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* In the film, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' gets an answer when his love, Liz Sherman, has her soul taken by... [[CosmicHorror something]]. He whispers that if she dies, he will cross over to their dimension and get her back. And ''then'' they'll "be sorry". [[spoiler:She's promptly resurrected.]]

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* In the film, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' ''Film/{{Hellboy|2004}}'' gets an answer when his love, Liz Sherman, has her soul taken by... [[CosmicHorror something]]. He whispers that if she dies, he will cross over to their dimension and get her back. And ''then'' they'll "be sorry". [[spoiler:She's promptly resurrected.]]


* In the second ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', right after the last Spartan dies in Kratos' arms, the broken warrior stands up and challenges Zeus, screaming to the heavens to come down and face him directly if he's so strong. Zeus' answer? The Kraken emerges out the water and attacks Kratos. Kratos is actually so angry he ignores the Kraken entirely at first, still ranting and raving at Zeus, until it grabs him.

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* In the second ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', right ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'': Right after the last Spartan dies in Kratos' arms, the broken warrior stands up and challenges Zeus, screaming to the heavens to come down and face him directly if he's so strong. Zeus' answer? The Kraken emerges out the water and attacks Kratos. Kratos is actually so angry he ignores the Kraken entirely at first, still ranting and raving at Zeus, until it grabs him.


* In the film, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' gets an answer when his love, Liz Sherman, has her soul taken by... [[CosmicHorror something]]. He whispers that if she dies, he will cross over to their dimension and get her back. And ''then'' they'll "be sorry". [[spoiler:[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome She's promptly resurrected]].]]

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* In the film, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' gets an answer when his love, Liz Sherman, has her soul taken by... [[CosmicHorror something]]. He whispers that if she dies, he will cross over to their dimension and get her back. And ''then'' they'll "be sorry". [[spoiler:[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome She's [[spoiler:She's promptly resurrected]].resurrected.]]



* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall has one of these at [[spoiler:his father's funeral]], where he [[SarcasmMode thanks]] God for the [[SarcasmMode comforting words]] of his [[spoiler:father's message from beyond the grave. (It was a phone message found after his death that turned out to be a pocket dial (several minutes of dead air). But then [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments it didn't]].]]

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* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall has one of these at [[spoiler:his father's funeral]], where he [[SarcasmMode thanks]] God for the [[SarcasmMode comforting words]] of his [[spoiler:father's message from beyond the grave. (It was a phone message found after his death that turned out to be a pocket dial (several minutes of dead air). But then [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments it didn't]].didn't.]]

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* The ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode "How Mac Got Fat" plays with this trope. It's a HowWeGotHere story in which Mac "confesses" to a priest that he's [[FormerlyFit gained sixty pounds]] in the last few months. He claims that it's really his friends' fault, and specifically requests that the priest have God smite them for him. The priest is tired of listening to Mac whine, and promises to make it happen if he'll just leave him alone.

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** In [[https://garfield.dale.ro/garfield-1983-october-16.html another strip]], Garfield gets progressively angrier at Odie's blithe happiness, insulting him more and more. When he finally reaches the end of his patience, he looks upward and shouts "Who could possibly love a grinning idiot like you?" It promptly begins to rain...on everything ''except'' Odie. Garfield's not amused: "YOU STAY OUT OF THIS!"

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*Played with in [[Kevin Spencer]]. In one episode a preacher is telling his congregation "God wants you to give me all your money. If I'm lying may He strike me down right now!" Then a stray bullet Kevin fired nearby hits the cross behind the preacher and it falls, crushing him.


* Piper gets on of these in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. She's dealing with small, invisible creatures who have tripped her walking to her car while Leo has been barred from seeing her, and she does this to the Elders, yelling at the sky that she's a good witch and to give Leo back. [[spoiler:It works, eventually.]]

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* Piper gets on of these in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}''. She's dealing with small, invisible creatures who have tripped her walking to her car while Leo has been barred from seeing her, and she does this to the Elders, yelling at the sky that she's a good witch and to give Leo back. [[spoiler:It works, eventually.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode "Jet Can't Sleep", the Propulsion family is playing charades. In one round, Celery pretends to be sleeping. Carrot guesses a coffee table, but then Sunspot correctly guesses that Celery is sleeping. Carrot then remarks that he was gonna say that. Carrot says: "If I wasn't, may lightning strike me!" Then lightning flashes in the sky, and Carrot jumps into Jet's arm. Carrot then remarks that tonight isn't a good night to say that.


* Despite the Eastern mythology-based "spirits" introduced on the show, Prince Zuko has such a scene in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Bitter Work". After a day of [[spoiler:failing to learn to bend lightning]], on top of everything else that's happened in his life, he stands on top of a mountain during a raging thunderstorm and screams at the heavens:

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* Despite the Eastern mythology-based "spirits" introduced on the show, Prince Zuko has such a scene in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Bitter Work". Work." After a day of [[spoiler:failing to learn to bend lightning]], on top of everything else that's happened in his life, he stands on top of a mountain during a raging thunderstorm and screams at the heavens:



* Meg in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' asks God to 'kill me now'. We then see God on a cloud with a sniper rifle... (he gets interrupted by a phone call).

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* Meg in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' asks God to 'kill "kill me now'. now." We then see God on a cloud with a sniper rifle... (he (He gets interrupted by a phone call).call.)


Our character has had a bad -- ''really bad'' -- day/episode/life. Things keep going wrong, ranging from a bad day of training to failing to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It seems like nothing can help them short of a great DeusExMachina, but it's failed to come. They've already kicked in a few doors, punched a few walls, had their fit of UnstoppableRage, and told everyone to LeaveMeAlone.

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Our character has had a bad -- ''really bad'' -- day/episode/life. Things keep going wrong, ranging from a bad day of training to failing to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It seems like nothing can help them short of a great DeusExMachina, but it's failed to come. They've already kicked in a few doors, punched a few walls, had their fit of UnstoppableRage, and told everyone to LeaveMeAlone.
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* The title character in ''CoffinJoe'' has a raving episode during a thunderstorm, daring God to strike him.

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* The title character in ''CoffinJoe'' ''Film/CoffinJoe'' has a raving episode during a thunderstorm, daring God to strike him.


* The Book of Job references it, too -- Job's friends, and eventually his wife, repeatedly suggest that he 'curse God and die' to end his suffering. He eventually does curse God... who comes down and tells him that mere humans have no right to complain, especially against the Creator of absolutely everything, whose ways he knows not. Job is humbled and repents, and in return, he and his wife get a new brood of children, gets even richer than before, and lives another 140 years before dying peacefully. The part here that everyone misses is that Job was still ''right'' and his friends, who told him he must be suffering for his sins, weren't; he was really innocent and God was just testing him anyway, as shown both by the backstory and God's response to his friends.

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* The Book of Job references it, too -- Job's friends, and eventually his wife, repeatedly suggest that he 'curse God and die' to end his suffering. He eventually simply replies that as creator of everything, God can do whatever he wants. He never does curse God... who comes down and tells him that mere humans have no right to complain, especially against the Creator of absolutely everything, whose ways he knows not. Job is humbled and repents, and in return, he and his wife get a new brood of children, gets even richer than before, and lives another 140 years before dying peacefully. The part here that everyone misses is that Job was still ''right'' and his friends, who told him he must be suffering for his sins, weren't; he was really innocent and God Satan was just testing him anyway, to try and break his faith, as shown both by the backstory and God's response to his friends.


->''"Fine! The gloves are off pal! C'mon, lemme see a little wrath! [[TropeNamer 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!!!"''


* Radio host Radio/AlexJones once admitted on air to praying for the destruction of the ''entire Earth'' [[TakingYouWithMe if it meant the death of his enemies in the process.]]

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* Radio host Radio/AlexJones Alex Jones once admitted on air to praying for the destruction of the ''entire Earth'' [[TakingYouWithMe if it meant the death of his enemies in the process.]]


* In the film, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' gets an answer when his love, Liz Sherman, has her soul taken by... [[CosmicHorror something]]. He whispers that if she dies, he will cross over to their dimension and get her back. And ''then'' they'll "be sorry". [[spoiler:[[MomentOfAwesome She's promptly resurrected]].]]

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* In the film, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' gets an answer when his love, Liz Sherman, has her soul taken by... [[CosmicHorror something]]. He whispers that if she dies, he will cross over to their dimension and get her back. And ''then'' they'll "be sorry". [[spoiler:[[MomentOfAwesome [[spoiler:[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome She's promptly resurrected]].]]



* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall has one of these at [[spoiler:his father's funeral]], where he [[SarcasmMode thanks]] God for the [[SarcasmMode comforting words]] of his [[spoiler:father's message from beyond the grave. (It was a phone message found after his death that turned out to be a pocket dial (several minutes of dead air). But then [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming it didn't]].]]

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* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall has one of these at [[spoiler:his father's funeral]], where he [[SarcasmMode thanks]] God for the [[SarcasmMode comforting words]] of his [[spoiler:father's message from beyond the grave. (It was a phone message found after his death that turned out to be a pocket dial (several minutes of dead air). But then [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments it didn't]].]]


Sometimes, they get an answer. Sometimes, they'll [[cwish they hadn't]]. Sometimes, no answer makes for more drama than any answer could.

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Sometimes, they get an answer. Sometimes, they'll [[cwish [[BoltOfDivineRetribution wish they hadn't]]. Sometimes, no answer makes for more drama than any answer could.

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