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Playing With: Everybody Hates Hades
Basic Trope: A dark/death god of a mythology is portrayed as evil even though s/he is not.
  • Straight: Tuoni, the finnish god of the Underworld is a portrayed as a God of Evil.
  • Exaggerated: Tuoni is portrayed as an Eldritch Abomination and blamed for every single atrocity mankind has been through, like the Holocaust for example.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • People are superficial and think gods of things they fear and are disgusted upon must be evil and disgusting.
    • In a universe where a god's personality is defined by belief, the change in attitudes toward death have also altered Tuoni.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Tuoni lied and everyone's souls are now in Hell.
    • The time spent being Satan's torture bitch snapped Tuoni's mind, and now he's a psychopath.
  • Parodied: Tuoni possessed Joel Schumacher into making Batman & Robin so people commited mass suicide.
  • Zig Zagged: Tuoni can't decide if he is on the side of the good guys or if he wants to take over the world.
  • Averted: No good death/dark deities become evil.
  • Enforced:
    • "We don't care so much about mythological accuracy as making quick cash, so to keep with the popular opinion we made him evil! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!"
    • "People don't want to die. So death must be evil."
    • "Hades is another name for Hell, right? The guy's GOT to be evil in the myths, then!"
  • Lampshaded: "I suppose mythology is wrong then."
  • Invoked:
    • The local God of Evil claims he is a death god.
    • Alternatively: Tuoni purposefully cultivates a bad reputation to keep the suicide rate down.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The local head of the Fantasy Pantheon makes sure death is under the supervision of a decent person.
  • Discussed: "Wouldn't it be nice if Hades was a good guy for a change?"
  • Conversed: "Not Anubis the evil furry again!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Turns out he was a jerk anyway so it really didn't matter.
    • He understands that his job would lead to a lot of hate being directed by him. However, he also understands the necessities of his position being a necessary evil, so he just takes the abuse like a Stoic Woobie.
  • Played For Laughs: In a new age religious movement Severus Snape becomes the local god of death; while it turns out he is good, Ron the Death Eater ensues and he becomes the Satan analogue.

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