->''"Now you are stone... Yet I leave your eyes. I shed no tears for this land... But I cannot deny you yours!"''
-->--'''Malcolm''', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia''

A subtrope of PeoplePuppets and TakenForGranite:

Even though PuppeteerParasite frequently claim they have "total control" of someone's body, it's frequently the case that the possessed person retains some degree of control. This ranges from barely perceivable tiny twitches to outright rebellion through sheer willpower. Similarly, someone who is [[TakenForGranite frozen in place somehow]] retains some small degree of movement.

However, the most common variations are to retain control either of the head or of just the eyes. The eyes are often used to demonstrate that the person is still conscious and aware, but only able to helplessly witness what their body is forced to do. Typically this will involve a totally impassive face... except for the eyes, wide and silently screaming in horror at the situation. These usually result in a case of AndIMustScream.

On the other hand, if the person still has control of their whole head, the situation is frequently played for comedy, most often the juxtaposition of the actions the body is taking with the warnings and apologies from the head that is just along for the ride. When not played for humor, the victim will sometimes [[ICannotSelfTerminate plead to be killed]] to [[HeroicSacrifice protect people from them]] and to end their suffering.

Also an example of TruthInTelevision. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locked_in_syndrome Locked-In Syndrome]] is a condition brought on by hemorrhaging and/or trauma in the brainstem, essentially severing connections between the brain and the muscles of the body, but not the ''incoming'' neurofibers. This results in a paralysis where no part of the body is capable of movement, yet it can still feel sensations such as pain or warmth. In a few lucky cases, the muscles of the eyes are still connected to the brain, allowing movement. Locked-In Syndrome is often a case of NightmareFuel for those who think about it. [[AndIMustScream A (usually) fully-functional mind, trapped in an immovable body]], entirely unable to communicate its plight to anyone around them. It's the closest a human being can get to being BuriedAlive. Aside from, you know, ''actually'' being buried alive.

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[[folder:Alternate Reality Games]]
* Played with in the early [[AlternateRealityGame ARG]] ''Majestic''; after being captured by TheMenInBlack, a character makes a post on his vlog where he says that he's safe and being well taken care of in an ordinary hospital, and that his "caretakers" are wholly benevolent. During the post, he surreptitiously gestures in American Sign Language to indicate the name of the facility where he's been imprisoned.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* While the [[KillSat Saint's Cradle]] took control of her body to defend itself, [[spoiler: Vivio]] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' was still able to speak to Nanoha and beg her to leave her to die since she's just an [[PersonOfMassDestruction artificially created weapon]]. [[AllLovingHero Nanoha]], naturally, disagreed with her statement.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', people being controlled by Doflamingo and that one guy from the second TV-special are still talking, apologizing, shouting out warnings, cursing or begging for mercy. Both villains seems to consider that last bit especially funny.
* In ''ZeroSevenGhost'', Teito's best friend Mikage gets half his soul destroyed and his body possessed by Ayanami who then tries to capture Teito. Though Ayanami seems to be in complete control, Mikage still manages to shed a few tears as he attacks his friend.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' the Nara Clan's Shadow Possession Jutsu forces the victim to mimic the pose the caster is in, as well as all movements, but victims can still talk, usually expressing surprise about getting caught in it.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Jericho of the DCU had the power to take over someone's body, but if the target is conscious, they retain the ability to speak, which means they often start yelping about how they suddenly have lost control of their voluntary motor functions.
* In ''EarthX'', the Skull is capable of controlling an entire planet's worth of people (though he has to come into closer contact with a person to take them over). He doesn't appear able to make them ''say'' what he wants, though, and in one case he uses Iron Maiden's power to shut her up rather than just willing her to stop. Might just have been his sadism, however. Many fights involved begging for help or admonitions to "Dish it out, I can take it".
* This happened to the son of the inventor of the Sentinels during the short-lived Roy Thomas / Neal Adams run on ''COmicBook/{{X-Men}}''. He used his limited locomotion to indicate to his ally how to free the mutants.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' this happens to [[spoiler: Takato when he becomes paralysed due to his brain cells slowly dying]].
* In ''FanFic/HumanCuriosity'', it turns out that [[spoiler:the HCS has a drug that completely paralyzes the Nations, except in some rare cases where they can still blink and breathe. Japan and England briefly communicate via blinking Morse Code, but that's about all they can manage.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''TheIncredibles'', Syndrome's "Zero Point Energy" can freeze a person in place, but they can still look around. Same thing with the [[HumanPopsicle cop put on ice]] by Frozone.
* In ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'', Genies can't disobey their Master's orders as long it doesn't violate certain rules, but it doesn't mean they have to like it.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Happens in the horror movie remake ''Film/HouseOfWax2005''. Anyone still alive but petrified by the waxing process can only move their eyes and breathe.
* Arnold can only move his eyes when he is turned in a [=half-man/half-plant=] hybrid in ''Film/{{Troll 2}}''. He is also able to talk, but only after the bark is [[{{squick}} peeled off his face]]. Earlier in the film, Creedence uses a paralysis spell on him, which only leaves him able to move his mouth.
-->'''Arnold:''' And why... why can't I move, there, there must be some logical reason for all this?
-->'''Creedence:''' Shut up!
* In ''Danger: Diabolik'', [[GentlemanThief Diabolik]] was encased in solid gold, but he could still move his eyes in order to show the audience that he was NotQuiteDead. He even winks at the audience. [[note]]In the {{MST3K}} version of the movie, Mike laughs at the idea that the movie wants us to believe Diabolik somehow came out on top. Seriously, how the Hell does he expect to get out of that gold?[[/note]]
* ''Film/IronMan2'' had this when Vanko hacked into the Comicbook/WarMachine suit with Rhodey inside.
-->'''Rhodey:''' Whoa, whoa, whoa... ''(aims his minigun at Tony)''
-->'''Tony:''' Is that you?
-->'''Rhodey:''' Whoa, I'm not doing that, that's not me! I... I can't move, I'm locked up! I'm locked up! Get out of here, the whole system's been compromised!
* When the Operative in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' uses his version of the Vulcan Neck Pinch, the subject is paralized, but able to move his eyes enough to watch himself fall on the sword the Operative is holding. Not cool, dude.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Pvt Jenkins, in the ''Halo'' novel ''The Flood'', retains his consciousness when infected by the flood due to some biological quirk. He retains only minimal control over his body.
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, infestation by [[BrainSlug Yeerks]] sometimes works this way: strong-willed or desperate hosts can rebel against their Yeerks (especially when the Yeerk is under duress itself), often leading to arguing with and/or hitting oneself. In a more literal example, Visser One describes a game she used to play with one of her hosts where she would relinquish control of one body part and see how long it took the host to find out; in one case, the body part the host could move was her eye. [[spoiler: The host nearly kills them both by closing the one eye on the freeway, thus denying Visser One depth perception.]]
* The short story ''[[http://www.asstr.org/files/Collections/Alt.Sex.Stories.Moderated/Year2001/28871 Great Gift of Sleep]]'' by Shon Richards has a woman on a spaceship arrange for one of the other women to be partially awoken from [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] for the purposes of sex, leaving her unable to move (though very much able to feel) from the neck down.
* In [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]' SF novel ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames'', as a bizarre punishment one incidental character (a high ranking officer too good at his job to be locked away for his crime) is locked into a robotic exoskeleton which prevents him eating anything other than bread and water, makes sure that he's in bed and up by certain times, and totally prevents him enjoying any pleasures of the flesh, but otherwise allows him the freedom to work at his job until his sentenced prison term is served. At one point, someone takes remote control of the exoskeleton in an assassination attempt on a nearby target while its occupant frantically tries to prevent it, struggling against the suit's movements enough to throw off the aim of the ranged weapon he is holding (but unable to talk because he cannot move his jaw). Nobody realizes its the suit and not ''him'' until a head-shot kills him (graphically) and the exoskeleton suit is suddenly unhindered, becoming much more dangerous.
* In ''Literature/NakedLunch'', this happens to a carny worker in one of Benway's most infamous monologues.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This happens from time to time on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. It's amazing how many alien races have paralysis weapons.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** The episode "Angels and Demons" had Lister warning his crew that he was being controlled to attack them, and actively helping them defeat him. Gives the quote "Look out, I'm trying to kill you!"
** In "Psirens", when Kryten is ordered to destroy himself, his body obeys, but his head protests all the way.
* An obscure low-budget show called ''Terror Vision'' had an episode where a young woman applies for a modeling job at a small clothing store. As she walks in the mannequin in the window moves its eyes to follow her. [[AndIMustScream You can probably guess the rest]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]], this happens to [[spoiler:the Doctor]]. In this case his reaction is shown with the barest minimum to the point where one cannot really point out any distinct facial move or change, yet he still manages to pull off enough fear and anguish to firmly cement the PsychologicalHorror aspect of the episode. [[spoiler:Curse Creator/DavidTennant and his [[PuppyDogEyes big brown eyes]].]]
** [[MissingEpisode Since-lost]] William Hartnell episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan"]] has Steven locked in a forcefield. How much movement he had is unclear without surviving footage, but the Doctor used him to hand off a fake plot device to the Daleks, who naturally tried to exterminate him. It turns out a direct hit from a Dalek DeathRay was [[IncrediblyLamePun just what the Doctor ordered]] to break the forcefield and free him.
** In the TV special [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]], this is what happens to those [[spoiler:who wish to be immortal in Rassilon's presence]].
* Norman Balthus, in the second season of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', is afflicted with this when he [[spoiler: is kept in a state of complete paralysis by his newly-evil Antichrist of an adopted son, Justin, after suffering a stroke]]. Made into terror in the episode where [[spoiler: Justin uses his mind to pull one of Norman's teeth after Norman got pissed and spit applesauce at him]].
* In Volume 3 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', this is inflicted upon Angela Petrelli by [[spoiler:her husband, Arthur]].
* ''{{CSI NY}}'' The pilot, 'Blink'. See the locked-in syndrome entry in RealLife.
* ''Series/{{House}}''. In the episode "Locked In," House is hospitalized after an accident. The patient in the next bed has locked-in syndrome, but his doctors don't recognize it, recommending him for organ donation.
* A non-parasite example. In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Trash", Jayne is electrocuted; the shock throws him backwards into ''Serenity's'' hull, hard. Simon injects him with a paralytic so he won't injure his spine further when he regains consciousness. The drug leaves him able to talk and move his eyes around.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Carcosa: Weird Science-Fantasy Horror Setting''. In hex 0715 there's a small cave with an altar to Hastur. In front of the altar is a Red Man who petrified except for his brain and his eyes. After spending centuries in this state, he is quite insane.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', when Genie [[spoiler:is forced to do Jafar's bidding via lamp]], he will shout 'Look out!' or 'Get out of the way!' before attacking.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'': The zombies speak coherently, apologizing while aiming a shotgun for your head or swinging a lead pipe for your face.
* When the Collector Swarms of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' bite a human, it reduces them to this. Makes it all the easier to carry them away and do horrible things to them. [[WhamEpisode Horizon]] is full of these people.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', [[spoiler:Estelle gets this treatment after being repeatedly {{Mind Rape}}d by Alexei. She gets better, thankfully.]]
* [[BigBad Malcolm]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia'' is fond of [[TakenForGranite turning people to stone]], but adds a cruel twist to this when he does it to Kallak by leaving his eyes un-stoned.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The ''WebComic/PennyArcade'' "Cardboard Tube Samurai" [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/30 strip where the CTS fights the possessed warrior Tobun]], Tobun pleads to be killed.
* ''WebComic/TheWotch''. In a fall 2008 story, Anne gets [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2008-10-07 turned into a tree]] but [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2008-10-21 retains some movement in her face]] and [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2008-10-28 can still see and speak]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Puppetmaster" has a possessed Aang and Sokka apologizing as they attack Katara.
** And when Katara freezes [[spoiler: Azula during the finale, she]] can't move at all except for [[spoiler: her]] eyes.
* In the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' [[spoiler: Tarlok's bloodbending]] has this effect, though by the looks of it, his grip is so strong he can even prevent people moving their eyes when he's really concentrating.
* Anyone locked in stasis cuffs in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' can still speak and move their heads, but can't move their limbs or use weapons.
** And when Dirtboss decides to cerebro-shell Bulkhead, he ends up attacking his friends and apologizing while he does so.
* Any trap or superpower in the old ''{{Superfriends}}'' cartoon which could immobilize the heroes would leave them free to look around or converse.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' features a gas that paralyses people in this manner. It's used on a room full of police officers attending a dinner for Commissioner Gordon.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' had Uncle and Daolon Wong fire petrification spells at one another. They both hit at the same time, and so neither could do anything but move their eyes.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' the animated series when King Midas turns one of his men to gold he can still blink and shift his eyes.
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'': The frozen citizens of Pepperland are still conscious and can slightly move their heads. They can also weep.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E6PowerPonies Power Ponies]]", the Mane-iac's paralyzing hairspray still allows the Power Ponies to move their eyes and talk.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locked_in_syndrome Locked-in syndrome]], or ALS.
** Which was used explicitly in the first episode of ''[[{{CSINY}} CSI: NY]]'', by an insane doctor that kept killing his guinea pigs accidentally until he successfully locked a victim in this state.
** And in a 5th season episode of ''Series/{{House}}''. The first half of the episode is shown by the POV of the PatientOfTheWeek.
** And on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' once, though they called it "frozen."
** The novel ''The Diving Bell And The Butterfly'' is an auto-biography by Jean-Dominique Bauby, who had a stroke and suffered this. The entire novel was dictated by him indicating which letter he wanted next by blinking. It was adaptated into a film in 2007.
* In a similar fashion, a person who is lucid dreaming can't move (due to normal sleep paralysis), but can still move their eyes, allowing simple communication in dream experiments.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botulism Botulism]] can not only result in the loss of voluntary muscles, it can also result in the loss of breathing and parts of the nervous system.
* At the NSFW hypnosis website ''Hypno Girls'', women are sometimes ordered to "freeze". Most of the time, they are still able to move from the neck up.
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