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[[caption-width-right:226:From top to bottom: The Prophet, Greer, Steeplejack]]

In [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the year 2054]], humans have all but replaced their bodies with lifelike replacements called "surrogates". Violent crimes are down and everyone gets to have [[TheBeautifulElite the body of their dreams]], but beneath society's polished façade not all is well. Tensions between mainstream society and an anti-surrogate religious group led by "The Prophet" continue to fester, while surrogates turn up destroyed by a mysterious, superhuman figure.

Police Detective Greer becomes a victim of the anti-surrogate crimes, and to catch the perp he must venture out of his home without a surrogate for the first time in years. As the case progresses, Greer himself begins to doubt the benefits of living life through proxies.

There's also a {{prequel}} titled ''The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone'', taking place 15 years prior to the original story. It goes more in-depth in Greer and The Prophet's backstories as well as the initial stages of surrogate integration into society.

''The Surrogates'' has also been adapted into a film named ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'' (note, no "The"), starring Creator/BruceWillis.

!!''The Surrogates'' provides examples of:

* AndThatsTerrible: Steeplejack [[spoiler:plans to wipe out every functioning surrogate, ''vandalism on a large scale'']]. Greer is horrified. They would have probably killed a lot of people just by taking out the Surrogates, via collateral damage. See FridgeLogic.
%%* AntiVillain
%%* TheBeautifulElite
%%* BittersweetEnding
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain: A plot point, since Steeplejack harnesses electrical energy from lightning to fry his victims.
%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Greer's wife]]
%%* EverybodyLives: Well, ''almost'' everyone.
%%* TheFaceless: Steeplejack
%%* FilmNoir
* FightingAShadow: Humanity has become a non-villainous example, mostly.
%%* GeniusCripple: Lionel Canter
* GreyAndGrayMorality: The anti-surrogate side has engaged in rioting and destruction, but also has a point that using surrogates removes all risk and sense of living. The pro-surrogate side has seen surrogate users kill non-surrogate users and plans on doing it again at the risk of losing their surrogates, but surrogate use has dropped crime, improved public health, and promoted gender equality.
%%* IAmWhatIAm
%%* MyselfMyAvatar
* NotQuiteDead: A consequence of the switch to surrogates is that murders become exceedingly rare, since humans almost never venture out of their homes in person anymore. What would have been a murder in present-day real life is reduced to property damage and the surrogate owner can simply buy a new one and resume daily life. Of course, damaging your real body can still kill you...
%%* PostCyberpunk
%%* RemoteBody
* RoboCam: why did the Data-miners need a surrogate? they could have saved time and money by transmitting straight to the [=VRchair=]
* SamusIsAGirl: Crossgender surrogates are common.
%%* ShockAndAwe: Steeplejack
%%* StepfordSmiler: Greer's wife
%%* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
%%* UnusualUserInterface
%%* WellIntentionedExtremist