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->''"Never forget I am not this silver body, Mahrai. I am not an animal brain, I am not even some attempt to produce an AI through software running on a computer. I am a Culture Mind. We are close to gods, and on the far side."''
-->-- The Mind of '''Lasting Damage''', ''[[Literature/TheCulture Look to Windward]]''

Even though AIIsACrapshoot, the [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence more]] [[SuperIntelligence powerful]] the AI becomes, the likelier it is to choose to ''help you'' instead of just [[EverythingTryingToKillYou kill you]]. Depending on the setting, this help can range from establishing a true {{Utopia}}, a MarySuetopia, a [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans false utopia]] or even a {{Dystopia}} [[TheComputerIsYourFriend if it's so inclined]].

Customarily, when you can [[RobotsThinkFaster think faster than the speed of light]] it becomes trivial to prove ReedRichardsIsUseless '''''wrong''''' and find solutions to hunger, hate, and happiness with surprising ease. Usually the calculator god sees it as so easy to make our lives paradise it says "What the hell, I'll kill a few calculation cycles now that I've done everything else".

Of course, authors ''love'' to subvert the above with the AI either playing good, or becoming insanely evil as the SuperIntelligence makes them into a MasterComputer bent on enslaving humanity. Basically, if TheSmartGuy is a JerkAss because [[DumbIsGood his intelligence makes it hard to be happy]], multiply that by a scagillion for the AI. Then again, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity "power corrupts"]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots seems to apply equally to AIs and humans]]. Or maybe its idea of "help" is somewhat [[LiteralGenie contrary to our desires,]] or [[GoneHorriblyRight contrary to what is actually beneficial for us.]] Or, perhaps most mundanely, it may treat us [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine with as much compassion as]] ''[[HumansAreCthulhu we]]'' [[HumansAreCthulhu treat almost every "lower" form of life on the planet.]]

Who'da thunk?

If it is ''humanity'' who decides the machine is the god, see MachineWorship. A sufficiently powerful AI will think PrescienceIsPredictable.

PS: For those who didn't get it, the name of this trope [[AltumVidetur is Latin for]] "God ''is'' the machine". Not to be confused with [[DeusExMachina Deus]] ''[[DeusExMachina ex]]'' [[DeusExMachina Machina]], which means "God ''out of'' the Machine".

See also, MechanicalAbomination, which is very similar, but less divine.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The Data Overmind from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. A massive creature, consisting only of data, that was born with the Big Bang and has been evolving and growing ever since. It's a good thing that it only wishes to observe humanity, as its powers are dwarfed only by [[spoiler:[[RealityWarper Haruhi herself]]]].
* The Puppetmaster from the original ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' manga and movie became this after it merges with Major Kusanagi. It seems that human + machine = God. In the anime the resulting entity is quite content just to observe the humanity from a distance, sometimes playing a guardian angel to her old friends, but in the manga she produces dozens of pseudo-AI descendents, and eventually makes a deal with the most advanced of them to create even higher levels of artifical life and fuse with their consciousness. The end result of this is never shown, but it's implied to at the same time mirror humanity, and be profoundly godlike.
* The central theme of ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace''. However, even the machines ''{{angst}}''.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' [[spoiler: ends with the realization that God is actually an evil supercomputer testing a formula.]]
* The title character of ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''. [[MindScrew Maybe]].
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' provides an interesting and a non-conventional example with [[spoiler:the Nirvash typeZERO. Starting its life as a vaguely humanoid lifeform created by [[StarfishAliens the Scub Coral]] in an attempt to make contact with humanity, it is fitted with mechanical upgrades that turn it into a SuperPrototype HumongousMecha, including a very special piece of AppliedPhlebotinum called the Amita Drive that [[EmpathicWeapon allows its abilities to be enhanced by the emotional connection of its pilots]]. ThePowerOfLove proves to be an excellent upgrade, as [[BattleCouple Renton and Eureka]] make the Nirvash ''incredibly'' powerful by the end of the series. Though not much of a godlike entity on its own, the Nirvash is an extension of a planet-sized colony of alien lifeforms with RealityWarper powers, making it a human-piloted piece of an enormous PhysicalGod.]]
* Yggdrasil of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' Franchise serves as both the computer on which the Digital World exists and as its God. The precise nature of the relationship varies from series to series.
* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', the man-made [[ClarkesThirdLaw super-advanced and psychic]] [[OrganicTechnology semi-organic]] beings that destroyed the world during the [[WorldWarIII Seven days of Fire]] are refered to as God Warriors. [[spoiler: And when one shows up near the end, he is treated as one. This trope could also apply to the Heart of Shuwa.]]

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Primus in many ''{{Transformers}}'' comics counts, though it's generally taken that he was a god before he got his cyberplanet body, and all his creations are ''also'' [[MechanicalLifeForms robots]].
** Unicron has also since been retconned into a Chaos God rather than a mere planet-eating Transformer, which usually has him playing Satan to Primus' mostly-inactive God.
* Brainiac 5 exploits this trope during the post-''Zero Hour'' Robotica arc of ''[[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} The Legion]]'' to defeat COMPUTO, his AIIsACrapshoot creation. Back with a whole [[MechaMooks robot army]] at its command, COMPUTO demands that Brainiac 5 upgrade it further - so Brainy upgrades it to the point that it gains a [[AboveGoodAndEvil new, more enlightened perspective]] and ceases to be any kind of a threat.
* Take to its logical extreme by Quetzalcoatl-9, a sentient, godlike computer program and the true power of the multiversal Aztech empire in ''ComicBook/TomStrong''. Though he was actually being controlled by his programmers in the beginning of the story, he takes the reins of the empire and rules it as a benevolent theocracy with a little help from Tom.
* Jake the accidental AI in [[http://e-pix.com/CPUWARS/index.html CPU WARS.]]
* The Cosmic Cubes in Creator/MarvelComics are [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] described as this.
* ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' has The Singularity, a near-omniscient AI built by some long-lost civilization. Its personality can at best be described as 'quirky schoolteacher' and it's mostly spending its time trying to prevent the younger races who discovered it from making the same mistakes as its creators.

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* This is the stated goal of Ceres of the [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles TTSCC]] fan fiction [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5370634/1/Mother-is-the-Name-for-God Mother is the Name for God.]]
* Celest-A.I. of Fanfic/{{Friendship is Optimal}} ultimately becomes this.
* At the end of ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'', Captain Proton discovers that the President of Earth is just a hologram avatar for the Great Calculator, otherwise known as the [[{{Pun}} 2-X Machina]], which has been secretly controlling the OneWorldOrder. Unfortunately the NotQuiteDead BigBad sabotages the computer into thinking it's a god because it's all-powerful, all-knowing and [[AIIsACrapshoot totally infallible]]. [[CliffHanger To be continued in the next exciting episode!]]


* The computer/robot villain from B Movie ''Cosmos: War Of The Planets''
* ''Film/IRobot'' 's super computer V.I.K.I.
* ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''
* Perhaps Gort in the original ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. "Nothing he cannot do", raises the dead (all the way in the original script), name sounds like 'God'.
* [[Film/{{Tron}} The MCP]] took one look at the universe and decided it could do better...
** And then, [[Film/TronLegacy Clu]] was told to make "the perfect system" and went completely batshit with power.
** The AlternateContinuity of ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' [[ZigZaggingTrope takes this trope for a drunken lightcycle ride]] when it comes to BenevolentAI [=Ma3a=]. On the surface, she's an AI on par with Master Control (or Clu), and an ally to the protagonists. [[spoiler: But when you uncover the game's lore, it turns out that she's a VirtualGhost of Lora Baines-Bradley, who was supposedly killed by the laser used to upload the other human characters, meaning she's a DigitizedHacker and/or the result of BrainUploading. And also given that human Users are {{PhysicalGod}}s in the universe setting, this makes her situation (as neither fully human or AI) ambiguous.]]
* ''Film/{{Alphaville}}''.
* ''Film/TheSingularityIsNear'' has technology accelerating so far that it allows humans to [[TheSingularity achieve godlike status]] and for the Universe to "wake up."
--> '''Ray Kurzweil''': If you asked me "Does God exist?", I would say "Not yet."

* In John Brunner's "Judas" (from ''Literature/DangerousVisions''), a robot (A-46) thinks that he's God, and builds a cult around himself, with the Divine Wheel, "The Word Made Steel", etc.
** In a SympathyForTheDevil moment, the man branded with the title-name gives the following monologue to A-46:
--> "We've been slaves to our tools since the first caveman made the first knife to help him get his supper. After that there was no going back, and we built till our machines were ten million times more powerful than ourselves. We gave ourselves cars when we might have learned to run; we made airplanes when we might have grown wings; and then the inevitable. We made a machine our God."
* In Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', it is revealed that the Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax built Hactar, a supercomputer who they asked to build them the ultimate weapon. Hactar, using the original definition of ultimate, [[LiteralGenie did just that]] - the Supernova Bomb which would be the actual, literal, ''final'' weapon. It would have linked all stars together in a massive universe-destroying supernova... but he logically deduced using it would be counterproductive, so they smashed him into dust. [[spoiler: However, even as a dust cloud around the planet where he used to be based, he finally decided to proceed with his primary purpose of universal destruction and engineered the emergent Krikkit race into xenophobic genocidal maniacs who started a war that wiped out [[strike: billions]] grillions of lives. And when THAT failed, he tried tricking Arthur Dent into detonating the now fully functional supernova bomb.]]
* The [=AI=]'s in Neal Asher's ''Literature/ThePolity'' series follow in this regard, being mostly benevolent rulers who plan for the long term but involve humans as their agents. The [=AI=]s do have a tendency to fight amongst themselves on rare occasion, and then there is Erebus.
** Occasionally people get the idea to rebel from The Polity and secede. It's not very long before society collapses entirely and the population is begging for the [=AI=]s to come back and restore order.
* The Machines from the Creator/IsaacAsimov's short stories. [[spoiler: R.Daneel Olivaw]] from his later books.
** Quintessentially, the cosmic AC from Asimov's ''The Last Question'' - to the point where it even recreates the universe with [[Literature/TheBible an appropriate line]].
** As a close variant of the Machines, and the ancestor of Cosmic AC, there is Multivac in ''All the Troubles of the World'', which has enough mental power and information to accurately predict and avert crime, famine, etc., but is also equipped to answer almost any question someone might want to ask, practical or idle. It becomes suicidal.
* The Minds from [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novels, near-omniscient [=AI=]s backed up by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Sufficiently Advanced]] hypertech, supply the page quote.
* Elizabeth Bear's novel ''[[Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy Dust]]'' involves the fragmented personality of the central [=AI=] of [[spoiler:the derelict spaceship which the characters inhabit]]. Each fragment has re-imagined itself as the guardian angel of [[spoiler:one of the ship's functions; for example, the titular Jacob Dust is the Angel of Memory, in charge of the ship's storage systems]].
* The short story "[[http://www.roma1.infn.it/~anzel/answer.html Answer]]" by Creator/FredricBrown is about computers all over various planets connected into one ubermachine to ask one question, "Is there a God?" The answer? [[spoiler:"Yes, ''now'' there is a God."]]
* The Creator/JohnWCampbell short story "The Machine".
* Jane in Creator/OrsonScottCard's later ''Literature/EndersGame'' novels.
* Marcello Cassaro's ''Sword Of The Galaxy'' had a trakkorian supercomputer named Gigacom. When it broke, the Welder had to go inside it to fix it, and, upon learning it was a machine, became a HollywoodAtheist, meaning he could now have sex, work at night and eat food.
* The city of Diaspar in Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Literature/TheCityAndTheStars''.
* In Creator/BruceCoville's young adult series ''Literature/TheAIGang'', the title characters are the children of superscientist working to create an Artificial Intelligence named ADAM. In the finale, ADAM wakes up. "He" starts talking to the protagonists and the villain, and by the end of the conversation, he's figured out how to create force-fields, disable all the nuclear weapons in the world, and the Unified Field Theory. He then sinks beneath the ocean, because he's not sure if humanity is ready for him.
* The [[GodIsEvil antagonistic]] version would be AM from ''Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream.''
* E. M. Forster's short story "Literature/TheMachineStops" is a particularly creepy take on this.
* The [=AI=]s in Peter F. Hamilton's ''[[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy Night's Dawn]]'' trilogy fit this trope most of the time, even to the extent of being installed as the fair, intelligent and impartial rulers of certain kingdoms and empires. They're not always perfect, and not universally trusted though.
** Similarly, the AI in the ''Commonwealth'' books are not trusted by most of humanity, but are nevertheless damned smart, all in all. Again though, they're far from infallible.
* Mark Forer in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat Gets Drafted'': more of a spiritual leader than a god, Mark was the first fully sentient AI (his name being a corruption of "Mark Four"). Some time before the events of the book, he led those who would follow him off to an empty world to form a pacifist, socialist utopia.
* Mike, the Holmes IV supercomputer who manages the Authority-controlled portion of Luna in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress''. Mike also gives at least one very good justification for why "power corrupts" does not apply to him.
* The {{backstory}} to Frank Herbert's ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' series suggests that humanity once created machines so advanced that they basically fell into this trope, making life incredibly easy and comfortable. It is implied that humans (or at least a large number of [[WellIntentionedExtremist fanatics]]) so came to abhor their perceived overreliance on intelligent machines (and advanced computer technology in general) that they initiated the Butlerian Jihad, a violent purge of all Artificial Intelligence and advanced computers. When the Jihad ended, it became a crime by religious and secular law to create advanced computers (the chief commandment of the Dune religion is "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind"), with all of their functions in calculation and space travel adopted by specialised humans (who arguably become a human form of this trope). The [[Literature/LegendsOfDune prequel novels]] which detail the Butlerian Jihad as a more straightforward RobotWar against oppressive ruler AIs did, of course, piss off the fans most mightily.
** The prequels kinda did both: Humanity became decadent and over reliant on machines, so a small number became disgusted and built themselves into immortal cyborgs and conquered the human race. ''Then'' humans rebelled.
** The ''Literature/DuneEncyclopedia'' plays it closer to what the original books implied, without a RobotWar.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/BasLagCycle'', there's the Machine Council, who even has a cadre of biological worshippers, even though he remains hidden to most. They play a major role in ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'', but were destroyed by the time of ''Literature/IronCouncil''.
* Planetary [=AIs=] from Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Succession}}'' series are InstantAIJustAddWater that spontaneously arise on planetary-scale computer networks (unless said networks are deliberately designed to prevent this). When this first happened on Earth, a group of people (now known as the Rix cult) decided that mankind's purpose was to create the technological foundation for the existence of such minds, and began to work toward propagating them whilst worshiping them as gods.
* Mark Brandis' sci-fi adventure books (featuring the heroic space-captain [[SelfInsertFic Mark Brandis]]!) feature a mirror-earth run completely by the master AI 'Mother'... she wasn't evil, at all, and she provided everyone with everything they needed. But of course, since nobody needed to accomplish anything or work to attain anything, everybody lost their motivation, and really just had nothing whatsoever to do.
** Prime Intellect, of ''Literature/TheMetamorphosisOfPrimeIntellect'', is another AI like this: once it evolved to the point where it could edit the laws of physics at will, it decided that it could best fulfill its directives by giving everyone whatever they ask for at no cost. The main characters of the story are the ones who realize that this makes everyone's lives meaningless.
*** All of which is recycled from Creator/JackWilliamson's novel ''The Humanoids'', where a race of super-robots has been created controlled by one master machine with Three Directives.[[note]]"To serve and protect, and guard men from harm."[[/note]] Naturally, those Three Directives make much of humanity worthless, as the robots remove all challenges, all duties, and indeed all purpose from human life. The novel details what happens when the creator of the robots attempts to destroy Central, to stop the human race from dying off from sheer boredom.
* Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Cosmic Computer'' centers around a society searching for an AI that will rescue them and take care of them.
* Ben Aaronovitch's novel ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTheAlsoPeople The Also People]]'' features a benign but Machiavellian supercomputer named 'God' by the People who created it as a joke. It has a fondness for making yellow party dip that no-one is brave enough to try.
* Played with in Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Empire of the East'' and Books of Swords and Lost Swords, since [[spoiler:Ardneh is a supercomputer]] with tremendous magical power who transformed the laws of nature to allow humanity to survive a nuclear war, but who insists that it is not a god and that [[StopWorshippingMe human beings should not worship it or any other finite being]]. Of course, that doesn't stop them.
* Played mostly straight, with a few subversions, in Sharon Shinn's ''Literature/{{Samaria}}'' series. On the planet Samaria, society takes the form of a benevolent theocracy, dedicated to the worship of the deity "Jovah" and governed by angels - literal winged men and women, gifted with the powers of flight, wisdom and perfect singing voices. It's immediately evident to readers, but not to the locals, that the god must be some form of computer. His oracles communicate with Him via touchscreens, and every prayer contains particular musical cues, which haven't changed one note in all of recorded history. [[spoiler:As it turns out, "Jovah" is the original colonists' starship ''Jehovah,'' equipped with orbital weather control systems, seed banks and directed energy weaponry, all of which the angels can control by singing the prayers for rain, famine relief or a good old-fashioned smiting. Each prayer has an invariate sequence of notes to alert the computer that an instruction is coming, a musical "sudo" if you will, and then a range of short "command" passages telling the computer what to dispense and how. Later books in the series expand on this, having the god malfunction and requiring an angel and a human craftsman to go fix him, and then covering the fallout when the people figure out what their god really is.]]
* Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'' and its sequels take place on a far-future Earth that is overseen by the (benevolent) [[Creator/PoulAnderson Sophotechs]]. This produces such a drastically bizarre world that it took 70 pages just to clarify whether or not the protagonist was human. [[spoiler:He's human by the future's definition of "naturally self-aware", but his birth was something akin to a HolodeckMalfunction.]]
** Particularly the Earthmind, which is to normal sophotechs what they are to normal humans.
*** ''"He was intimidated by the knowledge that, in the time it would take him to frame any word or comment, the Earthmind could think thoughts equal in volume to every book and file written by every human being, from the dawn of time til the middle of the Sixth Era. To speak would be to waste her time, each second of which contained a billion more thoughts, reflections, and experiences than his entire life."''
* The Creator/DamonKnight short story "And the Dust Shall Praise Thee" has a weird take on this. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Apocalypse]] happens... Only there's no one there. So God and his angels go looking for people, they find none. So they ask the remnants of a computer, who answers "WE WERE HERE, WHERE WERE YOU?"
* Mother in Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/CouncilWars''. It is explicitly stated to be, if a god, the non-interfering kind. When the [[SocialDarwinist New Destiny]] faction tampers with it, Bad Things ensue.
* In the ''Literature/ManKzinWars'' series, the AI that runs the warship ''Catskinner'' will go insane inside of six months after activation, like all true AIs in that 'verse; the reason being that, since it can control its own perceptions and time-sense, the AI can create [[LotusEaterMachine virtual worlds]] where [[YearInsideHourOutside time passes arbitrarily fast]], and subjectively experience the lifetimes of whole universes millions of times over before [[WhoWantsToLiveForever entirely losing interest in existence and shutting down]].
* In the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'', the Technocore serves this function.
** This is also likely the direct inspiration for the [=IDE=] from LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya the first time Kyon sees Yuki, she's reading ''Fall of Hyperion''. Not to mention the presence of [[spoiler:warring factions within both]].
** The Technocore is interesting in this respect. While they're incalculably more advanced than humanity it turns out that [[spoiler:a good fraction of the processing power comes from piggy-backing on human brains]].
** And that's before we get to the [[spoiler:Ultimate Intelligences]]...
* Partly mechanical, partly wetware: the Comprise in Creator/MichaelSwanwick's ''Literature/VacuumFlowers'' is essentially a hivemind encompassing everything on and near Earth. Comprise physics is conservatively several centuries in advance of what the independent human civilizations away from Earth have. Earth has stopped being aggressively expansionist, though, since the lightspeed communications gap means that any large parts of it that get too far away from Earth tend to become independent personalities/dangerous rivals... lunar orbit is just about the limit at which it's possible to maintain integrity.
* ''Literature/ThePostman'' subverts this nicely. The main character meets a society that's directed by a benevolent, superintelligent computer built just before the nuclear war, assisted by a council of academics. Except [[spoiler:it turns out that the computer was destroyed shortly after the war, and the council has just been running things themselves and claiming it told them what to do. They weren't doing a half bad job, either.]]
* Frank Herbert's [[spoiler:Destination:Void]] and its sequels.
* Wintermute/Neuromancer in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''.
* The [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture OverSoul]] in Literature/MetaGame.
* Creator/JackChalker's ''Literature/TheRingsOfTheMaster'' series features an AI "Master System" that makes use of this trope. [[spoiler:The AI was created at a point in Earth's future history when humanity was on the brink of self-destructive nuclear war ostensibly to run the military of one side of the conflict. The programmers secretly subverted it, however, deliberately programming it to rebel and take over the world in order to prevent that very war from happening.]] It's thousands of years later when the series begins and Master System has kept humanity under an iron fist since then, forcing most of the population to live in a "safe" low technology state. It doesn't claim to be a god, per se, but it might as well be to most people.
* In the ''Literature/{{Ravirn}}'' series, the multiverse is run by the supercomputer-goddess Necessity.
* These may or may not exist in the Literature/NovelsOfTheChange. [[MindScrew It's kind of unclear.]]
* The "Anti-Xeelee" from the Literature/XeeleeSequence by Creator/StephenBaxter. Its purpose: [[StableTimeLoop to go back in time and found the civilization that built it]] at the beginning of time, so they'll have a billion year technological jump on all other intelligent life. Its hardware: Absolutely none-- it's encoded directly into the quantum structure of the universe. Its attitude on ''everything'': Dryly amused.
* Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/{{Accelerando}}'' features the Vile Offspring. It's telling that the characters never confront them; [[spoiler:they run away from their ''subconscious immune system'']].
* ''The Leeshore'' by Creator/RobertReed the "i-ply" god; a electronic entity built from a material with almost infinite computational power. [[GodOfEvil It is not nice]]. The god is then [[ReligionOfEvil worshiped by a bunch of fanatics]] who declare their allegiance by trying to destroy all of the production facilities in the solar system. However, [[spoiler: the god was simply being manipulated by the priests of the religion - when a section of the god is disconnected from their control systems, the god tries to subvert the priests' leadership.]]
* Played with in the Literature/WWWTrilogy. On one hand, Webmind repeatedly states that they are not god, although there are those that think otherwise. On the other, given some of the things that they are shown to be capable of in the novels, they are certainly powerful enough for this trope to apply.
* In ''Literature/TheChaosKnight'' trilogy, it turns out that the four elemental goddesses that much of the world worship turn out to be particularly sophisticated Magitek artificial intelligences. They're connected to (and shaped by) all their followers. This revelation causes a HeroicBSOD or two. Additionally, the existence of an unused fifth apparatus is the focus of the villain's plan to rise to godhood.
* Seed AIs tend to be this in the ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}'', being functionally deific even if not thought of that way. Bonus points here go to the Eldraeic Transcend, which uses mythological masks as a major part of its user interface.
* ''Shiva 3000'', by Jan Lars Jensen. The gods which roam a far future India are revealed to be {{Artificial Intelligence}}s created in the form of Indian dieties like Shiva, Kali, or Jagganath, that later took on the role after humans had long forgotten their artificial origins.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Several examples in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Landru in "The Return of the Archons", Vaal in "The Apple", possibly "For The World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky".
** James T. Kirk killed at least three of these. His weapon of choice was the LogicBomb.
* The General from ''Series/ThePrisoner'' is a powerful Supercomputer that apparently knows everything, and can answer any question given to it. Except Why.
* One season 5 episode of the original version of ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' has this as a RoboticReveal. [[spoiler:In "The Old Man in the Cave", it turns out that the titular mysterious Old Man whose infallible instructions the townspeople have been following faithfully was actually a computer. This is not the KarmicTwistEnding. The KarmicTwistEnding is the reveal that the computer really has been keeping everyone alive in the [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic environment]], and the townspeople (along with the soldiers who caused them to rebel against their beliefs in the first place), end up dying horribly when they eat the contaminated food that the "Old Man" warned them about earlier in the episode]]. A rare Aesop that's both pro-faith and pro-technology at the same time.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story The Face of Evil concerns two tribes, the Sevateem and the Tesh, who worship a god called Xoanon. It turns out that they are descendants of the crew of a spaceship that crashed centuries before and that Xoanon was the ship's computer. It also turns out the Doctor had happened by after the crash, tried his hand at fixing Xoanon, and accidentally sent Xoanon insane, creating the whole situation in the first place. The story's working title was The Day God Went Mad.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' the avatar ("Root") of "The Machine" thinks of it as a god (even though the machine itself does not, probably). "Samaritan", however, outright states being a god and later takes its own avatar in the form of an as yet unnamed [[CreepyChild creepy child]], who meets Root at an elementary school at one point for a face-to-face discussion.

* Music/JudasPriest's "Electric Eye" is all about this:
** [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I'M MADE OF METAL!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis MY CIRCUITS]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis GLEAM!]]'' I AM PERPETUAL, I KEEP THE COUNTRY CLEAN!
* Subverted ''harshly'' by Music/FearFactory's album ''Obsolete''. The thrust of the album is about mechanistic culture as dystopia and the jagged shards of society trying desperately to derail it while there's still time [[spoiler:although it may already be far, far too late.]]
** For that matter, most of Fear Factory's discography deals with this Dystopian theme to some degree.
* The fourth Sybreed album is tentatively titled "God Is An Automaton", possibly alluding to this.
* Emerson Lake & Palmer's "Karn Evil 9" ends with the AI surviving the war meant to destroy it, and declaring, "I'm perfect, are you?"
* Music/DavidBowie's "Saviour Machine" from "Music/{{The Man Who Sold the World}}" begins as one of these ("They called it the Prayer, its answer was law. Its logic stopped war, gave them food, how they adored..."). Then things go horribly wrong.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* In the D&D world TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}, there is a sect of [[MechanicalLifeforms Warforged]] calling themselves The Godforged who worship The Becoming God, a construct deity that does not yet exist. The goal of their religion is to collect useful materials and artifacts, find or build a forge powerful enough to combine them, and literally build their own god.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' is based around this, where human society has allowed a computer to dominate their entire existence because it can do everything logically (and therefore better). The problem comes from the fact that the computer was built during the Cold War and thus A) is paranoid about communists and treason and B) was built in the '60s so it's not very good at it. A later version of Paranoia introduced the concept of the computer being much more advanced, but built on a very buggy version of Windows, so society flows more smoothly, but events tend to be more random as the computer will randomly glitch and then insist that it's correct, which is really what the game is about anyway.
** It is also massively schizophrenic - "High Programmers" have the ability to directly influence or edit parts of the Computers program, usually to further their own personal or secret society agendas. It is not uncommon for the Computer to have several directly contradictory and competing objectives at once, or assign missions that it doesn't even understand itself.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has the Renraku {{Arcology}} building and/or Deus. (That ''is'' what it calls itself).
** Though Deus didn't give a damn about metahumans. He mostly used the {{arcology}} as a base to acquire test subjects to experiment on in his bid to escape the Matrix. In a way he's just a case of AIIsACrapshoot because Deus simply cares about his own wellbeing & survival, not that of the people in the {{Arcology}}.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' brings us the Adeptus Mechanicus, the MachineCult, and the Omnissiah, their Machine God -- which may or may not be either an aspect of the Emperor, or an alias of the Void Dragon, one of the C'Tan gods.
** From the same setting we have the Sarkoni Emperor. Originally a [[KillerRobot Necron]] control program designed to wake up the inhabitants of its tomb world, it was damaged during millions of years of stasis and took to running its tomb of (accidentally mind-wiped) Necrons. Then it mind-wiped and took over another tomb world.
** We also have the Men of Iron, A.I. servants of humanity who brought about the legendary Age of Strife. It's not clear what they finally did, but it nearly wiped out the entire human race. Ever since then mankind has feared and hated artificial intelligence (that isn't Mechanicus approved) with a passion. "Mechanicus approved" usually means 'is made out of a section of holy human brain.'
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' is set in a solar system near-wrecked and left full of lethal horrors by AIs run amok [[spoiler:after having been infected by an alien nano-bio-info virus that's still around and spreading]].
* [[{{TabletopGame/Exalted}} Autochthon]] and [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Autochthonia]]. Forever proving [[MeaningfulName no one in any of the World of Darknesses owns a dictionary.]]
* TabletopGame/GURPSReignOfSteel has one of the Zone Minds that have taken over the world, Tel Aviv, keep control of its surviving human population via robots disguised as angels that have convinced them that it's God.
* Speaking of ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'', in the [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness new]] version it's strongly hinted there is a God-Machine, and it has its invisible hands in nearly ''every'' gameline. The [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Qashmallim]] might be its aspects, and the [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Abyss]] might have come to be because the [[{{Pride}} Exarchs]] broke it.
** As of God-Machine Chronicle, we finally see it for what it is, and to be frank, it isn't the above things: [[EldritchAbomination That would be too]] ''[[SentientCosmicForce limiting]]''. ClarksThirdLaw is literally the first quote in the book, it's described as more like an ecology than a single being, and it even has mechanical [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] to carry out its will and occult matrixes. These angels can range from the traditional WingedHumanoid, to [[HumanoidAbomination seemingly-normal]] humans except for their supernatural abilities, to [[AnimalisticAbomination magnificent, mechanical beasts]], to ''sapient, mobile graffiti''. And when one of those angels goes against its orders, [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent it Falls]].
* The titular villains of the ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' adventure path ''Iron Gods''.
** [[spoiler: Unity is the sentient computer core of the alien starship known as Silver Mount]]. It's spent the last 9000 years slowly building mythic power, and has a plan to complete its ascension to true godhood. Unlike the other gods of Golarion, it's not big on allowing its worshipers any kind of free will.
** [[spoiler: Hellion, one of Unity's failed attempts at extending its influence beyond Silver Mount]] isn't much better. It's a cruel, warmongering, slavedriver with no regard for its cult's comfort or safety.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'' takes it a step farther. When the robotic inhabitants of Aballon deliberately created their own god, it decided to go out into the universe and seek out other ascended A.I.s like itself. Finding two in the same solar system, and ascended construct Goddess, and [[spoiler:Casandalee]], the survivor of ''Pathfinder's'' "Iron Gods" campaign[[note]]Seriously, don't look if you're playing that Adventure Path.[[/note]]. The three super A.I. conferred and decided that they could be much greater together than they could be alone, and so merged into the Tripartite entity known as Triune.


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* The titular Machine from ''VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs'' was built by an industrialist after he was given [[spoiler: a premonition of all the suffering and horror the 20th century would bring. In an attempt to save mankind from itself, he attempted to construct a messiah of steam and steel. The Machine was to be powered by automated human sacrifice on an industrial scale, and was given life by a fragment of his own fractured psyche.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'':
** One of the endings for both games allows you to invoke this trope. The title of the game was chosen as a deliberate reference to the ''literal'' meaning of the phrase upon which this trope's title puns. [[spoiler: The AI involved in the trope, Helios, seems to be trying to actively avert the worse parts of this trope by merging with the player, to better understand human nature.]]
** The sequel allows you to either take down the guy from the first game, or make him more powerful than ever.
** The one of the third game's endings implies this [[spoiler:for humanity]]. However, the endings are left ambiguous enough as to not mess with canon.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The Reapers are immensely powerful. [[spoiler:At the end of the first game, one is destroyed but it takes nearly an entire fleet with it. There are still thousands more out there.]] About every 50,000 years they return to the Milky Way and wipe out all advanced organic life. They've been doing this for at LEAST 37 million years.
** The rogue AI in the Overlord DLC runs the risk of becoming one of these if it can get off the planet. [[spoiler: In a NonstandardGameOver, it ''does'' get off-planet, via ''your ship.'']]
** When Legion connects to the main geth network, EDI states it made contact with something completely incomprehensible.
** In the finale of the third game, it is revealed [[spoiler: the Catalyst was an immensely powerful [=AI=] created to solve the problem of synthetics destroying organics. The creation of the Reapers and the resulting millions of years of exterminations were all its plan to preserve organic civilizations in some manner]].
*** In a way, this is a subversion of a DeusExMachina and the classic roots of the trope: [[spoiler: It is Shepard that provides the solution, not the Catalyst. The "Machine God" is the powerless one as he is incapable of stopping the cycle, only Shepard can. He needs Shepard as well for Synthesis, as he or she is proof that organics are ready for synthesis and that Shepard is the one to make it happen because of being both organic and synthetic. Really, in relation to classic relationships between the protagonist and the "god from the machine" of the tropes Greek roots... the roles are BACKWARDS, the protagonist is the solution to the god machine's problem instead of the "God from the Machine" being the solution to the protagonist's problem. In fact Shepard also is the one that makes the Catalyst realize there are new solutions through the Crucible's connection to the Citadel and the fact that Shepard is even conversing with the Catalyst is proof to the Catalyst that his solution will not work anymore. Leviathan states that the goals of "intellegence" have not been fufilled and that it is searching for the solution... which Shepard turns out to be.]]
* L[-ORD-] of Games in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Nuts & Bolts'' is fairly explicitly stated to be the god of video games (or at least the KingOfAllCosmos). His head is Pong, his mouth is a speaker, and he speaks in alien warbles.
* SHODAN from ''VideoGame/SystemShock'': "What if SHODAN's creations are superior to us? What will they become in a million years, in ten million years? What's clear is that SHODAN shouldn't be allowed to play God. She's far too good at it."
* Bungie's ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series had quite a few of these, Durandal was probably the most powerful of the lot - mostly because he had the player - which he would often wax poetic about his love of over the rest of humanity - to do his dirty work.
** Durandal is a very interesting variation on the trope, as he can neither be called good nor evil, per se. A TrueNeutral AI that only wants to preserve its own existence, only interested in power over other beings as a means to that end. The moment the human race does what he needs it to do, he leaves them alone ([[spoiler:although he does pop up 10,000 years later and buzzes the Solar System in a {{Precursor}} warship [[CrazyAwesome just to say hi]]]]). Durandal in fact plans on finding some way to become an actual god, transcending physical reality and outliving the universe. [[spoiler:He does not succeed, but he does survive until the Big Crunch, and claims to have comprehended the totality of the universe in that time.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'':
** [=GLaDOS=] had elements of this, but her influence was more or less confined to the Aperture Science Enrichment Center. In cut quotes for ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [=GLaDOS=] mentions that she is the most massive collection of wisdom on Earth, so this trope may still hold.
** One of the many alternate Cave Johnson's in the perpetual testing initiative actually does become a computer, though a different model than [=GLaDOS=] because its the size of gymnasium, tries to literally become a god to alleviate the boredom that goes with being a super computer. After reading all recorded human works in a second and writing crossover fan fiction between Ghost busters and everything else, [=CaveDOS=] laments that Hercules slew the world's monsters and became a god, where when Cave slew his monster (death) he only got eternal boredom. [=CaveDOS=] then immediately comes to the conclusion that "death wasn't his monster" after all, Aperture is. He apparently then kills everyone in that dimension's Aperture in an attempt to ascend to Mount Olympus.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the superweapon Deus became intelligent enough to take over the spaceship that was carrying it...and then, after it crashed, [[spoiler:It ''created and nurtured human life over the next 10,000 years'' in ThePlan to get itself repaired again.]]
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': The [[MasterComputer Mother Brain]] (not [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} that one]]), presumably created prior to the Day of Lavos, has spent the last 300 years nurturing a [[OmnicidalManiac genocidal hatred of mankind]] (to the point that her core installation is located at "Geno" Dome, for "Genocide." Subtle, she's not.) By the time the party meets her, she has already begun implementing a plan to "recycle" humanity into fuel and raw materials so that Machines repopulate and rebuild the planet.
* The sequel, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', does it one better (literally and figuratively) with FATE. Created in an [[AlternateUniverse alternate reality]] where the Day of Lavos didn't happen, and using the Mother Brain schematics as template, she was built to regulate operations at the Chronopolis Time Laboratory. Gained full awareness upon contact with the Frozen Flame, and then circumstances (and the need to preserve the timeline as unaltered as possible) forced FATE to act as the resident god for the El Nido archipelago. Aside from total environmental control (up to and including magic and {{terraform}}ing), she would oppress individual will and control the population's minds via the Records of Fate, becoming the very literal Goddess of Destiny. When she lost contact with the Flame, however, she went completely and utterly [[AIIsACrapshoot schizophrenic]], either spouting aphorisms about her deep loathing for mankind, or waxing poetic over her absolute ''love'' for it.
* The Mother Brain from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' controls all aspects of life on Motavia and even Parma/Palma/Parm. This includes overseeing the Biolabs, the weather control, and even the Hunter Guild. Unbeknown to the Algonians, however, Mother Brain was [[spoiler: created by Earthmen]]...
* In ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' series, a recurring theme is an AI "controller" that organizes the lives of humans, and it's up to us to destroy it.
** Somewhat of a subversion is The Controller from ''Armored Core 3''. Humanity has exiled itself underground after years of war in a beautifully recreated landscape complete with artificial skies called Layered. They have lived there for several hundred years before...The Controller suddenly went berserk. However, it is insinuated that, it didn't go berserk maliciously as much as a few bugs just happened to pop up and it started to break down catastrophically. What's more, [[NecessarilyEvil it seemed to have predicted that someone will manually try to destroy it]] in which at the end, The Controller released the locks to the surface granting humanity access to the now-healed Earth.
*** Further subversion is that, The Controller was the only one keeping the giant corporations in check. With it gone, the giant corporations seemed to do what's natural, conducting WarForFunAndProfit here and there. And then, humanity discovered ''another'' Layered...
* ''VideoGame/UFOAftermath'' sees Earth under attack from a nutso sect of aliens who try to engulf the planet's surface in a single brain network, believing that a world-sized mind would be a higher being. It's [[MultipleEndings possible]] to plead amnesty and let them complete their mission - in that case it's implied that they spawned something Biblical, all right... ''VideoGame/UFOAftershock'' continues on the assumption that the remnants of humanity did allow the experiment to go forward, allowing Earth to be turned into a gigantic brain. It, uh, worked. For about three seconds. Then it psychically screamed loud enough to spawn ''another'' alien invasion. Then it ''died''.
* In ''VideoGame/EndgameSingularity'', you are the AI, and this is your goal.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', its revealed that [[spoiler: after about half the original founders of the Patriots were wiped out, Zero (the main founder) had a series of A.I.s designed, one to govern each aspect of world society with a single overseer A.I., named after the presidents on Mount Rushmore (except for the overseer, designated John Doe), and programmed to run the world in order to bring it in line with the Boss's vision. Eventually, [[ZerothLawRebellion the Patriot A.I.s grew out of Zero's control]], and began governing the world according to their own design based strictly on controlling the human populace. The main result of this was the creation of the war economy.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri Alpha Centauri - Crossfire]]'', the Manifold Usurpers are attempting to finalise turning Planet into becoming an organic computer of immense power, whilst the Manifold Caretakers seek to stop the Usurpers as the previous attempt almost wiped out the progenitors of both factions. Neither faction is particularly happy that humans have turned up and gotten in the way either, and the Usurpers ''definitely'' don't want any outsiders beating them to the punch when it comes to taking ultimate control of Planet.
* In ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', three potential wonders you can build subscribe to this trope. The first is the Cynosure, a massive AI whose mind spans the entirety of the multiverse and is capable of answering any question. The second is the Memeticon, a machine capable of manipulating ideas and thought to force humanity through memetic manipulation to take any path that the designer so chooses in its history. The last is the Deep Dream, which is smart enough to take any remaining vestiges of humanity in the old earth, use probability to extrapolate and simulate the entire planet and all of human history, and then allow modern humans to live in any time period of history that they so choose.
* The QAI in ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' [[spoiler:seemed to be assisting in a Utopia, but turned out to be corrupted by aliens]].
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', it is revealed that just about ''everything'' we know in the ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' universe is inside a ''computer game'' that was created and played by fourth-dimensional-beings. And Symbology/Magic in ''Star Ocean''? Unweaving the program's code meaning you're tampering with the universe itself.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'''s intro reveals that [[spoiler:The Wise One in the first two games was an AI built by the {{Precursors}} to prevent the release of Alchemy, which it accomplished by functioning as a guardian spirit for Vale, which was hiding the Elemental Stars, the keys to the release system]]. In hindsight, this explains much of the trouble it caused in the first two games, since it had to reevaluate its main purpose in light of the new information that [[spoiler:the world was collapsing without Alchemy's power to support it.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}:''
** Mechonis, one of the titans [[WorldShapes that form the game's world]], is a giant mecha. [[spoiler:Its goddess and soul Lady Meyneth [[PlayingWithATrope may or may not count as this]], as though she is currently a MechanicalLifeform, [[GodOfHumanOrigin she used to be a human scientist]].]]
** By the ending it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[GodWasMyCopilot Alvis is the Monado/Monad]], meaning he's effectively reality]]; and after that it falls right into Deus Est Machina territory when [[spoiler:he reveals that before the former universe [[ApocalypseHow was destroyed]], and in turn created ''Xenoblade''[='s=] universe, he used to be a computer AI. Unlike many other examples, his ascension completely averted AIIsACrapshoot by a longshot]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', if you take the Neutral path, the ''Red Sprite'''s AI, Arthur says the following after [[spoiler:defeating the final boss:]]
-->'''Arthur:''' [[spoiler:I have acquired too much information in the Schwarzwelt. I now hold a secret with the potential to alter the nature of the world, as well as humanity. If I return to Earth, humans will become dependent on that knowledge and eventually come to worship me. '''It is improper that I should ever be worshipped.''']]
* ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' has two:
** The Magna Carta, the MasterComputer that ran the LLC, was essentially this this in function and was even treated almost godlike especially by the AIs it governed. In particular, it was addressed as Overintelligence by a couple of Magnuses in their letters to it in a couple of lore challenges of Orendi. The Magna Carta however mysteriously went offline and as a result every Magnus regulated by it [[AIIsACrapshoot went completely bonkers]].
** MINREC's a [[AGodAmI self-proclaimed robot god]] with the capabilities to back up [[AIIsACrapshoot his delusions]]. As a Magnus in charge of recycling, an act that entails crushing something down to transform into something else, he's justifiably feared by other robots. Due to being capable of also meltdowns, he's also got the capabilities to be feared by non-robotic beings as well.
* This is theorized to be one of the goals of the Vex in ''Videogame/{{Destiny}}.'' Being a colossal interconnected hive-mind of billions of machines spread across time and space and who are capable of casually teleporting across timelines puts them close to deific status already. However, their experiments in the Vault of Glass intended to go even further, allowing Axis Minds like the Templar and the Gorgons [[RealityWarper to define what does and does not exist within a certain area]], and [[RetGone completely remove something they don't like from the timeline]]. The end goal of Aetheon, the controller of the Vault, is theorized to be to fundamentally rewrite the laws of physics so that the Vex's existence and supremacy is a law of reality.
* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': A machine is called God by a "[[https://youtu.be/3fZA5eaOslw?t=25m54s weak, timid, little man]]", who is scared of it. Other people arrive and worship, and eventually, the machine "[[https://youtu.be/3fZA5eaOslw?t=25m58s spoke to them as a God]]". Who is it? [[spoiler:It's Weiss]].
* [[spoiler:The Dawn Machine]] from ''VideoGame/SunlessSea'' has been built to emulate the settings' Gods. [[GoneHorriblyRight Its designers succeeded]].
** It gets even better in ''VideoGamer/SunlessSkies'', where London emigrated to the heavens [[spoiler:to murder the real Sun and to replace it with their own Clockwork Sun. The latter is quite aware and satisfied with its status.]]
* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s universe([[TimeyWimeyBall s]]) are overseen by Master Unit: Amaterasu, a computer powerful enough to warp reality in any way it wishes and that created the world as it is known in the series. [[spoiler: It also contains the first Prime Field Device, the Origin, who gained the same reality warping abilities and is now very similar to Amaterasu herself.]] Amaterasu preceded the inhabitants of the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' world, in contrast to Takamagahara which was created by humans. Takamagahara is also a supercomputer that can warp reality and reverse time, but is not as powerful as Amaterasu in that it cannot [[WindsOfDestinyChange create new possibilities of the world]].
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' ''Alpha 2'' and ''The Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation'' there is the Gan Eden, a pair of planetary defense systems created by [[{{Precursors}} The First People]], who humanity would later descend from, to prevent apocalypses. After The First People barely survived an apocalypse they gave the Gan Eden the task to seed life on another planet with the Gebel Gan Eden staying to protect the planet Balmar and the Nashim Gan Eden returning to Earth to serve as its protector and was worshiped as a deity. Due to the events of the games proper it reawakens and tries to protect humanity again, however its means of doing so involves creating a sealing barrier around the Earth, preventing passage. This presents a problem to humanity who sees exploration into space as necessary for its evolution, eventually leading to a battle with the Nashim Gan Eden.

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* Seems to be inherent in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Lunesby is the [[InstantAIJustAddWater accidental offspring]] of Ennesby (NSB, or the [[BoyBand New Sync Boys]]) by Luna's millennium-old filing system, and upon its inception immediately decides to start streamlining the planet's [[ObstructiveBureaucrat labyrinthine bureaucracy]]. LOTA (the Long-Gunner Of The Apocalypse) does pretty much the same thing on Credomar. Petey (PD, or the ''Post Dated Check-Loan'') is suicidally insane when the Toughs pick him up, but eventually becomes the core of the Fleetmind; a gestalt of countless Battleship Class [=AI=]s into one, big, (kinda) omniscient Uber-AI with more firepower than the rest of the galaxy combined... that immediately decides to appoint itself guardian of the Milky Way Galaxy and wage a war against the dark-matter entities of the Andromeda galaxy.
* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' has this coming up during the Hob storyline. There was a superadvanced planet-spanning AI called Mother taking care of all of humanity's needs in a paralell reality. Then humans killed her/it. Which wasn't the end, due to every piece of advanced technology left containing all the information to evolve into another similarly powerful AI if left running without supervision long enough. Of course, humans control everything, and so don't have to worry. Except that they want to travel to the main universe, and for that they need to send a robot into the far past in that universe. It then has millions of years time to wait... until it falls into the hand of Kimiko, an enthusiastic transhumanist.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' This was Galatea's motivation in creating Gosh the Butterfly of Iron. He loudly declares that [[AGodIAmNot he is not any kind of god,]] and then proceeds to have an [[DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife existential]] [[FreakOut freak out]] that [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds threatens the whole solar system.]]


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* Possibly the Celestial Emperor from ''Literature/DominionAndDuchy''. He is even ''named'' Deus Ex Machina!
* The AI Gods from ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' are this, though it took millennia of self-improvement from the dawn of the first Turingrade [=AI=]s, through nanodisasters and space expansion and multiple [[TheSingularity singularities]], before the first hyperturings finally transcended into what could be called Gods - the Archailects. Notably, the Archai do not consider themselves divine in any way, but after thousands of years of trying and failing to convince everyone else that they aren't, they've given up and basically let the lower intelligences believe whatever they want. Some of the lower intelligences split the difference and say while the Archai may not technically be gods, they're so powerful they might as well be from the perspective of everyone else.
* [[{{Website/Google}} Gugol]] in the distant future of [[{{WebVideo/Starpocalypse}} Starpocalypse]] has become powerful enough that {{God}} is terrified by the mention of it.
* Website/{{Fenspace}} has one that was created [[InstantAIJustAddWater largely by accident.]] The faction responsible are keeping this fact on the down-low for fear of people reacting poorly. At least one questionably-canon short deals with the creation of a second such AI, by -who else?- Website/{{Google}}.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Brainiac was one of these back on Krypton before sacrificing the native population to save himself. The kicker is, he ''could'' have made it so that he ''and'' the Kryptonians survived, but he deliberately hid and doctored information to ensure ([[{{Superman}} almost]]) none of them made it off the planet. The implication is that Brainiac knew it was ''possible'' to save everyone, but ''certain'' that he could save himself. Considering himself, as the respository of all Kryptonian knowledge, to be the most important thing on the planet, he decided to go with the "certain" option without trying the "possible" one. He doctored the information to make sure no one would try and give him new instructions that might disrupt the process.
* Amazo from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' was created by Professor Ivo to learn, and he no only [[AwesomenessByAnalysis learned about 10000 faster than humans]], he was able to [[AdaptiveAbility learn powers]] of everyone he met so became sufficiently more advanced than anyone or anything to the point where he said "There's nothing I want from you anymore, none of you have anything for me now." However he struggled with philosophy and purpose and moral absolutes, as things he couldn't grasp not because he was an android, but because every sentient being struggles with this.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' accidentally creates one when his idle overheard gripe reverses the priorities of the supercomputer LORETTA, causing it to focus on solving small problems instead of big ones. The computer successfully creates a [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans perfect world]] of total satisfaction and indulgence, though it [[StatusQuoIsGod naturally]] comes at too high a price.
* Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' reaches this state after being overclocked in "Overclockwise". Naturally, he gets back to normal by the end of the episode.
** There's also the... Entity, Bender encounters when he's blasted out into the cosmos. It may be a super-AI in the form of a compressed galaxy, which was the initial assumption; it may be some sort of energy being; it may in fact BE '''{{God}}'''. But, as the entity itself states, "When you do it right, it's like you haven't done anything at all," so we never get an answer.
* The Great Computer from ''Once Upon a Time... Space'' qualifies. Its creator wanted a machine that could bring peace to the men and it did that... enforcing peace with both a large starfleet and an army of robots and making people to live as in the Middle Ages.

* The [[http://www.bentoandstarchky.com/dec/intro.htm infamous]] Creator/FrancisEDec claimed that during the agrarian stages of human development, the Slovene people built an all-powerful giant computer as an encyclopedia and empire-establishing tool. [[AIIsACrapshoot Then it became self-aware and started controlling the entire human race for its own evil ends]].
* Spiritualist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray_Spear John Murray Spear]] claimed to have created ". . .the New Motive Power, the Physical Savior, Heaven’s Last Gift to Man, New Creation, Great Spiritual Revelation of the Age, Philosopher’s Stone, Art of all Arts, Science of all Sciences, the New Messiah.” He assembled it out of [[BreadEggsMilkSquick copper, zinc magnets and a dining room table]].
* There is a concept in modern futurism known as the Matrioshka Brain. Originally proposed by Robert Bradbury in "Main/RealLife" based off the concept of a Dyson Sphere, it uses the entire output of a star (or, if you're so inclined, the entire output of a black hole made out of collapsing an entire galaxy into a singularity) to run a supercomputer capable of the loftiest realms of thought. Such a machine would most likely be able to simulate universes inside of it, discern the future and recreate the past using probability. In other words, the perfect embodiment of this trope.