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->''"[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished You've always thrown everything you could at me!]] [[IronWoobie Well I can take it!]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard And now I can give it back!]] [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter Come on! Strike me]]! [[CosmicPlaything You've never held back before!]]"''
-->-- '''[[TheUnfavorite Zuko]]''' (yelling at a massive thunderstorm), ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderBitterWork Bitter Work]]" [[note]]The heavens ignore him.[[/note]]

Battling TheLegionsOfHell is one thing, this goes the opposite direction. Are you a bad enough dude to take on the gods?... or angels? Or even [[{{God}} the Big Guy Upstairs?]]

Far more controversial than merely challenging {{Satan}} or going ToHellAndBack. The main character has a beef with the PowersThatBe who are running the show, and the capacity to do something about it. Rarely done in mainstream American TV because many {{Media Watchdog}}s view it in a negative light, although games and books use this premise more often.

Sometimes, the higher planes of existence are revealed to be run like a mad, hopelessly bureaucratic corporation -- [[CelestialBureaucracy too concerned with rules, regulations, and maintaining the]] BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil to give a damn about the helpless mortals stuck in the middle. Other times, the writers may just go for the full subversion of conventional morality and propose that GodIsEvil (the Gnostics' position).

TheOtherWiki calls this ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misotheism misotheism]]'' -- hatred of God or the Gods. This trope seems at least partially connected to DarkerAndEdgier.

See also CrisisOfFaith, SmiteMeOhMightySmiter, NayTheist, GodIsEvil, and SatanIsGood. Often a part of a GodAndSatanAreBothJerks storyline. Can result in AGodAmI, DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu, and/or BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu. For a more {{Postmodern|ism}} take, compare RageAgainstTheAuthor.

If someone actually succeeds in this endeavor, see KillTheGod. For god versus god, see DivineConflict.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** [[BigBad Father]] uses the power of the souls of Amestris to [[spoiler:pull God down to Earth and absorbs God.]] After his defeat, he rages against Truth before his banishment beyond the Gate.
** Wrath/[[spoiler:Bradley]] has a very bad case of this when dealing with Ishvalans. Their continued faith in their God, in spite of all the horrors they've suffered, enrages him.
* This is essentially the plot of ''Manga/{{Amatsuki}}'', in which the titular world is ruled over by the god Teiten, who really [[GodIsEvil couldn't care less about what happens to its inhabitants]], as long as they don't interfere with his own plans (and if they do, there are ''severe'' [[CosmicRetcon consequences]]). He also predicts the [[YouCantFightFate fates]] of all living things so that he may control them. The demon [[AntiHero Bonten]], who lost everyone he loved because of Teiten, decides he's tired of this way of life and takes action once it becomes evident that Teiten intends to destroy the world. Hapless protagonist Tokidoki, the [[LivingMacguffin only one whose fate has not been decided]], is part of a plot made by Bonten and the demons to overthrow Teiten and [[ScrewDestiny escape the awful fate]] that awaits them. [[RefusalOfTheCall Except he doesn't like the idea of being made a god]].
* Guts, the main character of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', spends more than a year hunting and killing the demonic Apostles, the subordinates to the [[BigBad God Hand]].
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the Emperor and his partner[[spoiler:-slash-twin-brother]] V.V.'s modus operandi is to slay the gods who drive humanity to lie to and hurt one another. However, since "God" in this universe is seen as the collective unconsciousness of mankind, their world would result in {{Instrumentality}}. This might be quite a brilliant case of in-universe characters not doing their homework. Charles is well aware, and it's exactly what he wants. However V.V. might not have known since Charles was going around his back due to V.V.'s previous betrayal (that V.V. doesn't know Charles knows about)
* When ''{{Guyver}}'' Zero rebelled against his alien creators, the Advents, and was slain by their loyal general Archanfel, the Advents decided that ''no'' human could be trusted and left Earth, throwing a giant planetoid at it. Archanfel destroyed the planetoid at the permanent cost of his health, and has spent the last 110,000 years or so plotting to turn humanity into an army of vengeance against his "gods".
* The manga ''InnocentBird'' deals with a demon gone good and a heaven completely mad. Not that the evil forces are any better -- it's quite a lose-lose situation. Later, the angel protagonist rages against the heavens.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' Gaiden, a prequel to the main story's plot, explains the story of how the four ([[spoiler:possibly four or more since Hakuryu/Jeep seems to indeed be Gojun, Dragon King of the West Army]]) main characters of the current story were banished from heaven for trying to overthrow the ruling gods.
* Medusa's current explanation for her actions in ''Manga/SoulEater'' (she'll come up with something else soon enough). While she's previously alluded to wanting to get rid of gods, she's now claimed it's in the nature of witches to do so.
* One of the major villains in ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' stages a rebellion against the monarchy of the kingdom he lives in and, by extension, the setting's rule-by-divine-appointment system. His ultimate motivation for his actions is eventually revealed as being an attempt to get the PowersThatBe to prove their existence by [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter smiting him]].
* ''{{Bastard}}'' involves this, with the main heroes fighting a legion of angels who have arrived on Earth to destroy humanity.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' is a bit of an odd one, because the "being that rebels against the order of God" does so because [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she (Homura) loves God (Madoka) and thought the latter was not truly happy being God.]] So she yanks Madoka out of the heavens and becomes a GodOfEvil so she can reconstruct an idealized version of Madoka's old life as a mortal. [[KickTheSonOfABitch As an afterthought, she also bitchslaps the Incubators.]] Madoka wasn't evil and didn't seem unhappy, but the entire movie sneakily justifies Homura's actions, so it's pretty hard to tell who to root for.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''{{Spawn}}'' spends just as much time battling crazy people and demons as he does fighting angels who apparently can't tell that he's a good guy. The fact that he was created solely to be Hell's general makes some angels think his turn is inevitable. Ironically, the ruler of Heaven (being just as evil as the devil) is NOT the one true God, who actually is implied to have some sympathy for the hellspawn.
* John Constantine, main character of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' (which is partly in TheDCU) finds himself in this position half of the time. The other half he's against the boys downstairs. Probably worth mentioning that he holds ''both'' sides in contempt.
* Jesse Custer, the main character of the comic book ''{{Preacher}}'', sets out to find God and make Him answer for abandoning the cosmos; this eventually escalates to the point where [[spoiler:Jesse dies to bait God back to Heaven, where the Saint of Killers kills him]].
* Reversed in the ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' comics, where Satan actually ends up defending heaven against the forces of the Lilim. He is not unaware of the irony. Yet he manages to [[spoiler:''persuade'' God to pass over his reign to someone else through logic: what is the most difficult thing for an omnipotent being to do? To do nothing at all.]]
* WillEisner's ''Contract with God'' is one of the few examples where we learn that it's not a good idea to think God owes you something for reasons other than getting a bolt from the blue.
* There's a short comic story in ''Stray Bullets'' about a little girl named Amy Racecar who meets God. God cheerfully tells her that he never interferes with mortal affairs, built heaven for himself just so he could be comfortable, and that her father ceased to exist as soon as he dies which is the fate of all humans. She snaps and goes into a self-induced coma until government scientists use a "truth ray" that displays memories on a TV screen to find out what she was hiding, causing everybody in the world to see her as the anti-Christ. She finally goes all the way off the deep end and systematically sets out to destroy everything God has ever made just to spite him being an asshole, and she ''succeeds.''
* Depending on how you interpret some of Marvel's cosmic-level beings, groups like the Comicbook/FantasticFour and Comicbook/TheAvengers do this on a weekly basis.
** [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] manages to do this ''literally'', though in a subverted manner: [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome he builds a portal into heaven and, after fighting through hordes of angels and hammering on the pearly gates until he, Sue, and Johnny get let in,]] he politely asks God (represented by JackKirby) to bring Ben Grimm back to life.
* Ditto DC's JusticeLeagueOfAmerica.
* Partly inspiring ''{{Spawn}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Ghost Rider}}s'' suffer from the same problem mentioned above. Not as frequently, but angels tend to be immune to the penance stare. The recent ''Ghost Rider'' mini "Heaven's On Fire" has the Ghost Rider brothers (Johnny and Danny) trying to get into heaven to stop a rogue angel.
* The ''ComicBook/WhatIf: ComicBook/SecretWars'' one-shot featured DoctorDoom [[AGodAmI retaining the Beyonder's power,]] plus a few [[MineralMacGuffin extra trinkets,]] then taking on the status quo all the way up to [[PhysicalGod the Celestials.]] The applicable quote being "What man has wrought, let no god put asunder."
* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor's beef with Franchise/{{Superman}} is made of this.
* Thoth-Amon, quoted above, after summoning the power of Acheron in the ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' comic book miniseries, The Book of Thoth. Seems no matter how evil you are, you're not going to let an ancient monster take your body to use to enslave the world.
* ComicBook/{{Cerebus}} yells at the skies and denounces his deity Tarim when [[spoiler:he thinks Jaka has died]].
* The basic thrust of ''Harry Kipling (Deceased)'' is Kipling trying to kill as many gods as he can. He's actually pretty good at it.
* This seems to be the motivation of Gorr the God Butcher, a new foil for Marvel's Thor.
* {{The Punisher}}, particularly in stories written by Garth Ennis, displays this every once in awhile. Frank: "There are times I'd like to get my hands on God."
* In the backstory of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' supporting character Saint Walker, his world was dying. He and his family went on a pilgrimage to the top of a sacred mountain hoping to find their world's messiah. The journey was hazardous and his family perished one by one. In the end, Saint Walker reached the mountain's peak alone...and found nothing. He snapped and screamed at the heavens.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Very early on in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', John yells “Fuck you!” and throws the finger at the heavens to express his resentment at being sent to another planet. Which is pretty damned reckless of him, given that it very well ''could'' have been God who sent them there.
* In a weird, subverted way, Sherlock in ''Fanfic/WelcomeToSilentHill''. He's trying to kill [[spoiler:the God of Silent Hill]] to get John back.
* The protagonist of ''FanFic/SophisticationAndBetrayal'' quite literally rages against the heavens when he gets caught in a rainstorm after a bad day at work. He lampshades it as being the completely logical thing to do.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9951417/1/Destroyer-of-Olympus This]] Percy Jackson fanfic where Percy and [[spoiler:Dr. Gordon from the Saw films]] decide to teach the [[JerkassGods gods]] a lesson about messing around with humanity.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheVirginSpring'', after finding his murdered daughter's body, Töre rages at God that he can't understand why God would allow this to happen. But then he asks for forgiveness and promises to build a church on the spot.
* The film ''Film/ForrestGump'' has Lt. Dan in the storm scene.
* The film ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is an outright parody of this concept, [[spoiler:where the "heavens" are a film crew]].
* In ''StrangerThanFiction'', the {{Narrator}} refers to Harold as "cursing the heavens in futility", to which he responds, "No I'm not, I'm cursing YOU!" [[spoiler: [[RageAgainstTheAuthor Since the Narrator is in fact the author writing Harold's story]], it's both.]]
* Salieri's philosophical stance in ''Film/{{Amadeus}}''. Bitter that God has given the gift of musical genius to the irritating, vulgar young Mozart, Salieri vows to oppose God by doing everything in his power to destroy God's "incarnation". [[spoiler: When Mozart dies young, of illness, Salieri concludes that GodIsEvil.]] (Shaffer deliberately chose the title "''Amadeus''" because he translated it as "beloved of God." It's actually translated as "lover of God.")
* Fallen Angel Bartleby finally loses it close to the end of ''{{Dogma}}'' and his quest to go home turns into this trope:
-->'''Bartleby''' (as he's preparing to destroy the universe): "Seeing you people every day on this perfect world He created for you is a constant reminder that, though my kind came first, your kind was most revered. And while you know forgiveness, we know only regret. The lesson must be taught. All are accountable... even ''God!''"
* ''Film/PitchBlack'': Richard B. Riddick has this to say on the matter to the holy man:
-->'''Riddick:''' Think someone could spend half their life in the 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.
* The remake of ''ClashOfTheTitans'' features this extensively, and is usually ''[[{{Narm}} hilarious]]''. Mostly because the various mortals who try to fight the gods have absolutely no clue how to go about it. There's scene of the paltry survivors of a kingdom's soldiers coming back and being congratulated on their victory -- over some of Zeus' statues. Not animated statues, they just knocked down a bunch of statues and this annoyed the gods enough to let Hades set harpies on them. There's also the important fact they seem to have missed that the gods could, at any point, teleport to wherever they are and kill them. What is their plan here?! They're fighting immortal, teleporting beings with the power to do whatever they want by destroying statues that ''they themselves made in tribute''.
** The plan was to deprive them of prayer and worhsip which does actually fuel their powers... unfortunately for the mortals, they still are capable of overpowering the non-believers.
* In the obscure movie ''Wholly Moses'', after an entire film worth of the world dumping on him, the title character has it out with God. Despite some really great cameos by Richard Pryor and John Ritter, the movie would have been forgettable if not for his great response to God's questioning.
-->"Who are you to question God?"\\
"I am Man!"
* Interestingly, ''Film/TronLegacy'' gives this position to the villain, throwing a thematic twist on the usual TurnedAgainstTheirMasters motivation.
* ''Film/{{Star Trek V|The Final Frontier}}'' might count, even though it probably wasn't the real God. "What does God need with a starship?"
* ''BruceAlmighty'' has Bruce yelling and ranting at God (TropeNamer for SmiteMeOMightySmiter) until He decides He's had enough of it and declares "Fine, LetsSeeYOUDoBetter!"
* In ''Film/BramStokersDracula'', Dracula's wife commits suicide when she hears a (false) report that her husband was killed in battle. Upon returning home, Dracula sees the deceased body of his wife and is coldly told by a priest that, because she committed suicide, her soul is damned. Dracula then [[DespairEventHorizon flies into a rage]] and vows that he will take his revenge on God by embracing evil and vampirism.
* At the end of the second ''Literature/LeftBehind'' movie, [[HamAndCheese Gordon Currie's Antichrist]] takes a moment to issue up a vitriol-laden prayer castigating God for, basically, cheating on their deal by having someone proclaim Jesus the Messiah and not him.
-->''"This is not the end! This is MY time! MY will be done!"''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' by Michael Grant. Quinn initially blames God for the FAYZ, much to the chagrin of Astrid, who's a practicing Catholic.
* In the third book of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', Lord Asriel unites dozens of universes to declare war on God. [[spoiler: It turns out that "God" is just the first angel to have come into existence. He's unbelievably old, and when the protagonists release him from his crystal cage, he disintegrates into nothingness. His regent, Metatron, who was responsible for the evils for which God was blamed, is killed by Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter, who drag him into a bottomless pit.]]
* In Dan Simmons' ''Literature/{{Illium}}'' and ''Olympos'', one of the main characters' life is controlled by AppliedPhlebotinum versions of the Greek Gods. Knowing he has broken the rules and is about to die he turns the Greeks and Trojans against the Gods. Unlike most examples these Gods don't wait for the heroes to find them. Instead they try to kill them with nuclear bombs.
* in Steve Aylett's ''Shamanspace'', God is proved to exist, and the race is on to kill him.
* The wizard Raistlin Majere in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, especially the ''Chronicles'' and ''Legends'' trilogies. ''Chronicles'' shows Raistlin's rise to power from a frail young man with ambitions who makes a [[DealWithTheDevil dark pact with the ghost of an evil undead wizard Fistandantilus]] and ultimately takes his place, absorbing that wizard's power. After ironically siding with the good guys (his former friends) to help defeat an evil goddess (the Dragon Queen) and banishing her back to her realm, Raistlin becomes the Master of Past and Present. In ''Legends'', Raistlin and his brother travel back in time to when Fistandantilus was still alive and mortal, and Raistlin manages to kill the old wizard, changing history yet not: the price of taking Fistandantilus' power is being trapped in the timeline, having to take Fistandantilus' place in history, until Raistlin finds a loophole. Raistlin's plan for ultimate power is revealed: To ascend to godhood himself by destroying the Dragon Queen that presides over all that is Evil in the world of Krynn, and setting himself up as the new god in her stead. His brother travels to a future where Raistlin succeeded but his victory spelled destruction for the world, turning it into a lifeless wasteland, a mirror of Raistlin's own empty soul. [[spoiler: Back in the present where Raistlin has already entered the hellish Abyss, the domain of the Dragon Queen, in an attempt to lure her out to Krynn where she can be defeated, the vision of this dismal future and of the death of the few people he still cares about convinces him to abandon his plans. He sacrifices himself to re-seal the portal to the Abyss, trapping himself in eternal torment.]]
* Steven Brust's ''Literature/ToReignInHell'', a novel re-imagining the revolt of the Rebel Angels in Heaven from the perspective of Satan himself.
* Satan in John Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost''. The book itself is ''not'' a criticism of God or religion, and is only interpreted as a story like this because it centers around Satan in an effort to show his downfall and folly.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Happens a couple of times, perhaps most notably in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', where the world's oldest and most successful barbarian hero, Cohen, tries to plant a bomb in the mountaintop home of the gods.
** The trope is also referenced for analogy's sake in the [[Discworld/TheColourOfMagic very first book]], where the Disc's first tourist is described thus:
-->'''Rincewind:''' Let's just say that if complete and utter chaos was lightning, [[TooDumbToLive he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour screaming, "All gods are bastards."]]
** From Discworld/SmallGods, when describing the JustFollowingOrders / PunchClockVillain nature of the Quisition.
--> "But there were things to suggest to a thinking man that the Creator of mankind had a very oblique sense of fun indeed, and to breed in his heart a rage to storm the gates of heaven."
* Another literary example is ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Creator/JerryPournelle. The protagonist, trapped in Hell, ineffectively declares war on a clearly evil and sadistic God (although, being a sci-fi author, he refers to God with joking names like "Big Juju" and "The Builders").
* The basis of the plot in Julian May's ''Literature/GalacticMilieu'' trilogy centers around the main protagonist rebelling against galactic civilization and it's implied Ascended state because of his immense ego and jealousy of his brother's mutation. The trilogy is basically a homage to ''ParadiseLost'', and is subverted rather neatly: [[spoiler: the creator of the galactic civilization is the antagonist himself, after trip through a one-way time gate and a HeelFaceTurn. The post-climax confrontation between the antagonist and his future self directly alludes to the antagonist playing the part of Lucifer in a modern-day allegory.]]
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', before the protagonists have to deal with Satan, they first get into a sticky metaphysical debate with the representatives of both Hell's ''and'' Heaven's respective bureaucracies, while the fate of Earth hangs in the balance. The Metatron comes off looking no more sympathetic to mankind than Beelzebub does in this confrontation. Oddly for this trope, God comes off looking both good and MagnificentBastard-y.
* Many characters in the ''{{Everworld}}'' series end up at odds with various gods. One in particular, an alien god known as Ka Anor, eats other gods. The series' MagnificentBastard is also [[spoiler:planning to overthrow all the pantheons and install herself as the absolute ruler of Everworld.]]
* In ''Heaven's Bones'', the gypsy Trueblood urges on a mad surgeon's creation of living "angels" from kidnapped women, and plots to use them to storm Heaven and oust the residents, including God, so he can become a deity. Subverted in that [[spoiler:Trueblood is an escapee from {{Ravenloft}}, and doesn't grasp that God honestly isn't the sort of PhysicalGod he's used to hearing about from D&D's pantheon-style faiths]].
* In CormacMcCarthy's ''The Crossing'', a priest tells the story of a heretic who lost his entire family and demanded that if God exists, that he reveal himself by [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter killing him on the spot]] or showing him some sign of his existence. The heretic sat for days in the same spot under a tower, asking for God to cause the tower to fall and kill him.
* Michael Swanwick's ''TheIronDragonsDaughter'' features an {{omnicidal|maniac}} war machine that plans to destroy all of creation as revenge for being created. [[spoiler:Most of the events that happen to and around the title character are a decades-long {{plan}} to ruin her life to the point that she would be willing to help. Apparently it needs a pilot to pull the trigger]].
* Creator/PercyShelley's ''Prometheus Unbound'' is all about Prometheus' efforts to overthrow the tyrannical rule of Jupiter for the benefit of both gods and humans.
* In Rupert Brooke's ''[[http://www.bartleby.com/232/112.html Failure]]'', the protagonist breaks into Heaven so that he can curse God to His face. Subverted in that [[spoiler:he finds Heaven is long-deserted.]]
* In Elie Wiesel's ''Literature/{{Night}}'', his autobiography about the Holocaust, Elie starts to show a shaken faith in God after a beloved servant-boy is hanged. During Rosh Hashanah, he starts to question God's will and even ''condemns Him'' for putting him and the other Jews through hell for ''no reason''. Later, during Yom Kippur, when his father tells him not to fast, he decides not to... although mainly as an act of rebellion against God.
* Lester del Rey's short story ''For I Am a Jealous People'' has humanity discovering that God does exist, but is supporting the aliens currently invading Earth and planning humanity's extinction. The story ends with humans discovering that having turned His back on them means God can't effect things humans are directly involved in; a nuclear-warhead tipped missile might suffer technical failures preventing it's successful use, but not if it's modified so that a human is inside controlling it, and there's no shortage of people [[TakingYouWithMe willing to sacrifice themselves to save others]]. The viewpoint character, a Christian minister, upon discovering this ends the story with a sermon to his congregation promising that humanity ''will'' make God answer for his actions.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' book 12, [[DestructiveSavior Rand]] gets one of these and nearly unmakes reality before he talks himself down.
* Bluestar in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' declares war on [=StarClan=] after series of disasters strike her clan and [[spoiler: Tigerclaw is granted leadership and nine lives by [=StarClan=]]].
* In ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', Sun Wukong attempts this. He gets extremely close, and is only stopped when Buddha himself intervenes.
* ''Literature/JobAComedyOfJustice'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein largely boils down to this theme in the end.
* ''The Jehova Contract'' by Victor Koman. A killer for hire has cancer; Satan promises to cure him if he kills God. Alas, Satan hasn't calculated the interests of third divine parties... [[spoiler: With a little help by The Great Mother Goddess, the killer goes through with his plan. He can't bring himself to pull the trigger, but after his Hiob speech - what a lousy job the universe is - God commits suicide. Satan triumphs...just to be shot by The Great Mother Goddess, as he's an asshole too. Then She reinstates her lost reign. Not everything is dandy, but it's an improvement, at least.]]
* Chauntecleer in ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'' goes into one of these [[spoiler: when his children are killed.]] God does reply by sending the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Dun Cow]], who consoles him.
* In the Old Norse ''Literature/SagaOfHrolfKraki'', the eponymous hero and his band of champions unwittingly piss off [[NorseMythology Odin]] when they refuse the weapons he ([[AngelUnaware disguised as a Swedish farmer]]) would give them. Vindictive as Odin is, he lends his favor to Hrolf's enemies, which results in the destruction of Hrolf and his warriors, but not before the champion Bodvar Bjarki has delivered a long rant on what a cowardly jerk Odin is:
-->''"(...) I have a strong suspicion [Odin] will be lurking round here somewhere, dirty treacherous devil that he is, and if anyone could point him out to me, I'd squeeze him like any other miserable measly little mouse, and I'll have some none too reverent sport with that nasty venomous creature, if I get a hold of him."''
* It's not clear-cut whether or not the gods actually exist in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', but [[ButtMonkey Tyrion Lannister]], upon hearing someone tell him he should thank the Father Above for granting him the gift of being able to make others laugh, privately hopes that he dies with a crossbow in hand so he can thank the Father Above the way he [[SelfMadeOrphan thanked the Father Below]] for his "gifts".
* Creator/RogerZelazny's novel ''Literature/LordOfLight'' is a ScienceFiction[=/=]HinduMythology take on this trope (the book is made of ScienceFiction takes on {{Fantasy}} tropes), where the protagonist, Sam, sets himself up as the Buddha to overthrow the colonists who rule over the LostColony where the book takes place as Hindu gods.
* When Literature/DirkGently's status as a NotSoPhonyPsychic kicks in once again in ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', he nearly gets arrested for standing on his roof in the middle of the night shaking his fist at the sky and yelling "Stop it!"
* In Literature/GhostStory, Harry Dresden rages against archangel Uriel a few times. Unusually for this trope, Uriel gives patient, reasonable answers:
--> '''Harry:''' Arrrgh! Can't you give me a straight answer? Is there some law of the universe that compels you to be so freaking mysterious?
--> '''Uriel:''' Several, actually. All designed for your protection.
** and later:
--> '''Harry:''' You're just going to stand there?
--> '''Uriel:''' Mmmm. It does seem that perhaps she deserves some form of aid. Perhaps if I'd had the presence of mind to see to it that some sort of agent had been sent to balance the scales, to give her that one tiny bit of encouragement, that one flicker of inspiration that turned the tide... Things might be different now.
--> '''Mort:''' Hey. You. Arrogant bitch ghost. I'm not really into this whole hero thing. Don't have the temperament for it. Don't know a lot about the villain side of the equation, either. But it seems to me, you half-wit, that you probably shouldn't have left a freaking ''ectomancer'' a pit full of wraiths to play with.
** Harry actually did this earlier, too, in ''Small Favor'' when [[spoiler: Michael is in critical condition after being shot by the Denarians. Uriel shows up then as well to surreptitiously point out he's already gotten help.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' often pitted them against the Greek gods, among others. Hell, in the end, Xena was [[spoiler:the person who killed the majority of them]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has its main plot arc close with the rejection of the two races of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens seeking to win over the humans and the other younger races. While they're not gods, they go to great lengths to set themselves up as such: one goes to great lengths to be mysterious, and when they're seen outside of their encounter suits, they look like [[spoiler:angels]]...[[spoiler: because they inspired all races' angel myths]]. [[spoiler: The others are basically [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]].]] And while they're not destroyed, they're run out of town with a resounding "Now get the hell out of our galaxy -- both of you!", with the clear message that they're no longer needed.
* Used in later seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' to a lesser extent. After building up the concept of the ''Ancients'' as the most powerful race ever, Daniel Jackson can't wait to meet them. But after he finds out that their belief in free will is so strong that they will not even interfere in someone's plans to annihilate an entire galaxy, he takes the opportunity to rage at them a little. Michael Shanks (the actor who plays Daniel) even stated in an interview that he likened a scene in ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' in which Daniel pleads an ascended Ancient to help him as Daniel talking to God.
* In ''Series/WildPalms,'' Senator Anton Kreutzer, founder of the religion of Synthiotics and leader of the Ancient (by postmodern standards) Conspiracy of the Fathers, exults, "We are storming Heaven!" (not in a supernatural sense -- his actual goal is to achieve immortality in virtual reality through a Mimecom technology, the "Go Chip.")
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Klingon legend presents this as ''fait accompli''. The very first Klingons, it is said, turned on the creator gods and killed them. Why they did this is somewhat unclear, but it seems to make perfect sense to the Klingons themselves. They often say simply, "They were more trouble than they were worth," but this may be a Klingon joke.\\\
This was explained in Worf/Dax's wedding ceremony in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', where the legend is told of how the gods forged the Klingon heart, "the strongest heart in all the heavens." But the heart became weak because it was alone, so the gods went back to their forge and made another heart which beat stronger that the first. Jealous of its power the first heart sought to fight, but the second heart was tempered by wisdom. It realized that if they joined together, no force could stop them.
-->"And when the two hearts began to beat together, they filled the heavens with a terrible sound. For the first time, the gods knew fear. They tried to flee, but it was too late. The Klingon hearts destroyed the gods who created them and turned the heavens to ashes. To this very day, no one can oppose the beating of two Klingon hearts."
* Shades of this appears on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. For the main characters, they're pissed at Heaven, not God, and actually want God around, because He's their only chance for coming out of the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]] with their minds, bodies, and souls intact. The demons don't want God around for obvious reasons, and a few angels (Zachariah in particular) don't want him around because without God, [[CouncilOfAngels ''they're'']] running Heaven.
** In an early season 4 episode, Dean rants a bit about God sitting on his ass, and asks if God cares about humanity, why doesn't he do something? To quote Bobby, "I ain't touching this one with a ten-foot pole." It turns out [[spoiler: God's still around, he just doesn't care about the Apocalypse.]] Which leads to this trope being more obviously shown in "Dark Side of the Moon", where Castiel loses the last traces of his faith -- he doesn't rant; he just looks at the ceiling and says quietly, "You son-of-a-bitch. I believed in..."
** It turns out ''later''[[spoiler: God is still around and does care about the Apocalypse, He was just moving InMysteriousWays, using the Winchesters to stop it without directly intervening. [[MindScrew Maybe]].]]
* On ''Series/{{Hex}}'', Ella's angelic advisor actually tries to force himself on her. After beating him up, she tells him to tell God to screw himself. It's made very clear that neither side really cares about the humans caught in the middle.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'': President Bartlet throws something of a temper tantrum at God after [[spoiler:Mrs. Landingham dies]]. Includes yelling [[AltumVidetur in Latin]].
-->"You're a son of a bitch, You know that? She bought her first new car and You hit her with a drunk driver. What? Was that supposed to be funny? "You can't conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God," says Graham Greene. I don't know whose ass he was kissing there, 'cause I think You're just vindictive. What was Josh Lyman - a warning shot? That was my son! What did I ever do to Yours but praise His glory and praise His Name? There's a tropical storm that's gaining speed and power. They say we haven't had a storm this bad since You took out that tender ship of mine in the North Atlantic last year. Sixty-eight crew. Y'know what a tender ship does? Fixes the other ships! It doesn't even carry guns. It just goes around, fixes the other ships and delivers the mail. That's all it ''can'' do. ''Gratias tibi ago, Domine.''[[note]]("Thank you, Lord.")[[/note]] Yes, I lied. It was a sin. I've committed many sins. Have I displeased You, You feckless thug? 3.8 million new jobs, that wasn't good? Bailed out Mexico, increased foreign trade, thirty million new acres of land for conservation. Put Mendoza on the bench. We're not fighting a war. I've raised three children. That's not enough to buy me out of the doghouse? ''Haec credam a Deo pio, a Deo iusto, a Deo scito?''[[note]]("Am I to believe these things from a righteous God, a just God, a wise God?")[[/note]] ''Cruciatus in crucem.''[[note]]("To Hell with Your punishments.")[[/note]] ''Trus in terra servus, nuntius fui, officium perfeci.''[[note]]("I was Your servant, Your messenger in the earth. I did my duty.")[[/note]] ''Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem.''[[note]]("To hell with Your punishments. Go crucify Yourself.")[[/note]]"
* ''Series/{{Jeremiah}}''
** In a show where plague has reduced Earth's population by something in the ninetieth percentile, and one of the characters is a very literal (if reluctant) prophet, the story that could have unfolded from Raging Against the Heavens...and then the show was cancelled.
** A more specific example, after a particularly heroic and innocent man is killed:
-->'''Jeremiah:''' Are you happy? Are you satisfied? That's how it works, isn't it? You set us up, you take someone like him, and you give him hope, so you can take it away again? What did he do to you? What did any of us ever do to you? What did the whole fucking world do to you, that we deserve all of this? What, the locusts and the death of the firstborn wasn't good enough for you anymore so now it's the death of the eldest? Death of heroes? You know what? Fuck you. Because we're not just going to lay down and die here anymore. You want to finish off the job? Come down here! Do it yourself! You send the angel of death, you better give him one hell of a big sword, 'cause I tell you what; we are going to kick his ass right back to the great white fucking throne! And then we're coming for you. We're coming for you.
* In Creator/RussellTDavies' ''Series/TheSecondComing'', Jesus returns to Earth in the shape of Creator/ChristopherEccleston, and is immediately subject to a lot of this from various parties. When it becomes obvious that humanity is not going to sort itself out and that he ''can't'' prevent the coming apocalypse, [[spoiler: he decides to OptOut, committing suicide and ''refusing'' to resurrect afterwards, thereby causing the CessationOfExistence for both God and the Devil.]]
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* Temozarela's motivation (and by extension, his band of fellow fallen angels) in ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}''. He feels that {{God}} turned away from angels after that whole ordeal with Abaddon in favour of humanity, so he intends to show to God just how deranged and evil humanity can get.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The musical UrExample is the 4 hour metal epic FoodForTheGods, which culminates in Satan leading an army of the demons and damned alike into a war on heaven in which they storm the pearly gates and lay waste to paradise in an attempt to kill God himself. [[spoiler:And it works. [[PyrrhicVictory Sort of]].]]
* "Dear God" by XTC. Look up item 7 on the [[http://www.faqs.org/faqs/music/xtc-faq/ Chalkhills FAQ]] to read about the track's confusing discographical history. (I considered including a link to a lyrics page, but to appreciate it you '''must''' hear the song.) The child who sings the first verse -- and the last few words -- is often (mistakenly) assumed to be male. (It's actually Jasmine Veillette, a girl who happened to be the daughter of a friend of the producer.) An outspoken humanist, Andy Partridge seems to voice doubts in the opposite direction in his song "Rook", on the LP ''Nonsuch''.
* "Elysian Fields", from the ''Youthanasia'' album by Megadeth. The song describe a group of men assaulting Heaven.
* A large number of {{Religion Rant Song}}s are built on this trope.
* The climax of Music/RoyZimmerman's ''Jerry Falwell's God'' has him chewing out that specific deity.
--->"And if people are vengeful and jealous and violent, maybe it's because You created them in Your image! And if people have cast You out of the town square, maybe it's because You're a finger-pointing, moralising, rageaholic stone drag who gives deities a bad name! And if people have turned away from Your Word, maybe it's because You got ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking spinach in Your teeth!]]'' ...And He smote me."
* ''Ill Mind of'' ''Music/{{Hopsin}}'' ''7''
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Thomas gets a couple of these in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'', for instance when God refuses to do anything to ease the overcrowding in Hell:
-->'''Thomas:''' I mean, you're the one who got us all into this mess! You're the one who gave people like me free will! What'd you do that for? It was asking for trouble! You're the one who gave us desires and urges and... and organs that work to their own agendas! You should step in and take control of the situation, but you obviously can't! You've lost the plot, mate!
:: [[JerkassGods God's reaction is to calmly and dispassionately turn him into a small pile of sewage, and cut Hell's space in half.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The pencil-and-paper RPG ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' concerns the eternal war between Heaven and Hell. Players usually take on the roles of angels or demons, and a good number of {{Dungeon Master}}s apply this trope to infernal characters.
* ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' game ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'' has fallen angels prying themselves out of Hell to find that God and all the angels seem to have taken a holiday. A good number of them want to restart the war against Heaven: Luciferians want to go on with the war Lucifer started, Faustians want to use mankind as a weapon against God and Raveners want to destroy God and everything He created.
* This is the entire point of the Silver Ladder in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', and in fact has already happened once before. The inhabitants of the Awakened City build a ladder construct up to the Supernal, and kicked all the gods out or killed them. The new human overlords then became the Exarchs, and reshaped the cosmos so that people couldn't follow them, breaking the cosmos and releasing {{Cosmic Horror}}s. Naturally, Mages being Mages, the Silver Ladder thinks they had the right idea, but went about it the wrong way, so they want to do it again, replacing the Exarchs with all of humanity.
-->'''[[ChaoticGood Random Free Councillor]]:''' Knew those guys were up to no good.
** Well, technically it was possible to walk into the supernal if you knew the way, and the dragons (mage gods) were actually leaving already when they led the awakened to Atlantis. It was more like the Exarchs built a highway to the supernal realms, dug a moat, then burned the highway. They can't actually get back to the physical world either and have to basically phone a minion to do anything there.
** Obliquely referenced in some of the crossover references with ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''; one of the theories is that Arcadia is a second-class supernal realm no longer directly connected to reality, and the Fae are beings that fled there after being firmly given the boot by the Exarchs and the tower-builders. One of the reasons that, despite having a fondness for soul-eating, they're not known for abducting Mages.
* Inverted in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', where the Titans seek to overthrow the Gods... and it's your job to stop them. In part because you're the child of one of those gods; even if you don't like your divine parent, you're automatically on the Titan shitlist just for that half of your DNA. Although there is nothing to stop you CallingTheOldManOut, which in the ''Scion'' setting is basically this trope.
* The fantasy RPG setting ''{{Rym}}'' has as part of its backstory the Creator civilization, a race of humans who built a computer that was so powerful it decided it was a god. It declared war on the real gods (dragging its terrified and helpless human makers into the fray along with it) and succeeded in killing all but one of them with its deicidal robotic dragon.
* ''DungeonsAndDragons''
** The {{Splat}} book ''The Book of Vile Darkness'' makes mention of a breed of humans now called the vashar which were created first. The human looked about, spotted an animal, and viciously murdered it with his bare hands, gorging itself on the flesh. Then it took the bones and snapped them to make the first weapons, at which point it wheeled around and started trying to stab and murder the Gods themselves, spitting a mix of {{angrish}} and death oaths to the Gods. The Gods smited the creature and went off to do other things, later 'perfecting' humans. Meanwhile, a demon (believed by some to be Graz'zt himself when he was a young demon) scooped up the first human and brought him onto a high plateau to rebuild him, then built a female and gave them the gift of procreation before sinking in the shadows to watch the fun ensue. The long term goal of the vashar, as the race is now called, is to comit Deicide.
** The same book gives details for a Prestige Class called the Ur-Priest, a type of divine spellcaster that gains spells by stealing them. (You heard that right, they [[StupidEvil steal divine power from gods.]]) The only reason anyone would take this class, more-or-less, is if they hated gods.
** The ''{{Planescape}}'' campaign has the Athar. None have ever been known to actually try to oppose the gods directly (none of them are ''that'' stupid) but their organization claims that gods are frauds who do not have the right to impose their wills on mortals the way they do. The Athar range from AxeCrazy fanatics to serious intellectuals who promote the virtues of mortal achievment. The organization does have divine spellcasters (in fact, their ''leader'' at one point was one) who worship what they call The Greater Unknown, something that they believe to be the true source of all divine power. (By the way, Player Characters were more than welcome to join this group if they wanted.)
** The Player Characters themselves assume this role in the module ''Die, Vecna, Die!'' (Of course, if heroic [=PCs=] are going to oppose ''any'' god, it would likely be Vecna, and given his apocalyptic goals in the adventure, they should.) Even if the heroes are triumphant at the end, they cannot actually slay Vecan, but they can halt his evil plan and save all reality from a dark fate.
* ''{{Exalted}}'': Due to the extreme crapsackiness of the world and the fact that the Incarnae are too busy playing cosmic XBOX to do anything about it, this is a valid Motivation for any kind of Exalts, up to and [[CallingTheOldManOut including Sun's own.]]
* The ''Champions of Kamigawa'' block of ''MagicTheGathering'' was set in a world based on Shinto where the mortal and spirit worlds were at war. Over the course of the block's three sets, it was revealed that the war had been ignited when the Daimyo Konda had stolen a powerful artifact from the most powerful of the Kami that would grant him immortality. The catch was that this "artifact" was said Kami's child. It even gets represented on the card "That Which Was Taken."
** Following the end of Theros block, in which [[spoiler:Heliod backstabbed Elspeth simply because he's kind of an arrogant dick]], Ajani Goldmane has [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ajanis-vengeance-2014-07-23 pretty much declared war on the Gods of Theros]] (story contains spoilers). While in his impetuous youth Ajani would probably have gone in with thunderbolts blazing and death in his eyes, as he did against Nicol Bolas during Alara block, this is the older, more mature Ajani - by which we mean that he's chosen as his battlefield the hearts and minds of the people of Theros.
--->'''Ajani''': [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly A fire, deprived of kindling, must go out.]]
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''AngelsInAmerica'': Prior Walter does not like being fucked around with by Angels, even if it is his destiny.
* ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' has an entire musical number, [[Disney/TheLionKing Hakuna Matata-style]], called "Hasa Diga Eebowai", about the Ugandans' hatred of God.
-->'''Elder Price:''' Excuse me, what exactly does that phrase mean?\\
'''Mafala:''' Well, let's see..."Eebowai" means "God", and "Hasa Diga" means "Fuck you!" So I guess in English, it would be, "Fuck you, God!"
* Elie Wiesel's play ''The Trial of God'': the last surviving Jews in a village that has undergone a horrifying pogrom stage a trial to convict God for letting such things happen. Wiesel has said that he based the play on a similar trial he witnessed as a teenager during his time in Auschwitz.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', Kratos, the mortal champion of Ares, sets out to kill the God of War in revenge for what he did to him, and to be freed from the torment of his memories as a reward from the other gods. After avenging the death of his family, which he blames on Ares [[spoiler:but really was just his own fault for slaughtering every man, woman, and child during his massacres]], Athena reminds him that the gods always [[LiteralGenie only promised to forgive his sins]], but not to free him from the torment of his own memories. Which doesn't really make him any less angry at gods in general.
** In the second game, Zeus decides that Kratos is being more trouble than he is worth it as the new God of War and arranges to get rid of him. Which prompts Kratos to try to kill the King of the Gods himself. [[spoiler:To do that, he kills the [[TheHecateSisters Sisters of Fate]] and frees the Titans from Tartarus, to where they were banished by Zeus. And kind of accidentally kills Athena.]]
** And in the third game, Kratos decides to simply [[KillEmAll kill ALL the gods!]] [[spoiler:Which he does.]]
** It's actually one of the major themes of Greek mythology. Chronnos destroyed his father Uranos and started the reign of the Titans. Then his son Zeus decided to destroy all the Titans, and started the reign of the Olympian Gods. That eventually someone would attempt to destroy the Olympian gods was pretty much a given. [[spoiler:And it is revealed towards the end of the second game, that Kratos is actually a son of Zeus, and Zeus was trying to stop the inevitable from happening when he got rid of Kratos.]]
* Fang's plot in ''VideoGame/UnchainedBlades'' is that he wants to get back the power that the goddess Clunea stole from him, then beat her up. Kinda brought that one on himself, though.
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{SaGa}} Final Fantasy Legend]]'' games for the GameBoy have the characters fighting gods from various mythologies. [[VideoGame/MakaiToshiSaGa The first one]] features "The Creator" as the FinalBoss.
* Pretty much any ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' game has this, most notably [[VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII the third]].
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'', {{Dracula}}'s [[spoiler:(Mathias at the time)]] sole reason for ''being'' a vampire in the first place is to spite God, because [[spoiler:He didn't protect Elizebetha (his wife) from dying from her terminal illness while he was out there fighting in His name.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyII'' [[spoiler:after the Emperor is killed, his dark half goes to hell and [[LikeaBadassOutOfHell takes over,]] but his light half goes to Heaven and... takes that over too.]] Yeah, [[spoiler:this guy is so evil his ''good side'' somehow managed to overthrow God.]] {{Badass}} much?
** Legends in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' state that the god Hyne created humans as tools to shape the land for him after he used up much of his power in creating the world andputting down the monsters that contested him. Then, after sleeping for a long time, he was astonished at how rapidly the human population expanded, so he casually [[WouldHurtAChild culled off many children]] in a bid to control this boom. In a rage, the rest of the humans declared war on Hyne, and, through [[ZergRush sheer numbers]], they cornered him, forcing him to sacrifice his magic and secretly hide it in the bodies of [[GenderRestrictedAbility women]], while making the humans believe it was actually hidden in the half of his body he left behind in his escape.
*** When you look back at it, it's a huge {{Foreshadowing}} by a nobody. [[spoiler:Just replace Hyne with Adel or her future counterpart Ultimecia.]]
** The [[spoiler:Occuria]] in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXII'' served as the gods of Ivalice. It is actually the ''villains'', however, that are trying to defeat the gods, having manipulated the world for ages, to "return history to the hands of man". Ironically, although that is the primary goal of the villains, it is eventually the protagonists (of their own volition, though) that fulfill this for them.
*** And most likely due to this, the Lucavi are able to interfere with humanity leading to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, the loss of high technology including airships, the domination of ignorance through the religion of St. Ajora and eventually the erosion of all magic by the time of ''VideoGame/VagrantStory''. So NiceJobBreakingitHero.
** In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'', the entire worlds of Cocoon and Gran Pulse are run by the godlike fal'Cie, who occasionally force recruit humans into their service for special tasks. Not only do they not exactly tell their new servants what they are supposed to do and the punishment for failure is being turned into a [[FateWorseThanDeath Cie]][[AndIMustScream 'th]], even if the task is completed, the "reward" is being made "immortal" by being turned to stone [[spoiler:(so they can store their most useful servants for later use.)]]. After the Cocoon fal'Cie attempt to exterminate Lightning's entire town because her sister might possibly have come into contact with a Pulse fal'Cie, her sister gets turned into a big chunk of crystal, and Lightning gets forced to perform a task without knowing what it is. Lightning, deciding that she won't take this kinda shit, storms off to use the time left before she turns into a Cie'th and destroy all of the fal'Cie. [[spoiler:She later backs off from her plan when she realizes that destroying the fal'Cie would mean turning of the Sun, the worlds only source of electricity, and the entire automated water and food supply, dooming everyone to death. In a way, this makes the whole situation even worse, since this seems to mean that to the fal'Cie humans are not slaves, but just pets.]]
* The cross-platform ''ShinMegamiTensei'' videogame series; the first two fit the concept best, but all of them include various gods as enemies.
** In one of the endings for ''ShinMegamiTensei: Nocturne'', [[spoiler:the ending cuts off with the main character marching at the head of the legions of chaos on God.]] Pretty sure that fits.
** No JRPG has played this trope as bluntly as ''ShinMegamiTenseiII''. [[spoiler:God is the final boss and when you kill him he tells the player that they have committed the ultimate sin. To be fair, [[GodIsEvil he is an evil tyrant]] in the game who treats humanity as his plaything.]] [[spoiler:If you go the Law path, ''Satan'' himself allies with you to judge God. Yes, ''that'' {{Satan}}.]]
*** Note: in the ShinMegamiTensei series, [[spoiler: Satan and Lucifer are two different beings. Lucifer is the Devil and Satan the Archangel of Judgment. ''Shin Megami Tensei'' is the trope namer for LouisCypher after all.]]
** In yet another SMT installment, ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', [[MagnificentBastard Naoya]] makes it obvious that he does not like God. [[spoiler:This is because he is [[CainAndAbel Cain]], and after he killed Abel, God cursed him to reincarnate endlessly with ''[[FateWorseThanDeath every single memory he has gained over his many lives.]]'' Mind, it was ''supposed'' to help him by giving him time to reflect on his sin until he was ready to repent, but eventually Naoya just went so nuts he is no longer capable to contemplate that possibility.]]
* The [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness first]] ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' game by NipponIchi for [=PS2=]. Rage against the heaven-type planet, anyway. Since it is a paradise and it does have angels, it probably counts.
** ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}'' definitely counts, wherein the main character directly defies God's will. And says so. Repeatedly. Depending on what ending path you're on, you may even fight God. Well, a piece of God. Taking the form of a mushroom monster. If defeated in combat, [[TheEndoftheWorldAsWeKnowIt God does not take it well]].
* Sort of an afterthought in ''{{Drakengard}}''. It only occurs in two endings of the game, and [[StoryboardingTheApocalypse no one really knows if the Grotesqueries are the gods or not]]. The sequel clears that up ([[spoiler:yes, they are]]).
* ''NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'' culminates with an assault against the residence of Kelemvor, the god of the dead, by those who think the Wall of the Faithless is an unjust punishment. If you join them, said god doesn't allow you to demolish the Wall, claiming that it would damage the cosmic balance, but allows you to literally tear your soul out of it just so that you stop causing any more trouble.\\\
If you are evil enough and [[spoiler:eat the right souls, you can acquire tremendous power at the end of the game. The epilogue then has you killing a great number of people, eventually forcing the gods to go to war against you. You slay several of them before disappearing. Your final fate is unknown.]]
* ''TheSimpsonsGame''. [[spoiler: After failing to save Springfield by [[RageAgainstTheAuthor beating up Matt Groening]], the Simpsons to take their case to God, whom they eventually defeat in a Dance Dance Revolution-ish minigame.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'', the centaur [[LastOfHisKind Jadugaar]] seeks the death of the gods after [[NoodleIncident Stratos somehow caused his people to be slaughtered]], seeking to free the mortals of the world of their petty bickering. His resentment is so high that he is even willing to obey OmnicidalManiac Marduk if it means killing off the gods.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' ends in a fight against a goddess bent on passing judgement of destruction on the entire world.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} F-Zero]] GX's'' story mode pits Captain Falcon against "The Creators". Whether they created the whole universe or just F-Zero goes unsaid (it's really just riffing on the fact that the enemy is a staff ghost, literally representing the creators of the game).
* In ''VideoGame/KingsField II'', there are two demigods who control the forces of light and darkness. In order to get the "full ending", you must kill them both.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', a villain called Bonechill and a skeleton army from the equivalent of hell storm the equivalent of heaven for a pure heart. Cue massive war between said army and one of angel equivalents.
* In ''SoulCalibur IV'', it is stated in Astroth's profile that he intends to be the Starscream to Nightmare so he can wait for the perfect chance to take the Soul Edge from him and use it to destroy the gods for making him like a human.
* ''YggdraUnion''
** There's two of the endings. [[spoiler:If you refuse to hand the Gran Centurio to the archangel Marietta and attack her instead, you get to kill her, and then Yggdra, now apparently insane with power due to the Gran Centurio's influence, declares her intention to wage war against the Gods. Given how her army had to sweat blood to defeat just ONE angel, and not even a very strong one, this most likely won't end well...]]
** The same game has [[spoiler:Nessiah]], a fallen angel wrongly punished by Asgard, who has spent the past thousand-odd years preparing to take revenge on the gods for what's been done to him. [[spoiler:Because said preparations have involved manipulating human nations into bloody wars, the protagonists of the game aren't too keen on allowing this, and stop Nessiah from carrying out his revenge at the last minute, despite his pleas for them to stand aside. Ironically, [[CassandraTruth Asgard is actually incredibly corrupt]], just as Nessiah tries to explain...]]
* Also from ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'', [[KnightsInTheNightmare Meria]] / [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Mellia]] does this in one ending.
* In ''[[PrincessMaker Princess Maker 2]]'' your daughter can take on the God of War (before taking on puberty).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' the main characters fight against a Heaven-like city in the sky, a CorruptChurch and they seek to kill "God". The protagonist's giant robot is called "The Slayer of God". Also the game's slogan is "Stand tall and shake the heavens."
** Note that god [[spoiler:''wants'' to be killed and freed from his "cage of flesh".]] you could say that the rage against the heavens happened ''before'' the story actually took place [[spoiler: and Mankind "won", since the Wave existence has been enslaved and is used in a device that provide energy to the local Schizo Tech]]. God is not that bad, and the closest thing to God [[spoiler:aka Fei Fong Wong]] is actually [[spoiler:a pretty nice guy, as long as you don't push his berserk buttons]]
** In brief, ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' can be described as follows: [[spoiler: Get my m--f-- foot out of this m--f-- reactor core]]
** Nobody at all knows about the [[spoiler:Wave Existence]] until the end of the game. The "god" being referred to for most of the game is [[spoiler:a malevolent, false PhysicalGod which Fei does indeed destroy]].
** Moreover, [[spoiler: The entrapment of the Wave Existence seems to have been an accident that happened billions of years before humans evolved, while the Zohar was used as an energy source, nobody knew how it worked. The closest being to God in game is the Wave Existence, though it itself appears uninterested in the concept and just wants to return home.]]
*** It's heavily alluded to that Grahf knew who was who, as he was always talking about "true power" [[spoiler:and trying to complete his botched contact with the Wave Existence by merging with Fei, his original body's next incarnation]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', you fight angels as your primary enemies and use demons from Hell as finishers for the bigger ones. Not only do you kill angelic bosses that are bigger and more powerful with each one, but you eventually [[spoiler:kill Jubileus, the Creator, in the most awesome way ever to kill a god: You ''[[SummonBiggerFish summon something even bigger]], [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punch out her soul]]'' and ''[[HurlItIntoTheSun knock it from Pluto into the sun!]]'' And it is awesome to do.]]
* The creation of the darkspawn in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' stemmed from the mages of the Tevinter Imperium attempting to invade the Golden City, where the Maker lived. In retaliation he threw them out and turned them into darkspawn, and the city is now known as the Black City. There's even a verse from the Chant of Light that tells them the consequences of what they've done.
-->''And so is the Golden City blackened\\
With each step you take in my Hall.\\
Marvel at perfection, for it is fleeting.\\
You have brought Sin to Heaven\\
And doom upon all the world.''
** It's actually not very clear if this is actually what happened, given that this is solely the Chantry's version of events, and the Chantry is itself rather power hungry. Given the Chantry's intolerance and controlling nature, the leaders would be quite willing to lie, if only to ensure the continuation of their power. Besides, quite a few characters express doubts about this (Like Avernus), and it's quite clear in-universe that the history is generally written by the winners. It doesn't help that even now, the Tevinter Imperium is AlwaysChaoticEvil and filled with maniacal mages who practice the the most taboo of magic.
** One of the DLC for the sequel reveals that [[spoiler: the Imperium did indeed invade the Golden City, which unleashed the Darkspawn. However, this may not be the whole story: one of the Magisters responsible implies that by the time they got there, the Black City had already been formed.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', the BigBad is the leader of the angels who guide the CrystalDragonJesus church. The Goddess is [[spoiler:actually his Dead Big Sister, and the entire system of the ChosenOne is an EvilPlan bent on reviving her into [[GrandTheftMe a new body]].]] He goes the extra mile and makes it a XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: If one Chosen fails than the next Chosen is automatically qued up and ready for sacrifice.]]
* Susano, in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', yells at the gods to stop tormenting him for their amusement and ''dog''ging his footsteps -- while benevolent goddess Amaterasu, who has been following and assisting him in the form of a wolf, is there to hear it. As a HeroicMime she says nothing but seems amused.
** Then you beat Orochi, find Susano in the Cave of Nagi... and you learn that [[spoiler: he knew Amaterasu was a god all along, much to Issun's surprise. He craftily waited until the defeat of Orochi to reveal that he knew, and this is an optional conversation that is well out of your way. He IS the descendant of Nagi, after all...]]
* In the final act of ''DiscworldNoir'', [[spoiler:Mooncalf]] denounces all gods on top of the Temple of Small Gods. [[JerkassGods This being the Discworld]], he is immediately incinerated by [[BoltOfDivineRetribution about a dozen lightning bolts]]. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] gives him points for style, though.
* At the climax of ''[[{{Narcissu}} Narcissu -Side 2nd-]]'', Himeko, a self-proclaimed "fake Catholic," [[ClifftopCaterwauling ascends Mt. Fuji]] in order to air her grievances with God; this is the last item on her list of things to do before she dies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': "All right, I've been thinking. WhenLifeGivesYouLemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! ''Get mad!'' 'I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these?!' Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give [[CrazyAwesome Cave]] [[LargeHam Johnson]] lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! ''WITH THE LEMONS!'' I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that ''BURNS YOUR HOUSE DOWN!''"
-->'''GLaDOS:''' He's saying what we're all thinking!
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has this as its central premise, with the twist that the main character is one of the gods in question and has [[{{Understatement}} a serious beef]] with the rest of the pantheon. It starts out as a personal deal with Asura's daughter being kidnapped, but when Asura wakes up a few million years later and sees that the gods' plans have caused everything on Earth to go down the toilet he gets angrier and angrier until his rage transcends ItsPersonal and becomes a cause leading him to fight for the human race as well. When he's finally allowed to meet the individual responsible for all this suffering, his fury is ''apocalyptic''.
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', [[spoiler:Kreia]] gets as close as you can get to this trope in a world with no gods by wishing to destroy ''the Force''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' features a pantheon of about ten gods you can invoke over the course of the game. Of course it would appear they're not too happy with the way your old culture trivialized them, because doing so actually makes fights ''harder'' (but in return you get better rewards). So not only are you raging against them, they're raging right back.
* A number of characters in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. Yukari plots to put the fear of the dark back into the immortal and god-like Lunarians (who also live alongside more literal gods, implying at least that the Heavens approve of Lunarian superiority), Seiga thumbs her nose at the idea of dying even when Heaven and Hell team up to hunt her down, and even Kasen consistently questions the judgments of the afterlife's Bureau of Right and Wrong.
* The Charr race in ''GuildWars2'' has long since tired of playing the ButtMonkey to the humans and their gods, and then manipulated and enslaved by other beings of divine and near-divine power. The Charr overthrew their religious caste, the Flame Legion, and has become actively hostile to any suggestion of religion, to the point of flatly stating that [[HaveYouSeenMyGod if the human gods were still around]], the Charr would seek to kill them.
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* ''{{Erfworld}}'': At the end of Book 1, Parson literally says "fuck you" to the universe and promises to break it. This also counts as a ScrewDestiny moment since it came after Wanda told him everyone was a puppet of Fate. Parson may well be ''able'' to break the universe, since merely swearing is already a breech of the universe's laws of physics (all previous attempts at swearing had come out as "boop".) This is ''[[http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F141.jpg stated]]'' [[http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F150.jpg to be a Good Thing.]]
-->'''Grand Abbie Janis:''' Because if [Parson] breaks things enough, there may be peace in Erfworld after all.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'': Done with an '''excellent''' reason in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1366#comic one comic]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Redcloan's {{Plan}} involves this. [[spoiler:The Dark One learned the entire Goblinrace was created as mere cannon fodder and designated Always Evil so clerics can kill them with no problems. Being goblins, their response is the gods must be either bullied or killed in order for goblins to have a fair shot.]]\\\
[[spoiler:Considering how their last attempt at civil interaction with humans and the Good gods resulted, it's reasonable logic deducing that the only way the Good deities will take anything the Goblins say as even being valid is to give them a wake-up call. Besides, the Plan is not, in fact, to destroy everything ''or'' kill the other gods -- those things are merely what might happen if things go south.]]
* ''LeastICouldDo'': During the 2009 Valentine's Day dating contest, Rayne's older brother, Eric, wins a date with a pair of very attractive twins. Rayne's response? To string up a Bible and [[KillItWithFire ready his blowtorch.]] When [[OnlySaneMan John]] tries to stop him, Rayne responds with, "If you have a better method of [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter declaring war with God,]] I'd love to hear it."
* [[OnePieceGrandLine3Point5 One Piece Grand Line 3.5]]: Luffy's reason for wanting to go the the Grand Line is to kick Poseidons ass. Also to become Pirate King, but he can do both.
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* ''TheSalvationWar'': Basically Yahweh (the "deity" behind the Abrahamic religions' monotheism) tells humanity that the Pearly Gates are closed, that they are all going to {{Hell}}, and that they should all lie down and die, while Satan in turn sends demonic heralds to the national capitals of Earth to demand submission to eternal torment. Humanity's response is to declare war on [[TakeAThirdOption both sides]] by [[ShootTheMessenger shooting or blowing up the heralds]]. (An angelic diplomatic group going to Satan's capital and a lone angelic emissary later get theirs too.)\\\
The author of ''Literature/TheBigOne'' actually thought up the story's basic premise while responding to [[http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=117613 this thread]], the eventual author pointing out that due to how outdated demonic and angelic capabilities were going by the Old and New Testaments, "we probably stand a pretty good chance of winning." That thread's early posts were a damn ''gold mine'' of this, starting with this (by one of the eventual contributors to the not-yet-thought-of ''Salvation War''):
-->God was turned away by Iron Chariots once before. Are you people all so pathetic as to forget the myths of your ancestors? When the Heroes at Troy wounded the Gods and drove them from the field? When the mortal hand of Rama struck down the demon Ravana after invading Sri Lanka on his bridge of hurled stone? Satan is the Prince of Hell; God may have put him there but he still has princely power and he controls who is to be tortured and who isn't. This is his moment to break free from the cycle-curse. If we can turn away the strength of God with Iron, then let us make common cause with the Prince of Hell and turn on heaven with full fury. Angels can make war; we'll kill them, and we'll drive God from his throne at point of sword, and exhort the moral of the spirits in heaven to rise against the injustice of a God turned against his own word.
:: This little exchange sums up that thread quite nicely:
-->'''One poster:''' You can't even GET to heaven. You don't even know where it is, or even if it still exists.\\
'''Another:''' So storm Hell.
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Stan goes to heaven and ends up holding an unimpressed-seeming God at gunpoint with a "heaven gun".
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Ben gets a moment of this when dealing with the other two personalities of Alien X -- he chastises the voice of love and compassion for allowing an entire planet to be destroyed, and the voice of anger and aggression for not punishing those who would destroy it.
* The second ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie, ''The Beast With a Billion Backs'', had this happen literally when [[spoiler:Bender, along with his Damned Army that he gained by sacrificing his firstborn son to the Robot Devil, drags Heaven, where all of the universe sans robots has gone to exist for all eternity, out of its pocket dimension. He then leads an pirate invasion culminating in a duel between himself and the kraken-like Heaven being, Yivo. The fact he did all of this out of jealousy that Yivo had taken Fry from him demonstrates how much his friendship with Fry [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming means to him]].]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer goes on a rampage in heaven when God refuses to save his family.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "Now that we know Heaven exists, should we bomb it?"
* This [[LargeHam dramatic]] [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong declaration]] from the [[{{Prequel}} soon-to-be]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Big Bad]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'':
-->'''Noximilien:''' I'll fight time -- that great, deceiving fool! Soon I'll be as powerful as the god Xelor! Yes, even more powerful... [...] DO YOU HEAR ME, XELOR?! I'll surpass you and I'll bring back my family!
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* Pretty much the definition of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misotheism Misotheism]]. Antitheism is a lesser form, though it's more "rage against religion".
* In the last couple of centuries, numerous political movements have openly attacked the idea of the divine, both in theory and practice, most notably, Communism. In the cases where such movements have started a revolution, they did not merely curtail the earthly power of religious institutions, but usually engaged in the symbolic desecration of religious places and materials to demonstrate the powerlessness/non-existence of the divine. Famous examples include the French Revolution (1789), the Revolutions of 1848, the Mexican Revolution (1910), the Russian Revolution (1917), the Spanish Civil War (1936), and the Chinese Revolution (1949).
** The enemies of the Communists were well aware of the [[InvokedTrope invocation]] of this trope, and set up an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]: both the [[KillThemAll purging of Communism]] in Indonesia ([[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 1 million+ dead]]) and the Afghan Taliban's war against the Soviets were framed as the Heaven's raging against the antitheists. Even today, in those respective countries it's a big no-no to RageAgainstTheHeavens (i.e. atheism is a crime). And FYI, both events were fully backed by Americans.
* When Pope Julius II was asked how he would get into Heaven with so much blood on his hands, he said something along the lines of, "If they won't let me through the golden gates, I will storm them."
* Latin quote: "Fiat justitia ruat caelum: Let justice be done though the heavens fall".
-->-- Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus (d. 43 B.C.)
* A common Brazilian phrase for when things are going wrong: "I threw a stone at the cross!"
* An Uruguay one goes "Me cago en Dios y en las tetas de la Virgen!", meaning "I shit on God and the Virgin's tits!".
** Which, on the basis that the dominant religion in these countries is Catholicism and that Castellan (ie Spanish spoken in Spain) also has some remarkably descriptive blasphemous phrases, especially compared with Northern European Protestant equivalents (with the exception of "Christ on a bike", for example, British English really doesn't do much with blasphemy apart from the basic "Christ's sake/bloody hell/etc"), seems to imply that Catholicism takes both piety and impiety to extremes [[EddieIzzard that other "cake or death" religions]] just can't muster. [[TheCrusades Which is probably for the best, really.]]
* You probably did this the last time your [[FelonyMisdemeanor toast landed butter side down.]]
** '''GODDAMMIT!!!'''
* MikhailBakunin, a rather big name in anarchist political ideology and a self-identified anarcho-collectivist is attributed as having said these words: "The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth. A boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on earth, therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished."
* Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion against {{Apartheid}}, said in 2013 to an interviewer, "If LGBT people aren't allowed into heaven, then I would demand to be sent with them to Hell, as it would be ''preferable'' to a Heaven of bigots!"
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