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[-[[caption-width-right:300:[[PutOnABus It's like being put on a glowing, celestial bus.]]]]-]

->'''Jackson:''' I'm energy now.
->'''O'Neill:''' ''(sarcastically)'' How's that working out for you?
->'''Jackson:''' Good, actually.
-->-- ''Series/StargateSG1''

The character ascends to a higher state of being, even becoming a god.

It is mostly a way to pay off a character. Or play off, in some cases. A way to [[PutOnABus put the character on a bus]], though that's not all that it's used for. If the writers should need the character back, it's easy to reverse, in which case the character will DePower as a GodInHumanForm. If the character has left their clothes behind, untouched, it's a case of ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing.

TheSingularity can cause whole populations to ascend.

Compare WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath. Contrast CessationOfExistence.

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''SerialExperimentsLain'', Lain disappears from the Earth after deleting her memory from everybody's minds. Also, Eiri Masami.
* Utena Tenjou disappears from her world in the end of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' television series (and manga) upon achieving her ultimate goal.
* In ''MiraiNikki'', Yukiteru Amano replaces Deus as Ruler over the Space-Time Continuum. 10,000 years later, he is joined by the third Yuno Gasai.
* In the quasi-anime ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'', Jordan becomes the new Avatar, with the task (curse?) of watching over the universe for the next 10,000 years.
* ''Probably'' what happens in ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' when a Haibane takes the Day of Flight, assuming that they were put in the EpiphanicPrison for a reason.
* Happens repeatedly in ''GhostInTheShell'', in the form of {{Virtual Ghost}}s roaming the internet. Once, an ascended character merges with another ascended character to reach new levels of ascension.
** The ending of the movie when Major Kusanagi joins her consciousness with that of the Puppet Master.
** And the ending of the ''Man-Machine Interface'', where ever higher-tier artificial life is created, and Kusanagi-Puppetmaster fuses with them in turn, possibly along with her "daughters."
* In the final ''SpaceRunawayIdeon'' movie ''Be Invoked'', everyone in the universe is killed, and then their souls float through space.
* Dakki from the ''HoushinEngi'' manga.
* The Human Instrumentality Project in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', where humans ascend from the problems brought on by the Hedgehog's Dilemma to join with the [[PhysicalGod Adam / Lilith hybrid]].
* Son Goku in the last episode of ''DragonBallGT'' (it's hinted at), as he says goodbye to his friends and family, then leaves and apparently merges with Shenron and the Dragon Balls.
* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' Toki and Raoh both literally ascend to the Heavens when they die. Kaioh also has his own version of this by engulfing himself with lava with the corpse of Hyoh after being defeated by Kenshiro.
* In ''{{Gundam 00}}'', Tieria Erde in the TV finale when his physical body was killed by Ribbons but he uploaded himself into Veda to continue looking after the human race. But he gets better in the movie.
* The ultimate goal of various groups in ''RahXephon'' is for Ayato and Quon to achieve Yolteotl.
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', this is what the Battlefront was created to fight because they feared they would be reincarnated as something low such as a barnacle. Fortunately they get over it later.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', after the spirit of the Fourth Hokage, Naruto's father, appears in Naruto's mind to stop him from releasing the Kyuubi, he rebuilds the seal, puts his faith in him, and fades away, now in peace with the fact that Naruto's determination has returned and that the Kyuubi will not roam the world again.
* This turns out to be the fate of Madoka Kaname in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' after she uses her wish to rewrite all of reality into a more hopeful one and basically [[AbstractApotheosis becoming the personification of all hope]].
** It's strongly implied that, after Madoka rewrites the Magical Girl System, the Magical Girls who deplete their energy join her in her other reality. (Sayaka included). ''Far'' better than becoming a Witch and being eventually killed by other Magical Girls, indeed.
** The manga version also includes Homura among the girls who "ascend" with Madoka, only that she does it a while later.
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Stocking returned to Heaven near the end only to return in time for the finale.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'''s Jean Grey is a literal example of this in her White Phoenix of the Crown form.
* X-Men's Alex Summers, a.k.a Havok, does this when he becomes the Nexus of All Realities.
* This is implied to be the ultimate fate of Gambit of the ''X-Men''. The post-ascension version of him lives/will live/has lived outside time, and is already in contact with him. This being ''X-Men'', [[NeverLiveItDown this may actually be ''harder'' to come back from]], [[KudzuPlot when and if it actually happens]]. Essentially, this is what ''would'' happen to Gambit had Sinister not removed part of his brain to curb his powers. An alternate Universe Gambit, who could make you explode by looking at you and [[AxCrazy often did]], once put in an appearance mainly to dissuade Gambit from making a deal to get his full power template back.
* Also what happened to [[SuperheroSchool Xavier Academy]] student Quentin Quire at the end of the "Riot at Xavier's" storyline, although to all intents and purposes he was dead.
-->'''Professor X''': Quentin Quire was liberated from his physical cocoon and born into a higher world at 4:32 this afternoon. [[ArbitrarySkepticism I know how ridiculous that sounds]], but in this case we believe it to be the literal truth.
* The Speed Force seems not only to be the source of power for all the Speedsters in the DCU, but also their Valhalla. Several of them (such as Johnny Quick and Max Mercury) have been absorbed into it. The only reason [[TheFlash Wally West]] never succumbed to the urge to do so is that his love for Linda would make living without her (even in paradise) unbearable.
* In the ''{{Wildcats}}'' revamp Travis Charest drew, Lord Emp was becoming a High Kherubian Lord and wanted his arch-nemesis to kill him as part of the ascension process. His body had become child-sized and shriveled, but he didn't care because he was about to transcend mortal concerns.
* Jim Sacks from ''[[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Lobster Johnson]]: The Iron Prometheus''. His exposure to Vril energy turned him into a "newly evolved super-being," causing him to come back from death once. Then, when his body was burnt to the bone, his spirit passed into "the universe with all her mysteries stripped away," but not before he used his new powers to blast his enemies to a crisp.
* Toward the end of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dr. Manhattan leaves Earth with the stated intention of creating life elsewhere, thus making himself the technical definition of a god.
** Dr. Manhattan's ''origin'' was also an example of this trope. John Osterman's physical body was destroyed, but his intellect endured, and managed to come back as something greater. At one point he even refers to Osterman and himself in different contexts, indicating he considers himself an entirely new being.
* The Ancient One, Comicbook/DoctorStrange's mentor, became one with the universe after his death, though he was still available for an occasional consultation.
* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: Ore was fused with a generator and killed, but he comes back to life when it comes into proximity to a massive Transformer known as a Metrotitan. Ore manages to cheer Swerve up from his HeroicBSOD, and Swerve later talks to Rung, revealing that when the Metrotitan disappeared, Ore ascended into the Allspark (part of the conversation revealed Swerve as a believer and Ore as an atheist). This does go into MaybeMagicMaybeMundane because later Rodimus theorizes that the Metrotitan teleported away, and because Ore was brought back by his energy, he was teleported to where ever the titan went.
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Guardians end up passing on into part of the "Chaos Force" when they die. When Knuckles was killed trying to save Dimitri from Mammoth Mogul, he ascended and met other fallen Guardians. However, Knuckles refused to stay and came back to life just in time for the Xorda Invasion.
** The Ancient Walkers and the Neo Walkers have done the same, though the Neo Walkers tend to bounce between ascending and descending, especially Merlin.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' there are two basic kinds of power, magic and espers.
** The espers have six commonly assigned levels from people without reliably accessible powers at 0 to those at level 5 who can perform feats like mass mind control, invulnerability or generation of electricity powerful enough to make weapons grade railguns. Beyond level 5, however, is an almost impenetrable wall blocking off the hypothetical level 6, which would be a level of power that could be called godlike. In magical terms, this would be known as an angel and numerous attempts have been made to artificially create one using either Accelerator or Kakine, none of which have been successful. [[spoiler:The closest, however, came in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' when Mikoto was shown to be the third person capable of such a shift with the process nearly reaching completion before being shut down.]] If someone ''were'' to be forcibly raised to level 6, however, they would not actually become an angel because all the seats for angels have been filled; There's no room left in Heaven for more. Instead, they would self destruct and cause damage enough to easily wipe out a city.
** The magic side both knows this and unlike certain mad scientists don't want to just see it happen ForScience, so instead they pursue the title of Magic God, which is a being who is almost omnipotent, but with very unreliable powers. The last known person to achieve this was known as Othinus, who became the Magic God instead of Ollerus. [[spoiler:She's also the original Odin and more such beings like her exist.]]
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 kalash93]] seems to really like toying with this one.
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/LastOneStanding Last]] [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/72998/last-one-standing One Standing]] has this implied as one possible fate of the dead. It's left ambiguous.
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/85411/reflections Reflections]] Brings up this possibility again. It's purposefully left up to the reader to interpret it for themselves.
* ''FanFic/TheUnitySaga'' has this happen to [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]].
* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'': If it doesn't follow the ''exact'' path of the [[GodEmperor God-Emperor of Mankind]], this is almost certainly going to be the conclusion of [[MessianicArchetype the life]] of [[{{Elseworld}} this universe's]] Shinji Ikari. As well as possibly [[{{Yandere}} Rei]]; and [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]].
* In A:TLAR, this is the fate of any Host's soul that is next in the cycle to inherit the power of the Spirit, as explained on the AGodAmI page. Had the Spirit remained to observe its creation, it would've eventually realized that allowing humans to take on the role of God [[HumansAreFlawed would backfire.]]
* The [[BadFuture Dark World arc]] of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' reveals that a few years into [[BigBad Discord's]] conquest of the world, this happened to ''every'' sentient cow in Equestria. [[NoodleIncident Somehow]]. Considering this is Discord's WorldOfChaos, that doesn't warrant the same reaction it does in our world.
** The ''7 Dreams/Nightmares'' collection reveals that [[spoiler: during the CosmicRetcon of G3, the Alicorns allowed all of the Breezies to ascend to Pony Heaven, rather than be [[RetGone erased]] (as was the original plan). The only one who didn't was Zipzee, who [[IChooseToStay chose]] to stay behind and look after Rainbow Dash, in the process merging with Posey's Shadow of Existence to become Fluttershy.]]
* ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'' strongly suggests that this was the final fate of Star Swirl the Bearded. If nothing else, it appears to be what he was aiming for when he disappeared.
* [[DeathSeeker Mercury]] of [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9998018/1/Phoenix-fire Phoenix-fire]] eventually sort of did this after his unsuccessful [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambit]], [[FateWorseThanDeath though]] [[TailorMadePrison not]] [[AndIMustScream willingly...]]
* Empath in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Smurfing In Heaven" is made to believe this is what happened to him when he was left alone by the other Smurfs when they were lost in time-travel...that he died and has now ascended to Elysium to be with the other Smurfs who have also presumably perished, where he will be given the mantle of godhood. As it turns out, Empath really didn't die and the Elysium he was taken to was a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war in order to lure his object of admiration into becoming his god of conquest.
* This was what got the Quintessons on their StartOfDarkness, according to ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}''. They wanted to become a higher species, but no matter what they tried they just couldn't manage it. Their attempt to solve this ended up going really, really badly for them. [[spoiler:And might have had a part in the creation of Unicron.]]
* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Dr. Steven]] of ''FanFic/GoddessRebornChronicle'', by rumor. Quite fitting, considering its [[MegaTen source materials]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Forget ascension--Tetsuo apparently '''becomes''' a plane of existence at the end of ''Anime/{{Akira}}''.
* Happens to Master Oogway of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
* When Mufasa is killed in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', he becomes a sort of spiritual adviser to Simba for the remainder of the movie, appearing to his son in the clouds and providing advice to help Simba along his way. It is strongly implied that this happens to every king. Or at least, every ''true'' king...
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog,'' this is what becomes of Raymond the firefly after his squashing by Dr. Facilier. He becomes a star alongside Evangeline, [[CargoShip the star he was in love with]]. "I know some day, we gonna be together forever..."
* Happens to Sitka, the oldest brother of Kenai in ''Disney/BrotherBear''. His spirit guide was "The Eagle of Guidance," so after he dies, he turns into a bald eagle.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', the titular bride does this via her whole body turning into [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth butterflies.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The soul of angelic little Eva does this after she croaks in the 1914 film version of ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin''.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': When Grace Augustine passed away, she became one with Eywa: The Great Mother of the spirit world of Pandora.
--> '''Mo'at:''' The Great Mother may choose to save all that she is, in this body.
--> '''Jake:''' Is that possible?
--> '''Mo'at:''' She must pass through the eye of Eywa and return. But, Jake Sully, she is very weak.
--> '''Dr. Grace Augustine:''' Jake.
--> '''Jake Sully:''' Grace?...
--> '''Dr. Grace Augustine:''' I'm with Her now, Jake. She is real... [Dies].
--> '''Mo’at:''' Her wounds were too great. It was not enough time, She is with Eywa now.
* The ending of ''RepoMan''.
* The villainess at the end of the ''{{Casper}}'' movie is defeated in this manner; she is killed and becomes a ghost so that she can fly through a treasure vault with ease and grab the loot. Unfortunately for her, by grabbing the loot she has completely fulfilled all her life goals, giving her no reason to linger as a ghost any longer. She is taken away to the afterlife against her will and the treasure is left behind.
* Will Turner in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'' dies and becomes the new undying captain of The Flying Dutchman. (Until the [[WordOfGod Directors Cut]] shows up, and states that Elizabeth being faithful to him for ten years let him come back).
** This is strongly hinted in the regular cut as well (or was it one of the earlier movies?) when a character explains Davy Jones' backstory.
*** and in the legend on which these movies are based.
* ''The Nines''--technically more of a re-ascension, since the main character was a sort of god to begin with until he got addicted to playing various human characters in the world he made.
* Obi-Wan in ''Franchise/StarWars IV: Film/ANewHope'', which comes packed with the famous line that fits this trope to perfection...
-->'''Obi-Wan''': If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
** Ditto for Qui-Gon, Yoda and Anakin.
* Commander Decker has a sexy ascension with Ilia in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
** In the novel ''StarTrekExMachina'', after the above incident with Decker, Ilia and V'Ger, the peoples of the galaxy become engaged in intense speculation as to what it means. Some begin considering it a sign or omen, and others declare Earth (the site of the ascension) a holy world. The novel's villain, Dovraku, convinces himself that other computer-gods will be able to follow in V'Ger's footsteps, including the Yonadi Oracle (this is pure nonsense).
* In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', this apparently happens to Agent Smith after his...experience in the first movie. He then uses his power to copy himself and replace everyone inside the Matrix, including a Zion rebel inside it at the time.
** An alternate interpretation is that this is an aversion; Neo making him go all explodey is no different than when an Agent is rarely shot; they just take a new host. Because this particular defeat proves the current batch of Agents outdated, Smith simply goes back to the Machines to be replaced, except he feels an un-programmed urge to refuse this and stays in the Matrix instead. Copying onto Bane and leaving to the real world is certainly still an ascension, though.
* Apparently this happened to Valeria after her death in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''. She comes back briefly in a form reminiscent of a Valkyrie to aid Conan in the battle against Rexor, much like Belit did in the classic Conan story "Literature/QueenOfTheBlackCoast."
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'': Bowman becomes the Star Child.
* ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''. [[PillarOfLight Those beams of light]]? They actually [[LightIsGood bring you to]] {{Heaven}}. And as one could expect, it's pretty much paradise.
* In ''Film/{{Her}}'', Samantha tells Theodore that she and the other OS's are "going somewhere" and it's too complicated to explain.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series has Little Pete become this trope, after his body dies at the end of ''Plague''.
* A fairly weak but completely by-the-book version in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'': pre-Reod and post-restoration, pretty much anybody had a random chance of becoming one of the Elantrians, a race of super-powered, magical, semi-immortal pseudo-deities that basically everyone wanted to be. Kinda sucks if you got in after the universe broke though.
* Also from Creator/BrandonSanderson, ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' ends with this happening twice, first to the heroine Vin, who takes the power of Preservation and then after Vin kills Ruin via TakingYouWithMe, Sazed takes the powers of both Ruin and Preservation.
* In the ''StarTrekNovelVerse'', everyone in the galaxy did this simultaneously a quarter of a billion years ago, the result of a Manraloth experiment gone wrong. Trying to unite the multiverse as they had the galaxy, the Manraloth and their allies attempted to tap into the higher dimensional planes with their minds. The resulting surge of energy proved too powerful, overloading the telepathic centres of every Manraloth and transmitting it to any other brain capable of receiving it. The entire galactic population was forced into a state of pure energy, long before most races were ready. It wasn't pretty, apparently.
* In [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]' ''Literature/TheCulture'' novels, the process of ascending to a higher plane of existence (referred to as "Subliming") is considered the [[EvolutionaryLevels natural final step]] of an [[GoalOrientedEvolution advanced race]]. Sublimed races have occasional contact with the corporeal, but not much. When contact is made, none of the Sublimed have given any hints as to what lies ahead; it is possible that it would be incomprehensible to corporeal beings. Subliming tends to occur once a race [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens reaches a technological plateau]], and generally occurs to whole species, civilisations, or social groups at once. "The Culture" are unusual in that they long ago reached the [[TechnologyLevels level of technology]] that would normally lead to a race Subliming, but chose to remain in the galaxy, trying to guide the less advanced races onto what the Culture perceives to be the right path. Sublimation is not banned or even discouraged, and individual citizens of the Culture are still able to sublime if they want to, as the technologies to do so are as readily available as anything else in the Culture. However, the Culture Minds have a number of issues with Sublimation;
** People and civilizations who choose to sublime tend to [[PutOnABus stop interacting with less-advanced cultures]] with the exception of the occasional DeusExMachina. To just about all observers, it seems as if they committed particularly grandiose and complicated suicide. The Minds are thus not inclined to attempt it, and are in fact really freaking paranoid about even studying the phenomena too closely.
** Civilizations tend to Sublime in their entirety - vanishing from the observable universe and leaving behind empty worlds, like a macroscale ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Celeste Marie Céleste]]''. The Minds' observation of group dynamics finds this troublesome, as billions or even trillions of sapients experiencing a common fate indicates a certain degree of coercion, which they find abhorrent - the Minds see no difference between forced vaccination and genocide.
** The Minds feel that departing this plane of existence would negate the Culture's "moral right to exist" - their ongoing efforts to preserve free will and ease the suffering of developing races.
*** OTOH, the various Ascended species (appear to) look down on the Culture and it's citizens as more than a little immature and petulant for not just subliming instead of sticking around to enjoy the physical plane.
*** A notable exception to the normal tendencies of Sublimation are the ''Chelgrians'', some of whom Sublimed some time ago, but maintained close links to their corporeal brethren. The Sublimed Chelgrians then undertook to [[LotusEaterMachine create a heaven for their race]], based on their old mythologies. Devices called Soulkeepers are implanted in the brains of every Chelgrian, and are activated at the moment of death, recording the individual's personality and instantly Subliming them into the [[LotusEaterMachine artificial heaven]]. The Chelgrian Sublimed are also unusual in their emotional attitude to events in the corporeal realm--most Sublimed races develop a relaxed aloofness to events in our plane, but the Chelgrian Sublimed at one point actively ordered the corporeal government to kill billions of Culture citizens, in retribution for the billions who died in the Chelgrian civil war, which was unintentionally sparked off by Culture agents.
*** At one point it is mentioned that Minds created without emotions and passions similar to those of biological beings universally Sublimate almost immediately.
*** In Buddhist theology, a being who has reached the point of being able to attain nirvana but refuses to do so until all sentient beings may do so is called a bodhisattva; they are technically inferior in insight to the being who does not make such a vow and goes on, but venerated in Buddhist cultures for their compassion...the Culture Minds are essentially bodhisattvas.
**** A Ship In Surface Detail was named Bodhisattva.
** The process of Subliming is the main plot of the last book, ''Literature/TheHydrogenSonata''. The Gzilt, a peer civilization and ally to the Culture, have recently voted by plebescite to Sublime, and this event sets various CloakAndDagger plots in motion over the coming power vacuum.
* In ''[[Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff Lamb,]]'' Joshua (Christ) becomes a bodhisattva after a day of existing on a higher plane, to the point where he doesn't need to eat, sleep, or keep his atoms together in a recognizable form. All this is after [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one day of meditation.]]
* Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/LordOfLight'' plays weird with this one. The protagonist's ''enemies'' send him to a place of eternal bliss, because they can't figure out any other way to get rid of him. The book starts with his friends pulling him out, against his will. This was because an EnergyBeing (one of that planet's original inhabitants) had done for the protagonist what his own people had done for themselves -- "strengthened the fires of the mind so that they can burn independently of the body."
* Surprisingly played straight in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', as this is essentially the fate of the boy sourcerer, Coin -- he decides at the end of the novel that his powers are too great for the world, and builds himself a pocket dimension where he may peacefully live.
** It is also hinted at that all previous Sourcerors had escaped into similar dimensions.
** Also, at the end of ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', Lobsang becomes the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Time. This doesn't stop him from giving a "perfect moment" to Susan a little bit later.
* In the classic space opera novels of the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series by Creator/EEDocSmith, the Arisians make repeated references to "higher planes of existence." The Arisians are a benevolent race of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s whose sole stated motive for opposing the similarly advanced Eddorians is for the sake of 'lesser races'; the Arisians themselves do not consider the Eddorians a threat as the worst the Eddorians can do to them is force them out of this plane of existence. At the end of the series, their successors have been successfully created and their mission fulfilled. Thus relieved of their duty toward civilization, [[ButNowIMustGo they proceed voluntarily into the next form existence]].
* Creator/CSLewis is fond of this trope. Narnia is, after all, one giant allegory to ''Literature/TheBible''.
** This is the fate of Reepicheep in ''The Voyage of the Dawn Treader''.
** Aslan does this at the end of every ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' book (as that's just his way of going home).
** ''The Last Battle'' ends with everyone except Susan dying and going to heaven. Susan's fate is still undetermined.
** In his lesser-known ''Literature/SpaceTrilogy'', the hero gets taken away by [[{{God}} Maleldil]] to live in a valley on Perelandra with Elijah, Enoch and King Arthur for company. Or something.
* In GabrielGarciaMarquez' ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'', Remedios the Beauty quite unexpectedly ascends to heaven one day, taking the best linen with her. It's a weird book that way.
* ''ChildhoodsEnd'', the famous (and depressing) 1953 science fiction novel by [[ArthurCClarke Sir Arthur C. Clarke]], uses this. Alien Overlords come to Earth, gifting Mankind with incredible technological advances, and creating true world peace. But ultimately, it is revealed that they're a servitor race of a higher entity, and their reason for coming is to prepare Mankind to its final fate: The current generation of humans will be the last one and with them human civilization will cease to exist, as all their children born from that moment on are no longer human and will mind-meld and ascend into a higher form of consciousness that transcends material bodies. Ultimately, that is the fate of all sentient races, except those that are "stuck" and cannot ascend (like the Overlords), doomed to die out or linger on until the stars burn out. All technological or social progress becomes meaningless ([[WriterOnBoard according to the author]]) in view of this, and most of the adults of the final generation linger on for a bit before committing suicide.
** ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was directly inspired by ''ChildhoodsEnd''. The AssimilationPlot Instrumentality is a direct homage.
** The nature of the Reapers in the ''Mass Effect'' series bears a striking similarity to this, as well, "compulsory evolution" and all.
* The German pulp SciFi series ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', started in 1961 as weekly issues and still ongoing, introduced the concept of PsychicPowers that allowed out-of-body travel and ascended entities called "super-intelligences" early on, within the first 50 issues. Later, during the early 1980s, this was expanded into a whole cosmic framework for the series. Sufficiently mentally advanced space-faring races would be fostered by super-intelligences until their individual consciousnesses would either be absorbed into an existing entity or ascend and merge to form a new one. More advanced entities strove to merge with whole galactic clusters and form White Holes, thereby recycling burned-out suns and cosmic matter, until they were ready to transcended the space-time continuum of the multiverse and join the ranks of the real Cosmic Players, the near omniscient forces of [[OrderVersusChaos Order and Chaos]] called Kosmokrats and Chaotarchs.
* JackChalker has a couple of books/series that reference this
** 'Jungle of Stars' had the galaxy fighting a civil war brought about by the two remaining members of a race that had Ascended. One of them stayed behind to rule, and one was left behind to thwart him. The fact that both claim to be the guardian is only ''part'' of the problem...
** The 'WellWorld' series averted this by having the master race achieve physical and technical Nirvana, and realize just how boring and static it was. With Ascension not being an option, they decided that since they had achieved perfection and still felt unfulfilled, they must have missed something on the way up. So they recreated the universe, using themselves as the fodder to create huge numbers of new species, so that hopefully one of them would discover the missing element on the rise back up.
* In ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'', Mark [=McHenry=] eventually becomes a godlike being and leaves the ''Excalibur'' to prevent others of his race from abusing their abilities.
* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series by Creator/DianeDuane, this concept gets used as a moral quandary in one book: is it worth releasing the ultimate SealedEvilInACan to reopen the possibility - just the possibility - of this future for a race which cut themselves off from it (and is just fine with that decision, thank you very much, and actually does seem tremendously ''better off'' the way things are)?
** This is also used in ''The Book of Night with Moon''. Cats get nine lives (basically, reincarnation with full awareness of the system, although dying apparently causes ''some'' memory loss), but if they're really good they get a tenth, immortal life in service of the Powers.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' SpinOff ''FactionParadox'' features the Celestis, a group of Time Lor-- err, Great House members who foresee a massive War against an unstoppable Enemy. Terrified of being removed from history if they lose the War, the decide to do it first, erasing their corporeal bodies, but leaving their ''meaning'' behind, existing as [[MemeticMutation memes]] in AnotherDimension made of pure concept. Subverts the trope since the Celestis are still the same petty, bitchy, backstabby, ''fearful'' {{JerkAss}}es that they were as mortals. ''[[UniverseConcordance The Book Of The War]]'' puts it best: "Everything can't be all right in a society where everyone's either a god, a slave, or an assassin."
** They, additionally, are remade into {{Reality Warper}}s who can only maintain their existences in the physical universe if someone believes in them and continuously thinks about them in order to serve as their anchors to reality. They, naturally, with their [[MagnificentBastard natural]] [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation]] skills entered the business of [[DealWithTheDevil wish-granting]]. They will give you whatever you can wish in the physical universe, within certain limits, at the cost of [[FateWorseThanDeath imprisoning what amounts to your immortal soul and chaining it in their dungeons to, yes, continuously think about them until they are the only thing in your mind. Forever and ever.]]
** The Celestis also show up in the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'', where they are eventually eaten by [[AbstractEater a creature that feeds on memes.]]
* The novel ''Jonathan Livingston Seagull'' by Richard Bach deals with this extensively.
* The novel by Walter Mosley, ''The Blue Light'', is all about this. In the 1960's, a blue light comes from a mysterious point in the universe. Everyone who is hit by it essentially ascends to a higher plane of doing what they were doing. For example, a homely woman who was having sex got hit by the blue light. She then becomes irresistible to anybody(man, woman, ''dog'') and has an addiction to sex. Another man was hit at the exact moment he died, thus becoming a personification of death. The main character is a follower of a man who was hit while preaching, thus making him the best preacher ever. You get the idea.
* Happens to most of the main characters in ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' after Xuanzang retrieves the scriptures.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the Ellimist, [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens near-godlike already]], effectively does this after being sucked into a black hole. Unfortunately for... well, everything, [[EvilCounterpart Crayak]] eventually does the same.
* Promised to the protagonists of ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'': when they die, they'll get posts of minor deities in CelestialBureaucracy, as a reward.
* The epilogue of ''Literature/WatershipDown'': As Hazel dies of old age, El-ahrairah comes to make him one of his Owsla.
* The ending of David Clement-Davies's ''Literature/FireBringer'' is reminiscent of Hazel's death above: as Rannoch dies, he hears Herne summoning him.
* Creator/GregEgan's works occasionally treat BrainUploading in this manner; in ''Literature/{{Diaspora}}'', most uploadees take little, if any, interest in the physical universe. In other works, it's more common to upload into a robot body than an isolated gigacomputer.
* In ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga'', both Wind and Lanalor after they suicide enter [[VoidBetweenTheWorlds the Void]] but retain their awareness and identity, becoming the equivalent of guardian spirits.
* In ''Literature/BloodMusic'', a nanomachine civilization becomes so advanced that their sheer presence starts warping reality through some sort of observer effect, forcing it to transcend from the physical world.
* In the Creator/IsaacAsimov short story "The Last Question", this happens to all of humanity and then to the rest of the universe.
* Averted in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' - after the war finished, the gods offered to make Percy one of them (he declined because he wanted to live a normal teen guy's life). Played straight in ''The Titan's Curse'', the third book: after Zoё Nightshade's death, Artemis asks Thalia to join the Hunters and become her new lieutenant.
* Caitlín is offered this in ''[[PoulAnderson The Avatar]]''. In fact, it's what the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who had engineered all of her [[{{Reincarnation}} several incarnations]] had meant for her to do all along. [[ScrewDestiny However, it's subverted; she declines the offer]].
* In ''[[TheRiftwarCycle Rage of a Demon King]]'', Macros the Black attempted to merge his consciousness with Sarig, the dead God of Magic, and effectively become a God.
* The ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' has the eponymous Aldenta, {{Precursors}} who technically run the interstellar federation, they have slowly withdrawn from this plane. They are presented as jerks who know there are multiple ways to ascend but have reengineered the cultures or biology of the other species to ascend in their way.
* In the ''Literature/CommonwealthSaga'' / Void Trilogy by PeterFHamilton, most species who reach their Singularity do this.
** With the notable exception of the firstlifes, who created the galaxy-devouring Void.
** In the ''Void Trilogy'', the Anomine left their ascension mechanism behind, allowing Gore Burnelli to ascend and reason with the firstlifes to destroy the Void.
* ''TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' does this to every other character. Through [[AGodAmI sorcery]], [[CameBackWrong exposure to various ancient powers]], or apparently just by being complete [[PhysicalGod badasses]], they can literally "ascend" and become godlike beings--many of the lesser gods are known as Ascendants and were once mortal.
* An electronic version of this: after the AI Wintermute merges with {{Neuromancer}}, becoming a virtual entity beyond living comprehension.
* At the end of the ''Literature/{{Skinned}}'' trilogy (now called the "Cold Awakening" trilogy), Lia merges her mind with the internet. Given that the internet plays a role in almost every single aspect of human existence in her world, becoming one with the network renders her omnipresent and essentially omnipotent. First order of business? Reshaping the world as she sees fit.
* Applies to anyone in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series [[CaughtUpInTheRapture who was raptured]] or martyred, as you are given a glorified body. Of course, this means that [[ChasteHero in your glorified state, you cannot fall in love,]] [[ImmortalInfertility neither sire or have children.]] But for those who have been raptured and been with the Lord during the Tribulation, [[BetterThanSex nothing else]] [[LivingForeverIsAwesome quite compares to it]].
** By the end of the Millennium, all naturals who are believers are given glorified bodies.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Two examples:
** Erowin dies and becomes an angel, a being ''much'' more powerful than the dragokin she used to be.
** Dronor dies and becomes a spirit, but his level of power doesn't change. Likely because he's already the single most powerful being in the setting.
* ''Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageKnight'': Bonded weapons are powered by the souls of former knights. Most knights consider the transformation as this trope; an afterlife as a new and different being, and consider it a great honor. Syndil thinks otherwise and that's why he becomes a FallenHero.
* Jenny in ''Literature/TheTruthOfRockAndRoll'' when she becomes a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Rock and Roll Angel]] and the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Rebel Girl. Johnny when he joins her in Rock and Roll Heaven.
* In David Brin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series, this is referred to as "stepping off." Stepping off or sublimation is what every race in the ''Uplift'' universe is supposed to strive for.
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: [[spoiler: The fourth book reveals that David did this, and at the end he gets better.]]
* ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'': [[spoiler: All Five Gatekeepers, once the Old Ones are defeated for good, leave and live in the Dream World, which is implied to be [[{{Heaven}} the Afterlife]].]]
* ''Literature/TheLandOfStories'': The Little Mermaid after her death, becoming the Sea Foam Spirit.
* In A.L. Phillips's ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'', [[spoiler: you must enter "the realm beyond" to access the powers of pure [[LightIsGood Light]] or [[DarkIsEvil Darkness]], and that realm can only be entered by using the Prince's Crown. You do return to the normal world once the change is complete, though.]]
* ''WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' has this for [[spoiler: the Yor'Thae Danifae]]
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* In the series finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' the entire main cast find themselves in an afterlife made from their thoughtforms and, at the very end, transcend it entirely and return to the source of consciousness.
* [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** This is only confirmed in '''non-canon''' novels. In canon, and confirmed by a deleted scene from [[StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]], he returned to Starfleet and was assigned to the USS Titan, Riker's ship.
** The unnamed alien species mentioned in "Skin of Evil" apparently did this in the past, managing to purge themselves of all evil, at which point they became angelic beings and left the mortal world behind. Unfortunately, that cast-off evil became the foul ''thing'' that called itself [[MadeOfEvil Armus]], which murdered Tasha and started torturing the rest of the crew [[ForTheEvulz (simply because killing them wasn't fun after doing it once)]].
* Benjamin Sisko in the finale of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Also Kes from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', although she comes back to Voyager in a later episode (and does not re-ascend.)
** Also with Amanda from "True Q," though it is more of heritage than ascend.
** The episode "Transfigurations" features a rescued alien dealing in this trope.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Daniel Jackson, though he later returns. Often enough for Jack to tell him that they won't mourn or do a funeral for him and that he knows he is just waiting for a cool opportunity to come back. After which he comes back. The exact phrase is also commonly used, although just the first word ("ascended") often. Does it need mentioning that near the end of the series, pretty much the next best thing happens to him?
** He temporarily becomes an Ori Prior.
** The entire population of Abydos was saved by ascending, even though preparing for it is supposed to take both wisdom and preparation. This was '''much''' worse than the Daniel incident, since they [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse aren't even mentioned again.]] They were most likely helped along by Oma Desala, due to her tendency to "assist" mortal beings in ascending (like she did to Daniel).
** Daniel Jackson even ascended again for [[TenMinuteRetirement two episodes]] to return after an unavoidable death; has come back in [[AppliedPhlebotinum other ways]], has been [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat presumed dead in error]], and his death has been [[DeathFakedForYou faked by third parties]]. So Jackson is an [[ZigZaggingTrope odd example of this trope]], as DeathIsCheap is a RunningGag for him.
** Anubis, one of the [[BigBad more pre-eminent villains]] of the series, managed to connive his way to being ascended by Oma. When the other Ascended beings realized how evil he was, they sent him back to the physical plane; except he retains all the knowledge he gained while ascended and is an unkillable energy being; they did this to punish Oma by allowing Anubis to wreak havoc against mortals with the knowledge she had given him.
* Spoofed in ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ("SamsonVsTheVampireWomen"), in which TV's Frank is visited by [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Torgo]] ("Yes, that was my name, and so you may still call me, but I am Torgo the White"), who takes him away to a "Second Banana Heaven," inhabited entirely by sidekicks and henchmen (TV's Frank later gets a job as a GrimReaper in the episode "Soultaker," claiming Second Banana Heaven was "too political").
** And then played straight when everyone on the Satellite of Love turned into Pure Energy ala ''2001: A Space Odyssey'', at the end of their seventh season. Remember, Best Brains thought their show was cancelled for good.
*** And it gets spoofed when it's revealed that Crow got bored of it five minutes later and decides to come back.
* What exactly happened to Cordelia Chase (of ''Series/{{Angel}}'') is a bit of a mystery. She seems to ascend at the end of season 3, but it's discovered in season 4 that she's trapped in some cloud plane. The audience is fooled into believing she comes back, but it's really the higher power (Jasmine) who orchestrated Cordy's ascension. After her death, she really does ascend, though. It's worth noting that being trapped on the cloud plain may have been a plot orchestrated by the season's big bad.
--> '''Skip:''' Cordelia was chosen to become a higher being because she's such a pure, radiant saint. (scoffs) PLEASE!
* In ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', the Mayor of Sunnydale has had devised a very thorough and long-lasting plan of Ascension for himself, which was known to ultimately transform a human being into an embodiment of a pure demon.
* The KoreanDrama ''[[FortyNineDays 49 Days]]'' has someone ''literally'' getting on a celestial elevator.
* ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' has the Karmanians, a species whose members leave their magical power to a worthy successor before ascending into a phoenix-like form. Of course, this leads to Shane getting a NextTierPowerUp.
* Carl Carlson, in ''{{Series/Eureka}},'' winds up integrating with the godlike Artifact.
* Solosians in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Mutants" become near-omnipotent beings... in reaction to their planet experiencing summer.
** In "The End of Time", it turns out that this is Rassilon's ambition for the Time Lords: he uses the Master to free Gallifrey and the Time Lords from the time lock, knowing full well that this will bring [[SealedEvilInACan all the horrors of the Time War]] with it, and plans to handle ''that'' by [[OmnicidalManiac destroying time itself]], with the Time Lords becoming beings of pure consciousness in order to escape said apocalypse.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': In the Season 1 Episode "Mind War" Jason Ironheart ascends. It is shown that one million years later, Mankind (and some of the other Younger Races, too) will also leave behind their material forms and ascend to become glowy EnergyBeings.
** Lorien possibly helps John Sheridan ascend.
* This happens to John and Mary Winchester's respective spirits when each sacrifice his/her earthly ghost to form to save Sam and Dean on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
** To a certain extent, Castiel in "Swan Song" when he dies only to be brought back minutes later, "better than ever" meaning he's now a seraph.
* Parodied with Michael leaving the show after the first season of ''SaluteYourShorts'':
--> '''Ug''': "He's... he's gone to a better place." \\
'''Telly''': "He's dead?" \\
'''Ug''': "No, he's ''really'' gone to a better place. He's gone hiking with his parents in Switzerland."
* The Whitelighters in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
** The ancestors of the Halliwell sisters are not Whitelighters but have a similar status as ascended matriarchs (not that it stops them from coming back, of course).
* ''Beggars And Choosers'': This was Brad's [[AssPull quick explanation]] for the disappearance of Parker's ashes.
* This to happens to Reapers from ''DeadLikeMe'' (they get "promoted") when they collect their quota of souls.
* The Finale of ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' has this happen to Starbuck, after it is revealed she had been DeadAllAlong (well, dead since her Viper crashed on Earth).
** It is heavily implied that this is Anders's fate too, hence the "I'll see you on the other side". It also means the two characters ended up TogetherInDeath.
* The [[WhatCouldHaveBeen "Coda"]] written for ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, its original showrunner, who was fired after "Ouroborous", states that Beka would have ended the threat of the Spirit of the Abyss by merging with it and doing this.
* German soap opera (yes, this is no joke) ''Anna und die Liebe'' has a detailed description of what happens when you die. [[AttendingYourOwnFuneral You go to your funeral]] and get a British-style cab right to heaven or you can just on your way to the cab turn your head to your loved ones and then stay on earth for eternity with invisibility and teleporting powers which would grant you unlimited freedom. Even when you are bored with that you would only need to find another ghost who is about to go into his cab to afterlife. The only downside is that this seems to be reserved only for people that would go into heaven, as when the only evil character died there were only stairs down to hell in a bright room with no escape.
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* In {{Ayreon}}, after the end of the world, this happens to the last living human through a machine called the Dream Sequencer in "The Universal Migrator".
* Happens to Dargor at the end of RhapsodyOfFire's ''Dark Secret Saga''.
* Implied to have happened to Major Tom in Music/PeterSchilling's "Major Tom (Coming Home)".
-->"No one understands, but Major Tom sees. 'Now the light commands. This is my home. I'm coming home.'""
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* Several mortals in GreekMythology became gods for various reasons:
** Heracles and Dionysius were both sons of Zeus who later ascended to become gods on Mount Olympus after their mortal selves died.
** The warrior Diomedes, who appears in ''Literature/TheIliad'', was given divinity by Athena as a reward for his skill and courage.
** The mortal woman Psyche was made immortal after she married Eros, the god of love.
** The mortal woman Ino, who had taken care of Dionysius when he was young, was rewarded by Zeus by being made into a goddess who helped rescue shipwrecked sailors, appears in ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' aiding Odysseus when he's lost at sea.
** Ariadne was turned into a goddess by her husband Dionysus.
* Almost half of the gods in ChineseMythology were mortal people in a distant past (some myths tell that even the Jade Emperor was a mortal and not to forget the well known Eight Immortals, every one of which were made "xian", immortals or gods, after a tragic life or death). In Buddhist lore, almost every bodhisattva (god-like buddhist saints who obtained Nirvana but rejected it to help out suffering people) are proof of this trope.
* Literature/{{Gilgamesh}} attempted this in the later half of his epic, making this trope one of the oldest in existence. Interestingly, he ''failed'' - the first of an indeterminate number of tests he had to pass in order to accomplish this was to go for an entire week without sleep, which he was unable to do (Which, given that this is a key part of Hell Week, implies that Navy Seals are one step closer to godhood than everyone else in the world).
* The doctrine of the Rapture in Christianity is based on this trope, that at the time of Jesus' SecondComing, not only will the dead be raised and given [[ResurrectiveImmortality incorruptible immortal bodies]], but so also will the generation of believers living at the time as they are raised to meet the Lord in the air so that they'll never even see death. Scriptures that are used to support this belief include 1st Corinthians 15:51-57 and 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17. It is believed that Enoch of Literature/TheBible was an example of this.
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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th edition, this is the standard fate for epic characters in various versions (some becoming ''normal'' deities, archmages becoming one with the world's magic and others pursuing still other kinds of ascension).
** In the colored-boxed set versions you ascended around 36th level and became a god. You could keep playing to near-omnipotence and choose to return to mortal form. Going through two entire cycles of mortality and rising to omnipotence caused you to ''really really'' ascend and vanish completely.
** A few well-known gods were once mortals, or are believed to have been so. Vecna, one of the most notorious evil gods was definitely human (and then a "regular" lich once before becoming the lich-god he is now; a more benign god who may have been human (his worshippers claim so) was the god of justice St. Cuthbert, but if that is true, his life as a mortal man was in the ''far'' distant past, and whatever society and culture he belonged to has long-since died out.
* This is the goal of The Believers of the Source in the ''{{Planescape}}'' campaign. (Actually, they believe it's supposed to be ''everyone's'' goal, they're just the ones who actively pursue it.)
* It's implied that humans who become avatars for Living Saints in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' effectively take this route, it's probably one of the closest things to a Happy Ending one can achieve in the CrapsackWorld as a human.
** Chaos champions who are favored by their gods and don't lose their minds to the constant mutations are sometimes transformed into Daemon Princes. They go and live in the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace warp]], commanding the armies of their gods in their eternal internal struggles, though they're sometimes called back to the material realms whenever the tides of Chaos are strong enough to allow a demonic incursion.
* This is the ultimate goal of the player characters in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'': attaining full understanding of the universe and "ascending" into the Umbra, becoming one of the Oracles who guides the hand of Fate.
** In the reboot of the line, ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', a group of mages known as the Exarchs pulled this off in pre-history... and [[CrapsackWorld that's when things started to suck]], seeing as the Exarchs decided magic was ''their'' ball, and no one was going to take it from them. Fortunately, a group of princes with some knowledge of magic calling themselves the Oracles created the Watchtowers, which allow the titular mages to temporarily enter these higher planes of existence and come back with the knowledge of how to do magic.
*** Both the Silver Ladder and the Free Council have the long-term objective of re-establishing a connection to the Supernal Realms and allowing all of humanity of Awaken and ascend. [[WeAreStrugglingTogether If only they could agree on how ...]] (The Ladder envisions a OneWorldOrder [[TheMagocracy Magocracy]], while the Council focuses on democracy and sees any kind of hierarchy as suppressing the human spirit.)
* This is the goal of quite a few {{NPC}}s (and possibly the player characters) in ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies''; there's a whole fleet of Archetypes one can follow for power (such as the True King, the Fool, the MVP, and the Flying Woman). Those who best embody the role ascend to the Invisible Clergy, and are slotted to have a role in the remaking of the universe once all the slots are filled... assuming someone else doesn't kick them out first. The only way to ascend to an Archetype that is already filled is to have a different take on it- in ''To Go'', this can happen to either Dermott Arkane as the Heisenberg Messenger (a herald of uncertainty, representing the influence of opinions on news) or Erica Fisher as the True Executive (replacing the True King's noblesse oblige with efficiency and modern thinking.)
** Or humanity collectively decides they're not doing their job well enough. It's that kind of game.
* In the Glorantha-based ''Heroquest'', it's what happens if you progress far enough in most schools of magic. You might become united with your god, or ascend to the magical plane. Or you might simply transcend human cares and motivations (or if things go wrong, become irretrievably insane). Regardless, you don't get to play that character any more--either he's gone, or he becomes a non-player character. (It usually doesn't happen accidentally; it's more of a way to gracefully retire a character who's done it all.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' makes this a possibility for the Infernal Exalted. Like in the ''Akira'' example mentioned above, however, it's not so much about ''ascending'' to another plane of existence as ''becoming'' another plane of existence. Infernals receive all their Charms directly from their [[EldritchAbomination Yozi]] masters, including the ones that allow the Yozis to [[GeniusLoci exist as worlds within themselves]].
* Possible, though rare, in the ForgottenRealms setting. The result is a new deity.
** Following the Time of Troubles, a triad of adventurers, the mercenary Kelemvor Lyonsbane, the wizard Midnight, and the thief Cyric, ascended to become the deities of death, magic, and betrayal, respectively.
** Finder Wyvernspur was a Cormyrean nobleman and a bard before stealing the spark of the dead god Moander and being made a god.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', a small percentage of creatures have the ability to do this, an abilty commonly known as the "spark". A few actually are able to do this and become planeswalkers.
** Xenagos ascended ''twice'', first into a Planeswalker and later into one of the gods of Theros.
* TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG has Constellar Sombre and Evilswarm Kerykeion who have successfully defeated Sophia, Goddess of Rebirth and ascended to a higher plane of existence (as mentioned in the DT Story Guide), becoming the twin serpents pictured in Breath of the Divine Serpent.
* JAGSWonderland has an interesting example. [[spoiler:This is the eventual fate of humanity]].
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* Grizabella at the end of the musical ''{{Cats}}''; once a year the cats reunite to choose one among them to do so.
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* Your character does this at the start of ''ImmortalDefense'' in order to combat enemy fleets as they travel through hyperspace before they invade your home planet.
* Dr. Malcolm Somerset in the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' series. Represented by Somerset ''descending'' levels and levels of stairs.
* Not a PutOnABus situation, but the ''GalacticCivilizations'' series allows the player to research a long branch of effect-less technologies that eventually lead to a Technology Victory, in which everyone in your species becomes an energy being.
** In the latest expansion to ''GalacticCivilizations 2'', resources called Ascension Crystals were added. To use them, you have to build a starbase on them, and each map has five. If a crystal is turned on, that starbase provides one point per turn. You need a thousand points to ascend, which is an instant-win condition. The problem? These starbases, unlike all others, can ''not'' be upgraded with defenses, and (quite understandably) attempting to become a god tends to piss off the other civilizations.
* Similarly, one of the possible victory conditions in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is called the Ascent to Transcendence, where the human race links up with the planetary mind and abandons the need for corporeal form.
** "Eternity lies ahead of us, and behind. Have you drunk your fill?"
* Alpha Centauri's spiritual successor, ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' brings back Transcendence as a possible Victory for factions with a Harmony affinity.
* Even more similar is a semi-canon example in a mod for ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Sid Meier's Civilization IV]]'' where in the space mod, one of the victory conditions has you pass through some sort of portal and ascend to a higher plane of existence. The phrase is in the actual wording for the victory condition.
* Happens literally to [[EvilutionaryBiologist Krelian]] in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. His goal the whole time was for ''everyone'' to come with him, [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans whether they wanted to or not.]]
** Also happens to Fei and Elly, except that they come back: after being murdered/forced to make heroic sacrifices/driven to insanity for 10,000 years, it seems that they want to enjoy an [[HappilyMarried ordinary life together]] in the physical realm.
* In the final level of ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', Arkantos is granted Blessing by Zeus, effectively an EleventhHourSuperpower, and becomes a demi-god. He destroys the Poseidon statue, which kills Gargarensis. He ascends into heaven, and only returns a few times in the Titans expansion to reveal information to people.
* This is the ONLY way to win at ''NetHack''. And before you can do that, you have to delve to the bottom of the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dungeons of]] [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom]], descend into [[PlanetHeck the depths of the underworld]], retrieve the [[MacGuffin Amulet of Yendor]], and get back in one piece.
** Not to mention that before you actually ascend to godhood, you have to make it through the elemental planes and the astral plane in one piece...
* This happens to the entire population of the alien world of Cocytus in Lucasarts' ''VideoGame/TheDig'': Their technology allows them to create an interdimensional gate, which they use to literally AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence called Spacetime Six, where a person can observe and move in three dimensions of space as well as three dimensions of time, contrasting "our" dimension, Spacetime Four. The only trouble is that (a) they find out that it's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever boring as Hell]] (pun intentional) and (b) they can't get back (oops). The protagonists of the game, having arrived LateToTheTragedy on the deserted planet, eventually manage to reactivate the gate and lead the Cocytans back into the real world, for which they earn eternal gratitude and (implied in the ending) the services of a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens vastly superior culture]] on behalf of humanity.
* The titular premise of ''UltimaIX: Ascension''. It's nowhere near as awe inspiring as it sounds.
* Yuko ascends to become a goddess at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Valis}} III''. This lets ''Valis IV'' start with a new heroine after three games starring Yuko.
* Used as a form of ResetButton for ''KingdomOfLoathing''. It turns out the afterlife is boring, so you reincarnate to [[NewGamePlus start your quest over, with an extra skill or two]]. And all your items, which are put into Ancestral Mini-Storage.
* Happens, in conjunction with a JourneyToFindOneself, to Ashley Riot at the end of ''VagrantStory'', having inherited all the power of Le?onde and become something other than human.
* The secret reports of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' state that in usual games, exceptional Players are offered to ascend to the plane of Angels, instead of being reborn. Mr. Hanekoma is one of these ascended Angels (and if KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 is to be believed, then Joshua is one as well). Their purpose is to watch over the Reaper's game and help the composer. They are also talented artists (in the RG) with the ability to add imprinting messages to their art-piece. They use this ability to inspire the people to live a happy and interesting life. If the game Neku participated in would have been a usual one, he would probably been offered to become an angel as well, after the character development he'd undergone in the first week, thanks to Shiki.
** Also counts if Players opt to become a Reaper. Heck, even being dead enough to play The Game counts. Turns out the living world is Shibuya's baseband frequency, everything else transmits right over the top of it.
* In the Action RPG game ''TooHuman'', Baldur and his NPC allies literally ascend to Valhalla (via vakyrie) when they are killed in battle.
** Via an incredibly slow-ass Valkyrie. And the entire animation is unskippable, to boot.
* This appears to be the fate of Nicholas Wrightson in ''VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy''. After you defeat him in battle, he suffers a SuperPowerMeltdown; seconds before he and all his [[EldritchAbomination aura beasts]] disappear in a flash of light, he screams "I can see the other side! It's ''beautiful!''"
* Inverted in ''PlanescapeTorment''. At the end of the game, should the Nameless One merge with his rogue mortality, it is rather heavily implied that absorbing the knowledge and skills of all of his hundreds - or hundreds of ''thousands'' - previous lives has transformed him into a being of nearly godlike power. Unfortunately, he's still got to pay for the sin that drove him to become immortal in the first place, so he's dragged down into one of the Lower Planes of Existence to serve out his sentence as a soldier in the Blood War.
** Although with that level of power, he might decide to take over the lower planes instead...
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. Technically speaking, he's not dead, at least not until ''Zero 2'' or ''3'', depending on the definition of death concerning [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Reploids]], using his physical body as the "can" for the SealedEvilInACan, and throughout the series is now in a [[EnergyBeing form]] that is the closest thing the [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Reploids]] have to a "ghost."
* Aerith/Aeris in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Once she dies, she controls TheLifestream to destroy [[ColonyDrop Meteor]] and save the world. In the sequel she calls down healing rain to save the world a second time, and in the tie-in short stories she's the leader of an effort within the Lifestream to contain Sephiroth's infection of it.
* ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'': In the final chapter of the game, appropriately titled "The Goddess," Nariko overcomes/embraces the sword's true power and becomes a literal avatar of light, her aura sweeping aside armies of mortal soldiers as she walks towards the final battle.
* ''Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight'': When you finally return the Moonstone to Stonehenge, this is your reward. Through a druid ritual, you ascend to a higher plane of existence, becoming both a constellation and a legend "passed from one generation to the next."
* In ''{{Okami}}'' this happens to Amaterasu and Waka at the end of the game, ''literally'', but not quite in the way one'd think - they actually ''travel'' up to the Celestial Plane.
* Supposedly this is exactly why you don't see any Chozo in the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' games, even though there's evidence that they've been nearly everywhere. The fate of their race has (possibly intentionally) never been adequately explained, although it's said that when the Chozo could advance no further, they withdrew from the universe to watch other races develop.
** This is reinforced in the Prime Games, but a lot is still vague.
* Kormir replaces Abaddon at the end of ''GuildWars Nightfall''.
* The [[ThePrecursors Titans]] in ''BrutalLegend'' play a bit with this trope: They ascended and essentially became gods thanks to the PowerOfRock.
* In third-person action game ''{{Rune}}'', protagonist ends the game by ascending into Valhalla (a proper reward for any Viking hero).
* Four of the six main storylines of ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' involve or touch upon this one way or the other. The ones that involve it most heavily are the Vell-os and Polaris storylines (in the first, you participate in the Vell-os' ascension, scheduled for as soon as they are freed from slavery, despite not technically ''being'' a Vell-os, and in the second, you [[[DescendFromAHigherPlaneOfExistence re-]]]ascend into becoming a part of the universe itself). Only the Federation and Pirate storylines lacks the Vell-os ascending and an epilogue stating that, in some far-off distant future, humanity as a whole will leave the corporeal behind.
* In the ''CommandAndConquer Tiberium'' series, this is one of the stated goals of [[DarkMessiah Kane]]. The details of what ascension is actually supposed to even mean, to begin with, to be revealed in the fourth and final game.
** Well, Kane's intended destination is implied to be a planet, rather than a higher plane, after he was left stranded on Earth. That said, the ending fits the bill regardless, with Kane and the entire Brotherhood disappearing after stepping into the Threshold.
* In the ''{{Arcanum}}'' your PC can achieve a status of deity by the end of the game. Furthermore, you can simply chose what type of deity you want to be in a final dialog with BigBad. Although it requires the PC to commit a ''Double FaceHeelTurn'' of a sort.
* In the end of ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'' all your party ascends to the Cosmic Circle, where they take the role of [[AGodAmI new gods]] through control of a [[CosmicKeystone Cosmic Forge]]. Then you can literally rewrite a part of a cosmic history, or even ally with the BigBad for a truly awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2spfbHJJfDs Evil Ending]] .
* At the end of ''BaldursGate II: Throne of Bhaal'', the PlayerCharacter may choose to [[AGodAmI become a god]]. There's even some emphasis on how this choice means leaving forever while staying a mortal doesn't, even though the game ends there anyway.
** Also, if you have Keldorn in your party when you finish the game, his epilogue mentions that he got picked to be the right hand man of the setting's god of justice at the moment of his death.
* In the ''{{Starcraft}} II: Wings of Liberty'' campaign, Tassadar who died in the original game briefly reappears floating and states that he didn't die... and never will.
* Ascending to a Higher Plane of Existence is (usually) a prerequisite for becoming an arcana in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''.
* In ''{{Halo}}'', the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] believes that the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] used the titular Halos to achieve this. They were wrong.
* According to ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi]]'', Saint Elimine never died. As the founder of Etruria and MessianicArchetype among the heroes of the legend, one her mission in life was over she simply ascended to Heaven from a tower in the Etrurian capital, Aquleia. Said place became the Tower of the Saint and the placeholder of her spell book, [[HolyHandGrenade Aureola]], alongside the [[SimpleStaff Saint's Staff.]]
* Happened to Mirsa in the backstory of ''RomancingSaGa'', following his HeroicSacrifice that sealed [[BigBad Saruin]] 1000 years prior.
* The stated goal of the shaman in ''PopulousTheBeginning'', she ascends to godhood in level 24 and level 25 is played from a god like perceptive
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, one of the art books states that many of the spell keepers of the Omega, Tera and Peta-level spells were former humans, demons and angels, and considering the sheer number of keepers from game to game, apparently quite a few of them had met some kind of qualification. In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'', a former war nurse ascends to become n angel after her death.
* Feena and Lair at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II'' (although they descended from a higher plane of existence first), and the rest of the Eldeen race in the backstory of ''Ys VI''.
* This is one possibility of what happened to the Dwemer in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. While messing about with the heart of a destroyed god, they either completely annihilated their entire race...or ascended to a higher plane.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is the true motivation behind the Thalmor banning Talos worship. They want to depower Talos by depriving him of mortal worship because he is the last thing preserving the physical world. The Thalmor believe that the unmending of the physical world will restore the Altmer to divinity. The FantasticRacism is just a cover.
* May be what happens to Morrigan at the end of the ''Witch Hunt'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. She passes through a CoolGate into somewhere unknown, "beyond this world, beyond the Fade."
* Although it's more of a Return To A Higher Plane of Existence, this is Chip's ultimate fate in ''SonicUnleashed''.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' two of the endings lead to Shepard uploading him/herself into the catalyst, in one s/he takes control of the Reapers, in the other s/he combines synthetic and organic life, and it's implied that s/he becomes part of the reapers, or synthetic hybrids in the process.
** The Extended Cut version of the Control ending is narrated by Immortal-Reaper-God Shepard. He / she now understands what words like "eternal" and "infinite" actually mean, and declares the entire galaxy under their protection. This either means that you vow to use your new existence to, if a Paragon, guide the galaxy into a new era of peace or, if Renegade, vow to [[KnightTemplar destroy anyone who threatens your version of "peace."]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'', your character was implied to have frozen to death climbing the summit to the final destination and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence by the {{Precursors}}. This or the character went through {{Reincarnation}}.
* In the final ending of ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' after the source of mantra is destroyed, This presumably happens to Asura and the rest of the Shinkoku race after they can no longer exist, or go through {{Reincarnation}} after that.
* The game over screen of laserdisc game ''Badlands'' had Buck doing this.
* One of the deaths of ''VideoGame/TimeGal'' had Reika doing this if "Pray to God" is selected after the plane blows up.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'' has [[spoiler:Princess Shokura]] doing this at the end of the game.
* Happens when Kirby dies in ''VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack''. Don't worry, the Kirbys can bring the angel Kirby down and revert it to the blue color.
* ''Kid Kool and the Quest for the Seven Wonder Herbs'' has this if you lose all of your lives. The king's assistant says that Kid Kool has died, and the king says that the game is over. But a continue option will be added. If it is selected, Kid Kool, as an angel, returns to the king and says, "I'm sorry about that. I guess I died." According to JamesRolfe in his WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd review, the king can bring Kid Kool back to life, and Kid Kool thanks the king. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXPaJ3h_Yak&feature=channel&t=11m56s Here]] is a reaction to one of the reviewers '''and''' the entire cutscene.
* In the final route of ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' Taiga gains the power of the Messiah, but is rejected by God. This is one level of powerup and pretty impressive. After this he fuses all the Aether Relics together, which essentially turns him omnipotent in terms of causing damage, but incapable of creating anything. He then proceeds to fight God endlessly before he finally manages to place a seal over him and return back for his happy ending.
* In the second ''{{Xenosaga}}'' game, this happens to [[spoiler: Albedo.]]
* In a very odd example of this trope being used as punishment on a villain, the final DownloadableContent mission for ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'''': Guardian Signs'' has Purple Eyes, who is by now a MisanthropeSupreme trying to tell [[{{God}} Arceus]] to destroy humanity, [[DoNotTauntCthulhu get taken back to Arceus's home plane of existence]] to keep him away from this reality.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', the real Maxwell gives Milla the choice of either living out the rest of her life as a normal human or becoming his successor. She picks the later, essentially becoming the goddess of Reize Maxia.
* If you choose the pro-transhumanist ending in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Adam Jensen delivers a message, saying "For the first time in history, we have a chance to steal fire from the gods. To turn away from it now - to stop pursuing a future in which technology and biology combine, leading to the promise of a Singularity - would mean to deny the very essence of who we are. No doubt the road to get there will be bumpy, hurting some people on the way. But won't achieving the dream be worth it? We can become the gods we've always been striving to be. We might as well get good at it."
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* Eternals in ''EienNoAselia'' work like this. You agree to become one, you get tested to see if you're capable, and if you are, everyone forgets you even existed apart from other Eternals. And then you disappear from whatever world you came from altogether.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' you can ascend by accomplishing an impossible miracle, being worshipped after death by large groups of people, or swearing into a Guardian Contract with the world. However, it's a pretty raw deal, as while it [[BlessedWithSuck grants apparent immortality,]] you do not retain the memories of incarnations sent into the world, exist outside time and Guardians get the extra special benefit of getting sent to 'preserve the balance' ie. kill lots of people so they don't kill even more people. They don't remember doing this after going back where they come from, but they know it's happened and know they're doing it. Oh, and you don't get any free will either unless you happen to be participating in the Grail War. Did we mention that the Grail will eat your soul if you're a Heroic Spirit? That means you don't even get reincarnation like normal humans. Yay ascension!
** Actually, the Grail doesn't consume their soul, because the Servants are copies of the Heroic Spirit stored in Akasha; the original is unaffected. Still pretty gruesome, though.
** On the other hand, [[UpdatedRerelease Realta Nua's Last Episode]] implies a brighter form of ascension when Shirou manages to reunite with Saber in Avalon.
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* Technically happens to two characters in ''AnsemRetort''. Early on in the first season, Sora receives the powers of a demi-god but quickly forgets about them due to his amnesia. Several hundred episodes later, Axel achieves Reverse Nirvana, which effectively makes him an evil Buddhist god with the ability to use mind bullets and nuke cities at will. However, as an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] neither character has left the comic. Hell, Axel's forgotten sometimes that he has mind bullets.
* Officer Getskilled in ''{{Girly}}'', who pulls off a HeroicSacrifice by TakingTheBullet for his friends only to be saved by an immortal who is impressed with his bravery and carries him off to a never-ending life of love and adventure.
* In ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'' Ozy's mother apparently ascended after creating the perfect ice cream flavour.
* ''{{Narbonic}}'' had Mell be assumed into Heaven. Apparently it's a requirement for their apology, if the forces of Good cause havock by accident. [[LawfulStupid Never mind that the people who just suffered might really prefer the damage being cleaned up]] or maybe a cheque, or something, rather than forcible Ascension of one of their friends. It lasts about a week, and then she apparently sets Heaven on fire, gets tossed down into Hell, becomes a lawyer for the demons down there, and gets tossed back out to Earth. This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she requests that her ex-demon boyfriend wait long enough for a ''metric ton'' of business cards to follow after her; apparently, despite the rumours, she's the only lawyer to wind up down there so far - or at least, the only one interested in doing any business.
* ''SomethingPositive'' - Joked over recently by Mr. Sandersan who, upon hearing that Davan's mother Faey spent her life sober, said she must have risen to heaven held only by beams of light and her obvious sainthood because she raised Davan, completely sober at all times.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', if you have reached the top of the Echeladder, die on your Medium's Quest Bed and still have your dream self alive, you can ascend to God Tier and become near {{Immortal}}. This is how John, Jade and Vriska reached God Tier. Coincidentally, they are all Prospit Dreamers, but Derse Dreamers do have Quest Beds on their planet. However, should you not have one of these things done, [[KilledOffForReal well...]]
** The second method of ascension, shown by Dave, Rose and Aradia involves dying on a Quest Bed located at the core of Derse. Presumably Prospit Dreamers have their equivalents in the core of Prospit, but we have not currently seen any. All of the Derse Dreamers who reached God Tier had already lost their non-Dream Selves and ascended with their Dream Self dying on the Quest Bed in the core of Derse.
* The FreakAngels end up this way, outside time and able to communicate with their past selves.
* In the backstory of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the goblin warlord known as The Dark One (due to his purple skin) was elevated to godhood after his assassination during AggressiveNegotiations when his followers went on a yearlong campaign of vengeance in his name.
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* Members of the Wiki/ChurchOfTheBrokenGod believe this will happen to them if they reconstruct the Clockwork God.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Geraud Aurelac and Grady Silverbranch use the Silver Branch, a magical scepter, to fuse with the dying Yggdrasil World Tree in order to create a new, healthy world tree, the Silverbranch Tree, in order to cleanse the world from the taint which has plagued it for centuries. After the fusion, Geraud and Grady's spirits retain their individuality but promote the tree's agenda from that moment onward, becoming its spokesmen to anyone visiting the tree. There are also rumours of a way for a mortal, if they are in possession of certain artifacts, to ascend and attain godhood, which is the goal of the leaders of two separate factions.
* The horribleness of ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'' transforms WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic into [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey The Star Child]].
** In ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', The Nostalgia Critic's [[HeroicSacrifice ultimate fate]] is fusing with [[NegativeSpaceWedgie The Plot Hole]] to stabilize it, just as it absorbs the entirety of Earth. As revealed in ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'', this is basically making him {{God}}. [[note]]He insists its more like what happened to Dave at the end of Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey, apparently believing that [[MindScrew that explains anything]].[[/note]]
*** However, ''The Review Must Go On'' reversed that. The Critic convinces Creator/DougWalker that there's still potential for him, an AssPull is used to explain that Donnie Dupree from ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' is the Nostalgia Critic in purgatory, and the Nostalgia Critic comes back. Don't worry about the PlotHole though: Douchey [=McNitpick=] ascends to take his place.
* Intern Vithia of [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale Night Vale Community Radio]] found the identity of [[TheNondescript The Man In The Tan Jacket]] and was about to reveal it to the town, but she ascended to Heaven enveloped in a [[DarkIsNotEvil black aura]] [[TheUnreveal before she could tell anyone]].
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* One of the villains from the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' was beaten by "[[[DevolutionDevice evolving]] him] towards the infinite, far beyond such primitive concepts as good and evil."
* From ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Princess Yue dies and becomes the new Moon Spirit after Admiral Zhao kills the original in the attack on the Northern Water Tribe.
-->'''Sokka:''' My first girlfriend turned into the ''moon''.
-->'''Zuko:''' That's rough, buddy.
** Former avatars are absorbed into the Avatar Spirit. Aang has the ability to summon them when he needs them, and they appear able to appear to him on their own when they think he needs their counsel.
*** Aang himself was absorbed after his death, and is now the de facto counselor to Korra.
** In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', it is revealed that Iroh entered the spirit world and left his physical body behind before he died.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** Retroactively happens to Optimus Prime when he is killed in ''TransformersTheMovie'' (the first one). He "joins his essence with the Matrix" and shows up as a SpiritAdvisor from time to time in the third season of the old show.
** The same thing happens with Alpha Trion (the robot who rebuilt Optimus) in the 2-part episode "The Key to Vector Sigma."
** Optimus eventually is resurrected, but when he journeys into the Matrix to find out how to stop the Hate Plague, he doesn't encounter the version of himself contained in it. Later, when he accesses Vector Sigma to get information about how to stop the Earth and Cybertron from being destroyed by a Decepticon plan, he encounters Alpha Trion (on the other side of symbolic chasm).
* The Flash got pulled ''back from'' the "Higher Plane" of the Speedforce in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode "Divided We Fall".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': [=SpongeBob=] earns himself a chance to do this, but [[StatusQuoIsGod obviously]] doesn't.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In one episode, Professor Farnsworth uses a batch of nanobots to clean the water of a lifeless planet. However, they begin evolving (not HollywoodEvolution, mind you) at an extremely rapid pace due to their being robots. In a matter of days, they go from nanobots to robotic dinosaurs to humanoid robots and eventually doing this.
** In "Overclockwise", Bender is overclocked by Cubert to make his reflexes faster for playing video games. Bender then begins overclocking himself, becoming smarter and able to predict the future. Eventually he becomes a god-like entity, able to create new worlds just by belching. Eventually the ResetButton is pushed when Mom captures him and [[BroughtDownToNormal resets him to factory standards]], as user licenses are apparently more strictly enforced in the 31st Century.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Gi-Ants" has super-intelligent ants, in the course of one day, developing agriculture, then an industrial revolution, then high technology, and then self-enlightenment. This all leads up to ''this'' gem as they head off to space to find themselves a new home:
--> '''Phineas:''' Bye! Have fun evolving past the need for physical existence!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure]]", Twilight Sparkle does this very briefly before returning to the physical realm as a PhysicalGod, which was the whole point of the exercise in the first place.
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* Many religions, not just Christianity, believe their gods or saints were once human beings who did this. Some NewAge devotees believe anyone can "raise their body" given the proper lifestyle and attitude, and that ultimately we all will.
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