"I wish I was old enough to breed monsters, but my dad says I have to wait till I'm thirteen to play God."
Sometimes, in Mon
games, the game will allow the player to capture and control creatures
that a preteen hero
has absolutely no business owning. A kind of Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?
moment for The Kid with the Remote Control
games will allow the player to capture cosmic
, and other supernaturally-powerful beings. Of course, other media occasionally have gods captured by humankind as well.
Don't expect this power to be easy to come by, however. A lot of Olympus Mons require that you prove yourself worthy to command them by defeating them in combat first.
If this is the case in a video game
, this often means that the fight against them will be That One Boss
, or a Bonus Boss
that isn't accessible until later in the game. Basically the living equivalent of an Infinity+1 Sword
Strangely, these beings seem to be perfectly content with their human masters, and rarely rebel. If they do, though? Be very, very afraid.
See also Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?
The name is a pun on Olympus Mons, Latin for Mt. Olympus
and also a volcano on Mars
that's also the largest known mountain in the solar system. This trope is the exact opposite of Com Mons
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- the original Yu-Gi-Oh has the playable Egyptian God Cards. There are also a number of arch-demonlike/godlike cards out there. Timaeus & company, Exodia, Dark Ruler Ha Des, Dark Creator, the Sacred Beasts, Black Luster Soldier and Chaos Emperor Dragon, Five God Dragon, and the list goes on. Most characters who use these cards do so frivilously; Yugi, being the hero, is likely the only one who at first realizes the potential danger they may pose. (As he says when he wins Sky Dragon Osiris, "I must be very careful with this...") Heck, even Blue Eyes White Dragon had a god-like backstory before the game's Power Creep got the better of it. And there's still its fusion forms, the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon (which even after the power creep still has the 5th highest attack power in the game, with all of the stronger cards being ludicrously impractical to use) and the even more powerful Dragon Master Knight.
- The spinoff manga Yu-Gi-Oh! R features the Devils, demonic doppelgangers of the God Cards. The second series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has the Sacred Beasts, another set of Evil Counterparts of the Egyptian God Cards. To make that even worse, there's even a far stronger monster that's summoned by fusing all three of them. The third series, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, features two opposing sets of "God Cards" in the form of the eponymous Five Dragons, each wielded by chosen heroes called Signers, and the seven Earthbound Gods, nightmarish monsters of enormous size inspired by the Nazca Lines whose masters, the Dark Signers, came Back from the Dead through a Deal with the Devil.
- Trueman took it Up to Eleven in the fourth season of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, actually summoning two copies of Five God Dragon at once. (Which kind of makes you wonder, just how many people in this reality have access to this card, which is stronger than Obelisk? Even Judai had a copy.) In fact, the method he used was even possible in the real game at the time. (But not anymore, at least currently, because Future Fusion is now illegal.)
- In Digimon Tamers, Guilmon's "dark evolution" turns him into Megiddramon, a Dragon who can destroy all of reality. Unlike most examples, Takato could not control him, and he had to come to grips with his own anger at someone who had killed a friend before Guilmon would revert back. In fact, most of the Digimon games have something like this. It's possible to obtain, through evolving cute little In-Training level Digimon, godlike Digimon such as Alphamon and Chaosmon who have unfathomable amounts of power. There's also Goddramon, often translated as Goldramon in English.
- In Digimon Savers, awakening and controlling the apocalyptically-powerful demon Belphemon is Kurata's ultimate plot.
- Those that go Serial Escalation, the rarely seen "Super Ultimate" or "Ultra" digimon, which include the likes of Daemon Super Ultimate and Chronomon. The latter is the final boss of Digimon World DS, where it can be befriended and trained.
- In Narutaru, two characters get control of a shadow dragon of incredibly ridiculous proportions: the Earth itself.
- Ash has encountered a couple of trainers with Legendary Pokemon on their teams, such as the Pyramid King Brandon who owned all three of the "lesser" Regis, and the mysterious Tobias, who owned Darkrai, Latios, and possibly others. (He defeated Brandon after the third attempt, but failed to defeat Tobias, although he did put up a far better fight than any of Tobias' other opponents did. While Ash himself has never managed to actually tame a Legendary, he has befriended a lot of them over his career. In fact, Ho-Ohnote seems to favor him at times, as it has appeared on many occasions to give him inspiration when he is considering giving up.
- If the 10th and 11th movies didn't prove how good Ash is at making friends with actual gods, then the 12th movie will go to show that he's now officially friends with Arceus, itself.
- In several storylines it's been treated as an innately bad thing to capture a Legendary Pokemon (in the 2nd movie, for example, capturing the Legendary Birds causes the world's weather to go haywire). But befriending one and getting it to voluntarily join your team? That's always fair game.
- The plot engine of the Spirit Animals series. The Four Fallen, the four Great Beasts who died centuries ago to stop the Devourer, have returned as the spirit animals of four eleven-year-old kids. Suddenly, those four become the center of the defense against the new Devourer.
- Well, the creator has never really mentioned whether this is correct or not, but it's safe to hazard a guess that Vivipahge, Vaccuthax, Psychodrome, Azavoth, Grenzo, Ziafel, Chimerinsect, and most of the Devilbirds are these for Mortasheen. Caterpucker and most of the "Ultimate Garbage" are this combined with Magikarp Power. There's also the Ultimates, which include Tormanshee, which turns people into a neural network computer with Mind Rape, Mothneaser who is a giant floating pillar of flesh which creates horrible things out of its own blood, as well as using it to puppeteer beings that come into contact with it, Hestermoan who is a horrible Nucklavee looking thing that spreads plague and was; to quote; "engineered by an unknown party as an instrument of genocide against an entire civilization, and so effective that their very name remains unrecoverable", and Necromon, who is the Mortasheen equivalent of Mew who specializes in Karmic Transformations.
- Another example is Oovule, which can only be described as a Crystal Dragon Jesus that has brought countless beings back to life, and its considered a Zombie type; the Abnortis, which is a Zombie type and a corrupted clone of Oovule; and two Devilbirds, Astarath the ultimate liar and Mephilas, which can extend your knowledge to the point that you'll become a Straw Nihilist... and no one knows where they come from.
- Pokethulhu is pretty much made of this.
- Monsters And Other Childish Things is pretty much based on this concept. Your character (who may be anywhere from 8 to 18 years old depending on the game) has a pet monster that's his or her absolute best friend, and backs the character up in fights against other kids and their monsters. The adult world generally knows about these monsters, but is powerless to stop them - only monsters can really hurt other monsters, and they can tear through people and most earthly materials like tissue paper. Most monsters are some form of Eldritch Abomination to boot.
- Magic: The Gathering has tons of creatures that can easily count, most of which are Legendary. One of the most famous examples is Progenitus, with his famous "protection from everything". The flavor text, "The Soul of the World has returned", pretty much say it all.
Web Comics & Web Originals
"Hate you so much."
- Happens occasionally on Pokebattles due to its Pokemon style format. The quote above was probably taken from one.
- The page pictures comes from a VG Cats page where Aeris voices her concerns with letting people harness the power of gods, only to be dismissed with the quote.
- While Omanyte usually isn't this trope, Twitch Plays Pokémon has wholeheartedly adopted it as its Lord and Savior after accidentally consulting the Helix Fossil hundreds of times. Some people people have done this to the Dome Fossil/Kabuto, however, and yet others (mostly those who are tired of the other two groups fighting) are loyal to Old Amber/the Amber Fossil/Aerodactyl.
- The same playthrough also did this to a Pidgeot, of all things. When the starter was accidentally released, the Pidgeot became the only high-leveled Pokémon in the party and carried much of the run by himself. This led to him becoming known as Bird Jesus, Savior and Messiah of Twitch. When a Master Ball was successfully used to capture a legitimate Olumpus Mon: Zapdos, he became widely known (among other things) as "Bird Jesus 2: Electric Boogaloo".
- Since then they've obtained two more legendaries (Mew and Groudon) though not in the usual manner—they were obtained from NPC's in randomized games, whereas in the unmodified game they wouldn't have been anything too special.
- Pokemon Digimon Mon Wars: The Digidestined learned the hard way just how powerful Legendary Pokemon are. Originally only the Legendary Pokemon (and Mega Evolved) could have stood up to Ultimate and above leveled digimon, but once the Sealed Evolution had been unlocked, its possible for pokemon to reach such a status.
- In the Legendaries Lost roleplay, Zapdos is eventually resurrected, but in the form of a baby. Nathaniel captures them to keep them safe.
- In one episode of Pinky and the Brain, the Brain actually gave the Earth itself a voice and befriended it. This was possibly the closest he came to truly conquering the world, as he was able to force nations to submit to him, able to drag them under the sea if they didn't comply. Unfortunately for him, he made it angry at him and it wanted to kill him, a very good example of why this trope is so dangerous. When it looked like his only means of survival would be to escape into outer space, Pinky convinced the Earth that it wasn't happy the way it was, and it let Brain reverse the process and return it to an inanimate state.
- The Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant in Adventure Time reads Finn's mind to determine if he is worthy to command it. He is.
- The 626 series of experiments in Lilo & Stitch were created with this trope in mind. Unfortunately for their creator, most fall very short of the mark.