Cosmic Entity
aka: Cosmic Entities

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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, galaxies, and possibly even universes (or in some cases, entire multiverses.) 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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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ah! My Goddess has the gods and demons. They are hyper-dimensional entities that only manifest in the physical world through projections from Ygg-drasill, the world computer. When they release their limiters, they are capable of cracking dimensions and shatter planets with zero effort.
  • In Berserk, the Godhand and the Idea of Evil are the ones responsible for the Crapsack World Berserk universe is through manipulating Causality.
  • A Certain Magical Index has a lot of examples, since the entire series has Fantasy Kitchen Sink and All Myths Are True as part of its setting, any being that qualifies as this in myths and religions qualifies here as well.
    • This setting makes it perfectly possible for magicians to become beings stronger than God. The title La Persona Superiore a Dio and Majin (lit. "The one who stands above God" and "Magic Lord") are given to mages who achieves such level of power.
  • In Saint Seiya, all the gods are this, being Dimension Lords of their own domains.
  • Dragon Ball is an odd case where the cosmic entities have lots of special tricks but many are otherwise weaker than some of the comparatively mundane martial artists, mutants and cyborgs. With that said, the main ones are the dragons called by the said balls which can be traced back to the reality warping Zalama. Then there are the Kaioshin, gods of creation who in turn rule over lesser kai that watch over galaxies, who in turn rule over appointed gods of individual planets. Then there is Emma Dao/King Yemma and his oni/ogres, which rule the afterlife and run the reincarnation process. Then, in compliment to the Kaioshin is Beerus, god of destruction, whose job is to recycle material for the Kaioshin by destroying old planets. He operates independently of them, however, once destroying an entire galaxy cluster to make the point clear. The god of destruction in turn has a "handler" in Whis, who is not a god but obviously has an important a role in the cosmic order. Beerus and Whis were stars of a movie which touched on how a few saiyans created their own cosmic being independent of the rest.
  • YuYu Hakusho has any and all S-class beings. Even the weakest of them can bust planets and the strongest of them can handle legions of lesser S-classes while closing their eyes.
  • In Bleach, Soul King creates, watches, and sustains all of reality.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has the Truth, who watches over every alchemy process in the universe.
  • Future Diary plays with the trope. Characters are holding a competition to see who will become the new God of the universe, with the previous God, called Deus Ex Machina, are supervising the game.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya has the titular character, who is basically God with no idea of what she is and what powers she had, entirely convinced that she is just a normal, if highly capable and a bit weird, high-school student. Her subconscious wishes warp reality, and since she wants for all supernatural and paranormal beings to come at her school club, it happens.
    • Among the supernatural beings who came to Haruhi's club, there is also one of these. Yuki Nagato, one of the Humanoid Interfaces of reality itself, is a Reality Warper fully capable of rewriting reality as easily as a programmer writing her own game. Her only limitations are that she couldn't affect Haruhi (which is understandable) unless she wills it.
  • Honestly, High School Dx D has tons of these, most of which are Dimension Lords.
  • Kyouran Kazoku Nikki has Gouyokuou and Gekka. Both are alien beings of insane powers with the former capable of pulverizing Earth by accident and the latter having cosmic-scale Psychic Powers.
  • Lyrical Nanoha has the Book of Darkness. Well, considering it blows up planets on regular basis it goes without saying.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Adam and Lilith are one of these. Humans messing with Adam led to most of the problems in the backstory and the "angels" turn out to have no issue with humanity are just pilgrims trying to reach his remains. The one capable of communicating with humans isn't to happy to hear completing said pilgrimage might destroy their world but the angels were tricked anyway by switching Adam's remains with Lilith's (they apparently can't tell the difference at a distance).
  • One-Punch Man: Saitama. So insanely powerful to the point running faster than the speed of light is his equivalent of Nonchalant Dodge and destroys a planet-busting laser beam with..well, one punch. The more powerful villains, such as Boros and Garou, while nowhere as powerful as Saitama, are capable of becoming Galactic Conquerors relatively easily, and are so strong no one except Saitama can defeat them. None of them necessarily started out as cosmic functions either but gradually slid that way, to their mild displeasure.
  • By the end of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the titular character has shades of this. She rewrites all of reality so that witches are no more and magical girls don't turn into them. When your powers bend reality to make it Lighter and Softer, you know you are this.
    • At the end of Rebellion, Homura Akemi qualifies too. She can break the aforementioned example into pieces, take "her mortal aspect" of her, and create an entire universe to lock said pieces for herself. Her paradise is arguably even better than Madoka's.
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, pretty much the entire Spiral race, i.e. us has the capacity to build these. As do the Anti-Spirals.
  • Tenchi Muyo! has the Choushin: Hyper-dimensional entities far beyond any dimensional space, 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 as omnipotent compared to them as they are compared to regular humans.
    • 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.
  • Toward the Terra has the Type Blue Mu(s), although their great powers can be easily nullified using Power Nullifiers.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has too many to properly list here.

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    Literature 
  • 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.
  • Life and Death in Reaper qualify. It is stated that they are the literal concepts and not just embodiments and exist in every part of the Universe at the same instant keeping everything going. Life even boasted how he was the first thing born in the Universe and will be around to watch the Universe end.

     Live Action TV 
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 

    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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Alternative Title(s): Cosmic Being, Cosmic Entities

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