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9th Jan '18 5:05:50 PM DustSnitch
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Since depicting God is [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm attempting to portray an infinite divine being in human terms and ideas]], this is problematic at best, and many series choose to go with HaveYouSeenMyGod or PiecesOfGod. Rather than giving God an explicitly defined human shape and face, most portrayals tend depict him as [[GrandpaGod a wise elder]] (often in homage to the Art/SistineChapel), one or two giant hands in the sky, or even nothing more than an [[NoIndoorVoice ALL CAPS WORD BUBBLE]].

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Since depicting God is [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm attempting to portray an infinite divine being in human terms and ideas]], this is problematic at best, and many series choose to go with HaveYouSeenMyGod or PiecesOfGod. Rather than giving God an explicitly defined human shape and face, most portrayals tend depict him as [[GrandpaGod a wise elder]] (often in homage to the Art/SistineChapel), one or two giant hands in the sky, sky (in line with HeavenAbove), or even nothing more than an [[NoIndoorVoice ALL CAPS WORD BUBBLE]].
4th Jan '18 5:30:41 PM nombretomado
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* Random soldiers in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' will occasionally claim they had a vision of God in the back of a truck. If you choose to investigate, you can find God and ''recruit him to MSF''. He has the highest Intel stat in the game, but apparently E-rank cooking skill. [[spoiler: He's actually HideoKojima himself, foreshadowed somewhat by a minor character being named [[MeaningfulName Cosima Caminandes]] (written in kana as 'kojima kaminandesu', or "Kojima is god").]]

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* Random soldiers in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' will occasionally claim they had a vision of God in the back of a truck. If you choose to investigate, you can find God and ''recruit him to MSF''. He has the highest Intel stat in the game, but apparently E-rank cooking skill. [[spoiler: He's actually HideoKojima Creator/HideoKojima himself, foreshadowed somewhat by a minor character being named [[MeaningfulName Cosima Caminandes]] (written in kana as 'kojima kaminandesu', or "Kojima is god").]]
6th Dec '17 7:43:46 PM Fireblood
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* References to "the Creator" as the antithesis of the Dark One are everywhere in the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series through phrases like "the light of the Creator", but, Inquisition aside, there doesn't seem to be much religion involved, and the Creator itself never directly appears in the series. The lack of religion has been explained by the fact that in-universe Creator and Dark One are very much real, and everyone knows that (for example, saying the Dark One's true name aloud will have dire(ct) consenquences). The Creator seems to be a very hands-off kind of deity. In one of the books, it's implied that he created all worlds, but doesn't particularly care if one of them dies in the way that a gardener plants all the flowers in a garden, but doesn't care if one of them wilts. The characters seem to acknowledge and accept this. That doesn't explain why prayers and catechisms are addressed to him, though.

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* References to "the Creator" as the antithesis of the Dark One are everywhere in the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series through phrases like "the light of the Creator", but, Inquisition ChurchMilitant aside, there doesn't seem to be much religion involved, and the Creator itself never directly appears in the series. The lack of religion has been explained by the fact that in-universe Creator and Dark One are very much real, and everyone knows that (for example, saying the Dark One's true name aloud will have dire(ct) consenquences). The Creator seems to be a very hands-off kind of deity. In one of the books, it's implied that he created all worlds, but doesn't particularly care if one of them dies in the way that a gardener plants all the flowers in a garden, but doesn't care if one of them wilts. The characters seem to acknowledge and accept this. That doesn't explain why prayers and catechisms are addressed to him, though. It's somewhat implied that he indirectly works to save the world by sending the Dragon and his companions.



* Eru Ilúvatar in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', also known as "The One". He appears to have created the Ainur, however most of the time he doesn't seem to do much and lets the Valar and Maia manage Arda. When Aule created the Dwarves against Eru's will but offered them up to him and proved ready to destroy them, Eru gave them souls. One of the rare cases Eru did interact was when the Numenoreans, inspired by [[ManipulativeBastard Sauron]], attacked Valinor, causing him to destroy Numenor and make the world round, meaning human vessels couldn't reach Valinor.

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* Eru Ilúvatar in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', also known as "The One". He appears to have created the Ainur, however most of the time he doesn't seem to do much and lets the Valar and Maia manage Arda. When Aule created the Dwarves against Eru's will but offered them up to him and proved ready to destroy them, Eru gave them souls. One of the rare cases where Eru did interact was when the Numenoreans, inspired by [[ManipulativeBastard Sauron]], attacked Valinor, causing him to destroy Numenor and make the world round, meaning human vessels couldn't reach Valinor.



* Never actually makes an appearance in Literature/GoodOmens, but his plans and motives are speculated about a lot. His ineffable nature [[spoiler: is invoked by an angel in an argument that helps stop the apocalypse]].

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* Never He never actually makes an appearance in Literature/GoodOmens, but his plans and motives are speculated about a lot. His ineffable nature [[spoiler: is invoked by an angel in an argument that helps stop the apocalypse]].
5th Dec '17 2:30:32 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
** God is discussed at length, although often by other names like the First Good, the Deep Mind, the Eternal Light, the Highest Joy, and similar titles. If he isn't mentioned in song or prayer by the blessed or the angels, then you can bet that Dante's AuthorAvatar is learning about why God ordered the afterlife a certain.
** In the thirty-third canto of the third part of the poem, the last [[NumeroligcalMotif 100]] lines is dedicated to describing Him, a task Dante admits is like accurately recalling something you saw 25 centuries ago or speaking wisely with an infant's knowledge. Dante illustrates God as a figure that is made up of three circles which somehow look as if they are a single circle. One of the circles looks like it's begotten from the first circle and the third looks like fire being produced by both. [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} That begotten circle]] strangely has the same color as the rest of the circles while also bearing the hue of humanity, a fact which encapsulates Dante. Although he tries to take the whole of that great light into his mind, Dante admits he is too weak for that, but the light granted him what his mind had asked for.
--->''"Here force failed my high fantasy; but\\

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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
** God is discussed at length, although often by other names like the First Good, the Deep Mind, the Eternal Light, the Highest Joy, and similar titles. If he isn't mentioned in song or prayer by the blessed or the angels, then you can bet that Dante's AuthorAvatar is learning about why God ordered the afterlife a certain.
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''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': In the thirty-third canto of the third part of the poem, the last [[NumeroligcalMotif 100]] lines is dedicated to describing Him, a task Dante admits is like accurately recalling something you saw 25 centuries ago or speaking wisely with an infant's knowledge. Dante illustrates God as a figure that is made up of three circles which somehow look as if they are a single circle. One of the circles looks like it's begotten from the first circle and the third looks like fire being produced by both. [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} That begotten circle]] strangely has the same color as the rest of the circles while also bearing the hue of humanity, a fact which encapsulates Dante. Although he tries to take the whole of that great light into his mind, Dante admits he is too weak for that, but the light granted him what his mind had asked for.
--->''"Here -->''"Here force failed my high fantasy; but\\
3rd Nov '17 11:11:16 AM DustSnitch
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Since depicting God is [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm attempting to portray an infinite divine being in human terms and ideas]], this is problematic at best, and many series choose to go with HaveYouSeenMyGod or PiecesOfGod. Rather than giving God an explicitly defined human shape and face, most portrayals tend towards a [[GrandpaGod human-like figure with an obscured face]], one or two giant hands in the sky, or even nothing more than an [[NoIndoorVoice ALL CAPS WORD BUBBLE]].

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Since depicting God is [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm attempting to portray an infinite divine being in human terms and ideas]], this is problematic at best, and many series choose to go with HaveYouSeenMyGod or PiecesOfGod. Rather than giving God an explicitly defined human shape and face, most portrayals tend towards a depict him as [[GrandpaGod human-like figure with an obscured face]], a wise elder]] (often in homage to the Art/SistineChapel), one or two giant hands in the sky, or even nothing more than an [[NoIndoorVoice ALL CAPS WORD BUBBLE]].
22nd Oct '17 1:28:56 AM DustSnitch
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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' is an allegory for the author's religious life, and fittingly ends with him witnessing the Holy Trinity in Paradise.

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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
** God
is an allegory for discussed at length, although often by other names like the author's religious life, First Good, the Deep Mind, the Eternal Light, the Highest Joy, and fittingly ends similar titles. If he isn't mentioned in song or prayer by the blessed or the angels, then you can bet that Dante's AuthorAvatar is learning about why God ordered the afterlife a certain.
** In the thirty-third canto of the third part of the poem, the last [[NumeroligcalMotif 100]] lines is dedicated to describing Him, a task Dante admits is like accurately recalling something you saw 25 centuries ago or speaking wisely
with an infant's knowledge. Dante illustrates God as a figure that is made up of three circles which somehow look as if they are a single circle. One of the circles looks like it's begotten from the first circle and the third looks like fire being produced by both. [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} That begotten circle]] strangely has the same color as the rest of the circles while also bearing the hue of humanity, a fact which encapsulates Dante. Although he tries to take the whole of that great light into his mind, Dante admits he is too weak for that, but the light granted him witnessing what his mind had asked for.
--->''"Here force failed my high fantasy; but\\
my desire and will were moved already—like\\
a wheel revolving uniformly—by\\
the Holy Trinity in Paradise.Love that moves the sun and the other stars."''
30th Aug '17 6:40:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', God appears in two incarnations. First, He's a rather shabby and gentle old man who unfortunately gets the crap kicked out of Him by demonic underage murderers on rollerblades; second, ''she'' is AlanisMorissette in a silver tutu, and is fond of doing handstands. It's also mentioned that God is a Skee-Ball addict. Although it's implied that God's appearance as Alanis is because that was the form the protagonist needed to see most. It is also implied that God was once as vengeful and wrathful as He/She was portrayed as in the Old Testament (Sodom and Gommorah, the ten plagues, etc), but became less so as time passed. He/She no longer keeps an angel employed to fulfill His/Her wrath and gives His/Her Skee-Ball tickets to neighborhood children.

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* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', God appears in two incarnations. First, He's a rather shabby and gentle old man who unfortunately gets the crap kicked out of Him by demonic underage murderers on rollerblades; second, ''she'' is AlanisMorissette Music/AlanisMorissette in a silver tutu, and is fond of doing handstands. It's also mentioned that God is a Skee-Ball addict. Although it's implied that God's appearance as Alanis is because that was the form the protagonist needed to see most. It is also implied that God was once as vengeful and wrathful as He/She was portrayed as in the Old Testament (Sodom and Gommorah, the ten plagues, etc), but became less so as time passed. He/She no longer keeps an angel employed to fulfill His/Her wrath and gives His/Her Skee-Ball tickets to neighborhood children.
21st Jun '17 11:25:24 PM DustSnitch
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Metaphysical human concept or not, He's got a pretty large chunk of humanity as believers and followers, thanks in part to best-selling books such as ''Literature/TheBible'' and ''Literature/TheQuran'', which feature God as a prevalent character, if not the main character, books stated to have been inspired by Him.

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Metaphysical human concept or not, He's got a pretty large chunk of humanity as believers and followers, thanks in part to best-selling books such as ''Literature/TheBible'' Literature/TheBible and ''Literature/TheQuran'', Literature/TheQuran, which feature God as a prevalent character, if not the main character, books stated to have been inspired by Him.



God is also not always seen as the benevolent ruler of everything, hence why tropes such as GodIsEvil exist. Some of this is AlternativeCharacterInterpretation from ''Literature/TheBible'' and similar works, others are authors liking to play with audience expectations, and some of it is authors who dislike God and religion [[WriterOnBoard putting a little personal touch on their creation]]/[[AuthorTract their creation was made to express those views]]. Works which feature RageAgainstTheHeavens often feature God being a jerk, if not outright malevolent to his creation, though some would say he's more concerned with [[LawfulGood perfect justice]] than just [[GoodIsNotNice being nice]], which can cause problems with [[HumansAreFlawed an imperfect humanity]]. Taking this depiction to its furthest extent creates a variation on the CosmicHorrorStory.

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God is also not always seen as the benevolent ruler of everything, hence why tropes such as GodIsEvil exist. Some of this is AlternativeCharacterInterpretation from ''Literature/TheBible'' Literature/TheBible and similar works, others are authors liking to play with audience expectations, and some of it is authors who dislike God and religion [[WriterOnBoard putting a little personal touch on their creation]]/[[AuthorTract their creation was made to express those views]]. Works which feature RageAgainstTheHeavens often feature God being a jerk, if not outright malevolent to his creation, though some would say he's more concerned with [[LawfulGood perfect justice]] than just [[GoodIsNotNice being nice]], which can cause problems with [[HumansAreFlawed an imperfect humanity]]. Taking this depiction to its furthest extent creates a variation on the CosmicHorrorStory.
19th May '17 10:26:03 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://twitter.com/OCriador O Criador]] ("The Creator"), a popular Brazilian {{twitter}} account.

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* [[http://twitter.com/OCriador O Criador]] ("The Creator"), a popular Brazilian {{twitter}} Website/{{twitter}} account.
8th May '17 8:25:36 PM AsherTye
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* Has been mentioned once in Terry Pratchet's Discworld series in the semi-canonical ''Literature/[[Eric]]''. Rince

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* Has been mentioned once in Terry Pratchet's Discworld series in the semi-canonical ''Literature/[[Eric]]''. Rince''Literature/{{Eric}}''. As a side effect of granting the title character's wish to live forever, the wizzard Rincewind meets the creator of his universe, described as a mousy man with a scraggly beard. Heavily implied to be an AuthorAvatar, the man admits he's actually one of several subcontractors who build universes from scratch while their own creator busies Himself with His own creation.
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