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10th Jan '17 4:05:20 AM PaulA
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* Ming the Merciless from the ''Film/FlashGordon'' film.

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* Ming the Merciless from the ''Film/FlashGordon'' ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' film.
27th Dec '16 3:48:13 PM memememememe
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* MemeticMutation did this to Creator/DonaldTrump. [[PoesLaw Whether the memes were serious or were just satirical, we could never know.]]
21st Dec '16 1:45:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': The Japanese people still consider their emperor a living god in this timeline. This is mentioned to be vital to capturing him when [[spoiler:the Nazis are planning the invasion of their former ally]] because he holds such sway over them.
7th Dec '16 5:32:07 AM Morgenthaler
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** Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong-Il "rule" over and are "worshiped" in North Korea. (Note the present tense for both "rule" and "are worshiped". Though Kim Il-Sung died in [[TheNineties 1994]] and Kim Jong-Il in 2011, the elder Kim retains his position as "Eternal President" and the younger is still referred to as "Dear Leader" and "Eternal General Secretary of the Party".) The cult revolves around the elder Kim's revolutionary activities and the transformation of North Korean system.

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** Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong-Il "rule" over and are "worshiped" "worshipped" in North Korea. (Note the present tense for both "rule" and "are worshiped".worshipped". Though Kim Il-Sung died in [[TheNineties 1994]] and Kim Jong-Il in 2011, the elder Kim retains his position as "Eternal President" and the younger is still referred to as "Dear Leader" and "Eternal General Secretary of the Party".) The cult revolves around the elder Kim's revolutionary activities and the transformation of North Korean system. Creator/ChristopherHitchens only semi-jokingly referred to North Korea as a "[[TheNecrocracy necrocracy]]" for this reason.
7th Dec '16 5:30:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* North Korea:

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7th Dec '16 5:28:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Meanwhile, in China, the rulers had what was called The Mandate Of Heaven, which basically means that as long as they made sure things were going well in the kingdom, they obviously had the blessings of heaven with them. However, when the emperor started caring more about his own pleasures than helping the people, and his officials started making life miserable for everyone, well, it was obvious that the Mandate Of Heaven was removed, and it was time to go kill the emperor, his lackeys, and anyone else who was doing a crap job of ruling the country, and put in someone competent. Of course the origin of the Mandate was from the Zhou Dynasty, whose first ruler made this to justify overthrowing the Shang Dynasty by claiming that the Shang ''also'' did this too. \\
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This was of course very convenient, as it both gave justification for imperial rule (Heaven favors this person to run the country) while also justifying revolt and rebellion through explaining the corruption that dynasties inevitably suffer over time. The Mandate essentially condensed the [[BalkanizeMe historical pattern of inevitable disintegration]] of {{space filling empire}}s in a controllable, constitutional form.



* Many rulers (of both nations and religious sects, mostly Christian ones) play with this. They don't claim that they are Gods, but claim themselves/their blood line has been chosen by God, giving them a divine right to rule. After many political upheavals and the destruction of European Monarchies' power ([[RoyallyScrewedUp plus the]] [[TangledFamilyTree degrading of royal lines]] [[IncestIsRelative from excessive inbreeding]]), most nobles refrain from declaring this notion openly anymore.
7th Dec '16 5:25:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** Second, we have the BigBad of the second expansion, the [[TheNecromancer Lich King]]. Originally a mortal orc shaman, Ner'Zhul, who had a prominent role in allowing the Burning Legion to corrupt the orcish race into TheHorde they were prior to their redemption by Thrall. Once the horde failed to take over Azeroth following their defeat in the second war, he tried to escape the wrath of the [[TheDragon Legion Lord Kil'jaeden]], but was captured by him, [[AndIMustScream had his soul ripped off from his body and trapped in the Frozen Throne]], and sent back to Azeroth, this time to raise an undead army with [[AnimateDead necromantic magic]] and a [[TheVirus zombie plague]], to finish the job the Horde had started. Though he succeeded in destroying the kingdom of Lordaeron, he was GenreSavvy enough to know that Kil'jaeden would [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness eventually dispose of him]], so [[ManipulativeBastard he engineered]] the FaceHeelTurn of the human prince Arthas Menethil, in order "merge" with him and be truly free of Kil'jaeden's control, [[AGodAmI gaining godlike powers]] in the process, [[spoiler:though that may have backfired since it is implied only Arthas is in control following their MentalFusion]]. The second expansion depicts Lich King Arthas as having powers to raise and control the dead, both mindless and sentient, which causes the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Vrykul]] and the [[PettingZooPeople Tuskarr]] to identify him with their respective patron deity of death. It is also [[ReligionOfEvil evident in it's very nature]] that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Cult of the Damned]], the still living and willing servants of the Lich King, worship him as a God, and expect to be [[LivingForeverIsAwesome blessed with the immortality of undeath]] as a [[ImmortalitySeeker reward for their faith]].

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** Second, we have the BigBad of the second expansion, the [[TheNecromancer Lich King]]. Originally a mortal orc shaman, Ner'Zhul, who had a prominent role in allowing the Burning Legion to corrupt the orcish race into TheHorde they were prior to their redemption by Thrall. Once the horde failed to take over Azeroth following their defeat in the second war, he tried to escape the wrath of the [[TheDragon Legion Lord Kil'jaeden]], but was captured by him, [[AndIMustScream had his soul ripped off from his body and trapped in the Frozen Throne]], and sent back to Azeroth, this time to raise an undead army with [[AnimateDead necromantic magic]] and a [[TheVirus zombie plague]], to finish the job the Horde had started. Though he succeeded in destroying the kingdom of Lordaeron, he was GenreSavvy clever enough to know that Kil'jaeden would [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness eventually dispose of him]], so [[ManipulativeBastard he engineered]] the FaceHeelTurn of the human prince Arthas Menethil, in order "merge" with him and be truly free of Kil'jaeden's control, [[AGodAmI gaining godlike powers]] in the process, [[spoiler:though that may have backfired since it is implied only Arthas is in control following their MentalFusion]]. The second expansion depicts Lich King Arthas as having powers to raise and control the dead, both mindless and sentient, which causes the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Vrykul]] and the [[PettingZooPeople Tuskarr]] to identify him with their respective patron deity of death. It is also [[ReligionOfEvil evident in it's very nature]] that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Cult of the Damned]], the still living and willing servants of the Lich King, worship him as a God, and expect to be [[LivingForeverIsAwesome blessed with the immortality of undeath]] as a [[ImmortalitySeeker reward for their faith]].



* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by the Roman Emperors who were GenreSavvy enough to follow the lead of [[UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Augustus]], the first emperor, and leave orders to deify them after death.
** Including perhaps the most GenreSavvy, Vespasian, whose dying words were 'I think I am becoming a god', a direct reference to the apotheosis of Emperors.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by the Roman Emperors who were GenreSavvy smart enough to follow the lead of [[UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Augustus]], the first emperor, and leave orders to deify them after death.
** Including perhaps the most GenreSavvy, cunning, Vespasian, whose dying words were 'I think I am becoming a god', a direct reference to the apotheosis of Emperors.
5th Dec '16 3:13:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* In R.A. Salvatore's ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, [[{{Badass}} King Obould Many-Arrows]] is blessed by the orc god Gruumsh with divine power. His subjects begin to see him as the physical incarnation of Gruumsh on the mortal plane, referring to him as Obould-Who-Is-Gruumsh. He gives little actual weight to these ideas, keeping a fairly realistic assessment of his limitations, but uses the moral that belief in him inspires as a tool to establish the first stable, recognized orc state. [[spoiler:Ironically, given how he didn't actually believe he was a PhysicalGod, after his death he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended To A Higher Plane]] to become a literal (demi)god.]]

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* In R.A. Salvatore's ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, [[{{Badass}} King Obould Many-Arrows]] Many-Arrows is blessed by the orc god Gruumsh with divine power. His subjects begin to see him as the physical incarnation of Gruumsh on the mortal plane, referring to him as Obould-Who-Is-Gruumsh. He gives little actual weight to these ideas, keeping a fairly realistic assessment of his limitations, but uses the moral that belief in him inspires as a tool to establish the first stable, recognized orc state. [[spoiler:Ironically, given how he didn't actually believe he was a PhysicalGod, after his death he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended To A Higher Plane]] to become a literal (demi)god.]]
4th Dec '16 9:07:45 AM MarqFJA
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A God Emperor is a sovereign who is claimed, either [[AGodAmI by self]] or others, to be a PhysicalGod. This trope can apply to anything from a tinpot tyrant with delusions of grandeur to a GalacticConqueror or DimensionLord with perfectly accurate assessments of grandeur.

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A God Emperor God-Emperor is a sovereign who is claimed, either [[AGodAmI by self]] or others, to be a PhysicalGod. This trope can apply to anything from a tinpot tyrant with delusions of grandeur to a GalacticConqueror or DimensionLord with perfectly accurate assessments of grandeur.



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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Compare with EmperorScientist and SorcerousOverlord, which is how a good many of them get their start; and TheEmperor, to whom the God Emperor 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]].



* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': In this story Shinji and Asuka travel to an alternate dimension and arrive on the Empire of Avalon, ruled by a couple of God Emperors: Daniel and Rayana. They are actually quite nice and beloved by their subjects and worshippers.
* ''Fanfic/InTheBeginningThereWasMan''. An online text game on Sufficient Velocity featuring Warhammer 40k's God Emperor in His quest to save [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/in-the-beginning-there-was-man-wh40k-x-sc-aka-omake-quest-aka-40k-warp-god-waifu-simulator.9721/ Mankind]]

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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': In this story Shinji and Asuka travel to an alternate dimension and arrive on the Empire of Avalon, ruled by a couple of God Emperors: God-Emperors: Daniel and Rayana. They are actually quite nice and beloved by their subjects and worshippers.
* ''Fanfic/InTheBeginningThereWasMan''. An online text game on Sufficient Velocity featuring Warhammer 40k's God Emperor God-Emperor in His quest to save [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/in-the-beginning-there-was-man-wh40k-x-sc-aka-omake-quest-aka-40k-warp-god-waifu-simulator.9721/ Mankind]]



* The Biggest Bad from ''[[http://fav.me/d4lv1qv Super Milestone Wars 2,]]'' his title is "God Emperor of Evil".

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* The Biggest Bad from ''[[http://fav.me/d4lv1qv Super Milestone Wars 2,]]'' his title is "God Emperor "God-Emperor of Evil".



* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''. God Emperor Leto II, the first of the two standard {{Trope Codifier}}s. Also possibly the UrExample of the [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune title of "God-Emperor"]], at least in the English language.

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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''. God Emperor God-Emperor Leto II, the first of the two standard {{Trope Codifier}}s. Also possibly the UrExample of the [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune title of "God-Emperor"]], at least in the English language.



* Although the God Emperors from ''Literature/TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon'' begin life as mortals, when they ascend the throne they undergo apotheosis, at which time their blood turns into pure ichor.

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* Although the God Emperors God-Emperors from ''Literature/TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon'' begin life as mortals, when they ascend the throne they undergo apotheosis, at which time their blood turns into pure ichor.



** Lanfear's plan is to set herself and Rand up as God Emperors using the infinite powers which they have by using the Choedan Kal to overthrow the Dark One and then challenge the Creator.

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** Lanfear's plan is to set herself and Rand up as God Emperors God-Emperors using the infinite powers which they have by using the Choedan Kal to overthrow the Dark One and then challenge the Creator.



** Emperor Cartagia didn't think he was a god ''yet'', but he believed he could ascend to godhood and become a God Emperor with his dealings with the Shadows.

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** Emperor Cartagia didn't think he was a god ''yet'', but he believed he could ascend to godhood and become a God Emperor God-Emperor with his dealings with the Shadows.



* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' uses the God Emperor idea found present in its contemporary cultures in the region but not in its own Sumerian civilization. One might ask whether it was LifeImitatesArt or TruthInTelevision (well, truth in ancient stone tablets).

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* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' uses the God Emperor God-Emperor idea found present in its contemporary cultures in the region but not in its own Sumerian civilization. One might ask whether it was LifeImitatesArt or TruthInTelevision (well, truth in ancient stone tablets).



* The God Emperor Fou-Lu of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''. In fact, specifically ''summoned'' as a god ''and'' emperor by the previous dynasty, which was [[VestigialEmpire in a state of civil war]].

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* The God Emperor God-Emperor Fou-Lu of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''. In fact, specifically ''summoned'' as a god ''and'' emperor by the previous dynasty, which was [[VestigialEmpire in a state of civil war]].



* ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'' has a man who they call the God Emperor, who ruled the land for a long time before the start of the game. By the start, however, his power is only relegated to the area he lives in, as everyone has developed into monarchy-like city-states, leaving him God Emperor InNameOnly.
* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' contains several individuals who may fit the requirements to be considered God Emperor:

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* ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'' has a man who they call the God Emperor, God-Emperor, who ruled the land for a long time before the start of the game. By the start, however, his power is only relegated to the area he lives in, as everyone has developed into monarchy-like city-states, leaving him God Emperor God-Emperor InNameOnly.
* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' contains several individuals who may fit the requirements to be considered God Emperor:God-Emperor:



* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'': After [[VideoGame/SaintsRowIV defeating the Zin]], The Boss is now apparently "President / God Emperor for Life of the Universe".

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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'': After [[VideoGame/SaintsRowIV defeating the Zin]], The Boss is now apparently "President / God Emperor God-Emperor for Life of the Universe".



* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': The default title for the ruler of a Transcendent Empire (advanced form of [[DivineRightOfKings Divine Mandate]]) is God Emperor.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': The default title for the ruler of a Transcendent Empire (advanced form of [[DivineRightOfKings Divine Mandate]]) is God Emperor.God-Emperor.



* Lt. Pibald from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is ''not'' a God Emperor, but claimed to be one on one of his dozens of applications for the demolitions expert position. [[spoiler:Petey]] seems to be closer to the mark.

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* Lt. Pibald from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is ''not'' a God Emperor, God-Emperor, but claimed to be one on one of his dozens of applications for the demolitions expert position. [[spoiler:Petey]] seems to be closer to the mark.
21st Nov '16 6:26:29 PM zarpaulus
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* Donald Trump, Builder of Walls, 45th President, God Emperor of the American people, Lord of the 50 States, and Protector of the Borders.
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