The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

Plenty of science fiction and fantasy stories have angels and demons wandering around. Or minor deities, like Glory in Buffy. But a few stories dare to introduce THE God. The Judeo-Christian Supreme Being. Here are the absolute wildest stories where God makes an appearance.

Dogma

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

In Kevin Smith's Dogma, God comes to Earth as an old man to play ski-ball. Yes, God is a ski-ball enthusiast. Unfortunately, God gets put into a coma while the forces of evil try to seize the Heavenly throne. Once saved, God returns to earth in the form of a silent and playful Alanis Morrisette. Who gives comfort to the troubled descendant of Jesus.

Bruce Almighty

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

Bruce Almighty's God is played by the actor who might have the closest thing to the voice of God, Morgan Freeman. Freeman's God is a kind and benevolent being who, basically, comes to Earth in order to to help the titular Bruce — by giving him the power of God, so he can make everyone else's life miserable. In the sequel, God turns Steve Carell into Noah, which pretty much everybody agrees was a bad idea.

Time Bandits

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

The Supreme Being in Terry Gilliam's classic movie, Time Bandits, as played by Ralph Richardson, comes in at the end to explain that he guides everything, and that he gave the map to the group on purpose so that Evil may be destroyed. But somehow he doesn't notice the one giant piece of Evil that finds its way into the family toaster oven.

Oh, God!

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

God, played by the more figuratively immortal George Burns, tells a man (played by John Denver) to spread the holy word. The main character is ridiculed and laughed at as he tries his hardest to make believers out everyone. Eventually he is taken to court where he is asked to present God if he has such a strong connection with the supreme deity. God eventually turns up to testify on his own behalf.

Toxic Avenger IV

Played by Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, God helps Toxie come back from a parallel universe. In exchange, The Toxic Avenger must promise to take out pedophiles and murderers. Toxie must also tell the Pope to stop insulting God.

Two of a Kind

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character


In this Razzie nominated film, God, played by Gene Hackman, has a plan to destroy the world because humanity seems beyond redemption. But a group of angels persuade the Supreme Being to spare humanity if a bank robber, played by John Travolta, reforms.

God is on the Other Side

This little-known movie features God as played by David Johansen (better known as Buster Poindexter to some) of The New York Dolls fame. The fact that he plays God as a boozed up misogynist is just the icing on top. In this movie, the U.S. military tries to convince God to help them with their war effort.

Skidoo

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

In this 1968 psychedelic comedy, God is a stoner mob-boss played by Groucho Marx (in his final film role). And yes, the movie is about as insane as you'd expect — after encountering the 60s counter-culture, God, ultimately takes the side of the hippies.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

In the latest installment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it's revealed that a familiar flying and reality-bending nanny is God. That's right, Mary Poppins (essentially) is the manifestation of God — and insanely enough, Harry Potter (or a Harry Potter stand-in) is the anti-Christ.


Joan of Arcadia

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

God pops up a lot in this show (it's kind of the premise). Well, actually, there are many different manifestations of God — but the two manifestations that probably stand out most for their shear insanity are Will.I.Am, and Curtis Armstrong (Booger from Revenge of the Nerds). Curtis Armstrong is credited as "security guard God" and Will is credited as "three card monte" god.

Supernatural

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

At least according to most interpretations of the fifth season finale, writer/prophet Chuck is actually God in the Supernatural universe. This is a guy who wrote a series of novels about the Winchesters without even realizing that they were, in fact real people. In the future, his writings go on to be known as "The Winchester Gospels." It's not clear whether Chuck was always God — or just that when God wants to manifest physically, God takes the form of Chuck.

St. Elsewhere

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

In an episode of the 80s hospital drama St. Elsewhere, Dr. Fiscus is accidentally shot and goes to both Heaven and Hell. While in Heaven, he meets glamorous people partying on what appears to be the White House lawn and has a chat with an affable God, who looks just like the actor who plays Fiscus himself, Howie Mandel.

The Acid House

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

This movie is more of a collection of three loosely connected shorts. The main connection between the three sections is character actor Maurice Roëves (who has been in many things, from Doctor Who and Star Trek: TNG, to an upcoming Macbeth adaptation). In the first section Roëves plays a character named God, who mercilessly transforms a boy into a fly as punishment. in the other two segments he is alluded to as being God, in the form of a drunk and a priest.

Religion, Inc. (A Fool and His Money)

In this film, an out-of-work ad-man named Ned, has a vision of God. God, who is played here by George Plimpton, advises Ned to start his own religion. The religion that is founded, based on God's advice, seems like something that would have been founded by the love child of Ronald Reagan and Ayn Rand, as it is purely based on the "look-out-for-number-one" attitude, mixed with a love for money.

The Divine Invasion

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

In Philip K. Dick's sequel to VALIS, God, and Yahweh — referred to in the book as just "Yah" — have been exiled from Earth. The story is about Yah's fight to take back Earth's control from evil Belial (who winds up as a goat-like creature, so it's pretty apparent who he is a stand-in for) and the Christian-Islamic Church, who tries to stop Yah at every turn. Yah winds up as a brain-damaged human child named Emmanuel, who must regain his memories with the help of his friend Zina.

Fantastic Four

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

In Fantastic Four #511, Reed Richards is forced to kill his best friend The Thing after his body has been inhabited by perennial FF foe, Dr. Doom. In order to make things right, the remaining team members go straight to the source of all things, and battle their way through the afterlife. When they finally meet God he appears to be the prolific comic book creator Jack Kirby. God sets everything right, and the Fantastic Four go on their merry way.

Preacher

The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character

In Garth Ennis' Preacher comic, God is a self absorbed jerk, who expects everybody to bend to his will in order to get to heaven. He takes on a human form in order to fight Jesse, who spits in his eye when God asks him to repent. After God takes care of Jesse and Genesis (the offspring of an angel and a demon) God returns to Heaven and attempts to negotiate with the Saint of Killers. Unfortunately, the Saint of Killers doesn't accept God's offer.