Follow TV Tropes


Playing With / Easy Evangelism

Go To

Basic Trope: Nonbelievers are converted with no trouble at all.

  • Straight: Alice is talking to Bob about a religion known as Troperism. A few sentences into her explanation, Bob converts.
  • Exaggerated: Alice lands on a desert island and speaks a few words about Troperism. The whole population of the island converts.
  • Downplayed: After being friends with Alice for a while, Bob decides to join Troperism.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a Manipulative Bitch who works with Troperism, and Bob is at a bad place in his life. Alice's words hook him instantly.
    • Advertisement:
    • Bob is extremely fickle, and is prone to sudden, sweeping change.
    • Bob and Alice had been talking a lot in the past about Troperism, and this was the final conversation before Bob converted.
    • Alice coerced Bob by telling him that choosing to reject Troperism will land him in an extremely unpleasant afterlife forever.
    • Bob isn't actually a nonbeliever, but rather a lapsed Troper or a Troper from a different branch of Troperism than Alice. His "conversion" is really just him returning to the fold or switching brands. But in Alice's extremely binary worldview, you're either an active member of her specific branch of Troperism, or you're not a Troper at all, so she still counts it as a conversion. Bob may come to agree if Alice's beliefs are part of their now-shared branch of Troperism instead of just Alice's personal fanaticism.
  • Inverted:
    • Even after Alice gives incontrovertible proof that Troperism is the one true religion, Bob still refuses to convert.
    • Bob talks Alice out of following Troperism with minimal trouble.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice says a few sentences, Bob asks "Is that it?" and leaves.
    • It's implied that what we hear of their conversation was the tail end, and they'd been talking for several hours.
  • Double Subverted: He leaves because he converted immediately and wanted to find the nearest Troperism Holy Temple of Worship.
  • Parodied:
    • An university has a new club where the students can learn more about Troperism. After just the first meeting, all the students there convert to Troperism.
    • Alice warns Bob about Troperism, but he converts just before she tells them that they try to Mind Control people in their arguments.
  • Zig-Zagged: Alice says a few sentences, after which Bob leaves. But he's just headed to the Troperism Holy Temple of Worship — to protest, since Alice did such a horrible job. He's converted there, though.
  • Advertisement:
  • Averted: Evangelism is not portrayed as easy.
  • Enforced: The writer loves religion, so he decides to make evangelism look easy.
  • Lampshaded: "I wasn't gonna convert, but hey, they had free doughnuts."
  • Invoked: Alice developed her public speaking skills very well to ensure as many of her listeners would believe her.
  • Exploited: The head of Troperism, seeing the ease with which he wins new converts, decides to make his religion more sinister and Cult-like.
  • Defied: "Your religion may be impressive, but until you offer me more than a few anecdotes, I'll stick with my own, thank you."
  • Discussed: "You're a new face here at church. When did you..." "After that girl talked to me! All it took was a few minutes!"
  • Conversed: "It isn't nearly that easy to convert in real life."
  • Implied: Bob has just met Alice. He is also a zealous Troper.
  • Deconstructed: Troperism succeeds at winning many converts, but the ease with which they are converted makes them all shaky in their faith. They don't really know what they believe. It takes a minor incident to fracture and destroy the church.
    • Alice's belief that this works backfires when she realizes that most people she encounters don't convert to Troperism and if anything is an outcast for being an annoying door-to-door preacher.
  • Reconstructed: A group of Tropers are faithful and decide to rebuild Troperism after it's destroyed.
  • Played for Laughs: Bob is unwilling to convert. Then Alice shows up and convinces him in a few sentences. Someone else asks her, "What did you say to him?" Her answer: "Oh, I offered him bacon if he converted."
  • Played for Drama: One religion, angered at the rate at which it's losing members to Troperism, decides to wage war against that religion. The war ends with both sides heavily damaged, with no definite winner.

Back to Easy Evangelism