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4th Sep '16 9:20:27 AM 1810072342
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* A rare heroic example from ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'': The Nameless Organisation is concerned with tracking down, monitoring and keeping a lid on [[EldritchAbomination the Scarecrows]], but they do with maximum secrecy and all information is strictly limited. They're even called 'The Nameless Organisation', after all.
29th Aug '16 10:14:59 AM DanaO
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** Also, this trope is being invoked in-universe: the trappings of the Circle hide the fact that they aren't a secret society at all. They're actually the ghosts of a fallen civilization using their rituals to possess the bodies of both innocent victims and recruits. They act like a secret society both to get a greater pool of bodies to incarnate into and to look like a different kind of threat to law enforcement and the government. The masks and robes ensure their low-level recruits don't notice the replacements.
28th Jun '16 6:29:25 PM Adept
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* When the fans get a hold of the Black Cloak Society in ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', they usually get this treatment. AGDInteractive's FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'' has several hints that they're prepping to survive TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - possibly the events of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity''. AGD puts another example in their version of the game by [[spoiler: having the benevolent monk]] from the original turn out to be running a [[spoiler:FurAgainstFang racket against what turns out to be the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire]]

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* When the fans get a hold of the Black Cloak Society in ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', they usually get this treatment. AGDInteractive's Creator/AGDInteractive's FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'' has several hints that they're prepping to survive TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - possibly the events of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity''. AGD puts another example in their version of the game by [[spoiler: having the benevolent monk]] from the original turn out to be running a [[spoiler:FurAgainstFang racket against what turns out to be the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire]]
21st Jun '16 6:18:48 AM Jenx
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Unknown Armies}}'' it's very likely that the robe-wearing, secretive cultists with an agenda for the entire world are actually the Player Characters themselves. Also their main antagonists. And some of the side characters too. The Occult Underground being defined as a subculture of secrecy is a fertile breeding ground for all manners of secret cults, with varying degrees of evilness (or, for that matter, efficiency).
5th Apr '16 4:38:04 PM Antigone3
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* ''TabletopGame/TheDraculaDossier'': During Dracula's initial visit to England, he took over a Satanic cult with a large proportion of upper-class members. Edom later suspected the cult was acting as a "stay-behind" network for Dracula.
17th Feb '16 7:13:08 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'', there are the Primals, a group who is based in the Inner Planes. They seem to have discovered some big secret of the universe, but aren't eager to share it. (Most assume it has something to do with Elemental powers, given their location and name.) Due to the secrecy, most other folk assume they're up to no good, even though there's no concrete proof.
13th Feb '16 8:48:59 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''VideoGame/ObsCure II'' has Delta Theta Gamma, which at first glance appears to be a [[WackyFratboyHijinx hard-partying fraternity]] but is slowly revealed, as you explore their frat house, to have a lot more in common with the likes of [[Film/TheSkulls Skull & Bones]] than with [[Film/AnimalHouse Delta House]]. [[spoiler:The finale reveals them to have been a GreaterScopeVillain secretly involved in the events of both games, with most of the main villains working for them in some capacity.]]



* The Ku Klux Klan follows this trope more than you'd expect from a real-world organization. Night-time meetings, bonfires and burning crosses, and not to mention the all-enclosing robes and masks (complete with [[ColorCodedPatrician differently-colored masks and robes]] to distinguish the leadership from the [[{{Mooks}} common members]]).
* Media portrayals of Satanism also tend to fall into this trope, especially during the "Satanic Panic" of the 1970s and '80s.

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* The Ku Klux Klan UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan follows this trope more than you'd expect from a real-world organization. Night-time meetings, bonfires and burning crosses, and not to mention the all-enclosing robes and masks (complete with [[ColorCodedPatrician differently-colored masks and robes]] to distinguish the leadership from the [[{{Mooks}} common members]]).
* [[HollywoodSatanism Media portrayals of Satanism Satanism]] also tend to fall into this trope, especially during the "Satanic Panic" of the 1970s and '80s.



* [[http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Religion_and_the_decline_of_magic.html?id=yQwSAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y Keith Thomas]] points out that the stereotype of devil-worshippers as black-robed figures chanting in Latin in a ruined abbey originated with Tudor propaganda against the banned Catholics. Only after Catholics had ceased to be figures of fear was it applied to more obscure cults.
* Although the stereotype was deliberately taken up by the Hellfire Club, a bunch of rich 18th century thrill-seekers who were in it just for the kicks and the depravity.

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* [[http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Religion_and_the_decline_of_magic.html?id=yQwSAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y Keith Thomas]] points out that the stereotype of devil-worshippers as black-robed figures chanting in Latin in a ruined abbey originated with Tudor propaganda against the banned Catholics.''Catholics''. Only after Catholics had ceased to be figures of fear was it applied to more obscure cults.
* Although the This stereotype was deliberately taken up by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellfire_Club Hellfire Club, Club]], a bunch of rich 18th century British thrill-seekers who were in it just for the kicks and the depravity.
13th Feb '16 7:47:17 AM mashpotato
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*What the Sisterhood is accused of being in ''Film/TheSisterhoodOfNight''.
6th Feb '16 5:42:11 PM WillKeaton
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* Keith Thomas [[http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Religion_and_the_decline_of_magic.html?id=yQwSAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y]] points out that the stereotype of devil-worshippers as black-robed figures chanting in Latin in a ruined abbey originated with Tudor propaganda against the banned Catholics. Only after Catholics had ceased to be figures of fear was it applied to more obscure cults.

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* Keith Thomas [[http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Religion_and_the_decline_of_magic.html?id=yQwSAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y]] html?id=yQwSAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y Keith Thomas]] points out that the stereotype of devil-worshippers as black-robed figures chanting in Latin in a ruined abbey originated with Tudor propaganda against the banned Catholics. Only after Catholics had ceased to be figures of fear was it applied to more obscure cults.
6th Feb '16 3:35:19 PM WillKeaton
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* The Court of Owls, according to their backstory, have ruled [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] from the shadows for centuries. They also feature prominently in the animated feature ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanVsRobin Batman Vs Robin.]]''

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* The Court of Owls, according to their backstory, Owls have ruled [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] from the shadows for centuries. They also feature prominently in the animated feature ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanVsRobin Batman Vs Robin.]]''
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