So, a character in my current WIP, in the time-honored tradition of evil narcissistic villains, has decided that he is going to become a god. The MC (who, interestingly enough, is an atheist) gets sucked into this mess by virtue of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up having to join the effort to stop this from happening after her own particular problems get tangled up in it as well. The issue is that I'm trying to work out the exact method by which Villain Unnamed plans to attain godhood. Here are some ideas I currently have: 1. He attempts to steal the divine essence from one of the existing five gods by diverting worship from that god to himself. 2. He can fuel his rise to divine power by capturing and using up a large number of other souls. 3. He's discovered an ancient, heretical text that contains a ritual by which you can supposedly attain godhood. It involves assembling certain extremely rare and powerful reagents. The catalyst for the ritual would be that someone has to willingly, without any sort of coercion, agree to be a sacrifice and have their own immortal soul destroyed in the process. Ironically, none of these methods would actually work, the guy really is just delusional, if also extremely intelligent and resourceful. But most of the characters in the story, being religious, believe that it could work and, anyway, the amount of destruction all this would cause would be considerable even without the creation of a new evil god. So, the questions I have are: Is this too cliche for a fantasy novel? And what do you think about the three suggested methods?