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->''"It is only proper that the world be set to rights. However, if we were to unite the entire world the ignorant masses would be unable to keep pace. Therefore, we will start here. And just to be extra prudent and avoid pushing ourselves too hard, we will go one step further and focus here. Conquering one city is a reasonable plan that allows for some leeway for setbacks, don't you think?"''
-->-- '''Lord Il Palazzo''', ''Anime/ExcelSaga''

{{Supervillain}}s are, as a rule, [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]]. From your typical EvilOverlord to a MadScientist to [[PinkyAndTheBrain a pair of lab mice]], any bad guy worth their SpikesOfVillainy will have a grand plan to TakeOverTheWorld.

Then there's this brand of villain. Either they set their sights low out of practicality, or it just doesn't occur to them to aim higher. Whatever the reason, they focus their plans in one specific location - usually the CityOfAdventure where the heroes happen to also live. Typically, there's nothing actually special about that particular town or city. No hidden source of power, no WeirdnessMagnet attracting trouble, nor any particular personal reason for the bad guy to target the place at all. In some cases, however, the city itself is large and influential enough to control the surrounding area or the country at large. In others that particular location could be Step One in an ultimate take over the world scheme.

There is nothing wrong with such a goal as an one-off scheme. However, when the action is serialized in a MonsterOfTheWeek format, the villain's persistence in trying to take over one specific location can break the SuspensionOfDisbelief, although there are ways to amend that, assuming the writers care. The villain can be bound by sentimentality (the city in question is the villain's hometown), grudge (the villain specifically seeks to confront the city's protectors) or simply inability to relocate themselves or the resources they need anywhere else.

In some cases, however, it just seems to never occur to the villain in question to simply move their operations someplace less troublesome. This situation is primarily used for comedy and children shows due to looking like a case of PokeThePoodle.

If someone succeeds in this, it may lead to them declaring "IOwnThisTown!"

Not to be confused with TakingOverTheTown, which involves isolating a town from the outside world so you can loot it.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Florsheim's EvilPlan in ''AstroFighterSunred'' is, in order: 1) Defeat Sunred. 2) TakeOverTheWorld. They're still sort of stuck at step 1 and refuse to move on to step 2 until it is finished. Which is sort of good, since [[HarmlessVillain they probably wouldn't know what to do for step 2 even if they did get to that point]].
* ''TekkonKinkreet'' - the central district of "Treasure Town" is controlled by the Cats, orphans with attitude. They are locked in a tug-of-war with the Yakuza, and later a mob-funded developer who has an eye on converting TT into a gaudy theme park.
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga'''s Il Palazzo believes in pacing oneself, so he starts out by conquering the city, then Japan, ''then'' the world.
* Soon after its foundation, the World Domination Club in ''Manga/TwinkleSaberNova'' realizes that they cannot TakeOverTheWorld with their current strength, so they decide to TakeOverTheCity first. But the city is too large for them, too, so they start with their school.
* Kurt Grendel of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' states this as his goal when he first appears. Thoma promptly makes a LampshadeHanging on how surprisingly small said goal is since ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' villains (including the other ones in ''Force'') tend to operate on a much bigger scale.

* In the ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5105130/1/Sweet-Attack Sweet Attack]]'' by unkeptsecret, [[spoiler: Rock Okajima]] becomes the ''de facto'' crime lord of Roanapur at the end of the story. This is accomplished by [[spoiler: blackmailing Mister Chang's triads and Balalaika's Hotel Moscow. Rock eliminates the forces suppressing the city's free press, which threatens to bring international attention to the city.]]

* The ''Film/DoubleDragon'' film has BigBad Koga Shuko stating this during a rant.
* Casanova Frankenstein from ''Film/MysteryMen'' built a Doomsday Device with which he planned to ... do something really evil to the city, it's not entirely clear what his plans are, he is after all insane.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' [[spoiler: takes this UpToEleven, holding ''all'' of Gotham City, blowing all but one bridge, and warning that any one that leaves or comes will detonate an [[NiceJobBreakingItHero improvised nuclear bomb]]. (ContinuityNod to ''Batman: No Man's Land''.) [[BigBad Bane]] and cohorts don't really want anything than the eventual and total destruction of Gotham--but not before [[BreakTheBadass torturing a crippled Bruce Wayne by letting him watch his city fall apart.]] Bruce gets better.]]
* Professional nogoodnik Simon Phonix managed to take over Los Angeles in ''DemolitionMan''. Upon awakening in a peaceful future, he decides the city-state of San Angeles will be easy pickings.

* Many villains of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' set their sights on ruling Anhk-Morpork
* The protagonists of ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'' develop an effective plan to take over Hampden town, the bucolic locale of Hampden College -- but it's all just a chilling intellectual exercise.
* Despite the fact that God created the entire Universe, Satan only ever seems to concentrate his efforts on the Planet Earth.
** {{Lampshaded}} in C.S. Lewis's ''[[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy Space Trilogy]]''.
* None of the villains in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' seems to have ambitions that go past the Castle walls.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlWhoWouldBeKing'', Lola declares herself King of Los Angeles.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles was the first to fall following Jasmine's birth on ''{{Series/Angel}}''. Since anyone who gazes upon her immediately becomes her devoted servant, it didn't take long for her to realize the enormous potential of live television. L.A. is later declared the "First Citadel of Jasmine". This particular example is an InvertedTrope, since [[CrapSaccharineWorld life under Jasmine's iron fist isn't so bad]]. (Angelinos are seen wearing pink, listening to "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by TheBeachBoys, and even rich pricks in [=BMWs=] are happily giving pedestrians the right of way.)
* While after world domination and despite the fact they were on a moonbase capable of transporting their monsters anyplace they wanted, the first {{Big Bad}}s of the ''PowerRangers'' series always and without exception attacked Angel Grove.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': This is the objective of VillainProtagonist Boyd Crowder, and of a succession of antagonists, all of whom wish to bring Harlan County under their own control.
* In season 3 of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Brick does this to The Glades. He forces the mayor to remove all police presence from the district, allowing him and his thugs to rule it as their personal fiefdom.

* Wily in the works of ''Music/TheProtomen'' doesn't even start out looking to conquer a city - it's basically a glorified mining camp at first, and only becomes a city when his robots rebuild it. Everyone treats his rule over "the city" as being synonymous with total conquest of the entire world.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* This is Doctor Octopus and the Sinister Syndicate's plan in ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'', though he refers to it as "merely the first step in our worldwide conquest".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' is one of the earliest arcade examples. The Mad Gear gang has the stones to kidnap the Mayor's daughter.
* Ditto with the Genesis counterpart, ''StreetsOfRage'', where the criminal mastermind Mr. X repeatedly tries to take over the same city to the point of repeatedly coming BackFromTheDead.
* Solidus Snake tried to seize Manhattan island in ''MetalGearSolid2'', pulling it "offline" with a high-altitude nuclear strike and frying its electrical grid. This is another of ''Metal Gear'''s homages to ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
* In the prologue of ''VideoGame/{{Nightshade}}'', the costumed gangs of Metro City descend into all-out warfare when the city's superhero is murdered. Out of the chaos arises Sutekh, an Egyptian-themed supervillain, who unites the gangs into a single, powerful force.
* Many WideOpenSandbox games feature this when you're limited to a single city.
** The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series had you conquering either Liberty City or Vice City. Though ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' upped the ante and gave you three cities to conquer. Interestingly, this is only true of the PS2 trilogy; earlier titles (and the ones to follow) focus on just scraping by in the criminal underworld, usually resulting in fleeing town altogether.
** The first two ''SaintsRow'' games has you taking over Stillwater not once, but twice. ''Saints Row: The Third'' focuses on a new city, Steelport.
* Fed up with Kirkwall's corruption, the qunari attempt this trope during Act 2 of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'' has [[TheMadHatter the Mad King]], who [[JustBetweenYouAndMe deliberately mentions]] this plan to the heroes in Episode 2, despite the fact that they had no idea about it and [[AccidentalHero didn't really seem to care about stopping it right then]].

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has Daimyo Kubota, a [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying]] [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrat]] who schemes to take over Azure City, and still plots to assassinate its lawful ruler even after its entire population has been displaced. His main mistake is [[spoiler:severely underestimating Vaarsuvius' [[RealityEnsues ruthlessness and sociopathy]]]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/InkCity'' has to deal with this, primarily from [[WesternAnimation/AeonFlux Trevor Goodchild]], who wishes to turn it into New Bregna. Several other villains have also planned to do so, while many of the regular residents are GenreSavvy enough to respond to any public threats of this with eye rolling and sarcastic commentary.
* [[DiabolicalMastermind Coil]] from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has this as his long term goal-he intends to take over the city of Brockton Bay, not only the underworld but also every aspect of the local government from the police to the mayor himself. To do this, he bankrolls two teams of supervillains to do jobs and eventually openly take parts of the city, all the while using his control of the media to run a smear campaign against the local heroes for their apparent inability to stop his proxies. Then, he [[spoiler:fakes his own death in an attempted coup that discredits the heroes and their local government superior, before replacing said superior with his own secret identity. At that point, he was effectively RunningBothSides and could control the conflict at his leisure, and if [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] hadn't [[BoomHeadshot shot him in the head,]] he would have steadily phased out the supervillain control over the city in order to spread his influence through them to other nearby cities, leaving him in total control with none the wiser.]]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' had one MadScientist who tried that.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', most villains really only want to take over (or destroy) Agrabah. Even Jafar, though he definitely cared about having a lot of ''magical'' power, never seemed to extend his political reach beyond Agrabah.
** Agrabah's borders are never specified. For all we know, it could be as large as the real life Persian empire, and whoever controls it controls the largest, most powerful empire in the world.
** It could also be a city-state, and a country in its own right.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''JohnnyTest'' when Mr. White & Mr. Black ask why the show's villains always seem to attack Porkbelly.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' showed little interest in conquering anything beyond [[strike:Metrocity]] Metro City.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' villain Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz concocts plan after plan with which to conquer "the entire Tri-State Area!" The episode "What Do It Do?" has a flashback to a date he went in in high school with Linda, and when he tells her he plans to take over the world, [[FlashbackToCatchphrase she suggests he start small.]]
* Mojo Jojo from ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' generally concentrated his efforts on taking over Townsville though this was his first step to taking over the world.
* ''ReBoot'' has Megabyte mostly focus on taking over the city of Mainframe. He would rather go after the Supercomputer but he'll settle for the city he's stuck in. [[TheBadGuyWins When he succeeds]] he tries to leave for the Supercomputer as soon as possible.
* ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' only has one villain try to take over the world in one episode; the rest war over New York City.
* Miss Mister from ''SuperDuperSumos'' wanted to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]] but start with Generic City. In some episodes. In others she wanted to take over the city, then the world. To add to the confusion, in one episode she says "All I ever wanted to do was destroy Generic City and take over the known world, [[AlasPoorVillain is that too much to ask for]]?"
* In a ''{{Superman}}'' TV special faux documentary, EvilGenius MadScientist Brainwave recommends beginning villains start small, for example, taking over their next door neighbor.
* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Magic Duel", Trixie takes over Ponyville and banishes Twilight Sparkle with the aid of an amulet that makes her crazy. When Twilight defeats her using an even more powerful amulet and Trixie steals it, she vows to take over all of Equestria. [[spoiler:Seeing as how the new amulet is a useless prop, this does not happen.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', [[BigBad Slade]]'s plot seems to extend solely to the borders of Jump City, and not beyond it. In [[SeasonFinale "Aftershock, Part 2"]], upon apparently completing his plan, he doesn't seem to have much desire to move beyond that.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': In a change of pace from usual ''[[Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]''-verse villains, Book 1's BigBad, Amon, is primarily focused on just Republic City. Justified in that said city is the economic and technological center of the ''Avatar'' world.