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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.
1st Jun '16 3:53:59 AM Doug86
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* 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 [[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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* 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 [[VandalSavage [[ComicBook/VandalSavage several]] [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery characters]] in the DCAU that have ''lived'' for thousands of years, [[ParanoiaFuel he might well be right]].
29th May '16 5:32:47 AM Voila27
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* The [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Organization]] of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is initially depicted as being the one who saved Humankind from being predated by Yoma through the creation of the titular Claymores, half-human and half-yoma warriors, [[spoiler:but the truth is that it was the Organization itself who created the Yoma in the first place, and the Claymores are as oblivious of this fact as the helpless villagers. The [[NebulousEvilOrganization Organization]] comes from another continent where two nations have [[GreatOffscreenWar waged war for over a century]], one of such nations has allied itself with the Dragon Descendants, superhuman warriors who are infinitely more powerful than human soldiers, in order to fight the Dragon Descendants the other human nation created the Organization to develop powerful and controllable monsters that could be used to counter the Dragons. The Organization took over the island where ''Claymore'' is set and has kept the local population oblivious about the fact that there are other lands beyond the sea and any Claymore who grows disobedient or learns too much is either sent on a SuicideMission or hunted down as deserter, while the whole land is used as a giant research lab for biological weapons]].

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* The [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Organization]] of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is initially depicted as being the one who saved Humankind from being predated by Yoma through the creation of the titular Claymores, half-human and half-yoma warriors, [[spoiler:but the truth is that [[MonsterProtectionRacket it was the Organization itself who created the Yoma Yoma]] in the first place, and the Claymores are as oblivious of this fact as the helpless villagers. The [[NebulousEvilOrganization Organization]] comes from another continent where two nations have [[GreatOffscreenWar waged war for over a century]], one of such nations has allied itself with the Dragon Descendants, superhuman warriors who are infinitely more powerful than human soldiers, in order to fight the Dragon Descendants the other human nation created the Organization to develop powerful and controllable monsters that could be used to counter the Dragons. The Organization took over the island where ''Claymore'' is set and has kept the local population oblivious about the fact that there are other lands beyond the sea and any Claymore who grows disobedient or learns too much is either sent on a SuicideMission or hunted down as deserter, while the whole land is used as a giant research lab for biological weapons]].
29th May '16 5:30:23 AM Voila27
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* The [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Organization]] of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is initially depicted as being the one who saved Humankind from being predated by Yoma through the creation of the titular Claymores, half-human and half-yoma warriors, [[spoiler:but the truth is that it was the Organization itself who created the Yoma in the first place, and the Claymores are as oblivious of this fact as the helpless villagers. The [[NebulousEvilOrganization Organization]] comes from another continent where two nations have [[GreatOffscreenWar waged war for over a century]], one of such nations has allied itself with the Dragon Descendants, superhuman warriors who are infinitely more powerful than human soldiers, in order to fight the Dragon Descendants the other human nation created the Organization to develop powerful and controllable monsters that could be used to counter the Dragons. The Organization took over the island where ''Claymore'' is set and has kept the local population oblivious about the fact that there are other lands beyond the sea and any Claymore who grows disobedient or learns too much is either sent on a SuicideMission or hunted down as deserter, while the whole land is used as a giant research lab for biological weapons]].
15th May '16 9:52:34 AM narm00
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** The Mage/Vampire/Whatever conspiracies are so common in the old ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]'' that it often seemed like the Holocaust was the ONE event in history that was solely the work of normal humans (since none of the supernaturals wanted the "credit" for it). However, as these conspiracies oppose and counter each other, they often fail to really control anything.

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** The Mage/Vampire/Whatever conspiracies are so common in the old ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]'' that it often seemed seems like the Holocaust was the ONE event in history that was solely the work of normal humans (since none of the supernaturals wanted want the "credit" for it). However, as these conspiracies oppose and counter each other, they often fail to really control anything.



*** The 20th anniversary edition brings the Hand back, but {{reconstruct|ion}}ed. They're just barely cohesive enough that they can function as an organization, and they have a fair amount of influence over things, but they can't do everything they'd like, and they have to deal with opposition within and without. While they may well be sitting on potentially world-shaking secrets, even they don't know which are real and which aren't.



** Essentially, ALL the OWOD books had their own version of long standing ancient conspiracies (can't overlook Werewolves and their long shadow fight to protect Mother Gaia from The Wyrm and their hand in human affairs since time began). This did not help any attempts to fit them all into the same setting.
* The Seers of the Throne in the successor game ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' are devoted to ensuring that humanity remains ignorant of the Gnostic truths of the universe by keeping as much control of human culture as possible, and directing it away from any supernatural insights whenever possible and necessary, a goal they have been pursuing since before the beginning of recorded history. The Seers are organized in the manner of an ''extremely'' convoluted bureaucracy, with none of the members knowing the entire structure of it, and with the potential for members to be appointed to offices which are ultimately meaningless, but which can be taken so seriously that they eventually 'evolve' a meaning, based on the importance attributed to them. The Guardians of the Veil and the Silver Ladder are also arguably ancient conspiracies, albeit with arguably more altruistic goals (the former seeks to prevent humanity from finding truths they are not ready for, the latter seeks to help all of humanity to Awaken).

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** Essentially, ALL While it might seem like it, not all the OWOD books had their own version of long standing ancient games get in on this. Ancient conspiracies (can't overlook Werewolves in ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' and their long shadow fight ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'' are the enemy, both the imbued and the Fallen being relatively new to protect Mother Gaia from the present-day supernatural scene. The Wyrm and their hand in human affairs since time began). This did not conspiracies of ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'', meanwhile, are chiefly limited to wraithly society. Even so, there are sufficient conspiracies around that it doesn't help any attempts to fit them all into the same setting.
* The Seers of the Throne in the successor game ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' are devoted to ensuring that humanity remains ignorant of the Gnostic truths of the universe by keeping as much control of human culture as possible, and directing it away from any supernatural insights whenever possible and necessary, a goal they have been pursuing since before the beginning time of recorded history.Alexander the Great. The Seers are organized in the manner of an ''extremely'' convoluted bureaucracy, with none of the members knowing the entire structure of it, and with the potential for members to be appointed to offices which are ultimately meaningless, but which can be taken so seriously that they eventually 'evolve' a meaning, based on the importance attributed to them. The Guardians of the Veil and the Silver Ladder are also arguably ancient conspiracies, albeit with arguably more altruistic goals (the former seeks to prevent humanity from finding truths they are not ready for, the latter seeks to help all of humanity to Awaken).



* And while we're discussing White Wolf- in [[{{TabletopGame/Exalted}} Shards of the Exalted Dream]], the point of The Modern Age is that [[spoiler:the Infernal Exalted rule the world from the shadows. The chapter does state that it's not important who is the conspiracy- the point is that there ''is'' a conspiracy.]]

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* And while we're discussing White Wolf- Creator/WhiteWolf- in [[{{TabletopGame/Exalted}} Shards of the Exalted Dream]], the point of The Modern Age is that [[spoiler:the Infernal Exalted rule the world from the shadows. The chapter does state that it's not important who is the conspiracy- the point is that there ''is'' a conspiracy.]]
12th May '16 9:46:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AmericaUnearthed'' has host Creator/ScottWolter who posits that there's an ancient conspiracy starting from the rule of Pharaoh Akenaten through the birth of Jesus and into Europe with the KnightsTemplar, then through the Freemasons to America.

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* ''Series/AmericaUnearthed'' has host Creator/ScottWolter who posits that there's an ancient conspiracy starting from the rule of Pharaoh Akenaten through the birth of Jesus and into Europe with the KnightsTemplar, UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar, then through the Freemasons to America.
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