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->''Because you are haughty of heart, you say, '[[TropeNamers A god am I]]! I occupy a godly throne in the heart of the sea!'''
-->-- ''Literature/TheBible'', '''Ezekiel 28:2'''
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When a character or villain gains superhuman abilities thanks to GreenRocks, [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear power,]] [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Transhumanism]], going OneWingedAngel, being TouchedByVorlons, [[PlayingGod having the power of]] CreatingLife, or [[AmbitionIsEvil just achieving whatever his most desired dream is]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity he is left less than sane and often gains delusions]] (or, in some cases, [[StoryBreakerPower perfectly accurate assessments]]) of godhood at the same time.

He will often give an [[EvilIsHammy over-the-top speech]] emphasizing just how far beyond ordinary humanity [[GoalOrientedEvolution he has evolved]], and how [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper lowly they are compared to him.]] Cue the villain becoming a megalomaniacal {{Narcissist}} who is DrunkOnTheDarkSide and/or declaring that they will TakeOverTheWorld.

But you know what they say... {{Pride}} cometh before the fall. [[BlasphemousBoast If he's declaring himself as a god right in front of a real God,]] [[TemptingFate then he's definitely screwed]].

The character may declare that he has transcended morality as well, and is AboveGoodAndEvil, but the {{trope}}s do not have to coincide.

Aiming for godhood by ''rewriting the rules of the world'' is InTheirOwnImage. Another alternate version is the EndOfTheWorldSpecial. See PhysicalGod for those who don't have to try so hard. May, but [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu does not always]] result in a GodModeSue. Also, see ItsAllAboutMe for a similar trope, minus the declaration of godhood.

Ancient sovereigns liked this trope; see also GodEmperor for those examples. See also OneWingedAngel, SmugSuper and DarkMessiah. Also see LikeAGodToMe, which is when a character declares someone else godlike but only out of flattery, not as a statement of serious worship. Not to be confused with GodGuise, where a character merely pretends to be a god as part of a con. A NietzscheWannabe may also have megalomaniacal delusions and believe himself to be immortal, but never claims to be a god and in fact insists that gods don't exist.

Contrast with AGodIAmNot, where a genuinely godlike being refuses the label to avoid the implications; StopWorshippingMe, where a deity doesn't want to be venerated as such; ProHumanTranshuman, where a post human remains sympathetic to humanity; and UnwantedFalseFaith, where a human (or transhuman, or other sapient) who ''is'' worshiped as a god would rather not be.

'''Note that this trope requires a ''self-proclamation of godhood,'' '''not just sheer cockiness and/or overconfidence.[[note]]The actual words "I am a god" are an easy indicator, but not absolutely necessary. Speaking of oneself in more subtly deific terms is quite sufficient.[[/note]] Possessing or gaining [[PhysicalGod godlike powers]] by itself doesn’t count, nor is it a requirement to possess such powers to qualify for this trope. Usually being a PhysicalGod and declaring oneself to be a God isn't this trope unless the physical gods in the setting are not omnipotent while this particular one believes it is omnipotent.

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