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16th Nov '16 11:33:45 AM Jeduthun
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->''Hello! My name is Elder Price\\
And I would like to share with you\\
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25th Aug '16 2:43:07 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* What do you get if you cross a Jehovah's Witness with a Unitarian? Someone who knocks on your door but doesn't know why.
5th Aug '16 6:19:51 PM Teakay
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** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Visit bursts into TearsOfJoy when his new coworker in the Watch reads the pamphlets and then ''asks for more''.
20th May '16 2:05:43 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* One of the main plotlines of the last season of ''QueerAsFolk'' is ''Proposition 14'', which would do nothing but make life harder for the gay characters (which is basically [[CastFullOfGay everyone]] on the show) if voted through. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments At one point]], two middle-aged women who are supporters of Prop 14 come knocking on Michael and Ben's door, talking about "protecting the holy bonds of matrimony" and Michael talks to them for awhile, not letting on that he's gay. He tells them that he's married (he and Ben got married in Canada) and he has two children (they've got a teenage foster son, and Michael is the biological father of their lesbian friends' infant daughter). Then a half-naked Ben shows up, introducing himself as Michael's lawfully wedded husband, and the ladies beat a hasty retreat.

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* One of the main plotlines of the last season of ''QueerAsFolk'' ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' is ''Proposition 14'', which would do nothing but make life harder for the gay characters (which is basically [[CastFullOfGay everyone]] on the show) if voted through. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments At one point]], two middle-aged women who are supporters of Prop 14 come knocking on Michael and Ben's door, talking about "protecting the holy bonds of matrimony" and Michael talks to them for awhile, not letting on that he's gay. He tells them that he's married (he and Ben got married in Canada) and he has two children (they've got a teenage foster son, and Michael is the biological father of their lesbian friends' infant daughter). Then a half-naked Ben shows up, introducing himself as Michael's lawfully wedded husband, and the ladies beat a hasty retreat.
24th Apr '16 4:22:16 AM EDP
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* A thinly-veiled ShallowParody of the Jehova's Witnesses show up in ''Ninja Nuns'', with their 'god' being ''an antropomorphic door phone''.
28th Feb '16 9:43:12 AM Gowan
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* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' featured this with the worshipers of [[GodOfEvil Sithrak]], as they try to spread his word of despair and hatred, for he promises unending torture for everybody after death because he [[HatesEveryoneEqually hates everyone regardless of whether they're good or evil or if they worship him or not]], so why not worship him? The freedom from responsibility is liberating! [[spoiler:For what it's worth, they're completely wrong about Sithrak - they take their doctrine from his Book of Dismay, which he reveals to be nothing more than "teen poetry" he wrote when he was going through an angry phase, and not something he believes or expected anyone else to believe.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' featured this with the worshipers of [[GodOfEvil Sithrak]], as they try to spread his word of despair and hatred, for he promises unending torture for everybody after death because he [[HatesEveryoneEqually hates everyone regardless of whether they're good or evil or if they worship him or not]], so why not worship him? The freedom from responsibility is liberating! [[spoiler:For what it's worth, they're completely wrong about Sithrak - they take their doctrine from his Book of Dismay, which he reveals to be nothing more than "teen poetry" he wrote when he was going through an angry phase, and not something he believes or expected anyone else to believe.]]]] For people who worship an evil god they're surprisingly nice; they're even pacifists - when you know that your god will torture you for all eternity, you're not very keen on meeting him, obviously.
12th Feb '16 8:09:36 AM Kitch
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* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'', the federal immigration officers trying to expose them as [[{{Pun]] illegal aliens]] get into their house by posing as Witnesses. They fare substantially better than most TV [=JWs=] since their talk of the coming end of the world jives with the Coneheads' plans to be the ones who end it.

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* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'', the federal immigration officers trying to expose them as [[{{Pun]] [[{{Pun}} illegal aliens]] get into their house by posing as Witnesses. They fare substantially better than most TV [=JWs=] since their talk of the coming end of the world jives with the Coneheads' plans to be the ones who end it.
8th Jan '16 7:12:48 PM nombretomado
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* On the first episode of ''MockTheWeek'''s seventh season, they commented on Michael Jackson's death [[CrossesTheLineTwice in their usual style]]. They noted that being one of Jehovah's Witnesses was possibly the least weird thing about him and pondered whether when he went to meetings if ''they'' pretended to not be in.

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* On the first episode of ''MockTheWeek'''s ''Series/MockTheWeek'''s seventh season, they commented on Michael Jackson's death [[CrossesTheLineTwice in their usual style]]. They noted that being one of Jehovah's Witnesses was possibly the least weird thing about him and pondered whether when he went to meetings if ''they'' pretended to not be in.



* In an episode of ''BlackBooks'', a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses knock on Bernard's door, and Bernard is so desperate for a distraction from the paperwork that he invites them in. He then winds up having to give them hints about what to do next, because it's been so long since anybody let them actually do the witnessing that they've forgotten how it goes. He also more or less converts them to Catholicism.
* In ''SpittingImage,'' we see a Soviet space station, and a man in a space suit knocking on the station (which is hard to do in space). A Russian Cosmonaut opens the door. "Yes, comrade?" "Hi, I'm from the Jehovah's Witnesses -- " (slam!)

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* In an episode of ''BlackBooks'', ''Series/BlackBooks'', a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses knock on Bernard's door, and Bernard is so desperate for a distraction from the paperwork that he invites them in. He then winds up having to give them hints about what to do next, because it's been so long since anybody let them actually do the witnessing that they've forgotten how it goes. He also more or less converts them to Catholicism.
* In ''SpittingImage,'' ''Series/SpittingImage,'' we see a Soviet space station, and a man in a space suit knocking on the station (which is hard to do in space). A Russian Cosmonaut opens the door. "Yes, comrade?" "Hi, I'm from the Jehovah's Witnesses -- " (slam!)
3rd Jan '16 3:28:31 PM StFan
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* Swedish comedian Johan Glans has mentioned wanting to find out where a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses live, knocking on their door and saying: "Hi! I'm from the Ordinary People."
* German comedian Michael Mittermeier likes to scare Witness by acting as a exorcist-like possessed man complete with scare music and pea soup as fake vomit.
* Creator/JimGaffigan talks about how uncomfortable it makes even religious people to talk about Jesus. He says that even the pope would say, "Easy, freak. I like to keep work at work."
* Creator/RobinWilliams mentioned at in one stand-up special that he became so burned out on religion that if Jehovah's Witnesses came to the door and asked if he found Jesus, he would like to answer the door naked and say, "No, why don't you help me find him? Come on!"
* Creator/JasperCarrott once hypothesised that if you [[SubvertedTrope actually invited Jehovah's Witnesses in rather than finding inventive ways to get rid of them]], they'd be so shocked that you could brainwash them and build up your own private army.
* Creator/RossNoble has a routine about religion where he considers how this would go with a ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' fan in place of the Jehovah's Witness. "Oh, you're busy right now? Okay, I'll just leave the rules."
* Australian filmmaker Brad Carter made a video of himself and a friend going around Salt Lake City knocking on doors with copies of ''Origin of Species''
* Creator/{{Gallagher}} suggested that the government could save money by having missionaries deliver the mail.
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-->'''Jehovah's Witness''': Good morning. Do you know God?
-->'''Rat-Man''': Yes, that's me. What do you want?
* ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'': In Chapter 10, two Jehovah's Witnesses on bicycles stop at the newsstand, buy a newspaper, and then try to give the newsvendor a copy of ''The Watchtower''. He tells them to get lost. (The fact that the chapter title comes from the lyrics of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" is surely [[DoubleMeaningTitle not a coincidence]].)

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-->'''Jehovah's Witness''': Witness:''' Good morning. Do you know God?
-->'''Rat-Man''':
God?\\
'''Rat-Man''':
Yes, that's me. What do you want?
* ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': In Chapter 10, two Jehovah's Witnesses on bicycles stop at the newsstand, buy a newspaper, and then try to give the newsvendor a copy of ''The Watchtower''. He tells them to get lost. (The fact that the chapter title comes from the lyrics of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" is surely [[DoubleMeaningTitle not a coincidence]].)



[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'', the federal immigration officers trying to expose them as illegal [[IncrediblyLamePun aliens]] get into their house by posing as Witnesses. They fare substantially better than most TV [=JWs=] since their talk of the coming end of the world jives with the Coneheads' plans to be the ones who end it.

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* A ''ComicStrip/{{Pondus}}'' sunday strip has Pondus getting visited by two door-to-door evangelists (apparently a married couple) who emphasize that the end of the end of the world is coming very soon. Pondus jokingly tells them that at least it means he won't have to pay back the rest of his house loan. The evangelists laugh and, thinking they might have a foot inside, casually admit that they recently took up a rather large house loan themselves. Pondus then points out that [[FridgeBrilliance it means they took up a loan that they never intended on paying back in full]], and threatens to call an economic crime investigator.
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* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'', the federal immigration officers trying to expose them as [[{{Pun]] illegal [[IncrediblyLamePun aliens]] get into their house by posing as Witnesses. They fare substantially better than most TV [=JWs=] since their talk of the coming end of the world jives with the Coneheads' plans to be the ones who end it.



-->'''Girl Scout:''' "Would you like to buy some cookies?" (Pan to...)
-->'''Jehovah's Witnesses:''' "Have you heard the good news?"
-->'''Scooby Doo:''' "Yeah, there's [[ComicallyMissingThePoint cookies!]]"

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-->'''Girl Scout:''' "Would Would you like to buy some cookies?" (Pan cookies?\\
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'''Scooby
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-->'''Evangelist:''' "Your souls are in danger!"
-->'''Mrs. Peacock:''' "Our LIVES are in danger, you beatnik!"

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-->'''Evangelist:''' "Your Your souls are in danger!"
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'''Mrs.
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* A {{Pondus}} sunday strip has Pondus getting visited by two door-to-door evangelists (apparently a married couple) who emphasize that the end of the end of the world is coming very soon. Pondus jokingly tells them that at least it means he won't have to pay back the rest of his house loan. The evangelists laugh and, thinking they might have a foot inside, casually admit that they recently took up a rather large house loan themselves. Pondus then points out that [[FridgeBrilliance it means they took up a loan that they never intended on paying back in full]], and threatens to call an economic crime investigator.

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* A {{Pondus}} sunday strip has Pondus getting visited by two door-to-door evangelists (apparently Used in a married couple) who emphasize that scene in Adult InteractiveFiction game ''The Babysitter'' wherein the end Witness in question brings along his daughter and then leaves her behind while he makes his rounds. She doesn't fare so well.
* In another InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', a doctor is [[spoiler:about to kill one
of the end main characters]] when one of these knocks on his door. While the world devout one preaches about the word of god, and the doctor tries to get rid of him as quickly as possible, [[spoiler:the main character is coming very soon. Pondus jokingly tells shown in split-screen, desperately trying to pull themselves free of their ropes before the doctor comes back and performs surgery on them that at least it means he won't have to pay back the rest of his house loan. The evangelists laugh and, thinking they might have with a foot inside, casually admit that they recently took up a rather large house loan themselves. Pondus then points out that [[FridgeBrilliance it means they took up a loan that they never intended on paying back in full]], and threatens to call an economic crime investigator. power drill.]]



[[folder: Stand-up Comedy]]
* Swedish comedian Johan Glans has mentioned wanting to find out where a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses live, knocking on their door and saying: "Hi! I'm from the Ordinary People."
* German comedian Michael Mittermeier likes to scare Witness by acting as a exorcist-like possessed man complete with scare music and pea soup as fake vomit.
* Creator/JimGaffigan talks about how uncomfortable it makes even religious people to talk about Jesus. He says that even the pope would say, "Easy, freak. I like to keep work at work."
* Creator/RobinWilliams mentioned at in one stand-up special that he became so burned out on religion that if Jehovah's Witnesses came to the door and asked if he found Jesus, he would like to answer the door naked and say, "No, why don't you help me find him? Come on!"
* Creator/JasperCarrott once hypothesised that if you [[SubvertedTrope actually invited Jehovah's Witnesses in rather than finding inventive ways to get rid of them]], they'd be so shocked that you could brainwash them and build up your own private army.
* Creator/RossNoble has a routine about religion where he considers how this would go with a ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' fan in place of the Jehovah's Witness. "Oh, you're busy right now? Okay, I'll just leave the rules."
* Australian filmmaker Brad Carter made a video of himself and a friend going around Salt Lake City knocking on doors with copies of ''Origin of Species''
* Creator/{{Gallagher}} suggested that the government could save money by having missionaries deliver the mail.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Used in a scene in Adult InteractiveFiction game ''The Babysitter'' wherein the Witness in question brings along his daughter and then leaves her behind while he makes his rounds. She doesn't fare so well.
* In another InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', a doctor is [[spoiler:about to kill one of the main characters]] when one of these knocks on his door. While the devout one preaches about the word of god, and the doctor tries to get rid of him as quickly as possible, [[spoiler:the main character is shown in split-screen, desperately trying to pull themselves free of their ropes before the doctor comes back and performs surgery on them with a power drill.]]
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31st Oct '15 11:19:50 PM nombretomado
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** One "flashback" had Peter remembering his time as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. The guy answers the door, Peter asks if he'd like to hear about Jesus and the guy says, "Yes." Peter is befuddled and doesn't know what to say, since that's the first time anybody hasn't slammed the door in his face. He then tried to tell the story of Jesus, but he ended up explaining the plot of ''QuantumLeap''.

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** One "flashback" had Peter remembering his time as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. The guy answers the door, Peter asks if he'd like to hear about Jesus and the guy says, "Yes." Peter is befuddled and doesn't know what to say, since that's the first time anybody hasn't slammed the door in his face. He then tried to tell the story of Jesus, but he ended up explaining the plot of ''QuantumLeap''.''Series/QuantumLeap''.
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