"Will you then say, 'I am a god', in the presence of those who kill you? You will be but a mortal, not a god, in the hands of those who slay you."Deicide, aka killing a god. To kill the gods / God / Crystal Dragon Jesus is a daunting task. You're often dealing with an Immortal, Nigh Invulnerable, Physical God that can probably snuff the life out of you in an instant. However, in fiction, Anyone Can Die. As a result, you may have a setting where you can Kill The Gods. This makes sense if the character who kills the god is its equal or greater in power, although it's not unheard of to see someone who's weaker than the god kill them anyway. If the Gods Need Prayer Badly, this could be accomplished by everybody ceasing worship at once and letting the god just shrivel up. Make sure, btw, that you are killing the entire god, and not just their avatar. Otherwise this is Fighting a Shadow. Once you do this, God Is Dead. See also Rage Against the Heavens. Compare Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?, which their cause of death qualifies for if the god-killer is a mortal or otherwise much less powerful than the god that was killed. A warning for those warrior nay-sayers; in a setting where there are multiple gods, slaying one of them is a powerful indicator of the threat posed to them, and may result in some pre-emptive retribution for their own safety (and possibly to punish the arrogance of mortals who act outside their perceived place). Do not confuse with Creator Killer.
— Ezekiel 28:9, The Bible
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- Happens to practically all of the Magic Gods in A Certain Magical Index after Aleister Crowley outgambits them and forces them all to a human level.
- Almost happens to Haruhi at the hands of Kuyo and Fujiwara at the climax of The Astonishment of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 2.
- Bleach: The Arrancar Arc's climax is the Deicide mini-arc, focusing on Aizen's obsession with reaching and surpassing the realm of divinity. However, his target (the Spirit King) is officially regarded as a king by most characters. The arc ends with Aizen's defeat and the death of Gin, who used his own God-Killing Spear to try and slay Aizen. Like the Spirit King, Aizen is not a god; he simply reached a power level too great for most characters to comprehend. And unfortunately for Gin, death didn't quite take for Aizen.
- The main premise of Campione! is that when somebody kills a god, they get Cursed with Awesome to receive that god's Combo Platter Powers. This, deicide pretty much happens once an Arc.
- In Princess Mononoke, Lady Eboshi kills the forest spirit, which is a sort of Physical God. The results, however, aren't quite what she intended.
- An extremely difficult proposition in Saint Seiya, as the gods (with the exception of Eris in the first OVA) are really powerful, but possible with the right means. The real problem is getting them to STAY dead: Poseidon apparently died millennia before the series, but still managed to operate as a spirit and by Grand Theft Me.
- A variation occurs in Code Geass. Emperor Charles and his brother, V.V., having lost their parents to the machinations of their Deadly Decadent Court, promised each other as children that if there was a god that made people fight and scheme against each other for power, they would kill him. By the time they are older and in a position to put their plan into action, their understanding of the situation has sufficiently evolved that they're no longer trying to kill the "god" they have discovered, but they are planning to use it to enact an Assimilation Plot where all human consciousness, past and present, will unite so the fighting will stop and the dead will return.
- New Getter Robo the final fight has the Getter team fighting four beings who describe themselves as gods and accomplish feats no less then bringing themselves back from death come to destroy the Getter Robo before it evolves into the terrifying Getter Emperor.
- This can happen in Death Note when a Shinigami kills someone with their notebooks to selflessly save another person's life. This happens to Gelus and Rem when they save Misa's life.
- Majin Buu kills plenty of Kais, which are basically the Gods of the Dragon Ball universe. In fact, he became Fat Buu after absorbing the Supreme Grand Kai, who was the ruler of not only the Kais, but the Dragon Ball universe as a whole.
- It happens in Preacher. The Saint of Killers REALLY lived up to his name.
- In Thorgal, Ogotai gets shot in the back with his own plasma gun. He wasn't a real god, just a dangerously delusional and terribly powerful alien psychic, but from the characters' power level, he certainly counts. And he did have a Mayincatec civilization doing mass human sacrifices for him.
- One of the enemies of the Marvel Comics version of The Mighty Thor, Desak, wants to kill every god in the universe because of the actions of his home planet's Jerkass Gods. Gorr the God Butcher acts much like Desak, except he indulges in Cold-Blooded Torture because his home planet's Jerkass Gods didn't do anything to alleviate the Trauma Conga Line of himself and his people. Then he got hold of the weapon of an Elder God, which is essentially like a Green Lantern Ring of dark energy. Only worse. Nightmare Fuel ensues. Ironically, the Necrosword itself may very well have been the reason Gorr's gods never answered his world's prayers — they were all slain by it. Thor claims that the Necrosword was forged for the purpose of killing gods. A claim that has merit, considering the sword is fueled by divine blood.
- Darkseid sees other gods besides his New God underlings as threats to his conquest of everything, so he kills them and takes their powers.
- The title character of Harry Kipling (Deceased) does this on a regular basis. He can do it because he's technically a god himself.
- The Authority manage to kill the Maker of Earth, a planet-sized alien being, at the stroke of midnight on January 1st 2000.
- In The DCU it happens often enough to Godlike space beings that the Guardians of the Universe call it a 1011.
- The Superior Spider-Man does this to the Master Weaver in Spider-Verse, then proceeds to try to destroy the Web of Life and Destiny in an attempt to Screw Destiny.
- In New Avengers, this happens to the Living Tribunal, after the Beyonders kill it, sending its corpse across the multiverse.
- In Marvel Zombies Galactus himself gets eaten by the Zombies.
- Black Moon Chronicles: Deicide is apparently possible in the setting. When Lucifer's demons rampage around the world after Haazheel opens the Hell Gate between their dimensions, they attack the Oracle's sanctuary intending to destroy the Oracle before Wismerhill intervenes and slays the demons. On the other hand, Methraton later specifically seals Lucifer away after his defeat because he doesn't know of any way to kill a god.
- Aquila: Several gods are killed throughout the comic, including the guardian deity of Rome, who happens to be a giant wolf bitch living in the sewers beneath the capital of the world.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami is leaning towards this. Ami has discussed some plans (some even viable, apparently) for killing Metallia. It appears she may have to resort to this sooner, however, as both Crowned Death and Azzaratha, the Mighty Tyrant, are baying for her blood due to her many offenses against them and her general attitude to being a keeper in general.
- The Unraveler of Mysteries has moved in opposition to her at least once, but it seems that she is less inclined to seek vengeance against Ami, and intends to study or recruit her instead.
- The Prayer Warriors do this to every god they meet, in rather quick ways.
- In The Immortal Game, Alicorns are considered as the equivalent of deities. And King Titan ends up kicking the bucket.
- In Crucible, this (or an attempt thereof) is stated to be the only crime on the Equestrian books which carries the death penalty. Unfortunately for Twilight Sparkle, she accidentally caused Princess Celestia to fry herself nearly to death.
- Pony POV Series:
- This technically is possible, but not easy nor recommended. The deities don't just rule over concepts of existence, they are concepts of existence. Killing one of them results in their concept being Ret Gone from time, along with anyone who was alive because of that Concept. The only true example of this happening was the pony who killed Cupid, and it was second only in destruction to the universe to Nightmare Eclipse's plans.
- During the finale arc, the villains invoke this by making digital clones of several video game heroes with a habit of doing this (Bayonetta, Asura, Kratos, and Demi-Fiend) to guard their castle. Subverted, when the gods they end up going up against are the Elders. The 'god-killers' didn't stand a chance.
- It's believed in-universe that the world of Fledglings was formed following the death of most legendaries save for Arceus at the hands of selfish Pokémon using the power of the "Star of Destruction".
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Star Trek V has earned the Fan Nick Name Star Trek: Shoot God in the Face since its climax involves going to the heart of the galaxy and meeting an omnipotent, godlike being in need of a starship, and then shooting it in the face.
- In Clash of the Titans (2010), various rulers are trying to do this to the Olympians by destroying their temples and denying them worship. While it does weaken them, the gods are still powerful enough to inflict misery on the commonfolk, whose suffering their arrogant rulers ignore. It also doesn't do anything to weaken Hades, since he draws power from their fear of death.
- The climax of Dogma involves the protagonist finding and killing Godnote , in order to allow Her to return to Heaven and appear at the place She needs to be to stop the villain from destroying the universe.
- According to word of God, Odin was Killed Offscreen in Thor: The Dark World, with Loki taking his place. His wife Frigga also dies.
- In Craft Sequence, the human craftsmen started a war with the gods. They managed to kill most of them.
- In Three Parts Dead, it's Donovo 's plan.
- In His Dark Materials, this is Asriel's mission. There's also a knife which is properly called the god-destroyer.
- In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Pan is killed because of a lack of people who believe in him, which also doubled as a Green Aesop.
- David Eddings:
- In The Belgariad Belgarion of Riva has "Godslayer" as one of his official titles, and it isn't honorary.
- Sparhawk killed a god at the end of both The Elenium and The Tamuli. The gods were even aware this was a danger because Sparhawk was born Immune to Fate.
- The Big Bad of The Tamuli went for a variant on the Gods Need Prayer Badly method — he ordered his minions to kill off Aphrael's worshipers, because without them Aphrael would herself die.
- In Everworld gods can't be killed by mortal means, but they can be killed by other gods or godly weapons. Or modern weapons from our world. There's also the Eldritch Abomination Ka Anor, an alien god who eats other gods and is basically trying to genocide the whole holy race.
- In Hogfather, a Discworld novel, the plot is driven by an attempt to assassinate the Santa Claus Expy, the Hogfather, by using magic to keep children from believing in him. At one point the protagonist stops to consider that the Hogfather really is a god when you get down to it (leave snacks as a sacrifice, he bestows gifts as blessings), and indeed, the story explains that he's basically the modern incarnation of an old solstice deity.
- Several gods are slain using the eponymous items in the Book of Swords series by Fred Saberhagen. In fact, once humans realize gods are not immortal, they start not believing in them, and the rest die from disbelief.
- The goal of Nicolae Carpathia's Global Community One World Unity Army at the battle of Armageddon in the Left Behind book Glorious Appearing, and also that of The Other Light at the end of the Millennium Kingdom in Kingdom Come — neither of which was achieved as God and Jesus wiped out both armies.
- The Dresden Files
- Immortal gods and Fae are a pain to kill. Even chopping off their head or grinding them into nothing won't keep them dead forever. Only two conditions are known where gods can surely be killed. First, when a plane of existence is created to permit it. Second on Halloween until the first birdsong is heard the next morning.
- In Summer Knight Harry killed the Summer Lady Aurora.
- In the novel Cold Days, Harry is given an assignment to kill an Immortal, namely Maeve, the Winter Lady. He is less than pleased with this daunting task. But Murphy is the one who ends up killing Maeve. And before that, Maeve kills Lily, the Summer Lady, with a bullet to her head. According to Bob, even THIS does not technically stick. Maeve may be dead, but this just means someone ELSE becomes the Winter Lady, and eventually becoming, if not Maeve, something very close.
- At the climax of the first Mistborn novel, Vin kills the Lord Ruler, an immortal tyrant most of humanity regards as God though he's really just a very powerful, very intelligent human. Then at the end of the last book she offs a real god, Ruin. In this case, Vin had just ascended to godhood herself as Ruin's equal and opposite, and she was able to destroy him by sacrificing herself to do it.
- In the second book of the Inheritance Trilogy, an order of people fanatically loyal to the god Itempas attempt to kill his brother/lover/rival (it's complicated) Nahadoth.
- In Dark Heart, the gods of Caliel were once mortals who rose to power after rebelling against and overthrowing the selfish, power-hungry elder gods.
- In the Nightside series, Belle acquired her Super Speed by killing and skinning a minor Greek godling, then making boots out of his skin. Bad Penny killed Herne the Hunter for telling John Taylor information that Walker wants kept quiet. And in the short story "Razor Eddie's Big Night Out", it's revealed that the Punk God of the Straight Razor attained his divinity by killing the war-god Mithras in defense of a priest who'd been kind to him.
- Journey to Chaos: Kallen Selios' airship, Albatros IX, has a "smite gods" button. It channels divine power that she received from various events such as the Siduban Chaos Explosion. It only took two direct hits for this thing to kill a low-rung Grim Reaper. Emily points out the Bullying a Dragon aspect of this but Kallen does no care.
- In the Dragonlance novels, a Bad Future shows how Raistlin managed to not only kill all the other Gods of Krynn but rise to godhood himself, but at a horrible cost to the rest of the world where he ended up killing everything, leaving him trapped alone for eternity in a world that will never know the touch of life again. A large part of the Legends trilogy is making sure this never comes to pass in the main timeline.
- In Malazan Book of the Fallen war god Fener is on the recieving end from Karsa Orlong towards the end of The Crippled God. Fener's been on a downward spiral ever since Heboric inadvertedly yanked him out of the heavens, really.
- In The Traitor Son Cycle, Harmodius eventually gets fed up with the machinations of his world's Physical Gods and decides that he wants to have them all murder each other and kill what's left - only for other characters to point out that they can't even win against one of them on their own without the aid of another, so perhaps Harmodius might want to put his masterplan on hold.
- In Silverwing, Nocturna has been killed by the more vicious Bat God named Zotz. This is revealed in the Firewing book.
- In Xena: Warrior Princess, the title character gains the Power to Kill Gods in the season 5 finale, and uses it so often that she is billed as "Xena of Amphipolis, the Warrior Princess, Slayer of Gods and Defender of the Elijans."
- The entire fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer revolves around killing Glory, a seemingly unstoppable hellgod trapped in a mortal body.
- Star Trek
- Worf claims that Klingons have no gods, because they killed them centuries ago. Apparently they were "more trouble than they were worth." We later learn that this was actually a joke. The gods were really all killed almost immediately after the first two Klingons were created; this partnership is the core of the Klingon ideal of marriage.
- In the TOS episode, "Who Mourns for Adonais", an alien claiming to be the Greek god Apollo captures the Enterprise. They destroy the source of his powers and he "spreads himself upon the winds" to join his fellow gods that had passed on.
- In Stargate SG-1, a device is created that is capable of killing ascended beings. In the Ori galaxy, the Ori themselves are ascended beings who have convinced their followers that they are gods. The device is sent through a stargate to the Ori galaxy, where it goes off, destroying all of the Ori. It is SG-1's impressive tally of dead Goa'uld that starts enslaved humans and Jaffa thinking that maybe the Goa'uld aren't truly gods after all.
- In season five, Lucifer wipes out a hotelful of gods in about five minutes.
- Death claims he will reap God at the end of time.
- In "Meet the New Boss", the Winchesters bind Death to try to kill Castiel, who has become an outright god. It doesn't work.
- The Winchesters have killed a number of pagan gods, including Osiris and a Vanir.
- In the Season 10 finale Dean kills Death with his own scythe.
- Done quite a few times in Doctor Who with Sufficiently Advanced Aliens.
- In "Pyramids of Mars" the 4th Doctor kills Sutekh the Destroyer, last of the Godlike Osirians who inspired the Egyptian Gods.
- The 7th Doctor could be quite good at this. "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" has him defeat the Gods of Ragnarok. In Death Comes to Time, generally thought of as non-canon, he kills the rogue Time Lord General Tannis and seemingly dies in the process (here the Time Lords all have Reality Warper capabilities and are referred to as Gods of the Fourth).
- "Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways" has Rose do this to the God-Emperor of the Daleks.
- "The Rings of Akhaten" has Clara do this to Akhaten, an Eldritch Abomination Genius Loci which feeds on stories.
- This seems partially based on the audio drama "Phobos", where the 8th Doctor kills a Godlike being living inside a wormhole that feeds on fear by showing it his fears.
- The Time Lords are basically Physical Gods so any time they die could count.
Mythology and Religion
- Older Than Dirt: In Egyptian Mythology, Set chopped up his brother Osiris and threw all the pieces into the Nile. His sister put him back together.
- Norse Mythology.
- Balder is killed by an arrow (or spear) through the heart shot by Hodr, but he was set up by Loki. He knew Balder's only weakness: mistletoe. In Gesta Danorum's version, Baldr dies via a sword called mistletoe.
- At Ragnarok, Odin, Thor, Loki, Heimdall, Frey, and most of the Aesir bite it at the hands of giants, trolls, Fenrir, Jormungandr, and Surtr.
- In Odinani religion, every god except for the Superior one who is the origin of all things, only exists to serve a specific purpose. One that purpose has been fulfilled they die. In this case "killing" them would be a good thing, as it means you are becoming more self sufficient.
- According to The Bible, this is the result of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in 33 A.D.. From the same source, this act was subverted three days after its commission.
- In Japanese Mythology, the goddess Izanami was killed by giving birth to a god of fire. Her husband, Izanagi, killed the child Kagutsuchi out of grief. After her death, Izanami fell into the underworld and became a zombie goddess. The Kojiki also has cases where mythical Japanese emperors fought and killed the 'gods of the earth', probably allusion to the pacification of rival tribes. However, the emperors themselves were descended from Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess of the Heaven, so these are probably cases of takes one to kill one.
- In Greek Mythology, the Ophiotaurus was said to grant the power to defeat the gods to anyone who burned its entrails. The Titans managed to kill it but Zeus sent an eagle to snatch its entrails before they could be burned.
- In Hawaiian Mythology, the prophet Lanikaula defeated and killed the Pahulu gods of sorcery that used to dwell on the island of Moloka'i.
- Exalted is full of exaggeration, and this trope is no exception. You can trivially kill the vast majority of gods right out of chargen. And not only you can kill typical day-to-day house-spirit gods, you can also kill the Incarnae, who are the big bosses of the gods. And ultimately you can kill the Primordials, who are the gods of the gods. In fact, that last one was the very reason why the Exalted were created.
- For an RPG based on Gnosticism, this trope is averted in KULT. But only because God Is Dead.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- 1st Edition
- Under the rules (Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia) it was possible to kill deities, which led to bizarre results. One example was a letter to Dragon magazine in which a PC killed the Norse Mythology god Thor by pushing him off the top of a wall and getting Thor's magical hammer Mjölnir as booty.
- Module Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits. A high level PC group could kill Lolth, the Demon Queen of Spiders, who was a lesser deity under the rules. If they did so her spider ship would cease to exist, but they would be saved and returned to the Prime Material Plane by their deities.
- 2nd Edition
- Legends and Lore supplement. Deities could only be killed by a more powerful deity or any deity using an artifact. Mortals could never kill a deity. Deities sometimes created avatars (lesser versions of themselves) to act on the Prime Material Plane. Avatars could be destroyed by mortals.
- In the Planescape setting, the Lady of Pain slew Aoskar, Greater God of Portals. She then killed everyone who worshipped him, razed his temple and destroyed all written lore about him and mazed anyone who thereafter joined his faith, leaving only one priest alive (perhaps as a reminder). The priest? Was one of her own servants who turned from her to worship Aoskar, which is what kicked off her deicidal fit. She bars all gods from Sigil now, though Aoskar was really the only exception in the past anyway.
- Killing gods were a fairly trivial task (although it's rarely easy) in 3.5e. 4E has a few deities statted up (Bahamut, Tiamat, Torog, Lolth at least), and usually require you meet some special condition to permanently beat them down (either affecting them in some way that violates their portfolio, using something against their iconic material, or getting a bunch of Primordials/Demon Lords and having them gang up on them).
- 1st Edition
- In Magic: The Gathering, It is possible to deal with the indestructible gods of Theros by exiling them in one way or another.
- In a more flavorful example, Deicide (whose art is the current trope image) is a card in Journey into Nyx that exiles an enchantment, where if you choose to exile an opponent's god, all other copies of that god in your opponent's hand, deck, and graveyard also get exiled.
- Storywise, this is exactly what Elspeth does to the recently ascended Xenagos.
- In a more flavorful example, Deicide (whose art is the current trope image) is a card in Journey into Nyx that exiles an enchantment, where if you choose to exile an opponent's god, all other copies of that god in your opponent's hand, deck, and graveyard also get exiled.
- In Warhammer 40,000, when Slaanesh was born, he made straight for the Eldar pantheon and easily slaughtered all of them save for three. Isha, the goddess of healing, was saved by Nurgle (although given he's a Chaos god of disease who is physically repulsive in the worst possible way, madly in love with her and shows his affection by infecting her with disease, her current situation is arguably worse than death), Cegorach got away, and Khaine tried to fight him, either got his ass kicked or held his own until Chaos God Khorne arrived and knocked him out of the way so he could get a shot at Slaanesh, literally shattered into pieces, and now survives as a fragment in the heart of every one of the Eldar's craftworlds. Just a quick aside on the Isha/Nurgle thing. Yes, Nurgle does the whole 'infection' thing with Isha...but Isha in return does the whole 'curing' thing (which Nurgle does allow, of sorts).
- The C'Tan, the "gods" of the Necrons, were almost wiped out by their former followers and several of their own, resulting in the last survinvg C'Tan being broken into "shards". In the previous edition when the Necrons were still slaves to the C'tan, this was their ultimate goal: killing all life in the galaxy means no more emotion, meaning no more Warp, and therefore no more Chaos gods.
- Although the exact details are hard to pin down, perhaps deliberately, this was the unstated goals of the Emperor at the beginning of his secular Imperium with his doctrine of his secular "Imperial Truth". Ironically, it was a lie, albeit well-intentioned, but still a lie. The Emperor had at least a middling knowledge of Chaos and the Chaos Gods, and hoped to quench them out by using this doctrine to ruthlessly suppress religious worship, particularly of the Chaos Gods (and possibly to prevent new gods bring born from the faith of believers). What he didn't count on was that the Chaos Gods could thrive on actions and feelings as well, nor would they be powerful enough and willing to meddle in material affairs to split his Imperium and bring him to death's door. Nearly ten millennia of cruising on the momentum of his initial crusade through the galaxy, without the Emperor's guidance, his Imperium has become a theocratic, dark parody of his vision. And the greatest irony of all is that the downfall was all started by his son Lorgar, who worshiped the Emperor as a god and inspired countless others to do the same, but Lorgar's rebuke by the Emperor made him turn to his people's old gods, the Chaos Gods, letting Chaos get it's foot in the door and bring around the current state of affairs.
- It's actually possible to do this in Call of Cthulhu, but it's very difficult to do so. One method involves summoning the God without his consent, which pisses it off but temporarily weakens it enough to be killed by extreme means. Case in point: Old Man Henderson summoning Hastur (which was possible because Henderson was his greatest enemy at the time) and then detonating "enough explosives wired to make Michael Bay blush".
- This is the purpose of the strategy games Dominions, currently in its fourth incarnation. You control a nation with a lesser physical god, be it a Titan, a Vampire Queen, or a Stone Monolith, as a playable unit. The goal is to eliminate all other gods and enforce monotheism, your theism. However, killing the physical form of the god is not permanent, belief will bring them back. Instead, the only way to truly kill a god is to get rid of its followers, whether through conquest or starvation.
- The Elder Scrolls
- In Morrowind, you can kill up to three Gods, with two being required to finish the story. They are Vivec, Almalexia in Tribunal (necessary to finish Tribunal's story), and Dagoth Ur (necessary to finish the main game's story). Justified since Vivec and Almalexia have already been cut off from the Heart of Lorkhan's power and are thus killable and Dagoth Ur is defeated not by killing him, but by destroying the Heart itself.
- Killing Mehrunes Dagon in Oblivion is supposed to be impossible (he's got something like 10,000 HP and can stomp you to death without half-trying), but can be done if you A) abuse the Alchemy and Enchant skills to make a Game Breaking enchanted weapon, or B) get lucky with Wabbajack. Since it's not supposed to be possible, he has no actual death animation and most of his ragdoll doesn't even have physics, leading to his body collapsing directly downward into what's somehow both a puddle and a pile. Storywise, of course, he'll just respawn on the planes of Oblivion, like all Daedra do.
- The endgame of Skyrim subverts this. Alduin will return, but only when he's meant to, at The End of the World as We Know It proper.
- Also in Skyrim, The Thalmor have this as part of their ultimate plan, too, not against Alduin but against Talos, whose existence holds the material world together. His own existence, in turn, depends on the humans of Tamriel worshiping him, so the Thalmor, a group of High Elves whose religious beliefs state that Lorkhan really screwed their divine ancestors over when creating the material world and that they should work to destroy that world to restore the divinity they had before there was a material world, are seeking to Kill All Humans to accomplish that.
- Ragna finally gets to kill Terumi (who turns out to have been none other than Takehaya Susanoo) during the climactic fight of Central Fiction.
- God of War, of course. Kratos goes on a killing spree in Olympus as well as many other legends from Greek Mythology. Of course, killing the gods that govern the elements or the guy that guards the souls of the dead may have small inconveniences, but hey, no plan is perfect!
- The ending of the first and third Silent Hill games.
- One of the branching paths in Guardian Heroes allows you to storm the gates of Heaven and kill God.
- The Shin Megami Tensei series has this alongside Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?, what with being able to fuse gods like Pallas Athena, Vishnu, or Amaterasu and getting them to fight other demons based on deities.
- Shin Megami Tensei II ends with the protagonist slaying YHVH, an egotistical caricature of the Judeo-Christian God. He pays dearly for this after YHVH comes back.
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne has the protagonist defeat Kagutsuchi, a mere avatar of YHVH. However, by completing the secret True Demon ending, he ultimately becomes the general of a demonic army aiming to take down YHVH once and for all.
- Somewhat subverted in the Digital Devil Saga series where god is the final boss and he is actively destroying the world yet the characters don't intend to kill him. They just want to ask him nicely to leave the world alone.
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has this as a central theme. The pagan god Dagda resurrects the protagonist with the express purpose to slay not only Merkabah and Lucifer, but the alliance of polytheistic gods led by Krishna. And by the end, YHVH falls by his hand, too.
- The Persona series continues this trend, with the main characters fighting Nyarlathotep, Nyx, and Izanami. Of course, it takes two whole games to banish Nyarlathotep, you don't kill Nyx so much as seal her away, and Izanami seems rather pleased to have been defeated - though that doesn't diminish the sheer accomplishment of the main character killing her in a single blow.
- Arc Rise Fantasia has the main characters kill the god of their world. Unlike the other examples however, God is most definitely NOT evil, but saving the world means that either they kill her, or she just disappears.
- The Xeno meta-series games usually have this as a plot staple:
- Xenogears's plot comes down to this, with the main party facing off against the Physical God that created "humanity" from the genetic material of actual humans millenia ago.
- The Xenosaga trilogy has a different twist on this with "God" actually being a benign, vaguely supportive force while the villain is a Physical God who's taken his self-imposed role as caretaker of the universe a step too far and has begun doing more harm than good.
- Xenoblade eventually leads to this, with the final showdown being against the god of Bionis and perpetual creator and destroyer of the world, Zanza. After beating him, however, the end-game cutscene reveals that he used to be a mortal human working in a research facility in orbit around Earth, meant to attempt creating a universe - set in our world sometime in the future. When he initiated the creation, the existing universe was destroyed, and he ended up being a god in the new one.
- Fire Emblem
- Fire Emblem Gaiden ends with the protagonist Alm stabbing the God of Power, Duma, right in his eye. However he is not killed, but rather accepts his defeat and withdraws from the affairs of humans.
- Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn ends with Ike striking down the goddess Ashera, who petrified every living thing in the world except for those strong enough to endure it (aka, Ike and Micaiah's armies, among a very few others). However, she is not gone for good, and it's revealed postgame (if you partook in a pretty lengthy and obscure sidequest) that she returns several millenia after the game's end, merged back into her original form as Ashunera.
- Subverted, in Fire Emblem Awakening. While you can kill Grima, who is worshipped as a god by an evil cult, it is also revealed Grima isn't really a god at all but rather a powerful dragon pretending to be one.
- One ending in Yggdra Union has the eponymous character head to heaven to do just that.
- Sacrifice sees the five gods of the world dropping like flies as the story goes on: Eldred kills at least two in every campaign, and Marduk inevitably kills the rest. It's explained to you that the gods you killed may return with a new name later as long as there are people to believe in the forces they represent, but the process takes centuries at best.
- The point of Kid Icarus is to go from a weakling putto to badass so you can kill the goddess of darkness and save the goddesses of light. No wonder it's Nintendo Hard. In the 3DS Sequel, you get to fight Hades.
- Asura's Wrath has this as well. The Seven Deities started out as Magitek Cyborg members of a race known as "Demigods" — a Human Subspecies that is descended from humans who underwent Bio-Augmentation to manipulate Mantra, an ambient Power Source for the setting's Functional Magic, Ki Attacks, and Magitek — who decided to elevate themselves to full-on godhood by assassinating the emperor and pinning the murder on Asura, then kidnapping his daughter because of her unique ability at controlling Mantra. Asura is betrayed, his wife is murdered, and he is killed. He comes back, and he is pissed. Elevated to really ridiculous levels with Asura killing Chakravartin, a being that's not only the source of Mantra, and the embodiment of the Wheel of life and Samsara, but also is stated to have been the creator of the universe itself.
- Final Fantasy
Chaos: Do not atone. JUST PERISH!
- Final Fantasy VI has this, as well. The playable characters kill the three gods of magic; Goddess, Demon and Fiend, in order to bereave Kefka of his magical powers. However, it turns out after the Warring Triad had been felled that Kefka had drained them of so much of their powers, he was sustaining magic by himself, making him the God of magic. Then the playable characters proceed to kill him. Somehow, using magic to attack the source of all magic works just fine.
- In Final Fantasy VIII, if you have Odin on your side when you fight Seifer, he up and kills the poor guy right at the get-go. Fortunately, Gilgamesh shows up to finish him off, taking up Odin's sword.
- In Final Fantasy XIII-2, this is what the villain is trying to do. He succeeds, partially because of you, causing The End of the World as We Know It. Yet there's still a third game.... Said third game does it again, except this time it's the Top God who gets taken out!
- Depending on whether you consider Final Fantasy XIV's Primals to be gods, the Warrior of Light outright makes a habit of this.
- Final Fantasy Dissidia involves the heroes and villains of Final Fantasy 1-12 on teams for Chaos, God of Disorder and Cosmos, Goddess of Harmony. So that's a team of wannabe gods, under another god, versus a goddess and her team of non-gods who had already killed them. Although, picking a single's battle with the all-powerful God of Chaos who easily kills off his opposite offers some entertaining exchanges.
- Record of Agarest War 2 has Weiss, the first generation protagonist who kills a god and now must pay the price. Although he didn't get to actually kill Chaos because the real Weiss has been Dead All Along.
- The Sinistrals in the Lufia series claim to be gods, and they've got the power to back up that claim. They're also embodiments of evil, so the plot of the games usually revolves around finding the Dual Blade, a sword which can kill gods, and then kicking the Sinistrals' asses with it.
- In Dungeon Crawl, Gods Need Prayer Badly. Gods without intelligent followers will fade away. This makes it possible to kill Jiyva, the god of slime, by killing Royal Jelly, the only slime intelligent enough to worship. The other gods have enough followers to not be susceptible to this.
- In Dark Souls, you end up killing all of the deities save for the Furtive Pygmy mentioned in the opening cutscene. Granted, most of them are in pretty bad shape by the time you actually meet them. A few of the other bosses are minor gods as well, but they can be killed like any other enemy in the game. It helps that you're toting a chunk of the Dark Soul around, being a descendant of the Pygmy.
- Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer gives you the opportunity to finish off Myrkul with the Spirit-Eater curse. This is also Death by Irony. Depending on the ending you get, you can become an unholy abomination of soul eating wrath. A large number of gods attempt to take you down as an affront to all existence but it's heavily implied that you consume so many, that they just decide to leave you alone.
- Overlapping with Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?, this is the entire reason the Grey Wardens were created in the Dragon Age 'verse: the archdemons are the slumbering gods of the Tevinter Imperium, awoken by darkspawn. If killed by a normal mortal, they'll come back to life via body surfing to the nearest darkspawn. If a Grey Warden is in proximity, however, it'll jump to the Warden and their souls will mutually annihilate.
- The second half of the plot of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time deals with the party trying to stop The Creator from destroying the galaxy. Subverted in that he's actually a computer programmer, but he's still the closest thing to a god that the Star Ocean universe has
- In Dungeon Siege 3 Jeyne Kassinder revives one of the creator gods to fight the 10th Legion, but it's been corrupted by her rage and you kill it as the final boss.
- The episodic series of Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness has the protagonists kill a god per episode. Exactly how dead they are afterwards is up for debate, though killing the last one triggers an "End of the World" Special.
- The Scribblenauts games let you spawn anything by writing its name, and that includes God. He is very strong and is a friendly NPC, but you can indeed kill him, with no particular consequence.
- This is the goal of the dwarf Doug in Rune Factory 4, as he was led to believe that she murdered his entire family. Luckily, he eventually learns better.
- After being free of its influence, Shu Shirakawa in Dark Prison has one thing in mind: kill the god who bound him in the first place. Surprisingly enough, killing said god was only a Disc One Final Boss.
- In Poacher, every religion's divine judge of the dead is actually the same entity: the Judge Of All The Earth, who is killed by Derek in the secret ending.
- This has been accomplished a few times in Runescape. Two of the setting's gods gained their divinity through acts of deicide, although Zaros survived and regained his power after millennia. More recently, Guthix the God of Balance was assassinated by a rogue Mahjarrat and Bandos the War God was killed after a lengthy stand-off against a rival.
- The heroes resolve to do this in the later half of Tales of Destiny 2. Especially Harold. They succeed after rejecting her presence and beating her down.
- This is part of the immediate backstory in Pillars of Eternity where, 20 years before the events of the game, Eothas, god of redemption, walked the earth in physical form. He led a Raedceran army to invade Dyrwood so the Dyrwoodans prayed for the aid of Magran, goddess of war and fire. With her help their greatest smiths built a magic bomb called the Godhammer. It slew Eothas's physical manifestation and, even though his priests still wield divine power, he himself has not been heard from since and is presumed dead. One of your possible companions, Durance, is the last surviving member of the group that detonated the Godhammer, so he is the closest thing this world has to a god-killer.
- In Kult: Heretic Kingdoms, the world's God was killed by a hero some time prior to the game. The player character belongs to an Inquisition which aims to stamp out any vestiges of worship. The sword which the hero used is an important item, as it seems to have been empowered by the act of killing God with it — and the game starts when it's stolen.
- In Dark Souls III, one of the Lords of Cinder is Aldrich the Devourer of Gods. That title isn't just for show either — he's eaten at least one god namely Gwyndolin. The Ashen One also becomes a god-slayer over the course of the game. The Nameless King is one of the last deities left in the world being the firstborn son of Gwyn whose identity was stricken from history as punishment for his betrayal, and he's a Bonus Boss that can be fought and killed like any other enemy. The final boss is the Soul of Cinder: the embodiment of all those who Linked the Fire, including Gwyn himself. It is essentially the First Flame incarnate.
- One of the earliest examples of deicide in a game, was SSI's Phantasie series. While your true enemy was the Evil Overlord, you can and should kill Anubis and Zeus whenever you have the opportunity. At various temples, there are statues of a lesser god or a greater god. If you start screwing around with the statues, eventually the god in question will get angry and incarnate to attack you. However if you kill the god, you get the best armour in the game (the godrobe) and the best or 2nd best weapon (the godsword if you take out Zeus and the godknife if it was Anubis). Since you can keep on blaspheming with these statues, eventually you can have a party completely kitted with divine equipment and making the fight with the dark lord a cakewalk.
- In Smite, 'Deicide' is the term for Total Party Kill. As the game's theme is about Gods fighting each other, it fits. Though 'Deicide' only lasts until at least one God respawns at home base.
- Androxus from Paladins gained his demonic powers from killing a certain deity. Who the deity was, we don't know yet.
- Attempted twice in Bob and George with the Author, who is essentially the God of the comic's universe. At the end of the first game storyline Dr Wily captures and seemingly kills the Author, erasing the comic from existence. It was quickly established the Author was only injured and recovered (at the time this was done because the Mega Man strips were meant to be filler and the Author did intend to stop them, but then wound up going back to them and they became the main story). In the final storyline, Bob attempts the same plan but takes it Up to Eleven by arranging for the Author to get killed in three time periods, ensuring his destruction. When George points out that Wily already tried killing the Author and failed, the Shadowy Author reminds him that since it's already known the comic is coming to an end there's no guarantee Bob's plan will fail this time (it does, but the point is still valid).
- In Penny Arcade Tycho recommends killing the gods of Gabe's ludicrously powerful Dungeons & Dragons group in an attempt to find something to frighten them. Unfortunately...
Gabe: They killed their gods.Tycho: Why would they do that?Gabe: To ingest their godseeds.
- A major plot point in Digger, though it doesn't come up until late into the comic's run. Interestingly, it's actually a Mercy Kill; the god in question is not the Big Bad, but its victim and host.
- Sluggy Freelance: The talking sword Chaz can kill just about anything when powered by innocent blood. It claims it could easily kill the Demon King, a God of Evil, and suggests that Torg use it to do that. We don't get to see this happen, but less direct contact with Chaz does scar the Demon King. In "Mohkadun", it's revealed that Chaz was brought into the mortal world for King Farahn to take revenge by killing the demigod Kron — which he did. Subverted earlier in the same story when Kozoaku impales Symachus the (physical) god of justice; Symachus even thinks he's killing him, but that's not his intention, and the god's Healing Factor saves him. That's what Chaz is needed to get around with Kron.
- In Sinfest, Lil' E tries this.
- Tower of God: Enryu killed the Guardian of the 43rd Floor, forever banishing the idea that the Guardians were immortal.
- Twilight Sparkle's goal for Princess Celestia in Friendship is Betrayal. Already done with Luna.
- In "Useless Dumb Fuck's redo" William pulls depth in words of the possibility of being a god who has killed a beast or that he his a beast who killed god only to have actually killed one.
- In Unsounded the Ssaelit religion agrees that the world was created by the Gefendur gods, but claims that when Ssael was killed he resisted the normal reincarnation mechanisms, traveled through the khert to find the Gefendur gods, and slew them. Ssael is considered the one god, having ascended to their former position.
- This article from The Onion: Nasa Completes 52-Year Mission to Find, Kill God.
- Tales of MU gives us Gillian "Gottmorder" Callahan.
Imperial Agent: The charges against you include three counts of attempted deicide...Callahan: One of those succeeded.Imperial Agent: We don't have a law that covers successful deicide.
- The Salvation War: The first story has humanity go to war with Hell and win so hard that it is later referred to as the Curbstomp War. Then we kill Satan with cruise missiles. The next story, we go to war with Heaven. The only reason that we don't personally kill God there... well... someone beat us to it.
- In the SCP Foundation universe, the Global Occult Coalition (an organization devoted to destroying the supernatural) traces its origin, in part, from a group of German occultists that supposedly killed the biblical God. (The article's more of a Feghoot actually.)
- From Atop the Fourth Wall, Linkara is against the entity which is Missingno, whom is described as an elder God. Linkara acknowledges that conventional combat does not work and only by critiquing is he able to defeat the entity.
- In the God of War skit of How It Should Have Ended, Kratos decides to move onto other gods after destroying the Greek Pantheon. He starts with Thor and Anubis and has a list that includes L. Ron Hubbard, Raiden and even Cthulhu. He draws the line at Morgan Freeman though.
- The Wanderer's Library has the entry Ascendor: Storming the Gates Tour 2014, which describes a band so metal that they kill a god at each concert they perform.
- The ultimate goal of Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal was to fight and defeat Lord Helix and his followers. On the way there AJ and his team has casually downed Suicune, the Dome, and a fake Helix.
- In The Gamer's Alliance, what made Kagetsu the Dark Andain notorious was not only his open rebellion against the gods but also the fact that he was the first person in the Land of the Living to ever slay a god, which demonstrated that gods can in fact be killed even by mortals and demigods if the gods are fatally wounded while they're in their corporeal form.
- Admiral Zhao in Avatar: The Last Airbender declares his ultimate goal to be the death of the Moon Spirit. He does succeed in this, but the Moon Spirit is quickly replaced/resurrected.
- The Legend of Korra:
- Raava and Vaatu fight to the death every ten thousand years, though obviously it isn't permanent. Unalaq brutally slaughters Raava, while Korra later kills Vaatu via purification.
- Attempted at the end of Book 3. Zaheer and the Red Lotus restrain and poison Korra in order to force her into the Avatar State and kill her, ending the Avatar Cycle. Korra manages to resist going into the Avatar State for some time, but once she does, breaks her chains and lays a feral beatdown on Zaheer until the poison finally does its work, only being saved at the last minute by Suyin metal-bending the metallic poison out.
- In some Transformers continuities, planet Cybertron is either destroyed or rendered uninhabitable because of a war between the Autobots and Decepticons. Keep in mind that Cybertron is, in some adaptations, their god Primus in disguise...
- This happens completely by accident and is Played for Laughs in Tripping the Rift. Chode travels to the beginning of time to find out the true origin of the universe and unwittingly runs over God with his spaceship. He fixes it at the end of the episode, though.
- In Steven Universe, the Diamonds are regarded as gods by homeworld. During the Battle for Earth, Pink Diamond was slain by Rose Quartz. This may have been what instilled enough spite in the others to create the Cluster and to corrupt every single Gem on earth, friend or foe.