aka: More X Than God
"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, Pride. Contrast Like a God to Me.
— Commander Orlok, Universe at War
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- This Lynx ad. Apparently, it smells so good that angels themselves will keep not their first estate and risk being reserved in everlasting chains under darkness.
- God made man. Samuel Colt made them equal.
Anime and Manga
- Claire Stanfield of Baccano! He suffers from a severe case of solipsism (the philosophical idea that only the reality of a person's self is absolute, and that everything else could very well just be a figment of their imagination), and believes himself to be the complete ruler of reality. He claims at one point that he thought up God and made the divine ruler bestow him with his seemingly otherworldly abilities of strength, agility, and stamina (He actually got them from his time spent as an acrobat in the circus). The fact that he is able to back up his claims by holding his own against legitimately immortal beings causes one to at least consider his viewpoint.
- Dr. Black Jack is usually said to have the hands of God when it comes to surgery. Given from what he actually does, he doesn't seem to be far off.
- Black☆Star from Soul Eater frequently refers to himself as "the man who will surpass God" or "the man who has surpassed God'', although it's (probably) just his ego talking.
- The Mazinger Z is said to be so powerful that it effectively renders its pilot a Physical God. Then they had to go on and make an even more super Super Robot.
Dr. Juuzo: If you have Mazinger Z, you can be either a god or a devil... But with Mazinkaiser, you can be superior to God!
- When That Man is disposing of Pedro in Excel Saga, he remarks that "This is what happens to anyone who crosses me, even God."
- In Jormungand, with plan Jormungand nearing initiating, Koko compares herself to all the people that have spoke of and sought out world peace, when in the end, it was an arms dealer that achieved it. When talking of God's "work" (letting countless wars pass through the years), she calls herself more than a god as she plans to...
Koko Hekmatyar: ...separate humans from war!
- Zoro of One Piece has been described as being "more arrogant than God", due to the swordsman making several of these. Fitting that this comes up in an arc where the Big Bad is a guy who actually thinks he IS God, who then kicked Zoro's ass with ease.
- Touma in A Certain Magical Index claims that his hand cancels anything, and can even cancel the divine. Index is slightly skeptical because, among other things, he happens to be an atheist (at least at the start of the series) and offers to test his claim on her blessed clothing. It works.
- Also If Jesus Then Aliens. He says that there is definitely no magic, and a bit later she says "An atheist like you?", and he doesn't mind.
- Someone in the part of the verse not (yet) adapted to anime remarks that yes, Touma really might be higher than God. Even his family name can be translated as "The person superior to God".
- The title of Fiamma of the Right translates to "The One Above God."
- Of course we also can't forget a certain doctor who has gained the title "Heaven Canceler".
- The Chouginga Gurren Lagann is described as "One who matches the gods." Considering that its power is supposedly tantamount to a sub-Universe, this makes some sense.
- Naturally, it is succeeded by the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and in the movies the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which are several thousand orders of magnitude stronger than that, the latter one being a full-sized universe shaped like a mecha.
- By this point, the Gods probably lie curled up in foetal position, weeping in terror.
- Variant: In Hikaru no Go, the go-players are looking for the so-called "Divine Hand", the ultimate answering (or preemptive) move.
- Shiki makes one in Kara no Kyoukai, claiming her eyes can see the death of anything, even God himself. May not be so blasphemous after all, considering she is connected to the Origin and is a Reality Warper.
- At the climax of the anime of Devilman Lady, the final villain claims to be the new incarnation of God. Our heroine's response? "If you're God, then I'm the Devil, and I will continue to rise from Hell to battle you!"
- In episode 11 of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, we discover that Garterbelt the priest was formerly a crime lord, murdered and then revived. He threatened to break God's dick with his ass and then God zapped him with a Bolt of Divine Retribution that turned his hair into his famous Funny Afro. Yes, it's that kind of show.
- Elfen Lied: Near then end, Kakuzawa boasts that not even God can stop his Evil Plan.
- The anime version of DNA 2 opens with a spoof of this: The first thing Karin does on-screen is to wonder if her ability to travel through time and remake DNA means she has surpassed God, before gushing on the awesomeness of the boast and generally acting supremely funny.
- 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. And then Moe drives a truck carrying a large ice cube into the boat, causing it to sink; following the repairs, Homer claims that he wishes to retract his earlier comments about God's ship-sinking abilities, also offering praises to Allah, Buddah, and Ra for good measure.
- In 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...)
- In Time Braid, Sakura once makes reference to Naruto having 'more chakra than God' after being exposed to the various side effects (namely, he can't have sex with normal women without knocking them unconscious by overwhelming them with his aura, and there's a similar problem with his using the Yamanaka mindwalk jutsu).
- Technically, she herself is a Kami-descended, ergo Goddess material, and therefore is right.
- "Welcome to NERV. God's in His heaven because He's scared of our superior firepower."
- In Christian Humber Reloaded, the main character references this. Considering that he's a God-Mode Sue who keeps on growing in power after this, it's not an exaggeration.
Not even god and Satin can stop me, which is kind of cool not having to worry about getting punished by god because you can strike back at him.
- Mines of Dragon Mountain: Tirac brags at one point about how he killed all but three of Equestria's gods in the ancient past.
- In The Prayer Warriors, Hades claims that he cannot be defeated by anyone, even by God or Jesus. The Prayer Warriors prove him wrong by simply praying.
- The Pony POV Series:
Havoc: I Heard Your Rant About Villains Not Playing By The Rules 325,285,347 Times, Your Claim About Perfection 186,032 times, Your Speech About Life 432,874,222 times, Your Declaration Of Controlling The Universe 987,873,365,321 Times But Your Final Speech Was Something New For Once.
- In Dark World, the Valeyard does these quite frequently, as he believes himself higher than the Elders.
- According to a Loose Canon Recursive Fanfiction story, Havoc actually keeps track of how many times He's heard certain blasphemous boasts from people condemned to His domain. He even tells the Valeyard exactly how many times He'd heard each of his.
- Nightmare Eclipse's claim that she chose her name for eclipsing Celestia and Luna and exceeding them is considered this by the Dark World!Mane Cast. She also claims to be above all the other Gods and outright states she's going to destroy the Goddess of Fate.
- In the Pro Wrestling Massive Multiplayer Crossover wrestling promotion story "Character Championship Wrestling", The CCW Female's Champion Gwen Tennyson began to call herself a goddess following her match with Chell at the PPV "Meltdown", where she nearly died due to bloodloss. She has taken this gimmick as far as reciting Bible verses and rewording them into her own words and using the term "Gwendamn" when swearing.
- Dark Sakura in the Street Fighter and Naruto crossover The Newest Challenger, is extremely protective towards Naruto:
"You're mine. You know you're mine. And I'll move whoever I have to out of my way to keep you. No girl will take you away from me. If God reaches a hand down to pluck you back to wherever you came from… I'll tear God's arm off with this power."
- Bound Destinies Trilogy: After acquiring the Triforce, Veran openly mocks and disrespects Din, Nayru, and Farore, declaring that now that she has their power, she not only doesn't fear them, but curses their very names. It's even taken Up to Eleven when she states that after she's done with Hyrule, she plans to invade and conquer the Sacred Realm itself.
- In Legend of the Goddesses, a young Celestia and Luna brag about their accomplishments, and, on a whim, declare "We rule the sun and moon." Cue Queen Stellaris, the being who actually does that, who punishes them by actually giving them that responsibility... without making them immortal.
- An early example can be seem in Frankenstein (1931), where the Mad Scientist's "Now I know what it feels like to be God!" drew so much ire in its time from Christians that it had to be cut (a loud clap of thunder was substituted on the soundtrack). The full line wasn't restored until 1999.
- Batman Begins: SWEAR TO ME!
- James Bond villains:
- Golden Eye:
Janus: What's true is that in forty-eight hours, you and I will have more money than God.
- Tomorrow Never Dies:
Carver: Soon I'll have reached out to and influenced more people than anybody in the history of this planet, save God Himself. And the best He ever managed was the Sermon on the Mount!
- Golden Eye:
- MGM Studios used a less divine form, with the old slogan, "More stars than there are in the heavens."
- In the Godfrey Ho film Honor and Glory, the bodyguard Jake Armstrong's business card is said to read "You couldn't be safer in the hands of God." He seems to actually believe it, too.
- The Fantastic Four movie has Johnny Storm saying that Victor Von Doom has more money than God. In comparison Reed Richards is worth "less than a postage stamp." (He may have a point, considering Reed Richards Is Useless ...)
- In Speed Zone! (a.k.a. Cannonball Fever), the Strothers Brothers characters are described as "having more money than God's accountant".
- Consider this beauty from Kill Bill Volume 1: Hattori Hanzo on his latest sword, "I can say with no ego that this is the finest sword I have ever built. Should you encounter God on your quest, God will be cut". It's a callback to a similar line in a voiceover near the beginning, which in turn references a Zen Buddhist saying: "If you meet a buddha, cut him down. If you meet a demon, cut him down."note
- The Kill Bill line is a reference to the 1981 Japanese film Samurai Reincarnation — starring Sonny Chiba, who played Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill — where the swordmaker Muramasa makes a sword to fight demons for the hero, Jubei Yagyu (Chiba), and tells him "Master Jubei, if you encounter God, God will be cut. If you encounter an evil spirit then it will be cut."
- In both the play and the film versions of Steel Magnolias Ouiser—pronounced 'Wheezer'—tells Shelby that "The only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God."
- In Monty Pythons Life Of Brian: "All I did was say to my wife, 'That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah!'"
- In Tropic Thunder, the director Damian Cockburn calls the helicopter that brought the actors to the remote part of the jungle as God, and himself as Jesus Christ, making this the ultimate Blasphemous Boast. Given the nature of the movie, it was probably inevitable. And 10 seconds later he gets blown up by a landmine.
- In Creepshow, Aunt Bedelia is said to be "older than God."
- In Clash of the Titans, Casseiopeia earns the wrath of the goddess Thetis by boasting her daughter was more beautiful than the goddess. She said this in the goddess's own temple.
- In Bride of Re-Animator, Herbert West has a pretty high opinion of his work. "'Blasphemy'? Before what, 'God'? A God repulsed by the miserable humanity he created in his own image? I will not be shackled by the failures of your God. The only 'blasphemy' is to wallow in insignificance! I have taken the refuse of your God's failures, and I have triumphed!"
- Dune (the 1984 film): "Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen."
- Fearless: Max Klein, after surviving a plane crash and what amounts to a suicide attempt screams at God, "You can't do it! You want to kill me, but you CAN'T!"
- Five Hundred Days Of Summer: a reference by the protagonist's younger sister to his ex dating a guy "with abs like Jesus".
- In Keeping The Faith, Anna says, "I work harder than God. If He had hired me, He would have made the world by Thursday."
- Used in a slightly tragic sense in Hobo with a Shotgun: Drake, following the death of his son Slick, proclaims that he knows more pain than God does - God's son came back in three days. The hobo, who's noticed Drake's complete lack of compassion for his other son, dismisses this with, "You're a fool, and a shitty father."
- In Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence is confident that he can safely cross the Sinai desert and inform his superiors about the siege of Aqaba. He compares himself to Moses, which offends Auda.
- Auda: In ten days you will cross Sinai?Lawrence: Why not? Moses did.Auda: Moses was a prophet and beloved of God!
- The Matrix Reloaded:
- Bane: Oh God...Agent Smith: Smith will suffice.
- Pink Flamingos:
- Mr. Vader: Do you believe in God?Divine: I AM GOD!
- After getting God's powers in Bruce Almighty, most of Bruce's dialogue could qualify as this, but one in particular:
Bruce: You can't leave me! I'm the Alpha lady! I'm the Omega baby!
- Just before the final battle of Conan the Barbarian, the titular Cimmerian prays to his people's god for the first time. For putting on a good show, he asks Crom to grant him revenge on his enemies... but if Crom doesn't listen, "then to hell with you!"
- 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."
- Another old joke: two inmates at a mental asylum are talking, and one proclaims:
Inmate #1: I am the King because God told me so!Inmate #2: I've told you nothing!
- A joke about prolific Dutch author Harry Mulisch, told by comedian Herman Finkers.
Mulisch: You know, sometimes I've written a sentence, and when I look back I and read it I think: no, I didn't write this, God wrote this.Finkers: How can you be so sure that God was the author instead of you?Mulisch: I write better.
- 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."
...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.
- Played straight with Herod Agrippa, who was killed for his blasphemy:
- 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.
"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."
- Unseen Academicals Lord Vetinari doesn't outright claim to be better than God, but does declare this to be a goal worth pursuing:
- 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:
Euron: Godless? Why, Aeron, I am the godliest man ever to raise sail! You serve one god, Damphair, but I have served ten thousand. From Ib to Asshai, when men see my sails, they pray.
Aeron: They pray to trees and golden idols and goat-headed abominations. False gods...
Euron: Just so, and for that sin I kill them all. I spill their blood upon the sea and sow their screaming women with my seed. Their little gods cannot stop me, so plainly they are false gods. I am more devout than even you, Aeron. Perhaps it should be you who kneels to me for blessing.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley's Lythande at one point tells herself "I am Lythande! Who dares challenge me, man or woman or goddess?"
- In a SF short story (author? title?) where two competing washing powder companies compete for the most white-washing powder. When it's physically impossible to wash whiter, one company resorts to "only God washes whiter than Brand X" and then the other to "only the Devil can withstand Brand Y". Thus a narrow aversion, but still a baaaad idea. Hilarity Ensues.
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!
- Blackadder II episode "Bells".
Lord Flashart: "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!"
"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."
- She then takes a moment to apologize to God for the boast.
- And it a later episode:
- 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."
Lilith (upon seeing Frasier taking a bathrobe): My god!Frasier: My goddess!Frasier: By God? Do you believe this man's grandiosity? I'm God, and he knows it.
- However, it's played straight in other episodes:
- 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.
- Boston Legal gives us this gem;
Denny Crane: You hear the one about the man who died and went to the pearly gates? Saint Peter lets him in. Then he sees a man in a striped suit with a briefcase giving a closing argument. And he asks, "Who's that?" Saint Peter says, "oh, that's just God. Thinks he's Denny Crane."
Castiel: I'm your new God. A better one.
- 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 riseI'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 motherfuckerI'm god, I look like JesusAnd I'm coming with that motherfucking heaterBitch, suck my dick.
- This deserves details:
- 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 incompatibleI been around since the planet was inhabitableI spit in the ocean and created microscopic animalsWhich evolved into two species: the righteous and the cannibalsBut until then, I had alien women suck me off''When God said, "Let there be light", I turned it the fuck off
Cause I allow God to let you motherfuckers exist
- And the stinger at the end of that verse:
- The song "Disasters" by the Non-Prophets
How do you expect someone to take you seriouslyWhen 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 mindsOut of this musical contraptionAnd put your minds into any goddamn churchAnd 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!"
Jesus died for his own sins, not mine.
- Paraphrased by the punk band Crass in their extremely blasphemous song "Reality Asylum":
- 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 Of 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.
- In another version, Athena wins the competition, and the condition was that the loser would never be allowed to use a spindle or needle again. In this version turning Arachne into a spider was an act of mercy on Athena's part, as she saw Arachne would be unable to live without being able to weave. Being a spider allowed her to weave without use of a spindle or needle.
- The reason Perseus had to save Andromeda from the sea monster was because her mother, Cassiopeia, claimed Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, beautiful creatures of the sea and daughter of sea deity Nereus. The patron God of the Oceans, Poseidon, took this blasphemy as a hubris and drowns Cassiopeia's town and sicced his sea serpent to devour anyone that comes across it, and the only way to stop that was to sacrifice Andromeda.
- In one version of the story, Medusa got turned into a monster after having an affair with Hephaestus, and then claiming that she was more beautiful than his wife Aphrodite, goddess of beauty.note
- 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.
- During the siege of Thebes, the warrior Capaneus declared that not even the fire of Zeus could stop him from scaling the city walls. Unsurprisingly, he was promptly zapped off the ladder.
- 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.
- Aja Kong's entrance theme comes close:
God made the Devil just for fun
When He wanted the real thing, he made Aja Kong!
- Kane once declared himself "the Devil's favorite demon." Later on, his (in-character) brother, The Undertaker, simply stated "You may be the devil's favorite demon, but in this ring? God calls me sir."
- Jimmy Jacobs bows to no man. If Jesus Christ was around, Jacobs would stand face to face with him.
- 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."
- Ajax rejects the gods' help and boasts that he will be the best fighter on his own merit. Ajax is primarily about how this is a bad idea, but also a noble one.
- Don Pedro makes two in rapid succession in Act 2, Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing, referencing Roman dieties:
"I will in the interim undertake one of Hercules' labours; which is, to bring Signior Benedick and the Lady Beatrice into a mountain of affection the one with the other."(a few lines later)"If we can do this, Cupid is no longer an archer: his glory shall be ours, for we are the only love-gods."
- 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 a Shout-Out to Conan, if you click Sonya enough in Heroes of the Storm, she'll start praying to her God, Bul-Kathos, to... improve her MMR, and if he does not listen, then to hell with him!
- 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!".
- Darwins Soldiers:
Subject 19: So come on! Give me a real challenge! Give me a fight against a God!
- This little gem from Time Cube:
I AM WISER THAN ANY DAMN MAN OR GOD WHO EVER EXISTED. IF THE HALF AND HALF CO-CREATED JESUS RETURNS TO EARTH, I WILL PERSONALLY KILL THE BASTARD MYSELF.
- This bash.org quote.
- The Nostalgia Critic:
- "I am your Jesus."
- "That's right! I am going to judge God!"note
- In Mario Plush Forever, Giga Bowser claims to be more powerful than Master Hand. Big mistake.
- From Super Mario Bros. Z:
Axem Red: You Monster!!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"?
- In the Bob and George fancomic Jailhouse Blues, one weapon that Mega Man gains after defeating "Obviously Compensating For Something Man" is "More Ammunition Than God."
Mega Man: There's got to be a catch.
- The Last Days Of FOXHOUND: Psycho Mantis on Ocelot:
Psycho Mantis: Look, this is a man who believes that if God himself came down from the heavens, pointed a shotgun at his head and fired, God would miss.
- Sluggy Freelance:
Riff: I put more spice on those wings than God could.
- Touhou Nekokayou: Referred to as a "Blasphemous ... um ... Battlecry" in The Rant for comic #109:
- Towerof God:
- Quant Blitz: "A mere Regular acting on behalf of God? Preposterous! The true god of this testing area is ME!"
- Awesome Hospital alters a dialogue standard of the Medical Drama for context, but retains the sentiment:
Nurse Punk Rock: You can't play someone's life like a Stratocaster, Sven! You're not Hendrix!Dr. Guitar Solo: In this hospital, I AM HENDRIX!
- A rather meaningful one by General Izor in Dubious Company. Repeated later by said boaster's counterpart, Captain Walter:
Dangerman:: I AM GOING TO SHOOT A HOLE IN YOU THE SIZE OF GOD
- The Simpsons
- Homer got a perfect 300 bowling, and compared himself to God. He didn't actually say he was better than God, just equal in bowling ability. Which, if Homer always bowls 300, is simply mathematically accurate. Even God can't score more points than the maximum number possible.
- In another episode, Bart declares that the revivalist preacher/faith healer Brother Faith "dances better than Jesus himself."
- In yet another episode, Bart describes the gravy Marge and Becky made as "better than God's sweat."
- Being a parody/homage of The Beatles, "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" references John Lennon's real life boast (see under Real Life below). The Be Sharps took Lennon's quote to extreme by naming their second album "Bigger Than Jesus", complete with a cover that showed the quartet walking on water (itself a takeoff on the Abbey Road cover).
- And yet another example has Lisa convince Bart and Homer they have leprosy. Bart claims that in the Bible 'Some holy guy' cured the lepers. After remembering it was Jesus Homer quickly asserts "Wait, I know someone even Holier than Jesus! Flanders!"
- When Homer goes on a hunger strike to protest the local baseball team's plan to move, he sings a little song which includes the line "I'm kinda like Jesus, but not in a sacreligous way."
- When Homer buys a gun, he describes the feeling of power it gives him as "how God must feel when he's holding a gun."
- Also towards the end of "Mr. Plow", Homer after saving Barney's life goes into partnership with him in the snow-plow business, shouting out that if two friends stick together, not even God Himself can stop them. Cue a voice from the clouds: "Oh, really?" and the weather immediately becomes warmer, melting all the snow.
- Angry Beavers did a similar spoof as The Simpsons did at one point, with Daggett claiming that they were "Bigger than sliced bread", with people acting in an identical manner to John Lennon's "Bigger than Jesus" boast. Subverted, however, when Daggett clarifies that he meant that they were physically bigger than a loaf of sliced bread, placating the fans.
- On The Boondocks, Jazmine asks Huey if he believes in God. Riley interjects that he's going to live forever, but if he does go to heaven he's going to smack God upside the head and tell him to get him some tacos.
- In the Family Guy episode "Secondhand Spoke", Stewie helps Chris deal with some bullies by hiding in his backpack and feeding him one-liners to respond to the bullies taunts. Chris' new wit causes him to be nominated for school president. Stewie then claims that he's a better coach than God. And how do you expect Family Guy to run with this?
C'mon! You're getting crucified out there!
- 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!"
- 1st (official) Chess world master Steinitz said he would win a game against God. Even giving God odds of pawn. (The much-reported quote is seriously in doubt, cf. here)