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List of Fictitious Atheists and Agnostics

The following is a list of fictional atheists and agnostics limited to notable characters who have, either through self-admission within canon works or through admission of the character creator(s), been associated with a disbelief in a supreme deity or follow an agnostic approach toward religious matters.


Name Book Author Notes Refs
Holden Caulfield The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger The 17-year-old protagonist of author J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. He is universally recognized for his resistance to growing older and desire to protect childhood innocence. Since the book's 1951 publication, Holden has become an icon for teenage rebellion and angst, and now stands among the most important characters of 20th-century American literature. The name Holden Caulfield, as shown below, was used in an unpublished short story written in 1942 and first appeared in print in 1945.
Meursault The Stranger Albert Camus An Algerian ("a citizen of France domiciled in North Africa, a man of the Mediterranean, an homme du midi yet one who hardly partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture") who seemingly irrationally kills an Arab man whom he recognizes in French Algiers. The story is divided into two parts: Meursault's first-person narrative view before and after the murder, respectively.
Mothwing Warrior Cats Erin Hunter Mothwing lacked belief in StarClan ever since her brother, Hawkfrost, admitted to faking the sign which led to her becoming a medicine cat. She usually hides her lack of faith, believing that the Clans would not stand for a medicine cat who did not believe in StarClan (as communing with StarClan is normally a large part of a medicine cat's duties).
Brady Hartsfield Mr. Mercedes Stephen King An American 30-year-old serial mass murderer. Stopped believing in a god after the awful events involving his little brother, Frankie.
Howard Roark The Fountainhead Ayn Rand An architect born in 1900, Roark is a model of artistic integrity, doing things in the way he thinks is right rather than in the conventional way. He is oblivious to social norms and pressures.
Taryn Strayer White Nights, Black Paradise Sikivu Hutchinson An African American woman non-believer and fictional member of the San Francisco-based Peoples Temple church at the center of the Jonestown, Guyana massacre tragedy


Name Debut Creator(s) Notes
Anarky Detective Comics No.608(Nov. 1989) Alan GrantNorm Breyfogle A.k.a. Lonnie Machin, an ambiguous superhero/villain in publications of DC Comics.[1]
Batman (Bruce Wayne) In Batman #53, Bruce Wayne states that he no longer believes in a deity.[2]
Beta Ray Bill An alien superhero from Marvel Comics, who believes that if something even dwells in the heavens, it is pointless to worship that "something".[3]
Booster Gold A.k.a. Michael Jon Carter, a superhero in publications from DC Comics.[4]
Dr. Manhattan From the graphic novel and Watchmen,[5] who thinks that God doesn't exist, has also said that he is nothing like God.
Johnny C Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Jhonen Vasquez Serial killer in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.[6]
Maggie Greene The Walking Dead Issue 10(July 2004) Robert Kirkman A character who founded in The Walking Dead
Iron Man A.k.a. Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark, a superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe.[7]
Eugene Porter The Walking Dead Issue 53(October 10, 2008) Robert Kirkman A character in The Walking Dead
Rorsach In the graphic novel Watchmen, this character says that they "Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever, and we are alone"
Hank Pym A.k.a. "Ant Man", a Marvel Comics character who founded in The Avengers[8]
Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) Peter David, Rick Leonardi Miguel O'Hara doesn't believe in God, but still calls on him.[]
Mister Terrific A.k.a. Michael Holt, a superhero in the DC Comics Universe.[9]
Savage Dragon Superhero who stars in his eponymous series from Image Comics.[10]
Starman (Ted Knight) Superhero from DC Comics and member of the JSA.[11]
Colossus/Piotr Rasputin Len Wein, Dave Cockrum Member of the X-Men, originating from Communist Russia, hence his atheism.

Video games

Name Game Notes Refs
Ted Strayer Fallout 3 A non-player character living in Rivet City. When Rev. Clifford tries to convince Strayer to believe in God, he responds that there is "no way in hell". []
Andrew Ryan BioShock Half Antagonist in BioShock, created the underwater city of Rapture as a refuge from a world consumed by government, altruism and religion. "I believe in no God, no invisible man in the sky." [12]
Sibrand Assassin's Creed In his last words to Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad after the latter dealt with the Teutonic knight with his Hidden Blade and said that he would be safe in the arms of God soon enough, Sibrand replied that there was nothing waiting for him in the end, not even God or the afterlife, that they did not even exist and that it was the one thing what he feared most. [13]
Rodrigo Borgia Assassin's Creed II During his duel with Ezio Auditore da Firenze at the Vatican Vault, after failing to activate the Vault door because he did not have any First Civilization DNA in him, Rodrigo told to Ezio in the middle of the duel that he looked for God in the vault, shocking Ezio, which led to the latter to ask whether God was really in the Vault. Rodrigo replied that God being in the Vatican vault was a more logical answer and far more interesting than God being in the sky with angels singing cherubim all around. Ezio then asked what God would do once Rodrigo entered the vault. Rodrigo replied he was only after power, which Ezio asked whether God would give it up easily. Rodrigo then told that whatever lay beyond the Vault wall would not be able to resist the Staff and Apple and that they were made for felling gods. Ezio, being already a believer, replied that God was omniscient and omnipotent, and that mere artifacts could not harm Him, to which Rodrigo falsely accused Ezio that he took up the image of God from other men. Ezio was shocked to learn of Rodrigo's atheism and rejection of the Bible, despite his papacy. Rodrigo then scoffed that Ezio was still too naive. Rodrigo then replied: "I became Pope because it gave me ACCESS. It gave me POWER. Do you think I believe a single god-damned word of that ridiculous book? It's all lies and superstition. Just like every OTHER religious tract written over the past ten thousand years." [14]
Al Mualim Assassin's Creed (2007 video game) During his final fight with Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad in Masyaf and brief talks about the Apple of Eden while the latter was bound by the Apple's powers, Al Mualim confirmed that Altaïr was immune to the effects of the Pieces of Eden, to which Altaïr asked what illusion it was. Al Mualim said: "That's all it's ever done, this Templar treasure, this Piece of Eden, this word of God. Do you understand now? The Red Sea was never parted, water never turned to wine. It was not the machinations of Eris that spawned the Trojan War, but this! Illusions, all of them!" Altaïr argued that what Al Mualim had planned was no less than an illusion, to force men to work for him against their will. Al Mualim then denies the existence of any God whatsoever, by saying: "Is it any less real than the phantoms the Saracens and Crusaders follow now? Those craven Gods, who retreat from this world that men might slaughter one another in their names? They live amongst an illusion already. I'm simply giving them another, one that demands less blood." Altaïr then said that they were safer choosing these "phantoms", confirming that it was better to believe in some higher entity than believing in nothing at all. Al Mualim was disappointed, claiming that logic had left Altaïr's mind and was replaced with emotion. Still unconvinced, Altaïr was released from being bound to the Apple's power, after which he swiftly defeated Al Mualim in combat with some difficulty, finally ending his Mentor's life by plunging his Hidden Blade into his throat. During Al Mualim's final moments, he tells Altaïr to take the Apple, to which Altaïr replied to his Mentor that he held fire in his hand, which should have been destroyed. Al Mualim was not convinced even then, believing that the Apple could end the Crusades and create true peace and that he would never destroy it. Altaïr then promised him that he would destroy it, with the latter dying after challenging his student to truly destroy it. [15]
Mario Auditore Assassin's Creed II When speaking of the Auditore Villa Pastor to Ezio, Mario says "The prete (priest) seems a nice enough fellow, but I've never been much of a believer.". [16]
Arno Dorian Assassin's Creed Unity By the end of the game, Arno described the Creed in strongly atheistic terms and claims that there exists no higher power to judge humanity nor does a supreme being watch over humanity or punishes them for their sins, and that only humanity itself can guard itself against its own obsessions. [17]
Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad Assassin's Creed (2007 video game) After starting to research on the Apple of Eden, Altaïr began to have doubts about the existence of a God, citing various conflicts and contradictions in the religious books available in the Holy Land during his time, noting how cruel they were in their punishments of those who rejected the books, and thus began noting them down in his Codex. Altaïr, much like Arno Dorian, professed the Assassin's creed in strongly atheistic terms and called the "light of God" as a light that blinds society and forces it to "stumble about in ignorance". [18]
Niko Bellic GTA IV This main character often muses that he does not care whether or not God exists, saying that any faith he had died after the numerous atrocities that he witnessed and took part in during the war, however, in reality, he does not agree to this point and constantly shouts out to God to bless Liberty City. He states that because of his firsthand experience of seeing what human beings are capable of, he does not believe humans have souls. However, he did say that only barbaric creatures did not have any souls and that he did not know whether God is complicated or not. []
Terrence Sweetwater Battlefield: Bad Company 2 During an idle conversation with Haggard, Sweetwater reveals that he rejects the concept of sin and a god, referring to them as "superstition", as well as just stating that he does not believe in a god. []
Dr. Isiah Friedlander GTA V During a therapy session, when one of the main protagonists Michael de Santa asks whether Dr. Friedlander believes in evil, Dr. Friedlander simply replies that he is a man of science and that religion is used to relieve others' tensions.


Name Film Notes Refs
Nicholas Angel Hot Fuzz played by Simon Pegg[19] []
Eleanor Ann Arroway Contact played by Jodie Foster[20] []
Darrin "Doughboy" Baker Boyz n the Hood played by Ice Cube[21] []
Dr. Norman Goodman Sphere Dr. Goodman refers to himself as an atheist, but is "flexible".
Paul Paul An alien who deconverts a fundamentalist Christian
Bill Williamson Rampage and Rampage: Capital Punishment A mass shooter and domestic terrorist who declares "There is no god, and there's never a god, and there will be no fucking god ever." He is played by Brendan Fletcher
Willie Soke Bad Santa A safecracker and a Mall Santa who states in the sequel he doesn't believe in a god. He is played by Billy Bob Thornton
Fanny and Alexander Ekdahl Fanny and Alexander Alexander declares that a god doesn't exist after all the domestic abuse he went through from his minister step-father.
The Blind Man Don't Breathe He calls god a bad joke. Played by Stephen Lang
Pop The Hunt Pop, a left-wing liberal who owns a gas station and sternly believes in climate change, states he doesn't believe in Hell or God.
Sandy Bates Stardust Memories played by Woody Allen[22] []
Laine Billings Hanson The Contender played by Joan Allen[23] []
Harry Block Deconstructing Harry played by Woody Allen[24] []
Henry Drummond Inherit the Wind played by Spencer Tracy[25] []
Charlie Holloway Prometheus played by Logan Marshall-Green []
David Labraccio Flatliners played by Kevin Bacon []
Ra.One Ra.One played by Arjun Rampal
Malcolm Reynolds Serenity played by Nathan Fillion[26]
William Weir Event Horizon played by Sam Neill "There is no Devil. There is no God. There is only... NOTHING."
Charles Lee Ray / Chucky Child's Play (series) played by Brad Dourif "There is no God." Curse of Chucky

Television shows

Animated television shows

Name Work Notes Refs
Holo Spice and Wolf Holo initially scoffs at the notion that one god created the entire world and everything in it; later on in the series, she states that there cannot possibly be a god given how much pain and sorrow there is in the world. However, she should be considered an agnostic as she herself is a wolf deity; she knows that gods like herself exist but expresses disbelief in a monotheistic God.
Brian Griffin Family Guy Originally he was a closeted atheist in earlier seasons and it is revealed in "Love, Blactually" that he is an open atheist like Seth MacFarlane himself, who claims that this character represents him most. This was revealed where he is seen at the library and he is looking for The God Delusion by atheist Richard Dawkins. His atheism comes under attack in "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven" when he comes out to the Griffins about his atheism, and Meg, in a drastic effort to convert Brian to Christianity, makes his atheism public knowledge, quickly making him a social outcast until near climax of the episode. At one point in the episode "Not all Dogs Go To Heaven", Brian says, "You're barking up the wrong tree. I am an atheist." However, in the episode April in Quahog Brian is seen praying as a response to the news report about a black hole that was discovered near the solar system and was about to suck the Earth inside (the black hole turned out to be an April Fool's joke plotted by Channel News 5). Stewie then teases Brian for it. []
Malloy Brickleberry In "Two Weeks Notice", Malloy tries to convince the show's main protagonist Steve Williams that God cannot exist because of hunger, suffering and war particularly using Africa as an example. Malloy also dismisses that Heaven and Hell after life connections exist.
Pope Francis Brickleberry In Brickleberry, Pope Francis is parodied as a homicidal trash-talking con artist who is only interested in making money off of high church attendance having claimed that religion is just a "made up fairy tale". Because Woody Johnson grew a hemorrhoid that looked like Jesus, people stopped coming to church and started rushing to see his hemorrhoid, which made Pope Francis try to kill Woody.
Bullet Paradise PD The Paradise Police Department's contraband German Shepherd who alters the Bible for his own gain.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth Futurama In the Simpsons/Futurama crossover, Simpsorama, it is revealed that Professor Farnsworth is an atheist, and he goes even as far as to make an atheist prayer. [27]
Mr. and Mrs. Weatherhead The Poor Kid (South Park) Both them are militant agnostics who oppose any statements of certainty in the episode "The Poor Kid".
Rick Sanchez Rick and Morty In the pilot episode, Rick states, "There is no God, you gotta rip that band-aid off now, you'll thank me later" once he hears Summer say, "Oh my god"
Daria Morgendorffer Daria In the episode Groped by an Angel, her sister asks, "But, there's nothing watching over us? Nothing keeping track?" Daria replies, "until I see some pretty convincing evidence to the contrary, I think we're on our own." [28]

Live action television shows

Live action television shows Character Quotes / Notes References
Coronation Street Ken Barlow [29]
Bones Temperance Brennan [30]
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Wayne Callaway "Just because we're atheists doesn't mean we don't know right from wrong. " [31]
The Following Joe Carroll [32]
Dexter Trent Casey [33]
Orange Is the New Black Piper Chapman
Six Feet Under Brenda Chenowith [34]
Fear The Walking Dead Madison Clark "If I believed in God, which I don't, I'd ask where's the cosmic joke?" [35]
The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper [36]
Peep Show Mark Corrigan [37]
Scrubs Perry Cox [38]
Barney Miller Arthur Dietrich
Doctor Who Doctor
Numb3rs Charlie Eppes [39]
The Good Wife Alicia Florrick [40]
Babylon 5 Michael Garibaldi [41]
The Walking Dead Rick Grimes "I'm not much of a believer." [41]
The Walking Dead Carl Grimes "Heaven is just another lie, and if you believe it, you're an idiot." [42]
The Following Ryan Hardy [32]
Moonlighting Madeline Hayes [43]
The Conners Darlene Healy
The Big Bang Theory Alfred Hofstadter [44]
The Big Bang Theory Beverly Hofstadter [45]
Jessica Jones Jeri Hogarth "If I believed in God I'd say her sense of humor is for shit" [43]
Sherlock Sherlock Holmes [46]
House Gregory House [47][48]
Glee Kurt Hummel
The Mentalist Patrick Jane [49]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Daisy Johnson
Battlestar Galactica Billy Keikeya [50]
Dawson's Creek Jen Lindley [51]
Father Ted Dougal McGuire [52]
Extras Andy Millman [53]
The Walking Dead Molly
Dexter Dexter Morgan [54]
The X-Files Fox Mulder [55]
The Walking Dead Paula "Well, the good news is maybe you'll see her again soon." [56][57]
The Walking Dead Patrick Carol described Patrick as a "practicing atheist." [58]
The Walking Dead Carol Peletier
Community Britta Perry [59]
Perception Daniel Pierce [60]
The L Word Alice Pieszecki
The Walking Dead Eugene Porter
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Dennis Reynolds
Firefly Malcolm Reynolds "You're welcome on my boat. God ain't. [26]
The Walking Dead Maggie Rhee "I know it's not my business, and feel free to believe in God, but the thing is you've got to make it okay somehow no matter what happens." [61]
House of Cards Peter Russo "I don't believe in God." [62]
Game of Thrones Salladhor Saan "The one true god is what's between a woman's legs, and better yet a queen's legs." [63]
Doctor Who Sarah Jane Smith
True Detective Rustin Spencer
House of Cards Douglas Stamper "I believe there are things beyond our control, who or what is controlling them, that I don't know." [62]
All in the Family Gloria Stivic
All in the Family Michael Stivic
Glee Sue Sylvester
Skam Isak Valtersen "Me? I believe in science. The theory of evolution. Nothing else." [64]
House of Cards Frank Underwood [65]
Defying Gravity Steven Wassenfelder
Freaks and Geeks Lindsay Weir [59]
Outrageous Fortune Loretta West [66]
Doctor Who Rory Williams
Community Jeff Winger [67]
Grey's Anatomy Cristina Yang [68]


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