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* AdaptedOut: Certain characters from the original play were written out from the movie such as the friar, the sacristan and the demon assistant, due to how minor their roles were.

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* AdaptedOut: Certain characters from the original play were written out from the movie such as the friar, the sacristan deacon and the demon assistant, due to how minor their roles were.



* BewareTheSillyOnes: Severino's lieutenant is a highly amusing comic relief character for his very [[PunchClockVillain casual approach]] to his life as a bandito. He's also the character with the highest bodycount, killing [[spoiler: pretty much the entire main cast except Chicó, Rosinha and Severino. He even kills Jack.]]

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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Severino's lieutenant is a highly amusing comic relief character for his very [[PunchClockVillain casual approach]] to his life as a bandito. He's also the character with the highest bodycount, killing [[spoiler: pretty much the entire main cast except Chicó, Rosinha and Severino. He even kills Jack.Jack, but he is brought back via divine intervention.]]



* LoopholeAbuse: Chicó signs an contract with Rosinha's father dictating that if he can't pay the downry, he must surrender a pound of his own flesh to him. [[spoiler:He is unable to pay it at the end and just as her father prepares to cut his flesh out from his back, Jack intervenes stating that the contract forbids the shedding Chicó's blood. Given that it's impossible to remove his pound of flesh without drawing blood, he is relieved from the contract which infuriates Rosinha's father]].



* NonIndicativeTitle: The foreign title ''A Dog's Will'' refers to the starting subplot that gets wrapped up early into the movie.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Jack makes a racist remark against Jesus, who is black in this movie, who takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it. When the Bishop tries to quiet Jack down over his remark, Jesus tells ''the Bishop'' to be quiet instead, because he could see that he, too, was surprised to find out that Jesus looked, well... nothing like he knew, but wasn't being honest as he withheld his surprise.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Jack makes a racist remark against Jesus, who is black in this movie, who movie and takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it. When the Bishop tries to quiet Jack down over his remark, Jesus tells ''the Bishop'' to be quiet instead, because he could see that he, too, was surprised to find out that Jesus looked, well... nothing like he knew, but wasn't being honest as he withheld his surprise.


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* TheScourgeOfGod: Severino considers himself as such, being a bandit that raids a town specifically because the people were unhelpful. [[spoiler:When he is judged in the afterlife and deemed unfit to be damned because of his madness, Jesus calls him a "instrument of God's wrath", which makes sense when one considers that each and one of the deceased being judged were sinners]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMen: Rosinha falls in love with [[LovableCoward Chicó]], even though he is completely spineless and pretended to be a valiant man to impress her. She admits she saw it through a long time, but it didn't matter because she loves him anyways.


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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler:What saves Dora, Eurico, Father John and the Bishop at the end of the movie is that each one of them [[FaceDeathWithDignity faced their deaths with dignity]] in their own way - Eurico forgiving Dora for her [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]] and [[TogetherInDeath dying embraced to each other]], while the priest and the bishop forgive Severino's lieutenant just as he is about to execute him]].


* InherentToTheSystem: Our Lady Mary argues that a good chunk of mankind's sins come from the inherent injustice of the world they've built, more precisely in the case of [[spoiler: Jack's misdeeds coming as a way to escape poverty]].

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* InherentToTheSystem: InherentInTheSystem: Our Lady Mary argues that a good chunk of mankind's sins come from the inherent injustice of the world they've built, more precisely in the case of [[spoiler: Jack's misdeeds coming as a way to escape poverty]].


* BewareTheSillyOnes: Severino's lieutenant is a highly amusing comic relief character for his very [[PunchClockVillain casual approach]] to his life as a bandito. He's also the character with the highest bodycount, killing [[spoiler: pretty much the entire main cast except Chicó, Rosinha and Severino. He even kills Jack.]]

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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Severino's lieutenant is a highly amusing comic relief character for his very [[PunchClockVillain casual approach]] to his life as a bandito. He's also the character with the highest bodycount, killing [[spoiler: pretty much the entire main cast except Chicó, Rosinha and Severino. He even kills Jack.]]



* ChekhovsGunman: The half-blind beggar who keeps bumping into the main characters is a lot more relevant than he appears, given he's [[spoiler: actually none other than the terrifying Bandito leader Severino de Aracajú in disguise.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: The half-blind beggar who keeps bumping into the main characters is a lot more relevant than he appears, given he's [[spoiler: actually none other than the terrifying Bandito leader Severino de Aracajú in disguise.]]



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Severino the bandito is quite obviously a riff on UsefulNotes/{{Lampião}}, down to the same backstory (entire family murdered by the police) and RedRightHand (being blind of one eye).

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Severino the bandito is quite obviously a riff on UsefulNotes/{{Lampião}}, down to the same backstory (entire family murdered by the police) and RedRightHand (being blind of one eye).

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* AlmightyMom: Our Lady Mary, mother of Jesus and intercessor of mankind, is not to be trifled with. The Devil's terrified of her and Jesus himself listens to her every word.


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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Severino's lieutenant is a highly amusing comic relief character for his very [[PunchClockVillain casual approach]] to his life as a bandito. He's also the character with the highest bodycount, killing [[spoiler: pretty much the entire main cast except Chicó, Rosinha and Severino. He even kills Jack.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: During the divine trial, everything seems lost as the Devil ([[VillainHasAPoint quite correctly]]) points out the sins that damn the main characters. Then, in a last-ditch effort to save himself, Jack appeals to none other than [[spoiler: Our Lady Mary, mother of Jesus, who proceeds to show up and save the day.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The half-blind beggar who keeps bumping into the main characters is a lot more relevant than he appears, given he's [[spoiler: actually none other than the terrifying Bandito leader Severino de Aracajú in disguise.]]


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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Befitting the setting of the highly Catholic Northeastern backlands, every character is at least nominally Catholic. Even the divine trial follows Catholic docrine [[spoiler: most evidently by the participation of Our Lady Mary as mankind's intercessor, which is a Catholic concept.]]
* CourtroomAntic: The Devil makes for a very hammy prosecutor, using many theatrics and logic leaps in an attempt to make the case against the main characters stick. Blessed Lady Mary (the lawyer equivalent) is actually much more subdued.


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* TheDragon: Severino has a unnamed right-hand man who adds some comic relief to his scenes.


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* HumansAreFlawed: The CentralTheme of the story, showing mankind's failings and how we rise above them. Our Lady Mary noticeably defends the main characters on this basis.


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* InherentToTheSystem: Our Lady Mary argues that a good chunk of mankind's sins come from the inherent injustice of the world they've built, more precisely in the case of [[spoiler: Jack's misdeeds coming as a way to escape poverty]].
* InsanityDefense: Jesus pulls out the spiritual variation of this on Severino's defense, pointing out the murder of his parents traumatized Severino to such an extent he cannot be blamed for his acts and is therefore innocent of his crimes. This is [[ShownTheirWork in agreement]] with Catholic doctrine, which holds the mentally unwell cannot be fully blamed for their sins.


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* LargeHam / EvilIsHammy: Severino and the Devil are the most over-the-top (and the most morally reprehensible, at least at first) characters of the movie, making their shared scene in the trial a extremely brief HamToHamCombat.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Severino the bandito is quite obviously a riff on UsefulNotes/{{Lampião}}, down to the same backstory (entire family murdered by the police) and RedRightHand (being blind of one eye).


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* SpeakOfTheDevil: The Devil shows up seconds after Jack mentions his name.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Severino's TheDragon is last seen in the scene [[spoiler: he fires the killing shot against Jack]] as the police arrives to send the Cangaceiros on a full retreat. We know he didn't die because he isn't present during the divine trial, but whether he was captured or managed to flee is not divulged.
* WretchedHive: Downplayed, but still there. Early on, Severino wanders the town dressed as a beggar, but none of the main characters gives him any sort of help. He later tells his lieutenant that there wasn't a single ''soul'' in the town that would help him whatsoever, indicating the entire town was composed of some very selfish people. [[spoiler: This is later supported by Satan chucking most of the dead from the city straight into Hell.]]


* AdaptationDistilation: The 2000 version takes aspects and characters from Suassuna's other works such as Rosinha, Corporal 70 and Vincentão. Much of Chicó's subplot is lifted from these works.

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* AdaptationDistilation: AdaptationDistillation: The 2000 version takes aspects and characters from Suassuna's other works such as Rosinha, Corporal 70 and Vincentão. Much of Chicó's subplot is lifted from these works.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The baker's wife Dorinha throws herself at every bad boy that catches her fancy and cheats on her husband behind his back with the local tough guy Vincentão. This trope goes to truly ludicrous levels when [[spoiler:she also momentarily shows attraction to Satan when he reveals his GameFace]].

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The baker's wife Dorinha Dora throws herself at every bad boy that catches her fancy and cheats on her husband Eurico behind his back with the local tough guy Vincentão. This trope goes to truly ludicrous levels when [[spoiler:she also momentarily shows attraction to Satan when he reveals his GameFace]].

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* AdaptationDistilation: The 2000 version takes aspects and characters from Suassuna's other works such as Rosinha, Corporal 70 and Vincentão. Much of Chicó's subplot is lifted from these works.


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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The baker's wife Dorinha throws herself at every bad boy that catches her fancy and cheats on her husband behind his back with the local tough guy Vincentão. This trope goes to truly ludicrous levels when [[spoiler:she also momentarily shows attraction to Satan when he reveals his GameFace]].


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* ObviouslyEvil: The Devil, naturally. Though he tries to present himself as AffablyEvil to the cast, he has HornedHairdo. At any rate, this particular version is more understated compared to the two previous cinematic versions, which were a red-wearing masked bandit and a BigRedDevil respectively, whereas in the play he is a ManInWhite.


* IHaveManyNames: Jesus Christ goes by Emmanuel in this movie, but he is also known as God, Lord, Lion of Judah and son of David as he tells Jack.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Jack makes a racist remark against Jesus (who is black in this movie, who takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it. When the Bishop tries to quiet Jack down over his remark, Jesus tells ''the Bishop'' to be quiet instead, because he could see that he, too, was surprised to find out that Jesus looked, well... nothing like he knew, but wasn't being honest as he withheld his surprise.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Jack makes a racist remark against Jesus (who Jesus, who is black in this movie, who takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it. When the Bishop tries to quiet Jack down over his remark, Jesus tells ''the Bishop'' to be quiet instead, because he could see that he, too, was surprised to find out that Jesus looked, well... nothing like he knew, but wasn't being honest as he withheld his surprise.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:A large number of the main cast dies during Severino's attack on the city, but they are forgiven in the afterlife; Jack is restored back to life and Chicó succeeds in marrying Rosinha. Unfortunately, she gets disowned by her father and the three are forced into the run.]]
* CrapsackWorld: While the movie is played for laughs for the most part, towards the end its illustrated that the Brazilian hinterlands are a extremely harsh place to live.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:A large number of the main cast dies during Severino's attack on the city, but they are forgiven in the afterlife; Jack is restored back to life and Chicó succeeds in marrying Rosinha. Unfortunately, she gets disowned by her father and the three are forced into to go on the run.]]
* CrapsackWorld: While the movie is played for laughs for the most part, towards the end its it is illustrated that the Brazilian hinterlands are a an extremely harsh place to live.



* EasilyForgiven: Severino is the first one allowed entry to heaven, despite his sins actually being worse than the rest combined - while the other sinners range from being greedy, adulterous or arrogant, he is an actual murderer and wanted criminal. Even worse, the four sinners have to enter the Purgatory instead of Paradise. This trope is actually called out by ''{{Satan}} of all people'' when he laments that "people suddenly turn good when they die''.

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* EasilyForgiven: Severino is the first one allowed entry to heaven, despite his sins actually being worse than the rest combined - while the other sinners range from being greedy, adulterous or arrogant, he is an actual murderer and wanted criminal. Even worse, the four sinners have to enter the Purgatory instead of Paradise. This trope is actually called out by ''{{Satan}} of all people'' when he laments that "people suddenly turn good when they die''.die".



* GameFace: The Devil stops using his human face and takes on a more monstrous visage after Jack pisses him enough times.
* GuileHero: Jack has used his wits and cunning to survive.



* GameFace: The Devil stops using his human face and takes on a more monstrous visage after Jack pisses him enough times.
* GuileHero: Jack has used his wits and cunning to survive.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Curiously, this is used in defense of someone else rather than their own, when the Virgin Mary justifies that Jack had to rely on his own wits just to barely survive in the arid wasteland that is the Northeast.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Curiously, this is used in defense of someone else rather than their own, when the Virgin Mary justifies that Jack had to rely on his own wits just to barely survive in the arid wasteland that is the Northeast.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Jack makes a racist remark against Jesus (who is black in this movie), who takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it.
* PunchClockVillain: Severino's lieutenant isn't particularly AxeCrazy as his boss and [[JustFollowingOrders only does as he is told]]. He even comments this when he is about to [[spoiler: gun down Jack for tricking him into murdering Severino]]:
-->''This is the first time I kill someone for pleasure!''

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Jack makes a racist remark against Jesus (who is black in this movie), movie, who takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it.
it. When the Bishop tries to quiet Jack down over his remark, Jesus tells ''the Bishop'' to be quiet instead, because he could see that he, too, was surprised to find out that Jesus looked, well... nothing like he knew, but wasn't being honest as he withheld his surprise.
* PunchClockVillain: Severino's lieutenant isn't particularly as AxeCrazy as his boss and [[JustFollowingOrders only does as he is told]]. He even comments this when he is about to [[spoiler: gun down Jack for tricking him into murdering Severino]]:
-->''This -->''Sunnovagun, this is the first time I kill someone for pleasure!''



* StrawMysognist: After Jesus is convinced to spare the sinners by sending them to the Purgatory instead of Hell due to his mother Holy Mary's advice, the Devil complains "Its always like that when a woman rules over a man".

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* StrawMysognist: StrawMisogynist: After Jesus is convinced to spare the sinners by sending them to the Purgatory instead of Hell due to his mother Holy Mary's advice, the Devil complains "Its always like that when a woman rules over a man".



* VillainHasAPoint: {{Satan}} wants to eternally damn the main cast after their deaths. Though to be fair, the accusations against them aren't wrong or inaccurate: the priest and the bishop were [[CorruptChurch corrupt as heck]], Eurico and Dora were bad bosses to their employees, Severino killed many innocents and Jack's charges include inciting simony and adultery, scamming and '''premeditated murder'''!

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* VillainHasAPoint: {{Satan}} wants to eternally damn the main cast after their deaths. Though to be fair, the accusations against them aren't wrong or inaccurate: the priest and the bishop were [[CorruptChurch corrupt as heck]], Eurico and Dora were bad bosses to their employees, employees (plus she was a serial adulterer), Severino killed many innocents and Jack's charges include inciting simony and adultery, simony, scamming and '''premeditated murder'''!


* AmoralAttorney: The Devil is characterized this way. He wants to punish the sinners and the wicked without a just trial and when forced to play district attorney in the main characters' trial, he is trying his best to get them as screwed as possible.



* HangingJudge: The Devil is characterized this way. He wants to punish the sinners and the wicked without a just trial and when forced to play district attorney in the main characters' trial, he is trying his best to get them as screwed as possible.


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* StrawMysognist: After Jesus is convinced to spare the sinners by sending them to the Purgatory instead of Hell due to his mother Holy Mary's advice, the Devil complains "Its always like that when a woman rules over a man".


''O Auto da Compadecida'' or known among English viewers as ''A Dog's Will'' is a 1999 Brazilian movie and regarded as one of the country's greatest classics, based on a play of the same name by Ariano Suassuna. The story takes place the impoverished, dry deserted region of Northeast Brazil and follows two friends trying to get by using their wits and silver tongue: [[GuileHero the lively João]] (played by Matheus Nachtergaele) and [[LovableCoward the cowardly Chicó]] (played by Selton Mello). The two men work as assistants to the local baker and get wrapped up in several misadventures including [[TitleDrop tricking a priest to deliver the last rites to a dog as part of its will]], trying to marry a landowner's daughter or risk loosing [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice a lump of flesh]] as the price and an fatal encounter with a bloodthirsty bandit lands the main characters on a trial by the Devil, Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

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''O Auto da Compadecida'' or known among English viewers as ''A Dog's Will'' is a 1999 Brazilian movie and regarded as one of the country's greatest classics, based on a play of the same name by Ariano Suassuna. The story takes place the impoverished, dry deserted region of Northeast Brazil and follows two friends trying to get by using their wits and silver tongue: [[GuileHero the lively João]] Jack]] (played by Matheus Nachtergaele) and [[LovableCoward the cowardly Chicó]] (played by Selton Mello). The two men work as assistants to the local baker and get wrapped up in several misadventures including [[TitleDrop tricking a priest to deliver the last rites to a dog as part of its will]], trying to marry a landowner's daughter or risk loosing [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice a lump of flesh]] as the price and an fatal encounter with a bloodthirsty bandit lands the main characters on a trial by the Devil, Jesus and the Virgin Mary.



* CorruptChurch: The priest and the bishop are characterized as extremely greedy. Hell, the reason the priest even agreed to administer last rites to the dog was because João claimed its will was supposed to hand him over money as inheritance. In their trial, the Devil's charges them with simony and disdain for the weak.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:João]] receives a second chance instead of going to Hell.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:A large number of the main cast dies during Severino's attack on the city, but they are forgiven in the afterlife; João is restored back to life and Chicó succeeds in marrying Rosinha. Unfortunately, she gets disowned by her father and the three are forced into the run.]]

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* CorruptChurch: The priest and the bishop are characterized as extremely greedy. Hell, the reason the priest even agreed to administer last rites to the dog was because João Jack claimed its will was supposed to hand him over money as inheritance. In their trial, the Devil's charges them with simony and disdain for the weak.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:João]] [[spoiler:Jack]] receives a second chance instead of going to Hell.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:A large number of the main cast dies during Severino's attack on the city, but they are forgiven in the afterlife; João Jack is restored back to life and Chicó succeeds in marrying Rosinha. Unfortunately, she gets disowned by her father and the three are forced into the run.]]



* TheDevilIsALoser: He certainly got shades of this trope. While most of the cast fears him with good reason, [[spoiler:João]] keeps making wisecracks at his expense, he spends his scenes avoiding Jesus' face because his holy power is too much for him and even tries to emulate his physical appearance at one point before Jesus tells him to cut that out. Its more obvious in the original play where he is [[ManInWhite dressed in all white]] in an attempt to pretend to be God.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler:João]] is constantly doing this to the Devil's face, in fact, while everyone else is crapping bricks out of fear of pissing him off, he has no qualms about telling him EvilSmellsBad. It actually verges on to DoNotTauntCthulhu when the Devil loses his patience and tries to drag everyone to Hell by force.

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* TheDevilIsALoser: He certainly got shades of this trope. While most of the cast fears him with good reason, [[spoiler:João]] [[spoiler:Jack]] keeps making wisecracks at his expense, he spends his scenes avoiding Jesus' face because his holy power is too much for him and even tries to emulate his physical appearance at one point before Jesus tells him to cut that out. Its more obvious in the original play where he is [[ManInWhite dressed in all white]] in an attempt to pretend to be God.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler:João]] [[spoiler:Jack]] is constantly doing this to the Devil's face, in fact, while everyone else is crapping bricks out of fear of pissing him off, he has no qualms about telling him EvilSmellsBad. It actually verges on to DoNotTauntCthulhu when the Devil loses his patience and tries to drag everyone to Hell by force.



* GameFace: The Devil stops using his human face and takes on a more monstrous visage after João pisses him enough times.
* GuileHero: João has used his wits and cunning to survive.

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* GameFace: The Devil stops using his human face and takes on a more monstrous visage after João Jack pisses him enough times.
* GuileHero: João Jack has used his wits and cunning to survive.



** Even though its not quite the same thing since he is already dead, but [[spoiler:João]] gives up on his own salvation and just resigns himself to [[AFateWorseThanDeath an eternity of torment and torture in Hell]] after bargaining for the other's souls to enter Purgatory. He believes his soul couldn't be saved and no excuses, [[spoiler: but Virgin Mary is able to successfully save him]].

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** Even though its not quite the same thing since he is already dead, but [[spoiler:João]] [[spoiler:Jack]] gives up on his own salvation and just resigns himself to [[AFateWorseThanDeath an eternity of torment and torture in Hell]] after bargaining for the other's souls to enter Purgatory. He believes his soul couldn't be saved and no excuses, excuses could save him, [[spoiler: but Virgin Mary is able to successfully save him]].him by granting him a second chance]].



* JesusWasWayCool: Emmanuel is extremely nice to the sinners, even to João when he makes a insensitive remark about him being black, while also calling him out about it.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Curiously, this is used in defense of someone else rather than their own, when the Virgin Mary justifies that João had to rely on his own wits just to barely survive in the arid wasteland that is the Northeast.

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* JesusWasWayCool: Emmanuel is extremely nice to the sinners, even to João Jack when he makes a insensitive remark about him being black, while also calling him out about it.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Curiously, this is used in defense of someone else rather than their own, when the Virgin Mary justifies that João Jack had to rely on his own wits just to barely survive in the arid wasteland that is the Northeast.



* PatronSaint: The Virgin Mary to João and other characters. TruthInTelevision as the Brazilian Northeast is staunchly Catholic and her figure is seriously revered by the population.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: João makes a racist remark against Jesus (who is black in this movie), who takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it.
* PunchClockVillain: Severino's lieutenant isn't particularly AxeCrazy as his boss and [[JustFollowingOrders only does as he is told]]. He even comments this when he is about to [[spoiler: gun down João for tricking him into murdering Severino]]:

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* MistakenForDog: After Jack tricks Father John to bless the ill dog under the belief she belongs to Major Moraes, the latter pays a visit speaking about his daughter Rosinha (who is also ill), but the priest has no idea he is referring to her and inadvertently calls her a bitch.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. In the Brazilian language, the main protagonist and the priest share the same given name João. In the English subtitles, the hero is named Jack while the priest is Father John.
* PatronSaint: The Virgin Mary to João Jack and other characters. TruthInTelevision as the Brazilian Northeast is staunchly Catholic and her figure is seriously revered by the population.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: João Jack makes a racist remark against Jesus (who is black in this movie), who takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it.
* PunchClockVillain: Severino's lieutenant isn't particularly AxeCrazy as his boss and [[JustFollowingOrders only does as he is told]]. He even comments this when he is about to [[spoiler: gun down João Jack for tricking him into murdering Severino]]:



* VillainHasAPoint: {{Satan}} wants to eternally damn the main cast after their deaths. Though to be fair, the accusations against them aren't wrong or inaccurate: the priest and the bishop were [[CorruptChurch corrupt as heck]], Eurico and Dora were bad bosses to their employees, Severino killed many innocents and João's charges include inciting simony and adultery, scamming and '''premeditated murder'''!

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* VillainHasAPoint: {{Satan}} wants to eternally damn the main cast after their deaths. Though to be fair, the accusations against them aren't wrong or inaccurate: the priest and the bishop were [[CorruptChurch corrupt as heck]], Eurico and Dora were bad bosses to their employees, Severino killed many innocents and João's Jack's charges include inciting simony and adultery, scamming and '''premeditated murder'''!


* TheDevilIsALoser: He certainly got shades of this trope. While most of the cast fears him with good reason, [[spoiler:João]] keeps making wisecracks at his expense, he spends his scenes avoiding Jesus' face because his holy power is too much for him and even tries to emulate his physical appearance at one point before Jesus tells him to cut that out. Its more obvious in the original play where he is [[ManInWhite dressed in all white]] in an attempt to pretend to be God.



* DivineRaceLift: Jesus is black in this movie. Justified, since he can assume any form he wants and he took one specifically to confront the main characters' pre-conceived notions.



* GuileHero: João.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: The baker Eurico and Dora make peace with each other before being executed by Severino's lieutenant. The priest and the bishop also forgive their executioner seconds before their deaths. [[spoiler:This is what ended up saving them from Hell]].

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* GuileHero: João.
João has used his wits and cunning to survive.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: FaceDeathWithDignity:
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The baker Eurico and Dora make peace with each other before being executed by Severino's lieutenant. The priest and the bishop also forgive their executioner seconds before their deaths. [[spoiler:This is what ended up saving them from Hell]].Hell]].
** Even though its not quite the same thing since he is already dead, but [[spoiler:João]] gives up on his own salvation and just resigns himself to [[AFateWorseThanDeath an eternity of torment and torture in Hell]] after bargaining for the other's souls to enter Purgatory. He believes his soul couldn't be saved and no excuses, [[spoiler: but Virgin Mary is able to successfully save him]].



* HangingJudge: The Devil is characterized this way. He wants to punish the sinners and the wicked.

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* HangingJudge: The Devil is characterized this way. He wants to punish the sinners and the wicked.wicked without a just trial and when forced to play district attorney in the main characters' trial, he is trying his best to get them as screwed as possible.


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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: João makes a racist remark against Jesus (who is black in this movie), who takes it stride, but not without calling him out about it.


* AdaptedOut: Certain characters from the original play were written out from the movie such as the friar, the sacristan and the demon assistant, due to how minor their roles were.
* AdaptationalNameChange: The Devil was referred to in the original play as "Encourado" rather than obviously identified as a {{Satan}}.



* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler:João]] is constantly doing this to the Devil's face, in fact, while everyone else is crapping bricks out of fear of pissing him off, he has no qualms about telling him EvilSmellsBad. It actually verges on to DoNotTauntCthulhu when the Devil loses his patience and tries to drag everyone to Hell by force.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: The baker Eurico and Dora make peace with each other before being executed by Severino's lieutenant. The priest and the bishop also forgive their executioner seconds before their deaths.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: The baker Eurico and Dora make peace with each other before being executed by Severino's lieutenant. The priest and the bishop also forgive their executioner seconds before their deaths. [[spoiler:This is what ended up saving them from Hell]].



* HangingJudge: The Devil is characterized this way. He wants to punish the sinners and the wicked.



* YourCheatingHeart: The baker's wife Dora is cheating him with at least three men.

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* YourCheatingHeart: The baker's wife Dora is cheating him with at least three men.different men at the same time.

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** EasilyForgiven: Severino is the first one allowed entry to heaven, despite his sins actually being worse than the rest combined - while the other sinners range from being greedy, adulterous or arrogant, he is an actual murderer and wanted criminal. Even worse, the four sinners have to enter the Purgatory instead of Paradise. This trope is actually called out by ''{{Satan}} of all people'' when he laments that "people suddenly turn good when they die''.
* Justified in the movie that Severino saw his parents being killed when he was a mere child and the trauma drove him to insanity. When recalling this, Severino murmurs in sorrow that he never wanted to have survived (his mother shielded him with her body while being shot) and spent his life challenging death. Jesus proclaims that due to his insanity, Severino couldn't be held responsible for the things he did.

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** * EasilyForgiven: Severino is the first one allowed entry to heaven, despite his sins actually being worse than the rest combined - while the other sinners range from being greedy, adulterous or arrogant, he is an actual murderer and wanted criminal. Even worse, the four sinners have to enter the Purgatory instead of Paradise. This trope is actually called out by ''{{Satan}} of all people'' when he laments that "people suddenly turn good when they die''.
* ** Justified in the movie that Severino saw his parents being killed when he was a mere child and the trauma drove him to insanity. When recalling this, Severino murmurs in sorrow that he never wanted to have survived (his mother shielded him with her body while being shot) and spent his life challenging death. Jesus proclaims that due to his insanity, Severino couldn't be held responsible for the things he did.


* EasilyForgiven: Severino is the first one allowed entry to heaven, despite his sins actually being worse than the rest combined - while the other sinners range from being greedy, adulterous or arrogant, he is an actual murderer and wanted criminal. Even worse, the four sinners have to enter the Purgatory instead of Paradise. This trope is actually called out by ''{{Satan}} of all people'' when he laments that "people suddenly turn good when they die''.

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* ** EasilyForgiven: Severino is the first one allowed entry to heaven, despite his sins actually being worse than the rest combined - while the other sinners range from being greedy, adulterous or arrogant, he is an actual murderer and wanted criminal. Even worse, the four sinners have to enter the Purgatory instead of Paradise. This trope is actually called out by ''{{Satan}} of all people'' when he laments that "people suddenly turn good when they die''.

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