History Main / JerkAssGods

19th Feb '18 6:04:57 PM chopshop
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* ''Literature/TheCosmere'':
** Shard Odium, the GreaterScopeVillain, is a lying, self-centered asshole who [[LackOfEmpathy doesnít care at all about the damage heís indirectly caused throughout the Cosmere]]. He wants to [[spoiler:kill the other Shards in order to make himself the supreme deity]]. Ironically, heís supposed to be [[spoiler:the Shard of passion and emotion; heís the only Shard that thinks and feels like mortals do, yet heís also one of the only Shards who sees no problem with using and tormenting those same mortals.]]
** [[{{Literature/Mistborn}} The Lord-Ruler]] is a brutal GodEmperor who flits between imposing brutal laws [[CruelToBeKind for the ostensible greater good]] and being utterly apathetic towards his duties. He also [[spoiler:deliberately lets a rebellion start and flare out of control, purely to scare his followers and make them more dependent on him.]]
** Most of [[{{Literature/Warbreaker}} the Returned]] are lazy jerks, more concerned with wasting the day away then helping their subjects. Lightsong bitterly remarks that the way the Returnedís powers work (they can only perform ''one'' miracle, which instantly kills them) means that most of the good ones have already sacrificed themselves, while the bad ones cling to their godhood for as long as possible. The court is now mostly made up of selfish, scheming Returned who never perform miracles.
18th Feb '18 11:45:09 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Zeus isn't exactly a pleasant individual either, as shown in ''Ghosts of the Past''.
12th Feb '18 6:53:00 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/BringMeToLife'': In chapter 24, Buffy outright declares that all gods and higher powers are "a bunch of selfish dirt-bags who don't care about anyone but themselves," using Glory and Jasmine as examples.
12th Jan '18 5:55:44 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOftheFallen'' has Elder God Errastas, who has been laying low and limited himself to small, petty things like political manipulation, incest and homicide in ''Literature/MidnightTides'', but once he decides to up his game again, he's right back to mass slaughter and trying [[spoiler: to end the world and rule over the remains]]. He also feels that he has the sole right to govern over magic as Master of the Tiles --hearing that he has been succeeded by a Master of the Deck immediately inspires him to new heights.

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* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOftheFallen'' has Elder God Errastas, who has been laying low and limited himself to small, petty things like political manipulation, incest and homicide in ''Literature/MidnightTides'', but once he decides to up his game again, he's right back to mass slaughter and trying [[spoiler: to end the world and rule over the remains]]. He also feels that he has the sole right to govern over magic as Master of the Tiles --hearing -- hearing that he has been succeeded by a Master of the Deck immediately inspires him to new heights.
30th Dec '17 10:38:35 PM akanesarumara
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** In the sequel series when someone asks why the gods even need the demigods, all the gods look like they just ate something terribly sour and bitter and rancid and one of them answers "Don't you think we've been asking that ourselves for millennia?"
** It is telling that the companion book Percy Jackson's Greek Gods has a whole paragraph reminding the readers that the gods do not, in fact, give a damn about us. Sure we might be useful at times to get around the rules and stipulations they are supposed to live by (no going to each other's territory without being invited for example), but their attitudes range from "that kid who enjoys burning ants with a magnifying glass", through "the kid watching ants march by peacefully" (with us being the ants), up to "the class in general towards the class gerbil: kinda cute at the start, but gets old real quick, in more ways than one" (with us being the gerbil.)
23rd Dec '17 4:11:45 PM nombretomado
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* The entire [[Myth/GreekMythology Greek pantheon]], and most of the other creatures with god powers, in ''[[TheDarkHunters Dark Hunter]]'' series.

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* The entire [[Myth/GreekMythology Greek pantheon]], and most of the other creatures with god powers, in ''[[TheDarkHunters ''[[Literature/TheDarkHunters Dark Hunter]]'' series.
4th Dec '17 4:52:24 PM superkeijikun
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* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'' has "Being X", as Tanya calls him; a rather off-put god who is tired of people not being faithful and praising him as often as he'd prefer. Thus, he decides to take the biggest, most staunch atheist he could find and put them through the wringer with the intent of making a believer out of them, reincarnating a JerkAss atheist {{Salaryman}} as a young girl forced to fight in an alternate version of World War I with a weapon that will kill her outright if she doesn't pray to him.
28th Nov '17 8:44:18 AM Njein
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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, a fallen Elder God, from corrupting the Jinsei, Earthrealm's life-force 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. And after Shinnok is vanquished, Raiden, [[FaithHeelTurn feeling that the Elder Gods are more burden than help]], decides to take matters into his own hands by defending Earthrealm from '''ALL''' threats. It seems that many of the characters in the series regard the Elder Gods as incompetent slackers.]]

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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, a fallen Elder God, from corrupting the Jinsei, Earthrealm's life-force while the Elder Gods have their hands on their asses. Just like Kahn in the previous game, Shinnok mocks the his fellow Elder Gods for their inaction and apparent cowardice. And after Shinnok is vanquished, Raiden, [[FaithHeelTurn feeling that the Elder Gods are more burden than help]], decides to take matters into his own hands by defending Earthrealm from '''ALL''' threats. It seems that many of the characters in the series regard view the Elder Gods as incompetent slackers.]]
27th Nov '17 4:20:36 PM RegularMuthias
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* The [[Literature/TheBible Abrahamic God]]:
** He readily admits to being one in the Literature/BookOfExodus, in the ever famous Ten Commandments no less, proclaiming that he is [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne a jealous god]] and anyone who worships a god other than him will not only be punished themselves, but as will the [[RevengeByProxy next three generations of their family]]. At the least, he does promise that if they followed his teaching, he'll bless the next thousand generations of their family and he [[TookALevelInKindness makes some attempt to soften his image]] by the time the New Testament rolls around. However, the New Testament version has been criticized as well for this sometimes, because it introduces {{hell}} and says that [[EasyRoadToHell only a very few people are going to avoid it]].
** The Literature/BookOfJob provides some fine examples of divine jerkassitude. When Job asks why his life is being destroyed and family killed when he has lived a pious life, God's response is literally, "I'm sorry, did ''you'' make the universe? Don't question God." This is treated as a completely acceptable response. The reader knows (through backstory) that God is testing Job's faith, but Job in-story is left in the dark about this. Even that comes off as a poor excuse to mistreat him (it doesn't help that the reason he's testing his faith is basically that he's making a dare with ''Satan''). He does get rewarded with more property than he'd lost, plus a new family, but any person who loses kids or their spouse is going to be dubious that this makes up for it.

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* The [[Literature/TheBible Abrahamic God]]:
** He readily admits to being one in the Literature/BookOfExodus, in the ever famous Ten Commandments no less, proclaiming that he is [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne a jealous god]] and anyone who worships a god other than him will not only be punished themselves, but as will the [[RevengeByProxy next three generations of their family]]. At the least, he does promise that if they followed his teaching, he'll bless the next thousand generations of their family and he [[TookALevelInKindness makes some attempt to soften his image]] by the time the New Testament rolls around. However, the New Testament version has been criticized as well for this sometimes, because it introduces {{hell}} and says that [[EasyRoadToHell only a very few people are going to avoid it]].
** The Literature/BookOfJob provides some fine examples of divine jerkassitude. When Job asks why his life is being destroyed and family killed when he has lived a pious life, God's response is literally, "I'm sorry, did ''you'' make the universe? Don't question God." This is treated as a completely acceptable response. The reader knows (through backstory) that God is testing Job's faith, but Job in-story is left in the dark about this. Even that comes off as a poor excuse to mistreat him (it doesn't help that the reason he's testing his faith is basically that he's making a dare with ''Satan''). He does get rewarded with more property than he'd lost, plus a new family, but any person who loses kids or their spouse is going to be dubious that this makes up for it.
21st Nov '17 1:36:38 PM WaterBlap
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* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', being a crossover between Gods from various mythologies, naturally have a lot of high-and-mighty jackass Gods here and there. But worth mentioning is Ra from the EgyptianMythology. He used to be a bonafide GodOfGood, but after he was poisoned by Isis in her bid to save Egypt, [[StartOfDarkness he went mad from the pain]] and nearly had his daughter Hathor obliterate Egypt before he changed his mind, and then settles in the middle road: Being a condescending bird-God.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', being a crossover between Gods from various mythologies, naturally have a lot of high-and-mighty jackass Gods here and there. But worth mentioning is Ra from the EgyptianMythology.Myth/EgyptianMythology. He used to be a bonafide GodOfGood, but after he was poisoned by Isis in her bid to save Egypt, [[StartOfDarkness he went mad from the pain]] and nearly had his daughter Hathor obliterate Egypt before he changed his mind, and then settles in the middle road: Being a condescending bird-God.
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