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"They are amongst us! I knew they would come after me... knew their devices, their depraved methods! Creatures wearing human skins as we wear clothes to cover their hideousness from our eyes! So they might consort insidiously with our species, infiltrating, manipulating, playing us against each other, DAMN OUR EYES!!! WE ARE BLIND TO THEM!!! ...But I knew... oh yes! I knew. I knew they were there, plotting behind that door. One has to be... careful... one must separate their heads from their bodies. And yes! Fire is the key, to purge their souls from this earth, sending them whimpering to their masters in the Beyond!"
Dr. Maximillian Roivas, Eternal Darkness

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"From the new position I could see — it.
My master. The thing that had ridden my back for an endless time, spoken with my mouth — thought with my brain. My master."
"Sam Cavanaugh" AKA Elihu Nivens, Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters

"Anyone eating a grape from a Dragon Valley vine had better make very sure he spits the seeds out. If he doesn't, the seed will attach itself to his stomach wall and begin to germinate. Within a year, the poor fool will be in the same condition that the younger Weedens are in, with the vines running through them and subtly controlling everything they do. After five or so years of being animated by the vines this way, the victim wanders out into the fields and lays down to die. From his body sprouts a whole new set of vines, which reach downward to join with their unholy parent - and upward to start the cycle again."
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Subsidiaries: A Guide To Pentex

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"That thing in your back makes your choices for you. You feel what it wants you to feel. You know what it wants you to know. That's right, isn't it? I saw it while our souls were tangled up together. I saw it all. I was angry about the way you used me, but what you did to me is nothing compared to what that's doing to you."
Sam Lesser to Dodge, Locke & Key

"Her head lifted and she turned to look at him, stepping into the light. As she opened her mouth, he saw one of the beige lava-sponges entirely blocking her breathing passage. She stared and stared, then returned to the floor. Suddenly it all made sense: they needed the warmth and moisture of human tissue to reactivate themselves. It was how they moved about - in human hosts. They interfered with the electrical impulses of the brain, encouraged people to pick them up and ingest them, the simple and effective technique developed by all parasites."
Wonders To Come, by Christopher Fowler

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"You see, their young enter through the ears and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex. This has the effect of rendering the victim extremely susceptible to suggestion. Later, as they grow, follows madness and death."
Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a form of parasitoid fungus, is a prime example of a parasitoid that alters the host's behaviour.
"Zombie ants" is the fanciful term. The infected ant must climb to a high place, where it dies, the fungus emerging from the body to spoor. Fungus infected with the Zero Point Pathogen takes these concepts to new dimensions. The effects on the children are extreme, though chaotic and beyond our control. But in time, we might tune the process to a very fine and nuanced control. Imagine giving detailed military orders to troops by releasing spores through an air drop, orders which must be obeyed. I am excited by the prospects opening to us.
Dr Schreber, The Secret World

The most horrific foes are not those that devour our bodies, break our minds with terror or tear us to pieces with their claws; they are those that take from us what we are, stealing away our very identity and turning us into living puppets to their foul alien will.
Magos Biologis Hypon Glass, Deathwatch: Mark Of The Xenos

<Struggle all you like, human. Fight me! Go ahead. It won't matter, in the end. I am in your head. I am wrapped around your brain like a living blanket. I can read your thoughts. I control your body. I am tapped into your memory. I can read it like a book.>
Temrash 144, Animorphs #6: The Capture


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