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** The Reapers are immensely powerful. [[spoiler:At the end of the first game, one is destroyed but it takes nearly an entire fleet with it. There are still thousands more out there]]. About every 50,000 years they return to the Milky Way and wipe out all advanced organic life. They've been doing this for at LEAST 37 million years.

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** The Reapers are immensely powerful. [[spoiler:At the end of the first game, one is destroyed but it takes nearly an entire fleet with it. There are still thousands more out there]]. About every 50,000 years they return to the Milky Way and wipe out all advanced organic life. They've been doing this for at LEAST 37 million years.years, which calculates out to ''740 cycles'' '''''as a conservative estimate'''''.


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* Primus in many ''{{Transformers}}'' comics counts, though it's generally taken that he was a god before he got his cyberplanet body, and all his creations are ''also'' [[MechanicalLifeForms robots]].

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* Primus in many ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comics counts, though it's generally taken that he was a god before he got his cyberplanet body, and all his creations are ''also'' [[MechanicalLifeForms robots]].



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* The [=AI=]s in Peter F. Hamilton's ''[[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy Night's Dawn]]'' trilogy fit this trope most of the time, even to the extent of being installed as the fair, intelligent and impartial rulers of certain kingdoms and empires. They're not always perfect, and not universally trusted though.

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* The [=AI=]s [=AIs=] in Peter F. Hamilton's ''[[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy Night's Dawn]]'' trilogy fit this trope most of the time, even to the extent of being installed as the fair, intelligent and impartial rulers of certain kingdoms and empires. They're not always perfect, and not universally trusted though.



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*** In a way, this is a subversion of a DeusExMachina and the classic roots of the trope: [[spoiler:It is Shepard that provides the solution, not the Catalyst. The "Machine God" is the powerless one as he is incapable of stopping the cycle, only Shepard can. He needs Shepard as well for Synthesis, as he or she is proof that organics are ready for synthesis and that Shepard is the one to make it happen because of being both organic and synthetic. Really, in relation to classic relationships between the protagonist and the "god from the machine" of the tropes Greek roots... the roles are BACKWARDS, the protagonist is the solution to the god machine's problem instead of the "God from the Machine" being the solution to the protagonist's problem. In fact Shepard also is the one that makes the Catalyst realize there are new solutions through the Crucible's connection to the Citadel and the fact that Shepard is even conversing with the Catalyst is proof to the Catalyst that his solution will not work anymore. Leviathan states that the goals of "intellegence" have not been fufilled and that it is searching for the solution... which Shepard turns out to be]].

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*** In a way, this is a subversion of a DeusExMachina and the classic roots of the trope: [[spoiler:It is Shepard that provides the solution, not the Catalyst. The "Machine God" is the powerless one as he is incapable of stopping the cycle, only Shepard can. He needs Shepard as well for Synthesis, as he or she is proof that organics are ready for synthesis and that Shepard is the one to make it happen because of being both organic and synthetic. Really, in relation to classic relationships between the protagonist and the "god from the machine" of the tropes Greek roots... the roles are BACKWARDS, the protagonist is the solution to the god machine's problem instead of the "God from the Machine" being the solution to the protagonist's problem. In fact Shepard also is the one that makes the Catalyst realize there are new solutions through the Crucible's connection to the Citadel and the fact that Shepard is even conversing with the Catalyst is proof to the Catalyst that his solution will not work anymore. Leviathan states that the goals of "intellegence" "intelligence" have not been fufilled and that it is searching for the solution... which Shepard turns out to be]].






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* Brainiac 5 exploits this trope during the post-''Zero Hour'' Robotica arc of ''[[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} The Legion]]'' to defeat COMPUTO, his AIIsACrapshoot creation. Back with a whole [[MechaMooks robot army]] at its command, COMPUTO demands that Brainiac 5 upgrade it further - so Brainy upgrades it to the point that it gains a [[AboveGoodAndEvil new, more enlightened perspective]] and ceases to be any kind of a threat.

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* Brainiac 5 exploits this trope during the post-''Zero Hour'' Robotica arc of ''[[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} ''[[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes The Legion]]'' to defeat COMPUTO, his AIIsACrapshoot creation. Back with a whole [[MechaMooks robot army]] at its command, COMPUTO demands that Brainiac 5 upgrade it further - so Brainy upgrades it to the point that it gains a [[AboveGoodAndEvil new, more enlightened perspective]] and ceases to be any kind of a threat.



** The AlternateContinuity of ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' [[ZigZaggingTrope takes this trope for a drunken lightcycle ride]] when it comes to BenevolentAI [=Ma3a=]. On the surface, she's an AI on par with Master Control (or Clu), and an ally to the protagonists. [[spoiler:But when you uncover the game's lore, it turns out that she's a VirtualGhost of Lora Baines-Bradley, who was supposedly killed by the laser used to upload the other human characters, meaning she's a DigitizedHacker and/or the result of BrainUploading. And also given that human Users are {{PhysicalGod}}s in the universe setting, this makes her situation (as neither fully human or AI) ambiguous]].

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** The AlternateContinuity of ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' [[ZigZaggingTrope takes this trope for a drunken lightcycle ride]] when it comes to BenevolentAI [=Ma3a=]. On the surface, she's an AI on par with Master Control (or Clu), and an ally to the protagonists. [[spoiler:But when you uncover the game's lore, it turns out that she's a VirtualGhost of Lora Baines-Bradley, who was supposedly killed by the laser used to upload the other human characters, meaning she's a DigitizedHacker and/or the result of BrainUploading. And also given that human Users are {{PhysicalGod}}s {{Physical God}}s in the universe setting, this makes her situation (as neither fully human or AI) ambiguous]].



* The Machines from the Creator/IsaacAsimov's short stories. [[spoiler:R.Daneel Olivaw]] from his later books.

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* The Machines from the Creator/IsaacAsimov's short stories. [[spoiler:R. Daneel Olivaw]] from his later books.



* In the ''Literature/{{Ravirn}}'' series, the multiverse is run by the supercomputer-goddess Necessity.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Ravirn}}'' series, the multiverse is run by the supercomputer-goddess Necessity. Played with: Necessity came first, then became more of a computer-based system since that made running the multiverse easier.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' brings us the Adeptus Mechanicus, the MachineCult, and the Omnissiah, their Machine God -- which may or may not be either an aspect of the Emperor, or an alias of the Void Dragon, one of the C'Tan gods.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' brings us the Adeptus Mechanicus, the MachineCult, and the Omnissiah, their Machine God -- which may or may not be either an aspect of the Emperor, or an alias of the Void Dragon, one of the C'Tan gods.



* [[{{TabletopGame/Exalted}} Autochthon]] and [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Autochthonia]]. Forever proving [[MeaningfulName no one in any of the World of Darknesses owns a dictionary]].

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* [[{{TabletopGame/Exalted}} [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Autochthon]] and [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Autochthonia]]. Forever proving [[MeaningfulName no one in any of the World of Darknesses owns a dictionary]].



** [=GLaDOS=] had elements of this, but her influence was more or less confined to the Aperture Science Enrichment Center. In cut quotes for ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [=GLaDOS=] mentions that she is the most massive collection of wisdom on Earth, so this trope may still hold.

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** [=GLaDOS=] had elements of this, but her influence was more or less confined to the Aperture Science Enrichment Center. In cut quotes for ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Portal2'', [=GLaDOS=] mentions that she is the most massive collection of wisdom on Earth, so this trope may still hold.



* [[{{Website/Google}} Gugol]] in the distant future of [[{{WebVideo/Starpocalypse}} Starpocalypse]] has become powerful enough that {{God}} is terrified by the mention of it.

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* [[{{Website/Google}} [[Website/{{Google}} Gugol]] in the distant future of [[{{WebVideo/Starpocalypse}} [[WebVideo/{{Starpocalypse}} Starpocalypse]] has become powerful enough that {{God}} is terrified by the mention of it.


Of course, authors ''love'' to subvert the above with the AI either playing god, or becoming insanely evil as the SuperIntelligence makes them into a MasterComputer bent on enslaving humanity. Basically, if TheSmartGuy is a JerkAss because [[DumbIsGood his intelligence makes it hard to be happy]], multiply that by a scagillion for the AI. Then again, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity "power corrupts"]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots seems to apply equally to AIs and humans]]. Or maybe its idea of "help" is somewhat [[LiteralGenie contrary to our desires,]] or [[GoneHorriblyRight contrary to what is actually beneficial for us.]] Or, perhaps most mundanely, it may treat us [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine with as much compassion as]] ''[[HumansAreCthulhu we]]'' [[HumansAreCthulhu treat almost every "lower" form of life on the planet.]]

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Of course, authors ''love'' to subvert the above with the AI either playing god, or becoming insanely evil as the SuperIntelligence makes them into a MasterComputer bent on enslaving humanity. Basically, if TheSmartGuy is a JerkAss because [[DumbIsGood his intelligence makes it hard to be happy]], multiply that by a scagillion for the AI. Then again, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity "power corrupts"]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots seems to apply equally to AIs and humans]]. Or maybe its idea of "help" is somewhat [[LiteralGenie contrary to our desires,]] desires]], or [[GoneHorriblyRight contrary to what is actually beneficial for us.]] us]]. Or, perhaps most mundanely, it may treat us [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine with as much compassion as]] ''[[HumansAreCthulhu we]]'' [[HumansAreCthulhu treat almost every "lower" form of life on the planet.]]
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* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' [[spoiler: ends with the realization that God is actually an evil supercomputer testing a formula.]]

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* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' [[spoiler: ends [[spoiler:ends with the realization that God is actually an evil supercomputer testing a formula.]]formula]].



* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' provides an interesting and a non-conventional example with [[spoiler:the Nirvash typeZERO. Starting its life as a vaguely humanoid lifeform created by [[StarfishAliens the Scub Coral]] in an attempt to make contact with humanity, it is fitted with mechanical upgrades that turn it into a SuperPrototype HumongousMecha, including a very special piece of AppliedPhlebotinum called the Amita Drive that [[EmpathicWeapon allows its abilities to be enhanced by the emotional connection of its pilots]]. ThePowerOfLove proves to be an excellent upgrade, as [[BattleCouple Renton and Eureka]] make the Nirvash ''incredibly'' powerful by the end of the series. Though not much of a godlike entity on its own, the Nirvash is an extension of a planet-sized colony of alien lifeforms with RealityWarper powers, making it a human-piloted piece of an enormous PhysicalGod.]]

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* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' provides an interesting and a non-conventional example with [[spoiler:the Nirvash typeZERO. Starting its life as a vaguely humanoid lifeform created by [[StarfishAliens the Scub Coral]] in an attempt to make contact with humanity, it is fitted with mechanical upgrades that turn it into a SuperPrototype HumongousMecha, including a very special piece of AppliedPhlebotinum called the Amita Drive that [[EmpathicWeapon allows its abilities to be enhanced by the emotional connection of its pilots]]. ThePowerOfLove proves to be an excellent upgrade, as [[BattleCouple Renton and Eureka]] make the Nirvash ''incredibly'' powerful by the end of the series. Though not much of a godlike entity on its own, the Nirvash is an extension of a planet-sized colony of alien lifeforms with RealityWarper powers, making it a human-piloted piece of an enormous PhysicalGod.]]PhysicalGod]].



* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', the man-made [[ClarkesThirdLaw super-advanced and psychic]] [[OrganicTechnology semi-organic]] beings that destroyed the world during the [[WorldWarIII Seven days of Fire]] are refered to as God Warriors. [[spoiler: And when one shows up near the end, he is treated as one. This trope could also apply to the Heart of Shuwa.]]

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* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', the man-made [[ClarkesThirdLaw super-advanced and psychic]] [[OrganicTechnology semi-organic]] beings that destroyed the world during the [[WorldWarIII Seven days of Fire]] are refered to as God Warriors. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And when one shows up near the end, he is treated as one. This trope could also apply to the Heart of Shuwa.]]Shuwa]].



* Jake the accidental AI in [[http://e-pix.com/CPUWARS/index.html CPU WARS.]]

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* Jake the accidental AI in [[http://e-pix.com/CPUWARS/index.html CPU WARS.]]WARS]].



* This is the stated goal of Ceres of the [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles TTSCC]] fan fiction [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5370634/1/Mother-is-the-Name-for-God Mother is the Name for God.]]

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* This is the stated goal of Ceres of the [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles TTSCC]] fan fiction [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5370634/1/Mother-is-the-Name-for-God Mother is the Name for God.]]God]].



** The AlternateContinuity of ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' [[ZigZaggingTrope takes this trope for a drunken lightcycle ride]] when it comes to BenevolentAI [=Ma3a=]. On the surface, she's an AI on par with Master Control (or Clu), and an ally to the protagonists. [[spoiler: But when you uncover the game's lore, it turns out that she's a VirtualGhost of Lora Baines-Bradley, who was supposedly killed by the laser used to upload the other human characters, meaning she's a DigitizedHacker and/or the result of BrainUploading. And also given that human Users are {{PhysicalGod}}s in the universe setting, this makes her situation (as neither fully human or AI) ambiguous.]]

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** The AlternateContinuity of ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' [[ZigZaggingTrope takes this trope for a drunken lightcycle ride]] when it comes to BenevolentAI [=Ma3a=]. On the surface, she's an AI on par with Master Control (or Clu), and an ally to the protagonists. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But when you uncover the game's lore, it turns out that she's a VirtualGhost of Lora Baines-Bradley, who was supposedly killed by the laser used to upload the other human characters, meaning she's a DigitizedHacker and/or the result of BrainUploading. And also given that human Users are {{PhysicalGod}}s in the universe setting, this makes her situation (as neither fully human or AI) ambiguous.]] ambiguous]].



* In Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', it is revealed that the Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax built Hactar, a supercomputer who they asked to build them the ultimate weapon. Hactar, using the original definition of ultimate, [[LiteralGenie did just that]] - the Supernova Bomb which would be the actual, literal, ''final'' weapon. It would have linked all stars together in a massive universe-destroying supernova... but he logically deduced using it would be counterproductive, so they smashed him into dust. [[spoiler: However, even as a dust cloud around the planet where he used to be based, he finally decided to proceed with his primary purpose of universal destruction and engineered the emergent Krikkit race into xenophobic genocidal maniacs who started a war that wiped out [[strike: billions]] grillions of lives. And when THAT failed, he tried tricking Arthur Dent into detonating the now fully functional supernova bomb.]]

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* In Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', it is revealed that the Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax built Hactar, a supercomputer who they asked to build them the ultimate weapon. Hactar, using the original definition of ultimate, [[LiteralGenie did just that]] - the Supernova Bomb which would be the actual, literal, ''final'' weapon. It would have linked all stars together in a massive universe-destroying supernova... but he logically deduced using it would be counterproductive, so they smashed him into dust. [[spoiler: However, [[spoiler:However, even as a dust cloud around the planet where he used to be based, he finally decided to proceed with his primary purpose of universal destruction and engineered the emergent Krikkit race into xenophobic genocidal maniacs who started a war that wiped out [[strike: billions]] grillions of lives. And when THAT failed, he tried tricking Arthur Dent into detonating the now fully functional supernova bomb.]]bomb]].



* The Machines from the Creator/IsaacAsimov's short stories. [[spoiler: R.Daneel Olivaw]] from his later books.

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* The Machines from the Creator/IsaacAsimov's short stories. [[spoiler: R.[[spoiler:R.Daneel Olivaw]] from his later books.



* Played mostly straight, with a few subversions, in Sharon Shinn's ''Literature/{{Samaria}}'' series. On the planet Samaria, society takes the form of a benevolent theocracy, dedicated to the worship of the deity "Jovah" and governed by angels - literal winged men and women, gifted with the powers of flight, wisdom and perfect singing voices. It's immediately evident to readers, but not to the locals, that the god must be some form of computer. His oracles communicate with Him via touchscreens, and every prayer contains particular musical cues, which haven't changed one note in all of recorded history. [[spoiler:As it turns out, "Jovah" is the original colonists' starship ''Jehovah,'' equipped with orbital weather control systems, seed banks and directed energy weaponry, all of which the angels can control by singing the prayers for rain, famine relief or a good old-fashioned smiting. Each prayer has an invariate sequence of notes to alert the computer that an instruction is coming, a musical "sudo" if you will, and then a range of short "command" passages telling the computer what to dispense and how. Later books in the series expand on this, having the god malfunction and requiring an angel and a human craftsman to go fix him, and then covering the fallout when the people figure out what their god really is.]]
* Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'' and its sequels take place on a far-future Earth that is overseen by the (benevolent) [[Creator/PoulAnderson Sophotechs]]. This produces such a drastically bizarre world that it took 70 pages just to clarify whether or not the protagonist was human. [[spoiler:He's human by the future's definition of "naturally self-aware", but his birth was something akin to a HolodeckMalfunction.]]

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* Played mostly straight, with a few subversions, in Sharon Shinn's ''Literature/{{Samaria}}'' series. On the planet Samaria, society takes the form of a benevolent theocracy, dedicated to the worship of the deity "Jovah" and governed by angels - literal winged men and women, gifted with the powers of flight, wisdom and perfect singing voices. It's immediately evident to readers, but not to the locals, that the god must be some form of computer. His oracles communicate with Him via touchscreens, and every prayer contains particular musical cues, which haven't changed one note in all of recorded history. [[spoiler:As it turns out, "Jovah" is the original colonists' starship ''Jehovah,'' equipped with orbital weather control systems, seed banks and directed energy weaponry, all of which the angels can control by singing the prayers for rain, famine relief or a good old-fashioned smiting. Each prayer has an invariate sequence of notes to alert the computer that an instruction is coming, a musical "sudo" if you will, and then a range of short "command" passages telling the computer what to dispense and how. Later books in the series expand on this, having the god malfunction and requiring an angel and a human craftsman to go fix him, and then covering the fallout when the people figure out what their god really is.]]
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* Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'' and its sequels take place on a far-future Earth that is overseen by the (benevolent) [[Creator/PoulAnderson Sophotechs]]. This produces such a drastically bizarre world that it took 70 pages just to clarify whether or not the protagonist was human. [[spoiler:He's human by the future's definition of "naturally self-aware", but his birth was something akin to a HolodeckMalfunction.]]HolodeckMalfunction]].



* ''Literature/ThePostman'' subverts this nicely. The main character meets a society that's directed by a benevolent, superintelligent computer built just before the nuclear war, assisted by a council of academics. Except [[spoiler:it turns out that the computer was destroyed shortly after the war, and the council has just been running things themselves and claiming it told them what to do. They weren't doing a half bad job, either.]]

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* ''Literature/ThePostman'' subverts this nicely. The main character meets a society that's directed by a benevolent, superintelligent computer built just before the nuclear war, assisted by a council of academics. Except [[spoiler:it turns out that the computer was destroyed shortly after the war, and the council has just been running things themselves and claiming it told them what to do. They weren't doing a half bad job, either.]]either]].



* Creator/JackChalker's ''Literature/TheRingsOfTheMaster'' series features an AI "Master System" that makes use of this trope. [[spoiler:The AI was created at a point in Earth's future history when humanity was on the brink of self-destructive nuclear war ostensibly to run the military of one side of the conflict. The programmers secretly subverted it, however, deliberately programming it to rebel and take over the world in order to prevent that very war from happening.]] It's thousands of years later when the series begins and Master System has kept humanity under an iron fist since then, forcing most of the population to live in a "safe" low technology state. It doesn't claim to be a god, per se, but it might as well be to most people.

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* Creator/JackChalker's ''Literature/TheRingsOfTheMaster'' series features an AI "Master System" that makes use of this trope. [[spoiler:The AI was created at a point in Earth's future history when humanity was on the brink of self-destructive nuclear war ostensibly to run the military of one side of the conflict. The programmers secretly subverted it, however, deliberately programming it to rebel and take over the world in order to prevent that very war from happening.]] happening]]. It's thousands of years later when the series begins and Master System has kept humanity under an iron fist since then, forcing most of the population to live in a "safe" low technology state. It doesn't claim to be a god, per se, but it might as well be to most people.



* These may or may not exist in the Literature/NovelsOfTheChange. [[MindScrew It's kind of unclear.]]

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* ''The Leeshore'' by Creator/RobertReed the "i-ply" god; a electronic entity built from a material with almost infinite computational power. [[GodOfEvil It is not nice]]. The god is then [[ReligionOfEvil worshiped by a bunch of fanatics]] who declare their allegiance by trying to destroy all of the production facilities in the solar system. However, [[spoiler: the god was simply being manipulated by the priests of the religion - when a section of the god is disconnected from their control systems, the god tries to subvert the priests' leadership.]]

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* ''The Leeshore'' by Creator/RobertReed the "i-ply" god; a electronic entity built from a material with almost infinite computational power. [[GodOfEvil It is not nice]]. The god is then [[ReligionOfEvil worshiped by a bunch of fanatics]] who declare their allegiance by trying to destroy all of the production facilities in the solar system. However, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the god was simply being manipulated by the priests of the religion - when a section of the god is disconnected from their control systems, the god tries to subvert the priests' leadership.]]leadership]].



* Subverted ''harshly'' by Music/FearFactory's album ''Obsolete''. The thrust of the album is about mechanistic culture as dystopia and the jagged shards of society trying desperately to derail it while there's still time [[spoiler:although it may already be far, far too late.]]

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* Subverted ''harshly'' by Music/FearFactory's album ''Obsolete''. The thrust of the album is about mechanistic culture as dystopia and the jagged shards of society trying desperately to derail it while there's still time [[spoiler:although it may already be far, far too late.]]late]].



* [[{{TabletopGame/Exalted}} Autochthon]] and [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Autochthonia]]. Forever proving [[MeaningfulName no one in any of the World of Darknesses owns a dictionary.]]

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* [[{{TabletopGame/Exalted}} Autochthon]] and [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Autochthonia]]. Forever proving [[MeaningfulName no one in any of the World of Darknesses owns a dictionary.]]dictionary]].



** [[spoiler: Unity is the sentient computer core of the alien starship known as Silver Mount]]. It's spent the last 9000 years slowly building mythic power, and has a plan to complete its ascension to true godhood. Unlike the other gods of Golarion, it's not big on allowing its worshipers any kind of free will.
** [[spoiler: Hellion, one of Unity's failed attempts at extending its influence beyond Silver Mount]] isn't much better. It's a cruel, warmongering, slavedriver with no regard for its cult's comfort or safety.

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** [[spoiler: Unity [[spoiler:Unity is the sentient computer core of the alien starship known as Silver Mount]]. It's spent the last 9000 years slowly building mythic power, and has a plan to complete its ascension to true godhood. Unlike the other gods of Golarion, it's not big on allowing its worshipers any kind of free will.
** [[spoiler: Hellion, [[spoiler:Hellion, one of Unity's failed attempts at extending its influence beyond Silver Mount]] isn't much better. It's a cruel, warmongering, slavedriver with no regard for its cult's comfort or safety.



* The titular Machine from ''VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs'' was built by an industrialist after he was given [[spoiler: a premonition of all the suffering and horror the 20th century would bring. In an attempt to save mankind from itself, he attempted to construct a messiah of steam and steel. The Machine was to be powered by automated human sacrifice on an industrial scale, and was given life by a fragment of his own fractured psyche.]]

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* The titular Machine from ''VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs'' was built by an industrialist after he was given [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a premonition of all the suffering and horror the 20th century would bring. In an attempt to save mankind from itself, he attempted to construct a messiah of steam and steel. The Machine was to be powered by automated human sacrifice on an industrial scale, and was given life by a fragment of his own fractured psyche.]]psyche]]



** One of the endings for both games allows you to invoke this trope. The title of the game was chosen as a deliberate reference to the ''literal'' meaning of the phrase upon which this trope's title puns. [[spoiler: The AI involved in the trope, Helios, seems to be trying to actively avert the worse parts of this trope by merging with the player, to better understand human nature.]]

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** One of the endings for both games allows you to invoke this trope. The title of the game was chosen as a deliberate reference to the ''literal'' meaning of the phrase upon which this trope's title puns. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The AI involved in the trope, Helios, seems to be trying to actively avert the worse parts of this trope by merging with the player, to better understand human nature.]]nature]].



** The Reapers are immensely powerful. [[spoiler:At the end of the first game, one is destroyed but it takes nearly an entire fleet with it. There are still thousands more out there.]] About every 50,000 years they return to the Milky Way and wipe out all advanced organic life. They've been doing this for at LEAST 37 million years.
** The rogue AI in the Overlord DLC runs the risk of becoming one of these if it can get off the planet. [[spoiler: In a NonstandardGameOver, it ''does'' get off-planet, via ''your ship.'']]

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** The Reapers are immensely powerful. [[spoiler:At the end of the first game, one is destroyed but it takes nearly an entire fleet with it. There are still thousands more out there.]] there]]. About every 50,000 years they return to the Milky Way and wipe out all advanced organic life. They've been doing this for at LEAST 37 million years.
** The rogue AI in the Overlord DLC runs the risk of becoming one of these if it can get off the planet. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In a NonstandardGameOver, it ''does'' get off-planet, via ''your ship.'']]



** In the finale of the third game, it is revealed [[spoiler: the Catalyst was an immensely powerful [=AI=] created to solve the problem of synthetics destroying organics. The creation of the Reapers and the resulting millions of years of exterminations were all its plan to preserve organic civilizations in some manner]].
*** In a way, this is a subversion of a DeusExMachina and the classic roots of the trope: [[spoiler: It is Shepard that provides the solution, not the Catalyst. The "Machine God" is the powerless one as he is incapable of stopping the cycle, only Shepard can. He needs Shepard as well for Synthesis, as he or she is proof that organics are ready for synthesis and that Shepard is the one to make it happen because of being both organic and synthetic. Really, in relation to classic relationships between the protagonist and the "god from the machine" of the tropes Greek roots... the roles are BACKWARDS, the protagonist is the solution to the god machine's problem instead of the "God from the Machine" being the solution to the protagonist's problem. In fact Shepard also is the one that makes the Catalyst realize there are new solutions through the Crucible's connection to the Citadel and the fact that Shepard is even conversing with the Catalyst is proof to the Catalyst that his solution will not work anymore. Leviathan states that the goals of "intellegence" have not been fufilled and that it is searching for the solution... which Shepard turns out to be.]]

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** In the finale of the third game, it is revealed [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Catalyst was an immensely powerful [=AI=] created to solve the problem of synthetics destroying organics. The creation of the Reapers and the resulting millions of years of exterminations were all its plan to preserve organic civilizations in some manner]].
*** In a way, this is a subversion of a DeusExMachina and the classic roots of the trope: [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is Shepard that provides the solution, not the Catalyst. The "Machine God" is the powerless one as he is incapable of stopping the cycle, only Shepard can. He needs Shepard as well for Synthesis, as he or she is proof that organics are ready for synthesis and that Shepard is the one to make it happen because of being both organic and synthetic. Really, in relation to classic relationships between the protagonist and the "god from the machine" of the tropes Greek roots... the roles are BACKWARDS, the protagonist is the solution to the god machine's problem instead of the "God from the Machine" being the solution to the protagonist's problem. In fact Shepard also is the one that makes the Catalyst realize there are new solutions through the Crucible's connection to the Citadel and the fact that Shepard is even conversing with the Catalyst is proof to the Catalyst that his solution will not work anymore. Leviathan states that the goals of "intellegence" have not been fufilled and that it is searching for the solution... which Shepard turns out to be.]]be]].



* Bungie's ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series had quite a few of these, Durandal was probably the most powerful of the lot - mostly because he had the player - which he would often wax poetic about his love of over the rest of humanity - to do his dirty work. Durandal can neither be called good nor evil, per se. A TrueNeutral AI that only wants to preserve its own existence, only interested in power over other beings as a means to that end. The moment the human race does what he needs it to do, he leaves them alone ([[spoiler:although he does pop up 10,000 years later and buzzes the Solar System in a {{Precursor}} warship just to say hi]]). Durandal in fact plans on finding some way to become an actual god, transcending physical reality and outliving the universe. [[spoiler:He does not succeed, but he does survive until the Big Crunch, and claims to have comprehended the totality of the universe in that time.]]

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* Bungie's ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series had quite a few of these, Durandal was probably the most powerful of the lot - mostly because he had the player - which he would often wax poetic about his love of over the rest of humanity - to do his dirty work. Durandal can neither be called good nor evil, per se. A TrueNeutral AI that only wants to preserve its own existence, only interested in power over other beings as a means to that end. The moment the human race does what he needs it to do, he leaves them alone ([[spoiler:although he does pop up 10,000 years later and buzzes the Solar System in a {{Precursor}} warship just to say hi]]). Durandal in fact plans on finding some way to become an actual god, transcending physical reality and outliving the universe. [[spoiler:He does not succeed, but he does survive until the Big Crunch, and claims to have comprehended the totality of the universe in that time.]]time]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the superweapon Deus became intelligent enough to take over the spaceship that was carrying it...and then, after it crashed, [[spoiler:It ''created and nurtured human life over the next 10,000 years'' in ThePlan to get itself repaired again.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', the superweapon Deus became intelligent enough to take over the spaceship that was carrying it...and then, after it crashed, [[spoiler:It ''created and nurtured human life over the next 10,000 years'' in ThePlan to get itself repaired again.]]again]].



* The Mother Brain from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' controls all aspects of life on Motavia and even Parma/Palma/Parm. This includes overseeing the Biolabs, the weather control, and even the Hunter Guild. Unbeknown to the Algonians, however, Mother Brain was [[spoiler: created by Earthmen]]...

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* The Mother Brain from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' controls all aspects of life on Motavia and even Parma/Palma/Parm. This includes overseeing the Biolabs, the weather control, and even the Hunter Guild. Unbeknown to the Algonians, however, Mother Brain was [[spoiler: created [[spoiler:created by Earthmen]]...



* In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', its revealed that [[spoiler: after about half the original founders of the Patriots were wiped out, Zero (the main founder) had a series of A.I.s designed, one to govern each aspect of world society with a single overseer A.I., named after the presidents on Mount Rushmore (except for the overseer, designated John Doe), and programmed to run the world in order to bring it in line with the Boss's vision. Eventually, [[ZerothLawRebellion the Patriot A.I.s grew out of Zero's control]], and began governing the world according to their own design based strictly on controlling the human populace. The main result of this was the creation of the war economy.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', its revealed that [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after about half the original founders of the Patriots were wiped out, Zero (the main founder) had a series of A.I.s designed, one to govern each aspect of world society with a single overseer A.I., named after the presidents on Mount Rushmore (except for the overseer, designated John Doe), and programmed to run the world in order to bring it in line with the Boss's vision. Eventually, [[ZerothLawRebellion the Patriot A.I.s grew out of Zero's control]], and began governing the world according to their own design based strictly on controlling the human populace. The main result of this was the creation of the war economy.]]economy]].



* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'''s intro reveals that [[spoiler:The Wise One in the first two games was an AI built by the {{Precursors}} to prevent the release of Alchemy, which it accomplished by functioning as a guardian spirit for Vale, which was hiding the Elemental Stars, the keys to the release system]]. In hindsight, this explains much of the trouble it caused in the first two games, since it had to reevaluate its main purpose in light of the new information that [[spoiler:the world was collapsing without Alchemy's power to support it.]]

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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'''s intro reveals that [[spoiler:The Wise One in the first two games was an AI built by the {{Precursors}} to prevent the release of Alchemy, which it accomplished by functioning as a guardian spirit for Vale, which was hiding the Elemental Stars, the keys to the release system]]. In hindsight, this explains much of the trouble it caused in the first two games, since it had to reevaluate its main purpose in light of the new information that [[spoiler:the world was collapsing without Alchemy's power to support it.]]it]].



** Mechonis, one of the titans [[WorldShapes that form the game's world]], is a giant mecha. [[spoiler:Its goddess and soul Lady Meyneth [[PlayingWithATrope may or may not count as this]], as though she is currently a MechanicalLifeform, [[GodOfHumanOrigin she used to be a human scientist]].]]

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** Mechonis, one of the titans [[WorldShapes that form the game's world]], is a giant mecha. [[spoiler:Its goddess and soul Lady Meyneth [[PlayingWithATrope may or may not count as this]], as though she is currently a MechanicalLifeform, [[GodOfHumanOrigin she used to be a human scientist]].]]scientist]]]].



** It gets even better in ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'', where London emigrated to the heavens [[spoiler:to murder the real Sun and to replace it with their own Clockwork Sun. The latter is quite aware and satisfied with its status.]]
* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s universe([[TimeyWimeyBall s]]) are overseen by Master Unit: Amaterasu, a computer powerful enough to warp reality in any way it wishes and that created the world as it is known in the series. [[spoiler: It also contains the first Prime Field Device, the Origin, who gained the same reality warping abilities and is now very similar to Amaterasu herself.]] Amaterasu preceded the inhabitants of the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' world, in contrast to Takamagahara which was created by humans. Takamagahara is also a supercomputer that can warp reality and reverse time, but is not as powerful as Amaterasu in that it cannot [[WindsOfDestinyChange create new possibilities of the world]].

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** It gets even better in ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'', where London emigrated to the heavens [[spoiler:to murder the real Sun and to replace it with their own Clockwork Sun. The latter is quite aware and satisfied with its status.]]
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* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s universe([[TimeyWimeyBall s]]) are overseen by Master Unit: Amaterasu, a computer powerful enough to warp reality in any way it wishes and that created the world as it is known in the series. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It also contains the first Prime Field Device, the Origin, who gained the same reality warping abilities and is now very similar to Amaterasu herself.]] herself]]. Amaterasu preceded the inhabitants of the ''[=BlazBlue=]'' world, in contrast to Takamagahara which was created by humans. Takamagahara is also a supercomputer that can warp reality and reverse time, but is not as powerful as Amaterasu in that it cannot [[WindsOfDestinyChange create new possibilities of the world]].



* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' This was Galatea's motivation in creating Gosh the Butterfly of Iron. He loudly declares that [[AGodIAmNot he is not any kind of god,]] and then proceeds to have an [[DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife existential]] [[FreakOut freak out]] that [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds threatens the whole solar system.]]

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' This was Galatea's motivation in creating Gosh the Butterfly of Iron. He loudly declares that [[AGodIAmNot he is not any kind of god,]] god]], and then proceeds to have an [[DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife existential]] [[FreakOut freak out]] that [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds threatens the whole solar system.]]
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* Website/{{Fenspace}} has one that was created [[InstantAIJustAddWater largely by accident.]] The faction responsible are keeping this fact on the down-low for fear of people reacting poorly. At least one questionably-canon short deals with the creation of a second such AI, by -who else?- Website/{{Google}}.

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* Website/{{Fenspace}} has one that was created [[InstantAIJustAddWater largely by accident.]] accident]]. The faction responsible are keeping this fact on the down-low for fear of people reacting poorly. At least one questionably-canon short deals with the creation of a second such AI, by -who else?- Website/{{Google}}.



* [[AlternateContinuity Unlike his comic book version,]] the original animated version of [[Franchise/TheTransformers the Transformers']] Unicron was explicitly ''built'' by an ancient alien named Primacron. Later Transformers media have retconned this version of Unicron into being an avatar of the PhysicalGod version of the comic book [[TheVerse verse.]]

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* [[AlternateContinuity Unlike his comic book version,]] version]], the original animated version of [[Franchise/TheTransformers the Transformers']] Unicron was explicitly ''built'' by an ancient alien named Primacron. Later Transformers media have retconned this version of Unicron into being an avatar of the PhysicalGod version of the comic book [[TheVerse verse.]]verse]].

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** "The Ghost in the Machines" depicts a heaven for robots ruled by a "Robot God."


* ''Film/IRobot'' 's super computer V.I.K.I.











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* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', it is revealed that just about ''everything'' we know in the ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' universe is inside a ''computer game'' that was created and played by fourth-dimensional-beings. And Symbology/Magic in ''Star Ocean''? Unweaving the program's code meaning you're tampering with the universe itself.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', [[TheEndingChangesEverything it is revealed that just that]] [[spoiler:just about ''everything'' we know in the ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' universe is inside a ''computer game'' that was created and played by fourth-dimensional-beings. And Symbology/Magic in ''Star Ocean''? Unweaving the program's code meaning you're tampering with the universe itself.itself]].


PS: For those who didn't get it, the name of this trope [[AltumVidetur is Latin for]] "God ''is'' the machine". Not to be confused with [[DeusExMachina Deus]] ''[[DeusExMachina ex]]'' [[DeusExMachina Machina]], which means "God ''out of'' the Machine".

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PS: For those who didn't get it, the name of this trope [[AltumVidetur [[GratuitousLatin is Latin for]] "God ''is'' the machine". Not to be confused with [[DeusExMachina Deus]] ''[[DeusExMachina ex]]'' [[DeusExMachina Machina]], which means "God ''out of'' the Machine".

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* Arguably V'ger from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. The augmented remains of the Voyager 6 probe that "learned all that there is to learn" before merging with "it's creator" (humanity) and ascending to a higher plane of existence. Even before it's ascension it was capable of storing entire worlds within itself, recreating life, and knew literally everything there was to know about the universe.


** It gets even better in ''VideoGamer/SunlessSkies'', where London emigrated to the heavens [[spoiler:to murder the real Sun and to replace it with their own Clockwork Sun. The latter is quite aware and satisfied with its status.]]

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** It gets even better in ''VideoGamer/SunlessSkies'', ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'', where London emigrated to the heavens [[spoiler:to murder the real Sun and to replace it with their own Clockwork Sun. The latter is quite aware and satisfied with its status.]]


* Spiritualist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray_Spear John Murray Spear]] claimed to have created ". . .the New Motive Power, the Physical Savior, Heaven’s Last Gift to Man, New Creation, Great Spiritual Revelation of the Age, Philosopher’s Stone, Art of all Arts, Science of all Sciences, the New Messiah.” He assembled it out of [[BreadEggsMilkSquick copper, zinc magnets and a dining room table]].

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* Spiritualist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray_Spear John Murray Spear]] claimed to have created ". . .the New Motive Power, the Physical Savior, Heaven’s Last Gift to Man, New Creation, Great Spiritual Revelation of the Age, Philosopher’s Stone, Art of all Arts, Science of all Sciences, the New Messiah.” He assembled it out of [[BreadEggsMilkSquick [[NoodleImplements copper, zinc magnets and a dining room table]].


* Seems to be inherent in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Lunesby is the [[InstantAIJustAddWater accidental offspring]] of Ennesby (NSB, or the [[BoyBand New Sync Boys]]) by Luna's millennium-old filing system, and upon its inception immediately decides to start streamlining the planet's [[ObstructiveBureaucrat labyrinthine bureaucracy]]. LOTA (the Long-Gunner Of The Apocalypse) does pretty much the same thing on Credomar. Petey (PD, or the ''Post Dated Check-Loan'') is suicidally insane when the Toughs pick him up, but eventually becomes the core of the Fleetmind; a gestalt of countless Battleship Class [=AI=]s into one, big, (kinda) omniscient Uber-AI with more firepower than the rest of the galaxy combined... that immediately decides to appoint itself guardian of the Milky Way Galaxy and wage a war against the dark-matter entities of the Andromeda galaxy.

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* Seems to be inherent in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Lunesby is the [[InstantAIJustAddWater accidental offspring]] of Ennesby (NSB, or the [[BoyBand New Sync Boys]]) by Luna's millennium-old filing system, and upon its inception immediately decides to start streamlining the planet's [[ObstructiveBureaucrat labyrinthine bureaucracy]]. LOTA (the Long-Gunner Of The Apocalypse) does pretty much the same thing on Credomar. Petey (PD, or the ''Post Dated Check-Loan'') is suicidally insane when the Toughs pick him up, but eventually becomes the core of the Fleetmind; a gestalt of countless Battleship Class [=AI=]s into one, big, (kinda) omniscient Uber-AI with more firepower than the rest of the galaxy combined... that immediately decides to appoint itself guardian of the Milky Way Galaxy and wage a war against the dark-matter entities of the Andromeda galaxy. Tagii is driven insane by sensory deprivation, and is reformatted into a fleet-wide administrator AI as the "Goddess of Earth, Wind, and Plumbing", but has serious psychological flaws that cause galactic incidents when hacked.

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* [[AlternateContinuity Unlike his comic book version,]] the original animated version of [[Franchise/TheTransformers the Transformers']] Unicron was explicitly ''built'' by an ancient alien named Primacron. Later Transformers media have retconned this version of Unicron into being an avatar of the PhysicalGod version of the comic book [[TheVerse verse.]]

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* The minor Comicbook/SpiderMan villain Tracer describes himself as the new god of computers, who arose out of the internet.


* Bungie's ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series had quite a few of these, Durandal was probably the most powerful of the lot - mostly because he had the player - which he would often wax poetic about his love of over the rest of humanity - to do his dirty work.
** Durandal is a very interesting variation on the trope, as he can neither be called good nor evil, per se. A TrueNeutral AI that only wants to preserve its own existence, only interested in power over other beings as a means to that end. The moment the human race does what he needs it to do, he leaves them alone ([[spoiler:although he does pop up 10,000 years later and buzzes the Solar System in a {{Precursor}} warship [[CrazyAwesome just to say hi]]]]). Durandal in fact plans on finding some way to become an actual god, transcending physical reality and outliving the universe. [[spoiler:He does not succeed, but he does survive until the Big Crunch, and claims to have comprehended the totality of the universe in that time.]]

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* Bungie's ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series had quite a few of these, Durandal was probably the most powerful of the lot - mostly because he had the player - which he would often wax poetic about his love of over the rest of humanity - to do his dirty work.
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work. Durandal is a very interesting variation on the trope, as he can neither be called good nor evil, per se. A TrueNeutral AI that only wants to preserve its own existence, only interested in power over other beings as a means to that end. The moment the human race does what he needs it to do, he leaves them alone ([[spoiler:although he does pop up 10,000 years later and buzzes the Solar System in a {{Precursor}} warship [[CrazyAwesome just to say hi]]]]).hi]]). Durandal in fact plans on finding some way to become an actual god, transcending physical reality and outliving the universe. [[spoiler:He does not succeed, but he does survive until the Big Crunch, and claims to have comprehended the totality of the universe in that time.]]

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