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'''Apocalypse''' is a Christian end-times film series developed by Peter and Paul Lalonde and released by Cloud Ten Pictures, the producers of the short-lived ''Literature/LeftBehind'' film series. It follows the story of former World News Network reporter Helen Hannah as she and those left behind on the earth following the Rapture deal with the emerging {{Antichrist}} figure Franco Macalousso and his One Nation Earth government, trying to bring as many people into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ before His return. The series consists of ''Apocalypse'', ''Revelation'' (featuring Jeff Fahey and Carol Alt), ''Tribulation'' (featuring Gary Busey, Margot Kidder, and Howie Mandel), and ''Judgment'' (featuring Corbin Bersen, Jessica Steen, and Creator/MrT). A fifth movie in the series, ''Redemption'', is currently under development.

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!!The ''Apocalypse'' film series provides examples of:
* AesopAmnesia: Despite the climaxes of the first and third movie involving exposing the Anti Christ for who he is to the world, he's still the indisputed leader of the world by the start of the next film (probably attributed to his supernatural power).
* AGodAmI / AGodIsYou: Not only does Franco Macalousso declare himself to be God, he also promises that those who believe in him can also be gods, using Scripture to back up his claims.
* AlphabetNewsNetwork: World News Network, WNN.
* AmoralAttorney: Victoria Thorne (Jessica Steen) in ''Judgment'', who plays a really manipulative bitch of a prosecutor.
* ApocalypseHow: Planetary scope of societal disruption severity (with a global DepopulationBomb) at this point in the series.
* AssimilationPlot: The goal of One Nation Earth citizens during the Tribulation to unite together for world peace, interpreted as the people becoming one in mind like those who attempted to build the Tower of Babel, heavily emphasized in ''Tribulation'' as police officers and One Nation Earth agents hunt down those who have not taken the MarkOfTheBeast and force them to enter the Day Of Wonders program.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Used by the Christian protagonists in the story, but also used by believers in Franco Macalousso's ideals in ''Tribulation'' with their interpretation of Genesis 11:6 being that if the world could unite as one, then they would be able to achieve anything.
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The films follow many of the same misconceptions as the "parent" series ''Left Behind''. For instance, in the third film one character states that ''all'' Christians believe in the Rapture.
** Note, however, that this is a nonbeliever who says it in the story, so the misconception may be in-universe.
** The first movie seems to confirm it's in-universe, as there are seemingly Christian families right after the Rapture takes place that are taken by the Antichrist gestapo.
* BiTheWay: Willie Spino is hinted as being this in ''Judgment'' when he flirts with some men in the court room as he is brought in as a testifying witness against Helen Hannah, whereas in ''Revelation'' he was hitting on the blind woman.
** Earlier in ''Revelation'', Spino makes comments hinting at a one-sided man crush on Thorold Stone.
* BlessedWithSuck: The ones who have taken the MarkOfTheBeast receive limited telepathic and telekinetic powers, all for the eternal cost of being sent to the Lake of Fire. In addition, Willy Spino is able to walk, Cindy Bolton is able to see, and the one-armed man in ''Tribulation'' gains his other arm back.
* BusFullOfInnocents: In the movie ''Revelation'', Thorold Stone investigates a bomb explosion that killed a bus full of school children, believing it to be the work of the Haters, but it turns out to be an inside job by One Nation Earth agents.
* CaptainErsatz: The first movie basically began as a film knockoff of the ''LeftBehind'' books; in this case, Franco Macalousso is this for Nicolae Carpathia.
* CaughtUpInTheRapture
* CantStopTheSignal: Two people in ''Revelation'' who have taken the MarkOfTheBeast try to stop the anti-Day Of Wonders virus program from uploading by pulling out the disk from the computer and even shooting the computer it's uploading on, all to no avail as it miraculously continues to boot up.
** Unfortunately, this plan [[YouCantThwartStageOne only delays the Day Of Wonders program from being released worldwide]], as it shows up in full use in the following movie ''Tribulation''.
* CarCushion: In ''Tribulation'', the PsychicAssistedSuicide victim lands on top of a parked car.
* CassandraTruth: In ''Tribulation'', when Tom Canboro's brother-in-law Jason Quincy (Howie Mandel) is being manipulated by future One Nation Earth agents who want to prevent him from spreading the truth before the world is ready for it, neither Tom nor his wife Susan are willing to believe him due to their past dealings with him that lead to their belief that Jason is mentally unstable; however, Tom's sister Eileen somehow senses that the agent has been in Jason's hospital room and is more willing to believe him, though Tom doesn't believe his sister due to her being a born-again Christian who takes the Bible very literally.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Jason Quincy (Howie Mandel) plays one in ''Tribulation'', though he seems a bit too more of a crackpot than many, which makes his telling his family members about the men who drove him to throw himself out the window [[CassandraTruth rather difficult]]. His amusing scientific discovery about how monkeys on two different sides of a volcanic island end up engaging in the same activity of washing their bananas in the sea ends up becoming the basis for the AssimilationPlot during the Tribulation.
* CrapsackWorld: What the world during the Tribulation slowly devolves into in the series with One Nation Earth's AssimilationPlot taking place.
* {{Cyberspace}}: The Day Of Wonders takes place within a virtual reality program, mostly consisting of a [[WhiteVoidRoom white room]] with a DigitalAvatar of the Antichrist in it to offer whoever enters it the MarkOfTheBeast, with the alternative being death, usually by decapitation.
* DealWithTheDevil: Accepting the MarkOfTheBeast is played out like this, with the benefits of its recipients experiencing miracles such as the blind woman in ''Revelation'' receiving her sight, the wheelchair-bound man in the same movie being able to walk, and the one-armed man in the hospital in ''Tribulation'' receiving his right arm again. There's also the BlessedWithSuck element of having limited telepathic and telekinetic powers, as featured in ''Tribulation''.
* DigitalAvatar: Franco Macalousso has one in the Day Of Wonders program, for convincing people who enter the program to take the MarkOfTheBeast. In essence, he is fulfilling what the book of Revelation says about "the image of the beast".
* DisabledSnarker: Willy Spino and Cindy Bolton, the blind woman (Carol Alt), in ''Revelation''.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: The Haters have technology that lets them hack into the One Nation Earth's network and broadcast messages, mostly prerecorded material from famous televangelists such as T.D. Jakes and Jack Van Impe that warn about the end times.
* DoomedAppointment: Of a sort in ''Tribulation'', when Tom Canboro promises he would go with his sister Eileen to her church next Sunday night to hear what God has to say. It's only doomed because Tom Canboro gets into a car accident that puts him in a coma and Eileen is eventually CaughtUpInTheRapture; however, near the end of the movie, Tom does visit the now-deserted church that Eileen attended, ready to hear what God has to say because he now believes in Him.
* TheDragon: Len Parker plays this in ''Apocalypse'' and ''Revelation''.
* EasyEvangelism: Not to Christianity, but rather to Franco Macalousso's one-world religion. He immediately takes credit for the Rapture (claiming that he had to get rid of certain people for the sake of the world) and declares himself God. Even though it sounds like he has a bad case of Jerusalem Syndrome, just about everybody takes him at his word.
* EmptyPilesOfClothing: More like empty piles of ''neatly folded'' clothing.
* EvilEmpire: One Nation Earth.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Len Parker in ''Revelation'' goes into deep-voice mode while speaking like he was demon-possessed, which he most likely is.
* FaceHeelTurn: Willy Spino and Cindy Bolton in ''Revelation'', both as a result of taking the MarkOfTheBeast.
* FakeKillScare: Helen Hannah (supposedly) dies in the Day Of Wonders program in ''Tribulation'', but is later shown to be spared from death by the Antichrist himself in ''Judgment''.
** Also from ''Tribulation'': Jason Quincy makes a run for it when he thinks that the One Nation Earth agent (secretly a ReverseMole) is shooting all his Christian friends and family members in the hideout, but as it turns out is really firing blanks.
** Another fake kill scare takes place in ''Revelation'', as a Christian girl whose mother hears she was permanently put out of her misery (so to speak) shows up alive near the end of the movie with her mother about to be put into the furnace along with former police officer Thorold Stone.
* ForYourOwnGood: A father turns his Christian son over to the One Nation Earth authorities in ''Revelation'' claiming he is doing this because he loves his son.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Subverted with ''Revelation'''s blind woman in the Haters hideout, who by her own admission became a vegetarian not because she loved animals, but because ''she hated plants''.
* TheFundamentalist: Those who believe in Franco Macalousso being God incarnate and that his teachings are the truth are portrayed as falling into this trope more easily than the Christians that they persecute as being "Haters".
* FunWithAcronyms: '''O'''ne '''N'''ation '''E'''arth (O.N.E.)
* GiveMeASign: Voiced by Thorold Stone in ''Revelation'' when he isn't convinced that there is a God other than the self-proclaimed Messiah Franco Macalousso, whom he doesn't believe is God either. He later gets his sign from the real true God when he and several other Christians get sent into the furnace and are supernaturally protected from the flames (a reference to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago in Literature/TheBible).
* GodHelpUsAll: Said by the President of the United States in the first film in a State of the Union address when a nuclear strike against the nation takes place.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: As in ''LeftBehind'', once you take the MarkOfTheBeast, you're pretty much screwed for eternity.
* HollywoodAtheist: Thorold Stone in ''Revelation'', who became one after he saw his mother pass away from cancer. His atheism does get tested when his wife and daughter [[CaughtUpInTheRapture mysteriously disappear]], and eventually he becomes a believer when he meets with Franco Macalousso's DigitalAvatar in the Day Of Wonders program and rejects the idea that Macalousso is the Messiah.
* HollywoodHacking: Attempted with Willy Spino in ''Revelation'' as he uses a code-cracking program to hack into the Day Of Wonders program to see what it contains before it goes live.
* IllegalReligion: Christianity is illegal to practice in the series, as One Nation Earth actively hunts down all who practice that religion.
* IncessantMusicMadness: The singing of "Amazing Grace" near the end of ''Revelation'' by the group of Haters in the furnace almost becomes this when Willy Spino and Cindy Bolton (Carol Alt) are frantically searching for the anti-Day Of Wonders virus program disk and try to stop the program from uploading, [[CantStopTheSignal all to no avail]], while Len Parker has the furnace heat turned up even hotter to stop the singing until he decides to go into the room himself, [[ManOnFire only to be baked to a crisp]]. All the while, more people end up singing the song until it seems like Willy and Cindy are holding their ears, not wanting to hear it.
* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: In the early part of ''Tribulation'', young Calvin Canboro imitates young Tom Canboro until Tom talks about Calvin having to go to the bathroom, which gets Calvin to stop imitating Tom when he finds himself repeating what Tom said.
* ItWontTurnOff: Willy Spino and Cindy Bolton in ''Revelation'' try their best to stop the anti-Day Of Wonders virus program from uploading onto the computer, to no avail.
* IWillFindYou: Thorold Stone in ''Revelation'' loses his wife and daughter in the Rapture and will do anything to get them back, eventually realizing that he will have to put his faith in Jesus Christ to see them again.
** In ''Tribulation'', Tom Canboro is separated from his wife Susan when he was in a coma from the automobile accident and spends much of the movie looking for her. He does find her among a group of persecuted Christians, thankfully.
* JesusSaves
* JoinOrDie: What the people in the Tribulation period in the film series are confronted with when they meet Franco Macalousso's DigitalAvatar in the Day Of Wonders program...either take the MarkOfTheBeast and join his side, or die by whatever virtual means the program has in store for you (usually decapitation).
* JustInTime: Thorold Stone's virtual beheading in ''Revelation'' is interrupted by Helen Hannah coming to cut the power on the virtual reality goggles Stone was wearing just as the guillotine blade falls.
* KangarooCourt: Helen Hannah's trial in ''Judgment'' takes place in this as her defense attorney Mitch Kendrick (Corbin Bernsen) is given a script of the trial that he must follow so that Helen can be convicted.
* KickTheDog: After taking the MarkOfTheBeast, the two former neutral good guys change to villains instantly, and one [Spino] actually shoots his own puppy. Just because.
** For some {{Egregious}} reason (maybe [[AWizardDidIt it is God's hand]]), it has no effect since the dog came back alive at the end of Revelation.
* MagicFromTechnology: Apparently the Day Of Wonders virtual reality program is so real it can hurt and even kill people who enter into it: a lethal snake bite in the program also becomes a lethal snake bite in reality. Willy Spino in ''Revelation'' when he first entered the Day Of Wonders program after it was hacked ran his virtual self finger on the blade of a guillotine in the program and ended up cutting his finger in reality.
** It's possible that it may not be the programming of the Day Of Wonders that causes it to be ''that'' real, but actually the power of the Antichrist working within the program itself.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Victoria Thorne, toward Mitch Kendrick in ''Judgment''.
* ManOnFire: Len Parker in ''Revelation'' ends up becoming this when he sees that God has supernaturally protected the believers who were put into the incinerator and decides that he will deal with them himself.
* MarkOfTheBeast: This particular variation coming from being exposed to the Day Of Wonders virtual reality program.
* MeaningfulName: Victoria Thorne, which [[SarcasmMode makes you wonder]] [[AmoralAttorney how she ever managed to get to the top of her profession]].
* NeutralNoLonger: Helen Hannah's defense attorney Mitch Kendrick in ''Judgment'' hides behind a fake MarkOfTheBeast because he is unsure of whether to put his faith in Macalousso or Jesus Christ. However, near the end of the movie during the court proceedings, Mitch ends up becoming a believer, which causes him to be killed by his ex-lover and prosecutor Victoria Thorne (Jessica Steen).
* NoDelaysForTheWicked: After the Rapture, Christianity is completely outlawed and a one-world government is instated within a ''week.'' Apparently, the Antichrist runs on CartoonlandTime.
** Probably to underscore how supernaturally CrazyPrepared the Antichrist and his forces are in taking over the world once the Rapture takes place. In the movie ''Tribulation'', Macalousso's followers were seen already at work toward this end by testing out their psychic powers.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: In ''Revelation''; Jake Goss, a minor member of the "Haters", is [[TakingTheBullet shot in the back]] by Spino (shortly after he and Cindy are revealed to have taken the MarkOfTheBeast); which under normal circumstances could be expected to, if not have killed him, certainly have paralyzed him. [[UnexplainedRecovery Jake gets better]] by the next film.
* NotSoDifferent: The Devil as Antichrist's claim to Helen Hannah in ''Tribulation'' that he is just like God. Helen refutes it by saying God loved the world and died for it, whereas the Devil wants people to die for him.
* TheNudifier: Hinted at in ''Apocalypse'' when people are removed from their clothes during the Rapture. Strangely, though, their clothes are neatly folded in the spot where they once stood, instead of just lying in a disheveled heap as in ''LeftBehind''.
* OffWithHisHead: Those who refuse to take the MarkOfTheBeast when inside the Day of Wonders virtual reality program are subject to a virtual beheading, or in some cases another form of death like a lethal snake bite, which causes the victim to die in reality.
* OneWorldOrder: One Nation Earth is in control of all the earth throughout all the movies so far, and has been shown to be rather oppressive to both Christians and [[WithUsOrAgainstUs those who have not chosen a side]].
* TheOtherDarrin: Sam Bornstein played Franco Macalousso in the first movie, which was later played by Nick Mancuso in the following movies.
* OuijaBoard: Jason Quincy (Howie Mandell) uses what is called the Tabarrok Board in the movie ''Tribulation'' in order to find out some things. Two of the answers he gets from it are [[Literature/TheBible Genesis 11:6]] and [[{{God}} "I AM"]].
* PathOfInspiration: Franco Macalousso's ReligionOfEvil masquerades as this, having a SecretCircleOfSecrets working in the shadows.
* PlaceOfProtection: In ''Tribulation'', Tom Canboro is being chased through a hospital by a One Nation Earth agent who uses his mind powers to close all doors in the hallway so his prey cannot escape -- all except for one room that Tom enters, which turns out to be a chapel which provides for him a means of escape.
* PoesLaw: Margot Kidder signed up for her role in the film thinking it was a parody of Christian Apocalypse stories.
* PottyFailure: Young Calvin Canboro in ''Tribulation'' wets his pants while he and his brother Tom wait for Eileen to finish her prayer to God about the tree she carved their names into. Years later, Calvin can NeverLiveItDown.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: A man under the mind control of future One Nation Earth agents in ''Tribulation'' is driven to throw himself out of the window of a high-rise apartment building after Tom Canboro prevents him from killing his wife, who is a Christian.
** The same thing almost happens at the same time with Tom's brother-in-law Jason, except that he only falls out of a two-story house window.
* RedHerring: Thorold Stone and his partner in ''Revelation'' are misdirected to a hideout of persecuted Christians who are blamed for the bombing of a school bus, when the job was really done by inside One Nation Earth agents under the employ of Len Parker in order to get the stolen Day Of Wonders program disk from the Christian cell group.
* LaResistance: The Haters, which is One Nation Earth's name for underground groups of persecuted Christians during the Tribulation.
* ReverseMole: A One Nation Earth officer who infiltrates a Christian hideout in ''Tribulation'' and threatens to kill everyone in it ends up firing blanks and revealing himself to be on their side.
* RipVanWinkle: Tom Canboro (Gary Busey) in ''Tribulation'' wakes up several months into the Tribulation period after being in an automobile accident, complete with TimePassageBeard.
* SayYourPrayers: Played with in ''Tribulation'': As Helen Hannah says ISurrenderSuckers by allowing herself to be captured by One Nation Earth security forces, a tape of Jack Van Impe leading people in a prayer of salvation plays on the [[DoNotAdjustYourSet pirated airwaves]] right before her capture.
* SecondComing: It's all about Jesus Christ's return.
* ShoePhone: Helen Hannah wears a contact lens camera in ''Tribulation'' so she can purposely be captured and enter the Day Of Wonders program to expose Franco Macalousso as being the Antichrist.
* SigilSpam: The One Nation Earth logo, which is based on the Eye of Providence pyramid design of the Great Seal of the United States, tends to pop up everywhere during the Tribulation.
* SlaveBrand: The MarkOfTheBeast resembles this in ''Revelation'' and ''Tribulation'', while in ''Judgment'' it is a coin-sized tattoo.
* SpitTake: Tom Canboro in ''Tribulation'' when he tries to drink bad coffee at the hospital.
* StockFootage: The first movie uses a lot of it. Especially jarring are the scenes where the film's own footage of news reports or broadcasted speeches from the Antichrist are pasted into stock footage of large crowds watching big screens in public, since the footage quality drastically differs.
* TakeOverTheWorld
* TakingTheBullet: One of the Haters, Jake Goss, sacrifices himself to block a bullet Willy Spino fires at his half-sister Helen Hannah after he receives the MarkOfTheBeast and ditches the wheelchair in ''Revelation''. [[UnexplainedRecovery Her protector, though, gets better]].
* TakingYouWithMe: The Devil in the form of the Antichrist Franco Macalousso pretty much knows [[YouCantFightFate he's doomed]] [[ForegoneConclusion for the Lake Of Fire]], and so decides to take as many souls with him in the Tribulation through the MarkOfTheBeast.
* TalkingToHimself: In-universe example, Len Parker voices Thorold Stone's wife and daughter through a walkie-talkie in order to deceive Stone into believing he has them in his custody. He even tells "them" to be quiet.
* TechnoWizard: Willy Spino, the wheelbound-chair computer programmer in ''Revelation'', is made out to be this, as he is able to make gadgets that can read human DNA through solid concrete walls. His virtual reality programs are so real that they are totally indistinguishable from reality, with the exception that you can't hurt yourself in them. Someone, however, decided to go a step further to make the Day Of Wonders program become real enough to hurt and kill people.
* ThanatosGambit: Helen Hannah allowing herself to be captured by the One Nation Earth forces so she could enter the Day Of Wonders program and expose the truth of it by wearing a contact lens camera. The Antichrist, however, spares her from death.
* TimePassageBeard: In the movie ''Tribulation'', Tom Canboro wakes up with a beard a few years into the Tribulation after being in a coma from a car accident.
* TowerOfBabel: A model of the tower is used by future One Nation Earth agents preparing for the coming one-world order and its ReligionOfEvil in the movie ''Tribulation''. It's also on the cover of Franco Macalousso's book ''Babel Becomes One''.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* {{Unperson}} / IHaveNoSon: In ''Tribulation'', Eileen's brother claims he never had a sister, and she's even been removed from the family photos. It's likely that Calvin has been affected by the MarkOfTheBeast, causing him to forget her existence after she had taken up in the Rapture.
** Earlier in the movie, Tom Canboro finds out that a fellow police officer who he knows is a Christian, Kenny Rice, is not listed in the police department's records after the Rapture.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: One Nation Earth's goal of world peace using the AssimilationPlot to achieve it.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Franco Macalousso has been in the spotlight a bit longer than he has actively been the Antichrist, mostly due to his book Babel Becomes One.
* VoiceChangeling: Len Parker doing the voices of Thorold Stone's wife and daughter in ''Revelation''.
* WhiteVoidRoom: What the Day Of Wonders program takes place in. See also {{Cyberspace}}.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: You're either on the side of believing Franco Macalousso is God or on the side of believing that Jesus Christ is God; '''There is no middle ground here!!!'''
* AWizardDidIt: Franco Macalousso's proclamation of himself being the one who not only miraculously caused all the launched nukes to disappear, but was also behind the Rapture, claiming that those who disappeared were removed because they were obstacles to the goal of achieving world peace. Makes sense, as he proclaims himself to be {{God}}.
** Some deaths in the movies have been miraculously undone, particularly with the Haters. Maybe it's because of God's hand.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Despite Thorold Stone's efforts, the Day of Wonders program still shows up in full use during the Tribulation.
* YouHaveFailedMe: A deleted scene from ''Judgment'' shows Franco Macalousso sending Victoria Thorne and the judge from the court case in the movie to an uncertain fate after failing to give him the desired verdict.
** In ''Tribulation'', Calvin Canboro was choked to death inside the Day Of Wonders program by the Antichrist's DigitalAvatar when he failed to convert his brother.
* YourMindMakesItReal: See also MagicFromTechnology in regards to the Day of Wonders program.

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