Pantheon: Trope Pantheons
We here at TV Tropes
love to categorize things. Tropes
, television shows
, and even people. So, we eventually got to thinking: What would things be like if the world were run entirely on tropes (which it very well could be
)? Who would be the Gods and Goddesses? Who would be their worshippers? Obviously, there can never be one singular deity to watch over everything... so we pooled our resources and tried to come up with as many ideas as possible. No initial payment required to enter... it's all in good fun
Not to be confused with Religion Tropes
Warning, spoilers below
. This includes unmarked spoilers
. You Have Been Warned
The Pantheon now has its own page
. If you have questions or suggestions, go here
Trying to find someone but there are too many Houses and Gods
to look through? Here's a database for finding your favorite characters
! (Note: The only non-favorite characters are the Disgraces.) Alternatively, you can go to the following to see which character gets picked:
Of course, in order for it to actually be useful, it is encouraged
that the list should be continually maintained and updated on. The list should be updated when:
- A new Deity ascends
- A Deity is moved from place to place
- A Deity is removed from power
Read the instructions and bring it over to the Discussion before you add, move, remove, or replace a new deity. We cannot stress this enough.
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Template for adding a new deity:
God X, God/dess of (Insert Trope Here)
(Alternate names/Nicknames, Fan Nickname
- An image, if possible
- Theme Song: Song that usually is used in affiliation with the character. If the deity is a musician this will most likely be their Signature Song. If possible, give a link for reference, preferably Youtube.
- Rank: This can range from Quasideity, Demigod, Lesser God, Intermediate God, Greater God, to Overdeity. This doesn't always have to be a representation of power, but it can also represent influence in the Pantheon.
- Symbol: An image or icon used to represent the deity.
- Alignment: Good, evil, neutral etc. Forget about The Great Character Alignment Debate here, the Pantheon is one of the few places where you can assign Dungeons & Dragons alignment to characters that don't have alignment system. After all, the Pantheon is based on D&D.
- Portfolio: Tropes associated with the character.
- Domains: Things that the character has influence over.
- Followers: Non-ascended characters that are not part of the Pantheon, but would probably worship this character.
- Allies: Members of the Pantheon that are allies.
- Rivals: Members of the Pantheon that are rivals.
- Enemies: Members of the Pantheon that are foes.
- Additional Character Relationships: Members of the Pantheon that have various relationships (examples include Enemy Mine, Vitriolic Best Buds, Teeth-Clenched Teamwork, Headbutting Heroes, Friendly Enemy, Friendly Rival, Just Friends, etc.) other than allies, rivals, or enemies.
- Opposed by/Opposes: A character who directly opposes or is opposed by, be either ascended or non-ascended.
- Conflicting Opinion: Sometimes, the Deities argue over specific themes.
- High Priest: Non-ascended, but loyal character that would make a worthy replacement in case something would happen. Also can be served as part-time worker in case the originals are busy with some jobs. Co-Godhood is accepted depending on the approval of the originals.
- Now add some random trivia/facts about events/alignments/moments/fights/friendships/relations etc.
- And some more trivia/facts.
- And a couple of more.
Instructions and Tips
A few tips:
- Please discuss either in forums or on the page's discussion page if you are planning on adding a new god, a new story, or something major like that. If you try to add something before discussing about it, it might be subject of deletion based on the quality of it.
- If the character you are about to add in a House already exists in another, make sure to mention that this god has spots in other houses as well.
- If you are unsure if you should add a certain God or not, you can always write in the Discussion page for the specific House in which you intend to add him/her or in the Main discussion page for the Pantheon. You might even get some assistance if you're lucky.
- When writing facts/trivia about gods, try not to contradict what has already been written elsewhere.
- When writing down the name of a Theme Song, try to avoid calling it "Theme of God X" or "Theme of (Show where God X originates from)". If possible, try to find out if the song has an actual name.
- When adding an image for your God, make sure that it is not too big unless you wish to write more about the god you have chosen.
- If you feel the need to remove a god for some reason and replace him/her with another, please see what the other tropers think about this in the discussion page before doing anything hasty. If you're lucky, maybe both of them can share the title "Gods of (Insert Trope Here)".
- A certain trope can have more than one God. It is not advisable, but it is not forbidden. Just ensure that this second God will bring in new flavor of the trope. If you have doubts on how to bring the other flavors, consult the Discussion Page.
- Case in point: In the original Greek Mythology (and later Roman Mythology), both Ares/Mars and Athena/Minerva share the title of 'God/Goddess of War', and even then, they differ in flavor: Ares is about brutal warfare, Athena is about war strategies and finesse, while Mars took up some of Athena's elements that he kinda differs out than Ares. If the original myth can do this, why the hell not for the Pantheon.
- Try to bring out the flavor of the Gods more, don't make their entry look like forced, entries that has little flavor text or none at all, little portfolio may be considered plausible for replacement.
- When writing about a God who just happens to be a person in real life, just try to be very careful about what you decide to say. See also the Rules section. Especially the 1st bullet point.
- When adding a new god to a House, try to sort them out after ranking. Put Overdeities on the top of the page and Quasideities on the bottom. Also be sure to add them in alphabetical order by their first name.
- Occasionally there will be Gods that lord over a title that does not have a trope yet. This is not forbidden, but it's well advised not to abuse them. The reason being aside of introducing a niche concept, who knows if the title will suddenly enter the YKTTW page and then get launched...
- There is no need to worry if a certain series get oversatured than other series, there may be reasons for it. But it doesn't hurt to give chances to others. Just ensure that when you add a certain God from a same series, it's mainly because they bring a new flavor or represent a certain trope best, rather than because their existing friend is already in the Pantheon.
- We encourage that deities from real-life mythologies, such as the Greek, Norse, Japanese ones are not repeating their portfolio in the Trope Pantheons. Meaning that even if there's Ares/Mars in Greek/Roman mythology, he cannot enter as the God of War. However, it is still possible for them to enter the Trope Pantheons, as long as they fulfill this one rule: Their portrayal must be coming from another media not from the default myths. For instance:
- Thor majorly takes appearance of his Marvel Comics appearance, as is Loki.
- Zeus, while having elements of the classical mythology, heavily draws from his portrayal in God of War.
- Amaterasu takes form of her Ōkami appearance, the doggie, not the lady.
Divine Ranking System
- Overdeity: Omnipotent-level Reality Warpers capable of manipulating the entire universe (or at least the world) at will. Within their own universe they are believed to be omnipotent, or at least be impossible to completely destroy embodiments or concepts.
- Greater Gods: High-level Reality Warpers and that are extremely powerful (capable of destroying or changing anywhere from a large city to a planet at will) and very strong non-reality warpers capable of doing the same thing.
- Intermediate Gods: Deities at this level are capable of strong but specialized powers such as hydrokinesis, pyrokinesis, etc. without major drawbacks and low level Reality Warpers capable of affecting their immediate area at will.
- Lesser Gods: Capable of highly specific or little power on their own, or suffer from Power at a Price. However, they may be able to ruthlessly exploit their power or combine it with just being Badass enough to make up for it.
- Demigods: Basically the Badass Normals of the pantheon, making up for their lack of abilities with strength, strategy, and/or planning.
- Quasideities: Any otherwise normal human, human equivalent, or below without any special powers or training will fall here.
Rules. The following are not suggestions or tips, but things that have to be followed:
- No Real Life examples in the Disgraces.
- Gods can't be followers or high priests for obvious reasons.
The Top of the Mountain:
Gods by House:
- Main House: The highest of the high. All supreme beings and Greater Gods sit at this level.
- Ambiguity: Gods of Morally Ambiguous Archetypes
- Beasts: Gods of Animals and Monsters
- Combat: Gods of Combat and Ass-kicking
- Commerce: Gods of Wealth, Merchandising, etc.
- Craft: Gods of Visual Arts, Creativity, etc.
- Crime: Gods of Crime and Criminal Archetypes
- Emotion: Gods of Joy, Anger, Angst, etc.
- Faith: Gods of Religion, Clergy, and Holy/Unholy orders
- Family: Gods of Relatives
- Food: Gods of Consumable Goods
- Friendship: Gods of Bonds and Trust
- Gaming: Gods of Video Games and other Gaming styles
- Hatred: Gods of Hatred and Envy
- Heroes: Gods of Heroism and Good Deeds
- Justice: Gods of Rules, Loyalty and Legislation
- Knowledge: Gods of Knowledge and Intelligence
- Leadership: Gods of Rulers, High Ranking Military Officers, and Leadership Styles
- Life And Death: Gods of Life and Death
- Love: Gods of Love, Lust, and Beauty
- Magic: Gods of Magic, Spells, and Mysticism
- Mentalism: Gods of Mind Games, Thought, and Trickery
- Music: Gods of Music and Instruments
- Narrative: Gods of Narrative and Storytelling
- Nature: Gods of Nature and the Elements
- Otherness: Demon Lords, Outer Gods, other Strange Beings
- Personal Appearance: Gods of Appearance, Looks and Equipment
- Personality: Gods of Personalities and Characterization
- Philosophy: Gods of Metaphors and Symbolism
- Power: Gods of Special Attacks and Super Powers
- Profession: Gods of Professions and Jobs
- Prophecy: Gods of Prophecy and Fate
- Royalty: Gods of Kings, Queens, Rulers, and other Nobility-related tropes
- Shape: Gods of Transformation, Animorphism, etc.
- Sports: Gods of Sports
- Technology: Gods of Technology, the Internet, and other Simulations
- Theater: Gods of Drama and Spectacle
- Time And Space: Gods of Time and Space
- Travel: Gods of Celerity, Vehicles, etc.
- Villains: Gods of Villainy and Misdeeds
- War: Gods of Warfare, Armies, and Military Archetypes
- Weapons: Gods of Weaponry
- Disgraces: Those who were deemed either unworthy of entering the Pantheon proper, or were considered too dislikable and outright awful to preserve its stability for one reason or another. Formerly the exclusive House of Mary Sues, Marty Stus, etc. until the Knights of Mary Suetopia were formed.
- The Fallen: Former Gods who suffered from Flanderization, Character Derailment, Base Breaking, The Worf Effect one too many times, etc. Alternatively, they might be decent characters saddled with crummy portfolios. And then there are the times when someone simply usurped their divine portfolio, and shunted them in here. Sucks to be them in that last case.
- Purgatory: Former Fallen Gods and Disgraced Ones who have done enough deeds to be actually forgiven of their sins, but have yet to meet their standards to enter the Celestial Houses.
- Unsorted: The Gods who have redeemed themselves, but don't yet have a title. They remain there until they can be filed into a true House.
- Grand United Alliance of Chaos: A budding Post-Upheaval alliance of Knights and Gods aligned with Lucifer's forces of change, freedom, and desire.
- Grand United Alliance of Evil: Knights and gods aligned with Melkor's forces of tyranny, destruction, and discord.
- Grand United Alliance of Good: Knights and gods aligned with Cosmos' forces of idealism, justice, and harmony.
- Grand United Alliance of Law: A budding Post-Upheaval alliance of Knights and Gods aligned with YHVH's forces of order, structure, and stability.
- Order of Suetopia: The "outsider" faction, led by those whose power levels (and in some cases, sense of self-worth) make them too "good" to be contained by any of the aforementioned Grand United Alliances.
- Book Of Trope: A collection of the stories of the pantheon; from the creation of the world and its inhabitants, to the rise and fall of the Gods, to the grand battles that have shaped the pantheon.
- Tales: A story that focuses on the Main Mouse.
- Tales Of Ascension: A collection on the stories of the ascension of various deities.
- Tales of the Alliance: A collection that focuses on the ultimate battle between the GUAG and the GUAE.
- Operation Axe To The Face: A What If? scenario where the Disgraces manages to rise to complete power and where the surviving gods try to reclaim their realms.
- Tales Of Life: A collection of stories of the Pantheon itself.
- Tales Of Redemption: A collection of stories consisting of various Gods who redeemed themselves from the Castaways.
- Tales Of Villainy: A collection of stories consisting of various evil Gods and their misdeeds, proving that they should win too like the Good ones.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
- Muse Hysteria: The Darkness Proxy issued one challenge: Gather the Princesses of Heart to the Friendship Asylum. What followed was a complete pussyfoot of struggle between all parties involved.
- The Friendship Asylum: Gentaro fell into another world and became something else. What broke his mind to the point that drove him to destroying everything he loved?
- The Great Upheaval: Madoka's ascension changed everything. So too did her beloved herald's betrayal. This is the story of those terrible days.
- The Pantheonic Rebellion: The Great Upheaval shook the very foundation of the pantheon. Little did anyone know that it would also bring about a full scale war unlike anything that has ever been seen before. This tale is of that war, its heroes, its machinations, and the aftermath.
- The Morality Civil War: The fall and demotion of Yuki Terumi was met with much rejoicing. Unwary to many, he has planted seeds of doubt within the whole Pantheon through the Goddess known as Litchi Faye-Ling. With the rise of the creature known as Arakune and her relationship with him, the Pantheon is thrusted into a spiraling Civil War from what seemed to be a 'small matter', with this question at hand: What does it mean to be 'Good'? What will be considered 'Important'?
- Disney Villain Uprising: Maleficent's role as the leader of the Disney Villains became under question following the discovery of an alternate timeline where she's an Anti-Heroine and friends with Princess Aurora. Can she manage to hold onto her title as Lady Tremaine, Ursula and Courtney Gears try to usurp her throne with the Evil Queen's backup?
- Battle Royale Round Two: Nearly two years after the original Battle Royale, Polygon Man has been snatching gods and pitting them in what he calls "Round 2". It's up to Lightning and her allies to put a stop to him before another god falls victim... while at the same time try to restore the Master Hand to its rightful spot.
- The Godmodder's War: The godmodder is unique among gods in that he is one of the few to be awarded godhood to prevent chaos and destruction in a cataclysmic form. The ongoing story of how what began as a handful of tropers repelling what seemed to be an innocuous invader, and wound up being a war involving a good portion of the pantheon, is still being told.
- Operation SRS BSNS: House Cullen, having grown sick of their imprisonment, have commissioned Dark Yagami, Pinkamena, and Xenocelestia with creating a chemical weapon with which to conquer the Pantheon in one fell swoop. This is a story about the mission that establishes the SRS: the mission to stop this weapon from being completed and deployed.
- Vienna Burning: After the formation of the 2nd SLS Division, the Yandere Quartet tries to destabilize them by blowing up parts of Europe.
- Gentaro's Epilogue: To prepare himself for final clash with his alternate self, Gentaro must gather up several gods and train them to deal with this threat, while a second party searches for the missing Mitsuzane.