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Basic Trope: A character only prays if they've done anything else they can and feel defeated.

  • Straight: After Alice is in a Humiliation Conga, she does everything she feels she can, but when it all fails, she gives up and starts praying.
  • Exaggerated: Even though Alice is meant to be religious, she doesn't pray when she doesn't feel defeated, even at logical times for a religious person to pray (like during church, before meals etc).
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice has prayed several times when she doesn't feel defeated, but mainly prays when she does feel defeated.
    • Alice prays when she feels she's running out of options.
  • Justified:
    • Alice didn't want to bother God by asking for help when she could solve her own problems.
    • Alice is agnostic, and, while not strictly an atheist, skeptical about God's existence, so she only sees prayer as a last resort.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice prays first, and when that fails, she takes matters into her own hands.
    • When Alice gives up, she loses her faith in God.
  • Subverted: Alice is about to start praying, but changes her mind and takes another option.
  • Double Subverted: When that option fails, she prays.
  • Parodied: Whenever Bob sees Alice praying, even at a logical time and place to pray, he believes she needs motivation.
  • Averted:
    • Alice does not pray.
    • Alice prays at moments when she is not close to giving up.
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  • Zigzagged: Alice prays several times over the course of her Humiliation Conga, sometimes she feels more defeated than other times.
  • Lampshaded: "Dear Lord, I do not usually pray to you unless I'm really desperate so I apologise for my negligence."
  • Enforced: The author is making a point about atheism.
  • Invoked: Bob tells Alice "Don't pray unless it's really serious."
  • Exploited: The god decides to help Alice out in order to give her faith.
  • Defied: Alice randomly prays during the day to let God know that she doesn't only acknowledge His existence when she's about to give up.
  • Discussed: "Why does Alice only pray as a last resort?"
  • Conversed: "For a religious person, that character doesn't pray very often unless it's a desperate situation. I mean, I've never seen her saying grace or anything."
  • Implied:
    • Alice gets into a praying position when she feels she has no options, but doesn't say anything.
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    • Alice is seen looking unhappy and praying, but it is left unknown why she appeared sad.
  • Deconstructed: ???
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: After Alice prays, God replies "Why didn't you ask sooner?" and instantly solves the problem.
  • Played for Drama: Alice believes she is dying and thinks her prayer will be her last words.

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