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.


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     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.

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

  • 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.

     Mythology and Religion  

     Tabletop Role Playing Game  
  • In Dungeons and 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.

     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.

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