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  • Basic Trope: Members of a religious group peddle their religious beliefs door-to-door.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob knock on Heather's door. They attempt to convince her to join the Church of Crystal Dragon Jesus.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob go to a large apartment or condo complex, or trailer park, and knock on every door they possibly can.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob send pamphlets via mail.
  • Justified: One of the tenets of the Church of Crystal Dragon Jesus is conversion of as many nonbelievers as possible; successful conversions add up to brownie points for the afterlife (and therefore a better chance of getting into Heaven.)
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob open the door, and receive visitors from the Church of Crystal Dragon Jesus.
    • Alice and Bob go door to door and take religions from people.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob don't go door-to-door.
    • Alice and Bob see that no one is home.
    • The Church of Crystal Dragon Jesus doesn't mandate door-to-door preaching, or even deliberately trying to convert people.
    • Alice and Bob are not peddling a religion, but an actual product or service.
  • Double Subverted: They do, however, preach wherever they can, including (but not limited to) on the bus, at work, in the checkout line at the supermarket, and on a local PEG Channel.
    • Alice and Bob do their preaching by phone. They call up random people (perhaps with the help of an auto-dialer).
    • When no one is home, they simply leave literature they brought along wedged in the door.
    • However, it doesn't forbid it, either, and in fact, encourages its members to try and convert as many as they can.
    • They use their door-to-door sales techniques to sell their religion, or peddle the religion along with the MacGuffin.
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  • Parodied: The visitors are from Alice and Bob's church.
  • Zig-Zagged: Some members of the Church of Crystal Dragon Jesus preach door-to-door.
  • Averted: Alice and Bob don't preach door-to-door.
    • Alice and Bob are not part of an organized religion, or at least not one that mandates or encourages door-to-door preaching.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Good morning! Do you have a minute to talk about our Lord and Savior, Crystal Dragon Jesus?"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob hear their preacher talking about how important it is to convert other people, and save them from Hell.
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob pretend to be door-to-door preachers, but they're really burglars trying to either break into the house, or get a look inside so they can break in later.
  • Defied: The Church of Crystal Dragon Jesus forbids this sort of thing. If people want to ask questions, members can certainly answer them, and of course they can have blogs/podcasts/vlogs/websites/TV programs about their faith, especially if they're intended as discussion-starters for active members of the Church of Crystal Dragon Jesus (not so much potential converts), but they're not to actively proselytize in this manner. They are to treat nonbelievers as people, not conversion projects.
    • Alice and Bob leave their religion.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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