'''Basic Trope''': A godlike EldritchAbomination is beaten by comparatively-lowly beings.
* '''Straight''': Bob, your typical somewhat-empowered hero, manages to defeat Cthulhu.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Bob, a weak {{Muggle}}, defeats Cthulhu by [[FingerpokeOfDoom poking it in the side]].
** Bob defeats ''[[TheOmnipotent God.]]''
** Bob ''kills'' '''Azathoth'''.
** In-Universe: Bob, a weak {{Muggle}}, defeats AuthorAvatar in a way [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou it kills the author beyond the fourth wall]].
* '''Downplayed''':
** Bob deals just enough damage to Cthulhu to send it back to R'lyeh... for now.
** Bob [[PyrrhicVictory expends all of his resources]] to ''[[CurbStompCushion barely]]'' win.
* '''Justified''':
** Bob was blessed by other divine beings with the power necessary to defeat Cthulhu.
** Alternately, [[HumanoidAbomination Bob was an]] EldritchAbomination [[TomatoInTheMirror himself.]]
** Bob claims that: [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer "Anything can be defeated if you hit it hard enough."]]
** Cthulhu is [[AwesomeButImpractical weaker]] than Bob.
** Bob is CrazyPrepared enough to exploit any weakness and shortcoming, and/or has Cthulhu's weakness.
** Because MugglesDoItBetter, Cthulhu is killed with ordinary but powerful human weapons.
** In this setting, the rule is "If it bleeds, you can kill it," and Cthulhu bleeds alright.
* '''Inverted''':
** [[CurbStompBattle Cthulhu defeats Bob.]]
** Bob is Cthulhu, and gets defeated by a lowly peon.
** Morality wise: Bob is evil and C'thulhu is good.
* '''Subverted''':
** Bob thinks he's defeated Cthulhu... nope, it's back, and stronger than before, too.
** Bob launches everything he has at Cthulhu [[WorfBarrage but doesn't make a dent]].
** BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu
** It turns out Bob is an even more powerful EldritchAbomination who can take {{human|oid abomination}} form.
** As it turns out, Cthulhu was never really as powerful as it seemed, and was actually extremely weak.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Bob defeats Cthulhu again, this time for good.
** Bob hits Cthulhu again ''harder'' and defeats him.
** Cthulhu ''looks'' unhurt, but then Bob [[CherryTapping taps him and he keels over.]]
* '''Parodied''':
** Bob's job is officially "Destroyer of God-Like Eldritch Abominations".
** Bob is an exterminator and takes out Cthulhu with a 'roach bomb.
** Bob ''literally'' punched out Cthulhu in a boxing match.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob faces a long sequence of forms of Cthulhu.
* '''Averted''': Cthulhu really is invulnerable so Bob never tries.
* '''Enforced''': "We should inspire our readers/viewers to do great things... how about the main character is able to defeat a god?"
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "Oh, are you some kind of super-badass that can even defeat gods?" [[PreAssKickingOneLiner "Allow me to demonstrate."]]
** [[BadassBoast "In strange aeons, even Death may die...but once he's dead, your destruction isn't so hard to wrap my head around!"]]
* '''Invoked''': Upon hearing that Cthulhu is unbeatable, Bob says "ScrewDestiny!" and makes it his mission to defeat it.
* '''Exploited''':
** Bob himself barely believes he just killed Cthulhu, but its [[EldritchAbomination pals are eager to avenge their master]]. Bob uses the fact he just killed Cthulhu against them, [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu by threatening that he will destroy them as well]]. [[AllAccordingToPlan It works flawlessly]]. Bonus points [[MagnificentBastard if Bob planned it all along]].
** Alternatively, Bob [[HopeBringer inspires courage with his heroic, yet impossible deed]] and his nearby allies rush at the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and either kill them all, or buy Bob [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere enough time to make his escape]].
* '''Defied''':
** Cthulhu makes it so Bob never gets the strength to defeat him.
** "Cthulhu? He's invincible! No way am I gonna try and face ''that'' thing!"
* '''Discussed''': "We're just ordinary human beings. Do you think we have a chance against Cthulhu?" "Don't know until we've tried!"
* '''Conversed''': "I'm so going to end up going against Cthulhu at the end of this game, aren't I?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Bob's victory over Cthulhu gives him a [[AGodAmI God complex]].
** Alternately, Bob [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu broke his arm punching out Cthulhu]].
** Cthulhu is the weakest among the EldritchAbomination pantheon. With him defeated, the whole group change their opinion about humanity from "insignificant" to "must eliminate threat".
** In a case, Bob is just a random man out of a group of superheroes. His unexpected victory elevates him into a FakeUltimateHero. The next time someone stronger arrives, he's just treated as a superhero by others and winds up losing.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** The world still turns out to be a much nicer place without Cthulhu haunting it all the time.
** [[LovecraftLite Bob just punches out every deity that appears after Cthulhu]].
** Cthulhu is the weakest among the EldritchAbomination pantheon. With him defeated, the whole group decide their safest option is to leave humanity alone.
** Bob realizes his defeat and decided to get strong enough to win again upon determination.
I can't believe, did you really do it? DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu
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