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21st Jan '17 11:15:41 AM ILikeRobots
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* [[TheMeanBrit England]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' constantly mocks [[ChronicHeroSyndrome America]]'s belief in extraterrestrial life, despite the fact that the world of ''Hetalia'' is a FantasyKitchenSink, and the fact that the main characters are ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification personified nations]]''. This dips into HypocriticalHumor, as England is the same guy who is [[InterspeciesFriendship good friends with]] [[OurFairiesAreDifferent all manner of fairy creatures]], and regularly speaks and interacts with them even in the open, despite the fact that they are InvisibleToNormals and [[CassandraTruth cannot be seen]] [[NotSoImaginaryFriend by the majority of other nations]].[[note]] Only [[TheStoic Norway]] and [[BrattyTeenageSon Iceland]] can see magical creatures as well, and the latter pretends that he can't in an attempt to seem [[IJustWantToBeNormal as normal as possible]].[[/note]]
17th Jan '17 6:43:07 PM Fireblood
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** In an interview, they mentioned they are fascinated by religion and while they call all the religions wonderfull ridiculous, they then add that the most ridiculous explanation was that they were all existing, just because (as in the Big Bang and so on was a result of natural forces.)
*** One analysis video actually comes up to the expalantion that the two were conveying religion (and areligion) as being ridiculous because humanity itself is ridiculous. Given the nature of the show, this is probably what the two were going for. It '''is''' South Park.

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** In an interview, they mentioned they are fascinated by religion and while they call all the religions wonderfull wonderfully ridiculous, they then add that the most ridiculous explanation was that they were all existing, just because (as in the Big Bang and so on was a result of natural forces.)
*** One analysis video actually comes up to the expalantion explanation that the two were conveying religion (and areligion) non-religion) as being ridiculous because humanity itself is ridiculous. Given the nature of the show, this is probably what the two were going for. It '''is''' South Park.
17th Jan '17 6:41:37 PM Fireblood
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* In a somewhat {{fridge logic}}al example, Han Solo from ''Franchise/StarWars''. At the start of ''Film/ANewHope'' he doesn't believe in TheForce, despite the fact that the Jedi were a major power in the galaxy up until about 19 years ago.
-->'''Han:''' It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.
** To be fair, even before the fall the Jedi were such a negligible percent of the entire population that most inhabitants of the galaxy had never seen one. Not to mention that if since they were wiped out about 19 years ago, they can't have been that great anyway. Of course, because the galaxy loves irony, Han ends up married to a Jedi, with a Jedi brother-in-law, and three Jedi children.
** And, at least in the Expanded Universe, Han pretty quickly changed his mind as he saw what his brother-in-law, wife, and kids were able to do.
** And now, thirty years later in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Han is a full believer, reassuring Rey and Finn that the Force and the Jedi exist.
-->'''Han:''' It's true - all of it. The Dark Side... the Jedi... they're real.
** In another example from ''A New Hope'', there's Admiral Motti, who calls out [[MagicKnight Darth]] [[TheDragon Vader's]] "sad devotion" to the Force... until Vader starts choking him with his mind.
16th Jan '17 6:03:29 AM SickBoy
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** Taken to hilarious extremes, for the sake of a joke, in one Rankin-Bass movie in which a young atheist mouse says he doesn't believe in Santa...despite Santa having ''a phone number'' and a ''staff of people to answer any calls''. When he says this, the athe-mouse's dad gives him a look that is the 70's animated special equivalent of "Wow you're a spectacular retard". This is a world where Santa is '''so clearly and explicitly real''' that when he ''tells'' the town's mayor he won't come here this year due to the athe-mouse insulting him in a newspaper (yes...) the mayor attempts to build a huge beacon to tell Santa how much they're really, really sorry. In other words, Santa is at least as real as any other businessman the town is trying to curry favor with. And the athe-mouse kid still didn't believe it till his father showed him '''everyone else in town did'''. The irony? [[KnowNothingKnowitall Athe-mouse is the SMART one in his family]] ([[BlatantLies by his reckoning]]). Yikes.

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** Taken to hilarious extremes, for the sake of a joke, in one Rankin-Bass movie in which a young atheist mouse says he doesn't believe in Santa...despite Santa having ''a phone number'' and a ''staff of people to answer any calls''. When he says this, the athe-mouse's dad gives him a look that is the 70's animated special equivalent of "Wow "Wow, you're a spectacular retard".spectacularly dumb". This is a world where Santa is '''so clearly and explicitly real''' that when he ''tells'' the town's mayor he won't come here this year due to the athe-mouse insulting him in a newspaper (yes...) the mayor attempts to build a huge beacon to tell Santa how much they're really, really sorry. In other words, Santa is at least as real as any other businessman the town is trying to curry favor with. And the athe-mouse kid still didn't believe it till his father showed him '''everyone else in town did'''. The irony? [[KnowNothingKnowitall Athe-mouse is the SMART one in his family]] ([[BlatantLies by his reckoning]]). Yikes.
9th Jan '17 1:07:29 PM TheSinful
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** Forrest Gates refuses to believe Buffy's superhuman even after she lets him try to bend a piece of rebar then twists it into a pretzel and lets him try again. This despite having spent months hunting vampires and demons (though his company calls them Hostile Subterrestials) and being currently bound to a chair with magic.
8th Jan '17 2:36:10 PM nombretomado
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* This is true for most of the characters in the UltimateMarvel universe, where magic and mysticism are far less common. For instance, Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} refuses to believe that Comicbook/GhostRider is an actual servant of hell, despite the fact that he ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome personally witnessed Thor leading an army of Asgardians into battle against]] Loki's demonic hordes''. Even if the reader knows better, a lot of the magical characters like Ghost Rider and Comicbook/DoctorStrange are just assumed to be mutants or {{Reality Warper}}s by the rest of the cast.

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* This is true for most of the characters in the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, where magic and mysticism are far less common. For instance, Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} refuses to believe that Comicbook/GhostRider is an actual servant of hell, despite the fact that he ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome personally witnessed Thor leading an army of Asgardians into battle against]] Loki's demonic hordes''. Even if the reader knows better, a lot of the magical characters like Ghost Rider and Comicbook/DoctorStrange are just assumed to be mutants or {{Reality Warper}}s by the rest of the cast.
5th Jan '17 6:18:22 PM DVB
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* Rick Sanchez from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' Despite the fact that he's personally met {{Satan}} and a few demons, Rick is still a HollywoodAtheist. Although "Rickle in Time" gives us the "No atheists in a foxhole" gag, where PrayerIsALastResort is immediately laughed off when things start going the right way.

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* Rick Sanchez from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' Despite the fact that he's personally met {{Satan}} and a few demons, Rick is still a HollywoodAtheist. Although "Rickle in Time" gives us the "No atheists in a foxhole" gag, where PrayerIsALastResort is immediately laughed off when things start going the right way. He even says "In your face, God!" after saying there is no God.



*** Hawkgirl's issue was more due to the fact that in the ancient past, her people worshipped EldritchAbominations like Icthultu and suffered until discovering Nth-Metal (which contain powerful anti-magic properties) and thus drove the monsters away. Besides the fact that what they worshipped were horrible beings, the fact they were able to kill them does give her some justification for not believing it. She does seem to be trying to find faith once more.



** In an interview, they mentioned they are fascinated by religion and while they call all the religions wonderfull ridiculous, they then add that the most ridiculous explanation was that they were all existing, just because (as in the Big Bang and so on was a result of natural forces.)
*** One analysis video actually comes up to the expalantion that the two were conveying religion (and areligion) as being ridiculous because humanity itself is ridiculous. Given the nature of the show, this is probably what the two were going for. It '''is''' South Park.



** In the episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS7E2IDreamofJesus I Dream of Jesus]]", Jesus had dinner at the Griffin household, among other interactions.

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** In the episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS7E2IDreamofJesus I Dream of Jesus]]", Jesus had dinner at the Griffin household, among other interactions. Granted, Brian's atheist showing was merely asking if the guy who Peter invited was really Jesus before asking if he could perform miracles. Cue Jesus transforming their dinners into sundaes (and then growing Lois' breasts, leading to a JawDrop from Brian.)



** Turns out that [[spoiler:as usual, Bruce is right. It's Terry's old classmate using his psychic powers, not a ghost.]]

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** Turns out that [[spoiler:as usual, Bruce is right. It's Terry's old classmate using his actually Willie Watt, who gained psychic powers, not a ghost.powers and was using them from juvie.]]



* Kid Flash in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. He's perfectly okay with pocket dimensions and MindControl existing, he just thinks everything has to have a scientific explanation behind it. Partly justified in that one of the Flash's enemies was a Time Traveller posing as an EvilSorceror (and actually served as TheDragon in the episode in question) and because this skepticism seemed to only last a single episode - on every other occasion magic shows up, Kid Flash is (to all appearances, at least) a lot more accepting of the reality of it all. Also, by the end of that first episode where he denies the existence of magic, it's pretty clear that Wally knows better and just doesn't want to admit being wrong.

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** Furthermore, her accusations of curses not being real turn out to be false since Sombra pretty much cursed the Crystal Empire, taking ti with him for a 1000 years.
* Kid Flash in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. He's perfectly okay with pocket dimensions and MindControl existing, he just thinks everything has to have a scientific explanation behind it. Partly justified in that one of the Flash's enemies enemies, (Abracadabra for those curious) was a Time Traveller posing as an EvilSorceror (and actually served as TheDragon in the episode in question) and because this skepticism seemed to only last a single episode - on every other occasion magic shows up, Kid Flash is (to all appearances, at least) a lot more accepting of the reality of it all. Also, by the end of that first episode where he denies the existence of magic, it's pretty clear that Wally knows better and just doesn't want to admit being wrong.
23rd Dec '16 6:21:06 PM Piromano80
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** Actually Dr. Bright tried to prove SCP-343 isn't TheOmnipotent. He still doesn't believe SCP-343 claims of being {{God}} anyway.
20th Dec '16 12:11:37 PM wootzits
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'''s

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'''s In ''Manga/BlackButler'' Ciel makes [[DealWithTheDevil a contract with a demon]], promising his soul to said demon. He is not unaware of this fact. Yet, in the anime version, somewhere between dealings with soul collecting {{Shinigami}} and psycho {{fallen angel}}s, he, while ''sitting next the demon he sold his soul to'', claims that he '''doesn't believe in souls'''. And although he doesn't go so far in the manga, he does regularly express disbelief when confronted with the supernatural, dismissing ghosts and curses even after encountering the real thing.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': PlayedForLaughs in the first chapter when Karin states that despite seeing ghosts [[ImplausibleDeniability she does not believe in them]]. The ghosts give up haunting her because they feel so rejected by her cold dismissal.
* Early in ''Manga/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma is dumbstruck upon seeing someone control fire, because "there's no such thing as sorcerers" and "magic isn't real" ... even though he personally knows people who can manipulate lightning, and teleport at will. In other words, while magic is as unrealistic to him as it would be in real life, espers can do comparable things and are scientifically proven in his world, so the powers shouldn't be surprising.
** Done later in TheMovie with Shutaura Sequenzia, with a mixture of HollywoodAtheist. She doesn't hate religion because she explicitly doesn't believe it to true, but rather because her father died on a space plane crash that was otherwise declared deathless by the media. She eventually gets over it by the end.
* Mr. Satan/Hercule of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was completely oblivious that the superpowered main characters were stronger than him, thinking it all to be a trick (he doesn't appear to have done the research on Roshi, Tien, and Goku, all of whom were champions of previous editions of the World Martial Arts Tournament that Mr. Satan rose to fame by winning) and later on a dream. Toward the end of the Cell saga, he seems to be trying to convince himself that it's not real. After the Cell saga, it becomes a {{Kayfabe}} put up by Goku and his fellows. Mr. Satan ends up bribing Android 18 to throw a fight against him so as to maintain the illusion that he's the strongest. By the end of the series, with, among other things, holding the leash of an ice cream-loving EldritchAbomination and his beloved daughter marrying the strongest man on the planet, he's fully in the know but helps maintain TheMasquerade so as to keep the general population blissfully unaware of the constant danger they're usually in.
* In ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', the protagonist is called in to help with a possessed patient of a Western-trained doctor. The doctor claims he cannot determine a cause of sickness, which is incredulous taking into account the levitation, horror face and swirling ghost energy around the victim. Doc responds by rolling around on the floor loudly denying the existence of the supernatural in a "La la la I can't hear you" fashion. He gets better by the end after encountering the possessing spirit and personally aiding in the fight with what he learned in medical school... A flying drop kick from his amateur wrestling team days! After acknowledging that the supernatural exists, he vows to prepare for any future occurrences... By training in his wrestling again.
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': In the anime, Bankotsu of the Band of Seven explicitly tells Kikyo that he doesn't believe in an afterlife, despite the fact that he lives in a world where {{youkai}} and magic are general knowledge, as well as the fact that he's an [[TheUndead undead]] human talking to another undead human who has to [[YourSoulIsMine absorb souls]] to survive.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/MakaiOuji'' where it's first exaggerated and then subverted with the protagonist William, who takes a ridiculously long time to accept that demons are real despite having witnessed numerous inexplicable phenomena and the fact that ''two of them follow him around all the time''.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Tsunade states the [[{{Youkai}} ghouls and ghosts]] are "just a bunch of hooey". But she's ''saying'' it to the guy with [[SealedEvilInACan a demon spirit sealed inside him]]. Also, Tsunade's grand-uncle and one of her ex-teammates know resurrection jutsu. And her two immediate predecessors as Hokage each knew how to summon a {{Shinigami}}. And her dead boyfriend had invented a jutsu to temporarily transform himself into something akin to a ghost. To be fair, this is only seen in the {{Filler}}, which can be rather bad, particularly the later episodes.
* ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' has Maya, who is [[WeirdnessMagnet constantly assaulted by occult forces]], yet for most of the series continues to loudly deny their existence -- even while being attacked by a zombie in the first episode. She is often described as {{tsundere}} for the occult (even in the series itself once or twice), particularly since despite her (backstory-related) hatred of the occult, she is practically a walking encyclopedia on the subject, and is usually the one explaining occult concepts to the other characters. It's no surprise that people keep pairing her with Umineko's Battler (above), who is similarly tsundere towards witches and magic.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has Cilan, who seems to come up with every "logical" explanation he can think of for supernatural events, such as an object floating through glass, EXCEPT that a Pokemon might be using Psychic.
* One of the hardest things for newcomers to ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' to [[MindScrew get their heads around]] is that the main character is having a very intense and logical debate denying the existence of a witch that haunts his family's mansion... with the witch in question. And his only tools in this debate? [[PaintingTheMedium The magic text]] [[FaustianRebellion she grants to him]]. (In episode 6, [[spoiler:however, he's part of the pro-witch side, since ''he's the new GM''.]])
** This starts making a lot more sense as the story goes on. By the fourth arc, he's not fighting to deny magic in itself but the fact that the murders were committed by that witch. By the fifth, [[spoiler:there's another witch who brings in a piece to do the same thing (in her words, "dispel the Illusion of the witch"), though in a some different and more brutal way]].



* Mr. Satan/Hercule of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was completely oblivious that the superpowered main characters were stronger than him, thinking it all to be a trick (he doesn't appear to have done the research on Roshi, Tien, and Goku, all of whom were champions of previous editions of the World Martial Arts Tournament that Mr. Satan rose to fame by winning) and later on a dream. Toward the end of the Cell saga, he seems to be trying to convince himself that it's not real. After the Cell saga, it becomes a {{Kayfabe}} put up by Goku and his fellows. Mr. Satan ends up bribing Android 18 to throw a fight against him so as to maintain the illusion that he's the strongest. By the end of the series, with, among other things, holding the leash of an ice cream-loving EldritchAbomination and his beloved daughter marrying the strongest man on the planet, he's fully in the know but helps maintain TheMasquerade so as to keep the general population blissfully unaware of the constant danger they're usually in.
* One of the hardest things for newcomers to ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' to [[MindScrew get their heads around]] is that the main character is having a very intense and logical debate denying the existence of a witch that haunts his family's mansion... with the witch in question. And his only tools in this debate? [[PaintingTheMedium The magic text]] [[FaustianRebellion she grants to him]]. (In episode 6, [[spoiler:however, he's part of the pro-witch side, since ''he's the new GM''.]])
** This starts making a lot more sense as the story goes on. By the fourth arc, he's not fighting to deny magic in itself but the fact that the murders were committed by that witch. By the fifth, [[spoiler:there's another witch who brings in a piece to do the same thing (in her words, "dispel the Illusion of the witch"), though in a some different and more brutal way]].
* ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' has Maya, who is [[WeirdnessMagnet constantly assaulted by occult forces]], yet for most of the series continues to loudly deny their existence -- even while being attacked by a zombie in the first episode. She is often described as {{tsundere}} for the occult (even in the series itself once or twice), particularly since despite her (backstory-related) hatred of the occult, she is practically a walking encyclopedia on the subject, and is usually the one explaining occult concepts to the other characters. It's no surprise that people keep pairing her with Umineko's Battler (above), who is similarly tsundere towards witches and magic.
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'' Ciel makes [[DealWithTheDevil a contract with a demon]], promising his soul to said demon. He is not unaware of this fact. Yet, in the anime version, somewhere between dealings with soul collecting {{Shinigami}} and psycho {{fallen angel}}s, he, while ''sitting next the demon he sold his soul to'', claims that he '''doesn't believe in souls'''. And although he doesn't go so far in the manga, he does regularly express disbelief when confronted with the supernatural, dismissing ghosts and curses even after encountering the real thing.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Tsunade states the [[{{Youkai}} ghouls and ghosts]] are "just a bunch of hooey". But she's ''saying'' it to the guy with [[SealedEvilInACan a demon spirit sealed inside him]]. Also, Tsunade's grand-uncle and one of her ex-teammates know resurrection jutsu. And her two immediate predecessors as Hokage each knew how to summon a {{Shinigami}}. And her dead boyfriend had invented a jutsu to temporarily transform himself into something akin to a ghost. To be fair, this is only seen in the {{Filler}}, which can be rather bad, particularly the later episodes.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has Cilan, who seems to come up with every "logical" explanation he can think of for supernatural events, such as an object floating through glass, EXCEPT that a Pokemon might be using Psychic.
* In ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', the protagonist is called in to help with a possessed patient of a Western-trained doctor. The doctor claims he cannot determine a cause of sickness, which is incredulous taking into account the levitation, horror face and swirling ghost energy around the victim. Doc responds by rolling around on the floor loudly denying the existence of the supernatural in a "La la la I can't hear you" fashion. He gets better by the end after encountering the possessing spirit and personally aiding in the fight with what he learned in medical school... A flying drop kick from his amateur wrestling team days! After acknowledging that the supernatural exists, he vows to prepare for any future occurrences... By training in his wrestling again.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/MakaiOuji'' where it's first exaggerated and then subverted with the protagonist William, who takes a ridiculously long time to accept that demons are real despite having witnessed numerous inexplicable phenomena and the fact that ''two of them follow him around all the time''.
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': In the anime, Bankotsu of the Band of Seven explicitly tells Kikyo that he doesn't believe in an afterlife, despite the fact that he lives in a world where {{youkai}} and magic are general knowledge, as well as the fact that he's an [[TheUndead undead]] human talking to another undead human who has to [[YourSoulIsMine absorb souls]] to survive.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': PlayedForLaughs in the first chapter when Karin states that despite seeing ghosts [[ImplausibleDeniability she does not believe in them]]. The ghosts give up haunting her because they feel so rejected by her cold dismissal.
* Early in ''Manga/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma is dumbstruck upon seeing someone control fire, because "there's no such thing as sorcerers" and "magic isn't real" ... even though he personally knows people who can manipulate lightning, and teleport at will. In other words, while magic is as unrealistic to him as it would be in real life, espers can do comparable things and are scientifically proven in his world, so the powers shouldn't be surprising.
** Done later in TheMovie with Shutaura Sequenzia, with a mixture of HollywoodAtheist. She doesn't hate religion because she explicitly doesn't believe it to true, but rather because her father died on a space plane crash that was otherwise declared deathless by the media. She eventually gets over it by the end.



* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989) it takes a great many characters quite a while to acknowledge that Batman ''might'' exist, and even then they're not willing to say so publicly. Alexander Knox (the only halfway-credible person who believes in Batman from the beginning) points out early on that, for the past month, there has been at least one sighting of Batman every week. But Harvey Dent dismisses the stories of Batman sightings as tales of "ghosts and goblins," and Eckhardt the police lieutenant insists that the slum dwellers who claim to have seen a bat-creature are "drinkin' Drano." Vicki Vale does ''pretend'' to believe, but this is only to convince Knox to join her in an official investigation of the sightings, which [[ItsAllAboutMe Vale hopes will advance her career and maybe even win her a Pulitzer Prize]]. Commissioner Gordon is the second major character to catch a glimpse of Batman... but he'd rather just sweep the truth under the rug, partly because it would embarrass Gotham City's police and partly because, since [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Batman was directly responsible for Jack Napier's near-death when the police needed Napier alive as a mob informant]], Gordon frankly would rather believe that Batman does ''not'' exist.
* In ''TheCoffinJoeTrilogy'', the title character refuses in to believe in God, Satan, and general supernatural activity, despite frequently being a target of ghostly/demoniac apparitions within the trilogy. It's never confirmed if the apparitions are [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane real or a product of his mind]].
* Referenced in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' when Loki, the former Angel of Death, talks to a Nun early and claims to have become an atheist due to a bizarre interpretation of Creator/LewisCarroll's poem ''The Walrus and the Carpenter'', which convinces her ''[[InsaneTrollLogic somehow]]'' to give up organized religion. His friend Bartleby points out that he ''knows'' for a fact there is a God, that Loki has stood in His presence, and He has spoken to Loki personally, yet Loki just claimed to be an atheist. Loki replies he just likes fucking with the clergy.



* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''
** Walter Peck in the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie]] firmly refuses to believe in ghosts even when his own actions cause the rampaging ghost menace in the first place (or maybe he had his denial blinders on). Plus the hundreds of eyewitnesses who have seen ghosts and seen the Ghostbusters at work. Peck's accusation that the Ghostbusters use gas to cause hallucinations is made without the slightest shred of evidence.
** In ''Film/GhostbustersII'', [[SequelReset the Ghostbusters have been shut down as frauds and many characters don't believe in ghosts.]] This is despite UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity having been attacked by a giant marshmallow man at the end of the first movie, which hundreds of people must have witnessed, and possibly being captured on film.
* Stan "The Man" Uris in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}''.
* In ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'':
-->'''Jason:''' They won't answer the believers. Would they answer a non-believer?
** Later, after lots of divine intervention, he pulls a GodsNeedPrayerBadly.
--->'''Jason:''' In time, all men shall learn to do without them!
* In ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter'', the title character gets attacked by a mob of atheists. "You don't know us, because we've never talked to you before!" Yeah, it's a weird movie.
* In ''Second Glance'', [[ItsAWonderfulPlot a movie that's essentially]] ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' but with a young Christian wishing he wasn't a believer, rather than never having existed. So an angel makes it happen and walks him through a day in his life as a non-believer.



* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989) it takes a great many characters quite a while to acknowledge that Batman ''might'' exist, and even then they're not willing to say so publicly. Alexander Knox (the only halfway-credible person who believes in Batman from the beginning) points out early on that, for the past month, there has been at least one sighting of Batman every week. But Harvey Dent dismisses the stories of Batman sightings as tales of "ghosts and goblins," and Eckhardt the police lieutenant insists that the slum dwellers who claim to have seen a bat-creature are "drinkin' Drano." Vicki Vale does ''pretend'' to believe, but this is only to convince Knox to join her in an official investigation of the sightings, which [[ItsAllAboutMe Vale hopes will advance her career and maybe even win her a Pulitzer Prize]]. Commissioner Gordon is the second major character to catch a glimpse of Batman... but he'd rather just sweep the truth under the rug, partly because it would embarrass Gotham City's police and partly because, since [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Batman was directly responsible for Jack Napier's near-death when the police needed Napier alive as a mob informant]], Gordon frankly would rather believe that Batman does ''not'' exist.
* In ''TheCoffinJoeTrilogy'', the title character refuses in to believe in God, Satan, and general supernatural activity, despite frequently being a target of ghostly/demoniac apparitions within the trilogy. It's never confirmed if the apparitions are [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane real or a product of his mind]].
* In ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter'', the title character gets attacked by a mob of atheists. "You don't know us, because we've never talked to you before!" Yeah, it's a weird movie.
* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''
** Walter Peck in the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie]] firmly refuses to believe in ghosts even when his own actions cause the rampaging ghost menace in the first place (or maybe he had his denial blinders on). Plus the hundreds of eyewitnesses who have seen ghosts and seen the Ghostbusters at work. Peck's accusation that the Ghostbusters use gas to cause hallucinations is made without the slightest shred of evidence.
** In ''Film/GhostbustersII'', [[SequelReset the Ghostbusters have been shut down as frauds and many characters don't believe in ghosts.]] This is despite UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity having been attacked by a giant marshmallow man at the end of the first movie, which hundreds of people must have witnessed, and possibly being captured on film.



* Stan "The Man" Uris in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}''.
* Referenced in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' when Loki, the former Angel of Death, talks to a Nun early and claims to have become an atheist due to a bizarre interpretation of Creator/LewisCarroll's poem ''The Walrus and the Carpenter'', which convinces her ''[[InsaneTrollLogic somehow]]'' to give up organized religion. His friend Bartleby points out that he ''knows'' for a fact there is a God, that Loki has stood in His presence, and He has spoken to Loki personally, yet Loki just claimed to be an atheist. Loki replies he just likes fucking with the clergy.
* In ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'':
-->'''Jason:''' They won't answer the believers. Would they answer a non-believer?
** Later, after lots of divine intervention, he pulls a GodsNeedPrayerBadly.
--->'''Jason:''' In time, all men shall learn to do without them!
* In ''Second Glance'', [[ItsAWonderfulPlot a movie that's essentially]] ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' but with a young Christian wishing he wasn't a believer, rather than never having existed. So an angel makes it happen and walks him through a day in his life as a non-believer.



* In ''Literature/{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'', the character Stannis Baratheon expresses atheist sentiments while using the magic of a particular religion to accomplish his own ends. Portrayed very differently in the TV adaptation.

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* In ''Literature/{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'', the character Stannis Baratheon expresses The Tolnedrans in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' worship a God that loves money, which sent them down a road to love money more than Gods, so that they're effectively atheist sentiments businessmen, and their God couldn't be happier with them. Most Tolnedran characters will cling to their atheism no matter how much the world's supernatural elements prod at them, including a scene where General Varana spends a tactical meeting facing away from the other commanders so that he won't have to see the sorcerers he's working with shapeshifting and casting spells.
** Further proof of this trope by the Tolnedren's, according to any Tolnedran, and the entire Tolnedran government, there is no such thing as magic, yet there are also specific laws making it illegal to use the very magic the law makers agree does not exist.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''
** In ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', a group of [[SpaceJews dwarfs]] who had turned atheist after being burned by the cult of "Tashlan" manages to trap themselves in an inverted LotusEaterMachine effect when they were brought into Heaven during [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of Narnia as we know it]].
** Also, Uncle Andrew, who refused to believe that the animals were talking and trapped himself in a WeirdnessCensor.
** And then there's Eustace in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''. He refuses to believe that Narnia isn't on Earth,
while using on a ship whose X.O. is a three-feet-tall ''talking'' mouse. The movie throws in a ''minotaur'' as the magic Master at Arms to make this even more ridiculous. The inclusion of the minotaur is made even funnier when he and a particular religion human shipmate ''make fun of'' Eustace for talking to accomplish his own ends. Portrayed very differently a seagull and expecting it to respond, with their implication that Eustace ''[[HypocriticalHumor ought to have known better]]''.
** [[{{Yandere}} Prince Rabadash]] is a variation - although he believes
in the TV adaptation.Calormene Gods, he also believes that the ending of the [[BigBad White Witch's]] eternal winter has come about through "the alteration of the stars and the operation of natural causes." Despite the fact that the Calormenes have been entertaining fauns, talking animals, they know that Narnia is guarded by "a demon...in the shape of a lion" and that the long winter was caused by a witch.
* Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' is a good example of the subtrope of the atheist dropped into a supernatural world. It takes him the whole first trilogy to accept that The Land isn't just a figment of his imagination. Even then, he doesn't stop believing the Land is a hallucination. He just concludes that it's an ''important'' hallucination.
* Elizabeth Bathory in ''Literature/CountAndCountess''. She and Vlad Tepes can write letters to one another despite living in two different time periods, but she still doesn't believe in the existence of a deity.



* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''
** In ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', a group of [[SpaceJews dwarfs]] who had turned atheist after being burned by the cult of "Tashlan" manages to trap themselves in an inverted LotusEaterMachine effect when they were brought into Heaven during [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of Narnia as we know it]].
** Also, Uncle Andrew, who refused to believe that the animals were talking and trapped himself in a WeirdnessCensor.
** And then there's Eustace in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''. He refuses to believe that Narnia isn't on Earth, while on a ship whose X.O. is a three-feet-tall ''talking'' mouse. The movie throws in a ''minotaur'' as the Master at Arms to make this even more ridiculous. The inclusion of the minotaur is made even funnier when he and a human shipmate ''make fun of'' Eustace for talking to a seagull and expecting it to respond, with their implication that Eustace ''[[HypocriticalHumor ought to have known better]]''.
** [[{{Yandere}} Prince Rabadash]] is a variation - although he believes in the Calormene Gods, he also believes that the ending of the [[BigBad White Witch's]] eternal winter has come about through "the alteration of the stars and the operation of natural causes." Despite the fact that the Calormenes have been entertaining fauns, talking animals, they know that Narnia is guarded by "a demon...in the shape of a lion" and that the long winter was caused by a witch.
* Richard from ''The Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series denounces the concept of an afterlife where people are rewarded or punished for their actions, because "nobody has ever come back from the grave to describe conditions in the next life." This despite having personally conversed with the spirits of the dead at least ''three times'', and having ''gone to the underworld and come back''.

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''
''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', RecurringCharacter Sanya is a group of [[SpaceJews dwarfs]] Russian man who had turned atheist after being burned was once [[DemonicPossession possessed by a Fallen Angel]] and offered [[TheAtoner redemption]] and a kick-ass magic sword wrought from one of the cult of "Tashlan" manages to trap themselves in an inverted LotusEaterMachine effect when they were brought into Heaven during [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of Narnia as we know it]].
** Also, Uncle Andrew, who refused to believe
nails that crucified Jesus, from the animals were talking and trapped hand of [[PhysicalGod the Archangel Michael himself]]. He describes himself in a WeirdnessCensor.
** And then there's Eustace in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''. He refuses to believe that Narnia isn't on Earth, while on a ship whose X.O. is a three-feet-tall ''talking'' mouse. The movie throws in a ''minotaur''
as agnostic. After all, the Master at Arms to make this even more ridiculous. The inclusion of the minotaur is made even funnier when he and a human shipmate ''make fun of'' Eustace for talking to a seagull and expecting it to respond, with their implication that Eustace ''[[HypocriticalHumor ought to have known better]]''.
** [[{{Yandere}} Prince Rabadash]] is a variation - although he believes in the Calormene Gods, he also believes that the ending of the [[BigBad White Witch's]] eternal winter has come about through "the alteration of the stars and the operation of natural causes." Despite the fact that the Calormenes have been entertaining fauns, talking animals, they know that Narnia is guarded by "a demon...in the shape of a lion" and that the long winter was
whole thing might be caused by {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s, [[AllJustADream a witch.
* Richard
dream he's currently having in a coma]], or [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs a hallucination of some sort]]. On the complete other hand, he takes the existence of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], [[TheFairFolk faeries]], and [[AWizardDidIt wizards]] without much question. Sanya's attitude about the whole thing is that it doesn't matter if his power came from ''The Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series denounces the concept of an afterlife where God or not, he's helping people are rewarded or punished for their actions, because "nobody has ever come back from the grave who need it, and that's all that matters. Or he's just insane. He's in no hurry to describe conditions in the next life." This figure out which explanation is true.
** Dresden himself,
despite having personally conversed being best friends with the spirits of the dead at least ''three times'', ''another'' sword-bearer, and having ''gone had open discussions with Archangels, doesn't consider himself a "Believer", either. This is less a lack or weak belief, but more of a difference of opinion about a certain Deity's ''Modus Operandi''.\\
\\
Despite being a NayTheist himself, Dresden finds Sanya's agnostic views extremely amusing when he first hears them. He is quick
to point out all the underworld supernatural things Sanya deals with on a regular basis, and come back''.ask if a Knight of the Cross is even allowed to be an agnostic.



* Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' is a good example of the subtrope of the atheist dropped into a supernatural world. It takes him the whole first trilogy to accept that The Land isn't just a figment of his imagination. Even then, he doesn't stop believing the Land is a hallucination. He just concludes that it's an ''important'' hallucination.

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* Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' is In S. M. Stirling's Literature/{{Emberverse}}, a good example universe that's kicked off when a bright light rends inoperable all modern technology at once, TheChessmaster Sandra Arminger remains one of the subtrope of few atheists. She admits that the evidence in favor of religion and magic in her universe makes this an illogical position, and says that she has attempted to pray. Her prayers have been ineffective, however, because in her heart she does not believe.
--> '''Juniper''': You believe in nothing, you pray to nothing, and you are answered by -- nothing!
--> '''Sandra''' ''(wryly)'': Is ''nothing'' sacred?
* Jalil in the ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' books is a teen-aged
atheist dropped from this world sucked into a world where various mythological deities are real. He's fairly smart about it, but more-or-less claims them to be {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s and/or that the laws of physics in this world are just different and assumed to be "magic".
** Interestingly, this series plays with the trope with another character: April, a devout ''Christian'' brought to Everworld. While she seems more open to displays of the obviously supernatural, she also claims the various deities aren't "real gods" while at the same time having a small crisis of faith.
** Jalil's issues are further examined by the other characters' opinions. The acid-tongued, magic-loving Senna in particular has a few interesting things to say about it. "No wonder you don't believe in {{God}} or [[OurGodsAreDifferent gods]]: Thou shalt have no other gods before Jalil."
* The Mi-Go, Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Fungi from Yuggoth'', appear to be a race of these, at least according to some Franchise/CthulhuMythos materials. Though they live in a world overflowing with monstrous,
supernatural world. It takes him beings with horrific powers, rather than worshiping them as gods like most mortals aware of their existence, they plan to use their science to either control or destroy these entities. In contrast to the whole first trilogy to accept hopelessness that The Land isn't surrounds any human confrontation with the Mythos' various horrifying creatures, you get the feeling that the Mi-Go might just have some chance of pulling it off, probably because, unlike humans, their science is not inhibited by old-fashioned limitations like ethics. When you think about it, they may just be the scariest damn things in the entire Mythos.
** Alternatively, they may just have OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions. After all, many if not all of the 'supernatural' entities of Lovecraft's creation are themselves 'only' alien lifeforms that humans -- and insane cultists in particular -- simply easily ''mistake'' for gods or demons.
*** According to ''The Whisper in Darkness'' where the Mi-Go are introduced, they do seem to worship Shub-Niggurath and Nyarlathotep. It does sound like a pragmatic relationship, though; you really don't want to annoy forces like that, no matter how great your civilization is.
---->'''The Whisper:''' To Nyarlathotep, Mighty Messenger, must all things be told.
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, one's spiritual beliefs, among other factors, determine what kind of afterlife one experiences. Consequently atheists, who don't want to go on after death, despite living in a world of magic as well as science, have souls that end up disintegrating upon their deaths.
* Allan Carpentier, the hero of Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/{{Inferno}},'' believes that the world he finds himself in is
just a figment copy of his imagination. Even then, he doesn't stop believing Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' built by sadistic {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s. [[spoiler:By the Land end of the first book he has become convinced otherwise but has yet to decide whether or not GodIsEvil]].
* In the ''Literature/KittyNorville'' series, [[BrokenMasquerade the masquerade was broken]] in the first book of the series. ''Kitty's House of Horrors''
is the seventh book, set about four years after the start of the series, and is probably the first time the reader meets a hallucination. He just concludes person who doubts the existence of the supernatural. Author Conrad Garrett argues that it's an ''important'' hallucination.people who claim to have supernatural powers are frauds or crazy, that video footage of a werewolf shapeshifting is CGI, and that CDC reports on were-people and vampires are the result of collusion with drug companies who want to make money off the conditions. [[spoiler:He only changes his mind when he sees Kitty shapeshift.]]



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in some of Patricia Briggs' ''Literature/MercyThompson'' novels. Werewolves have recently gone public; the fae have been officially out for a decade or so, and demons are also real, but the protagonist meets quite a few people who don't believe in vampires or ghosts, and her friend Adam, a werewolf, doesn't believe in God (although she does herself).



* The Tolnedrans in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' worship a God that loves money, which sent them down a road to love money more than Gods, so that they're effectively atheist businessmen, and their God couldn't be happier with them. Most Tolnedran characters will cling to their atheism no matter how much the world's supernatural elements prod at them, including a scene where General Varana spends a tactical meeting facing away from the other commanders so that he won't have to see the sorcerers he's working with shapeshifting and casting spells.
** Further proof of this trope by the Tolnedren's, according to any Tolnedran, and the entire Tolnedran government, there is no such thing as magic, yet there are also specific laws making it illegal to use the very magic the law makers agree does not exist.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** RecurringCharacter Sanya is a Russian man who was once [[DemonicPossession possessed by a Fallen Angel]] and offered [[TheAtoner redemption]] and a kick-ass magic sword wrought from one of the nails that crucified Jesus, from the hand of [[PhysicalGod the Archangel Michael himself]]. He describes himself as agnostic. After all, the whole thing might be caused by {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s, [[AllJustADream a dream he's currently having in a coma]], or [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs a hallucination of some sort]]. On the complete other hand, he takes the existence of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], [[TheFairFolk faeries]], and [[AWizardDidIt wizards]] without much question. Sanya's attitude about the whole thing is that it doesn't matter if his power came from God or not, he's helping people who need it, and that's all that matters. Or he's just insane. He's in no hurry to figure out which explanation is true.
** Dresden himself, despite being best friends with ''another'' sword-bearer, and having had open discussions with Archangels, doesn't consider himself a "Believer", either. This is less a lack or weak belief, but more of a difference of opinion about a certain Deity's ''Modus Operandi''.\\
\\
Despite being a NayTheist himself, Dresden finds Sanya's agnostic views extremely amusing when he first hears them. He is quick to point out all the supernatural things Sanya deals with on a regular basis, and ask if a Knight of the Cross is even allowed to be an agnostic.
* The Mi-Go, Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Fungi from Yuggoth'', appear to be a race of these, at least according to some Franchise/CthulhuMythos materials. Though they live in a world overflowing with monstrous, supernatural beings with horrific powers, rather than worshiping them as gods like most mortals aware of their existence, they plan to use their science to either control or destroy these entities. In contrast to the hopelessness that surrounds any human confrontation with the Mythos' various horrifying creatures, you get the feeling that the Mi-Go might just have some chance of pulling it off, probably because, unlike humans, their science is not inhibited by old-fashioned limitations like ethics. When you think about it, they may just be the scariest damn things in the entire Mythos.
** Alternatively, they may just have OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions. After all, many if not all of the 'supernatural' entities of Lovecraft's creation are themselves 'only' alien lifeforms that humans -- and insane cultists in particular -- simply easily ''mistake'' for gods or demons.
*** According to ''The Whisper in Darkness'' where the Mi-Go are introduced, they do seem to worship Shub-Niggurath and Nyarlathotep. It does sound like a pragmatic relationship, though; you really don't want to annoy forces like that, no matter how great your civilization is.
---->'''The Whisper:''' To Nyarlathotep, Mighty Messenger, must all things be told.
* Jalil in the ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' books is a teen-aged atheist from this world sucked into a world where various mythological deities are real. He's fairly smart about it, but more-or-less claims them to be {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s and/or that the laws of physics in this world are just different and assumed to be "magic".
** Interestingly, this series plays with the trope with another character: April, a devout ''Christian'' brought to Everworld. While she seems more open to displays of the obviously supernatural, she also claims the various deities aren't "real gods" while at the same time having a small crisis of faith.
** Jalil's issues are further examined by the other characters' opinions. The acid-tongued, magic-loving Senna in particular has a few interesting things to say about it. "No wonder you don't believe in {{God}} or [[OurGodsAreDifferent gods]]: Thou shalt have no other gods before Jalil."
* Allan Carpentier, the hero of Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/{{Inferno}},'' believes that the world he finds himself in is just a copy of Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' built by sadistic {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s. [[spoiler:By the end of the first book he has become convinced otherwise but has yet to decide whether or not GodIsEvil]].

to:

* The Tolnedrans in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' worship a God that loves money, which sent them down a road to love money more than Gods, so that they're effectively In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the character Stannis Baratheon expresses atheist businessmen, and their God couldn't be happier with them. Most Tolnedran characters will cling to their atheism no matter how much sentiments while using the world's supernatural elements prod at them, including a scene where General Varana spends a tactical meeting facing away from the other commanders so that he won't have to see the sorcerers he's working with shapeshifting and casting spells.
** Further proof of this trope by the Tolnedren's, according to any Tolnedran, and the entire Tolnedran government, there is no such thing as magic, yet there are also specific laws making it illegal to use the very
magic the law makers agree does not exist.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** RecurringCharacter Sanya is a Russian man who was once [[DemonicPossession possessed by a Fallen Angel]] and offered [[TheAtoner redemption]] and a kick-ass magic sword wrought from one of the nails that crucified Jesus, from the hand of [[PhysicalGod the Archangel Michael himself]]. He describes himself as agnostic. After all, the whole thing might be caused by {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s, [[AllJustADream a dream he's currently having in a coma]], or [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs a hallucination of some sort]]. On the complete other hand, he takes the existence of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], [[TheFairFolk faeries]], and [[AWizardDidIt wizards]] without much question. Sanya's attitude about the whole thing is that it doesn't matter if his power came from God or not, he's helping people who need it, and that's all that matters. Or he's just insane. He's in no hurry to figure out which explanation is true.
** Dresden himself, despite being best friends with ''another'' sword-bearer, and having had open discussions with Archangels, doesn't consider himself a "Believer", either. This is less a lack or weak belief, but more
of a difference of opinion about a certain Deity's ''Modus Operandi''.\\
\\
Despite being a NayTheist himself, Dresden finds Sanya's agnostic views extremely amusing when he first hears them. He is quick to point out all the supernatural things Sanya deals with on a regular basis, and ask if a Knight of the Cross is even allowed to be an agnostic.
* The Mi-Go, Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Fungi from Yuggoth'', appear to be a race of these, at least according to some Franchise/CthulhuMythos materials. Though they live in a world overflowing with monstrous, supernatural beings with horrific powers, rather than worshiping them as gods like most mortals aware of their existence, they plan to use their science to either control or destroy these entities. In contrast to the hopelessness that surrounds any human confrontation with the Mythos' various horrifying creatures, you get the feeling that the Mi-Go might just have some chance of pulling it off, probably because, unlike humans, their science is not inhibited by old-fashioned limitations like ethics. When you think about it, they may just be the scariest damn things in the entire Mythos.
** Alternatively, they may just have OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions. After all, many if not all of the 'supernatural' entities of Lovecraft's creation are themselves 'only' alien lifeforms that humans -- and insane cultists in
particular -- simply easily ''mistake'' for gods or demons.
*** According
religion to accomplish his own ends. Portrayed very differently in the TV adaptation.
* Richard from
''The Whisper in Darkness'' Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series denounces the concept of an afterlife where people are rewarded or punished for their actions, because "nobody has ever come back from the Mi-Go are introduced, they do seem grave to worship Shub-Niggurath and Nyarlathotep. It does sound like a pragmatic relationship, though; you really don't want to annoy forces like that, no matter how great your civilization is.
---->'''The Whisper:''' To Nyarlathotep, Mighty Messenger, must all things be told.
* Jalil
describe conditions in the ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' books is a teen-aged atheist from this world sucked into a world where various mythological deities are real. He's fairly smart about it, but more-or-less claims them to be {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s and/or that the laws of physics in this world are just different and assumed to be "magic".
** Interestingly, this series plays
next life." This despite having personally conversed with the trope with another character: April, a devout ''Christian'' brought to Everworld. While she seems more open to displays spirits of the obviously supernatural, she also claims the various deities aren't "real gods" while dead at the same time least ''three times'', and having a small crisis of faith.
** Jalil's issues are further examined by
''gone to the other characters' opinions. The acid-tongued, magic-loving Senna in particular has a few interesting things to say about it. "No wonder you don't believe in {{God}} or [[OurGodsAreDifferent gods]]: Thou shalt have no other gods before Jalil."
* Allan Carpentier, the hero of Creator/LarryNiven
underworld and Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/{{Inferno}},'' believes that the world he finds himself in is just a copy of Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' built by sadistic {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s. [[spoiler:By the end of the first book he has become convinced otherwise but has yet to decide whether or not GodIsEvil]].come back''.



* In the ''Literature/KittyNorville'' series, [[BrokenMasquerade the masquerade was broken]] in the first book of the series. ''Kitty's House of Horrors'' is the seventh book, set about four years after the start of the series, and is probably the first time the reader meets a person who doubts the existence of the supernatural. Author Conrad Garrett argues that people who claim to have supernatural powers are frauds or crazy, that video footage of a werewolf shapeshifting is CGI, and that CDC reports on were-people and vampires are the result of collusion with drug companies who want to make money off the conditions. [[spoiler:He only changes his mind when he sees Kitty shapeshift.]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in some of Patricia Briggs' ''Literature/MercyThompson'' novels. Werewolves have recently gone public; the fae have been officially out for a decade or so, and demons are also real, but the protagonist meets quite a few people who don't believe in vampires or ghosts, and her friend Adam, a werewolf, doesn't believe in God (although she does herself).



* In S. M. Stirling's Literature/{{Emberverse}}, a universe that's kicked off when a bright light rends inoperable all modern technology at once, TheChessmaster Sandra Arminger remains one of the few atheists. She admits that the evidence in favor of religion and magic in her universe makes this an illogical position, and says that she has attempted to pray. Her prayers have been ineffective, however, because in her heart she does not believe.
--> '''Juniper''': You believe in nothing, you pray to nothing, and you are answered by -- nothing!
--> '''Sandra''' ''(wryly)'': Is ''nothing'' sacred?
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, one's spiritual beliefs, among other factors, determine what kind of afterlife one experiences. Consequently atheists, who don't want to go on after death, despite living in a world of magic as well as science, have souls that end up disintegrating upon their deaths.



* Elizabeth Bathory in ''Literature/CountAndCountess''. She and Vlad Tepes can write letters to one another despite living in two different time periods, but she still doesn't believe in the existence of a deity.
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** Done later in TheMovie with Shutaura Sequenzia, with a mixture of HollywoodAtheist. She doesn't hate religion because she explicitly doesn't believe it to true, but rather because her father died on a space plane crash that was otherwise declared deathless by the media. She eventually gets over it by the end.
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