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17th Apr '18 5:49:00 PM zarpaulus
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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 trope may apply also. Compare [[HighPriest Priest King]], when the ruler is head of both Church and State, but not worshiped themselves. May be the result of a CultOfPersonality. 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 trope may apply also. Compare [[HighPriest Priest King]], when the ruler is head of both Church and State, but not worshiped themselves. May be the result of a CultOfPersonality. If you're looking for an emperor/king/leader of the gods themselves, see [[TopGod King of the Gods]]. \n Fictional examples tend to also be an ImmortalRuler, though the real life ones haven't been thus far.
12th Apr '18 7:32:28 PM karstovich2
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** Including perhaps the most cunning, Vespasian, whose dying words were 'I think I am becoming a god', a direct reference to the apotheosis of Emperors.

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** Including perhaps the most cunning, Vespasian, whose dying words were 'I "''Vae, puto deus fio''" ("Dear me, I think I am I'm becoming a god', a direct reference to the apotheosis of Emperors.god").
18th Mar '18 12:13:26 PM zarpaulus
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** The Utopia DLC allows psionic ascendant empires (usually Spiritualist) to make pacts with Shroud entities[[note]]mostly lighter versions of 40K's Chaos Gods[[/note]] and turn one of their leaders into an immortal Chosen One.

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** The Utopia DLC allows psionic ascendant empires (usually Spiritualist) to make pacts with Shroud entities[[note]]mostly lighter versions of 40K's Chaos Gods[[/note]] and turn one of their leaders into an immortal Chosen One. While this can include a God Emperor/Empress or Crown Prince(ss) a random scientist or admiral is just as likely to be Chosen, which might make it a good idea to temporarily reform into a dictatorship or ElectiveMonarchy.
18th Mar '18 11:45:38 AM zarpaulus
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** The Utopia DLC allows psionic ascendant empires (usually Spiritualist) to make pacts with Shroud entities[[note]]mostly lighter versions of 40K's Chaos Gods[[/note]] and turn one of their leaders into an immortal Chosen One.
18th Mar '18 11:31:39 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Literature/TheWorldOfIceAndFire'': The rulers of Yi Ti are referred to as God-Emperors. [[VestigialEmpire There are currently three, none of whom hold real power outside their respective home cities.]] The island of Leng is ruled by a God-Empress.

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* ''Literature/TheWorldOfIceAndFire'': The rulers of Yi Ti are referred to as God-Emperors. [[VestigialEmpire There are currently three, none of whom hold real power outside their respective home cities.]] The island of Leng is likewise ruled by a God-Empress.God-Empress, and the Ibbenese used to be ruled by God-Kings until they were overthrown around the time of the Doom of Valyria.
6th Mar '18 7:56:52 PM MasterGhandalf
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** In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the God-Priest Tezim, ruler of the nation of Tukar, claims to be the "Herald of Heralds" and an incarnate god, and is currently busy leading his nation on a crusade against the neighboring nation of Emul. He's rumored to have all sorts of weird powers to back up his claim, and [[AmbiguouslyHuman may not actually be human]]. [[spoiler: Eventually it turns out that Tezim is Ishar, one of the Heralds of the Almighty who is, like his fellow Heralds, quite mad. This still makes him a millennia-old immortal who was one of the chosen of his god - and who is genuinely worshipped as a deity himself in some religions - so he's actually got a decent claim on the "god" part of god-emperor]].
28th Feb '18 4:25:17 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/UtawarerumonoMaskOfDeception'': The Mikado of Yamato is explicitly said to be a god and is worshipped by his people. Miraculous powers are attributed to him, as well as bountiful wisdom. [[spoiler:He's actually an ordinary human who has access to advanced technology and scientific knowledge in a pre-gunpowder setting. One of those technologies is life-extending medicine that has let him live for hundreds of years. And despite taking a couple of questionably moral actions, he ultimately does love his people and wants them to live in peace and prosperity.]]
15th Feb '18 11:01:45 AM Yukianesa
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[[caption-width-right:350: Things haven't been quite the same ever since CrystalDragonJesus acquired a [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Tier 9 armor set]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Things haven't been quite the same ever since CrystalDragonJesus acquired a [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Tier 9 armor set]].[[caption-width-right:350:''[[BadassBoast "No world beyond my rule. No foe beyond my wrath."]]''.]]
27th Jan '18 7:58:53 AM Blooddrunk
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** The Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind, the second of the two standard {{Trope Codifier}}s. Funnily enough, unlike other examples he specifically said he ''wasn't'' a god[[note]]past tense is crucial; he's almost certainly a god ''now''[[/note]] and wanted to create a society of {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s (supposedly to starve [[UltimateEvil the Chaos gods]] of their [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly required sustenance]]). But after the Literature/HorusHeresy happened, he was immobilised and stuck on life support for ten thousand years, and the Imperium became a [[CrapsackWorld totalitarian fanatical nightmare]], which was his last demand before being put into the throne, since he realised that the Chaos Gods feed more on emotion than prayer. Want to hear another irony about EoM, who was the biggest atheist in the whole 40K? [[spoiler: It's implied that he was Jesus.]]

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** The Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind, the second of the two standard {{Trope Codifier}}s. Funnily enough, unlike other examples he specifically said he ''wasn't'' a god[[note]]past tense is crucial; he's almost certainly a god ''now''[[/note]] and wanted to create a society of {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s (supposedly to starve [[UltimateEvil the Chaos gods]] of their [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly required sustenance]]). But after the Literature/HorusHeresy happened, he was immobilised and stuck on life support for ten thousand years, and the Imperium became a [[CrapsackWorld totalitarian fanatical nightmare]], which was his last demand before being put into the throne, since he realised that the Chaos Gods feed more on emotion than prayer. Want to hear another irony about EoM, Emperor of Mankind, who was the biggest atheist in the whole 40K? [[spoiler: It's implied that he was Jesus.]]
27th Jan '18 7:58:02 AM Blooddrunk
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** The Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind, the second of the two standard {{Trope Codifier}}s. Funnily enough, unlike other examples he specifically said he ''wasn't'' a god[[note]]past tense is crucial; he's almost certainly a god ''now''[[/note]] and wanted to create a society of {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s (supposedly to starve [[UltimateEvil the Chaos gods]] of their [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly required sustenance]]). But after the Literature/HorusHeresy happened, he was immobilised and stuck on life support for ten thousand years, and the Imperium became a [[CrapsackWorld totalitarian fanatical nightmare]], which was his last demand before being put into the throne, since he realised that the Chaos Gods feed more on emotion than prayer.

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** The Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind, the second of the two standard {{Trope Codifier}}s. Funnily enough, unlike other examples he specifically said he ''wasn't'' a god[[note]]past tense is crucial; he's almost certainly a god ''now''[[/note]] and wanted to create a society of {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s (supposedly to starve [[UltimateEvil the Chaos gods]] of their [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly required sustenance]]). But after the Literature/HorusHeresy happened, he was immobilised and stuck on life support for ten thousand years, and the Imperium became a [[CrapsackWorld totalitarian fanatical nightmare]], which was his last demand before being put into the throne, since he realised that the Chaos Gods feed more on emotion than prayer. Want to hear another irony about EoM, who was the biggest atheist in the whole 40K? [[spoiler: It's implied that he was Jesus.]]
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