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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.
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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.
7th Feb '16 7:11:58 PM Ninja857142
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* The [[spoiler:healing tears]] at the very end of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. While the movie is different in many ways from the original fairy tale, this detail comes straight from the source material. [[spoiler:The fact that her healing powers were rather mysterious to begin with may also be a factor]]. However, nothing in the movie itself foreshadows it in any way.
** Unless you believe the theory that [[spoiler:the drop of sun from the intro IS the tear that saved Flynn.]]

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* The [[spoiler:healing tears]] at the very end of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. While the movie is different in many ways from the original fairy tale, this detail comes straight from the source material. [[spoiler:The fact that her healing powers were rather mysterious to begin with may also be a factor]]. However, nothing in the movie itself foreshadows it in any way.
** Unless
way (unless you believe the theory that [[spoiler:the drop of sun from the intro IS ''is'' the tear that saved Flynn.]]Flynn]]).



* The Amnesia-inator in ''Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension'', as even though it was established that OWCA has been duplicating Doofenshmirtz's Inators, that one was never seen before in a previous episode. Likely PlayedForLaughs, though, especially with Doofenshmirtz's response of " I think I'd remember building something like that!" to probably suggest that the original backfired and gave ''him'' amnesia thus forgetting he built it.

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* The Amnesia-inator in ''Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension'', as even ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension''. Even though it was established that OWCA O.W.C.A. has been duplicating Doofenshmirtz's Inators, that one was never seen before in a previous episode. Likely PlayedForLaughs, though, especially with PlayedForLaughs; Doofenshmirtz's response of " I "I think I'd remember building something like that!" to probably suggest suggests that the original backfired and gave ''him'' amnesia amnesia, thus forgetting he built it.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.
27th Jan '16 8:16:52 AM Breather
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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, because these ''are'' films for little girls aged 3-7, after all.

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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, because these ''are'' films for little girls aged 3-7, after all.due to their target audience.
13th Jan '16 6:48:46 PM AfroThunder
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* In the third commercial of the four-part Pepsi ad Advertising/TheChase, Music/MichaelJackson gets cornered by a group of paparazzi twice. [[spoiler:But when they get to where he is, he's seemingly disappeared despite there being no obvious escape routes.]] It's strongly implied he was using PortalPictures to get away, but there's no obvious signs of magic use.

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* In the third commercial of the four-part Pepsi ad Advertising/TheChase, Music/MichaelJackson gets cornered by a group of paparazzi twice. [[spoiler:But when they get to where he is, he's seemingly disappeared despite there being no obvious escape routes.]] It's strongly implied he was using PortalPictures [[PortalPicture Portal Pictures]] to get away, but there's no obvious signs of magic use.
13th Jan '16 6:47:10 PM AfroThunder
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* In the third commercial of the four-part Pepsi ad Advertising/TheChase, Music/MichaelJackson gets cornered by a group of paparazzi twice. [[spoiler:But when they get to where he is, he's seemingly disappeared despite there being no obvious escape routes.]] It's strongly implied he was using PortalPictures to get away, but there's no obvious signs of magic use.
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