Like many oracles, she sees events through her eyes...the eyes on her tail
"Many paths, many seasons I have seen.
Time has washed them away just like the sea.
So many fates, and dreams...
People who can see into the future, past and to faraway places. People can be born with this or gain it through freak accidents. If the latter, expect a Reset Button
When a seer is really powerful, she is The Omniscient
or a Omniscient Hero
. However, it might turn out that she is Not So Omniscient After All
This can also lead into a Fantastic Aesop
about not using this power for selfish gains. It can also lead to Fridge Logic
about being able to see the future but not being able to to avoid and/or fix many problems. But then stories that do are often accused of having God Mode Sues
. Although the latter can justify a Gambit Roulette
because they the chance involved in such plans is negated by their powers. These types will likely invoke All According to Plan
A Sub Trope
of Psychic Powers
. A Sister Trope
to My Significance Sense Is Tingling
(a more vague feeling instead of visions). A commmon power of the Magical Seventh Son
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Anime and Manga
- The most notable clairvoyant in Marvel Comics is Destiny, an old woman who was a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. After her death she left behind some hidden books with information about the future that led the X-Men to various adventures.
- Similarly, Spider-Man enemy/sometimes ally Madam Webb was an old, blind woman who could see the future.
- The most famed precog in DC Comics is Dream Girl, of the Legion Of Super-Heroes, who could see the future in her dreams. Unlike the Marvel examples she is a young platinum blonde whose powers are rarely useful. But then again she was introduced more for her looks than anything else.
- The Sandman (Sanderson Hawkins), also of DC fame, suffers from the same precognitive nightmares as his predecessor, Wesley Dodds.
- The Oracle of The Matrix films is a subversion, as she can't actually see the future. She can, however, predict what choices people will make with near-perfect accuracy and from that extrapolate events that will come, through an innate understanding of the human psyche. She also admits that this ability has limits: if she doesn't understand a choice someone will make, she can't predict what they will do, and she doesn't know what will happen after that.
- The Precogs of Minority Report.
Live Action TV
- Drusilla, Doyle and later Cordelia all get visions. Where Drusilla's came from isn't explained but it's revealed she had them prior to becoming a vampire and that they had driven her quite mad; it was the reason she was turned since Angelus wanted her to suffer eternal torment. Doyle got them from the Powers That Be and passed them onto Cordelia via a kiss.
- Screech in Saved by the Bell gets this for an episode.
- Lexx's Time Prophet, who could only see the past — which luckily was identical to the future.
- Merlin's Morgana, who gets future visions in her dreams.
- Phoebe of Charmed can get premonitions just by touching something. She can see the past and the future.
- Clyde Bruckman from The X-Files episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" can see past and future deaths.
- The oracles and sybils of ancient Greece and Rome.
- Modern Groundhog Day events presume that a rodent can be a seer, at least regarding the weather.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, divination is the school of magic that specializes in gaining information, including clairvoyance.
- In the optional psionics for 3rd Edition, seers are psions who specialize in the same.
- Hannah from Fire Emblem Elibe. when she gets Put on a Bus, Nils takes over her "oracle" duty.
- Bloomseer Poplar from Fallout 3 is a prophetic old lady living in the settlement of Oasis. Her precognition factors into the gameplay: you can ask about your future, and she will tell you something related to quests that you have not yet discovered.
- The same goes for the Forecaster from Fallout: New Vegas. He can pretty much sum up the whole game for 300 caps.
- Fateweavers from Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Contrary to the what the name implies, the Fateweavers can only see the Weave of Fate, they can't actually change it — no one can. They were honored in the past, but nowadays have a poor reputation since people don't like to receive bad news and tend to blame the messenger. Their reactions to meeting The Fateless One are mixed — part fear and shock that someone is able to alter the Weave, and part hope since the Fateless One can give them a new unwritten future.
- Tower Of God: All the Guides, which includes Evan Edrock and Hw Ryun, are said to be so knowledgable in the ways of the Tower that at times they can foretell the future. Xia Xia also works as a fortune teller, however she probably gets all her knowledge by using her ever-common light houses.
- Dominic Deegan is a seer for hire.
- In Drowtales, the drowussu Chiri'nide and Shimi'lande Val'Kyorlsolenurn are seers, as is the leader of the light elves of Vanaheimr, Vala Hudr. Since it was revealed that drowussu are descended from light elves it may mean that prescience is a racial trait.
- Seer is a player class in Homestuck that's concerned with seeing alternate timelines and having a non-linear perception of the main one. Notable seers include Rose, the Seer of Light, who can see the most likely path to victory. And Terezi, the Seer of Mind, who can see the consequences of people's decisions before they make them.