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[[caption-width-right:350:[[http://www.illwillpress.com/toast.html Haunted]], yes, but it ''[[MundaneUtility would]]'' make throwing a barbecue a lot cheaper.]]

Take an everyday piece of technology. Maybe a microwave oven, or an [=MP3=] player, or even the very computer you're browsing this site with ''right now''. Not very scary, right?


Putting a ghost inside technology can have a range of terrifying (and not so terrifying) effects - perhaps that old camera begins to [[SpookyPhotographs take photos of the future]], or your mobile phone receives [[EvilPhone phone calls from beyond the grave]]. Or perhaps it just [[HomicideMachines kills]] [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever everyone]]. Very often completely ignores the actual limits of the technology involved, such as the fact that an oven can't ''chase'' someone or that computers [[ItWontTurnOff need power]] to do anything. This is especially true for Internet-dwelling monsters because EverythingIsOnline.

Done well, this can be a powerful source of [[ParanoiaFuel Paranoia]]. Done badly, it becomes {{Narm}}tastic NightmareRetardant.

Not to be confused with VirtualGhost, where [[BrainUploading futuristic technology]] allows a ghost to inhabit a computer. Not related to GhostInTheMachine. Compare with DigitizedHacker, where the ghost is virtual, not supernatural. See also: AttackOfTheKillerWhatever.

Strangely enough, Japanese mythology regards this as particularly unlikely as supernatural beings are said to avoid electricity. BambooTechnology should theoretically be susceptible to this, however.

See also ElectromagneticGhosts, for when they just cause problems with technology, yet don't inhabit it.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' narrowly averts this. CuteGhostGirl Sayo may have been given a robotic body, but she's controlling it by possessing a voodoo doll (with a cute exterior) and controlling a MobileSuitHuman.
* ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves'' has a haunted/possessed tank. Luckily, it's an animal's ghost and is real friendly with the main cast.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' While being heavily implied (and accepted by many fans) as being semi-sentient machines, the extent of a Megadei's independence (those in the Big series, at least) at first appears to be just walking on their own volition and picking up their pilots... and then you get episode 24, which secures their Haunted Technology status forever. Alan Gabriel in Big Duo Inferno is about ram a drill into Big O, when the arm with the drill... just... won't... move. Then Big Duo moves backwards, and Schwarzwald-literally out of nowhere(he's supposed to be dead by now)-gives Gabriel a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, to which cables burst out of every inch of the Big Duo's cockpit. Duo proceeds to "eat" Alan Gabriel. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3dk1qXYMZ4&feature=related see for yourself]].
** Also the message displayed on the monitor in the cockpit of every Megadei changes at this moment for Alan: "YE GUILTY" This event happened after he told Roger about how he intends to use Big Duo solely for mass murder and destruction.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubu_Chacha Bubu Chacha]]'' - A non-horrifying example. A dog died from protecting a 3-year-old boy and possessed/reincarnated into a toy car. There are other animal ghosts who possessed other objects, too.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': to escape being disintegrated, the {{bodysurf}}ing [[EldritchAbomination Ultimate Destruction Program part of the Lord of Terror]] tried to escape to the first available body, that just happened to be a floppy disk thrown at him by Skuld. Skuld then proceeded to break the recording switch, thus [[SealedEvilInACan sealing the Lord of Terror into it]], before [[MundaneMadeAwesome gleefully picking up a magnet and kill the Lord of Terror by demagnetizing the disk]].
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': While it's never explained ''how'' [[spoiler: [[BigBad Miranda Jahana]]]] died, the cyber drive [[SoulJar contains]] [[TheDisembodied her disembodied spirit.]] Which allowed her to gradually superimpose her consciousness over [[{{deuteragonist}} Satomi's]] and [[GrandTheftMe take over her body.]] Satomi is eventually freed from her control, thanks to her best friend, [[TheProtagonist Yuka]], saving her. After which, [[CombinedEnergyAttack they unleash their combined might]] and destroy the cyber drive, taking [[spoiler: Miranda]] with it.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ComicBook/GreenLantern opponent Sinestro once possessed Doiby Dickles' 1940s taxi, Goitrude, in a story titled "Our Mastermind the Car".
** Residents of Korugar, Sinestro's home planet, believe that his ring is cursed. To the point that Green Lanterns chosen from that planet are considered "Lost" and are no longer welcome among their people (Sinestro isn't a very nice person).
*** Subverted with Green Lantern Soranik Natu, whose various good works aiding the lower-class of Korugar have increased her popularity, to the point where she's (much to her chagrin) hailed as a symbol for revolution against the corrupt elite.
* ''The Haunted Tank'' - although it's actually a GOOD haunting, as the ghost of Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart provides invaluable advice to his namesakes, tank commander Jeb Stuart and the tank itself, an M3 Stuart.
* The ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' multi-part comic ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfTheChaosGod'' was about the casts of the various Disney Afternoon series having separate encounters with Solego, an evil wizard trapped in an amulet who could possess anyone who touched it. Towards the end of the comic, Solego figures out how to possess technology in the same manner. He first takes control of Pete's new car in the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' chapter, then Gizmoduck's armor in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' chapters.
* Played for laughs in one strip of {{Garfield}} where Jon calls for help because their toaster was haunted. Then the toaster cuts off the power.
* In ''Comicbook/JasonXSpecial'', the spirit of Jason Voorhees' mother is released from its grave due to a combination of [[LightningCanDoAnything a lightning strike hitting her son]] as he stands next to it and an army of [[{{Nanomachines}} nanobots]] attacking him. She then possesses the machines which are being used to study Jason's regenerative abilities and helps him to escape.

* ''Film/TheRing'', with the haunted video tape.
** Parodied on ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' with the [[http://www.xkcd.com/396/ haunted YouTube video]].
* ''Film/OneMissedCall'', with the haunted mobile phone voicemail.
** Parodied on a humor site with a fake poster for a movie called ''Technologically Savvy Vengeful Ghost''
* The infamous B-movie ''Film/TheCar'' has a car with no rider on it terrorizing a small town.
** Or its higher-class cousin, ''Film/{{Christine}}''
** Or its rugged Australian Outback cousin, ''Film/{{RoadTrain}}, a truck that's fueled by blood, corrupts its drivers into being murderous psychos, and is implied to be possessed by the spirit of the three headed demon dog Cerebus.
* Parodied in ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall''. Over an awkward dinner, Peter and Aldous mock Sarah for taking a role in a movie where cellphones killed their owners. This is a parody of ''Pulse'' (mentioned below), which [[Creator/KristenBell the actress playing Sarah]] [[SelfDeprecation starred in the American remake of]].
* ''Film/FearDotCom'' featured a haunted snuff website.
* This is more or less the whole point of the movie ''Pulse'' and its American adaptation.
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' features some haunted technology, specifically a TV screen that shows static and talks to the youngest child in the family, and the whole series is thought to be cursed.
* ''Film/WhiteNoise'' (not to be confused with the [[Webcomic/WhiteNoise post-apocalyptic scifi webcomic by Melinda Timpone)]]
* In the film ''Film/{{Pi}}'', the protagonist uses his supercomputer to decode a strange number which can predict the stock market, and is apparently somehow related to God and the structure of the universe. In addition to causing serious [[MindScrew mind screwy]] fever dreams for the protagonist when he thinks about it too hard, processing the number seems to make his computer leak some sort of goo (presumably the idea is it is creating primordial life). So basically, his computer is possessed by God.
* ''The Twonky'' was a 1953 movie about an evil mind-controlling television.
* Kiryu (the version of Mechagodzilla from ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'') is possessed by the ghost of the original Franchise/{{Godzilla}} from the [[Film/{{Gojira}} 1954 film]], [[AIIsACrapshoot causing it to occasionally rampage]].
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' has a haunted/demonically possessed spaceship. Apparently, FasterThanLightTravel [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace takes you through Hell]].
* ''Film/{{Unfriended}}''. A teenage girl who was DrivenToSuicide through cyberbullying comes back a year later to get revenge against her classmates, taking control of their computers in the middle of a Skype group call in order to torment and eventually kill them. The entire film is told through the perspective of the FinalGirl's computer screen.

[[folder: Folk Lore ]]
* In Myth/JapaneseMythology, if something reaches 100 years of age, it becomes a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukumogami tsukumogami]]'', or [[{{Youkai}} artifact spirit.]] Among the items that can transform like this are sandals, [[{{Karakasa}} umbrellas]], clocks, and even mosquito nets.

* Creator/StephenKing appears to like this trope:
** "Literature/TheMangler" (published in the collection ''Literature/NightShift'') is about a haunted industrial laundry machine, nicknamed the mangler. An unlikely set of circumstances caused it to become possessed, and an attempt to exorcise it missed a variable affecting the creature, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero turning it into a mobile killing machine]].
** ''Literature/{{Christine}}'' is about a possessed car.
** "The Sun Dog" is about a camera with a monster inside it.
** ''Literature/FromABuick8'' is about a car which, while not possessed, is supernatural. Actually the Buick [[spoiler:isn't really a car, although they don't find out for sure exactly what it is.]]
** In ''Literature/{{Cell}}'', cell phones start turning people into zombies. It's a lot better than it sounds.
* In ''The Boggart'' by Creator/SusanCooper, the boggart also possesses a computer--it turns out to be relatively benign, though.
* ''The Ghost and the Goggle-Box'' by Duncan Ball features a television haunted by the ghost of its former owner. (He'd died while watching it, and when he got up and tried to switch it off, he somehow got trapped inside.)
* ''The Cleaning Machine'', a short story by F. Paul Wilson, features a supernatural machine [[spoiler:which makes everyone who goes near it disappear without a trace]]. May not be haunted however- the story never actually explains where it came from, how it got there, or what it is.
* The ''[[Literature/DarkFuture Demon Download]]'' series is replete with this trope. Unsurprising, really, given the title of the first novel and the series overall. The first book has a demon infecting computer systems and operating any technology those computer systems are connected to, resulting in a demon-possessed United States Road Cavalry cruiser and later on, possessed kitchen appliances. In ''Comeback Tour'', the only reason the Josephites are able to get the Needlepoint system working is that [[spoiler: they're using voodoo to have the KillSat possessed by Elder Seth.]]
* In ''Literature/SonicTheHedgehogAndTheSiliconWarriors'' inside the raw-data section of the computer there exists a deleted program that has coalesced stray bits of code to become more tangible. It calls itself the GhostInTheMachine.
* In the novel ''Possessed'' by Alan Radnor, a modern (for early eighties, anyway) computer system is built on a spot haunted by the spirits of pagan worshippers, and they take machinery over along with anyone associated with it.
* In ''Harry Potter'', the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office has to deal with some of these. Mainly subverted though, since they're bewitched rather than "haunted", properly speaking. This includes Arthur Weasley's Ford Anglia.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "I Robot, You Jane" has a demon which possesses a computer (and then the Internet, and finally a robot body) as the result of a book-scanning project.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples:
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': In the episode "Wolf In the Fold", an energy being left the human body it was occupying and entered (and took control of) the Enterprise computer. Spock drove it out with a LogicBomb ("Compute to the last digit the value of pi.").
** And there was that ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' ep where the dying scientist took over Data (a possession plot, but Data is a machine).
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' had several:
** "Living Doll": "My name is Talking Tina, and ''I don't like you''."
** "A Thing About Machines" has a whole bunch of machines start rising up in revenge against one man who's been abusing them.
** "You Drive" has a car that starts acting weird in an attempt to get its owner to confess to a hit-and-run accident.
** "From Agnes -- With Love" has a supercomputer named Agnes which becomes a ClingyJealousGirl.
** "The Fever" has a seemingly possessed slot machine that follows the protagonist around, calling his name.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' featured a more literal and [[spoiler: benign]] version in "Her Pilgrim Soul".
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' had a MonsterOfTheWeek that called people on the phone and drove them to suicide.
** A different episode featured a truck possessed by the spirit of its dead, racist owner.
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' had a gremlin possessing a camera. The camera not only killed people by taking their pictures, but the pictures showed how they would die. By the end of the episode the camera is destroyed [[spoiler: but the gremlin ends up in a computer]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The episode "The Idiot's Lantern" involves televisions being 'haunted' by an alien who appears as a motherly woman on the screen. She'd [[spoiler: eat by taking away someone's 'soul', and through that, their face.]]
** And then in "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead", there were "data ghosts" in the communicators of River Song's expedition team, which were supposedly echoes of their dying moments.
* ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'' - ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with "The Lovematic Grandpa" - a love tester machine haunted by Abraham Simpson.
** Also parodied on ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' with a Soviet sitcom "Tibor's Tractor", where a farmer's tractor haunted by Nikita Khrushchev.
* And don't forget the TV movie ''Film/{{Killdozer}}''.
* Or ''Film/{{Roadtrain}}'' for that matter.
* In the TurnOfTheMillennium revival of ''Series/RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'', one of SpiritAdvisor Marty Hopkirk's first appearances to Jeff Randall was in a FirstPersonShooter video game.
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode called ''Cigarette Burns'' features a haunted movie.
* ''Film/{{Ghostwatch}}'' - will make you want to have your TV exorcised. Part of the ParanoiaFuel of the special is that [[spoiler: broadcasting a special inside a haunted house effectively has the same effect as a seance... which means ''every TV watching in Britain'' is now tuned into a homicidal ghost on multiple wavelengths]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' loved this trope, though their technology wasn't usually "haunted" so much as just plain evil:
** "Ghost in the Machine" is about an automated security system that develops a murderous mind of its own.
** "Blood" has machines telling people to kill other people triggering it through their phobias. Subverted as it is implied that the government was using chemicals to cause mass paranoia in a controlled experiment and perhaps some people were actually sending the messages.
** "Wetwired" explores a device planted in a TV set sending viewers subliminal signals and inciting their worst fears. This is a subversion since people placed it there.
** "Unruhe" features an art of creepy photography that can capture what's inside people's mind.
** "Kill Switch" is similar to "Ghost in the Machine"; it's about a software that goes rogue and tries to kill anyone who destroys it. Humorously, the only way to deactivate it is to insert the kill switch which plays to the tune of The Platter's "Twilight Time".
** "First Person Shooter" presents a female video game character in a realistic 3-D game that starts killing people -- in the game and with effects in real life.
** Perhaps a reference to "Talking Tina" above, in "Chinga", where Scully is [[BusmansHoliday attempting a vacation]] when she runs across a doll that seems able to control humans around it. Usually to perform violent acts against themselves.
* Inverted in Creator/NigelKneale's ''Film/TheStoneTape'', where a haunting is discovered in an old building and a group of scientists and engineers attempt to figure out if the room where it manifests has some unique and exploitable capacity to record events.

[[folder: Multiple Media]]
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Makuta were a race of beings capable of possessing soulless bodies and machines. This ability was also the main point of their EvilPlan. Their leader, Makuta Teridax, spent some time masquerading as the guard-robot Maxilos, then went on to become a god by possessing the body of Mata Nui, the HumongousMecha [[GeniusLoci which housed their entire universe]].

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Chaos likes to do this in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where a daemon can inhabit anything from a chainsword to a tank to a HumongousMecha.
** Also sort of inverted (at least in belief) by the idea of "machine spirits," which are supposedly benevolent spirits inside technological devices that help mankind. In the past these were human brains, much like [[UnwillingRoboticisation servi]][[CloningBlues tors]], but this practice was discontinues quite a while ago. Since the franchise loves it some MaybeMagicMaybeMundane cliffhangers, some machine spirits might actually be low-level [=AIs=].
** Eldar Wraith constructs are robots piloted by the souls of their dead.
* In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', the animistic nature of The Shadow means that there is conceivably a spirit for ''everything''. [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mages]] well-versed in the Spirit Arcanum can awaken the dormant spirits in just about anything. Mages with Death and Matter can also cause a ghost to possess and animate anything physical (commonly used with a {{Golem}} or other construct but also for something like a self-driving car).
** Even the ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken Werewolves]]'' get on it, too.
** Closer to the literal definition of the trope, any ghost with the right Numina can possess technology. [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin-Eaters]] with the Industrial Key can frequently replicate this effect, mainly through use of the Marionette or the Boneyard.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion Wraith]]'', the original ghost game from Creator/WhiteWolf, has the Arcanos of Inhabit, which allows wraiths to possess and manipulate technology (as well as create ghostly Artifacts) from beyond the Shroud.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'', the sequel to ''Wraith'', features a character splat whose signature power is possessing machines.
** The animistic nature of the New World of Darkness spirit world originated with the equally animistic Umbra of the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', in which every object, plant, rock, concept, and emotion has a corresponding spirit somewhere. [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Shapeshifters]] like to "awaken" the spirits of weapons and mind-altering plants to turn them into magical items, and the Glass Walkers tribe of werewolves does the same with their computers, cars, and cell phones. Another option is convincing some other spirit to take up permanent residence in a weapon or machine, with similar results.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' tends to do this with auras that enchant artifacts.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', the Pokemon Rotom is found in a TV set. Might have been a little scary if he wasn't [[GrotesqueCute so damn cute]].
** Up to then though it's pretty disconcerting, with a clear ShoutOut to TheRing. Less disconcerting is that said Pokemon is a shout out to ''VideoGame/{{Pulseman}}''.
** Platinum extends this further by letting Rotom change forms by possessing appliances; a washing machine, a lawnmower, a toaster, a refrigerator, and a fan.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', a mysterious late-night television channel somehow murders people on foggy nights. If you happen to watch it on those nights, you can see who the victim will be.
* In the second ''VideoGame/AmbridgeMansion'' game, there is a [[spoiler:haunted TV that will kill you when you touch it. Upon contact, a bird-like shadow monster comes out of it]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Calling}}'' has a haunted chatroom website that drags people away and numerous cell phones that get calls from dead people.
* ''VideoGame/NanashiNoGame'', for the Nintendo DS, is ''TheRing'' [-[[RecycledInSpace BUT WITH A]] {{RETRAUX}} RPG!-]
* ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' has a few collectible artifacts that are haunted machines such as an RC car and a microwave.
* ''VideoGame/GhostMaster'' has ghosts that specialise in making technology spark and jump.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' features lots of possessed and haunted technology, which should be expected in a possessed and haunted town.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shivers}}'' had the electricity Ixupi, which possessed things like a UFO-shaped lamp and an electric chair.
* ''[text] - A Summer Story'' by sakevisual [[spoiler: has your character's mobile phone. It's receiving messages from a dead boy.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the [[MirrorUniverse Praetorian]] variant of the villainous Clockwork King (who is a BrainInAJar) is known as Metronome, and is a ghost able to rewrite and possess the advanced - and ever-present - robots that he helped to create.
* In the Azshara region of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there is a short Horde chain focused on attempting to deal with a possessed excavation vehicle. The exorcism does not go as intended...
* Towards the True End of ''CorpseParty'', after discovering that [[spoiler:''she'' was the one who killed her best friend Seiko while being controlled]], Naomi receives a text that [[spoiler:Seiko]] intended to send her before [[spoiler:she]] died. The text's title? [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Re: No hard feelings]]]].
** This is also how Morishige discovers [[spoiler: that the pile of pulverized meat that he was [[NightmareFetishist so fascinated with]] was actually his best friend Mayu. [[HeroicBSOD At which point]] [[DrivenToSuicide he completely snaps.]] ]]
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' with a cursed microwave that produces endless brimstone burritos, and a cursed keg that dispenses cups of "beery blood."
* In ''Videogame/DevilMayCry 2'', Dante and Lucia encounter a species of demon called the infestants, which have the power to merge their bodies with technology, and must do battle with several infested tanks and an infested helicopter that the infestants are controlling.
* The Dark Presence in ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' can only attack its victims through taking control of real life objects. Most of the time it's satisfied with just possessing humans, but during the course of the game the player also faces some haunted technology, even having a boss fight against a ''combine harvester'' at one point.
* Often believed to be the case with the [[AIIsACrapshoot killer animatronics]] in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. WordOfGod says that [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140825050337/freddy-fazbears-pizza/images/6/6d/Scott_confirming_animatronics_haunted.png the characters are "haunted"]], and piecing together the evidence trail in the game heavily implies that [[spoiler:the suits are to some degree haunted by the ghosts of five children who were abducted and never found, because they had been murdered and their bodies hidden inside the animatronic costumes. The amount of control the supposed ghosts have over the endoskeletons is heavily debated.]]
** All but confirmed in [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 the sequel]]. [[spoiler:It's also implied that one of the other animatronics was behind the murders.]]
** As of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' [[spoiler: this is CONFIRMED in the most terrifying way. Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and Golden Freddy were inhabited by the souls of dead children, after the Puppet, another murdered child, tried to help them avenge their deaths. Also, Springtrap, the new monstrosity stalking you in the game, is not only haunted but also has the corpse of the murderous Purple Man inside]].
* ''VideoGame/VirtualOn'' has the BonusBoss Jaguarandi, who appears without warning if you take too long for the first round of fights. It's stated to be the soul of a boy trapped in the system, now animating a warped, extremely powerful version of the standard Raiden Virtuaroid.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler: Mettaton is touted as being a robot entertainer with top-notch artificial intelligence, but it's later revealed that he's actually a ghost who was allowed to inhabit a robot body to pursue his dreams of fame.]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/34929 Haunted Tape Dispenser Unsure How To Demonstrate Hauntedness]]," as parodied by TheOnion.
* ''[[http://www.creepypasta.com/i-used-to-be-fearless/ I Used To Be Fearless]]''
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has a lot of these, and their effects range from the lethal to the benign. It says something about the SCP Foundation that [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-516 one such object]] marked as Safe is a sentient ''tank''.
* A friend of a friend's sister's boyfriend's neighbor said that Leonard Maltin's assistant committed suicide when he watched ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgWPbnwsIeE Suicide Mouse]]'' but you won't be doomed if you watch the highly-caffeinated ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6PL8ODp8T8 Suicide Mouse Survival Guide]]''.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMGdLa-n9r0 User666]]'' - a haunted Youtube video!
* [[spoiler:Subverted]] In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', where Church and Tex spend most of the series as ghosts possessing robot bodies. [[spoiler:Reconstruction reveals that Church was never really a ghost to begin with, but an AI instead. The same is heavily implied to be true for Tex.]]
* As a Rotom gijinka, [[Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars Rota]] can possess electronics. She likes to sleep in fridges.
* The haunted ''Majora's Mask'' cartridge of WebVideo/BenDrowned. [[spoiler: And, thanks to people downloading Thetruth.rtf, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the Internet as well.]]]]
* The spooky toaster from ''NeuroticallyYours'' is the current page image. Foamy bought it from Amityville, and it spits out something different than what you put in; for example, put in white bread, you get wheat toast, and wheat bread becomes pumpernickel toast, and bagels become pork chops. But [[SchmuckBait don't use waffles]], the seller warned of something about toasted human hands.
* This actually happens with a lot of {{Creepypasta}}, following the success of ''WebVideo/BenDrowned''.
** Zig-zagged with the ''Sim Albert'' Creepypasta: [[spoiler: The game is indeed haunted; but the ghost was actually using it as a second chance at life.]]

* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had an arc involving a haunted battleship which the heroes get at a cheap price. The "haunting" consists of a gurgling in the pipes that sounds like a [[BlackSpeech Voice of Pure Evil]] telling them that they're doomed to die horribly. The "haunting" drives the ship's AI completely and suicidally insane, since it is unable to find a scientific explanation, and as a machine, it can't accept the existence of the supernatural. [[TheSmartGuy Kevyn]] eventually concludes that the 'haunting' is simply a freak plumbing problem, and the plumbing just happens to sound like an ominous voice proclaiming their doom in their own language, so he flushes out the entire system until it stops. Captain Tagon then orders the AI to repress its memories of the incident, rendering it sane again, though it becomes suicidal if those orders are ever revoked.
* A common problem in the world of ''ExterminatusNow'', due to the existence of Fernex, Dark God of Technology, whose techno-daemons can possess machinery. Toasters, in fact, are considered perfect for this, and the Inquisitors have to destroy their possessed toasters on a regular basis. Other items have included calculators and an original X-Box.
* ''FullFrontalNerdity'' parodied Creator/StephenKing's fondness for this trope by having the gamers play "Stephen King: The RPG". The GM rolled on a table to determine what the possessed item was and how it killed people. The players ended up fighting a possessed radio that drank blood.
* ''Webcomic/JetDream'': In [[http://tgcaps.com/caps/modcomics/suedenim/jetdream/jetdream04/jetdream4_01.jpg.php "The Haunted Copter"]], the T-Girls' new X-34 Athena Stratolifter is haunted by the ghost of Athena in a parody of DCComics' The Haunted Tank feature.
* Aradia Megido becomes one of these in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' after her ghost possesses a robot body; unfortunately, this [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody turns her]] from an EmotionlessGirl into an EmotionlessGirl with bouts of UnstoppableRage without truly bringing her back as the person she was before her death.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''
** In ''The Practical Joker", an playful energy cloud took over the Enterprise computer and played pranks on the crew.
** It also happened in the episode "[[http://tinyurl.com/64tyl9 Beyond the Farthest Star]]", when an alien entity took over the Enterprise bridge's intruder control system.
* Played for laughs on one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' that featured magic seeping into various mundane things and transforming them. This included an evil plant, an evil couch, an evil TV set and an evil phone that said, "The number you've reached... is trying to kill you."
* Taken to its logical extent in ''TransformersGenerationOne'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' in which the possessed machines were Transformers and the possessing spirit was... also a Transformer, specifically the immortal spark of [[TheStarscream Air Commander Starscream.]]
** In the sequel of ''Beast Wars'', ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', the depolarized Spark of Megatron goes through a rapid session of body-swapping, trying to destroy the Maximals with every new functional machine he comes across.
** According to [[WordOfGod the Allspark Almanac]], the producers might have reused this trope with a body-hopping [[spoiler: Prowl]] had ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' gotten a fourth season.
* Nicolai Technus in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is all about this, being the "Ghost Master of Science and Electrical Technology (and All Things Electronic and Beeping)".
* ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' had a demon who swore to destroy humankind with its own technology as punishment for its collective hubris (i.e., from the Tower of Babel onwards). It first appears possessing an action figure, then jumps to other machines before sneaking into Roland's PKE-meter and subtly brainwashing him into building a HumongousMecha called "The Infernal Machine," using literally all of the Ghostbusters' tech, which the demon takes control of. Ultimately ends up HoistByHisOwnPetard when Roland remembers he used the ghosttraps in building the Infernal Machine.
** Another episode had a demon inhabiting a cavern underneath an oil refinery. Any vehicles that had gas from the refinery put in them became possessed, and changed into monsters.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' had the episode "Killerwatt", which took over anything that ran on electricity. Also, the episode "Lost and Foundry" featured a ghost that escaped our heroes by falling into a vat of molten metal, possessing any metallic objects made from that metal. They battled a terrifying HumongousMecha in a New Jersey junkyard, and won.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''. Here, the Ghostbusters ''owned'' the haunted technology, which took the form of skeletal gadgets with anthropomorphic features. Most famous was the Ansabone, which always hung up on callers or had some wisecracks when they succeeded in leaving a message.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': When they cloned their television one too many times, it became evil.
** In one episode, Shake killed himself so he could prank Meatwad through a OuijaBoard video game. Unfortunately for him, Meatwad is already sick of the game and doesn't bother to play it again.
* ''WesternAnimation/PacmanAndTheGhostlyAdventures'': The episode ''Honey I Digitized The Pacman'' centers on cellphones, vehicles, and other computerized electronics getting possessed by digitized ghosts imbued with a virus.


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* A few years back, an {{NES}} for sale on Website/EBay was advertised as being haunted. The seller claimed to hear whispering sounds while playing it. The sounds were actually sound chip malfunctions due to the console's age.
* Creator/JamesDean's car, a Porsche 550 Spyder nicknamed "Little Bastard", is claimed to be haunted due to bad luck and accidents associated with the car after Dean's death.
* Paranormal investigators such as the Series/GhostHunters who use fancy gadgets to detect ghosts, and scare people with supposed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3JjOnClaV0 E.V.P.]] (Electronic Voice Phenomena), anomalous voices or other sounds on electronic audio recordings.