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In the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti painted the fresco ''Creation of Adam''. With his right hand outstretched, God floats above Adam to touch the man's fingertip. This famous and iconic image is known not only to art lovers but also to the [[LowestCommonDenominator average television viewer]]. This makes it fair game for allusions, parody, and all sorts of tropey tomfoolery.

The "creation" pose is often used in ComicBooks, {{Webcomics}}, political comics and animated cartoons. Like Michelangelo's [[PietaPlagiarism Pietà]] sculpture, this trope is all in the recognizable arrangement of two figures, although ''Pietà'' tends to be poignant while ''Creation of Adam'' is used more often in humorous contexts.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* There was a sacrilegious ad for President's Choice Cola that airbrushed a can of the product in question into God's hand, as if He were bestowing it upon Adam.
* There was a Samsung billboard advertisement that replaced Adam and God's skin with cell phones.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons C. Montgomery Burns]] loses his copy (albeit only the fingers are shown) when all his property is seized in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnUKurl7Fog this Coca Cola commercial]]. Whether it's the original or not is left up to the viewer's imagination.
* One of the images used in a rapid-fire montage TV commercial for Quizno's Subs consisted of God handing Adam the signature Classic Italian sandwich.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Seen in the opening credits of ''Manga/DeathNote'', with the symbolic double-whammy of [[TemptingApple an apple]] being passed between the KnightTemplar VillainProtagonist and the god-figure. This, though, is half symbolism (since the protagonist's moral decline after receiving the titular ArtifactOfDoom is related to original sin) and half show in-joke (since the god in question is addicted to apples).
* The unknown hand the title character of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' reaches out to with a flash of light in the opening sequence is sometimes considered to be a reference to this.
* In ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', [[TheGadfly Mai]] pulls this off on episode 4, in the MIDDLE OF AN EXAM, by touching a drawn hand on a chalkboard.
* There's a picture of the original photo itself in episode 11 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler:Apt, since Madoka essentially becomes God and bestows her holiness on Homura.]]
* In the finale of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', Utena reaches her hand to Anthy [[spoiler:who lies inside the symbolic coffin of her fear and self-loathing where she's been most of her life. Their hands reach for each other, touch in perfect example of this trope... [[SubvertedTrope and suddenly slip.]]]]
* Subverted in the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga when, [[spoiler:Knives and the plant integration are being broken apart physically and mentally, the subversion lying in the sense of loss and failure used in this scene as opposed to the sense of creation and connection in the original.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', the finger-touch part is imitated [[spoiler:using Death and Dream when Dream dies.]]
* [[http://i.imgur.com/0jp9R.jpg An art puzzle]] featuring the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse characters parodies this, with WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck as Adam and Uncle Scrooge as God.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' Sunday comic had Frazz painting the cafeteria in kid-oriented versions of various famous paintings, including the ''Creation of Adam'' -- with a cafeteria lunch lady spooning food onto a student's plate.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://paulhanley.deviantart.com/art/Genesis-of-the-Daleks-265393389 Genesis of the Daleks]]'' by [[http://paulhanley.deviantart.com/art/Genesis-of-the-Daleks-265393389 Paul Hanley]] is a ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan-art featuring Davros as God and a Dalek as Adam. Now used as page illustration for MonsterProgenitor.
* As seen above, "[[http://www.toughpigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/05-the_immaculate_jim.jpg?9d7bd4 The Immaculate Jim]]" by Dave Hulteen on ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' fansite ''Tough Pigs''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The witch from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' makes a wood carving depicting bears in both roles. While the story is set in medieval Scotland, she clearly has some sort of power over time, as she's also carved out a [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory pizza delivery truck]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action}}]]
* The ''Creation of Adam'' appears in the opening credits of ''Film/BenHur''. The film popularized the use of the painting.
* In ''Film/TheAgonyAndTheEcstasy'' Michelangelo (Creator/CharltonHeston) gets his inspiration for the painting from the shape of a cloud (undoubtedly because God shaped the cloud for his benefit).
* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'': E.T.'s glowing finger on the promotional poster for the movie, as it touches the finger of the young boy.
* Some promotional material for ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' include this, with Jim Carrey's nether regions covered by [[CensorSteam a cloud]] and the only part of God showing being the arm.
* In ''Rocket Man'', after inadvertently waking up early from suspended animation, one of the activities the protagonist does to kill time during the 8 month voyage is make a painting of ''Creation of Adam'' (illustrating himself and his monkey copilot) using tubed food.
* ''Film/{{Creation}}'' has CharlesDarwin reaching out to Jenny the orangutan in this way.
* In ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'', The stained-glass skylight that Ernest destroys when he falls after refusing immortality shows this image. Ernest breaks the skyliht precisely where God and Adam's fingertips are about to touch.
* In ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', Frank-n-furter's pool has the portrait done as a mosaic.
* ''Film/{{Lucy}}:'' After protagonist Lucy becomes strongly {{Transhuman}}, [[spoiler: she goes back in time and touches fingertips with the pre-human known as Lucy.]] Earlier in the film we get a brief look at the original painting, to make sure that no one misses the reference.
* Happens in the short film ''[[https://youtu.be/WJj_NMhYwf0?t=3m49s Room 8]]'', where the prisoner touches himself in a RecursiveReality.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Parodied in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' illustrated novel ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', in which [[http://files.myopera.com/Quinnuendo/blog/HPIM3268.JPG Cohen the Barbarian gives the middle finger to God]] (or rather Blind Io, the Disc's Zeus figure) and to ''the entire pantheon of major gods''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has a couple of characters take part in a ''tableau vivant'' of the painting in one episode. There are two problems with the recreation: 1) George Michael, playing Adam, appears wearing cutoff jean shorts instead of being completely naked, and 2) George Sr, playing God, [[spoiler: makes a run for it.]]
* Used [[FauxSymbolism for no good reason]] in the first episode of ''{{Cleopatra 2525}}''.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of Pompeii"]], the Doctor steps out of his TARDIS [[spoiler:to save a doomed family from the title eruption.]] The TARDIS is unaccountably shining behind him, and then there's a shot of his hand, reaching out for [[spoiler:the father's]] as if he's God and the human is Adam in the painting.
* In the TV series version of ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' the subsection of the Babel fish entry on the non-existence of God represents God and Man using the famous Sistine depictions.
* At least one hypothetical-future-disaster program (probably ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'') shows the actual painting cracking down the middle, so that God's hand and Adam's are separated by the split, before the whole chapel collapses.
* A promotional image created for ''Series/PushingDaisies''.
* Used in every version of the opening credits of the long-running British arts programme ''The South Bank Show'', with an animated spark between God's finger and Adam's (according to the original animator, he mistakenly thought there was one in the original painting).
* In an episode of ''Series/MythBusters'', while testing an "cosmic energy absorber"; there's a short spoof of the painting with Adam (Savage) and Jamie's faces replacing Adam and God's.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The album cover for ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' is a parody of this.
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[[folder:Pinballs]]
* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/JackBot'' does this on the sides of the cabinet, which feature a close-up of [[Pinball/PinBot Pin*Bot]] and [[Pinball/TheMachineBrideOfPinbot The Bride's]] hands touching outstretched fingers
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[[folder:Print Media]]
* ''Magazine/SportsIllustrated'' made a sports-related version of the ''entire'' Sistine Chapel ceiling for their fiftieth-anniversary celebration. The Creation of Adam fresco had the image of God unchanged and the image of Adam replaced with that of Babe Ruth.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Seen in the Pleasantly Understated Credit Sequence of the LucasArts game ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max Hit the Road]]''.
* In the Lovecraftian InteractiveFiction [[http://www.wurb.com/if/game/17.html game]] ''VideoGame/{{Anchorhead}}'', the art gallery hall of the Verlac mansion contains a painting of an ailing old man and a woman giving birth, explicitly described as a disturbing pastiche of the ''Creation of Adam''.
* A nude reclining Adam appears as a recurring boss in the (infamous) ''VideoGame/ChoAniki'' series of horizontal shooters. He would later become a playable character in the fighting-game spinoff.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* There exists a wallpaper of the famous shot where Adam is replaced with VisualNovel/{{Phoenix Wright|AceAttorney}} giving God the pointer.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'': [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/01/no-thanks-im-good.html Not interested.]]
* [[http://follyandinnovation.com/2012/08/pretty-sure-this-is-how-it-went/ Technology get in the way]] in ''Webcomic/FollyAndInnovation''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Because everything's better with Cthulhu: [[http://squeakychewtoy.deviantart.com/art/The-Creation-of-Squid-29113579 The Creation of Squid.]]
* The UsefulNotes/FlyingSpaghettiMonster! [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Touched_by_His_Noodly_Appendage.jpg Touched by his noodly appendage.]]
* There's an edited image where the Big Bang extends from God's finger. Another one shows a DNA helix doing the same.
* An article on [[http://www.graspingforthewind.com/2011/08/21/science-fiction-and-religion-a-marriage-not-made-in-heaven-nor-even-the-laboratory/ Science Fiction and Religion]] on the Website "Grasping for the Wind" uses another Sistine Steal as illustration.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''E.T.'' example above is made even more explicit in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', where Michelangelo faces a deadline, gets help from the Warners, and is horrified to see that they've painted God as E.T., and it's too late to change anything because the Pope has arrived. But as he's Creator/StevenSpielberg, he loves it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Of course, a ''Simpsons'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Simpsons-michaelangelo.jpg reference.]]
** Mr. Burns invokes this trope in his own short film, in which his own face replaces that of Adam.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'':
** In season 1 episode 6, the ceiling of the throne room in the Katrepat Castle features such a parody, with Count Vampyro in Adam's spot.
** Another one with The Mmmmmmmmmporpg and Maude in episode 12 of season 2, during BulletTime. Plus LampshadeHanging by Ruel.
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'': The kids sing about being artists in one of their movies. A banner rises behind them of the Creation of Adam, with God and Adam both modeled after Coach [=McGuirk=]. God is handing Adam a beer.
* An alternate universe in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has no Christianity. The Sistine Chapel ceiling was designed by John Hinkley and is just photos of Jodie Foster.
* The first disc of the ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' Creator/MikeJudge Collection DVD box sets features one with Beavis as God and Butt-head as Adam.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E10PrincessSpike "Princess Spike"]], Spike makes a painter portray him as a hunky dragon in the style of Michelangelo's ''Creation of Adam'', only with floating gems in place of God.
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