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Guh... Do you fully comprehend your actions? How will you repent for a sin this grave? Do you think yourself capable of carrying that cross? Praise my name, before it is too late! Praise my glory!
~ YHVH
Not even a thousand deaths would be fitting punishment for thy sins! I shall smite thee, and in Hell I shall torture thee over and over! After an aeon, I shall reincarnate thee, and thy lives shall be those of endless torment, thy bodies tortured in life and thy souls in death! The same shall come to thy children, and thy children's children, throughout all eternity until the end of time! Feel the wrath of my divine lightning, and plummet into the bowels of hell, burning in its unending flames!
~ YHVH before fighting Aleph.
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.
~ YHVH's first warning to Flynn, Nanashi, and their allies.

YHVH (pronounced Yahweh or Yehowah) is the main antagonist of Shin Megami Tensei series. The commander of the forces of the law alignment and the creator of the universe, YHVH's ultimate goal is to ensure the safety of humanity against the demons lead by his former right-hand and arch-nemesis Lucifer. However, despite wanting to seem like a just, honorable figure, he can mostly be described as an authoritarian, intolerant tyrant who wants mankind to serve him as mindless slaves and to see any opposing gods wiped out.

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Digital Devil Story series

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Megami Tensei II

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Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible New Testament

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Shin Megami Tensei

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Shin Megami Tensei II

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Shin Megami Tensei 20XX: Devil's Colosseum

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Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

YHVH is shown here to have been defeated and broken into various fragments, the largest and most powerful of which is his Demiurge, sealed deep within Sector Grus of the Schwarzwelt by Alilat, one of the ancient mothers hoping to bring about their world of chaos. YHVH's most faithful servant, the Herald Metatron, disguises himself as a soldier and convinces to protagonist to go deep within Grus, claiming that treasure could be found. After Alilat is encountered and defeated, Metatron reveals his true form and motive, presenting Alilat's remains, the Nabatea Stone, as his reward.

Should the protagonist agree, Metatron will lead the protagonist to the deepest point of Grus, where a female voice will beg him not to follow the angel's request. Once lead to the Demiurge's chamber, it will be undetectable until the Protagonist uses the Enemy Search C application, where it will proclaim itself 'creator of all, unparalleled by any' and attack. Once defeated, Metatron will attempt to fuse himself with the Demiurge, while the female voice will beg the protagonist to turn off his Enemy Search and destabilize both the Demiurge and Metatron, allowing her to seal away both of them.

Should the Protagonist seal them away, Metatron will curse him and he is rewarded with a Chakra Elixir by the female voice. Should the Protagonist allow the fusion to occur, the Demiurge will reward him with a Chkra Elixir and depart, unless he is Law-aligned in which the Demiurge will offer to join the Protagonist, hoping to regain its true power as YHVH.

Shin Megami Tensei IV

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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

YHVH is the true antagonist of the game. Early on, He is revealed to be the ultimate target of the Divine Powers, whose divinity He had oppressed. He is not only a force of Law, but is also playing both the forces of Law and Chaos, as revealed by Lucifer in his defeat. Following the defeat of Lucifer, Merkabah, and the Divine Powers, YHVH becomes the main antagonist for the final arc.

YHVH's throne is located in the deepest reaches of His Universe, and sends iterations of demons and angels (notably prefaced with "A".) toward the party. After the defeat of Satan near His throne, a battle is initiated with YHVH. In the battle, YHVH claims to promise salvation and goodwill to those who revere Him. However, He is denounced by the party for His cruelty and failure to bring His promises about.

After being denied His divinity, YHVH devolves into a demonic amalgamation of the deities He condemned and the destruction He plagued humanity with. Even if defeated, YHVH is still persistent in other alternate universes, and will also still persist as long as humanity believes in Him.

Shin Megami Tensei V

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Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku

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Majin Tensei

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Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon

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Devil Survivor

YHVH is mentioned in Devil Survivor as the being responsible for masterminding the Tokyo Lockdown. His followers claim that it was an act of mercy to allow humanity a chance to prove itself, as his angels had originally planned to take control of humanity by force until he vetoed them, suggesting an appropriate test to ascertain if such drastic action was necessary. Here he is portrayed as far more benevolent, as he will not oppose the protagonist unless the protagonist attempts to flee from his responsibilities as a participant in the War of Bel, or outright opposes him by becoming King of Bel to lead the demons of chaos and humanity in a war against him.

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Trivia

  • Despite being characterized as a being who constantly opposes the protagonists, the creators of the Shin Megami Tensei game series have stated that "God is not the source of all evil in the MegaTen universe". The opposite is true, as YHVH's actions are a sign of something wrong with the universe itself.
  • YHVH is often equated with God. However, this is not the best description, as he is only one avatar of the Great Will.
  • YHVH is YHWH with the W replaced with a V.
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