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9th Sep '17 9:24:58 AM Hanz
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* In ''Videogame/Yakuza0'', one of Majima's sidequest has him rescuing a young woman from a shady cult extorting it's members for money and planning to make a harem from it's women by infiltrating the cult and beating the crap out of the leader.
28th Aug '17 11:39:02 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', this was the case for the so-called "Priests of Nocturnal". Nocturnal is the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheSacredDarkness Darkness and the Night]], who is also associated with Thieves and Luck. She is the patron of the ThievesGuild and the only mortal servants she actually seems to care about are the Nightingales, who have pledged to serve her in life and in death, protecting her Twilight Sepulcher and the Ebonmere, a conduit between her [[EldritchLocation realm of Oblivion]], Evergloam, and Mundus, the mortal plane. The "Priests" set up in the Twilight Sepulcher and claimed to have Nocturnal's favor, but they were really just a scam set up to prey on the gullible. Nocturnal herself didn't actually pay them ''any'' attention or care ''what'' they did, as long as they didn't interfere with the Nightingales or threaten the Ebonmere.
4th Aug '17 2:12:43 PM Caps-luna
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14th Jul '17 9:57:51 PM KidDynamite
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* ''Series/WhatsHappening'' had an episode where Rerun joined a cult that worshiped a head of lettuce named Ralph. The couple behind it are scam artists who tell their new "followers" to give up all their possessions to them.
4th Jul '17 11:05:34 AM MikeK
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* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "The Case of the Cola Cult" has Gadget half-heartedly attempt to join a soda-worshiping cult of mice. The evil second-in-command of the cult was taking all the belongings new members gave up and keeping them.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "The Case of the Cola Cult" has Gadget half-heartedly attempt to join a soda-worshiping cult of mice. The leader of the cult is benevolent and genuinely believes in what he says, but his evil second-in-command of the cult was taking all the belongings new members gave up and keeping them.
21st May '17 9:21:31 PM PaulA
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* The book ''Leaving Fishers'' by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about a girl who joins a cult called Fishers of Men. Among the many other things wrong with it, one thing she finds out at the end [[spoiler:when she de-coverts]] is that the head of the cult is using their donations to support a lavish lifestyle, while making it out as though he can barely afford things. [[spoiler: The main character admits to having given the cult her college savings...]]

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* The book ''Leaving Fishers'' by Margaret Peterson Haddix Creator/MargaretPetersonHaddix is about a girl who joins a cult called Fishers of Men. Among the many other things wrong with it, one thing she finds out at the end [[spoiler:when she de-coverts]] is that the head of the cult is using their donations to support a lavish lifestyle, while making it out as though he can barely afford things. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The main character admits to having given the cult her college savings...]]
20th May '17 11:57:27 AM nombretomado
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* The usual game plan of the BigBad of the last four ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games. The most obvious example is the [[ChurchOfHappyology Fellowship]] in Britannia, but he pulls the same trick in at least three other worlds to weaken them for conquest. Where he succeeds the scam quickly metamorphoses into a ReligionOfEvil.

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* The usual game plan of the BigBad of the last four ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games. The most obvious example is the [[ChurchOfHappyology Fellowship]] in Britannia, but he pulls the same trick in at least three other worlds to weaken them for conquest. Where he succeeds the scam quickly metamorphoses into a ReligionOfEvil.
1st May '17 10:32:42 PM Fireblood
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* In Literature/TheHanSolo trilogy of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the T'landa T'il can produce a state of complete pleasure in a person. This state of pleasure is highly addictive. Normally it is used to attract T'landa T'il females, but instead the self-appointed clergy use it to lure their victims to Ylesia. They go from planet to planet and recruit people. People who experience it and are not strong enough to resist it are drawn into it and become addicted. The pilgrims become slaves in the Ylesian spicemines. The revival is a major part of their day where the pilgrims get their daily fix. These poor slaves are completely brainwashed and can not live without their drug. The faux religion that the T'landa T'il have established is just a ploy to get free slaves and spice. The whole operation is owned by the Hutts. When the slaves are brainwashed and dependent enough they get shipped off to the spice mines of Kessel or sold as sex slaves in a brothel.

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* In Literature/TheHanSolo trilogy Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the T'landa T'il can produce a state of complete pleasure in a person. This state of pleasure is highly addictive. Normally it is used to attract T'landa T'il females, but instead the self-appointed clergy use it to lure their victims to Ylesia. They go from planet to planet and recruit people. People who experience it and are not strong enough to resist it are drawn into it and become addicted. The pilgrims become slaves in the Ylesian spicemines. The revival is a major part of their day where the pilgrims get their daily fix. These poor slaves are completely brainwashed and can not live without their drug. The faux religion that the T'landa T'il have established is just a ploy to get free slaves and spice. The whole operation is owned by the Hutts. When the slaves are brainwashed and dependent enough they get shipped off to the spice mines of Kessel or sold as sex slaves in a brothel.
1st May '17 10:31:51 PM Fireblood
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* There's a form in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. The B'Omarr Monks have a degree of scamming built into their way, though they would argue that, for example, having new initiates walk over "coals" with the belief that the faith would protect them when said "coals" are harmless is just a way to get them on the right track. The ''real'' scam, though, is run by [[spoiler: Grimpen]], who flatters interested people, rushes them through some of the rituals, and [[spoiler: removes their brains, puts ''those'' in [[BrainInAJar spider droids]], and puts the brains of criminals into their skulls]] as part of an elaborate scheme. It's resolved in part by the other monks being {{blackmail}}ed about the coals thing.

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* In Literature/TheHanSolo trilogy of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the T'landa T'il can produce a state of complete pleasure in a person. This state of pleasure is highly addictive. Normally it is used to attract T'landa T'il females, but instead the self-appointed clergy use it to lure their victims to Ylesia. They go from planet to planet and recruit people. People who experience it and are not strong enough to resist it are drawn into it and become addicted. The pilgrims become slaves in the Ylesian spicemines. The revival is a major part of their day where the pilgrims get their daily fix. These poor slaves are completely brainwashed and can not live without their drug. The faux religion that the T'landa T'il have established is just a ploy to get free slaves and spice. The whole operation is owned by the Hutts. When the slaves are brainwashed and dependent enough they get shipped off to the spice mines of Kessel or sold as sex slaves in a brothel.
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There's a form in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. The B'Omarr Monks have a degree of scamming built into their way, though they would argue that, for example, having new initiates walk over "coals" with the belief that the faith would protect them when said "coals" are harmless is just a way to get them on the right track. The ''real'' scam, though, is run by [[spoiler: Grimpen]], who flatters interested people, rushes them through some of the rituals, and [[spoiler: removes their brains, puts ''those'' in [[BrainInAJar spider droids]], and puts the brains of criminals into their skulls]] as part of an elaborate scheme. It's resolved in part by the other monks being {{blackmail}}ed about the coals thing.
9th Apr '17 9:55:50 AM nombretomado
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