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.
At the start of December 1, during Winter Holidays 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. Ultimate, channel uploads were put on hiatus. 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.
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 Edit
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.
December 6 Edit
So, you thought the Joker was the most exciting thing tonight, eh?
|||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...
|||When he mentions that he'll "LEAK THE ROSTER", it is a reference to the infamous "Grinch Leak" hoax.|
December 7 Edit
December 8 Edit
- Bomb Rush Blush - Super Smash Bros. UItimate
- Steam Gardens - Super Smash Bros. UItimate
- Lifelight (E3 2018 Ver.) - Super Smash Bros. UItimate
- The Brrrgh (Playground) - Toontown Online
December 9 Edit
- Big Blue - Super Smash Bros. UItimate
- Outlaws from the West - Red Dead Redemption 2
- High Above The Land (The Flying Machine) (Arranged) - Shovel Knight
December 10 Edit
- Character Select - EverQuest
- Yell "Dead Cell" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Ice Land (Snow Forest Area) (Unused) - Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Hope of Winter - Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
December 11 Edit
- Main Theme (Birdday Party) - Angry Birds
- Gourmet Race (64) (1.0.0) - Super Smash Bros. UItimate
- Main Theme - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- 11 PM (Snow) - Animal Crossing: City Folk
December 12 Edit
- Nasty vs. D.A.N.C.E. - DJ Hero 2
- Desert Land (OST Version) - Super Mario Bros 3
- Tundra Man - Mega Man 11
December 13 Edit
- Ice Climber Music - Game Over
- Cold and Silent - Mega Man Battle Network
- Get a Weapon - Mega Man 3
- Sunset (Rakujitsu) - G-Senjou no Maou
December 14 Edit
- Victory! Pac-Man - Super Smash Bros. UItimate
- Intro - Phineas and Ferb
- DK Pass (Beta Mix) - Mario Kart DS
- Ice Brain - Mega Man Zero 2
December 15 Edit
- Hammer - Super Smash Bros. UItimate
- Emote: Dance Moves (Season 7) - Fortnite
- Title Theme - Jeopardy! (Genesis)
- Ice Land (NTSC Version) - Super Mario Bros. 3
I have a brand new leak for all of you beautiful SiIvaGunman fans: Deez Nuts will be taking over the channel in 2019!
December 16 Edit
- Fort City - Espgaluda
- Super Mario Bros. Music - Ground Theme (PAL Version)
- Pipes of Green - Classic Pantufa the Cat DX
- Caramelldansen - Caramellagirls
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.
December 17 Edit
- Opening Logo - Bananas In Pyjamas: It's Party Time
- Meta Knight Defeated (Alpha Mix) - Kirby Super Star
- Athletic Theme (Beta Mix) - New Super Mario Bros.
- Trail on Powdery Snow - Mega Man Zero Collection
December 18 Edit
- Title Theme (JP Version) - Metroid
- Dendemille Town- Pokémon X & Y
- Gleam Glacier 1 - Super Princess Peach
- Circus (Banana Mix) - Five Nights at Freddy's
December 19 Edit
|[A retweet of this Tweet by the Calgary Police Service.]|||
hey guys, did you know
are made of wood
December 20 Edit
|[A retweet of this Tweet by Sir Spacebar.]||||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 Edit
|[A retweet of this Tweet by Sir Spacebar.]|||
|||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.|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Tweet by @GiIvaSunner. 25 Dec 2018.
- ↑ Tweet. @GiIvaSunner. 6 Dec 2018.
- ↑ Tweet. @GiIvaSunner. 6 Dec 2018.
- ↑ Tweet by @GiIvaSunner. 15 Dec 2018.
- ↑ Tweet by @GiIvaSunner. 16 Dec 2018.
- ↑ Tweet by @CalgaryPolice. Retweeted by @GiIvaSunner. 19 Dec 2018.
- ↑ Tweet by @GiIvaSunner. 19 Dec 2018.
- ↑ Tweet by @SirSpacebar. Retweeted by @GiIvaSunner. 20 Dec 2018.
- ↑ Tweet by @SirSpacebar. Retweeted by @GiIvaSunner. 24 Dec 2018.