Ahuras / Yazatas
The "good gods". These are the beings venerated by Zoroastrianism.
- Light 'em Up: Associated with light.
- Light Is Good: The ur-example, since Zoroastrianism kick-started the light/dark moral dualism seen in most modern religions.
- Our Angels Are Different: Generally translated as angels and in some cases precursors to judeo-christian angels.
Ahura Mazda / OhrmazdThe supreme god in Zoroastrianism, Ahura Mazda is the embodiment of light and wisdom. All yazatas are "sparks" from him.
- Ambiguous Gender: Usually depicted as male, but "Mazda" is of feminine gender.
- God Is Good: With the added bonus of not having any (recorded) myths of moral ambiguity like the abrahamic god.
- God of Order: Along with good, Ahura Mazda is supposed to represent order and truth as well.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Classically he is just depicted as an empty chariot carried by two white horses, basically an invitation for the actual god to join you in battle. The classical winged-sun associated with Zoroastrianism is actually meant to represent a fravashi.
MithraThe yazata of covenant and friendship.
- Hijacked by Jesus: Or rather, hijacked by Romans who made a bizarre cult out of him. Who may or may not have in turn influenced Christianity.
- The Power of Friendship: Its his deal, after all
AnahitaThe yazata of healing and wisdom.
Apam NapatThe holy waters.
- Making a Splash: He is the embodiment of waters and rainfall.
AtarThe holy fire. Usually the offspring of Apam Napat.
- Fire Purifies: He burns away evil. But with the twist that its so pure that you can't actually dump impure things in it like corpses.
- Playing with Fire: He is the reason why Zoroastrianism is frequently associated with fire.
HvarThe yazata of the sun.
- The Power of the Sun: The solar deity in the mythos and the eye of Ahura Mazda.
The "bad gods". Broadly speaking these are simply gods not to be worshipped, with the Gathas portraying them as neutral, though their depiction quickly escalated into outright demonic beings.
- Irony: Their name comes from a proto-indo-european word for "light"/"day", yet they are more often associated with darkness in lore. For added bonus, A History of Zoroastrianism by Mary Boyce suggests that the gods of Scythian Mythology in particular are their inspiration... and they are lead by Tabiti.
- Our Demons Are Different: Generally translated as "demon", though the similarity between both words is pure coincidence.
Ahriman / Angra MainyuLiterally "evil mind", this is the ultimate evil. A primordial being of darkness counterpart to Ahura Mazda's light, often literally his brother, Ahriman's only purpose in life is being a dick for no reason.
- The Anti-God: More than just being the Satanic Archetype, Angra Mainyu is the evil counterpart to Ahura Mazda, sometimes equal in power and always just as ancient.
- Black Comedy Rape: Was fisted by Jamshid.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Upon being asked why he is evil:
"It is not that I cannot create anything good, but that I will not."
- The Devil Is a Loser: He might be one of the two most powerful beings in existence, but he's too Stupid Evil to accomplish anything of permanence.
- God Is Evil: He solves the theological issue of evil in the world by demonstrating that there is an evil god in roughly equal measure to the good god.
- God of Chaos: Considered to represent chaos and lies. Naturally, Chaos Is Evil in this scenario.
- Stupid Evil: The chief cause for his own demise is his own stupidity.