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6th May '16 1:38:47 AM KJMackley
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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]], 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 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.
6th May '16 12:59:06 AM KJMackley
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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]]. If the DoomsdayDevice is password protected, TheDitz reveals that [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat their college minor in Greek Literature]] proves to be [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish the answer to the question]].

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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]]. If the DoomsdayDevice A MillionToOneChance of something occurring is password protected, TheDitz reveals that [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat their college minor in Greek Literature]] proves to be [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish the answer to the question]].
accomplished by a bystander who [[AchievementsInIgnorance didn't know what they were doing]].
5th May '16 4:21:28 PM KJMackley
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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 nothing in the established setting. If the secret documents are in Russian, one of the spies suddenly reveals that [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat they know the language]]. If a protagonist [[LiteralCliffHanger falls off a cliff]], a [[GiantRobotHandsSaveLives flying robot will suddenly appear to catch them]].

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.

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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. If the secret documents are in Russian, one of the spies suddenly reveals setting suggests that [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat they know there is a logical way for the language]]. 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]].

them]]. If the DoomsdayDevice is password protected, TheDitz reveals that [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat their college minor in Greek Literature]] proves to be [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish the answer to the question]].

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.
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.
5th May '16 4:08:42 PM KJMackley
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# Deus ex Machina are ''solutions'' to a problem. They are never [[DiabolusExMachina unexpected developments that make things worse]], nor [[AssPull sudden twists that only change the understanding of a story]].
# Deus ex Machina are ''sudden or unexpected''. This means that even if they are [[ChekhovsGun featured, referenced or set-up earlier in the story]], they do not change the course of nor appear to be a viable solution to the plotline they eventually "solve".

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# Deus ex Machina are ''solutions'' to a problem. They are never [[DiabolusExMachina unexpected developments that make things worse]], nor [[AssPull [[TheEndingChangesEverything sudden twists that only change the understanding of a story]].
# Deus ex Machina are ''sudden or unexpected''. This means that even if they are [[ChekhovsGun featured, referenced or set-up earlier in the story]], they do not change the course of nor appear to be as a natural or a viable solution to the plotline they eventually "solve".
18th Apr '16 9:56:55 PM KJMackley
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# Deus Ex Machina are ''external'' to the characters and their choices throughout the story. The characters go through hell to EarnYourHappyEnding, only to actually fail and their effort means nothing in the actual resolution.

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# Deus Ex Machina are ''external'' to the characters and their choices throughout the story. The characters go through hell to EarnYourHappyEnding, only to actually fail and their effort means nothing in solution comes from a character with [[SmallRoleBigImpact small or non-existent influence on the actual resolution.
plot until that point]] or random chance from nature or [[LaserGuidedKarma karma]].
18th Apr '16 1:53:21 AM KJMackley
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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. If the secret documents are in Russian, one of the spies suddenly reveals that [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat they know the language]]. If a protagonist [[LiteralCliffHanger falls off a cliff]], a [[GiantRobotHandsSaveLives flying robot will suddenly appear to catch them]].

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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 nothing in the established setting. If the secret documents are in Russian, one of the spies suddenly reveals that [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat they know the language]]. If a protagonist [[LiteralCliffHanger falls off a cliff]], a [[GiantRobotHandsSaveLives flying robot will suddenly appear to catch them]].



# Deus ex Machina are ''solutions''. They are never [[DiabolusExMachina unexpected developments that make things worse]], nor [[AssPull sudden twists that only change the understanding of a story]].
# Deus ex Machina are ''sudden or unexpected''. This means that even if they are [[ChekhovsGun featured or referenced earlier in the story]], they do not change the course of nor appear to be a viable solution to the plotline they eventually "solve".
# The problem a Deus ex Machina fixes must be portrayed as ''unsolvable or hopeless''. If the problem could be solved with a bit of [[IdiotBall common sense]] or other type of simple intervention, the solution is not a Deus ex Machina no matter how unexpected it may seem.

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# Deus ex Machina are ''solutions''.''solutions'' to a problem. They are never [[DiabolusExMachina unexpected developments that make things worse]], nor [[AssPull sudden twists that only change the understanding of a story]].
# Deus ex Machina are ''sudden or unexpected''. This means that even if they are [[ChekhovsGun featured or featured, referenced or set-up earlier in the story]], they do not change the course of nor appear to be a viable solution to the plotline they eventually "solve".
# The problem a Deus ex Machina fixes must be are used to resolve a situation portrayed as ''unsolvable or hopeless''. If the problem could be solved with a bit of [[IdiotBall common sense]] or other type of simple intervention, the solution is not a Deus ex Machina no matter how unexpected it may seem.
# Deus Ex Machina are ''external'' to the characters and their choices throughout the story. The characters go through hell to EarnYourHappyEnding, only to actually fail and their effort means nothing in the actual resolution.



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]], it can take the sting out of its' use.



''Also'', please make sure an example meets '''all 3 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 '''all 3 '''the criteria''' before submitting. This is a not a place to [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike Complain About Plot Twists You Don't Like]].
13th Apr '16 7:51:18 PM LarryMullen
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* The ending of ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories''. Lampshaded by Mike and the Bots.
10th Apr '16 7:14:59 PM jamespolk
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* ''Theatre/HellBentFerHeaven'': The dam has failed and everyone seems doomed to die in the impending flood—when Sid reveals that he wrangled a boat on his way back from the dam.
14th Mar '16 12:34:12 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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Compare to the ResetButton, NonProtagonistResolver, DiabolusExMachina, CoincidentalBroadcast, YouDidntAsk, EurekaMoment and SuspiciouslySpecificSermon. Not to be confused with the tropes DeusEstMachina or AveMachina. Nor the works ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'', ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', ''Manga/DeusExMachina'', ''Film/ExMachina'' or ''Comicbook/ExMachina''.

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Compare to the ResetButton, NonProtagonistResolver, DiabolusExMachina, CoincidentalBroadcast, YouDidntAsk, EurekaMoment and SuspiciouslySpecificSermon. Not to be confused with the tropes DeusEstMachina DeusEstMachina, DeusExitMachina or AveMachina. Nor the works ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'', ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', ''Manga/DeusExMachina'', ''Film/ExMachina'' or ''Comicbook/ExMachina''.
7th Feb '16 7:15:00 PM Ninja857142
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* The Amnesia-inator in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension''. Even though it was established that O.W.C.A. has been duplicating Doofenshmirtz's Inators, that one was never seen before in a previous episode. Likely PlayedForLaughs; Doofenshmirtz's response of "I think I'd remember building something like that!" suggests that the original backfired and gave ''him'' amnesia, thus forgetting he built it. Ironically, the TV show's episode "I Was a Middle Age Robot" actually introduced a memory eraser, owned by O.W.C.A., no less. Apparently, they forgot about this.

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* The Amnesia-inator in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension''. Even though it was established that O.W.C.A. has been duplicating Doofenshmirtz's Inators, that one was never seen before in a previous episode. Likely PlayedForLaughs; Doofenshmirtz's response of "I think I'd remember building something like that!" suggests that the original backfired and gave ''him'' amnesia, thus forgetting he built it. Ironically, the TV show's previous episode "I Was a Middle Age Aged Robot" actually introduced a memory eraser, owned by O.W.C.A., no less. Apparently, they forgot about this.
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