The Omnipotent YKTTW Discussion
A character that is (virtually) omnipotent.
Up for Grabs, Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples. redirects: Omnipotent, Omnipotence, All Powerful. A character that is all-powerful. Either literally omnipotent, or are simply so powerful that they're virtually omnipotent within the context of the story. In fact, there's a sliding scale of sorts to measure how powerful a being can be. It can go one of four ways, at least in fiction.
- The character has absolute omnipotence. As in, they can literally do anything and everything, the rules of logic and contradictions be damned.
- The character is omnipotent. They can break the rules of logic to achieve anything, but there may be others who can do this as well. What happens if they go against each other can be a bit of a Mind Screw.
- The character can do anything logically possible, thus making sure Magic A Is Magic A in the process.
- The character is "merely" an almighty being, whose power is far beyond any others in the setting. For practical purposes though, they're basically omnipotent.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Dragon Ball has the dragon Shenron, who can grant nearly any wish. The dragon of planet Namek is apparently even more powerful. The few restrictions seem to be put in place by the creators of the dragon balls as safeguards.
- Lain (probably) in Serial Experiments Lain.
- Jack Rakan of Mahou Sensei Negima! fits to an extent, seeing as how he can do things that fly right in the face of logic and magical theory.
- Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu - why of course, Chet and Addie. (Not really.)
- Haruhi Suzumiya is speculated to be the God of Her verse, both by the characters and the fandom. Which makes sense, considering her abilities.
- The Beyonder from Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars and Secret Wars II. The living embodiment of an entire universe, can do or make anything it wants - but it doesn't understand the concept of "wanting."
- Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan was once a human being who got zapped by some Applied Phlebotinum that turned him into an entity akin to a god.
- Trigon from Teen Titans claims to be this, as well as omniscient.
- Tomas and Pug by the later books in Raymond E. Feist's The Rift War Cycle.
- The Ellimist and Crayak from Animorphs both have basically unlimited power, and regularly cause the creation or destruction of entire species. While they agreed to no direct interference as part of their "game," neither of them fit the All-Powerful Bystander trope - they both are skilled enough at manipulation to still cause massive changes in the history of the galaxy.
- Q of Star Trek: The Next Generation hails from a race of omnipotent beings known as... well, the Q. Subverted in that in an episode of Voyager, another Q insists that they are merely very Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, just as Starfleet would appear to an Iron Age society.
- God is often attributed Omnipotence in monotheistic religions, but there's debate on what type.
- Genies. Most mythologies/folk tales about them indicate the only restriction is that they are bound to their lamp/jar/whatever, and must obey the one who frees them (and even this gets subverted sometimes). Some works add rules for plot convenience like Aladdin, but generally a genie = Phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space.
- In folk tales and other fiction, they seem to be omnipotent. In mythology, however, they're supposed to be able to do many things humans can't, but also unable to do many things humans can, and often aren't bound to lamps or anything else.
- minus. is about a seemingly omnipotent child, who mostly uses her power as a toy.
- All of the Author characters in Bob and George have god like powers. Seeing as how The Author is the creator of the comic universe he basically IS a god there. The Helmeted Author is apparently an Author of a different universe and the Shadowy Author claims to be one at first and ultimately turns out to be a future version of the actual Author.
- In a dream sequence of a Halloween episode of The Simpsons, Bart is basically an omnipotent boy who freely changes things about him for his own amusement. Bart eventually wakes up with a scream when, in the dream, he actually reconciles with Homer.