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20th Oct '17 10:29:47 PM Discar
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'': The four elemental Empyreans want to help humans progress, while the Empyrean of Suppression, Innominat, wants to crush all free will. The problem is that the elemental Empyreans are so powerful that when they are awake, their mere existence destabilizes the world; Innominat is needed to suppress their power and keep the world stable. Thus the world is locked in a vicious cycle; the elemental Empyreans work for centuries to help human civilization prosper, then Innominat is summoned to devour Malevolence and force the elemental Empyreans to sleep. Once all the Malevolence is gone (because it's produced by human emotions and Innominat has suppressed that), then Innominat returns to slumber and the elemental Empyreans awaken again. By the time of the game, Innominat has found a way to break this cycle and rule humanity forever by having a "farm" filled with trapped dragons, immortal monsters that will produce Malevolence for him to feed on. When he is finally defeated, the elemental Empyreans inform the heroes that without him, they will end up destroying the world. [[spoiler:They find a loophole by empowering a malak with massive power, creating a new Fifth Empyrean who can suppress the elemental Empyreans without crushing human freedom]].
13th Oct '17 2:35:18 AM Powerlord
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** The gods answer to this was to throw a mountain down on [[HolyCity Ishtar]], causing the [[WorldSundering Cataclysm]], sending Ishtar to the bottom of the sea and reshaping much of the world. The gods then disappeared from the world.
11th Oct '17 12:44:37 AM TheSinful
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* A number of ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' fics have pointed out that while the higher powers of evil in the BTVS world (i.e. Wolfram & Hart and the Old Ones) are obsessed with creating an apocalypse and destroying/conquering everything the so-called forces of "good", like the Powers that Be, seemed to be more interested in maintaining a balance between the two, to the point of opposing their own champions if they are doing too good a job destroying evil.

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* A number of ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' fics have pointed out that while the higher powers of evil in the BTVS world (i.e. Wolfram & Hart and the Old Ones) are obsessed with creating an apocalypse and destroying/conquering everything the so-called forces of "good", like the Powers that That Be, seemed to be more interested in maintaining a balance between the two, to the point of opposing their own champions if they are doing too good a job destroying evil.evil. A common theme among such fics is that if either side wins, the Powers That Be lose either their power or their influence over the mortal world.
27th Jun '17 1:19:35 PM DragonRanger
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* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': The Charred Council is charged with doing this and are granted significant freedom on how to do so.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': The ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' series: The Charred Council is charged with doing this keeping Heaven and Hell "balanced", at least until Man can stand toe-to-toe with them, and are granted significant freedom on how to do so.
12th May '17 2:38:40 PM intastiel
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* In the Franchise/StarWarsLegends novel ''Literature/TheTruceAtBakura'', the religion of the Cosmic Balance preaches that every bit of good fortune produces an equal misfortune somewhere else, and vice versa. Parents commonly choose one child to enjoy a privileged, educated life, and balance it by sending another into a life of deprivation and servitude.
6th May '17 6:51:37 PM AtmosBlitzer
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It's implied that halfway between good and evil lie humans, who in turn are capable of the better acts than angels and worse acts than demons. For either side to win would destroy humanity, free will, and the whole world. The free will part of this is what makes [[TheAntichrist Adam]] realize that doing whatever he wants with the world isn't the right way to go about it, because what's the point of having friends if you can make them do whatever you want?

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It's implied that halfway between good and evil lie humans, who in turn are capable of the better acts than angels and worse acts than demons. For either side to win would destroy humanity, free will, and the whole world. The free will part of this is what makes [[TheAntichrist [[AntiAntiChrist Adam]] realize that doing whatever he wants with the world isn't the right way to go about it, because what's the point of having friends if you can make them do whatever you want?
26th Apr '17 11:59:16 AM MadAnthony94
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** In a way, Luke's reforms to the Jedi Order are about finding a balance between the Jedi's discipline and the Sith's passion- for instance, allowing members to marry and raise families, and encouraging individual self-education alongside more regimented learning.
19th Apr '17 3:07:02 PM JoeMerl
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** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: takes this to a LogicalExtreme when a character becomes a demon in order to oppose another character that previously became a god.]]

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-->'''Sayaka:''' [[DespairEventHorizon Balance means good and bad have to zero themselves out, right]]?
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: takes this to a LogicalExtreme when [[spoiler:when a character [[FaceHeelTurn willingly becomes a demon demon]] in order to oppose another character that who previously [[AbstractApotheosis became a god.]]god]]]].
19th Apr '17 7:45:43 AM kazokuhouou
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* The whole reason the ''WebComic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'' happens is because Usagi tried her damndest not to acknowledge this exists. When she finally acknowledges that good can't exist without evil, and hope can't exist without despair to counter it, [[spoiler: she ascends to godhood and becomes Sailor Cosmos.]]
5th Apr '17 12:22:48 PM StarTropes
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' introduces another force of balance--the Bendu, who lives on Atollon and describes himself as "the one in the middle" of the light and dark sides.
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