The Omnipresent

Nita: You're here too?
Transcendent Pig: The problem with being transcendent is that people keep asking you that.

Under normal space-time rules, people exist in only one place at one time. They can cheat with remote bodies, clone bodies, mind copies, and so on, but physically one body can only occupy one place.

Some people don't follow that rule.

For whatever reason—inherent trait, aborted ascension, whatever, these people can exist wherever and whenever they please. Often results in many, many instances of Offscreen Teleportation, except they didn't teleport; you just noticed that they were somewhere else.

See also The Omnipotent and The Omniscient. Has no relation to Omnipresent Tropes.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Schrodinger of Hellsing is a sort of self-observation with will. Self-described as "everywhere and nowhere," if he wills himself as being in any place at any time, he appears there, including in people's thoughts (as was seen in Zorin Blitz's last moments). This became Alucard's downfall, as his very existence relies on being aware of himself, and once that self was absorbed into Alucard, who exists beside millions of consciousnesses in a single being, he was no longer able to recognize himself as alive or dead (and neither could Alucard by extension). This erased a once-thought immortal, unstoppable vampire from the series, all the way until the epilogue.
  • Madoka of Puella Magi Madoka Magica after ascending to godhood. In a manner similar to other Deaths, she exists at all points of time and space.

    Comic Books 
  • Watchmen gives us Dr. Manhattan. Due to his powers, he can create as many copies of himself as he wants, and maintaining perfect control over them since they're all technically him (he also exists outside of time, so he also knows what people were/are/will be doing). It seriously creeps out (and annoys) his girlfriend that he's simultaneously having sex with her and working on his project.
  • The Endless from The Sandman can appear whenever their domain is invoked. The best example is Death, who personally retrieves every person who dies. In one story, she becomes mortal to experience mortal life for a single day only to day, meet herself, and while in two different bodies have a conversation about life.
  • Omnipresence becomes a key issue in the Lucifer in the second half of the title. Yahweh's mind is literally every where in the universe, between every atom, and his will sustains everything. This is also one of the key reasons that he knows everything. When Yahweh withdraws from the universe to try and create something he does not know the universe no longer exist because Yahweh's omnipresent will is not there to sustain it.
  • The abstract beings like Eternity and Death from Marvel Comics exist wherever their concept exist. In Eternity's case, he is everywhere in the universe or more specifically time. They can create multiple copies of themselves if need by, but rarely choose to act on a strictly physical level.
  • Some of the supernatural beings on ocassion showcase the power to manifest multiple version of themselves at the same time in different places. Mephisto in the Spider-Man comic One More Day has a conversation with both Peter Parker and Mary Jane at the same time in different locations with one Mephisto disappearing when the two finally meet. From The Mighty Thor, Gaea, the Earth goddess is discovered to have an ongoing/nonsuffering manifestation in Hell since Hell in a metaphysical sense is part of Earth. After Fear Itself, Odin, king of Asgard appears to Tony Stark and when Stark says Odin should be as Thor's funeral Odin states he is there as well while talking with Stark.

    Film 
  • In Jumper, the Paladins reference this, claiming that the reason they hunt the jumpers is because "Only God should have this power—to be in all places, at all times." Note that the jumpers aren't actually an example (being pretty standard teleporters), the Paladins are just over-reacting fanatics.

    Literature 
  • In Astral Dawn, the Aash Ra are all omnipresent. This also includes any of their hybrid progeny.
  • The Transcendent Pig from Diane Duane's Young Wizards series. Yes, it really is an Earth pig, strutting about on its hind legs and chatting with random people. It's also technically not a creature, since none of the gods can remember creating it. Due to the implication that it is also The Omniscient, all wizards are under strict orders to greet it with "What is the meaning of life?" in the hope that one day it will slip up and answer.
  • On the Discworld, Death is everywhere at once, though we only see him when narrative causality requires it. The best example would be Wyrd Sisters, where he is simultaneously looking at where King Felmet jumped off and waiting for him at the boase of the cliff.
  • In the original Cthulhu Mythos stories, Yog-Sothoth was locked out of our universe and had its freedom of movement and appearance severely limited, so it wasn't an example of this trope (but could have been if the Old Ones had ever gotten loose).
  • In Rick Riodan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Olympian gods can manifest in multiple places usually whenever they or their domain is invoked. In The Last Olympian, Dionysus manifest physically at a party to talk with Percy while his "main self" is knocked out under a mountain. They can also project their "will" to be at many places at once to take action without being physical present. Hera is noted to several times take action throughout the books to help or hinder the characters without physically manifesting. However, certain magical prisons can prevent them from manifesting in different places forcing them to be in only one place at a time.
  • In the The Kane Chronicles the Egyptian gods can in a similar way to the Olympians in the Percy Jackson books through either physical manifestations or their will. The sun god Ra appears as an old man, but other gods like Khnum and Khepri are aspects/other manifestations of him under different names, physical bodies and personalities. Yet they are considered as much a part of Ra as Ra's own arm and everything about them is tied together.
  • In the Lord of the Rings the main villain Sauron physically stays in his fortress in Mordor, but he is able to project his mind/will across vast distances to unite his armies. Without his presence his armies would turn on each other.

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    Music 
  • Brian Eno and David Byrne's "Help Me Somebody" has an audio clip that sounds like a preacher:
    There's no escape from him. He's so hiiiigh you can't get over him. He's so loooooow you can't get under him. He's so wiiide you can't get around him! If you make your bed in Heaven, he's there! If you make your bed in Hell, he's there! He's everywhere!

    Religion and Mythology 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons. Dragon magazine #12, "The Lovecraftian Mythos in Dungeons And Dragons''. The Cthulhu Mythos deity Yog-Sothoth is not subject to the laws of space and time and can appear at various parts of the universe simultaneously.

    Video Games 
  • Bioshock Infinite
    • The Lutece twins, due to a Freak Lab Accident (that wasn't really an accident) were scattered across all universes simultaneously. While within the game, they only use this for Offscreen Teleportation and "dodging" bullets at point-blank range ("You missed!"), you eventually discover that they used their powers to bring Booker to Columbia in the first place, and the events of the game represent their one-hundred and eleventh try (if not more).
    • In the final act of the game, Elizabeth becomes this when her Power Limiter is destroyed.
  • The in-game Legend of Mana character encyclopedia ascribes this ability to Mr. Moti, the dancing turban man who acts as your save point: "He is everywhere, doing everything."

    Webcomics 
  • Unwinders Tall Comics has the in-universe short story "The Gimel" (an Affectionate Parody of Jorge Luis Borges' "The Aleph"), which appears on pages 83 and 84. The Gimel is an object which causes anyone who touches it to become omnipresent—and the incompetent author Soncho Michez accidentally finds one at the bottom of a barrel. "It's sort of like if there were hundreds and hundreds of Sonchos out there all over the whole entire world, and there is nowhere you can go without me being in your way."
  • Casey and Andy: Bob, who has the ability to "be there, too". Meaning that any sentence can be affixed with "Bob was there, too." In essence Bob is (or at least, can be) everywhere.
  • Basic Instructions: Omnipresent Man.

    Web Original 
  • Anonymous claims to be this, at least in the Internet.
    "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
  • Mitri from GEOWeasel claims to be "everywhere. And nowhere. Like a ghost or something!" His brother tells him he always shows up exactly when he's not wanted.