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16th Dec '15 11:50:09 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Many of the plots of the first four series involve Satan having lengthy philosophical discussions with the Professor, played by James Grout, a WideEyedIdealist and FlatEarthAtheist. Satan would often try to persuade the Professor that HumansAreBastards, while the Professor would take the opposite view. Satan's chief minion was originally ReliableTraitor Gary, replaced by [[BumblingSidekick cringing lackey]] Scumspawn. Other characters included Thomas, a man with no redeeming qualities (and the driver of the car that killed both himself and the Professor), and numerous historical figures who had somehow ended up in Hell (including foul-mouthed Jane Austen, hypocritical Thomas Jefferson and meretricious Will Shakespeare).

In season five, Satan left Hell, subverting his usual role by visiting world leaders and trying to persuade them to get people to live more virtuous lives in order to ease the over-crowding in Hell. At the end of each episode he would return to Hell in order to sort out the messes his subordinates had made in his absence.

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Many of the plots of the first four series involve Satan having lengthy philosophical discussions with the Professor, played by James Grout, a WideEyedIdealist and FlatEarthAtheist. Satan would often try to persuade the Professor that HumansAreBastards, while the Professor would [[HumansAreGood take the opposite view.view]]. Satan's chief minion was originally ReliableTraitor Gary, replaced by [[BumblingSidekick cringing lackey]] Scumspawn. Other characters included Thomas, a man with no redeeming qualities (and the driver of the car that killed both himself and the Professor), and numerous historical figures who had somehow ended up in Hell (including foul-mouthed Jane Austen, hypocritical Thomas Jefferson and meretricious Will Shakespeare).

In season five, Satan left Hell, subverting inverting his usual role by visiting world leaders and trying to persuade them to get people to live more virtuous lives in order to ease the over-crowding in Hell. At the end of each episode he would return to Hell in order to sort out the messes his subordinates had made in his absence.



*HellHasNewManagement: Roland Kingworthy attempts this in season 5. He starts by bringing the demons onto his side with his effortless charm. Satan talks his army out of attacking, and Roland immediately claims he was attempting to expose the treacherous demons. Satan doesn't believe a word of it, and has an abyss he's been saving specially...
-->'''Satan''': ''I never trust anyone who puts that much effort into his effortless charm.''



* HollywoodAtheist, subverted: The Professor is undoubtedly the kindest and most idealistic character in the series.
** PlayedForLaughs: The Buddha is in Hell, because he didn't believe in God. Nietzsche is in Hell, too.
* HornyDevils: Averted as all the devils have no genitalia so they can't.
** Maybe in later series, but in Season One Thomas offers to take over the tedious task of ravishing Marilyn Monroe from Gary.
*** This may be more to the fact Satan, as well as being able to shape-shift, can change the form of his demons and the damned as their CoolAndUnusualPunishment requires it

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* HollywoodAtheist, subverted: HollywoodAtheist,
** Downplayed;
The Professor is doesn't believe in the existence of God but is undoubtedly the kindest and most idealistic character in the series.
** PlayedForLaughs: The Buddha ''The Buddha'' is in Hell, because he didn't believe in God. Nietzsche is in Hell, too.
* HornyDevils: Averted as all the devils have no genitalia so they can't.
HornyDevils:
** Maybe in later series, but in In Season One Thomas offers to take over the tedious task of ravishing Marilyn Monroe from Gary.
*** This may be more to ** Averted as all the fact devils have no genitalia so they can't. Satan, as well as being able to shape-shift, can change the form of his demons and the damned as their CoolAndUnusualPunishment requires it



* ListOfTransgressions: In episode one, when Thomas arrives in Hell, Satan can't find his list -- only finding the various things he did for charity and when he's about to let Thomas go he finds the list. And it's very long.

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* ListOfTransgressions: In episode one, when Thomas arrives in Hell, Satan can't find his list -- only finding the various things he did for charity and when he's about to let Thomas go he finds the list. And it's It's very long.
10th Nov '15 5:39:40 PM nombretomado
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* TakeThat: A lot of insults are hurled at Robert Maxwell, RichardNixon, and Jeffrey Archer.

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* TakeThat: A lot of insults are hurled at Robert Maxwell, RichardNixon, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, and Jeffrey Archer.
8th Oct '15 5:43:30 PM ading
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Professor is very forgiving and tolerant, but when Thomas inadvertently drives his assistant to suicide and then blames her for being too passive, the Prof. lectures him on the link between action and consequence.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: BewareTheNiceOnes:
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The Professor is very forgiving and tolerant, but when Thomas inadvertently drives his assistant to suicide and then blames her for being too passive, the Prof. lectures him on the link between action and consequence.


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* EvilCannotComprehendGood:
** One of Satan's defining character traits is his refusal to believe that humans can ''be'' good, and several episodes revolve around him trying to prove otherwise in some way.
** Thomas believes that anyone who uses a position of power to help others is only doing it for PR. He has claimed that UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi arranged his own assassination so Creator/DavidAttenborough would make a movie about him and that UsefulNotes/NelsonMandela's whole life work was just done in the hopes of meeting Music/TheSpiceGirls. Both times, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Satan is a little stunned]].
** Thomas also considers "Maybe you shouldn't [kill your grandmother" to be a "strange thing" to tell someone. PlayedForLaughs.


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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: One episode has Satan and the Professor embarking on a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind to see why Thomas is the way he is. At one point, the Professor comes across a hidden-away memory which is marked with tons of warnings not to open it, which shows Thomas as a child being bullied by his classmates. The Professor assumes that this is a FreudianExcuse that Thomas locked away because it was painful for him to remember, but when he tries to offer Thomas consolation, [[spoiler:Thomas accidentally reveals that the memory was actually of an unspecified crime (presumably involving killing the bullies) and he had hidden it away to avoid accidentally incriminating himself]].
26th Jun '15 5:30:32 AM ading
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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu:
** Thomas is initially fearful and reverent in God's presence... until he finds out that [[spoiler:God's real name is Nigel]], at which point he begins laughing in God's face.
** The Professor periodically attempts to assess Satan's psychology. Most of what he comes up with is not very flattering.
31st Dec '14 10:20:58 AM nombretomado
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: In-universe. Most notably {{Jane Austen}}, who's a violent, cockney-accented thug and Will Shakespeare, portrayed as a dopey Brummie who only wrote the jokes in his plays, the real author being his mate Trevor.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: In-universe. Most notably {{Jane Austen}}, Creator/JaneAusten, who's a violent, cockney-accented thug and Will Shakespeare, portrayed as a dopey Brummie who only wrote the jokes in his plays, the real author being his mate Trevor.



* AxCrazy: {{Jane Austen}}.

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* AxCrazy: {{Jane Austen}}.Creator/JaneAusten.
23rd Dec '14 3:41:06 PM ading
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* DracoInLeatherPants: InUniverse. Thomas considers Judas Iscariot to be TheHero of the Bible. He also views ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' as a sad story about an entrepreneur going insane.



* RonTheDeathEater: InUniverse. Thomas considers Judas Iscariot to be TheHero of the Bible.
26th Oct '14 11:49:38 AM Theenmityofages1994
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* MoralityPet: Almost every good deed Thomas does in the series is to help Scumspawn.
1st Sep '14 6:29:15 PM ading
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** Another episode has Satan put Thomas in The Pit of Demons Who Are Too Violent Even For Hell.
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** In one episode, Satan claims that not directly killing people is one of his two morals. There used to be three, but he got cynical. We never find out what the other is.

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** In one episode, Satan claims that not directly killing people is one of his two morals. There used to be three, but he got cynical. We He never find out explicitly says what the other is.is, but he does mention at another point that he never possesses people who aren't old enough to make moral choices.
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