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Blasphemous Praise

Wat: And your love? Have you proven that yet?
William: Wat, you remember church as a boy. The fear, the passion. That's what she makes me feel. And for that, I say my rosary to Jocelyn and no one else.
Wat: William, that's blasphemous.

Any time a character praising someone(s) or something(s) else favorably to a given deity.

How to react can sometimes be a dilemma, especially to devoutly religious characters who believe in the deity in question. It can also lead to Tempting Fate.

A Super Trope to Like a God to Me.

A Sister Trope to Blasphemous Boast (comparing oneself favorably to a deity), Like a God to Me (which can be blasphemous, depending on the particular context).


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    Comic Books 
  • William the prophet in The Kingdom believes that Superman is a divine being, even to the point where he builds a church and offers up prayers to him.
    William: ...and he changes the course of mighty rivers...and bends steel in his bare hands. His kingdom come...his will be done...for his is the truth, and the justice, and the...

  • In A Knight's Tale, Will declares that he will say rosaries to Jocelyn and no one else.
  • In Titanic, Cal says of the ship "God Himself couldn't sink her".
  • The 1981 Clash of the Titans has Queen Cassiopeia of the city of Joppa saying that her daughter Princess Andromeda is more lovely than the goddess Thetis. Thetis is not pleased by this and orders that Andromeda be sacrificed to the Kraken. If they don't, the Kraken will destroy Joppa.
  • In The Usual Suspects, there's this line from Verbal Kint, whether you consider it "praise" or not: "Keaton always said, 'I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him.' Well, I do believe in God... and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze."
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian has a man who's about to be stoned because during dinner he said "That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah!". After some weird arguments like only Monty Python can do, the stoning organizer is killed instead.
  • Airheads had the following exchange: Who would win in a fight? Lemmy or God? Trick question! Lemmy is God.

  • In Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis's retelling of the tale of Cupid and Psyche, the narrator's younger sister Princess Istra gets in big trouble by allowing people to proclaim her a goddess.
  • The Asian Saga novel Tai-Pan has one character tell the Tai-pan that she "worships" him. Since he's a devout (if unconventional,) Christian, he tells her not to say such things.

  • Greek Mythology:
    • Cassiopeia comparing the beauty of her daughter Andromeda to that of various goddesses ticks the gods off.
    • Arachne recieves this in her own story. When she claimed that her weaving could challenge the gods, Athena decides to come down and put that to the test. They both weave tapestries, and (in at least one version) when they have the people vote, they chose Arachne's tapestry. This is what doomed her.
    • Niobe, a woman with seven sons and seven daughters, once claimed to be superior to the minor goddess Leto, who only had two children. Unfortunately for her, those two children were Apollo and Artemis. To avenge the insult, they broke out the bows and arrows; Artemis shot Niobe's daughters, and Apollo shot the sons.
    • Psyche, the girl who eventually married Eros/Cupid, was said to be so beautiful that the local men started worshipping her instead of Aphrodite. Naturally, Aphrodite was pissed.
  • In The Bible, one of the Herods is struck dead for accepting such praise.
    ...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.

  • Eric Clapton became known in part for some London Urban Grafitti saying "Clapton is God," as pictured above.
  • A common misconception is that John Lennon praised The Beatles in this way when he said that they were "bigger than Jesus". In fact, he was criticizing pop culture of the day in a way that would become characteristic of him as he got older. Despite not having meant it the way it was taken, he issued a public apology to get the band back in the public's good graces.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • WWE billing Triple H as "King of Kings," seeing as how it is a title normally given to Jesus.
  • Some people started bringing signs saying "Foley is God." He expressed his preference for them not to do that so the signs changed to "Foley is Good," which became the title of his second memoir.

  • Inversion: 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 Hudson note  to centre half forward!". Upon hearing of this, Hudson jokingly complained that God had never attended a single training session.
    • Geelong fans nicknamed Gary Ablett senior "God", something which Ablett, being a devout Christian, was none too comfortable with.
  • Any current NFL fans or people hip to pop culture are hereby invited to look up "Tim Tebow Jesus" under any image search engine.
    • Or Drew "Breesus" Brees.
  • Supporters of Brian O'Driscoll, star player and long-time captain of Ireland's national Rugby Union team, have adopted the motto "In BOD We Trust", playing on USA's official motto "In God We Trust". This motto even became the title of O'Driscoll's biography.
  • Back in Wayne Gretzky's prime, there was a comedic bumper sticker that read "Jesus saves! GRETZKY SCORES ON THE REBOUND!" Mocking the play by play of a hockey game where goalies "save" shots from going into the goal, but occasionally allow the puck to bounce away, giving up a "rebound" that can be played.


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    Western Animation 
  • An episode of The Simpsons reveals the deeply religious Ned Flanders to have a substantial collection of Beatles memorabilia because they were Bigger Than Jesus.
    • Then there was his horrified expression when Homer started praising him for revealing the secret to defeating his new boss at work: "All hail Flanders. Mightier than Jesus. Praise Flanders!"

    Real Life 
  • Chuck Norris mostly finds Chuck Norris Facts to be a source of amusement, but he has on occasion taken issue with some of the jokes that suggest he is greater than God. Not surprising considering he's a devout Christian.

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