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The Gods
Biographical information
Physical description
Species

Gods and Goddesses

Gender

Male & Female

Magical characteristics
Active powers
Other powers
Affiliation
Loyalty

Themselves

Character information
First appearance

Oh My Goddess! Part 1

Last appearance

Charmageddon

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Gods and Goddesses are supreme magical beings that possess vast magical powers. They are the most powerful forces in the universe and might be responsible for the creation of the universe.

There are various kinds of Gods and Goddessess with different origins. While Shakti and Shiva are presumably truly divine, it was revealed that the Greek Gods were given their powers by The Elders from the essence to fight the Titans. However, the true nature of the Gods and Goddesses remains a mystery.

History

Creation of the Universe

Shakti, the Goddess of Creation, and Shiva, the God of Destruction, existed before the universe, which they created by consummating their love. This supports the theory that the Grand Design is the gods' intended nature of the universe, which was hinted at by one of the Angels of Destiny while negotiating with The Charmed Ones.

The Greek Gods

In the days of Ancient Greece, the Titans ruthlessly ruled the Earth. In fear of these beings, the mortals worshipped them as Gods in the hopes of appeasing them. To stop the Titans, the Elders infused a group of mortals with a tremendous amount of power, in the hopes they would be strong enough to stop the Titans. However, once these mortals had entombed the Titans in ice, their power consumed them and they lost their humanity. They declared themselves as gods and forced the world to worship them. These mortals then became the Greek Gods of mythology, such as Zeus, Aphrodite and Athena. After the Elders succeeded in taking back the essences of the Gods, they swore they would never allow this to happen again. They had put the essences in a sacred vase and locked it in a vault in the Heavens.

Pandora's Box

At some point, the Gods gave a box to a man named Prometheus. The box contained all the sorrows of the world that should never be released. A mortal girl named Pandora opened it, releasing the sorrows onto the world. She eventually reclaimed the sorrows and became the first guardian of Pandora's Box.

The Golden Belt of Gaea

The goddess Gaea gave a magical belt as a gift to the mortal Hippolyta. The belt possessed transcendant powers and she tried to use it to unite the sexes. However, her plans backfired and retreated to an island of women, killing all men who dared to enter. Eventually, the demi-god Hercules butchered her and the belt found it's way to another female.

Ancient Egypt

The god Anubis was worshipped as a God of Death and Rebirth in ancient Egypt. He led a revolt against The Avatars when they attempted to create Utopia and created a vanquishing potion for them, forcing the Avatars to retreat and delay their plans.

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The Greek Goddesses

Return of the Greek Goddesses

In 2003, an Unidentified Demon freed The Titans from their emtombment to claim power of the Underworld. However, the Titans vanquished him and sought to exact their revenge on the Elders. After the Titans nearly slaughtered all remaining Elders, Leo Wyatt entered the vault containing the essence of the Gods and granted its powers to the Charmed Ones, transforming them into the Goddesses.

Piper Halliwell became the Goddess of Earth and her sisters Phoebe and Paige became the Goddess of Love and Goddess of War respectively. However, the Titans still proved too powerful to stop until Piper lost herself in anger and pain after discovering Leo had become an Elder. She then single-handedly vanquished the Titans by opening a large chasm in the earth, swallowing them as whole. Piper then went on a rampage until Leo managed to calm her down and extracted the essence from her.

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Shakti and Shiva

Shakti and Shiva

While attending a Hindu wedding in 2004, Piper and Leo became possessed by the essences of the Hindu Gods Shakti and Shiva. These Gods were said to have created the universe by consuming their love and it was warned they would destroy it if they consumed their love once more. However, the Gods are later expelled from their bodies with a spell.

Spells

To Release the Essence of the Greek Gods and Goddesses

Eccere, oh, gee,
Ac mando ma mento.

Powers and Abilities

The Gods are supreme magical beings and as such, possess vast magical power. These vast powers are tranferred to a host when the essences of the Gods possess a body. Aside from gaining power and knowledge, taking in an essence may also grant physical changes such as gaining additional arms or a change in hair style and color. Additionally, the host may receive new clothing and even weapons depending on the essence.

The bond between a host and an essence seems to be based on that person's personality and history.[1] Phoebe Halliwell became the Goddess of Love due to losing herself in the darkest of loves and coming back, Paige Matthews became the Goddess of War due to her desire to become stronger without letting it consume her and Piper Halliwell became the Goddess of Earth because she was everything that was good and beautiful in this world, according to Leo. 

Taking in an essence comes with great danger, as the host will be tempted to use the power for personal gain and be lost in their desires. Additionally, one can only channel the true power of the Gods by declaring themselves divine, meaning that they will lose their humanity. A host may also be consumed by great emotional pain, which will unleash the true power of the essence until it is extracted from the host.

Notes

  • Piper has been a Goddess thrice. She has been the Goddess of Earth and Shakti. She also became a Demi-Goddess when she wore a Valkyrie Pendant.
  • Although not true Gods, The Titans are thought of as God-like beings due to their tremendous amount of power.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hecate is a Wiccan Goddess. In Charmed she is a demon. In reality, Hecate is a Greco-Roman goddess associated with magic and crossroads. She is also sometimes associated with the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess in Paganism.

References

  1. As mentioned by Leo Wyatt when he explained why he granted the sisters the essences in "Oh My Goddess! Part 2".
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