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7th Jun '16 1:40:09 PM Chabal2
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the heroes are guided by BigGood The Ellimist, while Crayak is behind the Yeerks and other adversaries. They're both godlike beings who've AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. The reason they're doing this is because they're so morally opposed that they ''will'' be fighting one another, except that as they currently exist, if they tried to fight each other directly it would probably mean the end of all creation, which neither wants. So, they've agreed to a game of manipulation and guidance, with each bound by inviolable rules.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the heroes are guided by BigGood The Ellimist, while Crayak is behind the Yeerks and other adversaries. They're both godlike beings who've AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. The reason they're doing this is because they're so morally opposed that they ''will'' ''would'' be fighting one another, except that as they currently exist, if they tried to fight each other directly it would probably mean the end of all creation, which neither wants. The last time they ''did'' fight physically, they took out entire star systems until they both ran into a black hole, leading to the aforementioned AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. So, they've agreed to a game of manipulation and guidance, with each bound by inviolable rules.rules (not that both don't try to cheat).
4th May '16 1:24:17 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The Witches' Game in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''. Unique in that it's fairly small in scope, limiting itself to a small island with 18 people in it. Until the Voyagers reveal the whole of what's going on: namely, an infinite number of the same small islands with the same 18 people on it thanks to the SchrodingersCat scenario.

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* The Witches' Game in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''.''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. Unique in that it's fairly small in scope, limiting itself to a small island with 18 people in it. Until the Voyagers reveal the whole of what's going on: namely, an infinite number of the same small islands with the same 18 people on it thanks to the SchrodingersCat scenario.
3rd Mar '16 3:45:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the 1981 ''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 ''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.
* ''JasonAndTheArgonauts'' are watched, challenged and aided by the Gods in Olympus, who plot their movements on a game board.

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* In the 1981 ''ClashOfTheTitans'', ''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 ''ClashOfTheTitans'', ''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.
* ''JasonAndTheArgonauts'' ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'' are watched, challenged and aided by the Gods in Olympus, who plot their movements on a game board.



* Played with in TheGamersHandsOfFate, in which the characters of a CCG seem to become aware they are playing pieces.

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* Played with in TheGamersHandsOfFate, Film/TheGamersHandsOfFate, in which the characters of a CCG seem to become aware they are playing pieces.



* 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 ''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 ''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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* 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 ''TheElenium'', ''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 ''TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'', ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'', the two sides are being guided/manipulated by two of the three sibling gods. Yeah, David Eddings really likes this trope.



* In the ''BookOfSwords'' fantasy series by Creator/FredSaberhagen, the gods produced a number of incredibly powerful artifact swords with fantastic magical powers, with the intent of giving them to a number of humans as part of some kind of cosmic chess game between the gods. But the swords were so powerful that they allowed the people holding them to become players in their own right. By the end of the third book (of eleven), the gods had lost.

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* In the ''BookOfSwords'' ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' fantasy series by Creator/FredSaberhagen, the gods produced a number of incredibly powerful artifact swords with fantastic magical powers, with the intent of giving them to a number of humans as part of some kind of cosmic chess game between the gods. But the swords were so powerful that they allowed the people holding them to become players in their own right. By the end of the third book (of eleven), the gods had lost.



* In ''TruCalling'', Jack was working for TheGrimReaper (or simply [[YouCantFightFate Fate]]), while the titular Tru had been chosen by an unknown power to save lives by way of GroundhogDayLoop. Interestingly, a suicide caused the two spirits to swap champions for an episode.

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* In ''TruCalling'', ''Series/TruCalling'', Jack was working for TheGrimReaper (or simply [[YouCantFightFate Fate]]), while the titular Tru had been chosen by an unknown power to save lives by way of GroundhogDayLoop. Interestingly, a suicide caused the two spirits to swap champions for an episode.
3rd Mar '16 3:44:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* A variation occurs in the 2004 movie "Immortal" or "Ad Vitam", where two Egyptian animal-headed gods play chess in their floating pyramid situated above a futuristic metropolis.
1st Feb '16 2:24:19 AM GrammarNavi
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* In the {{Branion}} series, the gods are seen in vision playing "strategy" for influence. Sometimes, however, they come to earth and take over the bodies of their heroes, literally fighting it out on the battlefield. This is painful and deadly for the pawns.

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* In the {{Branion}} ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, the gods are seen in vision playing "strategy" for influence. Sometimes, however, they come to earth and take over the bodies of their heroes, literally fighting it out on the battlefield. This is painful and deadly for the pawns.
18th Jan '16 7:02:02 AM DeisTheAlcano
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->''I knew it! I knew I was piece in the middle of a cosmic chess game!''
->-'''King''', ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}''

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->''I
->''"I
knew it! I knew I was piece in the middle of a cosmic chess game!''
->-'''King''',
game!"''
-->-- '''King''',
''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}''
15th Dec '15 7:25:34 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'' has Tet, the God of Games, rule over the world of Disboard which is inhabited by 16 races. Each race's powers and status are granted by a chess piece McGuffin; Tet challenges the protagonists to unite - or conquer - all races in order to obtain the full set and face him for the ultimate game, presumably putting the lives of all the world's inhabitants at a stake.

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* ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'' has Tet, the God of Games, rule over the world of Disboard which is inhabited by 16 races. Each race's powers and status are granted by a chess piece McGuffin; Tet challenges the protagonists to unite - or conquer - all races in order to obtain the full set and face him for the ultimate game, presumably putting the lives of all the world's inhabitants at a stake.
game.
15th Dec '15 7:24:19 AM ChaoticNovelist
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A subtrope to DivineConflict. Contrast ChessWithDeath. HumanChess is this on a much lower scale.

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A This is a subtrope to DivineConflict. Indeed, it might overlap with CombatByChampion to prevent the gods from duking it out themselves. Contrast ChessWithDeath. HumanChess is this on a much lower scale.
22nd Nov '15 9:21:16 AM ZimFan89
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* Near the conclusion of''Webcomic/The10Doctors'', the Tenth Doctor finds out that all that mess was caused by [[spoiler:the Guardians of Time] who were playing chess with a board and pieces representing the characters]]. Obviously, he is not amused.

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* Near the conclusion of''Webcomic/The10Doctors'', of ''Webcomic/The10Doctors'', the Tenth Doctor finds out that all that mess was caused by [[spoiler:the Guardians of Time] Time, who were playing chess with a board and pieces representing the characters]]. Obviously, he is not amused.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'', it appears that everything that's happened to Will -- being sent back in time, being de-aged and transformed, and becoming Phobos' OnlyFriend and MoralityChain -- is all part of a wager between two powerful, but currently unidentified, beings. (WordOfGod has confirmed that they'll appear and be explained in the sequel)
6th Nov '15 6:14:57 PM frogpatrol
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* Near the conclusion of''Webcomic/The10Doctors'', the Tenth Doctor finds out that all that mess was caused by [[spoiler:the Guardians of Time] who were playing chess with a board and pieces representing the characters]]. Obviously, he is not amused.



* At the ending of ''Webcomic/The10Doctors'', Ten finds out that all that mess was caused by [[spoiler:the Guardians of Time]], who were playing chess with a board and pieces representing the characters. Obviously, he is not amused.

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* At the ending of ''Webcomic/The10Doctors'', Ten finds out that all that mess was caused by [[spoiler:the Guardians of Time]], who were playing chess with a board and pieces representing the characters. Obviously, he is not amused.
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