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A Deus ex Machina ([[UsefulNotes/LatinPronunciationGuide pron]]: Day-oos eks MAH-kee-nah) is when some new event, character, ability, or object solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way. It's often used as the solution to what is called "writing yourself into a corner," where the problem is so extreme that nothing in the established setting suggests that there is a logical way for the characters to escape. If a bomb is about to go off, someone finds a convenient bomb-proof bunker in easy reach. If a protagonist [[LiteralCliffHanger falls off a cliff]], a [[GiantRobotHandsSaveLives flying robot will suddenly appear to catch them]]. A MillionToOneChance of something occurring is accomplished by a bystander who [[AchievementsInIgnorance didn't know what they were doing]].

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A Deus ex Machina ([[UsefulNotes/LatinPronunciationGuide pron]]: Day-oos /diːəs ɛks mækɪnə/ for Britons, /deɪuːs ɛks mɑːkɪnə/ for Americans; /deus eks MAH-kee-nah) maːkʰinaː/ in the orginal Latin) is when some new event, character, ability, or object solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way. It's often used as the solution to what is called "writing yourself into a corner," where the problem is so extreme that nothing in the established setting suggests that there is a logical way for the characters to escape. If a bomb is about to go off, someone finds a convenient bomb-proof bunker in easy reach. If a protagonist [[LiteralCliffHanger falls off a cliff]], a [[GiantRobotHandsSaveLives flying robot will suddenly appear to catch them]]. A MillionToOneChance of something occurring is accomplished by a bystander who [[AchievementsInIgnorance didn't know what they were doing]].

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* A literal case played to awesome effect in ''Fanfic/AshesOfThePast'': [[spoiler: After dying and coming BackFromTheDead, Ash summons [[{{God}} Arceus]] from the GS Ball to defeat the Original Team Galactic.]]


* It would take a while - no, maybe an entire subpage - to name the Deus ex Machinas in just about every Franchise/{{Barbie}} movie.


* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]]. Then a pair of Hell's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Man'']].

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* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]]. [[AnachronismStew Then a pair of Hell's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles.noodles]]. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Man'']].


* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]] (in the anime proper, they die). Then a pair of Hell's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Man'']].

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* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]] (in the anime proper, they die).cathedral]]. Then a pair of Hell's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Man'']].


* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]]. Then a pair of Hell's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Man'']].

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* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]].cathedral]] (in the anime proper, they die). Then a pair of Hell's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Man'']].


* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]]. Then a pair of Hell's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Men'']].

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* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]]. Then a pair of Hell's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Men'']].Man'']].


* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]]. Then a pair of Hell's Angel's show up and saves them using cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Men'']].

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* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]]. Then a pair of Hell's Angel's Angels show up and saves them using Nissin cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Men'']].

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* A commercial for Nissin cup noodles starts out rehashing the scene from the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' version of ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'' where Nello and Pastrache are [[TearJerker dying in the cathedral]]. Then a pair of Hell's Angel's show up and saves them using cup noodles. [[spoiler:What follows next would be best described as ''Nello and Pastrache: Become Men'']].


Remember, even the notorious Deus ex Machina [[TropesAreTools can be pulled off]]. Sudden resolutions are perfectly capable of leading to satisfying conclusions - see the entire "[[RuleOfIndex Rule Of X]]" series of tropes: RuleOfCool, RuleOfCute, RuleOfEmpathy, RuleOfFun, RuleOfFunny, RuleOfRomantic, RuleOfScary, RuleOfSexy (for those ever-so-fun {{Deus Sex Machina}}s), RuleOfSymbolism, and ''especially'' RuleOfDrama. Apparent Deus ex Machina also happen plenty in [[TruthInTelevision real life]], given reality is far more complex and random than most fictionalized versions of it. Not to mention that a Deus ex Machina short of the climax is a ChekhovsGun; if the saving force complicates the story afterwards, it's the introduction of a new element.

On top of that, the Deus ex Machina is often seen to take away from the plot and characters by forcing everything to fit. If the characters are prepared to accept the unwinnable scenario and all its consequences before the Deus ex Machina, [[LampshadeHanging even acknowledge how lucky they were it showed up]], or it is only accomplished through a HeroicSacrifice, it can take the sting out of its use.

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Remember, even the notorious Deus ex Machina [[TropesAreTools can be pulled off]]. Sudden resolutions are perfectly capable of leading to satisfying conclusions - see the entire "[[RuleOfIndex Rule Of X]]" series of tropes: RuleOfCool, RuleOfCute, RuleOfEmpathy, RuleOfFun, RuleOfFunny, RuleOfRomantic, RuleOfScary, RuleOfSexy (for those ever-so-fun {{Deus Sex Machina}}s), RuleOfSymbolism, and ''especially'' RuleOfDrama. Apparent Deus ex Machina also happen plenty in [[TruthInTelevision real life]], given reality is far more complex and random than most fictionalized versions of it. Not to mention that a Deus ex Machina short of the climax is a ChekhovsGun; if the saving force complicates the story afterwards, it's the introduction of a new element.\n\nOn top of that, the Deus ex Machina is often seen to take away from the plot and characters by forcing everything to fit. If the characters are prepared to accept the unwinnable scenario and all its consequences before the Deus ex Machina, [[LampshadeHanging even acknowledge how lucky they were it showed up]], or it is only accomplished through a HeroicSacrifice, it can take the sting out of its use.\n




''Also'', please make sure an example meets '''the criteria''' before submitting. This is not a place to [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike Complain About Plot Twists You Don't Like]].

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* When Pinocchio is locked in a cage by Stromboli in the Disney adaptation, Jiminy Cricket finds himself unable to pick the lock, leaving Pinocchio as Stromboli's prisoner. Just then, the Blue Fairy appears and delivers some exposition to Pinocchio before freeing him. Different from most examples, it's acknowledged that the Blue Fairy is doing a ''deus ex machina'' here and she says that this is the one and only time that she'll use her powers to help him, and it really is--she doesn't appear again until the very end to reward Pinocchio [[BecomeARealBoy by turning him into a real boy]].


The term is Latin for "god out of the machine" and originates in [[OlderThanFeudalism ancient Greek theater]].[[note]]the original classical Greek "theos ek mekhanikos" became "deus ex machina" through Latin translations of Greek literary criticism in the Renaissance[[/note]] It referred to scenes in which a crane (''machine'') was used to lower actors or statues playing a god or gods (''deus'') onto the stage to set things right, often near the end of the play. In its most literal interpretation, this is when a godlike figure or power, with all the convenient power that comes with that, arrives to solve the problem. A DivineIntervention need not always be a Deus ex Machina or the sole way this trope plays out however.

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The term is Latin for "god out of the machine" and originates in [[OlderThanFeudalism ancient Greek theater]].[[note]]the original classical Greek "theos ek mekhanikos" became "deus ex machina" through Latin translations of Greek literary criticism in the Renaissance[[/note]] Renaissance.[[/note]] It referred to scenes in which a crane (''machine'') was used to lower actors or statues playing a god or gods (''deus'') onto the stage to set things right, often near the end of the play. In its most literal interpretation, this is when a godlike figure or power, with all the convenient power that comes with that, arrives to solve the problem. A DivineIntervention need not always be a Deus ex Machina or the sole way this trope plays out however.


* In the season 4 finale of JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000, after being rescued Zeus declares all the other plot threads to be resolved.

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* In the season 4 finale of JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000, ''Fanfic/JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000'', after being rescued Zeus declares all the other plot threads to be resolved.



** In the climax, Candace attempts to bring their Mom out to the battlefield to see it, as she believes that the "magical force" that always sweeps away her brothers activities before she can show their Mom will take care of things.

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** In the climax, Candace attempts to bring invoke this by bringing their Mom mom out to the battlefield to see it, as she it. She believes that the "magical force" that always sweeps away her brothers brothers' activities before she can show their Mom mom will take care of things.



* Funnily enough, there are many times in Greek Mythology where the gods and goddesses fail to do this all the way through; they may do something which only partly rectifies the situation or has its own shortcomings to it -- though that may be due to them being JerkassGods. Not all instances from classical mythology are subversions, though. For example, at one point Hera offers her aid to the Argonauts to get them through. It's the only time in all of antiquity when she was depicted as acting nice, let alone toward heroes. In fact, the entire name of the trope came from the theatrical device used (via a cherry-picker like machine) in ancient Greek plays based on the Greeks' myths.

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* Funnily enough, there are many times in Greek Mythology where the gods and goddesses fail to do this all the way through; they may do something which only partly rectifies the situation or has its own shortcomings to it -- though that may be due to them being JerkassGods. Not all instances from classical mythology are subversions, though. For example, at one point Hera offers her aid to the Argonauts to get them through. It's the only time in all of antiquity when she was is depicted as acting nice, let alone toward heroes. In fact, the entire name of the trope came from the theatrical device used (via a cherry-picker like machine) in ancient Greek plays based on the Greeks' myths.



* Creator/{{Moliere}} tended to lean on this to wrap up many of his comedies. In ''Theatre/{{Tartuffe}}'' the protagonists are saved in the last act when a police officer shows up out of the blue with an order from the king arresting the villain. The conclusion of ''The School for Wives'' is so bizarrely complicated that we're still not quite sure what happened, but the gist is that the starcrossed lover's respective families show up to let them know that they had arranged their marriage years ahead of time (without either of them knowing it).

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* Creator/{{Moliere}} tended to lean on this to wrap up many of his comedies. In ''Theatre/{{Tartuffe}}'' the protagonists are saved in the last act when a police officer shows up out of the blue with an order from the king arresting the villain. The conclusion of ''The School for Wives'' is so bizarrely complicated that we're still not quite sure what happened, but the gist is that the starcrossed lover's star-crossed lovers' respective families show up to let them know that they had arranged their marriage years ahead of time (without either of them knowing it).


* In ''Fanfic/InfinityCrisis'', the heroes of the Series/ArrowVerse are alerted to the cause of so many people dying by the Phantom Stranger, [[spoiler:while the Justice League receive a similar update from Doctor Fate]] that directs them to the Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse to assist the Avengers against Thanos.

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* In ''Fanfic/InfinityCrisis'', the heroes of the Series/ArrowVerse are alerted to the cause of so many people dying by the Phantom Stranger, [[spoiler:while the Justice League receive a similar update from Doctor Fate]] that directs them to the Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse to assist the Avengers against Thanos.


* In ''Fanfic/InfiniteCrisis'', the heroes of the Series/ArrowVerse are alerted to the cause of so many people dying by the Phantom Stranger, [[spoiler:while the Justice League receive a similar update from Doctor Fate]] that directs them to the Series/MarvelCinematicUniverse to assist the Avengers against Thanos.

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* In ''Fanfic/InfiniteCrisis'', ''Fanfic/InfinityCrisis'', the heroes of the Series/ArrowVerse are alerted to the cause of so many people dying by the Phantom Stranger, [[spoiler:while the Justice League receive a similar update from Doctor Fate]] that directs them to the Series/MarvelCinematicUniverse Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse to assist the Avengers against Thanos.

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