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Western Animation encompasses epic shows with super-powerful villains who state out loud just how almighty they are and comic shows where characters fake it just to troll people.

  • In the Justice League episode "Tabula Rasa", after beating all the members of the League and gaining their powers, the antagonist android AMAZO decides there's no challenge left for him on Earth and simply leaves to travel the universe. He eventually returns to Earth in Justice League Unlimited and helps the League on several occasions.
    • Amazo's godlike nature was also directly referenced by the other characters. Lex Luthor is openly dismissive of the idea, but Superman notes that if Amazo comes back, Luthor will be "doing a lot of praying".
    • Two other characters in the DCAU universe are close to this nature. One is Darkseid, naturally, since he and his entire species are actual gods. The second was the combined being of Lex Luthor/Brainiac.
      • Afterwards, Luthor became obsessed with reattaining Godhood, with some horrible consequences...
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Fire From Olympus", Maxie Zeus believed himself to actually be the Greek god. As he is brought into Arkham, he perceives it as a return "home" to Olympus, inhabited by the nature goddess Demeter (Poison Ivy), two-faced Janus (Two-Face) and trickster Hermes (the Joker).
    • Played for Laughs in the episode "Harley's Holiday":
      [Batman and Robin are bringing The Scarecrow back to Arkham]
      Scarecrow: [ranting] I am the master of fear! The lord of despair! Cower before me and witness terror!
      Harley: [cheerful] Hi, Professor Crane!
      Scarecrow: [calmly and pleasantly] Good evening, child. [back to ranting] Worship me, fools! Worship me! Scream hosannas of anguish to Scarecrow, the all-terrible god of fear!
      Robin: [deadpan] I think he's getting better.
  • An episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius had his Cloudcuckoolander friend Sheen get zapped with an Evolution Ray evolved brain, giving him Psychic Powers and power madness. Naturally, it was only temporary.
  • Beast-Era Megatron, starting in the Grand Finale of Beast Wars. After discovering his G1 namesake's old flagship, the Nemesis, he starts raining fire on the landscape while quoting the Covenant of Primus, which is the closest thing we've seen to a Cybertronian Bible. He clearly considered himself to be god-like throughout Beast Machines. In the last couple of episodes, he started raving about actually becoming one - and he nearly did, too.
    • In Transformers Cybertron, Megatron sought the series' Plot Coupons in order to become a god. Starscream wanted this power for himself, which was what led him to betray Megatron. Successfully, too; an Enemy Civil War resulted. As a result of their progress towards godhood, the final battle between Starscream and Galvatron caused further damage to the fabric of reality.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Admiral Zhao launches into a particularly hammy example of this in the first season finale:
    Zhao: I am... a legend now. The Fire Nation will for generations tell stories about the great Zhao, who darkened the moon! They will call me Zhao the Conqueror! Zhao the Moon Slayer! Zhao, the INVINCIBLE!
    • Fire Lord Ozai's abdication of the Fire Nation throne to become the self-styled "Phoenix King":
    Ozai: "Fire Lord Ozai is no more. Just as the world will be reborn in fire, I shall be reborn as the supreme ruler of the world. From this moment on, I will be known as the Phoenix King!"
  • Willow, a villain in one episode of Wakfu, invokes this after stealing a magic hammer.
  • In Metalocalypse at the end of Fatherklok, Skwisgaar declares himself a god, though it's unclear as to whether he's a god, the son of a god, or just being his usual egomaniac self.
    • Though the description of guitar god is an undisputed one.
  • Kim Possible
    • A villain becomes this when he dons a talisman which grants him the form and powers of Anubis, the Egyptian deity of the dead. He even said in his own words "I AM ALL POWERFUL!". At least until he lost his talisman.
    • Interestingly, Ron Stoppable might've reached a level close to this in the Grand Finale when he called upon the mystical energies he's had in him ever since the third episode of the series to take down the aliens that not even Kim and Shego could stop.
  • In the "Cartoon Wars" episodes of South Park, Cartman thinks he's managed to pull Family Guy off the air:
    "I did it!!"
    • He also proclaims "I am God of the sea people" but is later told that The Simpsons already did it and that was a Shout-Out to The Twilight Zone (1959).
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    • In "Cartman's Incredible Gift", the police come to the house of an extremely obvious serial killer, who refers to himself as God. The not-too-bright officers take this to be his real name.
    • In "The Hobbit," Kanye West tells a bedtime story based on the episode's events, and his role is done by God.
  • Futurama: Bender becomes a god to the Shrimpkins he picks up while floating through space. It didn't last long or end well.
    • He also became Pharaoh of an ancient Egypt-style planet; since pharaohs are viewed as gods...
    • And third time's the charm in "Overclockwise," when he progressively overclocks himself until he passes the "existential singularity."
      Bender: I've grown far beyond the petty concerns of your world. Every time I burp, a new galaxy is born. Two if I've been eating broccoli.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! plays this straight with Graviton and the Leader. But subverted with Thor, since he is the real deal though Hawkeye ("Thor is crazy") and possibly Ironman ("Thor's probably off in Fantasyland") believe he is delusional.
  • Moral Orel has a darker version of this in the form of Miss Censordoll, who had her sexual organs surgically removed as an infant. Due to her immaculacy she believes that she is a physical god.
    • Also briefly happens to Orel: I . . . AM . . . a . . . church!
    • Before that, even, Orel adopted this attitude for one episode when he learns about God's omnipresence (following "God is in everything" to "God is in me" to "I am God.") Granted, he still acted a lot nicer than most people who fall under this trope, but still, he did pull the plug on an old lady (who, to be fair, was a Death Seeker).
  • In Generator Rex, all of the problems in the series related to Nanites can be traced back to the Consortium's desire to play God with a bunch of special Nanites that grant control over the fundamental forces of the universe and the desperate measures the scientists in charge of the Nanite project took to keep that power away from them. Namely, triggering the Nanite event.
    • Rex becomes one in the final episode, but deactivates it after curing all EVOs.
  • Played for laughs in one Teen Titans episode where the team is separated while stranded on an alien planet. Raven has the comic relief story for a change; she encounters a bunch of tiny, cute-looking aliens who, by the end of the episode, start to worship her.
  • One episode in Family Guy has Peter proclaiming that he has divine healing powers that cured Chris of his cancer (the two of them are in cahoots). This causes the townspeople to believe Peter to be a god and Peter then starts acting like he is God until the real God starts to punish the family until Peter stops with his shenanigans.
  • In Transformers: Prime "Alpha, Omega", Megatron grafts the arm of a Prime onto his own arm and forges the Dark Star Saber. When he and Optimus who wields the Star Saber prepare to do battle, he declares that they have finally claimed their rightful place as gods. Optimus states that he is merely a soldier, and denounces Megatron as a delusional madman drunk with power.
  • In The Simpsons Homer was place in charge of a power plant in India, where he suddenly though he was a god when he opened a bottle cap and won a free soda. He soon turned the plant into temple of himself, where the workers seem to worship him. In the end, however, it turns out they knew he wasn't divine—they just really loved him because he gave them so many new benefits (to Mr. Burns' horror).
    • In the episode 'Dog of Death' Homer fantasized about what he would he would do after winning lottery. Homer would somehow make himself into King Homer - the tallest man in the world and made of 14 karat gold and taking over Mr. Burn's position as boss. The last shot of his fantasy is a colossal Homer made of gold and covered in enormous gems, wearing a crown and giving an [1] while towering over Springfield.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Unalaq's goal is to become the Avatar, but by merging with Vaatu, the spirit of evil who is the opposite of Raava, the spirit of good, who is already merged with a human as the current Avatar. Once he does so, he also plans to destroy Raava in order to usher in a new age of darkness. Unfortunately for Korra, he succeeds at both, forcing Korra to use the power of the cosmos instead as well as requiring Jinora's unexplained assistance to defeat Dark Avatar Unalaq.
  • Kaeloo: Played for Laughs. In Episode 23, Kaeloo screams "Good God!" and Mr. Cat assumes that she's referring to him.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Horde Prime starts out looking like a mere mortal dictator, but season 5 confirms him to have an overwhelming God complex. His attendants and minions keep talking about how he sees all and knows all, he seemingly keeps a small army of clones just to provide ominous chanting while he ceremonially memory-wipes one, and he keeps ranting about how he is the light that will burn away all darkness. When Glimmer tells him that using the Heart of Etheria will destroy most of the universe, he's pleased - because that means that if he seizes it, he can remake it in his image.
  • As Dracula creates a Hell on Earth in Castlevania (2017), the Bishop of Gresit believes that Gresit will be the last major city in the country, protected by faith so long as people follow his order and example. As the last city standing, his authority in the Church would be the only authority. As he himself put it as Trevor leaves, for all intents and purposes, he will be the Church.


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