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31st Dec '16 6:44:12 AM JackG
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* Trelane, in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ST:TOS]] episode "The Squire of Gothos" is so like Q the expanded novels retconned him into this. At the time he was revealed (at the end of the episode) as being a child of parents with similar omnipotence, who turn up to scold him accordingly.

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* Trelane, in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ST:TOS]] episode "The Squire of Gothos" is so like Q the expanded novels retconned him into this.a member of their species. At the time he was revealed (at the end of the episode) as being a child of parents with similar omnipotence, who turn up to scold him accordingly.
31st Dec '16 6:43:36 AM JackG
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%%* Q from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise. The Holodeck might also potentially be seen as an instance.
%%** Trelane, in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ST:TOS]] episode "The Squire of Gothos".

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%%* * First introduced in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Q from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise. The Holodeck might also potentially be seen as an instance.
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is a cosmic being with reality-warping powers and profound irresponsibility, with a penchant for annoying Starfleet captains.
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Trelane, in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ST:TOS]] episode "The Squire of Gothos".Gothos" is so like Q the expanded novels retconned him into this. At the time he was revealed (at the end of the episode) as being a child of parents with similar omnipotence, who turn up to scold him accordingly.
10th Dec '16 9:41:45 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Sanguine, the Daedric Prince of Debauchery. His idea of fun time is going out on a pub crawl with some mortal he just met and getting them in more and more stupid scenarios until they wake up with a splitting headache, a brand new wife, and their old wife lying dead with her skull split open like a watermelon. The Dragonborn got off lightly in "A Night To Remember", having stolen a goat to sell to a giant to pay for a ring to marry a ''hagraven'' in Markarth and wreck a temple to Dibella.

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** Sanguine, the Daedric Prince of Debauchery.Debauchery and Passion. His idea of fun time is going out on a pub crawl with some mortal he just met and getting them in more and more stupid scenarios until they wake up with a splitting headache, a brand new wife, and their old wife lying dead with her skull split open like a watermelon. The Dragonborn got off lightly in "A Night To Remember", having stolen a goat to sell to a giant to pay for a ring to marry a ''hagraven'' in Markarth and wreck a temple to Dibella.
10th Dec '16 4:23:11 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Sanguine, the Daedric Prince of Debauchery. His idea of fun time is going out on a pub crawl with some mortal he just met and getting them in more and more stupid scenarios until they wake up with a splitting headache, a brand new wife, and their old wife lying dead with her skull split open like a watermelon. The Dragonborn got off lightly in "A Night To Remember", having stolen a goat to sell to a giant to pay for a ring to marry a ''hagraven'' in Markarth and wreck a temple to Dibella.
3rd Dec '16 5:10:12 AM cybertoy0
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** Maui of ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' is explicitly stated to be a trickster god, and his EstablishingCharacterMoment is his IAmGreatSong; He pulls the titular character into a DisneyAcidSequence to distract her from the fact that he's stealing her raft and leaving her trapped on the FarSideIsland he was stuck on.
-->''"Hey, it's your day to say''\\
''"You're welcome" ("You're welcome!")''\\
''"'Cause I'm gonna need that boat!''\\
''"I'm sailing away-away"''\\
''"You're welcome" ("You're welcome!")''\\
''"Cause Maui can do everything but float!"''\\
"And thank you!"
30th Nov '16 3:25:12 PM cybertoy0
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* Bill Cipher from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' may be considered one. Albeit an arguably darker take on the trope.

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* Bill Cipher from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' may be considered one. Albeit an arguably darker take on the trope. WordOfGod is that he's "A Trickster [[{{Jerkass}} jerk]]."
24th Oct '16 5:32:40 PM Arachnos
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** Superman can be thankful he is '''merely''' a pest most of the time. ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' offers a rather disturbing look at what would happen were Mr. Mxy to [[NotSoHarmless stop]] [[EldritchAbomination playing]] [[RealityWarper around]].
30th Sep '16 3:19:03 PM rafi
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** Mr. Mxyzptlk]], an imp from the fifth dimension. In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' Mxy claims to be the inspiration for the stories of genies and leprechauns -- after a while he got bored of messing with ordinary people, but then Superman showed up. It's unclear just how far up the ladder he is on his home turf (sometimes he's unknowable, sometimes he's a 5th-dimensional kook with a weird hobby), but in the third dimension he's a RealityWarper. Supes can only get rid of him by tricking him into saying his name backwards -- a weakness that, in ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity, Mxy made up himself because a game has to have rules; pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, it was a naturally ingrained weakness. In ''The World's Greatest WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'', he even tricked Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and Supes into making the ingredients needed for a potion that'd enable him to overcome his weakness, but Supes wised up and not only foiled the plan but also allowed Mxy to think the plan worked to trick him into saying his name backwards. When he's sent back, a ResetButton is hit, and everything returns to normal.

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** Mr. Mxyzptlk]], Mxyzptlk, an imp from the fifth dimension. In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' Mxy claims to be the inspiration for the stories of genies and leprechauns -- after a while he got bored of messing with ordinary people, but then Superman showed up. It's unclear just how far up the ladder he is on his home turf (sometimes he's unknowable, sometimes he's a 5th-dimensional kook with a weird hobby), but in the third dimension he's a RealityWarper. Supes can only get rid of him by tricking him into saying his name backwards -- a weakness that, in ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity, Mxy made up himself because a game has to have rules; pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, it was a naturally ingrained weakness. In ''The World's Greatest WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'', he even tricked Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and Supes into making the ingredients needed for a potion that'd enable him to overcome his weakness, but Supes wised up and not only foiled the plan but also allowed Mxy to think the plan worked to trick him into saying his name backwards. When he's sent back, a ResetButton is hit, and everything returns to normal.
14th Sep '16 9:53:16 AM FordPrefect
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* The eponymous virtual host of the french canadian game show Code Max. Think Alladin's genie with the ego of Alex Russo.

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* The eponymous virtual host of the french canadian French Canadian game show Code Max. Think Alladin's Aladdin's genie with the ego of Alex Russo.
30th Aug '16 4:46:27 AM StFan
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* Ryuk from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is most definitely a Great Gazoo. His only real manipulation is letting humans think they are in control of the situation as part of his ScrewySquirrel routine. He is very potent, impossible to harm conventionally, and the only way to defeat him would be manipulate him into [[spoiler:sacrificing himself for someone else's sake]] -- something extraordinarily unlikely given his carefree attitutde.

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* Ryuk from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is most definitely a Great Gazoo. His only real manipulation is letting humans think they are in control of the situation as part of his ScrewySquirrel routine. He is very potent, impossible to harm conventionally, and the only way to defeat him would be manipulate him into [[spoiler:sacrificing himself for someone else's sake]] -- something extraordinarily unlikely given his carefree attitutde.attitude.



* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyzptlk]], an imp from the fifth dimension. In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' Mxy claims to be the inspiration for the stories of genies and leprechauns -- after a while he got bored of messing with ordinary people, but then Superman showed up. It's unclear just how far up the ladder he is on his home turf (sometimes he's unknowable, sometimes he's a 5th-dimensional kook with a weird hobby), but in the third dimension he's a RealityWarper. Supes can only get rid of him by tricking him into saying his name backwards -- a weakness that, in ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity, Mxy made up himself because a game has to have rules; pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, it was a naturally ingrained weakness. In ''The World's Greatest WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'', he even tricked Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and Supes into making the ingredients needed for a potion that'd enable him to overcome his weakness, but Supes wised up and not only foiled the plan but also allowed Mxy to think the plan worked to trick him into saying his name backwards. When he's sent back, a ResetButton is hit, and everything returns to normal.

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* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
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Mr. Mxyzptlk]], an imp from the fifth dimension. In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' Mxy claims to be the inspiration for the stories of genies and leprechauns -- after a while he got bored of messing with ordinary people, but then Superman showed up. It's unclear just how far up the ladder he is on his home turf (sometimes he's unknowable, sometimes he's a 5th-dimensional kook with a weird hobby), but in the third dimension he's a RealityWarper. Supes can only get rid of him by tricking him into saying his name backwards -- a weakness that, in ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity, Mxy made up himself because a game has to have rules; pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, it was a naturally ingrained weakness. In ''The World's Greatest WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'', he even tricked Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and Supes into making the ingredients needed for a potion that'd enable him to overcome his weakness, but Supes wised up and not only foiled the plan but also allowed Mxy to think the plan worked to trick him into saying his name backwards. When he's sent back, a ResetButton is hit, and everything returns to normal.



* [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Johnny Thunder's thunderbolt Yz]] (originally a genie, but later retconned into a being from the same dimension as Mxyzptlk).

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* [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'': Johnny Thunder's thunderbolt Yz]] Yz (originally a genie, but later retconned into a being from the same dimension as Mxyzptlk).



* With the popularity of Mxy and Bat-mite, it was planned to give TheFlash a helpful imp by the name of Mopee. However the {{Retcon}} involved was so hated that the very next issue ignored the entire thing. He was effectively out of continuity for decades, though appeared in two issues of the ''DC Super Friends'' series. During which he claimed to not only have given powers to the Flash, but also Superman, Wonder Woman, and [[BadAssNormal Batman]]. No one buys any of it. [[spoiler: He also gets his first taste of the troublesome side of the trope, giving everyone at a convention super powers to prove he really can do it. Naturally [[TheImp Myx]] planned the whole thing.]]

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* With the popularity of Mxy and Bat-mite, it was planned to give TheFlash a helpful imp by the name of Mopee. However the {{Retcon}} involved was so hated that the very next issue ignored the entire thing. He was effectively out of continuity for decades, though appeared in two issues of the ''DC Super Friends'' series. During which he claimed to not only have given powers to the Flash, but also Superman, Wonder Woman, and [[BadAssNormal [[BadassNormal Batman]]. No one buys any of it. [[spoiler: He also gets his first taste of the troublesome side of the trope, giving everyone at a convention super powers to prove he really can do it. Naturally [[TheImp Myx]] planned the whole thing.]]



* A far more malevolent version is the ComicBook/XMen's enemy Mojo. He's from another dimension that he rules absolutely through a brain-numbing media empire, although he can only maintain ownership of the Mojoverse so long as his subjects like his programming. To that end, he uses his utter and complete mastery of magic (or sufficiently advanced science, maybe) to irritate the X-Men, so they have wacky adventures. He rarely attacks them outright; he does, however, have an army of baby clones of both the X-Men and of their enemies, including those of the Age of Apocalypse. Ominously, Dr. Strange once remarked that if Mojo ever decided to appear on earth itself, it would be a very, very bad thing...
** Specifically, Mojo is a semi-humanoid invertebrate that moves mostly through technological aid, which makes television a lot more popular in his world since his people are more sedentary by nature. [[spoiler: As said though, their technology is sufficiently advanced and on top of that Mojo's presence gives off an [[WalkingWasteland anti-life effect]] while in the regular 616 world for unknown reasons.]]

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* A far more malevolent version is the ComicBook/XMen's enemy Mojo. He's from another dimension that he rules absolutely through a brain-numbing media empire, although he can only maintain ownership of the Mojoverse so long as his subjects like his programming. To that end, he uses his utter and complete mastery of magic (or sufficiently advanced science, maybe) to irritate the X-Men, so they have wacky adventures. He rarely attacks them outright; he does, however, have an army of baby clones of both the X-Men and of their enemies, including those of the Age of Apocalypse. Ominously, Dr. Strange once remarked that if Mojo ever decided to appear on earth Earth itself, it would be a very, very bad thing...
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thing... Specifically, Mojo is a semi-humanoid invertebrate that moves mostly through technological aid, which makes television a lot more popular in his world since his people are more sedentary by nature. [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As said though, their technology is sufficiently advanced and on top of that Mojo's presence gives off an [[WalkingWasteland anti-life effect]] while in the regular 616 world for unknown reasons.]]



* ''ComicBook/PS238'' has Veles, who serves as an expy for both Loki and Mr. Mxyzptlk, as he's a trickster deity from Slavik lore who was a trickster nemesis to Superman expy Atlas. Since Atlas has permanently left Earth to rule his home planet, Veles has decided that he needs a new opponent, with strong signs that he's grooming Julie 84 for the position.

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* ''ComicBook/PS238'' has Veles, who serves as an expy for both Loki and Mr. Mxyzptlk, as he's a trickster deity from Slavik lore who was is a trickster nemesis to Superman expy Expy Atlas. Since Atlas has permanently left Earth to rule his home planet, Veles has decided that he needs a new opponent, with strong signs that he's grooming Julie 84 for the position.




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* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': Really the only way to describe Alyss, a mischevious demigoddess first introduced in the novelization before becoming a CanonImmigrant in the gamebooks. She's firmly on the side of good, but is rather playful about it compared to any other of Lone Wolf's allies.



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* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': Really the only way to describe Alyss, a mischevious demigoddess first introduced in the novelization before becoming a CanonImmigrant in the gamebooks. She's firmly on the side of good, but is rather playful about it compared to any other of Lone Wolf's allies.
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* Tom Bombadil, in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Tom is so powerful that he is able to wear the One Ring and give it up freely without a thought, but spends most of his time wandering in the Old Forest and whimsically singing about himself, and is said by Gandalf to be capable of withstanding an assault by any force of the world, unless they were [[GonnaNeedMoreTrope all allied against him]]. He provides a convenient plot device to allow the hobbits to escape the Barrow Wights and take their swords (which later prove [[ChekhovsGun essential to the story]], since the swords are the only thing deadly to Nazgûl).
** Let's just say that Bombadil ''really'' doesn't fit neatly into Tolkien's larger backstory and there's a ''lot'' of fannish speculation about who or what he really is. Gandalf implies that Bombadil being unaffected by the Ring is just that Tom doesn't ''care'' about the Ring (beyond a brief passing interest in it as a pretty shiny thing), so it has no power over him one way or the other.

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* Tom Bombadil, in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Tom is so powerful that he is able to wear the One Ring and give it up freely without a thought, but spends most of his time wandering in the Old Forest and whimsically singing about himself, and is said by Gandalf to be capable of withstanding an assault by any force of the world, unless they were [[GonnaNeedMoreTrope all allied against him]]. He provides a convenient plot device to allow the hobbits to escape the Barrow Wights and take their swords (which later prove [[ChekhovsGun essential to the story]], since the swords are the only thing deadly to Nazgûl).
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Nazgûl). Let's just say that Bombadil ''really'' doesn't fit neatly into Tolkien's larger backstory and there's a ''lot'' of fannish speculation about who or what he really is. Gandalf implies that Bombadil being unaffected by the Ring is just that Tom doesn't ''care'' about the Ring (beyond a brief passing interest in it as a pretty shiny thing), so it has no power over him one way or the other.



* [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] is basically what happens when this role is played [[DarkerAndEdgier dead serious]] by [[EldritchAbomination an atrocious space god]] [[ForTheEvulz who enjoys tormenting the insects called "humans"]] as versus [[BlueAndOrangeMorality being too busy not caring]] like most of his peers.

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* [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'': Nyarlathotep is basically what happens when this role is played [[DarkerAndEdgier dead serious]] by [[EldritchAbomination an atrocious space god]] [[ForTheEvulz who enjoys tormenting the insects called "humans"]] as versus [[BlueAndOrangeMorality being too busy not caring]] like most of his peers.



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* The Fae race from ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]''. That's right, an entire effing ''race'' of 'em.

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* The Fae race from ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]''.''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. That's right, an entire effing ''race'' of 'em.



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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' incarnation of Shakespeare's [[PublicDomainCharacter Puck]]. In his first appearance (but not later ones,) he's bound by an enchantment that makes him a JerkassGenie.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
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The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' incarnation of Shakespeare's [[PublicDomainCharacter Puck]]. In his first appearance (but not later ones,) he's bound by an enchantment that makes him a JerkassGenie.



* The Great Gazoo is given a ShoutOut in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "SpinOff Showcase" episode, showing "Ozmodiar" as a little green alien that only Homer can see. The joke many fans missed was that in an interview, Matt Groening said that the introduction of a Great Gazoo would officially mark [[JumpTheShark the death of the series]].
** In one episode, the Simpsons are at an animation convention, and Bart and Lisa watch a clip from an {{Anime}}:
-->'''Lisa''': [[FridgeLogic "Wait, I'm confused, why was a wolf shooting a web?"]]
-->'''Bart''': [[MST3KMantra "Cartoons don't have to make sense."]]
-->'''Ozmodiar''': *appears out of nowhere* "He's right, you know!"
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Fractured" guest-starred Larry the Titan (also known as [[BackwardsName Nosyarg Kcid]]), a Bat-Mite-inspired "SuperDeformed Robin" imp from dimension 498.
* Orko from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. The twist? He only has omnipotence in his homeworld -- in Eternia, he is mostly an IneptMage. However one episode features another trollan called Prankster, who is an even straighter example, and he makes a lot of trouble for He-Man and co. The only way to get rid of him was to trick him into saying his real name.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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The Great Gazoo is given a ShoutOut in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' the episode "SpinOff Showcase" episode, Showcase", showing "Ozmodiar" as a little green alien that only Homer can see. The joke many fans missed was that in an interview, Matt Groening said that the introduction of a Great Gazoo would officially mark [[JumpTheShark the death of the series]].
** In one another episode, the Simpsons are at an animation convention, and Bart and Lisa watch a clip from an {{Anime}}:
-->'''Lisa''': --->'''Lisa:''' [[FridgeLogic "Wait, Wait, I'm confused, why was a wolf shooting a web?"]]
-->'''Bart''':
web?]]\\
'''Bart:'''
[[MST3KMantra "Cartoons Cartoons don't have to make sense."]]
-->'''Ozmodiar''': *appears
]]\\
'''Ozmodiar:''' ''[appears
out of nowhere* "He's nowhere]'' He's right, you know!"
know!
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Fractured" guest-starred guest-stars Larry the Titan (also known as [[BackwardsName Nosyarg Kcid]]), a Bat-Mite-inspired "SuperDeformed Robin" imp from dimension 498.
* Franchise/MasterOfTheUniverse:
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Orko from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. The twist? He only has omnipotence in his homeworld -- in Eternia, he is mostly an IneptMage. However one episode features another trollan called Prankster, who is an even straighter example, and he makes a lot of trouble for He-Man and co. The only way to get rid of him was to trick him into saying his real name.



* Probably the most spectacular Great Gazoo was God in ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''. (A similar character has appeared several times in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.)
** Gazoo himself shows up in an episode of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy.

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* Probably the most spectacular Great Gazoo was God in ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''. (A similar character has appeared several times ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''.
* Gazoo himself shows up
in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.)
** Gazoo himself shows up in an episode of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy.



** There's an episode with a blue cat creature named Chaos who was said to be stronger than any genie.
** Another episode had a pair of small Gazoo-like [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]], who force the cast to compete in various games. At one point Iago suggests that, with their powers, they should try to TakeOverTheWorld or something instead. They reply that ruling it got boring after a few centuries.

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** There's an episode with a blue cat creature named Chaos who was is said to be stronger than any genie.
** Another episode had has a pair of small Gazoo-like [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]], {{Reality Warper}}s, who force the cast to compete in various games. At one point Iago suggests that, with their powers, they should try to TakeOverTheWorld or something instead. They reply that ruling it got boring after a few centuries.



* Eris, the Goddess of Chaos in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy.''

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* %%* Eris, the Goddess of Chaos in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy.''



* Discord, the opening baddie of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s second season. A RealityWarper, Trickster Villain, who uses his powers to screw with the mane cast. He turns out to be a fair bit nastier than is the norm for this type. By Season 3, [[HeelFaceTurn he had reformed]], but his mischievous nature goes untamed.

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* Discord, the spirit of Chaos and Disharmony, opening baddie of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s second season. A RealityWarper, Trickster Villain, who uses his powers to screw with the mane cast. He turns out to be a fair bit nastier than is the norm for this type. By Season 3, [[HeelFaceTurn he had has reformed]], but his mischievous nature goes untamed.



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