History Main / PathOfInspiration

23rd Aug '16 4:38:37 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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]].

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.]]

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''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]]

to:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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.
30th Mar '16 1:09:16 AM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Literature/DinnerAtDeviantsPalace'' features a cult that promises its members peace and belonging and connection with the divine through the prophet Norton Jaybush. The whole thing has actually been set up to allow Jaybush to siphon off the life energy of his followers through the cult's rituals.
23rd Feb '16 6:39:32 AM cdrood
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''ComicBook/TheNewTeenTitans'' had The Church of Brother Blood. Despite its name and being in control of nation known as a haven for the worst criminals, it had great worldwide publicity. This was due to having brainwashed a number of big media and political figures.
15th Feb '16 1:39:40 AM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Okay. Follow this closely. ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' has more {{Cult}}s than you can shake a jackalope's foot at, and at least a few of them masquerade as legitimate religions. Then there's the most visible example and/or subversion, the Church of Lost Angels. Beginning as a standard Protestant sect, many people suspect the Lost Angels' leadership to at least be involved in power grabs centering on the scarcity of food near the eponymous City of Lost Angels. (It's amazing how much someone listens when you're giving them the only hot meal they'll have all week.) Then there's TheReveal: [[spoiler:the "hot meal" is [[ImAHumanitarian made of people]], and their ''raison d'etre'' is the corruption of the unsuspecting.]] Two centuries later, though, the Angels are most definitely [[SaintlyChurch on the side of, erm, angels]]. Subversion? Inversion? Double Subversion? You decide!

to:

* Okay. Follow this closely. ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' has more {{Cult}}s than you can shake a jackalope's {{jackalope}}'s foot at, and at least a few of them masquerade as legitimate religions. Then there's the most visible example and/or subversion, the Church of Lost Angels. Beginning as a standard Protestant sect, many people suspect the Lost Angels' leadership to at least be involved in power grabs centering on the scarcity of food near the eponymous City of Lost Angels. (It's amazing how much someone listens when you're giving them the only hot meal they'll have all week.) Then there's TheReveal: [[spoiler:the "hot meal" is [[ImAHumanitarian made of people]], and their ''raison d'etre'' is the corruption of the unsuspecting.]] Two centuries later, though, the Angels are most definitely [[SaintlyChurch on the side of, erm, angels]]. Subversion? Inversion? Double Subversion? You decide!
20th Oct '15 11:03:25 AM Materioptikon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' offers us the Order of Messiah. The guy they worship... let's say he was the former poster boy for GodIsEvil. The Senate Elders? The Four Archangels. The DarkMessiah they're trying to create to summon the [[ThereWillBeCake Snake Person Kingdom]]? TheHero.

to:

* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' offers us the Order of Messiah. The guy they worship... let's say he was the former poster boy for GodIsEvil. The Senate Elders? The Four Archangels. The DarkMessiah they're trying to create to summon the [[ThereWillBeCake Snake Person Millennium Kingdom]]? TheHero.
This list shows the last 10 events of 81. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.PathOfInspiration