God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
A deliberately bizarre or unusual portrayal of gods (especially the Christian God
), usually without the intent of being deliberately offensive. This goes well past using a woman
or a minority
(or both — Whoopi Goldberg
has played God at least once
This may have something do with the cliches often associated with God, and the use is sometimes a soft commentary of humans assuming the nature of gods and the so-called superior place humans have in the universe.
The King of All Cosmos
frequently mentions that he (or she) is not omnipotent.
This trope is named for the King of All Cosmos (pictured above), from the game Katamari Damacy
, who destroyed all the stars in the sky after a drunken bender and made his diminutive son, the Prince, help with replacing them. He speaks with a Royal "We"
Due to the secular nature of Japanese media, this typically translates to the trope being applied to nearly all kami
at some point.
See also Celestial Bureaucracy
and Crystal Dragon Jesus
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- He Is My Master (Alligator, also an Author Avatar)
- Kami-sama in Ah! My Goddess is not quite Odin, not quite the Christian God. We never see him directly, but it would appear that he resembles Captain Harlock.
- In the OAVs, he has long black hair and dresses in red and white. In the TV series, Hild remarks upon how much Skuld looks like him.
- Well, they've both lost an eye...
- Dragon Ball Z features Kaio-sama (The Lord of Worlds, aka King Kai) who is an obese, catfish-like being with a bad sense of humor, and quickly gets demoted from supreme being to comic relief. And we're not even going to talk about the succession of little green men who hold the actual title of God.
- Basically King Kai holds 'control' over one quadrant of the galaxy, there being 4 gods to each galaxy. And then there is a god for every quadrant of the universe, and then Daikaioh, aka God.
- Note, however, that the Kais are not Physical Gods, being neither omnipotent nor omniscient. Yes, each was Badass enough to have (apparently) killed Freeza with a single punch, but that didn't stop Majin Buu from toasting most of them effortlessly.
- Indeed, Supreme Kai appears at the beginning of the World Martial Arts tournament and proceeds to be permanently gobsmacked for the entire Babidi Saga by the seemingly limitless strength of Goku, Vegeta and Gohan.
- Urusei Yatsura depicts Benten, the Japanese goddess of beauty and art, as a tough, chain-smoking biker chick.
- While Kamichu! has her as an idol singer, along with the rest of the Seven Lucky Gods as a J-pop band.
- Truth, the entity at the Gate in Fullmetal Alchemist, is a creepy jerkass with a fondness for cruel irony that appears as a blank white outline in the shape of the person who sees it. It also likes to steal body parts from people.
- A recurring character in Pani Poni Dash! is a cat-like creature with a Verbal Tic who claims to be God and likes to hide in vending machines (and torment the almost literal Chew Toy, Mesousa).
- Digimon went so far as to have an ultimate-level form called "Goddramon". (It only showed up in the Expanded Universe, however).
- There is also Yggdrasil in Digimon Savers, who appears to be rather sociopathic and unfeeling.
- Yggdrasil may or may not be universal canon, as it also appears in Digimon X-Evolution, and in the same role.
- There are also some other deities (The Four Gods of Japanese mythology or three angels loosely based on Christian mythology) who rule the Digital World, depending on the continuity.
- In 20th Century Boys, God is an old homeless guy who's obsessed with bowling and can predict the future. Granted, he probably isn't really God, but damned if you can convince his homeless buddies otherwise.
- The Great Will of the Macrocosm, Excel♥Saga's Reset Button incarnate, is depicted as a night-sky-colored disc with two arms. In the show's typical zany style, she is actually the same being as Pedro's wife, on the grounds that they share the same voice actress.
- In the manga version of Magic Knight Rayearth, the Creator of the Universe is revealed to be the bouncy rabbit thingy the heroines keep around as a pet.
- If Kamen no Maid Guy is any indication, God has a thing for panty shots. Fubuki's panties in particular.
- The Law of Ueki features a God who drinks, dresses like a Rummage Sale Reject, and is a womanizing Dirty Old Man. Once it turns out that he has a strong sense of justice, it becomes hard to tell if he's just faking the personality, or if he really is like that.
- In a bit of a subversion, the main character of Suzumiya Haruhi, Haruhi, could be seen as an example, as it's a pretty unusual stretch for God to be in the form of a high school girl, especially when said girl is pretty damn strange by herself.
- And then you have what may or may not be a real King of All Cosmos, the Data Integration Thought Entity/Data Overmind.
- The Five Star Stories has some pretty weird gods & god-like beings. Amaterasu is an easily flustered hermaphrodite with an Oedipal complex & Lachesis is an airheaded teenager, although both of them can be surprisingly competent when they need to. It has also been implied that Amaterasu's insane court jester, Spector, is actually the creator god of their universe, or at least the titular stars.
- In Code Geass, God is all of humanity's subconscious merged together. Which kinda looks like the planet Jupiter. Which is kinda appropriate, considering Jupiter is named after the Roman deity who held the position of God Of Gods.
- In Oyasumi Punpun, God is an unhelpful grinning afro'd man who only seems to care about belittling Punpun and encouraging his destructive impulses. Later on, it's strongly implied that God is merely an imagined personification of Punpun's growing nihilism.
- Deus from Mirai Nikki is described as the "lord of all space and time". His head looks like Unit-01's. Note that Deus is a bit darker than most examples here.
- Saint Young Men. Not God, but rather Jesus. And He is weird.
- Then there's The Dorm Mistress. She even calls herself God more often than not, seems to be able to control the weather, is implied to have orchestrated a lot of the history of Ancient China and threatens students with everything from death to time-space distortion torture, a large amount of which have hit Kanako. To make it even more horrifying, she insinuates that she's being forced to do the job by a being stronger than herself.
- In Fushigi Yuugi, the Creator of the Universe is a cranky little old lady.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san does this to the Cthulhu Mythos (even moreso than normal; see Literature below); Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos takes the form of a cute silver-haired teen girl who loves Anime and Tokusatsu, has an obsessive crush on an Ordinary High-School Student, and is a Space Police officer-slash-Henshin Hero with no sense of restraint or mercy. And she's just the tip of the iceberg...
- While the focus of Crimson is on reluctant-but-destined-vampire Alex Elder, and the various vampires, werewolves and hunters that surround him (as well as the incarnation of St. George), there are also a squad of archangels who cross his path, while Lucifer himself repeatedly intercedes on Alex' behalf. God is not seen... until Lucifer recognizes the young, black, mute, flower-selling girl hanging around in the background.
- The Invisibles: "If the Buddha were from Liverpool and swore a lot, he'd be a bit like Jack."
- Speaking of Grant Morrison, Doom Patrol's Red Jack (assuming he's actually who he says he is; it's hard to tell).
- A Fantastic Four arc sees the Four travel to Heaven where they are given the opportunity to meet the Almighty... who turns out to be a comic book artist. One who possesses a striking resemblance to Jack Kirby — and has an unseen 'collaborator'.
- Galactus, a giant planet-eating Physical God, was created for the purpose of having the Fantastic Four "fight God", and while he isn't played for laughs, he is a giant purple dude with a ridiculous helmet.
- But that's just how human beings are able to perceive him. At least one comic has indicated that his true form is beyond mortal comprehension and has shown that each sentient race in the universe sees a very different Galactus when they look at him (including one form that appeared as a giant black void, covered in warped and screaming faces). Apparently the big purple humanoid with the weird helmet is as scary as humans can understand.
- The Marvel Universe also has Eternity; literally a personification of the universe.
- In (what turned out to be) creator Steve Gerber's final Howard the Duck story, he finds Yahweh in a bar, along with Jesus and The Holy Spirit (who are described as manifestations of His "tripolar disorder".) "Yah" (as He prefers to be called) describes Himself as an ordinary slob like His creations, explains that He never created religion (other than Zoroastrianism as a practical joke), and that He created the universe as a work-for-hire - His employers don't pull the plug on existence because it is a popular tourist attraction.
- Scud The Disposable Assassin depicts a God that vaguely resembles the Judeo-Christian model, but is more of a force of nature than a sentient being - at the end of the series, Scud frees him from the prison his angels trapped him in, and God proceeds to run around like a wild animal, mauling and munching on his former servants.
- God's appearance when Johnny the Homicidal Maniac goes to Heaven (he just does, okay?), where God is a little fat man in a flying recliner who's "a little tired" from creating the Universe.
- The Jhonen Vasquez solo story (yes, the creator sometimes stars), in which a late-night convenience store clerk denies him Cherry Ice Sucky. "You're the Devil, aren't you?" Jhonen asks. Yes. Yes, he is.
- The Sandman has the seven Endless. Immortal and almost all-powerful and knowing beings who have been around since the beginning of the universe. The oldest, Destiny, appears like a man in a hooded cloak carrying a large book and looks the most like a traditional God figure. The second one is Death, who is by far the most unusual by appearing as a Perky Goth who is one of the nicest and sweetest people you'll ever met. (As well as the first and the last.)
- Mind you, the Endless are not gods but Anthropomorphic Personifications of universal constants: They aren't creators or objects of worship but avatars and wave functions. They were created by their concepts, they didn't create them, and they're fairly impotent outside of their domains. That said, if having the concept of Entropy look like BRIAN BLESSED doesn't count for this trope then what does?
- Several old gods show up during the course of the series (but not the Judeo-Christian one) and generally avert this trope, looking like humanity has always envisioned them. The exception to this is probably Lord Kilderkin, an avatar of the concept of 'order'. He looks like a cardboard box, and communicates through spontaneously generating messages on small strips of paper from inside the box.
- The Creator in The Book Of Armless Theo is a weak, incompetent, and largely apathetic deity who cobbled together a world of his own from spare parts, stolen from worlds created by other gods, just so he could have a place to put life-forms that could worship him. His creations are even powered by wayward souls stolen from other afterlives, and instead of letting them reproduce sexually, the Creator just makes new fully-grown bodies for them when they die.
- In the TGIF comedy Teen Angel, God has a unique intermediary to mortals: his cousin Rod, the giant, disembodied head of actor Ron Glass. Rod admits to being responsible for the Black Plague, The Chevy Chase Show, and killer bees (though at first they weren't called 'killer bees' they were called 'Fun Flies.' Then they started killing people.) His arch-nemesis is the Devil's cousin Neville.
- In one episode of Blossom Joey plays pool with a very nonchalant God.
- The Unconquered Sun from Exalted appears, at first, to be a fairly typical four-armed sun-deity... until you look closer and realize that he essentially started a war against the actual creators of the universe which wrecked 90% of Creation, simply to get his hands on the cosmic X-Box (which he and the other ruling deities are now addicted to the point of completely ignoring Creation itself.) And those actual creators, now trapped in Hell? Their head honcho is a crazy brass man/city with an embarrassing penchant for wild dancing.
- The Unconquered Sun's true form is a vaguely dragon-shaped nuclear fire.
- As mentioned on the game's own page, some recent releases clarified things a great deal and made him much less of this.
- Although gods and goddesses are extremely ubiquitous in the world of Dungeons and Dragons, Io is considered to be a god of gods. Not only is he the creator of dragons, both good (Metallic), evil (Chromatic) and neutral (Gem), he remembers all things as they were and as they will be and exists outside the concept of time where he has and will remain. He is so powerful that even the most power-hungry and evil of the gods would think it suicidal to challenge him directly.
- All this despite Io having his body destroyed to create Bahamut and Tiamat. Despite this, he's still considered to be alive since his body was only ever a vessel for his divine essence, and D&D has a rather extreme approach to "killing" gods: destroying their bodies doesn't kill them, it just makes them weaker (relatively speaking) and unable to appear in the material plane for a short time.
- Another example is He Who Was, an early god so powerful that he inspired fear and awe in even the other gods, much like Io. His body was destroyed by Asmodeus and his name erased from the minds of all living beings. However, if anyone were to learn that name, simply speaking it aloud would be enough to revive him, and would most likely destroy Asmodeus and the Nine Hells immediately if it ever happened. He was only ever "killed" in the first place because he was ambushed Julius Caesar style.
- In Nobilis, A God Is You, and the setting encourages very quirky, capricious, or grandiose characters (or all three whenever possible).
- The Trope Namer himself comes from Katamari Damacy, where he regularly orders his son (and other family members) to roll up various sizes of objects on earth - or even the earth itself - in order to throw them up into the sky to fix the stars he knocked out of it during his drunken revelry. He's selfish, infinitely vain, Camp Gay in dress (but has a wife), and whisks you around with fabulous rainbows. He'd be a huge Jerk Ass if he wasn't so hilariously endearing.
- (The second game is all about
fans of the first game his Their fans requesting specific Katamaris, which he initially refuses until they compliment him, usually accidentally or indirectly. In Katamari Forever, he loses his memory and the Prince builds a robot version of him to do his job. What's the first thing he does? Destroys all of the stars in the sky.)
- As is fitting for another game involving Namco Bandai, the main god EZI in Eternal Sonata is very much Played for Laughs as well: the party can collect a number of bizarre items bearing his name, most of them mocking him relentlessly (his face makes children cry, all candy associated with him tastes bland or terrible, he's apparently capable of laying eggs, etc.) and in one of them he's described as being an overweight man. People who worship him are also obsessed with the the number 321, and an altar to him gives you that much money when searched, and collecting all of the items with his name on them awards you with an achievement worth equally many Gamerscore. In an optional(?) scene, the main hero Allegretto is asked to describe him, and after several attempts at trying to come up with confusing metaphors to describe him, even he has no idea exactly what EZI is actually supposed to be a god of.
- Polaris from Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 looks like a giant top (and then a giant egg-thing with weird arms).
- The Lord of Games (or L.O.G.) from Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts.
- Amaterasu in Ōkami is a rather odd god. "Leap before you look" is her literal mantra (often jumping off of high, probably bottomless ledges just because they're in her way or picking fights when she doesn't really need to), and it's an ongoing joke that she has some sort of aversion to bathing. Oh, and she's a wolf.
- The Black & White series of games has the protagonist taking on this role. You can be good or evil, but either way, your avatar is a giant (Godzilla-sized) animal that poops everywhere, likes to dance around, and occasionally eats people.
- Well, your avatar is actually a hand/glowing light, and the Creature is more like a pet, but that's not as funny.
- In the ero-game Lets Meow Meow!, the Cat God whose blessing dumps a not so Unwanted Harem of animal-eared girls on the player is lazy, erratic and whimsical. He manifests as a classical "beckoning cat"-statue. He is appearently the Lord of All Cosmos in his own Cosmos, where your harem comes from. One latecomer is one of His priestesses.
- In Spore, the great mystery at the center of the galaxy turns out to be a mysterious, all-knowing, all-powerful being who congratulates you on making it to the center, gives a grandiose speech about Life, the Universe, and Everything... and then is revealed to be a tiny UFO with a megaphone attached, named Steve (who then tries to sell you a timeshare on planet Earth).
- What does God need with a starship? Well, in Homeworld, God is a starship. Sajuuk, the Creator entity in the various religions of almost every race in the galaxy, is revealed in Homeworld 2 to be an incredibly powerful Precursor starship lying dormant at the center of the galaxy.
- In Sacrifice, Stratos, the God of Air, also known as "Lord of the Heavens", is a floating white robe with a tire for a collar and a yellow helium balloon with a smiley face painted on it for a head. Underneath his benevolent and somewhat nutty facade, he's also The Chessmaster Magnificent Bastard and the true "villain" of the game's pantheon.
- Any of the gods in Gensokyo who aren't outright Jerkass Gods are usually this, most of them being of the Cloudcuckoolander variety.
- Most of the gods in Kid Icarus: Uprising are this. To name three, Palutena is a shameless Troll who constantly messes with Pit during gameplay, Thanatos is a Camp Gay shapeshifter who likes to transform into strange objects, and Viridi is a Bratty Half-Pint and huge Deadpan Snarker even in the game's World of Snark.
- In Epic Battle Fantasy 4, The Creator Goddess is a cat, fittingly called Godcat. She created cats in her image and humans as a slave race to them. But over the years, cats bonded too closely with humans for her liking, so she took away their arms and legs. Yeah.
- While not God, Makai Kingdom brings up a demon overlord named Zetta, whose title is King of All Cosmos due him being the strongest Overlord in the game (and arguably one of the strongest characters in the Disgaeaverse). Though, the English translation uses another title, aka, The Most Badass Freakin' Overlord in the Entire Cosmos. Subtle.
- Open Blue's God is Zod, an expy of the God from Monty Python and the Holy Grail who loves drinking parties, and armwrestling with Kukulu (an expy of Cthulhu), and doesn't give a rat's ass about the hundreds of millions of humans praying to him.
- SCP-343 claims to be God. Considering He can walk through walls (and by extension, can't be contained) and knows everything about everyone (except SCP-682), nobody's really questioned Him on this. They're just thankful He's friendly.
- In the Mr Deity online shorts, God is essentially characterised as a George Lucas parody.
- In a particularly funny and depressing Web Animation, Katamari Damacy is parodied and done more "realistly". The King of the Cosmos sends the Prince out to make Katamaris just like in the game, but since building large Katamaris implies murdering the people rolled up in the ball, the Flamboyent King is actually evil. When the Prince decides he wants to stop, the King beats him and orders him to keep going. The people of Earth come to see the King as God and worship him. The Prince loaths the people for being so ignorant and even where "God's" people are unsatisfied with the Katamaris, the King beats the Prince. The Prince is only held together by his kind mother who speaks fondly of the King's previous kindness when they courted. The Prince reasons that made she hoped the King still had a decent side and didn't want to give up on him. However, the King goes into a drunken rage and beats her. The Prince then kills him by rolling him up in a Katamari. The Prince's final line? "Hail to the the King, baby."
- South Park depicted God as a short-tempered hippo/monkey hybrid creature in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Jesus". Oh, and he's a Buddhist, but only Mormons go to heaven.
- Made weirder because Buddha is a member of The Super Best Friends (a parody of The Super Friends featuring Jesus, other religious beings, and an Aquaman parody named Seaman). That's right, God is a member of a religion based off of the teachings of one of his son's friends.
- Though curiously, from a Buddhist perspective it would make perfect sense for the Christian God to be a Buddhist: the goal of Buddhism is to achieve a state with no desires, and God isn't exactly there yet, with His desires to grant salvation and defeat evil. Also Buddhism doesn't really entail a belief in any gods, so it's fitting that God would be an atheist, in so far as that he doesn't have a higher being to believe in.
- In the Futurama episode "Godfellas", Bender encounters a galaxy-shaped being who may or may not be God, and takes a rather laissez-faire view on divine intervention: his philosophy is "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all."
- He does make a surprisingly profound statement during their conversation: "Bender, being a god isn't as easy as it looks. If you do too much, your worshipers get dependent on you, and if you do too little, they lose hope."
- It is "probable" that he's the remains of a computerized space probe that collided with God. Which is actually significantly weirder than just saying outright he is or isn't God...
- Transformers has a Giant Robot God. Primus, while not always Mr. Nice God (at least in the comics, he comes across better when he appears in the cartoons), is in fact the creator of the Transformers, and their homeworld is his body. Surprisingly little goes on by way of religious ceremony, though he is connected to both the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and Cybertron's Omega Lock, and granted the Autobots the Spark of Combination in Energon, as well as the Cyber Keys from Cybertron being derived from his power. And all this while he's sealed away in a deep slumber.
- And by the time of the Cybertron series, it turns out that he is a Transformer himself. Created in his own image, you could say...
- Primus's opposite number Unicron is no slouch, either. He eats planets, created the Mini-Cons to give the Autobots and Decepticons something to fight over in Armada, and is directly responsible for the "hyper power" upgrades of most of Energon's Decepticons.
- The short-lived God, the Devil and Bob allowed God to be, well, God, but put him in sunglasses, t-shirts, and sandals. He looked a lot like Jerry Garcia, although it should be noted the show's producers actually used the stereotypical Christian image of God for their character, just with a different fashion sense. He also loves beer and Pop-Tarts.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender and its crazy-amazing gigantic living all-wise Lion Turtle island, which, based on the knowledge it/he gives to Aang, may be even older than both the Avatar and bending as we knew it.
- Arguably, Aang himself also fits. The Avatar spirit is the fusion of a human soul with Raava, the ancient spirit of light and peace, continually reincarnating into human bodies... and in this incarnation, it's a twelve-year-old boy with giant arrow tattoos and a penchant for riding wild animals.
- Chowder features a parody of the King of the Cosmos from Katamari Damacy. The other characters don't seem to acknowledge him, though, much less worship him.
- In one episode of Beavis And Butthead, the titular characters meet God (or at least someone claiming to be him). In addition to slipping pop cultural references into his sermons, he's eventually revealed to be not too different from the duo themselves, watching porn and having a very similar laugh.
- Apparently he finds what they did at the church in Beavis & Butt-Head Do America sucks.
- Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are not explicitely referred to as deities, but they control the sun and moon respectively and both seem to be immortal, so they might as well be. The former has enough of a trickster streak in her that she is not above pranking overly servile subjects or ruining a boring fancy dance because it's too boring, while the latter is an adorkable Fish Out of Temporal Water who gets unusually excited at so much as doing good in a carnival game for foals.
- The Flying Spaghetti Monster. According to The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, He spent most of creation being drunk (or hung over), accidentally created land twice (due to being drunk and hung over), and generally rushed the whole thing. Due to the overwhelming amount of errors in creation, his followers have introduced the notion of "Unintelligent Design," a theory stating that, while omnipotent, the Creator isn't necessarily very bright.
- Ceiling Cat iz in ur ceiling watching u masterbate. He now can haz Baibel.
- One of Lore Sjoberg's "Lore Brand Comics" posits the theory of Belligerent Design: the Universe was created to annoy him.