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[[caption-width-right:350:The only known image of this elusive figure (left), assuming it's for real.]]

->''Look out-- [[ShoutOut Here come de judge-- Here come de judge!]] [[EvilLaugh HAW HAW]]!''
-->-- "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0003/0003_01.asp Somebody Goofed]]"

''Chick Tracts'' are short evangelical comic books that primarily exist in the form of very small printed albums - small enough to easily fit into a wallet. However, most of the tracts are also available for free at their home website [[http://www.chick.com Chick.com]]. The author calls himself Jack T.[Thomas] Chick. This may or may not be a pseudonym.

Each tract tells a story. These stories handle all kinds of subjects, but they all have two things in common: They all have some direct or indirect connection to religion, and they all end in AnAesop about everyone needing to become a born-again Christian. Sometimes the entire story builds up to this Aesop; other times it's shoehorned in after the actual story is finished.

Villains in these stories are demons or misguided mortals. Demons range from [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhuish monstrosities]] that make the heroes facing them come across as epic fantasy heroes, to silly little imps that are mostly PlayedForLaughs. Mortal villains are very likely to make a HeelFaithTurn due to EasyEvangelism. Those who do not invariably end up in Hell. And so does everyone else, [[ValuesDissonance including those who are kind and selfless]]. Only a very particular kind of evangelical Christian gets to avoid eternal torture; everyone else is doomed no matter what. The tracts are all set in the same world (and thus have a lot of recurring characters). A world very different from what most people, including most Christians, are used to. In TheVerse of ''Chick Tracts'':

* [[AlternateUniverse Most adult citizens of present-day America have never heard about Jesus before]], and get surprised when someone tells them. And on the off chance they DO know who Jesus is, they barely know anything about him.
* Homosexuals, Freemasons, Wiccans, tabletop gamers, and readers of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books are all possessed by demons.
* Atheists don't worship demons... [[AWolfInSheepsClothing they ARE demons]].
* The AncientConspiracy is everywhere. Science, religion, and politics are all fronts for it. The world is a very dangerous place indeed, and TheDevil rules over us all.
* A prime player in this worldwide Satanic conspiracy is the [[PathOfInspiration Roman Catholic Church]], which in this setting is really a pagan Babylonian religion in disguise and bears the blame for pretty much every war and tragedy since its creation. Also, Islam is actually only a front organization for the Catholic Church, [[TheStarscream or at least started out that way]].
* Evolution is a religion, demanding faith and loyalty from its adherents and forbidding theism.
* Noah actually saved the dinosaurs from the great flood, but due to death of all plant life, the air was too thin for them to breathe properly. They were soon hunted to extinction by humans.
* Gravity may or may not be a real force. But it really doesn't matter, as [[GravityIsOnlyATheory Jesus is in complete control!]]
* Atheist and/or Muslim countries are bound to attack Israel and get slaughtered by Jesus.
* The King James Version of the Bible is the only version that God inspired. All other versions of the Bible are lies, corrupted by humans and Satan.
* More positively, Chick tracts have no problem criticizing the Anti-Semitism[[note]]In ''this'' world, at least. Any Jews who don't convert are still deservedly bound for infinite suffering, of course.[[/note]]and racism displayed by many fundamentalist groups.
* People can only relate to other people of the same gender and ethnic group. Many best-selling tracts have been rewritten to change the characters to women, or to black people, or to (insert target demographic here). All of these have a JiveTurkey feel to them.
* [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Now you know]].

In other words, this setting is a very dark fantasy world, comparable to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', although with less graphic violence (and with a bit of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' thrown in). Unlike Games Workshop, however, the people behind chick.com seem to believe their own message. Some people [[PoesLaw insist that it must be some kind of parody]]. However, Jack Chick himself has given one interview where he claims to be totally serious. Honest or not, he does seem to make a lot of money from people who buy large quantities of his tracts with their own money and then hand them out free of charge to friends and random strangers in the hope that this act will eventually spare a few souls from the horrors of hell.

Meanwhile, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Chick's efforts have inspired many parodies, and he was featured as the subject of the documentary, ''[[http://store.documentarychannel.com/product-p/449.htm God's Cartoonist]]''.

In addition, a live-action version of Dark Dungeons is currently under work,. [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/295102457/rpgs-are-evil-dark-dungeons-the-movie "Dark Dungeons: The Movie!"]] is officially licensed by Jack Chick. Debate rages on if the filmmaker believes in the tract or not, though the response to the FAQ question "What is your favorite type of comedy?"[[note]]"I really like Creator/StephenColbert and Website/TheOnion. When a comedian really knows his material and can present a situation that sounds pretty ludicrous but instead of just jumping up and down and saying, "I'm making fun of this!" he instead presents it completely straight-faced and in a serious manner while never breaking character, that is when true comedic genius can occur."[[/note]] suggests he does not. The teaser trailer for the film [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk2Pr9jXCr8 has been released]]. It's precisely as [[StealthParody over-the-top]] and [[NarmCharm narmy]] as was expected.


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!!Chick's tracts contain examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Most infamously in "[[http://www.fmh-child.org/Lisa.html Lisa]]," but a running theme.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0078/0078_01.asp Here.]] The man who tells him making a contract with the devil has doomed him is wrong, the guy who doesn't know better, who gets a last minute conversion from some old priest (and decides even that guy ''isn't righteous enough'' so goes to convert him) gets saved. The guy who talked some sense into him, but was too proud to listen to his last-minute evangelism? He was damned.
* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: In TheVerse of ''Chick Tracts'', a [[TheFundamentalist real Christian]] would never resort to this kind of behavior. However, preachers of ''other'' faiths easily fall into this trope, [[StrawLoser thus proving the Christians to be superior]]. Oddly enough, there is an entire tract ("Why Didn't He Tell Us?") about preaching for Chick Tracts...
* AffectionateParody: Some funny parodies have been done of ''Chick Tracts''. A few examples: [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/darkseid/ "Darkseid"]], [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/who-will-be-eaten-first/ "Who Will Be Eaten First?"]], [[http://www.fredvanlente.com/cthulhutract/pages/ Why We're Here]], and [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/galactus-is-coming/ "Galactus Is Coming!"]].
** Now with [[http://derpicdn.net/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTIvMDYvMTgvMjNfNTNfNTZfNDc1Xzg3MTZfX3R3aWxpZ2h0X3NwYXJrbGVfZmx1dHRlcnNoeV9pbmtpZV9waWVfYmxpbmtpZV9waWVfY2x5ZGVfcGllX2NoaWNrX3RyYWN0Il1d/8716__safe_twilight-sparkle_fluttershy_princess-celestia_comic_inkie-pie_blinkie-pie_clyde-pie_bible_artist-pierrezaius_chick-tract.png Ponies!]]
** "[[http://www.epsilonminus.com/godhatesthescene/ God Hates The Scene]]". What would Music/{{Eazy-E}} and [[Music/TupacShakur Tupac]] do if they were alive to see all this pretentious {{Goth}} bullshit? They'd grab their gats and start rushing some pasty-ass tricks to the dirt, that's what.
* AlcoholHic: "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1102/1102_01.asp Hard Times]]," "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1025/1025_01.asp The Missing Day]]" and "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0006/0006_01.asp Somebody Loves Me]]". In the latter two, a character ''thinks'' with an AlcoholHic.
* TheAlcoholic: Several.
** In "Happy Hour", Jerry ends up spending most of his family's money drinking, causes his wife to die after pushing her over during an argument over his drinking, and uses the grocery money on alcohol. Naturally, while his kids think that [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead he should have died instead of their mother]], they end up forgiving him and Christianity is what he needs to get over his alcoholism.
** In "Tiny Shoes", Juan's alcoholism is the reason why he is unable to keep his promise to buy shoes for his son. After the saloon is destroyed by lightning, he decides to buy the shoes, but by then, Juanito has died of pneumonia after walking out in the rain to search for him.
** In "Mad Machine," a father and a son go to a facility described to treat alcoholism. The father's told that he'll like it there, but he says that [[WhamLine his son is the patient]]
* AllMythsAreTrue: They're all agents of Satan (except maybe the Grim Reaper), but a surprising number of mythological figures do exist in the Chick world. The Grim Reaper is practically a minor character, and magic, although Satanic, apparently does work (because of Satan).
* [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]]: Whether for murdering, stealing, or occasionally telling a small lie, you deserve to go to Hell if you don't accept Jesus--and conversely, you'll go to Heaven if you do.
* AllThereInTheManual: Reading one or two Chick Tracts can sometimes lead to an AccidentalAesop being conveyed. Having a large collection to cross-reference (especially if it includes [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0008/0008_01.asp one of his tracts directed at already-saved Christians]]) tends to clarify the confusion. His company also publishes more in-depth books on some of the subjects touched upon in his tracts.
* AllHallowsEve: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0058/0058_01.asp Boo!]] It's {{Satan}}'s birthday, so he's liable to crash your party while wielding a {{chainsaw|Good}} and wearing a [[{{Narm}} pumpkin on his head]]. Surprise!
--> "I hate you! And I hate your lousy birthday!"
** Also, as noted below, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1053/1053_01.asp The Devil's Night]] explains the "true" origins of Halloween in a massive case of research failure.
* AlmostDeadGuy: A lot of Chick's amoral characters always manage to see the error of their ways and convert to Christianity just like that when on the verge of death. In one instance, a character survives ''several grenades thrown at him'' at a church, and takes time to stagger out of the building, ''drive to someone else's house'' and find peace in Jesus while [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dying in the arms of his friend]].
* AmoralAttorney: Attorney Douglas Rogers in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1014/1014_01.asp Busted!]]" prosecutes people without caring whether they're guilty, and likes "to see the accused squirm."
* AncientConspiracy: Apparently, the Catholic Church has a [[MagicalComputer computer database]] with the name of ''every Protestant in the world'' so that when Catholics TakeOverTheWorld they'll kill them all. Also, the Catholic Church manipulated Mohammed into creating "the Islam religion" (which includes Catholics on the list of people to convert), instigated UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and then caused the assassination of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (despite the latter being Catholic), formed TheKlan (despite the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan's anti-Catholic origins), created Communism (despite its famous anti-religion views including being against Catholicism) and were responsible for the Holocaust (which included Catholic victims) among other, just as stupid, things. Where and whether the Eastern Orthodox church fits into any of this has yet to receive any mention, however.
** The Eastern Orthodox church was finally mentioned in this most [[http://chick.com/reading/tracts/1077/1077_01.asp recent]] tract where it was, insanely enough, portrayed in a positive light as having fought against the Roman Catholic church [[InsaneTrollLogic (after the Pope secretly created Islam to take Jerusalem from the Catholics there and give it to the Pope)]] and whom the Roman Catholic church waited nearly 1000 years to try and get revenge on using Communism... Yeah
* AndThatsTerrible: From ''[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0058/0058_01.asp Boo!]]'': "Satanic human sacrifices are a slap in God's face."
* AntiAntiChrist: The vampire Antichrist becomes a Christian via EasyEvangelism.
* AppealToFear: The backbone of many tracts. Numerous commentators note that Chick very frequently fails to make any appealing arguments toward his position, rather simply resorting to "Don't you want to be on the winning side?"
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5003/5003_01.asp Sin City]]", Bob has two in rapid succession.
-->'''Bob''': Malcolm lovingly tried to warn homosexuals of God's judgment. So who committed the hate crime? Malcolm, or the guys who almost beat him to death? Tell me, Ray, of all the sins, lying, adultery, stealing etc., can you think of any other sin where God Himself wiped out entire cities to remove that sin?
-->'''Ray''': No... No I can't!
** Another common one is asking people whether they've sinned. They will often bring up minor sins, such as lying, and Chick will point out that everyone has sinned, and are doomed to hell unless they repent and accept Jesus. "It's The Law" has a nice example of them.
-->'''Bob''': Have you ever told a lie?
-->'''Teacher''': Of course- Who hasn't?
-->'''Bob''': Ok, so what does that make you?
-->'''Teacher''': [[OhCrap Gulp... a liar]].
-->'''Bob''': You broke the 9th Commandment and God hates lies. [[FelonyMisdemeanor Ever take home a paperclip from your classroom]]?
-->'''Teacher''': [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Umm... hmmm]].
-->'''Bob''': So what does that make you?
-->'''Teacher''': Yeah... but... (sigh) a thief.
-->'''Bob''': So now you've admitted you're a lying thief. The 10 Commandments show us we are ALL guilty before God- We are ALL sinners.
** In "The Bull," the eponymous character asks a chaplain who doesn't believe the Bible is the Word of God, "If you don't believe any of this, then why are you a chaplain?"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: People who are Sikhs, Satanists, North Koreans, witches, atheists and... archaeologists.
** The crimes against God in ''This Was Your Life'' include theft, whoremongering, [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and whispering]].
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Quoted very often--but only the King James Version. (All other translations are allegedly the work of {{Satan}} himself, with the help of a massive [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0031/0031_01.asp Jesuit conspiracy]], you see.) Whether the quotes are presented with [[ItMakesSenseInContext due regard to context]] is another question.
** A common one is quoting Luke 12:20 ("Thou fool, this night thy soul will be required of thee") whenever someone is doomed to go to Hell.
* AuthorFilibuster: Quite often, a character will give a show-stopping lengthy speech on whatever the theme of the tract is.
* AuthorTract: ...in fact, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chick Tract]].
* TheBadGuyWins: Fairly often, Satan and his minions succeed in capturing a soul.
* {{Badass}}: Jesus, according to "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0086/0086_01.asp The Sissy?]]", for being willing to suffer and die for the good of humanity.
** Some particularly courageous and determined Christians count as well. The prison guard in "Bad Bob" says that a young man who tries to witness to the {{Jerkass}} Bad Bob and his cousin has more guts than both of them combined, even if the guard doesn't agree with his brand of Christianity.
* BadassNormal: The priest in The Traitor gets attacked by a bunch of demons and ''[[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Kali, the Hindu death god]]'' and lives.
** Also the girl in First Bite, wards off (with Jesus's help of course) the vampire with zero effort, knocking him across the room.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Some tracts have the disclaimer "This is a true story."
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: The flip side of this trope is more frequently observed; Chick's heroes tend to be "cute" children who tend to look [[CreepyChild somewhat creepy]], whilst his villains are hideous. [[http://www.enterthejabberwock.com/?p=465 "Wounded Children"]] presents an odd inversion: the gay men, including the main character, are drawn ''very'' detailed, handsome and attractive for the majority of the tract. The ex-homosexual and born-again Christian he meets that turns him from homosexuality is bearded, fat, and just plain ugly. The main character then becomes much less attractive when he converts.
* BeggingTheQuestion: Many of the tracts use this. They're intended to convince people that believing in evolution/being homosexual/following Roman Catholicism/anything else the author doesn't like is bad, but the reasoning behind this goes: This person did X. X is bad. People who do bad things are are sent to hell. This person is being sent to hell. Therefore, X is bad.
* BerserkButton: Apparently, Freemasonry for Bob Williams, as the tract dealing with it, "Good Ol's Boys," is the one time where he's shown to lose his cool at the person he's trying to convert.
** Non-Christian characters in Chick Tracts tend to react this way to other characters mentioning the Bible or Christianity, or revealing that they are Christian.
* BigBad: It turns out that the Vatican is behind everything. ''Everything''. And, of course, [[BiggerBad Satan]] [[TheManBehindTheMan is behind the Vatican]].
* BittersweetEnding: Several tracts feature the characters dying untimely and tragic deaths, but managing to get into heaven.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: All people in Chick tracts are divided into either Christians (''i.e.'': good, unless Roman Catholic) or non-Christians (''i.e.'': bound to Hell, unless they convert). Note that Chick's definition of "Christian" is (apparently) "American evangelical Protestant."
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Everybody but born again Christians are damned to eternal torture, regardless of whether they were actually decent people or not. Join Jack's denomination, or God hates you. Gotcha.
** It's frequently pointed out by riffers that despite His supposed omnipotence, Chick's interpretation of God actually appears to be bound by His own rules. God frequently mentions how much He hates having to send people to Hell, but nevertheless seems unable to make the qualifications for getting into Heaven more lenient.
* TheBlank: God
* BluntYes: The typical response Chick's Christians have to anyone who asks whether a person has gone or will go to hell (in the latter case, often about themselves), although with the caveat "but you don't have to."
* BoldInflation: Jack Chick loves this style of writing.
* BondVillainStupidity: In [[http://www.enterthejabberwock.com/?p=465 "Wounded Children"]] (an OldShame of his), Satan/a demon leads a boy to get into porno, have unsatisfying sex with girls, then go gay and have unsatisfying sex with guys. The boy considers suicide, but Satan/the demon suggests against that. Later, the boy [[CureYourGays gets saved straight]]. Satan/the demon could've just killed the boy/let him commit suicide, since sending people to Hell is what Satan's supposed to do, right?
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the original version of "The Poor Little Witch", the main character [[TooDumbToLive leaves alone despite the warnings and the threats to her life]] and gets murdered by the Satanists. In the modified version, she stays under the protection of Mrs. Grayson.
* BrattyHalfPint: Li'l Susy can easily be seen as incredibly annoying and petulant.
* BreadAndCircuses: It's implied that Satan uses sports and other things to distract people from faith.
* BrokenAesop: In one tract, Jack rightly calls out the Jehovah's Witnesses on their absolute refusal to accept a blood transplant. In fact, the consequences of doing so are the driving plot of the tract. Don't worry, the [=JWs=] convert in time to get the transplant. But in another tract, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0072/0072_01.asp Mad Machine]], Chick demonstrates an attitude towards modern psychology very similar to [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]], and recommends that anybody who is having mental problems should simply pray to Jesus.
* BrutalHonesty: Typically exercised by the Christians over whether the unsaved have gone to hell. Oscar in "The Slugger" mentions that "a '''real''' friend had the '''guts''' to tell (him he) was a sinner on (his) way to hell."
* ButtMonkey: Bruce in "Fallen." He's apparently a {{Jerkass}}, and comes off as quite rude, but what exactly he did to deserve being dumped by his friends with his mother's purse, and have his neck broken by Frankie is unclear. The main character in "Unloved" has also been one his entire life.
* CaptainErsatz: [[http://Chick.com/reading/tracts/0044/0044_01.asp Tony Stiletto]] is very clearly [[Film/TheGodfather Vito Corleone]]. That's right; Chick saved ''the Godfather''.
* CaptainObvious: Jack Chick [[http://www.chick.com/reading/comics/0112/albertoindex.asp Alberto]] found it necessary to fill the thing with [[StopHelpingMe helpful]] definitions of complex words, like "deacon", and "sacraments" and "Dominicans". And [[ViewersAreMorons "deny", "documents", and "intense"]]. And "stone". He seriously found it necessary to tell us all what a stone is. It turns out it's actually subverted, however: he fails to [[CriticalResearchFailure define stone correctly]].
--> [[http://www.websnark.com/archives/2005/03/because_im_in_a.html Stone (which apparently means a 'small pebble')]]
* CardCarryingVillain: Satan and his demons. No FreudianExcuse for these guys; they ''know'' that God is right and drive you away from him anyway, purely ForTheEvulz. Satan is also sometimes seen filling the role ''Judaism'' has him in, as God's "devil's advocate".
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Hi there!" -- TheGrimReaper.
** God seems fond of Matthew 25:41
-->"Depart from me, ye cursed, into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!"
* CategorismAsAPhobia: While most tracts portray negative feelings against Christians as a matter of ignorance, bigotry and believing the lies of demons, some characters are portrayed as having a phobia against Christians. When it comes to the demons in this setting, the fact that almost all of them are terrified of Christians does not count as a phobia, since this fear is completely rational.
* CategoryTraitor: Chick implies that all Christians who disagree with him on certain religious matters- ''especially Catholics''- are this. Similarly, he believes that the Catholics see the "real" Christians as this.
* CatsAreMean: Inverted - "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0025/0025_01.asp Trust Me]]" portrays dogs as mangy [[JerkAss jerkasses]], and cats as misplaced, innocent creatures, a kind of AnimalReactionShot AuthorAvatar EmpathicEnvironment.
* ChewingTheScenery: Scrooge in "Humbug", when he goes on a rant about [[MisanthropeSupreme how humans are terrible creatures]], and [[JerkassHasAPoint ends up quoting the Bible in the process]]. A few others do this at various points.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Does it really need to be explained how it's Averted, Inverted and Subverted? The fact that there's a tract titled "Are Roman Catholics Christians?", to which the answer is decisively no, is effective indication of what Chick thinks.
* CoolOldGuy: Many protagonists are grandfatherly old men, possibly as insertions of the elderly Chick himself.
* CorruptChurch / ScamReligion: In the Chick 'verse, the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Roman Catholic Church]] is decidedly this. In the infamous tract [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0074/0074_01.asp The Death Cookie]], for example, Chick explains that [[{{Satan}} the Devil himself]] came up with just about every Catholic tradition as a way for evil priests to manipulate people out of their money.
* CrapsackWorld: Present in many of his works. However, there's always one way out of it: ([[spoiler:Jesus]]).
* CreepyChild: Li'l Susy, but most of his portrayals of kids (even the heroes) fall into the UncannyValley eventually.
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Fairly common for martyrs; the unsaved, at worst, typically get a relatively quick if undignified death.
** In Alberto Rivera's comic, he recalls the story of how one martyr was put on a rack, with a rough cloth slowly forced down her throat and torn out, before being burned at the stake.
** In "Fat Cats", Juan's family is necklaced.
** In "Satan Comes To Salem," it's pointed out that the hanged Salem witches "took several minutes to strangle to death".
* CulturalTranslation: "This Was Your Life" [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0401/0401_01.asp in Chinese]] and [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0710/0710_01.asp and Slovak]] has some subtle, and not so subtle differences from the English version. Heck, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0409/0409_01.asp the African]] one has a peeping scene that isn't even included in the others.
* CultureBlind: It's hard to believe that the adults who grew up in the United States and are the target of his EasyEvangelism have never even heard of Jesus or basic Christian beliefs. In one tract, an American Christian lectures a Muslim on the "history" of Islam.
* CureYourGays: In addition to the infamous "Wounded Children," the idea is also presented in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5003/5003_01.asp Sin City]] and [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1070/1070_01.asp Uninvited]]. The latter tract also states that being molested makes you gay (unless you find Jesus). Note that none of the "saved" gays are shown to become heterosexual.
* CuriosityCausesConversion: Once anyone hears of Jesus.
* DanBrowned: This seems to be the source of the information provided about any religious group other than extreme fundamentalist Protestantism.
* DealWithTheDevil: Occurs in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0078/0078_01.asp "The Contract"]] and [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0034/0034_01.asp "Angels?"]] among others.
* DeathByChildbirth: Li'l Susy's mother.
* DemonicPossession: A ''lot'' of non-Christians. Some actually ''are'' demons in disguise.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Chick's had anonymous artists illustrate for him from time to time, though one, the talented Fred Carter, has actually become fairly well known to outsiders. Compare: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0037/0037_01.asp Chick's artwork.]] [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0273/0273_01.asp Fred Carter's artwork.]] [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1022/1022_01.asp Unknown artist.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: In the Jack Chick universe, being a homosexual is apparently synonymous with being a drifting, shamelessly promiscuous swinger unable to form any kind of commitment. The only reason any of them seek government recognition for gay marriage is that [[ForTheEvulz they know it'll upset Christians]]. In addition, they feel that using the word "queer" is a sign of insanity and that anyone who disagrees with their agenda should be sent to prison.
* DescriptionCut:
** In "Born Wild!" Connie mourns the death of her brother Jerry. The next panels reveal that he was stealing from the mob before they murdered him, and had no friends.
** In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0037/0037_01.asp The Gun Slinger]]", after Terrible Tom is hanged.
-->'''Sheriff''': '''[[SlasherSmile At last]]'''! Terrible Tom got '''exactly''' what he deserved!
-->''Minutes Later in Heaven''
-->'''God''': Welcome home, my son.
* DeusAngstMachina: Particular the case in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1018/1018_01.asp this tract]].
--> [[spoiler:"I'm '''''UNWANTED, UNLOVED, DISOWNED...''''' and the doctor says I'm dying of '''''CANCER!'''''"]]
* DeusExMachina: Happens often, since the whole point of the tracts is basically "God will make everything better if you pray to him". Most notable in ''[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0094/0094_01.asp The Last Generation]]'', where the rapture happens just as the door is bashed down by the villains.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: The Devil in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1047/1047_01.asp First Bite]]" makes a false prophecy to a group of vampires because, as he says, "ILied! ItsWhatIDo!" Except that this false prophecy directly leads to many of them being saved, which is usually the ''opposite'' of what he does. The way it's presented, however, it does seem he ''intended'' to make his prophecy to come true, and then claimed to have lied to save face when he failed. Of course, this is ''very'' in-character for the Father of Lies.
* DinosaursAreDragons: According to [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1038/1038_01.asp this tract]], anyway.
* DirtyCommunists / TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0053/0053_01.asp Fat Cats]]" and "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0065/0065_01.asp The Poor Revolutionist]]".
* DisproportionateRetribution: Plenty of it (mainly from God himself).
** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1033/1033_01.asp In "Fairy Tales?"]] after learning a horrifying truth, a child (Harry Garner) goes on a killing spree, burning down his school and eventually becoming the FBI's most wanted fugitive who is then arrested, tried, executed, and sent to Hell. What was the truth so dreadful it drove this child to kill? ''The fact that Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny aren't real''.
** Another case of this trope comes from "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0094/0094_01.asp The Last Generation]]" mentioned below. It's mentioned that Larry's mom told him to go to bed immediately. What happened? [[spoiler:She got put in a concentration camp for child abuse.]]
** A historical version of it here. Apparently, all of our problems come solely from [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5004/5004_01.asp Abraham slighting Ishmael]] by driving him out over teasing a kid.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The tracts fall prey to this quite heavily.
** The notorious "Dark Dungeons" made roleplaying out to be an exciting life-or-death scenario that introduced real occultism and gave players fabulous supernatural powers that they can use to [[MindControl brainwash]] their parents into buying them stuff. More than a few roleplayers love the tract and it has been parodied and affectionately referred to in innumerable ways among the subculture.
*** The tract has become so famous that it is currently being funded as a live-action movie on kickstarter. [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/295102457/rpgs-are-evil-dark-dungeons-the-movie "Dark Dungeons: The Movie!"]] seems to be getting most of its backers from the gaming community.
** In his anti-Catholic tracts, Chick shows very little downside to being one of those dastardly Papists, since they seem to have nothing but crazy sex parties and oodles of cash, and be secretly running the world.
** Depending on the tracts, he'll even make the devils funny or sufficiently clever to provide comic relief, which makes anyone who wins against them seem like a bit of a killjoy.
** Halloween is another Satanic thing, so he fully expects children to read tracts about how a holiday that involves dressing up and carving pumpkins and abstain from such a heinous holiday. One tract shows a bunch of "bad" people partaking in a huge Halloween party in a rented cabin, which looks like a ton of fun (barring the cat sacrifice at the end), while the "good" kid sits quietly in his house, praying to God and apparently having the most boring evening ever.
* DolledUpInstallment: "The Slugger" has been recycled several times, swapping out the first few panels and changing the dialogue (including the name of the star and his servant) to make it apply to sports other than baseball.
* DontFearTheReaper: TheGrimReaper is a nice guy even when he causes expiration.
* DoubleStandard: Occurs often with regards to the matter of [[ValuesDissonance whether or not people of the past should be judged by the same values as those of the present]]. Someone from the past whom Chick doesn't like does something morally-questionable by today's standards, for instance, Muhammad marrying an (allegedly) underage girl? He's a sick freak who nobody in their right mind should follow and probably worships TheDevil. One of the good guys from the Bible does something morally-questionable by today's standards, for instance, the fate of [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel the Amalekites]] or [[Literature/BookOfDaniel Daniel's accusers]]? A glorious victory for the forces of good, and [[AssholeVictim the jackasses brought it on themselves anyway]].
* {{Doublethink}}: In this [[TheVerse Verse]], Fundamentalist Christianity is not only true, but a very obvious truth. Some characters who understand this at heart still choose not to believe in it, instead embracing whatever false teachings that will be good for their career and social life. In some cases this is merely playing along with the lies, but in others they appear to honestly believe in them.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/295102457/rpgs-are-evil-dark-dungeons-the-movie "Dark Dungeons: The Movie!"]] among others.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim:
** People who reject the offer to convert are often killed off in short order by a fairly sudden or improbable cause of death (such as Charlie Connors in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0076/0076_01.asp Hi There!]]" falling from a girder and getting impaled, or the main character's cousin being killed by a falling tree in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0078/0078_01.asp The Contract]]").
** Sometimes people who accept the offer get the treatment: ([[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1061/1061_01.asp Crazy Wolf]] is told by God he made it by the skin of his teeth), other times those considering it [[HeelFaceDoorSlam are killed before making up their minds]], meaning they go to Hell. In both cases, the Aesop usually demands that the character's death and arrival in the afterlife make it into the story somehow, and the death is used to remind readers that they can't put off accepting Jesus.
* DwindlingParty:
** In "Last Generation," one of the Christians stays behind and is arrested, another betrays them, and the last two are Raptured away.
** In "Four Angels", three of the four brothers fall from Grace over the years and end up going to Hell. Only Charlie makes it to Heaven.
* {{Dystopia}}: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0094/0094_01.asp "The Last Generation",]] complete with an oppressive government regime that teaches animal sacrifices in school, and evil little children who snitch on their parents.
* EarthIsYoung: Chick typically use straight Type B: Scientists are evil, and need to be cured of their heresy by the power of EasyEvangelism.
* EasilyForgiven: Quite a few people who change their ways upon being converted, especially abusive parents or spouses (Ahmed in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1058/1058_01.asp Is Allah Like You?]]", Roy Davis in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1001/1001_01.asp The Secret]]", and Henry Walker in "Lisa").
** Surprisingly, initially averted in Happy Hour. After pushing his wife down and indirectly causing her death of a heart attack, and later spending the grocery money on liquor, Jerry tries to apologize to his children, but [[ReformedButRejected his children will have none of it]] until they go to church and learn the value of forgiveness, forgiving him ''two panels'' after the previous incident.
** Eric in Baby Talk. Granted, he recognizes his mistake in abandoning Ashley and [[MustMakeAmends tries to fix it]], but she doesn't seem angry at him at any point.
* EasyEvangelism: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1047/1047_01.asp?wpc=1047_01.asp&wpp=a On what seems to be the vampire Jesus.]]
** This is extremely common in Chick's tracks. People can go from staunchly anti-Christian beliefs to devout believers with a few minutes of conversation with a Chick-like Christian. Averted in many cases when this fails, but when this succeeds, it doesn't need much effort.
* EasyRoadToHell: Simultaneously played straight and inverted: everyone is going to hell for the slightest, and least objectionable, of sins. However all you have to do is accept Fundamentalist Protestantism and you'll spend eternity in heaven.
* EldritchAbomination: God. He is a TimeAbyss that is all powerful and will send all of us to an eternity of torment for believing in the wrong religion or the wrong sect of the right religion.
* EmpathicEnvironment: Skies gray and clear for sin and redemption, respectively.
* EmphasizeEverything: Chick uses bolds and caps '''a LOT''', when he wants characters to make something '''particularly''' clear; that is, when they're not '''shouting.'''
* EnfantTerrible: Harry Garner in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1033/1033_01.asp Fairy Tales?]]"
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas
** Leroy Brown in "Soul Story" loves his mother, and eventually takes her advice to convert to heart.
** In "Good Ol' Boys", the Shining Path leader praises the pastor's wife as being like his mother by virtue of being courageous.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Averted. The Grim Reaper is the only genuinely nice person in any of the tracts.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Crashed cars tend to explode.
* EvilLaugh: '''''HAW HAW HAW'''''
* EvilutionaryBiologist: All of them.
* EvilIsPetty: It's pointed out in several instances that the devil knows that he will lose against God and be cast into the lake of Fire, and all he wants is to take people with him.
* {{Expospeak}}: Quite a bit of it. Arguably justified, since after all these are unashamedly {{Author Tract}}s.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: The saved Christians die with more dignity than those who end up going to Hell.
* FaceHeelTurn: Occasionally, Christians fall from grace, like three of the four brothers in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1026/1026_01.asp Four Angels?]]", Harry (only briefly mentioned) in "The Poor Revolutionist", and Paul in "The Last Generation".
* TheFaceless: {{God}}'s head is silhouetted by brilliant light, making it impossible to see His face.
* FanFilm: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38KzV1fk1x4 Hot Chicks]]'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfbTHIu0LbM here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVi4TacysKc here]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAo0U5WZjrQ here]].
** Since some of the above have been removed, ''Hot Chicks'' 1-5 can be found here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyeIhGgnwnE& 1]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBrF9HstDy8& 2]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k-Sog8YLkE& 3]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXxC3mEtHI& 4]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDu7U2OvcR0& 5]]
* FanFlattering: Those who read the tracts and agree with them go to heaven. All Christians who disagree with the tracts (most Christians), as well as all non-Christians, go to hell.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Apart from the straight examples it is also inverted when portraying [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0004/0004_01.asp the reactions of the friends and family of the newly converted]]. And apparently, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0057/0057_01.asp learning that a Christian is praying for them]] acts as a BerserkButton for non-Christians.
** As noted earlier, even Satan occasionally screws up. In this case, he was probably planning to have his character commit some more "spectacular wickedness" (as [[TheScrewtapeLetters Screwtape]] would put it) and corrupt the people around him before harvesting his soul.
** Type 3 comes into play, as according to Chick, trying to witness to others often gets you sued, prosecuted or killed.
* FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence: The non-Christians do this quite often. They feel insulted, threatened, even oppressed... not by how the Christians treat them, but by their very existence.
* FixFic: The tracts have become a magnet for {{Remix Comic}}s and Fix Fic of this sort, thanks to their endemic research failures. Most of them completely change the worldview espoused by the comic, but there are some exceptions: Morrakiu's DramaticReading of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmyNyVVWlbo this tract]] is just as anti-communist as the original, but is far more intelligent about it.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Every atheist on the planet, according to Jack Chick. Of special notes are the atheist who are visited by devils. It's probably intended to come off as the whispers of the devil putting thoughts in their minds, but some panels really show the atheist facing the demons and having what looks like a conversation with them.
* FootnoteFever: Chick Tracts sometimes have as much space devoted to footnotes as to the tracts themselves.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: A demon in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1065/1065_01.asp this]] tract.
* ForTheEvulz: Aside from the protagonist of any given tract, supporting characters with a viewpoint that opposes Chick's are quite often very happily aware that their religion, belief, ''etc.'' has been planted by the Devil. More often than not these characters are intentionally out to inflict some form of harm the other characters of the tract. (In several cases, the supporting characters are flat-out demons in disguise.)
* TheFundamentalist: All the heroic characters in a Chick Tract.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Sometimes, there are Funny ''Foreground'' Events, too.
* GenderFlip: Take "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0001/0001_01.asp This Was Your Life]]", replace the damned soul with a woman, update the wording a bit, and you get "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1072/1072_01.asp You Have A Date]]".
* GoOutWithASmile: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1084/1084_01.asp Cathy]].
-->'''Doctor''': She's gone... but look at her beautiful smile.
* AGodAmI: Declared by a child after [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1041/1041_01.asp learning]] about "evolution".
* GoodAngelBadAngel: More precisely, demons causing all sorts of human evils, from homosexuality to suicide to Freemasonry. When angels appear, they pull minor pranks like tripping people and give them seemingly irrelevant directions (such as, "You're going to wash your hair"), but all for the cause of saving souls.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Satan tends to get the lion's share of the action in most stories, always working to corrupt people. God rarely shows up except at the end to render final judgment, with a few exceptions. On the other hand, the angels sometimes show up to counter Satan and his demons, presumably on assignment from God. (Also, an occasional miracle in answer to a prayer may be coming more directly from God.)
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Chick had... ''interesting'' ideas about how the Cold War would turn out, some of them bordering on InsaneTrollLogic (The Soviet Union invading Israel under orders of the Pope? WHAAAAA?!) After the fall of the Soviet Union, tracts containing these bizarre theories were re-issued with them [[OrwellianRetcon clumsily edited out]].
* TheGrimReaper: Originally appeared in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0076/0076_01.asp Hi There!]]" "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1041/1041_01.asp Moving on Up!]]" also gives him a cameo:
-->[[RunningGag Hi there!]]
** Also "Busted", in which he escorts the prosecutor to hell, and even tells him that it's almost time when he prepares to leave work for the last time.
* HearingVoices: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1020/1020_01.asp Kidnapped!]]"
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Some people, like Charles Bishop in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0022/0022_01.asp The Assignment]]" and Bruce in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5019/5019_01.asp Fallen]]"[[note]]which actually tells Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son[[/note]] die while considering conversion (and procrastinating), and go to Hell as a result.
* HeelFaithTurn: Constantly, the sinners get converted to Jack's definition of what a Christian is, and thus, by extension, become good guys.
* HeelRealization: Quite a few of the soon-to-be-converted undergo this, especially those Chick believes are responsible for enabling sinful behavior. Kelli in "Greed" realizes that what she did to the old man she was nursing was essentially the same thing that Ahab and Jezebel did to Naboth, even calling herself "a Jezebel".
* HellOfAHeaven: If your loved ones don't convert you'll be in Heaven all alone so convert everyone you know today!
* AHellOfATime: According to "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0052/0052_01.asp No Fear?]]", millions of people have been told that Hell will be a wild, endless party.
* {{Hellevator}}: Apparently operated by JosephStalin, wearing a HazmatSuit.
* HellSeeker: Some tracts feature StrawLoser characters who believe that [[AHellOfATime hell is cool]]. They are, of course, soon taught the error of their ways.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: Several tracts are about homosexuals being possessed by demons or generically evil. Sometimes fetish clothes and BDSM tools are used to show just how evil the gays are. Heterosexual BDSM and sodomy has not yet gotten any mention. One of the strongest examples is the tract called [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1070/1070_01.asp Uninvited]]: The tract feature [[HeteronormativeCrusader a nurse who harasses dying AIDS-patients for their "crime" of being gay]]. Of course, [[SoulSavingCrusader her actions are fully justified within the verse of the tract]], since this is an {{anvilicious}}ly bigoted AuthorTract. The real kick? It turns out that all the homosexuals became homosexuals because they were sexually molested as children. More to the point, when a child gets sexually molested, she automatically becomes unclean, possessed by a demon of defilement. The trope DefiledForever is played straight for everyone who isn't both TheFundamentalist ''and'' a Christian. Averted for all characters who are (or become) HolierThanThou: [[http://www.cafepress.co.uk/thegamer.17703956 Jesus Saves, everybody else takes 5d6 points of damage]].
* HijackedByJesus: No matter what the plot is in a given tract, odds are very good that before the end, [[WriterOnBoard one of the characters]] will have taken an opportunity to preach that Jesus Saves.
* HollywoodSatanism: How Non-Christians (by his definition) are portrayed in his tracts. Unusually for this trope, Jack Chick does actually believe this.
* HumansAreBastards: The tracts tend to ping-pong back and forth on this in a bizarre way. Some use it straight, citing the doctrine of Original Sin, but in others it seems as though the only reason humans do anything evil at all is due to the influence of demons.
* IfIWereARichMan: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0048/0048_01.asp Titanic]]", Chester and his wife stay in a first class room on the aforementioned ship. He then goes off to rub shoulders with all the wealthy passengers and says that in a few months, they'll "be rolling in money." [[FridgeLogic This is odd, considering that they're in a first class suite]] and in today's dollars, they cost either $83,000 or $3000 (depending on if they went with a parlor suite or a berth; the extreme price difference is because there were only two parlor suites on the entire ship and each of them had their own private ''50-foot'' promenade, so it ''probably'' wasn't supposed to be one of these). Therefore, by some standards, he was ''already'' rolling in money. Of course, he may have been saving his pennies for this expensive trip [[FridgeBrilliance because it was his opportunity]] to get ''really'' rich really fast.
* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: The bad guy in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1047/1047_01.asp First Bite]]", almost word for word.
* IGotARock: Several tracts are specifically intended to be handed out to trick-or-treaters, usually (rather ironically) the ones arguing that Halloween is an evil pagan holiday. In the tracts themselves (see "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1065/1065_01.asp Stinky]]" for example), some characters are positively portrayed [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall giving out tracts as treats]]. Somewhat {{averted}} when the children in the tracts appear quite excited to receive them, and in real life, to his credit, Chick does recommend including a bag of candy along with the tracts.
--> "And here's a nice treat for you... little ''comic books''!"
* InsaneTrollLogic: For starters, believing in evolution will probably turn you into an atheistic, xenophobic, borderline-sociopathic {{Jerkass}}. Thankfully, EasyEvangelism can save you.
* InsufferableGenius: Often invoked by Jack Chick. Chick doesn't seem to have a very favorable opinion on most highly educated religious scholars (to say nothing of scientists who study evolution, as well as the teachers who teach it), given how often [[WisdomFromTheGutter people who only just picked up a tract or don't have much of an education out-debate chaplains and religious scholars]], and how the latter group often falls back on "I have a doctorate in divinity!" or some other comeback.
* ItIsDehumanizing: From "The Last Generation": "Take this heretic away! Dispose of it, [[HumanResources or use it for food]]."
* {{Jerkass}} The vast majority of the unsaved, apart from the kind that are used as proof that good people will go to Hell if they don't get saved. "Bad Bob" is a particularly good example.
* JerkassHasAPoint
** In "Humbug", Scrooge, while [[MisanthropeSupreme detailing his contempt for his fellow man]], accidentally quotes the Bible.
-->'''[[LargeHam Scrooge]]''': Why in '''HEAVEN'S''' name would God bother with insignificant '''Man'''? Man is '''''rotten''''' to the core[[note]]A footnote indicates Rom. 3:10-18, though the verses actually mention St. Paul quoting, in order, Psalms 14:2-3, 53:3-4, 5:10, 140:4, 10:7, and 36:2; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Proverbs 1:16; and Isaiah 59:7-8 (NAB)[[/note]]! '''MAN''' is a '''''BLIGHT''''' on the earth'''!'''
-->'''Cratchit''': What a coincidence, Mr. Scrooge. The Word of God says the same thing.
-->'''Scrooge''': It does?
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Harry in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1033/1033_01.asp "Fairy Tales,"]] mentioned above, who goes straight from disbelieving in Santa Claus to becoming a mass murderer.
* JustInTime: Typically, someone dying of a disease will convert (or in some cases, get through to the person he or she was trying to convert) within a day of expiring.
* KarmaHoudini: While neither abuser in "Lisa" is shown going to jail, the neighbor is an even better example. The VillainProtagonist father, at least, gets scared badly enough to contemplate suicide, not only because he might go to jail, but because everyone's going to know what he's done. The neighbor, who also helped make things even worse for him by blackmailing him, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse simply disappears at the end]] without explanation.
** The Governor in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1066/1066_01.asp Here Comes The Judge"]] and the Communist leaders in "Fat Cats" and "The Poor Revolutionist" also qualify, though one can presume they went to Hell eventually.
** The sargeant from "Holy Joe," after deliberately sending Joe to his death, goes to heaven after asking God for help 'seconds' before he dies, while the corporal who objected to the order ends up in hell.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In "The Contract", John's first act upon getting his wealth from a DealWithTheDevil is to get the MorallyBankruptBanker who denied him a loan fired.
* LargeHam: Even considering how often things are '''[[EmphasizeEverything emphasized]]''' in Jack Chick's tracts, some characters end up talking '''EXTREMELY''' loudly and animatedly, '''''FAR''''' more than would be expected otherwise! Scrooge in "Humbug" is a good example.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Happens from time to time, such as when A.J. fires Dudley after he makes a $5 million contract with Japan (for ''flying first class''), the contract fails and he gets sued for it ([[HumiliationConga among other indignities]]).
* LawfulStupid: Chick's Christians, and surprisingly, not just where their brand of Christianity is concerned. They know that the teachers and other authority figures are not on their side, but believe in following them so long as doing so doesn't involve them going against their religion. For example, Suzy's grandfather tells her, in response to Ms. Henn's Halloween party, that she must obey her since she's an authority figure, but it doesn't have to be a Halloween costume
* LesCollaborateurs: Paul in "The Last Generation".
** Overlaps with EtTuBrute, as he is Connie's brother.
* LittlestCancerPatient:
** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0063/0063_01.asp "The Little Princess"]]. Chick doesn't pull any punches in this one.
** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1084/1084_01.asp "Cathy"]] is another such example, with it being cancer, no less.
* LonelyFuneral: Ansley Parker. Only the minister and the grave digger come.
* LouisCypher: Straight up with Lew Siffer in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0034/0034_01.asp "Angels?"]]
** And in "Boo!", there's Camp Basil Bub. Guess who shows up...
* MagicalNativeAmerican: In [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1061/1061_01.asp this]] tract.
** He uses this to portray witchcraft in certain Native American religions.
* TheManBehindTheMan: {{Satan}}, to [[PathOfInspiration the Vatican]].
* ManlyGay: Amazingly, the homosexuals in "[[http://www.enterthejabberwock.com/?p=465 Wounded Children]]" are portrayed this way. Chick typically depicts them as a variant of CampGay.
* MeetTheNewBoss / FullCircleRevolution: Played straight with a vengeance in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0053/0053_01.asp "Fat Cats"]]. (Compare the first and last frames.)
* MisanthropeSupreme: [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Scrooge]] in "Humbug".
* MissingStepsPlan: Despite the title, the subject of [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1063/1063_01.asp Love That Money!]] has a clear plan for profit, but the demons and angels don't. The devils say that Joe Bronson will be their star in politics and is invaluable to them, but they seem perfectly fine with his ending up broke and in Hell (where he was pretty much heading before). The angel meanwhile stops the demon from preventing Joe from listening to some evangelism, but apparently doesn't stop the man's Christian aunt from dying such that Joe gets her money, which ultimately prevents him being saved.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Boggs in "The Contract." One of John Freeman's first acts upon signing the contract and getting the money is [[TheDogBitesBack ensuring that Boggs gets fired]].
* TheMovie: "The Truth as You've Never Seen it Before", a 78 minute long film that brings Literature/TheBible to life, named for its star, ''The Light of the World''. Perfect for your Hell-bound friends and Sunday School. [[http://www.chick.com/catalog/videos/LOTW.asp Official Site]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGPZgur2i6g Watch here]].
** Two Chick tracts have also been [[http://www.chick.com/catalog/videos/1416.asp animated]] in mediocre CGI, unfortunately.
* MrExposition: Any character who's an evangelist will get to spend a lot of time presenting [[AuthorFilibuster Chick's views]].
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Ice Man kills James when his fiancée expresses a casual interest in him.
* MustMakeAmends: Eric leaves Ashley after she gets pregnant, but after seeing the error of his ways and accepting Jesus, races to stop her from getting the abortion, declaring that he's willing to stay with her now.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Mildred in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0079/0079_01.asp The Letter]]", after learning that her unconverted friend died in a traffic accident and went to hell.
* NecessaryFail: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5007/5007_01.asp It's The Law]]", Miss Crawford considers her flunking Timmy for writing about the Ten Commandments to be this, since it enabled her to meet Uncle Bob and get converted to Christianity.
* NeckSnap: Bruce suffers one, but doesn't die immediately.
* NeverMyFault: Some condemned sinners complain that they were never told about Jesus, such as Mildred's friend Frances in "The Letter". Most of them are wrong, and someone did tell them.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Averted in a few tracts. Chick's heroes can and will remind people that the recently deceased unsaved have ended up in Hell.
* TheNewRockAndRoll: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0034/0034_01.asp Plus the original, actually, including Christian Rock.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1063/1063_01.asp this tract]], the protagonist, Joe Bronson, who has been established as only caring about money, is all set to convert to Christianity, until his Christian aunt (Louise), who is a multimillionaire, dies and leaves him all her money. Joe then decides that [[GenreBlindness he doesn't need to accept Jesus as his aunt saved him from poverty]]. [[spoiler: He dies in a sudden storm that hits the next night, and so goes to Hell.]]
* NoDialogueEpisode: "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1064/1064_01.asp The Little Sneak]]" has exactly one line of dialogue: "No!"
* NoPunctuationPeriod: In some Scripture passages of the KJV version embedded in many Chick tracts, most notably with no quotes.
* NoSell: Every MagicalMinority has demons at his/her beck and call. Siccing them on a Christian however, will make God intervene and prevent them from harming the Christian.
* NoTrueScotsman: If you believe in Evolution, either are Catholic or consider Catholics fellow Christians, or question Mr. Chick's interpretation of Scripture, you are not a True Christian™.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0086/0086_01.asp The Sissy?]]", the man who converts the truckers notes that Jesus should have died even before he got to the cross.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: The Christian homeowner in "The Thief" is not trying to talk the burglar out of murdering him, but succeeds anyway.
* OhCrap: The reactions of people of other faiths, or Christians who disagree with Chick when they realize that they aren't going before ''their'' god. In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0077/0077_01.asp Baby Talk]]," Eric has this reaction when he learns that Ashley is being taken to the abortion clinic while he's trying to rectify his mistake.
* OncePerEpisode: Rare indeed is the tract where John 3:16 isn't quoted.
* OnlySaneMan: Yusuf in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1011/1011_01.asp The Sky Lighter]]" wonders why only the kids, and never the old men training them to be suicide bombers, actually blow themselves up.
** Despite the world of JerkassGods, satanic conspiracies, assholes, lunatics, and obnoxious fundamentalists that he inhabits, the Grim Reaper is delightfully friendly and polite, even as he's taking people to their deaths. "Hi there!".
* OpenSaysMe: In "No Fear!," the pastor kicks a door open in order to prevent a suicide.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: And named [[TheIgor Igor]], for some reason. They're born as vampires, and apparently they can survive all the way up to adolescence before the first time they get hungry.
* OriginalPositionFallacy: One of the most common types of StrawLoser is the guy who isn't afraid of hell. One variant of this is that he believes that hell exists and that it is a horrible place for the damned, but also believes that he'll be one of Satan's demons reigning in hell. Of course, his fate invariably turns out to be much crueler.
* ParentalAbandonment: Li'l Susy's mother died when she was born and her father died of a heart attack.
* ParentalIncest: The tract "Lisa" where a father (Henry Walker), and his next door neighbor (Charlie), sexually abused his very young daughter, but [[KarmaHoudini he was forgiven because he accepted God and Jesus]]. Since pulled from publication, but [[http://www.fmh-child.org/Lisa.html copies]] are still online.
* PassedOverInheritance: In "The Slugger" and its equivalent, "The Superstar", the gardener who converted the character to Jesus gets all his wealth, as the only one the willmaker trusts to use it wisely. [[AnAesop The tracts had emphasized that one's wealth in life is meaningless after death]].
* PathOfInspiration: The Catholic Church, Buddhism, Islam, and pretty much any other religion or denomination that doesn't mesh exactly with Jack Chick's worldview.
* PetTheDog: Despite the massive amounts of bigotry towards other religions, beliefs, and sexual orientations, Chick dislikes racism. Some strips have even been rewritten for a black audience.
* PoesLaw: Most of the positions stated and conclusions drawn in the tracts are so preposterous and illogical (not to mention un-Christian, at least to the majority of Christians) that it's hard to tell if Chick is being entirely serious.
* PoliceBrutality: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5003/5003_01.asp A minister who protests]] a Gay Pride parade gets a savage beating from the cops that puts him into the hospital.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0055/0055_01.asp "Big Daddy?"]] features one trying to indoctrinate his students with belief in evolution, with a plucky student countering and eventually breaking him.
* PragmaticAdaptation: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0092/0092_01.asp Humbug!]], which is a tract adaptation of Charles Dickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''. Since the full story wouldn't fit without cutting out way too much, Chick skips the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, and instead focuses on Scrooge's bad deeds and his redemption after being visited by Marley's ghost.
* PrayerOfMalice: This is sometimes done by Catholics, non-evangelical Protestants, and so on. Within the context of the pamphlets, this "proves" that only evangelicals are Real Christians.
* PrideParade: Several tracts feature Pride Parades, portraying them as unholy armies of Satan laying siege to the world.
* TheProphetMuhammad: The tracts go straight into the Type 4 tradition. They portray him as a brigand, thug, devil-worshiping liar, pedophile and so on, much as it does with any other villain.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: God regularly kills people, including unsaved ones, just to get the attention of their loved ones. The subject of ''Mean Momma'' gets all three of her children killed just to make her repent. No one brings this up, instead gushing on about [[BrokenAesop how wonderful God is for saving her]].
* PunchClockVillain: TheGrimReaper seems like a rather pleasant fellow even while he's killing people.
-->[[RuleOfThree "Hi there!"]]
* RaceLift: In the tracts' case, a rather interesting variety: when the TargetAudience is of a different race/nationality, the characters and sometimes the settings as well are also redrawn to look like the people and places of those ethnicities. Compare, for example, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0001/0001_01.asp North American English version]] of "This Was Your Life" with the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0409/0409_01.asp African English version ("It's Your Life!")]]. Even the ''angels'' are of different ethnicities. Even ''God'' can be black or white depending on the ethnicity of the one who's up for final judgment. Chick is nothing if not flexible. The website even lists them as "Adapted for black audiences".
* RapeAndSwitch: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1070/1070_01.asp In the first tract of the year 2011]], Chick declares that all gay people were molested when they were children (and possessed by gay demons). This is an idea which originated with the Freudians, let us note, and was discredited along with them.
* RaysFromHeaven: The black and white tracts are full of these indicating Heaven and God's glory, as they are easy to understand when drawn simply in a small panel.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In "Four Angels?", Henry gives Charlie one, denouncing him as a false Christian and an enemy of God.
** Mildred gets a lengthy one from her friend Frances, for [[NeverMyFault not telling her about the gospel]]
-->We walked by day and night, and yet you showed me not the light.
-->You let me live, love and die, and all the while you knew I'd never live on high.
-->Yes, I called you friend in life, and I trusted you in joy and strife...
-->and yet, in coming to this end, I see you really weren't my friend.
** A jail guard gives one to Bad Bob and his cousin after he fiercely rebuffs an attempt to witness to him.
-->If two guys ever deserved hell, it's you two. You didn't have to destroy that kid the way you did. He might be a little off base, but he's sincere. I'm a Christian... and let me tell you, that kid's got more guts than the two of together. Anyone can be rebellious and crude like you guys. But it takes real guts to stand up for God like that kid did. He cared about you and wanted to help you. But you are too blind to see it. Whether you know it or not, we all deserve to burn in hell. But God in His mercy sent His only begotten son to shed His precious blood and die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. But you two have spit in God's face and rejected His gift of eternal life, so both of you are on your way to the lake of fire.
* RecursiveCanon: When there's no Bob or Lil' Susy around to perform EasyEvangelism, Chick will have a character find redemption by coming across one of his other tracts, sometimes as a DeusExMachina randomly stuck in their pocket.
** In [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0006/0006_01.asp "Somebody Loves Me"]], [[TearJerker before the homeless child freezes to death]], [[AmbiguousGender he/she]] is saved by reading a copy of a tract that is blown by the wind. The title of the tract that the child reads? "Somebody Loves Me."
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Tracts that involve people such as murderers finding redemption will often end with their death.
* ReligionIsMagic: In TheVerse of chick tracts, all religions (except Chick's variant of Christianity) practice black magic. Catholic clergy are particularly vicious mages.
* ReligionOfEvil: Catholicism, [[http://www.chick.com/catalog/tractbykeyword.asp?subject=Catholicism mostly]]. And [[http://www.chick.com/catalog/tractbykeyword.asp?subject=Islam Islam]], [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0016/0016_01.asp Buddhism]], [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0070/0070_01.asp Hinduism]], Judaism,... heck, any other religion that is not Chick's particular brand of fundamentalist Protestant Christianity. Also atheism, even though atheism is a blanket term that means "does not believe in a deity," not a religion in itself.
* RemixComic: A frequent target of such. [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/whos-your-daddy/ Here's one of the more prominent examples.]]
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: One demon [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1036/1036_01.asp looks exactly like a Frill-necked Lizard]].
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0065/0065_01.asp The Poor Revolutionist]]", the main character and some of the revolutionaries are executed because "[he is] a revolutionist, perhaps [he] might revolt against [their] own system." The country shown being overthrown is not actually specified, though it certainly does look like the USA, and the revolutionary hippies he [[TakeThat lampoons]] are hard to mistake for being from anywhere else. Some versions do mention, though, that basically in any country Communism overthrows, the revolutionaries are always eliminated afterward.
** In "Good Ol' Boys", a variation applies when the Shining Path leader offers to let anyone who denies Jesus live. When the missionary and his wife refuse to do so, he orders that his men spare them, but "shoot the traitorous dogs who believe in nothing."
* RunningGag: There seems to be a running gag regarding Chick's firm belief that Britain has long been overrun by violent Muslims as a punishment from God. He also seems to claim that the decline and fall of the British Empire is the result of their failure to support Israel, a fate that awaits any nation that does the same.
* SadistShow: An attempted serious rendition, in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1018/1018_01.asp Unloved]]".
* SadistTeacher: Oh, that [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1051/1051_01.asp Miss Henn]], pushing such depravities on poor children.
* {{Satan}}: Sometimes comes to the fore, but usually shown more as TheManBehindTheMan.
* SchmuckBait: In [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1008/1008_01.asp this tract]], a group of boys find a pool surrounded by numerous warning signs [[TooDumbToLive and decide to go for a swim]].
* SeeYouInHell: A hitman says this to the Judge after injecting him with a fatal poison in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1066/1066_01.asp Here Comes The Judge."]] Since this is Chick, he means it literally.
* SerialKiller: One Halloween tract has a serial killer wielding a chainsaw and wearing a jack o' lantern mask going around killing people. At the end of the story it turns out that he's literally ''Satan'' (apparently the Devil doesn't have anything better to do with his time). This is all somehow supposed to teach you that Halloween is a satanic holiday or something.
-->"[[MemeticMutation IT'S THE GREAT MOTHERFUCKING PUMPKIN!]]"
* ShootTheShaggyDog: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1042/1042_01.asp Fatal Decision]]", Dr. Bowers sells most of his stocks and bonds to obtain a vaccine for a patient, who destroys it and dies a few days later. To make matters worse, Bowers' son died in an accident on the way back.
* ShoutOut: From "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1071/1071_01.asp The Awful Truth]]":
-->'''Taller, stupid man:''' [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain What are we gonna do today?]]
-->'''Shorter, smarter man:''' [[OncePerEpisode We're gonna take over the world!]]
* ShutUpKirk: Fairly common from the sinners.
* SingleTear: Many of Chick's tracts will often have characters shedding a single tear, usually when repenting.
* SlasherSmile: The Sheriff in "The Gun Slinger," after Terrible Tom is hanged.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: The tracts run the range. Some, like "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0001/0001_01.asp This Was Your Life]]" do represent the author's view of reality; others, such as a fairy tale "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0020/0020_01.asp The Fool!]]" are clearly intended more as fantastic allegories.
* SmugSnake: Quite a few of the unsaved, but Elmer Boggs is a particularly good example. He's rather arrogant and condescending toward John Freeman, but ultimately, he's relatively low-ranking in his bank, and when his boss calls him out on what he's done and fires him, he becomes quite pitiful.
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Essentially the case in any tract involving an abusive parent, such as "Lisa".
* TheStarscream: According to Chick, Islam is this to Catholicism.
* StayInTheKitchen: Compare "This Was Your Life" when it is tailored to [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0001/0001_01.asp men]] to when it's written for [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1072/1072_01.asp women]].
* StealthParody: Quite a few people suspect that the tracts are this, though Chick claims otherwise. The director of the "Dark Dungeons" adaption has gone on the record saying that the film is going to be this (though how stealthy it will be is debatable).
* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: He uses them frequently, [[StrawmanHasAPoint mostly with counter-productive results]].
* StrictlyFormula: Usually, whatever else is in the story, a sinner gets salvation explained (and offered) to him at some point. Either 1)He accepts and goes to Heaven, 2)He doesn't and goes to hell, or 3)Someone accepts and another person doesn't.
* StupidEvil: {{Satan}} and his minions sometimes come out looking like this at times, particularly when their schemes backfire.
** In one tract, attempts to bring the Antichrist into the world failed because Satan [[ILied knowingly lied]] to his own followers who were trying to carry out his orders and enact his will. His explanation? [[ItsWhatIDo He's Satan, he's evil, and he lies!]]
* SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1060/1060_01.asp It's Not Your Fault]]", there is a foster home called "Happy Halls". In fact it's so happy there that ''seven-year old kids'' routinely kill themselves.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Spoken by the Native Americans according to Mortimer, who even lampshades this in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1025/1025_01.asp The Missing Day]]".
* SymbolSwearing: Any time someone swears. Notably, it's almost always the same sequence of symbols, beginning with "@", then some exclamation points, and some stars/asterisks.
* TagTeamSuicide: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0052/0052_01.asp No Fear?]]", Lance commits suicide and Dolly is about to do so at his funeral, but her sister and a preacher stop her.
* TakeThat: Against almost everything Jack Chick sees as bad.
** The tract [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1069/1069_01.asp "Still no Revival?"]] takes a particularly pointed jab at ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' specifically.
* TakingTheBullet: Officer Joe Donovan for Murph in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1005/1005_01.asp Murph]]". Interestingly, Joe receives minor wounds while Murph is mortally wounded.
* ThatManIsDead: Scrooge says that "the old Scrooge is dead," after his conversion in "Humbug", as he became a new man after accepting Jesus.
* TheDogBitesBack: John Freeman, after getting wealthy in "The Contract", ensures that [[MorallyBankruptBanker Boggs]] gets fired. Averted in "Here Comes The Judge", when one of the Judge's former house servants, Conrad, instead [[LastSecondChance decides to witness to the Judge]], but gets turned down.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Featured in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0054/0054_01.asp Holocaust]]", both in Old School and Neo flavour.
* TitleDrop: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0094/0094_01.asp The Last Generation]]":
-->Persecution, new killer diseases, earthquakes and wars all over... this could be '''THE LAST GENERATION!'''
* TooDumbToLive: The main character in the original version of "The Poor Little Witch" walks home alone at night, even though she knows her life is in danger by homicidal satanists. She is murdered.
* TwistEnding: "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0003/0003_01.asp Somebody Goofed]]" and "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1108/1108_01.asp Oops!]]" which was illustrated for black people.
* UndercoverCopReveal: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0025/0025_01.asp Trust me]]" and "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0021/0021_01.asp Bad Bob]]," a buyer turns out to be an undercover narcotics cop, who arrests the respective main characters.
* UnEvilLaugh: HAW! HAW! HAW!
* TheUnfavourite: Jimmy in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1018/1018_01.asp Unloved]]", as his parents refuse to attend his high school graduation, constantly tell him he's inferior to his sister Nancy, criticize his choice of a wife, blame him for having rotten kids, berate him for losing his job, and disown him after he asks to borrow money.
** In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1068/1068_01.asp Mean Momma]]", Austin Parker realizes that Charlie is favored over him, and then commits suicide.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Brutus indirectly causes a patient's death by getting him to distrust a doctor.
** The Devil often tries to invoke this, especially in The Assignment. Charles Bishop's subordinate's wife is a successful case, as she prevented him from witnessing to his boss, but the devils' attempts to use a popular boy and the subordinate as distractions for Bishop's daughter and Bishop fail.
* VanityPublishing: All of Chick's work is published and distributed by Chick Publications, including books by other authors.
* VerbalTic: The omnipresent and random use of Biblical quotes, especially John 3:16.
* VillainyDiscretionShot: When the Bull has some prisoners killed, it isn't shown, presumably to prevent people from seeing him as a KarmaHoudini.
* WeWantOurJerkBack:
** Downplayed with "Bad Bob". The people at the bar who buy drugs from him are disappointed that he's a different person, but, befitting how many sinners see people as expendable in Chick's tracts, merely decide to get another dealer.
** In "Born Wild!" Connie, despite being angered by her son's disrespect toward her prior to his conversion, is depressed when he finally does convert and starts acting like a good kid.
* WhamLine
** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0077/0077_01.asp Baby Talk]]: "She's not here. Thelma took her to the [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion clinic]]. They left an hour ago."
** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0079/0079_01.asp The Letter]]: "Mildred, didn't you hear? Saturday night Frances and John's car skidded in the rain and they hit a tree. John's still alive but Frances died instantly."
** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0018/0018_01.asp The Trial]]: "When Annie told me I should ask Jesus into my heart, I did!"
** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0072/0072_01.asp Mad Machine]] has several, including one by a man who's going with his son to a facility to treat [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]] "Oh... I'm not the patient... my son is!"
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1047/1047_01.asp?wpc=1047_01.asp Here]]. It very much does.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Taken UpToEleven in "The Thief"; the robber is determined not to let his witness live, but puts it off long enough that his victim manages, through ObliviousGuiltSlinging, to talk him out of it.
* WisdomFromTheGutter: Happens from time to time in certain tracts, in which very famous, respected, wealthy or educated individuals get witnessed to by blue-collar workers, servants, convicted criminals, children and other people you wouldn't expect them to listen to. Whether they do depends on whether Chick wants to show them seeing the light and going to heaven, or show that if you reject Christianity, you will go to Hell.
** In "The Bull," the eponymous character, after reading a tract, calls in the prison chaplain to ''give him'' a lecture about hell, which [[StrawCharacter the chaplain]] doesn't believe in.
-->'''The Bull''': [[ArmorPiercingQuestion If you don't believe any of this, why are you a chaplain]]?
-->'''Chaplain''': My mother wanted me to be a minister.
-->'''The Bull''': Man, you don't even know what's going on. Do you know who Jesus, really is?
-->'''Chaplain''': [[WhatAnIdiot Uh...he was a teacher, a good man...]]
-->'''The Bull''': You don't know nothin'! Jesus is the biggest shot-caller of all, and nobody messes with him! You're on your way to a burning, boiling hell, and I can prove it.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Danny O'Hara's friends stop coming by after a short period of time when he's in the hospital with cancer, and this and other tracts imply that friends aren't worth going to hell for, especially if they abandon you only for being a Christian. [[DontShootTheMessage This can be read as basically saying that you shouldn't let other people, even those you like, sway you to abandon your convictions]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: The angels and the devils in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0022/0022_01.asp The Assignment]]" repeatedly revise their plans to ensure that Cathy Hillman witnesses to Charles Bishop and prevent her from doing so, respectively. For example, the devils have an insurance man named Irving plan to pitch a policy to Bishop, but the angels give him a flat tire and prevent him from using the phone by having an old woman tie it up. [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding Bishop dies before he can convert, and thus is sent to hell.]]]]
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: God, of course, as well as the KJV Bible itself.
** Not actually ''butchered'', of course; the King James Version, which was produced by very well-educated scholars, is just about the only really good example of "Old English" (actually Early Modern English) most people will ever see, and "God" in Chick tracts mainly just speaks in quotes lifted directly from it.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0092/0092_01.asp Humbug]]" is one, although only Marley makes an appearance, not the three ghosts (the entire experience lasts three panels), and Scrooge doesn't just [[TookALevelInKindness take a level in kindness]]; he also becomes a Christian
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Connie's son, who had [[HeyYou called her by her first name, out of disrespect and not seeing her as his mother]], calls her "Mom" after he converts, much to her shock.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The devils hand down severe punishments when souls get into Heaven.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
** Lance Clawson is implied to have been killed in jail in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1066/1066_01.asp Here Comes The Judge."]]
** The Jewish people could be said to fall into this. Chick says protecting the state of Israel is a God-mandated duty, and any nation that betrays or abandons the Jewish people will suffer consequences. However, all Jews who fail to accept Jesus will go to hell like anyone else.
** Naturally, all of Satan's followers end up going to Hell with him.
* YouRebelScum: "Fanatic" is a favorite insult to True Christians (very much a minority in the world of Chick Tracts) by nonbelievers and authorities.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: In "Happy Hour", Jerry's children tell him that he should have died instead of their mother, which is understandable, given that he had pushed her over and caused her death from a heart attack when she tried to stop him from spending the last of their money at the bars. Naturally, however, he's EasilyForgiven in the end.
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-->''Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."'' --''[[Literature/TheFourGospels John 14:6]]''
-->''[[OverlyLongGag Hi there!]]''