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->''"Iíve seen coups from Angola to Zanzibar, and this is how it ends: in the trunk of a taxi to the airport, your belly full of diamonds and vodka, praying your driver doesnít rat you out to the Reds at the last checkpoint because then the last thing you'll ever hear, besides a pistol cocking behind your head, is Ivan's laugh."''

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->''"Iíve ->''"I've seen coups from Angola to Zanzibar, and this is how it ends: in the trunk of a taxi to the airport, your belly full of diamonds and vodka, praying your driver doesnít doesn't rat you out to the Reds at the last checkpoint because then the last thing you'll ever hear, besides a pistol cocking behind your head, is Ivan's laugh."''


* ''Fanfic/WhiteSheepRWBY'': During the negotiations with Atlas, Jaune eventually gives up on being nice and summons a bunch of Grimm in the council chambers, then escapes with all his allies and everything he wanted from the start. As they are leaving, Jaune fights General Ironwood, who nearly manages to kill him in single combat. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that was all staged. When Jaune finally realized the politicians ''could not'' captitulate to his perfectly reasonable demands, he and Ironwood cooked up a plan to fake a war, which puts the country under martial law and makes Ironwood the only person with any authority. Then they can just fake fighting for a few weeks until Ironwood "forces" Jaune to "accept" peace]]. [[DotingParent Salem]] decides to make a scrapbook of her son's first coup, while [[LikeBrotherAndSister Cinder]] jumps up and down while watching the broadcast, laughing like a kid.

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* ''Fanfic/WhiteSheepRWBY'': During the negotiations with Atlas, Jaune eventually gives up on being nice and summons a bunch of Grimm in the council chambers, then escapes with all his allies and everything he wanted from the start. As they are leaving, Jaune fights General Ironwood, who nearly manages to kill him in single combat. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that was all staged. When Jaune finally realized the politicians ''could not'' captitulate capitulate to his perfectly reasonable demands, he and Ironwood cooked up a plan to fake a war, which puts the country under martial law and makes Ironwood the only person with any authority. Then they can just fake fighting for a few weeks until Ironwood "forces" Jaune to "accept" peace]]. [[DotingParent Salem]] decides to make a scrapbook of her son's first coup, while [[LikeBrotherAndSister Cinder]] jumps up and down while watching the broadcast, laughing like a kid.

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* ''Fanfic/WhiteSheepRWBY'': During the negotiations with Atlas, Jaune eventually gives up on being nice and summons a bunch of Grimm in the council chambers, then escapes with all his allies and everything he wanted from the start. As they are leaving, Jaune fights General Ironwood, who nearly manages to kill him in single combat. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that was all staged. When Jaune finally realized the politicians ''could not'' captitulate to his perfectly reasonable demands, he and Ironwood cooked up a plan to fake a war, which puts the country under martial law and makes Ironwood the only person with any authority. Then they can just fake fighting for a few weeks until Ironwood "forces" Jaune to "accept" peace]]. [[DotingParent Salem]] decides to make a scrapbook of her son's first coup, while [[LikeBrotherAndSister Cinder]] jumps up and down while watching the broadcast, laughing like a kid.
-->'''Cinder:''' That's my little brother! I taught him that!

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* ''ComicBook/StarWarsDoctorAphra'': During the climax of the ''Unstoppable Rebel Superweapon'' arc, it's revealed that Pitina Voor, the Empire's Minister of Propaganda, has grown disgusted with Palpatine's ForTheEvulz style of rule, seeing it as a threat to the [[WellIntentionedExtremist true peace that the Empire can bring]]. So, she's enabled a plot by the Rebellion to assassinate the Emperor, so that she can then swoop in, eliminate the Rebels when they try to claim victory after the assassination, and then seize control of the Empire in the resulting power vacuum. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for her, Aphra deduces that the "raiders" that killed her mother when she was a child were actually part of one of Voor's {{False Flag Operation}}s, and [[YouKilledMyFather in revenge]], she arranges an EngineeredPublicConfession that ruins Voor's plans and leads to her death by Vader.]]


* A key part of the backstory of ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle''. Five years before the start of the story, Count Atismata gathered people of The Resistance and staged an uprising against the Arcadia Empire with an army of 12,000 soldiers and 207 Drag-Knights they marched to the Imperial Capital. Even with those numbers they would have lost if not for the "Black Hero": the seventh prince of the Empire, Lux, who singlehandedly defeated the Empire's army of 1,200 Drag-Rides. In the end the coup was successful but Count Atismata and his youngest daughter died, leaving his relative Raffi to become the Queen of the New Kingdom and his elder daughter Lizsharte, who was captured by the Empire early in the coup, to become the Princess. Further complicating things, the coup was actually a plan arranged between Lux and his older half-brother Fugil, First Prince of the Empire. Lux wanted to bring a peaceful end to the Empire, but Fugil betrayed him by murdering the entire Imperial Court and the Empire's Drag-Knights whom Lux had defeated without killing.

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* A key part of the backstory of ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle''. ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle''
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Five years before the start of the story, Count Atismata gathered people of The Resistance and staged an uprising against the Arcadia Empire with an army of 12,000 soldiers and 207 Drag-Knights they marched to the Imperial Capital. Even with those numbers they would have lost if not for the "Black Hero": the seventh prince of the Empire, Lux, who singlehandedly defeated the Empire's army of 1,200 Drag-Rides. In the end the coup was successful but Count Atismata and his youngest daughter died, leaving his relative Raffi to become the Queen of the New Kingdom and his elder daughter Lizsharte, who was captured by the Empire early in the coup, to become the Princess. Further complicating things, the coup was actually a plan arranged between Lux and his older half-brother Fugil, First Prince of the Empire. Lux wanted to bring a peaceful end to the Empire, but Fugil betrayed him by murdering the entire Imperial Court and the Empire's Drag-Knights whom Lux had defeated without killing. killing.
** Centuries ago, the Arcadia Empire itself was formed after a coup against the tyrannical Holy Arcadia Empire, and they also had Fugil's help in doing so. Unfortunately, they were on their way to becoming just as corrupt as their predecessors, leading to the above mentioned coup.


* LightNovel/SeireiGensoukiSpiritChronicles: The Kingdom of Beltrum goes through one when the disgruntled noble, Duke Arbor, takes advantage public dissatisfaction over a war with Proxia to overthrow the royal family as well as Duke Huguenot's faction.

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* LightNovel/SeireiGensoukiSpiritChronicles: ''LightNovel/SeireiGensoukiSpiritChronicles'': The Kingdom of Beltrum goes through one when the disgruntled noble, Duke Arbor, takes advantage public dissatisfaction over a war with Proxia to overthrow the royal family as well as Duke Huguenot's faction.


* LightNovel/SeireiGensoukiSpiritChronicles: The Kingdom of Beltrum goes through one when the disgruntled noble, Duke Arbor, takes advantage public dissatisfaction over a war with Proxia to overthrow the royal family as well as Duke Huguenot's faction.



* Literature/SeireiGensoukiSpiritChronicles: The Kingdom of Beltrum goes through one when the disgruntled noble, Duke Arbor, takes advantage public dissatisfaction over a war with Proxia to overthrow the royal family as well as Duke Huguenot's faction.


* In the fifth chapter of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', Twilight Sparkle [[ForWantOfANail stops the Changeling invasion herself]] with the spell Prince Jewelius [[ChekhovsGun showed her earlier]]. [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste Immediately after this]], Jewelius calls all the other heroes -- Princess Celestia, Shining Armor and Twilight's friends -- out of their canon mistakes[[note]]refusing to listen to [[ProperlyParanoid Twilight]] about [[DevilInPlainSight Queen Chrysalis]] and neglecting to postpone the wedding until the looming threat of invaders was dealt with[[/note]], telling everyone in Canterlot half-truths which the shocked heroes are unable to refute out of hand. When the heroes [[NotHelpingYourCase make the mistake of trying to flee]], everyone turns against them, allowing Jewelius to exile them and proclaim himself "Holy King Jewelius I". [[spoiler:He originally intended to overthrow the princesses by convincing Chrysalis to commit her invasion and helping her infiltrate Canterlot, but after he met Twilight and witnessed the canon PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure, he [[XanatosSpeedChess altered his plans]], effectively turning the failed invasion into a successful coup.]]

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* In the fifth chapter of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', Twilight Sparkle [[ForWantOfANail stops the Changeling invasion herself]] with the spell Prince Jewelius [[ChekhovsGun showed her earlier]]. [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste Immediately after this]], Jewelius calls all the other heroes -- Princess Celestia, Shining Armor and Twilight's friends -- out of their canon mistakes[[note]]refusing to listen to [[ProperlyParanoid Twilight]] about [[DevilInPlainSight Queen Chrysalis]] and neglecting to postpone the wedding until the looming threat of invaders was dealt with[[/note]], telling everyone in Canterlot half-truths which the shocked heroes are unable to refute out of hand. When the heroes [[NotHelpingYourCase make the mistake of trying to flee]], everyone turns against them, allowing Jewelius to exile them and proclaim himself "Holy King Jewelius I". [[spoiler:He The [[WhamEpisode 11th chapter]] reveals that [[spoiler:he originally intended to overthrow the princesses by convincing Chrysalis to commit her invasion and helping her infiltrate Canterlot, but after he met Twilight and witnessed the canon PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure, he [[XanatosSpeedChess altered his plans]], plans]] and betrayed Chrysalis, effectively turning the failed invasion into a successful coup.]]coup]].


* In the fifth chapter of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', Twilight Sparkle [[ForWantOfANail stops the Changeling invasion herself]] with the spell Prince Jewelius [[ChekhovsGun showed her earlier]]. [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste Immediately after this]], Jewelius calls all the other heroes -- Princess Celestia, Shining Armor and Twilight's friends -- out of their canon mistakes[[note]]refusing to listen to [[ProperlyParanoid Twilight]] about [[DevilInPlainSight Queen Chrysalis]] and neglecting to postpone the wedding until the looming threat of invaders was dealt with[/[note]], telling everyone in Canterlot half-truths which the shocked heroes are unable to refute out of hand. When the heroes [[NotHelpingYourCase make the mistake of trying to flee]], everyone turns against them, allowing Jewelius to exile them and proclaim himself "Holy King Jewelius I". [[spoiler:He originally intended to overthrow the princesses by convincing Chrysalis to commit her invasion and helping her infiltrate Canterlot, but after he met Twilight and witnessed the canon PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure, he [[XanatosSpeedChess altered his plans]], effectively turning the failed invasion into a successful coup.]]

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* In the fifth chapter of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', Twilight Sparkle [[ForWantOfANail stops the Changeling invasion herself]] with the spell Prince Jewelius [[ChekhovsGun showed her earlier]]. [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste Immediately after this]], Jewelius calls all the other heroes -- Princess Celestia, Shining Armor and Twilight's friends -- out of their canon mistakes[[note]]refusing to listen to [[ProperlyParanoid Twilight]] about [[DevilInPlainSight Queen Chrysalis]] and neglecting to postpone the wedding until the looming threat of invaders was dealt with[/[note]], with[[/note]], telling everyone in Canterlot half-truths which the shocked heroes are unable to refute out of hand. When the heroes [[NotHelpingYourCase make the mistake of trying to flee]], everyone turns against them, allowing Jewelius to exile them and proclaim himself "Holy King Jewelius I". [[spoiler:He originally intended to overthrow the princesses by convincing Chrysalis to commit her invasion and helping her infiltrate Canterlot, but after he met Twilight and witnessed the canon PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure, he [[XanatosSpeedChess altered his plans]], effectively turning the failed invasion into a successful coup.]]

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* In the fifth chapter of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', Twilight Sparkle [[ForWantOfANail stops the Changeling invasion herself]] with the spell Prince Jewelius [[ChekhovsGun showed her earlier]]. [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste Immediately after this]], Jewelius calls all the other heroes -- Princess Celestia, Shining Armor and Twilight's friends -- out of their canon mistakes[[note]]refusing to listen to [[ProperlyParanoid Twilight]] about [[DevilInPlainSight Queen Chrysalis]] and neglecting to postpone the wedding until the looming threat of invaders was dealt with[/[note]], telling everyone in Canterlot half-truths which the shocked heroes are unable to refute out of hand. When the heroes [[NotHelpingYourCase make the mistake of trying to flee]], everyone turns against them, allowing Jewelius to exile them and proclaim himself "Holy King Jewelius I". [[spoiler:He originally intended to overthrow the princesses by convincing Chrysalis to commit her invasion and helping her infiltrate Canterlot, but after he met Twilight and witnessed the canon PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure, he [[XanatosSpeedChess altered his plans]], effectively turning the failed invasion into a successful coup.]]


* In ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'', Barillo and General Marquez try to pull off one of these on Mexico in a plan cooked up by Agent Sands that spirals out of his control. They fail due to the combined efforts of the Mariachi (who Sands had hired to kill Marquez once the coup was complete), his allies, a {{Heel Face Turn}}ed Sands, and the people of Culiacan.

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* In ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'', Barillo and General Marquez try to pull off one of these on Mexico in a plan cooked up by Agent Sands that spirals out of his control. They fail due to the combined efforts of the Mariachi (who Sands had hired to kill Marquez once the coup was complete), his allies, Sands himself after [[EyeScream losing his eyes]] and pulling a {{Heel Face Turn}}ed Sands, HeelFaceTurn, and the people of Culiacan.


* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, [[spoiler:the Republic Intelligence Service]] institutes a coup against the [[DemocracyIsBad incompetent, corrupt, and ineffective]] Trans-Galactic Republic under the guise of fighting off an AlienInvasion. Citizen reactions range from apathetic to supportive since the existing government doesn't seem to to be able to fight the new menace.

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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, [[spoiler:the Republic Intelligence Service]] institutes a coup against the [[DemocracyIsBad incompetent, corrupt, and ineffective]] Trans-Galactic Republic under the guise of fighting off an AlienInvasion. Citizen reactions range from apathetic to supportive since the existing government doesn't seem to to be able to fight the new menace.

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** With Nigeria clearly starting to lose the Great Southern War, several military commanders take advantage of President Shonekan being at a summit out of the country to seize power and sue for peace.


Different from a Revolution, whether it will not be [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified vilified]] or [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized civilized]], in that it typically happens from inside the government or military of the country whose power is being seized, while revolutions typically come out of the common folk. Coups tend to not have large battles or start a war, but an isolated event that will, at most, kill dozens. Also different from an invasion for similar reasons; invasions come from outside the country, coups happen inside of it, even if the initial plot comes from the outside.

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Different from a Revolution, whether it will not be [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified vilified]] or [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized civilized]], in that it typically happens from inside the government or military of the country whose power is being seized, while revolutions typically come out of the common folk. Coups tend to not have large battles or start a war, but are an isolated event that will, at most, kill dozens. Also different from an invasion for similar reasons; invasions come from outside the country, coups happen inside of it, even if the initial plot comes from the outside.

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* Spoofed in ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku''. Izuku's [[SuperpowerLottery overwhelming combat performance]] makes him a shoe-in to be elected class president even though he doesn't want the position or the extra attention. But during the panic caused by the alarms going off, Tenya manages to show his stuff as a leader while Izuku was busy sparring with Mirio. When Izuku manages to catch up to his friends, they cheerfully tell him that there's been a coup and he's no longer class president, which he's totally fine with.

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