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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 {{People Puppet}}s.

A {{Subtrope}} of TheBeastmaster. Compare PuppeteerParasite. See also MarionetteMotion. [[IThoughtItMeant Do not confuse with]] PuppetFighter: the puppet in that case is a metaphor to describe a certain type of gameplay.

May or may-not overlap with RobotMaster

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!!Examples:

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[[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]]). Sasori, however, [[PeoplePuppets not so much]].
* Gein from ''RurouniKenshin'' hides inside his puppet and basically uses it like a SteamPunk GiantRobot.
* Leonof the Puppetmaster from ''{{Trigun}}''.
* Walter from ''{{Hellsing}}'' upgrades to using his RazorFloss to making {{People Puppet}}s.
* Evangeline from ''MahouSenseiNegima'' makes the list as well, fighting alongside her PerversePuppet Chachazero when her powers aren't sealed. Though as a powerful [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Japanese Vampire]] mage, this is mainly a secondary ability.
** One of her several dozen titles is "The Puppetmaster", and at the height of her power she could apparently control an entire army's worth of puppets.
* Makubex & co in ''GetBackers''.
* Castor in ''ZeroSevenGhost''
* The Hollow Numb Chandelier in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has this as her main power, using the virus to make People Puppets 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.
* Doflamingo of ''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 ''{{Shakugan no Shana}}'', 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.
* ''PandoraHearts'' - Zwei, or rather her Chain Doldum, is one of [[MarionetteMaster those]]. [[MarionetteMotion Poor Gil.]]
* One of Yura of the Hair's abilities in ''{{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 ''{{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''.
* ''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.
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[[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.
* Toybox from ''TopTen''.
* The now obscure ''General Jumbo and his Pocket Army'', appearing in ''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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Andre Toulon in the ''Film/PuppetMaster'' series as well as anybody else that the puppets obey.
* William Stryker was this in the ''X-Men Origins'' movie.
* 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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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.
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[[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."
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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.]]
* While Lulu from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' primarily uses magic in battle, she can also attack enemies with magically animated toys.
* Geppeto in ''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.
* [[ThatOneBoss Puppet Ganon]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''
** Skull Kid from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' Puppetmasters, natch.
* Carl Clover from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' 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, is also a puppeteer, [[spoiler: 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.
* ''OgreBattle'' has a Doll Mage/Doll Master class.
* Cornet from ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''
* Jov Leonov from ''VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy'' who has the power of mind control and a MeatPuppet army.
* Mishaela in ''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 ''MabinogiFantasyLife'' 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 [[ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis Mana Khemia]] incarnation. Then again, [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear this is not your average bear]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''{{Homestuck}}'': Dave's [[{{Badass}} 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]]...
* All over the place in ''{{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.
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