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26th May '16 2:54:45 AM Gemser
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* In sci-fi musical TheApple this is the fate of [[spoiler:the hippies when they are brought to heaven or another planet by god-like figure Mr. Topps]].
21st May '16 5:04:14 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In the film ''Film/TheGhostGoesWest'', Murdoch Glourie can finally go to the afterlife since he humiliated the [=McLaggen=] clan that injured the Glourie name.
20th May '16 11:01:23 AM Doug86
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* In the ''StarTrekNovelVerse'', everyone in the galaxy did this simultaneously a quarter of a billion years ago, the result of a Manraloth experiment gone wrong. Trying to unite the multiverse as they had the galaxy, the Manraloth and their allies attempted to tap into the higher dimensional planes with their minds. The resulting surge of energy proved too powerful, overloading the telepathic centres of every Manraloth and transmitting it to any other brain capable of receiving it. The entire galactic population was forced into a state of pure energy, long before most races were ready. It wasn't pretty, apparently.

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* In the ''StarTrekNovelVerse'', ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', everyone in the galaxy did this simultaneously a quarter of a billion years ago, the result of a Manraloth experiment gone wrong. Trying to unite the multiverse as they had the galaxy, the Manraloth and their allies attempted to tap into the higher dimensional planes with their minds. The resulting surge of energy proved too powerful, overloading the telepathic centres of every Manraloth and transmitting it to any other brain capable of receiving it. The entire galactic population was forced into a state of pure energy, long before most races were ready. It wasn't pretty, apparently.
17th May '16 8:28:29 PM Tarlonniel
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* May be what happens to Morrigan at the end of the ''Witch Hunt'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. She passes through a CoolGate into somewhere unknown, "beyond this world, beyond the Fade."
14th May '16 12:23:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Your character does this at the start of ''ImmortalDefense'' in order to combat enemy fleets as they travel through hyperspace before they invade your home planet.

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* Your character does this at the start of ''ImmortalDefense'' ''VideoGame/ImmortalDefense'' in order to combat enemy fleets as they travel through hyperspace before they invade your home planet.



* Similarly, one of the possible victory conditions in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is called the Ascent to Transcendence, where the human race links up with the planetary mind and abandons the need for corporeal form.

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* Similarly, one of the possible victory conditions in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is called the Ascent to Transcendence, where the human race links up with the planetary mind and abandons the need for corporeal form.
10th May '16 7:57:00 AM BeerBaron
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* This is one possibility of what happened to the Dwemer in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. While messing about with the heart of a destroyed god, they either completely annihilated their entire race...or ascended to a higher plane.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is the true motivation behind the Thalmor banning Talos worship. They want to depower Talos by depriving him of mortal worship because he is the last thing preserving the physical world. The Thalmor believe that the unmending of the physical world will restore the Altmer to divinity. The FantasticRacism is just a cover.

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* ''Series/TheElderScrolls'' provides several examples. It's important to keep in mind that most examples get a little [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]], as is the nature of divinity in the ES universe.
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This is one possibility of what happened the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer race]] was trying to do when they tapped into the power of the Heart of Lorkhan, the [[GodIsDead dead creator god]]. No one still living, including a few deities, knows what really happened. You can come up with a fairly plausible theory in a ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' quest that states the Dwemer in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. While messing about with the heart of a destroyed god, they either completely annihilated broke themselves down to their entire race...or base elements and then attempted to reforge themselves into ascended beings, but they got the reforging process wrong and blinked themselves out of existence. It's also possible that they got it ''right'', and have actually ascended. How would those still around on the "lower plane" know the difference?
** Following his death, Tiber Septim, founder of the [[TheEmpire 3rd Empire out of Cyrodiil]],
ascended to godhood as Talos. The leading theory on how he accomplished this was by spending so much time campaigning with the [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] [[HumongousMecha Numidium]], which was powered by the [[SoulJar Mantella]], a higher plane.
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jewel created from the soul of the Underking, who was believed to be a "Shezarrine," which are incarnations of the spirit of Shezarr (aka Lorkhan,) the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] of the ES universe. [[MindScrew Got all of that?]] Well, this allowed Septim to "Mantle" Lorkhan following his death, effectively tricking the universe into treating them as the same being. (Tiber Septim is, according to some sources, also believed to be a possible Shezarrine, furthering the connection.) In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is the true motivation behind the Thalmor banning xenophobic, elven-supremist [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] outlawing Talos worship. They want to depower Talos by depriving him of mortal worship because he throughout Tamriel. They believe (possibly correctly) that Talos is the last thing preserving pillar keeping Mundus, the physical world. The Thalmor mortal plane, extant. They believe that if people cease to worship Talos, he will no longer exist, and then elves can return to their pre-creation immortality.
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the unmending King of Worms, is an interesting case. After many failed attempts at achieving divinity in some form, he finally managed to do so as part of the physical world will restore [[TimeCrash Warp in the Altmer West]]. In his case, he used the Mantella to divinity. achieve apotheosis and become the God of Worms. The FantasticRacism "Necromancer's Moon" is just said to be his heavenly body (in the same way the Aedra are/have planets among the stars) and when it eclipses Arkay, it allows sapient souls, normally protected by the divine, to be soul-trapped. Interestingly, due to the [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] effects of the Warp in the West, he also remained as a cover."mortal" being (or at least, as mortal as a Lich can be.)
2nd May '16 12:22:28 PM Piando
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* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' Toki and Raoh both literally ascend to the Heavens when they die. Kaioh also has his own version of this by engulfing himself with lava with the corpse of Hyoh after being defeated by Kenshiro.

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* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' Toki and Raoh both literally ascend to the Heavens when they die. Kaioh also has his own version of this by engulfing himself with lava with the corpse of Hyoh after being defeated by Kenshiro.



* The [[ThePrecursors Titans]] in ''BrutalLegend'' play a bit with this trope: They ascended and essentially became gods thanks to the PowerOfRock.
* In third-person action game ''{{Rune}}'', protagonist ends the game by ascending into Valhalla (a proper reward for any Viking hero).

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* The [[ThePrecursors Titans]] in ''BrutalLegend'' ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' play a bit with this trope: They ascended and essentially became gods thanks to the PowerOfRock.
* In third-person action game ''{{Rune}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Rune}}'', protagonist ends the game by ascending into Valhalla (a proper reward for any Viking hero).



* Technically happens to two characters in ''AnsemRetort''. Early on in the first season, Sora receives the powers of a demi-god but quickly forgets about them due to his amnesia. Several hundred episodes later, Axel achieves Reverse Nirvana, which effectively makes him an evil Buddhist god with the ability to use mind bullets and nuke cities at will. However, as an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] neither character has left the comic. Hell, Axel's forgotten sometimes that he has mind bullets.

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* Technically happens to two characters in ''AnsemRetort''.''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. Early on in the first season, Sora receives the powers of a demi-god but quickly forgets about them due to his amnesia. Several hundred episodes later, Axel achieves Reverse Nirvana, which effectively makes him an evil Buddhist god with the ability to use mind bullets and nuke cities at will. However, as an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] neither character has left the comic. Hell, Axel's forgotten sometimes that he has mind bullets.



* ''{{Narbonic}}'' had Mell be assumed into Heaven. Apparently it's a requirement for their apology, if the forces of Good cause havock by accident. [[LawfulStupid Never mind that the people who just suffered might really prefer the damage being cleaned up]] or maybe a cheque, or something, rather than forcible Ascension of one of their friends. It lasts about a week, and then she apparently sets Heaven on fire, gets tossed down into Hell, becomes a lawyer for the demons down there, and gets tossed back out to Earth. This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she requests that her ex-demon boyfriend wait long enough for a ''metric ton'' of business cards to follow after her; apparently, despite the rumours, she's the only lawyer to wind up down there so far - or at least, the only one interested in doing any business.
* ''SomethingPositive'' - Joked over recently by Mr. Sandersan who, upon hearing that Davan's mother Faey spent her life sober, said she must have risen to heaven held only by beams of light and her obvious sainthood because she raised Davan, completely sober at all times.

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* ''{{Narbonic}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' had Mell be assumed into Heaven. Apparently it's a requirement for their apology, if the forces of Good cause havock by accident. [[LawfulStupid Never mind that the people who just suffered might really prefer the damage being cleaned up]] or maybe a cheque, or something, rather than forcible Ascension of one of their friends. It lasts about a week, and then she apparently sets Heaven on fire, gets tossed down into Hell, becomes a lawyer for the demons down there, and gets tossed back out to Earth. This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she requests that her ex-demon boyfriend wait long enough for a ''metric ton'' of business cards to follow after her; apparently, despite the rumours, she's the only lawyer to wind up down there so far - or at least, the only one interested in doing any business.
* ''SomethingPositive'' ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' - Joked over recently by Mr. Sandersan who, upon hearing that Davan's mother Faey spent her life sober, said she must have risen to heaven held only by beams of light and her obvious sainthood because she raised Davan, completely sober at all times.
24th Apr '16 1:58:42 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', [[spoiler:Yui]] ascends to godhood when [[spoiler:she seizes the power of the Outer Gods and uses it to create a new world.]]
23rd Apr '16 2:29:43 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Subverted. At the Last Desolation, the Heralds of the Almighty told the people that the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Voidbringers]] had finally been defeated for good, and that the Heralds would return to the [[{{Heaven}} Tranquiline Halls]] to fight the Voidbringers there and return the Halls to glory again. The subversion is that this was all a lie; the Heralds were actually just tired of dying and resurrecting to fight every Desolation, and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere gave up]], leaving one of their number to suffer the tortures of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Damnation]] by himself.
-->'''Kalak:''' What do we tell the people, Jezrien? What will they say of this day?\\
'''Jezrien:''' It's simple. We tell them that they finally won. It's an easy enough lie. Who knows? Maybe it will turn out to be true.
14th Apr '16 10:31:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' does this to every other character. Through [[AGodAmI sorcery]], [[CameBackWrong exposure to various ancient powers]], or apparently just by being complete [[PhysicalGod badasses]], they can literally "ascend" and become godlike beings--many of the lesser gods are known as Ascendants and were once mortal.

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* ''TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' does this to every other character. Through [[AGodAmI sorcery]], [[CameBackWrong exposure to various ancient powers]], or apparently just by being complete [[PhysicalGod badasses]], they can literally "ascend" and become godlike beings--many of the lesser gods are known as Ascendants and were once mortal.
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