Susan: I think I'd better tell you... My grandfather is Death.The living (roughly humanoid) embodiment of a fundamental abstraction. They may be god-like in power, but have a much narrower focus. Athena does many things; Death only one. However, the limits of what they can accomplish and the extent of their authority is usually dependent on what they represent. If the being personifies water, then all they can control and have authority over is water. Anything not related to water, a water elemental couldn't help you with. On the other hand, if the personified force is something like destruction or creation, then the entity would have a larger purview to work with. Also, while a god might have for freedom of agency, a personified force can be more powerful. Hades may command the dead and the underworld, but Thanatos IS death and capable of reaping anyone, even the gods. On the other hand, some Anthropomorphic Personifications are much weaker, perhaps due to having a minor sphere of influence (similar to Odd Job Gods). In non-magical series they resemble a Sufficiently Advanced Alien, but unlike them are an intrinsic part of the workings of the universe. Note that a character representing an idea is not enough, they have to literally be the idea's physical form.
Bilious: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
Susan: I said Death.
Bilious: You mean, the robes, the—
Susan: —Scythe, white horse, bones... yes. Death.
Bilious: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
Susan: I said Death.
Bilious: You mean, the robes, the—
Susan: —Scythe, white horse, bones... yes. Death.
- Good - May be one of either the Dungeon Master, often kept off-stage; a Crystal Dragon Jesus who is Sealed Good in a Can; or sometimes a God of Good.
- Evil - Traditionally Satan (or a Satanic Archetype), though a generic God of Evil or other personification will also fit.
- Chaos - Either the ultimate trickster or the Big Bad.
- Order/Law - Enemy of Chaos, sometimes a Big Bad.
- Fate - Commonly a trinity in fiction (maiden, mother, and crone).
- Death - Traditionally The Grim Reaper, sometimes a villain.
- Life/Nature - Mother Nature
- Time - Father Time
- Law and Order - Lady Justice
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- Commercials for a feminine product feature Mother Nature surprising women with their "Monthly Gift".
- The Chiffon Margarine commercials from the late sixties and early seventies featured Mother Nature being fooled into thinking Chiffon was butter after tasting it. "It's not nice to fool... Mother Nature! (Dramatic Thunder)".
- In one Halls cough drop ad, the personification of Winter - an old man, gets tackled by the personification of the cough drop - a football player.
- Cleverly used in this French ad as part of a Tomato Surprise at the end.
- Kool-Aid Man has, in the past, acted as the AP of refreshment — arguably, anyway — when in order to give him some justification for all his property damage, the advertising introduced what was unmistakably the AP of thirst: Scorch. A Kool-Aid ad campaign in the '90s involved a contest for which kids procuring a map and watching the commercials for clues to where Scorch was hiding.
- A Fiat car commercial features a man meeting a model that gives him a bit of Slap-Slap-Kiss while speaking to him in Italian. As he leans in to kiss her, he finds a car parked where she had been standing, painted in the same colours as the model's dress.
- Another insurance commercial is similar to the Fiat ad: a man has a gigantic infant whom he washes, protects from harm, etc. Then we see that "his baby" is actually a sports car.
- This frankly unnerving Folgers coffee ad has relentlessly cheerful Anthropomorphic Personifications of sunlight annoying all the Not Morning People.
- An ad for the sleep aid Belsomra visualizes sleeping and wakefulness as the words SLEEP AND WAKE with hair, where SLEEP acts like a cat and WAKE acts like a dog. While they aren't terribly antagonistic they aren't supposed to be out at the same time either.
- Allstate Insurance ads feature Mayhem, as portrayed by Dean Winters, personifying all the unexpected events that might cause damage you would want to be insured against.
Anime & Manga
- Ballad Of A Shinigami and Death Note both feature central characters who are Shinigami, the Japanese equivalent of Grim Reapers, though the two series portray them quite differently.
- Bleach is also about Shinigami. The personifications of the characters' weapons also make appearances.
- The Espada (powerful Hollows created by amalgamations of ex-human souls) are anthropomorphic personifications of facets of death as applied to the human experience. In numerical order:
- Coyote Starrk: Loneliness/Sloth
- Baraggan Louisenbairn: Aging/Pride
- Tier Harribel: Sacrifice
- Ulquiorra Cifer: Emptiness
- Nnoitra Gilga: Despair/Envy
- Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez: Destruction/Want
- Zommari Rureaux: Intoxication
- Szayelaporro Granz: Madness/Lust
- Aaroniero Arruruerie: Greed/Gluttony
- Yammy Llargo: Rage/Wrath
- The Espada (powerful Hollows created by amalgamations of ex-human souls) are anthropomorphic personifications of facets of death as applied to the human experience. In numerical order:
- The eight demon Kings from Blue Exorcist are revealed to be this. They were originally mere concepts but as humanity civilisation developped They started to take form and finally their ego sprout and They incarnated.
- Binchou-tan is about a group of Anthropomorphic Personifications of various natural substances and phenomena, all of whom appear as cute Japanese children.
- In the Magician's Academy world it is possible to personify any item (or it can personify itself) if the item collects some magic power. In fact, Falce's power is to turn items into living spirits.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- The manga had personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins whose names reflected on their appearances, personalities and powers. Lust took the form of a sexy woman, Gluttony could eat anything, Greed wanted to have everything he could, etc. Interestingly, it's later revealed that they are the "sins" of Father given form. Which explains why he refers to them as "my avarice" or "my wrath", etc.
- In the original anime, although the characters had those names and those qualities, they weren't actual personifications of anything. They were artificial humans created through alchemy. The names and personalities may have been a theme of their creator, but they don't actually represent these sins.
- The entity known only as "the Truth" describes itself roughly as the personification of everything: "I am the world, or the universe. I am all. I am one. And... I am you." Some characters refer to it as God, but it is better understood as the personification of Truth: harsh, unforgiving, and immutable.
- Axis Powers Hetalia, as mentioned in the trope write-up, follows the Anthropomorphic Personifications of various countries through history, complete with National Stereotypes. For example, Germany is strict and ruthlessly efficient, America is an obnoxious, clueless Love Freak with a hero complex, Japan is a stiff and privately a bit of a Yamato Nadeshiko and Covert Pervert, Russia is huge, completely fucking insane and loves Vodka, England can't cook, and so on. At times, however, the nation's behavior isn't as stereotypical as one might expect. For example, while you might expect England to have a Stiff Upper Lip, he is actually a Tsundere Covert Pervert. He wears many hats however, and is noted as also being a gentleman, keeping to more classic stereotypes. This dissonance from common expectation might be explained by the fact that different countries have different stereotypes for each other. Notice how the Anime section of Stiff Upper Lip is rather thin?
- In Getter Robo, it's explained that everything has a conscience - the elements, time, space and so on, with Getter Robo itself being the living embodiment of evolution.
- "Mecha Musume" is a form of anime fanart in which a vehicle, is drawn as a cute girl essentially wearing parts of the vehicle in question. such as wearing a Humongous Mecha as Power Armor, or a World War II-era fighter as wings with the tail as boots and the main fuselage over one arm. The series' Strike Witches, Sky Girls and Kantai Collection (the last of which originated as a Video Game) are based on this idea.
- In Hellsing Seras has a dream in which she meets the Anthropomorphic Personification of her cannon, Hakonnen. Alucard has a familiar dream but his gun, Jackal, apparently couldn't decide which famous actor or assassin he should be personified, so he dropped the idea and manifested himself as two eyes and voice.
- Soul Eater:
- The original Clown in the manga claimed to be the personification of insanity (specifically, the product of Asura's massive, maddening soul wavelength). It induces hallucinations in anyone within close proximity to it. The series does have Grim Reaper characters but they're not strictly shown to be personifications of death (perhaps closer to psychopomps due to their soul collecting, by proxy in Shinigami's case).
- The Great Old Ones each personify aspects of human madness, essentially madness born out of ________. There were once eight of these, but only five remain Eibon is knowledge, Asura is fear, and Lord Death (and by extension Kid) is order, Excalibur is rage, and the unnamed one in the Book of Eibon is power. The other three have not been revealed as of yet.
- In Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei's Karakuridouji Ultimo the titular 100 Karakuridouji robots were created to see which force was greater - good or evil. As such, there is a team of Evil Doji based on the Seven Deadly Sins, and a team of Good Doji based on Buddhism's Six Perfections. The leaders personify good and evil - Ultimo and Vice.
- In Now and Then, Here and There, a popular fan theory (partially backed up by Word of God) is that Lala Ru is the personification of water, or even Earth itself.
- The anime of Sentou Yousei Yukikaze has a spin-off in which the various fighter aircraft in the story are represented by cute girls.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has Darkness...the personification of well, Darkness.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Goddess!Madoka is the anthropomorphic personification of hope.
- The witches are the anthropomorphic personification of despair.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion implies that Homura has now become the personification of love; after dying twice, she remakes the universe while waxing lyrical about how love has empowered her and fully eclipsed her moral compass. Both angels and scientists have time to realize just how screwed they are before Homura mindwipes them. And the girl she's in love with.
- In Kara no Kyoukai, Ryougi Shiki's alternate personality is the personification of Akasha, the origin of everything. Simple version? God
- Serial Experiments Lain only makes sense if one assumes that the eponymous character is the Anthropomorphic Personification of the Wired, somehow.
- The guests at Gregory House each embody a different kind of primal or universal fear. The most obvious being Hell's Chef (fear of criticism) and Judgement Boy (fear of consiquences).
- Afganisu-tan is about, unsurprising, a humanized version of Afghanistan (or more specifically, various countries if they were little girls). It also features versions of other characters such as her best friend Pakisu-tan and the Eagleland Meriken.
- Bungou Stray Dogs the characters embody Japanese and Western writers and their superpowered abilities are named after the books that they have written. For example, Dazai Osamu is the writer of No Longer Human and that is his ability. His suicidal attempts are mostly based on his real-life suicidal yet failed attempts.Not only writers are being personified, even their characters can be adapted in this universe. Tanizaki Naomi, for example, is based on the antagonist of Tanizaki Junichirou's Chijin no Ai(A Fool's Love)/Naomi.
- Cells at Work! personifies the cells of the human body and their functions, portraying the cells as regular people with jobs and the body itself as a bustling city under constant maintenance.
- The Apotheosis of Washington:
- The two ladies to Washington's side represent virtues. The one on his left represents Victory (demonstrated by her war trumpet and Olympic wreaths) and Liberty (demonstrated her tomb open to all and Roman cap of freedom).
- The thirteen maidens with stars above their heads represent the first United States, which is why they hold up the nation's motto "E pluribus unum."
- The scene of War has a female representation of Freedom in the place of a Greek god. This Freedom is a warrior who fights tyrannies with her mighty eagle and American shield.
- Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog: According to Eggman, Sonic's repeated exposure to Chaos Energy over the years has made him a living embodiment of Chaos itself; as Chaos is an unknown and unpredictable factor in any plan, Eggman believes that this is why no matter what Evil Plan he or any of the other Freedom Fighters' enemies try, Sonic always seems to beat the bad guys.
- The Marvel Universe has loads of these. Lord Chaos, Master Order, Eternity, Infinity, Oblivion, Anomaly, Despair... They even have Anthropomorpho, of the "dimension of forms", where they pick up physical forms to manifest themselves within the regular universe, making him the living embodiment of living embodiments.
- Silver Surfer introduces the Never Queen, the embodiment of What Could Have Been.
- The DCU has them too, the most famous being Neil Gaiman's "The Endless"; Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium. This version of Death is not The Grim Reaper, being instead a cute, Perky Goth girl who appreciates the value of life as far as her calling permits (Dream is the grim, brooding one...).
- Sandman is also a pretty thorough deconstruction: what is it like to personify a timeless concept, especially a mostly negative one, like Death or Despair or Destruction? Are you eternally bound to your cosmic duty, or is your role in the universe escapable?
- One non-Sandman comic tried to Retcon the existence of multiple personifications of Death by claiming Death of the Endless was "the peaceful death that comes to the righteous", and distinct from hostile, threatening forms of Death like the Black Racer. Neil Gaiman was extremely offended by this and responded directly by having his Death give a speech in a comic explicitly declaring that she represented the death of all living things, everywhere, without exception, and that she would eventually bring about the end of the universe itself.
- A couple of Sandman stories feature the anthropomorphic personifications of stars, specifically the suns of solar systems. The first one, in addition to our sun Sol (who was at the time an awkward teenager of only a billion years or two), also features Rao of Krypton (a red giant), and the green sun of Oa, the Green Lantern Corps' home planet.
- The Sandman: Overture introduces the Endless' parents, the personifications of Night and Time.
- There's also the Black Flash, anthropomorphic personification of death for speedsters (or maybe of the Speed Force), who takes the form of a zombie-looking guy in a black Flash costume.
- Lots of the New Gods function as anthropomorphic personifications as well. Mister Miracle is freedom, Metron is knowledge, Highfather is leadership, Darkseid is despotism, Desaad is cruelty, Granny Goodness is child abuse, and so on, and so forth. They even have their own Death personification, the Black Racer. When the New Gods were reborn in bodies of other beings, Black Racer possessed Black Flash, creating a personification of Death to both speedsters and New Gods.
- A DC anthology book called World's Greatest Superheroes contains stories having some of their biggest names essentially representing virtuous things: Superman as peace, Batman as justice, Captain Marvel as hope, Wonder Woman as truth.
- Legion of Super-Heroes has the villain Time Trapper, personification of the theory that there's only one, unchangeable future. In one story they get rid of him by summoning Infinite Man, personification of the theory that there's infinite possible futures, and make them fight.
- Green Lantern's enemy Nekron, Big Bad of Blackest Night, is not the Anthropomorphic Personification of death, as many people believe; but of the cold, dead cosmic void and absence of life (yes, there's a difference). But there is a(nother) personification of death in Nekron's servant Black Hand. And Black Hand is one of several Energy Beings that personify the emotional energies that the Green Lanterns and similar corps draw power from: the others embody rage (the Butcher), avarice (Ophidian), fear (Parallax), willpower (Ion), hope (Adara), compassion (Proselyte), and love (the Predator); and an embodiment of life that includes all emotions.
- In Shazam Captain Nazi claims to be this for, well, Nazis. Previously he had simply been a neo-Nazi given a Super Serum, so this was either meant as a Retcon or Unreliable Narrator.
- Then there's The Spectre, who's the incarnation of God's Justice (though he knows how to hold a grudge and personally prefers Vengeance). Similarly, The Phantom Stranger – who may or may not be some aspect of The Voice/Presence/Source/God. Final Crisis introduces the Spectre's counterpart, the Radiant, embodiment of God's forgiveness, though she vanished immediately afterward. And the New 52 introduced Chris Esperanza, who is the Spirit of Redemption.
- In Fables these come in two varieties:
- The Great Powers, who are beings so ancient and mighty they became embodiments of certain concepts - Bigby's father, Mr. North is one for the north wind and three beings for the south, east and west winds also exist Mr. Dark is the personification of fear. Frau Totenkinder was on her way to becoming the Great Power personifying Witches, but lost too much power in her fight with Mr. Dark. Later we are introduced to the personification of Hope.
- Jack of Fables introduced Literals, who are embodiments of literary concepts. Mr. Revise embodies censorship, Bookburner embodies forgetting and destroying stories, and the Pathetic Fallacy is an embodiment of the pathetic fallacy, with the ability to bring inanimate objects to life, making him a sort of anthropomorphic personification of anthropomorphic personifications. Literal Eliza Wall, who narrates part of the story, considers her ability of Breaking the Fourth Wall proof she is personification of exactly that. Other Literals are Prose, Horror, Science Fiction and his sister Fantasy (third sibling, Super Hero is mentioned, but not shown), Blockbuster and Writer's Block, whose mere presence makes his brother Kevin Thorn, personification of the writer unable to work. And there is Jack Horner himself, Half-Fable, Half-Literal who is the personification of the Designated Hero.
- As a child, Usagi Miyamoto once freed Aki-onna, the anthropomorphic personification of autumn. The monster who imprisoned her was trying to stop winter from coming.
- The Goddess of Britpop turns up in one story arc of Phonogram.
- The WildStorm Universe:
- Has the 'Century Babies', which include Jenny Sparks, the anthropomorphic personification of the 'spirit' of the 20th Century. Her state of mind mirrors that of the 'spirit' of the current age e.g. she suffers depression during the Great Depression, is giddy for most of the Roaring Twenties, becomes much more cynical during the 80s. Jenny Quantum is the 'spirit' of the 21st Century.
- Axel Brass is the 'Mind' of the 20th Century, possibly a personification of science or general use of technology as at the time when he was active, both World Wars had happened, but right after he got damaged and forced to guard a dangerous device in order to not let anybody use it to destroy the world, the Cold War had begun. Elijah Snow is the 'Ghost' of the 20th Century, whatever that's supposed to mean. We don't know what the rest of the Century Babies encountered in Planetary symbolize.
- The Authority also encountered Rose Tattoo, Spirit of Murder, who was transformed by the Doctor into the Spirit of Life, only to later return to her original form.
- In one Ampney Crucis Investigates story, a group of contaminated souls ripped out of the afterlife attempt to create a physical embodiment of war.
- Newspaper cartoonists sometimes represent the new year as a newborn baby (and sometimes the old year as an old man) when producing cartoons to mark the turn of a new year.
- In previous decades, national personifications were often used in political cartoons, with their interactions giving a summary of the artist's opinion or interpretation of then-recent international occurrences - for instance, this cartoon◊ portraying Germany's reaction to the formation of the Franco-British alliance. Most political cartoons these days, however, opt to depict national leaders instead, though political parties still find themselves personified, at least in the US.
- Carrying on from the above, DC Comics has an Anthropomorphic Personification Captain Patriotic, Uncle Sam, the Spirit of America. According to his Post-Crisis backstory, Uncle Sam has previously been known as Minuteman during The American Revolution, then became Brother Jonathan between then and The American Civil War, was split into Billy Yank and Johnny Reb during that war, and became Uncle Sam afterwards. He was also briefly the space-helmeted Patriot, but we don't talk about that. Interestingly, the reason America has an Anthropomorphic Personification but most other countries don't is actually explained- he isn't a natural phenomenon, but, rather, the Founding Fathers specifically created him with a magic ritual to help with the Revolutionary War.
- Also in DC Comics, Kismet aka Ahti aka Sharon Vance aka Strange Visitor is the personification of the entire universe, similar to Marvel's version: Eternity. In fact, in JLA/Avengers, the two fell in love.
- The final arc of Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol dealt with the Candlemaker, at first thought to be one of Dorothy Spinner's more sinister imaginary friends. Turns out he's actually the personification of mankind's fears of nuclear holocaust. Yeah. Shit got real.
- In Swordquest: Earthworld, the denizens are personifications of the Western Zodiac.
Tarus: "I am a living incarnation of zodiacal mysticism!"
- In Catherine and Her Fate, Catherine is asked whether she wants to be miserable in youth and happy in old age or the other way round by a woman who is her Fate. Whereupon her fate gives it to her. Finally, however, her Fate gives her a MacGuffin, which wins her a king in marriage.
- In The Twelve Months, a tale of the "kind and unkind girls" has the girls meet up with the personified months. Be polite to them. (If they ask what you think of the months, as they do in other variants, find something praiseworthy in each one in its place.)
- An amusing fairytale has the Sun calling a blacksmith because she needs new shoes. (There was a live-action adaption, she's really a hot babe.)
- In The Captain of the Virtual Console, The Thoughtless are this to Moral Guardians and ignorant gamers, and Selene is this to gamers' hopes and dreams. In Chapter 2, Gancena briefly sees a Thoughtless take the form of Giygas.
- Queen of All Oni has the glimpses inside Jade's mind, and the Aspects (representations of different parts of her psyche) that inhabit it. The two most prominent are Hero (Jade's inherent good) and The Queen (her Superpowered Evil Side), although at least a dozen more have shown up or been mentioned.
- Thousand Shinji: After the events of the fic, Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato became the New Chaos Gods. Their predecessors were humongous masses of sheer human emotion given sentience, but they are humans ascended to Physical Gods and the personifications of Chaos. Each one of them has a myriad of shapes, but usually they use their mortal forms to interact with others. Shinji is the embodiment of Deceit, Change and Hope; Asuka of War, Wrath and Bravery; Rei of Demise, Decay and Joy; and Misato of Lust, Passion and Perfection.
- Array from Chronicles of Harmony's End is the personification of order, and the lawful counterpart to Discord. And just like his chaotic equivalent, his body reflects his nature - crystalline and structured.
- This trope is also present in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Script Fic, The Return of Chaos, in the form of not only Discord himself, but the ponies created from the Elements of Disharmony.
- A Growing Affection: Has an personification of Death. She appears as a four-five year old girl in a fine kimono with white hair longer than she is tall. She also wields a scythe heavier than she is. Unlike many Death incarnations, she is neutral and has a pretty good sense of humor. But don't cross her.
- The Pony POV Series:
- Pantheon are this. There are at least twenty Alicorns, 5 Draconequi, and four Elders. There used to be six Draconequi, but their mother Entropy, the personification of Heat Death, Nothingness, and the End of the Universe, erased _______ from existence and Destruction, the personification of Mass Destruction was killed when Discord ate him. Eventually their parents gave birth to Rancor, the personification of Violence, Passions, and Anger (she eventually also takes Destruction's place as the personification of Destruction). The others are Strife, the personification of Conflict, Natural Selection, and Competition, Pandora, personification of Imagination, Creativity, and Hallucinations, Anarchy, the personification of Revolution and Freedom, and of course Discord himself. The Alicorns all represent Concepts as well, but the only ones that have gotten much focus are Celestia, personification of the Sun and the Day, Luna, personification of the Moon and the Night, Cadence, personification of Harmony and Music, Galaxia, personification of Stars, Healing, and Renewal, Venus, the personification of Love, Mortis, personification of Death, Rebirth, and Change and Rota Fortuna, personification of Fate, Cause and Effect, and Free Will. The rest of been revealed by Word of God. The Elders of the Draconequi are the aforementioned Entropy and her husband Havoc, personification of Mass Hysteria, Fears, and Survival Instinct while the Alicorn Elders are the Father of All Alicorns, the personification of Wisdom, Sanity, and Existence, and his wife Fauna Luster, the personification of Existence and Empathy. The Elders are also the personification of their own dimension, Havoc being Hell, the Father Heaven, Entropy Oblivion, and Fauna Luster the Alicorn's domain.
- We eventually see that mortals can become Concepts as well, though it is far from easy and it is supposedly completely impossible to become a Draconequi (possibly because Entropy is the antithesis of life). All members of the Alicorn's Minor Arcana have thus far been created this way. These include Princess Gaia, the personification of Organic Life and Mercy who was Fluttershy, Princess Veritas, the personification of Truth and Honesty who was the alternate Applejack who turned into Nightmare Mirror, Princess Thalia, the personification of Joy and Nostalgia who was an alternate Pinkie Pie, Princess Fidelitas, the personification of Loyalty and Breaking Cycles who was the alternate Rainbow Dash who turned into Nightmare Manacle, and Princess Jiniri, the personification of Wishes and Miracles who was an alternate Razzaroo. Dark World!Fluttercruel ended up becoming a Draconequus named Odyne, in part due to being a demigod and Discord's daughter as opposed to a straight mortal, becoming the Concept of Cruelty, though possibly also Nepotism.
- At the tail end of Dark World, Dark World!Twilight fuses with her potential Nightmare self, Nightmare Paradox, becoming the only member of the Major Arcana to be born a mortal (as opposed to the Minor Arcana, who are all ascended mortals) — Amicitia, personification of Magic, Friendship and Happy Endings. During the ascension process, she meets a previous iteration of Dark World!Trixie, who became Anasi, personification of Drama, Storytelling, and Trickery. And then when Twilight/Amicitia returns to the mortal plane, she helps Dark World!Rarity ascend and become Liberalis, the personification of the Mortal World.
- King Sombra's Origins Episode depicts him as the living embodiment of the crystal ponies' collective fears, brought into existence by one of Discord's cousins as a favor for Discord.
- The Draconequi's cousins, the Outer Gods, mostly seem to embody negative traits. Abandon is the personification of Sadomasochism. Nyarlathotrot is best described as the personification of Horror, Tragedy, and the negative side of the Shadows Who Make (the authors) who like writing Dark Fics. In contrast Fillimon is the personification of the positive side of the Shadows Who Make.
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality has the Dementors as Death itself, instead of Fear as other people think.
- In From Here to Eternity, each of Discord's siblings represents a different aspect of Discord's personality. Animosity is his anger, Quarrel is his pride, Wrangle is his flair for the dramatic, Squall is how he's not ruthless, Schism is his mischievous nature, Strife is his need to be entertained, Dissonance is his tendency to do what he wants when he wants without knowing or even caring who gets hurt, Tiff is his lack of empathy, and Cacophony is his insanity. Their mother too, is one, she is the past, and dreams, hopes, or ambitions that have been tossed aside. As one might expect form that concept, she's evil.
- In the Mass Effect fanfic Crucible, each universe has at least two of these in the form of Life and Death who bring souls from The Song into their world and then bring them back when their times end. Currently, only Death has made appearance and according to him, Life is a pain to work with so he usually just stay out of her way while trying to bend the world to his plan.
- A.A. Pessimal's Discworld fic Hear Them Chatter On The Tide deals with the Discworld embodiments of the Eight Virtues and Eight Vices. The Virtues are hampered by the presence on their team of reluctant and forgotten Virtue Tubso, and the lost and forgotten Bissonomy who has been turned into a shoal of electric-blue glowing oysters by a malicious God. A new religion tries to awaken Bissonomy and return her to human form. They awaken all fifteen other Virtues and Vices who face each other down for a showdown... mayhem ensues.
- A Skittering Heart has the espers from Final Fantasy. In ASH each esper is the incarnation of a different set of ideas or concepts,
- Ifrit as the embodiment of Fire and Ruin.
- Shiva represents Ice Everlasting and Isolation.
- Mog is the esper of Guidance and Curiosity.
- Ultros represents Infiltration and Tracking.
- Chapter 25 of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines features, of all things, Executive Meddling, represented as a guy with no face, wearing a well-manicured suit and a large silver watch. Said incarnation argues with the Author Avatar about the course of the story and attempts (futilely) to sway him to try other things.
- The Discworld/Rivers of London crossover "Rivers of Ankh-Morpork" has Peter arrive on the Disc and wonder about the Ankh's counterparts to Mama Thames and her daughters. They turn out to be the Canting Crew, which he has to admit makes perfect sense for that particular river.
Films — Animation
- The Nightmare Before Christmas features the Anthropomorphic Personification of Halloween trying to take Christmas from Santa Claus; several other Personifications make cameo appearances. The villain is the personification of a holiday that everyone but him has completely forgotten about (apparently bug-themed) according to the Expanded Universe.
- Hexxus, the avatar of pollution, from FernGully: The Last Rainforest resembles an anthropomorphic cloud of oilsmoke with tendrils of tar connecting his upper and lower jaws.
- The main characters of Inside Out are the personified emotions of an 11-year-old girl. Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust live in Riley's head and operate a control console that influences her response to the situation at hand, generating memories that are color-coded by whichever emotion is in control. Versions of the same emotions in the heads of other characters are occasionally shown. The rest of Riley's mind is depicted as a Mental World of memories and imagination.
- Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea has the Grand Mamere, the anthropomorphic personification of the ocean.
- Osmosis Jones note is a film about anthropomorphic body cells and a virus.
- The Emoji Movie has been described (not as a compliment) as Inside Out with emojis. The film is about the more or less anthropomorphic emojis living inside a smart phone.
Films — Live-Action
- Godzilla in the first film Gojira is a living manifestation of the atomic bomb, the very weapon that has haunted the Japanese for the rest of their lives in the form of a radioactive, but sympathetic, monstrosity.
- Death in Meet Joe Black is one of the endless examples in which it takes human form, assuming the appearance of a man who recently died. We never see what Death actually looks like. Same as the original film, Death Takes a Holiday.
- Sam, the Creepy Child in Trick 'r Treat, is the personification of Halloween. And probably also a Physical God.
- In TRON, there are anthropomorphized programs that live in Cyberspace. Their faces usually look like the users that created them.
- The title character of Hesher (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is implied to be the personification of a son's emotional turmoil following the death of his mother.
- The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 featured the Council of Legendary Figures, consisting of Mother Nature, Father Time, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Cupid. Jack Frost joins them in the third movie.
- Calypso in Pirates of the Caribbean is the personification of the sea itself, with a personality just as fickle. For Davy Jones and Sao Feng, they could wish for nothing more in a woman.
- Collateral Beauty is about a guy who gets visits from the personifications of Death, Time, and Love actually actors (or are they?) hired by his partners to either get him out of his depression or drive him insane so they can sell their company after writing an angry letter to the universe after the death of his daughter.
- In Alien in a Small Town, the alien Jan are stated to have a wide variety of religions, but of the three deities we hear mentioned, two are like this: a fatalistic survival god called, well, "Survival;" and a war god called "Glory" whose followers long for glory on the battlefield.
- Plenty of them in Neil Gaiman's American Gods. For example, we have all the new gods, who represent modern crazes like technology and the media (and slightly older crazes like the railroad). We also have "the buffalo man," who represents America itself (he's a furry Uncle Sam).
- In Piers Anthony's saga on Xanth, several "demons" are Anthropomorphic Personifications of planets or, well, Xanth - a magic land that is occasionally part of Earth. What makes them not strictly Genius Loci is that they can actually move from and to different planets, but while absent their material counterpart will lose its peculiar trait. Xanth's one is magic.
- In Black Legion, the characters encounter Solar Priest, who's the personification of Astronomican, navigational beacon of the Warp, in its calmer aspect. There is apparently another, called the Warlord, but we don't get to see it.
- Blood Meridian: the simplest understanding of Judge Holden is that he is literally the immortal incarnation of war itself.
- A Christmas Carol features "Want" and "Ignorance", mankind's creepy children. Also, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Christmas Present claimed to have over 1800 brothers, one for each year since the birth of Christ.
- The Chronicles of Narnia has Father Time. He's asleep underground, but wakes up at The End of the World as We Know It.
- The Cosmere of Brandon Sanderson has sixteen of these. Eons ago, the god-like being known as Adonalsium shattered into sixteen Shards, each of which represents a specific idea or concept: Ruin, Devotion, Honor, Odium, etc. On top of this, the world of Roshar is inhabited by the spren, essentially sentient ideas. So for example, Sylphrena is an honorspren, literally the idea of honor given semi-physical form. Some other examples include fearspren, Cryptics (who are made out of the idea of lying or secrets), painspren, gloryspren, awespren, and alespren (spren that only appear when you're very drunk).
- The Discworld series has plenty of these too, sprinkled in with the regular gods. In particular, Death is a main character of several books, as is his granddaughter, Susan. Other Anthropomorphic Personifications are Time and the remaining three Horsemen of the Apocralypse [sic]. There were originally five Horsemen, but Kaos (who shows up in Thief of Time) left before they became famous. There are also The Auditors of Reality which are portrayed as embodiments of order, bureaucracy, and the mechanics of the universe, and are, instead of Death, portrayed as the opposite of life (which they hate). Unusually, these characters are referred to in the story as Anthropomorphic Personifications, and Pratchett is largely responsible for popularizing the phrase.
- Hogfather, another Discworld novel, centers on what happens when someone manages to bump off an Anthropomorphic Personification. The book also goes into the purpose of such beings; according to Death, minor beliefs and incarnations such as the Hogfather help humans to establish the beliefs in justice, mercy, duty — the things that make them truly human.
- And the Lady.
- In Reaper Man when the Auditors forced Death to retire, a number of other Deaths sprang up to take his place, such as the Deaths of Mayflies, Trees, Fleas, and Rats, as well as a new one for Humans. When the original resumes his role, he sucks up all the rest except for the Deaths of Rats and Fleas. Additionally, Azrael, the Death of Universes, is presented as his own superior.
- Discworld largely plays this trope straight — Death is an Anthropomorphic Personification, born of the theory that 'belief shapes form'; Death isn't a skeleton because of tradition, but because that's what people believe Death looks like.
- However, in Pyramids, a pharaoh is disappointed that Death doesn't appear as a giant scarab, as per Djelibeibian beliefs. Death wearily explains that he long since gave up trying to match everyone's personal expectations, and settled on the one form that was most common.
- Morporkia is the anthropomorphic personification of Ankh-Morpork. Unlike the other examples she's fictional in-universe and is a parody of real life personifications such as Britannia and Columbia. note
- Although a Goddess of the Seas is seen in The Last Hero with a startling resemblance to the Statue of Liberty. She is even called Libertina.
- The Virtues and Vices are present as Anthropomorphic Personifications on the Discworld. There are eight of each and there is even a street, near the Unseen University, named Eight Deadly Sins in the honour of one team. The unfavoured Virtues of Bissonomy and Tubso are referenced in Going Postal as statues in the Library. They have been ignored for so long that nobody remembers what they were virtues of.
- Bissonomy's Fall from Grace is detailed in A Hat Full of Sky. She got on the wrong side of divine in-fighting in Dunmanifestin and was turned into a shoal of oysters. note
- In The Darksword Trilogy, The Fool Simkin is eventually revealed to be a personification of Magic.
- At the top of The Divine Comedy's Purgatory, Christ's chariot is surrounded by seven dancing virgins, each personifying one of the virtues.
- The first woman representing Faith is as white as snow, a sign of Incorruptible Pure Pureness.
- After faith comes the woman representing Lovenote , who is dressed in red so bright that she could be camouflaged in fire. The comparison of love to fire will return often in Paradiso.
- With faith leading to love, love then is followed by the woman representing Hope, who looks like she is entirely made of emerald. Emerald green being associated with the renewal of the Earth, which humanity must hope for in the winter.
- After the women representing the theological virtue pass, the four of them representing the cardinal virtues (from The Republic) are dressed in purple, indicating their duty to rule over human behavior.
- In the Doctor Who New Adventures novels, some of the Eternals (beings considered Sufficiently Advanced even by Time Lord standards) have taken the role of Anthropomorphic Personifications. The main ones seen in the books are Time, Pain and Death; the Doctor is Time's Champion. Former Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain the Monk from the television series had served as Death's Companion in the New Adventures.
- A couple of BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures novels called the Eighth Doctor Life's Champion, but whether there's a Life amongst the Eternals or it just means life in general is unclear.
- Other novels have given us Grandfather Paradox, who is the Anthropomorphic Personification of Future Me Scares Me.
- In Dragon Bones, there is Oreg, who is somewhere between Genius Loci and anthropomorphic personification. He wasn't born that way, his father killed/transformed him to use him to power Castle Hurog. He has a physical body that can leave the castle, but depends on physical proximity to his owner (the castle's owner) for his wellbeing. His current owner, Ward, suffers from intense homesickness when away from Hurog, but recovers instantly when Oreg works magic nearby, as his magic and Hurog's magic are one and the same. When Oreg's magic is removed from him, Ward feels pain at the withdrawal. It is not hard to read some Ho Yay into this.
- The Fae Queens in the Harry Dresden books are, among other things, the Anthropomorphic Personifications of Summer and Winter. The reader is told that a change in the balance of power between them would affect the world's climate, and on two occasions in the series, winter becomes longer and more severe due to their intercession.
- Robin Goodfellow in An Elegy for the Still-living claims to be an anthropomorphic personification of The Trickster archetype, sort of a universal soul of all tricksters. From the same work, Masoch behaves rather like an anthropomorphic personification of death.
- The Firebird Trilogy has the Shadows, who are personifications of evil. They have immense power (including the ability to teleport across planets and keep humans alive in outer space) and are dedicated to thwarting the Mighty Speaker in whatever way possible. When not possessing a human, they are Made of Evil.
- In Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens, Pestilence retired after the invention of penicillin and was replaced by Pollution. Apart from War being a woman, the rest of the Horse''persons'' of the Apocalypse follow more or less their models from Revelation... except that they ride motorcycles. The book also featured the four 'lesser' horsemen, who were just normal bikers who, after seeing the real deal, decided that being a group of symbolic figures was much cooler than being a biker.
- Several of Simon R. Green's series, including the Nightside and Haven novels, feature entities referred to as "Transient Beings". These entities seem to be Not-Necessarily-Anthropomorphic Personifications, in that some appear human-like while others are downright bizarre, yet they all embody some greater concept or ideal.
- Harry Potter has Peeves (and supposedly other poltergeists), who is an embodiment of chaos. Dementors are the personification of depression.
- In The Heartstrikers Spirits in general are this. Some are the embodiment concepts (like death), and others of natural land masses (like mountains and lakes.) Either way they tend to be incredibly powerful.
- James Stoddard's duology, The High House and The False House, features Old Man Chaos and Lady Law. Both of them are Big Bads who want to take over the universe.
- Each book in Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series focuses on the life and career of one Anthropomorphic Personification, and his (or her, or their) relationships with the other Personifications that oversee a strange Magitek variation on our own world. His Anthropomorphic Personifications have an unusual twist, though; they're transferrable offices that specific humans hold.
- There is a chance that the The King in Yellow is this for the concept of decadence. That's what the colour yellow means (see the yellow book in The Picture of Dorian Gray).
- Kraken by China Miéville strongly implies that its Psycho for Hire character Goss is actually the Anthropomorphic Personification of the "Psycho For Hire" concept.
- The andat of The Long Price Quartet are spirits representing very specific ideas, such as Stone Made Soft or Water Falling Down. They find being forced into physical entities unbearable and spend most of their time trying to escape and return to their natural state (ie, nonexistance); to keep one around is implied to require that the practitioner continue to hold the idea in their head forever. Within their domains they are all powerful: it's noted, for instance, that Stone Made Soft could instantly destroy all civilization on a continent by causing its cities to be swallowed by the ground.
- The Lords of the Underworld stole Pandora's Box, and were punished by having its evils sealed inside them. Because of this, the Hunters try to kill them, (incorrectly) believing that it will rid the world of evil.
- In Malazan Book of the Fallen Draconus is the personification of primordial darkness. He is even called the Suzerain of Night.
- In the Matthew Swift series, a major villain of the second book is the anthropomorphically personified Death of Cities. The title character himself is possessed by the "blue electric angels" of the telephone wires in the first book and made the mystical guardian of London in the second book, arguably making him a twofold Anthropomorphic Personification of sorts.
- Pact has Incarnations, essentially powerful spirits which represent specific concepts, who are manifested on Earth as a result of practitioners calling the concept into themselves or events that are significant enough to generate a manifestation. A major villain of the story is an Incarnation of Conquest who rules over Toronto-being for all intents and purposes immortal, it hasn't been very long for him since the Europeans were wiping out and subjugating the aboriginal population and taking their land, and in the present day he continues to represent that action, as well as attempting to subjugate anyone weak enough to be easy pickings. He holds dominion not over battle, but over the idea of seizing what remains after war, torture, loss, and despair, and his power is tied to him acting to fulfill those drives.
- The Palm Wine Drinkard features a number of (physically undescribed) personifications: Death, Drum, Song, Dance, Laughter, Earth, Sky.
- In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Satan meets Sin, who received flesh when she burst out of Satan's head mid-battle. She recounts how the "love" between her and the Devil led to the birth of Death incarnate, who tried to assault his sister-mother.
- A more recent example from Christian literature, the Frank Peretti novels on spiritual warfare name almost all of the demons using this trope. But unlike Pilgrim's Progress, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness are spiritual warfare as thrillers.
- Almost everybody in The Phantom Tollbooth is a personification of some concept or another. It starts in the Doldrums, where Milo almost gets trapped by incarnations of boredom, continues through the rest of his journey as he meets King Azaz of Dictionopolis and his feuding brother the Mathemagician of Digitopolis and everyone in between, and ends in the Mountains of Ignorance where Milo and his entourage make their way past such monsters as the Triple Demons of Compromise and the Senses Taker to rescue the princesses Rhyme and Reason.
- Students of Christian literature remember the Anviliciously named characters from John Bunyan's famous allegory The Pilgrim's Progress. With its protagonist named Christian and his sidekicks Faithful and Hopeful and such highlights as Christian being evangelized by a guy named Evangelist, saved from disaster by a man named Help, given worldly wisdom from Mr. Worldly Wiseman, tempted by a prostitute named Wanton, attacked by enemies named Envy and Superstition...
- In the novel Rivers of London newly trained Police Constable Peter grant has to contend with the Personifications of the Thames and its tributaries. More sinisterly, the Big Bad is Mister Punch, the Personification of Riot and Rebellion.
- In Shaman of the Undead some demons, such as Bad Luck, bring the idea they personify (such as bad luck) to the person they bond with, whether they want or not. Judging how Bad Luck ended up with Ida, they bring their ideas to themselves as well.
- One Short And Shivery story is about two girls (one kindly, one greedy) who encounter the fairy godfather-like Jack Frost "The Ruby-Nosed". Unfortunately for the greedy girl, Jack is the anthropomorphic personification of winter and the story takes place in Russia. "Come here, and I'll give you diamonds!"
- In the fourth Spell Singer novel, Jon-Tom is captured by a giant eagle. Who is rallying an army of birds who uncomfortably give very familiar salutes. It turns out that the eagle was the Nazi Emblem, which after the Nazis were defeated ended up in the fantasy world as an actual eagle, and is stated to be the personification of Nazism. Luckily Jon-Tom through manipulation turned the birds against each-other, and the entire army was attacking the Eagle as Jon-Tom escapes.
- In The Spirit Thief, everything has its personification, which is anthropomorphic in character, if not shape, as every object, weather pattern and geographical feature has a spirit which can be awakened by a sufficiently skilled wizard.
- Lord Foul from the Thomas Covenant books is the anthropomorphic personification of hatred (or Despite), generally believed to have been born from the Creator's cast-off self-loathing. As the title character has plenty of self-loathing himself, Foul quickly becomes scarily proficient at messing with him in ways that involve varying degrees of horror.
- The Last Chronicles shines a bit more light on how this cosmology works. The Creator is literally the Anthropomorphic Personification of creation, and a third being, the Lover, is love. Covenant posits a fourth personification, Indifference, who opposes the Lover in the same way Lord Foul opposes the Creator, but if shenote exists, she never puts in any kind of appearance.
- In Those That Wake, the man in the suit is one of hopelessness.
- The Truth of Rock and Roll has the Leader of the Pack, who is "every night-riding outlaw who ever rode a black horse through a song.". Also, Jenny becomes the Rebel Girl. By doing so, she greatly increases the incidence of such characters in Rock & Roll songs.
- The Unexplored-Class Materials in The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign are personifications of the laws of the universe itself, which even gods are forced to follow. All of them are female and are associated with a particular color. However, the White Queen, despite being an Unexplored-Class, is not a personification of anything (except perhaps Mad Love).
- In Doctor Who, the Fourth Doctor dealt with the White Guardian, Anthropomorphic Personification of order, and the Black Guardian, Anthropomorphic Personification of chaos. Seemingly, the White Guardian functioned as the Dungeon Master, guiding the Doctor and his companions on a quest to get the Key to Time, while the Black Guardian tried to trick and corrupt them. However at the end the Doctor realized the Black Guardian had been impersonating the White Guardian all along.
- An embodiment of Death appeared in the Torchwood episode "Dead Man Walking".
- Dead Like Me is about a Quirky Miniboss Squad of Grim Reapers.
- Coupling: We do not talk about the Melty Man.
- In Supernatural, the Four Horsemen (in addition to their rather unpleasant traditional duties) happen to wear the keys to Lucifer's prison as jewelry. It's implied that, except for Death (who claims to be possibly older than God himself and says he will eventually reap Him) their power actually resides in the rings, opening up the possibility that their roles might conceivably be passed along to someone else. This is confirmed when Death tells Dean that he wants him to take his job for one day, and the only way to do that was to put on his ring. Ostensibly this was to teach Dean a lesson about the natural order of things and why Death hates the angels and demons who mess around with it on a daily basis (especially Bratty Half-Pint Lucifer).
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The First is the very idea of evil itself. It seemingly has some aspect of being a personification of death, as well, seeing as it can take the appearance of anyone who has ever died (and in fact has no actual appearance of its own).
- Played with in Babylon 5: During the Battle of Coriana VI, The Vorlons and the Shadows take Sheridan and Delenn to an illusory world (possibly via telepathy) where each is presented with a personification of the Ancients' goals: An "order" figure for the Vorlons and a "chaos" set of quickly changing figures for the Shadows. The irony is, both those races are assuming the guise of universal aspects for the benefit of the junior races; in actual fact they are very advanced but non-godly aliens whose rather human failings had messed up the last 10,000 years or so of galactic history for everybody. Sheridan and Delenn call them on this, and that is a big part of what finally convinces them to stop trying to "help" the other races.
- The fact that "The Dirty Glass" by the Dropkick Murphys is a breakup song addressed to a pub is obscured by the fact that the pub not only sings back, but actually has the first word.
- "Homecoming" by Kanye West is a love song to Windy, essentially the anthropomorphic personification of Chicago.
- The fat giant killed by The Guy in Music/Disturbed's "Land of Confusion" video is either Anthropomorphic Personification of big corporations, industry, economy, rich elites, Greed or just all of it, people still discuss that matter.
- The Vocaloids are the Anthropomorphic personifications of software. Specifically, each one represents a particular voice synthesis program designed for the use of singing. They take the form of Ridiculously Human Robot Idol Singers.
- "Thanks, Earthquake" by Driftless Pony Club is partially about, well, praising the anthropomorphic personification of Earthquakes.
- The in-song narrator of "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow claims "I’ve been alive forever, and I wrote the very first song. I put the words and the melodies together, I am Music, and I write the songs."
- The song "Yukon" by Lindemann is about a personification of the Yukon River, who has cold blood, rough skin, a dark face and clammy hair, and goes dressed in mud. The singer tries to obtain the river's heart of gold but the Yukon tries to kill him in return.
- Within Temptation:
- Within Temptation's Signature Song "Ice Queen" is either about a Winter Royal Lady or winter itself, though it leans towards the latter.
When she embraces your heart turns to stone.
She comes at night when you're all alone.
And when she whispers your blood will turn cold.
You'd better before she finds you.
Whenever she hears raging, she takes a life away.
Haven't you seen, haven't you seen, the ruins of our world?
- "Mother Earth" is a song about the weather and Earth itself.
Birds and butterflies, rivers and mountains she creates.
But you'll never know the next move she'll make.
You can try but it is useless to ask why.
'Cannot control her.
She goes her own way.
She rules until the end of time.
She gives and she takes.
She rules until the end of time.
She goes her own way.
- Within Temptation's Signature Song "Ice Queen" is either about a Winter Royal Lady or winter itself, though it leans towards the latter.
- "My Boots" by Lights is a song about Canadian winters. Many have mistaken it for being about a relationship.
You might know if you're from around here what goes on from half of the year.
Have you seen the queen of the castle paint this city from ear to fear?
If the air was meant to be glitter, it might not take all yours away.
When she sings she's a heavy hitter.
When she comes you'll ask her to stay.
- "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd is about drug use but is written in a way that personifies it similar to having a girlfriend.
- "Me and My Girlfriend" by Tupac Shakur is about a man and his gun. It's frequently mistaken for a romantic song.
- "My Sweet Prince" by Placebo is about heroin use however it sounds like a song about a man uncomfortable with his romantic feelings for another man.
- Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" personifies the protagonists drug use in a way that makes it sound like a love song. The only sign of the actual meaning are the lines "(...) You make me forget myself. I thought I was someone else, someone good.", which is often missed by people and thus the song gets misinterpreted very often.
- Daniel Amos's Fearful Symmetry has a story in the liner notes where the Author Avatar meets a man who represents the entire physical universe. This man is old and dying—and eagerly looking forward to being created anew.
- Poets of the Fall has Monster Clown Hamartia, the sinister jester mascot of Twilight Theater's album art◊ and Villain Protagonist singer of "Daze," personifies the concept of the Tragic Mistake, and finds watching others make them a source of fun.
Myths & Religion
- The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelations are often treated this way. If a series has a Death, the rest will probably show up in at least one episode.
- Sins and virtues get this treatment in a lot of early Protestant literature and in the morality plays of pretty much every sect.
- Proverbs personifies wisdom as a woman crying out in the streets, trying to convince others to turn away from their foolishness. Lather Folly is personified as an adulterous woman.
- Japanese Mythology is utterly ripe with these, along with a number of other Asian cultures. What, you mean the physical manifestation of "the fear of using a dark bathroom late at night" isn't something that every culture has?
- Several minor Greek gods, called daimones, are largely abstract personifications of concepts such as fear, strife, mercy, hubris, insolence, battle-cries, tumult, and good reputation. Thanatos (death), Nyx (night), and Hypnos (sleep/dreams) are referred to as being the living representations of what they champion, they're forces older than even the titans, and feared as such, even by the Olympians. The oldest gods are the Protogenoi ("firstborn"). They represent love (Eros), Nature (Physis), Darkness (Erebus & Nyx), Time (Chronos, not to be confused with Kronos), Fate (Ananke), Tartarus, and the earth (Gaea).
- Egyptian Mythology includes names and sometimes images of deities which represented, or at least whose names mean, such things as joy and plenty. Several objects used, perhaps ritually, by the Pharaoh were personified and deified, such as his beard.
- Hindu Mythology has Shakti/Devi represents Power that the various gods possess. Shakti is always shown as feminine. There are several stories that feature one or more Gods channeling their energy to create a more powerful female god. See creation myths around Kali and Durga.
- Also, Hindu Mythology is ripe with several minor deities that represent concepts, Agni for Fire, Pawan for air. Probably, these were the first deities that the Hindus prayed to, and their myths got merged with other Gods as they emerged. Agni is particular holds a special status because of the use of fire in sacrifices. Agni is considered to be responsible for bringing sacrifices from the physical plane to the astral plane, and hence is invoked many times in rituals.
- In the Middle Ages, the Church invented Synagoga and Ecclesia. Synagoga was the anthropomorphic personification of Judaism (from the Church's point of view). She wore a blindfold and a broken crown, and held a broken staff and a pair of tablets. Ecclesia was the anthropomorphic personification of Christianity, and stood proudly with a shiny crown and staff.
- Christian iconography also uses quite other anthropomorphic representations - thus medieval churches may include sculptures showing the mortal sins and cardinal virtues in human shape. The latter also can be seen on some tarot cards: Temperance (woman with two cups), Strength (woman with a pillar) and Justice (blindfolded woman with a pair of scales and a sword).
- Charity is often personified as a woman nursing several children.
- Many of these personifications also appeared in medieval mystery and morality plays, where you find Everyman interacting with characters like Lucre, Death and Good Works. These were forerunners of e. g. Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (see Literature).
- Most Christians believe God is literally love personified.
- Father Christmas started out as the personification of British Christmas celebrations — particularly the feasting of it. He wore a green or red robe and a holly crown; the Ghost of Christmas Present from Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a good idea of the average image of Father Christmas. It wasn't until the late Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth Century that he was was merged with Santa Claus until they became more or less the same figure.
- Rik Luxury is the personification of wrestling.
- WWE wrestler The Undertaker is made out to be an Anthropomorphic Personification of death, though how much of this is actual supernatural power and how much of this is simply theatrics and mind games tends to vary with the tone WWE is taking at that time. A more bizarre example is Goldust, who, when he first debuted, was portrayed as a strange sort of Anthropomorphic Personification of movies. Then they decided to turn him into just a creepy, possibly-gay dude who liked to quote movies and run around in gold facepaint.
- A Big Finish Doctor Who audio revealed the Master as Death's Champion.
- In Nobilis, the Player Characters are Anthropomorphic Personifications, and powerful ones at that: the core book contains helpful hints on what happens should one of the players decide to re-locate New York City, shoot down the Sun, or unleash a viral version of their personality capable of infecting the entire planet... and those things aren't even very difficult.
- Something similar applies in the spinoff Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine, although if you are one - usually represented with some combination of the Arcs Spiritual, Primordial, Allegory or Child of the Ash - it's a fairly young and inexperienced one, typically high school age. One of the Glass-Maker's Dragon characters - the Child of the Sun - is a) the new sun goddess, and b) the embodiment of Hope, to the extent that she can convert the hopes of other people into new limbs that do cool things.
- In Mage: The Awakening, the Astral Realms are seen as the home of the anthropomorphic personifications of individual, human, and universal concepts. Includes beings such as the daimons (the personification of an individual's desire for self improvement), the goetic demons (personifications of dark, repressed feelings and desires), every god ever worshipped, and the most powerful beings in the Realms, the Aeons (the personifications of the fundamental magical facets of reality). Among the most memorable personifications are Anubis, Death (most popularly taking the form of a scythe-wielding skeleton, a faceless cloaked and hooded figure, or an attractive woman dressed in black (possibly inspired by Death of the Endless)), Martians, typhonides (personifications of humanity's self-destructive tendencies) and the personification of teenage rebellion (often appearing as James Dean).
- In the New World of Darkness in general, spirits are Anthropomorphic Personifications of things... although sometimes for very loose definitions of "anthropomorphic."
- Geists of Geist: The Sin-Eaters are part ghost, and part Anthropomorphic Personification of some aspect of Death. This allows them to overcome some of the limitations ghosts usually have in the New World of Darkness... and also causes them to overlap with spirits — the book goes into this briefly, but ultimately decides it's unimportant since Sin-Eaters don't really deal with spirits.
- Changeling: The Lost has it that The Fair Folk gained power by managing to make Contracts with concepts such as dreams, beasts, stone, death, and the edge of a blade (how these are different from spirits is never really explained, but it's likely a matter of the crazy-ass fae mindset). The founders of the changeling Great Courts — Mother Susan, Sam Noblood, Clay Ariel, and Snowflake John — managed to use this to their advantage by making various deals with the seasons for protection from the Gentry.
- The Umbra of the Old World of Darkness is inhabited almost entirely by spirits of things or concepts, from huge, powerful ones like Luna (Anthropomorphic Personification of the moon and everything that goes with) through weaker but still impressive types like Stag (Anthropomorphic Personification of deers, obviously, but also mythically connected concepts like male virility, the hunt etc) down to fairly pathetic ones like the Anthropomorphic Personification of that pebble over there.
- Dungeons & Dragons had (along with gods, who were often in some sense Anthropomorphic Personifications themselves) entire species dedicated to concepts. Usually the Nine Alignments (From Lawful Good to Chaotic Evil: Archons, Guardinals, Eladrin, Modrons/Formians, Rilmani, Slaadi, Baatezu(Devils), Yugoloth(Daemons), Tanar'ri(Demons)).
- d20 Modern features a class of enemy known as "Platonics", creatures of Shadow who are the embodiment of an allegiance or ideal. They typically work behind the scenes, promoting their causes without making their natures known. A platonic of Healing would work as a cancer researcher, for instance. But if you manage to get a Platonic angry... Well, you're going to have some trouble...
- Many of the Nightmares from Don't Rest Your Head are Anthropomorphic Personifications of the worst sort, embodying concepts ranging from unfeeling bureaucracy, to hatred, to sleazy journalism. The fact that they're mostly humans transformed by severe insanity only makes it worse.
- The Archangels and Demon Princes of In Nomine are, for all intents and purposes, Anthropomorphic Personifications. They all but embody the concepts they and their servants try to promote and see reality through that lens. There are also lesser angels and demons that personify concepts that fit under the sphere of influence of the Archangel or Demon Prince they serve, for example the Archangel of Lightning (which also encompasses technology in addition to its literal meaning) is served by the Angel of Networks, and the Demon Prince of Fire is served by the Demon of Explosives, who is served by the Demon of Unexpectedly Short Fuses.
- In Gestalt: The Hero Within, a campaign setting for the Champions roleplaying game, every single superhero and supervillain on the planet (including the Player Characters) is an Anthropomorphic Personification of one concept or another (from Acting to Zoology, and anything and everything in between), and possess powers and abilities appropriate to their concept.
- In Exalted, the Primordials exist as personifications of certain defining themes or concepts, which they incorporated into Creation in multiple ways. Likewise, each Primordial possesses souls that act as personifications of qualities or expressions of their Primordials (and each of those souls have other souls that act as the same for them). For some examples, you have Cecylene, who established the laws of Creation; She Who Lives in Her Name, tellingly titled "The Principle of Hierarchy"; and the Ebon Dragon, the incarnation of dickery. The Incarnae fit too, being the Anthropomorphic Personifications of the Sun, the Moon and the five closer planets.
- The Titans in Scion would fit in this trope, being Light, Darkness, Water, Fire. etc.
- In Unknown Armies, each member of the Invisible Clergy is one of these, personifying a sometimes simple, sometimes complex idea of what a human being can be. The very concepts of things like The Fool, The Mother and The Trickster (among others) are represented by ascended mortals in the Clergy. This being Unknown Armies, some of the personifications are reflections of the modern world, such as The Flying Woman (a woman who breaks cultural boundaries), The MVP (guess), and the porn star who ascended as The Woman Everyone Can Have But You. Really abstract conceptions of non-human things (Good/Evil, Elements, Animals, Geographical Things, etc.) do not have similar representation. It's a very human-centric cosmos.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, The Flower Princesses and their leader, Queen of the Night, are personifications of the seasons.
- "Tytannial" represents Autumn, given that it is WIND Attribute and Autumn is typically a windy season. In addition, the flower the princess emerges from, the Camellia, typically blooms in late Autumn.
- "Number 87" represents Winter, given that it features snowflakes in its card artwork and is WATER Attribute. Also, its flower, which is a cactus flower, is the only of this family's flowers capable of blooming in Winter due to the climate differences of a desert environment.
- "Talaya" represents spring, since it is also WATER Attribute and Spring is typically a rainy season. In addition, the flower it is based off, the Cherry Blossom, blooms in Spring– around April, when Cherry Blossom Festivals are typically held.
- "Mariña" represents Summer, given that it is FIRE attribute, and Summer is universally the hottest season. In addition, Sunflowers are the only flower featured in the princesses' artwork that blooms in Summer.
- When combined with Terror-Byte, the Crashbug archetype makes a reference to a computer virus. When the virus first appears (Summoning one of them), it infects the system (special summoning the rest of them), then it steals data (taking control of opponent monsters with Terror-Byte), and finally sabotages the system (Super Crashbug switching ATK and DEF of monsters).
- Even Transformers has these, though mostly in the comic continuities. Especially Vector Prime, one of the thirteen original Transformers and the legendary guardian of Space and Time, whose job it is to keep the timestream flowing, resolve temporal paradoxes, and suchlike. He fares rather worse in a fight than most anthropomorphic personifications. Another of the original thirteen, The Fallen, is entropy personified. His true name was taken away from him after he betrayed their creator, Primus, to side with his enemy, Unicron, leaving him known only as "The Fallen". Unlike Vector Prime, the Fallen is portrayed as exceedingly powerful.
- Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls is based on humanized versions of the solar system.
- Makuta wanted to be one so bad. And from a certain perspective, we might say he succeeded, because he was just that evil.
Gali: The spirit of Makuta... is the spirit of destruction.
Makuta: I am nothing. [...] The people of the world are builders. But look into their hearts, and you will find they also have the power to destroy. I am that power. I am destruction. And I will destroy you.
- The Element Lords are a more straightforward example, being genetically engineered embodiments of the elements of Fire, Water, Ice, Jungle, Rock, and Sand.
- Makuta wanted to be one so bad. And from a certain perspective, we might say he succeeded, because he was just that evil.
- Cosmos and Chaos from Dissidia: Final Fantasy are Good and Evil Personified as Gods. Their appearance also reflects this, Cosmos is a blonde woman white that sorta glows, while Chaos is a big ass demon surrounded by fire. Sadly neither of them tend to do much for most of the game aside give orders to the Heroes or Villains. Though Chaos serves as the final boss for the heroes, Cosmos does not do the same for the Villains.
- This is actually an aversion. Chaos isn't so much "evil" as fatalistic & bored. Cosmos is definitely good, but they're actually supposed to be incarnations of—well, cosmos & chaos. Even then, it's stated at the end that the forces will continue to exist even if they do not.
- The way he talks in Diablo III, Tyrael would have you believe that the members of the Angiris Council are the physical embodiments of justice, hope, wisdom, valor, and fate respectively. And with Tyrael representing justice, and his temperament in comparison to some of his colleagues, there might be some truth to that statement.
- Many examples in RuneScape.
- The Queen of Snow and Queen of Sunrise are personifications of winter and spring respectively. The former once tried to make the world stay in winter because she cannot comprehend the beauty of spring.
- Death is, well, the personification of death.
- The 2011 Halloween event the simply packed with these. Death apparently joined up with Pestilence, War and Famine to form a clan, and held the event involving Beauty and Fame.
- The gods: Guthix (balance), Saradomin (order), Zamorak (chaos), Armadyl (peace), Bandos (war).
- The Menaphite Pantheon: Tumeken (sun), Elidinis (water), Amascut (destruction), Het (health), Scabaras (isolation), Apmeken (sociability).
- All of these save the Queen of Snow and Queen of Sunrise were later changed with further explanation of their origins. Death is just a job, and the various gods are all former mortals who merely champion their respective concepts. With the exception of Seren and Zaros, who represent light and darkness, respectively.
- Dark Genie and Dark Element from the Dark Cloud and Dark Chronicle games are personifications of hate.
- Shin Megami Tensei:
- In the main series, YHVH and Lucifer respectively embody the concepts of Law and Chaos.
- In the Persona sub-series, the titular Personas are personifications of one's own psyche, with each person different from another. They are grouped based on the 22 Arcanas of Tarot Cards (From The Fool until The Universe). The Shadows and Demons from various games can also be considered this. In addition, there are beings born from various aspects (usually negative, but not always) of humanity's collective unconsciousness. Considering the game's emphasis on the human mind, this makes sense. In order of appearance:
- Nyarlathotep and Philemon, each personifying the "destructive and creative side" of humanity respectively. The former is the Big Bad of Persona 2.
- Persona 3 FES reveals the existence of Erebus, which represents mankind's fear of, yet unconscious longing for, death. Unlike other personifications from the collective unconscious, the being is essentially mindless, with no mind or desire besides wanting humanity to die, befitting what it personifies.
- Persona 4 gives us Izanami, who represents humanity's willingness to lie and avoid the truth. It is somewhat less powerful than the previous examples, however.
- In Persona 4 Golden, Izanami-No-Mikoto, the true complete form of Izanami, is the shared wish of Humanity's collective unconsciousness.
- Persona 5 has Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge, a representation of humanity's collective desires for social order. However, this leaves him a Knight Templar lunatic who will do whatever it takes to remove chaotic or disruptive elements, as nothing else matters to him.
- In The Elder Scrolls, the various deities of the series generally fit. To note:
- Anu and Padomay are the personifications of the primordial forces Stasis/Order/Light and Change/Chaos/Darkness, respectively. Their interplay in the great "void" of pre-creation led to creation. Creation, sometimes anthropomorphized as the female entity "Nir", favored Anu, which angered Padomay. Padomay killed Nir and the 12 worlds she gave birth to. Anu wounded Padomay, presuming him dead. Anu salvaged the pieces of the 12 world to create one world: Nirn. Padomay returned and wounded Anu, seeking to destroy Nirn. Anu then pulled Padomay and himself outside of time, ending Padomay's threat to creation "forever". From the intermingling of their spilled blood came the "et'Ada", or "original spirits", who would go on to become either the Aedra or the Daedra depending on their actions during creation. (Some myths state that the Aedra come from the mixed blood of Anu and Padomay, while the Daedra come purely from the blood of Padomay).
- These Aedra and Daedra, very loosely (for the sake of brevity) are akin to angelic and demonic entities, respectively, also break down similarly. For example, Akatosh, an Aedra, is the draconic personification (thus, "god") of Time. Sheogorath, a Daedra, is the personification of Madness. Though the Aedra and the Daedra are respectively classified as "Good" or "Evil" by the mortal races, these are beings truly Above Good and Evil who operate on their own Blue and Orange Morality scale. For instance, Mehrunes Dagon is the Daedric Prince of Destruction, but he himself is no more truly "evil" than a tidal wave or an earthquake.
- Lorkhan, the "dead" creator god of Mundus, the mortal plane, is said to be the personification of Sithis in some religions. The two are heavily associated, with some suggesting that Sithis "begat" Lorkhan and sent him to disrupt the stasis of Anui-El and the spirits that would become the Aedra.
- There are some hints that Alduin, the draconic Beast of the Apocalypse and "firstborn" of Akatosh, isn't merely a dragon, but is the embodiment of the end of the world itself. As such, he can only manifest his full power when it is time to fulfill his divine duty and actually end the world, at which point he becomes a titanic monster with divine power beyond that of even the Daedric Prince. Anytime outside of that, however, he is "merely" an invincible dragon who needs a very specific realty-warping Shout (Dragonrend) to even render him into a state where he can be hurt.
- Numidium, the Humongous Mecha "brass god" of the now vanished Dwemer species, is theorized to be an attempt to create the personification of the Dwemer's beliefs in Reason and Logic. Since much of the Dwemer's extremely bizarre logic took on the form of skepticism about things like magic, gods, and the nature of the universe, one theory is that Numidium is the personification of the concept of refutation or "is not." According to this theory, the reason why the Dwemer vanished is because when they activated Numidium, it promptly did what it was supposed to and refuted the entire species out of existence.
- Get a mental picture of the Anthropomorphic Personification of slapstick humor in the form of a 2-D sprite. Now, click here. They look the same, don't they?
- Most Legendary Pokémon have been taking on these sort of roles since Generation III.
- An example is the Lake Trio from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, personifications of Emotion, Willpower, and Knowledge.
- Sinnoh's Dragon trio is essentially time, space, and antimatter. Cresselia and Darkrai are also dreams and nightmares. Arceus is hinted to be god.
- From Gen III, we have land, sea and sky with Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza. Wishes aso possibly with Jirachi.
- Unova gaves us yang (and truth) with Reshiram and ying (and ideals) with Zekrom and Kyurem as wuji (absence of both yin and yang.) Tornadus, Thunderus, and Landorus are the kami trio and may be based on the different domains of world: Landorus- land, Tornadus- heavens, and Thundurus a transitional state between the two (lightning).
- Gen VI gave us Life with Xerneas, Destruction with Yveltal and Order with Zygarde.
- Pokemon Sun and Moon appropriately has Solgaleo for the Sun and Lunala for the Moon.
- Moe Moe Niji Taisen features the moetan versions of World War II tanks and planes as cute girls who invoke Defeat by Modesty via Clothing Damage.
- In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and its sequel Radiant Dawn the society worships a goddess named Ashera and is in fear of an evil goddess sealed in the titular emblem. As it turns out, Ashera is the embodiment of Order, while the sealed goddess, Yune, is not evil, but the embodiment of Chaos. Neither is intrinsically good or evil, they are, after all, Order and Chaos. In the past, heroes fought with Ashera against Yune, because she was trying to spread chaos, but in the present, its reversed, Yune assists the heroes in stopping Ashera, who wants to freeze the world into perfect stillness, order.
- In EarthBound, Giygas isn't even an anthropomorphic personification, he IS evil. Not just an evil being, but evil itself.
- One of Giygas' titles is "The Literal Definition of Fear".
- Due to its extensive Rule of Symbolism, Silent Hill was bound to cover this trope. Perhaps the most potent examples are Pyramid Head, who represents James' subconscious desire for punishment, and Valtiel, who represents a woman's primal fear of an obsessive stalker.
- Scythe from the Fable series, a personification of Will (the raw form of magic) and ai to Theresa for some odd reason.
- In Knights of the Old Republic II, Darth Nihilus is a Humanoid Abomination that personifies Hunger. He feeds on the life force of those he faces, and his entire goal is to devour all life in the universe to satiate his endless hunger.
- Nihilus' counterpart is the Jedi Exile, who is a Humanoid Abomination that personifies The Sacred Darkness. The Exile unknowingly regained their severed connection to the Force by drawing it out of their Force-Sensitive companions and people they've killed. They also unknowingly create Force-Bonds to sway people to their point of view. Despite these abilities, they are still canonically a light-sided Jedi.
- It is revealed in the Darksiders series that War and his horsemen brothers Death, Strife, and Fury, aside from being the harbingers of the apocalypse, once belonged to a race of beings that were APs of their names.
- Not anymore, with DarksidersII they have been retconned into Nephilim, half-demon/half-angel breeds that got into trouble with the Charred Council, and were promptly all slaughtered, well, except four... Either way, the names are just titles.
- Parsee from Touhou has essentially become the Anthropomorphic Personification of jealousy.
- Similarly, Junko has essentially become the personification of resentment.
- Chaos the God of Destruction from Sonic Adventure onward.
- In Quest for Glory III a Silly Clown from Quest for Glory II can at times be seen sitting at a table at the inn. A "Silly Clown" is the nickname given by both the series itself and its fans to the random Visual Puns and other sight gags that appear throughout the series, from golfers stuck in the deserts of Shapeir to the Loch Ness Monster inhabiting the lake in Spielberg. This makes him a personification of all the Funny Background Events the player can witness in the games.
- In Mass Effect 3, Javik reveals that the Protheans would declare exceptional individuals in their Empire to be the physical embodiments of certain philosophical concepts. For his actions during the Prothean-Reaper war, Javik was declared the Avatar of Vengeance.
- Shortly before the final battle, Javik declares Shepard to the Avatar of Victory.
- The Halloween Hack
- Dearkhart represents Dr. Andonuts's guilt over not being a good father.
- The NO trio represents Dr. Andonuts's homosexuality.
- Phaze Destrotur represents Dr. Andonuts's guilt over the "deaths" of the Chosen Four.
- In Sacrifice, Big Bad Marduk claims to be the literal embodiment of all that is ill and sinful in existence and that his purpose is to destroy everything that he judges 'unworthy to exist' by reflecting himself. It seems to be little more than a boast, however, given that Eldred kills or banishes him shortly after.
- Limbo of the Lost has the personifications of two apparently opposing forces: Fate and Destiny.
- Spirits and demons in the Dragon Age mythos lack the "spark of life" that the mortal races possess, and in an attempt to emulate it, fixate on one quality of mortal beings and choose to wholly embody it. Spirits embody positive traits such as faith, hope, and compassion, while demons embody vices like rage, sloth, and pride.
- Forest lord Voden from Gigantic is the personification of forests. He appears as a bow-wielding, anthropomorphic fox-goat who protects the wilderness from those who would despoil it.
- The Fundamentals from Dota 2, ancient beings each representing a fundamental force of nature: Chaos Knight (chaos), Io (the force that binds particles together), Keeper of the Light (light) and Enigma (gravity).
- Mother Russia Bleeds occasionally has the party hallucinate a visceral hellscape with some kind of creature inside that grows bigger and bigger the longer the game goes on. It's eventually revealed that this creature is the personification of the party's Nekro addiction, which eventually transforms into a mohawk-sporting skeleton in leather and serves as the game's Final Boss, the fight representing the party trying to kick their addiction (or succumb to it and overdose to death if they use any Nekro during the fight.)
- Eien no Aselia has a somewhat strange example in the last enemies you face in the game, which are Eternity Swords given humanoid form. Eternity swords are not normal swords and appear to be sort of mystical or cosmic in nature.
- Before that the swords, when taken together with the spirits who wield them, are still rather close to being personifications. E.g. Team Mom Esperia's weapon is called "Devotion" and the hero wields "Desire". (The game has H-scenes, including a Bad End where he is consumed by his sword and attacks everyone.)
- The game also subverts this trope with Nelie. She is a Genki Girl, despite wielding the sword "Silence".
- Before that the swords, when taken together with the spirits who wield them, are still rather close to being personifications. E.g. Team Mom Esperia's weapon is called "Devotion" and the hero wields "Desire". (The game has H-scenes, including a Bad End where he is consumed by his sword and attacks everyone.)
- Blick Winkel in Ever17 is the personification of the perspective of the fourth dimension. Which means that mostly he just chills out and watches interesting stuff that happens in our world. If you can get his attention, he's capable of using his host's emotions to give himself the emotional drive to use time travel and pass messages. It's unknown if he's really anthropomorphic but his only appearances are in the form of a young boy. He's also possibly the future self of said boy, and also possibly retains the form when reverting back to a non corporeal form as everyone recognized him when he was no longer in Hokuto.
- From the Nasuverse are the Ultimate Ones, embodiments of their respective planets. They are Nigh Invulnerable, unstoppable monsters that can curb-stomp anything else in the setting. They are called the TYPES, and TYPE-MERCURY is currently the most powerful being shown in the continuum to date. Although the Ultimate Ones don't really fit the 'anthro' part, except for Brunestud of the Crimson Moon.
- Arcrueid Brunestud from Tsukihime is ARCHETYPE-EARTH, the living embodiment of Gaea.
- Angra Mainyu from Fate/stay night. Some poor shmuck from a village in the middle of nowhere was chosen to bear all of the sins of the rest of humanity and tortured and killed so that the rest of the village could feel better about themselves. This technically met the qualifications of becoming a Heroic Spirit, but said villager was, quite fairly, annoyed at humanity after what he had gone through, and he ended up corrupting the Grail with his wish and turned it into an Artifact of Doom. Nice Job Breaking It, Villagers.
- There's also the Holy Grail becoming the personification of all the world's evils because of Angra Mainyu's summoner thinking that the original Heroic Spirit would be more powerful than the rest simply because he's the first. If the Einzbern family didn't actively summon him, then the Grail wouldn't become the personification of all the world's evils, since it was stated that the Grail was fine during the first and second wars.
- Umineko: When They Cry:
- All characters in Night Terror are anthropomorphic personifications of people's beliefs. The Dreamscapers are based off their emotions, while the Phobias are based off their fears.
- A Moment of Peace: There are gods personifying in-between places, trust and betrayal, and stories.
- Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire: The "Storm of Souls" arc centers around a match between two champions who become the personifications of Chaos and Balance.
- The "Holiday Wars" arc of Sluggy Freelance is about Bun-bun murdering his way through a long list of Anthropomorphic Personifications of various holidays — starting with Easter and Groundhog Day, working his way up through Halloween (and its pumpkin-headed king) and Thanksgiving (a turkey general), before facing off against his archnemesis, Christmas (in the form of Santa Claus).
- Sins is a webcomic following the antics of the personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins. Vices and Virtues also feature occasionally.
- Sacred Pie features the personifications of Order and Chaos. Order wears white and Chaos wears black, but don't let the colors fool you; neither of them are what you might call "good".
- Circumstances of the Revenant Braves has evil spirits called "vices" that are essentially personifications of various kinds of negative personality traits, such as apathy or deception.
- Indefensible Positions features Robert E. Lee as the avatar of Chaos and Ulysses S. Grant as Order, the existence of other avatars is speculated on but never confirmed. However Lee suggested that Debbie may be a minor avatar of bliss
- Jack uses anthropomorphic personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins (including the titular character, who is not only The Grim Reaper, but the personification of the sin of Wrath), based on what the characters did while they were alive. Being a Furry Comic, in this case they not only can they be "confused with Funny Animals", they are Funny Animals.
- In Sonichu, the eventual Big Bad of the series turns out to be Count Graduon...a living breathing high-school graduation. No seriously. The writer was upset that he didn't receive an award for his artwork at his graduation — or any award at all — so he created Graduon. Over five years later.
- Life and Death.
- Periodus, with one for every element on the periodic table. Gah.
- Grayling features the personifications of death, life, order, and chaos, among others, as its main characters.
- Scandinavia and the World is a webcomic about the Scandinavian and Nordic lands(Not necessarily the countries, as certain islands are considered cast members despite never being independent nations) As well as their interactions with other countries.
- A Beginner's Guide to the End of the Universe personifies humanity as — who else? — The Everyman.
- Questionable Content has one that Jeph drew for the 8th anniversary
- In Homestuck, every universe is a giant frog that the Dersite agents call Bilius Slick. And the Big Bad Jack Noir is the physical manifestation of the cancer that's plauging the kids' universe.
- In Sinfest, we have Death, Lady Liberty, the Dragon (who represents eastern religions).
- The Buildingverse as Mega Crossover has many: Several Deaths from The Sandman (from here Dream appeared on the Girls Next Door side too) to Discworld, lesser ones like the Green Fairy of Absinthe. And two original in Roommates: Disbelief the Shadow Child, and the Scribble Person/Living Words aka Story (thanks to being in a Meta Fic (s)he is pretty much also fate around here).
- Consolers is all about personified video game companies.
- In the same comic, game news websites are represented as people with news microphones (with their site's logo on) for heads.
- Numbers are personified and given names for many strips of (x, why?)
- Whomp! has the character M-Dude who is the physical manifestation of Ronnie's Motivation
- Nebula is about the personifications of the solar system interacting with each other; for example, Earth gets on Mars' nerves with her questions about him, Jupiter feels that as the largest planet he should be in charge instead of Sun, and Pluto is always left out.
- Depression Comix has the character of Society represented, well, society. A man representing mass media appears a few times as well.
- All the main characters in Deities including Death, Fate, Time and Love.
- TV Tropes has one: Trope-tan.
- Tumblr now has its own personification; the "Knight of Blogging◊".
- The Legion of Net.Heroes has as many as are in the comic books it parodies. Two that are especially important are Master Workload and Lord MUDD, the personifications of Work and Play, respectively, and parodies of the Marvel Universe's Master Order and Lord Chaos. Since there's no way writing, reading, or doing anything related to the Legion can be considered Work, Master Workload has been used many times as a cosmic-level Big Bad.
- This picture personifies a number of popular sites on the internet: Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, That Other Wiki, DeviantArt, YouTube, Google, and 4chan. Pretty spot on, all told.
- In the Dominion And Duchy setting, there seem to be twelve Elemental Manifestations, covering things like Light, Darkness, Twilight, Order, Chaos, Neutrality and Balance and several others.
- New York Magician: From the god of the Nile to Michel himself (sort of), there are quite a few of these.
- The Global Guardians PBEM Universe has several, but the most notable is the Blood Red King, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Terror, Anger, Cruelty, Violence, Fear, and the rest of the ugly emotions humans experience.
- There are quite a few on twitter, including several grouped together into the "itsaverse": The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; The seven deadly sins and others such as Darkness, God, Satan,Truth, Doubt, as well as seven heavenly virtues !
- Me and My Dick does this for genitalia and body parts.
- YouTuber Kevin Brueck has portrayed YouTube itself as The Ditz on the YouTube channels kevinbrueck, kevinbrueck2, wickedawesomefilms, and wickedawesometv.
- The Internet, who takes on the form of author Gladstone (the only other person in the room and also a very Unreliable Narrator) in the serialized novel If The Internet Disappeared on Cracked.
- The Lady of Angels from Behind The Veil, representing the city of Los Angeles and manifesting as a woman with constantly changing features.
- Linkara himself faces the Personifcation of his fandom.
- Katawa Shoujo picture booru, Shimmie, has Timewarp-tan, a Moe Anthropomorphism of a function that moves game backgrounds. Yeah.
- Gods are often depicted this way in The Wanderer's Library, although there's no strict canon. In And I Was Present At the Death of a God the god of Tasmanian Tigers begins to die along with the species. In Gods of Money, the eponymous god confronts the ruler of a Zimbabwe Expy over rampant inflation.
- The premise of Font Conference. A meeting is held between a collection of personalized Microsoft Word fonts.
- There's a series of sketches featuring Google portrayed as a middle-aged office worker getting increasingly exasperated with the idiocy of its users and the bizarreness of their searches.
- The "Professor Wikipedia" sketch seems to parody the problems relying on information from Wikipedia has. Namely: the fact that Ryan Seacrest contains many of the elements necessary to facilitate a chemical reaction. The guy who coined the word "enzymes" was widely believed to be a total badass, and in 1908 won the Nobel Prize for Mustache. Also, Amir only wants to know about cunnilingus. Though you can tell that Jeff seems to know a fair bit about the culture on Wikipedia.
- Looney Tunes Intro Bloopers: Starting with Episode 20, the Speakonia-voiced characters are given human-like designs.
- The Breaking Of The Wind/Fart Joke from The Nostalgia Critic is the personification of the Fart Joke.
- Half the cast of Mission404 are personifications, mostly of websites : there are classics like Facebook, Google, Twitter and all, but also human versions of Youtube's Green & Red Thumbs, one for the random embarrassing spam that offers to give you a bigger penis, and even one for the annoying ad before videos.
- Inferno Quest features Incarnations, which are formed from a balance of Celestial and Infernal energies. The Lord of Greed, Greed, is an incomplete version, and the Personification of the Circle of Greed itself.
- In El Chigüire Bipolar, the story of Creolean slyness causes a three hour traffic stop is told around a man who encarnates that trait.
- In Moonflowers, the Horned Hunter of Celtic Mythology is a fairy referred to as a force of nature—meaning predators. This isn't good for the American family he's plotting to murder, and it's also why the Irish gods can barely help them. It's also hinted that the much nicer fairy Maidin doesn't just live in the River Maidin, but that he is the river.
- One of Rankin/Bass Productions' famous stop-motion Christmas specials, The Year Without a Santa Claus, features "Heat Miser" and "Snow Miser," Anthropomorphic Personifications of hot weather and cold weather respectively, who were shown to be the sons of another Personification, Mother Nature, and were later dusted off for the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy song "Heatmiser". Another special required Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to save the Anthropomorphic Personification of New Year's Day. And Santa Claus himself can be considered the Anthropomorphic Personification of Christmas.
- South Park:
- The episode "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes" includes the Anthropomorphic Personification of Wall-Mart itself. Though considering how he also seems to represent other stores from what he said, he could be seen more as a Personification of Mass Consumerism. The personification is in the form of an elderly man who claims to be able to take any form he wants, though this mostly involves putting on different pieces of clothing, and ripping off his mustache to show his "true form."
- Although he's intended as a parody of Christmas Specials, Mr. Hankey is the manifestation of non-denominational holiday celebration.
- The episode "Safe Space" has an anthropomorphic personification of Reality. He was a Dastardly Whiplash-type character who would always tell people the Brutal Honesty about themselves and the world. The town decides to hang him.
- The Daria episode "Depth Takes a Holiday" finds Daria and Jane solicited by the teenage incarnations of Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day to try and convince Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day to return to "Holiday Island" before their holidays vanish from the real world.
- In "Spring for Strawberry Shortcake," Spring Is Late, so Strawberry and her friends go looking for it. They find it in the form of a young girl, but not before also meeting (naturally) Old Man Winter.
- Danny Phantom has a few: Fright Knight represents Halloween, Clockwork of Time, Nocturn of Dreams, Vortex of weather, and Undergrowth of nature.
- And Technus for technology, Skulker for the hunt, and the Box Ghost for... boxes.
- Walker for the law
- The Avatar in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra is actually Raava, the spirit of peace and light that fused itself with a human to combat Vaatu, the spirit of chaos and darkness . There are other Anthropomorphic Personifications; most notably, The Ocean Spirit and The Moon Spirit Sokka's ex-girlfriend.
- Much like TRON, ReBoot is set inside the world within your computer. As a result most of the characters are an Anthropomorphic Personification of different programs and functions which the user takes for granted. Especially the viruses, especially Hexadecimal who self titles herself as The Queen of Chaos.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season three had a three-part arc involving characters known only by their titles, the Father, the Daughter, and the Son, they are the anthropomorphic personification of the balance of the force, the Light side, and the Dark side, respectively.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Discord, the Spirit of Chaos and Disharmony. His body is made up of mismatched bits of a dozen or so different creatures, and he has nigh-omnipotent Reality Warper powers he uses to spread chaos and confusion (something he does in a very forceful and malicious manner in his debut, but which has remained with him in a much less extreme degree since). Beyond just representing his associate concept, "Discordant Harmony" implies that, on a fundamental level, he is actually made of and sustained by chaos. If he were to stop being chaotic, he would fade away and vanish into nothingness.
- King Sombra. He spends far more of his screentime as a sentient World-Wrecking Wave than as a Pony, and Word of God's confirmed that he's meant to be more of a Power of Hate-based Present Absence than an actual character per se.
- Aladdin: The Series has many of these. Most notable are Mirage as "Evil Incarnate" and a one shot character called Chaos. Chaos also mentions another one:
Chaos: I never liked fate. Predestination goes against the grain. Besides, he cheats at cards.
- Young Justice Chaos and Order personifications, however, Word of God implies there are more than one of each.
- Hedonism-bot from Futurama is, according to Word of God, the mechanical personification of hedonism.
- Adventure Time: While its not outright stated, its heavily implied that The Lich, a rotting undead sorcerer with a sickly green glow, who wants nothing more than the extinction of all life, is the anthropomorphic personification of Nuclear War.
- However, with the release of Evergreen, revealing that he seem to originate from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, he could be considered the anthropomorphic personification of Mass Extinction.
- Star Street: The Adventures of the Star Kids is a Dutch cartoon about anthropomorphic Western Zodiac signs.
- A slight variant is used in one episode of Kaeloo. The episode had the main four use a machine to extract the bad thoughts in their head, which are then personified as miniature versions of themselves. For example, one of Mr. Cat's thoughts, which represents greed, is portrayed as a miniature version of himself holding stacks of cash and yelling about how nobody can touch any of it.
- Caissa is the goddess of Chess.
- According to the 1978 Spanish constitution, the King of Spain is also the personification and embodiment of the country.
- The United States has several:
- Uncle Sam is the personification of The United States Government.
- Outside the United States he is seen as a personification of the United States, not just its government. He is also the successor to a previous masculine personification, Brother Jonathan, who for instance can be seen in Victorian cartoons.
- Columbia is the personification of the United States of America and her people. (Or least she was until she became a movie studio mascot.)
- The US also has Lady Liberty, although this technically is just the embodiment of the appropriate concept. Lady Liberty graces the Capitol building with a headdress made of a resting eagle.
- A certain island off Manhattan with a headdress of rays, a tablet with the date of the Declaration of Independence and a torch to illuminate the world. A smaller version can be founde on the Ile des Cygnes in Paris.
- Uncle Sam is the personification of The United States Government.
- Many countries of the Western world have Lady Justice (blindfolded statues that appears on and in many courthouses). Lady Justice (or Justitia) is usually shown with a set of scales from her left hand (for measuring the strengths of a case's support and opposition), her being blindfolded (symbolizing the unbiased court), and carrying a double-edged sword in her right hand (symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be wielded either for or against either part) that goes back to the Ancient Greece.
- Some court buildings, such as the Palais de Justice in Paris, also show other personifications, such as Truth (a naked woman with a torch).
- There is also a Justitia decorating the fountain in front of Frankfurt city hall in Germany (in the old days city councils also served as courts of justice), which is often shown as a background picture on German television for court news. This version is bare-breasted with jets of water shooting from her nipples.
- Related to the above: when a judge enters a courtroom and takes their seat, they metaphorically become the living embodiment of the institution of law (known in general as "the Court") itself. This is why phrases like "If it please the Court" and "The Court accepts this into evidence" appear so often—judges aren't just speaking for the Court. They are the Court.
- Britannia, the anthropomorphic personification of the peoples of Great Britain, and the once and future British Empire.
- Another anthropomorphic personification of England or Great Britain, especially in political cartoons, is John Bull.
- Marianne, the feminine personification of the French Republic, is on display in many places, e. g. as a big statue on the Place de la Republique in Paris. There is also a bust of her in every French city hall.
- During the French Revolution, feminine personifications of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity also were often used or a personification of the Republic would be displayed with attributes to represent the three: The Phrygian bonnet for liberty, a builder's level for equality, and breast-feeding a child for fraternity.
- Helvetia, a feminine personification of Switzerland, can be seen on Swiss coins.
- Feminine personifications of countries and cities were especially popular in the 19th century. Here are a few examples from Germany:
- Germania (wearing a suit of armour and a crown, often holding a sword) can be seen e. g. on the Niederwalddenkmal on the Rhine and on pre-1918 German postage stamps. A painting of her decorated the first German elected national assembly in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt in 1848/49.
- Borussia (Prussia).
- Bavaria, e.g. in the shape of a massive bronze statue next to the Theresienwiese in Munich, where the Oktoberfest is held.
- Berolina, the personification of Berlin, was a statue that until World War 2 stood on Alexanderplatz in Berlin.
- Hammonia, the personification of Hamburg, wears a mural crown and can be seen several places of Hamburg city hall.
- In German political cartoons, Germany or the German people has been represented as der deutsche Michel ("German Mike", because St. Michael is the patron saint of Germany) for century. Since the 19th century he is usually shown wearing an old-fashioned nightcap.
- Political cartoons love playing on relationships between national personifications. In early Canada, where political cartoons were the best way to spread propaganda, the personification of the Lady Canada had a My Beloved Smother in Britain, and Abhorrent Admirer in America, and a Disappeared Dad in France, who often played Meddling Parents with Britain. The provinces were often seen as her bickering children.