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->''"Wow, my own giant robot! I am now the luckiest kid in America!\\
This must be the biggest discovery since, I don't know, television or something!"''
-->-- '''Hogarth''', ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''.

A child -- usually a young boy -- who has sole control over some fearsome creature or robot and uses it wisely, despite advice from all the well-meaning but fundamentally clueless adults around him.

Sometimes the remote control is literal -- as in the watch used in ''GiantRobo'' by Johnny Sokko/Daisaku Kusama to transmit orders to Giant Robo. Sometimes it is figurative or metaphorical, in the sense that the mecha or creature [[EmpathicWeapon considers the child its sole master]] and obeys only him. [[AndroclesLion Helping said creatures]] or [[PetBabyWildAnimal raising them from birth]] are reliable ways to recruit the free-willed variants.

It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether the kid is his partners [[{{Sidekick}} sidekick]] or vice versa especially if the partner is capable of human speech, but if they are main characters one is probably the [[{{Deuteragonist}} Deuteragonist]] and the other the Protagonist. The trope originated in dawn-time Anime and Manga and is still strongest in those genres.

If the partner is an [[AntiHero Anti-Hero]] or even TokenEvilTeammate this trope becomes the KidWithTheLeash

See also GuardianEntity.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'': Jimmy Sparks has Iron Man #28/Tetsujin 28 (What the show is named in Japan), aka Gigantor. The [[ExpositoryThemeTune opening theme]] mentions the remote:
-->"Good or bad depends on the remote control" "Don't give the precious remote control to the enemy!"
* ''Manga/GiantRobo'': Features Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot.
* ''Anime/{{Mazinger}}'': Several times it is hinted the titular HumongousMecha ''[[Anime/MazingerZ of]]'' ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger the]]'' ''[[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer series]]'' only answer to a specific pilot or can only be properly controled by him or her.
** In ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', Dr. Kabuto tells Mazinkaiser is specifically made to be piloted by Kouji, and several scenes hint it is an EmpathicWeapon.
** ''Manga/MazingerAngels'' also plays the trope: ''[[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer Maria]]'' controls ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Minerva]]'' [[FemBot X]] through a remote control built in her helmet.
* ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'': Raideen is both a Physical God, EmpathicWeapon and HumongousMecha. Only TheChosenOne Akira hibiki can control it, since Raideen shall not accept another pilot.
* ''SteelAngelKurumi'' is a good example of the "metaphorical" remote control. For the most part Kurumi is a free-willed individual, but loves and obeys Nakahito, whom she regards as her absolute and permanent master.
* Most ''[[{{Mons}} mon]]'' shows, including ''{{Pokemon}}'', ''MegaManNTWarrior'', etc.
* Pretty much the point of tamers/Chosen Children in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise. This is noticeably less so in the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' canon, where the kids mostly functioned as spotters, strategisers and moral support during combat and couldn't actually do anything. ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' gave the tamers more to do by introducing the concept of using cards from the ''TabletopGame/{{Digimon}}'' CCG to power up their monsters; later on, the main tamers actually merged with their digimon to achieve their final forms. ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' sort of fell back in line with ''Adventure'' with none of the DATS agents really able to do much (save for Masaru tending to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu actively fight himself]]), and the ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' canon, which places the partnered children in the role of army generals, had them actively command and [[CombiningMecha merge]] their Digimon in a manner falling more in line with this trope; ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', of course, didn't have to deal with this at all as a result of its lack of partners.
* In ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' Aruruu raises a tiger-like dragon/god-cub to giant proportions and later rides on it into battle.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': Ascot is so small he took to standing on a floating rock, is a master Summoner who can easily call forth creatures that can go toe-to-toe with Machine gods.
* The [[KirbyOfTheStars Kirby anime]] has a variant -- since Kirby is incredibly powerful but has the mind of a toddler, Fumu frequently has to tell him when to inhale, and she is also the only one who can summon the Warp Star for Kirby to use. However, once he copies an ability, Kirby seems to [[LetsGetDangerous become much more competent]] and rarely needs direction from that point onwards.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has Alucard, a powerful vampire whose powers blur the line between nosferatu and EldritchAbomination. Thankfully, he is undyingly loyal and unfailingly obedient to Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, the last living descendent of Van Hellsing, who employs him as a vampire exterminator.
* ''NeoRanga'''s titular monster is controlled by a trio of sisters, each with their own unique views on how to control him. This results in much confusion, though there are hints that Ranga doesn't ''just'' do what they tell it, but in fact has its own, more primal views on the world.
* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': Nijima has an almost magical ability to summon Siegfried whenever he needs backup.
* ''ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'': The titular robot is piloted and monitored by a class of fifth-graders.
* ''{{Medabots}}'', with almost everyone (except the main character, early on) having 2-foot mecha armed to the teeth, voice commands transferred through a Watch.
* ''{{Heroman}}'' has Joey Jones, the series itself is pretty much StanLee 's take on shows like GiantRobo and this trope in general.
* ''[[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'': the Toei anime has [[spoiler: Haiyama, who manipulates Kujirada into doing what he wants.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The titular Evangelions have wills of their own and, despite NERV's safeguards, it's ultimately the teenage pilots who can control them [[spoiler:since their mother's souls are trapped inside them. Or at least the mothers of Shinji and Asuka.]] Unit 01, particularly, refuses to activate when Shinji isn't in the cockpit.
* ''{{RahXephon}}'': Ayato is the only one who can control the titular PhysicalGod. And said PhysicalGod has RealityWarper powers to the point the series finale sees Ayato [[ApocalypseWow unmaking Earth with it]] in favor of one where everyone lives HappilyEverAfter.
** To a further extent, Haruka could be considered the one with the remote control. While she's an adult, she's [[YearInsideHourOutside technically]] of the same age as Ayato. However, Ayato is repeatedly implied to be one of the human aspects of the [=RahXephon=] which is at least centuries old and if his {{UST}} with Haruka goes bad, the next Dolem usually dies very painfully at the [=RahXephon=]'s hands.
* Huit in QueensBlade Rebellion. She is the owner of the only existing Automaton in the world, an alchemy-powered device named Vingt, who is, fittingly, a beautiful robot woman.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' spoofs this with the Professor and Nano, the former of whom has a remote control that activates different functions on Nano's body, such as opening her arm to reveal a roll cake or firing off her hand to go fetch another remote.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Juston Seyfert from The Marvel series ''Sentinel'', which intentionally based off the Gigantor/Giant Robo style. He's now back in ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy''.
** [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Tom Skylark]] from the "Here Comes Tomorrow" arc of "New X-Men" is a grown-up version of this. He appears to be modeled after Juston.
* Gert [[spoiler:(and later Chase)]] from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. She has a telepathic link to a genetically engineered deinonychus from the 87th century called "Old Lace".
* ''General Jumbo'': Jumbo was the eponymous hero of a long-running story appearing intermittently in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', in command of a sizeable army (and occasionally navy and air force) built by his friend Professor Carter. A low-achieving hero by modern standards, he mainly foiled minor nuisances and petty criminals, but since even this entailed independently controlling dozens of models using a wrist controller with only a few buttons, it would be churlish to deride his efforts.
** His ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' spoof counterpart had an army of Jehovah's Witnesses. They foiled un-christian activities and then handed out leaflets.
* The heroine of ''Gearz'', after receiving a coterie of robot bodyguards due to a postal error. As a GenreSavvy pop culture junkie, she specifically compares herself to Johnny Sokko (Daisaku Kusama's name in the English version of the live-action ''GiantRobo'' show called ''Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot''.)
* Jason from the short-lived Oni press series "Jason & The Argobots."
* Johnny Thunder and his successor Jakeem Thunder, both from the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica each controlled an omnipotent genie who's only limit was that he used his power exactly the way he was told.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Timmie and his pet robot in ''The Invisible Boy''.
* In ''Film/{{Terminator}} 2'', a young John Connor plays around with the T-800 for a bit after learning it has to obey his commands, but later on, he uses his power over the machine for more serious purposes - most importantly, telling it ThouShaltNotKill.
* Film/TheIronGiant becomes something of a pet for Hogarth Hughes (albeit a fifty-foot-tall pet that eats metal). The bond the two develop become powerful enough that when the Giant snaps and turns into a KillerRobot, Hogarth is able to talk him out of it.
* Hiro is this to Baymax in ''Disney/BigHero6'', though the only control he has is Baymax's programmer prerogative to look after Hiro's well-being. It's unclear if there was a way for someone else to have overridden Hiro's control.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/RickyRicottasMightyRobot'', with the robot in question being an EmpathicWeapon.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Daenerys Targaryen, first with her dragons, then with the Unsullied.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Charlotte Abigail Lux in "Silence in the Library"/"The Forest of the Dead" has control of [[spoiler:a planet-sized library (and a data-checking device the size of a moon)]] via a literal TV remote.
** In "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances", Jamie has control [[spoiler:over an entire army.]]
* ''Series/AmbassadorMagma'': Mamoru summons Magma and his family with a whistle.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''RobotAlchemicDrive'': The player character controls a HumongousMecha by remote control.
* ''{{Drakengard}}'': Seere, whose pact-partner is Golem, a giant stone construct with very dim intelligence.
* ''[[TwistedMetal Twisted Metal: Black]]'': Literally a kid with a remote control; picking the vehicle Yellow Jacket sees the player controlling the corpse of Charlie Kane, who in turn is being controlled by his autistic son, [[GadgeteerGenius who constructed a device to reanimate his murdered father.]] In his ending, [[spoiler:Calypso breaks the remote control and adopts the boy, as he needs an heir. He would have used the boy's brother, [[MonsterClown Needles]], but he was killed in the contest.]]
* The character Lymle in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' has control over a giant hell-hound she calls 'Doggy'. Precis of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', was literally this, using a robotic backpack for combat.
* Alice and Ape III are the next to last opponent in Nintendo's ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Arm Wrestling]]'' arcade game. You beat them by sticking a magnet against Ape III's head...
* Yuna from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', in the past in the series the "summons" have been simply really impressive magic spells, Yuna actually calls down whatever the magic creature of the day is and directly controls the dragon/devil/half-naked ice-woman in battle.
* ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'': The player has the power to summon anything in the in-game dictionary (which is incredibly huge), thus by extension Maxwell holds this power as well.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has Carl Clover and Nirvana/Ada, his MagiTech ForgottenSuperweapon/big sister.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': The video game series features a robot named Huitzil (known as Phobos in Japan.) Though originally programmed to destroy all life on earth, a malfunction changes his prime directive to protect a little boy named Cecil. In his ending, [[spoiler:he also changes the directives of all other huitzil units so that they protect Cecil as well...to the detriment of everyone else on the planet.]]
* Any {{Mon}} games including {{Pokemon}}, [[ShinMegamiTensei Demikids,]] VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters, etc... especially since the heroes of these games are kids, yet they have ability to control, raise, and breed monsters that are as tall as or even taller than them.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' and it's anime adaptation ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'': each Net Navi has an Operator who sends their Navi Battle Chips using a device called a Personal Terminal, or PET. The main characters are 5th graders at elementary school.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'': Maria Balthasar is explicitly that, a little girl that commands, rather than pilots, a giant, at least partially sentient robot, including being able to call on it's help in a battle that otherwise happens without the use of mecha, even indoors. Much of that robot's design, in-game history and abilities are very similar the aforementioned Daisaku Kusama with his robot, almost to the point of her being an ''{{expy}}''.
** ''Xenogears'' justifies this trope during Maria's subplot: [[spoiler:her father developed Gears (read:giant robots) that needed human minds to function, and after he was uploaded into one himself, Maria's mother uploaded her mind into Maria's Gear in order to protect her.]]
* ''Franchise/BioShock'': has a creepy version of this with its little sisters. They're very weak and are nearly defenseless, so they're protected by big daddies: 7 foot tall cyborgs in a powered diving suit.

* In Webcomic/{{Zodiac}}, Cancer is a 13-year-old kid who controls a massive power suit with game controller. He designed and built the suit.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FrankensteinJr'' is a Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon strongly influenced by ''Manga/{{Gigantor}}''. CaptainErsatz Frankie is a 50-ft robot with a cape.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Villainous example: Willie Watt had first the remote control for, and later mental command of, a massive humanoid construction machine known as a Golem. He did ''not'' use it wisely.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy Turner. He has [[FairyCompanion fairy godparents]] that grant his every wish (that's not against the rules). Whether he uses them wisely is debated. Almost a trope-namer since in one movie he had a pair of magical remote controls, but loses one to the villain.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': Hogarth Hughes controls a [[GentleGiant benevolent]] alien robot in by speaking ''[[YouNoTakeCandle very slowly]]''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', mutant escapee Marrow becomes this to "Rover", a reprogrammed rust-bucket of a Sentinel created by Polaris from pieces of Sentinels she destroyed. She becomes ''very'' attached to him, considering him her truest friend... to the point that, when he is required to sacrifice himself to allow the success of a vital mission for Xavier, she tries to run away with him and leave the rest of the mutant rebels to be slaughtered. When he turns back and makes a HeroicSacrifice, she then goes on to betray the rebels to the Sentinels out of vengeful spite.