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* ''Franchise/ThePurge'': While it's not created a religion, The Purge takes on a religious connotation to it's supporters, down to some even saying a blessing to the [[GreaterScopeVillain New Founding Fathers of America]] before purging someone. ''Election Year'' shows that members of that political party actually hold a Purge Mass during the night, in which they kidnap several low class people to kill then in front of the altar one at a time. ArcWords for the franchise also include "Release the beast in our souls" and "God Bless America", to further point the religiousness of those in favor of it.
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'''s "question arc" revolves around an "[[AGodAmI Oyashiro-sama]]" based religion. Subverted when "Oyashiro" makes a proper appearance and [[spoiler: is largely powerless (due to a power bleed she recovers from in Day Break) and ''[[{{Moe}} adorable]]''. As well as ''very'' unhappy with the things that people do in her name due to CorruptChurch taking effect.]] Given a prequel novel revealing that Oyashiro [[spoiler: was a demon who was an AllLovingHeroine before becoming a goddess]], the irony is exceptionally cruel.

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'''s "question arc" revolves around an "[[AGodAmI Oyashiro-sama]]" based religion. Subverted when "Oyashiro" makes a proper appearance and [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is largely powerless (due to a power bleed she recovers from in Day Break) and ''[[{{Moe}} adorable]]''. As well as ''very'' unhappy with the things that people do in her name due to CorruptChurch taking effect.]] Given a prequel novel revealing that Oyashiro [[spoiler: was [[spoiler:was a demon who was an AllLovingHeroine before becoming a goddess]], the irony is exceptionally cruel.



* The Omekata cult from ''Manga/MiraiNikki''. [[spoiler: It's revealed they weren't always like that, until Tsubaki's parents aka the leaders were killed by a treacherous follower when they were about to disband it [[GiveHimANormalLife to give their daughter a normal life]]. From then on Tsubaki been kept as their prisoner, sexually/physically abused by the members while being made to pose as their high priestess.]] And even more so, [[spoiler: in the parallel dimension created at the end, the murder of the leaders is prevented and the Omekatas remain as a benevolent group.]]

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* The Omekata cult from ''Manga/MiraiNikki''. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's revealed they weren't always like that, until Tsubaki's parents aka the leaders were killed by a treacherous follower when they were about to disband it [[GiveHimANormalLife to give their daughter a normal life]]. From then on Tsubaki been kept as their prisoner, sexually/physically abused by the members while being made to pose as their high priestess.]] And even more so, [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the parallel dimension created at the end, the murder of the leaders is prevented and the Omekatas remain as a benevolent group.]]



** After [[spoiler: Light's death]] they reemerge, praying for Kira's return. Possibly a subversion since we never see them do anything evil themselves, but just worshiping an evil-doer.

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** After [[spoiler: Light's [[spoiler:Light's death]] they reemerge, praying for Kira's return. Possibly a subversion since we never see them do anything evil themselves, but just worshiping an evil-doer.



** In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', the Hellfire / Phoenix / [[spoiler: Shi'Ar]] religion is this, "saviour" of the universe by cleansing the current one.

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** In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', the Hellfire / Phoenix / [[spoiler: Shi'Ar]] [[spoiler:Shi'Ar]] religion is this, "saviour" of the universe by cleansing the current one.



* ''Film/{{Dagon}}'' (2001): In a small town called Imboca on the coast of Galicia in Spain, [[spoiler: a drunken tramp named Ezequiel tells Paul how the denizens of the town have overthrown Christianity in favour of the fish god Dagon, who has brought them wealth from the sea in the form of fish and gold, and the only way to appease the fish god, Dagon was through Human Sacrfice, which [[HumanSacrifice they did]] to Paul's girlfriend Barbara [[DownerEnding in the end of the film]]. ]]

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* ''Film/{{Dagon}}'' (2001): In a small town called Imboca on the coast of Galicia in Spain, [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a drunken tramp named Ezequiel tells Paul how the denizens of the town have overthrown Christianity in favour of the fish god Dagon, who has brought them wealth from the sea in the form of fish and gold, and the only way to appease the fish god, Dagon was through Human Sacrfice, which [[HumanSacrifice they did]] to Paul's girlfriend Barbara [[DownerEnding in the end of the film]]. ]]



* The [[TheEmpire Mijak]] religion in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'' is an example of this, contrasting with the religion of [[SaintlyChurch Etherea]]. It's symbol was '''a scorpion''' which they bred in the temples to fill in a pool and swim in for divination. [[ThePowerOfBlood Animal blood]] was used a lot in ritual, drunk hot from the carcass and poured into pools to determine the will of god. Priests and the rulers of Mijak were chastised with beatings, including a young Zandakar. In fact [[spoiler: they are not worshipping a god, but [[DevilButNoGod a dark power]] they believe to be God]].

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* The [[TheEmpire Mijak]] religion in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'' is an example of this, contrasting with the religion of [[SaintlyChurch Etherea]]. It's symbol was '''a scorpion''' which they bred in the temples to fill in a pool and swim in for divination. [[ThePowerOfBlood Animal blood]] was used a lot in ritual, drunk hot from the carcass and poured into pools to determine the will of god. Priests and the rulers of Mijak were chastised with beatings, including a young Zandakar. In fact [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they are not worshipping a god, but [[DevilButNoGod a dark power]] they believe to be God]].



* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "The Screwfly Solution", the Sons of Adam are a psychotic fundamentalist Christian cult who claim they are dedicated to 'freeing' the world of [[{{Gendercide}} all female presence]] and restore it as it was in the Garden of Eden before God created Eve. [[spoiler: It's really not their fault, however, as they've been driven insane with a virus sent by aliens. The religion just gives them an ideology to justify themselves.]]

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* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "The Screwfly Solution", the Sons of Adam are a psychotic fundamentalist Christian cult who claim they are dedicated to 'freeing' the world of [[{{Gendercide}} all female presence]] and restore it as it was in the Garden of Eden before God created Eve. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's really not their fault, however, as they've been driven insane with a virus sent by aliens. The religion just gives them an ideology to justify themselves.]]



* The Order in ''{{VideoGame/Strife}}''. They worship a malignant god, which involves blood sacrifices, mass murder, human processing and overall plenty of evil, demented stuff. Said god is [[spoiler: actually an {{Eldritch Abomination}} from outer space which operates by draining worlds of all their life-force.]]

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* The Order in ''{{VideoGame/Strife}}''. They worship a malignant god, which involves blood sacrifices, mass murder, human processing and overall plenty of evil, demented stuff. Said god is [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually an {{Eldritch Abomination}} from outer space which operates by draining worlds of all their life-force.]]



** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', we have [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Grimleal the Grimleal cult]]. As semi-{{exp|y}}ies of the Loptous Cult, they worship the Fallen Dragon Grima and are led by the EvilSorcerer Validar. [[spoiler: And the PlayerCharacter is supposed to become its leader, as the "perfect" SoulJar of Grima.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', we have [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Grimleal the Grimleal cult]]. As semi-{{exp|y}}ies of the Loptous Cult, they worship the Fallen Dragon Grima and are led by the EvilSorcerer Validar. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And the PlayerCharacter is supposed to become its leader, as the "perfect" SoulJar of Grima.]]



* In ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa'' the three Dark Gods each have followers, however the religion supporting the BigBad is the Religion of Evil [[spoiler: One of the Priests of the Temple of Elore in Melvir is actually the leader of said evil religion, even going so far as to summon monsters into the town and said summoning ritual was directly under the Temple of Elore itself, even more disturbing is the sacrifices and strange deaths at the start of the game]]

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* In ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa'' the three Dark Gods each have followers, however the religion supporting the BigBad is the Religion of Evil [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:One of the Priests of the Temple of Elore in Melvir is actually the leader of said evil religion, even going so far as to summon monsters into the town and said summoning ritual was directly under the Temple of Elore itself, even more disturbing is the sacrifices and strange deaths at the start of the game]]



* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has an interesting example. The Covenant's religion didn't (completely) start out this way, but thanks to the High Prophets misinterpreting the sayings of the Oracle in their holy city ([[spoiler: actually a fragment of Mendicant Bias, a Forerunner AI who went nuts and joined the Flood for a while]]) and said Prophets' own corruption and thirst for power, a new tenant of the faith is added; KillAllHumans. Making things worse, this tenant was added simply to cover up the fact that [[spoiler:humans are the true Reclaimers and not the Prophets]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has an interesting example. The Covenant's religion didn't (completely) start out this way, but thanks to the High Prophets misinterpreting the sayings of the Oracle in their holy city ([[spoiler: actually ([[spoiler:actually a fragment of Mendicant Bias, a Forerunner AI who went nuts and joined the Flood for a while]]) and said Prophets' own corruption and thirst for power, a new tenant of the faith is added; KillAllHumans. Making things worse, this tenant was added simply to cover up the fact that [[spoiler:humans are the true Reclaimers and not the Prophets]].



** Zigzagged in regards to Malack from the Empire of Blood story arc; he worships the Western Death God, but explains that death is by and large a neutral force. However, he also plans on setting up an oppressive theocracy and having daily sacrifices of thousands of innocent people to his god [[spoiler: once Tarquin's plan succeeds and all the others have passed away, since Malack is a vampire and will outlive all the others by a good degree of time.]]
** Subverted a different way with the church of Hel, a goddess so unpleasant that no one actually follows her and she thus has no clerics or political clout among the gods. [[spoiler: And then played straight when Durkon is turned into a vampire by Malack and possessed by a spirit loyal to Hel, who declares it her High Priest and orders it to carry out an EvilPlan in her name, which among other things involves turning many more people to increase their church's ranks.]]

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** Zigzagged in regards to Malack from the Empire of Blood story arc; he worships the Western Death God, but explains that death is by and large a neutral force. However, he also plans on setting up an oppressive theocracy and having daily sacrifices of thousands of innocent people to his god [[spoiler: once [[spoiler:once Tarquin's plan succeeds and all the others have passed away, since Malack is a vampire and will outlive all the others by a good degree of time.]]
** Subverted a different way with the church of Hel, a goddess so unpleasant that no one actually follows her and she thus has no clerics or political clout among the gods. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then played straight when Durkon is turned into a vampire by Malack and possessed by a spirit loyal to Hel, who declares it her High Priest and orders it to carry out an EvilPlan in her name, which among other things involves turning many more people to increase their church's ranks.]]



** The Cult of Kellith probably isn't a subversion, but a real example. The head of the cult was actively trying to turn Carmilla evil [[spoiler: until she killed him]]. Cultists have been seen to do things like sacrifice cute animals in her name. And there may be ''a hundred thousand'' of them out there doing god only knows what.

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** The Cult of Kellith probably isn't a subversion, but a real example. The head of the cult was actively trying to turn Carmilla evil [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until she killed him]]. Cultists have been seen to do things like sacrifice cute animals in her name. And there may be ''a hundred thousand'' of them out there doing god only knows what.
4th Jul '17 12:23:12 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Lopto Sect of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' is a cult devoted to the dark dragon Loptous (A alternate spelling of [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki, Norse God of Evil]]), and a once-former Empire founded by a ex-Bishop named Galle who became [[FaithHeelTurn disenchanted with the divine dragons]] and [[DealWithTheDevil made a deal with Loptuous for power]] to conquer. They are rather keen on miss kidnapping of children to be used as human sacrifices to Loptous,and the tome that bears his name and was the source of Galle's power possesses the Final Boss, Prince Yurius, designed to be the dragon's vessel on Earth. All-in-all, a rather unpleaseant group.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', we have [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Grimleal the Grimleal cult.]] [[ExPy Expies of sorts]] of the Loptous Cult, they worship the Fallen Dragon Grima and are led by the EvilSorcerer Validar. [[spoiler: And the PlayerCharacter is supposed to become its leader, as the "perfect" SoulJar of Grima.]]

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The Lopto Sect of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' is a cult devoted to the dark dragon Loptous (A alternate spelling of [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki, Norse God of Evil]]), and a once-former Empire founded by a ex-Bishop named Galle who became [[FaithHeelTurn disenchanted with the divine dragons]] and [[DealWithTheDevil made a deal with Loptuous for power]] to conquer. They are rather keen on miss kidnapping of children to be used as human sacrifices to Loptous,and the tome that bears his name and was the source of Galle's power possesses the Final Boss, Prince Yurius, designed to be the dragon's vessel on Earth. All-in-all, a rather unpleaseant group.
* ** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', we have [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Grimleal the Grimleal cult.]] [[ExPy Expies of sorts]] cult]]. As semi-{{exp|y}}ies of the Loptous Cult, they worship the Fallen Dragon Grima and are led by the EvilSorcerer Validar. [[spoiler: And the PlayerCharacter is supposed to become its leader, as the "perfect" SoulJar of Grima.]]
9th Jun '17 3:00:20 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the ''WhateleyUniverse'' with the Cult of Kellith, worshiping the daughter of Gothmog (and granddaughter of Shub-Niggurath)... who, for all that she's ostensibly a lust demoness, started out as a human, is currently attending Whateley Academy as a student, and is generally not a bad person. (Although there are signs that she's starting to actively distance herself from her previous human existence and morals, so this ''may'' change in the future -- she ''is'' a CosmicHorror in the making, after all.) Played straight, however, with the Tong of the Black Madonna, an apparent mystical cult opposing the Tao and making trouble for its current Handmaid a.k.a. Bladedancer, including a concerted attempt to attack her in her dreams via a spell powered by human mass sacrifice.

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* Subverted in the ''WhateleyUniverse'' ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' with the Cult of Kellith, worshiping the daughter of Gothmog (and granddaughter of Shub-Niggurath)... who, for all that she's ostensibly a lust demoness, started out as a human, is currently attending Whateley Academy as a student, and is generally not a bad person. (Although there are signs that she's starting to actively distance herself from her previous human existence and morals, so this ''may'' change in the future -- she ''is'' a CosmicHorror in the making, after all.) Played straight, however, with the Tong of the Black Madonna, an apparent mystical cult opposing the Tao and making trouble for its current Handmaid a.k.a. Bladedancer, including a concerted attempt to attack her in her dreams via a spell powered by human mass sacrifice.
8th Jun '17 2:14:21 PM cwf123
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* Creator/AdamSandler's [[Recap/AdamSandlerS2E1JoiningTheCult Joining The Cult]] revolves around a friend telling his friend that he is joining a religious cult while playing basketball. The earlier friend explained to him, that Russell, the leader was rambling on during one of the speeches about the [[WeakenedByLight sun being bad]] and the Beast can't come out because of the sun. Adam explained the real reason why he wanted to join is because [[AllMenArePerverts he wanted to see a girl]].

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* Creator/AdamSandler's [[Recap/AdamSandlerS2E1JoiningTheCult Joining The Cult]] revolves around a friend telling his friend that he is joining a religious cult while playing basketball. The earlier friend explained to him, that Russell, the leader was rambling on during one of the speeches about the [[WeakenedByLight [[WeakenedByTheLight sun being bad]] and the Beast can't come out because of the sun. Adam explained the real reason why he wanted to join is because [[AllMenArePerverts he wanted to see a girl]].
8th Jun '17 2:11:32 PM cwf123
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* Creator/AdamSandler's [[Recap/AdamSandlerS2E1JoiningTheCult Joining The Cult]] revolves around a friend telling his friend that he is joining a religious cult while playing basketball. The earlier friend explained to him, that Russell, the leader was rambling on during one of the speeches about the [[WeakenedByLight sun being bad]] and the Beast can't come out because of the sun. Adam explained the real reason why he wanted to join is because [[AllMenArePerverts he wanted to see a girl]].
-->'''Adam Sandler''': The point is, I'm not going to have time to hang out with you because I'm going to be fucking busy with this fucking cult!
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* In the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the main villainous faction are a secretive, all-female cult that worships [[BigBad Aku]], the GodOfEvil who has tyrannically ruled Earth for thousands of years. These women cultists are led by a High Priestess, who gave birth to seven daughters. The cult has raised, trained, and brainwashed these seven girls ([[WouldHurtAChild through very harsh and abusive means]]) to become a team of {{ninja}} warriors with [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb the goal of killing]] [[TheHero Samurai Jack]] himself, in hopes of earning attention and blessings from Aku. [[spoiler:But not only do the Priestess' daughters all fail miserably to kill Jack, it turns out that Aku doesn't even remember or care about his own cult, [[AllForNothing thus wasting so many years of planning]].]]

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* In the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the main villainous faction are a secretive, all-female cult that worships [[BigBad Aku]], the GodOfEvil who has tyrannically ruled Earth for thousands of years. These women cultists are led by a High Priestess, who gave birth to seven daughters.daughters that are the [[LukeIAmYourFather literal Daughters of Aku]]. The cult has raised, trained, and brainwashed these seven girls ([[WouldHurtAChild through very harsh and abusive means]]) to become a team of {{ninja}} warriors with [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb the goal of killing]] [[TheHero Samurai Jack]] himself, in hopes of earning attention and blessings from Aku. [[spoiler:But But not only do the Priestess' daughters all fail miserably to kill Jack, it turns out that Aku doesn't even remember or care about his own cult, [[AllForNothing thus wasting so many years of planning]].]]except when he sensed Ashi.
27th May '17 1:54:23 PM SnowHesher
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* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' has the Children of Doom, who follow the evil sorcerer Thulsa Doom. They practice human sacrifice by feeding live victims to giant snakes. They also practice cannibalism, and King Osric mentions that one of Doom's followers murdered his own father by stabbing in the heart with a serpent-shaped dagger.
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': The great force for evil in the world and the series namesake is the Black Moon, a dark religion that worships BigBad [[SorcerousOverlord Haazheel Thorn]] as a god and is directly allied with the armies of Hell.
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* In the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the main villainous faction are a secretive, all-female cult that worships [[BigBad Aku]], the GodOfEvil who has tyrannically ruled Earth for thousands of years. These women cultists are led by a High Priestess, who gave birth to seven daughters. The cult has raised, trained, and brainwashed these seven girls ([[WouldHurtAChild through very harsh and abusive means]]) to become a team of {{ninja}} warriors with [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb the goal of killing]] [[TheHero Samurai Jack]] himself, in hopes of earning attention and blessings from Aku. [[spoiler:But not only do the Priestess' daughters all fail miserably to kill Jack, it turns out that Aku neither knows nor cares about the existence of his own cult, [[AllForNothing thus wasting so many years of planning]].]]

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* In the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the main villainous faction are a secretive, all-female cult that worships [[BigBad Aku]], the GodOfEvil who has tyrannically ruled Earth for thousands of years. These women cultists are led by a High Priestess, who gave birth to seven daughters. The cult has raised, trained, and brainwashed these seven girls ([[WouldHurtAChild through very harsh and abusive means]]) to become a team of {{ninja}} warriors with [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb the goal of killing]] [[TheHero Samurai Jack]] himself, in hopes of earning attention and blessings from Aku. [[spoiler:But not only do the Priestess' daughters all fail miserably to kill Jack, it turns out that Aku neither knows nor cares doesn't even remember or care about the existence of his own cult, [[AllForNothing thus wasting so many years of planning]].]]
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Because ReligionIsMagic, devout practitioners and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking high ranking]] clergy will have powers, magic and forms of TheDarkArts. You can expect the HighPriest to emanate a CrossMeltingAura.

This trope is the polar opposite of the SaintlyChurch. Also contrast with PathOfInspiration, where an evil religion masquerades as a more ordinary faith. If a genuinely "good" religion is being twisted into evil, it's the CorruptChurch. Whatever the religion of evil worships will generally be the GreaterScopeVillain, with [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils demon lords]], [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils archdevils]], {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, [[GodOfEvil gods of evil]] and {{Satan}} himself all being likely candidates.

Media portrayals of Satanism tend to fall directly into this trope; for this, see HollywoodSatanism. The ChurchofHappyology is a sister trope, especially if Happyology isn't played for laughs.

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Because ReligionIsMagic, devout practitioners and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking high ranking]] high-ranking]] clergy will have powers, magic powers and forms of TheDarkArts. You can expect the HighPriest to emanate a CrossMeltingAura.

CrossMeltingAura. Whatever deity the religion of evil worships will generally be the GreaterScopeVillain; with DemonLordsAndArchdevils, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, a GodOfEvil, and {{Satan}} himself all being likely candidates.

This trope is the polar opposite of the SaintlyChurch. Also contrast with PathOfInspiration, where an evil religion masquerades as a more ordinary faith. If a genuinely "good" religion is being twisted into evil, it's the CorruptChurch. Whatever the religion of evil worships will generally be the GreaterScopeVillain, with [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils demon lords]], [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils archdevils]], {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, [[GodOfEvil gods of evil]] and {{Satan}} himself all being likely candidates.

Media portrayals of Satanism tend to fall directly into this trope; for this, see HollywoodSatanism. The ChurchofHappyology ChurchOfHappyology is a sister trope, especially if Happyology isn't played for laughs.









* In the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the main villainous faction are a secretive, all-female cult that worships [[BigBad Aku]], the GodOfEvil who has tyrannically ruled Earth for thousands of years. These women cultists are led by a High Priestess, who gave birth to seven daughters. The cult has raised, trained, and brainwashed these seven girls ([[WouldHurtAChild through very harsh and abusive means]]) to become a team of {{ninja}} warriors with [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb the goal of killing]] [[TheHero Samurai Jack]] himself, in hopes of earning attention and blessings from Aku. [[spoiler:But not only do the Priestess' daughters all fail miserably to kill Jack, it turns out that Aku neither knows nor cares about the existence of his own cult, [[AllForNothing thus wasting so many years of planning]].]]




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