Created By: Ekuran on May 28, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on June 8, 2011
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The Omnipotent

A character that is (virtually) omnipotent.

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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.

The most powerful Reality Warpers tend to exhibit this. Combine this with a strong Ego, and you get A God I Am (which may or not be completely true).

Compare The Omniscient, who often, but not always, overlaps with The Omnipotent. Cosmic Beings are often Omnipotent as well. If they don't actually do anything, they're an All-Powerful Bystander.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Comics
  • 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.

Literature
  • 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.

Live-Action TV

Mythology/Religion/Fairy Tales
  • 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.

Web Comics
  • 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.

Western Animation
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • May 28, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Dr. Manhattan
  • May 28, 2011
    Rolf
    More details for people who didn't watch the movie.
  • May 28, 2011
    HiWayXingFrog
    Q of Star Trek The Next Generation hails from a race of omnipotent beings knowns 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.
  • May 28, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^^ Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan was once a human being who got zapped by some Applied Phlebotinum which turned him into an entity akin to a god.
  • May 28, 2011
    kuyanJ
    Sufficiently Advanced Aliens is a subtrope.

    Webcomics:
    • The webcomic Minus is about a seemingly omnipotent child, who mostly uses her power as a toy.
  • May 28, 2011
    Aielyn
    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.
  • May 29, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Beyonder from Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars and Secret Wars II. The living embodyment of an entire universe, can do or make anything it wants - but it doesn't understand the concept of "wanting."
  • May 29, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Fuck. There's the glitch ^ - it shows up but if I click to edit it opens someone else's response in a different ykttw. Recreating (and fixing the Red Link) for whatever's sake.

    The Beyonder from Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars and Secret Wars II. The living embodyment of an entire universe, can do or make anything it wants - but it doesn't understand the concept of "wanting."

  • May 29, 2011
    Damr1990
    Combine this with a Strong Ego and you get A God I Am (wich may or not be completely true)
  • May 30, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    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 (maybe that should be marked as a spoiler)
  • May 30, 2011
    SunnyV
  • May 30, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Trigon from Teen Titans claims to be this, as well as omniscient.
  • May 30, 2011
    Ghilz
    A subtrope is All Powerful Bystander
  • May 30, 2011
    Jonti
    Tomas and Pug by the later books in Raymond E. Feist's Magician Universe.
  • May 30, 2011
    Tiiba
    Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu - why of course, Chet and Addie. (Not really.)
  • May 30, 2011
    RainRequiem
    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.
  • May 31, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    The Simpsons example above is actually a parody of a Twilight Zone episode.
  • May 31, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • June 2, 2011
    gawainster
    How about.....oh, I don't know....Dragon Ball Z? Goku in particular, but let's not forget the several fusions. SSJ 4 was, to me, a little absurd. He could have destroyed the planet if he sneezed the wrong way!
  • June 3, 2011
    ghaweyriao
    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.
  • June 4, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    ^^ A better Dragon Ball example would be the dragon Shenron itself as it 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.

    On that note how about genies? Most mythologies/folk tales about them indicate the only restriction is they are bound to their lamp/jar/ect. and must obey the one who frees them. (even this gets subverted sometimes) Some works add rules for plot convenience like Aladdin but generally genie = Phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space
  • June 4, 2011
    theleakypen
    Isn't Haruhi Suzumiya this?
  • June 4, 2011
    Ekuran
    ^Yep. Though it would be nice of you to phrase it in an example format.
  • June 4, 2011
    kuyanJ
    R.E. genies: In folk tales and other fiction, they seem to be omnipotent. In mythology, however, I'm told 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.
  • June 5, 2011
    theleakypen
    ^^I've never actually watched or read anything regarding Haruhi Suzumiya and my comment about it is all I know about the series. Based on Wikipedia, however...

    Anime/Manga

    • Haruhi Suzumiya "possesses unconscious god-like abilities to change, destroy, and reshape reality to her desires."
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