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1->''"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 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."''²-->-- '''Malory Archer''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''²²A coup is essentially seizing power by force, blackmail, or other illegal manners. Usually (in literature) [[MilitaryCoup done by the military]], the EvilChancellor, or in some cases, [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized uncivilized revolutions]] will also take power for themselves. It is a very risky gambit, and often, includes plotting, securing alliances, and keeping it in the dark until the coup happens. Alternatively, guy walks into the throne room waving a sword around telling everyone he's king. Often leads to ThePurge. If the one carrying out the coup is in turn overthrown himself, you may have a RevolvingDoorRevolution. If it happens in your own country it's a DayOfTheJackboot.²²Short for ''coup d'état'', or "stroke of state" (which in practice means "blow against the state"), this is a very useful trope to exemplify a significant change or instability of a nation or region, stable countries tend to not be as susceptible to coups and power grabs, while unstable (in modern day terms, third-world also works), and relatively new countries are vulnerable to power struggles and coups.²²Different 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.²²When the coup is lead by a military officer with the backing of the army and institutes martial rule, it's a MilitaryCoup. Many coups in RealLife tend to be of this type, but note that a coup need not be led by a military officer. Sometimes, even the actual ruler can pull off a coup if it involves seizing power he doesn't normally have. Compare RegimeChange, when the leadership of a ''foreign'' country is removed against its will at the behest of one of their neighbors.²²[[noreallife]]²----²!!Examples²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* In the first ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' film General Edward Uranus, the CO of Olympus' regular army, attempts a coup out of FantasticRacism against [[ArtificialHuman Bioroids]]. [[spoiler:The coup falls apart after Deunan {{Boom Headshot}}s his second-in-command, and Uranus surrenders.]]²* ''Manga/{{Area88}}'': Nadato Balla Homme loses power due to a coup and his forced to flee Bambara with his wife Lydia and his children Layla and Rodhe.²* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': Glemmy Toto attempts to launch one against Haman Khan, using his claims to Zabi lineage to get the people and the military behind him.²* ''Manga/MurderPrincess'': Dr. Akamashi's coup forms the premise.²* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' it's been revealed that [[spoiler: Itachi killed the entire Uchiha clan as a mission from the elders of Konoha]] because they were planning a coup.²* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[spoiler:the Vinsmoke family took over the North Blue region several years ago, killing its previous leaders, and ruled over it with its military might. This is what made the Vinsmoke family and by extension their Germa 66 armies so infamous. It's currently unknown how and why they stopped ruling the North Blue, but Judge, the Vinsmoke patriarch, wants to rule it again, implying they were eventually overthrown]].²* ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle''²** 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.²** 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.²* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'': This is played for laughs during the Farm Arc. Main character Kimihito is forced to work off a debt owed to a corporation by aiding them on this farm of only monster ladies filled with minotaurs, fauns, and satyrs. Originally not all the ladies were active participants in the work and maintenance of the facility. One of his many jobs includes attaching the women's breasts up to milk-pumping machines. One of minotaurs he knew from a previous arc is also present and asks him to milk her by hand, as his touch is far nicer and pleasurable than the cold machine. This starts making every woman present interested in his touch and technique, the Satyrs most of all. In order to allow him more time to milk them, the fauns start working on cleaning the communal house and making food while the minotaurs work a bit harder on the field. On the eve of what is supposed to be his final night at the farm [[spoiler:he is grabbed by a horde of minotaurs and fauns who are [[{{Lunacy}} under the effects of the full moon]] and expressing their desires to have him stay. It is then he is saved by the satyrs. Due to their natural horniness, they are not affected by the full moon. The satyrs reveal they had been studying his techniques for milking breasts and can replicate them on the other women. Their skills are so good, it allows Kimihito to be set free and the satyrs now run the place because of their new skills in milking. The satyrs enjoy their new place on the ladder because they are still being paid, don't have to work like they did before, and they love touching other women's breasts]]. ²* ''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. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* The coup performed by Dr. Robotnik in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' and seen on ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''. It's also pulled off in the CosmicRetcon-changed universe by Dr. Eggman. The details of what exactly happened change from continuity to continuity, but certain events remain the same - the mad scientist taking over Mobotropolis by casting King Acorn into another dimension and having his robotic army capture others.²* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':²** The Judges got into power by staging a coup against the PresidentEvil who plunged the world into nuclear war, justifying it as a necessary action to overthrow a tyrant. Then they absorbed the army as well for siding with the President, and suspended both the Senate and Congress for their inaction, leaving Justice Department the sole government apparatus.²** Judge Bachman, the head of black ops, tries to stage a coup against Chief Judge Hershey in ''Trifecta''. Her plan involved brainwashing people to follow a bogus cult so they would be willing to sacrifice themselves, and building a new MegaCity on the moon to replace the old one.²** Judge Death and his Dark Judges got into power by staging a coup of their own in their [[AlternateDimension home dimension]]. There was a bloody insurrection for a while when they started to consolidate their control over Justice Department. Not every Judge was exactly onboard with the whole "life is illegal" new course.²* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Athena plots and carries out a careful plan to usurp Zeus's throne where she carefully followed the flexible rules of Olympus to make herself legitimate, however since Zeus is the one with the final say over whether or not someone has broken the rules he proclaims her an illegitimate usurper and tries to retake the throne with his brothers' support. He finally admits defeat and proclaims Athena's method of taking the throne legitimate after Ares kills Hades.²* ''ComicBook/StarTrekEarlyVoyages'': In "Our Dearest Blood", Rigellian extremists staged a coup against the government of Rigel VII as they were opposed to their planet's admittance to the Federation, the resulting abandonment of the centuries old policy of isolation and the impending disbandment of the Kaylar warrior elite. They attacked the ''Enterprise'' crewmembers who were enjoying shore leave on Rigel VII, resulting in three of them being killed (including Yeoman Dermot Cusack) and seven being injured (including Nano and Sita Mohindas). As a result, Rigel VII's admission was denied. However, in "Nor Iron Bars a Cage", Yeoman Colt mentions that the sacrifice of the ''Enterprise'' crewmembers inspired many Rigellians to expunge the barbaric elements of their society and that it was possible that Rigel VII could still join the Federation one day. ²* ''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.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* ''[[Fanfic/{{Petriculture}} Inscape]]'' has an amusing variation. The Nightmare possesses Twilight Sparkle and tries to use her to usurp Celestia and Luna as ruler of Equestria. Twilight, logical and by-the-book as always, goes about this by holding a forum and offering logical arguments for why the royal sisters should cede the throne to her. [[spoiler:It later turns out that The Nightmare still wants a violent coup, and she’s manipulating Twilight to that end. However, Twilight is freed from the possession before anything can come of this.]]²* ''FanFic/MoreThanHuman'': [[spoiler:It's heavily implied that Brick's 5-year plan involves staging a coup to take over JS, Inc. Reinforced by the fact that Mrs. Morbucks is counting on him to forge a business partnership with PRM. It seems inevitable at this point, seeing as how Darius is the new John Smith]].²* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''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.²* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' has the Darkest Winter Night at its climax, wherein [[spoiler: [[KnightTemplar Allora]] attempts to regain power by [[OffingTheOffspring killing Weira]] and pinning the blame on Phobos, so that she and her traditionalist allies can remove Weira's progressive court and establish Allora as regent for the newborn Elyon, who would grow into a [[PuppetKing Puppet Queen]]]]. While the coup fails with [[spoiler: Allora's death]], the misinformation campaign is more successful, triggering a CivilWar which leads to the canonical Rebellion.²* In ''[[Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm Ghosts of the Past]]'', [[GeneralRipper General Lukin]] pulls this in Chapter 12 [[spoiler: when President [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Volodya]] tries to shut down the Red Room for pissing off Asgard. Lukin has the [[LivingWeapon Red Son]] wipe out the soldiers he brought with him to the meeting, then shoots Volodya himself. This allows Lukin, through his patsies, to become ''de facto'' ruler of Russia and their sphere of influence.]]²* ''FanFic/TheRavensPlan'' sees a number of people [[PeggySue sent back in time]] to try and avert the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Second Long Night]]. To this end, many of them end up taking control of various locations to attempt preventions of the power struggles which weakened Westeros beforehand:²** Sam takes control of Horn Hill from his father, backed by those soldiers who fought the Others with him, and the rest of his family when they realize how cruelly Randyll treated Sam.²** Yara overthrows Balon as ruler of the Iron Islands, backed by all the major captains who remember how moronic his ambitions turned out to be.²** Tyrion removes Tywin as ruler of Casterly Rock, backed by his family members who remember how Tywin's ruthlessness enabled Cersei's rise to power (which in turn ruined their House).²** Daenerys seizes control of Pentos, backed by the rebelling slaves and Dothraki who remember her as the Breaker of Chains and Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea. ²** The overall goal of the first part of the fic is to depose Robert and have Jon take his rightful place on the throne so Westeros can properly prepare for the Others' return. In fact, an argument can be made that it's ''already happened'': as of this writing, the North, the Riverlands, the Vale, and the Westerlands have all pledged themselves to House Targaryen, with the Reach and the Iron Islands soon to follow. With Dorne torn apart by their own CivilWar and not inclined to side with either side due to Elia Martell, and the Crownlands divided, only the Stormlands actually follow Robert. At this point, Jon is not just the rightful king, but also the ''actual'' king in all but name.²* The ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin'' has [[spoiler: the Uchiha Clan going through with their coup from canon. While it's ultimately unsuccessful, the attack leaves lasting effects for the rest of the story, at it cuts Konoha's military manpower over a third, and forces the ninja academy to up their standards for the genin.]]²* 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.²* 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". 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]] and betrayed Chrysalis, effectively turning the failed invasion into a successful coup]].²* ''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'' 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.²-->'''Cinder:''' That's my little brother! I taught him that!²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film]]²* ''Film/DecemberHeat'': The whole film is about a failed communist coup in Estonia.²* ''Film/HellraiserBloodline'': It's implied that this or a kind of purist revolution happened sometime in Hell itself, turning Hell from its "traditional" form (represented by Angelique) into what the Cenobites represent.²* ''Film/IfFootmenTireYouWhatWillHorsesDo?'': This is how the communists will take over the United States. It will happen "within fifteen minutes after zero hour", improving from the supposed week it took them to take over China.²* ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask''. The plot centers around a group of musketeers who want to substitute their tyrannical king [[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio Louis XIV]] with his more compassionate twin brother [[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio Phillippe]], who was kept prisoner to prevent him from taking the throne. They break him out of prison to perform a Coup.²* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Zod, some of his officers and loyal henchmen storm Krypton's high council and gun down a few of its member. They then declare that they would execute the remaining leaders for treason by reason of incompetent leadership and then assume control of Krypton. The coup fails due to Jor-El intervening and the surviving loyalist forces rallying after the initial shock.²* ''Film/{{October}}'': The successful Bolshevik takeover in UsefulNotes/RedOctober.²* 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 HeelFaceTurn, and the people of Culiacan.²* At the start of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' a cadre of Romulan military officers and a disgruntled senator assassinate the rest of the Romulan Senate so they can install [[BigBad Shinzon]] as Praetor. [[spoiler:They eventually realize he's a total nutbar and turn on him.]]²* ''Film/ThirteenDays'':²** Comes up when the [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy Kennedy]] White House receives two letters from the Soviets, one from Nikita Khrushchev himself, and later one, which is much for hardline, from someone else. U.S. officials come to the conclusion that the Soviet Union has had a a coup and Khrushchev has been replaced with a far more militant government. [[spoiler: Eventually they figure out that there wasn't one, Khrushchev is just trying to appease the warmongers and [[GeneralRipper General Rippers]] in his own government]].²** Also invoked as to why, following President Kennedy's huge verbal spat with Generals Powell and [=LeMay=] over DEFCON status, the administration can't just fire them as Bobby suggests - it risks looking like there had been an attempted coup (it's not made clear who would be couping whom, but it would look ''really'' bad either way) and in any case would seriously weaken the US's bargaining position by making its military strength look compromised.²* This is a key moment of ''Film/TronLegacy'' canon, depicted in the film, [[WesternAnimation/TronUprising animated series]], and ''VideoGame/TronEvolution''. Clu, backed up with the System Guard (and [[SmugSnake Dyson]]) ambush Flynn and Tron to usurp control iof the system. The former flees and lives on in self-imposed exile while The Grid burns around him. The latter ends up with [[FateWorseThanDeath a few fates worse than de-rez]].²* ''Film/TheYearOfLivingDangerously'': Attempted by the PKI, thwarted by Suharto, who then stole power from Sukarno. This is all explained by Kumar after Guy's eye is hurt.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* The 1982 novel ''A Very British Coup'', later adapted into a 1988 TV movie under that title and a 2012 TV miniseries called ''Secret State'', is about the election of a socialist Labour party prime minister, and the right wing plots to dispose of him.²* ''Literature/AlouettesSong'': When Roban refuses to cooperate, Richard tells him he has just been pensioned, and has his son Dunark take the throne immediately.²* ''Literature/TheBookOfMormon'': ²** In the Book of Alma, Amalakiah attempts one in Zarahemla but is rebuffed and goes over to the Lamanites. There he engineers a [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder string of coups]] that puts him, first, in charge of all the Lamanite armies, and then over the Lamanite kingdom.²** Later in that book, the chief judge Pahoran is briefly driven out of Zarahemla by the king-men. He calls Captain Moroni to put down the usurpers.²** In the Book of Helaman a coup is attempted against the newly elected Chief Judge by one of his opponents, but he is quickly caught and executed. Then his followers assassinate the new judge anyway.²** Later Nephi, son of Helaman, prophetically identifies the murderer of another chief judge, who killed him in an attempt to claim the position for himself.²** Another one occurs in 3 Nephi when a conspiracy overthrows the government but any attempt to take over quickly devolves into chaos.²* ''Literature/ChildeCycle'': ''Literature/{{Dorsai}}'' and ''Literature/SoldierAskNot'' has these as part of background events, usually part of some larger plan.²* "Literature/TheEncyclopedists": Salvor Hardin, mayor of Terminus City on the planet Terminus, starts a coup against the Board of Trustees to take over the Foundation. The next story, "Literature/TheMayors", starts some time after the coup has succeeded.²* ''Literature/GoingClear'': David Miscavige's rise to power. He started out as an auditing prodigy who Hubbard took under his wing. When he was in his twenties, he was appointed as an intermediary between Hubbard (who was living in hiding) and the rest of Scientology. This allowed Miscavige to control any information that reached Hubbard and thereby manipulate him into eliminating his rivals in Scientology management. After Hubbard died, Miscavige used strong-arm tactics and garish punishments to force competing executives out of Scientology and install his own regime.²* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the Death Eaters launch a coup against the Ministry of Magic, seizing control of the wizard government in the United Kingdom so they can use its powers of magical law enforcement against Voldemort's enemies.²* Twice, in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' universe's Haven system: First, the People's Republic of Haven's corrupt democracy is overthrown by a Committee of Public Safety modeled explicitly on the French Revolution, and then that's [[MilitaryCoup overthrown by the military]] when it's had enough.²* ''Literature/IcarusFalls'': ²** One major arc of the timeline features [[spoiler:Richard Helms, the director of the CIA, attempting to pull a behind-the-scenes coup against President Bush. It fails when Bush goes public with what happened]].²** Andropov tries one against Leonid Brezhnev, but it's defeated by Brezhnev's men, with the help of some military officers who happened to be passing through.²** A group of fascist terrorists launch one in Italy, [[spoiler:but only succeed in having the parliament building blow up with them and a large number of Italian policians being held hostage inside]].²** [[spoiler:Rumsfeld tries to launch one against President Bush, but ends up getting each other blown up by a car bomb]].²* Frequently discussed in ''Literature/TheLostFleet''. Captain John Geary is a legendary hero of TheAlliance who spent the last 100 years as a HumanPopsicle after his YouShallNotPass moment at the onset of the ForeverWar. He is forced by fate to take command of a fleet trapped behind enemy lines. Some time later, his genius tactics (actually, fairly standard for his time but completely forgotten by this point) result in the fleet getting close to returning to Alliance space, while dealing heavy damage to the enemy. Many ship commanders begin to hope that the legendary "Black Jack" Geary will pull a Caesar and take power from the incompetent and corrupt Alliance politicians. Geary, for his part, is vehemently opposed to the idea but is afraid that his "followers" may attempt to pull off a coup in his name no matter what he says. He manages to defuse the situation by convincing them that this would only play into the hands of the "corrupt politicians" who would have a freer reign under a dictatorship than a democratic government (Geary points out that he would still need them to help run things, as he doesn't have any political or governing skills). Many politicians are likewise afraid that Geary will attempt to seize power and try to get rid of him without causing a public outcry.²* ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'': The pro-Midir tribesmen attend the ceremony in the Royal Dun in which Conory is scheduled to become the New King by fighting to the death with Logiore, the Old King. Instead Conory attacks Liadhan and Phaedrus takes on Logiore, but the timing is screwed ForWantOfANail, so Liadhan escapes to the Caledones and starts the war against the Dalriadain.²* ''Literature/MorgenregenTheBlackForestFairy'': Morgenregen attempts this against her mother. It doesn't go well.²* ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'': In the end the new global authority is to usurp power from all existing lesser authorities in a single day.²-->"When we at last definitely come into our kingdom by the aid of coups d etat prepared everywhere for one and the same day, after definitely acknowledged (and not a little time will pass before that comes about, perhaps even a whole century) we shall make it our task to see that against us such things as plots shall no longer exist."²* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' has a few examples.²** Quite a few of the Emperor's own Moffs have plotted to overthrow him. It never ends well though.²** The Galactic Alliance (successor to the New Republic) actually has had a big problem with this lately. Usually with the Sith or Empire involved.²*** In the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' series, Jacen Solo and Alliance Admiral Chia Niathal arrest GA Chief of State Cal Omas during a civil war that broke out with some rebellious systems. While Admiral Niathal is portrayed as (despite her part in the coup) a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who just wanted to save the Alliance from destruction and has no intention of staying in office after the crisis is over, Jacen Solo is secretly on his way to becoming a full-blown Sith Lord. By the time Niathal realizes her mistake, it's too late and she soon finds herself teaming up with the rebellious systems and the Jedi and even Mandalorians to stop him.²*** ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'': In this series, former Imperial Admiral Daala, a BigBad from some previous Star Wars novels, gets elected Chief of State because she helped stop Jacen's rampage in the previous series. She wastes no time abusing her office, purging anyone who from the government and military who once fought against her. She even starts arresting several Jedi, including Luke Skywalker. The Jedi and the Senate both eventually decide that she is becoming too much like a dictator, so they arrest her. Unfortunately, the Senate and the Jedi are unaware that [[spoiler: a small group of Senators and Imperial Moffs have been secretly plotting to restore the Empire, or that the Lost Tribe of the Sith have actually infiltrated the government (including the Senate) and are plotting their own coup]].²* Happens a couple times in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series:²** In the first series, Tigerclaw, the second-in-command of [=ThunderClan=], plots to kill his Clan leader (as Clan law states that deputy succeeds leader) by inviting some rogues to attack the camp and [[UnfriendlyFire passing off her death as part of the battle]]. [[spoiler:Fireheart jumps in and rescues her during the attempt.]]²** In the second series, the [=WindClan=] leader Tallstar, in his dying breaths, names Onewhisker as his successor instead of Mudclaw. As the only cats who witnessed this are Onewhisker himself and two of his friends, Mudclaw doesn't believe Onewhisker should be leader, and leads a rebellion against him before the younger cat can receive his [[CatsHaveNineLives nine leader's lives]]. [[spoiler:[=ThunderClan=] helps out Onewhisker and he wins.]]²** Also in the second series, Tigerstar and Hawkfrost set up a plan for Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost to kill the other leaders at a Gathering and forcibly take control of all the Clans. Brambleclaw disagrees with it, and it is never attempted.²* In the novel ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', the War of the Vordarian Pretendership is an unsuccessful attempt at this.²* In ''Literature/TheWidowOfDesire'' Wallace Nevsky is murdered for betraying a group of people in the USSR wanting to overthrow Gorbachev and his progressive government. [[spoiler:His American wife Natalie foils it after she finds evidence that Wallace hid in [[PrettyInMink a white lynx coat]] he bought her.]]²* ''Literature/CityOfLight'': Each of Palidia's competing political factions accuses the other of plotting one. [[spoiler: Eventually Ravidel Shand eventually overthrows the senate, before a counter-coup by Senator Michal undoes this.]]²* ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'': Falk challanges and slays the commander of Emperor's PraetorianGuard and then proceeds to kill or arrest everyone whom the Emperor would listen to, leaving himself as the only power behind the throne.²* ''Literature/AgeOfFire'': Near the end of the fifth book, ''Dragon Rule'', [=NiVom=] engineers a bloodless coup against his [[WeUsedToBeFriends former friend]], [=RuGaard=], by uniting all the most influential dragons in the empire against him and in support of the twins [=SiHazathant=] and Regalia (who, being blood-related to one of the previous Tyrs, have a more legitimate claim to the throne than the adopted [=RuGaard=]). This results in [=RuGaard=] being exiled, and the twins being set up as [[PuppetKing puppet rulers]] for [=NiVom=]. [[spoiler: And then, a few years in-verse and another book later, he has [=SiHazathant=] killed in a FalseFlagOperation, so that he can quietly remove Regalia from power and seize the throne himself (only to then [[LaserGuidedKarma in turn]] be assassinated by [[LadyMacbeth his own mate]]).]]²* ''{{Literature/Banco}}'' is set during a turbulent BananaRepublic period in {{UsefulNotes/Venezuela}}'s history, and the government forcefully changes hands multiple times during the twenty-plus years of Papillon's adventures and honest living. At one point, despite knowing better, Papillon gets involved in a coup attempt to oust Betancourt and restore Medina Angarita to power. At first he doesn't realize who he's involved with, believing he's doing some underworld machine shop work, until he discovers that he's helping manufacture bombs for the coup. Eventually his desire to finance his revenge gets him directly involved in a disastrously bad attack on the palace and he's lucky to escape without being arrested. He hides out doing construction work until the heat from his failed plot disappears as the police uncover a new plot to thwart.²* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', one is attempted by Governor Bowen in the Northern Confederation, where he tries to overthrow the lawful government and seize total power together with [[GaiasRevenge Deep Green]] militants. The coup is resisted by Captain [[AntiHero John Rumford]] and Colonel [[TheChessmaster William Kraft]].²* The villain in ''[[Literature/FortunesOfWar Dreadnought!]]'' is a high-ranking Admiral who intends to stage a coup that will overthrow the Federation and install him as the leader of an empire that will use a fleet of highly advanced dreadnoughts to batter competing races into line. He has installed his associates and cronies in several leadership positions and important committees throughout Starfleet's bureaucracy, and has secured starships for several captains loyal to him. The overarching plot of the book is the effort to reveal his plans to the main characters and the crew of ''Enterprise'' so they can figure out a means to stop him.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':²** During the second half of Season 2, Coulson is briefly ousted as Director of SHIELD by the renegade "real SHIELD" faction, which doesn't recognize his authority as Fury's successor. However, both groups later reconcile peacefully.²** The Season 3 episode "Parting Shot" features [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Malick]] and his allies in the Russian government trying to have the Inhuman General Androvich assassinate the Prime Minister, so that he can take over and further their goals. Fortunately, the team stops them.²* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': In the Season 5 episode "Kapiushon", the flashback storyline's BigBad [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Konstantin Kovar]] attempts to use sarin gas to kill the entirety of Russia's political and military leadership, so that he can step into the void. However, Oliver and the Bratva manage to stop him.²* ''Series/BabylonFive'':²** At the end of the first season, Earth Alliance Vice President Clark orchestrates the assassination of President Santiago and gradually sets himself up as a Hitler-esque dictator.²** During the second season, as the Centauri emperor is dying, Lord Refa has the Prime minister killed to allow his choice, Cartagia, to be put on the throne.²** Later, after determining that [[TheCaligula Emperor Cartagia]] is a threat to the Centauri Republic, Londo and Vir manage to assassinate him, allowing Londo to become Prime Minister and eventually Emperor himself.²* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': In Season 4, Tom Zarek and Felix Gaeta stage a coup (with some military cooperation) against President Roslin ''and'' Adama's command, over the issue of cooperation with the dissenting faction of Cylons (which the coup opposed). The coup is temporarily successful, with the Quorum of Twelve massacred and Admiral Adama facing a firing squad, before [[BigDamnHeroes the countercoup succeeds]].²* The episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' "Chuck vs. the Coup D'état" has a...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin coup d'état]].²* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Chang becomes the head of campus security after all the other security guards quit. He recruits a bunch of vicious kids to act as his henchmen and starts turning the school into a PoliceState. When the Study Group tries to get the Dean to fire Chang, Chang has the Dean kidnapped and replaced with an impersonator who then expels the Study Group. With all opposition quashed, Chang then rules Greendale College with an iron fist.²* In "The Two-Horse Job" on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sterling mentions a [[NoodleIncident coup in Sierra Leone]] where he and Sophie crossed baths once.²* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': Had two...one was Morgana and Morgause teaming with Cenred to take over Camelot, and next season, Morgana seized power again.²* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': [[spoiler: Tom Neville successfully leads one, takes over the Monroe Republic, and reduces Monroe to a fugitive]] in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E19ChildrenOfMen Children of Men]]" and "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower The Dark Tower]]".²* ''Series/StargateSG1'': ²** "The Other Guys": Her'ak overthrows Khonsu after finding out that he's actually a Tok'ra and declares himself in charge until Anubis returns.²** "Birthright": Neith attempts to overthrow Ishta, believing that she has been compromised by her feelings for Teal'c. It ends badly for her.²** "Icon": Soren's forces take advantage of the unrest that follows SG-1's arrival on the planet to seize control from the Rand government.²* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':²** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had the Klingon Civil War, in which the House of Duras attempted to gain control of the Klingon High Council from Chancellor Gowron. Picard suspects Romulan treachery and is able to get Starfleet to set up a means to expose the Romulans and effectively kill the attempt.²** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':²*** The three-parter that opens season two concerns an attempt by a Bajoran extremist group called the Alliance for Global Unity, informally "the Circle", to overthrow the Bajoran Provisional Government and kick out the Federation. [[spoiler:The team discovers that the Cardassians are covertly supplying the Circle, and publicly discredits the entire movement.]]²*** In [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E01E02TheWayOfTheWarrior "The Way of the Warrior"]] a Cardassian dissident movement executes a coup against the longtime military dictatorship, restoring the Cardassian civilian government to its full authority. This was only possible because of the [[StateSec Obsidian Order's]] destruction by the Dominion in [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E21TheDieIsCast "The Die Is Cast"]]. Unfortunately the Klingons don't believe this was possible ''at all''--they think the Dominion's [[VoluntaryShapeshifting changeling]] leaders suborned the entire Cardassian government--so they invade the Cardassian Union and eventually drive them right into the arms of the Dominion.²* The MythArc for season 1 of ''Series/MadamSecretary'' revolves around a coup attempt against the ayatollahs in Iran to install an exiled moderate, [[spoiler:aided and abetted by rogue members of the CIA]]. Even Liz admits it's a good plan, but there's a SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:the would-be president of Iran is dying of brain cancer and is the only person who could plausibly hold the country together post-coup. Liz is forced to blow the whistle on the plot to the Iranian government.]]²* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has several:²** Diana Sydney attempted to seize control of the Ark with a bomb that was supposed to kill the Chancellor and most of the Council at a public gathering. Fails when the Chancellor ends his speech early and walks away before the bomb can go off.²** Cage overthrows his father, Dante, as President of Mount Weather. It's a bloodless coup, since Cage doesn't actually want to hurt his dad, and the official line for the public is that Dante simply retired [[HereditaryRepublic and Cage inherited his position]].²** Clarke doesn't make herself Chancellor or take any official title for herself, but she does eventually declare herself to be Camp Jaha's real leader, using her influence over the Grounder army to make the camp's official leader accede to her commands.²* ''Series/TheLastShip'': In the late Season 3 episode "Paradise", [[spoiler: Chief of Staff Shaw]] and the regional governors place the President under house arrest, reducing the weak post-apocalyptic federal government to [[PuppetKing puppet]] status, so that they can run the country as an oligarchy. A few episodes later in "Legacy", they take further steps to secure their control of things by [[ThePurge having all senior US military leaders assassinated]], so that they can take regional control of their forces.²* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': The regime which created Gilead seized control of the US by false flag attacks that quickly brought down the government, which they blamed on Muslim terrorists. This was used as an excuse to suspend the Constitution, declare martial law and then much more...²* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Rumors of Death", [[BigBad Servalan]] is briefly deposed to a coup d'état organised by one of her top SecretPolice agents. Servalan herself comes to power (and is later deposed) in a MilitaryCoup that takes place off-screen.²* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': Near the end of season 4, [[spoiler:John Smith, realizing that he is about to be removed from his position as Reichsmarshall and likely eliminated for his faltering loyalty, stages a coup against Himmler and his Berlin inner circle in alliance with an ambitious German general, creating two Nazi empires in America and Europe.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* Music/BobMarley: ''Burnin' And Lootin' '', ''Get Up, Stand Up'' (''Music/{{Burnin}}''), ''Revolution'', ''Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)'' (''"Music/NattyDread'') ²* Music/TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised'' by Gil Scott-Heron.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Myths & Religion]]²* Happens twice in Myth/ClassicalMythology, first when Kronos overthrows his father Ouranos, and then again when Zeus overthrows him. ²* In Myth/EgyptianMythology, Isis forces Re to give up his throne.²* Happens three times in Hittite Mythology: first Anu overthrew Alalu, then Kumarbi overthrew Anu, then the storm-god Teshup overthrew Anu.²* Myth/MesopotamianMythology: Happens in when the younger gods (led by Marduk in the Babylonian version) overthrow Tiamat and Apsu making this OlderThanDirt.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Roleplay]]²* ''Roleplay/{{BZPB}}'': TPK becomes leader of the Great Beings by forcing Angonce at gunpoint to pass the position onto him, exiling him, and calling a meeting of the Council. Once all the council members have arrived, he puts forward a deliberately inflammatory motion to check who's loyal to him, and summons troops to chase the others out. Then, just to add insult to injury, his allies pass a motion to kick the dissenters out of the Council permanently.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Game]]²* ''TabletopGame/TwilightStruggle'': An action a superpower can initiate with ops or with certain events. Coups count towards military operations[[note]]except for "Junta"[[/note]] (to placate the hawks in one's camp that want to stand tough against those communists/capitalists), and coups in battlegrounds degrade the DEFCON meter and push the world closer to nuclear war.²* In many Martian principalities in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' there is an almost constant danger of a coup, a side effect of the ruling sub-caste being large enough to have several claimants to the thrown, with most claimants having sections of the army loyal to them. Many adventures hooks in Rocket Age feature the players either roped into a plot, caught in the middle or attempting to foil one.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theatre]]²* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Hamlet's father King Hamlet was killed by his brother, Hamlet's uncle, Claudius so he could seize the throne.²* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''. The main plot is Macbeth's killing of King Duncan and seizing the throne for himself.²* A coup forms the main plot of ''Theatre/{{Richard II}}''. The plot of ''Theatre/HenryIVPart1'' features an attempted one, which is thwarted.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Creator/ChoiceOfGames: Possible in '''Til Death Do Us Part''. [[spoiler: More specifically, ''you'' can murder the Monarch and her closest allies in a palace coup and seize power for yourself.]]²* ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization V]]'': You can order your spies to stage coups in city-states that are allied with other civilizations. If they're successful, then they'll replace the old leaders with new ones that are supportive of you, and you'll instantly become their ally. Unsuccessful coups, however, result in your spy's death.²* ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'': Unruly vassals can create or back factions to depose their current liege and install another.²* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': EnemyChatter onboard the supertanker reveals that Simons is trying to enact a bloodless coup by enacting several executive orders at once.²* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': In the human noble origin story, [[spoiler: Arl Howe betrays his liege lord, Teyrn Bryce Cousland, while all the Cousland's armed forces are away fighting the darkspawn, and declares himself teyrn.]]²* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a squared coup. First, the Sorceress kills [[PresidentEvil President Deling]] and grabs power, second, the much more decent General Caraway hires our heroes to off her; both happen more or less simultaneously. The first coup succeeds, the other one fails.²* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' [[spoiler: Udina helps Cerberus in an attempt to oust the Council and take over the Citadel]].²* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': According to series mythology, Volgin was the puppeteer behind the movement to depose Khrushchev. Sokolov holds that the Colonel won't be satisfied with that, and will leverage the confusion of a third World War to take over the USSR.²* ''VideoGame/RulersOfNations'': This leads to your character's death and a GameOver. ²* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'': Gizel Godwin rigs the Sacred Games so he would be the future bridegroom of Princess Lymsleia. According to tradition, he was to be sworn in a week later, but Gizel arrives ahead of time and launches a covert attack on Sol Falena's capital under the cover of darkness. During which, he intended to assassinate the royal family, with the exception of Lymsleia, herself - whom he intended to use as his puppet, once he seized power.²* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': [[spoiler:Darth Malgus pulls one when attempts to disband the Dark Council and declares himself Emperor.]]²* VideoGame/TIEFighter: Grand Admiral Zaarin stages a coup against Emperor Palpatine and even manages to hijack his shuttle until he's defeated. The ExpandedUniverse reveals that Zaarin's betrayal is how [[spoiler: Grand Admiral Thrawn gets his promotion, setting the stage for the ''Thrawn Trilogy'' novels]].²* In the backstory to ''VideoGame/XRebirth'' the Plutarch Mining Corporation overthrew the Argon Federation government in the Albion System during the chaos caused by the [[PortalNetwork jumpgate network]] shutdown and set itself up as the system's absolute ruler.²* The second mission of the first ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', aside from literally being named "The Coup", features a (somewhat) playable version, [[spoiler:with you as the deposed president of an unnamed Middle Eastern country; ControllableHelplessness ensues as you're driven to a stadium, tied to a post, and executed on live television by your successor.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[spoiler:The Vice President and King Radical]] work together to launch one against the US President in ''A Bad Enough Dude''. [[spoiler:The Vice President gets caught and is summarily executed by the President, but King Radical ultimately succeeds and wipes out congress for good measure when they try to impeach him]].²* In ''Webcomic/DrowTales'':²** Sil'lice supposedly attempted this against her mother, Diva'ratrika, but failed. In actuality, [[spoiler:Sil'lice was the victim of a {{Frameup}}, and the Sharen clan coup was a complete success. Three of the Sharen sisters, Snadhya'rune, Sarv'swati, and Zala'ess were tired of Diva'ratrika's total control over their lives and wanted to seize power for themselves. Since their other two sisters, Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta, had a strong sense of honor and loyalty, the trio had to get rid of them. Nishi'kanta surrendered and toed the party line, while Sil'lice was forced to run. The traitors proceeded to pretend Diva'ratrika was still alive, [[ShadowDictator but didn't want to be seen by anyone]], so that they could use her image as a figurehead]].²** It has long been foreshadowed that there are elements within the Sarghress clan, such as Suu'be, who plan to usurp the clan when Quain'tana inevitably dies. [[spoiler:When Quain'tana is poisoned and left with only days to live, her loyalists attempt to secure her bloodline while traitors launch ThePurge against it. In the end, Suu'be and Quain'tana score a MutualKill, resulting in Ariel becoming the new leader of the clan. But even that doesn't stick, and it doesn't take long until another coup sides a majority of the Sarghress clan against Ariel.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', several coups have taken place in the story. One of the more notable ones is when [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Countess]] [[HornyDevils Nina]], who has been posing as [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Duke]] [[EvilOldFolks Hepnaz's]] lieutenant, takes over the [[MagicKnight Southern]] [[TheLegionsOfHell Horde]] by stabbing Hepnaz in the back just as Hepnaz is about to triumph over the [[BloodKnight Northern Horde]] and is too busy to notice treachery from within his own ranks.²* ''Literature/TheFalconCannotHear'': Done several times among the factions, with varying degrees of success.²** Douglas [=MacArthur=] leads one after the Bonus Army [[spoiler:kill the President and Vice-President]]. At first, it's mostly successful, with a good amount of state governments acknowledging his authority.[[spoiler: But then General George Moseley leads a counter-coup. It fails, and he defects to the Whites, but he brings a good amount of the army with him. This causes the Khakis to lose much of their national support, and they're reduced to D.C., the Rockies, and overseas possessions]].²** Happens to the Reds when General-Secretary Earl Browder puts Premier William Z. Foster under arrest after [[spoiler:the east coast soviets split and form the Popular Front with the Blues]] and again after [[spoiler: Browder orders the arrest of the newly defected Eisenhower. This causes the Red Guard, fed up with Browder's concern for "ideological purity" over actually winning the war, to arrest him and put Fosterite John Williamson in charge, who promptly organizes a truce with the Popular Front and Red Oak Pact]].²** Happens to the Whites as well when [[spoiler:a group of generals, worried about the amount of control fascist paramilitaries have over the government, try to take control. It fails when one of the generals, George S. Patton, betrays the coup due to fears that it will weaken the Whites overall and embolden the Reds and Blues. All the generals are promptly executed, with the exception of Eisenhower, who Patton was able to protect. This causes Ike to defect to the Reds]].²** [[spoiler:Omar Bradley convinces General Humphrey to resign, and takes control of the Khaki forces in the Rockies. He allows Red Oak Pact forces to cross his territory so they can fight the Japanese]].²* In ''Literature/NoW'', a group of military officers remove Hugo Chavez from power and cause him to go into exile in Cuba. This causes a CivilWar between the new junta and Chavez's loyalists.²* The ''Literature/NewDealCoalitionRetained'' timeline has a few examples:²** The more successful counterrevolutionary invasion of Cuba carried out by Nixon causes Fidel Castro to have a nervous breakdown, so Che Guvera kills him and seizes power.²** After Khrushchev fails to counter the Prague Spring, KGB chief Vladimir Semichastny ousts him from power and takes over.²** After Mao's death, his widow Jiang Qing allies with his former rivals to eliminate the Gang of Four and take power for herself.²** In response to East Germany's increasing liberalization in the late 80s, [[TheSpymaster Markus Wolf]] uses his personal stash of blackmail to gain the support of the military and the Stasi in quickly seizing control of the country.²** [[spoiler: Because of his attempts at reforming the USSR, Alexander Yakovlev is forcibly removed as General-Secretary by KGB director Vladimir Kryuchkov, who proceeds to take over, backed by several other hardline Stalinists in key military and government positions.]] This is known as the December Coup or Christmas Putsch, and also happens to be timed to coincide with several others throughout the Warsaw Pact [[spoiler: designed to eliminate all the reformers]].²** Pakistan has a bloodless one in 1986. With more and more of the country rising up in protest against Aslam Beg's authoritarian rule, and fearing it leading to an open rebellion, a group of army officers backed by the Muslim League confront Beg and demand he resign. Seeing the writing on the wall, Beg steps down, allowing Army Chief of Staff Tikka Khan to assume the Presidency and negotiate a peaceful conclusion to things with the opposition.²** When Colombian and American forces overwhelm Ecuador during WorldWarIII, the ruling Communist government makes plans to retreat to the jungles to wage guerrilla warfare. But seeing the folly of this, Interior Minister Rodrigo Borja Cevallos works with the military to seize power, arresting all Communist Party officials, declaring himself interim President and promptly surrendering the country.²** When the war in South America continues to go bad for the Communist members, a group of Brazilian military officers tries to take over. They fail, and become the first victims of the subsequent retaliatory [[ThePurge purge]].²** Fear of encroaching Soviet power in Europe causes a military junta to overthrow Turkey's left-leaning government, abandon neutrality, and join the war on the Allied side.²** When Syria is overwhelmed by Allied forces and Hafez Assad decides to fight to the last man, Mustafa Tlass and a group of officers loyal to him respond by marching into Assad's bunker and executing him. Tlass then takes over and promptly surrenders.²** [[spoiler: For fear that she'll break India's neutrality and drag them into the war, Sanjay Gandhi kills his mother, before he and his followers begin working to seize total power.]]²** Two of these happen close together to wrap up the Central African War/African front of WWIII. First, when Sudan is overrun by the Allies and the government is about to go for a LastStand, Omar al-Bashir executes all his leaders in order to take power and sign an unconditional surrender. Shortly after, the increasingly harsh measures that Ethiopia's government is undertaking to maintain control in light of Allied advances lead to a group of military officers seizing power in order to surrender.²** While much detail isn't given, it's mentioned that the collapse of Communist lines in South America leads to coups in Bolivia and Uruguay, allowing new governments to seize power and surrender to the Allies.²** With Iran being overrun by Allied forces, a cadre of intelligence and military officers march into a meeting of the parliament and seize power. Interestingly, given that the General-Secretary of the time was being blamed for Iran's failings, this is welcomed by many in the government.²** With the Balkans falling totally to the Allies and Romania next on the chopping block, General Vasile Milea ignores orders to prepare futile defensive measures and instead overruns the capital, arresting all the key government officials and taking over so that he can then sue for peace.²** [[spoiler: With Moscow itself overrun and Kryuchkov and his hardliner allies planning to invoke the NuclearOption out of desperation, the few reformers allowed to stay in positions of authority following the December Coup (primarily Semichastny and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) finally launch their own counter-coup, arresting Kryuchkov's group and taking back power.]]²** [[spoiler: Due to Li Peng's failures as Premier of China, the PLA — led by Marshal Chi Haotian — rebels against and topples the Communist Party.]]²** During the 90s, the CIA backs coups in Colombia and Ecuador to remove narco-friendly governments that had been fueling the drug crisis in America.²** 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.²* The Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom timeline ''[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/washington-burns-a-story-of-alternate-america.413571/ Washington Burns]]'' sees Britain suffer from one of these at the turn of the 20th century. When Queen Victoria is killed by an Irish assassin, the changes she made to the laws of inheritance mean that the throne should pass to her daughter, Princess Victoria. But at the time, Victoria II is in Scotland recovering from a severe case of flu, so it's decided that her son Prince Victor should act as regent until she recovers. The only problem is that Victor quickly becomes a [[PuppetKing puppet]] of his uncle Prince Edward (who had long been envious of his sister "stealing" his role as heir) and Prime Minister Jonathan Bradley (who, like many Conservatives, hated the progressive reforms both Victorias were making). The pair surround Victoria with loyal guards to keep her under house arrest and doctors paid to keep her sedated even when she's recovered from her illness, while feeding Victor and the country propaganda. Eventually, Victoria's husband Prince William breaks her out and they rally loyalists, triggering a brief civil war that ends with [[spoiler: Bradley and other conspirators arrested, and Edward [[EvilIsPetty killing Victor]] and [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled himself]]]]. And on top of all that, it's revealed after all this is over that [[spoiler: the Irish assassin who killed Victoria I [[FalseFlagOperation really worked for the conspiracy]]]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] pulls a coup within a coup, to conquer Ba Sing Se from the inside. First she infiltrated the city with [[EmotionlessGirl Mai]] and [[PerkyFemaleMinion Ty Lee]], while disguised as Kiyoshi warriors, to ingratiate themselves to Earth King, Kuei. Then she had Mei and Ty Lee [[SchmuckBait purposely reveal]] that they were Fire Nation, [[BluffTheEavesdropper to manipulate]] [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] into a temporary alliance. Once Kuei was overthrown, Azula [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness promptly ended her alliance with Long Feng]], having also achieved her secondary objective: to take control of the Dai Li.²* ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Mufasa is killed by Scar so he can become king. [[spoiler:Simba eventually launches a counter-coup to regain his throne.]] The basic story is inspired by ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.²[[/folder]]²²----

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