Deus Ex Machina

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Deus Ex Machina or literaly "God From The Machine" is a plot device in writing that resolves seemingly impossible situations, in story, with a very unlikely event or series of events.

In Writing

Deus Ex Machina is seen as bad writing in that it uses devices that are outside of the plot mechanics or give the character such abilities and skills that they free the writer from having the main character face the same limitations of other characters within the same universe or logic.
Most often it is seen as a lack of creativity, laziness or outright idiocy by the writer and is most likely seen in female writers who lack the skills of their male counterparts to plan and establish plot devices.
What once used to be a point of angst in fans, readers and movie goers when it was too obvious or overused has become a mainstay in Americunt media because of the current diversification and liberalization of America that allows the writer or publisher to attack critics with accusations of misogyny for stating the obvious.

Examples Of

  • The Hunger Games: Everytime the main character is in a dangerous situation someone comes out of the blue and saves her ass. Even the rules of the game are rewritten so she and her twink can win together. Also how she got through the first movie without killing a single person. Even the closest she came to killing, the bees, was someone else's idea and not hers.
and watching it will kill your bra in cells
  • Divergent: Where to start? They know about this Divergent ability but there are no methods in place to spot it? Hot Azn Maggie Q works for the state, spots this Divergent ability and doesn't report it? The main character Tris was born into the libtard Abnegation faction which is full of Liberal SJWs. When she signs up for the Dauntless Faction she can run and jump with the best of them despite her never having such intense training. The fact that the one guy that wants to Stick it in her is also Divergent and teaches her how to not get caught which she really didn't need because someone else avoided detection without training.
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Take a cold shower perv
  • Harry Potter: The fact that Voldemort didn't kill Harry when he first met him. The fact that Harry is the most powerfull, most awesome and most special person in universe and surrounds himself with equally awesome and special people despite being put in the retard house. How Harry becomes the rich kid when he gets to magic school. How the Ogre/Orc kills itself when it stabs its brain through its nose by landing on Harry's wand.
  • Mean Girls The fact that Cady, the most socially retarded and inept girl on the planet just walks right into her School's most popular clique. How someone so shallow like Regina George can be convinced to keep eating high calorie food bars despite gaining 5 dress sizes. Regina George running out of an assembly during school hours and getting hit by a school bus. How Cady wins the Mathlete championships with the first thing she learned before she decided to let her grades drop to play idiot. At the end, the fact that a large group of girls can get along.
  • Sailor Moon: The fact that a retarded, lazy, crybaby of an air head is capable of doing anything. How all evil happens within walking distance of their houses. How Tuxedo Mask always shows up at just the right moment to throw a rose, say some words of inspiration and change the tide of battle so Sailor Moon wins. How in DBZ fashion Sailor Moon always discovers a new power just when it's needed. How Usagi is a failing student in Jr High but somehow gets into high school while living in Japan. How Tuxedo Mask is a college student and Usagi's parents never called the cops on him for macking on their underage daughter. The fact that Ussgi's brother has a crush on Sailor Moon and never noticed the similarities between her and his sister.
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To avoid confusion, they should have used Rey's full name May-rey Sue
  • Star Wars: The Farce Awakens: The fact that Rey was never trained in the Force but automatically knows how to use the Jedi Mind Trick and can hold her own in a fight with a Sith Lord. The fact that Rey has never left her planet but knows how to speak Wookie and can fly the Millennium Falcon. The fact that Han and Chewbacca have been life partners for so long and Han has never fired Chewbacca's cross bow. Han forgets where he parked the Millennium Falcon. Leah instantly can feel it when Han dies but needs a map to find her brother Luke. How some dumb alien can find Luke's lightsaber after his hand was cut off and it was lost in Empire. Darth Vader's mask survived and the main bad guy keeps it as a Tchotchke on his shelf. How in the original 3 movies everyone saw the Force as the galatic version of Scientology but 15 years later everyone believes in it despite a severe lack of Jedi. The fact that no one in the Empire has learned their lesson and every fucking Death Star has the same mother fucking weakness.
  • War Of The Worlds: The fact that Martians are smart enough to travel to the Earth in a matter of days yet they have no clue about Microbiology and get killed because they were too stupid to filter out bacteria and viruses from The Earth's air.
  • Most Vampire Movies: The fact that there's this giant ball of screaming death in the sky that can permaban vampires but people always wait until 30 minutes before nightfall to go vampire hunting.
  • Batman: In that 1960s, Adam West piece of shit, Deus Ex Machina can be summed up in two words, Shark Repellent.
  • Superman: Kryptonite is supposed to be a rare element on Earth but when a villian needs an advantage over Superman they always have it.
Deus Ex Machina by any other name
  • Doctor Who If it wasn't for the Bootstrap Paradox Steven Moffat wouldn't even be able to construct a decent plot because this is always his saving grace. For instance, when the Impossible Astronaut kills the 11th Doctor, the Doctor does the Chrono Trigger maneuver where you think you saw the character die but all that happened was he replaced himself with a doll. Amy Pond names her daughter after her daughter. Who wrote Beethoven's fifth, Beethovan or did the 12th Doctor get it from the present and take it back in time to give to Beethoven? In Shakespearean England when the 10th Doctor keeps giving Shakespeare quotes from other writers like Dylan Thomas. That whole idea of The Master building a paradox machine so humans from the future could come back in time and kill their ancestors.
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More Deus Ex Machina and use of the Mary Sue character than a poorly written fanfic about Xenu
  • Battlefield Earth: Everything from cover to cover and the movie is just as bad. Too many to mention. Some better examples include that the aliens have technology to detect gold but somehow missed Fort Knox. John Travolta's character says that for all of Earth's advances, the Earth only lasted 5 minutes against his people's invasion force yet the humans use these same failed weapons to beat the aliens because L. Ron says so. The fact that the aliens are autistic and for studying so many cultures before defeating them, they are socially ignorant and have no concept of pets thinking dogs rule the Earth. A single nuke is enough to destroy the alien planet because it ignites their atmosphere. John Travolta's character was supposed to be the top of his class in alian military school but is a retard when it comes to tactics or seeing through plots against him. A nuke still works 1,000 years into the future and aviation fuel is still good and hasn't just evaporated into the air. Hell, the Earthlings had to do no maintenance on the fighter jets despite the U.S. Military always having them in rotation for preventative maintenance. 1,000 years into the future the Earthlings find a still working flight simulator so they can learn to fly. The fact that things made of rubber like tires and gasket hasn't crumbled into dust in 1,000 years. The learning machine. For John Travolta's character to teach the main human his language Travolta puts him in a learning machine that surprisingly teaches the human chemistry, advanced physics, advanced math, biology, astronomy, engineering - you name it. When Travolta takes the main Earth guy to DC, the books and papers are still readable after being exposed to the elements for 1,000 years. The Earthlings can barely mine gold ore but are rather proficient in running a forge that requires way more skill than mining. Right here is more than enough evidence to suggest that the urban legend that Ray Bradbury made L. Ron Hubbard break down and cry by telling him that he was a lousy writer is true.


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