HijackingCthulhu Hijacking Cthulhu YKTTW Discussion
A character possesses or controls something vastly more powerful than themselves.Needs Examples Better Name
Alt titles: Monster Hijack, Did You Just Hijack Cthulhu? So, you have your average Body Surfer or enslaving sorceror. Eventually, they aim to become or enslave a powerful being beyond comprehension. And you know what? They succeed. This is when a character takes forceful control over an Eldritch Abomination, Physical God, or simply something vastly more powerful than themselves. Not to be confused with Hijacked by Ganon. Can involve Hypno Trinkets, Soul Jars, or Demonic Possession. Differs from The Kid with the Remote Control in that this is a direct and hostile takeover of the target. Anime and Manga
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Father uses a massive-scale alchemy technique to absorb Truth into his body. He was never weak to begin with, but Truth is definitely far more powerful. That said, this ends up being a partial subversion, since he eventually loses control and gets dragged into the Gate of Truth.
- There was a story arc where someone stole Haruhi Suzumiya's powers.
- Mao Dante: The title demon tricks Ryo into freeing it, then rewards the boy by eating him. But somehow, Ryo's personality survives this, taking over Dante's body and displacing its previous human identity Judas Iscariot .
- In the Dresden Files book Dead Beat, Harry successfully summons the Erlking, a king of The Fair Folk and one of the most powerful beings in the series, and traps it in the summoning circle. Although he by no means has control of it, he is able to keep it from attacking him or leaving.
- In The Wheel of Time you have the a'dam, a slave collar that lets certain (mostly normal) women control Chanellers. This means someone below a novice can control the strongest possible chaneller if they have them captured.
- Granny Weatherwax of Discworld has the ability to "borrow" the minds of living things. Among other more normal targets, she has used this ability on an entire swarm of bees, and a building (Unseen University, to be precise, which is a bit of a Genius Loci due to all the magic). Her pupil Eskarina Smith considered trying it on Great A'Tuin, the turtle that carries the world on its back, but decided against it at the last moment because she didn't think she'd be able to get back.
- Also in Discworld, Guards! Guards! has Lupine Wonse use a book called The Summoning of Dragons to summon a dragon and control it...but the dragon doesn't stay under his control for long.
- The Family of Blood's motivation is to steal the body of the Doctor, giving one of them immortality.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, a character may attempt to control a Sphere of Annihilation with her will (Willpower check). Doing so successfully results in her temporarily controlling a tear in the reality that is capable of destroying pretty much anything in the universe on touch, No Saving Throw allowed.
- In the Scribblenauts series, the Mind-Control Ray can be used to control powerful beings like Vampires, Cthulhu, Dragons, and the like.
- In the SCP Foundation, this is the ultimate goal of SCP-035. It's an Evil Mask that secretes a highly corrosive liquid that prevents it from keeping a host. It wants to take over SCP-682. Obviously, the Foundation doesn't want this, so it's taken to Mind Raping the personnel assigned to it.
- Homestuck has Her Imperious Condescension, who has mind-controlled the G Cat. GCat just so happens to be the alpha universe incarnation of Becquerel.
- At the climax of the Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Plankton mind-controls King Neptune.
- At one point in Transformers Animated, Megatron and Starscream take turns at the wheel of Omega Supreme.
- In South Park, Cartman manipulates the actual Cthulhu via the Rule of Cute into trampling his enemies, namely the rest of the gang and anyone he suspects to be a hippie.