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* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' featured a variant on this trope:: a remotely-controlled model plane that tracked radio signals to their origin, which would have seemed a ''very'' high-tech concept in 1966.

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* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''Series/Batman1966'' featured a variant on this trope:: a remotely-controlled model plane that tracked radio signals to their origin, which would have seemed a ''very'' high-tech concept in 1966.


* The VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog series has Gun Beetles. While most of them have some type of weapon, the Mono Beetles do not, and thus function as this.

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%% * The VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has Gun Beetles. While most of them have some type of weapon, the Mono Beetles do not, and thus function as this.


* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': Observers

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* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': ObserversObservers are flying cloaked robots that serve as detectors.



* The USA has this option in two flavors in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals''. One is bound to a vehicle and increases sight range while detecting invisible enemies, the other is a General power that makes one circle over a certain area indefinitely, like an infinite Spy Satellite power. The latter is cloaked, the former isn't, and both can be shot down by anything that can target air units (the vehicle-bound kind also dies out if the parent vehicle is destroyed.

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The USA has this option in two flavors in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals''. One is bound to a vehicle and increases sight range while detecting invisible enemies, the other is a General power that makes one circle over a certain area indefinitely, like an infinite Spy Satellite power. The latter is cloaked, the former isn't, and both can be shot down by anything that can target air units (the vehicle-bound kind also dies out if the parent vehicle is destroyed.destroyed.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'': The Imperial Burst Drone is a small dragonfly-shaped robot that can detect disguised units, latch onto vehicles to slow them down, or commit suicide to stun vehicles.


* The non-syndicated ''SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoon, affectionately known as [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/SonicTheHedgehog?from=Main.SatAM SatAM]] - featured such "spy orbs" utilized by Robotnik to monitor his city.

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* The non-syndicated ''SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoon, affectionately known as [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/SonicTheHedgehog?from=Main.SatAM SatAM]] - ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'' featured such "spy orbs" utilized by Robotnik to monitor his city.


* The Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog series has Gun Beetles. While most of them have some type of weapon, the Mono Beetles do not, and thus function as this.

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* The Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog series has Gun Beetles. While most of them have some type of weapon, the Mono Beetles do not, and thus function as this.


* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Asakura's artifact, the Oculus Corvinus/Raven's Eyes. Six small, flying robots used for spying and information-gathering. Perfect for the SchoolNewspaperNewshound. A recent chapter comes up with a more complicated use for them, which involves using a ghost to transmit information from one camera to another, so other people can watch the action without being detected.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Asakura's artifact, the Oculus Corvinus/Raven's Eyes. Six small, flying robots used for spying and information-gathering. Perfect for the SchoolNewspaperNewshound. A recent One chapter comes came up with a more complicated use for them, which involves involving using a ghost to transmit information from one camera to another, so other people can watch the action without being detected.



* The ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' villain "Jaeger" uses surveillance drones to track his targets and film his kills. He sells the ensuing snuff films on the black market.

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* The ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}'' villain "Jaeger" uses surveillance drones to track his targets and film his kills. He sells the ensuing snuff films on the black market.


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* Grineer data vaults in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' are guarded by sensor regulators, balloon drones that will trip the alarm the moment an intruder gets into their cone of view, conveniently depicted as four lines jutting out from its camera. Don't think about trying to destroy them, as they will also trip the alarm if they survive the damage, unless you've already gathered the data.


->''What they came up with was a number of ideas of varying quality and uniform record of failure. There was the miniature flying robot fiasco where smaller and smaller robots were sent and blasted out of existence, right down to the smallest, about the size of a small coin. Obsessed by miniaturization, they constructed a flying-eye appara­tus no larger than the head of a pin that dragged a threadlike control wire after it that also supplied current for the infinitesimal ion drive. This sparked and sizzled its way to within fifteen kilometers of the ''Indestructible'' before the all-seeing sensors detected it and neatly blasted it out of existence with a single shot.''
-->-- ''The Mothballed Spaceship'' by Creator/HarryHarrison

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->''What they came up with was a number of ideas of varying quality and uniform record of failure. There was the miniature flying robot fiasco where smaller and smaller robots were sent and blasted out of existence, right down to the smallest, about the size of a small coin. Obsessed by miniaturization, they constructed a flying-eye appara­tus no larger than the head of a pin that dragged a threadlike control wire after it that also supplied current for the infinitesimal ion drive. This sparked and sizzled its way to within fifteen kilometers of the ''Indestructible'' before the all-seeing sensors detected it and neatly blasted it out of existence with a single shot.''
-->-- ''The Mothballed Spaceship'' by Creator/HarryHarrison


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* ''The Mothballed Spaceship'' by Creator/HarryHarrison. The protagonists are trying to get on board a mothballed space battleship that blasts anything that gets too close. They try sending in tiny robots, making them smaller and smaller in an attempt to get past its detectors.
-->Obsessed by miniaturization, they constructed a flying-eye appara­tus no larger than the head of a pin that dragged a threadlike control wire after it that also supplied current for the infinitesimal ion drive. This sparked and sizzled its way to within fifteen kilometers of the ''Indestructible'' before the all-seeing sensors detected it and neatly blasted it out of existence with a single shot.

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->''What they came up with was a number of ideas of varying quality and uniform record of failure. There was the miniature flying robot fiasco where smaller and smaller robots were sent and blasted out of existence, right down to the smallest, about the size of a small coin. Obsessed by miniaturization, they constructed a flying-eye appara­tus no larger than the head of a pin that dragged a threadlike control wire after it that also supplied current for the infinitesimal ion drive. This sparked and sizzled its way to within fifteen kilometers of the ''Indestructible'' before the all-seeing sensors detected it and neatly blasted it out of existence with a single shot.''
-->-- ''The Mothballed Spaceship'' by Creator/HarryHarrison

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* ''[[Videogame/{{Worms}} Worms WMD]]'' features the Mischievous Drone, which flies for several seconds after it's launched in order to scout inside buildings and collect crates for you. An upgraded version that additionally creates a magnetic field can be crafted.


* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': Scanners. They hover right in your face and take a snapshot of you, which creates [[InterfaceScrew a blinding flash]]. Destroying them may net you a battery, which charges up your suit a little bit. A different kind later on also gives your position away to Striders with each photo.

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* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': Scanners. They hover right in your face and take a snapshot of you, which creates [[InterfaceScrew a blinding flash]]. Destroying them may net you a battery, which charges up your suit a little bit. A different kind later on also drops Hopper mines and gives your position away to Striders with each photo.

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* The ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' villain "Jaeger" uses surveillance drones to track his targets and film his kills. He sells the ensuing snuff films on the black market.


* The Autobots' Sky Spy from ''[[TransformersGeneration1 Transformers Generation 1]]'' was a long range satellite version of this.

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* The Autobots' Sky Spy from ''[[TransformersGeneration1 Transformers Generation 1]]'' ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' was a long range satellite version of this.

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* One appears in the 2005 ''Literature/NickVelvet'' story "The Theft of the Empty Paint Can". At the time, drone technology was so new that the editor felt compelled to explain that this was a real item.


* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Musse's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, Secret Window, functions like this. It takes the form of three small owl-like psychic constructs that follow a target and allows Musse to see and hear everything that the owls can see. One of them requires physical contact with the target but cannot be seen or interacted with by anyone but Musse, though the other two owls' traits are unknown. [[spoiler:Secret Window continues to function even after Musse's death too, which has a purpose]] [[spoiler:as his boss, Benjamin, inherits the owls and can see and hear through them.]]

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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Musse's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, Secret Window, functions like this. It takes the form of three small owl-like [[OminousOwl owl-like]] psychic constructs that follow a target and allows Musse to see and hear everything that the owls can see. One of them requires physical contact with the target but cannot be seen or interacted with by anyone but Musse, though the other two owls' traits are unknown. [[spoiler:Secret Window continues to function even after Musse's death too, which has a purpose]] [[spoiler:as his boss, Benjamin, inherits the owls and can see and hear through them.]]

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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Musse's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, Secret Window, functions like this. It takes the form of three small owl-like psychic constructs that follow a target and allows Musse to see and hear everything that the owls can see. One of them requires physical contact with the target but cannot be seen or interacted with by anyone but Musse, though the other two owls' traits are unknown. [[spoiler:Secret Window continues to function even after Musse's death too, which has a purpose]] [[spoiler:as his boss, Benjamin, inherits the owls and can see and hear through them.]]

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