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The Grinch takeover was a takeover event in which the Grinch from Illumination's 2018 animated movie The Grinch took over the SiIvaGunner channel.

Most of the rips from this takeover were either Christmas/winter related, or related to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as a reference to the Grinch Leak).

Two years later, these rips along with rips from Christmas 2019 were compiled into the album Dr. Pavel's How the Grinch Took Over SiIvaGunner.


At the start of December 1, during Christmas 2018, SiIvaGunner's avatar changed to a Christmas-themed edit of SiIvaGunner's original avatar, while The Lighthouse had the Grinch and Max (his dog) faintly hidden in the banner. By December 6, the Grinch had completely taken over the channel, with the Grinch and Max completely replacing the lighthouse, and the channel description changed to:

"The Grinch™ has taken over SiIvaGunner! See Illumination™’s THE GRINCH™ in theaters today!"

Rips uploaded during the takeover had the description:

Please read the channel description, sponsored by Illumination™'s The Grinch™, in theaters now!

This takeover continued on the @GiIvaSunner Twitter account, where the avatar changed to a picture of the Grinch, the display name changed to "The Grinch", the header changed to an image of the Grinch in a Minecraft Christmas landscape, the description changed to the same text as the YouTube channel apart from the email link, the location was changed to "Mount Crumpit", and the account posted Tweets in-character for the Grinch.

Starting on December 19, after the release of "The Grand Finale - Super Smash Bros. UItimate", channel uploads were put on hiatus. On an in-universe level, this hiatus went unexplained until Christmas Day, when a comic posted by the @GiIvaSunner Twitter account explained that the hiatus was caused by the Grinch, who grew envious over the Christmas spirit he saw on display and decided to cancel Christmas by putting a stop to rips for the year. Planted in the comic were details for upcoming events: the first mention of the upcoming King for Another Day Tournament, the date of the MAGFest 2019 SiIvaGunner panel and Q&A, and the names of several upcoming or planned rips.[1]

The real reason for the channel's hiatus is because of a series of copyright strikes caused by attempted counter-claims against various rips. These strikes eventually led to the SiIvaGunner Termination; for more information, read the page on the termination.

At the beginning of January 2, 2019, the YouTube channel remained unchanged, but the Grinch seemingly released his grasp on the Twitter account, with the avatar, display name, header, description, and Tweets all changed to be in-character for Wood Man, and the location changed to Maryland, referring to their upcoming MAGFest appearance.

On January 4, 2019, the SiIvaGunner channel was terminated by YouTube due to copyright infringement. On February 28, 2019, the channel returned with the Grinch's avatar, banner, and description still intact, but they were all quickly and unceremoniously changed to normal. It is as of yet unknown if The Grinch will tie into an in-universe explanation for the channel's termination (or if there will be one at all, as done previously) although his final tweet seems to imply such.


The Grinch is a character created by noted children's author "Dr. Seuss", who first appeared in a 1955 poem called "The Hoobub and the Grinch". The character became an American cultural icon after it appeared in Seuss's 1957 story How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in the original 1966 animated film of the same name, and later in the 2000 live action movie. The character has since become so popular that it is associated with Christmas in American culture, with "Grinch" becoming a term for a sour person adverse to the holidays. In 2018, animation studio Illumination revived the story in a 3D animated adaptation called The Grinch aimed at younger audiences.

This takeover references an infamous hoax Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "leak", the "Grinch Leak", which got its name because evidence seemed to indicate that the "leaker" made promotional materials for The Grinch. It was supposedly a leak of the as-of-yet unreleased roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but was later proven fake. It also references the Grinch's "takeover" of the @Honda Twitter account, a promotional stunt for the movie.

Types of rips uploaded

Many of the takeover's rips so far either are of or reference Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, referencing the Grinch Leak. Most other rips are Christmas or winter-themed.


See also: Category:Grinch Takeover

December 6


Tweet Ref Note

So, you thought the Joker was the most exciting thing tonight, eh?

I guess that's why they call him that.

[2] A reference to the announcement of Joker from Persona 5 as a DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

It's time for me to make myself comfortable...

...because from here on out, I'm calling the shots!

I'm stealing the show!

And best of all... I'm LEAKING THE ROSTER!

Say hello to your new leader of SiIvaGunner... the Grinch!

[3] When he mentions that he'll "LEAK THE ROSTER", it is a reference to the infamous "Grinch Leak" hoax.

December 7

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December 14

December 15


Tweet Ref Note

I have a brand new leak for all of you beautiful SiIvaGunman fans: Deez Nuts will be taking over the channel in 2019!

Be sure to see Illumination's The Grinch, in theaters now!


December 16


Tweet Ref Note

I made a visit to the Gunner's warehouse yesterday, and found something he was waiting to reveal at MAGFest! I'll leak the full image in a few days, but for now let's hope you can take a hint.

In the meantime, don't forget to see Illumination's The Grinch, in theaters now!

The photo embedded in the Tweet.


December 17

December 18

December 19


Tweet Ref Note
[A retweet of this Tweet by the Calgary Police Service.] [6]

hey guys, did you know

that trees

are made of wood


December 20


Tweet Ref Note
[A retweet of this Tweet by Sir Spacebar.] [8] This appears to be the Grinch's way of leaking the Christmas Day release of THE SILVAGUNNER CHRISTMAS COMEBACK CRISIS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRAXX: vol. 1.

December 24


Tweet Ref Note
[A retweet of this Tweet by Sir Spacebar.] [9]

December 25


Tweet Ref Note
[1] This comic by thefluffyslipper explains the hiatus in channel uploads starting December 19. In the last panel, The Grinch holds in one hand a "Leaks" list, with the entries "KFAD 2" (referencing King for Another Day Tournament) and "1/5/19" (the date of the MAGFest 2019 SiIvaGunner panel and Q&A) legible, and in the other hand a "Rip Ideas" list, with the entries "Maroon Let's Go Adam" and "Maroon Let's Go Jesse", "Bonus Game Failure", and "Chill (Ver 2.)" legible.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tweet by @GiIvaSunner. 25 Dec 2018.
  2. Tweet. @GiIvaSunner. 6 Dec 2018.
  3. Tweet. @GiIvaSunner. 6 Dec 2018.
  4. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner. 15 Dec 2018.
  5. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner. 16 Dec 2018.
  6. Tweet by @CalgaryPolice. Retweeted by @GiIvaSunner. 19 Dec 2018.
  7. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner. 19 Dec 2018.
  8. Tweet by @SirSpacebar. Retweeted by @GiIvaSunner. 20 Dec 2018.
  9. Tweet by @SirSpacebar. Retweeted by @GiIvaSunner. 24 Dec 2018.

See Also

see also: List of channel events

GiIvaSunner (Jan 9, 2016 – Apr 6, 2016)

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SiIvaGunner Season One (Apr 12, 2016 – Oct 29, 2016)

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Good Night Break (May 30 – Jun 7, 2016)
SilvaGunner: Rebooted (Jun 17 – Jul 9, 2016)
Mashup Crusaders Arc (Jul 11 – Sep 29, 2016)

SiIvaGunner Season Two (Nov 3, 2016 – Dec 31, 2017)

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Monochrome Pause (Feb 15 – Apr 5, 2017)
Inspector Gadget Takeover (May 14–25, 2017)
President Haltmann Takeover (May 26 – Dec 31, 2017)
Hot One Break (Jul 1–10, 2017)
Kazoo Master's Day (Aug 1, 2017)

SiIvaGunner Season Three (Jan 1, 2018 – Mar 25, 2019)

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Start of Season 3 (Jan 1 – March 31, 2018)
April Fools' Day 2018 (Apr 1–8, 2018)
Nostalgia Critic Takeover (Apr 9–15, 2018)
E3 2018 (Jun 10–14, 2018)
King for a Day Tournament (Jul 27, 2018 – September 9, 2018)
Halloween 2018 (Oct 31 – Nov 7, 2018)
  • Christmas 2018 (Dec 1–6, 2018)
  • Grinch Takeover (Dec 6, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019)
SiIvaGunner Termination (Jan 4, 2019 – Feb 28, 2019)
Season 3 Finale (Feb 28, 2019 – Mar 25, 2019)

SiIvaGunner Season Four (Mar 25, 2019 – Jan 8, 2020)

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April Fools' Day 2019 (Apr 1, 2019)
E3 2019 (Jun 9–14, 2019)
National Go Fishing Day (Jun 18–19, 2019)
EVORE (Aug 8–9, 2019)
King for Another Day Tournament (Nov 23, 2019 – Jan 8, 2020)
MAGFest 2020 (Jan 2–5, 2020)

SiIvaGunner Season Four Episode Two (Jan 8, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021)

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SiIvaSummer All-Star Festival (Jun 18 – Sep 7, 2020)

SiIvaGunner Season Five (Jan 3, 2021 – present)

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April Fools' Day 2021 (Mar 31 – Apr 4, 2021)