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9th Jun '17 2:58:12 PM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, there probably are Powers That Be interfering in some of the character's lives, but no-one has definite proof or any idea of who they might be. And neither do the characters. The authors might, though.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, there probably are Powers That Be interfering in some of the character's lives, but no-one has definite proof or any idea of who they might be. And neither do the characters. The authors might, though.
31st May '17 6:09:14 PM nombretomado
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* The god(ess)/angel equivalents in the ''YoungWizards'' series are actually called "the Powers that Be" (or more often "the Powers") in the series, and the universe's version of {{Satan}} is called "The Lone Power". Occasionally there are references to an even greater Power That Is, most certainly the One (God). (If this series wasn't the trope namer, it certainly could've fooled us.)

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* The god(ess)/angel equivalents in the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series are actually called "the Powers that Be" (or more often "the Powers") in the series, and the universe's version of {{Satan}} is called "The Lone Power". Occasionally there are references to an even greater Power That Is, most certainly the One (God). (If this series wasn't the trope namer, it certainly could've fooled us.)
10th May '17 11:10:22 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' does this with the nine Elder Powers, personifications of concepts ranging from Love to Violence to Death. As the series has progressed, it's lifted some of the veil of who they are, where they came from and what they want. How exactly they determine a winner of each [[EternalRecurrence Breath]] is still a mystery, though.

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* ''[[NexusWar ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' does this with the nine Elder Powers, personifications of concepts ranging from Love to Violence to Death. As the series has progressed, it's lifted some of the veil of who they are, where they came from and what they want. How exactly they determine a winner of each [[EternalRecurrence Breath]] is still a mystery, though.



* The {{Precursors}} from the ''JakAndDaxter'' series were an ancient race that have PhysicalGod status, but they're rarely ever seen in person [[spoiler: unless you count Daxter, who's been there since the first game]].

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* The {{Precursors}} from the ''JakAndDaxter'' ''Frnachise/JakAndDaxter'' series were an ancient race that have PhysicalGod status, but they're rarely ever seen in person [[spoiler: unless you count Daxter, who's been there since the first game]].



* The ''VideoGame/{{PlanescapeTorment}}'' setting is literally centered around the city of Sigil, located at the very center of TheMultiverse - the only place where gods can not go and which has magical portals to every place that exists. While the city is basically pure anarchy and populated by mortals, angels, demons, undead, and even weirder beings, there is also The Lady of Pain, who is customarily considered its supreme ruler. She's unusual in that she's both a definite and well known being and that she's frequently seen physically wandering the streets of the city, but almost everything about her is a complete mystery. She appears as a completely silent figure in long robes and an intricate metal mask that covers all of her features; nobody has any clue what she is, how she came to Sigil, or ''what she actually does!'' All she does is silently float through the streets, which causes people to also call her simply "her Serenity". Only when someone actively tries to shift the status quo of Sigil, attempts to take control over its portals, or [[StopWorshippingMe starts to worship her]], does she appear to the offender and cause him to be ripped apart by her shadow, then silently continue floating down the roads. While the Planescape setting is actually highly developed, the writers intentionally left the Lady's identity completely open, stating that there is no truth the players could ever hope to unveil. This doesn't stop characters within the setting to come up with theories that range from an ancient over-deity to [[{{TotemPoleTrench}} three squirrels standing on each other shoulders dressed in a robe and using a simple levitation trinket.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/{{PlanescapeTorment}}'' ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' setting is literally centered around the city of Sigil, located at the very center of TheMultiverse - the only place where gods can not go and which has magical portals to every place that exists. While the city is basically pure anarchy and populated by mortals, angels, demons, undead, and even weirder beings, there is also The Lady of Pain, who is customarily considered its supreme ruler. She's unusual in that she's both a definite and well known being and that she's frequently seen physically wandering the streets of the city, but almost everything about her is a complete mystery. She appears as a completely silent figure in long robes and an intricate metal mask that covers all of her features; nobody has any clue what she is, how she came to Sigil, or ''what she actually does!'' All she does is silently float through the streets, which causes people to also call her simply "her Serenity". Only when someone actively tries to shift the status quo of Sigil, attempts to take control over its portals, or [[StopWorshippingMe starts to worship her]], does she appear to the offender and cause him to be ripped apart by her shadow, then silently continue floating down the roads. While the Planescape setting is actually highly developed, the writers intentionally left the Lady's identity completely open, stating that there is no truth the players could ever hope to unveil. This doesn't stop characters within the setting to come up with theories that range from an ancient over-deity to [[{{TotemPoleTrench}} three squirrels standing on each other shoulders dressed in a robe and using a simple levitation trinket.]]



* The Elder Gods in ''MortalKombat''.
* The Patriots from {{Metal Gear}} are always in the background and only overshadow the games' conflicts.

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* The Elder Gods in ''MortalKombat''.
''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
* The Patriots from {{Metal Gear}} ''Franchise/MetalGear'' are always in the background and only overshadow the games' conflicts.
10th May '17 11:08:51 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The "entity", referenced only obliquely in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', oddly enough plays no role at all in the story. In the sequel, the all-seeing FATE plays a ''much'' larger role.
** While they leave it vague, the "entity" is actually [[spoiler:the planet. It's what opened the time gates, leading the heroes to eventually defeat [[CosmicHorror Lavos]].]] The main conflict in the game is essentially [[spoiler:"the planet vs Lavos."]] The "entity" reprises its role in Chrono Cross by [[spoiler:summoning Dinopolis to defend itself against FATE, only this time it fails]].

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* The "entity", referenced only obliquely in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', oddly enough plays no role at all in the story. In the sequel, sequel ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', the all-seeing FATE plays a ''much'' larger role.
** While they leave it vague, the "entity" is actually [[spoiler:the planet. It's what opened the time gates, leading the heroes to eventually defeat [[CosmicHorror Lavos]].]] The main conflict in the game is essentially [[spoiler:"the planet vs Lavos."]] The "entity" reprises its role in Chrono Cross ''Chrono Cross'' by [[spoiler:summoning Dinopolis to defend itself against FATE, only this time it fails]].
15th Apr '17 1:11:54 PM nombretomado
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** All of this, however, hardly gets a mention in the three books of TheLordOfTheRings: the Valar are are mentioned only in passing, and there is the vaguest reference to a BiggerBad above Sauron himself (Melkor/Morgoth), and none to Eru.
* In SMStirling's ''{{Emberverse}}'' [[spoiler: the Change turns out to have been caused by what's best described as the Universal Mind having an argument with itself and coming up with the least awful option. Mind you this least awful option resulted in the worldwide collapse of civilization and the deaths of billions]].

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** All of this, however, hardly gets a mention in the three books of TheLordOfTheRings: ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': the Valar are are mentioned only in passing, and there is the vaguest reference to a BiggerBad above Sauron himself (Melkor/Morgoth), and none to Eru.
* In SMStirling's ''{{Emberverse}}'' Creator/SMStirling's ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'' [[spoiler: the Change turns out to have been caused by what's best described as the Universal Mind having an argument with itself and coming up with the least awful option. Mind you this least awful option resulted in the worldwide collapse of civilization and the deaths of billions]].
2nd Apr '17 7:38:50 PM zequeins
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* The [[DeusEstMachina God-Machine]] from NewWorldOfDarkness (often abbreviated into, fittingly, GM or G-M) is less a being and more a ''system''. The rulebook states that you cannot 'see' the God-Machine, although you can see traces of its works in Infrastructures. The God-Machine never speaks, not even to its Angels, which are created with pre-installed knowledge of their mission. And finally, [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant "The God-Machine is slow to react, but implacable when roused."]] In summary, the God-Machine is the sum of all the Infrastructures, Occult Matrices and Outputs in the setting. And this means it is in control of ''everything'', even things outside [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent its home setting.]]
5th Mar '17 6:30:07 PM nombretomado
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* TOAA (The One Above All), in the {{Marvel}} Comics. Even if TOAA is hinted being the biblical God (Marvel being a "mainstream" American editor, and all that).

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* TOAA (The One Above All), in the {{Marvel}} Comics.Creator/MarvelComics. Even if TOAA is hinted being the biblical God (Marvel being a "mainstream" American editor, and all that).
25th Feb '17 8:14:08 PM Zef
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** And above ''them'' is the Great Will, which creatcreator of the infinitude of universes in the Megaten Multiverse, which recent games have distanced more and more from [[GodIsEvil YHVH]] towards a more benevolent nature. ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' then introduced the concept of the "Axiom" as the ultimate creator of everything, which might or might not be the same entity as the Great Will.

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** And above ''them'' is the Great Will, which creatcreator of created the infinitude of universes in the Megaten Multiverse, which recent games have distanced more and more from [[GodIsEvil YHVH]] towards a more benevolent nature. ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' then introduced the concept of the "Axiom" as the ultimate creator of everything, which might or might not be the same entity as the Great Will.
25th Feb '17 8:13:32 PM Zef
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** And above ''them'' is the Great Will, which recent games have distanced more and more from [[GodIsEvil YHVH]] towards a more benevolent nature. '''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' then introduced the concept of the "Axiom" as the ultimate creator of everything, which might or might not be the same entity as the Great Will.

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** And above ''them'' is the Great Will, which creatcreator of the infinitude of universes in the Megaten Multiverse, which recent games have distanced more and more from [[GodIsEvil YHVH]] towards a more benevolent nature. '''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' then introduced the concept of the "Axiom" as the ultimate creator of everything, which might or might not be the same entity as the Great Will.
25th Feb '17 8:05:24 PM Zef
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** And above ''them'' is the Great Will, which recent games have distanced more and more from [[GodIsEvil YHVH]] towards a more benevolent nature. '''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' then introduced the concept of the "Axiom" as the ultimate creator of everything, which might or might not be the same entity as the Great Will.
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