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20th Oct '17 7:05:54 AM xcountryguy
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* An interpretation of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is that [[spoiler: the title character becomes this, effectively killing people before they literally become monsters]].

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* An interpretation of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the title character becomes this, effectively killing people before they literally become monsters]].



* The Investigation Team in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' at first think Taro Namatame is one of these, due to his... unhinged behavior and his insistence that he's "saving" people. [[spoiler: He isn't. He means save literally: he genuinely thinks he's protecting people from the real killer by kidnapping them and putting them into the TV world. He just doesn't realize it's the TV world that's killing them, or that he's playing directly into the killer's hands.]]
* The BigBad in ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' is a case of this. [[spoiler: [[VillainProtagonist The Batter]] intends to "[[PureIsNotGood purify]]" [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] because he genuinely believes that death is preferable to living in a CrapsackWorld. This includes both his wife and his creator, who is also ''[[WouldHurtAChild his infant son.]]'']]

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* The Investigation Team in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' at first think Taro Namatame is one of these, due to his... unhinged behavior and his insistence that he's "saving" people. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He isn't. He means save literally: he genuinely thinks he's protecting people from the real killer by kidnapping them and putting them into the TV world. He just doesn't realize it's the TV world that's killing them, or that he's playing directly into the killer's hands.]]
* The BigBad in ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' is a case of this. [[spoiler: [[VillainProtagonist [[spoiler:[[VillainProtagonist The Batter]] intends to "[[PureIsNotGood purify]]" [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] because he genuinely believes that death is preferable to living in a CrapsackWorld. This includes both his wife and his creator, who is also ''[[WouldHurtAChild his infant son.]]'']]
11th Sep '17 4:06:19 PM MasterN
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* The BigBad in ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' is a case of this. [[spoiler: [[VillainProtagonist The Batter]] intends to "[[PureIsNotGood purify]]" [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] because he genuinely believes that death is preferable to living in a CrapsackWorld. This includes both his wife and his creator, who is also ''[[WouldHurtAChild his infant son.]]'']]
10th Sep '17 6:37:43 PM RandomlyGenericName
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*** They aren't. The Emperor tried atheism, and it didn't work.
4th Jun '16 8:12:02 PM gewunomox
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* The player can potentially become one of these in ''{{KULT}}'' -- it's possible to enlighten people in a positive manner, but it's often easier to drive them over the DespairEventHorizon.

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* The player can potentially become one of these in ''{{KULT}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}'' -- it's possible to enlighten people in a positive manner, but it's often easier to drive them over the DespairEventHorizon.
18th Jan '16 8:49:15 AM Piando
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* {{Zig Zagg|ing Trope}}ed in ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns''. The Church attempts to impose "extreme penance" on psychics, and this ''is'' effective in reducing a psychic's [[TheDarkSide Urge]]; also, some psis and theurges can in fact see into someone's soul, detect his/her sins, and determine the appropriate means for correcting that soul. However, Church doctrine is not always correct regarding what qualifies as a sin; for example, Invention is ''not'' a sin in the eyes of [[{{God}} the Pancreator]] (as far as any powers can determine), but don't tell that to a Church official.

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* {{Zig Zagg|ing Zagged Trope}}ed in ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns''. The Church attempts to impose "extreme penance" on psychics, and this ''is'' effective in reducing a psychic's [[TheDarkSide Urge]]; also, some psis and theurges can in fact see into someone's soul, detect his/her sins, and determine the appropriate means for correcting that soul. However, Church doctrine is not always correct regarding what qualifies as a sin; for example, Invention is ''not'' a sin in the eyes of [[{{God}} the Pancreator]] (as far as any powers can determine), but don't tell that to a Church official.



* In Target Games' ''MutantChronicles'', the Inquisition and its methods are a necessary evil to defend humanity from the forces of Darkness.

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* This is essentially the motivation for the OmnicidalManiac BigBad of ''{{Arcanum}}'', as there genuinely is an afterlife that is better than this world in that universe that everyone goes to upon death. Thus, he is portrayed rather sympathetically.

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* This is essentially the motivation for the OmnicidalManiac BigBad of ''{{Arcanum}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'', as there genuinely is an afterlife that is better than this world in that universe that everyone goes to upon death. Thus, he is portrayed rather sympathetically.


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15th Jan '16 6:25:28 AM Dravencour
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* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}'s child days as UsefulNotesTheTeutonicKnights was as pious as he was brash. His religiosity, however, mellowed out significantly by the time the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended.

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* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}'s child days as UsefulNotesTheTeutonicKnights UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights was as pious as he was brash. His religiosity, however, mellowed out significantly by the time the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended.
18th Oct '15 5:57:58 PM nombretomado
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* [[ZigZaggingTrope ZigZagged]] in ''{{Preacher}}'': It turns out that the protagonist's horrible family WAS in fact doing the good Lords work when they tortured him and murdered his father and all the other horrors they committed in order to force him to become a priest. And their actions would indeed have kept him safe from eternal damnation, if he hadn't rebelled later. However, it also turns out that GodIsEvil -- and thus, saving souls for him actually isn't a moral thing to do.

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* [[ZigZaggingTrope ZigZagged]] in ''{{Preacher}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': It turns out that the protagonist's horrible family WAS in fact doing the good Lords work when they tortured him and murdered his father and all the other horrors they committed in order to force him to become a priest. And their actions would indeed have kept him safe from eternal damnation, if he hadn't rebelled later. However, it also turns out that GodIsEvil -- and thus, saving souls for him actually isn't a moral thing to do.
21st Aug '15 6:23:36 PM dvorak
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*** The Tau are ScaryDogmaticAliens who are made physically ill by the thought of not doing the ''right'' thing. That is, what they ''think'' is the right thing. Which is to say, what their ruling caste ''[[MindControl makes them think]]'' is the right thing.

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*** The Tau are ScaryDogmaticAliens who are made physically ill by the thought of not doing the ''right'' thing. That is, what they ''think'' is the right thing. Which is to say, what their ruling caste ''[[MindControl makes them think]]'' is the right thing. And that "right thing" is [[RedScare Space Communism]] (They may be on the right track, however, since their atheism [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly just might starve the Chaos Gods to death]]).
13th Aug '15 3:03:37 PM Bassball_Batman
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* {{Zig Zagg|ing Trope}}ed in ''

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* {{Zig Zagg|ing Trope}}ed in ''''TabletopGame/FadingSuns''. The Church attempts to impose "extreme penance" on psychics, and this ''is'' effective in reducing a psychic's [[TheDarkSide Urge]]; also, some psis and theurges can in fact see into someone's soul, detect his/her sins, and determine the appropriate means for correcting that soul. However, Church doctrine is not always correct regarding what qualifies as a sin; for example, Invention is ''not'' a sin in the eyes of [[{{God}} the Pancreator]] (as far as any powers can determine), but don't tell that to a Church official.
* The player can potentially become one of these in ''{{KULT}}'' -- it's possible to enlighten people in a positive manner, but it's often easier to drive them over the DespairEventHorizon.
* In Target Games' ''MutantChronicles'', the Inquisition and its methods are a necessary evil to defend humanity from the forces of Darkness.



* In Target Games' ''MutantChronicles,'' the Inquisition and its methods are a necessary evil to defend humanity from the forces of Darkness.
* The player can potentially become one of these in ''{{KULT}}'' -- it's possible to enlighten people in a positive manner, but it's often easier to drive them over the DespairEventHorizon.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'': Gaia-affiliated Garou kill bane-possessed people (formori) not only as part of the war against the Wyrm, but [[MercyKilling to free the host from the misery and slow corruption of bane possession.]]
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] in ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns''. The Church attempts to impose "extreme penance" on psychics, and this ''is'' effective in reducing a psychic's [[TheDarkSide Urge]]; also, some psis and theurges can in fact see into someone's soul, detect their sins and determine the appropriate means for correcting them. However, Church doctrine is not always correct regarding what qualifies as a sin; for example, Invention is ''not'' a sin in the eyes of [[{{God}} the Pancreator]] (as far as any powers can determine), but don't tell that to a Church official.

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* In Target Games' ''MutantChronicles,'' the Inquisition and its methods are a necessary evil to defend humanity from the forces of Darkness.
* The player can potentially become one of these in ''{{KULT}}'' -- it's possible to enlighten people in a positive manner, but it's often easier to drive them over the DespairEventHorizon.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'': Gaia-affiliated Garou kill bane-possessed people (formori) not only as part of the war against the Wyrm, but [[MercyKilling to free the host from the misery and slow corruption of bane possession.]]
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] in ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns''. The Church attempts to impose "extreme penance" on psychics, and this ''is'' effective in reducing a psychic's [[TheDarkSide Urge]]; also, some psis and theurges can in fact see into someone's soul, detect their sins and determine the appropriate means for correcting them. However, Church doctrine is not always correct regarding what qualifies as a sin; for example, Invention is ''not'' a sin in the eyes of [[{{God}} the Pancreator]] (as far as any powers can determine), but don't tell that to a Church official.
possession]].
13th Aug '15 2:48:21 PM Bassball_Batman
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This character righteously murders and tortures people for their own good. No, not self-righteously. Righteously. After all, no horrors in life could possible compare to eternal damnation in {{Hell}}. Yes, he is really willing [[IDidWhatIHadToDo to go the extra mile]] to save their souls. Unless they are AlwaysChaoticEvil, of course: In that case he simply do whatever is in his power to [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide exterminate]] them, up to and including finding a FinalSolution.

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This character righteously murders and tortures people for their own good. No, not self-righteously. Righteously. After all, no horrors in life could possible possibly compare to eternal damnation in {{Hell}}. Yes, he is really willing [[IDidWhatIHadToDo to go the extra mile]] to save their souls. Unless they are AlwaysChaoticEvil, of course: In that case he simply do whatever is in his power to [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide exterminate]] them, up to and including finding a FinalSolution.



Please note that this trope depend on the audience being able to see the setting/universe from the outside, and that it thus cannot have any RealLife examples -- subverted or otherwise.

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Please note that this trope depend depends on the audience being able to see the setting/universe from the outside, and that it thus cannot have any RealLife examples -- subverted or otherwise.



* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}'s child days as UsefulNotesTheTeutonicKnights was as pious as he was brash. His religiosity, however, mellowed out significantly by the time the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended.



* An interpretation of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is that [[spoiler: the title character becomes this, effectively killing people before they literally become monsters.]]

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* An interpretation of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is that [[spoiler: the title character becomes this, effectively killing people before they literally become monsters.]]monsters]].



* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}'s child days as UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights was as pious as he was brash. His religiosity however mellowed out significantly by the time the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended.

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* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}'s child days as UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights was as pious as he was brash. His religiosity however mellowed out significantly by the time the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended.



* Jack Chick gets really overboard with this trope in the ComicBook/ChickTract called "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1070/1070_01.asp Uninvited]]": The tract features [[HeteronormativeCrusader a nurse who harasses dying AIDS-patients for their "crime" of being gay]]. Of course, as a Soul Saving Crusader, her actions are fully justified, since this is an {{anvilicious}}ly bigoted AuthorTract. The real kick? It turns out that all the homosexuals became homosexuals because they were sexually molested as children. [[ArtisticLicenseReligion More to the point, when a child is sexually molested, she automatically becomes unclean, possessed by a demon of defilement.]] The trope DefiledForever is played straight for everyone who isn't both TheFundamentalist ''and'' a Christian. Averted for all characters who are (or become) HolierThanThou.

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* Jack Chick gets really overboard with this trope in the ComicBook/ChickTract called "[[http://www.''[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1070/1070_01.asp Uninvited]]": Uninvited]]'': The tract features [[HeteronormativeCrusader a nurse who harasses dying AIDS-patients for their "crime" of being gay]]. Of course, as a Soul Saving Crusader, her actions are fully justified, since this is an {{anvilicious}}ly bigoted AuthorTract. The real kick? It turns out that all the homosexuals became homosexuals because they were sexually molested as children. [[ArtisticLicenseReligion More to the point, when a child is sexually molested, she automatically becomes unclean, possessed by a demon of defilement.]] defilement]]. The trope DefiledForever is played straight for everyone who isn't both TheFundamentalist ''and'' a Christian. Averted for all characters who are (or become) HolierThanThou.



* In the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'', King Shantanu gets to marry marries the beautiful Ganga, the goddess of the Ganges river, on the condition that he never question anything she does. She uses this to drown every baby she gives birth too; when he finally begs her to stop with the eighth baby, she explains that they are reincarnated sinners who get to clear their ''karma'' this way, and now that he broke her rule she has to leave him.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'', King Shantanu gets to marry marries the beautiful Ganga, the goddess of the Ganges river, on the condition that he never question anything she does. She uses this to drown every baby she gives birth too; when he finally begs her to stop with the eighth baby, she explains that they are reincarnated sinners who get to clear their ''karma'' this way, and now that he broke her rule she has to leave him.



* {{Zig Zagg|ing Trope}}ed in ''



* Basium in ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'' is essentially a {{Deconstruction}}. [[KnightTemplar He wants bad people and demons purged from the world and locked back into Hell]]. He also wants to see ''good'' people killed, so they can go to Heaven as quickly as possible. In short, [[OmnicidalManiac he wants everyone dead as quickly as possible,]] [[EsotericHappyEnding because it's the right thing to do.]]

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* Basium in ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'' is essentially a {{Deconstruction}}. [[KnightTemplar He wants bad people and demons purged from the world and locked back into Hell]]. He also wants to see ''good'' people killed, so they can go to Heaven as quickly as possible. In short, [[OmnicidalManiac he wants everyone dead as quickly as possible,]] possible]], [[EsotericHappyEnding because it's the right thing to do.]]do]].
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