We’re all here in 2014, accompanied by a large, hungry, and easily freaked-out woolly mammoth who still thinks it’s 50,000BC.
Though not an unusual tactic for the Martial Pacifist, this is used most often in shows for kids, where showing the application of real torture methods would get the parents up in arms — especially when they find that they can't sleep afterward. The Punishment is when this happens to give the sufferer super powers. When the Cool And Unusual Punishment is loud music or annoying sounds, the trope is Loud of War. Phoenix: So it's an instrument of torture...literally.
When we get to this toxic state in our relationship with a Puppet Master, that person’s presence hangs over our entire decision-making process and pulls the strings of our opinions and our moral voice.
With so much thought and energy dedicated to the mammoth’s needs, you often end up neglecting someone else in your brain, someone all the way at the center—your Authentic Voice.
A Puppet Master is a person or group of people whose opinion matters much to you that they’re essentially running your life.
A Puppet Master is often a parent, or maybe your significant other, or sometimes an alpha member of your group of friends.