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13th Aug '16 12:53:17 PM Mswordx24
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* Happens in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Peter pretends to be {{God}} after he pretends his son Chris is sick to get a show he likes back on air. When people press him on his son's health, he says he miraculously healed him. This leads to people worshipping him. Eventually, this gets out of hand and the ''real'' God starts sending plagues down.
25th Jul '16 2:33:20 PM SirenDrake
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'', the player can discover a temple that [[spoiler: Achenar]] furnished with D'ni technology that he used to fool the primitive tree dwellers of Channelwood into believing that he is a god.
7th Jul '16 8:03:27 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode, "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E93TheLittlePeople The Little People]]". Two astronauts repairing their ship on an alien world find a civilization of people the size of ants. One of them, Peter Craig, decides ''he'' is meant to be their god, to the point of forcing these tiny people to build a Terran life-sized statue of him. His partner, William Fletcher, is disgusted, and eventually leaves without him when Craig refuses to go. [[spoiler:Then the ''other'' aliens land to fix ''their'' ship.]]

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode, "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E93TheLittlePeople The Little People]]". Two astronauts repairing their ship on an alien world find a civilization of people the size of ants. One of them, Peter Craig, decides ''he'' is meant to be their god, to the point of forcing these tiny people to build a Terran life-sized statue of him. His partner, William Fletcher, is disgusted, and eventually leaves without him when Craig refuses to go. [[spoiler:Then the ''other'' aliens land to fix ''their'' ship.]]
13th Jun '16 5:38:52 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Sky Guy", Wander discovers a tiny planet full of miniature people in a wizard's shop, and accidentally inspires them to start worshiping him.
25th May '16 1:30:20 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' series, an unscrupulous person can use the Sipstrassi Stones to gain effective immortality and a variety of other powers and set themselves up as a god; this is generally not a good thing. The BigBad of ''Literature/TheLastSwordOfPower'' is one example.
23rd May '16 3:08:04 PM VampireBuddha
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** There's also Season 17's "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore," the episode where Mr. Burns outsources the nuclear plant to India and Homer pretends/thinks he is a god.

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** There's also {{Subvertd| trope}} Season 17's "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore," the episode where Mr. Burns outsources the nuclear plant to India and Homer pretends/thinks acts like a god. The Indians are well aware he's just a man, but they still worship him because he is a god.tells them about such secrets as 'overtime' and 'holidays'.
21st May '16 5:17:51 PM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': Ray gets chewed out for ''not'' trying to pull this on Gozer:

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'': Ray gets chewed out for ''not'' trying to pull this on Gozer:
6th May '16 4:52:39 PM merotoker
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The God Guise can be carried out in a variety of ways ranging from good use of a ConvenientEclipse, a fancy costume with special effects, to an impressive display of SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology. Less gullible victims might issue a GodTest to challenge the pretender's claim to divinity.

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The God Guise can be carried out in a variety of ways ranging from good use of a ConvenientEclipse, a fancy costume with special effects, to an impressive display of SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology.MagicFromTechnology. Less gullible victims might issue a GodTest to challenge the pretender's claim to divinity.



* One of the episodes of the first season of ''{{Vandread}}'' combines this with CargoCult. The Nirvana crew descends upon an aquatic planet who mistakes them for their "God" and prepares for sacrifices for them. They don't mind the crew too much when they mentioned that they weren't the Gods, but they do mind when the aforementioned crew was "hurting their true Gods". The Gods that they refer to? The machinelike Harvesters.

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* One of the episodes of the first season of ''{{Vandread}}'' ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' combines this with CargoCult. The Nirvana crew descends upon an aquatic planet who mistakes them for their "God" and prepares for sacrifices for them. They don't mind the crew too much when they mentioned that they weren't the Gods, but they do mind when the aforementioned crew was "hurting their true Gods". The Gods that they refer to? The machinelike Harvesters.



* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, ComicBook/TheEternals are an immortal race of super-beings (not aliens themselves, but created by aliens) who are worshiped as Gods. The original series was a riff on books like ''Chariots of the Gods'', which started the AncientAstronauts trend of the early 70s.
** Later comics show the AncientAstronauts, the Celestials, are Gods, who keep the universe running.
* In ''[[ComicBook/UltimateXMen Ultimate X-Men]]'', the alien [[EnergyBeings Energy Being]] called the Phoenix Force is worshiped as a God by a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Scientology-esque cult]].
** Speaking of Phoenix, in the canon run of the mutant titles Shi'ar renegade Deathbird once came knocking with her own method of drawing power from a divine entity called "Phalkon". It turned out to be Phoenix. The Phoenix Force had manifested in the Shi'ar galaxy long before it ever got involved with anyone from Earth.

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* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, ComicBook/TheEternals are an immortal race of super-beings (not aliens themselves, but created by aliens) who are worshiped as Gods. The original series was a riff on books like ''Chariots of the Gods'', which started the AncientAstronauts trend of the early 70s.
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70s. Later comics show the AncientAstronauts, the Celestials, are Gods, who keep the universe running.
* In ''[[ComicBook/UltimateXMen Ultimate X-Men]]'', the alien [[EnergyBeings Energy Being]] called the Phoenix Force is worshiped as a God by a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Scientology-esque cult]].
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cult]]. Speaking of Phoenix, in the canon run of the mutant titles Shi'ar renegade Deathbird once came knocking with her own method of drawing power from a divine entity called "Phalkon". It turned out to be Phoenix. The Phoenix Force had manifested in the Shi'ar galaxy long before it ever got involved with anyone from Earth.



** An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' reveals an island nation whose inhabitants saw the "All-New, All-Different" X-Men lineup in their first battle, against Krakoa, the Living Island. They are worshiped as Gods: Nightcrawler, who later became a priest, doesn't seem to mind spending a vacation enjoying this fact. He has to defeat another living island first, though.

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** * An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' reveals an island nation whose inhabitants saw the "All-New, All-Different" X-Men lineup in their first battle, against Krakoa, the Living Island. They are worshiped as Gods: Nightcrawler, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}, who later became a priest, doesn't seem to mind spending a vacation enjoying this fact. He has to defeat another living island first, though.



* ''ComicBook/{{Kamandi}}'' had this, with Ben Boxer having to prove that he was "The Mighty One" to a tribe of intelligent apes. Ironically, the legends of "The Mighty One" were a FutureImperfect version of Comicbook/{{Superman}}!
* One of the several reasons turning the DCU Daxamite, a former offshoot of the main Kryptonian race known for their wanderlust and spacefaring abilities, into a race even more xenophobic than their Kryponian ancestors. Even the most good natured of them couldn't deal with the consequences of being seen as gods.
** The Ur-Example is Bal Gand, female ancestor of the superhero ''Valor'', squad leader of an expedition to Earth. Landed in the Aztec Empire, appalled by the countless human sacrifice she received as a "goddess" and unable to prevent people from worshiping her and her crew, she eventually elected to leave Earth for good with her still unborn son, reasoning she'd prefer having him grow as a commoner in their home planet rather than a fake demigod among his father's race.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Kamandi}}'' had this, with Ben Boxer having to prove that he was "The Mighty One" to a tribe of intelligent apes. Ironically, the legends of "The Mighty One" were a FutureImperfect version of Comicbook/{{Superman}}!
Franchise/{{Superman}}!
* One of the several reasons turning the DCU Daxamite, a former offshoot of the main Kryptonian race known for their wanderlust and spacefaring abilities, into a race even more xenophobic than their Kryponian Kryptonian ancestors. Even the most good natured of them couldn't deal with the consequences of being seen as gods.
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gods. The Ur-Example is Bal Gand, female ancestor of the superhero ''Valor'', squad leader of an expedition to Earth. Landed in the Aztec Empire, appalled by the countless human sacrifice she received as a "goddess" and unable to prevent people from worshiping her and her crew, she eventually elected to leave Earth for good with her still unborn son, reasoning she'd prefer having him grow as a commoner in their home planet rather than a fake demigod among his father's race.



* In the world-jumping plot arc of ''[[Creator/CrossGen Sigil]]'', SpaceMarine Sam Rey arrives in the middle of a Dark Ages-esque battlefield (from ''Brath''), and uses the power of his Sigil to frighten away the invaders and earn worship from the locals. However, he explains to the local leaders as soon as possible that he's no god, just very, ''very'' lost (... and [[ChronicHeroSyndrome pretty good at helping people]]). [[spoiler: They aren't convinced, mostly because he ''does'' help them and even helps take down the opposing army's "god", one of the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens First]].]]

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* In the world-jumping plot arc of ''[[Creator/CrossGen Sigil]]'', SpaceMarine Sam Rey arrives in the middle of a Dark Ages-esque battlefield (from ''Brath''), and uses the power of his Sigil to frighten away the invaders and earn worship from the locals. However, he explains to the local leaders as soon as possible that he's no god, just very, ''very'' lost (... and [[ChronicHeroSyndrome pretty good at helping people]]). [[spoiler: They aren't convinced, mostly because he ''does'' help them and even helps take down the opposing army's "god", one of the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien First]].]]



* In one issue of ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures [[AiIsACrapshoot Two]] hijacks the body of a droid of the TimePolice and ends up involuntarily in the Old West,where a tribe of Native Americans start worshiping him.
* In the ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'', the [[ThoseTwoGuys Thom(p)sons]] pretend to be the voice of a statue of Shiva to avoid Snowy being sacrified.

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* In one issue of ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures [[AiIsACrapshoot Two]] hijacks the body of a droid of the TimePolice and ends up involuntarily in the Old West,where West, where a tribe of Native Americans start worshiping him.
* In the ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'', the [[ThoseTwoGuys Thom(p)sons]] pretend to be the voice of a statue of Shiva to avoid Snowy being sacrified.sacrificed.



** The proof of divinity comes in two forms. Connery's character [[spoiler:survives an arrow to the chest because it happens to [[PocketProtector hit his bandolier]] ]], and later, [[spoiler:when the natives go "pitchfork" and intend to execute him, they see the Masonic pendant he wears [[AncientConspiracy exactly matches the carved Masonic symbol]] Alexander left behind, which only the oldest priest knows about.]]

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** The proof of divinity comes in two forms. Connery's character [[spoiler:survives an arrow to the chest because it happens to [[PocketProtector hit his bandolier]] ]], and later, [[spoiler:when the natives go "pitchfork" and intend to execute him, they see the Masonic pendant he wears [[AncientConspiracy exactly matches the carved Masonic symbol]] Alexander left behind, which only the oldest priest knows about.]]about]].



* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' tends in this direction. While the Asgardians in the comic book are {{Physical God}}s, in the movie they avoid that designation--one talks about humans "worshiping us as gods", but doesn't claim to actually be one. (A human character specifically invokes SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology.)

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* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' tends in this direction. While the Asgardians in the comic book are {{Physical God}}s, in the movie they avoid that designation--one talks about humans "worshiping us as gods", but doesn't claim to actually be one. (A human character specifically invokes SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology.[[MagicFromTechnology Sufficiently Advanced Technology]].)



** In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode a character notes that Thor isn't actually a god. They are immediately rebuffed by Maria Hill, stating "You haven't been near his arms"

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** In the an ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode a character notes that Thor isn't actually a god. They are immediately rebuffed by Maria Hill, stating "You haven't been near his arms"



** In the first book, the main characters deliberately use their advanced technology to make the primitive inhabitants think they're deities -- a technique they call "the God Gambit". Unfortunately it backfires [[spoiler:because Louis can't keep a straight face.]]
** Played straight with considerably more success in the sequel novel ''The Ringworld Engineers''. This time, they wisely keep the "god" off camera--Chmeee, the ferocious carnivorous eight-foot-tall Kzin, presents himself as the god's servant, reacting with obvious awe and fear to TheVoice from their transport ship. Almost falls through when the leader of the giants claims that [[BoldlyComing Rishathra]] is a requirement for any agreement (even an agreement with a god). Since Chmeee is a [[CatFolk Cat Person]], he can't have sex with a [[HumanAlien hominid]]. So Louis comes up with an alternative. He "creates" a mute human servant for himself calling him Wu (of course, it's just Louis himself staying mute so as to not give away his voice), who ends up having Rishathra with one of the leader's wives to seal the deal.

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** In the first book, the main characters deliberately use their advanced technology to make the primitive inhabitants think they're deities -- a technique they call "the God Gambit". Unfortunately it backfires [[spoiler:because Louis can't keep a straight face.]]
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** Played straight with considerably more success in the sequel novel ''The Ringworld Engineers''. This time, they wisely keep the "god" off camera--Chmeee, the ferocious carnivorous eight-foot-tall Kzin, presents himself as the god's servant, reacting with obvious awe and fear to TheVoice from their transport ship. Almost falls through when the leader of the giants claims that [[BoldlyComing Rishathra]] is a requirement for any agreement (even an agreement with a god). Since Chmeee is a [[CatFolk Cat Person]], he can't have sex with a [[HumanAlien [[HumanAliens hominid]]. So Louis comes up with an alternative. He "creates" a mute human servant for himself calling him Wu (of course, it's just Louis himself staying mute so as to not give away his voice), who ends up having Rishathra with one of the leader's wives to seal the deal.



* In the EnidBlyton adventure story ''The Secret Mountain'', published 1941, this is how the main characters escape from the titular mountain. They find out that there's to be a [[ConvenientEclipse solar eclipse]] the next day, so at the appropriate moment their father throws his hunting knife off the mountain. The lights go out and the tribe think he's killed the sun, at which point the [[CoolPlane "big white bird"]] turns up to carry the heroes to safety before the tribe realize they've been had.

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* In the EnidBlyton Creator/EnidBlyton adventure story ''The Secret Mountain'', published 1941, this is how the main characters escape from the titular mountain. They find out that there's to be a [[ConvenientEclipse solar eclipse]] the next day, so at the appropriate moment their father throws his hunting knife off the mountain. The lights go out and the tribe think he's killed the sun, at which point the [[CoolPlane "big white bird"]] turns up to carry the heroes to safety before the tribe realize they've been had.



* Played with in Alfred Bester's ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'', where the Scientific People have rituals built around the scientific paphernalia of the ship, but ''don't'' worship or deify the main character at any point. Although in the end they [[spoiler:consider him a holy man...and they might be right (in a sense)]].
* In Isaac Asimov's ''{{Foundation}}'', during an early phase of their history (as the infrastructure of the galactic empire was crumbling) the people of the Foundation provide prosperity to their neighbors while keeping them dependent on the Foundation. This is done by reducing the operation of technologically advanced equipment to rituals governed by a religion operated by the Foundation, with acolytes as technicians who can run and (sometimes) repair equipment, but who don't understand how it works.

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* Played with in Alfred Bester's ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'', where the Scientific People have rituals built around the scientific paphernalia paraphernalia of the ship, but ''don't'' worship or deify the main character at any point. Although in the end they [[spoiler:consider him a holy man...and they might be right (in a sense)]].
* In Isaac Asimov's ''{{Foundation}}'', Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', during an early phase of their history (as the infrastructure of the galactic empire was crumbling) the people of the Foundation provide prosperity to their neighbors while keeping them dependent on the Foundation. This is done by reducing the operation of technologically advanced equipment to rituals governed by a religion operated by the Foundation, with acolytes as technicians who can run and (sometimes) repair equipment, but who don't understand how it works.



* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', a late 19th-century American is sent back in time to the Dark Ages and becomes an important member of King Arthur's court, using his advanced scientific and political knowledge to greatly improve the quality of life of the kingdom, while also discrediting Merlin (revealed to be a fraud) with his own advanced technology and intelligence that makes him look like a true Sorcerer. In the end, he's [[spoiler:kicked out of the kingdom and he and a small number of his allies make a defensive position with 13 Gatling guns, dynamite, and electrical wiring that allows them to defeat 30,000 of England's soldiers.]]

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* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', a late 19th-century American is sent back in time to the Dark Ages and becomes an important member of King Arthur's court, using his advanced scientific and political knowledge to greatly improve the quality of life of the kingdom, while also discrediting Merlin (revealed to be a fraud) with his own advanced technology and intelligence that makes him look like a true Sorcerer. In the end, he's [[spoiler:kicked out of the kingdom and he and a small number of his allies make a defensive position with 13 Gatling guns, dynamite, and electrical wiring that allows them to defeat 30,000 of England's soldiers.]]soldiers]].



* ''Literature/TheBookOfAllHours''- the Unkin. [[spoiler: humans that experienced an unique event in their life that allowed them to touch the Vellum underneath reality.]] In the multiverse inscribed on the surface of the Vellum, these meta-humans have long since taken up [[GodGuise different roles]], presenting themselves to mortal humans [[OurDemonsAreDifferent in different ways]] in pursuit of power, such as the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Sovereigns]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Metatron's Covenant.]]

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* ''Literature/TheBookOfAllHours''- the Unkin. [[spoiler: humans that experienced an unique event in their life that allowed them to touch the Vellum underneath reality.]] In the multiverse inscribed on the surface of the Vellum, these meta-humans have long since taken up [[GodGuise different roles]], roles, presenting themselves to mortal humans [[OurDemonsAreDifferent in different ways]] in pursuit of power, such as the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Sovereigns]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Metatron's Covenant.]]



* The Aleksandr Zarevin's ''Lonely Gods of the Universe'', the [[HumanAlien Ollan]] refugees pretend to be gods to the ancient Atlanteans. For reference, the security guard sent with them is called [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Mars]] [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Ares]]. They also call the hill when they have their palace Oll-ympus after their homeworld.

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* The Aleksandr Zarevin's ''Lonely Gods of the Universe'', the [[HumanAlien [[HumanAliens Ollan]] refugees pretend to be gods to the ancient Atlanteans. For reference, the security guard sent with them is called [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Mars]] [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Ares]]. They also call the hill when they have their palace Oll-ympus after their homeworld.



* In ''[[Literature/AFoxTail Fox Tails]]'' a rogue AI creates robotic duplicates of the four goddesses in their 'verse's religion. They are NighInvulnerable, breathe [[LoveIsInTheAir aerosolized opiates]], and when hacked into and released from his control turn out to believe they are the real thing.

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* In ''[[Literature/AFoxTail Fox Tails]]'' a rogue AI creates robotic duplicates of the four goddesses in their 'verse's religion. They are NighInvulnerable, {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le, breathe [[LoveIsInTheAir aerosolized opiates]], and when hacked into and released from his control turn out to believe they are the real thing.



* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Turan and Vintha, actually reanimated by the minds of future espers, claim to be not gods but directly and miraculously sent back from death by the god Vut. As they are actually searching for an alien artifact, there are some weak spots in their story. Turan's widow Zuha, who hated him, claims it's all {{Necromancy}}.
* {{Zigzagged|Trope}} in ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'' stories with the cults that spring up around the extradimensional aliens known as the Great Old Ones. Either they're so far beyond human concerns that they don't even notice when people try to worship them or they actively encourage it for their own ends (seems to generally be the case with [[JerkassGods Nyarlathotep]]). Or sometimes they really ''are'' gods (as Yog Sothoth and Azathoth seem to be, being living embodiments of universal principles. Maybe).

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Turan and Vintha, actually reanimated by the minds of future espers, claim to be not gods but directly and miraculously sent back from death by the god Vut. As they are actually searching for an alien artifact, there are some weak spots in their story. Turan's widow Zuha, who hated him, claims it's all {{Necromancy}}.
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* {{Zigzagged|Trope}} ZigZaggingTrope in ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'' stories with the cults that spring up around the extradimensional aliens known as the Great Old Ones. Either they're so far beyond human concerns that they don't even notice when people try to worship them or they actively encourage it for their own ends (seems to generally be the case with [[JerkassGods Nyarlathotep]]). Or sometimes they really ''are'' gods (as Yog Sothoth and Azathoth seem to be, being living embodiments of universal principles. Maybe).



* In ''Literature/InDesertAndWilderness'', the people of the Dark Lake start worshipping Nel (LongStory) - Staś exploits this to get safe passage and supplies.

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* In ''Literature/InDesertAndWilderness'', the people of the Dark Lake start worshipping Nel (LongStory) (ItsALongStory) - Staś exploits this to get safe passage and supplies.



*** In "The Omega Glory", Spock is mistaken for TheDevil due to his resemblance to a picture of Satan in a book. That and [[BizarreAlienBiology his ability to survive a gunshot to the chest.]]

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*** In "The Omega Glory", Spock is mistaken for TheDevil the Devil due to his resemblance to a picture of Satan {{Satan}} in a book. That and [[BizarreAlienBiology his ability to survive a gunshot to the chest.]]



* Seen repeatedly in ''Series/StargateSG1'' (as well as the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie) -- usually, anyone who comes through the Stargate is automatically assumed to be God. (This is perfectly in tune with the plot, however. The SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who stole the gates have invested a ''lot'' of energy in making this happen; it's less a God Guise than somebody else's PathOfInspiration.) The Goa'uld at first used this trope to maintain their positions of power, but most of them [[AGodAmI actually came to believe their own propaganda]]. Ba'al is one of the few exceptions. Vala actually impersonated the Goa'uld (Qetesh) who once controlled her for a while, acting as a god to the people of a particular planet -- although without any of the Goa'uld terror, obviously.
** Your mileage may vary on the definition of a "god" but, as far as ThePowersThatBe behind the show are concerned, the Ancients and Ori are '''NOT''' gods, so the entire Ori arc consists of [=SG1=] trying to unmask a colossal GodGuise.

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* Seen repeatedly in ''Series/StargateSG1'' (as well as the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie) -- usually, anyone who comes through the Stargate is automatically assumed to be God. (This is perfectly in tune with the plot, however. The SufficientlyAdvancedAliens {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s who stole the gates have invested a ''lot'' of energy in making this happen; it's less a God Guise than somebody else's PathOfInspiration.) The Goa'uld at first used this trope to maintain their positions of power, but most of them [[AGodAmI actually came to believe their own propaganda]]. Ba'al is one of the few exceptions. Vala actually impersonated the Goa'uld (Qetesh) who once controlled her for a while, acting as a god to the people of a particular planet -- although without any of the Goa'uld terror, obviously.
** Your mileage may vary on the definition of a "god" but, as far as ThePowersThatBe the PowersThatBe behind the show are concerned, the Ancients and Ori are '''NOT''' gods, so the entire Ori arc consists of [=SG1=] trying to unmask a colossal GodGuise.God Guise.



*** Amusingly subverted when the Doctor, having debunked Xoanon's GodGuise, attempts to manipulate the local shaman in the same way, issuing orders via Xoanon's own divine-message-transmitting gear. The shaman (who's gone through his own crisis of faith, but can at least believe that the Doctor knows what's best just now) piously and compliantly agrees to do as he's told... then addresses the Doctor as ''Doctor'', not Xoanon, in saying goodbye.

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*** Amusingly subverted when the Doctor, having debunked Xoanon's GodGuise, God Guise, attempts to manipulate the local shaman in the same way, issuing orders via Xoanon's own divine-message-transmitting gear. The shaman (who's gone through his own crisis of faith, but can at least believe that the Doctor knows what's best just now) piously and compliantly agrees to do as he's told... then addresses the Doctor as ''Doctor'', not Xoanon, in saying goodbye.



* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', a Kryptonian visitor to Earth became the basis for God of an Indian tribe's religion, and a prophecy about him (or someone like him) returning some day to save the world.

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', a ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
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Kryptonian visitor to Earth became the basis for God of an Indian tribe's religion, and a prophecy about him (or someone like him) returning some day to save the world.



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode, "The Little People". Two astronauts repairing their ship on an alien world find a civilization of people the size of ants. One of them, Peter Craig, decides ''he'' is meant to be their god, to the point of forcing these tiny people to build a Terran life-sized statue of him. His partner, William Fletcher, is disgusted, and eventually leaves without him when Craig refuses to go. [[spoiler:Then the ''other'' aliens land to fix ''their'' ship.]]

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode, "The "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E93TheLittlePeople The Little People".People]]". Two astronauts repairing their ship on an alien world find a civilization of people the size of ants. One of them, Peter Craig, decides ''he'' is meant to be their god, to the point of forcing these tiny people to build a Terran life-sized statue of him. His partner, William Fletcher, is disgusted, and eventually leaves without him when Craig refuses to go. [[spoiler:Then the ''other'' aliens land to fix ''their'' ship.]]



* According to [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Revelation]], during the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt "End Times"]], there will be many people who will claim to be Jesus on his Second Coming. On top of that, the AntiChrist will also claim to be a god. These people will all be false deities of one kind or another.

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* According to [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Revelation]], during the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt "End Times"]], there will be many people who will claim to be Jesus on his Second Coming. On top of that, the AntiChrist will also claim to be a god. These people will all be false deities of one kind or another.



** Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Double Adventure 6 ''Divine Intervention''. The {{PC}}s must get a device into the chambers of Orobid, the High Priest of the Church of Stellar Divinity. The device will appear to be a manifestation of Orobid's deity and give him orders that will benefit the {{PC}}s' patron.

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** Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Double Adventure 6 ''Divine Intervention''. The {{PC}}s {{P|layerCharacter}}Cs must get a device into the chambers of Orobid, the High Priest of the Church of Stellar Divinity. The device will appear to be a manifestation of Orobid's deity and give him orders that will benefit the {{PC}}s' [=PCs=]' patron.



* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', [[spoiler: Demons can masquerade as gods that have taken physical form. They will often take over civilizations and will sometimes visit your fortress as diplomats.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', [[spoiler: Demons can masquerade as gods that have taken physical form. They will often take over civilizations and will sometimes visit your fortress as diplomats.]]diplomats]].



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', [[spoiler:Ganondorf pretended to be a god to make Zant his UnwittingPawn to get out of the Twilight Realm and take over Hyrule. Played with in that Ganondorf, while technically just a very powerful sorceror, actually ''is'' something of a PhysicalGod since he's currently wielding the divine powers of the (incomplete) Triforce, and he's the {{Reincarnation}} of the [[GodOfEvil Demon King Demise]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', [[spoiler:Ganondorf pretended to be a god to make Zant his UnwittingPawn to get out of the Twilight Realm and take over Hyrule. Played with in that Ganondorf, while technically just a very powerful sorceror, actually ''is'' something of a PhysicalGod since he's currently wielding the divine powers of the (incomplete) Triforce, and he's the {{Reincarnation}} of the [[GodOfEvil Demon King Demise]].]]Demise]]]].



* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/MillenniaAlteredDestinies'' adopts a god-like persona for the benefit of the four races he is grooming. However, all communication is done via the Morph assigned to each race who acts the part of the HighPriest. Also, whenever a major invention is made by a race, they will first bring it to the altar in your temple. If you take it with the [[TeleportersOrTransporters teleporter]], the invention is gone from history (presumably, the race refuses to use any invention not blessed by you). Said invention can be re-introduced at a different point in time, although each invention has IQ requirements. Being able to TimeTravel helps to maintain the guise and continue guiding the races through millennia.
* The Inquisitor in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is worshiped as the "Herald of Andraste" after miraculously surviving the destruction of the Conclave and emerging from the Fade alive and well, wielding the power to banish demons and seal rifts (though a few people think they're a heretic responsible for the Breach). The Inquisitor can either play along or deny it all the way. Midway through the game it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Inquisitor "just" absorbed the magic of an incredibly powerful Elven artifact and survived mostly through dumb luck.]]

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* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/MillenniaAlteredDestinies'' adopts a god-like persona for the benefit of the four races he is grooming. However, all communication is done via the Morph assigned to each race who acts the part of the HighPriest. Also, whenever a major invention is made by a race, they will first bring it to the altar in your temple. If you take it with the [[TeleportersOrTransporters teleporter]], {{teleport|ation}}er, the invention is gone from history (presumably, the race refuses to use any invention not blessed by you). Said invention can be re-introduced at a different point in time, although each invention has IQ requirements. Being able to TimeTravel helps to maintain the guise and continue guiding the races through millennia.
* The Inquisitor in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is worshiped as the "Herald of Andraste" after miraculously surviving the destruction of the Conclave and emerging from the Fade alive and well, wielding the power to banish demons and seal rifts (though a few people think they're a heretic responsible for the Breach). The Inquisitor can either play along or deny it all the way. Midway through the game it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Inquisitor "just" absorbed the magic of an incredibly powerful Elven artifact and survived mostly through dumb luck.]]luck]].



* ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' also uses this. The Winslow, an indestructible creature resembling an animate plush toy with the mind of a five year old ([[ObfuscatingStupidity maybe]]) is believed by various interstellar races to be an equivalent of {{God}}, {{Jesus}} or {{Satan}}, or weirder. SufficientlyAdvancedAliens put it in the care of [[HumansAreSpecial humans]] because we just think it's [[SmallAnnoyingCreature annoying]].

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* ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' also uses this. The Winslow, an indestructible creature resembling an animate plush toy with the mind of a five year old ([[ObfuscatingStupidity maybe]]) is believed by various interstellar races to be an equivalent of {{God}}, {{Jesus}} or {{Satan}}, or weirder. SufficientlyAdvancedAliens {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s put it in the care of [[HumansAreSpecial humans]] because we just think it's [[SmallAnnoyingCreature annoying]].



* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', where Cale finds a tribe living inside a SandWorm. [[GenreSavvy He asks if]] this is where they think he's a god, [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean but rather than simply worshiping him they choose to cannibalize him.]] He's right.
--->''"We appreciate you expediting matters, ye old god."''

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* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', where Cale finds a tribe living inside a SandWorm. [[GenreSavvy He asks if]] this is where they think he's a god, [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean but rather than simply worshiping him they choose to cannibalize him.]] He's right.
--->''"We -->''"We appreciate you expediting matters, ye old god."''



* The Archai originally suffered from being inadvertently treated as gods by modosophonts, in ''OrionsArm'', as a result of their attainment of SufficientlyAdvanced technology after having crossed several [[TheSingularity singularities]]. For a while the archai tried to convince people that they were not actually divine, but then later gave up and let the modosophs believe whatever they wanted. Thus, they're now often referred to as "[=AI=] Gods".

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* The Archai originally suffered from being inadvertently treated as gods by modosophonts, in ''OrionsArm'', as a result of their attainment of SufficientlyAdvanced {{Sufficiently Advanced|Alien}} technology after having crossed several [[TheSingularity singularities]]. For a while the archai tried to convince people that they were not actually divine, but then later gave up and let the modosophs believe whatever they wanted. Thus, they're now often referred to as "[=AI=] Gods".



* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Apu's married, Homer tries to put a stop to the wedding by dressing as Ganesha. No one is fooled (indeed, anyone with a passing familiarity with Myth/HinduMythology would know he got the characterisation all wrong).
** As an angry guest put it: "You are not Ganesh! Ganesh is ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments graceful]]''!"
** In another episode, Bart plays with his Mr. Microphone by telling Rod and Todd next door (who were listening to the radio) that he's God, and tells Rod to walk through a wall which he will make vanish. So Rod walks into the wall.
** Lisa, in one TreehouseOfHorror episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. An accident with her science fair project creates a race of miniature people, who think she is God for stopping Bart destroying them.
*** A later Treehouse of Horror episode had Homer convince Ned that he is the voice of god and instructs Ned to murder anyone he dislikes. Ned does not appreciate it when he learns the truth.

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In the episode "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" Apu is dreading his ArrangedMarriage and tries to get out of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Apu's married, it. When he is resigned to go through with it, he remarks that only the gods could stop it now. Homer hatches a ZanyScheme and tries to put a stop to the wedding by dressing as Ganesha. No one is fooled (indeed, anyone with a passing familiarity with Myth/HinduMythology would know he got the characterisation all wrong).
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wrong). As an angry guest put it: "You are not Ganesh! Ganesh is ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments graceful]]''!"
** In another episode, Bart plays with his Mr. Microphone by telling Rod and Todd next door (who were listening to the radio) that he's God, and tells Rod to walk through a wall which he will make vanish. So When Rod walks into the wall.
wall, Bart says he will make it vanish later.
** Lisa, in one TreehouseOfHorror episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.the ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' segment "The Genesis Tub". An accident with her science fair project creates a race of miniature people, who think she is God for stopping Bart destroying them.
*** ** A later Treehouse ''Treehouse of Horror Horror'' episode had Homer convince Ned that he is the voice of god and instructs Ned to murder anyone he dislikes. Ned does not appreciate it when he learns the truth.



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the resident ChewToy Waspinator is shown being worshiped as a God by the protohumans.

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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the resident ChewToy [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] Waspinator is shown being worshiped as a God by the protohumans.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' [[spoiler:Yugo tapping into the power of the Eliatrope Dofuses in the OVA screws up time, allowing some humans in the ''Dofus'' era to see him. These people understandably believe the incredibly powerful being manipulating space and time before their eyes is some previously unknown god-king and begin to worship him. Due to the way souls and races work in the setting, this retroactively introduces a new race to the World of Twelve, the Eliotropes. This new race wields powers similar to the Eliatropes and worship Yugo as their god. Yugo meanwhile is blissfully unaware that he has worshipers.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' [[spoiler:Yugo tapping into the power of the Eliatrope Dofuses in the OVA screws up time, allowing some humans in the ''Dofus'' era to see him. These people understandably believe the incredibly powerful being manipulating space and time before their eyes is some previously unknown god-king and begin to worship him. Due to the way souls and races work in the setting, this retroactively introduces a new race to the World of Twelve, the Eliotropes. This new race wields powers similar to the Eliatropes and worship Yugo as their god. Yugo meanwhile is blissfully unaware that he has worshipers.]]worshipers]].
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* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'':
** Several citizens are shown worshiping Superman after his rescues, which he is obviously uncomfortable with. Some naysayers instead call him a "False God" or "Antichrist".
** Lex Luthor seems to genuinely think Superman is God... and absolutely hates him for not answering his prayers to save him from his abusive father as a child. Thus, Luthor has dedicated his life to KillTheGod.
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** Arguably this was the problem that kicked off the Horus Heresy. The Emperor of Mankind steadfastly denied his divinity while his Word Bearers Legion insisted that he was, in fact, a god. The Emperor eventually felt it necessary to make an object lesson of one of the worlds the Word Bearers had indoctrinated. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued.]] Now the Emperor is worshipped as a god by most of the Imperium, and he's no longer around to argue the point.
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