The Maker

These truths the Maker has revealed to me:
As there is but one world,
One life, one death, there is
But one god, and He is our Maker.
Chant of Light, Transfigurations 1, Dragon Age

A person/people (often a god, although the occasional Mad Scientist or Evilutionary Biologist dabbles in this as well), that has/have created an entire place or species. Frequently in fantasy fiction, there are often several creators of the races that inhabit the world, and the ones who created them are often labeled as the King of the Gods of the race's respective pantheon. The creator of the world or setting is often above these gods, someone who may in fact be the God Of The Gods.

A common subtype has a being that personally created the monsters of the setting, which is usually inspired by Echidna, who mothered so many of the monsters found throughout Greek Mythology to earn the title "Mother of Monsters."

A Creation Myth often involves a character of this type, although what's made could have been created without the involvement of any being whatsoever. Some type of spontaneous generation, perhaps? See also The Power of Creation.

Contrast Destroyer Deity (if the maker happens to be God, the destroyer deity is likely to be The Anti-God), though some gods may be enough of a multitasker that they combine both the creator and destroyer god roles.

Don't confuse with Thank the Maker.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

     Comic Books  
  • Franklin Richards, of Marvel's Fantastic Four, who once created a pocket universe in order to reincarnate his family and the Avengers after they "died" fighting Onslaught.
    • Ultimate Reed Richards also creates a pocket universe, one that's positively utopian... then tries to sue it to replace the real world. Oh, and he's actually called 'The Maker'.
  • Superman, who creates an entire pocket universe in All-Star Superman.
  • In the Mega Crisis Crossover DC vs Marvel each of the two universes was created by one of two superdeities called The Brothers. Presumably they have a father & mother, as well as some other siblings to oversee Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, etc.
  • The titular Lucifer is often referred to as the Maker or the Creator by the denizens of the universe he creates, although he forbids them to actually worship him.
  • Invoked at the end of Watchmen: Just before Dr. Manhattan leaves Earth for good, he mentions that he finds human life sufficiently interesting that he might "create some" where he's going.

     Fan Works 
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic Dominus Mundi The King Of Kings, the ancient human inhabitants of Al-Antidia created a universe (not a virtual universe, but a proper one) with the sole purpose of storing information. For several reasons, it later grew a mind of its own.
  • In the Pony POV Series, certain members of the Pantheon created species and are known as their Mother/Father Gods/Goddesses. Tiamat and Bahamut are the creators of the Dragons, while Mother Deer created the Deers, and Celestia created the Phoenixes and co-created the Crabnasties with Discord before his Face–Heel Turn. Leo, one of Celestia and Luna's siblings who later became the Sea Pony's god King Leo, is the creator of the ponies.

     Film  
  • TRON: Legacy: Kevin Flynn, Sam's father, creates a virtual realm named "The Grid".

     Literature  
  • Eru Ilúvatar from The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.
  • Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Discworld has at least four: The Creator who began the entire universe (with an analog to a musical number), the being who built the actual Disc (on commission), the God of Evolution who designed most of the actual species (carefully ignoring the fact that by the definition of evolution, his job makes no sense), and the being who added the continent of XXXX to the Disc (he has a thing for kangaroos). Incidentally, Rincewind has, at least indirectly, interfered with all of these. The Science of Discworld also introduces the wizards of the Unseen University accidentally creating our universe as the side effect of a magical experiment, with particular mention going to the Dean for sticking his fingers in the Bigger on the Inside sphere and wiggling them, apparently causing the Big Bang. They didn't create the planets and life in the universe, though, and were quite puzzled as to where those came from, thinking there might be some gods lurking in the other universe after all.
  • Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon, is a 1937 science fiction novel which broke new ground by exploring the concept in relationship to the size and scale of the known universe and the fact that most of the universe seems to consist of empty space with occasional blobs of flaming hydrogen. Which, in the story, turn out to be sentient. As were the nebulae the galaxies condensed from.
  • The Lord Ruler in Mistborn created three sentient races using hemalurgy; the koloss, the kandra and the Steel Inquisitors. The Inquisitors function essentially as an elite group within the Lord Ruler's priesthood and don't really have a culture of their own, and the koloss are too bestial to give much thought to their origins, but the kandra revere the Lord Ruler, whom they call "Father" (much to the consternation of Vin, the woman who killed the Lord Ruler, when she found out; her kandra companion pointed out that it's entirely possible to love and respect one's father while admitting he wasn't a good person).
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen has the Azathanai, who created races of their own, either as servants or experiments or simply because they could. The Kharkanas Trilogy goes into more detail on which species was created by what Azathanai, with Draconus being most prominent in the books as the creator of the Tiste people.

     Live Action TV 
  • Babylon 5 has a number of religions, both human and alien, which include The Great Maker as a vaguely-defined deity (distinct from the real-world religions also present in the show). Most of them are monotheistic, although the Centauri add a whole pantheon of more specialized gods to the mix.
  • Played for laughs: Mel Brooks' short-lived Robin Hood spoof When Things Were Rotten had Renaldo framed for misdeeds performed by a doppelganger of him. When the Merry Men confront and try him, Renaldo insists he's innocent.
    Little John: Tell that to your Maker!
    Renaldo: My...Maker? (to camera) MEL!!!!!!

     Mythology and Religion  
  • God.
  • Most mythologies have one. For more information, see http://www.bigmyth.com/
  • Classical Mythology has several gods responsible for different aspects of the world. For instance modern humans were created by Prometheus... who is generally considered to have done a poor job (because he had to throw something together at the last minute after his co-creator used all the good traits on other animals).

     Tabletop Role Playing Game  
  • In Dungeons & Dragons a being called the Demiurge created the multiverse at the cost of his life.

     Video Games  
  • Arceus from Pokémon.
  • One of the names for the Seneschals from Dragon's Dogma is The Maker. The world is shaped by the will of them, however, they are bound to live beyond the Rift for eternity, unable to free themselves without the use of Godsbane, each Arisen is designated to hunt down the dragon who stole their heart and surpass the Arisen, hence the cycle of eternal return..
  • The Maker from Dragon Age. Or so the Chantry claims. Among cultures that don't follow the Chant of Light, In-Universe theories abound that "the Maker" is simply a particularly powerful Fade spirit whose authority nobody dared to challenge, if he even existed in the first place.
  • You, the player, in Spore.
  • In the Myst universe, the race of D'ni believe in a god called "the Maker", who it is believed wrote everything into existence (as Rewriting Reality is a major theme).
  • Jubileus from Bayonetta is explicitly called the Creator by several accounts, including various enemies in the game. In The Hierarchy of Laguna, she is the only Angel with the title of Dea (Goddess in Latin). She also is a major example of Light Is Not Good, as Jubileus is the Sealed Evil in a Can Final Boss.
  • The creator god in Final Fantasy XIII is identified as the Maker. It turns out that the entire conflict between Pulse and Cocoon has been engineered by the fal'Cie in an attempt to summon him back to fix their mistakes.
    • And by the end of the story, the creator god is revealed to be a Living Weapon of the Top God, who immediately summons him in seconds as an ultimate weapon after being pissed off too many times by his chosen disciples, making the Fal'Cie's attempts at reviving their maker a Shoot the Shaggy Dog story. The heroes react to this screwed-up twist by punching him to death.
  • Luther Lansfeld in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is revealed to be the creator of the Universe. In this case, he is actually a programmer who created a virtual universe inside a simulator.
  • Chakravartin from Asura's Wrath is described as the Creator and the originator of mantra.
  • Echidna (naturally) from Conquest of Elysium 3 spawns random swamp monsters every turn.
  • You are the Creator in Drawn to Life. who drew the world of the Raposa's
  • Very little is said of Armok in Dwarf Fortress, but they seem to be creator and destroyer alike of the Dwarf Fortress worlds. And perhaps a representation of the player.
  • In Terra Battle, the world is dying and you lead a band of adventurers to seek The Maker, who lives in the world's core, to save the world. Then halfway through you find out the true identity of the Maker: A gigantic, sentient, living spaceship called Animata. It burrows into planets, collect DNA from the living beings, then use them to create its own creatures. It sustains itself by absorbing life energy of its own creations, sometimes through a sacrifice. The reason why the world is dying is because Palpa, the sacrifice, has not been sacrificed yet, thus not providing it with any energy.
  • The Elder Scrolls offers several deities who created "creation" itself and then created the mortal plane, Mundus. To note:
    • Anu and Padomay. "Twin brothers" who are the Anthropomorphic Personifications of the primordial forces of "stasis/order/light" and "change/chaos/darkness", respectively. The series' primary Creation Myth states that their interplay in the great "void" of pre-creation led to creation itself. Creation, sometimes anthropomorphized as the female entity "Nir", favored Anu, which angered Padomay. Padomay killed Nir and shattered the twelve worlds she gave birth to. Anu then wounded Padomay, presuming him dead. Anu salvaged the pieces of the twelve worlds to create one world: Nirn. Padomay returned and wounded Anu, seeking to destroy Nirn. Anu then pulled Padomay and himself outside of time, ending Padomay's threat to creation "forever". From the intermingling of their spilled blood came the "et'Ada", or "original spirits", who would go on to become either the Aedra or the Daedra depending on their actions during creation. (Some myths state that the Aedra come from the mixed blood of Anu and Padomay, while the Daedra come purely from the blood of Padomay).
    • One of these spirits, said to have been "begat" by Padomay, was Lorkhan (also known by many other names). Depending on the version of the myth, he convinced/tricked some of the other et'Ada into helping him create the mortal plane, known as Mundus. (The races of Mer, or Elves, generally believe this was a cruel trick that robbed their ancestors of their pre-creation divinity while the races of Men believe it was a good thing, releasing the spirits from eternal stasis.) Those et'Ada who sacrificed large parts of their being to create Mundus became known as the Aedra ("Our Ancestors" in Old Aldmeris), while those that did not participate became the Daedra ("Not Our Ancestors"). For his treachery, the Aedra "killed" Lorkhan and tore out his "divine center" (heart), which they cast down into the mortal world he helped to create. His spirit then wandered Mundus, occasionally taking physical mortal forms, known as "Shezarrines" after Lorkhan's Imperial name, Shezarr.
    • The Aedra sacrificed a large portion of their divine power in order to create the mortal world. They were originally many in number, but only 8 survived the creation of Mundus. (And depending on the story, even they did not truly "survive," but they are dead and "dreaming the are alive.") These 8 are known as the "Divines" and would become the primary deities worshiped by the Church of the Divines. Their sacrifice has left them weak, and thus they prefer a lighter touch in dealing with the mortal world, most often acting through mortal agents and reserving direct Divine Intervention for only the most dire of circumstances, such as averting The End of the World as We Know It.
  • The four Lord Soul bearers from Dark Souls can be seen as this for the various forms of "life" that exist; Gwyn was the first of the Gods and physically sired many children, Nito was the first of the dead and presided over the fabric of death, the Witch of Izalith became the mother of Demonkind after she tried to make a new First Flame from her Life Soul and became the Bed of Chaos, and the Furtive Pygmy was the first of both the Pygmies and Man, as his Dark Soul was divided up amongst those who would become the Pygmy Lords of the Ringed City and humans in the form of Humanity.

     Web Comics  
  • In the universe of Sluggy Freelance, The One didn't bother to create everything itself but created Protoazo the Creator to do this.

     Web Original  
  • Fargöth is this in the Fictional Video Game in which Noob takes place. He's the one who created the universe and its gods (or Sources in the game's terms), only to have the latter get into a Divine Conflict that drives the game's plot.

     Western Animation  

Alternative Title(s): The Creator, Creator Deity, Mother Of Monsters, Creator God

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