Deus ex Machina


132 comments posted
When has a divine subject

When has a divine subject ever intervened in Harry Potter to resolve all issues?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 06:18
Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley

When a dog falls out of an airplane and smashes before the two lovers' eyes. The woman is in shock and decides then and there to end the relationship.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:38
Like the end of Breaking Dawn

Like the end of Breaking Dawn part 2

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:24

i Really Really hope you Mean the book.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 01:42

Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:25
harry potter

The entirety of harry freakin potter is a big deus ex machina

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:16
No it isnt

No it isnt

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:56
My Story

Once upon a time there lived an evil witch.
God appeared Dun DUunnn. She died.
*Deus Ex Machinamajiga*


Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 01:06
best example

I know its a bit childish, but Disney movies have the best Deus ex Machina...
Cinderella-fairy godmother
Pinocchio- the blue fairy
snow white-the mirror...need I say more?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 22:56

Gandalf is the best example

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:08

No the Eagles he call are, and Gollum.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 03:47

next to Dumbledore that is

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 23:02
At least Dumbledore stayed

At least Dumbledore stayed dead! Sort of...

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:57

Gandalf is better.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:49

I agree.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:09
sounds like an ending to a

sounds like an ending to a monty python sketch lol

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 01:14
That's what I was thinking!

At the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, everyone is about to go to battle in medieval armor when the police show up and shut everything down. I love Monty Python though, Deux ex Machina or not!

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 05:44
Life of Brian

That happens in Life of Brian, where for no reason and out of nowhere aliens save Brian from a seemingly unsurvivable fall. I'm pretty sure they do it in their sketches at times too.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:59
bad plot

A friend wrote a (bad) novel, which ends when all the characters except the narrator are killed by a tsunami.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:08
Another example

The season three finale for Once Upon a Time-Rumplestiltskin kills himself and Peter Pan at the same time with his cursed blade when it is only necessary for him to kill peter pan with the blade. The person who writes that show needs to come up with some sort of reasoning because it is a season finale that has an ending that makes no sense whatsoever. Random disconnected ending.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 06:28

would the main character meeting a random one to bring the resolution fit this? it wasn't implausible, just completely random.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 21:41

Well, no, because Deus ex Machina usually happens at the end, and effects the resolution.
So, unless the meeting of the two characters directly affected the resolution, it does not count as DEM.
Correct me if I'm wrong, peoples.


Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:06
Your wrong

not neccesarily the webster dictionary defines it as this: a person or thing (as in fiction or drama) that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty So unless the dues ex machina is affecting the whole story and is bringing it to a close it doesn't really need to be at the end of the story you could have like a person being saved from a fall somewhere in the beginning of the story by mysterious means could be plausible.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 03:59
You're wrong


Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/30/2015 - 19:57
Death Note

it was literally deus ex machina, one after another

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/25/2013 - 09:47
future diary

Not literally deus ex. Future diary has a literal Deus ex.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 06:48
Death Note

That is because the 'divine intervention' was a character within the series. The book of unimaginable power was a weapon of the gods in the hands of a mortal. Divine intervention was inevitable... It is not a result of poor plot, it was incorporating gods of death into a mind game, similar to a intense chess match. The fact that Light Yagami (the main character) considers himself a god through his insanity may also strike you as Deus ex Machina... Although he is once again part of the story... Deus ex Machina is used when a solution is made from an extreme scenario that would not have happened... Similar to how Light came into contact with the book in the first place (ep.1)... Which was the solution to his problem of being in a world of evil... But with this solution came many problems and will probably also not be considered a Deus ex Machina because rather than ending a conflict it has begun the series... I recommend anyone who hasn't seen death note to watch it!!! It is an anime series but what they have sacrificed in graphics they have made up for in deep, complex storylines. I have seen the series countless times and I am in love with the series!!!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 11:57
Well said. I agree that

Well said. I agree that although it's implausible, so is every fantasy character or Doctor Who recurring villain. It's not bad writing; the way the characters react to said Deus Ex Machina is the point of the series and the reason people love it so much.

So, cheers to you, Death Note fan. Cheers to you.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 22:33

The whole plot.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/11/2013 - 23:50
Oh wow


Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:16
The Hobbit in a nutshell

Gandalf may not be able to make the rain stop or fight Orc, but he seems to do a fine job teleporting into the Goblin layer to save the main characters. And his crew of eagles seem seem to be able to save everyone just in the nick of time whenever their foes surround them. Interestingly enough, the birds cant just fly the characters over the mountains and valleys of the land directly to their final destination, but only far enough to keep them from harm.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/03/2013 - 22:39
The Hobbit in a Nutshell

Gandalf can follow the dwarves into the goblin kingdom, and then fight his way out with the dwarves because goblins aren't that skilled of fighters. He cannot stand with a small group against a large group of mounted, trained orcs. Gandalf saved the life of the king of eagles once, and so he returns the favor and was notified by Gandalf through a moth. The eagles couldn't carry them all the way to their destination because they were frightened of entering Murkwood and, let's be honest, would you be able to carry all those dwarves that far?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 05:43
The Hobbit in a Nutshell

The overall DEM content in LOR could be considered quite high, depending on how much you want to compare life in the Third Age with reality. It always bothered me that, despite the deep ancient history of Middle Earth, it never got out of the sword and sorcery business. Medieval tech for thousands of years ? Were they kept there by repeated Big Battles with elemental evil (their version of an asteroid strike ?), or was life sweeter for long-lived beings when they kept things simple ? The give and take of strong men with stabbing weapons, and the occasional zap from a good or bad wizard, probably constituted a sustainable, nourishing lifestyle. I dunno. But years ago I realized the Eagles were like magic reset buttons for the plot, i.e. DEM's, and just got on with the story, which is rich and satisfying anyway.
Nowadays, you gotta have something like "phase-inverted tachyons" to bail your ass out.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:32
The Hobbit in a Nutshell


Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/25/2014 - 20:46
The Entire Harry Potter 7 Book

Three convenient artifacts that were never once alluded to all just happen to be in the protagonists possession. Everything being a chance escape. The principle of 'love' overcoming the villain without any explanation. The protagonist returning to life.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:14

All of the deathly hallows were alluded to, and the principal of love overcoming evil is explained and is a theme in almost each of the books in the series. Plus the protagonist returning to life was explained. One other note: The whole series is about magic. DONT FREAKING QUESTION IT!!!

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/16/2015 - 20:51
Let's balance things

Oh come on the Philosopher's Stone, name of the first novel in the series? I'll give you the Invisibility Cloak, even though it's explained that it was handed down from generation to generation, it is an unlikely coincidence that Harry is the last descendant of the Peverells! As for the Elder Wand, it was mentionned in the The Goblet of Fire that Dumbledore beat Gregorovitch in a duel and recovered his wand. So we did know about the Deathly Hollows all throughout, we just didn't know what they were.
Also, the idea that love beats all is well brought up, with the idea Voldemort cannot support any form of love due to his soul split in 7 fractions making him virtually soulless, and unable to rival with Harry's love-filled soul, making it impossible for him to take it away from him. Finally, as for the protagonist coming back to life, I consider he was never really killed and that Voldemort only really avada kadavra'd the last remaining hate fueled fraction of his own soul.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 20:07
Time turners

The entire stock of time turners conveniently being destroyed. (I hated the concept of the time turners, because it creates so many plot holes)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:32
anime example

In every anime where the antagonist are so much more powerful that the protagonist needs some sort of ridiculously broken means to train themselves to an appropriate level.
Dragonball Z-The Hyperbolic Time Chamber
Naruto- Kage Bushin training method (personal favorite right here. You mean to tell me that from the very start of the story he had this method available and no one told him bull)
Bleach- Tenshintai training method

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 18:23
Fairy tail's natsu

Ahah when u said that the first though was how natsu always eats something e.g. Etherion during tower of haven arc when battling jellal, and then becomes so strong like it makes sense since natsu is an idiot and eats everything even when he knows it's could kill him yet he still does it

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:15
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Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 16:49
Deus ex Machina in potter

i think the final harry potter book uses Deus ex Machina because harry just so happens to find the sword of gryfondor (thats spelled wrong) lieing in a pool and when he tries to get it and nearly kills himself ron just shows up and saves him...

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 05:12
Deus ex Machina in potter

Isn't it told that Snape put the Sword of Gryffindor into the lake as we see a doe patronus guiding Harry to the lake and it's later revealed that Snape's patronus was a doe.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 23:29
I don't know. None of the

I don't know. None of the things just "happen", it just appears that way because we don't know how they came about yet (what role the Hallows play, where the Sword of Gryffindor came from, etc.). Just because Dumbledore's plan is complex and essentially unrevealed until the last second doesn't make it deus ex machina.

There is a difference between a character who needs a weapon just looking into a hollow tree stump and "surprise" there's a sword, and a character finding a sword by surprise (to him and the reader), but the reader learning how it came to be there later in the book (as with the Sword fo Gryffindor).

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 00:02
Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:31

People were really disappointed in the ending of the final Hunger Games book, because everything is suddenly resolved and perfect like Suzanne Collins didn't even try. I have to agree, but I don't mind it so much.

Also, I still have NO idea how to pronounce this!

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/26/2012 - 16:44
The correct pronunciation

It's actually pronounced, "DAY-oos ex MAK-in-ah." It's Latin, so almost every letter is pronounced, except for the H, which is silent. That's how it works in Spanish, at least, and Spanish is heavily rooted in Latin. I may be wrong, but I'm fairly certain that's how it's pronounced.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/12/2014 - 00:19

As a Latin student, you are correct (unless we're talking of church Latin which is different). It's rough meaning, as I'm sure most have figured out, is God within the 'Machine'.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:22

doos-eks-makinuh (correct me if I'm wrong)

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/13/2013 - 04:10
One Exception

Deus ex Machina can be used, successfully, in one exception-when the D.E.M. is central to the story. Typically, though, it requires a fantastical element to the story.
Some examples would be Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rose Madder and Under The Dome by Stephen King, and Weaveworld by Clive Barker.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 18:42

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