not have puppet cancer!"
Periodically, perhaps in a program
, a perplexing and perhaps preposterous plot passes. A person - powerful protagonist or pitiless profligate - perchance permutes into a precious and precocious puppet. Please prevent picking on their peculiarities
or partaking in putting your paw up their posterior, per their penchant for punishing poor pillocks with pugnacity and punches.
A possible Pernicious Polymorph
. Please parallel with Pestiferous Pieces of Plywood
. Or perhaps People Puppets
Translation of Alliteration Here
Precedents of this paradigm:
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Anime and Manga
- Happens to Akane in Ranma ˝, both in the OVA "Ranma, Look at Me" and in the ending of the Manga.
- Happens in the second Vampire Princess Miyu OAV, where the Shinma Miyu has to fight is an Uncanny Valley Girl who transforms the students of a prestigious Kyoto private school into mannequins. And falls in love with one of them, so to prevent the Star-Crossed Lovers situation, she turns him into a Shinma. At the guy's request, because he falls for her as well even after finding out who she truly is.
- Sabrina from Pokémon used her psychic powers to transform people into dolls while suffering from Literal Split Personality.
- Anya of Karin is fond of taking people's souls and sticking them into dolls. Near the end of the manga she binds her grandfather's soul so that they can figure out what the hell is going on.
- In Melody of Oblivion this is one of the various things that happen to normal people that see a monster. The other examples are turning into statues or ape-men. Each particular monster seems to have a particular effect.
- Puppet masters in Naruto can do this.
- Drocell Caines of Black Butler had this as his M.O.
- The Flash #133, a classic Silver Age Flash story where Abra Kadabra turns the Flash into a marionette.
- In "Strung Along," in The Vault of Horror #33, a dying puppeteer's marionettes came to life and turned his greedy wife into a puppet in a more gruesome and literal manner than most stories of this variety.
- The film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had a moment where the Infinite Improbability Drive turned the characters into yarn puppets, due to the ship being a giant ball of yarn (complete with knitting needles). Arthur vomits yarn just as normality is reached, and his normal self is shown pulling yarn out of his mouth.
- The plot behind Curse of the Puppet Master. They managed to do it in the end.
- In Dead Silence, Mary Shaw's final wish was to have her own corpse turned into a ventriloquist doll. Also, while she was alive, she killed a young boy, Michael Ashen, and turned him into a puppet. Later, in the film's Twist Ending, it is revealed that Edward Ashen has been Dead All Along and also became part of Shaw's doll collection, and the very end of the film shows that Jamie, Lisa, Henry and Lipton are now part of her collection.
- The antagonistic father in the 1987 film Dolls gets transformed into a Mr Punch puppet near the end of the family after he destroys the good Mr Punch doll that was protecting the little girl.
- Double Subverted in Shrek 2 where Pinocchio is actually turned into a human boy by the evil Fairy Godmother while the other fairytale characters are trying to play Keep Away with her wand. Pinocchio starts to appreciate his new human form, only to be turned back into a puppet by accident.
- The Big Bad of Tourist Trap has the power of turning his victims into mannequins that he can control.
Live Action TV
- During one magician's duel in The Wotch, a character gets turned into a marionette.
- Childlike and sociopathic Ilharess Kharla'ggen from Drow Tales has a hobby of turning people that take her fancy into dolls. Though she has demonstrated an ability to do this entirely by magic, her favourite method is to physically cut out the bones from her victims' arms and legs, pull out their eyes and tongue, decorate them cutely, and leave them like that. Being elves, they can theoretically live indefinitely as long as they are fed, making this example of the trope seriously creepy.
- A prominent character in The Forgotten Order, has been cursed into a form of a doll that must do the bidding of witches and wizards.
- Jackie Chan Adventures has a couple episodes involving the Monkey King, an evil magical puppet who comes to life when someone pulls the puppet's leg, turning the one who was pulling his leg into a puppet themselves. When this happens to Jackie, he's revived using the Rat Talisman—but he's still a puppet. That trait ends up saving him more than once in that episode; to quote Jade, "Let's hear it for detachable parts."
- Chowder has vignettes during its credits with the characters as puppets.
- An episode of Teen Titans had the Villain of the Week The Puppet King who cast a spell to switch the souls of the heroes into their useless puppet counterparts. Raven and Starfire both escape, but they end up in each other's bodies instead and have to learn how to use the other's powers in order to rescue their friends.
- Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (by Filmation) and Pinocchio In Outer Space are both positioned as sequels to Disney's adaptation of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio. At some point in both films, the real boy turns back into a puppet due to failure to maintain the diligence expected of a real boy.
- In the Fanboy and Chum Chum episode "Strings Attached", Fanboy is turned into a wooden puppet as punishment for his bad behavior. However, he ends up liking it so much that he tries to make the change permanent by doing a good deed.
- Cosmo, Wanda, Timmy, and Vicky in Channel Chasers. Actually, they were accompanied by Timmy from the dystopian future. Cosmo even express how he feels about that suddenly change.