Created By: Oldtaku on August 27, 2012

I want to be a God

A character motivation is to become a divine being.

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The main or hidden motivation for a character actions is to become a God and rule the world or become a guardian over the sentinent species. This overlaps with Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existance, in the meaning that the character itself doesn't need to die to get the powers.

It could overlap with "A God am I" and "Physical God" as well
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  • August 27, 2012
    Lyendith
    Hum, this is covered by A God Am I I think. The difference between "thinking you are a God" and "wanting to become one" is too feeble.
  • August 27, 2012
    CobraPrime
    ^ No! A God Am I is about a character declaring they are a god. If they are or not. It's not a "Feeble" difference. Since A God Am I equally applies to a serial killer calling himself god because he decides who lives or who dies as it does a Reality Warper who declares himself a god. People thinking A God Am I requires any actual godhood or only applies to gods is the largest cause of misuse.

    In some fantasy settings, there's quite a difference between thinking you are a god and becoming one.

    • Cyric's actions in Forgotten Realms are motivated by this, from when he saw Helm slay Mystra's avatar. He would go on to kill many gods in their avatar forms, eventually ascending at the end of the Time of Troubles as the god of murder, conflict, lies, intrigue, and illusions.
  • August 27, 2012
    HonestGent
    ^^Aspirations of godhood and actually declaring yourself a god is a big leap. A God I Am may follow I Want To Be A God, if the villian suceeds, or a villian may declare himself a god without ever really planning it. They're not mutually exclusive, but it's not a smoke/fire relationship either.
    • In Assassins Creed 2, Big Bad Rodrigo Bogia's plans end with him becoming pope, which he thinks will grant him an opportunity to kill God and take his power.
  • August 27, 2012
    Astaroth
    ^^ Bane, Bhaal and Myrkul, also from the Forgotten Realms setting, were adventurers who decided to elevate themselves to godhood. They were eventually given divine portfolios by Jergal, the god of the dead, who willingly shared divine power with them because he was bored with his own existence.

    • In Mortal Kombat 9, if you complete Arcade Ladder mode with Liu Kang, he requests godhood and the right to replace lord Raiden as Earthrealm's protector as his prize for beating the tournament. He gets his wish, but becomes Drunk With Power.
  • August 28, 2012
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Bleach. The ultimate goal of Sosuke Aizen's scheming was for him to become a deity.
  • August 28, 2012
    KarjamP
    The rule No New Stock Phrases applies to this entry's title.

    Change it to something else.
  • August 28, 2012
    HonestGent
    Aspirations Of Godhood is pretty to the point, if a little dull. Gets the point across, if nothing else. There are probably better names for it though.
  • August 28, 2012
    surgoshan
    • Rastlin Majere of Dragonlance. He succeeded, too. Sort of.
  • August 28, 2012
    Tallens
    • Emperor Cartagia on Babylon Five. He wanted to burn his entire planet to honor his ascension.
  • August 28, 2012
    CobraPrime
    • Vecna in Dungeons And Dragons' Greyhawk, also succeeded. Arcerak from Tomb Of Horrors also seeks to become a god (Though this motive is not unveiled until Return To The Tomb Of Horrors). It's the players' jobs to make sure he doesn't.
  • August 28, 2012
    Lyendith
    Hm... thinking about it, there is indeed a difference, I apologize.

    Now for the title, why not simply dumping the "I"? "Wants to be a god"... Honest's title is alright too.

  • August 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In I Claudius Livia begs Claudius to declare her a goddess upon her death, because she knows that if she doesn't become a god she'll go to hell for all the bad stuff she's done in life.
  • August 28, 2012
    LancelotG
    How about "Wannabe God"? It's catchier.
  • August 28, 2012
    HonestGent
    ^Makes me think of small time god whose hopelessly out of his depths. And that's a sitcom I want to see!
  • August 28, 2012
    KarjamP
    Tagged with "Better Name".
  • August 29, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons.
      • In the Basic D&D Master Rules, high level PCs spent their time performing the deeds that would allow them to become Immortals - the Basic D&D equivalent of deities.
      • Advanced D&D supplement Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia. Characters who met certain requirements (such as being high level, gaining high ability scores, having worshippers and being a true follower of his alignment and deity) could undergo divine ascension and become a minor deity.
    • Champions campaign The Blood and Dr. McQuark. The villain Affrighter wants to become a deity, and in the scenario "Apotheosis Now" he tries to sacrifice some students to achieve his goal.
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