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18th Sep '17 11:37:58 AM Malady
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A Deus ex Machina ([[LatinPronunciationGuide pron]]: Day-oos eks MAH-kee-nah) is when some new event, character, ability, or object solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way. It's often used as the solution to what is called "writing yourself into a corner," where the problem is so extreme that nothing in the established setting suggests that there is a logical way for the characters to escape. If a bomb is about to go off, someone finds a convenient bomb-proof bunker in easy reach. If a protagonist [[LiteralCliffHanger falls off a cliff]], a [[GiantRobotHandsSaveLives flying robot will suddenly appear to catch them]]. A MillionToOneChance of something occurring is accomplished by a bystander who [[AchievementsInIgnorance didn't know what they were doing]].

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A Deus ex Machina ([[LatinPronunciationGuide ([[UsefuNotes/LatinPronunciationGuide pron]]: Day-oos eks MAH-kee-nah) is when some new event, character, ability, or object solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way. It's often used as the solution to what is called "writing yourself into a corner," where the problem is so extreme that nothing in the established setting suggests that there is a logical way for the characters to escape. If a bomb is about to go off, someone finds a convenient bomb-proof bunker in easy reach. If a protagonist [[LiteralCliffHanger falls off a cliff]], a [[GiantRobotHandsSaveLives flying robot will suddenly appear to catch them]]. A MillionToOneChance of something occurring is accomplished by a bystander who [[AchievementsInIgnorance didn't know what they were doing]].
17th Sep '17 2:16:39 PM Malady
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* This is truly the only thing keeping ''ATrollInCentralPark'' from having one of the worst DownerEnding s in the history of animated cinema, as Stanley is turned into stone in the climax - ''the very thing he was afraid of happening to him the whole movie'' - and the only thing that saves him in the end is the little boy just ''somehow'' getting Stanley's Green Thumb powers for no given reason that restore him.

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* This is truly the only thing keeping ''ATrollInCentralPark'' ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'' from having one of the worst DownerEnding s {{Downer Ending}}s in the history of animated cinema, as Stanley is turned into stone in the climax - ''the very thing he was afraid of happening to him the whole movie'' - and the only thing that saves him in the end is the little boy just ''somehow'' getting Stanley's Green Thumb powers for no given reason that restore him.
9th Sep '17 11:20:16 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Specifically averted and its absence discussed by characters in the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' fanfic ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDesk''. [[GenreSavvy Raynor]] points out that "This Blizzard ain't gonna be around to write some-last-ditch save in this time."

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* Specifically averted and its absence discussed by characters in the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' fanfic ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDesk''. [[GenreSavvy Raynor]] Raynor points out that "This Blizzard ain't gonna be around to write some-last-ditch save in this time."



* When [[Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]] is right about to get caught by a guard, an angelic warrior whose life he had saved at the beginning of the story shows up to conveniently provide a distraction, just long enough for him to get away. [[GenreSavvy Paul is a bit freaked out by this, since it seems to have come out of nowhere]] and required knowledge that she shouldn't have had, and he figures that [[ThisIsGonnaSuck whatever he's caught up in is probably about to get worse.]]

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* When [[Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]] is right about to get caught by a guard, an angelic warrior whose life he had saved at the beginning of the story shows up to conveniently provide a distraction, just long enough for him to get away. [[GenreSavvy Paul is a bit freaked out by this, since it seems to have come out of nowhere]] nowhere and required knowledge that she shouldn't have had, and he figures that [[ThisIsGonnaSuck whatever he's caught up in is probably about to get worse.]]
9th Sep '17 11:18:42 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"[[DiabolusExMachina Coincidences to get characters into trouble]] are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating."''

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->''"[[DiabolusExMachina Coincidences ->''"Coincidences to get characters into trouble]] trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating."''
4th Aug '17 3:19:44 AM Folamh3
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->''"Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating."''

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->''"Coincidences ->''"[[DiabolusExMachina Coincidences to get characters into trouble trouble]] are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating."''
16th Jul '17 2:26:08 PM Gosicrystal
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On top of that, the Deus Ex Machina is often seen to take away from the plot and characters by forcing everything to fit. If the characters are prepared to accept the unwinnable scenario and all it's consequences before the Deus Ex Machina, [[LampshadeHanging even acknowledge how lucky they were it showed up]], or it is only accomplished through a HeroicSacrifice, it can take the sting out of its' use.

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On top of that, the Deus Ex Machina is often seen to take away from the plot and characters by forcing everything to fit. If the characters are prepared to accept the unwinnable scenario and all it's its consequences before the Deus Ex Machina, [[LampshadeHanging even acknowledge how lucky they were it showed up]], or it is only accomplished through a HeroicSacrifice, it can take the sting out of its' its use.



''Also'', please make sure an example meets '''the criteria''' before submitting. This is a not a place to [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike Complain About Plot Twists You Don't Like]].

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''Also'', please make sure an example meets '''the criteria''' before submitting. This is a not a place to [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike Complain About Plot Twists You Don't Like]].
13th Jul '17 9:16:07 AM NumberFortyFour
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** In the climax, Candace attempts to bring their Mom out to the battlefield to see it, as she believes that the "magical force" that always sweeps away her brothers activities before she can show their Mom will take care of things.
12th May '17 9:01:15 AM SuperSaiyanSonic
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* ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'': In Episode 7, Kolorado's grandfather's stopwatch was revealed to [[spoiler:house an ancient magic which proved to be the only thing capable of negating the curse trapping the characters within the MinusWorld, allowing them all to escape]]. Alvin-Earthworm, the series creator, criticizes himself for writing this into the episode, and he intends to omit this episode from the reboot as a result.
5th May '17 5:55:32 PM kazokuhouou
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* Anything classified as [[spoiler:Thaumiel]] by ''The Wiki/SCPFoundation'' essentially works as this trope, being objects that could be of benefit to the Foundation. Of particular note is SCP-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2000 2000]], which basically [[spoiler: acts as a ResetButton to clone humanity in the event of an apocalypse.]]
21st Feb '17 8:38:03 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Film/NoobLaCroiseeDesDestins'': At the very en of the movie, Gaea, a StarvingStudent who's trying to live off schloarship as long as she can according to AllThereInTheManual, get an inverted case of HeroismEqualsJobQualification (in that the act that lands her the job is awesome, but otherwise villainous). The character who offers her the job is a pre-existing minor character that gave absolutely no previous indication of being in a position in which he could offer her such a job.


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* ''Film/NoobLaCroiseeDesDestins'': At the very en of the movie, Gaea, a StarvingStudent who's trying to live off schloarship as long as she can according to AllThereInTheManual, get an inverted case of HeroismEqualsJobQualification (in that the act that lands her the job is awesome, but otherwise villainous). The character who offers her the job is a pre-existing minor character that gave absolutely no previous indication of being in a position in which he could offer her such a job.
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