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18th Aug '17 11:20:23 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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--> ''Eriol:''' Who was Ilúvatar? Was he of the Gods?\\

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--> ''Eriol:''' '''Eriol:''' Who was Ilúvatar? Was he of the Gods?\\
26th Jul '17 7:52:40 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra and Daedra]] are [[DivineIntervention highly active divine beings]] (with the Daedra more so than the Aedra). However, behind them, [[InMysteriousWays acting much more subtly]], are Anui-El ("the Soul of Everything" and [[OrderVersusChaos embodiment of order]]) and Sithis (the "[[PowerOfTheVoid Great Void]]", embodiment of chaos, and "[[MindScrew Is-Not]]"). They are said to be the remnants or "spirits" of [[GodOfGods Anu]] and [[TheAntiGod Padomay]], the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personifications]] of the primordial forces of stasis and change whose interplay created "creation" itself, respectively. It is from their [[PiecesOfGod spilled and intermingled blood]] that the et'Ada, or "original spirits", who would go on to become the Aedra and Daedra, emerged.
25th Jul '17 8:18:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had the Little Man, the FBI, possible alien abductors, "[=BOB=]", and the woods in general. The entire series was one big, creepy Battle of the Network Powers That Be, all-nefarious, all the time.
** The owls are not what they seem.

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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had the Little Man, the FBI, possible alien abductors, "[=BOB=]", and the woods in general. The entire series was one big, creepy Battle of the Network Powers That Be, all-nefarious, all the time.
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time. The owls are not what they seem.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Time Lords of Gallifrey (the Doctor's own people), who are introduced in "The War Games" and recur now and then throughout the Third Doctor's era. (In later stories, as entire stories are set on Gallifrey, they become less mysterious and godlike, more human, in terms of their politics and motivations.) They sometimes take the Third Doctor's TARDIS to other planets (with him and his companion in it), so he can carry out a mission (with some reluctance). Also the Fourth Doctor in "Genesis of the Daleks."

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The Time Lords of Gallifrey (the Doctor's own people), who are introduced in "The War Games" and recur now and then throughout the Third Doctor's era. (In later stories, as entire stories are set on Gallifrey, they become less mysterious and godlike, more human, in terms of their politics and motivations.) They sometimes take the Third Doctor's TARDIS to other planets (with him and his companion in it), so he can carry out a mission (with some reluctance). Also the Fourth Doctor in "Genesis of the Daleks."
21st Jul '17 4:51:03 AM Chrono_Ryono
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* [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]]: Fate and Destiny hold themselves aloof from mortals and gods alike, to the point where few (gods) have ever actually seen them in person. While normal gods have limited domains, have children, and vary how much they directly interact with mortals, it's thought that these two are a primordial pillar on which reality is built; without them, everything would collapse. [[spoiler:Link disproves this theory by destroying them and leaving the "throne" vacant.]]

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* [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]]: Fate and Destiny Destiny. They hold themselves aloof from mortals and gods alike, to the point where few (gods) rest of godly society (few have ever actually even seen them in person. While normal gods have limited domains, have children, person) and vary how much they directly interact with mortals, it's are thought that these two are a primordial pillar on which to be the foundation of reality is built; itself; without them, everything would collapse. [[spoiler:Link disproves this theory by destroying them and leaving the "throne" vacant.]] concern.]]
21st Jul '17 4:46:25 AM Chrono_Ryono
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* [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]]: Fate and Destiny hold themselves aloof from "regular" gods, to the point where few have ever actually seen them in person. While normal gods have their own domains and can vary how much they interact with mortals, it is thought that these two form the very basis of reality and that the entire thing would collapse without them. [[spoiler:Link disproves this theory.]]

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* [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]]: Fate and Destiny hold themselves aloof from "regular" gods, mortals and gods alike, to the point where few (gods) have ever actually seen them in person. While normal gods have their own domains limited domains, have children, and can vary how much they directly interact with mortals, it is it's thought that these two form the very basis of are a primordial pillar on which reality and that the entire thing would collapse is built; without them. them, everything would collapse. [[spoiler:Link disproves this theory.theory by destroying them and leaving the "throne" vacant.]]
21st Jul '17 4:42:05 AM Chrono_Ryono
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* [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]]: Fate and Destiny hold themselves aloof from "regular" gods, to the point where few have ever actually seen them in person. While normal gods have their own domains and can vary how much they interact with mortals, it is thought that these two form the very basis of reality and that the entire thing would collapse without them. [[spoiler:Link disproves this theory.]]
30th Jun '17 4:11:39 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Great Beings started to fill this role near the end of ''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]].
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* The Great Beings have started to fill this role near the end of ''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.]]
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.
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