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* Daedric quests in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series of games can get this way. Kill a bull netch with a fork to please Sheogorath! Fake the apocalypse for Sheogorath! Cast a spell of mass disrobing at a dinner party for Sanguine. Commune with Boethia at his shrine (on the sea floor). Kill and soul-trap one member of every sapient race for Hermaeus Mora. You are not repulsive enough to worship Namira. Kill your daughter with an axe to free her from being a werewolf as a part of a bargin for Clavicus Vile. The Shivering Isles expansion to Oblivion takes this to the next level as you travel to the plane of Sheogorath (where attempting to grow a beard attracts divine punishment).

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* Daedric quests in In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series of games can get series, this way. Kill is often the case for the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]], and the generally unsavory effects that performing their tasks has is a major reason why they are seen as "evil" and "demonic", or, at the very least, as JerkassGods. The quests they give to their mortal follows are frequently either incredibly arduous or incredibly silly, with the Princes giving flimsy or no justification as to why they want the task accomplished. The tangible rewards they offer of [[LegendaryWeapon legendary artifacts]] and greater power can still make these tasks worthwhile, however. This is most often played up by the GreatGazoo type Princes, predominantly Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]]. Examples of his quests include killing a [[LivingGasbag giant bull netch netch]] with a fork to please Sheogorath! Fake the apocalypse for Sheogorath! Cast a spell of mass disrobing at a [[JokeItem cursed dinner party fork]] and making it ''literally'' rain cats and dogs (which are on fire), for Sanguine. Commune with Boethia at seemingly no other reason that for his shrine (on the sea floor). Kill and soul-trap one member of every sapient race for Hermaeus Mora. You are not repulsive enough to worship Namira. Kill your daughter with an axe to free her from being a werewolf as a part of a bargin for Clavicus Vile. The Shivering Isles expansion to Oblivion takes this to the next level as you travel to the plane of amusement. Sheogorath (where attempting has also been known to grow kill people for the abhorrent crime of...growing a beard attracts divine punishment).beard.


* Daedric quests in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series of games can get this way. Kill a bull netch with a fork to please Sheogorath! Fake the apocalypse for Sheogorath! Cast a spell of mass disrobing at a dinner party for Sanguine. Commune with Boethia at his shrine (on the sea floor). Kill and soul-trap one member of every sapient race for Hermaeus Mora. You are not repulsive enough to worship Namira. The Shivering Isles expansion to Oblivion takes this to the next level as you travel to the plane of Sheogorath (where attempting to grow a beard attracts divine punishment).

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* Daedric quests in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series of games can get this way. Kill a bull netch with a fork to please Sheogorath! Fake the apocalypse for Sheogorath! Cast a spell of mass disrobing at a dinner party for Sanguine. Commune with Boethia at his shrine (on the sea floor). Kill and soul-trap one member of every sapient race for Hermaeus Mora. You are not repulsive enough to worship Namira. Kill your daughter with an axe to free her from being a werewolf as a part of a bargin for Clavicus Vile. The Shivering Isles expansion to Oblivion takes this to the next level as you travel to the plane of Sheogorath (where attempting to grow a beard attracts divine punishment).





* Depending on your views of Literature/TheBible, Literature/TheBible has stories very much like this - especially if you consider that many of the Christian values lots of cultures have now were novel - to say the least - to the people of that culture.

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* Depending on your views of Literature/TheBible, Literature/TheBible ''Literature/TheBible'', it has stories very much like this - especially if you consider that many of the Christian values lots of cultures have now were novel - to say the least - to the people of that culture.



* PeterPaysTribute has a god sending Peter on a quest for the incarnation for sickness. With no directions, clues, or hints, either. Good luck on that one, Peter.

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* PeterPaysTribute ''Literature/PeterPaysTribute'' has a god sending Peter on a quest for the incarnation for sickness. With no directions, clues, or hints, either. Good luck on that one, Peter.
* ''Literature/TheLettersFromNicodemus'': The general publics' idea of the Messiah is a war leader in shining armour, and they get a former carpenter from Nazareth (and [[ArcWords nothing good ever came from Nazareth]]) who speaks in riddles of varying weirdness. Nicodemus, though, feels there might be some unpleasant duty waiting for him specifically.



* ''{{Journeyman}}'' hinted that the character's time jumps were for a purpose. They were seriously inconvenient, and he could disappear when driving down the road, end up without clothes in snow, etc.

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* ''{{Journeyman}}'' ''Series/{{Journeyman}}'' hinted that the character's time jumps were for a purpose. They were seriously inconvenient, and he could disappear when driving down the road, end up without clothes in snow, etc.



* God ''and'' the devil in WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob.

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* God ''and'' the devil in WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob.
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* Yui Kusanagi in ''VisualNovel/KamigamiNoAsobi'' is summoned by Zeus to [[HaremGenre "teach the gods about the human heart"]] for a year, in a school in a magical realm. She ends up getting along with them, but, as Apollo notices, all of the gods were brought there with companions from their [[CrossoverCosmology respective countries]], but Yui was brought there alone. All of them recognize that it was a pretty nasty move on Zeus' part (not that it's out of character for Zeus).


* Thalia, Muse of Comedy in ''ThaliasMusings''. In exchange for comic inspiration, she orders a playwright to perform a series of tasks designed to annoy her [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend totally-not-love-interest]] Apollo.

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* Thalia, Muse of Comedy in ''ThaliasMusings''.''Literature/ThaliasMusings''. In exchange for comic inspiration, she orders a playwright to perform a series of tasks designed to annoy her [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend totally-not-love-interest]] Apollo.


* God ''and'' the devil in GodTheDevilAndBob.

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* God ''and'' the devil in GodTheDevilAndBob.
WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob.


** ...which, of course, is a sequel to ''BruceAlmighty'', where the same God simply dumped all his powers into one guy just to show him how tough God had it.

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** ...which, of course, is a sequel to ''BruceAlmighty'', ''Film/BruceAlmighty'', where the same God simply dumped all his powers into one guy just to show him how tough God had it.


* Some theologians use this as a solution to the problem of theodicy. The existence of evil is something for us to overcome. Natural disasters and diseases and suffering are so that we can grow as people. It builds character.

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* Some theologians use this as a solution to the problem of theodicy. The existence of evil is something for us to overcome. Natural disasters and diseases and suffering are so that we can grow as people. It [[MiseryBuildsCharacter builds character.
character.]]


** ...Yes. It's kind of a thing. [[InMysteriousWays Tends to work out in the end, though, at least when people listen]].

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** ...Yes. It's kind of a thing. [[InMysteriousWays Tends Tended to work out in the end, though, at least when people listen]].listened]].


** ...yes. It's kind of a thing.

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** ...yes.Yes. It's kind of a thing. [[InMysteriousWays Tends to work out in the end, though, at least when people listen]].

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** "[[NamesTheSame Saul]], you know those people you were killing because they worship me? Change your name to Paul, then go tell them all about me."


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* Karma (well, the ThemeParkVersion of it, anyway) is portrayed this way in ''MyNameIsEarl''. Earl has to stick to his list, even when BeingGoodSucks. Otherwise, Karma punishes either him, or people around him (such as a beautiful professor he had recently started dating).
* The ending of ''QuantumLeap'' showed this to be the case, as [[spoiler: God himself, seen as a bartender, has been sending Sam on his jumps to fix mistakes in history rather than just let him go home. The final episode is kind of Him ''finally'' giving Sam a choice about whether to continue (considering the incredible amount of good he could do for the world) ''and'' offering him a chance at a personal do-over. Sam being the kind of person he is, decides to keep going, and uses his favor to go back and help Al hang onto his first wife, the love of his life.]]

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* Karma (well, the ThemeParkVersion of it, anyway) is portrayed this way in ''MyNameIsEarl''.''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Earl has to stick to his list, even when BeingGoodSucks. Otherwise, Karma punishes either him, or people around him (such as a beautiful professor he had recently started dating).
* The ending of ''QuantumLeap'' ''Series/QuantumLeap'' showed this to be the case, as [[spoiler: God himself, seen as a bartender, has been sending Sam on his jumps to fix mistakes in history rather than just let him go home. The final episode is kind of Him ''finally'' giving Sam a choice about whether to continue (considering the incredible amount of good he could do for the world) ''and'' offering him a chance at a personal do-over. Sam being the kind of person he is, decides to keep going, and uses his favor to go back and help Al hang onto his first wife, the love of his life.]]

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* TheFourGods in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. They will grant their Priestess ThreeWishes, but it's a SecretTestOfCharacter. She has to use the wishes for the greater good, not for herself (even though she technically can.) The Beast God she summons begins to devour [[ImHavingSoulPains her soul]], and will consume her completely, leaving her an EmptyShell if she is determined to not be strong enough. Also, many of her Seishi are {{Bishounen}}, but the Beast Gods really want her to be a virgin, because even though she has VirginPower, she is in fact technically a VirginSacrifice.


* ''JoanOfArcadia''. The title character had to, among other things, destroy works of art and re-take a test she had aced.

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* ''JoanOfArcadia''.''Series/JoanOfArcadia''. The title character had to, among other things, destroy works of art and re-take a test she had aced.

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