Created By: KingZeal on December 26, 2011 Last Edited By: NubianSatyress on December 26, 2017

God Is Fashionable

A deity is presented with a form, outfit or demeanor that blends in with contemporary trends.

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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.

It's also an Unbuilt Trope: Most deities or entities were envisioned in whatever was fashionable at the time during the various eras that they were recorded.

Sister Trope to King Incognito and Angel Unaware.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.

    Comics 
  • 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:
    • Thor, in some versions of the character, especially when he is combined with Donald Blake or Jake Olsen.
    • In many stories during the the Turn of the Millennium and The New '10s, Hela is depicted wearing modern clothes and toe-less heels.
  • 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).

    Film 
  • 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).

    Literature 
  • 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.

    Videogames 
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • December 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Type 2: God in Oh God! was defined as this, before the sequels occured and he still looked like George Burns to other people.
  • December 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^That's the ykttw Glitch acting up again - it's a comment from another thread that overwrote what I wrote (so I'm writing it again, below). [EDIT: and now it's back to normal again. Odd.]

    Type 2: God in Oh 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.
  • December 27, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • 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.
  • December 27, 2011
    Goldfritha
  • December 27, 2011
    AP
    • In the film version of Thor, Loki comes to Earth wearing a nice suit.
  • July 26, 2013
    jastay3
    The descriptions of Jesus in John's vision in Revelation may be rather similar to what a Middle Eastern noble would have worn in John's time.
  • July 26, 2013
    eowynjedi
    • In Daughter Of The Lioness, the god Kyprioth wears opulent raka garb (although Aly, being Tortallan, finds it garish rather than fashionable).
  • July 26, 2013
    DracMonster
    Dressed To Smite - does that pass the clarity test?
  • July 26, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I think not.
  • July 26, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    ^^^ That Literature example could use Trickster God as a Pot Hole for Kyprioth.
  • July 26, 2013
    RoseBride
    All of the gods in Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus are like this whenever they choose to appear in the mortal world, at some point Percy even had an Imagine Spot of Apollo in the Seventies fashion.
  • July 26, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    @ AP Doesn't Thor himself land on Earth in a t-shirt and jeans in that film?
  • July 26, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Would this include Satan/the devil/etc?
  • July 28, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Satan has his own trope; Man Of Wealth And Taste. Only in Duological versions of Christianity is Satan equivalent to a god. A well-dressed Hades would typically be an example of both tropes, while Satan would typically only be an example of W&T.
  • December 25, 2017
    GirlofMassDeconstruction
  • December 25, 2017
    TrueShadow1
    • Hecatia Lapislazuli from Touhou 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.
  • December 26, 2017
    Arivne
  • December 26, 2017
    Theriocephalus
    • 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.
  • December 26, 2017
    Rubber_Lotus
    Sister trope to King Incognito and/or Angel Unaware?

    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).

    IIRC, there's a fairly cheeky panel where Hermes spins into an '80s-tastic leisure suit and Steve quietly points out he forgot to hide his winged helmet. Might make for a good page illustration.
  • December 26, 2017
    NubianSatyress
    Adopting this one per Up For Grabs rules

  • December 26, 2017
    intastiel
    • In the Supernatural episode "Fallen Idols", the Old God Leshii manifests as Paris Hilton, designer clothing and jewelry included, because it finds that people idolize celebrities more than, well, idols in the modern day.
    • In The Dresden Files, Odin wears bespoke suits in his role as CEO of Monoc Securities. In his other aspects as Kringle and Santa Claus, he's not so formally dressed.
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