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White Mage: Did you feel that?
Black Belt: What?
White Mage: A great disturbance in the order. As if millions of voices cried out to say "Oh Shit".
[elsewhere...]
Matoya: Stupid Light Warriors must have broken my crystal. I keep asking for Lotto numbers and all I get is "The Destroyer is Manifest".
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This is a god or other entity associated with destruction.

Often, this guy's job is to cause The End of the World as We Know It. He will read the final scroll, sound the trumpet, loose the beast, and sit back and watch the show (or take a starring role himself). He may not actually be evil per se, but the hero is very likely going to be trying to stop him. Or prevent or reverse the conditions that require him to perform his duties.

Alternately, he can simply be a natural part of Eternal Recurrence, representing the destruction of the old that must take place to allow room for the new. His name may be associated with The Cycle of Empires, Order Versus Chaos and Gaia's Vengeance. Therefore, not an Omnicidal Maniac by definition; a destroyer deity may just have a God Job to perform without any malice attached. Depending on the perspective, this can either signify Dark Is Not Evil, Blue and Orange Morality, or Light Is Not Good.

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The Grim Reaper is a Sub-Trope — incarnations of death should go on that page unless they also have a more general role in destroying things.

Contrast The Maker (if the maker happens to be God, the destroyer deity is likely to be The Anti-God), though some gods may be enough of a multitasker that they combine both the creator and destroyer god roles. Compare Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Beast of the Apocalypse and War God. See also Apocalypse Maiden, where it's some average mortal (of either gender). They can intersect if the mortal is an Angel Unaware.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Sgt. Frog, Angol Moa has come to Earth to destroy it, in accordance with Nostradamus' prophecies. Fortunately, she's one of the sweetest girls you could meet, so convincing her to forgo the plan isn't too hard. Unfortunately, she's also rather flighty and doesn't fully understand the implications of her role, so she's prone to offering to destroy the world as a solution to any minor difficulty the other characters are having at the moment.
  • Beerus, the main villain Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, who can destroy planets without breaking a sweat. While not exactly evil, he isn't a nice person either, and he's the God of Destruction, so it's his job to destroy worlds so it makes sense he doesn't see anything morally wrong with his actions. It's actually established that old planets have to be destroyed so new planets can be born; the problem with Beerus is that he acts independently of the Supreme Kais (even worse now that there's only two of them left, and he is more powerful than any/all of them combined, so they can't really try to stop him), chooses what planets he will destroy at his leisure, and he can, has and will destroy even important planets without a second thought if he's irritated enough, and he's rather temperamental. It's revealed there's one God of Destruction in each of the 12 universes, and Super introduces his twin brother Champa, the God of Destruction of Universe 6.
    • Dragon Ball Super also shows a Dark Is Not Evil twist with the other universes: Gods of Destruction who work with their associated Kais destroy only where needed, leaving room for growth and aiding the development of their universe. By contrast, Beerus, who not only destroys at a whim but ignored the likes of Frieza and Majin Buu, allowed his universe to decay to the point that it is now ranked second-lowest in mortal development among all the universes.

    Comic Books 
  • Although he isn't actually a god, Galactus is this in the Marvel Universe. He regularly destroys entire planets while consuming their Life Energy as food.
  • The Celestials in Marvel comics are tasked with testing out planets. If the planets fail the test, Exitar the exterminator is brought in to obliterate them.
  • The dragon Barbatos from Dark Nights: Metal was once tasked with destroying unstable worlds in order for them to be recycled and reused by the Forger of Worlds to make new, stable ones. Unfortunately, Barbatos' lust for destruction turned him into a conqueror, and it led him to killing the Forger. He then took it a step further by beginning a conquest to drag the entire multiverse into the Dark Multiverse where it would twist and corrupt everything it touches.
  • In The Sandman, Destruction is the Anthropomorphic Personification of... well... take a guess. He quit the position when he saw humanity heading down the path to nuclear weapons, because he didn't want responsibility for that level of destruction again. He spends his retirement attempting creative endeavors such as art and cooking, but his own nature causes them to come out terrible no matter how hard he tries.
  • The Authority had Rose Tatoo, the incarnation of murder.
  • Fenrir, Abonsam and Bet from Lucifer are gods associated with ending the world in their own respective mythologies, and thus orchestrate a plan to end the universe after Yahweh abandons it. They try and trick a mentally ill man named Charlie to spill family blood (in his case being his wife and daughter) and water Yggdrasil with it, poisoning the world tree and unravelling reality at a faster rate. Fenrir would later assist in the war on the Silver City in an effort to prevent Elaine from replacing God, God himself stating that he is only doing all of this because he is a "god of entropy" and that is simply what entropy gods do.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Pony POV Series:
    • Destruction, one of Discord's older siblings, is, as his name suggests, the God of Destruction. He's not evil, just a very child-like natural aspect of all creation and having a need to destroy. If he doesn't destroy anything for too long, he goes into a berserker rage and destroys everything in his path until it wears off. In this state, he once blew up a black hole. He also caused the wish spell that created the Lost Age to fail catastrophically and blow the world back to the stone age, but only did so because that was a better outcome than if it succeeded, which would have resulted in a Time Crash. The low end of his power is simply snapping his fingers and causing a nuclear blast. He's currently deceased, as Discord killed and ate him, meaning Discord is technically this trope. In Dark World, their sister Rancor stole Destruction's essence back from Discord and she took his place.
    • Entropy, the mother of the Draconequi, takes her son Destruction's role Up to Eleven. She's the Anthropomorphic Personification of The End, and when the universe one day dies of heat death, she will devour what's left to clear the slate for a new universe to replace it.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Destruction of the Endless, in this case a Composite Character with the Phoenix Force - however, the flip side to that is that She is responsible for Creation, too. Fire to cleanse and burn away that which doesn't work, and Life to bring, which She usually does through hosts. Just... don't make them angry.
    • Galactus is also mentioned, and his herald, the Silver Surfer, makes a brief cameo in Book 1.
  • In The Bridge:
    • The Big Bad, Bagan, styles himself as Terra's God of Extinction, dedicated to destroying all life in order to "free" the souls that are "trapped" in mortal flesh.
    • When Flurry Heart comes back in time to avert a Bad Future, she specifically mentions a God of Destruction who appears to be distinct from the above Big Bad. An identity isn't given, but in the context, it may be either Grogar or a corrupted Godzilla Junior.

    Films — Animation 
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas: Eris the goddess of discord is kept in check by the Book of Peace, a MacGuffin that Sinbad must recapture from her realm. Otherwise, Eris will sunder civilization and plunge humanity into gloom, misery, anguish and death, just For the Evulz.
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest: Hexxus is described by Magi Lune as the primordial spirit of destruction in the intro who was initially birthed out of a volcano. He feeds off of anything that is toxic to life, especially human-based pollution. His whole purpose is to destroy the forest and create a Polluted Wasteland in its place.
  • With her Heart stolen by Maui, along with all of her powers of creation along with it, Te Fiti from Moana is transformed into Te Kā, a massive demon of Earth and Fire that acts as a mindless force of destruction, lobbing lava at all who go near her.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ghostbusters: Gozer The Destructor has visited the world several times, and apparently visited several other dimensions and laid waste to them. It does seem to give the world a fairly sporting chance to pick their destruction, which proves its undoing during 1984 when the form it assumes is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: En Sabah Nur's code name is Apocalypse, and he describes himself as a "god of death/destruction" to Magneto.
    Apocalypse: I am born of death. [...] And when the forests grew rank and needed clearing for new growth, I was there to set it ablaze.

    Literature 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The dragons and salamanders, as well as the giant Father Time, who were all introduced in earlier books, are awakened to destroy Narnia at the end of The Last Battle.
  • Discworld:
    • The novel Hogfather reveals that Death has a special room for the lifetimers belonging to very important personages. There is a very large one with a world-turtle engraved on it, carrying on its shoulders four elephants, which in turn support the entire Discworld. The implication here is that when the day comes for the last of its sand to run through, Death will square his shoulders, lift his scythe, and rise to the task... Soul Music explores this further; it's Death's job to one day play the anti-chord that will end everything, using a pick made from the very tip of his scythe.
    • Reaper Man goes even further with Azrael, the Death of Universes, who is so vast that nebulae are but twinkles in his eye, and his single word takes up a two-page spread on the text.
  • Ruin from Mistborn: The Original Trilogy is, as his name suggests, the Anthropomorphic Personification of entropy and destruction. He's a Deity of Human Origin and used to be a pretty decent guy, but over the millennia the powers he embodies warped him and he now believes that the only value of the world lies in its unmaking. He seeks to bring about The End of the World as We Know It and used to be held in check by his opposite, Preservation, but by the trilogy's end Preservation is dead, the God-Emperor who took over the job of keeping Ruin at bay was corrupted, and Ruin is very close to completing his goal. In the end, Ruin is killed and his power and Preservation's are taken up by Sazed, who ascends as the new god Harmony, balancing protective and destructive forces.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Supernatural:
    • There are many grim reapers who take souls. However, Death himself is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and says that it's his job to reap God himself. Though it might not necessarily be him personally, since it turns out that being Death is a God Job and he gets replaced by one of his Reapers, Billy, after Dean kills Death first.
    • A more literal example is The Darkness, aka God's "sister" Amara. They're both primordial entities, but she embodies Chaos and Destruction and tries to unmake reality by killing God.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Destroyer in "Battlefield" is a demon that seeks to devour the world.
    • Sutekh from The Pyramids of Mars was also known as The Destroyer and was certainly powerful enough to be a god (and was worshipped as one) but was actually an ancient alien.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: In the series climax, the Dark Ones summon Kandar the Destroyer, a skyscraper-sized demon whose only purpose is to bring about The End of the World as We Know It.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Egyptian Mythology: Apep, also known by his Greek name Apophis, is a giant primordial serpent who chases the sun god Ra every day in an attempt to eat him and so end all life. Any souls who get lost on their way to the afterlife are also devoured by Apep. He was sufficiently bad that Set, the notoriously ill-tempered and nasty god of chaos and storms (and a frequent "bad guy" in Egyptian myths), helps protect Ra against Apep every night. Apep is notably the only god in the Egyptian pantheon who was prayed against.
  • Hindu Mythology:
    • Shiva is the "destroyer" in the main trinity (the others being Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver). Interestingly, because Hinduism has a lot of focus on cycles and reincarnation, Shiva's also the god of change/rebirth (and since you can't kill someone without making them reincarnate, one of his symbols, the Lingam, represents... fertility).
    • There's also Kali, the hulked-out form of Shiva's consort Parvati. Kali isn't exactly evil, but she can be indiscriminate when riled.
    • Kalki, the final avatar of Vishnu, is the god of The End of the World as We Know It. His coming will lead to the destruction of evil and the renewal of virtue in the universe, restarting the great cycle of existence.
  • Norse Mythology: Surtr's job is to end Ragnarök by raining fire down on the land, wiping out everything.
  • In Islamic texts, the angel Izrail (a.k.a. Azrael) is described as "the herald of the apocalypse" whose horn sound (the musical instrument) signifies, well, the apocalypse.
  • In The Bible, God is both the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, which basically means he's both The Maker and this.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Forgotten Realms setting has Garagos, the Netherese War God before that Magocracy fell and now the god of pure, savage bloodlust. He is actually actively opposed by the main pantheon's other War Gods Tempus, Valkur, and the Red Knight, who all feel that war is only worthwhile when there is peace to follow it.
  • Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 have the elvish War God Kaela Mensha Khaine.
    • In Warhammer, he is venerated by the High Elves and the Dark Elves, but for differing reasons. The High Elves worship him as a God of War, but are also aware about how destruction can be indiscriminate, tempering their reverence. The Dark Elves, on the other hand, openly worship him as a God of Murder, a living representation of their Social Darwinism.
    • Warhammer 40000 has the Eldar worship Khaine as a God of War and Destruction, as Khaine is resposible for slaying the single greatest hero the Eldar had and was responsible for torturing another of their gods. In the present, he is revered as their god of war and ruin by the Aspect Warriors, Eldar warriors who have lost control of their hunger for war. He also crosses over with Physical God by having broken into countless millions of pieces, which can only be activated by a sacrifice, to become a fragment of his utter potential as a force of complete fiery decimation as the Avatar of Khaine.
    • Older editions of Warhammer and Warhammer 40K had Malal (later named Malice), who was the embodiment of pointless destruction, including self-destruction. He's a renegade of the Chaos God pantheon, as even the other four oppose him on account of his desire to destroy them too. Due to copyright issues, he hasn't shown up since except for a few references to a Chaos Space Marine Legion who worship him, and pointless destruction has been taken over between Khorne and Tzeentch, god of berserkers and sorcerers respectively.
  • In the Mutant Chronicles universe, Algeroth is the apostle of war and dark technology. He has the largest armies and most numerous bases, his factories supply all other apostles with ordnance, he himself manifests as a huge demon whose body is fused with countless weapons, ans his whole schtick is relentlessly waging war on humanity.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, the Wyrm is the personification of destruction, part of the Triat alongside the Wyld, personification of creation, and the Weaver, personification of order. Originally, it was an agent of balance, destroying what was created so it could be recycled for the purpose of new creation. Then the Weaver went mad and imprisoned the Wyrm, sending it insane in turn, seeking to destroy everything beyond hope of restoration.
  • Pathfinder has Rovagug, whose titles include The Great Destroyer, The Unmaker, and The Worldbreaker. It tore a bloody swathe through the multiverse before [{Enemy Mine every other god in existence came together]] to seal it away at great cost. Eventually it will get out and finish what it started, but until then its reduces to releasing its spawn into the world through cracks in its prison that it itself cannot escape through.
  • The Devourer Wurm in Iron Kingdoms is believed to be a primal spirit of destruction that tears asunder everything civilised. The Circle Orboros hope to keep it from rendering humanity extinct through the violent destruction of civilisation, thereby ending its wrath.

    Video Games 
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Lorkhan, the "dead" creator god of Mundus, the mortal plane, is theorized to be one in some accounts to note:
      • Some accounts state that the destruction of the Aurbis (loosely, universe) is Lorkhan's original purpose, goal, and what he ultimately embodies. He was said to be "begat" by Sithis, the force of chaos, to destroy the Aurbis, and disguised himself as an et'Ada to convert other entities to his cause. Mundus is essentially the embodiment of "limitation" and by feeding their power into creating it, the Aedra forced limitations onto the Aurbis and themselves. This is part of the reason why worship of Lorkhan is forbidden by the Mer races and one reason why the Aldmeri Dominion under Thalmor leadership is staunchly opposed to Talos; one of the beings that is theorized to make up Talos is Wulfharth Ash-King, a "Shezarrine" (Lorkhan's soul), and thus Talos is doing the same thing Lorkhan once did as one of the Divines.
      • Lorkhan's Yokudan counterpart, Sep, also fits the Destroyer Deity motif. Yokudan/Redguard mythology believes that the world is devoured over and over again by a primordial entity called Satakal. A being named Ruptga discovered a way to survive this, but found there were way too many souls to save. Sep was created by Ruptga from "worldskins" Satakal left behind, but this gave him the same Horror Hunger that afflicted Satakal. After Ruptga stopped Sep from eating the souls they were supposed to be saving, Sep betrayed his creator and tricked the other gods into creating Mundus.
    • Alduin is colossal black dragon and Beast of the Apocalypse. He is destined to "eat the world" at the end of every cycle of time, resetting it for a new world to take form. However, he isn't the Big Bad in Skyrim because of this. Rather, it's because he has decided to shirk his "destroy the world" responsibility and would rather Take Over the World instead.
    • The very idea of "destruction" falls within the sphere of Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Price of Destruction. He is an Omnicidal Maniac and Person of Mass Destruction who seeks to invade and destroy Mundus above all else. However, like most of the other Daedric Princes, he is not an inherently evil being. For example, he is no more "evil" than a flood or an earthquake. According to a Loose Canon text written by former series developer/writer Michael Kirkbride, Dagon was once a kindly demon who attempted to protect parts of Mundus from being eaten by Alduin at the end of every kalpa, until Alduin banished and cursed him into his current state.
    Alduin: "You I curse right here and right now! I take away your ability to jump and jump and jump and doom you to [the void] where you will not be able to leave except for auspicious days long between one and another and even so only through hard, hard work. And it will be this way, my little corner cutter, until you have destroyed all that in the world which you have stolen from earlier kalpas, which is to say probably never at all!"
  • In Asura's Wrath, Asura becomes this by the end of the game, "Asura the Destructor". He's gigantic enough to crush planets.
  • Malthael, once the Archangel of Wisdom, seeks to be this in the Diablo III expansion Reaper of Souls. And it's your job to stop him.
  • The eponymous entity in Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer is more of a Physical God-slash-Sufficiently Advanced Alien but he does have godlike powers and his sole purpose in the world is to destroy it. It's up to the Player Party to punch him out. Except you never do, even if stopping his plan seems to lead to his death. He would crush you, but he invokes Double Think as a way to let you go unmolested, give you the means to undo his plan, and hint at what you need to do with those means, while still being able to tell himself that he isn't doing anything that could stop his plan. Turns out he feels really bad about being forced to destroy your world needlessly, but his failsafes keep him from stopping.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening introduces the fell dragon Grima, who is also referred to as the God of Destruction.
  • The Undreaming from Dreamfall: The Longest Journey and Dreamfall Chapters is revealed to be this in the latter game. Just like the universe was brought into existence by the Dreaming of a Creator Deity named Lux, the First Dreamer, the Undreaming is the Dark Is Not Evil counterpart to Lux that continuously destroys parts of the Dreaming in order to make space for new stuff. The game's villains have actually imprisoned the Undreaming to harness its destructive powers, and the heroes' main goal turns out to be to free it, restoring the Balance between it and Lux.
  • Very little is said of Armok in Dwarf Fortress, but they seem to be creator and destroyer alike of the Dwarf Fortress worlds. And perhaps a representation of the player.
  • In Pokémon the main legendary of each game usually becomes this. Regardless of its powers, it will usually end up threatening to destroy the world. Eventually averted with Pokémon Sun and Moon.
    • Special note goes to Yveltal, whose basic role is to cause said destruction.

    Web Comics 
  • Sluggy Freelance: K'Z'K is initially introduced as a demon who took over the world and caused The End of the World as We Know It in an alternative future that a time traveler has come to stop. Then he tries to do the same in the past, and there's talk about prophecies of him doing so. But later, a demon cultist of K'Z'K states that he is The End — all a prophecy can say about his causing the end of the world can relevantly say is when and how. Finally, it's revealed that K'Z'K is not an ordinary if really powerful demon, but one of the pillars of creation, the counterpart of the Creator created at the very beginning: Kozoaku, the Destroyer. He's been causing the end of the world — extinction events — repeatedly since forever while the Creator and its lesser allies try to stop him, including by trapping him in the form of a demon.

    Web Original 
  • The MSPA forum adventure Alanna:
    • The cosmology involves three gods, one of which represented creation, one analysis and another destruction. The second one would dissect everything to subatomic dust to satisfy its curiosity, while the latter would devour the dust to satisfy its hunger. Both destructive gods actually tried their hand at creating shortly before the adventure began; the Big Bad wanted to distract them with this new hobby while he worked to steal their power.
    • Due to the Big Bad attempting to possess protagonist Alanna with the Destroyer, not only are his creations instinctively friendly to Alanna, but she also gains ice magic (since cold is draining energy) with Cast from Calories.
  • The God of Darkness from RWBY is responsible for natural disasters such as floods and famine, was the creator of the creatures of Grimm, and was responsible for the destruction of the original race of humanity when Salem led them in rebellion. However, he aided his brother in the creation of humanity, and imparted on them the gift of choice (along with the ability to perform magic in the case of the aforementioned original human race).

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): God Of Destruction

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