->''"Beeblebrox stole the Improbability Drive ship when he was, in fact, meant to be launching it."''
-->-- '''Newscaster''', ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''

So you just found out that the enemy is developing a new SuperPrototype that will alter the course of the war. What are you gonna do about it?

The simplest answer seems to be to destroy it, but this more often than not ends up with some OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent FallingIntoTheCockpit, and then you're ''really'' boned. You can [[LensmanArmsRace come up with prototypes of your own]] to counter it, but this could just end up creating a SortingAlgorithmOfEvil that'll lead right to your doorstep. So why not just take it for yourself?

This has a double benefit: Not only does it deny the enemy a powerful weapon, but you gain said weapon in the process, which is often good for a VehicularTurnabout. You might wanna [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup kidnap, steal or wipe out the project data, other prototypes you can't take with you, and/or the inventor(s) while you're at it]].

If this is done by TheProtagonist the story usually focuses on their attempts to get back into friendly territory with their prize. If the story is told from the view of the inevitable pursuers, then they will be attempting to recover or destroy the new unit before it can get away.

See also FallingIntoTheCockpit where this is usually done by accident. PhlebotinumRebel, where the heroes hijack ''themselves''. May overlap with HighSpeedHijack if the vehicle is in motion when stolen. This isn't meaning a crossover between ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', although that would be awesome.

Overlaps with HijackingCthulhu if the mech in question is a MechanicalAbomination.



* The first episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' [[TropeNamer coined this trope's previous name]] through the title of the first episode: "Gundamjack". Here, AcePilot Anavel Gato does just that with the [[NukeEm Nuke-loaded GP02A Physalis]], thus setting off the plot of the series. Of course, how the said hijacking was pulled off should go down in [[Awesome/{{Gundam}} the annals of badassery]]...
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' has the first example of this trope in Gundam with Kamille helping the AEUG pull this off. It's also slightly more justified than many examples as the Gundam in question was already powered up and idling (being examined for damage after the pilot crashed it) when Kamille ran in and swiped it.
** The AEUG was originally planning to steal a single Gundam Mk II prototype to reverse-engineer is revolutionary "movable frame" technology. With Kamille's help, they were able to steal ''all three''. This allowed them to send one away for study, use another for combat, and break down the last one for spare parts to keep the combat unit in service.
** ''Zeta'' is perhaps unique in that it's a case of the main protagonist pulling this off as opposed to FallingIntoTheCockpit. It's certainly unique in that Kamille's motivation for jacking the Gundam is RevengeBeforeReason; he just goes along with the [=AEUG=] afterwards because it seems like a good idea.
* In a rare hero on ''hero'' version, look at episode two of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]''. Judau jacks the Zeta Gundam simply because it's the only mobile suit for him to use. Heck, Judau spent the first several episodes repeatedly trying to jack the Zeta Gundam so he can sell it, only to have an enemy appear the moment he gets his hands on it and be forced to fight it off.
* In ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'', Tobia Arronax [[spoiler:was just captured by the Jupiter Empire and forced to face off in an arena against Rosemarie in the captured X2]]. He manages to steal the suit in a manner similar to Garrod's first-episode Jenicejack in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'', although [[spoiler:using the X2's own decoy instead of a flashbang]].
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' the '''13''' year old protagonist also steals an enemy mecha... except he stole it while it was ''flying'' by landing on it in a parachute, fighting hand to hand with the ace pilot (who is wearing an helmet and is far older), and managing to take control of the machine after a brutal fight that ends underwater. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRiG9csYk2o&feature=related It really needs to be seen to be believed.]]
* Rain Mikamura in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' doesn't exactly ''steal'' the Shining Gundam, as she's on its crew, but she does pilot it despite not having combat training. Later, she "borrows" Japan's Rising Gundam because she needs to get somewhere fast. Her explanation to her stunned friends was nobody was using it at the time. The only conclusion is [[CrazyPrepared She programed a subroutine into both of them that would give her a custom pink trace suit with heels in case Domon wasn't around]].
** Later, while Domon and Rain are in Hong Kong for the finals, a local kid tries to steal the Burning Gundam, nearly killing himself and screwing up Domon's shoulder in the process.
* Even though they were the intended pilots (for the most part), the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' team stole theirs once they learned that the original plan for Operation Meteor [[spoiler:was to ColonyDrop the Earth, then crush all remaining opposition and TakeOverTheWorld,]] opting instead to fight the enemy that was oppressing the colonies and leaving the civilians out of it.
** In episode 34, Zechs steals Wing Zero from OZ after [[DiscardAndDraw self-detonating his Tallgeese]], before OZ got a chance to destroy it.
* ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'''s protagonist hijacks a normal mobile suit in the first episode, but comes by the titular Gundam more honestly, only to hijack his second Gundam, [[spoiler:the Double X]]. Jacking Mobile Suits to sell them was actually his personal trick of the trade before he joined Vulture and he had quite a reputation for it, with experience to match.
* Similarly, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' begins with the [=ZAFT=] G-boys snatching four of the Alliance's five new Gundams. The plan was to steal all five, but poor Rusty got killed before he could do his part. [[spoiler: Kira comes by his MidSeasonUpgrade by Gundamjacking the Freedom, with help from Lacus.]] ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' begins with the ''Alliance'' returning the favor by stealing three of ''[=ZAFT's=]'' new Gundams.
** In the Cosmic Era, due to theft and salvage, ''everybody'' has at least one Gundam on their side. Even the organization that's basically a Garbage union [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]].
* In ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' Kibaomaru's character plot is him wanting to unleash [[SealedEvilInACan Musha]] [[HumongousMecha Daishinsho]] on his enemies and take over the world with it. With the help of Genkimaru, he manages to do that, but it turns out he's not TheChosenOne for the Daishinsho... Genkimaru is. The result is Kibaomaru getting forcibly ejected from Daishinsho and Genkimaru using is to lay siege to his forces.
* [[spoiler:Ali Al-Saachez [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixe9UxVUN78 hijacks Gundam Throne Zwei]]]] in season one of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', despite the manufacturers ''finally'' thinking to put in a biometric scanner. [[spoiler:Fucking Ribbons!]]
** A large portion of the series itself (particularly in Season 2) revolves around the various antagonist factions trying to steal the Gundams.
** Subverted when Revive and [[spoiler:Anew]] fail to get the [[spoiler: 00 Gundam]] because they couldn't bypass the security. Revive DOES successfully jack the [[spoiler:0 Raiser]], only to be foiled by [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome RED HARO]] of all things.]]
** In the very last episode of the series, [[spoiler:Ribbons jacks the 0 Gundam after Lasse abandoned it when its GN particle tank ran out. Amuro and the RX-78, together again at last!]]
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', the Gundam itself doesn't get hijacked, but Grodek hijacks the battleship ''Diva'' (which does have the Gundam and its pilot-designer on it). The first of the series' titular mechs does get hijacked in episode 5. By a ''seven-year-old EnfanteTerrible''.
* In ''Anime/GundamReconguistaInG'' the G-Self changes hands several times-- Originally Raraiya's, it quickly gets stolen by the Amerians after she bails out, who let Aida pilot. Then it's captured by the Capital Guard who have Bellri pilot it, but stolen back by Aida in short order (...though Bellri remains the main pilot). Much later, the main characters steal a large number of mobile suits from G-IT Labs, while all the guards were busy elsewhere trying to kill the G-Self.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', this is surprisingly not the case with Gundam Barbatos, as it was already in the possession of the protagonist faction from the get-go (though it was only used as a [[MundaneUtility power generator]] for the base previously.) This does get played very straight with [[spoiler:[=McGillis'=] jacking of [[SuperPrototype Gundam Bael]] in the second season, having already broken off from Gjallarhron, and declaring to overthrow the latter faction for their abuses.]]
* In ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamThunderbolt'', Federation ensign Io Fleming gets the drop on a Rick Dom used by a member of the Living Dead sniper unit, forcing the hatch open and shooting the pilot in the head as his comrades, including TheRival Daryl Lorenz, are forced to watch on their comm feeds when Io throws the corpse into space and taunt them for their [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain disabilities]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking tastes in music]].

[[folder:Other Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/GetterRobo Hien'' has the protagonist jacking Getter-1, then having to talk the other two pilots into working with him. Given that they were in the middle of a battle at the time, they don't have too much of a choice.
* In ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', Isamu Dyson steals away the SuperPrototype YF-19 transforming fighter jet that he's been test-piloting for the U.N. Spacy. He did it in order to interfere with the public demonstration of X-9 Ghost, an advanced drone fighter that was suddenly selected as the next mainline fighter for U.N.S. instead of YF-19 or YF-21 that were previously competing for the position, and whose evaluation program hasn't even ended at that point. The interesting part is that Isamu is directly assisted by YF-19's chief designer who got enraged that the brass wanted to abandon the machine he spent years on building.
* In the ''Mazinger'' saga:
** It happened in ''Anime/MazingerZ'' after a fashion. Minerva X was designed by Professor Kabuto, but never actually built; Dr. Hell got his hands on the plans and constructed Minerva, using mundane armor materials instead of Super Alloy Z, and installing an AI "crown" piece in place of a Pilder.
** And in the "The Relic of Evil" one-shot, Mazinger-Z itself was hijacked by [[spoiler:a [[BrainInAJar Kedora]]]] sent by Dr. Hell.
** And in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (one of the sequels), Duke Fleed steals Grendizer and flees with it before the Vegans can seize it.
** And ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was seized by a Vegan commander in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''
** And in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', a Mechanical Beast hijacked Venus A, forcing the heroes to destroy it. Before it, a bunch of Mechanical Beasts force Kouji and the Hover Pilder out of Mazinger-Z, with Baron Ashura taking it over as the Ashura Mazinger.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' - Baron Asura [[spoiler: steals several [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] from [[BigBad Dr Hell]] and]] attempts to do this, but ends up being [[spoiler: ambushed by Count Blocken, who Dr. Hell sent.]] In a surprising moment of savvy, [[spoiler: Dr Hell]] realised the ramifications of this if it failed, so aborted the operation.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has at least two angels that hijack an Eva for their own personal use:
** Bardiel, a fungus-like angel that contaminates Unit-03 as it's transported through a storm (in which it was presumably hiding) and then takes control during its activation test, with it trying to kill the other Eva pilots. In both continuities, Shinji refuses to fight it because he realises that the human pilot is still trapped inside, and [[AbusiveParents Gendo]] activates the Dummy Plug system, which takes control of Unit-01 away from Shinji and forces it to destroy Unit-03 (almost an example of this trope in itself). The main difference between''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion' here is that in NGE, Toji was the pilot, lost a leg to the Dummy Plug's attack, and was left incapacitated for the rest of the series; in ROE, the pilot is [[spoiler: Asuka, who presumably suffered far less severe injuries, as, when we see her after the TimeSkip in 3.33, she has only an eyepatch - which is implied to be hiding [[BodyHorror where Bardiel either mutated her to give her angelic traits, or outright merged with her head.]]]]
** The second example in NGE is of Kaworu, who doesn't actually pilot Unit-02 when he hijacks it - he floats nearby in the air while remotely controlling its movements, using it to break into Terminal Dogma in an attempt to cause [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]].
** Then, in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0'', Mari jacks Unit-02 to fight against Zeruel. [[CurbStompBattle Not that it did ANY good, unfortunately]]. Nevertheless, it is interesting that she intentionally uses a feature of Unit-02 that Asuka never used (and may not even be aware of). The fact that she was able to Evajack it at all - given the nature of the Evangelions in the original series - has spawned a number of EpilepticTrees: [[spoiler: each Eva contains either part of or a fully intact human soul, and can only be piloted by the child of that person, or by someone who essentially [[CloningBlues is that person]] (in Rei's case). Unit 02 contains the soul of Asuka's mother - Mari would only be able to use it if they have the same mother..or if she's an angel.]]
* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'': Lelouch hijacks the strongest robot in the first season from Britannia.
** More hilariously, in R2, the Chinese Federation captures Kallen and her Guren Nishiki, which are turned over to Britannia. Britannia heavily upgrades the Guren, only to have it stolen BACK, by Kallen herself, before they are ever able to use it.
* Attempted, on the titular mecha, multiple times, by the main team of [[OneManArmy Karlstein Agents]] from Dorssia in Geass' SpiritualSuccessor, ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator''. The first time, they did in the original scientist team, but failed to get the mecha. Even after it was proven that [[spoiler: anyone other than the Academy students will be killed if they attempt to pilot them,]] they kept trying - [[spoiler: because their captain was actually a Magius, the AncientConspiracy alien parasites whose power the Valvraves use.]]
* Akito Tenkawa hijacks an (advanced but not exactly SuperPrototype) Aestivalis in the first episode of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''. He [[DirtyCoward meant to use it as a convenient escape vehicle]], but ends up providing just the distraction the good guys needed.
* The King Gainer of ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'' is stolen from a museum run by the ruler of Wulgusk. The Duke wants it back, only to clam up when Gain reminds him that the London IRA wouldn't like it if he had a working Overman on display. Later in the series Adette steals a bunch of Silhouette Machines to supply her troops.
* This is how Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' gets his Gurren (It even provided the trope picture for quite a while). This action inspires Kittan and some other humans to jack some Gunmen for their own battle against the beastmen, until they eventually joined the rest of Team Gurren to form ''Team Dai-Gurren''.
** Simon's Lagann is the reason they're able to jack their bigger targets, when simply ousting the current pilot isn't an option. Simply have Lagann drill into the target to "combine" with it, and it can hijack the target's systems. Thus the trope crosses into PowerCopying. Need to fly? Beat a flying mecha and [[strike: rip off the wings and rockets and]] attach the whole thing to your back. Lagann's ability to integrate with any and all kinds of mecha will take it from there.
* After subverting FallingIntoTheCockpit just previously, episode nine of ''Anime/FangOfTheSunDougram'' has [[TheHero Crinn]] doing this to recover the eponymous unit from the Federation, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome quite awesomely]].
* Young [[spoiler: Gennai]] does this in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' when Piemon attacks the area where the Digitama/digieggs that will become the Chosen Children's partner Digimon are being kept/maintained. He hijacks a Mechanorimon (which is apparently being controlled by a Bakemon) to hide the crests and eggs from Piemon, but dropping [[spoiler: Tailmon's egg]] in the process explaining [[spoiler: why she grew up alone]].
* The [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Grendel family]] of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' attempt to do one in their debut chapter, attacking a TSAB transport with intent to capture some of their newly developed [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Raptor Units]].
* This seems to be the standard operating procedure of the [[NebulousEvilOrganization Phantom Task Organization]] from ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos''. Their targets are mostly classified, corporate, and governmental IS units and related items, with dedicated security teams and IS pilots guarding them - and they still manage to successfully steal the same.
** M, a member thereof, takes this trope to nigh-badass levels by breaking into a base to steal a highly classified IS ''[[OneManArmy alone]]''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Galactic Alliance Remnant does this in an issue of ''ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy'' during the Battle of Mon Calamari by stealing the just-completed Advanced Star Destroyer ''Imperious'' before it was even fielded and removing Mon Calamari's shipbuilding capabilities in the process.
* ComicBook/IronMan has gotten his PoweredArmor stolen on many an occasion.
* The prototype scout ship ''Cam Triompe'' stolen by the main characters in the far-future ''ComicBook/{{ElfQuest}}'' series ''The Rebels''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': When [[spoiler:[[TheQuietOne Rei]] was fighting [[HeroKiller Zeruel]] with no support]] and losing badly, [[BattleCouple Shinji and Asuka]] wanted to help her but they could not use their own [[HumongousMecha Evas]], so that they [[spoiler:hijacked Unit 03.]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Asuka briefly mentions the battle where Bardiel seized Unit 03, calling that EldritchAbomination “the Angel of Gundamjacking” (former trope name).
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'':
** After their assault upon the Geofront failed, NERV (later HERZ) hijacked the MP-Evas and reprogrammed them to use them.
** When the second wave of MP-Evas assaults HERZ [[spoiler:Rei hijacks ALL OF THEM by using mind control to bind the dummy plugs to her will.]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': The same as in canon, Bardiel hijacked Unit-03. Unlike canon, [[spoiler:Hikari was the pilot, and Gendo forced Asuka's Eva to kill her.]]
-->"In transit, another Angel struck, infecting Unit 03. Upon initial activation, it took over and destroyed the testing facility outside Tokyo-3. It disabled the still inactive Unit 04, critically wounding the pilot, before it began to advance on the city."

* The movie ''Film/{{Firefox}}'' is about Creator/ClintEastwood's character making off with a Soviet prototype jet.
** The movie averts the NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup trope by having him subsequently get chased down by the other prototype and forcing him into a dogfight with it. Apparently the Soviets made at least two, and certainly still have the plans (although not necessarily the scientists) to make more but don't want the Americans reverse-engineering it before it goes into production.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Rhodes steals the Mark II armor, which would later be [[MoreDakka upgraded]] into the War Machine armor.[[spoiler:Turns out that Tony gave Rhodey authorization for the suits, ostensibly because he was dying and preparing for Rhodes to succeed him. Which explains why a machine that previously relied on the Arc Reactor in Tony's chest now has its own self-contained power source.]]
* Rhodes does it again in ''Film/IronMan3'', but with his armor being stolen at first by the villains. When Tony Stark couldn't give him a suit during the final battle, he decides to take back his suit [[BroughtDownToBadass with nothing but a pistol.]]
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', [[spoiler: Harrison murders Admiral Marcus and seizes control of the ''Vengeance.'' Before that he stole transwarp technology from the Section 31 base in London]].
** However, it hasn't been made clear that [[spoiler:there is only one ''Dreadnought''-class warship in existence, especially given Starfleet's naming convention for ships (i.e. the class is named for the lead ship), implying there's at least one more]].
* ''Film/GoldenEye'' features a double example - early on, the bad guys steal a prototype Tiger helicopter, but this is not their ultimate objective. Instead, the Tiger's resistance to [=EMP=] makes it the perfect getaway vehicle for a second theft, that of the top secret Goldeneye weapons system.
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' is all about this, with a Soviet submarine captain and his command crew intending to defect to the United States aboard a new, undetectable Soviet prototype sub. The story follows both the US and Soviets trying to catch the sub before the other side can, while avoiding a sufficiently large diplomatic incident that would incite World War III.

* In ''Literature/InFuryBorn'' Alicia needs a starship to get away from being in custody. She steals an alpha-synth ship, a starship with a crew of one person fused with the AI that helps run the ship, that is faster, smaller, and more heavily armed than anything else in space.
* From the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** The famous X-Wing was actually intended to replace the Imperial TIE Fighter, but the design team defected with the prototypes and all of their research, leaving the Empire stuck with one of history's greatest {{Mook Mobile}}s.
** ''Slave I'', the ''Firespray''-class patrol craft piloted by Jango and Boba Fett, was a prototype vehicle stolen by Jango, who then blasted the five others on his way out. Decades later new ''Firesprays'' were eventually built, in part due to Fett popularizing the model, but between Fett's improvements to the original and the fact that the replacements were medicore cash-ins, the original ''Slave I'' still outperformed her "successors."
** Kyp Durron infamously stole the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sun Crusher]]. Of course, [[spoiler:he uses it]].
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': [[TheBigGuy Boromir]] [[AntiHero tries to pull one of these]] with the [[ArtifactOfDoom One Ring]] at the Council of Elrond but has his idea shot down pretty quickly.
* The ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series begins with an accidental one. A French ship delivering the [[EggMacGuffin egg]] of a [[LateArrivalSpoiler Chinese Celestial]] to become the personal companion of the [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte French Emperor]] is delayed due to a run of bad luck at sea, and is captured by a British vessel a week before the egg hatched and the dragonet [[FallingIntoTheCockpit imprinted on it's captain]].
* "Adopting" enemy technology might as well be considered part of the Terran [[PlanetOfHats hat]] in the early arcs of ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' -- especially in the very earliest issues, when Earth's own industry (starting on a 1970s Cold War footing) was still struggling with the sudden influx of new alien knowledge. No less than three early Terran capital ships were simply stolen from hostile alien factions and put to good use, and the same goes for e.g. the prototype shock-absorber device that would prove vital in concealing Earth's position by making Terran vessels' hyperspace jumps virtually undetectable with the technology of the time.
* Appears as a plot point in the ''Warrior'' trilogy of ''Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse'' novels when Capellan commando troops use inside information to raid a Davion research facility for a new type of myomer fiber that promises to make [[HumongousMecha [=BattleMechs=]]] considerably more physically powerful. [[spoiler:It's a trap, though; the material is actually a FlawedPrototype that their enemies ''want'' them to get their hands on because they already know exactly how to exploit the flaw on the battlefield.]]
* In the third book of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' (''The Amber Spyglass''), Mrs. Coulter steals a prototype flying machine from Lord Asriel's fortress. [[spoiler: It turns out she stole only the ''first'' prototype, which Lord Asriel showed her [[BatmanGambit knowing she would steal it]], and he trails her in a more advanced prototype.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In both the original ''Series/GetSmart'' TV series and the [[Film/GetSmart 2008 movie]], Hymie the robot was stolen from [=KAOS=] and reprogrammed by [=CONTROL=].
* In a kind of inversion, the Soviets try on several occasions to steal ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. This is not quite the same as the first story, where Stringfellow Hawke has to Gundam Jack-back the previously stolen chopper from Libya.
** In the latter case, it's the chopper's own designer who jacks it during a trial run.
* With ''Franchise/PowerRangers''' abundance of HumongousMecha, you can bet this shows up from time to time:
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' featured hijacks of each of Tommy's Zords. Dragonzord in the first season after a briefly mind-controlled Billy was made to steal the Dragon Dagger and give it to Goldar, the Tigerzord in season 2 in an episode where Goldar stole Saba from Tommy and gave him to Rita, and in season 3 the Falconzord was stolen by Lord Zedd. The theft of the Falconzord lasted the longest, but the villains didn't use it, just kept it as a trophy.
*** The villains were the ones to claim the Shogunzords, and tried to blackmail the Rangers into piloting them. Of ''course'' the Rangers swiped the zords out from under them.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', the two megazords were hijacked by different groups of villains and fought each other.
** The Turbo Megazord is stolen in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', forcing the Rangers to use the new Rescue Megazord. Something similar happened in the [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Sentai counterpart]].
** In ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', Delta Megazord, using a virus. Then Mega Voyager, thanks to Psycho Yellow.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', ''all'' Zords were first claimed by villains, then freed or convinced to do an HeelFaceTurn by the Rangers. Middle example of this trope because the Zords are sentient.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce,'' the Quantasaurus Rex is the focus of a multi-parter, as the heroes and villains (and [[SixthRanger Eric]], who is a side unto himself at this point) track it to where a faulty time portal dropped it and vie for control of it. It is controlled by the villains for a time until Eric winds up with it. Is it any better off in Eric's hands? [[IncrediblyLamePun Only time would tell]].
** In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce,'' when Zen-Aku came along, three Wild Zords were part of the package. However, he stole several of the ones belonging to the Rangers and could have them attack individually or use their [[MechaExpansionPack attachment modes]] with his own Megazord, the Predazord.
*** There was also a MonsterOfTheWeek who could control any animal - or any animal-based hero. After he makes the Rangers jump through hoops ([[HypnoFool literally!)]] for a bit, the bad guys skip to MakeMyMonsterGrow ''very'' early on and the result is an episode nearly entirely given to an epic battle of the Zords he's stolen versus the Zords the rangers are still in control of, with a ridiculous(ly awesome) amount of attachment-switching to make all kinds of quick-and-dirty Megazord formations, with [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Toxica and Jindrax]] setting up a table where they announced the fight as {{Combat Commentator}}s as if it was a sporting event. (Without them, we wouldn't know the names of most of the one-off formations used!)
** The same thing happened in the [[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger source material]].
** This was the ''point'' of at least the first half of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''. Right in the premiere, the Rangers first got their zords by jacking them from the villains. Then many episodes featured lost Dinozord eggs that were being sought after by both sides, and when the villains got them first the Rangers had to jack them back. Then the evil White Rangers (yes, plural, though there was only one at a time) showed up and they were ''very'' good at hijacking the Rangers' secondary zords. Even the White Ranger's zord was "borrowed" at one point by Tommy. Ultimately only ''two'' Dinozords were used exclusively by one side: the "Mezodon" zord, which was last to appear and came after most of the jacking died down; and the Brachiozord, which was there from the beginning but was ''a carrier with no combat capabilities''.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', there were a couple attempts to take over SPD Command (which is both [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs their base]] ''and'' a zord). Wootox only got as far as the TransformationSequence, but Broodwing had more success in the finale.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM,'' Venjix's new mecha is stolen by the Rangers and turned into the Whale Zord. Later, Shifter, now rogue, decides to take one of the Rangers' megazords - the effort to break his control leads the Rangers' MissionControl to figure out how to combine all the megazords together. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Oops.]]
** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoSuperCharge'', after getting a hold of the Rangers' technology, a faction of villains was able to take control of the Zords and use them to fight Heckyl.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. In the episode "Balance of Terror" the Federation discovered that the Romulans had developed a cloaking device for their ships that made them invisible. In "The Enterprise Incident" the Starfleet Command sent the Enterprise on a mission to steal one of the devices so they could learn how to neutralize it.
** The dialogue "The Enterprise Incident" refers to the cloaking device they're stealing as a new device. This would be odd, seeing as they encountered one over a year ago, but actually makes sense if one pays close attention to what the cloaking devices' limitations are[[note]]The ''Terror'' cloak limited the cloaked ship's detection capabilities about as much as it kept other ships from detecting them, and the ''Enterprise'' could still find its general area whenever the ship moved. The ''Incident'' cloak is one of a new superior generation of cloaks that doesn't hinder the ship's own sensor and, at the time of the encounter, is virtually impossible to detect for both the Federation ''and'' the Romulans.[[/note]].
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Starfleet had a huge problem when the Breen joined the Dominion with their ship-disabling weapons. To get around this problem, they waited for the Breen to outfit a Dominion vessel with the weapon and promptly stole it. In no time they were able to develop a defense against the weapon and nullify that advantage.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': In "Message in a Bottle", Voyager discovers a vast alien communications relay, giving a narrow window of opportunity to contact a Starfleet vessel, so the Doctor is transmitted to the Alpha Quadrant. That ship is the USS ''Prometheus'', a prototype vessel [[OhCrap which has been captured by Romulans]], who intend to take it back to Romulus. So it's up to the Doctor and the Prometheus' EMH to stop them.
* The whole plot behind ''{{Series/Airwolf}}'': originally the helicopter was planned to be a whole squadron of ships that could blend in with civilian aircraft. The designer does this to ''himself'', slaughtering US government officials viewing a test run, and taking it to a Mideast country. The protagonists of the series manage to steal it back, but refuse to give it to the government or the manufacturer, holding it in exchange for information on one of the protagonist's family members who is a POW in Vietnam.
* In the "Phantom Train of Doom" episode of ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'', when the heroes find themselves in possession of the titular train - and its massive railroad gun - they decide to bring it back to friendly lines rather than blow it up as originally planned. [[spoiler: This works for all of a minute, until the Germans destroy the tracks and move in to retake the train.]]

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* In ''Roleplay/AlphaTeamMissionDeepFreezeRPG'', after the supposed death of [[TheDragon General Evil]], Alpha Team was able to steal his personal vehicle, a unique armored [[SpiderTank Scorpion Orb Launcher]] called the ''Silver Scorpion''. General Evil never got it back, and Alpha Team continued to use it up through the Dino Attack.
* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', Dino Attack Team stole one of XERRD's Dino Track Transports and, by modifying Iron Predator blueprints, subsequently started building Dino Track Transports of their own.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Orks love to loot the enemy's gear and vehicles for use in battle, but the series' MiniMecha are generally immune to this - the Tau booby-trap their Battlesuits with flamethrowers, while Space Marine Dreadnoughts don't have a proper cockpit since they're "piloted" by a [[EmergencyTransformation life-support sarcophagus]].
* A background piece has an Imperial commando wreak havoc behind Tau lines. One sees an open battlesuit, either going for this trope or just booby-trapping it... and is fried by the system not recognizing his DNA.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' starts with an attempt to steal the previously-jacked Jehuty ''back'', until Leo complicates things by FallingIntoTheCockpit.
** The sequel, ''The 2nd Runner'', does the exact same thing, although Jehuty was in a container in Calypso rather than in a military base.
** The anime prequel ''Zone of the Enders: Idolo'' climaxes with a failed attempt at this.
* ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries'' did this trope once, with a faction hiring you to help steal a superheavy Clan-technology mech for their side. Possibly a double-dip of this idea, because you had the option to grab it away from them, too!
** Also occurred in at least one of the ''VideoGame/MechCommander'' games (the Masakari [=TWOCing=] mission in the original springs to mind) and most of the novels at one time or the other.
*** The Liao False Flag mission was basically this, send in several salvage craft in, steal the Davion Clanmechs and send the Steiner a nice middle finger barrage with it.
** The Crysis mod, ''VideoGame/MechWarrior Living Legends'', allows you to blast an enemy's cockpit armor, then kill the pilot inside. Once you kill him, you're free to hop in the mech and drive it back to base to repair or sell it. Additionally, if an enemy players ejects, you can hop in his mech as he's flying up into the air, then blast him in the face when he lands.
** It's a very common idea in the whole ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe. Since building mechs is fairly difficult, killing the pilot and capturing the mech is a very common goal according to the universe lore. Though generally this was done on the battlefield: disable the 'Mech, kill the pilot, and then drag the 'Mech to your repair bay and now it's yours.
*** You'd think if that were the case these people would start putting a SelfDestructMechanism on their mechs.
*** Again, building mechs is fairly difficult. Blowing up a mech just because the pilot died means your side can't recover it either.
*** This is basically expected enough in-universe that practically every [=BattleMech=] comes with standard anti-theft countermeasures already built in. The most common example, showcased in various novels, is the computer running a voice recognition check in conjunction with an individual code phrase during startup. At the same time, several novels reveal that each mech's Neurohelmet must be re-calibrated for each new user, which can pretty much only be done in the hangar. Skipping this process leads to a punch-drunk machine and a pilot with a massive, incurable hangover.
** The ''VideoGame/MechAssault'' series simplified things even further in its shift to an arcade action playstyle. With the default Battlesuit, the player could simply hack into a Mech to disable it and immediately switch over with no indication of what happened to the original warm body inside.
** Both ''Mechwarrior 3'' and ''Mechwarrior 4'' and their expansions had missions where new units could be stolen from maintenance and added to the player's TO&E.
** This trope is also played completely straight in ''Decision at Thunder Rift'', the first ''[=BattleTech=]'' novel.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' plot is kicked off by one of these operations. The game starts with the stealing team making a stand against the pursuit team. Neither side gets it, since Fei "fell into" the cockpit. So everyone starts trying to get the ''pilot'' to come with them, turning the plot into a series of Feijackings.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' starts with Ocelot stealing Metal Gear RAY from The Patriots for The Patriots. It's as [[MindScrew complicated as it sounds]], yet this is [[MagnificentBastard Ocelot]] after all.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' [[spoiler:Snake uses the old Metal Gear REX from ''Metal Gear Solid 1'' to escape from the underground facility. He meets Ocelot in a [=RAY=] and tears the old cat a new one.]]
* In the PC game ''G-Nome'', you can capture enemy [[HumongousMecha HAWCs]] by forcing the pilot out with a special gun, then killing them.
* This is an entire combat mechanic in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. With small vehicles, like the [[MookMobile Ghost]], [[CoolShip Hornet/Falcon]] and the [[CoolBike Chopper]], it's simply a matter of kicking the driver out, and landing in the seat. With medium vehicles, like the [[SignatureTeamTransport Warthog]], you can bash the driver, or remove the passenger or gunner and take their place. With heavy vehicles, like the [[HoverTank Wraith]], the [[TankGoodness Scorpion]], and the [[HumongousMecha Mantis]], you can punch it until it explodes, [[InsertGrenadeHere or plant a grenade in the canopy/vent.]]
* In the Activision version of ''VideoGame/{{Battlezone|1998}}'', you can steal enemy vehicles by sniping the pilots.
* In ''VideoGame/FrontMission 3'', you can jack any vehicle without a pilot. Though only the normal Wanzers can be kept afterward.
* Anise Azeat of ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel II'' steals an Emblem Frame/Angel Wing/whatever-they've-decided-to-call-them-this-week from the ''Luxiole'' early in the game, but gets to keep it after her HeelFaceTurn and joins the Rune Angels.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Redline}}'', each level has a few free cars that the character can get into should his own get too damaged/destroyed, and that's that - you can't grab enemy cars. However, should you decide to cheat and use the code that adds all the guns, you'll get the supposedly-multiplayer-only ejecto-gun, with which you can eject enemies out of their vehicles and grab them. This is when you find out that, in order to make it harder for the player, enemy cars [[TheAIIsACheatingBastard have virtually unlimited ammo]].
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' has a few examples who can do, or assist in, this trope:
** There's the Nod Mutant Hijacker in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun''
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' has Jarman Kell, the GLA's hero unit that can snipe the pilots of enemy vehicles, leaving them inactive. It is then sufficient to walk a basic infantry unit inside, placing the unit under your command.
*** The ''Zero Hour'' ExpansionPack has the [[{{BFG}} Chinese Nuke Cannon]] being capable of firing neutron shells that kill enemy vehicle crews, making the vehicle available to capture.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' has engineers capable of doing this to fallen walker units (Juggernaut Artillery, Avatar walker, Annihilator Tripod) in a similar fashion.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' has the Soviet heroic unit Natasha - skill-wise an expy of the aforementioned GLA hero unit.
* Done oh-so-excellently in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'', wherein the playable rebel faction decides the best possible way to deal with their current goal is to steal a prototype weapon of mass destruction. [[Awesome/StarCraftII By putting an insane, carnage-loving psychopath in the cockpit]].
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', all of the missions to destroy Leonardo's war machines will eventually involve Ezio taking the things and briefly using them against the Borgia.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' has Tatsuya steal and command an enemy warmech from the Tenchu Army.
* This is both possible and surprisingly effective in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' when you play as an engineer class. Using your hydrospanner on an enemy tank long enough will eventually disable it and boot out the occupants so you can take it over. Stealing an enemy's tank not only keeps it from firing on your troops and but also keeps it from respawning for a while since you didn't technically "destroy" it in the first place.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'': Grungust Type 2, Gespenst S, and Weissreiter. [[spoiler: All the pilots were taken too and used by the Aerogaters]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'' the Neo DC steals the mass production Huckebein, the Wildfalken, and the [[spoiler:Shirogane]] from the EFA.
** [[spoiler: Weissreiter was jacked in this game also but this time was augmented to give it a significant boost in power.]]
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars3'' has the player re-enact the trope-naming episode of ''Gundam 0083'', among other appearances of this trope.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX'' has the Vegans stealing Anime/GreatMazinger and Anime/MazingerZ in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFeKFc0peH8 reenactment]] of "UFO Robot Grendizer vs. Great Mazinger".
* In the prologue missions of ''VideoGame/RingOfRed'', a North Japanese rebel steals a SuperPrototype AFW from right under the noses of the South Japan army, kicking off the game's main narrative.
* Creator/DataEast's ''Breakthru'' involves the player tracking down a stolen jet fighter prototype.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard can hijack a Cerberus Atlas if s/he either finds it unattended or s/he kills the pilot while leaving the mech itself intact.
** [[spoiler: Edi does this with Eva]].
** Meanwhile, the Earth Systems Alliance does this with the ''Normany SR-2'' (previously a very expensive Cerberus frigate) during the months between ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''Mass Effect 3'', as a result of Commander Shepard surrendering the ship to the Alliance authorities after breaking ties with Cerberus. Alliance technicians spent most of the intervening time heavily refitting the ship to bring her in line with Alliance standards and to slap a nice [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience blue and silver]] paint job on her. It seems that the Alliance considered the Cerberus design to be AwesomeButImpractical with quite a bit of NoOSHACompliance thrown in.
* Done incredibly in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrOIgxQ--Tc this]] ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' clip, where a soldier [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoots out a jet pilot with his sniper]]. After ejecting. [[HighSpeedHijack In mid-air]].
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV: The Price of Freedom'' has the Border Worlds Militia do this to variously steal advanced fighters, new missiles, [[RefugeInAudacity a fleet carrier]], and several of the villains' SuperPrototype secret weapons. [[spoiler: Captain Eisen]] takes the cake, however, when he pulls off a GunshipRescue [[spoiler: with a brand new Super Carrier that he and some of his friends lifted from the Sol System - the capital of the Terran Confederation.]]
* SimulationGames that allow you to board enemy ships fall under this category if your BoardingParty can take it over. Examples include ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'', where you can capture disabled ships and either fly them yourself or make them your escorts, and the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' series, where you'll be doing your boarding [[HighSpeedHijack while the enemy is still fighting]].
* In one mission, [[TheHero CJ]] from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is tasked to infiltrate an army secret base to hijack a newly developed ''JetPack''. Sounds similiar to ''Gundam'' series, eh?
* The final mission in ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorFrontline'' involves stealing an experimental Nazi fighter plane.
* In ''VideoGame/EnemyMind'' you're an alien entity capable of infiltrating other minds and making them do your bidding. Because the game is a 2D sidescroller in space, this translates to being able to jump from ship to ship more or less to your heart's desire - and you do need to do this often, as the vessels you commandeer are scarce in both ammunition and armor, so it's unfeasible to get a ship you like and stick with it. It's worth noting that once you jump away, if the previous ship still has any ammunition left, the pilot will regain his will and try to shoot you down again. (If no ammo is left, they [[MadeOfExplodium spontaneously combust]].)
* A viable tactic in the ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' series, with a number of missions ''requiring'' to capture an enemy vessel or vehicle. In the first game you could even use your salvage corvettes to build up ''enormous fleets'' out of captured enemy ships ([[ObviousRulePatch something the later games and the remastered version don't allow]]).
* In the iOS and Mac game VideoGame/GalaxyOnFire Valkyrie DownloadableContent, Keith the protagonist sneaks into a Voss station to steal a prototype K’suuk fighter that was designed for non-Vossk. He isn’t stealing it so the Terrans who are enemies of the Voss can analyze it - the Terrans don’t really care about this ship. He is stealing it for Alice a rogue ArmsDealer who wants to copyright the design and be the first to introduce the ship to market.
* In the iOS game VideoGame/NearOrbitVanguardAlliance’s second and third installments, Captain Wardin the protagonist can hijack mechs to fight an onslaught of enemies - including other mechs.
* In VideoGame/JanesUSAF you and your wingmen have to escort a spec ops chopper as it infiltrates a test pilot onto a Russian airfield. Once there, he steals a prototype Sukhoi-37 fighter with a new kind of ECM jammer and flies it back to US controlled territory. You have to escort him back.

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* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'''s review of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' #1, [[spoiler: Linkara reveals he stole ComicBook/{{Neutro}} from Dr. Insano]].
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, when the Syndicate and Deathlist's army of Sabretooths try to invade SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy at Halloween, school range officer Erik Mahren jacks one of the Syndicate's gunships. Turns out his old codename when he was in an Army special force was Hijacker.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Roman Torchwick steals a prototype Atlesian Paladin mech and uses it to fight Team RWBY. The girls have a hard time, but are able to defeat it, but in Season 3, Winter tells Weiss that the real deal would not fall to a team of teenagers. Sure enough, when the entire Atlas army is taken over, the teams are easily put through the wringer.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' begins with the Earth forces having already stolen the enemy Super Prototype; the beginning of the first episode has the Glorff trying to take it back again.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'': In an effort to scare off a murderous classmate, Lance breaks into the military academy's armory to steal a Manus suit. Unfortunately, the classmate responded by stealing a Manus suit of his own.

* This has happened many times throughout history, ranging from boarding parties seizing enemy ships to defectors making a RunForTheBorder in an advanced jetplane. In the event of open war, many nations have simply recovered enemy hardware after it was lost in battle, and then taken it home for study.
** A Japanese Zero that crashed intact in the Aleutian Islands was extensively examined and tested by the Americans, who developed new tactics to exploit every flaw they could find in Japanese design practices. The Axis powers similarly used captured Allied hardware and used it for their own purposes, including both study and operational use. For example, the Nazis greatly improved the reliability of their semi-automatic rifles by studying the gas system of captured Soviet SVT-40s.
** Using captured enemy aircraft operationally could be a two-edged sword due to FriendOrFoe confusion. The Luftwaffe was known to take captured Allied aircraft, paint them in Luftwaffe markings, and use them for reconnaissance, with at least one case of a German pilot using a P-51 to fly [[RefugeInAudacity right through an American bomber formation unmolested]] despite the clearly German markings (shortly after, a much larger force of German fighters attacked the bombers).[[note]]This led to bomber formations establishing "code words" used to hail suspicious allied aircraft who approached formations without identifying themselves; planes that failed to respond or give the right code would immediately find themselves staring down ''every machine gun barrel in the formation'' and [[NoKillLikeOverkill blasted to kingdom come.]][[/note]] Meanwhile, one Japanese pilot flying a Curtiss P-40 (in Japanese markings) was shot down over Rangoon by another Japanese pilot who mistook him for an American or British pilot.
* Several military combat ground vehicles of all shapes and sizes can be stolen surprisingly easily, up to and including some types of Tanks, simply because in a lot of cases they don't even need keys to start up. (Luckily, the ammunition for their guns is a different story.) This is supposedly for combat readiness: you do not want the combat vehicle's driver to be searching for the correct unlocking mechanism when the enemy's right at the gates.
* While not a balatant case of theft, Russia's first nuclear bomber, the Tupolev Tu-4A, was basically created from this; During the closing stages of WWII, several B-29 bombers damaged from missions over Japan crash-landed in Soviet territory. With the B-29 being the then-cutting edge plane of the war and Russia in need of a decent strategic bomber, Stalin refused to return the planes, and reverse-engineered them to create the Tu-4, which was essentially an exact copy of the B-29 except with [[MoreDakka bigger defensive guns.]]