God-Emperor of Dune (Literature) - TV Tropes
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The moment he did everybody started to behave like teens on serious hormone overdose. I mean to this extent. Let me just mention that all the people in question were grown-up adults; I am not even sure this term applies to Leto. Needless to say my prayer was not answered. So much for God Emperor. One of the first disappointments of the book was continuous recycling of poor Duncan Idaho. Leto seems to be fond of resurrecting him and killing the guy the moment he showed an independent thought.
How many times do you want to stumble upon the same stone?
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As many times as can fit into thirty five hundred years that is how many. His personality changed dramatically: In this book he is a lovesick teen — well in mature age by years count.
Then again if Leto being years old acts the same, there is no shame for Duncan to behave so. One of the biggest plot holes is related to this guy as well. To explain it I assume everybody knows Dune — from the book, or movies.
The original guy died a heroic death giving Paul and Jessica time to escape. His countless clones keep his memory. Leto II was born way after the original Duncan died. How the hell his clone was supposed to remember him? Especially considering the fact that the current incarnation spent the majority of his time wondering what happened to previous ones? There is no way the memories are shared between incarnations.Leto II meets his father
Leto II makes himself the most terrible tyrant in history deliberately, so that when he is dead humanity will scatter and never be controllable by a single power ever again. A scattered humanity that cannot be found via any type of prescience is a humanity that cannot be exterminated.
Both subverted and played straight. Deliberate breeding programs are used to create humans with intelligence, reflexes, lifespan, capacity higher consciousness and physical capabilities far beyond those of current-day humans, but a religious taboo is kept in place on genetically engineering anything recognizably inhuman or unable to interbreed back into the larger human population. Thus, the characters and societies remain human while simultaneously having greater advancements over modern man than modern man has over homo erectus.
The Tleilaxu, however, have no religious taboo on inhumanity and gleefully make a living selling inhuman humans genetically-engineered for specific purposes.
Inverted in that Leto II deliberately elevates women over men, save for a select few. A sharp contrast to the old patriarchal Imperium. The planet Ix pronounced as spelled developed from millennia of language-development to the point that the original prefix was lost, and Ix came to be pronounced as a word rather than as "IX", or 9 in Roman numerals.
The influence of Spice turns people's eyes an unnatural bright blue. The turning blue is implied to be a normal biological reaction of humans exposed to spice.
However Spice also gives psionic abilities to at least some humans which links the two together in people's minds. Leto II, though framed more like Necessarily Evil. Though most of Dune prefer the use of these, Leto II often uses the Ixians more mechanical technology.
Leto II, being a Kwisatz Haderach, has full access to his masculine and feminine genetic memory which stretches from about the year 40, back to the beginning of human awareness.
What does he do with it? He has hundreds of historians burned alive for misconstruing the facts that he has personal access to. Of course, this was partly mystique-building, as he secretly rendered them unconscious first. The justification for banning shields is because this could result when a lasgun is fired. Someone planned for it to happen. One of the core themes of the main series. Indeed, this could be the Trope Codifier for all modern uses.
It has occurred to me more than once that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will. Justified — prophecy actually controls reality. Specifically, the future is open and branching, until someone with prescience actually takes a look - which will lock the future they see into place.
Leto's whole plan is about making humans immune to prescience, so that this can't happen any more.
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Prescience precognitionOther Memory and memory transfers, Miles Teg's clairvoyant sensing of No-Ships, most of these are not explained as "psychic" powers, but a natural consequence of Genetic Memory and Charles Atlas Superpower levels of mental training. Really Years Old: The Bene Gesserit take this to the extremes.
With complete control over their biochemical makeup, they can slow down or speed up the aging process at will or choose to look younger or older while chemically being another age.
They rarely take advantage of this, however, because such power can be intoxicating and dangerous. If someone outside the inner-Bene Gesserit organization were to notice the true extent of their powers it could lead to their destruction from superstitious outsiders as well as loss of influence over the Empire.
Leto II ends up doing this, living up to 3, years.
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Until he is willingly assassinated, that is. The pre-Born count in a different way. While chemically and physically true to their age, exposure to the Water of Life in the womb awakens their Genetic Memory. This leads to a personality being composed solely of their complete lineage of ego memories, upwards of hundreds of thousands of generations.
Leto II and his sister Ghanima are both nine when they begin wresting control of the empire from their similarly-affected aunt, and must constantly chastise anyone that presumes them to be mere "children. Only the memories of billions. Notably absent, as they're all extinct. Leto II is the closest thing. The main character's goal of the novels is the creation of what he termed, the 'Golden Path' — a future completely free of destiny with unlimited choices.
The ironic thing is, to do this, Leto not only messes with people's futures for the next 3, years, but makes himself a victim to fates he foresaw for himself, thus giving up his own freedom.
This is also a direct subversion of the original novel, where one of the main themes were "you can't fight fate. It takes Leto II almost four thousand years to break humanity free from the consequences of this.
Send in the Clones: Duncan Idaho dies in the first novel, only to return over and over again first as a ghola, then as a ghola-clone. God-Emperor of Dune even has several Duncan gholas throughout the story, though all but one were played with through flashbacks and mentions.
It turns out to be a pseudonym of Leto II. It's an in-universe shout out to the Biblical character. Society is partially stagnant due to the religious proscriptions against thinking machines, robotics, and computers set up after the Butlerian Jihad, which keeps things from advancing too much. Spice does this as well, since its properties allow for expanded lifetimes and space folding, so there was no desire to experiment and find alternatives.
God Emperor of Dune is set roughly 3, years after the conclusion of events in Children of Dune. Leto II, now with arms and legs useless appendages on a huge worm body, uses his prescience and hyper-senses to maintain supreme power over the known universe, not to mention his inhuman appearance.
Proclaiming himself god and starting his own religion, Leto maintains his dominion through belief and fear in holding to the Golden Path.
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Humans, Tleilaxu, the Bene Gesserits, and the Ixians being what they are, however, hatch rebellions and assassination plots to break the chains of perceived oppression placed upon them by the God Emperor. Having sacrificed his mortality and body, he still experiences emotions that are all too human inside his worm visage. It is perhaps these two premises which make God Emperor of Dune interesting. Are we truly a safe, benevolent society when things like destructive weapons and complete freedom—elements of our own creation and desire—exist?
The first idea obviously more entertainment based, the second, however, provides excellent food for thought that flies in the face of much libertarian thinking these days.