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25th Aug '16 6:03:10 PM LadyJaneGrey
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Sometimes, one or more of the characters get caught in a tight spot. They might be heavily outnumbered, hanging on to ledge by one hand, or falling into a volcano. For them to survive, someone will have to help them, and this time, one (or more) of the gods interfere in person. The function is that of a DeusExMachina, but in this trope we are left with little to no doubt about the nature of the helping hand.

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Sometimes, one or more of the characters get caught in a tight spot. They might be heavily outnumbered, hanging on to ledge by one hand, or falling into a volcano. For them to survive, someone will have to "God help them, them," a witness may say, sadly.

Thing is, sometimes that's exactly what happens.

For a peril so deadly survival depends on aid from others,
and this time, one (or more) of the gods interfere in person. The function is that of a DeusExMachina, but in this trope we are left with little to no doubt about the nature of the helping hand.
hand. It may actually be part of the plot.
20th Aug '16 9:53:42 AM nombretomado
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** {{Dragonlance}}, both in "recent" development and background includes a lot of this, including several all-out wars between gods. The Cataclysm happened when "good" guys won, but became so proud and self-righteous that even their own gods gave up and agreed it's best to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a huge meteor]] on their arch-priest's capitol and let mortals blunder on their own for a while, maybe they'll learn to appreciate divine guidance (and divine magic) after that.

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** {{Dragonlance}}, ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', both in "recent" development and background includes a lot of this, including several all-out wars between gods. The Cataclysm happened when "good" guys won, but became so proud and self-righteous that even their own gods gave up and agreed it's best to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a huge meteor]] on their arch-priest's capitol and let mortals blunder on their own for a while, maybe they'll learn to appreciate divine guidance (and divine magic) after that.
12th Jun '16 3:42:04 PM RaustBD
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy is about to have his head chopped off by Buggy in Logue Town, on the very same platform that Gold Roger was executed on. Just before the blade Buggy's using can connect, the entire platform gets struck by lightning. Sanji wonders aloud if there was anything divine about what happened. It's heavily implied that it was either this trope, considering how afterwards everything was in favor for the crew's escape or pure coincidence. It is also implied that it wasn't natural lightning that saved Luffy in the first place. What occurred at Logue Town is still very vague, even though it was over 700 chapters ago.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy is about to have his head chopped off by Buggy in Logue Town, on the very same platform that Gold Roger was executed on. Just before the blade Buggy's using can connect, the entire platform gets struck by lightning. Sanji wonders aloud if there was anything divine about what happened. It's heavily implied that it was either this trope, considering how afterwards everything was in favor for the crew's escape escape, or pure coincidence. It is also implied that it wasn't natural lightning that saved Luffy in the first place. What occurred at Logue Town is still very vague, even though it was over 700 chapters ago.
12th Jun '16 5:05:04 AM Sir
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'''Vincent''': Yeah, I think so. That means God came down from Heaven and stopped the bullets?\\
'''jules''': Yeah! God came down from Heaven and stopped these [[PrecisionFStrike motherfuckin']] bullets!

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'''Vincent''': Yeah, I think so. That means God came down from Heaven and stopped the bullets?\\
'''jules''': Yeah! God came down from Heaven and stopped these [[PrecisionFStrike motherfuckin']] bullets!
bullets?
12th Jun '16 5:04:47 AM Sir
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'''Vincent''': Yeah, I think so. That means God came down from Heaven and stopped the bullets.

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'''Vincent''': Yeah, I think so. That means God came down from Heaven and stopped the bullets.bullets?\\
'''jules''': Yeah! God came down from Heaven and stopped these [[PrecisionFStrike motherfuckin']] bullets!
13th May '16 5:43:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* The whole point of ''Film/EndOfDays'' is getting the protagonist to realize that in the end, nothing he can do can beat the bad guy, and asking for divine intervention is the only way to save the world.
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', hitmen Jules and Vincent are caught off guard by a man with a HandCannon, who empties all six shots at them. At point blank range. [[EpicFail Without hitting them once]]. Jules is convinced that this is Divine Intervention, and it inspires him to give up his life as a hitman and [[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]]. Vincent is less than convinced, though his best counter-argument is that of a FlatEarthAtheist.
** A careful viewing of the event in question reveals that [[spoiler:there are several bullet holes in the wall directly behind Jules after the shots are fired, but none directly behind Vincent,]] which may indicate that for Jules it really was this trope and for Vincent it really was just luck. The fact that shortly thereafter, [[spoiler:Vincent is blown away by Butch]] implies that maybe he should have considered that a final warning.

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[[folder:Film]]
* The whole point of ''Film/EndOfDays'' is getting the protagonist to realize that in the end, nothing he can do can beat the bad guy, and asking for divine intervention is the only way to save the world.
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', hitmen Jules and Vincent are caught off guard by a man with a HandCannon, who empties all six shots at them. At point blank range. [[EpicFail Without hitting them once]]. Jules is convinced that this is Divine Intervention, and it inspires him to give up his life as a hitman and [[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]]. Vincent is less than convinced, though his best counter-argument is that of a FlatEarthAtheist.
** A careful viewing of the event in question reveals that [[spoiler:there are several bullet holes in the wall directly behind Jules after the shots are fired, but none directly behind Vincent,]] which may indicate that for Jules it really was this trope and for Vincent it really was just luck. The fact that shortly thereafter, [[spoiler:Vincent is blown away by Butch]] implies that maybe he should have considered that a final warning.
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* In ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', their mission for God to save the orphanage is helped along by this trope. Of particular is the car which survives an impossible amount of damage only to last just long enough to get the brothers to where they need to go, where it promptly falls apart. Once their mission is over, the luck runs out and they're arrested.


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* The whole point of ''Film/EndOfDays'' is getting the protagonist to realize that in the end, nothing he can do can beat the bad guy, and asking for divine intervention is the only way to save the world.
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', hitmen Jules and Vincent are caught off guard by a man with a HandCannon, who empties all six shots at them. At point blank range. [[EpicFail Without hitting them once]]. Jules is convinced that this is Divine Intervention, and it inspires him to give up his life as a hitman and [[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]]. Vincent is less than convinced, though his best counter-argument is that of a FlatEarthAtheist.
** A careful viewing of the event in question reveals that [[spoiler:there are several bullet holes in the wall directly behind Jules after the shots are fired, but none directly behind Vincent,]] which may indicate that for Jules it really was this trope and for Vincent it really was just luck. The fact that shortly thereafter, [[spoiler:Vincent is blown away by Butch]] implies that maybe he should have considered that a final warning.
* In ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', their mission for God to save the orphanage is helped along by this trope. Of particular is the car which survives an impossible amount of damage only to last just long enough to get the brothers to where they need to go, where it promptly falls apart. Once their mission is over, the luck runs out and they're arrested.
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21st Mar '16 8:21:22 AM Godzillawolf
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** Pandora helps Shining Armor a few times against General-Admiral Makarov because [[spoiler:Makarov is her rogue son.]] This includes [[spoilers:causing the PlotHole ridden story Makarov's RealityWarper powers has created to weaken him.]]

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** Pandora helps Shining Armor a few times against General-Admiral Makarov because [[spoiler:Makarov is her rogue son.]] This includes [[spoilers:causing [[spoiler:causing the PlotHole ridden story Makarov's RealityWarper powers has created to conflict and weaken him.]]
21st Mar '16 8:19:30 AM Godzillawolf
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* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** The Deities do intercede in things, but prefer to do so behind the scenes most of the time.
** The Fires of Friendships were actually the founder trio's friendship calling down the Mother of All Alicorns, Fauna Luster's power to finish off the Windigos.
** Pandora helps Shining Armor a few times against General-Admiral Makarov because [[spoiler:Makarov is her rogue son.]] This includes [[spoilers:causing the PlotHole ridden story Makarov's RealityWarper powers has created to weaken him.]]
** The Interviewers interventions are generally this as [[spoiler:they're actually the children of Amicitia, the Goddess of Happy Endings.]]
** During the Rumors Arc, the pantheon has to do this ''in mass'' to combat [[spoiler:Discord's endgame.]]
27th Feb '16 11:23:55 AM Willbyr
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* Happens occasionally in ''TransformersCybertron'', with Primus lending power or providing {{Mid Season Upgrade}}s. In fact, the Autobots' main goal is to reconnect Primus' spark with his body so that he can intervene in the crisis they face (the all-consuming black hole created by his brother [[GodOfEvil Unicron's]] death throes).

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* Happens occasionally in ''TransformersCybertron'', ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', with Primus lending power or providing {{Mid Season Upgrade}}s. In fact, the Autobots' main goal is to reconnect Primus' spark with his body so that he can intervene in the crisis they face (the all-consuming black hole created by his brother [[GodOfEvil Unicron's]] death throes).



* Horribly [[DiabolusExMachina inverted]] in Berserk through the Behelits, which allow someone crossing the DespairEventHorizon to summon the God-hand to give them the chance to become Apostles, or with the Crimson Behelit, to become a member of the God-hand. Seeing as God in the Beserkverse is essentially the human perception of evil and injustice it kinda makes sense that the heroes aren't saved on their bleakest day but instead the less savoury characters are given the power to ruin everyone else's day too.

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* Horribly [[DiabolusExMachina inverted]] in Berserk ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' through the Behelits, which allow someone crossing the DespairEventHorizon to summon the God-hand to give them the chance to become Apostles, or with the Crimson Behelit, to become a member of the God-hand. Seeing as God in the Beserkverse is essentially the human perception of evil and injustice it kinda makes sense that the heroes aren't saved on their bleakest day but instead the less savoury characters are given the power to ruin everyone else's day too.
16th Feb '16 8:10:46 AM HeraldAlberich
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': The Knights of the Cross have this function (or act on His behalf) by always appearing precisely when they are needed. In fact, GenreSavvy Harry Dresden relies on this at one key point, successfully, when [[spoiler:Molly]] is in danger.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': The Knights of the Cross have this function (or act on His behalf) by always appearing precisely when they are needed. In fact, GenreSavvy Harry Dresden relies on this at one key point, successfully, when [[spoiler:Molly]] is in danger. The Knights themselves rely on events falling their way in order to accomplish their missions; when Michael needs to help Dresden but there's no one to watch his kids, his friend in the priesthood just happens to have his car break down outside Michael's house.
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