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.
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!!Examples:

* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' of MarvelComics is one of the first (and more obvious) examples.
** ''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 the Avengers]].
** 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 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 "NewGods" is something of an ArtifactTitle.
* The gods of ''[[http://www.pantheaobscura.com/ Panthea Obscura]]'' actually ''set out'' to be superheroes.
* The upcoming Image comic ''God Complex''.
* Inverted in TheSavageDragon: Thor is an villain.
** Thor also appeared in TheElementals. Not too surprising, since all the supers there have magical or mythological origins.
* [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=904:45-smash-pages-of-god-hitler-crucified-my-son&catid=35:propaganda-index&Itemid=35 This trope taken to the logical extreme.]]
* Parodied, along with [[TheFundamentalist conservative Christian]] views of God, in ''TomTheDancingBug'''s [[http://www.fecundity.com/pmagnus/godman.html "God Man"]] strips.
* Given this is a Supers Trope, you know there's a ''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.
* The comic series ''{{Supergod}}'' by 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]].
* 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.
* ''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.
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