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"Praying to yourself, my Lord? That's not a good sign. Or perhaps it is. Prince of Madness, and all that."
Haskill, Shivering Isles

This god isn't Evil in either sense or even a Jerkass God; it is simply insane. Its mad throes create and destroy in equal measure, leading to untold chaos. That there is a universe at all is usually due to it being Sealed Evil in a Can, dormant, or so random that it's been less destructive over the past few aeons.

It might pose as a sane and good god because it has momentarily grown Bored with Insanity. Of course, that doesn't usually last, as sanity tends to bore it greatly as well. If he is good in some sense he'll be the King of All Cosmos and fond of working In Mysterious Ways

Expect the Straw Nihilist to consider it Above Good and Evil, or that it follows Blue and Orange Morality that anyone can understand... if you just gaze into the abyss of madness long enough. If especially mad and powerful, it may also be an Eldritch Abomination, and even if it isn't one, it is highly likely that it will ascend into one. Can overlap with Almighty Idiot when the Mad God is so mad that it destroys their mind. It may not cause insanity or revulsion to observers, but that's usually iffy, and depends on if it has enough presence of mind to take on A Form You Are (at least mildly) Comfortable With.


Compare A God Am I, a character so crazy that they only think they're gods. Contrast A God I Am Not, where a god-like being refuses to be called a god to avoid something like this occurring.


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    Comic Books 
  • The Joker, in the Emperor Joker series, tricked Mr. Mxyzptlk into giving up the lion's share of his power, and he used it to rewrite the entire universe in his image. In the end, only his obsession with Batman (and his inability to keep his imagination from conjuring his own worst fears) stopped him (with a helpful nudge from Superman).
  • In Hellblazer, the First of the Fallen, claims to have found the Christian God "squatting in a corner of Eternity. Clutching his genitals... and drooling." Not that he's the most trustworthy of fellows.
  • The Christian God of The Chronicles of Wormwood. The only thing he does throughout his entire appearance is float in the air, grunting and constantly masturbating, and in "Chronicles of Wormwood - The Last Battle", Jesus reveals that when he ascended to Heaven after his resurrection and went to see his father, he found him making little toy houses out of his own feces.
  • The Writer from the Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness arc of the Amory Wars.
  • In the American Sonic The Hedgehog comics, any echidna who absorbs too much Chaos energy is transformed into the demigod Enerjak, and is driven mad in the process. Dimitri and Knuckles have both suffered this at different points, and an Alternate Universe features a version of Enerjak-empowered Knuckles who's pretty much destroyed the whole world.
  • The cover of Green Lantern issue #6 from the nineties series describes Appa Ali Apsa, the Old Timer, the last Guardian, this way. It is a reasonable description, given his power at that point.
    • The Supreme Being of Space Sector 3600, the god TDHD, has gone utterly mad and was for some time walled off from reality by the Guardians of the Universe.
  • Delirium from The Sandman, what with her being the Anthropomorphic Personification of madness. Though she is rather cute and generally harmless (unless you personally get on her bad side or good side, as her insanity makes it so that even when she's trying to do a favor for somebody, it may have horrible unintended consequences). And she's the baby of the family.
  • Thanos is occasionally referred to as The Mad God.
  • The Phoenix and its avatars, particularly Jean Grey and more recently, Scott Summers, have ended up this way, going Dark Phoenix.
  • Loki's mental state was always unpredictable but their third incarnation showed legitimate mental illness symptoms from hallucinations, to depression and suicidal thoughts (you really don't want to be around a Reality Warper with those), which improved, relatively speaking, in the case of the fourth to very strange thought processes coupled with real problems understanding people (like not getting why turning someone's soul into magical jewellery is bad).
  • Vampirella: One of Vampirella's most powerful foes is the "Mad God Chaos", who rules over The Legions of Hell. He's usually a stand-in for Satan, but he didn't get the nickname for no reason since he's literally insane. This has also affected the way Hell is being run for the worse.
  • Wonder Woman: The Greek gods have a With Great Power Comes Great Insanity problem, which long ago caused them to split off the avatars of themselves that became the Roman pantheon. Most of them don't have to worry about this in the modern age due to their lack of worshipers, but Ares and Dionysus have pretty constant trouble:
    • Ares can't figure out how to be decent even when he's honestly trying as in Wonder Woman (Rebirth) because of the nature of war. He and his mindset shift drastically over short periods because he's tied to war and conflict and not really in full control.
    • Dionysus remains incredibly dangerous to be around even if he's fond of you because he's the god of madness and revelry and in addition to reducing your inhibitions by proximity might turn you into something, like a pig, on whim without understanding why that might be unwanted.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The protagonist of The Gods Must Be Crazy assumes this is why a Coke bottle falls out of the sky into his primitive village, bringing strife to the community. To them, it's a cruel trial that can only have been masterminded by a malevolent and crazy, or at the very least careless, god.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Loki in The Avengers is a mad Physical God who is sincerely convinced that him falling through a wormhole in space in Thor was his father and brother disposing of him rather than the suicide attempt it really was, and that enslaving humans to become their God-King is a grand idea.
    • Thanos's title of “The Mad Titan” in Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel is well earned. He sincerely believes that he has to wipe out half of the population in the universe in order to prevent even more people from dying due to a lack of resources and overpopulation, even though that makes no sense. The “children” who stay faithful to him either have the blind loyalty of people indoctrinated in a cult are insane, or both, and Thanos comes off as the leader of a bunch of delusional extremists. Even though he’s committing mass genocide, he thinks of himself as a hero, and doesn’t even realize he’s evil.

  • Monstrous Regiment: Nuggan, despite being dead, manages to effectively behave in this way, forbidding crop rotation, accordion players, the color blue and other absurd things.note 
  • Azathoth, the Blind Idiot God gibbering at the chaotic center of Creation (his creation) in the Cthulhu Mythos. Note however his being a 'god' is debatable, as it is with practically all of Lovecraft's more tremendously powerful entities.
  • In Everybody Loves Large Chests the God of Chaos, whose name changes every time it is mentioned, has more than a few screws loose in his pineapple.
  • Nalar, Big Bad or not of The Riftwar Cycle is sometimes called the Mad God, though it's implied that even if he was sane he'd still be a God of Evil.
  • In The Belgariad we get two Mad Gods: Torak is essentially this plus God of Evil and Mara went crazy after his people were wiped out in a war, casting illusions on the entire country that drive everyone most people who don't have magic powers or divine protection insane if they dare to make even one step into his country. Then there's Issa, who fell in love with a mortal but neglected to give her immortality (which he presumably could have done, since his brother Aldur routinely does so for his disciples); his priests have for centuries been finding someone who looks sort of like his now-long-dead lover, renaming her, and installing her as queen ... apparently without Issa ever noticing. Really, mad (or at least really, really dumb) is pretty much the "hat" for gods in this series, with the (possible) exceptions of UL who is just sort of crotchety and Aldur who is mostly aloof.
  • In the Malazan Book of the Fallen, there are cults on the island of Cabal which worship Icarium Lifestealer, a Semi-Divine being with memory loss and rage management issues as the One God, the Stealer of Life, essentially claiming he is a mad puppet with unimaginable power, turning any power of creation he may possess into random destruction. One sect calls itself that of the Mockers, asserting that a god who never left his worshippers any doctrine to live by but allows them to make and interpret their own, cannot be anything but insane.
  • The Faerie queens of The Dresden Files don't have a great track record for sanity. However, Word of Jim points out that since madness is defined as being out of touch with reality, you can't really call someone who can warp reality to their will mad.
  • Most of the deities featured in American Gods are quite stable... except for Horus, he's crazy. Fortunately, he's not really in a position to do anything damaging.
  • Harlan Ellison's short story "The Region Between" proposes that all life in the universe is formed from fragments of a god like this, which destroyed itself in its own madness. In the end, it's reconstituted just long enough to kill itself for real by ending the universe.
  • Geoph Essex's Jackrabbit Messiah jumps aboard this trope immediately - on the back cover blurb - and rides it all the way to the end of the line. As both the blurb and a character in the story suggest: if a guy claims to be a god, and you think he's crazy, there's always the possibility that you're both right.
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant has She Who Must Not Be Named. Introduced in the last sub-series, she was once the Lover, a being on par with the Creator and Lord Foul; Foul seduced her and then broke her heart in order to taint the concept of love forever, and then they were both imprisoned in the same world by the Creator (him deliberately, her by accident). Foul coped well enough, his nature as the Despiser lending itself well to the situation, but the Lover couldn't handle it and went a little nuts. She became one of the most terrifying entities in the Land, though normally quiescent and in the end Linden helps her put her mind back together, at which point she helps lay a righteous divine smackdown on her betrayer, Lord Foul.
  • The unnamed creator of humankind in Kane. He created humans from apes in order to play with them, but since he was mad, his creation inherited his madness. And then Kane rebelled against god and killed his brother and set out to kill his creator.
  • In Godshome by Robert Sheckley, the only god Arthur Fenn can find who is willing to listen to him and offer help is, worrisomely, living in the section of Godshome marked with a sign saying "WARNING! PROCEED NO FURTHER! WARD O FOR BIPOLAR CONDITIONS. OCCUPANTS MAY BE VIOLENT."
  • In the backstory of The Divine Cities, Kolkan, one of the Divinities reigning over the Continent, went insane by giving his followers endless rules to live by. He started out fairly sane, but kept on making thousands upon thousands of rules about incredibly minor things — like what shoes and fabrics his followers were allowed to wear — and mandating increasingly harsh punishments for the mildest violations, until his fellow Divinities disappeared him.
  • The Weaver in The Bas-Lag Cycle is referred to as one by the narration. While it isn't explicitly a god, it has near god-like power by being able to manipulate the rules of physics (time, space, matter and casuality) with a thought and lives on several planes of existence at the same time. Its mind is also completely alien to every other sentient species known in the setting, meaning that even if it isn't 'insane' by its own standards it is definitively by everyone else's.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Bobo is mistaken for this by the ancient Romans in Mystery Science Theater 3000. Oddly, he's only really "mad" in the sense that he fights lions in the gladiatorial arena for fun- which admittedly is a bit much since the other local "Gods" (Pearl and Brain guy) spend most of their time not doing anything even remotely that impressive.
  • In the Mirror Universe of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Zeus went mad from the strain of building "The Labyrinth of Eternal Memory" for his newborn son Hercules. With the king of the gods insane and the rest of the pantheon thrown into chaos, the stage is set for this version of Hercules (known as "the Sovereign") to Take Over the World and hatch a scheme to become the new ruler of Olympus.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The 10th Doctor claims to have met mad gods. This could refer to a variety of characters.
    • The Celestial Toymaker is an enormously powerful being who devotes his time to playing games, either turning people into toys or if they win destroying his realm, which he can survive.
  • Arrowverse: Invoked in the Elseworlds (2018) crossover. The Monitor gives Deegan the Book of Destiny knowing he's basically the worst person to have godlike powers, hoping that the insane world that he creates will be a suitable test for the heroes. This backfires when Deegan proves to be a rather incompetent god; his first attempt just switches the lives of Green Arrow and the Flash. They certainly find it annoying, but it's hardly a worthy test. The heroes defeat Deegan, only for the Monitor to arrive, teleport the book back into Deegan's hands, and tell him to do better this time.

  • Played With in the song "The Gods Aren't Crazy" by Leslie Fish. She describes several Fortean events and says they happen because the Gods are drunk. Again.

  • In The Gamer's Alliance, Shakkan isn't exactly a sane god and only cares about his children, the lizard folk. He might just as easily oppose as help the heroes depending on his mood. Dionysus is even madder than Shakkan as he's always been like that whereas Shakkan was driven nuts by his lengthy imprisonment.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Forgotten Realms: Cyric while under the effects of his own Greater Artifact was very much insane to the point of near-complete incompetence. Between the Prince of Lies, and before the ending of The Crucible: Trial of Cyric the Mad, he was very much completely out of control insane which lasted for around a decade or so.
  • The Chaos gods of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. Composed of every mortal thought and emotion, magnified and taken to the extreme by their concentration in the warp, they are the essentially personifications of Rage (Khorne), Despair, (Nurgle), Desire (Slaanesh), and Scheming (Tzeentch). Spreading their emotions and philosophies in the real world through mortal and daemonic followers, they are well aware that true victory for any of them (or all of them) would destroy what keeps them existing, yet they pursue it anyway.
    • Tzeentch is mad even by Chaos standards. The Chessmaster par excellence, it constantly weaves extremely complex schemes that more often than not contradict each other, that ultimately have no point at all, and in succeeding with one it foils countless others (and so on ad infinitum). Indeed, to Tzeentch scheming is a purpose in itself, as if any of its big plans were to ever succeed it would cease to exist.
    • The C'tan Outsider in 40K, one of the Necron star gods who was tricked by the Laughing God of the Eldar into consuming others of its own kind, which eventually drove it insane. Put this way, the Tyranids are all-consuming horrors from another universe, the Zerg combined with all your worst nightmares, and they give the Outsider's Dyson Sphere prison at least one hundred light years of breathing room.
    • The Eldar have their own Mad God in Cegorach, the Laughing God. He probably wouldn't think twice about destroying your planet as some part of a joke on his part.
    • Even crazier than Tzeentch is Malal the god of paradoxes, that wishes to destroy Chaos. Being a Chaos god if Malal is ever successful then it would die as well not that the crazy thing cares.
    • The Chaos gods are actually more subtle than you'd think; they're deities of good aspects horribly twisted and warped beyond recognition by fear and terror. Khorne is the god of Valor and Bravery, Nurgle is the god of Love and Mercy, Slaneesh is the god of Passion and Beauty, Malal is the god of Balance and Justice, and Tzeentch, the most frightening of all the perversions, is the God of Hope.
  • The Primordials of Exalted, the creators of the universe, are quite insane by human standards, even the relatively nice ones like Gaia and Autochthon. The developers have even used human mental disorders as metaphors for how each Primordial views the world—Oramus is schizophrenic, Malfeas is solipsistic, Autochthon is autistic, She Who Lives In Her Name is obsessive-compulsive, and so on.
  • All of the Madlander deities in GURPS Fantasy II: Adventures in the Mad Lands. Togeth, god of the Togethians, may be one too - the magic he grants to worshipers is extremely random, though at least it's always beneficial, unlike what the Madlander gods tend to do.
  • Dungeons & Dragons 4e core setting labels pretty much all the Chaotic Evil gods as this, mainly Tharizdun, Lolth, and to a lesser degree, Gruumsh. This has to do with their redefinition of the Chaotic Evil Character Alignment as being about "believing only one's self matters in all reality" and "being willing and able to destroy anything and anyone that doesn't directly contribute to their interests".
    • Not merely being one of his numerous appellations, Tharizdun has more than proven his insanity by babbling incoherently before seamlessly moving into long-winded tirades, frequently and unpredictably changing his mood and behavior (but almost universally destructive), and being the only deity whose followers are encouraged to destroy him along with all other life.
  • In Pathfinder, Nethys the God of Magic is True Neutral because his magical power has driven him completely insane, leaving him torn between competing urges to save the world and to destroy it, which results in extremely erratic, unpredictable behavior.
  • Ragnaglar from Runequest is the Mad God.
  • The Mad Gods from Witchcraft, natch- every single one is a monster from beyond our reality, whose understanding of it is terribly limited; so when they manage to intrude here (and before, even), they begin to reshape it to a form they prefer. Which needless to say is very bad news for the natives (even including the angels and demons).
  • The Mad God from the Fighting Fantasy gamebook "Portal of Evil." Provides the hero with a helmet that has mirrors attached to it. The helmet turns out to be useful later on when revealing to The Dragon what a monster he has become.
  • The Wyrm in Werewolf: The Apocalypse was originally the force of destruction which allowed for renewal and balance in the cosmos. Unfortunately, he's gone a little nuts and now seeks to destroy or corrupt the entire world.
    • Most people overlook the fact that the other two members of the Triat are just as insane, the Wyld being an essence of creative chaos and the Weaver a manifestation of absolute order.
  • The Wildlords of Nobilis have set their feet on a path leading to a kind of solipsistic insanity.

    Video Games 
  • YHVH in the Shin Megami Tensei series, according to Word of God. True, he does commit acts of hideous evil, but the cause is because the universe itself is fundamentally broken in some way, and the Abrahamic God being an insane puppy kicking asshole is merely one of the most blatant symptoms of how much the universe itself is screwed up. Likewise, the Demiurge, whenever it pops up, is portrayed as a Psychopathic Manchild with far too much power at its hands, and is obsessed with sealing all mortal souls in the physical universe so it may rule over them forever.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Throughout the series, there is Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. His condensed title, explicitly called this by some of his followers, is simply "the Mad God." Madness falls within his sphere and the insane are his subjects. He can be a Cloud Cuckoolander with some Great Gazoo traits who will make it rain cheese or literal cats and dogs because It Amused Him, then he'll show why you need to Beware the Silly Ones with a sudden Axe-Crazy Dog-Kicking or some Celestial Body Hurling.
    • In Morrowind, the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur, each of whom ascended to godhood after tapping into the power of the Heart Of Lorkhan, the "dead" creator god of Mundus, the mortal plane. Dagoth Ur was much less restrained in his consumption of power from the Heart and experienced much faster Sanity Slippage as a result. (Vivec, one of the Tribunal deities, explicitly calls him a "mad god" at one point.) However, the Tribunal did not escape with their sanity completely in-tact either. Upon completing the main quest and the Tribunal expansion, the Daedric Prince Azura states that madness would have befallen each member of the Tribunal eventually, as mortal minds simply aren't equipped to handle the rigors of godhood. In-game, only Almalexia actually shows signs of this, and it seems to be the loss of her divine power which drove her to madness. Sotha Sil was always reclusive and Vivec, despite his lying, Narcissistic ways, doesn't actually seem to qualify as "mad".
    • Oblivion:
      • The Shivering Isles expansion reveals that the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag is a Mad God. The other Daedric Princes cursed him because they feared his growing power, and he now suffers from a split personality. His other personality is Sheogorath. In his own words, he is a "broken ruler, of a broken realm". The Greymarches are merely his attempts to restore his Realm whenever he briefly regains his right mind. "Killing" him at the end of the Shivering Isles questline cures him of his madness, leaving him free to wander Oblivion to rebuild his powerbase while he passes on the mantle of the Prince of Madness to the player character.
      • If you don't complete Sheogorath's Daedric artifact quest before defeating Jyggalag, you can still do it by talking with Only Sane Man/Servile Snarker Haskill. Haskill will congratulate the player on how well they are taking to their new role as Daedric Prince of Madness by setting a quest for themselves to complete and then rewarding themselves with an artifact that is already theirs.
      • It is suggested that Jyggalag himself was also a Mad God before he was cursed into becoming Sheogorath. However, Jyggalag's madness is an extreme obsession with ordering everything perfectly, whereas Sheogorath's madness was chaos and disorder.
    • In Skyrim, Sheogorath's dialogue heavily implies that he is/was the Champion of Cyrodiil from Oblivion.
  • Dungeon Crawl: "Xom thinks this is hilarious!" Xom randomly acts upon the player. By doing things he finds amusing, you can improve the chances of him giving you something good. On the other hand, if you bore him, he'll hand out random punishments at a quickening pace...
    • Unfortunately most of the things he finds amusing are things that are bad for you. So you have the choice of either deliberately doing stupid things in order to be rewarded by Xom, or playing carefully and intelligently and making him BORED. Needless to say, Xom worshipers don't tend to live very long.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers, the god of time Dialga, while normally benevolent enough, has gone insane after the theft of the Time Gears, becoming Primal Dialga, an unhinged beast dedicated solely to its own self-preservation that deploys agents to preserve the hellish Bad Future he resides in, as fixing the timestream would undo his existence.
  • Jubileus the Creator of Bayonetta goes insane once the Left Eye is lost, throwing the Balance Between Light and Darkness out of alignment. Whether Jubileus was good or evil to begin with isn't clear, since in this Crapsack World Dark Is Evil, Light Is Not Good, both Angels and Demons qualify as Eldritch Abominations and humans are, for the most part worldly or gullible idiots.
  • In EarthBound, the player is trying to prevent the world's destruction at the hands of Giygas, a powerful psychic entity from the future. Their efforts apparently spook him so badly that he overdoses on evil energy before the final confrontation, turning him into a god (of sorts) and destroying his mind. He rambles insanely during the last fight and seems barely even conscious enough to know who he's fighting.
  • Vertigo from Primal Rage is the Goddess of Insanity and a sorceress from another dimension who wants to torture and enslave all of humanity for her own amusement.
  • In Eternal Darkness Chattur'gha and Ulyaoth are not particularly right in the head, at least not to human senses, but Xel'lo'tath is the only one whose very presence (and those of her troops) drives people mad; she hears voices in her head, and you hear voices in her head too.
    • It's worth noting that her minions have lost their heads. No, really. And the creature herself? Vaguely humanoid and feminine with four arms, a long fishlike tail, an eye in the middle of her torso... and no head.
  • Kefka Palazzo becomes this in the second act of Final Fantasy VI.
  • Tarjan from The Bard's Tale Trilogy. He's even called the Mad God.
  • Malygos, the Aspect of Magic from the Warcraft games used to be a fun-loving dragon who ruled over magic. But after his entire people, including his mate and children, were slaughtered by his best friend with a weapon he helped create, he completely lost his mind. He hid for millennia in a cave and was prone to killing anybody who approached him. It's only after being given a new flight that he starts to become sane again... at which point he decides to declare war on every magic user in the world (that is every single faction of the game, including the other dragons which helped him and the mortals who did his job for 10,000 years).
    • Neltharion aka Deathwing is this and a God of Evil. That's what happens when a godlike dragon is Mind Raped by a cabal of Eldritch Abominations. Deathwing's own power is tearing his body apart (to the point that he has to have metal plates riveted to his body just to keep it together) leaving him in constant agony and driving him further into madness. In the finale of Cataclysm being blasted by the Dragon Soul makes him lose what little control he had over his own power. His body falls apart and the last vestiges of his sanity go along for the ride.
    • Sargeras was once the champion of the Titans, fighting demons across the cosmos, though he was convinced that they could not be truly vanquished. He would eventually come across a planet with a world soul, a Titan embryo, covered in void and shadow due to an old god burrowing itself into the surface and corrupting the soul. From the local Dreadlords he learned of the plans of the void, to corrupt one of his kin to destroy existence, and decided the best course of action was to give the universe a cosmic reset; wipe out all of creation and restart it himself before the void can corrupt one of his infant masters into wiping it out forever.
  • The main villain in the flash game Realm of the Mad God, the aptly named Oryx the Mad God. Although he is a bit more tame than many of the other examples on this list, as he leans a bit more towards God Is Evil.
  • At least two gods in the Disciples series get treated to this. First we have Soloniele, the goddess of the seas and merfolk, as well as co-deity of the elves with her lover Gallean. When Bethrezen sends his Legions of Doom to the surface of Nevendaar, they happen to come out in the elven forests, sending the elves on a massed exodus to the lands of the Mountain Clans. The dwarves, seeing a huge mass of elves encroaching on their lands, assume it's an invasion and strike at them. Angry, Soloniele and Gallean go to Wotan, the god of the dwarves, and demand he punish his people for this unprovoked attack. Enraged by their audacity, Wotan rips out Gallean's heart and throws it at the sun. Soloniele manages to catch her lover's heart in time but has her flesh burned off by the heat. Going mad, she renames herself into Mortis, slaughters an entire people and raises them as her Undead Hordes. After she revives Gallean, he is disgusted with what she has become and leaves. Mortis proceeds to turn on the elves, kills Gallean's son and turns him into an undead elf to mock Gallean. Gallean also goes mad and gets the elves to strike at humans, with whom they've been at peace for centuries, and personally (through his oracle) kills the dwarven queen. Needless to say, Nevendaar a Crapsack World. On that same note, Bethrezen himself could be considered fitting this trope, although bordering on God of Evil. Originally, he was the most favorite angel of Highfather, to the point where Highfather granted him the power to create. Bethrezen created Nevendaar and humans as a tribute to Highfather, with other gods creating other races and landscapes. Unfortunately, the other angels grew jealous and tricked humans into starting a war while Bethrezen was out. When Highfather saw Nevendaar, it was engulfed in war. As punishment, he imprisoned Bethrezen in the molten core of his own creation. It's obvious that anyone would go insane at this point, especially someone who didn't think he deserved punishment.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates the Greater-Scope Villain, Anankos is revealed to be this. His inability to fully become a spirit, along with the burgeoning strain of his draconic nature, are what started to drive him mad. A bunch of misunderstandings and almost everyone turning against him in Valla only drove him further into the mad god seen in the story. Additionally, It's implied that isolating himself from others after burning the forest by accident and being attacked by fearful humans didn't help his mental health one bit, to the point that even though he longed for companionship, his mind was being twisted in his loneliness to desire the death of all humans. This plays a part in why he killed the King of Valla despite knowing he truly meant to help him.
  • In Salt and Sanctuary, the Big Bad is the Nameless God, a Deity of Human Origin. Unfortunately, he was driven to seek godhood out of pride, greed, and envy of true gods. Though he gained the power he sought, he was unable to obtain the soul of a god, which is what he really wanted. His pride, greed, and envy intensified as a result and he went mad. Now he spends his days capturing gods, stealing their worship, and desperately attempting to create a candlelit soul from one of his many horrifying experiments.
  • Cultist Simulator has The Moth, who was the first God-from-Blood.

    Web Comics 
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: Zoss' Demiurges used to be sane and philosophical, until their king, Zoss, disappeared, their old warring urges returned, and they waged a Multiverse-spanning civil war, which was undermined and won by victims of the war, seven of whom became the new Demiurges. After millennia of ruling as multiversal conquerors and tyrants, the Seven went totally over the deep end; the best of them have succumbed to suicidal despair or dementia, while the worst have become deranged narcissists or want to watch the multiverse burn. Most of them spend their days on inane things like counting all their stolen wealth or destroying worlds out of boredom.

    Web Original 
  • The Storyteller from Off the Page and into Life has long since gone crazy from loneliness, and it shows. She's more of a frightened child lashing out in any way she can most of the time, but when she loses it, you will know about it. Usually in the form of people dying, or coming damn close to it.
  • The Sea Mother was the first sapience in existence that infused her essence into the ocean but went insane from the constant sensation of fish and boats moving about in her this entailed. She lashes out and attempts to drowns them all, and humanity has grown to despise her for it and she knows.
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-3004 is an insane cicada god for some now disappeared druidic cult, the Cétlaidí, operating in Ireland. When its followers were forcibly converted to Christianity in the English invasions, the resulting turn of belief and metaphysical confusion seems to have scrambled its mind. It now believes it is the Judeo-Christian God and it warps Christian ceremonies into evil rituals often involving Animalistic Abominations and self-mutilation to "feed on the faith". Worse, it's actually starting to usurp the real God and break into our reality; the Foundation's plan in that event is to use Thaumiel-level SCPs and amnesia-inducing agents to completely erase Christianity from the historical record in an attempt to starve it. According to a researcher who communicated with it, SCP-3004 isn't evil, it's just extremely deluded and doesn't understand what its worshippers really want or believe, or the harm its causing.

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