Trope Workshop:Sliding Scale of Godliness

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Most humans and cultures have an idea of "god" or "deity", but it stands to reason that those concepts will vary widely with the culture themselves, and don't always translate one-to-one - especially if you're going between a monotheistic religion with a capital-G God and a polytheistic one with several gods or god-level entities, which may or may not optionally have a supreme deity at the top of the pecking order. Similarly, what any work or religious doctrine requires for an entity to be recognized as a god/deity/what-have-you can vary quite wildly.

For the ease of understanding the arrangement of a given divine hierarchy or perhaps crafting one of your very own, we here at All The Tropes present the Sliding Scale of Godliness.

Note that this scale is based on their actual abilities in relation to Real Life, not whatever their abilities are perceived to be. If literally everyone is using telepathy, then everyone is a type 4. Some works may have their own internal scales that function differently from this.

6 - A charlatan or particularly smart/important entity, but not above human capabilities. (E.g.: someone who gets themselves made chief.)

5 - An entity with superhuman abilities (weightlifts cars)

4- An entity with supernatural abilities. (telepathy, teleporting, hears talking 10 kilometers away)

3- A reality warper or Physical God, still somewhat mortal and not omniscient. (Haruhi Suzumiya, Roman and Greek Pantheons)

2- A step below god; harming their physical form has no effect or they have no physical form, able to change features on a celestial scale, but still not quite omnipotent, omniscient, or omnipresent (Ancients and Ori from Stargate).

1- ACTUAL omnipotency, omniscience and omnipresence. (E.g.: Yahweh, the Abrahamic god).


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Examples of Sliding Scale of Godliness include: