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18th Mar '17 6:01:18 PM nombretomado
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* "Dios!" was a common invocation for Avelians in pre-v5 ''OpenBlue''. It doesn't really help that 'Dios' is simply [[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]] for "God", but El Dios himself is actually [[KingOfAllCosmos not that normal of a deity]]... As of v5, it's been replaced by "By Zod!"

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* "Dios!" was a common invocation for Avelians in pre-v5 ''OpenBlue''.''Roleplay/OpenBlue''. It doesn't really help that 'Dios' is simply [[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]] for "God", but El Dios himself is actually [[KingOfAllCosmos not that normal of a deity]]... As of v5, it's been replaced by "By Zod!"
18th Mar '17 6:01:06 PM nombretomado
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* On Neopia, the world of ''{{Neopets}}'', the Queen of the Faeries is named Fyora. In some text portions of the site, especially in the newspaper ''The Neopian Times,'' "...for Fyora's sake!" is a commonly-used interjection. Amusingly, [[http://www.neopets.com/ntimes/index.phtml?section=223948&week=242 when Fyora herself did the weekly editorial,]] she used "for Neopia's sake!" instead.

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* On Neopia, the world of ''{{Neopets}}'', ''{{Website/Neopets}}'', the Queen of the Faeries is named Fyora. In some text portions of the site, especially in the newspaper ''The Neopian Times,'' "...for Fyora's sake!" is a commonly-used interjection. Amusingly, [[http://www.neopets.com/ntimes/index.phtml?section=223948&week=242 when Fyora herself did the weekly editorial,]] she used "for Neopia's sake!" instead.
12th Mar '17 11:19:20 AM nombretomado
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** Akane swears "[[MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]]'s __"

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** Akane swears "[[MiyamotoMusashi "[[UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]]'s __"
11th Mar '17 6:35:34 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics love to use "Dear Celestia" or some variation thereof. Although they actually did that in the show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Fanfics
love to use "Dear Celestia" or some variation thereof. Although they actually did that in the show.



** A fair amount of newer fanfics have ponies swearing by [[Creator/LaurenFaust Faust]], sometimes with epithets as "the Almighty", "the Creator of All" or "the Great Goddess".

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** A fair amount of newer fanfics have ponies swearing by [[Creator/LaurenFaust Faust]], sometimes with epithets as "the Almighty", "the Creator of All" or "the Great Goddess".



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "ThankTheMaker!", often said by [=C-3PO=]. In his specific case, this was Darth Vader. Not that he remembers.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Franchise/StarWars'':
**
"ThankTheMaker!", often said by [=C-3PO=]. In his specific case, this was Darth Vader. Not that he remembers.



* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' does it with [=StarClan=], like in "Dear [=StarClan=]!" or "What in the [=StarClan=] name is happening here?"

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* Cats in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' does it with [=StarClan=], like do not believe in deities, however they [[AnimalReligion do have afterlives]]. [=StarClan=] is the Clan equivalent of heaven. Phrases such as "Dear [=StarClan=]!" or [=StarClan=]!", "What in the [=StarClan=] [=StarClan=]'s name is happening here?"here?", "[=StarClan=] knows", "Great [=StarClan=]!", "May [=StarClan=] light your path", and even at one point "[=StarClan=]'s kits!" have been used throughout the series.
8th Mar '17 11:34:21 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has "godsdammit" and "Oh my gods!". A lot. Though "Jesus!" has been inadvertently ad-libbed by the actors. Also in the mini-series as-yet-unrevealed Cylon agents would talk about God in the singular without the other characters thinking it was strange. There's an "Oh my God, they're Cylons!" heard on one occasion too. Monotheism existed in the Colonies so it is normal that ''some'' human characters utter it (or possibly that particular character has a particular devotion to a particular deity--starship pilots would pray to Poseidon before battle, for example). We just don't know ''how'' common it was by the time of the holocaust (in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', its sheer existence is borderline offensive). The cases in the Miniseries were probably more the result of the human belief system not being fully shaped by the writers yet.
* HBO's ''Series/{{Rome}}'' has the especially spicy "Juno's cunt", which apparently ''was'' a real Roman curse, although it is usually translated as "Juno's loins" by classicists.
* Likewise, ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has graced us with phrases such as "Jupiter's cock!"

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* ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has "godsdammit" and "Oh my gods!". A lot. Though "Jesus!" has been inadvertently ad-libbed by Liz Lemon of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' likes "By the actors. Also hammer of Thor!"
** That might be a reference to ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', given her notorious nerdiness.
** Also,
in the mini-series as-yet-unrevealed Cylon agents would talk about God in the singular without the other characters thinking it was strange. There's an "Oh my God, they're Cylons!" heard on one occasion too. Monotheism existed in the Colonies so it is normal that ''some'' human characters utter it (or possibly that particular character has a particular devotion to a particular deity--starship pilots would pray to Poseidon before battle, for example). We just don't know ''how'' common it was by the time of the holocaust (in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', its sheer existence is borderline offensive). The cases in the Miniseries were probably more the result of the human belief system not being fully shaped by the writers yet.
* HBO's ''Series/{{Rome}}'' has the especially spicy "Juno's cunt", which apparently ''was'' a real Roman curse, although it is usually translated as "Juno's loins" by classicists.
* Likewise, ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has graced us
conversation with phrases such as "Jupiter's cock!"a [[UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} Hindu]] engineer, Jack Donaghy exclaims, "My God!" The engineer enquires, "Which one?"



* Rohan's CatchPhrase on ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'', a.k.a. ''PowerRangers'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN ANCIENT IRELAND]], was "By Dagde!"
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': When Robbie Ray is asked to predict the winner of a DDR contest between his mother and the Queen of England, he clasps his hands, looks skyward, and says "please, Lord, let it be the Queen!"
* Various characters in ''Series/TheLegendOfWilliamTell'' swear by various parts of Jormanda(r). "By Jormanda's scared knuckle!" Some of them also use 'the powers.' Will himself occasionally speaks about Kalem this way. "Kalem is watching over us; there's a mist coming down."

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* Rohan's CatchPhrase on ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'', a.k.a. ''PowerRangers'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN ANCIENT IRELAND]], was "By Dagde!"
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': When Robbie Ray is asked to predict the winner of a DDR contest between his mother and the Queen of England, he clasps his hands, looks skyward, and says "please, Lord, let it be the Queen!"
* Various characters in ''Series/TheLegendOfWilliamTell'' swear by various parts of Jormanda(r). "By Jormanda's scared knuckle!" Some of them also use 'the powers.' Will himself occasionally speaks about Kalem
In ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'', this way. "Kalem is watching over us; there's a mist coming down.averted, but the aversion is lampshaded.
-->'''Agnetha:''' I've always found it funny when gods say "Oh my God." They should really be saying "Oh Me.
"



* In the British TV -- and later stageshows -- series ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Richie tends to use the devil's genitals as swear terms. "What in the name of Satans portion!"
* Liz Lemon of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' likes "By the hammer of Thor!"
** That might be a reference to ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', given her notorious nerdiness.
** Also, in a conversation with a [[UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} Hindu]] engineer, Jack Donaghy exclaims, "My God!" The engineer enquires, "Which one?"
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Zhaan says "By the Goddess!"

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* ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has "godsdammit" and "Oh my gods!". A lot. Though "Jesus!" has been inadvertently ad-libbed by the actors. Also in the mini-series as-yet-unrevealed Cylon agents would talk about God in the singular without the other characters thinking it was strange. There's an "Oh my God, they're Cylons!" heard on one occasion too. Monotheism existed in the Colonies so it is normal that ''some'' human characters utter it (or possibly that particular character has a particular devotion to a particular deity--starship pilots would pray to Poseidon before battle, for example). We just don't know ''how'' common it was by the time of the holocaust (in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', its sheer existence is borderline offensive). The cases in the Miniseries were probably more the result of the human belief system not being fully shaped by the writers yet.
* In the British TV -- and later stageshows -- series ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Richie tends to use the devil's genitals as swear terms. "What in the name of Satans Satan's portion!"
* Liz Lemon of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' likes "By ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In later seasons, Willow will swear by
the hammer of Thor!"
Goddess, or by Hecate.
** That might be a reference to ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', given her notorious nerdiness.
And Xander let out at least one "Merciful [[Myth/GreekMythology Zeus]]!" and one "Sweet fancy [[Literature/TheBible Moses]]!".
** Also, in a conversation with a [[UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} Hindu]] engineer, Jack Donaghy exclaims, "My God!" The engineer enquires, "Which one?"
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Zhaan says "By
In the Goddess!"comic Season Eight, Buffy has used "Sweet {{muppet}}y [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]]".



* In an early ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode, "The Man Trap", Sulu thanked Yeoman Rand for serving him lunch with "May the Great Bird of the Galaxy favor your nest." "The Great Bird of the Galaxy" became a FanNickname for Gene Roddenbery.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which prominently features the religious Bajorans, frequently had "Walk with the Prophets." ("May God be with you.")
* An exasperated Captain John Hart swears "Sweet Goddess, that's all I need!" in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In later seasons, Willow will swear by the Goddess, or by Hecate.
** And Xander let out at least one "Merciful [[Myth/GreekMythology Zeus]]!" and one "Sweet fancy [[Literature/TheBible Moses]]!".
** In the comic Season Eight, Buffy has used "Sweet {{muppet}}y [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icTrzUuWlHI This sketch]] from ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' has several characters making frequent and creatively diverse invocations of "Vectron", until one of them awkwardly asks what they're talking about, since he took a day off sick the previous week and they were all doing it when he got back...
* Earl from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' would often shout out, "Holy Moses!" While Joy made her {{catchphrase}}, "Oh Snap!"
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch about Jim Morrison et al. in "Rock and Roll Heaven": JesusChrist (Creator/WillFerrell) as their manager talks about discovering them in a bar and blurting "Oh my Dad!"
* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'', Jack did this often. Wonder Woman's "Suffering Sappho!" happened at least once, but he was more often inclined to shout out a three-named celebrity or pop culture phrase with three words. Such as "Jennifer Love Hewitt! What's going on here." Considering how much of a pop-culture junkie Jack was, it could almost be argued that celebrities were gods to him.
* Happened constantly in ''Series/StargateSG1'', given that the Goa'uld (and later, the Ori) claim to be gods and their human (and Jaffa for the former) servants believe this to be true.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
**
In an early ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet "The Man Trap", Sulu thanked Yeoman Rand for serving him lunch Pirate Planet"]], the Captain combines this with LargeHam and just a little ObfuscatingStupidity. [[NoIndoorVoice "BY THE LEFT FRONTAL LOBE OF THE GREAT SKY DEMON!"]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore "Sleep No More"]]:
"May the Great Bird of gods look favourably upon you."
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Zhaan says "By
the Galaxy favor your nest." "The Great Bird of Goddess!"
* Similarly to
the Galaxy" became a FanNickname for Gene Roddenbery.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which prominently features the religious Bajorans, frequently had "Walk with the Prophets." ("May God be with you.")
* An exasperated Captain John Hart swears "Sweet Goddess, that's all I need!" in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In later seasons, Willow
books, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' will swear by the Goddess, or by Hecate.
** And Xander let out at least one "Merciful [[Myth/GreekMythology Zeus]]!" and one "Sweet fancy [[Literature/TheBible Moses]]!".
** In the comic Season Eight, Buffy has used "Sweet {{muppet}}y [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icTrzUuWlHI This sketch]] from ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' has several characters making frequent and creatively diverse invocations of "Vectron", until one of them awkwardly asks what they're talking about, since he took a day off sick the previous week and they were all doing it when he got back...
* Earl from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' would often shout out, "Holy Moses!" While Joy made her {{catchphrase}}, "Oh Snap!"
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch about Jim Morrison et al. in "Rock and Roll Heaven": JesusChrist (Creator/WillFerrell) as their manager talks about discovering them in a bar and blurting "Oh my Dad!"
* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'', Jack did
occasionally use this often. Wonder Woman's "Suffering Sappho!" happened at least once, but he was more often inclined to shout out a three-named celebrity or pop culture phrase with three words. Such as "Jennifer Love Hewitt! What's going on here." Considering how much of a pop-culture junkie Jack was, it could almost be argued that celebrities were gods to him.
* Happened constantly
trope. For example, in ''Series/StargateSG1'', given that the Goa'uld (and later, the Ori) claim to be gods and their human (and Jaffa for the former) servants believe this to be true.one episode Jon Snow says "Seven Hells!".



* In the Creator/JeffDunham Creator/ComedyCentral special ''Spark of Insanity'', his puppet Achmed the Dead Terrorist utters this line:
--> "Goddamn it." ''(audience laughs a little)'' "Uh, I mean, '''Allah'' damn it." ''(audience laughs a lot)''
* Similarly to the books, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' will occasionally use this trope. For example, in one episode Jon Snow says "Seven Hells!".
* In ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'', this is averted, but the aversion is lampshaded.
-->'''Agnetha:''' I've always found it funny when gods say "Oh my God." They should really be saying "Oh Me."
* ''Series/DoctorWho''; in the Tom Baker era episode "The Pirate Planet", the Captain combines this with LargeHam and just a little ObfuscatingStupidity. [[NoIndoorVoice "BY THE LEFT FRONTAL LOBE OF THE GREAT SKY DEMON!"]]
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has Al cry out (as a CatchPhrase) "Great Casear's Ghost!"[[note]]And one time upon seeing an elderly woman at Peg's beauty salon, meaning that ''literally''[[/note]] and (as a one-time thing) "[[Music/JamesTaylor Sweet Baby James!]]" owing to [[ItMakesSenseInContext the pain of his circumcision.]]

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* In ''Series/HannahMontana'': When Robbie Ray is asked to predict the Creator/JeffDunham Creator/ComedyCentral special ''Spark winner of Insanity'', a DDR contest between his puppet Achmed mother and the Dead Terrorist utters this line:
--> "Goddamn it." ''(audience laughs a little)'' "Uh, I mean, '''Allah'' damn it." ''(audience laughs a lot)''
* Similarly to the books, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' will occasionally use this trope. For example, in one episode Jon Snow
Queen of England, he clasps his hands, looks skyward, and says "Seven Hells!".
* In ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'', this is averted, but
"please, Lord, let it be the aversion is lampshaded.
-->'''Agnetha:''' I've always found it funny when gods say "Oh my God." They should really be saying "Oh Me."
* ''Series/DoctorWho''; in the Tom Baker era episode "The Pirate Planet", the Captain combines this with LargeHam and just a little ObfuscatingStupidity. [[NoIndoorVoice "BY THE LEFT FRONTAL LOBE OF THE GREAT SKY DEMON!"]]
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has Al cry out (as a CatchPhrase) "Great Casear's Ghost!"[[note]]And one time upon seeing an elderly woman at Peg's beauty salon, meaning that ''literally''[[/note]] and (as a one-time thing) "[[Music/JamesTaylor Sweet Baby James!]]" owing to [[ItMakesSenseInContext the pain of his circumcision.]]
Queen!"


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* Various characters in ''Series/TheLegendOfWilliamTell'' swear by various parts of Jormanda(r). "By Jormanda's scared knuckle!" Some of them also use 'the powers.' Will himself occasionally speaks about Kalem this way. "Kalem is watching over us; there's a mist coming down."
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has Al cry out (as a CatchPhrase) "Great Casear's Ghost!"[[note]]And one time upon seeing an elderly woman at Peg's beauty salon, meaning that ''literally''[[/note]] and (as a one-time thing) "[[Music/JamesTaylor Sweet Baby James!]]" owing to [[ItMakesSenseInContext the pain of his circumcision.]]
* Earl from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' would often shout out, "Holy Moses!" While Joy made her {{catchphrase}}, "Oh Snap!"
* Rohan's CatchPhrase on ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'', a.k.a. ''PowerRangers'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN ANCIENT IRELAND]], was "By Dagde!"
* HBO's ''Series/{{Rome}}'' has the especially spicy "Juno's cunt", which apparently ''was'' a real Roman curse, although it is usually translated as "Juno's loins" by classicists.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch about Jim Morrison et al. in "Rock and Roll Heaven": JesusChrist (Creator/WillFerrell) as their manager talks about discovering them in a bar and blurting "Oh my Dad!"
* In the Creator/JeffDunham Creator/ComedyCentral special ''Spark of Insanity'', his puppet Achmed the Dead Terrorist utters this line:
--> "Goddamn it." ''(audience laughs a little)'' "Uh, I mean, '''Allah'' damn it." ''(audience laughs a lot)''
* Likewise, ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has graced us with phrases such as "Jupiter's cock!"
* Happened constantly in ''Series/StargateSG1'', given that the Goa'uld (and later, the Ori) claim to be gods and their human (and Jaffa for the former) servants believe this to be true.
* In an early ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode, "The Man Trap", Sulu thanked Yeoman Rand for serving him lunch with "May the Great Bird of the Galaxy favor your nest." "The Great Bird of the Galaxy" became a FanNickname for Gene Roddenbery.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which prominently features the religious Bajorans, frequently had "Walk with the Prophets." ("May God be with you.")
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icTrzUuWlHI This sketch]] from ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' has several characters making frequent and creatively diverse invocations of "Vectron", until one of them awkwardly asks what they're talking about, since he took a day off sick the previous week and they were all doing it when he got back...
* An exasperated Captain John Hart swears "Sweet Goddess, that's all I need!" in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'', Jack did this often. Wonder Woman's "Suffering Sappho!" happened at least once, but he was more often inclined to shout out a three-named celebrity or pop culture phrase with three words. Such as "Jennifer Love Hewitt! What's going on here." Considering how much of a pop-culture junkie Jack was, it could almost be argued that celebrities were gods to him.
8th Mar '17 11:28:03 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' has religion and superstition, but the characters seldom discuss it. Usual oaths, "By all the Stars!" and "By all the Demons of Daveli!" -- since Daveli is a friendly nation to the Empire, this second one seems tactless.



* In the Rankin and Bass film ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'', Carolinus, the green wizard, utters, "By the beards of antiquity!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' uses it a few times. "Sweet Chrysler", "Ford Almighty", [[ThankTheMaker "thank The Manufacturer"]], etc. The Ford one might just be a ShoutOut to ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', see below. [[EpilepticTrees Or not]].

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* In the Rankin and Bass film ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'', Carolinus, the green wizard, utters, "By the beards of antiquity!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' uses it a few times. "Sweet Chrysler", "Ford Almighty", [[ThankTheMaker "thank
"Allah" is inserted into various expressions in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. The Manufacturer"]], etc. The Ford one might just be Genie also calls Aladdin "Doubting Moustaffa", which is likely a ShoutOut reference to ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', see below. [[EpilepticTrees Or not]]."Doubting Thomas".



* On ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', Dr. Cockroach says, "By Hawkings' chair!"



* "Allah" is inserted into various expressions in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. The Genie also calls Aladdin "Doubting Moustaffa", which is likely a reference to "Doubting Thomas".

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* "Allah" is inserted into various expressions in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' uses it a few times. "Sweet Chrysler", "Ford Almighty", [[ThankTheMaker "thank the Manufacturer"]], etc. The Genie also calls Aladdin "Doubting Moustaffa", which is likely Ford one might just be a reference ShoutOut to "Doubting Thomas".''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', see below. [[EpilepticTrees Or not]].
* In the Rankin and Bass film ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'', Carolinus, the green wizard, utters, "By the beards of antiquity!"



* The microscopic cast of ''Film/OsmosisJones'' use "Frank" in place of "God", this being the name of the man whose body they inhabit/constitute.



* On ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', Dr. Cockroach says, "By Hawkings' chair!"
* The microscopic cast of ''Film/OsmosisJones'' use "Frank" in place of "God", this being the name of the man whose body they inhabit/constitute.



* Jokingly used in ''Film/HotFuzz'': upon discovering a naval mine in a farmer's shed, Danny says "ByThePowerOfGreyskull!" in this manner. Nick says the same line upon seeing Danny's extensive DVD collection.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "ThankTheMaker!", often said by [=C-3PO=]. In his specific case, this was Darth Vader. Not that he remembers.
** In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the Jedi use "Force" for the same reason. During ComicBook/MarvelStarWars, Vader at one point refers to "all the gods of the Sith"! (The original sith people were said to have worshiped the Dark Jedi as gods, so "all the gods of the Sith" may easily refer to the first dark lords.)
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', someone says "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone May the stars forgive us]]."
** There is that time in Epp 1 where Jar Jar invokes the gods (ye gods! what is mesa sayin')

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "ThankTheMaker!", often said by [=C-3PO=]. In his specific case, this was Darth Vader. Not that he remembers.
** In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the Jedi use "Force" for the same reason. During ComicBook/MarvelStarWars, Vader
Doc Brown from ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' iconically uses "Great Scott!" repeatedly, and uses "Sir Isaac H. Newton!" at one point refers to "all the gods of the Sith"! (The original sith people were said to have worshiped the Dark Jedi as gods, so "all the gods of the Sith" may easily refer to the first dark lords.)
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', someone says "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone May the stars forgive us]]."
** There is that time in Epp 1 where Jar Jar invokes the gods (ye gods! what is mesa sayin')
least once.



* Jokingly used in ''Film/HotFuzz'': upon discovering a naval mine in a farmer's shed, Danny says "ByThePowerOfGreyskull!" in this manner. Nick says the same line upon seeing Danny's extensive DVD collection.
* In ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', Centauri tells Alex Rogan, "May the luck of the Seven Pillars of Gulu be with you at all times."



* Doc Brown from ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' iconically uses "Great Scott!" repeatedly, and uses "Sir Isaac H. Newton!" at least once.
* The phrase "Oh my User!" manages to sneak into ''Film/{{Tron}}'' once or twice. In fact, the programs of ''TRON'' and ''Film/TronLegacy'' view users as gods in general, and invoke them as such.



* In {{Film/Superstar}}, when Jesus appears to Mary Katherine Gallagher she says, "Oh my God!" and he responds, "Oh my ''me''!"
* Dorothy uses "Jiminy Crickets!" In the movie of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.



* In ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', Centauri tells Alex Rogan, "May the luck of the Seven Pillars of Gulu be with you at all times."
* ''Literature/MortalEngines'' gives us Tom Natsworthy's "Oh Quirke!"; Chudleigh Pomeroy's "Great Clio!", Wolf Von Kobold's "By the Thatcher!" and Nimrod Pennyroyal's frankly quite awesome [[spoiler:GREAT POSKITT'S HAIRY ARSE!!]]"

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "ThankTheMaker!", often said by [=C-3PO=]. In ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', Centauri tells Alex Rogan, "May his specific case, this was Darth Vader. Not that he remembers.
** In
the luck Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the Jedi use "Force" for the same reason. During ComicBook/MarvelStarWars, Vader at one point refers to "all the gods of the Seven Pillars Sith"! (The original Sith people were said to have worshiped the Dark Jedi as gods, so "all the gods of Gulu be with you at all times.the Sith" may easily refer to the first Dark Lords.)
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', someone says "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone May the stars forgive us]].
"
** There is that time in Epp 1 where Jar Jar invokes the gods (ye gods! what is mesa sayin').
* ''Literature/MortalEngines'' gives us Tom Natsworthy's In {{Film/Superstar}}, when Jesus appears to Mary Katherine Gallagher she says, "Oh Quirke!"; Chudleigh Pomeroy's "Great Clio!", Wolf Von Kobold's "By my God!" and he responds, "Oh my ''me''!"
* The phrase "Oh my User!" manages to sneak into ''Film/{{Tron}}'' once or twice. In fact,
the Thatcher!" programs of ''TRON'' and Nimrod Pennyroyal's frankly quite awesome [[spoiler:GREAT POSKITT'S HAIRY ARSE!!]]"''Film/TronLegacy'' view users as gods in general, and invoke them as such.
* Dorothy uses "Jiminy Crickets!" In the movie of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' there is "Holy Mothers!" and "Gods".
* The Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse has many:
** The Betazoid "Great Fire!" and "By the First/Third/appropriate number House!"
** The Efrosian Xin Ra-Havreii sarcastically replies to comments that the planet he's on is pleasant with "yes, yes, a virtual Endless Sky you've brought us to".
** The Tellarite "By Kera and Phinda!"
** Some Cardassians swear on Oralius.
** Andorian "By Uzaveh!", "by Thori!" or "By the First Kin!"
** The Nausicaan's "Four Winds". Savonigar's tegol, "free at last from the prison of his flesh, soared with the Wind, to the Heart of the Sky, where his ancestors awaited his arrival".
** The inhabitants of Yakaba are good, Kolk'r-fearing people.
** The Selenean "Spines of the Mothers!"
** The Damiani "By Ho'nig"
** Romulan "Elements!" Originally appeared in the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels, in reference to a Romulan animistic belief in the four elements dating to their schism from the Vulcans.
** Choblik "By the Grace of the Great Builders" (overlaps with Thank The Maker, given that Choblik are cyborgs who were non-sapient until the Builders installed their implants).
** The Koas worship The Architect of Time.
** The Trill "Maker of All Things!"
** The Bolians have the Vein of Mystery.
** The sacred Ferengi prayer "this is my final offer!", given to the Blessed Exchequer.
* In Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, despite the fact that Maud'Dib and his son Leto II are both worshiped (and both involved in eradicating other religions, especially the latter who was viewed in a more or less monotheistic way), characters frequently exclaim "Gods Below!" throughout the series.
* In Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, many characters worship a fire god, and use expressions such as "scorch it," or "that blazing bastard."
* ''The King Must Die,'' set in ancient Greece, had the line, "By the Mother, yes!"
* Literature/{{Discworld}}
** The people say "godsdammit" or "Bigods!" occasionally.
** "By Io!" rather than "By Jove!" and in one book the exclamation "Oh my god!" prompts the reply "Which one?"
** In another book, frequent exclamations of "Oh God, what did I hit?" by cart drivers give rise to a god of small animals run over by carts to whom that question may be properly addressed.
** Inverted in ''Discworld/SmallGods'' where Omnians -- members of one of the few monotheistic religions on the Disc -- say "Ye god!" rather than "Ye gods!" (which many monotheists on Earth say without even thinking about it).
** In the same novel Om, the Omnian god, says "Oh, Me!" (Note the caps.) Which wouldn't have been odd if he wasn't a small turtle with a single true worshipper.
** In one book it explains that this is an important function of gods: it takes a [[HollywoodAtheist very dedicated atheist]] to shout "Random fluctuations in the space-time continuum!" or "[[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Outmoded superstition]] on a crutch!" after hitting his thumb with a hammer. Dwarf gods especially have no other reason for existing, and the dwarves [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial claim to have no religion.]]
** Bilious, the "[[JustForPun Oh God]]" of Hangovers, moans "Oh, ''me''..." in moments of extreme suffering.
** The Oath of the Anhk-Morpork Watch includes several parenthetical instances where recruits may "(insert deity name of his/her choice)". As the Oath has been obsolete ever since the city's last king was beheaded, nowadays the recruits read the text verbatim, "his/her" and "insert" statements included. Vimes in the ''Night Watch'' explicitly mentions having all his men recite the oath exactly as written, and does so also after being sent in the past where such formalities are normally not given much attention.
*** Vimes actually insists they do it for a different reason: whoever wrote the Oath was either TooDumbToLive or doing it on purpose, but [[AintNoRule there is not one word in the Oath about the Watch obeying the orders of the Patrician/King/whoever-happens-to-be-in-power]]. Protect. Serve. That's ''it''.
* Flint Fireforge, one of the heroes of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Chronicles'' trilogy, was fond of exclaiming, "Reorx's Beard!" Reorx being the patron god of the dwarves, he did have one hell of a beard, after all...

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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' there is "Holy Mothers!" and "Gods".
* The Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse has many:
** The Betazoid "Great Fire!" and
Creator/ChinaMieville's [[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag]] novels, people from the city-state of New Crobuzon mostly all swear to the same deity, Jabber, using the stock phrases like "By the First/Third/appropriate number House!"
** The Efrosian Xin Ra-Havreii sarcastically replies to comments that the planet he's on is pleasant with "yes, yes, a virtual Endless Sky you've brought us to".
** The Tellarite "By Kera
Jabber..." and Phinda!"
** Some Cardassians swear on Oralius.
** Andorian "By Uzaveh!", "by Thori!" or "By the First Kin!"
** The Nausicaan's "Four Winds". Savonigar's tegol, "free at last from the prison of his flesh, soared with the Wind, to the Heart of the Sky, where his ancestors awaited his arrival".
** The inhabitants of Yakaba are good, Kolk'r-fearing people.
** The Selenean "Spines of the Mothers!"
** The Damiani "By Ho'nig"
** Romulan "Elements!" Originally appeared
occasionally mixing in the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels, in reference to a Romulan animistic belief in the four elements dating to their schism from the Vulcans.
** Choblik "By the Grace of the Great Builders" (overlaps with Thank The Maker, given that Choblik are cyborgs who were non-sapient until the Builders installed their implants).
** The Koas worship The Architect of Time.
** The Trill "Maker of All Things!"
** The Bolians have the Vein of Mystery.
** The sacred Ferengi prayer "this is my final offer!", given to the Blessed Exchequer.
* In Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, despite the fact that Maud'Dib and his son Leto II are both worshiped (and both involved in eradicating other religions, especially the latter who was viewed in a more or less monotheistic way), characters frequently exclaim "Gods Below!" throughout the series.
* In Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, many characters worship a fire god, and use expressions such as "scorch it," or "that blazing bastard."
* ''The King Must Die,'' set in ancient Greece, had the line, "By the Mother, yes!"
* Literature/{{Discworld}}
** The people say "godsdammit" or "Bigods!" occasionally.
** "By Io!" rather than "By Jove!" and in one book the exclamation "Oh my god!" prompts the reply "Which one?"
** In another book, frequent exclamations of "Oh God, what did I hit?" by cart drivers give rise to a god of small animals run over by carts to whom that question may be properly addressed.
** Inverted in ''Discworld/SmallGods'' where Omnians -- members of one of the few monotheistic religions on the Disc -- say "Ye god!" rather than "Ye gods!" (which many monotheists on Earth say without even thinking about it).
** In the same novel Om, the Omnian god, says "Oh, Me!" (Note the caps.) Which wouldn't have been odd if he wasn't a small turtle with a single true worshipper.
** In one book it explains that this is an important function of gods: it takes a [[HollywoodAtheist very dedicated atheist]] to shout "Random fluctuations in the space-time continuum!" or "[[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Outmoded superstition]] on a crutch!" after hitting his thumb with a hammer. Dwarf gods especially have no other reason
lowercase "god" for existing, and the dwarves [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial claim to have no religion.]]
** Bilious, the "[[JustForPun Oh God]]" of Hangovers, moans "Oh, ''me''..." in moments of extreme suffering.
** The Oath of the Anhk-Morpork Watch includes several parenthetical instances where recruits may "(insert deity name of his/her choice)". As the Oath has been obsolete ever since the city's last king was beheaded, nowadays the recruits read the text verbatim, "his/her" and "insert" statements included. Vimes in the ''Night Watch'' explicitly mentions having all his men recite the oath exactly as written, and does so also after being sent in the past where such formalities are normally not given much attention.
*** Vimes actually insists they do it for a different reason: whoever wrote the Oath was either TooDumbToLive or doing it on purpose, but [[AintNoRule there is not one word in the Oath about the Watch obeying the orders of the Patrician/King/whoever-happens-to-be-in-power]]. Protect. Serve. That's ''it''.
* Flint Fireforge, one of the heroes of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Chronicles'' trilogy, was fond of exclaiming, "Reorx's Beard!" Reorx being the patron god of the dwarves, he did have one hell of a beard, after all...
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** Lampshaded in ''the Malloreon'' when a Melcene (one of the peoples who were not chosen by a god) exclaims "Oh, my God!". Belgarath retorts with "You don't even know who your god is."
* Everybody in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' curses by ghyrs, [[CrypticBackgroundReference whatever they are]], for example "What the ghyr", "Ghyrs take it" or "To ghyrs with it".
* The ''Literature/NightWorld'' Series by LJ Smith has many instances where the characters, particularly witches and members of Circle Daylight, will swear to their Goddess. Jez and Hugh tend to say it a lot, leading to Morgead figuring out that Jez is a Daylighter.
* The future civilization from Creator/RobertRankin's ''Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls'' has enough reverence for Charles Darwin that a scientist uses the phrase "Charlie's Beard!"
* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the people from Time City (essentially far-future) are very ceremonious atheists. Jonathan asks Vivian to "give your word of honour on the god Mao or Kennedy or Koran, or whatever you worship". Vivian, who comes from 1939 and therefore has no idea who Mao or Kennedy are, responds with "I give you my Bible oath."
** Citizens of Time City sometimes say "Great Time!"
* In the Creator/DianaWynneJones short story "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight" a character says "Great Tew!" Which is a village in Oxfordshire in real life, albeit probably not in the world where the story is set.
** Tew (or Tiw) is also the Old English pronunciation/spelling of the Norse god Tyr. As in "Tuesday".
** Fun fact: Tew is also the Cantonesse term for copulate. Essentially, you're cursing, "Great Fuck!" Which is kinda cool in its own way...
* Many ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels have phrases such as "Golden Throne!" or "By the Throne," references to the Golden Throne of the God-Emperor of Man. ** And then there's the very enthusiastic Khornate variation: "Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!". Preferably spoken in ALL CAPS.
*** Which has led to an entertaining Slaaneshi mutation: "Porn for the Porn God!"
*** "Blood for the Blood God!" "Harriers for the Cup!"
** Followers of the Emperor and Chaos Gods sometimes swear by a deity's body part. One (from the Ciaphas Cain books) is "Emperor's bowels!", and another that popped up once is "Khorne's teeth!"
** In an interesting variation, the Infantryman's Uplifting Primer (Damocles Gulf Crusade edition) states that it is considered punishable to utter 'By the Golden Throne' or variations thereof when exiting facilities catering to the exit of bodily wastes/toilets. One time they exclaimed "Marneus Calgar's Heavy Converted Land Raider!" About a week before, an article in Games' Workshop's ''White Dwarf'' magazine did a painting/modeling article on just that.
** The warp is often substituted for hell. In the setting, the warp ''is'' hell.
** The Eldar are not shown enough for these to become commonplace, but they probably do swear by Khaine, or Asuryan, or Isha, or one of their many other deities.
** Orks will often invoke Gork, Mork, or both.
** Tau will sometimes invoke the Ethereals or the Greater Good.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', spacers have been known to swear by Brennan's left ear. Murphy is also a popular choice, as is [[FinaglesLaw Finagle]].
** In ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'', Louis Wu swears by "Cthulhu and Allah!"
** In another Ringworld book, Louis Wu was trying to get a catatonic Puppeteer to wake up, and in frustration shouted "By Kdapt, Allah and Finagle, I summon thee!"

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** Lampshaded in ''the Malloreon'' ''The Malloreon'', when a Melcene (one of the peoples who were not chosen by a god) exclaims "Oh, my God!". Belgarath retorts with "You don't even know who your god is."
* Everybody in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' curses by ghyrs, [[CrypticBackgroundReference whatever they are]], for example "What J.R. Ward's series, the ghyr", "Ghyrs take it" or "To ghyrs ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'', invokes this trope like nobody's business. The titular brotherhood, along with it".
* The ''Literature/NightWorld'' Series by LJ Smith has many instances where
the characters, particularly witches and members rest of Circle Daylight, will their vampiric race, swear to by their Goddess. Jez deity (who is presumably responsible for all of creation, in their beliefs), a female figure known as the Scribe Virgin, and Hugh tend by the afterlife which they refer to say it a lot, leading to Morgead figuring out that Jez is a Daylighter.
*
as The future civilization from Creator/RobertRankin's ''Sex Fade, by employing variations like, "by the Virgin!" "Sweet Virgin in the Fade..." etc.
* AnneBishop's ''Literature/BlackJewels'' has "Hell's fire, Mother Night,
and Drugs and Sausage Rolls'' has enough reverence for Charles Darwin that a scientist uses may the phrase "Charlie's Beard!"
* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the people from Time City (essentially far-future) are very ceremonious atheists. Jonathan asks Vivian to "give your word of honour on the god Mao or Kennedy or Koran, or whatever you worship". Vivian, who comes from 1939 and therefore has no idea who Mao or Kennedy are, responds with "I give you my Bible oath.
Darkness be merciful."
** Citizens of Time City sometimes say "Great Time!"
* In At the Creator/DianaWynneJones short story "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight" a character says "Great Tew!" Which is a village in Oxfordshire in real life, albeit probably not in the world where the story is set.
** Tew (or Tiw) is also the Old English pronunciation/spelling
beginning of the Norse god Tyr. As in "Tuesday".
** Fun fact: Tew is also the Cantonesse term for copulate. Essentially, you're cursing, "Great Fuck!" Which is kinda cool in its own way...
* Many ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels have phrases such as "Golden Throne!" or "By the Throne," references to the Golden Throne of the God-Emperor of Man. ** And then there's the very enthusiastic Khornate variation: "Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!". Preferably spoken in ALL CAPS.
*** Which has led to an entertaining Slaaneshi mutation: "Porn for the Porn God!"
*** "Blood for the Blood God!" "Harriers for the Cup!"
** Followers of the Emperor and Chaos Gods sometimes swear by a deity's body part. One (from the Ciaphas Cain books) is "Emperor's bowels!", and another that popped up once is "Khorne's teeth!"
** In an interesting variation, the Infantryman's Uplifting Primer (Damocles Gulf Crusade edition) states that
Thomas Costain's ''The Black Rose'', it is considered punishable to utter 'By a fad among the Golden Throne' or variations thereof when exiting facilities catering university students to the exit of bodily wastes/toilets. One time they exclaimed "Marneus Calgar's Heavy Converted Land Raider!" About a week before, an article in Games' Workshop's ''White Dwarf'' magazine did a painting/modeling article on just that.
** The warp is often substituted for hell. In the setting, the warp ''is'' hell.
** The Eldar are not shown enough for these to become commonplace, but they probably do swear by Khaine, or Asuryan, or Isha, or one of their many other deities.
** Orks will often invoke Gork, Mork, or both.
** Tau will sometimes invoke the Ethereals or the Greater Good.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', spacers have been known
pick various obscure saints to swear by Brennan's left ear. Murphy is also a popular choice, as is [[FinaglesLaw Finagle]].
** In ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'', Louis Wu swears by "Cthulhu and Allah!"
** In another Ringworld book, Louis Wu was trying to get a catatonic Puppeteer to wake up, and in frustration shouted "By Kdapt, Allah and Finagle, I summon thee!"
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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, the hero, Vlad, will sometimes swear by his patron goddess, Verra, or use curses like "Verra-be-damned", which makes sense as she is called the "Demon Goddess." He's particularly fond of the exclamation "Verra's tits!" [[note]] [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore Wait, is it just the German translation where he swears by her, eh, exceptionally hairy bush?]] [[/note]]
** After realizing both that she ''[[SpeakOfTheDevil hears]]'' this and that he can't turn it off even when the pair of them is physically present... he seems to step it up.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/{{The Left Hand of Darkness}}'' takes a brief divergence to discuss a small cult started around an insane Seer called Meshe, which excuses various characters to spout "Meshe's milk!" or "[[GagBoobs By the tits of Meshe!]]" whenever surprised or confounded. Both of which remind us that Meshe, although referred to as "he", is really a hermaphrodite like everyone else on the planet (except Genly Ai, who comes from Earth).

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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, the hero, Vlad, will sometimes swear by his patron goddess, Verra, or use curses like "Verra-be-damned", which makes sense as she ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' there is called the "Demon Goddess." He's particularly fond of the exclamation "Verra's tits!" [[note]] [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore Wait, is it just the German translation where he swears by her, eh, exceptionally hairy bush?]] [[/note]]
** After realizing both
"Holy Mothers!" and "Gods".
* In ''Literature/CatherineCalledBirdy'', Catherine learns
that she ''[[SpeakOfTheDevil hears]]'' this and that he can't turn it off even when the pair of them is physically present... he seems to step it up.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/{{The Left Hand of Darkness}}'' takes a brief divergence to discuss a small cult started around an insane Seer called Meshe, which excuses various characters to spout "Meshe's milk!" or "[[GagBoobs By the tits of Meshe!]]" whenever surprised or confounded. Both of which remind us that Meshe, although referred to as "he", is really a hermaphrodite
royal family, rather than saying "God's Wounds!" like everyone else on else, has their own special swears. Following that, she swears to a different part of God's body every day until her family grows concerned at the planet (except Genly Ai, who comes level of profanity she's apparently using. After that, she chooses "God's Thumbs!" and sticks with it.
* The ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'' sword & theology series by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold includes “Five gods!” as a general exclamation that covers all the gods. While any of the five gods may be invoked by name (Father, Mother, Son, Daughter and Bastard), the most common curses are related to Bastard, his demons, and parts of His divine anatomy.
* Sort of used in''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', but instead of using [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan's]] name they'll refer to him as "The Lion". (i.e. "By the Lion's mane!").
** Characters
from Earth).England say "By Jove" (a mythical deity they did NOT worship), while the Narnians say "By the Lion" (the deity they knew and worshipped). "By Jove" was a popular expression in England at the time even though the Roman pantheon was not actively worshiped. This was not something specific to humans visiting Narnia.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', "Great Belin!" is one of sometimes-bard, sometimes-king Fflewder Fflam's favorite exclamations. Although never explained in the books, Belin was the name of an actual Welsh sun god.
* Creator/ArthurCClarke:
** It is then played straight in the third sequel "[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 3001: The Final Odyssey]]", when Frank Poole (Bowman's crewmate in the first novel) is recovered from space and revived (apparently having been cryogenically frozen by exposure to space), he is shown a recording of Bowman's last moments, with the audio strangled edited to say "By Deus! It's full of stars!". This is explained in the narrative by saying that since all religions are now united in the 31st century, all references to earlier gods have been overwritten with Deus, a single divine entity. (This is quite interesting in the translations of the novel to languages in which "Deus" is simply the word for "God". "By Theos, it is full of stars", is even weirder.)
** It is also played straight in Clarke's ''Literature/TheSongsOfDistantEarth'', where the inhabitants of Thalassa, having been seeded by machines and then taught science and technology by robotic tutors, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions never developed the concept of a religion]]. They are found to lack expletives: the worst one can apparently say is "By Kraken!", the name of the local volcano.
* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the Alerans often swear by "the Great Furies". While they don't technically ''worship'' said Furies, they ''are'' immensely powerful {{Physical God}}s (some of the nastier ones are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in all but name), and the Alerans do have a healthy personal respect for them, even if only the top Citizens know ''why''.
** They also seem to like using "Crows!" or "Crowsbegotten", given that crows are a symbol of battle.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does this with Merlin. "Merlin's beard!" or even "Merlin's pants!", and also "Merlin's most baggy Y-fronts". And at one point [[CurseCutShort "Merlin's saggy left--"]][[note]]earlobe?[[/note]]. Even muggle-born characters are heard using them. Strangely the character most frequently heard using "Oh my God" or similar phrases is Draco Malfoy, whose exposure to non-wizard culture was minimal.
** Alternatively, the use of "Merlin" instead of "God" may more or less be censorship by the characters, as they seem to at least celebrate Christian holidays. Draco Malfoy, then, may just be using a harsher phrase than the others.
** Lucius (and possibly Draco as well) has occasionally used "Good Lord". Usually seems to be in conjunction with insulting the Weasleys.
*** It may be theorised that this is a leftover from some Ye Olden Times, when the wizards shared the same faith as Muggles; then it would explain why [[OlderIsBetter purebloods would still be saying that]].
* ''Literature/MortalEngines gives us Tom Natsworthy's "Oh Quirke", Chudleigh Pomeroy's "Great Clio", Wolf Von Kobold's "By the Thatcher!", and Nimrod Pennyroyal's frankly quite awesome [[spoiler:GREAT POSKITT'S HAIRY ARSE!!"]]
* J.R. Ward's series, the ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'', invokes this trope like nobody's business. The titular brotherhood, along with the rest of their vampiric race, swear by their deity (who is presumably responsible for all of creation, in their beliefs), a female figure known as the Scribe Virgin, and by the afterlife which they refer to as The Fade, by employing variations like, "by the Virgin!" "Sweet Virgin in the Fade..." etc.
* Certain Lynn Flewelling books have myriad variations on this -- for example, "Bilairy's balls!" is used quite frequently in ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'', mostly by rather shocked, less than polite males. To catalogue the rest would probably take a wiki of its own.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's [[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag]] novels, people from the city-state of New Crobuzon mostly all swear to the same deity, Jabber, using the stock phrases like "By Jabber..." and occasionally mixing in the lowercase "god" for flavor.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels, characters exclaim "Great space!", "Galaxy!", or "He went space knows where." "Oh my space" is sadly absent.
** "By Seldon!" or variants is also used by some.
** In ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'' it's "Time" for the Eternals (used many ways).
** In the robot short stories, Michael Donovan (an excitable redhead) was known to swear "Space!"
* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' has a lot of the characters swearing by "Elua's Balls!" or "by Camael's Sword!" or something along these lines.
* The title character of ''Literature/LifeOfPi'', who puzzles the Indian community he grows up in by practicing Hinduism, Christianity, ''and'' Islam at the same time, appeals to "Jesus, Mary, Mohammed, and Vishnu!" in one breath. When [[spoiler:a tiger]] climbs into his lifeboat.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''The Brothers War'', Rusko, a Yotian clockmaker, yells "Bok and Mabok!" Justified in that he was trying to make a point about Yotia's religion, which [[AllMythsAreTrue borrows deities from other cultures]].
* Lightly subverted in Robert Holdstock's book ''Mythago Wood''. Guiwenneth is a mythological Celtic figure, given life in mid-twentieth century England. At one point she swears, "by the god Cernunnos," but the narrator soon realizes that she's merely imitating English curses for fun. When she ''really'' wants to swear, she does so in her own language, and doesn't bring gods into it at all.
* Creator/ArthurCClarke:
** It is then played straight in the third sequel "[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 3001: The Final Odyssey]]", when Frank Poole (Bowman's crewmate in the first novel) is recovered from space and revived (apparently having been cryogenically frozen by exposure to space), he is shown a recording of Bowman's last moments, with the audio strangled edited to say "By Deus! It's full of stars!". This is explained in the narrative by saying that since all religions are now united in the 31st century, all references to earlier gods have been overwritten with Deus, a single divine entity. (This is quite interesting in the translations of the novel to languages in which "Deus" is simply the word for "God". "By Theos, it is full of stars", is even weirder.)
** It is also played straight in Clarke's ''Literature/TheSongsOfDistantEarth'', where the inhabitants of Thalassa, having been seeded by machines and then taught science and technology by robotic tutors, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions never developed the concept of a religion]]. They are found to lack expletives: the worst one can apparently say is "By Kraken!", the name of the local volcano.
* "By the surly beard of Mrifk" often triggers a pass-it-to-the-next-reader moment in the party-game version of ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': Drizzt Do'Urden, after resolving that the Spider Queen Lolth is a demon in god's clothing and not knowing or really caring about any of the other deities, snarls "May a true god damn you all!" before leaving his family. Drizzt's friends, meanwhile, have battle cries of their own. Wulfgar, a child of a northern barbarian tribe, shouts "Tempus!" (a god of battle); Bruenor invokes Moradain (king of the dwarven gods). Another character in the same world, a priest, often murmurs "Oh my dear Deneir" in shock.
* Pixies in Kim Harrison's ''Literature/TheHollows'' series tend to swear by "Tink", presumably short for [[Disney/PeterPan Tinker Bell]]. Common phrases include "Tink's knickers!" and "Tink's a Disney whore!" In the series, pixies and fairies are racial enemies; according to the pixies (we haven't heard the other side), Tinker Bell was a real faerie who assisted Walt Disney in getting massive amounts of {{Fanservice}} [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Past the Radar]] in exchange for helping her species become TheFairFolk [[VillainWithGoodPublicity with Good Publicity]]. As this drastically affects pixies' ability to live in an urban environment, we have the unusual case of profanity which means ''exactly what it says'': pixies attribute most of their immediate problems and suffering to...
* ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' has religion and superstition, but the characters seldom discuss it. Usual oaths, "By all the Stars!" and "By all the Demons of Daveli!" -- since Daveli is a friendly nation to the Empire, this second one seems tactless.
* "Gods!" and variations thereof are common in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series. Characters with mentioned faiths sometimes invoke specific deities; examples include the Windborn, the Star-Eyed Goddess, and Vkandis Sunlord, the latter two having manifested as real characters on various occasions.
* In Brian Clevinger's ''Literature/NuklearAge'', the main character, a CloudCuckoolander if there ever was one, usually exclaims with Norse references, like "By Odin's beard!" At first, this seems like a parody of the above mentioned [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superheroes, and a gag on how out of touch Nuklear Man is. [[spoiler:The twist comes when the DeadSerious villain Nihel shows up, heavily implying the Norse gods are real (in some fashion), and Nuklear Man came from their society.]]
* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series utilizes this trope, usually by invoking the name of a particular deity alongside a term that is incongruous with them. As an example, a common curse is "Hood's breath", Hood being the King of High House Death and thus having no breath to speak of. Variations on "Hood's balls" is another common curse, eg. "Hood's balls under a big rock!"
** This is the form of curse used by members of the Malazan empire. Other cultures have differing curses. The Letherii empire in particular favored calling on the Errant in their curses, a god that had long since lost his following.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', "Great Belin!" is one of sometimes-bard, sometimes-king Fflewder Fflam's favorite exclamations. Although never explained in the books, Belin was the name of an actual Welsh sun god.
* Various celtic gods are also sworn by in the ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' series, as well as "By all the gods!" The favourite oath, however, is "By the black, hairy ass of the Lord of Hell!"

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does this with Merlin. "Merlin's beard!" or even "Merlin's pants!", and also "Merlin's ''Literature/TheCosmere'':
** In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' by Creator/BrandonSanderson:
*** In ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Original Trilogy]]'',
most baggy Y-fronts". And at one point [[CurseCutShort "Merlin's saggy left--"]][[note]]earlobe?[[/note]]. Even muggle-born characters are heard using them. Strangely use "[[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]]" as a curse, because he is [[AGodAmI the character only god most frequently heard using "Oh my God" or similar phrases is Draco Malfoy, whose exposure of them have ever known]]. [[RebelLeader Kelsier]] always tells them to non-wizard culture was minimal.
** Alternatively, the use of "Merlin" instead of "God" may more or less be censorship
stop it, because in swearing by the characters, Lord Ruler, you acknowledge him as they seem to at least celebrate Christian holidays. Draco Malfoy, then, may just be your god (rather incongrous if you're part of a group rebelling against said god). [[BadassBookworm Sazed]], however, often swears by "the Forgotten Gods''. They keep swearing by the Lord Ruler even after [[spoiler: he is dead.]] In the 3rd book some characters start swearing by the Survivor. [[spoiler: Even though Kelsier died before the Lord Ruler did]].
*** By the time of ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'', three centuries after the original books, characters swear
using a harsher phrase than the others.
** Lucius (and possibly Draco as well) has occasionally used "Good Lord". Usually seems
various references to be in conjunction with insulting the Weasleys.
*** It may be theorised that this is a leftover from some Ye Olden Times, when the wizards shared the same faith as Muggles; then it would explain why [[OlderIsBetter purebloods would
Ruin, Preservation, and Harmony, and also still be saying that]].
* ''Literature/MortalEngines gives us Tom Natsworthy's "Oh Quirke", Chudleigh Pomeroy's "Great Clio", Wolf Von Kobold's "By
swear by the Thatcher!", and Nimrod Pennyroyal's frankly quite awesome [[spoiler:GREAT POSKITT'S HAIRY ARSE!!"]]
* J.R. Ward's series, the ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'', invokes this trope like nobody's business.
Survivor.
** Parodied in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' also by Creator/BrandonSanderson.
The titular brotherhood, along with the rest people of their vampiric race, Hallandren do ''not'' swear by their deity (who is presumably responsible for all of creation, in their beliefs), a female figure known as the Scribe Virgin, and gods, but by the afterlife which Iridescent Tones (the force they refer to as The Fade, by employing variations like, "by believe ''empowers'' their gods). However, Lightsong, one of the Virgin!" "Sweet Virgin main POV characters, who is a god, finds this annoying, mostly because he thinks "Lightsong the Bold!" would make a really ''awesome'' curse. After rambling at length on the topic to his (also divine) LoveInterest Blushweaver, she finally demands to know "what in the Fade..." etc.
* Certain Lynn Flewelling books have myriad variations on this -- for example, "Bilairy's balls!" is used quite frequently in ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'', mostly
name of You are are you talking about?"
** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' (also
by rather shocked, less than polite males. To catalogue Creator/BrandonSanderson): "Storms" and "storming" are common curses, referencing the rest would probably take a wiki of its own.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's [[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag]] novels,
massive [[HostileWeather highstorms]] people from the city-state of New Crobuzon mostly all swear have to live with. References to the same deity, Jabber, using the stock phrases like "By Jabber..." and occasionally mixing in the lowercase "god" for flavor.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels, characters exclaim "Great space!", "Galaxy!", or "He went space knows where." "Oh my space" is sadly absent.
** "By Seldon!" or variants is also used by some.
** In ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'' it's "Time" for the Eternals (used many ways).
** In the robot short stories, Michael Donovan (an excitable redhead) was known to swear "Space!"
* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' has a lot
Heralds of the characters Almighty are also common, either as a group ("Heralds send that man some wisdom") or individually ("Kalak's breath").
* Literature/DanteValentine is prone to
swearing by "Elua's Balls!" or "by Camael's Sword!" or Anubis ("''Anubis et'her ka''", meaning something along these lines.
* The title character of ''Literature/LifeOfPi'', who puzzles the Indian community he grows up in by practicing Hinduism, Christianity, ''and'' Islam at the same time, appeals to "Jesus, Mary, Mohammed,
like "Anubis preserve my soul" based on context) and Vishnu!" in one breath. When [[spoiler:a tiger]] climbs into his lifeboat.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''The Brothers War'', Rusko, a Yotian clockmaker, yells "Bok and Mabok!" Justified
Sekhmet ("''Sekhmet sa'es''"). {{Justified}} in that he was trying to make a point about Yotia's religion, which [[AllMythsAreTrue borrows deities from other cultures]].
her {{psychopomp}} takes the form of Anubis.
* Lightly subverted in Robert Holdstock's book ''Mythago Wood''. Guiwenneth is a mythological Various Celtic figure, given life in mid-twentieth century England. At one point she swears, "by the god Cernunnos," but the narrator soon realizes that she's merely imitating English curses for fun. When she ''really'' wants to swear, she does so in her own language, and doesn't bring gods into it at all.
* Creator/ArthurCClarke:
** It is then played straight
are also sworn by in the third sequel "[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 3001: The Final Odyssey]]", when Frank Poole (Bowman's crewmate in the first novel) is recovered from space and revived (apparently having been cryogenically frozen by exposure to space), he is shown a recording of Bowman's last moments, with the audio strangled edited to say "By Deus! It's full of stars!". This is explained in the narrative by saying that since all religions are now united in the 31st century, all references to earlier gods have been overwritten with Deus, a single divine entity. (This is quite interesting in the translations of the novel to languages in which "Deus" is simply the word for "God". "By Theos, it is full of stars", is even weirder.)
** It is also played straight in Clarke's ''Literature/TheSongsOfDistantEarth'', where the inhabitants of Thalassa, having been seeded by machines and then taught science and technology by robotic tutors, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions never developed the concept of a religion]]. They are found to lack expletives: the worst one can apparently say is "By Kraken!", the name of the local volcano.
* "By the surly beard of Mrifk" often triggers a pass-it-to-the-next-reader moment in the party-game version of ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': Drizzt Do'Urden, after resolving that the Spider Queen Lolth is a demon in god's clothing and not knowing or really caring about any of the other deities, snarls "May a true god damn you all!" before leaving his family. Drizzt's friends, meanwhile, have battle cries of their own. Wulfgar, a child of a northern barbarian tribe, shouts "Tempus!" (a god of battle); Bruenor invokes Moradain (king of the dwarven gods). Another character in the same world, a priest, often murmurs "Oh my dear Deneir" in shock.
* Pixies in Kim Harrison's ''Literature/TheHollows'' series tend to swear by "Tink", presumably short for [[Disney/PeterPan Tinker Bell]]. Common phrases include "Tink's knickers!" and "Tink's a Disney whore!" In the
''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' series, pixies and fairies are racial enemies; according to the pixies (we haven't heard the other side), Tinker Bell was a real faerie who assisted Walt Disney in getting massive amounts of {{Fanservice}} [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Past the Radar]] in exchange for helping her species become TheFairFolk [[VillainWithGoodPublicity with Good Publicity]]. As this drastically affects pixies' ability to live in an urban environment, we have the unusual case of profanity which means ''exactly what it says'': pixies attribute most of their immediate problems and suffering to...
* ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' has religion and superstition, but the characters seldom discuss it. Usual oaths,
as well as "By all the Stars!" and gods!" The favourite oath, however, is "By all the Demons black, hairy ass of Daveli!" -- since Daveli is a friendly nation to the Empire, this second one seems tactless.
Lord of Hell!"
* "Gods!" and variations thereof are common in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series. Characters with mentioned faiths sometimes invoke specific deities; examples include the Windborn, the Star-Eyed Goddess, and Vkandis Sunlord, the latter two having manifested as real characters on various occasions.
* In Brian Clevinger's ''Literature/NuklearAge'', the main character, a CloudCuckoolander if there ever was one, usually exclaims with Norse references, like
Literature/{{Discworld}}
** The people say "godsdammit" or "Bigods!" occasionally.
**
"By Odin's beard!" At first, this seems like Io!" rather than "By Jove!" and in one book the exclamation "Oh my god!" prompts the reply "Which one?"
** In another book, frequent exclamations of "Oh God, what did I hit?" by cart drivers give rise to
a parody god of small animals run over by carts to whom that question may be properly addressed.
** Inverted in ''Discworld/SmallGods'' where Omnians -- members of one
of the above mentioned [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superheroes, and a gag few monotheistic religions on how out of touch Nuklear Man is. [[spoiler:The twist comes when the DeadSerious villain Nihel shows up, heavily implying Disc -- say "Ye god!" rather than "Ye gods!" (which many monotheists on Earth say without even thinking about it).
** In
the Norse same novel Om, the Omnian god, says "Oh, Me!" (Note the caps.) Which wouldn't have been odd if he wasn't a small turtle with a single true worshipper.
** In one book it explains that this is an important function of gods: it takes a [[HollywoodAtheist very dedicated atheist]] to shout "Random fluctuations in the space-time continuum!" or "[[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Outmoded superstition]] on a crutch!" after hitting his thumb with a hammer. Dwarf
gods are real (in some fashion), especially have no other reason for existing, and Nuklear Man came from their society.the dwarves [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial claim to have no religion.]]
* ** Bilious, the "[[JustForPun Oh God]]" of Hangovers, moans "Oh, ''me''..." in moments of extreme suffering.
**
The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series utilizes this trope, usually by invoking Oath of the Anhk-Morpork Watch includes several parenthetical instances where recruits may "(insert deity name of a particular deity alongside a term that is incongruous with them. his/her choice)". As an example, a common curse is "Hood's breath", Hood being the King of High House Death Oath has been obsolete ever since the city's last king was beheaded, nowadays the recruits read the text verbatim, "his/her" and thus "insert" statements included. Vimes in the ''Night Watch'' explicitly mentions having no breath to speak of. Variations on "Hood's balls" is another common curse, eg. "Hood's balls under a big rock!"
** This is
all his men recite the form of curse used by members oath exactly as written, and does so also after being sent in the past where such formalities are normally not given much attention.
*** Vimes actually insists they do it for a different reason: whoever wrote the Oath was either TooDumbToLive or doing it on purpose, but [[AintNoRule there is not one word in the Oath about the Watch obeying the orders
of the Malazan empire. Other cultures have differing curses. The Letherii empire in particular favored calling on the Errant in their curses, a god that had long since lost his following.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', "Great Belin!" is one of sometimes-bard, sometimes-king Fflewder Fflam's favorite exclamations. Although never explained in the books, Belin was the name of an actual Welsh sun god.
* Various celtic gods are also sworn by in the ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' series, as well as "By all the gods!" The favourite oath, however, is "By the black, hairy ass of the Lord of Hell!"
Patrician/King/whoever-happens-to-be-in-power]]. Protect. Serve. That's ''it''.



* This comes up a ''lot'' in the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}''. Everyone seems to have their own unique curses.
** Vampires reference darkness and blood ("blood and shadow," "deep night"). Vampires also tend to use Romanian, especially for curses; "noapte" ("night") is pretty common. Canians (pyro-vampires) put their own spin on the vampire curses, swearing "burning darkness" and "boiling blood."
** Angels reference dawn and Heaven ("day and dawn," "Saints above").
** Giants have been heard swearing "Titan's testes."
** Derek and Laura swear "silver and gold," which matches their parents' "silver moon and golden sun" but otherwise (explicitly) has no meaning.
** Akane swears "[[MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]]'s __"
** Ling uses "[[Creator/OsamuTezuka Tezuka]]" [[CreatorWorship in place of "God."]] She also occasionally uses "velvet Hells," which is a shorter version of "[[spoiler:by the velvet-draped halls of Shendilavri]]," which is a [[spoiler:succubus curse. It's a sign she used to be a succubus herself]].
** Seena is a vampire, but she uses demon curses because the patron of her orphanage was a demon. Her boss tries to get her to change, with little success.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, the hero, Vlad, will sometimes swear by his patron goddess, Verra, or use curses like "Verra-be-damned", which makes sense as she is called the "Demon Goddess." He's particularly fond of the exclamation "Verra's tits!" [[note]] [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore Wait, is it just the German translation where he swears by her, eh, exceptionally hairy bush?]] [[/note]]
** After realizing both that she ''[[SpeakOfTheDevil hears]]'' this and that he can't turn it off even when the pair of them is physically present... he seems to step it up.
* Flint Fireforge, one of the heroes of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Chronicles'' trilogy, was fond of exclaiming, "Reorx's Beard!" Reorx being the patron god of the dwarves, he did have one hell of a beard, after all...
* The mostly atheist ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' swear by the name of Faranth, and Faranth's egg. More often, their swearing is a product of their environment: "Shells and shards!" or expressions such as "... and the hindmost falls Between."
* At one point in their history, there was an attempt among Literature/TheDraka to revive Norse paganism as actual religious practice. The effort failed, but as a result, Draka commonly swear on the names of Norse Gods. "Freya's tits!"
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry Dresden frequently uses "Hell's bells!" and "Stars and stones!" out of his deep faith in magic in lieu of an organized religion.
** The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent White Court]] use "Empty Night". WordOfGod states that the last 3 books will be named after these curses, as there is a very good reason why they are considered curses . . .
** One member of the White Council, Gatekeeper Rashid, once used the swear "Blood of the Prophet!" (referring to Muhammad) out of shock. Considering his background, it's quite probable that he's a Muslim. In fact, most members of the White Council follow their respective cultural religions, and would use the related phrases. Harry is something of an odd duck in that he's quite confident in the existence of the Abrahamic God, agnostic of the various religions of His followers (Harry occasionally works with one or more of His Knights, and has a progressively closer working relationship with an Archangel), and has met a handful of deities over his career; but Harry isn't practicing any religion.
* In Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, despite the fact that Maud'Dib and his son Leto II are both worshipped (and both involved in eradicating other religions, especially the latter who was viewed in a more or less monotheistic way), characters frequently exclaim "Gods Below!" throughout the series.



* The rabbits in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' often swear by their sun god Frith, occasionally using constructions such as "Frith in a pond!" or "Frith in a treetop!"

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* The rabbits in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' often In Laurie J. Marks' ''Literature/ElementalLogic'' series, several characters swear by Shaftal (which, for a change, is not a god but the country where the books take place). However, the Sainnites use the more usual "Gods of hell!", and the half-Sainnite seer Medric often exclaims "Gods of my father!"
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] once exclaimed, "Gods!" and then added quickly, "You'll pardon me, my lords," because he was having a conversation with several gods at the time.
* "By the surly beard of Mrifk" often triggers a pass-it-to-the-next-reader moment in the party-game version of ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''.
* ''Literature/TheFlyingSorcerers'' by Larry Niven and David Gerrold is a satire in which most of the names are Shoutouts to Creators in the science fiction world. The two suns are Ouells and Virn (Welles and Verne), there's [[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Caff the goddess of dragons]], [[Franchise/StarTrek Rot'n'bair]] the God of Sheep and his arch-enemy [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nielsen_ratings Nilsn]], [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitch the god of birds]], and [[Creator/HarlanEllison Elcin]], the "great and tiny god of thunder, lightning and loud noises."
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels, characters exclaim "Great space!", "Galaxy!", or "He went space knows where." "Oh my space" is sadly absent.
** "By Seldon!" or variants is also used by some.
** In ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'' it's "Time" for the Eternals (used many ways).
** In the robot short stories, Michael Donovan (an excitable redhead) was known to swear "Space!"
* Characters from the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' sequence often use "Twelve Gods!", while Locke and other disreputable characters usually include the god of thieves in the pantheon, making it "Thirteen Gods!" (or "Crooked Warden!" if they're referring to him in particular).
* ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole''
** The owls use the name of
their sun god Frith, god, Glaux, in typical English idioms ("Glaux willing", "Glaux bless", [[BigOMG "Oh my Glaux"]], etc.) as well as some more hilarious variations like "Glaux-in-a-box!"
** Each species seems to have its own. The wolves use "Lupus", and the bears use "Ursus".
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does this with Merlin. "Merlin's beard!" or even "Merlin's pants!", and also "Merlin's most baggy Y-fronts". And at one point [[CurseCutShort "Merlin's saggy left--"]][[note]]earlobe?[[/note]]. Even muggle-born characters are heard using them. Strangely the character most frequently heard using "Oh my God" or similar phrases is Draco Malfoy, whose exposure to non-wizard culture was minimal.
** Alternatively, the use of "Merlin" instead of "God" may more or less be censorship by the characters, as they seem to at least celebrate Christian holidays. Draco Malfoy, then, may just be using a harsher phrase than the others.
** Lucius (and possibly Draco as well) has
occasionally using constructions such used "Good Lord". Usually seems to be in conjunction with insulting the Weasleys.
*** It may be theorised that this is a leftover from some Ye Olden Times, when the wizards shared the same faith
as "Frith Muggles; then it would explain why [[OlderIsBetter purebloods would still be saying that]].
* In [[Creator/DavidWeber Weber's]] ''Literature/HellsGate'' series, all currently mentioned religions have multiple deities, and one character actually exclaims "OhMyGods".
* "Gods!" and variations thereof are common
in a pond!" or "Frith in a treetop!"the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series. Characters with mentioned faiths sometimes invoke specific deities; examples include the Windborn, the Star-Eyed Goddess, and Vkandis Sunlord, the latter two having manifested as real characters on various occasions.



* Characters in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' sometimes exclaim "Seven save us!" (Referring to the seven aspects of the Westerosi God.) Oaths are usually sworn to or by "the old gods and the new" (the new gods being the Seven and the old being the animistic gods of the North) or "in sight of gods and men." Averted by the monotheistic followers of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, who will sometimes correct those who refer to "gods" in the plural.

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* Characters Pixies in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' sometimes exclaim "Seven save us!" (Referring Kim Harrison's ''Literature/TheHollows'' series tend to swear by "Tink", presumably short for [[Disney/PeterPan Tinker Bell]]. Common phrases include "Tink's knickers!" and "Tink's a Disney whore!" In the series, pixies and fairies are racial enemies; according to the seven aspects of pixies (we haven't heard the Westerosi God.) Oaths are usually sworn other side), Tinker Bell was a real faerie who assisted Walt Disney in getting massive amounts of {{Fanservice}} [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Past the Radar]] in exchange for helping her species become TheFairFolk [[VillainWithGoodPublicity with Good Publicity]]. As this drastically affects pixies' ability to or by "the old gods live in an urban environment, we have the unusual case of profanity which means ''exactly what it says'': pixies attribute most of their immediate problems and suffering to...
* Though the religion in question is actually a sect of Christianity, the Church of Humanity Unchained, from Literature/HonorHarrington's adopted planet Grayson, evolved a doctrine that was in many ways a reaction to their DeathWorld. As a result, epithets for God on Grayson include the Tester, the Comforter,
and the new" (the new gods being Intercessor. The phrase "Sweet Tester" is quite common. Specifically, it's a different way of envisioning the Seven HolyTrinity - "Tester, Intercessor, and the old being the animistic gods of the North) or "in sight of gods Comforter" = "Father, Son, and men." Averted by the monotheistic followers of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, who will sometimes correct those who refer to "gods" in the plural.Holy Ghost/Spirit."



* At the beginning of Thomas Costain's ''The Black Rose'', it is a fad among the university students to pick various obscure saints to swear by.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, the dominant religious belief is in the Creator and the Light, a never-seen force which is at war with the Dark One, leading to many familiar English idioms substituting "the Light" for God ("the Light bless you", "the Light preserve us", "thank the Light", "the Light willing", etc.).
* Creator/TamoraPierce, between her [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] and [[Literature/CircleOfMagic Circle]] universes, goes to town with this trope. "Mithros, Mynoss and Shakith!" Others are "Goddess!", "Horse Lords!" and "Great Mother!"
** Duke Roger in the Tortall universe has a rather amusing bit of dialogue about how he will swear oaths by 'your' gods, who do kill people who break oaths made in their name, but since they have made it abundantly clear that they don't like him he refuses to worship them.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' does this, since, it's well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin y'know]]... Either that, or "''di immortales''", which is the same, but Greek.
-->'''Dionysus:''' Zeus knows how many more.\\
(''lightning rumbles'')\\
'''Dionysus:''' Strike that. Even Zeus doesn't know.
** Percy plays with this in ''Percy Jackson's Greek Gods''. When he's narrating the stories about the Olympians, he has them say things like "Holy me!"
** Different characters have different variations. "Gods of Olympus" and "Gods of Rome" are popular. Nico di Angelo has his own particular variation, he tends to use "Styx!" as an exclamation, or in place of "God/s."
* ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole''
** The owls use the name of their god, Glaux, in typical English idioms ("Glaux willing", "Glaux bless", [[BigOMG "Oh my Glaux"]], etc.) as well as some more hilarious variations like "Glaux-in-a-box!"
** Each species seems to have its own. The wolves use "Lupus", and the bears use "Ursus".
* In a definite ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' shout-out in the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series, Londoners and some other traction city dwellers use "By Clio!" they may also use the odd Ford as well.
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' by Creator/BrandonSanderson:
** In ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Original Trilogy]]'', most characters use "[[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]]" as a curse, because he is [[AGodAmI the only god most of them have ever known]]. [[RebelLeader Kelsier]] always tells them to stop it, because in swearing by the Lord Ruler, you acknowledge him as your god (rather incongrous if you're part of a group rebelling against said god). [[BadassBookworm Sazed]], however, often swears by "the Forgotten Gods''. They keep swearing by the Lord Ruler even after [[spoiler: he is dead.]] In the 3rd book some characters start swearing by the Survivor. [[spoiler: Even though Kelsier died before the Lord Ruler did]].
** By the time of ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'', three centuries after the original books, characters swear using various references to Ruin, Preservation, and Harmony, and also still swear by the Survivor.
* Parodied in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' also by Creator/BrandonSanderson. The people of Hallandren do ''not'' swear by their gods, but by the Iridescent Tones (the force they believe ''empowers'' their gods). However, Lightsong, one of the main POV characters, who is a god, finds this annoying, mostly because he thinks "Lightsong the Bold!" would make a really ''awesome'' curse. After rambling at length on the topic to his (also divine) LoveInterest Blushweaver, she finally demands to know "what in the name of You are are you talking about?"
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' (also by Creator/BrandonSanderson): "Storms" and "storming" are common curses, referencing the massive [[HostileWeather highstorms]] people have to live with. References to the Heralds of the Almighty are also common, either as a group ("Heralds send that man some wisdom") or individually ("Kalak's breath").
* Sort of used in''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', but instead of using [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan's]] name they'll refer to him as "The Lion". (i.e. "By the Lion's mane!").
** Characters from England say "By Jove" (a mythical deity they did NOT worship), while the Narnians say "By the Lion" (the deity they knew and worshipped). "By Jove" was a popular expression in England at the time even though the Roman pantheon was not actively worshiped. This was not something specific to humans visiting Narnia.
* At one point in their history, there was an attempt among Literature/TheDraka to revive Norse paganism as actual religious practice. The effort failed, but as a result, Draka commonly swear on the names of Norse Gods. "Freya's tits!"
* In the comic scifi novel ''Mallworld'', people regularly swear by "the Pope's tits", evidently just so the author can toss the incongruity of a female Pope in on top of all the other weirdness.



* ''[[Literature/TruthSeries First Truth]]'' and its sequels have "Ashes!" used as a swearword, referring to cremation; characters will also sometimes say things like "By the eight puppies!" or "By the Navigator's Wolves," both of which seem to refer to a constellation very similar to the Big Dipper. Expressions like "Burn me to ashes" and "The Navigator's Wolves should hunt me/him/her" are also common.

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* ''[[Literature/TruthSeries First Truth]]'' and In the Creator/DianaWynneJones short story "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight" a character says "Great Tew!" Which is a village in Oxfordshire in real life, albeit probably not in the world where the story is set.
** Tew (or Tiw) is also the Old English pronunciation/spelling of the Norse god Tyr. As in "Tuesday".
** Fun fact: Tew is also the Cantonese term for copulate. Essentially, you're cursing, "Great Fuck!" Which is kinda cool in
its sequels have "Ashes!" used as a swearword, referring to cremation; own way...
* In ''Literature/{{Kane}}''
characters will also sometimes say things like swear by the different gods or demons. "Shenan's tits!" are quite popular, and so are references to Lord Tloluvin (lord of demons) and his Seven Hells.
* ''The King Must Die,'' set in ancient Greece, had the line,
"By the eight puppies!" or Mother, yes!"
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', spacers have been known to swear by Brennan's left ear. Murphy is also a popular choice, as is [[FinaglesLaw Finagle]].
** In ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'', Louis Wu swears by "Cthulhu and Allah!"
** In another Ringworld book, Louis Wu was trying to get a catatonic Puppeteer to wake up, and in frustration shouted
"By Kdapt, Allah and Finagle, I summon thee!"
* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' has a lot of
the Navigator's Wolves," both characters swearing by "Elua's Balls!" or "by Camael's Sword!" or something along these lines.
* The book ''Literature/TheLastDragon'' had characters say "By Jesus's blessed tree!" sometimes. According to the author, this was an actual medieval curse.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/{{The Left Hand of Darkness}}'' takes a brief divergence to discuss a small cult started around an insane Seer called Meshe, which excuses various characters to spout "Meshe's milk!" or "[[GagBoobs By the tits of Meshe!]]" whenever surprised or confounded. Both
of which seem remind us that Meshe, although referred to refer to as "he", is really a constellation very similar to the Big Dipper. Expressions hermaphrodite like "Burn me to ashes" everyone else on the planet (except Genly Ai, who comes from Earth).
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': Drizzt Do'Urden, after resolving that the Spider Queen Lolth is a demon in god's clothing
and "The Navigator's Wolves should hunt me/him/her" are also common.not knowing or really caring about any of the other deities, snarls "May a true god damn you all!" before leaving his family. Drizzt's friends, meanwhile, have battle cries of their own. Wulfgar, a child of a northern barbarian tribe, shouts "Tempus!" (a god of battle); Bruenor invokes Moradain (king of the dwarven gods). Another character in the same world, a priest, often murmurs "Oh my dear Deneir" in shock.
* In Lawrence Watt-Evans ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' series, theurgy is a legitimate school of magic where you invoke a specific deity out of about 30 to hopefully do something for you. People naturally exclaim 'Gods!', or 'By all the gods in the sky, sea, and earth!' if the former isn't strong enough.
* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series has folk swearing by alien gods, notably the (apparently metallic) Klono: "Great Klono's tungsten teeth!" "Klono's brazen hooves!" "Holy Klono's iridium intestines!"



* In Laurie J. Marks' ''Literature/ElementalLogic'' series, several characters swear by Shaftal (which, for a change, is not a god but the country where the books take place). However, the Sainnites use the more usual "Gods of hell!", and the half-Sainnite seer Medric often exclaims "Gods of my father!"
* In Lawrence Watt-Evans ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' series, theurgy is a legitimate school of magic where you invoke a specific deity out of about 30 to hopefully do something for you. People naturally exclaim 'Gods!', or 'By all the gods in the sky, sea, and earth!' if the former isn't strong enough.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry Dresden frequently uses "Hell's bells!" and "Stars and stones!" out of his deep faith in magic in lieu of an organized religion.
** The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent White Court]] use "Empty Night". WordOfGod states that the last 3 books will be named after these curses, as there is a very good reason why they are considered curses...
** One member of the White Council, Gatekeeper Rashid, once used the swear "Blood of the Prophet!" (referring to Muhammad) out of shock. Considering his background, it's quite probable that he's a Muslim. In fact, most members of the White Council follow their respective cultural religions, and would use the related phrases. Harry is something of an odd duck in that he's quite confident in the existence of the Abrahamic God, agnostic of the various religions of His followers (Harry occasionally works with one or more of His Knights, and has a progressively closer working relationship with an Archangel), and has met a handful of deities over his career; but Harry isn't practicing any religion.
* ''ThievesWorld'' series got their share of swearing, including mentions of some deity's armpits and whatnot.
* Elaine Cunningham once wrote "One of my personal goals with the ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Waterdeep]]'' novel is come up with innovative curses that don't sound silly or stilted." in a discussion of language flavors supporting a setting or shattering SuspensionOfDisbelief.
* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the Alerans often swear by "the Great Furies". While they don't technically ''worship'' said Furies, they ''are'' immensely powerful {{Physical God}}s (some of the nastier ones are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in all but name), and the Alerans do have a healthy personal respect for them, even if only the top Citizens know ''why''.
** They also seem to like using "Crows!" or "Crowsbegotten", given that crows are a symbol of battle.
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] once exclaimed, "Gods!" and then added quickly, "You'll pardon me, my lords," because he was having a conversation with several gods at the time.
* The mostly atheist ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' swear by the name of Faranth, and Faranth's egg. More often, their swearing is a product of their environment: "Shells and shards!" or expressions such as "... and the hindmost falls Between."
* In Creator/HBeamPiper's future history, a lot of humans swear by Great Ghu, the Grandfather God of the nonhuman Thorans. (Some other writers have had their characters ShoutOut Piper by invoking Ghu as well.) And in his AlternateHistory Paratime series, some of the atheists of Home Time Line have adopted the gods of other lines for purposes of venting their emotions.
-->Tortha Karf began, alphabetically, to blaspheme every god he had ever heard of. He had only gotten as far as a Fourth Level deity named Allah when a red light began flashing....
* While it's not used in the series proper, many tributes to the ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' books (including ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' and ''VideoGame/EmeraldCityConfidential'') have characters swearing by Lurline (a fairy queen whom {{fanon}} has apparently upgraded to goddess status).

to:

* The title character of ''Literature/LifeOfPi'', who puzzles the Indian community he grows up in by practicing Hinduism, Christianity, ''and'' Islam at the same time, appeals to "Jesus, Mary, Mohammed, and Vishnu!" in one breath. When [[spoiler:a tiger]] climbs into his lifeboat.
* Everybody in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' curses by ghyrs, [[CrypticBackgroundReference whatever they are]], for example "What the ghyr", "Ghyrs take it" or "To ghyrs with it".
* In Laurie J. Marks' ''Literature/ElementalLogic'' series, several characters swear by Shaftal (which, for a change, is not a god but the country where ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''The Brothers War'', Rusko, a Yotian clockmaker, yells "Bok and Mabok!" Justified in that he was trying to make a point about Yotia's religion, which [[AllMythsAreTrue borrows deities from other cultures]].
* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series utilizes this trope, usually by invoking
the books take place). However, the Sainnites use the more usual "Gods name of hell!", and the half-Sainnite seer Medric often exclaims "Gods of my father!"
* In Lawrence Watt-Evans ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' series, theurgy is
a legitimate school of magic where you invoke a specific particular deity out of about 30 to hopefully do something for you. People naturally exclaim 'Gods!', or 'By all the gods in the sky, sea, and earth!' if the former isn't strong enough.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry Dresden frequently uses "Hell's bells!" and "Stars and stones!" out of his deep faith in magic in lieu of an organized religion.
** The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent White Court]] use "Empty Night". WordOfGod states
alongside a term that is incongruous with them. As an example, a common curse is "Hood's breath", Hood being the last 3 books will be named after these curses, as there King of High House Death and thus having no breath to speak of. Variations on "Hood's balls" is another common curse, eg. "Hood's balls under a very good reason why they are considered curses...
big rock!"
** One member of This is the White Council, Gatekeeper Rashid, once form of curse used the swear "Blood of the Prophet!" (referring to Muhammad) out of shock. Considering his background, it's quite probable that he's a Muslim. In fact, most by members of the White Council follow Malazan empire. Other cultures have differing curses. The Letherii empire in particular favored calling on the Errant in their respective cultural religions, and would use the related phrases. Harry is something of an odd duck in curses, a god that he's quite confident in the existence of the Abrahamic God, agnostic of the various religions of His followers (Harry occasionally works with one or more of His Knights, and has a progressively closer working relationship with an Archangel), and has met a handful of deities over had long since lost his career; but Harry isn't practicing any religion.
* ''ThievesWorld'' series got their share of swearing, including mentions of some deity's armpits and whatnot.
* Elaine Cunningham once wrote "One of my personal goals with the ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Waterdeep]]'' novel is come up with innovative curses that don't sound silly or stilted." in a discussion of language flavors supporting a setting or shattering SuspensionOfDisbelief.
following.
* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the Alerans often comic scifi novel ''Mallworld'', people regularly swear by "the Great Furies". While they don't technically ''worship'' said Furies, they ''are'' immensely powerful {{Physical God}}s (some of Pope's tits", evidently just so the nastier ones are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s author can toss the incongruity of a female Pope in on top of all but name), and the Alerans do have a healthy personal respect for them, even if only the top Citizens know ''why''.
** They also seem to like using "Crows!" or "Crowsbegotten", given that crows are a symbol of battle.
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] once exclaimed, "Gods!" and then added quickly, "You'll pardon me, my lords," because he was having a conversation with several gods at the time.
* The mostly atheist ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' swear by the name of Faranth, and Faranth's egg. More often, their swearing is a product of their environment: "Shells and shards!" or expressions such as "... and the hindmost falls Between."
* In Creator/HBeamPiper's future history, a lot of humans swear by Great Ghu, the Grandfather God of the nonhuman Thorans. (Some
other writers have had their characters ShoutOut Piper by invoking Ghu as well.) And in his AlternateHistory Paratime series, some of the atheists of Home Time Line have adopted the gods of other lines for purposes of venting their emotions.
-->Tortha Karf began, alphabetically, to blaspheme every god he had ever heard of. He had only gotten as far as a Fourth Level deity named Allah when a red light began flashing....
* While it's not used in the series proper, many tributes to the ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' books (including ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' and ''VideoGame/EmeraldCityConfidential'') have characters swearing by Lurline (a fairy queen whom {{fanon}} has apparently upgraded to goddess status).
weirdness.



* ''Literature/MortalEngines'' gives us Tom Natsworthy's "Oh Quirke!"; Chudleigh Pomeroy's "Great Clio!", Wolf Von Kobold's "By the Thatcher!" and Nimrod Pennyroyal's frankly quite awesome [[spoiler:GREAT POSKITT'S HAIRY ARSE!!]]"
** In a definite ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' shout-out in the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series, Londoners and some other traction city dwellers use "By Clio!" they may also use the odd Ford as well.
* Lightly subverted in Robert Holdstock's book ''Mythago Wood''. Guiwenneth is a mythological Celtic figure, given life in mid-twentieth century England. At one point she swears, "by the god Cernunnos", but the narrator soon realizes that she's merely imitating English curses for fun. When she ''really'' wants to swear, she does so in her own language, and doesn't bring gods into it at all.
* Certain Lynn Flewelling books have myriad variations on this -- for example, "Bilairy's balls!" is used quite frequently in ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'', mostly by rather shocked, less than polite males. To catalogue the rest would probably take a wiki of its own.
* The ''Literature/NightWorld'' Series by LJ Smith has many instances where the characters, particularly witches and members of Circle Daylight, will swear to their Goddess. Jez and Hugh tend to say it a lot, leading to Morgead figuring out that Jez is a Daylighter.
* In Brian Clevinger's ''Literature/NuklearAge'', the main character, a CloudCuckoolander if there ever was one, usually exclaims with Norse references, like "By Odin's beard!" At first, this seems like a parody of the above mentioned [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superheroes, and a gag on how out of touch Nuklear Man is. [[spoiler:The twist comes when the DeadSerious villain Nihel shows up, heavily implying the Norse gods are real (in some fashion), and Nuklear Man came from their society.]]
* Characters in the ''OctoberDaye'' series by Seanan [=McGuire=] frequently swear by "Oberon's balls", "Maeve's tits", and something to do with Titania, these being the three deities the Fair Folk are all descended from. Leads to funny, as the Luidaeg, who is actually the offspring of Oberon and Maeve, will swear by "Dad's balls" and "Mom's tits".
* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'': Quite often, usually by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_and_Pollux Pollux]].
* While it's not used in the series proper, many tributes to the ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' books (including ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' and ''VideoGame/EmeraldCityConfidential'') have characters swearing by Lurline (a fairy queen whom {{fanon}} has apparently upgraded to goddess status).
* Twice in ''Literature/ThePentagonWar'', Lt. Colonel Doe says "Plague's poison!". She ''is'' a fervent believer in what Human-Centauri stands for, after all.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' does this, since, it's well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin y'know]] . . . Either that, or "''di immortales''", which is the same, but Greek.
-->'''Dionysus:''' Zeus knows how many more.\\
(''lightning rumbles'')\\
'''Dionysus:''' Strike that. Even Zeus doesn't know.
** Percy plays with this in ''Percy Jackson's Greek Gods''. When he's narrating the stories about the Olympians, he has them say things like "Holy me!"
** Different characters have different variations. "Gods of Olympus" and "Gods of Rome" are popular. Nico di Angelo has his own particular variation, he tends to use "Styx!" as an exclamation, or in place of "God/s".
* Creator/TamoraPierce, between her [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] and [[Literature/CircleOfMagic Circle]] universes, goes to town with this trope. "Mithros, Mynoss and Shakith!" Others are "Goddess!", "Horse Lords!" and "Great Mother!"
** Duke Roger in the Tortall universe has a rather amusing bit of dialogue about how he will swear oaths by 'your' gods, who do kill people who break oaths made in their name, but since they have made it abundantly clear that they don't like him he refuses to worship them.
* In Creator/HBeamPiper's future history, a lot of humans swear by Great Ghu, the Grandfather God of the nonhuman Thorans. (Some other writers have had their characters ShoutOut Piper by invoking Ghu as well.) And in his AlternateHistory Paratime series, some of the atheists of Home Time Line have adopted the gods of other lines for purposes of venting their emotions.
-->Tortha Karf began, alphabetically, to blaspheme every god he had ever heard of. He had only gotten as far as a Fourth Level deity named Allah when a red light began flashing....
* In ''Literature/ThePlaneteers'', the characters do use "My God", but Penton also swears by multiple gods. Including, on one occasion, "By the Nine Gods of the Nine Worlds, and the multiple deities of space!"
* Characters do this periodically in ''TheQueensThief'', occasionally quite humorously, as certain characters take it quite seriously ([[PalsWithJesus with good reason]]):
-->'''Costis:''' Oh, my god.\\
'''Gen:''' O ''my'' god. You want to call on the god appropriate to the occasion. After all, your god would probably be Miras, light and arrows and all that sort of thing, whereas my god is a god of balance and, of course, preservation of Thieves...
* ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' has "By Castor and Pollux" or simply "Pollux!", the latter of which sounds a lot like a more modern word. There are also "Great Neptune's beard!" or "Great Jupiter's eyebrows!".
* Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'': In the Crispin's first scene in ''Sailing to Sarantium'', he screams at an apprentice in a rather colorful manner involving Heladikos' (the in-universe equivalent of Christ) penis and buttocks. Other characters use 'Jad' as their equivalent of the [[{{God}} Abrahamic God]] in ways such as "by holy Jad".



* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series has folk swearing by alien gods, notably the (apparently metallic) Klono: "Great Klono's tungsten teeth!" "Klono's brazen hooves!" "Holy Klono's iridium intestines!"
* The book ''Literature/TheLastDragon'' had characters say "By Jesus's blessed tree!" sometimes. According to the author, this was an actual medieval curse.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' does it with [=StarClan=], like in "Dear [=StarClan=]!" or "What in the [=StarClan=] name is happening here?"
* Characters from the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' sequence often use "Twelve Gods!", while Locke and other disreputable characters usually include the god of thieves in the pantheon, making it "Thirteen Gods!" (or "Crooked Warden!" if they're referring to him in particular).
* ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' has "By Castor and Pollux" or simply "Pollux!", the latter of which sounds a lot like a more modern word. There are also "Great Neptune's beard!" or "Great Jupiter's eyebrows!".
* The ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'' sword & theology series by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold includes “Five gods!” as a general exclamation that covers all the gods. While any of the five gods may be invoked by name (Father, Mother, Son, Daughter and Bastard), the most common curses are related to Bastard, his demons, and parts of His divine anatomy.
* In ''Literature/TheWarGods'' series by Creator/DavidWeber, many characters use indirect references to the Gods (such as "By The Harp" being a reference to the goddess of music), but the main characters tend to use the name of the god they follow as a battle cry.
** Many characters in the series also refer to the evil gods when cursing: "Phrobus!" or "what in Fiendark’s name..." for example. This is more the equivalent of using "the Devil!" as a curse, since most of the characters who do this aren't followers of the Dark Gods.
* In [[Creator/DavidWeber Weber's]] ''Literature/HellsGate'' series, all currently mentioned religions have multiple deities, and one character actually exclaims "OhMyGods".
* In the Crispin's first scene in Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''[[Literature/TheSarantineMosaic Sailing to Sarantium]]'', he screams at an apprentice in a rather colorful manner involving Heladikos' (the in-universe equivalent of Christ) penis and buttocks. Other characters use 'Jad' as their equivalent of the [[{{God}} Abrahamic God]] in ways such as "by holy Jad".
* In ''Literature/CatherineCalledBirdy'', Catherine learns that the royal family, rather than saying "God's Wounds!" like everyone else, has their own special swears. Following that, she swears to a different part of God's body every day until her family grows concerned at the level of profanity she's apparently using. After that, she chooses "God's Thumbs!" and sticks with it.
* Characters do this periodically in ''TheQueensThief'', occasionally quite humorously, as certain characters take it quite seriously ([[PalsWithJesus with good reason]]):
--> '''Costis''': Oh, my god.
--> '''Gen''': O ''my'' god. You want to call on the god appropriate to the occasion. After all, your god would probably be Miras, light and arrows and all that sort of thing, whereas my god is a god of balance and, of course, preservation of Thieves...
* In Sharon Shinn’s ''Literature/TwelveHouses'' novels, characters actually don’t swear by their gods (ironically, since much of the population [[NayTheist doesn’t seem to care what the gods think of them]]) but by various levels of hell. Curses range from “red hell!” all the way up to “Black and red and silver and opal hells!”, in the case of one ''very'' frustrated character.
* In ''Literature/ThePlaneteers'', the characters do use "My God", but Penton also swears by multiple gods. Including, on one occasion, "By the Nine Gods of the Nine Worlds, and the multiple deities of space!"
* This comes up a ''lot'' in the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}''. Everyone seems to have their own unique curses.
** Vampires reference darkness and blood ("blood and shadow," "deep night"). Vampires also tend to use Romanian, especially for curses; "noapte" ("night") is pretty common. Canians (pyro-vampires) put their own spin on the vampire curses, swearing "burning darkness" and "boiling blood."
** Angels reference dawn and Heaven ("day and dawn," "Saints above").
** Giants have been heard swearing "Titan's testes."
** Derek and Laura swear "silver and gold," which matches their parents' "silver moon and golden sun" but otherwise (explicitly) has no meaning.
** Akane swears "[[MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]]'s __"
** Ling uses "[[Creator/OsamuTezuka Tezuka]]" [[CreatorWorship in place of "God."]] She also occasionally uses "velvet Hells," which is a shorter version of "[[spoiler:by the velvet-draped halls of Shendilavri]]," which is a [[spoiler:succubus curse. It's a sign she used to be a succubus herself]].
** Seena is a vampire, but she uses demon curses because the patron of her orphanage was a demon. Her boss tries to get her to change, with little success.
* ''Literature/TheFlyingSorcerers'' by Larry Niven and David Gerrold is a satire in which most of the names are Shoutouts to Creators in the science fiction world. The two suns are Ouells and Virn (Welles and Verne), there's [[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Caff the goddess of dragons]], [[Franchise/StarTrek Rot'n'bair]] the God of Sheep and his arch-enemy [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nielsen_ratings Nilsn]], [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitch the god of birds]], and [[Creator/HarlanEllison Elcin]], the "great and tiny god of thunder, lightning and loud noises."
* Though the religion in question is actually a sect of Christianity, the Church of Humanity Unchained, from Literature/HonorHarrington's adopted planet Grayson, evolved a doctrine that was in many ways a reaction to their DeathWorld. As a result, epithets for God on Grayson include the Tester, the Comforter, and the Intercessor. The phrase "Sweet Tester" is quite common. Specifically, it's a different way of envisioning the HolyTrinity - "Tester, Intercessor, and Comforter" = "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost/Spirit."
* Twice in ''Literature/ThePentagonWar'', Lt. Colonel Doe says "Plague's poison!". She ''is'' a fervent believer in what Human-Centauri stands for, after all.
* Characters in the ''OctoberDaye'' series by Seanan [=McGuire=] frequently swear by "Oberon's balls", "Maeve's tits", and something to do with Titania, these being the three deities the Fair Folk are all descended from. Leads to funny, as the Luidaeg, who is actually the offspring of Oberon and Maeve, will swear by "Dad's balls" and "Mom's tits".
* ''Literature/WolfHall'' is set in Tudor England, and fitting the setting, characters frequently swear by Jesus and various saints, including several unusual/blasphemous oaths such as Walter Cromwell's exclamation of "Creeping Christ"; Norfolk's swearing by the "thrice-beshitten shroud of Lazarus"; and Thomas Cromwell's swearing by his patron saint and referencing the "bleached bones of Becket".
* Literature/DanteValentine is prone to swearing by Anubis ("''Anubis et'her ka''", meaning something like "Anubis preserve my soul" based on context) and Sekhmet ("''Sekhmet sa'es''"). {{Justified}} in that her {{psychopomp}} takes the form of Anubis.



* In ''Literature/{{Kane}}'' characters swear by the different gods or demons. "Shenan's tits!" are quite popular, and so are references to Lord Tloluvin (lord of demons) and his Seven Hells.
* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'': Quite often, usually by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_and_Pollux Pollux]].
* AnneBishop's Literature/BlackJewels has "Hell's fire, Mother Night, and may the Darkness be merciful."

to:

* The future civilization from Creator/RobertRankin's ''Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls'' has enough reverence for Charles Darwin that a scientist uses the phrase "Charlie's Beard!"
* Characters in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' sometimes exclaim "Seven save us!" (Referring to the seven aspects of the Westerosi God.) Oaths are usually sworn to or by "the old gods and the new" (the new gods being the Seven and the old being the animistic gods of the North) or "in sight of gods and men." Averted by the monotheistic followers of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, who will sometimes correct those who refer to "gods" in the plural.
* The Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse has many:
** The Betazoid "Great Fire!" and "By the First/Third/appropriate number House!"
** The Efrosian Xin Ra-Havreii sarcastically replies to comments that the planet he's on is pleasant with "yes, yes, a virtual Endless Sky you've brought us to".
** The Tellarite "By Kera and Phinda!"
** Some Cardassians swear on Oralius.
** Andorian "By Uzaveh!", "by Thori!" or "By the First Kin!"
** The Nausicaan's "Four Winds". Savonigar's tegol, "free at last from the prison of his flesh, soared with the Wind, to the Heart of the Sky, where his ancestors awaited his arrival".
** The inhabitants of Yakaba are good, Kolk'r-fearing people.
** The Selenean "Spines of the Mothers!"
** The Damiani "By Ho'nig"
** Romulan "Elements!" Originally appeared in the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels, in reference to a Romulan animistic belief in the four elements dating to their schism from the Vulcans.
** Choblik "By the Grace of the Great Builders" (overlaps with Thank The Maker, given that Choblik are cyborgs who were non-sapient until the Builders installed their implants).
** The Koas worship The Architect of Time.
** The Trill "Maker of All Things!"
** The Bolians have the Vein of Mystery.
** The sacred Ferengi prayer "this is my final offer!", given to the Blessed Exchequer.
* In ''Literature/{{Kane}}'' Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, many characters worship a fire god, and use expressions such as "scorch it," or "that blazing bastard."
* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the people from Time City (essentially far-future) are very ceremonious atheists. Jonathan asks Vivian to "give your word of honour on the god Mao or Kennedy or Koran, or whatever you worship". Vivian, who comes from 1939 and therefore has no idea who Mao or Kennedy are, responds with "I give you my Bible oath."
** Citizens of Time City sometimes say "Great Time!"
* ''ThievesWorld'' series got their share of swearing, including mentions of some deity's armpits and whatnot.
* ''Literature/TruthSeries'': ''First Truth'' and its sequels have "Ashes!" used as a swearword, referring to cremation; characters will also sometimes say things like "By the eight puppies!" or "By the Navigator's Wolves," both of which seem to refer to a constellation very similar to the Big Dipper. Expressions like "Burn me to ashes" and "The Navigator's Wolves should hunt me/him/her" are also common.
* In Sharon Shinn’s ''Literature/TwelveHouses'' novels, characters actually don’t
swear by the different their gods or demons. "Shenan's tits!" are quite popular, (ironically, since much of the population [[NayTheist doesn’t seem to care what the gods think of them]]) but by various levels of hell. Curses range from “red hell!” all the way up to “Black and so are red and silver and opal hells!”, in the case of one ''very'' frustrated character.
* In ''Literature/TheWarGods'' series by Creator/DavidWeber, many characters use indirect
references to Lord Tloluvin (lord the Gods (such as "By The Harp" being a reference to the goddess of demons) music), but the main characters tend to use the name of the god they follow as a battle cry.
** Many characters in the series also refer to the evil gods when cursing: "Phrobus!" or "what in Fiendark’s name..." for example. This is more the equivalent of using "the Devil!" as a curse, since most of the characters who do this aren't followers of the Dark Gods.
* Many ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels have phrases such as "Golden Throne!" or "By the Throne," references to the Golden Throne of the God-Emperor of Man.
** And then there's the very enthusiastic Khornate variation: "Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!". Preferably spoken in ALL CAPS.
*** Which has led to an entertaining Slaaneshi mutation: "Porn for the Porn God!"
*** "Blood for the Blood God!" "Harriers for the Cup!"
** Followers of the Emperor
and his Seven Hells.
* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'': Quite often, usually
Chaos Gods sometimes swear by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_and_Pollux Pollux]].
* AnneBishop's Literature/BlackJewels has "Hell's fire, Mother Night,
a deity's body part. One (from the Ciaphas Cain books) is "Emperor's bowels!", and may another that popped up once is "Khorne's teeth!"
** In an interesting variation,
the Darkness be merciful."Infantryman's Uplifting Primer (Damocles Gulf Crusade edition) states that it is considered punishable to utter 'By the Golden Throne' or variations thereof when exiting facilities catering to the exit of bodily wastes/toilets. One time they exclaimed "Marneus Calgar's Heavy Converted Land Raider!" About a week before, an article in Games' Workshop's ''White Dwarf'' magazine did a painting/modeling article on just that.
** The warp is often substituted for hell. In the setting, the warp ''is'' hell.
** The Eldar are not shown enough for these to become commonplace, but they probably do swear by Khaine, or Asuryan, or Isha, or one of their many other deities.
** Orks will often invoke Gork, Mork, or both.
** Tau will sometimes invoke the Ethereals or the Greater Good.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' does it with [=StarClan=], like in "Dear [=StarClan=]!" or "What in the [=StarClan=] name is happening here?"
* Elaine Cunningham once wrote "One of my personal goals with the ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Waterdeep]]'' novel is come up with innovative curses that don't sound silly or stilted." in a discussion of language flavors supporting a setting or shattering SuspensionOfDisbelief.
* The rabbits in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' often swear by their sun god Frith, occasionally using constructions such as "Frith in a pond!" or "Frith in a treetop!"
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, the dominant religious belief is in the Creator and the Light, a never-seen force which is at war with the Dark One, leading to many familiar English idioms substituting "the Light" for God ("the Light bless you", "the Light preserve us", "thank the Light", "the Light willing", etc.).


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* ''Literature/WolfHall'' is set in Tudor England, and fitting the setting, characters frequently swear by Jesus and various saints, including several unusual/blasphemous oaths such as Walter Cromwell's exclamation of "Creeping Christ"; Norfolk's swearing by the "thrice-beshitten shroud of Lazarus"; and Thomas Cromwell's swearing by his patron saint and referencing the "bleached bones of Becket".
7th Mar '17 4:54:47 PM nighttrainfm
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*** In the ''Broly'' movie, King Kai swears "Supreme Kai almighty!" when Goku teleports right in front of him.
*** In one of the ''Dragon Ball Super'' shorts, Beerus tells Whis not to play "Dabura's advocate."
21st Feb '17 6:23:28 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'':
** People who worship Noden often invoke him or curse by the Hagfishes, his {{Psychopomp}}s.
** Iseult often swears by the Moon Mother.
20th Feb '17 12:54:12 AM bt8257
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Pretty much TruthInTelevision: although "Oh My Gods" isn't realistic, just plain "Gods!" does occur in Greek and Roman literature as an exclamation, although admittedly the emphasis is a little different (the speaker will usually address the gods with an appeal for help or an incredulous "Do you see this?"), and phrases like "[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe ye gods]]" (and its minced-oath version "egad") or "by the gods" are equally common. (Also common was the singular "God", which might mean either the chief god of the pantheon, or whatever god the speaker happened to be particularly devoted to.) Even more vulgar constructions have been found as well; a popular epithet found carved into walls by Roman hooligans is "By Juno's twat!" It's not uncommon in modern times, either; depending on what circles you travel in.

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Pretty much Basically TruthInTelevision: although "Oh My Gods" isn't realistic, just plain "Gods!" does occur in Greek and Roman literature as an exclamation, although admittedly the emphasis is a little different (the speaker will usually address the gods with an appeal for help or an incredulous "Do you see this?"), and phrases like "[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe ye gods]]" (and its minced-oath version "egad") or "by the gods" are equally common. (Also common was the singular "God", which might mean either the chief god of the pantheon, or whatever god the speaker happened to be particularly devoted to.) Even more vulgar constructions have been found as well; a popular epithet found carved into walls by Roman hooligans is "By Juno's twat!" It's not uncommon in modern times, either; depending on what circles you travel in.
8th Feb '17 5:48:46 PM Rodrigokun
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* In ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', Ron Burgundy utters a number of mythology-themed oaths, including "By the Beard of Zeus!" and "Great Odin's Raven!", etc. etc. The outtakes reveal that many of these were ad-libbed by Will Ferrel.

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* In ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', Ron Burgundy utters a number of mythology-themed oaths, including "By the Beard of Zeus!" and "Great Odin's Raven!", etc. etc. The outtakes reveal that many of these were ad-libbed by Will Ferrel.Ferrell.
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