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->''"'''[[{{Precursors}} YOU]]''''' ''[[BadassBoast are no longer a god of mine!]]"''
-->-- '''Commander Orlok''', ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar''
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Basically, this is when a character decides to compare him/herself favorably to a deity. This can either be joking or serious (although either one can still be blasphemous).

The exact form can vary. One of the most common forms is a variant of saying one has "more X than God" (usually something that the deity in question wouldn't even bother to possess according to the theology). Also, the most common thing to top is money (especially someone in the {{Fiction 500}}). A more serious forms is actually claiming to be greater than God.

This usually involves the [[{{God}} Abrahamic God]], but not always. Regardless of which God, in a setting where Gods do exist, the character often ends up TemptingFate. {{Bonus points}} for doing it ''right in front of'' an actual god.

A SuperTrope to AGodAmI, BiggerThanJesus.

A SisterTrope to BlasphemousPraise (giving this boast in the third person), AnswersToTheNameOfGod, {{Pride}}.

Contrast LikeAGodToMe.

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[[folder:Advertising]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D59BxfzCFJ8 This Lynx ad]]. Apparently, it smells so good that ''angels themselves'' will [[Literature/TheBible keep not their first estate and risk being reserved in everlasting chains under darkness]].
* God made man. [[RevolversAreJustBetter Samuel Colt]] made them equal.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Dr. Manga/BlackJack is usually said to have the hands of God when it comes to surgery. [[HolyShitQuotient Given from what he actually does, he doesn't seem to be far off]].
* Black☆Star from ''Manga/SoulEater'' frequently refers to himself as "the man who will surpass God" or "the man who ''has'' surpassed God'', although it's (probably) just his ego talking.
* The ''MazingerZ'' is said to be so powerful that it effectively renders its pilot a PhysicalGod. Then they had to go on and make an even ''more'' super SuperRobot.
-->'''Dr. Juuzo:''' If you have Mazinger Z, you can be either a god or a devil... But with {{Mazinkaiser}}, you can be ''superior'' to God!
** And, if you read ShinMazingerZero, he is NOT joking, although it crossed with HarsherInHindsight.
* When That Man is disposing of Pedro in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', he remarks that "This is what happens to anyone who crosses me, even God."
* In {{Jormungand}}, with plan ''Jormungand'' nearing initiating, Koko compares herself to all the people that have spoke of and sought out world peace, when in the end, it was an arms dealer that achieved it. When talking of God's "work" (letting countless wars pass through the years), she calls herself ''more than a god'' as she plans to...
-->'''Koko Hekmatyar:''' [[spoiler: ...separate humans from war!]]
* Zoro of ''Manga/OnePiece'' has been described as being "more arrogant than God", due to the swordsman making several of these. Fitting that this comes up in an arc where the BigBad is a guy who actually [[AGodAmI thinks he IS God]], who then kicked Zoro's ass with ease.
* Touma in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' claims that his [[AntiMagic hand]] cancels anything, and can even cancel the divine. Index is slightly skeptical because, among other things, he happens to be an atheist and [[InvokedTrope offers to test his claim]] [[WardrobeMalfunction on her blessed clothing]]. [[{{Fanservice}} It works]].
** Also IfJesusThenAliens. He says that there is definitely no magic, and a bit later she says "An atheist like you?", and he doesn't mind.
** Someone in the part of the verse not (yet) adapted to anime remarks that yes, Touma really might be higher than God. Even his family name can be translated as "''The person superior to God''".
** The title of [[spoiler: Fiamma of the Right]] translates to "The One Above God."
* The [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Chouginga Gurren Lagann]] is described as "One who matches the gods." Considering that its power is supposedly tantamount to a sub-Universe, this makes some sense.
** Naturally, it is succeeded by the [[TitleDrop Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann]] and in the movies the ''Super'' Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which are several thousand orders of magnitude stronger than that, the latter one being a ''full-sized'' universe shaped like a mecha.
** By this point, the Gods probably [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu lie curled up in foetal position, weeping in terror.]]
* Variant: In ''HikaruNoGo'', the go-players are looking for the so-called "Divine Hand", the ultimate answering (or preemptive) move.
* Shiki makes one in ''Literature/KaraNoKyoukai'', claiming her eyes can see the death of anything, even God himself. [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance May not be so blasphemous after all]], considering she is connected to the Origin and is a RealityWarper.]]
* At the climax of the anime of DevilmanLady, the final villain claims to be the new incarnation of God. Our heroine's response? "If you're God, then I'm the Devil, and I will continue to rise from Hell to battle you!"
* In episode 11 of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', we discover that Garterbelt the priest was formerly a crime lord, murdered and then revived. He threatened to [[VulgarHumor break God's dick with his ass]] and then God zapped him with a BoltOfDivineRetribution that turned his hair into his famous FunnyAfro. Yes, it's [[RefugeInAudacity that kind of show]].
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'', Adam One doesn't see the point in Mr. Rictus advocating for [[LegionOfDoom the Fraternity]] to step out of the shadows, since they're "already sitting here with more money than God".
* The UltimateMarvel version of NickFury, aka Creator/SamuelLJackson, after leading the first operation in the universe to successfully drive off [[{{Galactus}} Gah Lak Tus]]:
-->I tell you, Cap. All this made you think there might not be a God. You know what all this makes me wonder? I'm wondering that when I get up to them pearly gates...
-->...Is God gonna put up a fight, or just move over and let me sit down?
** Which was something of a recycled line from one of WarrenEllis's [[{{Transmetropolitan}} earlier works]], when Spider is concussed and in a coma, he perceives it as being in a dark, empty room. He briefly wonders if he's dead and this is the afterlife, but decides there can't be anything beyond death because "If there was a God, he'd be here right now, surrendering his throne to me."
* In the first few issues of ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' (the comic obviously) Agents Fite and Maad are introduced and claim to 'have more clearance than God'.
* In an issue of ''TheSimpsons'', Homer becomes the owner of a new boat and proclaims that it is so powerful that God himself could not sink it. (Averted after a large ice cube is backed into the boat causing it to sink; following the repairs, Homer claims that he wishes to retract his earlier comments about God's ship-sinking abilities, also offering praises to Allah, Buddah, and Ra.)
* In ''SonicUniverse'', Shadow delivers a particularly epic one right to a god.
-->Deny me all you want, but with [a Chaos Emerald], even a god must bow before the Ultimate Life Form.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5193644/1/Time-Braid Time Braid]]'', Sakura once makes reference to Naruto having 'more chakra than God' after being exposed to the various side effects (namely, he can't have sex with normal women without knocking them unconscious by overwhelming them with his aura, and there's a similar problem with his using the Yamanaka mindwalk jutsu).
** Technically, she [[spoiler:herself is a Kami-descended, ergo Goddess material, and therefore]] is right.
* "[[FanFic/NobodyDies Welcome to NERV.]] God's in His heaven because [[MoreDakka He's scared of our superior firepower.]]"
* In ''Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded'', the main character references this. Considering that he's a GodModeSue who keeps on growing in power after this, it's not an exaggeration.
-->Not even god and [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Satin]] can stop me, which is kind of cool not having to worry about getting punished by god because you can strike back at him.
* ''FanFic/MinesOfDragonMountain'': [[spoiler: [[GodOfEvil Tirac]]]] brags at one point about how he killed all but three of Equestria's gods in the ancient past.
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', Hades claims that he cannot be defeated by anyone, even by God or Jesus. The Prayer Warriors prove him wrong by [[CurbStompBattle simply praying]].
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** In [[BadFuture Dark World]], [[AGodAmI the Valeyard]] does these quite frequently, as he believes himself higher than [[TopGod the Elders]].
** According to a LooseCanon RecursiveFanfiction story, Havoc actually keeps track of how many times He's heard certain blasphemous boasts from people condemned to [[{{Hell}} His domain]]. He even tells [[spoiler: the Valeyard]] exactly how many times He'd heard each of his.
-->'''Havoc''': I Heard Your Rant About Villains Not Playing By The Rules 325,285,347 Times, Your Claim About Perfection 186,032 times, Your Speech About Life 432,874,222 times, Your Declaration Of Controlling The Universe 987,873,365,321 Times But Your FinalSpeech Was Something New For Once.
** [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse]]'s claim that she chose her name for eclipsing Celestia and Luna and exceeding them is considered this by the Dark World!Mane Cast. She also claims to be above all the other Gods and outright states she's going to destroy the Goddess of Fate.]]
* In the ProWrestling MassiveMultiplayerCrossover wrestling promotion story "FanFic/CharacterChampionshipWrestling", The CCW Female's Champion Gwen Tennyson began to call herself a goddess following her match with Chell at the PPV "Meltdown", [[BackFromTheDead where she nearly died due to bloodloss]]. She has taken this gimmick as far as reciting Bible verses and rewording them into her own words and using the term "Gwendamn" when swearing.
* [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Sakura]] in the ''StreetFighter'' and ''Naruto'' crossover ''FanFic/TheNewestChallenger'', is extremely protective towards Naruto:
-->"You're mine. You know you're mine. And I'll move whoever I have to out of my way to keep you. No girl will take you away from me. If God reaches a hand down to pluck you back to wherever you came from… I'll tear God's arm off with this power."
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/BatmanBegins:'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwDiXlZlwds SWEAR TO ME!]]
* ''Film/JamesBond'' villains:
** ''Film/GoldenEye'':
--->'''Janus:''' What's true is that in forty-eight hours, you and I will have more money than God.
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'':
--->'''Carver:''' Soon I'll have reached out to and influenced more people than anybody in the history of this planet, save God Himself. And the best He ever managed was the Sermon on the Mount!
* MGM Studios used a less divine form, with the old slogan, "More stars than there are in the heavens."
* In the Godfrey Ho film ''Honor and Glory'', the bodyguard Jake Armstrong's business card is said to read "You couldn't be safer in the hands of God." He seems to actually believe it, too.
* The ''Film/FantasticFour'' movie has Johnny Storm saying that Victor Von Doom has more money than God. In comparison Reed Richards is worth "less than a postage stamp." (He may have a point, considering ReedRichardsIsUseless ...)
* In ''[[Film/TheCannonballRun Speed Zone!]]'' (a.k.a. ''Cannonball Fever''), the Strothers Brothers characters are described as "having more money than God's accountant".
* Consider this beauty from ''Film/KillBill Volume 1'': Hattori Hanzo on his latest sword, "I can say with no ego that this is the finest sword I have ever built. Should you encounter {{God}} on your quest, ''[[BeyondTheImpossible God will be cut]]''". It's a callback to a similar line in a voiceover near the beginning, which in turn references a Zen Buddhist saying: "If you meet a buddha, cut him down. If you meet a demon, cut him down."[[note]]It's supposed to mean that one doesn't care about good or bad and has attained release from the world, but now means that one has extreme resolve in his mission and doesn't care who needs to be sacrificed to attain it; the exact opposite of the original meaning.[[/note]] The exact wording used in the movie is probably an [[{{Woolseyism}} intentional change]], meant to invoke this trope for American audiences.
* In both the play and the film versions of ''Film/SteelMagnolias'' Ouiser--pronounced 'Wheezer'--tells Shelby that "The only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God."
* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': "All I did was say to my wife, 'That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah!'"
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'', the director Damian Cockburn calls the helicopter that brought the actors to the remote part of the jungle as God, and himself as Jesus Christ, making this the ultimate Blasphemous Boast. Given [[RefugeInAudacity the nature of the movie]], it was probably [[JustifiedTrope inevitable]]. And 10 seconds later [[spoiler:he gets blown up by a landmine.]]
* In ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'', Aunt Bedelia is said to be "older than God."
* In ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans,'' Casseiopeia earns the wrath of the goddess Thetis by boasting her daughter was more beautiful than the goddess. She said this ''[[TooDumbToLive in the goddess's own temple.]]''
* In ''Film/BrideOfReAnimator'', Herbert West has a pretty high opinion of his work. "'Blasphemy'? Before what, 'God'? A God repulsed by the miserable humanity he created in his own image? I will not be shackled by the failures of your God. The only 'blasphemy' is to wallow in insignificance! I have taken the refuse of your God's failures, and I have triumphed!"
* ''Film/{{Dune}}'' (the 1984 film): "Usul, we have {{wormsign}} the likes of which even God has never seen."
* ''[[{{Fearless1993}} Fearless]]'': Max Klein, after surviving a plane crash and what amounts to a suicide attempt screams at God, "You can't do it! You want to kill me, but you CAN'T!"
* ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'': a reference by the protagonist's younger sister to his ex dating a guy "with abs like Jesus".
* In ''Film/KeepingTheFaith'', Anna says, "I work harder than God. If He had hired me, He would have made the world by Thursday."
* Used in a slightly tragic sense in ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'': Drake, following the death of his son Slick, proclaims that he knows more pain than God does - ''God's'' son came back in three days. The hobo, who's noticed Drake's complete lack of compassion for his ''other'' son, dismisses this with, "You're a fool, and a shitty father."
* In ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', Lawrence is confident that he can safely cross the Sinai desert and inform his superiors about the siege of Aqaba. He compares himself to Moses, which offends Auda.
---> '''Auda''': In ten days you will cross Sinai?
---> '''Lawrence''': Why not? Moses did.
---> '''Auda''': Moses was a prophet and beloved of God!
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'':
---> '''Bane:''' Oh God...
---> '''Agent Smith:''' Smith will suffice.
* ''Film/PinkFlamingos'':
---> '''Mr. Vader''': Do you believe in God?
---> '''Divine''': I AM GOD!
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* An old joke: In an English village, the vicar visits a beautiful garden and congratulates the owner:
-->'''Vicar:''' Isn't it amazing what a good gardener can achieve with God's help?
-->'''Villager:''' You should have seen it when it was tended by just God on His own.
* During the Tegeran Conference Churchill decides to taunt Stalin and says:
--> You know, gentlemen, last night I had a dream in which God himself appointed me the Prime-Minister of the world.
Roosvelt chimes in:
--> And I had a dream in which God appointed me the President of the Universe.
Stalin starts his pipe, then calmly replies:
--> And I, comrades, had a dream in which I changed my mind and revoked both your appointments.
* Another old joke: two inmates at a mental asylum are talking, and one proclaims:
-->'''Inmate #1''': I am the King because God told me so!
-->'''Inmate #2''': I've told you nothing!
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Interestingly invoked by Jesus Himself in Literature/TheBible.
--> "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
** Played straight with Herod Agrippa, who was killed for his blasphemy:
--> ...Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
*** This, by the way, is confirmed in the writings of Josephus, according to whom it took Herod ''five days'' [[NightmareFuel to die]].
* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's horror novel ''The Lost Boys'' (no vampires appear) a young software engineer will tell anyone who listens that he makes more money than God. If only he had actually told people the dollar amount, he might have found out sooner that his boss was cheating him royally.
* Used indirectly in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', where the Fox claims that Istra is "prettier than Aphrodite herself". Orual is GenreSavvy enough to be concerned about this, but the Fox dismisses her concern as foolish superstition. Turns out the gods are not amused.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, Tigerstar claims that he is more powerful than [=StarClan=] because he changed the number of Clans in the forest from four to two.
* More poetically, Alexander Pope once wrote, "Yes, I am proud; I must be proud, to see/Men not afraid of God afraid of me."
* Toyed with at a few points in the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series. A character will compare another character to a god - Briar thinking that with Rosethorn near it's as if her Mila of the Green is standing there - and immediately dissemble, thinking to themselves that they meant no disrespect.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, the Gods are mostly the petty vindictive sort found in Greek and Roman mythology, so many characters hold the not unjustified belief in their superiority. Not so much a boast as a criticism of lackluster Gods. On the other hand, it is noted that declaring such sentiments aloud is unwise unless you're lightning proof.
** ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' Lord Vetinari doesn't outright claim to be better than God, but does declare this to be a goal worth pursuing:
--> "One day I was a young boy... when I saw a mother otter with her cubs. Even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued... As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and the pink roes spilled out much to the delight of the baby otters. Mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that is when I first learned about evil. It is built into the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior."
* A god-on-god variant occurs with Kyprioth the Trickster in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse''. He likes to boast that he is the greatest of ''all'' the trickster gods, of which there are many. Unsurprisingly, they take issue with this, and one of them gleefully gets one over on him in ''Trickster's Queen'' [[spoiler:by helping his [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]] elope and leave the country she's supposed to end up ruling]].
* Creator/GeneWolfe in "The Last Thrilling Wonder Story": Wolfe as author destroys a church and ''[[LastSecondWordSwap only just]]'' stops short of declaring himself the hero's god. By the end of the story, it appears that God himself may be intervening to teach Wolfe a lesson.
* Nicolae Carpathia in the Dramatic Audio version of the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Armageddon'', right after confessing that he is the Antichrist.
-->"I will ascend into heaven! I will exalt my throne above the stars of God! I will ascend above the heights of the clouds! I will be like the Most High...for I AM THE MOST HIGH!"
* It's not exactly a boast so much as a sarcastic jibe, but in Literature/JohnnyAndTheDead, Yo-less claims "My mum spends more time in church than the Pope. My mum spends more time in church than ''God''."
* ''Literature/ASongOfICeAndFire'' has a few, although the most most epic (and terrifying) probably belongs to Euron Greyjoy, a psychotically cruel pirate whose excesses causes a case of EvenEvilHasStandards from other members of his culture, a grim raider society who believes that raiding others and carrying off their women is a ''sacrament''. When Euron returns from years of exile and attempts to claim the throne for himself, his [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist brother Aeron]] attempts to stop Euron, saying that no godless man can be their king. The full quote is on the quotes page, but here's the heart of it:
-->'''Euron:''' Godless? Why, Aeron, I am the godliest man ever to raise sail! You serve one god, Damphair, but I have served ten thousand. [[TheDreaded From Ib to Asshai, when men see my sails, they pray]].\\
'''Aeron:''' They pray to trees and golden idols and goat-headed abominations. False gods...\\
'''Euron:''' Just so, and for that sin I kill them all. [[RapePillageAndBurn I spill their blood upon the sea and sow their screaming women with my seed]]. Their little gods cannot stop me, so plainly they are false gods. I am more devout than even you, Aeron. Perhaps it should be you who kneels to me for blessing.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Part of Angelus's M.O. at one point was to carve the image of a crucifix into his victims' left cheek so as to spite God.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' used the money version to highlight different Middle East countries. There were the conservative, "death to America" countries, and then there were those with more money than God.
* There's a season two episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' actually called'' "House Vs. God". Chase keeps a running tally on a whiteboard with House's successes on one side and God's on the other. [[spoiler:It ends in a tie.]]
* Done accidentally, in the show ''High Tide''. One guy makes loads of friends, so much that they keep asking him to be godfather to their daughters. So one of the protagonists quips that, "You have more goddaughters than... God."
* Done in the ''Series/YesMinister'' episode "Doing the Honours" while discussing the Order of St Michael and St George. The Order has three grades: Companion (CMG), Knight Commander (KCMG) and Knight Grand Cross (GCMG). Jim Hacker's Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley explains what the abbreviations mean in the Civil Service:
-->'''Woolley''': ...Of course, in the Service, ''CMG'' stands for "Call Me God". And ''KCMG'' stands for "Kindly Call Me God".
-->'''Hacker''': What does ''GCMG'' stand for?
-->'''Woolley''': "God Calls Me God".
* One episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'' had a cult leader get shot by his pregnant twelve year-old wife for pulling one of these during a three-person MexicanStandoff. He had, idiotically, told the girl to shoot the liar in the room. As Olivia tries to talk the girl down, he keeps yelling more and more fire and brimstone scare tactics at the girl until he claims that he was greater than God. She immediately shoots him because "[[NiceJobFixingItVillain He told a lie.]] No one is greater than God."
* In the 1990s ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' episode "The New Breed", the protagonist, the inventor of NanoMachines that can heal any damaged or diseased cells in the body, is accused of playing god. His response: "Let's just say God created a flawed man. I think I can do better."
** Let's just say his attempt to do better doesn't quite go according to plan.
* A small one in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''. Ioulus claims that the town that Herc and he saved should have built a shrine to them. A lightning bolt strikes a nearby bush. The duo speculate if it was the gods or not. So Ioulus tests the "lightning never strikes somewhere twice" concept by repeating the line right next to the bush. It happens again. Oddly enough this gives [[CursedWithAwesome Ioulus precognitive abilities at the low, low cost of being fried with a lightning bolt]].
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Jackie Aprile Jr. to his getaway driver before robbing [[spoiler: Tony's gang]]:
-->'''Jackie Jr.''': I don't care if ''God'' passess by, you ''do not'' move this car.
** But averted in that Jackie Aprile Jr. is in fact a TooDumbToLive Darwin Award contender that has little claim to such authority.
* Wilhelmina in ''UglyBetty'' episode "Betty's Baby Bump", regarding her latest scheme to regain control of MODE:
-->'''Wilhelmina''': As I march up the steps of the Meade building, it will be the greatest comeback since... Jesus.
* Several episodes of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', such as "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" and "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect", include characters being described as having more money than God. In "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail", one character wrote a book entitled "Richer Than God: The Lambert Lawson Story".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' gives us this exchange:
-->'''Catwoman nurse''': And who are you to make this decision?
-->'''The Doctor''': I'm the Doctor. If you don't like it, if you want to take it to a higher authority, there isn't one. It stops with me!
** There's a reason why [[BadassBoast one of the Doctor's]] [[IHaveManyNames many titles]] is The Lonely God...
** One Time Lord described their race thus: "Most people pray to lesser beings than the Time Lords."
* ''{{Blackadder}} II'' episode "Bells".
-->'''[[TheAce Lord Flashart]]''': "Still worshiping God? Last thing I heard he started worshiping me!"
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' mantra:
--> "Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova's recommendations. Ivanova is God. And if this ever happens again Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out!"
** She then takes a moment to apologize to God for the boast.
** And it a later episode:
--> "Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova, Commander. Daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you will ever see. God sent me."
* There is an arc in TwinPeaks where Benjamin Horne reenacts the American Civil War with models as a way of solving the personal problems that caused his nervous breakdown. However as he gets better the side he chose (the South) starts to win. As his troops are about to enter Washington D.C. he says (in an affected Southern Drawl) "Only God can stop us now; and I believe in my heart that the Almighty is a Southerner!"
* I guess you could call it inverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}.'' Frasier's producer Roz is considering hiring Frasier's less-than-noble agent Bebe Glazer. When Roz is trying to justify it be saying "Come on, it's not like she worships the Devil or anything," Frasier retorts with "She doesn't have to; he worships her."
** However, it's played straight in other episodes:
-->'''Lilith''' (''[[ItMakesSenseInContext upon seeing Frasier taking a bathrobe]]''): My god!
-->'''Frasier:''' My goddess!

-->'''Frasier:''' By God? Do you believe this man's grandiosity? I'm God, and he knows it.
* [[{{Community}} Pierce]] at one point claims to have written a song that will "make the Devil poop God's pants". That might be some kind of blasphemy [[StealthPun record]].
* In an episode of ''Series/SleepyHollow'' Abbie discovers that an uncooperative witness in the search for her sister Jenny (who has escaped from a mental institution) is violating state law by not providing proper food and accomodations for her current foster child. She delivers the following threat:
-->''''Abbie:''' You have one chance right now! You tell me something, ''anything'' that will help me find her or so help me I will rain legal brimstone down on you so hard it'll make ''God'' jealous!
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[[folder:Music]]

* House of Pain's song "Jump Around" has a non-blasphemous version: "I've got more rhymes than Literature/TheBible's got psalms." Since it's accepted that the Bible has a finite number of psalms (150, to be exact), nobody gets offended (and the claim is still pretty impressive).
* PorcupineTree's "Slave Called Shiver"
-->I may be nothing now, but I will rise
-->I'll have more followers than Jesus Christ
* Lil B has claimed to be God, to be the Devil, and to look like Jesus. He also claims to be "The Based God."
** This deserves details:
-->Niggas hatin on me bro, but I don't give a fuck, bitch!
-->Young Based God in the motherfucker
-->I'm god, I look like Jesus
-->And I'm coming with that motherfucking heater
-->Bitch, suck my dick.
* JacquesBrel was notorious for his blasphemous boasts in his songs. (See the article itself)
* The song "Creation & Destruction" by ImmortalTechnique is a BoastfulRap taken UpToEleven.
-->Devils are incompatible
-->I been around since the planet was inhabitable
-->I spit in the ocean and created microscopic animals
-->Which evolved into two species: the righteous and the cannibals
-->But until then, I had alien women suck me off
-->When God said, "Let there be light", '''I turned it the fuck off'''
** And the stinger at the end of that verse:
-->Cause I ''allow'' God to let you motherfuckers exist
* The song "Disasters" by the Non-Prophets
-->How do you expect someone to take you seriously
-->When it's obvious the god you trust is hateful and inferior to me
-->"I'm kidding"; Really folks, who asked us to be modest?
-->Thinking when you hear these jokes you laugh just to feel smarter
* An interesting variant occurs in Larry Gallagher’s "I Am Better Than Your God", in which, as the title implies, the singer claims to be better than God. This isn’t because the singer considers himself to be great or powerful but because the version of God he is singing about is an extremely reprehensible being.
* Hollywood Undeads We are has this nice line: "You can see God when I take my mask of"
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* In GreekMythology, the gods are quick to take offense and retaliate when they catch anybody doing this.
** [[Literature/TheOdyssey Ulysses]] would have saved himself several years of hardships had he not bragged to Poseidon to the point of refusing him a sacrifice, or mocking his son Poliphemus after blinding him. As a man of proverbial wit, you'd expect him to know better than anger the god of seas, [[WhatAnIdiot especially if you and home sweet home are hundreds miles of sea apart]].
** Queen Niobe brags in public that she has more children than "poor" Leto (the mother of Apollo and Artemis!). The two promptly take it upon themselves to [[DisproportionateRetribution avenge their mother]] by [[RevengeByProxy killing each and every one of the queen's children]] and she turns to stone from grief.
** A certain Arachne claims she's a better weaver than Athena? Let's just say there's a reason we call spiders 'arachnids' today... This myth is referenced in Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}, where the teller of the tale points out that Athena plays fair during the challenge and actually admits Arachne is as good as she thinks she is. It's not Arachne's blasphemy, but rather her hubris, that results in her being cursed. Another version has Athena [[JerkassGods get angry]] when Arachne matches her, and blowing her off so rudely that Arachne [[DrivenToSuicide tried hanging herself]]. That's when Athena came to her senses and saved her by turning her into a spider. [[ContinuitySnarl Yet another version]] says that Athena didn't punish Arachne for claiming to be better, but because during the contest Arachne's masterpiece entry was [[TooDumbToLive a giant tapestry mocking Zeus and his extensive history of infidelity]] (which besides being disrespectful in general terms was also ''hubris''--a mere mortal making a magnificent tapestry to ''mock the gods''?). No way was Athena going to let Arachne make fun of her father like that.
** The reason Perseus had to save Andromeda from the sea monster was because her mother, Cassiopeia, claimed Andromeda was more beautiful than Aphrodite. Aphrodite got pissy and asked Poseidon to lay waste to the kingdom; then she told Cassiopeia her wrath could be forestayed if she let Andromeda get eaten.
** In one version of the story, Medusa got turned into a monster after having an affair with Hephaestus, and then claiming that she was more beautiful than his wife Aphrodite, goddess of beauty.[[note]]In the other, more commonly-told--thanks to Creator/{{Ovid}}'s ''[[Literature/TheMetamorphoses Metamorphoses]]''--story she is a priestess of Athena raped by Poseidon in Athena's temple.[[/note]]
** Aphrodite had to deal with this a lot, apparently, since suitors were saying that Psyche (who ended up [[MisplacedRetribution being the one to catch flack for their boasting]]) was more beautiful than her. Ultimately it worked out much better for Pysche than its typical with such boasting in Greek mythology, since Aphrodite's son Cupid agreed with the suitors' assessment.
* ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'': The Monkey King Sun Wukong proclaims himself "the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven." Granted, he eventually ''did'' kick Heaven's collective asses. Heaven eventually needed to call upon the DeusExMachina that is Buddha.
* Some versions of the FlyingDutchman myth says that the Captain of the ship swore such an oath to round the Cape of Good Hope if he had to sail until the Last Day. When God appeared and asked him to give up his foolhardy quest, he cursed God and repeated the oath. His punishment was to sail, with a crew of ghosts and cowards, until the Last Day.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/AjaKong's entrance theme comes close:
--> God made the Devil just for fun\\
When He wanted the real thing, he made Aja Kong!
* [[Wrestling/{{Kane}} Kane]] once declared himself "the Devil's favorite demon." Later on, his (in-character) brother, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, simply stated "You may be the devil's favorite demon, but in this ring? God calls me ''sir''."
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[[folder:Tabletop games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' uses this a lot with the chaos gods. A random Chaos worshiper deems himself greater than the gods and usually finds himself cursed.
-->"Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours."
* From the flavor text of the ''TabletopGame/{{Netrunner}}'' card 'Fortress Architects':
-->"You want us to build that? Not even God has the money to afford that!"
-->"[[{{Fiction500}} You're working for Saburo Arasaka, not God.]]"
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', a setting rife with OddJobGods, has "I am no mere god."
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Ajax rejects the [[JerkassGods gods']] help and boasts that he will be the best fighter on his own merit. ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'' is primarily about how this is a [[DownerEnding bad]] [[IdiotBall idea]], but also a [[TragicHero noble]] one.
* Don Pedro makes two in rapid succession in Act 2, Scene 1 of ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'', referencing Roman dieties:
-->"I will in the interim undertake one of Hercules' labours; which is, to bring [[BelligerentSexualTension Signior Benedick and the Lady Beatrice]] [[ShipperOnDeck into a mountain of affection the one with the other]]."
--->(a few lines later)
-->"If we can do this, Cupid is no longer an archer: his glory shall be ours, for we are the only love-gods."
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* A variant in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', Sanger's {{Catchphrase}} and BadassBoast is that "I am the sword that cleaves evil! There is nothing I cannot cut!" (Which becomes "smites evil" in the English localization.) When fighting more powerful opponents, he sometimes replaces "evil" with something more dramatic and context-appropriate, including at one point [[DeusEstMachina "God"]].
* Near the start of the life of the ''PlayStation'', Sony released an ad campaign in the US that explicitly stated that the Playstation was "More powerful than God", attempting to prove that it wasn't for kids. [[MoralGuardians Unsurprisingly]], shortly afterwords, the campaign was taken down.
** Amusingly, [[HilariousInHindsight much later on]], the character saying this was revealed to be a PhysicalGod in the Playstation universe, being the final boss of ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''.
* At the end of ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', [[spoiler:Gates Becker]] goes on a MotiveRant, claiming that God made a mistake in designing humanity as naturally unfit for life in space, and justifying the extensive organ harvesting syndicate which he oversees as merely "picking up [His] slack".
* In ''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'', Marjoly claims to be mightier than God, more beautiful than Goddess, and the Devil's master.
* Glass from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' has gained some [[EnsembleDarkhorse fandom notoriety]] by claiming that his swordplay is so peerless that even the gods fear it. Considering the fact that he's just the level 2 boss, this turns out to be one of the most epic cases of SuicidalOverconfidence ever.
* [[MemeticBadass Captain Falcon]] from ''VideoGame/FZero'' faces against god in a race, but not before saying it's cocky to think it can beat him.
* [[http://goldensun.wikia.com/wiki/Alex#Post-Jupiter_Lighthouse Alex]] from the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series is a great example of a Blasphemous Boast in the face of a near-god, and a better example of being immediately shut down by said god.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'':
-->'''Brotherhood Knight:''' {{God}} is with me, monster!\\
'''Dracula:''' That will be your ruin.

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' movie trailer, a brief scene involves Yugi getting swarmed by fans and exclaiming "I'm more popular than Jesus!".
* ''DarwinsSoldiers'':
-->'''Subject 19''': So come on! Give me a real challenge! Give me a fight against a God!
* This little gem from TimeCube:
-->'''I AM WISER THAN ANY DAMN MAN OR GOD WHO EVER EXISTED. IF THE HALF AND HALF CO-CREATED JESUS RETURNS TO EARTH, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens I WILL PERSONALLY KILL THE BASTARD MYSELF]].'''
* [[http://bash.org/?190199 This]] bash.org quote.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:
** "I am your Jesus."
** "That's right! [[ItMakesSenseInContext I am going to judge God!"]][[note]] He was comparing Heston's The Ten Commandments against The Prince of Egypt and their different portrayals of God (Heston's wrathful and vengeful God versus Prince's more enigmatic and loving God). Prince's God won and NC was informed by God Himself He was the other type before smiting the NC.[[/note]]
* In ''MarioPlushForever'', [[spoiler:Giga Bowser]] claims to be more powerful than Master Hand. Big mistake.
* From ''SuperMarioBrosZ'':
-->'''Axem Red:''' YouMonster!
-->'''Mecha Sonic:''' I'm not a monster! I'm a GOD!
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' - Freeza incites a BoltOfDivineRetribution this way.
--> "If I'm really as evil as you say I am, then let God strike me down where I stand." (ZAP!) "Ha! Nice try, jackass! Next time, give it your A-game!"
** It runs in the family. When his brother Cooler had been referred to as "he", he once replied: "That's 'He' with a capital 'H', by the way!"
* From [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-to-be-thankful-when-glee-robs-you-blind/ this]] Website/{{Cracked}} article: "Look, we're not trying to sound holier than thou on this matter. We're just saying that we are Jesus."
* From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-3qncy5Qfk Powerthirst 2]]: "When God gives you lemons you '''FIND A NEW GOD!'''"
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In the ''BobAndGeorge'' fancomic ''Jailhouse Blues'', one weapon that VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}} gains [[PowerCopying after defeating]] "Obviously Compensating For Something Man" is "More Ammunition Than God."
-->'''Mega Man''': There's got to be a catch.
* ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'': Psycho Mantis on Ocelot:
-->'''Psycho Mantis''': Look, this is a man who believes that if God himself came down from the heavens, pointed a shotgun at his head and fired, ''God would miss.''
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
-->'''Riff''': I put more spice on those wings than God could.
* ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'': Referred to as a "Blasphemous ... um ... Battlecry" in TheRant for [[https://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=thcomic109 comic #109]]:
-->'''Cirno''': [[HulkSpeak CIRNO SMASH PUNY GOD WITH]] [[AnIcePerson GLACIER-]][[DropTheHammer MALLET!]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerofGod'':
---> '''Quant Blitz''': "A mere Regular acting on behalf of God? Preposterous! The true god of this testing area is ME!"
* ''Awesome Hospital'' alters a [[StockPhrases dialogue standard]] of the MedicalDrama for context, [[http://www.awesomehospital.com/?p=39 but retains the sentiment]]:
-->'''Nurse Punk Rock''': You can't play someone's life like a Stratocaster, Sven! ''You're not [[JimiHendrix Hendrix]]!''
-->'''Dr. Guitar Solo''': In ''this'' hospital, '''I ''AM'' HENDRIX!'''
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''TheSimpsons''
** Homer got a perfect 300 bowling, and compared himself to God. He didn't actually say he was better than God, just equal in bowling ability. Which, if Homer ''always'' bowls 300, is simply mathematically accurate. Even God can't score more points than the maximum number possible.
** In another episode, Bart declares that the revivalist preacher/faith healer Brother Faith "dances better than Jesus himself."
** In yet another episode, Bart describes the gravy Marge and Becky made as "better than God's sweat."
** Being a parody/homage of Music/TheBeatles, "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" references John Lennon's real life boast (see under Real Life below). The Be Sharps took Lennon's quote to extreme by naming their second album "Bigger Than Jesus", complete with a cover that showed the quartet walking on water (itself a takeoff on the Abbey Road cover).
** And yet another example has Lisa convince Bart and Homer they have leprosy. Bart claims that in the Bible 'Some holy guy' cured the lepers. After remembering it was Jesus Homer quickly asserts "Wait, I know someone even Holier than Jesus! Flanders!"
** When Homer goes on a HungerStrike to protest the local baseball team's plan to move, he sings a little song which includes the line "I'm kinda like Jesus, but not in a sacreligous way."
** When Homer buys a gun, he describes the feeling of power it gives him as "how God must feel when ''he's'' holding a gun."
** Also towards the end of "Mr. Plow", Homer after saving Barney's life goes into partnership with him in the snow-plow business, shouting out that if two friends stick together, not even God Himself can stop them. Cue a voice from the clouds: "Oh, really?" and the weather immediately becomes warmer, melting all the snow.
* ''AngryBeavers'' did a similar spoof as TheSimpsons did at one point, with Daggett claiming that they were "Bigger than sliced bread", with people acting in an identical manner to JohnLennon's "Bigger than Jesus" boast. Subverted, however, when Daggett clarifies that he ''[[BlatantLies meant]]'' that they were physically bigger than a loaf of sliced bread, placating the fans.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Jazmine asks Huey if he believes in God. Riley interjects that he's going to live forever, but if he does go to heaven he's going to smack God upside the head and tell him to get him some tacos.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Secondhand Spoke", Stewie helps Chris deal with some bullies by hiding in his backpack and feeding him one-liners to respond to the bullies taunts. Chris' new wit causes him to be nominated for school president. Stewie then claims that he's a better coach than God. And how do you expect Family Guy to [[CutawayGag run with this?]]
--> C'mon! You're getting crucified out there!
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* John Lennon's "BiggerThanJesus" comment wasn't really a boast. He was actually saying that it was a bad thing. Given John Lennon's later songs like ''God'' and ''Imagine'' (where he [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions very blatantly considers it a good thing]]), it's not too hard to see why he was misinterpreted so easily.
* Averted by [[Creator/MrT Mister T]], who - back when he was a bodyguard to celebrities - advertised his service with "The best protection short of God Himself."
* Nick Lowe's debut album was named ''Jesus of Cool''. Unsurprisingly, it was renamed for the USA market to the much-less-cool-sounding ''Pure Pop for Now People''.
* South Korean sex change surgeon Kim Seok-Kwon claims to "[[http://bigstory.ap.org/article/skorea-sex-change-doc-i-correct-gods-mistakes correct God's mistakes]]."
* From ''Literature/LongForThisWorld,''' on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_de_Grey Aubrey de Grey]], "My wife borrowed my notebook and wrote to me in big block letters: [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: He is more sure of himself than God. ]]
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* Both inverted and played straight: During the 1970s a church in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia put up a sign saying, "What would you do if God came to Hawthorn today?", under which an AustralianRulesFootball fan graffiti'd, "Move Peter Hudson[[note]]Hawthorn Football Club's star full forward at the time[[/note]] to centre half forward!". Upon hearing of this, Hudson jokingly complained that God had never attended a single training session.
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was praised ''in his own lifetime'' that he was better than God. [[{{Badass}} And given his record,]] who could blame them?
** Much like UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, people gave Roosevelt a ''lot'' of [[BlasphemousPraise praise he never asked for]]. He didn't give himself the nickname "Teddy", for example; his supporters did, because they liked him.
* The surnames Quirós (from northern Spain) and Garrido (from southern Spain) are rather old. So old, several lineages using either surname have the following as their family motto: «Antes de que Dios fuera Dios / Y el sol diera en estos riscos / Los Quirós eran Quirós / Y los Garrido, Garrido.» ("Before God was God / And before the sun shone in these cliffs / The Quirós were Quirós / And the Garridos were Garridos."). There has to be ''some'' truth to it, as not even the [[UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition Inquisition]] took issue.
** Many academics think the "Before God was God" bit refers to the time before Christianity arrived to the Iberian Peninsula, so it's just a fancy way to say something like "Before we followed a single god.". Still, whether taken at face value or not, it's a rather strong statement about one's family.
* "UsefulNotes/JesusChrist turned water into wine, but UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin turned words into bread." - a boast in the Red Armies during the Russian Civil War.
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