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9th Nov '16 9:55:50 AM lluewhyn
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*Happens on and off with the First Evil in Season 7 of [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]. There are plenty of instances that show the First Evil is both omniscient and omnipresent, as it seems to be constantly lurking in the background watching the protagonists (even multiple places at once), and knows exactly how to mess with each character with great success. Yet at other times, the protagonists seem to surprise it with their plans, such as Andrew wearing a wire to reveal the First Evil's plans, and the Slayers and Potentials opening up the Hellmouth to lead an offense. Really, whether or not the First Evil is omniscient is entirely up the writer and seems to be turned on and off like a switch depending upon the needs of the plot.
29th Oct '16 6:01:10 PM sgamer82
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* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'

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29th Oct '16 5:59:54 PM sgamer82
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* At the end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Madoka pulls an AbstractApotheosis and becomes TheOmniscient by existing in all points of space and time.]] But then in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: Kyubey creates a space that is isolated from all forms of external influence, preventing Madoka from entering it...''and blocking out her omniscience.'' However, the show doesn't explicitly say this, [[ViewersAreGeniuses and expects the viewers to figure it out on their own.]] In fact, Madoka does enter the isolated space...[[GodInHumanForm but she has to take the form of a human]], causing her to lose her omniscience via losing her omnipresence. Even when the isolated space is broken, Madoka is still in the form of a human, [[WhamEpisode which causes a shocking event]] [[DidntSeeThatComing to take her by surprise.]]]]

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\n* At the end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Madoka pulls an AbstractApotheosis [[spoiler:AbstractApotheosis and becomes TheOmniscient by existing in all points of space and time.]] But then Later in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Kyubey creates a [[spoiler:a space that is isolated from all forms of external influence, preventing Madoka from entering it...it... ''and blocking out her omniscience.omniscience]].'' However, the show doesn't explicitly say this, [[ViewersAreGeniuses and expects the viewers to figure it out on their own.]] In fact, Madoka does enter [[spoiler:enter the isolated space...[[GodInHumanForm but she has to take the form of a human]], human to do so]], causing her to lose her omniscience via losing her omnipresence. omnipresence]]. Even when the isolated space is broken, Madoka is still in [[spoiler:in the form of a human, [[WhamEpisode which causes a shocking event]] [[DidntSeeThatComing to take her by surprise.]]]]









* Invoked in ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'': For one brief moment Destiny had his omniscience foiled, according to Lucifer. As Lucifer destroys a page in the book of destiny to Destiny's total surprise (in fact it's the first time he shows ''any'' emotion). However the ash falls to spell [[spoiler:"Yggdrasil"]] both answering Lucifer's previous question leaving him with no choice about what to do next, as Destiny had predicted.
** In a different story [[spoiler:Destiny gets rid of his book after the interference of people ImmuneToFate render it useless.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'':
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Invoked in ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'': For when, for one brief moment moment, Destiny had his omniscience foiled, according to Lucifer. As Lucifer destroys a page in the book of destiny to Destiny's total surprise (in surprise. In fact it's the first time he shows ''any'' emotion).emotion. However the ash falls to spell [[spoiler:"Yggdrasil"]] both answering Lucifer's previous question leaving him with no choice about what to do next, as Destiny had predicted.
** In a different story [[spoiler:Destiny Destiny gets rid [[spoiler:rid of his book after the interference of people ImmuneToFate render it useless.]]







* Invoked in ''OhGod'':
-->'''Jerry:''' "...I thought you could tell the future."
-->'''God:''' "Absolutely I can tell the future -- the minute it becomes the past."

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\n* ''Film/OhGod'':
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Invoked in ''OhGod'':
-->'''Jerry:''' "...
with this dialogue:
--->'''Jerry:''' ...
I thought you could tell the future."
-->'''God:''' "Absolutely
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'''God:''' Absolutely
I can tell the future -- the minute it becomes the past."



* In ''Film/MortalKombat'', Liu Kang asks Raiden (god of lightning) in the end if he knew all along what would happen.

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* In ''Film/MortalKombat'', Liu Kang asks Raiden (god of lightning) in the end if he knew all along what would happen. It's hard to tell whether his response is serious or sarcastic. He follows the comment with his trademark laugh.



** Although it's hard to tell whether he's serious or sarcastic; he follows the comment with his trademark laugh.









* In Mistborn, the Lord Ruler thought himself to be completely invincible with absolute knowledge of everything in his empire due to his Inquisitors and Kandra spies. He also thought that since he knew every metal (he didn't) and every other character was ignorant of the true number of metals he would be unbeatable. He did not expect to be defeated by [[spoiler: Vin wielding Malatium]], who was able to figure out [[spoiler: his true identity and his weakness; his reliance on the metalminds he wore.]]

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* In Mistborn, ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', the Lord Ruler thought himself to be completely invincible with absolute knowledge of everything in his empire due to his Inquisitors and Kandra spies. He also thought that since he knew every metal (he didn't) and every other character was ignorant of the true number of metals he would be unbeatable. He did not expect to be defeated by [[spoiler: Vin wielding Malatium]], who was able to figure out [[spoiler: his true identity and his weakness; his reliance on the metalminds he wore.]]



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' introduced the power of intellectus. The ability to know the answer to a question just by asking it without going through the usual channels of learning it. At first confused with omniscience. The difference is with omniscience one knows everything all the time. Intellectus only lets you know something when you ask the question. Both limited in you have to ask the right questions and so far the only beings who have it have it in a limited form.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' introduced the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles:''
** The
power of intellectus. The intellectus is the ability to know the answer to a question just by asking it without going through the usual channels of learning it. At first confused with omniscience. The difference is with omniscience one knows everything all the time. Intellectus only lets you know something when you ask the question. Both limited in you have to ask the right questions and so far the only beings who have it have it in a limited form.



* There's possibly a brief example in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' series. The Prophecy normally knows everything except for the outcomes of key meetings between the Child of Light and the Child of Dark. It usually sets things up far in advance, but in the fourth book, when [[spoiler: Olban tries to kill Garion]] the Prophecy warns Garion at the last second, suggesting it didn't see this one coming.
** There's a definite example in the prequels. Belgarath and the Alorn kings' theft of the Orb of Aldur from under the god Torak's nose was intended to be a foregone conclusion, as it wasn't an EVENT (the Prophecy of Light won the last one)...but neither Prophecy anticipated that Torak would refuse the Dark Prophecy's orders by attempting to reclaim the orb personally. After a moment of panic and hasty negotiation, both prophecies agree to allow the orb to be used against him.
* In ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' Merlin Athrawes has access to uber-high tech spying devices which give him near-omniscient spying capability. Especially considering that his enemies are all using renaissance-level tech. However he can't keep up with everything at once, and things occasionally slip past him; resulting in much guilt on his part over things that happened that he feels he should have been able to prevent.

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* There's possibly a brief example in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' series. ''Literature/TheBelgariad'':
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The Prophecy normally knows everything except for the outcomes of key meetings between the Child of Light and the Child of Dark. It usually sets things up far in advance, but in the fourth book, when [[spoiler: Olban tries to kill Garion]] the Prophecy warns Garion at the last second, suggesting it didn't see this one coming.
** There's a definite example in In the prequels. prequels, Belgarath and the Alorn kings' theft of the Orb of Aldur from under the god Torak's nose was intended to be a foregone conclusion, as it wasn't an EVENT (the Prophecy of Light won the last one)...but neither Prophecy anticipated that Torak would refuse the Dark Prophecy's orders by attempting to reclaim the orb personally. After a moment of panic and hasty negotiation, both prophecies agree to allow the orb to be used against him.
* In ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' ''Literature/{{Safehold}}:''
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Merlin Athrawes has access to uber-high tech spying devices which give him near-omniscient spying capability. Especially considering that his enemies are all using renaissance-level tech. However he can't keep up with everything at once, and things occasionally slip past him; resulting in much guilt on his part over things that happened that he feels he should have been able to prevent.






* Evil versions occur in ''Series/StargateSG1'' with the Goa'uld and the Replicators. The best (and therefore most recurring) way to convince the Goa'uld's or Ori's followers that their gods are false gods? Show they're not omniscient, usually by figuring out a way to kill the former or kill the Priors of the latter.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
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Evil versions occur in ''Series/StargateSG1'' with the Goa'uld and the Replicators. Ori. The best (and best, and therefore most recurring) recurring, way to convince the Goa'uld's or Ori's followers that their gods are false gods? Show they're not omniscient, usually by figuring out a way to kill the former or kill the Priors of the latter.



* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] can often be perceived as omniscient; he's one of the most intelligent beings in all of the universe, with an excellent knowledge of culture, science, history and language, and manipulative enough to initiate many a {{plan}}. To many, he appears like a God figure, with titles such as 'The Lonely Angel' and 'Oncoming Storm'. But he ''can'' make mistakes, and he makes them hard.

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* [[Series/DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The Doctor]] Doctor can often be perceived as omniscient; he's one of the most intelligent beings in all of the universe, with an excellent knowledge of culture, science, history and language, and manipulative enough to initiate many a {{plan}}. To many, he appears like a God figure, with titles such as 'The Lonely Angel' and 'Oncoming Storm'. But he ''can'' make mistakes, and he makes them hard.







* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': the godmodder. Omniscience was supposedly one of his abilities. He lost. He got the stuffing beaten out of him, and generally didn't do very well.
** He still hasn't figured out that he doesn't know everything though...

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\n* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': the The godmodder. Omniscience was supposedly one of his abilities. He lost. He got the stuffing beaten out of him, and generally didn't do very well.
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well. He still hasn't figured out that he doesn't know everything though...






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* The FatalFlaw of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''s Sidereal faction is to get into large groups, predict the future, and then make horrible, horrible decisions. One time they did this, right before the Usurpation, led to the temporary annihilation of the Solars, mass deaths among the Terrestrials, and genocide against the Solar's allied races, in order to [[{{Gotterdammerung}} establish a lesser but safer and more stable response to the Golden Age]]. So many beings in ''{{Exalted}}'' have ScrewDestiny as a passive power, though, that this eventually led to the deaths of nine tenths of the human population of Creation.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
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The FatalFlaw of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''s the Sidereal faction is to get into large groups, predict the future, and then make horrible, horrible decisions. One time they did this, right before the Usurpation, led to the temporary annihilation of the Solars, mass deaths among the Terrestrials, and genocide against the Solar's allied races, in order to [[{{Gotterdammerung}} establish a lesser but safer and more stable response to the Golden Age]]. So many beings in ''{{Exalted}}'' have ScrewDestiny as a passive power, though, that this eventually led to the deaths of nine tenths of the human population of Creation.






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-->'''Moebius''': It is a small price to pay for Kain's demise.
-->'''Kain''': You're a bit premature...
-->'''Moebius''': [[OhCrap Kain!?]]
-->'''Kain''': Is there a crack in your omniscience after all, Moebius?

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-->'''Moebius''': It is a small price to pay for Kain's demise.
-->'''Kain''':
demise.\\
'''Kain''':
You're a bit premature...
-->'''Moebius''':
premature...\\
'''Moebius''':
[[OhCrap Kain!?]]
-->'''Kain''':
Kain!?]]\\
'''Kain''':
Is there a crack in your omniscience after all, Moebius?



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* Doc Scratch in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is ''functionally'' omniscient. He still has gaps in his knowledge. Though due to his enormous intellect he's often able to fill those gaps in with near-perfect deductions, so he doesn't mind so much... usually.

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* Doc Scratch in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is ''functionally'' omniscient. He still has gaps in his knowledge. Though due to his enormous intellect he's often able to fill those gaps in with near-perfect deductions, so he doesn't mind so much... usually. His gaps are mostly caused by the PowerOfTheVoid and {{Alternate Timeline}}s. He also has some trouble with Spades Slick and [[spoiler: the author]].



** His gaps are mostly caused by the PowerOfTheVoid and {{Alternate Timeline}}s. He also has some trouble with Spades Slick and [[spoiler: the author]].
* Sarda in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' is shown to be completely omniscient until [[RealityWarper Red Mage]] finds one place he can't get into - [[DoubleEntendre his a-hole]]. That is, where the Light Warriors end up when Red Mage puts them between two portable holes (the a-hole and the b-hole) and drops them into each other.

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* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'':
** His gaps are mostly caused by the PowerOfTheVoid and {{Alternate Timeline}}s. He also has some trouble with Spades Slick and [[spoiler: the author]].
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Sarda in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' is shown to be completely omniscient until [[RealityWarper Red Mage]] finds one place he can't get into - [[DoubleEntendre his a-hole]]. That is, where the Light Warriors end up when Red Mage puts them between two portable holes (the a-hole and the b-hole) and drops them into each other.






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* People trust the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]] to be the world's intelligent, skillful, omniscient and pretty much perfect savior. Too bad Aang's just a [[KidHero kid]] who was trapped in an [[KingInTheMountain iceberg]] for a hundred years. He's still wise for his age when he [[LetsGetDangerous takes things seriously]], but he's also much more gullible and ruled by his emotions than an older, more experienced man would be.
* It's not much better in the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. The Avatar this time around is a teenage girl who was raised in an isolated compound for most of her life and thus has no idea how to handle real life matters like politics, romance, laws, or even ''buying food''. She's skilled at bending (with the exception of Airbending) but not much else. The people of Republic City ''still'' trust her to be the perfect hero that will solve all of their problems. [[spoiler: The look into the past explaining the Avatar's origins reveals that the Avatar was ''never'' a perfect savior. Both halves of the original Avatar, the spirit and the human, were well-intentioned but flawed people who [[NiceJobBreakingItHero caused almost as many problems as they solved]]. It's also made clear that every Avatar was just an ordinary person trying their best to bring peace to the world and just as prone to making mistakes as anyone else.]]

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* People ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'
** In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' universe, people
trust the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]] Avatar to be the world's intelligent, skillful, omniscient and pretty much perfect savior. Too bad Aang's just a [[KidHero kid]] who was trapped in an [[KingInTheMountain iceberg]] for a hundred years. He's still wise for his age when he [[LetsGetDangerous takes things seriously]], but he's also much more gullible and ruled by his emotions than an older, more experienced man would be.
* ** It's not much better in the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. The Avatar this time around is a teenage girl who was raised in an isolated compound for most of her life and thus has no idea how to handle real life matters like politics, romance, laws, or even ''buying food''. She's skilled at bending (with bending, with the exception of Airbending) Airbending, but not much else. The people of Republic City ''still'' trust her to be the perfect hero that will solve all of their problems. [[spoiler: The look into the past explaining the Avatar's origins reveals that the Avatar was ''never'' a perfect savior. Both halves of the original Avatar, the spirit and the human, were well-intentioned but flawed people who [[NiceJobBreakingItHero caused almost as many problems as they solved]]. It's also made clear that every Avatar was just an ordinary person trying their best to bring peace to the world and just as prone to making mistakes as anyone else.]]



-->'''Bender''': So do you know I'm going to do something before I do it?
-->'''God Entity''': Yes.
-->'''Bender''': What if I do something different?
-->'''God Entity''': Then I don't know that.

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-->'''Bender''': So do you know I'm going to do something before I do it?
-->'''God
it?\\
'''God
Entity''': Yes.
-->'''Bender''':
Yes.\\
'''Bender''':
What if I do something different?
-->'''God
different?\\
'''God
Entity''': Then I don't know that.



15th Oct '16 8:19:04 AM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheCosmere'': Hoid is a centuries-old [[DimensionalTraveler worldhopper]] with access to most of the overpowered magic systems. He spends most of his time in the shadows, offering cryptic clues to main characters to steer them in the right direction. Part of this is due to a magical ability to sense when and where important events are happening, so he knows just where to push to make things go the way he wants. He still has limits, however. In ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'', he was looking for the Well of Ascension, but spent most of book 2 wandering in the Terris Dominance since the Lord Ruler had shifted the land to mask the location of the Well. There are also more minor examples; in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive, Hoid is happily surprised to find that the Ryshadium are near-sentient horses of great strength. He privately notes that he's glad he ''can'' still be surprised after so long.
-->'''Kaladin:''' What do you know?\\
'''Hoid:''' Almost everything. That ''almost'' part can be a real kick in the teeth sometimes.
29th Aug '16 6:38:23 AM jormis29
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* The FatalFlaw of ''{{Exalted}}'''s Sidereal faction is to get into large groups, predict the future, and then make horrible, horrible decisions. One time they did this, right before the Usurpation, led to the temporary annihilation of the Solars, mass deaths among the Terrestrials, and genocide against the Solar's allied races, in order to [[{{Gotterdammerung}} establish a lesser but safer and more stable response to the Golden Age]]. So many beings in ''{{Exalted}}'' have ScrewDestiny as a passive power, though, that this eventually led to the deaths of nine tenths of the human population of Creation.

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* The FatalFlaw of ''{{Exalted}}'''s ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''s Sidereal faction is to get into large groups, predict the future, and then make horrible, horrible decisions. One time they did this, right before the Usurpation, led to the temporary annihilation of the Solars, mass deaths among the Terrestrials, and genocide against the Solar's allied races, in order to [[{{Gotterdammerung}} establish a lesser but safer and more stable response to the Golden Age]]. So many beings in ''{{Exalted}}'' have ScrewDestiny as a passive power, though, that this eventually led to the deaths of nine tenths of the human population of Creation.
19th Jun '16 2:36:41 PM nombretomado
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%%* [[TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] does this a couple of times, [[spoiler:one of which eventually proves fatal]], enough for the reader to suspend his disbelief over Thrawn's deductive omniscience most of the time.
%%** For the HandOfThrawn, the [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]] trying to [[DeadPersonImpersonation make it look like he's back from the dead]] has a member who possesses a significant fraction of his tactical genius and ability to adjust plans [[XanatosSpeedChess on the spot]] - but Grodin Tierce also has all of Thrawn's tendency to make assumptions about the enemy which don't always hold true. In time, these build up.

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%%* [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] does this a couple of times, [[spoiler:one of which eventually proves fatal]], enough for the reader to suspend his disbelief over Thrawn's deductive omniscience most of the time.
%%** For the HandOfThrawn, Literature/HandOfThrawn, the [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]] trying to [[DeadPersonImpersonation make it look like he's back from the dead]] has a member who possesses a significant fraction of his tactical genius and ability to adjust plans [[XanatosSpeedChess on the spot]] - but Grodin Tierce also has all of Thrawn's tendency to make assumptions about the enemy which don't always hold true. In time, these build up.
3rd Jun '16 4:21:53 PM Hadjorim
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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Sauron sees everything that goes on in Mordor. Frodo and company have to get through Mordor without Sauron noticing it. [[spoiler: Gandalf and Aragorn manage to get Sauron's attention focused elsewhere, temporarily disabling his omniscience in Mordor.]] It helps that Sauron's omniscience was always limited -- he ''can'' see anywhere, so long as another power isn't blocking him (and there are few in Middle-earth that can), but he's not aware of everything all the time and has to actively look for something in order to find it. He's also capable of misinterpreting what he sees, as when Pippin accidentally contacts him through the Palantir and Sauron believes that it is Saruman's way of reporting, "Hey, got that Ringbearer you were looking for."

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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Sauron sees everything that goes on in Mordor. Frodo and company have to get through Mordor without Sauron noticing it. [[spoiler: Gandalf and Aragorn manage to get Sauron's attention focused elsewhere, temporarily disabling his omniscience in Mordor.]] It helps that Sauron's omniscience was always limited -- he ''can'' see anywhere, so long as another power isn't blocking him (and there are few anything in Middle-earth that can), the world, but he's not aware of can't see everything all the time and at once. Much like a person, he has to actively look for something focus on one particular thing at a time. Therefore while he can see anywhere in order the world, this doesn't help him if he doesn't know where to find it. look. The heroes use this to their advantage by distracting his attention from Mordor, allowing Frodo and Sam to pass through unnoticed. There are also a few creatures in Middle Earth who are capable of blocking his site from certain areas, but in such cases he knows he is being blocked. He's also capable of misinterpreting what he sees, as when Pippin accidentally contacts him through the Palantir and Sauron believes that it is Saruman's way of reporting, "Hey, got that Ringbearer you were looking for."sees.
9th Jan '16 3:09:49 AM jormis29
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** The Psychometry talent can give you a perfect understanding of an event that happened in the past as thought the you were an omniscient, neutral observer, but you're more likely to get random thoughts or glimpses of what was witnessed by people who were there. It gets more likely that you'll get the omniscient perspective as you gain levels in scrying, but you're never guaranteed to get the best result.

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** The Psychometry {{Psychometry}} talent can give you a perfect understanding of an event that happened in the past as thought the you were an omniscient, neutral observer, but you're more likely to get random thoughts or glimpses of what was witnessed by people who were there. It gets more likely that you'll get the omniscient perspective as you gain levels in scrying, but you're never guaranteed to get the best result.
3rd Nov '15 8:50:27 PM nombretomado
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* Hercules from IncredibleHercules temporarily became omniscient during the ComicBook/ChaosWar crossover. Despite this he was tricked repeatedly and had to be guided to victory by others. Omniscience is useless if one either ignores it or does not bother to use it.

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* Hercules from IncredibleHercules ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'' temporarily became omniscient during the ComicBook/ChaosWar crossover. Despite this he was tricked repeatedly and had to be guided to victory by others. Omniscience is useless if one either ignores it or does not bother to use it.
31st Oct '15 12:07:29 AM CasWarner
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* There's a brief moment in ''Literature/BloodMeridian'' where Judge Holden, the hyperintelligent, demonic something-or-other who, before and after, never seems to fail at ''anything,'' loses track of a member of the Glanton gang... and genuinely can't account for where he went. Even fellow gang member Toadvine is surprised and thought the judge knew where he went. The judge seemingly makes a point of never mentioning it again.

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* There's a brief moment in ''Literature/BloodMeridian'' where Judge Holden, the hyperintelligent, demonic something-or-other who, before and after, never seems to fail at ''anything,'' loses track of a member of the Glanton gang... and genuinely can't account for where he went.him. Even fellow gang member Toadvine is surprised and thought the judge knew where he went. The judge seemingly makes a point of never mentioning it again.again, although later in the book, he makes it his stated purpose to know and understand everything in the world and so take control of his destiny, or words to that effect.
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