Lasko - Die Faust Gottes

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Lasko - Die Faust Gottes (Lasko - The Fist of God) is a German TV show produced by Action Concept and RTL, the companies behind Alarm Fur Cobra 11, and is based on the movie Lasko - Im Auftrag des Vatikans (released as Death Train in the USA), which serves as a prologue to the series.

It is about a German monk named Lasko, who used to be a soldier in the Kosovo force but decided to become a monk after a traumatizing event. In the order of Pugnus Dei, he is trained in martial arts and uses these to fight against evil organisations and terrorists.

Tropes used in Lasko - Die Faust Gottes include:
  • All Monks Know Kung Fu: The premise of the series.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: The order of Pugnus Dei contains several of these.
  • Church Militant: The secret society Ares play with the trope, for they are not the church themselves, but "merely" wish to strengthen the Vatican.
  • Dirty Old Monk: Brother Gladius.
  • Girl of the Week: Subverted since there are one-episode-only female characters with attraction to the main character, but Lasko is a Celibate Hero.
  • Heroic BSOD: Lasko has one of these in the Kosovo war and decided to become a monk afterward.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Secret society Ares take this role.
  • No MacGuffin, No Winner: "The 5th Gospel", where the eponymous book ends up being burned (along with the villain).
  • Poisoned Weapons: Taken to extremes when an evil pharmacetutical company plans on poisoning a whole city with a train coated with contact poison.
  • Police Are Useless: While our main heroes are aided by policewomen (mainly from the Bundeskriminalamt), they are not too useful very often.
  • Rated "M" for Manly: Hello? A monk kicking arse all over the place, what more could you want?
  • Religious Bruiser: Lasko obviously, but (with maybe the exception of Brother Gladius) the whole order Pugnus Dei.
  • Shirtless Scene: If it gets serious, you get one of these: a muscle-bound, bare-chested monk fighting other man.
  • Stock Phrases:

Scientist: "Only over my dead body."
Villain: "If you wish..."