Teaching the faith by making fun of stuff
Lutheran Satire contains examples of the following tropes:
- Armor-Piercing Question: In "Donall and Conall Meet the Mormon Missionaries":Donall: According to the Mormon church, you don't have a true church without 12 living apostles?
Brice: That's right.
Donall: But also according to the Mormon church, the apostle John never died, and is in fact still roaming this earth.
Kyle: According to section 7 of "Doctrines and Covenants," that's correct.
Donall: Patrick, is St. John the Evangelist currently an apostle in the Mormon church?
- Author Avatar: The pastor who debates Horus is a stand-in for Hans Fiene, the creator of the videos.
- Author Tract: The whole point of the series.
- Bait-and-Switch: Frank the Hippie Pope tries this with Bart the Patriarch.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Jeff, Frank the Hippie Pope's producer.Frank: Yeah, but if a dude is like, "I'm a gay Christian," like, who am I to judge, you know?
Jeff: You're the pope? The supreme pontiff? "The true vicar of Christ, the head of the whole Church and the father and teacher of all Christians," to you "full power has been given to tend, rule, and govern the universal Church." According to the group of people that you lead, there is literally no one on the face of the planet more qualified to judge than you!
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Several videos include ribbing of the LCMS, Fiene's denomination:
- Blatant Lies:
Horus: I'm not Mithras, I'm, uh, Quetzlcoatl, Aztec god of the wind, and while all think that you
- Horus' attempts to re-identify himself in "Horus Ruins Christmas:"
Preacher Man: No Christian on the face of the planet ever heard of Quetzlcoatl until the 16th century.
Horus: Well then, I'm... Balder, Norse god of the
Preacher Man: There were 193 popes before Balder's mythology was actually written down.
- And later, the "ancient Egyptian scroll" he found:Horus: Not so fast, preacher man! Behold, it is I, Horus, Egyptian god of the sun! And while you were busy indoctrinating these idiots with your medieval mumbo-jumbo, I, Horus, was busy discovering a very ancient Egyptian scroll that will most assuredly unveil the heights of your hypocrisy and send your silly little Jesus cult crashing to the ground.
Preacher Man: And what is the name of this very ancient Egyptian scroll you just discovered?
Preacher Man: Right. And what did you learn from this very reliable and meticulously researched source?
- Breakout Character: The top three most-viewed videos are all Donall and Conall.
- Butt-Monkey: #KillTrevorInstead
- Call-Back: At the end of this video,the two Anglicians criticize Luther for speaking in an Ancient Egyptian rather than German accent.
- Donall and Conall call everyone Patrick.
- Conall in particular is quite fond of talking about people being stabbed in the face.
- Horus: "Not so fast, preacher man! Behold, it is I, Horus, Egyptian god of the sun!"
- The Cameo: Walther makes one when Donall and Conall meet Richard Dawkins.Donall: I mean, really, Patrick! By your logic, the first president of the Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod can prove himself to be the best-looking man in the world! All he'd have to do is lock every man on the planet in his dressing room right before the beauty pageant begins!
C.F.W. Walther: Oh no, even then I would still lose.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: The preacher man has no problem mocking and insulting Horus.Horus: This is absurd! If this is really what Christians believe, then give me one good reason why I've never heard any of this before?
Preacher Man: Because you're a biblically illiterate buffoon who has never listened to a single Christian sermon on the issue, talked with a single Christian theologian about the subject, read a single one of the countless words Christians have written on this topic, and your only familiarity with the matter is what you've learned from the Web site of another hopelessly ignorant unbeliever who is convinced that after a 20-second glance at four context-free passages from Leviticus, he is already a greater Biblical scholar than every Christian in the last 2,000 years, including the very men who wrote the Bible?
Horus: I meant "give me one good reason" not counting that one.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently, saying you're "not much of a feminist" is reason to staple a cadaver's ovaries to your forehead ... at least, it is if you're Trevor.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The earliest videos done with artificial voices.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Satirical videos from the perspective of a Lutheran minister.
- Gonk: Walther.Donall: (after complimenting him) However, your face does look like the Grim Reaper had a baby with Humpty Dumpty.
Walther: Oh yeah, no, that's true. I am an incredibly unattractive person.
"I don't unquestioningly believe something just because my pastor tells me it's true. I unquestioningly believe something because my gender studies professor tells me it's true."
- Several of the speakers in "I'm a Christian but I'm Totally Not":
- Horus attempts to invoke this. Like all his attempts, it's a No-Sell.
- Logical Fallacies: Donall and Conall call out Richard Dawkins and the Mormon missionaries for these.
- Nay-Theist: The Westboro Baptist Chipmunks become this, after God reveals Himself to them and commands them to repent.You hate You!
You hate You!
You hate You!
And Your Kingdom smells like poo!
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: When "Frank the Hippie Pope" says that the greatest problem in the world is "youth unemployment," a caption appears underneath him:Yeah, he actually said that.
- Sarcasm Mode: It's satire; you can expect this in nearly every video. Particularly, the titles of the series "Things Your Lutheran Pastor Totally Loves" and "Things Your Lutheran Sister Totally Loves" qualify.
- Donall and Conall are familiar with iTunes, Voltron, C. Everett Koop, Rosie O'Donnell and The View, Let's Make a Deal, The Adventures Of Shark Boy And Lava Girl, Police Academy, The Dark Knight Rises, Coldplay, and "Oh My Darling, Clementine" ... despite being from the same time as St. Patrick.
- One of the Buzzfeed parody puppets insists that Footloose is a documentary.
- Horus' last attempt to ruin Christmas is him trying to masquerade as Gozer the Gozerian. The preacher man sees right through it.
- Small Reference Pools: Conall is a Coldplay fan?Donall: You abducted it like the Philistines absconding with the Ark of the Covenant!
Conall: Purloined it like Ahab and Jezebel pilfering Nabal's vineyard!
Donall: Swiped it like David stealing Uriah's wife!
Conall: Poached it like Coldplay plagiarizing the pancreas out of Joe Satriani!
Donall: Okay, there are like five people who get that reference.
- Invoked in "Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets".
- The preacher man alludes to "bacon-fried labradoodle" in "Horus Reads the Internet".
- The Stoner: Frank the Hippie Pope.
- Unexplained Accent: Horus, an Egyptian god, has a German accent.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The preacher man is utterly unfazed when an Egyptian god appears out of nowhere in the middle of his church service.
- Verbal Backspace: After hearing Horus' theme song:Preacher Man: That is the worst song I've ever heard!
Horus: So says the preacher man who just led his congregation in singing "Forgive Us, Lord, for Shallow Thankfulness".
Preacher Man: Okay, that's the second worst song I've ever heard.