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* Franchise/{{Batman}} is portrayed as an atheist [[DependingOnTheWriter by some writers]], presumably as a side effect of having his parents killed and spending the last 10 to 15 years looking at the slimy underside of society. This being Batman, if he did believe in a God he probably has [[CrazyPrepared a plan to take Him out, and could execute it, given enough prep time]].

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} is portrayed as an atheist [[DependingOnTheWriter by some writers]], presumably as a side effect of having his parents killed and spending the last 10 to 15 years looking at the slimy underside of society. This being Batman, if he did believe in a God he probably has [[CrazyPrepared a plan to take Him out, and could execute it, given enough prep time]].


* Parodied in ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'' with Roger Fleming, a SmugSnake who claims that being a scientist means he canít and doesnít believe in anything, [[HypocriticalHumor despite worshipping and serving the Lost Skeleton]]. Said Skeleton clearly thinks of Fleming as nothing but a useful idiot, [[spoiler:to the point of eventually killing him]].

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* Parodied in ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'' with Roger Fleming, a SmugSnake who claims that being a scientist means he canít and doesnít believe in anything, [[HypocriticalHumor despite worshipping worshiping and serving the Lost Skeleton]]. Said Skeleton clearly thinks of Fleming as nothing but a useful idiot, [[spoiler:to the point of eventually killing him]].


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* ''Film/AMatterOfFaith'': Surprisingly subverted with Kamen, given that he's set up as the designated villain of the film. He's unfailingly friendly, patient and polite with others, showing none of the stereotypical traits. The nearest he comes is bruskly saying Stephen should "Wake up" and realize that there's no God or afterlife during their debate. Earlier he sincerely stated he's got no problem with Stephen's faith though, so this may have just been a bit of exasperation in their exchange, which had gotten heated. Despite the fear Stephen has, he never tries to convince Rachel and the rest of his students that his views are right as a result of the fact evolution occurred.[[note]]The film does not even mention theistic evolution.[[/note]]

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* Parodied in ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'' with Roger Fleming, a SmugSnake who claims that being a scientist means he canít and doesnít believe in anything, [[HypocriticalHumor despite worshipping and serving the Lost Skeleton]]. Said Skeleton clearly thinks of Fleming as nothing but a useful idiot, [[spoiler:to the point of eventually killing him]].


* A CynicismCatalyst or [[CrisisOfFaith some other trauma]], or a miserable life in general was the direct cause of [[EvilStoleMyFaith their 'conversion' to atheism]], as well as a RageAgainstTheHeavens at a {{God}} who lets such things happen. Consequently, the Hollywood Atheist can [[EasyEvangelism easily be made]] to reverse or reexamine their lack-of-belief [[ThereIsAGod if something good happens]], even if there is no explicit connection between the good event and divine intervention. Conversely, when something bad happens (especially their own death approaching) the atheist will suddenly become enough of a believer to [[PrayerIsALastResort pray for help]]. This is where you get the old (and disproved) saying "There are no atheists in foxholes." See NayTheist if they do believe in a higher power but have a grudge against it for these reasons.

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* A CynicismCatalyst or [[CrisisOfFaith some other trauma]], or a miserable life in general was the direct cause of [[EvilStoleMyFaith their 'conversion' to atheism]], as well as a RageAgainstTheHeavens at a {{God}} who lets such things happen. Consequently, the Hollywood Atheist can [[EasyEvangelism easily be made]] to reverse or reexamine their lack-of-belief [[ThereIsAGod if something good happens]], even if there is no explicit connection between the good event and divine intervention. Conversely, when something bad happens (especially their own death approaching) the atheist will suddenly become enough of a believer to [[PrayerIsALastResort pray for help]]. This is where you get the old (and disproved) saying "There are no atheists in foxholes." See NayTheist if they do believe in a higher power but have a grudge against it for these reasons.reasons; the character falls in this trope if they profess a disbelief in the relevant deity despite their actions/views seemingly being fuelled by an intense hatred of it.


* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', Materialists sounds like this when condescending Spiritualists, and Erudite Explorers talk this way to anyone they dislike, ''especially'' if they're Spiritualist.
-->''"You invented your faith to fill empty minds. Your people will never feel the true euphoria of an enlightened intellect."''


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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' plays with this. Materialists dislike spiritualists, all else being equal, especially when one or both are fanatic, but non-fanatics can set this aside if it fits their other ethos or simple {{realpolitik}}; a pacifist, xenophilic materialist will typically prefer an pacifist, xenophilic spiritualist to a miltaristic, xenophobic materialist. However, materialists scoff at PsychicPowers [[FlatEarthAtheist well past the point where doing so is reasonable]] and get lines like this when condescending Spiritualists, and Erudite Explorers talk this way to anyone they dislike, ''especially'' if they're Spiritualist.
-->''"You invented your faith to fill empty minds. Your people will never feel the true euphoria of an enlightened intellect."''


* The protagonists of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', being [[HeteronormativeCrusaders heteronormative crusaders]] and {{TheFundalmentalist fundamentalists]] see every atheist this way and the book follows suit.

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* The protagonists of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', being [[HeteronormativeCrusaders heteronormative crusaders]] and {{TheFundalmentalist fundamentalists]] [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists]], see every atheist this way and the book follows suit.


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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': {{Zigzagged}}. Arya goes out of her way to pick a fight with the dwarven priest regarding religion. However, none of the other elves display this. Orimis simply explains they disbelieve in any afterlife, gods or miracles as a result of lacking evidence, but would change their minds if presented with some that was convincing.


* Creator/FyodorDostoevsky's ''magnum opus'' ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' has two of these: Ivan Karamazov, the middle brother, and Pavel Smyerdyakov, the lackey of the family. Ivan gave us the famous line "[[StrawNihilist If God does not exist, then everything is permitted]]" and spends most of his page time attempting to break his devout brother Alyosa. However, Ivan also makes some very poignant arguments against Christianity based on the Problem of Evil (i. e. how can an all-good, all-powerful God exist with so much evil in the world), which the author attempts to counter with the story of an exemplary monk.

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* Creator/FyodorDostoevsky's ''magnum opus'' ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' has two of these: Ivan Karamazov, the middle brother, and Pavel Smyerdyakov, the lackey of the family. Ivan gave us the famous line "[[StrawNihilist If God does not exist, then everything is permitted]]" permitted]]"[[note]][[BeamMeUpScotty Really]] "if there is no immortality, then everything is permitted" in the original.[[/note]] and spends most of his page time attempting to break his devout brother Alyosa. However, Ivan also makes some very poignant arguments against Christianity based on the Problem of Evil (i. e. how can an all-good, all-powerful God exist with so much evil in the world), which the author attempts to counter with the story of an exemplary monk.


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* ''Series/TheFollowing'': Joe Carroll, a notorious serial killer who also founded a cult which believes killing is an art from. Micah, who leads another cult based on willing human sacrifice, has also been implied to be one.

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* ''Film/SalvationBoulevard'': Averted with Blaylock. Though he is firmly anti-religious, he treats the believers cordially and even views Pastor Dan as a {{worthy opponent}} in light of their debate.

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** Euron mocks and belittles all manner of faith.


* ''Film/NoGodNoMaster'': The anarchist terrorists are fiercely anti-religious, with one of their bombs targeting a church in New York City, and their leader loudly denounces religion. It's also implied by the film title, which is based on a real anarchist slogan (though not all went this far, as shown in the story).

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* ''Film/NoGodNoMaster'': The anarchist terrorists are fiercely anti-religious, with one of their bombs targeting a church in New York City, and their leader loudly Luigi Galleani denounces religion.religion, and says it's one of the things which must be abolished. It's also implied by the film title, which is based on a real anarchist slogan (though not all went this far, as shown in the story).

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* ''Film/NoGodNoMaster'': The anarchist terrorists are fiercely anti-religious, with one of their bombs targeting a church in New York City, and their leader loudly denounces religion. It's also implied by the film title, which is based on a real anarchist slogan (though not all went this far, as shown in the story).

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* ''{{Film/Chocolat}}'': Vianne to the villagers (given that she practices various traditional magics and is going to hold a fertility celebration on Easter, while Vianne is labeled an atheist she probably practices pagan-in a broad sense of the word-beliefs, though she would never label herself as such). To them, any person who just isn't a Catholic seems to qualify. Averted though as she never actually displays any of the traits (nor expresses what her beliefs are, besides them being clearly at odds with theirs).
-->'''Boy 1''': I hear she's an atheist.
-->'''Boy 2''': What's that?
-->'''Boy 1''': ...I don't know.

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* ''Film/NightTrainToLisbon'' {{Zigzagged}}. Amadeu makes no secret about his dislike for the notions of God and immortality, but he also appreciates the Bible's poetry, along with being an overall good man.


** Setsuna F. Seiei, the main character, is a former Muslim who lost his faith when fighting as a ChildSoldier terrorist insurgent and witnessing the horrors of war. This faith has been replaced with a faith in the concept of "Gundam" [[spoiler:that is, anything used for "the eradication of war" be it mobile suits or those piloting them, hence Setsuna declares himself not only a Gundam meister (pilot) but "Gundam"]]. It helps that the first Gundam he saw after losing his faith had a definite angelic vibe to it.

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** Setsuna F. Seiei, the main character, is a former Muslim who lost his faith when fighting as a ChildSoldier {{Child Soldier|s}} terrorist insurgent and witnessing the horrors of war. This faith has been replaced with a faith in the concept of "Gundam" [[spoiler:that is, anything used for "the eradication of war" be it mobile suits or those piloting them, hence Setsuna declares himself not only a Gundam meister (pilot) but "Gundam"]]. It helps that the first Gundam he saw after losing his faith had a definite angelic vibe to it.


* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': Averted in "The Star", based on the story by Creator/ArthurCClarke, which has an atheist named Chandler who's friendly with a Jesuit priest, Matthew Costigan, and they seem to have frequent polite debates on God's existence. Both are scientists on a space ship which picks up a signal from an ancient civilization whose star went supernova thousands of years ago. Chandler questions how God could do this to an entire species. When Costigan discovers that the light of the supernova is what was seen as the Star of Bethlehem, Costigan has a {{crisis of faith}} at the idea these kind, peaceful aliens were sacrificed to herald Christ's birth. Chandler, however, apologizes for his prior criticism, seeing him distraught. He then shows Costigan a last message that the aliens left, saying not to mourn for them because they had lived full, rich, happy lives, a sentiment they both find uplifting. This is a kinder ending than the original story, in which the priest despairs at what he's learned, with no message from the aliens to save his faith.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': Averted in "The Star", based on the story by Creator/ArthurCClarke, which has an atheist named Chandler who's friendly with a Jesuit priest, Matthew Costigan, and they seem to have frequent polite debates on God's existence. Both are scientists on a space ship which picks up a signal from an ancient civilization whose star went supernova thousands of years ago. Chandler questions how God could do this to an entire species. When Then once Costigan discovers that the light of the supernova is what was seen as the Star of Bethlehem, Costigan has a {{crisis of faith}} at the idea these kind, peaceful aliens were sacrificed to herald Christ's birth. Chandler, however, apologizes for his prior criticism, seeing him distraught. He then shows Costigan a last message that the aliens left, saying not to mourn for them because they had lived full, rich, happy lives, a sentiment they both find uplifting. This is a kinder ending than the original story, in which the priest despairs at what he's learned, with no message from the aliens to save his faith.

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