: Wow. Apollo is hot. Percy
: He's the sun god. Thalia
: That's not what I meant.
When the gods
are divine in their beauty as well as power, they've earned the right to be called a Hot God.
Invariably, a Love Goddess
a Hot God. Note also that several goddesses (from a multitude of pantheons) were seen as befitting of the Lady of War
archetypes, so it seems divine power may be telling of how attractive power is
Of course, gods are supposed to be models that concepts are based on, so whatever concept they represent is one that they have, a thousand times more than any mortal could. So it would be a no-brainer that a goddess of love - or beauty, fertility, marriage, or pretty much any concept related to human interaction - would have unearthly beauty.
See the related Angelic Beauty
for the divinely beautiful on the lower end of the cosmic totem pole. Consequently, see Horny Devils
and Hot as Hell
for a Hot God's infernal rivals in looks.
Not to be confused with something that you put jelly on
... except in very specific fantasies
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Anime and Manga
- Elric of Melnibone stories. The Lord of Law Donblas the Justice Maker and Arioch, a Lord of Chaos.
- Arioch can take many forms, not all of which are appealing.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians, being based on Greek Mythology and all. The gods have the power to change into whatever they want to look like, but special focus is given on the total hotness of Apollo and Aphrodite.
- It's mentioned that Aphrodite's appearance is different to all who look at her, conforming to that particular person's "idea of true beauty".
- The Valar in The Silmarillion. In their case they're spiritual beings and when they walk among the Children of Eru they regard their bodies the way the Children of Eru regard fine clothes-as something to put on to impress others. In effect their bodies are a kind of Ermine Cape Effect.
- Dweia from The Redemption of Althalus.
- In Everworld pretty much all the gods are described this way, but Aphrodite, Ganymede and half of Hel are particularly notable. The Valkyries are also described as "not so much beautiful as flawless."
- One of the historical semidivine sovereigns in Fiona Patton's Branion series was named Alexius the Fair.
- Aphrodite in Fred Saberhagen's Books Of Swords trilogy is not merely extremely beautiful, but appears to whomever sees her as whatever that individual viewer's ideal of female beauty is.
- The Returned in Warbreaker (not real gods, but close enough and worshipped as such in-universe) are all very physically attractive. It's ultimately revealed that this is because all Returned actually have Voluntary Shapeshifting powers that they're generally unaware of, but that causes them to subconsciously turn into idealized versions of what they looked like as humans prior to ascending.
- Very, very many in the comics pantheons. In fact, unless they're specifically designed as ugly, they'll be this.
Mythology and Religion
- Babylonian: Ishtar is the Trope Maker. There isn't really an Ur Example that can be defined because it was probably a local god, and writing had not been invented yet.
- Aphrodite/Venus had this as kind of her main shtick. She is probably the Trope Codifier because she's what most people today think of when you describe this trope.
- Other hot Greco-Roman gods were Apollo, Dionysus, Hermes, Hera, Ares and... well, most of them really.
- Hephaestus' claim to fame is that he was the only aversion among the Olympians.
- Aztec Mythology: Tlazolteotl◊
- Though she had an alternate form that subverted this all to hell.
- Also, she happens to be the Goddess that causes sexually transmitted disease.
- Given that the Aztecs were obssesed with dualism, that a sex goddess can be horrifying is a given. Xochiquetzal ("Beautiful Flower"), goddess of youth, prostitutes and musicians may be a better example. As is for the thus inclined Xochipilli (translated both as "Prince of Flowers" or "Noble Flower"), patron god of homosexuals and male prostitutes. Yes, the Aztecs had a patron god for homosexuals despite the fact that they forbid homosexuality. Dont think too much about it.
- Tezcatlipoca was also regarded as one of these, often described as the most youthful-looking and handsome god.
- One custom of the Aztecs involved selecting a particularly attractive young man to become an ixiptla, "doppleganger" to the god, for an entire year. He would act as Tezcatlipoca's earthly incarnation over its course, be lavished with food and gifts and finery, taught to play music and sing. During the last 20 days of this year, he would be wed to 4 beautiful women (also ixiptlas of the 4 goddesses that were Tezcatlipoca's wives) and be able to lay with them as often as he wanted. On the final day of the year, he would be stripped of his riches, drugged, ascend a temple while breaking a flute on every step of the way, and finally sacrificed. The ceremony would start all over again the following day, as a new ixiptla would be chosen as a replacement.
- Egyptian Mythology: Isis, Nephthys, Bast. And Anubis, at least for the Furry Fandom.
- Finnish: Loviatar◊
- Norse Mythology: Sif, known for her beautiful hair; Freyja, the "most beautiful woman" and a fertility Goddess; Gerd, also the "most beautiful woman"; and Baldr, who isn't a God of beauty but was well known for his radiant beauty. Loki is this as well in some recountings, though presumably less so after his mouth was sewn shut and he tore out the bindings.
- Sumerian: Inanna
- Japanese Mythology: Benten, Amaterasu
- Aengus Og, the love god of the Tuatha De Danaan, was THE Bishōnen amongst a tribe known for pretty men.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Exalted: Luna is both a Hot God and Hot Goddess. (This is in a setting where Everyone Is Bi.)
- Scion has notes about how the few aversions in each pantheon handle it.
- Warhammer and Warhammer40000 has Slaanesh, the divinely beautiful and seductive Chaos Power of lust, desire and sensual excess. Slaanesh can assume a form of any gender at will, and whatever Slaanesh chooses, it will always be a supernaturally beautiful and alluring form. Devoted followers of Slaanesh are often rewarded with a fraction of this power.
- This very wiki has a bevy of 'em with its Trope Pantheons, and they come in many different flavors (male, female, human, nonhuman, good, evil, etc.).
- Cosmos of Dissidia: Final Fantasy.
- Depending on your interpretation, the superboss of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Minerva, is strongly related to The Planet's consciousness, either being its physical embodiment or goddess. Here,◊ take a look.◊
- Fire Emblem Tellius has Ashera, the Goddess of Order and Restriction. While she is only mentioned in lore in Radiance, she is actually seen in Dawn. Very beautiful, perhaps otherworldly so, but she's evil. This is explained by the backstory: When the Goddess of Dawn Ashunera became so overcome by her emotions in response to the warring nations of the world, she accidentally summoned a calamitous deluge that wiped out most of the world. In order to prevent this from happening again, a grieving Ashunera discarded her emotions. Ashunera became Ashera (who retained her original self's maturity), while her emotions manifested as Yune, the cute, childlike Goddess of Chaos and Transformation. Go through a few hoops (namely, recruit her Dragon Sephiran/Lehran during New Game+) and the benevolent Ashunera will return during the extended epilogue.
- Ys I & II feature Feena and Leah.
- La Pucelle Tactics has Goddess Poitreene.
- Asura and Inanna (who were based on Hindu and Sumerian gods, respectively) from Tales of Innocence.
- The Harvest God (a red-haired hunk) and the Harvest Goddess (who looks different in most of her incarnations but is still beautiful all the same) of Harvest Moon.
- Palutena of Kid Icarus.
- Touhou: Kanako qualifies. Suwako is more Cute God than Hot God, but there is the fact that Sanae is her great-great-great-...-granddaughter.
- Yukari may not technically be a goddess, despite being older than the land of Gensokyo itself and every bit as powerful as the actual gods, but she is quite attractive.
- Shinki is Hot as Hell and "the God of Makai".
- And side-manga Silent Sinner in Blue mentions that the rabbits find traditional Shinto god Lord Daikokunote very handsome.
- Grune of Tales of Legendia turns out to be one of these.
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade gives us the pair of Fujin and Raijin. Fujin is more "Cute" than "Hot", while Raijin plays this trope completely straight. Given their interactions in the story (notably, he being one of the few people who can bring out her softer side), it's a safe bet to assume that they're lovers.
- Raiden. He assumes the form of a handsome adult male with a Nice Hat; his alternate costume in the DA/D/A trilogy ditches the hat, revealing Raiden to have a long mane of white hair. In fact, he's one the prime sources of Mr. Fanservice among female fans of the series. It's a bit of a stretch, but the likes of Fujin and the nameless Water and Fire Gods could also fit the bill.
- Althena and Lucia in the Lunar series.
- Any of the goddesses in Neptunia. Especially former goddess Magiquone/Arfoire
- The night elf goddess Elune is depicted (at least in the RPG book Shadows & Light) as an attractive night elf female with very little clothing.
- Technically averted with Almalexia from The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, who is too low-polygon to be considered any kind of hot, but in-game books really do describe her as an example of this trope. She also wears Vapor Wear.
- You can also download high-poly Almalexia mods.
- Several in Brat-Halla:
- Frigg doubles this with Hot Mom, not looking a day past her 30s.
- The goddesses of beauty competing in the Pantheon Games
- Hel. But only from the waist up.
- Sif becomes one in storylines set in the future.
- Balder is a male example, seeing as he's a god of beauty himself.
- In The Gamer's Alliance, Artemicia and Hivena, the Goddesses of Healing and Love, are very beautiful.
- All the New Olympians at Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe. The avatar of Aphrodite, in particular, likes to use her beauty and lust aura to manipulate men. Fey, as one of the Nine Queens of the ancient Sidhe would count too.
- Averted in Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff: The trope name is mentioned by name, but it's actually a misspelled hot dog.
- Princess Celestia from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is not only drawn more aesthetically pleasing than the rest of the cast, but also appears to be the ideal of equine beauty in Equestria.
- Princess Luna seems to be this to many people in the fandom.
- There's a recurring joke to the effect that "Everyone is Shining Armor for Princess Cadence."
- And one could fill a Fanworks section with ponies finding themselves lusting after any of them. With occasional success.