'''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''':
** The gods are seen as sadistic and monstrous to mortal beings and will always used to {{disproportionate|Retribution}}ly punishing them.
** The gods are not only jerks to mortals, but also to each other.
** [[GodOfEvil Gods Of Evil]].
* '''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''': [[GodIsGood The gods are good.]]
* '''Subverted''': The gods turn out to have a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold soft spot for the mortals deep down inside]].
* '''Double Subverted''': ...just before they all [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk treat them more cruel 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.
* '''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 [[NayTheist 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 [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu tells the gods to sod off.]]
* '''Defied''':
** Somebody decides to {{kill the god}}s to deal with the problem permanently.
** The gods recognize that mortals could, potentially end them -- whether by [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly lack of worship]] or blunt deicide -- and so keep at least decent relationships.
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': ???
* '''Deconstructed''': The jerkass nature of gods makes mortals constantly cower in fear and servitude of them.
* '''Reconstructed''': Mortals build themselves up in response and [[RageAgainstTheHeavens surpass the gods.]]
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