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22nd May '16 3:23:06 PM Fireblood
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* A horrific series of famines drove an entire nation to this in ''Literature/TheReynardCycle''.
* This is invoked through a bet in [[Literature/TheBible The Book Of Job]]. In it, Satan asks God if Job would lose his faith in him if he would lose everything. God offers Satan to do some dirty work to find out. It gets {{subverted}} though, as Job retains his faith in God and he is rewarded with ''more'' of what he had before.
* In TheScrewtapeLetters, Screwtape's nephew, the lesser devil Wormwood, must have proposed trying this tactic to wrench humans away from God with the looming horrors of the Second World War, but Screwtape counters that while the horrors may affect some humans so, others wind up coming through the trial with renewed faith and many more are made to confront death - which forces them to confront those questions, thus enabling them to perceive and accept God's grace.
* Unlike [[Film/FightClub his movie counterpart]], in ''Literature/FightClub'', the intense and self-destructive [[DarkMessiah Tyler]] [[TheTylerDurden Durden]] uses this to explain why he does [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery what]] [[SerialKiller he]] [[FightClubbing does]].
-->'''Mechanic''' (quoting Tyler): If you're male and you're Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And if you never know your father, if your father bails out or [[GodIsDead dies]] or is never at home, what do you believe about God?

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* A horrific series of famines drove an entire nation to this in ''Literature/TheReynardCycle''.
* This is invoked through a bet in [[Literature/TheBible The Book Of Job]]. In it, Satan asks God if Job would lose his faith in him if he would lose everything. God offers Satan to do some dirty work to find out. It gets {{subverted}} though, as Job retains his faith in God and he is rewarded with ''more'' of what he had before.
* In TheScrewtapeLetters, Screwtape's nephew, the lesser devil Wormwood, must have proposed trying this tactic to wrench humans away from God with the looming horrors of the Second World War, but Screwtape counters that while the horrors may affect some humans so, others wind up coming through the trial with renewed faith and many more are made to confront death - which forces them to confront those questions, thus enabling them to perceive and accept God's grace.
* Unlike [[Film/FightClub his movie counterpart]], in ''Literature/FightClub'', the intense and self-destructive [[DarkMessiah Tyler]] [[TheTylerDurden Durden]] uses this to explain why he does [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery what]] [[SerialKiller he]] [[FightClubbing does]].
-->'''Mechanic''' (quoting Tyler): If you're male and you're Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And if you never know your father, if your father bails out or [[GodIsDead dies]] or is never at home, what do you believe about God?

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' loves this trope. Especially in lists of Top X Things That Are Somehow Unpleasant To Even Read About.

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' loves this trope. Especially in lists of Top X Things That Are Somehow Unpleasant To Even Read About.About, often with the caption of "Where is your god now?"
16th May '16 8:41:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Justin in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' upon seeing [[TheStoic Susan's]] [[TastesLikeDiabetes "kitty face"]], thinks to himself that there is no god. This is likely taken from the Simpsons example below.

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* Justin in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' upon seeing [[TheStoic Susan's]] [[TastesLikeDiabetes "kitty face"]], thinks to himself that there is no god. This is likely taken from the Simpsons example below.



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30th Apr '16 4:00:10 PM AtticusOmundson
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->''"God? Love? Don't make me laugh. Back when I was just a brat, crawling around that shithole city, it seemed like God and love were always sold out when I went looking. Before I knew better, I clung to God and prayed to Him every single night. Yeah, I believed in God right up until that night the cops beat the hell out of me for no reason at all. All they saw when they looked at me was another little ghetto-rat with no power and no God."''
-->-- '''Revy''', ''Manga/BlackLagoon''


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* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' explains that she used to be very devout when she was a child until the day she was beaten half to death for no reason by a group of [[DirtyCop corrupt cops.]]
24th Apr '16 12:08:21 PM WhatTheSpoot
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-->'''Mechanic''' (quoting Tyler): If you're male and you're Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And if you never know your father, if your father bails out or [[GodIsDead dies]] or is never at home, what do you believe about God?
24th Apr '16 12:06:31 PM WhatTheSpoot
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*Unlike [[Film/FightClub his movie counterpart]], in ''Literature/FightClub'', the intense and self-destructive [[DarkMessiah Tyler]] [[TheTylerDurden Durden]] uses this to explain why he does [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery what]] [[SerialKiller he]] [[FightClubbing does]].
31st Dec '15 12:14:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': After her beloved Uncle Anoosh is executed by the fundamentalist regime as a communist dissident, Marjane tells God that she hates him and doesn't want to see him anymore.



* In ''{{Caddyshack}}'', one of the club members (who happens to be a bishop) has his perfect game of golf (in the middle of a raging storm) ruined by a single bad putt, turns to curse the heavens, and is struck by lightning immediately. The next day, he's shown as a drunken mess proclaiming that there is no God.

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* In ''{{Caddyshack}}'', ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', one of the club members (who happens to be a bishop) has his perfect game of golf (in the middle of a raging storm) ruined by a single bad putt, turns to curse the heavens, and is struck by lightning immediately. The next day, he's shown as a drunken mess proclaiming that there is no God.
19th Nov '15 7:40:42 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s Backstory is that Mal lost his faith at the Battle of Serenity.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s Backstory is that ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Mal was apparently a Catholic in his earlier years, but lost his faith at the Independents' crushing defeat at the Battle of Serenity.Serenity Valley.
24th Oct '15 11:05:08 AM nombretomado
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-->'''Mr Chuckles''': God? Oh right, there now, there's the fella. I mean what's he doin', eh? He can take JohnLennon, he can take those three young lads down at Ainsley Pit, he's even thinkin' of taking my old man, and ''[[MargaretThatcher Margaret bloody Thatcher lives?]]'' I mean, ''what's he soddin' playin' at'', eh? ... You've been great. My name's Coco the Scab.

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-->'''Mr Chuckles''': God? Oh right, there now, there's the fella. I mean what's he doin', eh? He can take JohnLennon, Music/JohnLennon, he can take those three young lads down at Ainsley Pit, he's even thinkin' of taking my old man, and ''[[MargaretThatcher Margaret bloody Thatcher lives?]]'' I mean, ''what's he soddin' playin' at'', eh? ... You've been great. My name's Coco the Scab.
25th Sep '15 11:57:49 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' uses an extremely dark take on this in the backstory of [[spoiler: Miyo Takano, making this trope the root cause of both her megalomania and as a result the Endless June]].

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' uses an extremely dark take on this in the backstory of [[spoiler: Miyo Takano, making this trope the root cause of both her megalomania and as a result the Endless June]].
24th Sep '15 11:22:38 AM Jeduthun
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To counter this idea, the faithful may choose to believe that God works InMysteriousWays, so He may allow bad things for a higher purpose. One common argument is that evil results from [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsDestiny God allowing people]] [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill to have their own free will]]. Alternately, perhaps GodIsFlawed.

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To counter this idea, the faithful may choose to believe that God works InMysteriousWays, so He may [[HelpingWouldBeKillStealing allow bad things for a higher purpose.purpose]]. One common argument is that evil results from [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsDestiny God allowing people]] [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill to have their own free will]]. Alternately, perhaps GodIsFlawed.
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