Lasko Die Faust Gottes (Lasko The Fist of God) is a German TV show produced by Action Concept and RTL, the companies behind Alarm für Cobra 11, and is based on the movie Lasko - Im Auftrag des Vatikans (released as Death Train in the USA), which serves as a prologue to the series.It is about a German monk named Lasko, who used to be a soldier in the Kosovo force but decided to become a monk after a traumatizing event. In the order of Pugnus Dei, he is trained in martial arts and uses these to fight against evil organisations and terrorists.
Lasko Die Faust Gottes provides examples of:
- All Monks Know Kung-Fu: The premise of the series.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: The order of Pugnus Dei contains several of these.
- Church Militant: The secret society Ares play with the trope, for they are not the church themselves, but "merely" wish to strengthen the Vatican.
- Dirty Old Monk: Brother Gladius.
- Girl of the Week: Subverted since there are one-episode-only female characters with attraction to the main character, but Lasko is a Celibate Hero.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Lasko has one of these in the Kosovo war and decided to become a monk afterward.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Secret society Ares take this role.
- No MacGuffin, No Winner: "The 5th Gospel", where the eponymous book ends up being burned (along with the villain).
- Poisoned Weapons: Taken to extremes when an evil pharmacetutical company plans on poisoning a whole city with a train coated with contact poison.
- Police Are Useless: While our main heroes are aided by policewomen (mainly from the Bundeskriminalamt), they are not too useful very often.
- Rated M for Manly: Hello? A monk kicking arse all over the place, what more could you want?
- Religious Bruiser: Lasko obviously, but (with maybe the exception of Brother Gladius) the whole order Pugnus Dei.
- Shirtless Scene: If it gets serious, you get one of these: a muscle-bound, bare-chested monk fighting another man.
- Stock Phrases:Scientist: Only over my dead body.
Villain: If you wish...
- Title Drop: "Pugnus Dei" is Latin for "The Fist of God".
- Traintop Battle: Well, it's actually inside the train...
- Warrior Monk: Obviously.