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9th May '16 1:34:14 PM ScipioSmith
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* The Divine Empire of the ''Literature/FirstSwordChronicles'' is ruled by Aegea, the Divine Empress; when she was mortally wounded she did not die but ascended to godhood, and was worshipped and revered as the ruler of the country. The living ruler is referred to as the Prince Imperial, and is merely the servant of the Empress' will.
28th Apr '16 3:31:14 PM FordPrefect
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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 Generally, the worse an emperor is depicted as being in our sources 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.
28th Apr '16 3:29:31 PM FordPrefect
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Note that this means that if the character in question is ''[[AGodIAmNot not]]'' claimed to be a god that disqualifies them from this trope even if the ruler ''is'' godlike in power.

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Note that this means that that, if the character in question is ''[[AGodIAmNot not]]'' claimed to be a god god, that disqualifies them from this trope trope, even if the ruler ''is'' godlike in power.
26th Apr '16 9:31:03 AM zarpaulus
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* Dangun Wanggeom, the founder of the first Korean kingdom of Gojoseon in 2333 BC, was said to be the grandson of the Lord of Heaven.
26th Apr '16 7:43:51 AM Discar
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In RealLife, declaring themselves gods has been very common to the rulers in ancient history. It handily brought religious and secular power together, and gave the ruler absolute power, which was always welcome. The Pharaohs of AncientEgypt are probably the earliest well known example of the trend, and the divinized-upon-death Emperors of Rome (see below) are the source of the first word in the title. Note that this shouldn't be confused with the divine right of kings, which was a doctrine holding that kings derive their authority directly from {{God}}. This gives similar advantages but acknowledges that the king himself is mortal.

Compare with EmperorScientist and SorcerousOverlord, which is how a good many of them get their start; and TheEmperor, to whom the God Emperor trope may apply also. Compare [[HighPriest Priest King]], when the ruler is head of both Church and State, but not worshiped themselves. If you're looking for an emperor/king/leader of the gods themselves, see [[TopGod King of the Gods]].

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In RealLife, declaring themselves gods has been very common to the rulers in ancient history. It handily brought religious and secular power together, and gave the ruler absolute power, which was always welcome. The Pharaohs of AncientEgypt are probably the earliest well known example of the trend, and the divinized-upon-death Emperors of Rome (see below) are the source of the first word in the title. Note that this shouldn't be confused with the divine right of kings, DivineRightOfKings, which was a doctrine holding that kings derive their authority directly from {{God}}. This gives similar advantages but acknowledges that the king himself is mortal.

Compare with EmperorScientist and SorcerousOverlord, which is how a good many of them get their start; and TheEmperor, to whom the God Emperor trope may apply also. Compare [[HighPriest Priest King]], when the ruler is head of both Church and State, but not worshiped themselves. If you're looking for an emperor/king/leader of the gods themselves, see [[TopGod King of the Gods]].
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24th Apr '16 3:57:30 AM erforce
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* Shao Kahn of ''MortalKombat'', while not specifically referred to as a god, he's a powerful, apparently ageless warlord of a DeathWorld. In ''MortalKombat9'' he proclaims himself to be one near the end and [[spoiler: before the TimeyWimeyBall, it's revealed he had won ''Armageddon'' and achieved omnipotence]]. His predecessor, Onaga, though very mortal, was also extremely powerful, and displayed power over life and death. When he died his army allowed Onaga's holy men to mummify themselves alive so they could serve again if he returned.

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* Shao Kahn of ''MortalKombat'', ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', while not specifically referred to as a god, he's a powerful, apparently ageless warlord of a DeathWorld. In ''MortalKombat9'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' he proclaims himself to be one near the end and [[spoiler: before the TimeyWimeyBall, it's revealed he had won ''Armageddon'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' and achieved omnipotence]]. His predecessor, Onaga, though very mortal, was also extremely powerful, and displayed power over life and death. When he died his army allowed Onaga's holy men to mummify themselves alive so they could serve again if he returned.
17th Apr '16 8:04:00 PM Paranoia
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* Razmir the Living God in ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', ruler of Razmiran. The text explicitly states that he is a charlatan, but the players may or may not know this.

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* Razmir the Living God in ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', ruler of Razmiran. The text explicitly states that he is a charlatan, but the players and/or characters may or may not know this.
16th Apr '16 12:13:09 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' makes mention of God-Emperor Idinus, the most powerful wizard ever to live, who has ruled the second-largest nation in the world as an iron-clad theocracy for thousands of years.
15th Apr '16 7:21:44 AM MaulMachine
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** The Goa'uld System Lords, who pose as Gods. In fact, most of them actually [[AGodAmI buy their own propaganda]].[[note]]Pretty much the only one who doesn't is the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Baal, who's rather flippant about his godhood when speaking to those who already know the truth. It's also implied that Lord Yu might have known better before he went senile, since his identity is a CompositeCharacter of mythological but not strictly divine Chinese emperors.[[/note]] The primitive people they enslave and oppress believe them to be gods, however.

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** The Goa'uld System Lords, who pose as Gods. In fact, most of them actually [[AGodAmI buy their own propaganda]].[[note]]Pretty Pretty much the only one who doesn't is the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Baal, who's rather flippant about his godhood when speaking to those who already know the truth. It's also implied that Lord Yu might have known better before he went senile, since his identity is a CompositeCharacter of mythological but not strictly divine Chinese emperors.[[/note]] The primitive people they enslave and oppress believe them to be gods, however.however.
** Toyed with by mid-series villain Anubis, who was perfectly aware of not being a god, but who very much resembled one thanks to his failed Ascension, and who gave Stargate Command no end of troubles.
5th Apr '16 4:17:02 PM SantosLHalper
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[[caption-width-right:350:Wow... CrystalDragonJesus in a [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Tier 9 armor set]] looks absolutely epic.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Wow... [[caption-width-right:350: Things haven't been quite the same ever since CrystalDragonJesus in acquired a [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Tier 9 armor set]] looks absolutely epic.set]].]]
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