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A character exclaims, "Oh God!" Or "Jesus Christ!" or some other variation. Another character reacts as if he has been addressed. Can be used by heroes or villains, and is usually an indicator of great power, great insanity, or both.
Named after the dialogue exchange quoted above, when Smith starts copying himself over Bane.
If a Card-Carrying Villain, they'll wryly comment that they're quite the opposite.
Not to be confused with Mr. Smith, which a character NOT named Smith uses it as a generic fake name.
- A variant occurs in the Marvel Comics miniseries Captain Marvel: when Mar-Vell confronts the leader of a religion based on him, she says "Oh my God!" and he responds, "I hope you don't mean that literally."
- Done in a Punisher special, where a serial killer says "I like that. Being called 'God'."
- There's an older Batman comic containing an exchange between Commissioner Gordon, and The Joker, after The Joker suddenly walks into the Commissioner's office:
Commissioner Gordon: Oh my God!
- In an even earlier issue (Laughing Fish, which was the basis for the below episode of the Animated Series), Joker bursts into a patent office, and the clerk remarks "Good Lord!" After asking where the Lord was and looking around. He then says "Oh, were you addressing me? A term of endearment perhaps. Admit it, you've always secretly admired me."
- In volume one chapter three of Tom Strong, the titular superhero release the artificial intelligence Quetzalacoatl 9 from his Aztech creators.
Moctecuzoma: Oh God. Oh, great God...
- Batman, Under The Hood:
Batman: Oh God...
Lucullan: Oh dear God.
- In the XXXenophile short Now Museum, a statue of four ancient goddesses comes alive and they teach a female night guard that men aren't everything. During her Immodest Orgasm she yells out "Oh My God!"... The goddesses reply "Yes?"
- Paparazzi features this exchange - and consider that Wonderboy is stupid enough for this to actually be a mistake on his part.
Woman: Oh, sweet Jesus!
Synesthesia Oh, Jesus...
- The aforementioned The Matrix example is the Trope Namer.
- And in a strange twist, it turns out Will Smith was originally offered the role of Neo.
- Another film example, somewhat inverted, from Superman II, albeit it predates the example and is far more infamous, when the President has just been forced to Kneel Before Zod, and is horrified.
President: Oh, God!
Bud White: Jesus Fucking Christ!
- In Chicago, while discussing hiring a con-artist lawyer:
Roxie Hart: Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
- In the Ghost Rider movie based on the Marvel Universe character, the love interest shouts out "Jesus!" when discovering a body. The demonic villain is suddenly revealed in the room as he says, "Not even close..."
- In The Big Lebowski, minor character Jesus Quintana makes an overblown threat to the Dude's friend Walter.
Grace: Oh, God.
- It should be noted that at this point in the movie, Bruce actually has been given God's powers, making this a play on the trope.
- Oh God! You Devil:
Bobby Shelton: Who are you?
- An earlier entry in this series (Oh God! Book II), had God mess with the heads of several psychologists by toying with whether it was day or night. When He finally seemed to have stopped and departed, one sighed, "Thank God!" and His voice responded, "You're welcome."
- Hellraiser III Hell On Earth
J.P. Monroe: Jesus Christ!
- Bloodline features Pinhead responding to an "Oh my God"-type moment with "Do I look like someone who cares what God thinks?"
- Death Machine. The villain, Jack Dante, is hamming it up, and the annoyed good guy rolls his eyes and remarks "Christ." Dante responses with "Not quite... but close."
- In History Of The World, Part I, someone shouts, "Jesus!" and Jesus himself replies, "Yes?"
- Classic variation from Mae West, in the movie Night After Night:
"Goodness, what beautiful diamonds."
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (original) has this early exchange:
Victim: Oh, God!
- A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010 has this in the trailer:
Jesse Braun: Oh, God!
- Inverted in 1776, where the obnoxious and disliked John Adams discovers that Thomas Jefferson, after a week of writer's block, hasn't finished the Declaration of Independence.
Adams: Good GOD! A whole week! The entire earth was created in a week!
- Played straight in the first Wishmaster movie, when, after the Jerkass Genie has arranged something horrible to happen, the (unwitting at the time) wisher says "Oh my god!", with the JG replying "Not yet, mortal. Soon".
- When Fireball shows up in The Running Man, Amber exclaims "Jesus Christ!". Ben responds, "Guess again."
- In Death Becomes Her, when Lisle displays the rejuvinating properties of the potion on Ernest's hand, he exclaims, "My god!" Lisle smiles and says, "Thank you."
- The Prophecy:
Katherine: Oh God...
- Painfully popular in what we might call the amateur porn of the internet, especially when it involves Foe Yay being taken to its logical conclusion...
- My Little Avengers: The following exchange occurs when Big Mac reveals to his sister that he's Thor by transforming into him:
Applejack: Holy Celestia!
- A variation occurs in Good Omens when the Hell's Angels realize the foursome that just walked into their bar are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. One of them exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" while another, who had paid some attention to Revelation, says something like, "No, but I'm sure he'll be around in a minute."
- In The Bear and The Dragon people keep reacting to President Jack Ryan's presence unannounced with "Jesus!" He eventually responds, towards the end of the book, with "That's not my name!"
- Variation: in The Master and Margarita, a Soviet bureaucrat shouts "the devils take me", having been thoroughly exasperated by Behemoth and Korovyev. Being more or less devils, they enthusiastically agreed and promptly "took" him, leaving behind his empty animated suit. (One English translation has him saying "Damn me", with the same result).
- Similarly, in The Sword and the Stone the curse "Castor and Pollux blow me to Bermuda!" is more effective than planned.
- In the short story Young Goodman Brown, one character exclaims "The Devil!" (somewhat akin to "What the hell?") when startled by a character who later actually turns out to be the Devil.
- In the Discworld novel, Small Gods, where Brutha, the protagonist literally carries his god (currently in the form of a tortoise) around with him:
Brutha: Oh, my god...
- Inverted earlier in the novel - he sees an eagle and remembers Om, who ended up in his vicinity due to an eagle's failure to turn said god into lunch. The people he's traveling with at the time mistake this for a general exclamation.
Brutha: Oh! My God!
- A running gag in-story in the Undead series by Mary Janice Davidson. Vampires cannot bear to hear Christ's name or any prayer, as it causes them physical pain. Betsy's tendency to take the Lord's name in vain is therefore unfortunate given her relationship with the vampire Sinclair. So every time she exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" Sinclair winces and says, "I've asked you not to call me that."
- In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, when Jennifer exclaims "Dear God," Will says another Person holds that post.
- In Curse of the Azure Bonds. Paraphased:
- Non-religious variant in Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince:
- Many of the swears and oaths used in the Codex Alera revolve around "furies," elemental beings that give people control over the elements. When Amara sees the full power of Garados and Thana, a massive mountain and his "wife," the cold winds from the Sea of Ice, she expresses her shock in the standard Aleran swear of "great furies." Placidus Aria simply responds with "two of them."
- In Tales of Kolmar, a character once exclaims "Goddess, Rella!" and Rella lightly responds "Not yet, but I'm working on it." She isn't; she just has a very irreverent sense of humor.
- One joke on Never Mind the Buzzcocks has this to say about a dinosaur being named after Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.
- Charmed does this a lot, especially in the early seasons.
- After freeing a seemingly innocent group of children from a seemingly evil ice cream truck...
- Later, in the season five finale Oh My Goddess, where the sisters get turned into the greek gods and have to battle titans:
Paige: So much for the titans.
- Season 4's "Charmed and Dangerous", where the sisters are ambushed by the Source of All Evil himself:
Paige: Oh my God!
- In Yes, Prime Minister, young civil servant Bernard has been instructed to change the locks to keep his senior, Sir Humphrey, out. Sir Humphrey had a spare unofficial key however and appears, apoplectic with rage, before a terrified Bernard.
Bernard: Oh my God!
- From a Yes Minister episode:
Hacker: How did Humphrey know where I was?
- This was also done in an episode of Spin City, where guest star Christopher Lloyd's character thought he was God.
- In another episode, James is showing off his chocolate Nativity diorama:
James: Look! Chocolate Jesus!
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Fear Itself" Oz dresses for Halloween as God (which basically consists of wearing his own clothes an a name tag saying "Hello, my name is GOD"). This is the punchline to Willow having dressed up as Joan of Arc, because of their similarities, such as the close relationship with God. He runs with it in dialogue.
Xander: Why didn't I think of that? I coulda been God!
- This was also partially related to an earlier episode (Oz wasn't there) where they all turned into their costumes - Oz figured if it happened again he could just reverse the spell, what with being God and all.
- In an early episode of Joan of Arcadia, Joan, who is still reluctant about her new mission and frustrated with the lack of clarity, has this exchange.
- In the 4th episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, Flashheart, a popular British pilot enters Blackadder's dugout. Private George and Private Baldrick are aghast
George: MY GOD!
- And from the second series:
Baby-eating Bishop of Bath and Wells': Drugged, by God!
- Episode sixteen of Supernatural's second season has this quote:
Molly: Oh, thank God!
- Supernatural likes this trope. Other examples include: from 4.15,
Dean: (after seeing Alastair disappear in a bright flash of light) What the Hell?
- And, from season four's finale:
Ruby: Now guess who's coming to dinner ...
- Let's not forget the web episode with the Ghostfacers meeting Cas.
Ed: *reacting to Castiel's sudden appearance* JESUS CHRIST!
- M*A*S*H occasionally played with a twist of this set-up with Father Mulcahey;
Mulcahey: Good news, Colonel, that was the last of the wounded.
- In the episode Devil's Due of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a woman who may be the Devil transports Picard off the Enterprise, toys with him for a while, transports him back to the bridge in his bathrobe, and causes him to paraphrase Mae West (above):
Crewman: Captain! Thank goodness you're all right!
- In the Bones episode, "The Witch in the Wardrobe", Hodgins gives Angela a neck massage, which she enjoys a little too much.
Angela: Oh God, oh thank you God!
- In Episode 524 of The Muppet Show, the Newsman reads a news story about a black-and-yellow striped mackerel getting elected king. At first he thinks it's a prank (especially since he had also read a story about a spy ring attempting to sneak ridiculous stories into the news), but then one of the guards in the theater escorts the new king into the news room:
The Newsman: [amazed] Holy mackerel!
- In the final aired episode of Quantum Leap, "Mirror Image", Dr. Sam Beckett sees his own face in the mirror of a bar and gasps, "God!" The bartender glances up at his exclamation and asks, "What?"
- There's an old joke where a man gets hit by a car while committing a bank robbery. He wakes up in a fiery pit.
Thief: Good heavens!
- An old Harvard anecdote tells of a Theology professor nearly getting run down by a truck driver.
Driver: Jesus Christ!
- A joke that is told about many statesmen:
Wife of statesman: "Oh my god!"
- One story about Charles De Gaulle states that his wife walked in on him while in his bath, and promptly exclaimed "Oh my God!" To which Charles replied "You may call me Charles, dear, I've learned to remain humble."
Jo Kendall: Oh my God!
- Inverted in an Eddie Izzard skit:
God: "Jesus Christ, what on Earth is that!?"
- Inverted in the Bill Cosby concert film Bill Cosby: Himself.
Bill Cosby: It was because of my father that, from the ages of seven to fifteen, I thought that my name was Jesus Christ, and my brother, Russell, thought that his name was Dammit. "Dammit, will you stop all that noise?" And, "Jesus Christ, sit down!" One day, I'm out playing in the rain, and my father yelled, "Dammit will you get back in here!" I said, "Dad, I'm Jesus Christ!"
- Hilariously inverted in his Noah's Ark routine. When God reveals Himself and explains His plan, a skeptical Noah responds with "Who is this really?"
- In the Dark Comedy play The Ruling Class, The 14th Earl of Gurney, Jack (played marvelously in the film version by Peter O'Toole) is convinced that he is Jesus Christ, the Messiah. When one character exclaims "Jesus Christ" he calmly answers, "Yes?"
- He also originated the quote "How did you realize you were God?" "Well, I was praying one day and then realized I was talking to myself."
- Related: In the 2010 stage revival of Yes Prime Minister, After Jim Hacker says, "Oh God!" The lights go out due to the thunderstorm & Humphrey appears in the doorway, illuminated from behind.
Grobnar: And we could look, at last, for the Wendersnaven!
- Although, such obliviousness is pretty well par for the course wherever Grobnar is concerned.
Mobius:(to Sydney) Thank God you're alive!
- Done rather frighteningly in The Fancy Adventures of Jack Cannon.
Frankie: Oh god oh god oh god...
Jenn: Oh my God!
- "eh, Satan, hiii... ok, look, it's not that I don't WANT to talk, it's just that I'm kinda busy right now."
- Alien Loves Predator:
Abe: Jesus Christ! Do you know who that is? Wait, I think I said that backwards.
Dominic: Oh my God. No. God has nothing to do with this.
Rufus: Oh my God!
- A non-religious variant appears in Exterminatus Now.
Lothar: I trust him, Schaefer.
- The Unspeakable Vault of Doom uses this on at least two occasions. Once on a book cover and once in a strip.
- A variant occurs in an episode of Animaniacs that retold the story of Noah:
Noah: Oh, my God.
- A short cartoon shown in the early days of Spike And Mike involved the main character interrupting, among other things, a brain surgery in progress...
Surgeon: God! Oh God!
- In just about every South Park episode that features Jesus, some character will exclaim "Jesus!", prompting Jesus to inquire, "Yes?"
- In an episode of Family Guy, where Peter has convinced others that he has healing abilities and is the Messiah.
Lois: (sees a giant golden idol in Peter's image) Oh my God!
- And another:
God: (after accidentally burning down a bar) Jesus Christ!
- Subverted in Futurama.
Bender: Oh my God. Are you...God?
- In Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker pulls of a more family-friendly version on a copyright official.
Mr. Francis: Great Scott!
- In Superman: The Animated Series, when Jimmy and Lois see the demon Superman is fighting:
- A variation occurs in another episode where Bruno Mannheim finds himself on Apokolips and asks "Where in God's name are we?" to which Kanto replies "That depends. Which God are you talking about?"
- Bromwell High has an episode where one of the teachers build a robotic Jesus. Obviously, when said teacher says Jesus in dismay, the robot went "...Yes?".
Snake: "Shut up, for Christ's sake, I know how to climb a ladder, Jesus ow my EAR!!"
- Taken to its logical extreme when Snake, disgusted by Otacon's pantswetting, calls out Jesus' name. Jesus appears, is also disgusted, and calls out God's name. Subsequently, *God* appears, and is disgusted to the point of regretting ever creating piss.
- One of the shorts in the collaborative The Matrix parody, The Matrix Has You involves a scene where a carpenter accidentally puts a nail in his thumb and shouts: "Jesus CHRIST!" Cue Jesus sighing and asking "Whaddya want?"
- Used in Sailor Nothing, with the variant that the villain responds to the word Hell as opposed to God.
- Cthulhu objects to being called "Jesus Christ."
- Fairly sinister example- Career Killer Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski once said this:
I don't believe in God. People have called me God, though- "Oh God, no!" Oh God, no!"