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Cosmic Entity
aka: Cosmic Being
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Ego: What madness do you mouth? You are but a single being, and I a world entire!
Galactus: The words you speak are true! In all of space I stand alone... but I have no need for an ally, for I am Galactus! The be-all and the end all am I!

A cosmic entity is any being who possesses powers so great he, she or it can affect entire worlds, stars, and possibly even galaxies (or in some cases, entire universes.) If there is more than one such entity in a setting, there will usually be different levels of power between them, and often specific responsibilities as well, forming a kind of Fantasy Pantheon.

Cosmic Beings tend to not care much about "lesser beings" (anybody who isn't 'cosmic') and any harm (or good) they cause is often unintentional. Because of their level of power, when they cause trouble the heroes are often forced to try to reason with them, use a Cosmic Keystone, or ask another Cosmic Entity for help.

A Cosmic Entity could be any of the following:

Examples:

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  • Tenchi Muyo! has the Choushin: hyper-dimensional entities far above the 11 or 22 dimensions, who created all of existence as an experiment, and are so far beyond the requirements for omnipotence and infinite power that "God" or "D3" is the lowest of their servants, ruling the 3-dimensional reality for them. And then there is the title character, who is still several degrees more powerfull than they are.
    • Anybody who is capable of wielding lighthawk wings also qualify as cosmic entities, including Z, the Zinv, Ryoko, Ryo-Ohki, and Jurai Royal Tree ships. Being able to invert or create black holes at will, and possessing enough energy to fill a universe.

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  • Some of the "Outer Gods" from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos qualify. Most notably Azathoth, the Blind Idiot God, who is mindless but said to rule over all time and space.
  • The Xeelee, the rulers of the Baryonic universe in the Xeelee Sequence. They have existed since seconds after the Big Bang, and used time travel to retroactively speed their own development. They are capable of using entire galaxies as construction material.
  • The Ellimist and Crayak from Animorphs.
  • The Old High Ones of the Discworld universe, so far above the gods they consider the gods about the same as mortals. They seem to be in charge of the whole universe, and once intervened on the Discworld to alter the way the world worked to stop the reality-tearing Mage Wars. There are eight, but the only one known by name is Azrael, the Death of Universes, who keeps a clock that time follows rather than the other way around.

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  • The universe of Doctor Who has a few. In no particular order:
    • The Time Lords themselves, who have an inherent mastery of the Time Vortex.
    • The Eternals, who would count as full-blown gods were it not for their Creative Sterility, and are to Time Lords what Time Lords are to Puny Humans.
    • The White and Black Guardians, transcendental beings who appear to be Anthropomorphic Personifications of Order and Chaos respectively. There are some indications that they are to Eternals what the Eternals are to Time Lords.
    • The Beast and Abaddon, and any other members of... whatever the Hell they are - the Beast claims to be the Devil-figure from every religion at once, and they were at least dangerous enough to require imprisonment since before the universe began.
    • The Disciples of the Light, who imprisoned the Beast and (presumably) Abaddon before time began... and don't appear to have ever done anything else, so far as we know.
    • Fenric (who may or may not be Hastur) and its unnamed opposite, implied to be effectively a God of Evil and God of Good who have existed since the dawn of time.
    • The Gods of Ragnarok who, despite their impressive name, actually seem to be one of the least powerful things on this list.
    • The Celestial Toymaker, who steals people away from the space-time continuum to his own realm so he can play games with them.
    • The Pantheon of Discord, a group of Reality-Warping entities from which The Trickster comes.
    • The Great Intelligence (who may or may not be Yog-Sothoth), an extradimensional Eldritch Abomination with mind-control and limited reality-warping powers.
    • The Chronovores, implied to be beings of the Time Vortex, one of whom (Kronos) is at least powerful enough to use a TARDIS as a plaything.
    • The Bad Wolf entity, formed when Rose Tyler sort-of-kinda merged with the TARDIS and/or the Time Vortex, which could eliminate an entire race from the universe with a thought.
    • The Ancient Lights, more beings from before the beginning of the universe, for whom magic and astrology worked like science does to everyone else.
    • The Blessing, a benevolent Eldritch Abomination within the Earth with seeming absolute power over life and death within the Planet's atmosphere.
    • Various Sufficiently Advanced Aliens such as Sutekh may also count.
    • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe it is claimed there are Six Guardians including the Black and White Guardians, the Celestial Toymaker is the Crystal Guardian of Dream and Fantasy, there is a Red Guardian of Justice and Truth, Azure Guardian of Equilibrium and Balance, and Gold Guardian of Life and Death.
  • The Q Continuum from Star Trek are this, having such powers as near-total control of matter, energy, space, time, and fundamental forces.

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    Toys 
  • Transformers most famously has Primus, who has a body in every Transformers continuity and while he does not serve the same purpose in every story(he's been everything from the last of the light gods to the sentient will of the universe), these bodies all exist at the same time. Then there is Unicron, who almost always is out to destroy whatever continuity he is in and automatically incarnates in a new one every time he is defeated. Unsurprisingly, this background for them came from Marvel Comics.

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