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Physical Gods in anime and manga.

  • The higher-ranked Gods/Goddesses and Demons from Ah! My Goddess appear to be physical gods, but this may be deceptive — their physical bodies are mere virtual projections generated by Yggdrasil, the world-computer. Furthermore, unless they wear a limiter device, their full divine power manifests so easily through these projections that they could accidentally crack a planet in half. For example, in the AMS movie Belldandy removes her limiter and takes a direct blast from Heaven's ultimate weapon — and it doesn't even muss her hair.
    • On the other hand, with their limiters on, they are quite vulnerable to being killed by something as simple as a bullet. They have been mentioned as in mortal danger from a large physical object hurling towards them, and they will die if their projections are killed.
    • Early in the series they were stated to truly exist on a very higher-dimensional plane of existence, which would make their true selves, that monitor and keep all of existence running, literally omnipotent and immune to all 3D harm. In this context the manifestation forms without limiters would simply be a very slight adjustment of how much of that power they are allowed to use for personal purposes. Later this seems to have been diverged from, or at least not mentioned, to keep them "scaled down" and relatable.
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  • Arguably, Hanma Yujiro from Baki the Grappler. The guy has Super Strength, is Nigh Invulnerable, and can punch the forces of the nature in the face (the Other Wiki states it too). Also covers the point of Limited Omniscience, doesn't fly but can jump from an helicopter without parachute, and does everything just by Charles Atlas Superpower. And the full martial arts world plainly worships him as the Strongest Creature over the world. Maybe more of a Physical Demon. Heavens, he is called the Ogre.
  • Berserk, has the Godhand. While normally they are not physical beings, they are nigh-omniscient entities capable of affecting the physical world through manipulating fate, and have two methods to manifest on Earth. One is by possessing objects, but by doing so they are unable to use their powers to its fullest extent. The other is the Incarnation Ceremony, which they can perform once every 1,000 years to incarnate in the physical realm as themselves. They absolutely qualify when they do the latter, capable of empowering the setting with magic, and manipulate dimensions at will. Femto however, manifests through a different way by corrupting the child of Casca during her brief time in the Nexus (a plane of existence where the physical and Astral world intersect) and then use the child's body to reincarnate without the Incarnation Ceremony. By doing this, he is every bit as powerful as a fully-incarnated Godhand.
    • After Femto merges the physical and Astral realms with the help of two other unrelated Reality Warpers, the other members of Godhand are now also capable of freely manifesting in the new world.
  • Bleach:
    • Averted by Aizen, whose status as the villain seems to hinge on his quest to break the boundary between shinigami and divinity to become a transcendent being so he could destroy and replace the Soul King and become a god. Barragan also believed he was this to the denizens of Hueco Mundo and they certainly honoured him as a king and worshipped him as a god. However, despite their incredible power and abilities neither Aizen and Barragan were genuinely gods, but they both wanted to be viewed (and in some cases were viewed) as such.
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    • Yhwach plays it straight, as not only is he the "Father of the Quincy" and has the ability to impart pieces of his soul unto others, but he also possesses "The Almighty", a power that allows him to see the future, and "know" and counter any ability he sees. The kanji used to spell "The Almighty" - zenchizennou - even means "All-Knowing, All-Powerful". Then he absorbs the power of the Soul King, his father, and uses that power to completely reshape the Soul King Palace in his image. The true power of "The Almighty" is to alter the future, and he was able to give a powerful enough piece of his soul to Lille Barro to turn him into a God in Vollstandig.
  • Almost the entire cast of The Bride of the Water God is made up of Physical Gods except for Soah, the eponymous bride, since most of the story takes place in the home of the gods.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, there are quite a lot of these. Anything classified as gods in myths and religions qualify, since this series is set in a fantasy setting with Fantasy Kitchen Sink and All Myths Are True. Special mention however, goes to...
    • The Archangels. The only one who appears more than once is Gabriel, but this is mainly because of their ridiculous power. Even when accidentally summoned by Touma's father and thus significantly weakened, it can still cause reality-warping disasters. When he is summoned more correctly by Fiamma of the Right, the angel almost destroyed the entire planet and according to Fiamma, this is nowhere near its maximum strength.
    • Any level 5 espers that awaken into angels. Especially true for Accelerator, when in volume 22 he ascends into the Aeon of Horus and deflects what is essentially a world-destroying disaster with no visible effort.
    • Then there's Fiamma of the Right. The guy can do telepathy to insult people from the other side of the planet, can hit you with an instant kill attack that hits you no matter where you are in the world that also defends himself passively since it can also destroy attacks, and summon the aforementioned Gabriel. This guy could take on an entire world and win. Which he does, although...see below.
    • What Fiamma tries to achieve, La Persona Superiore a Dio, or The One Above God, is basically this trope. Also, the being currently sealed inside Touma's right hand. Called the "Invisible Thing", it manages to scare the shit out of the aforementioned Fiamma after he gets that goal of his.
    • Aleister Crowley somehow manages to be worse. He can exist at more than one location at the same time and possesses two items: The Blasting Rod which can take down the aforementioned Fiamma with one hit. By overpowering that One-Hit Kill he possesses, and Archetype Controller which can manipulate the Jungian Archetypes of everything, which would be the equivalent of manipulating tropes, in a way. He used this to literally create the entire Science Side (and presumably its espers too) and the modern day magecraft.
    • The Enigmatic Empowering Entity of Aleister, Aiwass, takes the cake. It is explicitly the most powerful being in the series, slaughtering Accelerator with its unconscious defenses, and is (seemingly) the one that allows Aleister to do all the stuffs he could do.
    • Somewhat better example is Othinus, who possess the title of Majin or Magic God, said to be the peak of magical power and talent. She is able to defeat Touma and the Invisible Thing. Then, she makes a draw while saving her subordinate during her fight against the aforementioned Fiamma and Ollerus, the former being a powerful Physical God on his own, and the latter is an Archmage powerful enough to defeat a Level 5 esper without even trying. This is all without her Reality Warper abilities, which is limited by the omnipotence paradox, making the success rate of her Reality Warp is always 50/50. When she does overcome this, she destroys the universe with a thought before recreating it over and over again to torture Touma. The only ones who are unaffected are Aleister, Aiwass, and the other Magic Gods.
    • Overshadowing Othinus and Aiwass above are the True GREMLIN group, a group of Magic Gods each more powerful than Othinus ever was, having overcome their omnipotence paradox long ago and ascended to their own Pocket Dimension giving them Complete Immortality, for a while they have been manipulating the entire universe to their liking. That is, until Aleister Crowley out-gambits them and cast them down to Earth, stripping them of their immortality. Then, two characters specifically designed to combat gods (Kihara Noukan and Kakeru Kamisato, which may or may not qualify for this trope) kick the asses of most of them.
  • Embryo from Cross Ange is a huge case of this trope. He's a being that created the universe that wanted humanity to be strong but due to racism he wants to wipe everything out, one of his powers is to never get hurt unless you're in his dimension as he has infinite amount of clones which means whenever you wipe one out he will come back again. The only way to get to that dimension is the Vilkiss. He also has powers to brainwash people, he can fire eye lasers to burn off flesh and melt ice, can perform the Endless Song and also manipulate reality and resurrect the dead. There's a reason why everyone calls him god.
  • The various gods in Dragon Ball fit the criteria, though the other main characters are generally stronger.
    • The Kais are the closest thing the series have to actual gods. They have many mystical abilities like being able to create objects and clothing out of thin air, heal, bring out the hidden powers of others, telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation. They are also very strong, their strength depending on their status. The lower Kais like King Kai are weaker than an elite Saiyan, while the weakest Supreme Kai is below Super Perfect Cell with the strongest being able to fight on par with Majin Buu.
    • Out of the main heroes, Goku fits the best. His Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Strength, and Super Speed have been an integral part of his character since the start of the series. He also displays limited telekinesis, telepathy through physical contact, can grow stronger from near-death experiences, learn abilities after only seeing them a few times, become immune to techniques because he knows how to counter them, and can teleport anywhere he wants as long as he can sense energy, including the afterlife. He even becomes a literal god in Battle of Gods and even goes one step beyond it.
    • Piccolo is also a good fit. He already had the arsenal of mystical abilities from his Namekian heritage, including a Healing Factor, limited telekinesis, telepathy, Extendable Arms, size shifting, and the ability to assimilate fellow Namekians to get stronger. Not to mention he ends up becoming the strongest Namekian period, even bestowing a "Super Namek" status. But he fits best when he fuses with Kami, who served as a guardian overlooker god of Earth, and takes his place for a while. It's particularly notable that Piccolo is the only one of the main heroes to overshoot the impossibly strong Saiyans on two occasions, even after Super Saiyan was introduced.
    • For his time, Frieza was considered the closest thing to a physical god to the point that Vegeta didn't want to even consider fighting him until he gained immortality. His telekinesis rivaled those of the Kais and he has extreme survivability that allows him to live in space and survive with most of his body missing. What makes Frieza really scary, however, is that he was born powerful. When he did set his mind to becoming stronger he became the second strongest villain the series at the time, and that's if you count Beerus as a villain. If Frieza had Goku's work ethic, he would have been truly invincible on Namek.
    • Perfect Cell was already strong enough, but Super Perfect Cell is the one that really qualifies. He's another example of a being that is stronger than most gods. He was designed to be the perfect life form, and his designer succeeded. Among other abilities, he has: super strength, super speed, and super durability greater than the gods themselves, instant teleportation (just like Goku), the ability to spawn powerful warriors who are god-like themselves (the Cell Juniors), regeneration From a Single Cell, the ability to come back stronger after being blown to bits, extremely powerful telekinesis (which he uses to build an arena, among other things), the ability to absorb things and gain their power with his tail, the ability to survive any injury (including half of his body being blown clean off), and energy blasts powerful enough to destroy entire solar systems.
    • Then there's Dabura, who is the King of Demons. And unlike Demon King Piccolo, that isn't a title. For Dabura, that's his description. Power-wise, he's around Super Perfect Cell's level on top of having magical powers like being able to create objects like the Kais and his spit turning anyone who touches it into stone, effectively killing them.
    • Majin Buu, an Eldritch Abomination so powerful that he killed off several real gods prior to the start of the series. He has the most powerful regeneration in the series (capable of returning from a single atom), has powerful telekinesis, Voluntary Shapeshifting, ability to turn anyone into anything else (usually some form of confectionery which he eats), doesn't age (he's older than the universe itself), Power Copying, limitless stamina, absorption of others to acquire their strength and abilities, can annihilate a planet's population without destroying the actual planet, break dimensions just by screaming, can casually blow up stars in his weakest state (he did this millions of times), and teleportation which he copied from a actual god. All of this on top of the standard super strength/super speed/flight/etc. power set that everybody else has, only cranked to insane degrees- in his weakest form he one-shotted Super Saiyan 2 Gohan and the aforementioned Dabura, and curb-stomped Super Saiyan 2 Majin Vegeta. At his strongest? He can cause the entire universe to collapse on itself just by getting angry and screaming really loudly.
    • While there have been various gods appearing in the series, Beerus the Big Bad of The Movie Battle of Gods and its accompanying arc in Dragon Ball Super, is a god-god, the God of Destruction to be exact, and as literal as the trope gets. He's stated to be capable of destroying entire galaxies and his power exceeds Goku's to the point he can curbstomp his Super Saiyan 3 form with a finger. Goku needs to become a God himself in order to stand a chance against him, and even then Beerus only got a good workout.
    • Beerus's twin brother, Champa, the God of Destruction of the Sixth Universe, is one too. Though he's slightly weaker than his twin, according to Whis' sister, Vados, due to laziness and gluttony, it's stated by Vados that their fight at full power could destroy both of their universes.
    • Whis, who is more powerful than even Beerus. On a scale of 1 to 10, the author rates him a 15. He is also Beerus' teacher and has the power to rewind time by three minutes. Whis could be called a God of a God, though he has denied being a god himself whenever asked. The aforementioned Vados is here too since she is Whis' sister and said to be stronger than even him (or at least was thousands of years ago, Whis comments that may have changed). It's eventually revealed that he and Vados are actually angels.
    • Magetta, one of the fighters from U6, like Frieza, isn't an actual deity, but he is powerful enough to give Vegeta a hard time even as a Super Saiyan (which at this point is nearly as strong as an actual Super Saiyan God). He takes no damage even when hit head-on by a full-charged Final Flash, the same attack that blew off a giant chunk of Perfect Cell when Vegeta couldn't even hurt him before.
    • Hit also isn't an actual deity, but he is powerful enough to throw down with a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, ages slow enough that he appears to only be in his 40's despite being 1000 years old, and is a Time Master who can freeze time for up to half a second, capitalizing on it with his Super Speed. He's said to be the strongest mortal fighter in all of Universe 6.
    • Dragon Ball Super introduces the God to end all Gods, Zen'O the Omni-King, who makes Gods of Destruction, Beerus and Champa, cower in fear. Beerus states that Zen'O could wipe out The Multiverse in a matter of seconds, if he wished to do so. Fortunately he is an example of God Is Good, and is a benevolent child-like deity. At least for the most part since he did wipe out six universes in the past. They used to be eighteen instead of just twelve.
    • Zamasu is an apprentice Supreme Kai from Universe 10, the gods of creation in the Dragon World. He is also much stronger than the Supreme Kais from Universe 7 since he can stand up to Super Saiyan 2 Goku after he has been trained by Whis. His future counterpart is even more powerful, being able to give Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku a good fight and he's an immortal.
    • Goku Black is strong enough to knock around Future Trunks with ease, despite him having Super Saiyan 2, and he can fight on par with Super Saiyan 2 Goku after he has been trained by Whis, had three years of additional training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, and went through a multi-universal tournament. According to Trunks, Black is at least as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku, and this is in his base form. He has a Super Saiyan transformation and can gets stronger the more he fights. By the time Goku and Vegeta confront him in the future, he has grown so powerful that he can fight Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta without transforming. It turns out he's a literal god, as he's the main timeline Zamasu (see the above entry) after he stole Goku's body and went on a rampage.
    • Merged Zamasu, the Potara Fusion of the aforementioned Black and Zamasu, is this by default.
    • Like Whis and Vados, the Grand Priest, Whis and Vados' father, isn't classified as a god, he's only an attendant to Zen'o. However, he's one of the five strongest people in the multiverse. Whis says he would have no chances against him. In manga it is told that he's the strongest. So he's only below Zen'O in power.
    • Jiren and Toppo, Pride Troopers from Universe 11. Toppo, leader of Pride Troopers, fought Super Saiyan Blue Goku to a draw. Jiren? His power exceeds that of Belmod, Universe 11's God of Destruction; he also can go toe-to-toe with an Ultra Instinct Goku while holding back and rings out aforementioned Hit.
  • EDENS ZERO has the enigmatic entity called "Mother". While very little is known about her or her powers, what is known is that she is reputed to be larger than any of the planets of the Sakura Cosmos where everyone lives. And while she appears to simply spend her time serenely reclining on a throne of planetoids somewhere out in uncharted space, she has the means to observe events in the Sakura Cosmos, particularly keeping tabs on main character Shiki.
  • Fairy Tail
    • The Black Dragon of the Apocalypse Acnologia is quite possibly the closest thing in the setting to one that isn't a full-on deity (and he's actually stronger than several actual gods). His sheer power makes everyone who sees him, including the likes of Zeref and Mard Geer, go Oh, Crap!, he ignores everything that's thrown at him (including Magic that's supposed to be able to kill his kind), and he utterly destroys everything that gets in his way. And you know how each Dragon has its own specific element they can not only No-Sell, but eat to restore their strength? His is Magic itself, and in a world of Magic this makes nigh-on invincible. Zeref himself, the most powerful wizard in the entire setting bar none, says that mere humans, ironic since the dragon Was Once a Man himself, could never hope to match him. Shown in special detail when he shrugs off everything the top mages in Fairy Tail throw at him, kills Igneel, Natsu's father and King of the Fire Dragons, by himself (albeit Igneel was greatly weakened from a previous battle with Acnologia and still managed to rip off Acnologia's arm off, though it turns out Acnologia got hit with the weakening bat too thanks to an anti-magic weapon going off), and later tears a hole through Dragon Slayer God Serena of the Four Gods of Isghar and Spriggan Twelve without batting an eye. During the final battle, he dominates all seven remaining Dragonslayers with ease and ultimately it requires the direct and/or indirect aid of every mage on the continent to finally put him in a position to be killed.
    • The Black Wizard Zeref, is quite possibly stronger than Acnologia. He was already immortal, a master in the Black Arts which is composed of Living Magic and Death Magic, could stop time, teleport, could enchant anything in the world and considered the strongest wizard in history. But, after attaining Fairy Heart, he becomes a god and gains absolute control over time and space to the point that he can survive any and all attack by turning back time to before he was even injured and the most shocking is that he can even do that when his body is destroyed. In the end, he was beaten by burning time itself so he can't use his power and that still didn't kill him.
    • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest reveals that there exist five "God Dragons" on the continent of Giltena which have secluded themselves so thoroughly from the world that even Acnologia thought they were simply legends. Each one is said to be as powerful as Acnologia himself, and all of them were worshipped in the past as gods. The titular 100 year quest is to defeat these five dragons, and all who have attempted this quest in the past have died, with only Gildarts Clive, the most powerful member of Fairy Tail, having come away alive but unable to challenge one.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, there's Truth. Although he is a metaphysical being, he does appear in the form of a featureless void filled with your sacrificed body parts. He is the being supervising every alchemy in the world, and of course has god-like power to back it up.
    • The ultimate goal of the Big Bad in the manga and Brotherhood anime, Father, is to be this trope. And he succeeds. He rips out Truth from the sky and absorbs him in chapter 104. However, he requires a massive number of souls to keep it bound, and he can't use Truth's power to its full potential. It didn't end well.
  • Fushigi Yuugi has the Nyan-Nyan (Lai-Lai in the manga). They are minor healer-goddesses, who normally take the form of adorable turquoise-haired little girls.
    • Suzaku and Seiryuu both appear in human forms, as well as in their animal forms
    • Arguably, Taiitsukun is this, considering that she created The Universe of the Four Gods
  • Future Diary has Deus ex Machina (yes, that's really his name), the god of time and space. He is sponsoring a "survival game" among the protagonists (because he is dying) to choose a new god. Near the end of the series, Minene gets half his power and becomes something of a god herself, a trait that she passes on to her children in the epilogue. Yukiteru eventually wins the game and succeeds Deus, along with an Alternate Universe Yuno.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya. She can warp existences and change things merely by childishly wishing something to be different. She can unwittingly destroy the universe if she is bored. And it's implied that she would be beyond it, to the point of being an omnipotent god, if she was aware of her power.
    • The Interfaces. To emphasize this, Yuki Nagato, one of the Interfaces, has been called "Dr. Manhattan with a different design." And if anything, that's downplaying what the Interfaces are capable of. They can quite literally play around with reality as easily as a programmer designing his/her own game. Even without that Reality Warper ability, they can effortlessly outrun the speed of light and much, much more. Yuki even stole Haruhi's god-powers once. Physical God doesn't even begin to describe that.
  • Alucard from Hellsing could qualify, being the most powerful vampire (already legendary creatures) in existence. His powers include common vampire powers (Superhuman Strength, Speed, Reflexes, Immortality, spreading his condition to others) Alucard can also levitate, pass through walls, manipulate shadows, shapeshift, telepathically manipulate people (though he needs eye contact for that) and heal from as little as ashes. In fact it's revealed he's sick of immortality and wishes to find someone capable of killing him, but has little luck.
  • High School D×D: All Myths Are True means all deities in myths and religions count as one of these. But, special mention must go to the "Top 10 Strongest Beings in Existence", as well as a few other beings not on the list but are at their level, including Longinus-class Sacred Gear wielders (whom could potentially kill deities) as well as the higher ranking dragons (whom are appropriately feared by all myths and legends).
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • The goal of the Big Bad Kars of Battle Tendency is to use the Red Stone of Aja to turn himself into an Ultimate Being, an immortal entity with the powers of all of Earth's life at his disposal, including the Ripple which would otherwise be deadly to him as a Pillar Man. He succeeds, and just as he is about to deliver a killing blow to The Hero Joseph Joestar, Joseph blocks it with the same Red Stone of Aja which causes a chain reaction that results in the volcano they're fighting in to erupt, sending both soaring into the sky. Kars plans his escape, but Joseph's taunting distracts him enough that he's sent out of the Earth's atmosphere, and in the freezing depths of space turns to stone despite his efforts to return to the Earth. As the narration goes, "Being unable to die even though he wished for it, Kars eventually stopped thinking."
    • At the Climax of Part 5 in a last ditch effort to defeat Diavolo, Giorno impales his Stand Gold Experience with the Stand Arrow and it evolves into Gold Experience Requiem, from what is seen of it and its incredible defensive abilities, one can argue Giorno is now himself in some aspects a Physical God. But Then Again...
  • Kamigami no Asobi is about a harem of them. Greek, Japanese, and Norse gods, playing out romantic-comedy tropes (with a snarky Fish out of Water twist) before transforming into some excellent fanservice. Hot God, indeed.
  • At least a good third of the cast of Kamisama Kiss fit this description. In fact, the entire story is about a Ordinary High-School Student unknowingly impressing one (Mikage) and being turned into one herself; adjusting to her new life and learning to deal with both her powers and familiars.
  • While it's not usually touched upon due to her suffering nasty cases of Crippling Overspecialisation or just plain idiocy, Aqua from KonoSuba is this. While the specifics of how divinity in the novel works is unclear, Aqua specifically has jurisdisction over the Earth and is actually known to be a senior goddess (with Eris being her subordinate). She also has extremely high stats and, as an Arch-Priest, can use the highest levels of holy magic, including the ability to revive the dead (Which she has done to save Kazuma multiple times... oftentimes from situations she got the party into to begin with). She also has access to Water magic (Up to and including the ability to cause a flash flood with Sacred Create Water), as a water goddess. This is touched upon in the crossover Isekai Quartet, where a normal Turn Undead spell from her manages to harm Ainz Ooal Gown, who in his own series is an Invincible Hero, bordering on Physical God himself by its power tier, and even has protection against holy magic like Turn Undead. Aqua's divinity would be touched upon again in the second season of Quartet to explain Aqua's immunity to Ainz' Time Stop.
  • In Kyouran Kazoku Nikki we have Gouyokuou and Gekka. Both are apparently ageless alien beings of great power. The former requires a Power Limiter just so he doesn't pulverize Earth into dust by complete accident. The latter has a whole set of ill-defined powers that include Mind Rape, cosmic scale teleportation, Voluntary Shapeshifting and energy blasts.
  • Many characters in The Law of Ueki (well, sort of...). Probably the best example would be whoever becomes the Supreme God.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • The first Reinforce is the defense program of the Book of Darkness, and as such killing her permanently is impossible, since she will regenerate in another dimension and come back. The Book itself has the ability to copy spells and make them bigger. With these powers, she is fully capable of blowing up planets (something she had done countless times in the past) and No Selled damn-near everything.
    • Olivie Segbrecht as evidenced by the capabilities displayed by her clone was an immensely powerful, unparalleled combatant and is worshiped by a major religion.
    • Voltaire (think Godzilla) is described as some kind of guardian deity for the Lu-Lushe tribe that Caro comes from. The fact that she was able to summon him at a young age (hinting at incredible magic potential) frightened her tribe so much that they cast her out. Fortunately, despite his truly fearsome appearance, Voltaire himself is friendly and doesn't hesitate to help Caro when she is in desperate need. She even describes herself as a priestess praying for his aid to contrast her relationship with her pet dragon, Fried.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth's world of Cephiro is shepherded by a Pillar—the person with the strongest heart in the world, because belief and willpower drive reality there. His or her prayers keep the land from invasion, war, and natural disaster. Princess Emeraude's ability becomes compromised, leading to her Suicide By Magic Knight. Hikaru later takes the mantle for five minutes or so before she relinquishes the power to all the world's citizens.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, The Lifemaker is one of these, at least within Mundus Magicus. Considering that he created Mundus Magicus, it makes sense. Fate also drifts dangerously close to being one of these, although it isn't clear if he's using his own power or borrowing from his boss.
  • Mikoto from Mai-Otome. Even Mai, a top-tier Meister Otome and the one contracted to her, is unable to beat her in one-on-one combat. Also an example of the playful trickster spirit.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has Lucoa (a.k.a. Quetzalcoatl), who used to be worshiped by the Aztecs until a certain incident with her sister resulted in her being stripped of her rank and title. She's still insanely powerful (even by dragon standards) and at one point casually mentions the ability to rewind time.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • All Might is such a massive step up in power from the rest of the heroes that he's practically a deity in comparison. Recovery Girl states outright that Midoriya sees him as "something like a god," though she considers this a problem for Midoriya's development. When Midoriya and Bakugo faced him during their final exam, the normally arrogant and self-assured Bakugo was stunned speechless at his strength. And this is against an All Might who's both past his prime and restrained by weighted wrist and leg bands so as to make the test at least theoretically winnable for the first year students.
      Bakugo: He's not powerful. He is power.
    • Vigilante: My Hero Academia Illegals: Number Six topples a skyscraper and mocks the heroes trying to save everyone, saying only God could save them. Then All Might shows up and easily stops the falling building. Number Six releases his backup, hundreds of Action Bombs that are too numerous for one hero to deal with, and too powerful for anyone but All Might to deal with. He unleashes a punch that causes a tornado, destroying them all at once. Number Six's master isn't even mad that Six failed, because what was he supposed to do against that?
      Master: He's a true superhuman who is in another league compared to the rest of the heroes. A Deus ex Machina who seems to defy the laws of physics and fate itself at every turn.
  • In Naruto, anybody who gets the Rinnegan (and can use its powers) possess seven different sets of powers that basically makes them this trope. To elaborate, the first set allows the user to summon powerful creatures, and see through their vision. The second allows them to absorb chakra, allowing them to negate most ninjutsu. The third rips out people's souls through physical contact. The fourth mutates the user's body into essentially a cyborg with multiple abilities, including firing lasers and missiles. The fifth can summon a gigantic hellish head that can heal any injury by crunching people in its mouth. The sixth manipulates gravity, and can create mini-black holes. The seventh allows the user to create chakra transceivers that can control corpses, people, and Tailed-Beasts alike if stabbed to their bodies, and allows the user to channel the powers of one of the other six sets at the controlled puppets, and see through their eyes too. Oh, and the seventh set can also resurrect people Back from the Dead. If there's any limitation, it's that the users of Rinnegan still have mortal lifespan.
    • The Ten-Tailed Beast/Juubi. Not only it is said to be the progenitor of everything in the world, it can command natural forces as easily as it flicks it fingers, causing earthquakes, twisters, and lightning storms simultaneously, and fire Wave-Motion Gun that can nuke countries from beyond Earth's horizon. The Sage of Six Paths was this trope by becoming its host in the distant past, and the goals of both Big Bads, Obito and Madara, require them to do the same.
    • It's later revealed that Ten-Tails was actually just a supernatural god-tree without sentience, the reason it became Juubi was because a woman named Kaguya fuses with it in the distant past.
    • After acquiring the powers of The Sage of Six Path and one of his sons, as well as the remaining Tailed Beasts', it more or less cements Naruto's status as this. The new novels outright state it, with Shikamaru of all people being the one to compare him to a god.
      Shikamaru: He's practically a pseudo-Ten Tails jinchuriki... his power is that of the Six Paths. At his current level, Naruto is pretty much a god.
  • From Neon Genesis Evangelion, Adam and Lilith, are often referred to as this. And honestly, considering they are Precursors to the entire Angel and human race respectively, as well as powerful enough to shape the world as we know it during the First Impact no one would disagree. The holder of their souls, Kaworu/Tabris and Rei Ayanami, respectively, are not far from being one either. The entire cast couldn't hold a prayer of stopping the former from causing the Third Impact if he didn't surrender and the latter could match everything the former does in almost every way. If their souls are returned to their original bodies, their true powers are seriously mind-boggling. So, when Lilith does just that and absorbs Adam in End of Evangelion...
    • The Rebuild of Evangelion version of EVA Unit-01 at the end of 2.22. It doesn't look like much, but once it runs out of battery manifested AT-field so powerful that it formed a new arm, then morphed it into an AT-Wave-Motion Gun. Next it manifested a freakin' halo and shot Eye Beams that cannot be stopped by AT-fields, and finally using a mental invasion on Zeruel to get Rei back, merging with the Angel in the process, turning into a huge white energy being, and by doing so nearly cause the Third Impact, almost extinguishing mankind just by existing.
    • And then comes Rebuild 3.33, featuring EVA-13, which is already powerful enough to devour an Angel as the first thing it does after entering Central Dogma, and trigger Fourth Impact entirely on its own, causing an apocalypse similar to the above spoilered examples in the process.
  • The Eight Devils of Kimon from Ninja Scroll are all this, the closest being Himuro Gemma, who can reassemble and reattach damaged body parts, making him quasi-immortal.
  • All the gods from Noragami. They are Nigh Invulnerable except to other gods, and are born from people's wishes.
  • Played with in One Piece: "God" is merely the title of the ruler of Skypiea, the island in the sky. However, Eneru, the God at the time of the Straw Hats' arrival, believes he is an actual god, and certainly has the power to back up his claim.
  • In One-Punch Man Saitama qualifies. He is strong enough that the second-strongest character is like a fly in comparison, fast enough that literal light-speed ninja are slow in comparison, and tough enough that a planet-destroying attack cannot even scratch him. No one comes close compared to his power which was stated to be infinite from the creator. The Hero Association official who observed Saitama breaking all of the records on the physical portion of the exam even describes Saitama as having a god inside him.
    • Extremely powerful villains, such as Boros and Garou can also count,as they could single-handedly wipe out all the heroes (aside from Saitama, obviously).
  • Overlord, has most of Nazarick's inhabitants in comparison to the beings of the New World. In the New World, beings with level around 30 are considered mythical beings. Most of the Nazarick is level 35 at least and level 100 at most. Shown in special detail in volume 9 of the novel, where Ainz curb-stomps an army of 250,000 soldier with a single spell.
  • Ranma ½
    • Manga-only villain Saffron would count here. He can make and control fire, is nearly impervious to damage, has high regeneration, can be reborn, flies, and has a nasty superiority complex. His subjects all but worship him because he provides light and fire.
    • Rouge has a Jusenkyo curse to transform into an Ashura, a literal goddess/demoness with multiple arms, several faces, the ability to fly, breath fire and throw lightningbolts, as well as an impressive level of physical ability. The only drawback is all those arms gives her wicked backache, so much so that she chased Pantyhose Taro all the way to Japan from China in order to retrieve the backache relievers he stole from her.
    • Herb technically qualifies as well, being descended from a dragon and possessing all of it's godlike abilities that are miles above human limits.
  • Zeus of Saint Beast has Nigh-Invulnerability, Elemental Powers, Teleportation and a certain degree of reality warping and omniscience. There were other physical gods, but he killed them all, barring the Goddess.
  • Saint Seiya: The eponymous Saints battle for their very physical gods. Counting Athena, Poseidon, Ares, Hades, Artemis, Chronos... and Buddha is you want to count him. Even Nike, sure she is a staff, but it's physical.
    • Not to count the Non Canon ones, of the other adaptations: Eris, Abel, Lucifer, The Other Artemis, The Twelve Titans, Pontos, Mars, and perhaps other lesser gods.
  • Serial Experiments Lain: Lain, to an increasing extent as the series goes on, up to remaking the entire world, and Eiri.
  • For all intents and purposes, Hao Asakura of Shaman King becomes like this once he reawakens as the titular king and does battle with Yoh and the other good guys in the spiritual dimension inside the Great Spirit known as the "Shaman King's Society." Yeah, it's confusing.
  • In Shin Mazinger' the Greek gods were actually Humongous Mecha, controlled by the brains of the aliens who built them.
  • Lord Death from Soul Eater. Characters with a soul the size of their body are considered enormously powerful, his soul is larger than a city.
  • Choushin from Tenchi Muyo! are actually The Omnipotents, but mostly prefer to live in the Universe they created for various personal reasons. While living in the material world forces them to incarnate in the physical form, they still keep all their powers and can assume their true form at will, transcending the physical world easily.
    • Then there's Tenchi himself, who's actually the true lord of Universe, literally Even More Omnipotent than the Choushin. Unlike a few other cases, he actually learns this fact and actively uses it when necessary like his battle against Z.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann naturally turns this trope Up to Eleven. It's a series where you can become a Physical God through sheer force of will. In fact, the plot of the story revolves around Spiral Power, an energy that all spiral race (including us) has, which bends reality to our will. Using those, the heroes manage to create mechas powerful enough to punch people out of the universe. Later, a guy shoots laser beams to every point in space-time. When they create the titular mecha at the finale, the sheer size of the mecha allows it to tank Big Bang and use galaxies as throwing pebbles with the ability to create anything out of pure thought and energy.
    • The Anti-Spirals, are similarly god-like. A race of ultra-powerful Hive Mind beings, they can build universes from scratch, energy oceans that fills galactic proportions, equally numerous living battleships and can create the aforementioned Big Bang to use as Wave Motion Guns.
    • The second Compilation Movie takes the series standard of this trope and cranks it up to twenty. In the movie, the heroes absorb the aforementioned Big Bang and use it to create the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. While only having about four minutes of screentime, the mere creation of this mecha is godly as it stands at a size of 52 billion light years, making it over half the size of the observable universe. Then the series Big Bad proceeds to make an even bigger mecha. Then the two mechas clash using drills that are calculated at being around 180X the mecha's size. Meaning that both the heroes and the villains created weapons that are around 100 universes big. So in other words, they are very powerful.
  • Toward the Terra Type Blue Mu seem to be this at first. They not only can singlehandedly destroy starships or stop beams from Planet Killer, but move in space without any protection, affect large groups of people on a great distance, and create life. Their lifespan is implied to be even longer than other Mu and they age much slower. Yet, it's a subversion. They pay for this power with their fragile bodies and in some situations even a normal weapon pose a serious threat, to say nothing about Power Nullifier.
  • Hakuoro and Dii from Utawarerumono are two halves of the same god, though Hakuoro manages to put them back together at the last episode.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, there are at least three trios of these. There are the Egyptian God Cards (which actually exist and can do magic in the real world, as LittleKuriboh is quick to point out). There are also the Wicked Gods, and the Sacred Beasts. There's also the Great Leviathan and Zorc, the Dark One.
    • Zorc is closer to a genuine god, seeing as he defeated the Egyptian Gods, Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, and Exodia (which has the explicit power of "instantly wins any battle") with very little effort.
    • The Big Bad of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light Anubis is a literal god, the God of the Dead in Egyptian mythology. He can teleport to any location, command the undead, use telepathy, turn invisible, drain the life force of others, materialize cards or monsters, and transform into a more powerful state. He also created the Pyramid of Light card which is capable of ripping souls of others out of their bodies and sucking them into the Millennium Puzzle.
    • Yuuki Juudai could conceivably be one, given that he holds the power of Haou, which is the Gentle Darkness that created everything, as opposed to the Light of Ruin, its equivalent of destruction.
    • Rex Godwin becomes a god in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Why? Because he says so.
    • The Crimson Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. It somehow eclipses the aforementioned Gentle Darkness and Light of Ruin.
  • In Yu Yu Hakusho S-Class beings are explicitly compared to gods (at least in the manga), and with good reason. Even a lower end S-Class can't unleash more than a fifth of their true power without great risk to the human world, and Genkai implied that Yusuke could destroy countries if he so wished. Even in the much more durable Makai, the fight between Yusuke and Sensui,two S-Class fighters, destroyed entire landscapes in seconds, as well as caused twisters, lightning storms, and earthquakes to appear. The kicker? These were the two weakest S-Class fighters shown. Raizen, the strongest demon in the series, summoned storms even more severe, and was capable of throwing around the two aforementioned warriors around like ragdolls. And he was so weakened by starving he was on his deathbed.


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