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13th Aug '16 11:08:40 AM nombretomado
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* The Black Order in ''DGrayMan''. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Willing to employ criminals, create homunculi and carry out human experimentation.]][[CrapsackWorld And even that's not enough.]]

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* The Black Order in ''DGrayMan''.''Manga/DGrayMan''. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Willing to employ criminals, create homunculi and carry out human experimentation.]][[CrapsackWorld And even that's not enough.]]
2nd Aug '16 6:25:00 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/{{Azrael}} from TheDCU, combined with ArtisticLicenseReligion, and [[UpToEleven even more so]] in the [[DarkerAndEdgier second series]].

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* ComicBook/{{Azrael}} from TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, combined with ArtisticLicenseReligion, and [[UpToEleven even more so]] in the [[DarkerAndEdgier second series]].
27th Jul '16 4:59:45 AM Kakai
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* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', there's a new group of warrior-priests in Kerztia whose debut on political scene is the slaughter of powerful sorcerous order of Sand Masters.
24th Jul '16 4:37:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala'' by Ben Dunn, an {{animesque}} comic focusing on a Catholic order of monster hunters. Before anime/manga (like ChronoCrusade) or western comics, this series was the first to focus on such a topic.

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* ''ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala'' by Ben Dunn, an {{animesque}} comic focusing on a Catholic order of monster hunters. Before anime/manga (like ChronoCrusade) ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'') or western comics, this series was the first to focus on such a topic.
24th Jul '16 4:32:19 PM nombretomado
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* ''ChronoCrusade'' features a religious order whose role is to serve as the Church Militant. As one might expect, the main character is a member of said order. The Order tolerate Rosette's DealWithTheDevil on the grounds that 1) he's a sweetheart, okay? 2) the girl has a mission and she can't get out of it now, anyway, and 3) [[CombatPragmatist look, demon kill demon, we happy]], ''okay''? Until Remington is forced to [[spoiler: stage [[NobleDemon Chrono]]'s death]] in the manga. Her ''immediate'' superiors don't object, but the higher-ups have gotten twitchy. Good times had by all as the good Father more or less pounds Chrono in the head with the situation after cool hints don't work.

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* ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' features a religious order whose role is to serve as the Church Militant. As one might expect, the main character is a member of said order. The Order tolerate Rosette's DealWithTheDevil on the grounds that 1) he's a sweetheart, okay? 2) the girl has a mission and she can't get out of it now, anyway, and 3) [[CombatPragmatist look, demon kill demon, we happy]], ''okay''? Until Remington is forced to [[spoiler: stage [[NobleDemon Chrono]]'s death]] in the manga. Her ''immediate'' superiors don't object, but the higher-ups have gotten twitchy. Good times had by all as the good Father more or less pounds Chrono in the head with the situation after cool hints don't work.
14th Jul '16 3:38:01 PM DarkHunter
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* Subverted with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing's'' Duo Maxwell; though he wears a priest's collar and kicks a lot of ass, he doesn't actually make any kind of big deal about religion. In [[AllThereInTheManual his backstory]] he was an orphan raised in a church, but one day tells the priest he doesn't believe in God but he does believe in [[{{Shinigami}} the God of Death]] because "I've never seen a miracle, but I've seen lots of dead people!" (The good-natured priest admits that he can't fault the boy's logic.)

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* Subverted with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing's'' Duo Maxwell; though he wears a priest's collar and kicks a lot of ass, he doesn't actually make practice any kind of big deal about religion. In [[AllThereInTheManual his backstory]] he was an orphan raised in a church, but one day tells the priest he doesn't believe in God but he does believe in [[{{Shinigami}} the God of Death]] because "I've never seen a miracle, but I've seen lots of dead people!" (The good-natured priest admits that he can't fault the boy's logic.)) He wears the collar as a tribute to the priest and nun who raised him.
30th Jun '16 9:14:58 PM PaulA
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* Eddings plays this on both sides of the coin, really, as all of Cyrgon's priests were warriors as well. Even the evil god Azash tried this as well, as a counter to the Church Knights, but neither Azash nor his high priest Otha could really comprehend the realities of it; the former was too elemental-minded and the latter was... well, to put it bluntly, too stupid.

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* ** Eddings plays this on both sides of the coin, really, as all of Cyrgon's priests were warriors as well. Even the evil god Azash tried this as well, as a counter to the Church Knights, but neither Azash nor his high priest Otha could really comprehend the realities of it; the former was too elemental-minded and the latter was... well, to put it bluntly, too stupid.
30th Jun '16 9:14:05 PM PaulA
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* Creator/DavidEddings's ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' uses this heavily, with most of the major characters being either members of or otherwise involved with the Church Knights. The four Orders of the Church Knights are an organization of elite trained mage-warriors who were created to defend 'the West' from the sorcerers, demon-summoners and necromancers of the Evil Empire and its Cthulhu-esque god. The irony...they get their divine/magic powers from a ''different'' god than the one they supposedly worship; they don't worry about it. Amusingly, a proposed experiment with drawing upon the power of their ''own'' God (who is, after all, one of the most powerful and most distant deities) is quite strongly rejected by the party's clergyman.
** Eddings plays this on both sides of the coin, really, as the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]''/''Mallorean'''s Torak had the Grolim priesthood, and all of Cyrgon's priests in the Elenium/Tamuli were warriors as well. Even the evil god Azash tried this as well, as a counter to the Church Knights, but neither Azash nor his high priest Otha could really comprehend the realities of it; the former was too elemental-minded and the latter was... well, to put it bluntly, too stupid.
** The ''Elenium'' actually has several examples. The Church Knights are the most visible within the narrative, technically cloistered orders who are also exceptionally skilled fighters but there are also two other groups. The first and most numerous are the Church Soldiers, lay members who serve as guards for assorted Church leaders and properties, many of whom are little better than mercenaries in the employ of corrupt Church officials. The last is a small group dedicated to protecting and guarding the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture local pope analogue]] and have a much better reputation in terms of personal integrity.

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* Creator/DavidEddings's ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' uses this heavily, with most of the major characters being either members of or otherwise involved with the Church Knights. Elenium]]'':
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The four Orders of the Church Knights are an organization of elite trained mage-warriors who were created to defend 'the West' from the sorcerers, demon-summoners and necromancers of the Evil Empire and its Cthulhu-esque god. The irony...they get their divine/magic powers from a ''different'' god than the one they supposedly worship; they don't worry about it. Amusingly, a proposed experiment with drawing upon the power of their ''own'' God (who is, after all, one of the most powerful and most distant deities) is quite strongly rejected by the party's clergyman.
** The Church Knights are the most visible within the narrative, technically cloistered orders who are also exceptionally skilled fighters but there are also two other groups. The first and most numerous are the Church Soldiers, lay members who serve as guards for assorted Church leaders and properties, many of whom are little better than mercenaries in the employ of corrupt Church officials. The last is a small group dedicated to protecting and guarding the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture local pope analogue]] and have a much better reputation in terms of personal integrity.
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Eddings plays this on both sides of the coin, really, as the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]''/''Mallorean'''s Torak had the Grolim priesthood, and all of Cyrgon's priests in the Elenium/Tamuli were warriors as well. Even the evil god Azash tried this as well, as a counter to the Church Knights, but neither Azash nor his high priest Otha could really comprehend the realities of it; the former was too elemental-minded and the latter was... well, to put it bluntly, too stupid.
** The ''Elenium'' actually has several examples. The Church Knights are * In Eddings's ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]''/''Mallorean'', Torak had the most visible within the narrative, technically cloistered orders who are also exceptionally skilled fighters but there are also two other groups. The first and most numerous are the Church Soldiers, lay members who serve as guards for assorted Church leaders and properties, many of whom are little better than mercenaries in the employ of corrupt Church officials. The last is a small group dedicated to protecting and guarding the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture local pope analogue]] and have a much better reputation in terms of personal integrity.Grolim priesthood.
21st Jun '16 5:55:36 PM SnowHesher
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* Much like its literary counterpart, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has the Faith Militant. However, the television version of the Faith Militant is even more frightening and fanatical than the literary version. Whereas the book version of the order is portrayed in a morally ambiguous light (they do good deeds such as protecting the common people from bandits, they don't just cause chaos), the television version of the Faith Militant are basically the Westeros version of the Taliban.
4th Jun '16 4:09:42 AM morenohijazo
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* The Church of Zakarum from the ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' series has the paladins, who were founded to protect the monks who were meant to spread the religion. For some reason, the kind, generous, armed knights were more inspiring to the populace than the monks. They faded from view once Zakarum fell under the influence of [[TheCorrupter Mephisto]] and no longer put a lot of effort into converting people, only to make a comeback when the Prime Evils started attacking the mortal world, and Zakarum decided to start converting again. This time, anyone inconvertible was deemed evil and killed. A small band, including any paladin player characters from ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', chose to go rogue, and directly confront the Prime Evils. They later discovered that the church they served was corrupt, and had to face several enemies that were themselves examples of this trope.

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* The Church of Zakarum from the ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' series has the paladins, who were founded to protect the monks who were meant to spread the religion. For some reason, the kind, generous, armed knights were more inspiring to the populace than the monks. They faded from view once Zakarum fell under the influence of [[TheCorrupter Mephisto]] and no longer put a lot of effort into converting people, only to make a comeback when the Prime Evils started attacking the mortal world, and Zakarum decided to start started converting again. This time, anyone inconvertible was deemed evil and killed. A small band, including any paladin player characters from ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', chose to go rogue, and directly confront the Prime Evils. They later discovered that the church they served was corrupt, and had to face several enemies that were themselves examples of this trope.
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