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->'''Pit''': But you would never abuse your power, right?\\
'''Palutena''': Of course I would! That's part of the goddess job description.
-->-- ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''

These gods aren't [[TheGodsMustBeLazy lazy]], but you really wish they were.

Perhaps they view all of life as a cosmic game, with humans as mere [[CosmicPlaything pawns and tools]]. Perhaps they're hungry for worship, either [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly out of necessity]] or just out of a huge ego, and are willing to resort to manipulation and worse to get it. Maybe they're just keen on DisproportionateRetribution (a ''very'' common trait in religions throughout history). Maybe it's the age old adage "[[AGodAmI power corrupts]]", or maybe they're just {{troll}}s, but whatever the case, the gods are just ''jerks''. They view human life as a source of entertainment, or an inconvenience.

This trope is OlderThanDirt. The UrExample might be Inanna, Sumerian goddess of getting laid and ultraviolence. As might be expected from someone of that description, she took exception to being spurned by the hero [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] and summoned a heavenly bull to go on a rampage through his city, and if her father denied her that bull, she would have caused a ZombieApocalypse. It did not help that as he turned her down, he [[{{Yandere}} listed all her exes and how she arranged their terrible deaths]].

Compare and contrast AbusivePrecursors, and for cases where {{Jerkass}} doesn't really cover it, GodOfEvil, and GodIsEvil; or, for a milder version, consider GodIsFlawed. Often worshiped by the CorruptChurch and/or the ReligionOfEvil. Related to GodAndSatanAreBothJerks. Anyone playing ReligiousRussianRoulette with a Jerkass God probably won't like how it ends. In video games, where ''you'' are the god, see CruelPlayerCharacterGod. For the inversion, see GodIsGood.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga ]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess:''
** Kami-sama frequently doles out unnecessarily harsh punishments and will wipe out an entire planet to preserve the integrity of the Yggdrasil with little hesitation.
** Taken UpToEleven in Chapter 285. [[spoiler:Apparently Kami-sama and the heavenly elite don't like half-breeds between gods and mortals, so when Belldandy made her contract with Keiichi, his libido was sealed, which is why he never made a move on Bell in three years ([[ComicBookTime 24 years to the readers]]).]] To some, [[spoiler:''Belldandy herself'']] fell into this trope, since she never told him all this time [[spoiler:and liked being pampered without any sexual pressure]]. Some on [[Website/FourChan /a/]] may never forgive her.
** This may be due to Kami-sama's former relationship with Hild which soured after she gave birth to Urd and being separated by the Judgment Gate.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' introduces Beerus, the God of Destruction. While it's noted in-universe that [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying planets]] is [[PunchClockVillain his job]] and is necessary to maintain universal balance, he chooses what planets he will destroy at his leisure and is prone to doing so for [[DisproportionateRetribution ridiculous reasons]], such as losing at a video game, being denied food, or simply because a random bystander offended him. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the Old Kai outright describes Beerus' actions as pointless and petty.
** The Future Trunks Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has an example with Zamasu, an apprentice [[TopGod Supreme Kai]] from [[AlternateUniverse Universe 10.]] He's firmly convinced that ''all'' mortals are stupid, brutal beings who never learn from their mistakes, to the extent that he [[FinalSolution suggests just wiping them all out]], and outright tells his master Gowasu that [[TheGodsMustBeLazy the Kais' decision to merely watch rather than directly interfere]] is a sin. In the BadFuture that Future Trunks hails from, Zamasu has completely [[spoiler:[[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jumped Off the Slippery Slope]] and is actively working with [[EvilTwin Goku Black]], a like-minded OmnicidalManiac and [[AlternateSelf another version of himself]] that [[GrandTheftMe stole Goku's body before killing his loved ones]], to wipe out the mortal races.]]
** And then, there's Zeno, the most powerful god who reigns over the others. He looks and acts like a cute child, but his backstory involves him wiping ''6'' universes in a fit of anger. The Universe Survival Arc is centering on him throwing a multiversal tournament to determine which universe would keep on existing. The ones which would have lost? They'll be erased. He's willing to do so ''even though he befriended a mortal from one of the contesting universes''. And to make matters worse, the only reason he gives for this planned genocide is that he thinks there are too many universes. Oh and it turns out that Zeno is actually going to erase ''all'' of the universes once the tournament is over with the only reason he didn't do so is because of Android 17's wish to restore all of the universes which convinces them that the mortals are worth living.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Ankhseram, the god of life and death, might be one of the greatest Jerkass Gods that anime has ever seen. He cursed Zeref, [[spoiler: who just wanted to bring his beloved younger brother back]], and Mavis, [[spoiler: who used an incomplete Law to save her friend]], with the Contradiction Curse, a curse that makes them kill everything around them just for valuing life. [[spoiler: When the two fell in love with each other, [[KissOfDeath Zeref's curse killed Mavis, just to make sure they would never be happy]] ]]. Mavis was greatly [[BreakTheCutie heartbroken]], but Zeref had it much worse, and after 400 years of enduring the curse, culminating in him [[spoiler:being denied a chance with the love of his life and the one person who ever made him happy]], finally [[ThenLetMeBeEvil snapped]] and decided to [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery wipe out]] [[OmnicidalManiac humanity]].
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' has The Truth, a mysterious godlike entity that exacts an "equal toll" on those who attempt human transmutation. While he is supposed to be a neutral party, he takes sadistic joy in his "fines". The fact that he acts smug and playful about it further this image. [[spoiler: In the finale he shows himself to be [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold somewhat benevolent]]. Roy (who was forced to perform human transmutation) only lost his ''sight'', instead of an actual organ or limb like everyone else and this made restoring what he lost much simpler as seen in the epilogue. While undeniably a {{Jerkass}} The Truth is not necessarily evil, but a TricksterMentor, as seen when he was absolutely ''elated'' to hear that Edward had learned the lesson that he was trying to teach everyone else: alchemy isn't everything]].
* The Beast Gods of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' really do only care about prolonging their existence by absorbing the souls of their priestesses.
* [[MeaningfulName Deus ex Machina]], the God of Time and Space in ''Manga/FutureDiary'', needed to pick a successor after he began dying. So how does he pick his successor? He chooses a bunch of random people from his city, gives them future-predicting diaries, and tells them that they all have to kill each other before the world ends, and the last one standing gets to be the new God of Time and Space. Why pick such a needlessly-violent method that really doesn't prove any sort of qualification of being a ''deity''? [[ItAmusedMe Because he can.]]
* The photorealistic, afro'd disembodied head that passes for God in ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'' wobbles on the line between this and GodIsEvil. He starts out merely not caring about Punpun, refusing to answer his questions and belittling him for even thinking of asking him, but [[FromBadToWorse as the series]] [[CerebusSyndrome goes on]], he begins steadily whittling down Punpun's self-confidence, [[spoiler:tells him that the only way to protect oneself from those who want to hurt you is to kill them, and overall savagely beating on the [[TraumaCongaLine already fragile situation]] that Punpun and his relatives [[WorldHalfEmpty (and the world as a whole, at that)]] are getting worked deeper and deeper into.]]
* ''LightNovel/IzureShinwaNoRagnarok'' has gods possessing human bodies to wage war with each other, which results in a lot of destruction to Eurasia. While they eventually make rules to limit their destruction, this is mainly done out of pragmatism and many of them are still callous towards human collateral damage.
* ''LightNovel/KumoDesuGaNaniKa:''
** Evil God "D" is [[ItsAllAboutMe completely self-centered]] and watches Kumoko's desperate attempts to survive for her own amusement. If Kumoko tries to ignore or thinks badly of her, "D" responds with threats of annihilation or "punishment" consisting of debilitating agony. Worst of all, she created [[spoiler:Kumoko by attaching a piece of her soul and some shoddily modified memories to a house spider]]. "D" expected [[spoiler:Kumoko]], who was essentially her ''child'', would die quickly and confuse the other gods so "D" could continue slacking off.
** This is apparently a common trend among gods. Their status makes them supremely arrogant and they view dominating the mortal races as only proper. It's hinted that the god-slaying Angels were brought into existence by the {{Lifestream}} of the many planets suffering due to their actions.
* Many of the various gods in ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' are assholes to everyone, including their own [[{{Mooks}} allies]] and worshippers. Except for two and Shirohime, who is Kurohime's love for humanity personified. When we next see the head god, she is [[spoiler:eating the sun,]] which, in this world, is made of LifeEnergy and [[OurSoulsAreDifferent spirits.]] The rest of the High Gods are also jerks [[spoiler:and {{Planet Eater}}s.]]
* In the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, pretty much all the gods were assholes, in accordance with their mythological portrayals. [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider's]] backstory illustrates this quite clearly; [[spoiler:she is actually Medusa, and she and her sisters were born out of the wishes of mankind for deities who ''weren't'' complete dicks. The Greek gods became jealous of them and conspired to turn their worshipers against them, which led to Medusa becoming a monster.]] [[DeathOfTheOldGods The gods aren't around anymore though]], which is probably for the best. Played with in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', which gets to showcase some of these divinities in action and shows that, while they can certainly be dicks, many of them run [[BlueAndOrangeMorality on a Divine mentality that doesn't quite mesh with human ideals]] [[spoiler:like what happens to Artoria Pendragon after she became the Goddess Rhongomyniad in the Sixth Singularity]], and they can be just as, well, ''human'' as anyone else given time [[spoiler:like what happens to Ishtar, Ereshkigal, and Quetzalcoatl in the Seventh Singularity]].
* An interesting inversion occurs in ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'' where Odin is the jerk and Loki is the good guy.
* Chapter nineteen of ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi'' is a flashback to three of the main characters, Ichigo, Shouta, and Morei, at age six writing wishes for Tanabata. Orihime-sama, the goddess who chooses whether or not to grant such wishes, is just about to grant Ichigo's wish that her bedwetting would stop until she sees Shouta's wish to get to meet Ichigo again. Bitter over being unable to ever see her ''own'' love, Orihime-sama nearly rejects Shouta's wish out of hand until she has another idea. She decides to grant Shouta's wish but, in exchange, she ''worsens'' Ichigo's wetting problems by making her wet herself anytime she interacts with the opposite gender. Orihime-sama's stated goal: To make it so that even if Ichigo and Shouta ''do'' reunite, which they do in high school, she will forever elude him. After that, Orihime-sama sees little Morei's wish, "Allways wanna bee wit Shoota", and gets so angry she makes Morei wet herself on the spot, wishing Shouta's loathing on her. After causing PottyFailure in one six year-old, cursing another with wetting problems so severe she needs diapers in the present day, and doing so only to guarantee future problems for a third, Orihime-sama decides to go home and play games, tired from actually working for once.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'''s God Eneru. Granted, their "God" (Kami) is merely the title of the ruler of Skypiea, but his [[ShockAndAwe Logia powers]] and seeming omniscience justifies his status.
* Zeus of ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' who overthrew the old jerkass god [[spoiler:and slept with his wife]], then proceeded to become increasingly tyrannical: ordering his angels to kill any beings on earth who don't acknowledge him, yearly purging angels for minor offences under the guise of honouring them, and eventually [[spoiler: ordering Pandora to unleash a [[SealedEvilInACan box of evil]] on earth, imprisoning the Saint Beasts when they try to stop him, [[RapeAsDrama raping]] Judas, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing]] Goh, Gai, Rey and Shin after they get free to [[FaceHeelTurn turn]] on their friends and banishing Judas and his own son (by aforementioned goddess), Luca, to hell, and sealing the other four in stone once they overcome the brainwashing. And then he retires out of annoyance.]]
* The gods in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', unsurprising considering they're based on the Greek Pantheon. Poseidon wanted to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans drown the world to fix it]] (well, it worked [[Literature/TheBible the first time]], didn't it?), Hades just plain wanted to kill everyone "[[MotiveDecay Just]] [[ForTheEvulz Because]]", ditto Abel/Lucifer and Apollo. The big exception is [[MessianicArchetype Athena]]. Lesser non-evil gods are Odin (whose avatar-priestess was corrupted by Poseidon's men) and Artemis, being more a LawfulNeutral type devoid of her peers' narcissistic megalomania. Poseidon also gets an honorable mention as being not so evil that, even though he was SealedEvilInACan, helped thwart Hades' plot.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': Most of the gods are universally pricks to humans and one another. Even the Merciful Goddess herself comes off as manipulative and self-centered.
* In ''Manga/WildWind'', the gods cause a piece of heaven to fall to earth because they are fighting, and then order that the poor, innocent, confused creatures who fell with it be killed because they are an involuntary danger to humanity.
* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'' has "Being X", as Tanya calls him; a rather off-put god who is tired of people not being faithful and praising him as often as he'd prefer. Thus, he decides to take the biggest, most staunch atheist he could find and put them through the wringer with the intent of making a believer out of them, reincarnating a JerkAss atheist {{Salaryman}} as a young girl forced to fight in an alternate version of World War I with a weapon that will kill her outright if she doesn't pray to him.

* God (and Lucifer) in ''{{Crimson}}'' are surprisingly moral individuals, the prior spending time doing good deeds and giving the latter a standing invitation to get his old job back. The archangels on the other hand are all over the slippery slope, with a few being downright sadists. Driven home when they put Alex on trial in a diner... after first killing the occupants ''painfully'' for their sins. (God resurrects and forgives the victims when the angels aren't looking.)
* Zeus in {{Creator/Marvel}}'s ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'' justifies this by claiming that gods ''need'' to be jerks so that humans have someone to blame when everything seems to be going wrong.
** Stretched to unsurprisingly baleful extremes with his wife Hera. Who, after ascending Olympus's throne, went so far as to attempt to erase reality through a washover of antimatter saving only those most faithful to her religion and selfish whims. Even then she was a cruel, abusive and self-obsessed paranoiac who treated her own flesh & blood kids like throw rugs whenever she'd throw a hissy fit.
* The Marvel version of Odin runs the whole gamut from merely grumpy but basically nice to outright misogynist dick depending on who is writing him. His jerkiness is usually to provide contrast with his Midgard-loving son Thor, as well as his other son, the outright villainous Loki.
* The DCU version of Zeus, on the other hand, is more or less identical to his mythological counterpart, which is to say an abusive rapist and total sociopath who, among other things, tried to rape WonderWoman. He can occasionally act in a moderately acceptable manner, but he always slides right back into his old ways in due time.
** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, Hera is as much of a bitch as ever, actively attempting to kill Zola because she slept with Zeus, as well as having killed numerous other women that did the same, not to mention pulling an AndIMustScream on several of the children that resulted from Zeus' dalliances. She turned Hyppolita into a clay statue when she found out that Zeus was WonderWoman's father and turned all of the Amazons into snakes for trying to protect her.
*** Hera mellows considerably as a mortal, especially when she's treated well, but slides immediately back into her old ways when she regains her powers. It's implied to be part of being a goddess, or at least of being Hera.
** The other New 52 Greek gods vary in their jerkassery, with most of them trending toward sympathetic over time. [[GodOfEvil The Firstborn]], Zeus's forgotten son, is a hideous exception.
* The ComicBook/NewGods in the New 52 have become {{Knight Templar}}s to the point where it's hard to tell if they're really an improvement over ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}.
** In Darkseid's New 52 origin, TheOldGods are depicted as constantly fighting amongst each other for sport, not caring who or what they trampled underfoot.
* Continually toyed with in ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'' and is fact a driving thematic question about the nature of star power and the toll of celebrity. Most of the gods are decent enough to mortals, as they all used to be mortal themselves, but as disaster after epic disaster piles up, the pantheon's individual ways of coping become increasingly unhealthy and problematic, not to mention dangerous to the rest of the world and each other. [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Woden is just genuinely an asshole though]].
** Ananke is perhaps a better example; as the gods' immortal caretaker and mysterious benefactor, she is the closest most of the pantheon have to parents, and sets herself up to the media as the only one capable of [[MurderIsTheBestSolution stopping a godly rampage]]. And given she's a manipulative liar who [[WouldHurtAChild wouldn't hesitate to sacrifice the the thirteen year old Minerva]], it can be safe to say that regardless of her still-opaque motives, she falls squarely into this territory.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'', God is an aloof and dickish meddler. As is Lucifer, who wants nothing more than to be his own creation.
** Part of this is caused by the filter we see things through. When God finally shows up he's more out of touch than anything else.
*** He is omnipotent and omniscient, so "out of touch" doesn't really describe his situation accurately - it's just that he created the entire universe simply as a backdrop for a philosophical experiment that only has three main characters in it, and a few important statists. Everything else is just background, and largely irrelevant to Him as individual beings.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Elaine Belloc, who becomes God and puts other people's lives and welfare above her own happiness and desires.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', God is a pathetic, needy, abusive, enraged creature. So are his angels.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'', God and Satan are twin omnipotent entities who are depicted as utterly amoral children.
* ''ComicBook/{{Valhalla}}'' is [[ShownTheirWork rather meticulous]] in keeping to the original Myth/NorseMythology (see below) and tries to throw in as many references to the old stories as possible, which makes several of the gods come across as this from time to time. Odin is a DirtyOldMan who hates to lose (especially at chess) and does really stupid things out of pride (and his brothers are even worse), Thor is impulsive and somewhat oafish and tends to overcompensate in his masculinity, Loki is a lazy, egotistical trickster, Tyr is prideful and slightly anal-retentive and Heimdall is a blustering SmallNameBigEgo. Ultimately, though, they're mostly shown as just "human-but-more": Flawed and very prideful, but ultimately trying to be decent.
* In ''ComicBook/OdyC'', a space opera retelling of ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', the Olympians mainly regard the mortals as toys for their amusement or tools in their intrigues against each other.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* For [[SelfInsertFic Self-Insert Fics]] in general, it's relatively common for the one responsible for the insertion to be an R.O.B. (Random Omnipotent Being) or, more appropriately for this trope, a B.R.O.B. ([[ItAmusedMe Bastard]] Random Omnipotent Being). A great example of this is in ''Fanfic/ThisBites'', where a B.R.O.B dumps the main character in One Piece.
* The Dalns gods in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Although the one time a god actually appears it's entirely benign, and they seem to be the only force that gets Baravadans to do anything useful, the Fans mention that the Dalns gods are responsible for trashing C'hou in the past.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonTheGreatAdventure'', the Legendary Council seems to be this toward Silver, with Dialga and Palkia hating him and the others basically treating him as a slave and threatening to genocide his people in case of rebellion. The issue is so bad Lugia states it's the main reason the man is DentedIron. On the flip side, said Lugia, Darkrai and some others feel sorry for him and try to aleviate his task.
* [[spoiler: Notch]] in [[http://kleinerkiller.deviantart.com/gallery/41037509 Yognapped]] [[spoiler: murders Herobrine and Rana, his siblings, with very little justification]]. To make it worse, nobody finds out for several eons, over which he's lovingly worshipped and [[spoiler: Herobrine and Rana are turned into urban legends or forgotten, respectively.]]
* The FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy: Din is a minor example. She's unmistakably on the side of good, but is largely condescending and disdainful of most mortals and isn't afraid to show it.
* Maledict and Allysion in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' fit this to a tee. One of them is {{Satan}}, the other is CrystalDragonJesus; both of them are cruel, manipulative, sadistic, genocidal maniacs with a [[FauxAffablyEvil thin veneer]] of [[WellIntentionedExtremist good intentions]].
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' portrays most gods fairly positively but some are jerks at best, monsters at worst.
** [[PosthumousCharacter Bor]] is not held in particularly high regard by anyone, not even his own family. Thor suggests that he might have murdered his father to become King of Asgard, which Frigga qualifies by adding that while he may not have been able to (Buri was the God of Time and as such, monstrously powerful), it wouldn't have been out of character for him to try, and Brun, the leader of the Disir, with the support of the narration, implies that he was a rapist and a HeManWomanHater. While he was an effective military leader and helped keep Asgard safe while expanding its borders, he's considered to be an anomaly (at best) and a throwback to an older, more savage time in Asgard's history.
** Hera is a straight up bitch, with her hatred of her husband's demigod children having, over the millennia, morphed into an irrational hatred of all demigods. It is noted that where she goes, demigods tend to die in mysterious circumstances. She makes a veiled threat against Harry's life in a ShameIfSomethingHappened sort of way, while also taking a jab at the fact that he hasn't (as yet) manifested obvious powers from his father. This earns her an outright death threat from Thor, who very bluntly tells her that he can see through what she's saying and that if she makes one wrong move, he'll incinerate her, and a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from the mysterious entity that has taken an interest in Harry.
** Zeus isn't exactly a pleasant individual either, as shown in ''Ghosts of the Past''.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Invoked and defied by [[spoiler:the GodEmperor of Mankind,]] [[FlatEarthAtheist of all people]]. He convinced [[spoiler:the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' gods to send a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Keeper of Secrets]] instead of a Lord of Change to deliberately make Shinji's life more difficult AND was responsible for the production of [[EldritchAbomination Mass Produced Evas]]... so that Shinji would learn firsthand how mortals suffer when the gods are douchebags and not treat mortals in a similarly asinine manner after his ascension.]] Shinji fully admits that it was a crucial lesson for him to learn... after he curses at and punches [[spoiler:the Emperor]] in the face.
* ''FanFic/BringMeToLife'': In chapter 24, Buffy outright declares that all gods and higher powers are "a bunch of selfish dirt-bags who don't care about anyone but themselves," using Glory and Jasmine as examples.

[[folder:Films- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'': King Neptune is presented as such, even more so than his counterpart in the actual ''[=SpongeBob=]'' series, being willing to dish out harsh punishments for incredibly petty reasons. For starters, he threatened to imprison the royal crown polisher for ''20 years'' for simply touching his crown, the job he was ''hired'' to do, and if his daughter Mindy's statements are correct, he can barely go a single day without trying to execute someone. That being said, at the end of the movie, he gets AnAesop on how important it is to have love and compassion when you're in a position of leadership.
* Xibalba from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', ends up nearly ruining the life of Manolo and indirectly destroying San Angel because he wants to get back in his wife's good graces. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the film. Learning to be a better person is what actually does the trick.]]
* The Moon King from ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'' possesses power over the Heavens and claims dominion over the "Hell" that is the Earth. While he claims that he simply wants Kubo to live him in the Heavens in an eternity without hate or heartache or death, he really wants to take his other eye (having stolen one of them when he was just a baby) to take away his humanity and make him "cold, and hard, and ''perfect''." He seems to see family less like people to treasure and more like objects in his collection, neither mourning or really caring that all three of his daughters are now dead.
** The Sisters are Kubo's two aunts, Sariatu's sisters and daughters of the Moon King. Both share their father's contempt of mankind and seek to take Kubo's eye on their father's orders. They both see Sariatu falling in love with Hanzo as HowTheMightyHaveFallen and have become embittered by it.

[[folder:Films- Live Action]]
* Downplayed in ''Film/OhGod''. While God (Creator/GeorgeBurns) is not particularly malicious, He also doesn't seem to care about the difficulties that His messiah Jerry (or his family) goes through in delivering His message.
-->'''Jerry:''' "I lost my job, you know."\\
'''God:''' "Lose a job, save a world. Not a bad deal."
* In the 2010 ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'', they're possibly even more dickish than in the myths. Except Apollo, who defended the humans.
* In ''Film/ErikTheViking'', [[spoiler: the Nordic gods (particularly Odin and Thor) are depicted as nothing but a group of apathetic kids that almost condemn the heroes into the pity of Hel for them arriving in Valhalla without being killed in battle.]]
* Calypso of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', goddess of the sea, fell in love with a mortal man, who was then offered the position of captain of the Flying Dutchman. The conditions of the captaincy are that you do the job for ten years, and if, after that time, your love is waiting for you when you get your one day on land for the decade, you can go free and someone takes your place; otherwise you've gotta keep doing the job until someone kills you. Calypso didn't wait and Davy Jones was stuck being the captain of the Flying Dutchman. She claimed that Davy shouldn't have expected anything else from her because she's the embodiment of the capricious and treacherous sea.
* Loki in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' hopes to [[DisproportionateRetribution exact revenge]] on his [[TheUnfavourite brother Thor]] by first taking over the throne of Asgard and then [[BigBad subjugating the entire population of Earth.]] Along the way, he causes a lot of chaos and manages to make pretty much everyone really angry on a [[ItsPersonal personal level.]]
* Bruce Nolan in ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' ''thinks'' God is like this, and his actions, despite how they're presented, back this up. After all, he was perfectly willing to let thousands of people suffer at Bruce's hands just to teach him a lesson. And he's not exactly nice to Evan in the sequel either.
** Bruce himself is one when he gets God's powers. His girlfriend Grace is basically the only person he actually tries to do something nice for (Excluding the prayer answering, which God made him do), in giving her "pleasure", and even that is debatable whether he was doing it for her benefit or his. Really, you don't want to make Bruce mad. You'll regret it.
* [[MeaningfulName John Milton's]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens flamboyant diatribe against God]] at the climax of ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. ("He's a ''tight-ass!'' He's a ''sadist!'' He is an ''absentee landlord!''")[[note]]That last bit might sound like ArsonMurderAndJaywalking, but [[SeriousBusiness absentee landlords are hated deeply in many parts of the world]], roughly on a par with [[IntimidatingRevenueService tax gatherers]]. And that goes double for anyone with Irish ancestry.[[/note]]
* The film Film/{{Immortals}} is a rare subversion of this featuring the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Gods.]] The gods do not interfere with humanity to let it develop on its own. They are so disgusted with Hyperion's actions that they want to kill him and his entire army. [[TopGod Zeus]] flip flops. He prevents the other gods from intervening until the Titans are freed in the name of free will and faith in humanity, but is force to indirectly interfere to raise a hero to lead humanity against Hyperion. Several times the gods are forced to interfere to save Zeus' [[TheChosenOne hero Theseus.]] He kills [[WarGod Ares, the God of War]] for his interference, but spares Athena. His stubborn refusal to interfere allows the Titans to obtain freedom and starting another which he could have easily prevented.
* Thor [[AdaptationalVillainy of all people]] in ''Film/{{Vikingdom}}'' is depicted as a bloodthirsty madman who is furious that humanity (well, the Norsemen at least) turned his back on the old gods and began gathering many artifacts that would merge the mortal realm, Hel and Valhlla, effectively destroying all that exists to punish humans. He is also a BadBoss too, when his mortal followers (who initially joined him in the belief they would restore the good old days) realize what he intends to do and protest, he says he doesn't care what happens to them and violently puts them in their place when they attempt to turn on him.
* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'': Freddy Krueger wields godlike power [[DreamWeaver in the dream world]], and can essentially do whatever he wants, essentially making him a dream god. Rather than do anything too substantial, he uses this power to mess with his victims and carry out petty murders purely ForTheEvulz.

* God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit go golfing. The Holy Spirit tees off with an OK shot that lands on the edge of the fairway and goes into the rough. Jesus does a great drive that lands square on the green. God takes a long time to set up, then hits a terrible drive that ricochets off a tree and goes towards the water. Just before it lands in the water, a fish leaps out of the water and swallows the ball, then a heron swoops out of the sky and picks the fish up in its mouth and flies off towards the rough. The heron squeezes the fish, which spits the ball out. The ball falls towards the water, only to be caught by a passing raven which veers back towards the course and lands in a sand trap. The raven leaves the ball in the sand, and a squirrel runs into the sandtrap, picks up the ball, carries it to the hole and drops it in. Whereupon Jesus turns to God and says "Are you going to play golf, or are you going to fuck around?"
* A Viking longship is caught in a storm and is about to sink. Suddenly, the clouds part, and a booming voice asks, "Vikings, my children, do you believe in me?" The Vikings reply, "We do, oh almighty Odin!!!" "Then put on your armor and jump overboard!" The Vikings all jump, then another opening in the clouds appear, and an even louder voice booms, "LOKI, WHAT THE F**K!?"

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', the god Aetherveon is not above using girls' bodies as a means of talking to humans. Without asking for consent beforehand. Ward is ''quite'' disgruntled about this use of his sister, and the pain the god inflicted on Oreg, who tried, but failed to protect Ciarra from this. As gods are gods, Ward's only means of showing his anger is to not pray to that specific god anymore.
* While not true of all the pantheons that appear in Robert E. Howard's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian pulp stories, Conan's pantheon itself seems to qualify. The only god ever named by Conan out of his own pantheon (though he is happy to take the names of other pantheons' gods in vain) is Crom. Conan explains it in detail in ''Queen of the Black Coast'': [-"He dwells on a great mountain. What use to call on him? Little he cares if men live or die. Better to be silent than to call his attention to you; he will send you dooms, not fortune! He is grim and loveless, but at birth he breathes power to strive and slay into a man's soul. What else shall men ask of the gods?" -]
* Most ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' gods, who have a habit of going to atheists' houses and throwing rocks into the windows, and consider lightning bolts to be the answer to any theological debate. They also play games with the lives of men, but first they have to get the board out, and look all over the place for the dice.
** Special mention goes to [[Discworld/TheLastHero Nuggan]], a small, unimportant bureaucratic god most notable for being [[Discworld/MonstrousRegiment Patron God of Borogravia]]. Even the other Gods [[EvenEvilHasStandards wince in horror]] upon hearing that his worshippers are forbidden from eating mushrooms, garlic and ''chocolate'', and generally think of him as a fussy, odious little oik.
*** By ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', Nuggan is effectively dead, but new Abominations keep being created out of his "echoes". Even his most sincere worshippers have to ignore some of them, since they include crop rotation, babies ("I take it people still make them here?") and the colour blue ("The ''sky'' is blue!" "Devout Nugganites try not to look at it these days.")
** In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', Om, who's had his conscience raised, points out to some of the other gods that a lot of people are going to get killed in the battle that's shaping up.
--->A Tsortean God of the Sun did not even bother to look round.\\
"That's what they're for," he said.
** It's revealed in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' that the home of the Gods (Cori Celesti) cannot be destroyed without destroying the Discworld, so they have nothing to fear while they remain relevant.
* The Wild Gods of the ''Broken Balance Series'' (and, by extension, the visual novels based off the Broken Balance universe) vary but are mostly this. Given that they embody human emotions that run the gamut and generally embody the extremeties of said emotions, they more or less are this by default, and more than live up to their names. Examples of dangerous and very active gods in the setting include:
** [[MrViceGuy Mallion]], the God of Greed, who is more of a {{Jerkass}} than anything but [[spoiler:whose descendants, [[AristocratsAreEvil Kallias Jeridar]], [[SocialClimber Reuben Jeridar]], and [[WellIntentionedExtremist Arken Jeridar]], are two villains and one WellIntentionedExtremist in the visual novel ''Serafina's Saga'' before all of them pull at least a partial HeelFaceTurn in the sequel]],
** [[TheHedonist Friva]], The God of Joy whose [[spoiler:current incarnation Picard]] acts as a major villain in The Ashes of Dearen saga [[spoiler: and the visual novel ''Serafina's Crown'']],
** [[{{Plaguemaster}} Rajiri]], the God of Fear who acts as the GreaterScopeVillain of the Sands of Hanubi, who didn't directly create the plan of the true BigBad but is more than willing to let it happen,
** [[UnstoppableRage Belazar]], the God of Wrath and the closest thing the series has to a DarkLord or {{Satan}}.
* Pagan gods in ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries''. Loki is willing to start interracial, genocidal war to win a bet with Badb, who, in turn, sends protagonist bad dreams and scares her with visions of her dead friends (not that Badb cares, she just want to win the bet). Cahan (werewolf goddess) shoehorns Dora into almost taking over entire werewolf clan and forces reluctant werewolves to bow to her. Anubis kidnaps and mummifies young women to "keep them with him" forever. List goes on.
* ''All'' of the Gods in ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' by Creator/MichaelMoorcock. ''Especially'' Arioch, the title character's patron, the Lord of Chaos.
* Creator/HPLovecraft:
** Amongst the EldritchAbomination gods created by Lovecraft, technically just Nyarlathotep counts. The others aren't the least bit concerned about humans, or maybe don't even know of our existence, being mostly mindless, chaotic abstractions. But Nyarlathotep seems to love to dick around with humans, typically demanding human sacrifices when summoned, even though he almost certainly doesn't need them for anything, and occasionally giving humans some extra chances to destroy ourselves, even though he could destroy us effortlessly if he really wanted. It seems that he doesn't care about outcomes -- he just likes to dick around.
*** This is a somewhat {{Flanderized}} description used by later writers. In Lovecraft's original works Nyarlathotep stands in the way of humans who seek forbidden knowledge more often than not, although he can be persuaded to be a little more lenient with human sacrifices. On the other hand, in his first appearance, before Lovecraft had figured out what to do with him, he was basically the embodiment of scientific progress, and drives humanity mad by overwhelming them with cosmic knowledge.
*** This is the approach used in the AffectionateParody webcomic ''Webcomic/TheCallOfWhatever'', and once humanity starts jerking Nyarlathotep around in turn (thanks to Occultech's helpline boosting cultist survival/success rates), he quits his job. [[FromBadToWorse This was more Jerkassish than you would think.]]
** The gods of Earth, or the Great Ones from Lovecraft's Dreamland-stories also qualify. They tend to be petty, selfish and short-tempered. Partially this is due to the way humanity threatens their very existence with their insatiable curiosity, but there's little excuse to how they steal Randolph Carter's magnificent city from him in ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'' just because they want it for themselves, and justify it as "divine wisdom".
* The entire [[Myth/GreekMythology Greek pantheon]], and most of the other creatures with god powers, in ''[[Literature/TheDarkHunters Dark Hunter]]'' series.
* Lord Khersis, the primary human god in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', once smote a confused little girl who was praying to him for guidance just because she was half-demon. And he's one of the nicer deities.
* Amusingly justified in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. The capricious, thoughtless attitudes of gods and demigods are at least partly due to the fact that, by human standards, they're all suffering from [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADD]].
** Well, the demigods are; the gods are just kind of made that way.
*** And yet some still manage to be sympathetic, via Freudian Excuse. (Hades, for example, has spent three millennia as the target of all the gods' Jerk-Assness and ostracism for ... drawing the unluckiest straw.) It's also somewhat noticeable that more than a few of them are less jerkish than they used to be, with Poseidon and Artemis in particular coming off as much less jerkish than they classically are (though not without the implication they can in fact be jerks if need be), with even Ares and Hera having moments showing themselves to be less jerkish than in classical mythology.
** The demigods, who are the protagonists of the series, also sometimes resent their parents for being Jerk Asses and ignoring them; the gods are eventually called out on it and forced to acknowledge all their children. (Whether this had any effect on how many affairs the gods have remains to be seen.)
** Zeus takes the cake, though. Zeus (and Poseidon, to be fair) pressure Hades into a pact that they will no longer have demigod children due to the destruction their kids caused in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII... and also 'cause there's a prophecy saying one of them will choose to either save or destroy the world upon turning sixteen. Once the pact is made, Zeus attempts to kill Hades' two remaining children who are under sixteen-- Hades protects them, but Zeus does succeed in killing their mother and presumably any other bystanders. Fast forward about sixty years: Zeus is the first to break the pact, and because he's the god of justice and king of the gods, ''gets none of the comeuppance.'' His daughter, Thalia, is punished instead: she is under constant monster attack and makes her final stand mere feet away from safety, holding the monsters off so her friends can escape. Zeus turns her into a pine tree as she dies. (Although she is accidentally resurrected later.) Hades, ironically, turns out to be the only one of the three to honor the pact-- all of his children seen in the series were born in the 1930s and either placed in a time warp or brought back from the dead.
** In the sequel series when someone asks why the gods even need the demigods, all the gods look like they just ate something terribly sour and bitter and rancid and Aphrodite answers "Don't you think we've been asking that ourselves for millennia?"
** It is telling that the companion book Percy Jackson's Greek Gods has a whole paragraph reminding the readers that the gods do not, in fact, give a damn about us. Sure we might be useful at times to get around the rules and stipulations they are supposed to live by (no going to each other's territory without being invited for example), but their attitudes range from "that kid who enjoys burning ants with a magnifying glass", through "the kid watching ants march by peacefully" (with us being the ants), up to "the class in general towards the class gerbil: kinda cute at the start, but gets old real quick, in more ways than one" (with us being the gerbil.)
** The Egyptian gods in Rick Riordan's next series ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' are petty backstabbers who squabble and fight with the main characters even though they are the only ones in a position to stop all of reality from descending into Chaos, which would destroy them too. But it is mostly due to lacking a strong king. Once the divine power struggle is over the gods quickly come together to fight Apophis from the nicest of them to the worst of them. Unfortunately, the magicians themselves are still heavily divided and Apophis has vast armies of demons to aid him.
** The Gods of the ''Literature/MagnusChaseandtheGodsofAsgard'' series are, similarly to the Egyptians above, less jerkish than the Olympians. However they can come off as 'Hush kids, the grownups are talking' at times, though it is somewhat entangled with YouCantFightFate and they, unlike Zeus, will thank and reward you much easier and quicker.
* Not only are the gods of the ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' jerkasses, but several of the swords have jerkass qualities themselves. I'm looking at you Coinspinner and Wayfinder.
* The demon Xanth in the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novels.
** All of the greater demons (of which Xanth is one) in general; they are involved in a complex game with more similarities to Nomic than the classic Chess, and people are only rarely used as pawns in certain rounds - most of the time, they're not considered at all. Xanth actually undergoes CharacterDevelopment and becomes less of a {{Jerkass}} over the course of the novels, eventually even falling in love.
* All of the "new" gods in ''Literature/AmericanGods'' are vicious, backbiting, and desperate for worship, and a few of the old gods (especially [[spoiler: Odin and Loki]]) are, too.
* Almost all the Greek gods in Anne Ursu's ''Literature/CronusChronicles'' (with the exception of [[spoiler: Persephone]]). The BigBad is a demigod who wants to enslave humanity, and most of the other gods either don't care or are actively trying to revenge themselves on the heroes for standing up to them. In the end the heroine [[spoiler: blackmails the gods into leaving humanity alone]].
* While [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus is way cool]] in Christopher Moore's ''Literature/{{Lamb}}'' his father's reaction to Joshua's pleading for humanity is "Screw 'em".
* The first chapter of Creator/GlenCook's ''Surrender to the Will of the Night'' has one survivor of a scouting party return to report to the god that sent the party out--although the survivor had been driven mad by his experiences. "His god rewarded him as gods do. It devoured him."
* A number of Creator/TomHolt's novels have jackass deities. In particular, {{God}} is portrayed in ''Literature/{{Grailblazers}}'' as being not so much evil as prone to MoralMyopia and DisproportionateRetribution, with two people being cursed to immortality for the incredibly minor sins of giving Jesus a pair of socks instead of frankincense or myrrh and failing to wash up for Him at the Last Supper. Other deities aren't treated a hell of a lot better; for example, the Greek pantheon in ''Literature/YeGods'' play "The Great Game", which seems to resemble Monopoly (with Earth as the board). At one point Demeter avoids paying tax assessments by flooding a major city. Wars, earthquakes, etc. are also just part of the Game.
* Most of the ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' gods seem to be this way, or at best they're a bit petty and tend to overreact. This isn't helped at all by the fact that they're pretty much stuck in that mindset with literally no way to change.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', much like the Greeks, the people of Glome think of their gods as petty brutes and try to do as little to attract their attention as possible. The Fox, a Stoic philosopher from Greece, dismisses these ideas as "lies of poets" and considers the Divine to be above such pettiness. [[spoiler:In the end, both views are wrong, in different ways]].
* The FantasyPantheon of ''Literature/{{Shadowmarch}}'' is heavily inspired by Myth/ClassicalMythology (to the point that the three head gods are clear expies of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) and as such the majority of them are portrayed this way. [[spoiler: Or rather, were- Kupilas, the Hephaestus-analogue, eventually got fed up with them and succeeded in tricking them all into hibernation- only a few demigods and [[MagnificentBastard Zosim the trickster]] are still active]].
* In the ''Literature/IronDruidChronicles'' the Norse gods are portrayed like this, especially Thor who is a supernatural JerkJock to everyone outside his pantheon. Odin is a bit of a mix. While he is suggested to have manipulated several other pantheons to make sure the Norse remained on top by being remembered, he never actually goes out of his way to be a jerk to Atticus, even allowing Atticus to live after aiding in the collective fucking over that the Thor Revenge Squad dealt to the Norse. When the Morrigan took Atticus to meet with him and Frig he was a little bit of a jerk, but otherwise totally cordial. To be fair, Odin is speaking to the man who invaded his home, robbed him, killed his advisers, killed one of the residents of his realm, humiliated him, left, and then cam back with a kill-squad, resulting in the deaths of a rather large number of members of his family, and the implied rape of Freya. Being a "little bit of a jerk" and nothing more must take GODLY levels of restraint. And once he and Atticus actually start working together, he's actually a pretty good guy. If you pay him, or your interests align with his, he may even help you. Note: he likes to be paid in girl scout cookies. So he's really just your average adult.
** The Roman gods colluded with Theophilus and the vampire nation to eradicate Druids, and when Bacchus finds out that Atticus is still alive he hightails it over to America to finish the job. The Greeks' involvement in the series has them largely doing their own thing, only opposing Atticus out of solidarity with the Romans.
** In contrast Jesus and the various versions of the Coyote are quite decent and care about humans (well, Coyote explicitly only cares about ''[[MoralMyopia his]]'' [[MoralMyopia humans]], but it's the thought that counts).
** The gods that Atticus himself follows, the Tuatha de Dannan, have their ups and downs. They range from actively evil (Aenghus Og) to merely petty (Brighid) to actually pretty nice (Mannan mac Lir among others). In Goibhniu's first appearance this trope is lampshaded though Goibhniu himself is actually a subversion.
--> '''Atticus:''' Gods can screw anything and anybody. For reference, see history.
** The Morrigan is a bit of a mixed bag. She's got a lot of the markings of a Jerkass God (temperamental, tendency to cause pain for various reasons, turned on by being feared) but is actually pretty nice and personable when she wants to be and is Atticus' oldest and most consistent ally.
** It is later revealed that the gods are pretty much stuck with the personalities that their worshippers attribute to them. The Morrigan becomes aware of this and actually wants to change for the better but cruelty and pain are so strongly associated with her worship that she is unable to see the world through any other metric. It is quite tragic and causes the Morrigan to [[spoiler: go out and get herself killed in battle.]] The few times she manages to get around the "chains of belief", she's actually pretty sweet.
** This makes one wonder why Thor is such a sadist since all the stories about him were him being a hero and protector of the common people severely lacking his jerkish qualities.
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' explains this trope thusly: in this universe, moral laws and destinies have supernatural weight, and breaking or bending them carries penalties. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Olympians]], however, have the power to change those moral laws, which mean they aren't bound by them. At all.
* The gods of the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' try to make an impression of being humanity's guardians, but in reality they spend most of their time using them in battle with each other. In this universe, if the kings of a country worship a god over others, that god is the most powerful over all other gods in that region. The exception is [[DontFearTheReaper The Black God]], who rules over the afterlife. He cares deeply about mortal souls, and when [[spoiler: Beka is forced to carry on despite wanting desperately to give the bodies a proper burial, he buries them for her and calls her his most faithful priestess]]. Of course, it might be because he already owns an entire realm and has no reason to be greedy.
* In Fiona Patton's ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]]'', a young Seer witnesses the Gods in a vision playing strategy with their human pawns. The brother of one of those pawns, he gradually realizes they will play until no one is left, and seeks a way to avoid that.
* In ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext 'The Woman Who Died a Lot]]'' once God is forced out of hiding He starts smiting towns. It is not entirely random, there is a plan to redirect the smiting by placing some axe-murderers and child-rapists and so on in a conveniently empty space near the town. Which would apparently work. The protagonists disapprove, they consider the plan unethical. God has some ValuesDissonance.
* All the gods in ''Divine Misfortune'' by A. Lee Martinez fall under this trope except for Gorgoz and [[OnlySaneMan Quetzalcoatl]]
* ''[[Literature/ZeusIsDead Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure]]'' has multiple instances, including:
** The gods sink Iceland in order to raise Atlantis just so they can return to the world with some style.
** Dionysus, purely for kicks, tosses a minotaur into the mix during the running of the bulls in Spain.
** Aphrodite collapses a supermodel's clifftop home in retribution for her trying to sue the goddess over a botched facelift.
%%* Juno frequently interferes with Lucifer's quest in ''Literature/TheVaginaAssOfLuciferNiggerbastard''.
* In the ''Literature/RepairmanJack'' series, the great unseen entity/force known as the Ally is only regarded as such because it's opposed to the Otherness, a similar entity/force that's inimical to life as we know it. Both of them regard Earth as an extremely minor token in their ongoing multiverse-spanning game for control of big-E-Everything, and the Ally sees nothing wrong with abandoning Earth to the Otherness if it happens to lose contact with the planet for a short time, [[spoiler: or with systematically killing off Jack's parents, siblings, and unborn baby just so he'll be free of distractions if he should be needed as the ''backup'' Chosen One.]]
* In ''Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms'', Jachad feels that the two deities his people worship are being unnecessarily unpleasant to Meiran, who was inadvertently given to both of them for blessing — they've been "warring" over her ever since, giving rise to a magical illness which strikes her down every dawn and dusk.
* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOftheFallen'' has Elder God Errastas, who has been laying low and limited himself to small, petty things like political manipulation, incest and homicide in ''Literature/MidnightTides'', but once he decides to up his game again, he's right back to mass slaughter and trying [[spoiler: to end the world and rule over the remains]]. He also feels that he has the sole right to govern over magic as Master of the Tiles -- hearing that he has been succeeded by a Master of the Deck immediately inspires him to new heights.
* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', the Shepherdess is less jerkass-y and more actively neglectful. Not only does she apparently not care about spirits nominally under her protection, she picks favourites and rains her blessings upon them even when it interferes with her actual job. And beware those who dare critique her approach! Unless they're her "stars" or can sweet-talk their way out, they're usually never heard from again.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Pick a god. Any god.
** The apparent BigGood of the setting is [[KillItWithFire R'hllor]], the Lord of Light. He's the guy that [[WellIntentionedExtremist Melisandre]] keeps telling [[BaitAndSwitchTyrant Stannis]] to sacrifice people to.
** The apparent GreaterScopeVillain of the setting is the [[EvilIsDeathlyCold Great Other]], the one who appears to be worshiped by the [[TheFairFolk Others]].
* ''Literature/TheCosmere'':
** The Shard Odium, the GreaterScopeVillain, is a lying, self-centered asshole who [[LackOfEmpathy doesn’t care at all about the damage he’s indirectly caused throughout the Cosmere]]. He wants to [[spoiler:kill the other Shards in order to make himself the supreme deity]]. Ironically, he’s supposed to be [[spoiler:the Shard of passion and emotion; he’s the only Shard that thinks and feels like mortals do, yet he’s also one of the only Shards who sees no problem with using and tormenting those same mortals.]]
** [[{{Literature/Mistborn}} The Lord-Ruler]] is a brutal GodEmperor who flits between imposing brutal laws [[CruelToBeKind for the ostensible greater good]] and being utterly apathetic towards his duties. He also [[spoiler:deliberately lets a rebellion start and flare out of control, purely to scare his followers and make them more dependent on him.]]
** Most of [[{{Literature/Warbreaker}} the Returned]] are lazy jerks, more concerned with wasting the day away then helping their subjects. Lightsong bitterly remarks that the way the Returned’s powers work (they can only perform ''one'' miracle, which instantly kills them) means that most of the good ones have already sacrificed themselves, while the bad ones cling to their godhood for as long as possible. The court is now mostly made up of selfish, scheming Returned who never perform miracles.
* ''Literature/TheCityAndTheDungeon'': The Eidolons have special gear that turns anyone, regardless of power, into a violet-level special class that mimics the Greek gods and monsters. They're all assholes (except Hermes), and if one of them dies they collect the gear and abandon the now-powerless normal person while they find someone else to elevate to godhood. Notably, the Eidolon Arachne is the one who went around buying all the clothing in the City for no apparent reason.
* The Greek pantheon in both ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' have their moments. The Gods, after all, support the genocide of an ''entire people'', the Trojans, simply because Athena and Juno lost a beauty contest that was judged by the Trojan Prince Paris. Neptune also hounds Odysseus across the ocean for 20 years because he blinded Neptune's son. It doesn't sound too bad until you realise that said son is a monstrous cyclops who ate Odysseus' friends and deserved what was coming to him.
* In ''Literature/TheAeneid'', the Roman equivalent to The Odyssey, the hero Aeneas is hounded by Juno. However, whereas Neptune was only seeking revenge for his son, Juno is simply obsessed with wiping out ALL Trojans, ''especially'' Aeneas, whose descendants will destroy Carthage, Juno's favourite city. Only, her actions cause '''more''' damage to Carthage and start ''another'' war in Italy. Juno simply doesn't care about any mortals, and the other Gods don't do much to stop her.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Cersei quotes her father as saying, "Gods have no mercy. That's why they're gods."
** Tyrion is of a similar, though more humorous, opinion: "The Lord of Light wants his enemies burnt. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where is the god of tits and wine?"
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', pretty much every deity seen is callous at best, plain evil at worst.
** As a series about two brothers fighting creatures from all myth's and folklore, pagan gods occasionally crop up (so far they've had Odin, Zeus, Osiris, Mercury, Chronos, Baron Samedi and Kali to name a few) and there always portrayed (normally quite accurately according to the myths, except for Kali whose portrayal is something of a {{Flanderization}} of some of her scarier myths, and Ganesha, which is straight up AdaptationalVillainy) as arrogant, greedy and uncaring, regarding humans as little more than food and entertainment, savagely slaughtering them or encouraging others to slaughter them for them. Although Chronos at least had a sympathetic motive, since he just wanted to get back to his loved one but [[PowerIncontinence constantly found himself unwittingly teleporting through time]] and [[LoveMakesYouEvil could only get back to her timeline by sacrificing someone]]. It wasn't untill the Eighth Season that they introduced the first truly benevolent pagan god, Prometheus.
** The Trickster demi-god from "Tall Tales" and "Mystery Spot" also known as Loki [[spoiler:and Gabriel]] is more of a jerkass demi-god. His victims, especially the Winchesters and definitely Sam, probably wish he was a lazy god [[spoiler:rather than an archangel.]] Yet, [[spoiler: when it comes down to it, he's willing to stand up to his older, stronger brother, the guy who taught him everything he knows, to try and help. This leads to his death.]]
** It's implied that the real God (the actual creator, who does exist in the supernatural universe) has shades of this, as its commonly pointed out, especially by Dean Winchester, that despite being all-powerful and all-knowing, he idly sits by letting so many horrors occur every day to innocent people and it turns out he actually [[DisappearedDad abandoned his children]] (the angels) shortly after Lucifer's rebellion, leading the majority of them who were still (the equivalent of) children in the ruins of heaven. This probably also explains why his three eldest (Lucifer doesn't count as he was already evil before this) have so many problems, Gabriel ran off and pretends to be a Pagan, Raphael is a completely uncaring jerk who doesn't even care for his own kind, and Michael is a fanatic who is [[WellDoneSonGuy obsessed with pleasing his absent father]].
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode ''Prayer'', Aeryn mentions an ancient myth about how the ancient Sebaceans used to worship a goddess named Tenka Bru, until she suddenly destroyed the seven main planets they lived on. When her dying worshipers asked why she had done this after they did their best to honor her, she replied, "[[ForTheEvulz Because I can.]]" Apparently, this is why the modern-day Peacekeepers refuse to believe in any religion.
* God messes with Al Bundy a few times in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. Al is a bit of a jerkass too though.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' usually don't care about accuracy, going for RuleOfFun every time, and AnachronismStew doesn't cover the half of it. They do believe, though, in doing the Greek gods' characters correctly by showing them as the jerks they are, well, except for Hades, who is dark but (usually) the only decent one.
** Sometimes, they make Hades sorta a dick too actually. And not all other Greek Gods were ALWAYS portrayed negatively. Sometimes they're even TheAtoner, especially for former {{Big Bad}}s like Hera or Ares. Others are just kinda out of touch, like Zeus.
* The Franchise/StargateVerse is ''built'' on this trope, specifically ''Series/StargateSG1''.
** The Goa'uld take on the identities of all sorts of gods (or perhaps were the origin of the myths; it's never specified) and often rule with an iron fist. They view humans as disposable slaves and potential host bodies. In the episode "Pretense", Zipacna compares humans to cattle.
** In seasons nine and ten, the Ori come into the picture. They're Ascended beings who want to convert every single mortal into worshiping them. If you refuse, they denounce you as evil and burn you alive for heresy. Unlike the Goa'uld, who rely on technology to make them seem godlike, the Ori actually have supernatural powers to reinforce the belief of their followers, producing incredibly devoted soldiers who are willing to kill every single person who doesn't accept Origin.
** Similarly, the Ancients themselves might qualify. Sure, they're the "good guy" counterparts of the Ori, but despite their power and Ascended status, they have rules against interfering with the affairs of mortals, up to and including letting a half-Ascended Goa'uld run around slaughtering billions and gaining a foothold into destroying the ''entire galaxy'' just to punish one of their own for helping him Ascend on accident.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the Asgard who impersonate the Norse pantheon. They are one of the main allies of the Tau'ri and have contingencies in place on planets protected by them to reveal their true selves when the civilizations become advanced enough.
* Animus from ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' is ultimately good, but is more offended by human pollution than by the evil demon things. This is because the pollution is what ''gave rise'' to the evil demon things so he thinks the planet is a lost cause and took his kids [[note]]that season's zords and the source of the rangers' powers[[/note]] to find another planet to live on. He later explains that this was a SecretTestOfCharacter.
** Daizyujin is this to an extent in ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', notably in regard to Burai. But he's not nearly as bad as Daijinryuu in ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', who among other things ''compels several people to jump to their deaths from tall buildings''.
** Daizyujin is pretty much based on the gods of a lot of religions, being better than the ultimate evils that are around but wouldn't know the meaning of the word "fair." In Burai's case, [[spoiler: Burai was only needed to awaken Dragon Caesar, and, though they could probably save his life, which is LivingOnBorrowedTime, they don't because "it is not needed for him to survive."]] This is far from the only instance of Guardian Beast {{Jerkass}}itude in the series - the fact that the Rangers were working for such {{Bad Boss}}es is responsible for most of the dark aspects of an otherwise LighterAndSofter series.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', [[ArtisticLicense the Greek gods were mortals who got turned into gods by a magical mist]]. True to the mythology however, it's stated that the old gods ''forced'' people to worship them. In fact, once Piper finally declares herself a goddess and realizes her full powers, she starts acting like it, causing a massive storm in order to vent her own personal problems out on the rest of the world.
* ''Series/TheMagicians'' has Reynard the Fox, a trickster god who rapes, butchers, and eats anyone who tries to summon Our Lady Underground, [[spoiler:Persephone]]. He also purposefully spread word on how to perform the summoning so he could find more faithful. It's eventually revealed he's targeting these people as [[spoiler:a form of RevengeByProxy on his mother, Persephone, for abandoning him]].
** Ember helps Quentin and Julia prepare to fight the Beast but then tears off the psychic equivalent of a bandaid, causing Julia to remember her traumatic [[spoiler:rape by Reynard]]. After that he takes a dump in [[spoiler:the Wellspring]], weakening the Beast while causing significant problems for the multiverse. [[spoiler:He then starts randomly transforming and destroying parts and people of Fillory [[ForTheLulz to amuse himself]], leading up to flat out destroying it]].
* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'':
** Anansi tells the slaves on the ship that even hundreds of years from then, the only possible future for a black man in America is to suffer and die and the only thing to do to make their life worth anything is to just kill all the slavers and themselves as sacrifices to Anansi. He even shoots down the suggestion that they kill the slavers and ''steal'' the ship.
** Vulcan owns a gun manufacturing plant in which NoOSHACompliance is in full effect. It's cheaper to settle with the families of the average of two people a year that die after falling into the vats than it is to bring the place up to code (which is by the way an intentional case of TruthInTelevision - when Gailman got wind of this story, he considered this the closest thing to HumanSacrifice the modern age has). What's more, he explicitly gains power from mass shootings. Any time that someone is killed with his guns, it counts as a human sacrifice to him. Also, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he's mean to Shadow]].

* A CentralTheme of the Music/PoetsOfTheFall album ''Jealous Gods,'' from the cover with a [[RulesOfTheRoad road sign]] warning of a BoltOfDivineRetribution, to the TitleTrack, [[https://youtu.be/qFqCBgT9DhM?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWoCTXHzphV5EZtNqPEmYaP musing]] on the god-like sense of impulsive grandiosity inherent in a new relationship, and wondering if that's something good or bad.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* According to religion researchist Yehezekel Kaufmann and psychohistorian Lloyd deMause, this trope is omnipresent in ''all'' Polytheistic religions: their deities are not benevolent nor nice entities, but whimsical and malevolent bullies or outright tyrants which treat mortals with contempt and which the mortals need to constantly placate to be safe from their wrath or whims. This is severely undermined by the existence of [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology mesopotamian]], [[Myth/EgyptianMythology egyptian]] and yes, even [[Myth/ClassicalMythology greek]] literature in which worshippers express love for their deities.
* There are some in {{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}}:
** Sun Wukong from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' was such a jerkass god that even the other gods went to Buddha and begged him to put a stop to the [[IncrediblyLamePun monkey business]]. On the other hand, most of his jerkass tendencies were directed at the other gods-he cared for his monkey brethren and didn't bother humanity before being sealed in the mountain-and that was because they were jerkasses towards him. It didn't excuse his behavior and he became a much better individual throughout his journey.
** Believe it or not, Buddha himself, in ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' at least. It may not seem so obvious at first, but it becomes pretty clear that he is one when you think about it. Before he punished Wukong, Buddha made a bet with him, which went like this; ''Sun Wukong must first jump onto Buddha's palm, He must then leave Buddha's palm and fly to the edge of the universe, if Sun Wukong accomplishes this, he shall be the new ruler of Heaven.'' So the [[SunWukong Monkey King]] puts his all into it, and after reaching what he believes to be the edge of the universe, marked by five giant pillars, then flys back to Buddha in order to claim Heaven, ONLY TO BE TOLD that he never left Buddha's hand, due to the fact that the ''''ENTIRE UNIVERSE'''' rest in the palm of Buddha's hand, and then was sealed under a Mountain for 500 years and only given Iron Balls to eat and {{Mercury}} to drink as part of his aforementioned punishment. Sound fair so far? Well while Wukong was a those giant pillars, he signed his name on one of them to prove he'd been there, then went around to the other side of it and peed on it, when he goes back to Buddha it's revealed that the "pillars" were in fact Buddha's fingers, '''''This means that Sun Wukong successfully left Buddha's palm and went to the edge of the universe, a palm CAN"T exist on both sides of the fingers.'''''
*** Another version has Buddha using his powers to cloud Wukong's mind to stop him from going anywhere, '''which is pretty much the same thing as slipping someone a mickey to stop them from completing their part of the bet. i.e. cheating.'''
*** A final version has Wukong actually going to the "pillars", but just peeing on a different pillar, ''but one could could agure that he still won because he did technically make it to the edge other universe.''
** Another case of Buddha being a jerkass was the time he had his men fly Tripitaka and Co. back to China, but before they were home, Buddha asked how many disasters they had suffered on their way to him, after finding out it was 80 Buddha decided to have them go through another one just because 9 was Buddism's lucky/holy number and 9x9 is 81 [[note]] They didn't even NEED to experience another disaster, Buddha just wanted them to[[/note]], so he orders his men to drop them without consulting Tripitaka and Co. Keep in mind Buddha wasn't with them, he asked a Divine record keeper for the number.
** Should be notice, tho, that these examples come from Chinese folklore more than from mainstream Buddhism, and that Buddha is not a god, is TheChosenOne.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology: The Greek gods are widely remembered today for being spoiled children with fancy powers at best and at worse total assholes. Part of this is due to [[{{Flanderization}} flanderizing]] their jerk side and ignoring their benevolent side combined with ValuesDissonance. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality They were held to different standards than humans]] and were the center of the universe instead of humans. The other reason is they often were just massive jerks because they could be. Even the best of them have one or two stories with few exceptions.
** The only exceptions tended to be Hades, Hermes, Demeter, Hephaestus, and Hestia. Hades due to hanging out in the underworld all the time (thus not being in a position to get involved in the divine douchebaggery) and being one of the most law abiding, not to mention (reasonably) fair. Unfortunately EverybodyHatesHades and in modern works [[SadlyMythtaken he is often portrayed as being]] {{Satan}} due to him ruling the Underworld, when in Greek myth Hades was more like a PunchClockVillain who just happened to be the manager of the garbage dump everybody hates. Hermes, although a bit of a mischievous {{Trickster}}, tends to punish only the unjust and the hubristic, and gets by on RuleOfCool. Hestia was the most peaceful and is hardly involved in any myths probably because non-jackass gods are less interesting (on the flip side, she probably was the most trusted and prayed-to of all the Olympians--the hearth and family are kind of a big deal). Hephaestus also tends to be one of the nicer ones; despite being the ButtMonkey of the gods, he never took it out on mortals (perhaps he was too busy smithing, or maybe he just always thought "Hey, [[UglyGuyHotWife I married Aphrodite]]!"). Demeter is also a good[[note]]if wrathful--recall the story of Persephone[[/note]] mother and even acted as a nanny at one point to a mortal baby.
*** Not to mention, even Demeter has her bad side too - most of which happened when she was searching for Persephone. Other times, her wrath was incurred more by people [[IShallTauntYou provoking]] or being a jerkass first.
** One of the worst is Zeus, who ironically is the god of law and upholder of morals. While there are some stories of Zeus punishing evil doers and rewarding the just, many of his stories are about his dalliances with immortal and mortal women. He has a lecherous MemeticMolester infamy due to [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal forcing himself]] upon women, doing little to protect them and their "divine rapechildren" from his ClingyJealousGirl wife Hera. Add to that his other highly questionable actions, like the PandorasBox incident, and he is perhaps the biggest asshole of all. Of course, many of these myths are fairly transparent {{Just So Stor|y}}ies, particularly the "divine rapechildren" stories (most of which result in Zeus being the ancestor of a people or a royal house of some Greek city or other) and of course the Pandora's Box incident was an explanation for why bad things happen to good people (and [[ValuesDissonance why women shouldn't be trusted]]).
** Also worth a mention is Ares. Even back then, Greek scholars wrote about how men run in terror from this bloodthirsty god of war. However, Ares's bloodlust only showed during wartime, he has never been portrayed as a rapist, and was always depicted as a PapaBear, unlike his father Zeus. He was portrayed more positively by the Romans however, due to them having a stronger military tradition than the Greeks. In the Iliad, the phrase Homer uses to refer to Ares is ''kukleion athanaton'': Evil Undying.
** This is kind of magnified compared to other pantheons where the gods tended to have human problems (Greek gods do not, being immortal) or at least created most of the world they jerked around in (nope, the Olympians just took over and decided not to destroy humanity, the Titans's creation). To be fair, most of the unprovoked jerkassery is restricted to the Olympians. Deities like Selene, Hypnos, Aether and even the likes of Nyx and Tartarus were for the most part content to mind their own business.
** While the Titans were generally nicer to humanity than the Olympians, their patriarch still ate his own children (the Olympians), so the Olympians being jerk asses to the Titans's creation is not so surprising.
** Eris, goddess of strife and discord, like her name suggests, promotes quarrel and conflict for no specific reason. Her most notorious act was making a golden apple dedicated "to the most beautiful goddess" which caused a quarrel between Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, which triggered the chain of events that led to the Trojan War.
** This is a conflicting issue. Yes, gods can be assholes caring only about themselves...and they can be absolutely fair and nice protectors of humanity. Zeus is [[TheCasanova hell-bent]] [[AnythingThatMoves on getting all women]] ([[BiTheWay and some men]]) into bed, but also honorable. Hades is either honest and lawful, or morbidly misanthropic. Ares is [[TheBerserker addicted]] [[BloodKnight to battle]], but one of the few gods that protect their demigods and has reputation for hunting rapists. Aphrodite has two aspects, Pandemos-aspect of lust and sex, and Urania-[[TrueLove aspect of deep spiritual love]]. Titans either started a golden age of humanity or we didn't exist when they were around. And given that both first of Olympians and Titans were eaten by their father, whose mother ([[ParentalIncest and wife]]) rose out of primal Chaos well, ...Greek Mythology is heavy on [[DependingOnTheWriter inconsistencies]], [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation different approaches to characters]], [[BigScrewedUpFamily fatal family issues]] and [[CycleOfRevenge long-spanning vendettas]].
* Myth/NorseMythology:
** Odin, while generally a good guy, [[TricksterArchetype sometimes comes off]] [[JerkAss as a massive jerk]]. Sure, he generally likes people and helps them, but he's not trustworthy, prone to have his devoted or especially competent followers killed in messy ways [[WellIntentionedExtremist so they join him in Valhalla.]] Sure, it's for the best, but losing the favor of the god you faithfully serve and fight for mid-battle would surely suck. Interestingly, the Norse seemed to acknowledge this aspect as he is called both "''Deceiver''", "''Swift Tricker''" and "''Ruler of treachery''" in poems.
*** Even his reasons for having his favored warriors join him in Valhalla are suspect. He doesn't get them killed in battle so that they can have a great afterlife. He gets them killed in battle because the rules say that's the only way you get to come to his hall in the afterlife, and he needs all the help he can get for the upcoming battle at the end of the world. That he already knows he's fated to lose and nothing he can do can possibly change that. (Even being a ''god'' can suck in this mythos.)
*** Small wonder Loki is involved in Ragnarok seeing what Odin did to his family. Fenris, Hel and Jörmungand were imprisoned with Gleipnir, in Niflheim and beneath the sea respectively for basically no reason beyond "we foresaw that they would cause a lot of trouble" (which they did when released, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy because they were pissed at being imprisoned]]) and when Loki was bound beneath the earth ([[LaserGuidedKarma which he did deserve]], in theory at least) the chains binding him were made from the intestines of his youngest son, whose twin brother Odin forced to kill for their father's crimes.
*** Fenris was actually briefly kept as a guard dog by Odin before being chained by Gleipnir. He took exception to that and it became apparent as he grew that keeping him as a glorified pet might not have been the best idea. This, combined with the previously mentioned prophecies of his role in Odin's death caused them the forge the three chains.
*** Another example: Thor returns from Jotunheim after fighting giants, and needs to cross a river. Odin disguises himself as an old man, and refuses to take him across. While Thor boasts about slaying giants and protecting Midgard, Odin brags about how many women he had sex with in the meantime. Eventually Thor gets tired of it and leaves.
*** There was this one time where a dwarf(who, in this mythos, turn to stone if sunlight hits them) wanted to marry Thor's daughter. Rather than just dealing with it and being happy for his daughter, or even just forbidding it, or refusing it (ValuesDissonance) Thor told him that he could, but only if he beat him in a battle of wits. The dwarf agreed, not knowing that Thor had specifically set up the battle of wits at such a time that it would last until sunrise, outside. Guess who turned to stone? Hint: not Thor
** Freyr sending his servant to threaten Gerd's family until she marries him. But that ended but biting him in the ass since he lost his magic sword in the process with some scholars thinking that the sword ended up in the hands of Surtr...
** "Literature/SorlisTale" paints a rather unfavorable image of the Aesir, with Freyja as a floozie who sleeps with four dwarfs in exchange for a necklace, Odin as her jealous sugardaddy, and Loki as Odin's conniving lackey. The tale relates how Freyja, on a challenge of Odin, caused the Everlasting Battle between the kings Hedin and Hogni. None of the gods shows any qualms about the suffering and the destroyed lives caused by their actions.
* The [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Shinto pantheon]] wasn't free from its share of jerks. Given that there's around 8 million gods in the Shinto pantheon, that's not exactly surprising....
** When the goddess Izanami died from birthing Kagutsuchi, the god of fire, her husband, Izanagi, chopped the fire spirit into eight pieces in a rage, even though Izanami in her death throes had birthed the water goddess Mizuhame and instructed her to watch over Kagutsuchi and pacify him if he ever got out of hand. Afterward, Izanagi traveled to [[TheUnderworld Yomi]] to save Izanami against her wishes. When he saw that his wife had turned into a rotted corpse, Izanagi ran away in fear, with [[HystericalWoman an enraged Izanami]] pursuing him, and pushed a boulder into the mouth of the cave which led into Yomi, trapping Izanami inside. Out of anger, Izanami declared that if Izanagi did not remove the boulder, she would kill 1,000 of his people every day, to which Izanagi, instead of removing the boulder, shot back that he'd just give life to 1,500.
** Tsukuyomi was invited to a feast by Uke Mochi, the goddess of food, who made the food by turning into the ocean and spitting out fish, then facing the forest and having wild game come out of her anus, and finally turning into a rice paddy field and vomiting up a bowl of rice. Tsukuyomi, disgusted by the repulsive way the delicious meal came to be, killed Uke Moshi.
** Amaterasu and her brother Susanoo had an [[SiblingRivalry antagonistic relationship]]. After being ordered to leave the heavens by Izanagi, Susanoo bid his sister farewell before challenging her to prove his sincerity. They each took an item from another to birth gods and goddesses from them. From Susanoo's sword, Amaterasu birthed three women while from Ameratsu's necklace Susanoo birthed five men and declared himself the winner since he had produced men. Susanoo, being the Storm God, became restless after a brief period of peace and went on a drunken rampage destroying his sister's rice paddies, defecating in her irrigation ditches, throwing fecal matter at her temple, and last but not least... he threw a flayed horse at her loom, which splintered into hundreds of pieces, killing all her hand-maidens. Coincidentally, this is also the story of how Winter came about-because it was at that point that Amaterasu proceeded to hide herself-and thus, the sun-in a cave to ''get away from him''.
*** Unlike most deities, Susanoo actually faced repercussions for this-after the other gods managed to pry Amaterasu out of her cave, they then proceeded to happily kick him out of heaven until he proved he wasn't completely worthless. This managed to get through to him, and he later slew the dragon Orochi as penance...and to score a wife. He's still a jerk, he's just a ''mature'' jerk now.
*** According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, after slaying Orochi, Susanoo took a sword from inside it's body and gave to Amaterasu as a conciliatory gift, suggesting that he at least became a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. [[note]]This sword later became one of the three royal treasures of Japan.[[/note]]
** Ookuninushi, while generally seen in a positive light, is actually quite the jerkass. When Amaterasu requested that he hand over the country to her descendants, he seemed alright with it and agreed to do it. Then, several generations later, he caused a plague during emperor Suujin's reign, demanding a new temple to end it. Doing so stopped the plague, but the god was apparently still angry, because he then made the next emperor's son dumb, requiring the emperor to build another temple to him.
* Indra from Myth/HinduMythology fits this trope. Whenever someone -- be it human, God or demon -- gained too much power, Indra would send the beautiful [[HelloNurse dancing girls]] from his court to upset their prayers. He also has a bad habit of raping sages' wives by disguising himself as their husbands.
* In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'':
** Ishtar (later counterpart to Inanna, who appeared in the Sumerian stories underlying the Epic) is highly untrustworthy, and has the tendency of turning her lovers into moles and beasts when she's tired of them. And when Gilgamesh refused to sleep with her, she sent a huge [[ALoadOfBull angry bull]] (but not before warning that if the other gods don't let her send the bull she will open the gates of the Underworld and [[ZombieApocalypse the dead with outnumber the living]]) to destroy Uruk.
** Enlil caused TheGreatFlood because humanity annoyed him with their sounds, [[EvenEvilHasStandards which even Ishtar was horrified by]]. According to Shamash, he also insisted that Enkidu be killed as punishment [[NeverMyFault for crimes that he himself commanded to happen.]]
* Freaking every single one of them in Myth/AztecMythology (except [[TokenGoodTeammate Quetzalcoatl]], and even he had his moments). When your ''rain and fertility god'' likes his [[HumanSacrifice food]] young and crying, and one of two rulers is literally the god of {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, there's little wonder why they thought it was a CrapsackWorld.
** Even Quetzalcoatl kinda sucks, since he would be much nicer to humanity than the current top god in the pantheon if he was to retake that place...but retaking that place would also completely destroy the world and kill every living thing, forcing him to start from scratch.
* From the Pacific/Polynesian culture we have Pele. Maybe not that jerkassy per se, but too often her [[IncrediblyLamePun volcanic]] temperament gets the better of her, and you then better stay away ten miles from her [[HurricaneOfPuns hothead]] until she has [[RuleOfThree blown off steam]].


* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' answers the question of "If God exists, why do bad things happen to good people?" with "Because God really doesn't like or care about us." God has a HairTriggerTemper and is perfectly willing to punish with hellfire anyone who doesn't live up to his nearly impossible standards, but when the few who ''do'' match up to his standards end up in Hell (which happens three times throughout the series), he refuses to do anything about it, seeing it as not his problem.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The deities in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' & ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. '''All''' of them. Canon does ''sometimes'' seem contradictory on this point, though.
** Khorne wants to see people fight battles, the bloodier and more gruesome the better. In the Warhammer universes, simply being a god of war makes him a possible good guy, while the fact that ''your'' viscera would be just as pleasing to him as your enemies makes him one of the bad guys.
** Slaanesh might want to help you to experience every positive sensation that you can, even turning negative sensations into new kinds of pleasure... but he/she/it '''definitely''' wants to ''force'' you to experience ''everything'', as a kind of torture-orgy.
** Papa Nurgle either wants you to help you to accept the pain and suffering of existence in the Warhammer universes, even nullifying some of the effects for you... so that you will be grateful enough to help him "spread the love" by infecting healthy people with incurable diseases and unhealing wounds to help them see how bad the universe is, so that they will turn to Grandfather Nurgle and he can help ''them,'' too. Oh, and he's holding the lone subversion of this trope - Isha - captive, and experimenting with plagues on her.
** Tzeentch ''definitely'' is a Jerkass God, because he is the god of scheming to such an extent that ''anything'' good ''or'' bad in the Warhammer universe is his doing. His grand master-plan was responsible for every single happy moment of your life...and every single moment of negativity of any kind.
** Bloody-handed Khaine is the Eldar god of [[WarGod war and conflict]] ''and murder''. He was a reckless and brutal jerk of a god who was cursed to have blood forever drip from his hands after he murdered a mortal Eldar hero. In any other setting he would be a candidate for BigBad. Here, he's one of the closest things the Eldar have to a ''BigGood'', as the actual BigGood of the Eldar Pantheon is dead.
** Cegorach the Laughing God is pretty much the {{Troll}} god of deception, stealth, creativity, art and trickery. He was TheJester of the Eldar Pantheon, spending all of his time mocking everything. On the other hand, he's also one of the closest things the Eldar have to a BigGood since he and his servants the Harlequins guard the secrets of the Black Library from the forces of Chaos, and most of the targets of his trolling really deserve it. He's a bit like Tzeentch, albeit with a slightly better sense of humor.
** The God Emperor of Mankind may or may not have been a true deity (he denied it but the present day Imperium worship him as one anyway) but he was an example of GoodIsNotNice ''at best''. During his campaign to unite the galaxy under human rule he cause the deaths of billions, xeno and human alike. He also had a lot of trouble relating to others as actual people and had a tendency to keep secrets even when it was a bad idea. His inability to be a proper parent to many of the Primarchs such as Angron, Lorgar, and Magnus, played a huge part in ending the Imperium's golden age. Also, because the beliefs of large groups of sentient beings tends to become the truth in the Warp, he may be a true god yet.
** Subverted with Isha, the Eldar Mother Goddess, who survived the Fall as Nurgle's prisoner/disease Guinea pig. However, whenever he isn't looking, she whispers the cures to Nurgle's plagues to mortals. Now imagine the Hell that must be her life: she's in literal Hell, held captive by her antithesis, who routinely infects her with every malicious sickness that he can think of, then he waits until she cures herself, then uses his observations upon whatever methods she used to cure herself to make his next disease "harder to cure". And all she can do is watch. Whenever Nurgle glances away, she does everything in her power to tell mortals how to cure all of the horrible diseases and plagues that he's developed and released with "her help", however unwilling. Then remember the state of the galaxy as a whole, and guess how often she isn't brushed of as a demon trying to subvert them.
* Many gods in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' have grown corrupt and complacent without anyone to answer to.
** The Usurpation came to be because the Golden Age Solars had turned into this, as well.
** And even before becoming the Yozi and Neverborn, most of the Primordials were selfish {{Jerkass}}es who, when they weren't playing the Games of Divinity while the Gods did all the actual work, amused themselves by tormenting the inhabitants of Creation or their ugly brother Autochthon.
* ''TabletopGame/SenZar'' offers too many examples of this trope to count (including, potentially, evil player characters who ascend to godhood), but the prize for ''most'' jerkassness goes to the Eternals, the only type of gods who actually gain (even more) power for being complete jackasses.
* In the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', the Time of Troubles led to all of the gods banished to the material plane in [[PhysicalGod avatar form]], screwing up the Realms pretty much wherever they went. Many of them used this as an opportunity to expand their power base, using human armies as pawns to take down other gods. The kicker is that the whole thing started because they upset the overgod, [[DungeonMaster Ao]], by stealing the [[MacGuffin Tablets of Fate]]. To his credit, after the whole fiasco is over Ao does require that deities actually be worshipped to get their power in the future. And hey, we got a [[ContinuityReboot new edition]] out of it.
** At least according to some sources, Ao was getting tired of the gods goofing off to play power games against each other instead of doing their actual jobs, anyway. The theft of the Tablets was simply the straw that broke the camel's back (and made for conveniently collectable {{Plot Coupon}}s at the same time).
*** And the Kicker? The Tablets of Fate were just symbolic. Ao ground them to dust in front of the other Gods just to show that all that suffering was for nothing.
* ''TabletopGame/PlayingGods'' gets this trope right. You play as one of the five major gods from the major religions (Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism) or you can use the sixth stand and insert a sticker or [[AGodAmI a photo of yourself]] or use a key ring or action figure or whatever as a god too. You convert other gods' sects, spread believers or massacre every other deity's sects. It's PlayedForLaughs though, and it's really a satire of fundamentalism and religious warfare and how it's better to be at peace with your fellow religions rather than attack them.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' makes use of this trope. In general, if the mythology portrays a god/dess as a jerkass, then he/she is the same in Scion. The ValuesDissonance between modern culture and mythology is also given a few subtle nods, the most obvious of which is that, by the "God" sourcebook, the official sample Aztec character is depicted as disgusted by and disdainful of his native pantheon.
* In ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'', Menoth, creator god of the human race, is such a massive jerk that two humans became gods just to overthrow him. It's not hard to see why as he supports AllCrimesAreEqual (most punishments [[KillItWithFire having something to do with fire]]) and the fact that if you're too awesome ''he will kill you''. Why? So you can fight for him in his heavenly army because he's attacking the other gods' cities. Why? Because he's a jerk. The few followers he has left view him more as a Stern Father, like the time when he refused to help the humans out when the Orgoth invaded because of the above overthrowing.
** The Circle Orboros worships entities of nature who are 1) godlike and 2) kind of dickish. The Circle wants to reduce humanity's numbers and technology level because they're afraid that if they don't, all of humanity will be wiped out.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': on Theros, Heliod, Erebos, Phenax, and Mogis are gargantuan tools, as is post-ascension Xenagos. As beings heavily inspired by the Ancient Greek pantheon, this was probably unavoidable.
** [[spoiler:Heliod goes so far as to backstab his own closest ally, Elspeth, because he doesn't like her being a planeswalker, and is in many ways the ultimate villain of Theros block.]]
** Erebos is a slightly lighter example compared to the jackassery of Heliod, but he's described as being envious of the world of the living, and he takes solace in the death of mortals because it mekes him aware that mortals feel the same sense of banishment and isolation from the gods that he does. Plus, [[spoiler:When Elspeth bargains her life for that of her dead lover Daxos, he agrees to her terms, and after her death releases Daxos from the Underworld... [[OurZombiesAreDifferent as a]] [[CameBackWrong Returned]].]]
** One short story that takes place after [[spoiler:Elspeth]]'s death shows that Ajani Goldmane, while shacking up with others of his kind, begins to foment a movement among the mortals against the gods.
** Amonkhet, inspired by Ancient Egypt, generally avoids this, as the gods were designed on purpose to be benevolent. However, [[spoiler:Bontu]] is the TokenEvilTeammate who betrayed everyone to a most horrible death to save her own skin. No one shed a tear when she [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath got what was coming to her]].]] The three gods Nicol Bolas turned into his core minions go past "Jerkass" and into outright evil, although given the degree to which he remade them, they may not be capable of moral choice any more.
** The demigod pantheon of Shadowmoor[[note]]Typed "spirit avatar" instead of god because the set came before Theros[[/note]] is for the most part malicious, with [[https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/seers-parables-2008-08-05 The Seer's Parables]] illustrating the CrapsackWorld status of the setting as their fault.


* Athena is one in ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'', causing the main character to go mad and slaughter sheep, resulting in his utter humiliation and downfall. The play opens with her gloating to Odysseus about it. Odysseus is put off.
* All the gods in ''Theatre/DidoQueenOfCarthage'', especially Jupiter and Hera. Even Venus is hardly friendly with Aeneas, and she's his mother.
* The Gods in ''Theatre/OnceOnThisIsland'' are completely cruel to the humans for no apparent reason, except Asaka. Agwe likes to lash them with storms [[ForTheEvulz for the hell of it]], Papa Ge is a demon of death who also happens to be a complete {{Jerkass}}, and Erzulie manipulates Ti Moune and Daniel solely so that she can prove that she's right. They were even worse in the original book - the musical tries to make them a bit more sympathetic, whereas in the book Agwe delivers a speech about how much humans deserve to die, and Erzulie kills a completely innocent woman.

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* ''Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure'' at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks has the deity Mara, who will send anyone into everlasting torment just for looking into its eyes.

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%%* From ''VideoGame/EpicBattleFantasy'', we have Godcat.
* The [[spoiler:Occuria]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' fit the bill perfectly. Most of the plot of the game turns out to be an [[spoiler:attempt to overthrow]] them and [[spoiler:return control over Ivalice to humanity]]. To put it in perspective: Venat, one third of the game's [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triad]] is the [[{{Satan}} fallen angel]] figure among them, who they try to convince you to kill at one point, and he acts completely in line (ie, [[DealWithTheDevil getting others to help him as he himself cannot act in the human realm directly]])... [[spoiler:and he ''still'' is the primary AntiVillain of the game, because you can tell he had ''very good reasons'' for wanting to rebel]]. Beyond his motivations, he's made more sympathetic by default by Gerun ([[spoiler:the Occuria's leader/spokesperson]]) being an utter bastard.
* The fal'Cie of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' also fall under this trope, being basically giant elementals who subjugate humans into fighting their civil war for them. And that's just scratching the surface. It turns out that [[spoiler: Every Fal'Cie from Cocoon wants their creator The Maker to return, and believe that this demands no less than the sacrifice of ''Cocoon's entire human population''. [[DeathSeeker They don't even mind that The Maker's return would likely lead to their destruction as well]]. Since the Cocoon Fal'Cie are bound to their duties to Cocoon and cannot directly destroy it, they turn humans into L'Cie in the hopes that they can do it for them]]. The Cocoon Fal'Cie see humans as nothing more than [[spoiler: cattle to be sacrificed to ''their'' god]].
** Oh and to elaborate on the subjugation business, they do it by branding people with a PowerTattoo that gives awesome magic powers - at the expense of having to complete a mission within a time limit, or become a crystalline [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]] called a Cie'th. And if you ''complete'' the task, you get to live forever [[TakenForGranite as a crystal statue.]] Unless the fal'Cie decide they need you again, in which case you get to go through the cycle again, with the same attendant risk of Cie'thdom. Also they don't actually spell out what you are supposed to do, they just give you a vision and you have to figure it out on your own. Yeah, ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne.
* In ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'', Vox is a sneering, petty omnipotent voice of great power, who by his own admission isn't quite a God but "may as well be". Wol thoroughly dislikes him, but goes along with his orders out of lack of a choice. Apparently, Vox met his match in Cloud, who managed to be such a jerk that Vox stopped talking to him.
* Mentioned above, Myrkul from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'', the former god of the dead. People don't worship you or any other god? Sew their souls onto a wall that ''utterly destroys'' them when they die, [[spoiler:including one of the player's former companions]], and for extra evulz make the process '''slow'''. One of your old priests tries to take his beloved off that wall? [[spoiler:Stick ''him'' on it, then remove him right before he's DeaderThanDead so you can turn him into an EldritchAbomination and inflict him on the world.]] The PlayerCharacter wants to know [[spoiler:how to end the curse and thus put the man out of his misery]]? [[spoiler:Lie to them and nearly let their soul be destroyed.]] Delivering a [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]] to the guy is, needless to say, ''very'' satisfying.
** The kicker? [[AllThereInTheManual In the fluff]] Myrkul's much nicer successor did away with the bloody wall but was forced to reinstate it by the rest of the Pantheon. Apparently rewarding people for the virtue they displayed in their lives regardless of what god they worshipped was starving [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly them of followers]] implying that many people ''wouldn't worship them'' unless they had no choice.
* The entire human race [[spoiler:is created by [[DeusEstMachina "God"]] to be replacement organic components for a malevolent interstellar weapon]] in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''.
* Subverted by ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia.'' You do become relatively well-acquainted with some minor and major deities of the world religion, like Remiel and [[spoiler: Kratos,]] and in the first arc of the game they do turn out to be ''utter'' jerks, using and abusing their power over the protagonists. It's only later on that you find out [[spoiler: that they're not really angels - they're more of an AncientConspiracy club run by a few [[Really700YearsOld 4000-year-old]] guys, and both their immortality and their power come from [[HumanResources Exspheres.]] They're not really gods, but they're still basically jerks running the world.]]
* In the game ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'', you play a god who can be benevolent and giving, or this.
* Zeus in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', particularly the second game. In fact, every other Olympian is a Jerkass of some sorts save for [[OnlySaneMan Athena]] [[spoiler:until the end of the third game]], [[TheWoobie Hephaestus]] and perhaps Hades (who by the third game has plenty of reasons to hate Kratos).
** Kratos himself when he's the god of war, who goes to do all the things Ares had been before he killed him.
*** Then ''Ghost of Sparta'' reveals the reason of said acquired jerkassery: [[spoiler: The gods imprisoned his brother in the Realm of Death till adulthood, out of fear he was the Marked One destined to kill the Gods (Actually Kratos). Then Thanatos kill his brother, all under the order of the Gods, particularly Zeus]]. In fact, if Gods just never messed with Kratos, he probably wouldn't even be so destructive, but when you combine [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Spartan]] attitude with being a CosmicPlaything and a [[spoiler: Demigod]], shit tends to hit the fan.
*** Explained in the third game by the gods being infected with evils from PandorasBox. Zeus was infected with fear increasing his paranoia. That being said, the evils from Pandora's Box just made their character flaws more clear, they were major assholes even before that.
** By ''Videogame/GodOfWarPS4'', Kratos has nothing but contempt and mistrust for all gods. He believes they are all monsters who do nothing but cause misery for mortals. He is most ashamed of himself and what he did with his power when he was a god. This strains his relationship with his son Atreus because he has tried to keep Atreus' heritage hidden from him. It doesn't help that the Norse gods don't seem to be any better than the Olympians. Just about every story Mimir shares can be summed up as "Odin and/or Thor is a jerk."
* Like his Norse counterpart, Odin in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' is kinda a dick too.
* [[VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}} Wisitarnea, both versions,]] definitely ''mean(s)'' well. Unfortunately, this tends to involve killing lots of people, binding souls into eternity for the hell of it, causing natural disasters by fighting and manipulating everyone into wars.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] qualify (when they aren't crossing into full-on GodOfEvil territory). The Daedric Princes are the most powerful of the Daedric beings, immortal entities who existed prior to the creation of Mundus, the mortal plane, and who did not sacrifice any of their power to help create Mundus (as the Aedra did). While your average denizen of Tamriel (along with less knowledgeable fans of the series) may see them as being [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]], scholars in-universe and out are quick to point out that they are really beings AboveGoodAndEvil who operate on a BlueAndOrangeMorality in line with their spheres of influence. Whether they are seen as "good" or "evil" by mortals really boils down to how benevolent or malevolent their actions toward mortals are. Some seem to genuinely care about their mortal followers (but may not [[GoodIsNotNice always be "nice" toward them]]) while other see them as little more than disposable play things.
*** Azura, Daedric Prince of Dusk and Dawn, is generally seen as one of the most benevolent of the Daedric Princes. She is known to [[BenevolentBoss watch over]] her loyal and obedient followers and acts largely as a BigGood in the main quest of ''Morrowind''. However, she is known to have a petty streak and is a big fan of gaining DisproportionateRetribution. In the past, when the advisors of her champion, Nerevar, went against her wishes by using the profane [[ArtifactOfDoom Tools of Kagrenac]] on the [[GodIsDead Heart of Lorkhan]] to become the {{Physical God}}s of the Tribunal, she cursed the entire race of the Chimer ("shining elves") by turning them into the red-eyed, ashen-skin Dunmer ("dark elves"). She also prophesied the {{reincarnation}} of Nerevar who would cast down the "false gods". In the plot of ''Morrowind'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that [[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] may not actually be Nerevar's reincarnation, but simply a convenient UnwittingPawn for Azura [[ManipulativeBitch to get her revenge on the Tribunal]]]]. Due in no small part to the actions of the Nerevarine (as guided by Azura), a series of disasters strike Morrowind, rendering much of it uninhabitable with the rest [[TheDogBitesBack taken over]] by the Dunmer's long time SlaveRace, [[LizardFolk the Argonians]]. [[GoodIsNotNice "Good" Is Not Nice]] with Azura, indeed. Further, there is evidence that Azura is more of a TrueNeutral, concerned with maintaining some sort of metaphysical balance. Her actions just happen to benefit mortals more often than not by stopping divine threats.
*** Meridia, the Daedric Prince associated with the "energy of living things," is another who is generally considered "good," but has some very jerkass qualities as well. She has a hatred of all things undead and seeks to rid them from the world, which is usually a good thing for living mortals. Additionally, she's a main opposer of Molag Bal, probably the closest to an actual GodOfEvil among the Daedric Princes, and his motives are ''never'' benevolent toward mortals. Despite this, she can be a bit of a KnightTemplar in her actions, is a fan of DisproportionateRetribution for those who wrong her, backed the ObviouslyEvil Umaril the Unfeathered in the {{backstory}} and in the ''Knights Of The Nine'' expansion, and is a seething {{Narcissist}} about it all.
*** Sheogorath, [[MadGod Daedric Prince of Madness]], is every bit as unpredictable as his title may imply. He may be the Daedric Prince most active in aiding his followers, and in every appearance is shown to care about them deeply. However, he ''is'' completely insane. Seemingly at random, he can fluctuate between being a JerkassGod, a GreatGazoo, an IncrediblyInconvenientDeity, and an OmnicidalManiac. He's been known to [[ColonyDrop hurl celestial bodies]] at those who've offended him, or simply make cheese rain from the sky on a whim.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** Vivec, one of the aforementioned [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deities]] of the Dunmer, is one. While he has used his powers to help and protect the people of Morrowind in the past, and is the main opposition for [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] which makes him into a BigGood and SupportingLeader, he has his jerkass tendencies as well. In the distant past, Sheogorath hurled a "rogue moon" at Vivec's new {{Egopolis}}. Vivec used his power to stop it in mid-air above the city, [[SwordOfDamocles saying that it is held in place by the people's love for him]]. He also spends much of the game's main quest trying to have [[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] killed, but this one is possibly justified. (He is a believer in YouCantFightFate, and he knew that all attempts to stop the true Nerevarine would be destined to fail, confirming his identity.)
*** In the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion, Hircine, the Daedric Prince of the Hunt, is a Downplayed example. He does kidnap the greatest warriors on Solstheim for his [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame "hunt"]], but he also gives plenty of warnings, prophecies, signs, and such that it is time for the hunt. When a finalist emerges from his hunting grounds to challenge him directly, he also [[WillfullyWeak gives that person a sporting chance]] by fighting him at significantly reduced (but [[BroughtDownToBadass still incredibly strong for a mortal]]) strength. He also offers a legendary artifact as a reward for defeating him.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Dragons technically qualify, due to possessing Aedric souls unbound by time, rendering them immortal and able to resurrect even after death (unless their soul is [[YourSoulIsMine consumed]] by a [[AlwaysABiggerFish Dragonborn]]). Furthermore, their ability to use [[LanguageOfMagic the Thu'um]] allows them to [[RealityWarper bend reality]] to their very will. During the Merethic Era they caused untold destruction across all of Tamriel before they were driven to extinction and their leader, Alduin is prophesied to be the one to ultimately destroy the world.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Kanako not only waged a war to usurp another god and was introduced attempting to have all of Gensokyo worship her, her machinations were the initiator for two subsequent games. Her aim was to [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly gather faith]] at the expense of ''possibly destroying Gensokyo'', since she was trying to take it from the Hakurei Shrine, who maintain the boundary that protects the last sanctuary of magic from ''the real world where magic is dead'' (admittedly, Kanako being a goddess from said outside world, [[ObliviouslyEvil she might not have realized the importance of the Hakurei Border]])... Later on, her jerkass traits are played with. While pretty manipulative, she has every reason to be seen as a positive influence and is actively introducing outside world technology into Gensokyo.
* The Sinistrals in the ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series of games fit this trope to a T. Arek (the true leader of the Sinistrals who is IntriguedByHumanity) and Erim [[spoiler:who becomes so attached to humanity (mostly due to Maxim) that she repeatedly reincarnates herself as a human girl who falls in love with a hero of Maxim's bloodline]] are the only exceptions. The rest are total jerks.
* The AI Director of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' conjures up health kits and ammunition whenever you ''really'' need it, and a million zombies whenever he's bored. [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Which is all the time.]]
* Xom in ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl''. To a lesser extent, Xom's fellow chaos god Makhleb also qualifies. He not only awards power and favor to his worshipers for killing everything under the sun (thus making life more miserable for ''non''-worshipers), but he also grants the ability to summon demons (up to and including the most powerful non-unique demons in the game)... which have a chance of spawning hostile to the summoner!
* The Elder Gods of ''VideoGame/{{Lusternia}}'' each follow their own agenda. Some, like [[ForScience Elostian]], are relatively benign; others, like [[KnightTemplar Eventru]], less so; still others, like [[ManipulativeBastard Fain]], veer into GodOfEvil territory. And that's not even getting into the Soulless Gods...
* Unsurprisingly (if you're versed in Myth/ClassicalMythology) [[ShockAndAwe Zeus]] is the BigBad of ''VideoGame/WillRock'': He resurrected all the monsters and undeads of Greece in order to take over the world and want to marry (or have as a sacrifice) Will's girlfriend.
* [[spoiler:Zanza]] from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' constantly destroys and rebuilds the universe. Why? Well, he claims it's because he's a god, [[ForTheEvulz why the hell not]], but in reality it's because he needs the energy of dead people to feed on, and if they decided to explore off to the stars, he would whither away and die. [[ItsAllAboutMe And he's not having that.]] Needless to say, he gets [[LampshadeHanging called out on this]] a ''lot''; and not even his own disciples try to justify his actions, they just ignore the topic.
* Used as a gameplay mechanic in ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'': there are ten Gods; choosing to pray to one will make enemies tougher to defeat, but increase the experience and money you get from beating them. Although in this case it's justified; before the cataclysm that kicked off the plot, your culture had lost most of its reverence for the gods, and turned them into toys and architectural decorations, so they're a little hacked off at you right now. On the other hand, if you should decide to reject them, they won't begrudge you that, because they think you're just pussing out.
* [[spoiler:Ashera]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''. While she isn't exactly an immature jerk like most examples, she proves to have an extreme view of how the world should be and [[spoiler: ends up turning almost everyone to stone when she awakens and sees the world doesn't match her vision.]] Ironically, she was considered a benevolent goddess before that event, while [[spoiler:her other half, Yune was considered evil, but ends up being much nicer and less extreme, though also a lot more emotional and childish]].
* Most of the Eastern Gods from the ''{{VideoGame/Izuna|LegendOfTheUnemployedNinja}}'' duology (especially their leader, Takushiki) are none too happy with Izuna and her clan trespassing on the sacred Kamiari Shrine, and take their frustrations out on the villagers by placing them under various {{curse}}s.
* The gods in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', for the most part, see their followers as little more than tools they can use to gain an advantage over the other gods. Even Saradomin, who is worshipped by most of the characters in-game, doesn't really seem to care much about his worshippers, and was actively participating in the God Wars without a second thought. The closest thing there is to a 'good' god is Guthix, the god of nature and balance, who created Gielinor and was powerful enough to stop the God Wars.
** The cruelty of the gods in the [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] history of the universe is the roundabout reason for the populating of Gleinor, the world the game takes place in. Guthix was born a mortal but [[RageAgainstTheHeavens killed a God]] who had killed his daughter through gross negligence. After he accidentally became a god, Guthix populated Gleinor with the hopes that it would be free of the fighting between the gods.[[spoiler: His death allows many gods to come to the realm and wage war again.]]
** Most of the gods tend to be well-intentioned extremists, though several are more caring about the mortals who worship them. Seren committed suicide to prevent her elves from dying out, while Armadyl had a HeroicBsod when he thought his followers were wiped out.
* Dark Sun Gwyndolin from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is the only god in the setting who managed to avoid suffering a horrible fate, and is in the best position to help fix the CrapsackWorld. Instead, he selfishly manipulates everyone else in a bid to increase his own power.
** Subverted in that Gwyndolin is the leader of the Darkmoon Blades, assassins who specifically target sinners in Lordran. Doubly subverted in that a sinner can be a player who kills friendly NPC's, a player who invades and kills other players, [[spoiler: or anyone who has discovered the illusion of Anor Londo. To be fair, though, Gwyndolin only seeks to punish you for even having the audacity to attack the illusion of his long gone sister, Gwynevere.]] The rest of his godly family has either abandoned him, died, [[spoiler: or gone insane.]]
** And it turns out ''Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight'' is the biggest jackass of them all. [[spoiler:In the distant past, he and the other Lord Soul bearers fought against the dragons. Among these, the Dark Soul was unique in that it was a conduit to the Abyss, which existed in direct opposition to Gwyn's First Flame. Uncaring that their bearers, the Pygmy Lords, were [[UndyingLoyalty completely loyal]] to him, he had them all rounded up and sealed in the Ringed City, using his own youngest child as a CosmicKeystone to keep it sealed in time. Then he fed the Pygmy Lords' descendants, humanity, a sanitized version of history which placed him as King of the Gods and included nothing about the Dark Soul. When the First Flame started fading, the Dark Soul within the humans started reacting and created the Undead Curse in an effort to ensure the natural order Gwyn defied was upheld, and without the Abyss knowledge of the Lords, this led to era after era of suffering and misery.]]
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', most [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]] are in fact JerkassWithAHeartOfGold, who wished to guide humanity with dreams, but instead caused madness inevitably because people failing on comprehending them. They are the polar opposite of the ''[[Literature/CthulhuMythos Great Old Ones]]'' mentioned above. The sole exception who qualifies as a true {{Jerkass}} is the [[GiantSpider Amygdala]], he along with the [[{{Necromancer}} School of Mensis]] flip upon the world with no apparent reason.
* Every single god and goddess in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''. Even the BigGood GodOfGood [[{{Troll}} Palutena]] isn't immune, [[AtLeastIAdmitIt admitting that she does abuse her powers at times]]. [[spoiler: Dark Pit eventually calls them all out on their selfish nature when they comment about how bad the humans are.]] The game is ''very'' loosely based on Greek Mythology listed above, with countless liberties being made like [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades being a Devil analogue]].
* Played around with quite interestingly throughout ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. The Demi-gods treat humans as a lower class, but most of them didn't act like jerks towards humans (with the possible exception of Wyzen post becoming a guardian general). This changes after Asura is betrayed by his fellow guardian generals, who act like this to a degree even by Jerkass God standards. [[spoiler: They turn humanity into a MartyrdomCulture by having them pray to them before they get killed and have their souls taken any to be converted into mantra, specifically used to power the Brahmastra. Only Yasha and Deus have regrets for what they do.]] [[spoiler: Chakravartin, who is this from start, goes [[UpToEleven beyond even them]] by proxy of being the reason why the Guardian generals turned into Jerkass Gods in the first place, and is even more arrogant then them.]]
* The Gods of ''VideoGame/DungeonMakerIITheHiddenWar'' take this to an extreme, to the point that they're nearly evil through [[AMillionIsAStatistic indifference]]. It's stated at one point that the gods would gladly exterminate most or all of humanity to defeat one rebellious demon. At one point they defeated a large army of demons, and 90% of humanity that happened to be in the way.
** Although, it turns out [[spoiler: the gods didn't do squat. The "gods" that wiped out most of the world were also demons, just demons that were a little higher up on the ladder than the ones they killed.]]
* Aquaticus, dragon god of water in ''VideoGame/{{Rune Factory 3}}'', though you only find this out in after the final boss battle: [[spoiler: He is the one who stripped Micah of his memory and plunked him into the middle of Sharance Village, as part of a GambitRoulette to reunite the the village with the non-human Sol Terrano settlement - setting a bunch of dangerous monsters loose in the process. When he reveals this to Micah, he gives him an opportunity to regain his full memory, but at the cost of having to leave his new life behind - including the fiancee he'd just fought Aquaticus to rescue - and returning to his old one. And this is ''after'' Aquaticus had revealed that you had fulfilled every one of requirements for his plans. So Micah's rewards are a happy life in Sharance, but with most of his past lost, probably forever, or regain that past at the cost of his present, also probably forever.]] Dragon Gods are Jerks.
* Nyarlathotep and, depending on one's point of view, Philemon from the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series. They are the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of humanity's creative and positive urges (Philemon) and humanity's self-destructive urges (Nyarlathotep). They treat the fight between them as a game, using people as agents and pawns to act out their eternal war. Nyarlathotep wants nothing more than to kick over the table and ruin everything, but Philemon holds him back. But then, for all Philemon empowers the heroes, all he really cares about is saving humanity in the aggregate, and lets his agents go through hell without so much as a note of sympathy. There's a reason a lot of players like to [[spoiler:have Tatsuya punch Philemon in the face rather than thank him]] at the end of ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Innocent Sin]]''.
* The Elder Gods from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', particularly in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', where, [[WhatTheHellHero when begged by Raiden for help against the invasion of Earthrealm]] by [[CrapSackWorld [=Outworld=]]], their response is "so sad, too bad, but we don't care about the genocide of an entire realm". Shao Kahn even mocks them by calling them "impotent worms".
** They weren't much different in the previous games/timeline. When they were not being [[TheGodsMustBeLazy indifferent]] to all but their own survival they tended to make things worse. They cursed Shang Tsung to consume souls to survive making him stronger which bit them on their collective asses when Shinnok attacked them [[note]] When Shang Tsung absorbed Kung Lao's soul after Lao's defeat at the hands of Goro, he gained knowledge of the whereabouts of Shinnok's amulet and gave it to Quan Chi in exchange for resurrecting Sindel. Thus Quan Chi used the amulet to free Shinnok, who then declares and unleashes his vengeance on his fellow Elder Gods who imprisoned him into the Netherrealm[[/note]]. They promised to return to life Scorpion's clan in exchange for service, but resurrected them as the undead. They tend to screw characters (both good and evil) over in several endings throughout the games. And comments in the games and outside of them has stated the Elder Gods appointed Shao Kahn as the protector of Outworld. A position he used to gain control of the realm. The Elder Gods then are responsible for most of the major villains throughout the games.
** It's even worse in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' when [[spoiler:it falls to the Cage Family and their allies to stop Shinnok, a fallen Elder God, from corrupting the Jinsei, Earthrealm's life-force while the Elder Gods have their hands on their asses. Just like Kahn in the previous game, Shinnok mocks his fellow Elder Gods for their inaction and apparent cowardice. And after Shinnok is vanquished, Raiden, [[FaithHeelTurn feeling that the Elder Gods are more burden than help]], decides to take matters into his own hands by defending Earthrealm from '''ALL''' threats. It seems that many of the characters in the series view the Elder Gods as incompetent slackers.]]
* ''VideoGame/SheepHappens'' starts off when Perseus buys some magic sandals from the Greek god Hermes to win a race. However, the sandals turn out to be cursed and Perseus can't stop running; explaining why the game is an endless runner. Hermes also taunts Perseus occasionally while he's chasing him.
** In the Christmas event, Hermes and his flying black sheep attack Santa's sleigh and steal all the presents. It's up to Perseus to collect the presents and save Christmas.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'' almost all of the gods are jerks. Charnel enjoys bringing pain and death to anyone, and demotes his Necromancers for someone better. Pyro is a power hungry warmonger. Stratos [[spoiler: set the whole apocalypse in motion, hoping that he would be the only god left]]. Persephone is self-righteous, HolierThanThou, and just as blood-thirsty as her fellows. Only James, the God of Earth, is an all around decent, honest fellow.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero'', where the Time Goddess is loved and praised by everyone, but is actually a [[ItsAllAboutMe narcissistic]] [[MoneyFetish anarcho-capitalist]] who gives her ChosenOne as little help or guidance as she can get away with and makes him pay huge amounts of cash for anything he gets, even aid needed to save his soul from a demon. She seems to be concerned with the planet, but likely only because destroying it would also destroy all of the money.
** She's outdone by far by the villains of the sequel's ''Ragnarok 30'' scenario, the God Nine. [[spoiler:While they actually had helped Hero save the world long ago]], they turned when they checked up on the world and discovered demons living there... even though [[spoiler:after their overlord was destroyed]] they were able to in harmony with humans. Their solution to this "problem"? Descend to earth and simply ''massacre'' human and demon alike. Of particular note is Varach of the Wars, who brags about how he keeps the world in cycles of war and peace so that the gods can harvest the energy of [[TheLifestream the Timestream]] from those who die, then give them time to reproduce before starting again. [[spoiler:Of course, even they are beaten in jerkassery by Fate...]]
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', your current God (as defined by your class and starting alignment) expects you to delve into the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dungeons of Doom]] where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, overcome quests and puzzles, descend into Hell, steal an amulet that causes bad stuff to you from the servant of Moloch, then bring it out of Hell, out of the dungeons, through the elemental Planes, and across the Astral Plane (where literally everything, including three of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, is trying to stop you) to give it to your God. With such a tall order, your God would probably help you as much as possible to ensure success, right? Wrong. Sure, they can help you if you pray to them... as long as you don't do it too often. Pray without respecting a certain time limit since your last prayer, and your God will get angry. Get your God too angry, and they'll start punishing you, all the way up to ''trying to kill you''. Sacrifices can mollify the God and reduce the time limit, though. (Evidently placating God's childish ego is more important than obtaining an artifact of cosmic powers.)
* Implied in the first two ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}}'' games but really shown in the third. At least, in the first two games, they are dicks to one another. In the third game, though, they have [[spoiler:decided to destroy the world and start over, not caring about all the mortals there]].
* ''Media/DragonAge'':
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Dread Wolf]] Fen'Harel, maybe. He's nominally an elven [[TheTrickster Trickster God]], but many of the stories paint him as cruel and manipulative, rather than comically mischievous. And if the legends are to be believed, he not only locked both the [[GodOfGood Creators]] and the [[GodofEvil Forgotten Ones]] away, but was enough of a JerkAss that the latter, who themselves were true [[GodIsEvil Evil Gods]], counted him among their numbers. [[spoiler:Things get a little bit grayer in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. Not only do you meet him, but he actually ends up ''joining your party to help''. Granted you don't learn who he really is until TheStinger, but as Solas, he seems to lack many of the more sinister traits the elves ascribe to him. Codex entries found at the Temple of Mythal even goes so far as to suggest that he was actually a God of Rebellion who got a HistoricalVillainUpgrade, meaning he might lean closer to [[NeglectfulPrecursors Neglectful Precursor]] or GodIsFlawed than previously believed. However, you then find out that he's plotting TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in order to create a better world for elves, [[SequelHook leaving it up to the Inquisition (or what remains of it) to save the world.]] [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed For the third time]].]]
** Some of the information revealed in ''Inquisition'' heavily implies that the rest of the Elven Pantheon were not as benevolent as Dalish stories claim either. Mythal was pretty much the OnlySaneMan, [[spoiler:which is why the rest of them killed her: she worried too much about the well-being of their people and got in the way of their desire for more power. And even Mythal has a rather significant NiceJobBreakingItHero moment to her name.]]
** The true nature of the Old Gods of the Tevinter Imperium is ambiguous, but each of them apparently tricked their high priests into invading the Golden City on his behalf, with negative consequences for everyone (including themselves).
** The main reason Solas approves of the idea of The Maker without believing in it is because The Maker ''doesn't do anything''. True gods don't need to flaunt their power.
** The Maker can also fall into this, depending on the speaker, to the point where the interpretations of the Maker that make Him seem actually decent (such as Leliana's) tend to be semi-heretical. Chantry dogma holds that the darkspawn exist because the magisters of Tevinter invaded Heaven and got smacked down and turned into monsters; [[spoiler:most of it seems to be true ''except'' the Maker's involvement, which is still ambiguous]]. In other words, countless humans and dwarves have been killed in horrible ways or turned into monsters because of the admittedly abhorrent actions of a small group of Tevene magisters, none of whom even ''could'' have been dwarven because dwarves can't do magic. Then there's the Chantry explanation for demons existing, which is that the Maker screwed up when making spirits by not giving them the capacity for creation, dumped them like a sack of hot bricks and dedicated all His attention to mortals instead, leading many of the spirits to fester in resentment and turn evil. Most of His relationship with mortals seems to consist of turning His face from them, looking back for thirty seconds, and then returning to a stance of "no, screw you guys", meaning he is, at best, very passive-aggressive and deeply indifferent towards collateral damage.
* Of the gods of ''VideoGame/DesktopDungeons,'' one has been [[MadGod insane]] for centuries and another is halfway there, one is a BloodKnight and another a GodOfEvil, one is a [[TheTrickster trickster]] who rewards the use of "dirty tricks" and punishes mortals for being ''boring,'' and the sole GodOfGood is also [[LawfulStupid ludicrously strict and unforgiving.]] It's also suggested that they're constantly at each other's throats, as they reward the player for destroying the others' altars.
* The gods in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' tend towards this. Even the generally benevolent Eothas ([[GodIsDead while he still lived]]), Hylea and Berath are absolutely ''[[DisproportionateRetribution brutal]]'' if crossed, leaving significant collateral damage in their wake. The rest tend towards sometimes-inscrutable BlueAndOrangeMorality, with special credit going to Skaen, the god of hate, who rewards his followers for petty cruelty and engages more or less routinely in HumanSacrifice, and Woedica, goddess of vengeance, [[spoiler:the Greater Scope Villain who has been devouring unborn souls for power]]. The kicker? [[spoiler:All of the gods were ''man-made'' through animancy. The Engwithans apparently believed that a world run by JerkassGods was preferable to a world with no gods at all.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', being a crossover between Gods from various mythologies, naturally have a lot of high-and-mighty jackass Gods here and there. But worth mentioning is Ra from the Myth/EgyptianMythology. He used to be a bonafide GodOfGood, but after he was poisoned by Isis in her bid to save Egypt, [[StartOfDarkness he went mad from the pain]] and nearly had his daughter Hathor obliterate Egypt before he changed his mind, and then settles in the middle road: Being a condescending bird-God.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Tornadus and Thundurus, OlympusMons introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', are a pair of genie-like creatures who use their abilities to cause mayhem for humans and Pokémon, particularly farmers. No reason is given for their mischief (which is also reflected in their shared Prankster Ability); they just do it for fun. Fortunately their {{foil}}, Landorus, is far more benevolent.
** While [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Alola's guardians]] protect the islands from danger, [[HolyIsNotSafe they're not exactly friendly]]. Tapu Koko is capricious and fickle in saving people and [[BloodKnight loves conflict]], Tapu Lele casually uses its scales to cause people to fight and kill each other for its own amusement, Tapu Bulu destroyed a supermarket when one was built near its sacred lands (despite being the nicest of the Tapus), and Tapu Fini is indifferent to those in need, and having a cynical opinion on humans, only helps those who survive its powerful, destructive fog. [[TheFairFolk Fittingly, they're all part Fairy-type]].
* Over the course of episodes 1 & 2 of VideoGame/{{Minecraft Story Mode}} season 2, [[spoiler:the admin (Who has all the powers an administrator in a vanilla minecraft server would have, making him a god) has almost killed Jesse and co. for entering his temple, puts his entire town in mortal danger just to "play fight" with them, spawns mobs around the now destroyed village and promises to reverse it all only if they find his ice tower and beat his game. After that, guess what? the admin sends Jesse and co. to a prison hell just because they worked together!]]
* Most of the divine figures in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' are at least functional, and sometimes benevolent, but there are some who are wicked or monstrous - Elise, for example, serves one with the cheery name of Vilemaw. There's also the Bearded Lady, a goddess of the ocean. There are two main characters associated with her. Illaoi is a literal SinkOrSwimMentor who has no problem fomenting chaos in Bilgewater just to make sure nobody gets too comfortable, and Pyke is a vengeance-crazed SerialKiller.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The version of Gilgamesh in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a jerkass demigod, who plans to [[spoiler: commit mass genocide, leaving only the strongest to serve under him]]. [[AesopAmnesia Guess he didn't learn anything, huh?]]
%%* Gilgamesh is mellowed out a bit in ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' and ''[[VideoGame/FateEXTRA CCC]]'', going from a straight-up jerk to a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. %% Zero Context Example

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* The webcomics by Creator/AGnosis portray some of the Greek gods, accurately, as jerks. It is toned down a bit (Zeus doesn't commit on-screen rapes), but many of the gods apparently view mortals as playthings. And then there is [[EveryoneHatesHades Hades]], who just wants to be left alone, and care for the dead, but wants nothing to do with his living worshippers. When a priestess of his wants to talk to him, he's quite rude to her. Demeter, on the other hand, averts this trope by politely going to all the harvest festivals she's invited to.
* ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan'' can sometimes slide into this, but there's a general consensus that as bad as the Traveler Gods could be they are still better than the old gods. The old Gods being Jerkasses is what kicks off the "God War".
* The [[ItMakesSenseInContext Penguin God]] in ''Webcomic/JackOfAllBlades'': He tricks Jack and Tsai into accompanying the Penguins to their new home world, telling them the trip would take a couple of days at the most. (which it did, [[TimeDilation to them]]). After revealing this, he revealed that Jack's new bride will have found someone she loves even more than him when he gets back (also true: that person was [[spoiler: their daughter, Jacqi]])
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': the Gods created the world it seems for their own amusement as much as anything. Their squabbles the first time created the Snarl and ended up killing 1/4 of them and unmaking reality before they locked it up in the current world. When they remade it they made Clerics and a lot of cool monsters for them to help fight, but needed CannonFodder for them to kill for experience. All goblin races were created to be nothing more than easy experience points and defined as "Usually ChaoticEvil" for the purposes of alignment and spells, no matter their actions. (Well, according to Redcloak anyway.) As a result, killing a Goblin child unable to comprehend good and evil is not an evil act (again, [[UnreliableNarrator according to Redcloak]]). The motivation of the aforementioned Redcloak stems from him trying to give his people an equal footing.
** The Dark One (the [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence previously-mortal]] god of the goblins) averts this in his dealings with his followers, but he's still willing to threaten the stability of the entire universe in order to force the other gods to make Goblins a PC race. Right-Eye however believes this is true, and renounced the Dark One because he thought (citing the many goblins who died for the cause) the Dark One cared more about revenge than about goblins.
** The Northern Gods attending the Godsmoot seem to bear out Redcloak's depiction, with many of the ostensibly Good gods supporting [[spoiler:ending the world and killing everyone on it]] because it would be safer for them, personally. One of them, Nord the Ocean God, just wants to [[spoiler:unmake the world because he wants to try out [[SkewedPriorities a new coastline.]]]]
* ''WebComic/{{Twokinds}}'': Ephemural and that other guy are well-worshipped by the Keidran, but treat their subjects HORRIBLY. The fact that they let one of their "champions" incite a genocidal war on the entire continent says enough about their political goals. On an individual level, they are entirely willing to possess and devour (via meatshielding) the souls of their pawns.
* ''WebComic/{{Oglaf}}'': Sithrak the Blind Gibberer would seem to be this, or at least if it's to believe [[http://oglaf.com/sithrak/ his missionaries.]] They claim that the reason life is cruel is because Sithrak is [[MadGod angry and insane]].
-->'''Missionary 1:''' When you die, Sithrak [[FateWorseThanDeath tortures you forever]] -- whether you were good or not.
-->'''Missionary 2:''' I find that [[KarmaHoudini lack of responsibility]] [[ComedicSociopathy really liberating]].
** The AltText reveals that Sithrak ''does'' have [[EvenEvilHasStandards his standards]], though... he doesn't torture you before you're born because that would be creepy.
** And when a missionary of Sithrak finally meets the god, [[spoiler: Sithrak is confused by how terrified the cultist is, before explaining that his promises of eternal torment were just poetry wrote while he was an angry teenager. Even though he resurrects his follower to try to correct their view of him, the Sithrak cultists assume this was just the god toying with their emotions in an act of sadism.]]
** As shown in the page image, the unnamed god who [[BoltOfDivineRetribution reacts explosively]] to blasphemies which he's not properly informed his followers as to the nature of.
--> '''General:''' God is on their side. But I've been reading their holy book and I think God may be a psycho.
* Quizmalia, the Lady of Fate and Fortune from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure.'' She created the Magicant, an ultimate [[CosmicKeystone wish granting artifact]] and then plunked it into Manjulias simply to watch various people abuse its power for [[ForTheLulz her own amusement.]]
* Magic[[note]]Never actually called a god, but what else do you call an unknowable sentient being with virtually unlimited power to reshape reality?[[/note]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is, in the words of Elliot, "a needy drama geek [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment with a flair for the dramatic]]," which grants power based mainly on aesthetic sensibilities and, every few hundred years, abruptly withdraws it from almost everyone on Earth and changes how to get it to keep from becoming too prominent on the world stage.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', all the gods that humanity has ever worshipped (yes, even the God of Christianity/Judaism/Islam, before you ask) are actually the products of humanity's collective unconscious via the same psionic effect that caused several of the AnthropomorphicPersonifications (such as Uncle Sam, the incarnation of American liberty, and the Blood Red King, the incarnation of suffering) to come into existence. As such, their behavior and attitudes reflect human behavior and attitudes. The reason that so many of the gods are complete ass-hats is because humanity expects them to be.
* Zod from ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' is a drunken bastard who would rather fart up hurricanes, go on beer parties, and armwrestle with an expy of Cthulhu rather than answer the hundreds of millions of prayers directed at him.
* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has these in spades. There are, of course, all the various Lovecraftian "gods". There's the Tao with its shamelessly invoked OmniscientMoralityLicense. The Christian Heaven and Hell (or good facsimiles thereof) apparently exist and are locked in a [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil carefully balanced stalemate]] with neither side actually ''trying'' to win too much, which works okay for the entity claiming to be Satan but casts a dim light on his counterpart. (Let's not even go into their respective treatment of Merry, later Petra, who by this point is a fully appointed knight of the Catholic church... even if she ''does'' also carry Sara's demon mark.) And the New Olympians school clique? Are some of the old Greek gods in new human host bodies, with at least some of them already up to their old tricks and none too happy that [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly nobody worships them anymore]].
* Parodied by [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1924722 this]] ''College Humor'' video.
* Although ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' does not contain examples of the trope, it does have a rather appropriate summary of it:
-->"The root problem with Christianity is that their god is supposed to be all-powerful and benevolent. It sounds like an easy sell but when life turns completely to shit you have to come up with [[InMysteriousWays all kinds of whacked-out reasons]] for why kindly old Jehovah saw fit to run over little Timmy with a combine harvester and leave him in [[AndIMustScream a state of vegetative limbless agony]] for eighteen years. Ancient cultures didn't have that problem; they knew their gods were a bunch of drunken lunatics who ran around boning their close relatives and turning their goolies into fruit-bearing trees. Consequently they tend to make for much more interesting stories."
* An episode of WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's ''Best of the Worst'' includes a discussion of ''Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake'' in which they describe [[AsHimself Gary Coleman's character]] as "[[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation an all-powerful deity]]" whose safety tips come at the expense of two children whom he remotely almost chokes to death, causes to slip and sustain cranial injury, and antagonizes with invading pedophiles - all for the sake of [[ItAmusedMe amusing himself]] and trying to impress [[HospitalHottie a hot nurse]].
* In ''Monster Girl Encyclopedia'':
** From various profiles, we can conclude that while the Chief God really loves humans, she hates monsters. It's possible that she created them with the intent of having an enemy for mankind to fight. On the other end, we have the Fallen God who believes in pleasure above all other things, and forcefully converts both human women and angels into its followers the same way as a succubus, causing them to desire the ultimate "reward" of being locked in eternal coitus with their mate in Pandemonium. Finally, the cyclopes were once deities, but fellow deities cursed them into monsters simply because ''they have only one eye''.
** Translations of the official background material have also shown that Poseidon (who is a goddess in this setting) turned against the other gods and sided with the demon lord in part at least because the other gods were forcing her to make storms to reduce human populations and make them fear the sea.
** Also from the settings material, it turns out that the monsters are living creatures the Chief God created so that the population of humans could be easily controlled. The previous Demon Lords were control devices so that the gods could control the monsters. Whenever the population of humans got too high, the monsters would become incredibly vicious and begin killing large numbers of humans. Then when humans started to die out and the monsters became too numerous, the Chief God would grant humans incredible power, creating “heroes”, and send them to slay the Demon Lord. With the Demon Lord slain, the monsters would kill each other to decide the next Demon Lord, causing a rapid decrease in the monster population. This would go on until humans again became too prosperous, at which point a new Demon Lord would be born and take control of the Monsters. This process ran for several cycles until a Succubus fought her way to becoming the current Demon Lord, and started messing with the system.
* A rather tragic example with the Storyteller from Blog/OffThePageAndIntoLife. Watching all her creations die one by one, and failing to reincarnate them to be her friends has taken its toll on her attitude and empathy.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the [[PhysicalGod gods]] are quite often amoral and manipulate mortals for their own ends. Gods like Artemicia the Goddess of Healing, Hephaestus the God of Smithing, Nergal the God of War and Shakkan the God of Beasts have all done things which have affected the world and the people living in it in a negative way do to their personal rivalries and opposing ideologies.
* ''WebVideo/MrDeity'' loves the smell of blood and set up all kinds of massively {{Disproportionate Retribution}}s for minor crimes in Hell. His EstablishingCharacterMoment in the first episode comes when he decides to allow natural disasters in his creation despite there being no real reason to on the flimsy justification that he felt the myriad of awful things he had already put in, like genocide and cancer, wouldn't be enough to make anyone doubt his existence.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* God is pretty much a [[JerkAss jerk]] in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' too. His first appearance in Season 1 has him attending church and grumbling how much "he hates it when he tells this story" when the priest tells the story of Job. He causes the Drunken Clam to burn down while trying to impress women with his ability to summon lightningbolts (killing the woman in the process), he often neglects or treats Jesus poorly, usually being portrayed as a deadbeat father, and is kind of short and annoyed in general with his worshippers when they interact directly with him. Also, in "3 Acts Of God", its revealed that he's actually mildly autistic.
* The telling of the PandorasBox story in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' fits the trope and the original story rather well. Basically, the gods trick Pandora into opening the box [[ForTheEvulz purely for shits and giggles]].
** And, of course, there are plenty of gods that make guest appearances, such as Eris, the goddess of discord and strife.
* Neptune of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' acts this way.
** His son Triton in "Spongebob and The Clash of Triton" on the other hand actually did care about mortals and their affairs before his father locked him in a cage because he felt that trying to improve the lives of mortals was not befitting of a god. The thousands of years he spent locked away eventually turned Triton into a jerkass god as well.
* The (freakish) version of God on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' could qualify too. Not only does He look like a spectacularly ugly cross between an orangutan and a hippopotamus, but He is cold-hearted and hypocritical in allowing Satan to take all human beings except for Mormons to Hell, despite Himself being a Buddhist - [[{{Irony}} a religion that ultimately dispenses with the idea of God]]. (Satan, however, couldn't be considered [[PunchClockVillain evil]]).
* [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Discord]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. He's an [[TheOmnipotent all-powerful]] RealityWarper who can do pretty much anything he pleases. And just what does he use this power to do? [[SugarApocalypse Turn Equestria into]] a [[RealityIsOutToLunch chaos-stricken version]] of its former self and [[WorldGoneMad drive everypony insane]] for [[ItAmusedMe his own amusement]]. His initial appearance paints him more as a GodOfEvil than just a jerkass, but his characterization in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" falls squarely in line with this trope (unless you consider "spirit of chaos and disharmony" not close enough to explicitly-stated godhood, but there's no denying the "jerkass" part).
** Tirek, the demonic centaur, from the same show as well, could qualify as well if not more-so. He's pretty much Equestria's equivalent of {{Satan}}, especially when he drained everypony in Equestria of their magic. He rules over Equestria with an iron hoof, destroys Twilight's beloved tree home, and tries to murder the mane six ForTheEvulz. He's eviler than Discord as shown by him betraying Discord in a heartbeat and nearly ''succeeding'' in destroying Equestria.
** SorcerousOverlord King Sombra seems to be this for the Crystal Empire. A millennium ago, he came seemingly out of nowhere and magically converted the entire place into a {{Mordor}}; oppressed the Crystal Ponies as his blatant, personal SlaveRace; and then, once Princesses Celestia and Luna came and overthrew him for the Crystal Ponies' sake, cursed the Empire to vanish as both spite for his imprisonment and PragmaticVillainy to preserve "his" domain until his inevitable return. And in the Season 5 finale, one of the {{Bad Future}}s shows what would've happened if said return had gone off without a hitch: He would've inflicted FromBadToWorse on the Crystal Ponies by magically brainwashing them into becoming his soldiers in a war against the rest of Equestria. As a confirmed {{Expy}} of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]], he can't even be mentioned without an aura of complete unpleasantness.
* The Users (ie ''people'') in ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' count from the perspective of those inside the computers. While they ''do'' send upgrades and keep the machine running it's purely for pragmatic reasons while they unleash game cubes which put the sprites and binomes in danger and program viruses. The only thing that stops this from going right into GodIsEvil territory is that the Users are ObliviouslyEvil: they don't realize the denizens of the net are living sentient beings and play games for fun without realizing the danger and damage they cause.
* Flynn's one appearance in ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' is similar to the ''Reboot'' example. He's not malevolent, but he is a bit of an oblivious idiot who blows off the mounting Program-Iso tensions, Clu's power-hungry streak, and The Grid's problems with gridbugs and other stability issues. When System Guard Dyson appeals to Flynn for help in healing a nasty facial injury, Flynn is too distracted to help, leading Dyson to be one of the first (and most powerful) Programs to side with Clu in implementing the coup that left Flynn exiled and Tron grievously injured.