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->'''The Metatron''': I am to charge you with a holy crusade.\\
'''Bethany Sloane''': For the record, I work in an abortion clinic.\\
'''The Metatron''': Noah was a drunk, and look what ''he'' accomplished--and no one's asking you to build an ark!

KevinSmith decided to take TheViewAskewniverse into the realm of religion with '''''Dogma'''''. May God have mercy on our souls.

Late one night, abortion clinic employee Bethany receives a visit from [[Creator/AlanRickman The Metatron]], the angel who acts as the voice of {{God}} ("Any documented occasion when some yahoo claims God has spoken to them, they're speaking to me")[[note]] Or he's talking to himself[[/note]]. The Metatron tasks Bethany with a [[MissionFromGod holy mission]]: she must visit a Catholic church in New Jersey on a specific day to prevent disgraced angels Creator/{{B|enAffleck}}artleby and [[Creator/MattDamon Loki]] from taking advantage of a special absolution ceremony being held there. The ceremony would grant forgiveness to ''anyone'' for ''any'' sin, and because the Bible says God must hold true in Heaven what holds true on Earth, this ceremony would allow the angels to return to Heaven.

The angels' potential absolution presents a big problem: God had specifically barred them from ''ever'' returning to Heaven, so their dogmatic absolution would disprove God's infallibility -- ''and bring an end to all existence''. Since God cannot directly interfere with the angels' plan, Bethany must do the job herself.

Jay and Silent Bob turn up as "prophets" sent to guide Bethany, and the trio later finds allies in disgruntled apostle [[Creator/ChrisRock Rufus]] and muse-turned-stripper [[SalmaHayek Serendipity]] -- but even with God's blessing on their side, the group's mission grows more difficult thanks to someone working behind the scenes to ensure the absolution of Bartleby and Loki…

Around the time of the film's release, Kevin Smith heard of a [[MoralGuardians group of people]] planning to picket ''Dogma'' at a theater near his hometown, so he decided to go and ''help picket his own film''. When he arrived, less than two dozen people had actually showed up for the "protest", including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QepgKVOVfZ8 the reporter and camera crew for a local TV station]] ''who recognized him''.
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!!''Dogma'' gives holy blessings to the following tropes:

%%* ActuallyPrettyFunny: "I get it! 'Holey Bartender!' That's a ''great'' one!"
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Invoked on behalf of numerous Biblical concepts; the characters in the film are quite different from how typical depictions go.
** {{God}} for example turns out to be OneOfUs; He's a fan of skiball.
** Literature/TheBible is interpreted in a decidedly un-Catholic way. (Specifically, no, indulgences do ''not'' work the way the movie says they do, but the Protestant interpretation of [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A19-21&version=NIV Matthew 6:19-21]] explains how Film/{{Dogma}}'s indulgences work. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the airport scene.)
** Of {{Hell}}, instead of being a place of damnation for horrible people, it is for people with huge HeroicSelfDeprecation that {{God}} can never forgive them so they opted to take eternal suffering for their guilt.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Jay. Apparently WordOfGod has said that Jay is bisexual but closeted ([[TransparentCloset he thinks]]), mainly for more room for jokes.
* ApocalypseHow: Metaphysical annihilation on ''at least'' a universal scale, depending on whether or not there's more than one universe, and if a God can be reborn.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
--> '''Loki:''' "But you didn't say 'God bless you' when I sneezed ..."
** Also, "What Jesus doesn't like is all the shit you people do in his name. Wars! Bigotry! Televangelism!"
* AscendedFanboy: KevinSmith is a big fan of Creator/AlanRickman's, which is why he wanted him to play Metatron. Rickman is a fan of ''Film/ChasingAmy'', which is why he wanted to work on ''Dogma''. So, they're kind of fanboys of ''each other''.
* AskAStupidQuestion: On the train, Bartleby tells Loki that Bethany has just told him about being on a mission to stop a pair of angels.
-->'''Loki:''' Do you think she means us? \\
'''Bartleby:''' [[SarcasmMode No, two other fucking angels]]. Of course she means us!
* AssholeVictim: Definitely the executives of the corporation, except for one woman. The adulterer on the bus also seemed to be a Jerkass.
* ATeamFiring: "COUNT THE SHELLS, SUCK-A-DUCK!" [[spoiler:Granted, Jay actually did hit the target, but exclusively the parts of Bartleby's body that weren't detrimental to Jay's plan and beneficial to Bartleby.]]
* AxCrazy: Loki against the board of executives, [[CrossesTheLineTwice Crossing the Line Twice]]. Also, Bartleby when he goes off the deep end.
* [[spoiler: BabiesEverAfter: At the end, God conceives a child within Bethany in order to continue the Scion's line]].
* BadassNormal: Silent Bob holds his own against demons, renegade angels and poopmonsters.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: When he first appears to Bethany she thinks the Metatron is a rapist that broke into her apartment. He responds by dropping his trousers and showing her that angels have no genitals. Rickman even lampshades it, saying he "has the anatomy of a Ken doll." Unfortunately, this bit was censored in many versions of the film, cutting out the part with Rickman in a flesh-colored codpiece.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Serendipity pretty much relies on Azrael giving Silent Bob a free shot.]]
* BerserkButton: Better not hit Jay if Silent Bob is around.
* BigBad: Azrael, in a "TheManBehindTheMan" sort of way.
%%* BigDamnHeroes: Jay and Silent Bob of all people get one of these.
* BigGood: John Doe Jersey, it was told that after his Skeeball game, he likes to give the prize tickets to the local kids.
%%* BigGuyRodeo: Bethany to Bartleby during the train fight.
* BlackComedy: The boardroom scene, ''especially'' the ending.
-->'''Loki:''' "[[DisproportionateRetribution You didn't say "God bless you" when I sneezed]]." (''raises gun as woman cowers'')\\
'''Bartleby:''' "Loki!" \\
'''Loki:''' (''hesitates and lowers gun'') "....you're getting off light!"
** After the angels' massacre at the cathedral, the huge ''Catholicism Wow!'' banner has been torn so that it reads ''Catholicism- Ow!''
%%* BoardToDeath
* BondOneLiner: Loki after destroying the speakerphone in the Mooby boardroom scene.
-->'''Loki:''' All lines are currently down.
** Followed shortly thereafter by another:
-->'''Loki:''' But I do believe in this.
* BrickJoke:
** When Bethany takes Jay and Silent Bob to a diner to ask their help, Jay propositions her in response. Bethany turns him down, but Jay persists: "What if there's a bomb about to go off or something and we're all gonna die? Would you fuck me then?" Mostly to shut him up, she agrees. Flash forward all the way to the end of the movie, when Bartleby is close to un-making reality, and Jay drags Bethany behind some overturned equipment to make good on the deal.
** Early in the movie, Rufus rants about the Bible being edited to say that Jesus was white, when he was, in fact, black. Then much later in the movie, Rufus reveals that [[spoiler:Bethany is the great-great-great-etc.-grand niece of Jesus. Then, stoned out of his mind, Jay responds "Wait, does that make Bethany part black?"]]
** And again at the end of the credits in the DVD. [[spoiler:Jay: "So, Bethany... part black?"]]
%%* BrokenAngel
* BrownNote: The true voice of God
-->'''Metatron''': Anyone who isn't dead or from another plane of existence would do well to cover their ears...right about now.
* TheCanKickedHim: A gang member is killed by the Golgothan in a public restroom.
%%* CastingGag: Creator/GeorgeCarlin as a Cardinal.
* CelestialBureaucracy: The whole premise revolves around a loophole in Catholic Dogma.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The inability of humans to withstand hearing God's voice is revealed early on in the plot. It turns out to be [[spoiler:how God dispatches Bartleby at the film's climax]].
** Also, [[spoiler:the blessed golf clubs.]]
** The most important Gun in the film are the facts that [[spoiler:God is missing, God loves skee ball, and there's an anonymous old man in a coma who got beaten up in the very first scene and happens to be in a hospital down the street from the church...]]
* TheChessmaster: Metatron. Azrael is also one, despite being an OmnicidalManiac.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Catholic law is the main reason why the universe is in peril.
%%* ClusterFBomb: Jay is a master of this specific art.
* ContinuityNod:
** Jay & Silent Bob have the tickets to Illinois in their pocket during their scene in ''Film/ChasingAmy''.
** When Bethany tells Jay and Silent Bob that she didn't take them out for sex, Jay [[{{Clerks}} says he's okay with head]].
** When talking to "Larry" and "Barry", Jay talks about trying to wreck the Dating Game stage in ''Film/{{Mallrats}}''. Another reference to that film is one of the news vans at the church has "KREL 6 News" on it; they were the station that produced Truth or Date (or at least broadcast it).
** In the end, Jay says they should go to the [[{{Clerks}} Quick Stop]].
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive: A whole boardroom's worth, less one.
%%* CorruptChurch: Cardinal Glick.
%%* CouncilOfAngels
* CrapsackWorld: Quite a few of the characters believe this to be the case.
* CreatorCameo: Besides the obvious (Smith as Bob), producer Scott Mosier is the adulterer on the bus.
* CrossoverCosmology: Loki is the name of the Norse god of mischief and muses come from Greek mythology.
%%* CrowdPanic: After Bartleby breaks Officer [=McGee=]'s neck.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Subverted in that Azrael is GenreSavvy enough to not tell the heroes his plan before it completes, but not quite savvy enough to [[OhCrap realize]] that he shouldn't [[EvilGloating brag about this before killing them all]] or allow someone to take a [[HitMeDammit free swing at him]].
-->'''Serendipity:''' How? That's the only thing I couldn't figure out.
-->'''Azrael:''' Oh no, I've seen way too many [[Film/JamesBond Bond movies]] to know that you never reveal all the details of your plan, no matter how close you may think you are to winning.
* ADateWithRosiePalms:
-->'''Rufus''': You [Jay] masturbate more than ''anyone'' on the planet.\\
'''Jay''': Shit, everyone knows that. Tell me something nobody knows.\\
'''Rufus''': When you do it, [[AmbiguouslyBi you're thinking about guys]].\\
'''Jay:''': (Off Silent Bob's shocked stare) [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday ... Dude, not all the time!]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much the entire cast, but most notably the [[Creator/AlanRickman Metatron]] and [[JaneaneGarofalo Liz]]. Type-casting anyone?
* DealWithTheDevil: ConversedTrope - Serendipity tells Bethany someone did this to get the grosses up on Film/HomeAlone.
* DeathGlare: Silent Bob deploys this frequently, usually on Jay. Given Jay's cluelessness, it has no effect on him most of the time.
* DeathTakesAHoliday:
** God frequently takes human form to play skeeball.
** Also, Bartleby says that no one has taken over Loki's job as Angel of Death. While this doesn't mean no one can die, it does mean God will no longer smite those who anger him.
%%* DeusExMachina: At the end. Justified for the obvious reason.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Jay and Bob make their entrance by beating up three ''demons'', for crying out loud. BadassNormal indeed.
* DivineRaceLift: God as a woman, Jesus (and Rufus) being black. [[spoiler: Since it's God in disguise that's pretty much adding more to the niceness.]]
* DramaticIrony: The scene on the train where our heroes and the angels meet, yet don't realize who the other group is until well into the scene.
** Another example is the (presumably) Christian folk protesting pulling the plug on the John Doe [[spoiler:who turns out to be ''God'' ''herself.'' If only someone had told them that pulling that particular plug would save reality as we know it...]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Jay burns out the transmission on the heroes' car going around 100mph.
-->'''Bethany:''' What gear are you in?
-->'''Jay:''' GEAR?!?!
-->'''(cut to hood open, smoke pouring out)'''
-->'''Jay:''' Well, what do I know about shifting?
* DumbassHasAPoint: It is Jay who recommends the idea of trying to get Glick to close the church. Even the Metatron is surprised. No one seems to notice that it's Silent Bob's idea.
-->'''Metatron:''' ''"Good lord, the little stoner has a point.''"
%%* DynamicEntry: [[spoiler:Jay and [[TheSilentBob Silent Bob]] during their BigDamnHeroes moment.]]
%%** What, no love for Rufus falling from the sky?
%%*** Or for the Metatron? It's offscreen, but he actually ''trips over'' in Bethany's apartment - you can hear it on the soundtrack. That's ''before'' the whole BEHOLD THE METATRON, HERALD OF THE ALMIGHTY, VOICE OF THE ONE TRUE GOD thing.
%%* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: In-universe example -- Loki explains to a nun at the beginning that the Walrus and the Carpenter scene from ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]'' is a scathing attack on Christianity, which she finds so compelling that she abandons the cloth. Subverted, though, when it turns out that Loki doesn't really believe his little explanation. [[ForTheEvulz He's just screwing with her for kicks]]. He also says it's a scathing attack on Buddism and Hinduism, and by relation, the very concept of religion.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Implied by Azrael that Lucifer doesn't like the loophole plan, because it makes him look bad.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: Various conversations between characters evoke this. Bartleby and Loki idly discussing the tiring nature of raining fire and brimstone at Sodom and Gomorrah whilst purchasing handguns and their later argument about Bartleby reminding Loki of Lucifer.
* FacePalm: Bethany's reaction to Rufus trying and completely failing to terrify Cardinal Glick into acquiescing to his request to close the church.
* FamousLastWords
-->[[spoiler:'''Azrael: ''' "But... I'm a fucking demon..."]]
%%* {{Fanservice}}: "''Candy Girl! You Are my World!''" Indeed.
* FauxSymbolism: Invoked and PlayedForLaughs, the angels' see religious parallels throughout popular culture, but it's at least partially them just screwing with humanity. Take Loki's "interpretation" of "The Walrus and the Carpenter" from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Through the Looking-Glass]]'':
-->'''Nun:''' Let me get this straight: you don't believe in God because of "Alice in Wonderland"?\\
'''Loki:''' No, "Through the Looking-Glass". That poem, "The Walrus and the Carpenter," that's an indictment of organized religion. The walrus, with his girth and his good nature, he obviously represents either Buddha, or, or with his tusks, the Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. That takes care of your Eastern religions. Now the carpenter, which is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was raised a carpenter's son, he represents the Western religions. Now in the poem, what do they do? What do they do? They, they dupe all these oysters into following them and then proceed to shuck and devour the helpless creatures en masse. I don't know what that says to you, but to me it says that following these faiths based on mythological figures ensures the destruction of one's inner being. Organized religion destroys who we are by inhibiting our actions, by inhibiting our decisions out of, out of fear of some, some intangible parent figure who, who shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says, and says, "Do it... do it and I'll fuckin' spank you."
* FateWorseThanDeath: Bartleby and Loki were forced to stay on Earth (Wisconsin, to be more precise) until the Rapture -- and then, they have to stay outside Heaven for all eternity. This was fully explained in a deleted scene where it was revealed that Hell was originally "just" the absence of God; because humans believe that God would never forgive them for their sins and (subconsciously) beg to be punished, Hell gradually transformed into a "suffering pit" where horrible things happen -- things so horrible, even the fallen angels can't stand the howling of the damned.
-->'''Azrael:''' Have you ever been to Hell, human? I'd rather '''not exist''' than go back there.
* FiveManBand:
** BigGood: God
** TheHero: Bethany
** TheLancer: Rufus
** TheSmartGuy: Serendipity
** TheBigGuy: Silent Bob
** TheChick: Jay
** SixthRanger / TheObiWan: Metatron
* FlatEarthAtheist: Parodied.
-->'''Bartleby:''' Here's what I don't get. You know for a ''fact'' that there is a God. You have stood in His presence, He has spoken to you ''personally'' -- and yet I just heard you claim to be an atheist.
-->'''Loki:''' I just love fucking with the clergy, man. I love it, I love it. Gotta keep those fuckers on their toes.
* FlippingTheBird: The [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking jaywalking]] bit of Loki's resignation as the Angel of Death.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the airport at the beginning of the film, Loki and Bartleby are introduced with their subtitled names on screen; later on, the demon Azrael gets the same intro. [[spoiler:The only other character who gets a subtitle intro is Bethany, who seems to be an ordinary human, but turns out to be the Last Scion; another supernatural being]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: While Loki and Bartleby are on the moving sidewalk in the airport, the nun from Loki's earlier conversation is apparently drunk and running away with a big mug of beer.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Bethany and Bartleby have a heart to heart talk on religion, while Loki and Jay bond over smoking joints on the train; each unaware that the other is one of the people they're trying to track down.
%%* GodIsGood
* GodIsInept: PlayedWith. The plot is based on a contradiction between God's actual laws of Creation and what the Catholic Church say the laws are.
* GodlySidestep: After the heroes save God, the day, and the universe, the main character asks to be told the meaning of life. God simply giggles and runs away.
** However, he actions seem to imply that the reason may simply be because ItAmusedMe.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: While God, Angels, and Demons apparently exist independently of Humans, they're definitely affected by the way Humans believe in them.
* GratuitousGerman: Ben Affleck apparently decided that German was the language of angels. When Bob is throwing him from the train, he yells "I'll get you, Schüler[[note]]"student"[[/note]] Bob!", apparently assuming it meant "Silent." Or possibly because they sound somewhat alike and he thought Bartleby would have misheard Silent Bob's name or something.
* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: Loki's single-action Desert Eagle somehow manages to fire without having the hammer cocked. (Explanation: The gun is a non-functioning prop. The shooting all happens offscreen, so it never has to actually work.)
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: The main plot driver (aside from the [[IncrediblyLamePun cardinal's driver]]).
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: At the climax of the film, [[spoiler: Loki]] has a change of heart and tries to stop [[spoiler: Bartleby. Bartleby promptly and unrepentantly murders him. Before this, Bartleby lampshades Loki's change of heart by explaining since his wings were cut off and he became human, he now has a conscience.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Bethany eventually cracks under the sheer burden she's been put under, though is persuaded to resume her mission.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Invoked and lampshaded: "I'm Jay, and this is my hetero lifemate, Silent Bob." Bartleby and Loki would count, except that neither of them have dicks, making them ''a''sexual life partners.
* HollywoodAtheist: Bethany but she slowly regains her faith during the movie.
** Also Liz, her friend from the abortion clinic.
%%* HolyHandGrenade: Glick's blessed golf club.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Bartleby and Loki; so very much subtext, which is mentioned and played with throughout the movie.
-->'''Bartleby:''' And quit leering at me. People are gonna think I just broke up with you.
%%* HypercompetentSidekick: Silent Bob, to Jay.
%%* IKnowMaddenKombat: The Hockey Demons.
* IronicEcho: After SilentBob [[spoiler:offs Azrael with Cardinal Glick's stolen (blessed) driver]]:
-->'''Serendipity''': He said it himself; he's "a fucking demon."
* InsistentTerminology: Rufus corrects Bethany's characterization of him as "undead" by saying "not the undead, the dead."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Metatron. When he first talks to Bethany, he's [[{{Jerkass}} rather rude and snarky, and refuses to give her questions any straightforward answers]]. Later, though, it's revealed that he has nothing but sympathy for her. Jay and Silent Bob are more obvious examples.
* JesusTheEarlyYears: The Metatron told Jesus who he was at the age of 12; the gap is the result of one enormous HeroicBSOD as he tries to come to terms with that fact.
* JesusWasWayCool: Even if he does owe Rufus twelve bucks.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Bartleby absolutely ''flips'' after he finds out about what will happen if his quest for absolution is complete.
-->The humans have besmirched everything bestowed on them. They were given Paradise, they threw it away. They were given this planet, they destroyed it. They were favored best among all His endeavors, and some of them don't even believe He ''exists''. And in spite of it all, He's shown them infinite fucking patience at every turn. What about us? I asked you, once, to lay down the sword because I felt ''sorry'' for them. What was the result? Our expulsion from Paradise. '''Where was His infinite fucking patience then? It's not right! It's not ''fair''!''' We've paid our debt! Don't you think it's time? Don't you think it's time we went home? And to do that, I think we have to dispatch our would-be dispatchers. (...) Don't let your sympathies get the best of you. They did me, once. Scion or not, she's still just a human, and by passing through that arch, our sins are forgiven. No harm, no foul.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: {{Defied|Trope}} and lampshaded, when the BigBad begins talking about his plan, he only reveals the details of what they already know about, he pointedly doesn't give them any hints about [[spoiler:what he did to incapacitate God]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Azrael''':]] Oh no. I've seen way too many Bond movies to know that you never reveal all the details of your plan, no matter how close you may think you are to winning.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Bartleby massacring dozens of innocents at the church to draw the police]], followed by telling Bethany that, unlike him, she doesn't know the man that abandoned her is perfectly happy without her -- and by the way, he is.
* KingOfAllCosmos: God is best expressed as a wide-eyed, giggling, beautiful young woman, played by Music/AlanisMorissette. (Alternately, as a cheerful, fat old man who likes playing skee ball.)
* KnightTemplar: Bartleby and Loki's original plan, which has GoneHorriblyWrong.
* LargeHam: Glick, Azrael and special mention to Metatron, whose entrance is the very epitome of this trope, but the rest of Rickman's performance is surprisingly un-hamlike.
** Loki is an in-universe example during the Mooby boardroom, Bartleby tries to dial him back.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the commentary during the climax when Smith comments that Affleck's deliver of the line "Soon a cadre of police will arrive..." is quite [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner-like]].
%%* LateToThePunchline: Jay's reaction to Azrael's "Holey Bartender" routine.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Jay and Silent Bob, Bartleby and Loki.
** There is a bizarre subtext between God and Metatron that implies this, despite Her being TheVoiceless. Particularly the look that crosses God's face when Metatron complains about Her voice causing him to be covered in LudicrousGibs ''again'', making him spit-polish it off with Her dress for a moment, before realising what he's done.
%%* LudicrousGibs: "What the fuck happened to that guy's head?"
%%* ManInWhite: Azrael.
%%* ManipulativeBastard: Azrael.
* MeaningfulName: Played with. One of the Skater Triplets wears a "Hellboy" T-shirt. Doubles as a ShoutOut.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: [[spoiler:All of the Mooby's boardroom members that are killed are male, with the one female being the "only good" person in the room.]]
%%* MessianicArchetype: One guess. But He never shows up in the film.
%%* MistakenForGay: Bartleby and Loki.
* MolotovCocktail: Serendipity starts to make one when they are being attacked by the Golgothan.
* MoralGuardians: Catholics protested this movie. ''Kevin Smith actually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QepgKVOVfZ8 joined them.]]''
* MustMakeAmends: [[spoiler:Loki leading to his RedemptionEqualsDeath moment.]]
* NWordPrivileges: Rufus referring to [[PalsWithJesus Christ]].
-->'''Bethany:''' Christ? You knew Christ.\\
'''Rufus:''' Knew him? Shit, the nigger owes me twelve bucks!
* NakedOnArrival: Rufus' entrance ([[TemptingFate Guys like us just don't fall out of the fucking sky, you know.]])
** Leading to Jay's Funny Moment.
-->'''Jay:''' (to the sky) Beautiful, naked, big-titted women just don't fall out of the sky, you know! *{{Beat}}* *ShrugTake*
* NayTheist: Bethany, who by now has seen the Metatron and thus is pretty sure God exists:
--> '''Bethany:''' When some quiet little infection destroyed my uterus - where was God? When my husband decided he couldn't be with a wife that couldn't bear his children - where was God? ... To Hell with Him.
* NeckSnap: The unlucky security guard who gets his head torqued 180 degrees by Bartelby.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Also when Jay [[spoiler:shoots off Bartleby's wings; by destroying them, he had become human, and by crossing the arch as a human, he can be absolved from his sins, thereby bypassing God's judgment. He doesn't get to actually do it, though.]]
* NoBiologicalSex: God. Most characters say "He" (including Bartleby and Loki's JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope argument), but Serendipity insists on "She", and Bethany follows suit. [[spoiler: At the climax, God chooses to look like Alanis Morissette.]]
* NoMoreForMe: Toyed with. The characters, including Jay and Silent Bob get teleported by an angel from the middle of the woods to a fancy restaurant. Jay looks at the joint he had been smoking and says, "Damn, I think this shit just kicked in!" and continues puffing away.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever deeds the CEO of the corporation did; Bartleby claims "[[TakeOurWordForIt I cannot even mention them aloud]]".
-->'''Loki''': You're his ''father'', you sick fuck!
** In case anyone wanted to know... [[spoiler:Ben Affleck says that the Mooby guy had sex with his son.]]
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: Azrael's talk of being "a fucking demon" meant nothing when Silent Bob smashed his chest (literally) with a blessed golf club.
* OfficeGolf: The cardinal in New Jersey does this.
* OhCrap: Two of them. Azrael and Bartleby both discover their plans have GoneHorriblyWrong in the worst way.
** Loki has the biggest one in the movie when he realizes that [[spoiler:Bartleby hasn't just decided to say ScrewDestiny, but has actually become a FallenAngel and is planning on declaring war on God.]]
%%* OmnicidalManiac: Azrael. Bartleby, too, by the end.
* OpenShirtTaunt: TheBigBad does this, because he's "a fucking demon" and has no reason to expect it to work.
%%* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Very much so.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: Pretty much the opening minute of the film.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: "Air freshener defeats Golgothan" fits the pattern quite nicely.
* PalsWithJesus:
** Rufus, in the most literal sense, as he was the 13th Apostle.
** All of the other deuteragonists to a lesser degree, due to Bethany's divine heritage.
* PassThePopcorn: When Loki talks a nun into becoming an Atheist (using an analysis of Alice in Wonderland, of all things) Bartleby watches with box of popcorn in hand, very obviously amused.
* PetTheDog:
** Metatron comforts Bethany when she breaks down over what's being asked of her, that Christ reacted the very same way when Metatron told him of his own destiny and that he'd one day have to die to save the world. Metatron then softly tells her that he's never told anyone, but even ''he'' questioned God's decision, feeling it wasn't fair to deliver this cruel news to a poor, scared child, and admitting that he regrets not being able to take away Christ's destiny and give him a normal life.
** Bartleby's sole non-JerkAss moment in the film is stopping Loki from gunning down the woman in the boardroom whose only fault was not saying "God bless you" after Loki sneezed.
%%* PhysicalGod
* PostKissCatatonia / ShutUpKiss: In the middle of a rant over what's just happened, Jay receives a kiss on the cheek from [[spoiler:God]] and passes out.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Loki: "But I do believe in this." Lampshaded by Bartleby, who is sitting in the lobby: "'I do believe in this'? What does that mean?"
* QuitYourWhining: When Bethany gives her story (Barren, husband left her, etc.) Metatron is less than impressed.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Bartleby finally loses it close to the end.
-->'''Loki:''' I've heard a rant like this before.\\
'''Bartleby:''' What did you say?\\
'''Loki:''' I've heard a rant like this before.\\
'''Bartleby:''' Don't you fuckin' do that to me.\\
'''Loki:''' You sound like [[{{Satan}} The Morning Star]].\\
'''Bartleby:''' You shut your '''fucking mouth'''!!!\\
'''Loki:''' You do! You sound like [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]], man! You've fuckin' ''lost'' it!... You're not talking about going home, Bartleby, you're talking about fucking '''war''' on '''God'''! ... Well, fuck ''that''! I have seen [[CurbStompBattle what happens to the proud when they take on the Throne]]! ''*Bartleby just stares at him with a quiet glare*'' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere I'm goin' back to Wisconsin.]]\\
'''Bartleby:''' ''(grabs Loki and pushes him to a wall)'' ''WE'RE GOING HOME, LOKI. And no one, not you, not EVEN THE ALMIGHTY HIMSELF... is going to make that otherwise!!''
** Bethany has a much quieter and more subdued one that borders on TearJerker territory:
-->"When some quiet little infection destroyed my uterus - where was God? When my husband decided he couldn't be with a wife that couldn't bear his children - where was God? ... To Hell with Him."
* RaisedCatholic: At the beginning of the film, Bethany doesn't believe in God anymore and works at an abortion clinic but still goes to Mass on every Sunday. In a deleted scene she's the only one who pays attention to the clergy while everyone in Mass are either uninterested, indifferent, or apathetic. This follows Serendipity's discussion of how people treat religion as a burden.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath:
** [[spoiler:Loki.]]
** Hinted at for [[spoiler:Bartleby, who breaks down in tears and tells God he's sorry before he dies.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Well, that's a bit of a stretch using the term, but while Loki starts off as Red and Bartleby as Blue, their roles end up being reversed once they realize the implications of their quest.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Bethany, initially, but of course [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive the Call knows where she lives]] and attacks with demonic hockey players. Thankfully [[NameAndName Jay and Silent Bob]] act as the BigDamnHeroes.
%%* RetroactiveWish: "Beautiful, naked, big titted women don't just fall outta the sky, y'know!"
%%* RollerbladeGood: The Stygian Triplets
* RuleOfSymbolism: Mooby's mascot is a mix between the Golden Calf and MickeyMouse.
** The hoodies the angels wear under their suit jackets represent their halos.
* SanitySlippage: For most of the movie, Bartleby is Loki's reasonable, levelheaded straight man, often shaking his head in exasperation at his more impulsive and violent partner's detrimental antics. Once Bartleby snaps, his change in attitude terrifies Loki into quiet submission.
* ScreamingWarrior: "SNOOTCH TO THE MOTHERFUCKIN' NOOOOOOOTCH!"
** Doubles as ContinuityNod, as Jay complains to Holden in ''Film/ChasingAmy'' that their Bluntman and Chronic alter egos use "baby talk" like "snootchie bootchies!"
* SelfInflictedHell: A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9qAqwIW704 deleted scene]] had Azrael describe that Hell was originally just {{Nothing|IsScarier}}ness, with its inhabitants completely removed from God's gaze - "punishment enough" for anyone who'd actually been in his presence. Humans made it ''worse'' by believing that they ''deserved to be punished'' for the smallest sins, which then turned Hell into an infernal suffering pit filled with the screams of the damned.
--> '''Azrael''' I'd rather not exist than go back to ''that''.
* ShoutOut:
** The common View Askewniverse shout outs to John Hughes films, here made simple and explicit by just talking about a Creator/JohnHughes film.
** The origins of the Mooby franchise, as related by Loki, include allusions to MickeyMouse (the bi-coastal theme parks), UsefulNotes/McDonalds (the fast food restaurants), and various doll lines for little girls like {{Franchise/Barbie}} and Franchise/MyLittlePony (whose creators are mostly known only to fans of the respective franchises).
** A fairly obscure one: The Golgothan's first line -- "Not born, ''shit'' into existence." -- is taken verbatim from GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth''. It pertains to a very disgusting-looking Clayface in that, if you're wondering. The next line -- "No man of woman born" -- is an odd shout out to ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
** Silent Bob throws the angels off the train, then points and says "[[Film/TheLastCrusade No ticket!]]".
** Bartleby gives a shout out to the [omicbook/IncredibleHulk before he kills a police officer.
--> '''Bartleby:''' Mister [=McGee=], don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
** Immediately after Rufus falls to Earth, Jay speaks up standing over the body.
-->'''Jay''': You think someone threw him out of a plane with a message written on him like in ''Film/ConAir''? Did you ever see that flick?
** After God revives Bethany at the end:
--> '''Metatron''': [[TheSixMillionDollarMan She can rebuild you. She has the technology. She can make you better... stronger... faster.]]
* ShownTheirWork: That throwaway line about the five Adams is a legitimate piece of Kabbalistic lore.
* SiblingRivalry: Azrael and Serendipity, technically. Serendipity berates him for refusing to pick a side in the war between God and Lucifer, believes Azrael deserved his banishment to Hell, and hates his "life isn't fair" speech.
* TheSilentBob: Three guesses, no prizes.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Bethany, when she finds out she's a descendant of Jesus.
** The Metatron mentioned [[SoWasX Jesus himself did the same]] at age 12 when he learned he was the son of God.
%%* SmugSnake: Azrael and Glick.
%%* SoWasX: Metatron to Bethany in the page quote.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Jay, discussing women's rights. "What a woman does with her body is her own fuckin' business!"
* SpitTake: The woman on the elevator has this reaction to the UncomfortableElevatorMoment.
%%* TheStoner: Jay and Silent Bob.
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum:
** [[spoiler:Azrael]] is willing to condemn the entire universe to non-existence in order to escape Hell. Serendipity lampshades that this is incredibly selfish and childish of him.
** [[spoiler:Bartleby]] decides to declare war on God in hopes of ensuring his return to Heaven. 3 guesses how that worked out in the end.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:Bartleby's plan once he passes through the arches, since actual suicide is a sin and he knows he has to die with a pure soul]].
* TakeThat:
** Serendipity the Muse is adamant that she had nothing to do with ''Film/HomeAlone''. She claims that someone involved with that film made a DealWithTheDevil in order to get the grosses up.
** And who wrote it? Creator/JohnHughes.
** A little HarsherInHindsight after Hughes' death. [[invoked]]
** Wisconsin: Worse than Hell.
** In a deleted scene, Bartleby asks Azrael how bad Hell is. Azrael answers "They have been showing ''MrsDoubtfire'' continuously for five years." What has Kevin Smith got against Chris Columbus?
* TheNothingAfterDeath: Hell was cold and solitude before humanity started showing up, their collective corruption turning it into FireAndBrimstoneHell.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
-->'''Serendipity''': ''Elvis was an artist. But that didn't stop him from joining the service in time of war. And that's why he's The King, and you're a schmuck.''
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: Jay and Silent Bob.
%%* ToxicFriendInfluence: Bartleby, to Loki.
%%* TranslatorBuddy: The Metatron, to God.
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment
-->'''Loki:''' "Our last four days on Earth; if I had a dick, I'd go get laid. But we can do the next best thing." \\
'''Bartleby:''' "What's that?" \\
'''Loki:''' "Kill people." \\
[cue SpitTake from lady in between them] \\
'''Loki:''' "Oh, not ''you''."
%%* VitriolicBestBuds: Bartleby and Loki.
* TheVoiceless: Silent Bob (subverted, of course) and God (who speaks through the Metatron because her own voice is fatal to humans).
* WagTheDirector: Kevin Smith has said he wished that he had cast a different actress as Bethany because some days on set Linda Fiorentino refused to speak to him, which is understandably frustrating.
%%* WalkOnWater: Metatron.
* WingedHumanoid: The angels have the traditional white, feathered wings...which they have to rip off in order to become human.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Azrael, who would rather not exist (and take the universe down with him) than stay in Hell any longer. Later, [[spoiler:Bartleby]] becomes one as well, because of the [[spoiler: unfairness of God loving humans more than angels.]]
%%* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: SalmaHayek as Serendipity. Yes.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: People on both sides tell this to each other. When Bartleby goes really nuts at the end, Loki notes that it's just '''eons''' of repression being purged. "If only they'd let us jerk off..."
* YourHeadASplode: This occurs if a living human hears God's true voice.
-->'''Metatron:''' Human beings have neither the aural nor the psychological capacity to withstand the ''awesome'' power of God's true voice. Were you to hear it, your mind would cave in and your heart would explode inside your chest. We went through five Adams before we figured that one out.
** [[spoiler:On the DVD Commentary, Kevin Smith jokingly says that God was meant to answer Bethany's question "Why are we here?" by answering "Well...." and then everyone's heads explode.]]
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