->''"In the mid 1980s I was asked to compile a comic book detailing the [[CIAEvilFBIGood murky history of the CIA]]. What I learned during the frankly horrifying research was that, yes: there is a conspiracy. In fact, there are a great number of conspiracies, all tripping each other up."''
-->-- '''Creator/AlanMoore'''

Everything you've heard is true: TheIlluminati rule the world, the moon landings were faked, JFK was assassinated by a bunch of gray aliens, and you surely don't think the Cuban Missile Crisis was about Cuban Missiles, do you?

Yes, that's right: In this setting, every [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theory]] you've ever heard of is true. And some you haven't. A closely related subtrope to FantasyKitchenSink, but conspiracy-minded, rather than fantastic; like its parent, there is a certain tendency towards self-contradiction, but given the source of the trope (paranoid conspiracy theories), not that surprising.

Following things are a must-have for any Conspiracy Kitchen Sink worth its salt (for required ''tropes'', see TheIndexIsWatchingYou):

* A SecretWar between TheIlluminati, TheKnightsTemplar, TheHashshashin, the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire]] [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Courts]], TheFairFolk, Freemasons, Opus Dei, TheMafia, [[CIAEvilFBIGood CIA]] and {{KGB}}, [[AIIsACrapshoot Rogue AIs]], [[CosmicHorrorStory Lovecraftian]] and [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic]] {{cult}}s, UsefulNotes/ThePentagon, Bilderberg Group, Majestic-12, TheGreys, and TheReptilians. Yes, all at once in one merry free-for-all that no {{Gullible Lemming|s}} ever notices.
* {{Precursors}} of any origin ([[AncientAstronauts extraterrestrial]] or {{ultraterrestrial|s}}) and disposition ({{benevolent|Precursors}}, {{abusive|Precursors}}, or simply {{neglectful|Precursors}}).
* Prominent involvement of {{Area 51}}, TheBermudaTriangle, MysteriousAntarctica, HollowEarth, and {{Atlantis}}, as well as the respective headquarters of the factions listed above. And [[BigApplesauce New York]].
* Nonchalant [[TheReveal revelations]] of the ''real'' allegiances and agendas of {{Jesus}}, Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, JackTheRipper, UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, {{Rasputin|TheMadMonk}}, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] Music/ElvisPresley.
* The sinister purpose of {{Ley Line}}s, ThePyramids, the HolyGrail, the PhilosophersStone, [[WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet aglets]], and any number of other {{Public Domain Artifact}}s.
* The Truth behind the [[PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs KT extinction]], TheTunguskaEvent, RoswellIncident, SpontaneousHumanCombustion, Operation Paperclip, Project MKULTRA, Monarch MindControl program, [[WhoShotJFK Kennedy]] and Palme assassinations, the Moon landings, the [[SubliminalSeduction 25th frame]], the Watergate scandal, the first UsefulNotes/GulfWar (well, the ''real'' truth, anyway), TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt as predicted by the {{Mayan|Doomsday}}s/Nostradamus/[[Literature/BookOfRevelation John of Patmos]], and any number of other StockUnsolvedMysteries you can think of.

Compare CrossoverCosmology, the mythological version of this trope.

Occasionally leads to a GambitPileup, but not nearly as often as it should. Naturally, in all of these conspiracies there are NoDelaysForTheWicked.

This trope covers {{settings}} and entire series/works. For the characters who ''believe'' they live in a Conspiracy Kitchen Sink, see ConspiracyTheorist.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* A lot of Creator/GrantMorrison's other work, features loads and loads of conspiracies. ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' deserves special mention though, since it takes place in a world where pretty much every single piece of conspiracy literature scrawled out in the last 60 years was all true. Simultaneously.
* The main protagonist of ''Hunter-killer'' (written by Creator/MarkWaid) has been home schooled, and what he's been taught (as far as recent history is concerned) is all conspiracy theories. [[spoiler:And not surprisingly, all he's been taught is true, except the part about the week having six days.]] One major turning point, as it turns out, was indeed the Cuban missile crisis.
* In Comicbook/TheQuestion's [[ADayInTheLimelight spotlight issue]] of the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' tie-in comic, he spends a week solving every major conspiracy in western civilization's history. Stuff like "Jack the Ripper was cloned from the Chupacabras that landed in Area 51". It turns out a lot of it was faked, but that's the kind of stuff he makes a living investigating.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. The Oracle tells Neo that the Matrix is full of programs controlling its individual elements.
-->'''Oracle:''' The ones doing their job, doing what they were meant to do, are invisible. You'd never even know they were here. But the other ones, well, we hear about them all the time.
-->'''Neo:''' I've never heard of them.
-->'''Oracle:''' Oh, of course you have. Every time you've heard someone say they saw a ghost, or an angel. Every story you've ever heard about [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], or aliens, is the system assimilating some program that's doing something they're not supposed to be doing.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' movies seems to represent a peculiar version of this -- every conspiracy theory you've ever heard is on to something big, but the truth behind all of them is the same, in this case aliens.
** One example is a small ball that seems to be similar to rubber, except it GAINS energy with each bounce making it incredibly destructive. Apparently it caused a massive New York blackout. The alien diplomat who did it? He thought it was funny as hell.
** Elvis' death? [[ElvisHasLeftThePlanet He was an alien who just went home]]. Or so K ''claims'', anyway; [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation maybe he was just messing with J's head?]]
** Slightly subverted with this exchange when J finds out how many aliens currently inhabit New York City:
--> '''J:''' Cab drivers...
--> '''K:''' Not as many as you'd think.
** J's theory about that one grade school teacher of his being an alien, though? Spot on.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'', the [[BigBad Red Skull]], who went underground after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, is revealed to now be the head of a NebulousEvilOrganization which basically secretly runs the world, and was responsible for the assassinations of both the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, among other dastardly acts.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother'' runs through the list of stereotypical black conspiracy theories, with each and every one being true. Until it finally culminates in:
-->'''Undercover Brother:''' And O.J. ''really didn't do it.''
-->''[[{{Beat}} *awkward silence*]]''
-->'''Chief:''' Let's move on...
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', where thousands of historical events can be traced back to elements within the Fashion industry.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* James Ellroy's ''American Tabloid'' answers the question "Who killed JFK?", with a pretty resounding "Everybody". (If you want more specificity: [[spoiler:the assassination was bankrolled half by reactionary billionaire Howard Hughes and half by various Mafia bosses, the shooters were CIA contractors borrowed from one of the Company's many anti-Castro black ops, and J. Edgar Hoover personally directed the cover-up in the hours after the shooting]].)
* The ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy of novels by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. [[spoiler:FNORD]]
** Why did someone put in a spoiler block with nothing in it?
*** That's what they WANT you to think.
* ''1963'' had [[WhoShotJFK several conflicting theories on the JFK murder]], involving everything from aliens to the Illuminati to mind-controlling government officials.
* Umberto Eco's ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'' has the main characters invent their own synarchic plot (for fun) to explain all of the various conspiracy theories in the world. You can guess what happens next.
* Pretty much everything written by ThomasPynchon ''runs'' on this trope, ''especially'' ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''.
* In ''Conspiracies'', RepairmanJack attends a ConspiracyTheorist '''convention'''. Subverted in that [[spoiler: there really is a conspiracy happening behind the scenes ... but it's against Jack himself, not anything the convention's attendees dreamed up.]]
* ''Literature/IClaudius'' is a hodgepodge of pretty much every half baked conspiracy theory about the time of the Julio-Claudian Emperors, both then and since.
* The world of ''Literature/GoodOmens'' ends up turning into something like this. Thanks to Adam Young's growing RealityWarper powers, all the crackpot theories he reads about in Anathema's New Age magazines (like Tibetan tunnels, alien visitations, Atlantis, and the hollow Earth) [[RealityBleed start becoming true]]. [[PlayedForLaughs And it's absolutely hilarious.]]
* Anything written by Creator/DanBrown. The Robert Langdon books have had a habit of subverting this trope, however. While conspiracy theories are often thrown around by the characters, there usually ends up being a logical, or at least somewhat realistic explanation for everything. [[spoiler: In fact, {{Conspiracy Theorist}}s have ended up being the villain more often than not because they believe that nothing is true and everything in permitted.]]
* Website/TheOnion published an article about the JFK assassination that made use of this trope. "Kennedy Slain By CIA, Mafia, Castro, LBJ, Teamsters, Freemasons: President Shot 129 Times From 43 Different Angles".
* This is the entire purpose of ''Literature/MrBlank'' and its sequel ''Literature/GetBlank'', a detective story in which the hero works for literally every conspiracy there is, so when someone tries to murder him, there's no shortage of suspects. One of his most reliable tactics is playing off one conspiracy against another such as pitting the Little Green Men against the Assassins and the Russian Mob in order to rescue his girlfriend.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheChronicle'': Everything they write about in tabloids is true.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' and its SpinOff, ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had a lot of government conspiracies. And not only [=EarthGov=] either. Especially the Centauri and to a lesser extent the Minbari, too. And then there is that whole Shadow/Vorlon-thing...

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[[folder: Music ]]

* "Everything You Know Is Wrong" by Music/{{Chumbawamba}}, where the narrator claims responsibility of e.g. "taking scissors on the black vote down in Florida", "I was there when they landed on the moon, in a studio in Kentucky in June", "at the canteen down in Columbine, with the bags they never found", "and I hid those missing WMD's"...
* [[Music/TheRollingStones "Sympathy for the Devil"]]. Seriously. [[FridgeLogic Think about it]].
* ''The Crucial Conspiracy'', Music/TheDingees' third album, had references to chemtrails, government mind-control experiments, and Majestic Twelve; and even has lyrics that could be interpreted to mean that {{Satan}} himself is involved in UFO activity.
* Tom Smith's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm5go6mVqwU Illuminatti Polka]] plays it for laughs.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/ConspiracyX'' is an RPG (by Eden Studios) based around the concept of some or all of the conspiracy theorists being onto something.
* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' is a modern-time setting for the ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' RPG. Not only is every possible conspiracy staged by either Nyarlatotep, Mi-Go, or some other EldritchAbomination, but the playable organization, DeltaGreen, is an illegal conspiracy. Why? Because official paranormal investigators are controlled by aliens, of course.
** What's even funnier is that, in the official setting, DeltaGreen doesn't believe in aliens, only monsters, magic, and ghosts. Of course, anyone who's up on the source material know that all the monsters, aliens, and magic reside at the same address. (It's also worth mentioning that the aliens who are controlling the official MIB aren't actually aliens, but artificial constructs created by the real aliens who wanted a weird but still recognizably human appearance.)
* Steve Jackson Games has at least three products set here:
** The various ''Illuminati'' card games (inspired by the above ''{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy).
** ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Illuminati'' (inspired by the success of the card games).
** ''GURPS Warehouse 23'' (inspired by [[http://www.bahneman.com/liem/x-files/warehouse.html playful Internet speculation]] on what else might be found in the government storage facility seen at the end of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'').
** Depending on how you look at it, ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' (and its offshoot, ''GURPS In Nomine'') also qualifies.
*** ''In Nomine Anime'', a small and obscure supplement, definitely has one foot in this territory.
** Also ''GURPS IOU''. The "I" does stand for "Illuminati" after all. (The "U" stands for "University", and [[TheUnreveal the "O" stands for]] [[spoiler:YOU'RE NOT CLEARED FOR THAT INFORMATION! ...seriously speaking, it's never explained.]])
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', an RPG originally by West End Games, though it's set in a futuristic dystopia and not the present day, definitely falls under this trope.
* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness. Everything is being manipulated by and has always been manipulated by the [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Vampire Elders]], the [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Technocracy]], [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Pentex]], and [[TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion various]] [[ChangelingTheDreaming evil]] [[TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen spirits]]. At the same time. With the organizations never interacting, conflicting, or sometimes even being aware of each other.
** This is largely because early books weren't necessarily written with crossovers in mind, and gave you a world populated by one supernatural threat, later books in oWoD got better about enabling crossovers and finding niches for the various creatures.
*** The Technocracy, in particular, seemed to have a handle on vampires and werewolves better than anyone else... then it turned out the Technocracy contained several competing conspiracies.
** The TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness is getting there, too, except none of the conspiracies control ''everything'', just a specialized area. The Seers of the Throne make sure that magic stays out of the Fallen World so they get it all to themselves. They have their own phony Men in Black, Division Six... and we say "phony" because the ''real'' Men in Black, Task Force: VALKYRIE, operate out of the US Treasury. Then you have the medical corporation that performs experiments on supernatural creatures to find out how useful their parts are, the Catholic Church's crack monster-hunting squad, and the FBI bureau staffed with psychics who hunt down [[SlasherMovie supernatural serial killers]] and stick them in a Midwestern Guantanamo. And so on. (It's worth noting that all of the listed examples, excluding the Seers of the Throne but including Division Six, come from ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil''.)
*** And in the Fanmade Gameline ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', Lemuria used to be in charge of this, but now only ''thinks'' they're in charge of it. (Bizarrely, the Lemurians and the Seers of the Throne are ''unable to detect'' each other, and no-one knows why.)
* This is one of the founding premises of ''TabletopGame/OverTheEdge''. Seriously, there are ''hundreds'' of them, [[GambitPileup all interfering with each other's plans...]]
* The following example has been deemed classification level Viridian Gamma by [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} The Holy Inquisition of the Imperium of Man]]: [[spoiler:You know too much. *BLAM*]]
* ''TabletopGame/DarkMatter'' is this trope; includes dimension-traveling lizard people, Atlantis, the Illuminati, ModernMagic, alien bigfoot, and of course government conspiracies.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
** One character claims the maintenance men at his workplace are plotting against him when he gets a lemon-lime soda from a vending machine when he was almost certain he pressed the orange button. His partner is skeptical, to say the least.
--->'''Anna:''' Are you ''sure'' you pressed the right button?
--->'''Gunther:''' I do not make mistakes of that kind!
--->'''Anna:''' Your hand might have slipped.
--->'''Gunther:''' No, I wanted orange. It gave me lemon-lime.
--->'''Anna:''' The machine would not make a mistake.
--->'''Gunther:''' It's the maintenance man. He ''knows'' I like orange!
--->'''Anna:''' So you think the ''staff'' has some kind of ''plot''?
--->'''Gunther:''' Yes! They do it on purpose!
*** Entertainingly, this is confirmed in the sequel by a NPC.
--->'''Bum:''' Someone here must have really liked lemon-lime soda.
** Let's see... [[spoiler: Area 51, Majestic 12, the Illuminati, lab-designed plague to cull the lower classes, the Greys, black helicopters, Men in Black (much closer to the original concept than the ones in the above movie), Chupacabras (called "greasels" in the game), FEMA as a black organization, New World Order, corporate takeover of government...]]
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Metal Gear Solid 2]]'' parodied itself at one point by having one of the on-disc [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary story recaps]] being a book written by the [[UnreliableNarrator most hilariously deranged conspiracy theorist]] you could possibly imagine. (To give you an idea; we don't get to read it, but the title of his previous book was ''Rays From The Loch Ness Monster -- The True Power Source Of [=UFOs=]''.) To his credit, he was extremely good at ''identifying'' conspiracies -- unfortunately, he never blamed the events on the ''right'' conspiracies, attributing TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness-caused disaster of the previous game to the island it was on being "an Ellis Island for the Greys". The whole farce ends with him being rescued by an invisible man whom he proudly, loudly declares is a noble SufficientlyAdvancedAlien who had taken pity on him, when it's clear to the reader that it's Solid Snake in [[InvisibilityCloak active camo]].
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' rapidly became an amalgamation of all sorts of conspiracy theories, incorporating everything from the Tunguska Event to JFK's assassination to ''the entirety of World War II'' and tracing them all back to the Templars, the Assassins or both trying to cover up or seize something or other. It's not exactly necessary to understand how it all fits together to make any sense of the plot, fortunately, because any attempt to do so is doomed to failure, particularly when [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien time travelling god aliens]] get involved. Generally it's best to simply accept that the Assassins and Templars have been at each other's throats for a really long time and move on. Gets especially crazy and paranoia-inducing in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''. Alan Turing? Murdered to prevent him from inventing too powerful computers. Cable TV? A method for transmitting brainwave altering signals and monitoring citizens. Cell tower surveillance? Tracking all communication.
* Though it's not essential to play the game, the hidden messages in ''VideoGame/TheConduit'' meshes together just about every conspiracy theory under the sun. Especially [[VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}} the sequel.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' positions its setting as a world where "[[ArcWords Everything is true]]"... which includes both every conspiracy theory ''and'' [[FantasyKitchenSink every fairy tale]]. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Except aliens.]]
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' presents a variety of alien conspiracies as being true as the basis for its plot.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' TV series.

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[[folder: New Media ]]

* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' is basically a collection of inexplicable objects and phenomena, and is essentially all the conspiracies no one has thought of rolled into one.
* The eponymous town in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' has this trope as a basic premise, except there is no {{masquerade}}; all of it is just accepted as the normal state of things.

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[[folder: Real Life (?) ]]

* The [[http://www.subgenius.com/ Church of the Subgenius]] (a tongue-in-cheek parody of both New Age mysticism and Fundamentalist Christianity, fused together) includes a deliberately mixmastered hodgepodge of conspiracy theories in its whacked-out "cosmology". Take two shots UsefulNotes/{{Discordianism}}, three ounces of unadulterated conspiracy theory, shake together with a splash of Bay Rum, a pinch of Dianetics, and a heaping helping of LSD, and you might be able to approximate it. Drink straight from a Klein bottle for maximum effect.
* DavidIcke will tell you that the Anunnaki, ancient Babylonian gods, were in fact [[TheReptilians Reptilian]] aliens who are still among us, among them the Windsors, Bushes, and Habsburgs, and are behind every conspiracy ever alleged, including Kennedy, 9/11, the Pyramids, anything involving Illuminati, etc. (especially the antisemitic ones), authors of the past using then-acceptable antisemitism to pass coded references to Reptilians to others "in the know."
** {{Website/Cracked}} summed him up best:
---> This is David Icke. He is a fucking loon.
** His theories are so well-known and crazy that ''Lost Tapes'' did an episode concerning Reptilians that's basically a loving homage to his kookiest and craziest theories. It also ends with a slight twist. The Reptilians aren't here to rule and manipulate us, [[spoiler: they're here to '''harvest''' us.]]
** Most "unified conspiracy theories" are deliberate examples of this, being attempts to shoehorn every conspiracy theory that the writer believes into a coherent narrative.
* Website/AboveTopSecret is a massive example of this trope, being a large website and forum devoted entirely to conspiracy theories.
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