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24th Sep '16 4:28:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/AfterschoolCharisma'' (aka ''Japanese CloneHigh'') has a bizarre cult that takes root among the clones lead by a clone of the legendary 3rd century Japanese witch-queen Himiko who worship the spirit of Dolly the Clone Sheep. [[WidgetSeries Yeah]].

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* ''Manga/AfterschoolCharisma'' (aka ''Japanese CloneHigh'') WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'') has a bizarre cult that takes root among the clones lead by a clone of the legendary 3rd century Japanese witch-queen Himiko who worship the spirit of Dolly the Clone Sheep. [[WidgetSeries Yeah]].
19th Sep '16 1:45:43 PM Preda
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* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries The Brotherhood of Nod]], led by [[DarkMessiah Kane]], believe that [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Tiberium]] will allow humanity to achieve ascension. In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars Tiberium Wars]]'', Kane uses Tiberium to summon an AlienInvasion. In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilight Tiberian Twilight]]'', [[spoiler:he and his followers use a portal left behind by the aliens to actually ascend.]]

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* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries The Brotherhood of Nod]], led by the man named [[DarkMessiah Kane]], believe that ''started out'' as a secret society/cult whose members believed Kane's prophecy [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Tiberium]] will allow humanity to achieve ascension.ascension. When Tiberium actually arrived on Earth in the 1990's, Nod gradually went from a secret society to a global terrorist movement to [[NGOSuperpower something resembling the Islamic State]] in terms of reach, influence and ability to field armed forces. In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars Tiberium Wars]]'', Kane uses Tiberium to summon an AlienInvasion. In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilight Tiberian Twilight]]'', [[spoiler:he and his followers use a portal left behind by the aliens to actually ascend.]]
19th Sep '16 12:10:32 AM Hanz
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*** The Hubologists return in the Nuka-World DLC of Fallout 4, now lead by the descendant of the cult's founder. They believe a UFO ride to be an actual spacecraft and wish to use it to travel to space. [[spoiler:Depending on how much power you give the UFO, they either survive with or get die from the G-force]].
18th Aug '16 10:06:45 PM CaptEquinox
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* ''Series/BarneyMiller'' once dealt with an ordinary Middle America couple who wanted their daughter kidnapped from her cult, The Light of the East Temple and Herbarium. The cult has a Hindu-Buddhist ambience, while their leader LooksLikeJesus and seems reasonable. He reassures the parents that many young people are not up to the discipline required (no drugs, no tobacco, no alcohol, no sex) and the turnover at the temple is very high.
18th Aug '16 6:09:41 PM CaptEquinox
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* ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn''.

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* ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn''.''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn'' has a community of children who have killed everyone over 19 in their community and worship "He Who Walks Behind the Rows", who it turns out is quite real.



* ''Film/MouthToMouth''

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* ''Film/MouthToMouth''''Film/MouthToMouth'' is based on director Alison Murray's actual experiences with a cult made up of homeless teenagers who want to stop using drugs and seek to change the world.



* ''Film/TheSacrament''
* ''Film/SoundOfMyVoice'' is about two documentarians infiltrating a mysterious cult led by a young woman who claims that she's from a post-apocalyptic future.
* ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene''

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* ''Film/TheSacrament''
''Film/TheSacrament'' has journalists documenting their effort to save a coworker's sister from a Jonestown-like group.
* ''Film/SoundOfMyVoice'' is about two documentarians infiltrating (and getting sucked into) a mysterious cult led by a young woman who claims that she's from a post-apocalyptic future.
* ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene''''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene'' has a young woman escaping a religious cult and trying to reorient herself in the everyday world.


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* ''Can Ellen Be Saved'' from 1974 has John Saxon as a heroic deprogrammer hired by Leslie Nielsen and Louise Fletcher to kidnap their teenage daughter (Katherine Cannon) from The Children Of Jesus and its seductive leader, played by Michael Parks.
18th Aug '16 5:43:14 PM CaptEquinox
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As typically used, "cult" is a pejorative term for what is more objectively termed a "new religious movement." These groups, being religions of recent origin, struggle with small membership, low social standing (generally), and a nigh-unbreakable association with a single charismatic figure, which can be devastating if this person is still alive and capable of scandals and social missteps. All this, coupled with the understandable anger of established Real Life groups at being labeled cults, means that fiction is likely to stick to a tropable stereotype (which is interesting) over an accurate depiction of a new religious movement (which is likely to be offensive and/or boring).

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As typically used, used in fiction, "cult" is a pejorative term for what is more objectively termed a "new religious movement." movement". These groups, being religions of recent origin, struggle with small membership, low social standing (generally), and a nigh-unbreakable association with a single charismatic figure, which can be devastating if this person is still alive and capable of scandals and social missteps. All this, coupled with the understandable anger of established Real Life groups at being labeled cults, means that fiction is likely to stick to a tropable stereotype (which is interesting) over an accurate depiction of a new religious movement (which is likely to be offensive and/or boring).



* Members who do manual labor for little or no pay, either to grow food or make money for the leaders.

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* Members who do manual labor for little or no pay, either to grow food food, do construction work, or make money for the leaders.leaders through a business.



* Members who are not allowed to have any authority of their own -- parents cannot determine what happens to their children; women cannot determine who has sexual rights to their bodies.

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* Members who are not allowed to have any authority of their own -- parents cannot determine what happens to their children; women cannot determine who has sexual rights to their bodies.bodies; children may be sexually abused, or punished in bizarre ways.



* The camp or compound which comes under siege by police or federal agents. (Needless to say, cults are popular bad guys on shows ''about'' [[PoliceProcedural police]] or federal agents.)
* Polygamy and/or pedophilia

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* The home, camp or compound which comes under siege by police or federal agents. (Needless to say, cults are popular bad guys on shows ''about'' [[PoliceProcedural police]] or federal agents.)
* Polygamy and/or pedophiliapedophilia.



* Members being required to enter into a BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage, sometimes in a mass wedding, sometimes not.

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* Members being required to enter into a BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage, sometimes in a mass wedding, sometimes not. not; or, all women required to "marry" the leader.




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* Deprogrammers. Especially in the 1970s, when small Christian cults were rife, the deprogrammer was often portrayed as a heroic, knightly figure who rescues (kidnaps) attractive young women out of the cult and subjects them to hours of debriefing, encouraging them to question the cult's teachings. Some deprogrammers did do this, less so today; [[http://www.icsahome.com/articles/persistence-of--deprogramming--stereotypes-in-film Joe Szimhart]], a real deprogrammer, advises filmmakers on realistic portrayals.



Many aspects of the standard depiction are [[RippedFromTheHeadlines drawn from real events]], based on such incidents as Film/{{Jonestown}}, the Heaven's Gate, the Branch Davidian incident in Waco, Texas, and others. Expect there to be an element of ReligiousHorror. If a cult is being played for humor value, it will usually [[ChurchOfHappyology very closely resemble]] the Church of Scientology.

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Many aspects of the standard depiction are [[RippedFromTheHeadlines drawn from real events]], based on such incidents as Film/{{Jonestown}}, the Heaven's Gate, the attack on the Branch Davidian incident home in Waco, Texas, and others. Expect there to be an element of ReligiousHorror. If a cult is being played for humor value, it will usually [[ChurchOfHappyology very closely resemble]] the Church of Scientology.
14th Aug '16 2:58:06 PM direguy
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* The Divine Ascension in ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'', its a combination of Scientology, North Korea, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Facebook]]. When people enter it all information about them used to blackmail them into obeying the groups orders, or they could face being sent to a reeducation camp in Siberia.

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* The Divine Ascension in ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'', its a combination of Scientology, North Korea, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Facebook]]. When people enter it all information about them used to blackmail them into obeying the groups orders, or they could face being sent to a reeducation camp in Siberia. Its leader Lady Lilith Vermillion started the whole thing as a started to believe she was a god, after surviving a bullet to her head. When Pandora is discovered she sets her sights to it, with the intent of claiming the planet for her own.
13th Aug '16 3:38:08 PM direguy
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* The Divine Ascension in ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'', its a combination of Scientology, North Korea, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Facebook]]. When people enter it all information about them used to blackmail them into obeying the groups orders, or they could face being sent to a reeducation camp in Siberia.
10th Aug '16 9:33:39 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/ThePath'': Meyerism, a New Age religious sect which is at the center of the series.
4th Aug '16 2:53:48 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* And then there's [[Franchise/{{Halo}} the Covenant]], where the leaders don't even realize [[spoiler:they're running a suicide cult]].

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* And then there's [[Franchise/{{Halo}} the Covenant]], where the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Covenant, a multi-species theocratic hegemony whose
leaders don't even realize [[spoiler:they're running a suicide cult]].cult]].
** The Covenant's more religious remnants, like the one introduced in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', are often referred to as "cults" by the UNSC.
** On the human side of things, there's the Triad, which teaches that every human has three lives, with spiritual transcendence only occurring when you linked all three. Its leader is the rather sinister Dasc Gevadim.
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