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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.
30th Mar '16 1:09:16 AM PaulA
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* ''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
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* ''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
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* 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!

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* 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
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* ''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.

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* ''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.
9th Oct '15 11:09:11 PM Dravencour
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* A most terrifying example is the Holy See in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', who do not even know that the four "angels" they worship and their MessianicArchetype are actually the four members of the demonic Godhand, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s who each crossed the MoralEventHorizon by sacrificing a whole load of people each (and who knows what else) and are subservient to a GodOfEvil. Oh, and they torture people. They are CRAZY obsessed with torturing people, often for no reason at all. It is implied that the four angels were originally inspired, not by the God Hand, but by the Four Elemental Kings revered by the pagan religion that the See supplanted, making it a combination between this trope and CorruptChurch.

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* A most terrifying example is the Holy See in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', who do not even know that the four "angels" they worship and their MessianicArchetype are actually the four five members of the demonic Godhand, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s who each crossed the MoralEventHorizon by sacrificing a whole load of people each (and who knows what else) and are subservient to a GodOfEvil. Oh, and they torture people. They are CRAZY obsessed with torturing people, often for no reason at all. It is implied that the four angels were originally inspired, not by the God Hand, but by the Four Elemental Kings revered by the pagan religion that the See supplanted, making it a combination between this trope and CorruptChurch.
9th Oct '15 11:08:42 PM Dravencour
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* A most terrifying example is the Holy See in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', who do not even know that the four "angels" they worship and their MessianicArchetype are actually the five members of the Godhand, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s who each crossed the MoralEventHorizon by sacrificing a whole load of people each (and who knows what else) and are subservient to a GodOfEvil. Oh, and they torture people. They are CRAZY obsessed with torturing people, often for no reason at all. It is implied that the four angels were originally inspired, not by the God Hand, but by the Four Elemental Kings revered by the pagan religion that the See supplanted, making it a combination between this trope and CorruptChurch.

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* A most terrifying example is the Holy See in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', who do not even know that the four "angels" they worship and their MessianicArchetype are actually the five four members of the demonic Godhand, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s who each crossed the MoralEventHorizon by sacrificing a whole load of people each (and who knows what else) and are subservient to a GodOfEvil. Oh, and they torture people. They are CRAZY obsessed with torturing people, often for no reason at all. It is implied that the four angels were originally inspired, not by the God Hand, but by the Four Elemental Kings revered by the pagan religion that the See supplanted, making it a combination between this trope and CorruptChurch.
12th Sep '15 9:48:21 AM Opheliac
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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}}, 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 Subjugglators' campaign of, well, subjugation of lowbloods.
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