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19th Nov '17 4:58:25 AM Calllack
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This is the group that appears, usually early in the plot, when the HiddenAgendaVillain or the PowersThatBe gather their peers or most trusted servants and talk about what's going on. [[TheFaceless Don't]] [[EvilIsNotWellLit expect]] [[AllInTheEyes anyone]] [[SinisterSilhouettes to be clearly lit]], though.

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This is the group that appears, usually early in the plot, when the HiddenAgendaVillain or the PowersThatBe gather their peers or most trusted servants and talk about what's going on. Don't expect anyone to be clearly lit, though. Depending on the desired level of secrecy, all we see of the Omniscient Councillors might be [[TheFaceless Don't]] [[EvilIsNotWellLit expect]] their body, but not their face]] or [[AllInTheEyes anyone]] [[SinisterSilhouettes only their eyes]] - or we might see nothing but SinisterSilhouettes. This is naturally to protect the identities of the members from the audience, but it may also be clearly lit]], though.
because EvilIsNotWellLit.



If action is demanded, the leader will insist, "WeWait", "All pieces are not yet in position in the DivineChessboard", or "[[INeedYouStronger Let Him Grow Stronger First]], content in believing that his destiny is his own!" (EvilLaugh).

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If action is demanded, the leader will insist, "WeWait", "All pieces are not yet in position in the DivineChessboard", or "[[INeedYouStronger Let Him Grow Stronger First]], him grow stronger first]], content in believing that his destiny is his own!" (EvilLaugh).
9th Oct '17 11:38:38 AM Ninja857142
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* If ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' {{Fanon}} has to be believed, there are three kinds of Omniscient Council in the FicDom. One is ROOT ([[WildMassGuessing with some basis of canon theory]]), each time Danzo portrayed as some sort of BigBad. Second is Konoha Council, while often realistically portrayed as WellIntentionedExtremist, treatment put on titular protagonist Naruto making them a bunch of LawfulStupid instead, gaining the FanNickname of "[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Council of Doom]]". The Third one is Council of Hyuuga Clan, whenever [[TheUnfavorite Hinata or Neji]] had to face [[{{Wangst}} internal conflict]], [[KickTheDog its because of them]].[[note]]In ''canon'', on the other hand, the Hyuuga Council enforces some truly nasty things (such as the sealing of the Branch House and arranging for Hiashi's brother to take his place as a HeroicSacrifice), but they are not omniscient, nor are they vague about their intentions. And the existence of the Hyuuga Council and the Konoha Council are not secret at all.[[/note]]

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* If ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' {{Fanon}} has to be believed, there are three kinds of Omniscient Council in the FicDom. One is ROOT ([[WildMassGuessing with some basis of canon theory]]), each time Danzo portrayed as some sort of BigBad. Second is Konoha Council, while often realistically portrayed as WellIntentionedExtremist, treatment put on titular protagonist Naruto making them a bunch of LawfulStupid instead, gaining the FanNickname of "[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Council of Doom]]". The Third one is Council of Hyuuga Clan, whenever [[TheUnfavorite Hinata or Neji]] had to face [[{{Wangst}} internal conflict]], conflict, [[KickTheDog its because of them]].[[note]]In ''canon'', on the other hand, the Hyuuga Council enforces some truly nasty things (such as the sealing of the Branch House and arranging for Hiashi's brother to take his place as a HeroicSacrifice), but they are not omniscient, nor are they vague about their intentions. And the existence of the Hyuuga Council and the Konoha Council are not secret at all.[[/note]]
25th Sep '17 12:02:56 PM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the [[TheMagocracy Psijic Order]] plays this role in the College of Winterhold storyline, showing up occasionally to tell the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] what they need to do to avert the oncoming disaster. [[spoiler:In the end, they decide that {{the world is not ready}} for something like the Eye of Magnus and decide to take it to their island of Artaeum while also declaring you Arch-Mage of the College.]]

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** In ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the [[TheMagocracy [[TheOrder Psijic Order]] Order]], a powerful MagicalSociety and the oldest monastic order in Tamriel, plays this role in the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold storyline, showing Winterhold]] storyline. They [[MysteriousBacker show up occasionally occasionally]] to tell the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] what they need to do to avert the oncoming disaster. [[spoiler:In the end, they decide that {{the world is not ready}} for something like the [[ArtifactOfDoom Eye of Magnus Magnus]] and decide to take it to their island of Artaeum while also declaring you that the Dragonborn is the new Arch-Mage of the College.]] College]].
15th Sep '17 8:52:36 AM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/AManOfIron'', Varys and Nikolas Fury [[spoiler: [[CompositeCharacter aka]] Gerion Lannister]] both work for a group known as "the Council", and are furthering their goals in preparation for conflict with another group called "the Court".
23rd Jul '17 5:25:46 PM PatrickDCoffman
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* In ''WebOriginal/{{Unichat}}'', the administrators wield immense political power towards unknown ends. [[FromBeyondTheFourthWall The readers]] are coming to be regarded this way in-universe.
3rd Jul '17 6:32:21 PM dbdude01
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* {{Gargoyles}} has the Illuminati, whose ultimate plans were only revealed to be somehow connected to the anticipated return of King Arthur in 2198.
27th Jun '17 8:22:07 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Psijic Order plays this role in the College of Winterhold storyline, showing up occasionally to tell the Dragonborn what they need to do to avert the oncoming disaster. [[spoiler:In the end, they decide that {{the world is not ready}} for something like the Eye of Magnus and decide to take it to their island of Artaeum while also declaring you Arch-Mage of the College.]]

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* In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The An-Xileel, an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] political party with close ties to
the Hist ([[WiseTree sentient]] trees native to the Black Marsh who the Argonians worship), rule Argonia during the 4th Era and appear to be this. It is speculated that their close ties to the {{omniscient}} Hist give them foresight into upcoming events and allow them to act with this advance knowledge. They rose to power during the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]], during which it is said the actions of the An-Xileel are the sole reason Black Marsh remained unconquered by the forces of Mehrunes Dagon. They are strong anti-Imperialists and successfully pushed for Argonia's secession in the early years of the 4th Era.
** In ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the [[TheMagocracy
Psijic Order Order]] plays this role in the College of Winterhold storyline, showing up occasionally to tell the Dragonborn [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] what they need to do to avert the oncoming disaster. [[spoiler:In the end, they decide that {{the world is not ready}} for something like the Eye of Magnus and decide to take it to their island of Artaeum while also declaring you Arch-Mage of the College.]]
17th Jun '17 9:32:22 PM nombretomado
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* When editing [[{{Wikipedia}} larger Wikis]], the editors who wind up peer-reviewing articles (deletion discussions as a prominent example) are an essentially arbitrary group assembled from such a large pool of motives, goals, and expertise they might as well be an Omniscient Council of Vagueness. You get the impression that a cabal of uncaring, misinformed twits is running the whole show with the sole intention of pissing you off. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Really, there is no cabal.]] It's just the ''universe'' which hates you.

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* When editing [[{{Wikipedia}} [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} larger Wikis]], the editors who wind up peer-reviewing articles (deletion discussions as a prominent example) are an essentially arbitrary group assembled from such a large pool of motives, goals, and expertise they might as well be an Omniscient Council of Vagueness. You get the impression that a cabal of uncaring, misinformed twits is running the whole show with the sole intention of pissing you off. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Really, there is no cabal.]] It's just the ''universe'' which hates you.
20th May '17 1:09:10 PM nombretomado
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* The {{Usenet}} Cabal. Yes, it did exist at one point, and all members had to repeatedly say that ''"There Is No Cabal."'' Of course, ironically, the Cabal's control over Usenet collapsed with the rise of the .alt hierarchy.

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* The {{Usenet}} Website/{{Usenet}} Cabal. Yes, it did exist at one point, and all members had to repeatedly say that ''"There Is No Cabal."'' Of course, ironically, the Cabal's control over Usenet collapsed with the rise of the .alt hierarchy.
13th May '17 10:13:54 AM SorPepita
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* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]] loves'' this one: sometimes there will be multiple Omniscient Councils of Vagueness in the same season. "Loves" is an understatement. There's the so-called "Bluetooth Illuminati" in Seasons 5 and 6, the [[spoiler: super-secret council of private military companies]] in Season 7...not mentioning the dozens of others. Although most of these either got scrapped, were resolved offscreen, or specific members were thrown into random storylines just to be killed off. The one involving [[spoiler: Jack's long lost father and brother]] was even seemingly retconned altogether (though it was replaced by another). Despite all of these plotlines flopping, they constantly continued them. Many fans were particularly pissed by [[spoiler: Season 7's OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness]], because they were sick of this trope being used all the time, among various other things.

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* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]] loves'' this one: sometimes there will be multiple Omniscient Councils of Vagueness in the same season. "Loves" is an understatement. There's the so-called "Bluetooth Illuminati" in Seasons 5 and 6, the [[spoiler: super-secret council of private military companies]] in Season 7... not mentioning the dozens of others. Although most of these either got scrapped, were resolved offscreen, or specific members were thrown into random storylines just to be killed off. The one involving [[spoiler: Jack's long lost father and brother]] was even seemingly retconned altogether (though it was replaced by another). Despite all of these plotlines flopping, they constantly continued them. Many fans were particularly pissed by [[spoiler: Season 7's OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness]], because they were sick of this trope being used all the time, among various other things.



* TheIlluminati in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', who end up giving their blackmailed minions tasks ranging from "kill this man" to "place a bucket full of paint in a dustbin in HPL Sector. [[spoiler:It's little more than a front for High Programmer activities in secret societies that need a lot of discretion. It's not an actual secret society and more of a joke between [=ULTRAVIOLETs=]...probably.]]

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* TheIlluminati in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', who end up giving their blackmailed minions tasks ranging from "kill this man" to "place a bucket full of paint in a dustbin in HPL Sector. [[spoiler:It's little more than a front for High Programmer activities in secret societies that need a lot of discretion. It's not an actual secret society and more of a joke between [=ULTRAVIOLETs=]... probably.]]
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