Puppets are also known as marionettes from the French medieval passion-play[?] figure attributed to Marion or the young Mary, mother of Jesus. Figures used by ventriloquists are called dummies because they do not speak.
A general distinction between a puppet and an automaton is the former is mostly operated live and the latter is mostly programmed (for example a coin-operated automata-show or piano-roll sideshow figure). The puppet can interact with other puppets, live performers, and the audience; automatons are animated props.
Famous puppets and puppet shows:
See also: puppeteer
Likewise, puppet government or puppet regime is a derogatory term for a government in charge of a region or country, but only through being installed, supported and controlled by a more powerful government.