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We here at TV Tropes love to categorize things. Tropes, television shows, books, 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.
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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)
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.
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 half-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:
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 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:
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:
Main House: The highest of the high. All supreme beings and Greater Gods sit at this level.
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, Gary Stus, etc. until the Knights of Mary Suetopia were formed.
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'?
Battle Royale Round Two: Nearly two years after the original Battle Royale, the 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.