"I thought of making myself a beautiful wooden marionette. It must be wonderful, one that can dance, fence and turn somersaults." - "The Adventures of Pinocchio" - C. Collodi
"The Other Side" was very loosely inspired by the late 19th-century children's novel "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi. The story features the mischievous wooden marionette Pinocchio and his father Geppetto. The work is a classic of children's literature and has taken on several forms in pop culture, namely the Disney adaptation from 1940.
In both stories, it involves their "parent" building them (in Pierce's case, genetically) so that they would be able to do more than they normally could; however, both try to be good but can't restrain their bad habits. Pierce is a ruthless killer, while Pinocchio was greedy and a liar.