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14th Aug '16 1:35:02 PM nombretomado
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* DoctorSteel believes (whether in actuality or whether it's part of the crazy act is anyone's guess) that the world is controlled by a cabal of alien "Illuminati".

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* DoctorSteel Music/DoctorSteel believes (whether in actuality or whether it's part of the crazy act is anyone's guess) that the world is controlled by a cabal of alien "Illuminati".
1st Aug '16 7:36:55 PM Willbyr
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* ''ScrappedPrincess'' has Lord Browning's plan, a five-thousand-year long BatmanGambit to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens bring down Providence]]. [[spoiler:Zefiris and Natalie]] keep the scheme on track [[WellIntentionedExtremist whatever it takes]]. [[spoiler:Notable for planning TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and manipulating the entire cast into doing their bidding ''without'' being evil.]]

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* ''ScrappedPrincess'' ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' has Lord Browning's plan, a five-thousand-year long BatmanGambit to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens bring down Providence]]. [[spoiler:Zefiris and Natalie]] keep the scheme on track [[WellIntentionedExtremist whatever it takes]]. [[spoiler:Notable for planning TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and manipulating the entire cast into doing their bidding ''without'' being evil.]]
27th Jul '16 2:37:21 PM EmperorMax2019
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17th Jul '16 4:27:28 AM jormis29
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* Subverted in ''[[{{Huntik}} Huntik: Secrets & Seekers]]''. While the main villainous organization--unoriginally called "The Organization"--would have everyone believe that they are a centuries-old group with tendrils everywhere, they are in reality less than sixty years old.
* As the page quote shows, ComicBook/TheQuestion in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' believes that a vast conspiracy has ruled the world for thousands of years, and are secretly responsible for virtually everything in human history. Given that many of the Question's wild theories [[ProperlyParanoid are proved correct]] and that there are [[ComicBook/VandalSavage several]] [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery characters]] in the DCAU that have ''lived'' for thousands of years, [[ParanoiaFuel he might well be right]].

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* Subverted in ''[[{{Huntik}} Huntik: Secrets & Seekers]]''.''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers''. While the main villainous organization--unoriginally called "The Organization"--would have everyone believe that they are a centuries-old group with tendrils everywhere, they are in reality less than sixty years old.
* As the page quote shows, ComicBook/TheQuestion in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' believes that a vast conspiracy has ruled the world for thousands of years, and are secretly responsible for virtually everything in human history. Given that many of the Question's wild theories [[ProperlyParanoid are proved correct]] and that there are [[ComicBook/VandalSavage several]] [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery characters]] in the DCAU that have ''lived'' for thousands of years, [[ParanoiaFuel he might well be right]].
15th Jul '16 1:48:28 AM Hanz
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** ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has the Star Cabal, a group of influential non-force sensitives that serve as the central antagonist of the Imperial Agent storyline who are dedicated to the eradication of Jedi and Sith-ruled governments and seek to plunge the world into another galactic war to wipe the slate clean. It's members include various characters featured in other storylines. The Genoharadan make a brief appearance in the Bounty Hunter storyline.
19th Jun '16 1:54:21 PM nombretomado
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* Trystero, a mail-based (and possibly imagined) conspiracy in ThomasPynchon's ''Literature/{{The Crying of Lot 49}}''.

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* Trystero, a mail-based (and possibly imagined) conspiracy in ThomasPynchon's Creator/ThomasPynchon's ''Literature/{{The Crying of Lot 49}}''.
9th Jun '16 11:19:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* SEARRS in ''Anime/MaiHime'', and there is at least one more, unrelated.

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* %%* SEARRS in ''Anime/MaiHime'', and there is at least one more, unrelated.



* Les Soldats in ''Anime/{{Noir}}''.

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* %%* Les Soldats in ''Anime/{{Noir}}''.



* Both the British Library and Dokusensha in ''Anime/RODTheTV''.

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* %%* Both the British Library and Dokusensha in ''Anime/RODTheTV''.



* Esset in ''Anime/WeissKreuz''.
* The Bahbem Foundation in ''Anime/RahXephon''

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* %%* Esset in ''Anime/WeissKreuz''.
* %%* The Bahbem Foundation in ''Anime/RahXephon''



* The Book Men in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''.

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* %%* The Book Men in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''.



* The Daath Organization in ''Anime/GuiltyCrown''.

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* %%* The Daath Organization in ''Anime/GuiltyCrown''.



* The Minutemen and The Trust from ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets''.
* The Grail in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''.
* The Catholic Church in ''numerous'' ComicBook/ChickTracts.

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* %%* The Minutemen and The Trust from ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets''.
* %%* The Grail in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''.
* %%* The Catholic Church in ''numerous'' ComicBook/ChickTracts.



* The Secret Monarchy of the World in Ed Brubaker's ''ComicBook/{{Sleeper}}''.

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* %%* The Secret Monarchy of the World in Ed Brubaker's ''ComicBook/{{Sleeper}}''.



* The villains of ''ComicBook/TheUnwritten''.

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* %%* The villains of ''ComicBook/TheUnwritten''.



* The Illuminati in the ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' movies.
* The Machines in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* The Masonic group protecting the ''NationalTreasure''.
* The {{ninja}}s of ''Film/NinjaAssassin''.

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* %%* The Illuminati in the ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' movies.
* %%* The Machines in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* %%* The Masonic group protecting the ''NationalTreasure''.
* %%* The {{ninja}}s of ''Film/NinjaAssassin''.



* The fashion industry in ''Film/{{Zoolander}}''.

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* %%* The fashion industry in ''Film/{{Zoolander}}''.



* The Tarsus Club in ''Film/TheConspiracy''.

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* %%* The Tarsus Club in ''Film/TheConspiracy''.



* The Cahill Family from ''Literature/The39Clues''.

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* %%* The Cahill Family from ''Literature/The39Clues''.



* The Jacks of All Trades from ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook''.
* The Society of the Evening Star from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series.

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* %%* The Jacks of All Trades from ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook''.
* %%* The Society of the Evening Star from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series.



* The Grim Reapers from the Series ''Series/{{Grimm}}''
* 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.
* The Millennium Group in ''Series/{{Millennium}}'', at least as depicted in the show's second season.
* The Torchwood Institute from ''Series/DoctorWho'' (its sinister facade of mystery fades prior to the debut of the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' SpinOff).
** Also the Cult of Skaro.

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* %%* The Grim Reapers from the Series ''Series/{{Grimm}}''
* %%* 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.
* %%* The Millennium Group in ''Series/{{Millennium}}'', at least as depicted in the show's second season.
* %%* The Torchwood Institute from ''Series/DoctorWho'' (its sinister facade of mystery fades prior to the debut of the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' SpinOff).
** %%** Also the Cult of Skaro.



* The Familiar cult from ''DarkAngel''.

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* %%* The Familiar cult from ''DarkAngel''.



* The Cabal from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''.
** And now 'Hollow Earth'
* The Company from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.

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* %%* The Cabal from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''.
** %%** And now 'Hollow Earth'
* %%* The Company from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.



* The Secret Society in ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''.

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* %%* The Secret Society in ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''.



* The Orange and Purple clans in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''.

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* %%* The Orange and Purple clans in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''.



* The Order of Denderah from ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' and other Breeniverse series.

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* %%* The Order of Denderah from ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' and other Breeniverse series.



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

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* %%* The Illuminati, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.
6th Jun '16 11:16:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the novel ''Country of the Blind'', by MichaelFlynn, the ancient conspiracy is not all that ancient, going back only to the early 19th Century, when a handful of American mathematicians, armed with Babbage's Analytical Engine, discovered the science of "cliology" (substantially similar to psychohistory in [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Asimov's]] ''{{Foundation}}'' novels), which can be used to reliably both predict and manipulate the course of historical events. This underground society soon schisms into several antagonistic groups, one of which prefers to play the Ancient Tradition role of usually passive observation (while making killings in the stock market), the others seeking power for its own sake. It eventually develops that there may be another set of cliological societies that emerged in Europe at about the same time, because, as Charles Fort put it, "It steam-engines when it comes steam-engine time."
* Humorously subverted in ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'':

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* In the novel ''Country of the Blind'', by MichaelFlynn, the ancient conspiracy is not all that ancient, going back only to the early 19th Century, when a handful of American mathematicians, armed with Babbage's Analytical Engine, discovered the science of "cliology" (substantially similar to psychohistory in [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Asimov's]] ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels), which can be used to reliably both predict and manipulate the course of historical events. This underground society soon schisms into several antagonistic groups, one of which prefers to play the Ancient Tradition role of usually passive observation (while making killings in the stock market), the others seeking power for its own sake. It eventually develops that there may be another set of cliological societies that emerged in Europe at about the same time, because, as Charles Fort put it, "It steam-engines when it comes steam-engine time."
* Humorously subverted in ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'':''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'':



* In ''AngelsAndDemons'', the Illuminati are a secret organization of scientists who oppose the Catholic Church, and try to destroy the Vatican with an antimatter bomb. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the organization does not exist anymore and all of the Illuminati symbols were planted by the Camerlengo in an attempt to get himself elected pope and restore faith in Christianity. He...kind of succeeds.]]

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* In ''AngelsAndDemons'', ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', the Illuminati are a secret organization of scientists who oppose the Catholic Church, and try to destroy the Vatican with an antimatter bomb. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the organization does not exist anymore and all of the Illuminati symbols were planted by the Camerlengo in an attempt to get himself elected pope and restore faith in Christianity. He...kind of succeeds.]]



* The Cahill Family from ''The39Clues''.

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* The Cahill Family from ''The39Clues''.''Literature/The39Clues''.



* The Second Foundation fits in the ''{{Foundation}}'' Series, by Creator/IsaacAsimov. While admittedly they are "only" five hundred years old by the end of the series, which takes place ''thousands'' of years into the future, they nevertheless manipulate the course of Galactic events towards their own ends for centuries. And until the end, quite successfully. However, they get beaten by an even older Ancient Conspiracy, [[spoiler:Gaia. Which itself is a 9,000 year old BatmanGambit by R. Daneel Olivaw, whose plans are more than 20,000 years old. Wow.]]

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* The Second Foundation fits in the ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' Series, by Creator/IsaacAsimov. While admittedly they are "only" five hundred years old by the end of the series, which takes place ''thousands'' of years into the future, they nevertheless manipulate the course of Galactic events towards their own ends for centuries. And until the end, quite successfully. However, they get beaten by an even older Ancient Conspiracy, [[spoiler:Gaia. Which itself is a 9,000 year old BatmanGambit by R. Daneel Olivaw, whose plans are more than 20,000 years old. Wow.]]
5th Jun '16 8:29:51 PM poi99
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->'''Green Arrow:''' Don't listen to this guy, everything’s conspiracies with him.
->'''[[ConspiracyTheorist The Question]]:''' [[ConspiracyKitchenSink Not "conspiracies". Conspiracy. Singular.]] Reaching back to AncientEgypt, there's been a single cabal of powerful individuals directing the course of human history. But the common man prefers to believe they don't exist, which aids their success.
->'''Supergirl:''' GlobalWarming? Military upheavals in the third world? [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Actors]] [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger elected]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking to public office]]?
->'''Green Arrow:''' The spread of coffee bars? Germs outpacing antibiotics? And '''{{boy band}}s'''? Come on! Who would gain from all this?!
->'''ComicBook/TheQuestion:''' Who indeed?
-->-- ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''
1st Jun '16 12:43:30 PM gcreative
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* In ''Literature/StarshipsMage'', the [[ObviouslyEvil Eugenicists]] that originally "created" the mages were already subtly manipulating lineages before they took over the Mars colonies and began overtly manipulating the population and force-breeding test subjects.
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