A puppeteer parasite is a parasitic creature capable of commandeering control of it's host organism.
Puppeteer Parasites in Real Life
Several species of parasitic organisms can influence creatures. This includes fungus and a few species of Flukes. Their control is generally limited, as both host and parasite have limited processing power.
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Puppeteer Parasites in Science Fiction
Puppeteer parasites are quite common science fiction, particularly horror sci-fi.
- The alien invaders from Robert A. Heinlein's Novel The Puppet Masters (1951)
- The Goa'uld
- The Yerks from Anamorphs
- The Drahk Keepers from Babylon 5
- The parasites from the TOS episode "Operation: Annihilate"