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23rd Sep '16 3:22:12 PM DaibhidC
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* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'': The Omnian church indegenerated into this from its original purpose. Discworld gods need belief to survive, but as their religion gets more and more elaborate, people believed in the rituals and ceremonies more than the god itself, until Om was almost starved and the church became a totalitarian nightmare, with a special Quisition being formed to root out heretics in their own fold. They they started looking for heretics (and witches) abroad, such as those who might preach ridiculous nonsense like the world being flat and carried on the back of a giant turtle, when every good Omnian knows the world is round. ''Discworld/SmallGods'' shows how they finally got out of this mindset thanks to Om's last true believer (the book has simultaneously been called an attack on, and a defense of, Christianity).

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The Omnian church indegenerated into this from its original purpose. Discworld gods need belief to survive, but as their religion gets more and more elaborate, people believed in the rituals and ceremonies more than the god itself, until Om was almost starved and the church became a totalitarian nightmare, with a special Quisition being formed to root out heretics in their own fold. They they started looking for heretics (and witches) abroad, such as those who might preach ridiculous nonsense like the world being flat and carried on the back of a giant turtle, when every good Omnian knows the world is round. ''Discworld/SmallGods'' shows how they finally got out of this mindset thanks to Om's last true believer (the book has simultaneously been called an attack on, and a defense of, Christianity). The later ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld IV'' features an unreconstructed Omnian [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] who comes very close to accusing ''Om'' of heresy.
** As mentioned in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', dwarfs think they have no religion, but "being a dwarf" ''is'' a religion. ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' introduces the deep-down grags, who seem to believe almost all dwarfs are heretics of this religion. By ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', they are described as being well on their way to suspecting ''each other'' of heresy, based on any form of dissent whatsoever.
18th Sep '16 3:49:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* The reformation had just started at the start of ''TheTudors'', but gained momentum as the series went on. Because of that the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters list grew ever longer]]. Here goes: [[FemmeFatale Anne Boleyn]], [[EnsembleDarkHorse Thomas Cromwell]], [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Archbishop Cranmer]], Thomas Boleyn, [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Catherine Parr]], [[GirlInTheTower Anne Parr]], [[MagnificentBastard Edward Seymour]], [[MagnificentBastard Anne Stanhope]], [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Thomas Seymour]], [[PutOnABus The Duchess of Suffolk]], [[CoolTeacher Kate Ashley]] and [[OneSceneWonder Anne Askew]]. Some of them suffered for it, all the others at least lived in fear of discovery.

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* The reformation had just started at the start of ''TheTudors'', ''Series/TheTudors'', but gained momentum as the series went on. Because of that the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters list grew ever longer]]. Here goes: [[FemmeFatale Anne Boleyn]], [[EnsembleDarkHorse Thomas Cromwell]], [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Archbishop Cranmer]], Thomas Boleyn, [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Catherine Parr]], [[GirlInTheTower Anne Parr]], [[MagnificentBastard Edward Seymour]], [[MagnificentBastard Anne Stanhope]], [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Thomas Seymour]], [[PutOnABus The Duchess of Suffolk]], [[CoolTeacher Kate Ashley]] and [[OneSceneWonder Anne Askew]]. Some of them suffered for it, all the others at least lived in fear of discovery.
4th Sep '16 2:21:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/{{Kenau}}'': what a lot of Dutch people are, according to the Spanish. The prosecution of protestants is the main reason the Low Countries rose in revolt against Spain.
** It is also the reason why Kenau's daughter is burned, and triggers her anger against the Spanish so much that she goes from RefusalOfTheCall to JumpedAtTheCall in no time.

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* In ''Film/{{Kenau}}'': what a lot of Dutch people are, according to the Spanish. The prosecution of protestants is the main reason the Low Countries rose in revolt against Spain.
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Spain. It is also the reason why Kenau's daughter is burned, and triggers her anger against the Spanish so much that she goes from RefusalOfTheCall to JumpedAtTheCall in no time.
22nd Aug '16 4:21:25 PM nombretomado
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** From the same author, there's recurring villain Martel in the ''{{Elenium}}'', a former [[ThePaladin Church Knight]] who turned to the worship of the [[GodOfEvil Dark God Azash]] and committed various atrocities since.

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** From the same author, there's recurring villain Martel in the ''{{Elenium}}'', ''Literature/TheElenium'', a former [[ThePaladin Church Knight]] who turned to the worship of the [[GodOfEvil Dark God Azash]] and committed various atrocities since.
27th Jul '16 10:22:31 AM Kakai
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* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', the non-Sand Masters alternate between calling them heretics and infidels, depending on how fanatic they are themselves, because of Masters' practice of magic.

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4th Jul '16 10:06:39 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'': Cornelius and Zira get accused of heresy for their theories (and later proof) on human intelligence.

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* ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'': Cornelius and Zira get accused of heresy for their theories (and later proof) on human intelligence.
4th Jul '16 10:00:38 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'': Cornelius and Zira get accused of heresy for their theories (and later proof) on human intelligence.
22nd Jun '16 3:24:29 AM Shadowgazer
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TheHeretic is a traitor to TheChurch and/or its {{Canon}}. Most commonly, he was once a member of its congregation or even its [[GoodShepherd clergy]] but got officially excommunicated for propagating beliefs that go against TheChurch's official dogma. Often, the Church sends out [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]] to [[KillItWithFire Kill Them With Fire]] along with [[BurnTheWitch witches]]. Just being a heretic doesn't mark you evil by default: A heretic to a SaintlyChurch is often ChaoticEvil, but a heretic to a CorruptChurch or a PathOfInspiration may well be a DefectorFromDecadence.

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TheHeretic is a traitor to TheChurch and/or its {{Canon}}. Most commonly, he was once a member of its congregation or even its [[GoodShepherd clergy]] but got officially excommunicated for propagating beliefs that go against TheChurch's official dogma. Often, the Church sends out [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]] to [[KillItWithFire Kill Them With Fire]] along with [[BurnTheWitch witches]]. Just being a heretic doesn't mark you evil by default: A heretic to a SaintlyChurch is often ChaoticEvil, but a heretic to a CorruptChurch or a PathOfInspiration may well be a DefectorFromDecadence.
DefectorFromDecadence.[[EvilVersusEvil Or just as bad as them.]]



* Heresy is a common charge leveled against people in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', particularly by those who serve the [[CorruptChurch Holy See]]. The Count from the third major manga story uses the charge of heresy to get himself people to eat, being an Apostle. And Mozgus in particular is [[KnightTemplar very]] [[ColdBloodedTorture much]] merciless in dealing with those who he considers heretics.

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* Heresy is a common charge leveled against people in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', particularly by those who serve the [[CorruptChurch Holy See]]. The Count from the third major manga story uses the charge of heresy to get himself people to eat, being an Apostle. And Mozgus in particular is [[KnightTemplar very]] [[ColdBloodedTorture much]] merciless in dealing with those who he considers heretics. [[EvilVersusEvil The true heretics themselves (at least Slan's cult) are not much better]].
19th Jun '16 5:01:48 AM Chabal2
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* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'': The Omnian church indegenerated into this from its original purpose. Discworld gods need belief to survive, but as their religion gets more and more elaborate, people believed in the rituals and ceremonies more than the god itself, until Om was almost starved and the church became a totalitarian nightmare, with a special Quisition being formed to root out heretics in their own fold. They they started looking for heretics (and witches) abroad, such as those who might preach ridiculous nonsense like the world being flat and carried on the back of a giant turtle, when every good Omnian knows the world is round. ''Discworld/SmallGods'' shows how they finally got out of this mindset thanks to Om's last true believer (the book has simultaneously been called an attack on, and a defense of, Christianity).



** Of course, in this case they have a point: the Chaos Gods reward such activities as bloodshed, betrayal, hedonism, and spreading disease. Faith in the Emperor is just about the only defense Imperial citizens have against Chaos.



** There are also heretics who deviate from the Imperium's ''other'' orthodoxy, the Cult Mechanicus. These "hereteks" usually start out as tech-priests who chafe under the Cult's strict restrictions on innovation and study of Xeno technology, and start experimenting with new designs and reverse-engineering captured alien tech, fully intending to better mankind through their work. This being [[CrapsackWorld 40k]], there's some ''very'' good reasons this things are forbidden, and most hereteks end up [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope taking a flying leap off the slippery slope]] sooner or later and going full over to Chaos, if they don't get themselves killed first.

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** There are also heretics who deviate from the Imperium's ''other'' orthodoxy, the Cult Mechanicus. These "hereteks" usually start out as tech-priests who chafe under the Cult's strict restrictions on innovation and study of Xeno technology, and start experimenting with new designs and reverse-engineering captured alien tech, fully intending to better mankind through their work. This being [[CrapsackWorld 40k]], there's some ''very'' good reasons this things are forbidden, and most hereteks end up [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope taking a flying leap off the slippery slope]] sooner or later and going full over to Chaos, if they don't get themselves killed first. And if that wasn't enough, there's a very good chance they (unknowingly) ''are'' heretics- the Omnissiah is supposed to be an aspect of the GodEmperor, but it's strongly hinted that it's actually a C'tan CosmicHorror known as the Void Dragon, who has power over machines. So while the lower members of the Mechanicus are always happy to discover Necron tomb worlds and poke around until the Necrons wake up, the higher-ups know perfectly well what they're doing.
18th May '16 1:23:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Nicholas Harpole in ''[[TheCompanyNovels In The Garden of Iden]]''.

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* Nicholas Harpole in ''[[TheCompanyNovels ''[[Literature/TheCompanyNovels In The Garden of Iden]]''.
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