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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]] 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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* 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.


A Deus ex Machina ([[UsefuNotes/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 ([[UsefuNotes/LatinPronunciationGuide ([[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]].


* Parodied in the [[Creator/BertoltBrecht Brecht]] play ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'', where the playwright actually goes to the length of having his characters explain that the play really ends differently... but, for the sake of a happy ending, a royal official enters on horseback to make everything better. The play ends with a comment saying how unlike real life this is.
** There's an inversion of this trope in another Brecht play, ''The Good Person of Szechuan''. Just as things have got as bad as they can possibly get for the protagonist, Three Gods (who have been present on Earth since the opening scene, and in fact were responsible for the protagonist's predicament in the first place), pointedly do ''not'' step in to resolve matters, and instead mount a giant pink cloud and ascend into the heavens.

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Parodied in the [[Creator/BertoltBrecht Brecht]] play ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'', where the playwright actually goes to the length of having his characters explain that the play really ends differently... but, for the sake of a happy ending, a royal official enters on horseback to make everything better. The play ends with a comment saying how unlike real life this is.
** There's an inversion of this trope in another Brecht play, ''The Good Person of Szechuan''.''Theatre/TheGoodPersonOfSzechwan''. Just as things have got as bad as they can possibly get for the protagonist, Three Gods (who have been present on Earth since the opening scene, and in fact were responsible for the protagonist's predicament in the first place), pointedly do ''not'' step in to resolve matters, and instead mount a giant pink cloud and ascend into the heavens.


** In the Toa Inika's battle with Vezon, Jaller pulls out a unique Zamor Sphere that freezes Vezon in stasis, allowing the Inika to recover the Mask of Life. Unlike the Vahi example, there ''was'' a scene of Axonn giving Jaller the sphere, however its power was never explained,[[note]]The most Axonn says is that it's "for protection"[[/note]] which raises a lot of FridgeLogic.
** In the GrandFinale ''Journey's End'' arc, completely out of the blue, the Mask of Life creates a mystical set of Golden Armor for Tahu, which is capable of annihilating every single Rahkshi soldier ''and'' [[PowerCopying gaining all their abilities]]. This is said to be a contingency plan of the Great Beings, for if The Makuta ever rebelled. It was never mentioned prior to this, and you'd think it would've activated a lot sooner [[FailsafeFailure if it supposed to be a fail-safe]].

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** In the Toa Inika's battle with Vezon, Jaller pulls out a unique Zamor Sphere that freezes Vezon in stasis, stasis when Vezon, who's in the middle of a rage-induced VillainousBreakdown, attempts to inflict a FateWorseThanDeath on Matoro, allowing the Inika to recover the Mask of Life. Unlike the Vahi example, there ''was'' a scene of Axonn giving Jaller the sphere, however its power was never explained,[[note]]The most Axonn says is that it's "for protection"[[/note]] which raises a lot of FridgeLogic.
** In the GrandFinale ''Journey's End'' arc, completely out of the blue, the Mask of Life creates a mystical set of Golden Armor for Tahu, which is capable of annihilating every single Rahkshi soldier ''and'' [[PowerCopying gaining all their abilities]]. This Granted, the Mask Of Life has done and created some pretty crazy things with its power before, but this is said to be a contingency plan of the Great Beings, Beings for if The Makuta ever rebelled. It was never mentioned prior to this, and you'd think it would've activated a lot sooner [[FailsafeFailure if it supposed to be a fail-safe]].


* In [[WebVideo/Hbomberguy [=H.Bomberguy's=]]] video on the 2017 British Election, the horror of having to live through another Tory government is immediately resolved when [[spoiler:the money birds come back home]]

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* In [[WebVideo/Hbomberguy [[WebVideo/HBomberguy [=H.Bomberguy's=]]] video on the 2017 British Election, the horror of having to live through another Tory government is immediately resolved when [[spoiler:the money birds come back home]]


* In [[WebVideo/Hbomberguy [=H.Bomberguy's]]] video on the 2017 British Election, the horror of having to live through another Tory government is immediately resolved when [[spoiler:the money birds come back home]]

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* In [[WebVideo/Hbomberguy [=H.Bomberguy's]]] Bomberguy's=]]] video on the 2017 British Election, the horror of having to live through another Tory government is immediately resolved when [[spoiler:the money birds come back home]]


* In [[WebVideo/Hbomberguy [=H.Bomberguy's]]] video on the 2017 British Election, the horror of having to live through another Tory government is immediately resolved when [[spoiler:the money birds come back home]]


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* In [[WebVideo/Hbomberguy [=H.Bomberguy's]]] video on the 2017 British Election, the horror of having to live through another Tory government is immediately resolved when [[spoiler:the money birds come back home]]

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* In [[WebVideo/Hbomberguy [=H.Bomberguy's]]] video on the 2017 British Election, the horror of having to live through another Tory government is immediately resolved when [[spoiler:the money birds come back home]]


** In ''Orestes,'' Orestes and his sister have been condemned to death for murdering their mother (which Orestes was ordered to do by Apollo, since their mother killed their father, which she did because the father had killed their sister...). The two of them and Orestes' best friend Pylades have escaped, taken Orestes' fiancée hostage, and are holed up in the palace ready to burn it all down around them... when all of a sudden Apollo pops in, orders everyone to stop fighting, and ensures that all of the leads are friends and/or married. This ending is traditionally read as Euripides having written himself into a situation where none of his characters could be expected to solve things without divine intervention. However, more modern readings of the play as a very dark StealthParody (as in Anne Carson's very snarky translation), suggest that we are fully meant to notice how arbitrary Apollo's solutions to the characters' problems are.

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** In ''Orestes,'' Orestes and his sister have been condemned to death for murdering their mother (which Orestes was ordered to do by Apollo, since their mother killed their father, which she did because the father had killed their sister...). The two of them and Orestes' best friend Pylades have escaped, taken Orestes' fiancée hostage, and are holed up in the palace ready to burn it all down around them... when all of a sudden Apollo pops in, orders everyone to stop fighting, and ensures that all of the leads are friends and/or married. This ending is traditionally read as Euripides having written himself into a situation where none of his characters could be expected to solve things without divine intervention. However, more modern readings of the play as a very dark StealthParody (as in Anne Carson's very snarky super-snarky translation), suggest that we are fully meant to notice how arbitrary Apollo's solutions to the characters' problems are.


** In ''Orestes,'' Orestes and his sister have been condemned to death for murdering their mother (which Orestes was ordered to do by Apollo, since their mother killed their father, which she did because the father had killed their sister...). The two of them and Orestes' best friend Pylades have escaped, taken Orestes' fiancée hostage, and are holed up in the palace ready to burn it all down around them... when all of a sudden Apollo pops in, orders everyone to stop fighting, and ensures that all of the leads are friends and/or married. Of course, there are two ways to read this ending. One is that Euripides wrote himself into a situation where none of his characters could be expected to solve things without divine intervention. Another, based on more recent scholarly interpretations, is that the whole play is a very dark StealthParody (''Orestes'' is thought to be the last play Euripides wrote before going into exile), and we are fully meant to notice how arbitrary Apollo's solutions to the characters' problems are.

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** In ''Orestes,'' Orestes and his sister have been condemned to death for murdering their mother (which Orestes was ordered to do by Apollo, since their mother killed their father, which she did because the father had killed their sister...). The two of them and Orestes' best friend Pylades have escaped, taken Orestes' fiancée hostage, and are holed up in the palace ready to burn it all down around them... when all of a sudden Apollo pops in, orders everyone to stop fighting, and ensures that all of the leads are friends and/or married. Of course, there are two ways to This ending is traditionally read this ending. One is that as Euripides wrote having written himself into a situation where none of his characters could be expected to solve things without divine intervention. Another, based on However, more recent scholarly interpretations, is that modern readings of the whole play is as a very dark StealthParody (''Orestes'' is thought to be the last play Euripides wrote before going into exile), and (as in Anne Carson's very snarky translation), suggest that we are fully meant to notice how arbitrary Apollo's solutions to the characters' problems are.

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