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Atheist Characters: A List of Atheist and Agnostic Film and TV Characters

Updated on May 7, 2017
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Non-believers in Fiction

With atheism and agnosticism on the rise (and showing no signs of slowing down) it felt appropriate to celebrate the growing movement by once again compiling a list of the worlds most famous atheists — this time of the fictional variety (for famous atheist and skeptical actors, writers, musicians, and other artists, click here).

While the appearance of atheist and agnostic characters in film and TV have been rare, we've nevertheless had them show up on our TV sets and movie screens for decades. All the way back to All in the Family's Meat Head, to nearly every fidgety protagonist portrayed in a Woody Allen film.

Granted, at first glance this may not seem like a very important issue. But it must remember that atheists are a minority just like any other. A minority that has been repeatedly shunned, put down, and had their voices go practically unheard for years. Having openly atheist and agnostic characters appear in popular films and television series' is just one small step in helping non-believers in general be heard and acknowledged as the people they are. Very similar to the way in which homosexuals began to come out and become accepted after such shows as Ellen and Will and Grace began to bring awareness to how okay it is to be different from everyone else.

So here's what's going to follow: I'll list in alphabetical order (by character names) each atheist and agnostic character. I'll include a photo, a brief reference to their skepticism, and occasionally a video link (when available) of them expressing their feelings about religion, god, atheism, etc.. If you want to see more video clips of atheists and agnostic characters on film & TV, click here to go to The Gutter Monkey Youtube Channel.

If anyone has any suggestions for the list, leave them in the comments section at the end of the page. I'll then fact check them and add them accordingly if they appear to be legit. Thanks. Enjoy.

Count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) Atheist
Count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) Atheist

Count Laszlo de Almasy

Played by actor Ralph Fiennes in the 1996 film The English Patient

Dialogue from the film:

Almásy: There is no God... but I hope someone looks after you.

Madox: Just in case you're interested, it's called the suprasternal notch. Come and visit us in Dorset when all this nonsense is over.

[Heads away but turns back]

Madox: You'll never come to Dorset.

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) Agnostic
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) Agnostic

Nicholas Angel

Played by Simon Pegg in the 2007 film, Hot Fuzz

While meeting his new neighbors at a dinner party, Nicholas Angel (played by real-life atheist Simon Pegg) is approached by a reverend who asks him to read a homily at Sunday service. To this Nicholas declines, suggesting that his involvement in such a thing would be hypocritical because he's an agnostic.

Ellie (Jodie Foster) Atheist in Contact
Ellie (Jodie Foster) Atheist in Contact

Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway

Played by Jodie Foster in the 1997 film, Contact

The character Ellie from both the 1997 film, Contact, and its novel of the same name, is an openly atheist scientist who is forced to contend with the popular opinion of the religious public when she's chosen as a candidate to be the first human to make contact with an alien race.

The story of Contact was based on the novel of the same name by the well-known skeptical scientist, Carl Sagan. In film, the character of Ellie is portrayed by real-life atheist and actress Jodie Foster. The story itself attempts to find an equal ground for both science and religion to get along and acts as a positive portrayal of how a real, atheistic person can still have hope, humility and passion in life and how they can remain strong without the need of a deity.

Sandy Bates (Woody Allen) Atheist
Sandy Bates (Woody Allen) Atheist

Sandy Bates

Played by Woody Allen in 1980s Stardust Memories

As with most Woody Allen films, in this 8 1/2 inspired film Allen doesn't focus too much on the atheism of his character, yet nevertheless is sure to let his non-believe be known through at least one or two lines. In Stardust Memories, Allen delivers one of his most memorable of these pieces of dialogue when he replies to someone: "To you, I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the loyal opposition."

Mr. Big (Chris North) Atheist
Mr. Big (Chris North) Atheist

Mr. Big

Played by actor Chris North in Sex and the City

On the episode, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, the ever-enigmatic Mr. Big is seen exiting a church by his off and on girlfriend, Carrie. Shocked that he may be religious, she confronts Big about it. He then reassures her that he is an atheist, but don't tell the pastor.

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Dr. Paul Blaylock

Played by Ed Harris in the 2011 film, Salvation Boulevard

In Salvation Boulevard Ed Harris plays a Christopher Hitchens-esque atheist debater. He's later shot in the head by a fundamentalist preacher.

Click here for a scene from the film

Harry Block (Woody Allen) Atheist
Harry Block (Woody Allen) Atheist

Harry Block

Played by writer, director, and actor Woody Allen in the film Deconstructing Harry

There are many instances in this fantastic movie where the character Harry Block (played by real life atheist Woody Allen) expresses his lack of belief, The greatest and most humorous of which is during a fight with his psychologist wife (played by Kristie Alley) after she finds out that he's been having an affair with one of her patients.

While Harry's wife angrily confronts him about the affair, she asks him if this was the only one. Harry responds in the affirmative, emphasizing the point with: "May god strike me down if I'm lying." When his wife furiously screams back, "You're an atheist, Harry!" Harry quips that "Hey, we're alone in the universe. You going to blame that on me too?"

Click here to see a clip of the scene mentioned above.

Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) Atheist
Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) Atheist

Temperance "Bones" Brennan

Played by Emily Deschanel in the TV series Bones

The character of "Bones" is a brilliant board-certified forensic anthropologist who works in the Medico-Legal lab at the fictional Jeffersonian Institute in Washington D.C. Like many film and TV scientists, she's portrayed as being extremely rational and logical to the point where it makes her have trouble fitting in with the outside world. Unsurprisingly it's this rationality which also leads her to be a doubter of religion and superstition. Throughout the series she can be seen repeatedly mocking and criticizing those less-than-rational beliefs of others.

Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig) Atheist
Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig) Atheist

Ruth Buggs

Played by Kristen Wiig in the 2011 film Paul

In the 2011 comedy film, Paul, Kristen Wiig plays an extreme Christian fundamentalist who, after arguing with Paul and his cohorts (atheists Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) about evolution, has her faith shattered after Paul shares with her his vast knowledge of the universe which excludes all possibility of her Christian teachings.

After discovering that she is no longer bound by the strict rules of her religion, Ruth becomes elated at the idea of being allowed to swear, have sex, and live her life without worry of being damned to Hell.

Allison Cameron, M.D (Jennifer Morrison) Atheist
Allison Cameron, M.D (Jennifer Morrison) Atheist

Allison Cameron, M.D

Played by actress Jennifer Morrison in the TV show House

While more respecting of others beliefs than her colleague and fellow atheist, Gregory House, Allison Cameron is also open in her atheistic views, as mentioned on several episodes of the TV show House.

Ben Cash

Played by Viggo Mortenson in the 2016 film, Captain Fantastic

Living out in the wilderness, away from society and its rules, Ben Cash and his family live life in their own unique way. One of those ways involves shedding away all of the silly holidays most people celebrate, such as Christmas; opting, instead, to celebrate Noam Chomsky Day. In one scene, found here, Ben's son questions his father about why they can't celebrate Christmas like everyone else. Ben's response is to refer to Christmas as the celebration of a "magical, fictitious elf".

REFERENCE: The scene occurs approximately 45 minutes into the 2016 film, Captain Fantastic.

Leslie Cash

Played by Trin Miller in the 2016 film, Captain Fantastic

While Leslie Cash herself is only briefly seen in the film, Captain Fantastic, and doesn't mention her beliefs in those scenes, her husband Ben briefly explains her beliefs later on in the film during a funeral scene. He says that she practiced Buddhism, which to her was a philosophy and "not an organized religion." He goes on to say:

"In fact, Leslie abhorred all organized religions. To her, they were the most dangerous fairy tales ever invented. Designed to illicit blind obedience and strike fear into the hearts of the innocent and the uninformed."

To find the full clip, check out my YouTube page here.

REFERENCE: The funeral scene in the 2016 film, Captain Fantastic

Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) Atheist
Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) Atheist

Piper Chapman

Played by Taylor Schilling on the Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black

A line from the show:

"I believe in science. I believe in evolution. I believe in Nate Silver, and Neil Degrasse Tyson, Christopher Hitchens -- although I do admit he could be kind of an asshole. I cannot get behind some kind of supreme being who weighs in on the Tony Awards while a million people get whacked with machetes. I don't believe a billion Indians are going to hell, I don't believe we get cancer to learn life lessons, and I don't believe people die young because god needs another angel. I think it's just bullshit and I think on some level we all know that. Don't you?"

Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths) Atheist
Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths) Atheist

Brenda Chenowith

Played by actress Rachel Griffiths in the TV series Six Feet Under

The groundbreaking HBO TV series, Six Feet Under, tackled many issues having to do with religion and human nature. The character Brenda Chenowith (played by real life atheist Rachel Griffiths) who was raised by two smarmy and condescending intellectuals, was a fascinating multidimensional character who was dangerously smart while at the same time severely flawed. She remained an open, outspoken atheist throughout the entirety of the series.

Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) Atheist
Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) Atheist

Sheldon Cooper

Played by actor Jim Parsons in the TV show The Big Bang Theory

Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the hit CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, is a brilliant theoretical physicist who has no patience for the illogical ideas or delusional thinking of those around him. While never explicitly classifying himself as an atheist in the show, he's been seen multiple times speaking of his doubts and denial of gods existence.

Evidence for this is seen in the following clip of Sheldon cursing the "deity whose existence I doubt!", among other clips.

Sheldon cursing the deity whose existence he doubts.

Sheldon arguing with his creationist mother over the validity of evolution.

Sheldon thanking Jesus before immediately clarifying his statement.

Detective Rustin Cohle

Played by Matthew McConaughey in the 2014 HBO series, True Detective

Rust is a complicated man with a very complicated past. With a brilliant mind and his true detective skills though, one thing that he's crystal clear about is that this is the only life we have. So we better live it.

"If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of sh*t. And I'd like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What's that say about your reality?" -- Rustin Cohle

Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley) Atheist
Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley) Atheist

Dr. Perry Cox

Played by John C. McGinley on the TV series Scrubs

The atheist Dr. Cox from the spectacular TV series Scrubs is a brilliant, quick witted doctor who just can't help but press everyone's buttons. In the following scenes from Scrubs, we watch as Dr. Cox repeatedly battles with a colleague over whether or not there is a reason why things happen.

Click here to watch Dr. Cox fight the good fight.

Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) Agnostic
Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) Agnostic

Donnie Darko

Played by Jake Gyllenhaal in the 2001 film Donnie Darko

When Donnie Darko tells his psychiatrist that he can't bring himself to believe in such a thing as a god, his psychiatrist explains to him: "Donnie, an atheist is someone who denies altogether the existence of God. You're an agnostic. An agnostic is someone who believes that there can be no proof of the existence of God, but does not deny the possibility that God exists."

Jerry Falk (Woody Allen) Atheist
Jerry Falk (Woody Allen) Atheist

David Dobel

Played by Woody Allen in the 2003 film Anything Else

Once again Woody Allen plays a character who is quite similar to himself, both in philosophy and in theocracy. He's states that he's an atheist in the following dialogue with his friend Jerry Faulk:

David Dobel: ...and the next thing I knew they made some crack about my religion which I found in poor taste.

Jerry Falk: Religion? You're an atheist!

David Dobel: Yes, I'm an atheist, but I resented the fact however obliquely that they implied that Auschwitz was basically just a theme park.

Click here to hear some of Dobel's Philosophy on life and religion.

Cesar Dominguez (Antonio Banderas) Atheist
Cesar Dominguez (Antonio Banderas) Atheist

Cesar Dominguez

Played by Antonio Banderas in the 1999 film Play It To The Bone

In response to the way his friend and boxing partner, Vince, is acting toward religion, Cesar says: "I am an atheist, thank God!"

Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) Atheist/Agnostic Inherit the Wind
Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) Atheist/Agnostic Inherit the Wind

Henry Drummond

Played by Spencer Tracy in the 1960 film Inherit the Wind

Referred to both as an atheist and an agnostic throughout the film, Spencer Tracy's character, Henry Drummond, from Inherit the Wind is based on real life agnostic, Clarence Darrow.

Mike Enslin

Played by John Cusack in the 2007 film, 1408

In the 2007 horror film, 1408, Mike Enslin is a skeptic who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences. If his career choice wasn't enough to hammer the point home, throughout the film Mike makes his non-believe in god and the supernatural abundantly clear. One such instance occurs when he tries to convince a hotel manager to give him the key to the hotels so-called "haunted room":

"Just give me the key! Listen, I stayed... at the Bixby House. I brushed my goddamn teeth right next to the tub where Sir David Smith drowned his whole family, and I stopped being afraid of vampires when I was 12. Do you know why I can stay in your spooky old room, Mr. Olin? Because I know that ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties... don't exist. And even if they did, there's no God to protect us from them, now is there?"

Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth (Billy West) Atheist
Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth (Billy West) Atheist

Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth

Played by voice actor Billy West in the television series Futurama

Strangely enough, Futurama's the best reference proving Professor Farnsworth's atheism is in a 2014 episode of The Simpsons where the two shows crossed over (not in the spiritual sense). In it, Farnsworth informs the gang to all pray to their respective deities. Farnsworth, however, informs them that he is an atheist. To emphasize this, he then drops to his knees and begins to pray to nothing.

REFERENCE: Season 26, Episode 06 of The Simpsons, "Simpsorama" (2014)

Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) Atheist
Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) Atheist

Clive Gollings

Played by actor Nick Frost in the 2011 film Paul

In the 2011 film, Paul most all of the protagonists are atheists. When Clive, played by real life atheist Nick Frost, is asked if he's a man of god, he answers that no, he's a man of science.

Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) Atheist
Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) Atheist

Dr. Norman Goodman

Played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1998 film Sphere

During a particularly harrowing moment, the character Harry asks Norman if he's a religious man. Norman immediately responds with "Atheist," then quickly follows it with "but I'm flexible."

Brian Griffin Atheist
Brian Griffin Atheist

Brian Griffin

TV Show - Family Guy

The smart, cultured, cynical, and often times drunk family dog, Brian, repeatedly acts as the voice of reason on the mega-hit Fox cartoon sitcom, Family Guy. Created and designed by self-proclaimed atheist and Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane (and voiced by MacFarlane in his own natural speaking voice) many take Brian to be the embodiment of the show creator himself.

Like MacFarlane, Brian is unashamed about his atheism and has many times expressed his atheistic views openly and frankly. One example can be seen in the following Family Guy clip where Brian explains how people got along for thousands of years without religion:

How people got along for thousands of years without religion.

Boris Grushenko

Played by Woody Allen in the 1975 film, Love and Death

Love and Death is a comedy written, directed, and staring Woody Allen in 1975. In it, he plays Boris. As usual with many of Woody Allen's character creations, Boris seems to be in an almost constant state of existential panic and questions god on several occasions within the film. One of the most memorable of those occasions is during a discussion with his friend Sonja (Diane Keaton) at about 7 minutes into the movie. During this scene, they have a somewhat heavy debate over whether or not god is real — Boris, of course, being the skeptic.

REFERENCE: Approximately 7 minutes into the 1975 film, "Love and Death"

Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) Atheist
Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) Atheist

Laine Hanson

Played by Joan Allen in the 2000 film The Contender

[closing remarks at Congressional confirmation hearing]
" ... And, Mr. Chairman, I stand for the separation of Church and State, and the reason that I stand for that is the same reason that I believe our forefathers did. It is not there to protect religion from the grasp of government but to protect our government from the grasp of religious fanaticism. Now, I may be an atheist, but that does not mean I do not go to church. I do go to church. The church I go to is the one that emancipated the slaves, that gave women the right to vote, that gave us every freedom that we hold dear. My church is this very Chapel of Democracy that we sit in together, and I do not need God to tell me what are my moral absolutes. I need my heart, my brain, and this church."

Click here to see the scene.

Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) Atheist
Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) Atheist

Maddie Hayes

Played by actress Cybill Shepherd in the TV series Moonlighting

In the unforgettable 1980's comedy-drama, Moonlighting, a lot of innovative ideas in television came into play. One of my personal favorites was the openly atheist, chic, smart character Maddie Hayes who voiced her views of reason and science over superstition, myth, and the irrational in the episode In God We Strongly Suspect. A clip of the scene can be found below.

Click here to watch Maddie proclaim her atheism.

REFERENCE: SEASON 02, EPISODE 13 OF MOONLIGHTING, "IN GOD WE STRONGLY SUSPECT"

E. K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly) Atheist
E. K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly) Atheist

E. K. Hornbeck

Played by Gene Kelly in the 1960 film, Inherit the Wind

Gene Kelly's Hornbeck character, from the 1960 film, Inherit the Wind, was never explicitly referred to as an atheist. However, it's strongly implied throughout the film that he would at least go by the label of agnostic. This is shown by his support of the agnostic attorney Henry Drummond and his regular mockery of the religious citizens of town.

Max Jerry Horovitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman) Atheist
Max Jerry Horovitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman) Atheist

Max Jerry Horovitz

Voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2009 film Mary and Max

In the 2009 claymation film, Mary and Max, Max mentions his atheism twice. He explains that he quit believing in god after reading many books that have "proven god is just a figment of my imagination." Max does, however, continue to wear his yamaka; as it keeps his brain warm.

House (Hugh Laurie) Atheist
House (Hugh Laurie) Atheist

Gregory House, M.D.

Played by actor Hugh Laurie in the TV series House

Scarily smart, quick, logical, evidence based, and always right (even when he's wrong), Gregory House (played by real life atheist, Hugh Laurie) is everyone's favorite curmudgeon misanthrope. And, just as most other educated men of science, he also happens to be a proud atheist.

While not always tactful, and rarely a delight to be around, he does get his point through. In the clip below we have a fine example of a frustrated House trying to explain why if religious people were rational there would be no religious people:

Click here to watch the clip.

Kurt Hummel (Chris Culfer) Atheist
Kurt Hummel (Chris Culfer) Atheist

Kurt Hummel

Played by Chris Colfer in the TV series Glee

Kurt Hummel, the breakthrough character of the mega-hit TV show, Glee, was an openly gay, openly atheist character. In the episode entitled "Grilled Cheesus," Kurt tells his father, "I don't believe in God, but I believe in you, dad." (paraphrasing) when his father is laying in a hospital bed after a heart attack. In the same episode, Kurt also explains Bertrand Russell's classic teapot analogy when conveying to his friends why he can't make the same leap of faith as they have.

Click here to watch the scene.

REFERENCE: Season 02, Episode 03 of Glee, "Grilled Cheesus"

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) Atheist
Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) Atheist

Patrick Jane

Played by actor Simon Baker in the TV show The Mentalist

The former fraudulent psychic medium, Patrick Jane, from the CBS crime drama The Mentalist, is yet another brilliant fictional character who scoffs at the ideas of religion and the supernatural. In the scene below, Jane has a conversation expressing how there is no afterlife nor is there any such thing as a real psychic.

Click here to watch Patrick Jane express his views on the supernatural.

REFERENCE: Season 01, Episode 01 of The Mentalist, "Pilot"

Jerry

Played by Woody Allen in the 2012 film, To Rome with Love

Here we've got yet another instance of Woody Allen explicitly stating that one of his characters is an atheist. This view of god bears no relevance to anything else within the story of To Rome with Love other than acting as a quick moment of comedy when Woody Allen's character, Jerry, is on an airplane experiencing turbulence. The scene occurs early in the film (at around the 5 minute mark) and his religious beliefs aren't mentioned again.

REFERENCE: 5 minutes (approx.) into the 2012 film, "To Rome with Love"

Meg Jones

Played by Mary Kay Place in the 1983 film, The Big Chill

"Maybe it's a sign from God that I should reconsider. Too bad I'm an atheist."

Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) Atheist
Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) Atheist

Jen Lindley

Played by Michelle Williams in the TV series Dawson's Creek

The character of Jen Lindley (played by Michelle Williams) classified herself as an atheist on the very first episode of Dawson's Creek. She reemphasized her disbelief in a deity during the series finale of the show, when writing a letter to her daughter.

REFERENCE: Season 01, Episode 01 of Dawson's Creek, "Pilot" and season 06, episode 24, "... Must come to an end"

Marcus

Played by Omar Epps in the 2000 film, Dracula 2000

In this cringe-inducing film from the year 2000, we see a newly made vampire named Marcus (played by Omar Epps) attacking a man. The man thrusts a crucifix toward the bloodsucker, giving Marcus ample opportunity to squeeze out the quick line "Sorry, sport. I'm an atheist."

Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez) Atheist
Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez) Atheist

Oscar Martinez

Played by actor Oscar Nunez in the TV show The Office

In the American version of the Ricky Gervais (atheist) created television show The Office, the character of Oscar Martinez is found to be an atheist when during the Pledge of Allegiance he omits the words "one nation under god." To see the scene, click below.

Click here to see the Pledge of Allegiance scene.

REFERENCE: Season 07, Episode 23 of The Office, "Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager" (2011)

Matthew (Michael Pitt) from The Dreamers is an atheist
Matthew (Michael Pitt) from The Dreamers is an atheist

Matthew

Played by actor Michael Pitt in the 2003 film, The Dreamers

"I don't believe in God, but if I did, he would be a black, left-handed guitarist."

Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) Atheist
Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) Atheist

Andy Millman

Played by Ricky Gervais in the TV series Extras

Ricky Gervais is rapidly becoming a powerful force in the movement against religion. From his thanking god for being an atheist statement at the Emmy's to his film and television roles where he playfully mocks the ridiculousness of religious myths on a regular basis. One of Gervais's greatest creations (along with the wildly famous series The Office) was the series Extras.

In the following scene from Extras we watch as Gervais's character, Andy, discusses why he is an atheist.

Click here to see the scene.

REFERENCE: Season 01, Episode 03 of Extras, "Kate Winslet"

Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) Atheist
Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) Atheist

Miles Monroe

Played by Woody Allen in the 1973 film Sleeper

"I'm what you would call a teleological, existential atheist. I believe that there's an intelligence to the universe, with the exception of certain parts of New Jersey."

Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) Atheist
Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) Atheist

Dexter Morgan

Played by Michael C. Hall in the TV series Dexter

Clearly not one of our proudest claims to fame, this beloved fictional skeptic is nevertheless another intensely rational (albeit misguided) popular figure on television. He lives by a moral code which pushes him to kill those he determines as evil while in the meantime posing as an average, well-respected non-sociopathic citizen of the community.

Daria Morgendorffer (Tracy Grandstaff) Atheist
Daria Morgendorffer (Tracy Grandstaff) Atheist

Daria Morgendorffer

Voiced by Tracy Grandstaff in the TV shows Daria and Beavis and Butthead

Daria is the epitome of the sarcastic, intellectual teenage loner of the 90's. She is shown to be an atheist in the episode Groped by an Angel when her sister Quinn comes to believe that a guardian angel is looking out for her. When bad things began to happen to Quinn, however, she grows depressed and unsure if there ever even was a guardian angel in the first place. At which point she turns to Daria for advice. In response to her sisters questions about whether or not we're alone in the world, Daria tells her she believes we're alone in this world and we should treat people how we wish to be treated.

REFERENCE: Season 04, Episode 11 of Daria, "Groped by an Angel"

The Monster

Played by Robert John Burke in the 2001 film No Such Thing

In 2001 this quirky little film was released about a curmudgeon, misanthropic monster who spends the majority of his time drinking vast amounts of alcohol and tearing whatever human he can find to shreds. Having been alive for millennia, he's seen the human species rise from the pond scum to become the most dominant species on earth. It makes him sick and he's grown tired of living to witness it — too bad he's indestructible, otherwise he would have killed himself already.

The Monster's lack of believe in god isn't mentioned too much within the film, other than one scene where he delivers a monologue in which he laments having to watch humans evolve into the controlling species on the planet. It occurs sometime at approximately one hour and sixteen minutes within the film. In it, he mentions that he knows of no god and then remarks, "Unless, of course, I am god. What difference would that make? I'd still be fucked."

REFERENCE: 1:16:00 (approx.) into the 2001 film "No Such Thing"

Sidney J. Munsinger (Woody Allen) Atheist
Sidney J. Munsinger (Woody Allen) Atheist

Sidney J. Munsinger

From the Amazon Studios original series Crisis in Six Scenes

In the fifth episode of Woody Allen's series Crisis in Six Scenes, Allen's character, Sidney J. Munsinger expresses fear that God is going to punish him and his wife for some shady dealings that they're involving themselves in. His wife quickly reminds Sidney that, "God's not going to punish you, you're an atheist." To which Sidney replies: "Yeah. But if I'm wrong, we're in big trouble."

REFERENCE: SEASON 01, EPISODE 05 OF CRISIS IN SIX SCENES

Gavin Nichols (Charlie Hunnam) Atheist
Gavin Nichols (Charlie Hunnam) Atheist

Gavin Nichols

Played by Charlie Hunnam in the 2011 film, The Ledge

The character of Gavin Nichols is openly (very openly) atheist throughout the entire film, The Ledge.

John Oldman (David Lee Smith) Atheist
John Oldman (David Lee Smith) Atheist

John Oldman

Played by David Lee Smith in the 2007 film The Man from Earth

While there are more overt aspects of this immortal (literally) character that could work well describe his reasons for not being a believer. This movie is too good to ruin it's surprises though, so let's try to use this spoiler-free quote from the film instead. When asked directly if he believed in god, Oldman replies:

"In the words of Laplace, I have no need for that hypothesis."

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Jon Osterman aka Doctor Manhattan

Played by Billy Crudup in the 2009 film, Watchmen

After his girlfriend comments that he is now like a god, Doctor Manhattan replies:

"I don't think there is a god. And if there is, I'm nothing like him."

Paul (Seth Rogen) Atheist
Paul (Seth Rogen) Atheist

Paul (the alien)

Voiced by actor Seth Rogen in the 2011 film Paul

The alien Paul in the 2011 film of the same name is shown to be repeatedly antagonistic toward ideas of Christianity and other religions, as well as ideas of creationism. After hearing a creationist (Kristen Wiig) go on about how she believes evolution to be a myth, Paul becomes frustrated and shatters her faith by telepathically sharing with her his vast knowledge of the universe, which excludes all her religious beliefs.

Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs) Atheist
Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs) Atheist

Britta Perry

Played by actress Gillian Jacobs in the TV show Community

The character of Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs) in the NBC television series, Community has openly stated that she is an atheist.

REFERENCE: SEASON 01, EPISODE 12 OF COMMUNITY, "COMPARATIVE RELIGION"

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Played by Patrick Steward in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation

Jean-Luc is never specifically called an atheist or an agnostic with in the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, in the episode "Who Watches the Watchers" he does imply a particular disdain toward religion and superstition.

This occurs when inhabitants of a usually rational planet suddenly mistakes Jean-Luc for a god. When Jean-Luc is asked to go to the planet and pretend to be the god they think he is, he replies:

"Your report describes how rational these people are. Millennia ago they abandoned their belief in the supernatural. Now you are asking me to sabotage that achievement? To send them back into the dark ages of superstition, and ignorance and fear! No!"

Make of that what you will.

REFERENCE: Season 03, Episode 04 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Who Watches the Watchers" (1989)

Alice Pieszecki

Played by Leisha Hailey in the Showtime original series, The L Word

In first episode of season 3 of the Showtime original series, The L Word, Alice Pieszecki mentions that she doesn't believe in god when explaining why she's a Angelica's "Earth Mother" instead of her godmother.

REFERENCE: Season 03, episode 01 of the Showtime series 'The L Word'. Episode entitled: 'Labia Majora'.

Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) Atheist
Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) Atheist

Daniel Plainview

Played by Daniel Day-Lewis in the 2007 film There Will Be Blood

Plainview may not be the most likable guy to ever to hit the big screen, but there's not denying that he's one smart and savvy character. At the end of There Will Be Blood he has one last success when he uses money to goad his bible-thumping nemesis into admitting that he is a false prophet and that god is nothing more than a superstition.

Click here to see the scene (beware, there be spoilers).

Elle Reid

Played by Lily Tomlin in the 2015 film, Grandma

"I don't believe in an eventual god. When you're dead, you're dead. It's blackness, the end of story, void. Get used to it."

Aron Retzinky (Mats Bergman) Atheist
Aron Retzinky (Mats Bergman) Atheist

Aron Retzinsky

Played by Mats Bergman in the 1982 film Fanny and Alexander

During the 5+ hour version of the Ingmar Bergman film, Fanny and Alexander, the character of Aron Retzinsky admits to being an atheist at approximately 51 minutes into the movies final act, after having a conversation with Alexander about god and the supernatural.

Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) Atheist
Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) Atheist

Malcolm Reynolds

Played by the actor Nathan Fillion in the TV series Firefly and the film Serenity

Malcolm Reynolds is a character on the television show Firefly (created by the openly atheist Joss Whedon). Reynolds became an atheist after a particular devastating experiences in his life opened his eyes to the fact that there is no divine power behind it all. At least, this is one interpretation. Many argue that Malcolm in fact believes in a higher power yet is angry at Him. You can be the judge on this one.

REFERENCE: Season 01, Episode 01 of Firefly, "The Train Job"

Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau)
Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau)

Judah Rosenthal

Played by Martin Landau in the 1989 film Crimes and Misdemeanors

SPOILERS

Woody Allen films continue to hold the number one spot for most openly atheist characters. In this wonderful, dark film Martin Landau plays Judah Rosenthal, a man who reluctantly involves himself in the murder of his mistress. Throughout the film, Rosenthal, an atheist, is plagued by guilt and while going through the motions he turns back to god for a short time. Yet, by the end of the film, he becomes content with his life again as it was before.

Click here to see the final scene of Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Peter Russo

Played by Corey Stoll in the Netflix original series, House of Cards

While sitting in a diner with Doug, a recently sober Peter Russo states that he doesn't believe in any kind of higher power like the other folks in his AA meetings speak of.

REFERENCE: The seventh episode of the first season of the US version of 'House of Cards', entitled 'Chapter 7'

Mickey Sachs (Woody Allen) Atheist
Mickey Sachs (Woody Allen) Atheist

Mickey Sachs

Played by Woody Allen in the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters

After a health scare, Mickey (Woody Allen) has an existential crisis when he realizes that death is inevitable. To sooth his worries he begins seeking different religious faiths in a search for life's meaning only to come up empty-handed, until seeing the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup.

Click here to watch Mickey come to terms with life in a godless world.

Rick Sanchez
Rick Sanchez

Rick Sanchez

Played by Justin Roiland in the animated television series, Rick and Morty

In Rick and Morty, the titular character of Rick Sanchez has mentioned his disbelief in god in the very first episode of the season, when telling his granddaughter that "There is no god, Summer. You gotta rip that band-aid off now. You'll thank me later."

In the season 2 premiere episode, Rick once again voices his disbelief in god after a near-death experience.

REFERENCE: Season 01, Episode 01, of Rick and Morty, "Pilot" and Season 02, Episode 01, "A Rickle In Time"

Manny Singer (Ray Liotta) Atheist
Manny Singer (Ray Liotta) Atheist

Manny Singer

Played by actor Ray Liotta in the 1994 film Corrina, Corrina

After Manny Singer's (Ray Liotta) wife dies, leaving him the sole supporter of his child, he hires Corrina (Whoopi Goldberg) as his maid. In one scene when Manny catches Corrina telling his daughter that his mother went to heaven with the angels, Manny pulls Corrina aside and politely requests that, although Corrina is free to believe in what she wants, Manny and his wife were both atheists and he didn't want Corrina teaching his daughter those superstitions.

Click here to watch the scene.

Spock (Leonard Nemoy) Atheist
Spock (Leonard Nemoy) Atheist

Spock (and most of Star Trek in general)

Played by actor Leonard Nimoy on the Star Trek TV series and films

It's is widely believed that much of the Star Trek franchise is atheistic without it ever actually being said aloud. This is due to many reasons, such as the shows many implications that religious belief can be dangerous to societies and the continuous examples of Clarke's Third Law in action (that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic). Furthermore, the shows creator, Gene Roddenberry, regarded himself as an "agnostic atheist," and subsequently banned any religious references from the show. I only list Spock here as he is the most logical thinking of Star Trek characters, and relies primarily on rationality and evidence based beliefs, but there are many moments where many characters (in all of Star Trek's incarnations) show signs of atheism and/or agnosticism.

Nevertheless, since his atheism or agnosticism is not specifically mentioned on the shows or films, it's acceptable if one chooses to remain a bit skeptical about this assertion. Although that would not be logical.

Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner) Atheist
Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner) Atheist

Michael Stivic

Played by actor/director Rob Reiner in the TV show All In The Family

The ultra-liberal Michael Stivic (Meat Head) was always the perfect counterbalance to the conservative, god-fearing Archie Bunker. From politics to religion, he'd always have an opinion that would drive Arch nuts. So, of course, his atheism and choice to let his child chose its own religion was one which the two locked horns on. To see the clip of this discussion click below.

Click here to watch the scene.

REFERENCE: Season 06, Episode 11 of All In the Family, "The Little Atheist"

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Martin Sixsmith

Played by Steve Coogan in the 2013 film Philomena

Martin Sixsmith's atheism is referenced many times throughout the film Philomena. One of the more direct quotes include:

"I don't believe in God, and I think He knows."

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Troll Hunters, Hans, Thomas, and Johanna

Among the many benefits of atheism, is that it just so happens to be one of the key ways of avoiding being decimated by the many gigantic trolls that are secretly roaming the earth.

As it turns out, trolls can smell the blood of a Christian. With that in mind, before troll hunter extraordinaire, Hans, decided to allow a documentary film crew to follow him around during his adventures, he made sure to question each member of the group as to whether or not they believe in either God or Jesus. Laughing at the absurdity of such a notion, all three in the crew initially said no. In the end, however, we learn that one was lying. The other two, Thomas and Johanna, were just as faithless as Hans though. So they join him on our list.

Tara Thornton

Played by Rutina Wesley in the HBO television series, True Blood

Throughout the run of True Blood, the character of Tara Thornton has seen spirits, witches, vampires, and a whole bubbling stew full of other instances of the supernatural occur. Somehow, however, she still managed to remain an atheist. Good for her, I say. One example (out of several) of her mentioning her beliefs occur about 5 minutes into the 7th episode of season 4, entitled Cold Grey Light of Dawn, when Sookie Stackhouse asks Tara if she believes her grandma is in heaven. Tara's response is as follows:

"Well, I've always considered myself to be an atheist. But if heaven does exists, I'm pretty sure Adele Stackhouse would be elected president."

REFERENCE: Season 04, Episode 07 of True Blood, "Cold Grey Light of Dawn"

White (Tommy Lee Jones) Atheist
White (Tommy Lee Jones) Atheist

White

Played by actor Tommy Lee Jones in the 2011 film The Sunset Limited

Atheist, "White" (Tommy Lee Jones), has a long existential argument with the devoutly religious "Black" (Samuel L. Jackson) in the 2011 made for TV film, The Sunset Limited.

Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) Atheist
Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) Atheist

Graeme Willy

Played by actor Simon Pegg in the 2011 film Paul

In the 2011 film, Paul most all of the protagonists are atheists. When Graeme, played by real life atheist Simon Pegg, is asked if he's a man of god, he answers that no, he's a man of science.

Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) Agnostic
Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) Agnostic

Jeff Winger

Played by Joel McHale in the TV series Community

Joel McHale's character Jeff Winger in the NBC television series, Community has stated that he's an agnostic. You can see a short clip of the scene below.

Click here see Jeff proclaim his agnosticism.

Reference: Season 01, Episode 12 of Community, "Comparative Religion"

Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) Atheist
Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) Atheist

Cristina Yang

Played by actress Sandra Oh in the TV show Grey's Anatomy

In the hit medical drama, Grey's Anatomy, Sandra Oh plays a doctor who is culturally Jewish but is an atheist in her religious beliefs. She has a passion for science and has little patience with superstitious ideas pertaining to the supernatural.

Reference: Season 2, Episode 12 of Grey's Anatomy, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"

Boris Yelnikoff (Larry David) Atheist
Boris Yelnikoff (Larry David) Atheist

Boris Yelnikoff

Played by Larry David in 2009's Whatever Works

Portrayed by real-life atheist, Larry David, in a film written and directed by real-life atheist, Woody Allen, the character of Boris Yelnikoff is cynical, narcissistic, misanthropic, and has the unfiltered tendency to tell things how he sees them. But even he will admit that if someone wants to delude themselves (no matter how frustrating it may be to the outsider watching) people should do whatever makes them happy. Whatever works.

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      The Gutter Monkey 3 weeks ago

      @ Clive La Pensee

      Hi, Clive. Thanks for the compliment! And if you're genuinely running into many people telling you that there are few atheist scientists or great thinkers, it sounds to me that those people aren't very aware of many post-1800's thinkers.

      Before Darwin came along, there wasn't exactly a good explanation to where the heck all these humans and animals came from. Unsurprisingly, the go-to answer was usually: "There must've been a great creator(s)!" There were atheists and agnostics in these times, of course — although the word "agnostic" wasn't coined until after Darwin's discovery (perhaps because the word "atheist" sounded too taboo and many associated it with a belief — that there IS no god — rather than a lack of belief — ie "I have no convincing reason to currently have that belief") — but it was really post-Darwin when MOST scientists began doing away with beliefs in all powerful beings as their deus ex machina for existence.

      A few familiar names include:

      • Albert Einstein - Many like to use Einsteins figures-of-speech quotes, such as "God does not play dice", as "evidence" for his beliefs (people always like to claim Einstein, for obvious reasons). But, in reality, he was a scientist like most others of his time: He didn't believe anything until he was given good, empirical evidence to do so. Here's a quote from him a year or so before his death (published in “Albert Einstein: The Human Side” in 1981):

      'It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.'

      • Charles Darwin himself - Darwin didn't only de-theist generations to follow, he even de-theisted (I'm just making up words now) himself! Like many, however, he preferred the newly coined term "agnostic" over "atheist" (for the above mentioned reasons).

      • Carl Sagan - Sagan wasn't just a TV personality, but also a well respected scientist in his field. He spent a large part of the later part of his life fighting against superstitious and supernatural beliefs, including religion. For more on this I'd recommend his book "The Demon Haunted World" which covers the topic thoroughly.

      • Stephen Hawking - These days you really can't shut the guy up when it comes to his atheistic views. There was a time when, like Einstein, the religious were trying to cherry pick Hawking's figure-of-speech quotes that reference a god in order to lump him into their camp as well. Luckily, Hawking survives today and appears to have no qualms about straightening out that misunderstanding.

      Then there's the go-to famous scientists of today, such as biologist Richard Dawkins, neuroscientist Sam Harris, the late writer Christopher Hitchens, physicist Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Before anyone jumps in over Tyson, by the way, it should be remembered that while he doesn't like giving himself labels (he's stated that if he were FORCED to, then he'd go for "agnostic"), the bottom line is that — like Einstein — he does not believe in a god, afterlife, or the supernatural. Like a couple of others here, he sees a social taboo in the word "atheist" and avoids the term due to this. Nevertheless, his views are completely in line with that of most, including myself, who do label themselves as atheist (to hear him go somewhat deeper into the subject, I'd recommend listening to his conversation with Sam Harris on Harris' free "Waking Up With Sam Harris" podcast, episode titled "#37: Thinking In Public", which can be found on YouTube among other places).

      There's also plenty of polls available (you can find them online or, if you're feeling lazy ;), I'll happily hunt them down and post them here) which reveal that the majority of scientists don't have beliefs in a personal god and also studies that show as IQ goes up, a persons religiosity usually goes down. This isn't to suppose, by the way, that atheists are somehow genetically predisposed to being more intelligent than theists (far from it) or that there are no brilliant theists out there (there certainly are). The basic idea of science, however, is to not believe ANYTHING until you have good evidence and logical reasons that leads you to that conclusion. As Laplace said when Napoleon asked why his book on the universe made no mention of a god: "I had no need of that hypothesis."

      Anywho. The point is: Don't let anyone tell you that there aren't many great minds who are non-believers. If someone starts listing off barrage of pre-Darwin theists, try to contextualize the time period for them by reminding them of what other silly beliefs that even the most intelligent people easily accepted during those times (I'm lookin' at you, Newton! Ya wacky genius, you!).

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      Clive La Pensee 6 weeks ago from East Yorkshire - UK

      Great piece of research. I shall favourite this URL on my computer, for when I need ammunition. Many say there are few atheist scientists or great thinkers - Bertrand Russel apart. Is this true?

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      The Gutter Monkey 9 months ago

      Hey, Chris. Thanks for the recommendations. I'll look into them pronto. If they're legit I'll have them on the list within the week.

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      The Gutter Monkey 9 months ago

      UPDATE (again):

      • Max Jerry Horovitz from the film Mary and Max (2009)

      • E. K. Hornbeck from the film Inherit the Wind (1960)

      • Rick from the animated television series, Rick and Morty.

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      Chris 9 months ago

      A great list. I would add George C. Scott as Det. Kinderman in Exorcist 3 and Corben Bernsen as Roger Dorn in Major League.

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      The Gutter Monkey 9 months ago

      UPDATE:

      Recently added atheists characters include -

      • Elle Reid (played by Lily Tomlin) from the 2015 film, Grandma.

      • Mike Enslin (played by John Cusack) from the 2007 horror film, 1408.

      • Matthew (played by Michael Pitt) from the 2003 film, The Dreamers.

      • Troll Hunters, Hans, Thomas, and Johanna (played by Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, and Johanna Mørck) from the 2010 film, Trollhunter.

      • Tara Thornton (played by Rutina Wesley) from the HBO television series, True Blood.

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      The Gutter Monkey 9 months ago

      @ AudieLaPier

      Hi, thanks for reading. And thanks for helping to spread the "good word" about the existence our atheist characters!

      Live long and prosper.

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      The Gutter Monkey 2 years ago

      @ Venkatachari M

      Thanks a bunch Venka...Vankatch... err... I have no idea how to pronounce your name.

      *Ahem!*

      Anywhosers! This American cliché thanks you. ;)

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting hub on atheist characters. You have listed so many characters, most of which I do not know till now.

      Thanks for the share. Voted up.

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      The Gutter Monkey 2 years ago

      @ CatherineGiordano

      Thanks Catherine! And no, religion isn't spoken about very often on the show, but on rare occasions we do get some atheist-friendly nuggets. As for this list, the example I mostly focused on was from this scene where Sheldon curses a deity whose existence he doubts:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoXDR1YPTo0

      There's also been moments where he's gone on rants about how Isaac Newton is more "Christmasy" than Jesus and several instances of him battling it out with his creationist mother. But, in general, The Big Bang Theory is a really lighthearted sitcom, so I'd doubt they'd dare alienate the religious audience too much. Happily, though, they threw just enough in there to help contribute to this list! Haha

      Anywho, thanks again!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      The Big Bang Theory is a huge hit. I watch it sometimes, but I can't recall much discussion about religion (or any, but I haven't seen every show). Vted up +++ and H+

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      The Gutter Monkey 2 years ago

      @ CatherineGiordano

      Agreed, Catherine. Luckily, though, it seems like atheism is becoming more and more of a norm in today's culture (America's, that is) with each new day. What that's the result of, it's difficult to tell. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that the internet — with it's giant accumulation of easily accessible answers to every conceivable inquiry — probably has something to do with it.

      TV and film have their place too! Like you mentioned with gays and "Will and Grace", all it really takes is a bit of humanizing of atheists in order to make people see them as normal people instead of something on par to evil, immoral beings (as one popular 2011 study found, atheists were often just as untrusted as rapists!). Hopefully seeing that some of our favorite celebrities, characters, and historic figures were atheist, could help as many of us "come out of the closet" as "Will and Grace" did for gays.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      We need to see more atheist characters portrayed favorably in movies and on TV. Some say gays gained acceptance, in part, due to the RV show "Will and Grace." People need to see that atheists are their neighbors and co-workers and their heroes and maybe attitudes will change.

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      budiarta09 Twitter 2 years ago

      Thank you for share its great characters

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      drbirdie 2 years ago

      Arthur P. Dietrich (played by Steve Landesberg) from Barney Miller DEFINITELY belongs on here!!

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      alienbritt 3 years ago

      Otis Driftwood from The Devil's Rejects is a good one to add to this list!

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Interesting lens, well done! I`m not an atheist, but don`t judge anyone believes and this was a very pleasant reading.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      'Inherit the Wind' is a great film and even more engaging for being based on real events. Very comprehensive lens - for atheists, agnostics, and believers alike. (I'm in the middle group).

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      I once had a coworker who had a high opinion of me until he found out I didn't share his religious beliefs; then he told me he wouldn't want me anywhere near his children. Ya live and learn.

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      The Gutter Monkey 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Haha if I could find a good quote by Shag or Scoob having directly to do with their skepticism, believe you me I'd add it. But, alas, I've found nothing. Zoinks!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 4 years ago from Ozun

      well i am not atheist, but i am skeptic, i would like less influence od the religion in my country, and do not put me on that list...(lol)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great list :) one request i could have would be (some) characters from the 'Scooby Doo' cartoons. It never really states atheism or religious/spiritual beliefs (exception would be shaggy being a hippy and possibly scooby) but this is one of the best cartoons in the field of scepticsm, it should deserve some recognition i'd say.

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      neoglitch17 4 years ago

      This list is really well put together... but there is something I can't understand: Jesus and Yahweh, with superpowers and everything, appear in the Family Guy universe and even interact with the family. How come Brian still doesn't believe in them?? WTF??

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      HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

      Very much interesting lens, I like your Atheist Characters list. Thanks

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Incredibly (actually very credibly) well done lens. It may be oxymoronic but you've now got a blessed atheistic lens that is featured on my tribute page to some of the best lenses I've found since graduating flight school on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo."

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      The Gutter Monkey 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thatâs a mighty large paragraph you threw down there, fella. I believe Iâll just number my responses point by point:

      1.) Whether or not YOUR interpretation of a 'true Christian' is someone who isnât going to force their beliefs on anyone is irrelevant; because many other people who are influenced by the very same religion/bible as you interpret a 'true Christian' differently than you. And those people ARE trying to force their beliefs on everyone by trying to pass religiously motivated laws which affect everyone. Furthermore, itâs not only Christians that are the problem with this, all religions are.

      2.) Iâm always baffled by religious people who think that atheists should just kill themselves, citing the question 'Whatâs the point without life after death?' Sheesh. The fact that we donât believe in life after death is precisely WHY we donât kill ourselves. This one life is all we have! Weâre not going to waste it. If anyone should be fine with killing themselves, it should be the religious who think they have something to look forward to afterwards. Knowing this is the only life we have makes it that much more of a precious thing.

      3.) An atheist chooses to live life, progress, and be a kind person because thatâs what people have always done throughout history (way before Christianity ever existed). Without kindness and altruism, our species would never survive, weâd always be destroying one another, looking over our shoulders, not trusting anyone, not being trusted, it would be (excuse the word choice) Hell! Why anyone would think that just because we donât believe in god then we should be without regard for goodness toward others and our society is ludicrous. What possible benefit would it be for us to suddenly start killing people, robbing them, raping them, etc.? How could we live comfortable in a happy society if we actually did these things? I donât know about you, but Iâd rather fit in with the world instead of ostracize myself from it. When I treat others as Iâd want to be treated, thereâs more in it for me (and society) in the long run. And thatâs probably how you are too (Iâd shudder to think that the only thing keeping you from going on a killing and raping spree was your fear of gods backlash).

      4.) Because many atheists refuse to believe anything beyond whatâs known in science doesnât mean that weâre incapable of accepting that anything is possible. We believe whatâs learned through science because those are the only things thereâs yet been evidence for. Why would we believe in anything without evidence? Show us a giant sandal clad foot fall from the clouds followed by a booming voice bellowing out 'Alright, guys! I know Iâm late, but Iâm finally back to brisk all yâall believers back to heaven with me,' and Iâll believe in god.

      Being an atheist is about not believing in something, itâs not about believing in a thing called Nothingness (in fact, thereâs never even been evidence in science that Nothing even exists⦠even space is something!). Weâre a far cry from the arrogant people you make us out to be. And, in fact, itâs the religious who presume to know something for certain (completely without evidence). Atheists only presume to know whatâs knowable (such as virgin births and a zombie Jesus being a biological impossibility) and we accept that weâre in the dark about everything else. While you think you already have the answer to everything, weâre the ones who are still on the hunt, being open to the evidence we find because we're not trying to squeeze it in to an already assumed belief.

      5.) As for cheerfully making a webpage about atheism, I do it because atheists are a repressed minority. Many atheists are terrified of telling anyone about their non-belief because their family and friends have a bad habit of sharing your kind of attitude (presuming that atheists have no reason to be good). Atheists canât even get elected into office if they profess their atheism publicly (or even their agnosticism, which is just âatheism until/if I decide to change my mindâ) because the majority of voters are Christian. And did you know that a 2011 study by psychologists at the University of British Columbia and the University of Oregon found that atheists are among the most distrusted people in society? Equal only to rapists (yes, rapists). All because of ignorant, religiously motivated views on morality such as yours.

      But is majority opinion actually analogous to the correct opinion? Certainly not. Go back in time and ask black people and women from past eras (they, too, were a minority who had to get up and start SCREAMING to be heard). In fact, the majority of scientists (probably the most educated people in the world) donât believe in a god. And itâs also been suggested through dozens (probably more) of studies that those who become more educated tend to lose their faith in god. This is not to suggests that all atheists are geniuses or that no religious people are brilliant, but if youâre going to suggest that majority opinion that religion is true implies that this view is also true, then at least look at the fact that the majority of the world isnât the most educated of the bunch. (Itâs not surprising that some of the most religious people in the USA are those who live in poverty stricken areas where a good education is a rarity.)

      No one minds for you to believe what you want to, but atheists will be heard and weâre not going to shut up until weâre acknowledged. If you don't like it, I'm sorry. But that's just how it is -- we're here to stay.

      https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/NewAtheis

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ...What one believes is their choice and, contrary to what atheists think, a true Christian would never try to force them to believe anything. That being said (typed), I guess I just will never understand the atheist, because if you truly believe in nothing...no Creator, no life after death, then how depressingly hopeless life is. Atheist can talk all they want about living for the moment, but even a moment, without being accompanied by hope, is just a bunch of matter and chemicals reacting. Further, it's beyond my comprehension that an atheist would even bother to create a site like this, much less be cheerful about their atheism. If I were an atheist...a true atheist, I would probably just end it all, as we would just be a bunch of physical matter...acting and reacting to things, believing in right and wrong but not being able to attribute it to anything other than an evolved point of view (which means there is no intrinsic right or wrong, no matter what evolution did or what the majority thinks) and would be existing not to better ourselves or humanity (none of which matters if it all ends up dust, anyway)...but just to please our physical senses. Atheists can claim to love and care..sometimes more than Christians or believers. But to what end, if, in the end, there is no accountability, and whether you do good or bad really doesn't matter...since we all die and exist no more. Well, the clock's ticking. We'll all find out, for sure, sooner or later. But why anyone would embrace atheism, is beyond me. Atheists often claim that believers believe in fairy taes and, therefore, are kind of part of that fabled "flat Earth society". And yet, these same people refuse to admit or acknowledge that anything exists outside of science, the material world and their own limited senses. That's kind of a "flat Earth" way of thinking, to me. I just read that Alan Alda is a non-believer (not necessarily an atheist). But see, if you "truly" believe we all just go out of existence at death, why do people like Alda (via his old TV show) preach peace, non violence and really, anything good? Follow the logic, here. In the atheist world, does it matter if you're good or bad? If so, why? Oh, sure...maybe some needless suffering will go on if you are bad. But, does it matter? Why? There's no ultimate accountability, so nothing truly matters, unless you are kidding yourself. No...there is simply no logic in atheism, and it's existence is really a matter of rebellion and evil. But then, if you're an atheist, evil doesn't exist. Only unevolved behavior. The clock's ticking, people. Don't blow it all on pride.

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      dordsen 5 years ago

      Interesting, I've learned that there are more atheist characters on tv and film. Thanks to this lens. passive, lapel, male dog names

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dangerous Dan the daredevil once said: "Whatever you're scared of - you have to inter connect with it and become pals with it. Pals"

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens - very well researched and presented. Ironically, Angel Blessed!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Freedom of religion includes the freedom to NOT believe too. Anything else does not make sense.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm an atheist. Didn't realize there were so many atheist characters on TV and in film. Interesting lens.

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      ernieplotter 5 years ago

      hahahahaha love your lens!!!! and love Bryan! very original lens indeed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very impressive reviews!

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