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29th Dec '16 11:34:40 AM Arkadi
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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.
16th Nov '16 12:35:37 AM LadyNorbert
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* Literature/TheBible in particular, has both {{God}} as the good Powers That Be and {{Satan}} as the bad Powers That Be. Unlike most modern potrayals of them though, Satan is ''not'' God's equal, and is infinitely weaker than God as much as other creations are below him.
* The ancient Zoroastrianism has both the good and the bad Powers That Be, in the form of Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu. They are closer to the modern potrayal of BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, as both are omnipotent deities of equal footing. However, despite being equal, Angra Mainyu will still lose in the end, due to [[EvilWillFail self-destructiveness of being evil]].

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* Literature/TheBible in particular, has both {{God}} as the good Powers That Be and {{Satan}} as the bad Powers That Be. Unlike most modern potrayals portrayals of them though, Satan is ''not'' God's equal, and is infinitely weaker than God as much as other creations are below him.
* The ancient Zoroastrianism has both the good and the bad Powers That Be, in the form of Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu. They are closer to the modern potrayal portrayal of BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, as both are omnipotent deities of equal footing. However, despite being equal, Angra Mainyu will still lose in the end, due to [[EvilWillFail self-destructiveness of being evil]].



* The Azathanai are the oldest authorities the ''[[Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen Malazan]]'' world knows so far, responsible for the creationf of the world and all life on it. In modern day they are also referred to as Elder Gods.

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* The Azathanai are the oldest authorities the ''[[Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen Malazan]]'' world knows so far, responsible for the creationf creation of the world and all life on it. In modern day they are also referred to as Elder Gods.



** They show up in Season 7 as an OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness

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** They show up in Season 7 as an OmniscientCouncilOfVaguenessOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness.



* In Wrestling/{{WCW}}, during 1999 and some of 2000 when Wrestling/VinceRusso became the man in charge, the ruling force was literally named on air as the "Powers That Be". Russo came out on TV finally in April of 2000 during Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro to put a face to the actual body of power.

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* In Wrestling/{{WCW}}, during 1999 and some of 2000 when Wrestling/VinceRusso became the man in charge, the ruling force was literally named on air as the "Powers That Be". Russo came out on TV finally in April of 2000 during Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' to put a face to the actual body of power.



* 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 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 completly 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}}'' 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 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 completly 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.]]
16th Nov '16 12:34:04 AM LadyNorbert
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* The Great Names, Stephos, The Weekee and other such races in ''Ultraman Moedari''

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* The Great Names, Stephos, The Weekee and other such races in ''Ultraman Moedari''Moedari.''
* The plot itself seems to be this in the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] series. Over the course of the stories, the characters become more or less resigned to the idea that the plot is practically a sentient being and it will put them where it wants them to be regardless of how they might feel about it.
8th Nov '16 4:01:39 PM SimiOfDoom
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* The Azathanai are the oldest authorities the ''[[Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen Malazan]]'' world knows so far, responsible for the creationf of the world and all life on it. In modern day they are also referred to as Elder Gods.
9th Aug '16 3:53:40 PM nombretomado
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* The shadow man in ''DeadLikeMe'' who leaves Rube the list every week. He is working for even higher powers, known as Upper Management by the reapers, but we never see them and know nothing about them.

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* The shadow man in ''DeadLikeMe'' ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' who leaves Rube the list every week. He is working for even higher powers, known as Upper Management by the reapers, but we never see them and know nothing about them.
7th Aug '16 5:22:18 PM nombretomado
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* Those Who Sit Above In Shadows, a council of sitting grey peoples who judge the Asgardian gods from time to time, in MarvelComics. Presumably they were based on/inspired by the Norse Fates.

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* Those Who Sit Above In Shadows, a council of sitting grey peoples who judge the Asgardian gods from time to time, in MarvelComics.Creator/MarvelComics. Presumably they were based on/inspired by the Norse Fates.



* The Presence of {{the DCU}}. It is the power behind the various angels of the DCU and seems to be a part of ''everything'' in existence. It's also the one holding the Spectre's leash. In the "Day of Judgment" lead-in to ''InfiniteCrisis'', the Spectre finally went too far and killed the last Lord of Order in his bid to destroy all magic. The Presence put an end to his rampage and sealed him in his next human host; one of the few times a Power was shown to take direct and undeniable action.

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* The Presence of {{the DCU}}.Franchise/TheDCU. It is the power behind the various angels of the DCU and seems to be a part of ''everything'' in existence. It's also the one holding the Spectre's leash. In the "Day of Judgment" lead-in to ''InfiniteCrisis'', ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', the Spectre finally went too far and killed the last Lord of Order in his bid to destroy all magic. The Presence put an end to his rampage and sealed him in his next human host; one of the few times a Power was shown to take direct and undeniable action.
17th Jul '16 8:22:41 AM nombretomado
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* In spite of trying to come across as this, the Seven Deities from ''AsurasWrath'' are not this trope, though they are practically PhysicalGod[='=]s of varying power. The real example is [[spoiler: Chakravartin, who's a BigBad example of this. [[MomentOfAwesome Asura]] [[Awesome/AsurasWrath kills him and destroys Naraka, Chakravartin's home plane, with a massive punch.]]]]

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* In spite of trying to come across as this, the Seven Deities from ''AsurasWrath'' ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' are not this trope, though they are practically PhysicalGod[='=]s of varying power. The real example is [[spoiler: Chakravartin, who's a BigBad example of this. [[MomentOfAwesome Asura]] [[Awesome/AsurasWrath kills him and destroys Naraka, Chakravartin's home plane, with a massive punch.]]]]
9th Jul '16 11:30:49 AM nombretomado
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* The Great Beings have started to fill this role near the end of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s run. Previously, we have had named characters such as Artakha, Tren Krom, and TheOrder of Mata Nui in similar roles, often manipulating the heroes without really letting them know what's going on. There was also a web serial titled ''[[LampshadeHanging The Powers That Be]]'', which revolved around [[spoiler: some of these beings [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu getting violently murdered.]] After the serial got LeftHanging, the writer mentioned that one of the killers was probably a Great Being in disguise.]]

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* The Great Beings have started to fill this role near the end of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s run. Previously, we have had named characters such as Artakha, Tren Krom, and TheOrder of Mata Nui in similar roles, often manipulating the heroes without really letting them know what's going on. There was also a web serial titled ''[[LampshadeHanging The Powers That Be]]'', which revolved around [[spoiler: some of these beings [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu getting violently murdered.]] After the serial got LeftHanging, the writer mentioned that one of the killers was probably a Great Being in disguise.]]
6th May '16 1:03:31 AM PaulA
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* In the AnneMcCaffrey /Elizabeth Ann Scarborough ''{{Petaybee}}'' book series, the BigBad of the Powers Trilogy, the Intergal company, are called the Powers That Be, or PTB for short, by the native inhabitants of the world, named Petaybee, a play on PTB, as they were settled there when their ancestral lands on Earth were too valuable for them to be left there.
31st Mar '16 10:49:07 AM Khazzadumm
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