History Main / ChurchMilitant

17th Jul '17 11:00:36 AM GlassRain
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* The Vatican church of ''Webcomic/CryHavoc'' employs teams of vampire and deamon hunters. They're preferred weapons are automatic air burst grenade launchers, broadswords, helicopter gunships and strike bombers. The only competing religion, the Norse based Aesir church, is implied to be even more aggressive with its methods.
* Remember how it's mentioned in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' above that Protestants and Catholics each do this when not fighting each other? Creator/StephenColbert used to be among the Catholic numbers in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' (though most of the details are in the pseudo-sequel ''Webcomic/TheEagleOfHermes''.

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* The Vatican church of ''Webcomic/CryHavoc'' employs teams of vampire and deamon demon hunters. They're preferred weapons are automatic air burst grenade launchers, broadswords, helicopter gunships and strike bombers. The only competing religion, the Norse based Aesir church, is implied to be even more aggressive with its methods.
* Remember how it's mentioned in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' above that Protestants and Catholics each do this when not fighting each other? Creator/StephenColbert used to be among the Catholic numbers in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' (though most adds Creator/StephenColbert to the Catholic side. (Most of the details are in the pseudo-sequel ''Webcomic/TheEagleOfHermes''.''The Eagle of Hermes''.)


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* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Our Lady of the Perpetual Bloodshot Eyeball. Their WeaponOfChoice is a long ruler with a blade fixed to it. May also count as ReligionOfEvil.
29th Jun '17 6:08:09 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': The Holy Inquisition, naturally.
20th Jun '17 4:30:54 AM Greystone101
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** There are also the Bearded Priests of Norvos, who are famously armed with double-headed axes.



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** The Faith of the Seven historically was protected by groups under this very name, since it is based on the Medieval Catholic Church.
** The Bearded Priests of Norvos, who are famously armed with double-headed axes.



* 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.

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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), and mostly come across as Westeros' answer to real-world military monastic orders such as the Templars, Hospitallers etc), 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. [[SarcasmMode Way to go go, Queeny.]]
8th Jun '17 8:56:44 PM nombretomado
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* The priest class of DungeonFighterOnline is supposed to be a support class, albeit a support class that's NOT a [[SquishyWizard frail caster]] that needs to run away when danger approaches. Those bulging muscles and that oversized weapon he carries on his back isn't just for show.

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* The priest class of DungeonFighterOnline ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' is supposed to be a support class, albeit a support class that's NOT a [[SquishyWizard frail caster]] that needs to run away when danger approaches. Those bulging muscles and that oversized weapon he carries on his back isn't just for show.
19th May '17 12:29:11 PM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', there were knightly orders associated with eight of the Nine Divines (Talos being a god hadn't been introduced to the series yet), which the player had the option to join on locating their chapter houses.
** The Ordinators from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' are a corps of elite guards/soldiers in service of the Tribunal Temple. The Temple also has the Buoyant Armigers, who are the private soldiers/agents of the "most stable" man-god of the Tribunal (Vivec, the two-tonal hermaphrodite poet god). There's also the High Ordinators, who are under the rule of the least stable one (Almalexia, the gold-skinned, red-headed ax-crazy warrior goddess). Then there are the Elites of [[{{Mook}} those]], known as the Hands of Almalexia: Six warriors with equipment enchanted by the goddess herself. All of them are said to be the most powerful warriors in Tamriel.
** Also from ''Morrowind'' are the Imperial Cult "Shrine Sergeants," volunteers who take on some of the Cult's more action-oriented missions such as tracking down thieves who steal from the Cult or putting spirits responsible for hauntings to rest.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' had Weynon Priory, home to a few [[BadassGrandpa ex-Blades]] who manage to arm and defend themselves with claymores when attacked by the [[{{Cult}} Mythic Dawn]]. One of the monks explains further that the Order of Talos and the Blades (the emperor's personal network of spies and bodyguards) are two arms of the same organization, and many members of one wind up in the other at some point.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', there were knightly orders associated with eight of the Nine Divines (Talos being a god [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness hadn't been introduced to the series yet), yet]]), which the player had the option to join on upon locating their chapter houses.
** The Ordinators from In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' are a corps of elite guards/soldiers in service of Morrowind]]'', the [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple. The Temple also has Temple]] is a powerful military force among the Dunmer. Special mention to the Buoyant Armigers, who are the private soldiers/agents of the "most stable" man-god of the elite special forces hand-picked by [[PhysicalGod Tribunal (Vivec, deity]] Vivec himself, often decked out in high quality [[FantasyMetals Glass]] armor, who primarily operate inside the two-tonal hermaphrodite poet god). There's also the High Ordinators, who are under the rule of the least stable one (Almalexia, the gold-skinned, red-headed ax-crazy warrior goddess). Then there are the Elites of [[{{Mook}} those]], known as the Hands of Almalexia: Six warriors with equipment enchanted by the goddess herself. All of them are said to be the most powerful warriors in Tamriel.
** Also from ''Morrowind'' are the Imperial Cult "Shrine Sergeants," volunteers who take on some of the Cult's more action-oriented missions such as tracking down thieves who steal from the Cult or putting spirits responsible for hauntings to rest.
[[{{Mordor}} Ghostfence]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' had has Weynon Priory, home to a few [[BadassGrandpa [[RetiredBadass ex-Blades]] who manage to arm and defend themselves with claymores when attacked by the [[{{Cult}} [[ReligionOfEvil Mythic Dawn]]. One of the monks explains further that the Order of Talos and the Blades (the emperor's personal network of spies and bodyguards) are two arms of the same organization, and many members of one wind up in the other at some point.
16th May '17 1:30:05 AM Fireblood
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* The Taliban are this in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They enforce what they say is Islamic with an iron fist and draw their allure from promises of martrydom and heaven (in a country where death is never far away), money (hundreds of dollars in a country where 2USD a day would be good money), and nationalism (in a country that has been seemingly invaded and occupied by every ambitious state in history). They are notorious for not only their brutality, but also for being extreme tough to extirpate.

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* The Taliban are this in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They enforce what they say is Islamic with an iron fist and draw their allure from promises of martrydom and heaven (in a country where death is never far away), money (hundreds of dollars in a country where 2USD a day would be good money), and nationalism (in a country that has been seemingly invaded and occupied by every ambitious state in history). They are notorious for not only their brutality, but also for being extreme very tough to extirpate.



* In medieval Korea (during the reign of Goryeo Dynasty), there were official army faction of buddhist monks, with badass sounding name of 'the army of Demon-repellers'('Hangmagun' in Korean), which fought against Jurchens and Mongolians. The succeeding Joseon Dynasty(which disliked Buddhism due to its Confucianistic nature) banned these 'Monk Armies'('Seung-byeong', which means the same as Japanese 'sohei'). But later during the 1592 Japanese Invasions, many Buddhist monks took up fighting again as Seung-byeong, and some famous monk-generals such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samyeongdang Samyeongdang]] contributed greatly in driving out the invading Japanese forces. Their names and feats were so well-known that there were many folk legends created about monks being able to use magic and supernatural powers.

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* In medieval Korea (during the reign of Goryeo Dynasty), there were was an official army faction of buddhist Buddhist monks, with the badass sounding name of 'the army of Demon-repellers'('Hangmagun' Demon repellers'('Hangmagun' in Korean), which fought against Jurchens and Mongolians. The succeeding Joseon Dynasty(which Dynasty (which disliked Buddhism due to its Confucianistic Confucian nature) banned these 'Monk Armies'('Seung-byeong', which means the same as Japanese 'sohei'). But later during the 1592 Japanese Invasions, many Buddhist monks took up fighting again as Seung-byeong, and some famous monk-generals such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samyeongdang Samyeongdang]] contributed greatly in driving out the invading Japanese forces. Their names and feats were so well-known that there were many folk legends created about monks being able to use magic and supernatural powers.



* Even to the modern day, Buddhism and Buddhist states have been very resistant to other religions.

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* Even to in the modern day, Buddhism and Buddhist states have been very resistant to other religions.



** Currently in Myanmar, the Buddhist majority, guided by monks and permitted by the government, violently riots, demonstrates, and attacks against the Muslim minority.

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** Currently in Myanmar, the Buddhist majority, guided by monks and permitted by the government, violently riots, demonstrates, and attacks against aga the Muslim minority.minority. Many have fled to Bangladesh as a result.



* UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} is a diverse religion with various sects but historically, it has never shied away from warfare, having a recognized role for the kshatriya (warrior) in the ruling castes of society. In the modern era, the Hindutva RenegadeSplinterFaction, alongside other Hindu right-wing movements such as the Shiv Sena engaged in widespread communal riots against Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, lower-caste Hindus, women and college girls, [[PersecutedIntellectuals "western" intellectuals]] and historians. One Hindu extremist assassinated UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi who called him NoTrueScotsman by saying that non-violence isn't part of Hinduism at all and other groups engaged in the destruction of the Babri Masjid. Such groups often complain about how their temples were destroyed by Muslim invaders while forgetting that Hindu kings destroyed Buddhist and Jain stupas and temples and indeed built their temples on top of those.
* During the early 20th century, the Catholic Church and the post-revolution Mexican government came into conflict. The Constitution of 1917 had several articles in it that severely limited the power of the church in Mexico, although not all of these were immediately enforced. During the administration of President Plutarco Calles, the government began secularizing education, forcing priests to register with the government, and capping the number of priests in the country, and persecuting Catholics that resisted (violently or not). The Church wasn't pleased with this, and, after putting the entire Church in Mexico on strike, numerous supporters of the church rose up in arms, calling themselves the Cristeros. The conflict escalated to the point where in 1928, the Mexican government executed José Sánchez del Río, a fifteen-year-old boy who refused to renounce his faith.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} is a diverse religion with various sects but historically, it has never shied away from warfare, having a recognized role for the kshatriya (warrior) in the ruling castes of society. In the modern era, the Hindutva RenegadeSplinterFaction, alongside other Hindu right-wing movements such as the Shiv Sena Sena, engaged in widespread communal riots against Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, lower-caste Hindus, women and college girls, [[PersecutedIntellectuals "western" intellectuals]] and historians. One Hindu extremist assassinated UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi, who called him NoTrueScotsman by saying that non-violence isn't part of Hinduism at all all, and other groups engaged in the destruction of the Babri Masjid. Such groups often complain about how their temples were destroyed by Muslim invaders while forgetting that Hindu kings [[NotSoDifferent destroyed Buddhist and Jain stupas and temples temples]], and indeed built their temples on top of those.those as well.
* During the early 20th century, the Catholic Church and the post-revolution Mexican government came into conflict. The Constitution of 1917 had several articles in it that severely limited the power of the church in Mexico, although not all of these were immediately enforced. During the administration of President Plutarco Calles, the government began secularizing education, forcing priests to register with the government, and capping the number of priests in the country, and persecuting Catholics that resisted (violently or not). The Church wasn't pleased with this, this and, after putting the entire Church in Mexico on strike, numerous supporters of the church rose up in arms, calling themselves the Cristeros. The conflict escalated to the point where in 1928, the Mexican government executed José Sánchez del Río, a fifteen-year-old boy who refused to renounce his faith. He and others have been lately recognized as being martyrs.



*** Considering that the ''actual'' Pope (Francis) is the first Pope belonging to the Jesuits, it seems they may be not ''that'' far off.

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*** Considering that the ''actual'' Pope (Francis) is the first Pope belonging to the Jesuits, it seems they may be not be ''that'' far off.



* To the Catholic Church itself, this has a very specifically defined meaning: The term "Church Militant" actually means "all living Catholics in communion with the Holy See." The other parts beings "Church Triumphant" all souls in heaven and "Church Suffering" all souls in Purgatory being made ready for heaven. "Church" here means the group of people who are believers, not the building or institution. In other words, all those still alive are fighting a spiritual war, but those who have died and gone to heaven are done with the struggle and have been made victorious by God.

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* To the Catholic Church itself, this has a very specifically defined meaning: The the term "Church Militant" actually means "all living Catholics in communion with the Holy See." The other parts beings being "Church Triumphant" all (all souls in heaven heaven) and "Church Suffering" all (all souls in Purgatory who are being made ready for heaven.heaven). "Church" here means the group of people who are believers, not the building or institution. In other words, all those still alive are fighting a spiritual war, but those who have died and gone to heaven are done with the struggle and have been made victorious by God.



*** In Welsh regiments, soldiers are, to this day, more likely than not to sing hymns on march and not swear.

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*** ** In Welsh regiments, soldiers are, to this day, more likely than not to sing hymns on march and not swear.swear.
** In Massachusetts Bay Colony, Puritan soldiers often took their guns to church in case of attacks by hostile native tribes while they were attending services.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1838_Mormon_War The Mormon War.]] Joseph Smith Jr. was once the leader of the militia (especially noteworthy is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion%27s_Camp Zion's Camp]] ) and also the prophet and leader of the LDS church. After Smith's assassination when Brigham Young was prophet and leader of the LDS church they organized the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_Battalion Mormon Battalion]] which is the only religious military unit in United States history and was part of the Mexican-American war.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1838_Mormon_War The Mormon War.]] Joseph Smith Jr. was once the leader of the militia (especially noteworthy is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion%27s_Camp Zion's Camp]] ) Camp]]) and also the prophet and leader of the LDS church. After Smith's assassination assassination, when Brigham Young was prophet and leader of the LDS church they organized the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_Battalion Mormon Battalion]] Battalion]], which is the only religious military unit in United States history and was part of the Mexican-American war.war. When the Church controlled Utah territory, the state militia also served as this. Some members were involved in atrocities against non-Mormons, unfortunately.
16th May '17 1:08:09 AM Fireblood
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If a Church Militant exists as a StateSec [[OrganizationIndex subdivision]] of a larger, [[ActualPacifist predominantly pacifist]] Church, expect it to be called "The Inquisition" regardless of the fact that RealLife inquisition was more like a detective and judicial branch of the Catholic Church (see also UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition) than its military arm. See also KungFuJesus.

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If a Church Militant exists as a StateSec [[OrganizationIndex subdivision]] of a larger, [[ActualPacifist predominantly pacifist]] Church, expect it to be called "The Inquisition" regardless of the fact that the RealLife inquisition was more like a detective and judicial branch of the Catholic Church (see also UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition) than its military arm. See also KungFuJesus.



* ''StrangerInAStrangeLand'' features "Fosterism", a parody of American tele-evangelism on one level but very much Church Militant in a political sense.

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* ''StrangerInAStrangeLand'' features "Fosterism", a parody of American tele-evangelism televangelism on one level but very much Church Militant in a political sense.


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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** The Faith of the Seven historically was protected by groups under this very name, since it is based on the Medieval Catholic Church.
** The Bearded Priests of Norvos, who are famously armed with double-headed axes.
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]].
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