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14th Aug '16 10:59:05 AM nombretomado
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* The Tattered Spire in ''VideoGame/FableII'' is, at its full height, a model of Hell from Dante's ''[[DivineComedy Inferno]]''.

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* The Tattered Spire in ''VideoGame/FableII'' is, at its full height, a model of Hell from Dante's ''[[DivineComedy ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]''.
10th Aug '16 9:54:49 AM Willbyr
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* In the manga ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'', Mibu Kyoshiro calls himself the son of God and goes around healing wounded children[[note]]lepers[[/note]]. In a spectacular mix-up of biblical stories, he also [[spoiler:kills his own brother]], which leads to his leaving the Mibu lands[[note]]Garden of Eden[[/note]].

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* In the manga ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'', ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', Mibu Kyoshiro calls himself the son of God and goes around healing wounded children[[note]]lepers[[/note]]. In a spectacular mix-up of biblical stories, he also [[spoiler:kills his own brother]], which leads to his leaving the Mibu lands[[note]]Garden of Eden[[/note]].
8th Aug '16 2:16:09 PM Willbyr
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* In addition to more explainable symbolism (a stray dog as the main character's self, paired bullet casings for the two killers, puppet strings, masks), the first couple episodes of [[PhantomOfInferno Phantom~Requiem for the Phantom]] has random crosses or shadows in the shapes of crosses cropping up around the two young assassins, Ein and Zwei.

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* In addition to more explainable symbolism (a stray dog as the main character's self, paired bullet casings for the two killers, puppet strings, masks), the first couple episodes of [[PhantomOfInferno ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Phantom~Requiem for the Phantom]] Phantom]]'' has random crosses or shadows in the shapes of crosses cropping up around the two young assassins, Ein and Zwei.
5th Aug '16 5:38:56 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games generally name characters and weapons after people and weapons in mythologies from '''everywhere''' in Europe. The names don't go any deeper than being names. ''FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones'' has a character named Tethys (a Greek Goddess), the sacred spear Siegmund (named after a Norse Hero) and the sacred sword Sieglinde (named after Siegmund's [[BrotherSisterIncest sister/lover]] Ironically, they're wielded exclusively by Lords who are twin brother and sister ''and'' have quite the [[{{Twincest}} twincestuous]] vibes). They just sound cooler than boring names, nothing more.

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games generally name characters and weapons after people and weapons in mythologies from '''everywhere''' in Europe. The names don't go any deeper than being names. ''FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has a character named Tethys (a Greek Goddess), the sacred spear Siegmund (named after a Norse Hero) and the sacred sword Sieglinde (named after Siegmund's [[BrotherSisterIncest sister/lover]] Ironically, they're wielded exclusively by Lords who are twin brother and sister ''and'' have quite the [[{{Twincest}} twincestuous]] vibes). They just sound cooler than boring names, nothing more.



** In ''Sword of Flames/Blazing Blade'', Eliwood receives a sword named Durandal, said to have been wielded by the hero Roland. Both of these names are taken directly from a French legend.

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** In ''Sword ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Sword of Flames/Blazing Blade'', Blade]]'', Eliwood receives a sword named Durandal, said to have been wielded by the hero Roland. Both of these names are taken directly from a French legend.
5th Aug '16 5:38:04 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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*** Allusions to Islam also exist to a lesser extent within the games. The design team for Halo2 almost chose the name Dervish -an Arabic term for someone following the ascetic path of extreme poverty and austerity- instead of the Arbiter. They ultimately decided against the name considering the fact that they already had a character named "The Prophet Of Truth".
* In ''{{Drakengard}}'', you have the Cult of the Watchers, which is a vague allusion to a concept in Judeo-Christian theology and some books of the Apocrypha. The book of Enoch, specifically. Monstrous children of the grigori, the Nephilim = those crazyass giant demon babies? Well, maybe?
* ''FireEmblem'' games generally name characters and weapons after people and weapons in mythologies from '''everywhere''' in Europe. The names don't go any deeper than being names. ''FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones'' has a character named Tethys (a Greek Goddess), the sacred spear Siegmund (named after a Norse Hero) and the sacred sword Sieglinde (named after Siegmund's [[BrotherSisterIncest sister/lover]] Ironically, they're wielded exclusively by Lords who are twin brother and sister ''and'' have quite the [[{{Twincest}} twincestuous]] vibes). They just sound cooler than boring names, nothing more.

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*** ** Allusions to Islam also exist to a lesser extent within the their games. The design team for Halo2 ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' almost chose the name Dervish -an - an Arabic term for someone following the ascetic path of extreme poverty and austerity- austerity - instead of the Arbiter. They ultimately decided against the name considering the fact that they already had a character named "The Prophet Of Truth".
* In ''{{Drakengard}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', you have the Cult of the Watchers, which is a vague allusion to a concept in Judeo-Christian theology and some books of the Apocrypha. The book of Enoch, specifically. Monstrous children of the grigori, the Nephilim = those crazyass giant demon babies? Well, maybe?
* ''FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games generally name characters and weapons after people and weapons in mythologies from '''everywhere''' in Europe. The names don't go any deeper than being names. ''FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones'' has a character named Tethys (a Greek Goddess), the sacred spear Siegmund (named after a Norse Hero) and the sacred sword Sieglinde (named after Siegmund's [[BrotherSisterIncest sister/lover]] Ironically, they're wielded exclusively by Lords who are twin brother and sister ''and'' have quite the [[{{Twincest}} twincestuous]] vibes). They just sound cooler than boring names, nothing more.
5th Aug '16 5:36:47 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series is awash with Biblical and religious allusions (the Covenant, the Flood, the Ark, and the eponymous Halos, to name just the most obvious ones), most of which amount to little more than window dressing for a relatively straightforward "humans versus aliens" plot. Plus, the number 7 is hidden ''[[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_%22seven%22_references_in_Halo EVERYWHERE]]''. That said, the Halos were built from the Ark, where the forerunners also had every single evolved creature they could find. After they activated the weapon to kill all life in the galaxy, thus starving the flood, they seeded a lot of the life that they destroyed, including humans and several species of the covenant.

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** The ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series is awash with Biblical and religious allusions (the Covenant, the Flood, the Ark, and the eponymous Halos, to name just the most obvious ones), most of which amount to little more than window dressing for a relatively straightforward "humans versus aliens" plot. Plus, the number 7 is hidden ''[[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_%22seven%22_references_in_Halo EVERYWHERE]]''. That said, the Halos were built from the Ark, where the forerunners Forerunners also had stored every single evolved creature sentient species they could find. After they activated the weapon Halos to kill all life in left the galaxy, thus starving the flood, Flood, they seeded a lot of reseeded the galaxy with the life that they destroyed, had stored on the Ark, including humans and several species of the covenant.every Covenant species.
24th Jul '16 4:44:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''ChronoCrusade'' teeters back and forth on the "significant/insignificant" line. The series ''is'' about [[NaughtyNuns a nun]] that [[ChurchMilitant hunts demons]], so a lot of the religious symbolism is justified. But some moments push it, ''particularly'' in the anime. For example, after Chrono is badly injured in a battle and caught up in an explosion, Father Remington finds him buried in rubble marked by two steel beams welded together in the shape of a cross.

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* ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' teeters back and forth on the "significant/insignificant" line. The series ''is'' about [[NaughtyNuns a nun]] that [[ChurchMilitant hunts demons]], so a lot of the religious symbolism is justified. But some moments push it, ''particularly'' in the anime. For example, after Chrono is badly injured in a battle and caught up in an explosion, Father Remington finds him buried in rubble marked by two steel beams welded together in the shape of a cross.
24th Jun '16 7:45:07 PM rjd1922
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* The Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei series in general loves to avert this trope. Players recruit demons, gods and spirits from a wide variety of world religions present and past; in the mainline series, you end up siding with God, Lucifer or neither. In between, there's about as much rampant religious imagery as you might imagine. Psychological symbolism and allusions are also tossed about willy-nilly in the ''Persona'' series (starting with the name). Despite the basis of the franchise being drawing from every mythology imaginable, the symbolism is usually well thought out and relevant to the plot.
** ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' is a rare example of a game that uses Hindu symbolism and mythology. From your ultimate goal being Nirvana, after you pass through Muladhara, Svadisthana, Manipura, Anahata, a few side dungeons, Ajna, and Sahasrara, to fighting Ravana, the Junkyard is practically made of random Hindu symbolism. And this being a Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei game, you kill God, who happens to be Brahman in this reincarnation.

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* The Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series in general loves to avert this trope. Players recruit demons, gods and spirits from a wide variety of world religions present and past; in the mainline series, you end up siding with God, Lucifer or neither. In between, there's about as much rampant religious imagery as you might imagine. Psychological symbolism and allusions are also tossed about willy-nilly in the ''Persona'' series (starting with the name). Despite the basis of the franchise being drawing from every mythology imaginable, the symbolism is usually well thought out and relevant to the plot.
** ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' is a rare example of a game that uses Hindu symbolism and mythology. From your ultimate goal being Nirvana, after you pass through Muladhara, Svadisthana, Manipura, Anahata, a few side dungeons, Ajna, and Sahasrara, to fighting Ravana, the Junkyard is practically made of random Hindu symbolism. And this being a Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game, you kill God, who happens to be Brahman in this reincarnation.
21st Jun '16 11:17:48 AM gewunomox
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* Dear God RobZombie's ''Film/HalloweenII2009''. What was the deal with the white horse? ''Who fucking knows?!'' Why were Michael and Laurie having the exact same hallucinations? ''Who knows?'' Why was Mrs. Meyers in all white? ''Who the hell knows?'' Why was Michael just now having Jason Voorhees syndrome and seeing mommy? '''No clue.'''

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* Dear God RobZombie's Music/RobZombie's ''Film/HalloweenII2009''. What was the deal with the white horse? ''Who fucking knows?!'' Why were Michael and Laurie having the exact same hallucinations? ''Who knows?'' Why was Mrs. Meyers in all white? ''Who the hell knows?'' Why was Michael just now having Jason Voorhees syndrome and seeing mommy? '''No clue.'''
21st Jun '16 4:05:15 AM gewunomox
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* ''The Reflex'' by DuranDuran sure ''sounds'' like it must be symbolizing something, but they've admitted it's just WordSalad.

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* ''The Reflex'' by DuranDuran Music/DuranDuran sure ''sounds'' like it must be symbolizing something, but they've admitted it's just WordSalad.
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