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The Main House, where dwell the highest of the high. These are the gods with power, the ones who suffer no setbacks when killed, even if Virtuous refuses to resurrect them. Most of it is off-limits to visitors - the entrance is a round, tiled island surrounded by fathomless water and ringed by high waterfalls, where a visitor can call out in hopes of being granted an audience… but most of it might as well not exist at all, unless one is actually called there. Greater Gods can't visit unless they're wanted; even Carmen Sandiego can't break in. And security has been further tightened ever since one Lord Arktivus Brevon somehow successfully broke in prior to his own ascension. For one, they ensured the floor was just as impenetrable as the walls.

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Those who have been called in or granted entrance come out with radically different stories about what it looks like. As of recently, a relative consensus has been reached - several gods and visitors consider the interior House reminiscent of an office, complete with cubicles - but this is still quite heavily contested by those who remember walking through throne rooms, run-down palaces, Fluffy Cloud Heaven, and similar architectural forms and anomalies.

Only Overdeities and Greater Gods are allowed to join in this House. Though The Spy has been granted entry courtesy of Haruhi, but is forced to follow under her rules.

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The Progenitors

They are the equivalents of the Almighty God in the Pantheon.

    Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson 
Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, Gods of Tabletop Role-Playing Games
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Gary Gygax
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Dave Arneson
  • Overdeities (Demigods during their mortal lives)
  • Symbol: A D20
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good and Lawful Good, respectively
  • Portfolio: Creators of Dungeons & Dragons and thus Revolutionizing Tabletop RPGs, Bringers of Fun, Dragon-Recurring Settings, Divinity (Pantheon only)
  • Domains: Craft, Scalykind, Fantasy
  • Underlings: Io, Bahamut, Tiamat, Drizzt Do'Urden and Artemis Entreri
  • Allies: Dream of the Endless, Cosmos, Eru Illuvatar, God (GTDAB), The One Above All, Wil Wheaton, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Status Quo, the Random Number God, Nyarko and her friends, Fry, Bender and Leela, Dexter, the Order of the Stick, Gabe and Tycho
  • Enemies: Melkor, YHVH, Nekron, The Anti-Monitor, Lord Fuse, Merged Zamasu, the Outer Gods, SMT's Nyarlathotep, The GUAM Machine Council, Xykon, General Tarquin, Redcloak, The Godmodder
  • Respected by: SMT's Lucifer
  • It all started in November 1972 when Gary Gygax, the co-founder of the International Federation of Wargamers (IFW) met up with Dave Arneson and David Megarry for a game of Blackmoor in Lake Geneva. After a round refereed by Arneson, Gygax swiftly created a new campaign named Greyhawk and asked Arneson for a draft of his gaming rules. After that, they exchanged ideas over phone and mail and playtesting with their other contacts. They wanted their board game to be published as soon as possible due to two publishers rejecting it, so they hastily make new rules without using Arneson's draft. Luckily, a man named Brian Blume provided enough funds to publish the original Dungeons & Dragons set in 1974 with the initial print run selling one thousand copies and rising in subsequent years. Since then, the world is introduced to one of the most revolutionary Tabletop Games that influenced many works of media for years to come.
  • Gygax's mortal shell was cast off March 4, 2008 and Arneson's on April 7, 2009. The sacrifice of so many hours of free time skyrocketed them both to Overdeities of Craft. Gygax is often more active than Arneson, though that is because people know about him more.
    • Later, they established a spot in the Main House as the Progenitors of Gods. There, they have the highest position possible, gaining dominion over every deity in the Pantheon. Most don't object (yes, not even the most Chaotic deities) since as Game Masters, they must be fair when it comes to a game's balance, thus they help keep situations normal. Cosmos and Eru are thankful for their new position as leaders of the Pantheon and the Status Quo helps them with this job and they appreciate his help for it. The God from God The Deviland Bob is glad that these two will do a better job than he did and proceeded to continue drinking at the bar.
      • However, there still are most deities not liking the fact that they are in charge and seek to usurp or destroy them. YHVH thinks they do not deserve to be leaders of the Pantheon and often sends His underlings to fight them to no avail, because of their Game Master abilities. Nekron wants them permanently dead before he could destroy the Pantheon with ease. The Anti-Monitor also thinks they are a hindrance to his ultimate goal of everything being blown to smithereens. Zamasu is outright pissed that because of them, he cannot destroy the NINGEN. The GUAM Machine Council, in line with their philosophy of robotic supremacy thinks that two humans like Gygax and Arneson are obstacles to their goals though luckily, the Roboking is keeping them in line.
      • Surprisingly, Lord Fuse is actually afraid of the duo, because their orders are powered by The Power of Imagination, his biggest weakness. Fuse is trying to think of a way to dispose of them with no risk.
      • What's also surprising is that Lucifer admires Gygax's mercilessness in his campaigns, although he is a bit irked that he and Arneson must maintain order in the Pantheon which becomes a sore spot for him.
  • Originators of the concept of Godhood... well, Dream of the Endless predated that, but the three decided to share credit just to save some confusion.
  • The Outer Gods are baffled that two humans have as much power as they do and also has dominion over them. For now, they go back to their usual businesses while not trying to needlessly provoke them... but not Nyarlathotep. He and his SMT counterpart both agree for once that they must be out of the way in order for their evil ambitions to come into fruition.
    • The duo get along better with their creator, H.P. Lovecraft, despite the three working in completely separate genres. Nyarko, along with Mahiro, Cuuko and Hasta also get along with them, even though Nyarko did not have any experience playing D'n'D prior to this.
    • They also got along really well with J.R.R. Tolkien, because his work has influenced their games a lot including Dungeons and Dragons.
  • All tabletop gaming gods have them to thank. If it wasn't for them, they wouldn't exist. On the flipside, if it wasn't for them, the Ebon Dragon and the Chaos Gods, among other evil gods, wouldn't have existed either, so it's sort of a mixed bag.
    • They are the only gods that the Draconic Trio will defer to and woe to anyone that dares to harm them in their presence. Drizzt and Artemis confronted their progenitors and asked them, "Why are we this way? Have you forsaken us?" Gygax and Arneson tells them they can be whoever they want since the Pantheon is where fictional characters can retreat to during or after their trials. The lesser Not So Different duo accepted this and unconditionally serve their masters to this day.
    • Wil Wheaton is ecstatic that the men themselves, the creators of Dungeons & Dragons are here in the Pantheon. They are often seen playing campaigns together, outdoing each other's GM skills.
    • The Order of the Stick has given their allegiance to the Progenitors and fight in their stead due to their world being based on the 3.5 edition's rules and making fun of the whole DnD experience. This also cause the Order's enemies like General Tarquin, Redcloak and Xykon become their enemies, who are also seeking to usurp and overpower them. Not even the duo can stand Miko Miyazaki, though they appreciate her allegiance albeit a blind one. Despite not playing much D'n'D themselves, Gabe and Tycho gave their utmost respect to them.
  • The Random Number God comes to them sometimes for guidance. They often tell him to keep doing his job, because he is a fundamental force in games of any form.
  • Gygax has met Fry and his friends before, who are surprised that he runs the entire place. They now join him in role-playing campaigns during their off-hours. On a related note, he feels proud that Dexter the young genius triumphs over his fellow players in D'n'D even having his last name as his alias, though Gygax (and Arneson as well) does try to teach Dexter to play fair next time.
  • Both adamantly opposes the Godmodder due to abusing his Game Master abilities just to torture his players. The Godmodder (both personalities) return that sentiment, even thinking that the two are too soft on their players (yes, he even thinks Gygax is too merciful in D'n'D).
  • They also serve as two of the Trio of Arts in the House of Craft along with Emmet Brickowski.

Manager of the Divine Ranks

A new position established by the Progenitors, the Gods who manage the Divine Ranks of deities.

    Ugo 
Uraltugo Noi Nueph, Manager of Divine Ranks (Ugo)
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  • Overdeity (has power over the ranking system)
  • Symbol: Rukh
  • Alignment: Lawful Good
  • Portfolio: Divine Ranks, The Archmage, Beware the Nice Ones, Imagination-Based Superpower, Older Than They Look, Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality, Top God
  • Domains: The Divine Ranks, Magic
  • Allies: Aladdin the Magi, Eru Iluvatar, The One Above All, Aladdin the Thief, The Genie, Madoka Kaname
  • Enemies: Ren Gyokuen, Melkor, Jafar, Zamasu
  • Respects: The Truth
  • The Main House's Holy Trinity appointed Ugo to the newly-created position of "Manager of Divine Ranks" after learning he was able to exchange the hierarchy of Gods in his own Universe, and decided he was a perfect fit for regulating the ranks of entities in the Pantheon. Ugo very happily agreed with the decision, because now he had a whole range of new people he could make friends with. He is currently employed in the Court of the Gods.
    • Extra care has been taken by the Holy Trinity to ensure that Ugo's knowledge of how to switch places in the divine hierarchy does not spread to other Gods, for fear that evil-aligned Gods may use it to give themselves more power in the Pantheon, as David was able to accomplish in Ugo's world. However, Tzeentch may already know...
  • Ugo has garnered the ire of a number of evil deities, both because Ugo was able to do what so many of them failed to do (usurp their Universes's gods and become Gods themselves), and because of the apparent hypocrisy in Ugo's treatment compared to them. It is believed that Ren Gyokuen/Arba was the one who first started the complaints.
  • Ugo holds great respect for The Truth as a guardian of the Gate of Truth, and the purveyor of justice and karma. The Truth may have had a guiding hand in David and Sinbad usurping the Sacred Palace from Ugo, but the implication is that David is the one The Truth wants punished. Truth may be the only other being outside of the Holy Trinity with whom Ugo's knowledge was shared.
  • Ugo was also very happy and surprised to meet Aladdin in the Pantheon, and the two frequently talk about the other characters and worlds as Aladdin shows Ugo around the Pantheon. Aladdin is also helping Ugo readjust to being outside of the Sacred Palace, since being in there for 1x10^51 years made him a little insane, and making sure that no evil deities try to trick him into doing something by projecting an illusion of Solomon. Aizen Sousuke in particular is high on the list of people to keep Ugo away from.
  • Unlike Aladdin, Ugo is completely frightened of well-developed female physiques, much to the humor of some Goddesses, but also makes many wonder where on earth Aladdin got it from, since Ugo was the one who raised Aladdin.
  • Ugo's expertise in magic is considered to be unparalleled in his home Universe, enough so that it was his mastery of magic that created the Djinn, the Universe in which Aladdin and his friends currently live in, and the source of his ability to re-order the divine hierarchy.
    • He heard about the plight of Madoka Kaname shortly after arriving in the Pantheon, and he has promised to help Madoka in any way he can.
  • Zamasu was...not happy to hear of Ugo's exploits after the latter ascended to the Pantheon, and immediately went on a rampage against Ugo to destroy the "NINGEN!!!". Ugo quickly over-powered Zamasu and put him in a fish-tank, and the latter was only released on instruction of the Main House after he had calmed down.

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Alignment Incarnations

A quartet of Overdeities representing the Four Cardinal Moral Alignments: Good, Evil, Lawful, and Chaotic.

    Cosmos 
Cosmos, Goddess of Good and Leader of the Grand United Alliance of Good (Goddess of Harmony)
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    Melkor 
Melkor, God of Evil and Leader of The Grand United Alliance of Evil (Morgoth, Bauglir, The Supreme Dark Lord, The Great Enemy, Dark Enemy of the World, Belegurth)
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  • Overdeity of Evil
  • Symbol: His iron crown, with the Silmarils absent from it
  • Alignment: Chaotic Evil, however he can just as easily pretend to be Lawful or Neutral Evil if it suits his purposes
  • Portfolio: Those Modeled After The Devil, The Greatest Of The Valar Turned The First Dark Lord, Source of All Malady, Made of Evil, Evil Is Deathly Cold And Burning Hot, The Dark Side Will Make You Forget, Casts A Shadow Over Arda, Creative Sterility, A God Am I, Dark Is Evil, Villains Want Mercy, Lord Of All Discord and Malady, Corruption, Omnicidal Maniac
  • Domains: Evil, Darkness, Corruption, Tyranny, Destruction, Hatred, Fear, Greed, and many more negative things
  • High Priest: Lord Foul the Despiser
  • Followers: Torak, The Crimson King, The First Evil, Melzas
  • Superior: J.R.R Tolkein...for the most part
  • Allies: For now, he has an alliance of convenience with Nyarlathotep and Aku. In addition, he is in good graces with most card-carrying villains, dragons, orcs, sorcerers and demons of the evil alignment, and those who are Made of Evil
  • The Man Behind the Man to: Quite possibly almost every villain to exist, with the certain exception of Nekron, Amatsu-Mikaboshi and the Anti-Monitor (and the debatable exception of Ungoliant and the Lich)
  • Rivals: The Beast, Chaos (also occasional allies), The Anti-Monitor
  • Enemies: Though he has many enemies, Melkor considers the subjugation and/or annihilation of Manwe Ulimo (his brother), Ungoliant (his former ally), Cosmos, YHVH, Lucifer, Nekron and Philemon to take precedence. On a more personal and petty note, he considers Io, Iroque, Amaterasu, Goku, Vegeta, Superman and every creator god to be on top of his hit list.
  • Opposes: Eru Illuvatar himself, the Houses of Craft and Music, the sub-houses of Dragons
  • Ambiguous relationship with: Krona the Mad Guardian
  • Melkor, later renamed as Morgoth came to be as the first and mightiest of the Ainur, created from the thought of Eru Illuvatar. Though second only to his Creator, he was not content to follow Eru's sacred design. He sought to create of his own, to make his own tunes which would bring discord and darkness. Thus would begin his transformation into the First Dark Lord, the Great Enemy of Arda and the God of Evil who sought to remake and destroy all things in his image, above even Eru. Though his corruption still echos, Melkor himself was locked away in the Timeless Halls. It was initially believed he would stay that way forever, or at least until Dagor Dagorath. However, something caused his chains to break, and the Dark Lord wandered to find the Trope Pantheon. Now free of the narrative rules and structure of his home universe, Melkor believes he may finally be able to achieve his goal of degradating, corrupting and annihilating all existence.
    • Has spent the past few score thousand years sealed away in the Void by gods now long forgotten. Is highly curious about this newfangled technology stuff mortals have come up with in his absence, but is learning fast enough that he's only set his hair on fire twice so far. Credited by ancient scrolls as developing genetic engineering roughly 20,000 years before any other villain.
    • Is rather pissed at Sauron for how poorly evil in Arda was managed in his absence. It took the gods themselves to dethrone Melkor's reign of terror, but all it took was a few midgets and a "hey, look at this squad over here" to dethrone that incompetent minion he had running things.
    • Melkor has sought out new enforcers, leading him to seek out the deadliest and most evil souls in creation. He has joined with three of them, founding the Four Horsemen; Majin Buu was chosen for sharing his tastes and to serve as the muscle, Johan Liebert was chosen to break the wills of men and help with intelligence, and The Ebon Dragon was chosen to defile and corrupt. While Buu has been kept in check due to his Sweet Tooth (for the most part), the other two bide their time to usurp him. The Grand United Alliance of Good is deciding which would be a greater hassle for them.
  • The Dark Enemy of the World is not merely the "god" of evil, but in all but a few rare occasions the source of evil itself. Through his hateful thoughts Melkor brought discord into creation, marring the initial design. It hasn't been fully confirmed if he's responsible for evil in all universes, however most cataloged in the Trope Pantheon do recognize him as the source. Almost all villains from 20th and 21st century works are said to all originate from Melkor. It is a role Melkor has wholeheartedly embraced, leading to him becoming on of the four Cardinal Alignments. Many villains now serve under him in the Grand United Alliance of Evil, though it's hard to find those truly loyal to him.
    • Melkor's influence and power seems to depend on how morality works in certain universes. He's stronger in worlds of Black and White or straight up black morality, while weaker in worlds of grey morality. Places like the Cthulhu Mythos where good and evil are quaint concepts are where he's most impotent, however.
    • It's worth noting that while Melkor is responsible for evil in creation, he is not responsible for evil outside or preceding it. Nekron is unaffected by him, having been created from the darkness preceding light, while Amatsu-Mikaboshi existed long before the multiverse came into being, as does Orgalorg. It's debated if the Lich was one of the few evil beings preceding Melkor, but he doesn't think much of them.
      • Depending on who you ask, Ungoliant was either corrupted by him or actually an independent entity outside Illuvatar's dynamic. Though if Melkor ever had influence over her, it's gone.
    • Recent evidence may suggest that even Melkor is not the initial source of evil. Rather, it may be Krona. Having interfered with creation, many in the GUAE believe that he may have been responsible for Melkor's Face–Heel Turn, and possibly even more. The Mad Guardian feels insulted by this; he wished to look back at the dawn of time in order to understand how all things came to be and why, any damage he did because of it is accidental. Further research revealed a more confusing truth; Melkor became evil on his own, but it was Krona's tampering that resulted in it manifesting as an actual substance he could spread and diffuse. Given the timey-wimey experiment Krona was doing, it may be a lot more accurate to say Melkor and Krona were behind each other.
  • Having spread his spirit across all of Middle-Earth, Melkor CANNOT die unless Arda itself is destroyed. He has used this opportunity to mock Death herself, as she seemingly can never take him. Didi hasn't responded, simply because she knows this is crock; Middle-Earth's destruction and recreation is inevitable. And when that happens, he'll be sniveling at her feet as Eru Illuvatar comes for him.
  • The First Dark Lord is not just evil on a grand scale, but on a petty level as well. Though once great, he now takes greater joy in the corruption of mortals, and the misery of his enemies in even the most minor of achievements. It is this which in part led him to form the Grand United Alliance of Evil; to befoul creation and create a playground for evil all to spite existence and Eru Illuvatar.
    • Desires to slay Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun, in hopes of re-living his destruction of the Two Lamps. He also seeks to slay Io and take over the sub-house of Dragons, whom he claims to be his creations.
    • Will go ballistic if anybody mentions Fingolfin.
  • Many regard Melkor's backstory and portfolio as being remarkable similar to the well-known tale of Archangel Lucifer, better known as Satan or The Devil. It is believed by most that he is none other than the Devil himself. The Beast would disagree, stating that he is the true Devil and influenced Melkor. Lucifer thinks they're both full of shit.
    • Is likely the source behind The Dark Side, however Sheev Palpatine believes the reverse to be true. He certainly emenates it, putting him at odds with the entire Jedi Order.
  • More recently, The Golden Spider has pissed off Melkor by claiming to be above the God of Evil. The Golden Spider's reasoning is that he is a Creator of Life, much like Eru, who was the one who created Melkor, meaning that Melkor was below him. Understandably, this turned many heads, considering the Golden Spider called such a thing into question. Given his previous experience with Ungoliant, Melkor might have arachnophobia
    • In general, the presence of other creator deities is something that aggravates the Dark Lord to no end. Ultimately impotent against the forces of his own creator, Melkor seeks to take his anger out on the other creative forces in the pantheon.
    • Out of necessity Melkor yields to the Deity Trinity, something of which he detests. Covertly he's searching for a weak link, which he believes may exist in Haruhi as she was almost a victim of deicide. He's not sure if he bother trying to find a weak link with Dream, since even if he were to die someone would retro-actively take his place.
    • Though J.R.R Tolkein is a superior of sorts for Melkor, the Dark Enemy argues otherwise, as he passed before The Silmarilian could be finished. Tolkein is still recognized as his superior by most, as he's still behind the tales of Middle-Earth and the story was completed by his son Christopher(who has been promised a position if he ever ascends). Most regard this as just Melkor unable to accept he has superiors.
  • Is GREATLY displeased by recent events caused by the Great Upheaval which has led to him being upstaged by both Lucifer and YHVH being tied for the position of the Pantheon's number one threat. No one knows what he intends to do yet, but he has been heard muttering that "Law and Chaos are nothing compared to the merciless, annihilating power of True Evil, I shall teach them all that...''
    • Upon learning that some of the most significant members of his alliance had jumped ship over to Lucifer and YHVH's newly created ones, his fury knew no bounds. Volcanic mountain ranges rose all across the streets of the Pantheon and erupted with titanic force, as violent thunderstorms raged in the skies not just above the Pantheon, but above the world(s) of mortals as well. Melkor's ranting earthquake-like voice, full of absolute malice and insanity, echoed and boomed across every House and Temple as he screamed forth a terrible vow: note 
    • The Great Will yawned and responded: note 
    • Lucifer's response was considerably more succinct: note 
  • Behind all his dystopic ambitions, unending cruelty and malice, Melkor was driven due to a desire to create. It is a power he could never obtain, due to the nature of evil in his universe. And it is a power he'll never have outside, as he cannot escape the limitations put on him by his creator. Only able to mock and corrupt, Melkor seeks to steal the power of all creator gods in the pantheon, and if not will befoul, torture and destroy them the best he can. Good, neutral and evil, all those with The Power of Creation unite in enmity towards the Enemy of Middle-Earth.
  • Recently, a (non-canon) novel known as the black book of arda has been uncovered that details eru as a tyrant who oppressed the world to force true perfection on everything and depicted Melkor as a bringer of freedom to the people of arda. He has since tried to use it to attract others to his side. No one is buying it for a second.
  • Also resides in the Houses of Leadership, Philosophy and Villains.

    YHVH 
YHVH, the Absolute Lawmaker, and Leader of the Grand United Alliance of Law (YHWH, Yehowah, Yahweh, Elohim, Sabaoth, Shaddai, Kagutsuchi, Demiurge, Ancient of Days, the Great Will (Or rather, its rogue avatar), The Lord)
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  • Overdeity of Law
  • Symbol: His Countenance
  • Theme Music: Omega (YHVH), Major Boss (Sabaoth, Shaddai, Elohim, YHVH), Kagutsuchi Battle 1, Kagutsuchi Battle 2, Merkabah I (Ancient of Days), Merkabah II (heard when he gets REALLY angry), Foreseeing the Horizon Battle, Evil Incarinate (heard when he's DONE with your sins)
  • Alignment: Pure Law, which translates out to Lawful Good to his loyal followers and Lawful Evil to everyone else.
  • Portfolio: Villainous Supreme Beings, Tyrannical Abuse of Law, Abominable Abuse of His Own Creation, Soulless Worlds, The Evils of Free Will, Gods Influenced by Their Worshippers, Absolute Moral Authority, Immortality by Proxy, Once-Benevolent Deities Driven Insane, Genocide, Lack of Empathy, Order Is Not Good
  • Domains: Light, Law, Creation, Tyranny, Faith, Order
  • Herald: Metatron
  • Followers: "The Loving God," The Creator, a second The Creator, The Occuria, various not-good light-aligned beings, at least until he crosses one too many Moral Event Horizons for even them
  • Allies: Metatron, Yaldabaoth, tenuous alliances of convenience with Darkseid, Sheev Palpatine, Sauron, Megatron, Dolores Umbridge, Arthas Menethil, Red Skull, Lex Luthor, Destro, Copy X, Frollo, Seymour Guado, Ozymandias
  • Enemies: Lucifer, and for that matter, the entire Chaos Pantheon, benevolent creator-figures (he gives them a bad name), Sosuke Aizen (Aizen sees him as an obstacle to his ambitions), Yuuki Terumi, Valvatorez, Shu Shirakawa, Luka, the GUAG Sisterhood... Pretty much everyone with a modicum of Free Will, which is to say, Everyone not listed under "allies".
  • Apart from the ones hailing from his own multiverse, his "followers" listed above don't so much follow him as work toward the same goal, as they're all fairly powerful themselves and would gladly try to take over his portfolio if given half the chance. However, given the massive legions he has amassed, none of the competitors come nearly close to challenging his role as the Overdeity of Law.
  • YHVH is also highly intolerant of other Top God candidates, outright seeking the annihilation of all other Creator Gods with limited success. He refuses to acknowledge the existence of any Creator who has proven stronger (not that there are many), and indeed, many of the friendlier Creators prefer it so, given the kind of press he generates for them. While there have been countless attempts to overthrow him, the desire to return to the stability and order he promises is too great, and as many times as he is destroyed, he invariably comes back. This is why he mocks any and all attempts to remove him from the human spirit or from the Throne of Law. And why he regards the "Pantheonic Rebellion" as a particularly funny if stupid joke.
  • His Blue and Orange Morality isn't hard to comprehend. It's merely that his Law and Good axes and the Chaos and Evil ones overlap perfectly. Consequently, Chaotic Good is a complete oxymoron to him, as is Lawful Evil. It would be a terrible mistake to define the Great Will as purely evil - horrifying as his acts may be, he ultimately seeks the best for his Chosen, and to save as many as he can to usher them into an egalitarian paradise, with everyone serving as a well-oiled cog under his benevolent, perfect will, happy and protected forever and ever. Any form of freedom or difference is an unnecessary luxury he eventually intends to dispense with, and if a few have to suffer for the many to achieve his dream, so be it.
  • Through the power of Kagutsuchi and the Conception, he constantly creates and destroys universes in an eternal quest to create his perfect world, studying the variables of Humanity and how to manipulate them better, so he can ultimately purge them, no matter the cost, on every world and every timeline, of The Evils of Free Will. This worked so well some believe Shinryu might have been cribbing ideas from him.
  • He's the ultimate incarnation of the concepts of Law and Tyranny. It's said that he was once a benevolent god, but was driven to insanity and corruption by a massive flaw in reality. There are literally none who remember how he once was. Few are willing to broach the subject, either for fear of provoking him...or finding out what he has to say. Even worse, nobody's sure of exactly what was/is the flaw in reality that caused the shift. Efforts to find out what this was and eliminate its influence on the Mad God have all failed miserably.
    • There was one universe where he tried being more empathetic. More or less worked, except that due to an earlier act of dickery (orchestrating the whole Abel And Cain scenario to create the first martyr and the first murderer) what seemed to be a perfect plan for the domination of Law got derailed and he had to settle for at least preventing that Earth from falling into absolute Chaos. Metatron was ordered to take a note on the incident, file it, and lose it for a while.
    • One of Flynn's more recent timelines has given a partial explanation. Apparently, he is actually a rogue avatar of the Great Will, which has responded to his actions by giving humanity the means to defeat him over countless times.
  • He personally has little interest in the Pantheon (he isn't even around most of the time), though he regularly sends envoys and avatars to oversee the situation.
  • Very similar to the Abrahamic God, but not the same thing.
  • His legions, while completely loyal, seem to have various degrees of understanding as to what exactly His will is. Most glaringly, the Four Archangels have twice created societies based on deep classist principles against His wishes. Satan is loyal to the principles of Law, not necessarily to Him, Merkabah is half crazy but has a firmer grasp on Law's tenets, Mastema ping-pongs between a selfish jackass and a genuinely helpful Guardian Angel, the Ancient of Days is merely a killing machine, Kuzuryuu was created without a will, the Demiurge is obsessed with sealing all human souls in the physical universe, and He no longer bothers to try to track Samael's allegiances. His sole actual link to the Pantheon and Speaker of His Will is Metatron, but the Voice cannot be everywhere at once.
  • The ascension of YHVH and Lucifer to the Main House caused quite an uproar, especially considering their most recent crimes. Officially, the reason YHVH was finally let in was due to him being an Overdeity and the fact he is the Anthropomorphic Personification of a character alignment. To be truthful, it was due to the ascent of Lucifer: Dream wants to keep a close eye on the fallen angel after he actually managed to bring down a Main House deity, an act originally thought utterly impossible. So he allowed Lucifer in under the pretense of needing to maintain the balance between him and YHVH. The Great Will ate it right up. Lucifer didn't.
  • One of the few gods to tell Mr. Rogers where to stick it (not in those exact words, perhaps, but still). While YHVH is powerful in his own right, general consensus chalks the action up to YHVH's delusional inability to comprehend the fact that ANYONE could be stronger than him. Still, he did appreciate, however slightly, Rogers' willingness — nay, devotion — to help others.
  • At the end of the Pantheonic Rebellion, he was captured and sent to the Court of the Gods. Before his trial commenced, he was subjected to a Vigilante style No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. His formal punishment was to be split apart into multiple pieces, and cast back into his own universe with only quasi-deity power until he learned that law and good are not synonomous. Unfortunately, it didn't take. He realized that indeed, law and good are not the same, and declared that law was vastly more important. To everyone's horror, he regained his full power before everyone's eyes and proceeded to form the Grand Alliance of Law, cementing his place as an official member of the Alignment Incarnations and a huge threat in the Pantheon.
  • After the Pantheonic Rebellion, Etna hacked his title to better reflect his true nature on a metaphorical level (labeling him as a Demon). She had some time to laugh before Lamington appeared before her and warned her very sternly not to try such a reckless action again, lest she be marked as a target for more... imaginative punishments. He's willing to stick his neck a bit for her and distract the Great Will, but he's not going to save her should she keep her antics. Predictably, Etna blew him off. Moments later, she was struck with a curse that downgraded her to Level 1 and prevented her from both gaining experience and leveling up. It took her a lot of favors, quests and humiliation to get the curse broken, making her the laughingstock of the House. Even then, she had to level grind all the way back... at which point she was hit again with the curse, as a final spiteful gift. Due to Naoki Kashima preparing for his fight with Barbatos Goetia, it took Killia's intervention to break the curse a second time.
  • YHVH is still pissed off at Valvatorez and his allies for what they did to him at the end of Disgaea 4. In Disgaea 4, Valvatorez not only prevented YHVH from destroying earth, the netherworld and Celestia, thus saving the lives of billions of humans, demons and angels, but he also kicked YHVH's ass in an alternate ending where YHVH turned into four giant Mushrooms in an attempt to prevent Valvatorez from destroying his magic planet-destroying computer (no, seriously, that's really what happened).
  • Seeing the greater threat in man's actions against him, YHVH decided in a change of tactics and would correct mankind on a psychological level. By forcing his concept of Order into the collective unconsciousness, an avatar that bared his likeness was born, who would control the masses through rehabilitation or erase the failures on a metaphysical level.
    • Once he realized what had happened to Yaldabaoth he became enraged and has added the Phantom Thieves to his ever growing list of enemies, vowing to never let the entire group ascend, sparking yet another conflict between him and Lucifer.

    Lucifer 
Lucifer, Creator of Chaos, Chairman of the Grand United Alliance of Chaos and Celestial Being of Polite Villains (Helel, the Lightbringer, Morningstar, Prince of Darkness, The Great Darkness, The Demon Lord, Louis Cypher, The Rebel King of Hell, The Lord of Nightmares, Golden Demon Lord, L-sama, LON)
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  • Overdeity of Chaos
  • Symbol: A pair of Angelic and Demonic Wings
  • Theme Music: Lord of the Netherworld, The Final Battle, Last Decision, VS Last and Lucifer
  • Alignment: Pure Chaos, which translates out to Chaotic Good or Chaotic Neutral for those who consider him an example to follow, and Chaotic Evil for those who disagree with him.
  • Portfolio: Louis Cypher, Bonus Bosses, Magnificent Bastardry, Absolute Destruction of Law, Superpowered Challenges, Crippling Attacks, Manipulative Bastards, Batman Gambits, Bishonens, Noble Demons, Challenging Ordinary People To Pursue Their Dreams, Utopia Justifies the Means, Lucifer Not Being Straight-Up Evil, being summoned by The Power of Friendship, Being a Mysterious Backer, The Unfettered, Might Makes Right, Ambiguously Evil.
  • Domains: Freedom, Chaos, Manipulation, Humanity, Power, Tests, Hope, Change, Ambition, Desire, Pride.
  • Allies: Beelzebub, Naoki Kashimanote , Asura, Yuuki Terumi, Raidou Kuzunoha the XIV, The Fiendsnote , Flynnnote Homura Akemi, Senator Steven Armstrong, Xenagos, Aleph, Tiamat (Shin Megami Tensei), Ten Commandments
  • Enemies: YHVH, Melkor, The Magical Girl Sisterhood, Satan, The Flood
  • Humans to impress him: David Bowie, Shu Shirakawa, Kenshiro, Luka, Lina Inverse, Isaac
  • Secretly watching: Zero (Drakengard), Kouta Kazuraba
  • Conflicting Opinion: The Chaos Gods (Tzeentch, Khorne, Slaneesh, Nurgle), Discord
  • Uneasy Relations: Ren Amamiya and the Phantom Thieves of Hearts
  • He's highly secretive of exactly who he is, how he came into being, and his relations with YHVH and humanity. Some claim that he is indeed the fallen angel of Biblical legend. Other subscribe to the idea that like YHVH, he is a primal force that sprang from the hearts and minds of humans yearning for freedom. In any case, it was he who sparked the creation of the concept of Chaos itself, and he is very vocal on what he believes: a world with absolute freedom where all sentient beings are free to do as they please. He's utterly ruthless in his actions, but make no mistake: he, for good or bad, is with humanity all the way. Yes, he believes in a wild, savage world where power and freedom are the apex of life. But considering the alternative
  • Whatever you do, don't mistake him for Satan. You'll just piss both of them off. Lucifer simply had the misfortune of being given the same name that the Devil had back when he was an angel of the Lord (not YHVH, but the being he was based on). Better not ask about the fact that Lucifer was once Helel, YHVH's most beloved archangel, either.
  • Freely accepts that his most often-seen avatar owes much of its appearance to one of his favorite musicians, David Bowie.
  • Has a cordial relationship with the Chaos Gods, though he is a bit exasperated that they're stuck in the worst of their respective emotions instead of becoming entities of true Chaos and fully encompassing the entire spectrum of the emotions they are supposed to embody.
  • Has a similar relationship with Discord. Each respects the other's dedication to breaking up the sovereignty of the local Top God in favor of absolute Chaos, but Discord finds Lucifer's interest in humanity's potential boring while Lucifer finds Discord woefully under-motivated. Since Discord forged a bond with Fluttershy, however, Lucifer is cautiously optimistic that Discord may just learn what he's talking about yet. It's at least a first step.
  • On the other hand, he does not get along with Melkor at all since Melkor believes that Chaos should be all about causing infinite destruction and suffering for the sheer sake of it and sees humanity as nothing more than a mere plaything. Lucifer just sadly shakes his head and muses on "wasted potential".
    • Despite holding truly antagonistic feelings toward YHVH and Melkor, Lucifer has noted he doesn't feel the same way toward Cosmos: while he acknowledges her as an adversary and has no intention of losing the War of the Alliances to her, he respects her quite a bit, and has noted that if someone besides him absolutely had to be the winner of the War, he would much rather it be her than the others. After all, she too acknowledges the dignity of sentient beings and respects their right to freedom, while Melkor and YHVH are both, as he put it, "on a self-indulgent ego trip". Despite Lucifer's opinion toward her, Cosmos does not reciprocate; she holds nothing but disdain for the Great Darkness.
  • He's not entirely certain how he should feel about the newly ascended Luka, due to the fact that he's the boy's mother in the world he comes from. This makes most any gift-giving day awkward and has made him the butt of several jokes by his enemies. Still, the Lightbringer always manages to feel pride in his "son" for successfully slaying Ilias, YHVH's own Expy and has reserved a spot in the GUAC for him should he decide that he wants to join. Luka's wife Alice/Lucifer's daughter-in-law has joined the organization proper, as a Lord of Chaos, no less.
    • Similarly, there is also the matter of Lina Inverse, whose entire universe is actually spawned from the Sea of Chaos, the essence of Lucifer herself, who appears physically in that world as the Lord of Nightmares. On the one hand, Lucifer has wanted to destroy that world due to it spawning without the LON's consent. On the other hand, Lina is the only person in that world to have ever called upon Lucifer's power, and even though it backfired with Lina almost being possessed by it, her friend's determination to get her back impressed Lucifer enough to let her get out unscathed.
  • In his attempts to subvert any timeline where the future is determined by YHVH, he has experimented and manipulated others to see what potential futures there are. After many battles against him, he has come to the conclusion that Raidou Kuzunoha the XIV is the "spark" who can ensure that YHVH never has his way.
  • A very firm believer in the power of Humanity. However, he is also of the opinion that power and freedom are rewards to be seized/earned and not inalienable rights that can be taken for granted. This has caused some friction with Asura and is one of the major points against Lucifer.
  • Occasional ally of the Fiends. They are not obligated to obey his commands, but are more than willing to work with him if they feel their duty goes hand in hand with Lucifer's plans.
  • Seems to be on a bit of a Gender Bender streak as of late. He's also been noted to have put a bit more effort into his most recent alias's name and personality.
  • In contrast with the Great Will, Lucifer understands the concepts of Chaotic Evil and Lawful Good in comparison to his views — he simply has little use for such labels given he himself allows for no limits in his own desires. Despite committing some less-then-savory acts of his own, Lucifer ultimately seeks the best for humanity, and to guide as many as he can to a paradise of true freedom, with everyone given a chance to shape the world based solely on their own competence, without having to worry about being silenced by rules based on arbitrary, ultimately self-serving nonsense. Any form of law or structure are suffocating nuisances he eventually intends to dispense with, and if there are people too weak to survive in the world he dreams of, so be it.
  • Sick to death of people asking him if he plays the fiddle. For the record, he doesn't, and for a while couldn't for the life of him think of why people kept asking him such a frankly inane question. Eventually someone told him, and, to everyone's surprise, it quickly became a favorite song of his: the idea of a human beating him in a fiddle duel with nothing but his own skill, having the gall to call him a "son of a bitch" and saying he welcomes a rematch at any time was incredible. He still has no intention of learning to play the fiddle himself.
  • Summoned twice due to The Power of Friendship and representing free will against the Order of Yamato, Satan, and Ameno-Sagiri. Did we mention he defeated Satan with a hug? Kinda important thing to note. He is also the powerful Persona/Demon unlocked by the Seekers of Truth Judgement Arcana and Alcor's Fate.
  • Important: he's Chaos, not Evil, at least in this incarnation. That portfolio belongs to Nyarlathotep. That being said, don't think he's entirely benevolent, either. While he's not necessarily a Social Darwinist, he is The Unfettered and has been known to support (and act on) extremely Chaotic Evil acts and deities for the sake of his goals. There's a reason so many are wary of him and just how far he's willing to go. Case in point:
    • Was noticed observing Homura Akemi from afar, much to the worry of many in the Pantheon; when it comes to finding those with the potential to become powerful warriors of Chaos, Lucifer has proven to be an excellent judge of character. The Pantheon's fears were realized when Homura was spotted spending time with a blonde magical girl calling herself Louisa Ferre. The extent of Lucifer's involvement was shown in full when Homura betrayed Madoka at Lucifer's urging, kicking off an event known as the "Great Upheaval". Using a magatama she got from the Chaos Lord, Homura was able to gain the power she needed to make her strong enough to steal Madoka's own, overthrowing the Law of Cycles with the goal of taking Madoka off the front lines and out of danger. Judging by his previous actions, it is speculated that Lucifer is attempting to lure Homura further into the ways of Chaos, and turn her into yet another general in his war against YHVH. While he is pleased by his success, Homura's clear regret for her actions have given him cause to worry. He has tried to act as a grounding force for her in this regard, convincing her that what she did was a great kindness for Madoka and lending an ear to her worries.
      • When it became known that he was behind the "Great Upheaval", Lucifer quickly became one of the most reviled gods in the Pantheon. Most of the good-aligned gods declared that he has officially crossed the Moral Event Horizon in their eyes and are going to see that he is brought to account for it. The forces of The GUAG are currently gearing up for a showdown with him, especially the Magical Girl Sisterhood. He manipulated and twisted Homura's pure feelings of love for Madoka and in their eyes, that is absolutely unforgivable. The only issue is that even inconveniencing him is a rather difficult task, and by doing so, they risk the direct, undivided attention of the Great Will. And Lucifer just won't stop smiling…
      • When approached for comment, Lucifer posed a chilling question:
      Lucifer: Is it not reasonable that Hope be tested and shattered if found wanting? Would you rather her powers have failed to protect her apostles at a critical moment? Her weakness nearly destroyed the Pantheon: I hope they remember that as they search for a leader truly capable of leading the Sisterhood.
      • Declared that he actually felt a little bad for them upon learning more about Madoka's replacement.
      • These plans were recently put on hold: YHVH's recent actions, namely threatening to subject the defenseless Madoka to a Fate Worse than Death to prevent her from ever regaining her former glory, have taken precedence as an immediate threat. No one is sure if this was a fortuitous circumstance for Lucifer, or if he actively planned for it; either way, he is perfectly content to observe the conflict and intervene only to prevent it from cooling into a cold war.
  • Recently he also seems to have taken an interest in another girl, the Intoner Zero, who with some help from Lucifer ascended as the One-Woman Army goddess, despite strong opposition from a number of gods intent on depriving the Lightbringer of as much support as they could.
  • Has finally encountered someone capable of astounding even him, in Shu Shirakawa, who managed to temporally annihilate both his and the still absent YHVH's temples with his Neo Granzon upon his arrival in the Pantheon. Lucifer seems genuinely confused as to why a man of such utter unpredictability is choosing to oppose rather than side with him. Shu, for his part, claims that he finds any deity who manipulates others for their cause, be they Lawful or Chaotic, to be a great personal offense to him and promises to send him, the Great Will, Nyarlathotep, Melkor, the 4 Chaos Gods and anyone else he deems distasteful to the inescapable oblivion of going beyond the event horizon of a black hole, someday. This did not have the desired reaction; instead, Shu only received raucous applause from Lucifer - his goal is to free Humankind from the yoke of all Gods, not rule it! Should Shu manage to enact such a feat without harming the human spirit, Lucifer has agreed to go quietly into his can. Now the matter remains of proving this is possible…
  • Is entirely aware that the only reason he ascended was due to the Main House wanting to keep closer tabs on him.
  • Has taken an interest in Isaac after seeing that he ascended by suffocating himself in a toy chest, not only sending him to the Pantheon, but also giving him a devil form. He sees Isaac as a possible son he could adopt for him to teach his ways to. The Pantheon is not only freaking out at the idea of a powerful, evil Isaac with Lucifer's help, but also because the SCP Foundation want Isaac as well, and a potential fight may break out between the two.
  • Never one to lose tabs on YHVH's movements, Lucifer soon learned about his latest scheme and decided to throw his monkey wrench in more subtly. By granting just a sliver of his own power to the Phantom Thief "Joker", the power of his Persona swelled to create an impressive homage to a counterpart of Lucifer himself to trump Yaldabaoth.
    • Aftewards Lucifer was quite pleased and interested with the Phantom Thieves; despite not fully embracing Chaos, the Thieves were presented undeniably as the heroes of that story, and needless to say they were on his side, if only by proxy, earning his side more than a bit of favor from undecided deities. He cleverly maneuvered afterward to help ascend all of the Phantom Thieves, as while it wasn't clear whether they would ever join him or not, it would surely undermine the side of Law. This has sparked another conflict with YHVH, who had vowed to never let the Thieves into the Pantheon. More darkly, however, Lucifer has taken a special interest in Goro Akechi and his ideals, and is trying to figure out if he would be a good addition to the forces of Chaos.
    • While the Thieves and Akechi have all been ascended much to YHVH's dismay, Lucifer ultimately did not profit much from it, as the Thieves' leader noted the similarities between Lucifer and Akechi as well as his later alliance with Steve Armstrong as grounds enough to reject him. Despite this, Lucifer remains friendly toward the Thieves for standing opposed to absolute order and hopes that they will come around in due time.

Desiccated Gods

Others who have a bigger influence in the Pantheon belong here.

Alternative Title(s): Main House Other Gods 2, Main House Other Gods 3, Main House Other Gods 1

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