History Main / Golem

19th Feb '17 4:35:01 PM skadooshbag
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The creature originated in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, which holds that those who study the holy books and are strong in the ways of the Lord may create imitations of His miracles, but only imperfect ones. As God made Adam from clay, so may a holy man create an imitation of a man, albeit one lacking a soul. [[FridgeLogic Never mind that a piece of clay being able to move around on its own without bones, muscles or a nervous system of any kind is pretty damn miraculous compared to a human, whose body works based on principles grounded in the laws of nature and physics]]. (Well, that's why it's an imitation.)

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The creature originated in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, which holds that those who study the holy books and are strong in the ways of the Lord may create imitations of His miracles, but only imperfect ones. As God made Adam from clay, so may a holy man create an imitation of a man, albeit one lacking a soul. [[FridgeLogic Never mind that a piece of clay being able to move around on its own without bones, muscles or a nervous system of any kind is pretty damn miraculous compared to a human, whose body works based on principles grounded in the laws of nature and physics]]. (Well, that's why it's an imitation.)\n
3rd Feb '17 6:38:45 PM __Vano
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* The ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series has given the opportunity to control iron golems, steel golems, and dragon golems (in one game, dragonoids made of animated crystal, in another game, dwarves controlling draconic machines).
** In the fourth game, during the Academy campaign, Solymr is implied to compare golems to robots, when he remarks that he heard of humans that can create golems without magic (for context, the setting explicitly has robots. It's just that we only meet the results, not anyone that could make them -- and even then, it's only in [[VideoGame/MightAndMagic the original series]] that we do it).
** There is a cutscene video in ''Heroes III'' that shows golems being chiseled out of stone and animated.
** Some of the games also feature gold golems and diamond golems. The latter, unsurprisingly, boast a ''lot'' of elemental resistance.

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* The In ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' universe, the wizards faction has golems made of various materials: stone, iron, steel, gold and crystal -- which they use as guardians and foot soldiers. Its spin-off ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series has given the opportunity to control iron golems, steel golems, and adds dragon golems (in -- in one game, dragonoids made of animated crystal, in another game, dwarves controlling draconic machines).
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** In the fourth ''Heroes'' game, during the Academy campaign, Solymr Solmyr is implied to compare golems to robots, robots when he remarks that he heard of humans that can create golems without magic (for context, the setting setting, being hybrid High Fantasy/Sci-Fi, explicitly has robots. It's just that we there's very few of them, and the characters only ever meet the results, not anyone that could make them -- and even then, it's only in [[VideoGame/MightAndMagic the original series]] that we do it).
** There is a cutscene video in ''Heroes III'' that shows golems being chiseled out of stone and animated.
** Some of the games also feature gold golems and diamond golems. The latter, unsurprisingly, boast a ''lot'' of elemental resistance.
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3rd Feb '17 6:22:32 PM __Vano
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In some versions of the legend, the golem always obeyed its creator but could act as a LiteralGenie; the idea of [[AIIsACrapshoot the golem deliberately rebelling]] was only introduced later. Note that even in the early versions, the Golem usually had to be destroyed for causing destruction or taking meaning from people's lives by making work too easy.

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In some versions of the legend, the golem always obeyed its creator but could act as a LiteralGenie; the idea of [[AIIsACrapshoot the golem deliberately rebelling]] was only introduced later. Note that even in the early versions, the Golem usually had to be destroyed for causing destruction or taking meaning from people's lives [[JobStealingRobot by making work too easy.
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22nd Jan '17 5:21:02 PM Gamermaster
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* Corona, one of [[ThoseTwoGuys Vivio's two friends]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', has the ability to create these in an instant.

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* Corona, one of [[ThoseTwoGuys Vivio's two friends]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', has the ability to create these in an instant.
19th Jan '17 12:48:00 PM Willbyr
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* The "robot" Emeth from ''ShamanKing'' is quite obviously a golem, even being created by an AmbiguouslyJewish shaman. [[MeaningfulName Hence the name]] (Emeth = ''emet''.) He is based on the plan of traditional clay golem, but he was then modified by the above-mentioned AmbiguouslyJewish shaman with mechanical parts.

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* The "robot" Emeth from ''ShamanKing'' ''Manga/ShamanKing'' is quite obviously a golem, even being created by an AmbiguouslyJewish shaman. [[MeaningfulName Hence the name]] (Emeth = ''emet''.) He is based on the plan of traditional clay golem, but he was then modified by the above-mentioned AmbiguouslyJewish shaman with mechanical parts.
17th Jan '17 5:35:34 PM StFan
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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Everbody Hates Hiter" the rabbis of the Judah Initiative made one to fight the [[{{Ghostapo}} Thule]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Society]] during World War II. By the modern day it's been bequeathed to a non-observant Jewish guy who doesn't know what to do with it because he never paid attention to his grandfather's teachings. In fact, he used the pages of the instruction manual he was given as wrapping papers for his smokes. The golem is a little ticked off by this, since it is supposed to receive guidance from its rabbi, not the other way around. It looks like a human man who's taken a truckload of steroids, but is still made of clay that sometimes comes off at the touch.

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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Everbody Hates Hiter" Hitler", the rabbis of the Judah Initiative made one to fight the [[{{Ghostapo}} Thule]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Society]] during World War II. By the modern day it's been bequeathed to a non-observant Jewish guy who doesn't know what to do with it because he never paid attention to his grandfather's teachings. In fact, he used the pages of the instruction manual he was given as wrapping papers for his smokes. The golem is a little ticked off by this, since it is supposed to receive guidance from its rabbi, not the other way around. It looks like a human man who's taken a truckload of steroids, but is still made of clay that sometimes comes off at the touch.
11th Jan '17 6:02:41 PM nombretomado
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* Golems are much more popular in the fantasy fiction of the alternate world in ''LookToTheWest'', as they can be a RecycledInSpace stand-in for the Automata that dominate much of science fiction in that world, but for mediaeval settings where the technology to make real Automata would not yet exist.

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* Golems are much more popular in the fantasy fiction of the alternate world in ''LookToTheWest'', ''Literature/LookToTheWest'', as they can be a RecycledInSpace stand-in for the Automata that dominate much of science fiction in that world, but for mediaeval settings where the technology to make real Automata would not yet exist.
3rd Jan '17 8:25:20 AM MiddleEighth
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* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', one of the Animals has the power to create golems out of materials at hand. Paul really enjoys fighting the dirt and mud golems, because they're not living creatures and are therefore acceptable targets for his [[ActualPacifist Actual]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Paci-fists.]] Also, when the Priest of Meddar tells the four that the guy's golem is guarding Gothmarik Citadel, John says in astonishment, A golem? Isn't that a Jewish thing? Are there Jews here? The priest has no idea what he's babbling about.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', one of the Animals has the power to create golems out of materials at hand. Paul really enjoys fighting the dirt and mud golems, because they're not living creatures and are therefore acceptable targets for his [[ActualPacifist Actual]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Paci-fists.]] Also, when the Priest of Meddar tells the four that the guy's golem is guarding Gothmarik Citadel, John says in astonishment, A A golem? Isn't that a Jewish thing? Are there Jews here? The priest has no idea what he's babbling about.
3rd Jan '17 8:24:41 AM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', one of the Animals has the power to create golems out of materials at hand. Paul really enjoys fighting the dirt and mud golems, because they're not living creatures and are therefore acceptable targets for his [[ActualPacifist Actual]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Paci-fists.]] Also, when the Priest of Meddar tells the four that the guy's golem is guarding Gothmarik Citadel, John says in astonishment, A golem? Isn't that a Jewish thing? Are there Jews here? The priest has no idea what he's babbling about.
30th Dec '16 4:50:23 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheMagicians2016'': Margo finds out an ex-boyfriend made a golem twin of her which he uses as a {{sexbot}}, to her outrage and disgust.
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