Since most people imagine God as a bearded old man
, the natural antithesis of this expectation would be having the supreme ruler of the universe be a young girl instead. Creators will sometimes do this to subvert a viewer's expectations, especially in works heavy with Epileptic Trees
and Mind Screw
Compare Divine Race Lift
, Goo Goo Godlike
, Little Miss Badass
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Anime & Manga
- Lain from Serial Experiments Lain.
- She personally denies it quite vigorously. The implications are that she could be God if she wanted to, but doesn't think that's what the world needs. There also may or may not be something above her better deserving of the title, but he isn't exactly a conventional deity either, assuming that he's not just her creation, as well. Mind Screw, ahoy!
- The premise of Kamichu!. The full title actually means "The Goddess, A Middle-School Girl"
- Kamichama Karin has a variation, with a bunch of middle-schoolers who can borrow the powers of various Greek gods using magic rings.
- Madoka's wish in Puella Magi Madoka Magica essentially makes her God. Well, that and Hope.
- Skuld from Ah! My Goddess is a norn and thus a deity of time like her sisters. Although her age is never given, Skuld looks and acts like a bratty young girl.
- Haruhi Suzumiya thinks that she's an Ordinary Highschool Student, but she has reality warping abilities that she is unaware of, and everyone strives to keep it that way. At least one faction within the story believes that she actually is (a) god, as does a portion of the fandom.
- Fukashigi Philia 's antagonist duo consists of a psychopathic modern-day slaver, and a girl with the power to make ALMOST anything she says come true instantly. This goes about as well as you can guess. Deconstructed when her reality-warping powers have unintended consequences (parents killed, brother traumatized, lots of bystander casualties), and when her partner screws her over by muting her, which de-powers her, even though she could have set up some powerful safeguards. It's implied that if she was more experienced with her powers and/or could alter human souls at the source, most of the plot wouldn't have happened.
- Sasami of Tenchi Muyo! is this - a 7-9 year old bonded to her world's goddess. Except in her mind she's nothing more than a vessel that Tsunami rides in, that the real Sasami's dead.
- In The Sandman, the Lord of Chaos, Shivering Jemmy, manifests as a young blond girl with a balloon.
- The ultimate conclusion of Lucifer: Yahweh retires by Lucifer's suggestion, and Elaine Belloc takes His place.
- A Growing Affection has The Reaper, the goddess of Death. She appears as an unnaturally cute girl of no more than six years. And she doesn't even take offense at Naruto's accidental blasphemy.
- Cafe was a movie about a coffee shop that took place in a world as a computer program. The chief programmer was a teenage girl.
- Alanis Morissette is God in Dogma, while she is more like a young adult woman, her childlike mannerisms are clearly meant to evoke this trope.
- Aphrael, the Child Goddess in The Elenium.
- The Ellimist, who "merely appears all-powerful from your limited perspective", once appears to the group by copying the form of a nearby girl.
- Ivy (The Archive) in The Dresden Files contains the entire wealth of any knowledge that has ever been written down in any language throughout time... in the body of an 8-year old girl... who likes kitties.
- Not exactly a god, but The NeverEnding Story has Moonchild, the Childlike Empress of Fantasia.
- In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Artemis and Hestia sometimes appear as pre-teen girls.
- Kassandra in The Painter Knight is a five-year-old hereditary God Empress, who is able to release her God's power at will.
- Faith in Jodi Picoult's Keeping Faith is assumed to be the Second Coming of Jesus.
- Vin of Mistborn: The Original Trilogy is a 20-21-year-old, 5-foot-nothing girl who becomes 1/16 of a God explanation
- In The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Hecate has three forms and first appears as a young girl.
- In VALIS, Sophia, a two-year-old girl who may be the incarnation of divine wisdom.
Live Action TV
- On Angel, Wolfram & Hart's conduit to the Senior Partners would sometimes manifest as a sweet little girl
- God took the shape of an elementary-school girl a couple of times in Joan of Arcadia.
- Supernatural: Lilith, arch-demon and de facto ruler of Hell while Satan is imprisoned, seems to prefer possessing little girls. While not God, she's at least as powerful as some small-g gods in the show.
- The Groove Coverage song, "God Is a Girl" is just about that. The music video depicts the members of the music group as traveling show evangelists, convincing people into believing that an 11-year-old girl traveling with them is God.
- It is implied in Demon The Fallen fluff that the Old World of Darkness God is a girl. Since the Fallen are pretty much the only still-living beings who have actually seen God at the dawn of time, their word can be trusted.
- Since the vast majority of the Fallen are still really, really pissed at God, don't put too much stock in their word.
- God also has an evil sister named Oblivion, short for "The Grand Maw of Oblivion." Grand Maw wanted to create her own universe, and saying that she "failed" is not putting it strongly enough. Now she and her "offspring" spend their time gnawing underneath the afterlife until the end of the world.
- Hanyuu of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is the true identity of Oyashiro-sama, and she takes the form of a young girl, appearing no older than Satoko or Rika.
- Minus isn't really confirmed to be God in the comic - just a girl with limitless unexplained powers.
- But she does create the Afterlife, and is shown to run it whenever she isn't busy having fun.
- An old, discontinued webcomic, Acid Reflux, had a little deity girl get her own (used) universe as a present. Her name, of course, was "God". Much humor occurs when she's sucked into said universe, a sort of high fantasy pastiche.