->''"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And {{God}} is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."''
-->-- '''''Literature/TheBible'', 1 Corinthians 10:13''' (New International Version)

Our hero is in the direst circumstance imaginable. The BigBad is triumphant, The heroes are in a [[HeroicBSOD BSOD]], in a few seconds there will be an EarthShatteringKaboom. Then something unexpected happens, The heroes call out to {{God}}, [[UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} Vishnu]], [[TheSilmarillion Ilúvatar]], [[{{Zoroastrianism}} Ahura Mazda]], [[BruceAlmighty Morgan Freeman]] or [[Series/TheColbertReport Stevie Wonder]] for help... and their prayers are answered.

In contrast to GodIsEvil, the man upstairs is often depicted as a pretty cool guy. He wants people to be happy and for good to triumph over evil, and isn't afraid of anything. His power is not based on [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly people liking him]] or a hidden {{plan}} to extract the tears of mortals. If God permits evil, it is because He respects people enough to let them make their own mistakes, and deal with the consequences of their actions, rather than [[ForTheEvulz evil for the LULZ]]. If a hero is pious and noble, repentant if it concerns an anti hero, or if the evil cannot be contained by mortal agents, sometimes divine intervention actually happens, no strings attached. Can also include God working InMysteriousWays. After all, if God hasn't directly shown Himself before, chances are He was working ''through'' the heroes.

If this concerns an AntiHero or unbeliever, typically the prayer begins, "Please, God, if you're there..." This is especially poignant if the character had previously gone on a massive RageAgainstTheHeavens rant, or is a HollywoodAtheist. Perhaps his/her current condition isn't the fault of God, but rather from their own faults, the negative consequences of their own actions, or the actions of others. This may or may not be a DeusExMachina depending upon whether God, or agents of God, finish the villains themselves. If they do ''not'' end the battle themselves, they ''will'' provide the supernatural power-ups, HolyHandGrenade or InfinityPlusOneSword to the hero in order to save the day. This is the opposite of HaveYouSeenMyGod, and tends to go hand-in-hand with LightIsGood.

[[RuleOfDrama For dramatic reasons]], protagonists may avoid turning to God until they've exhausted every other possible recourse: PrayerIsALastResort. (Bonus points if the prayer includes the line, "God, I'm not really a praying man, but...") This can be used to [[GodzillaThreshold underscore how desperate the situation really is]], and also to avoid any [[DeusExMachina too-convenient divine interventions]]. More pious folks may still consider that to be a bit of UnfortunateImplications; [[FridgeLogic after all]], if there's really an [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]] BigGood who's willing to give you supernatural assistance when you ask, why ''wouldn't'' you ask right away?

Unanswered prayers may lead to a CrisisOfFaith if the characters dwell too much on the age-old question of [[GoodRunningEvil why a good God allows evil]]. A possible answer may be that, although He's good, GodIsFlawed. It could also be that He [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsDestiny prefers to leave people's decisions up to them]], even though that results in TheEvilsOfFreeWill. Maybe it's just that He's working InMysteriousWays or that HelpingWouldBeKillStealing. (This is a huge discussion in RealLife theology, so [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we should leave it at that]].)

Compare GodOfGood, which overlaps (since, in monotheistic religions, [[{{God}} He]] is this also).

Opposite of GodIsEvil, JerkassGod, and GodAndSatanAreBothJerks. For a PerspectiveFlip, see SatanIsGood. Contrast OmniscientMoralityLicense, when a god's claim to be good is based merely on being [[TheOmnipotent all-powerful]]. If it's an open question whether GodIsGood, the characters may elect to play ReligiousRussianRoulette.

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* ''{{Wish}}'' by Creator/{{CLAMP}} has Angels and Demons running around in a frenzy over the relationship the main characters (an angel and a human) have, and the Angels are worried what sort of smiting God is going to do when He finds out since He specifically ordered for this kind of pairing not to happen. When God reveals His opinion on the situation, it turns out that [[spoiler:He had a good reason; as once an Angel loves someone; it's ''forever'', regardless of lifespan. He arranges for the Angel to go into hibernation inbetween the human's {{reincarnation}} cycle, so they can be together.]]
* The nigh-H-manga comedy ''MyBalls''. Though shackled by the letter of His own laws, He generally ensures that [[OmniscientMoralityLicense things work out for the best]], and, in the end, never lets Kouta be tempted beyond what he can bear.
* All the gods in ''DragonBall'' are good. Even Piccolo, the bad side of Kami-sama, the God of Earth, eventually turns good.
* ''Manga/TheInnocent'': Although God is never outright mentioned, Angels and the like work with people executed for crimes they didn't commit in order to help put their souls to rest. These people are placed under strict (but completely understandable) rules such as (word-for-word) ThouShaltNotKill and work in order to help grant good people their last wishes.
* Implied in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. During the BigBad's VillainousBreakdown, Urahara tells him that the King of Soul Society is the lynchpin that holds everything together, and without him everything would crumble. The fact that everything is still in order implies that the guy cares about the world.
* Heavily implied in ''TokyoGodfathers'': with the underlying themes of Christianity, Hana's statements, and the Deus ex Machina that seems to be everywhere, God might have had something to do with it.
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', God sends down helpful (if sometimes vague) clues for the protagonists as to where to go or what to do through little pieces of paper. [[spoiler:In the finale, she (!) shows up personally to crush the BigBad underfoot.]]
* Implied in ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'': When an adventurer dies, they automatically respawn in a cathedral. It has a "saved by divine grace" air to it.
* LightNovel/NoGameNoLife: Once Tet became the One True God, (s)he outlawed violence and robbery and stated any dispute would be resolved by games, where cheating is ''not'' allowed.
** (S)he is also very friendly to the main characters, and while Tet claims to not favor any of the sixteen races in particular, there's no denying that Tet's actions not only made two genuinely good peoples' dreams come true by sending them to a parallel fantasy world where their skills as gamers could make a huge difference, but also that this decision wound up saving humanity in its time of most dire need.


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* ''TheMightyThor'': Thanks to HijackedByJesus, Odin is often a stand-in for the Judeo-Christian {{God}}, especially when Thor is being [[CrystalDragonJesus Jesus]] [[RecycledInSpace WITH A HAMMER!]] They're both always good.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'': God destroyed the power of the rebellious angels responsible for creating the Ogdru Jahad and cast them down to Earth. There is also plenty of power in various relics the heroes use to fight against evil. In addition, the fact that Hellboy, a demon from hell, is a Catholic, should tell you all you need to know about how big and inclusive the God of Hellboy is.
* In one strip by {{Quino}}, which also serves as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, pizzas start falling all over the world, much to the surprise of many as well as the delight of the poor and starving people:
-->'''Reporter:''' Father, there is raining of pizzas all over the world! What does this miracle mean? Has God gone crazy?
-->'''[[GoodShepherd Priest]]:''' No, son. What happens is that God makes no distinctions and he sends his help to everyone equally.

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* ''Fanfic/NineKnackeredSouls'': Celestia, co-creator of the realm, is also a loving mother figure for it. One line describes her smile as that "soft smile of hers that made one feel like they could fall asleep in her hooves." Her love is so great it includes {{Naytheist}}s, {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s and other people that don't accept her divinity because they it means they will do things for themselves instead of relying on her, which is what she wanted in the first place.

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[[folder:Film]]

* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'': Our heroes are captured by the big bad and all seems lost. Then, Nazis meet Ark of the Covenant, Ark of the Covenant, meet Nazis. Also includes the villain destroying power of [[Film/TempleOfDoom the Sankara Stones]] and [[Film/TheLastCrusade the Holy Grail]]. [[FridgeLogic One could wonder why Indy needs to do anything when the various artifacts of doom seem perfectly capable of taking care of themselves...]] [[FridgeBrilliance then one would realize that the Nazis were all killed by a divine artifact belonging to what the Nazis most hated.]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard You could say they got what was coming to them.]]
* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'': A literal angel convinces George Bailey that the world would be a worse place if he never existed.
* ''Film/{{Maverick}}'': Gambler Brett Maverick is on his steed, attached to a noose that will hang him when his horse moves. He asks God for another chance... and the branch breaks.
* ''BruceAlmighty'': The premise of the movie is Bruce thinking he can do a better job running the universe than God... and he's wrong.
* ''Film/TheProphecy'': Unique in that the reason Gabriel has for leading the second rebellion against God is that He loved those weak monkeys more than angels. When Gabriel is defeated, we see the evil, racist, genocidal soul of Hawthorne destroyed by divine light.
* ''Film/EndOfDays'': Jericho, after a run and gun battle with Satan, ends his life and- and his reward is that this trope proves to be true. Having previously lost his faith after the death of his family, he asks God for the strength to finish the fight, and wins. [[spoiler: He gets possessed as part of the bad guy's escape plan but regains control just long enough to impale himself on a sword held by a fallen statue of Michael...His reward is seeing his family again as the credits start to roll.]]
* ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'': Ulysses prays for a miracle when his death by hanging seems certain. A flood then sweeps in to save him. He immediately recants his new found 'faith'.
* ''TheBookOfEli''
** Eli follows 'the voice' which leads him and protects him for thirty years. [[spoiler:He dies without regret after he completes his task to save the world's last copy of the Bible from destruction and [[CorruptChurch misuse]].]]
** The phrase "God is good", and its standard response "All the time", are uttered respectively [[spoiler: by Carnegie and Eli. Carnegie uses it to spite Eli, to say that God is good to Carnegie and not Eli. Eli's faith perseveres while going through a silent test, and in the end God is good to him.]]
* ''YearOne'': Resident butt monkey Oh asks God (if He exists) for a shot with his cave gal... and he gets it.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'' (an offscreen) God helped the boys out in their quest to defeat the Evil Robot Thems.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': God selects Moses to deliver his people from slavery. Red Sea parting ensues.
** ''Film/TheTenCommandments'': Same deal Based on Literature/TheBible.
* the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise:
** Mothra is a giant butterfly who is worshiped as a goddess on her island home. She's also one of the few purely good monsters within the Franchise.
** Likewise, there is King Seesar. A monster loosely based off of the Shisa of Okinawa folklore. In the 1974 film ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'' he acts as a guardian deity who protects Japan from evil.
** Also, the film ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'' features not one but THREE monster gods who protect Japan from evil (IE: Baragon: the god of the earth, Mothra: the goddess of water, and Ghidorah: the god of the air). In the film, they are awakened in order to save Japan from Godzilla. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Godzilla ends up killing all three of them.]]
* God in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' would REALLY appreciate it if people would stop groveling every time he tries to talk to someone. He leaves useful things like the HolyHandGrenade for the heroes to find.
* The end of the supernatural Western ''Purgatory'': "The Creator may be tough, but he ain't blind."
* ''OhGod'' and its sequels.
-->"If it's hard to have faith in me, maybe it will help to know that I have faith in you."
* Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Everyone from Frollo to the Archdeacon believes that God will always punish the wicked and aid the righteous. [[spoiler:Many view Frollo's death as direct divine intervention.]]
* Film/ForrestGump: After coming back from Vietnam, Lt.Dan is told stuff like this. One example is, "If I let Jesus into my heart, then I will walk beside him in the kingdom of Heaven". He thinks it's bullcrap for a while, but after Hurricane Carmen, the two of them come to an understanding. Forrest notes that he "made his peace with God".

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* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': The power of Morgoth gets so out of control in the first age elves, humans and dwarves have no choice but to plead before the Valar for their aid. They get it. Plus, in the Tolkien Apocalypse, Jesus/St. Michael stand-in Manwë gets medieval with Morgoth and his resurrected servants at Dagor Dagorlad.
** Tolkien stated in a letter that the main characters of Literature/TheLordOfTheRings are [[BigBad Sauron]] and God. The story is about how God defeats Sauron through His servants (ie, Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, etc.).
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': While the heroism of the main characters is not in vain, in the final book they fail to defeat the Calormenes and Narnia is destroyed. Aslan steps in when they fail, vanquishes the evil from Narnia and restores the world.
* ''Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy''. While the Oyarsa may be considered the agents of God on Earth, humans, specifically Ransom, is chosen to be the agent of God on Venus to save it from its own fall into darkness. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Then he]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beats up Satan]].
* ''Film/TheRobe'': Jerkass Roman has his life changed around by a mysterious Robe.
* ''Literature/ArabianNights'': You could keep a running tally of all the special powers, deliverances and interventions that happen throughout the various tales attributed to Allah directly or indirectly.
* ''{{Dracula}}'': Shape shifting immortal agent of darkness with the strength of thirty men? Holy relics, science and human courage are shown as sufficient to defeat it.
* ''ParadiseLost'': In the traditional interpretation, God knows man will fall prey to sin, but respects them enough to let their choices have consequences. Afterwards, He not only comes up with a cunning {{plan}} to save mankind, but His Son/Proxy Jesus personally leads the army in heaven to crush Lucifer and his rebellion, which technically ties this trope with KungFuJesus in a big CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* In TanyaHuff's novel ''[[Literature/BloodBooks Blood Price]]'', the bad guy manages to get past the good guys' attempts to stop him and complete his demon-summoning ritual on ''Easter Sunday morning''. God does not approve.
* There's a degree of this with the Knights of the Cross in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. He rarely if ever acts in an overt fashion, but often times the Knights just ''happen'' to have a feeling they should be somewhere, ''coincidentally'' putting them in just the right place to save the day.
** Harry has a direct line to an archangel whenever he's suffering a moral crisis. [[spoiler:Specifically, Uriel.]]
** In ''Changes'', an Old Woman calls out, “Oh, God in Heaven, help us!”. He does.
* In ''Literature/SpecialCircumstances'', the Supreme Being(s) of all of the religions followed by the members of the titular organization step in to help their mortal agents to defeat Evil.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Dronor functioned like a god when alive [[spoiler: after dying he undeniably is one]] and receives prayer from mortals because he answers them.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': He is always shone in a positive light; the criticism goes toward the less than holy church. Dragonetz, for instance, has lost faith in the church but he still prayers alone in the chapel.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'': It is implied that astral projection Baltar and Six are agents of a higher power tasked [[spoiler:with breaking the cycle of human/machine hatred and destruction. WordofGod- ironically, given this trope's name- has confirmed it]].
** Interestingly, one of the last lines of dialogue in the series is Head-Baltar remarking to his counterpart how they both know said higher power ''does not'' like being referred to as "God"
* ''TouchedByAnAngel'' plays this completely straight, although the original pilot script had a darker view.
* ''QuantumLeap'' Sam believes at times that God, or a higher power, is guiding his journey to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. [[spoiler: There's a mysterious bar tender in the final episode.]]
* It's largely an open question in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', whether God is good. Sam and Dean both have tendencies to doubt such a position, and to have faith in it. The Season 5 finale, though, comes out largely in favor of God being good and that God greatly values free will and family. He wants people to make the right decisions without Him forcing it upon them and to choose family over anything else. On the other hand, Most of the problems in the series are due to God abandoning Heaven without a word leaving the archangels to try and sort things out. Free will was discouraged among the angels and one reason Lucifer was banished from heaven for refusing to obey God. The whole afterlife system is essentially broke resulting in a CrapsackWorld for both humans and monsters with God being the creator of this entire system. We later learn that God originally created a race of highly intelligent, powerful beasts cursed with a ravenous hunger called Leviathans. Afraid they would devour everything, rather than destroy them or remove their hunger he throws them into Purgatory, which is one step above hell to suffer for all time.
* In ''{{Reaper}}'' God seems strangely absent and Satan able to do as he pleases. However, towards the end of the series evidence is presented that God is still very much in control and has a plan for making things work out, [[spoiler: as demonstrated when pacifistic demon Steve is returned to angelic status after being killed by the devil, and swarms of angels appear to Sam and Andi]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': features the Asgardians, SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who are mistaken as gods, but [[ClarkesThirdLaw its symantics for some people they visist.]] They protect less developed planets from the Gou'ald. The people of Cimmeria claim that "Our gods are great and powerful warriors but they are just and true to their word."
* ''Series/{{Vikings}}: Discussed between Athelstan and Ragnar. [[GoodShepherd As a faithful priest]], Athelstan believes He is good and vikings are a punishment from Him for his people's sins. [[{{AntiHero}} Ragnar]] says He is greedy (for stuffing the monastary with gold) and stupid (for not protecting that gold).
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[[folder: Religion/Mythology ]]

* Most [[HinduMythology Hinduic dieties]] are protectors/overseers of real world concepts/beliefs/practices (Saraswati for Education and Knowledge, Kama for Love, Surya for the Sun, Bhumi for the Earth, Vayu & Varuna for Wind and Water, etc etc...) some are outright contenders against evil, such as Vishnu and Shiva who [[GodInHumanForm take human form]] to battle for humanity, or Kali, the Punisher of Evil.
* Of course, one of the main beliefs in any major Abrahamic religion (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) is that God Is Good, though [[GoodIsNotNice you]] ''[[GoodIsNotNice don't]]'' [[GoodIsNotNice want to cross Him.]] [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement 'Nuff said.]]
* Most of the Norse Gods are seen as the protectors and friends of mankind. Loki is sometimes seen as a TokenEvilTeammate before his [[SelfFulfillingProphecy prophecied]] MoralEventHorizon, but that's more a case of HijackedByJesus Odin stands on the line between GuileHero and (a heroic) MagnificentBastard, though one of his names means "worker of evil" and he can be a massive dick to people for
* In fact, most real-world religions with a God or gods have at least one whose main job description is to be an ultimate force for Good.
* [[http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/chinese-mythology.php?deity=GUAN-YIN Guan Yin]], Goddess of Mercy, Compassion, and Unconditional Love from ChineseMythology. She loves you, will always be there for you, and asks for nothing in return.
** Another Buddhist Boddhisatva that fits this trope is Dizang Buddha (or Ksitigarbha, in Sanskrit). He is so dedicated to saving everyone that he spends all his time in hell itself working to redeem the souls trapped there, for which he is known as "Buddha in Hell."
* Ra, Horus and Ma'at from EgyptianMythology. Other deities tend to be more morally relaxed, ranging from favouring people to outright demented (Sekhmet and Set), but those threee are consistently depicted as benevolent and caring, with Ma'at in particular being the cosmic principle of morality and "goodness".
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' has one of the most stunning and brilliant examples of this trope. It is explicitly stated that GodIsGood, and there's a whole character class devoted to the concept, the Blessed. In Deadlands, it's noted that ''all'' religions have it correct -- God is simply known by many names, it's still the same guy -- and thus, all religions get Blessed, religious folk with holy powers. If they do ''anything'' evil, they lose their powers (and God gets ''pissed'' at them). The core rulebook for old Deadlands Blessed, ''Fire and Brimstone'', is considered by many players to be the best single class sourcebook for the game, greatly expanding the options, flavor, and character of the Blessed, the setting itself, and basically being one of the most hopeful and uplifting books in an otherwise pretty grim series.
** In fact, just to expand on the above- there are three types of Blessed powers, Miracles, Gifts, and Interventions. They are the only magic that works without a risk of [[PhlebotinumBreakdown backlash]], because God protects them from the possible side-effects. In addition, the Interventions are just that -- God Himself acting on this world. They also have awesome names, like ''Divine Backhand''- which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just what it sounds like: a backhand slap from God]]. It knocks the target out but doesn't hurt them permanently in any way (though they'll feel like shit in the morning).
** Also noted here is that the only sourcebook that usually gets mentioned in competition with it, ''Ghost Dancers'', is ''also'' about religion -- the religion of Native Americans, which also assumes that GodIsGood (and has a lot of nature spirit back-up).
** By the time of ''Hell on Earth'', however, the fact that humanity has gone and unleashed the Reckoners has burned the Almighty out on them, making him much more strict and more LawfulNeutral than anything. As part of this, he no longer empowers the Blessed, instead supporting the far more self-righteous and intolerant [[KnightTemplar/TabletopGames Templars]], who can be such unlikeable jerks that many people, InUniverse and out, consider the Anti-Templars (who [[BadPowersGoodPeople sell their souls to the Reckoners... to be able to save everyone they can and to have the choice to offer forgiveness to those who have wronged]]) to be more heroic.
* The Incarnae in ''{{Exalted}}'' are complex characters, with a wide degree of moral ambiguity (if only because they're all horribly addicted to the Games of Divinity), but each one is truly dedicated to the safety and ongoing health of Creation, as pertains to his or her purview.
** The Unconquered Sun himself is an excellent example of this. He definitely has shades of GoodIsNotNice and JerkWithAHeartOfGold to his characterization as a being of arrogant pride and unwavering will, but at the same time, he possesses all four Virtues (measures of courage, empathy, steadfastness, and honesty) rated at ''ten'' on a scale of one to five. In the Primordial War which serves as the prehistory of the setting, he was willing to give himself as a hostage in exchange for a single mortal man, reasoning that as a being of Compassion if he was willing to sacrifice for the many, he must be willing to sacrifice for the one.
** Luna is strange, predatory, and quite possibly mad. That said, she exists to defend Creation against insidious foes who would destroy or devour it and to offer humanity a respite from the light of the Sun.
** The Five Maidens of Destiny are distant and inscrutable, the Loom of Fate which they oversee directs mortals into all the good (and ill) of the world. Still, the concepts they represent are both natural and essential, and they strive to make sure that the Loom, and thus the causal nature of reality, keeps running as necessary.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Sure the Imperium is full of [[KnightTemplar zealots]] who will kill you in the name of the Emperor but [[PhysicalGod the Emperor]] himself wasn't that bad a guy (except when he was, but there were still worse things, and his goals for humanity were good). His main goal in fact was to prevent humanity from going through the same thing that shattered the Eldar. Its only after he got put on life support and couldn't stop anything that his Empire got flanderized to [[CrapsackWorld what we know today.]]
** Isha is the Eldar goddess of healing, currently being held captive by Nurgle, the Chaos god of pestilence. Nurgle uses her as a guinea pig for diseases, Isha cures herself of them, and then she provides the cures to mortals while he's distracted by other matters.
** Cegorach, the Laughing God, who fights Chaos from the sidelines. However, while Cegorach ''is'' good, [[GoodIsNotNice he's not nice]].

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[[folder: Toys]]
* ''{{Bionicle}}'' Mata Nui is the Great Spirit of the Matoran. Mata Nui created everything in the Matoran Universe(from the Rahi to the Makuta), and made the three virtues for them (unity, duty, destiny). [[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Done quite a lot in the ''Tales'' series.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' gives us Seyfert, who [[spoiler:gives the protagonist the Aurora Artes he needs to save the worlds with]]. His voice is even heard congratulating you in the ending. What a guy... erm... deity.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' features the Sacred Beasts - godlike entities who lend their powers to the protagonists so that they can purify the negative EmotionBomb the world has been hit with that's causing everyone to devolve into a racist asshole. Their leader, Geyorkias, however is [[TrueNeutral kind]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold of]] [[KnightTemplar a]] [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor mood]]-[[WellIntentionedExtremist swinger]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' uses [[CrystalDragonJesus Lorelei as its God stand-in]], but the parallels between it and Yulia and God and Jesus are pretty obvious. God is also shown to be a pretty awesome guy in this story, because [[spoiler:after you single-handedly subvert the prophecy that affects all living beings, you're ''praised'' by Lorelei for doing so - since you've shown people how to live in a world with free will.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' [[OurAngelsAreDifferent doesn't]] [[PhysicalGod start]] [[FallenHero out]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist this]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope way]] but, [[spoiler:once the Spirit Martel is born to protect the new Kharlan Tree]], it gradually shifts towards it.
*** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' zigzags this. The original spirit of the Kharlan Tree, Ratatosk, wants to protect and preserve the world. Unfortunately, human beings kind of cocked it up. [[KillAllHumans You can see where this is going]]. However, [[spoiler:Emil and the party convince him that he was wrong - so, not only does he give humans a second chance, he also changes the physics of the world so that humans won't be able to mess up the world by gradually removing Mana from all living things]]. So, the game ends on a note that's something like "God is a WellIntentionedExtremist AntiHero".
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is a double subversion. The Entelexeia are more or less {{Physical God}}s but every one has a different alignment, so it's hard to pin the race as a whole down. However, [[spoiler:they all become united in a NeutralGood cause after becoming spirits]]. There's also a lot of evidence to suggest that the strongest of them, Elucifer, was a really good guy [[spoiler:before humanity murdered him]]... which is funny, [[{{Satan}} considering who his namesake is]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' zigzags with this. Milla Maxwell is unambiguously good but has NoSocialSkills when it comes to interacting with humans. [[spoiler:The ''real'' Maxwell also count. Yes, his laws are harsh [[WellIntentionedExtremist but he has a good reason for dividing the world]]: namely the fact that he was intent on wiping out the spyrex technology: which is ruining the world he made... ''which he warned people about''.]] The game also ends on this note: showing that, [[spoiler:when Milla takes the reigns of godhood, she rules as a benevolent deity.]] Also, this is the reason ''why'' [[spoiler:Gaius]] wants to become the world's Maxwell: because he thinks he can do a better job as the world's benevolent deity than the current one.
*** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' plays this straight. While Kronos seems like an all-powerful spirit intent on dicking humanity over ([[KnightTemplar which he sort of is]]), he's [[AlwaysABiggerFish not the biggest fish in the spirit pond]]. Maxwell still ranks higher than him and, yes, is still on the side of good. Furthermore, while Kronos is intent on skewing the [[HumanityOnTrial trial against humanity]] against them, [[spoiler:''Origin'']] is intent on doing the reverse: ending the game by [[spoiler:deeming that humanity has passed the trial or outright bending the rules in their favour ''just because he likes them''.]]
* ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' makes you ''think'' that GodIsEvil, given that there are some [[SinisterMinister Sinister Ministers]] and [[ChurchMilitant Church Militants]] who are most definitely on the side of evil and [[spoiler:two of the "gods" are antagonistic]]. When you get to Eesa, well, the good news is that [[spoiler:she]] is very much LawfulGood. [[spoiler:The bad news? Your plan for saving the world would turn it into a place where nobody would need her and she was physically ''made'' to be a god with no choice in the matter. And she's only just begun to recover from a massive TraumaCongaLine in her past, in which had to question her own powers and abilities as a god due to the differences among human beings and the revolutions against her, and how she ''literally'' woke up to the world in its currently messed-up state... She's not exactly in a stable mental state by the time L'Arc makes his decision and resolves to fight him ''out of self-defence''. Even though she's a really GracefulLoser when she's finally killed, learning about all the horrible things she got put through is a huge TearJerker...]] It really drives home the fact that just because God is ''good'' doesn't mean that the whole deity schtick is easy.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez'': A dying Reverend Ray asks God for one last chance to redeem himself by saving Billy and Molly. [[spoiler:He gets his prayers answered- and is able to kill Juarez with a final surge of strength.]]
* ''VideoGame/RequiemAvengingAngel''. The game can be summed up in one phrase, I kick arse for the Lord!
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'': The various gods do show up to help from time to time but are mostly aloof- which is finally explained in Nightfall with the note that they ''already'' gave the best of their gifts to mankind, so they've helped all that they can, and can't do much more. They even help ascend a human warrior to replace a fallen evil god at one point.
* ''MortalKombat'': Raiden's job description is to destroy anyone who tries to harm Earthrealm... until ''Deception'', where he [[spoiler: goes into KnightTemplar mode and in ''Armageddon'' where he decides all the other realms are threats to Earthrealm and destroys them all. The Elder Gods are also pretty big [[JerkAss Jerkasses]] who care more about rules and protocol than the mortals.]]
* ''{{Godhand}}'': Gene gets the power of God to beat up Satan (Angra in the NA translation). It turns out rather well.
* The ''{{Actraiser}}'' series has one of the most DownerEnding in history because of this. In each game, you play as GOD. You save the world from uncountable demons, make your people happy by answering their prayers and building their cities, witness most of your loyal angels die in service to you, defeat the seven deadly sins, and crush Satan (Tanzra in the localized version). What is your reward? [[spoiler:To be utterly forgotten and abandoned, while your avatar slowly crumbles away into dust since the people no longer need you.]]
* The Five Gods of Tyria in ''GuildWars'' are all good, even Grenth, the God of Death. If a "district" has the Favor Of The Gods, any player can kneel at a statue of one of the Gods and receive a blessing. Monk abilities are called Prayers; they're praying to Dwayna (and in some cases, Balthazar), for aid, and get it every time.
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', angels and demons populate the game world, with both of them having good and evil members. Nonetheless, God is mysteriously absent for most of the game, even in Celestia. Those who believe in God seem to think Him as mostly benevolent, and some of the [[NobleDemon nobler demons]] even call out to God, though they're thought as weird and un-demonly for doing so. This all comes to a head in the bad endings, when a demon makes a desperate prayer...
--> [[spoiler:'''Laharl:''' If there is a God, may He hear my plea! I, Laharl, have one request: Take my life in exchange for Flonne's!]]
-->... And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the prayer]] [[TearJerker is answered.]]
* ''{{Okami}}'' As the physical manifestation of the sun goddess the player spend their days restoring life to the world and answering prayers while smiting the forces of the underworld. Amaterasu becomes so beloved she recieves a massive praise powerup from those she's helped for the final showdown with the manifestation of evil, Yami. Even imps love her by the end of the game!
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is a dark game that only really gets darker as it goes on. There's a demonic invasion going on, in addition to a civil war that's tearing the country apart. And then, after Rafa's brother is killed and she's tearfully holding the body, the Zodiac Stone that the previous boss had held, one of a number of stones that seemed to be powering the demonic invasion, channels the power of Heaven for once instead of Hell, and pulls off a resurrection.
** Also, in terms of gameplay mechanics, a higher Faith stat means a character's magic will be stronger (at the cost of taking more damage from it).
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Taokaka gives us one as a CrowningMomentOfFunny and/or [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]]. In one of her endings, she ends up ''catapulting through the higher levels of the Hierarchical City'' so she can get back to her home on the lower levels. Turns out she went straight through a bakery on the way, and food starts raining from the sky. Her response? "Nice going, God!" At first, this seems like Tao being [[TheDitz Tao]] but then [[OnlySaneMan Litchi]] mentions that it might actually be "divine punishment" since the bakers in question had been keeping away all the good food and selling the rotten stuff to their customers - the whole thing seems like too much of a coincidence to her to not be some form of LaserGuidedKarma.
** On a more serious note, it's implied that [[BigBad Terumi]]'s reason for wanting to destroy the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu]] is because of its benevolence. Bear in mind that this guy is the embodiment of ChaoticEvil and ForTheEvulz.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' turns out to be this, which makes sense given how heavily it borrows from Gnosticism. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[DeusEstMachina Deus]] is actually a demiurge parallel and that the true "god" of the ''Xenogears'' universe is the Wave Existence - which has no interest in ruling or manipulating humans. All it really wants is to return its own plane of existence; allowing humans to call the shots on their own world.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has a multitude of gods. There's [[spoiler:Zanza]], who is [[GodIsEvil unquestionably evil]], but the others not so much. [[spoiler:Meyneth]] is completely good, beloved by all of her people and [[spoiler:Shulk]] is, of course, good but [[spoiler:relinquishes his godhood within minutes of being granted it]]. In the end, though, it's revealed that [[spoiler:none of them are actually "gods"; the one true god is Alvis and the others have just been borrowing some of his power. And for what it's worth, even though he may be a DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent, in the end he's not too bad a guy]].
* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'' [[spoiler: Arthas has trapped Tirion in ice, killed everyone else, is about to raise them as his undead slaves, and all Tirion can do is pray to the Light to grant him the strength to break free. One burst of holy light later he does and smashes [[EvilWeapon Frostmourne]] in one blow, freeing all the souls the sword had stolen and rendering him defenseless.]] Of course as with all things to do with the Holy Light it's arguable as to whether it's actually the Light acting, or the person wielding it having a moment of absolute faith.
** More Tirion and the Light: After having his powers stripped for protecting an orc (Eitrigg), he finds Eitrigg mortally wounded and prays to Light for help and finds that his powers were never stripped to begin with. Tirion's faith and pureness are just too powerful. Once an outcast and banished, he's now the leader of the Argent Crusade and revered as the greatest paladin who ever lived, by both factions. He even sees the good in Death Knight Darion Mograine and allies with him to stop Arthas. In many fans' eyes, Tirion is no longer mortal, but an Eternal servant of the Light. "The Light does not abandon its champions." said by what was basically Warcraft's version of, an Angel. Said Angel also mentions Paradise, leading players to believe there is some sort of Heaven in Warcraft. The Light, in the eyes of some players, is indeed God.
** Elune prefers working behind the scenes and empowering Her priests and priestesses as proxies but is nonetheless a good example of this trope.
* In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', [[spoiler:God's really trying to fix things and while He's got the [[TheTokyoFireball heavy artillery]] in reserve, He's also doing His level best to help humanity put the demons back in their box without going KnightTemplar.]] He also [[spoiler:gave Cain eternal life to give him time to repent and atone for the slaying of Abel.]] [[ThePunishment That one sort of backfired]], but God's intentions (if we take Remiel's word for it) were good.
** The [[UpdatedRerelease Overcloked]] suggests that [[spoiler: God ''intentionally'' set up the CainAndAbel scenario to get a Murderer and Martyr, as well as having Abel absorb some of Bel inside him with his hate. Furthermore, while he still [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption waits until the last second to get nasty]], he's also pretty quick to turn on the protagonists if they rebel. Opinion varies over whether His behavior is [[PayEvilUntoEvil acceptable]] or [[MoralEventHorizon not]], given that [[ApocalypseHow the alternatives]] aren't pretty.]]
* Played for drama in ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}''. [[spoiler: Etro is a kind figure and gives magical power without making the receiver a slave in exchange. However, the gifts she gives people suck because they're CastFromLifeSpan and her DivineIntervention to save the heroes in XIII-1 causes many of the problems in this one, like retconning Lightning out of existence]]. To put it lightly, this may be SE's darkest game yet.
* In stark contrast to how most deities are portrayed in the series, [[DissidiaFinalFantasy Cosmos]] genuinely tries her best to defeat overwhelming evil and pulls off not one but ''two'' {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'': James is the nicest guy there is, he's the only god who isn't evil, or looking for war. But when push comes to shove, he pushes back hard.
** Persephone is a subversion, she is nice and respectful, but tend to go to KnightTemplar mode fast. But she does have her moments, she rewards the player for showing mercy to Dragons, and brings some Mutants to her care, when they were threatened.
* The Wise One in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' is a GoodIsNotSoft example, because it knows exactly how Alchemists can pervert the world and will do whatever he can to protect the planet. However, it always does its best to look out for the innocent - [[LoopholeAbuse and will even abuse its own loopholes]] to ensure as many people as possible survive. [[spoiler:The Wise One is actually a case of AIIsACrapshoot. The precursors created it specifically to prevent the return of Alchemy. The Wise One decided on its own to let Alchemy return, since the heroes' actions convinced it to give them a chance.]]
* You wouldn't expect it, given how there's often an [[GodIsEvil evil deity]] at the end of the games, but the ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' series actually ''does'' have some examples.
** The Dragon God Ladon appears in the [[VideoGame/BreathOfFireII second]] and [[VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII third]] games and, while he's a little grouchy (totally understandable on account of [[spoiler:a demon creating a PathOfInspiration and warping human belief into a force of pure evil and the aforementioned demon's mother restricting technology to the world purely to keep human development down]]), he's still a good guy. In a similar vein, ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' features the World Tree Yggdrasil: who is a rather ChaoticGood sort of deity who wants humanity to be able to determine their own future and doesn't really care about laying down rules or laws for them to follow.
** In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', literal GodEmperor Fou-Lu is genuinely a benevolent being. Sure, [[GoodIsNotSoft he doesn't appreciate betrayal]] [[GoodIsNotNice or people trying to murder him]], but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuinely cares about people and wants to fulfil his role as their god]] by regaining his full power and reigning as a just emperor. [[{{Understatement}} It doesn't work out like he'd hoped]]. [[spoiler:The leaders of the empire that he's meant to return to decide, for no other reason than pure greed, to keep him from the throne at any cost. They hound him at every turn, try killing his physical body whenever they find him, and eventually kidnap his LoveInterest - ''torture her until she completely breaks down'' - and then use her broken spirit as ammunition for a Weapon of Mass Destruction (which deals more damage the closer the ammunition's connection was to the target). This causes the god to completely cross the DespairEventHorizon, declare that HumansAreBastards and that he's going to KillEmAll... ''unless'' you manage to get the best ending, in which case he will return to his former kindness and assimilate into the hero: [[RestoredMyFaithInHumanity his faith in the humans who called him to the world restored]].]]
** ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'''s Odjn is a strange thing that will kill the protagonist Ryu if he uses too much of its power. However, this is ''not'' because it's evil but, rather, because it is by its very nature [[EldritchAbomination a being beyond human comprehension and understanding.]] In the ending, [[spoiler:it more or less refuses to let Ryu pull a HeroicSacrifice due to over-exerting its power and opts to revive him so that he can live happily on the surface world with Nina and Lin.]]
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* TalesOfTheQuestor: Questor himself quotes scripture durring battle. During a moment of crisis, God reaffirms His presence and provides comfort and encouragement. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00214.html See for yourself.]]
* In {{Sinfest}}, God is a [[JerkassGod Jerk]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold With A Heart of Gold]] God. He's an immature prankster, to be certain, but He honestly has His creations' welfare in mind (as shown by His disgust for [[TheFundamentalist Seymour]].).

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* Zeus and Hera in Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. They are HappilyMarried and enjoy a good reputation among mortals. This is in sharp contrast to the original mythology where Zeus was more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and Hera was often outright antagonistic.
* ''DrawnTogether'': Despite being a BlackComedy show, God is portrayed as a pretty NiceGuy at the end of the episode 3, just after Princess Clara says that Xandir will go to hell for being gay, and then [[spoiler:God says that He actually likes the gay people.]]
* There are a few [[{{Fanon}} debated]] examples from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Princess Celestia raises the sun each morning, bringing warmth and light to Equestria. She is also a kind motherly figure to her subjects, who are in complete awe of her. When the ponies do something they fear will upset her, she laughs it off with a gentle chastise, at worst.
** Her sister Princess Luna, who raises the moon each night, ''used'' to be bad but got better with a dose of LoveRedeems, and now she is a prime example of DarkIsNotEvil. Less restrained than her sister, the Princess of the Night speaks with a deafening voice that brings gale-force winds, her hooves crack the earth, and if she gets annoyed, clouds form and the sky starts to rumble. ...and she just wants everyone to realize she's not [[GreenEyedMonster Nightmare Moon]] anymore and to stop fearing her, and she once helped Scootaloo overcome her fears by appearing in her dreams, and played with the children on [[YouMeanXMas the series' version of Halloween]]. She's scary, but as kind as her sister.
* In the very beginning of ''SamuraiJack'' three gods of Egyptian, Hindu and Norse origins battled and destroyed an immense EldritchAbomination MadeOfEvil, and when one tiny part of it that they missed fell to Earth and turned into [[BigBad Aku]], they provided a worthy human with a weapon capable of destroying him.

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