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11th Feb '17 7:46:15 PM Darth_Marth
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** ''Mists of Pandaria'' reveals the Titans actually did just straight up kill Y'Shaarj, the most powerful of the Old Gods who had infested Azeroth. However, even this was not enough to completely get rid of him, and Y'Shaarj's influence stuck around in the forms of the Sha and the Black Heart of Y'Shaarj (the latter of which is implied to contain Y'Shaarj's actual consciousness). Permanently killing the Old Gods is simply not possible, at least not without obliterating Azeroth along with them. This is why the Titans decided to imprison the other Old Gods instead (with certain [[EarthShatteringKaboom safeguards]] set in place should the Old Gods ever manage to corrupt Azeroth anyway).
5th Feb '17 7:10:45 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''{{Dragonball}}'''s gods seem to be bound quite a bit by this. This trope might explain why, during the Buu saga when the aforementioned Buu is devouring planets and even deities left and right that the gods don't extend Goku's one day on Earth indefinitely to give him more of a chance to fight. [[spoiler: They eventually do bend the rules a bit to allow Vegeta to come back and fuse with Goku.]]

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* ''{{Dragonball}}'''s ''Franchise/DragonBall'': The gods seem to be bound quite a bit by this. This trope might explain why, during the Buu saga when the aforementioned Buu is devouring planets and even deities left and right that the gods don't extend Goku's one day on Earth indefinitely to give him more of a chance to fight. [[spoiler: They eventually do bend the rules a bit to allow Vegeta to come back and fuse with Goku.]]]]
** Outright confirmed in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. As explained by Gowasu, the [[TopGod Supreme Kai]] of [[AlternateUniverse Universe 10]], the Kais are forbidden to directly interfere in the affairs of mortals; to their job is to create life, watch over the mortals, and give them guidance. Unfortunately, his apprentice, Zamasu is firmly convinced that HumansAreBastards and openly criticizes this non-intervention policy, which he uses as evidence that TheGodsMustBeLazy and as harmful to TheMultiverse.



* Interesting variant from ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}: The Great Escape'': Rayman must summon a god who can wipe out the pirates invading the planet. The god, Polokus, is seemingly omnipotent whilst he's on the planet, but it turns out he only has power whilst he's on the planet. In the skies, he would be more helpless than a baby, so it's up to Rayman to stop the pirates on their flying ship.

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* Interesting variant from ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}: The Great Escape'': Rayman must summon a god who can wipe out the pirates invading the planet. The god, Polokus, is seemingly omnipotent whilst he's on the planet, but it turns out he only has power whilst he's on ''on'' the planet. In the skies, he would be more helpless than a baby, so it's up to Rayman to stop the pirates on their flying ship.
8th Jan '17 9:48:34 AM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', the Pyar gods have been badly damaged by the mysterious inhabitants of the Black Tower and have to import thousands of heroes from many different universes to try to defeat the Black Tower. They are so weakened that except when empowered temporarily by a white key, they can only communicate via notes, graffiti, dreams, and the like.
27th Dec '16 9:26:05 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfFinalFantasy'': [[{{God}} Enna Kros]] explains to Lann and Reynn early on that every world has rules, and she herself personally designs her rules to be so absolute that even she can't break them.
25th Dec '16 2:31:41 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': The angels and [[{{God}} the Almighty]] take this to LawfulStupid levels. In Act IV, they're unable to intervene against Hokuto's plan to revive Alucard and destroy the world because of their ThouShaltNotKillMuggles rule, which still applies to Hokuto because he was [[WasOnceAMan born human]]. Later, at the end of Act VI, they can't do anything to save Complica and bring her soul back through the heavenly barrier because their laws dictate that no deceased soul can pass it, from either side. As Rason and Gabriel's superior explains, the Almighty's laws are absolute; not even the Almighty himself can break them.
2nd Dec '16 11:34:23 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', the Wyrm of Erch is pretty much a god within his Circle - but the thing is, he's very underpowered when he's beyond it, and the more he interferes in the matters, the weaker his precognitive abilities are. This being said, he's still powerful, and his inhibitions go out of the window once the BigBad reveals himself to be his match.
6th Oct '16 8:01:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Everworld}}'': Ka Anor can eat gods, but is dependent on his [[HiveMind Hetwan hordes]] to handle their mortal supporters. The Queen of the Fairies even mocks the Hetwans for bringing up Ka Anor as a threat, which seems kind of badass when we see super-powered deities wring their hands over him.

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* ''{{Everworld}}'': ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'': Ka Anor can eat gods, but is dependent on his [[HiveMind Hetwan hordes]] to handle their mortal supporters. The Queen of the Fairies even mocks the Hetwans for bringing up Ka Anor as a threat, which seems kind of badass when we see super-powered deities wring their hands over him.
6th Oct '16 7:17:06 PM nombretomado
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*** On a sillier note, the major gods in Exalted (the equivalent of the Olympians) don't interfere in Creation much anymore because they're all distracted by the Games of Divinity. These games are so addicting that not even gods can keep their attention away from them. {{Fanon}} consensus settled on calling them ''{{Everquest}}''.

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*** On a sillier note, the major gods in Exalted (the equivalent of the Olympians) don't interfere in Creation much anymore because they're all distracted by the Games of Divinity. These games are so addicting that not even gods can keep their attention away from them. {{Fanon}} consensus settled on calling them ''{{Everquest}}''.''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}''.
19th Sep '16 8:25:01 PM PaulA
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* Early in the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, the Incarnations believe God is honoring a Covenant to avoid intervening in mortal affairs, since He is good. However, Satan, being Evil, cheats and intervenes constantly. Starting in "For the Love of Evil," we find the trope HaveYouSeenMyGod applies instead and find out why God has not been intervening in mortal affairs.

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* Early in the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, the Incarnations believe God is honoring a Covenant to avoid intervening in mortal affairs, since He is good. However, Satan, being Evil, cheats and intervenes constantly. Starting in "For the ''For Love of Evil," Evil'', we find the trope HaveYouSeenMyGod applies instead and find out why God has not been intervening in mortal affairs.
12th Sep '16 6:55:40 PM Sharysa
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* In ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'', the Irish gods are trying to help Alima Song break the curse that TheWildHunt put on her and her family. As much as they detest how a family is marked for slaughter, they're at their wits' end due to how airtight the curse is, and Alima's father Ned has to make a BloodOath to kill their leader the Hunter. It's eventually explained that the Hunter is the ''Horned'' Hunter of CelticMythology, and not only is he a powerful fairy, he's ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification a force of nature.]]'' [[/folder]]

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* In ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'', the Irish gods are trying to help Alima Song break the curse that TheWildHunt put on her and her family. As much as they detest how a family is marked for slaughter, they're at their wits' end due to how airtight the curse is, and Alima's father Ned has to make a BloodOath to kill their leader the Hunter. It's eventually explained revealed that he's the Hunter is the ''Horned'' Hunter ''Horned Hunter'' of CelticMythology, and not only is he a powerful fairy, he's that makes him ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification a force of nature.]]'' [[/folder]]
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