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1st May '17 11:17:05 AM ChronoLegion
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** ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' also reveals that some of the events of the 20th and 21st centuries have been manipulated by the Three Families, who made a pact to work together and use their combined influence to work in the shadows for the goal of immortality (after witnessing Jack's resurrection) and world domination. A Creator/BigFinish audioplay reveals that even the Families were manipulated by an even older (and alien) conspiracy called The Committee.
19th Apr '17 6:26:55 PM ZimFan89
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* The graphic novel ''Cryptocracy'' is not only about this, but actually uses the conspiracy as its protagonists. Specifically, it's stated that practically since the dawn of humanity, the Nine Families (all codenamed after Roman gods) have use their advanced technology and control of the world's cryptids to manipulate global politics and society as they see fit for the [[WellIntentionedExtremist greater good]] (for the most part; some just see themselves as superior to non-Family normal humans). Interestingly, they've actually encouraged the myth of TheIlluminati and other such conspiracy theories, making the very nature of this trope so outlandish that only the most fringe of groups will ever even believe in their existence, thus preserving their security.
6th Apr '17 8:35:02 PM jake38
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* In the ''[[KisekiSeries Legend of Heroes Series]]'', the organization Ouroboros was founded to obtain the Seven Sacred Treasure of Aidios, known as the Sept-Terrion. Naturally, they're the villains of the [[MythArc overarching series.]]

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* In the ''[[KisekiSeries ''[[VideoGame/KisekiSeries Legend of Heroes Series]]'', the organization Ouroboros was founded to obtain the Seven Sacred Treasure of Aidios, known as the Sept-Terrion. Naturally, they're the villains of the [[MythArc overarching series.]]
6th Apr '17 8:28:01 PM jake38
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* In the ''[[KisekiSeries Legend Of Heroes Series]]'', the organization Ouroboros was founded to obtain the Seven Sacred Treasure of Aidios, known as the Sept-Terrion. Naturally, they're the villains of the [[MythArc overarching series.]]

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* In the ''[[KisekiSeries Legend Of of Heroes Series]]'', the organization Ouroboros was founded to obtain the Seven Sacred Treasure of Aidios, known as the Sept-Terrion. Naturally, they're the villains of the [[MythArc overarching series.]]
6th Apr '17 8:25:53 PM jake38
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* In the ''[[KisekiSeries Legend Of Heroes Series]]'', the organization Ouroboros is founded to obtain the Seven Sacred Treasure of Aidios, one that can rule the land, sea, and sky which has been lost in time. Naturally, they're the villains of the overarching series.

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* In the ''[[KisekiSeries Legend Of Heroes Series]]'', the organization Ouroboros is was founded to obtain the Seven Sacred Treasure of Aidios, one that can rule known as the land, sea, and sky which has been lost in time. Sept-Terrion. Naturally, they're the villains of the [[MythArc overarching series.]]
28th Mar '17 7:07:49 PM DustSnitch
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*** A few of the involved were just some poor schmucks or descendants of "[[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]]", who, more or less unwittingly, got themselves rolled into the conspiracy. This group of people often caused some disruption to the balance of the power struggle, and would soon there after face a very untimely demise. People in this category includes {{Jesus}} and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy.

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*** A few of the involved were just some poor schmucks or descendants of "[[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]]", who, more or less unwittingly, got themselves rolled into the conspiracy. This group of people often caused some disruption to the balance of the power struggle, and would soon there after face a very untimely demise. People in this category includes {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy.
27th Mar '17 12:39:01 PM SoapheadChurch
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* The Senior Partners and the Circle of the Black Thorn in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. The Senior Partners actually started out as a cabal of extremely weak low-level demons who developed an ingenious plan of conquering the universe using the laws and political institutions of the worlds they wished to rule. Thus, the OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart was born. They've been around since the beginning of time, but by the time the series starts, they've pretty much got the world under their sway. The Circle of the Black Thorn is a SecretCircleOfSecrets that serves as the Senior Partners' EliteMooks.

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* The Senior Partners and the Circle of the Black Thorn in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
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The Senior Partners actually started out as a cabal of extremely weak low-level demons who developed an ingenious plan of conquering the universe using the laws and political institutions of the worlds they wished to rule. Thus, the OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart was born. They've been around since the beginning of time, but by the time the series starts, they've pretty much got the world under their sway.
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The Circle of the Black Thorn is a SecretCircleOfSecrets that serves as the Senior Partners' EliteMooks. Doesn't sound like much at first blush, until you realize that being number two to the most successful group of inter-dimensional demons on record means that they're pretty much the UltimateEvil by default.
26th Mar '17 3:39:36 PM SoapheadChurch
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%%* The Senior Partners and the Circle of the Black Thorn in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
%%* The "Syndicate" group from ''Series/TheXFiles''.
%%* To some extent the Watcher's Council from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', although they hover between this trope and AncientTradition.

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%%* * The Senior Partners and the Circle of the Black Thorn in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
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''Series/{{Angel}}''. The "Syndicate" group from ''Series/TheXFiles''.
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Senior Partners actually started out as a cabal of extremely weak low-level demons who developed an ingenious plan of conquering the universe using the laws and political institutions of the worlds they wished to rule. Thus, the OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart was born. They've been around since the beginning of time, but by the time the series starts, they've pretty much got the world under their sway. The Circle of the Black Thorn is a SecretCircleOfSecrets that serves as the Senior Partners' EliteMooks.
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To some extent the Watcher's Council from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', although they hover between this trope and AncientTradition.AncientTradition. The organization is decended from a trio of prehistoric African shamans who created the first slayer by infusing a teenage girl with demon strength. Their initial purpose was to guide and protect the slayer, to make sure that she had at least some human allies even if she was ostracized from the rest of her community, and to ensure that she had the knowledge and training necessary to fight demons effectively. However, by the time they make their first appearance, they're an arrogant NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering that don't do much more than cling to the slayer as a reason for existing and hinder her work with their archaic rules and LawfulStupid behavior.



%%* The Illuminati, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.

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%%* * The Illuminati, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. The tie-in comics and WordOfGod reveal that the organization was founded by Sir Percival, who had become immortal thanks to the Holy Grail, about a century after the death of King Arthur. It therefore predates the real-life Illuminati by about 1000 years. Less clear are their goals, but there are some subtle hints that it's more or less a gentleman's club for wealthy people wanting to unravel the secrets of immortality and expand their influence over the world's affairs. To give a rough hint of their power and influence, David Xanatos, who is the wealthiest character in the series and practically owns the city of New York, is at the ''rock bottom'' of their hierarchy.



* UsefulNotes/NaziGermany was governed by people who believed that everything except them was a conspiracy, consisting mainly of communists, foreigners of various nations including Jews, effeminate male homosexuals and corrupted politicians from other parties.
** Well, they ''claimed'' they believed there was a conspiracy -- the truth is a bit more muddled, and there were plenty of members who were simple opportunists or cynics who would say anything to get into power. Some undoutably believed the theories were entirely or at least partly true, if exaggerated; others thought it was simply to lend justification to Party policy and keep the populace dumbed down while the State could [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do what needs to be done]]; most, including [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], were probably somewhere in-between. Sometimes political enemies or ideological targets were simply said to be part of the wider conspiracy as an excuse to get rid of them, and the exact details of what they thought constituted a "conspiracy"- teaching people were equal was thought to be the great lie that Jews, Communists etc. were spreading to destroy Germany and other nations, and the conspiracy was more about what the founders of these religions and movements and ethnic groups believed rather than whether every single member of the group was actually a conspirator. Individual Nazi's had individual opinions on the matter.
** Nearly all autocratic, nationalistic organizations believe that they are surrounded by organized, powerful enemies at all sides, no matter how much influence they gather.
*** Scratch 'nationalist'. Most dictatorships, including Marxist ones (Stalin being the perfect example) must have had invented imaginary conspiracies to give their regime at last some hint of legitimation. The conspirators were people not fitting into the political milieu of the government: foreigners for nationalists, people of different racial descent for racists, aristocrats for populists, bourgeois for communists etc.

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* UsefulNotes/NaziGermany was governed by people who believed that everything except them was a conspiracy, consisting mainly of communists, foreigners of various nations including Jews, effeminate male homosexuals and corrupted politicians from other parties.
** Well, they ''claimed'' they believed there was a conspiracy -- the truth is a bit more muddled, and there
parties. There were plenty of members who were simple equal parts true believers and opportunists or cynics who would say anything to get into power. Some undoutably believed power in the theories were entirely or at least partly true, if exaggerated; others thought it was simply to lend justification to Party policy party, and keep the populace dumbed down while the State could [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do what needs to be done]]; most, including [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], were probably somewhere in-between. Sometimes political enemies or ideological targets were simply said to be part of the wider conspiracy as an excuse to get rid of them, and the exact details of what they thought constituted a "conspiracy"- teaching people were equal was thought to be the great lie that Jews, Communists etc. were spreading to destroy Germany and other nations, and the conspiracy was more about what the founders of these religions and movements and ethnic groups believed rather than whether every single member of the group was actually a conspirator. Individual Nazi's some had individual varying opinions on the matter.matter, but the official party line was that their actions were justified by the intentional destruction of the state within by organized enemies. The "ancient" part of their AncientConspiracy was mostly centered around the Jews: The Nazis believed that the Jews had "stolen" the origin of Christianity from the Aryan folk tradition, were controlling the world's wealth through finance capitalism and, later, communism, and had been attempting to take control of German state institutions and outbreed the German race. The other targeted groups were targeted because they fit into the conspiracy, i.e. the communists were the agents of the Jewish economic plot, homosexuals were trying to spread an aversion to reproduction to other Germans, etc.
** * Nearly all autocratic, nationalistic organizations autocratic governments either believe or promote the belief that they are surrounded by organized, powerful enemies at all sides, no matter how much influence they gather.
*** Scratch 'nationalist'. Most dictatorships, including Marxist ones (Stalin being
gather. This has the perfect example) must have had invented imaginary conspiracies to give benefit of justifying their regime at last some hint existence as well giving them a solid reason to act outside of legitimation. The conspirators were people not fitting into established laws and norms. After all, if you're surrounded by enemies, arbitrary actions that break the political milieu of law are justified by the government: foreigners need for nationalists, people self-preservation. This is how the word "dictatorship" got its negative connotation: it's a government that's run as if it is in a constant state of different racial descent for racists, aristocrats for populists, bourgeois for communists etc. emergency.



* Discordianists rule the world.

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* Discordianists [[UsefulNotes/{{Discordianism}} Discordianists]] rule the world.world. Just like everything else in the religion, it's a [[ParodiedTrope parody]].
18th Mar '17 12:19:19 PM nombretomado
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%%* The Masonic group protecting the ''NationalTreasure''.

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%%* The Masonic group protecting the ''NationalTreasure''.''Film/NationalTreasure''.
15th Mar '17 9:09:58 PM SoapheadChurch
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': SEELE has the trappings of one, but they can't possibly have existed before the 1950s - when the actual Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered - and they couldn't have done much without modern technology anyway; the Evangelion series barely work as it is.
** The extra-canonical material sets the organization to have existed in some form or another since the Dark Ages, but notes that they didn't really rise to any kind of prominence before the 20th Century.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': SEELE has the trappings of one, but there's a lot of confusion about exactly ''how'' ancient they can't possibly have existed before really are. The series proper seems to imply that they came into existence near the end of WWII, and came to prominence during the 1950s - when (when the actual real life Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered - and they couldn't have done much without modern technology anyway; the Evangelion series barely work as it is.
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discovered). The extra-canonical material sets (the canonicity of which hovers uncomfortably between WordOfStPaul and WordOfDante) states the organization to have has existed in some form or another since the Dark Ages, but notes that they didn't really rise to any kind of prominence before the 20th Century. They couldn't have done much without modern technology anyway, and their crowning achievement -- [[HumongousMecha the Evangelion series]] -- barely work as it is.



* Yliaster in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. A particularly notable example in that the founders of the organization are ironically [[spoiler: four [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] from the future; having harnessed the ability to TimeTravel with the intention of going back and preventing the [[ApocalypseHow global catastrophe that led to the devastated future in which they are the only surviviors]]. It is eventually revealed that the claims of Yliaster being around since ancient times were untrue; they were a relatively new organization with possibly a few members (the ones involved with the Dark Signers) ''inspired'' by the original Star Dragon King.]]

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* Yliaster in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. A particularly notable example Two versions of it exist in the series:
** The first Yliaster was an Illuminati-like cult founded 3000 years prior to the start of the series in South America. Their goal was to gain control over human society, and to use their power and influence to ensure humanity's survival in the cyclical DivineConflict between the BigGood Crimson Dragon and the EldritchAbomination Earthbound Immortals. The BigBad of the first arc is the leader of the organization, who seeks to [[AGodAmI become an all-powerful god]] so he can end the cycle once and for all.
** The second Yliaster comes about when a three-man BigBadEnsemble uses their powers to take over and CosmicRetcon the previous origin out of existence, with the new origin being
that they were a relatively new organization with possibly a few members (the ones involved with the Dark Signers) ''inspired'' by the original Star Dragon King. In its new incarnation, the founders of the organization are ironically [[spoiler: actually four [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] from the future; having harnessed the ability to TimeTravel with the intention of going back and preventing the [[ApocalypseHow global catastrophe that led to the devastated future in which they are the only surviviors]]. It is eventually revealed This change in depictions was the result of some [[RealLifeWritesThePlot behind-the-scenes difficulties]]: one of the voice actresses had been fired from the show due to her involvement with a cult that had been getting bad press recently; to avoid any scandal, the claims of series producers removed references to cult-like activity, rewriting Yliaster being around since ancient times were untrue; they were a relatively new organization with possibly a few members (the ones involved with the Dark Signers) ''inspired'' by the original Star Dragon King.]] more Sci-Fi origin and a more antagonistic role.
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