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Apr 1st 2012 at 1:47:16 PM •••

Archiving from remarks.php?trope=Main.OmniImpotence (can't move due to content on both pages):

YKTTW: Omni Impotence launched as Omni Impotence

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?

Nov 6th 2011 at 4:46:50 AM •••

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.

Jan 14th 2011 at 3:39:54 PM •••

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)?

Sep 18th 2010 at 9:33:08 PM •••

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.

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Sep 18th 2010 at 9:58:57 PM •••

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>

Sep 16th 2010 at 9:53:21 AM •••

Not sure this is an example due to the natter that is present:

  • Lots of these in Planescape, as it is set across the various homes of gods, demons, angels, and so on. The Lady of Pain stands out, as she is the absolute power in Sigil, and if she doesn't like how someone's affecting it—whether it's an upset of power among the factions, a god horning in on her territory, or even someone trying to worship her—they'll get flayed alive or sent to an inescapable Maze. However, there's the twist that she can never leave the city either, which is one of the reasons it's called the Cage.
    • Less can't and more chooses not to. The Lady has killed gods, and not in the "epic battle of the ages" sense but in the "boom headshot" sense. Insisting that the Lady can't do something is tantamount to invitation to Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies. The fact that she fillets even the people who worship her as a goddess seems to imply that she just wants to be left alone.

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