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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse''. Erik Lehnsherr has put aside his Magneto persona and tried to live a normal life among humans, but his wife and daughter are accidentally killed by the police after his true identity is revealed. Erik slaughters the policemen in a rage, then clutches the bodies of his family and shouts skywards, "IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT ME TO BE?" Getting no answer, he decides ThenLetMeBeEvil should apply.

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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse''. Erik Lehnsherr has put aside his Magneto persona and tried to live a normal life among humans, but his wife and daughter are accidentally killed by the police after his true identity is revealed. Erik slaughters the policemen in a rage, then clutches the bodies of his family and shouts skywards, "IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT ME TO BE?" FROM ME!? Is this what I am!?" Getting no answer, he decides ThenLetMeBeEvil should apply.


* One episode of the surrealist comedy show ''Upright Citizens' Brigade'' features Captain Lunatic, a police detective who ''constantly'' does this. At the end of the episode, he gazes into the Bucket of Truth, which has sent everybody else who's looked in it running away screaming, then looks up at the heavens and shouts, "Don't you think I know that?!"

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* One episode of the surrealist comedy show ''Upright Citizens' Brigade'' ''Series/UprightCitizensBrigade'' features Captain Lunatic, a police detective who ''constantly'' does this. At the end of the episode, he gazes into the Bucket of Truth, which has sent everybody else who's looked in it running away screaming, then looks up at the heavens and shouts, "Don't you think I know that?!"


* Inverted on ''TheSimpsons'' when Homer has a good day and says, "Oh Spiteful One, show me who to smite, and he shall be smoten!"
** Actually, the ''good'' day caused Homer to quit attending church. The above quote comes from near the end of that episode, when his house caught fire, nearly killing him. He thought the lesson of the story is "The Lord is Vengeful!" and was wanting God to turn him into the instrument of His divine retribution.

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* Inverted on ''TheSimpsons'' when Homer has a good day interprets the lesson of the episode as "The Lord is Vengeful!" and says, wants God to turn him into the instrument of His divine retribution. "Oh Spiteful One, show me who to smite, and he shall be smoten!"
** Actually, the ''good'' day caused Homer to quit attending church. The above quote comes from near the end of that episode, when his house caught fire, nearly killing him. He thought the lesson of the story is "The Lord is Vengeful!" and was wanting God to turn him into the instrument of His divine retribution.
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* In the episode "A Single Drop of Rain" of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam (who has leaped into the life of a con man who claims to be a [[{{Rainmaking}} rainmaker]]), does everything he can to help a drought-stricken community, to no avail. He spends time haranguing God before it finally rains:

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* In the episode "A Single Drop of Rain" of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam (who has leaped into the life of a con man who claims to be a [[{{Rainmaking}} [[SnakeOilSalesman rainmaker]]), does everything he can to help a drought-stricken community, to no avail. He spends time haranguing God before it finally rains:

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* Downplayed for both laughs and pathos in ''Series/TheOfficeUS''; in one episode, after being invited to a christening, TheChewToy Toby (who was a former seminary student who left to get married, beginning a long line of misfortune in his life) struggles with entering the church, admitting that it's been a while ("The Big Guy and I, we got some catching up to do.") Eventually, he manages to enter the church after everyone has gone, walks to the altar, looks up at the stained glass window -- but instead of an impassionated monologue, all he comes out with is a rather plaintive/pathetic whine of "Why you always gotta be so ''mean'' to me?"


* In ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', a golfer (and priest) is provoked by a ruined game to yell "[[UnusualEuphemism Ratfarts]]!" at the heavens. He's promptly [[BoltOfDivineRetribution struck by lightning]], and his caddy, Carl, slinks away.

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* In ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', a golfer (and priest) is provoked by a ruined game to yell "[[UnusualEuphemism Ratfarts]]!" at the heavens. He's promptly [[BoltOfDivineRetribution struck by lightning]], and his caddy, Carl, slinks away. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Then again,]] he ''was'' playing in a thunderstorm.


->''"Fine! The gloves are off pal! C'mon, lemme see a little wrath! Smite me, O mighty smiter! You're the one who should be fired! The only one around here not doing his job is '''you'''! ANSWER ME!!!"''

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->''"Fine! The gloves are off pal! C'mon, lemme see a little wrath! [[TropeNamer Smite me, O mighty smiter! smiter!]] You're the one who should be fired! The only one around here not doing his job is '''you'''! ANSWER ME!!!"''

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* In episode 7 of ''WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries'', Sokka gets so fed up with everything that he demands that he be struck down. For all his trouble, he gets attacked by a duck.


* Embodied in ''Film/FallingDown'', where a run of particularly bad luck turns a blue-collar man into a domestic terrorist.


* An episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/Histeria]]'' had a character say, "And if I'm wrong, may lightning strike me dead!" Cue a lightning bolt hitting the spot directly next to him. "See? It didn't even wind me!"

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* An episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/Histeria]]'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' had a character say, "And if I'm wrong, may lightning strike me dead!" Cue a lightning bolt hitting the spot directly next to him. "See? It didn't even wind me!"


* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/Histeria'' had a character say, "And if I'm wrong, may lightning strike me dead!" Cue a lightning bolt hitting the spot directly next to him. "See? It didn't even wind me!"

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/Histeria'' ''[[WesternAnimation/Histeria]]'' had a character say, "And if I'm wrong, may lightning strike me dead!" Cue a lightning bolt hitting the spot directly next to him. "See? It didn't even wind me!"

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/Histeria'' had a character say, "And if I'm wrong, may lightning strike me dead!" Cue a lightning bolt hitting the spot directly next to him. "See? It didn't even wind me!"


* The TropeNamer is a line from the movie ''Film/BruceAlmighty'', where {{God}}'s answer boils down to [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter "Let's See YOU Do Better"]] when he temporarily gives Bruce his powers in a section of Buffalo, New York. Incidentally when God recounts his "Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter" statement he admits that, while he's not one for blasphemy, it did [[ActuallyPrettyFunny make him laugh]].

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* The TropeNamer is a line from the movie ''Film/BruceAlmighty'', where {{God}}'s answer boils down to [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter "Let's See YOU Do Better"]] when he temporarily gives Bruce his powers in a section of Buffalo, New York.powers. Incidentally when God recounts his "Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter" statement he admits that, while he's not one for blasphemy, it did [[ActuallyPrettyFunny make him laugh]].


* In Series/DoctorWho minisode "Rain Gods", the Doctor does this by daring the titular gods to strike him down while he and River are about to be sacrificed to them. Slight inversion as it is part of his plan to distract their captors in order to escape.
* An episode of Series/PennAndTellerBullshit has Penn and Teller running around with lightning rods on their heads, challenging God to strike them for all the things they've said about him. Well, not [[TheSilentBob Teller]].

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* In Series/DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'' minisode "Rain Gods", the Doctor does this by daring the titular gods to strike him down while he and River are about to be sacrificed to them. Slight inversion as it is part of his plan to distract their captors in order to escape.
* An episode of Series/PennAndTellerBullshit ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' has Penn and Teller running around with lightning rods on their heads, challenging God to strike them for all the things they've said about him. Well, not [[TheSilentBob Teller]].

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