deus ex machina



  • (Latin: god out of a machine) In a play, the unexpected appearanceof a new character, who easily resolves the plot's main dilemma. Theterm derives from the ancient Greek theater, in which the deusex machina was traditionally a god who descended from Mount Olympus.The machine, or mechane, was a crane used to lower and raisethe god. Modern playwrights generally shun any suspicion of a deusex machina.