History JustForFun / HowToStopTheDeusExMachina

17th Jan '18 9:15:00 PM jormis29
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*** ''Example:'' In the fable of the ''Six Swans'' or ''The Swan Brothers'', the only way their sister can cure them of their [[BalefulPolymorph transformation into swans]] is to weave them sweaters while being completely silent. This leads the prince who loves her into being susceptible to her wicked stepmother convincing him she doesn't love him.

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*** ''Example:'' In the fable of the ''Six Swans'' ''Literature/TheSixSwans'' or ''The Swan Brothers'', the only way their sister can cure them of their [[BalefulPolymorph transformation into swans]] is to weave them sweaters while being completely silent. This leads the prince who loves her into being susceptible to her wicked stepmother convincing him she doesn't love him.
24th Dec '17 12:50:58 PM RandomNumberReactor
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** '''External:''' ItOnlyWorksOnce, it's dangerous PsychoSerum or ToxicPhlebotinum, there were NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup, it was a DisposableSuperheroMaker, and in general making it PowerAtAPrice. Be careful to avoid ReedRichardsIsUseless if you can.

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** '''External:''' ItOnlyWorksOnce, ItOnlyWorksOnce or it's TooAwesomeToUse, it's dangerous PsychoSerum or ToxicPhlebotinum, there were NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup, it was a DisposableSuperheroMaker, and in general making it PowerAtAPrice. Be careful to avoid ReedRichardsIsUseless if you can.
16th Jul '17 8:56:47 PM BobRiddle
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!!MacGuffins
There's a VillainBeatingArtifact that would end the plot in seconds? Destroy it or deny access to it, forcing the heroes to find a different way to win.
* ''Example:'' In ''Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2'', the Changelings prevent the Mane 6 from reaching the Elements of Harmony.
4th Jan '17 3:43:16 AM Kilyle
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** Another example: Want to ensure your heroes can't use their awesome item/weapon for a time? In one battle, Gourry can't draw his Sword of Light for fear the enemy will learn that he has it, because the enemy's goal (bad news for the world) requires him to find more of these powerful artifacts. And since Gourry's major power in a fight is swinging a sword, that keeps him out of the battle [[spoiler:until he uses his sword to protect Lina, thus revealing its presence and having it immediately captured by the enemy]].
30th Dec '16 6:46:36 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', the four are happy to use their overwhelming magic—except, as [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifists]], they're not willing to kill or even harm things, so they self-limit all the time.
18th Jul '16 1:05:33 AM PaulA
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*** ''Example:'' Perseus in the 2010 ''ClashOfTheTitans'' won't use either his powers ''or'' a divinely gifted sword because he hates the gods for having killed his adoptive family. Only when his lover Io is mortally wounded does he accept his divine heritage and use it.

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*** ''Example:'' Perseus in the 2010 ''ClashOfTheTitans'' ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' won't use either his powers ''or'' a divinely gifted sword because he hates the gods for having killed his adoptive family. Only when his lover Io is mortally wounded does he accept his divine heritage and use it.
30th May '16 5:28:25 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** ''Example:'' [[TrinityBlood Father Abel Nightroad]] is a [[FoodChainOfEvil vampire eater]], and could easily mop the floor with most anyone. However, he enjoys being treated like a human and limiting collateral damage, so he usually accomplishes missions from behind a veil of ObfuscatingStupidity.

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** ''Example:'' [[TrinityBlood [[LightNovel/TrinityBlood Father Abel Nightroad]] is a [[FoodChainOfEvil vampire eater]], and could easily mop the floor with most anyone. However, he enjoys being treated like a human and limiting collateral damage, so he usually accomplishes missions from behind a veil of ObfuscatingStupidity.
13th Mar '16 1:13:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''Example:'' In ''XxxHolic'', Yuko is a very, ''very'' powerful mage, but due to a complicated system of EquivalentExchange, she can't help Watanuki with his problems without massively indebting him to her.

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* ''Example:'' In ''XxxHolic'', ''Manga/XxxHolic'', Yuko is a very, ''very'' powerful mage, but due to a complicated system of EquivalentExchange, she can't help Watanuki with his problems without massively indebting him to her.
5th Nov '15 4:40:36 PM nombretomado
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*** ''Example:'' In ''RanmaOneHalf'', both Ranma and Akane are too stubborn to honestly admit their romantic feelings for each other, and prone to (almost willfully) misreading situations to think the worst of each other.

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*** ''Example:'' In ''RanmaOneHalf'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', both Ranma and Akane are too stubborn to honestly admit their romantic feelings for each other, and prone to (almost willfully) misreading situations to think the worst of each other.
27th Oct '15 6:58:55 AM Berrenta
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If the author knows what they're doing, they'll take pains to point out why the heroes (or villains) cannot or will not take that step. Stopping the DeusExMachina can be simple or complex, and may deal with [[DoesntWorkOnWood physical limitations]] or mental, emotional, or moral ones (even ''technically'' laudable ones, such as "[[ThouShaltNotKill refuses to take a life]]" -- though in practice that's [[TheFarmerAndTheViper not such a good thing]] [[UngratefulBastard all the time]]).

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If the author knows what they're doing, they'll take pains to point out why the heroes (or villains) cannot or will not take that step. Stopping the DeusExMachina can be simple or complex, and may deal with [[DoesntWorkOnWood physical limitations]] limitations or mental, emotional, or moral ones (even ''technically'' laudable ones, such as "[[ThouShaltNotKill refuses to take a life]]" -- though in practice that's [[TheFarmerAndTheViper not such a good thing]] [[UngratefulBastard all the time]]).
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