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18th Sep '16 7:22:32 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The Japanese Emperor 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.

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** The Japanese Emperor 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.


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16th Jul '16 3:45:52 PM naal2
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--> [[spoiler: ''Ghost Controlled Trainer'']]: This is the most fun we've had in decades!* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/159974/pony-age-catalyst Pony Age: Catalyst]]: The Spirit of Justice who comes out of nowhere to save Twilight and Lyra from the Sloth Demon.

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--> [[spoiler: ''Ghost Controlled Trainer'']]: This is the most fun we've had in decades!* decades!
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[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/159974/pony-age-catalyst Pony Age: Catalyst]]: The Spirit of Justice who comes out of nowhere to save Twilight and Lyra from the Sloth Demon.
16th Jul '16 3:45:15 PM naal2
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--> [[spoiler: ''Ghost Controlled Trainer'']]: This is the most fun we've had in decades!

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--> [[spoiler: ''Ghost Controlled Trainer'']]: This is the most fun we've had in decades!decades!* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/159974/pony-age-catalyst Pony Age: Catalyst]]: The Spirit of Justice who comes out of nowhere to save Twilight and Lyra from the Sloth Demon.
10th Jul '16 10:07:53 PM Spyspotter
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* It would take a while - no, maybe an entire subpage - to name the Deus ex Machinas in just about every Franchise/{{Barbie}} movie. Justified, due to their target audience.

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* It would take a while - no, maybe an entire subpage - to name the Deus ex Machinas in just about every Franchise/{{Barbie}} movie. Justified, due to their target audience.
3rd Jul '16 5:13:17 PM nombretomado
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* Happens quite a bit in Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}, but three particular examples stand out:

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* Happens quite a bit in Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}, Toys/{{BIONICLE}}, but three particular examples stand out:
17th May '16 1:36:34 PM Iampureevil
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* You can read some real life examples [[https://www.quora.com/Have-you-ever-almost-died-and-had-something-inexplicable-save-you here.]]
13th May '16 5:42:13 AM Morgenthaler
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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.

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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.
problem. A DivineIntervention need not always be a Deus Ex Machina or the sole way this trope plays out however.
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.
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