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5th Jun '18 9:48:55 PM RoninMacbeth
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': The Church of [[SatanicArchetype Asmodeus]], the main LawfulEvil deity of the setting. They're rather powerful and, unlike most of the setting's other [[ReligionOfEvil Religions of Evil]], aren't a cult devoted to [[OmnicidalManiac blowing up the multiverse for shits and giggles.]] On the contrary, they rather [[EvilVersusOblivion like having a multiverse around to dominate]], and will happily assist any settlements struggling with the doomsday cult ''du jour.'' Of course, because they can't just let any of those pesky doomsday cults reappear, they might need to take said settlements over. You know, for public order. Oh, [[DayOfTheJackboot and they might need them to hand over most of their wealth, and civil liberties, and religion,]] but who cares? No one, anymore. The Church makes sure of that.
29th May '18 2:29:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'': According to the Don Miguel, the Church ''used'' to hunt vampires but by the time they made their plan to integrate with society, they already have several of their numbers in their ranks. True to that, some bishops and inquisitors are assembled in his council.
24th May '18 1:30:03 PM ZimFan89
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* ''ComicBook/{{Monstress}}'' has the Cumaea. Originally just an insignificant religious organization that worshipped the psychic scientist, Marium, who discovered [[AppliedPhlebotinum Lilium]] and developed the applications for it, they've since grown to become a fundamentalist cult which all but controls the Federation of Man by force. Professor Tam Tam claims that, if she were alive today, the science-oriented Marium would scoff at the Cumaea.
17th May '18 12:31:10 AM PaulA
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* In ''AndroclesAndTheLion'', the Emperor, though elevated to divinity, believes in the Roman gods "no more than... any educated man in Rome." Indeed, all that educated Romans have to do with their religion is making token sacrifices to Diana or Jupiter, and that lets them stand on the outside of the arena where Christians who refuse to burn the incense are thrown to the lions.

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* In ''AndroclesAndTheLion'', ''Theatre/AndroclesAndTheLion'', the Emperor, though elevated to divinity, believes in the Roman gods "no more than... any educated man in Rome." Indeed, all that educated Romans have to do with their religion is making token sacrifices to Diana or Jupiter, and that lets them stand on the outside of the arena where Christians who refuse to burn the incense are thrown to the lions.
9th May '18 1:02:04 AM PaulA
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* For a milder version, Polly Harrington practically runs the church in the Disney version of ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}''. She meets with Reverend Ford to plan out his sermons, and he always declines to take sides against her, even when he disagrees with her. Eventually, though, the whole town, including Reverend Ford learns to stand up to her, and she makes a HeelFaceTurn.

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* For a milder version, Polly Harrington practically runs the church in the Disney version of ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}''.''Film/{{Pollyanna|1960}}''. She meets with Reverend Ford to plan out his sermons, and he always declines to take sides against her, even when he disagrees with her. Eventually, though, the whole town, including Reverend Ford learns to stand up to her, and she makes a HeelFaceTurn.
22nd Apr '18 10:45:41 AM nombretomado
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* The Church of the Eternal Fire in the ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' series. Not only is it founded by a madman in order to stave off a supposed apocalypse, it's also blatantly anti-magic, racist, and very corrupt. While it does attempt to do good in the form of the Order of the Flaming Rose, which hunts monsters and protects the common people, their rule in the city of Novigrad is essentially a theocracy, where witch hunters prowl the streets and burn people at the stake daily. Even in the beginning of ''TheWitcher3WildHunt'', they blame the war with [[TheEmpire Nilfgaard]] on nonhumans, magic users, and witchers instead of on Nilfgaard, which began the war without provocation. It's also seen that their witch hunters prowl the countryside in Velen, hanging people seemingly at random. While they do try and protect the common people from magic users, most magic-users in the setting are relatively benevolent, except for the manipulative Lodge of Sorceresses, with many even serving as advisors to rulers in the Northern Kingdoms.

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* The Church of the Eternal Fire in the ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' series. Not only is it founded by a madman in order to stave off a supposed apocalypse, it's also blatantly anti-magic, racist, and very corrupt. While it does attempt to do good in the form of the Order of the Flaming Rose, which hunts monsters and protects the common people, their rule in the city of Novigrad is essentially a theocracy, where witch hunters prowl the streets and burn people at the stake daily. Even in the beginning of ''TheWitcher3WildHunt'', ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', they blame the war with [[TheEmpire Nilfgaard]] on nonhumans, magic users, and witchers instead of on Nilfgaard, which began the war without provocation. It's also seen that their witch hunters prowl the countryside in Velen, hanging people seemingly at random. While they do try and protect the common people from magic users, most magic-users in the setting are relatively benevolent, except for the manipulative Lodge of Sorceresses, with many even serving as advisors to rulers in the Northern Kingdoms.
25th Mar '18 6:43:51 AM ilikefrenchfries
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* In ''NewDanganRonpaV3'', Angie comes from an island that worships a god named Atua. Right off the bat, we're told that Atua requires blood sacrifices, though they're said to be non-lethal. It's also implied that either [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing]] or [[ManipulativeBitch manipulation]] is used to get new members.
24th Mar '18 1:41:58 AM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheFrankensteinChronicles'': One part of the Anglican Church is portrayed this way. The Dean of Westminster [[spoiler: orders the murders of priests who oppose his plan to sell church land which would result in the poor who live there being thrown out. He then has the murderer himself killed to tie up loose ends.]]
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.
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