Playing With: No Such Thing as Space Jesus

Basic Trope: God-like beings are encountered in a science fiction setting, and turn out to not be gods.
  • Straight: God-King Tropelor rules Tropia, worshiped by the masses, but turns out to be from another planet using advanced technology.
  • Exaggerated: Tropelor actually has god-like powers, is immortal, and is worshiped by most of the galaxy, but it all turns out to still be technology somehow.
  • Downplayed: Tropelor only claims to be a prophet or some other enlightened being rather than a god.
  • Justified:
    • The people of Tropia are naive and are yearning for gods.
    • Tropelor has a god complex of a very literal sort, and genuinely believes himself a divine being.
  • Inverted:
    • Tropelor is obviously a giant computer that isn't worshiped, but turns out to have created the universe.
    • Tropelor is a Sufficiently Advanced Alien Reality Warper who's existed since the dawn of time. He claims not to be a god, even when others point out that the only real difference is a matter of semantics.
  • Subverted:
    • The technology is all fake, and the powers are still divine in origin.
    • Tropelor's technology became so advanced that it became divine in nature.
  • Double Subverted: The divine origin is actually another set of even more advanced technology.
  • Parodied: Tropelor is played up like The Wizard of Oz, complete with curtain.
  • Zig Zagged: .. Until another religion starts up and begins a holy war.
  • Averted: Tropia has a regular beard-and-clouds god that is never seen or proven.
  • Enforced: Every sci fi series has to do it sometime.
  • Lampshaded: "Yeah, that 'I'm a god oooooh' shtick gets old. How'd you do it? Teleporters?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Tropelor decides to pretend to be a god to make the natives strip-mine the planet for him.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "A God-King? I bet it's just an alien with a fancy hat."
  • Conversed: "What's with this show and false gods? Doesn't anyone believe in a non-physical god in this show?"
  • Deconstructed: When revealed, Tropia society splinters and collapses.
  • Reconstructed: Until they join under a new, harmonious society - one of reason, and not blind faith.
  • Played For Laughs: Tropelor tells his subjects to do things like make silly faces.
  • Played For Drama:
    • The people of Tropia are under the thumb of a tyrannical God-King, and things only get worse when their belief system is shattered.
    • Tropelor is posing as a god, but is doing so to help the Tropians. The debate on whether or not to expose his true nature could have serious ramifications not only for Tropia, but it could fracture the crew of the spaceship that's crossed paths with him and his people.

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