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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin--a made-up religion (done intentionally to not make any sense for the viewer) which exists to parody some specific existing religion, a group of religions and religious beliefs, organized religion in general, or just any kind of religious belief. Usually serves as a front on TheWarOnStraw, unless it's a someone enacting a funny GodGuise, then it's just PlayedForLaughs.

Often takes the form of a CargoCult, a GodGuise, some bizarre CrystalDragonJesus cult, or a pastiche of a RealLife religion with SerialNumbersFiledOff.

See also PathOfInspiration, which is more or less exactly this with evil instead of funny, CorruptChurch, which is against organized religion, and ChurchOfHappyology, which is a subtrope that parodies a very specific religion.

Note that all examples must be intentional.

See also: {{Anvilicious}}, ReligionIsWrong. Contrast SaintlyChurch, ReligionIsRight.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comics]]
* A huge amount of those from ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''. According to Spider, new cults pop there every hour, therefore, any religious belief does not make any sense.
* In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Boba Fett: Enemy Of the Empire]]'', Boba Fett tracks the eponymous enemy to a secluded hermitage on a volcanic planet, which is home to a stereotypical crazy sect called [[spoiler:the Ancient Order of Pessimists, who are eventually wiped out by Darth Vader's Star Destroyer immediately after the High Hermit commits heresy by embracing optimism]].
** "Well, this [[TemptingFate could have ended much worse]]..."
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[[folder:Film]]
* The movie ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' features a cult called Mindhead, which parodies Scientology.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''The Last Guru'' by Creator/DanielPinkwater has the Silly Hat Order, with a side order of Blong Buddhism.
* Chutengodianism in ''Literature/{{Godless}}'' starts as a joke by a few teenagers, but takes on a life of its own (complete with its own heretics and fundamentalists.) In the end, [[spoiler:the narrator is the only one left who still follows it--he doesn't really believe in it, but he wishes he did.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' "Crackpot Religions" sketch.
* A tie-in book to the ''Series/MrBean'' series stated that Mr Bean had at one point followed a religion based around the "God of Lemonade."
* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' featured a school headmaster who, upset with the religious intolerance between his pupils, had forced them to follow his a religion of his own invention, taken by combining many different religions, and entitled "Lip-whip-whip-whip-whip".
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Xavism in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is a rather overt parody of the Catholic Church with elements of ChurchOfHappyology; its leader is a delusional (but well-meaning) LoveFreak who believes in the power of [[DefeatMeansFriendship blowing the crap out of someone to convert them]], all its adherents get bizarre baptismal names, and the "commandments" are all BrokenAesop versions of Christian dogma.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': Comstock's religion is based of Christianity, but it revolves around American Exceptionalism with the Founding Fathers treated as saints, and Comstock making himself as the Prophet of Columbia.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* That rabbit cult from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''. [[spoiler:Subverted, because there is a good reason for worship.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', the character of the guru often [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/27/ parodies religion]].
* [[http://www.nickyitis.com/comic/listen-up/ This]] webcomic begins a Flightarianism arc, in which the cockatoo Winston explains some of the precepts underpinning his faith.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[LOLCats Ceiling Cat]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has recurring Robotology, Robot Judaism and The First Amalgamated Church, as well as occasionally mentioned Oprahism, Church of Trek, et cetera.
* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons are members of The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism, which split from the Catholics in 1573 over the right to go to church with wet hair, which the Presbylutherans have since abolished.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Dawkins mentions the Flying Spaghetti Monster while talking to Mrs. Garrison during a lunch in the episode Go God Go.
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* This trope was in full effect over 300 years ago: Tsar Peter the Great and his friends formed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_All-Joking,_All-Drunken_Synod_of_Fools_and_Jesters The All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters]] that not only practiced heavy drinking and orgies, but wore church attire and used religious titles when doing so. The pious Russians were not amused - some even proclaimed the Tsar to be Antichrist.
* FlyingSpaghettiMonster.
* Invisible Pink Unicorn as well.
* Various Cthulhu cults.
* The Church of Google.
* [[Literature/PrincipiaDiscordia Discordianism]] has been described as a "religion masquerading as a joke" or a "joke masquerading as a religion." Both are [[MindScrew correct]].
--> Discordianism is exactly as real as any other religion.
* Church of the [=SubGenius=].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jedi_census_phenomenon The Jedi Census Phenomenon]].
* The Last Thursdayism claims that the Universe was actually created [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin last Thursday]], and any memories or evidence of events before that were created at the same time.
** The schism known as Next Thursdayism claims that the universe ''hasn't been created yet'', and what we think is happening now is just false memories we'll have [[MindScrew once it exists]]. Of course, some might argue that both sides are heretics: The Universe was created Last ''Tuesday''.
* [[http://www.tarvu.com/ Tarvuism]], created by the guys behind ''LookAroundYou'' and just as absurd.
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* The Church of the Latter-Day Dude, or [[Film/TheBigLebowski Dudeism]].
* And [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parody_religion many, many, many more]].
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