Ok, so the proposed new definition for the merged trope (Deity of Human Origin
A Deity of Human Origin is an actual God made by or from a human (or humans). Not merely godlike, but an actual de facto God who has created a universe or sentient species or performed some other feat worthy of a true god. May or may not still have a physical body.
It may be a person who has raised up by other gods, or a computer program that has somehow tapped into a source of divine power, or anything, really. The important thing is that it's an actual God with roots in humanity.
This may overlap
with Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence
, but that trope doesn't require actual Godhood, and this trope doesn't require a higher plane.
If the Deity of Human Origin
is the creator
of the world/universe, then it's another one than the one he grew up in...unless he's in a Stable Time Loop
, of course.
Having created a world does not automatically make a person into this trope: It's a matter of how the whole thing is portrayed. Let's say that some guy creates a virtual world where the computer programs are real individuals with real emotion & self-aware intelligence. If the programmer comes across as
having crossed some kind of Moral Event Horizon
, it's not this trope. If they instead come across as
some kind of Crystal Dragon Jesus
, it's definitely this trope.
In a setting where gods are powered by the faith of their followers
, it may be possible for a mortal to ascend to godhood with sufficient worship. The classic example is a hero so renowned that the common people pray to him or her for aid.
In any case, the trope name uses the word "human
" in a very broad sense — Fantasy creatures
can be included.
The first three paragraphs are new; the last four are unchanged from the original.
Comments? Criticism? Brickbats?
edited 15th Dec '12 4:12:00 PM by Xtifr
"Existential Despair" is an oxymoron.