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1'''Basic Trope''': The deity or deities are portrayed as cruel.²* '''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.²* '''Exaggerated''': ²** The gods are seen as sadistic and monstrous [[TheSociopath sociopaths]] to mortal beings and will always use DisproportionateRetribution.²** The gods are not only jerks to mortals, but [[WorldOfJerkass also to each other]].²** [[GodOfEvil Gods Of Evil]].²* '''Downplayed''': The gods are aloof and apathetic to mortal beings which can make them come across as jerks.²* '''Justified''': As higher beings, they have no reason to care or sympathize with puny mortals. All they care about is doing whatever they want with them and nothing else.²* '''Inverted''': [[GodIsGood The gods are good.]]²* '''Subverted''':²** The gods turn out to have a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold soft spot for the mortals deep down inside]].²** While most gods play this trope perfectly straight, we then meet [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold Serenity]], goddess of the harvest, who aids the heroes with her divine powers.²* '''Double Subverted''': ...just before [[TheSociopath they]] all [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk treat them crueler than they could possibly imagine]].²* '''Parodied''':²** God's fist crushes humans from time to time.²** The gods scowl at the audience by BreakingTheFourthWall.²* '''Zig Zagged''': ²** 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.²** Alternatively, some gods are cruel while others are kind.²* '''Averted''':²** The gods are neither cruel or kind.²** The gods don't exist.²* '''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.²* '''Lampshaded''': "[[NayTheist I hate the gods.]] They're massive jerks."²* '''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.²* '''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.]]²* '''Defied''': ²** Somebody decides to {{kill the god}}s to deal with the problem permanently.²** 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.²* '''Discussed''': "I think our gods might not be so good after all..."²* '''Conversed''': "Whats with deities and acting cruelly?!"²* '''Implied''': Unfortunate events keep on happening to the characters.²* '''Deconstructed''': The jerkass nature of gods makes mortals constantly cower in fear and servitude of them.²* '''Reconstructed''': Mortals build themselves up in response and [[RageAgainstTheHeavens surpass the gods.]]²* '''Played For Laughs''':²** The gods aren't even mean to mortals. [[UngratefulBastard Mortals still think the gods are jerks.]]²** The gods cross over into ComedicSociopathy.²* '''Played For Drama''': The gods end up erasing themselves from existence because they treated their worshippers cruelly, and [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly their worshippers decide to stop believing in the gods]]. Only one god treats their worshippers kindly and suffers from SurvivorGuilt.²* '''Played For horror''' the gods enjoy sending plagues and suffering to mortals.²----²Back to Jerkass- GREAT! JUST GREAT! [[JerkassGods THE GODS ERASED THE LINK!]] [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!]]²----

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