It’s one thing being an annoying human being, but an omnipotent being with the ability to harness the universe’s power being annoying is just plain rude. C’mon guys…you know everything and can do anything–the least you could do is not be an asshole about it. A big thanks to Topless Robot for sorting this out.
10. Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen
Alan Moore took the Superman concept — which had developed over the years through Captain Marvel, Captain Atom and Marvelman/Miracleman — and took it to its ultimate extreme: what would really happen to a superhero with the powers of a god? Apparently, he’d be kind of a dick, and he’d walk around with his blue schlong hanging out all the time. The latter is clearly because no one can force a man who can re-arrange atoms at will to put on pants. But the former, which usually manifests as a bitchy “I don’t care about humanity”? That’s just being an ass. Also, despite having access to all the knowledge of the universe, he still wouldn’t understand women (notice he takes Laurie to Mars, not Venus, and that’s not counting the threesome).
Finally, he vaporizes the best character in the book and then wanders off into space to maybe create life, or maybe watch reruns of The Prisoner and smoke a lot of cosmic rope. Either/or.
9. The Organians from Star Trek
The only thing worse than a race of arrogant omnipotent beings is a race of preachy omnipotent beings. In the Star Trek episode “Errand of Mercy,” the Organians masquerade as wimps while observing the fighting between Starfleet and the Klingons, then immobilize both fleets and force them to sign a peace treaty. While this seems pretty damned tyrannical, at least it prevents what would presumably be a long and bloody war.
The thing is, at some point the Organians apparently forget all about enforcing the truce, since there are plenty of Starfleet/Klingon dust-ups later in the various Star Trek shows and movies. And evidently the Organians couldn’t be bothered to do anything about the Romulans, the Cardassians, the Borg or any of the other aggressive races that threaten the Federation.
All talk and no follow-through, those Organians.
8. The Great Barrier Entity from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
This guy. It’s probably not even fair to count him as an omnipotent being, since he can’t even get off his own shitty planet without help. The Great Barrier Entity claimed to be God, but his impotence was quickly exposed by some of William Shatner’s most Shatner-esque acting (“What does God need with a starship?”). After shocking Kirk and Spock a few times with Emperor-like bolts of lightning, the GBE gets beat up by Spock’s touchy-feely half-brother and shot a few times by a Klingon warship. But perhaps the most annoying thing about the Great Barrier Entity is that he’s responsible for the events of Star Trek V. Boo.
More Annoying Omnipotent Beings at Topless Robot.