The Gods Must Be Idiots
Gods tend to be extremely powerful. Many are said to be strong enough to create and/or destroy entire universes with a single thought.
That is...when they do think. In the world of fiction, there are just as many gods that are extremely dim-witted as there are gods that are very wise. These gods are so dense that they are either completely incompetent with their abilities or they utterly forget that they even have divine powers at all.
See also God Is Flawed
for when deities are imperfect for other reasons, and Mad God
for deities that are depicted as being insane. Compare God Is Inept
for when deities are not good at their job regardless of how intelligent they may be.
- Occurs in the Gilligan's Island pinball, as one of the random rewards a player can get is "Gift of Gods", which gives the other players 1 million points each.
- In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, the members of the Triat are extremely powerful but seem to lack common sense. The Weaver decided that it would be a good idea to bind the Wyrm in the web of creation, then ignored the huge problems this created for Gaia. The Wyrm has been bound in the Weaver's web for eons but can't seem to extract himself from it, despite being a powerful Eldritch Abomination. The Wyld has been standing by while all of this has been going on, too stupid or apathetic to do anything about it. Even the Corax tribebook speculates that the Wyld was off "picking his toes" during the primordial incident with the Weaver and Wyrm.
- Some sourcebooks imply that the Wyld lacks any consciousness, even a stupid one.