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1st Feb '16 2:36:14 AM GrammarNavi
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* In Fiona Patton's ''TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, the royal family of a fantasy England is physically possessed by a fire god, making the sovereign something of a Christ-figure. Not only does she have divine right, she can prove it. She can set things on fire with a thought, and her family has blazing eyes. Most of the books center on the oddities of religion under such a system: What do you do when God is your mother (and is being abusive)? What do you do when God is a five-year-old child? What do you do when God converts to the worship of a different God? (The answer to the latter is that you seduce God and raise his kid up in the correct religion.)
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* In Fiona Patton's ''TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, the royal family of a fantasy England is physically possessed by a fire god, making the sovereign something of a Christ-figure. Not only does she have divine right, she can prove it. She can set things on fire with a thought, and her family has blazing eyes. Most of the books center on the oddities of religion under such a system: What do you do when God is your mother (and is being abusive)? What do you do when God is a five-year-old child? What do you do when God converts to the worship of a different God? (The answer to the latter is that you seduce God and raise his kid up in the correct religion.)
26th Jan '16 5:24:36 AM TheNerevarine
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** In a larger scale, the Holy Therns and the First Born are ''whole races'' of these. They literally consider themselves divine beings and superior to everyone else, when in reality, they are just as mortal as the other Martian people.
26th Jan '16 12:24:17 AM gallium
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Imperium}} Dictator]]'', during Caesar and Cicero's last conversation, Caesar says he's not afraid of death, and Cicero asks him why. Caesar replies that he won't die with his body, because he's a god. Cicero realizes that all that power has driven Caesar mad.
22nd Nov '15 6:02:58 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Satan]] in ''TheSalvationWar: Armageddon'' thinks of himself as a god. Considering who he is, not too surprising... [[spoiler:Thing is, this also applies to Yahweh!]]
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* [[spoiler:Satan]] in ''TheSalvationWar: ''Literature/TheSalvationWar: Armageddon'' thinks of himself as a god. Considering who he is, not too surprising... [[spoiler:Thing is, this also applies to Yahweh!]]
27th Oct '15 5:30:50 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/TheGolgothaSeries'', Ray Zeal declares himself the God of Murder and Torture and Pain. He furthermore states his intention to kill off every other god so that he can be the world's only god -- a tall order, since in this series AllMythsAreTrue and there are plenty of other beings which can make credible claims of being gods.
11th Oct '15 5:42:29 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in PiersAnthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series. [[spoiler:Since the original God is too caught up in this trope's attitude to bother with Earthly affairs, another more humble individual must be manipulated into becoming God]].
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* Inverted in PiersAnthony's Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series. [[spoiler:Since the original God is too caught up in this trope's attitude to bother with Earthly affairs, another more humble individual must be manipulated into becoming God]].
29th Sep '15 8:56:13 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Natter and speculation. T His is not a forum.
*** Now, [[spoiler:his ''son'',]] on the other hand... well, there's a reason the fourth book is called ''God-Emperor of Dune''. [[spoiler:Paul could have become an actual godlike being (by merging with sandtrout to become a [[HalfHumanHybrid human-sandworm hybrid]])), but he could not bring himself to so fully sacrifice his humanity. But Leto II (who shares his father's abilities) sees that for mankind's future, he must.]] *** Unlikely that Paul could have achieved the transformation. Remember, [[spoiler:Leto was born with the spice in his blood, whereas Paul merely awakened after ingesting it.]] *** Leto II and Paul have the conversation with Paul in Children (I think (or maybe it was Leto II talking to someone else later)) where it's pointed out that Paul could have put humanity on the Golden Path but didn't have the chutzpah to give up his humanity in the process. Leto II just saw the inevitability and surrendered to destiny. ** Also, late books imply that [[spoiler: Paul wasn't the Kwisatz Haderach. Duncan Idaho is.]]

** Played straight, however, with Sauron and his predecessor and former master, Morgoth. Both of them made themselves out as gods to their orcish and human followers such as the Haradrim. Tolkien himself referred to their reigns as "evil theocracies". Morgoth was somewhat justified, as he was one of the Valar, beings similar to the Greek gods except they did not want to be worshiped, as that was Eru's right to be worshipped alone. Sauron encouraged and enforced worship of Morgoth via human sacrifice on both Númenor, Mordor, and the southern lands.
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** Played straight, however, with Sauron and his predecessor and former master, Morgoth. Both of them made themselves out as gods to their orcish and human followers such as the Haradrim. Tolkien himself referred to their reigns as "evil theocracies". Morgoth was somewhat justified, as he was one of the Valar, beings similar to the Greek gods except they did not want to be worshiped, as that was Eru's right to be worshipped alone. Sauron encouraged and enforced worship of Morgoth via human sacrifice on both Númenor, Mordor, and the southern lands.

** Don't forget the Kingpriest of Istar who went as far as demanding the gods serve him. What brought about the cataclysm was his demand that the gods make him a god himself.
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** Don't forget the Kingpriest of Istar who went as far as demanding the gods serve him. What brought about the cataclysm was his demand that the gods make him a god himself.

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** Don't forget the Kingpriest *''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': ''Literature/LoomingShadow'' boasts of Istar a monkey beastfolk who went as far as demanding the gods serve him. What brought becomes a LifeDrinker with necrocraft and goes on a screeching and insane rant about the cataclysm was his demand that the gods make him how he has become a god himself.god.
26th Sep '15 1:43:30 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''SecondApocalypse'' Conphas eventually convinces himself that he is a god. ** And in what has been revealed of the second trilogy, [[spoiler:Kellhus gets himself worshipped as one.]]
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* In ''SecondApocalypse'' ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': ** Conphas eventually convinces himself that he is a god. ** And in what has been revealed of the second trilogy, [[spoiler:Kellhus gets himself worshipped worshiped as one.]]
12th Sep '15 10:10:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* This seems to happen quite a few times in DeanKoontz's works, with villains in his ''Frankenstein'' series, as well as his novel ''Midnight'' being the most obvious examples. Even if a villain doesn't believe that he is becoming a god, they are often arrogant in the extreme. ** In DeanKoontz's novel ''Dragon Tears'', [[spoiler:the villain, Bryan Drackman, is a powerful psychic born with the ability to stop time, create and animate golem bodies in which to stalk his victims, telekinesis, and pyrokinesis. His abilities have grown overtime, and Drackman believes that they will increase enough with practice so he might become the New God and TakeOverTheWorld. In order to practice and enhance his abilities, he stalks and toys with the protagonists in the meantime]]. ** At the end of DeanKoontz's short story, "A Darkness in My Soul", [[spoiler:a psychic goes on a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind and finds God trapped in the psyche of an insane genius. He then absorbs God's powers and then takes over the universe after giving half of the power to his girlfriend. Bored with exploring the universe, they decide to start a world war back on Earth for amusement, using humans as playthings.]]
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* This seems to happen quite a few times in DeanKoontz's works, with villains Creator/DeanKoontz's works: ** Villains in his ''Frankenstein'' series, as well as his novel ''Midnight'' being the most obvious examples. Even if a villain doesn't believe that he is becoming a god, they are often arrogant in the extreme. ** In DeanKoontz's novel ''Dragon Tears'', [[spoiler:the villain, Bryan Drackman, is a powerful psychic born with the ability to stop time, create and animate golem bodies in which to stalk his victims, telekinesis, and pyrokinesis. His abilities have grown overtime, and Drackman believes that they will increase enough with practice so he might become the New God and TakeOverTheWorld. In order to practice and enhance his abilities, he stalks and toys with the protagonists in the meantime]]. ** At the end of DeanKoontz's the short story, "A Darkness in My Soul", [[spoiler:a psychic goes on a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind and finds God trapped in the psyche of an insane genius. He then absorbs God's powers and then takes over the universe after giving half of the power to his girlfriend. Bored with exploring the universe, they decide to start a world war back on Earth for amusement, using humans as playthings.]]

* In one of DavidDrake's ''TheLordOfTheIsles'' books, Sharina inadvertently travels through time and ends up on an island with a man who claims to be related to the god of storms. His parades are accompanied by thunder created by sheets of tin under the wheels of his chariots.
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* In one of DavidDrake's ''TheLordOfTheIsles'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'' books, Sharina inadvertently travels through time and ends up on an island with a man who claims to be related to the god of storms. His parades are accompanied by thunder created by sheets of tin under the wheels of his chariots.

* ''InDeath'' series: ''Chaos In Death'' has Eve Dallas confront Dr. Chaos, who actually declares "I'm not a man. I am a god!"
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* ''InDeath'' ''Literature/InDeath'' series: ''Chaos In Death'' has Eve Dallas confront Dr. Chaos, who actually declares "I'm not a man. I am a god!"
7th Sep '15 11:01:56 AM nombretomado
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** The BigBad of the NewJediOrder [[spoiler: Onimi]] believes that if he kills [[OmnicidalManiac everyone in the galaxy]] he'll get the power he needs to become a god. Somewhat unusually, he also believes that Jacen and Jaina (and several other Jedi) are incarnate gods, and in his mind the whole series is a conflict between the established pantheon and himself trying to usurp them, played out through the Republic and the Yuuzhan Vong. [[AxCrazy Yes, he's insane. However did you guess]]?
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** The BigBad of the NewJediOrder Literature/NewJediOrder [[spoiler: Onimi]] believes that if he kills [[OmnicidalManiac everyone in the galaxy]] he'll get the power he needs to become a god. Somewhat unusually, he also believes that Jacen and Jaina (and several other Jedi) are incarnate gods, and in his mind the whole series is a conflict between the established pantheon and himself trying to usurp them, played out through the Republic and the Yuuzhan Vong. [[AxCrazy Yes, he's insane. However did you guess]]?
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