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25th Jul '16 2:18:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* At least two gods in the ''{{Disciples}}'' series get treated to this. First we have Soloniele, the goddess of the seas and merfolk, as well as co-deity of the [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]] with her lover Gallean. When [[TheDevil Bethrezen]] sends his Legions of Doom to the surface of Nevendaar, they happen to come out in the elven forests, sending the elves on a massed exodus to the lands of the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Mountain Clans]]. The dwarves, seeing a huge mass of elves encroaching on their lands, assume it's an invasion and strike at them. Angry, Soloniele and Gallean go to Wotan, the god of the dwarves, and demand he punish his people for this unprovoked attack. Enraged by their audacity, Wotan rips out Gallean's heart and throws it at the sun. Soloniele manages to catch her lover's heart in time but has her flesh burned off by the heat. Going mad, she renames herself into Mortis, slaughters an entire people and raises them as her Undead Hordes. After she revives Gallean, he is disgusted with what she has become and leaves. Mortis proceeds to turn on the elves, kills Gallean's son and turns him into an undead elf to mock Gallean. Gallean also goes mad and gets the elves to strike at humans, with whom they've been at peace for centuries, and personally (through his oracle) kills the dwarven queen. Needless to say, Nevendaar a CrapsackWorld. On that same note, Bethrezen himself could be considered fitting this trope, although bordering on GodOfEvil. Originally, he was the most favorite angel of Highfather, to the point where Highfather granted him the power to create. Bethrezen created Nevendaar and humans as a tribute to Highfather, with other gods creating other races and landscapes. Unfortunately, the other angels grew jealous and tricked humans into starting a war while Bethrezen was out. When Highfather saw Nevendaar, it was engulfed in war. As punishment, he imprisoned Bethrezen in the molten core of his own creation. It's obvious that anyone would go insane at this point, especially someone who didn't think he deserved punishment.

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* At least two gods in the ''{{Disciples}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}}'' series get treated to this. First we have Soloniele, the goddess of the seas and merfolk, as well as co-deity of the [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]] with her lover Gallean. When [[TheDevil Bethrezen]] sends his Legions of Doom to the surface of Nevendaar, they happen to come out in the elven forests, sending the elves on a massed exodus to the lands of the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Mountain Clans]]. The dwarves, seeing a huge mass of elves encroaching on their lands, assume it's an invasion and strike at them. Angry, Soloniele and Gallean go to Wotan, the god of the dwarves, and demand he punish his people for this unprovoked attack. Enraged by their audacity, Wotan rips out Gallean's heart and throws it at the sun. Soloniele manages to catch her lover's heart in time but has her flesh burned off by the heat. Going mad, she renames herself into Mortis, slaughters an entire people and raises them as her Undead Hordes. After she revives Gallean, he is disgusted with what she has become and leaves. Mortis proceeds to turn on the elves, kills Gallean's son and turns him into an undead elf to mock Gallean. Gallean also goes mad and gets the elves to strike at humans, with whom they've been at peace for centuries, and personally (through his oracle) kills the dwarven queen. Needless to say, Nevendaar a CrapsackWorld. On that same note, Bethrezen himself could be considered fitting this trope, although bordering on GodOfEvil. Originally, he was the most favorite angel of Highfather, to the point where Highfather granted him the power to create. Bethrezen created Nevendaar and humans as a tribute to Highfather, with other gods creating other races and landscapes. Unfortunately, the other angels grew jealous and tricked humans into starting a war while Bethrezen was out. When Highfather saw Nevendaar, it was engulfed in war. As punishment, he imprisoned Bethrezen in the molten core of his own creation. It's obvious that anyone would go insane at this point, especially someone who didn't think he deserved punishment.
9th Jul '16 10:49:23 AM nombretomado
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* Tarjan from ''TheBardsTaleTrilogy''. He's even ''called'' the Mad God.

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* Tarjan from ''TheBardsTaleTrilogy''.''VideoGame/TheBardsTaleTrilogy''. He's even ''called'' the Mad God.
6th Jul '16 11:18:21 AM TheCheshireCat
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** Unfortunately most of the things he finds amusing are things that are bad for you. So you have the choice of either deliberately doing stupid things in order to be rewarded by Xom, or playing carefully and intelligently and making him BORED. Needless to say, Xom worshipers don't tend to live very long.
21st Jun '16 6:44:58 AM Berrenta
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* [[CallARabbitASmeerp Jubileus The Creator]] of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' goes insane [[spoiler: once the Left Eye is lost, throwing the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Balance Between Light and Darkness]] out of alignment.]] Whether Jubileus was good or evil to begin with isn't clear, since in this CrapsackWorld DarkIsEvil, LightIsNotGood, ''both'' Angels and Demons qualify as [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] and humans are, for the most part [[HumansAreBastards worldly]] or [[TooDumbToLive gullible]] [[WhatTheHellTownspeople idiots]].

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* [[CallARabbitASmeerp Jubileus The Creator]] of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' goes insane [[spoiler: once the Left Eye is lost, throwing the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Balance Between Light and Darkness]] out of alignment.]] Whether Jubileus was good or evil to begin with isn't clear, since in this CrapsackWorld DarkIsEvil, LightIsNotGood, ''both'' Angels and Demons qualify as [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] and humans are, for the most part [[HumansAreBastards worldly]] or [[TooDumbToLive gullible]] [[WhatTheHellTownspeople [[UngratefulTownsfolk idiots]].
17th Jun '16 10:38:33 PM nombretomado
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* TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons 4e core setting labels pretty much all the ChaoticEvil gods as this, mainly Tharizdun, Lolth, and to a lesser degree, Gruumsh. This has to do with their redefinition of the ChaoticEvil CharacterAlignment as being about "believing only one's self matters in all reality" and "being willing and able to destroy anything and anyone that doesn't directly contribute tot heir interests".

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* TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4e core setting labels pretty much all the ChaoticEvil gods as this, mainly Tharizdun, Lolth, and to a lesser degree, Gruumsh. This has to do with their redefinition of the ChaoticEvil CharacterAlignment as being about "believing only one's self matters in all reality" and "being willing and able to destroy anything and anyone that doesn't directly contribute tot heir interests".



* In ''TabletopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'', Nethys the God of Magic is TrueNeutral because his magical power has driven him [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity completely insane]], leaving him torn between competing urges to save the world and to destroy it, which results in extremely erratic, unpredictable behavior.

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* In ''TabletopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', Nethys the God of Magic is TrueNeutral because his magical power has driven him [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity completely insane]], leaving him torn between competing urges to save the world and to destroy it, which results in extremely erratic, unpredictable behavior.



* The Mad Gods from ''TabletopGames/{{Witchcraft}}'', natch- every single one is a monster from beyond our reality, whose understanding of it is terribly limited; so when they manage to intrude here (and before, even), they begin to [[RealityWarper reshape it to a form they prefer]]. Which needless to say is very bad news for the natives (even including the angels and demons).

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* The Mad Gods from ''TabletopGames/{{Witchcraft}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Witchcraft}}'', natch- every single one is a monster from beyond our reality, whose understanding of it is terribly limited; so when they manage to intrude here (and before, even), they begin to [[RealityWarper reshape it to a form they prefer]]. Which needless to say is very bad news for the natives (even including the angels and demons).
16th Jun '16 8:17:00 PM nombretomado
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* {{Thanos}} is occasionally referred to as The Mad God.

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* {{Thanos}} ComicBook/{{Thanos}} is occasionally referred to as The Mad God.
15th Jun '16 11:38:16 PM M84
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* In ''Videogame/SaltAndSanctuary'', the BigBad is [[spoiler:the Nameless God, a DeityOfHumanOrigin. Unfortunately, he was driven to seek godhood out of pride, greed, and envy of true gods. Though he gained the power he sought, he was unable to obtain the ''soul'' of a god, which is what he really wanted. His pride, greed, and envy intensified as a result and he went mad.]]
10th Jun '16 12:33:52 PM Generality
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* In Literature/TheBelgariad we get two Mad Gods: Torak is essentially this plus GodOfEvil and Mara went crazy after his people were wiped out in a war, casting illusions on the entire country that drive [[strike:everyone]] most people who don't have magic powers or divine protection who dare to make even one step into his country insane. Then there's Issa, who fell in love with a mortal but neglected to give her immortality (which he presumably could have done, since his brother Aldur routinely does so for his disciples); his priests have for centuries been finding someone who looks sort of like his now-long-dead lover, renaming her, and installing her as queen ... apparently without Issa ever noticing. Really, mad (or at least really, really dumb) is pretty much the "hat" for gods in this series, with the (possible) exceptions of [-UL-] who is just sort of crotchety and Aldur who is mostly aloof.

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* In Literature/TheBelgariad we get two Mad Gods: Torak is essentially this plus GodOfEvil and Mara went crazy after his people were wiped out in a war, casting illusions on the entire country that drive [[strike:everyone]] most people who don't have magic powers or divine protection who insane if they dare to make even one step into his country insane.country. Then there's Issa, who fell in love with a mortal but neglected to give her immortality (which he presumably could have done, since his brother Aldur routinely does so for his disciples); his priests have for centuries been finding someone who looks sort of like his now-long-dead lover, renaming her, and installing her as queen ... apparently without Issa ever noticing. Really, mad (or at least really, really dumb) is pretty much the "hat" for gods in this series, with the (possible) exceptions of [-UL-] who is just sort of crotchety and Aldur who is mostly aloof.
17th May '16 4:53:27 AM ReaderAt2046
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* Corona, The Tyrant Sun, in RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse. She's not evil in the same way Tirek or Grogar are, or even crazy in the same way Discord is, but Luna alone knows how many centuries of trying to protect her ponies from the horrors of the world drove her off her rocker, and she became a ruler so despotic that her own sister was forced to bind her into the sun.
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11th Apr '16 11:58:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Crippled God of the ''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 of the ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' ''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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