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4th Apr '17 7:40:41 AM Willbyr
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*** Part of Joyce's family. Her mother passive-agressively snipes at Billy for being a lesbian, tries to have Joyce taken out of school, and sides with Ross over the aforementioned incident with Becky, to Joyce's horror. Her oldest brother condescends to both Joyce and Becky over the Ross incident and over Becky's coming out, and doesn't take it well when Jocelyne calls him out on their church using tithed money to buy him a fancy car. Jocelyne also stays in the closet about being a trans woman out of fear of how her family would react.

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*** Part of Joyce's family. Her mother passive-agressively snipes at Billy Becky for being a lesbian, tries to have Joyce taken out of school, and sides with Ross over the aforementioned incident with Becky, to Joyce's horror. Her oldest brother condescends to both Joyce and Becky over the Ross incident and over Becky's coming out, and doesn't take it well when Jocelyne calls him out on their church using tithed money to buy him a fancy car. Jocelyne also stays in the closet about being a trans woman out of fear of how her family would react.
4th Apr '17 7:39:09 AM Willbyr
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* The Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} and its AlternateUniverse SpinOff ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' feature a number of such characters:
** The most prominent across most of the comics is Joyce Brown, who in both continuities was raised in a very conservative Christian household and clings to fairly strict interpretations of the Bible, especially in DOA. She subverts the trope, however, by trying to be as inclusive and friendly to all as possible, and by having her religious worldview deeply shaken by certain events in DOA. The strips' creator, David Willis, has stated that Joyce's evolution in this aspect is autobiographical.
** Mary Bradford, on the other hand, sharply contrasts Joyce, as she's harshly judgmental of others and a hypocrite who engages in thoroughly un-Christian actions against people she thinks she's better than. This shows up in ''Roomies!'' but is especially prevalent in DOA.
** In ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Leslie Bean's fundamentalist parents disowned her over her coming out, with her father even literally saying "I cast you out". Her mother resumed communications on the sly, but she spurned Leslie's attempts at reconciliation via attending her and Robin's wedding over it being two women.
** ''Dumbing of Age'' features several negative potrayals:
*** Ross McIntyre is so deeply entrenched in his religious views that he sees many aspects of modern life as borderline Satanic, and even goes as far as assault and kidnapping to try to "save" his daughter Becky from the sinful environment she's in. It's also heavily implied that he drove his wife to suicide.
*** Part of Joyce's family. Her mother passive-agressively snipes at Billy for being a lesbian, tries to have Joyce taken out of school, and sides with Ross over the aforementioned incident with Becky, to Joyce's horror. Her oldest brother condescends to both Joyce and Becky over the Ross incident and over Becky's coming out, and doesn't take it well when Jocelyne calls him out on their church using tithed money to buy him a fancy car. Jocelyne also stays in the closet about being a trans woman out of fear of how her family would react.
29th Feb '16 2:55:05 PM Berrenta
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*** In ''TheScienceOfDiscworld IV: Judgement Day'', a sect of modern Omnian fundamentalists raises a court case to gain custody of the Roundworld (a BiggerOnTheInside miniature universe created by the wizards that also happens to be ours) on the grounds that the world being round is an idea of their religion. Incidentally, they defend this idea of the shape of the world confidently while ignoring the plain evidence to the contrary. Their spokesman eventually calls Om to be his witness, and this being the Discworld, the god is obliged to appear. He then goes on to argue the case of the sect's opposition and also to state quite clearly that he doesn't like what they're doing in his name. After he leaves, the spokesman says "Well, that's one opinion," and they try to resort to terrorism next.

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*** In ''TheScienceOfDiscworld ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld IV: Judgement Day'', a sect of modern Omnian fundamentalists raises a court case to gain custody of the Roundworld (a BiggerOnTheInside miniature universe created by the wizards that also happens to be ours) on the grounds that the world being round is an idea of their religion. Incidentally, they defend this idea of the shape of the world confidently while ignoring the plain evidence to the contrary. Their spokesman eventually calls Om to be his witness, and this being the Discworld, the god is obliged to appear. He then goes on to argue the case of the sect's opposition and also to state quite clearly that he doesn't like what they're doing in his name. After he leaves, the spokesman says "Well, that's one opinion," and they try to resort to terrorism next.
6th Jan '16 12:22:37 PM Willbyr
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* [[GodIsEvil God himself]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', although it could also be viewed as a case of WellIntentionedExtremist with an utter lack of human perspective. Subverted in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', where [[GodIsGood He]] ''[[GodIsGood is]]'' [[GodIsGood good]], but there are {{Knight Templar}}s running around. His characterisation in MegaTen games started to change after ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', when the series began to attract American fans, likely as a result of religion being a much more touchy subject there. A shame, considering one of the underlying metathemes was that YVH's evil was due to something terribly wrong affecting Creation; what it is or was supposed to be will likely be never resolved.

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* [[GodIsEvil God himself]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', although it could also be viewed as a case of WellIntentionedExtremist with an utter lack of human perspective. Subverted in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', where [[GodIsGood He]] ''[[GodIsGood is]]'' [[GodIsGood good]], but there are {{Knight Templar}}s running around. His characterisation in MegaTen Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei games started to change after ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', when the series began to attract American fans, likely as a result of religion being a much more touchy subject there. A shame, considering one of the underlying metathemes was that YVH's evil was due to something terribly wrong affecting Creation; what it is or was supposed to be will likely be never resolved.
11th Oct '15 4:11:57 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Creator/TerryPratchett parodies the concept of fundamentalism with the Omnians, who cling to their monotheistic beliefs despite being ''demonstrably'' wrong. The majority of them are depicted as basically nice people, however, just irritatingly overzealous at times.
** ''Discworld/SmallGods'' is the story of how they got past the old fire and brimstone style of fundamentalism. An interesting twist is that virtually none of the people shown in ''Small Gods'' actually believe in the Great God Om, rather they believe that they don't want to be tortured by the Quisition for expressing their unbelief.
** Vorbis the Exquisitor is perhaps the ultimate fundamentalist. He has no trouble admitting to himself (and a few others) that it is irrelevant if something is empirically found to contradict the teachings of their holy book, because real truth is found within. In other words, even if he's not factually right, he's still right, and right to extinguish those who disagree. And he's not [[StrawHypocrite just pretending to believe he is]], either, but really believes he's following his god's will. Supernatural beings see his mind as a steel ball; nothing can get in or out. Of course, when his actual god appears in an admittedly unlikely physical form in front of him, he can't hear him at all, as any believer could. In the end, [[spoiler: after his death, he finds himself in the desert where several of his victims have also found themselves. '''They''' actually found it to be a hopeful new start. '''He''' can't cross the desert because the desert is what you believe, and he finds it horrifyingly empty.]]

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** Creator/TerryPratchett parodies the concept of fundamentalism with the Omnians, who cling to their monotheistic beliefs despite being ''demonstrably'' demonstrably wrong. The majority of them are depicted as basically nice people, however, just irritatingly overzealous at times.
** ''Discworld/SmallGods'' *** Small Gods is the story of how they got past the old fire and brimstone style of fundamentalism. An interesting twist is that virtually none of the people shown in ''Small Gods'' Small Gods actually believe in the Great God Om, rather they believe that they don't want to be tortured by the Quisition for expressing their unbelief.
** *** Vorbis the Exquisitor is perhaps the ultimate fundamentalist. He has no trouble admitting to himself (and a few others) that it is irrelevant if something is empirically found to contradict the teachings of their holy book, because real truth is found within. In other words, even if he's not factually right, he's still right, and right to extinguish those who disagree. And he's not just [[StrawHypocrite just pretending to believe believe]] he is]], is, either, but really believes he's following his god's will. Supernatural beings see his mind as a steel ball; nothing can get in or out. Of course, when his actual god appears in an admittedly unlikely physical form in front of him, he can't hear him at all, as any believer could. In the end, [[spoiler: after his death, he finds himself in the desert where several of his victims have also found themselves. '''They''' They actually found it to be a hopeful new start. '''He''' He can't cross the desert because the desert is what you believe, and he finds it horrifyingly empty.]]]]
*** In ''TheScienceOfDiscworld IV: Judgement Day'', a sect of modern Omnian fundamentalists raises a court case to gain custody of the Roundworld (a BiggerOnTheInside miniature universe created by the wizards that also happens to be ours) on the grounds that the world being round is an idea of their religion. Incidentally, they defend this idea of the shape of the world confidently while ignoring the plain evidence to the contrary. Their spokesman eventually calls Om to be his witness, and this being the Discworld, the god is obliged to appear. He then goes on to argue the case of the sect's opposition and also to state quite clearly that he doesn't like what they're doing in his name. After he leaves, the spokesman says "Well, that's one opinion," and they try to resort to terrorism next.


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** Dwarfs ostensibly have no religion, but being a dwarf itself is like a religion, and there are people who are fundamentalists about being dwarfs. Typically these are found among the grags, the (quasi-)religious specialists, though not all of them are like that. The extremists refuse to be touched by sunlight at all, since it's proper for dwarfs to be underground, and are opposed to dwarfs in human cities taking on foreign influences such as being openly female. In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', they fight tooth and nail to hide evidence that hating trolls was not originally a part of dwarven cultural heritage. In ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', they start leading terrorist strikes against technological symbols of modernity -- the semaphore towers and the nascent railway.
29th Apr '15 11:43:10 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'''s Penny. [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1288 Here]], because it's important to cite your sources.

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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'''s Penny.''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Penny's parents. [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1288 Here]], because it's important to cite your sources.
17th Oct '14 2:26:43 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'': The televangelist, who blames the zombie apocalypse on America's sinfulness (read: tolerating pre-maritial sex, abortion, homosexuality and homosexual marriage). [[RemakeCameo He's played by Ken Foree]], and gets to utter his famous line from the original in a very different context.
30th Jun '14 7:37:52 PM Willbyr
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2nd Feb '14 6:22:53 PM Willbyr
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* A benevolent example is Mother Helen of ''VideoGame/DeadIsland.'' Highly religious and invoking her (possibly monotheist) religion constantly, she believes the outbreak is TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It's because of her beliefs that she sets out to help anyone she can and her quests are either to help her do so or to set things right for the coming apocalypse.
17th Jan '14 3:23:02 AM Telcontar
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