Tower of God (Korean: 신의 탑; RR: Sin-ui Tap) is a South Korean manhwa released as a webtoon written and illustrated by S.I.U. It has been serialized in Naver Corporation’s webtoon platform Naver Webtoon since June 2010, with the individual chapters collected and published by Young Com into eight volumes as of July 2021. Tower of God received official English translations by Line Webtoon beginning in July 2014.
“The Tower” is a mysterious structure that is completely enclosed and hosts many unique environments. It is permeated by an element called “Shinsu”, which has strange properties similar to magic in other comic universes. It is inhabited by many different intelligent species. Living on the top floors is associated with a higher status in the Tower and better living conditions. This is because ascension from one floor to the next is only allowed by passing increasingly difficult tests of strength, dexterity and wit. Regulars are any individuals from the Outer Tower chosen to climb the tower in the Inner Tower. Former Regulars who reach the top of the Tower are known as Rankers, and are generally much more powerful than others. Rankers are often put to work administering the lower floors. At the top of the Tower sit the “10 Great Families”, which form the governing body of the Tower. A figure known as King Jahad (or ‘Zahard’, in some translations) is the chief leader of this body.