->'''Ram:''' Do you believe in the Users?\\
'''Crom:''' Sure I do. If I don't have a User, then who wrote me?
-->-- ''{{Film/Tron}}''

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A Deity of Human Origin is an actual God made by or from a human (or humans). Not merely godlike, but an actual de facto God who has created a universe or sentient species or performed some other feat worthy of a true god. May or may not still have a physical body.

It may be a person who was raised up by other gods, or a computer program that has somehow tapped into a source of divine power, or anything, really. The important thing is that it's an actual God with roots in humanity.

This may ''overlap'' with AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, but that trope doesn't require actual Godhood, and this trope doesn't require a higher plane.

If the Deity of Human Origin is [[TheMaker the creator]] of the world/universe, then it's another one than the one he grew up in... unless he's in a StableTimeLoop, of course.

Having created a world does not automatically make a person into this trope: It's a matter of how the whole thing is portrayed. Let's say that some guy creates a virtual world where the computer programs are real individuals with real emotion & self-aware intelligence. If the programmer [[Film/TheThirteenthFloor comes across as]] having crossed some kind of MoralEventHorizon, it's not this trope. If [[{{Film/Tron}} they instead come across as]] some kind of CrystalDragonJesus, it's definitely this trope.

In a setting where [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly gods are powered by the faith of their followers]], it may be possible for a mortal to ascend to godhood with sufficient worship. The classic example is a hero so renowned that the common people pray to him or her for aid.

In any case, the trope name uses the word "[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman human]]" in a very broad sense -- [[OurElvesAreBetter Fantasy creatures]] can be included.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Earth's god in ''Manga/DragonBall'' falls into this category, where essentially anyone strong and pure of heart can qualify for the role. The current god even considers giving it to [[IdiotHero Son Goku]] at one point. Note that as Kami is a RubberForeheadAlien, and Goku is a {{Human Alien|s}}, actually being a native Earth species ''isn't'' a requirement.
** In ''Battle Of The Gods'', it is revealed that Saiyans can do a temporary version of this: in times of crisis, five good-hearted Saiyans can combine their energies into a sixth and have him become the "Super Saiyan God". [[spoiler:Goku does this but somehow retains a portion of the Super Saiyan God powers after it was supposed to have worn off, and Whis suggests that Goku could one day become the new God of Destruction (Goku declines).]]
* The elevation of Yurie, the title character of ''{{Anime/Kamichu}}'' to divine status in much the same way as listed in Myth below, kick starts the plot and her learning how to deal with her new status is a significant point in many episodes.
* The Exis from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', a result of humans trying to "build Gods". They are extremely powerful and cannot be interfered with in their sphere of influence. Currently, only one Exis of five is known and that is [[TheGhost Phantaminum]].
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''
** Aizen, though he is most assuredly of the GodIsEvil variety.
** Kurosaki Ichigo was born a Human with Shinigami powers. By the climax of Deicide [[spoiler:he is so powerful that his reiatsu is now in a dimension twice removed from the Shinigami.]]
* The Lifemaker/Mage of the Beginning in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima,'' as can probably be guessed from the name, is the creator of the Magical World and presumably its first inhabitant. The Lifemaker is over two thousand years old, immensely powerful, immortal and is referred to as the god of the Magical World, though he was presumably once human.
* In the finale of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[spoiler:Madoka becomes a god and creates a new universe.]]
* Played with in ''Anime/SoraOKakeruShoujo''. The humans built space-colony super-computers that will prove for all the humans' needs, and they ''do'' fulfill their purpose, but is it the be-all and end-all of things?
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has the Evangelions, cloned versions of the nigh-almighty Angels with the power to cause mass destruction or creation given the right or wrong circumstances. However, their potential is filibustered by SEELE, fearing the creation of a god-like entity. Unfortunately, Unit 01 devours Zeruel's core and reaches that status- but soon, SEELE alters its master plan to ''exploit'' the Eva's newfound powers to initiate Third Impact.
* The [[spoiler:Idea of Evil]] in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is this, going so far as to call itself [[spoiler:"the ungodly God born of Man."]] An argument can be made for the five members of the God Hand as well: if [[spoiler:Griffith]]/Femto is any indication, each one WasOnceAMan, but it's unclear whether they're as omnipotent and undefeatable as they seem.
* ENIAC [[spoiler:& Atanasoff]] serves as this to the entire Digimon franchise, having formed the primordial Digital Worlds into what they are.
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'': Cellia Mauser is revered as the "god" of the setting and has [[CrystalDragonJesus a religious order in her name.]] However, during the final episode, Pacifica learns that Mauser was a mere human who'd been left in charge of supervising them, and even refers to herself as a caretaker. [[spoiler: Cellia abdicates her position after letting Pacifica decide whether the world should remain as it was, or if she should release the seal on the "locked world".]]
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* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Planeswalkers begin their lives as mortals and, before the events of ''Future Sight'', became {{Physical God}}s.
** The archangel Avacyn was created to serve as Innistrad's patron goddess, protecting the humans from the monsters.
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* In the indie comic Atomika - God is Red, Mother Russia is a mortal incarnation of the goddess of Russia and she has a human son with a hidden divine spark. The evil duke of the Soviet Union has Mother Russia killed and the boy rendered down and rebuilt with dark science as a metal-skinned god of the atom.
* ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'' averts this during the actual storyline. Dr Manhattan claims that he is not a God and that he doesn't like people. At the end, however, he has changed his mind: He likes people after all, so maybe he'll create some as his next project.
* Franchise/WonderWoman became the Goddess of Truth for a short while after she was killed in action and the Greek gods decided to reward her for her devotion. However she was ''too'' good to be a god, using her new powers more to help people than gain worshipers, so they eventually demoted her back to mortal superhero.
* The ''{{Film/Tron}}'' example below is given a {{Deconstruction}} in the AlternateContinuity ''TRON: Ghost In the Machine.'' Jet Bradley finds out about what his game programming means on the other side of the screen, does ''not'' [[GoMadFromTheRevelation handle the revelation well]], and is scared to even go near a computer after finding out.
* In ''{{Supergod}}'', superheroes are Gods. ''{{Supergod}}'' is all about a world where various countries built superbeings that were gods (or gods that were superbeings). However, [[GodIsFlawed the concept of "God" is a flawed one]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Futurama}}'' featured briefly an alternate timeline, where Greeks disillusioned with democracy, switched to theocracy and built robot gods to rule them. [[JerkassGods It ended as you could expect from ancient Greek deities]].
* In ''{{ComicBook/Lucifer}}'', Mona Doyle eventually becomes a Goddess. [[spoiler:So does Elaine Belloc, but Elaine was never really human.]]
* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification The Great Powers]] of ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' are implied to be this. Like [[ComicBook/TheSandman The Endless]], they are material beings representing ideas. The Great powers Like Mr.North or Mister Dark can be killed, and their title of office and powers go to another person.
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the character that best fits this trope is probably the ''High Evolutionary'': he creates an entire planet and [[HollywoodEvolution evolves]] animals into new humans to populate it, as well as spending large periods of time away from his creation and no longer having a human body underneath his armor. However, he's still depressed at times by the presence of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s out there which are ''way'' more powerful than he is. A more common way is to have a human join an established Pantheon of gods — Comicbook/{{Loki}} for example tried to make Comicbook/{{Storm}} the new Asgard god of thunder at one point — but these ascensions have a tendency to end up being temporary.
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* In ''FanFic/TheGreatSlaveKing'', the eponymous character ascends to godhood by drinking from the Well of Eternity.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Foreshadowed by the title of ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'' and Caster's speech near the beginning where elaborates on the necessity of creating a god. Then Caster dies and becomes an [[DeusEstMachina ascended intelligence with omnipresent-omnipotent-omniscient powers]] and set about making the world a better place for everyone in it. He/it was on the verge of [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence elevating humankind]] to his/its level when the [[HumansAreMorons stupid humans]] committed deicide.
* ''{{Film/Tron}}'': In this movie (as well as the sequel), computer programs are real people with real feelings, and the world they live in is very real in its own right. Their gods, the Users (with a capital U) tend to refer to themselves as "human", a designation that is quite irrelevant to the setting. See Page Quote.
** The original film is essentially a Christian parable. The electronic world is being tyrannized by [[LouisCypher the MCP,]] a program that is rebelling against its creators (it's hacking the military to literally make war on humanity). The MCP is trying to stamp out belief in the Users (which is explicitly called a religion; communication with the Users is handled by Dumont, whose design resembles the garb of a clergyman), persecuting the faithful and throwing them into [[AncientRome gladiatorial combat.]] Those who join the MCP become his faceless, red-colored minions. His chief flunky Sark even wears a helmet shaped like devil horns. Into this world comes Flynn, a User who has become a mere program (wearing a tunic reminiscent of a prophet's robes). He displays supernatural powers, including the ability to heal by laying on of hands. He ultimately [[MessianicArchetype sacrifices himself to defeat the MCP and save the digital world,]] and ascends back to [[{{Heaven}} the real world of the creators,]] a realm beyond the programs' comprehension. The {{Novelization}} by Brian Daley plays up the symbolism even more.
* Over 90% of ''Film/TronLegacy'' takes place in a world known as The Grid, and the major conflict is built on three characters (two of them played by the same actor) who we can call The Father, The Son and The Devil. The Father is the creator if the world and also the father of the Son -- whose arrival to the world brings new hope and a chance of salvation from the Devil character who has ruled the world since he rebelled against The Father. The Father is wise and benevolent, a personality that might seem a bit out of character for those who have seen the first movie and remember him as an [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold immature brat]]. [[spoiler:At the very end, it is revealed that he was still immature and shortsighted when he created the world and the creature that would usurp him and take the role of Devil. This is revealed to be the reason for why the world is in the sorry condition it is -- The Devil was simply carrying out the orders given to him by The Father to the best of his ability, but the Father who created him and his world was flawed. Thus he carried out flawed orders to the best of his flawed ability. This turned his quest for perfection into something vile, warping him into a TotalitarianUtilitarian leader of something that [[PuttingOnTheReich looks eerily familiar]].]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Exploring this concept is the whole plot of Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/LordOfLight''.
* The ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series plays this straight. In the series, all significant forces -- Death, Fate, Nature, War, Time and so forth are normal humans who assumed the Office. However, most of these Incarnations are not worshiped.
* In ''Literature/TheImmortals'' quartet, [[spoiler:Sarra, Daine's mother]], a mortal, dies and goes to the Realms of the Gods to join her husband [[spoiler:Weiryn]]. Since only gods are allowed to live in the Realms, she is granted a place among the minor gods and becomes the Green Lady, a patroness of healing and childbirth.
* The Ellimist from ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' was originally mortal; the full story of his [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension to a higher plane]] is told in ''The Ellimist Chronicles''.
* In Franchise/TheCosmere, the [[TheVerse metaverse]] of most of Creator/BrandonSanderson's works, various humans apparently got hold of pieces of a god called Adonalsium which broke apart, and proceeded to become gods in their own right, creating all the various worlds Sanderson writes in (except Alcatraz-Earth and obviously the world of [=WoT=]). There are apparently 16 total Shards of Adonalsium, some of which have been broken up further since. There are also cases like ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy's'' Lord Ruler and ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'s'' Returned, where humans attain a state that is considered divine by various groups in-universe, though they're not gods in the cosmic sense. The Lord Ruler even created three entirely new races, the Inquisitors, the Koloss [[spoiler: and the Kandra.]]
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has quite a few thanks to how Ascendancy can take place. [[spoiler: Ganoes Paran and Itkovian to name but two examples]].
* With one exception, the gods in the ''Literature/BookOfTheLongSun'' are of human, though hardly humane, origin. [[spoiler:They turn out to be the digitized personalities of the dictator who build the starship all the characters live in, his sociopathic family, along with his mistress and a few cronies. Their explicit desire to make a mockery of everything virtuous explains why the two religions we see are a blasphemous Catholicism with blood sacrifices and an intolerant, gender-bent version of Islam.]]
* In Fredric Brown's short story "Answer" humans create an omnipotent computer and ask it, "Is there a God?" The computer answers, [[spoiler:There is now!]]
* [[spoiler: Marethyu (TheGrimReaper)]] from ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel''. Not only this, he's actually [[spoiler:a future version of the protagonist Josh (ItMakesSenseInContext).]]
* ''Literature/SisterAlice'' has the [[TheClan Great Families]], who protect the peace in the galaxy. As Family members age, they are granted more "talents" - massive, nearly intangible dark matter machinery - and their mind is spend up, until they possess [[PhysicalGod powers equal to that of a god]], capable of ripping planets and stars apart, or creating entirely new elements. A classified memo from a corrupt family explicitly call their high rank members to be a "god", when describing how their presence in a system can greatly improve the economy.
* Frank Herbert's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Godmakers_(novel) The Godmakers]]''. The priests of the planet Amel practice "religious engineering", in which gods are literally created through psychic powers. The protagonist develops psychic powers and becomes the first human god the priests of Amel have ever created.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Last Question'', humanity builds a supercomputer of unparalled processing power and keeps upgrading it over millions of years, asking the eponymous question ("How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?", that is, violate basic laws of physics, god territory) from time to time. The computer cannot answer it until the entire universe except itself has ceased to exist via heat death and then, in a TwistEnding, [[spoiler:it discovers that it is the Creator/God and restarts the universe]].
* In the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy'', human colonists are stranded on a planet where what they imagine can become real, including monsters under the bed, and being afraid something will go wrong will make it go wrong, just for starters. The Church of the One God was deliberately created to give people something to greater to have faith in, because if they believed that things would turn out for the best then they would. Eventually, [[spoiler:they succeed in creating an actual transcendent deity that can actually intercede on their behalf]].
* At least one of the gods in the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' is the result of human engineering.
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Theatre/{{Comus}}'', Sabrina threw herself into a river trying to escape her WickedStepmother. The river gods had pity on her and made her one of them, so she can help the Lady.
* It is said that whoso seeth the gods upon [[Literature/TheGodsOfPegana Pegana]] becometh as the gods, if so he demand to Their faces. And so Zobruk, who was only a shepherd brought before Them to be laughed at, is now numbered among the gods. To make men happy, he sent gifts into the Worlds with the usual results of impulsive divine gifts.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', ''Literature/ColdDays'' reveals that [[spoiler: Mab, Queen of the Winter Faerie]] was once a human, which would suggest that her opposite, and possibly other [[spoiler: Faerie Queens]] were once mortal too. She's not called a "god" (gods are a separate category of being in the books,) but she is an inconceivably powerful and ancient entity with strong links to the forces of nature.
** Of the four most recent Winter and Summer Ladies, one was supposedly never mortal, two were changelings (human-faerie hybrids, [[spoiler: Mab's daughters in fact]]), and the current Winter Lady was [[spoiler: a mortal, albeit a mage.]]
** It is said that successful completion of the Darkhallow ritual would turn the wizard into a god, but whether they mean that literally or just mean he/she would gain unimaginable power (assuming there's any meaningful difference between those possibilities,) is unclear.
* In Creator/WilliamShatner's ''The Quest for Tomorrow'' books, the protagonist reveals that humans are eventually supposed to reach TheSingularity and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence as a single being. The other races would eventually join this being, although humans would be the key. Once it became all-powerful, the being would travel back in time and create the primary universe from which TheMultiverse stems. However, certain events conspire to keep this from happening, and the heroes have to take some [[{{Understatement}} drastic]] measures to save reality from unraveling.
* Raistlin Majere becomes one of these in an alternate timeline in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Legends'' through TimeTravel, some AppliedPhlebotinum, and a trip through a portal into the local hell-equivalent to overthrow the [[GodOfEvil Goddess of Evil]] and take her place. As an encore, he proceeds to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens kill the rest of the pantheon]] and [[ApocalypseHow turn Krynn into a sterile wasteland]]. He's just that kind of guy.
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* In ChineseMythology, humans were frequently promoted to godhood in the CelestialBureaucracy.
* Many Inuit gods and spirits were once humans. Malina became sun goddess when she escaped to the sky from her brother Igaluk, who tried to rape her. He continued his chase and turned into the moon spirit. The goddess of the sea, Sedna, was a mortal who changed when her father tried to sacrifice her to calm down a storm. As she clung to the boat he cut off all of her fingers, creating seal from the severed parts.
* [[ClassicalMythology Greek and Roman gods]] included some who were apotheosized from mortal origins, most famously Herakles (Hercules) who became a god upon his death, according to his worshippers. Also Ino, daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia, who became the sea-goddess Leucothea, and Psyche, a mortal girl who became a goddess when she married Cupid (Eros).
* Some Roman emperors were worshipped as gods after their deaths, and the Roman poet Apuleius wrote of the mortal girl Psyche becoming a goddess. The custom of deifying Roman emperors led to Emperor Vespasian's FamousLastWords:
-->''"Oh no...[[DeadpanSnarker I think I'm becoming a god]]...."''
* In AncientEgypt, the kings of Egypt were considered at least partly divine during life, but fully divine after death. Certain non-royal persons, such as Imhotep and Amunhotep son of Hapu, were also deified after their deaths. In the latest dynastic periods, anyone who drowned in the Nile was said to become a god.
* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) believe that God was a mortal at one point. And that they themselves might one day become like God.
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[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* Castiel, from ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' tries to pull this off, by swallowing souls from Purgatory. Sadly, not only didn't it work, it appears that nobody really was going to see him as a God.
** Though perhaps not this trope, as Castiel wasn't human, he was an angel.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting contains several gods who were once human, but ascended to replace other gods who had died. Examples include Cyric, Kelemvor and Mystra who were adventurers until their ascensions during the Time of Troubles.
*** Two necromancers from the wizard nation of Thay had a rivalry who of them would become more powerful. One of them was Szazz Tam, the current ruler of Thay and one of the very small circle of contenders for the title of most powerful lich wizard in the world. He lost. His rival was Velsharoon, who became the god of necromancy.
** In the ''{{TabletopGame/Greyhawk}}'' setting, St. Cuthbert and Vecna are both ascended mortals. (Well, ascended {{undead}} in Vecna's case.)
** Cas, [[DivineRanks Demigod]] of Spite from the aptly-named ''Heroes of Horror'' supplement. He was denied justice in mortal life, and his hatred was massive enough to exalt himself to godhood. This Baphomet-like figure grants power to exact spite ([[DealWithTheDevil at a price]]), not unlike [[Anime/HellGirl Enma Ai]].
** In the ''Points of Light'' setting, The Raven Queen was given domain over death after Nerull proved to be too problematic.
** This is the core philosophy of the Believers of the Source (or "Godsmen") in ''{{TabletopGame/Planescape}}'': All mortals have the capacity for apotheosis, which will come to you in your next life (or possibly a later one) if you improve yourself enough and become "worthy" through your actions in this one.
** Many of the Immortals in the TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} setting were once human, or members of some other humanoid race. Others derive from more exotic non-divine species (treant, earth elemental, sapient dinosaur), and still others no longer remember their personal origins, but assume they were once mortal because that's how the younger Immortals came to be.
** In ''{{Eberron}}'', the Warforged faction called the Godforged seek to build their own god(s), [[MemeticMutation in a cave, with a mountain of scraps]].
* ''{{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}}''
** Likewise, this setting has [[ChaoticGood Cayden Cailean]], god of adventurers, freedom, and booze. He became a god by getting ''[[WhatDidIDoLastNight really drunk]]'' and partaking in a life-threatening test of ascension. He passed.
*** But he would really like to know exactly HOW he did so. Seriously. He has NO idea what happened in the interim. Basically, he got hammered, took a dare, memory blank, wakes up, finds out that he is now a god.
** There are some other ascended humans in ''Pathfinder'', such as [[LawfulGood Iomedae]], goddess of honor, justice and valor; [[LawfulNeutral Irori]], god of history, knowledge and self-perfection; and [[NeutralEvil Norgorber]], god of greed, murder and secrets. Cayden, thanks to the aforementioned circumstances of his ascension, has the most player fans.
** Arguably the first (and most disturbing) case, however, would be [[http://pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Urgathoa Urgathoa]], who became a goddess long before the others, basically through sheer evil willpower instead of any test. Myth claims this was the origin of both undead and disease.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** The Exalted themselves are humans given divine powers that allow them to exceed not only gods, but the creators of their world. The [[AntiAntiChrist Green Sun Princes]] can also become full on Primordials or [[FaustianRebellion Devil-Tigers]], elevating them to the status of world-makers and shakers without losing the common touch.
** Outside of the Exalted, any being that is not already a spirit or raksha can become a god by getting another god or Sidereal to sponsor them. Assuming the position is vacant (i.e. the previous holder has been killed), a Sidereal can elevate a mortal even to the position of the Incarna.
* In ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}}'', the Emperor has many characteristics in common with the Chaos Gods, and seems to be about as powerful as them. It is suggested that if He ever dies, He will become a full deity. Of course, it might also remove the Astronomicon, destroying the Imperium, so nobody wants to take the risk. He's really closer to the Eldar gods than any of the other deities though; as the Chaos and Ork gods have no physical presence and the C'Tan are more of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s.
* Like the Emperor, the Man-God Sigmar in ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer}}'' is an ascended mortal; while it is heavily implied that the gods Myrmidia and Ranald may be as well.
** WHF has been moving away from Myrmidia and Ranald as former humans. These days it's a case of Ranald was always a god but he lied about having been a human because he's dishonest by nature. As for Myrmidia, she was the daughter of Morrs and Verena who was reincarnated as a mortal and then returned to being a goddess after getting killed.
* In both ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', it's possible for a mage who has reached perfect understanding of their magic to become an Oracle, a being of the Umbra/the Supernal Realms that guides the hand of reality from behind the scenes. ''Awakening'' also has the Oracles' {{Evil Counterpart}}s, the Exarchs. Way back in the day, the proto-Exarchs forcibly entered the Supernal Realms, kicked out their native gods, and became the new gods. The earliest Oracles entered the Realms to stand against the Exarchs' dominion of reality.
* In ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'', it's a common theory in-setting that the geister of powerful krewe founders go on to become the mythical deathlords of the Underworld.
* The Invisible Clergy of TabletopGame/UnknownArmies veer between this and GodJob. Mortals who ascend and become Archetypes have [[GodsHandsAreTied limited power]] individually, but once all [[spoiler: 333]] of them are together, they can create a new universe... or maybe rewrite this one. Or destroy this one and then replace it. Details are sketchy.
* In ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' a council of races tried to create a perfect deity. Depending on who you ask, they succeeded or were manipulated by a Chaos god.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': The Nobles are former mortals entrusted with one or two estates of reality by an Imperator. They start out able to destroy the world and move on up.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', it's not been unknown for some Scions to go from being the child of a mortal and a god to being a full-on god themselves. It's not easy, but it is possible.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* In ''{{BIONICLE}}'': Mata Nui was created by the Matoran who would later reside inside to continue his maintenance on Bara Magna.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Tribunal in the series, which is a plot point in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. [[spoiler:And their godhood fades again after the Nerevarine destroys their source of power and reveals their religion for what it is.]]
** Also Tiber Septim, also known as Talos ([[IHaveManyNames and about a dozen other things]]), who achieved apotheosis and became one of the Nine Divines.
*** Talos is possibly also composed of the Underking (who was himself composed of two men--Zurin Arctus and Ysmir Wulfharth).
** The Dragonborn of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' arguably counts as one, having spent most of their life as a regular mortal, until the time when the Dragons returned and their true nature was revealed. The Dragonborn is ''explicitly'' mentioned in the lore as possessing the power of Akatosh, sent into Tamriel to be a [[AlwaysABiggerFish natural predator]] towards Dragonkind.
** And [[spoiler:The Champion of Cyrodil from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', who succeeded the first Sheogorath and became the new Daedric Prince of Madness.]]
** This is how the Dwemer civilization came to an end. They sought to use the heart of a dead god to build their own God in a golem's body, Numidium. Instead it caused them to vanish from existence. Many interpretations are suggested InUniverse; it may have ''worked'', and they did AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, they have been wiped out by existing god(s) for their attempt, or simply killed themselves spectacularly by accident.
** Emperor Reman Cyrodiil was another human that became a god after his death. After his death, he was granted immortality and godhood by Akatosh and it's believed by some that he became the WarGod [[NamesTheSame Reymon]] Ebonarm.
** Mannimarco as well. An Altmer lich who became the god of undeath during the [[RealityBreakingParadox Warp In The West]]--the same event that possibly completed Talos. And due to the time paradox that occurred, he is both an undead mortal and an immortal god at the same time.
** 'Emperor' Cuhlecain has a cult dedicated to his worship, called the Cult of Emperor Zero due to the circumstances of its formation (Tiber Septim was Cuhlecain's top general, and took over after Cuhlecain was assassinated not long after taking the Imperial City. Thus, Cuhlecain was 'Emperor Zero' of the Third Empire). Whether he actually ''did'' become a god is not confirmed, but then the same is true of Reman Cyrodiil, too.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the god Zamorak was originally a mortal mahjarrat.
** Technically speaking, all Young Gods were once Mortal. They just soaked up enough Elder God Magic by either: A)Hanging around a Elder Artifact for long enough, B)Killing a God with an Elder Artifact to transfer its power into their body, or C)A little of Both. So yeah, all of the Young Gods (Saradomin, Guthix, Zaros, etc.) used to be mortal.
*** The ELDER Gods on the other hand... yeah nobody knows what's up with them. Except maybe the guys who have access to the Story Bible, and even that is up for debate.
* Dr. Sepulveda, creator of the digital world ''{{VideoGame/Darwinia}}'', is worshipped as a god by its inhabitants after accidently linking a webcam to the program and having his image displayed in their sky.
* Rosalina from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' was originally an ordinary girl before she became the supreme deity of the Marioverse.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', [[spoiler:Kratos is granted the position of the God of War after killing Ares. His rebellion in the second game is caused by the other gods' lack of respect for him since he ascended by deicide.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' [[spoiler:Kormir takes up Abaddon's power and becomes the Goddess of Truth at the end of Nightfall.]] And in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', Gaheron Baelfire works to make himself a god for the Flame Legion, and gets far enough that killing him permanently is tricky.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Many of the mortal villains of the series, including [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Emperor Mateus]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]], become {{physical god}}s by the end of their respective games -- [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu not that it helps them]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Yevon is more or less the god of Spira, a man who taught humans how to turn them into Fayth to summon Aeons and defeat Sin, as well as the teachings on how to repent for creating Sin with their, well… Sins. [[spoiler: Except he created Sin in the first place as a trump card to save Zanarkand from destruction during the Machina War, a plan that utterly backfired.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', Sanae Kochiya is a {{Miko}} who is both a goddess and a human at the same time (this is known as an ''arahitogami'', which is what the emperor of Japan was once considered). Two reasons for this: Suwako (an actual [[PhysicalGod goddess]]) is her direct ancestor, meaning she has divine blood, and during her life in the outside world her resultant ability to create miracles gathered her a small number of worshippers. That said, her divine powers are pretty weak, as she doesn't have many worshippers and her magic abilities outshine her divine ones anyway. When she first meets Reimu, she talks about how {{Miko}} can become gods if they try, to which Reimu replies she has no interest in that. According to [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]], most gods started off as humans, though the only one we know for certain this is true for is Kanako (and Suwako is closer to being a GeniusLoci).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', a man named Klaus became this long ago when he [[spoiler:destroyed the universe while performing a scientific experiment to create a new one. He and one of his fellow researchers became the gods of the world they created, Zanza and Meyneth]].
* The ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' series has one among the Pantheon that rules over Norrath. Zebuxoruk is the "Ungod" of Knowledge. What players learn about his backstory is a rumor that he was born as a Human and managed to find the secret to become a god. For various reasons that are never explained, he has actually lost his godhood and reverted back into an actual Human, only to later regain it. He's reverted back and forth from Human to God so many times that he's lost count. What the players do find out though, is that every time he reverts back to Human, he wakes up with amnesia, and he reverts back to a god when he regains his memories. Since he is the God of Knowledge, he knows things that mortals are NOT allowed to know, including how to obtain godhood like how he did. Whatever causes his amnesia in the first place is usually a failsafe to make sure he cannot share this knowledge.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' it's implied [[spoiler: in Hanekoma's secret reports]] that a Player can, if they become a Reaper, eventually become the Composer. [[spoiler: It's also implied that the ''Composer'' can also ascend and become an Angel.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'':
** It's revealed early on that [[spoiler:The Wise One was made as one by the {{precursors}} to keep humanity from releasing Alchemy]]. Of course, they hadn't accounted for [[spoiler: the world dying without Alchemy's power]], which led to AIIsACrapshoot on a deity level, as it had to reevaluate its ''main directive'' in the face of the new data.
** The Great Gabomba in ''The Lost Age'' may be this as well. It's definitely a machine, and it just as clearly functions as the chief deity of Kibombo, with no other known purpose.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Ar tonelico|MelodyOfElemia}}'' series had the humans building mega-massive super-computer towers to live on AfterTheEnd. Then they created a race of songstress, the Reyvateils, to interact with the towers with their songs, materializing miracles. By this model, the towers are gods and the Reyvateils race are holy priestesses. [[FantasticRacism But then, humanity just had to treat the Reyvateils like dirt]]. [[WhatAnIdiot In the first game, this they did to a girl who they then wired to the entire security systems...]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', fittingly. The AI constructs Daedalus and Icarus [[spoiler:(and their merged form, Helios)]] are already in direct control of, and actively monitoring ''at all times'', all communications in the entire world, giving them omnipotence. They have access to universal constructors, from which they can create any molecular structure they wish to make, including life forms, giving them the power of creation. However, to fully realize their potential, they require a human's perspective, which, being machines, they lack. Thus, a human being must permanently interface with them - merge with them, ''become'' them, in essence - which is the goal of [[BigBad Bob Page]], [[AGodAmI who created them explicitly for this purpose]]. Except that [[spoiler:Helios decides the player character, JC Denton, is a better match - the player can take it up on the offer, ending the game by effectively ''becoming God'', with one of [[Quotes/DeityOfHumanOrigin the quotes]] as the ending screen]].
** In the sequel, ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'', the player can chose to create the [[{{Transhuman}} first post-human civilization]]; [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans a world where the individual wants and needs of literally everyone are satisfied]], all of it presided over by our munificient god, [[DeusEstMachina Helios]].
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', Hanyuu Furude was once human, but was sacrificed at her villages Watanagashi Festival. Instead of dying, however, she became [[spoiler:the deity of Hinamizawa, Oyashiro]].
* Noah II from ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' is an [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]] indestructible machine RealityWarper, created to be the God of humanity.
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The Dark One (god of goblinoids) and the Elven Gods were once ordinary mortals. In the case of The Dark One, he ascended after his death due to his people going on a year-long campaign of slaughter in his name.
** Elan completely succeeds in turning his hand puppet, Banjo the Clown, into a god through worship, but unfortunately, with only a handful of worshippers, Banjo is a somewhat weak god and unable to effectively smite unbelievers.
* ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan'' were passengers on a spaceship ([[spoiler: and the SpacePirates that attacked it]]) which crashed on a strange planet that's apparently in a different universe entirely. Long story short, they're {{Physical God}}s now.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Kagerou}}'', the goddess Tcaolin fits this trope, which separates her from the other Old Gods.
* Inverted in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2244#comic one comic]] in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''. Humanity has realised there is no objective evil in the universe, and because they can't deal with it, they have [[spoiler: created "Skull-King, the giant robotic scourge of mankind" that serves as a god of evil.]]
* The god of Veracia in ''Webcomic/ErrantStory''. Possibly not exactly of ''human'' origin, as we're not completely sure where he came from, but certainly not one of the "real" gods of the Errant World, as WordOfGod has made clear, ironically enough.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the main cast (and by extension, anyone who plays Sburb) are all directly[[note]]if they're a Hero of Space, e.g. Jade[[/note]] or indirectly [[spoiler:tasked with the creation of a new universe to replace their now-doomed homeworld]]. Especially the trolls count toward this, as they're the only people shown to have been successful.
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* [[spoiler:Luna]] of ''Literature/ATouchOfMadness.'' She started off Human, but became the newest Incarnation of God. At least, she MIGHT have started off human, anyway.
* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', this is how most intelligent creatures regard the [[DeusEstMachina Archailects]], who are colloquially referred to as "AI Gods". They have done such things as create artificial planets, bio-engineer new species, and preside over virtual realities (these achievements are considered to be trivial by their standards). A few have even created pocket universes that house the majority of their consciousness. The Archailects, for their part, do not consider themselves divine, but have long since given up trying to convince the lower intelligences that this is the case, and act the part of (usually benevolent) Gods in galactic society.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' [[spoiler:Princess Yue]] pulls off a HeroicSacrifice that allows her to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence become the new Moon Spirit]] after the previous incarnation is killed.
** In the sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', we learn that the Avatar itself is a variation. [[spoiler:The Avatar is the fusion of the same life spirit with different humans throughout the ages]].
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* Most of the gods of the Pantheon/TropePantheons are "ascended" fictional (or in a few cases real) mortals.
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