal. SapientTank is when this armor is backed by tracks and a massive gun.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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 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, 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 armors are destroyed for good]].
* In ''Anime/SaintSeiya'', both Gold Saints of Gemini have used their armour to defend their temple without actually having to be there or wearing it. [[BlindSeer Shiryu]] overcomes the first instance of this quite effectively.
** Also, in Saga's epic hallucination/dream/vision/omen of doom sequence during the Sanctuary Arc, all of the 12 Gold Cloths and the five Bronze Cloths currently making plot are seen to be what would pass as empty but moving-if it weren't for the eyes. Whatever happens, they turn on Saga.
* 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.
** In The same story arc they help a squad of animated armors recover the Helmet of one of their members.
** In the OVA "Jeoffory's Knighthood", the BigBad uses a legion of these guys as his {{Mooks}}.
* Seen in an episode of ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'': while on a desert planet, Cobra and Lady are confronted to what appears to be animated empty suits of armor. [[spoiler:They are in fact a species of ''telekinetic or haunted swords'' controlling the humanoid armors to move around.]]
* The Skull Knight of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is an empty suit of armor probably inhabited by the spirit of [[spoiler:Emperor Gaiseric, who conquered the world in ancient times]], and he's implied to be leading Guts down the same path towards undead-hood. Exactly how they merged is a mystery, though elves might have been involved.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Best Wishes'', an episode had a Yamask haunting a museum, going as far as having a suit of armor attack the gang. Similarly, another episode has a group of Litwick scare the gang by using Psychic and making a bunch of objects form a makeshift golem, such as a statue bust for a head, an umbrella for a sword, etc.
* Not really armor, but Senketsu (and Junketsu to a lesser extent) are both [[LivingWeapon living sailor uniforms]] that can transform into [[{{Stripperiffic}} very skimpy]] armor.
* In ''Manga/ZatchBell'', one of the mamodo's powers is to control things with flowers, one of the defenses guarding the castle where they fight is a ZergRush of empty armour suits controlled by these flowers.
* In ''Manga/DungeonMeshi'', animated armor stands vigilant in an old throne room. They prove to slot into the ecosystem of the dungeon just like like any other monster.
* PlayedWith in ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet''--[[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Kugel]] was [[DeadAllAlong dead]] long before [[AntiHero Ledo]] found his fleet, but his [[HumongousMecha Machine Caliber]], [[AGodAmI Striker]], pretends that he is still alive inside of her so that she can continue his work]]. A similar twist, even though the "animated" part is to be expected.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Destroyer from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' has been described as such, but is quite a deconstruction of the idea: The Destroyer armor is physically empty and only moves when animated by the LifeEnergy of a person using it, willingly or not.
** The same goes for the Destroyer in [[Film/{{Thor}} the film]], with the added coolness of being able to reverse its entire body. And [[FrickingLaserBeams energy blasts]].
* ComicBook/IronMan's armors are sometimes remote-controlled. And sometimes, like in ''Hypervelocity'' or the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Tony's Abusive Boyfriend]] arc, it has its own AI, which can impersonate him and speak. Special mention goes to the Safe Armor, which was partially infected by Ultron and became {{yandere}} for Tony.
* ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian once fought one of these guys, 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.
* One of the pre-Season 8 ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comics featured Angelus assembling a very [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Bishamon]] like armour.
* In the comic-book version of ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'', the Pretenders could remote-operate their synthetic-flesh shells from outside to fight alongside them.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' with "A History of Sex." A LadyAndKnight are eager to enjoy their wedding night, and the bride is eagerly pulling off her husband's multiple pieces of plate mail. It's only after she ''finally'' removes the helmet does she realize she's just married one of these.
* ''ComicBook/FreaksSqueele'': Xiong Mao is exploring deep in the Hall of Archives with her companions in volume 9 when she encounters a living suit of armor who has been down there for centuries. His master was a knight so excessively fond of wearing plate armor that he [[TwentyFourHourArmor did not take it off to eat, to sleep, or even to have sex]]. He gave it a name: Halifax. And thus, the armor came to life. One day the knight died, and according to his will, he was interred together with Halifax. After several centuries of his master's silence and decomposition, Halifax climbed out of the tomb with his master's corpse still inside him and searched through every library it could find for the secret to reviving his master, eventually finding his way to the archives. Then, when Xiong Mao and her fiends arrived, he remembered how his knight used to seduce women with the words, "If you do not offer me your heart, I will die!" Therefore, he is now convinced that he needs to take the heart of a woman -- literally -- and politely asks Xiong Mao to hold still while he cuts out her heart. That's just the start of the craziness.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'', the Mysterious Stranger is depicted as an empty suit of red plate armor holding an animate masquerade-style mask on a stick where its head should be.
* Appears in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', while Cogsworth is showing Belle around the enchanted castle.
* An animated suit of armor appears in addition to the chorus of ghostly ancestors in Halas and Batchelor's animated adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera ''Ruddigore''.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': The Black Guards are nothing more than empty, moving suits of leather armor.
* In Disney's [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of ''Literature/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' Ms. Price casts a spell that animates old suits of armour and old war uniforms to fight off German invaders.
** This is, in fact, the basis of the entire movie. They spend the first two-thirds or so of the movie ''getting'' the spell, and then the remainder of the movie ''using'' it.
* Used in a heavily symbolic way in a dream sequence in ''Film/{{Excalibur}}''. The bare armor represents [[spoiler:Lancelot fighting himself]].
* The Witch-King in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is a spirit that is incorporeal when not clad in something, like the rest of the Nazgûl, but when he rides into battle in ''Return of the King'', he becomes something between this trope and TinTyrant. Cue the clattering armor falling on the ground when Éowyn and Merry kill him.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** The Destroyer in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. Its arrival to Earth includes this lovely ShoutOut.
--->'''Agent Sitwell:''' Is that one of [[Film/IronMan Stark's]]?\\
'''Agent Coulson:''' I don't know. Guy never tells me anything.
** ''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.
* In ''Film/SinbadOfTheSevenSeas'', the ghost warriors of the Isle of the Dead Sinbad and his crew fight are represented as animated suits of plate armor.

* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions'', TheFairFolk send a knight to challenge Holger. When he falls, Holger finds the suit empty.
* In Kristen Britain's novel ''Literature/FirstRidersCall'', out of control magic causes every suit of armor inside the palace to come to life and attack the inhabitants for a period of about an hour.
* Agiluf, the title character of Creator/ItaloCalvino's ''The Nonexistent Knight'', who is sustained by "willpower and faith in our holy cause".
* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheSapphireRose'', the heroes find themselves up against a number of armored baddies. Until they realize that it is just armor with dusty remains that have been programmed to [[ArtificialStupidity defend the stone they stand on]], [[DisasterDominoes which turns out to be a mistake]]. [[spoiler:The armour was enchanted by [[TheDragon Otha]], who had frightening amounts of power, but also a frightening lack of common sense.]]
* Referenced by Puddleglum in Creator/CSLewis's ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Silver Chair]]''. When the protagonists first encounter the Lady of the Green Kirtle, she is accompanied by a knight in Black Armor. Puddleglum posits that while the armor is certainly ''man-shaped'', the wearer might not be a man. Among the possibilities he lists are "A skeleton" and "Nothing at all." Jill and Eustace are understandably spooked.
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/SpaceWolf'', after Ragnar defeats Madox, the power armor is empty.
** Almost every Marine of the Thousand Son are like this, having their bodies turned to dust.
* 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.
* The animated armor army from ''Literature/BedknobAndBroomstick''.
* [=McGonagall=] and Flitwick 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).
* ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' books have the wirewolves, daemons inhabiting suits of armour. The fething things are definite {{Lightning Bruiser}}s.
* Lancelot fights against an animated suit of armor in the Creator/RogerZelazny short story "The Last Defender of Camelot".
* Sort of subverted and played straight at the same time in Literature/TheCulture novel ''Matter''. Some characters lack the training and reflexes to use the Culture's combat suits in a fight, so their targeting and evasion systems are slaved to the onboard computers.
* 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 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.
* In the first book in the ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' series, Leif and company run across the villainous [[BlackKnight Gorl]]. Upon his defeat, they discover that his centuries-long stand as guardian of some magic flowers has long since reduced his body to dust, leaving him as an empty suit of armor animated by sheer undying willpower.
* In Creator/KateDiCamillo's ''Literature/TheTaleOfDespereaux'', Despereaux dreams of a KnightInShiningArmor, only for the suit to take the helm off and show there was nothing inside. [[spoiler:Later, he realizes that it was empty because it was waiting for ''him''.]]
* In ''Literature/CastleHangnail'' by Creator/UrsulaVernon, one minion is a suit of armor animated by a ghost.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Fairtheora's sentinel armor is enchanted to move on its own if need be.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E5Oxygen "Oxygen"]], shortly after arriving at a space station broadcasting a distress signal, the Doctor, [[TomboyishName Bill]] and Nardole encounter a person in a spacesuit stacking boxes, who doesn't respond to any of their entreaties. As is soon revealed by the removal of the helmet, this is because there's no one in the suit, which is being animated by its internal AI.
* ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' episode "The Knightly Murders". The ghost of an evil knight animates his old suit of armor to kill everyone responsible for the desecration of his burial site.
* Failed pilot ''Series/LostInOz'' had these, enchanted by the Good Witch of the South.
* ''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]].
* 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!

* The Celtic Dullahan was an evil Faerie or undead creature that was either depicted as a HeadlessHorseman or an animated suit of armor.

* 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 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! ...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!"

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting had AnimatedArmor constructs created by magic called [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Helmed_horror Helmed Horrors]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construct_(Dungeons_&_Dragons)#Helmed_horror Battle Horrors]]. Typically used as guardians, especially in isolated places. Also, a rare wizard spell "Iron Maiden" creates short-living, but fully powered and undispellable Battle Horror.
** Subverted several times in module I6 ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''. In a spooky Gothic setting, the {{Player Character}}s repeatedly come across empty suits of armor that they may expect to attack them. Most of the armor suits do nothing: one is rigged to spring forward and flail around, scaring the [=PCs=] but not seriously harming them.
** Module S4 ''The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth''. One room has three sets of empty, magically animated suits of armor. In order to escape a PC must defeat a set of armor and put on its helmet.
* The [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Rubric_Marines Rubric Marines]] of the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Thousand_Sons Thousand Sons]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Notable in that they are suits of futuristic powered armour, but animated by magic and the ghosts of their former occupants in the manner of the traditional fantasy version. The interesting juxtaposition of sci-fi and fantasy tropes is a big part of 40k's charm.
** And the Eldar Phoenix Lords who are no longer alive and have become amalgamations of souls controlling ancient battle-suits.
** Also the Green Knight in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' is hinted to be this.
** The Necrons are essentially an entire alien race of this. Their souls are bound to regenerative [[HauntedTechnology robot bodies]]. But after ''millions'' of years, this has left most of them insane or as unthinking automatons.
* According to the backstory of the Legendary Six Samurai in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', Shinai was most trusted by Shi En as a heroic warrior who could escape from the jaws of death, no matter what. However, after sadly dying in the later years of the great war, his soul ended up dwelling inside the armor he died in, and now protects the current generation of the Six Samurai.
** Shaddoll Hound and Shaddoll Lizard are the armors of Satellaknights Sirius and Unukhalai controlled by the strings of El Shadoll Construct/Nephilim

* One of the biggest twists of ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' was that the [[BrotherhoodOfEvil Makuta]] species had evolved beyond the need for physical bodies and were essentially just [[EnergyBeing greenish-black liquid/gas/energy]] encased in reinforced [[MadeOfIndestructium Protosteel]] armor. Cracking the armor meant nothing if the energy wasn't somehow [[KillItWithFire incinerated]] afterwards, and they could easily just hop into another suit. The sole exception was Icarax, as he went up against the [[EmpathicWeapon Ignika]] and it, upon realizing Icarax was unlike any being it had encountered before, decided to see if he was always like that and devolved him back to a physical body. Since the current generation of Makuta armor wasn't designed to host a living being, it crushed against his restored organic components and...well, [[{{Understatement}} to say the pain was excruciating would be like saying water is wet]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The suits of haunted armor from ''VideoGame/{{Brawlhalla}}'' that fell from the sky and attacked the villagers of the Ikrusk.
* 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.]]
* Magically animated suits of armor are called doomguards in ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}''. [[DemonicSpiders They live up to their name.]]
* The Armor enemies from the ''Videogame/BreathOfFire'' games.
* A common enemy in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series. Though they come in many shapes and sizes, a mainstay since the first NES title has been one that hurls [[ArtisticLicensePhysics heavy axes as if they were boomerangs]].
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon'' takes this UpToEleven, with Armors that cover the entire spectrum of ElementalPowers and then some.
** In both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]'', [[spoiler:you can unlock the ability to play as one]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow Lords of Shadow]]'', they finally explain how they work (giant suits of armor possessed and animated by poltergeists). After ripping off their shield, you kill them for good by prying open the breastplate, grabbing the spirit inside, ripping it out of the armor, and crushing it.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' has the very rare Living Armor boss.
* The Eldar in ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War 2]]'' have the Wraith Guards, piles of metal inhabited by the erm... ghosts of fallen Eldar.
** In a similar vein, the Eldar also have Wraithlords, which are essentially bulked-up Wraithguards. So, Animated Armor meets MiniMecha.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' has possessed suits of [[KnightTemplar order-of-the-sword]] as {{mooks}}.
** ''Devil May Cry 3'' has Dullahans, AnimatedArmor sets with [[ChainsawGood chain]]-[[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shields]].
* A common enemy in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', Restless Armours are one of the recruitable {{Mon}}s, ''and'' can be found as an equippable (and cursed) armor.
* ''VideoGame/GotchaForce'' has the Ghost and Elemental Knights. However, it's quite obvious that they're empty, as they have no helmets and the latter's armor even falls to pieces when it throws its sword (which contains its [[OurSoulsAreDifferent lifeforce]]).
* Several of these appear as enemies in ''VideoGame/HypeTheTimeQuest''. They use flails as weapons and collapse piece by piece after defeat, although they reform after a short while.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** The Guard Armor / Opposite Armor boss in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first game.]] Hard to say whether it's exactly empty, but it certainly doesn't have a person in it. The same creature shows up again in ''358/2 Days''; from the looks of it, it seems more like it actually ''is'' the armour, rather than something controlling it. Considering that it has FloatingLimbs, and the ability to fire energy shots when it turns into the Opposite Armor, that should have been a no-brainer.
** 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.]]
** BBS Final Mix has the Armor of the Master and No Heart, which appear to be data versions of Eraqus' and Xehanort's Keyblade Armor.
* VideoGame/GuildWars has a few enemies like this. The Forgotten and Mursaat use animated armor for their melee units.
* An empty suit of armor is an enemy in one of ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'''s power-leveling spots, the Spooky Gallery. Bits of it (though not the breastplate) can be kept as loot, and are some stiff bits of armor and weaponry. With stiff initiative penalties. [[BreakableWeapons And the chance of just getting smashed to bits.]]
* In the first ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'', Malek of the Sarafan. Also his minions in his castle.
* ''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).
* Special mention has to go to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', where Phantoms [[spoiler:controlled by the ghost of Princess Zelda, whose soul is separated from her body in the first hour of the game,]] can be used to help out in dungeons. However, while [[spoiler:she isn't controlling it,]] it acts just like those in ''Phantom Hourglass''. It's worth noticing that while she is in control, you can speak with other Phantoms... who give stereotypical office chatter. (There's a reason why this game is considered the most tongue-in-cheek of the franchise.)
** Ironknuckles, a series-wide enemy ranging from an ordinary {{Mook}} to an uncommon BossInMookClothing, are canonically suits of armor animated 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.
* Animated armor breastplates possessed by ghosts and bearing Mii facial features appear among the vast cast of enemies in ''VideoGame{{Miitopia}}''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', Ike and Soren discuss this trope and rumours concerning it. Soren mentions that there's a rumor that the BlackKnight isn't actually a man inside the famous suit of armor, but that it's possessed by a demon or similar. Though they quickly dismiss the possibility, it does turn out there's ''something'' not right about the man.
* Some enemies in the first level of ''VideoGame/MediEvil2'' are emerald-colored suits of armor.
* Vhailor from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' is a ghost inhabiting a suit of armour.
* Some suits of armor in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' will strike at the player when they come into range, and fall into pieces after the attack. Apparently these suits are infested with Las Plagas. Leon also has to fight more mobile and resilient Armadura, blowing off their helmet and destroying the parasite inside before they go down. As with all Las Plagas, the parasite dissolves to nothing after death.
** The armor may be a remnant of an earlier incarnation of ''[=RE4=]'', which had a more supernatural flair. In it, Leon is investigating Umbrella's European HQ mansion. Haunted dolls, spectral fires, animated armor... it's very much the haunted house. Supposedly, it was dropped as being TOO paranormal, and thus, too far away from the ''RE'' mold.
*** And became the original ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' there is a Warriors guild when one can bring a set of normal armour to animate it and fight against it as training.
* Nightmare from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' (see [[ImageLinks/AnimatedArmor Image Links]]) spent some time this way until his defeat and death in ''VideoGame/SoulCaliburIV'' requiring him to possess another human in ''VideoGame/SoulCaliburV'' when [[BackFromTheDead his minions reassemble the fragments of Soul Edge]]. There is some GameplayAndStorySegregation at work here as, though his 1P outfits in ''III'' and ''IV'' could qualify as AnimatedArmor (as you don't see any actual body and by ''IV'' his torso has become a sphere of energy), his alternate outfits in those game show a visible body (moreso in ''III'' as his alternate in ''IV'' is less human in nature).
* ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'''s Dullahan, Last Crusader, Nightstalker, and Dark Crusader are all suits of armor that [[GeniusLoci Lea Monde]] has infused with the power of the Dark. Some are sent to bar Ashley's way by Sydney himself; others are reanimated by the [[CorruptChurch Knights of the Cross]].
* The character Grey in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' had his soul bound to an empty suit of armor, as well as Barbarossa and his {{Palette Swap}}s.
* The Durahan from the ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' series.
* Bishamon from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' is a suit of samurai armor possessed by an evil spirit.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Demigod}}'' Oak is an empty suit of armor inhabited by its former wearer.
* A notable subversion in ''VideoGame/FableII'' in Terry Cotter's. Befitting the name you find an army of suits of armor. Many would tell you this is where they start destroying the armors [[ParanoiaFuel in case they attack]]. They don't.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' has the War Golems, which are golems made from a giant suit of armor.
** The same game, as well as ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', also has Revenants. Those are sort of {{elemental|Embodiment}} [[OurGhostsAreDifferent undead]] which manifest as a floating suit of armor controlled by an elemental force. In Warcraft III there were few physical differences between them, all appearing as the same armor (of different sizes depending on the revenant's power) held together by a vague flowing energy (usually blueish for both Ice, Frost and Death revenants, though Fire ones have orange energy.) World of Warcraft gives different types distinct armors, and their elemental affiliation is more clearly defined with mud, water, fire or wind swirling inside the armor.
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' has the ominous-looking Dark Knight, complete with fire coming out of where its helmet should be. It makes a comeback in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaD2''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 X-2]]'' have an entire class of enemies devoted to this. The only problem is the fact that these suits are at least 15 feet tall. And thus outclass you when you first come across them. Completely outclass you.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' had a quest where, if you went in a certain room that was filled with suits of armor, their heads would follow you, and if you got to a certain point, they would attack you.
* Doku from the UsefulNotes/XBox reboot of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''.
* ''VideoGame/DesktopDungeons'' has Animated Armor [[spoiler:in the Factory special dungeon]]. They only have one hit point, but they all have a number of Protections From Death (the ability to survive one fatal blow) equal to their level. This makes them ''really'' useful for level-springboarding, since they don't regenerate the "hits" if you run off to heal. Find one you can survive one hit from, attack it, retreat until you heal and repeat until it dies.
* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'' features these as enemies confronted by Duster during his "infiltration" of Osohe Castle.
* The Battle Horrors and their weaker cousins the Helmed Horrors in the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
* One of the new families introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Golett and Golurk (particularly the latter), are golems resembling armor suits inhabited by spirits, giving them an unusual Ground/Ghost typing.
** If one considers an arthropod's exoskeleton to be armor then Shedinja also counts. It's the empty exoskeleton left from Nincada evolving into Ninjask and is a Ghost/Bug type with 1HP but an ability that makes it immune to any attack which is not super effective.
* The Castle Realm in ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}: Dark Legacy'' has animated suits of armor as enemies in the later levels.
* ''VideoGame/LostKingdoms'' has the Ghost Armor and the Chaos Armor (which is an upgrade of the former). They are dullahans, they carry their heads (''[[IncendiaryExponent which are on fire]]''), and they are [[AwesomeButImpractical fairly impractical to use.]] Both of them are upgraded from the Dragon Knight, though it's unclear if that creature counts as this trope or not.
* The Black Knights in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' are Animated Armors that are all that remains of the knights that accompanied Lord Gwyn when he linked the First Flame. The kindled Flame reduced the knights' bodies to ash but breathed life into their armor. The Iron Golem is also a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 40 feet tall]] armor suit animated by its "core".
** [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsII The sequel]] gives us some bosses like [[WolfpackBoss Ruin Sentinels]] and [[KillItWithFire Smelter]] [[ThatOneBoss Demon]].
** [[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]].
* 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.
%%* A boss in ''VideoGame/MonsterParty'''s fourth stage.
* The Trauma Harnesses in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Old World Blues'' were originally designed to take over the motor functions of injured soldiers and evacuate them from battle, but after the users died due to being trapped in the malfunctioning suits, the harnesses continued to operate autonomously, with skeletons still occupying them.
* Found as common enemies in the mansions of VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon. The early ones are invincible, the later ones can be tripped to reveal their possession by a ghost. The Tough Possessor boss also uses them as hosts, including a gigantic version.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' series, [[spoiler:this is Alcatraz's ultimate fate. His vital organs are all shot, so his suit starts to break his ''entire body'' down and turn it into more nanosuit mass. Thanks to BrainUploading, no physical problems arise, only existential ones (which Prophet is happy to spend the entire third game whining about).]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', one of the enemies is the Possessed Armor.
* The Henchmen from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity''.
%%* Duke Galtz in ''VideoGame/OneWayHeroics''.
* The Broken Lords of ''Videogame/EndlessLegend'' were a society of honorable knights and skilled engineers, but when Auriga's climate changed and the planet began to die, they had to bind their souls into suits of armor in order to survive. Now they must drain [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Dust]] and {{life|Drinker}} to maintain their bodies. Their faction quest is about finding a cure to their affliction. In-game, the Broken Lords don't utilize food causing their units to have no health regeneration, but are instead healed through expending Dust. New citizens (and units) are made by animating suits of armor with Dust.
* The Tin Soldiers from ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998''.
* Minor example in ''VideoGame/RealmsOfTheHaunting'': one armor in the mansion is said to stink to high heaven and have flies surrounding it, and it's ''heavily'' implied to be housing a corpse. If you pay attention you'll see that, unlike other suits, [[ParanoiaFuel this one will be facing you no matter the angle you view it from]].
* In the "Get a Clue" level in ''VideoGame/TheFairlyOddparentsShadowShowdown'', these serve not only as enemies, but a level mechanic. In one section, in order to get a particular wish star, Timmy (as a ghost) must chase down suits to armor to the base that [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience corresponds to their color]], then go "boo", which scares them so much they cower, unmoving.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/Myth'' 2: Soulblighter has Stygian Knights, empty suits of black armor carrying greataxes that are entirely immune to arrows but weak to explosives.

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* ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'': Lewis has some suits of armor lining his hallways that he sets to chopping off Arthur's head

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* The Nosdai ("stone people") in ''Webcomic/{{Aquapunk}}'' can sort of be seen like animated suits that the spirits inside are wearing. They do, however, have internal structure.
* Hechter from ''Webcomic/AModestDestiny'' is a soul infused in an armor.
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'': The dead knight's armor moves on its own.
* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}} [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2008/11/06/ It's nothing but a shiny bucket of nothing.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', after the Castle is repaired, an armor apparently standing as a decoration in the town hall [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110928 saves Carson and Vanamonde from a clank]]. It appears that the armor is being controlled by the Castle.

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* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-912 SCP-912]], animated SWAT armor that obeys commands related to the duties of a member of SWAT.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "The Girl of the Dreams", XANA's specter takes control of a {{samurai}} armor owned by Yumi's family, which she brought to school for a presentation about Japan.
* The Fright Knight from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is an arguable example; he's a ghost, so he doesn't really have a physical body of any kind, but his appearance is that of a suit of BlackKnight armor with glowing eyes, and when he's defeated in his debut episode, it's shown crumbling away to reveal nothing inside.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode ''Avalon'', a pair of Animated Armor guard the [[Myth/KingArthur Sleeping King in the Hollow Hill]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Batman and Jason Blood fight off a bunch of animated suits of armor. Batman's being awesome, but getting overwhelmed, so Jason turns into ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} and starts [[SuperStrength tearing them in half]] and [[PlayingWithFire melting them]]. It is awesome.
** There's also the Annihilator, a living suit of armor made by Greek gods that is fueled by rage.
* The villain in the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' episode "What a Night for a Knight" seems to be this at first, but it turns out to be a man in disguise, as was almost always the case in that series.
** Later played straight in the [[Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed second live action movie]], where his structure is supported by a green, immaterial mist. [[GroinAttack He's still weak in one spot, though.]]
* Castle Captor has these patrolling inside it in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Lost Smurf".

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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UpxsrlLbpU Raytheon XOS 2]] [[PoweredArmor exoskeleton]] is intended to be capable of autonomous action when it's finished, with the idea that a soldier can take it off, and send it ahead on remote control to a situation too dangerous for humans.
* Leonardo da Vinci created a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo%27s_robot robot]] using a suit of armor that could sit, stand up, move its arms and raise its visor.