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6th Apr '17 11:30:40 AM BeerBaron
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* Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. His condensed title, referred to by the Dark Seducers, ''is'' "the Mad God." In other words, he's not just a Mad God, he is ''the god'' of madness, and the insane are his subjects.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', everyone who has ever touched the Heart of Lorkhan has gone mad (maybe not Vivec, though). Sotha Sil has retreated into a clockwork city of his creation (in a world where clocks have not yet been invented), Almalexia tries to murder you, and the BigBad Dagoth Ur, your past life's lackey gone bad, is repeatedly stated to be mad and it shows through his minions.
*** Granted, some dialogues indicate that Almalexia used to be quite a bit saner, and that it was ''losing'' her godhood sent her over the edge.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Shivering Isles]]'' reveals that [[spoiler:the Daedric Prince of Order Jyggalag is a Mad God. The other Daedric Princes cursed him because they feared his growing power, and he now suffers from a split personality. His other personality is ''Sheogorath''.]] In his own words, he is a "broken ruler, of a broken realm". The Greymarches are merely [[spoiler:his attempts to restore his Realm whenever he briefly regains his right mind. "Killing" him at the end of the ''Shivering Isles'' questline cures him of his madness, leaving him free to wander Oblivion to rebuild his powerbase while he passes on the mantle of the Prince of Madness to the player character.]]
*** If you've don't complete Sheogorath's Daedric artifact quest before defeating Jyggalag, you can go still do it (by talking with DeadpanSnarker Haskill instead of Sheogorath himself). Haskill will congratulate the player on how well they are taking to their new role as Daedric Prince of Madness by setting a quest for themselves to complete and then rewarding themselves with an artifact that is already theirs.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Sheogorath's dialogue heavily implies that this is canon and [[spoiler: he is/was the [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Champion of Cyrodiil]]]].

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Sheogorath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince Prince]] of Madness from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. Madness. His condensed title, referred to explicitly called this by the Dark Seducers, ''is'' some of his followers, is simply "the Mad God." In other words, he's not just a Mad God, he is ''the god'' of madness, Madness falls within his sphere and the insane are his subjects.
subjects. He can be a CloudCuckoolander with some GreatGazoo traits who will make it rain cheese or literal cats and dogs because [[ItAmusedMe It Amused Him]], then he'll show why you need to BewareTheSillyOnes with a sudden AxeCrazy [[KickTheDog Dog-Kicking]] or some [[ColonyDrop Celestial Body Hurling]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', everyone who has ever touched the Tribunal and [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]], each of whom [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to godhood]] after tapping into the power of the [[CosmicKeystone Heart Of Lorkhan]], the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] of Mundus, the mortal plane. Dagoth Ur was much less restrained in his consumption of power from the Heart and experienced much faster SanitySlippage as a result. (Vivec, one of Lorkhan has gone mad (maybe the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deities]], explicitly calls him a "mad god" at one point.) However, the Tribunal did not Vivec, though). escape with their sanity completely in-tact either. Upon completing the main quest and the ''Tribunal'' expansion, the Daedric Prince Azura states that madness would have befallen each member of the Tribunal eventually, as mortal minds simply aren't equipped to handle the rigors of godhood. In game, [[spoiler:only Almalexia actually shows signs of this, and it seems to be the ''loss'' of her divine power which [[GoMadFromTheRevelation drove her to madness]]]]. Sotha Sil has retreated into a clockwork city of was always reclusive and Vivec, despite his creation (in a world where clocks have not yet been invented), Almalexia tries [[BlatantLies lying]], {{Narcissist}}ic ways, doesn't actually seem to murder you, and the BigBad Dagoth Ur, your past life's lackey gone bad, is repeatedly stated to be mad and it shows through his minions.
*** Granted, some dialogues indicate that Almalexia used to be quite a bit saner, and that it was ''losing'' her godhood sent her over the edge.
qualify as "mad".
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Shivering Isles]]'' Oblivion]]'':
*** The ''Shivering Isles'' expansion
reveals that [[spoiler:the Daedric Prince of Order Jyggalag is a Mad God. The other Daedric Princes cursed him because they feared his growing power, and he now suffers from a split personality. His other personality is ''Sheogorath''.]] In his own words, he is a "broken ruler, of a broken realm". The Greymarches are merely [[spoiler:his attempts to restore his Realm whenever he briefly regains his right mind. "Killing" him at the end of the ''Shivering Isles'' questline cures him of his madness, leaving him free to wander Oblivion to rebuild his powerbase while he passes on the mantle of the Prince of Madness to the player character.]]
*** If you've don't complete Sheogorath's Daedric artifact quest before [[spoiler: defeating Jyggalag, Jyggalag]], you can go still do it (by talking with DeadpanSnarker Haskill instead of Sheogorath himself). Haskill will congratulate the player on how [[spoiler:how well they are taking to their new role as Daedric Prince of Madness by setting a quest for themselves to complete and then rewarding themselves with an artifact that is already theirs.
theirs]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Sheogorath's dialogue heavily implies that this is canon and [[spoiler: he is/was the [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Champion of Cyrodiil]]]].Cyrodiil]] from ''Oblivion'']].
6th Apr '17 7:45:12 AM Derkhan
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* The Crippled God of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' was a deity who was forcibly dragged from his own reality and into this one. His body torn and ravaged by his arrival, which shattered a continent, he was chained and locked away to try and prevent his increasingly corrupt powers from infecting the world.

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* The Crippled God In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', there are cults on the island of Cabal which worship Icarium Lifestealer, a SemiDivine being with memory loss and [[TheBerserker rage management issues]] as the One God, the Stealer of Life, essentially claiming he is a mad puppet with unimaginable power, turning any power of creation he may possess into random destruction. One sect calls itself that of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' was Mockers, asserting that a deity god who was forcibly dragged from never left his own reality worshippers any doctrine to live by but allows them to make and into this one. His body torn and ravaged by his arrival, which shattered a continent, he was chained and locked away to try and prevent his increasingly corrupt powers from infecting the world.interpret their own, cannot be anything but insane.


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* In the backstory of ''Literature/TheDivineCities'', Kolkan, one of the Divinities reigning over the Continent, went insane by giving his followers endless rules to live by. He started out fairly sane, but kept on making thousands upon thousands of rules about incredibly minor things -- like what shoes and fabrics his followers were allowed to wear -- and mandating increasingly harsh punishments for the mildest violations, until his fellow Divinities [[UnPerson disappeared him]].
3rd Apr '17 8:04:44 PM nombretomado
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* Vertigo from PrimalRage is the Goddess of Insanity, and a sorceress from another dimension who wants to torture and enslave all of humanity [[ForTheEvulz for her own amusement.]]

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* Vertigo from PrimalRage ''VideoGame/PrimalRage'' is the Goddess of Insanity, and a sorceress from another dimension who wants to torture and enslave all of humanity [[ForTheEvulz for her own amusement.]]
18th Jan '17 7:09:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[EldritchAbomination Azathoth]], the Blind Idiot God gibbering at the chaotic center of Creation (''his'' creation) in the CthulhuMythos. Note however his being a 'god' is debatable, as it is with practically all of Lovecraft's more tremendously powerful entities.

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* [[EldritchAbomination Azathoth]], the Blind Idiot God gibbering at the chaotic center of Creation (''his'' creation) in the CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos. Note however his being a 'god' is debatable, as it is with practically all of Lovecraft's more tremendously powerful entities.
7th Jan '17 12:18:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, in the ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' series, tricked [[GreatGazoo Mr Mxyzptlk]] into giving up the lion's share of his power, and he used it to rewrite the entire universe in his image. In the end, only his obsession with Batman (and his inability to keep his imagination from conjuring his own worst fears) stopped him (with a helpful nudge from Superman).

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, in the ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' series, tricked [[GreatGazoo Mr Mxyzptlk]] into giving up the lion's share of his power, and he used it to rewrite the entire universe in his image. In the end, only his obsession with Batman (and his inability to keep his imagination from conjuring his own worst fears) stopped him (with a helpful nudge from Superman).
6th Jan '17 10:34:42 AM Schismatism
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* This is a common refrain in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics regarding - and countering - ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau''. In ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum'', Celestia was driven to this point by Tirek's bag. In another, ''Fanfic/CulturalArtifacts'', the Solar Princess genuinely believed her own tyranny was beneficial. In very few of the counterpoints to the original Bureau fics is she depicted as anything but mad.
* In further My Little Pony fics, ''Fanfic/TheAudience'' has a whole cavalcade of mad gods. Specifically, the Draconequui, whose [[OrangeAndBlueMorality rationales and mechanisms vary greatly]]... but whose goals are always towards the furthering of chaos on their own terms.
24th Dec '16 12:34:54 AM Dvandemon
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* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/collected-excerpts-on-the-sea-mother The Sea Mother]] was the first sapience in existence that infused her essence into the ocean but went insane from the constant sensation of fish and boats moving about in her this entailed. She lashes out and attempts to drowns them all, and humanity has grown to despise her for it and she knows.
30th Oct '16 3:56:41 PM nombretomado
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* In the MirrorUniverse of ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Zeus went mad from the strain of building "The Labyrinth of Eternal Memory" for his newborn son Hercules. With the king of the gods insane and the rest of the pantheon thrown into chaos, the stage is set for [[EvilCounterpart this version of Hercules]] (known as [[EvilOverlord "the Sovereign"]]) to TakeOverTheWorld and hatch a scheme to become the new ruler of Olympus.

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* In the MirrorUniverse of ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Zeus went mad from the strain of building "The Labyrinth of Eternal Memory" for his newborn son Hercules. With the king of the gods insane and the rest of the pantheon thrown into chaos, the stage is set for [[EvilCounterpart this version of Hercules]] (known as [[EvilOverlord "the Sovereign"]]) to TakeOverTheWorld and hatch a scheme to become the new ruler of Olympus.
30th Oct '16 10:14:44 AM nombretomado
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* The Primordials of ''{{Exalted}}'', the creators of the universe, are quite insane by human standards, even the relatively nice ones like Gaia and Autochthon. The developers have even used human mental disorders as metaphors for how each Primordial views the world--Oramus is schizophrenic, Malfeas is solipsistic, Autochthon is autistic, She Who Lives In Her Name is obsessive-compulsive, and so on.
* All of the Madlander deities in ''{{GURPS}} Fantasy II: Adventures in the Mad Lands''. Togeth, god of the Togethians, may be one too - the magic he grants to worshipers is extremely random, though at least it's always beneficial, unlike what the Madlander gods tend to do.

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* The Primordials of ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the creators of the universe, are quite insane by human standards, even the relatively nice ones like Gaia and Autochthon. The developers have even used human mental disorders as metaphors for how each Primordial views the world--Oramus is schizophrenic, Malfeas is solipsistic, Autochthon is autistic, She Who Lives In Her Name is obsessive-compulsive, and so on.
* All of the Madlander deities in ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Fantasy II: Adventures in the Mad Lands''. Togeth, god of the Togethians, may be one too - the magic he grants to worshipers is extremely random, though at least it's always beneficial, unlike what the Madlander gods tend to do.
28th Oct '16 2:07:10 PM Arachnos
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', we have [[BigBad Bill]] [[GodOfEvil Cipher]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', we have [[BigBad Bill]] [[GodOfEvil Cipher]]. The fact that he looks like a yellow Eye of Providence with a cane and a top hat already says a lot about him. He is comparable to Discord (above), and both are able to create a WorldGoneMad, but unlike Discord (who has indulged in MindControl and some MindRape, but nothing lethal), Bill is far, '''far''' more malevolent, and (though we never get to see him do it) does not seem to have any qualms with outright '''killing'''.
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