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24th Feb '17 6:35:35 PM Eoppen
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* Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Thessalonica'' is set in a Greece that has become Christian, but the beings the pagans believed in (satyrs, fauns, and nymphs, among others) can still be found in the back country. They were driven there by Christianity.
22nd Jan '17 5:56:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Comprehensively, horrifyingly subverted in Creator/HPLovecraft's CthulhuMythos. The [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] have died/vanished long ago, and nothing really stepped in the power vacuum left... [[WhenThePlanetsAlign But soon the stars shall be Right again]], and they shall rise once more [[CosmicHorrorStory and all of Man's works shall be torn tasunder as anthills under the tread of giants]]. And [[DevilButNoGod there's nobody else to really stop them from coming back]].

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* Comprehensively, horrifyingly subverted in Creator/HPLovecraft's CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos. The [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] have died/vanished long ago, and nothing really stepped in the power vacuum left... [[WhenThePlanetsAlign But soon the stars shall be Right again]], and they shall rise once more [[CosmicHorrorStory and all of Man's works shall be torn tasunder as anthills under the tread of giants]]. And [[DevilButNoGod there's nobody else to really stop them from coming back]].
8th Jan '17 4:34:19 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Faith of the Seven, brought to Westeros by the Andals, has largely replaced the old gods worshiped by the First Men and the Children of the Forest except in the North and beyond the Wall. Additionally, the monotheistic religion of the Lord of Light has recently taken root through the work of Melisandre of Asshai and Thoros of Myr.
14th Dec '16 3:32:54 PM Doug86
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* The backstory of the {{Nasuverse}} explains this is how the Age of Gods ended. Early in humanity's history there were many gods born from the beliefs of humanity that certain natural phenomena were the acts or incarnations of gods. As humanity evolved and began to understand and master the world their belief in the gods weakened. By the time of the modern era, the Age of Gods has long since ended and the dominant supernatural authority is Gaia/Alaya.

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* The backstory of the {{Nasuverse}} Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} explains this is how the Age of Gods ended. Early in humanity's history there were many gods born from the beliefs of humanity that certain natural phenomena were the acts or incarnations of gods. As humanity evolved and began to understand and master the world their belief in the gods weakened. By the time of the modern era, the Age of Gods has long since ended and the dominant supernatural authority is Gaia/Alaya.
4th Nov '16 7:26:20 PM Kimarous
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* ''VideoGame/KingArthurTheRolePlayingWargame'' allows players to decide whether this is played straight, subverted, or even inverted. The game's morality axis falls between [[TheParagon Rightful]] vs [[AntiHero Tyrant]] and Christianity vs The Old Faith. You can choose to follow either faith, deciding which reigns supreme. Alternate DLC campaigns further let you support the specifically pagan Welsh and the Saxons of Christendom, optionally having total conversion as a win condition.
24th Oct '16 6:04:49 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Small Gods]]'', the god Om is on the verge of succumbing to this trope, and reminisces about past rival gods he'd driven into extinction long ago. With his own survival on the line, their fate doesn't seem so funny anymore...

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* In ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Small Gods]]'', ''Discworld/SmallGods'', the god Om is on the verge of succumbing to this trope, and reminisces about past rival gods he'd driven into extinction long ago. With his own survival on the line, their fate doesn't seem so funny anymore...



* Two of the oldest pantheons in [=TunFaire=], the Godoroth and Shayir, compete for control of the grungiest temple in the Dream Quarter in ''[[GarrettPI Petty Pewter Gods]]'', without which their dwindling faiths will die off entirely.

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* Two of the oldest pantheons in [=TunFaire=], the Godoroth and Shayir, compete for control of the grungiest temple in the Dream Quarter in ''[[GarrettPI ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Petty Pewter Gods]]'', without which their dwindling faiths will die off entirely.
22nd Oct '16 7:21:37 AM StFan
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->''Tell the king; the fair wrought house has fallen''
->''No shelter has Apollo, nor sacred laurel leaves''
->''The fountains are now silent; the voice is stilled.''
->''It is finished.''

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->''Tell the king; the fair wrought house has fallen''
->''No
fallen\\
No
shelter has Apollo, nor sacred laurel leaves''
->''The
leaves\\
The
fountains are now silent; the voice is stilled.''
->''It
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It
is finished.''



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* ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' laments that his people have abandoned "the Gods of might and power for a crying martyr" in the 2007 animated film.
* The film version of ''Literature/TheEgyptian'' draws parallels between Akhenaten's worship of the sun god Aten and later Judeo-Christian monotheism. The end of the film implies that even though the priests of Amon-Re were able to quash to new religion, it would come again in a different form. It's very interesting to watch this film back-to-back with ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' for this reason.
* In ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', Merlin says to Morganna, who is trying to learn his secrets of sorcery, that many old ways are being lost because the One God (of Christianity) is driving out the many gods (of nature).

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* ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' In the 2007 ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' animated film, Beowulf laments that his people have abandoned "the Gods of might and power for a crying martyr" in the 2007 animated film.
* The film version of ''Literature/TheEgyptian'' draws parallels between Akhenaten's worship of the sun god Aten and later Judeo-Christian monotheism. The end of the film implies that even though the priests of Amon-Re were able to quash to new religion, it would come again in a different form. It's very interesting to watch this film back-to-back with ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' for this reason.
* In ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', Merlin says to Morganna, who is trying to learn his secrets of sorcery, that many old ways are being lost because the One God (of Christianity) is driving out the many gods (of nature).
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* The film version of ''Literature/TheEgyptian'' draws parallels between Akhenaten's worship of the sun god Aten and later Judeo-Christian monotheism. The end of the film implies that even though the priests of Amon-Re were able to quash to new religion, it would come again in a different form. It's very interesting to watch this film back-to-back with ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' for this reason.
* In ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', Merlin says to Morganna, who is trying to learn his secrets of sorcery, that many old ways are being lost because the One God (of Christianity) is driving out the many gods (of nature).
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** ''Literature/{{Cold Days}}'' reveals even more. [[spoiler: Some entities can hold different mantles or masks as times changes. Odin may not worshiped much anymore, but he still gains much power from his role as Santa.]]

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** ''Literature/{{Cold Days}}'' ''Literature/ColdDays'' reveals even more. [[spoiler: Some entities can hold different mantles or masks as times changes. Odin may not worshiped much anymore, but he still gains much power from his role as Santa.]]



* The BBC version of the Arthurian legends, ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', can't seem to be able to make its mind up about the 'Old Religion' (the pagan religion that existed before Christianity and, despite the show's claims, did not involve priestesses using a pygmy hydra to control peoples' minds): after three years of portraying these old ways as almost uniformly evil, Series 4 begins with the royal court of Camelot celebrating the feast of Samhain, briefly mentions Ostara and ends as they prepare to celebrate Beltane. All of which are fire festivals celebrated by the aforementioned 'Old Religion'. To confuse matters further, King Arthur (in this same series) "swears to God" at least twice.
** From what we got at the Samhain feast, the festivals aren't religious. While we live in a world where there's no proof of an afterlife, in their world the veil between the living world and the dead world growing thinner is a fact and if you sever it you can walk up to the veil and see it for yourself. It's less worshiping a god and more of an acknowledgement of a natural event, like a birthday or a harvest festival.

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* The BBC version of the Arthurian legends, ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', can't seem to be able to make its mind up about the 'Old Religion' "Old Religion" (the pagan religion that existed before Christianity and, despite the show's claims, did not involve priestesses using a pygmy hydra to control peoples' minds): after three years of portraying these old ways as almost uniformly evil, Series 4 begins with the royal court of Camelot celebrating the feast of Samhain, briefly mentions Ostara and ends as they prepare to celebrate Beltane. All of which are fire festivals celebrated by the aforementioned 'Old Religion'. "Old Religion". To confuse matters further, King Arthur (in this same series) "swears to God" at least twice.
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twice. From what we got at the Samhain feast, the festivals aren't religious. While we live in a world where there's no proof of an afterlife, in their world the veil between the living world and the dead world growing thinner is a fact and if you sever it you can walk up to the veil and see it for yourself. It's less worshiping a god and more of an acknowledgement of a natural event, like a birthday or a harvest festival.



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* Most modern re-tellings of the [[KingArthur Arthurian legends]] have this going on at least in the background.

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* Most modern re-tellings of the [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian legends]] have this going on at least in the background.



* Myth/JapaneseMythology has the progression of the ages, from the age of the unknowable divinities, to the age of the titans (Izanagi and Izanami), to the age of the gods (Amaterasu and her siblings), to the age of humans (the Japanese emperors). The gods aren't dead, they simply leave the runnings of things to their successors.
** However some clever writers have stated that Hoso-no-Kami, God of smallpox, is pretty much dead as there are only two known samples of smallpox left.

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* Myth/JapaneseMythology has the progression of the ages, from the age of the unknowable divinities, to the age of the titans (Izanagi and Izanami), to the age of the gods (Amaterasu and her siblings), to the age of humans (the Japanese emperors). The gods aren't dead, they simply leave the runnings of things to their successors. \n** However some clever writers have stated that Hoso-no-Kami, God of smallpox, is pretty much dead as there are only two known samples of smallpox left.



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* {{Webcomic/Tales Of The Galli}}: Main plot relates to the beginnings of a power struggle within the Roman Empire between the pagan followers of the old Roman gods, and the Christians who desire to replace those those with their god and savior.

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* {{Webcomic/Tales Of The Galli}}: ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheGalli'': Main plot relates to the beginnings of a power struggle within the Roman Empire between the pagan followers of the old Roman gods, and the Christians who desire to replace those those with their god and savior.



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6th Oct '16 7:59:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Everworld}}'' has this in a weird way--mythological figures exist as {{Physical God}}s, but they're currently being threatened by [[EldritchAbomination Ka Anor]], an alien deity who eats other gods (and [[ScaryDogmaticAliens whose followers]] want to eventually kill everyone else). Both sides are also threatened by [[spoiler:[[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]]]], who has plans for godhood too.

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* ''{{Everworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' has this in a weird way--mythological figures exist as {{Physical God}}s, but they're currently being threatened by [[EldritchAbomination Ka Anor]], an alien deity who eats other gods (and [[ScaryDogmaticAliens whose followers]] want to eventually kill everyone else). Both sides are also threatened by [[spoiler:[[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]]]], who has plans for godhood too.
28th Sep '16 3:17:24 AM justanid
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* Averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', where AllMythsAreTrue and each newly risen pantheon gets the divine equivalent of a fruit basket from the old ones. The reality of the Abrahamic religions are left up to the Storyteller, but they don't seem to have done any damage to the old gods (most of which don't really care about having worshipers, since Fate ''loves'' to screw with them via those links).
** Fandom states that YWHW was driven insane by three different religions and countless splinter version of them all fighting over what he really wants. Jesus and the Saints locked him away for his safety and others. They would help him heal and recover but TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt has put a damper on things.

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* Averted Partially averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', where AllMythsAreTrue and each newly risen pantheon gets the divine equivalent of a fruit basket from the old ones. pantheons. The reality of the Abrahamic religions are left up to the Storyteller, but they don't seem to have done any damage to the ''Scion Companion'' mentions a certain "Sumerian storm God" becoming the One and only God of the Israeli pantheon, then Roman pantheon, and so on; recruiting various pagan Scions as angels and saints as Christianity and Islam spread across the globe. Most of the old gods (most of which don't really care about having worshipers, since Fate ''loves'' to screw with them via those links).
links. [[spoiler:As does the Order of Divine Glory, missionaries of the One God who use fatebinding to place agents in foreign pantheons. They're responsible for co-opting pagan rituals to fit in with a monotheist agenda, such as altering Christmas to replace the Winter Solstice.]] Also, having too high of a Legend Rating ''forces someone out of the physical universe,'' which is could explain [[HaveYouSeenMyGod how the One God seems absent]].
** Fandom states that YWHW was Some fans go for YHWH as being driven insane by three different religions and countless splinter version of them all fighting over what he really wants. Jesus and the Saints locked him away for his safety and others. They would help him heal and recover but TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt has put a damper on things.things.
** Other fans have made stats for YHWH and Jesus as leaders of just another pantheon, albeit an extremely successful one. Fitting with this trope is that the Abrahamic pantheon outperforms of all others, so instead of an actual family, they constantly recruit scions (as angels or saints) to handle their vast hoards of worshipers.
11th Sep '16 1:39:13 PM zarpaulus
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* In [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/15682692/ Changelings]] the majority of Immortals are dependent on ambient magic to maintain their immortality, and [[TheMagicComesBack magic comes and goes]] in multi-millennial cycles. The only "gods" left after the last cycle ended (around the fall of the Roman Empire) are a few who hibernated underground in areas of high tectonic activity, i.e. Thor was in Iceland, or shapeshifters with telomeres long enough to wait until the next cycle.
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