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->'''[[color:purple:WALUIGI HATES THIS.]]'''
-->-- '''''[[color:purple:[[Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily Waluigi]]]]'''''


'''[[color:purple:[[SelfDemonstratingArticle Waluigi interrupts whatever stupid thing you are reading to bring you something better!]]]]'''

'''[[color:purple:''[[Main/HomePage What is this about?]]'' This website used to be a page about the Hostile Show Takeover trope, but Waluigi didn't like the stupid guy who wrote the page, so now ''it's ALL WALUIGI, ALL THE TIME!'']]'''

!!'''[[color:purple:Examples of Waluigi!]]'''

* '''[[color:purple:[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros SUPER WALUIGI BROS!]]]]'''
* '''[[color:purple:[[VideoGame/MarioParty WALUIGI PARTY!]]]]'''
* '''[[color:purple:[[VideoGame/MarioKart WALUIGI KART!]]]]'''
* '''[[color:purple:[[VideoGame/LuigisMansion WALUIGI'S MANSION!]]]]'''
* '''[[color:purple:[[VideoGame/WarioWare WALUIGIWARE!]]]]'''
* '''[[color:purple:[[VideoGame/PaperMario PAPER WALUIGI!]]]]'''
* '''[[color:purple:[[VideoGame/HotelMario HOTEL WALUIGI!]]]]'''
* '''[[color:purple:[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi WALUIGI AND WALUIGI SUPERSTAR WALUIGI!]]]]'''
* '''[[color:purple:[[VideoGame/MarioPaint WALU-]] ''[[KilledMidSentence *GACK!*]]'']]'''

...somehow indisposed, and the rest of the cast scrambles to oust that character, taking over the role or pitching [[ExecutiveMeddling their own concept]] in a quickly created audition.

This probably requires the characters to actually be [[MediumAwareness aware they're in a show]], at least for that episode, but comes up in [[AnimatedActors cartoons]] frequently.

Also, we apologize for the interruption earlier. Waluigi (or rather his [[VideoGameLives extra life]]) has been escorted out by security, so barring any more attempts to take over this site, let's move on to the examples.



* Old Spice pulled this ''on itself'' with Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike, with one ad introducing a new rivalry between the company's two mascots, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ASb6jf-s74 Isaiah Mustafa and Terry Crews both of whom perform takeovers of each other's ads.]]
-->'''Terry Crews''': '''''[[NoIndoorVoice GUESS WHO!!!]]'''''\\
'''Isaiah Mustafa''': ''It's you...''\\
'''Terry Crews''': '''''IT'S ME!'''''
* An ad for Creator/{{CNN}}'s New Year's Eve special in December 2017 featured its new co-host Andy Cohen doing this to ''Anderson Cooper 360'', only for the real Cooper to walk in (wearing the ''exact same outfit'') and have to explain that he's only a co-anchor for the New Year's show.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The supporting cast of ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Don Patch in particular, attempt this frequently, though considering Bo Bobo is an InvincibleHero and they are collectively TheChewToy their attempts don't exactly succeed.
* In ''Anime/CombatMechaXabungle'', Hora at first thinks that he is the main character, and once he realizes that he isn't, becomes determined to take the title from Jiron, so he can [[EarnYourHappyEnding get his happy ending]]. HilarityEnsues as it tends to on this show.
* The ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' preview for "Jupiter Jazz part I" (following the bizarre ending of "Toys in the Attic") contains Ed proclaiming that the rest of the crew all died and that the show will now be called "Cowgirl Ed" before the other NotQuiteDead crew members butt in and silence her. The voiceover, of course, does not match the actual pictures of the preview at all.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' Captain Ginyu does this in one of the OnTheNext segments after body swapping with Goku. He says the show will now be Ginyu Force Kai and that he will do the narration from now on.
** ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' does a similar joke, with the Ginyu Force taking over the opening for the duration of their appearance on the show.
* A variant occurs in episode 8 of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': at the beginning of the episode, Gintoki is asleep, and the sponsors get frustrated and forego the opening to cut to the filming of a Shinsengumi mockumentary (tying into the A-plot of Kondou's [[StalkerWithACrush obsessive love for Otae]].) Ten minutes later, when Gintoki is approached by Shinpachi, he goes off into a rant about being left out for so long and then scrambles to retain his position as main character when Shinpachi mentions the Shinsengumi would replace him if he didn't shape up.
** In the manga recently, played for slightly more drama in [[spoiler:the Kintama arc.]]
* In episode 12 of ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'', Kurara becomes a MagicalGirlWarrior with the help of Angela. The narrator announces that the show will be replaced by ''Magical Girl Jewel Kurara'', but the rest of the characters present put a stop to it.
* In Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', after ZZ thinks he killed Jotaro, he boasts that he managed to end of the 3rd [=JoJo=] series early, only for Jotaro to pop out of the ground and ask "And who's going to be the main character, you?".
* Sort-of happens in the penultimate episode of ''Anime/KillLaKill'', when Nui (who already has a history of [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall screwing with]] [[PaintingTheMedium the fourth wall]]) hijacks the end credits so that Ragyo can show off her OneWingedAngel form.
* In ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'', King Dedede made an attempt to [[ShowWithinAShow create an anime]] about himself, dubbed Hoshi No Dedede [[note]]Dedede of the Star[[/note]] hoping to bash Kirby with it, not only it failed miserably, he ''needed'' Kirby to voice himself.
* In the anime ''Anime/KillMeBaby'', I-er, The Unused Character, tries to take over the show and gain revenge on Yasuna and Sonya for pushing me-Her out of the main cast.
* In the last ''Anime/MaiOtome'' {{omake}}, the characters were literally fighting over who should have the lead role in the show's [[{{OVA}} direct-to-video]] sequel.
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', [[spoiler:Ajimu has this as her ultimate plan. She believes that she's a character in a manga and recognizes Medaka as one of the rare individuals who will change history, a "main character". Since she realizes there's no way the main character will lose, she instead encourages Zenkichi to take over the main character spot by defeating Medaka in the upcoming student council elections.]]
* In one chapter of ''Manga/MirumoDePon!'', Murumo is quick to declare the manga's end after his older brother gets konked on the head and the start of a new manga ("Lovely Fairy Murumo de Pon!"), despite Mirumo's protests that he isn't dead.
* The opening theme for ''Miyakawa Ke no Kuufuku'' - as seen in the DVD release - starts to show the ''Anime/LuckyStar'' logo before Hikage runs in to cover it up.
* A ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden'' {{Omake}} had Shikamaru trying to get the series re-named ''Shikamaru Shippuden'', on the logic that the titular character [[OutOfFocus wasn't scheduled to do anything significant for a while]]. Naruto protested, only to look through the manga and realize, to his horror, Shikamaru had a point...
* In a ''Ninja Hattori-kun'' chapter, the title character disappears, and [[TheRival Kemumaki]] declares the show is now ''Ninja Kemumaki-kun''. Then, the series opening apears with Kemumaki, in Hattori's place, saying his name over the title song every time Hattori's name would be said.
* ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'' has Sasuke taking over the first half of episode 11. [[AllJustADream Or so it seems.]]
* The Team Rocket trio has expressed a desire to become the star of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. In the form of karaoke.
** In the ''Best Wishes!'' episode where Ash gets his eighth Unova League badge, Team Rocket actually take over Professor Oak's segment after the episode is over.
* The last episode of ''Manga/SailorMoon R''. Each of the other four senshi mused on why they should replace Usagi as the main character, during which [[RecapEpisode old clips]] of that character get shown. They also discuss the next season, giving brief cameos to Sailors Uranus and Neptune.
* Literary variation: the afterwords of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' light novels usually feature self-proclaimed "Author's Official Spokeswoman" L-sama attempting to knock out the author and take his place.
* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Eggman repeatedly expresses his desire to become the protagonist of the show throughout the first two seasons. In fact, due to story events and the ending theme changing, it looked like he almost succeeded at one point.
* In ''Manga/SoulHunter'', Taikoubou's rationale for fighting Zhou's spy boils down to worrying that this is about to be enacted on him. [[spoiler: Though [[GuileHero as is usual for him]], Taikoubou has an ulterior motive - [[HeelFaceTurn to get the spy on his side]], which first requires her to start thinking more positively of his side. He does this by setting up a festival with their fight as the centerpiece, which has some of Taikoubou's allies cheering her on.]]
* An issue of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' had Ataru resigning, and the other characters argued over who would be the new main character. [[spoiler:He was just resigning from his class presidency, though.]]
* In the ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' manga, the supporting characters planned to take over the series after Hamel's violin broke - a violinist without a violin can't possibly be the main character...
* This is {{Downplayed}} in the anime version of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl''. In the episode that introduces MON, the ending theme for the anime(MON centric) is played as the opening theme. The regular opening theme(main cast centric) is played for the ending credits.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Creator/TheFiresignTheatre have a couple of examples:
** In "AudioPlay/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger", Lieutenant Bradshaw attempts this when he thinks he's got the goods on Nick. He has grandiose plans of turning the show into a more action-oriented thriller.
** Briefly attempted by Young Guy's Battle Butler, Rotonoto, in "Young Guy Motor Detective Radio Prison".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Brazilian ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' comic ''ComicBook/NovasAventurasDeMegaman'', one writer introducted an OriginalCharacter VillainSue named Princess, whom he ultimately intended to kill off the rest of the cast (yes, including the canonical cast of the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series) and become the new main character. When the people making the comic learned of his plans, the writer was promptly fired and Princess was [[PutOnABus shoved through a dimensional portal]], never to be seen again.
* In ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'', Tharg had to go deal with a crisis, and so the comic was taken over by TheMenInBlack from ''Vector 13'' for about 10 issues.
* Shown on the cover of one issue of ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew''. It was an anthology issue, so in a way it was being "taken over," but ...
* ComicBook/TheJoker, due to his MediumAwareness, has on occasion directly addressed the reader and announced that he's taking over the narration.
* ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' - right before the introduction of baby sister Bea, [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis]] got so fed up with his parents acting secretive that he announced he wouldn't be showing up in the next issue. Cue several secondary characters scrambling to take his place on the cover, annoying him into taking it back.
* In a horrible case of MoodWhiplash, Antoine D'Coolette plans to take over as the main hero while ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog is jailed. Why was he jailed? The events of "Mecha Madness", where he was [[UnwillingRoboticization turned into Mecha Sonic]] and unleashed on Knothole, everyone believing he actually went against Sally's edict that he wasn't supposed to do that.
* [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} The New 52]]: September 2013 marks "Villains Month"; which focuses on the villains of each hero's respective comics. The covers feature the villains front and center, the heroes defeated in the background, and the villain's name written on top of the normal title.
* ''The Sensational ComicBook/SheHulk'', issue 48, has a Weezi [[spoiler: who has been given Jennifer's youth and strength]] hold up a 'Weezi' over the 'She-Hulk' in the title while a [[spoiler:depowered]] Jennifer says "Hey! Just a gosh darn minute here!"

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' FanFic ''Fanfic/UninvitedGuests'', Aizen uses a machine to steal Ichigo's PlotArmor and give it to his side. And he endlessly lampshades everything he's doing.
%%* The ending of 'Naruto Veangance Revelaitons''. Basically, the fic is about the adventures of an AuthorAvatar named Ronan, his sexual exploits among the female cast of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' ([[BastardBoyfriend and his abuses toward them]]), and his [[AuthorFilibuster rambling about various subjects that he hates]], among them the author's stepbrother Benji. Just when the author finished the fic, Benji hijacked his stepbrother's Fanfiction.net account in order to get back at him, then wrote up his own ending involving a MarySueHunter coming in to save the day and the Naruto cast rejecting and killing Ronan. The original author is now permanently locked out of his account, so the takeover ending is now final.
* ''FanFic/FateRevelationOnline'' brought in [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]] from the original ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' visual novel, but Saber replaced Ilya as the bloomer-wearing disciple. In the Dojo's second appearance Saber challenged Taiga for the title of Master. The next ''Lion'' Dojo featured Saber wearing the formal gi of Master and Taiga in bloomers.
* ''FanFic/RedDeadWitchdemptionByJohnEgbert'' centers around a meta-example, where people keep hijacking the story John's trying to write.
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', after Makarov captures the heroes and knocks Shining Armor out cold, the next chapter is called "Cervicorn POV Series Makarov The True and Ultimate Truth of True Events Starring, Directed and Edited and Produced By General-Admiral Solomon Azure Raven Makarov". Makarov forces The Interviewers to listen to his life story, where he incessantly brags about, lies, and exaggerates his accomplishments, while Dima tells them what really happened. He even takes over the Author's Notes and fills it with more bragging about himself. It goes back to normal in the next chapter.
* In ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', it's implied that Socrates, Andy, and Sherman hijacked Nickelodeon in order to air a Calvin and Hobbes marathon. Socrates plans to do this to other channels as well, with Andy and Sherman resorting to sedation and [[BoundAndGagged tying him up]] in order to stop him.

* The Crimson Permanent Assurance attempts to do this towards the end of the "Live Organ Transplants" chapter in ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''.

* In "Jack's Bean Problem" from ''Literature/TheStinkyCheeseMan'', the Giant decides not to follow the original Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk story. He kidnaps the narrator and insists on reading a story he wrote instead.
* Happens in-universe in the fourth Literature/ThursdayNext book. While Theatre/{{Hamlet}} is temporarily out of his play visiting the Real World, Ophelia brings in a cooperative understudy to rewrite the story with herself as the star. When the BookWorld's police force threatens the character with a Fiction Infraction, Laertes throws his weight behind the rebellion and rewrites the story with ''himself'' as the star. Then Polonius decides to join in as well. The play is briefly named "The Tragedy of the Very Witty and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Not Remotely Boring]] Polonius, Father of the Noble Laertes, Who Avenges His Fair Sister Ophelia, Driven Mad by the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Callous, Murderous and Outrageously Disrespectful]] Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" before Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor conduct a hostile takeover and merge stories. Thursday is tasked with separating the books again and rescuing the existence of the play.
** It's also noted that the same thing happened to two other Shakespeare plays: Sons of Gloucester and Daughters of Lear were merged so inextricably that there was nothing to do but leave the merged text, Theatre/KingLear, as its own play.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* After being shafted by him [[SigningOffCatchphrase at the end of the show]] for years, Creator/MattDamon took over ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' for it's 10th anniversary episode as ''Jimmy Kimmel Sucks!''. Kimmel is bound, gagged, and relegated to the background, while Damon interviews various people who all proclaim their hatred for Jimmy.
* Whenever Jon Stewart is temporarily unable to host ''Series/TheDailyShow'', correspondents [[GuestHost sit in for him]]. Once, Creator/SteveCarell got rather too attached to the job and Jon's first episode back was spent trying to keep Steve away from his desk.
** Then, during the 2008 election, the revelation that Obama was now TheMan led black correspondents Larry Wilmore and Wyatt Cenac to briefly take over the ''The Daily Show'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport''. Normal service was resumed by the commercial break.
** Subverted in a opening segment in 2011 parodying congressman Weiner's press conference, when Stewart announced his resignation and left John Oliver in charge. When Oliver had taken over the anchor's desk following the intro sequence Stewart immediately chased him off, declaring it had been just a bit piece.
*** Although this one actually came to fruition two years later when Jon Stewart left for an extended hiatus to direct a movie, and Jon Oliver became the correspondent sitting in. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-june-10-2013/good-news--you-re-not-paranoid---america-betrayed The rest of the cast promptly rebelled.]]
* An episode of ''Series/TheColbertReport'' featured a cold open where Stephen Colbert has a nightmare that [[Series/TheOfficeUS Steve Carell]] had hijacked his show and renamed it ''The Carell Corral''. Colbert promptly bursts into his own nightmare and steals the show back from him.
* On an episode of ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' actor John Ratzenberger and the Blue Man Group attempt to kill Drew and take over the show. Yep.
* Dramatic in-show example: During the Dominion War on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Vic Fontaine's program in the holosuites hit a periodic trigger that caused Vic's nightclub to be taken over by the mob. His fans on the space station manage to take time out of the war to help him out--because if they don't, his character will be permanently erased.
* [[MessyPig The pigs]] take over an episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. Miss Piggy is torn between her love for Kermit the Frog and her desire to be a bigger star.
** When Glenda Jackson guest-starred on ''The Muppet Show'' she led a literal pirate takeover, deposing Kermit and turning the theater into a ship.
** Yet another ''Muppet Show'' example: [[TheUnintelligible Beaker]] once got himself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQj2NP25TIo inadvertently cloned]] and spent the rest of the episode interrupting various sketches and generally took over the show by the end.
** In ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', Gonzo and Leon try this. It's subverted in that Kermit allows them to take over so he can take a break. Things quickly fall to pieces from there.
** In the successor series, ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', the lobsters from the "Rock Lobster" sketch take over the show. The day is saved by the guest star, Pierce Brosnan, who goes undercover as... James Prawn. In a gigantic lobster costume.
* Clarissa's [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry little brother Ferguson]] does this in an episode of ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll''.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** The "Njorl's Saga" production, sponsored by the North Malden Icelandic Saga Society, begins to reference business opportunities in North Malden more and more, then the screen flashes the message "INVEST IN MALDEN", [[SubliminalSeduction briefly at first]], then more insistently, as 12th-century warrior re-enactors parade banners advertising North Malden across the screen.
** The two documentary filmmakers fighting over the microphone and trying to finish their report. The documentaries start [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TOTQW0-DxM going to war]] to get the screen time.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', the Soviet Union blocked the SCTV satellite to broadcast "CCCP-1" programming instead (including such shows as "Tibor's Tractor," "Uposcrabblenyk" and "What Fits Into Russia?". Ironically, CCCP-1 actually gets better ratings than SCTV!
* In the Danish series, ''[=DukseDrengen=]'', the MegaCorp Everywhere takes an interest in the show and starts sponsoring it in exchange for more and more product placement within the show, which makes the writers actively charge the plot or put it to a complete hold in order to squeeze in more and more NowBuyTheMerchandise moments, much to the titular character's confusion. Everywhere eventually buys out the entire production, right in the middle of [=DukseDrengen=]'s showdown with his ArchEnemy, Fedtegreven, and turns his classmate, Donny Dumkoph, into the main character, because he is more marketable.
* Way back in the early days of Creator/{{YTV}}, PJ Phil shared his host segment with a crew of puppets called Grogs. Warren, the surly green Grog, broadcast "pirate" transmissions declaring to the audience his intent to take over the network and turn it into "WTV." When it actually happened, it was short-lived (I think it lasted all of one segment before Phil restored order).
** Actually, the whole WTV thing was a whole day. It took place on New Years Day, when YTV would suspend its regular daily programming and show their most popular shows, one after another. The WTV segment was the framing sequence for these shows, which showcased Warren's takeover of the network and the eventual efforts by Phil and his costars to stop him.
* The finale of ''Series/ThatsMyBush'' was about a dastardly plot by Dick Cheney to kick George W. Bush out and take over. Cue the edited "That's My Dick!" theme song...
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Superstar" starts with the show already having been taken over by Jonathan, a minor character at the time. All the supporting characters act as if he had always been the most important person in their life. The intro changes to show images of him instead of Buffy. They eventually discovers that it was all caused by a spell
* One episode of ''Series/ChappellesShow'' opened with Dave threatening to quit over ExecutiveMeddling. They decide to let him since all the sketches for the season have been filmed and they can just hire a new host, Creator/WayneBrady. Later in the episode, Dave is shown regretting his decision and vows to get his show back. He has to fight Brady for it though, and the episode includes one of the series' most famous sketches in a flashback to Dave and Wayne hanging out a few weeks earlier (in which the squeaky clean Wayne Brady's image is parodied by [[VillainWithGoodPublicity revealing he's actually a dangerous, criminal psychopath]])
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': After Marshall and Lily move to Long Island, [[Creator/NeilPatrickHarris Barney]] declares himself "leader of the group", and proceeds to sing over the opening credits.
* ''Series/TopGear'': After a segment reviewing the growing Chinese car industry, Jeremy Clarkson and James May predict that it is possible that Britons could be driving Chinese cars in five years. Cut back to the studio, and Clarkson, May and Hammond have been replaced by Chinese counterparts, who claim that the viewers are all doomed and perform Clarkson's usual end-of-show goodbye.
* In the ''2003 Kids' Choice Awards'', there was a plan to get Tony Hawk to do a stunt that will get him all filled with slime. But the BigBad the Sliminator took over the show, and the only way to defeat him was to play through a series of video games and find the right switch that will enable the slime again.
* Creator/CharlieBrooker ends one episode of ''Series/{{Screenwipe}}'' shortly after it begins, so the credits roll and another show begins. (In a parody of BBC Four's esoteric programming, it's a documentary titled ''A History Of Corners''.) After a few minutes, Brooker performs a takeover of his show and resumes as normal. (This was a scheme to beat CreditsPushback, as shown the credits with interference already, the actual end of the show just ends and goes to trails for others.)
* Used for an AprilFoolsDay episode of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''; the [[LovelyAssistant prize models]] (who gained the ability to talk a few seasons prior) took over hosting and [[TheAnnouncer announcing]], and then had Drew Carey and George Gray be the models.
* In an early example combining this trope and DoNotAdjustYourSet, the ''Tales of Tomorrow'' anthology episode "The Window" starts out exactly like another episode entirely, but is "interrupted" by inexplicable scenes looking into someone's kitchen window. The remainder of "The Window" features the actual cast and crew of ''Tales of Tomorrow'' (and even the sponsor's pitchman!) arguing about where these images are coming from and trying to regain control of their broadcast, then attempting to avert the murder which the kitchen's occupants are planning.
* In one episode of the Israeli sitcom ''[=HaPijamot=]'', Roni, a teenage girl character, uses the [[NoFourthWall absence of the Fourth Wall]] and writes the episode around herself, including a point in which she turns down a popular teen heartthrob from the time and [[AGodAmI makes herself God]]. At the end of the episode, another character (who’s also one of the writers in RealLife) thanks he for helping him finish the episode, but is obviously displeased with her changes. He reverts most of them... but then decides to make ''himself'' {{God}} instead.
* ''Series/InLivingColor'' had a couple.
** At the beginning of one episode, when one of the Fly Girls introduced Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans locked the door Keenan was about to enter through and said, "... can't be here tonight. Keenan's a little tied up right now so he asked me to host the show instead. My name is Shawn Wayans, better known as DJ SW-1, the second-youngest and most talented member of the family." When Shawn asked for a spotlight - not on the Fly Girls, just on him - the girls let Keenan out and he took Shawn off the stage.
** One of the dance segments featured the female cast members (Kelly Cofield, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah and Kim Wayans) dancing instead of the Fly Girls. At the end, it's revealed that they had kidnapped and tied up the Fly Girls.
* In one episode of ''Series/PeeweesPlayhouse'' Randy takes over the show while Pee Wee is out shopping. He tries to change everything, such as getting everyone to bark like a dog instead of scream when they hear the secret word. Luckily, Magic Screen puts a stop to it by trapping Randy in a jail cell when he tried to play "connect the dots" and refused to let him out until Pee-wee came home.
* Adam Connover has been on both sides of this in ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything''. As the show's host, his RealityWarper abilities allow him to take over everything from homemade sex ed videos to a parody of Dr. Oz in the course of dispelling misinformation and educating people, [[InsufferableGenius usually against their will]]. On the flip side, those powers and control of the show can be stolen from him if someone knows something he doesn't. Which usually means that ''Adam'' is in for an unwanted lesson.

* The band Second Coming was originally an industrial rock band fronted and managed by Jesse Holt that released an album called ''L.O.V.E.vil''. When Holt fired bassist Yanni Bacolas, the drummer and rhythm guitarist left and went with Bacolas, who then registered "Second Coming" under his own name, hijacking the band name from Holt. They changed their sound to PostGrunge and [[CanonDisContinuity rarely, if ever spoke about ''L.O.V.E.vil'']]. To add insult to injury, [[OrwellianEditor they changed the credits on the album to exclude any of Holt's contributions and remove him from the band's history]].
* The Surrogate Band in ''Music/TheWall'' does this. "Pink isn't well; he stayed back at the hotel/And they sent us along as the Surrogate Band..."

* Games Workshop's ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' magazine once ran an issue that was taken over by the 'Black Goblin', which is also the name of their online "magazine".
* Team Rocket took over Brazilian magazine ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Evolution'' for one issue. That issue became known as "Rocket Evolution".
* In ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'''s Fall Preview feature for their August 2000 issue, the entire magazine staff is either held hostage or forced into hiding by the cast of the Hsu & Chan comics featured in the magazine. The event goes on rebranded as ''Hsu & Chan's Fall Preview-O-Rama!'' before Hsu and Chan Tanaka are both arrested at the end of the feature.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* This was done on ''CowAndBoy''. An insane prospector from the fiction comic "Prospecting" took over their comic. He'll attack anyone who gets to close to his 'claim', so they are too afraid to do anything for a few weeks.
-->'''Boy''': What right to we have to take away his happiness?\\
'''Cow''': I hated our comic anyway.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' parodied a Soviet coup by having various minor characters try to oust the title character from the strip.
** Then there was the week where the strip was bought out by [[StrawmanPolitical Rupert Murdoch]]...
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'':
** In one StoryArc, the [[AnimatedActors "actors"]] staged a walk-out in mid-punchline, and the management responded by trying to fill space first with "staff members" telling jokes, and then by hiring scabs to take the characters' place.
** The final arc, which had UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's brain transplanted into Bill the Cat's body, culminated with Trump the Cat firing all the other characters and renaming the comic to "Trump: The Strip."
* One ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' comic strip series had Rat place [[PaintingTheMedium chains and locks on the panels]] and forcing creator Stephan Pastis to obey his whims.
** He did it by uttering punchlines from ''The Great Big Book of ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' untill he did, [[TakeThat which drove Pastis insane and said would destroy Pearls]].
** Another one happened when Pastis went on vacation for a week; Rat hijacked the strip and turned it into an ''Alice in Wonderland'' parody that ended in a character called "the Raterpillar" eating every character in the strip. Based on the final line in the arc, he would have eventually moved on to eating characters from ''other strips'' had Pastis not intervened.
-->'''Pig:''' You're in trouble.\\
'''Rat:''' Pipe down, fatty. I'm eating the ''ComicStrip/FamilyCircus'' kids.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} was notorious for this during the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldOrder}}Wo angle. The nWo took over ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' several times (once with an elaborate new set and new CGI opening sequence), had their own Pay-Per-View (''nWo Souled Out'') where the WCW wrestlers' entrance music was replaced with taunts of "loser", and had a regular 10-minute segment on ''WCW Saturday Night'' that was almost a parody of pro wrestling.
* At one point Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/EricBischoff took over ''Series/TheTonightShow'', leading to a TagTeam match on Pay Per View between Hogan and Bischoff vs Diamond Dallas Page and '''Jay Leno'''. The more insane pairing won.
* [[Wrestling/DGenerationX DX]] has done this a number of times, in both its {{Heel}} and {{Face}} incarnations. Usually, it involves [[WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties playing around with the production truck]], [[RunningTheAsylum dictating ridiculous match stipulations]], and generally causing mayhem. Of course, [[RealitySubtext with HHH soon to be in charge for real]], expect much worse.
** Though, during their 2006 run, this trope was deconstructed when the following RAW, they were forced to apologize to the roster on live television as their hostile takeover was ''illegal''. It only got worse, as the RAW they took over had them cost Wrestling/{{Edge}} his last chance to regain the WWE Title, and directly led to the formation of Rated-[[Wrestling/RandyOrton RKO]].
* Wrestling/{{AAA}}'s "Lucha Libre Latina" angle between 1999 and 2005, where Cibernético decided to stop dealing with Abismo Negro's [[TheStarScream attempts]] to takeover Los Vipers and formed a larger group with intent to topple the whole promotion.
* Maven Bentley already owned a wrestling company of sorts but he's best known for his repeated attempts to conquer Wrestling/{{CZW}}, once going as far as to buy up most of its roster. Despite this, CZW remains his 'sister' company and eventually just gave him an actual position of authority.
* One of Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s favorite tropes, its popularity rivaled closely by the invasion angle, whose perpetrators usually have this trope in mind anyway in the event their invasion would ever succeed. From Wrestling/VinceRusso's "Sports Entertainment Extreme" to Wrestling/JeffJarrett's Kings Of Wrestling turned [[ItsAllAboutMe Planet Jarrett]], to the Main Event Mafia to Wrestling/AcesAndEights, TNA spent 55% of the first twelve years it existed under state of hostile takeover or in active combat with a group trying to hostilely take it over. After those twelve years, TNA didn't stop being taken over either (indeed, Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter's usurpation of Impact [[TheUntwist was only shocking in its predictability]]), the Aces And Eights [[ArcFatigue saga]] is just where track stopped being taken.
* Wrestling/TheNexus's goal was to overtake Wrestling/WWERaw to send a message to Wrestling/{{WWE}} management for treating them like garbage on NXT. Unfortunately they attacked Wrestling/JohnCena along the way and he never forgave the group, at least not until he had [[DisproportionateRetribution literally caused]] 22 steel chairs [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment to rain down on its leader]], Wrestling/WadeBarrett.
* Ironically enough, Barrett/Stu Bennett was on the receiving end of such an invasion at ''Wrestling/DefiantWrestling'', with [[spoiler:the IPW:UK roster]] in the Nexus role.
* After creating his own World Title, Jay Briscoe attempted to takeover ''Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH Golden Dream'' to cement that he was in the real world champion, going so far as to patch together his own promotional posters, and tape his picture [[NoFourthWall on those that]] featured Wrestling/AdamCole.

* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' live show, "Sing Yourself Silly" starts off as a [[TopTenList Top Ten Silly Song Countdown]], until Archibald arrives and announces that the show should be all [[AnAesop lesson songs]] instead. Hearing the human host complaining about Archie changing the show, Jimmy and Jerry mistakenly believe that they can change the show, too, and decide to make it an [[TheEighties 80's song countdown]]. Eventually they all agree to share the show, making it a mix of silly songs, lesson songs, and even 80's songs.
* In the Music/PDQBach opera ''The Abduction of Figaro'', a key prop goes missing in the final act. Mute character Schlepperello announces that he has it and will not produce it unless they [[SuperfluousSolo let him perform an aria]]. Since they can't finish the opera without the missing prop, the director lets the mute sing.

[[folder:Video Games, Visual Novels]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', various secondary characters will propose to the Dark Assembly that they should be the main character. Actually passing one of these proposals results in a NonstandardGameOver.
** In addition, [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]], the main character of the first game, complains that he only loses to the player characters (as an optional boss) because he wasn't the main character anymore. His whining is...whiny enough that Adell (The current main character) takes pity on him and allows [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] to resume being the main character...for one minute. [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] decides to use that minute in an anime sequence. HilarityEnsues.
*** This returns in #3, #4, and other Nippon Ichi games.
** Asagi is also a major contender: ever since her game was cancelled, she frequently appears in other Nippon Ichi games, trying to take over as the protagonist. Apparently, she won't stop until she finally gets her own damn game, Makai Wars.
** On the other side, Etna hates having her OnTheNext sequences interrupted, and tends to react violently when it does happen.
*** [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Flonne's]] preview for Episode 7 (Drop Dead, Etna) is a MagicalGirl parody that gets her shot.
---> '''Etna''': Flonne, whatcha doin'...?\\
'''Flonne''': Oh, hi, Et-[[KilledMidSentence *bang*]]
*** Gordon regularly interrupts Etna's preview for Episode 10, and each of her lines is cut off with fewer words before he starts talking.
---> '''Gordon''': Look forward to my adventures! *hearty laugh*\\
'''Etna''': "Hahaha"... ''my ass''! *cue abuse of Gordon*
*** Finally, Flonne's Q&A Time starts off with a letter about some bully stealing the writer's fun. Flonne gives a (surprisingly) violent suggestion on how to fix the problem, and Etna pops on stage to agree with her. Guess who wrote the letter?
** Even ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 5}}'' has an example. After Seraphina gains too much weight from eating curry in a cooking contest she was judging, Usalia mourns the loss... only to immediately push an advertisement for her new show afterwards. At the very least she had the dignity not to interrupt Sera.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioParty 6'', the minigame mode "Speak Up" has a tendency to be taken over by Bowser at the half-way point.
* In ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', defeating an early HopelessBossFight causes Asagi, a recurring character in Nippon Ichi games, to enter the gameworld, fresh from her apprenticeship under Zetta in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom''. Asagi demands the protagonist and Gig hand over their spot as main character to her, and since neither are meta-savvy and have no comprehension of what she's talking about, [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] (as well as a BonusBoss fight) [[HilarityEnsues Ensues]].
** This is pretty much Asagi's schtick in the games she appears in. She'll often try and fail to take the role of Protagonist via YouKillItYouBoughtIt. She first appeared in ''Makai Kingdom'' as "The Protagonist from the next Game". Sadly, her game (supposedly ''Makai Wars'') was never released, so she goes from game to game bemoaning her fate and trying to take the lead role. Taken to hilarious extremes in ''Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?'' where she tries to emulate the Prinnies and repeatedly challenges them.
*** This culminates in a boss battle with her in a Prinny costume, which she apparently put a bomb in for no reason, that explodes, killing her. She comes back as a Black Prinny with a white scarf wondering if now she can get her own game. Which she sorta does. The sequel gives us Asagi Wars, where Prinny Asagi is the playable charcter and all the bosses are alternate versions of Asagi. So she apparently succeeded, Sorta.
** She appears in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' and accuses Mao of stealing her game from her and fights him. When she loses she bursts into tears thinking her game is lost forever until Mao recruits her. Its is later revealed Baal apperntly was the real culprit. He escapes before giving it or anything else he took back however.
** She also shows up in the secret ending to ''VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite'' [[spoiler: where she complains to Amazombie for losing her package (Ticktock) which is apparently the key to getting her own game. She then randomly hops on a dragon and shouts that ''Makai Wars'' will one day get it's epic release]]
* Speaking of ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', the BonusBoss battle against Etna opens with one of her OnTheNext segments from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' in which she goes on to narrate about how she'll steal Zetta's title and become the main character. Naturally, winning the battle allows Zetta to throw this right back at her as he goes on to narrate his own OnTheNext segment which is a several-minute long rant about how awesome he is.
-->'''Zetta:''' [[EvilLaugh HYAA HA HA HA!]] [[ChewingTheScenery I'M MORE MAIN CHARACTER THAN THIS GAME CAN HANDLE!]]
* When ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' unexpectedly changed the protagonist of the game from Solid Snake to ContrastingSequelProtagonist Raiden, both the game and [[ReplacementScrappy Raiden]] were heavily criticised. In response to this, Raiden is often shown attempting to become the main character of the franchise in non-canon comedy material.
** In a bonus video in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', Raiden decides to go back in time and kill Big Boss [[spoiler:so that Snake would never be cloned]] and therefore Raiden would end up being the main character for the series. However, whenever he time travelled, he always ended up in a sticky situation during the game, ended up getting hurt instead of another character, and ended up creating a time paradox due to changing the future. Eventually, he becomes desperate enough to actually try and kill Snake back in the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' game for the [=MSX2=], but is shot by ''Big Boss himself'' in the attempt. In the end, he figures it's just more trouble than it's worth.
** Raiden in ''Snake Tale E'' is introduced as a "demon" capable of making an entire universe about him, and unleashed in a last-ditch attempt by Solidus to put Snake off his trail. The player is then tasked with completing various missions as Raiden with increasingly nonsensical plot between these episodes - the only way out of them is for the player to ragequit, at which point Snake regains control of the story.
** A pre-release trailer for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' showed Snake tussling with guards for the right to sit in a chair declaring him the Main Character... and then when he wins it, he takes off his LatexPerfection mask to reveal he was actually Raiden the whole time (to a chorus of audience booing). Snake then shows up and gets the chair from Raiden.
* Before [[VideoGame/WarioLand his pair of]] [[VideoGame/WarioWare spinoff series]] rose in popularity, Wario from the ''SuperMarioBros'' series made a habit of trying to claim things that belonged to Mario. In the Super Famicom game ''Mario's Super Picross'', he manages to take over the entire game and title screen at one point. This tendency is also referenced in the opening sequence of ''Mario Golf 64'', where he mutters that the game should have been named after him, and ''VideoGame/MarioParty 2'', where he is the first to dispute Mario Land's name.
** Certain bits and pieces of the board Waluigi's Island in ''Mario Party 3'' imply that the board used to belong to Luigi. The board also shares certain traits with Luigi's Engine Room from the original ''Mario Party''. Not so much a Hostile Show Takeover as a Hostile '''Level''' Takeover, but it still fits.
*** [[HilariousInHindsight "TOO BAD!]] [[Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily WALUIGI TIME!"]]
* Pretty much [[spoiler:deconstructed]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', starting with the [[spoiler:fifth arc]]. Unfortunately (or fortunately, [[ReplacementScrappy depending on your view]]), [[spoiler:Battler]] was not incapacitated, and [[spoiler:the arc ends with him taking back the plot from Erika and Bern]], although there are still two or three arcs to go.
* In ''VisualNovel/PlumbersDontWearTies'', a StrawFeminist martial artist shows up, beats up the narrator, and declares that she is taking over, dissatisfied with the sexism and poor production values (but [[YouBastard just as displeased with the player's choices]]), and is apparently wanted in several states for doing this. Later, the narrator returns and guns her down, regaining control.
* In the ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' series, VideoGame/{{Yggdra|Union}} first appeared in ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare'' as a ContinuityPorn gag, narrating the tutorials and [[RuleOfFunny making loads of disparaging remarks about how she makes a better protagonist than Maria]]. As of the rerelease of the game, she has become its third heroine; she's even appeared in the concept art for the next game. Amusingly, Yggdra's own protagonist status in the [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion Ancardia]] [[VideoGame/YggdraUnison games]] is [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion slowly but surely being usurped by]] ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'''s HeroAntagonist, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Gulcasa]].
* In one of [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojos]] in VisualNovel/FateStayNight, [[TokenMiniMoe Ilya]] tries to take over the dojo [[TankGoodness ON A TANK]]!
* The whole premise behind the "invasion" in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''[='s=] stages. When a darker franchise invades a lighter one (case in point: Franzea, where ''Franchise/MetalGear'' invades ''VideoGame/LocoRoco''), it doubles as a SugarApocalypse.
* Posts announcing updates in ''VideoGame/SpookysHouseOfJumpScares'' are sometimes written in-universe as Spooky. This goes all the way back to the Greenlight release.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has one of the most nightmarish examples in fiction. [[spoiler: After beating Asgore during the Neutral path, Flowey suddenly jumps in and steals the six human souls he was going to use to destroy the barrier and turns into God-Flowey before hijacking the entire game. What follows is a series of fourth-wall shattering madness including force quits of the game, changing the game's name in the title bar to "Floweytale", the overwriting of your save file to just before the TrueFinalBoss fight so he can kill you over and over again, exploiting SaveScumming to try and hit you with attacks that missed, and hijacking the game over screen to mock you.]]
** A more subtle, but far darker example occurs during the [[KillEmAll Genocide path]]. [[spoiler: The further you go, the more and more the First Child starts sneaking control of Frisk from the player, starting with them talking through Frisk in ominous red letters from time to time, to having Frisk blindly advance towards [=NPCs=] they're trying to kill, to eventually making Frisk kill Asgore and Flowey with no input from the player. By the end of the game, the First Child completely controls Frisk and gets ready to erase everything to move on to kill things somewhere else, and if the player tries to stop them, they simply inform them that they were never truly in control before killing them and crashing the game. If you open the game again, the First Child denies you the ability to reset everything and start over until you sell your soul to them, which permanently taints all subsequent playthroughs and ensures that they always win in the end.]]
* Meta example: Dr. Eggman once [[https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/665236533390118912 took over]] the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' {{Website/Twitter}} account. He then proceeded to jab at [[https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/665249185931747328 Kel Mitchell]] and [[https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/665261937513529344 Archie Comics]]. Tails eventually got the account back by [[http://sonicthehedgehog.tumblr.com/post/133160549073/youve-been-lonelybotd-egghead-were-getting hacking into Eggman's system]], and the account is now back to normal. [[https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/670315814516486144 Well, as normal as it usually is.]]
** He tried it again during the franchise' 25th anniversary, only for Sonic himself to burst in and ''join him'', turning it into a Q&A session.
** This has apparently become a yearly tradition, as they do it again in 2017 to promote the release of [[VideoGame/SonicForces Sonic Forces]], this time with Shadow joining them.
* Around the time ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' was in theaters Ultron took over ''VideoGame/MarvelContestOfChampions'', with The Collector repeatedly grousing about this and referring to him as a "parasite" and receiving numerous call backs later.
* ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' starts off as a light-hearted game where you can romance three cute girls in the titular literature club...[[spoiler: until the fourth girl in that club, growing frustrated that she's not a romance option like the other girls are, starts warping the other girls' personalities and overriding your choices to sabotage your romantic chances with them and eventually straight-up deletes them from the game so that you can interact with only her.]]

* '''[[color:purple:Waluigi's back! [[http://brawlinthefamily.com/comic151.html Now the page is funny again.]]]]'''
* In ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', Sara and Bani's [[FourthWallMailSlot Errant Commentary]] section has twice been taken over by Poe's other filler characters, Naga and Fran. Both occasions ended with Naga and Fran being killed (and Sara made Naga into a pair of snakeskin shoes).
* In ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'', the cast of the creators' previous comics holds one of the authors hostage since their comic hasn't been updated in 2 years (it still hasn't as of yet.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Femmegasm}}'': [[http://www.aorange.com/?p=192 "Okay you feebs, move over! Fizzy's here from now on!"]]
* Variation in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Doc Scratch suddenly takes over narration duties ''twice'', the second time [[InterfaceScrew even changing the website to a pool theme]]. This counts because the narrator is [[AuthorAvatar author Andrew Hussie]], who literally [[BreakingTheFourthWall bursts through the fifth wall]] to take the story back, knocking out Scratch in the process. [[spoiler:[[ThanatosGambit Sucker.]]]]
** Then [[spoiler: Doc Scratch returns as Lord English, and promptly shoots Andrew down.]]
** Then comes Act 6 Act 6, which [[spoiler:is basically a recap written by a very frustrated Caliborn.]]
* When ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'''s cartoonist took his family to Disneyland, character Vlad declared a "coup" and turned the strip into a Vlad-hosted talk show.
* In the web-{{Manhwa}} ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', [[spoiler:Rachel]] does this at [[WhamEpisode the end of the first season]].
* General Tarquin has been attempting to engineer something like this for a while now. He views the [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick's]] quest to defeat [[BigBad Xykon]] and prevent Evil from controlling the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt calamity-inducing]] gates as a mere sidestory to the grander tale that is the struggle between himself and [[spoiler:his son]] Elan. It gets to the point where when Elan points out that the real protagonist is [[TheHero Roy]], Tarquin [[spoiler: orders that the entire team sans Elan and Haley be executed immediately]] so that they won't be able to stop him from crafting the story he wants to tell.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Bakura wants to usurp the main character spot so he may turn the show into his own: Zorc And Pals.
-->''♪ The blood of the innocent shall flow without end / His name is Zorc and he's destroying the world! ♫''
** Tea, Tristan and Bakura's ill fated attempts to get some screen time in episode 16: Fanservice. They seem to have accepted their roles as ineffectual minor characters now though.
** Noah and the Big Five had the entire show cancelled and taken over by 4Kids.
* Count Vile does this in the April Fool's episode of ''Film/PressStart Adventures''.
* Even the titular ''[[WebVideo/TheIrateGamer Irate Gamer]]'' got his show taken over by his EvilTwin for his review of ''Order Up'' for Wii. The SpecialEditionTitle is just the ''Irate Gamer NEO'' intro played backwards.
* [[WebVideo/InternetPersonalityVangelus The Subtitles]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHgVe2iJx80 took over the Teletraan3 channel]], abusing everybody in its path. Poor Cobra Commander TFW was even DrivenToSuicide.
* WebVideo/DemyxTime Episode [[strike:Eight]] Axel had this. [[spoiler:And then Marluxia and Larxene come in and take the show from Axel]].
* A variant was an AprilFoolsDay joke where the hosts of ''WebVideo/{{Unskippable}}'' tried to give a WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation-style review and ended up getting tossed out by Yahtzee. Yahtzee had shown up on ''Unskippable'' a couple days earlier, and one of the hosts had already declared that he could do Yahtzee's job as well as he could.
* The Game [=AntiThinker=], Bob's boorish, hyper-masculine douchebag EvilTwin, has taken over ''[[Creator/BobChipman The Game Overthinker]]'' as of episode 43.
* When [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]] was about to review ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'', he was called offscreen and punched by [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas Raoul Puke]], who said he should review the movie as "he was in it" (referencing [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a brief cameo by]] "Creator/HunterSThompson").
** In the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' review, General Zod takes Chester's place because he was the BigBad in it. By the end of the review, Chester arrives late and Zod promptly leaves, causing Chester to wonder why the review is ending so early and where the hole in the ceiling came from.
* After [[Radio/TrueCapitalist Ghost]] ragequit for about the 100th time after people celebrated Herman Cain's dropout from the presidental race in their own unique way, much to his dismay, his Engineer, well, The Engineer, effectively took over for a time. When Ghost came back, he was furious, yelling that ''he'' was "the talent" and not him.
* [[Creator/BradJones Lloyd the cat]] once [[https://twitter.com/#!/OreoAntwiler/status/171805008776531968 took over]] [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Oreo the dog's]] Website/{{Twitter}}.
* [[WebVideo/GloveAndBoots Gorilla]] is initially the subject of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOar7toRw80 Fafa's Photoshop Tutorial Blog]] but eventually manages to take over and exact some [[HoistByHisOwnPetard payback for the indignities suffered!]]
* Happens on a fairly frequent basis on ''WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow'', with Anime/{{Panty and Stocking|with Garterbelt}}, Wilford Brimley, and [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Lemongrab]] all getting a shot at taking over the show while Frollo and Gaston are away, dead, or otherwise indisposed of.
* This happened with Creepypasta Wiki on April Fools of 2013. It became "Jeff The Killer Wiki" and the front page was altered so it was essentially CharacterShilling the titular serial killer.
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'': [[spoiler:In Entry #77, Tim hijacks the show from an increasingly insane Jay, taking the latter's camera and control of the YouTube channel]].
** In a more typical example, the antagonistic character totheark regularly hijacks the channel and uploads videos of his own, which can usually be distinguished immediately from the main entries by the "Entry #" title card being absent or in some way inconsistent with the standard entries.
* Happens in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/answer16.html this]] episode of ''Marzipan's Answering Machine''; Strong Sad decides to exercise one of his favorite perks of house-sitting and records over Marzipan's outgoing message no less than 3 times.
* The plan of most villains in the Comics forum of ''Website/BZPower'' is to take over the main cast's comic studio, [[ExcusePlot often for very poorly established reasons.]]
* Penguin Books used this concept for an episode of The Penguin Podcast to introduce a new line of audiobook adaptations of Creator/RoaldDahl's children's stories and novels in 2013. Seconds into the episode in question, the usual intro is interrupted by a RecordNeedleScratch and guest host Creator/DouglasHodge -- the stage actor who read ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' and [[Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator its sequel]], and originated the role of Willy Wonka in the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory West End stage musical adaptation]] of ''Factory'' that year -- declaring that he's taking over the podcast for the day.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'' as a TakeThat to ''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'''s use of this trope. In [=TRG's=] ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'' review, [[CardCarryingVillain the Evil]] [[DesignatedVillain Rate Gamer]] takes over the show and slaps on a SpecialEditionTitle, which just consists of his old intro played in reverse with a negative filter and "Evil" sloppily edited over "Third".
--> '''Evil Rate Gamer:''' ''"Now I'm going to review a game just like he does but with a few corny evil-jokes thrown in!"''
* This happened during the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} 2012 Christmas livestreams. When LetsPlay/{{Strippin}} and LetsPlay/InTheLittleWood were streaming ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' and left to get some food, LetsPlay/LewisBrindley and LetsPlay/SimonLane decided to hijack the stream and keep playing through the campaign. They were on for about half an hour before Strippin and Martyn returned to kick them out with nerf guns.
* Podcast/ComedyDeathRayRadio had a series of episodes taken over by Jerry Minor's character "Cyberthug."
* A few times when the usual host of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''Achievement Hunter Weekly Update'', Jack, is away, Team Lads Action News takes over. One time, they chloroformed Jack and took over!
* An [=XSplit=] password leak from late 2015 caused several internet personalities to fall victim to this. [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} Vinesauce Joel]] had his YouTube channel hijacked by a script kiddie for six days in early November of 2015, while [=Lyle McDouchebag=] and Website/YourMovieSucksDotOrg had their Twitter accounts taken by the same perpetrator on the third day. In late January 2016, LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}} and LetsPlay/{{Lucahjin}} had their [=YouTube=] channel and Twitter account respectively taken from them by different hijackers, but the accounts were recovered in a matter of hours due to fans reporting their accounts almost immediately.
** Joel's case is arguably one of the most infamous in this decable. His channel had been taken over on a Saturday, and Google failed to respond since their employees don't work on weekends. His hijacker caused a tremendous rise out of Vinesauce fans through mocking Joel, privatizing & deleting videos to spite Joel's viewers, and threatening to hack his [=PayPal=] account to financially defraud him. Vinesauce Vinny was forced to [[WhyTheFandomCantHaveNiceThings call out fans]] for their volatile responses to the incident, and the whole Vinesauce team now chooses to pretend that the incident never happened and urges fans to do the same, believing that giving any kind of attention to the hijacking would fulfil the hijacker's intentions (hence why the perpetrators of these incidents are never referred to by name on Wiki/ThisVeryWiki).
* In November 2016, the Website/{{Facebook}} page of Brazilian food processing company [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seara_Foods Seara]] [[https://www.facebook.com/SearaBrasil/videos/1174844749236515/ suffered such a takeover by]] Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}, who said he was hijacking the page until Seara paid a ransom of ten thousand [[TrademarkFavoriteFood lasagnas]]. Thus the feed became downright a CharacterBlog, with Garfield replying to whatever users posted (be it comments to his posts or posts of their own) in his usual DeadpanSnarker self.
* The WebAnimation/DeathBattle between {{ComicBook/Deadpool}} and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] ends with the two invading ''other'' Death Battles. Eventually they [[RageAgainstTheAuthor take it upon the authors]]. Or not.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 The Shredder]] did this to Creator/FourKidsEntertainment during the [=FoxBox=] Saturday Morning block, threatening to drain the colors of every animated show on the block such as ''Anime/SonicX'' and ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby: Right Back At Ya!]]'', therefore kicking off the [=FoxBox=] Color Drain Sweepstakes. Then, in early 2006, [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6 Cobra Commander]] takes over the 4KidsTV Saturday Morning block, renaming it into ''Cobra TV''. This kicked off the Cobra Domination Station Sweepstakes. And let's not forget ''WesternAnimation/TheFightForTheFoxBox'', in which [[spoiler: [[WesternAnimation/TheCrampTwins Wayne Cramp]]]] hired most of the 4Kids villains to take over the Saturday Morning block.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':
** In "The Extras", the background characters hijack the show to make Gumball and Darwin ([[LeaningOnTheFourthWall or possibly the audience]]) pay attention to them.
** In an amazingly inverted case, Gumball and Darwin try to take over ''their own'' show in "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS4E4TheOthers The Others]]". When they find out there's more to Elmore High than just their class, the episode starts to become a LowerDeckEpisode about a previously unseen (in the literal sense) mopey student named Clare Cooper, who's coming to terms with how she is moving to a new town and how she struggles to say her last good-byes. Cue Gumball and Darwin forcing themselves into her story in an effort to give her [[SurprisinglyHappyEnding a much happier life]] while not realizing that they're just hogging the spotlight, much to her rapidly-increasing annoyance.
-->'''Clare:''' [[LampshadeHanging Ugh, leave us alone! Don't you get it?! This is not about you!]]\\
'''Gumball:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "Not about Chu?"]]\\
'''Darwin:''' [[ItsAllAboutMe What does that mean?]]\\
'''Gumball:''' I dunno, sounds Cantonese.
** In "The Disaster", [[ArchNemesis Rob]] [[NoticingTheFourthWall finds out Elmore is fictional]] and believes [[RetGone sending Gumball to the void]] will let him become the hero.
** Happened again in the episode "The Test". Gumball changes his personality to become more popular so Tobias takes over his role in the show and [[SitcomHomageEpisode turns it into a cliched sitcom]].
* In ''Jim Henson's WesternAnimation/DogCity'', a [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] series about the creation of an animated series, one episode involved Eliot Shag, the artist, coming down with flu. The other Muppet characters decided to finish the story for him, each coming up with a version starring the secondary character Shag had modeled on them.
* In-universe example: in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Sideshow Bob frames his employer, Krusty the Clown, for robbery, so that he can take over his show. In a subversion, Bob's show is shown to be much better than Krusty's random slapstick.
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Comic Book Capers." Not the show, precisely, but a comic book based on it. His massive ego disagreeing with his depiction, Darkwing sets out to write it himself. The rest of the cast keeps interrupting, finding it, and adding their own bits. Not exactly starring themselves, but [[RunningTheAsylum putting their own spin on events]].
** A later episode has a [[ExecutiveMeddling TV executive]] trying to downgrade [[AnimatedActors Darkwing's role]] and make IneffectualSympatheticVillain GreenThumb Bushroot star of his own series.
* After thinking he blew up WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle, Boris Badenov calls for a spotlight and claims the show for himself. He finds out that our heroes survived by tuning into the show on a TV within the show itself.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' episode "Baffler Meal", a prototypical version of the WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce try to take over Space Ghost's talk show. It truly gets out of hand once they start running the "hunger imagery". Space Ghost does manage to reassert himself in the end, at the cost of changing classic rock forever (imagine Thomas Jefferson and his backing band singing a reworded version of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" and you'll get the picture...[[GainaxEnding maybe]]).
** In the episode "Freak Show", the feed was repeatedly hijacked by one "Commander Andy of the Cosmos", driving Space Ghost up the wall as Andy keeps interrupting the interview with Wiley Gustafson.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'': In the episode "Ultimate Deadpool", Deadpool says to Spider-Man that "he is running the show now". The opening even features him slicing the show's name in half and replacing it with his own.
-->'''Deadpool''': "You've been 'pooled!'".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode, "Change of Mind", it plays out like a "Garfield's Tales of Scary Stuff", except Nermal is the central focus and does the narration. In the end, things return to normal for Nermal, but now Jon is doing the narration and is the focus. Of course, Garfield himself doesn't take kindly to any of this.
** This was also done in the earlier episode "The Genuine Article", featuring a cat named Gabriel who resembles Garfield a little too closely, including most of his characterization. In a dream sequence, Garfield fears that he'll end up stealing his girl, his show, and worst of all, [[MerchandiseDriven his merchandising]].
* In "Lightspeed", an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the opening sequence is abruptly cut 3/4 of the way through by the H.I.V.E. Five, who say something along the lines of how it's their show now. Indeed, [[VillainEpisode the focus is on them]], and their conflict is with Kid Flash, who isn't one of the regular Teen Titans.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', where Chowder becomes insanely smart to the degree where he realizes he's in a cartoon and decides that because he's so smart, he should be on a talk show instead.
** In fact, this is later briefly referenced by Chowder (who has been returned to [[StatusQuoIsGod normal]]) in another episode. This may be a LampshadeHanging done by the writers, considering how ''ridiculous'' that episode was. And that's saying a lot.
* On one ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' video, Archibald Asparagus took over the show. He presented the segments from a ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre''-style armchair in front of a fireplace. The two halves were ''[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Omelet]]'' and Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's "lost musical", "Lyle The Kindly Viking", separated in the middle by "[[strike:Silly]] ''Classy'' Songs With Larry".
** Another time, two nerdy squash named Jimmy and Jerry [[PunnyName Gourd]] took over the show. (This was not a hostile takeover; they were trying to be helpful to Bob, who had been on vacation.) Their episode, titled "[[Film/TheEnglishmanWhoWentUpAHillButCameDownAMountain The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down With All the Bananas]]," teemed with StylisticSuck, leading to a mild scolding from Bob. However, after Bob and Larry presented a traditional story, Bob relented and [[ThrowTheDogABone let them sing the song at the end]].
* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'':
** One incident had Mickey give Donald control of the House due to an emergency. Donald promptly turns the House of Mouse into the House of Cluck... er... House of Yuck... erm... House of Pancakes... oh, you know what we mean.
** This is the premise of ''Disney's House of Villains'', a Halloween special edition in which [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]], [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]], and other famous Disney villains conduct a hostile takeover of the eponymous House of Mouse. (Surprisingly, this is in no way connected to ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', although the game may have been the inspiration.) ''"IT'S OUR HOUSE NOW!"''
* In the episode "A Pig's Story" of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', '''The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy''' does this by capturing the narrator with magical handcuffs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' the first clue to something being up is Joker appearing instead of Batman in the teaser. Followed by [[TheBadGuyWins Bad Guys winning]] and ending with an EarthShatteringKaboom. The intro then starts, Joker has now taken over the episode and renamed the show ''Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!'' Complete with [=HAHAHAs=] sprayed over everything. The main episode even plays up Batman as the villain, while Joker [[VillainTeamUp teams up]] with his idol The Weeper to get him back in the game.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has Mandark electrocuting Dexter instead of Dee Dee in the intro with the title sign reading ''Mandark's Laboratory'' complete with [[VillainEpisode all the shorts centered around Mandark.]] However, Dexter does get back at him near the end of the show when ''he'' electrocutes Mandark much like the intro.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' episode, "Factory Follies" is the only episode to have a plot [[ADayInTheLimelight completely centered around the Red Guy.]] At the very end of the episode, it's shown that this is only because he has Cow and Chicken tied up.
* Warner Brothers' ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' (spoilers ahead) has the animator repeatedly sabotaging Daffy Duck, the supposed star of the cartoon, using pencil and eraser to mess with the scenery, the costumes, the colour, the character himself, the entire universe. It's psychedelic and wholly freaky. At the end, the saboteur-cum-animator is revealed to be, of course, none other than Bugs Bunny.
* Used as a CouchGag in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'', when U.Z.Z. agents invade the set of [[ShowWithinAShow The Fluffy Bunny Show]] because "this time slot is needed urgently". One episode has Sweet Little Granny {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing this occurrence, stating that "this sort of thing happens to me every week".
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' where TJ's arch-enemy Lawson forms his [[PsychoRangers own gang of kids]] to upstage the main cast, the second half begins with a skimmed version of the theme tune, when suddenly:
-->'''Lawson:''' Hey, wait a second! I've got an idea.\\
''(the intro rewinds, and plays again with Lawson's crew replacing all the protagonists)''\\
'''Lawson:''' Now that's more like it!
* ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'': One of Hector's plans to take over the world consists on taking over a kids' show called "Everybody Loves Uncle Bob".
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' mixes this with TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Bill Cipher finally attains physical form, and takes over both the titular town and the show itself in Season 2 Episode 18, which results in the title of the episode being changed from "Weirdmageddon" to "Xpcveaoqfoxso". He also takes over the theme song and turns it into a demon-filled nightmare version, changes "Created by Creator/AlexHirsch" to "Created by Bill Cipher", replaces the [[CouchGag end-of-intro backwards whisper]] with himself telling the audience he's watching them, and even the promos for the episode were incredibly glitchy due to his influence.
* During Cartoon Network's old Cartoon Cartoon Fridays bumpers, whenever [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Mojo Jojo]] had hosting duties he would certainly try to invoke the feeling of this by abusing the limited powers he's given over the network as host (he plays around with the logo in the corner of the screen declaring himself to be in complete control of the viewers' television as a result). Of course, it's not exactly the case given that he was scheduled to take control of the block that night.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** One episode has [[AntiHero Stumpy]] become super-intelligent and try to take over the show, and change its name from "[[ProtagonistTitle Kaeloo]]" to "Stumpy".
** [[spoiler: Stumpy finally succeeds in Episode 105, by breaking into the animation studio making the show and taking over script-writing.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': In "The Duckula Show", Danger Mouse faces the prospect of being written out of his own show, after Count Duckula kidnaps the writers and forces them to make him the star.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Simian Says" (and the earlier comic book story "See You Later, Narrator") has Mojo Jojo kidnapping the narrator of the show and making him alter the story that has the girls unavailable while Mojo commits his crimes.

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* The popular interpretation of the January 2010 ''[[Series/TheTonightShow Tonight Show]]'' debacle. Many of Creator/ConanOBrien's fans saw the whole event as Jay Leno stealing ''The Tonight Show'' back from Conan after his own 10:00pm show bombed in Prime Time.
* Happened to a radio station in Washington, D.C. back around 2003. The program director was out sick one day, and the morning DJ went rogue and decided to plug in his personal iPod instead of playing the station's normal Top 40 lineup. Despite the director's protests, the stunt received such a positive response from listeners that the station wound up changing its format to be more of a mix.
* In 1987 an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion unknown hacker]] hijacked TV signals in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, interrupting first the local news and then an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' to deliver a rambling string of nonsense while wearing a ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' mask. The culprit was never caught.
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