History Main / ReligionOfEvil

20th Apr '17 2:59:30 PM magnum12
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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.]]

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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.
15th Apr '17 1:11:21 PM nombretomado
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* SMStirling provides several examples:

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* SMStirling Creator/SMStirling provides several examples:
12th Apr '17 10:03:36 PM Fireblood
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* 'Series/TheFollowing'' features "Carrollism," a cult founded by SerialKiller Joseph Carroll. Loosely based on the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe and general Gothic sentiments, it depicts murder as an artistic/creative act, and encourages practitioners to "find their voice," by coming up with their own signature murder style.
** Ultimately it is a {{Deconstruction}} of the concept, showing that an organization composed of murderous sociopaths would [[RealityEnsues eventually collapse under the weight of the collective dysfunctions of the its individual members]]. Not enough of them are sane enough to have any clue what their doing.

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* 'Series/TheFollowing'' ''Series/TheFollowing'' features "Carrollism," a cult founded by SerialKiller Joseph Carroll. Loosely based on the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe and general Gothic sentiments, it depicts murder as an artistic/creative act, and encourages practitioners to "find their voice," by coming up with their own signature murder style.
** Ultimately it is a {{Deconstruction}} of the concept, showing that an organization composed of murderous sociopaths would [[RealityEnsues eventually collapse under the weight of the collective dysfunctions of the its individual members]]. Not enough of them are sane enough to have any clue what their doing.



* 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.

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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 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.]]
12th Apr '17 9:51:21 PM Fireblood
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* The pagans in ''Series/{{Reign}}'' although there's reason to believe it wasn't always like that. Once it worshipped nature now it's centered around an unknown and presumably demonic entity in a cave somewhere in the Blood Forest.

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* The pagans in ''Series/{{Reign}}'' although there's reason to believe it wasn't always like that. Once it worshipped nature worshiped nature, now it's centered around an unknown and presumably demonic entity in a cave somewhere in the Blood Forest.


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* ''{{Series/Colony}}'': The Greatest Day, which worships the Hosts and encourages total obedience and compliance with their regime.
5th Apr '17 3:14:39 PM Caps-luna
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Media portrayals of Satanism tend to fall directly into this trope; for this, see HollywoodSatanism.

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Media portrayals of Satanism tend to fall directly into this trope; for this, see HollywoodSatanism.
HollywoodSatanism. The ChurchofHappyology is a sister trope, especially if Happyology isn't played for laughs.
1st Apr '17 8:23:41 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''VideoGame/ScelusPath'', the world was created by the goddesses Voluntes and Scelus, but the human king Bishalt sets up a monotheistic religion worshiping a male God. Bishalt then uses said religion to rally his people [[FantasticRacism against the other races of the land]] and KillEmAll. It's all just a [[{{Anvilicious}} ludicrously unsubtle]] metaphor for Christianity (the leader of the religion is called the Pope, even) which is hardly surprising considering the creator's previous game, ''VideoGame/TheLastResurrection'', featured ''[[{{Jesus}} Jesus of Nazareth]]'' as the BigBad.

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* In ''VideoGame/ScelusPath'', the world was created by the goddesses Voluntes and Scelus, but the human king Bishalt sets up a monotheistic religion worshiping a male God. Bishalt then uses said religion to rally his people [[FantasticRacism against the other races of the land]] and KillEmAll. It's all just a [[{{Anvilicious}} ludicrously unsubtle]] metaphor for Christianity (the leader of the religion is called the Pope, even) which is hardly surprising considering the creator's previous game, ''VideoGame/TheLastResurrection'', featured ''[[{{Jesus}} ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Jesus of Nazareth]]'' as the BigBad.
17th Mar '17 8:19:05 AM BeerBaron
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** The Daedra return in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' but this time, we also get the Dragon Cult, whose remnants are encountered throughout dungeons as the undead Draugr and Dragon Priests. As the name implies, they were worshippers and servants of the ancient dragons.

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** The Daedra return in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' but this time, we also get the Skyrim]]'':
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Dragon Cult, whose remnants are encountered throughout dungeons as the undead Draugr and Dragon Priests. As the name implies, they were worshippers and servants of the dragons in ancient dragons.times.
*** Following the Oblivion Crisis, the Vigilants of Stendarr formed as a group dedicated to wiping out supernatural threats to the citizens of Tamriel, including Daedra and Daedra worshipers. Unfortunately, [[KnightTemplar they make no distinction]] between the worshipers of more benevolent Daedra (like Azura and Meridia) and the more malevolent ones.
17th Mar '17 8:15:15 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', there's the Mythic Dawn, a cult lead by the BigBad, who, among other things, require you to offer 'red drink' to Mehrunes Dagon (the god they worship) in order to join. There's also the Dark Brotherhood, who are a combination of a Religion of Evil, a MurderInc, and {{Knight Templar}}s.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', there is the Dagoth Ur cult whose followers first start seeing things and then turn into semi-sentient monstrosities who can only do [[BigBad their master's]] bidding and are to be killed on sight.
** It's subverted with most Daedric cults who are pretty friendly while the God they worship has a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different moral system]] instead of being evil.
*** However, there are some ObviouslyEvil Daedric cults such as those of Molag Bal, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King of Rape]], worship of whom generally involves kidnapping and torture. His rival Boethiah, on the other hand, prefers to be worshiped through nice things like betrayal. When not functioning as a BigBad, the cults of Mehrunes Dagon tend to fall into this category as well.
* The Daedra return in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' but this time, we also get the Dragon Cult, whose remnants are encountered throughout dungeons as the undead Draugr and Dragon Priests. As the name implies, they were worshippers and servants of the ancient dragons.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', there's ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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the series in general, the various Daedric Cults qualify. While not technically illegal in most of Tamriel, the cultists are seen as misguided at best and dangerous lunatics at worst. While there are certainly a few [[GoodIsNotNice good if not always nice]] Daedric Princes to worship, most are quite malevolent ([[BlueAndOrangeMorality at least from the point of view of mortals]]. Voluntarily worshiping JerkassGods who govern spheres such as Rape, Destruction, and Betrayal can definitely be seen as this when the main alternative religion is a SaintlyChurch. Most who choose Daedra worship do so for the immediate, tangible rewards the Princes offer in comparison to the Aedra worshiped by the church of the Divines, who prefer [[HaveYouSeenMyGod a lighter touch when interacting with the mortal world]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** [[BigBad Dagoth]] [[PhysicalGod Ur's]] Sixth House Cult is seen as this by outsiders. In particular, the [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]] sees them as deranged and mutated heretics who will be killed on sight.
*** While Daedra worship is permitted (if somewhat frowned upon) in the rest of the Empire, it is considered evil by the Tribunal Temple in Morrowind. Worshipers, particularly those of the "bad" Daedra ([[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], [[PersonOfMassDestruction Mehrunes Dagon]], [[MadGod Sheogorath]], and [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Malacath]]) are typically hunted down and killed by Temple enforcers.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'':
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Mythic Dawn, a cult lead led by the BigBad, who, among other things, require you to offer 'red drink' to Mehrunes Dagon (the god they worship) in order to join. There's also the join.
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Dark Brotherhood, who are a combination of a Religion of Evil, a MurderInc, MurderInc and {{Knight Templar}}s.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', there is the Dagoth Ur cult whose followers first start seeing things and then turn into semi-sentient monstrosities who can only do [[BigBad their master's]] bidding and are to be killed on sight.
** It's subverted with most Daedric cults who are pretty friendly while the God they
a PsychoForHire group, worship has a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different moral system]] instead of being evil.
*** However, there are some ObviouslyEvil Daedric cults such as those of Molag Bal,
the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King primeval embodiment of Rape]], worship of whom generally involves kidnapping and torture. His rival Boethiah, on the other hand, prefers to be worshiped through nice things like betrayal. When not functioning as a BigBad, the cults of Mehrunes Dagon tend to fall into this category as well.
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The Daedra return in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' but this time, we also get the Dragon Cult, whose remnants are encountered throughout dungeons as the undead Draugr and Dragon Priests. As the name implies, they were worshippers and servants of the ancient dragons.
21st Feb '17 10:11:01 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The faith of the Lord of Light presents itself as good and loving and a necessary bulwark against the god of darkness who aims to wipe out humanity. However, their sinister priests are shown practicing human sacrifice and necromancy.
11th Feb '17 1:44:53 PM emperors
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* ''VideoGame/Castlevania2LordsOfShadow'': The Church of Satan is this, complete with burying their parishioners alive so they would have a closer link with their lord and indoctrinating those with authority and political power. Its HighPriest also happens to be a SinisterMinister of the CorruptChurch.

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* ''VideoGame/Castlevania2LordsOfShadow'': ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'': The Church of Satan is this, complete with burying their parishioners alive so they would have a closer link with their lord and indoctrinating those with authority and political power. Its HighPriest also happens to be a SinisterMinister of the CorruptChurch.
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