Created By: Glucharina on May 30, 2011 Last Edited By: WildKatGirl on November 12, 2016

Conceptual God

Characters proclaim an abstract concept to be a god.

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A character worships an abstract concept, such as power or gold, as a god or deity. Characters can either genuinely worship a concept, or this can be used as a way for a character to comment on life. For example, it could be used to show how a cynical person feels the world is corrupt by having them say that the only god is money.

Compare Cargo Cult.


  • They Live has a memetic scene where main character sees that money has "This is your god" written on them.

Live-Action TV
  • Syrio Forel from Game of Thrones said that there is only one god - and his name is death.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • May 30, 2011
    Older Than Dirt: In the Bible, the Israelites rebel against Moses (who's up on Mt. Sinai talking to God) and demand an idol to worship instead, so Aaron the High Priest fashions a golden calf and tells the Israelites, "this is your god!"
  • May 30, 2011
    In Order Of The Stick, Elan founds a religion with his puppet Banjo as it's god in order to gain the magic powers clerics get in Oot S' universe. This turns out to only give him a so-weak-as-to-be-useless version of those powers, but he continues worshiping Banjo anyway.
  • May 30, 2011
    Not exactly what I meant. I meant calling something god metaphorically.
  • May 30, 2011
    Then it's a bad trope name.

    And I was just going to use the Megadeuses (mecha assumed gods by the populace) from The Big O and Canti from FLCL (a god according to Mamimi) as examples..
  • May 30, 2011
    The title made A God Am I come to mind.
  • May 30, 2011
    I'm pretty sure it was supposed to....
  • May 30, 2011
    If you talk to Itsuki Kouzumi of Haruhi Suzumiya about the titular character for any length of time, he say that she's like a god at least once.
  • May 30, 2011
    The Bible: when Moses went up the mountain to talk to God the Israelites down below got antsy, made a graven image out of gold and started worshipping it.
  • May 31, 2011
    Take a look at the first comment, random.
  • June 2, 2011
    Happens in one of the stories in Isaac Asimov's sci-fi anthology "I, Robot", where the robots in a space station start worshipping a piece of equipment as their god.
  • June 2, 2011
    ^ That was "Reason".
  • June 3, 2011
    To prevent anymore backlashes about sources or etc, please remember what the correct source was and check the comment roster in case someone already put one up before posting. This should be All There In The Manual, but it seems that some don't look through the manual.
  • June 4, 2011
  • November 12, 2016
    This is a duplicate of Cargo Cult; it needs bombs.
  • November 12, 2016
    ^ I'm not convinced. Cargo Cult is about worshiping some not-understood object as a holy icon or idol. This trope is, or could be, about worshiping a concept or something physical as a reified concept. E.g. Money, or Chocolate, or Beer.

    There's also Scam Religion, which "A God Is This" suggests.

    Maybe it needs bombs, or maybe it just needs a title change away from a bad snowclone.
  • November 12, 2016
  • November 12, 2016
    ^^ It might be easier to delete this and start from scratch.