aka: Nigh Omnipotent
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!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 Beyonder, Secret Wars II
- 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 The Anti-God). What happens if they go against each other can be a massive Mind Screw.
- The character can do just about anything that's logically possible (i.e. virtual omnipotence), or at least appear to, thus making sure Magic A Is Magic A 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 Personifications 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.
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Anime and Manga
- In A Certain Magical Index, Othinus is a Physical God, but has a weakness that her powers only work 50% of the time. Once she overcomes this, she becomes virtually omnipotent, able to rewrite reality of the entire universe on a whim. Her only limitations are that she cannot affect Touma Kamijou (due to his Imagine Breaker) and beings who exist in a state between life and death directly. She also cannot reverse her changes to the universe; she can only change it again ad infinitum, though she was able to change the universe back to normal with the help of Imagine Breaker. 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.
- Haruhi Suzumiya, unbeknownst to herself. And considering her behaviour, it's probably better for the SOS Brigade to keep all paranormal stuff away from her in secret, lest..
- Lain (probably), in Serial Experiments Lain.
- Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu - why, Chet and Addie. (Not really.)
- From Kara no Kyoukai, Ryougi Shiki's Third Personality is an Anthropomorphic Personification of the Root of Creation, and, much like Haruhi, is capable of destroying the universe and replacing it with a new one on a whim.
- In Tenchi Muyo! we have The three Choushin: Tsunami, Tokimi, Washuu, and Misaki as type 2, and 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 Medaka Box Ajimu Najimi is functionally omnipotent, in that she can do anything including changing the laws of reality, but feels bound by the Theory of Narrative Causality which prevents her from ever winning against a "main character".
- Hao Asakura has become the lowest example of this in Shaman King 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 Olympus Mons elemental spirits while he can't fight back, but the heroes admit even this is fairly unlikely to work. 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.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The titular character was likely somewhere on the spectrum as a magical girl in the penultimate timeline, at least until she 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 Crapsack, and annihilate her own Witch with a single, devastating blast.
- Ronnie Schiatto of Baccano!, the series' resident Humanoid Abomination. Of course, rather than actually using his phenomenal cosmic powers for anything especially useful, he just employs omnipotence for inconsequential things like scaring small children or saving himself a long train ride.
"Do you want me to die of boredom?"
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: 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 (except for Simon's last attack, which kills it). Entire galaxies are mere tools in its hands (literally).
- Sai Akuto from Demon King Daimao has similar powers to Featherine Augustus Aurora described below.
- The titular character from 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 Secret Wars and Secret Wars II 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. So it usually does nothing.
- The Fantastic Four met the One-Above-All once. Fittingly, he was Jack Kirby, and mentioned that he had a collaborator. '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 New Gods (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 Old Testament is just his/hers son.
- Mr. Mxyzptlk is a Superman villain from the 5th dimension who's abilities makes him a Reality Warper 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 Marvel Universe once got into a debate over this when they ran into the the 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.
- Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan was once a human being until he got zapped by some Applied Phlebotinum that turned him into a full-blown Reality Warper in a setting otherwise filled with Badass Normals at best. Though his personal omniscience didn't really make him feel all-powerful.
- The evil Djinn in Wishmaster is about as close to this as would be possible while 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 (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 unleashing the Djinn hordes upon the Earth, so he can only grant wishes involving himself that don't undo his ability to grant them.
- God in Bruce Almighty 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.
- Tomas and Pug by the later books in Raymond E. Feist's The Rift War Cycle.
- The Ellimist and Crayak from 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 All-Powerful Bystander 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 It's a Good Life.
- Happens at the very end of Brain Jack by Brian Falkner. Sam ends up merging with the A.I. Ursula and gaining the ability to control everything and know almost everything as well, because in this future, Everything Is Online.
- The Incarnations of Immortality 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 HP Lovecraft including in his Demonbane incarnation. Yog-Sothoth as well.
- Q of Star Trek: The Next Generation hails from a race of omnipotent beings known as... well, the Q. Subverted in that in an episode of Voyager, another Q insists that they are merely very Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, just as Starfleet would appear to an Iron Age society.
- Nobody in Starfleet possesses Complete Immortality, apparent omniscience, or the ability to 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 Patrick Stewart Speech.
- 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.
- Castiel became a Type 5 at the end of Season 6 after absorbing the souls of all the monsters in Purgatory. He blew the Archangel Raphael to smithereens with the snap of his fingers and broke chains strong enough to bind Death himself. However, he couldn't control his own power.
- God is around a Type 2. He is the creator of everything except the Darkness, and Death claims that even during his own aforementioned bout of omnipotence Castiel was nowhere near the real God. However, Death is capable of killing him, and even he couldn't beat the Darkness on his own. With the S10 finale, he might not be able to kill the Mark of Cain's bearer, which would bring him closer to a Type 5.
- Death is another Type 5. He's powerful enough to kill God himself, the reason he 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, 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 kill the bearer of the Mark of Cain.
- Given that even God couldn't beat it on his own, The Darkness can be presumed to be this, though what type is as yet unknown.
- Jesse Turner, The Antichrist, is a Type 4. He can kill Archangels with a single word, but his powers only effect things within a certain radius of him.
- 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.
Mythology, Religion, and Folklore
- God is often attributed Omnipotence in monotheistic religions, but there's debate on what type. (There's also a different and slightly less technical analysis of the options on the 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.
- 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 Gods are subject to fate.
- In BioShock Infinite, 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.)
- Asura's Wrath plays around with this: Chakravartin is referred to as the Omnipotent Ruler of Gaea. However, he's eventually defeated by Asura.
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni has Featherine Augustus 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 her opponent Lambdadelta gets defeated by [Blank Space], saying she'll fill it in later. This results in Lambdadelta being killed by nothing, out of nowhere, instantly. The character who got one-shotted was 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 Witch of Resurrection ANGE-Beatrice after reaching her full potential and the aforementioned Featherine).
- 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 Bob and George 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 ultimately turns out to be a future version of the actual Author.
- In 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 Lord English and Andrew Hussie.)
- Sarda the Sage from 8-Bit Theater
- Schlock Mercenary: A certain AI named 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! Except for the Pa'anuri, there is practically no one who can fight him... or even last three minutes against his moderate dislike.
- 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.
- In Funny Business, Jeannette has no limits on her power. Lewis takes advantage of this to solve the omnipotence paradox.
- In one of the shorts of The Simpsons, 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 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 Justice League Unlimited has learned or copied the superpowers of every entity in the universe. The only power he lacks is imagination to find a purpose for all his powers. That's why he is coming after Lex Luthor, 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 Grand Finale. A little embarrassing really, since the League solved the problem themselves a few minutes after he left.
- During the Grand Finale of Generator Rex, 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 elements, gravity and time-space. He ultimately used his powers to start a World-Healing Wave that presumably cured every E.V.O. It was only temporary though.