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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 Top God 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 true Top God.

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. For the comic book character, see The Maker.


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    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.
    • The second issue of the 2018 series brings this up to 11: Franklin not only recreated most if not all of the worlds lost to the Incursions but with the help of Molecule Man, Franklin created over a thousand brand new universes whole cloth. When the Richards explain it to someone in one of the worlds Franklin made, he explicitly calls himself "Your God".
    • Ultimate Reed Richards also creates a pocket universe, one that's positively utopian... then tries to use 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.
  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf series, the Smurfs believe in Father Time and Mother Nature being the creators of the universe... except for Tapper, who is a Christian and believes God is the sole Creator. Then there is the meta character Narrator, who sees "the creators of the stories" he appears in in this role.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • TRON: Legacy: Kevin Flynn, Sam's father, creates a virtual realm named "The Grid". In the previous film, though, it's the Users that collectively created the world that the Programs exist in.

  • Eru Ilúvatar from The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.
  • Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia.
    • Potentially Subverted, as Aslan is stated to have only created Narnia with the help of his father "The Emperor-over-the-Sea", who is considered the true Creator God.
  • 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. Dwarf mythology has an alternative creator in Tak who wrote the world into existence and created Dwarfs and Humans from a geode, then made the geode itself into the Trolls.
  • 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.
  • In N. K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy, the three primordial Gods created the physical universe: Nahadoth, God of Chaos, provided the raw substance; Itempas, God of Order, gave it structure; and Enefa, Goddess of Life and Death, gave it meaning and ultimately created mortals. Their lesser children, the godlings, can be tremendously powerful in their own right, but the Gods are what keeps the universe in existence.
  • Sword of Truth: The Creator is believed to have created everything, hence the name, at least by many in the New and Old Worlds. However, the protagonists come to view this as a metaphor for a creative force, not an entity, and either way no direct evidence for it is ever presented. Numerous characters, good or bad, claim to act in the Creator's name however.
  • The Wheel of Time: The Creator is the entity which created everything, and sealed the Dark One in its prison at Creation. It's stated the Creator made not only the world of the books (in fact a future Earth), but many more. Regardless, it does not intervene in events directly, but acts through the Dragon and ta'veren to stop the Dark One from destroying everything.

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  • 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.
  • Doctor Who: Davros is effectively this to the Daleks, directing the mutation of his own species the Kaleds (and then the wiping out of the rest of them). Being Absolute Xenophobes, their attitude toward even him is frequently contentious, which he's come to accept in his own twisted fashion ("you know how children get sometimes").
  • The character at the end of Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle Walkthrough, who apparently runs all the simulations.
  • Eras in Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger created both the Ryusoul Tribe and Druidon Tribe, the former to protect the planet and the latter to destroy the former when they began fighting amongst themselves.
  • Legend of the Seeker: The Creator, of course, who made all living things. A woman claiming to be the Creator appears in season 2. The Keeper of the Underworld seeks to reunite with her.
  • 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!!!!!!
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Even the Orcs believe themselves to be creations of Eru Iluvatar rather than Morgoth.

    Myths & Religion 
  • God, according to the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).
  • Ahura Mazda in Zoroastrianism, who represents all positive aspects in the universe- life, good, light, creation, love, truth, and so on. Angra Mainyu (aka Ahriman) is his twin brother and eternal antithesis that embodies everything negative in existance and is the opposite of Ahura Mazda, hence why he isn't and shouldn't ever be worshipped. Also, there are some heretical branches of this religion which claim that ultimately these two gods were created and/or born from the primordial deity of time and space Zurvan, therefore he is de facto the real supreme creator god.
  • Most mythologies have one. For more information, see here.
  • Classical Mythology has several gods responsible for different aspects of the world. For instance, modern men (as opposed to three or four earlier races of men, and women who have a separate origin) 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). Fire and technology were a kludge he used to keep them alive.
  • In Gnosticism the creator of the Universe is called the Demiurge and, unlike other religions, is seen as either evil or idiotic for doing so.
  • Although Buddhists are well known to be atheists and reject the existence of a creator of the Universe, some Sadhanas of the Vajrayana tradition describe the Buddha Avalokitesvara as who from whose eyes come the sun and the moon, from his brow comes Shiva, from his shoulders Brahma, from his heart Vishnu, from his mouth Sarasvati, from his breath comes the wind, from his feet the earth and from his belly the sky. Do note, however, that some Buddhists would argue that this should be considered symbolic and not literal, and that even if seen as literal it is still a myth pertaining the creation of Earth and not the whole Universe.
  • Speaking of Hindu mythology and religion, Brahma is basically this trope while Vishnu is the Preserver and Shiva is the Destroyer. See, Hindu people believe all and everything is in a constant endless cycle of reincarnation- from the smallest living creatures to the whole Universe itself. The Trimurti's job (the trio consisting of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) is to mantain this eternal cycle going on periodically (every thousands of billions of years) and keep everything in order. That said, Brahma sadly doesn't get as much worship as his two colleagues in real life for various reasons depending on the branch of doctrine- mostly either because he has already done his job and is currently "resting" before the cycle restarts again or because he often screws up and is responsible for many imperfections in the world, like the Rakshasa demons.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Greyhawk: A being called the Demiurge created the multiverse at the cost of his life. The poor being can't die, however, and is currently roaming the universe as the Undead Abomination Atropus, who's very much suffering a Fate Worse than Death.
    • Forgotten Realms: The universe was created by Ao. Just the universe, nothing else. Then Selûne and Shar (Light and Darkness respectively) came along, and their daughter Chauntea made life.
    • Io is the Maker for all dragons, including their gods. They may have also created the multiverse.
  • Godforsaken: Riamanne, one of the gods of the Sacrante, created and continues to create everything that exists in Bontherre. Living beings are given life by Eviraimon, but Riamanne is the one who creates the physical bodies that they inhabit in additon to every rock, every blade of grass, every storm, and every creature in Bontherre.


    Video Games 
  • Arceus from Pokémon is supposed to be one according to the Pokédex, though whether that constitutes reliable information is arguable. We have seen it literally create a Pokémon of cosmic powers (either a Dialga, a Palkia, or a Giratina, depending on the player's choice) out of nothing, seemingly supporting the idea.
  • 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.
  • Fairune and it's inhabitants were created by the otherwise unnamed Administrator, who was served by the three Fairies and who was eventually rejected and forced out of Fairune by Fairune itself.
  • 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). There's a recurring religious schism in their culture on whether they themselves count; that a linking book simply connects to an existing world is the majority view, but some believe the act of writing such a book creates a world.
  • Namu Amida Butsu! -UTENA-: Dainichi Nyorai, the primordial Buddha who spawned the entire universe according to Buddhist cosmology.
  • 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 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the creator gods (both of them) are revealed to be the Living Weapons of the Top God, who immediately summons them in seconds after being pissed off too many times by his chosen disciples, making the fal'Cie's attempts at bringing back their maker a Shoot the Shaggy Dog story. Lightning reacts 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, all but directly stating he made the universe itself. And that he's constantly "reset" it trying to find a successor. Even his Boss Subtitles of his One-Winged Angel refers to him as "The Creator".
  • 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 they 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 Lord 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.
  • In The Evil Within, Ruvik created the STEM system and he ended up trapped inside it, turning it into a hellish nightmare realm.
  • In Ashen, Gefn is an enormous mermaid-like goddess who wears a mask made of some kind of wood or bone-like material. She's also the mother of humanity.
  • In Indivisible, Kala is this for the universe. And also its Destroyer Deity; it's the latter that got her sealed in a can. There are still some who would see here released so she can remake the world anew.
  • Darksiders:
    • The Creator Himself, who made the universe known as Creation and made all of its original inhabitants.
    • The Makers, amongst the first races The Creator made, used their abilities to lay the foundations of the countless worlds The Creator would seed with life.
  • Doom Eternal has "the Father", a being that existed before anything else and would generate new realities around itself. This universe, Hell, and numerous other realms were created after the Father decided to try consciously building new realities instead of spontaneously generating them. The Father's true identity is Davoth... the Dark Lord of Hell. He turned evil after some of his creations betrayed him and sealed him away.
  • The Disciples series lore has the angel Bethrezen create the world of Nevendaar, after being given the power to do so by the Highfather. Bethrezen also created the human race but then invited other gods to create more races and features. This includes Wotan, who created the dwarves, and the lovers Gallean and Solonielle, who created the elves and the merfolk. After being unjustly cast down (the other angels grew jealous and sabotaged his creation before the Highfather saw it) and sealed in Nevendaar's molten core, Bethrezen created the demons to help him escape and exact his revenge on the mortal races. Eventually, Solonielle would become the fleshless goddess Mortis and create the undead race.
  • Kirby Star Allies: In the JP pause screen for Void Termina's 2nd phase in Soul Melter EX, he's stated to be the source of "Matters of Dream, Dark, Soul, and Heart," as well as the "origin of all," seemingly stating that almost everything in the Kirby universe is a byproduct of his chaotic power, intentionally or otherwise.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: The main plot takes place on Remnant, a world with a mysterious past that is known by only a few characters. The world was originally created by the "Brother Gods", twins who represent Light and Darkness and respectively created living things and forces of destruction. Together, they combined their powers to create humanity as their "final masterpiece". In Volume 9, the heroes learn of the Ever After, another world that was created by the Brothers. The Ever After is dominated by a great Tree, which controls the ability of the Afterans to reincarnate and communicates via an avatar known only as "the Blacksmith", who receives souls that have left their old lives and reforges them into their new lives in a process known as Ascension. While there, the heroes learn that the Ever After was created before Remnant, and that the Brother Gods were the Tree's very first creations. As a result, the Blacksmith tells the heroes that, as the creations of its own creations, the people of Remnant are as welcome to come to the Tree as the Afterans are.

  • In the universe of Sluggy Freelance, The One didn't bother to create everything itself but created Protoazo the Creator to do this.
  • Unsounded: It's generally agreed that the Four Gods created first the fantastic creatures of The Time of Myths, then the more orderly present-day reality and the Background Magic Field that arbitrates it. What became of them is a question of faith; one religion believes they're still actively involved In Mysterious Ways, but another holds that they were killed and replaced by a human.
    Lady Ilganyag: The twin gods always were, like the black between the stars. Then idleness crept upon them and they crafted this world of Kasslyne.
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons, we have God, called YISUN, who is The Omnipresent. Thanks to the somewhat self-contradictory nature of Kill Six Billion Demons' cosmology and Creation Myth, Creation itself is either a separate entity from YISUN, who committed Holy Suicide and died in order to bring about a Creation that wasn't simply more of YISUN, or said Creation is YISUN's greatest lie and was actually just YISUN all along but is pretending not to be. YISUN is either the origin of everything, or is everything. Each of the Multiplicity, the Fantasy Pantheon of 777,777 gods that sprang forth from YISUN's possible death, also became the creator of their own universe/dimension/setting, which are all stories told by the gods shortly before they died and passed creation on to the four species of inheritors (of which humans are one).

    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 
  • In The Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror VII, 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 Code Lyoko is the creator of the titular Lyoko. Specifically, he's the programmer of the virtual space within a supercomputer, which can be entered much like Tron, but with a more naturalized setting emulating real life biomes.
  • Primus, the creator of Cybertronians in Transformers. Also a Physical God, and sort of a Genius Loci, since he's Cybertron itself.
  • Wakfu: According to the Eliatrope Qilby and noticeable for not being one of his lies, the Great Goddess Eliatrope and the Great Dragon were the gods who created the universe known as The Krozmoz, being the incarnations of Wakfu and Stasis (the energies of creation and destruction) respectively.


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


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