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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.
30th Jan '17 3:20:24 PM AtmosBlitzer
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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 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}}'' 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, 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.]]
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.
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