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: Another deity, this one actually evil, gets away with all kinds of things by blaming it on Tuoni.
  • 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!"
  • Implied: Nobody ever has anything nice to say about Tuoni.
  • 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.
    • Tuoni is actually an example of God of Evil in-universe who just happens to also rule the underworld, therefore those who vilify him in the first place actually has a point.
  • 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.
  • Played For Drama: Tuoni tries to be a Reasonable Authority Figure, but since everybody thinks he's evil, they're always plenty willing to dupe, ignore, or otherwise screw him over, forcing him to respond in kind. Which only makes people more willing to go behind his back. Eventually, the stress of this causes him to snap, and he decides to just Kill 'em All so he can get everyone to the afterlife and just be done with the whole thing.


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