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YKTTW: Omni Impotence launched as Omni Impotence
sonicsuns topic 11:28:50 AM Sep 25th 2011
What if there's a God-like thing with near-infinite power, but there's an equal-and-opposite thing as well, and the two of them basically keep each other in check all the time? Does that count as Omni Impotence?
A possible meta version of this, just not quite sure if it should be added.
The most powerful beings to any story are us. We create the stories, we interpret the stories, we forget the stories. Yet the very nature of a story means we can't get involved. We can only watch.
Just discovered this. Should we mine the start of Linkara's Marvel Team-Up review for a page quote (despite its negative tone towards this trope)?
How's this for a possible reason: he's interfered before, and despite his intentions, it ultimately made things worse than they would have been every time.
By the time the character reaches this trope, that would fall under "breaking the Prime Directive." That he wrote his own Prime Directive may make a difference morally, but not in the end result...
Though maybe this could be hinted at:
"The character knows that, while he is omnipotent, he isn't really omniscient, and that he can mess things up for those under him worse than they can."
I like the seer's excuse that you can't both see the future and change it. That one can only be broken once per seer, but it has happened in fiction. <grin>
Not sure this is an example due to the natter that is present:
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How well does it match the trope?