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Perhaps it's because of the connection of incredibly attractive and powerful people intervening in our daily lives with saving the world. Perhaps it's because having the godlike serve to protect our lives is the closest we can get to getting the divine to be serve us. Perhaps it's what comes naturally of making a character stronger than the strongest person. Whatever the case, comic book writers (and others) have seen the obvious logic in not just making godlike superheroes, but making ''gods'' superheroes.

[[OlderThanTheyThink The ancient Greek myths]] (as well as those from any number of other ancient cultures) often featured the heroic (by the standards of the time) adventures of various Demi-Gods, usually people with mixed Divine and Mortal parentage since the Gods themselves were usually too busy being complete dicks [[KarmaHoudini and getting away with it]], because, well they are the Gods...

Note: There's a lot of overlap with PhysicalGod, so this trope ''only'' refers to mythological gods or original divinities becoming superheroes.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics
** ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' is one of the first (and more obvious) examples.
** Thor's sister, ComicBook/{{Angela|MarvelComics}}, joined the superhero team ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, and fought alongside them.
** Thor's lover, ComicBook/LadySif. Although she doesn't join any superhero team and mostly fights for or in Asgard, she does have her moments in Midgard (Earth).
** Even Thor's adopted brother ''freaking'' ComicBook/{{Loki}} was in some superhero teams: In the second lineup of the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', admittedly the guy was [[TokenEvilTeammate most of their problems]] too, and if we count disguises in one iteration of the ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'' (as Scarlett Witch).
** Brunhilde the Valkyrie is a super heroine as well. She had a lengthy stint as a member of the Defenders.
** ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'' takes an interesting look at Marvel's Thor, focusing on the fact that anybody who claimed to be a god would immediately be classified as insane. The existence of superpowers only makes it worse, of course, as his powers are not entirely inexplicable.
** As is ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules.''
** And Comicbook/{{Ares}}, god of war, sometime member of Comicbook/TheAvengers.
** Snowbird from ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' is an Inuit demigoddess. Her family would make occasional appearances in the book, and their enemies, the Great Beasts, were recurring villains.
** The GoldenAge Marvel heroes Mercury and Venus were ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. In modern continuity, Mercury was revealed to be Makkari of ComicBook/TheEternals, and Venus was revealed as merely a Siren.
* Thor also appeared in ''ComicBook/{{Elementals}}''. Not too surprising, since all the supers there have magical or mythological origins.
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon'': Thor is a villain.
* Over at Creator/{{DC|Comics}}, Hercules is treated as a JerkAss more often than not, usually showing up to get in fights with Franchise/WonderWoman or Franchise/{{Superman}}. His most notable outing as a ''hero'' was in the Silver Age series Hercules Unchained, where he defended the remnants of mankind in a post-nuclear world.
* Comicbook/WonderWoman gets half-points for a few reasons: she's an Amazon, which are basically a race of semi-immortal demigoddesses, and she was created when her mother, Hippolyta, prayed to the gods to create her from clay. The Comicbook/New52 changed things so that she was Zeus' daughter, but Comicbook/DCRebirth has changed it back. She also briefly became the goddess of truth, but is now back to being (semi-)mortal.
** The second Comicbook/WonderGirl, Cassie Sandsmark, is a modern demigoddess, being the daughter of Zeus and a normal {{Muggle}} archaeologist. (During the Comicbook/New52 she was reimagined as Zeus' granddaughter.)
* The ComicBook/NewGods, though the degree to which most of the New Gods are ''gods'' rather than HumanAliens [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens with superpowers and advanced technology]] varies a lot. Creator/JackKirby originally conceived them as new characters to introduce into the Thor mythos--they were literally a ''new'' pantheon for modern times, hence all the technological and modern imagery, rather than ancient chariots and swords. But he jumped ship to DC and took them with him. In that sense, the name "ComicBook/NewGods" is something of an ArtifactTitle.
* [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmericaRebirth The current JLA]] and ComicBook/DoomPatrol introduced not simply a superheroic god, but the God of Superheroes himself, Ahl. Reaching down from his domain in "Final Heaven" millions of years ago, he gave birth not only to the idea of justice, but to the concept that would eventually become Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, from whom all other superheroes symbolically descend; the area where he touched Earth, having risen up to meet him and eventually becoming a mountain in Happy Harbor, Rhode Island, would one day become the first headquarters of the original Justice League, who were unaware of the true significance of Mount Justice. By the time we learn of him however [[KillTheGod he's been murdered under unknown circumstances]] with (or possibly '''by''', given its title) "The Brick That Can Think", [[ApologeticAttacker which mysteriously had "I'M SORRY" written on it.]]
%%* The Image comic ''ComicBook/GodComplex''.
%% Broken link; needs more context. * The gods of ''[[http://www.pantheaobscura.com/ Panthea Obscura]]'' actually ''set out'' to be superheroes.
%%* [[http://www.superdickery.com/45-pages-of-god-hitler-crucified-my-son/ This trope taken to the logical extreme.]]
* The comic series ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'' by Creator/WarrenEllis revolves around various countries' attempts to create superheroes based on their religion or mythology. The projects have mostly... not [[AxCrazy fulfilled]] [[EldritchAbomination their]] [[BewareTheSuperman hopes]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TomTheDancingBug'': Parodied, along with [[TheFundamentalist conservative Christian]] views of God, in the [[http://www.fecundity.com/pmagnus/godman.html "God Man"]] strips.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has all the major deities actually be genetically-altered cyborgs. Most of them besides Asura become the main villains. It should be noted, though, that there ''is'' a spiritual component to them, as they can be powered up by the prayers and souls of mortals.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Given this is a Supers Trope, you know there's a ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' example, and here it is: The New Olympians may or may not be the classical Greek Gods reborn. They certainly think they are, and have appropriate powers.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Avatar from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is the earthly embodiment of the show's equivalent of {{God}}.