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

A character musters their courage to confront the supernatural being they believe responsible for their torment. No, it's not TheLegionsOfHell but the gods, or angels or even [[{{God}} the Big Guy Upstairs!]] This character has a beef with the PowersThatBe who are running the show, and the capacity to do something about it.

It could be that the CosmicPlaything has had enough and shouts WhosLaughingNow It could be someone who believes they can do a better job [[GodJob being God]]. It could be that [[JerkassGod God is a jerk]] or even [[GodOfEvil evil]]. It could be something as complicated as the higher planes of existence are revealed to be run like a mad, hopelessly bureaucratic corporation -- [[CelestialBureaucracy too concerned with rules and regulations]] to give a damn about the helpless mortals stuck in the middle. It could also be something as simple as {{revenge}} or, even simpler, [[BloodKnight a search for a good fight.]]

This trope is more controversial than merely challenging {{Satan}} or going ToHellAndBack. That makes it a prime target for authors who want to make their latest work DarkerAndEdgier. Many {{Media Watchdog}}s view it in a negative light which makes it even more suited for this purpose. It's a full inversion of [[GodIsGood conventional morality]] and in some cases proposing that GodIsEvil (the Gnostics' position). The only way to go further in this direction is to declare that SatanIsGood. It is also somewhat common in RationalFiction.

Wiki/TheOtherWiki calls this ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misotheism misotheism]]'' -- hatred of God or the Gods.

Often used alongside HeavenAbove, where a Rage Against The Heavens is visualized by having a character rant at the clouds as if God was hiding behind them. See also CrisisOfFaith, SmiteMeOhMightySmiter, NayTheist. 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.



[[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]]. It hasn't been made clear if a [[DevilButNoGod supreme deity higher than the God Hand]] exists, but if it does, Guts has requested that it leave him the hell alone.
* 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 [[AssimilationPlot Ragnarok]]. 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 ''Manga/{{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 ''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.
* Manga/SoulEater has Medusa claiming that it is in the nature of witches to kill gods, though this opinion is not shown to be held by other members of her [[WitchSpecies kind]] (who disapprove of [[PhysicalGod Lord]] [[EldritchAbomination Death]] purely because he hunts and kills witches, not for what he is). Considering Medusa's ultimate plan appeared to be [[spoiler: creating a man-made HumanoidAbomination (and ''succeeding'') in [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Crona]]]], Medusa was presumably using this trope as the (at the time) latest excuse [[ForScience for causing chaos]].
* One of the major villains in ''LightNovel/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]].
* ''Manga/{{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 [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Aizen attempting to make the Ouken (key to the Royal Realm) to storm the Royal Realm and over-throw the Soul King in order to "stand on the heavens and end the unbearable vacancy on the world's throne". In the following arc, the Quincy invasion of Soul Society culminates in the storming of the Royal Realm.
* At the end of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', everyone learns that [[spoiler:Makona is actually the God of both Cephiro ''and'' Earth and made the former after the latter turned out the way it is. Hikaru, taking the final test to become the Pillar of Cephiro, is not too thrilled over this revelation, even more so when she finds out that she's won and the loser, Eagle Vision, must die. She decides to forego all of that and drag Eagle back with her. This is solidified when Umi and Fuu help Hikaru escape and Hikaru's first decision is to abolish the Pillar system and grant ''everyone'' her power. Makona realizes things are probably better this way and opts to leave...]]
* The second half of ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'' reveals that the titular tower is [[spoiler: an ancient weapon built to wage war on the gods in heaven. After aquiring the Blue Crystal Rod at the end of the 1st half, Neeba takes control of the tower, activating the top portion, and uses it to do just that - firing great blasts on energy into the heavens, which the gods swiftly return. Of course he is an embodiment of [[GodOfEvil Druaga]] at this point...]]
* In ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'', it turns out [[BloodKnight Taurus]] [[SelfMadeMan Harbingir]] has quite a bit of this [[DarkAndTroubledPast from his days]] growing up as a StreetUrchin, due to God never answering the prayers of the poor and oppressed. As a result he doesn't really care about who wins the Holy War, as long as he can have a good fight. [[spoiler: This is what drives him to [[IFightForThestrongestSide ultimately side with Athena]], as her forces are usually fewer than her enemies', which means more rivals per capita. And little by little, [[AllLovingHero her ideals]] [[CharacterDevelopment kinda rub on him]]...]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''{{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 Franchise/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 ''ComicBook/{{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.]]
* Creator/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. Ditto DC's JusticeLeagueOfAmerica.
** ComicBook/FantasticFour: Reed Richards does this literally. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome He builds a portal into heaven and, after fighting through hordes of angels and hammering on the pearly gates,]] he politely asks God (represented by Creator/JackKirby) to bring Ben Grimm back to life.
* Partly inspiring ''ComicBook/{{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 ''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 Doctor Doom 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 is "What man has wrought, let no god put asunder."
* Desak the God Slayer, ChaoticNeutral TropeCodifier candidate from the old Thor 2001 storyline, predecessor to Gorr the God Butcher (See Below). once a faith staying mortal [[CrisisOfFaith till his patron deity showed his true colors]]. One magic amulet coupled with a GreyAndGreyMorality center later and you've got one seriously PO'd KillTheGod first, ask questions never cosmic agent of vengeance [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Whom All The Gods FEAR]].
* 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.
* Gorr the God Butcher, a villain from a 2014 storyline for ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', is a HollywoodAtheist who managed to take hold of All-Black the Necrosword, a god-killing super-weapon, and promptly went mad with power, devoting the rest of eternity to slaughtering gods across the universe due to having formed the belief that GodIsEvil. Ironically, this basically makes him a ''GodOfEvil'' in his own right.
* ComicBook/{{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. Subverted almost immediately afterwards, however, as an event that he took as a sign from the heavens led him to realize that ''he'' was the messiah, and he ended up living up to the title.
* According to the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, this is Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s StartOfDarkness. The reason the Old Gods are dead? Uxas got pissed at them constantly amusing themselves by fighting and causing massive collateral damage to the mortals like him who lived at their feet, so he ''killed them all'' and stole their power, becoming Darkseid.
* On occasion, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} will let rip at the creator after a particularly traumatic/humiliating experience. However, Deadpool being, well, Deadpool, his wrath is not so much aimed at any in-universe god as much as it is that story's writer.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', after the crew ends up in [[spoiler:what appears to be the afterlife]], Rodimus, desperate to get back on track, starts angrily demanding an audience with [[CrystalDragonJesus Primus]] and [[BullyingADragon hurling verbal abuse at the gods when they don’t respond]]. [[spoiler:Cue BoltOfDivineRetribution that transports him to a spiritual courtroom, with the gods all giving him the most terrifying [[DeathGlare Death Glares]] imaginable. Talk about BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.]]
-->”Yo! Primus! Rodimus here. Long time fan, first time caller. I’m extremely hacked off! I am! I’m raging! You brought me here against my will! I don’t care if you’re [[EldritchAbomination an omnipotent deity who’s older than time itself]], I want a face to face right now. Now, you’re either too cowardly to show up in person or you’re too arrogant! Which is it, pal?!

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Asuka was angry with God after her mother's death, and remained angry for ten years, but now the universe has reset itself and [[PeggySue she has another chance to make things right]] she decides that he is good after all.
* [[http://emlia.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Tripocalypse Tripocalypse]] is essentially the aftermath of this for the Left Behind series: "Turbo Jesus" is [[spoiler:locked in an airless prison cell]] in the prologue, which causes the world to make a lot less sense since there is no sovereign will to enforce the laws of physics. The first magic textbook is published by McGraw-Hill five years later.
* 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 ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', the four get so angry at the Pyar gods that even [[Music/GeorgeHarrison George]] thinks nasty things about them. Granted, in this case the Pyars are real and tangible (if enfeebled), so the four are just cautious enough not to say anything out loud—but they sure do complain a lot in their thoughts and via telepathy.
* ''Fanfic/WelcomeToSilentHill''. Sherlock is 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.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act IV'': In chapter 16, Rason is so pissed off at Heaven's AggressiveCategorism of all monsters, as well as their blatant refusal to act against Hokuto and Alucard because of [[LawfulStupid their laws]], that he actually calls out ''the Almighty'' himself over it, accusing him of being out of his mind. The Almighty is ultimately swayed by this, but does point out that he's not happy that Rason's "out of his mind" comment.
-->'''Rason:''' Almighty... are you out of your goddamned mind? How ''could'' you, Lord? How could you treat the innocent in such a way? It's not right at all! Luna helped save the world with us! Falla... ''[[AlternateSelf this]]'' Falla, anyway, has been an angel as well in her life. She's protected a human boy from the monsters at the academy, she helped save Luna today as well! How could you? How canyou just condemn them like this? Damn it, monsters are no different than humans! Hokuto is plotting to destroy everything! EVERYTHING! And here you try to kill the innocent who have only tried to stop this from happening. We're fighting to save life on Earth, both human and monster alike! And you treat us like ''we're'' the evil in the world?! I've had enough, Almighty. I've had enough with your damned rules and laws. [...] If this is how he wants to be with his world... with the innocent lives that exist down below... to treat those lives with prejudice and cruelty [[FantasticRacism just because they aren't human]]... and to allow ''real'' evil, ''real'' monsters to roam freely, I will have no part of it!!
* ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'': Shirou indulges in this:
-->'''Shirou''': I've decided that I shall slaughter the innocent. I shall murder all who stand in my way, sparing none, until [[TheDreaded my name is synonymous with fear itself]], thus cementing my status as an AntiHero. Then, once my reign of terror is finally ended, I shall wait patiently at the Throne of Heroes for however how long it takes until one of the infinite realities that exist that still performs the ritual of the Holy Grail War summons me forth. Then, I shall resume killing all around me until my bloodstained hands hold the Holy Grail itself. Once I have the all-powerful artifact, I shall use it to force the Root of the World, the wellspring of all creation, to assume a human male form in my presence. And then I'm going to [[GroinAttack kick it in the balls so hard]] that [[ShareTheMalePain all of reality will simultaneously feel it.]]
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': Cross curses the B.R.O.B. ( which stands for [[MeaningfulName Bastard Random Omnipotent Being]]) that sent him into One Piece for his horrible luck twice in Chapter 21, once after the machine-gun toting Miss Friday traps him in a wide-open area, and once after discovering that said vulture's last action before passing out disabled Soundbite's powers, which means the Straw Hats have no way of stopping the rebellion before Luffy beats Crocodile. The latter is much more blatant:
-->'''Cross''': You’re enjoying this, aren’t you? Let me repeat myself: if I live through this, I had better have some damn good form of compensation coming my way, BECAUSE YOU FUCKING OWE ME!
** Chapter 22 shows that B.R.O.B. heard him, and grants his wish.
* ''LetsPlay/KnudKnytlingPrinceOfDenmark'' does this in a hilariously passive-aggressive way.
-->'''Knud''': I send all my problems to church. Because I hate God. And myself.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler: Night Blade does this not long after Balance appears to him to give him his last chance at earning his Element.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams'': In Joseph's DarkestHour, he is all alone in the dungeon. When it's raining inside his cell and any food he'd hoped to have that night was eaten by rats, he climbs as close to the roof of his cell as he can just to ask God what he did to deserve this.
-->'''Joseph''': Oh, God, why are you doing this to me? Do you hear me?! Any kindness you take away. You're the one who gave me the dreams. You brought me the gift! Some gift! My dreams are lies. '''''WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?!'''''
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has this in the VillainSong "Hellfire".
-->'''Frollo''': It's not my fault!/If in God's plan/He made the Devil so much stronger than a man!

[[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:Except the "heavens" are a film crew]].
* In ''Film/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 ''Film/{{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 ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' features this extensively.
* 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/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' might count, even though it probably wasn't the real God. "What does God need with a starship?"
* ''Film/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/TheGrey'', Ottway (Liam Neeson), [[spoiler:who is now the only survivor left alive]], screams at the sky for God to do something to help him, shouting through tears:
* 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!"''
* In ''Film/{{Prisoners}}'', this is the motivation of the people who have been abducting and murdering children. [[spoiler:They blame God for their son dying of cancer, so by attacking other people's children, they drive their parents insane with anger and grief. This will lead to the parents going into HeWhoFightsMonsters territory trying to get their children back, which means they won't go to Heaven and be with God.]]
* In ''Film/TheSunsetLimited'', Black is a man of God who tries to dissuade White from suicide and is nearly driven to the DespairEventHorizon by White's final DespairSpeech and departure. Black lashes out at God for not giving him the wisdom to help White.
-->'''Black:''' I don't understand why you sent me down there! I don't understand! If you wanted me to help him, then how come you didn't give me the words? You gave them to him! What about me!?
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse''. Erik Lehnsherr does this after [[spoiler:his family is accidentally killed by the Polish police]]. Unfortunately, God answers in the form of Apocalypse.
* ''Film/TheRapture'': Sharon denounces God after she [[spoiler: kills her daughter]].
* A mild example in ''Film/LethalWeapon'' where Murtaugh (seeing the situation he is in with Riggs as a partner) says "God hates me", and Riggs responds "Hate Him back: it works for me".
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Lex Luthor's hatred of Superman is portrayed as him channeling his hatred of God towards a being that he sees as god-like.
* Early on in ''Film/LetItRide'', Jay Trotter, while in a bathroom stall, prays to God and asks for just one good day at the track, because he feels he's do. Later, during the first race, when the horse he's bet on is running behind, Trotter looks up at the sky and screams, "I thought we had a deal!"
* ''Film/{{The Brothers Karamazov|1969}}'': Seeing a bunch of idiot fundamentalists spit on the corpse of Elder Zosima leads Alyosha to stagger out of the monastery in hysterics. He shouts at the heavens, asking God why he didn't smite the people who disrespected a holy monk.

* ''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 ''Literature/{{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 ''Literature/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.
** Subverted in the case of Agnes Nutter. During her execution for being a witch, Agnes raises her head and appears to be badmouthing the Heavens over her fate. Fast forward to when the scene is revisited in the last third of the book with a different viewpoint character having an out of body experience. Turns out Agnes was actually calling HIM out as he floated above the stake she was tied to.
* Many characters in the ''Literature/{{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 ''TabletopGame/{{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 Creator/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 ''Literature/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.
* Creator/LesterDelRey'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 affect things humans are directly involved in; a nuclear-warhead tipped missile might suffer technical failures preventing its 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 [[Myth/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[=/=]Myth/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!"
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** Harry does this 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.]]
** 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.
** In the same book:
--> '''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.
* ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' contains a more metaphoric example. Izuzu is outraged that "the gods" (i.e. ''Elder Tales''' programmers) only gave the Landers 42 songs. She claims that she is going to beat up the god that made up such a rule.
* In ''Literature/{{Noob}}'', this is the case of the Order as a whole. Their native continent, Syrial, was frozen in time, {{Unperson}}ed and made inacessible by the rest of the world via being surrounded by a PerpetualStorm by their world's gods for the latter's own reasons. When the gods ended the freeze and they woke up to realize that the gods had broken their vow to not interfere with the free will of mortals, they were understandably angry. Since the Coalition has UndyingLoyalty towards the gods and the Empire tries to stay on the gods' good side because they need their magic to fuel most of their technology, the Order is hostile to both other factions.
* ''Literature/EgilsSaga'' (invoked): In his grief-poem about the drowning of his son Bodvar, Egil expresses his regret that he has no power to avenge himself on Aegir and Ran, the gods of the sea.
-->''If a sword could heal my hurt,\\
Aegir would brew no more beer. \\
I'd fling myself at that fierce \\
Wave-raiser and his mate, Ran.''
* In ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', the heroine's discovery of the truth about her parents' death results in her spending several minutes ranting at the sky, accusing her god of abandoning Its faithful and demanding an explanation. She is more than a little shocked when It actually gives her an answer.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** [[TheChosenWannabe Clip]] has taken it as his task to confront the lost god of the Bluerose Andii, the Black-Winged Lord for abandoning them and not answering their prayers. The full extent of his mission is never revealed, though it seems that he plans to fight him.
** Dassem Ultor broke with Patron deity, [[TheGrimReaper Hood]], after the latter did something to Dassem's daughter. So Dassem swore {{revenge}} on Hood and means to kill the God of Death no matter what or how long it will take.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', at one point the Red Knight, having had enough of religious preaching of people around him, rants, half at Sister Amicia and half at God, that the latter is a horrible creature and is unworthy of worship if He lets people go through as much crap as Red Knight did.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' often pitted them against the Greek gods, among others. 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.
* Frank Gallagher in ''Series/ShamelessUS'', (announcing to the rising sun) "That all you got? That's it? I'm still here, you fucker! Frank Gallagher! I'm alive! You see me? You see me standing here? (Chuckle) You lost, asshole! I'm alive, motherfucker! Me, Frank Gallagher! Alive. Alive."
* 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 angrily calls out God with all the fury and eloquence of a learned, devout man 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.]]
* In ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', when Robert realizes that he and his wife have no choice but to live with Robert's parents again (right after he had thought that they would finally have their own place), he looks forlornly upward and has this to say -
-->'''Robert:''' Was this your plan? Huh? You sat up there, and you [[TheChewToy put]] [[BasementDweller me]] [[TheUnfavorite through]] ''everything,'' and then let me end up like ''this?'' Well, let me tell you something, mister...''You'' are ''not funny!''\\
(''Debra and Ray look at each other'')\\
'''Debra:''' He ''does'' screw with him a lot.
* Series/{{Lucifer|2016}} doesn't do this as much as you'd expect, aside from the usual snide comments about God. However, after [[spoiler: the death of Father Frank, who he'd befriended against all odds]], he loses it, standing on his balcony and screaming at the heavens, telling Him that it's not fair, and that His design is unfair and pointless.
* A classic moment in ''Series/FawltyTowers'' has an overwrought Basil Fawlty screaming "Thank you, God! Thank you so BLOODY much!" during a fire drill gone wrong. He punctuates this by swinging his fists at the ceiling like a lunatic.
* In an episode of ''TheLastKingdom'', Guthrum is in a church in the captured town of Wareham and finds out Alfred has arrived with an army to besiege him, giving him no choice but to seek some kind of temporary peace until his reinforcements arrive. He then overturns the alter and looks upward, demanding that if God was real and had power to strike him down. When nothing happens he mutters ''I thought not" and stalks out.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', [[spoiler:after being tortured by him]] Hook threatens to kill Hades, the God of Death. When Hades says he can't die, Hook says he'll find what's worse than death and do it to him. [[spoiler:Eventually, while in the Underworld he manages to help his living friends above get the necessary information they need to destroy him, which they do.]]

* 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.

* The musical UrExample is the 4 hour metal epic ''Music/FoodForTheGods'' by Music/{{Fireaxe}}, 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" from ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'' by Music/{{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 Music/{{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''
* Music/{{Rush}}'s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ0vQ_r6ghU The Stars Look Down]]" has the protagonist asking God, "Why me?" and receiving no answer.
-->''What is the meaning of this?\\
And the stars look down\\
What are you trying to do?\\
And the stars look down\\
Was it something I said?\\
And the stars look down\\
Something you'd like me to do?\\
And the stars look down''

[[folder:Myth & Religion]]
* {{Defied}} in ''Literature/BookOfJob'' from ''Literature/TheBible''. {{Satan}} challenges {{God}} that if Job suffered a lot, he would curse God for his suffering. Job has lost his children, wealth and health in the hands of Satan ([[GoodRunningEvil albeit under the permission of God]] as a SecretTest and Satan is not allowed to kill Job). Job remains faithful no matter what happened to him and how many of his friends told him to curse God. He does, at one point, [[HeroicBSOD break down]] and [[DespairSpeech curse himself and the day when he was born]]. [[spoiler: The end result is God himself [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calling Job and his friends out]], Job repents and God restores the damages by giving Job new daughters, restoring his home and his livestocks.]]

* 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.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/AtlantisTheSecondAge'', cursing the gods is one of several ways to instantly get more Hero Points to greatly boost your normal abilities. You are taking destiny into your own hands, but doing so draws the anger of the gods in the long run.
* 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.
* Similarly, a good number of demons in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'', Fallen's ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' successor, are out to take down the [[DeusEstMachina God-Machine]], their former master.
* 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 ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** ''The Book of Vile Darkness'' {{splat}}book 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 ''TabletopGame/{{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 Vecna, but they can halt his evil plan and save all reality from a dark fate.
* ''TabletopGame/{{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.]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The ''Champions of Kamigawa'' block 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 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.]]

* ''Theatre/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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* 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.]]
** In the third game, Kratos decides to simply kill ALL the gods! [[spoiler:Which he does.]]
** It's 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 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.
* The ''''[[Franchise/SaGaRPG 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.
* ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' games have this all the time, 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 [[HellHasNewManagement 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 an dputting 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 truly 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 the ''villains'' 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.
** 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 tell their new servants what they are supposed to do and the punishment for failure is being turned into a [[FateWorseThanDeath Cie'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 third game in the series, ''LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'', ups the stakes significantly, with Lightning eventually [[spoiler:facing off with, and [[TrueCompanions (with the aid of her friends)]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wiping the floor with]] [[BigBad Bhunivelze]], the literal god of the setting.]]
** Final Fantasy XV has it's fair share of hate against the Gods. [[spoiler:Ardyn Izunia or rather Ardyn Lucis Caelum a healer in the past, followed the will of the Gods becoming a healer and taking the corruption of thousands into himself in order to cure them. After following the Gods' will he was ostracized for his corruption as a result of healing, and was denied ascension into the afterlife by the very Gods he served. Inadvertently gaining immortality Ardyn concocted a plan of revenge not against the Gods but their followers: the royal Caelum line. In the end Ardyn succeeds in killing off the Caelum for good.]]
* The cross-platform ''Franchise/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 ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', [[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 ''VideoGame/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 ''Shin Megami Tensei'' 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.]]
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' is entirely built around this trope with everyone (with the sole exception of Merkabah) in this massive conflict want a piece of him, including an alliance of polytheistic gods who are more than a little peeved at the Almighty hogging the divine spotlight for himself. [[spoiler:It ultimately culminates in a final battle against YHVH, and depending on the path, to either create a future where humans and demons can bury the hatchet and create a peaceful future, or to become the new creator in a world free of His influence.]]
* The [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness first]] ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' game by Creator/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 ''VideoGame/{{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]]).
* ''VideoGame/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.]]
* ''VideoGame/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.
* FireEmblem doesn't lack of this trope:
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' ends in a fight against a goddess bent on passing judgement of destruction on the entire world.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening's'' ''The Future Past'' DLC map, [[spoiler: if Libra is Noire's father, he approaches the Noire from FP's AlternateUniverse and tells her to praise Naga for this chance to meet. It turns out this Noire is [[BrokenBird deeply broken and embittered about the Gods]] and she replies [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF06TFF1piw with a heartbreaking speech about it]].]]
-->[[spoiler: Alternate!Noire]]: "It's always gods, gods, Gods with you! Why? The Gods don't care about you! You devoted your life to them, [[spoiler: and they let you die]]! Give thanks? I curse them every day! If they're so benevolent, why would they [[spoiler: let this world get so bad]]? And why would they [[spoiler: [[DisappearedDad take you away]] from us]]? You don't know what it was for [[spoiler: [[TroubledAbuser Mo]][[AbusiveParents ther]] and I]] having to fend for ourselves! And you have no idea what it was like for me when [[spoiler: your precious gods [[MissingMom took her away]]]] too!"
* ''[[VideoGame/FZero 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 [[SatanicArchetype Bonechill]] and a skeleton army from the equivalent of hell storm the equivalent of heaven for a [[PlotCoupon Pure Heart]]. Cue [[HellInvadesHeaven massive war between said army and one of angel equivalents]].
* In ''VideoGame/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.
* ''VideoGame/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'', [[VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare Meria]] / [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Mellia]] does this in one ending.
* In ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker2'' 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.]]
** The main villain from VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition is pretty much the walking embodiment of this trope; As one of THE original magisters who entered the Black City (In fact the same one from the previous Dragon Age II DLC) he not only lost his faith in the Maker and the Tevinter Old Gods, but resolves to ''become'' the Maker, by essentially blasting a massive hole in the barrier between the spirit world and the living world. Almost literally every line of his dialogue is some form of [[LargeHam dramatically declaring his intention to usurp the Maker and remake the world in his image.]] [[spoiler: Even his final words, while seemingly a final desperate plea, still hold a heavy dose of raging.]]
--> '''Corypheus''':[[spoiler: ''Dumat!'' Ancient Ones! I beseech you! If you exist - ''if you ever truly existed'' - '''''aid me now!''''' (They don't)]]
* 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'':
** Susano 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 ''VideoGame/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.
* At the climax of ''VisualNovel/{{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 ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'', [[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 some of them 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 ''VideoGame/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.
* In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', if you take Pallegina ThePaladin with you to Teir Evron when you commune with the gods, she will wait until you are done with your negotiations, then ask for a minute alone with Hylea and proceeds to call her out on her treatment of the [[TouchedByVorlons Godlike]] in general and of her in particular. The goddess runs out of retorts long before Pallegina is done with her accusations.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Each party members's ultimate GuardianEntity is based on a mythological figure from various cultures who stole from the gods and was cast out of the heavens.
** The Phantom's ultimate Persona is [[spoiler:Satanael, the equivalent of [[{{Satan}} the Devil]] in {{UsefulNotes/Gnosticism}}, who in some traditions rebelled against his creator in a bid to seize the heavens, and in turn his own freedom.]]
** Ryuji's ultimate Persona is Seiten Taisei / Sun Wukong, the Monkey King from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', who stole the secrets to immortality from the gods after they slighted him.
** Ann's ultimate Persona is Hecate, the goddess of magic in Myth/ClassicalMythology who stole from Hera, queen of the Greek gods.
** Yusuke's ultimate is Susanoo, god of the seas and storms in Myth/JapaneseMythology who destroyed the possessions and killed the servants of Amaterasu, ruler of the heavens, and was cast out to wander the lands.
** Makoto's ultimate is Anath, a Sumerian goddess of war who stole back a bow meant for her from the son of a judge who questioned a woman's right to hold a weapon.
** Futuba's ultimate is Prometheus, a Titan in Myth/ClassicalMythology who stole the secret of fire from the gods and gave it to mankind, and was imprisoned in TheUnderworld as a result.
** Haru's ultimate is Astarte, the goddess of love and war in Myth/MesopotamianMythology who in one of her earliest myths stole from the god of mischief and knowledge, and was eventually cast into Hell in Christian myth.
* Living in the world of ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' means being caught in a ForeverWar between [[GodIsFlawed flawed]] (at best) and [[GodOfEvil psychopathic]] (at worst) gods to shape the future of worlds you are forever denied the chance to live in, so it's understandable that plenty of people turn their back on the whole system and try to bring down the whole pantheon. It's implied that this rarely works, but sometimes warriors who do this have been able to buy more time for the world that they came from to live on.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** From the backstory comes Pelinal Whitestrake, the [[LongDeadBadass legendary 1st Era hero]] of mankind/[[FantasticRacism racist]] [[TheBerserker berserker]]. Believed to have been a [[EternalHero Shezarrine]], [[GodInHumanForm physical incarnations]] of the spirit of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] Lorkhan (known to the Imperials as "[[IHaveManyNames Shezarr]]"), Pelinal came to [[FounderOfTheKingdom St. Alessia]] to serve as her [[PhysicalGod divine champion]] in the war against the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]]. Pelinal would fly into fits of UnstoppableRage (''mostly'' directed at the Ayleids) during which he [[BloodSplatteredWarrior would be stained with their blood]] and [[PaintTheTownRed left so much carnage in his wake]] that Kyne, one of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Divines]], would have to [[CueTheRain send in her rain]] to cleanse Ayleid forts and village before they could be used by Alessia's forces. It's implied that [[AxeCrazy violent madness]] comes form his inherently conflicting nature: Pelinal was an Aedric being (the "original spirits" who sacrificed portions of their divine power to create Mundus, the mortal world, later referred to as the Divines) but was also a Shezarrine, an incarnation of Lorkhan, who "tricked" the Aedra into their sacrifice and was "killed" by them as a result. This conflicting nature often had him Raging Against The Heavens, [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow ranting and raving]] at the Divines (especially [[TopGod Akatosh]]) who sent him to aid Alessia. When he went too far in one of his fits of rage and ''damaged the very lands themselves'', the Divines nearly ''left the world in disgust'' until they were appeased by Alessia's prayers and sacrifices.
** Umaril the Unfeathered, Pelinal's Ayleid ArchEnemy, was defeated but not killed by Pelinal during the Alessian Revolt. He [[ResurrectiveImmortality returns]] during ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Knights of the Nine'' expansion as the BigBad, seeking to destroy the Nine Divines as he blames them for his previous downfall.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{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'': Redcloak's {{Plan}} involves this. [[spoiler:The Dark One learned the entire goblin species was created as mere cannon fodder and designated Always Evil so clerics can kill them with no problems. As the Dark One became a god in the first place due to the leaders of other species assassinating him back when he was mortal, it's fairly reasonable logic that the only way the Good deities will take anything the Goblins say as valid is to give them a wake-up call.]]
* ''Webcomic/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."
* ''Webcomic/OnePieceGrandLine3Point5'': Luffy's reason for wanting to go the the Grand Line is to kick Poseidon's ass. Also to become Pirate King, but he can do both.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'':
** In the background a fundamental tenet of the Ssaelit faith is that the four Gefendur gods who made the world were cruel beings who afflicted humanity with death and a world filled with suffering for their own amusement, and that after being slain Ssael gathered an army of the unhappy dead, made war upon the gods, and cast them down to become God himself. A traditional phrase among the Ssaelit seems to be "Death is the gods' crime." As a bonus, this neatly solves the Problem of Evil that normally comes up when you have a single benevolent god. Why is there evil in a created world? Because Ssael didn't make the world, he took it from the callous old gods who did. Why is suffering allowed to exist? Because suffering is a fundamental property of the universe, and Ssael can't get rid of it without remaking the world entirely. Not a good idea when people still live in it.
** Sette, who is at least nominally Gefendur, has a moment in which she shouts at the gods for saddling her with an inconvenient conscience, complete with throwing a rock heavenward. It promptly bounces off a wall and hits her in the head.
* ''Webcomic/{{Fatebound}}'':
** The webcomic has this as a recurring and central plot, with Herot seeking to gain control of both reality and the gods themselves.
** In the story arc Epic of Hadral, the plot is heavily driven by some collection of gods seeking to kill Elyse. This prompts Hadral and Elyse to go on a quest to find a way to stop them.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/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.
* The Courier in ''Machinima/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas'' often does this, while bemoaning the many [[DiabolusExMachina improbably placed hazards he and his gang run into]].
--> '''The Courier:''' Trust me, these guys are bad news. We're going to want to stay away from them. And we just walked into a nest, because of course we did. Why would god only put one those thing there, when he can put a dozen more? Same logic applies to geckos, feral ghouls, and what ever other nasty shit that can try and kill us.
--> (Upon seeing the giant man eating geckos ''breath fire'') '''The Courier''' "Whoever's in charge of this mortal realm is displeased with humanity's recovery after 200 years of getting shat on."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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]].]]
** Bender gets another minor example in a ''Ghost in the Machines''.
--->'''Robot God:''' Bender, for your selfless act in saving Fry, I am pleased to welcome you to Robot Heaven.
--->'''Bender's ghost:''' Shut up, God!
--->'''Robot God:''' Beg pardon?
--->'''Bender's ghost:''' I wanna go back to Robot Earth. I mean regular Earth.
--->[Bender's ghost flies into Robot God's body.]
--->'''Robot God:''' Hey, what are you— [Bender's ghost's arms emerge from Robot God's sides and punch him.] Ow! Hey, stop that! I command you, you jerk! [Robot God sighs.] Just get out.
* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' has Ren doing this in "City Hicks" after his crops got rained on,[[note]]Why is he upset about that? A lot of food came from it.[[/note]] which results in him getting struck by lightning.
* 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!

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is the definition of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misotheism Misotheism]]. Antitheism is a lesser form, though it's more "rage against religion".
* Numerous political movements have openly attacked the idea of the divine, both in theory and practice, such as 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. Examples include the French Revolution (1789), the UsefulNotes/RevolutionsOf1848, the Mexican Revolution (1910), the aftermath of the Russian Civil War (1917-21), the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), and the aftermath of the Chinese Civil war (1946-50).
** 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. In those respective countries it's a big no-no to RageAgainstTheHeavens (i.e. atheism is a crime).
* 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.)
* There are common phrases for this sort of thing in various countries. There's a 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!". 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 [[Creator/EddieIzzard that other "cake or death" religions]] just can't muster. [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades It's probably for the best, really.]]
** French Canadian cursing is ''extremely'' church-centric; some of it combines the sacred with the profane, but a lot of it, when translated literally, comes across to English-speakers as just weird, along the lines of "Christ of the chalice of the tabernacle of the [communion] host of the sacrament".
* 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!"
* The elder Creator/AlexandreDumas remembered doing this as a ''toddler''; when his father's death was explained to him as God taking him away, he grabbed one of his father's guns and started climbing stairs with the intention of reaching heaven and "[killing] God, who killed Daddy."