Because you are haughty of heart, you say, 'A god am I! I occupy a godly throne in the heart of the sea!
When a character or villain gains superhuman abilities thanks to Green Rocks
, nuclear power, Transhumanism
, going One-Winged Angel
, being Touched by Vorlons
, having the power of Creating Life
, or just achieving whatever his most desired dream is
, he is left less than sane and often gains delusions
(or, in some cases, perfectly accurate assessments
) of godhood at the same time.
He will often give an over-the-top speech
emphasizing just how far beyond ordinary humanity he has evolved
, and how lowly they are compared to him.
Cue the villain becoming a megalomaniacal Narcissist
who is Drunk on the Dark Side
and/or declaring that they will Take Over the World
But you know what they say... Pride
cometh before the fall. If he's declaring himself as a god right in front of a real God, then he's definitely screwed
The character may declare that he has transcended morality as well, and is Above Good and Evil
, but the tropes
do not have to coincide.
There is an alternate form of this trope, in which the protogod character
gives a speech that is insightful, cryptic
, or both, expressing his discovery of his benevolent and distant
new place in the order of things. He then vanishes entirely from human ken
, never to be seen again.
Aiming for godhood by rewriting the rules of the world
is In Their Own Image
. Another alternate version is the "End of the World" Special
. See Physical God
for those who don't have to try so hard. May, but does not always
result in a God-Mode Sue
. Also, see It's All About Me
for a similar trope, minus the declaration of godhood.
Ancient sovereigns liked this trope; see also God Emperor
for those examples. See also One-Winged Angel
, Smug Super
and Dark Messiah
. Also see Like a God to Me
, which is when a character declares someone else godlike but only out of flattery, not as a statement of serious worship. Not to be confused with God Guise
, where a character merely pretends to be a god as part of a con. A Nietzsche Wannabe
also has megalomaniacal delusions and believes himself to be immortal, but never claims to be a god and in fact insists that gods don't exist.
Contrast with A God I Am Not
, where a genuinely godlike being refuses the label to avoid the implications; Stop Worshipping Me
, where a deity doesn't want to be venerated as such; Pro-Human Transhuman
, where a post human remains sympathetic to humanity; and Unwanted False Faith
, where a human (or transhuman, or other sapient) who is
worshiped as a god would rather not be.
Note that this trope requires a self-proclamation of godhood,
not just sheer cockiness and/or overconfidence.note
Possessing or gaining godlike powers
by itself doesn’t count, nor is it a requirement to possess such powers to qualify for this trope. Usually being a Physical God
and declaring oneself to be a God isn't this trope unless the physical gods in the setting are not omnipotent while this particular one believes it is omnipotent.