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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.
8th May '17 5:51:24 PM AsherTye
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* Has been mentioned once in Terry Pratchet's Discworld series in the semi-canonical ''Literature/[[Eric]]''. Rince
19th Apr '17 7:04:54 AM rafi
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* The Almighty One in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. [[WildMassGuessing Theorized]] Father of Belldandy and Skuld, as well as Urd, who was produced by a tryst with [[strike:{{Satan}}]] the Ruler of Demonkind. It has now been confirmed that he IS their father and that he is actually Tyr from the Norse legends.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary''. Features GodIsEvil in a really, really nasty way. God not only forced an Original Sin down on his angels ([[spoiler: when growing in their tubes they live from their own Mother, Adam Kadamon; during her captivity in Eden Alexiel also is made to Eat fruits from the Tree of Enlightenment. Which grows from Adam Kadamon's eye.]] Yuck. That the fruits look like baby heads doesn't make it any better. ) - nope, he also considers all of his angels failed experiments and wants to end the world. [[spoiler: Oh, and he's a computer program.]] Neat one, Kaori Yuki - neat one.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', God [[spoiler:is the collective will of every person that has ever lived (and maybe ever will live, they're not too clear on it)]]. Charles and his brother want [[spoiler:to kill it.]] Instead, Lelouch [[spoiler:geasses it]], ruining their plans.
%%* [[spoiler: Akito]] in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
* The Truth of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' starts his speech to anyone who dares cross into his domain (i.e. through Human Transmutation), by stating that "I am the World. I am the Universe. I am God. I am Truth. I am One. I am All. And I am also you!"
* Deus ex Machina from ''Manga/FutureDiary''. The story happens because Deus [[spoiler:is dying and needs to choose a successor to become the new god.]] Interestingly, there appear to be a couple of limits on his powers: [[spoiler:it has been conclusively stated that he cannot resurrect the dead, as apparently he is unable to bring back the souls of the deceased. That, and he's dying himself.]]



* Tenchi Masaki's unnamed higher self in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''
* [[Anime/SerialExperimentsLain Lain Iwakura]] may or may not be God. We're not quite sure. At any rate, even if she's not God, her power level makes the whole point kinda moot.

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* Tenchi Masaki's unnamed higher self in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''
* [[Anime/SerialExperimentsLain Lain Iwakura]] may or may not
[[spoiler: The Juubi]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is revealed to be God. We're not quite sure. At any rate, even if she's not God, her power level makes the whole point kinda moot.progenitor of all chakra and the literal progenitor of all that exists in the world.



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', God [[spoiler:is the collective will of every person that has ever lived (and maybe ever will live, they're not too clear on it)]]. Charles and his brother want [[spoiler:to kill it.]] Instead, Lelouch [[spoiler:geasses it]], ruining their plans.
* The Almighty One in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. [[WildMassGuessing Theorized]] Father of Belldandy and Skuld, as well as Urd, who was produced by a tryst with [[strike:{{Satan}}]] the Ruler of Demonkind. It has now been confirmed that he IS their father and that he is actually Tyr from the Norse legends.
* [[spoiler: Akito]] in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary''. Features GodIsEvil in a really, really nasty way. God not only forced an Original Sin down on his angels ([[spoiler: when growing in their tubes they live from their own Mother, Adam Kadamon; during her captivity in Eden Alexiel also is made to Eat fruits from the Tree of Enlightenment. Which grows from Adam Kadamon's eye.]] Yuck. That the fruits look like baby heads doesn't make it any better. ) - nope, he also considers all of his angels failed experiments and wants to end the world. [[spoiler: Oh, and he's a computer program.]] Neat one, Kaori Yuki - neat one.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', God [[spoiler:is the collective will of every person that has ever lived (and maybe ever will live, they're not too clear on it)]]. Charles and his brother want [[spoiler:to kill it.]] Instead, Lelouch [[spoiler:geasses it]], ruining their plans.
* The Almighty One in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. [[WildMassGuessing Theorized]] Father of Belldandy and Skuld, as well as Urd, who was produced by a tryst with [[strike:{{Satan}}]] the Ruler of Demonkind. It has now been confirmed that he IS their father and that he is actually Tyr
Lain Iwakura from ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' may or may not be God. We're not quite sure. At any rate, even if she's not God, her power level makes the Norse legends.
* [[spoiler: Akito]] in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary''. Features GodIsEvil in a really, really nasty way. God not only forced an Original Sin down on his angels ([[spoiler: when growing in their tubes they live from their own Mother, Adam Kadamon; during her captivity in Eden Alexiel also is made to Eat fruits from the Tree of Enlightenment. Which grows from Adam Kadamon's eye.]] Yuck. That the fruits look like baby heads doesn't make it any better. ) - nope, he also considers all of his angels failed experiments and wants to end the world. [[spoiler: Oh, and he's a computer program.]] Neat one, Kaori Yuki - neat one.
whole point kinda moot.



* The Truth of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' starts his speech to anyone who dares cross into his domain (i.e. through Human Transmutation), by stating that "I am the World. I am the Universe. I am God. I am Truth. I am One. I am All. And I am also you!"
* Deus ex Machina from ''Manga/FutureDiary''. The story happens because Deus [[spoiler:is dying and needs to choose a successor to become the new god.]] Interestingly, there appear to be a couple of limits on his powers: [[spoiler:it has been conclusively stated that he cannot resurrect the dead, as apparently he is unable to bring back the souls of the deceased. That, and he's dying himself.]]
* [[spoiler: The Juubi]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is revealed to be the progenitor of all living things.
** Not just all living things. It is the beginning of all chakra and the literal progenitor of all that exists in the world.

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* The Truth of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' starts his speech to anyone who dares cross into his domain (i.e. through Human Transmutation), by stating that "I am the World. I am the Universe. I am God. I am Truth. I am One. I am All. And I am also you!"
* Deus ex Machina from ''Manga/FutureDiary''. The story happens because Deus [[spoiler:is dying and needs to choose a successor to become the new god.]] Interestingly, there appear to be a couple of limits on his powers: [[spoiler:it has been conclusively stated that he cannot resurrect the dead, as apparently he is unable to bring back the souls of the deceased. That, and he's dying himself.]]
* [[spoiler: The Juubi]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is revealed to be the progenitor of all living things.
** Not just all living things. It is the beginning of all chakra and the literal progenitor of all that exists
Tenchi Masaki's unnamed higher self in the world.''Anime/TenchiMuyo''.



* One of the three main characters of the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''.
* In their usual style, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' depicts God as a bizarre-looking and somewhat surly mandrill/hippo creature in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Jesus". And he's a Buddhist who only lets Mormons into Heaven.



* God and Jesus both show up from time to time on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', with God being depicted as a bit of a wannabe ladies man with a thing for sniper rifles, who is embarrassed when someone reads from the book of Job. Unlike in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', God is shown full-body with, naturally, Creator/SethMacFarlane's voice instead of the traditional deep bass.
** God is also depicted as every other stereotypical male; drunk, hits on the women, and loves to party.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', also by [=MacFarlane=], God is depicted as... Creator/AngelinaJolie. Though this was just a form taken to keep Steve's (limited) attention. Looking into the "rack of infinite wisdom" turned Steve into a prophet, who had a solution to all conflict in the Middle East. In a later episode God is depicted as... well, he looks a bit more like Creator/SeanConnery.[[note]]Probably the most believable portrayal of God in all of fiction[[/note]]



* As said, God has shown up in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. He's the only character with [[FourFingeredHands five fingers]]. [[spoiler: As well as [[MindScrew five thighs.]]]] He has also shown up as a beam of light that chased Homer who was riding away on a motorcycle. [[spoiler:Homer jumped over train tracks just as a train passed and the beam of light representing God was stopped by the passing train.]]
-->'''God:''' I am too old and too rich for this.

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* As said, God has shown up in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. He's One of the only character with [[FourFingeredHands five fingers]]. [[spoiler: As well as [[MindScrew five thighs.]]]] He has also shown up as a beam three main characters of light that chased Homer who was riding away on a motorcycle. [[spoiler:Homer jumped over train tracks just as a train passed and the beam of light representing God was stopped by the passing train.]]
-->'''God:''' I am too old and too rich for this.
short-lived ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''.



-->'''Hawkgirl:''' That's right, I'm an ''[[BlatantLies angel]]''. You can mess with me if you want to, but I don't think you want to mess with [[{{God}} the Boss]]. (''points up'')

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-->'''Hawkgirl:''' That's right, I'm an ''[[BlatantLies angel]]''. You can mess with me if you want to, but I don't think you want to mess with [[{{God}} the Boss]]. ''the Boss''. (''points up'')up'')
* Creator/SethMacFarlane:
** God and Jesus both show up from time to time on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', with God being depicted as a bit of a wannabe ladies man with a thing for sniper rifles, who is embarrassed when someone reads from the book of Job. Unlike in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', God is shown full-body with, naturally, Mac Farlane's voice instead of the traditional deep bass. God is also depicted as every other stereotypical male; drunk, hits on the women, and loves to party.
** In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', also by [=MacFarlane=], God is depicted as... Creator/AngelinaJolie. Though this was just a form taken to keep Steve's (limited) attention. Looking into the "rack of infinite wisdom" turned Steve into a prophet, who had a solution to all conflict in the Middle East. In a later episode God is depicted as... well, he looks a bit more like Creator/SeanConnery.[[note]]Probably the most believable portrayal of God in all of fiction[[/note]]
* As said, God has shown up in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. His face is never shown on screen, except for a couple of occasions. He's also the only character with [[FourFingeredHands five fingers]]. [[spoiler: As well as [[MindScrew five thighs.]]]]
* In their usual style, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' depicts God as a bizarre-looking and somewhat surly mandrill/hippo creature in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Jesus". And he's a Buddhist who only lets Mormons into Heaven.
10th Apr '17 6:36:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''ShamanKing'''s Great Spirit is "God" and is every spirit manifested into a giant pillar of light.

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* ''ShamanKing'''s ''Manga/ShamanKing'''s Great Spirit is "God" and is every spirit manifested into a giant pillar of light.
10th Apr '17 12:19:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', also by [=MacFarlane=], God is depicted as... Creator/AngelinaJolie. Though this was just a form taken to keep Steve's (limited) attention. Looking into the "rack of infinite wisdom" turned Steve into a prophet, who had a solution to all conflict in the Middle East. In a later episode God is depicted as... well, he looks a bit more like SeanConnery.[[note]]Probably the most believable portrayal of God in all of fiction[[/note]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', also by [=MacFarlane=], God is depicted as... Creator/AngelinaJolie. Though this was just a form taken to keep Steve's (limited) attention. Looking into the "rack of infinite wisdom" turned Steve into a prophet, who had a solution to all conflict in the Middle East. In a later episode God is depicted as... well, he looks a bit more like SeanConnery.Creator/SeanConnery.[[note]]Probably the most believable portrayal of God in all of fiction[[/note]]
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