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15th Feb '18 9:56:01 AM MasterFuzzy
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* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has [[StealthMentor Stephen]] [[MagnificentBastard Strange]], a one-man version of this trope. Only see glimpses of him at first? Check. Enigmatic? Double check. Has a plan all mapped out and makes the hero (and everyone else) dance on his puppet strings? Oh, yeah.
10th Feb '18 1:39:31 AM tramman
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* The Swiss Federal Council, a seven-member body that acts as Switzerland's collective President, Prime Minister and Cabinet. They are elected by Parliament, and all their meetings are secret- nobody knows who said what or who voted for what, even how the vote was split is secret, whether it's unanimous or a slim 4/3.

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* The Swiss Federal Council, a seven-member body that acts as Switzerland's collective President, Prime Minister and Cabinet. They are elected by Parliament, and all their meetings are secret- nobody knows who said what or who voted for what, even how the vote was split is secret, whether it's unanimous or a slim 4/3. Also known for their yearly official photographs, with the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/Bundesrat_der_Schweiz_2017b.png 2017 version]] particularly fitting this trope.
11th Jan '18 9:29:58 PM KhymChanur
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* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' is run by a group known only as "the O5 Council" (there are actually 13 of them, despite their name; the O stands for Overseer and the 5 for their security clearance). Every one of them is a total unknown: their names, genders, locations, and occupations are all blank. Their occasional entries on SCP information pages often go so far as to censor even their ID number, so that while it can be seen that an O5 member made the entry, it is unknown ''which one'' made the entry.

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* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' is run by a group known only as "the O5 Council" (there are actually 13 of them, despite their name; the O stands for Overseer and the 5 for is their security clearance).clearance level). Every one of them is a total unknown: their names, genders, locations, and occupations are all blank. Their occasional entries on SCP information pages often go so far as to censor even their ID number, so that while it can be seen that an O5 member made the entry, it is unknown ''which one'' made the entry.
8th Jan '18 5:39:04 AM Cryoclaste
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* The Priests of the Temples of Syrinx in the song ''2112'' by {{Rush}}, a [[StrawmanPolitical strawman communist government]].

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* The Priests of the Temples of Syrinx in the song ''2112'' by {{Rush}}, Music/{{Rush}}, a [[StrawmanPolitical strawman communist government]].
31st Dec '17 3:20:14 AM Calllack
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* The X Hunters appear this way in the beginning of ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'', including a [[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands "digital screen ball" thing]] scene.

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* The X Hunters appear this way in the beginning of ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'', including complete with a [[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands "digital screen ball" thing]] scene.and the three Hunters shown only as silhouettes. A SubvertedTrope to some extent: the Hunters are all very unusual shapes, making their silhouette disguise relatively ineffective compared to a situation where all characters have roughly humanoid dimensions.
26th Dec '17 6:45:08 AM tricksterson
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* The Shadow Council in ''WebVideo/TheOutCrowd''. Their agenda, if any, beyond maintaining TheMasquerade is vague and they're more LawfulStupid than evil.
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".
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