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30th Jul '16 11:51:17 AM nombretomado
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* DanBrown features the church involved in intrigue and conspiracies:

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* DanBrown Creator/DanBrown features the church involved in intrigue and conspiracies:
4th Jul '16 12:02:04 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' is a Catholic demon-hunter who uses guns and magic to send demons back to hell in a world where {{God}} and the Devil are in a bet over who can influence mankind the most. Roger Ebert on the movie:

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* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. The title character is a Catholic demon-hunter who uses guns and magic to send demons back to hell in a world where {{God}} and the Devil are in a bet over who can influence mankind the most. Roger Ebert on the movie:
1st Jul '16 5:03:06 PM ricomarbo
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* The French comic ''{{ComoicBook/666}}'' combines just about all the subtropes along with a healthy does of AmericaWinsTheWar. When Hell invades, it falls to an [[EagleLand all-American]] BadassPreacher to save the world using holy relics, ridiculously large guns (and a combination thereof), and ''nuking Hell'' isn't even the endpoint of the series.

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* The French comic ''{{ComoicBook/666}}'' ''{{ComicBook/666}}'' combines just about all the subtropes along with a healthy does of AmericaWinsTheWar. When Hell invades, it falls to an [[EagleLand all-American]] BadassPreacher to save the world using holy relics, ridiculously large guns (and a combination thereof), and ''nuking Hell'' isn't even the endpoint of the series.
1st Jul '16 5:45:08 AM Chabal2
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* ''{{ComicBook/Hellblazer}}'': While the Catholic Church has a lot of relics and books on demons and exorcism, the actual thwarting of TheLegionsOfHell is usually up to Constantine (and if Creator/GarthEnnis is writing, more than a few TakeThats).
* The French comic ''{{ComoicBook/666}}'' combines just about all the subtropes along with a healthy does of AmericaWinsTheWar. When Hell invades, it falls to an [[EagleLand all-American]] BadassPreacher to save the world using holy relics, ridiculously large guns (and a combination thereof), and ''nuking Hell'' isn't even the endpoint of the series.
** The sequel ''6666'' takes place in TheFuture (obviously), pitting demons allied with space Nazis against the massive space armada of... the Catholic Church, whose ships look like whitewashed 40K designs.
29th Jun '16 1:26:05 PM StFan
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* ''Film/{{Priest 2011}}'' is an example of badass church priests. The church is pretty much the controlling government and the only people shown are the downtrodden, voluntary exiles, the priests, cops controlled by the church and the controlling priests (magisters). (Also, the {{Manhwa}} it is based off of).
** Priest. Where the New Testament never happened. Remarkably, this point could be made of most Orwellian depictions of the Church.
* ''Film/VanHelsing'' - The title character works as an agent of the Vatican's Knights of the Holy Order (who are ''not'' all Catholic; there are also Muslim and Buddhist clerics shown in the Order's HQ) to hunt down monsters and other abominations. He might also be an AngelUnaware.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' is a Catholic demon-hunter who uses guns and magic to send demons back to hell in a world where {{God}} and the Devil are in a bet over who can influence mankind the most. Roger Ebert (on the movie ''Constantine''):
-->Why do movies about {{Satan}} always have Catholics? You never see Methodists or Episcopalians putting down demons.
* Roger Ebert [on the movie ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'']
-->When it comes to fighting vampires and performing exorcisms, the Roman Catholic Church has the heavy artillery. Your other religions are good for everyday theological tasks, like steering their members into heaven, but when the undead lunge up out of their graves, you want a priest on the case. As a product of Catholic schools, I take a certain pride in this pre-eminence.
** Additionally, of course, when dealing with vampires the cross is the holy symbol of preference. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Or not]].

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* ''Film/{{Priest 2011}}'' is an example of badass church priests. The church is pretty much the controlling government and the only people shown are the downtrodden, voluntary exiles, the priests, cops controlled by the church and the controlling priests (magisters). (Also, the {{Manhwa}} it is based off of).
** Priest.
of). Where the New Testament never happened. Remarkably, this point could be made of most Orwellian depictions of the Church.
* ''Film/VanHelsing'' - ''Film/VanHelsing'': The title character works as an agent of the Vatican's Knights of the Holy Order (who are ''not'' all Catholic; there are also Muslim and Buddhist clerics shown in the Order's HQ) to hunt down monsters and other abominations. He might also be an AngelUnaware.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' is a Catholic demon-hunter who uses guns and magic to send demons back to hell in a world where {{God}} and the Devil are in a bet over who can influence mankind the most. Roger Ebert (on on the movie ''Constantine''):
-->Why
movie:
-->'''Roger Ebert:''' Why
do movies about {{Satan}} always have Catholics? You never see Methodists or Episcopalians putting down demons.
* ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'': Of course, when dealing with vampires the cross is the holy symbol of preference. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Or not]]. Roger Ebert [on on the movie ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'']
-->When
movie:
-->'''Roger Ebert:''' When
it comes to fighting vampires and performing exorcisms, the Roman Catholic Church has the heavy artillery. Your other religions are good for everyday theological tasks, like steering their members into heaven, but when the undead lunge up out of their graves, you want a priest on the case. As a product of Catholic schools, I take a certain pride in this pre-eminence.
** Additionally, of course, when dealing with vampires the cross is the holy symbol of preference. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Or not]].
pre-eminence.



* In ''ArsMagica'', the Catholic Church's authority over medieval Europe is called The Dominion, and stifles the power of demons, faeries and Hermetic wizards. The devout have a chance of calling on a miracle as well.

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* In ''ArsMagica'', ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'', the Catholic Church's authority over medieval Europe is called The Dominion, and stifles the power of demons, faeries and Hermetic wizards. The devout have a chance of calling on a miracle as well.



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* In the WhateleyUniverse, the Roman Catholic Church runs a small group (the 'Roses and Thorns') who actively fight demons, dark mages, and such.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', the Roman Catholic Church runs a small group (the 'Roses and Thorns') who actively fight demons, dark mages, and such.



* "The Special Clergy" from ''LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil''.

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* "The Special Clergy" from ''LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil''.''WesternAnimation/LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil''.






12th May '16 9:34:17 AM Morgenthaler
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** Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (more commonly known as {{the Knights Templar}})
** Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem (more commonly called {{the Teutonic Knights}})

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** Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (more commonly known as {{the UsefulNotes/{{the Knights Templar}})
** Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem (more commonly called {{the UsefulNotes/{{the Teutonic Knights}})
3rd Apr '16 4:38:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* Katherine Kurtz's ''{{Deryni}}'' novels. Despite lacking the Papacy, the Western Church is Catholic in liturgy, there's intrigue (sometimes against secular rulers), psionic magic users and fights against them, even powerful summoned beings called by the names of archangels (and most participants think they are in fact Raphael, Gabriel, Michael and Uriel). They don't call their church Catholic, in part because the books are alternative histories set several centuries before Protestantism, and there is Eastern Orthodoxy (mostly in Torenth), Islam, and even Scandinavian paganism in a tiny minority. Most of the action is in the West. In the "Camber" trilogy, you'll find the Michaelines (Order of Saint Michael the Archangel), a fearsome combination of the Templars and the Jesuits, with many members who can use magic. Oh, and many active characters/protagonists are in their 30s and 40s.

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* Katherine Kurtz's ''{{Deryni}}'' ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' novels. Despite lacking the Papacy, the Western Church is Catholic in liturgy, there's intrigue (sometimes against secular rulers), psionic magic users and fights against them, even powerful summoned beings called by the names of archangels (and most participants think they are in fact Raphael, Gabriel, Michael and Uriel). They don't call their church Catholic, in part because the books are alternative histories set several centuries before Protestantism, and there is Eastern Orthodoxy (mostly in Torenth), Islam, and even Scandinavian paganism in a tiny minority. Most of the action is in the West. In the "Camber" trilogy, you'll find the Michaelines (Order of Saint Michael the Archangel), a fearsome combination of the Templars and the Jesuits, with many members who can use magic. Oh, and many active characters/protagonists are in their 30s and 40s.



* In the ''HeirsOfAlexandria'' HistoricalFantasy series, priests and nuns can be magicians, and the Church apparently includes some non-humans, with one Venetian church having a "water chapel" for undines. This is all [[TheMasquerade hidden from most ordinary folk]], though.
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* In the ''HeirsOfAlexandria'' ''Literature/HeirsOfAlexandria'' HistoricalFantasy series, priests and nuns can be magicians, and the Church apparently includes some non-humans, with one Venetian church having a "water chapel" for undines. This is all [[TheMasquerade hidden from most ordinary folk]], though.
* SergeyLukyanenkoCreator/SergeyLukyanenko
26th Mar '16 3:02:33 AM memememememe
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->The Church has a lot of gun-toting, sword-swinging, kung fu fighting Badasses. Maybe they are part of that magic fighting organization mentioned earlier, but if not then they may be out to punish sinners, fight for the glory of the church and otherwise protect people, or get rid of heretics. These badasses usually work as lone warriors or small groups, and may be part of a higher order or sub-organization in the church, which may be either overt or covert.

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->The Church has a lot of gun-toting, sword-swinging, kung fu fighting Badasses. Maybe they are part of that magic fighting organization mentioned earlier, but if not then they may be out to punish sinners, fight for the glory of the church and otherwise protect people, or get rid of heretics. These badasses usually work as lone warriors or small groups, and may be part of a higher order or sub-organization in the church, which may be either overt or covert.
covert. ChurchMilitant is when the Church has an actual formal ''army'' at its disposal.
14th Mar '16 12:56:42 PM 20person
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** They're not called [[FanNickname Catholic Space Nazis]] for nothing.
5th Jan '16 5:39:54 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The Church of Abel in ''TabletopGame/{{Anima Beyond Fantasy}}'', even if its central figure is a CrystalDragonJesus, has many elements of both real Catholicism and fantastic one as described in this trope, such as organization, dogma (parts of it at least), prosecution of the supernatural, use of magic -considered a gift of God-, and being the most powerful (visible) organization of the game's setting. It has, too, some AnimeCatholicism mixed in.

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* The Church of Abel in ''TabletopGame/{{Anima Beyond Fantasy}}'', even if its central figure is a CrystalDragonJesus, has many elements of both real Catholicism and fantastic one as described in this trope, such as organization, dogma (parts of it at least), prosecution of the supernatural, use of (sanctioned by it) magic -considered a gift of God-, and being the most powerful (visible) organization of the game's setting. It has, too, some AnimeCatholicism mixed in.in as well as of [[spoiler: the Old Testament version of christianism.]]
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