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This trope comes into play when the supreme deity of a given setting is not just a mere [[JerkassGods jerkass]] -- he/she/it is ''actively malevolent'', a jealous, callous, sadistic, monstrous tyrant who created the world or universe to be such a miserable CrapsackWorld, preparing DisproportionateRetribution and an EasyRoadToHell for everybody else.
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The classic problem of evil tends to be invoked in this trope, along with the irrationality of [[TheFundamentalist religious extremism]]. People foolish enough to try a ReligiousRussianRoulette to get a god like this to answer their prayers are unlikely to like the result.

In some works, this being is the [[TopGod supreme deity]] of a FantasyPantheon, while in others, the being is a powerful monotheistic deity, with some works casting the [[{{God}} Big Guy]] himself -- or his [[CrystalDragonJesus nearest fantasy analogue]] -- in the role. Sometimes, the being [[AGodAmI calling itself a god]] (or ''the'' God) isn't one (often to lessen the offense that religious readers might obviously feel when this trope comes in play); its powers are just so close to [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]][[note]]whether it's due to being a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien or, in the case of those claiming the identity of "God", being a god who is vastly more powerful than any and all of the other ''known'' gods combined (while implicitly leaving the door open for the '''real''' God to come in and show the interloper the error of his/her ways).[[/note]] that it makes no difference.

Narratives about a God that is both omnipotent and malevolent, and how we puny humans can cope with its abominable existence, can result in a CosmicHorrorStory, which is based on the complete helplessness and {{despair|EventHorizon}} of us PunyEarthlings under the powers of an alien reality-warping madness-inducing entity. But while the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s of your average CosmicHorrorStory will at least leave you alone if you don't seek them out, a malevolent supreme god can be an absolute nightmare, [[BigBrotherIsWatching scrutinizing our every thought]] and [[CosmicPlaything toying with us against our will]], with us having [[YouCantFightFate little to no hope in doing anything about it]].

The video game variants of this trope, however, lean on LovecraftLite and RageAgainstTheHeavens, offering a hope of the [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu ability to kill this "omnipotent"]], probably thanks to [[AppliedPhlebotinum narrativium]] that somehow serves to [[AntiMagic negate the Omnipotent's omnipotence]], or with help from a good opposite. If God Is Evil, then TheAntiGod may well be the BigGood.

In settings that take the controversial stance of God being evil, it is not uncommon for [[SatanIsGood his infernal opposite to be good]]. Or for his [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Son]] to be [[JesusWasWayCool way cool]]. Other times, Satan may simply be TheStarscream. This [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks isn't strictly necessary]], however, especially in darker {{Crapsack World}}s whose authors take a [[BlackAndGreyMorality more humanistic and/or existential stance on things]].

Ninety-eight times out of one hundred, where an evil supreme god is in charge of things, you will also find a KnightTemplar. Whether or not that person (or group) follows this evil supreme deity is entirely dependent on [[BlackAndGreyMorality the Knight's]] [[GreyAndGreyMorality alignment]].

TruthInTelevision: This viewpoint is OlderThanFeudalism. Already Greek philosophers considered the Olympian deities [[JerkassGods to be nothing but malevolent bullies]]. Lucian (2nd C) wrote a lengthy essay on why the Greco-Roman deities were evil, to boot. Likewise, the Norse sagas were full of description of Vikings who were ''goðlauss'' (godless)-they actively disdained the Norse deities, instead relying on themselves.

This trope can also be called ''dystheism,'' or ''maltheism''; these are beliefs that a monotheistic god is, respectively, not wholly good or outright evil. This trope is often found in RageAgainstTheHeavens plots (and will likely invoke ''misotheism'' -- hatred of God or the gods), and is a common belief of {{Nay Theist}}s.

Compare and contrast UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}},[[note]]In short, Gnostics believed that the God worshiped by Jews and by the other early Christian sects was evil...but that he also wasn't really God, just a lesser celestial being with delusions of godhood.[[/note]] EverybodyHatesHades, GodOfEvil, GodIsInept, GodIsFlawed, OrderIsNotGood. The flip side is SatanIsGood. See Also: GodAndSatanAreBothJerks, DevilButNoGod, NeglectfulPrecursors, JerkassGods for when the deities are not really evil but just neglectful, AbusivePrecursors for when this so called creator is beyond just guilty. Definitely the polar opposite of GodIsGood.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Morganna from ''Franchise/DotHack''. She manifests as a godlike being; a disembodied voice and psychic presence.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary''. Technically a spoiler, but between the state of Heaven and the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, it's pretty obvious.
* Creator/GoNagai did this all the time in his works.
** The God of ''[[Manga/MaoDante Demon Lord Dante]]'' was an evil space being who demanded that the humans living on Earth worship him. When they didn't, he torched their cities, inadvertently turning the entire human race into demonic beings by having God's energy merge them with various objects (the main character merges with a jet plane and dinosaurs to turn into a giant demon), and split himself up into pieces and inserted himself into apes, becoming modern man as a result. He further becomes even more of a bastard when it is revealed at the end that the entire war between God and demons was done on purpose [[ForTheEvulz just because it was entertaining to him]].
** ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' implies that God exterminated and sealed away the demons because he disapproved of the way his first shot at creating life turned out. And he's basically an EldritchAbomination that [[TakenForGranite turns humans into pillars of salt]] [[BrownNote from merely looking upon him]]. Interestingly enough, however, in the original manga and the original manga alone, God wasn't really portrayed as evil in the Devilman Universe (or at least a completely and utterly irredeemable asshole yet). He originally created the world, left for a while, then found the Demons, who were not part of his plans, and considered them abominations. [[AlwaysChaoticEvil And in all brutal fairness, it's very easy to see why he hated them]], even if he's in the wrong for hating them just because it wasn't part of the plan, but seemed content to just let the tides of fate roll out once they began to free their icy prison. In what could have been seen as a massive PetTheDog and even HopeSpot for humanity in such a CrapsackWorld, God personally intervened in the story saving the human race by a [[spoiler:nuclear holocaust launched by a Demon possessing the president of Russia, who had launched Russia's entire nuclear payload in an attempt to destroy all of humanity,]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic albeit at the cost of turning every last human in Moscow into salt with his mere presence.]] He may not have been friendly, but at least it might have seemed like he actually wanted the human race to win and survive the conflict against the Demons. But then...
** In ''AMON: Apocalypse of Devilman'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:God has put the entire world into a time loop so all humans and demons live and die for nothing over and over, just to make Satan suffer the loss of his beloved repeatedly for all eternity]]. Just in case we weren't already aware of how much of a ''dick'' he is. This also makes it likely his aforementioned PetTheDog for humanity was likely only done to [[spoiler: prolong the end of the world as Satan had yet to loss his beloved at this point, thus prolonging his suffering.]]
* Light Yagami in ''Manga/DeathNote'' deems himself a god trying to kill criminals so he may create a better place for all of mankind... but is also willing to kill thousands of innocent people to do so.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has the eccentric sadist Drosselmeyer to contend with: a dead writer whose influence, and love of tragedy, still haunt Kinkan Town.
* The last episode of ''Manga/YondemasuYoAzazelSan'' seems to indicate that in the universe of that series, the god of the Bible rules, and he is clearly depicted as every bit as loathsome as atheists usually contend that he is; vengeful and petty, with unreasonable standards and demands on others. He also likes to subject people to really, really bad dirty jokes, but since he surrounds himself by irredeemable toadies who pretend that his jokes are funny, isn't aware that they aren't.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has Zhuqiaomon, a phoenix god who is one of the four Holy Beasts that rule the Digital World. He sent his servants, the Devas, to the human world, to wreak havoc and eventually kidnap one of the heroes' friends, a small Digimon with the power to trigger evolution. However, this trope is inverted once the other Holy Beasts intervene, and explain that Zhuqiaomon was only trying to use their friend's special powers to fight the [[BigBad D-Reaper.]] Of course, Zhuqiaomon really dislikes humans as it is and isn't very apologetic to the children, so while not evil per se, he's still kind of an ass.
* Another ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' god is Yggdrasil, a master computer that, in some incarnations of the Digital World, created the world and controls it. In every media it appeared it, whether it is the X-Evolution movie or the ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' anime, it always ends up trying to destroy its own creation (and in the case of Digimon Savers, the human world as well). He has a highly variable morality though-in X-Evolution, he's an enigmatic terror who has motives no one knows, in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' he's an AntiVillain with a easily justifiable [[HumansAreBastards hatred of humanity]], and in ''NEXT'', he's a victim of DemonicPossession.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': [[spoiler:In a semi-de[[{{canon}} canonized]] chapter, which was removed for reasons of revealing too much, God was revealed to be behind everything that happens in Berserk's CrapsackWorld, and it was created because to humanity's desire for there to be an ultimate reason to blame for human suffering; which resulted in the creation of the Idea of Evil, [[TheHeartless a grimdark version of Plato's Theory of Forms]], whose purpose in life was ''to literally be responsible for everybody suffering so much''. And it's ''very good at it'', having conspired to drive Griffith into his ascension as the fifth Godhand, Femto, through the workings of Causality, which leads to the series theme of [[ScrewDestiny Fighting Fate]]. It can be seen as an inversion though; in this case, evil is God]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In a "not quite" case, the Straw Hat crew travels to another society in the sky and is forced to battle a lightning-flinging man identifying himself as god; his subjects even have (seemingly nonfunctional) wings! Turns out in this society "God" is just the title given to their ruler...
** While the aforementioned 'god' had the power level to back it up, later on the Celestial Dragons are revealed. They see themselves as living gods with an OmniscientMoralityLicense. Thankfully they are much more punchable, if you can avoid the consequences.
* The motivating idea behind all of the [[MonsterClown Millennium Earl's]] actions in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. Considering that said God seemingly allows the existence of someone as monstrously malevolent as the Earl, he may have a point.
* Deus Ex Machina from ''Manga/FutureDiary''. Sure, he's about to die and is taking the world down with him, but picking his successor by forcing mostly innocent people to fight a battle royale for the lulz? Not to mention telling a 4-year-old to kill (semi)-innocent people.
* Many of the various gods in ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' and one of its central themes. When we finally meet the creator of man (not the BigBad by the way, just some goddess lazing around), she abandons her creations outright to kill the titular heroine. She fails of course, which brings up [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu ANOTHER]] of the manga's central themes.
* God in ''Anime/CatSoup'' is pretty much only concerned about eating, [[spoiler:even fucking up with time and space to do so]].
* Of all places, this appears in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' in the form of Z-One, the last human of the BadFuture. He somehow got divine powers and he's worshipped by Yliaster. After losing hope and his friends, Z-One sends android copies of his friends to the past to correct the past, but some of their actions made things worse and didn't bring the results he hoped for. After several failures, he decides as his final plan to destroy the entirety of Neo-Domino City to prevent the BadFuture from happening, even at the cost of thousands of lives.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', while he never exhibited overt religiosity, Oskar von Reuenthal mused during the occasion where he was framed for the second time that if a Creator exists, He must be a malicious one.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', while he's only a "god" in the sense that he created the cybernetic world of Aincrad, Akihiko Kayaba's god complex causes him to trap ten thousand people in his world, where if they die they're dead in real life as well, just so that he could rule over a world of his own creation.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'':
** Played with a curious case with Ryuunosuke. He believes that God loves good ''and'' evil, therefore he thinks that God loves his mass-murdering. In his eyes, why else would God allow crimes and wars to keep happening and make blood and guts so pretty?
** The central conflict of the story rests around priests and magi trying to gain control of the Holy Grail, which will grant their greatest wish. It turns out towards the end that [[JackassGenie the Grail has a will of its own]] and may do anything from twist your wish to outright refuse it. That said, the church has their doubts that this artifact is actually ''the'' Grail ([[spoiler:according to background materials, it is ''not'']]), and other works in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} establish that [[spoiler:the Grail has been corrupted ever since the entity Angra Mainyu was sealed in it.]] So, it may be an aversion.
* A major plot point in episode 9 of ''LightNovel/SevenMortalSins'' [[spoiler:revealed that God plans on purging both Earth and Hell and banished Lucifer after she protested against it.]]

* Creator/PattonOswalt talks about an Evil God in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq10bz3PxyY Christmas Shoes]] routine. Also one with the [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus isn't evil]] variety.
-->'''God:''' What's this? Someone in a bad mood on my son's birthday? Bullshit! [[MoralEventHorizon Give that kid's mom cancer!]] Make sure he's in front of him in line, make him seven cents short for the shoes! This guy'll buy them, then he'll be in a good mood!
-->'''Jesus:''' I don't think we need to give the mother cancer...
-->'''God:''' You shut the fuck up! This is gonna be the best birthday you ever had!

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/GarthEnnis' ''ThePunisher'': "Sometimes I'd like to get my hands on God."
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' (also by Ennis), God is shown to be a pathetic creature who has a pathological need to be loved, and is willing to destroy anyone who turns their back on Him. [[spoiler:As it turns out, He isn't even omnipotent; it's His ''throne'' that gives Him limitless power, and in the final issue he's tricked into leaving it and ends up reaped by his own [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]], who as it turns out WasOnceAMan whom God had ''massively'' screwed over in his mortal life ''so that'' he'd replace the current Angel of Death]].
--> "[[BlatantLies I am a Loving God]], Tulip... But ''don't push it''."
** What started the plot in the first place? [[spoiler:God created a creature as powerful as Himself... so he could be loved by it. He actually gets a kick out of people worshipping him despite the craptastic nature of the world, and actively makes it worse for that reason.]]
* In the comic book ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' ([[RuleOfThree which Ennis did a lot of writing for]]), The First of the Fallen (a leader of Hell) tells John Constantine that God is completely insane. John also works out that The First is actually God's conscience, removed at the dawn of creation because he kept nagging at Him. God himself never appears, but from what little is seen of His work through the Angels doesnt exactly paint Him in the best light. For example, the Archangel Michael himself assisted in the creation of Jesus by raping Mary, and commited genocide against the first-born of Egypt, all on God's orders. You can probably tell that Ennis isnt crazy about Christianity.
* God in ''ComicBook/TheChroniclesOfWormwood'' (by [[RunningGag ...you guessed it,]] Creator/GarthEnnis) is another example, as He's apparently [[spoiler:[[MadGod insane]] or severely mentally deficient]]. Also of note: This version of God seems [[spoiler:to really, really, really love masturbating]] (something of a RunningGag in Ennis' works).
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' crossed the line into FirstAndTenSyndrome when its author began proposing such theories [[WriterOnBoard through the mouth of his barbarian-turned-intellectual main character]]. To be more precise (and yet dumb down the theories), Sim's argument isn't that God is evil, [[spoiler:it's that the YHWH of the Old Testament and God are two separate entities, and the conflict between them stems from the YHWH having a '''massive''' inferiority complex.]]
* In Creator/WarrenEllis's comic ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', the main superhero team actually fight "God," which turns out to be a gigantic pyramid-like entity which created the Earth as a "retirement home" (unfortunately, its home environment looks like {{Mordor}} crossed with a [[{{Film/Alien}} Xenomorph hive]]) and is bugged when it returns to find humanity has since evolved (life on Earth was a total accident caused by a random meteor strike billions of years ago) and intends to keep on living there. They end up frying its brains out, assuring the civilization of sentient intestinal parasites living in it that only the higher brain functions will be affected, letting them survive. Unusual for this trope, this alien "God" has nothing to do with humans, just with planet Earth itself.
* In ''Comicbook/GhostRider'', and thus the MarvelUniverse as a whole, the evil angel Zadkiel finally succeeded in his violent coup to seize the throne of Heaven. The horrors of a Heaven run by Zadkiel are so great that many who are in the know would sooner kill themselves and take their chances in Hell.
* The ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' once battled Red Jack, a sadistic and utterly psychotic HumanoidAbomination who claimed to be both the Supreme God and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. Although as he/it/whatever was clearly batshit crazy neither of these were necessarily true.
* The premise of the post-Rapture graphic novel ''ComicBook/ThereforeRepent''.
* Eppy Thatcher from ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' subscribes to this trope, and has "God hates me" as his CatchPhrase. Then again, this is a guy who's so messed up that he believes [[spoiler: he ''killed'' God]] at the end of his run as Grendel.
* {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} of the ComicBook/NewGods is the "GodOfEvil" and revels in it. He runs a hellish planet dedicated to this with all his lieutenants being other evil gods.
** And by ComicBook/FinalCrisis, when he's the only New God left, he gives us this little gem (as well as ample proof of statement):
--->[[BadassBoast I AM THE NEW GOD.]]
* Loki of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' is often called and self-titled the "god of evil." Other gods or godlike beings from the MarvelUniverse are very much about evil including [[OmnicidalManiac Seth]] and the elder god Chthon. However, the actual highest being of the MarvelUniverse is almost certainly benevolent, and is usually referred to as The-One-Above-All, though it's [[TheUnseen debatable if he's ever actually been seen]] (though an entity that may or may not have been Him bore a striking similarity to JackKirby). His higher subordinates (whom all three of the above characters would be like dust mites to) have been known to drift into {{Jerkass}} LawfulNeutral on occasion, though.
** The times when ComicBook/{{Thanos}} of Titan has acquired omnipotence (Heart of the Universe, Infinity Gauntlet, the Cosmic Cube) the situation is similar to this. "How can you cope with a universe where God is truly mad."
** Ironically, the Thor villain [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Gorr the God-Butcher]] both ''believes this'', being a HollywoodAtheist with a TraumaCongaLine background, and ''is this'', as he's empowered by an uber-divine god-killing weapon that he uses to take RageAgainstTheHeavens to the level of hunting down, torturing and murdering every god he can find.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'', God [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks and Satan]] are portrayed as, though not exactly "evil," essentially the cosmic equivalent of spoiled teenagers who enjoy breaking each other's stuff. It's the fact that this includes ''us'' that causes this to become a problem. [[spoiler:Oh, and He's not actually the Creator]].
* There was an arc of ''ComicBook/TheSpectre'' that featured God apparently going [[MadGod completely insane]] and ''cannibalizing'' the ArchangelMichael in a scene right out of a Goya painting. However, it's eventually revealed that a). GodIsGood, b). Michael was in on it, and c). the entire thing was a SecretTestOfCharacter for the Spectre.
* In the "World's End" storyline in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', one of the nested stories is a take on ''[[ComicBook/{{Prez1973}} Prez: First Teenage President]]''. In this version when Prez Rickard dies, Death takes him to meet the Prince of the World (although she says he didn't ''create'' the world, he just "runs the local franchise"). Prez is horrified to discover this is Boss Smiley, the corrupt politician he's been fighting against his whole career. Instead of taking his place at Smiley's right hand, he goes off to find other Americas with Morpheus.
* ''ComicBook/CliveBarkersNextTestament'' has Wick, the Father of Colors. [[EvilIsPetty He's petty]], he seeps the life force out of people, levitates them and let's them plummet to their death, makes their heads explode, forces them to build monuments in his honor and ultimately decides to [[spoiler:KillEmAll]]. Also, he fucking hates free will.
* O'ne the Creator in ''Comicbook/TheGreatPowerOfChninkel''. The Almighty Creator is willing to annihilate an entire planet and its life but not willing to just kill the three warring immortals Itself. [[spoiler: O'ne actually ''does'' kill almost all life (save a few tawals living underground) by raining fire on the planet's surface. The reason? The heretic king N'om [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech called It out on Its dickery]] and how everything was a conspiracy to make everyone worship It for all eternity. Though at the very least he kept his promise not to destroy Darr.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Nameless}}'' by Creator/GrantMorrison: [[spoiler: An EldritchAbomination MadeOfEvil imprisoned on an asteroid is directly responsible for the very concept of God in the human psyche.]]
* ''[[ComicBook/RedSonja Red Sonja - Wrath of the Gods]]'' depicts Odin from Norse Mythology at its most villainous, being a genocidal tyrant out to exterminate a [[PerfectPacifistPeople pacifist tribe]] out of pure racism and intends to reassert Norse Pantheon dominance over Hyboria once more. Loki serves him as TheDragon and they were both responsible for slaughtering Thor's human family after hearing of a prophecy that he would one day dethrone him. And as if that wasn't bad enough, he is also a DirtyOldMan that [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty tries to claim Sonja as his own]].

* [[BigBad Titan]] from ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame''. Imagine O'Brien from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' with the powers of an elder god. And his wife[[spoiler:[[VillainousIncest /daughter]]]] [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] is almost as bad.
* [[spoiler: [[PhysicalGod Notch]]]] in [[http://kleinerkiller.deviantart.com/gallery/41037509/Minecraftia-Saga Yognapped]] is a petty {{Jerkass}} who [[spoiler: murdered his fellow gods -- his brother and sister, no less -- and covered it up from the people of Minecraftia]], rubs shoulders with a [[GlasgowGrin constantly smiling]], [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] [[TheDragon demigod]], and uses his holy AmazonBrigade to hunt down anyone who knows how bad he is. [[WellIntentionedExtremist He has his reasons, though.]]
* ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'': [[spoiler:Malkuth]] might not actually be omnipotent or omniscient, but he's close enough to it that there's little practical difference as far as the Huntsman on the ground is concerned... and unfortunately for all, he's a massive dick. ''The'' massive dick, in fact, being [[spoiler:the creator of the Grimm]] and all.
* ''Fanfic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'', a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fic, has a particularly horrifying take on the "Star Child" theory: the Astronomicon fails and the Emperor dies, causing his immensely powerful soul to go into the Warp and become the so-called Star Father, a ''[[EldritchAbomination Chaos God]]''. '''''[[LawfulEvil Of Order]]'''''. The Star Father is so ridiculously powerful that with his birth it took the combined efforts of the other four Chaos Gods just to stop him from crushing them all outright, and he has a vast army of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angyls]] with [[spoiler:the ascended head of the Grey Knights, Kaldor Draigo]] at its head. Also, his CatchPhrase: "OBEY!!"

* ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' (though, [[UnreliableNarrator as given by]] {{Satan}}):
-->''"Let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it: he gives man '''''INSTINCTS'''''. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does he do - I swear, for his own amusement, his own private cosmic gag reel - he sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all-time. Look, but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste! Taste; don't swallow. And while you're jumping from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He's laughing his '''''SICK, FUCKING ASS OFF'''''! He's a tight ass! He's a '''''SADIST!''''' He's an absentee landlord! Worship that? Never!"''
* Quoted from Riddick in ''Film/PitchBlack'' when questioned about his belief in God;
-->''"Think someone could spend half their life in a slam with a horse bit in their mouth and not believe? Think he could start out in some liquor-store trash bin with an umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and not believe? Got it all wrong, holy man. I absolutely believe in God... And I absolutely hate the fucker."''
* In the 2010 film, ''Film/{{Legion}}'', God comes to the conclusion that the human race is no longer worthy of Him, and decides to end their existence. ArchangelMichael fights the angelic army, and tells ArchangelGabriel that he (Michael) did what God needed, not what God wanted, thus giving humanity another chance. The weird thing about that is that the baby the pregnant woman is carrying is implied (if not outright stated) to be the second coming of Christ. Who is God. Who is trying to end the world. [[MindScrew By stopping himself from being born and saving the world...]]
* The BlackComedy ''Film/ASeriousMan'' implies that God may be malicious and/or utterly incomprehensible.
* In ''Film/FightClub'' the narrator and Tyler Durden discuss this when Tyler tries to 'enlighten' the narrator by means of [[spoiler:burning his hand with lye]].
--> '''Tyler Durden:''' Our fathers were our models for God. If our fathers bailed, what does that tell you about God?
--> '''Narrator:''' No, no, I... don't...
--> '''Tyler Durden:''' Listen to me! You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you. He never wanted you. In all probability, He hates you. This is not the worst thing that can happen.
--> '''Narrator:''' It isn't?
--> '''Tyler Durden:''' We don't need Him!
* ''Film/GodOnTrial'' features a group of prisoners at Auschwitz putting God on trial for a breach of covenant. While several of the Jews defend God until literally their end, at least some of the prisoners come to the conclusion that God is evil. The final monologue features one prisoner listing out the crimes God has committed, and forcing the Jews to think of the victims of God's wrath as people rather than just characters in a story, by comparing their slaughter to what is happening to them. Surprisingly the movie was written by a Catholic, in a very impressive case of Devil's Advocate.
** They eventually conclude, God has indeed broken his own covenant, and formed a new one with the Nazis. The one prisoner who testifies is filled with dread at that revelation, not just because they've been forsaken, ''[[HistoryRepeats but he knows God will soon abandon the Nazis as well]]''. The cycle of human suffering and misery will go on endlessly.
* ''Film/TheDevilsCarnival'' implies and ''Film/TheDevilsCarnivalAlleluia'' outright depicts their version of God as being petty, lustful, and wrathful, and with Heaven as his seemingly-cheerful personal [[InfernalParadise dictatorship]]. He even sings about causing one of the worst dust storms in U.S. history. The Devil and his [[IronicHell Carnival]] are only little better...maybe.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'': [[spoiler:"The Man Upstairs", who is revered as a god among the Master Builders, is actually the father of Finn, the child who played with his dad's Legos against his constant instructions to leave them be so he can keep all of his Lego sets seperate. In the story that Finn weaves, he bases the villain Lord Business on his father. Thankfully, "The Man Upstairs", and by extension Lord Business, has a change of heart and decides to let Finn build whatever he likes with his Legos.]]
* ''Film/TheRapture'': Sharon comes to believe this. [[spoiler: The film indicates otherwise though, since not only believers but atheists get a chance to enter heaven if they simply accept God. Sharon is only left out by her own choice.]]
* The rather [[ShockingSwerve demented]] twist ending to ''Urge'' reveals that the "[[PsychoSerum designer drug]]" that is causing everyone to go insane and kill each other and themselves was created and distributed by God... played by Creator/PierceBrosnan.
* The Architect in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'': Not only is he named "The Architect" (the name that Freemasons use for God), he sits in a throne, watching everything that happens in his realm and is an old man with a white beard and a deep voice. Clearly an allusion. He's also incapable of empathy (he creates the program Oracle for that) and feels no love at all for the humans. His sole purpose is to facilitate the proper functioning of the Matrix by manipulating the Resistance indirectly. He might not be the creator of the humans or the universe outside the Matrix, but is a very similar concept of God that certain religions have like the Demiurge in Gnosticism or the role of Brahma in Buddhism (Buddhist and Gnostic themes are prevalent in the films).
* ''{{Film/Manhunter}}'': Lektor insists this is the case, along with AGodAmI.
-->'''Lektor:''' Did you really feel depressed after you shot Mr. Garrett Jacob Hobbes to death? I think you probably did. But it wasn't the act that got to you. Didn't you feel so bad, because killing him felt so good? And why shouldn't it feel good? It must feel good to God. He does it all the time. God's terrific! He dropped a church roof on 34 of his worshipers in Texas last Wednesday night, just as they were groveling through a hymn to his majesty. Don't you think that felt good?
-->'''Will:''' Why does it feel good, Dr. Lektor?
-->'''Lektor:''' It feels good because God has power. [[AGodAmI If one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is.]] God's a champ. He always stays ahead. He got 140 Filipinos in one plane crash last year. Remember that earthquake in Italy last spring?
* ''Film/TheVoormanProblem'': Voorman, a crazed prison inmate interviewed by psychiatrist Dr. Williams, turns out to actually be God. He tells Williams that wars amuse him. At the end he switches places with Williams, leaving to have sex with Williams's wife while Williams is locked in prison. Oh, and he literally wipes Belgium off the map.

* Author Creator/PhilipKDick used this at least twice, in the short story [[Literature/DangerousVisions "Faith of Our Fathers"]] and the novel ''Literature/TheThreeStigmataOfPalmerEldritch''.
* In ''Literature/ElConquistador'' there are many of this evil gods. Huitzilopotchli is maybe the more omnipresent god of sacrifices in the Aztec empire, but also Jehová, Jesus and all his family and prophets are depicted that way.
* The ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy takes this route at first, but it's eventually revealed that "the Authority" is just [[spoiler:a feeble, senile old man who has been usurped by a more malevolent foe, and he's not even really the creator of the universe anyway, making it closer to UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}}]].
* The novel ''The Jehovah Contract'' portray [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks both God and Satan as bratty, spoiled sibling rivals]], [[spoiler:while the Mother Goddess is portrayed as the ''real'' Creator who now has to win Her own creation back.]]
* Steven Brust's novel ''Literature/ToReignInHell'' doesn't have God as being necessarily evil as much as a bit thick and egotistical. Of course, that same novel has Satan as an [[TheDevilIsALoser indecisive schlep]] until it's too late. The whole split between them seems to be an easily-avoidable mistake.
* In Creator/DeanKoontz's earlier works, God Is Evil or at least [[MadGod God is Insane]], as seen in ''Fear That Man'' and ''A Darkness in My Soul''. In ''Dragon Tears'', [[spoiler: the villain seeks to become the New God and his plans for the world are also as horrific as this trope can imagine.]]
* Creator/HarlanEllison addressed this in a few of his short stories:
** ''Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' features [[MasterComputer the computer]] ''AM'' with a severe [[AGodAmI God complex]]. Originally named the ''Allied Mastercomputer'', subsequently renamed ''Aggressive Menace'' when it developed intelligence, it killed almost the entire population of Earth. It then used its near omnipotence and omniscience to give the five surviving humans immortality, [[AndIMustScream so that it may continue to physically and psychologically torture them indefinitely]].
** In "Hitler Painted Roses," God, (or, at least the Godhead that appears) is concerned only with maintaining the status quo of Heaven, and thus refuses to let a wrongly damned soul free herself from Hell.
** "The Death Bird" portrays the "Satan" character as a misunderstood savior and "God" as a malevolent alien bent on control. The main character, a reincarnation of Adam, is revived and sent to defeat "God" in order to bring Earth to an end and achieve rest for himself and humanity.
* Creator/LesterDelRey's short story "For I Am a Jealous People" has [[ScaryDogmaticAliens God's Chosen Aliens]] doing unto Earth what God's Chosen People used to do to other humans.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novel ''Literature/JobAComedyOfJustice'' (inspired by the Biblical book of the same name, see below), [[spoiler:both {{God}} and {{Satan}} are revealed to be equal players in a [[CelestialBureaucracy much greater game]], several ranks below the ''true'' Supreme Being, and God is the jerk of the two, who insists on worship and relies upon inconsistent and unkind rules to rein in his creations.]]
* The [[https://inkbunny.net/submissionview.php?id=90465 Bartleby Tales series]] ({{NSFW}}, registration required) has this as its main trope: God is actually everything the most stereotypical religious zealots preach him to be, and even tossing his own Son in Hell for preaching the complete opposite of what he intended. Likewise, [[SatanIsGood Satan's a lot more altruistic]], using a loophole in his contract as Lord of Hell to change the first two circles into the closest he could come to what Heaven should be (though appropriately twisted; this ''is'' Hell, after all). Eventually, it starts its own RageAgainstTheHeavens subplot, though it's yet to actually delve into it.
* Part of the backstory of Creator/CliveBarker's novel ''Literature/{{Imajica}}'' is that ages ago, the one, singular male god named "Hapexamendios" defeated all the various separate minor female goddesses and became the God of all realms. Hapexamendios has been trying to bring about "The Reconciliation" which will reconnect Earth to the other four "Dominions" [[spoiler:which will then allow him to destroy them all]].
** In the short story ''Film/TheMidnightMeatTrain'', it's implied that the EldritchAbomination that leads the race of immortal cannibals who secretly rule New York from hidden tunnels underneath it, or others of its kind, are the original inspiration for all myths of Gods throughout human history.
* Creator/WilliamBlake, beginning with his ''Literature/TheMarriageOfHeavenAndHell'' and elaborated in his poem about Milton, turned the tables to posit that mistakes are innocent and perfection is villainous. C.S.Lewis actually wrote a response to Blake's ''Marriage of Heaven and Hell'' called ''The Great Divorce'', in which denizens of Hell actually always have the chance to go to Heaven, but very few of them want to stay there -- the nature of an evil person is such that the damned, each for a different reason of his own, find the perfection of Heaven repugnant. Those who do decide to stay find in retrospect that Hell, for them, was merely Purgatory.
** Creator/WilliamBlake was a bit of an odd one. While he was devoutly religious, he hated the authority and moral dictates of church. His {{mythopoeia}}ic character Urizen strongly resembles the traditional Demiurge (Blake was heavily influenced by UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}}), and is often used to represent the oppressive God of the Church. It's no surprise Creator/PhilipPullman cites Blake as one of his biggest influences.
* In Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/SingularitySky'' series, there is a God-like entity called the Eschaton, which spread humanity over three thousand years of space and responds to any attempts at TimeTravel by almost completely destroying the offending planet. Slightly subverted, however, because the Eschaton specifically states that it is ''not'' God. Also, the Eschaton is not evil - it acts only from self-preservation (ensuring that the timeline leading to its own creation takes place correctly), not from sadism. This doesn't stop some people in-Universe from seeing it as evil, but they tend to the villains in-story.
* In Creator/NickPerumov's ''Creator/KeeperOfTheSwords'' series of books, the local CrystalDragonJesus, called "The Saviour", is evil. And, he is depicted very similar to the actual Jesus. Creepy.
* In Alan Campbell's ''Literature/DeepgateCodex'', the local god, Ulcis, is [[spoiler: raising a zombie army made out of the corpses of his worshipers to take over the world, so he can (personally) eat everyone]].
* Creator/StephenKing's:
** ''Literature/{{Desperation}}'', God is not exactly evil, but very cruel. [[spoiler:He sends David Carver, an eleven-year-old boy against the BigBad; his family is killed one by one; when he wishes to die, and the BigBad needs to be defeated with a suicidal mission, God sends somebody else, who says to David:]]
-->"You said 'God is cruel' the way a person who's lived his whole life on Tahiti might say 'Snow is cold.' You knew, but you didn't understand. Do you know how cruel your God can be, David? How fantastically cruel? Sometimes he makes us live."
** ''Literature/TheStand'' also has some elements of this near the end, [[spoiler: with many protagonists' deaths being likened to sacrifices to God [[DeusExMachina so He'll personally interfere]] with [[BigBad Randall Flagg's]] plans (in a way that kills virtually all his "followers", including children whose only fault was being with adults who went to Flagg's side).]] One character gets so fed up with this that she ''[[ClusterFBomb cusses]] out God'' when she hears that [[spoiler:her LoveInterest has a divine mandate to go on what is likely a suicide mission to stop Flagg]].
* God himself doesn't put in an appearance in the Creator/NeilGaiman[=/=]Creator/TerryPratchett collaboration ''Literature/GoodOmens'', but the forces of heaven do. They aren't evil, precisely, but rather indifferent to human suffering in the face of carrying out the Divine Plan. One of the cases where God Is Evil does not necessitate SatanIsGood; the demons mostly aren't terribly sympathetic either.
* In Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'', [[ReligionOfEvil the God]] of [[TheEmpire the Mijaki]] is portrayed in this way. Except [[spoiler: it's actually a [[DevilButNoGod dark power]] that they '''believe''' to be a god]].
* Uniquely subverted by Larry Niven in ''Literature/KnownSpace'' with the Kzinti, in that radical heretics among them had come to believe that God is ''exactly what the human race believes Him to be'' ... and hence, is on ''our'' side, rather than theirs, in the Man/Kzin Wars. Their "religion" consists of wearing masks of human skin and aping human prayers, in hopes that the Kzin-hating Deity will mistake them for humans and hence show them mercy.
* ''Literature/StarMaker'' by Olaf Stapledon, one of the great classics of science fiction, paints a portrait of God, or as he's referred to in the book the "Star Maker," who creates universes more out of a sense of aesthetics than anything else. Once he's done with one, he'll discard it and move on to another (no Heaven here, folks). The book gives fleeting descriptions of the final, perfect universe that will perfectly fulfill the Star Maker; even (or especially) in this universe, there will be beings who exist in a perfect state of eternal suffering and horror, without which the universe as a whole could not be perfect. Ugh.
* God in Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/MemnochTheDevil''. Maybe. We only have what Memnoch showed Lestat to go on.
* In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Lord Vetinari subscribes to this school of thought.
-->'''Lord Vetinari:''' If there is any kind of supreme being, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior.
* K.J Parker: ''Literature/TheScavengerTrilogy''- If you have to pray, pray the god Poldarn isn't real. You don't want his special salvation.
* This is a staple of many of [[CosmicHorrorStory weird fiction author]] Creator/ThomasLigotti's stories, especially "Nethescurial", "The Tsalal","The Shadow, The Darkness", and the Great Black Swine from ''Literature/MyWorkIsNotYetDone.'' "The Sect of the Idiot" actually opens with a quote regarding Azathoth (see above).[[note]]From the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Necronomicon]], no less![[/note]]
* In ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'', Yossarian's rant against God starts out as GodIsInept and goes to God Is Evil:
-->"And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways," Yossarian continued. ..."There's nothing mysterious about it, He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about, a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of Creation? What in the world was running through that warped, evil, scatological mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? Why in the world did He ever create pain?"
* Creator/MarkTwain:
** ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'' features Satan, the sinless nephew of ''that'' {{Satan}}, delivering a speech stating that reality is a dream, because a world where God does such evil things and is still worshiped as good is clearly the nonsensical creation of an unconscious mind. Part of this speech can be found in the Quotes section of this very page.
** ''Letters From The Earth'', which depicts God as a megalomaniacal hypocrite who, among other things, not only punishes sinners for minor offenses, but also innocents simply because they were part of the same civilization as the sinners. All of this is narrated by Satan, who was thrown out of Heaven for asking too many questions about the contradictions of God's law.
** There are two Gods in Letters From the Earth. God - Real God - is mostly unconcerned with humanity and thinks of them all as an amusing experiment. He is short with Satan for Satan mouthing off and has a temper. However, Real God is not evil. Satan writes about the Biblical God as a totem invented by small tribe of men - and describes Him as one depraved monster.
* In Matthew Stover's ''Jericho Moon'', the Hebrews are portrayed as having made a DealWithTheDevil with Yahweh. In fact Joshua tells one of his followers that his job, and Moses' before him, is to protect their people from the wrath of Yahweh and that's the only reason they enforce obedience to Him. However if God Is Evil, Goddess is apparently Good.
* The perceived viewpoint of Jesus and God within [[LaResistance The Other Light faction]] in the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Kingdom Come'', who believes that God Is Evil because He won't let "naturals" in the Millennial Kingdom [[DeathsHourglass live past 100 years of age]] as unbelievers, and end up passing their teachings to the next generation of converts so that the generations that does get to [[FinalBattle confront God and Jesus at the end of the Millennium]] will be "assured victory" when [[SealedEvilInACan Satan is released]]. [[CurbStompBattle Unfortunately for them,]] [[YouCantFightFate it didn't go as they hoped.]]
* Creator/HPLovecraft's mythos draws most of its horror from this trope. There is no benevolent, omnipotent, omniscient God shepherding humanity. Instead, humanity exists on a bubble of foam in an endless cosmic ocean of darkness, surrounded by predators so horrific, that their appearance alone drives their prey insane. The gods who rule this cold, hostile universe are omniscient and omnipotent. But their scale and their knowledge make them utterly alien and impersonal. The greatest of them barely notices humanity at all. As for the ones who do take an interest...
** The actual creator of the Universe, Azatoth, is not even sentient, and is refered to as the Blind Idiot God, and exists as a formless mass of chaos outside reality.
** Nyarlathotep, the "Crawling Chaos", is the closest to what humans would understand as a divine being. Unfortunately, he's more of a sadistic, malevolent TricksterGod than anything else, and has some nebulous purpose for humanity.
** Finally, there's Yog-Sothoth, who even the Old Ones view as a God (he is also the "grandfather of Cthulhu), and, like God's, has spawned hybrid offspring on Earth with human worshippers.
* Eloat in Creator/StormConstantine's ''Literature/BuryingTheShadow'' is an alternate-world interpretation of {{God}} that has gone power mad and refuses to give up power to his heir [[{{Satan}} Sammael]].
* Paul Kidd's ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' trilogy ends with ''Queen Of The Demonweb Pits'', in which two characters convince the rest that all the gods are, at best, really morally dubious. It is obvious that gods like Lolth [[spoiler: (whom they spend most of the book working on killing)]] are evil, supposedly good gods like Thoth are proven to be right bastards as well, since Thoth enslaves the souls of his worshipers to operate his temple, library, and farms, intentionally mind-wiping them and keeping them ignorant so they don't think if rebelling.
* In Ted Chiangs story "Hell Is The Absence of God" God isn't evil so much as operating on BlueAndOrangeMorality. His angels dispence curses and blessings without apparent rhyme or reason or for that matter any apparent awareness that their passage through the terrestrial plane causes such things and He sends a person to Hell (which actually isn't such a bad place for most of its inhabitants) after guaranteeing that person will love Him unconditionally and want nothing more than to be in His presence.
* In ''Jericho Moon'' Yaweh is portrayed to be a life-hating entity who enslaves the Hebrews and drives them to to the genocide of other peoples for reasons known only to him.
* In Victor Koman's ''Jehovah Contract'' and exploration of the nature of God, Goddess and the Devil through the eyes of a man hired to kill God by the Devil both of them are shown as equally negative.
* In ''Literature/SandmanSlim'' God is portrayed not somuch as evil as absentee. His angels on the other hand are elitist dicks.
* A variation occurs in ''Literature/LandsOfIceAndMice''. The Manupataq religion believes that Jesus Christ is actually ''the bringer of plagues''. They do actually use crosses to mark villages that are under quarantine.
* The protagonist of Creator/JoeHill's ''Literature/{{Horns}}'' concludes that the reason why God allowed his ex-girlfriend to be raped and killed is because he is actually not very fond of humans, and detests women in particular, because they, like him, can create life and also because they can redefine love as they see fit. He also compares him to a gangster, only offering his protection in exchange for blind faith and worship.
* The Northern Church in ''Literature/WisePhuul'' believes in a malign monotheistic Creator God. They conclude that God must be fought at every opportunity.
* [[spoiler: [[BigBad The]] [[LightIsNotGood White]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]]]] in ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign''. [[spoiler: She's seen as all-powerful and benevolent, but only the former is true. She's actually an incredible {{Yandere}} for Kyousuke, the main character, and doesn't care for anyone else. Unlike other examples of this trope, she doesn't hate humanity... but she's willing to do anything to make Kyousuke love her again, including endangering the entire world, so there's effectively no difference.]]
* Creator/ArthurCClarke's short story ''The Star'' implies this. The protagonists investigate a supernova remnant, where they find a tiny planet with the ruins of a civilization that got destroyed when their sun went supernova. As they investigate the age of the supernova, they find out that [[spoiler:it's the Bethlehem Star]].
* ''The Spiral Dance'' makes an interesting case for the Abrahamic god being a jerk.

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* On the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' and ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', the One God not only allows its worshipers to go on genocidal rampages, but it actually appears to take actions to prompt individuals to carry out actions that will ensure the perpetual cycle of human/Cylon conflict. The Messenger beings that supposedly represent it appear to specific people to make sure certain things happen. Most notably, [[spoiler: one of the Messengers guides Zoe Graystone in creating the software needed to create artificial intelligence, which will later make the Cylons of the Twelve Colonies sentient]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Davos accuses the ''Lord of Light'' of being evil when he lashes out at Melisandre. Assuming that her acts (including {{human sacrifice}}s) are something that the Lord approves of, he may be right.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** God is a cruel, capricious being who is subjecting the protagonists (not to mention the rest of the world) to [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pain, horror and]] [[spoiler: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking bad writing]]]] [[ForTheEvulz for his own sadistic entertainment.]] [[spoiler: [[SarcasticConfession He said so himself.]]]]
** Due to the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Castiel]] also falls into this category, since a combination of [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremism]] and phenomenal cosmic power seems to have made him more than a little [[AGodAmI prideful/nuts]]. Though in season 7 it turned out that [[spoiler: this was at least partly due to TheCorruption, and by the time he truly goes off the deep end he's fallen victim to a full-blown DemonicPossession.]]
** The season 10 finale introduces [[spoiler: [[TheAntiGod the Darkness]], "a horribly destructive amoral force" that existed before God and would later act as TheCorruption on Lucifer himself]], possibly reducing the blame on God as [[spoiler: it means evil was not his creation]].
*** [[spoiler: Although, [[TheGrimReaper Death]] also reveals that, after God and the angels defeated the Darkness, it was God who [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] it with the Mark of Cain and put the Mark on Lucifer, making him complicit in Lucifer's fall.]]
* Dewey in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' suggests that God is merely indifferent instead of outright evil. He even suggests that people should enjoy themselves and stop fighting over trivial things such as religion, since it hardly matters when God can simply whip out a magnifying glass at ''[[KillEmAll anytime?!]]''
* On ''{{Series/Hannibal}}'', this is Lecter's view: "Killing must feel good to God too-he does it all the time."
** Later, he speculates whether, if God exists, his killing people could actually be called [[AboveGoodAndEvil "good" or "evil"]].
** In "Ko No Mono" Hannibal also states that his own "modest actions" pale in comparison with God's.
** {{Discussed}} once again in "Tome-Wan", where Hannibal speculates that to God innocence is offensive, thereby explaining the suffering of innocents.
* ''Series/HandOfGod'': Pernell rants that God is malicious and sadistic [[spoiler: after PJ doesn't come out of his coma.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The First Evil is older than the universe as exists since before the Big Bang. This is the reason why creepy serial murderer priest Caleb considers it to be God.

* This trope, when applied to the Big Guy Himself, is a main source of {{Religion Rant Song}}s of the Type 1 variety.
* Pretty much the entirety of Music/GaryNuman's musical catalogue from the album "Sacrifice" onwards (1994-) has dealt with his own image of God's cruelty, His servants' horrid actions and the barren, dead wasteland that is heaven.
* Music/DepecheMode did not want to start any blasphemous rumours, but they think that God has a sick sense of humour (and when they die, they expect to find him... laughing).
* The song "Father, You're Not a Father" by the DeathMetal band Music/{{Immolation}} is about God being a rapist and a betrayer of men.
* God in Music/{{Fireaxe}}'s four hour epic "Music/FoodForTheGods" depicts how his influence on the world creates numerous wars and atrocities which culminates with Satan leading the demons of hell (and humans who were condemned there) to storming and destroying heaven. There Satan puts it best when Jesus proclaims how he suffered for Humanity's sins.
-->''You may have suffered for the sins of man, but I have suffered for the sins of God.''
* [[CaptainObvious As might be surmised from the name]], every other song by DeathMetal band {{Deicide}} deals with how much they hate God. It is somewhat unclear whether they believe God exists or not.
* Music/AliceInChains was responsible for the song "God Am," in which lead singer Layne Staley vents about how much God has abandoned him. Staley was once reported to have said of God, "I didn't make me. I would've done a better job." There's also a line in the Music/AliceInChains song "Man In The Box" that says, "Jesus Christ (Deny Your Maker)." The first couple lines being "I'm the man in the box, buried in my shit, won't you come and save me". Apparently someone crying out to God and their cries are met with silence?
* The song "War is my Destiny" by rapper Ill Bill implies that the Devil (not [[{{Satan}} that one]] -- when the War in Heaven ended, the Fallen Angels dethroned Satan and crowned a new leader in his place) convinced humanity that he was God and proceeded to make their lives miserable. Whenever God sent prophets to save the people (yes, there were multiple messiahs), the fallen angels hunted them down and burned them. Eventually God unleashed the Flood and destroyed the kingdoms of the fallen. After the flood, the Devil allowed the prophets to live, only so he could twist the word of God and humanity would worship him once again, thinking they were worshipping God. Basically what it boils down to is that while GodIsGood, the guy that everyone ''thinks'' is God is very, very evil.
* "Smithereens" by rapper El-P features the line "Why should I be sober when God is so clearly dusted out his mind?/With cherubs puffin' a bundle, trying to remember why he even tried"
* Music/SageFrancis has a song called "Sun vs Moon", where he sings "God's not a woman/He's a big white guy in the sky/In the desert, saw reflections of his eyes/He doesn't cry for us/But when he does, it's cause he's drunk."
* Music/{{XTC}}'s "Dear God" from ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'': "Did you make disease...", "You're always letting us humans down/The wars you bring, the babes you drown..."
* Music/{{IAMX}}'s I Salute You Christopher - which is dedicated to Creator/ChristopherHitchens - "Control yourselves,/ 'cause the man in the sky is a tyrant and a lonely psychopath/ Dreamed up to steal your minds."
* "Remnant (March of the Undead IV)" by Music/MachinaeSupremacy uses a ZombieApocalypse as a metaphor to criticize religious followers who insist that God is benevolent despite doing nothing to keep horrible things from happening. The song even implies that God enjoys watching the destruction he causes through inaction.
* "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)" by Music/RandyNewman has several verses sung from God's perspective which show him to be quite cruel toward humans. As is typical with Newman songs though, it's not entirely clear how serious he's being (since Newman is a "devout atheist" it's possibly serious). God in the song seemingly despises humanity ("I recoil in horror from the foulness of thee/From the squalor and the filth and the misery"), and likes that living in these conditions makes people turn to him.
-->I burn down your cities-how blind you must be\\
I take from you your children and you say how blessed are we\\
You all must be crazy to put your faith in me\\
That's why I love mankind\\
You really need me\\
That's why I love mankind
* Extremely common in BlackMetal songs. Music/DeathspellOmega in particular has basically made a career of this (though it should be noted that this does ''not'' mean they think SatanIsGood). Some black metal groups go even further - straight into RefugeInAudacity territory - by portraying God as weak and pathetic, and writing songs about humiliating Him.
* ''The Dragonland Chronicles'' storyline by power metal band Music/{{Dragonland}} details how "The Gods" pit the Armies of the Light (Humans, Elves and Dwarves) against the Hordes of the Night (Orcs, Goblins and Trolls) in a semi-apocalyptic battle once every century for entertainment; if the Light Side wins, the Hordes of the Night are driven back to whatever unholy place they crawled out of and peace endures until the next Battle of the Ivory Plains. If the Dark Side wins, Dragonland is plunged into a century of darkness and pestilence. One century after the triumph of the Dark Side, a hero emerges to defeat the Hordes of the Night decisively, ascends to the Heavens to slay The Gods who have been driven mad with power, and proceeds to become "one with the universe", achieving apotheosis and becoming the new, benevolent God of known existence.
* A frequent theme in progressive sludge metal group [[{{Music/TheOcean}} The Ocean]]'s lyrics. They even dedicated two albums to tearing down Christianity. Just look at some of their lyrics:
-->"A world with God would be even more disturbing than a universe without him
-->For if He tolerates atrocities
-->If he condones such cruelty
-->Who would want to worship such a maker anyway?"
-->'''Roots & Locusts'''

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* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] delights in imagining God this way, most notably in [[http://media.heavy.com/media/2013/03/bill4.gif this]] strip.

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* Several theological and philosophical concepts involve a belief in an evil, incompetent or indifferent God:
** ''Maltheism'' (from ''mal'', meaning bad/sickness and ''theism'' [[CaptainObvious meaning theism]]) is the belief that a God or Gods exist, but they are malevolent or incompetent. Few religions have a wholly maltheistic view of the world, though several include maltheistic strands - for example, gods of evil, such as Ate (the Goddess of Evil, Folly, and Destruction) in Hellenistic mythology. Abrahamic belief in the Devil can be seen as a variant - although the exact nature (or even his existence) of the devil is not universally agreed on in Abrahamic theology, he is often construed as a supernatural agency with malicious intentions for humans. A related concept is ''Hypothetical Maltheism'', used as a criticism of religion by agnostics and atheists, which holds that, if God exists, he would be unworthy of worship due to the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_evil Problem of Evil]]'' (which asks how and why a benevolent, omnipotent God even allows evil to exist) and the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_hell Problem of Hell]]'' (which addresses {{Hell}} and questions the justice and necessity of eternal torment as punishment for the sins of a single mortal lifetime). [[CaptainObvious Unsurprisingly]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_hell#Annihilationism several]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_hell#Free_will religious]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_hell#Universal_reconciliation responses]] exist to such a line of thought.
--->'''Wiki/RationalWiki''': Maltheism is the idea that God... is like a kid who keeps removing pool ladders in VideoGame/TheSims.
** ''Misotheism'' ("hatred of Gods") is a related concept to ''Maltheism'', but is more active in its meaning -- rather than mere belief in a malevolent God, misotheism is an outright hatred of said God, regardless of its actual nature (i.e. it can be that GodIsGood, and yet is hated by a particular person despite or even because of said goodness). OlderThanFeudalism, maltheistic positions and characters appear in Icelandic sagas and in some Hellenistic sagas. It is distinct from maltheism in the sense that, whilst maltheism is the position that God is unworthy of worship, misotheism is ''active hatred'' for God. Frequently leads to [[HollywoodAtheist Hollywood atheism]]. Several Norse saga characters, e.g. Hrafnkell on ''Hrafnkell's saga'' were called ''goðlauss'' (godless) because of their disdain of the Norse deities and rather relying on themselves.
--->'''[[Film/PitchBlack Riddick]]''': I absolutely believe in God... And I absolutely hate the [[PrecisionFStrike fucker]].
--->'''ComicBook/ThePunisher''': There are times I'd like to get my hands on God.
** ''Dystheism'' ("ungodly") is the belief that God is not wholly good, and possibly (though not necessarily) evil. It differs from maltheism in that it draws no conclusions about whether said God is worthy of worship - a maltheist is always a dystheist but a dystheist is not always a maltheist. Many ancient religions were dystheistic in nature-Hellenistic and Norse mythology, with jealous Gods who interfere in mortal affairs (and mortal bedrooms) but who still demanded respect and sacrifice being the best-known examples. Since UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, more specifically the Holocaust, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_theology some Jewish theologians]] have proposed a dystheistic approach to God. Compare UsefulNotes/{{Deism}}.
* UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} holds that the God of the material universe, a being that the Gnostics call the Demiurge, is a petty, [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] tyrant who believes himself to be the absolute God, when he's in fact the creation of a greater (and more benevolent) being known as Sophia, who is herself a wayward angelic servant of the true God of the spiritual universe. Of course, opinions differ somewhat on whether the Demiurge *really* qualifies for this or TheDevilIsALoser, and whether he can be qualified as truly malicious rather than just really, really misguided and really, really, ''really'' stupid.
* Luciferianism holds very similar believes to Gnosticism; Basically Luciferians think that Lucifer is the true God of Light, the bringer of Wisdom (Light) and pure spirituality, and superior to the evil and materialistic god Yaveh who is only another deity, or sometimes even inferior to Lucifer like the Gnostic Demiurge. In some versions both the Serpent in the Garden of Evil is Lucifer bringing knowledge to Humanity to spite Yaveh, and Jesus himself if actually Lucifer in disguise or Lucifer's son also trying to bring down the Demiurge's religion. Is essentially Gnosticism but with a more active and less abstract "God of Light".
* There is a particular branch of Satanism (which in most variants has little to nothing to do with [[Literature/TheBible THAT]] Satan despite stereotypes) known as Theistic Satanism which takes this view in regard to the Adam & Eve story. The interpretation here is that God deliberately forbade eating from the Tree of Knowledge to keep humanity blinded, ignorant, and subservient, [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation while the serpent freed them from this and thus gave humans the capacity for knowledge, learning, science, higher thought and true sentience.]] Of course, the cost of humanity's higher knowledge (and morality, sentience, deeper consciousness, complex thought processes, science and technology, and all the other baggage that comes with it) may or [[DumbIsGood may not]] have been worth it.
* Rene Descartes' conceptual Evil Genius counts, given that Descartes questioned whether he was responsible for creating the world and all its strange drudgery as an illusory plane of existence with the sole purpose of deluding people like him. He then argued that {{God is good}} based on first principles to dismiss this possibility, though not everyone buys his argument, naturally.
* There's a certain tribe in Africa who believe that their supreme god created humanity because he was bored and wanted something to torture. There's good news, though: you can rebel against him, and in fact it is the right and duty of every human to do so.
* Maybe not evil per se but clearly misguided according to some Buddhists; in Buddhist cosmology Brahma is the King of Devas and as such the most powerful being in the material Universe (Samsara) other than, of course, Boddhisatvas. Some believe that Brahma mistakenly thinks he is a Creator and is the inspiration of the monotheistic religions. Nevertheless, this may contradict certain Buddhists scriptures that say that Brahma actually accepted Buddha’s supremacy and teachings. Should be notice that Devas in Buddhist cosmology are very powerful beings often praise as gods by many cultures but in any case divine or eternal, just another life form like humans and animals.

[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]
* Practically every ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting features evil deities, though most settings primarily have those evil deities in conflict with good deities. Some [[CrapsackWorld settings]], on the other hand, ''only'' have evil gods. Although it's unclear if they're gods or not, the [[PowersThatBe Dark Powers]] of TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} are either out-and-out evil, or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality so inscrutable and/or indifferent to the innocents caught up in their playground that they might as well be]].
* The concept of the game ''TabletopGame/{{Midnight}}'' is fighting hopelessly against the Evil God Izrador who rules the world. However, Izrador is not the Creator, but merely the evil member of a pantheon exiled to the mortal world. The rest of his pantheon are definitely jerks for choosing the mortal world as Izrador's prison and locking everyone else in with him with no help, though.\\
It was never intended that mortals be locked up the way they are with Izrador. Izrador, being a god of chaos and corruption, screwed up the seal that locked him into the world. Instead of being a world where every being except Izrador could enter and leave at will (by normal ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' standards), nobody is free to enter or leave, not even the other gods of the pantheon. Maybe the other gods should have seen something like that coming, but it's otherwise a bit harsh to call them jerks when they're actively prevented from doing anything in the world.
* Creation is also used as a prison for evil gods in Monte Cook's d20 setting ''TabletopGame/{{Ptolus}}''. At least there, the Chaos Gods are also [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away in a pocket dimension]] contained within our larger universe, thus making mankind not involuntary fellow inmates but instead involuntary ''prison guards''.
* God in Creator/WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'' is made out to be a psychotically ungrateful megalomaniac. Then again, the entire point of that RPG is that [[SatanIsGood Lucifer is a sympathetic protagonist]]. What the Demons say about God in that game comes from an obviously biased source. God's actual intentions and motivations are far more ambiguous in the game as a whole; the whole Reconciler faction of Demons believes that God must have been good after all, mysterious as His ways may seem... and Lucifer himself expresses doubts about his rebellion and a desperate desire to be reconciled with God at the end of the Time of Judgment game fiction.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** '''All''' ''[=WH40K=]'' gods are evil. In ''[=WH40K=]'' the only really relevant gods (as in, the ones controlling [[TheLegionsOfHell the endless hordes of ravenous daemons]] and who have the ability to spread their "[[TheCorruption blessings]]" liberally upon their mortal followers as opposed to simply being a generally ineffectual focus of worship) literally embody the worst parts of sentience.
** Disturbingly, the Gods of Chaos also embody positive qualities:
*** Khorne is the embodiment of rage, so both berserkers and honorable warriors fall under his purview. Trying to gain favor with him by slaughtering the defenseless is not going to get you a lot of points.
*** Slaanesh is desire incarnate, and while hedonists are the most represented among his followers, artists and musicians can follow him as well.
*** The disease ridden Nurgle loves all life equally; a bacterium is loved as much as a veteran of fifty years.
*** Then there is Tzeentch, a God of {{Manipulative Bastard}}s...who is the Warhammer universe's God of ''Hope''.
** The Gods of Chaos are entities created by the Warp, which is psychically connected to the minds of sentient species throughout the universe (not ''all'' of them, but several enough). The Warhammer universe is a CrapsackWorld at best, outright {{Dystopia}} at worst, a place of perpetual ultraviolent warfare and every second alien race is AlwaysChaoticEvil- even the three "good" factions (Imperium, Eldar and Tau) are each an unhealthy mixture of AbsoluteXenophobe, ManipulativeBastard, [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Scary Dogmatic Aliens / Humans]] and MoralMyopia on an intergalactic scale, all perfectly willing to eradicate entire planets and races that get in their way (or just on principle). So, essentially, this is a cosmic case of CreateYourOwnVillain- the reason the Gods of Chaos are evil is because they are shaped by the emotions of the peoples of the universe at large, and the universe at large is Hell. In a nicer Warhammer verse, [[BloodKnight Khorne]], [[TheChessmaster Tzeentch]], [[PlagueMaster Nurgle]] and [[DepravedBisexual Slaanesh]] might actually be somewhat benevolent- of course, since they arent, the universe is even ''worse'' that it normally would be, making this and its consequences a SelfFulfillingProphecy to boot.
** There is/was also [[OmnicidalManiac Malal/Malice]] who is considered too dangerous [[EvenEvilHasStandards even by Chaos Gods.]]
** Gork and Mork, who are slightly less bad. Slightly. Since they are Gods of Orks, it by default means [[AlwaysChaoticEvil strong homicidal tendencies]]. However, in fact they don't actually do much, save for protecting the souls of Orks in the Warp and occasionally butting heads with Chaos Gods. So from the Ork point of view, even by human standards they look almost benevolent. They're more active in ''Fantasy'', and not nearly as nice there.
** The C'Tan? They're arguably not ''real'' gods (they're just hideously powerful EnergyBeings with the power of gods, [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien to whom the laws of physics aren't even guidelines]]), but they're active at the moment... and make the Chaos Gods look good by comparison. The Chaos Gods at least have positive traits even if they're, at the moment, almost totally overshadowed by vile evil. The C'Tan are a bunch of self-serving, duplicitous, genocidal bastards who want to wipe out all life in the galaxy because life energy tastes better than stars. Also, they reduced their entire race of worshipers into near-mindless [[strike:cyborg]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead robotic]] slaves. There are four of them left: the [[GrimReaper Nightbringer]], the personification of death who [[MindRape burned his image into the psyche]] of virtually all life (big exception: the Orks) as such and made life be afraid of death; the Deceiver, {{Chessmaster}} par excellence; the Outsider, currently [[AxCrazy batshit bonkers]] and [[SealedEvilInACan locked away in a cosmic prison]]; and the [[DeusEstMachina Void Dragon]], currently napping. Information on the Void Dragon is sketchy, but he is said to be the most powerful C'Tan of them all, is believed to have total control over machines of all sorts, lightning, and may be the Machine God worshipped by the Adeptus Mechanicus -- conveniently assumed to be sleeping under Mars.
** The Deceiver in particular is one of the only entities so nasty that he's evil in both {{Canon}} ''Warhammer 40k'' and the fan-made MirrorUniverse ''Brighthammer 40k''. In the latter, he's known as the Soothsayer, and specializes in telling dangerous and harmful truths, and dispelling even the most harmless or beneficial lies.
** The Eldar used to have a nice, normal, stable pantheon with many nice gods. Guess which ones survived the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Fall]]? [[AxCrazy Khaine the Bloody-Handed]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Cegorach the God of Dirty Tricks]].
** And Isha the god of fertility and love, who seems to be the only [[AvertedTrope total avertion]] in the series. Of course, she's kind of busy being [[ColdBloodedTorture held prisoner and tortured]] by the Chaos God Nurgle, who is otherwise a rather AffablyEvil god.
** What about the God-Emperor of Man? OK, he wasn't as bad as several of the above examples, but he regularly ordered Exterminantus of entire planets, including human planets that refused to join the Imperium on his terms or just weren't human enough, [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans all in the name of reuniting the fragmented human empire and creating utopia]]. And of course, the fact that half the Primarchs fell to Chaos in the first place can be directly traced to his complete ineptitude at seeing them as anything but tools in his conquest of the galaxy. Did we mention that a thousand humans are sacrificed to him ''every day'' to keep him alive?
*** Funnily enough, He actually knew about this trope and tried to fight it by banning any and all forms of religion. But since the Chaos gods are made of emotion, not faith, this backfired spectacularly.
** The more powerful Daemon Princes reach PhysicalGod levels, making them this trope to their enemies (though they depend on their patron god not changing their mind if they're killed).
* While ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' has the same Chaos gods, many of its other gods are much more benevolent, if a bit more subtle. They tend to act more by creating or empowering a champion to fight back chaos, most recently Voltan.
** Though the Fantasy version of [[AxCrazy Khaine]] has no [[HonorBeforeReason redeeming qualities]] at all.
** In WHFB, the gods are not necessarily outright evil as in [=WH40K=]; they are [[JerkassGod much more subtle]]. Chaos deities, however, are completely immoral. Likewise, [[GoodIsNotNice goodness does not equate niceness]] - TheEmpire professes all the decandent, fanatic, militaristic and intolerant ingredients of the historical Holy Roman Empire, while Bretonnia is a [[TheDungAges feodalistic hellhole]]. Even so, the world of Warhammer is [[CrapsackWorld a world half empty]], and its [[JerkassGod deities reflect that]].
** Even the Chaos Gods could be called misunderstood on a good day. Ever since his ascension, however, [[spoiler:Nagash has become a god of death and has not a single ounce of goodness or morality in his undead bones.]]
* In the GothicHorror[=/=][[{{Gorn}} splatterpunk]] RPG ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}'', [[spoiler:the Demiurge / Creator put the curse of death on mankind, stripping away their immortality and most of their powers. Then, he disappeared, and Astaroth / Satan is looking for him, since the Demiurge is the only one who gave his life some sense. The devil is quite alone in this search - nobody else wants God to come back. It is also stated that God did NOT create the true world, and it's implied that it was a great place to live in until God came along and ruined it]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', all the major gods are addicted to the Games of Divinity. What the Games are is left up to the individual ST but it is known that they are incredibly addictive, with only the original makers of the world, the Primordials, immune. Thus a common Internet meme states "The Unconquered Sun is on Celestial Crack". Then again, so are Luna, the Five Maidens, several of the head divisions, many God-Blooded (children of major gods, minor Gods don't get access) and even '''anyone who has seen the Games of Divinity Form of the Prismatic Arrangement of Creation Style of Sidereal Martial Arts.'''
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', the [=PCs=] are the half-human offspring of various deities from (mostly) abandoned mythologies. While their divine parents have an aspect of all-too-human dickery about them (the game is quite faithful to how mythology originally presented them), only a couple of them are outright evil. The Abrahamic deity is not ''explicitly'' present, but the sole avatar of one of the evil Titanic Primordial Forces is a shining bearded guy who wants everything in existence to sacrifice their free will and be absolutely devoted to him. ''Scion Companion'' presents, as a possible antagonist, a group of people who are manipulating Fate to force all gods into an Abrahamic mold. It's heavily suggested that if they pulled it off, it would fit this trope.
* ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' at first glance has a "gods = good; demons = evil" divide. Apart from the Nameless God, who was a traitor to the good gods. Then you find out about some more obscure (demi)gods, particularly the bloodthirsty Kor, who is the patron of mercenaries and likes to get cut off fingers of slain foes as sacrifice. Of course the fact that some misguided people worship demons as gods doesn't mean anything. Until [[spoiler:you get deeper into the ancient history/mythology and find out that at least some of the Archdemons that rule Hell used to be gods, and are only demons now because their number of worshippers diminished and they were supplanted by newer, more popular gods. Or they just did it ForTheEvulz.]]
** Plus, the gods really only care about the existence of creation. Mortals are only interesting for them for their effect on creation and for reaping their souls (every god gets the souls of mortals that live by his ideals) to strengthen the armies of creation in the last battle when the aforementioned Nameless God rips the outer sphere open, letting in the hordes of uncreated demons. Some of them seem to be curious about mortals that live by their ideals, like Phex (essentially god of tricksters) or Hesinde (goddess of wisdom and art), but that could be a ruse to get more souls. Others, the hard liners, were ready to nuke a region to stop a renegade from damning all mortals (signing their souls over to the demons), even if it meant reaping tens of thousands of souls prematurely. Luckily the largest army of mortals in the last age [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stopped the renegade before that]]
** The "evil" (demi)gods are implied to be falling gods, going over to the demon side. The Nameless God didn't go over to the demons' side, he just weakened creation, letting the demons in more easily, gaining control of some of them, and taking creation for himself.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the gods that are worshipped by the people of Zendikar -- Cosi, Ula, and Emeria -- were actually inspired by distorted memories of Kozilek, Ulamog, and Emrakul, the three [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] [[OmnicidalManiac titans.]] One cleric has a crisis of faith [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/5.html when the truth is revealed.]]
--->'''Ayli, Kamsa cleric:''' I believed in a beautiful god. But this is the true face of the divine.

* {{Played with}} in ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'': God isn't evil ''per se'', but [[spoiler: he is a serious JerkAss who abandoned Heaven a couple decades back, leaving the Angels in disarray and despair. It takes Prior, who has had a similar bad experience recently with a man walking out on him, to knock some sense into them, and say "Screw him!".]]
* ''Theatre/KingLear'': "As flies to wanton boys are we to th'gods/They kill us for their sport." Though by the end of the play, Gloucester's had ANOTHER HeelFaithTurn.
* Archibald [=MacLeish=]'s stage play ''J.B.'', based on Job, takes it a little further: Satan's last attempt to corrupt Job is to paint the bit at the end -- where J.B. gets all his fortunes back -- as actually the cruelest torment of all; that God could ruin his life, and then just put it all back together again because the whole "Take away your fortunes, kill your children and cover you in boils" thing was just a bit of a lark. When J.B. points out that his children are ''dead'', Satan dismissively says, "You'll have better ones!", mocking the notion that everything could really be put right just like that.
* ''Theatre/BookOfMormon'' has African villagers that blame God for all of their (legitimate) problems, such as AIDS, famine, and the tyrannical local Warlord. This is all detailed in the upbeat song Hasa Diga Eebowai.
-->'''Mafala''': When the world is getting you down, there's nobody else to blame.
-->Raise your middle finger to the sky, and curse His rotten name!
* The Creator/ReducedShakespeareCompany's ''Complete Millennium Musical'' has the parody Gospel song "Blame it on the Lord":
-->Blame it on the Lord,\\
When all of your prayers go completely ignored.\\
Blame it on the Lord,\\
When you and your family get put to the sword.\\
Praise the Lord for the good he can do,\\
But he can take the rap for the bad crap too.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' has the "goddess" (actually a powerful monster) of The Order who acts as The BigBad for a number of the games. Whether she's a true god or just another monster willed into being by delusional worshippers in anyone's guess.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' uses this trope faithfully; YHVH is a complete and utter megalomaniac who demands full respect and worship from man, and if they don't provide such, His wrath follows quickly. In many games, the Law path that YHVH patrons results in a variant of the WorldOfSilence, where all creation does nothing except ceaselessly chant prayers to Him for all eternity. Lucifer is more on our side, but he's still willing to do some horrible things to "help" us. [[WordOfGod Atlus]] has stated that this all stems from something terribly wrong at the very core of reality. They've also claimed that they're moving away from this trope to avoid offending heavily-Christian countries now that they have a wider audience. [[spoiler:By "move away", they apparently mean "be a touch more subtle about it".]]
** By the end of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', [[spoiler:everyone basically wants God dead, from Lucifer to the angel Gabriel. The player takes care of this]].
** The boss theme of ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne Nocturne]]'' has the ''demons'' praying to Him for help. Lucifer also implies that God has been destroying and recreating the world multiple times over, with each new iteration meaning the deaths of everyone in the old world that is replaced, and it's implied [[spoiler:the events of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' didn't take and the protagonist got a FateWorseThanDeath for his part in it.]]
** Although God Himself doesn't appear in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', those acting in His name are no better than He ever was (and while it's hinted they may not be acting on His orders, that's never confirmed). 'Sides, [[LawfulStupid angels]] don't so much as ''breathe'' if they don't get the go-ahead to do so from their master. In addition, the [[ThatOneBoss Demiurge]] [[ThatOneSidequest sidequest]] ''very'' heavily implies the Demiurge is, in fact, YHVH, and that the Demiurge fella is still very much this. While it's implied he becomes somewhat more reasonable after [[spoiler: you defeat him and allow Metatron (actually another piece of YHVH) to merge with him, he's still more or less an AxCrazy KnightTemplar who has you take him to Mem Aleph so he can participate in killing her in the Law Path and warns you ''very'' severely there will be consequences for not choosing his way in the other paths. He's also flat-out mentioned to have forgotten his love for humans and trampled the Goddess-worshipping world, implying he's still an attention-hungry bastard.]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} The name is a bit of a giveaway]].
** The original release of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' implies that God is a bit less evil, given His actions on the behalf of humanity this go-round. The UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', however, again throws doubt upon God's motivations, [[spoiler: by revealing he ''deliberately'' set up the AbelAndCain scenario in order to create the first martyr and the first murderer. He's never shown regretting his actions or atoning for them, and ultimately any illusion of benevolence is thrown away entirely in the Chaos path. While God is certainly understandable in His fear of the Overlord and his desire to get rid of them, His methods of doing so is to threaten the people in the city into hunting you, in order to prey off of your empathy as they beg you to let them kill you so they can be spared. When that fails, he sends Metatron to flatten the city in its entirety, and when THAT fails, he's all too willing to [[EarthShatteringKaboom DESTROY THE PLANET ALTOGETHER.]] As stated prior, the evil is still there: it's just far more subtle.]]
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' has the DLC episode "Ancient One of the Sun" which pits the protagonist against the Ancient of Days, one of God's Names. The Ancient of Days has arrived to kill off all the inhabitants of [[spoiler:Blasted Tokyo]], effectively committing genocide so that "God's Chosen" can inherit the Earth. Of course, without the DLC episodes it is actually ambiguous about if God is evil or not, at least as far as [[spoiler:Normal Tokyo]] is concerned and God's plan got derailed completely at [[spoiler:Infernal Tokyo]] due to [[spoiler:Kenji killing off the angels before [[DeusExNukina God's Wrath]] could be unleashed.]]
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' has [[spoiler:YHVH as the final antagonist that must be beaten in the Bonds and Massacre route to stop him from oppressing humanity]]. GodIsEvil is a firm belief among the Divine Powers, who seek to [[spoiler:create their own universe that will be free from YHVH's machinations. Krishna explains that BothOrderAndChaosAreDangerous because of YHVH intentionally setting up the universe as a stage for a faked ForeverWar, but points out that order and chaos ''by themselves'' are not bad things.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', The Stranger/Seth Cay Dhows was revealed to be a man made god known by the name Epsilon. Also, Falerin is actually an (Affably) Evil God.
* In the CrapsackWorld of ''Videogame/DemonsSouls'', Magic is explained as power that comes from the human (Or demon) will, and Faith is explained as a power that comes from God. For this reason, Faith-users are usually pretty rude toward ungodly mages. This is all well and good, but in multiple places in the game you can discover that [[spoiler:the "god" that faith users actually get their power from is the world-destroying BigBad Demon Overlord, the Old One, and that faith users are not aware of this. Whether the religion is completely wrong, or whether (even worse) the Old One actually IS God is not revealed. However, faith coming from the Old One is implied by Sage Freke in an optional conversation, and confirmed by the item description of the Talisman of Beasts.]]
** Spiritual successor Dark Souls also features this to a lesser extent in the form of Gwyn, whose hubris and pride lead him to condemn Humanity to the Undead Curse in order to extend his Age of Fire. He also commands his clerics to slay all the Undead as he fears the Dark Soul humans possess.
* Zeus from ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'' is particularly paranoid and vengeful, attacking Kratos for the possibility that Kratos ''might'' kill and usurp him ''in the future''. To be fair, though, Zeus was pretty much the same way in classic Greek myth, and [[VillainProtagonist Kratos]] ''would'' probably do it. In ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWarIII III]]'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Kratos corrupted Zeus when he opened PandorasBox in the first game to defeat Ares.]] To be frank, [[spoiler: the Gods did EVERYTHING necessary to deserve Kratos' wrath. They assumed his brother would destroy them, so they kidnapped him and made him Thanatos' prisoner. Ares then manipulates and fools him into killing his own family. After 10 years of service, Kratos kills Ares both for his revenge and their last mission, and they refuse to relieve him from his nightmares. He tries to commit suicide, but rather they turn him into the [[WarGod God of War]]. Then Kratos finds out about all Deimos, they have his mother cursed into a monster, forcing him to kill her, then finally kill his brother. Really, they EARNED their [[LaserGuidedKarma karmic punishment]]!]]
* God is the BigBad in ''VideoGame/MakaiToshiSaGa'' (''[[DolledUpInstallment Final Fantasy Legend]]'' in the west). '''And he's a little Amish man''' (at least before the battle starts). The most popular way the final confrontation goes down? [[spoiler:The heroes murder God with a {{chainsaw|Good}}. [[http://img236.imageshack.us/my.php?image=squenif353hp0.jpg One artist's rendering]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}'' [[spoiler: Melzas is actually the god who is worshipped by the citizens of Inoa, which makes him more powerful. And then he starts killing them off. What a jerk.]]
* A disproportionate number of ''Videogame/BreathOfFire'' games use the world's leading god as their FinalBoss, mostly because the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil says not much else should be powerful enough to faze them by the end of the game. In some cases, like ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', they portray the realisation that you are going to have to fight and ''kill'' God with the weight such a goal would bring.
** Myria and Deathevan are actually more like cases of [[GodOfEvil Gods of Evil]] because they are not the world's only deities. Ladon, the dragon god who appears throughout the game, is actually [[GodIsGood a pretty cool guy]], especially in the third game where he can actually teach you some of his abilities by acting as a Master.
** The GBA port of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' also throws a spanner into the works by implying that Deathevn is not actually a god, despite being Myria's descendant. Rather, he's actually [[spoiler:[[OurDragonsAreDifferent a draconic]] EldritchAbomination]] that's merely posing as one because it's fun to fuck with mortals.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. Sort of. [[spoiler:Deus isn't actually a "God", though it did create the branch of humanity on the planet in question. It's really just a genetically engineered planet-destroying bioweapon that's somehow become even more powerful than its job description would imply. There's also the Wave Existence/Zohar, which seems to be the "true" God of Xenogears, and late in the game it empowers the main character to become even more superhuman than he already was. This is actually a Gnostic allegory, with Deus playing the false god Demiurge and the Wave Existence playing the Source -- the distant, unknowable true creator whose role Demiurge unwittingly usurped.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has a subversion. While [[KnightTemplar Dimitri Yuriev]] believes the DimensionLord EnergyBeing U-DO is evil, and it does have a tendency to cause people to go insane when it touches their minds, it isn't evil, just alien.
* ''Videogame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has the BigBad [[spoiler:Zanza, the God of Bionis]]; a complete and utter bastard who, [[spoiler:after destroying the ''entire universe'', has led the world he created to an apocalypse multiple times so that his creations, which he relies on to exist, don't leave the world and expand to the stars]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', "God" is [[spoiler:a world-destroying alien monster which doesn't have any dialogue.]] Although, it's explained by [[spoiler:the real Roger Bacon]] that it isn't truly a god, but rather something that's as far above humans as humans are above ants (or further).
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', when you resurrect God, he immediately begins an evil tyranical regime that confuses and subjugates the newly reunited world. However, [[spoiler:this turns into a subversion as "God" is actually the thought-to-be-defeated Demon Lord in disguise. You eventually ''do'' fight God, but it's as a BonusBoss outside of anything resembling the plot]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', it turns out The Almighty is kind of a royal prick who tried to destroy humanity just 'cuz. [[spoiler:He's also been dead for a while, and it's implied that the grotto [[BonusBoss Bonus Bosses]] you fight are fragments of his soul.]] Thankfully his daughter's pretty cool.
* The Elder Gods in ''MortalKombat'' can certainly qualify; while hiding behind a ObstructiveCodeOfConduct of non-interference with their own creation, they've either downright ignored imminent threats to the Realms and breaking of sacred laws (like they did with Shao Kahn's invasion of Earth in MK 3), or manipulated proxies into doing their dirty work through elaborate [[GambitRoulette Gambit Roulettes]] that have as much of a chance of succeeding as a snowball surviving in the burning heart of Hell, with wonderful non-rewards for doing a "good job" (have pity for Scorpion and [[spoiler:his family and clan, or Taven and his family and friends]]). And when one of their own ''does'' decide to interfere, they're punished violently, regardless of whether their intent was malefic or innocent. Makes you wonder why no one's gone up there to kick their deific asses, yet...
** Raiden could also qualify, depending on the game. In his ''Armageddon'' ending, he became increasingly aggressive in his protection of Earth, going as far as to destroy ''all'' other realms (both threatening and non-threatening ones) to prevent them from being a danger to Earth. And in his ending in the original game, Raiden wins the MortalKombat tournament, but soon becomes bored with human competition and invites other gods to participate in the tournament, which ends up destroying the planet.
** The Elder Gods are motivated less by malice and more by fear [[spoiler:of the One Being, the true supreme being whom they rebelled against and separated into the Realms. Everything they do is meant to keep the One Being from ever coming back. The One Being would qualify as an example of this trope as well, since the reason the Elder Gods rebelled against it was because it was ''eating'' them (and would likely do the same to everything else in creation if it came back).]]
* Odin in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'' [[spoiler:is ready to destroy the entire mortal world rather than face the possibility that humans will stop serving the gods unquestioningly. Lezard doesn't seem that bad all of the sudden]]. He is somewhat ''LawfulEvil'' in the first ''Valkyrie Profile'', too. After all [[spoiler:he is fine destroying the order of the mortal world by stealing its sacred treasure just to have a mighty artifact for himself and to help Lenneth to recruit more Einherjar]].
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' has Our Heroes daring to enter the Time Gate into the 4th dimension, to thwart God's plans to eradicate the Milky Way and establish independence. In the climax, it turns out that [[spoiler:the fourth dimension is full of super-advanced apathetic humans, who created our universe as a combination of reality TV and role-playing games (Earth's mythical heroes were player characters). "God" is a corporate suit who's reformatting parts of the program, seeing humanity's attempts to practice "symbology" (programming code) as some kind of bug in the system.]] And what truly makes this "god" evil is that when he finds out that humans have been practicing Symbology, rather than [[spoiler: painlessly deleting them]], he sends the "angelic" hordes to wipe out humanity. [[spoiler: Maybe he thought it would boost the ratings...]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed because God Is Evil. [[spoiler: The gods that the hierarchs in the CrystalDragonJesus religion pray to for salvation are in fact the [[BigBad ones trying to destroy the world]]. When they show up towards the game's [[TrippyFinaleSyndrome finale]], they appear as giant, man-eating babies]]. Yeah. As far as who created the world, the debate is out whether the gods did or the dragons did.
** ''Videogame/{{Drakengard 3}}'' sheds some light on the Cult of the Watchers and exactly what it is that they're worshipping. [[spoiler:The goddess that the cult worships is none other than the [[HumanoidAbomination Intoner]] One, with the cult being started by her OppositeSexClone "brother" in order to honor her after her death. While One is a benevolent individual, as an Intoner she is destined to destroy the world unless she and her sisters are killed.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' had the church of Yevon, who were [[IsThatWhatHeToldYou blinded by lies]] and persecuted with a giant, indestructible SpaceWhale called Sin that was capable of [[DoomedHometown leveling cities]] over the course of a thousand years. [[spoiler:Yevon turns out to not be a benevolent god, but a deranged summoner who refused to die and used the souls of the last survivors of his civilization to summon a recreation of their city for them to live in forever - the same "dream Zanarkand" that Tidus and Jecht came from - via an AssimilationPlot. Sin was actually a hull for Yevon's spirit, created to basically demolish any civilization that became advanced enough to potentially disrupt the "dream" Zanarkand]]. Still, the true purpose of the church of Yevon [[spoiler:(as founded by his daughter) was to appease him without letting him destroy the rest of the world for revenge. Suffice to say, this knowledge never made it past the church's leaders...until a certain BadassLongcoat who learned the truth refused to stay dead]].
* This is touched upon in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', as whether or not the Composer of The Game is simply just giving a reasonable chance to everyone [[spoiler: for their lives again]] or is rather a complete {{Jerkass}} sadist who likes pitting people against each other with the risk of losing their existence. At any rate, it's a rare case where the Jesus-figure is undeniably an asshole.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has the Occuria, a pantheon of very powerful godlike spirits who have manipulated the development of mortal life on Ivalice for centuries in an ongoing GambitRoulette, selecting and manipulating various humans as their champions, including the player characters. Ironically, they are opposed by one of their own, a rogue Occuria who has allied with the EvilOverlord in an attempt to break the Occuria's domination over humanity in a GambitRoulette of their own, unfortunately causing tremendous misery and destruction in their attempts to do so.
* The fal'Cie, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' and its sequels. While some just have BlueAndOrangeMorality, nearly all of them doom humans by unwillingly turning them into l'Cie. [[spoiler: Their creator isn't any better.]]
** [[spoiler: This goes even further in the final game, Lightning Returns. The god Bhunivelze orders the Heroine, Lightning, to save as many souls as possible from despair, in return for her sister's resurrection from the dead. But Lightning later discovers he intends to leave everyone else behind and murder anyone he doesn't deem worthy to live in his ideal world, which leads her to defy him and try to become the new goddess whom will give all souls a second chance.]]
* The DS Tactical RPG ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' has this, as well as a [[spoiler:CorruptChurch]]. Oddly enough, they actually oppose each other in the end.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', the final boss is [[spoiler: a thinly disguised {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}]].
** Granted, the ''entire thing'' was essentially expanding on the Pharisee argument found in the Bible - [[spoiler: Is Jesus' power really ''divine'' in origin, or is he meant to tempt people from the true path/faith?]] Pretty damn serious subject-matter for a T-rated video game, and one that could be completely missed by anyone not familiar with the subject matter.
** The above is the result of poor translation (something the [=PS1=] version was well known for). The plot of the PSP version has the final boss as a false prophet type plotting to use Lucavi to rule the world. The Beoluve family are blood descendants of the person who stopped him the last time.
** The dominant in-universe religion, however, holds that the final boss really is a Jesus-like figure. Thus, their equivalent of the Bible is a lie, and the "god" they worship is actually a demon. Whether a true God exists in the ''[=FFT=]'' world is never specified.
** The "true god/s" of FFT would be the Occuria of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII', as it's the same world. Their elimination is the only thing that allowed Ultima and the rest of the Lucavi to destroy the world of Ivalice in the first place. [[NiceJobBreakingitHero So yeah.]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has several types of deity, which play with this trope in different ways. To note:
** Lorkhan, the creator deity who tricked/convinced some of his fellow et'Ada ("original spirits") to create Mundus, the mortal plane, is viewed as a malevolent entity by most of the [[OurElvesAreBetter races of Mer (Elves)]]. They consider creation a malevolent act which robbed the pre-creation spirits of their divinity and forced them into the prison of the mortal world where they experience death and suffering. (The races of Men, on the other hand, generally see Lorkhan as [[GodIsGood benevolent entity]] who ''freed'' the pre-creation spirits from a prison of unchanging stasis.)
** Those et'Ada who aided Lorkhan in creating Mundus would become known as the Aedra ("Our Ancestors" in [[ClassicalTongue Old Aldmeris]]). Due to being severely weakened by the act of creation, they [[HaveYouSeenMyGod rarely influence mortal affairs directly]]. They tend to be worshiped by mortals, both Men and Mer, for their contribution as the "Divines" and are mostly believed to be benevolent. One possible exception, depending on the interpretation, is Akatosh, the [[DragonsAreDivine draconic]] God of Time and TopGod of the Nine Divines pantheon. According to one prominent theory, the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], including [[BeastOfTheApocalypse Alduin]], are fragments of his being. Dragons are [[DragonsAreDemonic beings of destruction and domination]], with Alduin having the responsibility of "eating the world" at the end of every [[EternalRecurrence "kalpa", or cycle of time]].
** The et'Ada who did not aid Lorkhan are known as the Daedra ("Not Our Ancestors"). Of them, the 17 most powerful are known as the Daedric Princes. Each has a particular sphere, which the are said to govern from their planes of Oblivion (the infinite void around Mundus) which they inhabit and rule. Though most are considered "evil," scholars are quick to point out that they are really beings AboveGoodAndEvil who operate on their own BlueAndOrangeMorality. The "Good" ones only seem that way because what they seek to accomplish is generally beneficial or benevolent toward mortals, while the "Evil" ones are more likely to harm mortals with their actions. For instance, Mehrunes Dagon is the Daedric Prince of Destruction, but can be considered no more "evil" than a tidal wave or an earthquake.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** In the main quest, BigBad Dagoth Ur is a true PhysicalGod, having tapped into the power of the [[CosmicKeystone Heart of Lorkhan]]. He channels his power from it, and has essentially become an EldritchAbomination. [[spoiler:The implication is that Dagoth Ur has discovered an unspeakably dangerous middle-ground between [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence CHIM]], [[TheOmnipotent Amaranth]] and [[CessationOfExistence Zero-Sum]] where he exists in a godlike state because of his awareness of [[GodOfGods Anu]]'s Dream but, unlike CHIM where he exists as one with it and maintains his own individuality, Amaranth where he exits the Dream to make his own, or Zero-Sum where he simply fades into the Dream, Dagoth Ur's ''twisted, traumatized and broken mind is being imprinted on the Dream of Anu'']]. Naturally, the [[PlayerCharacter Nerevarine]] must sever his (and the Tribunal's) ties to the Heart in order to stop him.
*** In the ''Tribunal'' expansion, the main quest ends with the Nerevarine [[spoiler: having to kill Almalexia, one of the Tribunal gods. The loss of her divine power has driven her mad. She has already killed another Tribunal god, Sotha Sil, and wants you to die as a martyr.]]
** In the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' [[spoiler:you find out that Jyggalag, the Daedric Prince of Order, became so powerful he threatened the other Daedric Princes, and thus was cursed with madness, transforming him into Sheogorath. You then free Jyggalag and [[AGodAmI take the mantle of]] Sheogorath.]]
* ''VideoGame/VikingBattleForAsgard'': You know Freya? [[spoiler: Yeah, she's kinda evil. The kind of evil that brings you back to life with the promise that she'll give you a chance to enter Valhalla if you kill someone for her and then realizes the benefits of having a personal assassin and promptly stabs you in the back.]] Skarin was not pleased and suffice it to say, it did not end well if you happened to be a God.
* In ''Videogame/{{Scribblenauts}}'', you can turn God evil. [[MemeticMutation You can also give him a shotgun and a skateboard and have him fight Cthulhu.]]
* Although this will come as a surprise to no one, ''[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1924722 behold! The Tetris God!]]''
* In ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Archdemons that lead Darkspawn hordes are Old Gods of the Tevinter corrupted by the Blight. The Maker is kind of an asshole of a god, instead of just killing the Tevinter mages that attempted to breach the Golden City, he cursed them to spread devastation in their wake and sent them to destroy the mortal world.
* The ''Legacy'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' reveals that [[spoiler: according to the Darkspawn Emissary Corypheus, who was once a Tevinter magister, the Golden City was already the Black City when he and his fellow magisters entered it... implying that it corrupted ''them'' rather than the other way around. Which, if the Golden City/Black City is the home of the Maker, likely implies that the Maker is evil too. Considering what a CrapsackWorld Thedas is, that makes a disturbing amount of sense...]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLastResurrection'' features Jesus as the BigBad and God as GreaterScopeVillain.
* The Creator in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' turns out to be an EvilutionaryBiologist who doesn't give a damn about his creations beyond their role as planetary experiments. Vaguely hinted to be the same as the creator from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', although, since he doesn't appear in person there, it isn't very clear in the latter how much was God being evil and how much was God not programming his biological crystal robots very well.
* In the [[VideoGame/SengokuRance Rance universe,]] the creator god is a [[SpaceWhale giant whale]] who created all of existence just to watch people fight and kill each other in wars. So HumansAreBastards because it is InherentInTheSystem. And entertaining, apparently.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has Jubileus, the Goddess who controls the realm of Paradiso and its Angels, and who drives the plot of the first game in that [[spoiler: she is the story's GreaterScopeVillain, with the BigBad's goal being to recover the two reality-shaping "Eyes of the World" to awaken her with the power to destroy and recreate the mortal world in her own image as a "perfect world". The second game makes her worse, by revealing that what she was doing was basically a power-grab; there are at least ''three'' Creator-Gods in the Bayonetta universe, one each for Paradiso, Inferno and Earth. Jubileus was basically hoping to steal the power of Aesir, the Creator-God of Earth, and use that to destroy every world that isn't Paradiso before recreating them as part of Paradiso, making her the only Creator-God to still exist.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'', there is Loptr, who is [[spoiler:literally the evil side of Aesir, Creator-God of the mortal world. Created when Aesir decided to divide his powers and give them to humanity so humans would have free will, he wants to take control of reality back from them by any means necessary.]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has [[spoiler: The Golden Spider[=/=]Chakravartin. The omnipotent ruler of Gaea, he is the one responsible for the Gohma being unleashed upon Gaea and many other worlds, and makes everyone in these worlds suffer just to find his next heir. He thinks this is saintly of him, but Asura calls him out on this while punching him in the face repeatedly.]] The Seven Deities are a less powerful example of this. Of them, only Yasha, Deus and Augus are not outright sadistic, violent, arrogant beings who look down upon mortals and use them as they see fit, and Augus only because he cares not for domination but simply [[BloodKnight a good fight]]. And even Yasha and Deus was willing to be NecessarilyEvil.
* It's revealed in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' that the setting's {{Top God}}dess, Ashera, is a [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]] HolierThanThou KnightTemplar who intends to destroy humanity in order to put an end to war (while ironically allowing the real villains behind said war to live with her blessing). She does, however, have a FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone aghast]] at accidentally destroying the world with a GreatFlood millennia ago, she removed all her emotions and placed them in a separate being, leaving herself impossibly cold and uncaring. The game's DistantFinale reveals that she and the being composed of her emotions (who served as the BigGood of the game) will eventually reunite into a [[GodIsGood pure good]] goddess]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'', God orders Isaac's mom to take away all of Isaac's possessions, clothes included, and lock him in his room. He then orders Isaac's mom to kill Isaac. Finally, God [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope kills Isaac's mom and frees Isaac]]. Given the game is a WholePlotReference to [[Literature/TheBible Genesis chapter 22]], the subversion is rather fitting if a bit obvious.]]
** There are hints that the voice ordering Isaac's mother to abuse him [[spoiler:is actually Satan in disguise, furthering the subversion]].
* In ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' God set up a system where the forces of Ruin would invade every thousand years and require the rise of the Messiah to stop them without any regard to the massive potential casualties. [[spoiler:It's actually worse than this: If anything, God is directly responsible for the forces of Ruin, though he doesn't lead them. He is, in fact, trying to destroy the universe and remake it to something he can understand better. He's done it hundreds of times before.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Tales of the Abyss]]'' plays with this. From the way that all life in the world is bound by a prophecy [[spoiler:that will eventually kill all life in the world]] created by the local CrystalDragonJesus, Lorelei, it seems that God is going to be the single most horrific tyrant imaginable. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Turns out that's wrong]]. [[GodIsGood Lorelei]] didn't "create" this fate of destruction at all. He merely foresaw it and clued his follower, [[MessianicArchetype Yulia Jue]], in on it because he believed that [[HumansAreSpecial humans were special enough to]] ScrewDestiny and save themselves from the destruction he had foreseen]]. Unfortunately, in what is almost ''certainly'' a dig at religious fundamentalists, it turns out that the order set up around Lorelei [[spoiler:''completely'' missed the point of what he was trying to do after Yulia's death: giving the impression for 2000 years that Lorelei wanted everyone to ''submit'' to the prophetic Score rather than overturn it]].
* In the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' games, [[EldritchAbomination the Elder God]] is in many ways the BigBad of the series; it tells Raziel it resurrected him and that its Wheel of Fate is a force of life, but the time-travelling Raziel notices that it seems to grow as the land deteriorates, and eventually concludes that it parasitically feeds on the souls of the dead and manipulatively causes death and destruction in order to provide itself with fresh souls. However, since serious questions are raised about the full extent of its power (Raziel suspects that it might have simply been there when he recovered of his own accord and simply claimed responsibility for his survival, and it heavily relies on agents for much of its success,) it is debatable whether it can really be considered a god, especially since [[spoiler: Kain takes the supposedly omniscient being completely by surprise and kicks its ass at the end of the series]].
* The ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series subverts this. Yes, the Wise One can be a very harsh taskmaster and is not against setting people trials that would shatter lesser minds. However, it has a ''very'' good reason for being something of a KnightTemplar: namely the fact that it's already seen what kind of CrapsackWorld Alchemy can create. As such, it wants to make ''damn sure'' that it's used for good and that nobody screws the world over again with it. Now, the actual Ancients on the other hand - who possessed [[spoiler:''even greater power'', given that they created the Wise One]] are ''far'' more morally ambiguous given that they were the ones who ruined the world in the first place.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' plays with this trope like pipe organ. The dominant religion of the setting is the Abbey of the Everyman, which recognizes only one deity, [[EldritchAbomination the Outsider]], but claims that it is [[GodIsEvil very evil indeed]], [[TheCorrupter directly responsible for all human sin]] and the source of all [[BlackMagic witchcraft]]. Corvo's experience with the Outsider, however, proves that while he is indeed [[TouchedByVorlons the source of all magic]] (and [[BewareTheSuperman most magic-users really are bad news]]) he is also [[AllPowerfulBystander by-and-large an observer]], and that he imposes no demands on those he empowers. Apparently, he has just chosen a lot of untrustworthy people to empower, probably because [[DrunkWithPower power corrupts]] and [[AmbitionIsEvil the world is most often changed by ambitious bastards]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''. [[spoiler: [[BigBad Kreia]] believes the Force to be an evil god that forces the Jedi and Sith to war with each other for eternity for its own amusement. Yet all evidence in the game and other ''Star Wars'' material pretty clearly suggests that this isn't true; even if the Force is sentient (which is debatable) than it has no influence on what mortals do with its gifts. The implication builds to be that Kreia is simply [[NeverMyFault unwilling to accept her own flaws and sins]], so she instead chooses to pass off the blame to some vague force in the sky. Further her stated solution to this (destroying the Force) is noted to be absolutely insane and would likely kill every living being in the galaxy since there's a trace of Force presence in all life.]]
* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' (insofar as a fantasy world simulator can have a backstory), the supreme deity, Armok, God of Blood, loves conflict and creates worlds in order that conflict may occur. As the world approaches stability, Armok destroys and recreates the world anew. In a meta sense, Armok is the player, who is likely to generate a new world when their current one becomes peaceful (and therefore boring).
** The regular gods in the game are no better, cursing mortals with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampirism]] and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent therianthropy]], bestowing slabs containing the secret of [[BlackMagic animating the dead]], and raising demons from the underworld, all in the name of creating further conflict.
* The [[GreaterScopeVillain cause of all the horror and dangers you face]] in ''VideoGame/HollowKnight''? [[spoiler:The Radience, the god who created bugkind. The plague, the monsters you fight, and just about every other threat in the game were created by her out of spite after mortals stopped worshipping her. Yes, she’s trying to destroy her own world [[AttentionWhore because it’s not paying attention to her]].]]

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* In ''[[http://www.atom.com/channel/channel_stickman_exodus/ Stickman Exodus]]'', the {{Gorn}}-doodling teenage owner of the notebook is effectively a cruel {{God}} to the two-dimensional cast.
* In Andrew Kepple's WebAnimation/{{Animutation}} trilogy ''WebAnimation/ColinMochrieVsJesusHChrist'', after saving everyone from Colin Mochrie [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext after he gets turned into a rampaging Scotsman]], Jesus takes over the world and starts persecuting characters from "fanimutations". At the end of Part 3, [[spoiler: it turns out "Jesus" is actually [[Series/TheBradyBunch Mike Brady]], who starred alongside Colin in Neil Cicirega's "The Japanese Pokerap" but was jealous that Colin became a BreakoutCharacter, and orchestrated the whole thing in order to get revenge.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Locus}}'': Meittron was [[http://locus.keenspot.com/d/20091009.html driven]] [[http://locus.keenspot.com/d/20091012.html to it]]. Nor is [[{{Satan}} Sammael]] an UnreliableNarrator, as WordOfGod [[http://forums.keenspot.com/viewtopic.php?f=129&t=107801 confirms his story]].
* The titular [[Webcomic/TheWaterPhoenixKing Water Phoenix King]], Yamra, and his predecessor Gurahl, though this was, and to some extent still is, a contested belief in the story. Those who benefitted under his rule consider him to have been a benevolent deity, and the opposition to be immoral for rebelling against the [[OrderVersusChaos Natural Order of the Universe]]; the rebellion considered him an awful tyrant, and the order that Gurahl imposed on the universe a harmful thing -- as did Lady Luck, who killed Gurahl over his binding the sun-goddess Okidesha. "Pure" Yamrans seek to restore the strict caste system, with Hadrakahn priests and knights at the top of the heap, everyone else working for them, and witches and sorcerers cast into the outer darkness...for the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Good Of All]], of course!
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' seems to be quite fond of this trope and frequently uses it for jokes. It varies between this, GodIsFlawed and MadGod. For example, there is a strip where an atheist argues against the idea of Hell, by stating that, being omnipotent, God already knows any action a human will take in their lifetime, so it makes no sense to punish them for it. So either, Hell doesnt exist, or God is a jerk.
--> '''Satan''': Struck by lightning?
--> '''Atheist''': Struck by lightning...
* In ''{{Wulffmorgenthaler}}'', God and Satan agree on God being the evil one after [[http://wulffmorgenthaler.com/2010/02/15/ flipping a coin]].
* It's kind of hard to deny that ''Webcomic/TheBrickTestament'' has this angle going for it; it was pretty much intended as a way of pointing out the questionable points of the Bible. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Book of Revelation]] in particular is stuffed to the gills with this trope, right down to sardonic titles and cutting commentary by the {{LEGO}} minifigures suffering the whole time.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' [[http://oglaf.com/howtheygetyou/1/ proves the point]]. (SFW page on site where most pages are NSFW.)
** Also parodied with the [[http://oglaf.com/sithrak/ Cult of Sithrak the Blind Gibberer]], [[http://oglaf.com/outreach/2/ with added irony]] (both SFW).
** And again: "[[http://oglaf.com/assorted-fruits/ God is on their side. But I've been reading their holy book, and I think that God may be a psycho.]] (SFW)
* ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' discusses maltheism, slightly tongue-in-cheek, in a series of strips starting [[http://wondermark.com/804/ here]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', subverted; God can seem this way to some of the characters, but is generally just obnoxious and somewhat childish, with [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2000-07-24 occasional]] PetTheDog moments. Even these are decreasing with the LighterAndSofter touch -- most appearances now feature him playing catch with Jesus.
** Jesus, on the other hand, is [[JesusWasWayCool an awesome guy]].
** So is the Buddha. The Dragon of Eastern Religion is generally awesome also.
** One point against Sinfest's God, however, is the way the classic Problem of Evil is eventually resolved... turns out, God CREATED The Devil, and made him do what he does. Presumably just to make himself look good by comparison. When The Devil finds out, he outright quits and [[DeathTakesAHoliday goes on a tropical vacation]]... only to then apparently forget all about it and come back, continuing where he left off. As such, all of The Devil's (unquestionably evil) deeds can be laid squarely at God's feet in this universe... or, at least, at his hand.
* ''Webcomic/InWilysDefense'' features Sphere. He isn't exactly evil but he's basically a lazy, irresponsible, and petty {{Jerkass}} who shows little to control over his destructive children. He shows more concern over a random guy calling himself the "God Of Flames" than he does over the angels of death and destruction going to war with each other.
* The Morce from Space Blood has two evil sides with its two god-like incarnations being evil. [[spoiler:It is also a bit of an inversion as the Morce is made of [[http://space-blood.thecomicseries.com/comics/20/ Evil]] as a case of Evil Is God.]]

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* ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' uses this as a fundamental premise. Yahweh, the entity that presented himself as the Christian god (and apparently Allah for the Islamic faith as well) is actually an immature douchebag who became drunk on the power he held over humanity until he reached the point where he became convinced of his own lie. He eventually became fed up with those parts of humanity that questioned him, and closed the gates of Heaven to mankind sometime around 1000 A.D., thereby condemning all of humanity to Hell, ''even the faithful''. The story gets kicked off when he decides that isn't enough, and gives Satan free rein to wipe out mankind forever so Yahweh could go to a different dimension to find some other species that might be more obedient. However, by the time this happened, humanity had become very technologically advanced, while Heaven and Hell were still at the Bronze Age. [[CurbstompBattle You can predict]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge what a pissed-off humanity]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens does next.]]
** Even the angels are pissed off at him! The Archangel Michael is running ThePlan which basically saves the heavenly host while pointing an army of absolutely enraged humans at Yahweh, and eventually kills him himself, having killed off all of Yahweh's powerful supporters by stealth or by human. Except Jesus, really called Elhmas, who is mostly presented as a stoned out of his brains idiot, [[spoiler: until it is revealed he faked his own death and is keeping an eye on Michael to prevent him from turning into another Yahweh.]]
** Michael's plot was apparently not the only one either.
* Some interpretations of WebVideo/MrDeity are this. He's not so much actively evil, as tremendously uncaring.
* Proven in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's Old vs. New of ''Film/TheTenCommandments vs. WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', where he smites the titular character for thinking he's kind and loving.
-->'''God:''' You were wrong. I'm not a loving God, I'm a vengeful God. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Your ass is grass.]]
* [[spoiler: The Archangel]] from ''Franchise/TheFearMythos''. [[spoiler: He ''is'' the afterlife. The whole damn thing.]]
* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/collected-excerpts-on-the-sea-mother The Sea Mother]] from Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary [[spoiler:Or maybe she's just insane from feeling us moving through her “skin”.]]
* God in [[{{WebVideo/Starpocalypse}} Starpocalypse]] is a deranged, perverted monster who gets sexually aroused by killing humans, making humans kill humans, watching humans have sex, and caused various social problems imposing arbitrary and insane rules on early humans for fun. It had a great time during the Inquisition.

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* The Canadian animated series ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' (which is ''definitely'' '''not''' [[AnimationAgeGhetto for kids]]) actually features a few appearances by God and the Devil. Though the latter is definitely evil, the former is kind of a dick. He's depicted as wagering on the main character's soul with the Devil because he's bored and unleashing a plague of locusts on a planet because they refused to worship him (thinking he's a con artist like the ones they had dealt with earlier in the episode). However, the most blatant example of the trope is in the episode where Chode and Gus travel back to the beginning of time. Their ship accidentally collides with God and kills Him. But when they return to their own time, they discover that they've actually made things BETTER. Without God, there's no concept of good and evil, and everyone is basically decent towards each other; there's no crime or war or sexual repression. Everything is going pretty well...until Chode and Gus let the cat out of the bag and introduce the concept of sin to the universe, sending it into chaos. They travel back in time to set things right and get killed themselves, and God walks away laughing at their deaths.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** There was the episode where Stan asked Chef about God (because Kenny was dying... again) and their conversation went like this:
--->'''Stan''': Why would God let Kenny die, Chef? Why? Kenny's my friend. Why can't God take someone else's friend?\\
'''Chef''': Stan, sometimes God takes those closest to us, because it makes him feel better about himself. He is a very vengeful God, Stan. He's all pissed off about something we did thousands of years ago. He just can't get over it, so he doesn't care who he takes. Children, puppies, it don't matter to him, so long as it makes us sad. Do you understand?\\
'''Stan''': But then, why does God give us anything to start with?\\
'''Chef''': Well, look at it this way: if you want to make a baby cry, first you give it a lollipop. Then you take it away. If you never give it a lollipop to begin with, then you would have nothin' to cry about. That's like God, who gives us life and love and help just so that he can tear it all away and make us cry, so he can drink the sweet milk of our tears. You see, it's our tears, Stan, that give God his great power.\\
'''Stan''': I think I understand.
** In another episode, the local priest, during a eulogy for yet another person killed by geriatric drivers, takes the view that God just finds it funny, and leads the group in praying that God's had enough of a laugh and will stop killing people already.
** God has appeared in person a few times (for some reason, He looks like a chimpanzee with a hippo's head), and while not portrayed as outright evil, does seem rather annoyed with how whiny and needy his creations are, even Satan (who has gone from a badass rebel to a wimpy loser stuck in unhealthy relationships) and Jesus (who has completely lost his ability to inspire humanity and relies on rehashing his old teachings).

* In ''Series/WonderShowzen''. God appears as an evil, creepy voice. Of course, that's not surprising considering [[BlackComedy what kind of show it is]]...
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Megatron has pretty much become the malevolent God of Cybertron, controlling just about every aspect of existence there. Of course, the last few Maximals alive aren't going to stop until he's taken down. Towards the end, [[spoiler:he decides to absorb all the sparks he stole, and was literally '''seconds''' away from turning Cybertron into "the perfect Technosphere" and becoming the new Primus.]]
** [[spoiler:Unicron]] from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' also counts. [[spoiler:As Optimus puts it he is, metaphorically speaking, the parent of humanity and all life on Earth. He agrees with Optimus on this, and then Unicron declares all life he created as parasites unworthy of living]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' mostly uses the idea that GodIsFlawed, but on a few occasions, does show him to be a real jerk, such as the revelation that for some reason, people who are handicapped on Earth remain handicapped in Heaven (which looks like a Sandals resort). He's also been shown to be rather short and annoyed with his followers.