Animate armor

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Body armor, usually full plate mail, that moves and fights on its own.


Alternate names: Living armor
Name variations: animated armor

The first video game about Animate armor was released on June 1989.

Capcom, Konami and Square Enix has published most of these games

These may have segments with clearly nothing in them holding parts of the full armor aloft as if they had an invisible wearer.

Sometimes these are said to be possessed by ghosts, spirits or other immaterial beings.

A rare but still notable variant is where a person's soul is bound to armor, such as Vhailor from Planescape, Alphonse from FMA, etc. and commonly have a tragic story associated with them.