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"Well the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants
And the Hindus hate the Muslims
everybody hates the Jews!"
Tom Lehrer, "National Brotherhood Week", That Was the Year That Was

Tropes about religion, non religion, spirituality, divinity, and the afterlife.


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    Religion in general 
  • The Teetotaler: Someone who abstains from drinking alcohol. While there can be secular motives for teetotalism, many people do so because their religious beliefs frown upon getting intoxicated.
  • Thank the Maker: A robot or A.I. worships its creator.
  • The Theocracy: A system of government run by priests who rule through religious laws, as opposed to a secular government.
  • Theotech
  • There Is a God!: Someone is happy about something they wanted to happen and sees it as proof that God does exist.
  • Token Religious Teammate: The one member of a group who is explicitly shown to have religious beliefs.
  • Tribe of Priests: A whole community of religious preachers.
  • Turbulent Priest
  • Turn to Religion
  • Universal Chaplain: Military chaplains are priests who provide religious services to fellow soldiers, regardless of their faith.
  • Unwanted False Faith: Someone is dismayed that people worship them under the mistaken assumption that they're divine.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: When a Human Sacrifice (usually a young woman or girl) is required to have never had sex before.
  • Virtue/Vice Codification
  • Vow of Celibacy: Some clergy (especially monks and nuns) have sworn to never marry or have sex, and instead devote their whole lives to practicing their religion.
  • Warrior Monk: An ordained priest who is also a professional soldier.






    South/East Asian Religions (including Hinduism and Buddhism) 

Alternative Title(s): Religion, Religious Tropes