Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / AllPowerfulBystander

Go To



** When the Ellimist first shows up, he recounts the last time both directly acted on the universe. He chokes up a little on recounting the sheer number of species wiped out before they could ever achieve sentience. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards Crayak]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards was stunned at how much damage they did]], and ever since, both have pulled back.

to:

** When the Ellimist first shows up, he recounts the last time both directly acted on the universe. He chokes up a little on recounting the sheer number of species wiped out before they could ever achieve sentience. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards Crayak]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Crayak was stunned at how much damage they did]], and ever since, both have pulled back.

Added DiffLines:

* ''LightNovel/{{Konosuba}}'' has Wiz, a [[TokenHeroicOrc kindhearted ]]shopkeeper [[{{Lich}} lich]] that was [[spoiler:forcefully]] made a general of the Demon King. She was an extremely powerful heroic arch-mage in life, and this power was only amplified as a lich. However, in return for... not doing Demon-King-general-things, she is allowed to take a neutral stance in the conflict, as long as no bystanders are hurt. [[spoiler:As we see, the moment this pact is broken by a monster she ''will'' act, and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown woe be to that monster]].]]

Added DiffLines:

* The Star Rider in ''Literature/DreadEmpire'' is generally considered ''the'' oldest and most powerful being in the world, easily beating out even the setting's various legendary [[TheArchmage archmagi]]. However, he only rarely intervenes in the world around him, for good or ill, for reasons that make no sense to anyone else. [[spoiler: He's actually the BigBad and all his meddling is specifically designed to sow chaos and conflict, apparently to supply ''entertainment'' for beings yet more powerful than he. And he doesn't need to intervene personally that often because he's got an AncientConspiracy working for him who handle the little details]].


* As befitting her role as a former goddess Quetzalcoatl, also known as Lucoa, is implied to be the single strongest named character in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. But due to her neutral nature, she doesn't get involved in the overarching OrderVersusChaos conflict among dragons. It's also mentioned that - had she been present - she wouldn't have helped Tohru fight against Ilulu for this very reason. [[spoiler:When the human wizard Azad brainwashes both factions of dragons into destroying each other and the friends of Kobayashi who had arrived to stop him, Lucoa only intervened at the tiniest amounts, stopping an attack from a dragon on par with Tohru, and later just standing before Azad while he tries to flee, allowing Tohru to catch up]].

to:

* As befitting her role as a former goddess Quetzalcoatl, also known as Lucoa, is implied to be the single strongest named character in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. But due to her neutral nature, she doesn't get involved in the overarching OrderVersusChaos conflict among dragons. It's also mentioned that - had she been present - she wouldn't have helped Tohru fight against Ilulu for this very reason. [[spoiler:When the human wizard Azad brainwashes both factions of dragons into destroying each other and the friends of Kobayashi who had arrived to stop him, Lucoa only intervened at the tiniest amounts, stopping an attack from a dragon on par with Tohru, and later just standing before Azad while he tries to flee, allowing Tohru to catch up]]. It's later mentioned that this is a requirement for being a member of the spectator faction, as they need to be strong enough to strike out on their own but can ''never'' interfere even if they have a personal stake in the fight (as doing so would mean that they've metaphorically never left in the first place).


* Both Splinter and The Shredder serve as this for the good and bad sides respectably in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''. The reason because these two both qualify as the WorldsStrongestMan that as no other person in the series could fight evenly with them. When Splinter enters a fight against Shredder's men? Splinter always curbstomps them. Shedder entering in a fight against the Turtles? The Turtles are lucky enough to even escape alive. It's pretty clear that all of the main problems in the series could've been solve if Spliter was more active and this actually works in Shedder's favor as he successfully won after teaming with The Kranng. [[spoiler: It's only natural that both Spliter and Shredder get killed off once the series ended.]]

to:

* Both Splinter and The Shredder serve as this for the good and bad sides respectably in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''. The reason because these two both qualify as the WorldsStrongestMan that as no other person in the series could fight evenly with them. When Splinter enters a fight against Shredder's men? Splinter always curbstomps them. Shedder Shredder entering in a fight against the Turtles? The Turtles are lucky enough to even escape alive. It's pretty clear that all of the main problems in the series could've been solve if Spliter Splinter was more active and this actually works in Shedder's Shredder's favor as he successfully won after teaming with The Kranng. [[spoiler: It's only natural that both Spliter Splinter and Shredder get killed off once the series ended.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender:'' A few hundred years before the story, Avatar Kyoshi - a fully trained Avatar, no less - did absolutely nothing while Chin the Conqueror took over near-all the Earth Kingdom (save Ba Sing Se). Even when he showed up on her doorstep with an army, Kyoshi's only response was to tell him to get lost, before simply cutting over her homeland from the mainland. Chin dies as a result, but not because of a direct attempt on Kyoshi's part (he stood on a newly created clifftop as it crumbled, rather than get to safety).

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender:'' A few hundred years before the story, Avatar Kyoshi - a fully trained Avatar, no less - did absolutely nothing while Chin the Conqueror took over near-all the Earth Kingdom (save Ba Sing Se). Even when he showed up on her doorstep with an army, Kyoshi's only response was to tell him to get lost, before simply cutting over off her homeland from the mainland. Chin dies as a result, but not because of a direct attempt on Kyoshi's part (he stood on a newly created clifftop as it crumbled, rather than get to safety).


* Preservation and Ruin are a pair of good and evil All-Powerful Bystanders from ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''. They are balanced out, being exactly equal in power, though both have found ways to nullify the other at different times. [[spoiler: Preservation sacrificed his power and most of his consciousness to bind Ruin thousands of years before the series began. Ruin then uses what little power he has left to alter a series of prophecies, thereby tricking mortal heroes into freeing him, leaving him the unchallenged god of the whole world. Preservation in turn had plans to elevate a successor...]]

to:

* From Literature/TheCosmere:
**
Preservation and Ruin are a pair of good and evil All-Powerful Bystanders from ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''. They are balanced out, being exactly equal in power, though both have found ways to nullify the other at different times. [[spoiler: Preservation sacrificed his power and most of his consciousness to bind Ruin thousands of years before the series began. Ruin then uses what little power he has left to alter a series of prophecies, thereby tricking mortal heroes into freeing him, leaving him the unchallenged god of the whole world. Preservation in turn had plans to elevate a successor...]]]]
** From ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'', we have the successor to the former gods, [[spoiler:Sazed, also known as Harmony. It's actually addressed in story. As he represents Harmony, the balance between Preservation and Ruin, he find it difficult to personally interfere in the affairs of humans lest he tip the balance, though he can and does use agents such as [[TheHero Wax]] and [[TheAtoner Marsh]].]]
** Hoid is a character who appears in every series, almost every book, and possesses a great number of the magics of the different worlds. He mostly remains uninvolved in the affairs of the characters, only giving cryptic hints and information to them if he ever meets them at all.


* [[spoiler:Don Fua]] from ''Manga/{{Gunnm}} Last Order'', who seemingly has space-time manipulation powers, can phase out any attack, launch black holes from his fists, jump into people's mind, ascend to the Quantum World on his own, when others need the help of Quantum Computers, knows the future. He does not even feel threatened by Alita, [[spoiler:who just got a massive upgrade thanks a fusion with [[MasterComputer Melchiziedek]] and a [[PerpetualMotionMachine infinite energy Wormhole]]]] or [[WorldsStrongestMan Zekka]]. Even the [[BigBad Big Bad]] himself confess the guy he feared the most was not Alita or even Zekka, but this guy, and [[TechnoBabble notes]] that [[spoiler: Don Fua]] has theoretically become a god-like entity through the use of a [[DoomsdayDevice Doomsday Device]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler: he went to another dimension, after destroying the Big Bad's super-powered brain and physically taking Alita's [[EnemyWithin inner ghost]] with him]].
* Seravy from ''Manga/AkazukinChaCha''. By far, the most powerful character in the series, he was able already to ''unconsciously'' defeat the most powerful veteran adult magicians even as a [[TykeBomb grade-schooler]] ''without even being aware of it''. In fact, he is considered the only real threat by the BigBad and in fact is likely the only reason why the rest of the magical world hasn't actually been conquered yet at the start of the series.

to:

* [[spoiler:Don Fua]] from ''Manga/{{Gunnm}} Last Order'', who seemingly has space-time manipulation powers, can phase out any attack, launch black holes from his fists, jump into people's mind, ascend to the Quantum World on his own, own when others need the help of Quantum Computers, knows the future. He does not even feel threatened by Alita, [[spoiler:who just got a massive upgrade thanks to a fusion with [[MasterComputer Melchiziedek]] and a [[PerpetualMotionMachine infinite energy Wormhole]]]] or [[WorldsStrongestMan Zekka]]. Even the [[BigBad Big Bad]] himself confess the guy he feared the most was not Alita or even Zekka, but this guy, and [[TechnoBabble notes]] that [[spoiler: Don Fua]] has theoretically become a god-like entity through the use of a [[DoomsdayDevice Doomsday Device]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler: he went to another dimension, after destroying the Big Bad's super-powered brain and physically taking Alita's [[EnemyWithin inner ghost]] with him]].
* Seravy from ''Manga/AkazukinChaCha''. By far, far the most powerful character in the series, he was able already to ''unconsciously'' defeat the most powerful veteran adult magicians even as a [[TykeBomb grade-schooler]] ''without even being aware of it''. In fact, he is considered the only real threat by the BigBad and in fact is likely the only reason why the rest of the magical world hasn't actually been conquered yet at the start of the series.


* They're "not allowed". There are ''other'' All-Powerful Bystanders out there, so any action they take would be cancelled by an [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil equal and opposite reaction]] by one of them. Also, they would likely punish the All-Powerful Bystander for trying anything.

to:

* They're "not allowed". There are ''other'' All-Powerful Bystanders out there, so any action they take would be cancelled by an [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil equal and opposite reaction]] by one of them. Also, they would likely punish the All-Powerful Bystander for trying anything. Alternately, if they exerted their power it would draw the attention of something far worse than what they used their power to destroy.


** The [[TricksterArchetype Trickster god]], who's willing to bend time and space to show Sam how he might have to accept that Dean would eventually die and go to hell, but he's not willing to use those same reality bending powers to let Sam save Dean. In episode eight in the fifth season, the Trickster was revealed as [[spoiler:the ArchangelGabriel]]. This trope still applies--maybe even more so. Instead of being a minor god, he is something more badass--or at least more relevant. He finally subverts the trope when he helps the Winchesters to stop Lucifer.

to:

** The [[TricksterArchetype [[TheTrickster Trickster god]], who's willing to bend time and space to show Sam how he might have to accept that Dean would eventually die and go to hell, but he's not willing to use those same reality bending powers to let Sam save Dean. In episode eight in the fifth season, the Trickster was revealed as [[spoiler:the ArchangelGabriel]]. This trope still applies--maybe even more so. Instead of being a minor god, he is something more badass--or at least more relevant. He finally subverts the trope when he helps the Winchesters to stop Lucifer.



* Immortals in ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' are a combination of type 1 and type 3; they are [[ObstructiveCodeOfConduct only allowed]] to guide and empower mortals. Any further action and they risk incurring the wrath of other immortals. Interestingly, a good portion of the plot is being driven by a crazy immortal who's not afraid to bend the rules with blatant LoopholeAbuse, such as bestowing magical powers upon mortals ''without their consent or knowledge.''

to:

* Immortals in ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' are a combination of type 1 and type 3; they are [[ObstructiveCodeOfConduct only allowed]] to guide and empower mortals. Any further action and they risk incurring the wrath of other immortals. Interestingly, a good portion of the plot is being driven by a crazy immortal who's not afraid to bend the rules with blatant LoopholeAbuse, such as bestowing magical powers upon mortals ''without their consent or knowledge.''


* Both Splinter and The Shredder serve as this for the good and bad sides respectably in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''. The reason because these two both qualify as the WorldsStrongestMan that as no other person in the series could fight evenly with them. When Splinter enters a fight against Shredder's men, Splinter always curbstomps them. Shedder entering in a fight against the Turtles? The Turtles are lucky enough to even make it out alive. It's pretty clear that all of the main problems in the series could've been solve if Spliter was more active and this actually works in Shedder's favor as he successfully won after teaming with The Kranng. [[spoiler: It's only natural that both Spliter and Shredder get killed off once the series ended.]]

to:

* Both Splinter and The Shredder serve as this for the good and bad sides respectably in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''.''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''. The reason because these two both qualify as the WorldsStrongestMan that as no other person in the series could fight evenly with them. When Splinter enters a fight against Shredder's men, men? Splinter always curbstomps them. Shedder entering in a fight against the Turtles? The Turtles are lucky enough to even make it out escape alive. It's pretty clear that all of the main problems in the series could've been solve if Spliter was more active and this actually works in Shedder's favor as he successfully won after teaming with The Kranng. [[spoiler: It's only natural that both Spliter and Shredder get killed off once the series ended.]]

Added DiffLines:

* Both Splinter and The Shredder serve as this for the good and bad sides respectably in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''. The reason because these two both qualify as the WorldsStrongestMan that as no other person in the series could fight evenly with them. When Splinter enters a fight against Shredder's men, Splinter always curbstomps them. Shedder entering in a fight against the Turtles? The Turtles are lucky enough to even make it out alive. It's pretty clear that all of the main problems in the series could've been solve if Spliter was more active and this actually works in Shedder's favor as he successfully won after teaming with The Kranng. [[spoiler: It's only natural that both Spliter and Shredder get killed off once the series ended.]]


* Raiden in the first ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie, who seems to pack more power in his pinky than the other characters in their whole bodies, but was unable to offer anything beyond advice to the heroes due to upstairs meddling - by the decree of the Elder Gods, the BigBad and his minions can only invade Earth if his forces win the Mortal Kombat tournament. If Raiden interferes with the tournament directly, then Earth forfeits, meaning Outworld gets to invade.

to:

* Raiden in the first ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie, ''Film/MortalKombatTheMovie'', who seems to pack more power in his pinky than the other characters in their whole bodies, but was unable to offer anything beyond advice to the heroes due to upstairs meddling - by the decree of the Elder Gods, the BigBad and his minions can only invade Earth if his forces win the Mortal Kombat tournament. If Raiden interferes with the tournament directly, then Earth forfeits, meaning Outworld gets to invade.


* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Yukari Yakumo is more or less the founder of [[FantasticNatureReserve Gensokyo]], and between her versatile powers and her [[{{Chessmaster}} skill at manipulation]], there are very few problems she can't solve. However, she is an incredibly shifty individual [[BlueAndOrangeMorality whose true motives are incomprehensible even to other youkai]] (on one occasion she ignored a pair of plots which could destroy the barrier around Gensokyo and/or kill everyone in it, but [[Manga/WildAndHornedHermit ruthlessly stamped down on a foreign species of dandelion that had got in on the aggressors' clothes]]). When she ''does'' help the protagonists they tend to view it as an EnemyMine situation more than anything else, assuming that she's just using them as pawns in some larger scheme.

to:

* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Yukari Yakumo is more or less the founder of [[FantasticNatureReserve Gensokyo]], Gensoukyou]], and between her [[RealityWarper versatile powers powers]], her network of spies, agents and {{familiar}}s and her [[{{Chessmaster}} skill at manipulation]], there are very few problems she can't solve. However, she is an incredibly shifty individual [[BlueAndOrangeMorality whose true motives are incomprehensible even to other youkai]] (on one occasion she ignored a pair couple of plots which could destroy the barrier around Gensokyo Gensoukyou and/or kill everyone in it, but [[Manga/WildAndHornedHermit ruthlessly stamped down on a foreign species of dandelion that had got gotten in on the aggressors' clothes]]). When she ''does'' help the protagonists protagonists, they tend to view it as an EnemyMine situation more than anything else, assuming that she's just using them as pawns in some larger scheme.


* Whis, from the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' Movie ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'', is implied to be the strongest being in the entire universe, so powerful that even the God of Destruction Beerus (who effortlessly defeated the Z-Fighters) was KO'd by him with a single karate chop. Still, in the movie, all he really does is ferry Beerus from place to place, and once they get to Earth, eat a bunch of food and party, completely ignoring the fights going on. He later states that angels (like himself) are not allowed to intervene in anything except when something directly relates to the God of Destruction they serve.

to:

* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
**
Whis, from the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' Movie ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'', is implied to be the strongest being in the entire universe, so powerful that even the God of Destruction Beerus (who effortlessly defeated the Z-Fighters) was KO'd by him with a single karate chop. Still, in the movie, all he really does is ferry Beerus from place to place, and once they get to Earth, eat a bunch of food and party, completely ignoring the fights going on. He later states that angels (like himself) are not allowed to intervene in anything except when something directly relates to the God of Destruction they serve.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 362

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report