Answers to the Name of God
aka: Answering To Oh My God
Oh God! Smith:
"Smith" will suffice.
A character exclaims, "Oh God
!" Or "Jesus Christ!" or some other variation. Another character reacts as if he has been addressed. Can be used by heroes or villains, and is usually an indicator of great power
, great insanity
, or both
; otherwise, it's Played for Laughs
Originally named after the dialogue exchange quoted above, when Smith starts copying himself over Bane.
If a Card-Carrying Villain
, he will wryly comment that he's quite the opposite.
Compare A God Am I
and Blasphemous Boast
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- Light Yagami of Death Note does this from time to time (particularly when talking to Mikami, who actually is addressing him). It does indicate both power and insanity, but mostly insanity.
- In another variant, God is the name he most commonly uses to address himself.
- The dorm leader of Maria†Holic, a short menacing cat eared lady whose name is in fact God
- In the Oneshot Shaman King Flowers - Hana's Epoch, Hana is complaining that his life is boring and miserable and asks to God if he hates him. Cue Hao saying "Did you call?"
- A variant occurs in the Marvel Comics miniseries Captain Marvel: when Mar-Vell confronts the leader of a religion based on him, she says, "Oh my God!" and he responds, "I hope you don't mean that literally."
- Done in a The Punisher special, where a serial killer says "I like that. Being called 'God'."
- There's an older Batman comic containing an exchange between Commissioner Gordon and The Joker, after the Joker suddenly walks into the commissioner's office:
Commissioner Gordon: Oh my God!
Joker: (spins to look behind him) Where?! ...Oh, I see. You were addressing me.
- In an even earlier issue (Laughing Fish, which was the basis for the below episode of the Animated Series), Joker bursts into a patent office, and the clerk remarks "Good Lord!" After asking where the Lord was and looking around. He then says "Oh, were you addressing me? A term of endearment perhaps. Admit it, you've always secretly admired me."
- In volume 1, chapter 3 of Tom Strong, Tom Strong releases the artificial intelligence Quetzalacoatl 9 from his Aztech creators.
Oh God. Oh, great God
... Quetzalacoatl 9: Exactly.
- Batman, Under the Hood:
Batman: Oh God...
Red Hood/Jason Todd: No. Wanna guess again?
Oh dear God. Golgoth:
You may call me Golgoth
- In the XXXenophile short Now Museum, a statue of four ancient goddesses comes alive and they teach a female night guard that men aren't everything. During her Immodest Orgasm she yells out "Oh My God!"... The goddesses reply "Yes?"
- Paparazzi features this exchange — and consider that Wonderboy is stupid enough for this to actually be a mistake on his part.
Woman: Oh, sweet Jesus!
Wonderboy: It's Wonderboy, actually. Close, though!
- From Top 10: The police get called to a crime scene, which turns out to be the murder of Baldur.
Synesthesia Oh, Jesus...
King Peacock: Actually, Baldur's more of a Teutonic antecedent of Jesus, but you're in the right ballpark.
- Brief example in the biopic Jobs.
- The aforementioned The Matrix example is the former Trope Namer.
- Trinity also replies to Neo's surprised exclamations of "God!" and "Jesus!".
- Superman II, when the President has just been forced to Kneel Before Zod, and is horrified.
President: Oh, God!
- L.A. Confidential:
- In Chicago, while discussing hiring a con-artist lawyer:
Roxie Hart: Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Mama: You're talkin' to the wrong people, honey.
- In the Ghost Rider movie based on the Marvel Universe character, the love interest shouts out "Jesus!" when discovering a body. The demonic villain is suddenly revealed in the room as he says, "Not even close..."
- Specifically, the villain is The Devil's son, meaning he's the exact opposite of Jesus.
- In The Big Lebowski, minor character Jesus Quintana makes an overblown threat to the Dude's friend Walter.
Jesus: You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus.
- Bruce Almighty:
Grace: Oh my God.
Bruce: You can call me Bruce.
- At this point in the movie, Bruce actually has been given God's powers, making this a play on the trope.
- Oh God! You Devil:
Bobby Shelton: Who are you?
*The devil sticks up his thumb, and a flame comes out of it, like a cigarette lighter. He lights a cigar with the flame, then extinguishes the flame by blowing on his thumb. Bobby Shelton's reaction is a mixture of shock and disgust.*
Bobby Shelton: My God!
Devil: (wry smile) Guess again.
- Hellraiser series:
J.P. Monroe: Jesus Christ!
Pinhead: Not quite.
- Hellraiser: Bloodline features Pinhead responding to an "Oh my God"-type moment with "Do I look like someone who cares what God thinks?"
- Death Machine. The villain, Jack Dante, is hamming it up, and the annoyed good guy rolls his eyes and remarks "Christ." Dante responses with "Not quite... but close."
- In History Of The World, Part I, the server at the Last Supper (played by Mel Brooks) shouts, "Okay, okay! Jesus!" and Jesus himself replies, "Yes?"
- Classic variation from Mae West, in the movie Night After Night:
"Goodness, what beautiful diamonds."
"Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie."
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (original) has this early exchange:
Victim: Oh, God!
Freddy (gesturing to his face with the claws): This is God.
Jesse Braun: Oh, God!
Freddy Krueger: No. Just me.
- Inverted in 1776, where the obnoxious and disliked John Adams discovers that Thomas Jefferson, after a week of writer's block, hasn't finished the Declaration of Independence.
Adams: Good GOD! A whole week! The entire earth was created in a week!
Jefferson: Someday, you must tell me how you did it.
- Played straight in the first Wishmaster movie, when, after the Jerkass Genie has arranged something horrible to happen, the (unwitting at the time) wisher says "Oh my god!", with the JG replying "Not yet, mortal. Soon".
- When Fireball shows up in The Running Man, Amber exclaims "Jesus Christ!". Ben responds, "Guess again."
- In Death Becomes Her, when Lisle displays the rejuvenating properties of the potion on Ernest's hand, he exclaims, "My god!" Lisle smiles and says, "Thank you."
- The Prophecy:
Katherine: Oh God...
Lucifer: God? God is love. I don't love you.
- Done in The Ruling Class, where the 14th Earl of Gurney (Peter O'Toole) believes he's Jesus.
- 30 Days of Night
Leader vampire: God? (looks around) No God.
- From Arachnophobia:
- Played with in Big Mommas House, when one of the undercover cops has just moved into a neighborhood as part of the operation and is greeted by his female neighbors. When asked if he has a wife, he replies that she's "gone". They sadly ask if she's with Jesus. He corrects them by saying that the guy prefers the Spanish pronunciation.
- After he had to destroy his vampirized daughter Mina, Prof. Van Helsing in Dracula (1979) holds his hands to his face and proclaims, "Oh, the devil." Dracula, who has entered the room without him noticing, answers "I'm not as bad as that."
- Painfully popular in what we might call the amateur porn of the Internet, especially when it involves Foe Yay being taken to its logical conclusion...
- My Little Avengers: The following exchange occurs when Big Mac reveals to his sister that he's Thor by transforming into him:
- Fun With Flying, an X-Men: Evolution fanfic, has Pietro Maximoff doing this. Repeatedly.
- A variation occurs in Good Omens when the Hell's Angels realize the foursome that just walked into their bar are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. One of them exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" while another, who had paid some attention to Revelation, says, "He's probably looking for somewhere to park his bike."
- In The Bear and The Dragon people keep reacting to President Jack Ryan's presence unannounced with "Jesus!" He eventually responds, towards the end of the book, with "That's not my name!"
- Variation: in The Master and Margarita, a Soviet bureaucrat shouts, "The devils take me," having been thoroughly exasperated by Behemoth and Korovyev. Being more or less devils, they enthusiastically agreed and promptly "took" him, leaving behind his empty animated suit. (One English translation has him saying "Damn me", with the same result).
- Similarly, in The Sword and the Stone the curse "Castor and Pollux blow me to Bermuda!" is more effective than planned.
- In the short story Young Goodman Brown, one character exclaims "The Devil!" (somewhat akin to "What the hell?") when startled by a character who later actually turns out to be the Devil.
- In the Discworld novel Small Gods, where Brutha, the protagonist, carries his god (currently in the form of a tortoise) around with him:
Brutha: Oh, my god...
Om: What now?
- Inverted earlier in the novel: Brutha sees an eagle and remembers Om, who ended up in his vicinity due to an eagle's failure to turn said god into lunch. The people who are traveling with him at the time mistake this for a general exclamation.
Brutha: Oh! My God!
Others: What? What is it?
Brutha: Er, has anyone seen my tortoise?
- A running gag in-story in the Undead series by Mary Janice Davidson. Vampires cannot bear to hear Christ's name or any prayer, as it causes them physical pain. Betsy's tendency to take the Lord's name in vain is therefore unfortunate given her relationship with the vampire Sinclair. So every time she exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" Sinclair winces and says, "I've asked you not to call me that."
- In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, when Jennifer exclaims, "Dear God," Will says another Person holds that post.
- In Curse of the Azure Bonds. Paraphrased:
- Non-religious variant in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:
- Many of the swears and oaths used in Codex Alera revolve around "furies," elemental beings that give people control over the elements. When Amara sees the full power of Garados and Thana, a massive mountain and his "wife," the cold winds from the Sea of Ice, she expresses her shock in the standard Aleran swear of "great furies." Placidus Aria simply responds with "two of them."
- In Tales of Kolmar, a character once exclaims, "Goddess, Rella!" and Rella lightly responds, "Not yet, but I'm working on it." She isn't; she just has a very irreverent sense of humor.
- In The Dresden Files, Harry gets through explaining about necromancy to Butters, and then:
Butters Jesus Christ!
Dresden I don't think they had anything to do with that one.
- In Memory Sorrow And Thorn, in one book a Sithi randomly shows up in a human war camp. Most humans have never seen a Sithi and they're believed to be nearly extinct, leading one human to exclaim "Blessed Elysia, Mother of our Ransomer!" note The Sithi replies that no, actually her name is Aditu. Note that Sithi are very alien to humans (and vice-versa), but also that Aditu has a playfully mocking sense of humor, so it's unclear if she honestly believed she was the one being addressed, or was just making a joke.
- Frasier: A subversion in Back Talk, when Frasier is dealing with severe back pain. Everyone is trying to give him advice.
- One joke on Never Mind the Buzzcocks has this to say about a dinosaur being named after Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.
- Charmed does this a lot, especially in the early seasons.
- In Yes, Prime Minister, young civil servant Bernard has been instructed to change the locks to keep his senior, Sir Humphrey, out. Sir Humphrey had a spare unofficial key however and appears, apoplectic with rage, before a terrified Bernard.
Bernard: Oh my God!
Sir Humphrey: No Bernard, it's just your boss.
Hacker: How did Humphrey know where I was?
Bernard: God moves in a mysterious way.
Hacker: Let me make one thing clear. Sir Humphrey is not God. Okay?
Bernard: Will you tell him or shall I?
- In the 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). Bernard explains what the abbreviations mean in the Civil Service:
Bernard: ...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".
- This was also done in an episode of Spin City, where guest star Christopher Lloyd's character thought he was God.
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Fear Itself", Xander came dressed as James Bond for Halloween, just in case they get turned into their costumes like they were in a previous Halloween episode. Willow dressed up as Joan of Arc, because of their similarities, like the time she was almost burned at the stake for being a witch, or her close relationship with God. Her boyfriend, Oz, reveals his costume as a simple name tag sticker: "Hello. My name is God".
Xander: Why didn't I think of that? I coulda been God!
- Later, after having to listen to annoying "spooky" sound effects in a haunted house, the noises finally stop:
Buffy: Thank God!
Oz: (holding power lead) You're welcome.
- In an early episode of Joan of Arcadia, Joan, who is still reluctant about her new mission and frustrated with the lack of clarity, has this exchange.
Joan: No, I... I was taking your name in vain. To be technical. Sorry.
- In the fourth episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, Flashheart, a popular British aviator enters Blackadder's dugout. Private George and Private Baldrick are aghast
George: MY GOD!
Flashheart: Yes, I suppose I am.
- And from the second series:
Baby-eating Bishop of Bath and Wells:' Drugged, by God!
Blackadder: No, by Baldrick actually, but the effect is much the same.
- Supernatural likes this trope:
Molly: Oh, thank God!
Dean: Call me Dean.
Dean: (after seeing Alastair disappear in a bright flash of light) What the Hell?
Castiel: Guess again.
- And, from season 4's finale:
Ruby: Now guess who's coming to dinner ...
Sam: Oh my God ...
Ruby: Guess again. note
- The Web episode in which the Ghostfacers meet Cas.
Ed: *reacting to Castiel's sudden appearance* JESUS CHRIST!
Castiel: *slightly confused* No...I'm Castiel.
- Mash occasionally played with a twist of this set-up with Father Mulcahey;
Mulcahey: Good news, Colonel, that was the last of the wounded.
Potter: Thank God.
Mulcahey: I did, sir.
- In the episode "Devil's Due" of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a woman who may be the devil transports Picard off the Enterprise, toys with him for a while, transports him back to the bridge in his bathrobe, and causes him to paraphrase Mae West (above):
Crewman: Captain! Thank goodness you're all right!
Picard: Goodness had nothing to do with it.
- In the Bones episode, "The Witch in the Wardrobe", Hodgins gives Angela a neck massage, which she enjoys a little too much.
Angela: Oh God, oh thank you God!
Hodgins: "God" is a little formal. "Hodgins" will do.
- In Episode 524 of The Muppet Show, the Newsman reads a news story about a black-and-yellow striped mackerel getting elected king. At first he thinks it's a prank (especially since he had also read a story about a spy ring attempting to sneak ridiculous stories into the news), but then one of the guards in the theater escorts the new king into the news room:
The Newsman: [amazed]
Holy mackerel! King:
No, "Your Highness" will do.
- The Red Dwarf episode "Lemons" features this:
Lister Really? Jesus!
Man Sat Behind Him Yes?
- Partially justified in that the man's name is actually Jesus. Not the famous one, but the crew manage to convince him that he is for a while.
- In the Being Human episode "Being Human 1955", when the pawn shop owner says "Jesus Christ" in response to Hal returning to his shop after freaking him out, Hal shows his fangs and says "Not quite."
- A variant upon the introduction of Sherlock's brother in Season 2 of Elementary:
Sherlock: My God.
- In an episode of Murphy's Law where Murphy reveals he's an undercover cop to a suspect he's been working:
Richard Mooney: Oh my God.
Tom Murphy: Well, Tommy will do for now.
- There's an old joke where a man gets hit by a car while committing a bank robbery. He wakes up in a fiery pit.
Thief: Good heavens!
Devil: Not quite...
- An old Harvard anecdote tells of a Theology professor nearly getting run down by a truck driver.
Driver: Jesus Christ!
Prof: (calmly) No, just his servant.
- A joke that is told about many statesmen:
Wife of statesman: "Oh my god!"
Statesman: "<his first name> will suffice while we're among us."
- One story about Charles De Gaulle states that his wife walked in on him while in his bath, and promptly exclaimed "Oh my God!" To which Charles replied "You may call me Charles, dear, I've learned to remain humble."
- The head psychiatrist of an asylum is reading the weekly progress reports. On seeing one of the inmates had suddenly declared himself to be Napoleon, because God had said so. The psychiatrist exclaims, "I said no such thing!"
- In some versions of the joke, the inmate proclaims this out loud, and another inmate is the one who says "I said no such thing!"
- A Russian joke about a New Russian has a similar sentiment:
A New Russian's daughter comes to introduce her new boyfriend to her father. The father takes the boyfriend to his study for a private chat.
New Russian: So, do you own your apartment already?
Boyfriend: Umm... no... but I believe God will help me!
New Russian: OK, a job? Do you have a job?
Boyfriend: Ummm... no... again... but I believe God will help me!
New Russian: Hmm. Interesting. So how do you expect to support my daughter and your children, should you decide to have any?
Boyfriend: Ahh... I don't really know yet... but... I believe God will help me with that, as well!
After a little more of this exchange, the boyfriend leaves to go to the bathroom. The New Russian summons his daughter, who asks him:
Daughter: So, Daddy, what do you think of him?
New Russian: Well, he's a bit of a loser, but he's honest and I really like what he calls me.
- There's a joke that takes the trope name literally, where a robber breaks into someone's house and there's a parrot that keeps repeating "Jesus is watching you!" The robber decides to ignore the parrot and continue with his job, until it transpires that "Jesus" is the name of the family's Rottweiler (or similar aggressive breed of dog).
- A Silicon Valley joke (also used for surgeons, fighter pilots, etc.):
What's the difference between God and Larry Ellison?
God doesn't think he's Larry Ellison.
- And of course the smartass response if anyone takes the Lord's name in vain.
"Yes, my son?"
- Inverted in an Eddie Izzard skit:
God: "Jesus Christ, what on Earth is that!?"
Jesus: "Don't take my name in vain, Dad!"
God: "Jeezie Chreezie, what on Earth is that!?"
Jesus: "Don't call me Jeezie Chreezie!"
- Inverted in the Bill Cosby concert film Bill Cosby: Himself.
Bill Cosby: It was because of my father that, from the ages of seven to fifteen, I thought that my name was Jesus Christ, and my brother, Russell, thought that his name was Dammit. "Dammit, will you stop all that noise?" And, "Jesus Christ, sit down!" One day, I'm out playing in the rain, and my father yelled, "Dammit will you get back in here!" I said, "Dad, I'm Jesus Christ!"
- Hilariously inverted in his Noah's Ark routine. When God reveals himself and explains his plan, a skeptical Noah responds, "Who is this really?"
- Given their usual level of power over the game world (and responsibility for keeping it running), Game Masters responding in this way to appropriate utterances at 'their' table with varying degrees of seriousness isn't exactly unheard of.
- In the Dark Comedy play The Ruling Class, The 14th Earl of Gurney, Jack (played marvelously in the film version by Peter O'Toole) is convinced that he is Jesus Christ, the Messiah. When one character exclaims "Jesus Christ" he calmly answers, "Yes?"
- He also originated the quote "How did you realize you were God?" "Well, I was praying one day and then realized I was talking to myself."
- Related: In the 2010 stage revival of Yes, Prime Minister, After Jim Hacker says, "Oh God!" The lights go out due to the thunderstorm & Humphrey appears in the doorway, illuminated from behind.
- A variation: In the Larry Shue play The Nerd, a character once swears "Jesus!" loudly, but Rick Steadman (the eponymous nerd) thinks the character is addressing him. Rick comments that the name would make him sound like he came from the Bible, or at least be a baseball player: "Jesus Steadman!" He then responds to the name for the rest of the show.
- In Neverwinter Nights 2:
Grobnar: And we could look, at last, for the Wendersnaven!
Sand: Oh, Gods.
Grobnar: No, they're not gods. They're the Wendersnaven...
- Although such obliviousness is pretty well par for the course wherever Grobnar is concerned.
- Command & Conquer: Renegade:
Mobius: (to Sydney) Thank God you're alive!
Parker: You're welcome.
- Inverted in Far Cry 3. When you follow Willis Huntley into his home:
You have ten seconds to tell me who you are before I blow you to hell. Jason: Jesus!
I highly doubt it. Five seconds.
...Mark Jones! Mark:
Jesus Christ!! Jesus:
- A variant occurs in an episode of Animaniacs that retold the story of Noah:
Noah: Ma, is that you? Your voice changed.
God: I'm not your mother, Noah.
Noah: Oh, my God.
- A short cartoon shown in the early days of Spike And Mike involved the main character interrupting, among other things, a brain surgery in progress...
Surgeon: God! Oh God!
Rick: Oh please, let's not be formal. Call me "Bishop".
- In every South Park episode that features Jesus, some character will exclaim "Jesus!", prompting Jesus to inquire, "Yes?"
- In an episode of Family Guy, where Peter has convinced others that he has healing abilities and is the Messiah.
Lois: (sees a giant golden idol in Peter's image) Oh my God!
Lois: That's not funny.
- And another:
God: (after accidentally burning down a bar) Jesus Christ!
God: Get the Escalade, we're out of here!
- Yet another:
Peter: (seeing that their bar hasn't been destroyed by the hurricane) Thank God!
God: (on horseback) You're welcome!
- Subverted in Futurama.
Bender: Oh my God. Are you...God?
- In Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker pulls of a more family-friendly version on a copyright official.
Mr. Francis: Great Scott!
Joker: Actually, I'm Irish.
- In Superman: The Animated Series, when Jimmy and Lois see the demon Superman is fighting:
Lois: Not the word I would use.
- A variation occurs in another episode where Bruno Mannheim finds himself on Apokolips and asks "Where in God's name are we?" to which Kanto replies, "That depends. Which god are you talking about?"
- Bromwell High has an episode where one of the teachers build a robotic Jesus. Obviously, when said teacher says Jesus in dismay, the robot went "...Yes?".
- A Running Gag in Sheep in the Big City is whenever a character exclaims "Great Scott!", a stereotypical Scotsman by that name appears and says, "YEEESS?!"
- Played with in The Oblongs.
Pristine: When things look their darkest, and I'm not sure there's a reason to go on, there's always one person I turn to.
Pristine: Yes, but he pronounces it 'Hey-Zeus.' He's the best facialist in Hill Valley.
- Used often in the Metal Gear Awesome series of Flash shorts:
Snake: Shut up, for Christ's sake, I know how to climb a ladder, Jesus ow my EAR!!
Jesus: Sorry, bro. (heals Snake's ear)
Snake: Thanks, Jesus.
Jesus: It's coo'.
- Taken to its logical extreme when Snake, disgusted by Otacon's pantswetting, calls out Jesus' name. Jesus appears, is also disgusted, and calls out God's name. Subsequently, God appears, and is disgusted to the point of regretting ever creating piss.
- One of the shorts in the collaborative The Matrix parody, The Matrix Has You involves a scene where a carpenter accidentally puts a nail in his thumb and shouts: "Jesus CHRIST!" Cue Jesus sighing and asking "Whaddya want?"
- In chargesdotcomdotbr, there's a vertically-challenged interviewer named Tobby who interviews well-known people (or their expies). While interviewing Romário, Tobby asked how Romário would define himself. Romário arrogantly asked how to define such a wonderful, perfect and talented person and Tobby's response led Romário to congratulate him for making a good definition.
- Fairly sinister example- Professional Killer Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski once said this:
I don't believe in God. People have called me God, though- "Oh God, no! Oh God, no!"
- Marie: "God, your feet are cold!"
Vince Lombardi: "When we're in bed, just call me Vince."
- Not Always Learning had a teacher use this.
- In the book, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, a patient said, "Jesus Christ, stop that snoring," when a man was snoring in his dorm. The patient who thought he was Jesus replied, "That wasn't me who was snoring, it was him!"