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Basic Trope: A light/heavenly god of a mythology is portrayed as good even though s/he is not.

  • Straight: Odin, King of the Norse Pantheon and Ruler of Asgard and Valhalla, is portrayed as a God of Good.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: Odin isn't portrayed as the Big Good, but he isn't really a villain either.
  • Justified: Odin conquered all the nine realms and lionized himself by dictating how the events happened.
  • Inverted:
    • Loki's treachery was him trying to reveal Odin's nefarious schemes and was actually a good guy.
    • Odin rapes and pillages just like his Viking worshippers.
  • Subverted:
    • Odin demands warfare so that all of those killed by his viking worshippers go to Valhalla (which can only be accessed if slain in battle).
    • Odin conquered the Nine Realms because they were all Crapsack Worlds before he came along.
    • Odin used to be a warmonger, but became wiser and mellowed out in his old age.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Odin declares peace just so that he could invite all of the leaders of the other realms over at his place so that he could poison them at the feast.
    • The era of peace that came after Odin conquering the Nine Realms was so that he could destroy every realm in a single swoop in a long-term plan.
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  • Parodied: Slepnir is a pink unicorn, Odin can conjure the rainbow bridge where ever he goes and plays bass in his garage band The Milk and Cookies with Jesus Christ on vocals and the Ghatma Buddha on drums.
  • Zig-Zagged: Odin does not act on what is right or wrong. Being a king is not as black or white as you would think.
  • Averted: No bad or evil light/celestial goods are portrayed as otherwise.
  • Enforced: “If you live on a mountain with an army riding winged horses from on high, it would look really awkward if we had to fight that guy.”
  • Lampshaded: “I suppose mythology is wrong then.”
  • Invoked: The local God of Good appeared floating out of the clouds.
  • Exploited: Surtr gives Odin all of the credit for his good deeds because he knows nobody would believe the fire giant would win over the people of Midgard as easily.
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  • Defied: If the King of the Heaven doesn't start acting responsibly, he's going to have a coupe on his hands.
  • Discussed: “Zeus and Odin both look a lot like what people think Yahweh looks like, and Yahweh is supposed to be the good guy, right?”
  • Conversed: The Sky Father from Native American spirituality kicks down the door and everyone else shouts “yeah, we’re saved!”
  • Implied: Someone goes on a rant about how much of a Jerkass a list of gods are and Odin's name isn't mentioned.
  • Deconstruction: Odin, being a real entity in this universe, might be offended by the huge shift in what people think his ethics, tenants and achievements are - the old god of war thinking he had “gone soft” or something - and treat it like blasphemy.
  • Reconstructed: Odin knows that history is written by the winners, so he does whatever horrible crime or sin he wants and he knows that history will see him as the one in the right, either putting the blame on his victims or ignoring them entirely.
  • Played For Laughs: In a new age religious movement Chuck Norris becomes the local God of Good with his own Texas Ranch among the clouds and a dojo full of hot angel babes; it turns out that he is a huge Jerkass, Draco in Leather Pants ensues and all of his less noble and more bigoted actions seem “righteous” by his followers.
  • Played For Drama: Odin keeps insisting that he isn't the grand hero that everybody thinks he is, not actually having the right kind of wisdom and experience to lead from on high. When actual crisis occurs, he is left helpless as many die in his name, everybody still convinced that he is somehow going to save them. He either dies in shame or is forced to adapt into the conquering hero everybody wants him to be, leaving his traumatized and battle-hardened by the end.

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