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20th Jan '17 2:10:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse has the Yuuzhan Vong, who are in the market for a new galaxy and have just found this very nice one in which most of the inhabitants happen to depend on one of the central heresies of the Yuuzhan Vong religion—the use of non-{{organic technology}}. (They all have ''quite'' the wrong understanding of pain, too- pain is sacred and to be cherished, not avoided!) The solution? Mass xenocide. So it goes.
* The various cults from the CthulhuMythos tend to fit this rather well. They're not usually evil per se, just like their gods aren't actually evil (exept for Nyarlathotep, and he's more of a dick than truly evil). According to one cultist being interrogated in ''Call of Cthulhu'', the cultists wish for the Old Ones to return so that they can make mankind like them, unbound by law or morality, and free to dance, laugh and kill as they see fit.

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* The ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has the Yuuzhan Vong, who are in the market for a new galaxy and have just found this very nice one in which most of the inhabitants happen to depend on one of the central heresies of the Yuuzhan Vong religion—the use of non-{{organic technology}}. (They all have ''quite'' the wrong understanding of pain, too- pain is sacred and to be cherished, not avoided!) The solution? Mass xenocide. So it goes.
* The various cults from the CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos tend to fit this rather well. They're not usually evil per se, just like their gods aren't actually evil (exept for Nyarlathotep, and he's more of a dick than truly evil). According to one cultist being interrogated in ''Call of Cthulhu'', the cultists wish for the Old Ones to return so that they can make mankind like them, unbound by law or morality, and free to dance, laugh and kill as they see fit.
26th Nov '16 3:35:23 PM MinisterOfSinister
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** The Orks worship two twin {{War God}}s -- Gork and Mork. Like everything else about Ork culture, their gods are straightforward and fighting-oriented. The differences between the two are rather slim (Gork is TheBrute, Mork is a CombatPragmatist) and many Orks are unable to tell them apart, which has led to fights, naturally.

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** The Orks worship two twin {{War God}}s -- Gork and Mork. Like everything else about Ork culture, their gods are brutally straightforward and fighting-oriented. The differences between the two are rather slim (Gork is TheBrute, Mork is a CombatPragmatist) and many Orks are unable to tell them apart, which has led is sometimes used as a [[SillyReasonForWar justification]] for small-scale fights to fights, naturally.cure their boredom.
15th Nov '16 10:01:07 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The Minbari war against humanity was seen as a crusade to avenge their "holy leader" after his death in a botched FirstContact encounter.

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** The Minbari war against humanity was seen as a crusade to avenge their "holy leader" after his death in a botched FirstContact encounter. Once the initial rage had faded even the most gung-ho realized this was completely insane, but kept the war going out of sheer social embarrassment.
13th Nov '16 7:56:41 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* In ''Warhammer40000'', the Church of the GodEmperor is the main inspiration of its many followers to go to war, and a secondary inspiration for many other factions. The Church is xenocidal and imperialist, and as happy to wipe out a wayward billion of its own people as it is to exterminate entire alien races, sometimes even for a perceived slight.

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* In ''Warhammer40000'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the Church of the GodEmperor is the main inspiration of its many followers to go to war, and a secondary inspiration for many other factions. The Church is xenocidal and imperialist, and as happy to wipe out a wayward billion of its own people as it is to exterminate entire alien races, sometimes even for a perceived slight.
13th Nov '16 10:35:47 AM eroock
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When you look at a ScaryAmoralReligion, at first it seems to have no scruples whatsoever. The doctrine it preaches condones acts of unprecedented brutality. They stand on the brink of ending civilization as we know it, and all because their God says so.

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When you look at a ScaryAmoralReligion, Scary Amoral Religion, at first it seems to have no scruples whatsoever. The doctrine it preaches condones acts of unprecedented brutality. They stand on the brink of ending civilization as we know it, and all because their God says so.
24th Oct '16 9:41:43 AM Paireon
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* {{ComicBook/Batwoman}}: Has the Religion of Crime Sect. While the regular church falls under ReligionOfEvil, the Sect that recurs in the series falls under this trope. The leader, Kyle Abbot broke off from the original group because a difference of ideals (that and the original group's association with Apokalips would lead to disastrous consequences for the earth). While they still worship Crime, their doctrine isn't elaborated on, and Abbot always appears as an ally to Batwoman in her ongoing, standing with her against the monsters summoned by the BigBad and even bringing the whole sect to aid her in the final battle.

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* {{ComicBook/Batwoman}}: Has the Religion of Crime Sect. While the regular church falls under ReligionOfEvil, the Sect that recurs in the series falls under this trope. The leader, Kyle Abbot broke off from the original group because of a difference of ideals (that and the original group's association with Apokalips [[ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} Apokolips]] would lead to disastrous consequences for the earth).Earth). While they still worship Crime, their doctrine isn't elaborated on, and Abbot always appears as an ally to Batwoman in her ongoing, standing with her against the monsters summoned by the BigBad and even bringing the whole sect to aid her in the final battle.



* The ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse has the Yuuzhan Vong, who are in the market for a new galaxy and have just found this very nice one in which most of the inhabitants happen to depend on one of the central heresies of the Yuuzhan Vong religion—the use of non-organic technology. (They all have ''quite'' the wrong understanding of pain- pain is sacred and to be cherished, not avoided!) The solution? Mass xenocide. So it goes.
* The various cults from the CthulhuMythos tend to fit this rather well. They're not usually evil per se, just like their gods aren't actually evil (exept for Nyarlathotep, and he's more of a dick than truly evil). According to one cultist being interrogated in Call of Cthulhu, the cultists wish for the Old Ones to return so that they can make mankind like them, unbound by law or morality, and free to dance, laugh and kill as they see fit.

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* The ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse has the Yuuzhan Vong, who are in the market for a new galaxy and have just found this very nice one in which most of the inhabitants happen to depend on one of the central heresies of the Yuuzhan Vong religion—the use of non-organic technology. non-{{organic technology}}. (They all have ''quite'' the wrong understanding of pain- pain, too- pain is sacred and to be cherished, not avoided!) The solution? Mass xenocide. So it goes.
* The various cults from the CthulhuMythos tend to fit this rather well. They're not usually evil per se, just like their gods aren't actually evil (exept for Nyarlathotep, and he's more of a dick than truly evil). According to one cultist being interrogated in Call ''Call of Cthulhu, Cthulhu'', the cultists wish for the Old Ones to return so that they can make mankind like them, unbound by law or morality, and free to dance, laugh and kill as they see fit.



* The Goa'uld and their followers in ''Series/StargateSG1'' fit this trope pretty well but the Ori fit it even better, all the way down to disputes over the meaning of symbolic passages in the very King James-sounding Book of Origin. The Goa'uld aren't so much dogmatic as create dogma around themselves to control their underlings. The Ori, on the other hand...

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* The Goa'uld and their followers in ''Series/StargateSG1'' fit this trope pretty well but the Ori fit it even better, all the way down to disputes over the meaning of symbolic passages in the very King James-sounding Book of Origin. The Goa'uld aren't so much dogmatic as create dogma around themselves to control their underlings. The Ori, [[AGodAmI on the other hand...hand]]...



* The Soldiers of the One in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' are a monotheistic cult in a polytheistic society that believes in absolute black and white morality, and some of their branches are perfectly willing to commit suicide bombings for their beliefs, while the others quietly approve of their actions. Later the Cylons inherited the religion and used it to justify the attempted destruction of the human race in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''.

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* The Soldiers of the One in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' are a monotheistic cult in a polytheistic society that believes in absolute black {{black and white morality, morality}}, and some of their branches are perfectly willing to commit suicide bombings for their beliefs, while the others quietly approve of their actions. Later the Cylons inherited the religion and used it to justify the attempted destruction of the human race in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''.



* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Orthodox Fellowship on Mars can slip into this very easily. The fellowship as a major role in enforcing the Martian caste system, is xenophobic, imperialistic and actively attempts to wipe out other Martian faiths. They also actively sponsor and support the 31st Seal, an anti-Earthling terrorist organisation. Admittedly, much of the xenophobia is due to the subjugation of the Martian people, but not all.

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* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Orthodox Fellowship on Mars can slip into this very easily. The fellowship as has a major role in enforcing the Martian caste system, is xenophobic, imperialistic and actively attempts to wipe out other Martian faiths. They also actively sponsor and support the 31st Seal, an anti-Earthling terrorist organisation. Admittedly, much of the xenophobia is due to the subjugation of the Martian people, but not all.



* ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' the Aeon Illuminate who follow a religion called The Way, their main goal is to spread the way to humanity, but are willing to cleanse all non-believers.

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* ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' the Aeon Illuminate who follow a religion called The Way, their main goal is to spread the way The Way to humanity, but are willing to cleanse all non-believers.



* ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' the Advent who's religion is called the Unity, which involves biological enhancements and psychic powers. Their primary goal is to exact vengeance on the TEC for banishing them thousands of years ago.

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* ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' the Advent who's whose religion is called the Unity, which involves biological enhancements and psychic powers. Their primary goal is to exact vengeance on the TEC for banishing them thousands of years ago.
6th Oct '16 8:20:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Everworld}}'' has a lot of JerkassGods from mythology, but the [[InsectoidAliens Hetwans]] worship an EldritchAbomination called Ka Anor, who eats other gods; thus, the Hetwans basically spend their time trying to get him more food, making war with anyone, divine or mortal, who would get in their way. They seem to have no sense of individuality, either; at one point, it's implied Ka Anor is more like their HiveMind taking physical form.

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* ''{{Everworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' has a lot of JerkassGods from mythology, but the [[InsectoidAliens Hetwans]] worship an EldritchAbomination called Ka Anor, who eats other gods; thus, the Hetwans basically spend their time trying to get him more food, making war with anyone, divine or mortal, who would get in their way. They seem to have no sense of individuality, either; at one point, it's implied Ka Anor is more like their HiveMind taking physical form.
6th Oct '16 2:27:28 AM MinisterOfSinister
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** The Tau are arguably a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], being a race of {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s in a setting where literal daemons are an active force. They are regarded by the Imperium as being completely heathen, believing in no supernatural forces whatsoever. However, they are also philosophists, following strongly to a collectivist creed of striving for the Greater Good, believing that they should share this philosophy with every other sentient in the galaxy and that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans in doing so. This tends to put them squarely into ScaryDogmaticAliens trope, but with the twist that their dogma is secular in a setting where supernatural forces are real.
** And then of course, there are the Chaos gods, who have almost as many religions as they have followers. Some believers actually believe they are doing the right thing by breaking away from the Imperial dogma, others are in it solely for the RapePillageAndBurn. Even among each other they don't hold each other as being holier than others, Khorne famously does not care whether the blood of his followers or his enemies is shed in battle, and often sics his own daemons on favored followers to test them.

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** The Tau are arguably a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], being a race of {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s in a setting where literal daemons are an active force. They are regarded by the Imperium as being completely heathen, believing in no supernatural forces whatsoever. However, they are also philosophists, following strongly to a collectivist creed of striving for the Greater Good, believing that they should share this philosophy with every other sentient in the galaxy and that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans in doing so. This tends to put them squarely into ScaryDogmaticAliens trope, but with the twist that their dogma is secular in a setting where supernatural forces are real.
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** And then of course, there are the Chaos gods, Gods, who have almost as many religions as they have followers. Some believers actually believe they are doing the right thing by breaking away from the Imperial dogma, others are in it solely for the RapePillageAndBurn. Even among each other they don't hold each other as being holier than others, Khorne famously does not care whether the blood of his followers or his enemies is shed in battle, and often sics his own daemons on favored favoured followers to test them.


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** The Orks worship two twin {{War God}}s -- Gork and Mork. Like everything else about Ork culture, their gods are straightforward and fighting-oriented. The differences between the two are rather slim (Gork is TheBrute, Mork is a CombatPragmatist) and many Orks are unable to tell them apart, which has led to fights, naturally.
** The Tyranids often exploit this trope through the use of Genestealers. Genestealers are special vanguard organisms for the Hive Fleets sent to find planets of note and begin the process of paving the way for the Tyranids to take it over and consume it. They do this by infecting some of the planet's populace with their aggressive genetic seeds, causing them to become subservient to the Genestealers and their children to be born as Genestealer hybrids. From this process a Genestealer Cult, a mix of ApocalypseCult and BreedingCult, is born, with the short-term goals of continuing to add to their numbers and infiltrating the planet's institutions to prepare to weaken its defences and open the way for invading Tyranids, and the long-term goals of reaching out to distant Tyranid Hive Fleets, drawing them in with the beacon of their psychic signatures, and joining them in battle before being broken down and consumed along with the rest of the planet. Genestealer Cults often disguise themselves as regular Emperor-worshipping religions to avoid detection, and fight with the same zeal and sense of rightness as any Imperial loyalist.
9th Aug '16 4:23:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* [[Franchise/{{Halo}} The Covenant]] are out to KillAllHumans because their religious leaders have declared humans to be an affront to their gods. [[spoiler: It is revealed in ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'' that humans were the chosen inheritors of [[{{Precursors}} The Forerunners]] whom the Covenant base their faith upon. Widespread, this knowledge would have either undermined the power of the Prophets or caused societal collapse]].

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* [[Franchise/{{Halo}} The Covenant]] are out to KillAllHumans because their religious leaders have declared humans to be an affront to their gods. [[spoiler: It is revealed in ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'' that the Covenant's Prophets were simply trying to cover up the fact that humans were the chosen inheritors of [[{{Precursors}} The the very Forerunners]] whom the Covenant base their faith upon. Widespread, this worship, as knowledge of this would have either undermined the power of the Prophets or caused societal collapse]].the Covenant to collapse (and the Prophets' power with it)]].
15th Jul '16 10:34:24 PM jormis29
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** Come [[Fallout4 Fallout 4]] and the Children have become this as well. Having spread to the Commonwealth, the Children of Atom have become militant and dangerous to the people of the wastes, armed with both conventional weaponry and radiation inducing weapons. They even [[spoiler: have a nuclear missile in the Glowing Sea, ready to launch into the Commonwealth]] in the name of their insane, radiation centered beliefs.

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** Come [[Fallout4 Fallout 4]] ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' and the Children have become this as well. Having spread to the Commonwealth, the Children of Atom have become militant and dangerous to the people of the wastes, armed with both conventional weaponry and radiation inducing weapons. They even [[spoiler: have a nuclear missile in the Glowing Sea, ready to launch into the Commonwealth]] in the name of their insane, radiation centered beliefs.
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