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17th Feb '17 4:43:25 PM X2X
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* In ''Steel Ball Run'', the seventh part of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', the plot heavily centers around collecting the parts of a corpse that, when merged with someone, grants them a Stand, and collecting the whole corpse will grant an ultimate power to the weilder. It's never especified who the corpse belongs to; though they are described as belonging to "a saint", it's heavily implied that they actually belong to [[spoiler: ''Jesus Christ himself'']].

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* In ''Steel ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun Steel Ball Run'', Run]]'', the seventh part of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', the plot heavily centers around collecting the parts of a corpse that, when merged with someone, [[SuperEmpowering grants them a Stand, and Stand]]; collecting the whole corpse will grant an ultimate power to the weilder. wielder. It's never especified specified who the corpse belongs to; though they are described as belonging to "a saint", saint," it's heavily implied that they actually belong to [[spoiler: ''Jesus Christ himself'']].



* In one [[ComicBook/TheDefenders Defenders story]], Eternity, a CosmicEntity who embodies the universe, decided to send pieces of itself to Earth, in human forms and with no memories, to "experience" humanity. Later he returned their memories and most of them re-merged with him, thus giving him humanity by proxy. However, three of the pieces were missing, and he had The Defenders find out who had stolen them. The heroes find out that [[spoiler: nobody had stolen them- they were hiding because they loved being human too much and didn't want to merge with Eternity again. However the Defender Nighthawk called them on how selfish they were being, since an incomplete Eternity would cause chaos on Earth eventually, meaning they hadn't really learned to care after all. Realizing their error, the fragments then rejoined Eternity.]]

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* In one [[ComicBook/TheDefenders Defenders story]], Defenders]] story, Eternity, a CosmicEntity who embodies the universe, decided to send pieces of itself to Earth, in human forms and with no memories, to "experience" humanity. Later he returned their memories and most of them re-merged with him, thus giving him humanity by proxy. However, three of the pieces were missing, and he had The the Defenders find out who had stolen them. The heroes find out that [[spoiler: nobody [[spoiler:nobody had stolen them- them -- they were hiding because they loved being human too much and didn't want to merge with Eternity again. However However, the Defender Nighthawk called them on how selfish they were being, since an incomplete Eternity would cause chaos on Earth eventually, meaning they hadn't really learned to care after all. Realizing their error, the fragments then rejoined Eternity.]]



* All the realms in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' are created from the shattered consciousness (and maybe body) of the One Being, and if allowed to merge back into him, will result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. So, why was he split, and why is he trying to get himself back together? Turns out, he and the Elder Gods were the only creatures to exist before the beginning of the multiverse, and the Elder Gods were getting tired of the One Being feasting on their energies. Splitting him up, transforming his consciousness/body into the multiple realms, and assigning a protector god for each is all to ensure he can't harm them, anymore.

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* All the realms in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' are created from the shattered consciousness (and maybe body) of the One Being, and if allowed to merge back into him, will result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. So, why was he split, and why is he trying to get himself back together? Turns out, he and the Elder Gods were the only creatures to exist before the beginning of the multiverse, and the Elder Gods were getting tired of the One Being feasting on their energies. Splitting him up, transforming his consciousness/body into the multiple realms, and assigning a protector god for each is all to ensure he can't harm them, them anymore.
2nd Feb '17 11:52:36 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Late into ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is an OriginStory of Aku, which reveals that the being on Earth that terrorized the whole planet for centuries is actually just a fragment of a large black amorphous cloud or blob. This amorphous mass, the real Aku, has been under attack by the gods of various religions for the entire time, and the Aku on Earth is a chunk they hacked off and didn't notice fell to a planet with intelligent life until it was too late.

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* Late into ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is an OriginStory of Aku, OriginsEpisode, which reveals that the being on Earth Aku that Jack has been fighting, who has terrorized the whole planet for centuries centuries, is actually just a fragment of a large black amorphous cloud or blob. This amorphous mass, the real Aku, has been under attack by the gods of various religions for the entire time, and the Aku on Earth is a chunk they hacked off and didn't notice fell to a planet with intelligent life until it was too late.
2nd Feb '17 11:48:43 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Late into ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is an OriginStory of Aku, which reveals that the being on Earth that terrorized the whole planet for centuries is actually just a fragment of a large black amorphous cloud or blob. This amorphous mass, the real Aku, has been under attack by the gods of various religions for the entire time, and the Aku on Earth is a chunk they hacked off and didn't notice fell to a planet with intelligent life until it was too late.
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26th Jan '17 10:51:07 PM PaulA
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* Gaia in ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'s Edge''

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* Gaia in ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'s Edge''''Literature/FoundationsEdge''.
21st Dec '16 1:19:03 PM StFan
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* {{Tron}} universe: the closest we get to an explanation of the computer world's resemblance to the human one is when Encom founder [[HonestCorporateExecutive Walter Gibbs]] rants at [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dillinger]]. An odd example, as ''humans'' are the Gods in question.
-->'''Gibbs:''' ''You can remove men like Alan and me from the system, but we helped create it, and our ''spirit'' remains in every program we design!"''

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* {{Tron}} ''Film/{{Tron}}'' universe: the closest we get to an explanation of the computer world's resemblance to the human one is when Encom founder [[HonestCorporateExecutive Walter Gibbs]] rants at [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dillinger]]. An odd example, as ''humans'' are the Gods in question.
-->'''Gibbs:''' ''You You can remove men like Alan and me from the system, but we helped create it, and our ''spirit'' remains in every program we design!"''design!



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** The Adam Kadmon theory literally says we are Pieces of God.

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The Adam Kadmon theory literally says we are Pieces of God.



* In VampireTheMasquerade, two of the Antediluvian (the grandchilde of Caine, extremely powerful and ancient vampire with almost godlike powers) are said to be "split" and living in their Clan's members: Haqim,also called Assam, who lives in the blood of Assamites, and Malkav, who lives in the mind of Malkavians.
** This is mostly a malkavian theory, and malkavians are crazy, so this [[UnreliableNarrator may or may not be actually true]].
* The crystalline shardminds of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'''s 4th edition are a variant of this. While it's not clear that the Living Gate from whose destruction during the cataclysmic Dawn War they sprung was necessarily a ''god'', it ''did'' have the important cosmic function of keeping the {{eldritch abomination}}s of the Far Realm out of the known multiverse. The shardminds themselves are still dedicated to the Living Gate's original purpose and trying to rebuild it, but don't all agree on ''how'' to best go about that, which leads to conflict (especially with the Shard Slayer faction, whose favored method is killing as many shardminds as possible to release their animating life forces in hopes that they'll return to the Gate's original location). They're a player character race.

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* In VampireTheMasquerade, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', two of the Antediluvian (the grandchilde of Caine, extremely powerful and ancient vampire with almost godlike powers) are said to be "split" and living in their Clan's members: Haqim,also called Assam, who lives in the blood of Assamites, and Malkav, who lives in the mind of Malkavians.
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Malkavians. This is mostly a malkavian theory, and malkavians are crazy, so this [[UnreliableNarrator [[UnreliableExpositor may or may not be actually true]].
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The crystalline shardminds of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'''s 4th edition are a variant of this. While it's not clear that the Living Gate from whose destruction during the cataclysmic Dawn War they sprung was necessarily a ''god'', it ''did'' have the important cosmic function of keeping the {{eldritch abomination}}s of the Far Realm out of the known multiverse. The shardminds themselves are still dedicated to the Living Gate's original purpose and trying to rebuild it, but don't all agree on ''how'' to best go about that, which leads to conflict (especially with the Shard Slayer faction, whose favored method is killing as many shardminds as possible to release their animating life forces in hopes that they'll return to the Gate's original location). They're a player character race.



* Apparently this is the true form of the {{Transformers}}' god Primus in some continuities. Each Transformer houses a tiny fragment of him known as a "spark" that returns to the collective known as the [[TheLifestream "All Spark"]] upon death to share knowledge and experience as part of his incomprehensibly complex plan to deal with his EvilCounterpart Unicron.\\
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* Apparently this is the true form of the {{Transformers}}' god Primus in some continuities. Each Transformer houses a tiny fragment of him known as a "spark" that returns to the collective known as the [[TheLifestream "All Spark"]] upon death to share knowledge and experience as part of his incomprehensibly complex plan to deal with his EvilCounterpart Unicron.\\
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** [[spoiler: ''DarkSoulsII'' takes the concept nightmarishly further with [[HumanoidAbomination Queen Nashandra]]. She's the smallest piece of [[EldritchAbomination Manus]] (who is itself implied to be the Pygmy post-SuperpowerMeltdown). Her goal is to reassemble herself and become whole again... and all the events of the game are the result of her [[XanatosGambit attempts to do so]]. The question remains, however: ''[[OhCrap Where are the other pieces]]?'']]

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** [[spoiler: ''DarkSoulsII'' ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' takes the concept nightmarishly further with [[HumanoidAbomination Queen Nashandra]]. She's the smallest piece of [[EldritchAbomination Manus]] (who is itself implied to be the Pygmy post-SuperpowerMeltdown). Her goal is to reassemble herself and become whole again... and all the events of the game are the result of her [[XanatosGambit attempts to do so]]. The question remains, however: ''[[OhCrap Where are the other pieces]]?'']]



*** [[spoiler: Karla, from ''DarkSoulsIII'' is also a fragment of Manus, but she's content to be a merchant, [[HazyFeelTurn if not quite a good counterpart.]]]]

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*** [[spoiler: Karla, from ''DarkSoulsIII'' ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' is also a fragment of Manus, but she's content to be a merchant, [[HazyFeelTurn if not quite a good counterpart.]]]]



** ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' also used this trope in the form of [[spoiler: the twelve Full Moon Shadows. Each of the twelve is a fragment of a thirteenth shadow, Death, which was sealed inside the Protagonist and takes the form of Pharos. Defeating the others allows them to reintegrate, which is a ''very bad thing'' as a completed death has no choice but to trigger [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Fall]] and summon [[EldritchAbomination Nyx]] to wipe out all life on earth, whether he wants to or not.]]

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** ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona3'' also used this trope in the form of [[spoiler: the twelve Full Moon Shadows. Each of the twelve is a fragment of a thirteenth shadow, Death, which was sealed inside the Protagonist and takes the form of Pharos. Defeating the others allows them to reintegrate, which is a ''very bad thing'' as a completed death has no choice but to trigger [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Fall]] and summon [[EldritchAbomination Nyx]] to wipe out all life on earth, whether he wants to or not.]]



* In VideoGame/{{Gyossait}}, [[TheMaker Oyeatia]] tore the eponymous goddess to pieces in a fit of rage when she [[GaiasRevenge destroyed humanity]]. Pieces of Gyossait are powerful enough to turn mortal men into pseudo-gods - as evidenced by Uzaza when he found the Heart of Gyossait.

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* In VideoGame/{{Gyossait}}, ''VideoGame/{{Gyossait}}'', [[TheMaker Oyeatia]] tore the eponymous goddess to pieces in a fit of rage when she [[GaiasRevenge destroyed humanity]]. Pieces of Gyossait are powerful enough to turn mortal men into pseudo-gods - as evidenced by Uzaza when he found the Heart of Gyossait.



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* Several Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}s are mentioned as ([[EpilepticTrees possibly]]) being divine in nature, there's even a cult the Foundation has to fight over them: the Church of the Broken God. And if the Church ever succeeded in reuniting all the pieces of their "God"... Well, you'd have to be on the Moon to avoid the resulting apocalypse, and even ''that'' might not be far enough.
** As CharacterizationMarchesOn, however, it seems that the Foundation might have judged the [=CotBG=] too quickly- while still seen as fanatical extremists, later discoveries are raising the possibility that the [[TheExtremistWasRight these particular extremists might not be so crazy after all]]. The apocalypse the prophecies refer to might not be ''[[ProphecyTwist caused]]'' by the reassembly of the god machine... and the flesh they believe must be destroyed may be [[AncientEvil something]] [[PlanetaryParasite far]] [[TheAssimilator worse]] than human vice and frailty.
* This is one possible explanation of the Objects in TheHoldersSeries.

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* Several Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}s are mentioned as ([[EpilepticTrees possibly]]) being divine in nature, there's even a cult the Foundation has to fight over them: the Church of the Broken God. And if the Church ever succeeded in reuniting all the pieces of their "God"... Well, you'd have to be on the Moon to avoid the resulting apocalypse, and even ''that'' might not be far enough.
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enough. As CharacterizationMarchesOn, however, it seems that the Foundation might have judged the [=CotBG=] too quickly- quickly -- while still seen as fanatical extremists, later discoveries are raising the possibility that the [[TheExtremistWasRight these particular extremists might not be so crazy after all]]. The apocalypse the prophecies refer to might not be ''[[ProphecyTwist caused]]'' by the reassembly of the god machine... and the flesh they believe must be destroyed may be [[AncientEvil something]] [[PlanetaryParasite far]] [[TheAssimilator worse]] than human vice and frailty.
* This is one possible explanation of the Objects in TheHoldersSeries.''Literature/TheHoldersSeries''.



5th Dec '16 11:17:20 AM silverman2020
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* Some believe that [[UsefulNotes/Jesus Jesus Christ himself]] was a piece of God,considering Jesus's quotes stating that he is lesser than God,but also IS Him.

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* Some believe that [[UsefulNotes/Jesus Jesus Christ himself]] himself was a piece of God,considering Jesus's quotes stating that he is lesser than God,but also simultaneously IS Him.
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*Some believe that [[UsefulNotes/Jesus Jesus Christ himself]] was a piece of God,considering Jesus's quotes stating that he is lesser than God,but also IS Him.
4th Nov '16 5:02:41 AM TheAlchemyst
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* In what has been compared heavily to the [[spoiler: [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality plot]] from Evangelion]], pretty much everything related to the World of C in ''CodeGeass'' fits with this trope. The show goes so far as to have a [[spoiler: "collective unconsciousness" referred to as "God" which is capable of killing immortals. Lelouch asks "God" to stop the AssimilationPlot of his parents, which it does, including killing them both.]]
18th Oct '16 4:11:16 PM Archimedes
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* Several Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}s are mentioned as ([[EpilepticTrees possibly]]) being divine in nature, there's even a cult the Foundation has to fight over them. And if the Church ever succeeded in reuniting all the pieces of their "God"... Well, you'd have to be on the Moon to avoid the resulting apocalypse, and even ''that'' might not be far enough.

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* Several Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}s are mentioned as ([[EpilepticTrees possibly]]) being divine in nature, there's even a cult the Foundation has to fight over them.them: the Church of the Broken God. And if the Church ever succeeded in reuniting all the pieces of their "God"... Well, you'd have to be on the Moon to avoid the resulting apocalypse, and even ''that'' might not be far enough.
12th Oct '16 1:38:13 AM PaulA
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* Creator/BruceCoville's ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series has a variation on this. Apparently humans aren't pieces of God, exactly, but they ''are'' pieces of [[spoiler: a HiveMind planetwide intelligence. Humans were poised to [[HumansAreSpecial become the smartest, generally greatest race in the known universe until the telepathic din became unbearable and early humans unconsciously lobotomized themselves to shut each other out]].]]

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* Creator/BruceCoville's ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series has a variation on this. Apparently humans aren't pieces of God, exactly, but they ''are'' pieces of [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a HiveMind planetwide intelligence. Humans were poised to [[HumansAreSpecial become the smartest, generally greatest race in the known universe until the telepathic din became unbearable and early humans unconsciously lobotomized themselves to shut each other out]].]]
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