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* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'': Allegiance, a far-right Christian group that sees the [[StarfishAliens BETA]] as servants of God and attempts to obstruct the United Nations in its efforts to fight off the AlienInvasion. They prove to be pulling the strings of the WellIntentionedExtremist Refugee Liberation Front when they attack the UN base in Alaska in the SpinOff ''LightNovel/MuvLuvAlternativeTotalEclipse''.
5th May '18 5:29:33 PM nombretomado
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21st Apr '18 5:53:44 PM ZimFan89
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* In the ''Daybreak'' series, Daybreak itself is a bizarre movement which is part naturalist religion, part anarchist philosophy, whose members are brainwashed via memetic programming into hating modern civilization. This leads them to unleashing plagues of nanites and genetically-engineered microbes which are designed to destroy any technology more advanced than steam-based, while also setting off fusion bombs (essentially super nukes) in strategic places. After the resulting collapse of most of society, they form tribes who continue to preach the evils of technology, while trying to destroy any attempts to restore society and counter Daybreak.
** A major plot point involves the Post-Raputral Church, a Christian [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] sect which emerges in the aftermath of Daybreak, claiming that all the deaths resulting from Daybreak were the Rapture, and signaled the start of the seven-year period leading to the Apocalypse. They become increasingly influential in the American south, which [[DividedStatesOfAmerica is under the control]] of the Temporary National Government, soon becoming the official religion of the region. And eventually, when the best last chance to restore the federal government fails, they outright take over, declaring their territory the "Christian States of America".



* ''Series/TheLeftovers'': many have been created in the wake of the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the human population. The first season most prominently features the Guilty Remnant, (an antisocial and nihilistic cult that dedicates the rest of their lives to being "living reminders" of the disappearance) and Holy Wayne's group. (A cult of personality formed around the strange and enigmatic Wayne Gilchrist, who seems to genuinely have the ability to remove people's pain.) Adding to the spiritual uncertainty and the fuel that creates these cults is the fact that many people agree that whatever happened was not TheRapture, as the disappearance includes everything from babies to UsefulNotes/ThePope to thieves and murderers. Or as one character puts it in an early episode "The Pope I can understand, but ''GaryBusey?!'' How does he make the cut?"

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* ''Series/TheLeftovers'': many have been created in the wake of the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the human population. The first season most prominently features the Guilty Remnant, (an antisocial and nihilistic cult that dedicates the rest of their lives to being "living reminders" of the disappearance) and Holy Wayne's group. (A cult of personality formed around the strange and enigmatic Wayne Gilchrist, who seems to genuinely have the ability to remove people's pain.) Adding to the spiritual uncertainty and the fuel that creates these cults is the fact that many people agree that whatever happened was not TheRapture, as the disappearance includes everything from babies to UsefulNotes/ThePope to thieves and murderers. Or as one character puts it in an early episode "The Pope I can understand, but ''GaryBusey?!'' ''UsefulNotes/GaryBusey?!'' How does he make the cut?"
15th Apr '18 8:24:37 PM Dravencour
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* The cult of Cthulhu from ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'' seek nothing less than to awaken the eponymous Great Old One in his city of R'lyeh.
23rd Dec '17 1:33:17 PM StarSword
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' spin-off ''[[Fanfic/TheBridgeHumanitysStand The Bridge: Humanity's Stand]]'', the main antagonists are Red Dawn, a group that worships [[GodOfEvil Bagan]] and attempts to destroy PlanetTerra in his name by exploiting technology and {{Kaiju}}.



* ''Fanfic/TheWarOfTheMasters'': The Cult of the Masters in its various forms, one of which is the indigenous religion among the Orions and Undine. It seeks to bring about the return of what the Orions call the Good Masters, a race of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s which in previous "cycles" obliterated multiple great civilizations.



* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' spin-off ''[[Fanfic/TheBridgeHumanitysStand The Bridge: Humanity's Stand]]'', the main antagonists are Red Dawn, a group that worships [[GodOfEvil Bagan]] and attempts to destroy PlanetTerra in his name by exploiting technology and {{Kaiju}}.
11th Dec '17 11:39:01 AM BeerBaron
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** The Mythic Dawn in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' are attempting to destroy the safeguards between Nirn and Oblivion so that they may summon Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of destruction.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has the Dragon Cult from eons past (they may or may not have known that Alduin was destined to devour the world, of course).
** [[CantArgueWithElves The]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] are theorized to have this motivation as well, and there are some indications that the devs may have adopted this as canon. Unlike most groups, the apocalypse part is less the goal than it is a necessary step. The short explanation is that Altmer (and other Elven) belief holds that they are the descendants of the Aedra (creator gods, loosely) who are trapped in physical form in the physical world. Thus the mortal world is a prison to be escaped, and the best way of doing so is by destroying it completely by [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly killing the god]] who's holding it together- and mankind with him.

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** The Mythic Dawn in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' are attempting to destroy the safeguards between Nirn and Oblivion so that they may summon Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of destruction.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
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the Dragon Cult from eons past (they (though they may or may not have known that Alduin was destined to devour the world, of course).
** [[CantArgueWithElves The]] *** The [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] are theorized to Thalmor]], an [[CantArgueWithElves Altmeri]] [[OurElvesAreBetter (High Elven)]] religious extremist sect who have this motivation as well, and there are some indications that reformed the devs may [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] of old during the 4th Era, have adopted this as canon. Unlike most groups, elements of one. Though only hinted-at in-game, [[LooseCanon former developer written]] [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary texts]] flesh out their motivations. Officially, the apocalypse part is less Thalmor subscribe to the goal than it is a necessary step. The short explanation is that Altmer (and other Elven) old [[{{Precursors}} Aldmeri]] belief holds that they are the descendants of the gods themselves (the Aedra (creator gods, loosely) who are trapped in physical form in and Ehlnofey), and the physical world. Thus reason they've banned the worship of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] is because it is blasphemous to them that a lowly man became a god after his death. Unofficially, they also subscribe to the old Aldmeri belief that the creation of the mortal world is (Mundus) was a cruel trick pulled on their divine ancestors by the [[GodIsEvil malevolent]] "creator" god, [[GodIsDead Lorkhan]]. This "trick" robbed their divine ancestors of their pre-creation CompleteImmortality, and if Mundus could be unmade, as they believe, their spirits would return to this divine form. Following the events of the previous games in the series, Talos very well may be the last CosmicKeystone keeping Mundus extant. By stamping out the worship of Talos, they hope to [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly deprive him of prayer]] and, thus, [[KillTheGod kill him]]. (There are hints that ''they may not be wrong about this'', but there are also hints in the lore that "pre-creation divinity" they seek was really [[HellOfAHeaven a prison to be escaped, and the best way of doing so is by destroying it completely by [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly killing the god]] who's holding it together- and mankind with him.unchanging stasis]]...)
8th Dec '17 7:03:55 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/KrisLongknife'' has the Abdicators, a neo-Luddite cult that Kris tangles with in ''Intrepid''. The Abdicators, who arose during the [[GreatOffscreenWar Human-Iteeche War]], are convinced that all humanity must hide itself away in the face of alien invaders who will boil humans' eyeballs in their own blood (that isn't a joke, that's literally their words), after which good aliens will come to take away the survivors. When Kris encounters their colony on Xanadu there's apparently been a religious dispute: the good aliens are now referred to as angels. [[spoiler:The Abdicators later try to frame her for their assassination of Greenfeld dictator Henry Peterwald by ColonyDrop, thereby starting an [[ApocalypseHow apocalyptic war]] between the Wardhaven and Greenfeld blocs of planets so that spacers stop visiting them and the evil aliens won't find them.]]


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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "[[Recap/StargateSG1S3E2Seth Seth]]", the team tracks the eponymous Goa'uld to a series of cults he's led on Earth through much of history (the current one being an armed commune in Washington State).
* ''Series/MadamSecretary'': Henry [=McCord=] deals a number of times with the Covenant of John, a Christian extremist cult that in its first appearance gasses much of its own membership after Henry is made as an infiltrator trying to break it up. In later appearances they're used as a stand-in for various far-right {{Western Terrorist|s}} groups in the United States.
15th Nov '17 11:47:59 AM Taxima
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* As the lesser moon Dalamund [[ColonyDrop started to fall]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', a cult known as the Lambs of Dalamund formed to worship their "descending god" and welcome the end. When Dalamund was destroyed and revealed to be a prison for Bahamut, the Lambs were outraged at the "death" of their god and persist to this day, working profane rituals with the Void to do the work of ending life themselves.



* The Cult of the Night Walkers from ''Webcomic/BasketsOfGuts'' was all about helping their [[OurLichesAreDifferent undead]] [[PredecessorVillain master]] to turn the entire worlds population into walking corpses.

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* The Cult of the Night Walkers from ''Webcomic/BasketsOfGuts'' was all about helping their [[OurLichesAreDifferent undead]] [[PredecessorVillain master]] to turn the entire worlds world's population into walking corpses.



** The leader of the Anti-Semetic Jews captures Moses in order to ready the world for the return of Haman.

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** The leader of the Anti-Semetic Anti-Semitic Jews captures Moses in order to ready the world for the return of Haman.
29th Oct '17 12:09:19 AM Smeagol17
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* Aum Shinrikyo as it was until 1997 and its reorganization and rename (the "awaken the god of destruction"/"destroy the world" variant, when given over to otaku, the MadScientist, and quite a few {{Blood Knight}}s, and at the time of this writing the only non-state/non-governmental terror group to deploy WeaponsOfMassDestruction beyond simple explosives to their aims).

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* Aum Shinrikyo as it was until 1997 and its reorganization and rename (the "awaken the god of destruction"/"destroy the world" variant, when given over to otaku, the MadScientist, and quite a few {{Blood Knight}}s, and was at the time of this writing the only non-state/non-governmental terror group to deploy WeaponsOfMassDestruction beyond simple explosives to their aims).
6th Sep '17 2:02:50 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' features no less than three of these.
** The first and most prominent of them is the Morninglight: ostensibly a worldwide New Age group centered around self-help and the eventual evolution of humanity, they're eventually revealed to be worshiping the [[EldritchAbomination Dreamers]], and are devoted to their apocalyptic release from captivity. [[spoiler: They were actually created by Lilith as a ScamReligion to provide her with a ready army of followers in her attempts to enslave the Dreamers, and most of their doctrine was engineered so that they'd follow her commands without question; even their leader Phillip Marquard was just a PuppetKing. Unfortunately, the Dreamers went over her head by corrupting Marquard and turning the Morninglight into a proper ApocalypseCult.]]
** The Fear Nothing Foundation in Tokyo. Another self-help group supposedly dedicated to helping its membership overcome their fears, the events of Issue #9 reveal that they were behind the subway bombing that kickstarted the events of the game, intending it as the first act in a move towards the apocalypse. [[spoiler: They're actually a secret branch of the Morninglight, and accept orders directly from Marquard. They've also committed mass-suicide by the start of the game in order to consecrate the detonation of the Filth-Bomb]]. For good measure, the FNF draws a lot of inspiration from real world cults like Aum Shinrikyo (hence the subway bombing).
** The Cult of the Aten, by far the oldest and most aggressive example: a creation of the Dreamer-corrupted [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Pharaoh Akhenaten]], its members worshiped one of the Dreamers as the sun god Aten and devoted themselves to summoning him to Earth. Though supposedly wiped out following Akhenaten's death, it simply went underground until 2012 - whereupon it resurfaced in the village of al-Merayah as a full-blown insurrection, devoted to resurrecting the Black Pharaoh and completing his mission.
** There's actually a fourth example hidden in the backstory in the form of Sol Invictus, essentially the Roman Morninglight. Unlike the Atenists, they really have been wiped out for good, though their branch in the Carpathian Mountains came dangerously close to accessing one of the [[CosmicKeystone Gaia Engines]] [[spoiler: with a little help from Lilith]], before being killed off by Octavian. [[spoiler: Plus, Lilith eventually went on to build the Morninglight around their doctrine.]]
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