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14th Nov '17 11:38:34 PM zealots
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* A recurring ComicBook/XMen villainous organization are the Purifiers, a Corrupt Church founded on FantasticRacism; the group literally believes mutants are the minions of {{Satan}} sent to conquer the Earth in his name, so they brutally seek out and murder any mutant or mutant sympathizer they can.
** The Church of Humanity, an offshoot of the notorious anti-mutant hate group Friends of Humanity, also qualifies.
* The Church of the Instrumentality in Marvel's ''ComicBook/{{Dreadstar}}'' comics, an interplanetary theocracy headed by a cross of Emperor Palpatine and Mongul called Lord Papal.
* In the comic book ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', the organization that formally employed The Magdalena, heavily implied to be descended from the Inquisition.



* The ''NationalLampoon'' did the "Son O'God" comic books (drawn by Neal Adams) depicting Jesus as a superhero from a fundamentalist Protestant POV - the archvillain ran the Catholic church, depicted as could be expected.
* Many ''ComicBook/SinCity'' churches seem to answer to Cardinal Roark, a member of a psychotic crime family. We do get to see at least one nun who is a decent person so it apparently doesn't extend to all parishes.
* The Grail in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', also doubles as a NGOSuperpower.



* The second volume of ''Mystery in Space'' published by Creator/DCComics introduced the Eternal Light Corporation to serve as the token NebulousCriminalConspiracy group targeting the book's hero Captain Comet. This group is somewhat unique among the usual corrupt churches among comics, as it is essentially a fusion of a Corrupt Church and an EvilInc corporation.

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* In the comic book ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', there's organization that formally employed The Magdalena, which is heavily implied to be descended from the Inquisition.
* The Church of the Instrumentality in Marvel's ''ComicBook/{{Dreadstar}}'' comics, an interplanetary theocracy headed by a cross of Emperor Palpatine and Mongul called Lord Papal.
* The second volume of ''Mystery in Space'' published by Creator/DCComics introduced the Eternal Light Corporation to serve as the token NebulousCriminalConspiracy group targeting the book's hero Captain Comet. This group is somewhat unique among the usual corrupt churches among of comics, as it is essentially a fusion of a Corrupt Church and an EvilInc corporation.corporation.
* The ''NationalLampoon'' did the "Son O'God" comic books (drawn by Neal Adams) depicting Jesus as a superhero from a fundamentalist Protestant POV - the archvillain ran the Catholic church, depicted as could be expected.
* The Grail in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', also doubles as a NGOSuperpower.
* Many ''ComicBook/SinCity'' churches seem to answer to Cardinal Roark, a member of a psychotic crime family. We do get to see at least one nun who is a decent person so it apparently doesn't extend to all parishes.


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* A recurring ''ComicBook/XMen'' villainous organization are the Purifiers, a Corrupt Church founded on FantasticRacism; the group literally believes mutants are the minions of {{Satan}} sent to conquer the Earth in his name, so they brutally seek out and murder any mutant or mutant sympathizer they can.
** The Church of Humanity, an offshoot of the notorious anti-mutant hate group Friends of Humanity, also qualifies. This group is itself particularly infamous for a certain Chuck Austen story that focused on them attempting to install Nightcrawler as an AntiChrist figure (the notorious [[MemeticMutation exploding communion wafers X-meme]] comes from this story).
** On the other side of the human/mutant coin are the [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Acolytes of Magneto]], a supervillain group unique for their stance of exalting and worshiping ComicBook/{{Magneto}} as a mutant messiah.
14th Nov '17 11:30:05 PM zealots
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* The second volume of ''Mystery in Space'' published by Creator/DCComics introduced the Eternal Light Corporation to serve as the token NebulousCriminalConspiracy group targeting the book's hero Captain Comet. This group is somewhat unique among the usual corrupt churches among comics, as it is essentially a fusion of a Corrupt Church and an EvilInc corporation.
14th Nov '17 8:22:15 AM Hanz
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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has the Templars, many of which are officials of the Catholic Church. This fits with the Renaissance setting, as the Church was very corrupt at the time. Also, their religious nature in the first game is largely a sham, and in the following games they barely even give it a lip service. It is also even revealed that Templars know there is no religion but use religion as a tool to control the masses. Of course the same also applies to their sworn enemies, the Assassins who in RealLife were an Ishmaelian sect of Muslims. [[spoiler:The said Pope incidentally is the BigBad of the second game, while in ''Brotherhood'' his son has taken the reins.]] It doesn't help that [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Borgias]] were particularly active in the Renaissance-era Church. [[spoiler:With Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander being a BigBad in Ezio's arc]].

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has the Templars, many of which are officials of the Catholic Church. This fits with the Renaissance setting, as the Church was very corrupt at the time. Also, their religious nature in the first game is largely a sham, and in the following games they barely even give it a lip service. It is also even revealed that Templars know there is no religion but use religion as a tool to control the masses. Of course the same also applies to their sworn enemies, the Assassins who in RealLife were an Ishmaelian sect of Muslims. [[spoiler:The said Pope incidentally is the BigBad of the second game, while in ''Brotherhood'' his son has taken the reins.]] It doesn't help that [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Borgias]] were particularly active in the Renaissance-era Church. [[spoiler:With Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander being a BigBad in Ezio's arc]].



** While the Chantry of Andraste doesn't actively harass and mistreat Fereldians, (actually, it's quite nice and pleasant), it is the main reason behind many, ''many'' social and racial problems and wrong-doings throughout Thedas. Due to the fear of BloodMagic, nearly all Mages are to be feared and despised, leading them to be rounded up and imprisoned in the [[MageTower Circle]], supposedly for their own protection. Elves are often seen as second-class citizens and forced to live in Alienages, where they are subject to much racism from humans. The Chantry likewise [[KickTheDog repaid]] the Dalish Elves assistance in helping Andraste free Thedas from the Tevinter Imperium, by later branding them heretics for not worshipping the Maker and leading an [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades Exalted March]] against their new homeland, reducing them to wandering nomads. Not to mention, the Chantry's method of ensuring [[ChurchMilitant the]] [[KnightTemplar Templars']] remain loyal is to addict them to [[GRatedDrug Lyrium]] under the excuse that it'll make them more powerful, despite knowing that it can lead to paranoia, emotional instability and full-blown psychosis.

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** While the Chantry of Andraste doesn't actively harass and mistreat Fereldians, Fereldans, (actually, it's quite nice and pleasant), it is the main reason behind many, ''many'' social and racial problems and wrong-doings throughout Thedas. Due to the fear of BloodMagic, nearly all Mages are to be feared and despised, leading them to be rounded up and imprisoned in the [[MageTower Circle]], supposedly for their own protection. Elves are often seen as second-class citizens and forced to live in Alienages, where they are subject to much racism from humans. The Chantry likewise [[KickTheDog repaid]] the Dalish Elves assistance in helping Andraste free Thedas from the Tevinter Imperium, by later branding them heretics for not worshipping the Maker and leading an [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades Exalted March]] against their new homeland, reducing them to wandering nomads. Not to mention, the Chantry's method of ensuring [[ChurchMilitant the]] [[KnightTemplar Templars']] remain loyal is to addict them to [[GRatedDrug [[FantasticDrug Lyrium]] under the excuse that it'll make them more powerful, despite knowing that it can lead to paranoia, emotional instability and full-blown psychosis.
8th Nov '17 12:44:07 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheSwamplingKing'': It's clear that the church cares far more about temporal power than actually following their own religion. [[spoiler:They sponsored the Outer Duchies Rebellion, then denied it when it was clear the rebels were going to lose]].
30th Oct '17 1:11:56 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', where the main villains are the ChurchMilitant. As it turns out, however, they're just one of two factions that are warring for power: one of which is led by a FatBastard who wants to start a war BecauseDestinySaysSo, while the leader of the other is the ''actual'' Pope equivalent who just wants to bring peace and harmony to the world. Further subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler:the ChurchMilitant is actually working ''against'' the wishes of the religion as a whole by aiming to destroy the local deity]].

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', where the main villains are the ChurchMilitant. As it turns out, however, they're just one of two factions that are warring for power: one of which is led by a FatBastard who wants to start a war BecauseDestinySaysSo, while the leader of the other is the ''actual'' Pope equivalent who just wants to bring peace and harmony to the world. Further subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler:the ChurchMilitant is actually working ''against'' the wishes of the religion as a whole by aiming to destroy the local deity]]. That said, there are a lot of implications that the Order of Lorelei has a lot of rot in it and improving it into a true SaintlyChurch is an explicit goal of one of the heroes by the end.
24th Sep '17 11:40:02 PM jnv11
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Distinct from the PathOfInspiration because the Corrupt Church actually started out as a legitimate religion but has GoneHorriblyWrong. Unlike the ReligionOfEvil, an openly evil religion, the teachings may still be sound, and there may be good-hearted people in it yet -- usually laity or [[TurbulentPriest low-ranking clergy]], even a GoodShepherd -- though neither of these can be counted on.

Compare with the {{Cult}} and ChurchOfHappyology. Contrast with the SaintlyChurch. Can potentially overlap with ChurchMilitant, if the church is both evil ''and'' badass.

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Distinct from the PathOfInspiration and ScamReligion because the Corrupt Church actually started out as a legitimate religion but has GoneHorriblyWrong. Unlike the ReligionOfEvil, an openly evil religion, the teachings may still be sound, and there may be good-hearted people in it yet -- usually laity or [[TurbulentPriest low-ranking clergy]], even a GoodShepherd -- though neither of these can be counted on.

Compare with the {{Cult}} and ChurchOfHappyology.{{Cult}}. Contrast with the SaintlyChurch. Can potentially overlap with ChurchMilitant, if the church is both evil ''and'' badass.
24th Sep '17 11:36:15 PM jnv11
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Compare with the {{Cult}}. Contrast with the SaintlyChurch. Can potentially overlap with ChurchMilitant, if the church is both evil ''and'' badass.

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Compare with the {{Cult}}.{{Cult}} and ChurchOfHappyology. Contrast with the SaintlyChurch. Can potentially overlap with ChurchMilitant, if the church is both evil ''and'' badass.
24th Sep '17 11:34:47 PM jnv11
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Compare with the {{Cult}} and ChurchOfHappyology. Contrast with the SaintlyChurch. Can potentially overlap with ChurchMilitant, if the church is both evil ''and'' badass.

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Compare with the {{Cult}} and ChurchOfHappyology.{{Cult}}. Contrast with the SaintlyChurch. Can potentially overlap with ChurchMilitant, if the church is both evil ''and'' badass.
18th Sep '17 5:16:55 PM Carliro
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** Ixalan has the Church of Dusk, which is about as wholesome as you can expect [[FantasyCounterpartCulture a parallel of historical conquistadores]] that also happen to be [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] to be.

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** Ixalan has the Church of Dusk, which is about as wholesome as you can expect [[FantasyCounterpartCulture a parallel of historical conquistadores]] that also happen to be [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] to be. In the interest of fairness, their basic motivation, to retrieve the Immortal Sun as to grant eternal life instead of eternal undeath, is [[WellIntentionedExtremist somewhat pure]], but cards show that many of its members also pursue riches and glory and have no issues abusing their power.
18th Sep '17 5:14:49 PM Carliro
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** Ixalan has the Church of Dusk, which is about as wholesome as you can expect [[FantasyCounterpartCulture a parallel of historical conquistadores]] that also happen to be [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] to be.
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