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14th Jan '18 4:50:36 AM Morgenthaler
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A specific subtrope of this deals with SantaClaus, who is often a normal person who has to take the job of "Santa". Many Christmas specials deal with a new Santa gaining the job, or the old Santa looking for a replacement. Another common subtrope is for Death, and the period between the old death and a new death assuming the role often leads to DeathTakesAHoliday.

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A specific subtrope form of this deals with SantaClaus, who is often a normal person who has to take the job of "Santa". Many Christmas specials deal with a new Santa gaining the job, or the old Santa looking for a replacement. Another common subtrope figure is for Death, and the period between the old death and a new death assuming the role often leads to DeathTakesAHoliday.
DeathTakesAHoliday. See SubbingForSanta for various mythological figures who get replaced.
11th Nov '17 11:59:44 AM Morgenthaler
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** In fact, Death can be killed for good, but the next Reaper to die will then inherit his ring and automatically take his place. [[spoiler:Billy becomes the new Death after Castiel kills her.]]

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** In fact, Death can be killed for good, good with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own scythe]], but the next Reaper to die will then inherit his ring and automatically take his place. [[spoiler:Billy becomes the new Death after Castiel kills her.]]
11th Nov '17 11:59:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': In the episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E11AppointmentInSamarra Apointment In Samarra]]", Dean is temporarily made into a reaper to do Death's job for one day as part of a deal, if he wins then Death will retrieve Sam's soul. [[spoiler: He fails, but Death decides that he learned the right Aesop anyway and holds up his end of the bargain.]]

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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In the episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E11AppointmentInSamarra Apointment In Samarra]]", Dean is temporarily made into a reaper to do Death's job for one day as part of a deal, if he wins then Death will retrieve Sam's soul. [[spoiler: He fails, but Death decides that he learned the right Aesop anyway and holds up his end of the bargain.]]
** In fact, Death can be killed for good, but the next Reaper to die will then inherit his ring and automatically take his place. [[spoiler:Billy becomes the new Death after Castiel kills her.
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10th Oct '17 10:58:34 AM BeerBaron
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s expansion, ''Shivering Isles'', [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacter becomes Sheogorath, the God of Madness.]]
** Also, from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', according to popular myth (and an encounter in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''), the god Talos was once the mortal Tiber Septim. Then there's the whole PhysicalGod business of the tribunal.

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* At ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Tiber Septim,
the end [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s expansion, ''Shivering Isles'', [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacter becomes Sheogorath, the God Third Tamriellic Empire, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended after his death]] as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], the Ninth Divine, who serves as the "God of Madness.]]
[[WarGod War]] and [[TheGoodKing Good Governance]]".
** Also, from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', according to popular myth (and an encounter in In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''), Morrowind]]'', the god Talos was once the Tribunal are a trio of formerly mortal Tiber Septim. Then there's Dunmeri {{Physical God}}s. They served as advisors to the whole PhysicalGod business ancient Dunmeri hero [[LongDeadBadass Lord Indoril Nerevar]] and wield their divine power as the indirect leaders of the tribunal.modern Dunmer {{Theocracy}}.
** At the end of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacter [[AGodIsYou becomes]] Sheogorath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Madness]]]].
7th Sep '17 5:20:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Santa variant of this trope is seen in ''Film/TheSantaClause''. Whoever puts on Santa's clothes following the previous Santa's death becomes the new Santa, with all the abilities, appearance quirks and duties this implies.
** They do, however, keep certain characteristics of their old self. The third movie deals with what would have happened if someone ''evil'' got the suit- a crass commercial greedy Santa.

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* The Santa variant of this trope is seen in ''Film/TheSantaClause''. Whoever puts on Santa's clothes following the previous Santa's death becomes the new Santa, with all the abilities, appearance quirks and duties this implies.
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implies. They do, however, keep certain characteristics of their old self. The third movie deals with what would have happened if someone ''evil'' got the suit- a crass commercial greedy Santa.
12th Jul '17 2:11:59 PM DracoKanji
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-->-- '''God''', offering his job to Goku in ''Manga/DragonBall''

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-->-- '''God''', '''Kami''', offering his job to Goku in ''Manga/DragonBall''



* The God of Earth from ''Manga/DragonBall'' is an old Namekian who has forgotten his own name, who took over from the previous God. After Goku defeats Piccolo Jr., the reincarnation of God's evil half, God offers his position to Goku, though as he just got engaged to Chi-Chi, he declines. God would later be replaced by Dende, another Namekian, because the heroes needed someone to fill the job after God fused with Piccolo. Much, much later, in ''Battle of Gods'', after the battle with Beerus the God of Destruction, his attendant Whis offers to make Goku Beerus's successor (as even Beerus isn't immortal and will die someday). Again, Goku turns it down (though he is kind-of-sort-of a god now, having gained the ability to temporarily become a Super Saiyan God).

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* The God of Earth Earth, Kami, from ''Manga/DragonBall'' is an old Namekian who has forgotten his own name, who took over from the previous God. After Goku defeats Piccolo Jr., the reincarnation of God's Kami's evil half, God Kami offers his position to Goku, though as he just got engaged to Chi-Chi, he declines. God Kami would later be replaced by Dende, another Namekian, because the heroes needed someone to fill the job after God Kami fused with Piccolo. Much, much later, in ''Battle of Gods'', after the battle with Beerus the God of Destruction, his attendant Whis offers to make Goku Beerus's successor (as even Beerus isn't immortal and will die someday). Again, Goku turns it down (though he is kind-of-sort-of a god now, having gained the ability to temporarily become a Super Saiyan God).
8th May '17 1:03:06 PM Kaiseror
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* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': ([[WalkingSpoiler Warning major spoilers]]) [[spoiler:The [[TheGrimReaper Death]] that we've met is actually an angel named Darius Elexion who is currently filling in for the real Death while he tries to find the two missing [[CrystalDragonJesus creator gods]] Gaia and Syndel.]] Unlike most other examples of this trope it is only suppose to be a temporary arrangement, [[spoiler:Darius's]] power comes from [[spoiler:the [[LosingYourHead still living skull]] of the [[MultipleHeadCase middle head]] of Cerberus which the real Death had [[YouHaveFailedMe severed and cursed]], wearing the skull gives Darius a portion of Deaths power and his appearance but he doesn't know how to [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnate]] dead souls which is an important part of the job.]]
24th Apr '17 5:31:36 PM DarkHunter
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* The God of Earth from ''Manga/DragonBall'' is an old Namekian who has forgotten his own name, who took over from the previous God. After Goku defeats Piccolo Jr., the reincarnation of God's evil half, God offers his position to Goku, though as he just got engaged to Chi-Chi, he declines. God would later be replaced by Dende, another Namekian, because the heroes needed someone to fill the job after God fused with Piccolo. Much, much later, in ''Battle of Gods'', after the battle with Beerus the God of Destruction, his attendant Whis offers to make Goku Beerus's successor (as even Beerus isn't immortal and will die someday). Again, Goku turns it down (though he is still a god now, having become the Super Saiyan God).

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* The God of Earth from ''Manga/DragonBall'' is an old Namekian who has forgotten his own name, who took over from the previous God. After Goku defeats Piccolo Jr., the reincarnation of God's evil half, God offers his position to Goku, though as he just got engaged to Chi-Chi, he declines. God would later be replaced by Dende, another Namekian, because the heroes needed someone to fill the job after God fused with Piccolo. Much, much later, in ''Battle of Gods'', after the battle with Beerus the God of Destruction, his attendant Whis offers to make Goku Beerus's successor (as even Beerus isn't immortal and will die someday). Again, Goku turns it down (though he is still kind-of-sort-of a god now, having gained the ability to temporarily become the a Super Saiyan God).
7th Apr '17 5:14:06 PM nombretomado
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* Used in one ending of ''PrincessMaker''. Your daughter finds a way to defeat the ultimate evil (Lucifon) once and for all, only to get a TomatoSurprise since no one had an idea that YouKillItYouBoughtIt was in effect. (This is of course, another "do not mess with the 'natural' order" type trope.)

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* Used in one ending of ''PrincessMaker''.''VideoGame/PrincessMaker''. Your daughter finds a way to defeat the ultimate evil (Lucifon) once and for all, only to get a TomatoSurprise since no one had an idea that YouKillItYouBoughtIt was in effect. (This is of course, another "do not mess with the 'natural' order" type trope.)
27th Jan '17 9:12:52 PM Nentuaby
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In certain settings, the various god(s) and other mythical beings are not a single entity, but rather someone (who was at one point mortal, or even a {{muggle}}) who holds a job or a title. Something like a mix between AnthropomorphicPersonification and LegacyCharacter, where said personification is not an entity but a job being filled. May come with literal ContractualImmortality for as long as the mortal still holds the office. Occasionally the original holder of the job was a literal AnthropomorphicPersonification; circumstances (or [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt its death]]) forced it to pass on its powers to a (deserving) mortal, who now occupies the office.

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In certain settings, the various god(s) and other mythical beings are not a single entity, but rather someone (who was at one point mortal, or even a {{muggle}}) who holds a job or a title. Something like a mix between AnthropomorphicPersonification and LegacyCharacter, where said personification is not an entity but a job being filled. May come with literal ContractualImmortality for as long as the mortal still holds the office. Occasionally the original holder of the job was a literal AnthropomorphicPersonification; circumstances (or [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt its death]]) forced it to pass on its powers to a (deserving) mortal, who now occupies the office.
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