'''Basic Trope''': A character develops a literal god complex.
* '''Straight''': Having amassed power over all he sees, Emperor Evulz begins to believe that he is a god.
* '''Exaggerated''': Having gained all the pieces of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Cosmic Artifacts That Must Not Be Obtained]], Emperor Evulz goes OneWingedAngel and ascends as a MultiversalConqueror, which places him (or so he believes) above and beyond the PowersThatBe, which he tries to enslave in his quest to become the TopGod. Evulz also constructs a new CrystalDragonJesus religion and universal order based on his massive ego, complete with OminousLatinChanting.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Evulz declares himself a messenger of God.
** Evulz claims to be a demigod.
** Evulz ''is'' [[PhysicalGod a god]], and always brags about it. The other gods however, consider Evulz to be gutter trash.
* '''Justified''':
** After all, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
** Evulz's recently acquired superpowers have had a drastic effect on his psyche and have divorced him from regular human experience.
** Evulz [[FreudianExcuse has experienced being belittled before and hated it]], [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex thus he metaphorically compensates by developing delirium as a defence mechanism.]]
** Evulz has a mental illness that causes him to have delusions of grandeur.
** Evulz is an actual PhysicalGod. Therefore, he has every right to boast about his godliness.
** Claiming to be a God is something that all the Emperors did; while it might have started as hubris, by the time Evulz takes the throne it is only tradition.
* '''Inverted''':
** AGodIAmNot.
** LikeAGodToMe.
** One of Evulz's newfound powers grants him a new perspective, letting him know that even in his new state he's nothing but a cosmic speck.
** An already god-like being gets so caught up in the fun of the mortal world that [[ForgotAboutHisPowers he forgets about his divinity]] at a time when those powers would have been fairly helpful.
** [[IAmAMonster "I am the Devil!"]]
** Evulz is [[RageAgainstTheHeavens a militant]] NayTheist who, despite all the power he has gained, refuses to acknowledge himself as the thing he hates. He sees his godlike power as nothing more than a means to an end.
** Evulz sees [[TheHero Bob]] as some sort of god, seeing people praise of him as worship.
* '''Subverted''':
** Evulz gains godlike powers, but maintains a grip on himself and does not succumb to a god complex.
** Other characters ''think'' this trope is in effect but since Evulz has acquired God's power(s), this is less of a delusion and more of an objective statement of fact.
** People believe that Evulz is a God, but only so long as he behaves like one. This gets tiring very quickly.
* '''Doubly Subverted''': Evulz's control gradually slips as he begins to use his powers more and more, until he eventually gives in to his god complex.
* '''Parodied''':
** Eddie has received a minor promotion at his office job and become DrunkWithPower; [[SmallNameBigEgo in the middle of throwing his weight around he begins to muse about whether he's actually become a god, much to the bemusement of his co-workers. He ends up wearing a toga and insisting people call him 'Zeus'. ]]
** Bob has declared himself a god, written out a text - [[Literature/TheBible The Boble]] - by hand, [[ChurchOfHappyology established the Church of Bobology]], and started an inquisition to weed out the people who don't accept him as the One True Bob.
** Emperor Evulz has no power. In fact, he's not even an Emperor- he is an unemployed loser who lives in his mother's {{basement|dweller}} and has few, if any, achievements worth boasting about. He still claims himself to be a god, and may even believe it.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Mad with power, Evulz calls himself a god, but after a defeat at the hands of the protagonists, he realizes he is not as all-powerful he thought. He escapes and amasses even ''more'' power, gets right back at it, only to be defeated and disillusioned once more.
* '''Averted''':
** Evulz is a power-mad dictator, but shows no signs of any kind of god complex.
** A good, humble guy is appointed to godhood, and remains a good, humble guy.
* '''Enforced''': "We need an antagonist that is a god, but is mortal and killable, so let's have the antagonist claim he has become a god, where in reality he is not."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Calling yourself a god now, Evulz? You know, that's got to be pretty high up on the list of signs of madness."
* '''Invoked''':
** [[TheManBehindTheMan The Man Behind Evulz]] pretends to be a cultist and subtly pushes Evulz into believing himself a god, so that in his arrogance, he's easier to control... and dispose of, if need be.
** Emperor Evulz is a ManipulativeBastard armed with [[ClarkesThirdLaw sufficiently advanced technology]] who passes himself off as a god to a primitive tribe to win their loyalty so that he can use them as CannonFodder against the heroes later down the line.
** Evulz's EvilPlan requires that he attain godhood (or fake it) as part of a grander scheme.
* '''Exploited''': TheHero challenges Evulz to prove that he really is a god by shrugging off a powerful attack. In his delusion, Evulz falls for it and gets defeated.
* '''Defied''':
** Evulz insists that he be subject to routine psychological profiles so as to detect and catch any impending signs of a god complex, and thus deal with it before it gets out of hand.
** You think you have become a god now, Evulz? [[PreAssKickingOneLiner News flash- you're still not quite bulletproof]].
** Evulz's powers have made him a RealityWarper, but he emphatically denies that he is a god at every opportunity.
* '''Discussed''': "All reports indicate that Evulz's mind is slipping daily... he's making his followers ''worship'' him, now."
* '''Conversed''': "A god complex seems to be a required standard of entry into the supervillain club in these comic books."
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Evulz's god complex is symbolic of nothing more than his complete insanity, and actually sees him ''lose'' power; as long as his underlings are careful to humour their boss, they can do as they please and he is none the wiser.
** In a situation very similar to real-life versions of TheCaligula, Evulz's God-complex sees him begin to rule his empire in an increasingly erratic and [[{{Pride}} hubristic]] fashion, causing suffering and pain to everyone around him, while his own god complex turns against him, with his delusional insanity preventing him from seeing events realistically and drawing him closer to his own downfall. Things get so bad that even Evulz's trusted underlings decide they have to do something about their leader's mania.
** Evulz turns out to have HiddenDepths. He's actually a BrokenAce who [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower became so damn good at everything]] that his gifts caused people to worship him rather than befriend him; gradually resulting in his alienation from conventional society and self-proclaimed status as a GodEmperor. Now, gaining power for its own sake is his only purpose in life and he cannot form any kind of emotional bond with others.
* '''Reconstructed''': Evulz gradually learns that his underlings haven't been taking him seriously and shows them what he ''really'' means when he claims to be a god. Cue the "divine" wrath.
* '''Played for Laughs''':
** The heroes hear that Evulz has started believing he's a god. They sneak into his lair only to find a massive party. As it turns out, Evulz DOES think he's a god. [[TheHedonist Bacchus]], to be exact.
** Evulz stands atop his EvilTowerOfOminousness and screams at the four winds: "Tremble before me world, AS NOW I AM THE ONE AND TRULY GOD!"... And then a BoltOfDivineRetribution fries him to a crisp while a heavenly yet calm voice quips back at him: "No, you're not".
* '''Played for Drama''':
** Evulz is aware that he's losing his sanity but can't do anything about it. While believing he's a god, he ends up harming the few people he actually cared about. After being brought down to normal, Evulz is forced to face the consequences of his actions.
** The heroes hear that Evulz has started believing he's a god. They sneak into his lair only to find a massive party. As it turns out, Evulz DOES think he's a god. [[TheHedonist Bacchus]], to be exact. It's when the maenads start tearing animals and babies to bits in their drunken rampages that it dawns on people that this is not a good thing.
** CrisisOfFaith-[[FreudianExcuse sufferer]] Evulz amasses a great deal of power so that he can spit it in the face of the PowersThatBe. He gets a BoltOfDivineRetribution to the face for his troubles.
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