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2nd Feb '18 2:29:12 AM lillolillo
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', ComicBook/JohnConstantine is worried that the Girl of Steel won't survive the next battle, so he resorts to pray -something he seldom does, even though he's quite aware of the existence of gods in the setting-. As it turns out, [[spoiler:his prayer is answered]].
-->"Hello, I know You're listening," he said. "Sorry to bother You in the middle of the day and all. Look, we're in a bit of a bind. I know y'got summat y'could have against me. Let's not get into that now, all right? I'm not askin' any favors for me, in particular. Well, I'd prefer not to go like instant-start charcoal, but what the hell, excuse me, that just slipped out.\\
"I'm askin' for the kids. If they could be brought through this thing simon-pure, I'd really appreciate it. And the two Action guys, they shouldn't even be in this. Them gettin' their trousers burnt really wouldn't be Marquis of Queensbury. Now, would it?\\
"But the thing I'm really askin'... the thing I'm really askin'... is for Miss, excuse me, Ms. Kara there. And maybe for her guy, too. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not poaching her. But the kid's got something to her. Makes me feel kinda good, hangin' around her. You know what I'm talkin' about? Well, I expect so. She's one solid gal, she is. And from what I've gathered here, she and that Dev guy haven't had much time together. So it'd be really bleedin' improper for one or both of ‘em to catch the night train prematurely, now, wouldn't it? I mean, wouldn't it?\\
"So it's like... if'n You can bring ‘er through this... and maybe her man, too... You've got my marker. For whatever that's worth. I may have walked the fence, but I don't welsh. Ask me mates. I've gone hungry till next week's payday to pay off a bet."\\
Constantine was silent for a second. Kara made no sound at all.\\
"Want me to sweeten the pot? Well, what? All right, I'll go to church. Just once! What else? Ah, lemme see... oh, cripes, I would think of that. I don't really wanna do that. Oh, all right. If you get ‘em both through, I'll... I'll vote for Maggie Thatcher.\\
"But just once!"\\
There was a pause, and a sound of shoes scuffing. Then Constantine said, "Oh, one more thing. If that bloke Rao is anywhere in the block, he better come through for them. He blew it with Krypton. If he blows it with this one, I'll come up there and kick his ruddy pants for him. That's all."
2nd Feb '18 2:27:39 AM jormis29
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* A genuine option in the TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} pen & paper RPG, high level clerics have tiny chance (a matter of 3% or so) to turn the tide massively in their favour when all seems lost by praying to their god(s).

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* A genuine option in the TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} pen & paper RPG, ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', high level clerics have tiny chance (a matter of 3% or so) to turn the tide massively in their favour when all seems lost by praying to their god(s).
1st Feb '18 10:00:16 PM KingLyger
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* "Night Crawler" by Music/JudasPriest features some victims being stalked by the titular beast.
-->Sanctuary is being sought\\
Whispered prayers, a last resort!
28th Jan '18 10:11:22 AM Nintendoman01
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* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[=/=]''Series/{{Angel}}'' fic ''FanFic/BringMeToLife'', Willow, having been cornered by Warren and Amy and being [[BroughtDownToNormal drained of her magic]] by Warren's RayGun, gives a desperate prayer to ThePowersThatBe to save her. Her prayer is answered; [[BewareTheNiceOnes Whistler]] shows up and drives Amy and Warren off.
11th Jan '18 6:06:39 AM DaibhidC
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If the character issues the prayer as an ultimatum that will determine their belief in God, they're playing ReligiousRussianRoulette. See also CrisisOfFaith, InMysteriousWays, and GodIsGood. Compare and contrast with HaveYouSeenMyGod and EvilStoleMyFaith.

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If the character issues the prayer as an ultimatum that will determine their belief in God, they're playing ReligiousRussianRoulette. See also CrisisOfFaith, InMysteriousWays, and GodIsGood. Compare and contrast with HaveYouSeenMyGod and EvilStoleMyFaith. Supertrope to SayYourPrayers (where the character is actually about to die).
1st Jan '18 12:57:27 AM JackG
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** Subverted in "Scorpion, Part One". Captain Janeway has TwoRoadsBeforeYou; give up on their quest to go home, or enter a battlefield between two vastly powerful alien species and face death or assimilation. To seek inspiration she goes to Leonardo di Vinci holodeck program. Leonardo suggests that 'Katrina' accompany him to a church and they pray for guidance. [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Janeway politely turns down the offer]], but then has a EurekaMoment -- what if she made a [[EnemyMine deal with the Devil instead?]]

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** Subverted in "Scorpion, Part One". Captain Janeway has TwoRoadsBeforeYou; give up on their quest to go home, or enter a battlefield between two vastly powerful alien species and face death or assimilation. To seek inspiration she goes to the Leonardo di Vinci holodeck program. Leonardo suggests that 'Katrina' Janeway accompany him to a church and they pray for guidance. [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Janeway politely turns down the offer]], but then has a EurekaMoment -- what if she made a [[EnemyMine deal with the Devil instead?]]
1st Jan '18 12:56:30 AM JackG
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
** While most Starfleet members have OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions, [[MagicalNativeAmerican Chakotay]] was an exception, so this trope comes up a couple of times (in "Twisted" and "Cathexis").
** Subverted in "Scorpion, Part One". Captain Janeway has TwoRoadsBeforeYou; give up on their quest to go home, or enter a battlefield between two vastly powerful alien species and face death or assimilation. To seek inspiration she goes to Leonardo di Vinci holodeck program. Leonardo suggests that 'Katrina' accompany him to a church and they pray for guidance. [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Janeway politely turns down the offer]], but then has a EurekaMoment -- what if she made a [[EnemyMine deal with the Devil instead?]]
16th Dec '17 7:03:15 PM AdelePotter
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* In ''WebVideo/DemoReel'', Donnie comes to this conclusion after he's been left in the woods to die, and has a rough few days with no food, shelter, or clean water.
-->'''Donnie:''' Okay. I know I'm out of my element. So, I have reached the final act of desperation. After you've drank your own urine, eaten leaves, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext committed possumcide]], there's only one other desperate act one can make: prayer.\\
''(Cut to Donnie on his knees and looking towards the sky.)''\\
'''Donnie:''' I'm a worthless man, I'm a small man... I just need Your help. If You can give me anything, some sign, just a... a little bit of hope for me to cling onto, I will dedicate my life to making things better, not worse. And if not... I swear, I will sell my soul to Satan. I'll do it! I will find the nearest woodland critter, bludgeon it to death, and sacrifice it on a black altar of pine cones and tree sap!\\
''({{Beat}}.)''\\
'''Donnie:''' ...Nothing? Nada? Okay.\\
''(Cut to Donnie now speaking to the ground.)''\\
'''Donnie:''' Hey, Satan, it's Donnie. Um. I know we haven't talked much before, but, uh... if you could just send me a woodland critter, and maybe some pinecones and some tree sap...
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3rd Nov '17 7:50:53 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Subverted}} in '''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Arya Stark is captured by the [[TheDreaded Mountain That Rides]], who selects a random prisoner each day for torture, interrogation and death. Nothing saves the victims; not resistance, co-operation, bribery or professions of loyalty. As a wannabe BadassPrincess, this passive role infuriates Arya and so originates the PrayerOfMalice that she keeps up throughout the series; a recitation of the names of those she plans to kill ''herself''.

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* {{Subverted}} in '''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Arya Stark is captured by the [[TheDreaded Mountain That Rides]], who selects a random prisoner each day for torture, interrogation and death. Nothing saves the victims; not resistance, co-operation, bribery or professions of loyalty. As a wannabe BadassPrincess, PrettyPrincessPowerhouse, this passive role infuriates Arya and so originates the PrayerOfMalice that she keeps up throughout the series; a recitation of the names of those she plans to kill ''herself''.
1st Nov '17 7:26:26 PM Galacton
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[[HumiliationConga Nothing seems to be going right.]] The character is continuously failing to make any progress, despite [[{{Determinator}} constantly trying]]. But eventually, they reach a point where they've exhausted all avenues for success and there are no other options.

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[[HumiliationConga [[FromBadToWorse Nothing seems to be going right.]] The character is continuously failing to make any progress, despite [[{{Determinator}} constantly trying]]. But eventually, they reach a point where they've exhausted all avenues for success and there are no other options.
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