Super Hero Gods

Perhaps it's because of the connection of incredibly attractive and powerful people intervening in our daily lives with saving the world. Perhaps it's because having the godlike serve to protect our lives is the closest we can get to getting the divine to be serve us. Perhaps it's what comes naturally of making a character stronger than the strongest person. Whatever the case, comic book writers (and others) have seen the obvious logic in not just making godlike superheroes, but making gods superheroes.

The ancient Greek myths (as well as those from any number of other ancient cultures) often featured the heroic (by the standards of the time) adventures of various Demi-Gods, usually people with mixed Divine and Mortal parentage since the Gods themselves were usually too busy being complete dicks and getting away with it, because, well they are the Gods...

Note: There's a lot of overlap with Physical God, so this trope only refers to mythological gods or original divinities becoming superheroes.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics
    • The Mighty Thor is one of the first (and more obvious) examples.
    • Thor's sister, Angela, joined the superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, and fought alongside them.
    • Thor's lover, Lady Sif. Although she doesn't join any superhero team and mostly fights for or in Asgard, she does have her moments in Midgard (Earth).
    • Even Thor's adopted brother freaking Loki was in some superhero teams: In the second lineup of the Young Avengers, admittedly the guy was most of their problems too, and if we count disguises in one iteration of the Mighty Avengers (as Scarlett Witch).
    • The Ultimates takes an interesting look at Marvel's Thor, focusing on the fact that anybody who claimed to be a god would immediately be classified as insane. The existence of superpowers only makes it worse, of course, as his powers are not entirely inexplicable.
    • As is The Incredible Hercules.
    • And Ares, god of war, sometime member of The Avengers.
    • Snowbird from Alpha Flight is an Inuit demigoddess. Her family would make occasional appearances in the book, and their enemies, the Great Beasts, were recurring villains.
    • The Golden Age Marvel heroes Mercury and Venus were Exactly What It Says on the Tin. In modern continuity, Mercury was revealed to be Makkari of The Eternals, and Venus was revealed as merely a Siren.
  • Thor also appeared in Elementals. Not too surprising, since all the supers there have magical or mythological origins.
  • Inverted in The Savage Dragon: Thor is a villain.
  • The New Gods, though the degree to which most of the New Gods are gods rather than Human Aliens with superpowers and advanced technology varies a lot. Jack Kirby originally conceived them as new characters to introduce into the Thor mythos—they were literally a new pantheon for modern times, hence all the technological and modern imagery, rather than ancient chariots and swords. But he jumped ship to DC and took them with him. In that sense, the name "New Gods" is something of an Artifact Title.
  • The comic series Supergod by Warren Ellis revolves around various countries' attempts to create superheroes based on their religion or mythology. The projects have mostly... not fulfilled their hopes.

    Comic Strips 

    Video Games 
  • Asura's Wrath has all the major deities actually be genetically-altered cyborgs. Most of them besides Asura become the main villains. It should be noted, though, that there is a spiritual component to them, as they can be powered up by the prayers and souls of mortals.

    Web Original 
  • Given this is a Supers Trope, you know there's a Whateley Universe example, and here it is: The New Olympians may or may not be the classical Greek Gods reborn. They certainly think they are, and have appropriate powers.

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Super Gods

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