A dialog trope where Bob calls Alice a god, but metaphorically. As in Bob doesn't actually think Alice is a god
(nor is Alice actually a god
), just that she did something, or several things, that Bob thinks is really awesome. What Alice does can vary. It could be getting everyone in her office a raise with a stingy boss, to her being a rock star.
Often phrased as "You're my god" or "He/She is a god to me". "Personal Jesus" is another phrase in common use.
When the character deems him/herself
a god, and is in fact serious about this, see A God Am I
of Blasphemous Praise
Compare The Knights Who Say Squee
Contrast Moral Event Horizon
Not to be confused with God Guise
, nor if someone has
actually done a miracle.
Anime and Manga
- In Mighty Avengers Jocasta claims this is how she and most sentient machines view Hank Pym, the creator of Ultron, as he created one of the first and most advanced true independent A.I in the Marvel Universe. This is later backed up in Secret Avengers, where a planned machine uprising has the death of their 'god', Pym, as one of their key objectives.
- Discussed in Poké Wars: The Defervescence, when Ho-oh and Uxie meet a giant Alakazam that quickly pledges his services to Uxie:
Ho-oh: "Might I ask what you told the Alakazam to inspire such reverence for you?"
Uxie: "Alakazam are creatures of intellect, more so than other psychics. Knowledge valued as much as air. Meeting creator of their lively hood akin to humans meeting their god. Am in uncomfortable position of being revered as much as Arceus."
Ho-oh: "Many would kill for that kind of loyalty."
- Demonstrated by Shino to Naruto in Naruto Genkyouien, by word in the chapter linked, and to an increasing degree as the story progresses. Shino, apparently a shameless pervert, is openly admiring of Naruto's apparent and implied success with the various attractive human-form kitsune he finds himself surrounded by.
"That Naruto…" Kiba mumbled. "…he needs to answer some questions…"
"Just 'some'?" Ino contested. "I'll go with 'a lot' myself."
"He might have just become my new God."
Everyone stared at Shino very, very oddly.
- In basically any Naruto fanfiction where Naruto either sleeps with, gropes, or exposes Tsunade in some fashion, Jiraiya will declare him God and/or Master.
- Said by Roy in the movie Wolf, when Will tells him of a ballsy business stunt he is going to pull.
- When Neo gives a hacking disk to a client in The Matrix, the client says "You're my savior, my own personal Jesus Christ." This is a downplayed variation, as he seems to be just being nice instead of thinking Neo was amazing.
- In A Knight's Tale, William tells Wat why he is listening to Jocelyn when she tells him to lose the tournament.
Wat: And your love? Have you proven that yet?
William: Wat, you remember church as a boy. The fear, the passion. That’s what she makes me feel. And for that, I say my rosary to Jocelyn and no one else.
Wat: William, that’s blasphemous.
William: Then may I burn in hell.
- A non-humorous example occurs in Tai-Pan, when one character tells Dirk Struan that he is God to her. He doesn't actually like hearing this, as he is a devout Christian, has been trying to have a mentor-relationship with the woman in question, and probably recognises such a declaration as the result of her slavish admiration and unhealthy obsession with him.
- Referenced very quietly in one passage of Louisa May Alcott's Eight Cousins, when Uncle Alec's beloved niece Rose is battling what appears to be pneumonia, and may die. Alec, a seasoned world traveler, has many relics of his visits to India and other faraway lands, and he shakes his fist at the carved image of an Indian god as if the god had somehow caused the illness in "[Alec's] own little goddess."
- A non-blasphemous example: in a conversation Leon Fortunato has with David Hassid in the Left Behind book Assassins, Leon asks David who he finds to be the most inspirational person that he idolizes, and David answers "My father", saying that "he's like God to me". Leon says that he would want to meet him someday, and David says there's a very good chance that Leon will, face to face.
- Inverted in the Keith Urban song "You're Not My God" about getting over drugs.
- Vertical Horizon's song "You're a God", which ironically seems to be implying that particular feeling toward the subject is gone.
- The Depeche Mode song Personal Jesus, where its arguably deconstructed, as the one who has a personal Jesus is alone and lonely.
- When Peter meets the members of Kiss in Family Guy, he can just stammer "You... are... GODS!"