Playing With / Jerkass Gods

Basic Trope: The deity or deities are portrayed as cruel.
  • Straight: The gods are seen as petty, abusive, and uncaring to mortal beings and play around with their lives like as though it's their cosmic toys.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The gods are aloof and apathetic to mortal beings which can make them come across as jerks.
  • Justified: As higher beings, they have no reason to sympathize with puny mortals.
  • Inverted: The gods are good.
  • Subverted: The gods turn out to have a soft spot for the mortals deep down inside.
  • Double Subverted: ...just before they all treat them crueler than they could possibly imagine.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged:
    • It appears that the gods can vary between cruel and kind whether they were having a bad day or when they're nice when they feel like it.
    • Alternatively, some gods are cruel while others are kind.
  • Averted: The gods are neither cruel or kind.
  • Enforced: The author is a cynic who believes that any being of a higher place than others will either be indifferent or downright hostile to lower beings.
  • Lampshaded: "I hate the gods. They're massive jerks."
  • Invoked: A mortal who already treats their fellow humans as playthings seeks to ascend to godhood in order to more openly get away with it.
  • Exploited: Someone uses the jerkass nature of the gods to gain political power to create a secular state that tells the gods to sod off.
  • Defied:
    • Somebody decides to kill the gods to deal with the problem permanently.
    • The gods recognize that mortals could, potentially end them — whether by lack of worship or blunt deicide — and so keep at least decent relationships.
  • Discussed: "I think our gods might not be so good after all..."
  • Conversed: "Whats with deities and acting cruelly?!"
  • Implied: Unfortunate events keep on happening to the characters.
  • Deconstructed: The jerkass nature of gods makes mortals constantly cower in fear and servitude of them.
  • Reconstructed: Mortals build themselves up in response and surpass the gods.
  • Played For Laughs: The gods aren't even mean to mortals. Mortals still think the gods are jerks.
  • Played For Drama: The gods end up erasing themselves from existence because they treated their worshippers cruelly, and their worshippers decide to stop believing in the gods. Only one god treats their worshippers kindly and suffers from Survivor Guilt.

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