%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1317558789049768800
%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.
%%
[[quoteright:300:[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gazoo_money_rain_195.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Making it rain [[HilariousInHindsight in a whole new way]].]]

Typically based on TheTrickster (i.e. one of many "gods of mischief" from mythology, from Loki to Coyote to Puck), this is a WackyGuy but with (effectively) magical powers -- often in the form of a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien. The Great Gazoo allows for nearly any number of other plots, thereby guaranteeing high drama or [[HilarityEnsues ensuing hilarity]] (hopefully).

Often is a ScrewySquirrel or AmusingAlien whom the heroes often regard (usually with an irritated FacePalm at his return) as more like a pest than a serious menace. Sometimes the mishaps he causes are in fact a result of his BlueAndOrangeMorality. Sometimes he's an outright {{Jerkass}} {{Troll}}, in which case the heroes eventually get enough of his pranks and set out to stop him, but he can still be dangerously destructive if confronted improperly. The powers the Great Gazoo commandeers are by definition plot-breaking, so he usually has to be outsmarted or outwitted in order to be defeated. A direct assault never works.

Takes its name from the Great Gazoo from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', a little green alien that [[NotSoImaginaryFriend only Fred, Barney and small children can see]]. Not to be confused with [[Music/FrankZappa The Grand Wazoo]].

See Also: TheFairFolk and RealityWarper.

----
!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ryuk from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is most definitely a Great Gazoo. His only real manipulation is letting humans think they are in control of the situation as part of his ScrewySquirrel routine. He is very potent, impossible to harm conventionally, and the only way to defeat him would be manipulate him into [[spoiler:sacrificing himself for someone else's sake]] -- something extraordinarily unlikely given his carefree attitutde.
* Excalibur from ''Manga/SoulEater'', the most powerful weapon on earth and also the most obnoxious and pettily selfish.
* Dung Beetle/Koyemshi from ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' counts as well. Proves himself generally invulnerable to the actions of the main cast.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyzptlk]], an imp from the fifth dimension. In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' Mxy claims to be the inspiration for the stories of genies and leprechauns -- after a while he got bored of messing with ordinary people, but then Superman showed up. It's unclear just how far up the ladder he is on his home turf (sometimes he's unknowable, sometimes he's a 5th-dimensional kook with a weird hobby), but in the third dimension he's a RealityWarper. Supes can only get rid of him by tricking him into saying his name backwards -- a weakness that, in PostCrisis continuity, Mxy made up himself because a game has to have rules; PreCrisis, it was a naturally ingrained weakness. In ''The World's Greatest WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'', he even tricked Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and Supes into making the ingredients needed for a potion that'd enable him to overcome his weakness, but Supes wised up and not only foiled the plan but also allowed Mxy to think the plan worked to trick him into saying his name backwards. When he's sent back, a ResetButton is hit, and everything returns to normal.
** In the GoldenAge, Mxyztplk (note the spelling) was in his own dimension a mere court jester to his world's king. Also during this era, saying his name backwards wasn't just his own weakness; ''anyone'' who said Mxyztplk's name backwards would be sent to the fifth dimension.
** One SilverAge story had Superman turn the tables by traveling to the Fifth Dimension and using his superpowers to prank Mxy exactly the same way he normally does on Earth. Mxy attempts to get rid of Supes by getting him to say "Namrepus", but it doesn't work; after he decides he's had enough fun, he goes home by saying "Le-Lak".
* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat-Mite]] is to Batman as Mxy is to Superman... except he's a gigantic [[HeroWorshipper fanboy]] who honestly wants to help instead of cause trouble. Naturally, Batman finds this even more annoying than if Bat-Mite were just out to get him. (Also, Bat-Mite does sometimes knowingly make things harder for Batman, just to see how his hero is going to get out of the situation.) Bat-Mite also appeared in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' animated series.
* JohnnyThunder's thunderbolt (actually a being from the same dimension as Mxyzptlk).
* A minor recurring nemesis of the Comicbook/FantasticFour was a shape-shifting alien troublemaker known as Impossible Man.
** In the past DC had Mxyzptlk imply that he was visiting the Marvel universe in the form of Impossible Man, but the [[AllThereInTheManual Marvel Handbook]] says that this isn't the case and Mxy is merely imitating Impossible Man. This was further disproven in the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' and ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' crossover. Mxy and the Impossible Man teamed up, and later started fighting. And Mxy was quite offended at the thought of being equated with the Impossible Man.
*** It also highlighted some of the chief differences between the two: Impossible Man just loves to have fun, while Mxyptlk's humor has a darker edge to it. The former actually gets enraged when he realizes Mxy ''lied'' to him.
* Horizont-Al and Verti-Cal in ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'', at least before the CerebusSyndrome.
* With the popularity of Mxy and Bat-mite, it was planned to give TheFlash a helpful imp by the name of Mopee. However the {{Retcon}} involved was so hated that the very next issue ignored the entire thing. He was effectively out of continuity for decades, though recently appeared in two issues of the ''DC Super Friends'' series. During which he claimed to not only have given powers to the Flash, but also Superman, Wonder Woman, and [[BadAssNormal Batman]]. No one buys any of it. [[spoiler: He also gets his first taste of the troublesome side of the trope, giving everyone at a convention super powers to prove he really can do it. Naturally [[TheImp Myx]] planned the whole thing.]]
* Even ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} has an imp related to Mxy, the Thunderbolt and all the rest, by the name of Quisp. He is best known for turning up during the GrantMorrison JusticeLeagueOfAmerica run, having made himself absurdly DarkerAndEdgier to better mirror Aquaman at that time. It's fairly clear that Morrison intended this as a parody.
* Issue #65 of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' introduced the Micro-Puffs, three sprite versions of the girls from another dimension. They first appear to want to be friends with the girls but their ulterior motive is to yank their collective chains with mischief.
* A far more malevolent version is the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'s enemy Mojo. He's from another dimension that he rules absolutely through a brain-numbing media empire, although he can only maintain ownership of the Mojoverse so long as his subjects like his programming. To that end, he uses his utter and complete mastery of magic (or sufficiently advanced science, maybe) to irritate the X-Men, so they have wacky adventures. He rarely attacks them outright; he does, however, have an army of baby clones of both the X-Men and of their enemies, including those of the Age of Apocalypse. Ominously, Dr. Strange once remarked that if Mojo ever decided to appear on earth itself, it would be a very, very bad thing...
** Specifically, Mojo is a semi-humanoid invertebrate that moves mostly through technological aid, which makes television a lot more popular in his world since his people are more sedentary by nature. [[spoiler: As said though, their technology is sufficiently advanced and on top of that Mojo's presence gives off an [[WalkingWasteland anti-life effect]] while in the regular 616 world for unknown reasons.]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Supreme}}'' has, of course, a CaptainErsatz Mr Mxyzptlk calls Szasz, the Sprite Supreme. There's also Nite-Mite and Qyrk, who bedevil Batman and Aquaman counterparts Professor Night and Roy Roman.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* {{Disney|AnimatedCanon}}'s ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has the zany Genie. Virtually ''any'' good magical character in Disney is typically pretty wacky; the Three Good Fairies, the Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, etc., but the Genie takes the cake, breaking even the Fourth Wall.
* Xibalba from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', his profile described him as a "mischievous trickster" and that he likes to interfere in the lives of mortals.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* God, in the ''Film/OhGod'' films.
* Fred from ''Film/DropDeadFred''.
* The Ghost With the Most himself, Film/{{Beetlejuice}}.
* The Djinn from the ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' films is a far more malevolent version.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': Really the only way to describe Alyss, a mischevious demigoddess first introduced in the novelization before becoming a CanonImmigrant in the gamebooks. She's firmly on the side of good, but is rather playful about it compared to any other of Lone Wolf's allies.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* The puck (or Robin Goodfellow) in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''AMidsummerNightsDream''.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Azazel'' stories. Azazel is either a demon or a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, depending on the venue in which any given story was published.
* Kyprioth the trickster god of Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness''. He's actually the [[TricksterArchetype chief Trickster]] of Tortall's FantasyPantheon and has two faces: jovial prankster, and ''extremely'' bitter ex-king.
* Tom Bombadil, in ''[[LordoftheRings The Lord of the Rings]]''. Tom is so powerful that he is able to wear the One Ring and give it up freely without a thought, but spends most of his time wandering in the Old Forest and whimsically singing about himself, and is said by Gandalf to be capable of withstanding an assault by any force of the world, unless they were [[GonnaNeedMoreTrope all allied against him]]. He provides a convenient plot device to allow the hobbits to escape the Barrow Wights and take their swords (which later prove [[ChekhovsGun essential to the story]], since the swords are the only thing deadly to Nazgūl).
** Let's just say that Bombadil ''really'' doesn't fit neatly into Tolkien's larger backstory and there's a ''lot'' of fannish speculation about who or what he really is. Gandalf implies that Bombadil being unaffected by the Ring is just that Tom doesn't ''care'' about the Ring (beyond a brief passing interest in it as a pretty shiny thing), so it has no power over him one way or the other.
* Simkin from ''Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy'' is a rare example of a human-looking Great Gazoo. He spends most of the books simply inventing his own plotlines if he doesn't like the situation he's in.
* Pennywise the Clown from {{IT}} is a malevolent form of this trope. Wacky, powerful, and completey evil and murderous, and invisible to most people.
* Karlsson in the children's book ''Literature/KarlssonOnTheRoof'' by Creator/AstridLindgren.
* Paladine in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels is a good version of this trope. Consider how every single time Tasslehoff prays to him in the ''Legends'' trilogy, Paladine immediately gives Tass ''exactly'' what Tass asked for, never quite what Tass ''had in mind'', but exactly what Tass ''actually needed''.
* [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] is basically what happens when this role is played [[DarkerAndEdgier dead serious]] by [[EldritchAbomination an atrocious space god]] [[ForTheEvulz who enjoys tormenting the insects called "humans"]] as versus [[BlueAndOrangeMorality being too busy not not caring]] like most of his peers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Q from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise. The Holodeck might also potentially be seen as an instance.
** Trelane, in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ST:TOS]] episode "The Squire of Gothos".
* Mork, in his original appearance on ''HappyDays''.
* Every witch on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}.''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor himself -- a rare example where the Great Gazoo is the main character.
** The Dream Lord in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice "Amy's Choice"]].
* [[TricksterArchetype The Trickster]] aka [[NorseMythology Loki]] aka [[spoiler: ArchangelGabriel]] from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is a darker example. He's introduced as a MonsterOfTheWeek, a [[RealityWarper Reality-Warping]] demigod who spends his time [[DisproportionateRetribution punishing]] [[KarmicTrickster the arrogant]] [[ForTheEvulz for his own amusement]]. After he [[KarmaHoudini survives]] his first encounter with the Winchesters, he reappears occasionally to [[StealthMentor help]] and/or [[TricksterMentor mess with]] them, via things like a GroundhogDayLoop, a TrappedInTVLand plot, and [[spoiler: a pornographic [[DeadManWriting video will]]]].
* On Series/{{House}} , Amber becomes this. House even calls her "Gazoo."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* DevinTownsend's Ziltoid the Omniscient is an album about Ziltoid (the Omniscient). He is very much this, only as an antagonist.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* This trope seems to have originated in [[OralTradition Mythology]], making this trope at least OlderThanFeudalism:
** [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong]]
** [[NorseMythology Loki]]
** [[JapaneseMythology Susanoo]]
** [[NativeAmericanMythology Coyote]]
** Anansi
** [[ClassicalMythology Mercury/Hermes and son, Pan]]
** Eris
** Eshu/Exu
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Cosmic Imp in ''MutantsAndMasterminds''.
** In the FreedomCity splatbook, that cosmic imp is Quirk, a teenage expy of Superman's foe, Mr. Mxyzptlk.
** In the HaltEvilDoer! setting, the resident cosmic imp is Mr. Hoppy, a demonic cartoon KillerRabbit who happens to rule Hell.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Chaos God Tzeentch fits this to a T]]. And then immediately warps the T into a shifting, mutated monstrosity to slaughter billions of Imperial Guard.
** The Eldar Laughing God Cegorach is similar, but more a GuileHero than an outright MagnificentBastard, and he has an army of SexyJester {{Space El|ves}}f {{Monster Clown}}s. He likes playing games of AllAccordingToPlan with the rest of the universe, up to and including said Chaos Gods.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* Waldo, the 3D Muppet from ''Ride/MuppetVision3D'' at DisneyThemeParks.
* At Epcot in [[DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]], the Imagination Pavilion has the excitable purple dragon Figment. In the original incarnation of the Journey Into Imagination ride, he used his reality warping powers to come up with new ideas. In the current incarnation, he mainly uses them to annoy [[ButtMonkey Dr. Nigel Channing]] (played by Eric Idle) in an effort to get him to lighten up and let his imagination run free.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[MadGod Sheogorath]] from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. His idea of divine wrath upon a village in [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Cyrodiil]] that stole one of his sacred relics is to ''make it rain flaming dogs''.
* VideoGame/{{Persona}} and VideoGame/{{Persona2}} has [[BigGood Philemon]] and [[BigBad Nyarlathotep]]. Notably, while Nyarlathotep [[MoralEventHorizon is a total]] [[ForTheEvulz ass about it]], Philemon [[BlackAndGrayMorality isn't really that much better]]. [[spoiler: [[HumanityOnTrial Agreeing to a stakes-free bet with Nyarlathotep about whether humans will break reality if they were given a way]], then [[TrueNeutral doing nothing to stop Nyarlathotep from cheating]] was kind of a dickmove.]]
* According to ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''' [[AllThereInTheManual copious fluff]], the polytheistic [[TheReptilians Tarka]] have a TricksterGod called Sardo Kal. He is also the pantheon's WarGod. [[CombatPragmatist This says a lot about the Tarka]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' mocks this with Bozar in the ShowWithinAShow "Limozeen: [[RecycledInSpace but they're in space]]!" [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail126.html here]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Coyote in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is based on New World trickster god Coyote and embraces the trope fully.
* The Fae race from ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]''. That's right, an entire effing ''race'' of 'em.
* minus from ''Webcomic/{{Minus}}''
* Lord Sykos from ''Webcomic/TheWotch''.
* Nesariel from ''Webcomic/AutumnBay''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* {{Bjork}}, as depicted in "The Bjork Show" at Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.
* Sun Wu Kong appears him/herself in WhateleyUniverse.
* Thanks to the great powers and incomprehensible natures, certain Transapients and Archailects have been considered to be these in ''OrionsArm'', in the eyes of ordinary modosophonts.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' has [[TropeNamer Gazoo himself, of course.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' incarnation of Shakespeare's [[PublicDomainCharacter Puck]]. In his first appearance (but not later ones,) he's bound by an enchantment that makes him a JerkassGenie.
* The Great Gazoo is given a ShoutOut in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "SpinOff Showcase" episode, showing "Ozmodiar" as a little green alien that only Homer can see. The joke many fans missed was that in an interview, Matt Groening said that the introduction of a Great Gazoo would officially mark [[JumpTheShark the death of the series]].
** In one episode, the Simpsons are at an animation convention, and Bart and Lisa watch a clip from an {{Anime}}:
-->'''Lisa''': [[FridgeLogic "Wait, I'm confused, why was a wolf shooting a web?"]]
-->'''Bart''': [[MST3KMantra "Cartoons don't have to make sense."]]
-->'''Ozmodiar''': *appears out of nowhere* "He's right, you know!"
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Fractured" guest-starred Larry the Titan (also known as [[BackwardsName Nosyarg Kcid]]), a Bat-Mite-inspired "SuperDeformed Robin" imp from dimension 498.
* Orko from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. The twist? He only has omnipotence in his homeworld -- in Eternia, he is mostly an IneptMage. However one episode features another trollan called Prankster, who is an even straighter example, and he makes a lot of trouble for He-Man and co. The only way to get rid of him was to trick him into saying his real name.
** [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 The 2002 reboot]] at least demonstrated why this was. Orko could manage his powers just fine with his wand, which he accidentally lost while saving a young Prince Adam and Cringer shortly after arriving in Eternia.
* Probably the most spectacular Great Gazoo was God in ''GodTheDevilAndBob''. (A similar character has appeared several times in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.)
** Gazoo himself shows up in an episode of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' episode "Child's Play" introduced Zyx, a SpoiledBrat runaway from a magical ObstructiveBureaucrat planet (as well as a transparent stand-in for Mr. Mxyzptlk).
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'':
** There's an episode with a blue cat creature named Chaos who was said to be stronger than any genie.
** Another episode had a pair of small Gazoo-like [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]], who force the cast to compete in various games. At one point Iago suggests that, with their powers, they should try to TakeOverTheWorld or something instead. They reply that ruling it got boring after a few centuries.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' - Ms. Frizzle. Who is also InexplicablyAwesome.
* Eris, the Goddess of Chaos in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy.''
* The title-characters in ''FairlyOddparents'' definitely qualify.
** Also some other magical creatures that have shown up throughout the series like genies, pixies, and anti-fairies.
* The animated version of WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}.
* Discord, the opening baddie of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s second season. A RealityWarper, Trickster Villain, who uses his powers to screw with the mane cast. He turns out to be a fair bit nastier than is the norm for this type, though. By Season 3, [[HeelFaceTurn he had reformed]], but his mischievous nature goes untamed.
** [[BigGood Princess Celestia]] is a [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] Trickster Goddess. Despite being capable of dealing with most threats to Equestria herself and/or providing far more information about said threats than she does, Celestia usually sends a (seemingly) ill-equipped Mane Six instead despite the (seemingly) impossible odds. This is to [[TricksterMentor train Twilight]].
* Parodied twice on ''RobotChicken''.
** The first time involved a TakeThat to Wesley Crusher on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' with the network executives adding in the annoying, space banjo playing Snirkles to make Wesley look better in comparison. The fans paid for a billboard to read "Kill Wesley. Keep Snirkles".
** The second time actually had Gazoo appearing to the Flintstones for the first time. Fred and Barney believed him to be some type of god and offered their wives and animal sacrifices to appease him. They then savagely killed him when they get sick of him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had the EnergyBeing Melllvar, who kidnaps the Planet Express and forces them, and the re-corporated heads of the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' cast to re-enact old episodes.
* Glomer on the animated version of ''PunkyBrewster''. He's more naive and clumsy than he is mischievous.
* ''[[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' get one in 'Mr. Ogg Goes To Town'.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'', anyone?
[[/folder]]

----