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2nd Oct '12 7:02:31 PM Willbyr
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* And if you can become one with it when you die, it might be TheLifestream.

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* And if If you can become one with it when you die, it might be TheLifestream.



* Ability to sense other life forms around is called PsychicRadar, limited version of which called SupernaturalSensitivity allows you to sense other people with similar powers or great potential.

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* Ability The ability to sense other life forms around is called PsychicRadar, the limited version of which is called SupernaturalSensitivity and allows you to sense other people with similar powers or great potential.potential.

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29th Aug '12 4:19:42 PM demonfiren
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* If you're looking for the MagicByAnyOtherName that's central to the ''StarWars'' universe, we have several {{trope}}s that might fit:
** The general trope for stuff that allows funky stuff to happen is AppliedPhlebotinum.
** An energy field that can be tapped into to do magic is a BackgroundMagicField.
** If the BackgroundMagicField also has a will of its own, that's a SentientCosmicForce.
** And if you can become one with it when you die, it might be TheLifestream.
** Moving things with your mind is {{Telekinesis}}.
** The JediMindTrick (manipulating the minds of the WeakWilled) has its own trope.
** "Force Lightning", using The Force to shoot lightning out of your hands, is a form of ShockAndAwe and a type of AgonyBeam.
** The idea of having a [[TheDarkSide Dark Side]] and a Light Side is mostly covered by BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil.
** Ability to sense other life forms around is called PsychicRadar, limited version of which called SupernaturalSensitivity allows you to sense other people with similar powers or great potential.

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* If you're looking for the MagicByAnyOtherName that's central to the ''StarWars'' universe, we have several {{trope}}s that might fit:
** * The general trope for stuff that allows funky stuff to happen is AppliedPhlebotinum.
** * An energy field that can be tapped into to do magic is a BackgroundMagicField.
** * If the BackgroundMagicField also has a will of its own, that's a SentientCosmicForce.
** * And if you can become one with it when you die, it might be TheLifestream.
** * Moving things with your mind is {{Telekinesis}}.
** * The JediMindTrick (manipulating the minds of the WeakWilled) has its own trope.
** * "Force Lightning", using The Force to shoot lightning out of your hands, is a form of ShockAndAwe and a type of AgonyBeam.
** * The idea of having a [[TheDarkSide Dark Side]] and a Light Side is mostly covered by BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil.
** * Ability to sense other life forms around is called PsychicRadar, limited version of which called SupernaturalSensitivity allows you to sense other people with similar powers or great potential.
29th Aug '12 4:19:24 PM demonfiren
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* For the 1994 thriller film, see ''Film/TheForce''.
21st Aug '12 10:51:36 AM DracMonster
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* If you're looking for the AppliedPhlebotinum that's central to the ''StarWars'' universe, we have several {{trope}}s that might fit:

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* If you're looking for the AppliedPhlebotinum MagicByAnyOtherName that's central to the ''StarWars'' universe, we have several {{trope}}s that might fit:
23rd Jun '12 10:15:24 PM serovich
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** Ability to sense other life forms around is called PsychicRadar, limited version of which called SupernaturalSensitivity allows you to sense other people with similar powers.

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** Ability to sense other life forms around is called PsychicRadar, limited version of which called SupernaturalSensitivity allows you to sense other people with similar powers.powers or great potential.
23rd Jun '12 10:14:17 PM serovich
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** Ability to sense other life forms around is called PsychicRadar, limited version of which called SupernaturalSensitivity allows you to sense other people with similar powers.
22nd Feb '12 9:22:37 PM OmegaMetroid
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** And if you can become one with it when you die, it might be TheLifestream.
5th Jan '12 2:45:01 PM troacctid
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-> ''"[[TropeNamer The Force]] is what gives a Jedi his power, it's an energy field created by all living things; it surrounds us, penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.''"
-->--'''Obi-Wan Kenobi''', ''StarWars''

Quotes/TheForce is when [[RousseauWasRight Rousseau Is Right]] -- at least partially. The essential nature of the world is good, and every human being is essentially good at heart. Darkness exists within everyone as well, but only as a corruption of original, pure nature. Thus, Good is hard, but not impossible. The better you want to be, the harder it is, but thanks to the Force, the desire to be a better person isn't without hope.

The Force is often synonymous with, originates from, or is otherwise connected to {{God}}, CrystalDragonJesus, or TheLifestream. [[LightIsGood It is often called "The Light."]]

The Force rarely takes any overt action against the forces of Evil unless as [[DeusExMachina a last resort]] -- either because it can't, or because [[DungeonMaster it feels that people should be involved in saving themselves]]. Actually, as much as people complain about having to save themselves, they'd also complain about [[AssPull having everything done for them]]. [[HumansAreBastards Humanity is]] [[UnpleasableFanbase ungrateful like that]]. So the Force errs on the side of trying to make BigDamnHeroes out of them. Viewers everywhere agree it's more tolerable to have a hero complain than to listen to a loser whining.

To that end, The Force [[CallToAdventure calls people to be heroes]] and engineers the more benevolent versions of BecauseDestinySaysSo. This can be anything as small as being a good friend to someone having a really tough time, or as big as leading LaResistance against TheEmpire. The Force is known to produce or raise up the occasional [[MessianicArchetype Messiah]] to help the world along.

The Force actively works to promote harmony, joy and life. In terms of HarmonyVersusDiscipline, it tends to side with Harmony for its emphasis of acceptance and harmony while advocating self control. It advocates HonorBeforeReason -- but not to point of [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid excluding reason altogether]]. It is the power behind ThePowerOfFriendship and ThePowerOfLove -- the [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy positive, selfless kind of love]], not the [[LoveMakesYouEvil obsessive, destructive kind]]. It offers [[GetOutOfJailFreeCard forgiveness]] for [[HeelFaceTurn those seeking repentance]], because [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife an enemy, an outcast or a corpse doesn't contribute as much to the universe]] as a [[{{Nakama}} new, redeemed family member can]]. In short, it is the reason why GoodFeelsGood, and can frequently "corrupt" villains into a HeelFaceTurn.

Still, the "not excluding reason part" comes into play here, as one must try to reasonably determine who is honestly remorseful, and who's just trying to pull a fast one. Helping with that and more, The Force is also often a source of {{Gut Feeling}}s to heroes attentive enough to listen (and wise enough to believe). Further, the particularly attentive can learn when something important [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling has just happened]], or [[SpiderSense is about to]].

Those strong in The Force can count on HeroicWillpower and HeroicResolve when they need it. WhiteMagic and outright [[CombinedEnergyAttack Combined Energy Attacks]] aren't unheard of either. The Force is Good, but "Good" never meant "unwilling to kick butt when absolutely called for." BewareTheNiceOnes.

Trying to use The Force as a means to an end doesn't tend to work well -- results tend to improve when one surrenders oneself to The Force's guidance. [[AmbitionIsEvil Seeking power without regard]] for [[WithGreatPower personal responsibilies]] or [[KnightTemplar the individual rights of others]] is not going to work as intended. Likewise, [[EmotionsVsStoicism complete]] [[TheStoic stoicism]] is not a guarantee of goodness, but it helps.

Essentially, The Force was originally GeorgeLucas' appropriation of the very ancient East Asian concept called "Qi"/"Chi" in Chinese and "Ki" in Japanese. Literally translated as "breath", it refers to the idea of the flowŁ of energy that sustains living beings. In {{Wuxia}} fiction, not to mention DragonBall, Qi-based abilities have been subjected to much the same {{Flanderisation}} as "Force powers" have as the StarWars universe sprawled out from the original film.
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!!Examples

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* ''GurrenLagann'' - Spiral Energy.

[[AC:{{Comic Books}}]]
* This is basically the entire premise of the Source from [[JackKirby Jack Kirby's]] NewGods mythos, in which it is the Source... of everything. Given some uncanny similarities between the two sagas, many believe that this is what actually inspired the Force from StarWars.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The Force from ''StarWars'', of course. In this case, The Force doesn't seem to choose those who can use its power; people seem to inherit that potential genetically. Drawing on the Force's power in this fashion is thus part "inherent gift" and part "force" form of FunctionalMagic, as opposed to "theurgy." (Sometimes a child can't use it when both their parents can, but sometimes children can when neither parent could.) However, those who use the power [[BlackMagic against the Force's nature]] are "of TheDarkSide," and tend to physically wither from abusing it. The Force is about equally influenced by two Chinese concepts: Ki/Chi/Qi, a sort of all-encompassing energy of the universe, and the Dao/Tao, the nameless, undefinable reality beyond the one that we can experience ourselves. In the galaxy far far away, the only religion to get much detail is belief in the Force (probably because it's the only religion that's demonstrably true); the Wookiees actually call it the life-force.
** There are also many aspects of the Force. Most Jedi believe in the "Living Force" connecting all living things, which is divided into the light and the dark. Then there is the Unifying Force which is about destiny.
** It should be noted that this is how Lucas views the force. The ExpandedUniverse has taken a more nuanced approach, with some going so far as to deconstruct it thoroughly.
* Eywa in ''{{Film/Avatar}}''.
** It seems to work more like [[Warhammer40K Eldar Spirit Stones]], than The Force.
* While its motives are unclear, in {{Excalibur}} a Force-like...force...is referred to as 'The Dragon'.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* According to TheBible, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who writes the Story, makes the characters into Heroes, and helps those Heroes through the adventure.
** In more modern (relatively speaking) sections, this is largely the domain of the Holy Spirit. The most concrete description of it is "descending like a dove," it makes individual or mass infusions of HeroicWillpower, unlike the other two it is [[TheVoiceless never depicted speaking]], and some traditions hold it responsible for the subtle forms of divine intervention. In today's day and age, that would pretty much be "all of them."
*** This was considered normal divine intervention in ancient times, too. The Bible only records the sparse extraordinary events. In the intertestamental period, there was no direct verbal prophecy from God from nearly four centuries. When the altar was destroyed, the priests buried the altar stones in a secret place in the nearby hills, until somebody came around to let them know what they should do.
* The Charter in [[OldKingdom Garth Nix's ''Old Kingdom'' trilogy]], which refers to both the ruling bloodlines of the world (King, Abhorsen, Clayr, and Wallmakers) and to the magic and order which charges the world with life. Charter Magic is [[GeometricMagic very organized]] and beautiful (but still unpredictable), and Charter mages gain a sense of peace and strength when they immerse themselves in the Charter - to cast spells, for example.
** By the end of Abhorsen [[spoiler:it's revealed that the Charter was created by the Seven Bright Shiners - Free Magic beings who opposed chaos and strived to protect life. So Charter isn't the source of magic but ''predictablity''.]]
* The One Power in the ''WheelOfTime'' series is described as the force that runs the universe and keeps time itself moving. A dark side version, available only to certain devotees of [[BigBad the Dark One]], is called the True Power. (Confusingly, the One Power is said to come from the True Source, but the True Power does not.) There are also vague suggestions of a third kind, which would seem to come directly from [[BigGood the Creator]], but that has not been explicitly described.
* The HandOfThrawn Duology hints that the Force is far stranger and more complex than even the Jedi know. The Aing-Ti monks can make their ships simply teleport in and out, and apparently they taught Jorj Car'das a little of this, despite his lack of actual Force-Sensitivity. There's a note about it having an entire spectrum, and in a different section of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse Luke offhandedly comments that the Force is like a river, and the Jedi way is a cup that's just one of the many ways to dip out the water.
** In the JediAcademyTrilogy, ''this'' is what the Force feels like.
-->'''Streen:''' "It feels like ten kilos of life in a five-kilo box. I can only feel a trickle now, like dust motes floating in a sunbeam, one by one, just moving through me, but it's just so right there's no describing it. It tickles a bit, feels like a first kiss, or the jolt you feel when the flux in sabacc just makes your hand better than what you were already betting."
* In ''{{Elantris}}'', all magic is powered by a force called the Dor, which is also implied to be the basis of all life. There are several different ways of accessing the Dor and at least one religion dedicated to understanding it (and a spinoff {{Cult}} with some very... [[NightmareFuel strange]] ideas about it, but nobody likes to talk about them)).
** Fun fact: Wilhelm Reich, of orgone energy fame, referred to orgone's EvilTwin as [=DOR=], or Deadly [=ORgone=].
*** From the same author: [[Literature/TheStormlightArchive Stormlight]], which also powers all the FunctionalMagic in its settling.
* Dust from Phillip Pullman's ''HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy.
* The Skein from Clive Barker's ''{{Abarat}}'' series.
* The Tradition in MercedesLackey's ''TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. It's a bit more neutral than most examples, as it tends to make both heroes and villains (it doesn't care about ethics; it only 'wants' real life to play out like the canonical folktales).

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* MichaelJackson mentions it at the very start of "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough"
-->"You know, I was...I was wondering, you know, if, if she could keep on, because, the force...it's got a lot of power and, it make me feel like...it, it makes me feel like...WOOO!"\\
[=*song starts*=]

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* Brutally inverted in ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where the emotions of hope, love, perseverence, and courage all contribute to TheDarkSide.
* ''[[TheWorldOfDarkness Promethean: the Created]]'' has Pyros, the "divine fire" that powers the universe. It has its servitors in the form of the ''qashmallim'' and its very own version of TheDarkSide bent towards entropy and mutation, known as Flux. Slightly subverted in that Pyros is something that warps the mind whenever a mortal tries to channel it; the few who access it were most likely TouchedByVorlons and just a little bit insane.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* The Light from ''KingdomHearts.'' As the quote from the Quotes page says, everything and everyone in the multiverse is made of Light. Everything of the Darkness is [[BetaTestBaddie twisted, broken, unformed, and un-whole, and thus angry and hungry]]. The Light sends visions and Keyblades to certain {{Chosen One}}s to prepare and equip them to save the world and redeem what was lost to Darkness.
** Several statements and observations made by the characters seem to point to the idea that [[DarkIsNotEvil the darkness itself isn't evil]], but rather the misuse of it which corrupts people. Riku had to learn how to control his inner darkness, and the Nobodies could use dark portals since they had no hearts, and therefore could not be corrupted by the darkness. Best summed up in Riku's statement: "It's not the darkness people are afraid of. It's ''what lurks'' in the darkness."
** This is coming from the series that practically started with the line "The closer you get to the light, the greater your shadow becomes." Immediately after this, Sora is attacked by a giant monster version of his own shadow. Leading to the conclusion that each person must fight their inner darkness.
*** The above statement can be alternatively interpreted as a warning against approaching either [[KnightTemplar extreme]] [[CompleteMonster ends]] of the Light vs. Darkness spectrum, enforced with a variation on the "action-reaction" principle of physics; in other words, BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil.
* The Triforce of Courage and Wisdom from ''TheLegendOfZelda'' can be described in these terms. The Triforce of Courage, patron to Link, will only help those who are courageous and thus good of heart. The Triforce of Wisdom, belonging to Zelda, helps the wise and thus kind. On the other hand, the Triforce of Power, frequently used by Ganon, will help anyone with the will for power, good ''or'' bad. Well, two out of three ain't bad.
** Open to debate: there are many courageous people who aren't good-hearted, and a good number of wise people who aren't kind, either. The goddesses of the Triforce seem to be pretty good, but the golden Triforce itself is mostly what people make of it.
** Obtaining the full Triforce is not a matter of being good or evil, but of being balanced: having Courage, Wisdom, and Power in equal measure. The Triforce is completely neutral, and will grant the wishes of anyone who manages to obtain the full version, good or evil.
* The Holy Light from The {{Warcraft}} Universe is more or less TheForce - many fans will simply describe the Holy Light as such, really.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* "The Hax" in the webseries ''LifeInAGame'', allows the protagonist Guy to bend reality in numerous ways.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* The Force from StarWars is based on UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}}, which teaches that there is a universal force called [[InsistentTerminology (but not named)]] the Tao that flows through all things, passively guiding the universe along a natural course. By living a certain meditative lifestyle, one can become "like an uncarved block" and then allow the Tao to shape them.
* This actually exists in many martial arts, especially the internal styles. The Chinese call it Chi and the Japanese call it Ki. In Yoga, this same force is referred to as Prana. This force is an energy that can be felt to flow through oneself (I speak from personal experience) when training. It takes a fair amount of time before it can be felt and perceived, however.

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-> ''"[[TropeNamer * For the 1994 thriller film, see ''Film/TheForce''.
* If you're looking for the AppliedPhlebotinum that's central to the ''StarWars'' universe, we have several {{trope}}s that might fit:
**
The Force]] general trope for stuff that allows funky stuff to happen is what gives a Jedi his power, it's an AppliedPhlebotinum.
** An
energy field created by all living things; it surrounds us, penetrates us, it binds that can be tapped into to do magic is a BackgroundMagicField.
** If
the galaxy together.''"
-->--'''Obi-Wan Kenobi''', ''StarWars''

Quotes/TheForce
BackgroundMagicField also has a will of its own, that's a SentientCosmicForce.
** Moving things with your mind
is when [[RousseauWasRight Rousseau Is Right]] -- at least partially. {{Telekinesis}}.
**
The essential nature JediMindTrick (manipulating the minds of the world is good, and every human being is essentially good at heart. Darkness exists within everyone as well, but only as a corruption of original, pure nature. Thus, Good is hard, but not impossible. The better you want to be, the harder it is, but thanks to the Force, the desire to be a better person isn't without hope.

The Force is often synonymous with, originates from, or is otherwise connected to {{God}}, CrystalDragonJesus, or TheLifestream. [[LightIsGood It is often called "The Light."]]

The Force rarely takes any overt action against the forces of Evil unless as [[DeusExMachina a last resort]] -- either because it can't, or because [[DungeonMaster it feels that people should be involved in saving themselves]]. Actually, as much as people complain about having to save themselves, they'd also complain about [[AssPull having everything done for them]]. [[HumansAreBastards Humanity is]] [[UnpleasableFanbase ungrateful like that]]. So the Force errs on the side of trying to make BigDamnHeroes out of them. Viewers everywhere agree it's more tolerable to have a hero complain than to listen to a loser whining.

To that end, The Force [[CallToAdventure calls people to be heroes]] and engineers the more benevolent versions of BecauseDestinySaysSo. This can be anything as small as being a good friend to someone having a really tough time, or as big as leading LaResistance against TheEmpire. The Force is known to produce or raise up the occasional [[MessianicArchetype Messiah]] to help the world along.

The Force actively works to promote harmony, joy and life. In terms of HarmonyVersusDiscipline, it tends to side with Harmony for
WeakWilled) has its emphasis of acceptance and harmony while advocating self control. It advocates HonorBeforeReason -- but not to point of [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid excluding reason altogether]]. It is the power behind ThePowerOfFriendship and ThePowerOfLove -- the [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy positive, selfless kind of love]], not the [[LoveMakesYouEvil obsessive, destructive kind]]. It offers [[GetOutOfJailFreeCard forgiveness]] for [[HeelFaceTurn those seeking repentance]], because [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife an enemy, an outcast or a corpse doesn't contribute as much to the universe]] as a [[{{Nakama}} new, redeemed family member can]]. In short, it is the reason why GoodFeelsGood, and can frequently "corrupt" villains into a HeelFaceTurn.

Still, the "not excluding reason part" comes into play here, as one must try to reasonably determine who is honestly remorseful, and who's just trying to pull a fast one. Helping with that and more, The Force is also often a source of {{Gut Feeling}}s to heroes attentive enough to listen (and wise enough to believe). Further, the particularly attentive can learn when something important [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling has just happened]], or [[SpiderSense is about to]].

Those strong in The Force can count on HeroicWillpower and HeroicResolve when they need it. WhiteMagic and outright [[CombinedEnergyAttack Combined Energy Attacks]] aren't unheard of either. The Force is Good, but "Good" never meant "unwilling to kick butt when absolutely called for." BewareTheNiceOnes.

Trying to use The Force as a means to an end doesn't tend to work well -- results tend to improve when one surrenders oneself to The Force's guidance. [[AmbitionIsEvil Seeking power without regard]] for [[WithGreatPower personal responsibilies]] or [[KnightTemplar the individual rights of others]] is not going to work as intended. Likewise, [[EmotionsVsStoicism complete]] [[TheStoic stoicism]] is not a guarantee of goodness, but it helps.

Essentially, The Force was originally GeorgeLucas' appropriation of the very ancient East Asian concept called "Qi"/"Chi" in Chinese and "Ki" in Japanese. Literally translated as "breath", it refers to the idea of the flowŁ of energy that sustains living beings. In {{Wuxia}} fiction, not to mention DragonBall, Qi-based abilities have been subjected to much the same {{Flanderisation}} as
own trope.
**
"Force powers" have as the StarWars universe sprawled out from the original film.
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!!Examples

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* ''GurrenLagann'' - Spiral Energy.

[[AC:{{Comic Books}}]]
* This is basically the entire premise of the Source from [[JackKirby Jack Kirby's]] NewGods mythos, in which it is the Source... of everything. Given some uncanny similarities between the two sagas, many believe that this is what actually inspired the Force from StarWars.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
*
Lightning", using The Force from ''StarWars'', to shoot lightning out of course. In this case, The Force doesn't seem to choose those who can use its power; people seem to inherit that potential genetically. Drawing on the Force's power in this fashion your hands, is thus part "inherent gift" and part "force" a form of FunctionalMagic, as opposed to "theurgy." (Sometimes a child can't use it when both their parents can, but sometimes children can when neither parent could.) However, those who use the power [[BlackMagic against the Force's nature]] are "of TheDarkSide," ShockAndAwe and tend to physically wither from abusing it. a type of AgonyBeam.
**
The Force is about equally influenced by two Chinese concepts: Ki/Chi/Qi, a sort idea of all-encompassing energy of the universe, and the Dao/Tao, the nameless, undefinable reality beyond the one that we can experience ourselves. In the galaxy far far away, the only religion to get much detail is belief in the Force (probably because it's the only religion that's demonstrably true); the Wookiees actually call it the life-force.
** There are also many aspects of the Force. Most Jedi believe in the "Living Force" connecting all living things, which is divided into the light and the dark. Then there is the Unifying Force which is about destiny.
** It should be noted that this is how Lucas views the force. The ExpandedUniverse has taken a more nuanced approach, with some going so far as to deconstruct it thoroughly.
* Eywa in ''{{Film/Avatar}}''.
** It seems to work more like [[Warhammer40K Eldar Spirit Stones]], than The Force.
* While its motives are unclear, in {{Excalibur}} a Force-like...force...is referred to as 'The Dragon'.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* According to TheBible, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who writes the Story, makes the characters into Heroes, and helps those Heroes through the adventure.
** In more modern (relatively speaking) sections, this is largely the domain of the Holy Spirit. The most concrete description of it is "descending like a dove," it makes individual or mass infusions of HeroicWillpower, unlike the other two it is [[TheVoiceless never depicted speaking]], and some traditions hold it responsible for the subtle forms of divine intervention. In today's day and age, that would pretty much be "all of them."
*** This was considered normal divine intervention in ancient times, too. The Bible only records the sparse extraordinary events. In the intertestamental period, there was no direct verbal prophecy from God from nearly four centuries. When the altar was destroyed, the priests buried the altar stones in a secret place in the nearby hills, until somebody came around to let them know what they should do.
* The Charter in [[OldKingdom Garth Nix's ''Old Kingdom'' trilogy]], which refers to both the ruling bloodlines of the world (King, Abhorsen, Clayr, and Wallmakers) and to the magic and order which charges the world with life. Charter Magic is [[GeometricMagic very organized]] and beautiful (but still unpredictable), and Charter mages gain a sense of peace and strength when they immerse themselves in the Charter - to cast spells, for example.
** By the end of Abhorsen [[spoiler:it's revealed that the Charter was created by the Seven Bright Shiners - Free Magic beings who opposed chaos and strived to protect life. So Charter isn't the source of magic but ''predictablity''.]]
* The One Power in the ''WheelOfTime'' series is described as the force that runs the universe and keeps time itself moving. A dark side version, available only to certain devotees of [[BigBad the Dark One]], is called the True Power. (Confusingly, the One Power is said to come from the True Source, but the True Power does not.) There are also vague suggestions of a third kind, which would seem to come directly from [[BigGood the Creator]], but that has not been explicitly described.
* The HandOfThrawn Duology hints that the Force is far stranger and more complex than even the Jedi know. The Aing-Ti monks can make their ships simply teleport in and out, and apparently they taught Jorj Car'das a little of this, despite his lack of actual Force-Sensitivity. There's a note about it
having an entire spectrum, a [[TheDarkSide Dark Side]] and in a different section of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse Luke offhandedly comments that the Force is like a river, and the Jedi way is a cup that's just one of the many ways to dip out the water.
** In the JediAcademyTrilogy, ''this'' is what the Force feels like.
-->'''Streen:''' "It feels like ten kilos of life in a five-kilo box. I can only feel a trickle now, like dust motes floating in a sunbeam, one by one, just moving through me, but it's just so right there's no describing it. It tickles a bit, feels like a first kiss, or the jolt you feel when the flux in sabacc just makes your hand better than what you were already betting."
* In ''{{Elantris}}'', all magic is powered by a force called the Dor, which is also implied to be the basis of all life. There are several different ways of accessing the Dor and at least one religion dedicated to understanding it (and a spinoff {{Cult}} with some very... [[NightmareFuel strange]] ideas about it, but nobody likes to talk about them)).
** Fun fact: Wilhelm Reich, of orgone energy fame, referred to orgone's EvilTwin as [=DOR=], or Deadly [=ORgone=].
*** From the same author: [[Literature/TheStormlightArchive Stormlight]], which also powers all the FunctionalMagic in its settling.
* Dust from Phillip Pullman's ''HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy.
* The Skein from Clive Barker's ''{{Abarat}}'' series.
* The Tradition in MercedesLackey's ''TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. It's a bit more neutral than most examples, as it tends to make both heroes and villains (it doesn't care about ethics; it only 'wants' real life to play out like the canonical folktales).

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* MichaelJackson mentions it at the very start of "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough"
-->"You know, I was...I was wondering, you know, if, if she could keep on, because, the force...it's got a lot of power and, it make me feel like...it, it makes me feel like...WOOO!"\\
[=*song starts*=]

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* Brutally inverted in ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where the emotions of hope, love, perseverence, and courage all contribute to TheDarkSide.
* ''[[TheWorldOfDarkness Promethean: the Created]]'' has Pyros, the "divine fire" that powers the universe. It has its servitors in the form of the ''qashmallim'' and its very own version of TheDarkSide bent towards entropy and mutation, known as Flux. Slightly subverted in that Pyros is something that warps the mind whenever a mortal tries to channel it; the few who access it were most likely TouchedByVorlons and just a little bit insane.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* The
Light from ''KingdomHearts.'' As the quote from the Quotes page says, everything and everyone in the multiverse is made of Light. Everything of the Darkness is [[BetaTestBaddie twisted, broken, unformed, and un-whole, and thus angry and hungry]]. The Light sends visions and Keyblades to certain {{Chosen One}}s to prepare and equip them to save the world and redeem what was lost to Darkness.
** Several statements and observations made by the characters seem to point to the idea that [[DarkIsNotEvil the darkness itself isn't evil]], but rather the misuse of it which corrupts people. Riku had to learn how to control his inner darkness, and the Nobodies could use dark portals since they had no hearts, and therefore could not be corrupted by the darkness. Best summed up in Riku's statement: "It's not the darkness people are afraid of. It's ''what lurks'' in the darkness."
** This is coming from the series that practically started with the line "The closer you get to the light, the greater your shadow becomes." Immediately after this, Sora is attacked by a giant monster version of his own shadow. Leading to the conclusion that each person must fight their inner darkness.
*** The above statement can be alternatively interpreted as a warning against approaching either [[KnightTemplar extreme]] [[CompleteMonster ends]] of the Light vs. Darkness spectrum, enforced with a variation on the "action-reaction" principle of physics; in other words, BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil.
* The Triforce of Courage and Wisdom from ''TheLegendOfZelda'' can be described in these terms. The Triforce of Courage, patron to Link, will only help those who are courageous and thus good of heart. The Triforce of Wisdom, belonging to Zelda, helps the wise and thus kind. On the other hand, the Triforce of Power, frequently used by Ganon, will help anyone with the will for power, good ''or'' bad. Well, two out of three ain't bad.
** Open to debate: there are many courageous people who aren't good-hearted, and a good number of wise people who aren't kind, either. The goddesses of the Triforce seem to be pretty good, but the golden Triforce itself
Side is mostly what people make of it.
** Obtaining the full Triforce is not a matter of being good or evil, but of being balanced: having Courage, Wisdom, and Power in equal measure. The Triforce is completely neutral, and will grant the wishes of anyone who manages to obtain the full version, good or evil.
* The Holy Light from The {{Warcraft}} Universe is more or less TheForce - many fans will simply describe the Holy Light as such, really.

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* "The Hax" in the webseries ''LifeInAGame'', allows the protagonist Guy to bend reality in numerous ways.

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* The Force from StarWars is based on UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}}, which teaches that there is a universal force called [[InsistentTerminology (but not named)]] the Tao that flows through all things, passively guiding the universe along a natural course. By living a certain meditative lifestyle, one can become "like an uncarved block" and then allow the Tao to shape them.
* This actually exists in many martial arts, especially the internal styles. The Chinese call it Chi and the Japanese call it Ki. In Yoga, this same force is referred to as Prana. This force is an energy that can be felt to flow through oneself (I speak from personal experience) when training. It takes a fair amount of time before it can be felt and perceived, however.

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29th Nov '11 7:36:14 PM Firebert
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Those strong in The Force can count on HeroicWillpower and HeroicResolve when they need it. WhiteMagic and outright {{Spirit Bomb}}s aren't unheard of either. The Force is Good, but "Good" never meant "unwilling to kick butt when absolutely called for." BewareTheNiceOnes.

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Those strong in The Force can count on HeroicWillpower and HeroicResolve when they need it. WhiteMagic and outright {{Spirit Bomb}}s [[CombinedEnergyAttack Combined Energy Attacks]] aren't unheard of either. The Force is Good, but "Good" never meant "unwilling to kick butt when absolutely called for." BewareTheNiceOnes.
27th Nov '11 11:54:07 AM khalini
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[[AC:RealLife]]
* The Force from StarWars is based on UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}}, which teaches that there is a universal force called [[InsistentTerminology (but not named)]] the Tao that flows through all things, passively guiding the universe along a natural course. By living a certain meditative lifestyle, one can become "like an uncarved block" and then allow the Tao to shape them.
* This actually exists in many martial arts, especially the internal styles. The Chinese call it Chi and the Japanese call it Ki. In Yoga, this same force is referred to as Prana. This force is an energy that can be felt to flow through oneself (I speak from personal experience) when training. It takes a fair amount of time before it can be felt and perceived, however.




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* The Force from StarWars is based on UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}}, which teaches that there is a universal force called [[InsistentTerminology (but not named)]] the Tao that flows through all things, passively guiding the universe along a natural course. By living a certain meditative lifestyle, one can become "like an uncarved block" and then allow the Tao to shape them.
* This actually exists in many martial arts, especially the internal styles. The Chinese call it Chi and the Japanese call it Ki. In Yoga, this same force is referred to as Prana. This force is an energy that can be felt to flow through oneself (I speak from personal experience) when training. It takes a fair amount of time before it can be felt and perceived, however.



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