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3rd Apr '17 8:37:59 AM BeerBaron
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** The Tribunal in the series, which is a plot point in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''. [[spoiler:Their godhood fades again after the Nerevarine destroys their source of power and reveals their religion for what it is.]] Dagoth Ur got his divinity from the same source, though it's implied that he did the ritual slightly differently to the Tribunal, resulting in being a) more powerful, b) completely insane. Dagoth Ur does not have as many actual ''worshippers'', however, [[spoiler: which may be why destroying the source of power had a more immediate deadly effect on him]].
** Also Tiber Septim, also known as Talos ([[IHaveManyNames and about a dozen other things]]), who achieved apotheosis and became one of the Nine Divines. Talos is possibly also composed of the Underking (who was himself composed of two men--Zurin Arctus and Ysmir Wulfharth).
** The Dragonborn of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' arguably counts as one, having spent most of their life as a regular mortal, until the time when the Dragons returned and their true nature was revealed. The Dragonborn is ''explicitly'' mentioned in the lore as possessing the power of Akatosh, sent into Tamriel to be a [[AlwaysABiggerFish natural predator]] towards Dragonkind.
** And [[spoiler:The Champion of Cyrodiil from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', who succeeded the first Sheogorath and became the new Daedric Prince of Madness.]]
** This is how the Dwemer civilization came to an end. They sought to use the heart of a dead god to build their own God in a golem's body, Numidium. Instead it caused them to vanish from existence. Many interpretations are suggested InUniverse; it may have ''worked'', and they did AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, they may have been wiped out by existing god(s) for their attempt, or they may have simply killed themselves spectacularly by accident.
** Emperor Reman Cyrodiil was another human that became a god after his death. After his death, he was granted immortality and godhood by Akatosh and it's believed by some that he became the WarGod [[NamesTheSame Reymon]] Ebonarm.
** Mannimarco as well. An Altmer lich who became the god of undeath during the [[RealityBreakingParadox Warp In The West]]--the same event that possibly completed Talos. And due to the time paradox that occurred, he is both an undead mortal and an immortal god at the same time.
** 'Emperor' Cuhlecain has a cult dedicated to his worship, called the Cult of Emperor Zero due to the circumstances of its formation (Tiber Septim was Cuhlecain's top general, and took over after Cuhlecain was assassinated not long after taking the Imperial City. Thus, Cuhlecain was 'Emperor Zero' of the Third Empire). Whether he actually ''did'' become a god is not confirmed, but then the same is true of Reman Cyrodiil, too.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', one of the MultipleEndings has this happen to Mannimarco, the "King of Worms." Mannimarco was a powerful Altmer necromancer who became a Lich while working toward his goal of becoming a true god. As a result of the "[[TimeCrash Warp in the West]]", where all of the game's mutually exclusive endings take place (but [[BroadStrokes none to the same extent as they would have individually]]), he succeeds in becoming Mannimarco, the God of Worms and patron to necromancers. Due to how the warp worked, however, it also leaves behind a Mannimarco, King of Worms, who leads an order that worships the God of Worms (and the two seem to be treated as separate entities).
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
The Tribunal in the series, which is a plot point in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''. [[spoiler:Their godhood fades again after the Nerevarine destroys their source of power and reveals their religion for what it is.]] [[BigBad Dagoth Ur got his divinity from Ur]] were all once mortal advisors to the same source, though it's implied that he did ancient Chimeri/Dunmeri hero, Lord Indoril Nerevar. [[WhenItAllBegan Some 4000 years prior]] to the ritual slightly events of the game, their [[EnemyMine rival-turned-ally]] [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] discovered the still-beating Heart of Lorkhan, the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] of Mundus, the mortal plane. The Dwemer planned to tap into the Heart's power, allowing them to in some way AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, but the Chimer led by Nerevar considered this a blasphemy against their gods, [[OurGodsAreDifferent the Daedric Princes]], and declared war. [[TheRashomon Exactly what happened next is recounted differently to by all of the Tribunal, resulting in being a) more powerful, b) completely insane. surviving parties]], but the Dwemer disappeared without a trace, Nerevar was slain, and the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur does not have as many actual ''worshippers'', however, [[spoiler: which may be why destroying went against the source wishes of power had a more immediate deadly effect Azura (Nerevar's Daedric patron) to use the Dwemer tools on him]].
** Also Tiber Septim, also known as Talos ([[IHaveManyNames and about a dozen other things]]), who achieved apotheosis and became one
the Heart to become {{Physical God}}s. [[spoiler:The plot of the Nine Divines. Talos is possibly also composed of game has [[PlayerCharacter the Underking (who was himself composed of two men--Zurin Arctus Nerevarine]], [[MultipleChoiceChosen supposedly]] Nerevar's {{reincarnation}}, working to unbind the Heart and Ysmir Wulfharth).
cut off those who draw power from it]]. The Tribunal are able to survive with a trace of their divinity in tact, due to "[[GodNeedsPrayerBadly the faith of their followers]]". Dagoth Ur, [[NoImmortalInertia not so much]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', [[spoiler:[[PlayerCharacter The Champion of Cyrodiil]]]] becomes one in the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, becoming the new [[spoiler:Sheogorath, [[MadGod Daedric Prince of Madness]]]].
** The Dragonborn of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' arguably counts as one, having [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' plays with it. They have spent most of their life as a regular mortal, until the time when the Dragons returned and their true nature was revealed. The Those who are "Dragonborn" are mortals born with the immortal Aedric (roughly Angelic) souls of Dragons. This power is granted by Akatosh, the draconic [[TopGod chief deity]] of the "Nine Divines" pantheon, and is said to be a piece of his power (or perhaps even a fragment of his very being). Akatosh sends this gift so that the Dragonborn is ''explicitly'' mentioned in the lore as possessing the power of Akatosh, sent into Tamriel to may be a [[AlwaysABiggerFish natural predator]] towards Dragonkind.
** And [[spoiler:The Champion of Cyrodiil There are numerous examples from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', who succeeded the series' [[{{Backstory}} background lore]]:
*** Tiber Septim,
the first Sheogorath [[GodEmperor Emperor]] of the Septim dynasty, also known as Talos ([[IHaveManyNames and about a dozen other things]]), achieved apotheosis and became one of the new Daedric Prince Nine Divines upon his death. The deity Talos is possibly also composed of Madness.]]
** This is how
the Dwemer civilization came to an end. They sought to use the heart Underking (who was himself was possibly composed of a dead god to build their own God in a golem's body, Numidium. Instead it caused them to vanish from existence. Many interpretations are suggested InUniverse; it may have ''worked'', two men -- Zurin Arctus and they did AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, they may have been wiped out by existing god(s) for their attempt, or they may have simply killed themselves spectacularly by accident.
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Wulfharth Ash-King).
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Emperor Reman Cyrodiil Cyrodiil, founder of the Reman dynasty, was another human that became a god after his death. After his death, he was granted immortality and godhood by Akatosh and it's believed by some that he became the WarGod [[NamesTheSame Reymon]] Ebonarm.
** Mannimarco as well. An Altmer lich who became the god of undeath during the [[RealityBreakingParadox Warp In The West]]--the same event that possibly completed Talos. And due to the time paradox that occurred, he is both an undead mortal and an immortal god at the same time.
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*** 'Emperor' Cuhlecain has a cult dedicated to his worship, called the Cult of Emperor Zero due to the circumstances of its formation (Tiber Septim was Cuhlecain's top general, and took over after Cuhlecain was assassinated not long after taking the Imperial City. Thus, Cuhlecain was 'Emperor Zero' of the Third Empire). Whether he actually ''did'' become a god is not confirmed, but then the same is true of Reman Cyrodiil, too.as well.
*** This (and/or attempting to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence) caused the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] to disappear. Exactly what happened to them is [[RiddleForTheAges debated both in-universe and out]], with many interpretations suggested. It may have ''worked'', and they did ascend. Or they may have been wiped out by existing god(s)s for their blasphemous attempt. Or they may have simply gotten something wrong and killed themselves spectacularly by accident.
11th Mar '17 6:27:20 PM zarpaulus
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* The version of Maui portrayed in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' was made a demigod by the gods [[spoiler: after his human parents abandoned him.]]
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11th Feb '17 2:58:55 PM dome
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* In ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae'', two characters, the protagonist Ren Fuji and Big Bad Reinhard Heydrich, attain Atziluth near the End, both becoming Hadou Gods.
6th Feb '17 7:16:22 PM Gaming28
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** Players THEMSELVES can become demigods with enough mythic tiers and whe Divine Source ability.
3rd Feb '17 1:08:58 AM havoc
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** In the sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', we learn that the Avatar itself is a variation. [[spoiler:The Avatar is the fusion of the same light spirit with different humans throughout the ages]].

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** In the sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', we learn that the Avatar itself is a variation. [[spoiler:The Avatar is the fusion a result of the same light spirit with different humans throughout Raava fusing to the ages]].soul of a human named Wan. All future Avatars are reincarnations of this fusion.]].
29th Jan '17 12:00:16 AM cdenton
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* A fourth century BC Greek philosopher, Euhemerus, claimed in a book that all the Greek gods and goddesses were based on great kings and queens, warriors, and innovators. This idea that many if not all gods are distorted interpretations of historical figures, euhemerism, would have many fans, like the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann and the novelist and mythographer Robert Graves. However, very few mainstream mythographers and scholars of religion use such interpretations nowadays.
28th Jan '17 3:21:28 PM Owlorange1995
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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has an inversion. [[spoiler: Goku Black is the result of an alternate version of [[MadGod Zamasu]] taking over Goku's body, thus attaining a mortal form.]]
19th Jan '17 8:27:50 AM SteelEdge
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* On the Massacre route of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', the player character becomes God [[spoiler: of a new universe that he created after destroying the old one and killing every other god and demon in it.]]
31st Dec '16 12:28:59 PM nombretomado
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** In ''{{Eberron}}'', the Warforged faction called the Godforged seek to build their own god(s), [[MemeticMutation in a cave, with a mountain of scraps]].

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** In ''{{Eberron}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', the Warforged faction called the Godforged seek to build their own god(s), [[MemeticMutation in a cave, with a mountain of scraps]].
19th Dec '16 8:06:01 PM karstovich2
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* Some Roman emperors were worshipped as gods after their deaths. The custom of deifying Roman emperors led to Emperor Vespasian's FamousLastWords:

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* Some In general, [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman emperors Emperors]] were worshipped as gods after their deaths.deaths until the entrenchment of Christianity; pre-Christian emperors who were not deified were, by and large, ones who were regarded as horrible, and typically had been overthrown. The custom of deifying Roman emperors led to Emperor Vespasian's FamousLastWords:
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