->''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, ''Franchise/DragonAge''

A person/people (often a [[OurGodsAreDifferent god]], although the occasional MadScientist or EvilutionaryBiologist dabbles in this as well), that has/have [[ThePowerOfCreation 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 KingOfTheGods of the race's respective [[FantasyPantheon pantheon]]. The creator of the world or setting is often [[TheOldGods above these gods]], someone who may in fact be the GodOfTheGods.

A common subtype has a being that personally created the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monsters]] of the setting, which is usually inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna_%28mythology%29 Echidna]], who mothered so many of the monsters found throughout Myth/GreekMythology to earn the title "Mother of Monsters."

A CreationMyth 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 ThePowerOfCreation.

Contrast DestroyerDeity (if the maker happens to be {{God}}, the destroyer deity is likely to be TheAntiGod), though some gods may be enough of a multitasker that they ''combine'' both the creator and destroyer god roles.

Don't confuse with ThankTheMaker.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* The Lifemaker in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWHenTheyCry'', Maria is thought to be able to become a Creator witch - a witch who is able to create a world out of nothing.
* [[spoiler:Mokona]] of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' created Cephiro to be a peaceful land under a Pillar System after becoming dissatisfied with the way Earth turned out.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Taiitsukun is the one who created the Universe of TheFourGods.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Franklin Richards, of Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', who once created a pocket universe in order to reincarnate his family and the Avengers after they "died" fighting ComicBook/{{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 ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''.
* In the Mega CrisisCrossover ''DC vs Marvel'' each of the two universes was created by one of two [[TheOmnipotent superdeities]] called The Brothers. [[WildMassGuessing Presumably]] they have a father & mother, as well as some other siblings to oversee Creator/DarkHorseComics, Creator/ImageComics, etc.
* The titular ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'' is often referred to as the Maker or the Creator by the denizens of the universe he creates, although [[StopWorshippingMe he forbids them to actually worship him]].
* Invoked at the end of ''ComicBook/{{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.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''FanFic/DominusMundiTheKingOfKings'', 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 ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', 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 FaceHeelTurn.
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[[folder: Film ]]
* ''TronLegacy'': Kevin Flynn, Sam's father, creates a virtual realm named "The Grid".
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* Eru Ilúvatar from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', ''Literature/TheHobbit'', and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* Aslan from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
* ''Literature/{{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. ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' 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 BiggerOnTheInside 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.
* ''Literature/StarMaker'', by Creator/OlafStapledon, 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. [[spoiler: Which, in the story, turn out to be sentient. As were the nebulae the galaxies condensed from.]]
* [[EvilOverlord The Lord Ruler]] in ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'' created three sentient races using [[BloodMagic hemalurgy]]; the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent koloss]], the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting kandra]] and the [[ImplacableMan 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 [[spoiler: 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).
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has the Azathanai, who created races of their own, either as servants or experiments or simply because they could. ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'' 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.
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* Series/BabylonFive 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.
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[[folder: Mythology and Religion ]]
* [[Literature/TheBible God]].
* Most mythologies have one. For more information, see http://www.bigmyth.com/
* Myth/ClassicalMythology 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).
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[[folder: Tabletop Role Playing Game ]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' a being called the Demiurge created the multiverse at the cost of his life.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* [[{{God}} Arceus]] from ''{{Pokemon}}''.
* One of the names for the [[spoiler: [[AGodIsYou Seneschals]]]] from ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Maker]]. The world is shaped by the will of them, [[spoiler: however, they are bound to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever live beyond the Rift for eternity]], unable to free themselves without the use of [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Godsbane]], each Arisen is designated to hunt down the dragon who stole their heart and surpass the Arisen, hence the cycle of eternal return.]].
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Maker]] from ''Franchise/DragonAge''. Or so the [[TheChurch Chantry]] claims. Among cultures that don't follow the Chant of Light, InUniverse 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 ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' universe, the race of D'ni believe in a god called "the Maker", who it is believed wrote everything into existence (as RewritingReality is a major theme).
* Jubileus from ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' is explicitly called the Creator by several accounts, including various enemies in the game. In [[OurAngelsAreDifferent The Hierarchy of Laguna]], she is the only Angel with the title of ''Dea'' ({{God}}dess [[AltumVidetur in Latin]]). [[spoiler:She also is a ''major'' example of LightIsNotGood, as Jubileus is the SealedEvilInACan FinalBoss.]]
* The creator god in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is identified as the Maker. [[spoiler: 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, [[spoiler:the creator god is revealed to be a LivingWeapon of the TopGod, 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 ShootTheShaggyDog story]]. The heroes react to this screwed-up twist by punching him to death.
* [[spoiler: Luther Lansfeld]] in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' is revealed to be the creator of the Universe. [[spoiler: In this case, he is actually a programmer who created a virtual universe inside a simulator.]]
* [[spoiler:Chakravartin]] from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' 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 [[TheGhost Armok]] in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', but they seem to be creator and [[DestroyerDeity destroyer]] alike of the Dwarf Fortress worlds. And perhaps a representation of the player.
* In ''VideoGame/TerraBattle'', 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: [[spoiler: 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.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' 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 [[OrderVersusChaos "stasis/order/light" and "change/chaos/darkness"]], respectively. The series' primary CreationMyth 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, [[DrivenByEnvy which angered Padomay]]. Padomay killed Nir and [[EarthShatteringKaboom 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 [[TakingYouWithMe pulled Padomay and himself outside of time]], ending Padomay's threat to creation "forever". From the [[PiecesOfGod intermingling of their spilled blood]] came the "et'Ada", or "original spirits", who would go on to become either the [[OurGodsAreDifferent 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 [[IHaveManyNames 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 [[OurElvesAreBetter 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 [[ClassicalTongue Old Aldmeris]]), while those that did not participate became the Daedra ("Not Our Ancestors"). For his treachery, the Aedra [[GodIsDead "killed" Lorkhan]] and tore out his "[[CosmicKeystone divine center]]" (heart), which they cast down into the mortal world he helped to create. His spirit then wandered Mundus, occasionally taking [[GodInHumanForm physical mortal forms]], known as "[[EternalHero 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 [[GodIsDead are dead]] and "dreaming the are alive.") These 8 are known as the "Divines" and would become the primary deities worshiped by the [[SaintlyChurch Church of the Divines]]. Their sacrifice has [[HaveYouSeenMyGod left them weak]], and thus they prefer [[MysteriousWays a lighter touch]] in dealing with the mortal world, most often acting through [[MissionFromGod mortal agents]] and [[GodzillaThreshold reserving]] direct DivineIntervention for only the most dire of circumstances, such as averting TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* In the universe of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', [[{{God}} The One]] didn't bother to create everything itself but created Protoazo the Creator to do this.
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[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Fargöth is this in the FictionalVideoGame in which ''Franchise/{{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 DivineConflict that drives the game's plot.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In a HalloweenEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa inadvertently creates a species of tiny people in a petrie dish, who look on her as their God (and Bart as the Devil).
* Franz Hopper in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''.
* Primus, the creator of Cybertronians in ''{{Transformers}}''. Also a PhysicalGod, and sort of a GeniusLoci, since he's Cybertron itself.
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