History Main / CorruptChurch

17th Feb '18 2:02:41 AM nombretomado
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* One of the very first examples in cinema was presented in the Communist propaganda movie, ''Film/AlexanderNevsky''. The hideously withered archbishop and the black monk Grigory wish to subject the Russian people to ThePope and the religious Order of the Teutonic Knights goes as far as throwing babies into bonfire.

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* One of the very first examples in cinema was presented in the Communist propaganda movie, ''Film/AlexanderNevsky''. The hideously withered archbishop and the black monk Grigory wish to subject the Russian people to ThePope UsefulNotes/ThePope and the religious Order of the Teutonic Knights goes as far as throwing babies into bonfire.
2nd Feb '18 2:39:03 AM Cryoclaste
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** The churches of the gods [[LawfulNeutral Helm]] and [[LawfulGood Torm]] in the ForgottenRealms had both become corrupted before the Time of Troubles. Once the deities actually saw for themselves what their clerics were doing, they immediately set about cleaning up the ranks of their faithful, dictating new rituals and duties as penance to make their followers atone.

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** The churches of the gods [[LawfulNeutral Helm]] and [[LawfulGood Torm]] in the ForgottenRealms TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms had both become corrupted before the Time of Troubles. Once the deities actually saw for themselves what their clerics were doing, they immediately set about cleaning up the ranks of their faithful, dictating new rituals and duties as penance to make their followers atone.
24th Jan '18 2:58:32 AM Cryoclaste
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* 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.

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* The ''NationalLampoon'' ''Franchise/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.
16th Jan '18 3:34:13 PM VoiceInTheWilderness
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* Most of the Martian faiths in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' are deeply political organisations designed to maintain power over the populous, with constant power struggles both within and without.

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* Most of the Martian faiths in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' are deeply political organisations designed to maintain power over the populous, populace, with constant power struggles both within and without.
3rd Jan '18 5:45:38 AM Bissek
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' (not in the same continuity as above) and by extention, the ''[[VideoGame/KisekiSeries Trails series]] as a whole, meanwhile, is notable for just ''how hard'' it averts this trope in comparison to [[EasternRPG its genre]]. The Septian Church is an unabashed force for good, and the vast, vast majority of its clergy are true believers in the goddess Aidios. Most simply wish to contribute positively to their communities, and the Church even aids the heroine's party at several points in the ''First Chapter''. In fact, a clergyman is a playable character in the ''Second Chapter'', and although [[spoiler:he's willing to commit assassinations for the sake of the church]], he's still unquestionably a man of good faith. He's even made the protagonist in ''The 3rd'', along with ChildhoodFriend and nun Sister Reis.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' (not in the same continuity as above) and by extention, the ''[[VideoGame/KisekiSeries Trails series]] series]]'' as a whole, meanwhile, is notable for just ''how hard'' it averts this trope in comparison to [[EasternRPG its genre]]. The Septian Church is an unabashed force for good, and the vast, vast majority of its clergy are true believers in the goddess Aidios. Most simply wish to contribute positively to their communities, and the Church even aids the heroine's party at several points in the ''First Chapter''. In fact, a clergyman is a playable character in the ''Second Chapter'', and although [[spoiler:he's willing to commit assassinations for the sake of the church]], he's still unquestionably a man of good faith. He's even made the protagonist in ''The 3rd'', along with ChildhoodFriend and nun Sister Reis.
29th Dec '17 11:12:12 AM darkabomination
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* The Bardus Church, from ''[[VideoGame/GagharvTrilogy The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion]]''. It becomes clear that the church is a force for good, however, for a great chunk of the game, you're dealing with a very corrupt Church Official. In game, [=NPCs=] do see the church as corrupt due to Abbot Avarice's [[MeaningfulName greed]]. This is also part of the reason the [[ReligionOfEvil Octum Apostles]] formed in the first place.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' (not in the same continuity as above) and by extention, the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries Trails series]] as a whole, meanwhile, is notable for just ''how hard'' it averts this trope in comparison to [[EasternRPG its parent genre]]. The Septian Church is an unabashed force for good, and the vast, vast majority of its clergy are true believers in the goddess Aidios. Most simply wish to contribute positively to their communities, and the Church even aids the heroine's party at several points in the ''First Chapter''. In fact, a clergyman is a playable character in the ''Second Chapter'', and although [[spoiler:he's willing to commit assassinations for the sake of the church]], he's still unquestionably a man of good faith. He's even made the protagonist in ''The 3rd'', along with ChildhoodFriend Sister Reis.

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* The Bardus Church, from ''[[VideoGame/GagharvTrilogy The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion]]''. It becomes clear that the church is a force for good, however, for a great chunk of the game, you're dealing with a very corrupt Church Official. In game, [=NPCs=] do see see the church as corrupt due to Abbot Avarice's [[MeaningfulName greed]]. This is also part of the reason the [[ReligionOfEvil Octum Apostles]] formed in the first place.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' (not in the same continuity as above) and by extention, the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries ''[[VideoGame/KisekiSeries Trails series]] as a whole, meanwhile, is notable for just ''how hard'' it averts this trope in comparison to [[EasternRPG its parent genre]]. The Septian Church is an unabashed force for good, and the vast, vast majority of its clergy are true believers in the goddess Aidios. Most simply wish to contribute positively to their communities, and the Church even aids the heroine's party at several points in the ''First Chapter''. In fact, a clergyman is a playable character in the ''Second Chapter'', and although [[spoiler:he's willing to commit assassinations for the sake of the church]], he's still unquestionably a man of good faith. He's even made the protagonist in ''The 3rd'', along with ChildhoodFriend and nun Sister Reis.
29th Dec '17 11:09:50 AM darkabomination
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* The Bardus Church, from ''The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion''. It becomes clear that the church is a good church. However, for a great chunk of the game, you're dealing with a very corrupt Church Official that you might think that the Bardus Church is really corrupt. In game, [=NPCs=] do see this church as corrupt due to Abbot Avarice's [[MeaningfulName greed]]. This is also part of the reason the [[ReligionOfEvil Octum Apostles]] formed in the first place.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' and by extention, the ''VideoGameKisekiSeries Trails series]] as a whole, meanwhile, is notable for just ''how hard'' it averts this trope in comparison to [[EasternRPG its genre]]. The Septian Church is an unabashed force for good, and the vast, vast majority of its clergy are true believers in the goddess Aidios. Most simply wish to contribute positively to their communities, and the Church even aids the heroine's party at several points in the ''First Chapter''. In fact, a clergyman is a playable character in the ''Second Chapter'', and although [[spoiler:he's willing to commit assassinations for the sake of the church]], he's still unquestionably a man of good faith. He's even made the protagonist in ''The 3rd'', along with ChildhoodFriend and nun Sister Reis.

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* The Bardus Church, from ''The ''[[VideoGame/GagharvTrilogy The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion''. Vermillion]]''. It becomes clear that the church is a good church. However, force for good, however, for a great chunk of the game, you're dealing with a very corrupt Church Official that you might think that the Bardus Church is really corrupt. Official. In game, [=NPCs=] do see this see the church as corrupt due to Abbot Avarice's [[MeaningfulName greed]]. This is also part of the reason the [[ReligionOfEvil Octum Apostles]] formed in the first place.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' (not in the same continuity as above) and by extention, the ''VideoGameKisekiSeries ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries Trails series]] as a whole, meanwhile, is notable for just ''how hard'' it averts this trope in comparison to [[EasternRPG its parent genre]]. The Septian Church is an unabashed force for good, and the vast, vast majority of its clergy are true believers in the goddess Aidios. Most simply wish to contribute positively to their communities, and the Church even aids the heroine's party at several points in the ''First Chapter''. In fact, a clergyman is a playable character in the ''Second Chapter'', and although [[spoiler:he's willing to commit assassinations for the sake of the church]], he's still unquestionably a man of good faith. He's even made the protagonist in ''The 3rd'', along with ChildhoodFriend and nun Sister Reis.
29th Dec '17 11:01:08 AM darkabomination
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* The KisekiSeries, born from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', meanwhile, is actually notable for just ''how hard'' it averts this trope in comparison to its genre. The Septian Church is unabashedly a force for good, and the vast, vast majority of its clergy are true believers and wish to contribute positively to their communities, and the Church even aids the hero party in First Chapter, and a clergyman is a playable character in the Second Chapter.

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* The KisekiSeries, born from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' and by extention, the ''VideoGameKisekiSeries Trails series]] as a whole, meanwhile, is actually notable for just ''how hard'' it averts this trope in comparison to [[EasternRPG its genre. genre]]. The Septian Church is unabashedly a an unabashed force for good, and the vast, vast majority of its clergy are true believers and in the goddess Aidios. Most simply wish to contribute positively to their communities, and the Church even aids the hero heroine's party at several points in First Chapter, and the ''First Chapter''. In fact, a clergyman is a playable character in the Second Chapter.''Second Chapter'', and although [[spoiler:he's willing to commit assassinations for the sake of the church]], he's still unquestionably a man of good faith. He's even made the protagonist in ''The 3rd'', along with ChildhoodFriend and nun Sister Reis.
22nd Dec '17 11:47:39 AM JMQwilleran
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* In the [[spoiler:Evil Goddess timeline]] in ''VideoGame/FairyFencerF: Advent Dark Force'', there is the Septerion Club. The Septerion Club is headed by [[spoiler:Sherman, who having returned to the new timeline with his memories intact after the party defeated the Vile God, is hoping to bring to the world his idea of a perfect brand of justice in a world in which the Vile God no longer holds sway. Unfortunately, his idea of a perfect brand of justice is prosecuting everyone who was formally a member of Dorfa, now exposed as having supported the revival of the Vile God. Those that they don't persecute, they force to buy their special brand of wine at a ridiculous cost and indenture into servitude those who can't pay it. Fang is disgusted by this and vows to unravel the group's ambitions and begins trying to recruit former Dorfa members as an EnemyMine.]] The Septerion Club is also supported in battle matters by a group called the Justice Society.
9th Dec '17 8:16:49 PM Divra
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** ''{{Literature/Elantris}}'': It is well-known that the Wyrn (high priest) of the [[ChurchMilitant Shu-Dereth]] faith is more interested in using the church to grow his secular empire (the Wyrn is also the reigning Emperor of Fjordell), but the two Shu-Derethi encountered in the book both take their religion seriously, Hrathen is a true believer, Dilaf is [[TheFundamentalist frothing-at-the-mouth fanatic.]]
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