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18th Sep '16 3:41:22 PM xelldx
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* The Elder Gods from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', particularly in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', where, when begged by Raiden for help against the invasion of Earthrealm by [[CrapSackWorld [=Outworld=]]] , their response is "so sad, too bad, but we don't care about the genocide of an entire realm".

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* The Elder Gods from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', particularly in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', where, when begged by Raiden for help against the invasion of Earthrealm by [[CrapSackWorld [=Outworld=]]] , their response is "so sad, too bad, but we don't care about the genocide of an entire realm". Shao Kahn even mocks them by calling them "impotent worms".
11th Sep '16 1:32:55 AM morane
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* According to religion researchist Yehezekel Kaufmann and psychohistorian Lloyd deMause, this trope is omnipresent in ''all'' Polytheistic religions: their deities are not benevolent nor nice entities, but whimsical and malevolent bullies or outright tyrants which treat mortals with contempt and which the mortals need to constantly placate to be safe from their wrath or whims.



** Also worth a mention is Ares. Even back then, Greek scholars wrote about how men run in terror from this bloodthirsty god of war. However, Ares's bloodlust only showed during wartime, he has never been portrayed as a rapist, and as always be depicted as a PapaBear unlike his father Zeus. He was portrayed more positively by the Romans however, due to them having a stronger military tradition than the Greeks. In the Iliad, the phrase Homer uses to refer to Ares is "kukleion athanaton": Evil Undying.

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** Also worth a mention is Ares. Even back then, Greek scholars wrote about how men run in terror from this bloodthirsty god of war. However, Ares's bloodlust only showed during wartime, he has never been portrayed as a rapist, and as always be depicted as a PapaBear unlike his father Zeus. He was portrayed more positively by the Romans however, due to them having a stronger military tradition than the Greeks. In the Iliad, the phrase Homer uses to refer to Ares is "kukleion athanaton": ''kukleion athanaton'': Evil Undying.
6th Sep '16 4:59:49 PM xelldx
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** It's even worse in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' when [[spoiler: it falls to the Cage Family and their allies to stop Shinnok from the Jinsei, the lifeforce of Earthrealm while the Elder Gods have their hands on their asses. Just like Kahn in the previous game, Shinnok mocks the Elder Gods for their inaction and apparent cowardice.]]

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** It's even worse in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' when [[spoiler: it falls to the Cage Family and their allies to stop Shinnok from corrupting the Jinsei, the lifeforce of Earthrealm while the Elder Gods have their hands on their asses. Just like Kahn in the previous game, Shinnok mocks the Elder Gods for their inaction and apparent cowardice.]]
6th Sep '16 4:57:03 PM xelldx
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* It's even worse in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' when [[spoiler: it falls to the Cage Family and their allies to stop Shinnok from the Jinsei, the lifeforce of Earthrealm while the Elder Gods have their hands on their asses. Just like Kahn in the previous game, Shinnok the Elder Gods for their inaction and apparent cowardice.]]

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* ** It's even worse in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' when [[spoiler: it falls to the Cage Family and their allies to stop Shinnok from the Jinsei, the lifeforce of Earthrealm while the Elder Gods have their hands on their asses. Just like Kahn in the previous game, Shinnok mocks the Elder Gods for their inaction and apparent cowardice.]]
6th Sep '16 4:53:32 PM xelldx
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* It's even worse in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' when [[spoiler: it falls to the Cage Family and their allies to stop Shinnok from the Jinsei, the lifeforce of Earthrealm while the Elder Gods have their hands on their asses. Just like Kahn in the previous game, Shinnok the Elder Gods for their inaction and apparent cowardice.]]
5th Sep '16 10:10:37 AM Nintendoman01
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the God of Destruction Beerus is known for destroying planets on the slightest of whims, even for reasons as petty as losing a video game.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' introduces Beerus,
the God of Destruction Beerus is known for Destruction. While it's noted in-universe that [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying planets]] is [[PunchClockVillain his job]] and is necessary to maintain universal balance, he chooses what planets on the slightest of whims, even he will destroy at his leisure and is prone to doing so for reasons as petty [[DisproportionateRetribution ridiculous reasons]], such as losing at a video game.game, being denied food, or simply because a random bystander offended him. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the Old Kai outright describes Beerus' actions as pointless and petty.
** The Future Trunks Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has an example with Zamasu, an apprentice [[TopGod Supreme Kai]] from [[AlternateUniverse Universe 10]]. He's firmly convinced that ''all'' mortals are stupid, brutal beings who never learn from their mistakes, to the extent that he [[FinalSolution suggests just wiping them all out]], and outright tells his master Gowasu that [[TheGodsMustBeLazy the Kais' decision to merely watch rather than directly interfere]] is a sin. In the BadFuture that Future Trunks hails from, Zamasu has completely [[spoiler:[[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jumped Off the Slippery Slope]] and is actively working with [[EvilTwin Goku Black]], a like-minded OmnicidalManiac, to wipe out the human race]].
31st Aug '16 11:23:32 PM MrNickelodeon
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* ''Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure'' at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks has the deity Mara, who will send anyone into everlasting torment just for looking into its eyes.
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12th Aug '16 8:55:43 PM Doug86
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** Zeus takes the cake, though. Zeus (and Poseidon, to be fair) pressure Hades into a pact that they will no longer have demigod children due to the destruction their kids caused in WorldWarII... and also 'cause there's a prophecy saying one of them will choose to either save or destroy the world upon turning sixteen. Once the pact is made, Zeus attempts to kill Hades' two remaining children who are under sixteen-- Hades protects them, but Zeus does succeed in killing their mother and presumably any other bystanders. Fast forward about sixty years: Zeus is the first to break the pact, and because he's the god of justice and king of the gods, ''gets none of the comeuppance.'' His daughter, Thalia, is punished instead: she is under constant monster attack and makes her final stand mere feet away from safety, holding the monsters off so her friends can escape. Zeus turns her into a pine tree as she dies. (Although she is accidentally resurrected later.) Hades, ironically, turns out to be the only one of the three to honor the pact-- all of his children seen in the series were born in the 1930s and either placed in a time warp or brought back from the dead.

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** Zeus takes the cake, though. Zeus (and Poseidon, to be fair) pressure Hades into a pact that they will no longer have demigod children due to the destruction their kids caused in WorldWarII...UsefulNotes/WorldWarII... and also 'cause there's a prophecy saying one of them will choose to either save or destroy the world upon turning sixteen. Once the pact is made, Zeus attempts to kill Hades' two remaining children who are under sixteen-- Hades protects them, but Zeus does succeed in killing their mother and presumably any other bystanders. Fast forward about sixty years: Zeus is the first to break the pact, and because he's the god of justice and king of the gods, ''gets none of the comeuppance.'' His daughter, Thalia, is punished instead: she is under constant monster attack and makes her final stand mere feet away from safety, holding the monsters off so her friends can escape. Zeus turns her into a pine tree as she dies. (Although she is accidentally resurrected later.) Hades, ironically, turns out to be the only one of the three to honor the pact-- all of his children seen in the series were born in the 1930s and either placed in a time warp or brought back from the dead.



* In Fiona Patton's [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]], a young Seer witnesses the Gods in a vision playing strategy with their human pawns. The brother of one of those pawns, he gradually realizes they will play until no one is left, and seeks a way to avoid that.
* In [[Literature/ThursdayNext ''The Woman Who Died a Lot'']] once God is forced out of hiding He starts smiting towns. It is not entirely random, there is a plan to redirect the smiting by placing some axe-murderers and child-rapists and so on in a conveniently empty space near the town. Which would apparently work. The protagonists disapprove, they consider the plan unethical. God has some ValuesDissonance.

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* In Fiona Patton's [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]], Shield]]'', a young Seer witnesses the Gods in a vision playing strategy with their human pawns. The brother of one of those pawns, he gradually realizes they will play until no one is left, and seeks a way to avoid that.
* In [[Literature/ThursdayNext ''The ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext 'The Woman Who Died a Lot'']] Lot]]'' once God is forced out of hiding He starts smiting towns. It is not entirely random, there is a plan to redirect the smiting by placing some axe-murderers and child-rapists and so on in a conveniently empty space near the town. Which would apparently work. The protagonists disapprove, they consider the plan unethical. God has some ValuesDissonance.
9th Aug '16 1:02:43 PM xelldx
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** They weren't much different in the previous games/timeline. When they were not being [[TheGodsMustBeLazy indifferent]] to all but their own survival they tended to make things worse. They cursed Shang Tsung to consume souls to survive making him stronger which bit them on their collective asses when Shinnok attacked them [[note]] When Shang Tsung absorbed Kung Lao's soul after being defeated by Goro, he gained knowledge of the whereabouts of Shinnok's amulet and gave it to Quan Chi in exchange for resurrecting Sindel. Thus Quan Chi using the amulet to free Shinnok who declares and unleashes his vengeance on the elder gods who imprisoned him into the Netherrealm[[/note]]. They promised to return to life Scorpion's clan in exchange for service and resurrected them as the undead. They tend to screw characters (both good and evil) over in several endings throughout the games. And comments in the games and outside of them has stated the Elder Gods appointed Shao Kahn as the protector of Outworld. A position he used to gain control of the realm. The Elder Gods then are responsible for most of the major villains throughout the games.

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** They weren't much different in the previous games/timeline. When they were not being [[TheGodsMustBeLazy indifferent]] to all but their own survival they tended to make things worse. They cursed Shang Tsung to consume souls to survive making him stronger which bit them on their collective asses when Shinnok attacked them [[note]] When Shang Tsung absorbed Kung Lao's soul after being defeated by Lao's defeat at the hands of Goro, he gained knowledge of the whereabouts of Shinnok's amulet and gave it to Quan Chi in exchange for resurrecting Sindel. Thus Quan Chi using the amulet to free Shinnok who declares and unleashes his vengeance on the elder gods who imprisoned him into the Netherrealm[[/note]]. They promised to return to life Scorpion's clan in exchange for service and resurrected them as the undead. They tend to screw characters (both good and evil) over in several endings throughout the games. And comments in the games and outside of them has stated the Elder Gods appointed Shao Kahn as the protector of Outworld. A position he used to gain control of the realm. The Elder Gods then are responsible for most of the major villains throughout the games.
30th Jul '16 5:04:47 AM LordGro
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[[caption-width-right:350:Someone must've used [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a fork covered in mixed fabrics to open the wrong side of a banana]].]]

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