Little Miss Almighty
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.
- Also Delirium of the Endless, who at first appears to be a crazy yet harmless young woman, but you really, really don't want to cross her.
- 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.
- 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.
- Eternal Daughter: Player character Mia is a demigod.
- Not technically a god, but the Fairy Queen in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker manifests to Link in a child-like form. And then hits on him.
- Zelda, the reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword definitely counts.
- Moriya Suwako from Touhou.
- And hey, Kanako Yasaka, why not, even though she's not as young-looking. Reality Warper Yukari Yakumo also may qualify. She's not God. But she might as well be.
- Yune from Fire Emblem:Radiant Dawn should count.
- Taken to the extreme in Ar tonelico series. Humans (and more) live in three gigantic towers that are also massive computers capable of potent magic. The Administrators of the towers are all little girls, especially Frelia.
- However, they aren't Goddesses in the literal sense of the word due to actually getting their names from three Goddesses that lived millennia prior to them, and the fact that they are considered as such due to keeping the Towers, the last safe haven for life in Ar Ciel, functioning. However, a few of the personae of the Planet Ar Ciel (which are the actual creators and maintainers of said planet and all life on it) do fit the definition.
- Oracle Of Tao has Ambrosia, who for much of the first game is oblivious that she is God's avatar (she's about 20-30 though). This creates an odd situation, since she was literally sending herself on a quest. Later on though, she accepts being God fully, and the current version of God gets reincarnated so that Ambrosia can have a life with Nevras while her mother can have a life with God.
- A sort-of inversion: In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Lucifer appears as a little blonde girl in white dress, calling herself "Louisa Ferre."
- Ingrid of the Street Fighter series (though she debuted in Capcom Fighting Jam) definitely counts. It's implied that she is the creator/true owner of Bison's Psycho Power (and by extension, Rose's Soul Power) and she seems to be Immortal, with the power to Time Travel at her leisure. Supplemental materials for Street Fighter X Tekken also credits her as the creator of Pandora, the god-like object that everyone's fighting over.
- Elizabeth from Bio Shock Infinite effectively ascends to godhood the moment the Siphon is destroyed. While she is not almighty, since she is forced to operate within the limitations of constants and variables, by the end of the game, she can manipulate those variables and thus tweak the entire multiverse in any way she pleases. Exemplified by this exchange between her and the cynical, daredevil badass of a Player Character (which takes place even before her apotheosis):
Elizabeth: Booker, are you afraid of God?
Booker: No. But I am afraid of you.
- 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.
- In Bit F City, the most powerful Randomnian god, creater of a whole dimension, is a 6-year old. She also has the mentality of one.
- SCP-239 from the SCP Foundation seems to be a Reality Warper in the form of a young girl.
- In Funny Business, Jeannette's powers are practically limitless, though she explicitly denies being a god.