"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."The man upstairs is a pretty cool guy. He wants people to be happy and for good to triumph over evil, and isn't afraid of anything. His power is not based on people liking him or a hidden plan to extract the tears of mortals. If God permits evil, it is because He respects people enough to let them make their own mistakes, and deal with the consequences of their actions, rather than evil for the LULZ. If a hero is pious and noble, repentant if it concerns an anti hero, or if the evil cannot be contained by mortal agents, sometimes divine intervention actually happens, no strings attached. This may or may not be result in a Deus ex Machina depending upon whether God, or agents of God, finish the villains themselves and whether they're established characters or not. If they do not end the battle themselves, they will provide the supernatural power-ups, Holy Hand Grenade or Infinity+1 Sword to the hero in order to save the day. This is the opposite of Have You Seen My God?, and tends to go hand-in-hand with Light is Good. If this concerns an Anti-Hero or unbeliever, the prayer typically begins, "Please, God, if you're there..." This is especially poignant if the character had previously gone on a massive Rage Against the Heavens rant, or is a Hollywood Atheist. Perhaps his/her current condition isn't the fault of God, but rather from their own faults, the negative consequences of their own actions, or the actions of others. For dramatic reasons, protagonists may avoid turning to God until they've exhausted every other possible recourse: Prayer Is a Last Resort. (Bonus points if the prayer includes the line, "God, I'm not really a praying man, but...") This can be used to underscore how desperate the situation really is, and also to avoid any too-convenient divine interventions. More pious folks may still consider this to be unsatisfying; after all, if there's really an omnipotent Big Good who's willing to give you supernatural assistance when you ask, why wouldn't you ask right away? Unanswered prayers may lead to a Crisis of Faith if the characters dwell too much on the age-old question of why a good God allows evil. A possible answer may be that, although He's good, God Is Flawed. It could also be that He prefers to leave people's decisions up to them, even though that results in The Evils of Free Will. Maybe it's just that He's working In Mysterious Ways or that Helping Would Be Kill Stealing. (This is a huge discussion in Real Life theology, so we should leave it at that.) Compare God of Good, which overlaps (since, in monotheistic religions, He is this also). This is the guy that the Good Shepherd and The Paladin work for. The Missionary spends his time Walking the Earth and telling people about this trope. Compare Everybody Loves Zeus, where light and heaven-based gods not traditionally good and pure are portrayed as such in adaptation. Compare Jesus Was Way Cool for when The Son gets good ink specifically. Can also include God working In Mysterious Ways, since if He hasn't directly shown Himself before, chances are He was working through the heroes. Contrast Omniscient Morality License, where a god justifies seemingly unethical actions by revealing their incredible knowledge let them knew it would lead to good in the future. Opposite of God Is Evil, Jerkass God, and God and Satan Are Both Jerks. For a Perspective Flip, see Satan Is Good. If it's an open question whether God is good, the characters may elect to play Religious Russian Roulette.
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- Wish by CLAMP has Angels and Demons running around in a frenzy over the relationship the main characters (an angel and a human) have, and the Angels are worried what sort of smiting God is going to do when He finds out since He specifically ordered for this kind of pairing not to happen. When God reveals His opinion on the situation, it turns out that He had a good reason; as once an Angel loves someone; it's forever, regardless of lifespan. He arranges for the Angel to go into hibernation inbetween the human's reincarnation cycle, so they can be together.
- The nigh-H-manga comedy My Balls. Though shackled by the letter of His own laws, He generally ensures that things work out for the best, and, in the end, never lets Kouta be tempted beyond what he can bear.
- Most the gods in Dragon Ball are good. Even Piccolo, the bad side of Kami-sama, the God of Earth, eventually turns good. Unfortunately, in addition to being a bit inept, most of them are weaker than the protagonists and tend to be rather helpless against the current Arc Villain. Beerus the God of Destruction is the one possible exception, since he's rather selfish and cavalier about destroying things (such as planets), but he's really rather personable when he isn't ticked off, and overall is portrayed as a neutral force (as befits an avatar of destruction). His teacher, Whis, is a Nice Guy, and Beerus's superior, Zen'o, King of Everything, is shown to be one too, so far.
- The Innocent: Although God is never outright mentioned, Angels and the like work with people executed for crimes they didn't commit in order to help put their souls to rest. These people are placed under strict (but completely understandable) rules such as (word-for-word) Thou Shalt Not Kill and work in order to help grant good people their last wishes.
- Implied in Bleach. During the Big Bad's Villainous Breakdown, Urahara tells him that the King of Soul Society is the lynchpin that holds everything together, and without him everything would crumble. The fact that everything is still in order implies that the guy cares about the world.
- In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, God sends down helpful (if sometimes vague) clues for the protagonists as to where to go or what to do through little pieces of paper. In the finale, she (!) shows up personally to crush the Big Bad underfoot.
- Implied in Log Horizon: When an adventurer dies, they automatically respawn in a cathedral. It has a "saved by divine grace" air to it.
- No Game No Life: Once Tet became the One True God, (s)he outlawed violence and robbery and stated any dispute would be resolved by games, where cheating is not allowed. (S)he is also very friendly to the main characters, and while Tet claims to not favor any of the sixteen races in particular, there's no denying that Tet's actions not only made two genuinely good peoples' dreams come true by sending them to a parallel fantasy world where their skills as gamers could make a huge difference, but also that this decision wound up saving humanity in its time of most dire need.
- A Certain Magical Index: Index theorizes that the reason Touma is Born Unlucky is because his Imagine Breaker creates a moving zone that negates God's Grace. In other words, the only reason anyone ever has any good luck is because God is willing it.
- The Sistine Chapel is a shrine to worship God, and this is reflected in the artwork, which portrays God as a beautiful, intelligent creator who made creations of incredible detail and liveliness.
- The Mighty Thor: Thanks to Hijacked by Jesus, Odin is often a stand-in for the Judeo-Christian God, especially when Thor is being Jesus WITH A HAMMER! They're both always good.
- Marvel also has The-One-Above-All, the Creator of the Multiverse, who is usually shown in the form of Jack Kirby when he appears.
- DC has The Presence, the creator of the universe, and the comics version of the Judeo-Christian God. Usually operating through celestial agents such as Zauriel or The Spectre.
- Hellboy: God destroyed the power of the rebellious angels responsible for creating the Ogdru Jahad and cast them down to Earth. There is also plenty of power in various relics the heroes use to fight against evil. In addition, the fact that Hellboy, a demon from hell, is a Catholic, should tell you all you need to know about how big and inclusive the God of Hellboy is.
- In one strip by Quino, which also serves as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, pizzas start falling all over the world, much to the surprise of many as well as the delight of the poor and starving people:
Reporter: Father, there is raining of pizzas all over the world! What does this miracle mean? Has God gone crazy?
Priest: No, son. What happens is that God makes no distinctions and he sends his help to everyone equally.
- Nine Knackered Souls: Celestia, co-creator of the realm, is also a loving mother figure for it. One line describes her smile as that "soft smile of hers that made one feel like they could fall asleep in her hooves." Her love is so great it includes Naytheists, Flat Earth Atheists and other people that don't accept her divinity because they it means they will do things for themselves instead of relying on her, which is what she wanted in the first place.
- This trope is more or less a key idea in Pony POV Series. Out of the seven Deities present on the mortal world, only Discord is evil in the slightest. Celestia, Luna, and Cadence are Reasonable Authority Figures who only want to ensure the world as a whole is a safe place, and are shown to personally protect the world from any supernatural threat the mane six aren't needed to defeat. Mother Deer is an Actual Pacifist and leader of the biotechnologically advanced Deer who are responsible for various advances in medicine and green energy, who were far worse without her in charge. The Dragon Gods Queen Tiamat and Bahamut, while terrors when provoked, generally work with Celestia to ensure a mutual peace between the Dragons and Ponies. While the rest of the deities are mostly offscreen, even Discord's family, the Draconequi, are Good Is Not Nice at worst, being Nature's Fury, but are shown to go to great lengths to help life flourish and thrive. Only four known gods out of over twenty are actually evil, and they're quite clearly exceptions, not the rule. According to Word of God, this portrayal was in response to other works which portrayed deities in a much worse light and he was tired of it.
- This trope actually bites Queen Chrysalis in the flank when she attempts to become a goddess. The Elements of Harmony decided a Goddess without a heart wasn't right, and so they gave her one. The Interviewers then point out that Discord had to suppress his natural divine empathy for life to become the monster he is now.
- This is shown big time in the Rumors Arc were literally the entire Pantheon mobilizes to counter Discord and Umbra Breeze's endgame. The only gods that aren't in some way trying to protect the universe are the aforementioned genuinely evil ones and the Outer Concepts (who are not exactly evil barring one of them). They essentially run themselves ragged trying to prevent anyone from dying.
- Children of an Elder God: In a dream, right when her faith is shaking due to the lies of Nyarlathotep, Asuka has a vision in which God reveals that He sent her and the remaining pilots to protect mankind from the Outer Gods. It's ambiguous if her vision was real or only a dream, though.
- In A Crown of Stars, Daniel, Rayana and their family are the divine rulers of Avalon, and they're real nice and try to be fair and benevolent. They genuinely love their followers and would do anything for them, and they try to make things right if they mess up.
Films — Animation
- The Prince of Egypt: God selects Moses to deliver his people from slavery. Red Sea parting ensues.
- Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Everyone from Frollo to the Archdeacon believes that God will always punish the wicked and aid the righteous. Many view Frollo's death as direct divine intervention. However, the Archdeacon also seems to believe in God's mercy, and scolds Frollo for not showing it.
- The Candlemaker from The Book of Life, while he's not exactly God, he's this universe's closest equivalent as a powerful being whose job is to maintain the balance and the peace over the world of the living and the dead, and he's quite a nice guy.
- Whaddya know, the God figure in The LEGO Movie is a cheerful young boy who wants to build awesome things with his imagination.
- Zeus and Hera in Disney's Hercules. They are Happily Married and enjoy a good reputation among mortals. This is in sharp contrast to the original mythology where Zeus was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Hera was often outright antagonistic.
- Heavily implied in Tokyo Godfathers: with the underlying themes of Christianity, Hana's statements, and the Deus ex Machina that seems to be everywhere, God might have had something to do with it.
Films — Live-Action
- Raiders of the Lost Ark: Our heroes are captured by the big bad and all seems lost. Then, Nazis meet Ark of the Covenant, Ark of the Covenant, meet Nazis. Also includes the villain destroying power of the Sankara Stones and the Holy Grail. One could wonder why Indy needs to do anything when the various artifacts of doom seem perfectly capable of taking care of themselves... then one would realize that the Nazis were all killed by a divine artifact belonging to what the Nazis most hated. You could say they got what was coming to them.
- It's a Wonderful Life: A literal angel convinces George Bailey that the world would be a worse place if he never existed.
- Maverick: Gambler Brett Maverick is on his steed, attached to a noose that will hang him when his horse moves. He asks God for another chance... and the branch breaks.
- Bruce Almighty: The premise of the movie is Bruce thinking he can do a better job running the universe than God... and he's wrong.
- The Prophecy: Unique in that the reason Gabriel has for leading the second rebellion against God is that He loved those weak monkeys more than angels. When Gabriel is defeated, we see the evil, racist, genocidal soul of Hawthorne destroyed by divine light.
- End of Days: Jericho, after a run and gun battle with Satan, ends his life and- and his reward is that this trope proves to be true. Having previously lost his faith after the death of his family, he asks God for the strength to finish the fight, and wins. He gets possessed as part of the bad guy's escape plan but regains control just long enough to impale himself on a sword held by a fallen statue of Michael...His reward is seeing his family again as the credits start to roll.
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Ulysses prays for a miracle when his death by hanging seems certain. A flood then sweeps in to save him. He immediately recants his new found 'faith'.
- The Book of Eli
- Eli follows 'the voice' which leads him and protects him for thirty years. He dies without regret after he completes his task to save the world's last copy of the Bible from destruction and misuse.
- The phrase "God is good", and its standard response "All the time", are uttered respectively by Carnegie and Eli. Carnegie uses it to spite Eli, to say that God is good to Carnegie and not Eli. Eli's faith perseveres while going through a silent test, and in the end God is good to him.
- Year One: Resident butt monkey Oh asks God (if He exists) for a shot with his cave gal... and he gets it.
- In Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (an offscreen) God helped the boys out in their quest to defeat the Evil Robot Thems.
- The Godzilla franchise:
- Mothra is a giant butterfly who is worshiped as a goddess on her island home. She's also one of the few purely good monsters within the Franchise.
- Likewise, there is King Seesar. A monster loosely based off of the Shisa of Okinawa folklore. In the 1974 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla he acts as a guardian deity who protects Japan from evil.
- Also, the film Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! features not one but THREE monster gods who protect Japan from evil (IE: Baragon: the god of the earth, Mothra: the goddess of water, and Ghidorah: the god of the air). In the film, they are awakened in order to save Japan from Godzilla. Unfortunately, Godzilla ends up killing all three of them.
- God in Monty Python and the Holy Grail would REALLY appreciate it if people would stop groveling every time he tries to talk to someone. He leaves useful things like the Holy Hand Grenade for the heroes to find.
- The end of the supernatural Western Purgatory: "The Creator may be tough, but he ain't blind."
- Forrest Gump: After coming back from Vietnam, Lt. Dan is told stuff like this. One example is, "If I let Jesus into my heart, then I will walk beside him in the kingdom of Heaven". He thinks it's bullcrap for a while, but after Hurricane Carmen, the two of them come to an understanding. Forrest notes that he "made his peace with God".
- Tolkien's Legendarium:
- The Silmarillion: The power of Morgoth gets so out of control in the first age elves, humans and dwarves have no choice but to plead before the Valar for their aid. They get it. Plus, in the Tolkien Apocalypse, Jesus/St. Michael stand-in Manwë gets medieval with Morgoth and his resurrected servants at Dagor Dagorlad.
- The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien stated in a letter that the main characters are Sauron, the titular lord of the rings and the one who started the war, and God. The story is about how God, known as Eru Ilúvatar, defeats Sauron through His servants (i.e., Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, etc.) and in one miraculous case, causing the ledge of Mount Doom to crumble so that Gollum and the One Ring fell into the fire, ensuring that the dark power of Sauron was destroyed forever and peace could return to Middle-Earth.
- The Chronicles of Narnia: While the heroism of the main characters is not in vain, in the final book they fail to defeat the Calormenes and Narnia is destroyed. Aslan steps in when they fail, vanquishes the evil from Narnia, and restores the world.
- The Space Trilogy. While the Oyarsa may be considered the agents of God on Earth, humans, specifically Ransom, is chosen to be the agent of God on Venus to save it from its own fall into darkness. Then he beats up Satan.
- The Robe: Jerkass Roman has his life changed around by a mysterious Robe.
- Arabian Nights: You could keep a running tally of all the special powers, deliverances and interventions that happen throughout the various tales attributed to Allah directly or indirectly.
- Dracula: Shape shifting immortal agent of darkness with the strength of thirty men? Holy relics, science and human courage are shown as sufficient to defeat it.
- Paradise Lost: In the traditional interpretation, God knows man will fall prey to sin, but respects them enough to let their choices have consequences. Afterwards, He not only comes up with a cunning plan to save mankind, but His Son/Proxy Jesus personally leads the army in heaven to crush Lucifer and his rebellion, which technically ties this trope with Kung-Fu Jesus in a big Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- In Tanya Huff's novel Blood Price, the bad guy manages to get past the good guys' attempts to stop him and complete his demon-summoning ritual on Easter Sunday morning. God does not approve.
- The Dresden Files:
- There's a degree of this with the Knights of the Cross. He rarely if ever acts in an overt fashion, but often times the Knights just happen to have a feeling they should be somewhere, coincidentally putting them in just the right place to save the day.
- Harry has a direct line to an archangel whenever he's suffering a moral crisis. Specifically, Uriel.
- In Changes, an Old Woman calls out, “Oh, God in Heaven, help us!”. He does and a Knight appears, but the man claims it was just a coincidence.
- In Special Circumstances, the Supreme Being(s) of all of the religions followed by the members of the titular organization step in to help their mortal agents to defeat Evil.
- Trapped on Draconica: Dronor functioned like a god when alive after dying he undeniably is one and receives prayer from mortals because he answers them.
- Song at Dawn: He is always shown in a positive light; the criticism goes toward the less than holy church. Dragonetz, for instance, has lost faith in the church but he still prayers alone in the chapel.
- During the climax of The Alloy of Law Wax, wounded and outgunned, snarkily reminds his god (Harmony) that he had asked for help, and is very surprised when his god answers him. So he asks why his deity hasn't done anything to stop what's going on, and is told that he has; he sent Wax. And then he notices that the crate he's hiding behind just so happens to be the one containing all his old equipment, which he had previously let the bad guys get hold of.
Harmony: You're welcome.
- Battlestar Galactica: It is implied that astral projection Baltar and Six are agents of a higher power tasked with breaking the cycle of human/machine hatred and destruction. Wordof God- ironically, given this trope's name- has confirmed it.
- Interestingly, one of the last lines of dialogue in the series is Head-Baltar remarking to his counterpart how they both know said higher power does not like being referred to as "God"
- At the end of the Prophecy in Friday the 13th: The Series, the sky is lit up with divine light that vanquishes the Fallen Angel Astaroth and destroys The Book of Lucifer. Mother Mary also appears to free Ryan from Lucifer's control.
- Touched by an Angel plays this completely straight, although the original pilot script had a darker view.
- Quantum Leap Sam believes at times that God, or a higher power, is guiding his journey to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. There's a mysterious bar tender in the final episode.
- It's largely an open question in Supernatural, whether God is good. Sam and Dean both have tendencies to doubt such a position, and to have faith in it. The Season 5 finale, though, comes out largely in favor of God being good and that God greatly values free will and family. He wants people to make the right decisions without Him forcing it upon them and to choose family over anything else. On the other hand, Most of the problems in the series are due to God abandoning Heaven without a word leaving the archangels to try and sort things out. Free will was discouraged among the angels and one reason Lucifer was banished from heaven for refusing to obey God. The whole afterlife system is essentially broke resulting in a Crapsack World for both humans and monsters with God being the creator of this entire system. We later learn that God originally created a race of highly intelligent, powerful beasts cursed with a ravenous hunger called Leviathans. Afraid they would devour everything, rather than destroy them or remove their hunger he throws them into Purgatory, which is one step above hell to suffer for all time.
- In Reaper God seems strangely absent and Satan able to do as he pleases. However, towards the end of the series evidence is presented that God is still very much in control and has a plan for making things work out, as demonstrated when pacifistic demon Steve is returned to angelic status after being killed by the devil, and swarms of angels appear to Sam and Andi.
- Stargate SG-1: features the Asgardians, Sufficiently Advanced Aliens who are mistaken as gods, but its symantics for some people they visist. They protect less developed planets from the Gou'ald. The people of Cimmeria claim that "Our gods are great and powerful warriors but they are just and true to their word."
- Vikings: This is discussed between Athelstan and Ragnar. As a faithful priest, Athelstan believes He is good and vikings are a punishment from Him for his people's sins. Ragnar says He is greedy (for stuffing the monastary with gold) and stupid (for not protecting that gold).
Mythology & Religion
- The Bible:
- In the Book of Genesis, God makes the universe, and says that it's good. He also gives Cain - the first murderer - a mark to keep people from killing him.
- The Book of Exodus sees God offer the stuttering, exiled Moses the chance to free his Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. Even after these same Hebrews abandon God and worship a golden statue in return, God guides the Hebrew people and provides them with bread and water as they travel through the desert to the land God promised them.
- Many of the Psalms revolve around praising God for His goodness and mercy, much like common passages such as Psalm 100:5.
- The Book of Job sees a righteous Jew suffer, causing him to question how a good, omnipotent God could permit this. After Job discusses this with three friends, God himself appears to provide context for Job's situation. God poises a series of rhetorical questions that show the sheer scale of existence God is responsible for, from the foundation of the Earth to the nourishment of the raven. Job agrees that he clearly doesn't have a wide enough understanding of the universe to moralize an omniscient, prompting God to also dare Job to take upon God's role, whether it be humbling the proud, tearing down the wicked, and controlling the Leviathans or the Behemoths that bring chaos. Upon hearing all this, Job repents and God restores his prosperity, although not before condemning Job's friends for not speaking rightly concerning God in trying to explain Job's suffering.
- The speaker in the Book of Ecclesiastes may be well aware of life's shortness, those who unjustly suffer, and the vanities of pursuing things which will be dust in the wind by the time the sun is set, but the epilogue of the book makes sure to remind readers that in spite of all this, it is truly wise to fear God's judgment and follow the commandments he has given to the Jewish people.
- The Four Gospels see God take the form of Jesus, who comes to tell humanity that God is willing to forgive any wrongdoing so long as one is willing to repent. He heals the sick, fights off demons, decries the hypocrites, and speaks to the outcasts of societies, from prostitutes to the unorthodox Samaritans, all while speaking of the need to store treasure in Heaven and love all, even one's enemies. It all culminates in Christ accepting an excruciating death while begging for the forgiveness of those who executed him, only to rise from the dead three days later and proclaim that all who followed him would similarly find new life in Heaven.
- Many of verses of the Book of Romans focus on God's love and how He will forgive those who repent.
- Stated in 1 Corinthians 10:13:
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
- From what can be understood in the Book of Revelation, God will one day throw Satan and all evil-doers who ally with him into the Lake of Fire, while the good and the humble will be resurrected in the immortal bliss of earthly paradise.
- Most Vedic and Hindu folk deities are protectors/overseers of real world concepts/beliefs/practices (Saraswati for Education and Knowledge, Kama for Love, Surya for the Sun, Bhumi for the Earth, Vayu & Varuna for Wind and Water, etc). Modern Hindu deities like Vishnu, Shiva, and Kali (who are respectively considered to be God in the major Hindu sects), outright defend against evil in various ways. note
- One of the main beliefs in any major Abrahamic religion (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) is that God Is Good, though you don't want to cross Him. 'Nuff said.
- Most of the Norse Gods are seen as the protectors and friends of mankind. One of Thor's many names is "vinr verlidha", literally "Friend of Man". Small wonders the guy has a superhero character based off of him.
- Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, Compassion, and Unconditional Love from Chinese Mythology. She loves you, will always be there for you, and asks for nothing in return.
- Another Boddhisatva that fits this trope is Dizang Buddha (or Ksitigarbha, in Sanskrit). He is so dedicated to saving everyone that he spends all his time in hell itself working to redeem the souls trapped there, for which he is known as "Buddha in Hell."
- Ra, Horus and Ma'at from Egyptian Mythology. Other deities tend to be more morally relaxed, ranging from favouring people to outright demented (Sekhmet and Set), but those threee are consistently depicted as benevolent and caring, with Ma'at in particular being the cosmic principle of morality and "goodness".
- Deadlands has one of the most stunning and brilliant examples of this trope. It is explicitly stated that God is good, and there's a whole character class devoted to the concept, the Blessed. In Deadlands, it's noted that all religions have it correct — God is simply known by many names, it's still the same guy — and thus, all religions get Blessed, religious folk with holy powers. If they do anything evil, they lose their powers (and God gets pissed at them). The core rulebook for old Deadlands Blessed, Fire and Brimstone, is considered by many players to be the best single class sourcebook for the game, greatly expanding the options, flavor, and character of the Blessed, the setting itself, and basically being one of the most hopeful and uplifting books in an otherwise pretty grim series.
- In fact, just to expand on the above- there are three types of Blessed powers, Miracles, Gifts, and Interventions. They are the only magic that works without a risk of backlash, because God protects them from the possible side-effects. In addition, the Interventions are just that — God Himself acting on this world. They also have awesome names, like Divine Backhand- which is just what it sounds like: a backhand slap from God. It knocks the target out but doesn't hurt them permanently in any way (though they'll feel like shit in the morning).
- Also noted here is that the only sourcebook that usually gets mentioned in competition with it, Ghost Dancers, is also about religion — the religion of Native Americans, which also assumes that God is good (and has a lot of nature spirit back-up).
- By the time of Hell on Earth, however, the fact that humanity has gone and unleashed the Reckoners has burned the Almighty out on them, making him much more strict and more Lawful Neutral than anything. As part of this, he no longer empowers the Blessed, instead supporting the far more self-righteous and intolerant Templars, who can be such unlikeable jerks that many people, In-Universe and out, consider the Anti-Templars (who sell their souls to the Reckoners... to be able to save everyone they can and to have the choice to offer forgiveness to those who have wronged) to be more heroic.
- The Incarnae in Exalted are complex characters, with a wide degree of moral ambiguity (if only because they're all horribly addicted to the Games of Divinity), but each one is truly dedicated to the safety and ongoing health of Creation, as pertains to his or her purview.
- The Unconquered Sun himself is an excellent example of this. He definitely has shades of Good Is Not Nice and Jerk with a Heart of Gold to his characterization as a being of arrogant pride and unwavering will, but at the same time, he possesses all four Virtues (measures of courage, empathy, steadfastness, and honesty) rated at ten on a scale of one to five. In the Primordial War which serves as the prehistory of the setting, he was willing to give himself as a hostage in exchange for a single mortal man, reasoning that as a being of Compassion if he was willing to sacrifice for the many, he must be willing to sacrifice for the one.
- Luna is strange, predatory, and quite possibly mad. That said, she exists to defend Creation against insidious foes who would destroy or devour it and to offer humanity a respite from the light of the Sun.
- The Five Maidens of Destiny are distant and inscrutable, the Loom of Fate which they oversee directs mortals into all the good (and ill) of the world. Still, the concepts they represent are both natural and essential, and they strive to make sure that the Loom, and thus the causal nature of reality, keeps running as necessary.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Sure the Imperium is full of zealots who will kill you in the name of the Emperor but the Emperor himself wasn't that bad a guy (except when he was, but there were still worse things, and his goals for humanity were good). His main goal in fact was to prevent humanity from going through the same thing that shattered the Eldar. It's only after he got put on life support and couldn't stop anything that his Empire got flanderized to what we know today.
- Isha is the Eldar goddess of healing, currently being held captive by Nurgle, the Chaos god of pestilence. Nurgle uses her as a guinea pig for diseases, Isha cures herself of them, and then she provides the cures to mortals while he's distracted by other matters.
- Cegorach, the Laughing God, who fights Chaos from the sidelines. However, while Cegorach is good, he's not nice.
- Castlevania: Holy powers can help you against the power of darkness, your arsenal includes holy water, crosses and ranging from a blessed whip and blessed weapons. Depending of the game, you can control the power of darkness, however, it shows that Dark is Not Evil, and it's your choice to be evil or not. Also, your main allies are christians who have faith in your success against darkness. Yoko Belnades and Arikado work for the church, for example. And the original Belmont, Leon was a templar, who resigned after all the crap he's been. His faith didn't wane though.
- Done quite a lot in the Tales series.
- Tales of Eternia gives us Seyfert, who gives the protagonist the Aurora Artes he needs to save the worlds with. His voice is even heard congratulating you in the ending. What a guy... erm... deity.
- Tales of Rebirth features the Sacred Beasts - godlike entities who lend their powers to the protagonists so that they can purify the negative Emotion Bomb the world has been hit with that's causing everyone to devolve into a racist asshole. Their leader, Geyorkias, however is kind of a mood-swinger.
- Tales of the Abyss uses Lorelei as its God stand-in, but the parallels between it and Yulia and God and Jesus are pretty obvious. God is also shown to be a pretty awesome guy in this story, because after you single-handedly subvert the prophecy that affects all living beings, you're praised by Lorelei for doing so - since you've shown people how to live in a world with free will.
- Tales of Symphonia doesn't start out this way but, once the Spirit Martel is born to protect the new Kharlan Tree, it gradually shifts towards it.
- Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World zigzags this. The original spirit of the Kharlan Tree, Ratatosk, wants to protect and preserve the world. Unfortunately, human beings kind of cocked it up. You can see where this is going. However, Emil and the party convince him that he was wrong - so, not only does he give humans a second chance, he also changes the physics of the world so that humans won't be able to mess up the world by gradually removing Mana from all living things. So, the game ends on a note that's something like "God is a Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Hero".
- Tales of Vesperia is a double subversion. The Entelexeia are more or less Physical Gods but every one has a different alignment, so it's hard to pin the race as a whole down. However, they all become united in a Neutral Good cause after becoming spirits. There's also a lot of evidence to suggest that the strongest of them, Elucifer, was a really good guy before humanity murdered him... which is funny, considering who his namesake is.
- Tales of Xillia zigzags with this.
- Milla Maxwell is unambiguously good but has No Social Skills when it comes to interacting with humans.The real Maxwell also counts. Yes, his laws are harsh but he has a good reason for dividing the world: namely the fact that he was intent on wiping out the spyrex technology which is ruining the world he made and which he warned people about. The game also ends on this note: showing that, when Milla takes the reigns of godhood, she rules as a benevolent deity. Also, this is the reason why Gaius wants to become the world's Maxwell: because he thinks he can do a better job as the world's benevolent deity than the current one.
- Tales of Xillia 2 plays this straight. While Kronos seems like an all-powerful spirit intent on dicking humanity over (which he sort of is), he's not the biggest fish in the spirit pond. Maxwell still ranks higher than him and, yes, is still on the side of good. Furthermore, while Kronos is intent on skewing the trial against humanity against them, Origin is intent on doing the reverse: ending the game by deeming that humanity has passed the trial or outright bending the rules in their favour just because he likes them.
- Putting a twist on it, the Ba'al gods in Tears to Tiara 2 are actually elves ordered by Arawen to teach and guide humans. Presumably same goes for Kleito's dragons. They definitely are good. Where in the world Watos is no one knows.
- Arc Rise Fantasia makes you think that God Is Evil, given that there are some Sinister Ministers and Church Militants who are most definitely on the side of evil and two of the "gods" are antagonistic. When you get to Eesa, well, the good news is that she is very much Lawful Good. The bad news? Your plan for saving the world would turn it into a place where nobody would need her and she was physically made to be a god with no choice in the matter. And she's only just begun to recover from a massive Trauma Conga Line in her past, in which had to question her own powers and abilities as a god due to the differences among human beings and the revolutions against her, and how she literally woke up to the world in its currently messed-up state... She's not exactly in a stable mental state by the time L'Arc makes his decision and resolves to fight him out of self-defence. Even though she's a really Graceful Loser when she's finally killed, learning about all the horrible things she got put through is a huge Tear Jerker... It really drives home the fact that just because God is good doesn't mean that the whole deity schtick is easy.
- Call of Juarez: A dying Reverend Ray asks God for one last chance to redeem himself by saving Billy and Molly. He gets his prayers answered- and is able to kill Juarez with a final surge of strength.
- Requiem Avenging Angel. The game can be summed up in one phrase, I kick arse for the Lord!
- Guild Wars:
- The various gods do show up to help from time to time but are mostly aloof- which is finally explained in Nightfall with the note that they already gave the best of their gifts to mankind, so they've helped all that they can, and can't do much more. They even help ascend a human warrior to replace a fallen evil god at one point.
- The Five Gods of Tyria are all good, even Grenth, the God of Death. If a "district" has the Favor Of The Gods, any player can kneel at a statue of one of the Gods and receive a blessing. Monk abilities are called Prayers; they're praying to Dwayna (and in some cases, Balthazar), for aid, and get it every time.
- Mortal Kombat: Raiden's job description is to destroy anyone who tries to harm Earthrealm... until Deception, where he goes into Knight Templar mode and in Armageddon where he decides all the other realms are threats to Earthrealm and destroys them all.
- Godhand: Gene gets the power of God to beat up Satan (Angra in the NA translation). It turns out rather well.
- The ActRaiser series has one of the most Downer Ending in history because of this. In each game, you play as GOD. You save the world from uncountable demons, make your people happy by answering their prayers and building their cities, witness most of your loyal angels die in service to you, defeat the seven deadly sins, and crush Satan (Tanzra in the localized version). What is your reward? To be utterly forgotten and abandoned, while your avatar slowly crumbles away into dust since the people no longer need you.
- In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, angels and demons populate the game world, with both of them having good and evil members. Nonetheless, God is mysteriously absent for most of the game, even in Celestia. Those who believe in God seem to think Him as mostly benevolent, and some of the nobler demons even call out to God, though they're thought as weird and un-demonly for doing so. This all comes to a head in the bad endings, when a demon makes a desperate prayer...
Laharl: If there is a God, may He hear my plea! I, Laharl, have one request: Take my life in exchange for Flonne's!
- Ōkami As the physical manifestation of the sun goddess the player spend their days restoring life to the world and answering prayers while smiting the forces of the underworld. Amaterasu becomes so beloved she recieves a massive praise powerup from those she's helped for the final showdown with the manifestation of evil, Yami. Even imps love her by the end of the game!
- Final Fantasy Tactics is a dark game that only really gets darker as it goes on. There's a demonic invasion going on, in addition to a civil war that's tearing the country apart. And then, after Rafa's brother is killed and she's tearfully holding the body, the Zodiac Stone that the previous boss had held, one of a number of stones that seemed to be powering the demonic invasion, channels the power of Heaven for once instead of Hell, and pulls off a resurrection.
- Also, in terms of gameplay mechanics, a higher Faith stat means a character's magic will be stronger (at the cost of taking more damage from it).
- BlazBlue's Taokaka gives us one as a Crowning Moment of Funny and/or Awesome. In one of her endings, she ends up catapulting through the higher levels of the Hierarchical City so she can get back to her home on the lower levels. Turns out she went straight through a bakery on the way, and food starts raining from the sky. Her response? "Nice going, God!" At first, this seems like Tao being Tao but then Litchi mentions that it might actually be "divine punishment" since the bakers in question had been keeping away all the good food and selling the rotten stuff to their customers - the whole thing seems like too much of a coincidence to her to not be some form of Laser-Guided Karma.
- On a more serious note, it's implied that Terumi's reason for wanting to destroy the Master Unit: Amaterasu is because of its benevolence. Bear in mind that this guy is the embodiment of Chaotic Evil and For the Evulz. As it turns out, it's just half-right. While Amaterasu stands for goodness, she's inhabitated with the soul of a frightened young girl that never wanted her position as a God and such likes to reset the world when the hero she chooses either gave up the role to save her in any way, rather than looking at the world at large, making some others legitimately think that she's just a selfish person who's only considered good because her opposition is the Ultimate Evil and wants her off the throne.
- Xenogears turns out to be this, which makes sense given how heavily it borrows from Gnosticism. It turns out that Deus is actually a demiurge parallel and that the true "god" of the Xenogears universe is the Wave Existence - which has no interest in ruling or manipulating humans. All it really wants is to return its own plane of existence; allowing humans to call the shots on their own world.
- Xenoblade has a multitude of gods. There's Zanza, who is unquestionably evil, but the others not so much. Meyneth is completely good, beloved by all of her people and Shulk is good but relinquishes his godhood within minutes of being granted it. In the end, though, it's revealed that none of them are actually "gods"; the one true god is Alvis and the others have just been borrowing some of his power. And for what it's worth, even though he may be a Double Reverse Quadruple Agent, in the end he's not too bad a guy.
- In World of Warcraft Arthas has trapped Tirion in ice, killed everyone else, is about to raise them as his undead slaves, and all Tirion can do is pray to the Light to grant him the strength to break free. One burst of holy light later he does and smashes Frostmourne in one blow, freeing all the souls the sword had stolen and rendering him defenseless. As with all things to do with the Holy Light it's arguable as to whether it's actually the Light acting, or the person wielding it having a moment of absolute faith.
- More Tirion and the Light: After having his powers stripped for protecting an orc (Eitrigg), he finds Eitrigg mortally wounded and prays to Light for help and finds that his powers were never stripped to begin with. Tirion's faith and pureness are just too powerful. Once an outcast and banished, he's now the leader of the Argent Crusade and revered as the greatest paladin who ever lived, by both factions. He even sees the good in Death Knight Darion Mograine and allies with him to stop Arthas. In many fans' eyes, Tirion is no longer mortal, but an Eternal servant of the Light. "The Light does not abandon its champions." said by what was basically Warcraft's version of, an Angel. Said Angel also mentions Paradise, leading players to believe there is some sort of Heaven in Warcraft. The Light, in the eyes of some players, is indeed God.
- Elune prefers working behind the scenes and empowering Her priests and priestesses as proxies but is nonetheless a good example of this trope.
- Shin Megami Tensei:
- In Devil Survivor, God's really trying to fix things and while He's got the heavy artillery in reserve, He's also doing His level best to help humanity put the demons back in their box without going Knight Templar. He also gave Cain eternal life to give him time to repent and atone for the slaying of Abel. That one sort of backfired, but God's intentions (if we take Remiel's word for it) were good.
- The Overcloked suggests that God intentionally set up the Cain and Abel scenario to get a Murderer and Martyr, as well as having Abel absorb some of Bel inside him with his hate. Furthermore, while he still waits until the last second to get nasty, he's also pretty quick to turn on the protagonists if they rebel. Opinion varies over whether His behavior is acceptable or not, given that the alternatives aren't pretty.
- In Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, it is revealed that, while YHVH is still evil, the entity he's a part of, the Great Will, is not evil at all and has been trying to stop YHVH's plans.
- Played for drama in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Etro is a kind figure and gives magical power without making the receiver a slave in exchange. However, the gifts she gives people suck because they're Cast From Life Span and her Divine Intervention to save the heroes in XIII-1 causes many of the problems in this one, like retconning Lightning out of existence. To put it lightly, this may be SE's darkest game yet.
- In stark contrast to how most deities are portrayed in the series, Cosmos genuinely tries her best to defeat overwhelming evil and pulls off not one but two Heroic Sacrifices.
- James is the nicest guy there is and he's the only god who isn't evil, or looking for war. When push comes to shove, he pushes back hard.
- Persephone is a downplayed version. She is nice and respectful. She rewards the player for showing mercy to Dragons, and brings some Mutants to her care when they were threatened. The downplayed comes in because of her tendency to go into Knight Templar mode fast.
- The Wise One in Golden Sun is a Good Is Not Soft example, because it knows exactly how Alchemists can pervert the world and will do whatever he can to protect the planet. However, it always does its best to look out for the innocent - and will even abuse its own loopholes to ensure as many people as possible survive. The Wise One is actually a case of A.I. is a Crapshoot. The precursors created it specifically to prevent the return of Alchemy. The Wise One decided on its own to let Alchemy return, since the heroes' actions convinced it to give them a chance.
- You wouldn't expect it, given how there's often an evil deity at the end of the games, but the Breath of Fire series actually does have some examples.
- The Dragon God Ladon appears in the second and third games and, while he's a little grouchy (totally understandable on account of a demon creating a Path of Inspiration and warping human belief into a force of pure evil and the aforementioned demon's mother restricting technology to the world purely to keep human development down), he's still a good guy. In a similar vein, Breath of Fire III features the World Tree Yggdrasil: who is a rather Chaotic Good sort of deity who wants humanity to be able to determine their own future and doesn't really care about laying down rules or laws for them to follow.
- In Breath of Fire IV, literal God-Emperor Fou-Lu is genuinely a benevolent being. Sure, he doesn't appreciate betrayal or people trying to murder him, but he genuinely cares about people and wants to fulfil his role as their god by regaining his full power and reigning as a just emperor. It doesn't work out like he'd hoped. The leaders of the empire that he's meant to return to decide, for no other reason than pure greed, to keep him from the throne at any cost. They hound him at every turn, try killing his physical body whenever they find him, and eventually kidnap his Love Interest - torture her until she completely breaks down - and then use her broken spirit as ammunition for a Weapon of Mass Destruction (which deals more damage the closer the ammunition's connection was to the target). This causes the god to completely cross the Despair Event Horizon, declare that Humans Are Bastards and that he's going to Kill 'em All... unless you manage to get the best ending, in which case he will return to his former kindness and assimilate into the hero: his faith in the humans who called him to the world restored.
- Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter's Odjn is a strange thing that will kill the protagonist Ryu if he uses too much of its power. However, this is not because it's evil but, rather, because it is by its very nature a being beyond human comprehension and understanding. In the ending, it more or less refuses to let Ryu pull a Heroic Sacrifice due to over-exerting its power and opts to revive him so that he can live happily on the surface world with Nina and Lin.
- The Sims Medieval has an in-game religion, the Peterans, who believe that the Watcher (i.e. the player) is good and benevolent. This is counter to the Jacobans, who believe in a Cruel Player-Character God who should be feared.
- Tales of the Questor: Questor himself quotes scripture durring battle. During a moment of crisis, God reaffirms His presence and provides comfort and encouragement. See for yourself.
- In Sinfest, God is a Jerk With A Heart of Gold God. He's an immature prankster, to be certain, but He honestly has His creations' welfare in mind (as shown by His disgust for Seymour.).
- Bruno the Bandit has Ailix, the local standin for Jesus, and the living incarnation of the creator of the universe. Upon his death, he ascended to become the highest of the Gods, where everyone is welcome.
- Drawn Together: Despite being a Black Comedy show, God is portrayed as a pretty Nice Guy at the end of the episode 3, just after Princess Clara says that Xandir will go to hell for being gay, and then God says that He actually likes the gay people.
- There are a few debated examples from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- Princess Celestia raises the sun each morning, bringing warmth and light to Equestria. She is also a kind motherly figure to her subjects, who are in complete awe of her. When the ponies do something they fear will upset her, she laughs it off with a gentle chastise, at worst.
- Her sister Princess Luna, who raises the moon each night, used to be bad but got better with a dose of Love Redeems, and now she is a prime example of Dark is Not Evil. Less restrained than her sister, the Princess of the Night speaks with a deafening voice that brings gale-force winds, her hooves crack the earth, and if she gets annoyed, clouds form and the sky starts to rumble. ...and she just wants everyone to realize she's not Nightmare Moon anymore and to stop fearing her, and she once helped Scootaloo overcome her fears by appearing in her dreams, and played with the children on the series' version of Halloween. She's scary, but as kind as her sister.
- Samurai Jack: In the very beginning, three gods of Egyptian, Hindu and Norse origins battled and destroyed an immense Eldritch Abomination Made of Evil, and when one tiny part of it that they missed fell to Earth and turned into Aku, they provided a worthy human with a weapon capable of destroying him.
- God, the Devil and Bob: God, though a bit more human than most portrayals, possesses the more merciful and loving aspects of the Abrahamic God. The show also portrays him as being susceptible to some of his creations faults, such as having trouble dealing with Lucifer's betrayal.