This is one of her less blasphemous utterings.
"YOU are no longer a god of mine!"
A character decides to compare him/herself favorably to a deity. This can either be joking or serious (although either one can still be blasphemous).
The exact form can vary. One of the most common forms is a variant of saying one has "more X than God" (usually something that the deity in question wouldn't even bother to possess according to the theology). Also, the most common thing to top is money (especially someone in the Fiction 500
). A more serious forms is claiming to be greater than God.
This usually involves the Abrahamic God
, but not always. Regardless of which God, in a setting where Gods do exist, the character often ends up Tempting Fate
. They might even do it right in front of
a real god. A Bolt of Divine Retribution
may or may not follow.
A Super Trope
to A God Am I
, Bigger Than Jesus
A Sister Trope
to Blasphemous Praise
(giving this boast in the third person), Answers to the Name of God
Contrast Like a God to Me
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- In Wanted, Adam One doesn't see the point in Mr. Rictus advocating for the Fraternity to step out of the shadows, since they're "already sitting here with more money than God".
- The Ultimate Marvel version of Nick Fury, aka Samuel L. Jackson, after leading the first operation in the universe to successfully drive off Gah Lak Tus:
I tell you, Cap. All this made you think there might not be a God. You know what all this makes me wonder? I'm wondering that when I get up to them pearly gates...
...Is God gonna put up a fight, or just move over and let me sit down?
- Which was something of a recycled line from one of Warren Ellis's earlier works, when Spider is concussed and in a coma, he perceives it as being in a dark, empty room. He briefly wonders if he's dead and this is the afterlife, but decides there can't be anything beyond death because "If there was a God, he'd be here right now, surrendering his throne to me. Spider later concludes that he is in Hell, since being stuck in a neverending blackness with nothing to write about, nothing to write on and no cigarettes is Hell to a journalist.
- In the first few issues of Young Justice (the comic obviously) Agents Fite and Maad are introduced and claim to 'have more clearance than God'.
- In an issue of The Simpsons, Homer becomes the owner of a new boat and proclaims that it is so powerful that God himself could not sink it. (Averted after a large ice cube is backed into the boat causing it to sink; following the repairs, Homer claims that he wishes to retract his earlier comments about God's ship-sinking abilities, also offering praises to Allah, Buddah, and Ra.)
- In Sonic Universe, Shadow delivers a particularly epic one right to a god.
Deny me all you want, but with [a Chaos Emerald], even a god must bow before the Ultimate Life Form.
- In the Dilbert comic seen here, an evil IRS worker claims he's made the tax code so complex, it would even confuse God. (But he seems to be wrong...)
- An old joke: In an English village, the vicar visits a beautiful garden and congratulates the owner:
Vicar: Isn't it amazing what a good gardener can achieve with God's help?
Villager: You should have seen it when it was tended by just God on His own.
- During the Tegeran Conference Churchill decides to taunt Stalin and says:
You know, gentlemen, last night I had a dream in which God himself appointed me the Prime-Minister of the world.
Roosvelt chimes in:
And I had a dream in which God appointed me the President of the Universe.
Stalin starts his pipe, then calmly replies:
And I, comrades, had a dream in which I changed my mind and revoked both your appointments.
- Interestingly invoked by Jesus Himself in The Bible.
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
- Played straight with Herod Agrippa, who was killed for his blasphemy:
...Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
- In Orson Scott Card's horror novel The Lost Boys (no vampires appear) a young software engineer will tell anyone who listens that he makes more money than God. If only he had actually told people the dollar amount, he might have found out sooner that his boss was cheating him royally.
- Used indirectly in C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, where the Fox claims that Istra is "prettier than Aphrodite herself". Orual is Genre Savvy enough to be concerned about this, but the Fox dismisses her concern as foolish superstition. Turns out the gods are not amused.
- In the Warrior Cats series, Tigerstar claims that he is more powerful than StarClan because he changed the number of Clans in the forest from four to two.
- More poetically, Alexander Pope once wrote, "Yes, I am proud; I must be proud, to see/Men not afraid of God afraid of me."
- Toyed with at a few points in the Circle of Magic series. A character will compare another character to a god - Briar thinking that with Rosethorn near it's as if her Mila of the Green is standing there - and immediately dissemble, thinking to themselves that they meant no disrespect.
- In the Discworld series, the Gods are mostly the petty vindictive sort found in Greek and Roman mythology, so many characters are dubious about their superiority. On the other hand, saying so out loud is unwise unless you're lightning proof.
- Unseen Academicals Lord Vetinari doesn't outright claim to be better than God, but does declare this to be a goal worth pursuing:
"One day I was a young boy... when I saw a mother otter with her cubs. Even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued... As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and the pink roes spilled out much to the delight of the baby otters. Mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that is when I first learned about evil. It is built into the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior."
- A god-on-god variant occurs with Kyprioth the Trickster in the Tortall Universe. He likes to boast that he is the greatest of all the trickster gods, of which there are many. Unsurprisingly, they take issue with this, and one of them gleefully gets one over on him in Trickster's Queen by helping his Chosen One elope and leave the country she's supposed to end up ruling.
- Gene Wolfe in "The Last Thrilling Wonder Story": Wolfe as author destroys a church and only just stops short of declaring himself the hero's god. By the end of the story, it appears that God himself may be intervening to teach Wolfe a lesson.
- Nicolae Carpathia in the Dramatic Audio version of the Left Behind book Armageddon, right after confessing that he is the Antichrist.
"I will ascend into heaven! I will exalt my throne above the stars of God! I will ascend above the heights of the clouds! I will be like the Most High...for I AM THE MOST HIGH!"
- It's not exactly a boast so much as a sarcastic jibe, but in Johnny and the Dead, Yo-less claims "My mum spends more time in church than the Pope. My mum spends more time in church than God."
- A Song of Ice and Fire has a few, although the most most epic (and terrifying) probably belongs to Euron Greyjoy, a psychotically cruel pirate whose excesses causes a case of Even Evil Has Standards from other members of his culture, a grim raider society who believes that raiding others and carrying off their women is a sacrament. When Euron returns from years of exile and attempts to claim the throne for himself, his fundamentalist brother Aeron attempts to stop Euron, saying that no godless man can be their king. The full quote is on the quotes page, but here's the heart of it:
- Marion Zimmer Bradley's Lythande at one point tells herself "I am Lythande! Who dares challenge me, man or woman or goddess?"
Live Action TV
- Angel: Part of Angelus's M.O. at one point was to carve the image of a crucifix into his victims' left cheek so as to spite God.
- The Daily Show used the money version to highlight different Middle East countries. There were the conservative, "death to America" countries, and then there were those with more money than God.
- There's a season two episode of House actually called'' "House Vs. God". Chase keeps a running tally on a whiteboard with House's successes on one side and God's on the other. It ends in a tie.
- Done accidentally, in the show High Tide. One guy makes loads of friends, so much that they keep asking him to be godfather to their daughters. So one of the protagonists quips that, "You have more goddaughters than... God."
- Done in the Yes, Minister episode "Doing the Honours" while discussing the Order of St Michael and St George. The Order has three grades: Companion (CMG), Knight Commander (KCMG) and Knight Grand Cross (GCMG). Jim Hacker's Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley explains what the abbreviations mean in the Civil Service:
Woolley: ...Of course, in the Service, CMG stands for "Call Me God". And KCMG stands for "Kindly Call Me God".
Hacker: What does GCMG stand for?
Woolley: "God Calls Me God".
- One episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had a cult leader get shot by his pregnant twelve year-old wife for pulling one of these during a three-person Mexican Standoff. He had, idiotically, told the girl to shoot the liar in the room. As Olivia tries to talk the girl down, he keeps yelling more and more fire and brimstone scare tactics at the girl until he claims that he was greater than God. She immediately shoots him because "He told a lie. No one is greater than God."
- In The Outer Limits (1995) episode "The New Breed", the protagonist, the inventor of Nano Machines that can heal any damaged or diseased cells in the body, is accused of playing god. His response: "Let's just say God created a flawed man. I think I can do better." Let's just say his attempt to do better doesn't quite go according to plan.
- A small one in Hercules The Legendary Journeys. Ioulus claims that the town that Herc and he saved should have built a shrine to them. A lightning bolt strikes a nearby bush. The duo speculate if it was the gods or not. So Ioulus tests the "lightning never strikes somewhere twice" concept by repeating the line right next to the bush. It happens again. Oddly enough this gives Ioulus precognitive abilities at the low, low cost of being fried with a lightning bolt.
- In The Sopranos, Jackie Aprile Jr. to his getaway driver before robbing Tony's gang:
Jackie Jr.: I don't care if God passes by, you do not move this car.
- But averted in that Jackie Aprile Jr. is in fact a Too Dumb to Live Darwin Award contender that has little claim to such authority.
- Wilhelmina in Ugly Betty episode "Betty's Baby Bump", regarding her latest scheme to regain control of MODE:
Wilhelmina: As I march up the steps of the Meade building, it will be the greatest comeback since... Jesus.
- Several episodes of Monk, such as "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" and "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect", include characters being described as having more money than God. In "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail", one character wrote a book entitled "Richer Than God: The Lambert Lawson Story".
- Doctor Who gives us this exchange:
Catwoman nurse: And who are you to make this decision?
The Doctor: I'm the Doctor. If you don't like it, if you want to take it to a higher authority, there isn't one. It stops with me!
- There's a reason why one of the Doctor's many titles is The Lonely God...
- One Time Lord described their race thus: "Most people pray to lesser beings than the Time Lords."
- Blackadder II episode "Bells".
: "Still worshiping God? Last thing I heard he started worshiping me!"
- The Babylon 5 mantra:
"Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova's recommendations. Ivanova is God. And if this ever happens again Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out!"
- She then takes a moment to apologize to God for the boast.
- And it a later episode:
"Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova, Commander. Daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you will ever see. God sent me."
- There is an arc in Twin Peaks where Benjamin Horne reenacts the American Civil War with models as a way of solving the personal problems that caused his nervous breakdown. However as he gets better the side he chose (the South) starts to win. As his troops are about to enter Washington D.C. he says (in an affected Southern Drawl) "Only God can stop us now; and I believe in my heart that the Almighty is a Southerner!"
- I guess you could call it inverted in an episode of Frasier. Frasier's producer Roz is considering hiring Frasier's less-than-noble agent Bebe Glazer. When Roz is trying to justify it be saying "It's not like she worships the Devil," Frasier retorts with "She doesn't have to; he worships her."
- However, it's played straight in other episodes:
Frasier: By God? Do you believe this man's grandiosity? I'm God, and he knows it.
- Community: Pierce at one point claims to have written a song that will "make the Devil poop God's pants". That might be some kind of blasphemy record.
- In an episode of Sleepy Hollow Abbie discovers that an uncooperative witness in the search for her sister Jenny (who has escaped from a mental institution) is violating state law by not providing proper food and accomodations for her current foster child. She delivers the following threat:
'Abbie: You have one chance right now! You tell me something, anything that will help me find her or so help me I will rain legal brimstone down on you so hard it'll make God jealous!
- Spike's very first line of dialogue in Buffy the Vampire Slayer deconstructs another vampire's Blasphemous Boast:
Big Ugly: When I kill her, it'll be the greatest event since the Crucifixion. And I should know, I was there.
Spike: You were there? Oh, please. If every vampire who said he was at the Crucifixion was actually there, it would've been like Woodstock.
- House of Pain's song "Jump Around" has a non-blasphemous version: "I've got more rhymes than The Bible's got psalms." Since it's accepted that the Bible has a finite number of psalms (150, to be exact), nobody gets offended (and the claim is still pretty impressive).
- Porcupine Tree's "Slave Called Shiver"
I may be nothing now, but I will rise
I'll have more followers than Jesus Christ
- Lil B has claimed to be God, to be the Devil, and to look like Jesus. He also claims to be "The Based God."
Niggas hatin on me bro, but I don't give a fuck, bitch!
Young Based God in the motherfucker
I'm god, I look like Jesus
And I'm coming with that motherfucking heater
Bitch, suck my dick.
- Jacques Brel was notorious for his blasphemous boasts in his songs, for instance in "Le Dernier Repas", where a man about to die wants to cry "Dieu est mort!" ("God is dead") one final time before he leaves this Earth.
- The song "Creation & Destruction" by Immortal Technique is a Boastful Rap taken Up to Eleven.
Devils are incompatible
I been around since the planet was inhabitable
I spit in the ocean and created microscopic animals
Which evolved into two species: the righteous and the cannibals
But until then, I had alien women suck me off
''When God said, "Let there be light", I turned it the fuck off
- And the stinger at the end of that verse:
Cause I allow God to let you motherfuckers exist
- The song "Disasters" by the Non-Prophets
How do you expect someone to take you seriously
When it's obvious the god you trust is hateful and inferior to me
"I'm kidding"; Really folks, who asked us to be modest?
Thinking when you hear these jokes you laugh just to feel smarter
- An interesting variant occurs in Larry Gallagher’s "I Am Better Than Your God", in which, as the title implies, the singer claims to be better than God. This isn’t because the singer considers himself to be great or powerful but because the version of God he is singing about is an extremely reprehensible being.
- Hollywood Undeads "We" are has this nice line: "You can see God when I take my mask of"
- Fela Kuti: "Shuffering And Shmiling"
I want you all to please take your minds
Out of this musical contraption
And put your minds into any goddamn church
And goddamn mosque, any goddamn Celestical
(...) We now have to carry our minds out of those goddamn places
- "Dear God" by XTC from their album Skylarking is one huge tirade against God in whom the singer doesn't believe and whom He blames all the misery in the world.
- Patti Smith's infamous quote on her Horses album: "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine. (...) my sins, my own, they belong to ME! Me!"
- Paraphrased by the punk band Crass in their extremely blasphemous song "Reality Asylum":
Jesus died for his own sins, not mine.
- John Lennon's "God" from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band has him listing all kinds of heroes and icons, several from religious origin, he doesn't believe in. He eventually concludes he only believes in himself and his wife and "that's reality". The song "I Found Out" also deals with false religion and idols.
- Marilyn Manson's "The Fight Song" from his album Holy Wood In The Shadow Of The Valley Death has the line:
I'm not a slave for a God that doesn't exist.
- In Greek Mythology, the gods are quick to take offense and retaliate when they catch anybody doing this.
- Ulysses would have saved himself several years of hardships had he not bragged to Poseidon to the point of refusing him a sacrifice, or mocking his son Poliphemus after blinding him. As a man of proverbial wit, you'd expect him to know better than anger the god of seas, especially if you and home sweet home are hundreds miles of sea apart.
- Queen Niobe brags in public that she has more children than "poor" Leto (the mother of Apollo and Artemis!). The two promptly take it upon themselves to avenge their mother by killing each and every one of the queen's children and she turns to stone from grief.
- A certain Arachne claims she's a better weaver than Athena? Let's just say there's a reason we call spiders 'arachnids' today... This myth is referenced in Cryptonomicon, where the teller of the tale points out that Athena plays fair during the challenge and actually admits Arachne is as good as she thinks she is. It's not Arachne's blasphemy, but rather her hubris, that results in her being cursed. Another version has Athena get angry when Arachne matches her, and blowing her off so rudely that Arachne tried hanging herself. That's when Athena came to her senses and saved her by turning her into a spider. Yet another version says that Athena didn't punish Arachne for claiming to be better, but because during the contest Arachne's masterpiece entry was a giant tapestry mocking Zeus and his extensive history of infidelity (which besides being disrespectful in general terms was also hubris—a mere mortal making a magnificent tapestry to mock the gods?). No way was Athena going to let Arachne make fun of her father like that.
- The reason Perseus had to save Andromeda from the sea monster was because her mother, Cassiopeia, claimed Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, beautiful creatures of the sea and daughter of sea deity Nereus. The patron God of the Oceans, Poseidon, took this blasphemy as a hubris and drowns Cassiopeia's town and sicced his sea serpent to devour anyone that comes across it, and the only way to stop that was to sacrifice Andromeda.
- In one version of the story, Medusa got turned into a monster after having an affair with Hephaestus, and then claiming that she was more beautiful than his wife Aphrodite, goddess of beauty.note
- Aphrodite had to deal with this a lot, apparently, since suitors were saying that Psyche (who ended up being the one to catch flack for their boasting) was more beautiful than hernote . Ultimately it worked out much better for Psyche than its typical with such boasting in Greek mythology, since Aphrodite's son Eros agreed with the suitors' assessment.
- Another case of Aphrodite was the time that a certain woman named Myrrha had her mother boast about the same thing Cassiopeia did unto her daughter... compared to Aphrodite. She ends up cursing Myrrha to commit incest with her father, but then it turned out a bit better and showed Aphrodite's tender side when she took pity on Myrrha's son Adonis... who, in one story, died because he made a boast about being a better hunter than the resident Goddess of Hunting, Artemis. Artemis then sicced her hunting boar to kill him while Aphrodite was away.
- Journey to the West: The Monkey King Sun Wukong proclaims himself "the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven." Granted, he eventually did kick Heaven's collective asses. Heaven eventually needed to call upon the Deus ex Machina that is Buddha.
- Some versions of the Flying Dutchman myth says that the Captain of the ship swore such an oath to round the Cape of Good Hope if he had to sail until the Last Day. When God appeared and asked him to give up his foolhardy quest, he cursed God and repeated the oath. His punishment was to sail, with a crew of ghosts and cowards, until the Last Day.
- Warhammer uses this a lot with the chaos gods. A random Chaos worshiper deems himself greater than the gods and usually finds himself cursed.
"Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours."
- From the flavor text of the Netrunner card 'Fortress Architects':
"You want us to build that? Not even God has the money to afford that!"
- Exalted, a setting rife with Odd Job Gods, has "I am no mere god."
- A variant in Super Robot Wars, Sanger's Catchphrase and Badass Boast is that "I am the sword that cleaves evil! There is nothing I cannot cut!" (Which becomes "smites evil" in the English localization.) When fighting more powerful opponents, he sometimes replaces "evil" with something more dramatic and context-appropriate, including at one point "God".
- Near the start of the life of the PlayStation, Sony released an ad campaign in the US that explicitly stated that the Playstation was "More powerful than God", attempting to prove that it wasn't for kids. Unsurprisingly, shortly afterwords, the campaign was taken down.
- At the end of Policenauts, Gates Becker goes on a Motive Rant, claiming that God made a mistake in designing humanity as naturally unfit for life in space, and justifying the extensive organ harvesting syndicate which he oversees as merely "picking up [His] slack".
- In Rhapsody A Musical Adventure, Marjoly claims to be mightier than God, more beautiful than Goddess, and the Devil's master.
- Glass from Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword has gained some fandom notoriety by claiming that his swordplay is so peerless that even the gods fear it. Considering the fact that he's just the level 2 boss, this turns out to be one of the most epic cases of Suicidal Overconfidence ever.
- Captain Falcon from F-Zero faces against god in a race, but not before saying it's cocky to think it can beat him.
- Alex from the Golden Sun series is a great example of a Blasphemous Boast in the face of a near-god, and a better example of being immediately shut down by said god.
- In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2:
Brotherhood Knight: God
is with me, monster! Dracula:
That will be your ruin.
- Inverted in inFAMOUS: Second Son .
Delsin: Angels? Are you kidding me right now? So either one of the escapees can make angels... or I'm going after God. And I do not like my odds in that match-up.
- In Saints Row IV, your character manages to come up with this offscreen.
Kinzie: The President's remarks were taken out of context.
Reporter: What is the context for "I'm the patron saint of America, they should change it to 'One Nation, Under Me'?"
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series movie trailer, a brief scene involves Yugi getting swarmed by fans and exclaiming "I'm more popular than Jesus!".
- Darwin's Soldiers:
Subject 19: So come on! Give me a real challenge! Give me a fight against a God!
- This little gem from Time Cube:
- This bash.org quote.
- The Nostalgia Critic:
- In Mario Plush Forever, Giga Bowser claims to be more powerful than Master Hand. Big mistake.
- From Super Mario Bros. Z:
Mecha Sonic: I'm not a monster! I'm a GOD!
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged - Freeza incites a Bolt of Divine Retribution this way.
"If I'm really as evil as you say I am, then let God strike me down where I stand." (ZAP!) "Ha! Nice try, jackass! Next time, give it your A-game!"
- It runs in the family. When his brother Cooler had been referred to as "he", he once replied: "That's 'He' with a capital 'H', by the way!"
- From this Cracked article: "Look, we're not trying to sound holier than thou on this matter. We're just saying that we are Jesus."
- From Powerthirst 2: "When God gives you lemons you FIND A NEW GOD!"
- From TheBookOfRatings, Deadly Sins, from the entry on Pride:
I'm not sure how this one works. Is plain old everyday pride sinful or do you have to get into the realm of hubris before you're in trouble? Do you go to hell for saying "this is a pretty tasty three-bean salad I've made, if I do say so myself," or do you have to say "why, I bet this is a better three-bean salad than GOD could make"?
- John Lennon's "Bigger Than Jesus" comment wasn't really a boast, but a complaint about excessive Creator Worship.
- Averted by Mister T, who - back when he was a bodyguard to celebrities - advertised his service with "The best protection short of God Himself."
- Nick Lowe's debut album was named Jesus of Cool. Unsurprisingly, it was renamed for the USA market to the much-less-cool-sounding Pure Pop for Now People.
- South Korean sex change surgeon Kim Seok-Kwon claims to "correct God's mistakes."
- From Long for This World,' on Aubrey de Grey, "My wife borrowed my notebook and wrote to me in big block letters: He is more sure of himself than God."
- Both inverted and played straight: During the 1970s a church in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia put up a sign saying, "What would you do if God came to Hawthorn today?", under which an Australian Rules Football fan graffiti'd, "Move Peter Hudsonnote to centre half forward!". Upon hearing of this, Hudson jokingly complained that God had never attended a single training session.
- Theodore Roosevelt was praised in his own lifetime that he was better than God. And given his record, who could blame them?
- The surnames Quirós (from northern Spain) and Garrido (from southern Spain) are rather old. So old, several lineages using either surname have the following as their family motto: «Antes de que Dios fuera Dios / Y el sol diera en estos riscos / Los Quirós eran Quirós / Y los Garrido, Garrido.» ("Before God was God / And before the sun shone in these cliffs / The Quirós were Quirós / And the Garridos were Garridos."). There has to be some truth to it, as not even the Inquisition took issue.
- Many academics think the "Before God was God" bit refers to the time before Christianity arrived to the Iberian Peninsula, so it's just a fancy way to say something like "Before we followed a single god.". Still, whether taken at face value or not, it's a rather strong statement about one's family.
- "Jesus Christ turned water into wine, but Vladimir Lenin turned words into bread." - a boast in the Red Armies during the Russian Civil War.
- During Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was heard to say, "Best defense ever! Hey, we'll beat the Greek gods!"