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* In ''VideoGame/{{Sdorica}}'', the PlayerCharacter is the Watcher, who's watching the events of the game using the Book of the Bequeathers. Everything else about them is a complete mystery.


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* Uatu the Watcher, a Creator/MarvelComics character (introduced in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' #13) who lives on the moon, watches everything in every comic, and occasionally pontificates to the readership about it. He always loudly proclaimed "Yes, it is I the Watcher, who is always watching, but must not interfere", roughly every other sentence as if people were going to forget it. Which to be fair is probably a valid concern because quite notably, in spite of this expression, he almost always ended up interfering ''anyway''. A hilarious example of him actually not interfering comes when the ComicBook/RedHulk, who punched Uatut, appears about to die. Uatu shows up and tells him "[[SarcasmMode Sadly]] I am forbidden to intervene" and stands there so he can watch him get sucked into a black hole. This character is the TropeNamer.

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* Uatu the Watcher, a Creator/MarvelComics character (introduced in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' #13) who lives on the moon, watches everything in every comic, and occasionally pontificates to the readership about it. He always loudly proclaimed "Yes, it is I the Watcher, who is always watching, but must not interfere", roughly every other sentence as if people were going to forget it. Which to be fair is probably a valid concern because quite notably, in spite of this expression, his CatchPhrase, he almost always ended up interfering ''anyway''. A hilarious example of him actually not interfering comes when the ComicBook/RedHulk, who [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punched Uatut, Uatu]] when he was on his Villain Sue trip, appears about to die. Uatu shows up and tells him "[[SarcasmMode Sadly]] I am forbidden to intervene" and stands there so he can watch him get sucked into a black hole. This character is the TropeNamer.



** In ''Comicbook/OriginalSin'' #0, new Nova Sam Alexander asks Iron Man and Captain America why Uatu watches everything. After a beat, Cap admits that they have no idea. Nova later learns that Uatu is looking for a world where his father (who was the cause of the Watchers' "no-interference" policy) was right.
** At the end of ''Original Sin'', [[spoiler:Nick Fury becomes Uatu's successor The Unseen, as punishment for his actions.]]

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** In ''Comicbook/OriginalSin'' #0, new Nova ComicBook/{{Nova}} Sam Alexander asks Iron Man ComicBook/IronMan and Captain America ComicBook/CaptainAmerica why Uatu watches everything. After a beat, Cap admits that they have no idea. Nova later learns that Uatu is looking for a world where his father (who was the cause of the Watchers' "no-interference" policy) was right.
** At the end of ''Original Sin'', [[spoiler:Nick Fury [[spoiler:ComicBook/NickFury becomes Uatu's successor The Unseen, as punishment for his actions.]]



* ''ComicBook/XMen'' had the Gamesmaster during the '90s. As a high-order telepath cursed to [[PowerIncontinence constantly listen to every mind on Earth]], he would find various ways to stave off GoMadFromTheRevelation, one of which was to rip off Uatu by psychically showing up to observe various important events.
** There was also The Witness (not to be confused with The Witness from ''The New Universe'' mentioned above), an elderly {{Seer}} from ComicBook/{{Bishop}}'s future who warned him about the "X-Traitor" that Bishop would hunt for throughout the '90s. Though his identity was never confirmed, the Witness was heavily implied to be [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Gambit}}, while the X-traitor he warned Bishop about was eventually confirmed to be ComicBook/ProfessorX in his ComicBook/{{Onslaught}} persona]].



* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': The Ellimist claims to be this at first. Later, it is revealed that although both he and his evil counterpart Crayak would love to be more proactive, they tie each other's cosmic hands. Every time we see one of them do something, the other has agreed behind the scenes to let them do it as a part of a compromise, because otherwise they could cancel each other out endlessly. The trick to making progress in their "game", for the Ellimist, is hoping that the Animorphs will have the right reaction to the limited help or information he is able to give them, and/or that Crayak won't realize the true significance of a "move".
* In Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''Literature/{{Celydonn}}'' books, Dame Ceinwen often plays this role - she considers it part of the responsibility of having great power that she must not interfere too much.



* In Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''Literature/{{Celydonn}}'' books, Dame Ceinwen often plays this role - she considers it part of the responsibility of having great power that she must not interfere too much.



* ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'': Sigma ends up summoning Servant Watcher, a mysterious being or group of beings that can shape shift into various forms. Since Watcher is intangible and Sigma is the only person who can see and hear them, Watcher passively observes the Holy Grail War. They are seemingly aware of everything that happens in the city, though they cannot see the future, the past, or read minds, and gives Sigma warnings and advice, though they claim that they are putting Sigma through tests to turn him into True Lancer.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': This is the role of anyone viewing a memory in a Pensieve. Simultaneous viewers can still interact with each other.



* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': The Ellimist claims to be this at first. Later, it is revealed that although both he and his evil counterpart Crayak would love to be more proactive, they tie each other's cosmic hands. Every time we see one of them do something, the other has agreed behind the scenes to let them do it as a part of a compromise, because otherwise they could cancel each other out endlessly. The trick to making progress in their "game", for the Ellimist, is hoping that the Animorphs will have the right reaction to the limited help or information he is able to give them, and/or that Crayak won't realize the true significance of a "move".
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': This is the role of anyone viewing a memory in a Pensieve. Simultaneous viewers can still interact with each other.



* ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'': Sigma ends up summoning Servant Watcher, a mysterious being or group of beings that can shape shift into various forms. Since Watcher is intangible and Sigma is the only person who can see and hear them, Watcher passively observes the Holy Grail War. They are seemingly aware of everything that happens in the city, though they cannot see the future, the past, or read minds, and gives Sigma warnings and advice, though they claim that they are putting Sigma through tests to turn him into True Lancer.


* Uatu the Watcher, a Creator/MarvelComics character (introduced in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' #13) who lives on the moon, watches everything in every comic, and occasionally pontificates to the readership about it. He always loudly proclaimed "Yes, it is I the Watcher, who is always watching, but must not interfere", roughly every other sentence as if people were going to forget it. Which to be fair is probably a valid concern because quite notably, in spite of this expression, he almost always ended up interfering ''anyway''. A hilarious example of him actually not interfering comes when the ComicBook/RedHulk, who punched Uatu while on his VillainSue trip, appears about to die. Uatu shows up and tells him "[[SarcasmMode Sadly]] I am forbidden to intervene" and stands there so he can watch him get sucked into a black hole. This character is the TropeNamer.

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* Uatu the Watcher, a Creator/MarvelComics character (introduced in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' #13) who lives on the moon, watches everything in every comic, and occasionally pontificates to the readership about it. He always loudly proclaimed "Yes, it is I the Watcher, who is always watching, but must not interfere", roughly every other sentence as if people were going to forget it. Which to be fair is probably a valid concern because quite notably, in spite of this expression, he almost always ended up interfering ''anyway''. A hilarious example of him actually not interfering comes when the ComicBook/RedHulk, who punched Uatu while on his VillainSue trip, Uatut, appears about to die. Uatu shows up and tells him "[[SarcasmMode Sadly]] I am forbidden to intervene" and stands there so he can watch him get sucked into a black hole. This character is the TropeNamer.

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* ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'': Sigma ends up summoning Servant Watcher, a mysterious being or group of beings that can shape shift into various forms. Since Watcher is intangible and Sigma is the only person who can see and hear them, Watcher passively observes the Holy Grail War. They are seemingly aware of everything that happens in the city, though they cannot see the future, the past, or read minds, and gives Sigma warnings and advice, though they claim that they are putting Sigma through tests to turn him into True Lancer.


-->-- '''Uatu''', ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #13...and many times after

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-->-- '''Uatu''', ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #13... and many times after



Not to be confused with the MysteriousWatcher--who observes the characters from afar for their own purposes--though the two can certainly overlap. Also not to be confused with the person on the ''other'' side of the TV screen[=/=]FourthWall, nor the EvilOverlooker, which is a box art phenomenon.

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Not to be confused with the MysteriousWatcher--who MysteriousWatcher who observes the characters from afar for their own purposes--though purposes though the two can certainly overlap. Also not to be confused with the person on the ''other'' side of the TV screen[=/=]FourthWall, nor the EvilOverlooker, which is a box art phenomenon.



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* Future Hiro took on this role in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' when he told Peter to "save the cheerleader," and again when he told his past self how to stop the bomb.

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* Season 5 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' features the Chronicoms, a race of alien androids sent to observe life on Earth but never interfere, [[GodzillaThreshold unless it's to prevent an extinction-level event]].
* On ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', Angel shows up in the early episodes only to offer Buffy cryptic messages about upcoming threats. Despite their name, Giles and the other members of the Council of Watchers act more like {{Mentors}}, and occasionally fight demons themselves.
** Played straight(er) in [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the movie]], where there was only ONE Immortal Watcher, who has trained TheChosenOne's for centuries. [[spoiler: He was allowed to do so by the BigBad, so that the BigBad would have some entertainment every now and again. Of course, TheWatcher DOES intervene to save Buffy's life, and shortly afterwards dies for it.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Time Lords. Again, while they were officially supposed to never interfere, a lot of them were ''really'' bad at it. Notably, their doctrine of noninterference was largely self-imposed; they made that decision in the first place because they're almost all ''horribly corrupt'', and the doctrine is basically there to keep them from screwing up and/or conquering everything else.
** Played straight with the Watcher from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]", who watched the Doctor and his companions throughout the serial, and was revealed to be [[spoiler:a manifestation of the Fourth Doctor, which {{Foreshadow}}s his regeneration into the Fifth Doctor.]]
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': The Observer and his organization are a group of bald men with advanced technology and almost no emotions (or taste buds) who observe major events in history, but seem to be showing up more and more frequently in the present day (OnceAnEpisode, to be exact). Their purpose is unknown; they may be time travelers, immortals, or interdimensional police. They do sometimes interfere by communicating with the main characters in order to [[spoiler:prevent the two universes from destroying each other]], but they justify it as righting previous errors.
* The Watchers of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', who annoy Melinda with their inability to give straight answers.
* Future Hiro took on this role in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' when he told Peter to "save the cheerleader," cheerleader", and again when he told his past self how to stop the bomb.



* Parodied heavily with the "Observers" of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* The Ancients in ''Series/{{Stargate}}''. And if we say they don't interfere, ''[[NeglectfulPrecursors we mean it]]''. The number of times Ancients interfered in the plot can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and every time, the individual who did so was genuinely punished by the rest. On two occasions an Ancient has evaded punishment by sacrificing all their powers and becoming human, then using just their superior ''knowledge'' to interfere.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' has several people in Watcher-like roles (often emissaries of the PowersThatBe, or those within the Powers That Be but secretly working against them, e.g. Mr. X).
* The Watchers of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', who annoy Melinda with their inability to give straight answers.



* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': The Observer and his organization are a group of bald men with advanced technology and almost no emotions (or taste buds) who observe major events in history, but seem to be showing up more and more frequently in the present day (OnceAnEpisode, to be exact). Their purpose is unknown; they may be time travelers, immortals, or interdimensional police. They do sometimes interfere by communicating with the main characters in order to [[spoiler:prevent the two universes from destroying each other]], but they justify it as righting previous errors.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Time Lords. Again, while they were officially supposed to never interfere, a lot of them were ''really'' bad at it. Notably, their doctrine of noninterference was largely self-imposed; they made that decision in the first place because they're almost all ''horribly corrupt'', and the doctrine is basically there to keep them from screwing up and/or conquering everything else.
** Played straight with The Watcher from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]", who watched the Doctor and his companions throughout the serial, and was revealed to be [[spoiler: a manifestation of the Fourth Doctor, which {{Foreshadow}}s his regeneration into the Fifth Doctor.]]
* On ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', Angel shows up in the early episodes only to offer Buffy cryptic messages about upcoming threats. Despite their name, Giles and the other members of the Council of Watchers act more like {{Mentors}}, and occasionally fight demons themselves.
** Played straight(er) in [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the movie]], where there was only ONE Immortal Watcher, who has trained TheChosenOne's for centuries. [[spoiler: He was allowed to do so by the BigBad, so that the BigBad would have some entertainment every now and again. Of course, TheWatcher DOES intervene to save Buffy's life, and shortly afterwards dies for it.]]

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* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': The Observer and his organization are a group of bald men with advanced technology and almost no emotions (or taste buds) who observe major events in history, but seem to be showing up more and more frequently in the present day (OnceAnEpisode, to be exact). Their purpose is unknown; they may be time travelers, immortals, or interdimensional police. They do sometimes interfere by communicating %%* Parodied heavily with the main characters in order to [[spoiler:prevent the two universes from destroying each other]], but "Observers" of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'': The Ancients. And if we say
they justify it as righting previous errors.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Time Lords. Again, while they were officially supposed to never
don't interfere, a lot ''[[NeglectfulPrecursors we mean it]]''. The number of them were ''really'' bad at it. Notably, their doctrine of noninterference was largely self-imposed; they made that decision times Ancients interfered in the first place because they're almost all ''horribly corrupt'', plot can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and every time, the doctrine is basically there to keep them from screwing up and/or conquering everything else.
** Played straight with The Watcher from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]",
individual who watched the Doctor and his companions throughout the serial, and did so was revealed to be [[spoiler: a manifestation of the Fourth Doctor, which {{Foreshadow}}s his regeneration into the Fifth Doctor.]]
* On ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', Angel shows up in the early episodes only to offer Buffy cryptic messages about upcoming threats. Despite their name, Giles and the other members of the Council of Watchers act more like {{Mentors}}, and occasionally fight demons themselves.
** Played straight(er) in [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the movie]], where there was only ONE Immortal Watcher, who has trained TheChosenOne's for centuries. [[spoiler: He was allowed to do so
genuinely punished by the BigBad, so that the BigBad would have some entertainment every now rest. On two occasions an Ancient has evaded punishment by sacrificing all their powers and again. Of course, TheWatcher DOES intervene becoming human, then using just their superior ''knowledge'' to save Buffy's life, and shortly afterwards dies for it.]]interfere.



* Season 5 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' features the Chronicoms, a race of alien androids sent to observe life on Earth but never interfere, [[GodzillaThreshold unless it's to prevent an extinction-level event]].

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* Season 5 ''Series/TheXFiles'' has several people in Watcher-like roles (often emissaries of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' features the Chronicoms, a race of alien androids sent to observe life on Earth PowersThatBe, or those within the Powers That Be but never interfere, [[GodzillaThreshold unless it's to prevent an extinction-level event]].secretly working against them, e.g. Mr. X).


* Season 5 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' features the Chronicoms, a race of alien androids sent to observe life on Earth but never interfere, [[GodzillaThreshold unless it's to prevent an exception-level event]].

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* Season 5 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' features the Chronicoms, a race of alien androids sent to observe life on Earth but never interfere, [[GodzillaThreshold unless it's to prevent an exception-level extinction-level event]].

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* An "Onlooker" in ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' is supposed to observe and not (directly) interfere. Their power to "observe" things (i.e acknowledging the existence and happenstance of things, which - due to quantum theories - has multiple applications) is far greater than anyone else, but if they decide to interfere, they'll steadily lose their power bit by bit. Rachel Alucard is one of those Onlookers; she's also one of the "players" in the verse's CosmicChessGame who moves others (particularly the hero, Ragna) to help her protect the world from the villains. As the games' story continue, however, she'd been forced to interfere a couple of times just to ensure her victory, and as of the fourth game she's steadily losing her powers. Another Onlooker is [[spoiler:Amane Nishiki]], who later succeeds Rachel's job of watching over and protecting the world.


-->--'''Uatu''', ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #13...and many times after

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-->--'''Uatu''', -->-- '''Uatu''', ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #13...and many times after


* Osaragi from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' doesn't actively participate in plots, but she does take notice of all the things going on with Iino, and the situation in middle school. Thankfully, this means she can see the good points of those who are shunned, like Iino and Ishigami.



* Osaragi from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' doesn't actively participate in plots, but she does take notice of all the things going on with Iino, and the situation in middle school. Thankfully, this means she can see the good points of those who are shunned, like Iino and Ishigami.

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* Osaragi from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' doesn't actively participate in plots, but she does take notice of all the things going on with Iino, and the situation in middle school. Thankfully, this means she can see the good points of those who are shunned, like Iino and Ishigami.


* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Eleenin relies on her allies and fairies to fight, because she doesn't have an offensive prowess of her own. Although its because she believes in ThePowerOfFriendship, not because she's a DirtyCoward.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Eleenin relies on her allies and fairies to fight, because she doesn't have an any offensive prowess of her own. Although its because she believes in ThePowerOfFriendship, not because she's a DirtyCoward.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Eleenin relies on her allies and fairies to fight, because she doesn't have an offensive prowess of her own. Although its because she believes in ThePowerOfFriendship, not because she's a DirtyCoward.


* We find out on Series/{{Supernatural}} that John Winchester's entire family was this which is what led to his father's death pre-series.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has the Men of Letters, a secret society dedicated to studying the monsters and magic of the world but never directly interfering themselves (they have Hunters to do that for them). We find out on Series/{{Supernatural}} learn in their first appearance that John Winchester's entire family was this were members, which is what led to his father's death pre-series.pre-series, before John could learn of their existence.
* Season 5 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' features the Chronicoms, a race of alien androids sent to observe life on Earth but never interfere, [[GodzillaThreshold unless it's to prevent an exception-level event]].


* ''{{Concerned}}'' referred to this behavior as a "G-Peep."

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* ''{{Concerned}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'' referred to this behavior as a "G-Peep."

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