What makes a deity?

What makes a deity? What protocols do you use to establish a deity?

A few weeks a go, I wrote about Jedi as a religion and I got to thinking today, when did Star Wars fans recognize their obsession was a type of worship? What about Star Trek? Trekkies could be considered a religion, right? Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Firefly/Dollhouse fans who call themselves Whedonists? (Myself included!)

Rivals between DC fans and Marvel fans can run as emotional and as deep as religious wars.

So, when is it OK to call your (for lack of a better word) obsession a religion? When is it OK to hold a character to the level of deity?

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