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See also Seekers and Seers.


Character Tropes

  • Apocalypse Maiden: An innocent character is destined to bring about The End of the World as We Know It just by existing.
  • Blind Seer: A character who is physically blind, and yet they can see more than we can, e.g. into the future.
  • The Chosen One: The ancient prophecy says that only a certain person can save the world.
  • Externally Validated Prophecy: When a character makes a prediction about the future which is not fulfilled in the work, yet an audience aware of history knows will be fulfilled. In other words, a Call-Forward to real life.
  • Fainting Seer: An oracle/seer has a dramatic negative reaction to the future they see.
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  • The Fatalist: A character who believes everything that happens is destined to happen and there is no way to escape it
  • Immune to Fate: Screwing Destiny as a superpower.
  • Instant Oracle: Just Add Water!: The Dehydrated Oracle immerses themself nearly or completely in water, and through contact with the liquid is gifted with visions of the future.
  • Junkie Prophet: A character relies on drug-tripping hallucinations or other trance-induced behaviours to see the future.
  • Mad Oracle: A character who can see the future, but seems to have terrible mental health.
  • Magical Seventh Son: Being the seventh son of a seventh son is an omen of supernatural powers or greatness. Often this power is being a seer.
  • Multiple-Choice Future: There are multiple, equally-probable futures.
  • Mystical Waif: A fragile young woman infused with plot-relevant magical powers.
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  • Non-Linear Character: A character that is both in and out of time.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: A character doesn't know everything, to the great surprise of themselves or people around them.
  • The Omniscient: A character who knows everything.
  • Omniscient Hero: The main character knows everything.
  • Oracular Urchin: A young person who makes mysterious comments that imply or indicate they know the future, or at least more than they should.
  • Precrime Arrest: Someone gets arrested for a crime that they would commit in the future.
  • Prescience by Analysis: Predicting the future with probability, statistics, and mathematics and science in general.
  • Seers: People who can see into the future, past and to faraway places.
  • Waif Prophet: A weak and/or sickly (either physically or mentally) character who can see into the future. Usually but not exclusively female.

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