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* The ending of ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories''. {{Lampshaded}} by Mike and the Bots.

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* The ending of ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories''. {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Mike and the Bots.



* An example in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' II, when it is employed in the original style as Mushu climbs into an idol of the Unity Dragon and makes supposedly divine pronouncements (punctuated with a bit of fire-breathing) that neatly resolve what has become a very tangled situation.
* The end of the ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' film just ''screams'' Deus Ex Machina. Supposedly, the "stone" that does [[MacGuffin something... powerful]] manages to respond to Mrs. Brisby's... emotion and then pulls the cinderblock out - with no loss of life (or mud, which had been flooding the house). Auntie Shrew likely survived because she fell into a PlotHole when the mud started flooding the house.

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* An example in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' II, ''Disney/MulanII'', when it is employed in the original style as Mushu climbs into an idol of the Unity Dragon and makes supposedly divine pronouncements (punctuated with a bit of fire-breathing) that neatly resolve what has become a very tangled situation.
* The end of the ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh'' film just ''screams'' Deus Ex Machina. Supposedly, the "stone" that does [[MacGuffin something... powerful]] manages to respond to Mrs. Brisby's... emotion and then pulls the cinderblock out - with no loss of life (or mud, which had been flooding the house). Auntie Shrew likely survived because she fell into a PlotHole when the mud started flooding the house.



* Towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', Canadian comedians Terrance and Phillip are gunned down by Kyle's mother, triggering Satan and Saddam Hussein's takeover of the world. All seems to be lost until Saddam insults Satan one too many times after receiving several brutal electric shocks from Cartman's V-chip. Satan finally stands up to Saddam and kills him, thanking Kenny for giving him the courage to get out of his abusive relationship, and grants him one wish. Kenny's wish is for all the horror and tragedy of the US-Canada war to be undone, even if it means going back to hell himself. [[ResetButton Within a matter of seconds, everyone who died in the war is revived and Canadian/American relations are restored.]] Also, instead of going back to hell, as a reward for his sacrifice, Kenny [[spoiler: is sent to heaven where he is greeted by large-breasted angels.]]

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* Towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', Canadian comedians Terrance and Phillip are gunned down by Kyle's mother, triggering Satan and Saddam Hussein's takeover of the world. All seems to be lost until Saddam insults Satan one too many times after receiving several brutal electric shocks from Cartman's V-chip. Satan finally stands up to Saddam and kills him, thanking Kenny for giving him the courage to get out of his abusive relationship, and grants him one wish. Kenny's wish is for all the horror and tragedy of the US-Canada war to be undone, even if it means going back to hell himself. [[ResetButton Within a matter of seconds, everyone who died in the war is revived and Canadian/American relations are restored.]] Also, instead of going back to hell, as a reward for his sacrifice, Kenny [[spoiler: is sent to heaven where he is greeted by large-breasted angels.]]angels]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfTheHunchback'' has an egregious example: [[spoiler:In the ending, Quasimodo seems to fall to his death, but then... he GROWS WINGS!]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfTheHunchback'' has an egregious example: [[spoiler:In the ending, Quasimodo seems to fall to his death, but then... he GROWS WINGS!]]WINGS]]!



* '''THE CLAW''' at the end of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is a ''[[FridgeBrilliance literal]]'' Deus Ex Machina, as the DVD commentary points out, given that the [=LGMs=] treat "the claw" as their deity and it is also the machine that [[spoiler: saves all of the toys from burning in the garbage furnace.]] Its arrival is accompanied by a choir of angelic voices on the soundtrack.

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* '''THE CLAW''' at the end of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is a ''[[FridgeBrilliance literal]]'' Deus Ex Machina, as the DVD commentary points out, given that the [=LGMs=] treat "the claw" as their deity and it is also the machine that [[spoiler: saves all of the toys from burning in the garbage furnace.]] furnace]]. Its arrival is accompanied by a choir of angelic voices on the soundtrack.



** Although set up and foreshadowed several posts before it arrived, the stampeding Triceratops herd that ended the battle for the Aztec Village was {{lampshaded}} as a Deus ex Machina. Interestingly, unlike most examples of {{Lampshading}}, this was not PlayedForLaughs but [[PlayedForDrama For Drama]], since Rex realized that relying on a Deus ex Machina to save the day is a poor strategy that could easily backfire. Rex later attempted to {{def|iedTrope}}y Deus ex Machina by setting up a BigDamnHeroes in advance, only to be punished for it by the UnspokenPlanGuarantee.

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** Although set up and foreshadowed several posts before it arrived, the stampeding Triceratops herd that ended the battle for the Aztec Village was {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d as a Deus ex Machina. Interestingly, unlike most examples of {{Lampshading}}, {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing, this was not PlayedForLaughs but [[PlayedForDrama For Drama]], since Rex realized that relying on a Deus ex Machina to save the day is a poor strategy that could easily backfire. Rex later attempted to {{def|iedTrope}}y Deus ex Machina by setting up a BigDamnHeroes in advance, only to be punished for it by the UnspokenPlanGuarantee.



* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsandDragons'', the high-level Cleric spell Miracle allows you to request intervention from your deity. It costs experience points to use in that fashion, but other than that the only stated downside is that the deity might refuse.
* ''[[{{TabletopGame/FateOfTheNornsRagnarok}} Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok]]'' allows player characters to ask a deity to help them in battle. A sacrifice is performed, runes are drawn, and if the aforementioned deity is in a good mood, Deus ex Machina may occur. However, if your prayer has ''angered'' it, the divine intervention will benefit your opponents!

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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsandDragons'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the high-level Cleric spell Miracle allows you to request intervention from your deity. It costs experience points to use in that fashion, but other than that the only stated downside is that the deity might refuse.
* ''[[{{TabletopGame/FateOfTheNornsRagnarok}} ''[[TabletopGame/FateOfTheNornsRagnarok Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok]]'' allows player characters to ask a deity to help them in battle. A sacrifice is performed, runes are drawn, and if the aforementioned deity is in a good mood, Deus ex Machina may occur. However, if your prayer has ''angered'' it, the divine intervention will benefit your opponents!



* {{Lampshaded}} in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'': There's a card called Deus Ex Machinegun that has the gods come down with a machine gun and kill all the monsters, take all the treasure, and make the combat just magically go away.

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'': There's a card called Deus Ex Machinegun that has the gods come down with a machine gun and kill all the monsters, take all the treasure, and make the combat just magically go away.



* In the prologue to his ''Amphitryon'', the Roman playwright [[Creator/{{Plautus}} Titus Maccius Plautus]] parodied and {{Lampshaded}} this trope somewhat by having the god Mercury explain to the audience that there's a precedent for having the gods be active characters in this play: wasn't it just last year that somebody performed a play on this very stage in which someone in dire straits called on Jupiter and (lo and behold) out popped Jupiter to save the situation?

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* In the prologue to his ''Amphitryon'', the Roman playwright [[Creator/{{Plautus}} Titus Maccius Plautus]] parodied and {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this trope somewhat by having the god Mercury explain to the audience that there's a precedent for having the gods be active characters in this play: wasn't it just last year that somebody performed a play on this very stage in which someone in dire straits called on Jupiter and (lo and behold) out popped Jupiter to save the situation?



* Spoofed, perhaps even {{deconstruct|ion}}ed by Woody Allen in his one-act play ''[[http://members.fortunecity.com/bookdepository/plays/god/god2.html God]]'', an excellent if strange production which has NoFourthWall whatsoever; it's nominally about two Ancient Greeks trying to put on a play right there, when [[ThemeNaming Trichinosis]] shows [[ThemeNaming Diabetes]] his new invention, a machine for lowering the gods to the stage in order to solve characters' problems. (He boasts that he's going to make a fortune with it: "Sophocles put a deposit on one. Euripides wants two.") Unfortunately, when turned on, it winds up strangling the actor playing Zeus.

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* Spoofed, perhaps even {{deconstruct|ion}}ed by Woody Allen Creator/WoodyAllen in his one-act play ''[[http://members.fortunecity.com/bookdepository/plays/god/god2.html God]]'', an excellent if strange production which has NoFourthWall whatsoever; it's nominally about two Ancient Greeks trying to put on a play right there, when [[ThemeNaming Trichinosis]] shows [[ThemeNaming Diabetes]] his new invention, a machine for lowering the gods to the stage in order to solve characters' problems. (He boasts that he's going to make a fortune with it: "Sophocles put a deposit on one. Euripides wants two.") Unfortunately, when turned on, it winds up strangling the actor playing Zeus.



* The Mozart opera ''Idomeneo'' includes a literal example. Idamante is about to be sacrificed to Neptune, when the god's voice proclaims that he is to live instead and take the throne from his father.

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* The Mozart [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]] opera ''Idomeneo'' includes a literal example. Idamante is about to be sacrificed to Neptune, when the god's voice proclaims that he is to live instead and take the throne from his father.



** Occurs offscreen in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', between 4.4 and 4.6: [[spoiler: on the way to England, Hamlet is kidnapped by pirates, who kindly return him to Denmark.]]
** In ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', Portia produces a document at the end which reveals that [[spoiler: Antonio's ships didn't sink after all and he is still rich.]] It is never explained how she got this information or why she didn't reveal it before [[spoiler: Shylock lost everything he owned and Antonio ''nearly died.'']]

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** Occurs offscreen in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', between 4.4 and 4.6: [[spoiler: on the way to England, Hamlet is kidnapped by pirates, who kindly return him to Denmark.]]
Denmark]].
** In ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', Portia produces a document at the end which reveals that [[spoiler: Antonio's ships didn't sink after all and he is still rich.]] rich]]. It is never explained how she got this information or why she didn't reveal it before [[spoiler: Shylock lost everything he owned and Antonio ''nearly died.'']]



* In VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2, the characters are forced to make a SadisticChoice: either A. [[spoiler:"Graduate", which would replace their memories of being the most dangerous terrorists alive who brought about the end of the world with the memories of the time they spent in the virtual world, reforming them and giving them hope for the future. This, however, would release a malevolent ArtificialIntelligence (specifically that of their leader during their time as terrorists) which would infect every person on the planet, essentially turning it into a world of nothing but copies of said leader, plunging the recovering world into a permanent state of blood, horror, and, most especially, despair. Oh, and it would also trap a couple surviving characters from the first game inside the virtual world.]] Or B., [[spoiler:activate the "Forced Shutdown", resulting in them losing all of the memories they've acquired in the virtual world and revert back to being the horrible terrorists (who are also physically mutilated), with a chance of being executed. However, this would completely destroy said malevolent AI, saving the world.]] They choose option B. The ending of the game reveals that [[spoiler:after getting out of the program, the characters decide to stay on the island and try to revive their friends who died inside the virtual world (of which there is a very, very small chance of pulling off), peaceably seeing off said first-game characters who put them in the program in the first place.]] Obviously, [[spoiler:they didn't simply revert to their old terrorist selves; either the Forced Shutdown replaced their terrorist memories with their virtual ones, or they now have both sets of memories.]] Either way, [[spoiler:there was no foreshadowing or explanation given for how or why the program would behave in such a way.]]

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* In VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2, the characters are forced to make a SadisticChoice: either A. [[spoiler:"Graduate", which would replace their memories of being the most dangerous terrorists alive who brought about the end of the world with the memories of the time they spent in the virtual world, reforming them and giving them hope for the future. This, however, would release a malevolent ArtificialIntelligence (specifically that of their leader during their time as terrorists) which would infect every person on the planet, essentially turning it into a world of nothing but copies of said leader, plunging the recovering world into a permanent state of blood, horror, and, most especially, despair. Oh, and it would also trap a couple surviving characters from the first game inside the virtual world.]] Or B., [[spoiler:activate the "Forced Shutdown", resulting in them losing all of the memories they've acquired in the virtual world and revert back to being the horrible terrorists (who are also physically mutilated), with a chance of being executed. However, this would completely destroy said malevolent AI, saving the world.]] They choose option B. The ending of the game reveals that [[spoiler:after getting out of the program, the characters decide to stay on the island and try to revive their friends who died inside the virtual world (of which there is a very, very small chance of pulling off), peaceably seeing off said first-game characters who put them in the program in the first place.]] Obviously, [[spoiler:they didn't simply revert to their old terrorist selves; either the Forced Shutdown replaced their terrorist memories with their virtual ones, or they now have both sets of memories.]] Either way, [[spoiler:there was no foreshadowing or explanation given for how or why the program would behave in such a way.]]way]].



* In an apparently unintentional {{Lampshaded}} example, Miranda of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' has taken to calling herself "Deus Ex Momina," being a rather jarring ParentExMachina in what is neither a sitcom nor starred by a teenager. WordOfGod states the joke was her terrible delivery of the joke rather than being one of the most MetaGuy moments the comic's ever had. There are other events where this happens, sometimes even being mentioned by the cast. "[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-03-01]]"

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* In an apparently unintentional {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d example, Miranda of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' has taken to calling herself "Deus Ex Momina," being a rather jarring ParentExMachina in what is neither a sitcom nor starred by a teenager. WordOfGod states the joke was her terrible delivery of the joke rather than being one of the most MetaGuy moments the comic's ever had. There are other events where this happens, sometimes even being mentioned by the cast. "[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-03-01]]"



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The [=MitD=] plays this role in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0661.html this comic]]. While the Monster in the Darkness is a mystery to everyone except Rich Berlew; this new ability introduced comes right out of nowhere and at the most convenient of times for our heroes. The fact that it also reunites them back with their friends does not help. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0441.html This comic]] also features something that is hard to accept at face value (no air turbulence and coincidence). It's deliberately played off under RuleOfFunny so it is excusable, but still tastes like a WriterCopOut. Receives {{lampshading}}[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0504.html here]]. Also, while it's not quite an example (there are a few hints), the comic {{Lampshades}} how close it is to this when [[spoiler:Julio Scoundrel arrives just in time to save the Order of the Stick from Elan's father in his flying airship. The name of his airship? ''The Machina''.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The [=MitD=] plays this role in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0661.html this comic]]. While the Monster in the Darkness is a mystery to everyone except Rich Berlew; this new ability introduced comes right out of nowhere and at the most convenient of times for our heroes. The fact that it also reunites them back with their friends does not help. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0441.html This comic]] also features something that is hard to accept at face value (no air turbulence and coincidence). It's deliberately played off under RuleOfFunny so it is excusable, but still tastes like a WriterCopOut. Receives {{lampshading}}[[http://www.{{lampshad|eHanging}}ing [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0504.html here]]. Also, while it's not quite an example (there are a few hints), the comic {{Lampshades}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s how close it is to this when [[spoiler:Julio Scoundrel arrives just in time to save the Order of the Stick from Elan's father in his flying airship. The name of his airship? ''The Machina''.]]Machina'']].



** The "Holiday Wars" arc plays with it and provides a DoubleSubversion. We learn that there exist three magic "Deus ex ova", Latin for "God from the eggs", magic eggs created by the Greek gods that will hit the ResetButton if broken, and that Bun-Bun's main antagonist SantaClaus has one of them. Finally, when Santa is left with no other options, he tries to use it, but [[spoiler: Bun-Bun, being the Easter Bunny, has hidden the egg]]. Later, [[spoiler: Bun-Bun himself is forced to use it to save his own life, magically bringing all of his enemies back to life and defeating him, but leaving him alive.]]
** The end of 'Oceans Unmoving' literally has a god from out of nowhere, or at least his blood relative. While the sudden appearance of the brother of a Time God living in the basement of a timeless dimension is thematically consistent, he really seemed to appear just in time to wrap up the storyline quicker. Bonus points for wrapping the continuity to the beginning of the series though, and explaining Bun-bun's appearance without revealing any mysteries about his past. This is {{Lampshaded}}, since Uncle Time automatically assumes that Bun-Bun [[RiddleMeThis solved his riddle]], which led him there. Bun-Bun has never even heard of the riddle or Uncle Time, despite all of the lore and myths that the story invokes.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' on several occasions. Also {{Lampshaded}} [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050319.html here]].

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** The "Holiday Wars" arc plays with it and provides a DoubleSubversion. We learn that there exist three magic "Deus ex ova", Latin for "God from the eggs", magic eggs created by the Greek gods that will hit the ResetButton if broken, and that Bun-Bun's main antagonist SantaClaus has one of them. Finally, when Santa is left with no other options, he tries to use it, but [[spoiler: Bun-Bun, being the Easter Bunny, has hidden the egg]]. Later, [[spoiler: Bun-Bun himself is forced to use it to save his own life, magically bringing all of his enemies back to life and defeating him, but leaving him alive.]]
alive]].
** The end of 'Oceans Unmoving' literally has a god from out of nowhere, or at least his blood relative. While the sudden appearance of the brother of a Time God living in the basement of a timeless dimension is thematically consistent, he really seemed to appear just in time to wrap up the storyline quicker. Bonus points for wrapping the continuity to the beginning of the series though, and explaining Bun-bun's appearance without revealing any mysteries about his past. This is {{Lampshaded}}, {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, since Uncle Time automatically assumes that Bun-Bun [[RiddleMeThis solved his riddle]], which led him there. Bun-Bun has never even heard of the riddle or Uncle Time, despite all of the lore and myths that the story invokes.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' on several occasions. Also {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050319.html here]].



* {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://onering.legendaryfrog.com/movies_or2_w.php The One Ring to Rule Them All 2]]. Frodo and Sam escape their lava trap with no other explanation than "plot device, Mr. Frodo, plot device".

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://onering.legendaryfrog.com/movies_or2_w.php The One Ring to Rule Them All 2]]. Frodo and Sam escape their lava trap with no other explanation than "plot device, Mr. Frodo, plot device".



* Averted in VGHS, season 2: The Law [[spoiler:Is saved from Shane's men by Robot ShotBot. It is a Deus Ex Machina even more considering that he is saved by a machine, but we must consider that ShotBot's intervention was foretold in the beginning of the episode, and that his presence really is useful for the next events: ShotBot stays on track and makes the narration progress.]]

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* Averted in VGHS, season 2: The Law [[spoiler:Is saved from Shane's men by Robot ShotBot. It is a Deus Ex Machina even more considering that he is saved by a machine, but we must consider that ShotBot's intervention was foretold in the beginning of the episode, and that his presence really is useful for the next events: ShotBot stays on track and makes the narration progress.]]progress]].
6th Jan '18 4:04:11 PM crazysamaritan
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The concept eventually came back into vogue during the early years of the film industry thanks to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode. Villains, and anyone else who didn't toe the moral line, were absolutely not allowed to get away with their crimes. But, more often than not TheVillainMakesThePlot and EvilIsCool. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar The solution]] was to let the bad guy be awesome for the duration of the movie, then [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a bridge on them]] in the last five minutes.

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The concept eventually came back into vogue during the early years of the film industry thanks to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode. Villains, and anyone else who didn't toe the moral line, were absolutely not allowed to get away with their crimes. But, more often than not TheVillainMakesThePlot and EvilIsCool. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar The solution]] was to let the bad guy be awesome for the duration of the movie, then [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a bridge on them]] in the last five minutes.
9th Dec '17 7:29:51 PM TheGreatConversation
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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare was generally good at averting and subverting this. ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure'' has an ending that probably seems like Deus ex Machina to the characters, but the audience spent the entire play watching the Chessmaster set it up. ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' ends amicably when the fairies step in and fix everything with magic, but it takes them three tries to get it right and in the meantime they screw everything up even worse. The ending of ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'' is either this or FridgeBrilliance, depending on how you read it (although it did [[ExitPursuedByABear name a trope]] that is usually a DEM). But the pastoral comedy ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' is a straight example, with the father arriving out of the blue to put all conflicts to rest.

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare was generally good at averting and subverting this. ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure'' has an ending that probably seems like Deus ex Machina to the characters, but the audience spent the entire play watching the Chessmaster set it up. ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' ends amicably when the fairies step in and fix everything with magic, but it takes them three tries to get it right and in the meantime they screw everything up even worse. The ending of ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'' is either this or FridgeBrilliance, depending on how you read it (although it did [[ExitPursuedByABear name a trope]] that is usually a DEM). But the pastoral comedy \\
Some straight examples:
** The final scene of
''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' is has a straight example, with normal one and a ''literal'' one: Jaques, the father arriving out of never-before-seen [[CainAndAbelAndSeth brother of]] [[CainAndAbel Oliver and Orlando]], shows up inexplicably in the blue Forest of Arden to put all conflicts announce that the usurping Duke Fredrick has [[HeelFaithTurn found religion]] and restored his dukedom to rest.his banished brother. But before that, Hymen, the literal god of marriage, shows up to resolve romantic subplots and make predictions in rhyming couplets.
9th Dec '17 7:15:53 PM TheGreatConversation
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** In Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', act IV, scene VI, [[spoiler: Hamlet is kidnapped by pirates on the way to England, who kindly return him to Denmark.]]

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** In Occurs offscreen in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', act IV, scene VI, between 4.4 and 4.6: [[spoiler: on the way to England, Hamlet is kidnapped by pirates on the way to England, pirates, who kindly return him to Denmark.]]
30th Nov '17 9:29:51 AM hubakon1368
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* ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'':

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* ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'':''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'':
28th Oct '17 12:45:44 PM Actua11y
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* The ending of ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories''. Lampshaded by Mike and the Bots.

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* The ending of ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories''. Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} by Mike and the Bots.



** Although set up and foreshadowed several posts before it arrived, the stampeding Triceratops herd that ended the battle for the Aztec Village was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d as a Deus ex Machina. Interestingly, unlike most examples of Lampshading, this was not PlayedForLaughs but [[PlayedForDrama For Drama]], since Rex realized that relying on a Deus ex Machina to save the day is a poor strategy that could easily backfire. Rex later attempted to {{def|iedTrope}}y Deus ex Machina by setting up a BigDamnHeroes in advance, only to be punished for it by the UnspokenPlanGuarantee.

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** Although set up and foreshadowed several posts before it arrived, the stampeding Triceratops herd that ended the battle for the Aztec Village was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d {{lampshaded}} as a Deus ex Machina. Interestingly, unlike most examples of Lampshading, {{Lampshading}}, this was not PlayedForLaughs but [[PlayedForDrama For Drama]], since Rex realized that relying on a Deus ex Machina to save the day is a poor strategy that could easily backfire. Rex later attempted to {{def|iedTrope}}y Deus ex Machina by setting up a BigDamnHeroes in advance, only to be punished for it by the UnspokenPlanGuarantee.



* Lampshaded in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'': There's a card called Deus Ex Machinegun that has the gods come down with a machine gun and kill all the monsters, take all the treasure, and make the combat just magically go away.

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* Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'': There's a card called Deus Ex Machinegun that has the gods come down with a machine gun and kill all the monsters, take all the treasure, and make the combat just magically go away.



* In the prologue to his ''Amphitryon'', the Roman playwright [[Creator/{{Plautus}} Titus Maccius Plautus]] parodied and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this trope somewhat by having the god Mercury explain to the audience that there's a precedent for having the gods be active characters in this play: wasn't it just last year that somebody performed a play on this very stage in which someone in dire straits called on Jupiter and (lo and behold) out popped Jupiter to save the situation?

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* In the prologue to his ''Amphitryon'', the Roman playwright [[Creator/{{Plautus}} Titus Maccius Plautus]] parodied and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d {{Lampshaded}} this trope somewhat by having the god Mercury explain to the audience that there's a precedent for having the gods be active characters in this play: wasn't it just last year that somebody performed a play on this very stage in which someone in dire straits called on Jupiter and (lo and behold) out popped Jupiter to save the situation?



* In an apparently unintentional {{lampshade|Hanging}}d example, Miranda of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' has taken to calling herself "Deus Ex Momina," being a rather jarring ParentExMachina in what is neither a sitcom nor starred by a teenager. WordOfGod states the joke was her terrible delivery of the joke rather than being one of the most MetaGuy moments the comic's ever had. There are other events where this happens, sometimes even being mentioned by the cast. "[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-03-01]]"

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* In an apparently unintentional {{lampshade|Hanging}}d {{Lampshaded}} example, Miranda of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' has taken to calling herself "Deus Ex Momina," being a rather jarring ParentExMachina in what is neither a sitcom nor starred by a teenager. WordOfGod states the joke was her terrible delivery of the joke rather than being one of the most MetaGuy moments the comic's ever had. There are other events where this happens, sometimes even being mentioned by the cast. "[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-03-01]]"



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The [=MitD=] plays this role in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0661.html this comic]]. While the Monster in the Darkness is a mystery to everyone except Rich Berlew; this new ability introduced comes right out of nowhere and at the most convenient of times for our heroes. The fact that it also reunites them back with their friends does not help. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0441.html This comic]] also features something that is hard to accept at face value (no air turbulence and coincidence). It's deliberately played off under RuleOfFunny so it is excusable, but still tastes like a WriterCopOut. Receives {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0504.html here]]. Also, while it's not quite an example (there are a few hints), the comic lampshades how close it is to this when [[spoiler:Julio Scoundrel arrives just in time to save the Order of the Stick from Elan's father in his flying airship. The name of his airship? ''The Machina''.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The [=MitD=] plays this role in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0661.html this comic]]. While the Monster in the Darkness is a mystery to everyone except Rich Berlew; this new ability introduced comes right out of nowhere and at the most convenient of times for our heroes. The fact that it also reunites them back with their friends does not help. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0441.html This comic]] also features something that is hard to accept at face value (no air turbulence and coincidence). It's deliberately played off under RuleOfFunny so it is excusable, but still tastes like a WriterCopOut. Receives {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing [[http://www.{{lampshading}}[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0504.html here]]. Also, while it's not quite an example (there are a few hints), the comic lampshades {{Lampshades}} how close it is to this when [[spoiler:Julio Scoundrel arrives just in time to save the Order of the Stick from Elan's father in his flying airship. The name of his airship? ''The Machina''.]]



** The end of 'Oceans Unmoving' literally has a god from out of nowhere, or at least his blood relative. While the sudden appearance of the brother of a Time God living in the basement of a timeless dimension is thematically consistent, he really seemed to appear just in time to wrap up the storyline quicker. Bonus points for wrapping the continuity to the beginning of the series though, and explaining Bun-bun's appearance without revealing any mysteries about his past. This is lampshaded, since Uncle Time automatically assumes that Bun-Bun [[RiddleMeThis solved his riddle]], which led him there. Bun-Bun has never even heard of the riddle or Uncle Time, despite all of the lore and myths that the story invokes.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' on several occasions. Also lampshaded [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050319.html here]].

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** The end of 'Oceans Unmoving' literally has a god from out of nowhere, or at least his blood relative. While the sudden appearance of the brother of a Time God living in the basement of a timeless dimension is thematically consistent, he really seemed to appear just in time to wrap up the storyline quicker. Bonus points for wrapping the continuity to the beginning of the series though, and explaining Bun-bun's appearance without revealing any mysteries about his past. This is lampshaded, {{Lampshaded}}, since Uncle Time automatically assumes that Bun-Bun [[RiddleMeThis solved his riddle]], which led him there. Bun-Bun has never even heard of the riddle or Uncle Time, despite all of the lore and myths that the story invokes.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' on several occasions. Also lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050319.html here]].



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://onering.legendaryfrog.com/movies_or2_w.php The One Ring to Rule Them All 2]]. Frodo and Sam escape their lava trap with no other explanation than "plot device, Mr. Frodo, plot device".

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://onering.legendaryfrog.com/movies_or2_w.php The One Ring to Rule Them All 2]]. Frodo and Sam escape their lava trap with no other explanation than "plot device, Mr. Frodo, plot device".
23rd Oct '17 5:36:33 AM Nohbody
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* This happened ''twice'' to Friedrich the Great, King of Prussia. In the same war. Both were called the Miracle of the House of Brandenburg. The first consisted of his foes suddenly turning back from assaulting his capital after he had been dealt an uncharacteristically crushing defeat (they were low on supplies and they feared they wouldn't be able to hold Berlin), the second, and more widely known one, involved the Tsarina, formerly his most implacable enemy, suddenly dying, giving way to the Prussophile Peter, who immediately made peace. Two centuries later, this led to [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler a very different German leader]] to hold out hope for a similarly unexpected stroke of luck at the end of his own war, but the gods wisely didn't smile on that bastard.
* The "Protestant Wind" is a name used for two extremely unlikely yet valid incidents. One is the storm which wrecked the Spanish Armada in 1588, saving England from a Spanish invasion (Spain being a Catholic country, hence "Protestant Wind"). The other is the bizarre wind patterns that allowed William III of Orange to ''successfully'' invade England and depose King James II in the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688. (James II was a Catholic, which his subjects did not like, and William was a Protestant. Again, "Protestant Wind".)
** And happened ''again'' in the far more obscure Spanish invasion of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Glen_Shiel#Alberoni_plan 1719]].
** Inverted (in that France is considered Catholic): [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18894_6-real-historic-battles-decided-by-divine-intervention_p2.html?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=History&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended Joan of Arc]] was trying to gain entry into Jean de Dunois's war counsels, but Dunois blew her off because a wind "which had absolutely prevented the ships in which were the food supplies for the city of Orleans from coming upriver." But then in that moment "changed and became favorable. From that moment I had good hope in her, more than ever before." Not only did the Siege of Orleans end up being considered Joan of Arc's greatest victory, Dunois thereafter became one of her biggest fans.
* The ''shinpu'' (in English, "Divine Wind", also known as "kamikaze") were a set of typhoons in the years 1274 and 1281 which prevented Mongol invasions of Japan.
** Note: Typhoons in that area only happen once in a thousand years.
** The Japanese Emperor's competence and Mongol incompetence deserve a lot of credit for this for more mundane reasons than conveniently-timed Divine Intervention. After the Mongol's first invasion, the Emperor ordered walls built along the beaches in all suitable landing places so locals could hold off invaders long enough for samurai defenders to be deployed. The Mongols did not understand the difference between seaworthy ships and riverboats and commandeered many riverboats for their sea invasion rather than pay the expense of building a proper invasion fleet. When the Mongols arrived, they sailed around for months in mostly non-seagoing ships looking for a landing place. Sooner or later, bad weather would have sunk most of the fleet. River boats don't do well in the open ocean. The Emperor used the storms that sank the Mongols to promote the idea that Divine Mandate said that he and he alone should rule Japan.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18894_6-real-historic-battles-decided-by-divine-intervention.html Deus Ex Machina]] basically gave America the win for quite a few battles in some pretty important wars. America's intervention with a million man army in World War One, after 3 and half years of German victories counts as a Deus ex Machina from a European political perspective. From a tactical and strategical standpoint however, the Deus Ex Machina effect was pretty limited.
* The infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowplow_Game "Snowplow Game"]] is an example for the New England Patriots (as for the Miami Dolphins, it's DiabolusExMachina).
* You can read some real life examples [[https://www.quora.com/Have-you-ever-almost-died-and-had-something-inexplicable-save-you here.]]
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** The introduction of Spookybot and quick resolution of Bubbles' plotline is arguably another example.

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** The introduction of Spookybot and quick resolution of Bubbles' plotline Bubbles and Faye's problems with Corpse Witch is arguably another example.
17th Oct '17 6:50:02 AM WaterBlap
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The term is Latin for "god out of the machine" and originates in [[OlderThanFeudalism ancient Greek theater]].[[note]]the original classical Greek "theos ek mekhanikos" became "deus ex machina" through Latin translations of Greek literary criticism in the Renaissance[[/note]] It referred to scenes in which a crane (''machine'') was used to lower actors or statues playing a god or gods (''deus'') onto the stage to set things right, often near the end of the play. In its most literal interpretation, this is when a godlike figure or power, with all the convenient power that comes with that, arrives to solve the problem. A DivineIntervention need not always be a Deus Ex Machina or the sole way this trope plays out however.

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The term is Latin for "god out of the machine" and originates in [[OlderThanFeudalism ancient Greek theater]].[[note]]the original classical Greek "theos ek mekhanikos" became "deus ex machina" through Latin translations of Greek literary criticism in the Renaissance[[/note]] It referred to scenes in which a crane (''machine'') was used to lower actors or statues playing a god or gods (''deus'') onto the stage to set things right, often near the end of the play. In its most literal interpretation, this is when a godlike figure or power, with all the convenient power that comes with that, arrives to solve the problem. A DivineIntervention need not always be a Deus Ex ex Machina or the sole way this trope plays out however.



# Deus Ex Machina are ''external'' to the characters and their choices throughout the story. The solution comes from a character with [[SmallRoleBigImpact small or non-existent influence on the plot until that point]] or random chance from nature or [[LaserGuidedKarma karma]].

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# Deus Ex ex Machina are ''external'' to the characters and their choices throughout the story. The solution comes from a character with [[SmallRoleBigImpact small or non-existent influence on the plot until that point]] or random chance from nature or [[LaserGuidedKarma karma]].



Remember, even the notorious Deus ex Machina [[TropesAreTools can be pulled off]]. Sudden resolutions are perfectly capable of leading to satisfying conclusions - see the entire "[[RuleOfIndex Rule Of X]]" series of tropes: RuleOfCool, RuleOfCute, RuleOfEmpathy, RuleOfFun, RuleOfFunny, RuleOfRomantic, RuleOfScary, RuleOfSexy (for those ever-so-fun {{Deus Sex Machina}}s), RuleOfSymbolism, and ''especially'' RuleOfDrama. Apparent Deus ex Machina also happen plenty in [[TruthInTelevision real life]], given reality is far more complex and random than most fictionalized versions of it. Not to mention that a DeusExMachina short of the climax is a ChekhovsGun; if the saving force complicates the story afterwards, it's the introduction of a new element.

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 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 use.

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Remember, even the notorious Deus ex Machina [[TropesAreTools can be pulled off]]. Sudden resolutions are perfectly capable of leading to satisfying conclusions - see the entire "[[RuleOfIndex Rule Of X]]" series of tropes: RuleOfCool, RuleOfCute, RuleOfEmpathy, RuleOfFun, RuleOfFunny, RuleOfRomantic, RuleOfScary, RuleOfSexy (for those ever-so-fun {{Deus Sex Machina}}s), RuleOfSymbolism, and ''especially'' RuleOfDrama. Apparent Deus ex Machina also happen plenty in [[TruthInTelevision real life]], given reality is far more complex and random than most fictionalized versions of it. Not to mention that a DeusExMachina Deus ex Machina short of the climax is a ChekhovsGun; if the saving force complicates the story afterwards, it's the introduction of a new element.

On top of that, the Deus Ex 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 its consequences before the Deus Ex 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.



* In ''[[http://rugratonline.free.fr/rrfan35.html The Great Pokemon Fight]]'', [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Tommy]] is mortally wounded by [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Greymon]] during a heated battle to save the Poke-Digital World... And just as Greymon tries to finish off Tommy, he, along with his army, then just disappeared. Like, poof, bye bye. Heck, the story even says that they just disappeared for no reason. No one even questions this as they were too busy on the dying Tommy. Then he dies, and suddenly, [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mew]] comes out of nowhere and revives him. In total, there's ''two'' Deus Ex Machinas in the span of a minute.

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* In ''[[http://rugratonline.free.fr/rrfan35.html The Great Pokemon Fight]]'', [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Tommy]] is mortally wounded by [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Greymon]] during a heated battle to save the Poke-Digital World... And just as Greymon tries to finish off Tommy, he, along with his army, then just disappeared. Like, poof, bye bye. Heck, the story even says that they just disappeared for no reason. No one even questions this as they were too busy on the dying Tommy. Then he dies, and suddenly, [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mew]] comes out of nowhere and revives him. In total, there's ''two'' Deus Ex ex Machinas in the span of a minute.



** Although set up and foreshadowed several posts before it arrived, the stampeding Triceratops herd that ended the battle for the Aztec Village was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d as a Deus ex Machina. Interestingly, unlike most examples of Lampshading, this was not PlayedForLaughs but [[PlayedForDrama For Drama]], since Rex realized that relying on a Deus Ex Machina to save the day is a poor strategy that could easily backfire. Rex later attempted to {{def|iedTrope}}y Deus ex Machina by setting up a BigDamnHeroes in advance, only to be punished for it by the UnspokenPlanGuarantee.

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** Although set up and foreshadowed several posts before it arrived, the stampeding Triceratops herd that ended the battle for the Aztec Village was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d as a Deus ex Machina. Interestingly, unlike most examples of Lampshading, this was not PlayedForLaughs but [[PlayedForDrama For Drama]], since Rex realized that relying on a Deus Ex ex Machina to save the day is a poor strategy that could easily backfire. Rex later attempted to {{def|iedTrope}}y Deus ex Machina by setting up a BigDamnHeroes in advance, only to be punished for it by the UnspokenPlanGuarantee.



* ''[[{{TabletopGame/FateOfTheNornsRagnarok}} Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok]]'' allows player characters to ask a deity to help them in battle. A sacrifice is performed, runes are drawn, and if the aforementioned deity is in a good mood, Deus Ex Machina may occur. However, if your prayer has ''angered'' it, the divine intervention will benefit your opponents!

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* ''[[{{TabletopGame/FateOfTheNornsRagnarok}} Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok]]'' allows player characters to ask a deity to help them in battle. A sacrifice is performed, runes are drawn, and if the aforementioned deity is in a good mood, Deus Ex ex Machina may occur. However, if your prayer has ''angered'' it, the divine intervention will benefit your opponents!



* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' actually has a rule about this, called Hand Of God. When a PC ends up in some sort of [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat hopeless situation]], the PC's player can invoke the Hand Of God, having the GM save the PC via some form of Deus Ex Machina. There's a catch, of course: it has a hefty experience-point cost, and it can only be used once per character.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' actually has a rule about this, called Hand Of God. When a PC ends up in some sort of [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat hopeless situation]], the PC's player can invoke the Hand Of God, having the GM save the PC via some form of Deus Ex ex Machina. There's a catch, of course: it has a hefty experience-point cost, and it can only be used once per character.



* Creator/WilliamShakespeare was generally good at averting and subverting this. ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure'' has an ending that probably seems like Deus Ex Machina to the characters, but the audience spent the entire play watching the Chessmaster set it up. ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' ends amicably when the fairies step in and fix everything with magic, but it takes them three tries to get it right and in the meantime they screw everything up even worse. The ending of ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'' is either this or FridgeBrilliance, depending on how you read it (although it did [[ExitPursuedByABear name a trope]] that is usually a DEM). But the pastoral comedy ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' is a straight example, with the father arriving out of the blue to put all conflicts to rest.

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare was generally good at averting and subverting this. ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure'' has an ending that probably seems like Deus Ex ex Machina to the characters, but the audience spent the entire play watching the Chessmaster set it up. ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' ends amicably when the fairies step in and fix everything with magic, but it takes them three tries to get it right and in the meantime they screw everything up even worse. The ending of ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'' is either this or FridgeBrilliance, depending on how you read it (although it did [[ExitPursuedByABear name a trope]] that is usually a DEM). But the pastoral comedy ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' is a straight example, with the father arriving out of the blue to put all conflicts to rest.



* The plot of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' is kicked off when Meji casts a spell to invoke a Deus Ex Machina so she can find a way to complete her senior project and graduate from wizard school. As a result, she accidentally discovers, in the school library, the only surviving copy of a book that contains some information that the elves were trying to keep secret. Oddly, despite the [[LampshadeHanging name of the trope being mentioned]], this is ''not'' a normal example of the literary trope, because it serves to drive the plot rather than resolve it.

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* The plot of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' is kicked off when Meji casts a spell to invoke a Deus Ex ex Machina so she can find a way to complete her senior project and graduate from wizard school. As a result, she accidentally discovers, in the school library, the only surviving copy of a book that contains some information that the elves were trying to keep secret. Oddly, despite the [[LampshadeHanging name of the trope being mentioned]], this is ''not'' a normal example of the literary trope, because it serves to drive the plot rather than resolve it.



* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18894_6-real-historic-battles-decided-by-divine-intervention.html Deus Ex Machina]] basically gave America the win for quite a few battles in some pretty important wars. America's intervention with a million man army in World War One, after 3 and half years of German victories counts as a Deus ex Machina from a European political perspective. From a tactical and strategical standpoint however, the DeusExMachina effect was pretty limited.

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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18894_6-real-historic-battles-decided-by-divine-intervention.html Deus Ex Machina]] basically gave America the win for quite a few battles in some pretty important wars. America's intervention with a million man army in World War One, after 3 and half years of German victories counts as a Deus ex Machina from a European political perspective. From a tactical and strategical standpoint however, the DeusExMachina Deus Ex Machina effect was pretty limited.
26th Sep '17 6:18:36 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8830812/1/Harry-s-Happy-Christmas Harry's Happy Christmas]]'' Santa Claus gives Harry a repaired wand, the Sword of Gryffindor, Voldemort (in doll form) and all of the [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] for Christmas.
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