->''Everything is what I '''say''' it is! If I decide that granite is squeezably soft, it '''is!''' If I decide that cows have wings, they '''do!''' To put it another way, cows do '''not''' have wings because I don't '''want''' them to! My imagination and reality are virtually '''indistinguishable!''' All existence, except me, might as well be a figment of my imagination! Maybe it '''is!''' I might have just dreamed all this up, including wingless cows! But then, the whole point is that it makes '''no difference!'''''
--> -- The Beyonder, ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII''

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.

There are several types of omnipotent characters.

* The character has absolute omnipotence. As in, nothing can challenge them, and they can literally do anything and everything, logic and causality be damned.
* The character is omnipotent. They can break even logic and causality to achieve anything, but there are others who can do this as well (sometimes they're TheAntiGod). What happens if they go against each other can be a massive MindScrew.
* The character can do just about anything that's logically possible (i.e. virtual omnipotence), or at least appear to, thus making sure MagicAIsMagicA in the process. This type of omnipotence is also more frequent than the above type to have multiple characters that operate at this level. The term nigh-omnipotent is often thrown about at this level.
* The character is omnipotent within a field or concept. Specialized omnipotence, if you will. {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s are almost guaranteed to display this with the concept they embody.
* The character is "merely" an almighty being, whose power is far beyond any other in the setting. For practical purposes though, they're basically omnipotent.

The most powerful [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]] tend to exhibit this. Combine this with a strong Ego, and you get AGodAmI (which may or not be completely true). Combine it with {{Cloudcuckoolander}} tendencies, and you may have a GreatGazoo, or worse, a MadGod.

Because of their powers, omnipotent characters are usually totally invulnerable to everything. NighInvulnerable by contrast is a step lower than this. CompleteImmortality is also very common.

Compare TheOmniscient and TheOmnipresent, who often, but not always, overlap with TheOmnipotent. [[CosmicBeing Cosmic Beings]] are often omnipotent as well. If they don't actually do anything, they're an AllPowerfulBystander.

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Othinus is a PhysicalGod, but has a weakness that her powers only work 50% of the time. [[spoiler:Once she overcomes this, she becomes virtually omnipotent, able to create, destroy, and rewrite entire universes on a whim. Her only limitations are: 1) She cannot ''directly'' affect [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]] (she is more than capable of indirectly affecting it though, such as by sending Touma away to a universe and torture him there). 2) Contrary to her claims that she's far above humans, she still has a human-like mind. She almost collapses from mental fatigue at one point, and she cannot reverse her changes to the universe if ''she has forgotten what changes did she cause''. Though she was able to change the universe back to normal with the help of Imagine Breaker.]]
** The [[spoiler:[[PowersThatBe True GREMLIN]]]] group consists of entities that are all virtually omnipotent, even more so than Othinus. [[spoiler:However, they are all [[OutGambitted out-gambitted]] by a fellow PhysicalGod Aleister Crowley, which may qualify as a virtual omnipotent himself, and all of them are cast down to Earth. They are then mostly eliminated by [[KillTheGod characters specifically designed to combat them]], Kihara Noukan and Kakeru Kamisato]].
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', unbeknownst to herself. And considering [[JerkassGods her behaviour]], it's probably better for the SOS Brigade to keep all paranormal stuff away from her in secret, [[AGodAmI le]][[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ st]][[GodIsEvil ..]]
* [[spoiler:Lain]] ([[MindScrew probably]]), in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''.
* ''Anime/HareGuu'' - why, Chet and Addie. (Not really.)
* From ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', [[spoiler:Ryougi Shiki's Third Personality is an AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Root of Creation, and, much like [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]], is capable of destroying the universe and replacing it with a new one on a whim.]]
* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' we have The three Choushin: Tsunami, Tokimi, Washuu, and [[spoiler:Misaki]] as type 2, and [[spoiler: Tenchi himself]] as type 1, though not manifested as such yet. Z and Ryoko at full power are arguably type 3. The Zinv and current Tenchi are type 5, as are the most powerful Jurai trees.
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', Ajimu Najimi is functionally omnipotent, in that she can do anything including changing the laws of reality, but feels bound by the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality which prevents her from ever winning against a "main character".
* [[BigBad Hao Asakura]] has become the lowest example of this in ''Manga/ShamanKing'' before the heroes even meet him. His control over reincarnation, connection to the Spirit of Fire, and centuries of experience mean he's unbeatable from the get-go, with the next-best shamans being as nothing in comparison to his power. In a setting where resurrecting a dead person is possible, if draining, for the very powerful, Hao can perform mass resurrections after single-handedly defeating a human navy supplemented by powerful shamans. The plan to defeat Hao is to let him win the tournament and gang up on him with the five OlympusMons elemental spirits while he can't fight back, but the heroes admit even this is fairly unlikely to work. [[spoiler: When Hao awakens as Shaman King, he's omnipotent and kills the entire cast with a thought as he prepares to reshape the world to better please himself; fortunately, Yoh expected something like this would happen when he realized even if they ''were'' strong enough to win, the heroes would never be able to end the threat Hao presents with violence. Instead, the entire cast appears within Hao's mind and manage to avert the extinction of ordinary humans by reasoning with Hao instead of trying to overpower him.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler: The titular character was likely somewhere on the spectrum as a magical girl in the penultimate timeline, at least until she [[RetGone paradox'ed herself out of existence.]] She was powerful enough to restart the universe with new laws of nature in place to make it a little less [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack,]] and annihilate her own Witch with a single, devastating blast.]]
* [[spoiler:Ronnie Schiatto]] of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', the series' resident HumanoidAbomination. Of course, [[AllPowerfulBystander rather than actually using his phenomenal cosmic powers for anything especially useful]], he just employs omnipotence for [[MundaneUtility inconsequential things]] like scaring small children or saving himself a long train ride.
-->"Do you want me to die of boredom?"
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': The Anti-Spiral is not ''quite'' absolutely omnipotent, but it comes close. It can build universes, manipulate probability, and matches everything the heroes dish out with little visible effort ([[spoiler:except for Simon's last attack, which kills it]]). Entire galaxies are mere tools in its hands ([[NotHyperbole literally]]).
* Sai Akuto from ''Anime/DemonKingDaimao'' has similar powers to [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Featherine Augustus Aurora]] described below.

* The titular character from {{ComicBook/Enigma}} is what happens if God was gay, morally ambiguous, and ate lizards. It's kind of a weird comic that way.
* The Beyonder from ''Marvel Superheroes ComicBook/SecretWars'' and ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'' [[UnreliableExpositor believes this]] because as he living embodiment of a universe, he can do many things. He was later retconned into something less impressive, but until then he was nearly omnipotent.
* In Marvel, a supposed characteristic of the One-Above-All, who is also hinted to be ''the'' capital-G {{God}}. The most powerful entity stated that appears, the Living Tribunal, seems like this compared to the protagonists but it can't act without all three of its heads in agreement. [[AchillesInHisTent So it usually does nothing.]]
* The ComicBook/FantasticFour met the One-Above-All once. Fittingly, he was Creator/JackKirby, and mentioned that he had a collaborator. [[Creator/StanLee 'nuff said.]]
** The DC Presence is, or was, occasionally referred to as The One Above All by some, including The Spectre. This was a probably deliberate hint that the Marvel and DC God are actually the same being. In other words, He is the most powerful comic book character ''period''. Assuming He isn't simply code for "the writers".
** Also, The Presence is the same being as The Source from the ComicBook/NewGods ([[DependingOnTheWriter probably]]), as both are aspects of the same all-powerful being. Other aspects exist (eg. The Voice), but they are mentioned far less often.
* Man of Miracles or M.O.M. for short in the Image Universe, or at least in Spawn, s/he is also Kali and Jesus Christ, and God of the [[Literature/TheBible Old Testament]] is just his/hers son.
* Mr. Mxyzptlk is a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' villain from the 5th dimension who's abilities makes him a RealityWarper in the 3rd dimension. Fortunately, he's more interested in messing with Superman and playing tricks than doing anything really malicious.
* A pair of supposed omnipotent entities in the MarvelUniverse once got into a debate over this when they ran into the the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Celestials]]. One of them didn't understand why the other was so intimidated by the Celestials because they were both omnipotent and nothing should be able to threaten them; the other told her that yes, they were omnipotent, but there are "levels of omnipotence" and the Celestials are on a much higher level than either of them. This was stated as fact in the ''ComicBook/OfficialHandbookOfTheMarvelUniverse''. See SuperWeight for details.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'s'' [[PhysicalGod Dr. Manhattan]] was once a human being until he got zapped by some AppliedPhlebotinum that turned him into a full-blown RealityWarper in a setting otherwise filled with {{Badass Normal}}s at best. Though his personal omniscience didn't really make him ''feel'' all-powerful.

* The evil Djinn in ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' is about as close to this as would be possible while [[{{Conflict}} keeping the story entertaining]], as he claims that his wishes are bound only by the imagination of the person making the wish. The very few things he can't do is to mess with the very basis of reality, such as killing or unmaking himself ({{God}} made his kind immortal when He created the universe), and undoing evil itself ([[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil as evil is necessary for there to be good]]). Every other wish pertaining to him personally is also bound by the ancient prophecy of the three wishes [[HellOnEarth unleashing the Djinn hordes upon the Earth]], so he can only grant wishes involving himself that don't [[LogicBomb undo his ability to grant them]].
* God in ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' seems to be this. He then makes Bruce omnipotent too, aside from not being able to affect free will. There doesn't seem to be anything he can't do. However, it never occurs to Bruce to give himself omniscience, so he struggles more than you'd expect an all-powerful being to.
* Neil in ''Film/AbsolutelyAnything''.

* Tomas and Pug by the later books in Creator/RaymondEFeist's ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle''.
* The Ellimist and Crayak from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' both have unlimited power, and regularly cause the creation or destruction of species. While they agreed to no ''direct'' interference as part of their "game," neither of them fit the AllPowerfulBystander trope - they both are skilled enough at manipulation to still cause massive changes in the history of the galaxy.
* Anthony Fremont of the short story ''ItsAGoodLife''.
* Happens at the very end of ''Brain Jack'' by Brian Falkner. Sam ends up merging with the [[AIIsACrapshoot A.I.]] Ursula and gaining the ability to control everything and know almost everything as well, because in this future, EverythingIsOnline.
* The ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' have the "specialized omnipotence" variety: When they assert themselves in their particular domain, no one has the power to oppose them, not even another Incarnation.
* Azathoth from the works of Creator/HPLovecraft including in his VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}} incarnation. Yog-Sothoth as well.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Q of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' hails from a race of omnipotent beings known as... well, [[OneLetterName the Q]]. Subverted in that in an episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', another Q insists that they are merely ''very'' SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, just as Starfleet would appear to an Iron Age society.
** Nobody in Starfleet possesses CompleteImmortality, apparent [[TheOmniscient omniscience]], or the ability to [[RealityWarper warp reality]] with a click of their fingers, so that's being a little overly modest. Unlike Starfleet, whose powers are dependent almost solely on technology, the Q's powers are inherent to themselves. The only known limit to their powers is the rest of the Continuum, who can collectively impose punishments like removing their powers (though they still know almost everything), imprison them or make them mortal. That and a PatrickStewartSpeech.
** Also the Douwd, a being who casually exterminated an entire race in an instant in a moment of anger. Probably a type 2 or 3. While he can transmute matter and simulate life, he does not appear to be able to control space or time. Thus he could neither simply send the Husnock attackers someplace else, nor truly resurrect his wife, the other colonists or the Husnock after they were dead.
** The EU novels have 0, a former friend of Q who is arguably more powerful than Q, but in the past was crippled to not be able to travel in time or faster than the speed of light.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** [[spoiler:Castiel]] became a Type 5 at the end of Season 6 after absorbing the souls of all the monsters in Purgatory. He blew [[spoiler:the ArchangelRaphael]] to smithereens with the snap of his fingers and broke chains strong enough to bind [[TheAntiGod Death]] himself. However, he couldn't control his own power.
** {{God}} is around a Type 2. He is the creator of everything [[spoiler:except the Darkness]], and [[TheGrimReaper Death]] claims that even during his own aforementioned bout of omnipotence [[spoiler:Castiel]] was nowhere near the real God. However, Death is capable of killing him, and even he couldn't [[spoiler:beat the Darkness]] on his own. With the S10 finale, he might not be able to [[spoiler:kill the Mark of Cain's bearer]], which would bring him closer to a Type 5.
** [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is another Type 5. He's powerful enough to kill {{God}} himself, the reason he [[spoiler:gives the Winchesters his ring]] in Season 5 is because he can't bear to be bound by someone as far beneath him as Lucifer (yes, ''[[{{Satan}} that]]'' Lucifer), and he was able to break into and out of and retrieve a soul from the Cage in a few minutes, something that both Crowley, the King of Hell, and Castiel, a Seraph of the Lord, deemed impossible. However, he can be bound by ordinary humans, and his own scythe may be capable of killing him. The S10 finale reveals even he can't [[spoiler:kill the bearer of the Mark of Cain]].
** Given that even {{God}} couldn't beat it on his own, [[spoiler:The Darkness]] can be presumed to be this, though what type is as yet unknown.
** Jesse Turner, TheAntichrist, is a Type 4. He can kill Archangels with a single word, but his powers only effect things within a certain radius of him.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': type 4. Nobles can do virtually ''anything'' within the confines of their Estate, especially if they invested heavily in Domain and Persona, which govern (respectively) your control over the raw material of your Estate, and your control over the little "[Estate]ness" dial on everything else in the world.

[[folder:Mythology, Religion, and Folklore]]
* {{God}} is often attributed Omnipotence in monotheistic religions, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnipotence_paradox#Types_of_omnipotence but there's debate on what type]]. (There's also a different and slightly less technical analysis of the options on the [[Analysis/TheOmnipotent Analysis page here]].)
** The position that {{God}} can do anything that is ''logically'' possible (while still possessing absolute supernatural power), but cannot do things that are mutually exclusive, like making a stone so big even He can't lift it, is generally the position taken by some Christian theologians and philosophers such as St Augustine or St Thomas Aquinas- God can do anything, except that which makes God "not God", so He cannot do something that removes or defies His omnipotence, including simply making himself not omnipotent (since one paradox is that an omnipotent being can make himself powerless, but still be omnipotent, since he ''is'' omnipotent- these philosophers say that He can't, thus removing the paradox). For Augustine, this is because God is perfectly rational, and is also perfect, and being perfect would not act contrary to His nature, which is to be rational, and since such paradoxes are irrational He can't do them. In other words, the question is regarded as fallacious and nonsensical, and just a trick of word play.
** On the flip side, ''other'' Christian philosophers like Rene Descartes say that God ''can'' do absolutely anything, reasoning that He existed ''a priori'' to logic and is the one who tells logic what it is. The only reason such paradoxes exist is because logic acts a certain way from a human perspective, but the level of God is one humans cannot comprehend and what are apparent logical paradoxes to us are not so to God. This is called Absolute Omnipotence. By this thinking, God ''could'' (to use the above example) create a stone so large not even He could lift it. And then lift it anyway.
* [[OurGeniesAreDifferent 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 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.
* Averted by most Polytheistic pantheons, since even the [[OurGodsAreGreater Gods]] are subject to [[YouCantFightFate fate]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', [[spoiler: by the end of the game, Elizabeth becomes essentially the Omnipotent of that universe; she is able to "see behind all the doors", meaning she has the ability to know anything in any dimension or timeline. She is also able to open portals to any dimension or timeline, and it's implied that she becomes immortal and frozen in time, like the Lutece twins (this is NOT confirmed, though, it's only a speculation.)]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' plays around with this: [[spoiler: Chakravartin is referred to as the Omnipotent Ruler of Gaea. However, he's eventually defeated by Asura.]]
* ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' has [[AuthorAvatar Featherine Augustus]] [[RewritingReality Aurora]], who is perfectly capable of pausing the ''plot'' of the visual novel she's in, deciding she wants a scene to play out a different way, and rewriting the script of the novel itself. The one 'fight' we see her take part in, she decides she can't be bothered to think of a fight scene at that moment, so writes down that [[spoiler: her opponent Lambdadelta]] gets defeated by [Blank Space], saying she'll fill it in later. This results in [[spoiler: Lambdadelta]] being killed by [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm nothing, out of nowhere, instantly]]. The character who got one-shotted was [[SuperWeight laughingly throwing and tanking big bangs]], and had, up until that point, been the tied-for-most-powerful character in the whole story.
** There's also Bernkastel and Lambdadelta herself, who would be considered omnipotent by the standards of most other stories. They can easily destroy entire multiverses on a whim, but they are still limited and there exist stronger beings (such as [[spoiler: Witch of Resurrection ANGE-Beatrice after reaching her full potential]] and the aforementioned Featherine).
* ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' protagonist Maxwell has a notebook that grants him the power to create practically everything conceivable to the human mind aside from things that are inappropriate (which as of Unlimited can be circumvented through object creation), including adding the adjective "Unbeatable" to himself which prevents him from receiving harm, even by Death's instant kill ability.

* ''{{Minus}}'' is about a seemingly omnipotent child, who mostly uses her power as a toy.
* All of the Author characters in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' have god like powers. Seeing as how The Author is the creator of the comic universe he '''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 [[spoiler:ultimately turns out to be a future version of the actual Author]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the First Guardians are ''stated'' to be omnipotent, and can also be nearly omniscient as well depending on what they were made with, but there are beings far more powerful than them is existence (such as [[EldritchAbomination Lord English]] and [[AuthorAvatar Andrew Hussie]].)
* Sarda the Sage from ''WebComic/EightBitTheater''
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': A certain AI named [[spoiler: Petey]] (who was already insanely smart, and already controlled a huge fleet of warships) manages to take over a power generator ''made out of the Galactic Core''! [[spoiler: Except for the Pa'anuri,]] there is practically no one who can fight him... or even [[CurbStompBattle last three minutes]] against his moderate dislike.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One of the terms coined by the {{Spacebattles}} forums is "ROB," or Random Omnipotent Being. A ROB is used to justify ridiculous scenarios, or create events for people to talk about. A ROB is usually used as a Deus Ex Machina for a random event to set the plot moving in a quest.
** On the AlternateHistoryDotCom forums, the same role is filled by the term AlienSpaceBats (though this meaning is usually in the singular).
* In ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'', Jeannette has no limits on her power. Lewis takes advantage of this to solve the omnipotence paradox.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one of the shorts of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Treehouse of Horror (the theme being dreams resulting from overconsumption of candy), Bart is an omnipotent boy who freely changes things about him for his own amusement, the whole episode being an homage to a Twilight Zone [[ItsAGoodLife episode]]. After turning Homer into a jack-in-the-box, the family take Bart to a psychologist and helps Bart and Homer bond, resulting in Bart waking up from the dream.
* Amazo after his/its return in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' has [[MegaManning learned or copied]] the superpowers of every entity in the universe. The only power he lacks is [[spoiler:imagination to find a purpose for all his powers]]. That's why he is coming after ComicBook/LexLuthor, his surrogate father-figure, next. However, Chaos Magic is something he cannot deal with, as it can absorb his attacks -- he left the Earth in fear when he found this out, to figure out a way to counter it... and as far as we know, he is still doing just that dozens of episodes later by the time of the GrandFinale. A little embarrassing really, since the League solved the problem themselves a few minutes after he left.
* During the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', [[spoiler:Rex himself becomes one after taking control of the Meta-Nanites. While doing so, he was capable of controlling every nanite in the world, machines in general, the [[PlayingWithFire ele]][[AnIcePerson ments]], [[GravityMaster gravity]] and [[TimeMaster time]]-[[SpaceMaster space]]. He ultimately used his powers to start a WorldHealingWave that presumably cured every E.V.O]]. [[AGodIAmNot It was only temporary though]].