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Basic Trope: A religious character loses his/her faith because of something bad that happened to him/her.

  • Straight: Alice used to go to church every Sunday and pray regularly. But then she comes home one day to find that her entire family has been killed. She stops going to church and praying (other than a final Rage Against the Heavens), and even loses her faith in God, on the grounds that her family did not receive any divine intervention.
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  • Exaggerated: Alice loses her faith because she got a B in math, even though she prayed that she would do well on a test.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice questions her faith while watching the news and hearing about all the bad stuff happening in the world.
    • Alice loses her faith over time, not all at once.
  • Justified:
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  • Inverted: Alice, a Hollywood Atheist, suddenly takes up religion when something good happens to her.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But it's only a temporary one.
    • Medical professionals were able to revive her, but the afterlife is not what she expected, and they also couldn't save her family members, so she still loses her faith.
    • But another character questions how she could still believe after all that, and Alice starts to question and eventually lose her faith.
  • Parodied: Alice loses her faith in God because she stubbed her toe.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice wavers in her faith through good and bad times.
  • Averted:
    • Alice retains her faith no matter what happens to her.
    • Alice has always been an atheist, and that does not change.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "You know, I used to believe you worked in mysterious ways, or protected good people. But I realized that you either don't exist or don't care."
  • Invoked: Alice comes home to find everything she knows and loves destroyed.
  • Exploited: The Big Bad (who may or may not be Satan, Depending on the Writer) wants Alice, the Token Religious Teammate to renounce her faith and join him.
  • Defied: The tragedy, if anything, strengthens Alice's faith.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alice considered her faith a central pillar of her life, and talked about it often. After the loss of her family, she no longer attends services or talks about her faith.
  • Untwisted: Alice has depression, which comes in the middle of (or causes) a Crisis of Faith.

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