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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.]]
4th Aug '17 2:56:50 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Creator/NeilGaiman's story ''Literature/ShoggothsOldPeculiar'' has an (initially) UnfazedEveryman American tourist who visits the picturesque English town of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Innsmouth]] and converses in a pub with the friendly Cthulhu-worshipers who live there. He ends up with a bad hangover and a "feeling of nameless dread" (TM).

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* Creator/NeilGaiman's short story ''Literature/ShoggothsOldPeculiar'' "Literature/ShoggothsOldPeculiar" has an (initially) UnfazedEveryman American tourist who visits the picturesque English town of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Innsmouth]] and converses in a pub with the friendly Cthulhu-worshipers who live there. He ends up with a bad hangover and a "feeling of nameless dread" (TM).
27th Jul '17 1:31:32 AM Onlythrice
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19th Jul '17 12:38:06 AM EbrithilBowser
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* In the early ScienceFiction story LesXipehuz, some mystics form one when they realize that humanity is doomed from what seems to be an AlienInvasion
-->From this anguish the mystics created a bleak cult, a cult of death preached by pale prophets, the cult of Shadows stronger than the Stars, Shadows that came to engulf and devour the Holy Light, the resplendent fire.

-->Everywhere on the edges of the wilderness, one encountered the emaciated silhouettes of initiates, silent men who periodically wandered amongst the tribes, relating their awful dreams, the Twilight of the imminent great Night and the Death of the Sun
14th Jul '17 4:48:28 PM rjd1922
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* ''Fallout''. At some point after the nuclear apocalypse, some survivors begin worshipping the very concept of radiation, personifying it as an entity called 'Atom'. Some sub-groups are okay if you pass on Atom's message. Some sub-groups...are not okay with this at all. Watch out.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', the Unitologists utilize the [[{{Macguffin}} Marker]] to bring about a ZombieApocalypse as part of an AssimilationPlot. [[GoneHorriblyWrong It goes about as well as one would expect.]]

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At some point after the nuclear apocalypse, some survivors begin worshipping worshiping the very concept of radiation, personifying it as an entity called 'Atom'. Some sub-groups are okay if you pass on Atom's message. Some sub-groups...are not okay with this at all. Watch out.
** Despite [[NonIndicativeName their name]], the Followers of the Apocalypse are an inversion of this trope - their goal is to prevent repeating of EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and they are helpful to Vault Dweller in his quest.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', the Unitologists utilize the [[{{Macguffin}} [[{{MacGuffin}} Marker]] to bring about a ZombieApocalypse as part of an AssimilationPlot. [[GoneHorriblyWrong It goes about as well as one would expect.]]



* Despite [[NonIndicativeName their name,]] Followers of Apocalypse from VideoGame/{{Fallout}} are an inversion of this trope - their goal is to prevent repeating of EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and they are helpful to Vault Dweller in his quest.
3rd Jun '17 11:31:19 AM marcoasalazarm
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* The ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva'' series has The Light of the Divine, who believe the Angels are God's judgment and are willing to do anything to facilitate them destroying the world, up to and including getting their hands on black-market super weapons and try to kill the Children and the titular super-heroines (and anybody who gets in the way. As an example, they kidnap Shinji on ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'' with full intent of executing him later). They are mentioned as one of the various reasons the Evangelion universe is a CrapsackWorld on a few in all stories where they appear, some stories have them as a StarterVillain for the superwomen to deal with, and on some others [[spoiler:they have been created and are being funded by NERV without their knowledge, as a means for Gendo to have disposable soldiers that will eliminate anything he deems an obstacle to "[[AssimilationPlot The Scenario]]".]]

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* The ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva'' series has The Light of the Divine, who believe the Angels are God's judgment and are willing to do anything to facilitate them destroying the world, up to and including getting their hands on black-market super weapons and try to kill the Children and the titular super-heroines (and anybody who gets in the way. As an example, they kidnap Shinji on ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'' with full intent of executing him later). They are mentioned as one of the various reasons the Evangelion universe is a CrapsackWorld on a few in all stories where they appear, some stories have them as a StarterVillain for the superwomen to deal with, and on some others [[spoiler:they have been created and are being funded by NERV without their knowledge, as a means for Gendo to have disposable soldiers that will eliminate anything he deems an obstacle to "[[AssimilationPlot The Scenario]]".]]
3rd Jun '17 11:30:26 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': The Light of the Divine, who believe the Angels are God's judgment.

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* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': The ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva'' series has The Light of the Divine, who believe the Angels are God's judgment.judgment and are willing to do anything to facilitate them destroying the world, up to and including getting their hands on black-market super weapons and try to kill the Children and the titular super-heroines (and anybody who gets in the way. As an example, they kidnap Shinji on ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'' with full intent of executing him later). They are mentioned as one of the various reasons the Evangelion universe is a CrapsackWorld on a few in all stories where they appear, some stories have them as a StarterVillain for the superwomen to deal with, and on some others [[spoiler:they have been created and are being funded by NERV without their knowledge, as a means for Gendo to have disposable soldiers that will eliminate anything he deems an obstacle to "[[AssimilationPlot The Scenario]]".]]
13th May '17 5:35:16 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'', the Tal'Darim are a faction of Protoss who worship [[spoiler:Amon, the rogue Xel'Naga]] and aid their master in his schemes. [[spoiler:However, they are a subversion since they don't ''know'' Amon is planning an apocalypse -- they think he "just" wants to conquer everything and will reward them by uplifting them into Hybrids. In ''Legacy of the Void'', the Tal'Darim Alarak is enraged when he learns Amon has no intention of sparing the Tal'Darim from his planned apocalypse and teams up with the heroes to bring down his former god.]]

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* In ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', the Tal'Darim are a faction of Protoss who worship [[spoiler:Amon, the rogue Xel'Naga]] and aid their master in his schemes. [[spoiler:However, they are a subversion since they don't ''know'' Amon is planning an apocalypse -- they think he "just" wants to conquer everything and will reward them by uplifting them into Hybrids. In ''Legacy of the Void'', the Tal'Darim Alarak is enraged when he learns Amon has no intention of sparing the Tal'Darim from his planned apocalypse and teams up with the heroes to bring down his former god.]]
13th Apr '17 4:24:38 PM Joyce13
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* In the ''Hunter'' novels by MercedesLackey, this is the back story as to why the world is a dystopian future with otherworldly monsters as threats to be fought back against. Back when the world was starting to go bad, most Christians saw it as the start of the Apocalypse. When the Rapture didn't happen (Christians being raised to Heaven while everyone else went to Hell), a group of Christians in the Middle East stole a nuclear weapon and set it off in hopes of kick-starting the Apocalypse. All it did was just made things even worse, as it broke the barrier between us and the otherworldly monsters.

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* In the ''Hunter'' novels by MercedesLackey, Creator/MercedesLackey, this is the back story as to why the world is a dystopian future with otherworldly monsters as threats to be fought back against. Back when the world was starting to go bad, most Christians saw it as the start of the Apocalypse. When the Rapture didn't happen (Christians being raised to Heaven while everyone else went to Hell), a group of Christians in the Middle East stole a nuclear weapon and set it off in hopes of kick-starting the Apocalypse. All it did was just made things even worse, as it broke the barrier between us and the otherworldly monsters.
13th Apr '17 4:23:12 PM Joyce13
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* In the ''Hunter'' novels by MercedesLackey, this is the back story as to why the world is a dystopian future with otherworldly monsters as threats to be fought back against. Back when the world was starting to go bad, most Christians saw it as the start of the Apocalypse. When the Rapture didn't happen (Christians being raised to Heaven while everyone else went to Hell), a group of Christians in the Middle East stole a nuclear weapon and set it off in hopes of kick-starting the Apocalypse. All it did was just made things even worse, as it broke the barrier between us and the otherworldly monsters.
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