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18th Oct '16 8:13:54 PM nombretomado
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So you're a DiabolicalMastermind. You have your [[ElaborateUndergroundBase secret base]], your [[KillSat evil orbital]] DeathRay, your [[TheDragon right-hand man]], your [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]], and you're poised to TakeOverTheWorld. But how do you let the World know that you're ready? A few emails to the world leaders? A letter to the tabloid press? [[FriskyDingo Postcards]]? Well, why bother going to all that trouble when you could simply ''take over every television channel and network in the world''?

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So you're a DiabolicalMastermind. You have your [[ElaborateUndergroundBase secret base]], your [[KillSat evil orbital]] DeathRay, your [[TheDragon right-hand man]], your [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]], and you're poised to TakeOverTheWorld. But how do you let the World know that you're ready? A few emails to the world leaders? A letter to the tabloid press? [[FriskyDingo [[WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo Postcards]]? Well, why bother going to all that trouble when you could simply ''take over every television channel and network in the world''?
15th Oct '16 4:11:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the miniseries ''Series/{{V}}'', it is "explained" that all the world's broadcasting networks have been handed over to the alien Visitors. In the sequel miniseries, it is shown that a single (albeit large) microchip aboard the alien spaceship controls all TV signals.

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* In the miniseries ''Series/{{V}}'', ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', it is "explained" that all the world's broadcasting networks have been handed over to the alien Visitors. In the sequel miniseries, it is shown that a single (albeit large) microchip aboard the alien spaceship controls all TV signals.
11th Oct '16 5:53:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{SCTV}}'' - during the height of the ColdWar, various Soviet television programs periodically cut into the station broadcasts. This is treated as an act of aggression which leads to war.

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* ''{{SCTV}}'' ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' - during the height of the ColdWar, UsefulNotes/ColdWar, various Soviet television programs periodically cut into the station broadcasts. This is treated as an act of aggression which leads to war.
3rd Oct '16 10:24:04 AM ultimomant
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* Hijacking airwaves is [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan Dr. Wily's]] preferred method of communication. It's like he's never heard of a ''telephone''.

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* Hijacking In ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'', hijacking airwaves is [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan Dr. Wily's]] Wily's preferred method of communication. It's like he's never heard of a ''telephone''.
16th Sep '16 8:52:42 AM FGHIK
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Yes, no matter what sort of evil scheme he has planned, or how well funded his operation is, since EverythingIsOnline, any Evil Genius worth his salt can just flick a switch, and his image will instantly be transmitted to every TV set in the world, so that he can tell everybody about how [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs all their base are belong to him]]. No explanation is ''ever'' given for how he does this, it's just assumed to be something that every {{supervillain}} can do automatically. The device is probably given to them for free upon graduation from Evil Academy (along with a [[SharkPool pool of sharks]]).

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Yes, no matter what sort of evil scheme he has planned, or how well funded his operation is, since EverythingIsOnline, any Evil Genius worth his salt can just flick a switch, and his image will instantly be transmitted to every TV set in the world, so that he can tell everybody about how [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs all their base are belong to him]]. No explanation is ''ever'' given for how he does this, it's just assumed to be something that every {{supervillain}} can do automatically. The device is probably given to them for free upon graduation from Evil Academy (along with a [[SharkPool pool of sharks]]).
sharks]] and [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere a pile of kryptonite]]).
4th Sep '16 10:58:14 PM erforce
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* Dreyfus in ''Film/ThePinkPanther Strikes Again'' hijacks every TV signal in order to announce his death warrant for Clouseau. Problem: Nobody knows what he's talking about and are more concerned that he interrupted the big football game.

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* Dreyfus in ''Film/ThePinkPanther Strikes Again'' ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'' hijacks every TV signal in order to announce his death warrant for Clouseau. Problem: Nobody knows what he's talking about and are more concerned that he interrupted the big football game.
29th Aug '16 4:18:54 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Cell takes over the main (and apparently only) TV station to announce the Cell Games.
** Done earlier in ''Manga/DragonBall'' by Piccolo Sr. to inform the world that he's the new king now (oh, and he's gonna annihilate one country per year. Just for laughs), although he apparently uses the (former) king's equipment for this.
** Babidi on the other hand uses [[PsychicPowers world wide telepathy]] to demand the handing over of the heroes. Just as efficient, plus the additional trick of communicating with and/or killing off your viewers on the spot.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Cell takes over the main (and apparently only) TV station to announce the Cell Games.
''Franchise/DragonBall''
** Done earlier in the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' by Piccolo Sr. to inform the world that he's the new king now (oh, and he's gonna annihilate one country per year. Just for laughs), although he apparently uses the (former) king's equipment for this.
** Babidi In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Cell takes over the main (and apparently only) TV station to announce the Cell Games. He ascends straight through the floors of several different shows before interrupting a news anchor, with the heroes changing channels to keep up.
** Babidi,
on the other hand hand, uses [[PsychicPowers world wide telepathy]] to demand the handing over of the heroes. Just as efficient, plus the additional trick of communicating with and/or killing off your viewers on the spot.
18th Aug '16 4:23:09 PM rjd1922
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* In ""VideoGame/ApeEscape3"", Specter does this on a global scale to enslave all of humanity through mindless TV shows.

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* In ""VideoGame/ApeEscape3"", ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 3'', Specter does this on a global scale to enslave all of humanity through mindless TV shows.
11th Jul '16 10:44:13 PM BNSF1995
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* On April 27, 1986, {{Creator/HBO}}'s satellite transmission was interrupted by a message from "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Midnight_%28HBO%29 Captain Midnight]]", a satellite TV dealer in Florida. The interruption was carried out as a protest against anti-competitive practices of cable TV companies towards satellite viewers. It occurred during the opening credits of ''The Falcon and the Snowman'' (which WebVideo/OddityArchive stated was no big loss), and the message was displayed for four and a half minutes. HBO attempted to fight back by upping the power of their own transmitter, while the protester (John R. MacDougall) raised his own power in a game of SerialEscalation, before they were forced to back down for fears of damaging their satellite, Galaxy 1.
* On November 22nd, 1987, Chicago TV stations WGN and WTTW were hacked by a prankster wearing a MaxHeadroom mask and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs broadcast a series of bizarre phrases and images for about 90 seconds]]. The perpetrator's identity remains unknown to this day, though many believe him to be schitzophrenic.

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* On April 27, 1986, {{Creator/HBO}}'s satellite transmission was interrupted by a message from "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Midnight_%28HBO%29 Captain Midnight]]", a satellite TV dealer in Florida. The interruption was carried out as a protest against anti-competitive practices of cable TV companies towards satellite viewers. It occurred during the opening credits of ''The Falcon and the Snowman'' (which WebVideo/OddityArchive stated was no big loss), and the message was displayed for four and a half minutes. HBO attempted to fight back by upping the power of their own transmitter, while the protester (John R. MacDougall) [=MacDougall=]) raised his own power in a game of SerialEscalation, before they were forced to back down for fears of damaging their satellite, Galaxy 1.
1. [=MacDougall=] still owns his business to this day, and has even dedicated a page of his website to the story of the incident.
* On November 22nd, 1987, Chicago TV stations WGN and WTTW were hacked by a prankster wearing a MaxHeadroom mask mask. The first hijacking on WGN came during the evening news, and involved Max bobbing his head, the audio being nothing but a loud buzzing. The second hijack on WTTW came during a showing of ''Series/DoctorWho'', and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs broadcast a had distorted audio]], in which, over the course of 90 seconds, the hijacker took shots at Chuck Swirsky of WGN, Coca-Cola's ill-fated New Coke, and the 1950s Syncro-Vox series of bizarre phrases ''Clutch Cargo'', and images for about 90 seconds]].also made references to hemerrhoids, defecating, and his so-called brother wearing the glove matching the one he had on him, ending with the hijacker dropping his pants and being spanked by a second person wearing a French Maid's outfit with a flyswatter. The perpetrator's identity remains unknown to this day, though many believe him to be schitzophrenic.


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** A subreddit has been dedicated to the incident, with several other theories, such as the broadcast being experimental music. Also of note is that one of the obituaries was for Frank Oppenheimer, a victim of the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist bombing. A few users think the recording is a fake, even being part of a Creepypasta.
30th Jun '16 5:51:14 AM nighttrainfm
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*** He did a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''. Specifically, JTV.

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*** ** He did naturally does this a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''. Specifically, JTV.
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