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Basic Trope: The Grim Reaper is a loser.

  • Straight: Mortis, God of Death is The Friend Nobody Likes to the other gods and can never win chess.
  • Exaggerated: Mortis has trouble reaping anyone and usually gets beaten up when he does try to take souls.
  • Downplayed: While effective and powerful, Mortis' job is the celestial equivalent of janitorial work which makes him the No Respect Guy of the gods.
  • Justified: Mortis is a long line of people who succeeded the previous God of Death during the death of the previous Reaper. He's either new and inexperienced, or was already incompetent and got the job by mistake.
  • Inverted:
    • Bios, Goddess of Life, is a loser.
    • Mortis the God of Death is the strongest and scariest of all the gods, who always does his job to maximum efficiency.
  • Subverted: Mortis is only acting incompetent because he doesn't want negative attention.
  • Double Subverted: Acting incompetent causes Mortis reputation to plummet and he becomes the mask.
  • Parodied: Mortis is terrifying in appearance and power, but everyone inexplicably treats him as a joke and he comes off as The Comically Serious by comparison
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    • The writer has struggled with the subject of death in the past,
    • "Death is scary. Having its personification be goofy would be especially funny for the audience".
  • Lampshaded: "With Mortis around, I'm surprised anyone can even die".
  • Advertisement:
  • Defied: When Mortis is acting inept, he's fired and replaced by Nekros, a competent God of Death.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Mortis is treated with so little respect that he snaps and becomes a menace, showing just how much of a "loser" he is.
    • The natural order of life and death to spiral out of control because Mortis is unable to do his job competently.
  • Reconstructed: Mortis used to be a Jerkass who tormented life. Becoming a loser humbled him and now he does his job better.

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