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"The hand of Keranos can be seen in every rumbling storm cloud. Best not to stand where he points."
Rakleia of Shrine Peak, Magic: The Gathering
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Throughout the world there have been many religions and myths regarding gods, monsters and superhuman entities, but this one seems to be really popular. A god of thunder is a Physical God with supreme control over electricity and thunder.

Thunder and lightning have always been associated with the unknowable majesty of the Heavens themselves, so gods of thunder are typically the ones who send out Bolts of Divine Retribution to punish mortals for their hubris and wickedness. Many mythologies portray how they wield it differently, whether they channel it through a sword or a hammer, throw out bolts like spears or shoot them like arrows. Because of this, they are typically portrayed as warriors, if not as outright Berserkers than as protectors of divine justice. Like gods of the sea, thunder gods are often portrayed as having very mercurial and, well, tempestuous personalities. They're often quick to anger and offense, mirroring how storms can seem to boil out of the sky with no warning to unleash devastation and then vanish as quickly as they came.

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Subtrope of Stock Gods.

Compare the War God and the relatively more mundane Shock and Awe and Thunder Beetle. Commonly overlaps with Top God and Everybody Loves Zeus, though it is not mutually exclusive to either. See also Raiju.


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    Anime And Manga 
  • In A Certain Magical Index, Thor is a member of GREMLIN who utilizes magic that takes advantage of the lore of Thor. As a result, his spells allow him to command powers similar to Thor's feats in myth. His belt grants him immense Super Strength and he can form lightning between his fingertips into a pair of Arc Fusion Blades that can extend to 2 kilometers in length. But his greatest spell is derived from Thor's former nature as a Top God, allowing him to constantly give himself a Home Field Advantage so that none of his opponent's attacks can reach him.
  • In Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, Beatrice Flowerchild's Berserker class card is eventually revealed to be Thor. As a result, she's able to wield his godly strength as well as Mjolnir, bringing down lightning even more powerful than Medea's magecraft from the Age of Gods. In actuality, her Class Card's true identity is Thor's son, Magni, who has all of Thor's strengths but none of his weaknesses.
  • In Noragami, Takemikazuchi, a Japanese god of swords and thunder, is a high-ranking god in heaven. While he hasn't been seen brandishing lightning directly, his shinki, Kiun, can take the form of dragon-shaped electricity. It's later revealed that he was forbidden from using his powers by his own shinki, who revolted against him for his violent temper, forcing him to reincarnate and channel his powers through Kiun.
  • One Piece has Eneru/Enel, who ate the Goro Goro no Mi/Rumble Rumble Fruit (Goro Goro is the sound of the thunder rumbling). He is a Logia user who can turn his body into Lightning, control Lightning and create infinite amounts of Lightning. He is also called the "God" of Skypeia (although in this case, God is a title not an actual diety). His special attacks are named for various Gods of Thunder and Lightning (Sango, a West African god, El Thor which is a double reference with Thor being the Nordic thunder god and El being the Hebrew name for God, Kari a Malaysian thunder god, Hino an Iriqois thunder god, Kiten/Raijin the Japanese thunder god, Julunggul an Aboriginal serpent goddess of weather, Raigo which means the return of Buddha with the kanji of Rai meaning thunder, Mamaragan the central Aboriginal thunder god, and Amaru who is a dragon/serpent-like chimera of Tiwanaku and Inca mythology).

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    Film 
  • Thor: Ragnarok: The crux of Thor's personal story in the film hinges on him realizing that he is, in fact, the God of Thunder, and that control of storms and lightning is thus an innate power for him. This helps him get over his feelings of powerlessness since Mjolnir's destruction, allowing him to make extensive use of Shock and Awe in the final battle.

    Live-Action TV 
  • American Gods (2017):
    • Mr. Wednesday (the American incarnation of Odin) is shown to have some level of power over the weather, as he sends a message to his fellow Old Gods via a dandelion scattered into the clouds in "The Secret of Spoons", and later he sends a Bolt of Divine Retribution onto the New God's mooks in "Come to Jesus".
    • Donar Odinson in "Donar the Great" is the American incarnation of the Norse God Thor and thus he has some level of power over the weather, though it had greatly diminished with the lack of worshippers present in 1930's America. We only ever see him summon lightning when he splits Wednesday's spear Gungnir in two, his hammer giving off electricity as he does so.

    Literature 
  • Discworld: Blind Io, Top God of the pantheon, holds the divine copyright on thunder. Having absorbed all lesser thunder themed gods through the Disc's Clap Your Hands If You Believe Gods Need Prayer Badly rules, not only is he the Thunder God, he's also every thunder god. However, no god owns lightning, which is shared as the preferred Bolt of Divine Retribution.
  • Titan's Forest: Airak, the lightning god, presides over storms and thunderbolts. In Canopy, his main roles are trapping shards of lightning in glass containers to serve as lamps and, more crucially, controlling the strength and frequency of lightning strikes to prevent them from setting the whole forest aflame.

    Music 
  • KISS has a song called "God of Thunder". The lyrics seem to be about Zeus but other lyrics seem to contradict this, possibly stating that KISS is the God of Thunder.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • Classical Mythology: Zeus (known to the Romans as Jupiter) is the Top God of the Olympian Pantheon, as well as being the god of thunder and the sky. In the Titanomachy, it was said that in his war against his father Cronus and the Titans, lightning was gifted to Zeus by the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheries imprisoned in Tartarus and was used as an instrumental weapon in the war. The Ancient Greeks and Romans equated the natural phenomena of lightning to Zeus, throwing lightning like spears to smite foes and blasphemous mortals alike.
  • In Hindu Mythology, Indra is the god of thunder, who wields a Bolt of Divine Retribution. In the Vedic era, he was the Top God and a womanizing Jerkass similar to Zeus (the Vedic gods are hypothesized to stem from the same ancient Indo-European religion that also birthed the Greek and Norse gods). In the post-Vedic era Indra was theologically downgraded in favor of the Hindu Trinity, and a more virtuous Alternative Character Interpretation came into play. In many of the side stories of Mahabharata, he becomes more of a noble trickster type who frequently uses King Incognito to teach people moral lessons and test their virtue.
  • Several Indo-European religions have thunder deities such as Perun (Slavic Mythology), Perkele (Finnish Mythology) or Taranis (Celtic Mythology), in addition to the Greco-Roman Zeus/Jupiter and the Norse Thor. These are believed to stem from an original proto-Indo-European weather god, whose name has been tentatively reconstructed as Perkwunos.
  • Japanese Mythology:
    • Raijin is the god of lightning, thunder and storms in the Shinto religion. He would ride the clouds and channel lightning with the beating of his war drum, which he would use to fight his brother Fujin, god of the wind, for control of the sky. Despite his intimidating appearance and destructive power, he is considered a benevolent god, using his overwhelming power to restore the bountiful potential of farm land.
    • Susanoo-no-Mikoto is the Shinto god of storms and the younger brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun. He was originally an angry and destructive god, his tantrums having caused devastation in both the Heavens and the Earth. His father Izanagi banished him to Earth for his troubles (particularly for his harassment of Amaterasu), where Susanoo would later perform many great feats—such as the slaying of the Orochi, for example—and would go on to become a beloved folk hero to Japan.
  • Norse Mythology: Thor was the god of thunder, lightning, storms, strength and sacred groves and trees. He is one of the favored sons of the king of the Aesir Odin All-Father, and while not known for his intelligence or patience, he is considered to be an honorable and benevolent god who dedicated himself to protecting Asgard and Midgard from the various giants that threatened them. Ontop of his immense strength he is known for his iconic weapon Mjolnir, a war-hammer forged by the dwarves Brokkr and Sindri said to have the power to level mountains, its pounding being the explanation for the roaring of thunder by those who worshipped him.
  • Chinese Mythology: There are many stories about thunder and lightning. One is that during a famine the thunder god saw a woman and her mother-in-law fighting over a bowl of rice, and not realizing the woman was insisting that her m-i-l take it, struck her dead in anger. The Celestial Emperor gave her a pair of magic mirrors(lightning) so she could ensure he saw what he was striking. That's why lightning precedes thunder.
  • The Buddha Vajrapani in Buddhism, his name literally means "Thunderbolt Hand".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Forgotten Realms: Talos, the Storm Lord, is the Chaotic Evil deity of storms and destruction. He's an angry and fickle god, plaguing mortals with storms and lightning unless appeased.
    • Planescape: On the plane of Arcadia, the weather is ruled by the four Storm Kings. Of these, the best fits for the mercurial Rain King, whose moods can change as easily as a light shower can turn into a hailstorm and back, and the Lightning King, a short-tempered figure with a tendency to solve his problems by throwing thunderbolts.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Warhammer: The Kislevite god of thunder and lightning is Tor, a heavily muscled warrior god who is said to split the the sky with his axe to release thunderbolts. Temples to Tor are built high in the Worlds Edge Mountains but his followers will sing his praises wherever there is a storm. His faith has only one stricture — never stand beneath a tree during a thunderstorm.
    • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: As the God-King of Azyr (the Celestial Realm associated with wind, the stars and lightning) Sigmar has mastery over storms, lightning and thunder. Sometimes know as the Thunderer, Sigmar is able to cast lightning at his enemies and lightning is one of his most prominent symbols. Sigmar's greatest warriors, the Stormcast Eternals, are also heavily associated with thunder and lightning, able to travel between realms using his celestial lightning to appear in a blinding flash of light and a peal of thunder.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Keranos is Theros' god of storms. He takes after Zeus conceptually, generally resembling a bearded man wielding a lightning bolt in his hand, and is a tempestuous and fickle deity in personality. He's aligned with Blue mana, the color associated with air and the sky, and Red, the color of chaos, emotions and dramatic natural phenomena.
  • Pathfinder: Hei Feng, Duke of Thunder, is Tian Xia's god of seas and storms. He's a chaotic and mercurial god, prone to explosive anger when offended, and quick to punish transgressions through lightning and lashing weather. He's usually accompanied by divine servants known as the counts of wind, rain, thunder, and lightning. Ranginori, an elemental lord of air, is also associating with thunderstorms, while the demon lord Urxehl is worshipped as a deity of destructive storms and natural disasters.

    Video Games 
  • Akatsuki Blitzkampf: While not an example himself, Akatsuki has this as his Red Baron as his preferred element is lightning.
  • Dark Souls: Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, is the Top God of the pantheon in Anor Londo. When the First Flame manifested, he, the Witch of Izalith, Nito, the First of the Dead and the Furtive Pygmy found the Lord Souls from the flame. With this power, Gwyn led the Witch, Nito and his very own army of Knights in a battle against the Everlasting Stone Dragons that ruled during the Age of Ancients. As his name would imply, Gwyn holds the power of light, manifesting the rays of the sun into the form of lightning bolts that he used to peel off the stone scales of the Everlasting Dragons (the source of their immortality), winning the war against them and beginning the Age of Fire. The ability to summon lightning and electricity would later be taught as a form of an offensive miracle that can be learned by the player, and has been used by enemies who have strong ties to Gwyn like Dragon Slayer Ornstein and the Nameless King.
  • In Dwarf Fortress, deities can be generated with the sphere Thunder.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Kyne is the Goddess of Storms from the Ancient Nordic Pantheon, and is known as Kynareth in the Imperial Pantheon. In the lore that describes her in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, she was the wife of Shor (an incarnation of The Maker Lorkhan) and a warrior goddess who formed the races of men and is responsible for various natural phenomena like rain and storms after The Time of Myths.
  • Fate/Grand Order:
    • While not strictly a god, Ivan the Terrible's lightning has been compared to Zeus, King of the Greek Gods. In addition, his mount, a massive mammoth, is compared to the Bull of Heaven, Gugalanna, and together their spiritual value is compared to an actual Divine Spirit.
    • Zeus himself is the Lostbelt King of Atlantis. True to form, he commands thunder and lightning from atop Olympus.
  • God of War:
    • Zeus is the God of Thunder and the King of Olympus. He is also the father of Kratos, making him an Arch Nemesis Dad to the God of War.
    • In God Of War 2018, Thor's name is spoken with fear and reverence as the mighty God of Thunder. Lightning crackles around his hammer, Mjolnir, and he used it to slaughter every giant he came across despite being half-giant himself.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: Lightning Flash Phosphora is a goddess that helps command the Forces of Nature alongside Arlon the Serene under the goddess of nature Viridi. She is shown to not only fly with impressive speed, but she is show to have the power of lighting and storms at her beck-and-call.
  • Mortal Kombat: Raiden is the god of thunder and lighting, having been tasked by the Elder Gods to protect Earthrealm from any invading forces that threaten it. When acting as a contestant of the Mortal Kombat Tournament on Earthrealm's behalf, he is as mortal as his opponents and can be killed, but he retains his Shock and Awe powers and routinely uses them for long and short-distance attacks.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokémon Red and Blue: Zapdos is an Electric/Flying Legendary Pokémon that takes the form of a massive yellow bird and is one of the three Legendary birds of the Kanto region.
    • Pokémon Gold and Silver: Raikou is one of the three Legendary Beasts of the Johto region. Its design is based off of the tiger form of the raiju, a Youkai of Japanese Mythology with power over lightning.
    • Pokémon Black and White: Thundurus is an Electric/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon known for causing immense havoc with its lightning across the Unova region. His design is based off of Raijin, the Shinto god of thunder and lightning.
    • Pokémon Black and White : Zekrom is an Electric/Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon that is a member of the Tao Trio (including Reshiram and Kyurem) and is the embodiment of yin.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon: Tapu Koko is an Electric/Fairy-type Legendary Pokémon found on Melemele Island, it and its counterparts (Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini) having been worshipped by the inhabitants of the Islands as gods.
  • Touhou has Raiko Horikawa, a tsukumogami (a youkai formed after an object is abandoned for a long time, in this case a drum) with thunder powers whose look is based on the thunder god Raijin and attacks with drums and lightning.

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    Webcomics 
  • In Champions of Far'aus, Deities of Lightning are masters of lightning magic, and can raise their body temperature to 30,000c° for half a second, essentially causing a lightning strike where they stand.
  • The Order of the Stick: The Northern Pantheon has Thor, a Boisterous Bruiser thunder god who loves wine and women and is wont to randomly throw out the thunderbolts when things get rowdy. Like the Norse god, he wields a hammer, and is the patron god of the Dwarves, who are the setting's viking equivalent, a race of gruff and honor-bound northern people. Thor is generally portrayed as Chaotic Good and of all the gods seems to have the most sincere concern for the well-being of humanity. He's a pretty important god in the pantheon, although not the Top God.

    Web Original 
  • Wikipedia has a Weather God article. ("A weather god, also frequently known as a storm god, is a deity in mythology associated with weather phenomena such as thunder, lightning, rain, wind, storms, tornados, and hurricanes.")

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