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28th Apr '17 9:00:55 PM WoodenTable
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* Both played straight and subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' with the three Knights of the Cross aka Knights of the Sword. Michael, the most prominently featured Knight, is a devout Catholic who fights demons, fallen angels, ghosts, vampires, dragons and evil sorcerers with a divinely powered sword and improbable luck courtesy of divine intervention. However, the other two Knights are a) a self-proclaimed agnostic who fights evil purely for the sake of serving the common good, and b) a Japanese man who was only baptized by accident (but tries to be a good Christian anyway now that he is one). Averting the usual KnightTemplar tendencies of Church Militants, all these Knights are practically {{Messianic Archetype}}s and try to save even the most twisted and corrupted of humans even if it means risking their lives for it. In fact, it's in the job description. [[spoiler: And, as of ''Skin Game'', Butters, a Jewish Knight of the Cross who fights evil with his faith... in [[Franchise/StarWars the Force]].

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* Both played straight and subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' with the three Knights of the Cross aka Knights of the Sword. Michael, the most prominently featured Knight, is a devout Catholic who fights demons, fallen angels, ghosts, vampires, dragons and evil sorcerers with a divinely powered sword and improbable luck courtesy of divine intervention. However, the other two Knights are a) a self-proclaimed agnostic who fights evil purely for the sake of serving the common good, and b) a Japanese man who was only baptized by accident (but tries to be a good Christian anyway now that he is one). Averting the usual KnightTemplar tendencies of Church Militants, all these Knights are practically {{Messianic Archetype}}s and try to save even the most twisted and corrupted of humans even if it means risking their lives for it. In fact, it's in the job description. [[spoiler: And, as of ''Skin Game'', Butters, [[spoiler:Butters, a Jewish Knight of the Cross who fights evil with his faith... in [[Franchise/StarWars the Force]].Force]]]].
23rd Apr '17 6:10:02 PM nighttrainfm
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** "The Time of the Doctor" featured the Papal Mainframe (first mentioned in "A Good Man Goes to War"; Colonel Manton's edict to lower the Headless Monks' hoods came "by the divine grant of the Papal Mainframe herself" and revealed that it is actually a massive space church built into a starship, and that it is commanded by an old friend of the Doctor's named Tasha Lem. The church functioned as an "intergalactic UN", and strove to maintain peace and security. Although at first benevolent (like the clerics seen in Series 5), they and the Doctor became entangled in a predicament which prompted Tasha to issue an "unscheduled faith change," dedicating the church to the purpose of keeping the Doctor from speaking his name on Trenzalore to release the Time Lords (which would incite another Time War), and declaring that only the Doctor's silence would fall on Trenzalore. It was also revealed that the memory-proof Silents that appeared in Series 6 are the church's genetically-engineered "confessional priests," and that the iteration of the church that was seen in "A Good Man Goes to War" was a RenegadeSplinterFaction led by Madame Kovarian that resorted to extremism in order to maintain the Doctor's silence, by traveling back along his timeline and attempting to kill him before prematurely (via blowing up his TARDIS in Series 5 and training River to assassinate him in Series 6) so that he could never go to Trenzalore in the first place ([[StableTimeLoop although, in reality, they just ended up creating the very situation that they were trying to prevent]]).

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** "The Time of the Doctor" featured the Papal Mainframe (first mentioned in "A Good Man Goes to War"; Colonel Manton's edict to lower the Headless Monks' hoods came "by the divine grant of the Papal Mainframe herself" and revealed that it is actually a massive space church built into a starship, and that it is commanded by an old friend of the Doctor's named Tasha Lem. The church functioned as an "intergalactic UN", and strove to maintain peace and security. Although at first benevolent (like the clerics seen in Series 5), they and the Doctor became entangled in a predicament which prompted Tasha to issue an "unscheduled faith change," dedicating the church to the purpose of keeping the Doctor from speaking his name on Trenzalore to release the Time Lords (which would incite another Time War), and declaring that only the Doctor's silence would fall on Trenzalore. It was also revealed that the memory-proof Silents that appeared in Series 6 are the church's genetically-engineered "confessional priests," and that the iteration of the church that was seen in "A Good Man Goes to War" was a RenegadeSplinterFaction led by Madame Kovarian that resorted to extremism in order to maintain the Doctor's silence, by traveling back along his timeline and attempting to kill him before prematurely (via blowing up his TARDIS in Series 5 and training River to assassinate him in Series 6) so that he could never go to Trenzalore in the first place ([[StableTimeLoop although, in reality, they just ended up creating the very situation that they were trying to prevent]]).
5th Apr '17 11:59:57 AM reteov
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* Both played straight and subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' with the three Knights of the Cross aka Knights of the Sword. Michael, the most prominently featured Knight, is a devout Catholic who fights demons, fallen angels, ghosts, vampires, dragons and evil sorcerers with a divinely powered sword and improbable luck courtesy of divine intervention. However, the other two Knights are a) a self-proclaimed agnostic who fights evil purely for the sake of serving the common good, and b) a Japanese man who was only baptized by accident (but tries to be a good Christian anyway now that he is one). Averting the usual KnightTemplar tendencies of Church Militants, all these Knights are practically {{Messianic Archetype}}s and try to save even the most twisted and corrupted of humans even if it means risking their lives for it. In fact, it's in the job description. [[spoiler: And, as of ''Skin Game'', Butters, a Jewish Knight of the Cross who fights evil with his faith... in ''Franchise/StarWars''.]]

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* Both played straight and subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' with the three Knights of the Cross aka Knights of the Sword. Michael, the most prominently featured Knight, is a devout Catholic who fights demons, fallen angels, ghosts, vampires, dragons and evil sorcerers with a divinely powered sword and improbable luck courtesy of divine intervention. However, the other two Knights are a) a self-proclaimed agnostic who fights evil purely for the sake of serving the common good, and b) a Japanese man who was only baptized by accident (but tries to be a good Christian anyway now that he is one). Averting the usual KnightTemplar tendencies of Church Militants, all these Knights are practically {{Messianic Archetype}}s and try to save even the most twisted and corrupted of humans even if it means risking their lives for it. In fact, it's in the job description. [[spoiler: And, as of ''Skin Game'', Butters, a Jewish Knight of the Cross who fights evil with his faith... in ''Franchise/StarWars''.]][[Franchise/StarWars the Force]].
28th Mar '17 6:57:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''OpenBlue'' features the Order of Saint Lennox, which is more or less the Avelian Church's Inquisition. Suffice to say, even after the inquisition, they teach their preists (and maybe even nuns) to use a sword or [[DualWielding two... or three... or six...]] This is likely because the Order sends many of its priests off as chaplains on Avelian warships, and in a time of {{pirates}}, you can never be too careful. The Order of Saint Clara trains [[NunsAreMikos nuns]] to fight against black magic and TheLegionsOfHell.

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* ''OpenBlue'' ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' features the Order of Saint Lennox, which is more or less the Avelian Church's Inquisition. Suffice to say, even after the inquisition, they teach their preists (and maybe even nuns) to use a sword or [[DualWielding two... or three... or six...]] This is likely because the Order sends many of its priests off as chaplains on Avelian warships, and in a time of {{pirates}}, you can never be too careful. The Order of Saint Clara trains [[NunsAreMikos nuns]] to fight against black magic and TheLegionsOfHell.
10th Mar '17 9:05:29 AM gb00393
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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.

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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. It was disbanded 200 years before the start of the series for causing problems for the monarchy at the time. And now thanks to Cersei they're causing problems for the entire noble class. Way to go Queeny.
6th Mar '17 1:47:08 AM Doug86
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** High-level Affinity units sometimes approach this from the opposite direction -- while their military pedigree is obvious, as they develop Affinities tend to go from strictly practical philosophies of development, to rigid and dogmatic ideologies, to the level of out-and-out religions. This is especially true of the Purity Affinity and its ultimate unit, the LEV Destroyer (a floating citadel/artillery unit that wouldn't look out of place on a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40k}}'' battlefield). Individual Destroyers have "reliquaries" that hold items from Earth or the possessions of first-generation colonists, and bear names like "St. Germaine's Destroyer".

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** High-level Affinity units sometimes approach this from the opposite direction -- while their military pedigree is obvious, as they develop Affinities tend to go from strictly practical philosophies of development, to rigid and dogmatic ideologies, to the level of out-and-out religions. This is especially true of the Purity Affinity and its ultimate unit, the LEV Destroyer (a floating citadel/artillery unit that wouldn't look out of place on a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40k}}'' 40000}}'' battlefield). Individual Destroyers have "reliquaries" that hold items from Earth or the possessions of first-generation colonists, and bear names like "St. Germaine's Destroyer".
30th Jan '17 1:42:24 PM PegasusKnightmare
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* A surprising amount of violence has been done in the name of Buddhism, even to the present day.
30th Jan '17 1:37:38 PM PegasusKnightmare
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* Justin Law from ''Manga/SoulEater'' is the Deathscythe in charge of Europe, dresses as a priest and is a very devout follower of the shinigami, who has been shown to be considered a living deity in the Soul Eater universe.
** [[spoiler: Recent events reveal that Justin has apparently turned his allegiance to the other side. Oh, and his new boss has kidnapped the Jesus of his religion.]]



* Idamaria of ''Manga/DefenseDevil'' as seen [[http://www.onemanga.com/Defense_Devil/15/09/ here.]]
30th Jan '17 1:34:57 PM PegasusKnightmare
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* Sonia from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.
* Theresa/Sister Hell from ''VideoGame/PrismArk''



* Meg from ''Manga/TetragrammatonLabyrinth'' is a nun who fights against demons with guns both [[SmallGirlBigGun big]] and small.
27th Jan '17 3:14:46 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The Church of Abel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'', complete with monks who use martial arts, countless knights orders, and an Inquisition whose members more often that not are very proficient in combat (and when not, they've magic and the like at their disposal). When your CrystalDragonJesus and his followers were kicking supernatural asses elsewhere, that's something to be expected.
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