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* Planet Aether in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' was split in two dimensions, the default light world and a sinister dark world. The Dark Aether denizens, the Ing, have the ability to possess other creatures, gaining increased strength from the symbiosis. In fact, they require a host to survive on Aether for any extended period of time.

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* Planet Aether in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' was split in two dimensions, the default light world and a sinister dark world. The Dark Aether denizens, the Ing, have the ability to possess other creatures, creatures/machines, gaining increased strength from the symbiosis. In fact, they require a host to survive on Aether for any extended period of time.


* This is TheReveal in ''Planet of the Damned'' by Creator/HarryHarrison. The ruling magter's of a primitive DeathWorld have gotten hold a DoomsdayDevice and are threatening to destroy a peaceful neighbouring planet. No-one can understand why until the protagonist dissects a magter and finds his brain sharing space with a symbiote that has replaced the pre-frontal lobes. This causes a lack of emotion and renders them incapable of abstract thinking that's a useful survival trait on a harsh DeathWorld but leave them unable to cope with the issues raised by FirstContact with other worlds.

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* This is TheReveal in ''Planet of the Damned'' by Creator/HarryHarrison. The ruling magter's of a primitive DeathWorld have gotten hold a DoomsdayDevice and are threatening to destroy a peaceful neighbouring planet. No-one can understand why until the protagonist dissects a magter and finds his brain sharing space with a symbiote that has replaced the pre-frontal lobes. This causes a lack of emotion and renders them incapable of abstract thinking that's a useful survival trait on a harsh DeathWorld but leave them unable to cope with the issues raised by FirstContact with other worlds.
worlds. This is a rare example where the parasite itself is not manipulating the host (an internal parasite has little need of intelligence). When the neighboring planet (who were on the verge of nuking the DeathWorld) receive the news, they realise they're just dealing with an infection and act accordingly.

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* This is TheReveal in ''Planet of the Damned'' by Creator/HarryHarrison. The ruling magter's of a primitive DeathWorld have gotten hold a DoomsdayDevice and are threatening to destroy a peaceful neighbouring planet. No-one can understand why until the protagonist dissects a magter and finds his brain sharing space with a symbiote that has replaced the pre-frontal lobes. This causes a lack of emotion and renders them incapable of abstract thinking that's a useful survival trait on a harsh DeathWorld but leave them unable to cope with the issues raised by FirstContact with other worlds.


* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phronima The pram bug,]] ''Phronima spp.'' The females of these deep-sea crustaceans lay their eggs inside of something (usually a type of sea squirt known as a salp), and pushes the salp around like a baby carriage. They were once [[WordOfDante thought to be]] the inspiration for the Aliens in the ''Franchise/Alien'' franchise, although WordOfGod states that that's not true.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phronima The pram bug,]] ''Phronima spp.'' The females of these deep-sea crustaceans lay their eggs inside of something (usually a type of sea squirt known as a salp), and pushes the salp around like a baby carriage. They were once [[WordOfDante thought to be]] the inspiration for the Aliens in the ''Franchise/Alien'' ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise, although WordOfGod states that that's not true.


** A variant of said parasite, known as the "NE-β Type", appears in the [[FanonDiscontinuity non-existent]] ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'', which latches onto hosts (zombies and, in one case, a Tyrant) in the game to control them.

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** A variant of said parasite, known as the "NE-β Type", appears in the [[FanonDiscontinuity non-existent]] ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'', which latches onto hosts (zombies and, in one case, a Tyrant) in the game to control them.


** This can be seen when you forcibly remove a headcrab from a person's head: the host's face is contorted it bitter agony, although it is missing most of its ''skin'' and ''[[EyeScream eyes]]''.

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** This can be seen when you forcibly remove a headcrab from a person's head: the host's face is contorted it in bitter agony, although it is missing most of its ''skin'' and ''[[EyeScream eyes]]''.


* Even friendly bacteria and fungi in your gut can get a bit too busy for comfort sometimes. Some people experience a condition called "Auto Brewery Syndrome", in which the yeasts that naturally colonise your intestines overpopulate, and in thanks for being fed plenty of delicious sugar, produce larger amounts of alcohol than normal. Fortunately, it's treatable with antifungals, but people with this condition can get drunk merely from eating sugary or starchy food, and don't need to consume alcohol at all to get the intoxicating effect.


* Even friendly bacteria and fungi in your gut can get a bit too busy for comfort sometimes. Some people experience a condition called "Auto Brewery Syndrome", in which the yeasts that naturally colonise your intestines overpopulate, and in thanks for being fed plenty of delicious sugar, produce larger amounts of alcohol than normal. Fortunately, it's treatable with antibiotics, but people with this condition can get drunk merely from eating sugary or starchy food, and don't need to consume alcohol at all to get the intoxicating effect.

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* Even friendly bacteria and fungi in your gut can get a bit too busy for comfort sometimes. Some people experience a condition called "Auto Brewery Syndrome", in which the yeasts that naturally colonise your intestines overpopulate, and in thanks for being fed plenty of delicious sugar, produce larger amounts of alcohol than normal. Fortunately, it's treatable with antibiotics, antifungals, but people with this condition can get drunk merely from eating sugary or starchy food, and don't need to consume alcohol at all to get the intoxicating effect.

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* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf: The Intriguing Alien Guests'', the Bacteria King tries to capture Bingbing Goat by taking over Wolffy's body and controlling it. Wolffy has purple-colored pupils instead of his usual black whenever he is under the Bacteria King's control.
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* ''Literature/Area51'': The Swarm, an ancient enemy of the Airlia whose sole objective is infecting and living in all other life as their hosts.


** "Dead Man's Switch" had a very brief scene of ''literal'' Puppet Masters. The protagonist is down in a secure bunker, where he must push a button every hour to prevent Earth's last-ditch DoomsdayDevice from going off. The protagonist's commanding officer is talking to him via video from Washington DC, assuring him that the alien genocide it was meant to avenge is over and they'll relieve him soon, he just has to keep pushing the button until his bunker can be reached. In the episode's final shot, it's seen that [[spoiler:the General is a corpse amidst the buring ruins of DC, and spindly sea-spider-like aliens have their limbs stuck into him through a gash in his back, working him like a ventriloquist's dummy.]]
** "The Second Soul" features a benevolent, mostly-benign version. The aliens are refugees, energy beings who need a body, and asks humanity to give them their dead. There is strain on both sides, with the aliens dying because they can't get a host in time, and some humans being DrivenToSuicide by the stress of knowing that their loved ones are dead, yet also seemingly alive when inhabited by an alien. The end of the episode reveals that [[spoiler:the children of the aliens possessing human bodies are 100% human, which makes sense, considering they don't alter the bodies' DNA. Additionally, one of the humans thinks that the aliens are up to something, when they purchase a large building and start stockpiling deadly gas. He assumes they might try {{terraforming}} Earth. However, the aliens are only interested in building a museum to preserve their culture, as they know that they will die out within a generation and that all their children will be human]].
** "Caught in the Act" has an alien parasite possess young women and seduce men in order to [[{{Squick}} absorb them for food/energy]]. This has happened at least several times throughout history. The parasite can only be defeated with the PowerOfLove.
** "From Within" has prehistoric worms take over a mining town but are defeated by a mentally-retarded kid who figures out that they like salt and hate sunlight. They also cause the host to lose all inhibitions.
** In "Ripper", the EnergyBeing responsible for the UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper murders takes control of the bodies of its hosts as soon as it enters them. Vacating them results in their deaths.
** In "Something About Harry", the reptilian parasites who have taken over the bodies of numerous people in Hunterville and elsewhere have access to their hosts' memories, making it easy for them to impersonate the relevant humans.

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** "Dead "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S3E13DeadMansSwitch Dead Man's Switch" had Switch]]" has a very brief scene of ''literal'' Puppet Masters. The protagonist is down in a secure bunker, where he must push a button every hour to prevent Earth's last-ditch DoomsdayDevice from going off. The protagonist's commanding officer is talking to him via video from Washington DC, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, assuring him that the alien genocide it was meant to avenge is over and they'll relieve him soon, he just has to keep pushing the button until his bunker can be reached. In the episode's final shot, it's seen that [[spoiler:the General is a corpse amidst the buring burning ruins of DC, and spindly sea-spider-like aliens have their limbs stuck into him through a gash in his back, working him like a ventriloquist's dummy.]]
** "The "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S1E5TheSecondSoul The Second Soul" Soul]]" features a benevolent, mostly-benign version. The aliens are refugees, energy beings who need a body, and asks humanity to give them their dead. There is strain on both sides, with the aliens dying because they can't get a host in time, and some humans being DrivenToSuicide by the stress of knowing that their loved ones are dead, yet also seemingly alive when inhabited by an alien. The end of the episode reveals that [[spoiler:the children of the aliens possessing human bodies are 100% human, which makes sense, considering they don't alter the bodies' DNA. Additionally, one of the humans thinks that the aliens are up to something, when they purchase a large building and start stockpiling deadly gas. He assumes they might try {{terraforming}} Earth. However, the aliens are only interested in building a museum to preserve their culture, as they know that they will die out within a generation and that all their children will be human]].
** "Caught "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S1E17CaughtInTheAct Caught in the Act" Act]]" has an alien parasite possess young women and seduce men in order to [[{{Squick}} absorb them for food/energy]]. This has happened at least several times throughout history. The parasite can only be defeated with the PowerOfLove.
** "From Within" "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S2E13FromWithin From Within]]" has prehistoric worms take over a mining town but are defeated by a mentally-retarded kid mentally disabled teenager who figures out that they like salt and hate sunlight. They also cause the host to lose all inhibitions.
** In "Ripper", "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S5E11Ripper Ripper]]", the EnergyBeing responsible for the UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper murders takes control of the bodies of its hosts as soon as it enters them. Vacating them results in their deaths.
** In "Something "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S6E18SomethingAboutHarry Something About Harry", Harry]]", the reptilian parasites who have taken over the bodies of numerous people in Hunterville and elsewhere have access to their hosts' memories, making it easy for them to impersonate the relevant humans.


** In "Corpus Earthling", a race of sentient alien rocks are quietly taking over humans--until they're accidentally discovered by the main character, who has a metal plate in his head that allows him to overhear their [[TelepathicSpacemen telepathic conversations]]. (Yes, the creatures apparently [[AliensSpeakingEnglish think in English.]]) Things get interesting when the aliens respond by possessing the hero's wife and best friend...
** "The Invisibles" combines this premise with SpyFiction. An agent of the "General Intelligence Agency" (a FictionalCounterpart of the UsefulNotes/{{CIA}}) investigates alien parasites who have infiltrated humanity by joining with willing, power-hungry humans at both extremes of society: some of the Invisibles are homeless misfits, while others are political leaders, industrialists and military brass.

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** In "Corpus Earthling", "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S1E9CorpusEarthling Corpus Earthling]]", a race of sentient alien rocks are quietly taking over humans--until they're accidentally discovered by the main character, who has a metal plate in his head that allows him to overhear their [[TelepathicSpacemen telepathic conversations]]. (Yes, the creatures apparently [[AliensSpeakingEnglish think in English.]]) Things get interesting when the aliens respond by possessing the hero's wife and best friend...
** "The Invisibles" "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S1E19TheInvisibles The Invisibles]]" combines this premise with SpyFiction. An agent of the "General Intelligence Agency" (a FictionalCounterpart of the UsefulNotes/{{CIA}}) investigates alien parasites who have infiltrated humanity by joining with willing, power-hungry humans at both extremes of society: some of the Invisibles are homeless misfits, while others are political leaders, industrialists and military brass.


* Inverted in the completed Website/TGChan adventure ''The Book of Worms'', where the supernatural leeches shoved in people's brains ''protect'' from the BigBad's mind control.

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* Inverted in the completed Website/TGChan Website/{{Questden}} adventure ''The Book of Worms'', where the supernatural leeches shoved in people's brains ''protect'' from the BigBad's mind control.


Compare with LivingDollCollector. Contrast TheyLookLikeUsNow, where the {{Masquerade}} is limited to posing as human without being able to replace/control specific individuals. Compare & constrast MarionetteMaster, someone who uses actual puppets.

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Compare with LivingDollCollector. Contrast TheyLookLikeUsNow, where the {{Masquerade}} is limited to posing as human without being able to replace/control specific individuals. Compare & constrast contrast MarionetteMaster, someone who uses actual puppets.puppets, and PeoplePuppets for less "autonomous" human puppetry.


* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'', one of the students is in a coma while a parasitic maggot in her brain drives her body around.

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* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'', ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'' and ''Literature/TheHauntingOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'', one of the students is in a coma while a parasitic maggot in her brain drives her body around.

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