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* ''Literature/TheLastDragonChronicles'': The fourth book reveals that [[spoiler:David did this, and at the end he gets better]].

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* ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'': The fourth book reveals that [[spoiler:David did this, and at the end he gets better]].

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* ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'': ''Literature/TheLastDragonChronicles'': The fourth book reveals that [[spoiler:David did this, and at the end he gets better]].

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* In ''"Literature/TheEgg"'' by Creator/AndyWeir: [[spoiler: Once every life has been lived, "you" will become a God.]]


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** The Time of Troubles were caused by some foolish gods that also were mortals before (or so some in-universe people claim), Bane, Myrkul and Bhaal, at the time gods of Tyranny, Death and Murder, they became gods by first slaying some random god (or titan, this is unclear), then deciding they wanted more they sought to kill Jergal, until then god of a ton of things related to Death, Jergal was bored and tired and offered to become their assistant in return of the three splitting their duties, Bane took Tyranny hoping that he would lead the trio, Myrkul took Death because everybody (even gods) could die, so he would rule over all himself, and Bhaal decided then to take Murder because he would decide WHEN people die, so he would be above the other two. Eventually Bane and Myrkul caused the Times of Trouble by attempting to steal power from the AO, the "Overgod", that is maybe the only real god in the Forgotten Realms (AO was never mortal, can't be killed, is the creator of the universe or of the crystal sphere, depending if the Game Master is using only the Forgotten Realms canon or one where Planescape+Multiverse is also valid).
** It is implied AO job is enforce the rules among gods, and that he can promote, or demote, to godhood anyone he wants, also it is implied stuff like Jergal willingly giving his powers to a trio of adventurers only happen if AO approves.

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* ''VideoGame/TheiaTheCrimsonEclipse'': After his HeroicSacrifice in Altilliah's Heart, Rudra become the guardian spirit of the third moon. This allows him to create a giant spectral version of himself that defeats the BigBad, Halcon.


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* ''Anime/EighteenIf'': There are two kinds of worlds in this series: the waking world and the dream world. People in the dream world can influence the waking world, while people who die in the waking world still exist in the dream world. The finale introduces a third world, [[{{Heaven}} the realm of God]]. The protagonist Haruto decides to go there, even after having the chance to return to the waking world.
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', this is what the Battlefront was created to fight because they feared they would be reincarnated as something low such as a barnacle. Fortunately they get over it later.
* In ''Anime/CasshanRobotHunter'', Tetsuya's soul rejoins that of his parents and the three become a beam of light that activates the failsafe to shut down the evil robots.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' there are two basic kinds of power, magic and espers.
** The espers have six commonly assigned levels from people without reliably accessible powers at 0 to those at level 5 who can perform feats like mass mind control, invulnerability or generation of electricity powerful enough to make weapons grade railguns. Beyond level 5, however, is an almost impenetrable wall blocking off the hypothetical level 6, which would be a level of power that could be called godlike. In magical terms, this would be known as an angel and numerous attempts have been made to artificially create one using either Accelerator or Kakine, none of which have been successful. [[spoiler:The closest, however, came in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' when Mikoto was shown to be the third person capable of such a shift with the process nearly reaching completion before being shut down.]] If someone ''were'' to be forcibly raised to level 6, however, they would not actually become an angel because all the seats for angels have been filled; There's no room left in Heaven for more. Instead, they would self destruct and cause damage enough to easily wipe out a city. [[spoiler:Accelerator, however, is able to briefly ascend naturally on his own during the events of World War III (complete with white wings and a halo!) and use that power to help stop Fiamma of the Right's plan, though he powers back down afterward from the stress]].
** The magic side both knows this and unlike certain mad scientists don't want to just see it happen ForScience, so instead they pursue the title of Magic God, which is a being who is almost omnipotent, but with very unreliable powers. The last known person to achieve this was known as Othinus, who became the Magic God instead of Ollerus. [[spoiler:She's also the original Odin and more such beings like her exist.]]



* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', Lain disappears from the Earth after deleting her memory from everybody's minds. Also, Eiri Masami.
* Utena Tenjou disappears from her world in the end of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' television series (and manga) upon achieving her ultimate goal.

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* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', Lain disappears from the Earth after deleting her memory from everybody's minds. Also, Eiri Masami.
* Utena Tenjou disappears from her world
Son Goku in the end last episode of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' television ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' (it's hinted at), as he says goodbye to his friends and family, then leaves and apparently merges with Shenron and the Dragon Balls.
* Subverted in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. In the
series (and manga) upon achieving finale, the title character and CuteAlienGirl Eureka decides to sacrifice her ultimate goal.mortal form and become the new Coralian Control Cluster, replacing the previous one which had been destroyed by series BigBad Dewey Novak, in order to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Her LoveInterest, series lead Renton Thurston, talks her out of it and their [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming newly sentient]] HumongousMecha, the Nirvash type ZERO, does it instead.
* A more optimistic way of way of looking at what happened to the dragons in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Toki and Raoh both literally ascend to the Heavens when they die. Kaioh also has his own version of this by engulfing himself with lava with the corpse of Hyoh after being defeated by Kenshiro.



* In ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'', Hatou eventually realizes the truth behind the theory of everything and becomes something that "exists but does not exist" and watches over evolution as the universe begins again, so she can finally watch over Yukari and make sure she lives. [[spoiler: Needless to say, Yukari isn't happy that her friend opted for this way just to save her and her wish for Hatou to return to a physical being, and Hatou remembering how the two met, does so.]]
* ''Probably'' what happens in ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' when a Haibane takes the Day of Flight, assuming that they were put in the EpiphanicPrison for a reason.



* In the final ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' movie ''Be Invoked'', everyone in the universe is killed, and then their souls float through space.
* Dakki from the ''Manga/SoulHunter'' manga.

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* Implied to be what happens to some Newtypes after death in the Universal Century continuity of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''.
* ''Probably'' what happens in ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' when a Haibane takes the Day of Flight, assuming that they were put in the EpiphanicPrison for a reason.
* What becomes of the titular {{sexbot}} in ''Malice@Doll''. ItMakesSenseInContext, [[MindScrew kinda]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', Tieria Erde in the final ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' movie ''Be Invoked'', everyone TV finale when his physical body was killed by Ribbons but he uploaded himself into Veda to continue looking after the human race. But he gets better in the movie.
* In ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'', Hatou eventually realizes the truth behind the theory of everything and becomes something that "exists but does not exist" and watches over evolution as
the universe is killed, begins again, so she can finally watch over Yukari and then their souls float through space.
make sure she lives. [[spoiler: Needless to say, Yukari isn't happy that her friend opted for this way just to save her and her wish for Hatou to return to a physical being, and Hatou remembering how the two met, does so.]]
* Dakki In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', after the spirit of the Fourth Hokage, Naruto's father, appears in Naruto's mind to stop him from releasing the ''Manga/SoulHunter'' manga.Kyuubi, he rebuilds the seal, puts his faith in him, and fades away, now in peace with the fact that Naruto's determination has returned and that the Kyuubi will not roam the world again.



* Son Goku in the last episode of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' (it's hinted at), as he says goodbye to his friends and family, then leaves and apparently merges with Shenron and the Dragon Balls.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Toki and Raoh both literally ascend to the Heavens when they die. Kaioh also has his own version of this by engulfing himself with lava with the corpse of Hyoh after being defeated by Kenshiro.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', Tieria Erde in the TV finale when his physical body was killed by Ribbons but he uploaded himself into Veda to continue looking after the human race. But he gets better in the movie.
* The ultimate goal of various groups in ''Anime/RahXephon'' is for Ayato and Quon to achieve Yolteotl.
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', this is what the Battlefront was created to fight because they feared they would be reincarnated as something low such as a barnacle. Fortunately they get over it later.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', after the spirit of the Fourth Hokage, Naruto's father, appears in Naruto's mind to stop him from releasing the Kyuubi, he rebuilds the seal, puts his faith in him, and fades away, now in peace with the fact that Naruto's determination has returned and that the Kyuubi will not roam the world again.

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* Son Goku in the last episode of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' (it's hinted at), as he says goodbye to his friends and family, then leaves and apparently merges with Shenron and the Dragon Balls.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Toki and Raoh both literally ascend to the Heavens when they die. Kaioh also has his own version of this by engulfing himself with lava with the corpse of Hyoh after being defeated by Kenshiro.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', Tieria Erde in the TV finale when his physical body was killed by Ribbons but he uploaded himself into Veda to continue looking after the human race. But he gets better in the movie.
* The ultimate goal of various groups in ''Anime/RahXephon'' is for Ayato and Quon to achieve Yolteotl.
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', this is what the Battlefront was created to fight because they feared they would be reincarnated as something low such as a barnacle. Fortunately they get over it later.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', after the spirit of the Fourth Hokage, Naruto's father, appears in Naruto's mind to stop him from releasing the Kyuubi, he rebuilds the seal, puts his faith in him, and fades away, now in peace with the fact that Naruto's determination has
''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Stocking returned and that to Heaven near the Kyuubi will not roam end only to return in time for the world again.finale.



* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Stocking returned to Heaven near the end only to return in time for the finale.

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* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Stocking returned to Heaven near the end only to return The ultimate goal of various groups in time ''Anime/RahXephon'' is for the finale.Ayato and Quon to achieve Yolteotl.



* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' there are two basic kinds of power, magic and espers.
** The espers have six commonly assigned levels from people without reliably accessible powers at 0 to those at level 5 who can perform feats like mass mind control, invulnerability or generation of electricity powerful enough to make weapons grade railguns. Beyond level 5, however, is an almost impenetrable wall blocking off the hypothetical level 6, which would be a level of power that could be called godlike. In magical terms, this would be known as an angel and numerous attempts have been made to artificially create one using either Accelerator or Kakine, none of which have been successful. [[spoiler:The closest, however, came in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' when Mikoto was shown to be the third person capable of such a shift with the process nearly reaching completion before being shut down.]] If someone ''were'' to be forcibly raised to level 6, however, they would not actually become an angel because all the seats for angels have been filled; There's no room left in Heaven for more. Instead, they would self destruct and cause damage enough to easily wipe out a city. [[spoiler:Accelerator, however, is able to briefly ascend naturally on his own during the events of World War III (complete with white wings and a halo!) and use that power to help stop Fiamma of the Right's plan, though he powers back down afterward from the stress]].
** The magic side both knows this and unlike certain mad scientists don't want to just see it happen ForScience, so instead they pursue the title of Magic God, which is a being who is almost omnipotent, but with very unreliable powers. The last known person to achieve this was known as Othinus, who became the Magic God instead of Ollerus. [[spoiler:She's also the original Odin and more such beings like her exist.]]

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* Utena Tenjou disappears from her world in the end of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' television series (and manga) upon achieving her ultimate goal.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' there are two basic kinds of power, magic and espers.
** The espers have six commonly assigned levels from people without reliably accessible powers at 0 to those at level 5 who can perform feats like mass mind control, invulnerability or generation of electricity powerful enough to make weapons grade railguns. Beyond level 5, however, is an almost impenetrable wall blocking off the hypothetical level 6, which would be a level of power that could be called godlike. In magical terms, this would be known as an angel and numerous attempts have been made to artificially create one using either Accelerator or Kakine, none of which have been successful. [[spoiler:The closest, however, came in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' when Mikoto was shown to be the third person capable of such a shift with the process nearly reaching completion before being shut down.]] If someone ''were'' to be forcibly raised to level 6, however, they would not actually become an angel because all the seats for angels have been filled; There's no room left in Heaven for more. Instead, they would self destruct and cause damage enough to easily wipe out a city. [[spoiler:Accelerator, however, is able to briefly ascend naturally on his own during the events of World War III (complete with white wings and a halo!) and use that power to help stop Fiamma of the Right's plan, though he powers back down afterward
''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', Lain disappears from the stress]].
** The magic side both knows this and unlike certain mad scientists don't want to just see it happen ForScience, so instead they pursue the title of Magic God, which is a being who is almost omnipotent, but with very unreliable powers. The last known person to achieve this was known as Othinus, who became the Magic God instead of Ollerus. [[spoiler:She's also the original Odin and more such beings like
Earth after deleting her exist.]]memory from everybody's minds. Also, Eiri Masami.



* In ''Anime/CasshanRobotHunter'', Tetsuya's soul rejoins that of his parents and the three become a beam of light that activates the failsafe to shut down the evil robots.
* A more optimistic way of way of looking at [[spoiler: what happened to the dragons]] in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* Implied to be what happens to some Newtypes after death in the Universal Century continuity of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''.
* ''Anime/EighteenIf'': There are two kinds of worlds in this series: the waking world and the dream world. People in the dream world can influence the waking world, while people who die in the waking world still exist in the dream world. The finale introduces a third world, [[{{Heaven}} the realm of God]]. The protagonist Haruto decides to go there, even after having the chance to return to the waking world.
* What becomes of the titular {{sexbot}} in ''Malice@Doll''. ItMakesSenseInContext, [[MindScrew kinda]].

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%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * Dakki from the ''Manga/SoulHunter'' manga.
* In ''Anime/CasshanRobotHunter'', Tetsuya's soul rejoins that of his parents and the three become a beam of light that activates the failsafe to shut down the evil robots.
* A more optimistic way of way of looking at [[spoiler: what happened to the dragons]] in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* Implied to be what happens to some Newtypes after death
final ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' movie ''Be Invoked'', everyone in the Universal Century continuity of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''.
* ''Anime/EighteenIf'': There are two kinds of worlds in this series: the waking world
universe is killed, and the dream world. People in the dream world can influence the waking world, while people who die in the waking world still exist in the dream world. The finale introduces a third world, [[{{Heaven}} the realm of God]]. The protagonist Haruto decides to go there, even after having the chance to return to the waking world.
* What becomes of the titular {{sexbot}} in ''Malice@Doll''. ItMakesSenseInContext, [[MindScrew kinda]].
then their souls float through space.



* Subverted in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. In the series finale, the title character and CuteAlienGirl Eureka decides to sacrifice her mortal form and become the new Coralian Control Cluster, replacing the previous one which had been destroyed by series BigBad Dewey Novak, in order to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Her LoveInterest, series lead Renton Thurston, talks her out of it and their [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming newly sentient]] HumongousMecha, the Nirvash type ZERO, does it instead.



* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders'': Jennifer is turned into a new God by the Scientist, but appears to die when she absorbs all the energy of an alien starship engine fuelled by artificial stars. After absorbing all the power of the Scientist's [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens "Fathers"]] as well, it appears that she intervenes to save her friends one last time, having become an immaterial CosmicEntity who then drifts away from Earth.
** ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': After a billion years of traversing the cosmos with Torquemada's evil soul contained inside until Earth's sun goes supernova, the Blitzspear ascends into Nemesis' pandimensional mothership the Milchspear, allowing Torquemada a chance to escape.



* The Ancient One, ComicBook/DoctorStrange's mentor, became one with the universe after his death, though he was still available for an occasional consultation.
* In ''ComicBook/TheOneHundredNightsOfHero'', three young princesses are trapped in a mirror realm when their father breaks their portal home. They end up becoming the [[WeirdMoon moons]]. [[spoiler:And in the end, the main characters become a constellation.]]
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'':
** Guardians end up passing on into part of the "Chaos Force" when they die. When Knuckles was killed trying to save Dimitri from Mammoth Mogul, he ascended and met other fallen Guardians. However, Knuckles refused to stay and came back to life just in time for the Xorda Invasion.
** The Ancient Walkers and the Neo Walkers have done the same, though the Neo Walkers tend to bounce between ascending and descending, especially Merlin.
* The Speed Force seems not only to be the source of power for all the Speedsters in the DCU, but also their Valhalla. Several of them (such as Johnny Quick and Max Mercury) have been absorbed into it. The only reason [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]] never succumbed to the urge to do so is that his love for Linda would make living without her (even in paradise) unbearable.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'': After dying from over-exposure to the Sun, 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.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Mr. Mxyzptlk tries to usurp an infinite power. However, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} claims it before he can seize it, and ascends. After beating Mxy up and making him run away her power fades and she becomes human again.
** In ''ComicBook/TwoForTheDeathOfOne'', evil sorcerers Satanis and Syrene look to become gods by absorbing the powerful energies contained within the Runestone of Merlin. Syrene certainly feels like she is becoming a goddess as leeching off its power.
--->'''Syrene:''' "The power insinuates my body. And it feels so very, very good. I see things, Satanis, things I've never imagined. Worlds and planes... levels within levels... realities so far beyond any ever seen by man. I see myself a goddess over planets not yet born. It is wonderful, Satanis... inspiring... and almost impossible! All that can be is within my very grasp! All ready to be taken. All ready to be plucked!
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': Ore was fused with a generator and killed, but he comes back to life
when it comes into proximity to a massive Transformer known as a Metrotitan. Ore manages to cheer Swerve up from his HeroicBSOD, and Swerve later talks to Rung, revealing that when the Metrotitan disappeared, Ore ascended into the Allspark (part of the conversation revealed Swerve as a believer and Ore as an atheist). This does go into MaybeMagicMaybeMundane because later Rodimus theorizes that the Metrotitan teleported away, and because Ore was brought back by his energy, he was teleported to where ever the titan went.



* Toward the end of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dr. Manhattan leaves Earth with the stated intention of creating life elsewhere, thus making himself the technical definition of a god.
** Dr. Manhattan's ''origin'' was also an example of this trope. John Osterman's physical body was destroyed, but his intellect endured, and managed to come back as something greater. At one point he even refers to Osterman and himself in different contexts, indicating he considers himself an entirely new being.
* In the ''ComicBook/WildCATS'' revamp Travis Charest drew, Lord Emp was becoming a High Kherubian Lord and wanted his arch-nemesis to kill him as part of the ascension process. His body had become child-sized and shriveled, but he didn't care because he was about to transcend mortal concerns.
* Jim Sacks from ''[[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Lobster Johnson]]: The Iron Prometheus''. His exposure to Vril energy turned him into a "newly evolved super-being," causing him to come back from death once. Then, when his body was burnt to the bone, his spirit passed into "the universe with all her mysteries stripped away," but not before he used his new powers to blast his enemies to a crisp.
* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Diana gets killed by Neron taking advantage of a spell siphoning a portion of her power to ComicBook/{{Artemis}}, but her patrons bring her body back to life as the Goddess of Truth. She's then stuck on Olympus until she breaks the rules enough that she's downgraded back into the superpowered human she was originally allowing her to return to earth.



* The Speed Force seems not only to be the source of power for all the Speedsters in the DCU, but also their Valhalla. Several of them (such as Johnny Quick and Max Mercury) have been absorbed into it. The only reason [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]] never succumbed to the urge to do so is that his love for Linda would make living without her (even in paradise) unbearable.
* In the ''ComicBook/WildCATS'' revamp Travis Charest drew, Lord Emp was becoming a High Kherubian Lord and wanted his arch-nemesis to kill him as part of the ascension process. His body had become child-sized and shriveled, but he didn't care because he was about to transcend mortal concerns.
* Jim Sacks from ''[[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Lobster Johnson]]: The Iron Prometheus''. His exposure to Vril energy turned him into a "newly evolved super-being," causing him to come back from death once. Then, when his body was burnt to the bone, his spirit passed into "the universe with all her mysteries stripped away," but not before he used his new powers to blast his enemies to a crisp.
* Toward the end of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dr. Manhattan leaves Earth with the stated intention of creating life elsewhere, thus making himself the technical definition of a god.
** Dr. Manhattan's ''origin'' was also an example of this trope. John Osterman's physical body was destroyed, but his intellect endured, and managed to come back as something greater. At one point he even refers to Osterman and himself in different contexts, indicating he considers himself an entirely new being.
* The Ancient One, ComicBook/DoctorStrange's mentor, became one with the universe after his death, though he was still available for an occasional consultation.
* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: Ore was fused with a generator and killed, but he comes back to life when it comes into proximity to a massive Transformer known as a Metrotitan. Ore manages to cheer Swerve up from his HeroicBSOD, and Swerve later talks to Rung, revealing that when the Metrotitan disappeared, Ore ascended into the Allspark (part of the conversation revealed Swerve as a believer and Ore as an atheist). This does go into MaybeMagicMaybeMundane because later Rodimus theorizes that the Metrotitan teleported away, and because Ore was brought back by his energy, he was teleported to where ever the titan went.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'':
** Guardians end up passing on into part of the "Chaos Force" when they die. When Knuckles was killed trying to save Dimitri from Mammoth Mogul, he ascended and met other fallen Guardians. However, Knuckles refused to stay and came back to life just in time for the Xorda Invasion.
** The Ancient Walkers and the Neo Walkers have done the same, though the Neo Walkers tend to bounce between ascending and descending, especially Merlin.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'': After dying from over-exposure to the Sun, 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.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Mr. Mxyzptlk tries to usurp an infinite power. However, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} claims it before he can seize it, and ascends. After beating Mxy up and making him run away her power fades and she becomes human again.
** In ''ComicBook/TwoForTheDeathOfOne'', evil sorcerers Satanis and Syrene look to become gods by absorbing the powerful energies contained within the Runestone of Merlin. Syrene certainly feels like she is becoming a goddess as leeching off its power.
--->'''Syrene:''' "The power insinuates my body. And it feels so very, very good. I see things, Satanis, things I've never imagined. Worlds and planes... levels within levels... realities so far beyond any ever seen by man. I see myself a goddess over planets not yet born. It is wonderful, Satanis... inspiring... and almost impossible! All that can be is within my very grasp! All ready to be taken. All ready to be plucked!
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders'': Jennifer is turned into a new God by the Scientist, but appears to die when she absorbs all the energy of an alien starship engine fuelled by artificial stars. After absorbing all the power of the Scientist's [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens "Fathers"]] as well, it appears that she intervenes to save her friends one last time, having become an immaterial CosmicEntity who then drifts away from Earth.
** ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': After a billion years of traversing the cosmos with Torquemada's evil soul contained inside until Earth's sun goes supernova, the Blitzspear ascends into Nemesis' pandimensional mothership the Milchspear, allowing Torquemada a chance to escape.
* In ''ComicBook/TheOneHundredNightsOfHero'', three young princesses are trapped in a mirror realm when their father breaks their portal home. They end up becoming the [[WeirdMoon moons]]. [[spoiler:And in the end, the main characters become a constellation.]]
* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Diana gets killed by Neron taking advantage of a spell siphoning a portion of her power to ComicBook/{{Artemis}}, but her patrons bring her body back to life as the Goddess of Truth. She's then stuck on Olympus until she breaks the rules enough that she's downgraded back into the superpowered human she was originally allowing her to return to earth.



* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'': If it doesn't follow the ''exact'' path of the [[GodEmperor God-Emperor of Mankind]] of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, this is almost certainly going to be the conclusion of the life of this universe's Shinji Ikari, as well as possibly Asuka and Rei.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': At the climax of the story, Rei set Third Impact off to bring Asuka and Misato back from the dead at the behest of Shinji. She collected two thirds of souls of the whole humankind (rather than all human souls as she did in the original timeline), pumped energies of the Warp -a dimension of pure, raw energy- into Shinji, Asuka, Misato and herself and used the harvested souls to shape their new bodies. The four of them ascended and were reborn as ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the New Chaos Gods]]''.

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* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'': If it doesn't follow the ''exact'' path of the [[GodEmperor God-Emperor of Mankind]] of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' universe, this is almost certainly going to be the conclusion of the life of this universe's Shinji Ikari, as well as possibly Asuka and Rei.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': At the climax of the story, Rei set Third Impact off to bring Asuka and Misato back from the dead at the behest of Shinji. She collected two thirds of souls of the whole humankind (rather than all human souls as she did in the original timeline), pumped energies of the Warp -a dimension of pure, raw energy- into Shinji, Asuka, Misato and herself and used the harvested souls to shape their new bodies. The four of them ascended and were reborn as ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''[[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 the New Chaos Gods]]''.



* In ''FanFic/TransformersPrimeTimeWar'', [[spoiler: Smokescreen]] does this briefly before returning to the physical world as a [[spoiler: Prime]], now possessing the strength he needs to defeat Megatron.
* The [[BadFuture Dark World arc]] of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' reveals that a few years into [[BigBad Discord's]] conquest of the world, this happened to ''every'' sentient cow in Equestria. [[NoodleIncident Somehow]]. Considering this is Discord's WorldOfChaos, that doesn't warrant the same reaction it does in our world.
** The ''7 Dreams/Nightmares'' collection reveals that [[spoiler: during the CosmicRetcon of G3, the Alicorns allowed all of the Breezies to ascend to Pony Heaven, rather than be [[RetGone erased]] (as was the original plan). The only one who didn't was Zipzee, who [[IChooseToStay chose]] to stay behind and look after Rainbow Dash, in the process merging with Posey's Shadow of Existence to become Fluttershy.]]

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* In ''FanFic/TransformersPrimeTimeWar'', [[spoiler: Smokescreen]] ''Fanfic/TransformersPrimeTimeWar'', Smokescreen does this briefly before returning to the physical world as a [[spoiler: Prime]], now possessing the strength he needs to defeat Megatron.
* The [[BadFuture Dark World arc]] of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' reveals that a few years into [[BigBad Discord's]] conquest of the world, this happened to ''every'' sentient cow in Equestria. [[NoodleIncident Somehow]]. Considering this is Discord's WorldOfChaos, that doesn't warrant the same reaction it does in our world.
** The ''7 Dreams/Nightmares'' collection reveals that [[spoiler: during the CosmicRetcon of G3, the Alicorns allowed all of the Breezies to ascend to Pony Heaven, rather than be [[RetGone erased]] (as was the original plan). The only one who didn't was Zipzee, who [[IChooseToStay chose]] to stay behind and look after Rainbow Dash, in the process merging with Posey's Shadow of Existence to become Fluttershy.]]



* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Dr. Steven]] of ''FanFic/GoddessRebornChronicle'', by rumor. Quite fitting, considering its [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei source materials]].
* In the ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' fic ''FanFic/NoGraveCanHoldMyBodyDown'', Max saved [[spoiler:Arcadia Bay]] from the paradox storm by becoming something akin to its [[GeniusLoci patron spirit]]. Whether this makes her a true deity or not is deliberately left ambiguous.

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* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Dr. Steven]] of ''FanFic/GoddessRebornChronicle'', ''Fanfic/GoddessRebornChronicle'', by rumor. Quite fitting, considering its [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei source materials]].
* In the ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' fic ''FanFic/NoGraveCanHoldMyBodyDown'', ''Fanfic/NoGraveCanHoldMyBodyDown'', Max saved [[spoiler:Arcadia Bay]] from the paradox storm by becoming something akin to its [[GeniusLoci patron spirit]]. Whether this makes her a true deity or not is deliberately left ambiguous.



-->'''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 Sully:''' 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''': Hang on Grace, we're gonna fix you up.''\\
'''Dr. Grace Augustine''': Jake.
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'''Jake Sully''': Grace?''...'''Jake:''' Hang on Grace, we're gonna fix you up.\\
'''Dr. Grace Augustine''': I'm with Her, Jake. She's real''...Augustine:''' Jake.\\
'''Jake Sully''': Sully:''' Grace?...\\
'''Dr. Grace Augustine:''' I'm with Her, Jake. She's real...\\
'''Jake Sully:'''
Grace?... Grace!? What's happening?[She 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''' Where were the starfighters?\\
'''Grig''' I told you, when Zure attacked.\\
'''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:''' Where were the starfighters?\\
'''Grig''' '''Grig:''' I told you, when Zure attacked.\\
'''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.



-->'''Obi-Wan''': If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

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-->'''Obi-Wan''': -->'''Obi-Wan:''' If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.






* Creator/JackChalker has a couple of books/series that reference this

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* ''VideoGame/SelfCheckoutUnlimited'': The Moksha ending, where you essentially become one with everything, but you lose all sense of self and have to wait (possibly forever) for the rest of humanity to catch up.



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'', one possible ending has Kurou, Al Azif, and Demonbane all ascend together and become Elder Gods. In the sequel, which follows a timeline in which this did not happen, [[spoiler:the Elder God versions still show up at the end to help their alternate selves tear Nyarlathotep a new one. Traveling to alternate worlds is child's play to an Elder God, after all.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'', one possible ending has Kurou, Al Azif, and Demonbane all ascend together and become Elder Gods. In the sequel, which follows a timeline in which this did not happen, [[spoiler:the the Elder God versions still show up at the end to help their alternate selves tear Nyarlathotep a new one. Traveling to alternate worlds is child's play to an Elder God, after all.]]



--->'''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.



* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':


* The [[ThePrecursors Titans]] in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' play a bit with this trope: They ascended and essentially became gods thanks to the PowerOfRock.

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* The [[ThePrecursors [[{{Precursors}} Titans]] in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' play a bit with this trope: They ascended and essentially became gods thanks to the PowerOfRock.



* The Zroni, a {{precursor}} culture introduced in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'''s Ancient Relics DLC, ascended entirely into the Shroud, leaving the galaxy and their material possessions behind. Unlike the base game precursors, the Zroni civilization is explored through a series of archaeological expeditions (also introduced in Ancient Relics) instead of planetary anomalies.

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* The Zroni, a {{precursor}} second culture of {{precursors}} introduced in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'''s Ancient Relics DLC, ascended entirely into the Shroud, leaving the galaxy and their material possessions behind. Unlike the base game precursors, the Zroni civilization is explored through a series of archaeological expeditions (also introduced in Ancient Relics) instead of planetary anomalies.


* In the quasi-anime ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'', Jordan becomes the new Avatar, with the task (curse?) of watching over the universe for the next 10,000 years.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', if you have reached the top of the Echeladder, die on your Medium's Quest Bed and still have your dream self alive, you can ascend to God Tier and become near [[{{Immortality}} immortal]]. This is how John, Jade and Vriska reached God Tier. Coincidentally, they are all Prospit Dreamers, but Derse Dreamers do have Quest Beds on their planet. However, should you not have one of these things done, [[KilledOffForReal well...]]
** The second method of ascension, shown by Dave, Rose and Aradia involves dying on a Quest Bed located at the core of Derse. Presumably Prospit Dreamers have their equivalents in the core of Prospit, but we have not currently seen any. All of the Derse Dreamers who reached God Tier had already lost their non-Dream Selves and ascended with their Dream Self dying on the Quest Bed in the core of Derse.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', if you have reached the top of the Echeladder, die on your Medium's Quest Bed and still have your dream self alive, you can ascend to God Tier and become near [[{{Immortality}} immortal]]. This is how John, Jade and Vriska reached God Tier. Coincidentally, they are all Prospit Dreamers, but Derse Dreamers do have Quest Beds on their planet. However, should you not have one of these things done, [[KilledOffForReal well...]]
** The second method of ascension, shown by Dave, Rose Rose, Aradia, and Aradia everyone in the B2 session, involves dying on a Quest Bed located at the core of Derse. Presumably Prospit Dreamers have their equivalents in the core of Prospit, but we have not currently seen any. or Derse. All of the Derse Dreamers players who reached God Tier this way had already lost their non-Dream Selves access to either their dream self, or real body, and ascended with their Dream Self their sole remaining body dying on the Quest Bed in the core of Derse.their dream planet.


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* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'': Jordan throws a massive wrench into the BigBad's plans by becoming the new Avatar, with the task (curse?) of watching over the universe for the next 10,000 years.

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* ''Film/TrailOfTheBrokenBlade'' ends with the hero and villain killing each other in a sword duel. To emphasize it's a happy ending for the hero, his soul is seen leaving his body and ascending into the clouds while the villain just... dies.


* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Guardians end up passing on into part of the "Chaos Force" when they die. When Knuckles was killed trying to save Dimitri from Mammoth Mogul, he ascended and met other fallen Guardians. However, Knuckles refused to stay and came back to life just in time for the Xorda Invasion.

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* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'':
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Guardians end up passing on into part of the "Chaos Force" when they die. When Knuckles was killed trying to save Dimitri from Mammoth Mogul, he ascended and met other fallen Guardians. However, Knuckles refused to stay and came back to life just in time for the Xorda Invasion.


'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''

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'''As generally a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''


%%* ''Film/{{Lucy}}'': Lucy has a fate similar to Bowman.%%Which is?

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%%* * ''Film/{{Lucy}}'': Lucy has a fate similar to Bowman.%%Which is?does this upon [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain gaining control over 100% of her brain capacity]], leaving behind her physical body and becoming one with the universe.


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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.
* In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Mr. Mxyzptlk tries to usurp an infinite power. However, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} claims it before he can seize it, and ascends. After beating Mxy up and making him run away her power fades and she becomes human again.

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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
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''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'': After dying from over-exposure to the sun, Franchise/{{Superman}} Sun, 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.
* ** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Mr. Mxyzptlk tries to usurp an infinite power. However, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} claims it before he can seize it, and ascends. After beating Mxy up and making him run away her power fades and she becomes human again.again.
** In ''ComicBook/TwoForTheDeathOfOne'', evil sorcerers Satanis and Syrene look to become gods by absorbing the powerful energies contained within the Runestone of Merlin. Syrene certainly feels like she is becoming a goddess as leeching off its power.
--->'''Syrene:''' "The power insinuates my body. And it feels so very, very good. I see things, Satanis, things I've never imagined. Worlds and planes... levels within levels... realities so far beyond any ever seen by man. I see myself a goddess over planets not yet born. It is wonderful, Satanis... inspiring... and almost impossible! All that can be is within my very grasp! All ready to be taken. All ready to be plucked!


** You can ascend by accomplishing an impossible miracle, being worshipped after death by large groups of people, or swearing into a Guardian Contract with the world. However, it's a pretty raw deal, as while it [[BlessedWithSuck grants apparent immortality,]] you do not retain the memories of incarnations sent into the world, exist outside time and Guardians get the extra special benefit of getting sent to 'preserve the balance' ie. kill lots of people so they don't kill even more people. They don't remember doing this after going back where they come from, but they know it's happened and know they're doing it. Oh, and you don't get any free will either unless you happen to be participating in the Grail War. Did we mention that the Grail will eat your soul if you're a Heroic Spirit? That means you don't even get reincarnation like normal humans. Yay ascension!
** On the other hand, [[UpdatedRerelease Realta Nua's Last Episode]] implies a brighter form of ascension when Shirou manages to reunite with Saber in Avalon.

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** You can ascend by accomplishing an impossible miracle, being worshipped after death by large groups of people, or swearing into a Guardian Contract with the world. However, it's a pretty raw deal, as while it [[BlessedWithSuck grants apparent immortality,]] you do not retain the memories of incarnations sent into the world, exist outside time and Guardians get the extra special benefit of getting sent to 'preserve the balance' ie. kill lots of people so they don't kill even more people. They don't remember doing this after going back where they come from, but they know it's happened and know they're doing it. Oh, and you don't get any free will either unless you happen to be participating in the Grail War. Did we mention that the Grail will eat your soul if you're a Heroic Spirit? That means you don't even get reincarnation like normal humans. Yay ascension!
** On the other hand,
[[UpdatedRerelease Realta Nua's Last Episode]] implies a brighter form of ascension when Shirou manages to reunite with Saber in Avalon.

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