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12th Nov '16 2:22:20 PM LondonKdS
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* ''ComicBook/RatQueens'' has a really bizarre inverted example. [[spoiler:The cult of N'Rygoth started out as apparently a ReligionOfEvil worshipping an EldritchAbomination and drawing dark power from it. In reality, however, the rituals were actually designed to slowly '''kill''' the chained Abomination by draining its energy, with only the High Priest knowing the truth. The problem is that over the years the cult has become much less evil and more of a standard religion who just happen to have a weird god... which means that the Abomination isn't getting drained any more.]]
28th Sep '16 10:33:15 PM kome360
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** The Zakarum priesthood was corrupted to the core by Mephisto, which gave the Prime Evils free reign to corrupt the highest seats of powerto the point of madness. King Leoric was driven insane because he couldn't even think about doubting the Pope of Zakarum, and demon summoning circles were ''openly'' etched into the Kanduras fortress under the Zakarum cover story of protection runes.

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** The Zakarum priesthood was corrupted to the core by Mephisto, which gave the Prime Evils free reign to corrupt the highest seats of powerto power to the point of madness. King Leoric was driven insane because he couldn't even think about doubting the [[TreacherousAdvisor Pope of Zakarum, Zakarum]], and demon summoning circles were ''openly'' ''[[RefugeInAudacity openly]]'' etched into the Kanduras fortress under the Zakarum cover story of protection runes.
28th Sep '16 10:31:31 PM kome360
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** The Zakarum priesthood was corrupted to the core by Mephisto, which gave the Prime Evils free reign to corrupt the highest seats of powerto the point of madness. King Leoric was driven insane because he couldn't even think about doubting the Pope of Zakarum, and demon summoning circles were ''openly'' etched into the Kanduras fortress under the Zakarum cover story of protection runes.
26th Sep '16 2:35:09 PM SantosLHalper
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*** C.S. Lewis caught considerable flak for writing "The Last Battle," including accusations of being racist, with the claim that the Calomene's were thinly veiled parodies of Arabs. C.S. Lewis's real point has nothing to do with race at all. Rather, the "Tashlan" bit seems to be a TakeThat against religious syncretism as a means of forming a super-religion.
*** This is a little dubious as C.S. Lewis drew on Far Eastern influences like Daoism and the like in is own theological works and so it would be rather hypocritical to damn syncretic religion out of hand, though it might work if it was specifically aimed at taking appealing elements of religion to win people over without really trying to create a coherent whole.
23rd Aug '16 4:38:37 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, the Covenant is both a religion and an caste-based interstellar empire incorporating multiple species. They worship the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]], who they think AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence by means of the Halos, and seek to recreate this "Great Journey." Unfortunately for them, what actually happened was that the Forerunners lost their war against [[TheVirus the Flood]] and decided to go out by ''[[TakingYouWithMe annihilating all non-indexed sentient life in the galaxy with the Halos in order to starve out the Flood]]''. In fact, the short story "[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Wages of Sin]]'' reveals that [[spoiler:many in the Covenant leadership always knew that "the Great Journey" part of their religion was a sham]].

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, the Covenant is both a religion and an caste-based interstellar empire incorporating multiple species. They worship the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]], who they think AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence by means of the Halos, and seek to recreate this "Great Journey." Unfortunately for them, what actually happened was that the Forerunners lost their war against [[TheVirus the Flood]] and decided to go out by ''[[TakingYouWithMe annihilating all non-indexed sentient life in the galaxy with the Halos in order to starve out the Flood]]''. In fact, the short story "[[Literature/HaloEvolutions ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Wages of Sin]]'' reveals that [[spoiler:many in the Covenant leadership always knew that "the Great Journey" part of their religion was a sham]].
26th Jul '16 11:00:47 PM PaulA
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* Originally, the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' portrayed the Kargish religion this way, its religious beliefs (particularly [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything their prejudice against magic-users]]) being imposed by evil gods. This was later retconned into being a good/neutral religion which got corrupted.

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* Originally, the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series portrayed the Kargish religion this way, its religious beliefs (particularly [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything their prejudice against magic-users]]) being imposed by evil gods. This was later retconned into being a good/neutral religion which got corrupted.
8th Jun '16 7:38:14 PM Redkun
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* The Church of Yevon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' was [[spoiler:created to make people accept the periodic resurgence of Sin (unbeknown to most, a creation of the summoner Yu-Yevon), formalize the stopgap means used to keep him at bay, point the masses at a scapegoat, and as a result prevented anyone else from coming up with a permanent method of destroying Sin. Though they believed that there simply WASN'T a means to permanently defeat him.]]

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* The Church of Yevon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' was [[spoiler:created to make people accept the periodic resurgence of Sin (unbeknown to most, a creation of the summoner Yu-Yevon), formalize Sin, formalise the stopgap means method used to keep him at bay, point the masses at a scapegoat, and as a result prevented anyone else from coming up with a permanent method of destroying Sin. Though they believed kneecap anything that there simply WASN'T a means to permanently defeat him.]]could challenge the Yevon government (most notably the development of weaponised machina)]].



* The Church of Martel from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is a worldwide scam [[spoiler:created by the BigBad Yggdrassil to keep the mana flux between worlds passing through the Tower of Salvation, and to have a reason to choose "Chosen Ones" that will give themselves up of their own free will. These things are used in his attempt to revive his sister, Martel]]. That said, this is a unique example of the trope as the corruption is only on the higher levels. The day to day church activities are run by the lowly humans who really don't know any better.

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* The Church of Martel from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is a worldwide scam [[spoiler:created that normalises the unnatural ebb and flow of the world's fortunes as a natural cycle solved by the Journey of Regeneration. [[spoiler:It's also a complicated scheme by the BigBad Yggdrassil to keep the mana flux between worlds passing through the Tower produce genetic copies of Salvation, and to his deceased sister across millennia of careful breeding, then have a reason to choose these "Chosen Ones" that will give themselves up of their own free will. These things are used in bodies so his attempt to revive his sister, Martel]]. sister can be resurrected]]. That said, the spoiler-tastic portions of this is a unique example trope are restricted to the innermost circle of the trope as Church: the corruption is only on the higher levels. The day to day church activities rest of its members are run by the lowly humans either faithful believers who really don't know any better.better, or corrupt in a more mundane, power-hungry sense.
18th Apr '16 5:10:51 PM FF32
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* In {{Homestuck}}, Gamzee's cult worship of the "Mirthful Messiahs" is seen as a harmless highblood affectation. However, at least one of the Messiahs is actually [[BigBad Lord English]]. Due to Weird Time Shit, it is ambiguous how many of the followers actually knew about this, but it's likely that it was used to fuel the highblood Subjugglators' campaign of, well, subjugation of lowbloods.

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* In {{Homestuck}}, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Gamzee's cult worship of the "Mirthful Messiahs" is seen as a harmless highblood affectation. However, at least one of the Messiahs is actually [[BigBad Lord English]]. Due to Weird Time Shit, it is ambiguous how many of the followers actually knew about this, but it's likely that it was used to fuel the highblood Subjugglators' campaign of, well, subjugation of lowbloods.
13th Apr '16 12:46:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheMist'' had a version of this, in that it was one woman's interpretation of religion that inspired the people in the store to form a cult and [[spoiler:attempt human sacrifice]]

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* ''TheMist'' ''Film/TheMist'' had a version of this, in that it was one woman's interpretation of religion that inspired the people in the store to form a cult and [[spoiler:attempt human sacrifice]]
9th Apr '16 9:33:19 PM kome360
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* DyingLight: The Following. Good news, the priests are pragmatic bulwarks who protect the civilians of Harran. Bad news, DespairEventHorizon is an ''understatement'' to their grandmistress' emotional state. And insane from various zombie cure side effects.
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