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Grandpa God is a manifestation of how many people, at least in the West, like to view their Almighty Deity -- pretty much as being the personification of their grandfather. Because let's face it -- like it or not, when most people think of religion, particularly UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}, they end up thinking of something old -- as in, [[TimeAbyss several thousand/billion years old.]] [[labelnote:*]] Even though 2000 years is young as religions go. [[/labelnote]] If {{God}}'s been around telling us to do stuff this whole time, He simply ''has'' to look like an old family authority figure, or else how would we know well enough to respect Him?

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Grandpa God is a manifestation of how many people, at least in the West, like to view their Almighty Deity -- pretty much as being the personification of their grandfather. Because let's face it -- like it or not, when most people think of religion, particularly UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}, they end up thinking of something old -- as in, [[TimeAbyss several thousand/billion years old.]] [[labelnote:*]] Even though 2000 years is young as religions go. [[/labelnote]] If {{God}}'s been around telling us to do stuff this whole time, He simply ''has'' to look like an old family authority figure, or else how would we know well enough to respect Him?


Some believe that this portrayal of the Christian God is taken from the Greeks' image of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]]. Of course, it could also be that Zeus's portrayal came about from the same association of divinity with wisdom and age that motivated Christians to portray God as elderly. After all, this same association motivates artists to create mystical old men like SantaClaus, [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]], and [[Literature/HarryPotter Dumbledore]].

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Some believe that this portrayal of the Christian God is taken from the Greeks' image of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]]. Of course, it could also be that Zeus's portrayal came about from the same association of divinity with wisdom and age that motivated Christians to portray God as elderly. After all, this same association motivates artists to create mystical old men like SantaClaus, SantaClaus and WizardClassic characters like [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]], Gandalf]] and [[Literature/HarryPotter Dumbledore]].


* Zeus is also usually shown like this, as in modern adaptations such as ''Clash of the Titans'' and ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II''. Even though he isn't exactly the same kind of deity, it's quite likely that his artistic portrayal ended up inspiring later images of the Abrahamic {{God}}, [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen except for the Muslim one]].

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* Zeus is also usually shown like this, as in modern adaptations such as ''Clash of the Titans'' and ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II''.''VideoGame/GodOfWarII''. Even though he isn't exactly the same kind of deity, it's quite likely that his artistic portrayal ended up inspiring later images of the Abrahamic {{God}}, [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen except for the Muslim one]].


* One of the panelists at the [[SerialKiller "Cereal Convention"]] in ''ComicBook/{{Sandman}}'' is a tall, wild-haired, thick-bearded man whose table-tent name plaque reads "God".

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* One of the panelists at the [[SerialKiller "Cereal Convention"]] in ''ComicBook/{{Sandman}}'' ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' is a tall, wild-haired, thick-bearded man whose table-tent name plaque reads "God".


** Subverted: There's a bearded, white-haired, white-robed figure who calls himself Father...but he's the BigBad and the closest thing their universe has to a {{Satan}} figure. He's trying to invoke this, though; he has a [[IAmAGod god complex]]. [[spoiler: (He's also Ed and Al's ''brother,'' not their grandfather.)]]

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** Subverted: There's a bearded, white-haired, white-robed figure who calls himself Father...but he's the BigBad and the closest thing their universe has to a {{Satan}} figure. He's trying to invoke this, though; he has a [[IAmAGod [[AGodAmI god complex]]. [[spoiler: (He's also Ed and Al's ''brother,'' not their grandfather.)]]

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': After the Golden Age of Comics ended and the Greek pantheon started to show up in the book Zeus was, is and always has been depicted as an older man with grey hair and a beard, even though his older sisters all look like they're twenty at most.


* All the gods, at least UL and Aldur, in Belgariad. Subverted, in that Belar looks and acts like a youth, and Torak, who does not have a beard. This actually becomes a joke in the second series.
* The Literature/LeftBehind series' depiction of God in the form of Jesus Christ, based on the Literature/BookOfRevelation. Notably in the Dramatic Audio version of ''Glorious Appearing'', it doesn't stop Naomi Tiberias from commenting on how handsome He is.

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* All ''Literature/TheBelgariad'':
** TopGod UL, father of
the gods, at least UL universe, takes the form of a kindly old man with a white beard and a [[PhosphorEssence nimbus of white light]].
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Aldur, god of magic, appears as a white-bearded old man in Belgariad. Subverted, in that Belar looks and acts like a youth, and Torak, who does not have a beard. This actually becomes a joke in robes. His sorcerer acolytes try to emulate him, making him the second series.
in-universe source of the WizardClassic image.
* The Literature/LeftBehind ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series' depiction of God in the form of Jesus Christ, based on the Literature/BookOfRevelation. Notably in the Dramatic Audio version of ''Glorious Appearing'', it doesn't stop Naomi Tiberias from commenting on how handsome He is.


** That hasn't stopped some church painters, particularly in the South Slavic Orthodox tradition, to depict God (yes, the Father) as an old man. In Bulgarian he's also sometimes colloquially addressed as literally "Grandpa God".
** The dove is most likely a metaphor as well, though.
* OlderThanFeudalism in ''Literature/TheBible''
** Flipside is that, in Genesis, God says man will be made in His image. Now we begin to discuss the belly-button issue... though most modern Christians interpret "in His image" as referring to the whole sentience/self-awareness thing.
** The Biblical concept of God as the "Ancient of Days" from the book of Daniel, in which the titular prophet has a vision of God as a white-haired, ancient figure on a throne. Depending on exactly when the book was written.
** Averted in Samuel 2. It claims that He has smoke coming from His nostrils and as having fire breath (with smoke coming off that). ''Highly'' likely to be [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm some kind of metaphor]], especially as it just mentioned he is angry.
** Technically, no one can see the true form of the Judeo-Christian God (specifically His face) and live, due to mankind's inherent sinfulness, as God is 100% perfect and holy. Even though Moses and God were pretty much the best of buddies, God disallowed Moses from looking at His face, instead hiding Moses in the cleft of a rock and covering it with His hand, only allowing Moses to see God's back.



** Also subverted by the Book of Revelation, which starts out with John (the human author) interacting with God and writing down His messages to the seven churches. Remarkably, verses [=1:12-17=] give a broad physical description of God which generally conforms to this trope, including the white hair and robes, [[PowerGlows glowing eyes and feet]] and a booming voice. The only thing that really stands out is that God also wears a golden belt around His waist.

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** Also subverted by the Book of Revelation, which starts out with John (the human author) interacting with God and writing down His messages to the seven churches. Remarkably, verses [=1:12-17=] give a broad physical description of God which generally conforms to this trope, including the white hair and robes, [[PowerGlows glowing eyes and feet]] and a booming voice. The only thing that really stands out is that God also wears a golden belt around His waist.



* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'' plays a funny twist on this one: here, God is a graying old man, and also a StupidGood hippie. Aside from thinking HumansAreBastards and wiping the whole universe from the face of existence that is.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'' plays a funny twist on this one: here, God is a graying old man, and also a StupidGood hippie. Aside from thinking HumansAreBastards and wiping the whole universe from the face of existence that is.


** Subverted: There's a bearded, white-haired, white-robed figure who calls himself Father...but he's TheBigBad and the closest thing their universe has to a {{Satan}} figure. He's trying to invoke this, though; he has a [[IAmAGod god complex]]. [[spoiler: (He's also Ed and Al's ''brother,'' not their grandfather.)]]

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** Subverted: There's a bearded, white-haired, white-robed figure who calls himself Father...but he's TheBigBad the BigBad and the closest thing their universe has to a {{Satan}} figure. He's trying to invoke this, though; he has a [[IAmAGod god complex]]. [[spoiler: (He's also Ed and Al's ''brother,'' not their grandfather.)]]

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** That hasn't stopped some church painters, particularly in the South Slavic Orthodox tradition, to depict God (yes, the Father) as an old man. In Bulgarian he's also sometimes colloquially addressed as literally "Grandpa God".


* God as a cranky old man appears in one chapter of Creator/AkiraToriyama 's ''Manga/DoctorSlump''. He looks almost exactly like Master Roshi in ''DragonBall'', and acts almost like him too. (He lives in a small house in the skies, eats, watches TV, reads porn and so on). [[labelnote:Full confession]]He ''is'' Master Roshi. Or Master Roshi is the God from ''Dr. Slump''. Apparently Toriyama liked the character so much, that he redesigned him in ''Dragon Ball'' as the perverted Turtle Hermit. They're even voiced by the same voice actor in Japan (the late Miyauchi Kohei.)[[/labelnote]]

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* God as a cranky old man appears in one chapter of Creator/AkiraToriyama 's ''Manga/DoctorSlump''. He looks almost exactly like Master Roshi in ''DragonBall'', ''Franchise/DragonBall'', and acts almost like him too. (He lives in a small house in the skies, eats, watches TV, reads porn and so on). [[labelnote:Full confession]]He ''is'' Master Roshi. Or Master Roshi is the God from ''Dr. Slump''. Apparently Toriyama liked the character so much, that he redesigned him in ''Dragon Ball'' as the perverted Turtle Hermit. They're even voiced by the same voice actor in Japan (the late Miyauchi Kohei.)[[/labelnote]]

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* Played straight in the underground comic ''ComicBook/GodNose''. God is depicted as an elderly male with a long white beard and even a CoolCrown.


Grandpa God is a manifestation of how many people, at least in the West, like to view their Almighty Deity -- pretty much as being the personification of their grandfather. Because let's face it -- like it or not, when most people think of religion, particularly UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}, they end up thinking of something old -- as in, [[TimeAbyss several thousand/billion years old.]] [[labelnote:*]] Even though 2000 years is young as religions go. [[/labelnote]] If {{God}}'s been around telling us to do stuff this whole time, He simply ''has'' to look like an old family authority figure, [[GenreSavvy or else how would we know well enough to respect Him?]]

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Grandpa God is a manifestation of how many people, at least in the West, like to view their Almighty Deity -- pretty much as being the personification of their grandfather. Because let's face it -- like it or not, when most people think of religion, particularly UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}, they end up thinking of something old -- as in, [[TimeAbyss several thousand/billion years old.]] [[labelnote:*]] Even though 2000 years is young as religions go. [[/labelnote]] If {{God}}'s been around telling us to do stuff this whole time, He simply ''has'' to look like an old family authority figure, [[GenreSavvy or else how would we know well enough to respect Him?]]
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%%* ''Webcomic/TheBrickTestament'' depicts God this way, although since the comic covers the Old Testament as well as the New, he is shown to be [[BadassGrandpa decidedly less benevolent]].

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%%* ''Webcomic/TheBrickTestament'' depicts God this way, although since the comic covers the Old Testament as well as the New, he is shown to be [[BadassGrandpa decidedly less benevolent]].benevolent.


Grandpa God is a manifestation of how many people, at least in the West, like to view their Almighty Deity -- pretty much as being the personification of their grandfather. Because let's face it -- like it or not, when most people think of religion, particularly UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}, they end up thinking of something old -- as in, [[TimeAbyss several thousand/billion years old.]] If {{God}}'s been around telling us to do stuff this whole time, He simply ''has'' to look like an old family authority figure, [[GenreSavvy or else how would we know well enough to respect Him?]]

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Grandpa God is a manifestation of how many people, at least in the West, like to view their Almighty Deity -- pretty much as being the personification of their grandfather. Because let's face it -- like it or not, when most people think of religion, particularly UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}, they end up thinking of something old -- as in, [[TimeAbyss several thousand/billion years old.]] [[labelnote:*]] Even though 2000 years is young as religions go. [[/labelnote]] If {{God}}'s been around telling us to do stuff this whole time, He simply ''has'' to look like an old family authority figure, [[GenreSavvy or else how would we know well enough to respect Him?]]

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