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Gods associated with light and lordship over other gods are typically portrayed as heroic and relatable while their [[EverybodyHatesHades darker counterparts are super violent and manipulative and other icky stuff]]. It should be noted that this trope can apply to virtually any god/goddess of Classical Mythology, largely due to ValuesDissonance and operating AboveGoodAndEvil.

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Gods associated with light and lordship over other gods are typically portrayed as heroic and relatable while their [[EverybodyHatesHades darker counterparts are super violent and manipulative and other icky stuff]]. It should be noted that this trope can apply to virtually any god/goddess of Classical Mythology, largely due to ValuesDissonance and operating AboveGoodAndEvil.
AboveGoodAndEvil. And it should also be noted that the original Zeus was also capable of good deeds, therefore supporting a lot of good portrayals of him (for instance, he dotes on his children, with the exception of Ares, but even then, that was because Ares controls a domain that many humans dislikes: War (unless you're from Sparta)).


** Zeus is portrayed as a light-hearted if not buffoonish king and loyal husband to Hera. While the [[WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} spin-off series]] brings up his flaws -- like forgetting he and his wife's anniversary, occasionally losing his temper and the whole "Prometheus" thing -- Zeus' frequent infidelity is never brought up (most likely non-existent to keep the G-Rating).

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** Zeus is portrayed as a light-hearted if not buffoonish king and loyal husband to Hera. While the [[WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} [[WesternAnimation/HerculesTheAnimatedSeries spin-off series]] brings up his flaws -- like forgetting he and his wife's anniversary, occasionally losing his temper and the whole "Prometheus" thing -- Zeus' frequent infidelity is never brought up (most likely non-existent to keep the G-Rating).


** Likewise for ''Anime/ShinMazinger'''s Zeus, who takes this further by dressing in [[GoodColorsEvilColors golden armor]]. In this continuity his fossilized arm is an extremely valuable source of {{Unobtainium}} - [[HumongousMecha Mazinger Z]] both use this material in its construction and (after its MidSeasonUpgrade) can [[TransformingMecha transform]] into a replica of the actual arm for its FinishingMove.

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** Likewise for ''Anime/ShinMazinger'''s Zeus, who takes this further by dressing in [[GoodColorsEvilColors [[GoldAndWhiteAreDevine golden armor]]. In this continuity his fossilized arm is an extremely valuable source of {{Unobtainium}} - [[HumongousMecha Mazinger Z]] both use this material in its construction and (after its MidSeasonUpgrade) can [[TransformingMecha transform]] into a replica of the actual arm for its FinishingMove.


** Zeus is given an unflattering depiction as sexist, hypocritical, petty, and a shameless philanderer whose relationship with his wife Hera is more than a little dysfunctional as a result. Other Olympians mostly don't seem to have a great opinion of him... but his rep is still better than that of his brother [[EverybodyHatesHates Hades]], who has flaws of his own but is overall an {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy.

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** Zeus is given an unflattering depiction as sexist, hypocritical, petty, and a shameless philanderer whose relationship with his wife Hera is more than a little dysfunctional as a result. Other Olympians mostly don't seem to have a great opinion of him... but his rep is still better than that of his brother [[EverybodyHatesHates [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]], who has flaws of his own but is overall an {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy.

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* Played with in-universe in ''Webcomic/LoreOlympus''.
** Zeus is given an unflattering depiction as sexist, hypocritical, petty, and a shameless philanderer whose relationship with his wife Hera is more than a little dysfunctional as a result. Other Olympians mostly don't seem to have a great opinion of him... but his rep is still better than that of his brother [[EverybodyHatesHates Hades]], who has flaws of his own but is overall an {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy.
** Apollo is the webcomic's HateSink, a self-absorbed jock who [[spoiler:comes into Persephone's room and wakes her up in the middle of the night, rapes her, and takes pictures of her naked body]], and afterwards persists in acting like Persephone is his girlfriend despite the fact that she wants nothing to do with him. Most of the inhabitants of Olympus seem oblivious to his negative qualities, at worst regarding him as mildly annoying. His sister Artemis, who otherwise refuses to allow men into the apartment she shares with Persephone, completely fails to recognize his predatory attitude towards her roommate, and Zeus dismisses Hera's suspicions of Apollo as baseless paranoia not worth potentially damaging Apollo's reputation.

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* In the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', Odin All-Father is portrayed as a GrandpaGod who would avoid conflict at all cost, having experienced the horrors of war and would rather foster peace. [[spoiler: This is subverted in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', where Hela reveals that he was originally a conqueror and warmonger who built his empire off of the broken backs and blood of the worlds he had conquered. While he had long since mellowed out over time and eventually banished Hela when she tried continuing this campaign, this more violent past was still there in the form of Asgard's continued wealth and prosperity, having since [[WrittenByTheWinners rewrote Asgard's history in an attempt at keeping this peace]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Hades}}'', Zeus is one of the olympian gods who can aid the protagonist, Zagreus, in his attempt to [[EscapedFromHell escape Hades]]. While many of his mythological (mis)deeds are plain not mentioned at all as they're not germane to the current situation, Zeus is presented as [[ItsAllAboutMe somewhat egotistical]] and aiding Zagreus partially to get back at his brother Hades for some kind of NoodleIncident that estranged Hades from Zeus and Poseidon some time before the story's events.


* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this idea.]] In the first game, Zeus is essentially the GreaterScopeParagon, serving as a benevolent ally to Kratos who helps him both overtly and subtly. The second and third games however set Zeus up as the BigBad, driven mad with fear and paranoia that Kratos [[spoiler:his son]] will usurp his throne. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Zeus only became a villain after Kratos opened Pandora's Box and infected him with the evil of Fear... it's implied he was still something of a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] even before this (as he was still a ruthless, adulterous tyrant) but Kratos managed to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero exacerbate his flaws and turned him into a monster.]]]]

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* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this idea.]] In the [[VideoGame/GodOfWarI first game, game]], Zeus is essentially the GreaterScopeParagon, serving as a benevolent ally to Kratos who helps him both overtly and subtly. The second [[VideoGame/GodOfWarII second]] and [[VideoGame/GodOfWarIII third games however games]], however, set Zeus up as the BigBad, driven mad with fear and paranoia that Kratos [[spoiler:his son]] will usurp his throne. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Zeus only became a villain after Kratos opened Pandora's Box and infected him with the evil of Fear... it's implied he was still something of a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] even before this (as he was still a ruthless, adulterous tyrant) but Kratos managed to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero exacerbate his flaws and turned him into a monster.]]]]


Gods associated with light and lordship over other gods are typically portrayed as heroic and relatable while their [[EverybodyHatesHades darker counterparts are super violent and manipulative and other icky stuff]].

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Gods associated with light and lordship over other gods are typically portrayed as heroic and relatable while their [[EverybodyHatesHades darker counterparts are super violent and manipulative and other icky stuff]].
stuff]]. It should be noted that this trope can apply to virtually any god/goddess of Classical Mythology, largely due to ValuesDissonance and operating AboveGoodAndEvil.



** Likewise for ''Anime/ShinMazinger'''s Zeus, who takes this further by dressing in [[GoodColorsEvilColors golden armor]]. In this continuity his fossilized arm is an extremely valuable source of {{Unobtainium}} - [[HumongousMecha Mazinger Z]] both uses this material in its construction, and (after its MidSeasonUpgrade) can [[TransformingMecha transform]] into a replica of the actual arm for its FinishingMove.

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** Likewise for ''Anime/ShinMazinger'''s Zeus, who takes this further by dressing in [[GoodColorsEvilColors golden armor]]. In this continuity his fossilized arm is an extremely valuable source of {{Unobtainium}} - [[HumongousMecha Mazinger Z]] both uses use this material in its construction, construction and (after its MidSeasonUpgrade) can [[TransformingMecha transform]] into a replica of the actual arm for its FinishingMove.


Zeus was lord of Mount Olympus and TopGod that ran Greece. He got his throne by killing his father and taking it and [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing condemned anyone else who did the same]], he ate his first wife, he cheated on his second wife/older sister incessantly (including with one of his other sisters), allowed his wife to torment his demigod bastards to suicide, he chained Prometheus to a rock to have his liver eaten forever for giving mankind fire, he unleashed pain and suffering on the Earth and had a mortal girl take the blame for it, smiting random humans with lightning from his ivory tower and [[JerkassGods countless other horrible things]]. However, adaptations like to show Zeus as a cool guy that likes to party and is justified whenever he has to bring out a firm hand. Why? Because Heaven and Light = Good.

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Zeus was lord the Lord of Mount Olympus and TopGod that ran Greece. He got his throne by killing his father and taking it and [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing condemned anyone else who did the same]], he ate his first wife, wife (Metis), he cheated on his second wife/older sister incessantly (including with one of his other sisters), (Hera) incessantly, allowed his wife Hera to torment his demigod bastards to suicide, bastard sons, he chained Prometheus to a rock to have his liver eaten forever for giving mankind fire, fire (until at least Herakles freed him), he unleashed pain and suffering on the Earth and had a mortal girl take the blame for it, smiting random humans with lightning from his ivory tower and [[JerkassGods countless other horrible things]]. However, adaptations like to show Zeus as a cool guy that likes to party and is justified whenever he has to bring out a firm hand. Why? Because Heaven and Light = Good.



** Hera's petty jealously is usually in place past the Silver Age, but pre-New 52 the murderous bit of her misdirected anger was generally swept aside or only used to show her lashing out in a moment of rage instead of something she'd plan and plot and prior to ''ComicBook/WonderWoman2011'' she was treated as more reasonable, kind and likeable than Zeus.

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** Hera's petty jealously jealousy is usually in place past the Silver Age, but pre-New 52 the murderous bit of her misdirected anger was generally swept aside or only used to show her lashing out in a moment of rage instead of something she'd plan and plot and prior to ''ComicBook/WonderWoman2011'' she was treated as more reasonable, kind and likeable likable than Zeus.



** Zeus is portrayed as a light-hearted, if not buffoonish king and loyal husband to Hera. While the [[WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} spin-off series]] brings up his flaws -- like forgetting he and his wife's anniversary, occasionally losing his temper and the whole "Prometheus" thing -- Zeus' frequent infidelity is never brought up (most likely non-existent to keep the G-Rating).
** Hera gets this treatment even more so. In the original myth, Heracles was not Hera's child and was a product of her husband cheating on her. Feeling spiteful, Hera actively sabotaged his life and tried to make his suffer, even [[spoiler:forcing him to kill his own family]]. Here, Hercules is ''her'' son and no mention of Zeus cheating on her is ever brought up, so the adaptation portraying Hera as the kind, patient and level-headed of the two. Even in the episode "Hercules and the Return of Typhon" it is revealed that [[spoiler:she was the one who threw the lightning bolt that led to Typhon's defeat and that she allowed Zeus to take the credit for image reasons]].

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** Zeus is portrayed as a light-hearted, light-hearted if not buffoonish king and loyal husband to Hera. While the [[WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} spin-off series]] brings up his flaws -- like forgetting he and his wife's anniversary, occasionally losing his temper and the whole "Prometheus" thing -- Zeus' frequent infidelity is never brought up (most likely non-existent to keep the G-Rating).
** Hera gets this treatment even more so. In the original myth, Heracles was not Hera's child and was a product of her husband cheating on her. Feeling spiteful, Hera actively sabotaged his life and tried to make his him suffer, even [[spoiler:forcing him to kill his own family]]. Here, Hercules is ''her'' son and no mention of Zeus cheating on her is ever brought up, so the adaptation portraying Hera as the kind, patient and level-headed of the two. Even in the episode "Hercules and the Return of Typhon" it is revealed that [[spoiler:she was the one who threw the lightning bolt that led to Typhon's defeat and that she allowed Zeus to take the credit for image reasons]].



** Poseidon, the father of the main character Percy, is portrayed as a bit kinder than he was in original mythology. That said "Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods" mentions that today he'd probably get arrested for what he did to Demeter.
** Generally the gods of the Riordanverse (which include the Egyptian and Norse Gods) are not shown to be lacking flaws, but a number of them show themselves to be nicer than their original tellings, be it from personal growth or sidestepping their faults. Even Gods generally shown to be evil or unpleasant, like Ares, Set, and Loki, are not depicted as utterly beyond sympathy or positives.

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** Poseidon, the father of the main character Percy, is portrayed as a bit kinder than he was in the original mythology. That said "Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods" mentions that today he'd probably get arrested for what he did to Demeter.
** Generally the gods of the Riordanverse (which include the Egyptian and Norse Gods) are not shown to be lacking flaws, but a number of them show themselves to be nicer than their original tellings, be it from personal growth or sidestepping their faults. Even Gods generally are shown to be evil or unpleasant, like Ares, Set, and Loki, are not depicted as utterly beyond sympathy or positives.



* Myth/NorseMythology is rather weird about this. The chief god in recorded mythology, Odin, is more of a death-god figure and a trickster, inverting this in every possible way. However, Týr, whose name is etymologically related to Zeus, might have been the original TopGod, and he is definitely a honorable person, sacrificing his own hand to imprison Fenrir. The sun (Sól or Sunna) meanwhile is a goddess that doesn't really do anything besides being eaten by wolves at the end of the world, though there is evidence to suggest that she was once a highly revered deity among the Norse.

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* Myth/NorseMythology is rather weird about this. The chief god in recorded mythology, Odin, is more of a death-god figure and a trickster, inverting this in every possible way. However, Týr, whose name is etymologically related to Zeus, might have been the original TopGod, and he is definitely a an honorable person, sacrificing his own hand to imprison Fenrir. The sun (Sól or Sunna) meanwhile is a goddess that doesn't really do anything besides being eaten by wolves at the end of the world, though there is evidence to suggest that she was once a highly revered deity among the Norse.



* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this idea.]] In the first game Zeus is essentially the GreaterScopeParagon, serving as a benevolent ally to Kratos who helps him both overtly and subtly. The second and third games however set Zeus up as the BigBad, driven mad with fear and paranoia that Kratos [[spoiler:his son]] will usurp his throne. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Zeus only became a villain after Kratos opened Pandora's Box and infected him with the evil of Fear... it's implied he was still something of a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] even before this (as he was still a ruthless, adulterous tyrant) but Kratos managed to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero exacerbate his flaws and turned him into a monster.]]]]

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* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this idea.]] In the first game game, Zeus is essentially the GreaterScopeParagon, serving as a benevolent ally to Kratos who helps him both overtly and subtly. The second and third games however set Zeus up as the BigBad, driven mad with fear and paranoia that Kratos [[spoiler:his son]] will usurp his throne. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Zeus only became a villain after Kratos opened Pandora's Box and infected him with the evil of Fear... it's implied he was still something of a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] even before this (as he was still a ruthless, adulterous tyrant) but Kratos managed to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero exacerbate his flaws and turned him into a monster.]]]]



** Meridia is a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with LifeEnergy, [[LightIsNotGood Light]], and [[ProudBeauty Beauty]]. As such, she has an extreme hatred for anything undead. Rainbows are common symbols of Meridia, and she typically takes the form of a [[ProudBeauty beautiful woman]], sometimes with [[WingedHumanoid angel-like wings]]. She is one of the more benevolent Daedric Princes, as well as one of the few to be almost universally considered "good" by mortals. That said, Meridia has been known to [[DisproportionateRetribution express her anger toward those who earn her displeasure in very nasty ways]]. She [[KnightTemplar has no compunction against]] causing [[WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison collateral damage]] in her quest to eliminate anything undead, and makes it clear that [[GoodIsNotNice any "good" she does is purely to further her own causes]]. She is also very vindictive if you reject her or [[TautologicalTemplar question the morality of her actions]] in any way. Her plane, the Colored Rooms, is a colorful realm of vast floating stones, strewn about with trails of colorful dust and clouds. The "ground" between the stones looks like luminescent water, but is solid enough to walk on.

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** Meridia is a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with LifeEnergy, [[LightIsNotGood Light]], and [[ProudBeauty Beauty]]. As such, she has an extreme hatred for anything undead. Rainbows are common symbols of Meridia, and she typically takes the form of a [[ProudBeauty beautiful woman]], sometimes with [[WingedHumanoid angel-like wings]]. She is one of the more benevolent Daedric Princes, as well as one of the few to be almost universally considered "good" by mortals. That said, Meridia has been known to [[DisproportionateRetribution express her anger toward those who earn her displeasure in very nasty ways]]. She [[KnightTemplar has no compunction against]] causing [[WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison collateral damage]] in her quest to eliminate anything undead, and makes it clear that [[GoodIsNotNice any "good" she does is purely to further her own causes]]. She is also very vindictive if you reject her or [[TautologicalTemplar question the morality of her actions]] in any way. Her plane, the Colored Rooms, is a colorful realm of vast floating stones, strewn about with trails of colorful dust and clouds. The "ground" between the stones looks like luminescent water, water but is solid enough to walk on.



* The Pantheon that resides in Anor Londo in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' are all associated with fire, light and the Sun. Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, is the patriarch of the old royal family and king of Anor London who rallied his armies and, with the help of the Lord Souls and the other lords, staged a full-on attack on the Everlasting Dragons and brought about the Age of Fire. In-universe, they are worshipped as gods, but as the player continues, they find out that he was in reality manipulative and deceitful, [[spoiler:having tainted TheSacredDarkness by branding the dark sign on the loyal pygmies and making the dark the scary monstrous thing that it is today and committing "the first sin" by linking the fire]], creating the CrapsackWorld that the games take place in.

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* The Pantheon that resides in Anor Londo in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' are all associated with fire, light and the Sun. Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, is the patriarch of the old royal family and king of Anor London who rallied his armies and, with the help of the Lord Souls and the other lords, staged a full-on attack on the Everlasting Dragons and brought about the Age of Fire. In-universe, they are worshipped as gods, but as the player continues, they find out that he was was, in reality reality, manipulative and deceitful, [[spoiler:having tainted TheSacredDarkness by branding the dark sign on the loyal pygmies and making the dark the scary monstrous thing that it is today and committing "the first sin" by linking the fire]], creating the CrapsackWorld that the games take place in.


** While Zeus wasn't the most empathetic of the Greek deities and was undoubtedly a terrible husband, he can be considered a relatively good parent. Granted, he cheated on Hera unceasingly, but he was shown to love the sons produced by these infidelities and often protected them from the rage of his wife, who could be ridiculously vengeful despite the rightfulness of her indignation and liked to vent it on the innocent bastards. Keep in mind also that there is a clear disconnect from how the myths portrayed him and how the Ancient Greeks saw him, with many a philosopher disdaining the myths for tainting Zeus' reputation.
** Helios (the charioteer of the Sun) is one of the more positively portrayed gods of Greek myth, probably because the best-known myth features him forced by his own oath to give his son Phaeton the reins of the sun chariot, leading to Phaeton's death. That said, he's also the father and grandfather of witches, lending his power to Circe and Medea, and the Ancient Greeks generally avoided outright sun worship.

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** While Zeus wasn't the most empathetic kindest of the Greek deities and was undoubtedly a terrible husband, he can be considered a relatively good parent. Granted, he cheated on Hera unceasingly, but he was shown to love always loved the sons produced by these in those infidelities and often protected them from the rage of his wife, who could be ridiculously vengeful despite (despite the rightfulness of her indignation indignation) and liked to vent it on the innocent bastards.children. Keep in mind also that there is a clear disconnect from how the myths portrayed him and how the Ancient Greeks saw him, with many a philosopher disdaining the myths for tainting Zeus' reputation.
** Helios (the charioteer of the Sun) is one of the more positively portrayed gods of Greek myth, probably because the best-known myth features him forced by his own oath to give his son Phaeton the reins of the sun chariot, leading even although it led to Phaeton's death. That said, he's also the father and grandfather of morally ambiguous witches, lending his power to Circe and Medea, and the Ancient Greeks generally avoided outright sun worship.



* Inverted for Huitzilopochtli, the [[Myth/AztecMythology Aztec]] sun god. The Aztec's infamous reputation for HumanSacrifice came from their rituals in which still-beating hearts were offered to him so as to give him the strength to prevent eternal night from covering the land. And yet the threat of daylight ending forever wasn't enough to prevent the Aztecs' vassals (from who the sacrifices were taken) from joining the conquistadors.
* Myth/NorseMythology is rather weird about this. The chief god in recorded mythology, Odin, is more of a death-god figure and a trickster, inverting this in every possible way. However, Týr, whose name is etymologically related to Zeus, might have been the original TopGod, and he is definitely a honorable person, sacrificing his own hand to imprison Fenrir. The sun (Sól or Sunna) meanwhile is a goddess that doesn't really do anything besides being eaten by wolves at the end of the world, though there is evidence to suggest that she was once a highly revered deity among the norse.

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* Inverted for Huitzilopochtli, the [[Myth/AztecMythology Aztec]] sun god. The Aztec's Aztecs's infamous reputation for HumanSacrifice came from their rituals in which still-beating hearts were offered to him so as to give him the strength to prevent eternal night from covering the land. And yet the threat of daylight ending forever wasn't enough to prevent the Aztecs' vassals (from who the sacrifices were taken) from joining the conquistadors.
* Myth/NorseMythology is rather weird about this. The chief god in recorded mythology, Odin, is more of a death-god figure and a trickster, inverting this in every possible way. However, Týr, whose name is etymologically related to Zeus, might have been the original TopGod, and he is definitely a honorable person, sacrificing his own hand to imprison Fenrir. The sun (Sól or Sunna) meanwhile is a goddess that doesn't really do anything besides being eaten by wolves at the end of the world, though there is evidence to suggest that she was once a highly revered deity among the norse.Norse.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'':
** Zeus has gone through some different iterations over the years. His ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'' version is a JerkassGod close to myth as a hypocritical rapist and adulterer whom the Amazons and most of the gods don't trust or much like who is overthrown by Athena as mythology states he's fated to, while his ''ComicBook/WonderWoman2011'' version is pretty well loved by everyone despite retaining his adultery with Athena going out of her way to help revive him, and all the other gods besides Ares being upset at his apparent death.
** Hera's petty jealously is usually in place past the Silver Age, but pre-New 52 the murderous bit of her misdirected anger was generally swept aside or only used to show her lashing out in a moment of rage instead of something she'd plan and plot and prior to ''ComicBook/WonderWoman2011'' she was treated as more reasonable, kind and likeable than Zeus.

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* ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin'' and its SequelSeries do this in their take on Myth/CelticMythology. Dagda is depicted as a god of wisdom, which is accurate, but also of peace and freedom, which is...less so, as the Celts basically thought that any god worth his salt had to be some sort of warrior. The sexual appetite that you see among most {{Top God}}s also goes unmentioned, as do his more CrazyAwesome traits. Meanwhile, the villain is Rhita Gawr, depicted as the (only) Celtic WarGod, when he's actually a rather minor, mortal character from Myth/ArthurianLegend.


* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this idea.]] In the first game Zeus is essentially the GreaterScopeParagon, serving as a benevolent ally to Kratos who helps him both overtly and subtly. The second and third games however set Zeus up as the BigBad, driven mad with fear and paranoia that Kratos [[spoiler:his son]] will usurp his throne. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Zeus only became a villain after Kratos opened Pandora's Box and infected him with the evil of Fear... it's implied he was still something of a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] even before this (as he was still a ruthless, adulterous tyrant) but Kratos managed to exacerbate his flaws and turn him into a monster.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this idea.]] In the first game Zeus is essentially the GreaterScopeParagon, serving as a benevolent ally to Kratos who helps him both overtly and subtly. The second and third games however set Zeus up as the BigBad, driven mad with fear and paranoia that Kratos [[spoiler:his son]] will usurp his throne. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Zeus only became a villain after Kratos opened Pandora's Box and infected him with the evil of Fear... it's implied he was still something of a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] even before this (as he was still a ruthless, adulterous tyrant) but Kratos managed to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero exacerbate his flaws and turn turned him into a monster.]]]]]]


* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this idea.]] In the first game Zeus is essentially the GreaterScopeParagon, serving as a benevolent ally to Kratos who helps him both overtly and subtly. The second and third games however set Zeus up as the BigBad, driven mad with fear and paranoia that Kratos [[spoiler:his son]] will usurp his throne. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Zeus only became a villain after Kratos opened Pandora's Box and infected him with the evil of Fear... although it's implied he was still something of a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] even before this]], but Kratos exacerbated the problem and turned him into a monster.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this idea.]] In the first game Zeus is essentially the GreaterScopeParagon, serving as a benevolent ally to Kratos who helps him both overtly and subtly. The second and third games however set Zeus up as the BigBad, driven mad with fear and paranoia that Kratos [[spoiler:his son]] will usurp his throne. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Zeus only became a villain after Kratos opened Pandora's Box and infected him with the evil of Fear... although it's implied he was still something of a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]] even before this]], this (as he was still a ruthless, adulterous tyrant) but Kratos exacerbated the problem managed to exacerbate his flaws and turned turn him into a monster.]]

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