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6th Dec '16 1:16:20 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 Izuru Kamukura]] has this mindset. Since he has [[AllYourPowersCombined every talent known to man]], including [[AwesomenessByAnalysis superhuman analytical skills]] that allowed him to predict every conceivable outcome, he grew bored with life. To the point where "boring" pretty much became his catchphrase.
5th Nov '16 6:10:31 AM Andyroid
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* This is the reason that ''Literature/GoodOmens''' Anathema Device destroyed the book of prophecies left to her by her ancestor at the end of the book.
** Though admittedly, knowing Agnes Nutter, the book was probably blank (or addressed to whoever ends up reading it).

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* This is the reason that ''Literature/GoodOmens''' Anathema Device destroyed the book of prophecies left to her by her ancestor at the end of the book.
** Though admittedly, knowing Agnes Nutter, the
book. After living her life around Agnes' previous book was probably blank (or addressed of prophecies and trying to whoever ends decode it, Newton convinces her to give up reading it).being a "professional descendant".
1st Nov '16 3:30:36 PM Andyroid
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* Fateweavers in ''Videogame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' don't actually weave Fate as their title might suggest. They can only see a person's fate, [[YouCantFightFate which cannot be changed.]] The first Fateweaver you meet, Argath, was originally a famed adventurer and hero who thought becoming a Fateweaver was an honor. Then he read his own Fate and saw his own inescapable death: as the main ingredient of an ettin's stewpot. He started drinking pretty heavily after that.

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* Fateweavers in ''Videogame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' don't actually weave Fate as their title might suggest. They can only see a person's fate, [[YouCantFightFate which cannot be changed.]] The first Fateweaver you meet, Argath, was originally a famed adventurer and hero who thought becoming a Fateweaver was an honor. Then he read his own Fate and saw his own inescapable death: as the main ingredient of an ettin's stewpot. He started drinking pretty heavily after that. ''Then'' he crossed paths with [[ImmuneToFate the Fateless One]]...
3rd Oct '16 9:32:04 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/NightWatch Watch]]'' books, prophets are rare [[WitchSpecies Others]], who are able to make predictions that are most definitely going to happen, as long as there is a human who hears it. If there is no human nearby, then the future remains in flux until such time as one does hear it. In this case, if the prophecy is very bad, the prophet may become the target of a [[GeniusLoci Twilight]] entity known as the Tiger, whose goal is to kill the prophet and any Other, who has heard the prophecy before they tell a human, in an attempt to prevent it. This is because prophecies are an unconscious will of the human race, manifested through the Twilight. Prophecies tend to be vague enough that no one truly knows if they have deciphered it right. For example, the witch Arina claims to have averted a prophecy in the early 20th century involving Russia, resulting in the UsefulNotes/RedOctober. However, as the Tiger tells her, attempting to avert a prophecy typically results in it coming to pass later, and usually with worse consequences than originally. Prophets are also able to use tiny prophecies to predict certain actions. For example, a young prophet dating Anton's daughter immediately agrees to go eat ice cream with Anton upon seeing him, pointing out that this is what Anton was going to suggest anyway. He later explains that it's a mix of prophesying and deduction: Anton always invites him to eat some ice cream, whenever he wants to have a serious talk. Also, he sensed himself having a sore throat the following day, hinting at him eating something cold the day before. There are also seers, but they are simply very good predictors, whose predictions (not prophecies) have a varying probability of coming to pass.
3rd Oct '16 9:19:19 AM ChronoLegion
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* There is a story by Francis Carsac, in which the main character travels to a planet whose native population is slowly dying off from apathy. Nobody can figure out why. He eventually meets with another human who reveals that there is a hidden device that captures anyone who comes near and shows them their future in its entirety before letting them go. Worse, the natives consider it a rite of passage, so all of them go on a pilgrimage to the device. The man also reveals that he is supposed to die the same day. He is accidentally shot minutes later. The protagonist travels to the device and, predictably, is shown his own future. However, the device is almost out of power, so the vision is soon all but forgotten. He still remembers the name of his future homeworld, the death of his lion companion, and he death of the woman he loves. Even knowing the truth, he still goes to that planet, where all these events still happen (in another novel). The device turns out to be planted by AbusivePrecursors who were about to die out, and were determined to allow no other race to take their place. (That's what they did to the less advanced planets; the more advanced ones were nuked outright.)

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* There is a story by Francis Carsac, in which In Ceator/FrancisCarsac's ''La Vermine du Lion'', the main character travels to a planet whose native population is slowly dying off from apathy. Nobody can figure out why. He eventually meets with another human who reveals that there is a hidden device that captures anyone who comes near and shows them their future in its entirety before letting them go. Worse, the natives consider it a rite of passage, so all of them go on a pilgrimage to the device. The man also reveals that he is supposed to die the same day. He is accidentally shot minutes later. The protagonist travels to the device and, predictably, is shown his own future. However, the device is almost out of power, so the vision is soon all but forgotten. He still remembers the name of his future homeworld, the death of his lion companion, and he death of the woman he loves. Even knowing the truth, he still goes to that planet, where all these events still happen (in another novel).happen. The device turns out to be planted by AbusivePrecursors who were about to die out, and were determined to allow no other race to take their place. (That's what they did to the less advanced planets; the more advanced ones were nuked outright.)
2nd Aug '16 1:15:37 PM narm00
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* Downplayed: The [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Midnighter]] has a huge amount of advanced circuitry in his head that [[CatchPhrase allows him to run any battle a million times in his head]], ensuring victory (which he apparently doesn't find [[VictoryIsBoring boring]]). The only two times he can't predict the fight, he's understandably shaken. (The first time, it's against a guy who does nothing at all, so he can't react; the second time, he's against SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, and has no idea what he's going to do.)

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* Downplayed: The [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Midnighter]] has a huge amount of advanced circuitry in his head that [[CatchPhrase allows him to run any battle a million times in his head]], ensuring victory (which he apparently doesn't find [[VictoryIsBoring boring]]). The only two times he can't predict the fight, he's understandably shaken. (The first time, it's against a guy who does nothing at all, so he can't react; the second time, he's against SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, and has no idea what he's going to do.)



* Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'s version of [[{{God}} Yahweh]] suffers from this since he knows how everything will turn out since he created all the rules by which the universe works, started everything, and is everywhere. Lucifer's own attempts to defy Yaweh's foreknowledge were all planned for at the beginning of the universe. The second half of the series has Yahweh withdraw from the universe to try and create an outcome where he does not know every last detail. Even observing would render this moot. Surprisingly, this kind of works. He knew generally how things would turn out, but not specific details and is perhaps for the first time in his existence surprised by the ending.

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* Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'s version of [[{{God}} Yahweh]] suffers from this since he knows how everything will turn out since he created all the rules by which the universe works, started everything, and is everywhere. Lucifer's own attempts to defy Yaweh's foreknowledge were all planned for at the beginning of the universe. The second half of the series has Yahweh withdraw from the universe to try and create an outcome where he does not know every last detail. Even observing would render this moot. Surprisingly, this kind of works. He knew generally how things would turn out, but not specific details details, and is perhaps for the first time in his existence surprised by the ending.



* Tzeentch, the god of GambitRoulette from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}.''Technically he ''doesn't'' see into the future, any more or less than any of the other partially-precognitive Chaos Gods do. He, however, can calculate virtually every outcome of everything going on, in the entire galaxy. Constantly. He DOES have a Greater Daemon that can see the future... Because he threw it into the "well" that was the literal axis of all of time. It emerged with two heads, [[KnightsAndKnaves one that always spoke the truth of the future and one that constantly states the opposite]]. [[UnreliableNarrator They switch roles unpredictably.]] He has eighty-one OTHER demons constantly writing down the unending, insane gibbering, to try and glean what he can of what's to come. He controls his boredom by setting up a dozen plans at once and [[GambitPileup watching them crash into each other and spray shrapnel everywhere]] (in fact, he will never truly win, because that will leave him nothing to do, so all his plans are destined to fail so that another one can work).

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* Tzeentch, the god of GambitRoulette from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}. ''Technically he ''doesn't'' see into the future, any more or less than any of the other partially-precognitive Chaos Gods do. He, however, can calculate virtually every outcome of everything going on, in the entire galaxy. Constantly. He DOES have a Greater Daemon that can see the future... Because he threw it into the "well" that was the literal axis of all of time. It emerged with two heads, [[KnightsAndKnaves one that always spoke the truth of the future and one that constantly states the opposite]]. [[UnreliableNarrator They switch roles unpredictably.]] He has eighty-one OTHER demons constantly writing down the unending, insane gibbering, to try and glean what he can of what's to come. He controls his boredom by setting up a dozen plans at once and [[GambitPileup watching them crash into each other and spray shrapnel everywhere]] (in fact, he will never truly win, because that will leave him nothing to do, so all his plans are destined to fail so that another one can work).
1st Aug '16 2:30:35 PM Willbyr
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* ''SteinsGate'': Okabe quickly discovers that [[spoiler:Mayuri's death is inevitable]] in any [[AnotherDimension world-line]] other than the original. The knowledge that whatever he does will [[spoiler:lead to her death every time]] takes a serious toll on his psyche.

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* ''SteinsGate'': ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'': Okabe quickly discovers that [[spoiler:Mayuri's death is inevitable]] in any [[AnotherDimension world-line]] other than the original. The knowledge that whatever he does will [[spoiler:lead to her death every time]] takes a serious toll on his psyche.
17th Jul '16 6:57:31 AM Adept
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* The [[OurWightsAreDifferent Wights]] in TerryPratchett's first novel ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'' are an entire race who have an intrinsic knowledge of the future, and simply act out their lives in accordance with what they know must happen. Sometimes a Wight is born who has knowledge of ''all possible futures''. They tend to distance themselves from other Wights - after all, if you have such an intense connection to a single future that it determines your every move, you don't want someone around reminding you that there are other possibilities.

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* The [[OurWightsAreDifferent Wights]] in TerryPratchett's Creator/TerryPratchett's first novel ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'' are an entire race who have an intrinsic knowledge of the future, and simply act out their lives in accordance with what they know must happen. Sometimes a Wight is born who has knowledge of ''all possible futures''. They tend to distance themselves from other Wights - after all, if you have such an intense connection to a single future that it determines your every move, you don't want someone around reminding you that there are other possibilities.
9th Jun '16 8:45:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Death from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series remembers ''everything''. Everything that ''has'' happened or ''will'' happen.
** Yet he doesn't have a clue when Rincewind is going to die?
*** He doesn't even know ''what'' Rincewind is anymore. He's had so much happen to him.
*** Or the order doesn't make any difference to him, and he's annoyed at Rincewind for all the future appointments he's missed as well as the current one and the past ones, because he remembers that at one of the appointed times he ''does'' die but isn't 100% on which one it was so he has to show up to the others anyhow. I imagine that would kind of suck for an otherwise infinitely efficient and 100% effective force of nature.
** It's mentioned that entities like gods and demons are technically timeless, but in practice live from day to day because it's so confusing otherwise. Death may do this as well, though to a lesser degree.

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* Death from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series remembers ''everything''. Everything that ''has'' happened or ''will'' happen.
** Yet he doesn't have a clue when Rincewind is going to die?
*** He doesn't even know ''what'' Rincewind is anymore. He's had so much happen to him.
*** Or the order doesn't make any difference to him, and he's annoyed at Rincewind for all the future appointments he's missed as well as the current one and the past ones, because he remembers that at one of the appointed times he ''does'' die but isn't 100% on which one it was so he has to show up to the others anyhow. I imagine that would kind of suck for an otherwise infinitely efficient and 100% effective force of nature.
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happen. It's mentioned that entities like gods and demons are technically timeless, but in practice live from day to day because it's so confusing otherwise. Death may do this as well, though to a lesser degree.
9th Jun '16 8:44:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in ''SlaughterhouseFive''. Although the Tralfamadorians see the past, present, and future as one, without any possibility of changing the future--and Billy Pilgrim, UnstuckInTime, comes to see time this way too--they accept it with equanimity.

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* Averted in ''SlaughterhouseFive''.''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive''. Although the Tralfamadorians see the past, present, and future as one, without any possibility of changing the future--and Billy Pilgrim, UnstuckInTime, comes to see time this way too--they accept it with equanimity.



* Atium in the ''{{Mistborn}}'' books is treated as the ultimate weapon, since it allows the user to see a few moments into the future and thus predict their foe's actions, but [[DarkActionGirl Vin]] manages to use this trope to defeat an atium-burner with a carefully-timed feint.

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* Atium in the ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' books is treated as the ultimate weapon, since it allows the user to see a few moments into the future and thus predict their foe's actions, but [[DarkActionGirl Vin]] manages to use this trope to defeat an atium-burner with a carefully-timed feint.



* The [[OurWightsAreDifferent Wights]] in TerryPratchett's first novel TheCarpetPeople are an entire race who have an intrinsic knowledge of the future, and simply act out their lives in accordance with what they know must happen. Sometimes a Wight is born who has knowledge of ''all possible futures''. They tend to distance themselves from other Wights - after all, if you have such an intense connection to a single future that it determines your every move, you don't want someone around reminding you that there are other possibilities.

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* The [[OurWightsAreDifferent Wights]] in TerryPratchett's first novel TheCarpetPeople ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'' are an entire race who have an intrinsic knowledge of the future, and simply act out their lives in accordance with what they know must happen. Sometimes a Wight is born who has knowledge of ''all possible futures''. They tend to distance themselves from other Wights - after all, if you have such an intense connection to a single future that it determines your every move, you don't want someone around reminding you that there are other possibilities.
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