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[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A character has one or more bodies that can be operated remotely]]. Likely with equal or greater performance than if said character was physically present. Distinct from FightingAShadow in that the character is not an EldritchAbomination with only a small piece sticking out in our time and space, but a person (human, alien, whatever) that operates a separate device or number of devices. Although, this distinction can get a little messy if, for example, a BrainInAJar was given remote control of one or more machine bodies.

Perhaps they are robots, cloned cyborgs, hard light, zombies, whatever. For story purposes what matters most is whether or not YourMindMakesItReal and [[KeystoneArmy if the connection can be sabotaged]].

Compare and Contrast: ActuallyADoombot, AstralProjection, BodySurf, DecoyGetaway, DemonicPossession, EnemyWithout, LittleGreenManInACan, MobileSuitHuman, MyselfMyAvatar, PeoplePuppets, PoweredArmor, RobotMe, and SoulJar.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Meta-Coolers in the sixth ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movie. They're all extensions of the planet-sized spaceship that saved what was left of Cooler's body (a little less than half his head).
* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': Major Kusanagi (and presumably other characters) can remotely control robot bodies. At the end of the first season she uses this ability to avoid being killed.
* In ''BattleAngelAlita'', Disty Nova cures his son's split personality by building a remotely controlled robot body to channel the other mind.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' GuileHero and GadgeteerGenius Urahara reveals he has a gigai (an artificial body that spiritual beings can use to interact with the real world) that he can control remotely.
* In BusouRenkin, one of the power's of Captain baravo's Silver skin is that he can move it and use it as a second body (which he often does while wearing another one with his second kakugane). [[spoiler: However, it can't be too remote, as he has to have line-of-sight to the action to make it work.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In early ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' Handicapped GadgeteerGenius Roger Bochs had a robot called Box that he control with a neural interface helmet.
* IronMan could remote control his suits at a distance, even used a remote controlled armor while he was crippled.
* [=NoMan=] of the ''Comicbook/THUNDERAgents'' can [[BrainUploading transfer]] his consciousness into and out of several (disposable, if necessary) android bodies because of a EmergencyTransformation.
* ''Comicbook/TheSurrogates'': Portrays a society where practically everyone save for a small religious group uses remotely controlled androids called "surrogates". As a result murder is practically unknown.
* In ''DarkEmpire'', Luke Skywalker could ''create'' a remote body and even use the Force with it, though apparently it could only go so far from him. This power is never used again by anyone, and his sister refers to it as a Sith trick.
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'' when Tyler was infected with an alien virus and put in stasis Victor von Fogg cloned him and replaced most of the clone's brain with a remote control device linked to Tyler's virtual interface. However, thanks to a meddling angel and demon the clone developed independent consciousness and superpowers, now he's known as "Toby".
* In one ''{{Zot}}'' story, cyborg supervillain Dekko seems to accidentally kill himself while foolishly playing with Zot's raygun. Zot doesn't buy it for a second -- he ''knew'' that gun was out of juice. He theorizes that Dekko used a remote-controlled robot to fake his death for some reason, and is proven right when they meet again later on.
* [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Multiple Man]] was presumed this before Jamie Madrox got any CharacterDevelopment. DependingOnTheWriter and plot, his dupes may function as Remote Bodies or he may have to explain why any of them may operate independent of his will.
* Ethan Shields, a Comicbook/{{Marvel 2099}} scientist who was sort of the 2099 equivalent of Iron Man under the name Galahad, operated entirely like this, because he suffered immunodeficiency and [[BubbleBoy couldn't leave his protective force field]].

* ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'': Have become ubiquitous in society.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': The hero spends most of the movie as the controller of a synthetic alien.
* ''Film/{{Gamer}}'': The hero spends most of the movie being controlled like a video game SpaceMarine then at the end puppeteers the BigBad, kind of.
* ''Film/RealSteel'': Atom's shadow function allows it to mimic Charlie's boxing to a exacting degree.
* ''Film/IronMan3'': Due to some new gadgets, Tony can remotely operate some of his suits.

* Creator/RobertHeinlein's ''Literature/{{Waldo}}'' is about the inventor of remote manipulation devices, mostly hands and arms of various sizes but Waldo also uses complete bodies some times. It's become a real life term for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_manipulator remotes]] too.
* Literature/NewKashubiaSeries: The hero spends most of the second book as the controller for a telepresence human-ish robot.
* Aristide, the protagonist of ''Implied Spaces'', makes use of this trope just like every other being in his verse.
* The title character of ''[[Literature/TheShipWho The Ship Who Searched]]'' puts a lot of money into building herself a remote body because she's a space ship and wants to have legs.
* This is the entire premise of David Brin's ''Literature/KilnPeople''. One can make duplicate bodies out of a special clay, and send them off to do things.
* [[Literature/TheCulture Culture Minds]] control avatar bodies to interact with the people they watch over.
* In the [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]] demons use those to manifest in the regular world. Sufficiently strong beings also can make and use those if they want, as [[spoiler:the Summer Lady Aurora]] demonstrated.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Played with in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' with the Observers. They claim that their bodies are operated remotely (as their brains are located in bowls), but if their brains are more than a few feet away from their bodies they become completely helpless.
* In the episode "I, Robot, You, Jane" of ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'', a demon creates a mechanical robot self he operates via the internet. [[spoiler: Eventually he gets stuck in that body.]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' had [[ClarkesThirdLaw Galen]] generate a sort of remote hologram of himself to discover who had been kidnapping and vivisecting crewmembers who got seperated from the others while on the planet. His BadBadActing as the Homonculus makes this scene a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* This is the premise of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E5TheRebelFlesh The Rebel Flesh]]". At least, until a [[LightningCanDoAnything storm hits]] and what are supposed to be remote-operated bodies develop an independent consciousness...
* In ''Series/RobotCombatLeague'' contestants from many walks of life are given a chance to win a boxing match consisting of 8 plus foot tall {{Motion Capture Mecha}}s.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* This is a central component of ''{{GURPS}}: TranshumanSpace''. People, especially [=AIs=], rent (rarely purchase) cybershells designed for their environment or the job they're doing at the moment.
* Occasionally used in ''EclipsePhase'', though full BrainUploading is just as common.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' gives us the [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Alchemicals]], whose bodies become too small for them as their [[PowerLevel Essence score]] increases and must make the leap to first [[GiantRobot Colossi]] and then [[GeniusLoci Metropoli/Patropoli]]. As there are times when they need to interact with the populace, however, they have access to Charms that allow them to produce a human-sized version of themselves.
* Riggers in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' can "jump" into drones or modified vehicles and take direct control. If the proxy is destroyed before the rigger can jump out, he suffers painful biofeedback called dumpshock.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Cait Sith of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' was really a high ranking member of Shinra operating a false body apparently operating ''[[MetaMecha another]]'' false body. Very Celtic.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has a couple of these too, particularly Doctus and Wilhem. Doctus employs multiple android replicas of herself that are all tied into her consciousness (she's also hinted to be a cyborg herself) so she can be multiple places at once and operate in public without leaving her secret base. Series BigBad Wilhelm, meanwhile, has a giant mecha named Joshua; unlike the other mechs in the series, Joshua is actually an extension of Wilhelm's physical body.
* This is the premise of ''CortexCommand'', where humans, being [[BrainInAJar Brains In Jars]], operate robotic bodies.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:EDI gains control over a Cerberus-built robotic body. She's still physically located within the Normandy and any damage to the body will have no effect on her, but she can control it as long as it's within range of the Normandy's communications array, which can reach anywhere in the galaxy.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Moire Dziva in ''UmlautHouse 2'' prefers to meet people using dragon like "marionettes".
* In the "Railway Children" arc of ''SkinHorse'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Violet Bee]] is a gynoid body being remotely operated by a male human.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', one of the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual parahumans]] living in Brockton Bay is Parian, who power allows her to animate cloth {{golems}}. She uses this to [[MundaneUtility get jobs doing promotions for local businesses]] until [[spoiler:the town is attacked by [[EldritchAbomination Leviathan]] and she volunteers to help defend it]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core'': Ish controls a robot called the Sub.
* Nemesis Prime from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is a remote controlled robot created by the human villain group MECH.
** The Optimus Prime clone in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "A Prime Problem", which Megatron controls and speak through.