Created By: Discar on August 12, 2013 Last Edited By: Discar on October 27, 2013
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The Omnipresent

A creature with the ability to be in all places at all times.

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Nita: You're here too?
Transcendent Pig: The problem with being transcendent is that people keep asking you that.

Under normal space-time rules, people exist in only one place at one time. They can cheat with remote bodies, clone bodies, mind copies, and so on, but physically one body can only occupy one place.

Some people don't follow that rule.

For whatever reason—inherent trait, aborted ascension, whatever, these people can exist wherever and whenever they please. Often results in many, many instances of Offscreen Teleportation, except they didn't teleport; you just noticed that they were somewhere else.

See also The Omnipotent and The Omniscient. Has no relation to Omnipresent Tropes.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

  • Schrodinger of Hellsing is a sort of self-observation with will. Self-described as "everywhere and nowhere," if he wills himself as being in any place at any time, he appears there, including in people's thoughts (as was seen in Zorin Blitz's last moments). This became Alucard's downfall, as his very existence relies on being aware of himself, and once that self was absorbed into Alucard, who exists beside millions of consciousnesses in a single being, he was no longer able to recognize himself as alive or dead (and neither could Alucard by extension). This erased a once-thought immortal, unstoppable vampire from the series, all the way until the epilogue.

    Comic Books 

  • Superman Prime, the Future Badass version of Superman, is explicitly stated to be the perfection trifecta: Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. He's supposed to be only one step below The Presence.
  • Watchmen gives us Dr. Manhattan. Due to his powers, he can create as many copies of himself as he wants, and maintaining perfect control over them since they're all technically him (he also exists outside of time, so he also knows what people were/are/will be doing). It seriously creeps out (and annoys) his girlfriend that he's simultaneously having sex with her and working on his project.

    Film 

  • In Jumper, the Paladins reference this, claiming that the reason they hunt the jumpers is because "Only God should have this power—to be in all places, at all times." Note that the jumpers aren't actually an example (being pretty standard teleporters), the Paladins are just over-reacting fanatics.

    Literature 

  • The Transcendent Pig from Diane Duane's Young Wizards series. Yes, it really is an Earth pig, strutting about on its hind legs and chatting with random people. It's also technically not a creature, since none of the gods can remember creating it. Due to the implication that it is also The Omniscient, all wizards are under strict orders to greet it with "What is the meaning of life?" in the hope that one day it will slip up and answer.
  • On the Discworld, Death is everywhere at once, though we only see him when narrative causality requires it. The best example would be Wyrd Sisters, where he is simultaneously looking at where King Felmet jumped off and waiting for him at the boase of the cliff.
  • In the original Cthulhu Mythos stories, Yog-Sothoth was locked out of our universe and had its freedom of movement and appearance severely limited, so it wasn't an example of this trope (but could have been if the Old Ones had ever gotten loose).

    Religion and Mythology 

    Tabletop Games 

  • Dungeons & Dragons. Dragon magazine #12, "The Lovecraftian Mythos in Dungeons And Dragons''. The Cthulhu Mythos deity Yog-Sothoth is not subject to the laws of space and time and can appear at various parts of the universe simultaneously.

    Video Games 

  • Bioshock Infinite
    • The Lutece twins, due to a Freak Lab Accident (that wasn't really an accident) were scattered across all universes simultaneously. While within the game, they only use this for Offscreen Teleportation and "dodging" bullets at point-blank range ("You missed!"), you eventually discover that they used their powers to bring Booker to Columbia in the first place, and the events of the game represent their one-hundred and eleventh try (if not more).
    • In the final act of the game, Elizabeth becomes this when her Power Limiter is destroyed.

    Webcomics 

  • Unwinder's Tall Comics has the in-universe short story "The Gimel" (an Affectionate Parody of Jorge Luis Borges' "The Aleph"), which appears on pages 83 and 84. The Gimel is an object which causes anyone who touches it to become omnipresent—and the incompetent author Soncho Michez accidentally finds one at the bottom of a barrel. "It's sort of like if there were hundreds and hundreds of Sonchos out there all over the whole entire world, and there is nowhere you can go without me being in your way."
  • Casey and Andy: Bob, who has the ability to "be there, too". Meaning that any sentence can be affixed with "Bob was there, too." In essence Bob is (or at least, can be) everywhere.

    Web Original 
  • Anonymous claims to be this, at least in the Internet.
    "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • August 12, 2013
    FuriouslySleepingIdea
    Basic Instructions has Omnipresent Man, the superhero.
  • August 12, 2013
    Koveras
    This is a frequent quality of the Genius Loci. And God.
  • August 13, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Not liking any name that is to the tune of "The [adjective]". Can we find something better?
  • August 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Well, it would go nicely with its sister tropes The Omnipotent and The Omniscient...
  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
    No relation to Omnipresent Tropes.
  • August 13, 2013
    KingZeal
  • August 13, 2013
    Stratadrake
    @Paradise: Spell My Trope With A The is just a personal Berserk Button of mine, especially in the YKTTW. 90% of the time it's just not a good naming convention.
  • August 13, 2013
    Discar
    The only other thing I can think of would be Universally Transcendent, which could mean any number of unrelated things.
  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
    @ Stratadrake: This would be part of the 10%. ;)
  • August 13, 2013
    Stratadrake
    No, that remains to be proven.
  • August 14, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I don't think so. Omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience are the three big qualities traditionally attached to God (well, sometimes accompanied with omnibenevolence). They have a strong tendency to go hand in hand so it's completely justified to name them similarily. Besides, Omnipresent is not only a valid but also instantly recognisable term so doing otherwise would be just illogical.
  • August 14, 2013
    DAN004
  • August 14, 2013
    MetaFour
    • Unwinders Tall Comics has the in-universe short story "The Gimel" (an Affectionate Parody of Jorge Luis Borges' "The Aleph"), which appears on pages 83 and 84. The Gimel is an object which causes anyone who touches it to become omnipresent--and the incompetent author Soncho Michez accidentally finds one at the bottom of a barrel. "It's sort of like if there were hundreds and hundreds of Sonchos out there all over the whole entire world, and there is nowhere you can go without me being in your way."
  • August 30, 2013
    Alucard
    Schrodinger of Hellsing is a sort of self-observation with will. Self-described as "everywhere and nowhere," if he wills himself as being in any place at any time, he appears there, including in people's thoughts (as was seen in Zorin Blitz's last moments). This became Alucard's downfall, as his very existence relies on being aware of himself, and once that self was absorbed into Alucard, who exists beside millions of consciousnesses in a single being, he was no longer able to recognize himself as alive or dead (and neither could Alucard by extension). This erased a once-thought immortal, unstoppable vampire from the series, all the way until the epilogue.
  • September 14, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Dr. Manhattan, due to his powers, can create as many copies of himself as he wants, and maintaining perfect control over them since they're all technically him (he also exists outside of time, so he also knows what people were/are/will be doing). It seriously creeps out (and annoys) his girlfriend that he's simultaneously having sex with her and working on his project.
    • On the Discworld, Death is everywhere at once, though we only see him when narrative causality requires it. The best example would be Wyrd Sisters, where he is simultaneously looking at where King Felmet jumped off and waiting for him at the boase of the cliff.

  • October 10, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons. Dragon magazine #12, "The Lovecraftian Mythos in Dungeons And Dragons''. The Cthulhu Mythos deity Yog-Sothoth is not subject to the laws of space and time and can appear at various parts of the universe simultaneously.
  • October 20, 2013
    Skybunny
    This trope appears in the 2007 film 'Next', as the main character discovers he can be in all places in all times for up to a few minutes in the future. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel 'The Golden Man'.
  • October 20, 2013
    Discar
    ^ That's omniscience. He wasn't actually in all places, he was using his precognition to see all possible futures.
  • October 25, 2013
    ACarlssin
    Casey And Andy: Bob, who has the ability to "be there, too". Meaning that any sentence can be affixed with "Bob was there, too." In essence Bob is (or at least, can be) everywhere.
  • October 26, 2013
    windower
    Live Action TV: The Observers from Main/Fringe can experience all of time and space simultaneously.
  • October 26, 2013
    Discar
    ^ I think that's The Omniscient. Can you provide more detail?

    Also, gonna launch this by the end of the day if there are no objections.
  • October 27, 2013
    DAN004
    Web Original
    • The Anonymous claims to be this, at least in the Internet.
      "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
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