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Hijacking Cthulhu
A character possesses or controls something vastly more powerful than themselves.
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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.

Live Action TV

  • The Family of Blood's motivation is to steal the body of the Doctor, giving one of them immortality.

Tabletop Games

  • 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.


Video Games

  • In the Scribblenauts series, the Mind-Control Ray can be used to control powerful beings like Vampires, Cthulhu, Dragons, and the like.

Web Original

Western Animation

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