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Playing With: If Jesus Then Aliens
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    First Type 
Basic Trope: A character who is of religious faith will believe in anything supernatural.
  • Straight: Alice is religious and generally believes in supernatural phenomena like aliens and UFOs.
  • Exaggerated: Alice believes in absolutely anything at face value.
  • Downplayed: Alice is religious, and is somewhat open to the possibility of supernatural phenomena.
  • Justified: Both types boil down to this: "If God does(n't) exist(s), what else does(n't) exist(s)?"
  • Inverted: Alice believes in a higher power, but steadfastly refuses to believe in supernatural phenomena.
  • Subverted: When someone approaches Alice with a ghost story, she brushes them off with "that's a bunch of bunk".
  • Double Subverted: ...But she was in front of her church friends and was putting on airs. When she's approached in private, she actively listens and offers her own story.
  • Parodied: God appears and says aliens don't exist. Neither of the two believes Him: Alice doesn't believe there can't be aliens, and Bob doesn't believe it was God.
  • Zig Zagged: One character switches from first-type instance to second-type and back in different scenes.
  • Averted: Alice is religious but doesn't believe in aliens or UFOs
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

    Second Type 
Basic Trope: A character who is an atheist/agnostic/skeptic won't believe in anything supernatural.
  • Straight: Bob is non-religious, and refuses to believe in anything supernatural.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is an uber-skeptic and refuses to believe absolutely anything without a mountain of proof.
  • Downplayed: Bob is non-religious and believes various paranormal stories, but refuses to take a side on whether it's supernatural or mundane without more proof.
  • Justified: Both types boil down to this: "If God does(n't) exist, what else does(n't) exist(s)?"
  • Inverted: Bob is willing to believe in anything except the existence of a higher power.
  • Subverted: When someone approaches Bob with a ghost story, he listens in and offers his own story.
  • Double Subverted: At the end of his ghost story, Bob laughs and says "you didn't think I was being serious, did you?"
  • Parodied: God appears and says aliens don't exist. Neither of the two believes Him: Alice doesn't believe there can't be aliens, and Bob doesn't believe it was God.
  • Zig Zagged: One character switches from second-type instance to first-type and back in different scenes.
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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