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** A straighter example would be his mother, Mary, an ordinary woman conceived without sin[[note]]According to Catholics, anyway; the Bible does not say this[[/note]]. The Bible doesn't say what happened to her, but Catholic tradition says that she was assumed bodily into Heaven. The Oriental, Eastern Catholic[[note]] Catholics who are in communion with the Pope but who differ on liturgies [[/note]] and Eastern Orthodox Churches hold a similar view, called the "Dormition", or "falling asleep" of Mary. Here, Mary died a natural death but her body miraculously vanished to be with her Son.[[note]] It is occasionally called the "Assumption", but this is not considered an accurate translation, as it implies she was taken bodily into heaven alive. The Dormition states she died before the event took place.[[/note]]

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** A straighter example would be his mother, Mary, an ordinary woman conceived without sin[[note]]According to Catholics, anyway; the Bible does not say this[[/note]]. The Bible doesn't say what happened to her, but Catholic tradition says that she was assumed bodily into Heaven. The Oriental, Eastern Catholic[[note]] Catholics who are in communion with the Pope but who differ on liturgies [[/note]] and Eastern Orthodox Churches hold a similar view, called the "Dormition", or "falling asleep" of Mary. Here, Mary died a natural death but her body miraculously vanished to be with her Son.[[note]] It is occasionally called the "Assumption", but this is not considered an accurate translation, as it implies she was taken bodily into heaven alive. The Dormition states she died before the event took place.[[/note]][[/note]] Averted by Evangelical Christianity, which thinks Mary was a normal human being who was born and died like everyone else (though obviously she had a very special son).





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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]]: Everyone who dies during the story is uploaded to the Library computer, where they can live forever in cyberspace. They get to live inside an electronic library containing the sum total of the knowledge of a huge slice of the Universe, and can virtually go anywhere, do anything, and be anyone. Sounds nice, right?



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': In "Staring Into The Future," Cyborg and Beast Boy end up 30 years in the future after a staring contest. When they get to Raven, she has basically become God after defeating Trigon in the ultimate battle of good vs evil.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': In "Staring Into The Future," Future", Cyborg and Beast Boy end up 30 years in the future after a staring contest. When they get to Raven, she has basically become God after defeating Trigon in the ultimate battle of good vs evil.


* In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', everyone in the galaxy did this simultaneously a quarter of a billion years ago, the result of a Manraloth experiment gone wrong. Trying to unite the multiverse as they had the galaxy, the Manraloth and their allies attempted to tap into the higher dimensional planes with their minds. The resulting surge of energy proved too powerful, overloading the telepathic centres of every Manraloth and transmitting it to any other brain capable of receiving it. The entire galactic population was forced into a state of pure energy, long before most races were ready. It wasn't pretty, apparently.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', ''Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse'', everyone in the galaxy did this simultaneously a quarter of a billion years ago, the result of a Manraloth experiment gone wrong. Trying to unite the multiverse as they had the galaxy, the Manraloth and their allies attempted to tap into the higher dimensional planes with their minds. The resulting surge of energy proved too powerful, overloading the telepathic centres of every Manraloth and transmitting it to any other brain capable of receiving it. The entire galactic population was forced into a state of pure energy, long before most races were ready. It wasn't pretty, apparently.

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* ''Fanfic/NewTamaran'': Raven ultimately achieves Godhood, gaining full power over the laws of physics and the ability to travel through the multiverse.

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* ''{{Music/Gloryhammer}}'': It turns out that this was the fate of the Hootsman. It was assumed that he [[HeroicSacrifice died]] in order to stop Kor-Vilirath from breaking free from the 18th Hell Dimension. However, his soul was brought back in time through the Terrorvortex and merged with the soul of the DarkWorld beyond it, essentially making him God there. While he spends most of his power keeping [[EvilSorcerer Zargothrax]] from bending the Dark World's reality into a pretzel, he manages to provide the forces of Good with crucial assistance.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/QuernUndyingThoughts Quern - Undying Thoughts]]'', Gamana did this after spending centuries meditating on Quern and accepting that she had lost everything that mattered in the physical world.


* The first Mutlimedia StoryArc of Series/DotHack is pretty much about getting Aura to be able to do this within the framework of 'The World' as the Ultimate AI, superseding that of her "mother" that was in Control and causing all of the system anomaly's by trying to prevent Aura's Rise.

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* The first Mutlimedia StoryArc of Series/DotHack ''Franchise/DotHack'' is pretty much about getting Aura to be able to do this within the framework of 'The World' as the Ultimate AI, superseding that of her "mother" that was in Control and causing all of the system anomaly's by trying to prevent Aura's Rise.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'', this is effectively what happened with the Hive gods, particularly the siblings Oryx, Savathûn, and Xivu Arath. Using the power they'd acquired, they created 'throne worlds' or 'ascendant realms,' making it so that as long as they didn't die inside said realms, they were effectively immortal.
** From the point of view of [[TokenEvilTeammate Toland]] the Shattered, this is what happened to him when he intentionally listened to the death-song of Ir Yut the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Deathsinger]], leaving him roaming through the ascendant plane, a disembodied wisp of Light.
** Come ''VideoGame/Destiny2: Forsaken'', we find out that [[spoiler: this is the Awoken race's backstory, having been incarnated into a pocket dimension called the Distributary, where they lived ageless and immortal for subjective billions of years, until Mara Sov returned to our dimension with her followers.]] And then, [[spoiler: she orchestrated a plan to expose herself to the powers of Oryx the Taken King, to use his power to create ''her own'' throne world. It didn't quite go to plan, since Oryx was able to shatter it before she could incarnate there.]]

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* At the end of the true path of ''WebOriginal/{{Necromancer}}'', [[spoiler: Serena meets again with the Necromancer, and he becomes a death god.]]


** The Forerunners themselves believed that their own [[RecursivePrecursors Precursors]] achieved this. [[spoiler:From what we see and hear, then they're technically [[EldritchAbomination ''right'']].]]
* According to ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sealed Sword]]'', [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Elimine Saint Elimine]] never died. As the founder of Etruria and the {{all loving hero}}ine among the heroes of the legend, once her mission in life was over she simply ascended to Heaven from a tower in the Etrurian capital, Aquleia. Said place became the Tower of the Saint and the placeholder of her spell book, [[HolyHandGrenade Aureola]], alongside the [[SimpleStaff Saint's Staff.]]

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** The Forerunners themselves believed that their own [[RecursivePrecursors Precursors]] achieved this. [[spoiler:From what we see and hear, then they're technically [[EldritchAbomination ''right'']].''[[EldritchAbomination right]]''.]]
* According to ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sealed Sword]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'', [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Elimine Saint Elimine]] never died. As the founder of Etruria and the {{all loving hero}}ine among the heroes of the legend, once her mission in life was over she simply ascended to Heaven from a tower in the Etrurian capital, Aquleia. Said place became the Tower of the Saint and the placeholder of her spell book, [[HolyHandGrenade Aureola]], alongside the [[SimpleStaff Saint's Staff.]]


* If you choose the pro-transhumanist ending in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Adam Jensen delivers a message, saying "For the first time in history, we have a chance to steal fire from the gods. To turn away from it now - to stop pursuing a future in which technology and biology combine, leading to the promise of a Singularity - would mean to deny the very essence of who we are. No doubt the road to get there will be bumpy, hurting some people on the way. But won't achieving the dream be worth it? We can become the gods we've always been striving to be. We might as well get good at it."

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* If you choose the pro-transhumanist ending in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', Adam Jensen delivers a message, saying "For the first time in history, we have a chance to steal fire from the gods. To turn away from it now - to stop pursuing a future in which technology and biology combine, leading to the promise of a Singularity - would mean to deny the very essence of who we are. No doubt the road to get there will be bumpy, hurting some people on the way. But won't achieving the dream be worth it? We can become the gods we've always been striving to be. We might as well get good at it."


* One of the villains from the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' was beaten by "[[[DevolutionDevice evolving]] him] towards the infinite, far beyond such primitive concepts as good and evil."

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* One ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': In the finale of the villains sixth season, [[spoiler:the [[CometOfDoom Catalyst Comet]] offers this to Finn after he freed it from being absorbed by [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear Orgalorg.]] Finn declines the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' was beaten by "[[[DevolutionDevice evolving]] him] towards the infinite, far beyond such primitive concepts as offer, saying he has a good and evil."life going on right now in Ooo. His ArchnemesisDad, Martin, takes it up instead.]]
** In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', [[spoiler: Betty fuses with GOLB in order to prevent him from destroying Ooo]].



* One of the villains from the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' was beaten by "[[[DevolutionDevice evolving]] him] towards the infinite, far beyond such primitive concepts as good and evil."



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': In the finale of the sixth season, [[spoiler:the [[CometOfDoom Catalyst Comet]] offers this to Finn after he freed it from being absorbed by [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear Orgalorg.]] Finn declines the offer, saying he has a good life going on right now in Ooo. His ArchnemesisDad, Martin, takes it up instead.]]



* In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', [[spoiler: Betty fuses with GOLB in order to prevent him from destroying Ooo]].


->'''Jackson:''' I'm energy now.\\
'''O'Neill:''' ''[sarcastically]'' How's that working out for you?\\
'''Jackson:''' Good, actually.

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->'''Jackson:''' ->'''Jackson''': I'm energy now.\\
'''O'Neill:''' '''O'Neill''': ''[sarcastically]'' How's that working out for you?\\
'''Jackson:''' '''Jackson''': Good, actually.



The character ascends to a higher state of being, even becoming a god. It can result from other supernatural causes, but is most often used as a character's fate after they die, in a riff on the idea of a heavenly afterlife.

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The character ascends to a higher state of being, [[DeityOfHumanOrigin even becoming a god.god]]. It can result from other supernatural causes, but is most often used as a character's fate after they die, in a riff on the idea of a heavenly afterlife.



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* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman:'' After dying from over-exposure to the sun, Franchise/{{Superman}} finds himself talking to his birth father, Jor-El, who tells him he's turning into pure thought, like all the other Kryptonians did. Of course, there are still enemies going after his loved ones, so Superman is given the choice, join his people and "dance through the fields of consciousness" or fight one last time. Three guesses which one he chooses.

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* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman:'' ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'': After dying from over-exposure to the sun, Franchise/{{Superman}} finds himself talking to his birth father, Jor-El, who tells him he's turning into pure thought, like all the other Kryptonians did. Of course, there are still enemies going after his loved ones, so Superman is given the choice, join his people and "dance through the fields of consciousness" or fight one last time. Three guesses which one he chooses.



-->[[spoiler: '''It was ''magnificent''. The Entity moved towards the Light, and the Light grew ever larger, blowing away the darkness. A shape took form, and It saw Its [[AssimilationPlot new form]], and Its [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence previous world]] clearly. As starlight reflected on the waters' surface. The stars' light will not be extinguished. As long as They exist in the sky, starlight will remain on the water...'''\\
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'''...And [[ViciousCycle this]] is a thing which already was.''']]

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-->[[spoiler: '''It was ''magnificent''. The Entity moved towards the Light, and the Light grew ever larger, blowing away the darkness. A shape took form, and It saw Its [[AssimilationPlot new form]], and Its [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence previous world]] clearly. As starlight reflected on the waters' surface. The stars' light will not be extinguished. As long as They exist in the sky, starlight will remain on the water...'''\\
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And [[ViciousCycle this]] is a thing which already was.''']]



-->'''Mo'at:''' The Great Mother may choose to save all that she is, in this body.\\
'''Jake:''' Is that possible?\\
'''Mo'at:''' She must pass through the eye of Eywa and return. But, Jake Sully, she is very weak.''\\
'''Jake:''' Hang on Grace, we're gonna fix you up.''\\
'''Dr. Grace Augustine:''' Jake.\\
'''Jake Sully:''' Grace?''...\\
'''Dr. Grace Augustine:''' I'm with Her, Jake. She's real''...\\
'''Jake Sully:''' Grace?... Grace!? What's happening?[She dies]''\\
'''Jake Sully:''' Grace? Grace! What's happening? Did it work?''\\
'''Mo'at:''' Her wounds were too great. It was not enough time, She is with Eywa now.''

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-->'''Mo'at:''' -->'''Mo'at''': The Great Mother may choose to save all that she is, in this body.\\
'''Jake:''' '''Jake''': Is that possible?\\
'''Mo'at:''' '''Mo'at''': She must pass through the eye of Eywa and return. But, Jake Sully, she is very weak.''\\
'''Jake:''' '''Jake''': Hang on Grace, we're gonna fix you up.''\\
'''Dr. Grace Augustine:''' Augustine''': Jake.\\
'''Jake Sully:''' Sully''': Grace?''...\\
'''Dr. Grace Augustine:''' Augustine''': I'm with Her, Jake. She's real''...\\
'''Jake Sully:''' Sully''': Grace?... Grace!? What's happening?[She dies]''\\
'''Jake Sully:''' Sully''': Grace? Grace! What's happening? Did it work?''\\
'''Mo'at:''' '''Mo'at''': Her wounds were too great. It was not enough time, She is with Eywa now.''



'''Alex:''' You mean they're dead!?\\
'''Grig:''' Death is a primitive concept. I prefer to think of them as battling evil in another dimension.

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'''Alex:''' '''Alex''': You mean they're dead!?\\
'''Grig:''' '''Grig''': Death is a primitive concept. I prefer to think of them as battling evil in another dimension.



-->'''Kalak:''' What do we tell the people, Jezrien? What will they say of this day?\\
'''Jezrien:''' It's simple. We tell them that they finally won. It's an easy enough lie. Who knows? Maybe it will turn out to be true.

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-->'''Kalak:''' --->'''Kalak''': What do we tell the people, Jezrien? What will they say of this day?\\
'''Jezrien:''' '''Jezrien''': It's simple. We tell them that they finally won. It's an easy enough lie. Who knows? Maybe it will turn out to be true.



-->'''Skip:''' Cordelia was chosen to become a higher being because she's such a pure, radiant saint. (scoffs) PLEASE!

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-->'''Skip:''' -->'''Skip''': Cordelia was chosen to become a higher being because she's such a pure, radiant saint. (scoffs) PLEASE!



-->"No one understands, but Major Tom sees. 'Now the light commands. This is my home. I'm coming home.'""

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-->"No one understands, but Major Tom sees. 'Now the light commands. This is my home. I'm coming home.'""'"



--> ''Only once can you do it though.''

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--> ''Only ''"Only once can you do it though.''"''



--->'''Sokka:''' ''[sadly]'' ''My'' first girlfriend turned into the ''moon''.\\

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--->'''Sokka:''' --->'''Sokka''': ''[sadly]'' ''My'' first girlfriend turned into the ''moon''.\\



'''Zuko:''' ...That's rough, buddy.

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'''Zuko:''' ...'''Zuko''': ...That's rough, buddy.



--> '''Phineas:''' Bye! Have fun evolving past the need for physical existence!

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--> '''Phineas:''' '''Phineas''': Bye! Have fun evolving past the need for physical existence!


** AD&D 1st Edition ''Deities & Demogods Cyclopedia''. If a PlayerCharacter becomes high enough CharacterLevel, obtains high enough scores in TheSixStats, has been a loyal follower of their CharacterAlignment and deity, has a group of people believe that he is a deity and worship him, and fulfils a series of divine quests, he can (if the GameMaster agrees) undergo divine ascension and become a deity. Unfortunately, this means that the character immediately becomes a NonPlayerCharacter under the GameMaster's control.

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** AD&D 1st Edition ''Deities & Demogods Cyclopedia''. Cyclopedia''
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If a PlayerCharacter becomes high enough CharacterLevel, obtains high enough scores in TheSixStats, has been a loyal follower of their CharacterAlignment and deity, has a group of people believe that he is a deity and worship him, and fulfils a series of divine quests, he can (if the GameMaster agrees) undergo divine ascension and become a deity. Unfortunately, this means that the character immediately becomes a NonPlayerCharacter under the GameMaster's control.control.
*** The Myth/HinduMythology deity Yama was the first mortal human being. His destructive abilities so impressed the gods that they made him one of them.


** AD&D 1st Edition ''Deities and Demogods Cyclopedia''. If a PlayerCharacter becomes high enough CharacterLevel, obtains high enough scores in TheSixStats, has been a loyal follower of their CharacterAlignment and deity, has a group of people believe that he is a deity and worship him, and fulfils a series of divine quests, he can (if the GameMaster agrees) undergo divine ascension and become a deity. Unfortunately, this means that the character immediately becomes a NonPlayerCharacter under the GameMaster's control.

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** AD&D 1st Edition ''Deities and & Demogods Cyclopedia''. If a PlayerCharacter becomes high enough CharacterLevel, obtains high enough scores in TheSixStats, has been a loyal follower of their CharacterAlignment and deity, has a group of people believe that he is a deity and worship him, and fulfils a series of divine quests, he can (if the GameMaster agrees) undergo divine ascension and become a deity. Unfortunately, this means that the character immediately becomes a NonPlayerCharacter under the GameMaster's control.

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