|“|| "Turn back, those who defy the will of God. You walk along the path to destruction. Only eternal suffering lies ahead, for you. You come here seduced by the words of a demon. I know all that's befallen you thus far. Go back now, and I shall show you mercy and forgive your trespasses. You cannot possibly comprehend my nature. All things exist because I do. To destroy me would be to destroy your world. You, who were once nothing more than dust, I offer you one final opportunity to turn back.
... So. You've come. Poor, poor son of man, led astray by demonkind. I am YHVH... I am that I am! I am Infinity. The Supreme Being. The embodiment of Law and order. You disturb my realm, trample my design? Worse still, you vilify me... I cannot allow this.
(...) Very well, my cursed child. Have your wish. My lightning shall send you screaming to hell. There you shall burn, awash in suffering, bound to your original sin for all eternity!"
- "The One True God of monotheism. The One True God worshiped in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He is the Omnipotent Existence that created the Heavens and the Earth and made man in his own image, but this also means that together with the angels, his Avatars, he gave birth to demons. By giving humans bodies of flesh and bone, their lives and fears were repeated in the endless cycle of death and rebirth, restricting their range of observation."
- — Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Artbook Profile
YHVH is the most common transliteration of the Hebrew name of God. The name itself is a reference to the Tetragrammaton, which represents the four letters of the name of God: Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh (Or simply "YHVH"). Each of the letters corresponds to a world and a soul and stands for the four basic stages of the process of creation. The name is derived from the Hebrew word "היה" ("to be"), modified into a variant form with a masculine prefix. Its meaning and implications have been a source of contemplation and debate for thousands of years, which still continues today. By Hebrew tradition, it is not to be pronounced aloud, and is typically substituted with "Adonai" ("my Lord") in prayers. In speech, Hashem ( "the name" ) is used in its place.
Throughout the Megami Tensei franchise, YHVH is characterized as a vain dictator who has created the universe in such a way that it will be subjugated under him forever. Lucifer rejected YHVH's authority and took one-third of the heavenly host to revolt against YHVH; however, Lucifer was defeated and banished to the demon world, falling from grace and subsequently becoming the lord of the demon world. YHVH is commonly referred as the "true enemy" throughout the series by Lucifer.
YHVH detests any kind of freedom and openly condemns those who choose to pursue that path. He desires worship of only Himself and threatens punishment upon any who defy His will. Though He was once an avatar of The Axiom, it has turned against Him on account of his cruelty and tyranny across countless parts of the multiverse and has created Messiahs to liberate those universes under His control.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 2-A | 1-C | 1-C
Name: YHVH, Yahweh, Yehowah, God, Allah, Evil Incarnate, the Lord, The Creator, Holy Spirit, The One True God, The Only God
Origin: Shin Megami Tensei
Age: Older than Existence
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality (Types 1, 3, 4 and 8), Reality Warping, Spatial Manipulation, Time Manipulation, Matter Manipulation, Soul Manipulation, Life and Death Manipulation, Probability Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Regeneration (Mid-Godly), Elemental Manipulation (Fire Attacks that pierce all resistances with Inferno of God, Ice Attacks that pierce all resistances with Hailstorm of God, Lightning Attacks that pierce all resistances with Lightning of God, Force Attacks that pierce all resistances with Tornado of God), Telepathy, Telekinesis, Teleportation, Non-Corporeal, Illusion Creating, Shapeshifting, Size-Shifting, Cloning/Duplication, Buffing/Debuffing (Removes all enemy buffs with Dekaja, Removes all buffs with Rikaja, Raises strength, defense and agility with Luster Candy, Decreases enemy strength, defense and agility with Debilitate, Removes all enemy buffs/debuffs/effects with Divine Harmony, Fully increases all stats with Infinite Power, Fully decreases all stats with Unending Curse), Almighty Attacks that bypass all defenses (Causes Almighty damage with Megido and Megidolaon, Causes Almighty damage while inflicting charm/bind/panic with Planned Chaos, Causes maximum Almighty damage with Supernova), Omnipresence, Nigh-Omniscience, Acausality
Attack Potency: At least Multiverse level+ (Above Satan, Lucifer, Lord Demiurge, Metatron, Baal, Beelzebub and various others) | Complex Multiverse level (Superior to an army of infinite equally powerful Base YHVHs. Capable of controlling all lesser gods and demons like puppets, and creating infinite equally powerful shadows of them at will. Likely 9th-Dimensional as he exists in YHVH-Space, a non-euclidean Universe beyond the totality of the Amala Network, which contains 4 Brane-Layers and his Throne's Layer, each being their own dimension, and described as being "More infinite and more vague" than everything before them) | Complex Multiverse level (More powerful than his Full Form fighting casually, though weaker than what he used to be)
Speed: Omnipresent (Kagutsuchi, one of his weakest Avatars, is the embodiment of an Infinite Multiverse) | Omnipresent (He is the world itself, with all of existence being a part of him) | Immeasurable (No longer one with existence)
Lifting Strength: Immeasurable | Immeasurable | Immeasurable
Striking Strength: At least Multiverse level+ | Complex Multiversal | Complex Multiversal
Durability: At least Multiverse level+ | Complex Multiverse level | Complex Multiverse level
Range: At least Multiversal+ | Complex Multiversal | Complex Multiversal
Standard Equipment: None notable
Weaknesses: YHVH is vulnerable to the "Ultimate Sin". However, he quickly revived from this and immediately punished Aleph in an endless loop of suffering and reincarnation.
- The Voice of God: YHVH's strongest attack. Through his absolute word, YHVH speaks that which is his desire and unquestionable command, sending an immensely powerful wave of energy towards his opponent, that will instantly bring his death on contact.
- Miracle: YHVH shouts "Repent", sending out a wave of energy that both rips away vast amounts of his foes' magical energy, but also leaves them at the brink of death (With 1 HP, in gameplay terms). Much like Voice of God, it is unavoidable.
Key: Manifestation Head | Full Form | Demonized YHVH