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22nd Mar '17 3:48:57 PM DaibhidC
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': This trope [[UpToEleven taken to its logical extreme]] perfectly describes the Auditors of Reality, who are essentially bureaucrats who oversee the minutiae of the MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality. Unfortunately for all sapient life, they ''[[OmnicidalManiac despise]]'' anything resembling creativity or individuality, since it increases the amount of paperwork they have to do.

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This trope [[UpToEleven taken to its logical extreme]] perfectly describes the Auditors of Reality, who are essentially bureaucrats who oversee the minutiae of the MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality. Unfortunately for all sapient life, they ''[[OmnicidalManiac despise]]'' anything resembling creativity or individuality, since it increases the amount of paperwork they have to do.do.
** Discworld's Hell - at least during Astfgl's stint as Demon King in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' - is also portrayed as a literally soul-grinding bureaucracy, with the torment of pushing a rock up a hill being replaced by the greater torment of listening to the associated Health and Safety regulations, and the ancient ledgers being replaced by modern filing cabinets. When the demons finally have enough of all this [[spoiler: they do what any bureaucracy would do in the situation - promote him to a position where he doesn't actually have any responsibility, and give him a very nice office and a speaking tube that doesn't connect to anyone]].
19th Mar '17 7:23:38 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Back in 1942]], Fawcet Comics debuted Kid Eternity, a young hero who was the victim of the first celestial clerical error in two million years. After his grandfather’s boat is torpedoed by a German U-boat, he ends up in Eternity (the name for Heaven here) where he finds out he isn’t supposed to die for 75 years. Fortunately, this is a Celestial Bureaucracy that is big on restitution; they not only grant him life, but incredible super-powers (including the ability to summon both historic and fictional characters to aid him) and as further largesse, appoint the portly desk jockey (“Mr. Keeper”) who made the error to act as his partner. The duo fought crime and ThoseWackyNazis for about eight years, but Kid Eternity never had the PopularityPower he needed to be a hit, although he has had a few guest appearances since then. (And ironically, if he does indeed ever want to become A-list, he has to hurry; his 75-year reprieve is almost up!)
21st Feb '17 11:40:27 PM gewunomox
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* Part of the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible hard to follow]] plotline of [[JethroTull Jethro Tull's]] 1973 ConceptAlbum, "A Passion Play", concerns something of a CelestialBureaucracy involving one "[[StevenUlyssesPerhero G. Oddie And Son]]" running Heaven as bureaucratic office managers. This theme would have been carried over into the next year's proposed film project which became the "[=WarChild=]" album.

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* Part of the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible hard to follow]] plotline of [[JethroTull Jethro Tull's]] Music/JethroTull's 1973 ConceptAlbum, "A Passion Play", concerns something of a CelestialBureaucracy involving one "[[StevenUlyssesPerhero G. Oddie And Son]]" running Heaven as bureaucratic office managers. This theme would have been carried over into the next year's proposed film project which became the "[=WarChild=]" album.
25th Nov '16 8:21:19 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'': The realm of the Higher Authority, which the characters answer to, turns out to work like this. Appeals to the Authority are handled by a receptionist who manifests as a squirrel.
17th Oct '16 9:17:45 AM TastySauce
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->''"Heaven isn't full but the car park is. Since 1993 blessed souls have been driving around looking for a space."''

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->''"Heaven ->"Heaven isn't full but the car park is. Since 1993 blessed souls have been driving around looking for a space."''"
13th Oct '16 9:01:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/TheGrievousJourneyOfIchabodAzrael'': Purgatory/limbo is a wasteland where the souls of the formerly living wait in line at the bank of a river guarded by demonic horsemen before receiving judgment by TheFerryman, who will take them to their final destination.
25th Sep '16 11:03:28 AM Prfnoff
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* The 1941 film ''Here Comes Mr. Jordan'', which features bungled soul reaping by an officious (psychopompous?) angel known only as 7013, as part of a rather airline-esque afterlife.

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* The 1941 film ''Here Comes Mr. Jordan'', which ''Film/HereComesMrJordan'' features bungled soul reaping by an officious (psychopompous?) angel known only as 7013, as part of a rather airline-esque afterlife.
24th Sep '16 8:58:20 PM CountDorku
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* The forces of cosmic evil are this in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. At one point Black Mage's patron mentions that having him take over Hell is an unacceptable form of apocalypse because there's just way too much paperwork.
-->'''Black Mage:''' Evil has middle management?\\
'''Unnamed Evil God/"Darko, Dark God of the Dark":''' Are you kidding? That's all we are.
15th Sep '16 9:23:57 AM zarpaulus
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* In ''[[TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}} Jadeclaw]]'' Zhōngguó, being not merely a FantasyCounterpartCulture but even sharing a name with China, believes in a celestial bureaucracy. And one of the sample characters is a dragon who was fired from his job in the weather department for sleeping on the job and causing a flood, as shown in [[http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Helvetica/jadeclaw-comic-1.jpg this]] [[http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Helvetica/jadeclaw-comic-2.jpg comic]].
15th Sep '16 7:53:56 AM zarpaulus
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* ''Webcomic/{{Housepetes}}'' is said to have a [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/05/30/slide-rule/ celestial bureaucracy]] when Pete is tried for altering Joel/King's fate by turning him from a human into a dog. The eventual charge was "complicating matters in the celestial bureaucracy."

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* ''Webcomic/{{Housepetes}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' is said to have a [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/05/30/slide-rule/ celestial bureaucracy]] when Pete is tried for altering Joel/King's fate by turning him from a human into a dog. The eventual charge was "complicating matters in the celestial bureaucracy."
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