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29th Aug '17 8:34:54 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Ra in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' is an alien who passes himself off as a god to rule a low-tech world in the manner of a pharaoh.

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* Ra in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' is an alien who [[GodGuise passes himself off as a god god]] to rule a low-tech world in the manner of a pharaoh.
7th Aug '17 8:42:11 PM legendaryweredragon
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* MemeticMutation did this to Creator/DonaldTrump. [[PoesLaw Whether the memes were serious or were just satirical, we could never know.]]

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* MemeticMutation did this to Creator/DonaldTrump. [[PoesLaw Whether the memes were serious or were just satirical, we could never know.]] [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And this doesn't need to be discussed any further.]]
7th Aug '17 8:26:28 PM legendaryweredragon
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* Donald Trump (at least, according to the alt right)
3rd Aug '17 12:45:15 PM BeerBaron
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** Tiber Septim, the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire]], achieved [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence apotheosis]] after his death and is worshiped as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], one of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]]. He has an especially strong following in the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]]. Exactly ''how'' he accomplished this is hotly debated, with the most prominent theories involving MergerOfSouls and BecomingTheMask scenarios. By ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', worship of Talos has been banned thanks to a humiliating treaty forced on the Empire by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName fascistic [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]].

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** Tiber Septim, the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire]], achieved [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence apotheosis]] after his death and is worshiped as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], one of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]]. He has an especially strong following in the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]]. Exactly ''how'' he accomplished this is hotly debated, with the most prominent theories involving MergerOfSouls and BecomingTheMask scenarios. By ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', worship of Talos has been banned thanks to a humiliating treaty forced on the Empire by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName fascistic fascistic]] [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]].
3rd Aug '17 12:13:38 PM BeerBaron
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** Tiber Septim, the first Emperor of the Third Era, achieved apotheosis and is worshiped by Imperial citizens as Talos, one of the Nine Divines. He has an especially strong following in the Legion.
*** While Talos, as the Ninth Divine, is the most prominent of the post-death apotheosized Men, at least two other rulers got the same: Cuhlecain, Septim's predecessor (Tiber was his general, and took over and continued the work when Cuhlecain was assassinated) with 'the Cult of Emperor Zero' and Reman Cyrodiil, founder of the Second Empire (also known as the Worldly God and the Light of Man).
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' worship of Talos has been banned thanks to a humiliating treaty forced on the Empire by the fascistic [[CantArgueWithElves Aldmeri]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Dominion]]. One [[UnreliableNarrator in-universe book]] speculates that he was originally three separate men, one a BodyDouble of the others, who upon becoming one at the end of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', Talos [[RealityWarper rewrote the past]] to become a single living demigod in the past.

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** Tiber Septim, the first Emperor [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Third Era, Cyrodiilic Empire]], achieved apotheosis [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence apotheosis]] after his death and is worshiped by Imperial citizens as Talos, [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], one of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines. Divines]]. He has an especially strong following in the Legion.
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[[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]]. Exactly ''how'' he accomplished this is hotly debated, with the most prominent theories involving MergerOfSouls and BecomingTheMask scenarios. By ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', worship of Talos has been banned thanks to a humiliating treaty forced on the Empire by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName fascistic [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]].
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While Talos, as the Ninth Divine, Talos is the most prominent of the post-death apotheosized Men, at least two other rulers got the same: are said to have achieved apotheosis as well: Cuhlecain, Septim's predecessor (Tiber was his general, and took over and continued the work when Cuhlecain was assassinated) with 'the Cult of Emperor Zero' and Reman Cyrodiil, founder of the Second Empire (also known as the [[RedBaron Worldly God and the Light of Man).
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' worship of Talos has been banned thanks to a humiliating treaty forced on the Empire by the fascistic [[CantArgueWithElves Aldmeri]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Dominion]]. One [[UnreliableNarrator in-universe book]] speculates that he was originally three separate men, one a BodyDouble of the others, who upon becoming one at the end of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', Talos [[RealityWarper rewrote the past]] to become a single living demigod in the past.
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31st Jul '17 5:18:28 AM SSJKamui
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** In Hinduism, the god emperor is a figure restarting the world cycle, called "Chakravartin"


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** Miguel Serrano advocated the same idea.


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* Donald Trump (at least, according to the alt right)
26th Jul '17 1:42:37 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Generally, the worse an emperor is depicted as being in our sources, the more likely it is that they will state that he claimed to be divine while alive (the other obvious candidate being Commodus, of ''Gladiator'' fame). State worship of the Emperor in Rome was generally considered a big no-no throughout the Empire's existence. Outside Rome was another matter.

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** Generally, the worse an emperor is depicted as being in our sources, the more likely it is that they will state that he claimed to be divine while alive (the other obvious candidate being Commodus, of ''Gladiator'' ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' fame). State worship of the Emperor in Rome was generally considered a big no-no throughout the Empire's existence. Outside Rome was another matter.
13th Jul '17 7:04:30 AM fsdfsdfsd
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' and its sequel ''Stirred'' deconstruct how this trope is at play on Meridian. The royal line of Escannor is believed by many to be divine, however everyone knows that a tyrant or a monster could easily hold the throne if they played their cards right. Caleb believes outright that Phobos is divine in nature, but this has nothing to do with his opinion of Phobos' character, only how dangerous he is.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' and its sequel ''Stirred'' deconstruct how this trope is at play on Meridian. The royal line of Escannor is believed by many to be divine, however everyone knows that a tyrant or a monster could easily hold the throne if they played their cards right. Caleb believes outright that Phobos is divine in nature, but this has nothing to do with his opinion of Phobos' character, only how dangerous he is.nature in the same way a GodOfEvil is divine.
10th Jul '17 11:44:12 AM DaibhidC
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* On the Literature/{{Discworld}},
In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', the ruler of Djelibeybi (FantasyCounterpartCulture to ancient Egypt) is believed by their subjects to be a god, even if they are largely a figurehead [[spoiler: until the end of the book]]. Because of the Disc's ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve nature, this also gives them minor "godly" powers. The godly part is immortal, and moves from ruler to ruler when they die. Teppic, the pharaoh's son, notes that it's very hard to believe in a god when you have breakfast with them every morning. It's a RunningGag that the pharaoh's chief power is supposedly to make the sun rise but none of them know how they do it, or what would happen if they didn't.

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* On the Literature/{{Discworld}},
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In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', the ruler of Djelibeybi (FantasyCounterpartCulture to ancient Egypt) is believed by their subjects to be a god, even if they are largely a figurehead [[spoiler: until the end of the book]]. Because of the Disc's ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve nature, this also gives them minor "godly" powers. The godly part is immortal, and moves from ruler to ruler when they die. Teppic, the pharaoh's son, notes that it's very hard to believe in a god when you have breakfast with them every morning. It's a RunningGag that the pharaoh's chief power is supposedly to make the sun rise but none of them know how they do it, or what would happen if they didn't.
10th Jul '17 11:43:39 AM DaibhidC
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* On the Literature/{{Discworld}}, specifically seen in ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', the ruler of Djelibeybi (FantasyCounterpartCulture to ancient Egypt) is believed by their subjects to be a god, even if they are largely a figurehead [[spoiler: until the end of the book]]. Because of the Disc's ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve nature, this also gives them minor "godly" powers. The godly part is immortal, and moves from ruler to ruler when they die.

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* On the Literature/{{Discworld}}, specifically seen in Literature/{{Discworld}},
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''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', the ruler of Djelibeybi (FantasyCounterpartCulture to ancient Egypt) is believed by their subjects to be a god, even if they are largely a figurehead [[spoiler: until the end of the book]]. Because of the Disc's ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve nature, this also gives them minor "godly" powers. The godly part is immortal, and moves from ruler to ruler when they die. Teppic, the pharaoh's son, notes that it's very hard to believe in a god when you have breakfast with them every morning. It's a RunningGag that the pharaoh's chief power is supposedly to make the sun rise but none of them know how they do it, or what would happen if they didn't.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' the ruler of the Agatean Empire (FantasyCounterpartCulture to China and Japan) is also seen as a god by their subjects. The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' defines "god" in this context as "someone who can kill you instantly and doesn't have to apologise. Or even explain."
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