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->''"I've never believed in the End Times. We are mankind. Our footprints are on the moon. When the last trumpet sounds and the Beast rises from the pit — we will kill it."''
-->-- '''Stacker Pentecost''', ''Film/PacificRim''
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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 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. They might even do it ''right in front of'' a real god. Depending on the god and the situation, a BoltOfDivineRetribution (or [[ActuallyPrettyFunny divine laughter)]] may immediately follow.

A SuperTrope to AGodAmI, BiggerThanJesus.

A SisterTrope to BlasphemousPraise (giving this boast in the third person), AnswersToTheNameOfGod, {{Pride}}. May sometimes overlap with BadassBoast.

Contrast LikeAGodToMe.

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* [[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.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Claire Stanfield of ''{{LightNovel/Baccano}}'' He suffers from a severe case of {{UsefulNotes/solipsism}} (the philosophical idea that only the reality of a person's self is absolute, and that everything else could very well just be a figment of their imagination), and believes himself to be the complete ruler of reality. He claims at one point that he thought up God and made the divine ruler bestow him with his seemingly otherworldly abilities of strength, agility, and stamina (He actually got them from his time spent as an acrobat in the circus). The fact that he is able to back up his claims by holding his own against legitimately immortal beings causes one to at least consider his viewpoint.
* 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. By the end of the manga, however, [[spoiler:he becomes powerful enough to rival Kid's True Death God form and earn the title of Warrior God from [[PhysicalGod Asura]] of all people.]]
* The ''Anime/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 Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}, you can be ''superior'' to God!
** And, if you read ''Manga/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 ''Manga/{{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 (at least at the start of the series) 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."
** Of course we also can't forget a certain doctor who has gained the title "Heaven Canceler".
* 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 ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'', the go-players are looking for the so-called "Divine Hand", the ultimate answering (or preemptive) move.
* Shiki makes one in ''LightNovel/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 ''Manga/DevilmanLady'', the final villain claims to be the new incarnation of God. Our heroine's response? [[ThenLetMeBeEvil "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]].
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': Near then end, Kakuzawa boasts that not even God can stop his EvilPlan.
* The anime version of ''Manga/DNA2'' opens with a spoof of this: [[EstablishingCharacterMoment The first thing Karin does on-screen]] is to wonder if her ability to [[TimeTravel travel through time]] and remake DNA means she has surpassed God, before [[MomentKiller gushing on the awesomeness of the boast]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and generally acting supremely funny]].

[[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 ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of ComicBook/NickFury, aka Creator/SamuelLJackson, after leading the first operation in the universe to successfully drive off [[ComicBook/{{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 Creator/WarrenEllis's [[ComicBook/{{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." Spider later concludes that he is in Hell, since being stuck in a neverending blackness with nothing to write about, nothing to write on and no cigarettes is Hell to a journalist.
* 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 ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'', Homer becomes the owner of a new boat and proclaims that it is so powerful that God himself could not sink it. And then Moe drives a truck carrying a large ice cube 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 for good measure.
* In ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic Universe]]'', 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.
* In the ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-04-09/ seen here]], an [[IntimidatingRevenueService evil IRS worker]] claims he's made the tax code so complex, it would even confuse God. (But he seems to be wrong...)
* In ''Suore Ninja'' UsefulNotes/ThePope boasts that the Catholic Church is richer than God... [[JustifiedTrope Because all of God's money is handled by the Church]].
* The ''X-Men'' graphic novel "God Loves, Man Kills" has its penultimate showdown between the team and a highly religious preacher, William Stryker, who wants to rid the world of mutants because they are not "children of God" (the story opens with two mutant children killed by Stryker's goons) at a revival. When Stryker points to Nightcrawler and questions his humanity, Kitty Pryde angrily tells the preacher that she chooses her friend over Stryker's God. Stryker points a gun at Kitty ("Let those blasphemous words, child, be your epitaph!"), only for him to be brought down by a policeman's gun.
-->'''Bystander:''' That cop — shot the reverend!\\
'''Other Cop:''' Yup. Who was trying to shoot an unarmed little girl. If that's the word o' God, it's sure changed some since Sunday school.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KancolleAlt'', the Aircraft Carrier Water Demon, named Lorelei, drops one to reassure her flagship of their air superiority.
-->'''Lorelei''': Their jet fighters and plane count is impressive, no doubt about that, but you forget one thing, Dyson.\\
I am the Aircraft Carrier Water Demon.\\
When you look up at the skies and hope for a miracle, pray to me, and my planes shall deliver fire and brimstone from above on a level that will make even God envious.
* 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: [[GreaterScopeVillain 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."
* ''FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy'': After acquiring the Triforce, Veran openly mocks and disrespects Din, Nayru, and Farore, declaring that now that she has their power, she not only doesn't fear them, but curses their very names. It's even taken UpToEleven when she states that after she's done with Hyrule, she plans to invade and conquer the Sacred Realm itself.
* In ''[[FanFic/RomanceAndTheFateOfEquestria Legend of the Goddesses]]'', a young Celestia and Luna brag about their accomplishments, and, on a whim, declare "We rule the sun and moon." Cue Queen Stellaris, the being who ''actually'' does that, who [[DisproportionateRetribution punishes them]] by [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment actually giving them that responsibility]]... ''without'' making them immortal.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': After Grand King Ghidorah repeatedly boasted that he is a god, Kaizer Ghidorah retorted, "You are no god, but I am the Devil." before kicking his ass.
* In "Arm Candy", part of the ''Fanfic/SorrowfulAndImmaculateHearts'' series, one of Bruce Wayne's girl friends jokingly asks if he's not worried about her making off with some of his valuable stuff:
-->'''Bruce:''' I have more money than God.\\
'''Tara:''' Does God have a lot of money?\\
'''Bruce:''' No. He's not a capitalist. That's the other guy.\\
'''Tara:''' Do you have more money than the devil?\\
'''Bruce:''' Not yet, but I'm working on it.

* [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "Puny God."]] And actually ''[[JustifiedTrope justified]]'', given that the speaker has just [[MetronomicManMashing smacked a literal god into submission]].
* An early example can be seem in ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'', where the MadScientist's "Now I know what it feels like to be God!" drew so much ire in its time from Christians that it had to be cut (a loud clap of thunder was substituted on the soundtrack). The full line wasn't restored until 1999.
* ''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 ''Kill Bill'' line is a reference to the 1981 Japanese film ''Samurai Reincarnation'' — starring Sonny Chiba, who played Hattori Hanzo in ''Kill Bill'' — where the swordmaker Muramasa makes a sword to fight demons for the hero, Jubei Yagyu (Chiba), and tells him "Master Jubei, if you encounter God, God will be cut. If you encounter an evil spirit then it will be cut."
* 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 Damien 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/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."
** Probably justified in that there probably has not been such a large collection of worms in one place ever. Is it blasphemous if it's literally true?
* ''[[{{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!
* After getting God's powers in ''Film/BruceAlmighty'', most of Bruce's dialogue could qualify as this, but one in particular:
-->'''Bruce''': You can't leave me! I'm the Alpha lady! I'm the Omega baby!
* Just before the final battle of ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'', the title Cimmerian prays to his people's god for the first time. For putting on a good show, he asks Crom to grant him revenge on his enemies... but if Crom doesn't listen, "''then to Hell with you!''"
* From Dr. Hill's deposition in ''Film/{{Malice}}'':
-->'''Dr. Hill:''' The question is, 'Do I have a God complex?'\\
'''Riley:''' Dr. Kessler says, 'Yes.'\\
'''Dr. Hill:''' Which makes me wonder if this ''lawyer'' has any idea as to the kind of grades one has to receive in college to be accepted at a top ''medical'' school. If you have the vaguest clue as to how talented someone has to be to lead a surgical team. I have an M.D. from Harvard. I am board-certified in cardiothoracic medicine and trauma surgery. I have been awarded citations from seven different medical boards in New England. And I am never, ever sick at sea. So I ask you, when someone goes into that chapel and they fall on their knees and they pray to God that their wife doesn't miscarry, or that their daughter doesn't bleed to death, or that their mother doesn't suffer acute neural trauma from post-operative shock, who do you think they're praying ''to?'' Now, you go ahead and read your Bible, ''Dennis'', and you go to your church, and with any luck, you might win the annual raffle, but if you're looking for God, He was in Operating Room Number Two on November 17th, and He doesn't like to be second-guessed. You ask me if I have a God complex? Let me tell you something: I ''am'' God.
* In ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'', the evil witch Muriel corners a man who starts begging for his life and praying. She tells him prayers are useless because, "Even your god knows better than to come here!"

* 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 Tehran 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."\\
Roosevelt 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!
* A joke about prolific Dutch author Harry Mulisch, told by comedian Herman Finkers.
-->'''Mulisch''': You know, sometimes I've written a sentence, and when I look back I and read it I think: no, ''I'' didn't write this, ''God'' wrote this.\\
'''Finkers''': How can you be so sure that God was the author instead of you?\\
'''Mulisch''': I write better.
* Mathematicians like to tell this one:
-->Biologists think they are biochemists. Biochemists think they're physical chemists. Physical chemists think they're physicists. Physicists think they're God. And God thinks he is a mathematician.


* 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.
* 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 are dubious about their superiority. On the other hand, saying so out loud is unwise unless you're lightning proof.
-->'''Dorfl:''' (after being struck by lightning for doubting the gods) I DON'T CALL THAT MUCH OF AN ARGUMENT.[[note]]He's not just an Atheist; he's a ''ceramic'' Atheist. Fireproof![[/note]]
** ''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.
* Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's Literature/{{Lythande}} at one point tells [[spoiler:herself]] "I am Lythande! Who dares challenge me, man or woman or goddess?"
* In a SF short story (author? title?) where two competing washing powder companies compete for the most white-washing powder. When it's physically impossible to wash whiter, one company resorts to "only God washes whiter than Brand X" and then the other to "only the Devil can withstand Brand Y". Thus a narrow aversion, but still a baaaad idea. HilarityEnsues.
* In the final ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novel, ''The Gallifrey Chronicles'', a Time Lord named Marnal claims "Most races pray to lesser beings than the Time Lords."
* In ''Literature/TheCulture'', one of the Culture Minds, ''Lasting Damage'', describes himself thus: "I am not an animal brain, I am not even some attempt to produce an Al through software running on a computer. I am a Culture Mind. We are close to gods, and on the far side."
* ''Literature/{{Unsong}}'': The Comet King does not take it lightly when the devil pisses him off.
-->“You can’t harm me,” said Thamiel. “I am a facet of God.” \\
“I will recarve God without that facet,” said the Comet King. [[spoiler:He does.]]
* In ''Literature/SardHarker'' and ''Literature/{{Odtaa}}'', the Dictator of Santa Barbara proclaims himself God and announces that henceforth no other religion shall be permitted in Santa Barbara, and that all churches must be turned over to worship of himself.

[[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.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The illusion of Drogo in the House of the Undying explains his presence by saying, "Maybe I told the Great Stallion to go fuck himself and came back here to wait for you." Dany admits that sounds like something he'd do.
** Littlefinger delivers one to the face of several religious zealots in "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken":
--> '''Littlefinger:''' We both peddle fantasies, Brother Lancel; mine just happen to be entertaining.
* 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 ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' 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 ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' 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 [[TransformationHorror 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'' passes 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 ''Series/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 from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]]:
-->'''Novice Hame''': And who are you, to decide that?\\
'''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."
** Davros declares that releasing a virus that would destroy all life (an analogy the Doctor uses for his creation of the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]) would "set me up above the gods". Many years later he still thinks like this, as shown when pushing the Doctor to commit genocide:
--->'''Davros:''' Are you ready to become a god?
** At one point, the Doctor tells someone that he's old enough to be their messiah (at that point, the Doctor is over 2000 years old).
* ''Series/{{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.
* There is an arc in ''Series/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 "It's not like she worships the Devil," 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.
* ''Series/{{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!
** Considering she's one of the two Biblical Witnesses from Revelations, she may get a pass.
** Considering she and Crane ''stopped'' the apocalypse, she may actually be correct!
* Spike's very first line of dialogue in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' deconstructs another vampire's Blasphemous Boast:
-->'''Big Ugly''': When I kill her, it'll be the greatest event since the Crucifixion. And I should know, I was there.\\
'''Spike''': You were there? Oh, please. If every vampire who said he was at the Crucifixion was actually there, it would've been like Woodstock.
* ''Series/BostonLegal'' gives us this gem;
-->'''Denny Crane''': You hear the one about the man who died and went to the pearly gates? Saint Peter lets him in. Then he sees a man in a striped suit with a briefcase giving a closing argument. And he asks, "Who's that?" Saint Peter says, "oh, that's just God. Thinks he's Denny Crane."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
-->'''[[spoiler:Castiel]]''': [[AGodAmI I'm your new God.]] A ''better'' one.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' In the midst of his TookALevelInJerkass era Dimitri Marick declared, "Not even God himself can stop me!". [[TemptingFate He was promptly crushed by a falling tree]]. His injuries and recovery forced a HeelRealization and HeelFaceTurn and by the end of the year, was back to the NiceGuy he'd initially been.

* 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).
* Music/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.''
* Music/JacquesBrel was notorious for his blasphemous boasts in his songs, for instance in "Le Dernier Repas", where a man about to die wants to cry "Dieu est mort!" ("God is dead") one final time before he leaves this Earth.
* The song "Creation & Destruction" by Music/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"
* Music/FelaKuti: "Shuffering And Shmiling"
-->''I want you all to please take your minds''\\
''Out of this musical contraption''\\
''And put your minds into any goddamn church''\\
''And goddamn mosque, any goddamn Celestical''\\
''(...) We now have to carry our minds out of those goddamn places''
* "Dear God" by Music/{{XTC}} from their album ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'' is one huge tirade against God in whom the singer doesn't believe and whom He blames all the misery in the world.
* Music/PattiSmith's infamous quote on her ''Music/{{Horses}}'' album: "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine. (...) my sins, my own, they belong to ME! Me!"
** Paraphrased by the punk band Music/{{Crass}} in their extremely blasphemous song "Reality Asylum":
---> ''Jesus died for his own sins, not mine''.
* Music/JohnLennon's "God" from ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand'' has him listing all kinds of heroes and icons, several from religious origin, he doesn't believe in. He eventually concludes he only believes in himself and his wife and "that's reality". The song "I Found Out" also deals with false religion and idols.
* Music/MarilynManson's "The Fight Song" from his album ''Music/HolyWoodInTheShadowOfTheValleyOfDeath'' has the line:
--> ''I'm not a slave to a God that doesn't exist''.
* Music/{{Nas}} has had a few lines like this.
--> ''When I was 12, I went to hell for snuffin' Jesus''
* Music/ArthurBrown's song ''Fire'' famously begins with Brown shouting ''"I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE, AND I BRING YOU FIRE!"''
* [[Music/{{U2}} The Edge]] commented on the enormous LED screen behind the stage on the [=PopMart=] tour: "If God watches television, his screen isn't as big as U2's".
* In "Wrote My Way Out" on ''Music/TheHamiltonMixtape'', platinum hip-hop artist Nas describes himself as the "black Elohim from the streets of Queen."
* Music/GreenDay has a GreatestHits album titled ''God's Favourite Band''.

* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, the gods are quick to take offense and retaliate when they catch anybody doing this.
** [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]] 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.
*** In another version, Athena wins the competition, and the condition was that the loser would never be allowed to use a spindle or needle again. In this version turning Arachne into a spider was an act of mercy on Athena's part, as she saw Arachne would be unable to live without being able to weave. Being a spider [[ExactWords allowed her to weave without use of a spindle or needle]].
** The reason Perseus had to save Andromeda from the sea monster was because her mother, Cassiopeia, claimed Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, beautiful creatures of the sea and daughter of sea deity Nereus. The patron God of the Oceans, Poseidon, took this blasphemy as a hubris and drowns Cassiopeia's town and sicced his sea serpent to devour anyone that comes across it, and the only way to stop that was to sacrifice Andromeda.
** 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[[note]]Because really, it's so much easier to boast about beauty rather than other skills like hunting, weaving, battle, etc. No wonder Aphrodite is an easily angered Goddess.[[/note]]. Ultimately it worked out much better for Psyche than its typical with such boasting in Greek mythology, since Aphrodite's son Eros agreed with the suitors' assessment.
** Another case of Aphrodite was the time that a certain woman named Myrrha had her mother boast about the same thing Cassiopeia did unto her daughter... compared to Aphrodite. She ends up cursing Myrrha to commit incest with her father, but then it turned out a bit better and showed Aphrodite's tender side when she took pity on Myrrha's son Adonis... who, in one story, died because he made a boast about being a better hunter than the resident Goddess of Hunting, Artemis. Artemis then sicced her hunting boar to kill him while Aphrodite was away. (In other stories, Adonis died because Ares was a {{Yandere}} to Aphrodite)
** During the siege of Thebes, the warrior Capaneus declared that not even [[BoltOfDivineRetribution the fire of Zeus]] could stop him from scaling the city walls. [[TooDumbToLive Unsurprisingly]], he was promptly zapped off the ladder.
* ''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.

[[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}} 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''."
* Wrestling/JimmyJacobs bows to no man. If Jesus Christ was around, Jacobs would stand face to face with him.
* Wrestling/CMPunk once famously told Wrestling/TheRock, "Your arms are just too short to box with God."
* Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield called himself the "Wrestling God" at the height of his final run.

[[folder:Tabletop games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** The game uses this a lot with the chaos gods. A random Chaos worshiper deems himself greater than the gods and usually finds himself cursed.
** Although sometimes it's a case of CursedWithAwesome: Wulfrik the Wanderer once declared himself the equal of any warrior, now he has to prove it by defeating every WorthyOpponent he finds, with his taunts magically preventing the enemy from refusing a challenge. Not a bad fate for a BloodKnight.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Every other threat or insult from Chaos forces to loyalists involves the GodEmperor and his lacking in divinity. The loyalists tend to shoot.
-->"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."

* 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 ''Theatre/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."

[[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 UsefulNotes/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''.
* Implictly used by Cortana to describe the Master Chief in the trailer for ''VideoGame/Halo3''.
-->'''Cortana''': I have defied gods and demons.
* 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/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'' 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.
** [[spoiler:Ike]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' makes a similar boast at the end of the game [[spoiler:right to the goddess Ashera's face]]. Unlike the sucker described above, however, [[spoiler:he has the skills to back it up]].
---> '''[[spoiler:Ike]]''': Make your peace with whatever the gods worship. Your end is near.
* [[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.
* Inverted in Videogame/InfamousSecondSon.
--> '''Delsin''': Angels? Are you kidding me right now? So either one of the escapees can make angels... or I'm going after God. And I do not like my odds in that match-up.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', your character manages to come up with this ''offscreen''.
-->'''Kinzie''': The President's remarks were taken out of context.\\
'''Reporter''': What ''is'' the context for "I'm the patron saint of America, they should change it to 'One Nation, Under ''Me'''?"
* In a ShoutOut to [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan]], [[StopPokingMe if you click]] [[VideoGame/DiabloIII Sonya]] [[StopPokingMe enough in]] ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', she'll start praying to her God, Bul-Kathos, to... [[SeriousBusiness improve her MMR, and if he does not listen, then to Hell with him!]]
* [[spoiler:Isador]] gives a double example in VideoGame/DawnOfWar, since "God''s''" refers to the [[GodOfEvil Ruinous Powers]]:
-->'''[[spoiler:Isador]]''': I am stronger than you ever imagined. I can feel the universe tremble at my approach. Even the '''Gods''' know my name!\\

[[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!".
* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'':
-->'''Subject 19''': So come on! Give me a real challenge! Give me a fight against a God!
* [[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 ''Machinima/MarioPlushForever'', [[spoiler:Giga Bowser]] claims to be more powerful than Master Hand. Big mistake.
* From ''WebAnimation/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!"
** Piccolo dabbles in it when he battles Android #17.
--->'''17''': Seriously, the ''f***'s'' a "Kami"?\\
'''Piccolo''': It means "God". Now, ''bow''.
** Downplayed in the Broly special since Broly is just an extremely powerful Saiyan with a god complex, but...
--->'''Broly:''' What is a king to a ''god''?\\
'''Vegeta:''' What is a god to '''''A NON-BELIEVER?!'''''
* 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!'''"
* From ''[[Creator/LoreSjoberg TheBookOfRatings]]'', Deadly Sins, from the entry on Pride:
-->I'm not sure how this one works. Is plain old everyday pride sinful or do you have to get into the realm of hubris before you're in trouble? Do you go to hell for saying "this is a pretty tasty three-bean salad I've made, if I do say so myself," or do you have to say "why, I bet this is a better three-bean salad than GOD could make"?
* In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'' Kirito gives one to the thoroughly out-leveled Titan's Hand.
-->'''Kirito''': But I've got good news. You see, there's no need to wonder where your god is. 'cause he's right here! ''(whispered aside)'' And he's fresh out of mercy.\\
''(Titan's Hand member starts crying)''
* In ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'', Maxwell boasts about being the new God of the world (remember, he's supposed to be Catholic) while slaughtering the innocent of London. [[spoiler:When Dracula's familiars shoot down the chopper carrying his "Holy Popebox", Anderson ruptures said Popebox and exposes him to said familiars explicitly because of this. Also, Anderson saw Maxwell had become a daft cunt.]]

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* In the ''Webcomic/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.
* ''Webcomic/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 [[Music/JimiHendrix Hendrix]]!''\\
'''Dr. Guitar Solo''': In ''this'' hospital, '''I ''AM'' HENDRIX!'''
* A rather [[TheDogBitesBack meaningful]] one by [[spoiler: [[TheDragon General]] Izor]] in ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany''. Repeated later by said boaster's [[EvilCounterpart counterpart]], [[spoiler: Captain Walter]]:
-->[[LetsGetDangerous Let's go kill a god]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Isometric}}'':
* Noriko Null from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible'', to be expected when she’s the main character fighting gods with science. She delivers a particularly badass one when fighting Hephaestus.
-->"Even a god can’t punch his way out of science, genius."
* The picture comes from ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''.
* The Knights Belligerent from ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' include the rather creepy line "If my God should fail me, I will kill him too" in their mantra. Given what the Knights [[BloodKnight are]] [[{{Jerkass}} like]], it's not terribly surprising that their gods get as little respect from them as anybody else.

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* ''WesternAnimation/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!"
*** In another episode where Flanders gives Homer info that could give him his job back, he calls him God, which embarrassed Ned especially when Homer starts worshipping him calling him higher than Jesus.
** When Homer goes on a hunger strike 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 sacrilegious 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 "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E9MrPlow 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, no?" and the weather immediately becomes warmer, melting all the snow.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' did a similar spoof as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did at one point, with Daggett claiming that they were "Bigger than sliced bread", with people acting in an identical manner to Music/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!
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke'' sees Batman respond to someone he's interrogating saying "I swear to God!" is the same as in ''Film/BatmanBegins'': retorting with "Swear to me."

[[folder: Real Life]]
* John Lennon's "BiggerThanJesus" comment [[SubvertedTrope wasn't really a boast]], but a complaint about excessive CreatorWorship.
* 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. ]]
* 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 UsefulNotes/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. 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, in fact, that 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.
* During Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was heard to say, "Best defense ever! Hey, we'll beat the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek gods!]]"
* The first (official) chess world master Steinitz said he would win a game against God. Even giving God odds of pawn. (The much-reported quote is seriously [[BeamMeUpScotty in doubt]], cf. [[http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/steinitzgod.html here]])