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19th Nov '17 5:16:34 PM Rmpdc
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* One such ritual takes place in an episode centering on DemonicPossession in ''WebVideo/BedtimeStoriesYoutubeChannel'', where Michael Taylor, a British man, is subjected to three priests armed with crucifixes, who manage to remove all but three demons from him. This comes back to bite all of the parties involved later on...
3rd Nov '17 2:21:25 PM Vampireandthen
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Nowadays, the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic church]] is loath to declare "possession" and perform exorcisms. Real life cases have proved that many cases of DemonicPossession are actually a result of severe psychological disorders (usually Epilepsy or Schizophrenia). This trope still gets play in ReligiousHorror and other such genres, but is more likely to be subverted in more serious works.

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Nowadays, the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic church]] is loath to declare "possession" and perform exorcisms. Real life cases have proved that many cases of DemonicPossession are actually a result of severe psychological disorders (usually Epilepsy or Schizophrenia). Indeed, there are several symptoms which must be met for the church to consider that an exorcism is needed, such as being aware of events that the possessed individual should not have anyway of knowing, and being burned by religious imagery. This trope still gets play in ReligiousHorror and other such genres, but is more likely to be subverted in more serious works.



Finally, note that non-Catholic demons and exorcisms may look completely different, ranging from much gentler to much more violent. To this day in many cultures, mostly those where animist religions predominate, demonic possession is still considered a legitimate medical complaint.

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Finally, note that non-Catholic demons and exorcisms may look completely different, ranging from much gentler to much more violent. To this day in many cultures, mostly those where animist religions predominate, demonic possession is still considered a legitimate medical complaint.
complaint. You will find that a few Christian denominations will consider an exorcism for the most ridiculous things.
5th Sep '17 1:50:42 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Film/IBoughtAVampireMotorcycle'' has an attempted exorcism of a [[ItMakesSenseInContext demon-possessed motorbike]] that, after spectacular supernatural phenomena of both dark and light varieties, ends up failing.
29th May '17 10:20:12 PM Daedalis
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* Blaine Abel of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' has a side gig performing these. He genuinely believes in demonic possession and has (poorly) researched the subject. However his successful cases were themselves faking it and backed down when he called them out privately.
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25th Apr '17 6:10:07 AM RosesSpindle
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* The WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum perform exorcisms to cast out the specters of badfic authors from whatever fic the mission takes place in with the help of bell, book, and candle, though in this case, the book is a copy of whatever canon the fic takes place in that bears its author/creator's signature. The bells also serve as convenient [[ImprovisedWeapon blunt force weapons in a pinch]].
21st Apr '17 12:28:43 PM Dravencour
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-->'''Gandalf:''' I will draw you, Saruman, as poison is drawn from a wound.
15th Apr '17 2:20:11 PM nombretomado
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* A nun tries this on Jaye in ''{{Wonderfalls}}''.

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* A nun tries this on Jaye in ''{{Wonderfalls}}''.''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}''.
1st Mar '17 9:18:17 PM marcoasalazarm
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* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' involved a teenage girl that had apparently been possessed and TheAllegedExpert of a priest that had tried to exorcise her being one of the suspects (the team even sees the recording of said exorcism attempt and spends a good minute or so believing that they are seeing some kind of SnuffFilm until things are made clear). [[spoiler:It turns out that the girl is a psychotic killer that was planning to (and eventually does) kill her family (which drives the priest to kill her in a VigilanteExecution), but the episode milks for all its worth the theory of [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane whether the girl was really possessed by a murderous demon, went crazy, or was ''that'' monstrous and the whole "possessed" thing was just some attempt to use the InsanityDefense on her murder plan]].]]

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* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' involved a teenage girl that had apparently been possessed and TheAllegedExpert of a priest that had tried to exorcise her being one of the suspects (the team even sees the recording of said exorcism attempt and spends a good minute or so believing that they are seeing some kind of SnuffFilm until things are made clear). [[spoiler:It turns out that the girl is a psychotic killer that was planning to (and eventually does) kill her family (which drives the priest to kill her in a VigilanteExecution), but the episode milks for all its worth the theory of [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane whether the girl was really possessed by a murderous demon, went crazy, or was ''that'' monstrous and the whole "possessed" thing was just some attempt to use the InsanityDefense on get away with her murder plan]].via an]] InsanityDefense.]]
1st Mar '17 9:16:09 PM marcoasalazarm
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* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' involved a teenage girl that had apparently been possessed and TheAllegedExpert of a priest that had tried to exorcise her being one of the suspects (the team even sees the recording of said exorcism attempt and spends a good minute or so believing that they are seeing some kind of SnuffFilm until things are made clear). [[spoiler:It turns out that the girl is a psychotic killer that was planning to (and eventually does) kill her family (which drives the priest to kill her in a VigilanteExecution), but the episode milks for all its worth the theory of [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane whether the girl was really possessed by a murderous demon, went crazy, or was ''that'' monstrous and the whole "possessed" thing was just some attempt to use the InsanityDefense on her murder plan]].]]
13th Feb '17 3:32:04 AM Dravencour
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* Gandalf the White casts Saruman out of King Theoden of Rohan in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers'' in a manner very reminiscent of an exorcism.

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* Gandalf the White casts Saruman out of King Theoden of Rohan in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers'' ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' in a manner very reminiscent of an exorcism.exorcism. Gandalf primarily uses his power as one of the Maiar to do the deed instead of calling upon any higher power though.
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