"We are the Invisible Hand. We are the Illuminati. "We come before and after. We are forever. "And eventually... eventually, we will lead them into the day."
Essentially, this is when The Conspiracy
is good rather than evil, though perhaps not Lawful Good
, depending on who runs the Government
. Indeed, a Benevolent Conspiracy
might actually be run
by the the Government
, in order to discreetly fight against evil, or at least to protect the interests of the people they lead. One such goal of this conspiracy might be to work against a more powerful enemy without provoking an all out fight against them, or to prevent the populace from breaking out in a counterproductive panic by revealing things too them before they are ready.
Despite their intent a Benevolent Conspiracy can still be antagonists. Well-Intentioned Extremism
is a danger for any viewpoint, and there's always the possibility of a Renegade Splinter Faction
developing. It's even possible they just screwed up and designated the protagonists as enemies when they were really on the same side. And regardless of whether they're really the good guys they probably don't appreciate being revealed and will take steps to prevent it (though the truly good ones will probably just steal the evidence rather than Make It Look Like an Accident
Contrast the Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy
, which is very definitely evil. If run by the government it's likely a case of No Such Agency
. Like a regular conspiracy, may be headed by an Omniscient Council of Vagueness
. May overlap with an Ancient Order of Protectors
, particularly when a Sealed Evil in a Can
is involved, though they're more often an Impartial Purpose-Driven Faction
Live Action Television
- The NSA is portrayed as one in Digital Fortress.
- The Foundation series, from Isaac Asimov:
- The series initially presents the titular Foundation as being one of these: a hidden organization that, through it's machinations, is attempting to steer human society through the dark ages into a new prosperous age. Later on, the Second Foundation is somewhat presented like this.
- And, of course, at the end of the series it's revealed that the robots from tens of thousands of years ago, who had seemingly disappeared from the galaxy, have been benevolently guiding humanity's path the entire time.
- Isaac Asimov's short story "The Dead Past". The government is secretly trying to prevent anyone from developing a time viewer device (a device that can show the past). The protagonists disagree and not only develop such a device but distribute the plans widely. A government agent then explains to them the reason for the ban: such a time viewer could be used to spy on anyone, anywhere in current time. The widespread availability of such viewers means the effective end of personal privacy for the human race.
- The Dresden Files: The White Council of wizards attempts to be this for humanity, though opinions are strongly divided as to how well it succeeds. In fact, the official party line's denial of the existence of an evil conspiracy in their midst (despite strong evidence) prompts some characters to form a Benevolent Conspiracy of their own, so they can act against the evil one without censure from their higher-ups.
- Babylon 5, the heroes and their supporters form what they call a "Conspiracy of Light" against The Shadows and their minions and pawns.
- The watchers in Highlander. The greater good is writing a history book, but some members have their own agendas.
- Stargate Command and its associated organizations, which fought and won three separate interstellar wars in defense of Earth without any Earthling not cleared being any the wiser. They've been known to protect the secret by simply beaming the evidence away, or by buying off a news company with the promise of an exclusive when the program goes public.
- The Warehouse Agents in Warehouse 13 are a secretive millenia-old organization that finds and hides artifacts so they can't harm anyone and so unscrupulous people can't use them.
- UFO: The organization known as SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization) uses land, sea and air units to intercept and destroy attacking/invading UFOs. It also acts to keep the alien attacks a secret, sometimes by erasing the memories of people who encounter aliens or UFOs.
- The title agency in Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic. It's a secret U.S. Government agency devoted to tracking down and dealing with evil supernatural forces.
- The S.A.V.E. (Societas Argenti Viae Eternitata, or, The Eternal Society of the Silver Way) organization in Chill. It fights against dangerous creatures from the Unknown.
- Delta Green. The title group is an illegal organization inside the U.S. government that investigates and deals with Cthulhu Mythos related threats.
- Firewall in Eclipse Phase is an inter-faction conspiracy dedicated to preventing the extinction of what's left of transhumanity at all costs.
- The Assassins in Assassin's Creed Try to stop the Templars from instilling a One World Order. On the other hand The Templars have many Type III Anti Villains and seem to think that Utopia Justifies the Means but they have some questionable methods of reaching their goals (starting WW2 for example) and they believe that Humans Are the Real Monsters.
- Morgan Everett tries to portray the Illuminati as this in Deus Ex. To be fair, they really come across as one when compared to the more immediate and malevolent conspiracy at hand, set in motion by their spin-off organization Majestic-12. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, however, doesn't portray them quite as kindly.
Everett: You and me, JC. We'll rule the world in secret, with an invisible hand, the way the Illuminati have always ruled.
JC Denton: Don't you think it's time we end the tyranny -- for everyone?
Everett: There's such a thing as a compassionate conspiracy.
- The Keepers from the Thief series. They're more apathetic than benevolent, but they're (in theory) dedicated to preserving Balance of Power. They just decided that not interfering was the best way to do it.
- X-COM and XCOM: Enemy Unknown have the player as the head of the military division of a secret global initiative to defend planet Earth from invading aliens. Complete with an Omniscient Council of Vagueness to report to.