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Basic Trope: A religion or sect obsessed with the end times, sometimes to the degree of trying to bring it into existence.

  • Straight:
    • Teot'wakiism has its central belief in an immediate or near-immediate apocalyptic end of the world, of time, or of humanity.
    • Teot'wakiism's central belief is in an immediate or near-immediate end of the world/end of time/end of humanity AND believes that it must play a central role in inviting it or causing it to happen, anything from setting up the birth of or summoning an end-times figure to killing people or committing mass suicide.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Teot'wakiism's only tenet is the apocalypse/end of the world, which according to it must be produced immediately and in any way possible, and it's willing to welcome anyone who is willing to destroy or kill under its expansive umbrella.
    • Teot'wakiism actually has the supernatural or natural means to produce said apocalypse, and is engaged in a battle for the world/humanity/the fabric of space-time itself with any sane creature who doesn't want to be supernatural entity chow/wiped from existence/killed by weapons of mass destruction/etc
    • Teot'wakiism has become a mainstream religion or the ONLY religion in the entire setting or in a specific locality in it.
  • Downplayed:
    • The end of the world/end of time/end of humanity is one belief - maybe even a central belief - in Teot'wakiism, but it's not the center of their faith. None but the most radical members believe the end to be immanent, and only a few scattered fanatics believe that they should bring it about.
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    • Teot'wakiism believes that disasters and the end of the world / end of civilization / end of humanity are possibilities, maybe even definite possibilities, but emphasizes individual emergency and disaster readiness, safety, and planning rather than violence or bringing on the apocalypse — a member might have a well-stocked fallout shelter, but they won't be out killing people or committing suicide.
    • Teot'wakiist belief emphasizes the oncoming apocalypse, but only in order to back up their tenet that members must do everything they can to make the world a better place now, because it might not be there the next day.
    • Teot'wakiism is obsessed with the idea of creating new worlds and universes. They have put a lot of thought how to do this and how to progress to it. As technology hasn't caught up they are mostly harmless scientists who spend their time developing theories and proposals to work to that goal.
  • Justified:
    • The world is actually ending in the setting.
    • The threat of apocalypse is the only thing that can motivate people to do anything about it/to stop it (as in the downplayed version)
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The Teot'wakiist cult only serves as a front organization for Emperor Evulz to advance his other plan, namely to steal some WMDs and frame the "crazy cultists" for it, then use it to blackmail the world powers.
  • Double Subverted: Evulz really is a practicing Teot'wakiist in secret, and his other plan is to trigger an apocalyptic nuclear war, in accordance with Teot'wakiist beliefs. He uses other cultists as cannon fodder because they're going to be dead soon anyway if all goes well, so why not have it be in support of their cause?
  • Parodied: Teot'wakiism believes the world ends in a distinct way every five minutes thirty two seconds and three tenths of a second only to be perfectly recreated with no memories of the prior apocalypse. They believe it is because god is bored. Few are sure if they are serious or a Parody Religion.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Teot'wakiism does not center around apocalyptic ideas. Whatever they might be, end-of-the-world preachers they are not.
  • Enforced:
    Scriptwriter Alex: We need a religious terrorist faction to oppose our heroes in this mission, and the Muslim threat is too cliche already... Name something close you remember...
    Scriptwriter Bob: Hmm, Aum Shinrikyo—
    Scriptwriter Alex: Got it! Let's base the enemy faction on Aun Sher— what is that called again?
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz covertly creates Teot'wakiism and shapes its unique theology/eschatology. He may not believe the end of the world is coming (after all, he wants to conquer it), but hordes of people who do are easy to manipulate and cost nothing to maintain.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz feeds the Teot'wakiists information on his rivals. He may have as much contempt for them as anyone else, but the opportunity to send a horde of suicidal fanatics after his nearest enemy is just too good to pass up.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed:
    Det. Alice: I got an assignment to infiltrate and investigate a secret mysticist organization again.
    Capt. Bella: I hope it's not another band of loons preaching about the End of Time and stuff?
  • Conversed: "Do you notice that every other maggot who tries to destroy the world is a leader of some wacky quasi-religious group all too reminiscent of Jim Jones?"
  • Played For Laughs: Teot'wakiists are so incredibly stupid that they are harmless. They think turning out a light will bring the universe to an end.
  • Played For Drama: Alice converts to Teot'wakiism after a Despair Event Horizon and ends up as the biggest threat to the heroes, turning a straightforward, solveable problem into a disaster.

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