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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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5th Mar '16 4:44:58 PM 082122712641
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* Both [[spoiler:Madoka Kaname]] and [[spoilerHomura Akemi]] become one of these at the end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', respectively.

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* Both [[spoiler:Madoka Kaname]] and [[spoilerHomura [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] become one of these at the end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', respectively.
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* ''Manga/FutureDiary'' has this as the main focus of the story. Deus Ex Machina is the god of time and space who sponsors a tournament to choose his successor.
* The Data Overmind in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is the actual power behind the humanoid interfaces (Who are basically just mouthpieces, or better, agents). The Overmind is mainly neutral, wishing only to observe. [[spoiler: There is however, another such entity called the "Sky Canopy Domain" which is much more [[StarfishAliens alien]].]] Also, there's the Agency that Itsuki belongs to and the whoever runs the time travellers.
* The dead Original King or Shinou Heika from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' could fall under this trope as well, since he has been controlling and manipulating almost every action of the great demon tribe for the past ''4000 years''!! Despite this, however, he is not evil and is actually working to ''defeat'' the BigBad of the series, Shoushu. Could also fall under AncientConspiracy.
* ZONE in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' seems to fit this, seeing as he can CONTROL TIME.
** He also says strange things that don't entirely make sense, like giving [[spoiler:Yusei Shooting Star Dragon]] so that "all possibilities become equal".
* [[spoiler: Tenchi himself]] in ''TenchiMuyo''. Kajishima's cosmology in general has much in common with Gnostic worldview, except that [[PhysicalGod Choushin]] aren't really evil, unlike the real Gnostic views about the [[{{Satan}} Demiurge]].



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', these powers are represented by Truth and the Gate, two ambiguously malevolent entities that begin the story by ripping the arm and leg off of a grieving orphan. These two are the embodiments of the [[EquivalentExchange Principle of Equivalent Exchange]] and leave the orphan with immense alchemic knowledge and skill.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', these powers are represented by Truth and the Gate, two ambiguously malevolent entities that begin supervises every alchemy process in the story by world. They will come at alchemists trying to sacrifice their own limbs or other's souls, ripping them off in order for the arm transmutation to succeed.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'' has plays with the trope. Deus Ex Machina is the god of time
and leg off of space who sponsors a grieving orphan. These two tournament with the main characters as its participants, so that he can choose the victor as his successor.
* The Data Overmind in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is the actual power behind the humanoid interfaces (Who
are basically just mouthpieces, or better, agents). The Overmind is mainly neutral, wishing only to observe. [[spoiler: There is however, another such entity called the embodiments "Sky Canopy Domain" which is much more [[StarfishAliens alien]].]] Also, there's the Agency that Itsuki belongs to and whoever runs the time travellers.
* The dead Original King or Shinou Heika from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' could fall under this trope as well, since he has been controlling and manipulating almost every action
of the [[EquivalentExchange Principle of Equivalent Exchange]] great demon tribe for the past ''4000 years''!! Despite this, however, he is not evil and leave is actually working to ''defeat'' the orphan BigBad of the series, Shoushu. Could also fall under AncientConspiracy.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has the Lifemaker, creator of the magic world.
* Both [[spoiler:Madoka Kaname]] and [[spoilerHomura Akemi]] become one of these at the end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', respectively.
* No one will disagree if you say [[spoiler:the titular character]] in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' is one of these.
* All of the [[spoiler:Great Old Ones]] are these in ''Manga/SoulEater'', considering their mere ''existence'' influences the world
with immense alchemic knowledge and skill. madness.
* ZONE in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' seems to fit this, seeing as he can CONTROL TIME.
** He also says strange things that don't entirely make sense, like giving [[spoiler:Yusei Shooting Star Dragon]] so that "all possibilities become equal".
5th Mar '16 4:32:17 AM 082122712641
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[{{God}} Soul King]] serves as one of these, having created all of reality and sustaining each and every part of it [[spoiler:through his separated body parts]].
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has more than a few of these, since the setting is FantasyKitchenSink with AllMythsAreTrue thrown in, any PowersThatBe in mythology and religion are also one here.
** The magicians who become [[TheArchmage Majins]] (lit. Magic Lord) are fully capable of becoming one of these, as Aleister [[spoiler:and the True GREMLIN group]] can clearly manipulate events subtly but surely. [[spoiler:The former demonstrates it by one-shotting [[BigBad Fiamma]] and creating the whole Academy City and its espers, while the latter is the true master mind for the GREMLIN group.]]
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'' has this as the main focus of the story. Deus Ex Machina is the god of time and space who sponsors a tournament to choose his successor.
8th Jan '16 3:32:43 PM Discar
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* ''ShinMegamiTensei'': Similarly to Philemon and Nyaralathothep of the spin-off ''Persona'' series, [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] and [[{{God}} YHVH]] are the Powers That Be of the series proper (and a few others), whose [[GambitPileup constant schemes for dominance]] either [[TheHeavy directly cause]] or [[XanatosSpeedChess try to exploit]] each game's central conflict. Although [[OurGodsAreGreater all MegaTen Gods]] [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve are arguably immortal by default]], [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the size of their human fanbase determines their power]]; Lucifer and YHVH, on the other hand, [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil each only need one sentient life form]] [[AsLongAsThereIsOneMan who desires their respective thesis]] [[YouCannotKillAnIdea to continue existing]]; hence [[InherentInTheSystem their neverending battle]].

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* ''ShinMegamiTensei'': Similarly to Philemon and Nyaralathothep of the spin-off ''Persona'' series, [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] and [[{{God}} YHVH]] are the Powers That Be of the series proper (and a few others), whose [[GambitPileup constant schemes for dominance]] either [[TheHeavy directly cause]] or [[XanatosSpeedChess try to exploit]] each game's central conflict. Although [[OurGodsAreGreater [[OurGodsAreDifferent all MegaTen Gods]] [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve are arguably immortal by default]], [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the size of their human fanbase determines their power]]; Lucifer and YHVH, on the other hand, [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil each only need one sentient life form]] [[AsLongAsThereIsOneMan who desires their respective thesis]] [[YouCannotKillAnIdea to continue existing]]; hence [[InherentInTheSystem their neverending battle]].
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* Implied about Amaterasu in TheFiveStarStories.

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* Implied about Amaterasu in TheFiveStarStories.''Manga/TheFiveStarStories''.



* In ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'', [[GodIsEvil Nyarlathotep]] is responsible for many horrors lurking on Earth, although this doesn't mean all of them are caused by him.



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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 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 [[EldritchAbomination Godhand]] in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. They [[spoiler:(as ordered by the [[GodIsEvil Idea of Evil]])]] are responsible for [[WindsOfDestinyChange pulling the strings of Causality]] to [[CrapsackWorld bring as much suffering as possible]] upon the world.


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* In Monotheistic religion, the one supreme god is always this, and [[GodIsGood always benevolent]].
* 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]].
11th Dec '15 4:48:53 PM nombretomado
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* ZONE in ''YuGiOh5Ds'' seems to fit this, seeing as he can CONTROL TIME.

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* ZONE in ''YuGiOh5Ds'' ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' seems to fit this, seeing as he can CONTROL TIME.
14th Nov '15 12:54:55 PM StFan
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* The Powers What Is in ''{{Nodwick}}''.
* The government are the Powers That Be that Jim continuously mentions in WhenTheWindBlows.

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* The Powers What Is in ''{{Nodwick}}''.
''ComicBook/{{Nodwick}}''.
* The government are the Powers That Be that Jim continuously mentions in WhenTheWindBlows.''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows''.



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