Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on January 1, 2012 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on August 3, 2012
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Blasphemous Praise

Someone or something is praised in a way that could be seen as sacrilegious.

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Wat: And your love? Have you proven that yet?
William: Wat, you remember church as a boy. The fear, the passion. That's what she makes me feel. And for that, I say my rosary to Jocelyn and no one else.
Wat: William, that's blasphemous.
William: Then may I burn in hell.

Unlike the Blasphemous Boast, in which one claims oneself to be above a given deity, this is for praising someone else (or a group of other people) as above a given deity.

How to react can sometimes be a dilemma, especially to devoutly religious characters who believe in the deity in question.

See also Like a God to Me, which can be blasphemous, depending on the particular context. (And the religion.)

Examples:

  • Greek Mythology: Cassiopeia comparing the beauty of her daughter Andromeda to that of various goddesses ticks the gods off.
    • Based on the above, the 1981 film Clash of the Titans has Queen Cassiopeia of the city of Joppa saying that her daughter Princess Andromeda is more lovely than the goddess Thetis. Thetis is not pleased by this and orders that Andromeda be sacrificed to the Kraken. If they don't, the Kraken will destroy Joppa.
    • Also, Arachne recieves this in her own story. When she claimed that her weaving could challenge the gods, Athena decides to come down and put that to the test. They both weave tapestries, and (in at least one version) when they have the people vote, they chose Arachne's tapestry. This is what doomed her.
  • In Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis's retelling of the tale of Cupid and Psyche, the narrator's younger sister Princess Istra gets in big trouble by allowing people to proclaim her a goddess.
  • In A Knight's Tale, Will declares that he will say rosaries to Jocelyn and no one else.
  • Real Life/Music: Eric Clapton became known in part for some London Urban Grafitti saying "Clapton is God."
  • In Professional Wrestling some people started bringing signs saying "Foley is God." He expressed his preference for them not to do that so the signs changed to "Foley is Good," which became the title of his second memoir.
  • In The Bible, one of the Herods is struck dead for accepting such praise.
  • WWE billing Triple H as "King of Kings," seeing as how it is a title normally given to Jesus.
  • The Distressed Watcher once said "I'm an atheist, but if I was going to worship a god, it would be Pixar."
  • Lampshaded in El Goonish Shive.
    Tedd: God.
    Grace: Really?
    Tedd: No. That was blasphemy.
Community Feedback Replies: 42
  • January 1, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In Till We Have Faces, CS Lewis's retelling of the tale of Cupid and Psyche, the narrator's younger sister Princess Istra gets in big trouble by allowing people to proclaim her a goddess.
  • January 1, 2012
    Generality
    In A Knights Tale, Will declares that he will say rosaries to Jocelyn and no one else.
  • January 1, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Greek Mythology: Cassiopeia describing her daughter Andromeda to have beauty rivaling [insert Goddess here], which is what ticks the gods off.
  • January 6, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    I'm trying to remember Chuck Norris' reactions to the many Chuck Norris jokes which compare him to God...
  • January 6, 2012
    Duncan
    Till We Have Faces has a tropes page, btw...
  • January 6, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    ^now linked.
  • January 6, 2012
    azul120
    That one Life of Brian Jehovah's Witnesses line. I forget what it was.
  • January 7, 2012
    TonyG
    John Lennon's comment that The Beatles are more popular than Jesus was misconstrued as this.
  • January 7, 2012
    Lyendith
    Dunno if it counts but in Brave New World, Henri Ford is literally worshipped as a deity, to the point the calendar is based on his birth.
  • January 7, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ That is Blasphemous Boast, not blasphemous praise.
  • February 26, 2012
    AgProv
    i only said that piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah himself....
  • February 27, 2012
    Rognik
    I think the myth of Arachne fits here. She claimed that her weaving could challenge the gods. Athena decides to come down and put that to the test. They both weave tapestries, and (in at least one version) when they have the people vote, they chose Arachne's tapestry. This is what doomed her.
  • February 27, 2012
    Frank75
    I don't have the book right here, but I think the Brave New World calendar was based on the release of the T model, not Ford's birth.
  • February 27, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ How exactly did "choosing Arachne's tapestry" doom her? You can put it in spoiler tags if you like, I don't mind spoiling it for myself. I just want to make sure you're not confusing this for Blasphemous Boast.
  • February 27, 2012
    animeg3282
    She got turned into a spider.
  • February 28, 2012
    Arivne
    A specific version of Paradisca Corbasi's Greek Mythology example above.

    Film
    • Clash Of The Titans (1981). Queen Cassiopeia of the city of Joppa says that her daughter Princess Andromeda is more lovely than the goddess Thetis. Thetis is not pleased by this and orders that Andromeda be sacrificed to the Kraken. If they don't, the Kraken will destroy Joppa.
  • February 28, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ By Athena, I take it?
  • June 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Real Life/Music: Eric Clapton became known in part for some London Urban Graffiti saying "Clapton is God."
      • In Professional Wrestling some people started bringing signs saying "Foley is God." He expressed his preference for them not to do that so the signs changed to "Foley is Good," which became the title of his second memoir.
  • June 12, 2012
    mythbuster
    In The Bible, one of the Herods is struck dead for accepting such praise.

    Also, wouldn't Idolatrous Praise be a more accurate title?
  • June 13, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Why would it be?
  • June 14, 2012
    lexicon
    Like A God To Me might be the same thing.
  • June 21, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ More like a subtrope, judging by the description.
  • June 21, 2012
    Antigone3
    Would WWE billing Triple H as "King of Kings" fit here? It is a title normally given to Jesus.
  • June 24, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Sounds about right.
  • June 24, 2012
    Luigifan
    If I understand this correctly, it's not so much that Will declares that he will say rosaries to Jocelyn and no one else in A Knights Tale, but that he admits that he will burn in hell for it but doesn't mind. If no one had told him that it was blasphemous this trope wouldn't apply. Am I right?
  • July 5, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I'm not exactly sure what you're saying. Do other characters realize it's blasphemous?
  • July 5, 2012
    lexicon
    Wat: And your love? Have you proven that yet?
    William: Wat, you remember church as a boy. The fear, the passion. That’s what she makes me feel. And for that, I say my rosary to Jocelyn and no one else.
    Wat: William, that’s blasphemous.
    William: Then may I burn in hell.

    The phrase, "That's what she makes me feel," makes it Like A God To Me and when he says, "May I burn in hell," it becomes Blasphemous Praise, right?
  • July 6, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ That sounds about right, then. I'll use that as the quotation... it's far more fitting than the Distressed Watcher one.
  • July 6, 2012
    lexicon
    Okay, but I think you should bold or italicize the last line or two to show that it's the most important. Also, the example should say,
    • William of A Knights Tale is willing to burn in hell because of his love for Jocelyn.
  • July 7, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I think the current entry is okay. Adding what you mentioned would be redundant with the page quotation.

    And while I don't rule out using bold or italics for "emphasis ours" purposes, but I don't think emphasizing specific lines is enough to warrant doing so in this case.
  • July 7, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    • Ah My Goddess: Megumi says to Belldandy "you're so cool, you're like a 'goddess' or something!" To which Belldandy blurts out "That's because I am a..." before being silenced by Keiichi.

    • This was a common theme in songs of the 1950s, where girls would be called "angel" or some such, and the tune would often be set to something based on a hymn.
      • Madonna's Like A Prayer also follows this pattern.
  • July 7, 2012
    lexicon
    Okay but please mention the contrast of Like A God To Me in the discription so people can understand the distinction.
  • July 8, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Done and done.
  • July 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    So would that mean the line about Titanic "God himself couldn't sink her" fit here?
  • July 28, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Line from what?
  • July 28, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ From both the movie Titanic and apparently some lines from Real Life.
  • July 28, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    Lampshaded in El Goonish Shive.
    Tedd: God.
    Grace: Really?
    Tedd: No. That was blasphemy.
  • July 29, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ Unless you're sure about the real life part, I'll just go for the movie.
  • July 29, 2012
    xtreme
    • The Gorillaz biography Rise of the Ogre has "Better than the Bible" as one of its star review quotes. Overlaps with Blasphemous Boast, however, seeing as the review in question was written by Murdoc Niccals, bassist of Gorillaz.
  • July 29, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ It doesn't "overlap" with Blasphemous Boast; it is Blasphemous Boast if the reviewer was saying it about their own band.
  • July 29, 2012
    lexicon
    I think Titanic should be taken away since Blasphemous Boast says, 'Note this is not claiming "God himself couldn't." That's just Tempting Fate.' Even though Cal didn't help build the ship at all he had pride in it so it's boastful praise but clearly Tempting Fate.
  • August 3, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I'll scrap it, then.
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