FANDOM


(fixed grammar errors)
m (The Second World)
 
(25 intermediate revisions by 11 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
{{Parent Tab Template
 
{{Parent Tab Template
|backcolor = #{{#explode:{{FutureDiaryColors}}| |1}}
+
|backcolor = #CC0000
|altbackcolor = #{{#explode:{{FutureDiaryColors}}| |0}}
+
|altbackcolor = #000000
|textcolor = #{{#explode:{{FutureDiaryColors}}| |0}}
+
|textcolor = #000000
|alttextcolor = #{{#explode:{{FutureDiaryColors}}| |1}}
+
|alttextcolor = #CC0000
 
|maxwidth = 15
 
|maxwidth = 15
 
|height = 2.3
 
|height = 2.3
Line 12: Line 12:
 
{{featured}}
 
{{featured}}
   
{{Future Diary Wiki:Character Template (Diary Holder)
+
{{Character Template
 
|name = Deus Ex Machina
 
|name = Deus Ex Machina
 
|image = [[Image:Deus Ex Machina2.jpg|250px]]
 
|image = [[Image:Deus Ex Machina2.jpg|250px]]
Line 21: Line 21:
 
|race = God
 
|race = God
 
|birthday =
 
|birthday =
|age = 10,000+
+
|age = 10.000+
 
|gender =Male
 
|gender =Male
 
|height =
 
|height =
 
|weight =
 
|weight =
 
|eyes =Black
 
|eyes =Black
|hair =White w/ Blue Streaks
+
|hair =White/Blue Streaks
 
 
 
|affiliation= [[Future Diary (term)#Diary Holder|Future Diary Holders]]
 
|affiliation= [[Future Diary (term)#Diary Holder|Future Diary Holders]]
Line 33: Line 33:
 
|occupation= God of Time and Space
 
|occupation= God of Time and Space
 
|previous occupation=
 
|previous occupation=
|base of operations= Cathedral of Time and Space
+
|base of operations= Cathedral of Causality
 
 
|status = Deceased (First World)
+
|status = Deceased (First World and Second World)<br>
Deceased (Second World)
 
 
Alive (Third World)
 
Alive (Third World)
|relatives =
+
|relatives =[[Aru Akise]] (Creation)
 
 
 
|manga debut = Chapter 1
 
|manga debut = Chapter 1
Line 49: Line 49:
 
}}
 
}}
   
'''Deus Ex Machina''' is the God of Time and Space and a major character of [[Future Diary]] manga and anime. Co-creator of the [[Future Diary (term)|Future Diaries]] alongside [[John Bacchus]], Deus creates the survival game to make sure he has a successor to his title before his inevitable death. Able to manipulate time, space, and the laws of cause and effect, Deus is the most powerful entity in the series and acts as the judge of the survival game.
+
'''Deus Ex Machina''' is the God of Time and Space and a major character in both the [[Future Diary|''Future Diary'']] manga and anime. He creates the [[Future Diary (term)|Future Diaries]] (with the help of [[John Bacchus]]) and holds the [[Survival Game]] to find a suitable successor to his title before his imminent death causes the destruction of the universe. Able to manipulate time, space, and the laws of cause and effect, Deus is the most powerful entity in the series, acting as the judge of the Survival Game.
==Appearance & Personality==
 
Deus is an extremely large figure, towering over other characters at well over a hundred feet tall. <span style="font-style: normal; ">Barely humanoid in appearance, Deus appears as a huge creature made of machinery, possessing a large, skull-like head, sporting spiked purple hair and a crown, and he wears a large dark cloak with ornaments attached. </span>
 
   
<span style="font-style: normal; ">Despite being a god, Deus is very playful and laidback, considering most of his actions to be games. Instead of just choosing a successor, he makes the survival game in order to create a more interesting outcome. He seems to be playful to terrifying degrees as he is completely apathetic of the consequences of his games, as seen during his first appearances when he had provoked a war simply for fun. His murderous apathy is also displayed through his creation of the survival game as requires the participants to kill each other via any means possible, dirty or otherwise; this is especially sadistic as most of the participants are violently insane, with Yuki, who initially believed him to be his imaginary friend, being the most relatively normal participant. During the game however, he's a man of honor and does whatever he believes necessary for the game to be as fair as possible, such as answering questions or appointing/creating a special observer to collect information of the participants. Although far from a benevolent god, Deus is not without compassion and has on few occasions done good things without any personal profit. During the survival game he saved Minene Uryu from death despite her hatred of him, making Minene a participant despite it being clear that she was not forced to do so, among</span> others. He has also displayed a sense of fairness when he sent Minene on a mission to stop Muru Muru from unfairly supporting Yuno. He even went as far as giving a portion of his own knowledge and powers to Minene in order to aid her.
+
==Appearance==
  +
Deus is an extremely large and alien figure, towering over other characters at well over a hundred feet tall. His head resembles the skull of an unknown creature, with a golden crown on top and a shock of white and blue hair protruding from the back; he also has long, pale arms with claw-like fingernails. The rest of his body is hidden beneath a dark cloak with a high collar and golden adornments, with a red and purple band around the neck area.
   
<span style="font-style: normal; ">Also, the fact that he interacts with few humans seemingly without any explanation implies that Deus may in fact be fond of some humans, or at the very least those whom he finds to be interesting.</span>
+
== Personality ==
  +
Despite being a god, Deus is very laid-back and playful, seeking courses of action that will amuse him in addition to achieving his goals; unfortunately, he is completely apathetic and/or oblivious to the consequences of his "games". In his first appearance alone, he is shown provoking a war for fun, and he develops the Survival Game without considering the consequences for the participants being forced to kill each other. He also seems to have chosen several participants based on how "interesting" they will make the game, regardless of their motives to become his successor. As a result, many of the Survival Game candidates are planning to use their eventual godhood for selfish and destructive ends - some even plot to destroy the universe outright - and others have no desire to play the game at all. Furthermore, while Deus never outright lies, he is not above manipulating the truth to achieve his desired goals, such as evading Yukiteru's question over whether or not he could revive the dead as a god.
   
==Character Outline==
+
Although far from a benevolent god, Deus is not without compassion and has occasionally done good things without any personal profit. Prior to the Survival Game, he saved Minene Uryu from death despite her hatred of gods, offering her a Future Diary and a place in his game without coercion. Additionally, while Deus's rationale for holding games is often incomprehensible, he shows a clear sense of honor when the Survival Game is in progress, answering the participants' questions and doing whatever he believes necessary for the game to be as fair as possible. He appointed/created a special [[Akise Aru|observer]] to collect information on the participants and report any serious deviations from the game, and sent Minene on a mission to stop Muru Muru from unfairly supporting Yuno. In the latter case, he even gave half of his own knowledge and powers to Minene in order to aid her mission, despite accelerating his own demise in the process.
Deus is an ancient deity who has ruled over time and space and the laws of causality. As god, Deus is omnipotent and is able to create and alter causalities through time and space. It is implied that he may be able to rewind time, but leaping back in time can create parallel worlds. Despite being a god, Deus is unable to resurrect the dead. While reviving a body is possible, without a soul, the dead cannot come back to life by any means. Deus has control of the Akashic Records, the universal compendium of knowledge and history. Deus is shown to be able to create artificial lifeforms, namely [[Aru Akise]], revealed to be his "Observer" in the survival game to keep track of the ever changing futures of the diary owners.
 
   
[[File:Lop.jpg|thumb|220px|right|Deus in the Cathedral of Causality.]]
+
Deus appears to have extended relationships with the different diary owners.
  +
* He is rather fond of Yukiteru, at first posing as his imaginary friend and personally makes him the "First" diary owner. Deus openly supports Yukiteru throughout the game, unphased by Yukiteru's mishaps and believing it is all part of his future to become his successor.
  +
* He also has a unique relationship with [[Minene Uryu]], who does not believe in God and wants nothing more than to rid the world of the very concept of a deity (which would include herself if she won the Survival Game). After being made aware of Deus's existence, Minene openly hates him but is willing to ask him for advice, and even protests to receiving a portion of his powers when the time comes. For his part, Deus views Minene as an ally and admires her ceaseless determination in the face of adversity, choosing her for his plan to counter Muru Muru's scheming.
  +
* Deus and John Bacchus seem to be good friends; they created the Future Diaries together, and Deus deliberately used Sakurami City as the stage for his game at John's request. For his part, John seems to care for Deus, but also uses Deus' needs as an excuse to push his own plans in the Survival Game, requesting that Yukiteru and Yuno be eliminated from the game to speed it up before Deus dies.
  +
The fact that he interacts with certain humans (seemingly without any explanation) implies that Deus may, in fact, be fond of some humans, or at the very least those whom he finds to be interesting.
   
Deus operates from the '''Cathedral of Causality''', depicted as a large domed building coloured with a purple tint. Deus sits in a large throne which hovers above the ground. The cathedral also has an arena where the diary owners, Deus and Muru Muru meet for occasional meetings. The arena is covered with an eternal cloudy sky, revealed to actually be a cover for the Akashic Records.
+
==Powers and Abilities ==
  +
Deus is an ancient deity who rules over time, space and the laws of causality. It is implied that he may be able to rewind time, but leaping back in time can create parallel worlds. He has control of the Akashic Records, the universal compendium of knowledge and history. He is shown to be able to create artificial lifeforms, namely [[Aru Akise]], who he can program with a full range of emotions and desires; when their use has expired, he can deconstruct them just as easily.
   
He remains oblivious to the existence of the first alternate world, implying he only has power over the time and space of the universe he lives in. Deus at first makes the choice to not interfere with the events of the game and watches merely as an observer. However, during the second game, when [[Yukiteru Amano]] discovers the three corpses in [[Yuno Gasai]]'s house, the whole pre-planned events of the second survival game are altered, and Deus does not act to restore it, finding an alternate path all the more interesting. He eventually abandons his intention to not influence the events of the game after [[Muru Muru]] does. He wishes to make the game as fair as possible, but outside influences force Deus to play his hand near the end of the game to ensure it runs smoothly. He is even willing to abandon the game all together, as seen in the third world when [[John Bacchus]] puts a halt to his [[Future Diary (term)|Future Diary]] project, cancelling out the third survival game.
+
[[File:Lop.jpg|thumb|220px|right|Deus in the Cathedral of Causality.]]
  +
Deus operates from the '''Cathedral of Causality''', depicted as a large domed building with purple lighting. Deus sits in a large throne which hovers just above the ground amid a partial sphere of metal fragments; he can also summon a "resting sphere" around himself to conserve energy and have private conversations with others. The cathedral also has an arena where Deus and Muru Muru summon the diary holders for occasional meetings. The arena is covered with an endless cloudy sky, revealed to actually be a cover for the Akashic Records. As Deus's death draws nearer, his body, throne, and the Cathedral itself all begin to crumble and fall apart.
   
[[File:Mirai Nikki - 20 - Large 26.jpg|220px|right|thumb|Deus and John Bacchus formulated the Survival Game]]
+
Despite his tremendous power, even Deus has limitations. He remains oblivious to the existence of the first alternate world, implying he only has power over the time and space of the universe he lives in. While capable of observing much of the world at once, he is not omniscient; being unaware of Muru Muru being replaced by her first-world counterpart, for instance. He also cannot resurrect the deceased, only restore their physical bodies as soulless shells.
   
Deus appears to have extended relationships with the different diary owners. He is rather fond of Yuki, at first posing as his imaginary friend and personally makes him the "First" diary owner. Deus openly supports Yuki throughout the game, unphased by Yuki's mishaps and believes it is all part of Yuki's future to win the game. He also has a unique relationship with [[Minene Uryu]], who does not believe in god and wants nothing more than to rid the world of the very concept of a deity. Minene has a love/hate relationship with Deus, openly hating him but is willing to ask him for advice, and even protests to receiving a portion of his powers when the time comes. Deus views Minene as an ally, using her to put a stop to Muru Muru's plans. Deus and John Bacchus seem to be good friends, creating the Future Diaries together. John seems to care for Deus, but also uses Deus' needs as an excuse to extend his own plans in the survival game, requesting that Yuki and Yuno be eliminated from the game to speed it up before Deus dies.
+
While Deus's true lifespan is unclear, it is both finite and inextricably tied to the universe; without a God of Time and Space, all of creation will be destroyed. The Survival Game is an elaborate means for Deus to find a successor to continue maintaining the universe following his death.
 
It is never explained why Deus is dying, but his death causes the universe to be swallowed up in black holes. Deus is succeeded three times in the series. In the first world, Yuno becomes his successor, Yuki in the second, and finally Yuki and the third Yuno from the third world.
 
   
 
==Story Overview==
 
==Story Overview==
 
===The First World===
 
===The First World===
Not much is known of Deus during at this except that he was dying as well and started with John Bacchus to choose a successor, and overall oversaw the game from beginning to end without any apparent need to act. It is suggested he died at 28th of July shortly before Yuno won the game.
+
[[File:Mirai Nikki - 20 - Large 26.jpg|220px|right|thumb|Deus and John Bacchus formulated the Survival Game]]
  +
Not much is known of Deus during the first iteration of reality, but he eventually reached the end of his lifespan and began seeking a successor to his title. At the suggestion of [[John Bacchus]], Deus developed the [[Survival Game]] in order to find a worthy heir, creating the [[Future Diary|Future Diaries]] for [[Muru Muru]] to distribute to the candidates.
  +
  +
While the exact details of the First Survival Game are unknown, it apparently played out according to Deus's design, as he saw no need to act directly. It is suggested he died at 28th of July, shortly before [[Yuno|Yuno Gasai]] won the game; Muru Muru would transfer his powers to the Second, marking her as the new god of their universe.
  +
 
===The Second World===
 
===The Second World===
Deus as he appears through most of the series. He's initially shown as Yuki's imaginary friend, and eventually gives him his Random Diary like the other participants received theirs. When Yuki is revealed by Yuno that she possesess a diary, he reveals to Yuki that he never mentioned he was the only one. Following this, Yuki and Yuno face [[Takao Hiyama|<span style="font-style: normal; ">The Third, Takao Hayama</span>]] and defeat him and immediately Deus invites the remaining participants and explains the [[Survival Game]] to them, its rules and the basics of The Future Diaries and call Yuki (by this time The First) as his favourite candidate.
+
In the series proper, Deus is introduced as Yukiteru's imaginary friend. He empowers Yukiteru's phone to become a Future Diary about three months before his predicted demise; when Yuno reveals that she also possesses a Future Diary, Deus notes that he never said that Yukiteru was the only one to receive the gift. Following Yukiteru and Yuno's victory over [[Takao Hiyama|Takao Hayama]], Deus summons the remaining participants to the Cathedral of Causality to formally introduce them to the [[Survival Game]]. After explaining its purpose, the rules, and some basic information about the Future Diaries, he specifically names The First (Yukiteru) as his favored candidate to succeed him. This would prompt most of the other participants to target the First as a major threat.
   
Deus appears expressing amazement towards Yuki who created a large change on the future after he peeps on a secret room on Yuno's house. After this event Deus keeps overseeing the game until Muru Muru would accelerate things and force [[Keigo Kurusu|The Fourth, Keigo Kurusu]] into action, which would prompt him to be much more cautious about his servant. He does not take action until the appearance of [[Future Diary#Apprentice Diaries|The Apprentice Users]] where he invites Yuki (and possibly the other participants) into answering their questions about them.
+
Deus continued observing the game from his Cathedral with little comment until Yukiteru found a secret room in Yuno's house. On a whim, he opened the door, causing a massive shift in the future that even shook the Cathedral. In contrast to Muru Muru's panic, Deus was pleased by the drastic change, calling it "a second miracle" after he had twisted causality to bring the twelve participants of the Survival Game to Sakurami City. As the shock to the timeline subsided, the God of Time and Space mused that he was right to have chosen Yukiteru for the Survival Game.
  +
  +
After [[Yomotsu Hirasaka]], [[Tsubaki Kasugano]], and [[Reisuke Houjou|Reisuke Houjou's]] eliminations, Deus sent his Observer to investigate [[Karyuudo Tsukishima]], suspecting that he was trying to outlast the other participants by hiding in his mansion. Shortly thereafter, the Tenth contacted Deus and requested permission to loan his Future Diary to [[Hinata Hino|a third party]]; while somewhat perplexed by the request, Deus allowed it.
  +
  +
When [[Keigo Kurusu]] killed Karyuudo and betrayed his alliance much earlier than expected, Deus commented on the "third miracle" before realizing that Muru Muru had manipulated the Fourth into action. While Muru Muru dodged his attempt at punishing her, she admitted to motivating Kurusu into action in an effort to speed up the game, reminding Deus that they had very little time to find his successor before his death. While Deus accepted Muru Muru's logic, he regarded his servant with much more caution from then on, especially when she challenged him to wager on the winner of the Survival Game. Noticing that Muru Muru favored Yuno while he bet on Yukiteru, Deus directed his Observer to investigate the Second's house, suspecting that there was more to her than was readily apparent.
  +
  +
After [[Future Diary#Apprentice Diaries|the Apprentice Users]] made their appearance, Deus contacted Yukiteru (and possibly the other participants) to let them ask questions about the new diary users.
   
 
[[File:Mirai Nikki - 24 - Large 25.jpg|200px|right|thumb|Deus transfers some of his power to Minene]]
 
[[File:Mirai Nikki - 24 - Large 25.jpg|200px|right|thumb|Deus transfers some of his power to Minene]]
He appears later when Yuki's mother is killed by his father, and Yuki asks Deus to revive her, to which he says he can't followed by Muru Muru who says he should become God if he wanted things to become normal. He's seen again talking with Muru Muru after Minene's attack on John Bacchus, before feigning about going to rest. Deus is soon visited by [[Minene Uryu|Minene]] in his resting sphere, who asks him about John's Diary. Deus takes this opportunity to transfer some of his powers to her so that she could stop Muru Muru and her scheme to allow Yuno to win the Survival Game, where he suspects that this Muru Muru and Yuno had already won a Survival Game in the First World (Minene's memory of this revelation would be concealed in her mind until much later). Deus also reveals to Minene the nature of John's The Watcher and how he collaborated with [[John Bacchus]] to create The Future Diaries.
+
When Yukiteru's mother was killed by his father, Yukiteru asks Deus to revive her; however, Deus admits that he can't, citing the loss of his power as the day of his death draws nearer. In the final meeting of Diary owners, he almost erases Yukiteru and Yuno from existence when they fail to appear with the others, but they arrive just in time and reveal John Bacchus as the Eleventh. With all of the remaining Diary owners' identities revealed, Deus removes the shadows concealing each of them, allowing everyone to see their remaining competition for his throne.
   
Following John's death, Deus is, at this point, on the verge of death with the world starting to collapse. Aru Akise visits Deus to confirm if it is possible to bring resurrect the dead. Deus answers that only the body can be brought back, but the soul is an impossible task even for him. Learning the truth Akise tries to warn Yuki, but Deus stops him and reveals to Akise that he's his creation serving as an observer of the game to gather information, and since he has outlived his role he starts to slowly vanish him into the Akashic Records as Akise tries to prove that he has a will of his own. Deus gives him the chance to prove so, but fails and almost destroys him completely until the timely arrive of his own diary - The Detective Diary provided by [[Kamado Ueshita|The Eighth, Kamado Ueshita]] therefore proving that he was capable of something outside Deus's plans. Amused by this, Deus lets him live on his own account. Deus dies shortly after this, the only thing remaining alive being his core which would last long enough to grant the winner of the Survival Game their prized godhood. In this state he warns Muru Muru that she must allow the game to run properly as she's restrained by her seals to do so.
+
Deus is later seen talking with Muru Muru after Minene's attack on John Bacchus, before dismissing her as he went to rest. Deus is soon visited by [[Minene Uryu|Minene]] in his resting sphere, who asks him about John's Future Diary; accordingly, he reveals the nature of the Watcher Diary and relates how he collaborated with [[John Bacchus]] to create the Future Diaries. Deus also takes this opportunity to transfer some of his powers to Minene so that she could stop Muru Muru's scheme to let Yuno win the Survival Game, expressing his suspicions that both Muru Muru and Yuno secretly hailed from the First World where Yuno had already become god. Before returning Minene to her world, he sealed the memory of his revelations within the depths of her mind, intending them to return to her when she was needed as his trump card.
  +
  +
By the time of John's death, Deus's condition had degraded to the point where the universe was starting to collapse, creating voids in the world that wreaked widespread destruction. At this time, he was visited by Aru Akise, seeking to confirm if it is possible to resurrect the dead. Contrary to what he implied to Yuki, Deus admitted that he can revive the ''body'' of the deceased, but not their ''soul''. He then stopped Akise from leaving, revealing his true nature as the Observer before commenting that he has outlived his role. Slowly vanishing into the Akashic Records, Akise tried to prove that he has a will of his own; Deus calmly and easily disproved each of Akise's arguments, almost destroying him completely until [[Kamado Ueshita]] granted him an Apprentice Diary of his own. Amused that Akise was indeed capable of something outside his assigned role, Deus let him live on his own account.
  +
  +
Shortly after his meeting with Akise, Deus's body finally collapses entirely, leaving behind a core which would last long enough to grant godhood to the winner of the Survival Game. In this state, Deus warns Muru Muru that she must allow the game to run properly, as she's restrained by her seals to do so; however, his earlier suspicions proved correct. The Muru Muru that had assisted him throughout the Second Survival Game was actually serving the First World's god: Yuno Gasai, who had similarly replaced her own Second World counterpart in order to spend more time with Yukiteru. As such, Muru Muru was not bound to obey Deus's will, and thus continued with her own plans.
  +
  +
During the final battle, Yukiteru received assistance from Minene, who had survived her apparent demise in the battle against the Eleventh when Deus's parting gift activated. With her restored memories and newfound abilities, the former Ninth was able to bring Yukiteru to the third world that Yuno created in an attempt to repeat the Survival Game once more. Deus's core is eventually taken from Muru Muru by her second world counterpart, who bequeathed the core to Yukiteru after he won the game.
   
 
===The Third World===
 
===The Third World===
Deus's core of the second world is given to Yuki after he wins the game, while a third Deus is approached by John who saw his own demise from The Watcher by reading the diaries of the second world's participants who had performed a time leap, to cancel the Future Diary project, therefore nullifying what would be a third [[Survival Game|survival game]]. 10,000 years into the future of the second world's timeline, Deus appears with the first and third incarnations of Muru Muru connecting the timelines of the second and third world, along with the Yuno of the third world who was given her first incarnation's memories which practically allowed her first world self to survive. Mostly because Yuki and Yuno have won the previous games and possibly because of convincing from the two Muru Muru's, Deus calls off the game and happily accepts both Yuki and Yuno as his successors, therefore it is implied that he dies at this point or if he's alive, he no longer is the god of time and space.
+
The third world's version of Deus was approached by John Bacchus, whose Watcher Diary had gleaned information from Yukiteru's Future Diary after his arrival from the second world. Learning of his eventual death and failure to achieve his goals, John convinced Deus to cancel the Future Diary project, therefore nullifying what would be a third [[Survival Game]]. As Deus was still in need of a successor, he and John began pondering alternative options for finding a suitable candidate. Deus also tasked Aru Akise with tracking the changes to the third world brought on by the second world's incursion, granting him an assistant in the form of Gremory to aid him.
  +
  +
When Yuno unlocked the first world Muru Muru's prison, Deus personally stopped the third world Muru Muru from pursuing her further. He explained that the first world's Muru Muru had viewed the preserved memories of her incarnation of Yuno, seeing the trauma that the Second had suffered in the past two iterations of the universe. As a result, Muru Muru had realized the depth of her own mistakes and sought atonement; furthermore, Deus believed that Yuno's ability to remember and pursue Yukiteru through three separate timelines was a manifestation of fate. As such, he allowed the first world's Muru Muru to transfer "her" Yuno's memories to the third world Yuno before releasing her to assist his Muru Muru in bridging the gap between dimensions.
   
  +
When Yuno broke the dimensional barriers between the third world and the second world, Deus observed her reunion with Yukiteru. Since both of them had won a previous Survival Game, he happily named Yukiteru and Yuno as his successors as joint gods of the third world. It is implied that this announcement either killed Deus shortly afterwards or simply designated the two of them as the ones who would receive his core following his inevitable demise.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Deus is Latin for "God".
+
* ''Deus Ex Machina'' is Latin for "''God from a Machine''" or "''God of the Machine''". In fiction, it is a term used to name a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object; thus saying "God made it happen" with no further explanation. This could be a reference to Deus's actions driving the plot of ''Future Diary'', particularly when he directly interferes with the Survival Game; however, it may also be a reference to his pivotal role in the maintenance of reality or the mechanical appearance of his cathedral.
* Deus Ex Machina as a whole is Latin for "God from a Machine" or "God of the Machine". In fiction, it is a term used to name a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object. Thus saying "God made it happen," with no further explanation. However, it may be a reference to his machine-like appearance as well.
+
* In the English version of ''Future Diary'', Deus occasionally uses the phrase "wheels within wheels" to describe his plans.
 
[[File:YukiteruDeusUniform.png|thumb|200px|Yukiteru wearing Deus' uniform.]]
 
[[File:YukiteruDeusUniform.png|thumb|200px|Yukiteru wearing Deus' uniform.]]
* Deus' theme song is "Egoist" by Yousei Teikoku.
+
* Deus' theme song is "Egoist" by Yousei Teikoku. Unlike most of ''Future Diary''<nowiki/>'s OST, this song was never used in the series.
* In third opening of Future Diary (the one used in ''[[Future Diary Redial]]''), Yukiteru can be seen wearing Deus' uniform.
+
* In the third opening of ''Future Diary'' (the one used in ''[[Future Diary Redial]]''), Deus removes his face to reveal Yukiteru's head beneath it, alluding to the results of the Survival Game in the second world.
 
[[Category:Characters]]
 
[[Category:Characters]]
[[Category:Future Diary]]
 
[[Category:survival game]]
 
 
[[Category:Gods]]
 
[[Category:Gods]]
 
[[Category:Male Characters]]
 
[[Category:Male Characters]]

Latest revision as of 07:07, July 10, 2019

Overview

Deus Ex Machina is the God of Time and Space and a major character in both the Future Diary manga and anime. He creates the Future Diaries (with the help of John Bacchus) and holds the Survival Game to find a suitable successor to his title before his imminent death causes the destruction of the universe. Able to manipulate time, space, and the laws of cause and effect, Deus is the most powerful entity in the series, acting as the judge of the Survival Game.

AppearanceEdit

Deus is an extremely large and alien figure, towering over other characters at well over a hundred feet tall. His head resembles the skull of an unknown creature, with a golden crown on top and a shock of white and blue hair protruding from the back; he also has long, pale arms with claw-like fingernails. The rest of his body is hidden beneath a dark cloak with a high collar and golden adornments, with a red and purple band around the neck area.

Personality Edit

Despite being a god, Deus is very laid-back and playful, seeking courses of action that will amuse him in addition to achieving his goals; unfortunately, he is completely apathetic and/or oblivious to the consequences of his "games". In his first appearance alone, he is shown provoking a war for fun, and he develops the Survival Game without considering the consequences for the participants being forced to kill each other. He also seems to have chosen several participants based on how "interesting" they will make the game, regardless of their motives to become his successor. As a result, many of the Survival Game candidates are planning to use their eventual godhood for selfish and destructive ends - some even plot to destroy the universe outright - and others have no desire to play the game at all. Furthermore, while Deus never outright lies, he is not above manipulating the truth to achieve his desired goals, such as evading Yukiteru's question over whether or not he could revive the dead as a god.

Although far from a benevolent god, Deus is not without compassion and has occasionally done good things without any personal profit. Prior to the Survival Game, he saved Minene Uryu from death despite her hatred of gods, offering her a Future Diary and a place in his game without coercion. Additionally, while Deus's rationale for holding games is often incomprehensible, he shows a clear sense of honor when the Survival Game is in progress, answering the participants' questions and doing whatever he believes necessary for the game to be as fair as possible. He appointed/created a special observer to collect information on the participants and report any serious deviations from the game, and sent Minene on a mission to stop Muru Muru from unfairly supporting Yuno. In the latter case, he even gave half of his own knowledge and powers to Minene in order to aid her mission, despite accelerating his own demise in the process.

Deus appears to have extended relationships with the different diary owners.

  • He is rather fond of Yukiteru, at first posing as his imaginary friend and personally makes him the "First" diary owner. Deus openly supports Yukiteru throughout the game, unphased by Yukiteru's mishaps and believing it is all part of his future to become his successor.
  • He also has a unique relationship with Minene Uryu, who does not believe in God and wants nothing more than to rid the world of the very concept of a deity (which would include herself if she won the Survival Game). After being made aware of Deus's existence, Minene openly hates him but is willing to ask him for advice, and even protests to receiving a portion of his powers when the time comes. For his part, Deus views Minene as an ally and admires her ceaseless determination in the face of adversity, choosing her for his plan to counter Muru Muru's scheming.
  • Deus and John Bacchus seem to be good friends; they created the Future Diaries together, and Deus deliberately used Sakurami City as the stage for his game at John's request. For his part, John seems to care for Deus, but also uses Deus' needs as an excuse to push his own plans in the Survival Game, requesting that Yukiteru and Yuno be eliminated from the game to speed it up before Deus dies.

The fact that he interacts with certain humans (seemingly without any explanation) implies that Deus may, in fact, be fond of some humans, or at the very least those whom he finds to be interesting.

Powers and Abilities Edit

Deus is an ancient deity who rules over time, space and the laws of causality. It is implied that he may be able to rewind time, but leaping back in time can create parallel worlds. He has control of the Akashic Records, the universal compendium of knowledge and history. He is shown to be able to create artificial lifeforms, namely Aru Akise, who he can program with a full range of emotions and desires; when their use has expired, he can deconstruct them just as easily.

Lop

Deus in the Cathedral of Causality.

Deus operates from the Cathedral of Causality, depicted as a large domed building with purple lighting. Deus sits in a large throne which hovers just above the ground amid a partial sphere of metal fragments; he can also summon a "resting sphere" around himself to conserve energy and have private conversations with others. The cathedral also has an arena where Deus and Muru Muru summon the diary holders for occasional meetings. The arena is covered with an endless cloudy sky, revealed to actually be a cover for the Akashic Records. As Deus's death draws nearer, his body, throne, and the Cathedral itself all begin to crumble and fall apart.

Despite his tremendous power, even Deus has limitations. He remains oblivious to the existence of the first alternate world, implying he only has power over the time and space of the universe he lives in. While capable of observing much of the world at once, he is not omniscient; being unaware of Muru Muru being replaced by her first-world counterpart, for instance. He also cannot resurrect the deceased, only restore their physical bodies as soulless shells.

While Deus's true lifespan is unclear, it is both finite and inextricably tied to the universe; without a God of Time and Space, all of creation will be destroyed. The Survival Game is an elaborate means for Deus to find a successor to continue maintaining the universe following his death.

Story OverviewEdit

The First WorldEdit

Mirai Nikki - 20 - Large 26

Deus and John Bacchus formulated the Survival Game

Not much is known of Deus during the first iteration of reality, but he eventually reached the end of his lifespan and began seeking a successor to his title. At the suggestion of John Bacchus, Deus developed the Survival Game in order to find a worthy heir, creating the Future Diaries for Muru Muru to distribute to the candidates.

While the exact details of the First Survival Game are unknown, it apparently played out according to Deus's design, as he saw no need to act directly. It is suggested he died at 28th of July, shortly before Yuno Gasai won the game; Muru Muru would transfer his powers to the Second, marking her as the new god of their universe.

The Second WorldEdit

In the series proper, Deus is introduced as Yukiteru's imaginary friend. He empowers Yukiteru's phone to become a Future Diary about three months before his predicted demise; when Yuno reveals that she also possesses a Future Diary, Deus notes that he never said that Yukiteru was the only one to receive the gift. Following Yukiteru and Yuno's victory over Takao Hayama, Deus summons the remaining participants to the Cathedral of Causality to formally introduce them to the Survival Game. After explaining its purpose, the rules, and some basic information about the Future Diaries, he specifically names The First (Yukiteru) as his favored candidate to succeed him. This would prompt most of the other participants to target the First as a major threat.

Deus continued observing the game from his Cathedral with little comment until Yukiteru found a secret room in Yuno's house. On a whim, he opened the door, causing a massive shift in the future that even shook the Cathedral. In contrast to Muru Muru's panic, Deus was pleased by the drastic change, calling it "a second miracle" after he had twisted causality to bring the twelve participants of the Survival Game to Sakurami City. As the shock to the timeline subsided, the God of Time and Space mused that he was right to have chosen Yukiteru for the Survival Game.

After Yomotsu Hirasaka, Tsubaki Kasugano, and Reisuke Houjou's eliminations, Deus sent his Observer to investigate Karyuudo Tsukishima, suspecting that he was trying to outlast the other participants by hiding in his mansion. Shortly thereafter, the Tenth contacted Deus and requested permission to loan his Future Diary to a third party; while somewhat perplexed by the request, Deus allowed it.

When Keigo Kurusu killed Karyuudo and betrayed his alliance much earlier than expected, Deus commented on the "third miracle" before realizing that Muru Muru had manipulated the Fourth into action. While Muru Muru dodged his attempt at punishing her, she admitted to motivating Kurusu into action in an effort to speed up the game, reminding Deus that they had very little time to find his successor before his death. While Deus accepted Muru Muru's logic, he regarded his servant with much more caution from then on, especially when she challenged him to wager on the winner of the Survival Game. Noticing that Muru Muru favored Yuno while he bet on Yukiteru, Deus directed his Observer to investigate the Second's house, suspecting that there was more to her than was readily apparent.

After the Apprentice Users made their appearance, Deus contacted Yukiteru (and possibly the other participants) to let them ask questions about the new diary users.

Mirai Nikki - 24 - Large 25

Deus transfers some of his power to Minene

When Yukiteru's mother was killed by his father, Yukiteru asks Deus to revive her; however, Deus admits that he can't, citing the loss of his power as the day of his death draws nearer. In the final meeting of Diary owners, he almost erases Yukiteru and Yuno from existence when they fail to appear with the others, but they arrive just in time and reveal John Bacchus as the Eleventh. With all of the remaining Diary owners' identities revealed, Deus removes the shadows concealing each of them, allowing everyone to see their remaining competition for his throne.

Deus is later seen talking with Muru Muru after Minene's attack on John Bacchus, before dismissing her as he went to rest. Deus is soon visited by Minene in his resting sphere, who asks him about John's Future Diary; accordingly, he reveals the nature of the Watcher Diary and relates how he collaborated with John Bacchus to create the Future Diaries. Deus also takes this opportunity to transfer some of his powers to Minene so that she could stop Muru Muru's scheme to let Yuno win the Survival Game, expressing his suspicions that both Muru Muru and Yuno secretly hailed from the First World where Yuno had already become god. Before returning Minene to her world, he sealed the memory of his revelations within the depths of her mind, intending them to return to her when she was needed as his trump card.

By the time of John's death, Deus's condition had degraded to the point where the universe was starting to collapse, creating voids in the world that wreaked widespread destruction. At this time, he was visited by Aru Akise, seeking to confirm if it is possible to resurrect the dead. Contrary to what he implied to Yuki, Deus admitted that he can revive the body of the deceased, but not their soul. He then stopped Akise from leaving, revealing his true nature as the Observer before commenting that he has outlived his role. Slowly vanishing into the Akashic Records, Akise tried to prove that he has a will of his own; Deus calmly and easily disproved each of Akise's arguments, almost destroying him completely until Kamado Ueshita granted him an Apprentice Diary of his own. Amused that Akise was indeed capable of something outside his assigned role, Deus let him live on his own account.

Shortly after his meeting with Akise, Deus's body finally collapses entirely, leaving behind a core which would last long enough to grant godhood to the winner of the Survival Game. In this state, Deus warns Muru Muru that she must allow the game to run properly, as she's restrained by her seals to do so; however, his earlier suspicions proved correct. The Muru Muru that had assisted him throughout the Second Survival Game was actually serving the First World's god: Yuno Gasai, who had similarly replaced her own Second World counterpart in order to spend more time with Yukiteru. As such, Muru Muru was not bound to obey Deus's will, and thus continued with her own plans.

During the final battle, Yukiteru received assistance from Minene, who had survived her apparent demise in the battle against the Eleventh when Deus's parting gift activated. With her restored memories and newfound abilities, the former Ninth was able to bring Yukiteru to the third world that Yuno created in an attempt to repeat the Survival Game once more. Deus's core is eventually taken from Muru Muru by her second world counterpart, who bequeathed the core to Yukiteru after he won the game.

The Third WorldEdit

The third world's version of Deus was approached by John Bacchus, whose Watcher Diary had gleaned information from Yukiteru's Future Diary after his arrival from the second world. Learning of his eventual death and failure to achieve his goals, John convinced Deus to cancel the Future Diary project, therefore nullifying what would be a third Survival Game. As Deus was still in need of a successor, he and John began pondering alternative options for finding a suitable candidate. Deus also tasked Aru Akise with tracking the changes to the third world brought on by the second world's incursion, granting him an assistant in the form of Gremory to aid him.

When Yuno unlocked the first world Muru Muru's prison, Deus personally stopped the third world Muru Muru from pursuing her further. He explained that the first world's Muru Muru had viewed the preserved memories of her incarnation of Yuno, seeing the trauma that the Second had suffered in the past two iterations of the universe. As a result, Muru Muru had realized the depth of her own mistakes and sought atonement; furthermore, Deus believed that Yuno's ability to remember and pursue Yukiteru through three separate timelines was a manifestation of fate. As such, he allowed the first world's Muru Muru to transfer "her" Yuno's memories to the third world Yuno before releasing her to assist his Muru Muru in bridging the gap between dimensions.

When Yuno broke the dimensional barriers between the third world and the second world, Deus observed her reunion with Yukiteru. Since both of them had won a previous Survival Game, he happily named Yukiteru and Yuno as his successors as joint gods of the third world. It is implied that this announcement either killed Deus shortly afterwards or simply designated the two of them as the ones who would receive his core following his inevitable demise.

TriviaEdit

  • Deus Ex Machina is Latin for "God from a Machine" or "God of the Machine". In fiction, it is a term used to name a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object; thus saying "God made it happen" with no further explanation. This could be a reference to Deus's actions driving the plot of Future Diary, particularly when he directly interferes with the Survival Game; however, it may also be a reference to his pivotal role in the maintenance of reality or the mechanical appearance of his cathedral.
  • In the English version of Future Diary, Deus occasionally uses the phrase "wheels within wheels" to describe his plans.
YukiteruDeusUniform

Yukiteru wearing Deus' uniform.

  • Deus' theme song is "Egoist" by Yousei Teikoku. Unlike most of Future Diary's OST, this song was never used in the series.
  • In the third opening of Future Diary (the one used in Future Diary Redial), Deus removes his face to reveal Yukiteru's head beneath it, alluding to the results of the Survival Game in the second world.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.