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->''"Y'know what? ...I'm sick of being the one in the van. You guys are gonna be in the van next time."''
-->-- '''Albert Gibson''', ''Film/TrueLies''

A character or group of characters who, rather than accompany the hero into the field, offers assistance with [[DoingResearch information]] and technology from the other end of a phone. Alternatively, a sapient computer that travels with him, but is incapable of rendering assistance physically.

In the modern wired era, '''Mission Control''' can provide valuable field assistance by hacking into the local technology by remote, or using ROV's and other remote devices.

The [[RedOniBlueOni opposite]] of his partner in the field in many respects. Most times, Mission Control is [[TheSmartGuy more intellectual than the heroes]], being [[TheStrategist a planner and strategist]] rather than a doer. They prefer to sit back and plan, while the hero is brash and forward. If the hero is strong and invulnerable, Mission Control is [[GeekPhysique weak and]] [[SquishyWizard frail]]. Various other contrasts may also be built up: if the hero is the [[SilentProtagonist strong silent type]], Mission Control will be cheerful and will crack jokes. This will often lead to some sort of friction between the two and CharacterDevelopment as time goes on.

The defining characteristic is that the character provides banter, exposition, information and support, while the hero is still physically alone and isolated. [[MissingMissionControl Losing contact]] with Mission Control can be used as a plot element. Often the hero will mock his backup's unwillingness to risk it all in the field, and be punished when he loses their valuable help temporarily. He'll be all too glad when everything's back to normal, he's risking his neck and MC's back in his chair.

In some series, Mission Control makes up one half of a Spy Couple. If the hero is male, this character is often female, attractive, and in love with him. This type of portrayal is reminiscent of a fifties TV housewife. ("Stay here and mind the base, honey! And don't call unless it's important! Yes, yes, I'll bring back the {{macguffin}}; [[ContinueYourMissionDammit no need to nag."]])

If a series with a Mission Control runs long enough, they will inevitably be forced into a truly threatening situation. The hero could be captured (see AllUpToYou), baddies could [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs invade their HQ]] (a [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard]] scenario ensues), or someone could just catch them off duty. Either the hero will coach them, in a role reversal, or they'll be held captive as a hostage and the hero will have to do his own thinking. Once in a while this results in the death of Mission Control, either we see the death but the hero has no idea, or we and they hear/see it but can't stop it. This often sets up a DeadSidekick, or if it's in FlashBack, a Dead Little Sister revenge arc. May also fall into ADeathInTheLimelight.

Sometimes, the bad guy will [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds hack the communications and impersonate mission control]], [[UnwittingPawn using voice filters and CGI to fool the hero into doing his bidding.]]

Mission Control has become increasingly common in video games, to put a face and voice on otherwise boring mission objectives and briefings. In such games, as in long-running series, there is roughly an 80% chance (higher in [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism cynical]] games, lower in [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism idealistic]] ones) that the Mission Control character will be [[MissingMissionControl killed, kidnapped, threatened, have their frequency hijacked by the Big Bad, or otherwise be rendered useless about halfway through the storyline.]]

'''Mission Control often overlaps with other character types by function or nature:'''
* BenevolentAI (for talking computers)
* BridgeBunnies (can be considered a subset)
* GadgeteerGenius
* GeniusDitz or DitzyGenius
* GuyInBack
* TheFace
* HotScientist and/or HotLibrarian
* TheLabRat
* MrExposition
* TheMentor
* OlderAndWiser
* PlayfulHacker
* ProjectedMan
* RobotBuddy (for talking computers)
* SpiritAdvisor
* TechnoWizard[=/=]WrenchWench
* TheTeamNormal
* TheVoice
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection

Contrast SinisterSurveillance, where the bad guys are watching your every move. Contrast and compare MissionControlIsOffItsMeds, where there's a voice, but it's misleading, hostile, insulting, or just insane. MissingMissionControl is a subtrope, which describes any situation where the Mission Control is killed, kidnapped, or otherwise incapacitated. AndMissionControlRejoiced occurs when the Mission Control starts celebrating the heroes' victory before the latter even return.

The {{sitcom}} version, where the voice on the other end of the earpiece is PlayingCyrano, is EarpieceConversation.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Since they can link up via their cyberbrains, various characters in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' serve this role at times, especially TechnoWizard Ishikawa and, even more so, Chief Aramaki (who got to display his calmness under fire when he was caught off duty).
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': [[TheHero Kouji Kabuto]] [[BattleCouple and]] [[{{Tsundere}} Sayaka Yumi]] were assisted by Prof. Yumi (Sayaka's father, who was the OlderAndWiser TheMentor, TheProfessor and TheLabRat) and [[HomeBase Photonic Research Insitute's]] BridgeBunnies, who gave them assistance during missions via communicators.
** The same role was filled by Prof. Kabuto in ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and Prof. Umon in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''.
%%* Ryou in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' sometimes serves this role.
* Two in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'': for the Dragons of Heaven (those chosen to save the world), the [[IllGirl crippled, blind]] [[DreamWeaver dream seer]] Hinoto guides them, while for the Dragons of Earth (chosen to destroy the world), Hinoto's younger sister Kanoe guides them.
* Emulated in the second half of ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' with the concept of the Second.
%%* Hiroshi Ozora in ''Anime/{{Moldiver}}''.
* The Long Arch crew in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. We also have the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers Cyborg]] Uno, who takes this role on the villain's side.
* The Pretenders in ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' drifted into Mission Control territory when CharacterFocus shifted to the Headmaster Juniors, and completely became this when the [[SpotlightStealingSquad Godmasters]] showed up.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': This seems to be Yumi Azusa's main purpose, having been shown on several occasions to advise Shibusen people in the field, though she has an effective Weapon form which is used on occasion. Being clairvoyant and having awesome Death Note-style ''map-drawing skills'' helps.
* The GGG Main Order Room is this to the titular robot from ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'', not only providing [[TheHero Guy]] with information but also with the occasional superweapon.
* This is Koshiro "Izzy" Izumi's role in Anime/DigimonAdventure02, as he mostly stays in the computer room or gives them advice.
* Yuuji of Class F from ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' often does this. He often doesn't fight directly, since he plans his attacks beforehand and has his classmates do the bulk of the fighting, but he's no slouch himself, and when one rival class tries to sneak attack him, he beats them all up himself.
* Matsu from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' does this occasionally, providing intel and support for Minato. However, she is also capable of jumping into the fray and fighting, with a motorcycle and rocket launcher, if needed.
* Yukina from ''Anime/NightRaid1931'' acts as Mission Control, coordinating movements in silence during spy missions with the Sakurai Organization. However, instead of communicating with wireless technology (which was not that advanced during the time period of the setting), she uses telepathy instead.
* BC and Magno from ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' will often perform this role for the Dreads and Hibiki's Vanguard while fighting the Harvesters.
* Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often performs this role, guiding his forces on what to do and when to attack.
* Deconstructed in Manga/{{Bleach}}. While the Mission Control guys work at full capacity during the [[spoiler:Vandereich invasion]], the sheer turmoil and chaos of the invasion is really making their leader (Akon from the Twelft Division) stretch his resources. And for worse, [[spoiler: when the MC area is attacked, they're completely defenseless... because the attack ''comes from the inside'', as they're either BrainwashedAndCrazy or [[PeoplePuppets externally forced]] into attacking each other. ]]
* Shizuki from ''Manga/HekikaiNoAiON'' takes this role whenever Seine needs advice or information through the use of mobile phones.
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. The Intelligence Division of the Shinobi Alliance army acts as this to help coordinate their attacks based on the info that pops up in the battlefield. It's not limited to one place, though. It's separated into at least 2-3 control positions, with the main one at their headquarters.
%%* Benny is this to the crew of the ''Manga/BlackLagoon''.
* Ruru in ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' is in charge of directing [[SuperRobot Gaiking]] on the battlefield [[spoiler: until he's promoted to Captain of the Daiku Maryu]].
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', Biam often stays behind to pilot the Black Hammers' castle, and briefs them if something is going on in missions.
* Despite being one of the series' strongest fighters, Saruhiko Fushimi from ''Anime/{{K}}'' often takes this role, as Scepter 4's hacker. He does it notably in the very beginning of the first season, and the Christmas mission in the second season, in which he (along with Enomoto) controls the security points and blockades within the tower. It's an important role, but it often leaves him aching for a fight.

* Aleph from ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency''. She was born to be the ultimate Mission Control; she's a "superprocessor" -- someone who can "handle any number of separate input processes while performing multiple complex tasks and running deductive strings." A "Baddies Invade Base" moment happened in the original comic.
* Barbara Gordon, alias Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}, helped out many of the superheroes in Gotham City and around the world when she was Oracle, since she was crippled by the Joker in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. However, she most often served as actual Mission Control for Comicbook/BlackCanary, Comicbook/{{Huntress}}, and even Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} in the ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' comic. She also served as Mission Control for other heroes like Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]] and [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Stephanie Brown]].
* In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', [=NASA=]'s personal who oversaw satellite Comlab's launch. Comicbook/LexLuthor specificlly called them "Mission Control".
-->'''Lex:''' It allows me to manipulate the signals reaching Comlab substituting my commands for the electronic orders of mission control!
* Since the 2004 CrisisCrossover ''Comicbook/IdentityCrisis'', The Calculator is the villain equivalent of Oracle.
* As the liaison between his fellow Lanterns and their higher-ups, the Guardians of the Universe, the four-armed bug-headed alien Salaak fills this role for the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps.
* The Marvel superhero group ComicBook/{{Exiles}} always has one of these in their ranks. In ''Exiles'', the Mission Control figure was the Timebroker, and then Dr. Heather Hudson. In ''New Exiles'', the Mission Control character is Cat Pryde, an alternate reality version of the X-Man [[ComicBook/KittyPryde Shadowcat]].
%%* Marvel supervillain Sidewinder acted as the Serpent Society's Mission Control.
* In ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', Dyrk Magz [[NonActionGuy loses his magnetic powers]] in a fight with Mordu. However, he can't bring himself to stay in civilian life and comes back to work as Mission Control -- though he did serve a crucial role in a battle with the Fatal Five.
-->'''Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} 5:''' You forgot about Dyrk Magz, and all because he has no superpowers. And now -- neither do you.
* A truly awesome/terrifying variant occurs in the ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers'' crossover, where Captain America, whose group-tactics abilities allow him to tell guys like [[PhysicalGod Thor]] what to do in a fight, teams up with Martian Manhunter, who's a very powerful telepath.
%%* Microchip is this for ThePunisher
%%* Weasel sometimes acts as this for {{Deadpool}}.
* In Lex the action team is very strongly supported by a remote mission control hub and extra field assets if needed, even though they don't really need it because they're good at what they do.
* The Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica has this as a rotating position known as monitor duty. Whoever is on monitor duty is suppose to sit in the monitor womb and watch all the news reports occurring over the world and coordinate different teams to different disasters. It is considered a very boring job, ComicBook/{{Batman}} tries to weasel out of it whenever he can, and ComicBook/MartianManhunter often volunteers to do it because his telepathic abilities make the job easier.
* In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' this role is fulfilled by [[BenevolentAI One]], the resident AI and {{genius loci}} of the Ducklair Tower, who serves as gadgeteer, information collector, physical base of operation and even chef. It could be said that the encounter with One is what brings Duck Avenger to the next level as a superhero.

* In ''Film/NinetyNineRiverStreet'', Stan uses his position as dispatcher to gather address information for Ernie while keeping the cops off his friend's tail.
%%* Cypher to his son for most of ''Film/AfterEarth''.
* A good deal of ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' takes place in NASA's Houston mission control centre, and, as in the real event, the operators there were just as much heroes as the astronauts were. The recreation was so good that one of the consultants, a NASA employee, kept forgetting it was only a set and looking for the elevator at the end of the day to leave for home, just like another "real" day back in Houston.
%%* Lucius Fox in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Also the GadgeteerGenius.
* Jarvis, ''Film/IronMan'''s AI, would be this if he didn't have a certain amount of control over the suit himself.
%%* Creator/SethGreen's character, Lyle/"Napster", in the remake of ''Film/TheItalianJob2003''.
* Merlin throughout ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', observing the progress of the Kingsman recruits through video feeds. Exemplified during the climax [[spoiler:when his hacking helps to impede Valentine's progress and save Eggsy from enemy soldiers]].
* ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'':
** Jor-El's hologram takes on this role in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' to help Superman and Lois Lane escape from General Zod's ship. "Look to your right. Fire." "Move your head to the left." "Strike this panel."
** In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', this is Alfred's role for Franchise/{{Batman}}, even going so far as remotely controlling the Batplane when needed.
%%* Operators in ''Film/TheMatrix''. In particular, Sparks in the video game ''VideoGame/EnterTheMatrix''.
* Luther Stickell from the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'', although he gets some action (some more about suspense than actual bullets flying) in each of the films. In ''Ghost Protocol'', all four team members either discuss or are depicted on-screen as being in the Mission Control position.
* [[TheSmartGuy Riley]] fulfills this role for Ben in ''Film/NationalTreasure''. He does this again for both Ben and Abigail in the second movie, and also gets a little more in-the-field time himself.
%%* Livingstone Dell in ''Film/OceansEleven'' and its sequels.
%%* Tendo Choi's job in ''Film/PacificRim''.
* Mr. Universe in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. He is captured [[spoiler:and eventually killed]] by the Operative.
* Ned in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' is aware of this trope, referring to it as "the guy in a chair" and wanting to be it to Peter. [[spoiler: He gets his wish during the climax, helping Peter out remotely due to the latter not having his advanced suit.]]
%%* Crease, Whistler, and Mother, from ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''.
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'':
** NEST, a team of humans that coordinate the actions of the Autobots and assist them in combat. Their mission control, in turn, is the Pentagon.
** And a more chilling version, [[EldritchAbomination Soundwave]] is this to the Decepticons by [[ParanoiaFuel attaching himself to a Pentagon satellite]].
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': When the proto X-Men clash against the Hellfire Club, Charles stays by the wreckage of the Blackbird and orders Raven to guard him. He's the only mutant who can restrain Sebastian Shaw (psychically or otherwise), so it's imperative for the mission that Xavier survives. He also gives instructions to Erik as the latter searches for their target.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': In ''The Rogue Cut'', the older Professor X telepathically guides Magneto and Iceman through the mansion's secret corridors from the relative safety of the X-Jet.

* Erek King from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' found himself playing this role to the heroes on more than one occasion. See ''The Android'' and ''The Attack'' for the best examples.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' has Foaly, the TechnoWizard of the Lower Elements Police, a centaur and a NonActionGuy. He spends most of his time in his lab, helping the heroes from long-distance with any hacking needed.
* ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' gives us MC, also the VoiceWithAnInternetConnection.
* The ''Thorn of Breland'' trilogy of TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} novels (written by the setting's creator, Keith Baker) has Steel. A rather unimaginatively-named intelligent dagger that Thorn (the protagonist) carries with her. He's served with 50-odd agents of the Dark Lanterns (Breland's intelligence agency) and has a wealth of knowledge about politics, magic and numerous other fields that would be helpful to his wielder. He can also sense magical auras and make educated guesses at what specific spells the target might have around them. He can also sense when someone is spying on him and Thorn with divination magic and a simple set of touches can allow Thorn to communicate with him without anyone else noticing (Steel's own voice is telepathic and can only be heard by someone physically holding him).
* A weird fantasy variant was used for a time in the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series, when the immobile Dead Man took psychic control of the parrot Mr. Big and used him as a remote-controlled spy and mouthpiece on some of Garrett's cases. Subverted at times because Garrett detests Mr. Big and isn't thrilled about being nagged at long-distance, while the Dead Man is never as forthcoming with information or advice as he could be.
* ''[[Literature/{{Heroics}} Heroics]]'': Tess Cassidy, who is identified as this by name and uses "Control" as her radio codename.
* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/TheShipWho'' series, the brainship will serve as a mission control for their mobile "brawn" partner when they leave the confines of the ship.
* In ''Literature/StarksWar'', every soldier's PoweredArmor is in constant communication with military command, meaning that officers can provide direct instructions to individual soldiers at any time. This is isn't a good thing, however, because the officers in question are all incompetent micromanagers who believe their "genius" plans can triumph over reality. Being ignored by mission control is a blessing, since it means you don't get chewed out "dangerous" departures from the battle plan like standing a meter away from the spot designated for you (even if the spot designated for you is under enemy fire).
* A rather confusing example from ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': the Creator/TimothyZahn Literature/HandOfThrawn duology features some pirates whose Mission Control is referred to on the radio simply as "Control"... which one would assume is a callsign, but it later turns out that his ''[[MeaningfulName actual name]]'' is Control.
* Salem from ''Literature/WhatIsThisBlackMagicYouCallScience?'', who also qualifies under MadScientist, DeadpanSnarker, TheVoice [[[spoiler: though his mugshot is revealed in Case 5]]] and DrJerk.
* One story in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' focuses on a downed pilot who is helped through Zombie-infested territory by a mysterious voice on her radio. Later it turns out [[spoiler:her radio was broken the whole time, and her mission control was all in her head.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', protagonist John Rumford plays this role several times, naturally enough, after he becomes the Chief of Staff, directing overall operations while the field commanders [[ShapedLikeItself command in the field]]. However, when he leads an expedition himself, as sometimes happens (for example, against [[LadyLand Azania]]), others are this to him (e.g. Captain Patel of Military Intelligence during that expedition).

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* Chloe O'Brien on ''Series/TwentyFour''.
* Marshall Flinkmann, of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', usually with any other agents who aren't in the field leaning over his shoulder giving advice.
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'':
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Felicity Smoak acts as Mission Control to Team Arrow. In Season 4 she's given the codename "Overwatch".
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Dr Wells, Cisco and Caitlin act as mission control for Barry when he is in the field as the Flash. Cisco is the GadgeteerGenius who provides tech solutions, Caitlin has the medical knowledge and Dr Wells is an OmnidisciplinaryScientist with a gift for strategy, so is usually the one coming up with the plans and advising Barry on how best to use his powers for the current situation.
*** The last few episodes of Season 1 see [[spoiler: Iris]] join the STAR Labs team in guiding Barry in the field, and Season 2 introduces [[spoiler: Jay Garrick]] and [[spoiler: Earth-2 Harrison Wells]] who at different times fulfil the role that [[spoiler: Eobard Thawne-as-Harrison Wells]] used to provide.
* In the new series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Dualla usually functions as Mission Control for the battlestar's Vipers once they are deployed. The CAG might perform this function if he is in the Combat Information Centre, unless he himself is flying. Indeed, the entire CIC is basically Mission Control, as are the [=CICs=] of actual warships.
%%* Barbara Gordon/Oracle on ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'', as well as the original comics mentioned below.
%%* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Xander Harris often served in this capacity for the Slayer Organization.
* Charlie of ''Series/CharliesAngels''; he never even makes an appearance until the movie adaptation (and even then his face isn't shown on screen).
%%* Penelope Garcia in ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
%%* Logan on ''Series/DarkAngel''.
* Topher's job in ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'', although occasionally [=DeWitt=] steps into this role (although more as a strategist than a technical expert).
* It is strongly implied that Robert Lansing's character (named Control, natch) on ''Series/TheEqualizer'' once filled this role while [=McCall=] was at [[GovernmentAgencyofFiction The Agency]], and still occasionally has an odd job for him.
%%* Birkoff on ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
* [[NonActionGuy Wash]] and [[WrenchWench Kaylee]] on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' both regularly performed this duty while the rest of the crew were out on jobs.
** As well as [[TheEmpath River]] at the end of "Objects in Space".
%%* To a lesser extent, Tina [=McGee=] in ''Series/TheFlash1990'', who was also played by Amanda Pays.
%%* Harry Flack was this to Carlton Dial in ''Series/FortuneHunter''.
* ''Series/TheGame2014'': Daddy often instructs Bobby Waterhouse to take this role, Alan also serves as this sometimes.
* Winston in ''Series/HumanTarget'', with an occasional assist from Guerrero. Also, in the episode "Breakout" when Chance is rescuing an engineer being held in an EvilTowerOfOminousness, the CorruptCorporateExecutive {{Arms Dealer}}s have their own Mission Control, complete with wall of monitors, building-wide sensors, etc.
%%* Often but not always, Ash on ''Series/{{Hustle}}''.
* AI vehicle KITT served this role on ''Series/KnightRider'', except when he'd go into Auto Cruise and drive himself to the rescue.
%%* Nate and often Hardison in ''Series/{{Leverage}}''.
%%* Roger Rees, on ''M.A.N.T.I.S.''
%%* Theora in ''Series/MaxHeadroom''.
%%* Barney Collier on ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* Walt in ''Series/MonsterSquad''. However, in this series, Walt usually leaves mission control to join the monster heroes in the climactic battle.
* Occasionally Director Jenny Shephard for Tony during the "Le Grenouille" arc of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Gibbs sometimes does this with his team as well. More often it's [=McGee=] operating out of MTAC.
%%* [[{{UST}} Eric and Nell]] are this on ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''.
* This is often Finch's job in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', monitoring everything from The Library and keeping Reese updated through his earpiece.
** Taken to extremes in the final episode of Season One when Reese and the POI are trapped inside a hotel with the FBI and a hit team of corrupt cops hunting them. Finch is trying to guide them to safety, Agent Donnelly is at Taskforce headquarters guiding an FBI SWAT team towards Reece, Detectives Carter and Fusco (unknown to each other) are sending Reese and Finch information to help them dodge the SWAT team, and a corrupt NYPD officer is helping the hit team avoid the cameras and FBI while guiding them towards Reese and the POI.
** Inverted in the first-season episode "Super" when Reese, injured and in a wheelchair, acts as Mission Control and Finch is in the field.
* Most seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have their mentor and a techie who can summon the zords.
* Jess from ''Series/{{Primeval}}''. While everyone else is out there fighting dinosaurs, she's back at the ARC monitoring the anomaly, tracking the creatures, locking and unlocking doors, and saving everyone's butts.
%%* Al (and, by one remove, Ziggy and the other project staff) on ''Series/QuantumLeap''.
* In ''Series/{{Search}}'', the hi tech detective agency's mission control was manned by an ensemble cast, while the role of field operative switched among a trio.
* Chloe Sullivan from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' adopts the codename "[[ShoutOut Watch]][[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica tower]]" in Season 6 and then on a permanent basis in Season 7 (though she'd been serving as Clark's Mission Control for quite some time before she became this for the rest of the JLA), and the official headquarters is introduced at the very end of Season 8. But as of Season 10, [[spoiler: Tess Mercer]] is the new Watchtower.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Stargate Command serves this function, primarily by marshalling resources and arranging backup when the heroes need it.
* Starfleet Command never really had much of presence in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' since the various series focus on the whole idea of a group of people cut off from ready assistance. This changes in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' where human deep space travel is just starting, so there are many calls back home; we also get Admiral Forrest as the first Starfleet Command recurring character.
** Also seen in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' but as a subversion. Project Pathfinder actually does very little to get ''Voyager'' home.
%%* AI Selma on ''Series/TimeTrax''.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' parodied this by having a James Bond-esque secret agent confronting his WickedCultured nemesis (with two guys in a van feeding him info)... not over a high-stakes card tournament but fair games like guessing a cake's weight or hitting a rat as it comes down a slide. They exchange witty one-liners all the while, until they realize they're ''both'' getting them from the van guys, who they then beat up.
* ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'' had an underground, multistory complex, manned by two scientists and a general.
* Ianto and Tosh from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' are the NonActionGuy and the techie respectively, so they usually stay in the Hub and give the others intel. They ''can'' fight, if necessary.
* Nearly every ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' has these. In older shows, they were usually BridgeBunnies, but later series may also include TheStrategist or TheCaptain alongside them to assess data gathered on the MonsterOfTheWeek and command the rest of the team on the field.
%%* Julian Wilkes, and later Frankie Waters, on ''Series/{{Viper}}''.
* ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. Daniel Burroughs, AKA "Lifeguard", a legless Organized Crime Bureau agent who communicates mostly via telephone (posing as Vinnie's "Uncle Mike"). Vinnie calls him daily to pass on and receive information; he also has codewords for when he's in trouble.

* Used throughout ''VideoGame/ThreeDUltraPinball'' to give player instructions.
* ''Pinball/{{Flight 2000}}'' uses it to announce the game's Blastoff multiball mode.
-->'''Mission Control:''' "All Systems Go... Commence Countdown!"
* Also used in ''Pinball/SpaceShuttle'' as a fill-in for NASA.
-->'''Mission Control:''' "Three, two, one... ''liftoff.''"
* Some modes in ''Pinball/MustangStern'' provide the player with an assistant and navigator named Tanner. He can be quite snarky at times, especially when you drain the ball before the race finishes.
--> '''Tanner''': "So uh, did you just get your license yesterday?"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* All games in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series have varying numbers of people at the other end of the Codec/radio giving the player character ([[NoFourthWall and the player]]) advice, ranging from plot and gameplay relevant to entertaining (if pointless) banter. The nature of the Mission Control members also varies, either directly associated with the character's mission (e.g. Campbell, Mei Ling, Zero), civilians or ex-servicemen who just want to help (e.g. Kasler, Miller, Nastasha), characters encountered during the game that give their frequency to the player (e.g. Hal, Pliskin, EVA), or [[MindScrew agents of a sentient AI combined with the character's expectations]].
** Parodied in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', when Slippy Toad unexpectedly shows up to proffer advice on fighting Falco Lombardi.
* Sam Fisher has a similar team working behind him in the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' series. Col. Lambert eventually coordinates Fisher in person in ''Double Agent''.
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'':
** [[TheSmartGuy Bentley]] in many parts of the series.
** [[TheLeader Sly]] when Bentley is in the field.
** Even [[TheBigGuy Murray]] acts as this when Sly and Bentley are on a joint mission.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Cortana is the franchise's main example, though it's somewhat subverted in that most of the time she's in the thick of things with Chief...in his helmet. There is a mission in the back half of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' where you have to drop Cortana off to do her own thing, and you have nobody prompting you to accomplish your objectives. It's [[NothingIsScarier a bit eerie]], especially considering that the objectives are set by the Chief himself, who is clearly freaked out by the [[spoiler:Flood]].
** When Cortana is absent for the first part of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', Commander Keyes and Sgt. Johnson often take this role up.
** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', Kat, Auntie Dot, and Colonel Holland all take up this role, though Kat is often fighting by your side as well, being a SuperSoldier and all.
** In ''[[VideoGame/{{Halo 4}} Spartan Ops]]'', Miller is your main mission handler, with Palmer and Roland sometimes joining in as well. Additionally, Dalton handles your air support and Glassman eventually provides some additional tech support.
* The player in ''VideoGame/InvisibleInc'', in the identity of the Operator, is this; you direct your team through buildings and hack equipment with Incognita, Invisible's advanced computer system.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'':
** ''X4'' has Iris doing this for Zero and Double for X.
** Alia, from the later games.
** ''X8'' adds Layer and Pallette, and lets you play as all three once you meet the right requirements.
** Nana from ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' deserves a mention, too.
** Ciel takes over this role in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. Two more operators are added from Zero 2 onwards.
** And in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series, Operators fill this roll for their Net Navis.
** Roll Caskett in the ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' games. In one BossBattle, the enemy imitated her to try and confuse the hero. It failed.
* NETRICSA ([=NEuroTRonically=] Implanted Combat Situation Analyzer), a computer in Sam's head, in the ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' does that all the time: in every side mission, Trent is always led by a commisionate officer, while {{NPC}}s like Junko Zane, [[spoiler:President Jacobi and Casper Orillion]] show him the way on storyline missions.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', although about 1/3 through the game the BigBad hijacks your frequency and you don't see your contact again until the very last cutscene.
* General Locke, the computers EVA and CABAL, and Lt. Eva, among others in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' games. Every game in the series (except for [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn the first]] [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert two]] [[spoiler: and part of the Nod campaign in ''Firestorm'']]) had at least one Mission Control character per side. In fact, most of the notable characters are in that role, unless they are special units like Tanya.
%%* Mona Sax in certain ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'' missions.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'''s sequel, ''The 11th Hour'', you have what the manual describes (four times in a row, presumably due to a [[ManualMisprint printing error]]) as "a tele-psychic friend" who directs you and can offer hints for the puzzles. In reality, [[spoiler:the mysterious ally sending Carl Denning messages is Samantha, a female victim of the Stauf Mansion, one of the only survivors of it, who is watching his progress on a series of video feeds (actually the game ''The 7th Guest'' itself) to guide him to the final showdown with Stauf.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' games, Tact, the first playable hero, ''is'' the Mission Control. It's not until the ''Galaxy Angel II'' series, featuring a new PC working under Tact, that the player character actually gets to fight.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' features Mitsuru Kirijo as Mission Control, who passes the baton on to Fuuka Yamagishi when she joins the front lines.
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' introduces Teddie as Mission Control, a role later taken up by Rise Kujikawa.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' has Futaba Sakura, whose GuardianEntity serves as a mobile command center where she can feed you info on enemies and your current heist.
* Commissioner Betters of ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'', who updates the Point Man's objectives and remotely hacks into the various computers encountered during the game in order to advance the plot or shed some light on the backstory. You only see him in person during your initial briefing at the beginning of the game, and lose contact with him during much of the ExpansionPack.
* Ford Cruller in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' serves as this for Raz despite being one of the most powerful psychics alive. As a result of a literally mind-shattering BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind sometime in his past, he's no longer able to leave his sanctuary for long periods of time without losing himself in various [[SplitPersonality multiple personalities]].
* Fiona Taylor from ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' is your Mission Control[=/=]ExpositionFairy, giving information through the transceiver and e-mailing mission objectives.
* Colonel Sawyer in ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'', except a few missions (where he is usually absent for one or another reason).
* Some characters in the ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' series occasionally take this role, although they are usually also playable. The prime example would be Nell, who isn't playable in the campaigns (except for Dual Strike Hard Mode which allows you to play every CO you unlocked). In some campaigns just about every CO that isn't currently on the field is on Mission Control duty.
** There was, however, a designated "intel" role that a CO had to fill for their perspective country: Sami for Orange Star, Grit for Blue Moon, Sonja for Yellow Comet, and Jess for Green Earth. Lin falls in for ''Days of Ruin''.
* '''You''' technically play as this in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword]]'' as a Tactician.
* Adam in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', though mostly in the role of person giving orders, much to Samus's chagrin.
* Keeper serves as this for the Imperial Agent's first mission on Hutta in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. On subsequent missions, Watcher Two (who is later [[spoiler: promoted to become the new Keeper]]) and occasionally Watcher Three take over this role.
%%* Elizabeth Conway from ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis 4''.
* Various characters contact JC Denton from ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' via his infolink augmentation, most notably Alex Jacobson, Daedalus and Tracer Tong.
** The GameMod for ''Deus Ex'', ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'' has either Evil Invasion or That Guy filling in on this role, depending on your choice of a faction.
** The mod ''[[VideoGame/TwentyTwentySeven 2027]]'' has Titan and Xander filling in on this role for a good part of the game. At the last mission, the "leaders" of the receptive factions vying for your help will all fill in on this role.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' has Pritchard, Sarif, and Malik filling in on this role.
* The Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) officer from the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series gives out orders as well as reports the status of the player, but the only part seen of him is his plane in some cutscenes. Note that while he's sometimes late in reporting stuff (due to the nature of standardized sound clips), he's usually not [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper annoying]].
* ''VideoGame/AirForceDelta'' series games also feature this. In ''Strike'', it is done by Amelia, with no explanation as to where she is when acting as your Mission Control.
* Turned on its head in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', where the Mission Control ([=GLaDOS=]) [[spoiler:is also the BigBad. See also MissionControlIsOffItsMeds.]]
* The same is true for ''kill.switch'' and ''Ground Control II''.
** ''kill.switch'' is a fairly unique example, in that fairly early in the game ([[AllThereInTheManual and alluded to in the manual]]), you discover that your Mission Control isn't speaking to ''you'', but is in fact [[spoiler: using your implants and tech to physically ''control'' you, forcing you to do things you would much rather not do. It's not until the last stage that the main character is actually in control of his actions.]]
* Princess Peach in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', who manages to avoid getting [[DamselInDistress kidnapped]] until after you finish World 7.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories'', where in one mission, Umberto, a guy that loves talking about having "balls" but never actually goes into action personally, tells Vic "I'll coordinate the attack from here," and Vic sarcastically replies, "Sure, big man... We really need a coordinator back here..."
* Inverted in the old interactive movie game ''VideoGame/CriticalPath'', where the player takes the role of Mission Control (in the form of a faceless AFGNCAAP at a security console) guiding the heroine Kat through a deathtrap-filled base.
* Inverted in ''[[VideoGame/OperatorsSide Lifeline]]'', where the player takes the role of Mission Control (a faceless male), monitoring the heroine via the space station's security cameras, and guiding her via voice commands through the [=PS2=]'s microphone.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrW4jkQdmjI ... New sacrifices. The greatest of these was made by the scientist Karen Sjet, who had herself permanently integrated into the colony ship as its living core. She is now Fleet Command.]]
** Fleet Intelligence and his slightly more helpful DistaffCounterpart in ''Cataclysm'' pull double duty in this role and as MrExposition from the player's point of view.
* In the creepiest parts of ''VideoGame/ThiefTheDarkProject'' and ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'', Garrett seems to always have a friendly ghost to help him... and make the mission longer.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Alyx Vance temporarily serves as this while in Nova Prospekt, informing you of incoming soldiers and possible passages.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' has Anya providing Mission Control to Delta Squad. Marcus will actually address Anya as "Control", and during one chapter in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2'' he is surprised to hear Colonel Hoffman as ''Command'' has taken over from Anya due to the importance of his mission.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''. Palutena serves as this to Pit. As well as providing information, she often teases Pit, who seems to take it in good stride. In one early Chapter (VS the Hewdraw) she uses her [[WaveMotionGun Light Beam]] to try and destroy the Boss itself! She also gets some much needed CharacterDevelopment.
--> '''Pit''': Lady Palutena?
--> '''Palutena''':Yes Pit?
--> '''Pit''': Just us talking this time, kinda nice.
--> '''Palutena''': ...Pit, you poor guy. You really need to get some friends.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'':
** The original game has Rebecca Lansing, a Counter-Terrorist consultant who helps you through the entire game.
** ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' [[spoiler:subverts it; the person you thought was helping you has been dead the whole time and the Rogue AI has just been using her voice to manipulate you.]]
** There's also an in-universe example in one of the minigames that you can get from cyberspace, "Wing 0", which is basically a 3D space shooter.
* The inheresnt trust a player has in their Mission Control is deconstructed in ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'''s SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. When you arrive in Rapture, your first human contact is a voice over a service radio. Calling himself [[MeaningfulName Atlas]], he urges you to help him save his wife and child, who are trapped in a submarine. As you help him to accomplish this, it becomes clear that whoever Atlas is, he has something against Andrew Ryan, the founder of the underwater dystopia. When you finally reach the submarine, it [[PlayerPunch explodes right in front of you]], and it becomes personal for both you and Atlas. He then convinces you to track down and kill Andrew Ryan, offering his knowledge of the city to assist you in various tasks along the way. When you finally reach Ryan's office, however, you find out that [[spoiler: you've been played. Atlas is actually Frank Fontaine, a New York mobster whom Ryan wanted dead because he cornered the market in ADAM, and was looking to seize control of Rapture for himself. Fontaine assumed the Atlas persona and enlisted the help of Drs. Yi Suchong and Bridgette Tenenbaum to genetically engineer Jack, the player character, then sent him up in a plane that he was to hijack, bringing him down to Rapture to destroy Ryan. Oh, and his "helpful" messages throughout the game were actually mind control using a trigger phrase. After he tries to eliminate all the evidence by having you killed, Tenenbaum becomes your new mission control.]] [[WhamEpisode It's quite a doozy.]]
** Also, in the DLC 'Minerva's Den', you're a cyborg without a past, and a Creator/MorganFreeman-esque scientist named Charles Milton Porter leads you through the eponymous area of the city on a chase to reactivate an AI. In the end, it turns out [[spoiler: ''the player'' is Charles Milton Porter, turned into a Big Daddy, and the Charles Milton Porter that's been leading you was really the AI, trying to get its traumatized and amnesiac creator out of the city before it all falls apart.]]
* In Episode 2 of ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'', Booker [=DeWitt=] [[spoiler:or at least a mental recreation of him]] serves as this for Elizabeth
* ''VideoGame/TheSuffering'' has Torque, a con, trying to survive on an prison-island full of monsters. He has the ghost of his dead wife trying to help from the other side in many varied ways. She wants him to survive the night but help others along the way. Other entities do similar, but with the hopes Torque will go evil. Torque will meet a cowering guard and his wife says "He needs help!" and a demon voice says "It will be easier if you kill him."
* Another inversion in ''VideoGame/TheExperiment''. You are the mission control. The entire high tech basement is strangely devoid of speakers, so you must communicate by moving cameras, opening/closing doors and lights -- and don't believe you'll get bored, you have so much data to analyze to understand the situation and help the heroine that you'll ofter have to make HR wait for hours. Well... except if you are cheating and using passwords you're not supposed to have found yet. The concept's great, the reviews are not.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' games, while you're off committing crimes against humanity, your fellow Resistance members occasionally call you via datalink to suggest that you channel that aggression in a particular direction.
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'', Atton Rand plays Mission Control for the Jedi Exile for a little while in Peragus, before properly joining the team.
* In ''VideoGame/BloodRayne 2'', Rayne's Brimstone Society handler Severin fulfills this role throughout the game.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' naturally has Oracle acting as this for Batman, but it also has [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds the Joker acting as Mission Control]] for his minions (alerting them to when a goon with a vitals-reading "suicide collar" has been knocked out, and providing [[GallowsHumor darkly-humorous commentary]] and/or [[BadBoss threats]]).
** The Riddler also hacks your communications to comment on your progress [[spoiler: with regard to the various puzzles he's placed throughout Arkham.]]
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' starts with Jack getting Agent XIII as his mission control, advising him on how best to slaughter enemies with the weaponry he finds and occasionally yelling for him to move on. [[spoiler:We later meet Amala, who's Jack's mission control in his ''other'' ear, his connection to the Chasers/Bureau of Justice. Jack soon breaks XIII's earpiece (though XIII is able to hijack Amala's communications to keep talking), and in the ending breaks Amala's as well to go against justice.]]
* Creator/SethGreen's character [[AcePilot Jeff "Joker" Moreau]] in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' serves as this in several missions. The sequel also has [=EDI=].
** Played with for EDI in VideoGame/MassEffect3 ; she will act as this from the ship, or instead bring her with you (in her new RobotGirl form). Same goes for [[TheSmartGuy Liara]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4'' and ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' have Baseplate and Overlord respectively, and [=MW2=] has General Shepherd for missions involving Task Force 141 or taking over in commanding Hunter Two-One. ''MW 1'' also has Big Bird in the Chernobyl flashback mission.
** In the multiplayer, your team has an announcer. He [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin announces]] friendly and enemy killstreaks ([[MemeticMutation "ENEMY AC130 ABOVE!"]]), keeps track of the score and launches the killstreak rewards at the players' request.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game ''Subterranean Animism'', various youkai do this via magic to coach Reimu and Marisa through the Underworld. They influence the player characters' ammo/bombs, cutscenes, and the spellcards [[DittoFighter Satori]] uses in her boss battle.
* In ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster: Blasting Again'', Roddy's sister Elfie serves this role, since Roddy's the one driving the CoolCar.
* Alissa in ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' pops up at the corner of the screen every once in a while to describe the levels and warn Sketch of impending dangers.
* The Administrator of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' does little more than sit behind a microphone and announces the progression of the mission, revel in bloodshed, or berate the classes for their ineptitude. [[spoiler:The same woman gives orders to both sides of the fight.]]
* All of the ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' games have had similar sounding female mission controls. Most play this trope straight, but a few turn out to be enemy pilots, psychotic AIs, or even the BigBad. Tellingly, when [[spoiler: you cross the MoralEventHorizon in 4A, your operator quits in disgust and digs out her [[RetiredBadass old mecha from 4,]] to kill you.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII: Wings of Liberty'' has two of these: the Adjutant AI and your bridge officer Matt Horner, who give you advice on running your base and troops and highlight your objectives, usually by scanning key points on the map.
** In ''Heart of the Swarm'', this role is taken by Izsha, a specialist zerg organism created with the express purpose of managing information and serving as your adjutant. Individual missions sometimes feature a second character (such as Zagara, Zurvan, or [[spoiler: Stukov]]) who offers advice particular to that mission. Abathur takes this role for evolution missions.
* Armor Games' ''[=Indestruc2Tank=]''. Dirk Danger has some witty banter (and {{UST}}) with the Chief as she gives him his missions in Adventure Mode. She's kidnapped by General Betton, who uses her in a HostageForMacGuffin to try to make Dirk give up the [=IndestructoTank=]. She's killed before Dirk can rescue her.
* In the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series, most missions don't have any information more than what you get at the MissionBriefing before launching, but on occasion (particularly in the later games) the player receives information from their home base, directing them to another task while still in flight or informing them of any changes in the situation.
* ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'' has an interesting variation in that the mission control character is ''inside'' the player character, "fused to their spirit". Xana, the succubus who fills the role revels in the fact that no-one else can hear her.
* ''VideoGame/{{Strife}}'' features Blackbird, one of the first VoiceWithAnInternetConnection characters in gaming.
* In ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'', the oft-mentioned [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Oracle]] acts as Mission Control for hero players. If you're a villain, the Calculator serves as your main source of information. However, characters that sometimes fight for themselves such as {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor, or ComicBook/TheJoker give the player information on specific missions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' has VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Chocolat feeding Red vital mission points, maps, and statistics during most of the game. She ventures outside once or twice, but rarely.
* Not long after getting involved with ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s secret agent-esque Temple Knights of [[CrystalDragonJesus Saradomin]], the player receives her or his own mission control in the form of a certain member of the order, who communicates with the player via a 'Communication Orb'.
* Professor E Gadd in ''[[VideoGame/LuigisMansion Luigi's Mansion]]'', who communicates to Luigi through the Game Boy Horror and gives tutorials/turns ghosts into paintings between areas. He retains this role in [[VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon the sequel]], where he warps Luigi from his lab to the mansions he has to visit and back, and communicates with him through a Dual Scream ([[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS Get it ?]]).
* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', there are eight different characters who can fill this role. Three of them mandatory, the rest are optional. Each has their own perk that they confer on Mike when they act as his handler (which changes, depending on how much they like or dislike him). They are:
** Mina Tang, the TokenGoodTeammate, who handles the majority of the missions.
** Sean Darcy, TheRival.
** Yancy Westridge, DaChief.
** Scarlet Lake, an IntrepidReporter.
** Madison Saint James, an innocent civilian FishOutOfWater.
** SIE, a BloodKnight ActionGirl merc.
** Albatross, TheSpook.
** Steven Heck, a CrazyAwesome CloudCuckoolander.
* In ''Videogame/TeslaTheWeatherMan'', this role is filled by Creator/MarkTwain.
* ''VideoGame/{{Infernal}}'' has the demonic Lucius Black, but he's rather grudging about it. He does provide information, but it's mixed with demands that Lennox hurry up in producing results, and he gets impatient with Lennox's cavalier style - when Lennox asks for a recap of something he brushed off earlier, Black just says "You should have paid attention" and hangs up.
* The first plot in ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'' has either the United Space Command's Commander Mark Jackson or the AGI Task Force's General Rai Ishiyama in this role, depending on the mission. A later plot, Operation Final Fury, has the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Split]] warlord Fjuny t'Scct.
* In ''VideoGame/LaMulana'', Elder Xelpud plays this part to some degree, though he often just says silly things about video games instead of useful advice. In the original version, he provides the only SavePoint in the game; in the remake, he sends Lemeza coincidentally-timed e-mails about things encountered in the ruins.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Mechwarrior}} Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries]]'', there is "Castle", a [[NorseByNorsewest Rasalhaguian]] woman (with the accent to boot) running briefings, debriefings, and in-mission intel for [[PlayerCharacter Spectre]] and his mercenary outfit.
* Hope Estheim in ''[[VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII]]''.
* The newer VideoGame/{{LEGO Adaptation Game}}s tend to have a mission control character, particularly those based on comic book franchises. In particular, ''DC Superheroes 2'' has Franchise/{{Batman}}'s butler Alfred (though his communication with the player is limited to text alerts) and ''Marvel Super Heroes'' has BreakoutCharacter[=/=]CanonImmigrant [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD Phil Coulson]] (voiced by the same actor who plays him in the [=MCU=], no less).
%%* ROB and general Pepper in VideoGame/{{Starfox}} series
%%* Commander Laurence Nelson and Alice in VideoGame/TheWonderful101
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' has Bain, the shadowy, AffablyEvil VoiceWithAnInternetConnection who assists the crew throughout each of their heists. In addition to providing information and co-ordinating the team, Bain also is the crew's resident [[TheCracker Cracker]], plans almost all of the heists the crew engages in, provides the crew with outside help, such as hiring escape drivers and helicopter pilots, and in ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'', acts as the middleman between the crew and all of their potential clients.
* The Radio Lady who speaks to you during the "Shoot-em-up" minigames of ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven''. An unlockable file about her says that she's dedicated to the job and doesn't have much of a social life. She apparently joined the Marchers from the first main game later on.
* In ''VideoGame/ApertureTagThePaintGunTestingInitiative'', Nigel's job is to walk the player through testing protocol from his office. He doesn't help with test solving, beyond basic controls, but he'll often inform the player of goals that might not be obvious, particularly when outside testing areas.
* ''VideoGame/ThereCameAnEcho'' does this differently in that ''[[PlayerCharacter you]]'' play as the Mission Control, thanks to the game's use of voice command. [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Val]] walks you through some of it and provides commentary, but you're the one calling the shots.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' features Central Officer Bradford, the player's NumberTwo, in this role, as he walks the player through the tutorial and offers commentary on new developments in the field. [[HotScientist Dr. Vahlen]] and [[TheEngineer Dr. Shen]] occasionally chime in as well.
* Phone Guy in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' 1 and 2. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin He is a guy who calls you on the phone]] throughout the nights, explaining to you how to not die to the murderous animatronics. [[ImplausibleDeniability Not that you're really in any danger]], [[BlatantLies at least according to him]]. The third game has Phone Dude, who fills a similar role but only for the first two nights, after which he is replaced by recordings of the Phone Guy. The fourth game, meanwhile, has no calls at all (though there is a toy phone in the room).
* Gyro Gearloose has this role in ''VideoGame/DonaldDuckGoinQuackers'', keeping in contact with Donald and guiding him throughout the game.
* Indie co-op stealth game Clandestine revolves around having one player being this as hacker character Martin Symborski. The whole interface is basically a computer with layouts of the place and access to security cameras to provide navigation instructions to spy character Katya Kozlova, while at the same time infiltrating computer systems to unlock doors, obtain security codes and gather intel.
* Eshiria Portman from ''VideoGame/RaidenV''.
* Both the Rebels and the Imperials of ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015'' get intel on how the status of the objective, the whereabouts of nearby Heroes and general advise through occasional communications with administrators. Both sides get intel from a variety of generic officers, but notably, [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Admiral Ackbar]] serves as part of mission control for the Rebels.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}'', The Agency's Director delivers info on the gang members, explains game mechanics to you, and admonishes you when [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential kill innocent civilians and peacekeepers]]. At the end of the game however, [[spoiler: it's revealed that The Agency has been EvilAllAlong, and the Director is the true BigBad. [[TheBadGuyWins And you helped them take over Pacific City]].]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Whoops.]]
* Princess Zelda is a downplayed example in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. She contacts Link telepathically when he wakes up in the Shrine of Resurrection and points him in the basic direction of his quest while he's still on the Great Plateau. After that, though, she only contacts him to let him know when he's accomplished a major task (freeing all the Divine Beasts, recovering all his memories) or to warn him when a Blood Moon is rising. [[spoiler:The spirits of the Champions are more straightforward examples in the dungeons, telling him what to do to free the Divine Beasts and giving him advice during the Blight Ganon fights. And Zelda ultimately tells Link what to do in the final battle against Dark Beast Ganon, though she's also actively helping in the fight herself.]]
* ''Francise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** In the [[FinalBoss Time Eater-battle]] from ''Videogame/SonicGenerations'', the two Tails-es enable everyone who you've freed during the game (plus Shadow and Silver) to encourage the Sonics and warn them about incoming attacks. Unfortunately, they don't serve this purpose very well.[[note]][[MemeticMutation THAT LOOKS]] [[BrokenRecord LIKE A]] [[MostAnnoyingSound HOMING SHOT!!!]][[/note]]
** In ''Videogame/SonicForces'', Sonic's friends once again have the ability to talk to him, but while the Chaotix, Tails, Knuckles and Silver mostly just offer encouragement, BossBanter and updates on their own respective missions, Amy is the one giving Sonic vital information about his assignment, such as the whereabouts of Shadow.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has a variety of mission controllers for the military under the code name Red Crown. Prototype 2 replaces them with a lone [[TheStoic stoic]] [[TheVoice voice]] coordinating everything on its own. Unfortunately, the voices on the radio aren't any more prepared for the game's events than the men on the ground.
--> ''Giant monster appears''
--> '''Soldier''': "Holy fuck! RC, are you seein' this?!"
--> '''Red Crown''': "Stand by for orders."
--> '''Soldier''': ''"Stand by?!'' This thing's tearing up a whole city block!"
--> '''Red Crown''': "Stand by for orders."
--> '''Soldier''': "What am I supposed to ''do'', Red Crown?!"
--> '''Red Crown''': "Identify classification of infected."
--> '''Soldier''': [[AtomicFBomb "IT'S FUCKING GODZILLA!"]]
--> '''Red Crown''' [[BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible "...Stand by for orders."]]

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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Vic, who is with mission control, turns out to be mission control ''for both sides''.

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* Wrench from ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'' acts as this for Shadehawk. Though she gets her hands dirty on occasion, both online and in person.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** In a minor example, this is the role of any server player in Sburb, but they can also manipulate the client player's environment to some extent.
** Feferi [[spoiler:after her death]] and Aradia [[spoiler:in dream bubbles]] are straight examples. They help organize the players and start the plans for fighting the main villains.
** The Draconian Dignitary serves this purpose for [[HeroKiller Jack Noir, the Sovereign Slayer]], but he does get his hands dirty occasionally, such as attacking Rose or stealing the MEOW code from Dave's room.
* The Light Bearers from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Their main job is to send floating sources of light out to the fighting forces, communicate with all team members and relay information.
* Jade from ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm''. She searches out the bleeds that endanger the girls and provides the Agents with information about their powers, their function and their enemies, especially [[EvilTwin Ruby]].
* A magic variant in ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' used by all the deities, though mostly seen used by Leilusa and Hyperion.The two fill this role for the main group by watching and listening to them through mist like screens, and making their voices heard at the location people are at,or in their champions mind.The former can be heard by everyone present.
* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': The secondary character cast consists almost entirely of that group, which are the couple that got the idea of the expedition in the first place, a couple of people they brought in for their expertise and someone who joined later so he could keep tabs on his two relatives among the crew members.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/ChroniclesOfSyntax'', Kelly (aka the [[AffectionateNickname Kelly Telly]]) acts this way for Sian and the rest of her team.
* This is basically Shelton for the entire first ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' RP. He never leaves the control room.
* [[VoiceOfTheLegion The Administrator]] of Wiki/TVTropes, as depicted in ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', [[TheUnseen is only ever seen remotely]], through a large monitor at the top of a room. From... wherever he is, he issues orders and ultimatums to the team creating his "Trope Of The Week" videos.
* Arra and Bren in ''WebVideo/SplinterCellExtinction''. Bren can handle herself pretty well in combat, taking out a whole SWAT team that tried to ambush her in Episode 6.
%%* Loophole's artificial intelligence Carmen in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''.
* Dragon of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' often fills this role for the Protectorate, when she isn't kicking ass in her extremely sophisticated PoweredArmor. It helps that she's an AI who can monitor the entire battlefield.
** Tattletale occasionally acts in this capacity for the Undersiders [[spoiler:and later the combined forces arrayed against Scion when she takes over Dragon's network after the latter is deactivated by Saint.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[OlderAndWiser Original Batman]] Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' serves as one to Terry, the current Batman. Bruce hangs back in the Batcave, using the Bat-Computer and the cameras in Terry's suit to help provide exposition and combat advice.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCentsables'': TheFaceless human Buck much like a good guy version of [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Dr. Claw]] who helps out via long distance communications, [[TechnoWizard forensic accounting, data-mining, and laboratory deductions]].
* Crystal Kane from ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}''. HotScientist, and was pined after by womanizing Ace [=McCloud=]. Also had an impersonator moment, by her own clone.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'', Dotty is relegated to the club's mission control on account of being the youngest since she's 13, but at least she makes the most of it since she's a whiz with the base's electronics and forensic equipment.
* Jérémie from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''; he has only been to Lyoko twice (plus a failed attempt to virtualize) and mostly just aids the others from the Supercomputer's console; he does still encounter danger in the real world from XANA's attacks, though.
** ''All the time''. Really, if there's an activated tower, the chances are almost 50/50 that XANA is trying to attack either Aelita or Jeremie. ([[RunningGag Or Yumi]].)
%%* ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'': Rhodey in the first season, Pepper in the second.
* In later seasons, J'onn J'onnz takes on this role on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', stationing himself in the Watchtower and coordinating efforts of the entire league. Overlapped with WarriorTherapist, as he tended to select team members who would learn AnAesop in the course of the mission. Eventually, Diana points out that the job has become his life and he hasn't actually gone planet-side in ages. He steps down to try and rediscover humanity, letting Mister Terrific take over coordination.
* Wade Lode from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. Only met Kim in person once during the first three seasons of the series, and was otherwise an Internet friend. Also had an impersonator moment. In the {{Uncanceled}} fourth season, he started appearing in person with some regularity (to Ron's initial startlement).
* 'Berto on ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel''. Also a [[TheLabRat Lab Rat]], and had an impersonator moment.
* The Mayor on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has a direct line to the girls from his office. He usually calls if it's serious, but once in awhile it'll be for something quite mundane, like opening a pickle jar.
%%* Commissioner Stress in the ''Pith Possum'' segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow''.
%%* Ratchet in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', [[NonActionGuy Mal Duncan]] seems to have taken on the role of mission control for the team. Sometimes others will step into the role for the episode, usually either Batman or later, Nightwing.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Gadget receives briefings of his missions from his boss hidden in mundane places with the RunningGag that the paper with the information would self-destruct (in a parody of ''Series/MissionImpossible'') always falling into the chief. PlayedStraight with Dr. Claw who often oversees his minions' operations this way.
* Top Cat does this for Yogi and co. in ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt'' briefing them about all the details known of the treasure they must hunt.
* ''WesternAnimation/PlasticMan'' receives detail information of every mission at the star of every episode given by her incredibly hot female boss on a screen. He has a crush on her.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The TropeNamer is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RKA_Mission_Control_Center RKA Mission Control Center]][[note]]known in the former USSR as Центр управления полётами, ЦУП (read as Tsoup)[[/note]], which oversaw Yuri Gagarin's flight into space.
* The TropeCodifier is, of course, UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}'s [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MCC-H Mission Control Center]] located at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. It moved here during the Gemini project from Virginia. This concept has only grown more prominent as the emphasis of manned space exploration has shifted more towards scientific research. For example, the vast majority of the day-to-day operation of the systems on the International Space Station is conducted from the ground, leaving the crew members with more time to conduct science experiments.
** Typifies the image of the Mission Controller as a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin somewhat nerdy engineer/scientist wearing a headset and surrounded by computer monitors]] (which it probably at least partially inspired). Something of a hybrid of the "single character" and "group of characters" types seen in fiction: while Mission Control consists of a large-ish room full of experts (backed up by an even larger room of other experts and a roomful of the original hardware designers), only one of them generally interacts with the orbiting crew directly (the Capsule Communicator or CAPCOM, who is traditionally an astronaut him/herself).
* Emergency service operators are trained to advise callers over the phone, keeping them calm if possible, and directing them to avoid hazards, apply first aid, etc.