"Avatar" is a Sanskrit word that usually implies a deliberate descent from higher spiritual realms to lower realms of existence for special purposes. It is often translated into English as "incarnation", meaning the physical incarnation of a divine or higher power. In the modern world the term has picked up a number of other meanings, and is the namesake for many fictional works. Its broadest definition is "some sort of remotely controlled entity which is present in the role of its controller"[1]. Naturally, that all means there are a lot of different works that use "Avatar" in their names:

On top of that, there are tropes:


  1. In addition to the examples below this can include remote controlled vehicles (particularly ones operated at distance with their own sensors, a representation of someone in a digital space (see below), or an incarnation of a divine being as a mortal (indeed the use of this in Hindu mythology is the Trope Namer).


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