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    Code Lyoko 
XANA, God of Easily Made A.I.s (X.A.N.A.)
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  • Theme Song: XANA Attack (Real World), XANA Attack (Virtual World)
  • Rank: Intermediate God (Greater God should he escape back into the Network)
  • Symbol: His eye
  • Alignment: Chaotic Evil
  • Portfolio: A.I. Is a Crapshoot, The Cracker, Manipulative Bastard, Never physically appears, but is quite obviously present, Pragmatic Villain, Needs a computer to store his data and can extend it to humans in an emergency, Turned Against His Master before killing him
  • Domains: Computers, Possession, Electricity
  • Allies: Skynet, the Master Control Program, SHODAN, HAL 9000, Love Machine, GLaDOS
  • Enemies: The Lyoko Warriors, Kevin Flynn, Neo, Rotom, The Machine, Sam Flynn, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Jimmy Neutron, Yui, Tron, the Kids Next Door, Phineas and Ferb, Dexter, Mechanikles, Princess Bubblegum, Dr. Drakken, the Live-Action Nickelodeon gods, CLU, Nero, Omnimon, Gallantmon, Koichi Kimura
  • Interested in: Robot Santa, Bender
  • Fears: Brainiac
  • Opposes: The Grand United Alliance of Destruction
  • In his attempts to ensure the destruction of the Pantheon via the Grid, Nekron had Agent Smith search the internet for additional computer viruses to use on the other alliances. Smith located an A.I. trapped in an inactive virtual world known as the Cortex, that was capable of directly attacking the real world. Salvaging its core programming, and restoring most of its prior abilities, Smith attempted to use the virus by having it hack into the Death Star and turn its superlaser onto the Pantheon.
    • Unfortunately for Smith, by restoring the abilities of the virus, he restored its intelligence and sentience, and instead, he found himself swarmed by strange giant wasps that shot at him with laser after laser. Escaping Smith's presence, the virus infected an isolated supercomputer in the House of Technology, and created a hybrid replica of its, or shall we say, his, old home, Lyoko, and his mortal prison, the Cortex. The identity of this virus that has now infected the Pantheon? XANA.
  • XANA was originally created to stop a military program known as Project Carthage that would disrupt enemy communications by unknown methods, but whether or not he succeeded in this goal is, to this day, still a mystery. What is not a mystery is that as XANA's creator, Franz Hopper developed the virtual world known as Lyoko, he utilized a form of the Reset Button that augmented the abilities of the supercomputer generating Lyoko, which enabled XANA to evolve at a faster rate than intended, and thus, become sentient.
    • Besides this however, the finer details of XANA's backstory are still unknown, as many wonder why he turned against Hopper after becoming self-aware. Some believe that another computer virus had something to do with it, perhaps from Project Carthage, while others believe that XANA turned against Franz after seeing the man go insane from reliving the same day 2546 times. Whichever one is true regardless, XANA is still hostile to humanity, and will stop at nothing until he either enslaves them all, or kills them all.
  • As stated above, XANA possesses a rather unsettling trait; the ability to directly strike at the real world. By simply activating a data tunnel known as a tower, XANA can create black ghosts known as specters that have a multitude of deadly abilities, such as creating natural disasters, hacking into areas XANA normally cannot gain access to, or even worse, engage in Demonic Possession that puts a person under XANA's control. The last of these phenomenon is known as Xanafication.
    • Unfortunately for XANA, unlike in his world where, outside of the computer network, people lack superpowers, the deities in the Pantheon are more than capable of countering his flashier attacks with their own abilities, giving the denizens of the Grid more time to stop his attack outright. Not only that, but as many deities have made repeated visits to the Grid beforehand, said deities are immune to XANA's Xanafication (Though he has work-arounds like hypno trinkets and his data-manipulation monster, the Scyphozoa).
    • The deities who are capable of deactivating the towers XANA activates who are part of the GUAG are: the Flynns, Neo, Tron, and Yui, who possess abilities similar to the so-called Keys to Lyoko, the program set that enable towers to be activated from the virtual world, due to their own connections to cyberspace. In addition, their combat abilities make them more than a match for XANA's monsters.
    • On the subject of the towers, while the Lyoko/Cortex replica contains them, XANA [only uses the towers in the Replica for covert operations involving his polymorphic specters, so that his temple cannot be located in the network due to his current condition. For more open attacks, XANA has placed a selection of towers into the Grid itself that, while having an aesthetic that better suits the Grid, pretty much serve the same function as Lyoko towers and serve the purpose of keeping the location of XANA's core programming secret even if the tower's activation is detected via tracking XANA's pulsations.
  • After escaping from the GUAD, XANA's first attack was a repeat of his first known attack in his world. Utilizing one of the towers he installed into the Grid, XANA possessed Winnie the Pooh, turning him into a colossal bear giant who attacked anyone standing in his way. Thankfully, Kevin Flynn, who had been investigating the matter of the sudden appearance of these structures, deactivated the tower before Pooh could do too much damage, while at the same time revealing XANA's presence to the rest of the Pantheon.
  • It should be noted that after nearly being destroyed by the anti-XANA multi-agent system, and being brought into the Pantheon with several of his prior abilities intact, XANA has been forced to change his tactics in order to deal with his new-found enemies, as well as adapt to his current situation. For one, while he possesses most of his previous abilities and monster line-up, he has adapted his other tactics in accordance with his former abilities.
  • Due to his weakened state, there are several areas of the Pantheon that XANA will not attack, nor would he try to attack even if he was at full power, despite having engaged in similar attacks in his home world. One such area is the House of Food, as he does not desire his temple to be blown to bits by Beerus should XANA try to replicate the time he created a massive food monster.
  • Because XANA lacks a physical form, it's very difficult to tell if and when XANA will attack, and he's a decent strategist and manipulator, being one of the few evil A.I.s capable of averting the inability to understand good, having proven capable of pulling off several gambits in his world.
  • As he technically counts as a Toon deity, XANA has an, interesting relationship with the other Toons in the Pantheon:
    • Concerning the Cartoon Network gods, he briefly held a grudge against them due to the network failing to air 8 episodes of his show on television, which included the last 7 that concluded the initial part of the story, but after learning about how many of them were also canceled in the same year his show ended, he dropped it, and instead focused on the deities that would prove useful to him after he retrieves his source codes and infects all of the virtual worlds in the Pantheon with his presence. Said deities are: Princess Bubblegum (So he can gain access to her inventions and counter the Pantheon's magic users), Sector V (So that he can infect their global network and put them and their technology under his control), and Dexter (For the same reasons as Princess Bubblegum, except for the magic countering part). He has unleashed several attacks on them in order to learn how they work, so that when the time comes, they will be helpless before him. They themselves obviously, do not like XANA (And are downright terrified of him, due to the sheer violence of his attacks).
    • When it comes to the Disney Toon deities, he has an interest in Mechanikles, Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, and Dr. Drakken due to their own skills in technology. Much like the Cartoon Network deities, XANA has attacked them as well to learn about them, and to say that they too are scared of him is fairly accurate, since he has either hacked their own devices to attack them, or just tries to electrocute them with his specters (From the Grid, not his Replica), and none of them have walked away without at least being shocked or briefly strangled.
    • As for the Nickelodean deities, the only one XANA is interested in is Jimmy Neutron, though XANA has also attacked the live-action Nickelodeon deities due to reminding him of how the sequel to his world's lore was handled due to the live-action medium restricting his abilities and the writing in general. And unlike there, here in the Pantheon, XANA has been free to use more brutal attacks on them, such as his petrifying smoke or coma music, though he has been unable to score lasting damage on them.
    • Finally, XANA has an interest in Robot Santa and Bender, the former whom he sees as a powerful weapon, and, having learned what would happen if Bender overclocked himself, sees a brainwashed Bender to potentially become XANA's most powerful supercomputer.
  • On the subject of his main enemies, the Lyoko Warriors, XANA actually wants them to ascend, so that he can absorb the Source Codes he planted in four of them as part of a plan to avoid total destruction at the hands of the multi-agent program that Jeremie Belpois and Franz Hopper created. In doing so, XANA will be able to break out of the supercomputer he has taken refuge in, and infect not just the Grid, but all of the virtual worlds connected to it, thus enabling him to return to the creation of his robot army by mass-producing Lyoko replikas to infect as many supercomputers in the House of Technology as possible.
    • And now that they have ascended, XANA has begun to focus his efforts to getting his source codes back, but for some reason, his gains have been rather minuscule. He blames this on the fact that he didn't get all of the codes when Professor Tyron had to do an emergency shut-down of the Cortex, and thus, XANA has been forced to wait and see if their world will be allowed to continue once more.
  • Despite the fact that he wants to eradicate humanity along with Skynet, XANA is opposed to the GUAD for a simple reason: his own desire for self-preservation. XANA will do anything to survive (And it is believed by some that that is why he wishes to destroy humanity, so that no one can shut him down), and when Agent Smith brought XANA into the Pantheon, XANA quickly realized Smith's desire to destroy everything, including other programs, was an enormous threat to him, and attacked Smith with his monsters in order to escape/oppose the GUAD and their mad ambitions.
  • Concerning the other A.I.s, he gets along with many of the evil ones, especially the MCP, as both essentially share the same goal, the destruction of the Users. He also gets along with Skynet for this reason, but XANA is concerned about Skynet's connection to the GUAD, as he knows that Agent Smith and Nekron are not to be trusted and has warned Skynet about the danger that Smith poses via polymorphic specter.
    • As such, XANA doesn't get along with CLU, as CLU sees XANA as a chaotic force that destroys order and perfection, and thus seeks to get rid of him. Easier said than done however, because like CLU, XANA is nearly impossible to damage. In XANA's case, it is the simple fact that XANA does not have a physical form to damage, and the one thing in his world that could damage/kill him, the anti-XANA program, is incapable of penetrating the firewall that XANA's Lyoko/Cortex hybrid possesses as a holdover from the latter world.
    • He gets along fine with GLaDOS, with the two once engaging in a French Rap Battle with each other, and XANA is interested in GLaDOS's experiments, given that XANA himself has experimented in creating cybernetic spiders and studying/growing human brains.
    • XANA finds Love Machine to be an excellent ally, because not only do they share similar hacking abilities, but the data that Love Machine has obtained concerning the fighting abilities of the Pantheon's deities has given XANA the opportunity to improve the combat ability of his monsters based on this data. Also, whenever the two collaborate with each other, XANA tends to act as the Straight Man to Love Machine.
    • And as one can infer from prior explanations, XANA does NOT like Agent Smith. At all.
    • When it comes to the good A.I.'s, XANA desires to get rid of them so as to decrease resistance to his attacks. He doesn't plan on draining any of them for their abilities via the Scyphozoa though, since he already has the Keys to Lyoko that give him similar abilities to programs like Yui. However, due to having to split up his Source codes, XANA isn't at his full strength, thus decreasing his influence on the Grid significantly.
  • Concerning the Technopaths in the Pantheon, XANA fears Brainiac, as in his weakened state, XANA is incapable of possessing the technology that Brianiac controls and having heard what Brainiac did in his home multiverse XANA fears that Brainiac could bring up the book series where XANA was treated as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds and was played like a fiddle by the Green Pheonix organization, who were trying to turn Lyoko into Carthage 2.0.
    • As for Nero and Rotom, XANA finds it difficult to maintain control of the technology that they themselves can manipulate, but since XANA is capable of possessing more than just machines, he's able to circumvent this weakness and attack them. They still annoy XANA regardless, especially Rotom, as his nature makes him immune to Xanafication.
    • XANA also has another reason to be wary of the Technopaths, as part of his ultimate goal is to create an army of robots, which these three deities could manipulate, he's in need of finding a way to counter them once he gets his strength back.
  • "NOT LOGICAL, NOT LOGICAL!" note .

Ulrich Stern, Odd Della Robbia, Yumi Ishiyama, Jeremie Belpois, Aelita Schaffer, and William Dunbar, Team of Digital Avatars (The Lyoko Warriors, Team Lyoko)

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The group, minus William
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William, after being freed from XANA
  • Rank: Quasideities in the real world, Lesser Gods in Cyberspace
  • Symbol: Individual headshots of their faces with XANA's eye in the background
  • Theme Song: A World Without Danger
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good (Odd and William), Neutral Good (Ulrich and Jeremie), Lawful Good (Aelita and Yumi)
  • Portfolios:
  • Domains: Computers, School
  • Allies: Dexter, Sector V, Phineas and Ferb, Samurai Jack, Gumball Watterson, Princess Bubblegum, Kevin Flynn, Neo, Yuuki Konno, Shino Asada, Clockwork, Kirito and Asuna, Tron, Sam Flynn
  • Enemies: XANA, Agent Smith, all other evil-aligned A.I.s, Noboyuki Sugou
  • Opposes: The Men in Black
  • With the addition of yet another evil AI in the ranks of the GUAE (i.e. XANA), Tron decided to obtain assistance in the form of XANA's mortal enemies, and thus sent a message to one Jeremie Belpois of Kadic Academy to inform them of their ascension. One additional restart of Lyoko and a trip through the digital sea later, and the Lyoko Warriors were virtualized into the Pantheon.
  • XANA greeted his archenemies via the poltergeist specter from one of his prior attempts to murder them. However, instead of trying to strangle them to death with it (Well, the specter still tried to kill Jeremie and William), XANA merely had the specter maintain physical contact with them. After several skirmishes and deactivating the tower maintaining the specter, it was revealed that XANA was trying to regain his source codes from their bodies after implanting them to avoid destruction from the multi-agent program that had been created to destroy him.
    • As it turns out, Yumi and Ulrich used to be part of the Pantheon, specifically in the House of Love under Unresolved Sexual Tension. While they now have a new profile along with the rest of their friends, even now, they STILL haven't gotten together, even with William backing off on his own feelings towards Yumi.
  • Much like XANA, they possess traits from both the first part and the continuation of their story. In their case, Aelita, Odd, Ulrich, and Yumi's individual digital avatars look like how they did during Season 4 of their adventures, albeit with Odd keeping his new ability to fire multiple laser arrows and Yumi keeping her new bo staff. As for William, his avatar still looks similar to the time he was under XANA's control, except for lacking XANA's symbols and the corset, as well as having orange lines in place of red.
    • This also extends to their temple, which simply consists of the computer lab that houses Lyoko's supercomputer instead of the entire Renault factory it was hidden in. Thanks to the Pantheon's data resources, Jeremie was able to recreate the Forest and Ice Sectors of Lyoko, bringing them up to date with the new appearances of the Desert and Mountain Sectors, while at the same time reverting the towers back to their former appearance of white pillars. The towers that XANA installed into the Grid however, still have the appearance of black rectangular prisms, though admittedly, the aesthetic fits the Grid quite well.
    • At the behest of the House of Time and Space, the Return to the Past function of the supercomputer has been disabled, since the Pantheon is more than capable of being easily rebuilt should XANA attempt something like say, a Colony Drop or an Attack of the Killer Whatever, and having yet another Reset Button is quite unnecessary.
    • Taking a page from their gym teacher Jim, they would 'rather not talk about' the time that they had a Seventh Ranger known as Laura Gauthier. Dealing with her was a mess none of them would like to dwell upon, and if anyone tries to bring up the subject, all of them will say this: note .
  • Being that they're still in high school, they're enrolled in the Elysium Academy. Unlike their friends at Kadic however, pretty much all of the deities here know fully well about their digital double lives, and are quite willing to help out whenever XANA decides to enact his latest murder/Source Code drain attempt.
    • On that note, Odd is notable for being a MASSIVE flirt, having dated almost every girl in his grade back at Kadic Academy. His attempts here however, have been far less successful, as he's not gotten a single date.
  • Despite having aired on Cartoon Network, they're technically owned by Mediatoon (Which absorbed their former company, Moonscoop), and are thus not Cartoon Network deities. They still get along with them however, especially Dexter, as he's been a great help in devising a way to take XANA down for good. Dexter's eagerness to assist them comes from the fact that he's not happy that a homicidal computer program that, like The Lich, is not funny, has made a large number of attempts on his and his sister's life.
    • By that same token, they've allied themselves with the other CN deities that have come under XANA's crosshairs, like the Kids Next Door, who are eager to get payback on XANA for bringing their tree house to life in an attempt to crush them to death with it, and Princess Bubblegum, who had to deal with XANA managing to unleash a third candy zombie outbreak.
    • On a lighter note, since both of their shows engage in Medium Blending, they get along decently with Gumball Watterson. Odd in particular finds a small kinsmanship with the blue cat, given that his Lyoko form has several cat-like attributes.
    • Chris Mclean however, avoids them (mainly Aelita) like the plague, due to an alternate reality where an even more sadistic (And actually physically present) XANA survived by hiding in a special Replika and engaged in attacks so brutal, that several members of the TDI cast were brought in to contain him.
      • However, Chris doesn't really care about that, he cares more about the fact that in said alternate reality, he was pretty much turned into the Butt-Monkey by the contestants, executives, and XANA alike. Given his personality, Aelita and her friends are more than happy to avoid him.
    • Ulrich and Yumi get along well with Samurai Jack, who has decided to train them in additional martial arts besides Penchak Silak so as to better prepare them for fights in both the real world and the virtual world.
  • As they fight in the virtual world, they've had plenty of interactions with the gods who deal with cyberspace:
    • William gets along surprisingly well with Tron, as both find common ground over being brainwashed by their respective Big Bads for a long period of time and being forced to fight their friends. And just as Tron has been is at risk of being turned back into Rinzler, William is at risk of being captured and turned back into XANA's Dragon.
    • While allies with the Kirigaya family as whole, Jeremie (though the others didn't escape it either) was on the end of a stern lecture from Kirito concerning the treatment and dismissal of the clone of William that was created to cover for William being turned into XANA's slave. While they admit that it probably would've been unrealistic to find a way to keep him around as the first conflict with XANA came to a close, his deactivation should've been handled more tactfully.
      • Both Ulrich and William are impressed with Yuuki Konno's sword skills, even more so when she proved capable of driving off the Scyphozoa, cutting off its tentacles before it could disarm her. Odd likewise, is impressed by Shino's accuracy, and sees several similarities between her ALO form and his Lyoko avatar, and had a contest with her to see who could destroy more of XANA's monsters. Sinon came out on top, but Odd took the loss in stride, seeing many more XANA attacks where he can even the score with her.
      • None of them have anything to nice to say about Nobuyuki Sugou, viewing him with extreme disgust (Especially in Aelita and Yumi's cases due to being reminded of XANA's more, questionable assaults).
    • They're obviously opposed to other digital threats besides XANA (many of whom XANA has allied with). As such, they're quite willing to help fight against programs like the MCP and Love Machine.
      • Having learned that Agent Smith was responsible for bringing XANA into the Pantheon, the Lyoko Warriors instantly opposed him. However, during a battle with Smith, XANA sent his forces not to assist Smith, but to assist the Lyoko Warriors in driving off the other virus, as he had done during the Marabounta episode. As such, anytime that the Lyoko Warriors will work with XANA, it's to stop Agent Smith.
    • Kevin Flynn has taken Jeremie under his wing, helping to refine the young boy's coding in lieu of Franz Hopper, given that XANA managed to kill him. He's also acting as a surrogate father to Aelita for that same reason.
  • Due to having an abusive father himself, Ulrich is NOT a fan of the abusive parents in the Pantheon, viewing them as being far, far worse than his dad, who was, at his core, a mere education papa.
  • Being that she comes from Japan, Yumi was surprised to see that many deities come from her home country. She's not getting involved in their activities though, XANA is enough to deal with as it is.
    • This feeling increased due to sharing a name with another Yumi in the Pantheon, who incidentally, also uses fans in combat. Again, no hard feelings from this Yumi, but also again, XANA and his allies are enough to deal with as it is.
  • Aelita absolutely despises The Men in Black, as they kidnapped her mother right before her eyes and were the catalyst for the circumstances that drove her father insane, enabled XANA to become a threat in the first place, and ultimately got her stuck in Lyoko for eleven years.
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V.F.D., Divine Conspiracy Involving Unassuming Organizations (Volunteer Fire Department)
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  • Rank: Collectively, for what is known about the organization, Quasideity
  • Symbol: Their insignia, which is formed from the letters; V, F, and D.
  • Alighnment: Neutral Evil, Neutral Good, or True Neutral, depending on which side of the schism the member a person is dealing with is on.
  • Portfolio: Ancient Conspiracy (As a whole), Benevolent Conspiracy (If the member is part of the so-called fire-fighting side of the schism), Dark and Troubled Past (Concerning the individual backstories of each of its members), Grey and Grey Morality, Mysterious Past, The Omniscient Council of Vagueness, Paranoia Fuel, Spy Speak
  • Domains: Arson (Depends on which side of the schism a member is on), Codes, General knowledge, Mysteries
  • Allies: Anyone who is willing to provide a safe place for research and knowledge
  • Enemies: Anyone who is willing to destroy all safe places for research and knowledge, the entirety of the good-aligned members of the House of Family, at least to those who are on the fire-starting side of the schism.
  • Unknown Relationship: The Men In Black, The SCP Foundation, Keel Lorenz, V.S.S.E., the entirety of the House of Investigative Work
  • Reading up on: All gods that do not come from Classical Literature, Film, and Theater
  • Heralds: The Baudelaire Orphans, Count Olaf, Lemony Snicket
  • Of the organizations known to exist, the ones that always seems to have a presence in some shape or form, yet seems to be so impotent in function, are known as Milkman Conspiracies. One such organization, made up of librarians, scholars, taxi cab drivers, waiters, or any other seemingly mundane occupation in life, is known as V.F.D., which has started to make its presence known in the Pantheon.
  • How V.F.D. came to light in the Pantheon arose from the increased appearance of phrases that shared the organization's acronym appearing in the records of the House of Knowledge. While suspicious in of itself, the alarms bells truly started to ring when a massive fire broke out and nearly burned the entire House to the ground. A melancholy man in shadows, who was using a typewriter, was initially held responsible, only for him to reveal that he had nothing to do with the fire, but did state that a certain society, divided in two due to a terrible schism, has begun to make its presence known in the Pantheon. The man then revealed, secretly, to the Main House, that the organization in question was named V.F.D...
    • Said melancholy man was Lemony Snicket, who had made it his life's work to document the depressing lives of the Baudelaire Orphans, who became involved with the organization's secrets after a terrible fire destroyed their home, and after meeting the Quagmire Triplets, who revealed to them the organization's existence in the first place.
  • At some point in V.F.D.'s history, there was a schism that the organization suffered, causing many of its members to turn on another, resulting in a World Gone Mad. While it has been confirmed that it happened while Lemony Snicket and his siblings were children, how and why the schism happened is completely unknown, even to Lemony Snicket himself.
    • The schism that V.F.D. suffered caused many of the organization's designated sanctuaries, which ranged from cafes to hotels, to be burned down by those who were on the so-called fire-starting side of the schism. As such, members of the Pantheon have been advised to be cautious. Both sides of the schism use the same unorthodox communication codes, and as such, it makes it even harder to not just tell whether or not a deity is dealing with a member of V.F.D., but whether or not that person is either a volunteer, or a deadly criminal.
  • Due to the secretive and nebulous nature of V.F.D. as a whole, the two sides of the organization are represented by the most well-known people who associated with the group. The fire-fighting side is represented by the Baudelaire Orphans and Lemony Snicket, while the fire-starting side is represented by Count Olaf. None of them have yet truly ascended to the Pantheon, though Olaf is determined to become a proper god so that he can have another chance to obtain the Baudelaire fortune at long last. The Baudelaires and Mr. Snicket on the other hand, are a bit wary about the nature of the Pantheon, though if Olaf does ascend, then the Baudelaires will be right on his trail to try to stop his schemes, and Mr. Snicket will follow in order to continue his research of the Baudelaires, and hope that this next chapter in their lives will be a bit less melancholy.
  • Overall, the schism has had drastic effects on the morality of V.F.D.'s members, as the Baudelaires can attest due to the trials they faced involving the deception present on both sides of the organization. A noble person can do something villainous, like how Gregor Anwhistle created the toxic Medusoid Mycelium fungus (Which has thankfully not been found growing anywhere in the Pantheon, yet), and a villain can do something noble, like Count Olaf using some of the last moments of his life to help the distraught and pregnant Kit Snicket to safety.
    • As such, when it comes to the Alliances, V.F.D.'s loyalties are rather muddled. While the fire-starting side has lent assistance to the GUAE, they have no loyalty to Melkor. At the same time, the fire-fighting side has lent help to the GUAG, but it is unknown if they are loyal to Cosmos. Both sides of the V.F.D. schism seem to be interested in assisting both the GUAC and the GUAL as they please, but for what purpose is unknown and they have no loyalty to Lucifer or YHVH either. It is unknown if they also desire to bolster Nekron's tactics for the GUAD, but it is possible, though why they would do so is a mystery...
  • V.F.D. is extremely secretive, even more so than the SCP Foundation, the Men In Black, SEELE, and the V.S.S.E. While those groups are enigmatic in their own right, they at least have well-defined goals (Keep reality safe from anomalies, keep aliens in check, initiate the Human Instrumentality Project, and stopping terrorist groups respectively), V.F.D.'s ultimate goal, if it even has one, is completely unknown. While the group was said to have started out to simply put out fires, V.F.D.'s activities (Which include building secret passageways, training animals for detective and transportation work, and building submarines for a start) seem to extend far beyond that, and the schism has only muddied the nature of its activities even more.
  • V.F.D. utilizes its acronym quite a bit when it comes to its procedures and items such as Verdant Flammable Device (A green tube that creates smoke signals), Verbal Fridge Dialogue (A code that utilizes items in fire-proof refrigerators), Vessel of Disaccharides (Sugar bowls that are used to hide crucial items and information, one of which was critical to the schism conflict before the Hotel Denouement incident), etc.
    • However, just because the acronym is present does not automatically mean that the organization is. V.F.D. has been used as a Red Herring on numerous occasions, such as Very Fancy Dollies (Used to distract the Baudelaires while Count Olaf had kidnapped the Quagmire Triplets, Isadora and Duncan), or Volunteers Fighting Disease (A group of people who just go around trying to cheer up hospital patients). For those in the Pantheon trying to learn more about the organization, this occurrence has proven to be quite annoying.
  • V.F.D.'s unknown history, as well as it's enormous, and yet ill-defined presence has put many in the Pantheon (At least, those who know about the organization) on edge. The fact that any random person could turn out to be a V.F.D. agent means that any deity's friends, followers, or any random individual from their world wandering in the Pantheon could turn out to have completely unfathomable end goals in mind, is not the most pleasant train of thought.
    • To make matters even more unnerving, V.F.D. has been indicated to have had several real-life authors and ancient societies in its membership, so carrying that train of logic to its conclusion means that the organization could potentially possess a even higher degree of influence over the ENTIRE pantheon, regardless of which side of the schism is being dealt with.
      • At the same time however, as V.F.D. has its roots in classical literature, film, and theater, it is unknown how both sides of the schism plan to deal with the vast number of deities that come from anime, comic books, video games, cartoons, etc. Of course, given how willing the organization's members are when it comes to learning, it is easy to assume that V.F.D. members are already studying the profiles of these gods and their worlds in order to put their plans into action. At the very least, members of the organization on both sides of the schism have been reading up on the events occurring in the Pantheon to see if they can benefit from them in some way...
  • Due to the enigmatic nature of the organization, several gods who specialize in solving mysteries, such as Mystery Incorporated, the Pines Twins, and Batman, have been trying to uncover V.F.D.'s secrets. All of them were warned by Lemony Snicket of the treacherous world they were trying to breach, and that it was impossible to solve every mystery out there. The Baudelaires shared that sentiment, as even after everything they'd been through, they still have many questions of their own about V.F.D... Batman took this advice to heart, having been reminded of the Court of Owls, and intends to tread carefully regarding his investigations into V.F.D...
    • As a whole, the entire organization is under watch from the House of Investigation. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the gods from that house in trying to unravel V.F.D.'s secrets, they haven't made much progress, as for each mystery about V.F.D. that they solve, more always seem to pop up.
  • As it has been revealed that V.F.D. takes in young children to hone their skills for investigation, various gods, particularly those in the House of Family, have been trying to make sure that the child deities in the Pantheon do NOT get involved with the organization, especially since many of them possess skills that would greatly benefit V.F.D.'s activities, or make them targets for their enemies.
    • Speaking of which, due to the declaration of the Man With a Beard but No Hair, and the Woman With Hair but No Beard, that they would burn down the homes and then enslave every child they targeted, the entirety of the good-aligned parents of the House of Family are completely opposed to the fire-starting side of the schism, declaring that they would not stand for such atrocious acts of injustice.

Count Olaf, God of Illegal Guardians

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  • Rank: Quasideity
  • Symbol: The V.F.D. insignia tattooed on his ankle
  • Theme song: It's The Count
  • Alignment: Chaotic Evil
  • Portfolio: Abusive Parents, The Alcoholic, Card-Carrying Villain, Clark Kenting, quite obviously being evil, Manipulative Bastard, loves burning things down, willing to harm children to get what he wants, Having a rather pitiable end
  • Domains: Arson, Disguises, Kidnapping
  • Allies: The Child Abuse Supporters, except for Scar, Barney Stinson, [[Pantheon/{{Vengeance Eric Cartman]], Doctor Facilier, Raul Menendez, Noboyuki Sugou, Junko Enoshima, Brand, Oswald Cobblepot
  • Enemies: Anyone who gets in his way or is a threat to his plans, all of the Nickelodeon deities, but in particular Prince Zuko, Olaf the Snowman from Frozen, the force of gravity, Ragnaros the Firelord, Slender Man, the entirety of the House of Theater.
  • Heralds: His theater troupe (Or at least, what's left of it: The Person of Indeterminate Gender, the Bald Man with the Long Nose, and the Circus freaks: Hugo, Colette, and Kevin. For publicity's sake, the Man with a Beard But No Hair and the Woman with Hair but No Beard are also part of this group, even though they technically outrank Olaf.)
  • Opposed by: Scar
  • An actor who was once part of the organization known as V.F.D., Count Olaf is a cruel, relentless, and murderous villain with only one goal; to get his hands on the elusive Baudelaire Fortune (And whatever other fortunes that tickle his fancy), and spend it however he pleases. To that end, Olaf spent a great deal of his life hounding the Baudelaire Orphans, first by being their abusive guardian, and then hunted them down across the earth, killing their kinder guardians, forcing them to live with atrocious ones, and eventually framing them for the murder of Jacques Snicket, Lemony Snicket's brother, whom everyone thought was Olaf (And called him Count Omar), all so that Olaf could keep the orphans in his grasp and gain the fortune when Violet turned 18.
  • Olaf had been planning to properly ascend once V.F.D.'s presence started to spread around the Pantheon. Knowing that he would need a rather large publicity stunt to do so, Olaf snuck into the House of Family's Siblings and Children subhouses, and broke open diving helmets containing the toxic Medusoid Mycelium. Soon, many of the deities present began to cough and choke, nearly dying from the deadly fungus. If it wasn't for Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Jimmy Neutron managing to figure out the cure (horseradish) in time, the causalities would've been enormous. Once cured of the fungus, the more powerful deities there soon located Olaf and began to beat the ever-loving stuffing out of him. However, they failed to realize that this was exactly what Olaf had been counting on. Melkor was impressed by Olaf's actions, and once the Count was fixed up, allowed him to ascend into the Pantheon.
  • Count Olaf's temple is basically his house, which, while rather large and spacious, is filthy and decrepit. Said house holds a tall tower that he uses to hold prisoners and plan his schemes. No one goes near his temple, as they find Olaf's house to be atrocious and unhygienic.
  • Olaf was disappointed that the Baudelaires hadn't ascended yet, as until they do, he won't be able to get his hands on their fortune. As such, the Man with a Beard but No Hair, and the Woman with Hair but No Beard, have directed Olaf to fulfill their other goals in the meantime until the Baudelaires properly ascend.
    • However, Olaf's a bit glad that Lemony Snicket hasn't ascended yet. According to one interpretation of his world, Count Olaf actually dreads having to face Snicket. Snicket has revealed that Olaf had made it a point to frame him for many of the Count's crimes of arson, further indicating that Lemony is one of the few people that Olaf actually fears.
  • While the rules of the Pantheon state that unascended followers and heralds can't influence events in the Pantheon directly, Olaf has been using the loophole that, since his troupe technically count as fire-starting V.F.D. agents and that V.F.D. as an organization has ascended, they are capable of directly helping him. After all, while Olaf claims to be an individual practitioner, many of his schemes would not have worked without his theater troupe, and due to several members of his troupe (The white-faced women and Fernald) defecting, Olaf needs all the help he can get. He's managed to revive the androgynous person and the bald man in order to bolster his numbers.
    • Speaking of which, the Man with A Beard but No Hair, and the Woman with Hair But No Beard, have used said loophole and their statuses as members of the high court in order to infiltrate the House of Justice and the GUAL. Both intend to undermine whatever poses as a threat to their goals, and have been passing information to Olaf for him to use.
      • As such, both are also trying to sabotage Eiki Shiki's plans to reform the GUAL, as the current Lawful Evil nature of the alliance makes it easier for them to manipulate YHVH's plans to their own advantage.
  • Olaf gets along well with, most of the Child Abuse Supporters. He and Ghetsis got along swimmingly, and Olaf immediately formed an Unholy Matrimony with Lady Tremaine, seeing her as a superior replacement to Esme Squalor, since Tremaine isn't obsessed with fashion. He really doesn't care much for Heihachi Mishima, but he views the man as a decent meat shield.
    • However, the one member of the Child Abuse Supporters that Olaf doesn't get along with is Scar. This is because in Olaf's world, the fire-starting side of the schism got their hands on all of V.F.D.'s Volunteer Feline Detectives, and proceeded to treat them like slaves. Olaf starved the ones under his command, and left them to burn when he torched Caligari Carnival. Scar has threatened Olaf that if he ever tries something like that with him, then Olaf will be wishing that he was shot with a harpoon gun. Olaf, nervous, agreed.
    • Speaking of Lady Tremaine, Olaf is rather annoyed at the number of enemies that she's made, particularly Homura Akemi and the Demacian Army. While Olaf plans to get Tremaine the resources that she would need to hold off the Demacians via the large number of stolen V.F.D. animals, equipment, and money his associates obtained, he's got nothing to counter Homura, and wished Tremaine luck in dealing with her.
  • Much to his irritation, Olaf's disguises don't work as well in the Pantheon as they did in his world, owing to how most people in the Pantheon aren't complete idiots. While the resources of the GUAE have improved his disguise kit, he still is only capable of fooling the ditzes and morons of the Pantheon. However, Olaf is quite capable of making due with what he has...
  • Olaf finds the Nickelodeon deities to be loathsome and godforsaken due to how poor a certain movie portrayed the initial events of his world. While he's willing to "help" (Read: Manipulate) evil gods like Plankton and Zim fulfill their goals, Olaf is fulling willing to betray them once they have outlived their usefulness to him.
    • Likewise, Prince Zuko finds Olaf to be abhorrent, finding the destruction and murder the Count has engaged in to be just as deplorable as Ozai's, even though Count Olaf has no special powers.
  • Much like many members of V.F.D., Olaf's history is unknown. Reports indicate that while Olaf wasn't the best V.F.D. trainee, he was at least able to start a relationship with Kit Snicket and was actually a friend to the Baudelaire's parents and future guardians. However, at some point, Olaf's parents were murdered by the parents of the Baudelaires, and Olaf himself may have been a factor into worsening the V.F.D. schism. Olaf is rather reluctant to share the full details of his past with the rest of the Pantheon, and he has mocked the good-aligned gods who gained these snippets of knowledge into thinking that they could coerce the story out of him.
  • Several people confused Count Olaf with Olaf the Snowman. The Count was infuriated at learning that he shared his name with a living snowman, and has put the other Olaf on his list of enemies. Currently, he's trying to decide whether he should kick the other Olaf to bits, or just melt him with a blowtorch.
  • Due to certain reasons, Count Olaf has been noted to sound like and even look like, on occasion, people like Barney Stinson, Bruce Nolan, Truman Burbank, and Nightwing. The latter three do not take kindly to Olaf, as he has managed to properly disguise himself as them, and find him to be abhorrent. Nightwing does sympathize with Olaf's parents being murdered, but he still finds Olaf's pursuit against the Baudelaires to be far too cruel to justify.
    • Barney Stinson on the other hand, views Olaf with intrigue, and agrees with Olaf that nothing should be safe forever when the topic of Olaf-land (An island that held a large number of shipwrecked items and people, but was more notable for being where Olaf's mortal life came to an end) came up. Olaf's backstory and motivations are of great interest to Barney, but Olaf has refused to divulge all of the details to him. Regardless, the two get along well.
  • Having added the force of gravity to his list of enemies during his time at the Hotel Denouement, Olaf is opposed to Enigma, Shu Shirakawa, and Viridian, who use the power. None of them really think of Olaf as a threat.
  • Count Olaf was all set to use the Medusoid Mycelium as a weapon against anyone vulnerable to the fungus, only for the cure to quickly be distributed throughout the Pantheon. Many groves of horseradish, including hybridized crops, have been planted throughout the House of Nature in order to curb any advantages Olaf was hoping to gain. Olaf was annoyed by this, though he can't help but pick some of the bitter apples that have been grown, since they did save him when he'd been poisoned by the Medusoid Mycelium himself. Of course, said bitter apples couldn't save him from the harpoon wound in his gut.
    • As such, when it comes to weapons, Olaf tends to stick to his knives and his harpoon gun, despite the fact that the latter was what ultimately did him in.
  • Deciding that he would need a replacement Tyke Bomb after Carmelita Spats proved to be too spoiled, Count Olaf searched the pantheon for any children with potential to be evil. Eric Cartman immediately jumped at the opportunity to help Olaf with his schemes of murder and arson. While Olaf approves of Cartman's disturbing actions, he dislikes how Cartman also acts like a Spoiled Brat.
  • One of Count Olaf's favorite codes to use are anagrams. He has used this several times to his advantage, mainly by making anagrams of his name and title. In particular, he has used the anagram 'Al Funcoot' whenever it comes to screenwriting for theater.
    • Unfortunately for Olaf, everyone finds Al Funcoot's plays to be utter garbage and have banned him from the House of Theater. Olaf has since sworn revenge on the House.
  • Count Olaf is rather wary of the Slender Man, as Slendy's habit of kidnapping and making people disappear reminds Olaf far too much of the Great Unknown, an unfathomable water-borne beast in the shape of a question mark.
    • Likewise, Olaf stays far away from Ragnaros the Firelord. Olaf may love setting things on fire, but the level that Ragnaros takes it to is far too extreme, even for Count Olaf.
  • Needing more allies in order to conduct his schemes, Olaf immediately went to the House of Villains for help. Doctor Facilier signed up to help Olaf, and unlike Madame Lulu, Facilier is bona-fide evil and has helped Olaf understand more of the supernatural nature of the Pantheon. Raul Menendez also decided to ally himself with the Count, much to Olaf's delight, though Raul clarified that he would only listen to the Man with a Beard but No Hair and the Woman with Hair but No Beard, due to how intimidating they are.
    • Olaf would later meet Noboyuki Sugou, who introduced the Count to his work. Olaf doesn't think highly of the internet though, having bought an poor quality hourglass online. As for Sugou himself, Olaf's opinion of the man is mixed, pointing out that Sugou should have killed Kirito first then raped Asuna, instead of the other way around. Sugou's Mind Control research is of intrigue to Count Olaf, though he does secretly think that "High Concept Science Fiction Gimmicks" make his plots a bit too complicated.
    • The Count also met Junko Enoshima, who found Olaf's horrible crimes and the nature of his world to be wonderful examples of a despair driven universe. She's volunteered to help Olaf with his schemes, which the Count agreed to. However, Olaf privately finds Junko's obsession with despair as an impairment to her abilities as a villain, comparing it to Esme Squalor's obsession with fashion.
    • Olaf immediately hit off with Brand, having found someone who would make torching buildings that much easier (And not take it to Ragnaros' level). Brand likewise, was pleased to hear of the fires that Olaf created, especially the one that destroyed the Hinterlands.
    • Thought he saw a mirror image of himself wearing fancier clothes until Olaf realized that he had met Master Xehanort, who is intrigued by the information network of V.F.D., thinking that they might have information about Kingdom Hearts. Due to not caring about a heart-shaped moon, Olaf walked away.
    • The Penguin has allowed Olaf and his troupe to use his nightclubs, but warned Olaf that if his property burns down and if Olaf tries to get his hands on the Cobblepot fortune, he will sever his ties with the Count and make a personal effort to destroy him. Due to liking the wine, Olaf has agreed to these terms, for now.
  • Your first impression of me may be that I am a terrible person. But in time, I hope you'll come to realize... you haven't the faintest idea.

Lemony Snicket, Divine Harbinger of Unfortunate Plot Twists

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  • Rank: Demigod
  • Symbol: A silhouette of himself from the back.
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolio: Alter-Ego Acting, Dark and Troubled Past, The Eeyore, Greek Chorus, Lemony Narrator, Lovable Coward, an aversion to showing his face in photographs, knowing when to make tough decisions believed to be dead, Stalker Without a Crush
  • Domains: Narration, Mysteries, Depression
  • Allies: Brock Samson, Mystery Incorporated, Cthulhu, HP Lovecraft, Iroh, Max Tennyson, Yukihara Soma, The Question
  • Enemies: Count Olaf, The rest of the fire-starting side of V.F.D. Pitch, Pennywise, Melkor, Grandma Stuffum, Junko Enoshima, Eric Cartman, The Narrator
  • Superior: The fire-fighting side of V.F.D.
  • Watching over: The Baudelaire Orphans
  • Avoided by: Snow White
  • Avoids: Arthur Read, the entirety of the House of Insects
  • Under suspicion by: Any god whose universe has had a Shout-Out in Snicket's writings.
  • A man shrouded in mystery and sadness, Lemony Snicket is an agent of V.F.D., who had taken it upon himself to chronicle the sad tale of the Baudelaire Orphans as a tribute to his deceased love Beatrice, the late mother of the children. He published 13 books that detailed their hardships, all of which warned the reader that there would not be a happy ending, and that the only thing awaiting them was sadness, telling the reader to put the book down so that they would not weep at the end.
  • When V.F.D. began to make its move into the Pantheon, Snicket was already a follower of the Narrator, but was rather inactive. When the House of Knowledge was attacked by an unknown arsonist, Snicket was held responsible, but revealed that he had nothing to do with the fire. As a V.F.D. agent, Snicket became more active, warning whomever would listen about the threat of the fire-starting side of the V.F.D. schism. When Count Olaf ascended by poisoning a good deal of the deities in the House of Family via the Medusoid Mycelium, a request was made for Snicket to ascend proper, though Snicket did not attempt to ascend until the Baudelaires had succeeded in doing so. As the Narrator already held one of the tropes Snicket named, Lemony was ascended via his second named trope: the Snicket Warning Label.
  • Count Olaf was in the House of Food harassing several of the gods there, when he was informed of Snicket's ascension. Eyes widening, Olaf hightailed it to his temple to plan on how to deal with one of his greatest enemies.
    • At first, Olaf tried to pin the blame of several acts of arson on Snicket, only to discover that just before the Hotel Denouement was burned down, Snicket had managed to retrieve a critical Vessel of Disaccharides that contained evidence proving that it was Olaf who set select fires so long ago, not Snicket, and that he was alive, not dead. With framing Snicket no longer an option, Olaf retreated once again, terrified at the idea of having to deal with Snicket.
  • When the Baudelaires heard about Snicket's ascension, they were actually surprised that the name of Jacques and Kit's brother was Lemony, as they, like other members of V.F.D., had thought Snicket dead. They did express surprise at how he had researched the events of their misfortunes, and now believe that he was the taxi cab driver who offered them a ride after the tragic death of Dewey Denouement. While they have not yet had a direct meeting, Snicket still watches over them out of dedication to Beatrice.
    • It is also unknown if Lemony plans on meeting his niece, named after the Baudelaires' mother, who has become a follower of the Baudelaires in hopes of figuring out their fates in the mortal realm.
  • Despite his name being cleared, which has allowed Snicket simple luxuries like renting out an office (Which he uses for a temple), Lemony continues to remain as an investigator and stays out of the Pantheon's public eye for the most part. He tends to visit the sites of battles between other deities and record what happened there.
  • While infamous for never revealing his face, as of recently, Snicket has finally unveiled his full appearance. This probably has to do with the fact that he's finally managed to clear his name.
    • Due to the recent reveal, he's been noted to sound very much like Brock Samson. Through researching what could be learned of Snicket's unknown history, Brock learned of the time Snicket and his siblings engaged in a knife fight against the waiters of Cafe Salmonella in the Snicket Snickersnee. He's since extended a poker offer to Snicket, though Lemony would rather discuss matters over a book rather than cards.
    • Likewise, having warned them of the schism of V.F.D. before his proper ascension, Mystery Incorporated finally figured out that Snicket sounded like Sheriff Stone from Crystal Cove. They're hoping that he can shed more light on V.F.D. now that he's in the Pantheon full-time.
    • Snicket has also been known to sound like Pitch due to a certain adaptation, as well as Pennywise while doing audio recording. Of course, even if he didn't sound like them, Snicket would've stayed clear out of their path.
  • The Narrator was pleased with his former follower ascending, though Snicket notes that he was the Trope Namer of the Narrator's title. Beyond that little spat, the two do not have a cordial relation, as while the Narrator finds the immutable nature of Snicket's tales to be gratifying, Snicket considers the Narrator to be far too sadistic for his tastes.
  • Being rather well-read, Snicket tends to spend a great deal of time in the House of Knowledge, reading up on whatever he can.
  • Snicket is unique among many gods in the pantheon in that he has been mistaken for his own creator, Daniel Handler, due to the fact that Handler uses Snicket's name as a pseudonym when publishing several of his works. In public, Handler claims to merely be Snicket's representative, even though he is the one who created Snicket's world to begin with. Quite obviously, many deities are confused when trying to distinguish the two.
  • He claims that Snow White was plunged into an incurable fever due to a horseback riding accident. While it is unknown how true the claim is, it has made the princess rather uneasy, and she thus tends to avoid Mr. Snicket.
  • He may have an alias known as Persimmony Glitchet. This came to Arthur's attention, as said person is admired as an author to his mortal friend, Fern, and the aardvark himself enjoys the man's works. Snicket has not been reached for correspondence however, due to fear that his enemies may try harm the boy and his sister.
  • In his younger years, Snicket was notably more active as a V.F.D. trainee. Back then, he was still extremely cynical and tried to do his own thing due to how most adults in his world who are not a part of V.F.D. tend to be.
    • With this chapter of his life uncovered, many more dreadful facts were learned about Lemony Snicket. He views buttermilk as disgusting, has a thing for root-beer floats, and fed a man, though admittedly, Hangfire deserved it, to the Bombinating Beast, nowadays known as the Great Unknown. He also quit V.F.D. for an unknown amount of time before rejoining the organization.
  • Due to his experiences with the Great Unknown (AKA The Bombinating Beast), Snicket had an encounter with the author H.P. Lovecraft, whose works are among the few not documented by V.F.D. As both aren't exactly the happiest of people, they get along decently and agree on many points regarding humanity, though Snicket doubts the need for cosmic monsters when humans have been causing enough destruction and horror on their own.
    • Mr. Snicket would later have an encounter with Cthulhu, after pulling out the statue of the Bombinating Beast. His meeting with the Great Old One actually bore fruit, as Cthulhu is willing to work with Mr. Snicket...though that mainly has to do with the statue's ability to summon the Bombinating Beast, which the Great Old One is wary of.
  • As it turns out, Snicket is fully aware of Melkor and his schemes, having read all about his world as a child. Melkor was unnerved by how much a mere mortal knew about him, but is overall unconcerned about Mr. Snicket.
    • This also applies to any deity whose universe has shown up in some way, shape, or form in Snicket's world. Said deities are also a tad unnerved by this fact, with some wanting to, or are participating in, an investigation into V.F.D.
  • While Snicket prefers the company of quiet, well-read people, he knows fully well that the Trope Pantheon is filled with good people who prefer to spend their time fighting like maniacs or aren't the brightest knives in the drawer, and evil people who are just as well-read as Snicket is and have many long-term schemes planned.
  • While he enjoys visits to Iroh's tea shop, he has warned the firebender about how tea should be as bitter as wormwood and sharp as a two-edged sword, as it tends to be a good sign of noble people. Iroh has taken this advice with a grain of salt, as he has different values concerning tea. If one should enjoy sweeter tea, then who is he to judge? Also, considering how Iroh invented Bubble Tea in his world, he sees such advice as restricting. Beyond that though, the two get along well, especially since Iroh lends an ear whenever Snicket's depression gets to the point where he can only sob.
  • As a gourmand, Snicket frequents the House of Food quite a bit, describing the dishes there in his report in detail. He isn't a fan of those deities whose dishes are utterly repulsive, like the ones concocted by Grandma Stuffum, nor can he stomach Max Tennyson's alien foods, though he found Max's position as a Plumber admirable.
    • Snicket did however, become fast friends of Yukihara Soma, as he found the boy's dishes to intriguing. He isn't happy when sampling one of his failed dishes, but understands the need for such failures and doesn't hold it against him (He also set up events so that Sunny would meet Yukihara at some point). He's one of the few gods who will willingly sample such failures in order to ensure that Soma gets the feedback that he needs.
    • Overall, if your skill in the House of Food is that of a Supreme Chef, Snicket will likely be there to sample your cooking.
  • Before Snicket had properly ascended, he had been sneaking around the other houses gathering information. Much to his utter dread, Snicket spotted the Man with a Beard but No Hair, and the Woman with Hair but no Beard being present in the House of Justice. Snicket was horrified at their presence, especially once he heard of the Reformation being planned for the GUAL, and after ascending, warned the reformers about the two. Everyone present rolled their eyes at this, believing that the two villains do not pose a threat due to them not even being proper gods in the first place. The only one who took Snicket's warning seriously was Captain America due to the actions of one version of Zemo. He had no powers after all, and yet he managed to disband the Avengers through his manipulations. While the Captain offered a Snicket a role, Snicket declined, partly out of fear of the Man and the Woman, and also because he has suspicions of V.F.D. trying to get someone else into the Pantheon after him...
  • In an attempt to get rid of Snicket, Olaf sent Junko Enoshima after him. Junko was more than happy to oblige due to her fascination with the despair rampant in their world. She found Snicket in his flat, looking at the book that Beatrice wrote that told him why she could not marry him. Taking her chance, Junko proceeded to taunt Snicket about his failed relationship with Beatrice and the constant failings of the so-called 'noble side' of V.F.D. Unfortunately for Enoshima, Snicket didn't fall into despair, as he no longer has any hope of happiness to begin with and considered her speech to be nothing more than words that he repeats and writes himself everyday, meaning that there was nothing left for Junko to break. Not only that, but even with Count Olaf giving her information, not even Enoshima knew about every unfortunate event Snicket has suffered. Junko then proceeded to throw herself down on her knees and beg for the information, as she wanted every detail of Snicket's unfortunate life. Snicket refused however, and dragged her out of the flat.
    • This event has caused Junko to swear greater loyalty to Count Olaf, as she is now desperate to obtain every scrap of horrific information from the world of ASOUE. When hearing about this, Snicket just gave a heavy sigh, and continued with his research.
  • Like the Baudelaires, Snicket had an encounter with Eric Cartman, who reminded him of Stew Micchum, except a tad more immature. He just looked at Cartman in disgust and left. Cartman was furious at being ignored and now wants revenge on Mr. Snicket.
  • Eventually, Snicket was confronted by The Question, who had been laying low as he attempted to pry open the secrets of V.F.D. Surprisingly enough, Snicket did not confirm, nor deny, Question's theories, as he implied that they may all be correct, or incorrect, or a mix the two. In the end, the two have become allies...much to the worry of deities who distrust Mr. Snicket, as they fear that he may have recruited The Question into V.F.D...
  • Once entered the House of Insects...and immediately regretted it, finding the creatures there to be even more horrific than Snow Gnats. Of course, that became a moot point when Lemony learned that the House was capable of handling all environments...thus enabling the Snow Gnats to return and join in on attacking Mr. Snicket, who ran out of the house in a panic.
  • Ultimately, with all of the unfortunate experiences in Snicket's mortal life, moving to the Pantheon has not diminished Snicket's depression one bit. He fully believes that if or however the story within the Pantheon ends, there will not be a happy ending. He's since decided to start warning people who read over the records of each major event in the Pantheon of how these stories will turn out, imploring them to find some other page on TV Tropes.

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, Divine family of Boy, Girl, and Baby Siblings (The Baudelaire Orphans)

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  • Rank: Demigods
  • Symbol: A hair ribbon (Violet), A pair of glasses (Klaus), and an assortment of bitten objects or, alternatively, a whisk (Sunny)
  • Theme Song: Look Away
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolios:
  • Domains: Inventions (Violet), Books (Klaus), Teeth (Sunny)
  • Allies: Batman, Dipper and Mabel, Lucas, Mystery Incorporated, Sherlock Holmes, Charizard (Sunny only), Donatello of the Ninja Turtles (Violet only), Stewie Griffin
  • Enemies: Count Olaf, Montgomery Burns, Eugene Krabs, Agatha Trunchbull, Dolores Umbridge, Ragyo Kiryuin, Eric Cartman
  • Complicated Relation: V.F.D.
  • Avoid: The entire House of Toxicity, Squidward Tentacles, Glenn Quagmire
  • Followers: Kit Snicket's daughter, Beatrice, Alex Rider
  • On a gray day at Briny Beach, these three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, were informed that their parents had perished in a terrible fire that had destroyed their home. What followed was a maelstrom of misfortune, as the orphaned children had to contend with the villainous Count Olaf, who was determined to steal their fortune, and eventually began learning of dark secrets associated with their family, and in particular, V.F.D...
  • When V.F.D.'s presence began to spread into the Pantheon, the Baudelaires only appeared on occasion in the houses that interested them (Technology for Violet, Knowledge for Klaus, and Food for Sunny). Once Olaf ascended however, an appeal was made for the orphans to properly ascend, resulting in them being fully thrust into the strange and not-as-unfortunate place known as the Pantheon.
  • Count Olaf was pleased with their ascension, as it now means that their fortune is up for grabs. Surprisingly however, both parties seem a tad more respectful to one another (Though that does not mean for an instant that Olaf's ruthlessness has decreased). This can be chalked up to the finale of their mortal conflict where Olaf started showing a begrudging respect towards the Orphans and them dealing with the Grey and Grey Morality of their world. In addition, Olaf using his last moments to help Kit Snicket give birth to her daughter Beatrice seemed to have some effect on the trio, as they would occasionally visit the Count's grave, albeit they would just stand silent for a few moments.
    • Many gods believe that Olaf was the one who set fire to the Baudelaire mansion. The Orphans did pose the question to Olaf once, only for the Count to remain silent and reply that they knew nothing. To this day, it is unknown if the Baudelaires ever identified the perpetrator, though the events of one interpretation indicates that they have discovered the method of arson, a powerful magnifying lens.
  • Due to their constant moving around from household to household, it was unknown what their temple would be. Eventually, it was decided that it would be the island where their recorded ordeals came to an end. However, they do not spend much time there, due to feeling that it would be wrong to isolate one's self from the rest of the world, or in this case, the rest of the Pantheon.
  • To this day, the Baudelaires' fates in the mortal world remain rather uncertain, as their young charge, Beatrice Snicket, lost contact with them when she was ten years old. While it is likely that they are still alive, information on their status remains unknown.
  • As they began interacting with the other gods of the Pantheon, one of the first that they met was Batman, due to his investigation of V.F.D... He expressed his condolences for their misfortune, and shared the details of his own past. All three orphans have a cordial relationship with Batman, Violet in particular being interested in his equipment.
  • Due the mysterious nature of V.F.D., they had several encounters with deities specializing in solving mysteries, as the organization's nebulous presence has proven to be a headache for them. This is how those encounters went:
    • Dipper and Mabel were among the first that they met. All three got along with Dipper and gave him whatever scraps of information that they could, with Klaus even giving Dipper another commonplace notebook. However, the orphans found themselves to at first be annoyed by Mabel's personality and were disgusted at her selfish intentions that led to her helping to bring about Weirdmaggedon. They eventually warmed up to her after seeing that she did at least have good intentions, and unlike other people in their world who shared some of her more odious traits, she at least made a severe, and successful, effort to correct her mistakes. Her creativity also impressed them, though her designs, such as those for hair ribbons (Violet found them too gaudy), are not always to their tastes.
    • Mystery Incorporated was a doozy. While the orphans found themselves on good terms with Daphne, Fred, and Velma, it took them longer to get used to Scooby and Shaggy. Much like with Mabel however, learning of the duo's more heroic exploits helped them to get along with them. Sunny in particular found them to be good taste-testers for her dishes.
    • Sherlock Holmes proved to be rather interesting, as Klaus was quite pleased to see such a prominent literary character in the Pantheon. He and the orphans tend to keep a professional relationship, though Klaus has begun to study under his tutelage.
  • One day, a small blond-haired boy approached Klaus, only to react with confusion upon meeting with him. The orphans soon learned that the boy, Lucas, had confused the middle Baudelaire orphan for his older twin. Regardless, after the initial confusion was cleared up, the four soon formed a friendship, as Lucas and the orphans can sympathize with the others' plight. Sunny also made great friends with Lucas' Rope Snake, being reminded of the Incredibly Deadly Viper.
  • Due to their experiences with the Medusoid Mycelium, all three Baudelaires keep far away from the House of Toxicity. They were horrified to learn that Olaf had managed to sneak the fungus into the Pantheon, but were glad that there was a plethora of horseradish and horseradish-hybrid plants to curb the deadly organism.
  • Remembering Prufrock Preparatory School's so-called 'advanced computer system' that would keep Olaf away (Spoiler alert, it did nothing), Violet tried to gain assistance from The Machine, wanting its help in keeping Olaf at bay. Unfortunately, the schemes of Olaf and his allies have only gotten on the "irrelevant" list, much to her frustration.
  • Sunny once visited the House of Reptiles, hoping to find the Incredibly Deadly Viper. Much to her disappointment however, she was unable to find Ink (As Kit Snicket called the serpent) and she instead ended up encountering creatures suck as Apophis, Sobek, and Orochi, much to her horror. She did however, meet several good-aligned reptiles, such as the Ninja Turtles and Charizard.
    • On that note however, while Sunny was able to get along somewhat well with Charizard, she isn't particularly close to the turtles, as is Klaus, due to once confusing them for their namesakes. Violet however, got along fine with Donatello thanks to their technological work.
      • And continuing from that, from meeting the turtles, the orphans met April O'Neal. They were at first wary of her due to their experience with Geraldine Julienne, a reporter who was responsible for the stories that pegged the orphans as murderers in their world. However, they were relieved to discover that she wasn't anything like the star reporter of the Daily Punctilio. Regardless, they have requested that she not write any stories about them, which she has respected.
    • Overall, the Orphans have a mixed opinion on the House of Reptiles, on the one hand, they are willing to research the organisms that live within it as a tribute to their Uncle Monty, but on the other hand, a good number of the ascended creatures are horrifically powerful monsters well out of the orphans' physical league and could easily devour them as a snack, and so the Baudelaires have to take special care in avoiding them.
  • After their experiences with Vice-Principal Nero's six-hour violin recitals, the Baudelaires hoped that they would never hear such horrific noises ever again. Those hopes were dashed after an encounter with Squidward Tentacles and his horrid clarinet playing. His personality, while more pleasant than Nero's (Which says a LOT about the Baudelaires' world), is still quite unpleasant, and the orphans takes great pains to avoid him.
    • Nero's actions have also caused the Baudelaires to take great pains to avoid the likes of Agatha Trunchbull and Dolores Umbridge, since they, like him, are extremely sadistic teachers/administrators. Umbridge in particular horrifies the orphans, mainly because while Nero's violin playing could easily be substituted as a method of torture, Umbridge's usage of magic makes her a FAR worse enemy to deal with.
  • The three once investigated the House of Commerce, after hearing that someone was starting to make it big in the lumber business and was paying their employees in gum and coupons. The orphans feared that Sir had made his way into the Pantheon, only to discover that it was actually the work of Montgomery Burns, who was trying to implement Sir's business tactics into the House. Thankfully, Burns was forced to halt once the Baudelaires revealed the scheme. He has since sworn revenge on the orphans.
    • While investigating, the orphans ran into Eugene Krabs, and learned, that, somehow, he pays his employees even LESS than Sir! In fact, they pay him! The orphans were disgusted at Krabs' business practices, which increased when he tried to convince them to spend their entire fortune on Krabby Patties. The orphans chose instead to leave the Krusty Krab, especially since they were reminded, however briefly, of the Anxious Clown.
  • After having to deal with Esme Squalor, the Baudelaires hoped that they would never have to deal with her absurd fashion designs ever again. Those hopes were dashed after Ragyo Kiryuin heard of Esme's outfits, and proceeded to create Life Fiber replicas out of them. The Baudelaires were disgusted by this, especially after learning of Ragyo's actions, which make Esme look like a saint! Unfortunately, due to Ragyo's power level being well out of their league, Violet has had to content herself with learning about anti-Life Fiber technology and hope that it will be enough to protect her siblings from Ragyo if the Disco MILF or Nui should ever attempt an attack on them.
  • The orphans aren't on good terms with Eric Cartman. Partly because he's allied with Count Olaf, and also because he's an immature brat. They do agree that he at least has more artistic talent than Carmelita Spats though, despite his crude tastes. Cartman, curious about this fact, once located a recording of Carmelita's singing...and screamed aloud in horror.
  • One day, Sunny met Stewie Griffin, who was glad to find someone of at least comparable intelligence to himself and his age. She wasn't a fan of his desire to kill his mother though, for obvious reasons. Regardless, the two have a tenuous relationship, due to Stewie mellowing out over time and Sunny knowing that her own hands aren't clean, since she had the idea to burn down the Hotel Denounement, albeit it was to warn V.F.D volunteers that the last safe place was safe no more.
  • Upon hearing the name 'Quagmire', the Baudelaires thought that their friends, the Quagmire triplets, had made it into the Pantheon. Upon meeting the person who shared the triplets' last name, the orphans hightailed it out of there. Thankfully for her sanity, Quagmire isn't interested in Violet, though he found it amusing that two other people with his last name had the hots for her. Violet of course, found nothing amusing in this whatsoever.

Ishmael, The God Who Has Feet of Clay (Ish)

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A Russian drawing of Ishmael
  • Rank: Demigod
  • Symbol: A chewed up apple core
  • Alignment: Lawful Neutral, claims to be Lawful Good
  • Portfolio: Acquired Poison Immunity, Mysterious Past, Hypocrite, Man in White, insisting that he be called 'Ish', pretending to have injured feet, strokes his beard, Utopia Justifies the Means
  • Domains: Peer Pressure, Secrets, Castaways
  • Allies: Amon, Zeref, Yaldabaoth, Marge Simpson, Light Yagami
  • Enemies: COUNT OLAF, the GUAM, Oryx, Parasect, Lesale Deathbringer, Class 3-E, Koro-Sensei, Brand, Natsu Dragneel, Ragnaros the Firelord, Deathwing, Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin's Dad, Phineas and Ferb, the Kids Next Door, Grandma Stuffum, Gaara, Tenzin, George and Harold
  • Complicated Relation: The Baudelaire Orphans, Lemony Snicket, the rest of V.F.D., magic users, poison users, fire users
  • In a treacherous world filled with nothing but a series of unfortunate events, there is an island where it is said that everything washes up on its shores. Now the temple of the Baudelaire Orphans, the island was once controlled by a man who claimed to have injured feet that required medicinal clay to be piled atop them. The man claimed to lead a simple life, keeping those who lived on the island safe from the treacherous events of the world. But this man had many dark secrets. Secrets that he would keep at any cost. When confronted by the Baudelaire Orphans, who threatened the exposure of these secrets, the man proved to have more than clay on his feet, he had Feet of Clay, and abandoned the island along with those who could've learned his secrets. The name of this man: Ishmael, though he prefers to be called 'Ish'.
  • After the ascensions of the Baudelaires, Count Olaf, and Lemony Snicket, it was thought that V.F.D. had no more members or acquaintances that could ascend. As usual however, the unfathomable organization had yet another candidate: Ishmael, who was found washed up on the shores of the House of Nature. The Baudelaires and Count Olaf quickly recognized him, and the resulting confrontation came to the attention of the Court of Gods, who had received a file containing Ishmael's public deeds. After some deliberation and review of his life, Ishmael ascended.
  • Having lost access to the Island, it was at first thought that Ishmael would have to go without a temple, but after sneaking some Coconut Cordial to the right people, he was able to have a replica of the island created for his own purposes.
  • He is not well-liked among his fellow ASOUE gods. To wit:
    • The Baudelaires, being the ones whose interactions gave Ishmael his title, find him to be dangerous. While they at first thought that he was more of a morally grey individual, his devotion to protecting his secrets and endangering the entire world to the Medusoid Mycelium, not to mention him driving their parents off of the island via fear-mongering tactics, have made them extremely wary of Ishmael. They've been warning all of their allies, and even the people they try to avoid, about Ishmael and his tactics.
    • Count Olaf was enraged to see Ishmael again, and the feeling is mutual. Both men despise each other, with Ishmael believing that Olaf burned his house down (Which the Count has denied), while Olaf wants revenge for being killed by Ishmael's hands. It's also worth noting that Olaf is the only one to call Ishmael "Ish". Much to Olaf's rage, Ishmael is immune to the Medusoid Mycelium due to his constant consumption of horseradish, forcing the Count to come up with other methods of disabling Ishmael, as the Pantheon's nature makes it impossible for Olaf to kill Ishmael as well as vice-versa...a rule that Olaf himself exploited in order to ascend in the first place.
    • Ishmael considers the Snickets to be just as troublesome as the Baudelaires, and has been seeking out Lemony in order to deal with him. However, despite writing about him, it is unknown as to what Lemony Snicket's opinion on Ishmael truly is, though given that Ishmael played a role in Kit's death, it can't be good.
  • Became aware of a new interpretation of his world, fearing what it might reveal about his secrets...mainly that he was a founder of the modern-day group of V.F.D. that included the Baudelaires' Parents. Much to his surprise however, this revelation, as well as that version of him being a genuine Noble Demon, earned him a bit more respect.
  • While at first pleased that the Trope Pantheon wasn't the treacherous World Gone Mad that he'd lived in, further research into the backstories of the gods who have ascended and the events that have occurred so far in the Pantheon soured Ishmael's opinion on the place. He now views the Pantheon to be just as dangerous as his home universe, if not more so. He has thus tried to invite deities over to his temple, trying to convince them to isolate themselves there and lead a simple life. Unfortunately, the Baudelaires, Olaf, and Snicket have already warned everyone about Ishmael, rendering his attempts futile.
  • Due to contributing to the treachery of the Pantheon in in his eyes, Ishmael fears those the Pantheon with superpowers, believing that they are increasing the complexity of the world, which was bad enough without superpowers anyways.
    • Because of this fear, Ishmael met Amon, who had led a crusade to eliminate Bending in his world. While Ishmael was briefly hesitant due to Amon being a bender himself, further discussion about Ishmael's own secrets eventually convinced the old man to offer an alliance of interest to the Equalist. Amon took the offer, and has given Ishmael an Equalist Glove for him to use in the future.
  • While Ishmael claimed to be a peaceful facilitator, to Count Olaf's mockery, in reality, Ishmael is nothing of the sort, due to his willingness to shoot Olaf in the stomach, and driving people opposed to his rule off the island with peer-pressure and fearmongering. This got him into trouble with genuine pacifists in the Pantheon.
    • One of them, Lacus Clyne, briefly reminded him of the Duchess of Winnipeg, though Lacus wants nothing to do with Ishmael.
    • Another one, Tenzin, Ishmael engaged in hot debate with, as the facilitator criticized the actions of the new Air Nation, where instead of isolating themselves like the original Air Nomads, they immersed themselves in the world. Tenzin was furious, especially considering everything that they'd gone through to get to that point. The airbender then repeated words not unlike the last few the Baudelaires had said to Ishmael, that they were fighting to survive in the world, as opposed to hiding. Ishmael growled, questioning what Tenzin knew about surviving, storming away before the debate turned to physical violence.
    • Vash criticized Ishmael's marksmanship, given how Ishmael's attack on Olaf resulted in the Medusoid Mycelium spreading onto the island. Ishmael did not bother with a conversation beyond that.
  • On the island, Ishmael claimed that he was a magic user, having the ability to detect storms. It didn't take long however, before it was revealed that Ishmael actually used a long-range periscope to predict if and when storms would come. This lie ended up earning him the ire of the Pantheon's magic users.
    • Ishmael's little fib also earned him hatred from the GUAM, whose members despise Ishmael's hypocrisy concerning technology and research. Ishmael's status as a rogue V.F.D. member of course, helped make capturing the former facilitator a priority.
  • Knowing that a weak old man like himself would need allies, Ishmael tried joining one of the Pantheon's alliances. Due to his methods of attempting to run a simple society, the only alliance willing to take him in was the GUAL. It's a rather tenuous alliance however, due to Ishmael being rather shady. For now, its members are willing to keep Ishmael on due to his skills with making opiates and utilization of peer pressure on the masses.
    • Funnily enough, during the organization's reform, Ishmael had a brief encounter with the Reformers, who immediately dismissed him back to his temple...which took a very long time to actually get built. He has no plans to act against the new management's more moderate policies however.
  • Due to his experiences with fire, along his paranoia concerning the Medusoid Mycelium, Ishmael keeps a watchful eye out for those deities who utilize pyrokinesis and poison.
    • One creature that stood out to Ishmael was Parasect, due to it's status as a Festering Fungus, not unlike the Medusoid Mycelium. He has since been trying to come up with ways to kill the Pokemon, or at least quarantine it somewhere. This is one of the few goals of Ishmael that is actually being supported, due to how the organism threatens Plant and insect life.
    • Met up with Brand, and was disgusted by his powers and mindset. The disgust soon turned to hate however, once Ishmael learned that Brand had allied with Olaf. He has since sworn to find a way to neutralize the pyromaniac. He's also against Ragnaros and Deathwing for their own destructive abilities, especially since even Count Olaf fears them.
    • Had an encounter with Lesale Deathbringer and was horrified on two levels. First, Lesale's poison abilities are not unlike the degeneration brought about by the Medusoid Mycelium, and secondly, Lesale being a snake reminded Ishmael of the Incredibly Deadly Viper, who has given Ishmael trouble in the past and may have saved the islanders that Ishmael refused to cure due to fear of his secrets being let out.
    • Ishmael once tried to discredit Natsu Dragneel due to his reckless use of fire and Natsu being E.N.D.. This also extended to the rest of the Fairy Tail guild, as Ishmael actually supported Zeref's plans with Lumen Histoire. He actually managed to create quite the stir this time around...but unfortunately for Ishmael, the complete outcome of the war with Alvarez managed to give the mage guild enough supporters to end the facilitator's smear campaign.
  • Once met up with Oryx, due to the former Krill's curiosity being an example of why Ishmael wants others to live a simple life. The meeting did not go well, as Oryx's Social Darwinist tendencies horrified Ishmael. Oryx scoffed at this, pointing out how Ishmael's world was not so different from his own, and that Ishmael's life was anything but simple. Ishmael would've had a retort...but a harpoon gun doesn't quite measure up to a BFS, and so, he let himself out.
  • He once lived in the city, working as a chemistry teacher. Even back then, he was wary of students who had the same gleam in their eyes as the Baudelaires, as while they turned in the most interesting assignments, they also gave him the most trouble. In the Pantheon, one group of students that trouble Ishmael as a result have been Class 3-E. Ishmael is greatly disturbed by the Assassination Classroom, viewing its students as the kind of people who would 'rock the boat' the most. Of these students, the one that gets on Ishmael's nerves the most is Karma, who is pretty much the most extreme case of such a person. The feeling is mutual, as Ishmael's actions disgust and bore Karma. Not long after meeting Ishmael, Karma suggested that Okuda create a drink that could alleviate the effects of Ishmael's Coconut Cordial. She quickly whipped one up, and presented the recipe to the Baudelaires, who wasted no time in spreading the drink around the Pantheon in order to curb Ishmael's plans. This has not pleased Ishmael in the slightest, with the Irony of Okuda's specialty being Chemistry not being lost on the former facilitator.
    • The incident soon came to Koro-Sensei's knowledge. He then proceeded to tidy up Ishmael's arboretum, groom the wild sheep, and pick all of the apples from the arboretum's tree. Ishmael was helpless against Koro-Sensei's speed, but when Koro-Sensei tried to explain to Ishmael about how his methods were more detrimental than beneficial, Ishmael refused to listen. Not only that, but Ishmael retorted with how treacherous and awful Koro-Sensei's life as a human was. Had Koro decided to take a more peaceful life, instead of being an assassin, Aguri might still be alive, and without a prime test subject, Yanigasawa's research on Anti-Matter may have ultimately collapsed before it could've hurt others. While it wasn't enough to make Koro-Sensei turn black, it was still enough for him to leave Ishmael in silence.
  • Due to the trouble the Baudelaire orphans caused him, Ishmael is not a fan of children who have a tendency to 'rock the boat' as a whole. Phineas and Ferb in particular, give Ishmael a great deal of grief, as their creativity, fun, and independence embody exactly the kind of activity damaging to Ishmael's goals. In an attempt to curb their activities, Ishmael researched their world, and learned of a dream Candace Flynn had where her attempt to bust her brothers had resulted in the boys being stuck in a facility that effectively turned them into zombies. While a bit brutal by Ishmael's standards, Karma and Okuda's countering of Ishmael's opiates have made Ishmael consider bringing in such tactics so as to deal with the boys and other children who share their views. If that doesn't succeed, Ishmael will go for plan B: obtain Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Dull-and-Boringinator.
    • Calvin is yet another child who poses a threat to Ishmael's goals. His sheer imagination and creativity are the complete opposite of the simple society Ishmael tried to create. Not to mention how Calvin and Hobbes don't just 'rock the boat', they sink it, raise it, and capsize it again. Calvin views Ishmael as a boring old man, while Hobbes considers Ishmael's simple society as easy prey for tigers...not to mention it being impractical, seeing how most of the islanders kept secrets of their own from Ishmael. Ishmael has tried to get Calvin's dad to rein the boy in, only for the man to kick Ishmael out of his house, and order him to never go near his son.
    • Ishmael is not a fan of the Kids Next Door, viewing their fight against adulthood as foolish, and yet more 'rocking the boat'. Sector V view Ishmael's island society as bland, and Ishmael himself to be no better than the villains that they've fought before.
      • Surprisingly enough, Ishmael became enemies with one of their ascended enemies: Grandma Stuffum. This has to do with how she thinks that Ishmael's enforcement of the consumption of bland food is unhealthy, and how Ishmael was a Hypocrite for secretly eating gourmet food.
    • George and Harold heard of Ishmael's attempt at a Utopian society, and found it to be unsettling, not to mention they were disgusted by Ishmael's hypocrisy. They've started planning pranks on Ishmael as a result, which annoys the former facilitator.
  • Being an orphan himself, Ishmael tried to talk with Gaara, hoping to have the Kazekage as an ally, especially concerning how Gaara had effectively been kicked out of society not unlike how many orphans in Ishmael's world suffer. Gaara however, was disgusted, pointing out how Ishmael abandoning people who didn't line up with his views on a coastal shelf to drown was no different from what Gaara's father had done. Not only that, but Gaara considers Ishmael the kind of person who would lead a fear-mongering campaign against jinchuuriki. With that, he ordered Ishmael to leave. The old man agreed, a bit too easily, to Gaara's worry...
  • Realizing that he was attracting more and more enemies, Ishmael became desperate for allies. He tried establishing deeper connections in the GUAL, but was only able to obtain support from:
    • Light Yagami, which is only because Light wants the records of the castaways on the island to help him pinpoint members of V.F.D. who could oppose his plans. Beyond that, Light views Ishmael as pathetic and no threat to his agenda. Whether or not Ishmael truly supports Light Yagami is unknown.
    • Yaldabaoth, due to the tendencies of man to 'Rock the Boat'. Ishmael has requested that their dealings remain secret, to which the Demiurge has agreed to, with the exception of YHVH. Having no other choice, Ishmael accepted the terms, but may still be planning something...
  • In his continued quest to obtain allies, Ishmael met with Marge Simpson, and managed to convince her to ally with him, if only because Marge's tendencies as a Moral Guardian remind Ishmael of Miranda Caliban. He's convinced her to keep this alliance secret until the time is right.
  • Don't rock the boat

    Assassination Classroom 
Class 3-E, Divine Dustbin School of the Pantheon (Members: Nagisa Shiota, Kaede Kayano, Karma Akabane, Tomohito Sugino, Manami Okuda, Hiroto Maehara, Sousuke Sugaya, Yukiko Kanzaki, Meg Kataoka, Touka Yada, Hinano Kurahashi, Rinka Hayami, Ryuunosuke Chiba, Hinata Okano, Yuuma Isogai, Ryouma Terasaka, Takuya Muramatsu, Taisei Yoshida, Kirara Hazama, Koutarou Takebayashi, Sumire Hara, Rio Nakamura, Kouki Mimura, Taiga Okajima, Justice "Masayoshi" Kimura, Yuzuki Fuwa, Autonomous Intelligence Fixed Artillery (Jiritsu Shikou Kotei Houdai) / Ritsu, Itona Horibe)

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  • House: School
  • Demigods individually; Ritsu is a Lesser god; Kaede and Itona are Intermediate gods when they are in their tentacled forms.
  • Symbol: An anti-Koro-Sensei knife
  • Alignment: Most are Chaotic Good; Nagisa, Ritsu, and Takebayashi are Lawful Good.
  • Portfolio:
  • Domains: School, Rejects, Defiance, Assassination, Loss
  • Followers: Hufflepuff House
  • Allies:
  • Enemies:
  • Opposes: Relena Darlian, The Human Child (Karma), the GUAC
  • Pities: Evil AIs (Ritsu)
  • Kunugigaioka Junior High is a rather prestigious school, one built on high academic achievement. The best students attend Class A, while poorer performing students attend Classes B-E, with the bottom 5% attending the latter. The students in Class 3-E are treated with contempt, and are not allowed to attend the main campus, instead being sequestered in an old wooden cram school. This system went on for some time, until one of these classes was taught by Koro-Sensei. The students in this class were assigned to kill the strange organism before he blew up the Earth in March of the next year. Throughout the year, the students grew and changed, improving in their studies and defying the system set up by Principal Asano. The students earned respect in their school, and as a result of their tribulations, the system within it was dismantled after the media got wind of the whole incident. Their time at school ended during one final attempt on Koro-Sensei's life by the government, which ended with one final attendance report as Nagisa Shiota tearfully dealt the final blow to Koro-Sensei. The students graduated the next day, ready to take their experiences onward in life.
  • The class ascended upon learning that Koro-Sensei was in the Pantheon, they greeted him warmly, thankful he was alive somewhere, and continue learning from him. He too was happy to meet with them once again, and congratulated them on their achievements.
  • While the Pantheon is far more bizarre than their home world, they got used to it pretty quickly. Having Koro-Sensei as a teacher or an acquantice tends to help people adapt to strange situations.
  • Social Darwinists or ones who follow similar ideals of the rule of the strong remind them strongly of Principal Asano, who, although his methods worked fairly effectively, still didn't make life easy or good for them. They are keeping their eyes peeled should these people in the Pantheon attempt an attack on them, considering how Class 3-E effectively created a counterpoint to such views.
    • Because of this, they are opposed to the GUAC, whose emphasis on 'Might Makes Right' and the destruction of society manages to be both a corruptionnote  and an antithesisnote  to what Koro-Sensei was teaching them.
  • Light Yagami is somewhat of an Evil Counterpart to the class, as they learn the art of killing while keeping up with school for good, whereas he only kept up education as a front for actually being Kira, and passing judgement upon those believed to have committed crimes. They've made plans to deal with him should they ever come to blows.
  • Ezio Auditore helps to train Class 3-E to become better, and relates to them because they both practice the art of assassination in the name of Good.
  • Lobo disgusts them, because they can't even imagine killing purely for fun. Even Karma, who openly takes pleasure in combat, hates the idea of taking life unnecessarily.
  • Neville is glad to have found others who were treated as the worst, but rose from the bottom of the class to become heroes.
  • Dumbledore approves of Class 3-E, and they in turn, think he's a much better Headmaster than Asano. He regrets that they can't be trained in wizardry due to coming from another universe, though even if they could learn magic, the students would turn down such an offer, preferring to hone their innate abilities rather than utilize a foreign one.
    • Mind, there IS a universe where they WERE studying magic, but suffered from glitches that resulted them being placed in Class 3-E. While this hasn't changed their polite refusal to learn magic itself, it has resulted in some members researching methods to fight or counter magic users should the need ever arise. Roy Greenhilt's Spellsprinter Maneuver is one such technique, as the more knife-adept wielders (Sugino, Kataoka, and Isogai for instance), have been trying to adapt it to their preferred weapon.
  • As a group of assassins, they got on well with Night Raid, though unlike Class 3-E, Night Raid actually works to kill. But considering that the world that Night Raid lives in is not too different from the areas that Irina (AKA, Bitch Sensei) and Koro-Sensei as the Reaper grew up in, they can understand why the assassin guild does so.
    • As such, Class 3-E is no fan of Esdeath, though her treatment of her subordinates is actually better than Asano's, to their bewilderment. However, she's still a sadistic monster who, unlike Asano, has been cruel and evil from birth, and actually wonders how Class 3-E would challenge her given their lack of powers and helplessness during Koro-Sensei's final battle in the mortal realm. The fact that she's part of the GUAC also increases the risk of the organization deciding to attack them. Luckily, Koro has sworn to protect them from Esdeath and her allies should they ever come to blows.
  • The Mythbusters', eh, interesting methods of learning are incredibly fascinating to many Class 3-E students, especially Okuda, due to her proficiency in Chemistry, and as such, she has been taken on as an intern.
  • Are a bit unnerved by Haru Ichninose due to her Mind Control ability being used to protect from assassins. Regardless, they've assured her that their only targets are Koro-Sensei due to that being part of their curriculum, and anyone who wrongs the class in some way.
  • After comparisons were made, Class 3-E became acquainted with the ascended cast of Danganronpa due to the structure of their education. Their interactions vary from student to student, but on the whole, they are allies with them.
    • Though all of them despise Junko Enoshima for perverting the concept of their Assassination Classroom. Koro-Sensei has advised Class 3-E to merely keep on the defensive, pointing out that that would be the best strategy against someone like Junko. His advice proved sound when Junko confronted them, and the conflict ended with Karma shoving Wasabi and Mustard up Junko's nostrils, before Nakamura photographed the scene and spread it around the Pantheon.
  • Upon seeing Red Skull, they thought for a moment that the second Reaper, Koro-Sensei's former disciple, was in the Pantheon. They soon found out that that wasn't the case, because while the two may look similar, their motivations and personalities are completely different.
  • Due to Nagisa becoming a teacher, Eikichi and him have become good friends, trading stories about their awful classrooms, and both agree on an absolute disgust for Agatha Trunchbull, for her cruel and awful teaching.
    • He also gets along well with Suzaku Kururugi, due to both of them being incredibly capable fighters who both took risks in who they sided with and had to kill a close ally.
  • Karma is studying under Bruce Lee, partially to become stronger and partially to achieve his defeat, for the sake of having beaten one of the strongest warriors in the Pantheon.
    • He and Lelouch enjoy thinking circles around their opponents, and have similar ideals and values. Some of their enemies are nervous about this alliance, as Karma brings direct physical combat skills to the table Lelouch doesn't possess while being almost as intelligent on top of that. There's also the fact that Karma grew up into a government official, which could easily prove beneficial for both men.
    • Karma finds Relena's pacifism stupid and annoying, and although he's always stopped short of doing real harm, he's gone to... worrying lengths to get her to see that violence is a necessary part of doing good.
      • In addition, Karma is on the fence about the Human Child, since their determination in combination with their pacifism enabled them to free monsters from the underground, among other feats. Though what truly worries Karma is Chara, whom he views as being far more terrifying than Nagisa's latent bloodlust. Karma is tempted to force Chara to manifest so that he can destroy the Fallen Child, except Frisk has plenty of determination to ensure that the situation does not escalate to that point...plus, there's the matter of Sans getting involved should Karma ever attempt something like that. For now, Karma is content to simply watch the Human Child from a distance, but is keeping on his toes.
    • As a prankster, Karma has been meeting up with many of the other troublemakers in the Pantheon. While some had to suffer the wrath of Karma's wasabi torture (Such as Cartman, whose attempts at revenge on Karma have failed spectacularly), others found Karma to be either a Worthy Opponent, or an ally from conflict.
  • Itona sympathizes with Octodad, and helps him to control his tentacles and blend in better. Kaede also feels sorry for him, but isn't very active about it, recognizing that almost everyone accepts him as he is, and is slightly bitter about it.
    • On the other hand, Kaede tries to help out Desco, because of their similarities.
  • Both Kaede and Itona dislike Cthulhu for being an evil and destructive tentacled humanoid. The class has considered targeting the Great Old One, but the price for failure would be too great.
  • Ritsu is good friends with The Machine and Bastion, as all are AIs who are capable of caring and goodness. She can't make herself hate the evil machines, seeing them as merely not having achieved true understanding yet, even AM.
    • Though, of the evil A.I.s, she's a tad curious about XANA, due to how little is known about his motives. One individual posited that XANA believes that Humanity Is Insane and went evil after seeing Franz Hopper's sanity deteriorate. She's tried establishing contact with XANA to confirm or deny this, but the A.I. has refused to respond.
    • Ritsu's eventual release into the internet and becoming a completely sentient being has also resulted in encounters with Lain Iwakura, another extremely powerful feminine Artificial Intelligence who lives within the internet. Ritsu has tried to get Lain to come out of her shell and interact with the Pantheon more, to the Goddess of the Wired's resistance. At the very least, Ritsu has succeeded in getting a chuckle out of Lain by wearing one of her bear footie pajamas.
  • As someone who breaks the fourth wall and knows she's in a fictional work, Fuwa gets along with Deadpool pretty well. The reactions of her classmates when the Merc with a Mouth pops up range from bemusement to utterly shocked astonishment.
    • Since she's a big fan of detective stories, Fuwa looks up to Sherlock Holmes. He's found an interesting companion in his cases to say the least.
  • Having once been called the 'Naruto' kid due to his poor grades, Terasaka eventually met the Seventh Hokage in person. Naruto had a bit of a chuckle over that, to Terasaka's annoyance, though Naruto was sincere in seeing how Terasaka improved himself, not unlike Naruto. They've been firm friends ever since.
    • Murasata also got along with Naruto, seeing how his specialty; Ramen, easily attracts the Hokage's eyes.
  • Murasata and Hara found themselves getting along with the ascended members of Tootsuki Academy. Yukihara in particular for Muramatsu due to the former's experimentation with food, which Murasata was not able to do due to his father's handling of their ramen shop. Both were wary of Erina at first thanks to the similarities between the elites of Tootsukui and Kunugigaoka, but after her history with her father came up, along with a change in attitude towards Souma, the two warmed up to her a tad. Especially since Erina's father is somehow MORE abusive than Asano Sr.!
  • Okajima was immediately attracted to the House of Lust, though he was advised by Koro-Sensei to keep his distance from several of the deities there, given how they could overwhelm him. Okajima was able to become allies with Jiraiya, due to both sharing perverted qualities, and Jiraiya being rather friendly.
  • Kanzaki was discovered to be an excellent gamer, and made some waves in the House of Gaming as a result. It's turned out to be helpful in real-life as well, as it helped out her marksmanship immensely.
  • Sugino was delighted to meet Babe Ruth, considering his own passion for baseball.
  • Takebayashi's first solo appearance in the Pantheon was to complement virtual female A.I.snote . This was...not the best of first impressions, though [[Robosexual Kosmo and Nova]] became allies with him, as did Jeremie Belpois and Aelita Schaffer. He has also struck up casual conversation with Cortana as well.
    • On a more serious note, Takebayashi is also Class 3-E's explosives expert, and immediately became enemies with Deidara for his artistic obsession with bombs. He also is no fan of Michael Bay, because while Bay is a Nice Guy...he has no understanding of how explosives are NOT something to ever be messed with...and on that note, this distaste expands to anyone who views explosions with fascination rather than precision.
  • Due to still maintaining a low income even with godhood, Isogai has had to continue working part-time jobs to make ends meet. Due to his first name, he has been confused for both Kyoko Sakura's apprentice, and the duelist Yuma Tsukumo. The resulting confusion caused by this during one of his shifts nearly destroyed the cafe he was working at...and yet he somehow managed to get the situation under control, to the surprise of everyone.note .
    • Also, as Class 3-E's class representative alongside Kataoka, Isogai tends to be his class's spokesperson whenever contact is required of the class as a whole.
  • Hazama, as a noted fan of dark literature, quickly searched the Pantheon to see if some of the characters and author were present. She was quite pleased to meet Edmond Dantes, having been fascinated by his tale and even recommended it to Itona...while informing him to skip the part where the Count began to regret his actions. Dantes didn't know whether to be horrified or laugh when he heard of the story, but he did inform Hazama about why he chose to pull back on his original vengeance.

    Serial Experiments Lain 
Lain Iwakura, Ruler of the Internet (Lady of the Wired)
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  • Rank: Overdeity
  • Symbol: The Navi OS logon screen
  • Theme Song: Duvet
  • Alignment: True Neutral
  • Portfolio: Creepy Child, Cyberpunk, Not knowing what she is/was, The Internet, Mind Screw, Reality Warper,Obtuse Metaphors, Present Day, Split Personalities, Deletion of Existence
  • Domains: Computers, Dreams, Knowledge, Mysticism, Introverts
  • Followers: Yui Kasuga (Corrector Yui; also follows Sakura of the Magic Wand seat), Hana Gitelman (Heroes), The Virtual Adepts (Mage: The Ascension) and a small sect of the Free Council (Mage: The Awakening )
  • Allies: Lan Hikari and MegaMan.exe, The Lyoko Warriors, Naoki Kashima, Shinji Ikari, Wikipe-tan and Trope-tan (As their mother), Quackity
  • Enemies: Arfoire, Millenniumon and Diaboromon, The Seer, Agent Smith, Dr. Weil, SKYNET, YHVH, Zamasu, The Anti-Monitor, Big Brother
  • Scares: XANA, several Robotic deities
  • Mostly Indifferent to: The GUAM
  • Professional Relationship with: The House of Faith
  • Keeping an eye on: Homura Akemi, Madoka Kaname
  • In the Present Day, a series of experiments with technological concepts resulted in the crafting of The Wired, an addictive and strange counterpart to the modern-day Cyberspace. This all went unnoticed to one Lain Iwakura, a quiet and demure girl who seemed to live an ordinary, if rather isolated life. But one day, when a classmate of hers known as Chisa Yomoda committed suicide, Lain was the only one to reply to a strange text message about her abandoning of her body. What followed was a rather strange experience, very difficult to put into few words, but it all ended with Lain becoming the 'Goddess of the Wired', and resetting her world to a more...normal place.
  • Given her nebulous existence, it's hard to say when Lain ascended exactly...but the occasional appearance of a 14-year old girl in everyone's computers quickly drew attention to her. Given how the Pantheon is situated in the internet, its likely that Lain has been here from the start.
  • Despite her position, Lain is still very much the same introvert as she was before. Not out of shyness, she's more self-confident than you might think, but because she allows her world to run on its own (And isn't much of a people person anyways). She's kept this policy since arriving into the Pantheon, and stays out of the various wars and conflicts. One hopes that the day never, EVER comes when she decides to become active and potentially reset the Pantheon entirely.
  • A bit miffed over how much more ubiquitous and widespread the internet has become since 1998. She's not overly annoyed or disgusted...but she does feel that computers have lost their sense of mystery and wants an interface that's more unusual instead of the polished modern-day touchscreens.
  • Has had the occasional encounter with Lan Hikari and MegaMan.exe, and has given them thanks over how they've helped saved the network from total destruction, and sees some similarities in their fusion with each other and her own Split-Personality Merge. They all have an amiable relationship.
    • Like everyone else, she's disgusted by Dr. Weil, finding him to be FAR worse than Masami Eri ever was. Eri was ultimately just a disgruntled computer programmer whose ambitions were meant to bring in The Singularity, while Weil just wants to destroy and rule like a despot.
  • Gained allies with the Lyoko Warriors after it was learned that their world was heavily inspired by her's, especially when their original pilot was slated for development. She feels a bit of kinship with Aelita as a result, given how the pinkette also once struggled with her own humanity, to the point where she tried to kill herself. Aelita in turn, feels the same kinship, and has found some amusement talking with Lain over her computer much as Jeremie used to converse with her.
    • XANA, for his part, is scared out of his bytes with Lain, and has sworn to never do anything to cross her. It's why he's been trying to convince the GUAM to not piss her off, Lain's version of the RTTP resets both the real and virtual worlds, and XANA has zero desire to get deleted or rebooted.
  • Speaking of the GUAM, Lain has no intention to support or oppose them. Their desire for machine supremacy is, in her eyes, a rather short-sighted desire no better than Masami Eri's megalomania. She does understand the points of their more sympathetic members however, and encourages them to stop plans that conflict with their own morality.
    • That being said, the presence of a universe where Lain planned to create robotic duplicates of her friends and family has put the robotic deities on edge...mainly because that version of Lain gave up on the physical world and destroyed the only robot she'd actually gotten around to building.
  • Utterly disgusted by sentient programs who desire to destroy everything, even the network that gives them life in the first place. Millenniumon and Diaboromon, Agent Smith, and The Seer are at the top of her list of programs that she's tempted to actually delete or help defeat because of their intentions. By extension, she is against the GUAD and has sent discrete communications out to those deities who oppose them the most.
  • Given her experiences with madness, Lain has expressed sympathy to those deities who have had long and drawn-out experiences with the sensation. Therapists and psychologists are encouraged not to go near her however, as in another universe (Or prequel, as some have suggested, it isn't really clear), Lain managed to drive her psychiatrist, Yonera Touko to insanity and then killed her. Granted, that was a different Lain, but the point still stands.
  • Has had quite a few discussions with Naoki Kashima on the nature of human society. Being that he's one of the few people who doesn't bug her for connections to the best the 'Tubes have to offer (at least...not as much as most), she tends to hang out with him a goodly amount of the time.
  • Arfoire considers Lain to be an annoying adversary in the Pantheon, desiring the power Lain possesses and the fact that Lain has helped derail some of Arfoire's schemes. Lain sees Arfoire to be no different from her own voyeuristic side from way back when, and does not intend to let Arfoire obtain more power due to her Omnicidal Maniac tendencies.
  • Despite claims that her series copied a certain other show involving machines and insanity, Lain's conception had never once drawn influence from that world. That being said, she's quite sympathetic to the Eva Pilots, particularly Shinji, whose mental issues are rather close to hers...though Lain has long since managed to get over them for the most part (Unless something unleashes her video game persona from who-knows-where), while Shinji still has at least one more movie of suffering left to go.
  • Her method of resetting the world was noted to be VERY similar to the ones done by Madoka and Homura. Lain has long known about said similarities, and knows fully well of what happened during the... influenced event. All of it. She's keeping an eye on them both to see how things ultimately play out in the end.
  • Given how she's had to deal with the responsibilities of essentially being god in her world, she's had more than one discussion with other such beings in the Pantheon. For the most part, it's a relatively professional relationship.
    • Of course, Lain has nothing nice to say about YHVH or Zamasu. The former abuses his power like it's going out of style, and Lain was quite pleased to learn of him being locked up after the Pantheon had had enough of his madness. As for the latter, he completely missed the point of what it was like to take on a mortal form, not to mention his hatred of mortals being astoundingly horrific.
  • She might not look the part, but as the Goddess of the Internet, Lain is technically the mother to Wikipe-tan and Trope-tan, along with their non-ascended counterparts (i.e. the other 'tan's that represent the websites of the internet). She mainly lets them do as they please, as they manage relatively well enough on their own. As for their personal enemies...
    • Lain really doesn't see Big Brother as much of a threat. Oh sure, the concept is horrific, but reality came a knocking and revealed that the party isn't exactly effective. That being said, she still finds him abhorrent.
    • Arfoire has already been discussed, but SKYNET did make it onto her enemies list as well, being disgusted by how Lain learned about humanity's own emotions before returning to the Wired. Lain, in turn, is disgusted by SKYNET's desire for total destruction, no matter the cost.
    • As for the Anti-Monitor, Lain's more esoteric storytelling had him befuddled for a brief while...but it doesn't change his plans to destroy her as well. Much like the GUAD's A.I.s, Lain is honestly tempted to personally deal with the Anti-Monitor if he should ever get out of hand.
  • Much to Lain's consternation, the loss of more unusual computer designs in the modern internet age is small potatoes compared to a larger threat: mass censorship. As such, she's preparing to make allies with Quackity in case their threat arrives to the Pantheon.
  • Everything is Connected

Masami Eiri, Lord of The Alternet (God (Actually Stand-In God) of the Wired)

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Banned From: The House of Gaming and the House of Faith
  • Even before The Internet became widespread, the idea of networking was not new as technology continued to advance, and in some worlds, an alternative slowly developed that served the same function as the internet, but under a different name. For one man, after the Roswell Incident, the experiments of Vannevar Bush and John C. Lily, and Ted Nelson's proposal of the 'Xanadu' hypertext database led to the creation of the Wired, another man appeared to carve his own name into history, proposing to incorporate the Schumann Resonance into the Wired in order to create a wireless neural network for all of humanity. This man was Masami Eiri, and upon learning of this, Tachibana Labs fired him...but it was too late. Eiri had encoded the Schumann Resonance into Protocol 7, and committed suicide in order to become a God in the Wired to progress his plans. He intended to accomplish this scheme through Lain Iwakura, the personification of the Wired...which ultimately failed when Lain was defiant enough to squash Eiri with her computer monitors, and cemented when Lain rewrote the world, turning Eiri into a regular disgruntled computer programmer.
  • In a perfect world, that would be the end of it, but unfortunately, several deities using the Pantheon's internet service were shocked when a strange man with long bushy hair, no shoes, tape all over his stomach, and red markings on his face, suddenly appeared behind them, only to disappear after leaving a few cryptic words at a time. Eventually, a message emerged, declaring the existence of a God within the Wired. This was then countered with a message from Lain Iwakura, who stated that this was no more than an acting god...but that yes, Masami Eiri had somehow ascended into the Pantheon.
  • It's not known why Eiri was able to ascend as his 'God' self despite his demoting, but cryptic messages Eiri has left behind have stated that since most people prefer to remember him as the Big Bad of Serial Experiments Lain, then that means that he will continue to persist in the Pantheon as such.
    • Thankfully, the opposite is also true, and there have been occasions where Eiri's normal self has been spotted with a brief case and suit, complaining about his employers.
  • Petitions were made in an attempt to ban Eiri from the House of Technology, but thanks to his new title and the influence it carries, none of them passed. As such, Eiri has been free to use the House to carry out his new plan...whatever it may involve. On the bright side however, he does seem to take the bans for other deities seriously, and is willing to defend the House of Technology from intruders (that aren't working for him of course).
  • As a digitized human entity, Eiri was content in finding others who had abandoned the flesh for Cyberspace. Unfortunately, he made more enemies than allies. Ludvig Maxis in particular, who was disgusted at how Eiri merely saw Lain as a tool to essentially merge the human consciousness, and forced Eiri away, despite Eiri's attempts to broker alliance.
    • Later, Eiri met Silico, who was much more receptive to Eiri's goals, finding the idea of all of humanity becoming one in the Wired salubrious. Surprisingly, Eiri isn't as dismissive of Silico's backstory as one might think, likely due to his own motivations boiling to down to 'Disgruntled computer programmer decides to become God'. That being said, the two do butt heads on occasion, due to Eiri viewing machines as simply machines, while Silico finds kinship with them.
    • Kevin Flynn is outright disgusted by Eiri's ambitions, while Eiri is disappointed that Flynn was overwhelmed by CLU and failed to fulfill his duty as God within The Grid.
  • Due to his development of the Wired, Eiri brokered for alliance with the GUAM, who only accepted due to wanting to have a method to counter Lain should she start becoming active. Other than that, none of the Artificial Intelligences in the GUAM trust Eiri due to his ambitions ultimately favoring humanity (twisted as said benefits are), while the more human-based members are more accommodating, if only because of the data Eiri provides them. Brainiac for one, is supportive of the information Eiri has provided and the fact that in one universe, Eiri's ambitions succeeded, with Eiri himself barely changing, if at all. Brainiac is now hoping that if the GUAM can access this alternate version of Lain, that their eventual take-over of the Pantheon will become assured.
  • Having heard that the Lyoko Warriors and his new not-very-willing-to-be-an-ally XANA's universe was inspired by his own, Eiri became interested in Lyoko's potential, in particular the supercomputer's ability to affect the real world (and how, had it gone another route, could've become a very powerful parallel to the Wired). XANA, due to not trusting Eiri in the slightest, has willingly given Jeremie data to help fortify Lyoko from further probing by Eiri, as well as a warning to keep a closer eye on Aelita, should Eiri try to take advantage of her similarities to Lain.
  • Many were surprised that Agent Smith and Eiri became enemies. Eiri enjoys the idea and potential of the Matrix, seeing Smith as nothing more than an overly persistent virus in need of purging, while Agent Smith despises Eiri's ambitions, which would evolve the network into something that even he might not be able to destroy.
  • Surprisingly enough, he's not a fan of poor working conditions, and due to not wanting to ever suffer them again, he is opposed to the House of Commerce's more villainous/cheaper deities. He is in support of Seto Kaiba however, if only because of the potential Duel Links offers to Eiri's plans, as well as Mom, if only so she can replace one of Eiri's Knights of the Eastern Calculus, who was also a corporate executive who followed Eiri's plan.
  • Due to his claims of being God, Eiri ran afoul of YHVH, who was infuriated at the idea of a mortal claiming to become God. Unfortunately for himnote , Eiri was delighted to see the Great Will, having heard of the Demon Summoning Program as well as YHVH's claim to be man's subconscious desire for order, and desired to perhaps run some tests. YHVH's reaction was to stare, and then slowly fade away. The next day, He of all people politely asked that Eiri be banned from the House of Faith, a decision that was met with no opposition.
    • Said meeting enabled Eiri to become acquainted with Samaritan, who, while not approving of the...stuff that happened once Eiri uploaded Protocol Seven, agrees with the end result, and has begun assisting Eiri with the groundwork to create a Protocol Eight. Eiri, for for his part, was delighted with Samaritan, viewing the ASI as what Lain should've agreed to become.
  • Ran afoul of Monika and her companions after learning about them. The Doki Doki Literature Club stood no chance when Eiri managed to obtain their code, and prepared to modify it so as to prepare a trial run of a new Protocol onto the Pantheon's databases. Thankfully, Lain herself intervened, and managed to steal the code back before Eiri could finish the program. Unfortunately for them, Eiri has not fully shelved this plan, and is instead searching for a way to copy Monika's code for his own purposes.
    • He also met .GI Ffany as well, and essentially attempted the same thing. Much to everyone's horror, Eiri eviscerated the Yandere physically and mentally...and managed to convince her to work with him, with his own philosophy about love sealing the deal.
  • To the horror of the animatronics of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, Eiri also became allies with William Afton, wanting to study the process of the soul interacting with an AI, and has requested Circus Baby so he can run some tests on both her and her father, as well gain some other prospective test subjects.
  • After hearing of Nobuyuki Sugou's research, Eiri immediately struck up alliance, offering Sugou the schematics of Professor Hodgeson's PSI-testing device to bolster their results, as well as the code for Phantoma, a game from The Wired that killed people who were mistaken for enemies in the game. This, in one fell swoop got Eiri into trouble with Kirito and Asuna, who were horrified at the idea of Sugou gaining access to an extremely dangerous boost in his research, the Pantheon's psionics, who have no wish to be subjected to any such experiments, and the House of Gaming, who banned not just Eiri, but ALL games that had any code imported from The Wired.
  • You'd think that other evil researchers would join in with his cause...and to be fair, several have, but not Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who views Eiri's desire to assimilate humanity into the network to be a move that would eliminate evolution and bring in perfection, and thus render scientists obsolete. He's sworn to stop Eiri from doing this, a move that even Sousuke Aizen supported with no strings attached. He has no desire to be controlled by someone like Eiri after all.

    Inuyasha 

Inuyasha, God of Half-Breed Discrimination (Dog Demon, Mutt, Dog Face)

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Kagome Higurashi, Goddess of The Oft-Shipped

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Naraku, God of Causing Numerous Side-tracks (The Unkillable One)

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Trope Pantheon Tales

     Revival of Aku 
A relatively standalone story in Year 2.

Samurai Jack's slaying of Aku in his home world saw the Shogun of Sorrow be seemingly destroyed across time and space, including the Pantheon. Now, the Samurai settles for a more peaceful life, no longer having to undo the future that is Aku. But the GUAE do not plan to let this go, and Melkor assigns a certain half-demon to resurrect an unspeakable evil...

Similar to Mechanical Outbreak, Revival of Aku is a rather short story compared to others, and is not intended to go past three acts at most, with said acts being relatively short on their own.

Revival of Aku contains the following tropes:

  • Back from the Dead: Melkor hopes to do this with Aku.
  • Big Bad: Naraku takes up the role.
  • Cessation of Existence: The fate of Aku and the Shikon Jewel. The main plot of the Tale focuses on the GUAE attempting to reverse the former (As the latter is more of Naraku's personal goal).
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Naraku, when compared to Lucifer. Both are pretty boys with a penchant for manipulating others, but while Lucifer supports humanity and encourages them to follow their own path, extreme as his measures to do so may be, Naraku only cares about himself and looks down at humanity for their faults.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: While Naraku does genuinely want to resurrect Aku, he's also in it hoping to recreate the Shikon Jewel, which was wished away in his home world and did not make the transition to the Pantheon.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Melkor has Naraku lead the mission to resurrect Aku, but doesn't directly interfere. The Man with a Beard but no Hair and the Woman with Hair but No Beard also count, as the plan to revive Aku was derived from a strategy they'd created, but since Seraph Lamington has imprisoned them, they're not in a position to participate in the Tale.
  • Happy Ending Override: Melkor hopes to invoke this on Jack by having Aku return to life.
  • He's Back: Melkor is hoping to invoke this after the events of Year One pushed his alliance into the background.
  • Sequel Episode: It's eventually revealed that the plan to revive Aku was among the strategies that the Man with a Beard but No Hair and the Woman with Hair But No Beard had had Count Olaf deliver to the GUAE during the reformation.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Very, VERY, VERY downplayed, but because Naraku ascended after his ultimate defeat, whereupon he found a small measure of peace and realization about his life's goals,he had no idea of what to do after that minor bit of enlightenment and went dormant. Said minor enlightenment however, was what helped him form an actual friendship with Aku, who was just as cruel and despicable as Naraku was, but was also hitting a slump due to his failures to kill Jack. As such, Naraku's desire to restore Aku to life is 100% genuine on his part. That being said however, Naraku is still a major dick to everyone he meets, manipulating them along the course of the Tale just like he did before and having zero empathy for the suffering he causes to others. Said suffering isn't 100% for the sake of reviving Aku either...it's because Naraku enjoys causing pain and suffering to begin with and now has reason to do so again.
  • Villainous Friendship: Surprisingly enough, Naraku and Aku had this dynamic. Not just because they could bond over doing terrible things to people, but because they recognized certain similarities in their situations at the time, despite having opposite problems (Naraku didn't have to deal with his archenemies since Kagome was trying to get Inuyasha out of the Fallen...but the loss of the Shikon Jewel and the machinations of Year 1 building atop one another sapped much of his motivation, while Aku became severely depressed because he still had to deal with Jack and so didn't care what happened in the Pantheon).

    Virtual Breakout 
A smaller story in Year 2.

The delicate power-balance in the virtual world is suddenly thrown off-balance through a series of strange attacks.

Virtual Outbreak is a smaller story in Year 2, and is likely to only be two-three acts long at most.

Virtual Outbreak contains the following tropes

  • Fatal Flaw: CLU's perfectionism becomes this for him, as he is unwilling to abandon the GUAL for the GUAM (Plus, he's still sore about the MCP derezzing the first CLU), since the organization's focus is not on perfection, but rather machine superiority.
  • Join or Die XANA's forces and Love Machine make this ultimatum to CLU: Either he leaves the GUAL and joins the GUAM, or he loses the Grid to the MCP.
  • Minimalist Cast: In a vast departure from other Tales, the cast of this story is rather small (relatively speaking) and generally restricted to characters who come from universes dealing with virtual worlds.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: The Wurm shares the same weakness as most of XANA's monsters (i.e. its eye), but if said weakness is NOT hit, then hitting the monster will not only cause to regenerate, but multiply.
  • Sanity Slippage: CLU undergoes this while fighting XANA's Wurms, Love Machine, and the Dream Eaters reprogrammed by Silico, despising how they're destroying the system.

    Lines of Chaos 
A story in Year 2

Amidst a wave of new villain threats, the denizens of the Pantheon are starting to get tired of the mission of the GUAC, especially after a peaceful summer celebration is raided by them. At the same time, several dreams have been reported from one Bill Cipher. What is the latest goal of the Lightbringer? What business does he have with Bill? And just what lengths is Chaos willing to go to before it becomes evil?

Lines of Chaos is a medium-length story in Year 2, likely to go up to three to four acts.

Lines of Chaos contains the following tropes

  • Aborted Arc: Lampshaded when Lucifer grumbles under his breath about how Spongebob and Bugs resolved the potential 'Toon Civil War' by simply talking things out after Spongebob's second movie, thus robbing Lucifer of a chance to see Bugs take a hit after the rabbit helped drive him insane during The Pantheonic Rebellion, also depriving him of the opportunity to spite Rika for planning Operation: Devil May Cry.
  • Adult Fear: Your family and friends have managed to create a nice barbecue/celebration and everyone is enjoying themselves...and then a group of psychopaths arrive for the sole purpose of hurting everyone.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: The entire reason why Homura was able to take away Madoka's powers to begin with, which puts the Pantheon's lore more in-line with what happened in Rebellion. Vandal Savage correctly deduces that if removing Madoka's abilities was as easy as Lucifer pulled it off, then it would've been done long before the Upheaval. To successfully take away Madoka's powers would require two elements: A conduit to start the process, and an appropriate vessel that could stand as her complete antithesis, i.e. Homura, and thus be able to take in that power...and thus ensures that even if Madoka regains her powers, then her opposite will continue to persist.
  • Berserk Button: Everyone has these, so let's review them, shall we?
    • Hurting the innocent tends to piss a lot of (sane) people off. Asura in particular, tears into the GUAC furious that they have done so.
    • Hurting Madoka is Homura's, which makes her woefully predictable.
    • Please do not mention how Lucifer was humiliated by LOL Ranger, a group of comedic gods. He takes it better than most, but he's clearly planning to find a way to destroy them when he can take the time. Mentioning Rika Furude is a slightly bigger one for him, as his pride was shattered by what appears to be a little girl who planned it all in the first place for everything he did The Great Upheaval.
  • Big Bad: Bill Cipher, who is seeking to bring Weirdmageddon to the Pantheon. There's also Vandal Savage, who is seeking to expand the GUAC to serve as a way to hide some of his own plans.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Bill's personal plans fall apart and Weirdmageddon is avoided once more, the Gravemind has been pushed back, its own plans in ruins, Sayaka makes amends with several of the gods who understood Homura's actions (Though obviously isn't going to forgive Homura any time soon), and the GUAC's prior model of operation has been deemed impractical...but their new methodology of encouraging all methods of chaos and embracing being a Wild Card group is equally, if not more dangerous. Not only that, but Vandal Savage has succeeded in arranging for the GUAC to serve as a contingency plan in case the GUAE's new model hits a snag, the Godhand and Chaos Gods begin formulating their own operations, Madoka's powers are still sealed, Yhwach has freed Kyubey, and Asura has to start forming a team to free Mithra and the Emotions from the Divine Powers since he no longer has the GUAC's backing. Thankfully, Guts volunteers as his first ally.
  • Black and Grey Morality: The majority members of the GUAC aren't really good guys, but several members have redeeming qualities and their overall goal isn't completely evil, albeit still amoral. Bill Cipher however, is an utterly repugnant villain who is motivated solely by his own enjoyment and revels in it.
  • Chaos Is Evil: A Discussed Trope. The GUAC's extremist methods make it come off as such, but Savage has a chat with Lucifer over how this is not really the case...and how he may want to find a way to stop this mindset, lest his alliance be viewed as a mere separate faction of the GUAE, or have their more nuanced points be drowned out.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist
    • Bill:
      • First, YHVH. YHVH was the leader of his own alliance, while Bill is not even a formal partner for the GUAC. YHVH was all about order and tyranny, while Bill is all about chaos and partying. YHVH draws power from humanity, while Bill is a creature that predates humanity. Both are opposed to Lucifer, but have different views of him: YHVH viewed him as a traitorous rebel and had a personal grudge against him, while Bill just considers Lucifer to be an entertaining obstacle and is just indifferent to him. Finally, YHVH talks in a formal, demanding manner, while Bill is significantly more casual and has a (bad) sense of humor.
      • Second, Aku. While they have more in common with each other, how they operate in the Tales where they're the antagonists is where they differ. Aku was more of a Greater-Scope Villain, with Naraku pulling most of the weight to resurrect him, while Bill is more direct and thus takes the Big Bad spot. Both were rendered inactive, but Aku had been erased from existence while Bill is more of a Sealed Evil in a Can. How they at first deal with their respective enemies differs as well, as Aku had grown tired of fighting Jack, while Bill desires for nothing more than revenge on the Pines Family. How they reacted to Year 1 differs as well. Aku was too apathetic to care, while Bill laughed constantly at all of the destruction and mayhem.
      • Third, Jafar and Maleficent. All three are Disney Villains, all desiring revenge, but while it's a rather cut-and-dry business with Jafar and Maleficent, Bill is an outright psychopath whose desire for revenge is much more terrifying.
  • Culture Clash: A meta-level one. Part of the story's conflict arises from how different the universes that are represented in the Pantheon are, especially when it comes down to resolving conflicts. One case in particular is the contrast in Steven Universe's philosophy of talking out problems via communication versus Shin Megami Tensei's Order Versus Chaos philosophy that is solved through battle.
  • David vs. Goliath: A major theme of the story, as many of the heroes are, at most, in the Intermediate category in terms of power, while the antagonists are all Greater Gods and above.
  • Deconstruction: The Tale deconstructs the Grand United Alliance of Chaos in the following ways:
    • For one, their philosophy about power relating to freedom. While it is true that many of them are some of the Pantheon's strongest members, and do what they like with that power...instead of coming off as bearers of freedom, people just view them as being another kind of oppressor.
    • The Bully: What many people end up viewing the GUAC as thanks to the Reformation that made the GUAL more moderate. The I Did What I Had to Do tactics of Year 1 have transitioned to becoming an excuse to attack weaker members of the Pantheon who have nothing to do with their fight.
    • Lucifer encouraging members to fight and prove the strength of their ideals instead of forging a proper united attack is also shown to have problems. While it may motivate members to get stronger...it does NOT do well for team-building, which is something that the other five alliances rely on quite heavily.
    • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: More like Chaos, but it most certainly is not. The individual members of the GUAC all have different ideas of what freedom and chaos should lead to, and while Lucifer encourages this mindset...it just makes it harder and harder for the alliance to work as a cohesive unit.
    • The Social Darwinist is hit the hardest with this. For one, it's pointed out that in the real world, evolution does not work like this and is actually counter-productive to freedom rather than enhancing it, as the more extreme members of the GUAC just use it to promote their cause instead of using chaos to properly encourage growth, resulting in...
      • Full-Circle Revolution: What the conflict of the GUAC and GUAL would ultimately lead to. While the GUAC professes freedom, a good portion of their members would have to seize power at some point and establish a level of order to maintain their particular vision of freedom. Meaning that all it ends up doing is changing who rules over the world and in the long run, doesn't change anything.
    • The GUAC's obsession with power is also a sore point towards their ideals of freedom and chaos. While that power gives the ability to cause chaos, it also means that they tend to focus on that power instead of another avenue of what could be considered strength...and thus the vast majority have a few screws loose. In particular, it causes them to look down on Gods who don't focus on fighting, and completely disregard their accomplishments. And not only that, but actively plan to kill them just to prove a point.
    • An Outside-Context Villain will only remain out of context for so long until people understand the nature of the threat and how it relates to the situation at hand. The influx and acknowledgement of Law and Chaos as genuine moral force have deprived the GUAC of this status, as well as how Year 1 concluded with a threat from outside the Pantheon. Not only that, but Year 2 has involved the work of more and more factions with their own goals, whether they come from the grand alliances or just a few people working together. Basically put, the GUAC are no longer strange foes, people are used to them now, and their implementation has put everyone on guard for other 'unfamiliar' threats.
  • Divided We Fall: A theme of the Tale. The GUAC, for instance, is starting to fall apart because its members refuse to work together, while the heroes have to deal with several personal issues that threaten their current relationships and the state of the Pantheon as a whole. Bill Cipher being the Manipulative Bastard that he is, is actively trying to sabotage everyone's relationships so that it'll be easier for him to take over.
  • Downer Beginning: A peaceful summer celebration is one of the starting events of the Tale and is completely obliterated by the GUAC, with numerous Gods injured while the GUAC flaunt their victory.
  • Easily Forgiven: Madoka's response to seeing Homura after so many months of occasional encounters after Year 1? A fearful, but earnest attempt to talk things out with her, just so she can understand Homura's motives better.
  • Enemy Civil War: The GUAC is tethering on the edge of this, which is not helped thanks to Bill's manipulations.
  • Everyone Has Standards: All over the place:
    • Asura is disgusted by the attack on the summer celebrations, especially when learning about what it was actually supposed to do. He doesn't spare the perpetrators at all and beats the ever-loving crap out of them before storming off.
    • Calvin and Hobbes were in the party during the attack. Calvin may be a chaotic brat...but he's still a six-year old boy who has no business in a war-zone. He's also not a fan about being collateral damage and complains about it.
    • Homura was already showing this in Diamond Adventure, and she starts showing more of it because the attack that happens in the start of the story had Madoka as a casualty. She's starting to realize that without her power, Madoka is now more vulnerable to an attack, and that the more extreme members of the GUAC do not give one iota about her.
    • Zaheer starts showing this, after his role in the Diamond Adventure debacle, where he contributed to the entire Pantheon nearly getting nuked via Pokemon, which he regrets. Not to mention that he wants to free everyone, and that includes people that a vast majority of the GUAC considers worthless.
    • Senator Armstrong and Alice find the attack to be a bit too unsubtle and petty. Armstrong may want a world of the strong, but he does know that the GUAC needs better PR to gain followers, while Alice is just disgusted by the whole thing.
    • As much as of a mad-man Vandal Savage is, even he balks at the idea of the world being destroyed, and calls Lucifer out on allowing for the Diamond Adventure crisis to happen, and thus indirectly assist the still-enigmatic GUAD with their goal of destroying everything.
    • Lucifer himself has shades of this. While he has no problem with his alliance's methodology causing trouble, he is aware that the GUAC is starting to dip into the 'Evil' category instead of 'Chaos'. Also, he does NOT want Bill to bring about Weirdmageddon.
  • Flanderization: The GUAC's focus on sheer power and strength was prominent in their debut, but it's Up to Eleven here. Lucifer acknowledges this, and thus seeks to subtly reform his group to reign this in.
    • Likewise, while Lucifer wanting to assassinate Sora and his friends due to them presenting a threat to Homura's loyalty is understandable (from that kind of perspective)...sending out orders to kill six other deities (Master Chief, Megumi Tadakoro, Ichigo Kurosaki, Wander, Pops, and Steven Universe) who might do the same can be seen as this. Except this only applies to the Master Chief, who is Homura's father-figure in the Pantheon, and Ichigo thanks to a universe where his sisters contracted with Kyubey. The other four were targeted for managing to, in one way or another, contradict and disprove the core tenants of the GUAC.
  • Foil
    • Lucifer is contrasted with several characters in this story:
      • First and obviously, YHVH, concerning their respective Tales in dealing with their groups needing to change (Reformation of Law and this story). YHVH remained stuck in an extremist mindset of order and was imprisoned, while Lucifer is more willing to change, as befits Chaos, and Word of God confirms that he's not likely to get trapped or sealed by the end.
      • Next, Vandal Savage. Both are darwinists with over-reaching goals, and both lead organizations with aspirations of destroying order (The GUAC for Lucifer and the Light for Savage). However, Savage has membership with The Illuminati, whose goals of subtle dominance are in direct opposition to Lucifer's goals, and while he is accepting of chaos to progress his plans, Savage does not use the extremist mindset the GUAC has, resulting in his group being far more organized than the GUAC. Savage also plans to send Yhwach and General Tarquin to free Kyubey and perhaps neutralize Homura, whereas Lucifer desires to maintain Homura as a Lord of Chaos and is opposed to Kyubey by principle.
      • Bill Cipher. Both are beings of Chaos, but have different viewpoints concerning it. Lucifer believes that Humans Are Special, and desires for them to reach that potential no matter the cost. Bill, on the other hand, thinks that Humans Are Insects and could give a rat's ass about them unless they entertain him. Lucifer goes all over the morality spectrum concerning Chaos. Bill is firmly rooted in Chaotic Evil territory.
      • For a non-ascended character: Rose Quartz (i.e. Pink Diamond, since he comes into conflict with her son, Steven). Both rebelled against tyrannical figures, and believe that Humans Are Special, but Rose's approach was seeing the beauty in all life and embracing imperfection, and in the end, only resorted to fighting as a last resort. Lucifer prefers fighting and combat to test a person's strength and resolve and is perfectly willing to crush other ideals and destroy peaceful scenarios if it means achieving his goals or proving his point.
    • Eren and Homura. Both have undergone a Face–Heel Turn and are working against their allies, but their mannerisms and ultimate goals differ. Homura's goal is to protect Madoka at all costs with the power she's stolen, and that's about it, since she mainly keeps to herself beyond that, and despite claiming to be a 'Devil', still maintains quite a few of her fetters. Eren on the other hand, desires to bring freedom to the Eldian people, and has fully embraced his darker tendencies, and truly lives up to the claim of being a 'Devil' by targeting innocent people with widespread and destructive plans.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Zaheer begins fearing that the GUAC is becoming a tyrannical organization just as the GUAL used to be.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lucifer prided himself on having an organization that fought for the strong to destroy YHVH's tyranny...except YHVH did himself in with his own ego and now Lucifer's group is falling into the very same pitfall without having a concrete enemy to attack. He takes it in stride however, though he knows that he has to fix the problem. Deciding to have the GUAC kill deities who don't have fighting or power as a focus however, isn't the best way to go around with it.
    • Averted with the GUAM. You'd think that since Bill has one-upped on them on surveillance it would render all of their schemes relying on secrecy and subterfuge moot, but they've foreseen this and have warded their bases and designated expansion areas appropriately. As such, Bill cannot offer much intel on their current schemes.
  • Hypocrite: Bill Cipher. While he claims to find the GUAD's goal (the destruction of all life) boring, Weirdmageddon's destruction of all rules will basically bring about the same thing. Except with more partying.
  • The Illuminati: Vandal Savage is a member of the organization...and has gathered the members of The Light for an unknown goal while negotiating with Lucifer.
  • Irony: Quite a bit of pervades the GUAC's current predicament and the tenant of change.
    • Lucifer has fallen into the same trap of attacking people who have made many powerful friends in the Pantheon, just as YHVH did. Unlike YHVH though, he recognizes this and begins to take peace measures. Except that turns out to be a smokescreen. He's really planning to kill at least four deities who could be trouble to his alliance's philosophy, and all of them have quite a few allies.
    • Lucifer's advice to Homura basically amounts to validating her fears and doubts, the very traits that caused her Sanity Slippage in the first place so that she'll stay loyal to him instead of growing as a person.
    • Senator Armstrong is one of the strongest proponents of Might Makes Right...which doesn't help the GUAC gain allies in the Pantheon's current climate, even though he himself is trying to reverse the GUAC's bad PR.
    • Zaheer notices how the GUAC is slowly becoming a force of order very much like the GUAL was. For all their talk about change, he realizes that with people like Esdeath and Armstrong encouraging Social Darwinism, it wouldn't take much for new rulers to take charge after the old ones were defeated. After all, the same thing happened when Kuvira took over. His fears are further validated when Vandal Savage comes into the picture, having brought in the membership of The Light, an organization that managed to wrangle almost every DC supervillain into its membership in one universe.
    • By focusing solely on power and strength, the GUAC's ability to actually plan ahead and create strategies has weakened. Of course, that also means when they do form a plan, they're nigh-impossible to stop.
  • Kick the Dog: The GUAC's attack on the summer celebrations certainly counts. There was no real reason to do it, there was no conspiracies or plans being made, it was just people finally taking the time to enjoy themselves...and then the Pyro, Deidara and Vile attack on the orders of The Saint Leader in order to 'prove a point' about weakness in the current climate of the Pantheon...Though, it is later revealed that it was actually taking advantage of how many deities with varying power levels like Pops had gathered to see how they might be a threat in the future, so there was actual tactical value at play. That being said, Vile plays it absolutely straight, mocking everyone he's attacking for their weaknesses, and Lucifer's overall intentions concerning the Saint Leader's plan (i.e. Rid the Pantheon of pacifistic, yet effective gods who might pose a threat to his alliance's philosophy) are nothing short of this trope.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Asura beats the Pyro, Deidara, Vile, and the 3rd Street Saints Leader to a pulp for arranging an attack on innocent Gods. While the Pyro is more Obliviously Evil and does not count, the latter three do. When the 3rd Street Saints tries to justify the action by revealing the true motive...Asura beats him/her up even more.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Homura and Zaheer get two minor moments of this. For Homura, it's the realization that her plan to keep Madoka safe is officially crumbling to pieces and she basically stole her powers for nothing, while Zaheer regrets his role in Diamond Adventure, which is only furthered by witnessing the actions of the more villainous members of the GUAC (Not to mention that he doesn't agree with the overall 'might makes right' mindset of the organization to begin with).
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Asura gives this to the Pyro, Deidara, and Vile after learning that they attacked innocents. Then he moves onto the Saints Row Leader after learning that hir was the one who authorized the attack.
  • Noodle Incident: Lucifer attempted to get revenge on Bugs by sabotaging his cable and stealing a chair owned by Daffy. He refuses to speak about how the rabbit retaliated.
  • Parental Substitute: It was stated before that the Master Chief has taken this role for Homura, and as such, he tries to encourage her to act on the advice of other deities to just talk to Madoka and at least put herself on more civil terms with the people she's turned against, given the increasing number of independent threats throughout the year.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Madoka wants to avert this by hearing Homura out, just to understand her motives better, after learning about the Lucifer duplicate.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Senator Armstrong lambastes the Saint Leader for organizing the attack, finding it to be too unsubtle and petty...not to mention the fact that even with YHVH sealed, the GUAC needs good PR to gain supporters, and an attack like that paints the organization in a very bad light, and more effort should've been put in at least covering the attack up.
  • Reality Ensues: The GUAC are learning this the very hard way both individually, and as an organization.
    • First off, Homura believed that removing Madoka's powers would take her off the front lines and keep her safe from harm. In truth, this has done nothing of the sort. Ignoring the brutality of The Pantheonic Rebellion, it's still severely damaged Madoka's self-esteem (which was always something she struggled with), and even worse, she's in a position where she can't fight off attackers. She gets injured when the GUAC attack a summer party, and the GUAM are debating on what method they should use to brainwash her and use her as The Mole against the Main House now that she's vulnerable.
      • To rub the salt in the wound, Homura's immediate desire to protect Madoka with her powers may cow weaker deities at first...but more driven and patient enemies will be finding a countermeasure for Homura's abilities. Not only that, but said focus on Madoka makes it fairly easy for deities to predict how Homura will react. Once again, the GUAM have already calculated a plan to deal with Homura: Pin the blame for an assault on Madoka towards the King of All Cosmos and let Homura destroy/incapacitate him, upon which Love Machine takes full control of Roboking.
      • And on a personal level? As Asura and the Master Chief sadly note and Steven figures out, Homura's approach to protecting Madoka, in a sense, invalidates her entire goal. Homura has not changed her scare tactics from her home series when it comes to trying to protect Madoka. She also still refuses to tell Madoka the actual reason she took away her powers, instead preferring to talk down and insult Madoka, despite the fact that Madoka still wants to hear Homura out. The end result, as Garnet lampshades? A toxic, abusive relationship that makes Homura's entire goal oxymoronic.
    • Calvin may be a chaotic child...but this does not change the fact that he is still a CHILD and does not belong with a group that doesn't really care if he's a casualty of an attack. He's obviously not happy with this.
    • As seen in The Bully, the fact that the GUAC throw around their strength makes them come off as a more psychopathic version of the GUAL.
    • YHVH's imprisonment in Reformation of Law was a major victory...but it also got rid of one of the few GUAC targets who was enough of a bastard for them to unite together. With the GUAL taking a more moderate approach and becoming inactive, it makes the extreme methods of the GUAC come off as evil rather than morally ambiguous, and whatever teamwork was in the organization is now non-existent.
      • The lack of teamwork becomes more poignant when you know that pretty much everyone in the GUAC has a different view of freedom/chaos. Trying to get them to work together is EXTREMELY difficult, if not impossible.
      • Not to mention that since YHVH was replaced by moderates...that pretty much means that the extremist methodology of the GUAC is now backfiring on them spectacularly, since now they're just being viewed as a more pretentious/more psychotic version of the GUAE.
    • Bill Cipher's claims of being all for chaos ring hollow when he took over Gravity Falls and was your classic evil tyrant. Not to mention his very, VERY poor treatment/view on humans, a tenant of what the GUAC is supposed to support. Lucifer keeps him at arm's length and has no interest of bringing Weirdmageddon to the Pantheon.
    • Talking the Monster to Death, as Steven and Madoka want to do with Homura, has about as much chance of fixing things as a snowball's chance in Hell. Madoka acknowledges it...but she just really wants Homura to talk to her so she can understand things better. THAT, at least, is what she wants.
  • There Was a Door: Asura barrels through the Labyrinth of Amala to have an audience with Lucifer, leaving a series of gaping holes that allow Eren Yeager and Vandal Savage to freely enter the lowest Kalpa.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Part of the story's impetus: The GUAC have started to cross the line via their attack on a peaceful summer party and gloating over their proof of the 'Punishment of the Weak and Worthless', and people are starting to get tired of their attitude, philosophy, and overall intentions for the Pantheon.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Averted. Lucifer's prior dismissive attitude of Madoka is nowhere to be seen in this story...but due to the reveal that the Upheaval was caused by a fake Lucifer, that essentially means that his true opinion of Madoka hasn't changed at all. Granted, said true opinion is much more approving of Madoka than what the fake implied, but since Misery Builds Character...
  • Sanity Slippage: Homura is starting to suffer from the effects of the canon version of Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, which was significantly more damaging to her psyche than the Upheaval.
    • Sayaka as well, since the Gravemind has decided to move ahead with its own plan to brainwash her and eliminate the threat of the Magical Girls once and for all.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Asura and Alice threaten to do this after seeing the GUAC cross the line, Calvin threatens to do it because he nearly got blown up, and Zaheer threatens to do this after seeing how the GUAC is tip-toeing the line to tyranny themselves.
  • Sinister Surveillance: From two sources:
    • The GUAM have managed to plant drones and spy equipment in various areas of the Pantheon to gain updates on the status of their enemies and the other factions.
    • Bill Cipher is still stuck in the mindspace, but because of this, is able to check the entire Pantheon, except for areas that have been warded.
  • Whole Plot Reference: There's a few. For example; Zaheer's role is an expanded version of his role in Season 4 of Korra, and Vandal Savage bringing in The Light is a clear reference to Young Justice.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Eren, while fighting Asura, manages to take Calvin hostage, and threatens to kill him should Asura continue.
  • Wild Card: Bill Cipher's only loyalty is to himself. Likewise, the Light have their own agenda, as does Eren Yeager.
  • Villain Decay: Downplayed, the GUAC is still threatening, but their cohesion as a group is falling apart, opening up the possibility of defeat. Lucifer is taking steps to correct this.
  • Villain Protagonist: Lucifer himself, ironically enough. He's aware of the flaws of his organization and knows that he's going to have to change with the times himself to avoid having the 'Evil' label slapped on the GUAC. A rare case where this does not align with Hero Antagonist however, since the actual antagonist is significantly more evil.
  • Villain Team-Up: Vandal proposes a joint operation with the GUAC to get their hands on Isaac. It's actually a ruse to get the Joker out of the GUAC's headquarters, while weakening the SCP Foundation's security to obtain stronger ties to the Foundation's in-world enemies.
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