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Basic Trope: In a world where it is proven on many levels that gods exist and personally created the cosmos, a couple people will flat-out disbelieve these facts.

  • Straight: Bob does not believe in God, even though God has been proven to exist and has caused several strange events to occur.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob does not believe in God, even though God has routinely saved Bob from near-death situations.
    • Bob goes bowling with God every Friday while angels fly about, mages operate the bowling alley, and God performs physics-defying bowling feats. Bob insists he's a simply a talented stage magician.
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    • Bob is half-divine, yet he still doesn't believe in God.
    • God himself doesn't believe in God!
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is a Nay-Theist who doesn't understand why people worship a being just because it's supernatural and powerful.
    • While Bob has seen Physical Gods and believes in them, he insists there is are scientific explanations for their power.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is incapable of recognizing a divine presence.
    • Bob's seen beings with enough power to qualify for divine status who did not claim to be anything special. He decided that the distinction between divine and non-divine is meaningless.
    • Bob's belief system allows for the possibility of phenomena which current scientific research cannot yet explain — however, he believes that a sufficient amount of scientific research will eventually uncover the solution, and is unwilling to accept an 'unsatisfactory' answer like the character with power being a god.
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    • Bob thinks this so-called God is just another regular person.
    • Magical powers are normal to the point where Bob didn't know there was a god.
    • Bob is a Hollywood Atheist activist/philosopher/author/professor/political leader, or any other job where he might lose respect with his colleagues or be fired if he admits a belief in this specific god.
    • Bob exists in a universe with Sufficiently Advanced Aliens. While God exists, Bob just assumes He's an alien with technology that seems godly.
  • Inverted:
    • God doesn't believe in Bob, even though Bob has been proven to exist.
    • Bob believes in God even when its been logically proven God can't exist.
  • Subverted: Bob's atheism begins to weaken after several incidences of direct divine intervention.
  • Double Subverted: However, Bob is still a pretty stubborn guy and refuses to give in.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob just so happens to be Pals with Jesus, going out to the movies and playing mini-golf with Him, and yet still does not believe in Him as a divine power.
    • Bob meets God and explains to Him that He doesn't exist. God agrees.
    • God doesn't believe in Himself.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's faith in God changes wildly depending on the situations he's in.
    • Bob believes that the gods are merely sufficiently powerful beings and believes it is possible to ascend to be one eventually. He does eventually gain enough power to do so - and with his newfound omniscience comes to realize that the gods did indeed exist from the beginning of the universe. He sees them as distinct and having some special significance. Until he meddles with time travel enough to retroactively add himself to the beginning of existence.
  • Averted:
    • Bob is an active praying member of the community, conversing with God on a regular basis.
    • Or he's an atheist or agnostic, but there's no In-Universe evidence of God's existence, leaving his choice the rational one.
  • Enforced: "This Hollywood Atheist is so dull. Let's make him funnier!"
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: "Thanks for the help, God, but I still don't believe in you."
    God: "It's alright, Bob. I don't believe in you either."
  • Invoked: Bob is friends with a guy who is secretly Satan and who encourages him to disbelieve in God.
  • Exploited: There are gods clearly in the universe but the Big Bad is using some sort of device to make Bob and all the others refuse to believe in them. Y'see, in this universe God Needs Prayers Badly and if no one believes in them, they will die.
  • Defied: Bob is smart enough to recognize the existence of a higher power when the evidence is overwhelming, even if it's begrudgingly so.
  • Discussed:
    • "What, does the whole pantheon need to send him fruit baskets first?"
    • "He wouldn't believe in God even if he appeared at his door dancing a tango!"
  • Conversed: "The Earth is flat. What more proof does this guy need?"
  • Implied:
    Alice: I can't believe we just met an angel.
    Bob: Well, we've also met vampires and aliens, some of which claimed to be gods. I have to wonder if everything that angel said was true.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob refuses to believe in God,... despite God being his next door neighbor... and the coach for the local little league baseball team... which Bob's son plays for. The rest of the neighborhood think Bob is a little weird, needless to say.
  • Played For Drama:
    • God clearly exists in this universe and, while most people believe in him, Bob doesn't due to an Abusive Parent who acted as The Fundamentalist, making Bob resentful of the very idea of a deity. God desperately tries to reveal himself to Bob who stubbornly refuses to believe.
    • Bob's staunch refusal to recognize God angers Him, causing God to rain down misfortune and torment on Bob who withstands it all with Heroic Spirit. When Bob is broke, homeless and stricken with boils he asks "Are you done yet?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob's fierce disbelief in the supernatural gets shattered when he realizes that he's had a direct, verifiable encounter with the divine. He struggles to reconcile this irrefutable fact with his worldview.
  • Reconstructed: Bob encounters the divine in an undeniable fashion and still refuses to believe they are divine, but rather just sufficiently advanced aliens or something. Instead of denying that they exist, he dedicates his life to studying these beings so he can prove it.

"There's a page called "Flat-Earth Atheist"? What a bunch of crap!"

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