A dialog trope where Bob calls Alice a god, but metaphorically. As in Bob doesn't actually think Alice is a god (nor is Alice actually a god), just that she did something, or several things, that Bob thinks is really awesome. What Alice does can vary. It could be getting everyone in her office a raise with a stingy boss, to her being a rock star.
Often phrased as "You're my god" or "He/She is a god to me". "Personal Jesus" is another phrase in common use.
A Sub-Trope of Blasphemous Praise. Sister Trope to Bigger Than Jesus (when someone gets this a lot and quotes The Beatles) and Answers to the Name of God (when someone says "Oh God" and the character replies, "Yes?"). The romantic version of this is Love Is Like Religion.
Contrast Moral Event Horizon.
Not to be confused with God Guise, nor if someone has actually done a miracle.
- Used as a Running Gag in Attack on Titan. Krista Lenz is frequently referred to as a "Goddess" by her comrades, with Sasha initially mistaking the girl for God during their first meeting.
- Berserk: Griffith tends to be seen metaphorically as a saint or angel by many people he encounters because of his unearthly beauty and charismatic leadership skills. His second-in-command, Casca, admits to Guts that Griffith has been like God to her ever since he saved her as a girl; Judeau explains that her feelings toward Griffith go beyond love, and are more like worship. The strange thing is that later in the story he gains godlike powers by sacrificing his humanity, thus literally fulfilling what before was spoken of only metaphorically.
- In Black Butler, Prince Soma's khansama (butler) Agni thinks of him this way, ever since the prince saved his life.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Tim Marcoh is largely responsible for the near extermination of the Ishvalan race, and feels horrible about it. Marcoh ends up saying this to Scar, one of the surviving Ishvalans, as a sign of his own humility, but it only serves to piss Scar off. Marcoh wanted Scar to kill him (both to atone for his sins and so that he could never be forced to make another Philosopher's Stone), but in the end Scar had other plans.
- In Gravitation, Shuichi has said numerous times that Ryuichi is a god to him.
- Enrico Pucci thinks very highly of Dio Brando in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Pucci: You are the king of kings. Where will you end up? I want to see it to the end. I love you as I love God.
- Overlord (2012): Played for Drama in that the Nazarick denizens really do think Ainz is a god: since they're custom-designed NPCs brought to life by means unexplained, the think of Ainz and his fellow guildmembers as creator deities, despite Ainz' efforts to convince them otherwise (since they're no longer in a game, he can't edit or create new NPCs anymore).
- In Mighty Avengers Jocasta claims this is how she and most sentient machines view Hank Pym, the creator of Ultron, as he created one of the first and most advanced true independent A.I in the Marvel Universe. This is later backed up in Secret Avengers, where a planned machine uprising has the death of their 'god', Pym, as one of their key objectives.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Ultra Magnus is well regarded and feared by both sides in the war. When dealing with a Galactic Counsel detachment, who are known for their hatred of Cybertronians, the captain is honored to meet Magnus and it's revealed that most of the command structure respects his rigid adherence to the law both in letter and spirit. With the Reveal that Magnus is a Legacy Character whose original died long ago, the current Magnus, Minimus Ambus, reveals that he thought of Ultra Magnus as this, the fair and just lawman that he always aspired to be.
- Touched on in the Contractually Obligated Chaos series, in a Call-Back to an episode of the show. Reminding his listeners (and the reader) that Beetlejuice has an actual functioning shrine for Lydia inside his head, the Fairy Godfather observes that while best friends don't normally get shrines, goddesses do. She's naturally a little uncomfortable with that implication.
- in the Bleach fanfic Heirverse Gin's petname for Aizen is his 'Sun', and references to the legend of Helios are made constantly.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Metal Man sees Wily as a god. It's not played for laughs.
- Demonstrated by Shino to Naruto in Naruto Genkyouien, by word in the chapter linked, and to an increasing degree as the story progresses. Shino, apparently a shameless pervert, is openly admiring of Naruto's apparent and implied success with the various attractive human-form kitsune he finds himself surrounded by.
"That Naruto..." Kiba mumbled. "...he needs to answer some questions...""Just 'some'?" Ino contested. "I'll go with 'a lot' myself.""He might have just become my new God."Everyone stared at Shino very, very oddly.
- In basically any Naruto fanfiction where Naruto either sleeps with, gropes, or exposes Tsunade in some fashion, Jiraiya will declare him God and/or Master.
- Discussed in Poké Wars: The Defervescence, when Ho-oh and Uxie meet a giant Alakazam that quickly pledges his services to Uxie:
Ho-oh: "Might I ask what you told the Alakazam to inspire such reverence for you?"Uxie: "Alakazam are creatures of intellect, more so than other psychics. Knowledge valued as much as air. Meeting creator of their lively hood akin to humans meeting their god. Am in uncomfortable position of being revered as much as Arceus."Ho-oh: "Many would kill for that kind of loyalty."Uxie: "Unnecessary reverence. Did not bestow knowledge, only gave tools with which to reach current status. Sculptor praised for creating art from block of marble, not manufacturer of chisel and hammer. Illogical to believe otherwise. Saddening to see one of such wisdom and intellect blinded by unnecessary worship. Another example of emotions becoming obstacle in clarity. Preferable to no longer have them. Allows for better work ethic."
- Downplayed in Domovoi, as the Jaegers do refer to Caitlin Lightcap as a deity of sorts for creating the Jaeger project, but mostly in the form of swearwords ("Lightcap-dammit" being one example). Dr. Lightcap is not amused.
- In A Knight's Tale, William tells Wat why he is listening to Jocelyn when she tells him to lose the tournament.
Wat: And your love? Have you proven that yet?William: Wat, you remember church as a boy. The fear, the passion. That's what she makes me feel. And for that, I say my rosary to Jocelyn and no one else.Wat: William, that's blasphemous.William: Then may I burn in hell.
- When Neo gives a hacking disk to a client in The Matrix, the client says "You're my savior, my own personal Jesus Christ." This is a downplayed variation, as he seems to be just being nice instead of thinking Neo was amazing. Also a very subtle form of Foreshadowing, as that's what Neo ends up becoming.
- Said by Roy in the movie Wolf, when Will tells him of a ballsy business stunt he is going to pull.
- Referenced very quietly in one passage of Louisa May Alcott's Eight Cousins, when Uncle Alec's beloved niece Rose is battling what appears to be pneumonia, and may die. Alec, a seasoned world traveler, has many relics of his visits to India and other faraway lands, and he shakes his fist at the carved image of an Indian god as if the god had somehow caused the illness in "[Alec's] own little goddess."
- A non-blasphemous example: in a conversation Leon Fortunato has with David Hassid in the Left Behind book Assassins, Leon asks David who he finds to be the most inspirational person that he idolizes, and David answers "My father", saying that "he's like God to me". Leon says that he would want to meet him someday, and David says there's a very good chance that Leon will, face to face.
- David, protagonist of The Reckoners Trilogy, initially thinks of the titular Cape Buster group, which he spent his adolescence dreaming and scheming to join, in these terms.
David (first person narration): It was bizarre to see them as people. A part of me was actually disappointed. My gods were regular humans who squabbled, laughed, got on one another's nerves, and - in Abraham's case - snored when they slept. Loudly.
- A non-humorous example occurs in Tai Pan, when one character tells Dirk Struan that he is God to her. He doesn't actually like hearing this, as he is a devout Christian, has been trying to have a mentor-relationship with the woman in question, and probably recognises such a declaration as the result of her slavish admiration and unhealthy obsession with him.
Joey: Heh. Let me get this straight. He got you to beg to sleep with him. He got you to say he never has to call you again. And he got you thinking this is a great idea?
Phoebe: [weakly] Uh-huh.
Joey: This man is my god!
- That '70s Show when Fez and Kelso think Eric slept with Donna's mom, they prostrate themselves on the floor and call him a god.
Kelso: A GOD I SAY!
- How I Met Your Mother
- Randy says this to Barney.
- Barney also idolizes Marshall for a short time after he accidentally sends him to flirt with his own bride to laugh at his failure.
- Abby, in one episode of NCIS, tells McGee that "You are a god among men" when he partially solves a problem she's having with some evidence. He then redirects the comment to Gibbs ("I'm not a god among men, you are") when Gibbs makes a comment that helps McGee figure out the rest of the problem.
- While Chloe has always been a Hero-Worshipper to Clark, ironically, the only time she called him something along the lines, he was demanding her to help him find a crystal when she is already waist-deep in her own problems. She tells him to stop looking down on her from Olympus.
- A straight(er) example in Lara: Kara says Zor-El always seems to be a god to her but she finds out he has a thing for his brother's wife.
- Doctor Who. In "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", the Villain of the Week Magnus Greel uses a God Guise, but doesn't try to hide the fact that he's actually a time traveler from Li H'sen Chang, to whom it makes no difference as Greel raised him up from a humble Chinese peasant to a magician who performs before crowned heads of Europe.
Doctor: You know he's not a God, don't you?
Chang: He came to me like a God, in his cabinet of fire!
- I, Claudius. Herod tells Claudius that when he first came to Rome as a royal hostage, all the Romans seemed like gods, even him. Ironically Herod later dies after pretending to be the Son of God in a bid for power.
- The Depeche Mode song Personal Jesus, where it's arguably deconstructed, as the one who has a personal Jesus is alone and lonely.
- Inverted in the Keith Urban song "You're Not My God" about getting over drugs.
- Vertical Horizon's song "You're a God", which ironically seems to be implying that particular feeling toward the subject is gone.
- Assassins: Two characters sing a duet love song, "Unworthy of Your Love", in which each declares that they worship the figures of their desire as if they were gods. This would seem very touching, except that the characters aren't singing to each other: they are Lynnette 'Squeaky' Fromme and John Hinckley Jr, and the objects of their ardor are Charles Manson and Jody Foster, respectively - each is explaining why they must kill the US president to prove their devotion. The effect is creepy in the extreme.
- The Warden, in Dragon Age: Origins, can be seen this way by his/her party members if their approval rating is high enough. A few lines of party banter state it outright.
Zevran (to Shale): Take a long look at our Grey Warden, my good friend. Right there we have an object worthy of worship, no?
- In Half-Life 2, Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance are seen this way by the Vortigaunts, calling them "the Freeman" and "the Alyx Vance" respectively.
- In Knights of the Old Republic, Juhani describes the renegade Jedi who freed her from slavery on Taris as this, citing them as the reason why she felt the call to go to Dantooine and pursue the Jedi path. It's later revealed that this Jedi was actually Darth Revan before their fall to the Dark-Side, ironically the very person she's speaking to, implanted with Laser-Guided Amnesia by the Jedi Council.
- In Mass Effect 2, Ashley Williams, (providing she survived Virmire in the first game), berates an ungrateful colonist on Horizon who dared to insult Shepard, claiming that they're standing in the presence of a God. Then subverted once the colonist left, Ashley berates Shepard and loses her 'faith' in him/her because Shepard is working for Cerberus.
- In Mass Effect 3, at one point during the Citadel DLC, the Cerberus-created Clone!Shepard mocks the Normandy crew for their hero worship towards Shepard, accusing them of being little more than a cult.
- The Distant Finale of Mass Effect 3 implies that many in the galaxy continue to revere "The Shepard" well into the far-future.
- When 90s Kid does his take on the Atop the Fourth Wall Theme Tune, he inverts the comment about Rob Liefeld to "Liefeld, you are my god!"
- When The Spoony Experiment reviewed Ultima I, Noah gushed about the high concept mixing fantasy and sci-fi works, then saying about Richard Garriot, "He is a god among nerds."