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Playing With: Flat Earth Atheist
Basic Trope: In a world where it is proven on many levels that gods exist and personally created the cosmos, a couple people will flat-out disbelieve these facts.
  • Straight: Bob does not believe in God, even though God has been proven to exist and has caused several strange events to occur.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob does not believe in God, even though God has routinely saved Bob from near-death situations.
    • Bob goes bowling with God every Friday while angels fly about mages operate the bowling alley and God performs physical defying bowling feats. Bob insists he's a simply a talented stage magician.
    • Bob is half-divine, yet he still doesn't believe in God.
    • God himself doesn't believe in god!
  • Downplayed:
    • Nay-Theist
    • While Bob has seen Physical Gods and believes them; he insists there is are scientific explanations for their power.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is incapable of recognizing a divine presence
    • Bob's seen beings with enough power to qualify for divine status who did not claim to be anything special. He decided that the distinction between divine and non-divine is meaningless.
    • Bob's belief system allows for the possibility of phenomena which current scientific research cannot yet explain — however, he believes that a sufficient amount of scientific research will eventually uncover the solution, and is unwilling to accept an 'unsatisfactory' answer like the character with power being a God.
    • Bob thinks this so-called God is just another regular person.
    • Magical powers are normal to the point where Bob didn't know there was a god.
    • Bob is a Hollywood Atheist activist/philosopher/author/professor/political leader, or any other job where he might lose respect with his colleagues or be fired if he believes in God.
    • Bob exists in a universe with Sufficiently Advanced Aliens. While God exists, Bob just assumes He's an alien with technology that seems godly.
  • Inverted:
    • God doesn't believe in Bob, even though Bob has been proven to exist.
    • Bob believes in God even when its been logically proven by all scientists that God can't exist.
  • Subverted: Bob's atheism begins to weaken after several incidences of direct divine intervention.
  • Double Subverted: However, Bob is still a pretty stubborn guy and refuses to give in.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's faith in God changes wildly depending on the situations he's in.
  • Averted:
    • Bob is an active praying member of the community, conversing with God on a regular basis.
    • Or he's an atheist or agnostic where there is no definitive proof of God's existence.
  • Enforced: "This Hollywood Atheist is so dull. Let's make him funnier!"
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: "Thanks for the help, God, but I still don't believe in you."
    God: "No problem, Bob!"
  • Invoked: Bob is friends with a guy who is secretly Satan and who encourages him to disbelieve in God.
  • Exploited: There are gods clearly in the universe but the Big Bad is using some sort of device to make Bob and all the others refuse to believe in them. Y'see, in this universe God Needs Prayers Badly and if no one believes in them, they will die.
  • Defied: Bob is smart enough to recognize the existence of a higher power when the evidence is overwhelming, even if it's begrudgingly so.
  • Discussed:
    • "What, does the whole pantheon need to send him fruit baskets first?"
    • "He wouldn't believe in God even if he appeared at his door dancing a tango!"
  • Conversed: "The Earth is flat. What more proof does this guy need?"
  • Implied:
    Alice: I can't believe we just met an angel.
    Bob: Well, we've also met vampires and aliens, some of which claimed to be gods. I have to wonder if everything that angel said was true.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob refuses to believe in God,... despite God being his next door neighbor... and the coach for the local little league baseball team... which Bob's son plays for. The rest of the neighborhood think Bob is a little weird, needless to say.
  • Played For Drama:
    • God clearly exists in this universe and, while most people believe in him, Bob doesn't due to an Abusive Parent who acted as The Fundamentalist, making Bob resentful of the very idea of a deity. God desperately tries to reveal himself to Bob who stubbornly refuses to believe.
    • Bob's staunch refusal to recognize God angers Him, causing God to rain down misfortune and torment on Bob who withstands it all with Heroic Spirit. When Bob is broke, homeless and stricken with boils he asks "Are you done yet?"

"There's a page called "Flat Earth Atheist"? What a bunch of crap!"

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