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"I have walked across the surface of the sun. I have witnessed events so tiny and so fast, they can hardly be said to have occurred at all. But you... you are just a man. And the world's smartest man means no more to me than does its smartest termite."
Dr. Manhattan, Watchmen

One step below being one of the Powers That Be. Occasionally shares space with The Great Gazoo. They usually start out as a Power That Is but gradually the plot drives them downward.

Mythology often depicted gods as "human, but bigger." Similar emotions, virtues, vices, etc. but with more power. Special effects and global story-telling exposure has expanded the concept. Gods are often humanoid (easier for actors to portray them) and have a number of powers. The difference between them and non-divine characters is they don't have to be "balanced" in terms of other characters.

Typical god powers and traits can include:

  • Attunement to Concept: e.g. Aphrodite the Love Goddess is attuned to love, naturally.note  If she's hurt or weakened due to some plot reason, fewer people love, and sometimes the reverse is also true. This attunement may be so strong that the concept defines their very being; a War God will be perpetually warlike, while a God of Evil can only do evil things, etc. Not all gods have attunements, and the level of attunement depends on the writer. Which may overlap with...
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Their power may be directly proportional to the number of worshipers they have, or to the strength of their followers' belief. Sometimes, this trope may even be responsible for their entire existence, where gods are only born because humans believe in them.
  • Immortality: They usually don't age, but can be killed - although more than likely it will be incredibly difficult and takes a great deal of effort or special item to do so. Sometimes only a god can kill another god. And it's not uncommon for them to be resurrected, either - although they may lose their memories or be forced to take a new form.
  • Some gods may not be truly physical, only manifesting in the world using Avatars. In this case, destroying their avatars may not be enough to kill them, because they can reform their physical selves.
  • Gods tend to have the power to alter reality at will, generally in limited areas or in ways relating to their attunement.
  • Super Strength and/or Telekinesis are common for gods.
  • Flight and/or Teleportation are also very common.
  • If they are nature gods, they will usually also have Elemental Powers.

Interestingly, Superman and some of the more powerful Flying Bricks fulfill most of these requirements, except possibly the worship bit. This depends on how strictly you define worship, of course, since subscribing isn't usually considered the same as tithing. (For rabid fans, subscriptions can total a lot more than 10% of your income!). Then again, Superman does share a setting with actual Physical Gods, most of whom are even stronger still than he is (Depending on the Writer, of course).

In other fiction, characters who may not strictly be gods may get powers like these simply because, in a place where Everyone Is a Super, then the only way you can really mount a truly serious threat to a world with millions of super-powered civilians is to give the baddies even more absurdly powerful abilities.

Sometimes, a human can become a Physical God, especially if it's possible for said gods to die. These newly minted gods may choose to take up the mantle with solemnity, cackle madly that "A God Am I!", or steadfastly say "A God I Am Not" from lingering sympathy to their human origins.

The existence of a Physical God presents a superficial difficulty to a Flat-Earth Atheist; however, the problem can be overcome by distinguishing a Physical God from whatever Powers That Be might or might not exist in the universe (considering the former to be "merely" ultra-powerful beings not different in principle from anybody else who happens to have similar levels of power, and applying the label "god" only to the latter. The non-trivial difficulty in determining the difference when such beings can only be viewed from a limited human scale is often brushed under the rug). Smarter Flat Earth Atheists will turn into Nay Theists instead...or welcome the new divine overlord....

Compare Reality Warper, Eldritch Abomination, Anthropomorphic Personification, Abstract Apotheosis, Deity of Human Origin, Ultimate Life Form, and Sufficiently Advanced Alien. See also Our Gods Are Different for a more general trope, and Humans Are Cthulhu, for when Puny Earthlings are seen as this by other creatures. They're usually the center of a Physical Religion. When all that power amounts to nothing, see God's Hands Are Tied. God Job is when a mortal gets to become this.


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  • A Crown of Stars: Daniel and Rayana are the God Emperors of Avalon (Big Good of the story, but not the heroes). They always wear a humanoid shape and they are inmortal, very ancient, can manipulate souls and travel through time, space and dimensions, have some level of reality-warping and omniscience, and Rayana's speciality is magic. They also are pretty cool "people".
  • Child of the Storm has a large number:
    • Thor, Loki, Odin and Frigga, for instance. In fact, Asgardians in general.
      • Harry, needless to say, is progressing towards this point thanks to his ancestry. Since his maternal second cousin is Jean Grey and he got the same X-Gene, he gets it twice over, though in terms of raw psychic power he's still well below Jean and Maddie. However, right now he's still in the Person of Mass Destruction stage.
    • The Olympian Pantheon is mentioned, with examples including Hera, Athena, Hercules (who, like his comics counterpart, is as strong, if not stronger, than Thor) and eventually his daughter, Diana of Themyscira a.k.a. Wonder Woman - though at the moment, she's a pre-teen.
    • The Hulk.
    • The referenced Juggernaut and Count Nefaria.
    • Gravemoss, technically. Like the Enchantress in the comics, he's pretty weak in the higher realms, like Asgard. On Earth, however, he's an incredibly fast killing machine who can rip through concrete with his bare hands.
    • Wanda and Doctor Strange arguably reach this level, with Wanda capable of dropping meteors on people's heads with pin point precision and Doctor Strange challenging the entire White Council to a duel. That's a couple of hundred Persons of Mass Destruction, a few of whom reach the edge of this weight class. And they backed down. Though, admittedly, a large part of this is his reputation, but regardless, he certainly has power to spare-he's the Sorcerer Supreme, and fights and/or manipulates Eldritch Abominations for a living. Essentially, he and Wanda are both in between Person of Mass Destruction and Physical God status, but Stephen is a few steps above Wanda.
    • Omega Class mutants, though rare, fit this criteria - the above mentioned Wanda, her father Magneto and eventually, Jean Grey.
    • Alan Scott as the Green Lantern, who is mentioned as having been SHIELD's countermeasure against Magneto (though without the ring, he was "only" a Badass Normal).
  • HERZ: Rei. Her soul was Lilith's, an Eldritch Abomination was the mother of all life on Earth. However her body was Shinji's mother cloned body. In the battle of 2015 she absorbed Adam and her bigger body, becoming even more powerful, but she kept her mortal form to live with her family for a while longer.
  • Thousand Shinji: Due to the events of the fic, Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato became the New Chaos Gods. They have a myriad of shapes, but usually wear their old human forms -or humanoid shapes- when they interact with mortals (their "public relations" bodies to put it another way). Their powers include inmortality, psychic powers, and limited reality warping. Each one of them is attuned to a concept and has powers associated with it: Shinji, God of Trickery, has limited omniscience, the greatest psychic powers and shoots lightning bolts; Asuka, Goddess of War is super strong, super fast, nearly invulnerable and master of combat -armed or otherwise-; and so on...
  • In Propagation Taylor, as Eden Reborn, is a very, very close equivalent.
  • In Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World, Robyne AKA Hottie II's, later Hottie I, fourth and most powerful Super Mode "Super Hottie Goddess" is this.
  • In Yognapped, sibling gods Notch, Herobrine, and Rana are these to Minecraftia. They are, however, far from impervious to physical damage. Which is why Notch can stab the others In the Back and permanently kill them.
  • Takato and Rika in Digimon Fanfic, Dimensions, thanks to being the current incarnations of Chaos and Harmony respectively. Also a major case of subverted Personality Powers.
  • In With Strings Attached, George meets and talks to Ardav, one of the Dalns gods. What this genderless god's powers are is unknown, except that it can bring people to its home dimension, and that anyone who speaks to it cannot remember what it looks like.
    • At one point, thanks to the amazing mundanity surrounding the Dalns gods—their “worshipers” are more like employees and, in fact, don't even know what “worship” means—George speculates that they're actually phonies who set themselves up as gods. The various reveals about them during the book (e.g., they had a court fight over who was to control C'hou) leave the matter ambiguous, but they are definitely Jerkass Gods.
    • Given how powerful the four become, the trope could possibly apply to them.
    • Well before they get any power, John sardonically refers to the four as the gods of rock 'n' roll.
  • In The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, the Pyar gods physically inhabit the substance of the White Tower, which is keeping them alive.
  • HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...oh dear lord. Harry Potter can see subatomic particles by squinting, seemingly teleports across galaxies, and has destroyed entire planets for no reason at all
  • The Immortal Game: Princesses Celestia and Luna, of course, as per canon, but the story also adds their equally strong brother Prince Empyrean, and their even more powerful parents King Titan and Queen Terra. And then, near the end of the story, Twilight taps into the full power of the Elements of Harmony and becomes so powerful that only Titan himself is able beat her in a fight. And then, during the climax, she absorbs the powers of Harmony and becomes an alicorn who is Titan's equal.
    • Of all ponies, Fluttershy becomes one during the Battle of the Everfree. And she does so in epic fashion — she uses something equal to the Royal Canterlot Voice to browbeat the most ancient of all dragons into switching sides, then rides him as her personal steed in the story's most impressive Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Wizards and Witches are seen as this in The Wizard in the Shadows. This is true. But only when the Sword of Gryffindor (which acts Mjolnir in pretty much all but name, amplifying magic on an incredible scale) is involved.
    • Merlin may be one. He's a bona fide world jumper and time traveller, as well as being one of the most powerful wizards in history, as well as possibly being The Ageless.
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Sarah qualifies. She possesses telekinesis, teleportation, mind-reading, and a massive Healing Factor, mostly because she possesses all Siren powers combined with the Force. Considering who created her this makes perfect sense.
  • In the Pony POV Series:
    • All of the Alicorns and Draconnequi qualify, except their Elders, who are actual gods. It's said that Celestia, when not holding back, could destroy an entire planet with a solar flare if she so desired, which thankfully she doesn't.
    • There's also Queen Tiamat, the Mother of All Dragons and their patron deity. Her power alone qualifies her for this, as she single-handedly turned the tide of the Dragon-Hooviet War when she entered the fray. By the time she was finished, half the Hooviet Empire was blazing ruin with her willingly stopping just short of the capital. The Hooviets didn't leave a scratch on her. Her husband Bahamut is every bit as strong.
    • Mother Deer is to her people what Tiamat is to the dragons, though she's also a pacifist, so she leaves the fighting to her followers.
  • Nobody Dies: The more powerful Angels are considered this, even by the other Angels. ADAM in particular is in a class of his own, with literally world-shattering power. Observe Israfel's description of Zeruel, second only to ADAM in power: Imagine a being with a heartbeat that could move an island. A gaze that can burn down a mountain. More power in his little pinky then we have in our full, entire form. Imagine something that early Lilim wrote about, thinking it was Omnipotent, Almighty, and a vengeful God. Imagine that, and maybe you can imagine Zeruel.
  • Chaos in the Tamers Forever Series.
    • Takato becomes one after fusing with Chaos.
    • And then of course you have Goddramon and the Sovereigns including Huanglongmon.
    • And 'The Saviour'/ Terriermon
  • For Puella Magi Yuuko Magica Madoka is stated to be this by Kyuubey and Mami. Her appearant power tops all of the Puella Magi in the universe individually. Plus, she's got a mental link with Madokami. Of course, being who she is, she begins to assert A God I Am Not by a certain chapter.
  • Every single alicorn in Myths And Birthrights. They're even called (and treated like) gods.
  • Celestia and Luna in The Non-Bronyverse are explicitly mentioned to be gods. TD accidentally gets in on the act in the AU story TD the Alicorn Princess.
  • Willow in I Am What I Am fulfills this to the point of actually being considered a god by several religions. Xander explains that while normally only people with almost no magical ability can forge magical weapons, Willow manages it by turning magic into solid weapons rather than forging metal into a magical weapon. Xander once asked how long she could keep up an enhancement spell that (after years of training) he can hold for roughly four seconds. Willow, after asking the date, tells him she's been maintaining it for eight years.
  • The Grand Ruler from My Little Unicorn. Or at the very least, a child of one.
  • Maledict from Sonic X: Dark Chaos is an interesting Deconstruction. He's actually a Humanoid Abomination that was forced to take physical form in order to survive his injuries after his epic battle against Allysion that created the entire universe. And he trying to keep his physical form at all costs, as dying will unleash his power and cause the end of the universe.
  • Most characters in The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13 are physical gods, including Link himself after The Reveal. Fate and Destiny are thought by "regular" gods to be Powers That Be, fundamental to the structure of reality, but their deaths at Link's hands prove the only real difference is that they are older and stronger; reality itself carries on just fine without them.
  • Harry Potter in Getting Too Old For This is far more than just a powerful wizard; he's the "Master of Death and all that entails." Not only is he unkillable (or rather, he'll simply get better), Harry is also responsible for the deaths of all things. An example is when he stopped the Hogwarts Express from being scrapped. His intervention, preventing the "death" of the last steam engine on Earth, caused a massive resurgence in interest in steam power across the galaxy, such as the Asari creating a steam powered spaceship. Liara T'soni describes him as "the next best thing to omnipotent while being as far from omniscient as everyone else."
    Harry Potter: "Death comes for everything. People die, yes, but ideas also die. Cells die, sanity dies, seconds die and in the end all answer to me. An accident preventing one such death resonated across billions of cubic light-years."
  • In RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse, Princess Luna falls squarely into this trope, as does Corona, The Tyrant Sun. Cadance falls right at the very bottom of this trope: While an order of magnitude more powerful than a mortal pony, she's still far weaker than her mother. It's implied that she'll eventually grow into this trope, however.
  • In The Bridge, the Nexuses of Magic are this in spades, the God of Extinction from Terra, Bagan, and Nexus of Light Magic, Harmony. Both are described as gods and are the only known beings who could fight the other one on one. It's noted even Grand King Ghidorah, one of the strongest kaiju in existence, fighting either of them alone would be suicide. Grogar, the Nexus of Dark Magic, is stated to be on the same tier as Harmony could only just barely defeat him.
  • Arguably Shinji in Shinji's Nightmare once he truly becomes an Alicorn. He's capable of surviving in the vacuum of space, withstand atmospheric reentry with ease, and tests his telekinesis by creating a sphere over a kilometer in diameter of molten metal, concrete powder, and crushed glass, and throwing it into orbit thereby creating a second moon.
  • As far as most of Azeroth is concerned, Ichigo counts as one in Transcendence. Even bound to a vessel that severely limits his Shinigami powers, he regularly pulls off stunts that most humans couldn't hope to accomplish, and his latent spiritual power is compared to minor deities such as the Ancient Guardians and the Loa. One character even refers to him as "the young god". Ichigo doesn't seem to put much stock into this himself though.
  • The God Squad is built around this idea. Celestia, Luna, Discord, Chrysalis, Tydal, and Cadence are all literal gods who are forced to keep almost all their power in check, lest they destroy the universe. Their normal bodies (which are nearly impossible to hurt and filled with more power than any mortal in the world) are merely 1%. At 10% we get Nightmare Moon territory, at 15% we have Discord, and Tydal has managed to go to 40% (turning him into a cross between a Kaiju and a weapon of mass destruction). Celestia has stated that their true forms are so large the planet would be a grain of dust to them.
  • In The Infinite Loops, most loopers past a certain threshold probably qualify, but the trophy has to go to the original seven. They've been looping for so long that they're all literally older than time in any given iteration of the universe, (Ichigo said that he once stuck around until the entire universe burned out), and Ranma in particular, being the oldest, is so powerful that he can collect Death Stars. Any one of them could ascend to true godhood by flexing, if the urge struck them, and they're generally regarded as the most powerful beings in the multiverse.
  • Harry Potter (or at least a version of him) in On a Pale Horse has become the embodiment of Death itself, is so powerful that curiously tugging on the magic attempting to summon him causes the entire building said summoners are in the jerk, and is old enough that he uses the Earth's age as a unit of measure (at one point he notes he hasn't been a hero in about "four Earth's worth of time").
  • The main character of the quest A Champion in Earth-Bet is the Avatar, specifically the divine Avatar of Adeltom, God of Heroism, charismatic, noble, and capable of manipulating cosmic energy and even fate itself. And in the Crapsack World of Earth-Bet, his help is desperately needed.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Horus from Enki Bilal's Immortal, and the comic series it was based on, along with the rest of the Egyptian pantheon in the flying pyramid fit the bill. They only demonstrate a limited range of abilities, such as possession, mind control and Eye Beams, but it's implied that they're not using more than a fraction of their actual powers. Their pyramid transport is only a mechanical ship that needs fuel and maintenance (in the comic, at least), so they're not exactly omnipotent, although the credit of Earth's creation is given to them.
  • In the Roland Emmerich universe, Ra and the God of the Pyramid. Sort of.
  • Kevin Flynn in TRON: Legacy isn't quite omnipotent, but he is the Creator of the current iteration of the Grid, and he can also not quite reshape, but bend reality around him. Also in TRON, to a lesser degree. He was able to activate things no mere program should be able to activate (like a junked Recognizer) and was able to shield Yori from being derezzed. (It is also implied but never confirmed that Flynn himself cannot actually be derezzed, having survived with no lasting harm more than one event that would derez any normal program.)
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Thor is a literal god, which is part of why it's very hard to hurt him seriously when he's at full strength. He briefly is made a mortal by his fathers Odin as a punishment in his first movie. Thor: Ragnarok makes this godhood much more clear with Asgard's SistineChapel-like artwork of him and his newfound and enhanced lightning powers that let him humble the Hulk. He even managed to fatally wound and defeat Thanos all by himself despite having all six Infinity Stones at his arsenal when other heroes couldn't even touch him one bit.
    • This also applies to his father Odin, his sister Hela, the Goddess Of Death and to a lesser extent — to his adopted brother Loki, the God of Mischief.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse:
    • Apocalypse's Combo Platter Powers make him a borderline Reality Warper and he has the life span for it as well, but he is technically not a god.
    • Jean Grey's Phoenix Force is a genuine divinity and has the power to match.
  • In Bruce Almighty, the title character becomes one for a while when the real God gives His powers to him, with the only limitations being that Bruce can't tell anyone about it or alter free will. He keeps Bruce's mind completely human however, setting him up to fail in handling His powers and responsibility, and Bruce eventually learns humility and to better his life without godlike abilities.
  • In Blade, Deacon Frost becomes one after turning into La Magra, becoming the physical manifestation of the evil Blood God. As strong as he is, he's still vulnerable to anti-coagulants.
  • In Queen of the Damned, Marius notes that their vampire mother Queen Akasha is a living god and seems to have been seen as such when she ruled over Ancient Egypt. Presumably a God of Evil, since she personally slaughtered most of her human subjects.
  • Mothra from the Godzilla universe plays this straight. She is a literal Goddess but despite that condition has a lot of physical weakness and even is mortal. However she is a Legacy Character that keeps living through her offspring, as she lays at least one egg before dying and her children takes her place as full time protector of Infant Island and part time protector of the rest of the world.
  • In Godzilla (2014), Godzilla himself is described as being like a god compared to the MUTOs.
  • The main character in Lucy develops into this after she encounters a drug that unlocks 100% of her brain capacity. Then subverted when she ultimately becomes an immaterial godlike entity intertwined with all of existence.
  • In Men in Black II, Laura finds out she is the Light of Zartha.
    Agent K: When you get sad, it always seems to rain.
    Laura: Lots of people get sad when it rains!
    Agent K: It rains because you're sad, baby.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Illyria from Angel as well. Similarly to Glory, she had a true form, a taloned, tentacled Eldritch Abomination, but was trapped in a human body. This substantially decreased her power. Then her power had to be artifically reduced further, as it was eating through her physical form.
  • Glory the Hellgod from the 5th season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an example of a former Hellgod confined to a physical form — in this case, as a punishment. She's still incredibly powerful, able to move at absurd speeds and punch through force fields.
  • Charmed had various characters with every power listed above, some possessing them seperately, others possessing them all at once, like the Avatars.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor could arguably considered a physical god. He is practically immortal, regenerating when he gets too old or is seriously injured, he can sense time changing around him, he can travel through all of time and space (with his time machine), and, according to the Ood, his song is sung throughout the universe. The description could be expanded to include all Time Lords in general, who in fact made it part of their mission to preserve timelines and prevent paradoxes.
      • In fact, in "Last of the Time Lords", he actually gained further godlike powers to fly and transform matter because the entire world prayed by thinking of his name at the exact same moment.
      • And in "The Big Bang" he literally recreates the universe.
    • Sutekh from Pyramids of Mars". Even the Time Lords can't beat him. And if not stopped, he would have destroyed the universe.
    • "The Parting of the Ways": Rose Tyler temporarily became one after absorbing the Time Vortex and becoming the Bad Wolf.
  • Gods and Goddesses in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess often started at Powers That Be and then became Physical Gods.
  • On Heroes, Peter Petrelli becomes this by about midway through Volume One. He's got Nigh-Invulnerability, Telekinesis, Super Strength, Flight, teleportation, the ability to shoot fireballs and unleash lightning bolts, From a Single Cell type Immortality, and he's a Time Master. In Volume Three, he gets Nerfed by the Big Bad — his own father, Arthur Petrelli — who steals his powers and soon after was himself deemed Too Powerful to Live by the show's writers.
  • The Goa'uld in Stargate SG-1 would very much like their subjects to believe this, when they're really just Sufficiently Advanced Aliens pretending to be gods. The Goa'uld Anubis (who's also the most evil) on the other hand fits this completely, having become a "half-ascended" upper-dimensional Energy Being who manifests in the lower realms to continue being venerated as a divine Evil Overlord.
  • Q from Star Trek, as well as the better-behaved rest of the Q Continuum. It's unsure just what Q's limits are. He does enjoy to push humans' buttons by acting like a god, in any case (including once when Picard died and Q literally appeared to him as "God") In the episode "Hide and Q" Q gives such powers to Riker. Some think Trelane is a Q, too.
    • In the novel Q-Squared, he is, and Q has to deal with him.
    • In the Star Trek: Voyager episode Death Wish Quinn, while seeking political asylum to commit suicide, asserts that while the Q wish to give the impression of godhood they are not in fact omnipotent.
    • There have been several other almost god level beings that seem to be close to the same power level of the Q, (including what appears to be an old man who destroyed an entire species with a thought, or the species that ended a war between the Federation and Klingons), although a lot of them are energy beings so they may or may not count.
  • Supernatural:
    • The various Pagan and other non-Abrahamic gods seen in the series are all physical beings with tremendous powers, but can be killed with the right weapons.
    • The Trickster. Here, a Trickster is a pagan god. He can reshape reality and mess with time. Dropped a guy into a wormhole For the Evulz. Good times. A few other Pagan gods have also featured in the series. In season 5 it's revealed that the Trickster is actually not a pagan god at all, but an Archangel, specifically Gabriel, who's hiding from his brothers.
    • The demons revere Lucifer as a god because he created their race. Lucifer himself recognizes the usefulness of such blind obedience, but despite his own immense power regards himself as simply God's son. After he gets released, Meg directly describes the archangel in these terms to Castiel.
      Meg: Lucifer is the Father of our race. Our Creator. Your God may be a deadbeat, but mine... mine walks the Earth.
    • At the end of season 6, Castiel becomes one. Or at least that's what he claims. He proceeds to take a very active role in managing his new kingdom, roasting half of Heaven, killing people all over the world who displease him, and presenting himself as a wrathful but just deity.
    • It has been confirmed by Eric Wolpaw and Rob Benedict that Chuck Shurley as God plays this trope entirely straight. After spending much of the show as an All-Powerful Bystander, he takes a proactive role in season 11 to fight The Anti-God.
  • Super Sentai has several of these. Most of them can be put into two categories. The first are villains, mostly the lead villain, who either is an already godlike being or gains this power later on, or a sentient mecha..
    • The mecha in Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger are gods, and their ultimate combined form is essentially the supreme ruler of the universe.
    • Daijinryuu from Gosei Sentai Dairanger is a deity looking like a huge Asian dragon tasked with preserving the peace of the universe. Because the conflict between the Dairangers and Gorma was threatening said peace, Daijinryuu visited earth to warn them to stop. Otherwise it would destroy the planet.
    • Gao God from Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger is the originator of the Power Animals the rangers use and the protector of nature itself.
    • The enemies in the final arc of Mahou Sentai Magiranger were the Ten Hades Gods of Infershia. These were ten godlike creatures tasked with reviving their leaders, who goes under the name of Absolute God Nma.
    • Deboth, the lead villain of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger attains godhood during the finale, becoming Transcendenterfly God Deboth.
  • The Ultra Series has multiple beings that have god in their title or appear god-like from a human perspective, but there are three Ultras that are this trope:
    • Ultraman King, the leader of the Showa Era Ultras, and the closest thing their universe has shown to God. He is revered as all powerful and so immensely strong that it only took him three moves to defeat Ultraman Belial: the first was telekinetically grabbing him, the second throwing him telekinetically into orbit, and the last one was creating a moon around him for the sole purpose of imprisoning him. In Ultraman Geed, he takes the normal Ultra ability of fusing with a mortally wounded being to resurrect them Up to Eleven by doing it to the freaking universe after Belial destroys it with a universe breaking bomb.
    • Ultraman Legend, the Fusion Dance of Ultraman Cosmos and Ultraman Justice, is revered as the 'god of the universe' in legend and may actually be Legend and Justice's true form. While he doesn't exist long enough to show much, he's capable of effortlessly pushing back a planet buster level Wave Motion Gun and then completely obliterate the gigantic Giga Endra in one hit.
    • Ultraman Noa is revered as a god-like being throughout his universe and at full power can seal dimensional rifts among other godly powers. He's so immensely powerful that the only reason the series happens is he loses most of his power in a previous universe saving situation and has to regain it. Once he's back to full strength in the Final Battle, Dark Zagi doesn't stand a chance and is literally punched into orbit.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Polytheistic gods, the most famous pantheons being those of the Greek and Roman, the Norse, the Egyptians, and the Hindu, are almost always of this form. These pantheons may have some gods that are more than a physical god, but the majority of them (and usually the more 'popular' ones) are much closer to this trope. Naturally, there are variations in these far-flung belief systems.
    • In many schools of thought in Hinduism all of the physical gods are simply fragmentary manifestations of a Powers That Be type of deity. The physical forms taken by those deities are simply illusions generated by the human inability to perceive the divine.
    • The Shinto faith holds that the universe is composed of beings of a wide range of power levels and forms, some of which fall into this range, while also all being part of the single Creator God that is also the universe.
  • The God of The Bible is occasionally portrayed more like this, rather than his more traditional Powers That Be form. This is especially true early in the narrative. For example, in the story of the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve eat the fruit, God is described as, "walking in the garden in the cool of the day," and the sound God made caused Adam to attempt to hide from him.
    • Regardless of interpretations, whether Jesus is as a part of God or a manifestation of God, or if Jesus is a being separate from God, it's explicitly stated by the Bible that Jesus was human and therefore physical, putting him in this trope.
  • While not called gods, the angels of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are often depicted in such a way to qualify for this status. For example, wheels full of eyes. In the original language of the Hebrew Bible, the word for "god", elohim, is used much more broadly than is traditionally assumed. Interpretations for what this means depend largely on one's view of the origins of the Biblical books, but as they are now, they together present the idea that there is a single supreme God who has always existed (YHWH, "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob"), who created countless lesser, finite gods ("the sons of God") that are obedient to his will. In this way, the popular term "angel" is simply descriptive of their function as messengers/servants for the supreme God. This concept is lost in translation such as the English translations.
  • Played straight in Mormonism, which teaches that God the Father was once a human being and still retains his body of bones and flesh. Humans, likewise, can become gods.

    Pinball 
  • The unnamed Thunder God in Flash, whose primary characteristic is throwing around bolts of lightning.

    Podcasts 
  • The Adventure Zone: Balance has several:
    • Istus, the lady of fate, whom the heroes meet in one of her churches in The Eleventh Hour.
    • The Four Judges are godlike entities in the form of giant statues, who rule the world of Cycle 65 in The Stolen Century. They appear again, corrupted by The Hunger, in Story and Song.
    • In the Live Boston Stunt Spectacular show, they prevent Garagos, the forgotten god of war, from being summoned from his imprisonment, but not before his 5 hands appear, and destroy the arena.
    • Merle finally meets Pan face-to-face in episode two of Story and Song.

    Tabletop Games 
  • During "The Time of Troubles" in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons, all the gods were reduced to Physical Gods. (The novels actually gave the impression they might have been too weak to qualify.) A lot of gods get killed during this time, and one mortal kills and absorbs the portfolios of so many deities that the Overgod is forced to do some role-shuffling when the whole thing is over. Oh, and the death of the god of magic is used as an excuse for the different rules for magic in the new edition of the game. More than once.
    • All gods can send avatars to the Realms, though only a few do so regularly. The main problem with the Avatar Crisis (another name for the Time of Troubles) was that they were stuck in avatar form, and barred from leaving the Realms (the other problem was that killing them while they were in avatar form would kill them, rather than merely stripping them of the power invested in the avatar).
  • Warhammer 40,000
    • The C'tan star-gods of the Necron faction can personally take to the battlefield. Only two of the remaining four gods are active however, with the third irreversibly Driven to Madness and the fourth still sleeping.
    • Also, the Avatars of Khaine.
    • The aptly-named God-Emperor of Man was this back when he was still up and walking rather than on life support. Despite his insistence that he wasn't.
    • There are also his sons, the Primarchs. While not as powerful as him, all of them are much more powerful than a normal man. The only reason that the Emperor was wounded as badly as he was by Horus was because he was his favorite son, whom he was hesistant to kill. Once he saw the depths of Horus's depravity, he erased him from existence with a single psychic blast.
      • The Daemon Primarchs even more so. Take a Primarch, give up his soul to a Chaos God, and replace it with raw Warp power. The result is something second only to the Chaos Gods themselves in terms of power and malevolence, with Complete Immortality to boot. The only tradeoff (besides having a Chaos God own your soul forever) is that their new existence as Warp entities means they cannot manifest in the Materium without a huge expenditure of power.
    • The Greater Daemon minions of the Chaos Gods when they enter the Materium. The Gods themselves are too powerful to take a physical form.
  • From Warhammer Fantasy Sigmar, who was either the incarnation of a god or ascended to godhood after his death. To a marginally lesser extent Nagash, God of the Undead. At one point the new Lizardman god also manifested to chase out the Skaven, giving us a giant snake Physical God.
    • The snake god appeared the same day Sigmar was born. It hasn't been confirmed, but it seems like there must be a connection given that two races were saved from extinction by different, brand new, physical gods at the same time.
    • Also when Chaos first showed up, the elven gods gave Aenarion the power to kick so much demonic ass that the elves managed to beat back the outpourings of a fully open warp gate long enough to partially seal it off.
    • The daemon princes has most of these powers and are usually worshiped by bands/tribes of marauders.
    • The Old Ones (aztec god-like extraterrestrials worshiped by Lizardmen). They modified the orbit of the planet, the planet's continents and tectonic plates, created the Lizardmen from actual reptilians that already existed to protect their creation and then created elves, dwarves and humans and gifted them magic. They have spaceships, too. Also, Chaos is more or less the dark side of their magic powers.
    • During the End Times, the Incarnates are considered this, as each one holds one of the 8 winds of magic within themselves. Sigmar also returns in physical form to do battle with Chaos once more. In addition, The elven goddess reveals that their gods are simply the ones who survived their world's fall to chaos, and intends on taking the Grail Knights of Bretonnia as well as a few chosen Elves to become the respective pantheons of the next world. Meanwhile, the Incarnates themselves are each murdered in turn, before the whole world is destroyed by the Chaos Gods.
  • The tabletop RPG Scion focuses on the children of couplings between gods and mortals. In time, the characters grow so powerful that they become gods themselves.
  • In the Dungeons & Dragons core rules, deities are typically stereotypical, unreachable gods. The official Deities and Demigods book, and the unofficial (but considerably more popular) Immortal's Handbook presented the deities in a way that fits this trope perfectly, along with how to advance high-level characters to godhood.
    • Early editions also had a book called Deities and Demigods, and an adventure with deity rules called Wrath of the Immortals. Specifically, the old boxed set/later Rules Cyclopedia version of D&D had not so much 'gods' as 'Immortals' (yes, with a capital I) taking the same role — virtually all of which were actually ascended mortals who had once lived and fought in the game world. Really high-level player characters could potentially quest for and achieve the same status, using rules from either the old Immortals set or the Wrath of the Immortals box.
    • Ascension to divinity or even beyond it is still in the cards for 4th edition D&D characters with an appropriate Epic Destiny (basically the third 'class' picked at level 21 in addition to the base class and the level 11-20 'paragon path' the character will normally already have). So far this simply means retiring the character from the campaign, though.
    • Advanced D&D had the Queen Of The Demonweb Pits adventure, where the goal was to find the Drow goddess Lolth in her home dimension and kill her Deader Than Dead. Not bad for a bunch of mere mortals.
    • The aforementioned Immortal's Handbook takes this trope MUCH further than any other book mentioned. The most powerful monster in the book can punch planets to pieces, and it's a golem created by even stronger beings called time lords. Time lords are below high lords, who are below the Supreme Being (not-quite-omnipotent ruler of the omniverse), and there are things called ultrals from a level of existence higher than omniversal. Note that all of these beings (except maybe the ultrals since we don't know much) are just as physical as the other gods in D&D.
    • Eberron is one of the few settings that averts this, the gods are so abstract it's even plausible that they don't actually exist and clerics get their magic from faith alone, which is supported by a few cults based around mortal entities or undead such as the Blood of Vol.
  • In Exalted, all the gods are Physical Gods. One of the Exalted's duties (when the world is running properly, which it currently isn't) is to beat wayward gods into submission so that they'll do their jobs properly.
  • Rifts had a book called Pantheons of the Megaverse with gods that boiled down to normal stats turned up to eleven.
  • The Primal Order was a "capsystem," a set of rules that could be applied to any RPG system, that outlined how to play deities, and is often considered the best god RPG system around.
  • Player Characters in Nobilis qualify, both physically and mentally. Even the weakest Nobles can throw around small cars or catch bullets in a pinch. The more powerful ones are able to leap across the ocean, lift mountains, and reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity with a pocket calculator.
    • As for Nigh-Invulnerability, if you're trying to kill a Noble by nuking them, you'll need five. And even that might not be enough, especially if they took Active Immortality.
  • Magic: The Gathering
    • The players are said (by the game,) to be Planeswalkers (so go some of the introductory blurbs, "You are a Planeswalker."), incredibly powerful wizards with near-godlike abilities, capable of summoning creatures, magicks and artifacts of power from numerous planes for the purpose of dueling one another. And if you don't buy that, the card-type planeswalker represents lesser mages who can be called on to fight for you, and while not as "powerful" as you, they still possess abilities that can approach Game-Breaker with a little push. The red ones in particular can easily kill a full Planeswalker by themselves, though it could take them a while.
      • Since the power of a Planeswalker card in play is measured in "loyalty" counters, which can be removed by dealing damage to it, the card could be interpreted as the player calling in a favor from an ally who may get annoyed and run off after a few decent hits, or after you ask them for particularly taxing favors.
      • The New Phyrexia Planeswalker card "Karn Liberated" is a particularly powerful one; his last and most expensive ability ("ultimate" in player parlance) restarts the entire game, with only the cards he chose to exile starting in play. In context, he remakes whatever world you're currently in, in whatever image you ask him to. note 
    • The Theros expansion introduces God cards, which are Enchantments that also become creatures when you control a certain amount of permanents with that color's mana symbol.
    • Prior to the Mending, Planeswalkers were so powerful that they could not be represented in card form. The Mending changed the fundamental nature of the Planeswalker Spark. It no longer grants incredible power, merely the ability to safely travel between planes. This is why the newer Planeswalkers can be represented as cards. The only Planeswalker left that still possesses godlike power is Nicol Bolas, and he had to absorb a conflux of mana from a shattered plane to do it.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse has Grammaw, a colossal Thunderwyrm revered as a goddess by Black Spiral Dancers. Grammaw nests underneath a nuclear testing site in New Mexico and serves as a living caern for the Trinity Hive. Grammaw exists simultaneously in the physical world and Umbra, houses elemental spirits throughout her body, induces terrifying visions and disfigurements in those passing through her system, and can even grant rebirth to Garou she deems worthy.
  • Obscure furry RPG World Tree RPG has many of the world's creator gods appear in physical form on the titular World Tree, and, being the source of all magic in the setting, are about as powerful as you would expect. Some of them blatantly reveal their identity and openly display their omnipotence (indeed, some of them lead guilds and other organisations, and one of them in particular, Birkozon, the god of telepathy and mental magic rules an entire realm on the tree). Yet others prefer to stay hidden, walk in disguise, or not get physically involved much with the world they created at all.

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    Visual Novel 
  • Silver Crisis has the titular Silver claim to be this after absorbing the aura/souls of the Goddess Din and the Demon King Ganondorf. In terms of power after making this statement, he's not wrong.
  • Demonbane gives us the end of all examples, the War God Demonbane. It's a Humongous Mecha so large it destroys the universe where it is summoned and actually collides with the multiverse. Powerful enough to manipulate universes, and is so overpowered, even Nyarlathotep must go back in time to kill the pilot before he summoned it. Its response? Evolving into the even more powerful form, Elder God Demonbane. It's much smaller, but it has the power to call copies of the War God form, from every reality (in case you wonder, one reality means one multiverse) that has existed, currently exist, will exist, and NEVER existed. In short, More Than Infinite. Needless to say, these only appear in hidden routes of the visual novel.
    • There are several other lesser examples, but not by much. To give you an insight to just how ridiculously powerful the examples here are, the prequel novel manages to answer what would happen if two nigh-omnipotent beings ever clashed: Endless conflict where the damage of one is ret-conned by the other before it even happens, with universes consumed as collateral damage. The aforementioned Nyarlathotep thinks this is very boring. So he ret-cons the two out of existence. And to think even this pales in comparison to the above...
  • Higurashi: When They Cry is in some ways all about gods. Not only is there a powerful local god who walks among the students but our Token Mini-Moe Rika, who is her descendant, is something of a demi-god as well.
    • The witches in Umineko: When They Cry blur this trope somewhat with The Fair Folk, at least in the meta-world. How "physical" this makes them is up for a lot of Mind Screw-tastic debate.
    • While Featherine Augustus Aurora is a metaphysical entity, her human form, Hachijo Ikuko, isn't far from being one. Despite all the reality warping shown in the metaphysical world, she is actually able to use the Red Truth in the real world and even able to call Ange to an alternate version of her future.
  • Nasuverse has several examples:
    • The earliest examples came from Angel Notes, the TYPES. Eldritch Abominations that overwrite the rules of reality around them and substitute their own just by existing, and is therefore extremely difficult to even damage, let alone kill. Even if their bodies are destroyed, they still exist and are able to reform their physical bodies, since they are just physical incarnations of the Ultimate Ones. They don't really contribute much to the plot before Angel Notes (where they came to Earth to destroy humanity), although TYPE-Moon was very active in the backstory of Tsukihime.
    • Due to an Ultimate One's (Gaia) death in Angel Notes, it releases a substance called "Grain". It makes the entire humanity become very close to this trope, powerful beings equivalent to walking nukes. However, the World's Strongest Man, Ado Edem, is this trope personified, he gains the ability called "Slash Emperor" which creates a titanic sword that can cut through realities like a hot knife through a butter. With that, he can one-shot the aforementioned TYPES, although he doesn't seem to be able to kill them permanently.
    • Some of the True Ancestors could qualify, as all of them are copies of TYPE-Moon. In particular, Arcueid Brunestud, whom the TYPE-Moon often possesses on occassion, takes the cake. She can manipulate probabilities with her Marble Phantasm, can recover after being killed Deader Than Dead, and in her ARCHETYPE-Earth form, she has no concept of death, similar to the TYPES themselves.
    • The beings listed in the Dead Apostle Ancestors list, which lists 27 most dangerous beings to humanity. The ones at the top 5 ranks qualify, given that TYPE-Moon himself is only a rank 3 at the list. The rank 5, ORT, is actually TYPE-Mercury, who is, according to the Word of God, the strongest being in the planet (before the time of Angel Notes). ORT is only listed here because the previous holder of rank 5 was killed for disturbing its sleep. Rank 4, is a practitioner of True Magic, Zelretch. He manages to beat TYPE-Moon once (by dropping a copy of Moon on it, by the way) although that was only possible because he took it by surprise. Rank 2 is said to be amalgamation of 6 extraordinarily powerful mages who become vampires and fuse themselves, known as "Six Royalties of the Dark". Rank 1, however, is hold by a very powerful Beast of Gaia called Primate Murder, who, is a spiritual wolf capable of killing millions of humans with a thought. It takes seven Counter Guardians just to hold it back. The only reason it hasn't rampaged yet is because it is subservient and is owned by the rank 9 of the list, Altrouge Brunestud (Arcueid's "sister").
    • The various gods and demigods from the Age of the Gods era fits the description, although since they only exist because people believe on them, they disappear once people stopped believing in them. The various demigods who become heroes can be resurrected as Servants though, and therefore still qualify for this trope, with Gilgamesh and Karna being the biggest examples. However, the former fits the trope better due to gaining physical body at the end of Fate/Zero, because of the Grail's corrupted mud.
    • Then there is Ryougi Shiki's third personality, also known as the Origin of the Void. It possess a very deep connection to the Akasha, the origin of everything itself, and was thought to be omnipotent - until Word of God states that she is still below Arcueid's Archetype Earth form in terms of power level.

    Webcomics 
  • Coyote from Gunnerkrigg Court is physical enough to be... spanked. Doing so is strongly discouraged.
  • The Three Avatars (Space, Time, and Mind) from Rice Boy.
  • In the webcomic Wapsi Square, Tepoztecal is the God of Alcohol, able to produce drinks— or drunks— at will. He is apparently a Golem created by the Magitek of Atlantis, then adopted as a god by the Aztecs.
  • In Problem Sleuth, Pickle Inspector's amazing skill with imagination lets him do some crazy stuff while in the imaginary world, like split into multiple copies of himself, time-travel, combine the two actions to create the subatomic particles that form all matter in the entire universe, and ascend to outright Godhood.
  • In the more recent MS Paint Adventures series, Homestuck, there are several levels of this:
    • For one, the fact that the players' goal is to create a new universe, and therefore they are gods in a way, whether they're God Tier or not. Karkat uses this fact to back up his claims that he is a god.
    • God Tier players are heroes who have fulfilled certain requirements in the game, and are granted immortality (with a couple of exceptions) and complete mastery over their Aspect. Even at the lowest level of God Tier power, John is able to use wind to drill a giant hole straight down to the core of a planet within minutes.
    • The First Guardians (and anyone else with a conduit to the Green Sun) are said to be functionally omnipotent and omniscient (they're not quite in actuality, but so far above mortal creatures they might as well be). They can destroy worlds with a snap of their fingers and one such being was capable of annihilating not just an entire universe, but every instance of that universe that could ever possibly exist. They can be killed but there are very few entities powerful enough to have a chance at actually doing that.
    • Lord English combines the above two ability sets and possibly others we don't know about at this point, in addition to his already formidable natural abilities, making him the most powerful entity yet introduced. His power and thirst for destruction are great enough that he routinely destroys universes and afterlives, and poses a credible threat to the totality of all existence.
      • He has complete, unconditional immortality as well. The only way to kill him? Glitching reality itself.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • In "Holiday Wars", Alien Santa calls Santa Claus — as in, whoever holds the position — "a virtual god of the holidays". More clearly, in the same story, the description fits Bun-bun himself after his killing most of the Anthropomorphic Personifications of holidays, taking on new powers with each one he kills. Their combined portfolios give him Reality Warper powers among others.
    • The Demon King of the Dimension of Pain and his enemy the Goddess of Goodness are obviously godlike in power as well as status. The Demon King is described as being ethereal, which could ostensibly mean he's "not corporeal", but the fact is still that he has a body made up of some kind of stuff.
    • Father Time and Uncle Time (his brother, obviously), Anthropomorphic Personifications of time, seem to be like this, taking the form of large floating heads, though Father Time has been "seen" more often as a disembodied voice.
      Bun-Bun: You omnipotent or something?
      Uncle Time: I'm omnitastic!
    • Rithuly, ruler of the Rayths in a hellish alternative dimension called the Never, is called an old banished evil god and in the same breath described as taking the corporeal form of either a human, a tentacle-headed ghost, or a large dragon-like creature.
    • The gods and demi-gods of Mohkadun whom Father Time and Uncle Time are actually among had physical bodies, usually human.
  • He-is, the bound god from Digger.
  • The Cheese from It's Walky!. That's what SEMME calls him, but others know him as "the Wanderer" or occasionally just God.
  • The gods in Juathuur. Merlu, Moire and Lok especially are human in appearance.
  • Slightly Damned has Gaia and Syndel who rule over and live in Heaven and Hell as far as we know, Death, who presides over purgatory or does he? and the Twelve Guardians who keep an eye on Medius in the absence of the higher gods at least, they're supposed to....
  • In Jayden and Crusader the character Crusader is the artist of the comic he is in. Because of this he attains the powers of the Christian God and does not seem concerned about upping the God metaphors.
  • In Endstone, Jon's attempt to end the world was in service of one.
  • Tower of God
    • The Floor Guardians of the Tower. Each one of them is the absolute sovereign of his floor, in total control of the entire mass of Shinsoo, a substance and energy that is stated to be unlimited in power when properly controlled. They used to test the people who wanted to ascend to the top, but left that job to the growing amount of people who did pass and settled down. They were thought to be immortal, until Enryu killed one of them. Of the ones that have been seen, Headon appears as a fairly normal-sized humanoid, whereas the Guardians of the second and 43rd floors are vague and gigantic creatures.
    • People who ascend the Tower become more and more powerful until they reach the highest accessible level and become Rankers; those with higher and higher Rank are closer and closer to godlike. Some of the very highest Ranks are held by Zahard, King of the Tower, and the heads of the Ten Great Families. They've been granted Complete Immortality by the Guardians and are not only immense in power but also described as having godlike status to the inhabitants of the Tower and being worshiped. Zahard, in his own words, sees things from a god-like perspective and is trying to bring fate itself under his control.
    • Another living God would be Phantaminum, being a man-made God who can't be interfered with by any other than his equal. Just like the relatively less powerful Enryu, he's an "Irregular" who entered the Tower on his own power rather than being chosen by Headon and displayed such great power that his Rank is higher than King Zahard's.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse:
    • Both Vegetto and Broly.
    • Zen Buu fits the bill too. He's basically immortal, insanely powerful, incredibly intelligent and, unlike the above two, he doesn't have to worry about things like the vacuum of space.
  • In Knights of Buena Vista, this is what Adriana does to her Player Character through Min-Maxing. It's not going to turn out well given this is a Campaign Comic about Frozen.
  • In Energize :Hunted - the title character increasingly becomes one of these. He goes from being one of the world's most powerful heroes to effortlessly mopping the floor with all the world's greatest heroes put together. It is eventually revealed that he draws his powers from being host to the Titan Cronos who even the gods feared. He's grown much more powerful since then..

    Web Original 
  • Chrono Hustle has both Aphrodite and Hermes show up.
  • Most of the secondary characters in New York Magician. Malsumis, Hapy, Bobbi Bobbi. . . it's what comes when you've got a Fantasy Kitchen Sink in New York.
  • Gothmog, in the Whateley Universe. Maybe some of the more regular characters, but it's debatable. Fey, Sara, Tennyo, and Chaka have the best argument. Fey and Tennyo are bonded with insanely powerful entities, while Sara is Gothmog's kid. Fey is a 7 on the 7-point powerscale, but is capable of going HIGHER then that level. Tennyo can kill beings that cannot die, while Sara is Gothmog's kid. Chaka, however, simply has perfect control over her Ki energy. (But this means she may qualify in the sense that she perfectly embodies a concept.)
    • Yes, some of these are quite debatable. (Fey, for example, is a powerful but still Squishy Wizard at her current level of development, and while Sara has her own cult already her physical powers are basically on the level of a hypothetical super-Shoggoth.)
    • The New Olympians are Exactly What It Says on the Tin: the Greek Dodekatheon (the primary gods of Olympus), stuffed into the bodies of teenaged mutants. While their power is only a tiny fraction of what it once was, they are still very much the real deal. It has been mentioned that other deities are around as well, such as Belisarius, a minor Roman war god now passing himself off as the superhero 'Legionaire'.
    • In addition, there are Avatarsnote  who serve as Paladins for some other gods and god-like beings, most notably Miyet (paladin of Bast) and Okami (paladin of Amaterasu). While they are not the gods and goddesses themselves, they do serve as their agents in the material world, and are given power suitable for that purpose.
  • From the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, superheroes Ganesha and Ma'at, and villains Loki, Kali and Nephthys aren't just pretending to be gods. They actually are gods. Dagon is a primordial God fused into the body of a mortal.
  • The Greek Gods of O-Cast. Though their powers have atrophied and they're living around mortals these days, they are still gods and would like to be treated as such.
  • The ADPs in Pilots are once referred to as gods tongue-in-cheek by the narrator, and in some meaningful senses they are. An interesting treatment, in that their sole power is a variant of teleportation, which is taken to its logical conclusion.
  • The Protectors of the Plot Continuum have employed Ainur and Force-users in the past; one of the latter ended up the series's most influential Big Bad. Some of the Sues/Stus they come up against also make themselves into this.
  • Trinton Chronicles features at least two true-to-life god entities and one specific to the TC universe; Isis & Hermes are prominently mentioned and one actually shows up (in a way)to help out one of her believers. The other one, Gralla, appears only in dreams and through telepathy but one gets the idea that if she manifests physically no one would be to surprised.
  • In Terramirum, they apparently used to have a whole pantheon of living gods.
  • In Shadowhunter Peril, Oblivion is this, but completely evil. He's the only character in the series to be an Ushubaen, a human with demonic energy flowing through his body, yet still manages to retain a soul that prevents him from imploding with the force of a small bomb. He is powerful enough to fight and actually injure Puriel, and angel of the Almighty himself. Nuriel, another angel, states that he once fought another Ushubaen with two of his brother angels, and that the Ushubaen completely curb-stomped the first angel to death, then killed the other one and severely wounding Nuriel before it was brought down. And since Ushubaens never stop growing in power, it's certainly possible Oblivion will grow to become an omnipotent evil being of destruction, considering how young and powerful he already is...
  • They appear frequently in The Wanderer's Library. Communion, Gods of Money, and Sedna V. Ataciara the Qalluk are just a few examples.
  • The SCP Foundation has quite a few. SCP-343 in particular actually claims to be God.
  • "The Entity" from Atop the Fourth Wall could be considered this when he was in the form of 90's Kid, but still had a form that was much, MUCH larger when he absorbs the entire universe and every being within it into himself except for Linkara's apartment (allowing him to do one last review)
    • Lord Vyce himself could be considered one considering he is one of the most powerful enemies Linkara's faced (the only confirmed stronger one being The Entity), in a commentary Lewis mentioned that at full power he could "Go ten rounds with God", he could transform himself into data to fight the Entity on equal grounds, and his greatest accomplishment is fighting and WINNING against beings similar to the Entity in the past.
  • The Salvation War: Yahweh and Satan are both quite powerful, the latter crushing a messenger with his mind, the former destroying his throne room over bad news. Many demons and angels as well are powerful enough in their own right. Uriel is able to kill thousands with sheer psychic force. However they still prove to be kill-able: Uriel with some missiles and a laser, Satan with two missiles to the face, and God by the hand of Michael and his friends.
  • The Kingdoms Saga has this with the god of the hunt, Royak, possessing various mortal bodies and developing the persona of Sebastian Honeylock.
  • The Greek gods from Beyond the Impossible. It is possible to physically hurt them, but they can’t be killed by conventional means (unless you count turning a neutron star into a black hole “conventional”).
  • The Sources in Noob, more specifically in the Fictional Video Game in which the story is set. The first of them Fargöth is The Maker of the universe and basically the father of all the other Sources. Most have settled for a "One planet, one Source" arrangement by the time of the game main plot, but a handful of them are a having a Divine Conflict over a moon named Olydri, on which the game is set.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Waterfall Girl is essentially the Poseidon of the series.
  • Dreamscape: Like Kai, Drake, and Eleenin, Keedran is one of the guardians of the planet, but she's a straight-up deity rather than a druid or a mage.

    Western Animation 
  • Hercules depicted Gods and Goddesses the same way as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • Gargoyles:
    • Oberon's Children (and especially Oberon himself) from . Really they're The Fair Folk, but due to their immense power, they were worshipped as gods. Anubis and Odin for example, but not Jesus of course.
    • Goliath becomes one for an episode after donning the Eye of Odin in a desperate attempt to stop Odin from killing him and his companions in his bid to retrieve the Eye. He becomes even more powerful than Odin himself thanks to the Eye's ability to drain Odin's power. Unfortunately, With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
  • Rick and Morty: Rick builds a micro universe with sentient life in 'The Ricks must be crazy.' And yes, the inhabitants venerate Rick (i.e., celebrations such as 'Ricksgiving'). Further, the President explicitly refers to Rick as a 'Living God' in 'The Rickchurian Mortydate.' Given Rick's sufficiently advanced technology, its probably an accurate description.
  • South Park:
    • Apparently, Mickey Mouse is a powerful godlike entity limited only by his need to slumber in Valhalla after his destructive, fire-breathing rampages.
    • Cthulhu also makes an appearance.
    • So does Jesus, if you're into that whole Trinity thing.
  • Primus and Unicron in various incarnations of Transformers, the latter of whom is a space-traveling planet-sized eater of worlds and the former of whom either lives in or actually is the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron and created them to battle Unicron.
    • The Original Thirteen Transformers could count here. Prima, Vector Prime, Nexus Prime, Megatronus (The Fallen), Alpha Trion, Solus Prime, Liege Maximo, Micronus Prime, Onyx Prime, Amalgamous Prime, Alchemist Prime, Quintus Prime and the Thirteenth Prime Optimus Prime. Each of them has some kind of god-like power.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender and Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, Avatars are a vergence of spirit and human: of Raava, the great spirit of peace and harmony, and the latest human incarnate she blends with. As such, the living Avatar is the only individual capable of wielding all four Elemental Powers in the form of Supernatural Martial Arts, and of channeling cosmic energies to amplify these elemental powers to epic levels. This is quite necessary, as they lack invulnerability and need to actively defend themselves like anyone else. The second season of The Legend of Korra introduced the "Dark Avatar", the fusion of Raava's eternal foe Vaatu, spirit of chaos and darkness, and Korra's Evil Uncle Unalaq.
  • Amazo's animated counterpart in Justice League, more specific when he came back in Justice League Unlimited, having travelled through galaxies and collected as many powers and as much knowledge as he could. This resulted in him being able to accomplish Godlike feats like being able to "think" planets out of his way without technically being a God. He also manages to battle against all available JLU members like they were nothing. He was only stopped because JLU's reasons to fight him were all a misunderstanding, he wasn't returning to Earth for revenge but simply to find a purpose in his life. (He put everything he moved back in place by just "thinking it" again, showing he was a good guy after all). He then he left to play chess along with other absurd beings.
  • The Greek Gods in Class of the Titans. Especially the series Big Bad Chronus.
  • The Ninja Tribunal in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) are four humans turned gods after intensive, if unspecified, training; when we first see them in the present, they are shown to possess immortality, limited omniscience, and the ability to reshape reality, among other perks.
  • Teen Titans: Trigon the Terrible turned the world into a fiery wasteland as part of his dramatic entrance, is big enough to use the T-tower as an interimistic throne, and he reminds you that you are only an insignificant insect compared to him. Then Raven presumably kills him.
  • Though referred to as a "spirit," Gaia from Captain Planet qualifies. She's only physical on Hope Island, though. Her nastier counterpart, Zarm, generally doesn't have that problem, though he sometimes needs a spaceship.
  • Futurama features an odd example: a galaxy-sized space anomaly who admits it may or may not be God (it's not sure itself). It does have incredible power and apparently receives a portion of God's worship, though.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Winged Unicorn Princesses Celestia and Luna are the closest things the ponies have for gods, not directly worshipped but invoked as if they were. They control the sun and the moon, and seem to be immortal (both are over a thousand years old). The comics imply that the show has not depicted their true power yet. In Fiendship is Magic, it's shown that Celestia fought Chrysalis and her entire army once. The battle ended with the Changelings utterly defeated, scarred with their holes, and sealed in a volcano.

      There are some other alicorns, who have powerful magic but nothing godlike, and some other beings that can challenge the power of the ruling sisters at least temporarily — but these, too, fall short of godlike, with some exceptions:
    • Discord, the spirit of chaos, is older than the royal sisters and capable of doing just about anything with a snap of his fingers (claws), much like Q. He's also on a higher tier than the sisters as an Anthropomorphic Personification; an abstract concept instead of a celestial body. The sisters could only defeat him using the Elements of Harmony.
    • The Season 3 premiere introduces us to King Sombra, who's not only a confirmed Expy of Sauron, but also demonstrates the Domain Holder/Fisher King abilities to back it up (e.g., even both Sisters at once are only able to delay him for a certain period of time at best). The Loose Canon comics eventually explain this as him being the long-lost Dragon of an entire Eldritch Abomination race — another trait that he shares with the aforementioned Sauron.
    • In the season 4 finale, Tirek becomes this after draining Discord's magic along with the magic of every pony in Equestria. Twilight Sparkle also becomes one after the other princesses give her their magic.
  • In the Grand Finale of Generator Rex, Rex gains the power of the united Meta-Nanites. When he ponders what he should do with his newfound power, Black Knight says "You're a god now Rex. You can do anything you want." Fortunately, Rex only uses that power once to initiate a global Cure event before ordering the Meta-Nanites to shut down. He doesn't want anyone to have access to such power again, including himself.
  • In the Grand Finale of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben possesses the powers of the Ultimatrix, Ascalon, and Diagon. Vilgax tries to corrupt him into becoming a universe conquering tyrant by pointing out that Ben could do anything, and fix everything with that much power at his fingertips. Ultimately, Ben's girlfriend Julie convinces him not to abuse the power. Ben only uses his powers to restore Earth's population back to normal before relinquishing them to Azmuth.
    • Diagon was also this, considering that he is a half-mile-wide octopus thing who can change size, mind control people, control the weather, and a few other godly things. His first move was to turn everyone in the world into Esoterica.
    • Celestiansapians could also be considered this, since they could remake all of reality with a single thought. Then recall that Ben can turn into one using the Omnitrix.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Force is usually portrayed as a nonspecific Sentient Cosmic Force, but "The One" arc in this series introduced Son, Daughter, and Father, who were, apparently, aspects of the Force that had taken on humanoid form. Unless they were just very powerful Force Adepts whose relationship perfectly mirrored the nature of Balance... it is very ambiguous.
  • In Wakfu, anyone who taps into the power of artifacts such as the Eliacube or the 12 Dofus will gain power equal to or even surpassing that of the official deities of the World of Twelve. For more specific examples:
    • Ogrest, the being responsible for the flood that shaped the World of Twelve into what it is now. Originally a relatively harmless infant created from Ogrine by the demigod alchemist Otomai, he consumed the six Elemental Dofus while being manipulated by the doll Dathura. The six Dofus transformed Ogrest into an incredibly powerful monster whose might surpassed that of the Twelve, but he was reduced to a near mindless raging beast in the process.
    • Nox was once a harmless Xelor clock and toy maker who lacked talent in the Time Master magic of his race. Discovering the Eliacube changed that. The Eliacube made him far more powerful, intelligent, and crazy. In the end, he accomplished something that was originally deemed impossible even by the gods by reversing the flow of time. Albeit by a mere twenty minutes, but rewinding time for the entire Krosmos for any length of time is no small feat.
    • The Dragons born from the Eliatrope Dofus are technically "only" demigods, being among the firstborn of the Wakfu goddess Eliatrope and the Stasis god Great Dragon. Compared to the mortal denizens of the World of Twelve, they are effectively deities in their own right.
    • Qilby effectively becomes one after merging with the Eliacube, displaying Eliatrope powers of a far greater magnitude than Yugo's own, even after Phaeris unlocked Yugo's potential. Even the combined might of the rest of the Eliatropes isn't enough to stop him. He is only foiled when a Dofus explodes right in his face, separating him from the Eliacube.
    • Rushu, the strongest of the Shushu who resides in the pure Stasis dimension of Shukrute. He wants to be recognized as a fellow deity by the Twelve, but they refuse on the grounds that a being of pure Stasis would upset the balance between Wafku and Stasis that exists on the World of Twelve. He's already regarded as a deity in his own dimension, having eaten any would-be competitors (his brothers no less), but that's not enough for him. He's managed to gain a few followers in the World of Twelve such as the city of Brakmar (which unsurprisingly is something of a Wretched Hive).
    • Goultard the Barbarian started out as a demigod, being the son of Iop and the mortal woman Catrine. He eventually became the immortal steward to Iop's power while Iop himself is on leave reincarnating into mortal incarnations and is effectively the new Iop. He's strong enough to fight the aforementioned Rushu on an even footing and in the OVA he defeats Rushu and uses the would-be god as a footrest.
    • Sadlygrove, being the current incarnation of Iop briefly becomes a physical god again when he reclaims his power so he can fight Ogrest in the OVA. By the end of it, he is glad to hand the power back to Goultard for keeps having remembered why he gave up godhood in the first place.
    • Yugo is already a demigod, being the firstborn child of Eliatrope and Great Dragon. But when he taps into the power of all six Eliatrope Dofus in the OVA, he becomes so powerful that he is able to fight Ogrest and his Dragons with ease. Too powerful unfortunately, since just channeling that much wafku threatens to tear the World of Twelve apart. He also kind of breaks the timestream a bit, allowing humans in the Dofus era to see him. Said humans start to worship Yugo as a new god, which retroactively creates a new race in the World of Twelve, the Eliotropes.
    • In Season 3, Adamai is already very powerful, being the strongest of the aforementioned Dragons when fully grown. When channeling all six of the Eliatrope Dofus like Yugo did, he's bar none the most powerful being in the series, even stronger than the actual Twelve Gods. Unfortunately, he's an antagonist this season.
    • Also from Season 3, there's the Big Bad Oropo. Oropo is the last Eliotrope, having inherited the wakfu of all of the others when they passed. He's had centuries to hone the same powers his "creator" Yugo wields. He also has possession of the Eliacube. Near the end of the season, he absorbs the power of the Eliacube and the six Eliatrope Dofus to become a massive owl-like giant made of pure wakfu that curbstomps the heroes with ease.
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus has Mother Nature, the immortal embodiment of all of nature, and her two bickering children, the Snow Miser and the Heat Miser, which personify cold and heat, respectively.
  • in Project G.e.e.K.e.R., Geeker is an artificial lifeform who has complete mastery over his own molecular structure. That makes him very powerful. His only limitation is that he was freed before the loyalty and intelligence program could be installed, making him a Cloudcuckoolander who is blissfully unaware of how powerful he actually is.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2:The Foodimals see Flint Lockwood as a living god called N-Woo (Pronounced En-Whoo). Justified, since he created the FLDSMDFR that, in turn, created them.
  • Possibly, the Diamonds in Steven Universe. They are physical giants; they appear to have powers far beyond ordinary Gems; it is implied that there are multiple copies of all other Gem-types while the Diamonds are each one-of-a-kind; Gems are a manufactured race, but the question of who 'made' the Diamonds has yet to be raised; and they are capable of living forever unless shattered, which is an eventuality so unthinkable that the shattering of Pink Diamond was a cataclysmic event in Gem history, as well as a source of great mystery as to how it actually 'happened', even to the Diamonds themselves. And it turns out she was never actually shattered in the first place — she faked her own shattering using a handful of counterfeit gem shards. Truly shattering a Diamond may actually be impossible.
    • It's worth noting that Gem Homeworld society appears to be a Cult of Personality built around depicting the Diamonds as living gods, so how much of this is truth and how much of this is good PR is anyone's guess.
    • This essentially means that Steven Universe also counts as one since he inherited Pink Diamond's gem, though he has yet to realize his full potential.
    • When we finally see Yellow and Blue fight themselves, it proves to be more than simply PR: they possess immense sheer power and strength, a Superpower Lottery, and are Nigh Invulnerable enough that buildings and entire miles long warships falling on their heads is considered a minor inconvenience.


Alternative Title(s): Physical Goddess, Physical Gods

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