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11th Aug '16 7:49:45 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Wide Green World series, the gods are said to have left when the first of the [[EldritchAbomination malices]] showed up, so a common oath is "Absent gods!"

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/TheSharingKnife Wide Green World series, series]], the gods are said to have left when the first of the [[EldritchAbomination malices]] showed up, so a common oath is "Absent gods!"
2nd Aug '16 1:50:03 AM Fireblood
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* The Epicureans believed gods were completely blissful, immortal beings with no needs, and thus took no interest in humanity, remaining in the void between worlds rather than interacting with us at all.
26th Jun '16 6:06:24 AM Allronix
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* WesternAnimation/TronUprising: [[ThankTheMaker Flynn]] is nowhere to be seen, no mention is made of him fighting Clu or resisting the impending tyranny of the system as he claimed in ''Film/TronLegacy''. Either Argon was too far out in the sticks for Flynn to pay it any attention, or he had written off the Programs and buggered off to the Outlands to protect Quorra, abandoning them all ''(Tron included!)'' to Clu's dubious mercy.
25th Jun '16 10:30:11 PM VTSylph
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* The main character of ''Webcomic/{{Suihira}}'' is devoted to the goddess Akia, who the rest of the world thinks has abandoned humanity.
2nd Jun '16 1:04:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* This is OlderThanFeudalism: in {{Aristophanes}}' ''Peace'', the gods have grown tired with the Greeks' constant warmongering and have moved away to the other end of Heaven, leaving War in charge.

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* This is OlderThanFeudalism: in {{Aristophanes}}' Creator/{{Aristophanes}}' ''Peace'', the gods have grown tired with the Greeks' constant warmongering and have moved away to the other end of Heaven, leaving War in charge.
9th Apr '16 8:49:12 AM Astrideric
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* God does exist and personally talks to the angels in the backstory of ''Webcomic/HolyBibble'', but in the present, he appears to be almost entirely absent.
1st Mar '16 2:25:36 PM margdean56
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* In TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe, every aspect of this is subverted. The heroes have to learn that it's not their business to find out what happened to said deity and that only Aslan can set things right; the setting is revealed not to be a CrapsackWorld despite the best efforts of the White Queen; there is no welching on which religion is right (though it does not become overly obvious until later books); the Narnia parallel to angels seem helpless until they regain "their Boss' moral and philosophical baggage"; Aslan does *not* want "the universe to save itself" but to recognize that is incapable of saving itself; and finally, although the heroes' actions have weight, Aslan (and prophesy) remains as an obvious Deus ex Machina to save them from themselves, literally in the case of at least one character in every single book of the series.

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* In TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe, every aspect of this is subverted. The heroes have to learn that it's not their business to find out what happened to said deity and that only Aslan can set things right; the setting is revealed not to be a CrapsackWorld despite the best efforts of the White Queen; Witch; there is no welching on which religion is right (though it does not become overly obvious until later books); the Narnia Narnian parallel to angels seem helpless until they regain "their Boss' moral and philosophical baggage"; Aslan does *not* ''not'' want "the universe to save itself" but to recognize that it is incapable of saving itself; and finally, although the heroes' actions have weight, Aslan (and prophesy) prophecy) remains as an obvious Deus ex Machina to save them from themselves, literally in the case of at least one character in every single book of the series.



* The ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy has the entity that everyone thinks is God- actually just the first angel, too old for anyone to contradict him, reduced practically to nonexistence after millennia of rule. Still, his followers fight on in his name, generally making a mess of things on Earth.

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* The ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy has the entity that everyone thinks is God- actually God--actually just the first angel, too old for anyone to contradict him, reduced him--reduced practically to nonexistence after millennia of rule. Still, his followers fight on in his name, generally making a mess of things on Earth.
18th Feb '16 12:28:37 PM Morgenthaler
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** There are several ways to interpret this: 1) [[MagicFeather Jobu never existed at all]] 2) [[ItsAllAboutMe Jobu was sated by this boast of dedication]] or 3) [[SecretTestOfCharacter Jobu just wanted his follower to rely on himself more]].
** In the sequel, it turns out that between seasons he became a [[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Buddhist]], of the excessively pacifistic variety. Without his "edge" he can now barely hit at all let alone just missing curve balls, and is so peaceful doesn't seem to even CARE to improve. After some needling and comments about [[UnusualEuphamism his "marbles"]], he eventually "introduces" Jobu and Buddha, figures out how to channel his aggressive strength without losing his center, and begins (as stated by the [[BigBad team's owner]] "bashing the ball like the Cerano of old."

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** There are several ways to interpret this: 1) [[MagicFeather Jobu never existed at all]] 2) [[ItsAllAboutMe Jobu was sated by this boast of dedication]] or 3) [[SecretTestOfCharacter Jobu just wanted his follower to rely on himself more]].
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* In the sequel, ''Film/MajorLeague 2'', it turns out that between seasons he became a [[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Buddhist]], of the excessively pacifistic variety. Without his "edge" he can now barely hit at all let alone just missing curve balls, and is so peaceful doesn't seem to even CARE to improve. After some needling and comments about [[UnusualEuphamism his "marbles"]], he eventually "introduces" Jobu and Buddha, figures out how to channel his aggressive strength without losing his center, and begins (as stated by the [[BigBad team's owner]] "bashing the ball like the Cerano of old."



** In ''TheMalloreon'', this becomes much more nuanced. The Godless actually split into several different groups: The ones mentioned above became the Ulgos (followers of UL); the ones to the south became the Dals, who explore the more esoteric magical mysteries of the world; the ones to the north became demon worshipers (and split into the more 'civilized' Karands who gave it up partially and the Morindim who still do it extensively); finally, the Melcenes to the east were actually the first of ''any'' people to form a civilization, and they remain happily godless. At the end, it turns out that there was yet another deity who hadn't arrived yet, and this time he's supposed to be everyone's God.

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** * In ''TheMalloreon'', ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', this becomes much more nuanced. The Godless actually split into several different groups: The ones mentioned above became the Ulgos (followers of UL); the ones to the south became the Dals, who explore the more esoteric magical mysteries of the world; the ones to the north became demon worshipers (and split into the more 'civilized' Karands who gave it up partially and the Morindim who still do it extensively); finally, the Melcenes to the east were actually the first of ''any'' people to form a civilization, and they remain happily godless. At the end, it turns out that there was yet another deity who hadn't arrived yet, and this time he's supposed to be everyone's God.



** It's described along the lines of playing poker with Him, in the dark, for infinite stakes, without knowing the rules and all the cards are blank.
*** And the dealer ''smiles'' all the time...
** The climax largely involves the uncertainty caused in the hellish and angelic armies when someone points out the contradictions. JustAsPlanned (probably).



* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''- In "The Titan's Curse" [[spoiler: Artemis]] goes missing. In "TheHeroesOfOlympus" [[spoiler: the gods close off Olympus and abandon mankind.]] In "The Lost Hero", [[spoiler: Hera is kidnapped.]]
** Also, a recurring plotline is the disappearance and/or death of Pan, the god of the wild. The satyrs loyal to the Olympians have spent millennia trying to find out why. By the end of book four, Grover finally finds what's left of him, but [[spoiler:he's on life support and as good as dead. Pan urges Grover to find another way to restore nature, as the wild is finally dead]].

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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''- ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'':
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In "The Titan's Curse" [[spoiler: Artemis]] goes missing. In "TheHeroesOfOlympus" [[spoiler: the gods close off Olympus and abandon mankind.]] In "The Lost Hero", [[spoiler: Hera is kidnapped.]]
** Also, a A recurring plotline is the disappearance and/or death of Pan, the god of the wild. The satyrs loyal to the Olympians have spent millennia trying to find out why. By the end of book four, Grover finally finds what's left of him, but [[spoiler:he's on life support and as good as dead. Pan urges Grover to find another way to restore nature, as the wild is finally dead]].



** Although it's worth noting that "God's Away on Business" is a VillainSong, and thus an excellent case of an UnreliableNarrator.



** There's also Archangel Yves, who on occasion acts as a direct conduit of communication from God, and whom it is hinted (in both text and illustration) may actually be God in disguise.
*** Although intending to let the War between Heaven & Hell play out largely without his direct interference, in the IN universe God has directly communicated with his angels at least twice since Lucifer's Rebellion - once, to order Dominic, Archangel of Judgement, to pardon Archangel Michael after the latter was found guilty of the sin of Pride, and once to order Uriel, Archangel of Purity, to stop the ethereal genocide he was in the progress of attempting and ascend to the Higher Heavens and report to God in person ''right now''. (Note: Uriel hasn't been seen since that day. Anywhere.)
*** In addition to Yves' status as maybe-possibly the Voice of God, or God's secret avatar, Archangel Gabriel is also known to occasionally speak words of prophecy that are literally direct revelations from God. The rest of the time, Gabriel's... not exactly lucid.



** Just in case you wonder, the Demiurge created the world as a prison-illusion for humanity to keep us from realizing our own divine omnipotence. In this setting GodIsEvil, and Satan is worse.



** All gods save one, that is. One god kept his divine powers in order to keep the others out.
** Though several gods turned out still missing. This includes dead ones, for whom their "heirs" answered prayers -- openly or not. But also still living Waukeen, who tried to escape the locked zone (by calling an off-world deity owing her a favour) and then travel to her domain while depowered. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? Hey, this even ''almost'' worked.
** Incidentally, the whole "Time of Troubles" was an [[{{Handwave}} excuse]] to explain the differences between 1st and 2nd edition versions of Faerun.
* Gleefully played with in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where the god of the Imperium is on life-support, the Necron gods like to eat each other (and one is batshit insane), but the Eldar ''really'' take the cake. All but three of the old Eldar pantheon were killed before or during the Fall of the Eldar; the survivors are Cegorach, the Laughing God of the Harlequins, who hides in the webway; Khaine, the god of war, shattered into pieces (which sleep in each craftworld as Avatars of Khaine), and Isha, the mother goddess, imprisoned by the Chaos God Nurgle to test his plagues on. The Eldar are also attempting to create Ynnead, a new god of death, from the souls of dead Eldar stored in the Craftworlds' Infinity Circuits, the idea being that when the very last Eldar dies, Ynnead will be strong enough to rise and defeat Slaanesh. Hopefully.
** To be fair it was a crap ton of Eldar dead that made Slaanesh in the first place so the force of the rest of the Eldar might just be able to counterbalance it. Either that or it will just screw the galaxy even harder than the last time the Eldar did something major to the warp. Humanity, along with everyone else who doesn't like the idea of a trip straight to hell, would be wiped out in short order.

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** All gods save one, that is. One god kept his divine powers in order to keep the others out.
** Though several gods turned out still missing. This includes dead ones, for whom their "heirs" answered prayers -- openly or not. But also still living Waukeen, who tried to escape the locked zone (by calling an off-world deity owing her a favour) and then travel to her domain while depowered. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? Hey, this even ''almost'' worked.
** Incidentally, the whole "Time of Troubles" was an [[{{Handwave}} excuse]] to explain the differences between 1st and 2nd edition versions of Faerun.
* Gleefully played with in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where the god of the Imperium is on life-support, the Necron gods like to eat each other (and one is batshit insane), but the Eldar ''really'' take the cake. 40000}}'':
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All but three of the old Eldar pantheon were killed before or during the Fall of the Eldar; the survivors are Cegorach, the Laughing God of the Harlequins, who hides in the webway; Khaine, the god of war, shattered into pieces (which sleep in each craftworld as Avatars of Khaine), and Isha, the mother goddess, imprisoned by the Chaos God Nurgle to test his plagues on. The Eldar are also attempting to create Ynnead, a new god of death, from the souls of dead Eldar stored in the Craftworlds' Infinity Circuits, the idea being that when the very last Eldar dies, Ynnead will be strong enough to rise and defeat Slaanesh. Hopefully.
** To be fair it was a crap ton of Eldar dead that made Slaanesh in the first place so the force of the rest of the Eldar might just be able to counterbalance it. Either that or it will just screw the galaxy even harder than the last time the Eldar did something major to the warp. Humanity, along with everyone else who doesn't like the idea of a trip straight to hell, would be wiped out in short order.
Hopefully.



*** Seeing as that Emperor is the only being capable and willing (probably) to direct immeasurable powers of Astronomicon, it guarantees that if he dies, all FTL Imperium has, goes down.



*** Fulfilling this trope in word, but not in spirit, Necrons actually actively look for their gods. For escaped shards to be specific. To stop them from reuniting into original Star Gods that would wreck revenge on traitorous minions.



* While darklords in TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} are closer to damned souls than gods, their continued presence and attention is what sustains the cohesiveness of the domains to which they are bound. Domains have faded into the Mists because their darklords have died, and when Lord Soth ceased to notice his own surroundings, in favor of some obsessive navel-gazing via {{Magic Mirror}}s, his domain of Sithicus nearly broke into fragments.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'':
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While darklords in TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} are closer to damned souls than gods, their continued presence and attention is what sustains the cohesiveness of the domains to which they are bound. Domains have faded into the Mists because their darklords have died, and when Lord Soth ceased to notice his own surroundings, in favor of some obsessive navel-gazing via {{Magic Mirror}}s, his domain of Sithicus nearly broke into fragments.



** Not to mention being the least Kosher thing Jon (ostensibly Jewish) could possibly eat.



* On a smaller level in WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra, when Aang was alive, Republic City was mostly harmonious. Yes, there were gangs around causing problems but life between benders and non-benders wasn't that bad. In the 17 years after his death, the bending-gangs are exerting more power over non-benders, even amounting to killing the wife of a prominent citizen and the gang is still running around, the ruling council no longer has any non-benders on it, they do nothing to try and quell the rising distress of the poor non-bending population, they allow bending corruption to fill Pro-Bending, the police don't seem to have any non-benders working the streets leaving no one for the poor non-benders to talk to and hope for help from, thus making the city ripe for the extremist group the Equalists to come in and slowly take over the city.
** Sadly, [[GodIsFlawed Korra doesn't seem to be able to do anything about it]].

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* On a smaller level in WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', when Aang was alive, Republic City was mostly harmonious. Yes, there were gangs around causing problems but life between benders and non-benders wasn't that bad. In the 17 years after his death, the bending-gangs are exerting more power over non-benders, even amounting to killing the wife of a prominent citizen and the gang is still running around, the ruling council no longer has any non-benders on it, they do nothing to try and quell the rising distress of the poor non-bending population, they allow bending corruption to fill Pro-Bending, the police don't seem to have any non-benders working the streets leaving no one for the poor non-benders to talk to and hope for help from, thus making the city ripe for the extremist group the Equalists to come in and slowly take over the city.
** Sadly, [[GodIsFlawed Korra doesn't seem to be able to do anything about it]].
city.
31st Jan '16 9:29:19 PM MasterGhandalf
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* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', the Terran Keepers have been actively looking for their religion and which god they worshipped for a millennium. [[spoiler:Turns out that their god and religion was the only one that was actually real. What's more, the last Keeper actually BECOMES god.]]

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* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', the Terran Terris Keepers have been actively looking for their religion and which god they worshipped for a millennium. millennium (since the setting is ruled by a tyrannical GodEmperor who tried his hardest to wipe out all other religions and had a particularly virulent hatred for the Terris for spoilery reasons). [[spoiler:Turns out that their god and though all the religions they'd collected on the way had truth, the Terris religion was the only one that was actually real. to directly revere the real gods. What's more, at the end of the trilogy the last Keeper actually BECOMES god.the new God.]]
16th Jan '16 7:50:10 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the third edition of ''InNomineSatanisMagnaVeritas'', the French game on which ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' is based, God is on an hydrotherapeutic cure somewhere in France.
** In ''DieuEstMort'', a French Murder Party based on ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', God has disappeared and may have been murdered. The players play a group of the major Archangels and Demon Princes that have gathered to solve the murder mystery and figure out what to do with Earth. Eventually, it is revealed that [[spoiler:God was the victim of a failed assassination attempt, and re-incarnated in Yves (one of the players) to try and find the would-be assassin without using omniscience. He must also choose a regent/successor to manage things while He is otherwise occupied (or "dead" again).]]

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** In the third edition of ''InNomineSatanisMagnaVeritas'', ''TabletopGame/InNomineSatanisMagnaVeritas'', the French game on which ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' is based, God is on an hydrotherapeutic cure somewhere in France.
** In ''DieuEstMort'', ''TabletopGame/DieuEstMort'', a French Murder Party based on ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', God has disappeared and may have been murdered. The players play a group of the major Archangels and Demon Princes that have gathered to solve the murder mystery and figure out what to do with Earth. Eventually, it is revealed that [[spoiler:God was the victim of a failed assassination attempt, and re-incarnated in Yves (one of the players) to try and find the would-be assassin without using omniscience. He must also choose a regent/successor to manage things while He is otherwise occupied (or "dead" again).]]
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