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13th Aug '17 3:10:05 PM Bugfragged
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* ''LightNovel/IzureShinwaNoRagnarok'' has gods possessing human bodies to wage war with each other, which results in a lot of destruction to Eurasia. While they eventually make rules to limit their destruction, this is mainly done out of pragmatism and many of them are still callous towards human collateral damage.
13th Aug '17 7:17:01 AM Carliro
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** Amonkhet, inspired by Ancient Egypt, generally avoids this, as the gods were designed on purpose to be benevolent. However, [[spoiler:Bontu]] is the TokenEvilTeammate who betrayed everyone to a most horrible death to save her own skin. No one shed a tear when she [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath got what was coming to her]].]]
5th Aug '17 9:48:52 AM Prometheus117
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* In the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, pretty much all the gods were assholes, in accordance with their mythological portrayals. [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider's]] backstory illustrates this quite clearly; [[spoiler:she is actually Medusa, and she and her sisters were born out of the wishes of mankind for deities who ''weren't'' complete dicks. The Greek gods became jealous of them and conspired to turn their worshipers against them, which led to Medusa becoming a monster.]] [[DeathOfTheOldGods The gods aren't around anymore though]], which is probably for the best. Played with in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', which gets to showcase some of these divinities in action and shows that, while they can certainly be dicks, many of them run [[BlueAndOrangeMortality on a Divine mentality that doesn't quite mesh with human ideals]] [[spoiler:like what happens to Artoria Pendragon after she became the Goddess Rhongomyniad in the Sixth Singularity]], and they can be just as, well, ''human'' as anyone else given time [[spoiler:like what happens to Ishtar, Ereshkigal, and Quetzalcoatl in the Seventh Singularity]].

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* In the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, pretty much all the gods were assholes, in accordance with their mythological portrayals. [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider's]] backstory illustrates this quite clearly; [[spoiler:she is actually Medusa, and she and her sisters were born out of the wishes of mankind for deities who ''weren't'' complete dicks. The Greek gods became jealous of them and conspired to turn their worshipers against them, which led to Medusa becoming a monster.]] [[DeathOfTheOldGods The gods aren't around anymore though]], which is probably for the best. Played with in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', which gets to showcase some of these divinities in action and shows that, while they can certainly be dicks, many of them run [[BlueAndOrangeMortality [[BlueAndOrangeMorality on a Divine mentality that doesn't quite mesh with human ideals]] [[spoiler:like what happens to Artoria Pendragon after she became the Goddess Rhongomyniad in the Sixth Singularity]], and they can be just as, well, ''human'' as anyone else given time [[spoiler:like what happens to Ishtar, Ereshkigal, and Quetzalcoatl in the Seventh Singularity]].
5th Aug '17 9:48:26 AM Prometheus117
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* In the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, pretty much all the gods were assholes, in accordance with their mythological portrayals. Rider's backstory illustrates this quite clearly; [[spoiler:she is actually Medusa, and she and her sisters were born out of the wishes of mankind for deities who ''weren't'' complete dicks. The Greek gods became jealous of them and conspired to turn their worshipers against them, which led to Medusa becoming a monster.]] [[DeathOfTheOldGods The gods aren't around anymore though]], which is probably for the best.

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* In the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, pretty much all the gods were assholes, in accordance with their mythological portrayals. Rider's [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider's]] backstory illustrates this quite clearly; [[spoiler:she is actually Medusa, and she and her sisters were born out of the wishes of mankind for deities who ''weren't'' complete dicks. The Greek gods became jealous of them and conspired to turn their worshipers against them, which led to Medusa becoming a monster.]] [[DeathOfTheOldGods The gods aren't around anymore though]], which is probably for the best. Played with in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', which gets to showcase some of these divinities in action and shows that, while they can certainly be dicks, many of them run [[BlueAndOrangeMortality on a Divine mentality that doesn't quite mesh with human ideals]] [[spoiler:like what happens to Artoria Pendragon after she became the Goddess Rhongomyniad in the Sixth Singularity]], and they can be just as, well, ''human'' as anyone else given time [[spoiler:like what happens to Ishtar, Ereshkigal, and Quetzalcoatl in the Seventh Singularity]].
3rd Aug '17 3:13:40 PM DocJamore
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** [[spoiler: In the finale he shows himself to be [[GodIsGood somewhat benevolent]]. Roy (who was forced to perform human transmutation) only lost his ''sight'', instead of an actual organ or limb like everyone else and this made restoring what he lost much simpler as seen in the epilogue. While undeniably a {{Jerkass}} The Truth is not necessarily evil, but a TricksterMentor, as seen when he was absolutely ''elated'' to hear that Edward had learned the lesson that he was trying to teach everyone else: alchemy isn't everything]].

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** [[spoiler: In the finale he shows himself to be [[GodIsGood [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold somewhat benevolent]]. Roy (who was forced to perform human transmutation) only lost his ''sight'', instead of an actual organ or limb like everyone else and this made restoring what he lost much simpler as seen in the epilogue. While undeniably a {{Jerkass}} The Truth is not necessarily evil, but a TricksterMentor, as seen when he was absolutely ''elated'' to hear that Edward had learned the lesson that he was trying to teach everyone else: alchemy isn't everything]].
21st Jul '17 7:50:18 AM Njein
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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".
** 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 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.
** 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. After Shinnok is vanquished. Dark!Raiden decides to take matters into his own hands by defending Earthrealm from '''ALL''' threats, Elder Gods be '''DAMNED!''']]

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* The Elder Gods from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', particularly in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', where, [[WhatTheHellHero when begged by Raiden for help against the invasion of Earthrealm Earthrealm]] by [[CrapSackWorld [=Outworld=]]] , [=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".
** 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 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 used the amulet to free Shinnok Shinnok, who then declares and unleashes his vengeance on the elder gods his fellow Elder Gods who imprisoned him into the Netherrealm[[/note]]. They promised to return to life Scorpion's clan in exchange for service and service, but 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.
** It's even worse in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' when [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it falls to the Cage Family and their allies to stop Shinnok Shinnok, a fallen Elder God, from corrupting the Jinsei, the lifeforce of Earthrealm 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. After And after Shinnok is vanquished. Dark!Raiden 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, threats. It seems that many of the characters in the series regard the Elder Gods be '''DAMNED!''']]as incompetent slackers.]]
12th Jul '17 11:03:09 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''LightNovel/KumoDesuGaNaniKa'' Evil God "D" is [[ItsAllAboutMe completely self-centered]] and watches Kumoko's desperate attempts to survive for her own amusement. If Kumoko tries to ignore or thinks badly of her, "D" responds with threats of annihilation or "punishment" consisting of debilitating agony. Worst of all, she created [[spoiler:Kumoko by attaching a piece of her soul and some shoddily modified memories to a house spider]]. "D" expected [[spoiler:Kumoko]], who was essentially her ''child'', would die quickly and confuse the other gods so "D" could continue slacking off.
11th Jul '17 12:54:23 PM WakingPrinceMatty
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': on Theros, Heliod, Phenax, Keranos, and Mogis are gargantuan tools, as is post-ascension Xenagos. As beings heavily inspired by the Ancient Greek pantheon, this was probably unavoidable. [[spoiler:Heliod goes so far as to backstab his own closest ally, Elspeth, because he doesn't like her being a planeswalker, and is in many ways the ultimate villain of Theros block.]] One short story that takes place after [[spoiler:Elspeth]]'s death shows that Ajani Goldmane, while shacking up with others of his kind, begins to foment a movement among the mortals against the gods.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': on Theros, Heliod, Erebos, Phenax, Keranos, and Mogis are gargantuan tools, as is post-ascension Xenagos. As beings heavily inspired by the Ancient Greek pantheon, this was probably unavoidable.
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[[spoiler:Heliod goes so far as to backstab his own closest ally, Elspeth, because he doesn't like her being a planeswalker, and is in many ways the ultimate villain of Theros block.]] ]]
** Erebos is a slightly lighter example compared to the jackassery of Heliod, but he's described as being envious of the world of the living, and he takes solace in the death of mortals because it mekes him aware that mortals feel the same sense of banishment and isolation from the gods that he does. Plus, [[spoiler:When Elspeth bargains her life for that of her dead lover Daxos, he agrees to her terms, and after her death releases Daxos from the Underworld... [[OurZombiesAreDifferent as a]] [[CameBackWrong Returned]].]]
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One short story that takes place after [[spoiler:Elspeth]]'s death shows that Ajani Goldmane, while shacking up with others of his kind, begins to foment a movement among the mortals against the gods.
1st Jul '17 4:51:57 PM nombretomado
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*** According to TheOtherWiki, after slaying Orochi, Susanoo took a sword from inside it's body and gave to Amaterasu as a conciliatory gift, suggesting that he at least became a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. [[note]]This sword later became one of the three royal treasures of Japan.[[/note]]

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*** According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, after slaying Orochi, Susanoo took a sword from inside it's body and gave to Amaterasu as a conciliatory gift, suggesting that he at least became a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. [[note]]This sword later became one of the three royal treasures of Japan.[[/note]]
26th Jun '17 10:07:00 AM Shadoboy
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** 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. 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/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.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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