->''"These fools worship ''{{Transformers}}!''"''
-->--'''Astrotrain,''' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', "The God Gambit"


HumongousMecha are awesome, in a very literal sense. They typically have more armor than a battleship, possess enough firepower to lay waste to cities, and tower over the battlefield like gods of war. When this awe leads to worship, you end up with the FirstChurchOfMecha, in which these war machines are hailed as gods, or even praised as a deity in a full-blown religion. In some settings, these giant fighting robots may actually ''be'' gods.

May involve a CargoCult or GodGuise.

This trope often overlaps with MerchandiseDriven, specifically when an author who wants to write fantasy lore ends up with a sponsor who wants to sell toy robots.

Compare MachineWorship, DeusEstMachina, ThankTheMaker, RobotReligion (where the worshipers are mechanical).

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The Evas of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are said at points to be a substitute for God, [[MindScrew whatever that actually means]].
** The explanation is that [[EldritchAbomination Angels]] possess God's Fruit of Life, while humans possess God's Fruit of Knowledge. [=EVA=]s can potentially [[spoiler:possess both, as Angel/human hybrids that possess a human soul and an S2 engine]].
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** There's a village that worships an old [[AMechByAnyOtherName Gunmen]].
** Chouginga Gurren Lagann, the penultimate mecha of the series, was ''explicitly'' described as "one who matches the Gods," as having power tantamount to a sub-Universe all its own, and is capable of near-divine manipulation of space-time. It also looks like a ''drill angel''.
** There are people who list their religious views as "Gurren Lagann" (Or Kaminalogy).
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' was referred to this at some points.
* Not sure of the other versions, but at least one of the ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' manga versions called the Escaflowne a god.
* ''Anime/GoLion'' is thought of as one, even if not so in western equivalent ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.
** He tried to prove it too. [[CurbStompBattle It didn't go so well.]]
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', there's Moon-Moon, an isolated forgotten colony that drifted off into uncharted space, and its inhabitants with time regressed into a social, cultural and technological level along the lines of {{Mayincatec}}. Among other weird things, they worshipped a rusty old construction mobile suit as a god.
* The "White Doll" from ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' is sort of worshiped as one. Granted, this was ''before'' they knew it was a mobile suit, and not just a statue.
** [[spoiler:Not to mention [[SuperpowerLottery its powers that ''literally'' rival those of a god]]...]]
* Setsuna F. Seiei of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' views Gundams with almost religious reverence because when he was very young, his life was saved by a Gundam. Naturally, the Gundam he eventually pilots is so powerful, it's not even a Gundam anymore but essentially a ''Super Robot''.
** In the accompanying novel, it is explained that master-villain Ribbons allowed Setsuna to live because the little child saw the Gundam 0 -and Ribbons himself- as a God and it pleased his megalomaniac tendencies. Afterwards, Ribbons hacks Veda to allow young Setsuna to become a Gundam Meister. Which horribly bite back at the finale.
* The titular mecha from ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' is referred to as a legendary giant god by the [[HumanAliens Buff Clan]]. Considering the Ideon's planet-destroying capabilities, it's a fitting title.
* In ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'', Sandman calls his HumongousMecha "a new deity for the modern age". As if that wasn't enough, its name is ''God'' Gravion. However, it's ''replaced'' by Sol Gravion, and Sandman's God Sigma Gravion becomes a sort of SixthRanger.
* The Ma-Shin, aka "Rune Gods" of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. It's unclear if they're actually worshiped, but they do occupy shrines and they're a part of Cephiro's mythology (even if few people know the ''entire'' myth).
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' gives an example: The common people worship [[LesCollaborateurs a woman who sided with humanity's enemies]] 5000 years ago as God, and believe the [[HumongousMecha Peacemakers]] (AI-controlled HumongousMecha that can brainwash you by looking at you) are angels. They also believe the [[HumongousMecha Dragoons]] are demons. So the HumongousMecha are on either side of the religion.
* Played with in ''Anime/{{Gasaraki}}''. The TA/Fake mechas are ugly, purely mechanical looking and sounding, and while they're excellent weapons they're also get clogged by sand and are useless in certain situations, so they're as far from the Awesome Humongous Mecha as you can get. The Kugai on the other hand are referred to as Gods (or Demons, depending on who you ask), and compared to the [=TAs=] they're incredibly smooth, much more powerful, and ''scary''.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' (Episode 24+ spoilers): [[spoiler:The [[Anime/DualParallelTroubleAdventure Zinv-lookalike]] "Idol" mecha Seina gets thrown into was worshipped as the guardian diety of a small village -- and Seina was the ChosenOne to awaken it.]]
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is known as the God of Destruction [[spoiler: when it's Genesic [=GaoGaiGar=]]]
* In ''K.O Century Beast'' each village that has a guardian statue which in fact houses a robot dubbed Jinns.
* In ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'', the HumongousMecha are actually gods of Japanese Mythology. One of them is piloted by a nun.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' goes so far as to [[CallARabbitASmeerp call giant robots]] [[AMechByAnyOtherName Megadei]], literally “mighty gods.” Then of course there's their boot up sequence: Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'', when it was first introduced, was claimed by Professor Kabuto to be a machine that could be God or Devil. When ''Anime/MazinKaiser'' appeared, at least in the anime, the same man proclaimed that Kaiser ''surpassed'' God and Devil. Heck, even its VideoGame/SuperRobotWars theme song proudly proclaims "Is it a God? Or a Devil?" (''Kami ka? Akuma ka?'')
** And the ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'' manga implies Mazinger Z [[spoiler:can become an abomination]] if its power is not harnessed for the good.
** In ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', the titular HumongousMecha was the robotic embodiment of the god of war of planet Fleed.
* ''{{Anime/Raideen}}'' was the protector deity of Lost Continent of Mu. It was foretold when the Age of Demons began, Reideen would awake and would battle them to protect the world. Needless to say, [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight it happened]].
* [[Anime/{{Gigantor}} ''Tetsujin 28-go'']] is actually mistaken for a god in one episode of the 1980 remake.
* In ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'', [[spoiler:Kugel's mecha]] finds its way to a primitive Earth, where it is worshipped by a fleetful of locals.
* In ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'', there is a cult of Space Buddhists who believe that even androids can achive enlightenment. It was actually centered around the empty cyborg body of Don Fua [[spoiler: who turns to have indeed developed god-like powers]].

* A fantasy example: In ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'', a wizard [[SoulJar transferred his soul]] into a giant {{golem}} and [[AGodAmI declared himself]] the god Tarim. [[spoiler: Cerebus was [[ConArtist running a messiah confidence scheme]] on the town at the time and got deposed when "Tarim" showed up. Cerebus eventually [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim shot him through the head with a cannon]].]]

* ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' features a very creepy DeusEstMachina worshipped by a scattered but highly organised cult. It uses [[spoiler: a corpse with the top half of its head cut off]] to communicate with people. DarkIsNotEvil [[spoiler: Or is it ?]]

* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' / ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** More than one series has portrayed their mecha as gods. ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' has the literal Gao God, while the ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' mecha combine into God and face off against the Devil. Naturally, Franchise/PowerRangers plays this down to the point of non-existence.
** Save for ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', whose version of Gao God (named Animus), according to [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] is what happens if [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger GoseiKnight]] was a Megazord as opposed to a zord, and didn't have the Goseiger to tell him not to go after humans for polluting the ecosystem. They never actually used the G-word, but he filled the same function as in Sentai.

[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s Mata Nui is a giant robot who [[GeniusLoci houses the Matoran Universe inside him]], [[PhysicalGod ruling over the forces of nature and deciding over fates]]. Most of the inhabitants worship him as a god due [[AIIsACrapshoot to a glitch in their programming]], not knowing that they are actually parts of his robo-biology. Mata Nui, however, [[AGodIAmNot prefers not to see himself in such a way]] and is actually [[GodIsGood a very kind leader]], if capable of being somewhat inattentive at times.

* As the page quote used to indicate, the Titans of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are acknowledged as god-machines even outside of the [[MachineWorship technology-worshipping]] [[MachineCult Adeptus Mechanicus]].
** To complicate the matter, some have literal churches built on them.
** Some have churches and shrines built '''for''' them.
** In 40k comic "Titan", after the said Titan Invictus falls into a warp rift and emerges in a totally different place, natives of that area worship what remains of the mecha as god.
** The Ork versions, the Gargants, often are modeled after their gods, Gork and Mork. In at least one case they began building such a machine and then proceeded to have a war over out which one of them it is. (This is the plot, [[ExcusePlot such as it is]], of a [[GaidenGame spinoff side-game]] called appropriately enough {{TabletopGames/Gorkamorka}}.)
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} has the warforged, a race of living and intelligent war golems. Now that the war is over and they are no longer needed, many of them started to create their own society in the middle of a toxic desert. This includes their very own religion, which revolves around building their own mecha god. And as the entire setting is completely under the RuleOfCool, they will probably be successful.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has Autochthon, the Great Maker, one of the Primordials who created the setting's universe, and the one most focused on craftsmanship, artifice, and generally ''making'' stuff. He's also called the Machine-God, and he lives up to the name, with one of his bodies being an [[GeniusLoci entire world]] of [[SteamPunk cogs, gears, pistons, wires, steam-filled pipes, and crystalline memory banks.]]

* The so called "gods" of the [[{{Mayincatec}} Cuotl]] from ''VideoGame/RiseOfLegends'' sure look like mecha. It is unknown whether they are actually aliens, alien robots, or aliens inside robots(which would actually make them mecha).
* The Reapers from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' count to a degree. They have nothing but loathing for those beings that worship them, but have no qualms about using their devotion.
-->'''Legion''': We do not view the Old Machines as analogues to deities. However, we have gained perspective on why others would imbue them with those qualities.
* Obsidian by Segasoft had an area literally called the Church of the Machine, which had a giant robot spider (an even-larger version of which played a key role in a previous chapter) as the centerpiece.
* The Bionis and Mechonis of ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' are both mecha-like in appearance, and the Mechonis is a HumongousMecha, with the emphasis on Humongous. The two titans have/have had civilisations living on and in them, respectively. Both of them are [[spoiler: inhabited by a god]] but only the Mechonis's [[spoiler: is actively worshipped - the Machina, the Machine People, are the only ones who are old enough to remember that the titans have souls, and are thus the only ones to remember that Zanza, the Bionis is destructive, while Meyneth, the Mechonis, is benevolent]].
* [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Super Robot Wars Z3: Rengoku-hen]] gives one to Gunleon, including the followers ''[[ThemeTuneCameo chanting the lyrics]] of it's {{Leitmotif}}.''
-->"Gun Gun Leon, Gunleon...!"

* Primus and Unicron of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' are the Gods of Creation and Destruction respectively, with Primus being the progenitor of the Cybertron race (as well as [[GeniusLoci Cybertron itself]] in some continuities). [[RuleOfCool They are also both huge transforming robots themselves.]]
** There's also the episode "The God Gambit" from ''[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]'' - the people of Titan worship a massive statue as a god, but this turns out to be a scam run by the priesthood. When the Autobots and Decepticons arrive on the moon, Astrotrain sets himself up as a more powerful deity. He provides the page quote during this time explicitly lampshading it.
** At the end of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', [[spoiler:Waspinator is left behind on Earth, where he gets to become a god to a tribe of protohumans.]]
** Also, Brian Clevinger once related in an ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' newspost that he didn't really "get" why religious people got so hung up about that Jesus guy, until he asked himself "What if Jesus is their Optimus Prime?"

* The [[Literature/TheBible Book of Revelation]] mentions the False Prophet constructing a talking statue of TheAntichrist. Some theologians have hypothesized that it's a giant robot (or at least animatronic).
* When religious conflict on a planet of anthropomorphic foxes breaks out into open war in the [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furry]] story "The Last Aspect", the "orthodox" side decides to build a gigantic, intelligent war machine in vulpine form to both act as a symbol of their faith and directly oppose the "heretics" in combat. The project takes years to complete and its AI spends quite some of that time communicating with its designer and learning about the world...and when the machine finally goes live, it proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] ''both'' sides, force them to put an end to the fighting, and declare ''itself'' the new supreme deity by virtue of being the obvious physical embodiment of the one concept both sides were equally dedicated to despite their notional religious differences -- ''War''.