The power to become a giant of godlike power. Supreme variation of Giant Physiology. Variation of Transcendent Physiology.

They tend to come in three varieties, the Primordial Giants (who created other Giant kin), the Transcendent Giant Mages (who favor using magic against their enemies) and the more "standard" Transcendent Giants (who fought largely with sheer brute force and ambition).

Also Called

  • Giant-God Physiology

Capabilities

Users of this ability can gain the traits of a giant of godlike scale (or are one), these giants are immense creatures that embody aspects of nature or the cosmos and often stand in opposition to order, representing more primal and/or chaotic forces - though like their lesser giant cousins individuals vary immensely and thus they can range from malevolent, neutral or benevolent in nature.

Stories of such beings exist in countless folk tales, religions and media across the world - they differ from regular giants in the sheer immensity of their powers - for example Utgard-Loki was so powerful he could trick gods like Thor and Loki into performing cosmic feats of strength for his own amusement, having Thor wrestle Old Age itself, making Thor drink from the ocean via an enchanted cup and most infamous of all trapping Thor and Loki within his glove.

Entire races of such beings can exist such as the Titans, the Fomorians and the Jotunn - some Oni in Japanese folklore also gain godlike powers far beyond even the formidable power of regular Oni, in fiction godlike giants are even more popular and can be found in multiple fantasy games, shows and novels.

Perhaps one of the most striking examples of giants with godlike powers and ambitions in mythology comes in the form of the Gigantomachy, an event in which a group of giants known as the Gigantes waged open war against the Greco-Roman gods and took the battle to Olympus itself, the very home of the pantheon and a place normally seen as completely above the rest of the cosmology : while the Gigantes were unsuccessful they were unable to be killed by the gods and were cast instead under mountains, the phenomena of volcanoes and earthquakes were thus blamed on the imprisoned Gigantes.

Applications

  • Immortality; transcendent giants are invulnerable to all harm save that of the gods and can not die of old age or disease.
  • Absolute Strength; transcendent giants have no limit to their strength, with many of them easily lifting entire planets or cosmologies.
  • Elemental Embodiment; transcendent giants are living embodiments of the elements, both natural and cosmological.
  • Giant Magic; transcendent giants have all the usual magic of giant-kin, amplified to suit their lofty status.
  • Divine Magic; transcendent giants often have access to magic that rivals that of the gods themselves.
  • Giant Manipulation; godly giants can easily dominate other classes of giants and have them do their bidding.
  • Meta Nature Manipulation; transcendent giants are embodiments of nature's wild, chaotic side.
  • Size Manipulation; unlike most giants the transcendent variants have wildly varying sizes and may even change scale at will, ranging from larger to humans to larger than entire mountain ranges, depending on the tale.
  • Indomitable Emotions ; especially rage and other primal emotions - so strong are the emotions of these giants that they may literally rage against the Heavens themselves (and often come close to victory).

Variations

Associations

Limitations

  • May still rank slightly below full-fledged deities, depending on the setting.
  • Usually can still die via extreme violence (divine slaying etc).
  • Often depicted as cruel, chaotic or somewhat dim-witted compared to the true gods (though by no means universal, as some could outsmart the gods (such as Utgard-Loki) - in general however they were rather chaotic beings, just like the "lesser" Giants).

Known Users

Anime/Manga

Mythology/Folklore

  • Pangu (Chinese Mythology)
  • Nephilim (Christianity)
  • Gigantes (Greco-Roman Mythology)
    • Alcyoneus
    • Porphyrion
  • Typhon (Greco-Roman Mythology)
  • Hecatoncheires (Greco-Roman Mythology)
  • Daityas (Hindu Mythology)
  • Fomorians (Irish Mythology)
  • Jötunn (Norse Mythology)
    • Surtr
    • Utgard-Loki
    • Ymir
    • Mimir
  • Reiki (Japanese Mythology)

Roleplay

  • Annam the All-Father (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Kostchtchie (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Surtur (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Thrym (Dungeons & Dragons)

Video Games

  • Thamur (God of War)
  • Atreus/Loki (God of War)

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