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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 ''Manga/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 partner's [[{{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}}'': Shotaro Kaneda/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 Daisaku Kusama/Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot (GR-1 or the titular Giant Robo).
* ''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.
* ''Anime/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 ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ''Anime/{{Kirby|OfTheStars}}'' 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.
* ''Anime/NeoRanga'''s title 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.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': Nijima has an almost magical ability to summon Siegfried whenever he needs backup.
* ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'': The titular robot is piloted and monitored by a class of fifth-graders.
* ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', with almost everyone (except the main character, early on) having 2-foot mecha armed to the teeth, voice commands transferred through a Watch.
* ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'' has Joey Jones, the series itself is pretty much Creator/StanLee's take on shows like Manga/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.
* ''Anime/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 ''Anime/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.
* [[WheelchairWoobie Hayate]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' has absolute power over the Wolkenritter, but she never exercises this power since she views them as her family rather than her servants. She does give them orders in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'' and ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'', but at that point they're all members of the [=TSAB=] and she's their commanding officer.
** There is a single time that she uses her authority over the book itself during the final battle in ''A's'', making it stop with a single word (after Nanoha had spent the past episode and a half unable to even ''scratch'' it).
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': Twelve-year-old Jordy Volder is the only one capable of piloting [[HumongousMecha Galient]].
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Mero in the second movie.

[[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".
* ''ComicBook/TheBeano'':
** ''General Jumbo'': Jumbo was the eponymous hero of a long-running story appearing intermittently in ''The Beano'', 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.
** Jumbo still frequently shows up in the annuals. In one story, one of his toy soldiers becomes both self-aware and [[AIIsACrapshoot malevolent]], and tries to take control of ''him.''
** His ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' spoof counterpart had an army of Jehovah's Witnesses. They foiled un-christian activities and then handed out leaflets.
* This trope was very popular in British comics of the mid-20th Century; aside from ''General Jumbo'', mentioned above, there was ''Robot Archie'' (a crime-fighting robot controlled by the professor who built him), the ''Steel Commando'' (a WWII-era robot embedded with a commando unit), ''Danny's Tranny'' (about a transistor with near-magical properties and an [[HaveAGayOldTime unfortunate nickname]]), ''The Team Terry Kept in a Box'' (in which a series of pictures of football players are accidentally brought to life by a boy using his grandfather's magical stereoscopic viewer and soon agree to join him in the line-up of fourth-division Anstey Albion), and many others.
* 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 ''Series/GiantRobo'' show called ''Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot''.)
* Jason from the short-lived Creator/OniPress 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.
* ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'': For one or two issues of the original 1963 run Rick Jones became mentally connected to the Hulk, who would mindlessly do Rick's bidding. But when Rick was asleep the Hulk could do what he wanted, so he just left.

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Shinji and Asuka could control their giant robots when they were kids because their mothers were locked inside them. After Third Impact they were aware of it, but since their Evas were destroyed or stranded in space that knowledge came too late to be useful. However they were the only people could synch with the MP-Evas, so that the dictators ruling the post-apocalyptic ravaged world kept them alive because they had an use for both mind-broken teenagers.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': After finding out about each other's past Shinji and Asuka often argue it can not be a coincidence that the only people capable to pilot an Evangelion are mind-broken orphan kids whose mothers died while testing the Evas. After [[spoiler:Hikari gets selected as pilot]] their doubts increase and finally they figure out the truth: [[spoiler:they can control their robots because their mothers are stuck inside.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': In the final chapter Shinji learns why he and Asuka are the only ones can control their giant robots despite of being only kids –and him having no previous training-: [[spoiler:their mothers’ souls got stuck inside them.]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Only Shinji, Asuka, Rei and few other children can pilot an Evangelion. Other candidates are driven to madness when they try. This is because [[spoiler:the Children are protected by their mothers' souls inside the robots.]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': In the original timeline neither Shinji nor Asuka really knew why they were chosen as Evangelion pilots. Now they and Rei know it is because their “giant robot moms”; and thanks to that they can synchronize better with their Units.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': All Evangelions were piloted by children because only they could synch with the souls stored inside.
** After the battle of 2015 Asuka discovered she could pilot Unit 02 because her mother was inside… and she had become unable to synch with it because she could not open up due to her mental trauma increasing during the Angel War.
** When SEELE attacked in 2027 [[spoiler:Rei was able to control the new MP-Evas because their dummy plugs were an extension from her.]]
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Evangelions can only be piloted by kids can synch with the souls trapped inside the robots. Shinji, Asuka and [[spoiler:Touji]] could synch with their Evas because their mother's souls were inside, although neither of them found out during the War. Rei could -barely- activate Unit 00 because a piece of her soul was inside it. [[spoiler:Kaoru]] is a strange case because he could pilot Unit 04, despite of being unrelated to the soul within.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': [[HumongousMecha Evangelions]] can only be controlled by children because the pilot needs being somehow connected to the soul within the robot. That is because Rei has such a hard time riding Unit 00 –the soul locked inside it hates her- and this is because Asuka can pilot Unit 01 [[spoiler:-Yui likes her-.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': After being absorbed into Unit 01 and [[spoiler:being told about Rei’s origins]] Shinji realizes he was the only could pilot Unit 01 despite being a teen with no training because his mother is inside the giant robot.
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'': After the resurfacing of the secret organization SEELE in the post-apocalyptic world many politicians and military men want to force to Asuka -and Shinji, and even Rei- to pilot again the last [[HumongousMecha Evangelion]] NERV has left because they are the only ones can activate it, even though they are utterly broken in body and mind.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': One of the consequences of being stuck in the past is Shinji and Asuka know now they were selected to be Evangelion pilots -even if they were children- because their mothers’ souls are locked inside their robots. That knowledge should allow them a better synch with their machines, but they can not display it because they do not want people finding out about the time-travelling bit.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka was the only one could pilot [[HumongousMecha Unit-02]] because her mother's soul was locked inside and could synch with her. For a long time Asuka clung to that fact to convince herself she was special and unique and worth of something, and so boosting her very fragile self-esteem. Throughout the story, though, she gradually loses her capability to synch with her robot, and piloting gradually feels less important or special than being ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': After the debacle with Units 03 and 04 where [[spoiler:one of their friends died and another got crippled]] Shinji sets to find out because only children can pilot Evangelions. When he discovers that [[spoiler:their mothers are inside their robots]] he does not take it well.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Shinji, Asuka and Rei are teenagers but they’re the only ones capable of piloting an Evangelion. Unit-01 will only obey Shinji and Rei because their mother is inside, and Unit-02 doesn’t acknowledge anyone other than Asuka. Later on, [[spoiler:Keiko]] is recruited because she's the only one capable of activating Unit-08.
* Invoked in ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'', when Kaji talks to Ritsuko and states that Shinji, Asuka and Rei are -sadly- the only ones able to pilot an Evangelion in spite of being only fourteen because their war mechas will only obey those three kids.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Timmie and his pet robot in ''The Invisible Boy''.
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', the titular robot 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/GameOfThrones'':
** Bran has control over Summer and Hodor, too. Later taken to its logical extreme when Robb leaves for war and Bran becomes the acting lord of Winterfell.
** Daenerys herself is pretty much harmless, but she has three fire-breathing dragons who follow her every command. As of Season 3, we can add eight thousand undyingly loyal elite foot soldiers to that list.
* ''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]]
* ''VideoGame/RobotAlchemicDrive'': The player character controls a HumongousMecha by remote control.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'': Seere, whose pact-partner is Golem, a giant stone construct with very dim intelligence.
* ''[[VideoGame/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/GranblueFantasy'': Sara herself is a fairly harmless nine years old girl, if a very mature one. Graphos, on the other hand, is a giant sand castle with large fists and a fiercely protective streak who does all the fighting for her, under her commands, of course.
* ''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 {{Magitek}} 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 ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', [[Franchise/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. Especially because in ''Pokémon'' you can capture Arceus, the creator of the universe.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you can come across a young girl named Kat, wandering around the wasteland as a merchant with a huge Sentry Bot in tow. For those not in the know, a Sentry Bot is a 9-foot-tall tripodal KillerRobot with a gatling gun, a repeating missile launcher, and two shoulder-mounted mortars. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images/0/0b/Kat_and_Gus.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20151117130441 Here's a pic]]. It's never elaborated on how Kat got control of this thing, nor where her parents are or why she travels the Commonwealth alone, but you can bet that she's not coming into harm any-time soon.
* New ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character [[BenevolentAI Orisa]] is this, being a guardian robot built by an 11-year-old [[ChildProdigy tech whiz.]]
* Personas in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' are GuardianEntities which are almost fully under the control of their summoners. They generally only manifest when called, and most often appear when the user is a teenager (though the age has been known to go as low as six and as high as the early twenties). The Persona is an aspect of someone's inner self, but they sometimes express a mind of their own, and focus is needed to keep control of the remote. [[spoiler:Losing the remote can end extremely badly, as [[BigBad Takahisa Kandori]], [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Jun Kurosu]] and [[MyGreatestFailure Shinjiro Aragaki]] all learn the hard way.]]