Not on here particuarly however I've seen cases where a writer uses what could be described as Deus Ex Machina, however when called out on it, he/she defends that "no it's not because it's something that is explained later on that it's natural, I had it planned"(paraphrase) It got me thinking about how something can indeed come out looking at Deus Ex Machina when in fact it was part of the world's internal logic all along, where as Deus Ex Machina is something that defies the world's internal logic to some extent. To give a clearer example, let's say in some sci-fi story, a character is infused with a device. No one has any idea what it is or what it does. Then the characters are in some certain death scenarion where the device activates allowing the person to fly. Then later on the person is healed by the device when bleeding excessively. The device turns out to be a defence mechanism that can act in anyway to defend the person infused. Okay I just made that up on the spot but the question is if the author had that planned all along, is it Deus Ex Machina? Is Deus Ex Machina defined by intent(the author didn't think ahead and needed a quick excuse) or is it defined by how it came out(even if it was planned, it still seemed to come out of nowhere) or is it not Deus Ex Machina as long as it dosen't defy the world's internal logic?