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->''"By Me!"''
-->-- '''Jupiter''', ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix''

Even though many churches really don't want us to use the Lord's name in vain, many people, especially in fiction, will end up saying "Goddammit" or "Oh My God" for one reason or another[[note]](though technically, "God" isn't His name; even the words it's translated from ("El", "Eloah", and "Elohim") are more like describing what He is rather than a name). And the commandment in Literature/TheBible was originally about making false oaths anyway[[/note]]. However, a writer can't invoke ''a'' god in a fantasy environment because [[FantasyPantheon monotheism is rare]], so where we say "Oh My God", characters in the fantasy universe will say "Oh My Gods!"

Depending on how developed the world is, it is also quite common to invoke actual gods by name, such as the Gauls in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' saying "By Toutatis!" (well, he ''was'' an actual Gaulish god). Another common variation used by [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions future civilizations]] is to invoke science or scientists instead. Occasionally an AlternateHistory with a non-monotheistic major religion will use this to demonstrate how different that world is. Sometimes a PhysicalGod will reference ''themselves'' in this manner, with "By me!", "[[Literature/TheBible I swear by myself!]]","[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Jesus H. Me!]]" or similar.

Basically TruthInTelevision: although "Oh My Gods" isn't realistic, just plain "Gods!" does occur in Greek and Roman literature as an exclamation, although admittedly the emphasis is a little different (the speaker will usually address the gods with an appeal for help or an incredulous "Do you see this?"), and phrases like "[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe ye gods]]" (and its minced-oath version "egad") or "by the gods" are equally common. (Also common was the singular "God", which might mean either the chief god of the pantheon, or whatever god the speaker happened to be particularly devoted to.) Even more vulgar constructions have been found as well; a popular epithet found carved into walls by Roman hooligans is "By Juno's twat!" It's not uncommon in modern times, either; depending on what circles you travel in.

The [[InvertedTrope inverse]] is OrphanedEtymology, which writers may consider avoiding. If, in the created world, there is nobody referred to as "God", and if there isn't at least a belief in an afterlife/underworld called Hell, then nobody should use expressions that invoke either -- although a [[BellisariosMaxim charitable audience]] could always put this down to TranslationConvention.

Compare AnswersToTheNameOfGod, when someone swears "My God!" (or the equivalent), only for another character to reply "Yes?"

See also: UnusualEuphemism, CurseOfTheAncients, HoldYourHippogriffs, PardonMyKlingon. For non-human examples and belief systems, see ThankTheMaker. This page is not for the Indian movie ''Oh My God''!



* The cartoon bears of Charmin: "Sweet mother of softness."
* Used verbatim in an Arby's commercial where Creator/VingRhames speculates on how ancient Greeks would respond to an Arby's gyro sale.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': The title says it all.
* In ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' the vikings naturally swear by the gods of Myth/NorseMythology. Askeladd swears by Týr (the god of justice) to emphasise the truthfullness of a promise.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DC Comics loves doing this, especially in the Silver Age.
* Franchise/WonderWoman:
** Wonder Woman's "Great Hera!" Amusingly [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in ''Comicbook/YoungJustice''. While at a concert, the girls get in line for the bathroom, and it's a ''very'' long line. In exasperation, Wonder Girl yells out "Hera help us!", and the next second, a giant monster bursts from the ground. All the other girls scatter in fear, Wonder Girl decks it with one punch, and the girls skip over the monster's body with a clear shot to the bathroom, sing-songing "thaaaank you, Hera!" as they go. Apparently the Wonders say it because Hera's listening!
** Wonder Woman's other comics CatchPhrase is "Suffering Creator/{{Sappho}}!" Not a God (although in the Franchise/DCUniverse, she could be!), but classic nonetheless. May have been a method of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, as the Sappho is often associated in the modern era with female homosexuality. Which makes her recent use of "Sappho's Hands!" ''incredibly dirty''.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman's "Great Rao!" (a Kryptonian Sun God). Interestingly, some minor Earth gods have chewed Clark out for invoking the name of Rao.
** Superman also used to swear by Krypton itself: "Great Krypton!"
** And "Great Scott!" which was a common exclamation in early-20th century America that either started as an UnusualEuphemism or a military usage, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Scott some other Wiki]] for info.
** ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' also uses to swear by Rao frequently. In the ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}} Post-Flashpoint]]'' universe she often swears: "Praise Rao" or "Sweet Rao". And in Supergirl #33 during the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' story arc, Kara says "Because Rao apparently thought my day wasn't being hard enough”.
** In an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'', one of Darkseid's minions got out "Darkseid's testi--" before being [[CurseCutShort shushed]].
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', a Kryptonian woman exclaims: "Cythonna's teeth!", invoking an ancient Kryptonian goddess.
** In ''ComicBook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman uses exclamations such as "Great Galaxies!"; Kara exclaims "Great Krypton" during the battle in planet Xonn; and Kandorians also say "Thanks to the stars!"
** In ''ComicBook/WarWorld'' Superman uses exclamations such like "Great Krypton!" or "Great Galaxies!"
** Perry White's constant uttering of "Great Caesar's Ghost!" It's an old euphemism for "Jesus Christ"; can be traced at least back to Mark Twain in ''Life on the Mississippi'', 1883.
** Perry White's use of "Great shades of Elvis!" in the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' incarnation, which also got some use in the ''Superman'' comics of the 1990s.
* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', people swears by ComicBook/LexLuthor, which reveals to what extent he's controlling the post-apocalyptic world.
* Marvel Comics comes closest with [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] saying "Sweet Christmas!" as a dodge for invoking the name of Jesus. There are real Greek and Roman gods wandering around that 'verse, too.
* A particularly memorable example from [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules's]] first fight with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]]: "By the zesty zither of Zeus!"
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'':
** ComicBook/{{Starfire}} frequently exclaims "X'hal!" when surprised, and has said something to the effect of "Thank X'hal you're all right!" at least once. This becomes slightly odd when it turns out X'hal is at best very destructive and probably a little bit crazy. FridgeBrilliance when you realize the ''Tamaranians'' swing wildly between passionate lovers and ProudWarriorRace without a whole lot of moods in between.
** ComicBook/{{Raven}} uses the name of the goddess Azar similarly.
* Lilandra of ''ComicBook/XMen'' often exclaims "Sharra and K'ythri!" under the same circumstances as Starfire's "X'hal!" We've since met Sharra and K'ythri. In fact, almost ''all'' of the beings who own the names that get used in such exclamations (as well as magic spells) throughout the MarvelUniverse have been encountered at least once. (Turns out several of them are [[CosmicHorror not very nice people]].)
* Another ''ComicBook/XMen'' example: Colossus' frequent exclamation of "By the White Wolf!"
** And, back in the days of the U. S. S. R., "Lenin's beard!"
** And Storm's "Goddess!"
** Inhabitants of the Mojoverse, such as Shatterstar, swear "By Za!" or "Za's vid!" In the Comicbook/AmalgamUniverse, Shatterstarfire swore by 'Zal, an amalgam of Za and X'Hal.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
** Characters swear by "Grudd", including the variant "Maureen, mother of Grudd!" It appears that the term is meant as a neologism for the christian God -- clergymen from the Vatican megacity use the term as well. There's a storyline that involves an actual Christian movement. It turns out that Christianity is outlawed, and the whole Church of Grudd and Jovus thing is a way for the Judges to control people through religion. The Judges decide that the leader of the Christian 'cult' is too powerful, fake a terrorist attack, force him to confess for it, and have him killed to destroy the Christian movement and lead them back to Judge-approved religions.
** Amusingly, the Judges of East Meg One (former Soviet Union) seem to have taken the traditional Soviet state religion to the point where "God" has been replaced by the names of the ruling Diktatorat's members in the vernacular, like "in Bulgarin's name" or "Vlad knows".
* ComicBook/TheInhumans used to swear by evolution. This was phased out because a) it sounds kind of stupid and b) the culture was based around a [[YouFailBiologyForever very poor]] definition of evolution anyway.
* Brazilian comic ''ComicBook/HolyAvenger'' is based on the TabletopRPG ''Tormenta'', hence, different characters worship different gods and have different exclamations for each one. This was hilariously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at one point.
-->'''Sandro (Human thief):''' Great Hyninn!\\
'''Tork (Dwarf-Troglodyte):''' Tenebra heave me!\\
'''Anne (DeadpanSnarker):''' Why don't you guys just say things like "Oh, my!" or "Holy crap!"... You know, like ''normal'' people?
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** Aside from swearing to Toutatis and Belenos ("Par Toutatis! / Par Belenos!" in the original French), the Gauls sometimes use this as the set up to funny puns.
--->'''Gaul 1:''' Par Toutatis! (By Toutatis!)\\
'''Gaul 2:''' Par Belenos! (By Belenos!)\\
'''Gaul 3:''' Par Belisama! (By Belisama!)\\
'''Gaul 4:''' Par exemple? (For example?)
** Also parodied once, when every character in the scene cites a different god... ending with "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amora_%28mustard%29 Amora]], Goddess of Mustard".
** The writers being history buffs, people from other culture will always use the name of a god appropriate to them: The Romans say "By Jupiter", the Egyptian will say "By Osiris", etc.
** ''The Twelve Tasks of Asterix'' movie cuts to the Olympian gods. Jupiter promptly ends a sentence with "By Me!"
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
** Slyly subverted in the comics featuring Borduria. There, the oath is "by the whiskers of Kûrvi-Tasch!", itself a parody of "Lenin's Beard!"
** Tintin himself used "Great snakes!" (usually "sapristi" or "saperlipopette" in French) a lot and then there's [[http://www3.sympatico.ca/brooksdr/haddock/main.htm all of Captain Haddock's lusty but tame oaths]]? "Billions of blistering blue barnacles", indeed!
** The astronomer in ''The Shooting Star'' would often exclaim, "By the rings of Saturn!"
* Wulf in ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' exclaims "By der Gotts!" on occasion.
* Marvel's [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] often swears "By Odin's beard!" Now he also uses it in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', the line has become [[MemeticMutation more popular]]. And funnier. ("Buy Odin's beer!") It's more often "By the bristling beard of Odin!", though the shortened version does show up from time to time. He's also fond of "By the thousand threats of Ragnarok!"
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's catchphrases include "By the Vishanti!" or "By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!". Another is "By the Roving Rings of Raggador!" Used hilariously in "The Oath", with Strange exclaiming "By the Hoary [[SymbolSwearing @#$%]][[PrecisionFStrike ing]] Hoasts!"
* ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'': Billy Batson may have yelled the ''initials'' of gods, but his CatchPhrase was "Holy Moley", which [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks back then]] was a way for Catholics to say "Holy [[Literature/TheBible Mary, Mother of God!]]" (WordOfGod says Billy's Catholic) without [[GoshDangItToHeck offending the Big Guy Upstairs]]. Moley is also a useful, protective herb in the Greek epic of Odysseus. Oddly enough, it ''prevents'' magical transformations.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', the elves commonly say "High Ones!" -- a name that refers to the elves who first settled on the planet. They're the closest equivalent the elves have to Gods. The Sunfolk tend to stick with "Great sun!", and the Wolfriders occasionally invoke their ancestral chiefs as well: "Tanner's needles!", "Two-Spear's madness!"
* In a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''[=/=]''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' {{crossover}}, Silver Surfer shouted "By the Gods of Zenn-La!"
* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'': Buck Godot and his friends express relief with "Thank Prime!" -- which is also the name of a popular hangover cure because that's what you say when it kicks in. Whether this has anything to do with the character known as the Prime Mover has never been addressed.
* In ''ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfLutherArkwright'', the people from universe 000.000.00 are all atheist, and use such expressions as "by Bell's telephone", or "In the name of Darwin". However, for some reason they decided to name their big computer "WOTAN".
* In the original French comic books of ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'', Papa Smurf would say "Nom d'un Schtroumpf!" ("In the name of a Smurf!") while Farmer would say "Cre vingt schtroumpfs!" ("Twenty sacred smurfs!"). Gargamel in the English translation of "The Painter Smurf" says "By Beelzebub's horns" early in the story.
* ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' has religion and superstition, but the characters seldom discuss it. Usual oaths, "By all the Stars!" and "By all the Demons of Daveli!" -- since Daveli is a friendly nation to the Empire, this second one seems tactless.
* In the ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars2015'' comic, a hapless stormtrooper sees Darth Vader [[FacialHorror with his mask off]] and can only manage a "Mother of Moons."
* ComicBook/RedSonja likes to swear by Ishtar and Mitra (but never her patron deity Scathach).
* In ''ComicBook/RatQueens'' characters often swear by using the name "Bilford Bogin". It's implied that this is considered especially vulgar, even compared to the Rat Queen's [[ClusterFBomb usual vocabulary]].
* ''ComicBook/CleopatraInSpace:'' Akila often says "Oh my Ra!" after EgyptianMythology. Once, her mother admonishes her, saying "Please don't use Ra's name in vain, sweetheart."

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In Sweden, the most common swearwords concern the Devil and Hell. So, in the Swedish newspaper comic strip ''Himlens Änglar'' (Angels of Heaven), the Devil shouts "MY SELF AT HOME!" when he hits his thumb with a hammer.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', the [[Franchise/WonderWoman Amazons]] are prone to swear by their own deities.
-->'''Fury:''' What in Tartarus is that?
* Occasionally one might find a ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' fic that uses [[BigBad XANA]]'s name in place of curses.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Harry, who has recently discovered that his father was the mortal incarnation of ComicBook/TheMightyThor, trying to figure who to swear by (or possibly at) as a RunningGag.
* ''FanFic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'': Ayane and Kasumi exclaim "Oh, Kami!" or "Thank Kami!" at various points. Of course, "Kami" is [[GratuitousJapanese Japanese]] for "God." Ayane even explicitly exclaims "Oh, Gods!" during chapter 4.
* In ''Fanfic/SupermanAndMan'' fic, Franchise/{{Superman}} swaps bodies with a real world person. When he lets slip a Kryptonian’s swearword, it prompts him a bemused stare from his host's wife.
-->"Holy sun. Of Krypton," he sighed.\\
Dana looked at him. "Why'd you say that, Chris? Sure, he came from Krypton, but did you really think he was a Christ figure?"\\
"No," he said, with effort. "Sun. Star. On Krypton. Some saw. As God symbol."\\
"Was that in the comic books?"\\
Speaking as much as he did tired him. The machine inflated, deflated his lungs.\\
"Yes," he said. "In comic. Books."
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Fanfic/SupermanOf2499TheGreatConfrontation'', Alan Kent exclaims "Rao's flames!" at one point.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Being followers of the ''[[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Chaos Gods]]'', Shinji, Asuka and Rei swear by them on several occasions. In chapter 14 [[AntiHero Shinji]] moans "Oh, fucking Tzeentch" and in chapter 13 [[TheBerserker Asuka]] exclaims "Sweet Khorne!" as she [[spoiler:and Shinji are making out.]]
* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' uses this twice, with "Oh my wizard gods!" and later "Oh my [[Creator/JKRowling Rowling]]!".
* In the ''[[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]''/''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' crossover ''[[http://www.thekeep.org/~rpm/vertigo/direfates/df3.html Dire Fates]]'' John uses the usually mild oath of "Friggin'" while touring a rather Nordic Heaven. Unfortunately he forgot that Frigga/Frigg was Odin's wife...
* ''FanFic/MyImmortal'': Pseudo-Satanist Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way and her friend Willow often use "Oh my Satan" as an exclamation, usually followed by something along the lines of "geddit koz were goffik" put in an author's note. The very last chapter has Pr. Slutborn say "Oh my goth", also followed by a geddit and a reminder that the author is in fact gothic.
* ''WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries''
** Sokka says, "Oh, for the love of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]]!"
** And in another video, Aang himself uses "Sweet me!"
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** About 90% of fanfics use "Tui and La", "Agni", or, less commonly, Oma and Shu as gods.
** Due to calling a Firebending duel an "Agni Kai", 90% of FanFic has Fire Nation citizens substituting "Agni" for "God", despite no canonical evidence that they worship the Hindu god of fire.
** Quite a bit of FanFic has the characters saying, "Spirits", in place of "God", though there are no canonical examples of this either.
** There was one that had a character saying "to Koh with it" instead of "to Hell with it."
** ''FanFic/{{Embers}}'' has most of the above, plus the phrase "to Koh's lair in a handbasket" and "Guanyin's merciful veil."
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' fanfics often have post-android saga characters replace "god/kami" with "Dende" since Dende has taken Kami's job by that point.
** For that matter, nearly every ''Dragon Ball'' fanfic will have the characters swear in the name of Kami in place of God in basically every situation it would apply.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' fanfic has a tendency to use the name of Hyne (the semi-mythical ancestor of sorceresses in the setting) in this way, though the game's canon averts this trope, at one point having Squall shout "GOD!"
* Swearing by the Valar (angels/minor deities) or by [[{{God}} Eru Ilúvatar]] pops up now and then in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fanfiction (ironically, since in the original material the characters avoid swearing because freedom to choose your destiny is a God-given right, and it is considered rude asking God or the gods altering it).
* Many ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fanfics have characters exclaiming the names of the game's goddesses at times (or "Hylia" if it's during ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''), though it's so cut and paste that it just descends into {{Narm}}. Some of this seems to have been {{ascended|Fanon}} in games following ''Skyward Sword'', as seen below.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** A decent chunk of the fandom is quite fond of using [[OlympusMons Arceus's]] name in vain. As in, "Oh, Arceusdammit!" Oaths involving the lesser Legendary Pokémon aren't uncommon in FanFic, particularly the ones that are also part of Arceus's creation myth.
*** ''FanFic/TheSurprisingAdventuresOfAGlaceonInUnova'' is a particularly egregious example, with a wide variety of [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal often-alliterative]] curses relating [[UnusualEuphemism (sort of)]] to various legendary pokemon being made, such as [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Palkia's Plectrum]], [[UnusualEuphemism Mew's Splaunch]] and [[CurseCutShort Darkrai's saggy left-]], among others. The author was informed that these often detracted from the drama of an otherwise-serious scene, leading to the use of more "normal" swears later on.
*** ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' is no exception where this is concerned.
** The most common ones outside of Arceus include Palkia, Dialga, Giratina, Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza. Often with AddedAlliterativeAppeal ("Great Giratina!", "Dear Dialga!" and so on).
** "Holy Mother of Mew!" and the like are also popular, especially in fanfics dating back to the first generation, due to Mew being the ancestor of all Pokémon.
* There are ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' fanfics where one or more characters exclaim "Qwaardamnit!" Seeing that Qwaar-Jet is the (canonical) Kushan god of pain and enslavement (they even named a [[CoolStarship Taiidan heavy cruiser class]] after him), the phrase means '''business'''.
* Many ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fanfics have [[TheFashionista Kurt]] saying "oh my Gaga". Justified by him being an atheist in canon.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Fanfics love to use "Dear Celestia" or some variation thereof. Although they actually do that in the show.
** ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
*** This is used, but has an interesting case with Celestia and Luna themselves. Being the deities that everypony else does this with, they use "by our mother and father!" instead.
*** Similarly, the Draconequi (Discord and his siblings) swear by their own parents, usually their mother Entropy, who they also call Mother [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast End-Of-All-Things]].
*** Filthy Rich/Onyx Tiara swears by Cadence, since he respects her for trying to cure his wife's insanity and hates Celestia and Luna for not doing the same.
*** The Changelings swear by their great ancestor Rosedust.
** ''FanFic/UnderTheNorthernLights'' has Twilight swear by Celestia's [[MemeticMutation socks]]. Also, Luna admonishes a swearing pony for "taking my name in vain" while she is standing right next to him. The temple-fawn [[PerkyGoth Saga]] swears "Oh My Goddess" -- the goddess in case being Luna.
** Twilight in ''FanFic/TheNonBronyverse'' at one point plays this a bit strangely, by instead pointing at Celestia (who's standing with them in the room) instead of invoking her name.
** ''FanFic/{{Jericho}}'' both averts this trope and plays it straight, though the aversion is justified by the fact the [[FirstPersonSmartass narrator]] is a foreigner. [[FirstPersonSmartass Jeri]][[SociopathicHero cho]] swears by [[IHaveManyNames numerous names]] for God—such as the "Allfather", "Adonai", and the "Lord"—but very often curses via Hell or just plain ol' God (which his fellow ponies note as being weird). However, because the religion of Jericho and that of his country, [[CrystalDragonJesus Confessionism]] is a weird mix of Islam, vague paternal ancestor worship, Christianity, technology worship, and Myth/NorseMythology, he also subverts the aversion by swearing by strange terms, such as the "Maschinengeist" (Machine Spirit), the "Archangel Thor", "[[TheGrimReaper Gevatter Tod]]" (Godfather Death); the "[[Franchise/TheDarkTower face of my/his/your/thy father]]"; the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Queen of Graves]] for the Devil; and he also swears by the Jesus/Mohammad prophet figure of his faith, the "Mare Laurentia".\\\
Generally, the rest of the ponies in ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'', who are Equestrians, play this trope straight. Although, they swear sometimes by other things, such as the Fiddler on the Green (often saying "Fiddler play thee" instead of "Go to hell"), who is a sort of [[DontFearTheReaper semi-friendly Grim Reaper]]. Amusingly, somepony notes to Jericho that because of this, the exclamation "[[GoshDangItToHeck Fiddlesticks!]]" is actually a dangerous invocation of the Reaper of Souls. There was also a bit in which the term "Nightmare-Moon-may-care" was used instead of "Devil-may-care". At one point, when an Equestrian mentioned "to hell" and "a deal with the Devil" and Jericho asked them about it, they expressed surprise that Jericho applied religious meanings to the terms; to Equestrians, such terms are merely StockPhrases without any deeper meaning.
** A fair amount of fanfics have ponies swearing by [[Creator/LaurenFaust Faust]], sometimes with epithets as "the Almighty", "the Creator of All" or "the Great Goddess".
** At least one fanfic has Rainbow Dash swearing by Celestia's left flank, shortly followed by Celestia, previously unseen, actually commenting that she's never heard that one before.
** Indeed, more than a few fanfics have somepony invoking one of the princesses or some part of their anatomy, only to then notice/realize that one or both of them are in earshot. One can scarcely imagine the embarrassment that must come from exclaiming "By Celestia's privates!" while in the presence of them...
** ''Fanfic/SixBridesForTwoSisters'' has one pony yell out '[B]y Celestia's perky nipples, don't stop!' to her girlfriend. While they were demonstrating marital techniques. To Celestia and Luna. Luna then just stares at Celestia until she realises what's going on. 'Don’t even ask, Luna. I don’t understand why our subjects invoke them, regardless of relative perkiness.'
** There is a fan of the show who posts [[AffectionateParody parody reviews]] of the show on the [=RPGnet=] forums under the name sun_tzu, and frequently has Twilight refer to Celestia as "Her Momjesty" due to the apparent surrogate mother/daughter relationship between the two. Quite naturally this led to the reviewer having Twilight, upon getting upset with Spike, declare: "Momdamnit, Spike!". Not to mention once having Celestia go: "What in the name of me is going on here?"
** ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': In addition to the usual swearing by Celestia, the residents of the Zhevra Flatlands tend to invoke their patron saint Hakumbele, while dragons swear by their [[MonsterProgenitor progenitor]] Io.
** For some utterly inexplicable reason, the phrase "By Celestia's beard!" is popular both in fanworks and with the fandom in general, despite the fact that (barring certain Rule 63 cases) Celestia has never had one.
** In ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'', Littlepip possesses a very extensive and inventive vocabulary of expletives involving various parts of the royal princesses' anatomies and their uses in specific sexual acts. This has been observed by many, including [[spoiler:Celestia herself, who was very impressed.]]
** In ''FanFic/TheMLPLoops'', Celestia asks Twilight (and by extension everyone else) to stop this, since the mechanics of the setting means that she's not nearly as superior to everyone else as she seems. When asked what they should swear on instead, she suggests trees. [[RunningGag It takes]].
** In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', the Equestrians swear by the names of the creators of the MLP franchise, while the kaiju swear by the names of the creators of the Godzilla franchise.
** FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse has the usual positive invocation of Princess Luna, but much more common (and noticeable) is the ''negative'' invocation of Corona's sun. Nearly every curse in this setting is something along the lines of "Gone to the sun", "Go burn in the sun", or "Sun blind you".
** PlayedForDrama in the ''FanFic/TriptychContinuum''. As in most pony fics, the ponies of Equestria swear by, and even pray to, the Princesses (including Twilight, within weeks of her ascension). But the Princesses are ''not'' gods. They are powerful, but they have no special ability to hear or answer prayers, and millennia of UnwantedFalseFaith has taken a serious toll on the Diarchs.
*** At one particularly tense moment in ''[[Recap/TriptychContinuumTriptych Triptych]]'', Twilight swears an oath by ''Discord''. The person to whom she's swearing pauses to note that he has ''never'' heard of someone doing that before.
* Used mostly by the Fans in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. The various C'hovites only occasionally refer to their gods, and always by way of example, not as an invocation (e.g., when Stal formally greets the four, he speaks of how even the god Dalns couldn't be more welcoming). The Hunter occasionally swears by the Great God Indle, which must give Jeft a hard-on.
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', many outworlders swear this way, such as the Terrible Trio (whose gods are apparently the members and manager of [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok)]]. Conversely, the G'heddi'onians don't mention gods but say such things as "By all that's good," or "by all that's evil."
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' works will often have the characters swear by the Sankt Kaiser. This can lead to awkwardness or hijinks after [[CloneJesus Vivio]] becomes a part of the franchise.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfics often have Gallifreyan characters invoke the name of Rassilon, the [[FounderOfTheKingdom first president of the Time Lords]] and inventor of much of the technology that is essential to their way of life.
* One character in ''Fanfic/WinterWar'' swears by the King of Heaven.
* She is ''not'' like this in canon, but in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'', Kyouko swears by Sasaki's name, [[PalsWithJesus even though she's one of Sasaki's friends]]. It's PlayedForLaughs to make fun of her canonical motivation of taking Haruhi's RealityWarper powers and giving them to Sasaki. Leading to this hilarious outburst:
-->'''Kyouko:''' OH, MERCIFUL SASAKI, I'VE KILLED HIM! [[note]]Actually, [[TapOnTheHead she didn't]].[[/note]]
* In ''Naruto Veangance Revelaitons'', the author is so anti-religion that he once has his AuthorAvatar scold Sakura for saying "omg", adding that [[spoiler:the brainwashing that turned her into a Christian has worn off]], and prefers to use "Oh my [[UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins Dawkins]]" instead.
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', Jerry once says "Oh my", when learning that Michael and his friends have been captured by DirtyCommunists. Later on, Harry says "Oh my fucking Satan."
* Since ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorld'' is Norse-influencd, many of the characters swear by Odin, Thor and Tyr if they're not swearing by the Catholic God. Morrocians appear to swear by Egyptian gods as well.
* "Great Ancestors" is a common CatchPhrase of Empath and the Psyches in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf''.
** Empath's friend Tapper uses "Great Smurfiny Crickets" and "Blessed smurfs of Éire".
** And Papa Smurf's would be "Great Smurfness" or "Great Smurfs Of Fire" just like in [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the cartoon show]].
** Farmer's is "Sweet mother of Smurf".
** Nat Smurfling's is "Holy hickory nuts", a variant of his usual insult to his fellow Smurflings in [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the cartoon show]]. He also swears by Mother Nature.
** Painter once used "Cre vingt schtroumpfs" ("Twenty sacred smurfs" in French), which is Farmer's CatchPhrase in the original French comics.
* A good deal of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfiction uses "Oh my Gate" instead of "Oh my God", since most of the major characters seem to be nonreligious and in the world of the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], [[spoiler: Christianity died out centuries ago]].
* ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'':
** The main character is Bajoran and uses "Prophets" where a human would say "God".
** In chapter nine Tess takes the name of "Phelha" in vain. The author's notes for the chapter explain her as an Andorian war goddess, but that Tess herself is actually agnostic so it really is the Andorian equivalent of "Oh my god".
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection: Naruto says 'oh my gods' or 'thank the gods'. He actually meets one, who basically confirms there are multiple deities.
* "Gods" or "Kami" are very popular in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanfics, though "my Serenity!" has been used a few times as well.
* ''Fanfic/MagnaClades'' has the [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Crystal Gems]] cry out, "Oh my Goddess!"
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' fanfics often use the phrase [[VideoGame/KirbySuperStar "Oh, my NOVA!"]]
* ''FanFic/FireEmblemAwakeningInvisibleTies'': In chapter 3, Chrom remarks "Thank Naga" when he sees that the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Risen]] haven't reached Ylisstol.
* Despite being AmbiguouslyChristian, a good half of the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fandom has decided that Anna and Elsa worship Norse gods. Thus "oh my gods" and similar phrases are spouted in many fanworks.
* In [[http://boards.theforce.net/threads/the-new-sith-trials-voted-best-rpg-summer-2016.50038164/page-8#post-53385876 this fan-run Star Wars RPG]] (set about 155 years after the events of ''Return of the Jedi''), one of the player characters is fond of using creative swears like this, even exclaiming, "Vader H. Sith'ari!" (Appropriately enough, given [[MessianicArchetype the backstory of]] [[TheChosenOne the figure he's swearing by.]])
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fanfics have characters say "Oh my Dust" in reference to the series' AppliedPhlebotinum, or "Oh my Oum", in reference to the series' creator Creator/MontyOum. The latter became especially common after Monty's death in order to pay tribute to him, though [[FanFic/WeissReacts one fic]] (which previously used "Oum") did the reverse.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'':
** Rainbow Dash combines this trope with ValleyGirl-speak: her default exclamation is "O.M.C.!" (standing for Oh My Celestia).
** In "Mob Wars", Applejack exclaims, "I swear to god... Do we even have gods in Equestria? But I swear..."
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''
** It gives us the episode where Kaiba and Yugi duel in the semifinals. First, when Yami summons Slifer the Executive Producer...
-->'''Kaiba:''' Oh. My. Money.\\
'''Yami:''' Don't you mean "god?"\\
'''Kaiba:''' You worship your thing, I'll worship mine.
** Yami uses "Holy Ra" and "Mother of Osiris" et al. You know... because he's (Ancient) Egyptian. Bakura also frequently invokes the name of Zorc.
** And then when Kaiba summons Obelisk the Tormentor...
--->'''Yami:''' Oh my various gods.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** The show has lots of fun with the fact that "Kami" essentially means "God", and there is a character named "Kami":
--->'''Krillin:''' Oh, thank our great green god in the Lookout!\\
'''Krillin:''' Oh, Great Green Goddammit!
** Piccolo has a brilliant one, saying "Oh my other me!" at one point, since his other self is Kami, Earth's guardian deity.
** Kami even refers to himself in Episode 31 when he sees the damage caused by Garlic Jr., who was [[CurbStompBattle quickly assimilated by Mr. Popo]].
--->'''Kami:''' OH MY ''ME!'' What happened to the lookout?!
** And for Goku, there's confusion because he's been tutored by both Kami ''and'' King Kai, who's also referred to as a God. This from Episode 34 when he finds out Trunks is Bulma's kid:
--->'''Goku:''' Oh my Gamikai!
** In the ''Broly'' movie, King Kai swears "Supreme Kai almighty!" when Goku teleports right in front of him.
** In one of the ''Dragon Ball Super'' shorts, Beerus tells Whis not to play "Dabura's advocate."
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' fanfics use "goddess" due to the fact the characters worship the Harvest Goddess (and occasionally the Harvest Lord). This became AscendedFanon in the Natsume titles, but the original Marvelous ones never use it.
* The framing device of ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'' involves Yggdrasil, the great world tree super computer, being broken for some reason. As such, characters tend to use tree-based swears: "Twigs and branches" as an emphasizing term, "Oh oak/ash/birch!" replacing Oh My God, "Chlorophyll" as a casual cuss... some of the more educated get inventive with phrases like "By the rotting eternities!" or "Yggdrasil's gnarled branches!" This trend started in the ''FanFic/TheMLPLoops'' and spread like wildfire; a minor joke is characters occasionally [[RageAgainstTheHeavens taking up deforestation.]]
** The setting also lends itself well to "Oh my <Insert Real-World Deity Here>" jokes, since real pantheons are used to make up the [[TopGod Administrators]] in charge of fixing the place. Occasionally the infamous punishment loop known as Eiken will be used as a replacement for Hell, but only in the sense of being a location to be damned to.

* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': Many Sommlending characters will swear "by Kai and Ishir", the god of the Sun and goddess of the Moon, respectively. Kai is mostly popular in Sommerlund, while Ishir is revered over most of Magnamund. The Vassagonians (from the ArabianNightsDays setting of this world) rather invoke their prophet, the Majhan. As for Naar, the GodOfEvil, his name is only ever used for the most obscene curses.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
** "Allah" is inserted into various expressions in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
** The Genie also calls Aladdin "Doubting Mustapha", which is likely a reference to "Doubting Thomas".
* Lampy from ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' says "Holy mother of Edison!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', Thorny swears, "Jiminy H. Cricket!" In fact, the name "Jiminy Cricket" was an old euphemism ''before'' being used in Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' uses it a few times. "Sweet Chrysler", "Ford Almighty", [[ThankTheMaker "thank the Manufacturer"]], etc. The Ford one might just be a ShoutOut to ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', see below. [[EpilepticTrees Or not]].
* In the Rankin and Bass film ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'', Carolinus, the green wizard, utters, "By the beards of antiquity!"
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''
** When Hercules demonstrated his god-like strength to him, Phil utters "Holy Hera."
** Philoctetes voices the sentiment just after agreeing to train Hercules.
** Pain and Panic recite this line word for word later on in the film.
* Characters of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' have been known to say "Oh gods" and swear by Thor and Odin.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', Dr. Cockroach says, "By Hawkings' chair!"
* The microscopic cast of ''Film/OsmosisJones'' use "Frank" in place of "God", this being the name of the man whose body they inhabit/constitute.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph utters "Sweet Mother Hubbard" when he sees the bug swarm in ''Hero's Duty'', and Vanellope von Schweet says "Sweet mother of monkey's milk" in a few occasions.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', Ron Burgundy utters a number of mythology-themed oaths, including "By the Beard of Zeus!" and "Great Odin's Raven!", etc. etc. The outtakes reveal that many of these were ad-libbed by Will Ferrell.
* Doc Brown from ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' iconically uses "Great Scott!" repeatedly, and uses "Sir Isaac H. Newton!" at least once.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': "By Grabthar's hammer."
** "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you ''shall'' be avenged."
** "... what a savings!"
* Jokingly used in ''Film/HotFuzz'': upon discovering a naval mine in a farmer's shed, Danny says "ByThePowerOfGreyskull!" in this manner. Nick says the same line upon seeing Danny's extensive DVD collection.
* In ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', Centauri tells Alex Rogan, "May the luck of the Seven Pillars of Gulu be with you at all times."
* In ''Film/OhGod'', God swears to tell the truth, "So help me me."
* The apes in ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'' do variants of this with Seimos, the gorilla from Leo's space station who originated their culture and became a god figure.
* Vanity uses "Great Smurf in heaven" to Grouchy when he lets out a fart in the sink while bathing in ''Film/TheSmurfs2''.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'', one character exclaims "Great merciful bloodstained gods!" after receiving some bad news.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** "ThankTheMaker!", often said by [=C-3PO=]. In his specific case, this was Darth Vader. Not that he remembers.
** In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the Jedi use "Force" for the same reason. During ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'', Vader at one point refers to "all the gods of the Sith"! (The original Sith people were said to have worshiped the Dark Jedi as gods, so "all the gods of the Sith" may easily refer to the first Dark Lords.)
** Even by non-Force users, "May the Force be with us/you" is used seemingly in place of "May God be with you/Godspeed."
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', someone says "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone May the stars forgive us]]."
** There is that time in Epp 1 where Jar Jar invokes the gods (ye gods! what is mesa sayin').
* In ''Film/{{Superstar}}'', when Jesus appears to Mary Katherine Gallagher she says, "Oh my God!" and he responds, "Oh my ''me''!"
* The phrase "Oh my User!" manages to sneak into ''Film/{{Tron}}'' once or twice. In fact, the programs of ''TRON'' and ''Film/TronLegacy'' view users as gods in general, and invoke them as such. It gets ''really'' interesting come ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' where Flynn's name gets invoked by several characters.
* Dorothy uses "Jiminy Crickets!" in the movie of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.

* In Creator/ChinaMieville's [[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag]] novels, people from the city-state of New Crobuzon mostly all swear to the same deity, Jabber, using the stock phrases like "By Jabber..." and occasionally mixing in the lowercase "god" for flavor.
* Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'':
** The characters often swear by saying the individual names of the gods. In real life, "Belar, Mara and Nedra" is oddly satisfying.
** Angaraks swear by various body parts of their patron god, Torak. Most often his teeth or beard (Despite that he hasn't a beard). The more brash and irreverent ones will swear by his burning eye.
** Lampshaded in ''The Malloreon'', when a Melcene (one of the peoples who were not chosen by a god) exclaims "Oh, my God!". Belgarath retorts with "You don't even know who your god is."
* J.R. Ward's series, the ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'', invokes this trope like nobody's business. The titular brotherhood, along with the rest of their vampiric race, swear by their deity (who is presumably responsible for all of creation, in their beliefs), a female figure known as the Scribe Virgin, and by the afterlife which they refer to as The Fade, by employing variations like, "by the Virgin!" "Sweet Virgin in the Fade..." etc.
* AnneBishop's ''Literature/BlackJewels'' has "Hell's fire, Mother Night, and may the Darkness be merciful."
* At the beginning of Thomas Costain's ''The Black Rose'', it is a fad among the university students to pick various obscure saints to swear by.
* The lions in ''Literature/{{Bravelands}}'' don't have any gods or afterlives shown yet, but they've been known to exclaim "Sky and stone!"
* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'':
** In Ford's name!
** Crosses having their tops removed to instead represent the Model T, and the calendar reset to begin counting the years at the "Year of Our Ford."
** They also believe Henry Ford and Sigmund Freud to have been the same person. The given names are lost in obscurity, and narration mentions that, for reasons unknown, Ford took the name Freud when speaking about human psychology rather than manufacturing.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' there is "Holy Mothers!" and "Gods".
* In ''Literature/CatherineCalledBirdy'', Catherine learns that the royal family, rather than saying "God's Wounds!" like everyone else, has their own special swears. Following that, she swears to a different part of God's body every day until her family grows concerned at the level of profanity she's apparently using. After that, she chooses "God's Thumbs!" and sticks with it.
* The ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'' sword & theology series by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold includes “Five gods!” as a general exclamation that covers all the gods. While any of the five gods may be invoked by name (Father, Mother, Son, Daughter and Bastard), the most common curses are related to Bastard, his demons, and parts of His divine anatomy.
* Sort of used in''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', but instead of using [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan's]] name they'll refer to him as "The Lion". (i.e. "By the Lion's mane!"). Characters from England say "By Jove" (a mythical deity they did NOT worship), while the Narnians say "By the Lion" (the deity they know and worship). "By Jove" was a popular expression in England at the time even though the Roman pantheon was not actively worshiped. This is not something specific to humans visiting Narnia.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', "Great Belin!" is one of sometimes-bard, sometimes-king Fflewder Fflam's favorite exclamations. Although never explained in the books, Belin was the name of an actual Welsh sun god.
* Creator/ArthurCClarke:
** It is then played straight in the third sequel "[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 3001: The Final Odyssey]]", when Frank Poole (Bowman's crewmate in the first novel) is recovered from space and revived (apparently having been cryogenically frozen by exposure to space), he is shown a recording of Bowman's last moments, with the audio strangled edited to say "By Deus! It's full of stars!". This is explained in the narrative by saying that since all religions are now united in the 31st century, all references to earlier gods have been overwritten with Deus, a single divine entity. (This is quite interesting in the translations of the novel to languages in which "Deus" is simply the word for "God". "By Theos, it is full of stars", is even weirder.)
** It is also played straight in Clarke's ''Literature/TheSongsOfDistantEarth'', where the inhabitants of Thalassa, having been seeded by machines and then taught science and technology by robotic tutors, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions never developed the concept of a religion]]. They are found to lack expletives: the worst one can apparently say is "By Kraken!", the name of the local volcano.
* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the Alerans often swear by "the Great Furies". While they don't technically ''worship'' said Furies, they ''are'' immensely powerful {{Physical God}}s (some of the nastier ones are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in all but name), and the Alerans do have a healthy personal respect for them, even if only the top Citizens know ''why''.
** They also seem to like using "Crows!" or "Crowsbegotten", given that crows are a symbol of battle.
* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''
** Conan swears not only by his own god Crom (and his devils), but by every god he's ever heard of at times. Mitra and Erlik are common -- he sometimes invokes "Erlik's brass tool!" when shocked.
** Comicbook/RedSonja would frequently swear "By Ishtar and Mitra!"
** In the ''Conan the Adventurer'' series, Snagg would sometimes swear "By Wodan's beard!"
* ''Literature/TheCosmere'':
** In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' by Creator/BrandonSanderson:
*** In ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Original Trilogy]]'', most characters use "[[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]]" as a curse, because he is [[AGodAmI the only god most of them have ever known]]. [[RebelLeader Kelsier]] always tells them to stop it, because in swearing by the Lord Ruler, you acknowledge him as your god (rather incongrous if you're part of a group rebelling against said god). [[BadassBookworm Sazed]], however, often swears by "the Forgotten Gods''. They keep swearing by the Lord Ruler even after [[spoiler: he is dead.]] In the 3rd book some characters start swearing by the Survivor. [[spoiler: Even though Kelsier died before the Lord Ruler did]].
*** By the time of ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'', three centuries after the original books, characters swear using various references to Ruin, Preservation, and Harmony, and also still swear by the Survivor.
** Parodied in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' also by Creator/BrandonSanderson. The people of Hallandren do ''not'' swear by their gods, but by the Iridescent Tones (the force they believe ''empowers'' their gods). However, Lightsong, one of the main POV characters, who is a god, finds this annoying, mostly because he thinks "Lightsong the Bold!" would make a really ''awesome'' curse. After rambling at length on the topic to his (also divine) LoveInterest Blushweaver, she finally demands to know "what in the name of You are are you talking about?"
** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' (also by Creator/BrandonSanderson): "Storms" and "storming" are common curses, referencing the massive [[HostileWeather highstorms]] people have to live with. References to the Heralds of the Almighty are also common, either as a group ("Heralds send that man some wisdom") or individually ("Kalak's breath").
* Literature/DanteValentine is prone to swearing by Anubis ("''Anubis et'her ka''", meaning something like "Anubis preserve my soul" based on context) and Sekhmet ("''Sekhmet sa'es''"). {{Justified}} in that her {{psychopomp}} takes the form of Anubis.
* Various Celtic gods are also sworn by in the ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' series, as well as "By all the gods!" The favourite oath, however, is "By the black, hairy ass of the Lord of Hell!"
* Literature/{{Discworld}}
** The people say "godsdammit" or "Bigods!" occasionally.
** "By Io!" rather than "By Jove!" and in one book the exclamation "Oh my god!" prompts the reply "Which one?"
** In another book, frequent exclamations of "Oh God, what did I hit?" by cart drivers give rise to a god of small animals run over by carts to whom that question may be properly addressed.
** Inverted in ''Discworld/SmallGods'' where Omnians -- members of one of the few monotheistic religions on the Disc -- say "Ye god!" rather than "Ye gods!" (which many monotheists on Earth say without even thinking about it).
** In the same novel Om, the Omnian god, says "Oh, Me!" (Note the caps.) Which wouldn't have been odd if he wasn't a small turtle with a single true worshipper.
** In one book it explains that this is an important function of gods: it takes a [[HollywoodAtheist very dedicated atheist]] to shout "Random fluctuations in the space-time continuum!" or "[[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Outmoded superstition]] on a crutch!" after hitting his thumb with a hammer. Dwarf gods especially have no other reason for existing, and the dwarves [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial claim to have no religion.]]
** Bilious, the "[[JustForPun Oh God]]" of Hangovers, moans "Oh, ''me''..." in moments of extreme suffering.
** The Oath of the Anhk-Morpork Watch includes several parenthetical instances where recruits may "(insert deity name of his/her choice)". As the Oath has been obsolete ever since the city's last king was beheaded, nowadays the recruits read the text verbatim, "his/her" and "insert" statements included. Vimes in the ''Night Watch'' explicitly mentions having all his men recite the oath exactly as written, and does so also after being sent in the past where such formalities are normally not given much attention.
*** Vimes actually insists they do it for a different reason: whoever wrote the Oath was either TooDumbToLive or doing it on purpose, but [[AintNoRule there is not one word in the Oath about the Watch obeying the orders of the Patrician/King/whoever-happens-to-be-in-power]]. Protect. Serve. That's ''it''.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel spin-off series ''[[Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} The New Adventures]]'' (usually called the Benny Books), Franchise/BerniceSummerfield often swears by the goddess of peace and love, allegedly one of the dominant deities of her period. Strangely, she uses the oath and is even a nominal worshiper despite the fact that she knows for a fact that the deity is false, created as a telepathic projection to be used as a weapon in a war against a violent cult. (In the preceding ''Literature/DoctorWhoTheNewAdventures'', Roz Forrester would frequently swear "For Goddess's sake!" and similar, and may or may not have been referring to the same one. [In her last appearance she considers taking holy orders at the Temple of the Goddess, but no further information is given.])
* ''Literature/DogsOfTheDrownedCity'': The dogs are prone to exclaiming stuff like "Bless my treats!", "My snout!", "Thank my master!", or even "Chew my rawhide!" in exasperation, surprise, or relief.
* This comes up a ''lot'' in the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}''. Everyone seems to have their own unique curses.
** Vampires reference darkness and blood ("blood and shadow," "deep night"). Vampires also tend to use Romanian, especially for curses; "noapte" ("night") is pretty common. Canians (pyro-vampires) put their own spin on the vampire curses, swearing "burning darkness" and "boiling blood."
** Angels reference dawn and Heaven ("day and dawn," "Saints above").
** Giants have been heard swearing "Titan's testes."
** Derek and Laura swear "silver and gold," which matches their parents' "silver moon and golden sun" but otherwise (explicitly) has no meaning.
** Akane swears "[[UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]]'s __"
** Ling uses "[[Creator/OsamuTezuka Tezuka]]" [[CreatorWorship in place of "God."]] She also occasionally uses "velvet Hells," which is a shorter version of "[[spoiler:by the velvet-draped halls of Shendilavri]]," which is a [[spoiler:succubus curse. It's a sign she used to be a succubus herself]].
** Seena is a vampire, but she uses demon curses because the patron of her orphanage was a demon. Her boss tries to get her to change, with little success.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, the hero, Vlad, will sometimes swear by his patron goddess, Verra, or use curses like "Verra-be-damned", which makes sense as she is called the "Demon Goddess." He's particularly fond of the exclamation "Verra's tits!" [[note]] [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore Wait, is it just the German translation where he swears by her, eh, exceptionally hairy bush?]] [[/note]]
** After realizing both that she ''[[SpeakOfTheDevil hears]]'' this and that he can't turn it off even when the pair of them is physically present... he seems to step it up.
* Flint Fireforge, one of the heroes of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Chronicles'' trilogy, was fond of exclaiming, "Reorx's Beard!" Reorx being the patron god of the dwarves, he did have one hell of a beard, after all...
* The mostly atheist ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' swear by the name of Faranth, and Faranth's egg. More often, their swearing is a product of their environment: "Shells and shards!" or expressions such as "... and the hindmost falls Between."
* At one point in their history, there was an attempt among Literature/TheDraka to revive Norse paganism as actual religious practice. The effort failed, but as a result, Draka commonly swear on the names of Norse Gods. "Freya's tits!"
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry Dresden frequently uses "Hell's bells!" and "Stars and stones!" out of his deep faith in magic in lieu of an organized religion.
** The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent White Court]] use "Empty Night". WordOfGod states that the last 3 books will be named after these curses, as there is a very good reason why they are considered curses . . .
** One member of the White Council, Gatekeeper Rashid, once used the swear "Blood of the Prophet!" (referring to Muhammad) out of shock. Considering his background, it's quite probable that he's a Muslim. In fact, most members of the White Council follow their respective cultural religions, and would use the related phrases. Harry is something of an odd duck in that he's quite confident in the existence of the Abrahamic God, agnostic of the various religions of His followers (Harry occasionally works with one or more of His Knights, and has a progressively closer working relationship with an Archangel), and has met a handful of deities over his career; but Harry isn't practicing any religion.
* In Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, despite the fact that Maud'Dib and his son Leto II are both worshipped (and both involved in eradicating other religions, especially the latter who was viewed in a more or less monotheistic way), characters frequently exclaim "Gods Below!" throughout the series.
* ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'' have characters swearing "By sky!" and, later, "By earth and sky."
* In Laurie J. Marks' ''Literature/ElementalLogic'' series, several characters swear by Shaftal (which, for a change, is not a god but the country where the books take place). However, the Sainnites use the more usual "Gods of hell!", and the half-Sainnite seer Medric often exclaims "Gods of my father!"
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] once exclaimed, "Gods!" and then added quickly, "You'll pardon me, my lords," because he was having a conversation with several gods at the time.
* "By the surly beard of Mrifk" often triggers a pass-it-to-the-next-reader moment in the party-game version of ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''.
* ''Literature/TheFlyingSorcerers'' by Larry Niven and David Gerrold is a satire in which most of the names are Shoutouts to Creators in the science fiction world. The two suns are Ouells and Virn (Welles and Verne), there's [[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Caff the goddess of dragons]], [[Franchise/StarTrek Rot'n'bair]] the God of Sheep and his arch-enemy [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nielsen_ratings Nilsn]], [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitch the god of birds]], and [[Creator/HarlanEllison Elcin]], the "great and tiny god of thunder, lightning and loud noises."
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels, characters exclaim "Great space!", "Galaxy!", or "He went space knows where." "Oh my space" is sadly absent.
** "By Seldon!" or variants is also used by some.
** In ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'' it's "Time" for the Eternals (used many ways).
** In the robot short stories, Michael Donovan (an excitable redhead) was known to swear "Space!"
* Characters from the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' sequence often use "Twelve Gods!", while Locke and other disreputable characters usually include the god of thieves in the pantheon, making it "Thirteen Gods!" (or "Crooked Warden!" if they're referring to him in particular).
* ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'':
** The owls use the name of their god, Glaux, in typical English idioms ("Glaux willing", "Glaux bless", [[BigOMG "Oh my Glaux"]], etc.) as well as some more hilarious variations like "Glaux-in-a-box!"
** Each species seems to have its own. The wolves use "Lupus", and the bears use "Ursus".
** In the spinoff series ''Wolves Of The Beyond'', the bears have a swear called "Urskadamus!", which means "curse of a rabid bear". Main protagonist [[RaisedByWolves Faolan]] uses it as a curse at one point, and his foster bear mother Thunderheart is surprised that he learned it from her.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Done with Merlin. "Merlin's beard!" or even "Merlin's pants!", and also "Merlin's most baggy Y-fronts". And at one point [[CurseCutShort "Merlin's saggy left--"]][[note]]earlobe?[[/note]]. Even muggle-born characters are heard using them. Strangely the character most frequently heard using "Oh my God" or similar phrases is Draco Malfoy, whose exposure to non-wizard culture was minimal. Alternatively, the use of "Merlin" instead of "God" may more or less be censorship by the characters, as they seem to at least celebrate Christian holidays. Draco Malfoy, then, may just be using a harsher phrase than the others.
** Lucius (and possibly Draco as well) has occasionally used "Good Lord". Usually seems to be in conjunction with insulting the Weasleys. It may be theorized that this is a leftover from some Ye Olden Times, when the wizards shared the same faith as Muggles; then it would explain why [[OlderIsBetter purebloods would still be saying that]].
* In [[Creator/DavidWeber Weber's]] ''Literature/HellsGate'' series, all currently mentioned religions have multiple deities, and one character actually exclaims "OhMyGods".
* "Gods!" and variations thereof are common in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series. Characters with mentioned faiths sometimes invoke specific deities; examples include the Windborn, the Star-Eyed Goddess, and Vkandis Sunlord, the latter two having manifested as real characters on various occasions.
* Shows up in all of Creator/RobinHobb's books.
** The people of the [[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Six Duchies]] (and the Red Ship Pirates) have the two deities El and Eda, giving us curses such as "El and Eda in a tangle!"
** The Jamaillans, on the other hand, believe in Sa, a sort of all-encompassing, bi-gendered deity. This allows for fun expressions like "As sure as Sa's got tits and balls".
** In ''Literature/TheSoldierSon'' trilogy, which is set in a different world from the ''Realm of the Elderlings'', Gernians swear "By the Good God" ... which sounds a lot like ordinary, real-world curses, but this is actually the ''name'' of the "current" deity (as opposed to the old god of balances and death).
* Pixies in Kim Harrison's ''Literature/TheHollows'' series tend to swear by "Tink", presumably short for [[Disney/PeterPan Tinker Bell]]. Common phrases include "Tink's knickers!" and "Tink's a Disney whore!" In the series, pixies and fairies are racial enemies; according to the pixies (we haven't heard the other side), Tinker Bell was a real faerie who assisted Walt Disney in getting massive amounts of {{Fanservice}} [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Past the Radar]] in exchange for helping her species become TheFairFolk [[VillainWithGoodPublicity with Good Publicity]]. As this drastically affects pixies' ability to live in an urban environment, we have the unusual case of profanity which means ''exactly what it says'': pixies attribute most of their immediate problems and suffering to...
* Though the religion in question is actually a sect of Christianity, the Church of Humanity Unchained, from Literature/HonorHarrington's adopted planet Grayson, evolved a doctrine that was in many ways a reaction to their DeathWorld. As a result, epithets for God on Grayson include the Tester, the Comforter, and the Intercessor. The phrase "Sweet Tester" is quite common. Specifically, it's a different way of envisioning the HolyTrinity - "Tester, Intercessor, and Comforter" = "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost/Spirit."
* Maya Angelou writes of being whipped by her grandmother for using the phrase "By the way" in ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''. Her grandmother explains after the whipping that Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life", and no one takes the Lord's name in vain under her roof.
* In ''Iron Dawn'', residents of ancient Tyre naturally use Caananite deities in their curses ("Baal's bloody balls!"). Most aren't shy about using words like "fucking" in everyday speech, because their pagan culture isn't as prudish about sex as our own Christian-influenced era.
* In the Creator/DianaWynneJones short story "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight" a character says "Great Tew!" Which is a village in Oxfordshire in real life, albeit probably not in the world where the story is set.
** Tew (or Tiw) is also the Old English pronunciation/spelling of the Norse god Tyr. As in "Tuesday".
** Fun fact: Tew is also the Cantonese term for copulate. Essentially, you're cursing, "Great Fuck!" Which is kinda cool in its own way...
* In ''Literature/{{Kane}}'' characters swear by the different gods or demons. "Shenan's tits!" are quite popular, and so are references to Lord Tloluvin (lord of demons) and his Seven Hells.
* ''The King Must Die,'' set in ancient Greece, had the line, "By the Mother, yes!"
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', spacers have been known to swear by [[{{Literature/Protector}} Brennan]]'s left ear. Murphy is also a popular choice, as is [[FinaglesLaw Finagle]].
** In ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'', Louis Wu swears by "Cthulhu and Allah!"
** In another Ringworld book, Louis Wu was trying to get a catatonic Puppeteer to wake up, and in frustration shouted "By Kdapt, Allah and Finagle, I summon thee!"
* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' has a lot of the characters swearing by "Elua's Balls!" or "by Camael's Sword!" or something along these lines.
* The book ''Literature/TheLastDragon'' had characters say "By Jesus's blessed tree!" sometimes. According to the author, this was an actual medieval curse.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/{{The Left Hand of Darkness}}'' takes a brief divergence to discuss a small cult started around an insane Seer called Meshe, which excuses various characters to spout "Meshe's milk!" or "[[GagBoobs By the tits of Meshe!]]" whenever surprised or confounded. Both of which remind us that Meshe, although referred to as "he", is really a hermaphrodite like everyone else on the planet (except Genly Ai, who comes from Earth).
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': Drizzt Do'Urden, after resolving that the Spider Queen Lolth is a demon in god's clothing and not knowing or really caring about any of the other deities, snarls "May a true god damn you all!" before leaving his family. Drizzt's friends, meanwhile, have battle cries of their own. Wulfgar, a child of a northern barbarian tribe, shouts "Tempus!" (a god of battle); Bruenor invokes Moradain (king of the dwarven gods). Another character in the same world, a priest, often murmurs "Oh my dear Deneir" in shock.
* In Lawrence Watt-Evans ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' series, theurgy is a legitimate school of magic where you invoke a specific deity out of about 30 to hopefully do something for you. People naturally exclaim 'Gods!', or 'By all the gods in the sky, sea, and earth!' if the former isn't strong enough.
* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series has folk swearing by alien gods, notably the (apparently metallic) Klono: "Great Klono's tungsten teeth!" "Klono's brazen hooves!" "Holy Klono's iridium intestines!"
* The ''Literature/{{Liavek}}'' anthologies love this trope. Curses range from "By the Red Faith!" (the most prominent religion in the setting) to the never-explained "Kosker and Pharn!" There's also "By the Levar's future tits!"[[note]]The Levar is not a god, but the ruler of Liavek. The current Levar is an 11-year-old girl.[[/note]] (which becomes "By the Levar's future womanhood," if you're trying not to be vulgar) and "Rikiki's nuts!" which, since Rikiki is a chipmunk-god who spends most of his time eating nuts (except when he's [[BalefulPolymorph turning people into nuts]]), is probably meant to be taken literally. There's even a [[OddJobGods god of casual swearing]] by name of Ghologhosh, but, alas, no one actually swears by him.
* The title character of ''Literature/LifeOfPi'', who puzzles the Indian community he grows up in by practicing Hinduism, Christianity, ''and'' Islam at the same time, appeals to "Jesus, Mary, Mohammed, and Vishnu!" in one breath. When [[spoiler:a tiger]] climbs into his lifeboat.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''The Brothers War'', Rusko, a Yotian clockmaker, yells "Bok and Mabok!" Justified in that he was trying to make a point about Yotia's religion, which [[AllMythsAreTrue borrows deities from other cultures]].
* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series utilizes this trope, usually by invoking the name of a particular deity alongside a term that is incongruous with them. As an example, a common curse among Malazans is "Hood's breath", Hood being the King of High House Death and thus having no breath to speak of. Variations on "Hood's balls" is another common curse, eg. "Hood's balls on an anvil!" Other cultures swear by different deities, but the pattern tends to stay the same.
* In the comic scifi novel ''Mallworld'', people regularly swear by "the Pope's tits", evidently just so the author can toss the incongruity of a female Pope in on top of all the other weirdness.
* The ''Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco'' books by Lindsey Davis stick with "Gods", but it's often used by pious characters. More earthy ones say "Balls" or (Marcus's favourite) [[UnusualEuphemism "Cobnuts"]]. Variations include using specific gods, usually relevant to the situation (i.e. "Juno Moneta!" if you were financially screwed).
* ''Literature/MortalEngines'' gives us Tom Natsworthy's "Oh Quirke!"; Chudleigh Pomeroy's "Great Clio!", Wolf Von Kobold's "By the Thatcher!" and Nimrod Pennyroyal's frankly quite awesome [[spoiler:GREAT POSKITT'S HAIRY ARSE!!]]"
** In a definite ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' shout-out in the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series, Londoners and some other traction city dwellers use "By Clio!" they may also use the odd Ford as well.
* Lightly subverted in Robert Holdstock's book ''Mythago Wood''. Guiwenneth is a mythological Celtic figure, given life in mid-twentieth century England. At one point she swears, "by the god Cernunnos", but the narrator soon realizes that she's merely imitating English curses for fun. When she ''really'' wants to swear, she does so in her own language, and doesn't bring gods into it at all.
* Certain Lynn Flewelling books have myriad variations on this -- for example, "Bilairy's balls!" is used quite frequently in ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'', mostly by rather shocked, less than polite males. To catalogue the rest would probably take a wiki of its own.
* The ''Literature/NightWorld'' Series by LJ Smith has many instances where the characters, particularly witches and members of Circle Daylight, will swear to their Goddess. Jez and Hugh tend to say it a lot, leading to Morgead figuring out that Jez is a Daylighter.
* In Brian Clevinger's ''Literature/NuklearAge'', the main character, a CloudCuckoolander if there ever was one, usually exclaims with Norse references, like "By Odin's beard!" At first, this seems like a parody of the above mentioned [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superheroes, and a gag on how out of touch Nuklear Man is. [[spoiler:The twist comes when the DeadSerious villain Nihel shows up, heavily implying the Norse gods are real (in some fashion), and Nuklear Man came from their society.]]
* Characters in the ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' series by Seanan [=McGuire=] frequently swear by "Oberon's balls", "Maeve's tits", and something to do with Titania, these being the three deities the Fair Folk are all descended from. Leads to funny, as the Luidaeg, who is actually the offspring of Oberon and Maeve, will swear by "Dad's balls" and "Mom's tits".
* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'': Quite often, usually by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_and_Pollux Pollux]].
* While it's not used in the series proper, many tributes to the ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' books (including ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' and ''VideoGame/EmeraldCityConfidential'') have characters swearing by Lurline (a fairy queen whom {{fanon}} has apparently upgraded to goddess status).
* Twice in ''Literature/ThePentagonWar'', Lt. Colonel Doe says "Plague's poison!". She ''is'' a fervent believer in what Human-Centauri stands for, after all.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'':
** Done since it's, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin y'know]]... Either that, or "''di immortales''", which is the same, but Latin.
--->'''Dionysus:''' Zeus knows how many more.\\
''[lightning rumbles]''\\
'''Dionysus:''' Strike that. Even Zeus doesn't know.
** Percy plays with this in ''Percy Jackson's Greek Gods''. When he's narrating the stories about the Olympians, he has them say things like "Holy me!"
** Different characters have different variations. "Gods of Olympus" and "Gods of Rome" are popular. Nico di Angelo has his own particular variation, he tends to use "Styx!" as an exclamation, or in place of "God/s".
** At one point in ''Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes'' book, Zeus exclaims at one point, "Holy me!"
* Creator/TamoraPierce, between her [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] and [[Literature/CircleOfMagic Circle]] universes, goes to town with this trope. "Mithros, Mynoss and Shakith!" Others are "Goddess!", "Horse Lords!" and "Great Mother!" Duke Roger in the Tortall universe has a rather amusing bit of dialogue about how he will swear oaths by 'your' gods, who do kill people who break oaths made in their name, but since they have made it abundantly clear that they don't like him he refuses to worship them.
* In Creator/HBeamPiper's future history, a lot of humans swear by Great Ghu, the Grandfather God of the nonhuman Thorans. (Some other writers have had their characters ShoutOut Piper by invoking Ghu as well.) And in his AlternateHistory Paratime series, some of the atheists of Home Time Line have adopted the gods of other lines for purposes of venting their emotions.
-->Tortha Karf began, alphabetically, to blaspheme every god he had ever heard of. He had only gotten as far as a Fourth Level deity named Allah when a red light began flashing....
* In ''Literature/ThePlaneteers'', the characters do use "My God", but Penton also swears by multiple gods. Including, on one occasion, "By the Nine Gods of the Nine Worlds, and the multiple deities of space!"
* Characters do this periodically in ''Literature/TheQueensThief'', occasionally quite humorously, as certain characters take it quite seriously ([[PalsWithJesus with good reason]]):
-->'''Costis:''' Oh, my god.\\
'''Gen:''' O ''my'' god. You want to call on the god appropriate to the occasion. After all, your god would probably be Miras, light and arrows and all that sort of thing, whereas my god is a god of balance and, of course, preservation of Thieves...
* ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' has "By Castor and Pollux" or simply "Pollux!", the latter of which sounds a lot like a more modern word. There are also "Great Neptune's beard!" or "Great Jupiter's eyebrows!".
* Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'': In the Crispin's first scene in ''Sailing to Sarantium'', he screams at an apprentice in a rather colorful manner involving Heladikos' (the in-universe equivalent of Christ) penis and buttocks. Other characters use 'Jad' as their equivalent of the [[{{God}} Abrahamic God]] in ways such as "by holy Jad".
* At least one book set in ancient Rome by Steven Saylor had the exclamation "Numa's balls!" Numa was the second king of Rome, after the legendary Romulus.
* In ''Literature/SeekerBears'', bears use exclamations such as "Spirits!" as their religions revolve around spirits but no gods.
* In ''Literature/{{Seraphina}}'' characters swear by their Saints. Often the curses are rhymed and/or refer a characteristic feature of the saint, like "Blue St. Prue!" (she was literally blue), "St. Daan in a pan!" (he was a martyr, boiled in a pan) or "Sweet St. Siucre!"
* The future civilization from Creator/RobertRankin's ''Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls'' has enough reverence for Charles Darwin that a scientist uses the phrase "Charlie's Beard!"
* Characters in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' sometimes exclaim "Seven save us!" (Referring to the seven aspects of the Westerosi God.) Oaths are usually sworn to or by "the old gods and the new" (the new gods being the Seven and the old being the animistic gods of the North) or "in sight of gods and men." Averted by the monotheistic followers of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, who will sometimes correct those who refer to "gods" in the plural.
* The Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse has many:
** The Betazoid "Great Fire!" and "By the First/Third/appropriate number House!"
** The Efrosian Xin Ra-Havreii sarcastically replies to comments that the planet he's on is pleasant with "yes, yes, a virtual Endless Sky you've brought us to".
** The Tellarite "By Kera and Phinda!"
** Some Cardassians swear on Oralius.
** Andorian "By Uzaveh!", "by Thori!" or "By the First Kin!"
** The Nausicaan's "Four Winds". Savonigar's tegol, "free at last from the prison of his flesh, soared with the Wind, to the Heart of the Sky, where his ancestors awaited his arrival".
** The inhabitants of Yakaba are good, Kolk'r-fearing people.
** The Selenean "Spines of the Mothers!"
** The Damiani "By Ho'nig"
** Romulan "Elements!" Originally appeared in the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels, in reference to a Romulan animistic belief in the four elements dating to their schism from the Vulcans.
** Choblik "By the Grace of the Great Builders" (overlaps with Thank The Maker, given that Choblik are cyborgs who were non-sapient until the Builders installed their implants).
** The Koas worship The Architect of Time.
** The Trill "Maker of All Things!"
** The Bolians have the Vein of Mystery.
** The sacred Ferengi prayer "this is my final offer!", given to the Blessed Exchequer.
* In Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, many characters worship a fire god, and use expressions such as "scorch it," or "that blazing bastard."
* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the people from Time City (essentially far-future) are very ceremonious atheists. Jonathan asks Vivian to "give your word of honour on the god Mao or Kennedy or Koran, or whatever you worship". Vivian, who comes from 1939 and therefore has no idea who Mao or Kennedy are, responds with "I give you my Bible oath."
** Citizens of Time City sometimes say "Great Time!"
* ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' series got their share of swearing, including mentions of some deity's armpits and whatnot.
* ''Literature/TruthSeries'': ''First Truth'' and its sequels have "Ashes!" used as a swearword, referring to cremation; characters will also sometimes say things like "By the eight puppies!" or "By the Navigator's Wolves," both of which seem to refer to a constellation very similar to the Big Dipper. Expressions like "Burn me to ashes" and "The Navigator's Wolves should hunt me/him/her" are also common.
* In Sharon Shinn's ''Literature/TwelveHouses'' novels, characters actually don’t swear by their gods (ironically, since much of the population [[NayTheist doesn’t seem to care what the gods think of them]]) but by various levels of hell. Curses range from "red hell!" all the way up to "Black and red and silver and opal hells!", in the case of one ''very'' frustrated character.
* Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheWarGods'':
** Many characters use indirect references to the Gods (such as "By The Harp" being a reference to the goddess of music), but the main characters tend to use the name of the god they follow as a battle cry.
** Many characters in the series also refer to the evil gods when cursing: "Phrobus!" or "what in Fiendark's name..." for example. This is more the equivalent of using "the Devil!" as a curse, since most of the characters who do this aren't followers of the Dark Gods.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** Many novels have phrases such as "Golden Throne!" or "By the Throne," references to the Golden Throne of the God-Emperor of Man.
** And then there's the very enthusiastic Khornate variation: "Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!". Preferably spoken in ALL CAPS.
** Which has led to an entertaining Slaaneshi mutation: "Porn for the Porn God!"
** "Blood for the Blood God!" "Harriers for the Cup!"
** Followers of the Emperor and Chaos Gods sometimes swear by a deity's body part. One (from the Ciaphas Cain books) is "Emperor's bowels!", and another that popped up once is "Khorne's teeth!"
** In an interesting variation, the Infantryman's Uplifting Primer (Damocles Gulf Crusade edition) states that it is considered punishable to utter 'By the Golden Throne' or variations thereof when exiting facilities catering to the exit of bodily wastes/toilets. One time they exclaimed "Marneus Calgar's Heavy Converted Land Raider!" About a week before, an article in Games' Workshop's ''White Dwarf'' magazine did a painting/modeling article on just that.
** The warp is often substituted for hell. In the setting, the warp ''is'' hell.
** The Eldar are not shown enough for these to become commonplace, but they probably do swear by Khaine, or Asuryan, or Isha, or one of their many other deities.
** Orks will often invoke Gork, Mork, or both.
** Tau will sometimes invoke the Ethereals or the Greater Good.
* Cats in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' do not believe in deities, however they [[AnimalReligion do have afterlives]]. [=StarClan=] is the Clan equivalent of heaven. Phrases such as "Dear [=StarClan=]!", "What in [=StarClan=]'s name is happening here?", "[=StarClan=] knows", "Great [=StarClan=]!", "May [=StarClan=] light your path", and even at one point "[=StarClan=]'s kits!" have been used throughout the series.
* Elaine Cunningham once wrote "One of my personal goals with the ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Waterdeep]]'' novel is come up with innovative curses that don't sound silly or stilted." in a discussion of language flavors supporting a setting or shattering SuspensionOfDisbelief.
* The rabbits in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' often swear by their sun god Frith, occasionally using constructions such as "Frith in a pond!" or "Frith in a treetop!"
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, the dominant religious belief is in the Creator and the Light, a never-seen force which is at war with the Dark One, leading to many familiar English idioms substituting "the Light" for God ("the Light bless you", "the Light preserve us", "thank the Light", "the Light willing", etc.).
* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'':
** People who worship Noden often invoke him or curse by the Hagfishes, his {{Psychopomp}}s.
** Iseult often swears by the Moon Mother.
* ''Literature/WolfHall'' is set in Tudor England, and fitting the setting, characters frequently swear by Jesus and various saints, including several unusual/blasphemous oaths such as Walter Cromwell's exclamation of "Creeping Christ"; Norfolk's swearing by the "thrice-beshitten shroud of Lazarus"; and Thomas Cromwell's swearing by his patron saint and referencing the "bleached bones of Becket".
* Part of the arc words of the Shulamite from the ''Literature/SongOfSongs'' is "by the gazelles or the does of the field" that she wants the daughters of Jerusalem to swear by.
* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' has dragons saying things like "Dear moons".
* ''{{Literature/Everworld}}'': David shows Hephaestus how to make a wheelchair. When next seen, he caims "By Poseidon's moldy beard, it works!"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Liz Lemon of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' likes "By the hammer of Thor!"
** That might be a reference to ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', given her notorious nerdiness.
** Also, in a conversation with a [[UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} Hindu]] engineer, Jack Donaghy exclaims, "My God!" The engineer enquires, "Which one?"
* ''Series/AlienNation'' has the Newcomer Tenctonese swearing by one of the two gods of one of their main religions; the Tenctonese George Francisco usually curses "Celine!", but, notably, the initially bigoted ''human'' companion of Francisco, Matt Sykes, is heard more than once exclaiming "Andarko!"
* In ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'', this is averted, but the aversion is lampshaded.
-->'''Agnetha:''' I've always found it funny when gods say "Oh my God." They should really be saying "Oh Me."
* ''Series/BabylonFive''
** Aliens tend to swear by important figures in their own religion: "by G'Quan", "in Valen's name" and "Great Maker" for G'Kar, Delenn and Londo respectively. G'Quan and Valen later became important in the plot, though the Great Maker has yet to show up.
** Humans who join the Rangers also use "in Valen's name".
** Naturally. [[OurElvesAreBetter Minbari Profanity Is Better]].
** Among ''Babylon 5'' fans, "Great Maker" is a nickname for Creator/JMichaelStraczynski.
* ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has "godsdammit" and "Oh my gods!". A lot. Though "Jesus!" has been inadvertently ad-libbed by the actors. Also in the mini-series as-yet-unrevealed Cylon agents would talk about God in the singular without the other characters thinking it was strange. There's an "Oh my God, they're Cylons!" heard on one occasion too. Monotheism existed in the Colonies so it is normal that ''some'' human characters utter it (or possibly that particular character has a particular devotion to a particular deity--starship pilots would pray to Poseidon before battle, for example). We just don't know ''how'' common it was by the time of the holocaust (in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', its sheer existence is borderline offensive). The cases in the Miniseries were probably more the result of the human belief system not being fully shaped by the writers yet.
* In the British TV -- and later stageshows -- series ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Richie tends to use the devil's genitals as swear terms. "What in the name of Satan's portion!"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In later seasons, Willow will swear by the Goddess, or by Hecate.
** And Xander let out at least one "Merciful [[Myth/GreekMythology Zeus]]!" and one "Sweet fancy [[Literature/TheBible Moses]]!".
** In the comic Season Eight, Buffy has used "Sweet {{muppet}}y [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]]".
* Whenever something goes quite wrong on ''Series/DirtyJobs'', Mike Rowe often takes the producer's name in vain: "Barsky!"
** When something unexpected happens, he will also exclaim "Shazam!", thus invoking [[{{Shazam}} six gods at once]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet "The Pirate Planet"]], the Captain combines this with LargeHam and just a little ObfuscatingStupidity. [[NoIndoorVoice "BY THE LEFT FRONTAL LOBE OF THE GREAT SKY DEMON!"]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore "Sleep No More"]]: "May the gods look favourably upon you."
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Zhaan says "By the Goddess!"
* Similarly to the books, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' will occasionally use this trope. For example, in one episode Jon Snow says "Seven Hells!".
* In ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Puck gets trapped in a porta-potty and shouts "Buddha, Allah, Satan, help me!" while struggling to get out.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': When Robbie Ray is asked to predict the winner of a DDR contest between his mother and the Queen of England, he clasps his hands, looks skyward, and says "please, Lord, let it be the Queen!"
* In ''Series/{{Jessie}},'' Ravi often says "oh my gods" or "thank the gods."
* In ''Series/{{Killjoys}}'', the characters often say "What the hells".
* Various characters in ''Series/TheLegendOfWilliamTell'' swear by various parts of Jormanda(r). "By Jormanda's scared knuckle!" Some of them also use 'the powers.' Will himself occasionally speaks about Kalem this way. "Kalem is watching over us; there's a mist coming down."
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has Al cry out (as a CatchPhrase) "Great Casear's Ghost!"[[note]]And one time upon seeing an elderly woman at Peg's beauty salon, meaning that ''literally''[[/note]] and (as a one-time thing) "[[Music/JamesTaylor Sweet Baby James!]]" owing to [[ItMakesSenseInContext the pain of his circumcision.]]
* Earl from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' would often shout out, "Holy Moses!" While Joy made her {{catchphrase}}, "Oh Snap!"
* Rohan's CatchPhrase on ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'', a.k.a. ''PowerRangers'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN ANCIENT IRELAND]], was "By Dagde!"
* HBO's ''Series/{{Rome}}'' has the especially spicy "Juno's cunt", which apparently ''was'' a real Roman curse, although it is usually translated as "Juno's loins" by classicists.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch about Jim Morrison et al. in "Rock and Roll Heaven": UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} (Creator/WillFerrell) as their manager talks about discovering them in a bar and blurting "Oh my Dad!"
* In the Creator/JeffDunham Creator/ComedyCentral special ''Spark of Insanity'', his puppet Achmed the Dead Terrorist utters this line:
--> "Goddamn it." ''(audience laughs a little)'' "Uh, I mean, '''Allah'' damn it." ''(audience laughs a lot)''
* Likewise, ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has graced us with phrases such as "Jupiter's cock!"
* Happened constantly in ''Series/StargateSG1'', given that the Goa'uld (and later, the Ori) claim to be gods and their human (and Jaffa for the former) servants believe this to be true.
* In an early ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode, "The Man Trap", Sulu thanked Yeoman Rand for serving him lunch with "May the Great Bird of the Galaxy favor your nest." "The Great Bird of the Galaxy" became a FanNickname for Gene Roddenbery.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which prominently features the religious Bajorans, frequently had "Walk with the Prophets." ("May God be with you.")
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icTrzUuWlHI This sketch]] from ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' has several characters making frequent and creatively diverse invocations of "Vectron", until one of them awkwardly asks what they're talking about, since he took a day off sick the previous week and they were all doing it when he got back...
* An exasperated Captain John Hart swears "Sweet Goddess, that's all I need!" in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'', Jack did this often. Wonder Woman's "Suffering Sappho!" happened at least once, but he was more often inclined to shout out a three-named celebrity or pop culture phrase with three words. Such as "Jennifer Love Hewitt! What's going on here." Considering how much of a pop-culture junkie Jack was, it could almost be argued that celebrities were gods to him.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'', Queen Rhea of Daxam (Mon-El's mother) comes down to Earth, dressed as a human businesswoman and tries to convince Lena to help her develop a teleportation device she supposedly invented. Lena becomes suspicious, when Rhea exclaims "Thank the gods!" during dinner (most Americans are monotheistic), and her suspicions are confirmed, when she analyzes the device schematics and sees that it requires an element Earth's science isn't even close to discovering, and she then uses the alien-detecting device on Rhea. To her credit, Rhea doesn't deny it, realizing her blunder at dinner.

* Music/{{Gorillaz}} bassist Murdoc Niccals swears in Satan's name a lot.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'' has ''[[{{God}} God himself]]'' swearing by his own name, making this trope OlderThanFeudalism. Justified that he's making a promise, announcing his judgement, or providing commands to his people.
** Jeremiah 22:5 "But if you will not hear these words, I swear by myself, said the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation."
** Matthew 28:19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
* There is an account of an early Christian martyr who was sentenced to death by drowning -- ''before'' she had been baptized. (At the time, Christians were unsure whether an unbaptized person could go to Heaven, no matter how faithful they were.) The legend goes that when she was thrown in the sea, Jesus appeared over her and said, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of Me, and of the Holy Spirit."

* Expressions like "Zarquon's knees" are used in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. "Zark" and "zarking" are used as expletives in the books; Adams has [[WordOfGod confirmed]] that this is derived from "Zarquon". Subverted in one of the radio episodes, where Zaphod exclaims of "Holy Zarquon's singing fish," and Ford asks for an explanation of the phrase:
-->'''Zaphod:''' There's no ground, Ford! We're miles up in the air!\\
'''Ford:''' Did you say fish?\\
'''Zaphod:''' Singing fish!\\
'''Ford:''' Where?\\
'''Zaphod:''' It's just an expression! Holy Zarquon's singing fish!\\
'''Ford:''' It must be a highly specialized expression then.\\
'''Zaphod:''' What?\\
'''Ford:''' Very specific. Not handy in general usage.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Humans in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' tend to invoke the Emperor, the Golden Throne, or Terra. Eldar will invoke their gods, sometimes even the dead ones. Tau will sometimes invoke the Ethereals or the Greater Good. Orks will invoke Gork, Mork, or both. And that's all before the myriad followers of [[FantasyPantheon Chaos]].
** 40K has a lot of them, really. This is better covered in the 40K sub-entry in Literature above.
* Similarly, humans in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' use Sigmar, Ulric, Taal, Morr, Shallya, Verana, Ranald, Manann, Myrmidia and others in many curses and exclamations.
** Norscans in the far north tend to invoke the Chaos Gods in the same way, but as they are Vikings, their curses and exclamations take on a very Nordic flavour, and often will they swear by 'Khorne's blood!', much like a Viking swearing by Odin's blood which fell when he hanged himself on Yggdrassil. More often, they'll just roar out 'KHORNE!' when they're killing things.
--> "''By Khorne's blood! Let me die with a sword in my hand!''"
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'''s vampires, when they aren't using other curses, will often use the name of Caine, the First Vampire, in their curses, such as "Caine's blood!"

* Creon actually says "Be Zeus my witness" at one point in ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', making this OlderThanFeudalism.
* Hercules, Castor, and Pollux were such common objects of swearing that in the plays of Creator/{{Plautus}} and Terence (probably following colloquial usage) invocations of them appear (throughout dialogue) in the semi-degenerated forms "mehercle", "edepol", and "ecastor". "By Jupiter" is a more serious oath, but not at all uncommon.
* Whether or not you actually have a taboo against swearing by "God," creative curses are good for characterization: in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', ManipulativeBastard Iago swears "by Janus" -- the ''two-faced'' god.
* Lampshaded in the ancient Greek ''Theatre/{{Clouds}}'' by Creator/{{Aristophanes}}. A man who has been put into financial difficulty by horseracing suddenly breaks his introspection to ask his son if he loves him. "Yes, by Poseidon!" "Not the god of horses!"
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' replaces the word "God" with "Oz" For example, "Thank Oz you're alive" as opposed to "Thank God."
* In ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', Zaneeta Shinn frequently exclaims "Ye gods!" as a CatchPhrase.

* The Matoran in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' talk about [[PhysicalGod Mata Nui]] and [[ThankTheMaker The Great Beings]] in this way.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' once cut off someone at "Oh my...". While that world is monotheistic, it actually has a ''goddess'', and wouldn't sound right.
** Oddly, ''Knight of Ratatosk''/''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Dawn of the New World]]'' has characters simply say "Oh my god!" a couple times.
** It still would have made a nice in-joke, considering the game's artwork was done by [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Kosuke Fujishima]].
* Kratos in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'' is heard whispering "By the gods..." more than once. When he's not just screaming "ARES!", "ATHENA!", or the name of some other specific god, that is.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', the [=NPCs=] swear by the specific Gods of Tyria: Dwayna, Balthazar, Grenth, Lyssa, and Melandru. Which of the five depends on the situation and the character's profession.
-->'''Koss:''' [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Enough is enough. I've had it with these Balthazar-blasted drakes on this Balthazar-blasted plain!]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** "By the Nine!" is a common one throughout the series, referencing the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' (at least) has a bag of context-appropriate oaths, as well as a syntax for plugging a random one into dialogue.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has "B'vek" (mentioned in a few books), a contraction of "By Vehk" (as in Vivec, one of the three [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deities]]).
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'':
*** A number of characters will frequently say "For the love of Azura!" It's rather strange actually considering Cyrodiil does not look kindly on Daedra worship but nearly every [=NPC=] will say it. It may have something to do with, while Daedric worship is not looked all that kindly upon, Azura is fairly commonly seen as one of the less malevolent Daedra.
*** "[[MostAnnoyingSound By Azura, by Azura, by Azura]], it's the Grand Champion! I can't believe it's you! [[CaptainObvious Standing here, next to me!]]"
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', after worship of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] is banned, some {{NPC}}s instead use "By the Eight!"
*** A few scattered similar comments could be found beforehand -- most prominently, references to the Eight-and-One (Talos coming in after the Eight Divines, so 8+1 Divines).
*** Similarly, Nords will also use "By Ysgramor!" or "Ysmir's beard!" as an exclamative, a reference to the first King of Mankind.
*** Ysmir is actually the Nordic aspect of Talos. As in, the name they know him by.
*** Neloth in the ''Dragonborn'' DLC swears by "Malacath's toenails!"
* At one point in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', Fassad exclaims "Oh my pork!"
* The ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' series has a lot of these.
** Even the ruler of Neverwinter, Lord Nasher, gets one in [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 the second game]] at the start of Act 2:
--->'''Lord Nasher:''' By every god and his mother, what a fool I was to sign anything bearing Luskan's seal.
** Aldanon says "Great Tyr!" when you finish telling him your story in the first chapter.
** In West Harbor a militiaman says, "Cyric's blood!" in one of the cutscenes. Meanwhile, Khelgar Ironfist's "swear" emote has him say, "By Tyr's right buttock!"
* The Hammerites and Mechanists from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series have lots of exclamations of this type (e.g. "By cog and by gear!"), but the most common is: "By [[CrystalDragonJesus the Builder!]]"
* Lyn and other Sacaeans (a nomadic people) in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' sometimes swore to Father Earth and Mother Sky.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' as well as ''Radiant Dawn'', characters--mainly ones from Begnion--will swear by Ashera. Becomes somewhat funny when you [[spoiler: find out she's the final boss]].
** Shows up frequently in the English version of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has a few overwhelmed characters swearing "By the stones."
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'' have phrases like "Oh, my stars!" and "Thank the stars!" Later ''Mario'' [=RPG=]s use GoshDangItToHeck instead.
* Soldiers in ''VideoGame/TemplarBattleforce'' will swear by their lineage, or by their ancestor Shalun.
* Human (and some dwarven) characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe will often spout things such as "By the Light!" or simply "Light!", mirroring their CrystalDragonJesus faith.
** A favorite phrase of the Dwarves is "By Muradin's beard!" Muradin Bronzebeard is a dwarven hero who was believed to be dead after a particularly heroic mission. In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft,'' Muradin himself even invokes this by exclaiming "By Me own beard!"
** In ''Warcraft 3'', a Human Knight will say "By the Gods" when clicked on repeatedly, even though religion was barely estabilished at that point.
** As worshipers of the Naaru/Light, Draenei use similar exclamations to the Humans and the Dwarves, but they use "by the Naaru" just as, if not more frequently.
** Orcs and trolls have the spirits. More old-fashioned trolls have the Loa, and some of the more spiritual orcs may also invoke their ancestors.
** The Tauren and the Night elves swear by the Earthmother and Elune, respectively.
** The Forsaken have elevated Sylvanas to a near god-like position among themselves, saying things like "Dark Lady watch over you", much like humans use "Light be with you".
** The Pandaren in Mists of Pandaria invoke three of the four Great Beasts. "Jade Serpent guide your path." "May the Red Crane live forever." "White Tiger watch over you." For some reason, the Black Ox is rarely, if ever mentioned.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** Many [[OneGenderRace asari]] swear by "the Goddess". Upon reading the [[EncyclopediaExposita codex]], it is revealed that said goddess is named Athame. It also reveals that worship of said goddess is not the most popular asari religion, despite the fact that numerous asari make mention of her and none make mention of siari, the apparent dominant religion. (Whether that's because siari, being based on Buddhism, has no gods to speak of or because the codex was probably written after most of the dialogue was is up to you.) It is possible that "the Goddess" simply became part of common asari speech even for asari who did not worship Athame, similar to atheists who say "goddammit".
** Samara's use of "the Goddess" in other contexts indicates that she likely worships Athame.
** ''Mass Effect'' also has a ''human'' saying ThankTheMaker, possibly as a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/StarWars''. The codex also states that the discovery of alien ruins on Mars had a major impact on human religions, and started a few. The Maker may be the deity of a Prothean-inspired religion.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Thane's son Kolyat speak this phrase verbatim at one point. It's his reaction to [[spoiler:Shepard [[ShootTheHostage killing his hostage]].]]
** Quarians will sometimes use the word "keelah" or "keelah se'lai" in this context. In the third game, Tali explains that the closest translation is "By the homeworld I hope to see someday."
** Turians believe in that groups or areas have spirits which go beyond the individual. Garrus will occasionally mutter, "Spirits!" as an oath.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'', the Knights Templar faction utter curses like "Baphomet preserve me!" when injured.
* In the forums for ''[[ColonCancer Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II:]] VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', people will use Armok to swear. For example "By Armok's beard!" Also, "Holy Carp!" is a common expression. The carp aren't actually gods, but they are among the most feared animals in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', most swears are by the [[{{God}} Maker]] or [[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste]] ("By the Maker!" "Andraste's blood!"), exceptions including the dwarves, who swear by their ancestors, and Dalish elves, who swear by the creators.
** A favorite:
-->'''Shianni:''' ''Andraste's ass'', you'd think I'd learn some social graces.
** Andraste's Knickers also make an appearance. Isabela adds "Andraste's granny-panties!" to the list in "Mark of the Assassin".
** Varric's reaction to finding out that [[spoiler:Meredith had the mind-warping lyrium idol forged into a sword]]? "Andraste's dimpled buttcheeks!"
** One of Alistair's curses overlaps with UnusualEuphemism: "Andraste's knicker-weasel!"
** Lots of enemy mooks will shout "Andraste's tits, they got me!" when injured in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' adds Blackwall's "Maker's balls!"
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' uses "The Twelve" as a general epithet. More specifically, Nald'thal was named largely because the lore team wanted to be able to use "Thal's Balls" in the dialog. Uses of phrases like "Gods be good" and "Godsdamnit" also pop up time to time.
* In ''VideoGame/BoundByFlame'', the swearing is generally on par with modern speech, though any reference to "God" is changed to "Gods". This leads to the particularly amusing-sounding "godsdammit".
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'''s Mentor often utters "Suns of Shakar" and "Rings of Reznor".
* Forgotten RPG ''VideoGame/ShadowMadness'' has "Great Keerg!"
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'' has the usual "By the gods," from assorted [=NPCs=], but additionally has Rufus asking, "What the [[Myth/NorseMythology Hel]] just happened?" after a particularly climactic confrontation toward the middle of the game.
* Soviet troops in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' occasionally say things like "This Lenin-forsaken place".
* The New Hiigarans/Kharakians of ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' have developed an extensive repertoire themed around their 4000-year desert world of exile. This is mostly seen in the dialogue of Kiith Somtaaw units in ''Cataclysm'':
-->'''Acolyte Pilot:''' ''(When destroyed by a non-Beast enemy)'' Curse you back to Kharak!\\
'''KUUN-LAN Command:''' ''Regret?! We'' regret the loss of the whole ''sand-cursed galaxy!''
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series has characters substitute "Blackbeard" and "Neptune" (and sometimes "Poseidon") for "God" ("Neptune's navel, that was a close one", "Now why in the name of Neptune's hangnails would I let you borrow this priceless artifact of a long-dead civilization?", "Neptune's beard!", "I said quit yer whimpering and grow some barnacles, for Blackbeard's sake!", "Nothing yet, thank Poseidon!"). The only exception, however, is Edward Van Helgen in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'':
-->'''Van Helgen:''' You must take an oath now, before man and God, that you will never ever again sing in public.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', when De Singe fails to shoot down [[spoiler:a poxed Elaine]], he shouts out in GratuitousFrench, "Le Spectre de Grand César!", which means "[[{{Superman}} Great Caesar's Ghost!]]"
* ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'' is the first ''Sims'' game to deal with religion; the deity is called The Watcher. This leads to Sims saying things like "By the Watcher!" "By the Watcher's Eye!" and, yes, at least once, "Oh my Watcher!"
* Characters in ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' often exclaim "By the {{Precursors}}!" The mythical warrior Mar's name is also sometimes used as an oath: "Thank ''Mar'' you're here!"
* Numerous ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' custom maps and {{Machinima}} that feature Churches or other real world-esque locales with [=NPCs=] or dialogue would replace "God" with Notch, the screenname of former lead designer Markus Persson. A good example would be ''[[Series/YogscastMinecraftSeries The Shadow of Israphel]]'' series.
-->'''Knight_Peculier:''' In ''Notch's'' name!
-->'''Xephos/Lewis:''' No, no Simon, I worship at the Church of Notch, like everyone else.
* A few characters in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' use this trope with Handsome Jack, the CEO of Hyperion, with such terms as "By Jack" or "As Jack is my witness". While he isn't an actual god, he is the head of the biggest MegaCorp in the game and is enough of an egomaniac to have a [[AGodAmI god complex]].
** In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' several characters will swear by "the Angel", referencing the Guardian Angel who guided the original Vault Hunters to the Vault.
* ''VideoGame/{{Glitch}}'' took place in a world that had been created by eleven giants. Because of this, the term was "Oh My Giant(s)!" (which, handily, is still OMG).
* Roland thinks "ye gods!" after tasting some of Rina's cooking in ''VideoGame/LuminousArc2'' and finding it terrible.
* The fantasy world of the ''{{VideoGame/Thief}}'' series features several religious factions, chief among them the Pagans, Hammerites and Mechanists. Each of these has their own variations of the trope. For example, when surprised or shocked, Hammerites tend to invoke "By the [[CrystalDragonJesus Builder]] !" or "By the Builder's name !" and the Pagans tend to exclaim "Woodsie !" (one of the terms for their deity, the Trickster).
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Covenant, being the religious zealots that they are, invoke the name of the Forerunners they worship, their Prophets, or the titular ringworlds. "By the rings!" is one of the more common ones.
* The ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'' universe lacks a legitimate god figure, but it '''does''' have a seemingly omniscient/omnipotent otherworldly observer named [[GreatGazoo the]] [[HumanoidAbomination Outsider]]. Though ''worship'' of the Outsider is considered heretical and a punishable offense according to the local secular church, his presence does prompt some interesting examples of this trope.
-->'''NPC:''' Outsider's Eyes!
* In ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego[='s=] Great Chase Through Time'', UsefulNotes/YuriGagarin uses, "by Lenin's whiskers."
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' places a significant amount of importance on the six moons surrounding the planet. Each of the main characters shouts "Moons, give me strength!" when casting spells, and many characters use the word "moons" in place of "gods."
* In the roguelike ''VideoGame/LiberalCrimeSquad'', recruiting Liberals in your Crime Squad sometimes has them exclaim "Oh my Science! Is there anything I can do to help?", a pure case of HollywoodAtheist being parodied.
* A notable one occurs in VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones second episode, where Asher's uncle, thought to be literally a continent away, [[BigDamnHeroes shows up and assists him and Beshka get out of an ambush]].
-->"What in all the gods of fire and fuck?!"
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VideoGame/TelepathTactics''. Most characters tend to use "Crucius" in places where "Jesus Christ" would be appropriate, though they'll also use "oh my god" and such. It's a bit unclear what the significance of this is. [[LizardFolk Lissit]] like to use "omisigah," which, according to the manual, means something along the lines of "I am cursed by my ancestors."
* ''VideoGame/GodsWillBeWatching'', starting from the title. Common phrases are modified accordingly.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** "A War of Spirit," the twelfth Scenario of the Legend Mode campaign in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', sees Zelda utter "By the goddesses..." [[note]]as in the Golden Goddesses, Din, Nayru, and Farore[[/note]] when an unseen force (presumably Ganondorf's magic) renders her temporarily incapable of moving.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has the Stable managers saying "oh, for the love of Hylia" if Link tries to register an animal other than a horse (e.g. deer or bears).
* This isn't used in the original Japanese-created ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games (now under the new name ''Story of Seasons''), but the Natsume titles use this trope. For example, phrases like "oh-my-goddess" and "honest-to-goddess" pop up. They're both in reference to the [[CrystalDragonJesus Harvest Goddess]].
* Several examples in the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' series, invoking the TabletopGames/ForgottenRealms pantheon.
-->'''NPC in a brothel:''' By [[LoveGoddess Sune's]] [[SexGoddess boobies]], this place is heaven!
* During the Sweater vs Socks Splatfest in ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', Pearl says "Oh my cod".
* The prevailing faith in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' teaches that the world of Alrest was created by a deity referred to as 'the Architect' [[spoiler:(which turns out to be true, in a sense)]], so phrases and exclamations uttered by the people there that would normally make reference to a god substitute that name instead (such as 'Thank the Architect!').

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the Flash short ''Bad Guys 4: Go to Hell'', one of the Bad Guys leaves Hell to go to Heaven (which is apparently right next door to Hell) only to find that the Blue Shirted guy killed God last week and took over Heaven and now has everybody doing hard labor (To quote the Blue Shirt guy: "Life ain't fair kid. And neither is death.") When the Bad Guys figure that the treatment in Hell (getting hot pokers up your ass) is better and leave Heaven to go back to Hell, the Blue Shirt guy utters "Me Dammit!"
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The ship captain in Volume 4 exclaims this when his ship is attacked by the sea dragon Grimm.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In Creator/AGnosis's webcomic ''Webcomic/TheFamilyParty'' it is revealed that Zeus likes to use the name of his brother Hades as a curse. Which comes back to bite him, as Ganymede is horrified when he is told who the man he is just pouring wine ''is'' -- Hades has been talked into going to the family party, and already was in a bad mood ''before'' this happened.
* ''Ye Gods!'' is the title of a FurryWebComic that seems very intent on running RuleOfFunny and a little RuleOfCool
* In Megan Rose Gedris's ''Webcomic/IWasKidnappedByLesbianPiratesFromOuterSpace'', the lesbian pirates often are heard invoking Creator/{{Sappho}} in this way, such as "Sweet Sappho's underpants!" and "Sappho's tits, no!" -- unlike WonderWoman above there is nothing subtle about this being a [[NWordPrivileges lesbian reference.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Often done with Azurites, whose civilization is based on East Asia, saying, "Twelve Gods damn you!"
** Durkon the Dwarven cleric also invokes Thor's various body parts as exclamations. "Thor's Beard!" "Thor's Teeth!" "[[{{HSQ}} Thor's Duodenum]]!"
** At one point, the undead CardCarryingVillain Xykon says, "Unholy crap!"
** Most of the other characters just say "Oh my gods." (Or "great elven gods".) Though for some reason, they usually use the singular when followed by "damn it!"
** Interestingly, Julio Scoundrèl once says "How in the name of [[Creator/GaryGygax Gygax]]..."
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** Characters in tend to swear with variations "Sweet [[LightningCanDoAnything Lightning]]!" ("Red Fire!" has also been heard).
** Zeetha has been known to name-drop goddesses of her own civilization ("Ashtara above," etc.) when swearing.
** Religion is in general skirted around, but Christianity certainly exists (probably also Judaism), so possibly it co-exists with pre-Christian beliefs. Religion is going to be severely dampened in a setting where society is dominated by mad scientists performing technological miracles and exuding improbable amounts of charisma despite their excesses. Still, there ARE seven popes apparently...
** At least once a character (Baron Wulfenbach) uses "Gotterdammerung" in a manner similar to "God damn it". In German "Götterdämmerung" refers to the "Twilight of the Gods", i.e. Ragnarok from Norse myth (usually via Wagner), and isn't usually used as a swear word at all. Appropriating it as an expletive ''could'' pretty definitely be considered blasphemous to people believing in whatever gods are being referred to, though given [[EmperorScientist who uses it]] that wouldn't be altogether a surprise. Probably used here because it [[IThoughtItMeant sounds like]] "God damn it."
** At one point Oggie uses the expression "by de Name-- be qviet!". Whih may have been a reference to the Tetragrammaton[[note]] The Jagerkin have a few hints of Yiddish culture about them, such as being familiar with dybbuks[[/note]], but in retrospect may be the name of the creators and masters of Jägerkin -- the Heterodynes.
** The (ironically named) Moloch von Zinzer, an ex-soldier, also exclaims "Daughter of thunder" in the first chapter, when he picks up the device that killed his brother.
** An airship sailor once used "what in the freefalling hell..."
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090520 Madre de Diodes!]]
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow''
** The characters will utter "by the gods".
** And on one occasion, [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20040716.html "Holy mother of Tyrus."]]
* Similar to Durkon from ''The Order of the Stick'', Vinny Doombats from ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' has invoked his world's creator deities' (The Titans of Arc) anatomies: "Titans' testes!"
** And more recently, a frustrated Wanda has said "Titan's Teats".
* Eben of ''Webcomic/TwoLumps'' loves these. "Great Bast!" is his default (appropriate for a cat), but he gets creative on occasion ("Great Wattles of Herod!").
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fancomic ''Webcomic/LilFormers'' had Arcee grumble "Primus!" the way a disgruntled employee would use "Christ!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'' has characters swear by various ''show and comic writers.''
* Liska of ''Tails from the Mynarski Forest'' has uttered "Oh embleer Frith!", a reference to ''Literature/WatershipDown'' as mentioned above. "Embleer", by the way, means "stinky" in the Lapine language; the writer explained that since the idea of "stinky" varies from species to species, for a fox the phrase would be the equivalent of something like "Sweet Jesus!"
* The Vulpine in ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'' tend to swear "By the Holy Den Mother!" when excited, while a Ferin in a flashback refers to the Varn Gene Mage as "Great Father (accurate, given he really ''did'' create the Ferin race.) Interestingly, humans seem to avoid swearing by God, and for some reason Christmas is now refered more generically as "Yuletide".
* Mr. Mighty in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' has used the exclamation "Great '''Siegel's''' Ghost!", a ShoutOut to the "Great Caesar's Ghost" utterance of Perry White in the ''Adventures of Superman''... Franchise/{{Superman}} being a creation of Jerry '''Siegel'''. Well, in the world of superhero comics, he would qualify as a demigod, at the very least.
* The webcomic ''Oh My Gods'' is named after this Trope.
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' began to [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/05/17/ bless]] us with prayers to the geeks' pantheon:
-->'''Sarah:''' '''''[[Creator/JossWhedon Whedon]]''''' grant me patience!
* The cast of ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' say "Ye gods!" with some regularity.
* ''Webcomic/{{Epiphany}}'' features a world where the main religion is duality, which as the name suggests, follows two gods. This trope pops up word-for-word quite frequently.
* ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'' being set in AncientGreece (well, TheThemeParkVersion), this is naturally used. Like other webcomics example, Phobia often swears by the anatomy of said gods, with several examples on [[http://gastrophobia.com/index.php?date=2010-11-08 this very same strip]].
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050417c "What in the name of all that is shadowy is going on here?"]]
** In one fancomic, the ObviouslyEvil main characters always use the term "OMS" instead of "OMG".
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm "Isaac Asimov on a bicycle!"]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Kaspall}}'' uses "Circle!" and "God's shape!", [[http://kaspall.com/miscbox/qs.html#circle as explained here.]]
* "[[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib095.html By the gods]]" in ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood''.
* "Monstrous" folk in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' seem to have their own traditions. Layla (vampire) once said "What in the name of the Impaler is going on here?" and Chloe (succubus) "Oh, sweet Lilith!". Layla later swore [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/Stake%20me%20with%20a%20jackhammer more graphically]].
* Tedd from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' once exclaimed "[[ShapeShifting what the morph]]?!"
* In ''Webcomic/TurnSignalsOnALandRaider'', a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' webcomic, Kren and Frep take this to a ridiculous extent, with phrases like "Emperor's Life Insurance!" and "Emperor's Pointy Keyboard!"
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', literally used by Prestige Perkins after Mimic and Cube save her.
* ''Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}'' has "Cheezus" and "the Cheese" used quite often, alongside more conventional exclamations, likely as a a reference to the godlike Wanderer, whose head looks like a lump of cartoon cheese.
* ''Webcomic/OffWhite'' Jera's exclaims "Dear merciful [[Myth/NorseMythology Fenrir]]!" after Iki gets food stuck in his ear.
* Various characters in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' are heard to say "gods!" or "oh gods!" - there's some suggestion that the nature of these gods, when revealed, will be plot-important. (Dan at one early point talks about "the face of God," but this is usually written off as CanonDiscontinuity.)
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Nemesites (a race of man-sized butterflies) sometimes exclaim, "Sweet [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Mothra!"]]
** Jean's catchphrase is "Egad!"
* A few in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', where "Sharess", the patron of the traditional drow religion, or "Goddess" are used in the same context a human would use "God" such as exclamations. Also contains a cultural example, rather than a religious one, in that to drow, loyalty to family and clan is generally considered very important. Hence, the drow equivalent for "motherfucker" is "[[SelfMadeOrphan motherkiller]]".
* In ''Wecomic/SluggyFreelance'', Kron, a demi-god of the Mohkadunese pantheon, says "By us!"
* Archangel Michael from ''Webcomic/SatanAndMe'' says "Oh my Dad!"
* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': The Norse and Finnish pantheons have made a big come-back in the comic's world, which has caused the return of swearing by or thanking multiple gods in normal vocabulary.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* "Dios!" was a common invocation for Avelians in pre-v5 ''Roleplay/OpenBlue''. It doesn't really help that 'Dios' is simply [[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]] for "God", but El Dios himself is actually [[KingOfAllCosmos not that normal of a deity]]... As of v5, it's been replaced by "By Zod!"
* ''{{Literature/Tasakeru}}'': This is used frequently by the characters, as their whole society formed after the appearance of three Gods. Each species has their own unique mythology and names for the Gods, as well.
* On Neopia, the world of ''{{Website/Neopets}}'', the Queen of the Faeries is named Fyora. In some text portions of the site, especially in the newspaper ''The Neopian Times,'' "...for Fyora's sake!" is a commonly-used interjection. Amusingly, [[http://www.neopets.com/ntimes/index.phtml?section=223948&week=242 when Fyora herself did the weekly editorial,]] she used "for Neopia's sake!" instead.
* ''WebVideo/MrDeity'' has used OMS, presumably standing for "Oh my self".
* Played with in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse: Fey, one of TheFairFolk, swears to the goddesses, whoever they might be; Tennyo just doesn't swear; army brat Lancer may swear like a trooper when he's upset; and sometimes Generator deliberately swears like she's a kid:
-->"You poopyhead!"
** Carmilla, who is a baby Great Old One, swears to things you do not want to know about.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hUaMahxXi8 this]] hilarious voiceover of an old film, ''Jesus himself'' does this:
--> “What in the name of Me is going on in here?"
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'': Nash has occasionally been known to say "by the unwashed balls of Odin" or similar.
* In the newsgroup news.admin.net-abuse.email, it's common to replace references to God with ${DEITY}, allowing the reader to fill in their own deity of choice. (This syntax is used in most *nix shells for variable substitution.) Makes sense since at least one long-time regular in that group is a Wiccan. (And many of them are geeks.)
* [[Website/{{Reddit}} /r/talesfromtechsupport]] has adopted this one as well, possibly coming up with it independently as a logical extension of using "[=${MyBoss}=]", "${dumbuser}" etc to preserve people's anonymity.
* A few tropers on Wiki/ThisVeryWiki are known to swear by JustForFun/TropeTan. "Sweet Trope-tan!" "For the love of Trope-tan...."
* Creator/TheQuarterGuy, befitting his persona of game reviewer, did his best to avoid saying God's name in vain. So instead, being well-versed on the ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'', he used the name of the resident [[HotGod Hot Goddess]] Palutena instead. Thus, "Sweet Palutena."
* ''WebOriginal/YuGiOhAbridged'': Yami often swears by Egyptian gods, such as "Holy Ra!" or "Oh my various gods!".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** WonderWoman also says "Great Hera!" a lot in the AnimatedAdaptation, to the point of it being her CatchPhrase. At some point, Hawkgirl lampshades by blurting "Do you ALWAYS have to say that?" during a fight.
** On the other hand, GreenLantern believes it's warranted when an opponent, who had been [[PowerCopying steadily copying]] the League members' powers, finally [[OhCrap copies Superman]].
-->'''Wonder Woman:''' Hera help us!\\
'''Green Lantern:''' She'd better. No-one else can, now.
** Also in the animated ''Justice League'':
-->'''Franchise/TheFlash:''' Great Jumping Hera!
* Though the Franchise/{{Transformers}}' "god", Primus (the one that doesn't involve Les Claypool), rarely appears in the animated media, in the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie '86 animated movie]] Kup exclaims, "Engage the boosters for Cybertron's sake!", and in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Rattrap once swore "by my great aunt Arcee".
** Well, [[spoiler: "For Cybertron's sake" and "for Primus' sake" would eventually turn out to actually be synonymous in later series.]] It's also pretty common in some series for Transformers to say "By the Allspark!" [[ContinuityReboot Depending on the series]], the Allspark is either the lifeforce of Primus, the place where all [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]] originate from and return to after death, the mysterious artifact that gave life to all of Cybertron, or some combination thereof. Either way, it's SeriousBusiness. Once, just once, we even get a "By the Allspark of Primus!"
** Likewise, "By the Matrix!" is used similarly. (The Matrix also changes definitions, meaning the Creation Matrix (the 'primordial program' that can give Transformers life, similar to the MacGuffin version of the Allspark), the Matrix of Leadership (mystical artifact that contains the wisdom of all past leaders and has [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands whatever power the plot needs]] up to and including defeating dark gods and reviving the dead), and just plain The Matrix (the Transformer afterlife, ''also'' better known as the Allspark in later versions.) Unicron is also used as the negative counterpart of Primus, in place of TheDevil.
*** Optimus Primal uses Primus' name in a truly epic fashion at the end of the season 2 finale, screaming "''BY PRIMUS, [[BigNo NO!!!!!!]]''"
** In some of the comics, characters have been known to swear by "the Celestial Spires" of Iacon.
** As for the ''other'' place, "The Inferno" and "The Pit" stand in for {{Hell}} and you can expect bad guys to say "By the inferno!" pretty much whenever good guys would say "By the allspark!" At least one comics story tells us what the Pit really is: deep within the planet-sized body of GodOfEvil Unicron is the place where Transformers are burned away to nothing and remade in mind and body to become his minions.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** Professor Farnsworth often says "Sweet Zombie Jesus!" The "Jesus" part is EditedForSyndication. (Though, apparently, The Second Coming of Jesus has come and gone (in the year 2443), destroying the vast majority of surviving video tapes in the process. This is, quite unsettlingly, seemingly what "Zombie Jesus" refers to.) In ''Bender's Big Score'', Farnsworth goes one step further and begins a sentence with, "How in Satan's glorious name...?" He ''is'' crazy and senile.
** In "The Farnsworth Parabox", the Professor can be heard yelling, over the sounds of an experiment gone haywire, "Buddha! Zeus! God! One of you guys do something! Satan! You owe me!" (Considering the Robot Devil is a very real character, it's entirely possible R.D. owes Farnsy a favor!)
** Hermes is a goldmine of these. He utters "Sweet Haile Selassie!" as he is a Rastafarian. He also once said, "Ras H. Tafari!" Though not strictly gods, he is fond of unusual exclamations like "Sweet lion of Zion!" or "Sweet pony of Sierra Leone!" or once "[[MadLibsCatchPhrase Sweet... something... of someplace!]]"
** Bender once said "Oh ''your'' God!"
** Leela's ex-boss once used the expression, "Oh my various Gods!" Though the boss in question IS supposedly Indian, and quite possibly Hindu.
** All-Powerful Atheismo.
* The future civilization version is parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': the [[HollywoodAtheist atheists]] mock Cartman for saying, "Jesus Christ!" ("Hahahaha, you believe in a supernatural being.") but say, "Science damn you" and "Oh my Science!" Richard Dawkins, among others, complained after the episode aired that this was reducing science to a religion (a common creationist attack). Apparently Dawkins and company didn't realize that offending everyone and everything is pretty much ''South Park'''s stock in trade.
-->"Science H. Logic! What an asshole!"
** This becomes even ''FUNNIER'' when one remembers that Jesus '''''ACTUALLY EXISTS''''' as a character in the show. God has shown up a few times Himself. And believe it or not He's a ''Buddhist''. A Buddhist that only accepts Mormons, even!
* Done in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' syndicated series, like in the movie. [[OverusedRunningGag A lot]].
* In the stop-motion television series ''WesternAnimation/{{The Wind in the Willows|1983}}'', Toad frequently used "By Jove!". Once, when he was on a time-travel kick, he was conked asleep and dreamt he went back to the days of Julius Caesar, in the well-known play version, with his friends (and recurring enemies) in the important roles. When he says "By Jove!" here, the character his mind has caused Rat to portray says "Yes, and by all the gods of Rome!" I think it happens [[RuleOfThree three]] times before Toad cuts him off.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Hindu shopkeeper Apu has been known to exclaim, "Shiva H. Vishnu!" Don't [[MST3KMantra think about this one]] [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief too hard]], or you will find yourself pondering over the stupidity of it since Shiva and Vishnu are two completely different dieties. [[FridgeBrilliance Unless you realize that (some branches of) Hinduism considers them both incarnations of the same god.]]
** Principal Skinner gives us "G.M. Chrysler!" on one occasion. This may or may not be a ''Brave New World'' reference, see above.
** And then there's Sideshow Bob's "'''By Lucifer's beard!'''" Not to mention "'''Zeus's pimples!'''"
** Speaking of which, in "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", there was Colonel Hapablap's "What in the World According to Garp?"
** When Milhouse witnesses his divorced parents kissing each other, he cries out "Sweet Series/LizzieMcGuire!"
** Also, this is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in an episode where Homer buys a food product called "'''Cheezus N' Rice.'''"[[note]]i.e., "Jesus H. Christ"[[/note]]
** Another by Apu had his cry out while making love to Manjula "Theatre/OhCalcutta!"
* Korgoth from ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria'', when doubling over in pain from stomach parasites, yells, "Hairy balls of the gods!"
* People from Planet Ice in ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' regularly exclaim "By the great glacier!" and "Thank the frost!". The people of Fire have "By the inferno!"
* WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian says either "Demon Dogs!" or "Lords of Light!" at least once per episode.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' seems to have come up with standard ones for each of the DC heroes:
-->'''Superman:''' Great Krypton!\\
'''Batman:''' Great Gotham!\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' Great Hera!\\
'''Aquaman:''' Great Neptune! (or sometimes Great Atlantis!)\\
'''Green Lantern:''' Great galaxies!\\
'''Black Vulcan:''' Great lightning!\\
'''Hawkman:''' Great birds of prey!\\
'''The Flash:''' By the wings of Mercury!\\
'''Green Arrow:''' ''[in one 1st season episode]'' By Robin Hood's bow!
* The characters from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' also use quite often the name of their titular gods (from the same world as the MMORPG ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'') within common expressions. "For the love of Crâ." "[[PlantPerson Sadida]] help us!" "Thunder of Ogrest!"...
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has multiple instances of ponies invoking the name of Princess Celestia. It's not altogether clear whether they actually ''consider'' her divine or are simply swearing by the next best thing they have, though.
** At one point, a [[IncredibleShrinkingMan magically shrunken]] and stranded Applejack exclaims "Thank Celestia!" upon being rescued (inadvertently) by Rainbow Dash.
** On two occasions, this was in the form of a ShoutOut to ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'': with Rarity in "Sisterhooves Social" ("As Celestia is my witness, I shall never be sisterless again!") and in "Putting Your Hoof Down" with Fluttershy ("As Celestia is my witness, I'm never gonna be a pushover again!"), as a reference to Scarlett's quote "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!"
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup The Last Roundup]]":
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Nothing! For the love of Celestia, just sit there and do nothing!
** In "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2":
--->'''Rarity:''' Sweet Celestia! Are you all seeing what I'm seeing?
** This is actually lampshaded in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E1CelestialAdvice Celestial Advice]]" when Twilight swears by Celestia's name... in front of Celestia herself.
--->'''Celestia:''' Hm, I wasn't aware I was an expression.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has Jesus say "Daddamnit!".
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', after accidentally lightning-bolting a woman he was hitting on to bits and setting the bar on fire, God himself yelled "Jesus Christ!"... who opened the door behind him. "What?" "Get the Escalade, we're out of here!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' characters use words like "Glob," "Gob" or "Grod" for this... and then we meet [[http://adventuretime.wikia.com/wiki/Grob_Gob_Glob_Grod Grob Gob Glob Grod]], the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot four-headed Martian deity]] they are apparently alluding to.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** [=SpongeBob=] swears a Hindu god's name in vain to Mr. Krabs,
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' '''Regga Fleeba Brecka Brecka Smullen-ullen Mr. Krabs!! Yegga Hegga Mergin Wallet!!!!! Dimmy Middy Spend! Rivy Flivy Diva Shiva Mr. Krabs Wallet!!'''
** Neptune is often mentioned by characters: "Oh Neptune", "Sweet Neptune", etc.
** Then you have other exclamations, such as "Great Barrier Reef!" and "Criminy Jim-Jim!"
* The original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' has: "Great Jaga!" (wise, but not a god), "Mountains of Thundera!", and "What in the name of Thundera!?" (A planet in the original. Mother Earth religion relic?)
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** Dexter says "[[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]]'s Ghost!"
** We have Major Glory declaring "By Washington's Wig!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' has a recurring use of "Bob as my witless", which is a series of {{mondegreen}}s in this case-the babies mishear the adults' use of the phrase.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus'', Santa uses "By the great Borealis! By my maps and charts" near the end.
* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Lagoon Boy had "Neptune's beard!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', Papa Smurf would say "Great Smurfness" or "Great Smurfs Of Fire", while Gargamel at one time invoked the name of Beelzebub.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' being a show that runs on RefugeInAudacity, once had an Indian man think he ran over a cow (in reality, [[ButtMonkey Toot]]) and exclaim "Oh my hundreds of goofy gods!"
* Odin swears "My beard!" in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''.
* A mall Santa in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' once exclaimed to Stitch "Sweet merciful Kringle! You're naughty!"
* The Vikings of ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' regularly say phrases like, "Thank Odin!", "Oh, my Loki!," "What in the name of Thor...?!", "Oh, for the love of gods!", etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Oswald}}'': Oswald's catchphrase is "Oh my gosh" while Daisy's is "Golly tamale"

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Quite common in India, although almost never heard in English; people have a tendency to revert to their mother tongues when frustrated-slash-excited-ly invoking Gods' names.
* "By Jove!", a real English expression. "Jove" is another name for Jupiter/Zeus, though the phrase was also used (by Creator/WilliamShakespeare, for instance) to refer to the Judeo-Christian God.
** Meanwhile, a growing trend exists for Portuguese atheists to replace "Deus" (God) in exclamations with "Zeus", since they sound almost alike. However, unlike most examples of this, it is not really to repudiate Judeo-Christian religion, but to observe the "not speaking His name in vain" rule[[note]]Though nobody will chastise you for exclaiming "Oh my God!", it's more just a self-inflicted rule.[[/note]]. Note also how this only applies to the Judeo-christian God (see the "oxalá" example below).
** The French occasionally use "Nom de Zeus!" as an alternative to "Nom de Dieu!" ("In God's name!", equivalent to "For God's sake!"). Best known in modern society as Doc Brown's CatchPhrase in the French dub.
** In Slovak, there exists the curse "doparoma / do paroma", Parom (Perun) being an old Slavic god of thunders (following the spread of Christianity his name became more or less equated with the devil).
*** The exact same thing happened with the Finnish Perkele, whose name is now the most common curse word in the Finnish language.
** "[[CurseOfTheAncients Zounds]]", for its part, is a corruption of "Christ's Wounds"
** There is also "Gadzooks", which means "God's hooks" (the nails on Jesus' cross), and "Egad" meaning "Ye God".
*** [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Cockney]] favourite "Gor Blimey" (God blind me) and Crikey, a corruption of Gor Cripeme, or God cripple me.
* "Tabernac" is used as a curse word in Quebec. It means approximately, "By the Tabernacle!" Quebec swearing goes nuts with this as all of their curse words are intentionally butchered religious terms. Amusingly, saying all of them in a row results in a ClusterFBomb when translated. A Quebecois joke: A French stage director was asked by his Quebecois assistant what props were needed for the next play (which had a scene in a church). In a hurry, he replied, "tabernacle, cierge, ciboire, calice, hostie." The assistant replied, "That's cool, now what did you want again?"
* Exclamations of this sort do appear in Roman literature. Cicero uses it in "''di immortales''" ("by the immortal gods") to indicate incredulity at one point.
* Many modern Pagans will say "God" and "Goddess" in their exclamations, or use more specific gods' names instead. Or "Lord" and "Lady."
* In Denmark it used to be pretty common to say, "May the gods be with them" (Må guderne være med dem) or 'The gods may know' (det må guderne vide) (Although this phrase is more common than the other) in everyday language, newspapers and television. People don't really notice they're being plural.
* In Sweden there is an old expression "''gudars skymning''" which is an equalent to darn it. Most people don't realise they are actually saying ''[[{{Gotterdammerung}} twilight of the gods]]''. The Swedish version of 'The gods may know' ("det må gudarna veta") also sees some use, although not as commonly as in Danish or as "gudars skymning".
* From the Philippines: "Susmariosep", (Je''sus'', ''Mari''a, J''osep''h) a classic favorite since the Spanish Colonial Era. Its more recent (and trendy) incarnation is the much shorter "Ay, sus." (Oh, Jesus...) That's a Catholic thing in general. The English-language version would be "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" -- which is just as often used to express displeasure at a person than surprise.
* In Ireland, a common expression is still used: "Oh holy God almighty". This comes in a variety of ways, including "Oh holy Lord above us", "By the Lord almighty" and things to this effect. In typically Catholic fashion Jesus, Mary, Joseph, various saints, or all the saints collectively are also invoked, often together. "Holy Mother of sweet divine Jesus and all the saints in Heaven!"
** The standard greeting in Gaelic translates literally to "God be with you" and the response to "God and Mary be with you". While as good as obsolete there's also the possibility to responding to that with "God and Mary and (Saint)Patrick be with you" and so on, wishing an extra saint to be with the person you're greeting or answering each time.
* In Hebrew (of all languages) the expression "אלוהים אדירים/elohim adirim" ("great gods") is sometimes used (though it's not very common, it's not unknown either). It's clearly plural because of the plural adjective. This is actually a case of the [[RoyalWe majestic plural]], as Hebrew often refers to the capital G "God" this way (contrasting with their referring to plural pagan deities as "Elilim", or "Godlings")
* In an especially strange example, the expression "great Scott!" could refer to General Winfield Scott, Union commander during the American Civil War. Some of his officers liked to invoke him in this way, apparently.
* The Spanish word "ojalá" and Portuguese "oxalá" are used to mean "hopefully" or "I hope that"; it's derived from the [[UsefulNotes/MoorishSpain Arabic]] for "and may Allah will it".