God Is Fashionable
A deity is presented with a form, outfit or demeanor that blends in with contemporary trends.
This trope is a subversion of the usual trope that depicts gods or god-like beings in togas, robes, or other old-fashioned clothes reflective of the culture that created them. In this trope, Gods do keep up with mortal culture and change themselves accordingly. And there are a few reasons for doing so.
- The deity has a human form, avatar, or alter ego.
- The deity's form largely depends on what mortals perceive him/her as.
- The deity actually is at least somewhat in touch with contemporary mortal affairs, and so appears in a form that makes them feel at ease. (Most often used by a Trickster God or God of Evil.)
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- No Game No Life: God (aka Tet, the God of Play) looks like a normal boy dressed in relatively modern clothes, including a t-shirt, coat, hat, shorts and boots. This is even more anachronistic than usual, since Tet's native world is a fantasy world centered around mostly medieval cultures.
- The Sandman: The Endless, as Anthropomorphic Personifications, are demonstrated to appear in whatever form people recognize. For example, Morpheus appears as a thin, pale, dark-skinned man in most cultures, but in Africa, he appears as Kai'ckul with a distinctly Black African appearance. The rest of the Endless "family" are the same way, most notably Death, who tends to appear as a quirky teenage girl in a goth outfit.
- The Mighty Thor:
- Incredible Hercules:
- The Olympian Gods reinvent themselves in a more contemporary appearance, with Olympus appearing as a corporation and the underworld basically being a Vegas casino.
- Hercules (2015): The Uprising Storm are a group of modern gods, with more modernized attire. Catastrophobia wears a longcoat and hood, Horrorscope wears a a bikini, and Cryptomnesia wears a suit, along with multi-colored hair.
- The Wicked + The Divine: The incarnations of gods in this series are all attractive and have unique, gorgeous wardrobes.
- George Perez's Wonder Woman usually resists this, since a big theme of his run is that the Gods are desperately out-of-touch with humanity and completely uninterested in changing... except for Hermes, who at least makes the effort (even forcing Steve Trevor to take him in as a roommate).
- Bruce Almighty & Evan Almighty: Morgan Freeman portrays God as a Sharp Dressed Man.
- End of Days: Satan makes use of this trope, with a dose of Evil Is Cool.
- Thor: Loki comes to Earth wearing a nice suit.
- Time Bandits: God appears wearing a three-piece suit.
- Dogma: subverts this. The little old man form God was wearing to go play Skee Ball was dressed like your average senior citizen who had once been a blue collar working class joe. And when God shows up at the end of the film in her Alanis Morrisette form, she's wearing a cute little dress and no shoes.
- Oh, God!!: God didn't really look like that, it's just what John Denver's character perceived him as. At least, until the sequels where God still looked like George Burns. While he wasn't exactly fashionable, he could easily blend in with modern day society.
- Daughter of the Lioness: The god Kyprioth wears opulent raka garb (although Aly, being Tortallan, finds it garish rather than fashionable).
- The Stand: The demonic Randall Flagg is dressed as a handsome man in jeans and a flannel shirt, and his hair styled in a waving mullet. His real form, however—let's just say he won't win any beauty contests.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: While the Greek gods are often shown wearing clothing styled after ancient Greek fashions, they're just as often depicted as wearing modern clothing thematically connected to their divine natures and roles, some more fashionable than others. Zeus, for instance, is usually described as wearing pinstriped suits similar to what a businessman might wear, while Aphrodite usually wears highly fashionable designer clothing. Other gods' outfits, while still thematically appropriate, are perhaps less fashionable than these, such as Poseidon's Hawaiian shirt and beach shorts and Ares' biker leathers.
- DmC: Devil May Cry: The villain, Mundus (and, by extension, his demonic servants and minions), dresses in a business suit as part of his facade as a Corrupt Corporate Executive ruling the world through The Masquerade.
- 'Mass Effect 3'': The Catalyst, the god-like AI that created the Reapers, appears to Shepard in the form of a boy dressed in a contemporary (for the 22nd-century) hoodie. However, its implied that Shepard is merely perceiving this to invoke A Form You Are Comfortable With.
- Touhou" Hecatia Lapislazuli is a massively powerful goddess of hell. She's also wearing a colorful skirt and a black T-shirt with "Welcome <3 Hell" written on it. She's offended when the protagonists call her T-shirt weird.
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