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- The Unintelligible Mokona at the end of the Magic Knight Rayearth manga was revealed to be the equivalent of God, or at least can channel him. Before you ask, the ones in ×××HOLiC and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle are copies. Their full name, Mokona Modoki, translates to something like "Mokona Knock-Off."
- The Tenchi Muyo! OVA series pulled this off no less than four times, with Sasami having merged with Tsunami, one of the three Chousin, her mother Misaki being Counteractor, one of the few beings capable of fighting the Chousin, Washu being another one of the three Chousin, and finally Tenchi himself being an avatar of a force even more powerful than the Chousin themselves.
- Saori in Saint Seiya in about the mid of the first season is revealed to be the earthly incarnation Athena.
- Vivio, Nanoha's adopted daughter in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, turned out to be a clone of Sankt Kaiser Olivie, the Belkan Saint Church's figure of worship. One wonders if the Saint Church finds it weird that they have their equivalent of Jesus Christ enrolled in one of their schools. (It turns out they're honored.)
- Sekirei, it turns out that the landlady of Maison Izumo is a Sekirei. Not just a Sekirei but Sekirei No. 01 (it was No. 00 but immediately renumbered as No. 01). Miya Asama states that she is different from the other 107 Sekireis and even calls herself a goddess. And she has powers to back it up.
- In Mai-Otome, it turns out that Mikoto, the chubby black cat that hangs around Mashiro, is mentally connected to Mikoto, the petite but deceptively-strong goddess who lives in the Black Valley with Mai and uses astral projection to keep people away from the Harmonium Organ, and is possibly connected to the HiME from the original series, which is hinted to be the distant past of this universe.
- In Higurashi: When They Cry, second-season character Hanyuu has been present all along, but gone unnoticed by the main character due to being intangible. She describes herself as "a powerless god" since she can't influence events positively: when the True Companions start to go off the deep end, they become somewhat aware of Hanyuu's presence but it only registers as the sense that they are being watched by something they can't see, which only makes them even more paranoid. Later on, she begins taking a more positive and active role.
- In Eureka Seven, the comic-relief mystical tea-brewing Gonzy turns out to be a Coralian himself.
- in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rei Ayanami turns out to be an incarnation of Lilith, the source of all life on Earth. And shortly after, some very, very bad things happen.
- In El Cazador de la Bruja, in the middle of Mexico/South of Mexico, there is an inn run by an old man; he stops the villains chasing the heroines for a day or two so that they can have some Character Development. This includes a Tyke Bomb and witch with magic powers, who he stops simply by looking at them. Apparently he is really the Hopi Fertility Deity Kokopelli and takes the form of a white author who died 3 years prior to the plot.
- Baccano!! has its own strange take on this idea. Maiza's co-pilot isn't God, but rather Nyarlathotep's Expy.
- Space Dandy: In an unusual example, it is revealed in the finale that the show's narrator is essentially God. Before this, the viewers are given very little reason to believe he is anything more than an exposition device who's only there for the benefit of the audience and doesn't really exist in-universe, with the infrequent interaction with the characters being easily interpreted as mere Rule of Funny.
- In Bakuon!!, during a roadtrip, Hane encounters a man in need of gas and offers to siphon some of hers to help him. At the gas station, it's revealed that he has an "I am Jesus" helmet and he proceeds to hand her the Holy Grail, a limited edition Suzuki cup. Said cup saves Rin's life.
- Maken-ki!: Though Himegami has aided Tenbi's student council on occasion, she isn't part of the council herself. However, they didn't learn of her divinity until after the conclusion of the Okino Island arcnote , which revealed she's the biological daughter of Yatsuno, the Eight Headed Orochi of legend. Meaning, she's royalty and a demigoddess.
- Crimson features God masquerading as a little black girl who never says anything (though she apparently communicates telepathically) and just goes around either selling flowers to the unaware protagonist or doing friendly miracles, such as reviving a café full of people killed by some overzealous archangels, and offering redemption to Lucifer himself. (He turns her down, since he likes his current gig.)
- In the first Ghost Rider series, Satan (who was indirectly responsible for the hero's creation) kept trying to claim his soul. At one point, he's thwarted by the intervention of a normal-looking man who just claimed to be "just a friend." It was heavily implied that he was actually Jesusnote .
- In one Justice League of America story, Neron and the Demons Three attempt to pull the moon from the heavens. Superman uses a magnetic field trick to put the moon in its proper orbit, but mentions that he had "help": cut to an image of a giant fingerprint on the lunar surface.
- Played with in some Axis Powers Hetalia fics involving Nations and their countrymen. One in particular involved America fighting alongside one of his soldiers in World War 2... and meeting him again decades later as a dying War Vet.
- Played with in the Sherlock Holmes crossover fic A Case of Jerusalem wherein England is revealed to have been copilot to several British regiments just in the late 19th Century alone, including possibly that of Dr. Watson. He does get "reassigned" once his men grow suspicious of him, however.
- The Galaxy Rangers fanfic "A Christmas for Goose" has a Heroic Bystander named Chris Lamb step in to help the heroes fend off some crazy fundamentalists who consider the Artificial Human Goose a soulless abomination. The heroes hang out with him for a while, and he gives Goose a small charm of a lamb. It's only after Zachary remarks "behold, the lamb of God" that the Fridge Realization hits.
- In Tales from the Barman, Xander has (among others) God and Death stop in for a drink at his bar. Xander also learns that some of the women who watched him strip in Oxnard include God, Death, Glorificus, Washu Hakubi, Sailor Pluto, and the Muse of History.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Oh, God!: George Burns's character tells John Denver's character that he (Burns) is God, and he spends half the movie trying to convince him that he really did see God. The other half is spent in court, with God as a character witness.
- The second movie played out similarly, but with an eleven-year-old girl in the John Denver role.
- Happens in the 2000 remake of Bedazzled (2000). After having a oddly philosophical and completely on-point conversation with his cellmate, Brendan Fraser's character starts to catch on.
Elliot: Who are you?
Cellmate: Just a friend, brother. Just a really good friend.
- In Dogma, a homeless man on life support due to an attack by hockey players from hell in the opening sequence turns out to be God. And since killing Him just sends Him back to Heaven, putting Him in a coma while He was in human form is the only way to stop Him from stopping The End of the World as We Know It. Not to mention she turned out to be Alanis Morissette. Though this is just one of many forms - what are we mortals to say if God wants to look like a Canadian musician?
- An interesting case in TRON, in which human protagonist Flynn is sent Inside a Computer System full of living programs who regard their programmers as gods, and winds up allying with some of them to destroy a tyrannical administrative program. The audience knows that he's a "User" from the beginning, but the programs don't and are quite surprised when he spills the beans.
- Bruce Almighty has a homeless guy appear repeatedly with somewhat-relevant cardboard signs, who is turns out to be God. Meeting God first as a janitor and electrician might also count.
- Happens twice in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series where two of the Nine (Kibeth, aka The Disreputable Dog, and Yrael, aka Mogget) are there from the beginning and only show themselves in the final battle against Orannis.
- In Voyage to the City of the Dead, by Alan Dean Foster, it turns out that the friendly, mentally retarded, Gentle Giant is in fact a Mutable- a shapeshifting, neigh-immortal creature present in some form or another in the mythologies and legends of every known advanced species.
- In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series' fourth book, The Battle of the Labyrinth, Hera reveals at the end that she had been secretly helping Percy through the entire quest by doing things such as paying Geryon to let them through his ranch and guiding his arrow, even though Percy had prayed to Apollo and Artemis for help, and believed it was by their guidance he shot straight.
- Sometimes in the Tortall Universe: The Great Mother Goddess blesses Alanna in the second Song of the Lioness and gifts her with a purple-eyed, magical cat. We find out in The Immortals that he's some kind of Physical God, and in the Provost's Dog his nature as a constellation is made clear.
- The Young Wizards books adore this trope:
Kit: You mean to tell me, my dog-The Transcendent Pig: Yes, the old "spell it backwards" joke. One of The One's favourites.
- Macchu Picchu "Peach" the Macaw turns out to be an incarnation of the archangel Michael and/or goddess Athena in High Wizardry,
- Nita's Irish love interest in A Wizard Abroad is an incarnation of the One's Champion.
- Slightly more jarringly, Kit's doofus dog Ponch is revealed to be roughly the equivalent of The One in Wizards At War.
- In The Malloreon by David Eddings, it eventually turns out that the foundling, Errand, that they've been dragging around since Book 2 of The Belgariad, is actually a proto-God, and already has a pretty good handle on Omniscience.
- Eddings does it again with Flute in The Elenium, who turns out to be the Child Goddess Aphrael (and then Aphrael has another incarnation as Sparhawk and Elenia's daughter Danae). Flute and Danae eventually meet and hold a brief conversation in The Tamuli, and a character later comments to Aphrael that several people were wondering if the room was going to implode - or some other similar paradoxical notion.
- He did it again in The Redemption of Althalus — though it is a bit downplayed, since new members of the heroic group are quickly filled in on the fact that an incarnation of Dweia, one of the three gods of the setting, is part of the group (with the exception of the first member, the protagonist Althalus. He gets to spend a long, long time studying under Dweia before he finds out that she's Dweia). Before that there is a seemingly mad eremite who talks to God and points Althalus towards the Edge of the World. When the events from the beginning of the book are re-run at the end of the book (with alterations on Althalus' part), it turns out the eremite was talking to himself — he was actually Deiwos, the creator god.
- In the Dragonlance Chronicles, the apparently-senile wizard Fizban turns out to be Paladine, the head of the good gods. He's pretty bad at hiding his true nature at points, occasionally dropping the "doddering old fool" act and giving everyone chills due to his seriousness. And most D&D players got suspicious when he started casting spells without any of the arcane rigmarole Raistlin has to use, and they had previously heard the legend of Paladine and had the lack of his constellation in the sky (along with that of Big Bad Takhisis) specifically noted as meaning the two were on the mortal plane, and All Myths Are True.
- This is played with by Fizban's apparent Expy Zifnab in The Death Gate Cycle. He has the same mix of senile eccentricity with flashes of remarkable wisdom and power, and at one point even says that he's a god, but is really just a very crazy old man with a lot of plot-centric information locked up in that confused brain. The dragon that is his constant companion, however, is a semi-divine being.
- Another god, Reorx, shows up in the short story "Wanna Bet?" that appears in one of the Tales books, having "hired" Caramon's three sons for a quest. It isn't revealed to be him until near the end of the story, but savvy readers (or those that remember Dragons of Dwarven Depths) can figure out it's him before the first part is over with.
- Not quite a God, but in Eric Nylund's A Game of Universe, the AI Setebos turns out to be an Angel.
- American Gods pulls off one of these combined with a Chekhov's Gunman. It manages to veer into "Oh God, how did I not see that, goddamnit!" territory and flies under the radar at first because it's so low key.
- In Peter David's Before Dishonor (yes, the one where the giant Borg Cube EATS PLUTO), the Enterprise helmsman is revealed to be the Lady Q.
- David also uses this trope in Fall of Knight, with the minor character of Joshua Cook. (Carpenter would have been too obvious?)
- Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters novel The Serpent's Shadow takes elements from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and places them in Victorian London with Elemental Powers. Snow White is Maya, a half-Indian doctor, and the dwarfs are her Indian pets, who are all avatars of Hindu gods and goddesses. They manifest powers in the finale; most notably, Charam the monkey turns into Hanuman himself, complete with spear.
- Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia does this a few times, most notably in The Horse and his Boy where he tells Shasta of all the times he's watched over him and helped him throughout his life, sometimes disguised as a cat.
- In Midnight at the Well of Souls, the main character himself is revealed to be god... or something like god, at the end.
- In the Bahzell series by David Weber much of this isn't a surprise, as the god of war wants to make Bahzell a Champion. But the way his sister, the Goddess of Music who comes to them in the disguise of a hungry traveler they share their meager food with does.
- And in a short story, it is revealed to the reader that Wencet of Rum is a god in disguise.
- Joanne Harris's Runemarks does this more than once. A large number of people, including the protagonist, turn out to be fallen gods.
- Tad Williams' cat-fantasy Tailchaser's Song uses this trope when Tailchaser is in his darkest hour, trapped by evil demon-cats underground... and then the insane, filthy old tom that has been clinging to his traveling group for most of the novel reveals himself as the cat-god Tangaloor Firefoot.
- In Orca, Vlad's old friend Kiera the Theif is revealed to be an alter-ego of Sethra Lavode.
- In The Iliad, it's arguably a Running Gag that the gods try to do this, but the mortals always catch on too quickly. Athena seems to pull it off in the closing lines of The Odyssey.
- Manly Wade Wellman's Silver John short story "On the Hills and Everywhere" has an unnamed carpenter show up at a place where two old friends have quarreled. As a result of the quarrel, one has dug a deep ditch between their properties, and the other wants the carpenter to put up a fence along the ditch. At the end, the carpenter has built a bridge across the ditch instead, the men patch up their quarrel — and the one man's little son isn't crippled anymore.
- The title character of Silverlock is befriended by a poet and singer who gives his name as "O. Widsith Amergin Demodocus... And let's see; there are others of course, but to cut it short I'll wind up with Boyan Taliesin Golias." It's only when Golias sings his way into Hell to rescue Silverlock that we learn that the "O." stands for "Orpheus" (he doesn't, by the way, botch the rescue as he did with Eurydice) and the other names that he supplies are a really big hint that he isn't simply a wandering singer. "Widsith" is the name of a scop (poet and bard) in Old English mythology; "Amergin" is a name associated with two different master bards in Irish Mythology; "Demodocus" was poet in the court of King Alcinous in The Odyssey; "Boyan" is the name of a royal court bard in the Rus epic The Lay of Igor's Campaign; "Taliesin" was a famed and highly regarded Welsh poet. Golias is the only name that doesn't belong to a legendary poet or bard; he's a mythical 'lord of vagabonds'. The fact that Silverlock doesn't catch any of the references simply underlines what a philistine he is.
- World War Z has a downed pilot who gets guided to rescue by a voice on the radio calling herself "Mets fan" or just "Mets" for short. "Mets" is a pun on Metis, mother of the goddess Athena... and the pilot may or may not have imagined her and her guidance.
- In Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Monstrous Regiment, it turns out that the squad really has been guided by the Duchess. All the miracles are more than a little creepy.
- Happens in The Dresden Files book Small Favor. In a fight with fallen angels, Harry throws around power in the shape of a giant hand from an unexpected, inexplicable source. Later, during The Stinger, Harry Rages Against The Heavens because God lets the fallen angels run loose on Earth without interfering, and Jake the humble janitornote points out to Harry that maybe God "already gave you a hand".
- In James Morrow's Only Begotten Daughter, the title female messiah despairs for not being about to contact her mother, God. At the end, it turns out God just might be Amanda, a sponge with whom she has had conversations with throughout the book. As Amanda puts it, "Look at me. Faceless, shapeless, holey, undifferentiated, Jewish, inscrutable… and a hermaphrodite to boot. Years ago, I told you sponges cannot be fatally dismembered, for each part quickly becomes the whole. To wit, I am both immortal and infinite."
- Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber begins with a feud between a group of semi divine siblings after their father Oberon disappears and the succession to the throne of Amber is in question. Oberon later turns out to have been the narrator's sidekick from a shadow earth.
- Doubled up: Corwin, at least, never suspected his grandfather was still around, let alone that he's known him (in disguise) for his entire life. Grandpa is an even better candidate for the God Was My Copilot trope, since he's the one who created the Pattern, more or less bringing the universe into existence out of the primal Chaos. There's also a semi-legendary creature that turns out to a) really exist and b) be Oberon's mother.
- At the very end of Shieldbreaker's Story, the last volume in the Books Of Swords saga, it is revealed, albeit only to the reader and to Yambu, that the Emperor was really G-d, although it was strongly hinted almost from the beginning. The other characters, mind you, including Mark, the Emperor's son, never find out.
- A Mage's Power: Tasio, King of The Tricksters, pretended to be Eric's mortal roommate, Aio.
- In The Riddle Master Trilogy, much of the later plot was driven by trying to find the High One, who had disappeared. Turns out that it was Deth.
- The finnish tale of The Birch and the Star the two protagonists are guided by two seemingly insignificant birds on their way home to Finland. When the same two birds show up time and again on the journey, the siblings begin to lampshade it, until they finally come home the their parent´s farm and discover two graves under the birch tree... Their dead siblings were with them all along.
- In Elminster: Making of a Mage, Elminster is tutored in magic by a female wizard, Myrjala Darkeyes, with whom he eventually develops a romantic relationship. After she's seemingly incinerated in battle with the Big Bad, he angrily swears he'll never work magic again because it only leads to sorrow. Cue Myrjala's body reforming from ashes and revealing herself as an avatar of Mystra, goddess of magic, and acting all hurt because of what he just said.
- In the The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "A Passage for Trumpet," a depressed, down-on-his-luck trumpet player named Joey is persuaded by another trumpet player to keep on living and playing. Only at the episode's end does Joey think to ask for the helpful person's name. The reply? "It's Gabe, short for Gabriel" and as he says it, he steps under an overhanging light... that gives him a perfect halo.
- A character memorably portrayed by Burt Reynolds appears to play this role in the "love it or hate it" The X-Files episode aptly titled "Improbable."
- In the finale of Touched by an Angel, in Monica's final case, after failing to keep a wrongfully accused drifter from serving prison time and pledging to protect him for the rest of his life, the drifter turns out to be God in disguise, telling her the final case was her promotion test for Tess's job, and she passed with flying colors.
- Implied in the Season 5 finale of Supernatural. After averting the apocalypse, one of the last shots we're treated to is "The Prophet Chuck", who had unwittingly used his powers to write a series of books about the Winchesters, ending his last book with a soliloquy about how hard it is to write a satisfying ending. He decides that sometimes it's better if things don't really end per se, then smiles and disappears into thin air. Near halfway through the same episode, he is seen calling a "Mistress Magda," a reference to Mary Magdalene who is believed by some to be a) an adulteress/prostitute and b) the wife/consort of Jesus.
- Also played with mere moments before it's played straight. After Castiel shows up and undoes what little damage was done in "the final apocalyptic battle", Dean asks if he's God. His response is "That's a nice compliment, but no."
- In the final scenes of Battlestar Galactica (2003), it's heavily implied that Starbuck is actually a being like Head Six or Head Baltar (who have claimed to be Angels in service of a God-like being who doesn't like to be called "God"). She was born to human parents and was largely unaware of her own nature/destiny for her whole life.
- On Twin Peaks, an ancient bellhop at the Great Northern Hotel turns out to be the host of the otherwordly, ambiguously-benevolent Giant spirit.
- The final episode of Ashes to Ashes reveals that Gene Hunt is a Psychopomp, Keats is (possibly) The Devil and Nelson the barman is some kind of Saint Peter-esque figure.
- Parodied in the final season of 30 Rock when Jack stars in the new NBC series "God Cop". The show has a New York City detective team up with his new partner, God, to solve crimes, and creates confusion amongst characters and viewers alike as to why God doesn't just tell the police who the criminal is, or stop the crime from happening in the first place.
- The Stan Ridgway song "Camouflage" is about an American marine in Vietnam who gets rescued by a mysterious badass called Camouflage. When he arrives back at camp, he learns that Camouflage was actually the ghost of a recently deceased marine whose dying wish was to help out a comrade.
Mythology and Religion
- Also occurs in the Bhagavad Gita: the great hero Arjuna rides into battle with the god Krishna as his charioteer. Krishna then spends most of the story explaining the subtle philosophy by which the battle is justified, and most of it goes right over Arjuna's head. This makes this Older Than Feudalism.
- The concept of xenia or hospitality to strangers also occurs bunches of places in ancient Greek history and mythology, making it Older Than Western Civilization. Zeus, in particular, was notorious for showing up to people's houses in disguise. Those who opened the doors and gave graciously got some eternal boon for their trouble; those who kicked him to the curb got turned into stone, hit with lightning, etc. See also "Baucis and Philemon" for one famous example.
- In Hawai'i, there is a legend (notably similar to the Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts legend), where a woman appears by the side of the road. Sometimes she is an older woman dressed in white, sometimes a younger woman dressed in red. Either way, it's the fire-goddess, Pele, and it's a Secret Test. Pick her up, and you'll be rewarded. Drive (or walk) by, and misfortune will befall you and/or those you care about.
- Manannan Mac Lir, Irish god of the Ocean, is rather fond of this trope. In "His Three Calls to Cormac" he appears to King Cormac Mac Airt as a soldier bearing a silver branch, and tricks the king into giving him his family in exchange for the branch.
- "The Churl in the Grey Coat" has Manannan aiding the Fenians in a footrace against a foreign champion for control of Ireland, under the guise of a brutish oaf. The oaf starts the race two hours late, manages to catch up to the champion, stops to pick berries, catches up again, only to realize he forgot his coat (seriously) and goes back, and STILL beats the champion.
- Finally, the story "Manannan at Play" is basically a patchwork of short stories about how wandering Ireland as a scraggly clown is a hobby of his.
- Over and over again in The Bible, people run into a supposed stranger who is eventually identified either as God or "The Angel of the LORD". (The resurrected Jesus also made a few appearances in this manner.)
- Set up in Rifts World Book 4: Africa. Among the heroes gathered to fight the Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a mysterious and powerful woman named Katrina Sun. Unknown to everyone, including Katrina herself, she's actually the Egyptian Goddess Isis.
- Adeptus Evangelion has this as a suggestion for using Tabris. For anyone familar with its source material, it comes out a little less positive than most examples.
- In Venus in Fur by David Ives, Thomas is suspicious almost from the beginning as to the identity of Vanda, or Wanda, this strange actress (or so she claims) who has by turn amused, awed, abused, revolted, seduced, tormented, dominated, and been dominated by him. How does she know everything she knows, including many things that should be secret? How can she be such a brilliant, versatile actress, able to ad-lib, at the drop of a hat, an entirely new scene, and an entirely new character, perfectly, in a way that vastly improves the play, and yet be such an apparent dolt when she speaks out of character? At the end, of course, she demands that he tell her who she really is, and he answers that she is Venus herself. As to whether that's literally true, well, the play is ambivalent.
- In BIONICLE, it later turned out that the Matoran Velika was in fact on of the Great Beings who created all of the living beings in the verse.
- In Bravely Default and Bravely Second, you, the player, play this role in relation to the protagonists. The Big Bads of both games don't hesitate to voice their displeasure with you.
- This happens with distressing regularity in Shin Megami Tensei. The Senate Elders in II are the Four Archangels. Sister Gabby in IV is the Archangel Gabriel, with Lilith as the Black Samurai.
- In Lunar: The Silver Star, Luna is revealed to be Althena in about the middle of the game. This also turns out to be the case for Lucia Collins in Lunar: Dragon Song.
- In Jade Empire, if you do several sidequests, find multiple items tucked away in obscure places, and a lot of top-down aerial shooter minigames, you travel to an odd heaven full of strange machines. If you complete the quest, you find out that Kang The Mad, a great inventor and the one who created the machine that got you to the heaven is, in fact, Lord Lao, an inventor god who was kicked out by the others for hubris. Also worth noting that Kang's party role is maintaining and flying the Global Airship, making this a quite literal example.
- The Neverwinter Nights mod Tales of Arterra has the revelation of Evanine's heritage. Given the base ruleset having an angel rogue on your side would be much more useful than having an elf rogue. Justified in that she didn't know what she was either.
- The Stinger after the end credits of Dragon Age: Inquisition reveals that Solas is actually Fen'Harel, the Dread Wolf of the Elven Pantheon. The same game also reveals that Flemeth is actually (or at least absorbed the essence of) Mythal, another member of the Elven Pantheon.
- In Breath of Fire III, Peco is really an incarnation of Yggdrasil, an implied rival of the Big Bad.
- In Breath of Fire IV, Ryu, the main character, is really an amnesiac newborn god.
- Ershin from the same game is revealed to be a suit of Animated Armor possessed by the goddess Deis.
- In the ending of The World Ends with You, Joshua turns out to be the Composer, essentially making him the local God. Also, Mr Hanekoma is revealed to be an angel who actually outranks the Composer as Angel live on a higher plane of existence(And he is bottom rung of those guys as he is the only guy who the Composer can even see much less talk to from a Higher Plane)then even the Composer and other participants of The Reaper's Game.
- In Red Dead Redemption There's much, much more to the mysterious stranger from "I know you" than first meets the eye. What nature of supernatural being he is is debatable.
- In Shining Force 2 the good gods seem to abandon mortals at one point, your army end up going on and seemingly taking out a dark god on their own (along with other borderline godlike beings). At the end it is revealed that the good gods were helping you all the time, and just pretended to rebel to avoid being countered by the other god.
- Lufia in Lufia & The Fortress of Doom... although subverted in that she is an evil god. (And, well, she's a Super Being in the US, thanks to Nintendo's censorship policies at the time. But the same principal applies.)
- This continues with Seena in the sequel, The Legend Returns.
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines has a rather literal example. The cab driver who's been shepherding you around LA? Yeah. He's Caine. The first vampire. It's not made clear in game, but all his dialogue files are labeled "Caine," and if you play a Malkavian, your last conversation with him involves realizing just who he is and screaming in unholy terror.
- Then there's the fiction for the actual game line, dealing with The End of the World as We Know It. Beckett finds a strange vampire in a cave he's investigating, and ends up dragging him along for the ride as they investigate the signs of Gehenna. At the end of the novel, Beckett idly asks what Caine might be doing, and the stranger says that Caine would probably want nothing to do with the affairs of his childer and just seal himself away in a cave until the end times. Beckett's reaction: "Yeah, you're probably — oh, fuck..."
- As in the novel, the story of the game is mentioned to also have taken place, the cab driver is either not Caine, or Caine using one of the 10 dot "plot device" discipline abilities to make it happen.
- Though most diehard Canonists of the Old World of Darkness would say the Taxi Driver was merely a Malkavian Impostor, in reference to a line in the Novel where it implies as such, along with others. Though if it's an impostor, that wouldn't explain why a potential Malkavian player character starts screaming and begging to be let out of the cab upon his Mad Oracle powers letting him know who the taxi driver is...
- In Xenosaga there's a very literal version of this: chaos, who joins you early in the first game, is revealed to be Jesus (or more correctly, one godly-powered half of a two-person team: he provided the miracles, the human named Jesus provided the speeches). He acts as a literal copilot to not one but two other characters while using their mecha - first Canaan, in the opening to game 2, and then Jr., throughout games 2 and 3.
- Its Spiritual Successor, Xenoblade, follows this up with Alvis, whose apparent nature constantly changes throughout the game, from a mysterious enigma to just a normal "seer" to one of Zanza's disciples, until it's finally revealed that he's the true God of the universe, having formerly been the AI used by Zanza and Meyneth to create the universe while granting the two of them some of his power (which Meyneth could handle, but went to Zanza's head).
- The Elder Scrolls:
- In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, a seemingly minor character encountered at the Ghostgate gives the PC a "lucky coin" and asks him to take it to the Very Definitely Final Dungeon. This old soldier happens to be Talos, aka Tiber Septim, one of the gods of the setting, and the coin really is lucky. This also occurs with the Goddess Mara and the God Zenithar. Of course, they do show up mostly on the Oracle Quests, but still.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Morrowind's sequel, it's implied that the Prophet from the Knights of the Nine expansion is either one of the Nine himself or a reincarnation of one of their two creations, Pelinal Whitestrake or his brother, Morihaus. He also happens to have a strong family resemblance to Uriel and Martin Septim, and Talos was Tiber Septim. That the Prophet is just a Prophet is not a common theory, especially after Talos's previous intervention.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one of the quests begins with you participating in a drinking contest with one Sam Guivenne that ends with you waking up in a desecrated temple in a completely different city. By retracing your steps, you find out that Sam is none other than Sanguine, Daedric Prince of Debauchery who was just looking for someone to party with.
- Ōkami has a rare protagonist example: Amaterasu is a sun goddess in the from of a white wolf. The player knows this from the beginning, however, most of the people she runs into don't and mistake her for a dog or normal wolf, as they can't see the flaming shield or the unusual red markings.
- Played Straight in Romancing SaGa, the very minstrel who tells you stories and legends about Mardias is none other than Elore himself, also possibly the Lich who bestows death's protection during the Soulgutter quest may be Death given that he knows about the true function of the altar on the Steppes of Galessa and how monsters are reviving Soulgutter, Even Sylvan; Claudia's wolf companion is Eres herself.
- In Unlimited Saga, Iskandar is the Unlimited who surpasses even the Creator (God of that world)
- Implied about the Fortune Teller that shows up at times when you send the Player Character shopping in True Love Junai Monogatari. If you unlock Anze's ending (MUCH easier said than done), the Teller is the one who re-introduces her to the PC; then, Anze refers to her as "Powerful One" and she quickly cuts her off and says she shouldn't reveal her (the Teller's) actual identity. This hints that the Fortune Teller might actually be another angel, or even a deity (Pobably the one who transformed Anze into a Cute Kitten as punishment for losing her wings, which you must purchase from the hidden shop to get the chance to meet Anze herself).
- In Wild ARMs XF it's implied that the dog Tony is actually Luceid, the Guardian of Desire.
- Raiden in Mortal Kombat usually fights alongside the Earthrealm Forces, but plays this for Mileena in Mortal Kombat X. Unfortunately, she's unable to fully understand his assistance.
- Weaver, the author of Ruby Quest, manually simulated 4chan playing a graphical adventure game. Toward the very end, the protagonist was faced with a dilemma. One of the players asked for a hint. Weaver obliged with a simulation of a hint interface... which might have been in use the entire time!
- One Hitler Parody video reveals Günsche to be God, Hitler was not pleased.
- In Academia, Pasha helps a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo by Yo-Yo Ma to find a specific philosophy book, unaware that Mr. Ma is actually an angel.
- Gargoyles had Owen Burnett as an avatar of Puck, something that apparently came as a surprise to the creators of the show themselves, who before that had not figured out the character's secret, though The Reveal is set up such that it seems like they always planned it that way.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, it was originally going to be revealed that Momo, Team Avatar's cute flying lemur was actually Aang's mentor Gyatso reincarnated to guide them. It was never included, though some fans keep it as head-canon.
- The Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Mumbai Madness", has Mickey help an elephant go to a shrine on top of a steep mountain. The ending of the short strongly implies that the elephant is actually the Hindu god Ganesh.