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[[caption-width-right:300:Alice assembles her doll army for [[SugarApocalypse disturbingly cute warfare]].]]

This guy doesn't fight via his own power; he has an army of {{Perverse Puppet}}s--that he controls via [[RazorFloss strings]], [[AWizardDidIt magic]], or [[AppliedPhlebotinum advanced technology]]--to do it for him. [[LivingDollCollector Particularly sadistic ones]] can also make PeoplePuppets. See also EvilPuppeteer.

A {{Subtrope}} of ArtAttacker and TheBeastmaster. May overlap with RobotMaster or WickedToymaker.

Compare & contrast PuppeteerParasite. See also MarionetteMotion.

Not to be confused with PuppetFighter, a metaphor to describe a certain type of gameplay.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Hidden Sand Village from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is renowned for its ninja puppeteers, who typically use puppets full of hidden weaponry, including poison; unlike most examples, said puppeteers, including Kankuro and [[CoolOldLady Chiyo]], are actually fairly heroic ([[HeelFaceTurn eventually, anyways]]). However, the Hidden Sand's greatest puppeteer, Sasori of the Red Sand, is an outright villain who [[PeoplePuppets can turn his victims into puppets]] that still possess any powers they had while alive.
* Gein from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' hides inside his puppet and basically uses it like a ClockPunk GiantRobot.
* Leonof the Puppetmaster from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''.
* Walter from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' upgrades to using his RazorFloss to making {{People Puppet}}s.
* Evangeline from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' makes the list as well. One of her [[IHaveManyNames several dozen titles]] is "The Puppetmaster", and at the height of her power she could apparently control an entire army's worth of puppets. Though as a powerful [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire]] mage, this is mainly a secondary ability.
* Makubex & co in ''Manga/GetBackers''.
* Castor in ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost''
* The Hollow Numb Chandelier in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has this as her main power, using the virus to make PeoplePuppets out of Orihime's friends.
** Ditto one of the Bounts, Mabashi, who takes over Rukia's body; Orihime restores Rukia's sanity by [[CooldownHug hugging]] and then [[BarrierWarrior activating her powers]].
** Also, the Septima Espada Zommari Rureaux. His ability Amor allows him to control body parts of other people with one of his many eyes. If it's the head, it allows him to control the entire body even when they are unconscious.
* Doflamingo of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is of the PeoplePuppets variety, though he also seems to have the [[RazorFloss strings themselves]] as part of his personal arsenal.
* Friagne, the first villain in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', controls hordes of exploding dolls ([[PeoplePuppets possibly constructed from torches]]). His goal is to turn Marianne, the Rinne doll he loves, into an independent existence.
* Corona of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is revealed in flashbacks to have doll manipulation as her main talent. After Vivio praised her for it, she trained and refined this skill to the point where she can now manipulate giant {{Golem}}s in battle. She can also use it on herself to become a DittoFighter.
** [[CrystalDragonJesus Olivie Sägebrecht]] used a similar technique to control her artificial arms when she was alive.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' - Zwei, or rather her Chain Doldum, is one of [[MarionetteMaster those]]. [[MarionetteMotion Poor Gil.]]
* One of Yura of the Hair's abilities in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''. She would use threads of hair to manipulate the bodies of unconscious people from Kaede's village, then force them to attack Inuyasha and the group.
* Genso from ''Manga/{{Genzo}}'' is a puppet master of amazing skills, and combines this with being CrazyPrepared. Other "puppet masters" in the series are his teacher and father-in-law Seibei and his half-brother Koshiro, who's even more skilled than him.
* Faust of ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ''.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'': Kriem, who uses her powers to control Mad Bears (UglyCute teddy bears). The Mad Bears go into giant robots and start attacking the city.
* IV from ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' used monsters called Gimmick Puppets, nightmarish marionettes with graphic and macabre powers.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' foe the Puppeteer.
* ComicBook/{{Superman}} villain the Toyman usually uses an army of toys to do his fighting for him.
* ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' has The Doll-Master, who's a CaptainErsatz of Toyman. Like his inspiration, he has a small army of puppets at his beck and call.
* Toybox from ''ComicBook/TopTen''.
* The now obscure ''General Jumbo and his Pocket Army'', appearing in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' between 1953 to 1974, was another heroic example. Unusually, the forces at his command extended to full air and artillery support as well as a variety of vehicles for several thousand ''Film/SmallSoldiers''-style infantry bots, and a lot of the weapons involved were explicitly capable of inflicting lethal harm.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/LupineTree'' has the timberwolves, the most notable of which being the protagonist himself. The timberwolves are trees that drop "transmission seeds," which can magically gather up plant matter and assemble it into the form of a wolf[[note]]or a lycanthrope or a centaur[[/note]] and puppet the construct within a set radius of where they grow. The wolves hunt for prey and use it to fertilize their controlling tree.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Other Mother aka Beldam in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. Her dolls are not primarily made for fighting, however if her victim comes to realise the trap it has fallen into and attempts to fight back, they can become rather deadly.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Andre Toulon in the ''Film/PuppetMaster'' series as well as anybody else that the puppets obey.
%%* William Stryker was this in the ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' movie.
* ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'': The army of undead slave dolls tormenting a white supremacist is controlled by an elderly voodoo priestess whose soul is contained inside an old Civil War painting.

* Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs'' series features Velvetveen, who fights with animated stuffed animals and dolls. When she needs new ones, she goes to Goodwill, animates all theirs, and lays out the score: that going with her will mean giving up any chance of a new child and probably a short life, but also doing good in that period.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Two recent {{Tokusatsu}} series have given this the same twist: the heroes of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' and ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' can [[PowerCopying assume the forms of their predecessors]]. Each series also has an antagonistic character who uses the same cards / keys but produces "dupes" of the hero in question rather than changing his own form - respectively, Kamen Rider Diend and Basco ta Jolokia.
* The villain in Series/TheWildWildWest's "The Night of the Puppeteer."

* The members of 2PM take turns being this in their music video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKtvDv7eykg "Heartbeat"]].
* Another [[KoreanPopMusic k-pop]] example: Zelo is a {{Marionette Master}} in the music video for [[WordSaladTitle B.A.P]]'s first single, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tLooPlf2Sw "Warrior"]], using his fellow members as {{People Puppets}}. At the end, they break out of his control and shoot him ''as part of the dance''. [[CrowningMomentofAwesome It's just as cool as it sounds.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Scourge Warlock class from ''VideoGame/{{Neverwinter}}'' has the ability to create "Soul Puppets" when they use certain powers on their enemy's. They fade pretty fast, meaning you have to make another one to replace it, unless you taker the ''Damnation'' skill tree to its capstone (which also comes with other nifty upgrades to the puppet).
* Marionnette Owl from ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel''.
** Screaming Mantis in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' prefers zombie PeoplePuppets, and even controls them with literal puppets. [[spoiler: Using said puppets you can even try it out yourself, though not nearly as well as the bosses.]]
* [[MeaningfulName Kairaishi]] from ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]''.
* While Lulu from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' primarily uses magic in battle, she can also attack enemies with magically animated toys.
* Geppeto in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' - Alice Margatroid's main specialty is her Doll Army, two of her most notable dolls being [[ThemeNaming Shanghai and Hourai]]. [[MundaneUtility She also has them help her do chores all over the house, even when she's not in the same room as them.]] The weird thing about it is that they aren't capable of independent action, so she's putting just as much if not more effort into micro-managing them than just doing the work herself. It also makes her habit of holding conversations with them all the more eccentric.'
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** [[ThatOneBoss Puppet Ganon]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is a massive marionette controlled by Ganondorf himself. You even have to sever the strings controlling it if you want to win.
** Skull Kid from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' uses wooden puppets to slow you down while you're chasing him.
* Lieselotte's sister Elfriede of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has the power to control puppets and used this to possess a PerversePuppet to remain with Lieselotte when she died. [[spoiler:That is, that was the original story. In reality, it is Lieselotte herself who has the power to controls the puppet, and her sister is still alive.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' Puppetmasters, natch.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** Carl Clover is never seen without a giant marionette called Nirvana (which [[SoulJar contains the soul of his sister Ada]]), which can be controlled by the player as he fights. Early on in Noel's Story Mode, an important question comes up: [[spoiler:who's ''really'' pulling whose strings? Something of either a subversion or an inversion, depending on how you look at it.]]
** His father, Relius Clover, is also a puppeteer, the puppet in question being his wife Ignis.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'''s Shiki Misaki has her stuffed [[strike:pig]] cat, Mr. Mew.
* While she is capable of fighting by herself, (and is quite good at it) Luca from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' fights alongside her mechanical dolls, Calca and Brina.
* ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' has a Doll Mage/Doll Master class.
* Cornet from ''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''
* Jov Leonov from ''VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy'' who has the power of mind control and a MeatPuppet army.
* Mishaela in ''VideoGame/ShiningForce.'' [[spoiler: ''Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict'' revealed that the Mishaela you killed in the original was really one of her puppets all along.]]
* This is one of the powers of Gig from ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''. A spell called Dominion causes a small doll in the form of the person used on to appear. From there, the user can summon that person whenever needed and control them in battle.
* As of the latest update to ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' the player now has the option of being this.
* Anise Tatlin from ''Videogame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a stuffed doll which can grow big enough for her to ride into battle, making her the resident CuteBruiser.
* [[CuteGhostGirl Pamela Ibis]] lets her Teddy do most of the fighting in her ''[[VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis Mana Khemia]]'' incarnation. Then again, [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear this is not your average bear]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the Mechanist as a [[{{Wutai}} Hoshidan]]-exclusive unit class that Ninjas and Apothecaries can be promoted to. They ride on puppet mounts, use Hidden Weapons and Bows, and can also create a puppet clone to fight alongside themselves.
* Lime from ''VideoGame/BlueReflection'' uses a teddy bear called Mr. Bear as her weapon. It can grow to giant size and shoot EyeBeams, or function as a MagicWand for shooting fireballs. Oh, and her skillset and starting stats strongly favor her being an offense-focused character, meaning Mr. Bear is potentially the strongest weapon in the game.

* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': Dave's Bro may or may not have been this with his favourite puppet, [[DemonicDummy Lil' Cal]]. On one hand, he was capable of {{flashstep}}ping [[TeleportSpam so fast]] that he could have been making it look like Lil' Cal was [[CrazyAwesome moving of his own accord]], and initially that's what appears to be happening. On the other hand, there's plenty of evidence and testimony throughout the story that Lil' Cal actually is alive and capable of autonomous movement. We simply can't know for certain, [[ParanoiaFuel and that makes it all the more terrifying a thought]]...
** Dirk Strider, Bro's alternate universe equivalent, also counts. He holds a puppetkind strife specibus and can use Cal in combat, though he seldom does. Instead, in a less-literal take on the trope, Dirk builds robots and AIs that do battle for him.
* All over the place in ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}''. Dollomancy, Croakamancy, and [[spoiler: Decryption]] are all this trope through and through. Even the ''setting'', where soldiers telepathically know their leader's wishes to some extent, counts.