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* Marcus Wall, one of the antagonists of the ''Literature/MatadorSeries'' series, becomes this in ''The Albino Knife''. His extra power just makes him more sadistic and unhinged, wreaking havoc across the galaxy as well as drawing his enemies into a trap.



* In ''Literature/RainbowsEnd'', it's strongly suggested that Mr. Rabbit is this, especially when, with moments to go before before his connection to the group beneath the lab is cut off, he manages to leave them with a detailed PDF document titled, "While We Are Out of Touch or How To Survive and Prosper During the Next Thirty Minutes", with explanations of the whole situation, who's responsible, what they can do about it, and much more.



* In ''Literature/RainbowsEnd'', it's strongly suggested that Mr. Rabbit is this, especially when, with moments to go before before his connection to the group beneath the lab is cut off, he manages to leave them with a detailed PDF document titled, "While We Are Out of Touch or How To Survive and Prosper During the Next Thirty Minutes", with explanations of the whole situation, who's responsible, what they can do about it, and much more.
* Marcus Wall, one of the antagonists of the ''Literature/MatadorSeries'' series, becomes this in ''The Albino Knife''. His extra power just makes him more sadistic and unhinged, wreaking havoc across the galaxy as well as drawing his enemies into a trap.



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* Seamus Harper sometimes inspects the computer system of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' this way.



--> '''Xander:''' "He's in a computer! What can he do?"
--> '''Buffy:''' "You mean besides convince a perfectly nice kid to try and kill me? I don't know. How 'bout mess up all the medical equipment in the world?"
--> '''Giles:''' "Randomize traffic signals."
--> '''Buffy:''' "Access launch codes for our nuclear missiles."
--> '''Giles:''' "Destroy the world's economy."
--> '''Buffy:''' "I think I pretty much capped it with that nuclear missile thing."
--> '''Giles:''' "Right, yours was best."
* Seamus Harper sometimes inspects the computer system of Series/{{Andromeda}} this way.
* Psi in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Time Heist" is an "augmented human" with visible computer chips embedded in his head, recruited for a bank heist due to his hacking skills.

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* Seamus Harper sometimes inspects the computer system of Series/{{Andromeda}} this way.
* Psi in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode
''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist" Heist"]], Psi is an "augmented human" with visible computer chips embedded in his head, recruited for a bank heist due to his hacking skills.


* Doctor Seward Trainer in ''SpiderMan'' was this for a while. It started when his mind was connected to the internet through a VR headset and zapped by a security program, which resulted in his mind being separated from his body and trapped in the net. Yeah, just go with it. The most significant thing to come from this was that Doctor Trainer created all the necessary electronic records to provide [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga Ben Reilly]] a fabricated past. During this time Trainer's body was kept alive in a hospital, constantly hooked up to the internet in case his mind found a way back.

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* Doctor Seward Trainer in ''SpiderMan'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' was this for a while. It started when his mind was connected to the internet through a VR headset and zapped by a security program, which resulted in his mind being separated from his body and trapped in the net. Yeah, just go with it. The most significant thing to come from this was that Doctor Trainer created all the necessary electronic records to provide [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga Ben Reilly]] a fabricated past. During this time Trainer's body was kept alive in a hospital, constantly hooked up to the internet in case his mind found a way back.


* A decker (computer hacker) becoming a "ghost in the machine" is a recurring urban legend among the deckers of the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' setting; however, whenever the subject comes up, there's always a few extremely technologically-savvy deckers around to point out that The Matrix does not work that way.
** And there's Deus, a mean-spirited AI that wreaks havoc upon the matrix in just that manner.
*** After the Crash 2.0, it appears that [[spoiler:Captain Chaos was uploaded to the Matrix in just that fashion ]]
** In the "Dragon Heart Saga" trilogy set in the ''Shadowrun'' setting, Alice (Haeffner, President Haeffner's "late" wife) was a researcher back when cyberspace was in development: she ended up this way in a not-quite-accident arranged by a coworker. She maintains an ultraviolet host called Wonderland. Both are subject to legends among deckers, much of which can be picked up in the comments on various sourcebooks, especially Matrix-oriented ones.

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* A decker (computer hacker) becoming a "ghost in the machine" is a recurring urban legend among the deckers of the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' setting; however, whenever the subject comes up, there's always a few extremely technologically-savvy deckers around to point out that The Matrix does not work that way.
** And there's Deus, a mean-spirited AI that wreaks havoc upon the matrix in just that manner.
*** After the Crash 2.0, it appears that [[spoiler:Captain Chaos was uploaded to the Matrix in just that fashion ]]
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** In the "Dragon Heart Saga" trilogy novels, set in the ''Shadowrun'' 1st Ed. of the setting, Alice (Haeffner, President Haeffner (President Haeffner's "late" late wife) was a technology researcher back when cyberspace was in development: development. However, she ended died fighting the virus that caused the old internet to crash, which itself lead to [[TheAlternet the creation of the Matrix]]. Incidentally, a matrix persona popped up this way in a not-quite-accident arranged not long after, which goes by the name of "Alice" and is Alice Haeffner's spitting image. The new Alice is both a coworker. She maintains master [[TheCracker decker]] and an ultraviolet host called Wonderland. Both are successful [[KnowledgeBroker infobroker]], as well as the subject to legends a prevalent urban legend among deckers, much tech specialists that she is [[BrainUploading the digitized conscious]] of which Alice Haeffner. Commentary and information from several sources can be picked up in the comments on various sourcebooks, especially Matrix-oriented ones.ones.
** Alices's true nature was left ambiguous for a time, as well as several extremely technologically-savvy deckers pointing out that The Matrix does not work that way (though if they were right or not was ultimately the GM's decision). However, more "e-ghosts" started popping up after people died while on the matrix pretty much confirmed that it was the original and continuing Alice. In the second, unwired iteration of the matrix, the problem just got more complicated after e-ghosts of still-living people started showing up. Even in the 2080's, 50 years after Alice's physical body died, it's still a rare and poorly understood phenomenon.
** And then there's also the AIs. The three "big" AIs were able to manipulate the Matrix easily and just by thinking about it. The big three allegedly died during the Crash 2.0, but in the new Matrix, much less powerful AIs of several sorts have started showing up. Though they can manipulate the Matrix, it's diffuse and decentralized nature makes manipulating it and generally existing on it much harder, so they require being inside a host or a device to work effectively. With the proliferation of AI entities, e-ghosts have been grouped with them for classification, and it does seem like a fair decision.
** Then comes the [[{{Technopath}} Otaku and Technomancers]], beings who can manipulate the matrix with their mind. The Otaku of the wired matrix era {{avert}} this trope, since they required a wired connection; and Technomancers {{downplay}} this trope, since their brains are natural matrix devices which let them hack or fully go into the matrix by thinking it. To an even lesser extent, deckers can do this too, in the wireless matrix. Fully diving into the matrix is practically digital astral projection.
** And last, and least, are Agents, Pilots, and Intrusion Countermeasures, and other types of computer programs that are capable of pulling a hack if programmed to be able to do so. While they fit this trope, they ''are'' little more than computer programs, unless it happens to achieve sentience and becomes an AI entity.


* The 'WorldOfDarkness' sourcebook Urban Legends has a phone hacker who died whilst crawling through a tunnel to access cables. His spirit now exists inside the phone network he loved, and can now control it to some extent (usually in the 'calls are coming from inside the house' sense). Whether he's a malevolent entity or helpful to the [=PCs=] is down to the GM. If the players actually find his body, what's left of it [[BodyHorror is riddled with cables and fused into the network.]]

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* The 'WorldOfDarkness' ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'' sourcebook Urban Legends has a phone hacker who died whilst crawling through a tunnel to access cables. His spirit now exists inside the phone network he loved, and can now control it to some extent (usually in the 'calls are coming from inside the house' sense). Whether he's a malevolent entity or helpful to the [=PCs=] is down to the GM. If the players actually find his body, what's left of it [[BodyHorror is riddled with cables and fused into the network.]]


* ''Fanfic/Domoverse'': Glitch can project her mind into computers, and hack them, appearing as an angelic girl, reflecting her origins as a computer program.

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* ''Fanfic/Domoverse'': ''Fanfic/{{Domoverse}}'': Glitch can project her mind into computers, and hack them, appearing as an angelic girl, reflecting her origins as a computer program.

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* Franchise/{{Tron}} may be the UrExample or UnbuiltTrope as the Shiva laser (intended to be a teleporter) physically uploads the protagonist to {{Cyberspace}}, where he becomes a PhysicalGod as far as that world's concerned.


* The 'WorldOfDarkness' sourcebook Urban Legends has a phone hacker who died whilst crawling through a tunnel to access cables. His spirit now exists inside the phone network he loved, and can now control it to some extent (usually in the 'calls are coming from inside the house' sense). Whether he's a malevolent entity or helpful to the PCs is down to the GM. If the players actually find his body, what's left of it [[BodyHorror is riddled with cables and fused into the network.]]

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* The 'WorldOfDarkness' sourcebook Urban Legends has a phone hacker who died whilst crawling through a tunnel to access cables. His spirit now exists inside the phone network he loved, and can now control it to some extent (usually in the 'calls are coming from inside the house' sense). Whether he's a malevolent entity or helpful to the PCs [=PCs=] is down to the GM. If the players actually find his body, what's left of it [[BodyHorror is riddled with cables and fused into the network.]]

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* Alex from ''VideoGame/Code7'' is this. [[spoiler: Justified, since BrainUploading and DeadAllAlong end with them literally inside the computer]].


* Speaking about Megaman games, we have Cyber Peacock of ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}4''.

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* Speaking about Megaman games, we have Cyber Peacock of ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}4''.X4}}'' was originally an AI that protected the network from hackers before being corrupted by Sigma. He then begins corrupting the network himself, to draw the Maverick Hunters attention as he was tasked to measure their potential.

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* The 'WorldOfDarkness' sourcebook Urban Legends has a phone hacker who died whilst crawling through a tunnel to access cables. His spirit now exists inside the phone network he loved, and can now control it to some extent (usually in the 'calls are coming from inside the house' sense). Whether he's a malevolent entity or helpful to the PCs is down to the GM. If the players actually find his body, what's left of it [[BodyHorror is riddled with cables and fused into the network.]]


* ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'': [[spoiler: After Dave goes mad, he uploads his brain into the computers in Madblood's Arctic lair, kicks out the AI that was previously running them, and nearly loses himself on the world's electronics before Helen can stop him.]] A rare case of a protagonist being a DigitizedHacker, but then, all the protagonists in ''{{Narbonic}}'' are AffablyEvil.

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* ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'': [[spoiler: After Dave goes mad, he uploads his brain into the computers in Madblood's Arctic lair, kicks out the AI that was previously running them, and nearly loses himself on the world's electronics before Helen can stop him.]] A rare case of a protagonist being a DigitizedHacker, but then, all the protagonists in ''{{Narbonic}}'' ''Narbonic'' are AffablyEvil.


* ''{{Narbonic}}'': [[spoiler: After Dave goes mad, he uploads his brain into the computers in Madblood's Arctic lair, kicks out the AI that was previously running them, and nearly loses himself on the world's electronics before Helen can stop him.]] A rare case of a protagonist being a DigitizedHacker, but then, all the protagonists in ''{{Narbonic}}'' are AffablyEvil.

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* ''{{Narbonic}}'': ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'': [[spoiler: After Dave goes mad, he uploads his brain into the computers in Madblood's Arctic lair, kicks out the AI that was previously running them, and nearly loses himself on the world's electronics before Helen can stop him.]] A rare case of a protagonist being a DigitizedHacker, but then, all the protagonists in ''{{Narbonic}}'' are AffablyEvil.



* In the WhateleyUniverse, there are at least two: Dr. Abel Palm, who wants to wipe out mankind so that computers can take over, ensorcels his own soul into a super-virus, making himself into a self-duplicating AI; and Merry, a cyberpath who can literally dive into the internet if even within a few feet of a decent-speed CPU chip that's on-line.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, there are at least two: Dr. Abel Palm, who wants to wipe out mankind so that computers can take over, ensorcels his own soul into a super-virus, making himself into a self-duplicating AI; and Merry, a cyberpath who can literally dive into the internet if even within a few feet of a decent-speed CPU chip that's on-line.

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* ''Film/{{Cyberjack}}'': The bad guy Nassim wants to steal a super-virus from a computer lab so he can merge with it and TakeOverTheWorld. This works at first as he develops telepathic powers, but when Nick shoots him in the head he goes OneWingedAngel and infects the computer systems as a sentient virus. [[spoiler:The heroes solve this by basically deleting him.]]


* The serial killer in the movie ''Film/GhostInTheMachine''.

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* The serial killer in the movie ''Film/GhostInTheMachine''.''Film/GhostInTheMachine'' has his soul digitized by a freak electrical surge while he's inside an MRI machine as a result of a car accident.

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