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A puppet entirely operated by hand, usually with the puppeteer's hand inside. A common gag will involve the puppet acting [[ConsultingMisterPuppet implausibly independent of its puppeteer]], often by being argumentative, abusive, etc. If it ''is'' independent, it's a PerversePuppet or DemonicDummy.

A prominent sub-type is the sock puppet, which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]: a HandPuppet made out of a sock.[[labelnote:*]]On [[TheInternet teh intertubes]], a "SockPuppet" is an online identity that is actually an alternate account of another user.[[/labelnote]]

Another sub-type, which is (somewhat disturbingly) common enough to qualify as its own trope, is the DeadGuyPuppet.

See also {{Muppet}}s, which are generally more complex, involving both hands (at least -- some Muppets are operated by two people) for a more lifelike effect.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'': Pucchan & Lance
* In ''CromartieHighSchool'', Destrade High's Yamaguchi introduces a ventriloquist named Akira Nakao. He plans to have him as his right hand man, but quickly shifts the job over to Nakao's puppet, Mick.
* Juri Kato of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' (pictured above) has a sock puppet that she often uses to express her opinions and feelings instead of stating them outright as if they were her own. [[spoiler:After [[SacrificialLion Leomon's death]], [[EldritchAbomination the D-Reaper]] possesses it and, as a sign of her [[BreakTheCutie deteriorating mental condition]], it starts saying ''much'' [[MindRape darker things]].]]
* The main character in ''MaisonIkkoku'' at one point is recruited into a college club dedicated to putting on puppet plays.
* ''MidoriDays'' had Takkizawa, a figurine fanatic, who, much to the protagonist's dismay, becomes fascinated with hand puppets.
* In ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' the female employee at Kashiwa Publishing uses one to speak with occasionally.
* In ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Nekozawa has a hand-puppet cat named Belzeneff.
* Mubyou from ''WagayaNoOinariSama'' always wears two hand puppets and sometimes uses them to talk to people...which doesn't change the fact that her punches can shatter concrete.
* In ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', the fourth diary holder, Reisuke Houjo carries two hand puppets, which he treats as if they were actually real.
* ''TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'': Yuji wears a hand puppet named Kereellis that may or may not be an alien.
* Natsumi Aso from ''{{Sketchbook}}'' makes her own hand-puppets, which she uses to talk to herself about her favorite snacks.
* In ''Anime/RobotGirlsZ'', Doublas-chan both communicates and shoots beams from her puppets.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Clopin has a small hand puppet of himself that acts fairly independently at times.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', a child performer named Captain Kiddie has an extremely independent and sentient puppet.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/MirrorMask'' starts with a pair of sock puppets arguing -- and for "sock puppets" read not only "made out of socks" but also "actually being worn on the puppeteer's ''feet''". (Although actually actually, when the scene was filmed one of the puppets was worn on a hand as usual, to allow a greater range of facial expression.)
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Series/{{Sooty}}.
* Several ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories have used [[SpecialEffectsFailure hand puppets to represent the alien monster of the week]].
** An alien ambassador in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E5Timelash Timelash]]''. (Astonishingly, it ''wasn't'' the most ludicrously cheap special effect in the story.)
** The supposed Loch Ness monster in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E1TerrorOfTheZygons Terror of the Zygons]]''.
* ''[[TreintaYUnMinutos 31 Minutos]]'', a Chilean children's NewsParody program, uses hand-puppets and sock-puppets prominently, and takes this trope to its logical extreme: using ''socks'' without even putting a minimal effort to convert them into sock puppets.
** Not only socks, but also ''gloves'' got used as puppets at some point or another.
* Jane's "truth snake" from ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' is a hand puppet in the form of a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything pink snake]] that expresses her hidden negative thoughts when she's [[MushroomSamba under the influence of mystery pills]] in one second season episode.
* ''Series/GoodEats'', a cooking program starring eccentric chef Alton Brown, features quite a few puppets. The most prevalent would be those he uses for yeast, which are sock puppets (that burp).
* Franklin, GOB's puppet from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* Gitmo on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' (a terrorist Expy of Elmo.)
** Also {{Muppet}} Michael Steele, based on Jon Stewart's observation that RNC Chairman Michael Steele vaguely resembled a Muppet character from Series/SesameStreet (a restaurant patron in a series of sketches involving Grover as a hapless waiter).
* ''SiflAndOlly''.
* Mr. Flibble in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Quarantine".
* Craig Ferguson uses animal puppets on ''Series/TheLateLateShow''. They most often appear in the show's [[TheTeaser Cold Open]] and are voiced and operated by Ferguson himself. Regulars include Wavey the Cajun-Scottish Crocodile, and Sid the Cussing Rabbit.
* Kukla and Ollie on ''KuklaFranAndOllie.''
* Many characters on ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''.
* Many characters on ''Series/LambChopAndFriends''.
* Several characters on ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' (classic versions).
* ''Series/TheATeam'' has an early episode where Murdock's latest tic is having a sock puppet named Sockey on one of his hands giving a running commentary to the team's latest job. [=BA=] gets so annoyed that he threatens both puppet and puppeteer to introduce them to his talking fist, Knockout.
* The newscaster from ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' is actually named [[PunnyName Howard Handupme]].
* Former Creator/{{CBBC}} mascots Gordon T. Gopher and Edd the Duck.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]], [[{{Wrestling/MickFoley}} Mankind]] once used a sock puppet named "Mr. Socko" to cheer up a hospitalized [[{{Wrestling/VinceMcMahon}} Vince McMahon]] in vain. The segment was a wild hit and Mick kept the sock around. Fortunately, his FinishingMove was placing a "nerve pinch" that put his hand into another wrestler's mouth so it fit perfectly that he'd stick the sock on his hand for the move and thus a cultural phenomenon was born.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* PunchAndJudy
* ''TheUmbilicalBrothers'': '''ACTION FINGERS!'''
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Used for therapeutic interviews in ''VideoGame/DieAnstalt''. It's implied that she may be a living being in her own right (like all the other LivingToys in the game.)
* This is an obtainable expression in ''VideoGame/FableII ''.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The main characters of the grim and strange ''Rocko & Socko'' sub-comic of ''[[http://plif.andkon.com/ The Parking Lot Is Full]]''.
* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has Banjo, God of Puppets.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/07/04/episode-716-we-built-this-city-on-rock-and-roll-and-mortar-and-bricks-and-cobblestones-wood-too/ Fighter has a hand puppet of Black Mage]].
* God from ''{{Sinfest}}'' primarily expresses Himself with hand puppets.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' once had [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-07-16 a full-size filler comic]] with hand puppets dedicated to explaining a rewrite of the script that had resulted in a delay. There was also [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-10-27 a Question and Answer strip]] that used them to answer a question about the dialogue between a couple of the characters during an off-panel moment.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* The entire cast of ''TheFundayPawpetShow''
* Most of the cast from [[http://www.normantweeter.com Norman Tweeter Productions]]
* MikeJ, a contributor on ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'', has the Super Pissed Video Entertainment Sock.
* Zack from ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' opens [[ShowWithinAShow Episode 1]] with a...um...puppet? Sure, we can call it that. It ruins takes by cawwing loudly.
* Baby Manatee, the SnarkyNonHumanSideKick of ''WebVideo/ManateeGirlTheMovie'' is portrayed by one. At one point he's knocked on the ground and placed back on the off-screen puppeteer's hand by the heroine.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mr. Garrison's puppet, Mr. Hat, from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. It's originally implied that Mr. Garrison is schizophrenic in some way, and uses Mr. Hat to act out his various repressed sides. The puppet is eventually phased out as Garrison becomes more disturbingly self-confident. It's kept somewhat ambiguous how sentient Mr. Hat actually is.
* In ''TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'', Sheen ends up with his own public access show about hand-puppets.
* In "Mother Nature" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy's Mom became a weather woman and so Timmy's Dad decided to be both the mom and the dad by using a hand puppet that looks exactly like Timmy's Mom. Timmy's Dad can't get along with the puppet.
* In the extended second season opening of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', Heloise has one that looks like Jimmy, whom she has compliment on her [[HairDecorations ponytail]].
* In ''TheTick'', The Human Ton has his good pal, the hand puppet Handy.
* In the {{Droopy}} cartoon "The Three Little Pups", the wolf-as-dogcatcher uses a cat puppet to lure the pups out of their houses. The sight of a wind-up mouse causes the puppet to act like a real cat.
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