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17th Jan '17 2:01:08 PM MasterFuzzy
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*In ''Fanfic/{{Child of the Storm}}'', Doctor Stephen Strange is basically playing Cosmic Solitaire, making sure that events go the way he wants them to. He actually ''engineers'' a GambitPileup, and pretty much everything that happens is due to his manipulations.
9th Jan '17 4:14:39 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' all the heroes seem to be controlled by Rachel or Jubei ([[spoiler: since they're all some combination of Jubei's students, Rachel's "servants" or Kokonoe's subordinates. Or are friends thereof.]]) in some roundabout way while all the villains appear to be manipulated by Hazama ([[spoiler: Mostly because they're being [[ForcedIntoEvil extorted]], {{brainwashed}}, {{More Than Mind Control}}led or {{Mind Rape}}d]]). The few exceptions being Arakune (completely insane and almost driven entirely by instinct) and Carl Clover (who has his own business with his father) and Bang Shishigami (who's in to promote [[JusticeWillPrevail JUSTICE]]).[[spoiler:We later find out that the real BigBad Izanami is using Terumi and Relius as pawns the entire time and they never were control to being with.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' all the heroes seem to be controlled by Rachel or Jubei ([[spoiler: since they're all some combination of Jubei's students, Rachel's "servants" or Kokonoe's subordinates. Or are friends thereof.]]) in some roundabout way while all the villains appear to be manipulated by Hazama ([[spoiler: Mostly mostly because they're being [[ForcedIntoEvil extorted]], {{brainwashed}}, {{More Than Mind Control}}led or {{Mind Rape}}d]]). The few exceptions being are Arakune (completely insane and almost driven entirely by instinct) and Carl Clover (who has his own business with his father) and Bang Shishigami (who's in it to promote [[JusticeWillPrevail JUSTICE]]).[[spoiler:We later find out that the real BigBad Izanami is using Terumi and Relius as pawns the entire time and they never were in control to being with.]]



* The ending cinematic of VideoGame/{{Hexen}} implies that by killing the final boss you have just made a move on one of these chessboards.

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* The ending cinematic of VideoGame/{{Hexen}} ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' implies that by killing the final boss you have just made a move on one of these chessboards.



* The entire setting of ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is in the middle of one of these. The PowersThatBe used to battle more directly, but the Good and Neutral deities didn't like the risk of the destruction of the mortal world and the Evil ones didn't like the risk that this posed to their own lives, so over countless eons the Nexal Struggle fought by mortals has become the agreed-upon method of solving divine disputes over who gets to shape the universe next. Sometimes the influence of the various Powers is obvious and sometimes it is very, very subtle. Given the generally [[CrapsackWorld bleak]] prospect of being caught between feuding gods for all eternity, the setting is never short on player characters who try to RageAgainstTheHeavens instead.

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* The entire setting of ''[[NexusWar ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is in the middle of one of these. The PowersThatBe used to battle more directly, but the Good and Neutral deities didn't like the risk of the destruction of the mortal world and the Evil ones didn't like the risk that this posed to their own lives, so over countless eons the Nexal Struggle fought by mortals has become the agreed-upon method of solving divine disputes over who gets to shape the universe next. Sometimes the influence of the various Powers is obvious and sometimes it is very, very subtle. Given the generally [[CrapsackWorld bleak]] prospect of being caught between feuding gods for all eternity, the setting is never short on player characters who try to RageAgainstTheHeavens instead.
27th Nov '16 3:55:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': The entire plot of the series was set in motion by Lucifer and his minion Pazuzu when they decided to play a game where Pazuzu couldn't just [[LetTheBossWin let his boss win every time to escape his wrath]]. Each of them would create a child on Earth and let them battle for the fate of the world.
6th Oct '16 2:04:32 AM Psychadelico
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* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' plays with the trope, as it's suggested that the conflict between Angels and Demons is less this, and more [[spoiler: "very complicated Solitaire".]]
18th Sep '16 7:45:35 PM Necrodomo
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* The entire setting of ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is in the middle of one of these. The PowersThatBe used to battle more directly, but the Good and Neutral deities didn't like the risk of the destruction of the mortal world and the Evil ones didn't like the risk that this posed to their own lives, so over countless eons the Nexal Struggle fought by mortals has become the agreed-upon method of solving divine disputes over who gets to shape the universe next. Sometimes the influence of the various Powers is obvious and sometimes it is very, very subtle. Given the generally [[CrapsackWorld bleak]] prospect of being caught between feuding gods for all eternity, the setting is never short on player characters who try to RageAgainstTheHeavens instead.
11th Sep '16 2:05:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'': “There was one planet off in the seventh dimension that got used as a ball in a game of intergalactic bar billiards. Got potted straight into a black hole.” (PS: ten billion killed)

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* Parodied in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'': “There �There was one planet off in the seventh dimension that got used as a ball in a game of intergalactic bar billiards. Got potted straight into a black hole.(PS: ten billion killed)

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22nd Aug '16 2:22:57 PM Az_Tech341
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->''"I knew it! I knew I was piece in the middle of a cosmic chess game!"''

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->''"I knew it! I knew I was a piece in the middle of a cosmic chess game!"''
13th Aug '16 8:34:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia]]'' has Chaos and Cosmos doing this quite explicitly.

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* ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia]]'' has Chaos and Cosmos doing this quite explicitly.
15th Jul '16 1:11:07 AM PaulA
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* In the 1981 ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', Perseus is guided and protected by his father Zeus, while Calibos is aided by his mother Thetis. Both use clay figures to plot destinies.
* In the 2010 ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', Perseus is guided and protected by his father Zeus (which is interesting since Perseus is in this movie opposing him), while Calibos is aided by Hades, who had a ''real'' easy time of convincing him considering the (not entirely undeserved) doozy Zeus pulled on him.

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* In the 1981 ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'', Perseus is guided and protected by his father Zeus, while Calibos is aided by his mother Thetis. Both use clay figures to plot destinies.
* In the 2010 ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'', Perseus is guided and protected by his father Zeus (which is interesting since Perseus is in this movie opposing him), while Calibos is aided by Hades, who had a ''real'' easy time of convincing him considering the (not entirely undeserved) doozy Zeus pulled on him.
30th Jun '16 9:20:41 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', the heroes and villains are respectively guided by two opposing Purposes of the Universe. The heroes have an advantage in that they receive instructions directly, whereas the BigBad Torak does not grant his minions this privilege. In ''Literature/TheElenium'', it seems as though events are being manipulated by a couple of gods. In ''The Tamuli'', it turns out that everything, including the gods who thought they were doing the manipulating, is actually being manipulated by two beings who spend their time creating worlds and then fighting over them. In ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'', the two sides are being guided/manipulated by two of the three sibling gods. Yeah, David Eddings really likes this trope.

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* Creator/DavidEddings really likes this trope.
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In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', the heroes and villains are respectively guided by two opposing Purposes of the Universe. The heroes have an advantage in that they receive instructions directly, whereas the BigBad Torak does not grant his minions this privilege. privilege.
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In ''Literature/TheElenium'', it seems as though events are being manipulated by a couple of gods. In ''The Tamuli'', ''Literature/TheTamuli'', it turns out that everything, including the gods who thought they were doing the manipulating, is actually being manipulated by two beings who spend their time creating worlds and then fighting over them. them.
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In ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'', the two sides are being guided/manipulated by two of the three sibling gods. Yeah, David Eddings really likes this trope.gods.
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