"I have walked across the surface of the sun. I have witnessed events so tiny and so fast, they can hardly be said to have occurred at all. But you... you are just a man. And the world's smartest man means no more to me than does its smartest termite."
One step below being one of the Powers That Be
. Occasionally shares space with The Great Gazoo
. They usually start out as a Power That Is
but gradually the plot drives them downward
Mythology often depicted gods as "human, but bigger." Similar emotions, virtues, vices, etc. but with more power. Special effects and global story-telling exposure has expanded the concept. Gods are often humanoid (easier for actors to portray them) and have a number of powers. The difference between them and non-divine characters is they don't have to be
" in terms of other characters.
Typical god powers and traits
- Nigh-Invulnerability - They can get physically hit occasionally, but no real physical damage will occur without a Deus ex Machina or a MacGuffin. (See Implacable Man.)
- Super Strength
- Shoot fireballs/lightning
- Teleportation and/or Flight
- Power to alter reality at will, generally in limited areas or in ways relating to their attunement— see below.
- Limited Omniscience: They can be aware of what's going on in a general area, but they have to pay attention to it. So it's possible to surprise them.
- Attunement to Concept: e.g. Aphrodite the Love Goddess is attuned to love, naturally.note If fewer people love, then she's weakened. If she's hurt or weakened due to some plot reason, fewer people love. This attunement may even be so strong that the concept defines their very being; a War God will be perpetually warlike, while a God of Evil can only do evil things, etc. Not all gods have attunements, and the level of attunement depends on the writer at the time. Which may overlap with...
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Their power may be directly proportional to the number of worshipers they have, or to the strength of their followers' belief.
- Complete Immortality: They usually don't age, but can be killed - although it's incredibly difficult to do so and usually takes a great deal of effort or some special item to do so. If enough people still believe in them, they may be brought back to life - although they may have lost their memories or be forced to take a new form.
- Avatars, dropping one's HP to Zero may not be enough, because they can reform their physical selves.
and some of the more powerful Flying Bricks
fulfill most of these requirements, except possibly the worship bit. This depends on how strictly you define worship, of course, since subscribing isn't usually considered the same as tithing. (For rabid fans, subscriptions can total a lot more than 10% of your income!
). Then again, Superman does share a setting with actual
Physical Gods, most of whom are even stronger still than he is (Depending on the Writer
, of course).
In other fiction, characters who may not strictly be gods may get powers like these simply because, in a place where Everyone Is a Super
, then the only way you can really mount a truly serious threat to a world with millions of superpowered civilians is to give the baddies even more absurdly powerful abilities
Sometimes, a human can become a Physical God, especially if it's possible for said gods to die.
These newly minted gods may choose to take up the mantle with solemnity, cackle madly that "A God Am I
!", or steadfastly say "A God I Am Not
" from lingering sympathy to their human origins.
The existence of a Physical God presents a superficial difficulty to a Flat Earth Atheist
; however, the problem can be overcome by distinguishing a Physical God from whatever Powers That Be
might or might not exist in the universe (considering the former to be "merely" ultra-powerful beings
not different in principle
from anybody else who happens to be immortal
, and applying the label "god" only to the latter. The non-trivial difficulty in determining the difference when such beings can only be viewed from a limited human scale is often brushed under the rug
). Smarter Flat Earth Atheists
will turn into Nay Theists
instead...or welcome the new divine overlord...
Compare Powers That Be
, Cosmic Entity
, Reality Warper
, The Omnipotent
, Eldritch Abomination
, Ultimate Life Form
, Anthropomorphic Personification
, Sufficiently Advanced Alien
, Abstract Apotheosis
, and Deity of Human Origin
. See also Our Gods Are Greater
for a more general trope, and Humans Are Cthulhu
, for when Puny Earthlings
are seen as this by other creatures. They're usually the center of a Physical Religion
. When all that power amounts to nothing, see God's Hands Are Tied
. God Job
is when a mortal gets to become this.
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Anime and Manga
- At the end of Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Cars successfully uses the Red Stone of Aja on himself, making him unkillable by any means and giving him the collective abilities of all of Earth's life. Since he can't die, Joseph Joestar takes advantage of a volcanic eruption to send him hurtling into space, where he's helpless to do anything but float around and eventually lose his mind.
- At the Climax of Part 5 in a last ditch effort to defeat Diavlo, Giorno impales his stand with the arrow and it evolves into Gold Experience Requiem, from what is seen of it and it's incredible defensive abilities, one can argue Girono is now himself in some aspects a Physical God. But Then Again...
- From Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rei Ayanami, once completely unbound. In the penultimate episodes, she swept aside Tabris's AT field like it was nothing, and in the movie she merges with Adam and Lilith and becomes the Mother of the human race who did... whatever happened there. Tabris himself is no slouch either, since said AT Field was the most powerful ever detected up to that point, blocking out sound, light, energy—everything except Rei herself.
- The Rebuild of Evangelion version of Unit-01 during the Zeruel battle counts. It doesn't look like much, but once it runs out of battery power... In the original, it rebounded Zeruel's attack, regrew one of its own arms with the Angel's severed tentacle then ate it. In 2.22, it manifested the strongest-ever AT-field, it created a new arm out of energy then morphed it into an AT-cannon, Ramiel-style. Next it manifested a freakin' HALO and shot Zeruel-like EyeBeams that cannot be stopped by AT-fields, finally using a mental invasion on Zeruel to get Rei back, merging with the Angel in the process, turning into a huge white energy being and nearly extinguishing mankind just by existing... And Shinji was in control the whole time.
- And then comes 3.33, featuring EVA-13, which is already powerful enough to devour an Angel as the first thing it does after entering Central Dogma, and trigger Fourth Impact entirely on its own, causing the apocalypse in the process.
- The higher-ranked Gods and Goddesses from Ah! My Goddess appear to be physical gods, but this may be deceptive — their physical bodies are mere virtual projections generated by Yggdrasil, the world-computer. Furthermore, unless they wear a limiter device, their full divine power manifests so easily through these projections that they could accidentally crack a planet in half. For example, in the AMS movie Belldandy removes her limiter and takes a direct blast from Heaven's ultimate weapon — and it doesn't even muss her hair.
- On the other hand, with their limiters on, they are quite vulnerable to being killed by something as simple as a bullet. They have been mentioned as in mortal danger from a large physical object hurling towards them.
- Early in the series they were stated to truly exist on a very higher-dimensional plane of existence, which would make their true selves, that monitor and keep all of existence running, literally omnipotent and immune to all 3D harm. In this context the manifestation forms without limiters would simply be a very slight adjustment of how much of that power they are allowed to use for personal purposes. Later this seems to have been diverged from, or at least not mentioned, to keep them "scaled down" and relatable.
- However, they have been portrayed as getting sick, injured, and they will die if their demon double is killed.
- Said demons themselves physical gods as far as any mortal can perceive, as they're simply Hell's counterparts to the gods and goddesses. The ruler of Hell, Hild, is the most powerful character to make an on-panel appearance. That limiter that Belldandy has to wear to avoid accidental damage to Earth? Hild wears at least twenty of them. And is still so powerful that her mere arrival damages her immediate surroundings.
- Haruhi Suzumiya. Also, Yuki Nagato fits most of the requirements. The character in that series usually referred to as a god meets far fewer, but at the very least is a Reality Warper and has above-normal speed and strength (It's implied that she would be beyond it, to the point of being an omnipotent god, if she was aware of her power).
- Funnily enough, Yuki actually stole Haruhi's god-powers once, which would indeed, combined with her other game breaking abilities, make her a textbook example of a very powerful Physical God
- Yuki has been called "Dr. Manhattan with a different design."
- Kalutika Maybus from Rebirth is sort of a "Princess-Maker: Really Bad Ending" version, although he may have been god-like to begin with, being born from a giant floating egg from the sky. Considering the kind of story he's in, he'll probably get a Redemption Equals Death ending.
- Mikoto from Mai-Otome. Even Mai, a top-tier Meister Otome and the one contracted to her, is unable to beat her in one-on-one combat. Also an example of the playful trickster spirit.
- Hakuoro and Dii from Utawarerumono are two halves of the same god, though Hakuoro manages to put them back together at the last episode.
- Choushin from Tenchi Muyo! are actually the second-tier Powers That Be, but mostly prefer to live in the Universe they created for various personal reasons. While living in the material world forces them to incarnate in the Physical God form, they still keep all their powers and can assume their true form at will, transcending the physical world easily.
- Then there's Tenchi himself, who's actually the avatar of the first-tier Powers That Be. Unlike a few other cases, he actually learns this fact and actively uses it when necessary like his battle against Z.
- For all intents and purposes, Hao Asakura of Shaman King becomes like this once he reawakens as the titular king and does battle with Yoh and the other good guys in the spiritual dimension inside the Great Spirit known as the "Shaman King's Society." Yeah, it's confusing. But so, so worth it to read the Kanzenban reprints.
- The Eight Devils of Kimon from Ninja Scroll are all this, the closest being Himuro Gemma, who can reassemble and reattach damaged body parts, making him quasi-immortal.
- In Shin Mazinger' the Greek gods were actually Humongous Mecha, controlled by the brains of the aliens who built them.
- Ranma Ż
- Manga-only villain Saffron would count here. He can make and control fire, is nearly impervious to damage, has high regeneration, can be reborn, flies, and has a nasty superiority complex. His subjects all but worship him because he provides light and fire.
- Rouge has a Jusenkyo curse to transform into an Ashura, a literal goddess/demoness with multiple arms, several faces, the ability to fly, breath fire and throw lightningbolts, as well as an impressive level of physical ability. The only drawback is all those arms gives her wicked backache, so much so that she chased Pantyhose Taro all the way to Japan from China in order to retrieve the backache relievers he stole from her.
- Many characters in The Law of Ueki (well, sort of...). Probably the best example would be whoever becomes the Supreme God.
- ''Higurashi no Naku Koro ni' is in some ways all about gods. Not only is there a powerful local god who walks among the students but our Token Mini-Moe Rika, who is her descendant, is something of a demi-god as well.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, there are at least three trios of these. There are the Egyptian God Cards (which actually exist and can do magic in the real world, as LittleKuriboh is quick to point out). There are also the Wicked Gods, and the Sacred Beasts. There's also the Great Leviathan and Zorc, the Dark One.
- Zorc is closer to a genuine god, seeing as he defeated the Egyptian Gods, Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, and Exodia (which has the explicit power of "instantly wins any battle") with very little effort.
- Rex Godwin becomes a god in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. Why? Because he says so.
- Yuuki Juudai could conceivably be one, given that he holds the power of Haou, which is the Gentle Darkness that created everything.
- The Crimson Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds is an even better example.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, The Lifemaker is one of these, at least within Mundus Magicus. Considering that he created Mundus Magicus, it makes sense. Fate also drifts dangerously close to being one of these, although it isn't clear if he's using his own power or borrowing from his boss.
- Bleach: Averted. Aizen's status as the villain seems to hinge on his quest to break the boundary between shinigami and divinity so he could destroy and replace the Soul King and become a god. Barragan also believed he was this to the denizens of Hueco Mundo and they certainly honoured him as a king and worshipped him as a god. Neither Aizen and Barragan were genuinely gods, but they both wanted to be viewed as such.
- Yhwach plays it straight, as not only is he the "Father of the Quincy" and has the ability to impart pieces of his soul unto others, but he also possesses "The Almighty", a power that allows him to see the future, and "know" and counter any ability he sees. The kanji used to spell "The Almighty" - zenchizennou - even means "All-Knowing, All-Powerful"
- The various gods in Dragon Ball fit the criteria, though the other main characters are generally stronger.
- You could even make a reasonable argument that some of the main characters fit this trope better than the gods themselves. The most eligible candidate being Goku, whose Nigh-Invulnerability and Super Strength are an integral part of his character. Thanks to the diverse uses for Ki, he's also displayed limited telekinetic abilities, the ability to teleport nearly anywhere with Instant Transmission, can tell a person's strength by sensing their Ki, is well known for shooting balls of energy from his hands, and is more likely to be found flying than walking. The gods in the series are far more vulnerable and much weaker than Goku, with their only unique ability being that they can materialize things out of thin air, and better teleportation.
- This isn't to say that the gods themselves are slouches, however- they can easily destroy planets with their fingers, are some of the most physically strong beings in the universe, have telekinesis, and other things. It's just that the only real god Goku and co ever encounter is the absolute weakest of them (the other, stronger ones being killed by Majin Buu), who's only about as strong as a Cell Junior, or Vegeta at the Cell Games. Speaking of which...
- Cell. Perfect Cell was already strong enough, but Super Perfect Cell is the one that really qualifies. He's another example of a being that is stronger than most gods. He was designed to be the perfect life form, and his designer succeeded. Among other abilities, he has: super strength, super speed, and super durability greater than the gods themselves, instant teleportation (just like Goku), the ability to spawn powerful warriors who are god-like themselves (the Cell Juniors), regeneration From a Single Cell, the ability to come back stronger after being blown to bits, extremely powerful telekinesis (which he uses to build an arena, among other things), the ability to absorb things and gain their power with his tail, the ability to survive any injury (including half of his body being blown clean off), and energy blasts powerful enough to destroy entire solar systems.
- Then there's Dabura, who is the King of Demons. And unlike Demon King Piccolo, that isn't a title. For Dabura, that's his description. Power-wise he's around Perfect Cell's level, which is pretty impressive all things considered, though by the time he makes his appearance there are several hero characters capable of defeating him without too much issue.
- However, the Big Bad of The Movie Battle of the Gods, Beerus, is a literal God, the God of Destruction to be exact, and more than qualifies. He's stated to be capable of destroying entire galaxies and his power exceeds Goku's to the point even his Super Saiyan 3 form is nothing compared to Beerus. Goku needs to become a God himself in order to stand a chance against him.
- Lord Death from Soul Eater. Characters with a soul the size of their body are considered enormously powerful, his soul is larger than a city.
- By extension, the rest of the Great Old Ones count. Kid will also eventually become one due to being a "fragment" of Death. He's already showing beginnings of it in his strength and (briefly seen) healing abilities.
- Almost the entire cast of The Bride Of The Water God is made up of Physical Gods except for Soah, the eponymous bride, since most of the story takes place in the home of the gods.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, the ultimate goal of Father was to become a Physical God. Although he succeeded in consuming what he claimed to be a god, he requires a massive number of souls to keep it bound. It didn't end well.
- Lain, to an increasing extent as the series goes on, up to remaking the entire world, and Eiri.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann naturally turns this trope Up to Eleven having both the titular mecha and it's Anti-Spiral counterpart, the Granzeboma. The latter can summon an energy attack powered by a Big Bang. The two smaller hero mechas can also count: the Arc Gurren-Lagann PUNCHED ITS OPPONENT OUT OF THE UNIVERSE in it's debut fight. The Chouginga Gurren Lagann was said to be a machine equal to the gods.
- The movie took this even further: when the Super TTGL launched a Giga Drill Breaker at the Super Granzeboma, it retaliated with a Giga Drill Breaker of it's own. The two attacks connect... and the universe collapses in on itself. And then the Gurren-Lagann charges the Super Granzeboma which is several trillion times bigger than itself, and wins.
- And that's just the mechs. If we're gonna talk about people, it's definitely Lordgenome and Simon, post-time skip. The former is immortal, has superstrength, can bend reality, and has a beard worthy of God. The latter has infinite power and could be a god if he wanted to.
- In Naruto the currently-stated goal of Obito and Madara Uchiha is to become this. Both succeeded to varying levels; Obito was barely able to stay sane while containing the Juubi while Madara did so easily, but was consumed by Kaguya.
- Their role model is the Sage of Six Paths who really was one of these, if limited to a mortal lifespan. The Sage is still considered a legend and god centuries after his death.
- And he was preceded by Princess Kaguya, who stole the power of the God-Tree for unclear reasons. She was known as the Rabbit Goddess and possessed the ability to move between five dimensions, absorb chakra from anyone she touches, and was actually the guiding force of the Juubi.
- Arguably, Hanma Yujiro. The guy has Super Strength, is Nigh Invulnerable, and can punch the forces of the nature in the face (the Other Wiki states it too). Also covers the point of Limited Omniscience, doesn't fly but can jump from an helicopter without parachute, and does everything just by Charles Atlas Superpower. And the full martial arts world plainly worships him as the Strongest Creature over the world. Maybe more of a Physical Demon. Heavens, he is called the Ogre.
- By the end of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Madoka herself has shades of this. She rewrites all of reality so that witches are no more and Puella Magi don't turn into them. When your powers bend reality to make it Lighter and Softer, you know you are this. Possibly disqualified on the 'physical' part at the very end, though.
- In A Certain Magical Index, Fiamma of the Right attains La persona superiore a Dio, essentially making him a god. Unfortunately, he just had to pick a fight with the guy who happens to have "The Invisible Demon" sealed inside his right hand, which Fiamma just cut off. Oops. And later on, he gets ambushed by Aleister Crowley, who, without effort, defeated the guy who just attained La persona superiore a Dio. However, Aiwass clearly takes the cake since it is currently the most powerful being introduced in the series.
- Somewhat better example is Othinus, who possess the title of Majin or Magic God. Not only does she make a draw while saving her subordinate during her fight against the weakened Fiamma and Ollerus, but also goes against Touma then the Invisible Thing. However, omnipotence paradox limits her infinite potential severely, making her success rate always 50/50. While she may defeat the strongest opponents 50% of the time, she might also lose to the weakest opponents 50% of the time. Ollerus can also count: he is Impure Majin thus he is slightly weaker but is not limited by 50/50 paradox.
- In Kyouran Kazoku Nikki we have Gouyokuou and Gekka. Both are apparently ageless alien beings of great power. The former requires a Power Limiter just so he doesn't pulverize Earth into dust by complete accident. The latter has a whole set of ill-defined powers that include Mind Rape, cosmic scale teleportation, Voluntary Shapeshifting and energy blasts.
- Type Blue Mu seem to be this at first. They not only can singlehandedly destroy starships or stop beams from Planet Killer, but move in a space without any protection, affect large groups of people on a great distance, Create Life´┐Ż Their lifespan is implied to be even longer than other Mu and they age much slower. Yet, it´┐Żs a subversion. They pay for this power with their fragile bodies and in some situations even a normal weapon pose a serious threat, to say nothing about Power Nullifier.
- There are a few examples from the Nasuverse. The person who best fits the trope that has been introduced as a character is probably Arcueid, who is a spiritual being created by the Earth itself, has insane probability manipulation powers, and can recover from being sliced into seventeen pieces. Zelretch probably counts too, given that he dropped the moon on Brunestud, another physical god. Some of the servants are this, particularly Gilgamesh, who not only won the Superpower Lottery bigtime with A SWORD THAT CAN END THE WORLD IN A SINGLE STRIKE and chains that can bind gods, but also has access to stronger versions of every other Servant┤s claim to Superpower Lottery, which he uses as giant darts. And then there's Ryougi Shiki's third personality, which is an Anthropomorphic Personification of Akasha, and is effectively omnipotent. And that's not even mentioning the Ultimate Ones, each of whom are described as having the power to depopulate Earth on their own, and may be impossible to kill because the very concept of death may not apply to them.
- Debatable with the Ultimate Ones, in the sense that their physical forms can be destroyed either with sufficient force like in Angel Notes where Ado Edem uses Slash Emperor to destroy TYPE-Jupiter and TYPE-Saturn, or the right weapon as in Angel Notes (again) where Gun God uses the Black Barrel to take down TYPE-Venus, or something that ignores all the laws of reality aka True Magic and are thus even beyond the Ultimate Ones themselves. That last one is basically how Zelretch destroyed Crimson Moon aka TYPE-Moon in the backstory, and how the Six Sisters destroyed TYPE-Pluto in Angel Notes. However, they have, according to V/V, no real concept of death and will always resurrect given enough time. Crimson Moon is an exception to this for unclear reasons.
- Fushigi Yuugi has the Nyan-Nyan (Lai-Lai in the manga). They are minor healer-goddesses, who normally take the form of adorable turquoise-haired little girls.
- Suzaku and Seiryuu both appear in human forms, as well as in their animal forms
- Arguably, Taiitsukun is this, considering that she created The Universe of the Four Gods
- Zeus of Saint Beast has Nigh-Invulnerability, Elemental Powers, Teleportation and a certain degree of reality warping and omniscience. There were other physical gods, but he killed them all, barring the Goddess.
- Saint Seiya: The eponymous Saints battle for their very physical gods. Counting Athena, Poseidon, Ares, Hades, Artemis, Chronos... and Budah is you want to count him. Even Nike, sure she is a staff, but it's physical.
- Not to count the Non Canon ones, of the other adaptations: Eris, Abel, Lucifer, The Other Artemis, The Twelve Titans, Pontos, Mars, and perhaps other lesser gods.
- Mirai Nikki has Deus ex Machina (yes, that's really his name), the god of time and space. He is sponsoring a "survival game" among the protagonists (because he is dying) to choose a new god. Near the end of the series, Minene gets half his power and becomes something of a god herself, a trait that she passes on to her children in the epilogue. Yukiteru eventually wins the game and succeeds Deus, along with an Alternate Universe Yuno.
- Emperor Zuul, Big Bad of the Super Robot series Godmars.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
- Olivie Segbrecht as evidenced by the capabilities displayed by her clone was an immensely powerful, unparalleled combatant and is was worshiped by a major religion.
- Voltaire (think Godzilla) is described as some kind of guardian deity for the Lu-Lushe tribe that Caro comes from. The fact that she was able to summon him at a young age (hinting at incredible magic potential) frightened her tribe so much that they cast her out. Fortunately, despite his truly fearsome appearance, Voltaire himself is friendly and doesn't hesitate to help Caro when she is in desperate need. She even describes herself as a priestess praying for his aid to contrast her relationship with her pet dragon, Fried.
- At least a good third of the cast of Kamisama Kiss fit this description. In fact, the entire story is about a Ordinary High-School Student unknowingly impressing one (Mikage) and being turned into one herself; adjusting to her new life and learning to deal with both her powers and familiars.
- Magic Knight Rayearth's world of Cephiro is shepherded by a Pillar—the person with the strongest heart in the world, because belief and willpower drive reality there. His or her prayers keep the land from invasion, war, and natural disaster. Princess Emeraude's ability becomes compromised, leading to her Suicide By Magic Knight. Hikaru later takes the mantle for five minutes or so before she relinquishes the power to all the world's citizens.
- Played with in One Piece: "God" is merely the title of the ruler of Skypiea, the island in the sky. However, Eneru, the God at the time of the Straw Hats' arrival, believes he is an actual god, and certainly has the power to back up his claim.
- Highschool DXD: Hyoudou Issei seems to be turning into one of these. The fact that he was resurrected as a Dragon in human form after his second death certainly points in that direction.
- Why, you ask? Let's see: the dragons were the only race that did not ally with the 3 factions during the Great War, and once they were engaged in war between themselves, they were pretty much unstoppable. It took the death of Maou-sama and God himself to defeat and seal Ddraig and Albion, two of the most powerful of the dragons. And Issei was resurrected by the aforementioned Ddraig and Ophis, which is the most powerful of dragons, using genetic material from both. The fact that Issei pulls increasingly amazing and hillarious powers each time like the Oppai God and halving Rias' breasts each time he doubles his power with Boosted Gear —which actually is Ddraig inside his body— should indicate something once you see past the humor.
- In YuYu Hakusho S-Class beings are explicitly compared to gods (at least in the manga), and with good reason. Even a lower end S-Class can't unleash more than a fifth of their true power without great risk to the human world, and Genkai flat-out stated Yusuke could destroy the Earth if he so wished. Even in the much more durable Makai, the fight between Yusuke and Sensui,two S-Class fighters, destroyed entire landscapes in seconds, as well as caused twisters, lightning storms, and earthquakes to appear. The kicker? These were the two weakest S-Class fighters shown. Raizen, the strongest demon in the series, summoned storms even more severe, and was capable of throwing around the two aforementioned planet busters around like ragdolls. And he was so weakened by starving he was on his deathbed.
- In Fairy Tail, the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse Acnologia is quite possibly the closest thing in the setting to one. His sheer power makes everyone who sees him, including the likes of Zeref and Mard Geer, go Oh, Crap, he No Sells everything that's thrown at him (including Magic that's supposed to be able to kill his kind), and he utterly destroys everything that gets in his way. Zeref himself, the most powerful wizard in the entire setting bar none, says that mere humans, ironic since the dragon Was Once a Man himself, could never hope to match him. Shown in special detail when he shrugs off everything the top mages in Fairy Tail throw at him and when he kills Igneel, Natsu's father and King of the Fire Dragons, by himself.
- The three choushin, Washu, Tokimi and Tsunami of Tenchi Muyo! are this, especially true towards Washu and Tsunami as Washu was reborn in a human body and Tsunami is bonded with Sasami. The third OVA series eventually reveals that Tenchi is one, too; the Avatar of the God of the Tenchiverse.
- Marvel Comics's gods such as Thor.
- And Jack Kirby's Eternals were godlike immortals who supposedly inspired the myths. When they were RetConned as part of the main Marvel Universe, a conflict with the real gods had to be resolved.
- Also by Jack Kirby, the Ancient Astronauts/"Space Gods", the Celestials, and the Cosmic not-so-horror Planet Eater, Galactus.
- Ultimate Thor was apparently a more abstract type of god, who incarnated in human form to allow him to preach a message to humanity (a New Age pacifism that seems to be almost, but not entirely, unlike the philosophy of the Thor of Norse Mythology.) Ultimate Loki is more powerful than his mainstream counterpart, able to "reshuffle reality" at will— until Big Daddy Odin gets off his cosmic duff and makes with the spanking.
- Some 'omega-level mutants' often look like Physical Gods. Scarlet Witch, for example, has the power to alter probability. At its apex, we go from 'give enemy bad luck' to 'make the probability of anything she can think of become 100%,' becoming a Reality Warper who is limited only by the fact that as one born human her mind can't always handle it.
- And then one must consider her son Billy, AKA Wiccan, AKA the Demiurge. He's inexperienced now, but once summoned and killed an Eldritch Abomination, and will create utopian dimensions from scratch. His original codename may be foreshadowing his future status. It's Asgardian, by the way. And then, of course, there is this:
You're a singular multidimensional messiah
. You're going to rewrite the rules of magic and all the implications of that decision are going to echo forward and backward across all realities
. It's no biggie
- Speaking of omega-level mutants, there's Vulcan aka Gabriel Summers, the third Summers brother. He's one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, mutants in the X-Men universe.
- The 'cosmic entities' sometimes do, too, but they tend to go a bit beyond the average scale of a Physical God.
- And then there's the Beyonder - if there's any limit to his abilities, we've not seen it. He didn't become physical though until Secret Wars II.
- So powerful in fact that when Doom takes his powers, he has a hard time separating his thoughts from reality. Doom has been this trope a few times.
- Although the Beyonder fooled the Illuminati into believing he is merely a particularly powerful Inhuman, he has been acknowledged as an incomplete Cosmic Cube by Kubik and the Shaper of Worlds, both former Cosmic Cubes.
- And how did he become physical? He wanted to see what it was like to be a mere mortal, including being vulnerable. A lot of other nigh-omnipotent characters don't have nearly so much power over their own natures.
- In recent Marvel history, there's The Sentry/Void. Initially based on the idea of 'the world's greatest hero who is also the world's greatest villain', the manipulations of Norman Osborn led to the Sentry allowing the Void to do whatever he wanted. As perfectly described in Siege when the President is very accurately told that there is no limit to his power set. Wordof God has told us that the only reason he hasn't come back from his most recent death is simply because he wanted to die.
- Shuma-Gorath is a nigh-omnipotent multiversal conqueror/Eldritch Abomination who has thousands of universes under his control, and he's just one of four Many-Angled Ones. The results of one of his more thorough conquerings is...unsettling, to say the least. Oh, and he's back, and very pissed.
- Dormammu is a lesser example; while he's a fair bit below Shuma's level, he's still a staggeringly powerful extradimensional horror who, like Shuma, has conquered multiple universes and is worshipped as a deity by countless beings throughout the multiverse.
- His sister is, in turn, somewhat less powerful, but still strong enough to kick a Sorceror Supreme's ass without much difficulty.
- And then we have the "One Above All", also known as the author.
- When it comes to the physical side of things, one is hardpressed to argue that The Juggernaut isn't one of these. He's the physical avatar of evil deity-entity Cyttorak, which makes him a living embodiment of Unstoppable Force. In practical terms, he has Super Strength off any charts the Marvel universe can come up with, he's Nigh Invulnerable and has a Healing Factor that makes for good comparison with Wolverine, his only Achilles Heels are a vulnerability to Mind Control and to magic (one of the few ways to physically hurt him), he is literally unstoppable (once in motion, nothing, but nothing, can actually stop him), and he is an Implacable Man taken Up to Eleven (he officially doesn't need to eat, sleep or breathe and his stamina level is "infinite", meaning he never gets fatigued).
- Although probably retconned now, in the 90s, it was revealed that Gambit would have become one if he hadn't gone to Mister Sinister for preventive brain surgery. A version of himself from an alternate universe who never had the surgery forms a Big Bad, and shows Gambit would have eventually become a being of pure kinetic energy, with the ability to manipulate all kinetic energy at will. This alternate Gambit called himself "New Sun". Because, when his powers fully awoke, he accidentally triggered all potential kinetic energy across planet Earth, destroying it by accident.
- The DCU's gods, both the classic ones and the New Gods.
- But in particular from latter is the being known as Darkseid.
- The fairy-tale characters of the Fables comic book series. With some of them (such as Aslan or Weyland Smith) actually supposed to be gods. Others... not so much (Goldilocks).
- Goldilocks is more of an Implacable Woman than a god. Interestingly those that do quality as Physical Gods are mystically attuned to the concept of themselves rather than traditional concepts.
- In Captain Atom #54 to #57, Cap created and ruled his own universe. He turned out not to be very good at it, and had to destroy his universe after his own dark side took it over. Of course, it could all have been just a fever-dream he had after Shadowstorm blasted him.
- Ever since Superman died and came back from the dead, he has had a cult of worshipers though he tries to discourage them.
It's probably worth pointing out that Superman did not actually "die", he was punched into a (temporary) coma. This makes the cult's reason for worshipping him quite misaimed (though he is STILL a physical god in his own right). They also appear to have turned to their attention to the deceased Superboy/Kon-El. While both were completely dead and then revived (and this is hardly anything new for comic book characters), it is canonical in the DCU that Superman's resurrection shouldn't have been possible by any means, and actually broke reality for a while. He's so much a Physical God that even things that happen in relation to him affect existence!
- Turns out that Superman, and many seemingly dead characters who miraculously returned to life, were brought back by Nekron as part of a grand Gambit Roulette. Nekron, by the way, is a nigh-omnipotent who skirts this trope when he appears in the living world, and is regularly much more powerful in his own realm.
- Probably what disqualifies Superman is that his powers are derived from the yellow sun, so his powers are half genetic, half circumstantial. He also doesn't have any supernatural connection which most gods, even the New Gods, do possess to some degree, and Depending on the Writer most characters classed as gods in the DCU can wipe the floor with Supes, regardless of how powerful he is.
- On the other hand, while Superboy-Prime has the same amazing powers, he doesn't have Superman's weaknesses outside of red sunlight, thus he's a much more dangerous threat. To the point where the Parthenon of DC's gods pulled up their stakes and left.
- Superman Prime, the being Superman will eventually become as seen in DC One Million, plays this straight after spending thousands of years meditating inside the sun and having the last Green Lantern ring in the universe to keep his solar power at its maximum for all time.
- He also gets the powers of whichever the rest of the Supermen from his dynasty in return for giving them a portion of his power to protect the earth with. One notable ability he gained being Reality Warper.
- Dr. Manhattan of Watchmen. He experiences time on a non linear way. He can become many people. He can watch neurons. Nothing can stop him.
- Hell, it's even implied at the end of the comic that he leaves his planet to try his hand at creating one.
- Also worth noting is his recollection of how he ended the Vietnam War. The movies shows it pretty well too but the basics are that he creates multiple copies of himself each about 100 feet tall that rip through the entire Vietcong and NVA. Apparently the Vietnamese were so terrified by him that they would only surrender to him in a scene that is a cross between platitude and worship.
- The Trinity of Hypsis in the Valerian comic series, an ironic pastiche of Christianity's Holy Trinity. They possess various powers typically associated with them in popular mythology; the Father can fling thunderbolts for example, and the Son can heal and (possibly) resurrect anybody. They do claim responsibility for creating the mankind, however, and have the power to influence Earth's timelines. They perceive their divinity as a business enterprise in which they are struggling in the brink of bankruptcy, which would strip them of their position and powers. Christian characters tend to call them frauds or usurpers.
- While it's heavily implied that his true form is an immensely powerful Energy Being, resident Planet Eater Galactus of the Marvel Universe qualifies. While he appears in a different guise to different races, his default appearance seems to be a huge armored version of his original humanoid self Galan. His daughter Galacta (no, really) is closer to a typical Physical God in terms of power scale since she isn't quite as powerful as her father. Her unborn child the Tapeworm Cosmic (no, really, again) will probably fit the bill too.
- The Phantom Stranger is one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe and doesn't seem to take orders from anyone other than God. He is portrayed as a consummate master of magic that can shrug off anything thrown at him by the likes of The Spectre on his good days. The only thing that prevents him from making the DC Universe too boring by solving everything is that he won't, or can't, interfere too much in the affairs of mortals.
- During the Power of Ion storyline Green Lantern Kyle Rayner took the powers that Parallax absorbed from the Central Power Battery, plus his own Lantern powers, the Oblivion's Energies and (possibly) The Ion Entity. That allowed him to be in more places at once, to better focus his creativity, to teletransport things, and bend reality to his will. His girlfriend Jade became surprised when Kyle told her, saying that his new abilities can be compared to those of God. His talk with the Spectre Hal Jordan even made clear that Kyle could alter the past and make the future go as he wanted, something that as Parallax he couldn't do at all. Rayner eventually relinquished his power to reignite the Central Power Battery and resurrect the Guardians of the Universe.
- Hellboy has Hecate, the Ogdru Jahad, and various creatures, monsters, and demons that have all been worshipped at one point or another. There was also a giant genocidal homunculus who declared himself a god and fought Hellboy.
- Hex is one, since he kind of, you know, created the whole damn universe!
- In the Sonic The Hedgehog comics, any Echidna who absorbs enough Chaos energy becomes the immortal demigod Enerjak, and are only ever defeated by being imprisoned in an over the top way (trapped under a castle's rubble, shot into space, etc.), or having their powers mystically removed, not in physical combat. And to give an example of how strong Enerjak is in any incarnation, when Knuckles was tricked into becoming him, he ended up singlehandedly destroying Eggman's entire army and reducing his city to rubble.
- And in an Alternate Universe, the fate of the world's people in this alternate reality is unknown - while the main cast have all had their souls ripped out by Knuckles, the only city that's seen - Enerjak's capital - is completely deserted. It is possible Knuckles-Enerjak killed them all or likewise ripped out their souls. ...or that nobody sane would choose to live within a hundred miles (if that) of the tyrant.
- Mammoth Mogul's "Master Mogul" form is this as he had the power of twelve Chaos Emeralds powering him, a threat that required Super Sonic, Hyper Knuckles and Turbo Tails to fight off.
- Paperinik New Adventures has Xadhoom, an alien scientist who experimented a procedure on herself and accidentally became nigh-invulnerable (meaning you can stun her by using enough physical force to blast apart a small moon, but the only ways to actually harm her are to drain away her power, and even then you have to do it faster than she can see where you hide or you're dead, or to torture her into exploding, and good luck keeping her captured for the days it will take to actually acknowledge the pain, never mind blow her up), capable to change her form at will, fly faster than light and fire any form of energy she knows of with enough power to shatter a planet. And she has a vendetta against the Evronians, who conquered her homeworld and enslaved her people while she got her powers. The kicker? That's her holding back: where she to get really serious, she'd be able to manipulate matter and energy to a near cosmic scale. This comes with a complete loss of self-control, and thus, if used, would cause her to disintegrate into nothingness, as learned the hard way by the Evronian who was told how to acquire her power but not about this (he disintegrated as planned).
- The Norse Gods from Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. They easily outstrip any other character in the series (besides the Goddess), and Hel can use a world-wide Reset Button.
- Anyone wielding the power of Shazam. Such an individual — in addition to possessing the standard Flying Brick powers of Super Strength (strong enough to take on Superman and most of the JLA at the same time), Super Speed (fast enough to race The Flash), Flight (at Faster-Than-Light Travel speeds outside an atmosphere), and Nigh-Invulnerability — is also The Needless and The Ageless, has a Healing Factor for those rare occasions when they actually get injured, possess Super Intelligence (complete with Photographic Memory and Omniglot skills), and are highly resistant (if not actually invulnerable) to Mind Manipulation and magic.
- The Phoenix Force may or may not be this, Depending on the Writer.
- In Sonic the Comic Robotnik becomes a Physical God after absorbing the power of of the Chaos Emeralds in Robotnik Reigns Supreme arc becoming a Omnipotent, Omniscient Reality Warper and Super Sonic seems to verge on this, especially towards the end of the arc where Sonic was trapped in the Special Zone. Besides his immense strength and speed (both enough to easily annihilate enemies who Sonic was all but helpless against) and flight, he's also so powerful that the Omniviewer was unable to stop time for him (only slow it enough to ensure that crossing several inches would take years) was able to remain fully aware even while in a state of slowed time, and was able to gather enough charged particles to turn an asteroid into a miniature sun (which then exploded with enough force to bathe the entire surface of Mobius in a powerful electromagnetic pulse). It's occasionally said that he is powerful enough to destroy a planet.
- W.I.T.C.H. examples:
- Elyon, thanks to her ability to change reality with a small gesture. She's not invincible, but is impossible to defeat or even fight straight on;
- the Oracle, sort of: while he hasn't the power to do things on a grandiose scale, the leader of Kandrakar is practically omniscient (it is possible to hide from him, but it's extremely difficult when he's not paying attention and next to impossible when he is) and can casually teleport himself or others around and alter memories. In fact, he was once mistaken for God due visiting Earth to pull a Deus ex Machina and introducing himself by explaining the origin of the term Deus Ex Machina (he quickly explained he was not God, just appearing from nowhere to solve the unsolvable);
- among the Guardians, the Keeper of the Heart is one, once she knows how to use her powers to the fullest. While Will is too young and unexperienced to fully use her powers, Nerissa was shown disintegrating another Guardian (literally: witnesses openly says she didn't even leave a body), surviving an attack whose recoil could have shattered Kandrakar, and even create life;
- all the Guardians, once they receive their full power in the New Power saga. To make an example, Hay Lin was able to take an hurricane and close it in a small box.
- In Propagation Taylor, as Eden Reborn, is a very, very close equivalent.
- In Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World, Robyne AKA Hottie II's, later Hottie I, fourth and most powerful Super Mode "Super Hottie Goddess" is this.
- In Yognapped, sibling gods Notch, Herobrine, and Rana are these to Minecraftia. They are, however, far from impervious to physical damage. Which is why Notch can stab the others In the Back and permanently kill them.
- Takato and Rika in Digimon Fanfic, Dimensions, thanks to being the current incarnations of Chaos and Harmony respectively. Also a major case of subverted Personality Powers.
- In With Strings Attached, George meets and talks to Ardav, one of the Dalns gods. What this genderless god's powers are is unknown, except that it can bring people to its home dimension, and that anyone who speaks to it cannot remember what it looks like.
- At one point, thanks to the amazing mundanity surrounding the Dalns gods´┐Żtheir ´┐Żworshipers´┐Ż are more like employees and, in fact, don't even know what ´┐Żworship´┐Ż means´┐ŻGeorge speculates that they're actually phonies who set themselves up as gods. The various reveals about them during the book (e.g., they had a court fight over who was to control C'hou) leave the matter ambiguous, but they are definitely Jerkass Gods.
- Given how powerful the four become, the trope could possibly apply to them.
- Well before they get any power, John sardonically refers to the four as the gods of rock 'n' roll.
- HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...oh dear lord. Harry Potter can see subatomic particles by squinting, seemingly teleports across galaxies, and has destroyed entire planets for no reason at all
- The Immortal Game: Princesses Celestia and Luna, of course, as per canon, but the story also adds their equally strong brother Prince Empyrean, and their even more powerful parents King Titan and Queen Terra. And then, near the end of the story, Twilight taps into the full power of the Elements of Harmony and becomes so powerful that only Titan himself is able beat her in a fight. And then, during the climax, she absorbs the powers of Harmony and becomes an alicorn who is Titan's equal.
- Of all ponies, Fluttershy becomes one during the Battle of the Everfree. And she does so in epic fashion — she uses something equal to the Royal Canterlot Voice to browbeat the most ancient of all dragons into switching sides, then rides him as her personal steed in the story's most impressive Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Wizards and Witches are seen as this in The Wizard in the Shadows. This is true. But only when the Sword of Gryffindor (which acts Mjolnir in pretty much all but name, amplifying magic on an incredible scale) is involved.
- Merlin may be one. He's a bona fide world jumper and time traveller, as well as being one of the most powerful wizards in history, as well as possibly being The Ageless.
- In the Pony POV Series, all of the Alicorns and Draconnequi qualify, except their Elders, who are actual gods.
- There's also Queen Tiamat, the Mother of All Dragons and what seems to be their patron deity. Her power alone qualifies her for this, as she single-handedly turned the tide of the Dragon-Hooviet War when she entered the fray. By the time she was finished, half the Hooviet Empire was blazing ruin with her willingly stopping just short of the capital. The Hooviets didn't leave a scratch on her.
- Mother Deer is to her people what Tiamat is to the dragons, though she's also a pacifist, so she leaves the fighting to her followers.
- Nobody Dies: The more powerful Angels are considered this, even by the other Angels (which, if you've seen Evangelion, you know is really saying something). ADAM in particular is in a class of his own, with literally world-shattering power. Observe Israfel's description of Zeruel, second only to ADAM in power: Imagine a being with a heartbeat that could move an island. A gaze that can burn down a mountain. More power in his little pinky then we have in our full, entire form. Imagine something that early Lilim wrote about, thinking it was Omnipotent, Almighty, and a vengeful God. Imagine that, and maybe you can imagine Zeruel.
- Chaos in the Tamers Forever Series.
- Takato becomes one after fusing with Chaos.
- And then of course you have Goddramon and the Sovereigns including Huanglongmon.
- And 'The Saviour'/ Terriermon
- For Puella Magi Yuuko Magica Madoka is stated to be this by Kyuubey and Mami. Her appearant power tops all of the Puella Magi in the universe individually. Plus, she's got a mental link with Madokami. Of course, being who she is, she begins to assert A God I Am Not by a certain chapter.
- Every single alicorn in Myths And Birthrights. They're even called (and treated like) gods.
- Celestia and Luna in The Non-Bronyverse are explicitly mentioned to be gods. TD accidentally gets in on the act in the AU story TD the Alicorn Princess.
- Willow in I Am What I Am fulfills this to the point of actually being considered a god by several religions. Xander explains that while normally only people with almost no magical ability can forge magical weapons, Willow manages it by turning magic into solid weapons rather than forging metal into a magical weapon. Xander once asked how long she could keep up an enhancement spell that (after years of training) he can hold for roughly four seconds. Willow, after asking the date, tells him she's been maintaining it for eight years.
- The Grand Ruler from My Little Unicorn. Or at the very least, a child of one.
- Maledict from Sonic X: Dark Chaos is an interesting Deconstruction. He's actually a Humanoid Abomination that was forced to take physical form in order to survive his injuries after his epic battle against Allysion that created the entire universe. And he trying to keep his physical form at all costs, as dying will unleash his power and cause the end of the universe.
- The members of the Pantheon in The Wicked And The Divine are this. Presumably those they give portions of their power to are this as well.
- Most characters in The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13 are physical gods, including Link himself after The Reveal. Each god wields the "standard" range of powers (reality warping, immortality, invulnerability, telekinesis and telepathy, etc.) but their individual adeptness with them depends on their domain. Nature gods are more adept at creation, darkness gods are more attuned to dream walking, and the like. Unless you're born a War God, in which case you're inherently a master at all aspects of your power.
Films — Animated
- Eris, the goddess of discord from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
- Elsa in Frozen. We never find out if there are any limits on her ice abilities at all. She is never shown to be the slightest bit tired after using her powers, not even when she conjures a massive ice palace while she's already unknowingly creating an Endless Winter. The fact that she can create intelligent life in the form of Snowlems also means she fits a decent number of real-world definitions of divinity. There's a reason why the scene where she lets loose for the first time is referred to as her "ascension."
Films — Live-Action
- Horus from Enki Bilal's Immortal, and the comic series it was based on, along with the rest of the Egyptian pantheon in the flying pyramid fit the bill. They only demonstrate a limited range of abilities, such as possession, mind control and Eye Beams, but it's implied that they're not using more than a fraction of their actual powers. Their pyramid transport is only a mechanical ship that needs fuel and maintenance (in the comic, at least), so they're not exactly omnipotent, although the credit of Earth's creation is given to them.
- In the Roland Emmerich universe, Ra and the God of the Pyramid. Sort of.
- Kevin Flynn in TRON: Legacy isn't quite omnipotent, but he is the Creator of the current iteration of the Grid, and he can also not quite reshape, but bend reality around him. Also in TRON, to a lesser degree. He was able to activate things no mere program should be able to activate (like a junked Recognizer) and was able to shield Yori from being derezzed. (It is also implied but never confirmed that Flynn himself cannot actually be derezzed, having survived with no lasting harm more than one event that would derez any normal program.)
- Thor, once he gets his powers back. Before that he is just Badass Normal. After...he absolutely curbstomps something that just beat up 4 of the most powerful warriors in Asgard.
- In Bruce Almighty, the title character becomes one for a while when the real God gives His powers to him, with the only limitations being that Bruce can't tell anyone about it or alter free will. He keeps Bruce's mind completely human however, setting him up to fail in handling His powers and responsibility, and Bruce eventually learns humility and to better his life without godlike abilities.
- In Blade, Deacon Frost becomes one after turning into La Magra, becoming the physical manifestation of the evil Blood God. As strong as he is, he's still vulnerable to anti-coagulants.
- In Queen of the Damned, Marius notes that their vampire mother Queen Akasha is a living god and seems to have been seen as such when she ruled over Ancient Egypt. Presumably a God of Evil, since she personally slaughtered most of her human subjects.
- Mothra from the Godzilla universe plays this straight. She is a literal Godess but despite that condition has a lot of physical weakness and even is mortal. However she is a Legacy Character that keeps living through her offspring, as she lays at least one egg before dying and her children takes her place as full time protector of Infant Island and part time protector of the rest of the world.
- In Godzilla (2014), Godzilla himself is described as being like a god compared to the MUTOs.
- The main character in Lucy develops into this after she encounters a drug that unlocks 100% of her brain capacity. Then subverted when she ultimately becomes an immaterial godlike entity intertwined with all of existence.
- In Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence, the gods are real, and most of them are dead by now. Lich corporate lords killed them.
- Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen is chock full of these, called Elder Gods and Ascendants. All are implied to have physical forms even if they don't outright appear that way in the novels. At least two of them are humans who took over an attunement that was vacant.
- They are far from omnipotent, though. In Reaper's Gale (book 7), Trull Sengar, a mortal Tiste Edur, manages to hold his own in combat against Silchas Ruin, at least for a while.
- And at that point Trull is also far from mortal, having become the Knight of Shadow in The Bonehunters.
- Most of the cast of Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
- Except for the bulletproof part.
- The Dragaeran gods' main power is to be physically present in many places—learned through training, but also through a deep physical change. This power implies others, including immortality: if a god is killed in one place (by a sentient blade), they're still in other places. Beyond that, the gods have varied powers and forms: Steven Brust shows a dragon, a storm cloud, a black void, a female humanoid, and others. One more aspect of godhood is you can't control or summon a god. They'll help you if it suits them.
More precisely, the Dragaeran word translated in the books into "divinity" really means "to simultaneously live in multiple forms or aspects of reality", as opposed to, say, mortals, who can only live in one physical plane or be in one after- or between-life at once. (Normal death in this verse is simply moving a soul from one place to another, which can't be done if the soul is already at the destination.) It's explicitly stated the only difference between a "god" and "demon" is that somebody's figured out a theoretical way to bind or coerce the latter, so those classes are more changeable. (It also explains the title of "Verra, the Demon Goddess" - a former slave of the Jenoine.)
- Lots of characters in John C. Wright's Chronicles of Chaos. They describe mortals as "cattle" but they live out The Masquerade in the human world.
- In Jesse Hajicek's The God Eaters, people become gods through the belief of others, then make a practice of devouring each other to consolidate power.
- Roger Zelazny likes to mix mythology in with his SF, and as a result, has used this a few times:
- In Creatures of Light and Darkness, some of the gods are ascended humans, some aliens, some are techno-things, and some are just, well, straight up gods. (In his similar novel from the same era, Lord of Light, they're just pretending.)
- Eye of Cat features Native American Physical Gods in a futuristic setting.
- And then there's the royal family in The Chronicles of Amber. Or at least Dworkin, who created the entire multiverse.
- The Lord Ruler from Mistborn is ageless, Nigh Invulnerable and far and away the most powerful allomancer in the world, and is worshipped as king and god by The Empire. It turns out he's just a human who discovered a neat allomantic trick to make himself immortal, though he did briefly touch divinity in his Backstory. In the third book of the series, though, Vin briefly becomes the genuine article after absorbing the power of Preservation, one of the two fundamental forces of the planet.
- Another Sanderson book, Warbreaker has the Returned, who are people who have died and been returned to life, minus any conscious memories of their previous lives, they are worshiped as gods in the kingdom of Hallandren where most of the story takes place. As it happens, they aren't quite gods, but merely infused with a portion of the power of one, as those who are familiar with Sanderson's other works, including Mistborn mentioned above, and the wilder cosmology behind them, will know.
- Sanderson likes this trope: the Elantrians from Elantris are also humans who are worshiped as gods and have the power to match. Normally, at least - the plot of the novel is driven by their godlike abilities suddenly having stopped working.
- Coyote in Christopher Moore's Coyote Blue and Babd, Macha and Nemain in A Dirty Job
- The Ainur from J. R. R. Tolkien's 'verse (most elaborated on in The Silmarillion, mentioned in Lord of the Rings) are a whole race of these. They're incorporeal beings created by the creator deity before the physical universe, and some entered it. Those can and many choose to freely clothe themselves in physical forms. Notable Ainur include Morgoth/Melkor, Varda/Elbereth, and the other Valar. Their sub-beings, the Maiar, appear more in Lord of the Rings and include Sauron, Gandalf, Saruman, and the Balrog of Moria.
- Another good example would be Melian, a Maia, who was able to have a child with an Elf, and who used her powers to defend the kingdom of Doriath. Tolkien discussed at length the effects of being incarnated, especially where Morgoth and Sauron were concerned.
- At the end of Dean Koontz's short story, A Darkness in My Soul, a psychic goes on a Journey to the Center of the Mind and finds God trapped in the psyche of an insane genius. He then absorbs God's powers and then takes over the universe after giving half of the power to his girlfriend. Bored with exploring the universe, they decide to start a world war back on Earth for amusement, using humans as playthings.
- The Dresden Files:
- The Faerie Queens: Mother Summer, Mother Winter, Queen Titania, Queen Mab, Lady Maeve, Lady Aurora, Lady Lily as of Summer Knight, and Sarissa and Molly as of Cold Days. Six women who are among the most powerful entities a mortal is likely to ever meet. Even the Ladies, the least powerful pair, are far beyond anything a human could hope to match. At one point the Summer Lady casually sends a wave of flame hot enough to completely vaporize enchanted metal—metal enchanted by Summer, no less, so it has an even higher heat resistance than normal. The Mothers Winter and Summer are strong enough that not even Cold Iron bothers them, and are a match for the Archangels.
- There are also angels and their fallen equivalents, valkyries, the Erlking, Santa Claus, and all sorts of old gods and the like. Only a couple have shown up so far, namely Odin (who is also Santa Claus) and a maenad in the short stories.
- The Archive is the sum total of all written knowledge contained in the body of a little girl. She's also capable of using magic, in a world where knowledge pretty much translates directly into magical power. She is incredibly powerful, and proved fully capable of fighting off dozens of Denarians (who are powered by fallen angels) with access to a mere trickle of her power.
- Skinwalkers are stupidly powerful shapeshifters with a true form horrific enough that Harry literally has trouble standing after seeing it. They're basically invulnerable. We only know of one that was killed, when a wizard tricked it onto a nuclear testing site and teleported away right as the bomb dropped.
- Archangels, the most powerful of the angels, are fully capable of destroying galaxies with a thought.
- Six different necromancers all hit town at the same time in Dead Beat to try to become this. Cowl would have managed it, too, if Harry had been a second or two slower.
- In addition, there's the Red King and the Lords of Outer Night, the rulers of the Red Court, who are each nearly as powerful as Odin. They are, individually, an immense powerhouse. Even so, they're not invincible, as Murphy is able to decapitate one with a single stroke of Fidelacchius, and the Leanansidhe is able to one-shot several of them when she catches them off-guard.
- Considering that the Leanansidhe is stated to be second only to Mab in Mab's court, she probably also qualifies.
- Dragons also qualify as well. When thinking of dragons in the Dresdenverse, it would be a good idea to think less "fire breathing lizard" and more "cosmic deity" in terms of firepower. One of them, Ferrovax, has been stated to be more than capable of taking down Queen Mab herself.
- Senior Council level wizards are low level versions (technically Cowl is as well, being stronger than Ebenezar). Ebenezar McCoy, the youngest, is the master of the Colony Drop. The Merlin once held off an army of sorcerer vampires and Outsiders with one on the fly ward.
- David Eddings loves this trope, from the seven gods (eight if you count both Torak and his non-evil replacement Eriond) and their father UL from The Belgariad, to the numerous gods and goddesses of the various races from The Elenium from the nearly elemental Troll Gods, to the sweet, adorable, non-talkative (at least at first) little girl Flute, a/k/a the Styric goddess Aphrael.
- From The Acts of Caine, we have Pallas Ril (formerly Shanna Michaelson) and the Ascendant Ma'elKoth (formerly Hannto the Scythe).
- In Everworld the gods of mythology are supposed to have abandoned Earth centuries ago for an alternate universe, taking a portion of their followers with them. They were later joined by gods from other worlds, too, who bear no resemblance to anything from human legend. Including one rather nasty one named Ka Anor.
- In Mika Waltari's The Etruscan, the title character Turms is ultimately a "lucumo" or a holy king, not much short of a god, and can summon storms, can't be killed in battle and can converse with gods. For most part, though, he doesn't know it yet.
- Valentine Michael Smith of Stranger in a Strange Land was raised by martians, some of whom were ghosts.
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Shadows In The Moonlight" Olivia dreams that the statues were Taken for Granite at the hands of a Physical God, after they had tortured to death his demigod son.
- In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero's Daughter trilogy, the Greek wind gods are major characters. They are, in fact, balanced with the main characters, Prospero's children.
- In Robert E. Howard's Kull / Bran Mak Morn story "Kings of the Night", this is one explanation put forth for Kull.
- In John Varley's Titan series, we see the entity known as Gaea. This is essentially a living personality in an alien computer system. But Gaea is in every practical sense a deity on her little world. She is capable of shaping new forms of life, giving them intelligence and a culture of her own design. She controls the weather, the ground, and every living thing that resides on Titan.
- The gigantic sandworm hybrid Leto II Atreides becomes in God-Emperor of Dune}} fits many of these requirements (invulnerability, difficult to kill—except with water—limited omnisciencenote )...except for the fact that he doesn't consider himself a god. He naturally lets the people worship him (it's all part of the plan), but he never buys his own propaganda. On the other hand, it's not clear if Frank Herbert exactly meant that he wasn't a god: one of the novels' themes is the meaning of messiahdom and godhood.
- Played with frequently in Discworld.
- AM from I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is a Earth-spanning computer of such power it is almost omnipotent. Unfortunately for the last five humans it is also an insanely spiteful sadist.
- The Shrike from the ''Hyperion Cantos. A nigh-invulnerable construct/machine/being who can manipulate/travel through time and space, he/it is the most feared entity in the universe. He has a church devoted to him (although it doesn't seem to answer prayers or supplications).
- The Naked God from the Night's Dawn trilogy, an artificial construct with godlike powers and a benevolent personality.
- Sister Alice has the Great Families. As Family members age and become more experienced, they are given more "talents" - nearly intangible dark matter machinery - which give them godlike abilities. Sister Alice thinks several thousand times faster than a regular person, can Terra Form entire worlds in mere decades, and has the power to rip apart stars with the same effort it takes a person to flick a bug off their arm. Later in the novel, more of the talents available to elder Family members are shown, such as Anti Matter creation, and internal weapons, such as X-ray lasers.
- Despite the setting's general reliance on Gray and Grey Morality and aversion of Religion Is Magic, one Physical God is stated exist in the universe of The Black Company. Old Father Tree was summoned into the world in a time long forgotten to act as the can for a particularly nasty Sealed Evil in a Can. The Plain of Fear is the result of His otherworldly presence, sporting coral reefs on dry land, Wind whales and flying mantas, talking stones called Menhir, and "change storms" that temporarily distort reality.
- All the resurrected gods in the Krim Pyramid books have physical forms and can be injured or restrained by sufficiently powerful attacks.
Mythology and Religion
- Polytheistic gods, the most famous pantheons being those of the Greek and Roman, the Norse, the Egyptians, and the Hindu, are almost always of this form. These pantheons may have some gods that are more than a physical god, but the majority of them (and usually the more 'popular' ones) are much closer to this trope. Naturally, there are variations in these far-flung belief systems
- In many schools of thought in Hinduism all of the physical gods are simply fragmentary manifestations of a Powers That Be type of deity.
- The Shinto faith holds that the universe is composed of being if a wide range of power levels and forms, some of which fall into this range, while also all being part of the single Creator God that is also the universe.
- The God of The Bible is occasionally portrayed more like this, rather than his more traditional Powers That Be form. This is especially true early in the narrative. For example, in the story of the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve eat the fruit, God is described as, "walking in the garden in the cool of the day," and the sound God made caused Adam to attempt to hide from him.
- While the most usual interpretation of Jesus is as a part of God or a manifestation of God, there have been (and still are) Christians who believe Jesus was a being separate from God, which would usually put him in the category of physical god.
- While not called gods, the angels of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are often depicted in such a way to qualify for this status. When they aren't being depicted as, to give one simplified example, wheels full of eyes. In the original language of the Hebrew Bible, the word for "god", elohim, is used much more broadly than is traditionally assumed. Interpretations for what this means depend largely on one's view of the origins of the Biblical books, but as they are now, they together present the idea that there is a single supreme God who has always existed (YHWH, "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob"), who created countless lesser, finite gods ("the sons of God") that are obedient to his will. In this way, the popular term "angel" is simply descriptive of their function as messengers/servants for the supreme God. This concept is lost in translation such as the English translations.
- The unnamed Thunder God in Flash, whose primary characteristic is throwing around bolts of lightning.
- During "The Time of Troubles" in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons, all the gods were reduced to Physical Gods. (The novels actually gave the impression they might have been too weak to qualify.) A lot of gods get killed during this time, and one mortal kills and absorbs the portfolios of so many deities that the Overgod is forced to do some role-shuffling when the whole thing is over. Oh, and the death of the god of magic is used as an excuse for the different rules for magic in the new edition of the game. More than once.
- All gods can send avatars to the Realms, though only a few do so regularly. The main problem with the Avatar Crisis (another name for the Time of Troubles) was that they were stuck in avatar form, and barred from leaving the Realms (the other problem was that killing them while they were in avatar form would kill them, rather than merely stripping them of the power invested in the avatar).
- Warhammer 40,000
- The C'tan star-gods from .
- Also, the Avatars of Khaine.
- The aptly-named God-Emperor of Man was this back when he was still up and walking rather than on life support. Despite his insistence that he wasn't.
- There are also his sons, the Primarchs. While not as powerful as him, all of them are much more powerful than a normal man. The only reason that the Emperor was wounded as badly as he was by Horus was because he was his favorite son, whom he was hesistant to kill. Once he saw the depths of Horus's depravity, he erased him from existence with a single psychic blast.
- The daemon minions of the Chaos Gods when they enter the Materium. The Gods themselves are too powerful to take a physical form.
- From Warhammer Fantasy Sigmar, who was either the incarnation of a god or ascended to godhood after his death. To a marginally lesser extent Nagash, God of the Undead. At one point the new Lizardman god also manifested to chase out the Skaven, giving us a giant snake Physical God.
- The snake god appeared the same day Sigmar was born. It hasn't been confirmed, but that sure seems like a connection that two races were saved from extinction by different, brand new, physical gods at the same time.
- Also when Chaos first showed up, the elven gods gave Aenarion the power to kick so much demonic ass that the elves managed to beat back the outpourings of a fully open warp gate long enough to partially seal it off.
- The daemonprinces has most of these powers and are usually worshiped by bands/tribes of marauders.
- The Old Ones (aztec god-like extraterrestrials worshiped by Lizardmen). They modified the orbit of the planet, the planet's continents and tectonic plates, created the Lizardmen from actual reptilians that already existed to protect their creation and then created elves, dwarves and humans and gifted them magic. They have spaceships, too. Also, Chaos is more or less the dark side of their magic powers.
- The tabletop RPG Scion focuses on the children of couplings between gods and mortals. In time, the characters grow so powerful that they become gods themselves.
- In the Dungeons & Dragons core rules, deities are typically stereotypical, unreachable gods. The official Deities and Demigods book, and the unofficial (but considerably more popular) Immortal's Handbook presented the deities in a way that fits this trope perfectly, along with how to advance high-level characters to godhood.
- Early editions also had a book called Deities and Demigods, and an adventure with deity rules called Wrath of the Immortals. Specifically, the old boxed set/later Rules Cyclopedia version of D&D had not so much 'gods' as 'Immortals' (yes, with a capital I) taking the same role — virtually all of which were actually ascended Bad Ass mortals who had once lived and fought in the game world. Really high-level player characters could potentially quest for and achieve the same status, using rules from either the old Immortals set or the Wrath of the Immortals box.
- Ascension to divinity or even beyond it is still in the cards for 4th edition D&D characters with an appropriate Epic Destiny (basically the third 'class' picked at level 21 in addition to the base class and the level 11-20 'paragon path' the character will normally already have). So far this simply means retiring the character from the campaign, though.
- Advanced D&D had the Queen Of The Demonweb Pits adventure, where the goal was to find the Drow goddess Lolth in her home dimension and kill her Deader Than Dead. Not bad for a bunch of mere mortals.
- The aforementioned Immortal's Handbook takes this trope MUCH further than any other book mentioned. The most powerful monster in the book can punch planets to pieces, and it's a golem created by even stronger beings called time lords. Time lords are below high lords, who are below the Supreme Being (not-quite-omnipotent ruler of the omniverse), and there are things called ultrals from a level of existence higher than omniversal. Note that all of these beings (except maybe the ultrals since we don't know much) are just as physical as the other gods in D&D.
- Eberron is one of the few settings that averts this, the gods are so abstract it's even plausible that they don't actually exist and clerics get their magic from faith alone, which is supported by a few cults based around mortal entities or undead such as the Blood of Vol.
- In Exalted, all the gods are Physical Gods. One of the Exalted's duties (when the world is running properly, which it currently isn't) is to beat wayward gods into submission so that they'll do their jobs properly.
- Rifts had a book called Pantheons of the Megaverse with gods that boiled down to normal stats turned up to eleven.
- The Primal Order was a "capsystem," a set of rules that could be applied to any RPG system, that outlined how to play deities, and is often considered the best god RPG system around.
- Player Characters in Nobilis qualify, both physically and mentally. Even the weakest Nobles can throw around small cars or catch bullets in a pinch. The more powerful ones are able to leap across the ocean, lift mountains, and reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity with a pocket calculator.
- As for Nigh-Invulnerability, if you're trying to kill a Noble by nuking them, you'll need five. And even that might not be enough, especially if they took Active Immortality.
- Magic: The Gathering
- The players are said (by the game,) to be Planeswalkers (so go some of the introductory blurbs, "You are a Planeswalker."), incredibly powerful wizards with near-godlike abilities, capable of summoning creatures, magicks and artifacts of power from numerous planes for the purpose of dueling one another. And if you don't buy that, the card-type planeswalker represents lesser mages who can be called on to fight for you, and while not as "powerful" as you, they still possess abilities that can approach Game Breaker with a little push. The red ones in particular can easily kill a full Planeswalker by themselves, though it could take them a while.
- Since the power of a Planeswalker card in play is measured in "loyalty" counters, which can be removed by dealing damage to it, the card could be interpreted as the player calling in a favor from an ally who may get annoyed and run off after a few decent hits, or after you ask them for particularly taxing favors.
- The New Phyrexia Planeswalker card "Karn Liberated" is a particularly powerful one; his last and most expensive ability ("ultimate" in player parlance) restarts the entire game, with only the cards he chose to exile starting in play. In context, he remakes whatever world you're currently in, in whatever image you ask him to. note
- The Theros expansion introduces God cards, which are Enchantments that also become creatures when you control a certain amount of permanents with that color's mana symbol.
- Prior to the Mending, Planeswalkers were so powerful that they could not be represented in card form. The Mending changed the fundamental nature of the Planeswalker Spark. It no longer grants incredible power, merely the ability to safely travel between planes. This is why the newer Planeswalkers can be represented as cards. The only Planeswalker left that still possesses godlike power is Nicol Bolas, and he had to absorb a conflux of mana from a shattered plane to do it.
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse has Grammaw, a colossal Thunderwyrm revered as a goddess by Black Spiral Dancers. Grammaw nests underneath a nuclear testing site in New Mexico and serves as a living caern for the Trinity Hive. Grammaw exists simultaneously in the physical world and Umbra, houses elemental spirits throughout her body, induces terrifying visions and disfigurements in those passing through her system, and can even grant rebirth to Garou she deems worthy.
- Obscure furry RPG World Tree RPG has many of the world's creator gods appear in physical form on the titular World Tree, and, being the source of all magic in the setting, are about as powerful as you would expect. Some of them blatantly reveal their identity and openly display their omnipotence (indeed, some of them lead guilds and other organisations, and one of them in particular, Birkozon, the god of telepathy and mental magic rules an entire realm on the tree). Yet others prefer to stay hidden, walk in disguise, or not get physically involved much with the world they created at all.
- Actraiser also lets you play as a Physical God.
- Advent Rising is based upon the theory that all humans have the potential to become Physical Gods. Of course, this means a race of Scary Dogmatic Aliens are obsessed with wiping us out in our latent state out of sheer jealousy. By the time the game starts, they've driven us off at least two planets - and by the time it ends, they've killed all but two of us.
- The Goddess in the online Flash RPG, AdventureQuest, Lorthia has no physical form, though she can manifest into her creations, usually as a female, hence the word Goddess. She also had four children, and those four children had four children (Each pair had two) to make the eight Elemental Lords of Lore.
- She also had made the Devourer Uncreator The'Galin, who often manifests into people instead of making a form for himself, Though he is refered to him because he is once a human. He is also immortal.
- Assassin's Creed: While The Ones Who Came Before were explicitly a Precursor race and not gods, they came to be worshiped as such by mankind, especially after they died out seventy five thousand years ago. In Assassins Creed III, it is revealed that one of them stuck around through a variation of Brain Uploading and is, at the end, unleashed on the world in the course of saving it from destruction. It is implied that she will be as close to a real (and vengeful) god as can be said to exist in the franchise.
- All of the Guardian Generals from Asura's Wrath count to some degree. Despite the mixture of Buddhist myth and sci-fi, it turns out they are descendants of genetically altered humans that were turned into something akin to this.
- Chakravartin, however, is a literal god that takes this to a much, muchm much, much greater level than the above generals. A creator deity that embodies the Wheel of Life and the spinner of Mantra, as well as the personification of Samsara, he allowed said Guardian Generals to exist in the first place, due to being the embodiment of all Mantra energy in existence. He can become bigger than galaxy clusters, throws planets, stars and meteors at you, and even makes super novas just to defeat Asura. And this isn't even his strongest form, which becomes Humanoid Eldritch Abomination that can do all the above and more, stop time, fire Storm of Blades like no tomorrow, and literally has his own QTEs that mimic your own, just to prove that he's basically able to lean on the fourth wall.
- In BioShock Infinite Elizabeth becomes one at the end of the game after the destruction of the Siphon. With her powers no longer constrained Elizabeth can freely open tears and travel to different worlds at will and can "see all the doors" and branching paths between worlds.
- The Lutece twins are revealed to have been assumed dead for some time before the events of the game, but are actually capable of apparently effortless travel across the multiverse due to the accident which supposedly killed them. They are also apparently immortal and invulnerable.
- In most of the Breath of Fire games, Ryuu's ability to turn into a dragon is considered to be either amazingly powerful or completely ignorable. For example, in Breath of Fire II, no one seems to care about Ryuu's transformations until very late in the game. However, in Breath of Fire IV, all dragons are considered to be gods called the Endless, and in Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, Ryuu is possessed by Odjn, a godly dragon, whose power is so immense that it's slowly killing Ryuu, shown in game as the D-Counter.
- At the height of their power, the Lords who discovered the Lord Souls in Dark Souls were physical gods. Gwyn, the lord of sunlight, was a God Emperor who could hurl lightning bolts at his foes. Nito, the first of the dead, was the Grim Reaper and the master of death. The Witch of Izileth and her daughters were peerless witches who could set battlefields ablaze with the flames of chaos. Seath the Scaleless lacked the immortality of his fellow dragons (all physical gods in their own right) but was otherwise just as powerful as them and he became renowned as the creator of sorcery. By the time the game begins, all of these beings have become shadows of their former selves — a symptom of the overall decay of the Age of Fire. As the inheritor of the Dark Soul, the Lord Soul discovered by the Furtive Pygmy the progenitor of humanity, your character is also technically a physical god. A role the Chosen Undead can embrace in the "Dark Lord" ending.
- In Darkstalkers, the demons of Makai are gauged by their strength alphabetically (for the record, a Class B Darkstalker, like Le Malta (Lord Raptor's shapeshifting companion), could solo an entire platoon of trained marines (and the majority playable characters are considered "B+")). Anyone who makes it to Class S qualifies for this trope (with a dash of Reality Warper), rivaling Galactus in terms of planet-busting destruction. As an infant, Morrigan unknowingly could create and destroy whole dimensions in her sleep. She eventually had her soul split into thirds so that she could learn to properly wield these powers... and still ended up as a powerful demoness. Jedah could create an entire realm that sucked in souls like a magnet and his plan for Makai's "salvation" was to absorb all of Makai's souls into his body and reset reality. Perhaps the best example comes from Morrigan's adoptive father Belial, a Class S+. When Demitri (a Class A) challenged Belial for the throne of Makai, Belial nonchalantly ripped Demitri and his castle out of reality and exiled him to the human world. It took Demitri a century to recover, and he still wasn't at 100% when the first game rolled around. And even Belial was fearful of Morrigan's powers, seeing her to have the potential to not only rule Makai, but eventually surpass him.
- Dawn of War: Daemon Princes are this in 40K fluff, but the game unit is actually killable, if annoyingly hard to kill (and he certainly believes himself himself to be one). Sindri Myr became one in the first game, and served as its even tougher Final Boss.
DESPAIR, FOR I AM THE END OF DAYS.
I HAVE ASCENDED, NONE MAY CHALLENGE ME!!!
THEY ARE AS GNATS BEFORE ME!
I AM DESTRUCTION INCARNATE!!!
I AM A GOD!!!
- In the canonical ending of Deus Ex, the player becomes this.
- In Diablo, you have the Lord of Terror. The sequel has three of these, aptly named the Prime Evils.
- In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, the Living Gods of the Tribunal Temple are elves who stole their divinity from the Heart of Lorkhan, the literal still-beating heart of a dead god, it left them with questionable sanity. Dagoth Ur did this as well but he did it in a way that left him completely insane.
- The Dwemer managed to uncreate themselves forging a Physical God. Anumidium was meant to be a physical god, which would allow them to transcend mortal existence to become eternal spirits. Nobody really knows if it worked.
- And if you play through both Morrowind and Tribunal, you wind up with three of the four of them destroyed. Then you can go back and kill the last one. Too bad nobody believes you when you tell them.
- "Hey guys, guess what? I just killed three gods - No, four, but Hircine's aspect may not count - in less than a month! Oh, by the way, two of those gods you lot have been worshipping for thousands of years! Hows about that, eh?" Honestly, would you believe you?
- It helps that by the endgame you yourself is liable to be something of a downplayed example — you've potentially got the power (get your stats and skills high enough, and you're steps above common people even without equipment), and you've got a touch of the divine in you: You got infected by Corprus, but had the negative sides cured. Corprus is also referred to as the Divine Disease, as it apparently derives from Lorkhan's Heart (Lorkhan being a dead beyond-physical god). This has the effect of rendering you immune to diseases and supposedly ageing, and it doesn't disappear just because the Heart does.
- Oblivion - The Shivering Isles expansion has the player interact with Sheogorath - the daedric Prince (Read: God) of Madness, and ruler of the Shivering Isles. Then you become that Daedric Prince.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Alduin the World Eater is an aspect (or son, or both, it's complicated) of Akatosh, the Aedric Dragon God of Time. Fittingly, he is the most powerful dragon of them all story-wise (gameplay-wise, only the legendary and revered dragons introduced in Dawnguard have better stats), has unique Shouts that can raise the other dragons from the dead and have fire rain down from the skies, and is completely invincible unless he has mortality forced upon him via Dragonrend. He's got an ego to match his power. Alduin even neglects his role as the Reset Button on the world in favor of ruling it like the God Emperor he believes he is.
- Over one tenth of the galaxy in Escape Velocity: Nova is controlled by Krypt, a god-like entity formed when a group of powerful psychics imbued their consciousnesses into a planetary network of nanites . Krypt is capable of taking human shape (or practically any other shape it chooses), but generally spends its time "exploring" the rest of the galaxy in sphere like orbs that obliterate practically everything they come into contact with. By the time the story begins, Krypt is so far gone from reality that it isn't even aware other life forms exist.
- Towards the end of the Vell-os campaign, the player becomes one, having realized their full psychic potential. In terms of gameplay, the most powerful psychic "ship" you can summon isn't outright invincible, but it's pretty dang close. It is stated that your powers could destroy a planet if you chose, and you actually manage to battle Krypt to a standstill in order to force it to acknowledge your existence. The storyline ends with you and the rest of the Vell-os race transcending to the next plane of existence.
- Towards the end of the Polaris campaign, the player character is described in terms pretty similar to the power of the player in the Vell-os campaign. The explanation in that case, in one of the game's Schr÷dinger's Gun moments, is that the player character is the universe descended into human form. Of course, actually using (or even being aware of) your awesome powers is fraying to your self-perception as a human, so once matters are sorted out for the moment you re-ascend.
- In the FEAR games, Alma is, for all intents and purposes, an being of godly power. However, mentally she is also a child (a very screwed-up, emotionally-stunted, and completely insane child, mind you) so she doesn't extend her psycho past people who have personally hurt her, and instead focuses on other things, like protecting her children or chasing after a man she has a crush on. That latter bit is a hell of a lot more terrifying than it sounds....
- Summons from the Final Fantasy series certainly qualify. The Big Bad of each game may become this as well.
- The most powerful Fal'Cie of Final Fantasy XIII could be called this, and the First Three Fal'Cie created by the God Bhunivelze are considered as Gods and Goddesses by Humanity. Pulse made the Pulse Fal'Cie, Lindzei made the Cocoon Fal'Cie, and mankind was born from Etro's blood.
- God of War has you playing as a demigod fighting against the Olympian gods.
- The Precursors of Halo have been described as this. Their constructions are utterly indestructible, their technology characterizes Clarke's Third Law perfectly, they could take any form they desired, live for millions of years, and created life, including humans, Forerunners, and every other sentient species in the universe, just because they could. The Librarian herself stated that they might as well be called gods.
- The Precursors in the Jak and Daxter series were stated from the beginning to be an ancient race as opposed to actual gods, but the second game shows that they were more than just a super-advanced people, and the third game confirms their god-like powers. And by the way, one's been sitting on Jak's shoulder since Day One.
- Mundus of Devil May Cry is effectively the God of Demons. It's heavily implied that the reason Sparda (and later Dante) made him into Sealed Evil in a Can is because there is literally no power that can kill him.
- Some of the Organization XIII members in Kingdom Hearts such as Xemnas, Roxas, Axel, Sa´x, Marluxia qualify for the trope.
- From The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, we get the Fierce Deity's Mask. Evidently, if you check the Gossip Stone in Eastern Ikana Canyon, the Fierce Deity seems to be a vengeful god, bound to a mask and sent to the moon for safe keeping. Or something like that. Regardless, considering that it can rip the resident Eldritch Abomination to shreds in seconds, effectively making the challenging final boss a Curb-Stomp Battle, it deserves that "Fierce" qualifier.
- The Four Giants probably qualify as well. They're worshiped as protectors by the people of Termina, and together, they're strong enough to catch the moon.
- As of Skyward Sword, it would seem that Demise would qualify, and according to his testimony, and judging by the existence of items called Goddess Plumes, it is likely true for Hylia as well.
- The Sinistrals of the Lufia video game series are essentially ancient, malevolent gods, though the localizations of the games for North American audiences like to call them "super beings."
- Althena and Lucia of the Lunar franchise are certainly this; however, the plot of the games take pains to make them considerably less awesome when they're in your party (to wit, Althena is actually the protagonist's girlfriend, who doesn't know that she's the goddess incarnate and only has the vaguest notion of her power until the end of the game, at which point she's, uh, hostile and will utterly wreck you unless you know how to reach her heart and Lucia gets her shit wrecked about an hour into the game and spends most of the rest of the game at roughly the same level as the mortal heroes.)
- All of the Gods in Lusternia qualify, with the exception of The Soulless Gods. In descending order of power: the Elders were created by the Anthropomorphic Personification of creativity, and are immortal Reality Warpers - but they are also sterile, and can be killed. The Vernals are mortals who raised themselves up by draining a Nexus of power, becoming godlike, but significantly less powerful than an Elder. Half-formed are "baby" Elders, consigned to Pocket Dimensions that serve as "creches": with the departure of the Anthropomorphic Personification of creativity, they will never fully mature into Gods, and must remain there eternally. Ascendants are mortals who drain a portion of a Nexus of power, and are incredibly strong, but can be killed by concerted effort of even other mortals. Demigods are mortals who have fanned the spark of divinity within themselves, and are essentially ageless mortals at an olympian physical peak. (Read as "Level Grinding your way to level 100.")
- Mabinogi has Morrighan, Cichol and Neamhain so far, as well as a couple others who have yet to be seen physically, notably Lymilark.
- Nuadha joined the party a while back.
- Maverick Zero from Mega Man X. According to an old man, who, in Sigma's words, was like Zero's father (it hasn't been proven, but generally believed to be Dr. Wily):
is the most powerful thing in the universe, when purified by The Virus.
- Raiden from the Mortal Kombat series in general, as well as Fujin, Shinnok and various others.
- This was initially handwaved as Raiden taking a mortal form in order to compete in Shang Tsung's tournament in the first Mortal Kombat, but has since been retconned.
- While every Servant in the Nasu Verse could potentially count, Gilgamesh takes it Up to Eleven by being 5-10 times stronger than Saber when using the bare minimum of his power. Unlike the other Servants however, he is actually physical as he was covered in the Mud of the Holy Grail. His true claim to power however is his drill sword Ea, a sword made before the heaven and earth was split (In a verse where age = power, this makes it a ridiculous Game Breaker) with the power to destroy reality, slice the planet in 2 and kill gods by rotating the 4-part drill so fast that it creates a fake space-time layer in it┤s proximity. This thing is so excessively powerful that Archer (who is an absolute master of projection magic) cannot even analyze it when he can easily recreate even Excalibur or Avalon. Oh, and by the way, this sword doesnt even need mana to be powered.
- Actually, Archer can't easily recreate Excalibur for the same reason he can't recreate Ea. Archer can't understand either of them because they were not created by human methods. Excalibur was created by faeries, while Ea was forged from an exploding star. This would also apply to Avalon in normal circumstances. The only reason Avalon can be projected is because it was a part of him for so long, every detail of it was inscribed on his being. It's actually one of the reasons he has Unlimited Blade Works in the first place, what with it being responsible for turning both his origin and element into "Sword".
- The real powerhouses of the Nasu Verse are the Ultimate Ones: physical and spiritual embodiments of entire planets. Only one has been really active in the story: Crimson Moon Brunestud, the Ultimate One of the Moon, who is the progenitor of the race of vampires on Earth. To put their power in perspective, Gilgamesh's Ea at full strength might be able to do significant harm to one, but it's very likely that it would survive and strike back with just as much force. These things alter the fundamental nature of reality around them merely by existing.
- And now realize that Zelretch fought Crimson Moon Brunestud and won.
- Neptunia has the Console Patron Units and their little sisters, the CPU Candidates. While they are immortal, incredibly tough by themselves, and can activate Hard Drive Divinity for an even greater power boost, the position does come with some drawbacks. Namely, enough physical punishment can still kill them, and their relative power is dictated by the market share their nation's gaming system holds.
- There is also Histoire, the oracle of Planeptune who created the CP Us.
- Overlords from Nippon Ichi games fit this trope in the story, and in the gameplay, you can create one from scratch.
- Ōkami is based around playing an incarnation of Amaterasu called "Ammy" (although you happen to be incarnated as a particularly doglike wolf).
- Most Legendary PokÚmon fit the criteria. They officially aren't gods, just powerful and often unique, though some have been worshiped as such. Arceus, stated to have shaped the world in Heart Gold and Soul Silver, is based on a Chinese creator deity.
- Newer ones seem to be leaning towards Eldritch Abomination status. Palkia and Dialga are capable of destroying reality as we know it, and Giratina makes its home somewhere beyond comprehension.
- In Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Rayquaza is actually called "Lord Rayquaza" and is worshipped as the saviour of Hoenn, including by the player character — you pray to it to make it Mega Evolve.
- The God of War from Princess Maker 2 can get the crap kicked out of him by a 10-17 year old girl.
- That 10-17 year old girl is stated in all endings to have celestial origin as well, so its not terribly surprising. She at least has The Gift, as she learns way faster than any of her rivals, though may just be too poor to attend classes regularly, or lazy.
- The Devil Kings from the Shadowhearts series, in particular, Amon, Astaroth, and Asmodeus
- Shin Megami Tensei: Many high-level demons and most bosses count (especially the ones that explicitly are various gods of myth and legend), and any given final boss and/or optional boss. This means that the Player Character can end up as one, or at least someone who can enslave Physical Gods. Of particular note is Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, where the canonical ending (if Digital Devil Saga is anything to go by) is the "True Demon" ending where the Player Character becomes The Antichrist, leading Lucifer's armies in a great war to break reality asunder.
- In Devil Survivor 2, at the beginning of three of the four ending routes, you have to fight your friend, Io Nitta. Just a day before... ...she was chosen to act as host for Lugh, a sun god from Irish lore. As an enemy, she shows his spirit still resides in her and it seems she has mastered it. While she channels him, her power is greatly enhanced and her race even changes from human to deity to show that she's pretty much a walking god at that point.
- The Suguri games feature Hime, a guardian goddess, and QP, the goddess of pudding
- Summon Spirits from the Tales Series qualify as well, not even getting into individual characters.
- Rosalina from the Super Mario Bros. series is hinted to be this, thanks to how she manages to oversee the death and rebirth of the galaxy in the first Super Mario Galaxy game. But if that's not enough, she definitely counts as this in her Super Smash Bros. appearance, where most of her non-Luma attacks involve the power of the cosmos that she holds, and she even uses the power of said cosmos to prevent people from seeing anything up her skirt other than stars.
- The Touhou cast has its own fair share of gods amongs the Loads and Loads of Characters. For starters, the Dragon God who, though it has never been seen, is the greatest divinity in the setting (presumably by virtue of being a kind of Anthropomorphic Personification of all east-Asian mythology).
- Most of Touhou's goddesses were introduced in Mountain of Faith: Autumn goddesses Shizuha Aki, goddess of colouring the leaves when autumn comes, and her younger sister Minoriko Aki, goddess of the abundant harvest. Then there's the curse goddess Hina Kagiyama, though she is described as technically being closer to a youkai since she lives off of misfortune rather than faith. On the top of the hierarchy there's the Shinto goddesses, Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya. The first is a mountain goddess of the wind and the sky, while the second is a native goddess of earth and curses (though she's also strongly associated with frogs). Their shrine maiden, Sanae, also falls under this since she's an arahitogami, a being who is both fully god and fully human at the same time (which is what the emperor of Japan was once considered).
- From the pre-windows era we had Shinki, (from the 5th game, Mystic Square,) who is THE God of the demon realm, Makai. As in, she personally created Makai and every single one of its inhabitants (with the possible exception for Alice). And then there's also Mima, who tells Shinki she's the goddess of the human world for laughs. And isn't that far off, if her fanon interpretation is anything to go by.
- Ten Desires gives us Toyosatomimi no Miko. Being based on Prince Shoutoku, she is a Buddhist Saint, a Taoist Hermit, as well as a Shinto god, all at the same time. Like Shinki above, she has more or less created her own realm, Senkai, and spends much of her time there in meditation.
- Other possible candidates for godhood: Eirin Yagokoro from Imperishable Night is heavily implied to actually be the Shinto god of knowledge, Omoikane, also known as Ya-gokoro-omoi-kane-no-mikoto, and in the interview with ZUN at the end of Symposium of Post-Mysticism, he implies that she's one of the "higher class of gods" that live on the moon, as opposed to the native gods that live on the Earth. Finally we have, from the 9th game, Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Komachi Onozuka and her superior Eiki Shiki. The former is a Shinigami, but whether Shinigami count as gods in Touhou or not is unknown, while the latter is based on the actual Yama divinity. However, she's explicitly stated to be only one of many such Yamas, each with a different area of jurisdiction (Gensoukyou, in Eiki's case).
- And those are only the actual Gods. Yukari, Yuyuko, Flandre, Mokou, Kaguya, Keine, Yuuka, and even Reimu, the heroine according to some interpretations of her final spellcard, have seemingly unstoppable superpowers and/or actual immortality with 'merely' extremely dangerous superpowers.
- Vagrant Story has several examples. Sydney is probably the weakest example in this trope, because while he starts the by taking a crossbow bolt to the heart and ripping it out, he doesn't display much sheer power in anything except summoning monsters. Guildenstern briefly ascends to this level before Ashley Riot kicks his ass. Ashley is the last one to ascend to this state, and everyone acquired this power by grafting the Blood Sin to their back.mI thinks himself as one]]. Then again, everyone else does, calling him the "God of Destruction".
- The Composer aka Joshua from The World Ends with You.
- In World of Warcraft almost any god is up for becoming an endgame boss at some point. So far the players have killed 1 troll blood god, 13 avatars of other troll gods, 2 Old Gods, and the blood elf Phoenix God. Also, the god of the Burning Legion, Sargeras, was killed hundreds of years before Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.
- Although according to canon, few of these are full gods per see(and according to the non-canon RPG none of them are). The ones that are include the Old Gods which are Eldritch Abominations and the blood god Hakkar. The troll Loa on the other hand were animalistic nature spirits (and either way the players never killed any of them, the things the players killed were troll priests that already killed the Loa and absorbed their power, or were channeling them), Al'ar wasn't a phoenix god (though that is its title), just a powerful phoenix. In the Warcraft Encyclopedia the Titans were Sufficiently Advanced Aliens until the official website Retconned them into full gods(though that's likely related to Blizzard realizing that Sargeras was called a God in The Last Gaurdian and the War of the Ancients Trilogy). As to Sargeras, he was refered to in The Last Gaurdian as a God to begin with and affirmed to be the God of Fel by the Ultimate Visual Guide, and he himself was never killed. He allowed Aegwynn to destroy an avatar of him, so he could put his spirit into her body while her defenses were down from the spell. However, he has been out of the picture since Medivh died, leaving his status ambiguous.
- The Lich King is called the Death God by the vrykul. He is practically invincible and wields magic powers far beyond almost anyone else, and then there's the whole raising the dead thing. The vrykul may have been confusing the Lich King (who was very active and present in their lives) with the Old God Yogg-Saron, which has allowed them to die and be restored in a similar way in the past.
- All these beings are basically godlike, but the only confirmed, true, gods so far are the Old Gods, Hakkar, Anzu the Raven God, An'she the Sun God, Rukhmar the Sun Goddess, and Elune the Moon Goddess. Elune is pretty benevolent(Anzu used to be too until a Demigod corrupted him). She(and An'she) also has yet to make a true physical appearance, making her not an example of this trope. Though she may be the larger moon itself.
- It has been strongly implied that there is some kind of intelligent force behind the Holy Light (beyond the Naaru) that would probably qualify as this trope.
- The Elemental Lords qualify. They tend to cause natural disasters when brought into the world. Ragnaros the Firelord being summoned created Blackrock Mountain and destroyed the forest all around it (creating the Burning Steppes and Searing Gorge).
- Defied by the Naaru, who technically qualify based on the parameters of the trope, but are very clear that A God I Am Not and decline to be worshiped - they're servants and messengers of the Holy Light, akin to angels.
- In Xenogears, Fei (and possibly Elly) is a Physical God. Since he is also one of the biggest woobie of the Video Games industry, any Genre Savvy player knows where it leads.
- There's also Deus, which is literally referred to as "god."
- Xenogears's distant descendant, Xenoblade, has two (Bionis and Mechonis). The characters live on one.
- Xenosaga has three: chaos, Wilhelm, and Abel. Of the three of them Abel is the only one who's actually a God in Human Form, while chaos and Wilhelm are vaguely defined nigh-omnipotent antipodes with one (chaos) possessing the power to destroy the universe, and the other (Wilhelm) tasked with protecting it.
- Coyote from Gunnerkrigg Court is physical enough to be... spanked. Doing so is strongly discouraged, however.
- The Three Avatars (Space, Time, and Mind) from Rice Boy.
- In the webcomic Wapsi Square, Tepoztecal is the God of Alcohol, able to produce drinks— or drunks— at will. He is apparently a Golem created by the Magitek of Atlantis, then adopted as a god by the Aztecs.
- In Problem Sleuth, Pickle Inspector's amazing skill with imagination lets him do some crazy stuff while in the imaginary world, like split into multiple copies of himself, time-travel, combine the two actions to create the subatomic particles that form all matter in the entire universe, and ascend to outright Godhood.
- In the more recent MS Paint Adventures series, Homestuck, there are several levels of this:
- For one, the fact that the players' goal is to create a new universe, and therefore they are gods in a way, whether they're God Tier or not. Karkat uses this fact to back up his claims that he is a god.
- God Tier players are heroes who have fulfilled certain requirements in the game, and are granted immortality (with a couple of exceptions) and complete mastery over their Aspect. Even at the lowest level of God Tier power, John is able to use wind to drill a giant hole straight down to the core of a planet within minutes.
- The First Guardians (and anyone else with a conduit to the Green Sun) are said to be functionally omnipotent and omniscient (they're not quite in actuality, but so far above mortal creatures they might as well be). They can destroy worlds with a snap of their fingers and one such being was capable of annihilating not just an entire universe, but every instance of that universe that could ever possibly exist. They can be killed but there are very few entities powerful enough to have a chance at actually doing that.
- Lord English combines the above two ability sets and possibly others we don't know about at this point, in addition to his already formidable natural abilities, making him the most powerful entity yet introduced. His power and thirst for destruction are great enough that he routinely destroys universes and afterlives, and poses a credible threat to the totality of all existence.
- He has complete, unconditional immortality as well. The only way to kill him? Glitching reality itself.
- Sluggy Freelance:
- He-is, the bound god from Digger.
- The Cheese from It's Walky!. That's what SEMME calls him, but others know him as "the Wanderer" or occasionally just God.
- The gods in Juathuur. Merlu, Moire and Lok especially are human in appearance.
- Slightly Damned has Gaia and Syndel who rule over and live in Heaven and Hell as far as we know, Death, who presides over purgatory or does he? and the Twelve Guardians who keep an eye on Medius in the absence of the higher gods at least, they're supposed to....#
- In Jayden and Crusader the character Crusader is the artist of the comic he is in. Because of this he attains the powers of the Christian God and does not seem concerned about upping the God metaphors.
- In Endstone, Jon's attempt to end the world was in service of one.
- The Floor Guardians from Tower of God. Each one of them is the absolute sovereign of his floor, in total control of the entire mass of Shinsoo, a substance and energy that is stated to be unlimited in power when properly controlled. They used to test the people who wanted to ascend to the top, but left that job to the growing amount of people who did pass and settled down. They are thought to be immortal, until Enryu killed one of them.
- Another living God would be Phantaminum, being a man-made God who can't be interfered with by any other than his equal.
- And finally, it is implied that who ever built the Tower is also a God.
- Dragon Ball Multiverse: Both Vegetto and Broly.
- In Knights of Buena Vista, this is what Adriana does to her Player Character through Min-Maxing. It's not going to turn out well given this is a Campaign Comic about Frozen.
- Chrono Hustle has both Aphrodite and Hermes show up.
- Most of the secondary characters in New York Magician. Malsumis, Hapy, Bobbi Bobbi. . . it's what comes when you've got a Fantasy Kitchen Sink in New York.
- Gothmog, in the Whateley Universe. Maybe some of the more regular characters, but it's debatable. Fey, Sara, Tennyo, and Chaka have the best argument. Fey and Tennyo are bonded with insanely powerful entities, while Sara is Gothmog's kid. Fey is a 7 on the 7-point powerscale, but is capable of going HIGHER then that level. Tennyo can kill beings that cannot die, while Sara is Gothmog's kid. Chaka, however, simply has perfect control over her Ki energy. (But this means she may qualify in the sense that she perfectly embodies a concept.)
- Yes, some of these are quite debatable. (Fey, for example, is a powerful but still Squishy Wizard at her current level of development, and while Sara has her own cult already her physical powers are basically on the level of a hypothetical super-Shoggoth.) On the other hand, Whateley is also currently including the teenage hosts of the setting's actual Greek pantheon among its students — greatly weakened by their lack of modern-day worshippers, but very much the real deal complete with their old attitudes.
- From the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, superheroes Ganesha and Ma'at, and villains Loki, Kali and Nephthys aren't just pretending to be gods. They actually are gods. Dagon is a primordial God fused into the body of a mortal.
- The Greek Gods of O-Cast. Though their powers have atrophied and they're living around mortals these days, they are still gods and would like to be treated as such.
- The ADPs in Pilots are once referred to as gods tongue-in-cheek by the narrator, and in some meaningful senses they are. An interesting treatment, in that their sole power is a variant of teleportation, which is taken to its logical conclusion.
- The Protectors of the Plot Continuum have employed Ainur and Force-users in the past; one of the latter ended up the series's most influential Big Bad. Some of the Sues/Stus they come up against also make themselves into this.
- Trinton Chronicles features at least two true-to-life god entities and one specific to the TC universe; Isis & Hermes are prominently mentioned and one actually shows up (in a way)to help out one of her believers. The other one, Gralla, appears only in dreams and through telepathy but one gets the idea that if she manifests physically no one would be to surprised.
- In Terramirum, they apparently used to have a whole pantheon of living gods.
- In Shadowhunter Peril, Oblivion is this, but completely evil. He's the only character in the series to be an Ushubaen, a human with demonic energy flowing through his body, yet still manages to retain a soul that prevents him from imploding with the force of a small bomb. He is powerful enough to fight and actually injure Puriel, and angel of the Almighty himself. Nuriel, another angel, states that he once fought another Ushubaen with two of his brother angels, and that the Ushubaen completely curb-stomped the first angel to death, then killed the other one and severely wounding Nuriel before it was brought down. And since Ushubaens never stop growing in power, it's certainly possible Oblivion will grow to become an omnipotent evil being of destruction, considering how young and powerful he already is...
- They appear frequently in The Wanderer's Library. Communion, Gods of Money, and Sedna V. Ataciara the Qalluk are just a few examples.
- The SCP Foundation has quite a few. SCP-343 in particular actually claims to be God.
- "The Entity" from Atop the Fourth Wall could be considered this when he was in the form of 90's Kid, but still had a form that was much, MUCH larger when he absorbs the entire universe and every being within it into himself except for Linkara's apartment (allowing him to do one last review)
- Lord Vyce himself could be considered one considering he is one of the most powerful enemies Linkara's faced (the only confirmed stronger one being The Entity), in a commentary Lewis mentioned that at full power he could "Go ten rounds with God", he could transform himself into data to fight the Entity on equal grounds, and his greatest accomplishment is fighting and WINNING against beings similar to the Entity in the past.
- The Salvation War: Yahweh and Satan are both quite powerful, the latter crushing a messenger with his mind, the former destroying his throne room over bad news. Many demons and angels as well are powerful enough in their own right. Uriel is able to kill thousands with sheer psychic force. However they still prove to be kill-able: [[spoiler: Uriel with some missiles and a laser, Satan with two missiles to the face, and God by the hand of Michael and his friends.
- The Kingdoms Saga has this with the god of the hunt, Royak, possessing various mortal bodies and developing the persona of Sebastian Honeylock.
- Disney's Hercules depicted Gods and Goddesses the same way as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess .
- Oberon's Children (and especially Oberon himself) from Gargoyles. Really they're The Fair Folk, but due to their immense power, they were worshipped as gods. Anubis and Odin for example, but not Jesus of course.
- South Park:
- Apparently, Mickey Mouse is a powerful godlike entity limited only by his need to slumber in Valhalla after his destructive, fire-breathing rampages.
- Cthulhu also makes an appearance.
- So does Jesus, if you're into that whole Trinity thing.
- Primus and Unicron in various incarnations of Transformers, the latter of whom is a space-traveling planet-sized eater of worlds and the former of whom either lives in or actually is the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron and created them to battle Unicron.
- The Original Thirteen Transformers could count here. Vector Prime, Nexus Prime, Megatronus Prime (The Fallen), and the ones yet to be named. Each of them has some kind of god-like power.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender and Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, Avatars are a vergence of spirit and human: of Raava, the great spirit of peace and harmony, and the latest human incarnate she blends with. As such, the living Avatar is the only individual capable of wielding all four Elemental Powers in the form of Supernatural Martial Arts, and of channeling cosmic energies to amplify these elemental powers to epic levels. This is quite necessary, as they lack invulnerability and need to actively defend themselves like anyone else. The second season of The Legend of Korra introduced the "Dark Avatar", the fusion of Raava's eternal foe Vaatu, spirit of chaos and darkness, and Korra's Evil Uncle Unalaq.
- Amazo's animated counterpart in Justice League, more specific when he came back in Justice League Unlimited, having travelled through galaxies and collected as many powers and as much knowledge as he could. This resulted in him being able to accomplish Godlike feats like being able to "think" planets out of his way without technically being a God. He also manages to battle against all available JLU members like they were nothing. He was only stopped because JLU's reasons to fight him were all a misunderstanding, he wasn't returning to Earth for revenge but simply to find a purpose in his life. (He put everything he moved back in place by just "thinking it" again, showing he was a good guy after all). He then he left to play chess along with other absurd beings.
- The Greek Gods in Class of the Titans. Especially the series Big Bad Chronus.
- The Ninja Tribunal in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) are four humans turned gods after intensive, if unspecified, training; when we first see them in the present, they are shown to possess immortality, limited omniscience, and the ability to reshape reality, among other perks.
- Teen Titans: Teen Titans: Trigon the Terrible turned the world into a fiery wasteland as part of his dramatic entrance, is big enough to use the T-tower as an interimistic throne, and he reminds you that you are only an insignificant insect compared to him. Then Raven presumably kills him.
- Though referred to as a "spirit," Gaia from Captain Planet qualifies. She's only physical on Hope Island, though. Her nastier counterpart, Zarm, generally doesn't have that problem, though he sometimes needs a spaceship.
- Futurama features an odd example: a galaxy-sized space anomaly who admits it may or may not be God (it's not sure itself). It does have incredible power and apparently receives a portion of God's worship, though.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- The Winged Unicorn Princesses Celestia and Luna are lowercase-g Mount Olympus class rather than capital-G omnipotent: they control the sun and the moon, and seem to be immortal (both are over a thousand years old).
- Cadance is an alicorn and implied to be a Love Goddess but leans closer to physical than god, possibly because she's much younger than her aunts. She's powerful enough to put up a protective field of love around the the city of the Crystal Empire and strong enough to keep King Sombra at bay even when heavily fatigued from sleep deprivation.
- Chrysalis is implied to be Celestia's changeling counterpart, given her warped-alicorn-like appearance and her ability to defeat Celestia in a straight-forward magic battle with a boost from the love power she stole from Shining Armor.
- Celestia has said that Twilight Sparkle had the most magical potential of any unicorn she had ever seen. Zig-zagged when Twilight herself ascends to alicorn status at the end of season 3, becoming the goddess of friendship.
- Discord, the spirit of chaos, is older than the royal sisters and capable of doing just about anything with a snap of his fingers (claws), much like Q. This implies he is on a higher tier than the sisters; an abstract concept instead of a celestial body. The sisters did turn him to stone, but they needed the Elements of Harmony to do it.
- Tirek in the Season 4 finale briefly becomes one after absorbing the magic of every pony in Equestria, including the alicorn princesses, and Discord. Thanks to The Power of Friendship, it doesn't last.
- In the Grand Finale of Generator Rex, Rex gains the power of the united Meta-Nanites. When he ponders what he should do with his newfound power, Black Knight says "You're a god now Rex. You can do anything you want." Fortunately, Rex only uses that power once to initiate a global Cure event before ordering the Meta-Nanites to shut down. He doesn't want anyone to have access to such power again, including himself.
- In the Grand Finale of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben possesses the powers of the Ultimatrix, Ascalon, and Diagon. Vilgax tries to corrupt him into becoming a universe conquering tyrant by pointing out that Ben could do anything, and fix everything with that much power at his fingertips. Ultimately, Ben's girlfriend Julie convinces him not to abuse the power. Ben only uses his powers to restore Earth's population back to normal before relinquishing them to Azmuth.
- Diagon was also this, considering that he is a half-mile-wide octopus thing who can change size, mind control people, control the weather, and a few other godly things. His first move was to turn everyone in the world into Esoterica.
- Celestiansapians could also be considered this, since they could remake all of reality with a single thought.