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28th Jun '17 11:49:01 AM intastiel
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* Discussed in Creator/IsaacAsimov's "The Last Answer" by the godlike "Voice" that created the universe: it explains that, while it has infinite knowledge and power, it does not have ''complete'' knowledge, and indeed, might not even know all the gaps in its knowledge. One such gap is [[spoiler:[[DeathSeeker the means by which it could finally die]]]], and it created a universe of thinking beings solely to produce more data to obtain that information.
28th Jun '17 11:34:39 AM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'', the GodEmperor Jadis forced herself to witness the true Shape of the Universe -- effectively punching through a YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm of literally cosmic scope. Omniscience came to her in a BrownNote that scoured her mind and body, leaving her [[DePowered de-powered]], [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport entombed in glass]], and capable only of whispering unerring but semi-coherent prophecies, which her [[VoiceForTheVoiceless priests]] are prone to misinterpreting in small but crucial ways.
20th Jun '17 6:47:42 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': As an experienced greenseer, Jojen Reed can see things happening far away, in the future or the distant past, and can sneak into other people's dreams.
26th May '17 9:54:11 PM Lopiny
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* ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'': The Cthaeh, a fae entity trapped in a tree and unable to act upon the surrounding world other than speaking, is an infinitely malicious version. It knows every possible outcome for any action that could ever be taken, including your own reactions. So whenever you speak to it, it will deliberately pick the exact words that would cause the worst possible result for the world at large; it has infinite choice, and it will ''always'' pick the worst. There is an organization dedicated to sniping anyone that speaks to it precisely because any contact with the Cthaeh turns you into the equivalent of a plague ship sailing for a busy harbor, bringing disaster wherever you go.
24th Apr '17 12:55:06 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', this is believed to be one of the powers of the Hist, a race of [[TimeAbyss ancient]] and [[WiseTree sentient]] trees native to the Black Marsh who are worshiped by the [[LizardFolk Argonians]]. Through an unknown means, they are able to see into the future. Sensing the upcoming [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]] and [[Literature/TheElderScrolls the trials]] that [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim would follow]], they recalled most of the Argonians in Tamriel to the Black Marsh to combat these threats and, through their sap (which the Argonians drink to grow and communicate with the Hist), changed the Argonians physically to [[TookALevelInBadass better prepare them as weapons of war]].
5th Mar '17 11:49:18 AM nombretomado
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* [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] from MarvelComics was once imbued with true omniscience beyond anything possessed by skyfathers or most cosmic beings during the ComicBook/ChaosWar event. He literally knew anything he put his mind too. Unfortunately, it was completely useless thanks to his LeeroyJenkins attitude. He either charges in blindly or tricked by the BigBad into letting the villain into the heavens. It is only when his super-smart best friend and MotherNature both call him out on how dumb he is being that he bothers consulting it at all.

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* [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] from MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics was once imbued with true omniscience beyond anything possessed by skyfathers or most cosmic beings during the ComicBook/ChaosWar event. He literally knew anything he put his mind too. Unfortunately, it was completely useless thanks to his LeeroyJenkins attitude. He either charges in blindly or tricked by the BigBad into letting the villain into the heavens. It is only when his super-smart best friend and MotherNature both call him out on how dumb he is being that he bothers consulting it at all.
13th Oct '16 4:17:35 PM Willbyr
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* The First President of the {{Genshiken}} seems to know everything that goes on around the school. He implies that he may have set up cameras around the school, but he never explicitly confirms it.

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* The First President of the {{Genshiken}} ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' seems to know everything that goes on around the school. He implies that he may have set up cameras around the school, but he never explicitly confirms it.
31st Jul '16 2:29:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laplace%27s_demon LaPlace's Demon]] appears briefly in the [[http://dresdencodak.com/2009/01/27/advanced-dungeons-and-discourse/ "Advanced Dungeons and Discourse"]] strip of ''DresdenCodak''. When ordered to attack an InvincibleVillain, it immediately leaves, prompting another character to observe, "Guess he knew something we didn't."

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laplace%27s_demon LaPlace's Demon]] appears briefly in the [[http://dresdencodak.com/2009/01/27/advanced-dungeons-and-discourse/ "Advanced Dungeons and Discourse"]] strip of ''DresdenCodak''.''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''. When ordered to attack an InvincibleVillain, it immediately leaves, prompting another character to observe, "Guess he knew something we didn't."
16th Jul '16 7:40:27 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Vetinari from Literature/{{Discworld}} is ''not'' omniscient in the first sense. However, he does fit the second to a T, and many think that part of his amazing manipulation skill comes from being DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to recognize 'main characters', which would place him squarely in the third category as well.

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* Vetinari from Literature/{{Discworld}} is ''not'' omniscient in the first sense. However, he does fit the second to a T, and many think that part of his amazing manipulation skill comes from being DangerouslyGenreSavvy savvy enough to recognize 'main characters', which would place him squarely in the third category as well.



* Los Hermanos, a member of the [[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] is a duplicator a'la Jamie Madrox from ''ComicBook/XFactor''. He knows nearly everything worth knowing because sometime, somewhere, one of his duplicates has taken a course in it, or read a book about it, or currently works it as a profession. He's also DangerouslyGenreSavvy.

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* Los Hermanos, a member of the [[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] is a duplicator a'la Jamie Madrox from ''ComicBook/XFactor''. He knows nearly everything worth knowing because sometime, somewhere, one of his duplicates has taken a course in it, or read a book about it, or currently works it as a profession. He's also DangerouslyGenreSavvy.
9th Jul '16 3:26:15 PM DoctorTItanX
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Characters with this ability tend to be background characters that the reader is told little about. This is because "knowing everything" is a StoryBreakerPower; it's difficult to feature a protagonist that can see all the cards, take action based on that knowledge, and maintain a sense of conflict. Another way to try to keep the story interesting is to keep the readers/viewers in the dark about what the main character is really doing and why, while the character executes a GambitPileup. (See UnspokenPlanGuarantee.) A final solution is to reveal that they are NotSoOmniscientAfterAll.

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Characters Beings with this ability tend to be background characters that the reader is told little about. This is because "knowing everything" is a StoryBreakerPower; StoryBreakerPower, because it's difficult to feature a protagonist that can see all the cards, take action based on that knowledge, and maintain a sense of meaningful conflict. Another way to try to keep the story or interesting is to keep the readers/viewers in the dark about what the main character is really truly doing and why, while the character executes a GambitPileup. (See UnspokenPlanGuarantee.) A final solution is to reveal that they are NotSoOmniscientAfterAll.



* The ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series has the Elder God and Moebius, both of whom have such extensive knowledge of the timeline and predestination that they can be treated as this. Neither of them do any time-travelling themselves, yet both of them address Kain and Raziel as old acquaintances centuries before they chronologically meet them for the first time, and can continue conversations without any TimeTravelTenseTrouble despite not seeing them for centuries. Unsurprisingly, they are ''very'' good at manipulating events and outcomes, at least until [[spoiler: the ImmuneToFate Raziel and MagnificentBastard Kain work together to ''really'' screw things up for them.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series has the Elder God and Moebius, both of whom have such extensive knowledge of the timeline and predestination that they can be treated as this. Neither of them do any time-travelling themselves, yet both of them address Kain and Raziel as old acquaintances centuries before they chronologically meet them for the first time, and can continue conversations without any TimeTravelTenseTrouble despite not seeing them for centuries. Unsurprisingly, they are ''very'' good at manipulating events and outcomes, at least until [[spoiler: the ImmuneToFate Raziel and MagnificentBastard Kain work together to ''really'' ''truly'' screw things up for them.]]
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