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->''"It's a funny thing about the old gods. You think that just because they're old, they must be difficult to kill. But when the fighting starts, they go down just like anybody else. They're not stronger, they're just older."''
-->-- '''Martin Chatwick''', ''Literature/TheMagicians''

So, along passes the EldritchAbomination: Incomprehensible, omnipotent [[GodOfEvil dark Gods]] who instill [[GoMadFromTheRevelation gibbering insanity in anyone in their presence]]; {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s who have obliterated countless worlds since time immemorial; [[CosmicEntity Cosmic Entities]] whose thoughts encompass the very fabric of the universe and infinities beyond, on which humanity is just a subatomic particle. You know the type. Eternal, infinite, harbingers of the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End of Times]], impossible to even understand, let alone think about opposition...

And then along come a fellowship of plucky heroic {{Badass}}es, [[AchievementsInIgnorance who were never told that the Abomination is impossible to beat]] (and even if they were told, [[NeverTellMeTheOdds they wouldn't care]].) Through some combination of skill, brains, courage, HeroicSpirit, and occasionally raw world-shattering AwesomenessIsAForce, maybe some kind of incredibly clever strategy, maybe trap, maybe AppliedPhlebotinum and/or sheer dumb luck, or hey, WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer, they go to work and... they ''defeat'' the abomination.

In short, you just [[KillTheGod killed a god]]. Not a {{Mook|s}}, not an {{Elite Mook|s}}, not TheDragon... '''''A {{GOD}}!''''' Anything much higher in SuperWeight scale than the character.

This appears in videogames (especially [=RPG=]s), where the FinalBoss is [[GodOfEvil inevitably some kind]] of ultimate evil [[SealedEvilInACan unleashed upon the world]], or the BigBad has gone OneWingedAngel... only to be defeated by the heroes by whittling down its health points. Particularly jarring if the horror in question is allegedly so powerful that [[GameplayAndStorySegregation according to the backstory]] the {{Precursors}} were only able to [[SealedEvilInACan seal it away]], or if the heroes claim it was defeated via ThePowerOfFriendship (when it's obvious they won via the Power Of {{BFS}}, MoreDakka, and Nuke-Level SummonMagic). Sometimes, you actually do kill {{God}} Himself, which is commonplace in [=JRPGs=].

Maybe the heroes have found some rule stating that the power in question has limits or a NecessaryDrawback, and then proceed to [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty exploit it ruthlessly]]. Maybe WorfHadTheFlu. Sometimes what they defeated was just ''part'' of the being which existed in our reality at the time, in which case reducing its HitPoints to 0 just temporarily banishes it: they were FightingAShadow.

This is generally the result of whenever you put an EldritchAbomination from a cynical world in the same room as a SuperHero from an idealistic world, or anyone or anything else capable of hitting for massive damage. Do ''not'' expect this trope to appear in any CosmicHorrorStory worth its salt, except perhaps as a HopeSpot that will most likely end with [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu you getting your arm broken punching out the abomination]].

A common [[JustifiedTrope justification]] in video games ([=RPG=]s in particular) is to have something happen that relates to the story and limits the BigBad's power and/or [[EleventhHourSuperpower brings the heroes up to its level]]... ''then'' pummel it with extremely large swords and nuclear-apocalypse-level magic.

For the most extreme video-game examples, where the game designers ''intended'' for a character to be indestructible and players manage to kill it anyway, see LordBritishPostulate.

Compare CuttingTheKnot, RageAgainstTheHeavens, PowerCreepPowerSeep, StrongAsTheyNeedToBe, NewPowersAsThePlotDemands, GodsHandsAreTied, DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu, DidYouJustScamCthulhu, StaringDownCthulhu, WowingCthulhu, ReasoningWithGod, AlwaysABiggerFish, DefeatingTheUndefeatable, SummonBiggerFish (the latter two are when it's essentially a real god, like Thor or Zeus, doing the punching out), TheWorfEffect, LovecraftLite. Overlaps with KillTheGod when the punch is fatal and a god per se is the victim.

Contrast BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu, DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu, DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu, PunchPunchPunchUhOh.

Not to be confused with TheWorfEffect.

Also see DoNotTauntCthulhu and OlympusMons.


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