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17th Apr '18 10:10:11 AM MasterFuzzy
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* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the seven Endless, as well as a few mentions of the Abrahmaic God, who mostly keeps to Himself may or may not be of the same ilk as Odin, Zeus, etc.

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* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the seven Endless, as well as a few mentions of the Abrahmaic God, who mostly keeps to Himself and may or may not be of the same ilk as Odin, Zeus, etc.
15th Apr '18 8:01:55 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** All of this, however, hardly gets a mention in the three books of ''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.

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** All of this, however, hardly gets a mention in the three books of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': the Valar are are mentioned only in passing, and there is the vaguest reference to a BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain above Sauron himself (Melkor/Morgoth), and none to Eru.
18th Mar '18 2:08:34 PM StoneBasilisk
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the [[CosmicHorrorStory Dark Gods of Chaos]] serve as a villainous example. Their influence is felt everywhere, as they are (at least partially) gestalt entities formed from various facets of the human condition. Chaos is insidious, corrupting, and has no shortage of TheLegionsOfHell, but the Gods themselves never make any direct appearances and are rarely given any personal traits or desires beyond broadly-defined attributes that are shared by all of their servants ([[WarGod Khorne]], for example, embodies [[ThePowerOfHate hate]], [[BloodKnight bloodlust]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy bravery, martial pride]] and [[SocialDarwinism survival of the fittest]]). As a result, it's up to various mortal worshippers and [[PiecesOfGod daemons]] to serve as proxy personifications of the Chaos Gods whenever a given plot requires their presence.
26th Jan '18 10:46:10 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* For humans, it was the gods. But then for the gods, most of the European mythologies, at least, had some version of Fate/the Fates, whose edicts no god could avoid. The [[Myth/GreekMythology Greeks]] and Romans mentioned it every once in a while, usually in the form of prophecies, but the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse]] gods were already planning for their own deaths at Ragnarok--they knew they couldn't avoid it.
* 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 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 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]].
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* For humans, it was the gods. But then for the gods, most of the European mythologies, at least, had some version of Fate/the Fates, whose edicts no god could avoid. The [[Myth/GreekMythology Greeks]] and Romans mentioned it every once in a while, usually in the form of prophecies, but the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse]] gods were already planning for their own deaths at Ragnarok--they knew they couldn't avoid it.
* 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 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 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]].
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* In ''Die Frau ohne Schatten'' by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the plot is dominated by Keikobad, the King of the Spirits. The character never appears in person but it his {{Leitmotif}} with which the opera opens.
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* In ''Die Frau ohne Schatten'' by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the plot is dominated by Keikobad, the King of the Spirits. The character never appears in person but it his {{Leitmotif}} with which the opera opens.
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26th Jan '18 10:39:34 PM 64SuperNintendo
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23rd Jan '18 8:45:41 AM Derkhan
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* The Azathanai are the oldest authorities the ''[[Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen Malazan]]'' world knows so far, responsible for the creation 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 {{verse}} of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' knows so far, responsible for the creation of the world and all life on it. In modern day they are also referred to as Elder Gods.
1st Jan '18 3:46:20 PM MasterFuzzy
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* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the seven Endless, as well as a few mentions of the Abrahmaic God, who mostly keeps to Himself may or may not be of the same ilk as Odin, Zeus, etc.
28th Dec '17 7:26:32 PM AnoneMouseJr
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** [[spoiler: The Powers are a set of entities with a Purpose, Role and Duties in this world; the eldest are Death, Time, War and Life, who (along with some others who have since passed on) were directly made by the creators, while the younger Powers (who are former mortals [[AbstractApotheosis who gave over their souls to a Purpose in order to become a Power]]) include Harmony (and its alter-ego Balance), Disharmony and the Nightmare, among others.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Powers are a set of entities with a Purpose, Role and Duties in this world; the eldest are Death, Time, War and Life, who (along with some others who have since passed on) were directly made by the creators, while the younger Powers (who are former mortals [[AbstractApotheosis who gave over their souls to a Purpose in order to become a Power]]) include Harmony (and its alter-ego Balance), Disharmony and the Nightmare, among others.]]others.


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* ''FanFic/DeathIsForcedToTakeAVacation'': As with [[FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell the Pieces-verse]], the Powers are a set of entities with a Purpose, Role and Duties in this world. Helheim is the Lady of Death in the Harvest-verse and has several Reapers who serve as adjuncts working for her, each monitoring and collecting the souls of a different species; Fall Harvest is the Reaper of Alicorns.
10th Dec '17 10:17:55 AM MasterFuzzy
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* The seven Endless-Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction- in ''ComicBook/TheSandman.'' They are above and beyond gods, have existed since before humanity dreamed of gods, and will be there after gods, and possibly the universe itself, have died.
23rd Nov '17 11:39:06 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'':
** [[spoiler: The Powers are a set of entities with a Purpose, Role and Duties in this world; the eldest are Death, Time, War and Life, who (along with some others who have since passed on) were directly made by the creators, while the younger Powers (who are former mortals [[AbstractApotheosis who gave over their souls to a Purpose in order to become a Power]]) include Harmony (and its alter-ego Balance), Disharmony and the Nightmare, among others.]]
** [[spoiler: Each of the Powers has a counterpart to keep things balanced, some working together in harmony (such as the Lady of Day and her counterpart, the Lady of Night) while others (such as Harmony and Disharmony) are more violently opposed to one another.]]
** [[spoiler: Powers can belong to one of two factions, Order and Chaos, but the Rules in place forbid a Power under one faction from acting directly against any Power under the other faction; they can only act through proxies, such as a Power under Chaos targeting the student of a Power under Order.]]
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