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18th Mar '17 7:32:45 PM nombretomado
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12th Mar '17 3:01:05 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII''[='s=] antagonist leads an interesting take on this. The Illuminati in these games have a lot of religious symbolism and are more akin to a psychotic cult than an oppressive secret society. Gill himself is a NietzscheWannabe dark savior with obscene doses of AGodAmI. Oh, and then there's the fact that he's red and blue skinned and clad in a thong... Although, they do have the whole AncientConspiracy thing going on.
** The Illuminati also play a vital part in the plot of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', which is set few before ''III''. i.e., they're behind [[spoiler: Charlie Nash being BackFromTheDead (with Gill's SexySecretary Kolin as a sort-of monitor)]] and also [[spoiler: have Juri Han as their ally in exchange for a new eye that replaces her Feng Shui Engine]].

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''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII''[='s=] antagonist leads an interesting take on this. The Illuminati in these games have a lot of religious symbolism and are more akin to a psychotic cult than an oppressive secret society. Gill himself is a NietzscheWannabe dark savior with obscene doses of AGodAmI. Oh, and then there's the fact that he's red and blue skinned and clad in a thong... Although, they do have the whole AncientConspiracy thing going on.
** The Illuminati also play a vital part in the plot of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', which is set few before ''III''. i.e., they're behind [[spoiler: Charlie Nash being BackFromTheDead (with Gill's SexySecretary Kolin as a sort-of monitor)]] and also [[spoiler: have Juri Han as their ally in exchange for a new eye that replaces her Feng Shui Engine]].
12th Mar '17 12:17:04 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** The Illuminati also play a vital part in the plot of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', which is set few before ''III''. i.e., they're behind [[spoiler: Charlie Nash being BackFromTheDead (with Gill's SexySecretary Kolin as a sort-of monitor)]] and also [[spoiler: have Juri Han as their ally in exchange for a new eye that replaces her Feng Shui Engine]].
24th Feb '17 10:45:31 AM wideeyedandcurious
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For best effect, listen to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAAlDoAtV7Y this song]] while reading the article.

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11th Feb '17 11:57:03 AM tuxer
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* As noted above, there is some historical basis for the Illuminati. During 1776, a group of Bavarian Germans formed a secret society and used "Illuminati" as their name. The self-imposed mission of the Illuminati was to fight against abuses of state power, superstition, religion, and prejudice. (That's right, folks: the actual Illuminati were ''secular libertarians''.) The organization did get pretty popular, having members from many other parts of Germany, and earning the hatred of the Catholic Church. However, it was banned by the Bavarian government and disbanded in 1785. According to the conspiracy theories, this was just the beginning: The Illuminati actually left Bavaria for Scotland, infiltrated the Masons, founded America, and now control the entire world from a smoke-filled room. This includes TV Tropes.

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* As noted above, there is some historical basis for the Illuminati. During 1776, a group of Bavarian Germans formed a secret society and used "Illuminati" as their name. The self-imposed mission of the Illuminati was to fight against abuses of state power, superstition, religion, and prejudice. (That's right, folks: the actual Illuminati were ''secular libertarians''.classical liberals''.) The organization did get pretty popular, having members from many other parts of Germany, and earning the hatred of the Catholic Church. However, it was banned by the Bavarian government and disbanded in 1785. According to the conspiracy theories, this was just the beginning: The Illuminati actually left Bavaria for Scotland, infiltrated the Masons, founded America, and now control the entire world from a smoke-filled room. This includes TV Tropes.
4th Feb '17 1:02:34 PM RobTan
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* Nazi Germany's ambassador to the UK, Joachim von Ribbentrop, was convinced that Britain was ruled by a secret society of hereditary nobles, and spent much of his time wooing members of the House of Lords and the alleged Nazi sympathiser King Edward VIII, hoping to be inducted into the cabal. Of course, it wasn't, and he more or less ignored the Cabinet and Commons, who held the vast majority of political power even by the 1930's.
8th Jan '17 5:09:09 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/DCComics, the Illuminati hails from as far back as the days of Atlantis, has a covert hand in government affairs worldwide, and has been led by VandalSavage from its birth to the modern day.

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* In Creator/DCComics, the Illuminati hails from as far back as the days of Atlantis, has a covert hand in government affairs worldwide, and has been led by VandalSavage ComicBook/VandalSavage from its birth to the modern day.



* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', The Light seems to have a lot of Illuminati-characteristics, down to the name ("The Light" being very similar to "the enlightened ones"). In addition, the first member of The Light is VandalSavage, who formed the Illuminati in the comics.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', The Light seems to have a lot of Illuminati-characteristics, down to the name ("The Light" being very similar to "the enlightened ones"). In addition, the first member of The Light is VandalSavage, ComicBook/VandalSavage, who formed the Illuminati in the comics.
22nd Dec '16 8:25:26 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"There '''was''' a [[WhoShotJFK magic bullet]]! It was forged by Illuminati mystics to prevent us from learning '''the truth!'''"''

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->''"There '''was''' a [[WhoShotJFK magic bullet]]! bullet! It was forged by Illuminati mystics to prevent us from learning '''the truth!'''"''
22nd Dec '16 8:18:10 AM Morgenthaler
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** It's important to note that the Marvel guys have given subtle nods that they know about the connotations of the name. Actions have been taken by some members, most often chiefly Iron Man, in certain storylines such as the three listed above, which were not only disagreed with by at least one fellow member on principle, but also would call into question for readers whether they were playing this trope straight. Also, Iron Man says once to Maria Hill when remarking on this group and referring to it by name that �at least that�s what I self-deprecatingly call our little world-saving group,� giving clear hint that only he uses the name. Put this in perspective. The only member of the "good guy Illuminati" that ever used the name was the snarky/humorous member of the team who's led questionable acts in the plots that developed after each of its meetings, and even he readily admits it's self-deprecating humor.

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** It's important to note that the Marvel guys have given subtle nods that they know about the connotations of the name. Actions have been taken by some members, most often chiefly Iron Man, in certain storylines such as the three listed above, which were not only disagreed with by at least one fellow member on principle, but also would call into question for readers whether they were playing this trope straight. Also, Iron Man says once to Maria Hill when remarking on this group and referring to it by name that �at "at least that�s that's what I self-deprecatingly call our little world-saving group,� group," giving clear hint that only he uses the name. Put this in perspective. The only member of the "good guy Illuminati" that ever used the name was the snarky/humorous member of the team who's led questionable acts in the plots that developed after each of its meetings, and even he readily admits it's self-deprecating humor.
22nd Dec '16 8:17:26 AM Morgenthaler
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** It's important to note that the Marvel guys have given subtle nods that they know about the connotations of the name. Actions have been taken by some members, most often chiefly Iron Man, in certain storylines such as the three listed above, which were not only disagreed with by at least one fellow member on principle, but also would call into question for readers whether they were playing this trope straight. Also, Iron Man says once to Maria Hill when remarking on this group and referring to it by name that ďat least thatís what I self-deprecatingly call our little world-saving group,Ē giving clear hint that only he uses the name. Put this in perspective. The only member of the "good guy Illuminati" that ever used the name was the snarky/humorous member of the team who's led questionable acts in the plots that developed after each of its meetings, and even he readily admits it's self-deprecating humor.

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** It's important to note that the Marvel guys have given subtle nods that they know about the connotations of the name. Actions have been taken by some members, most often chiefly Iron Man, in certain storylines such as the three listed above, which were not only disagreed with by at least one fellow member on principle, but also would call into question for readers whether they were playing this trope straight. Also, Iron Man says once to Maria Hill when remarking on this group and referring to it by name that ďat �at least thatís that�s what I self-deprecatingly call our little world-saving group,Ē group,� giving clear hint that only he uses the name. Put this in perspective. The only member of the "good guy Illuminati" that ever used the name was the snarky/humorous member of the team who's led questionable acts in the plots that developed after each of its meetings, and even he readily admits it's self-deprecating humor.



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* If you're wondering how the historical Illuminati achieved such a prominent place in conspiracy lore, it's largely because the Illuminati's disbandment was followed shortly by UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution. The TropeCodifier is the book ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_Illustrating_the_History_of_Jacobinism Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism]]'' by right-wing Catholic priest Abbé Augustin Barruel. Barruel blamed UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment as a malign and foreign influence on France, stating that the French people were content being subjects of their King and that evil secret socities under their Illuminati, Freemason and Jacobin front introduced foreign ideas like democracy and liberty. This book was supremely popular and was even picked up by English statesman Edmund Burke who also attributed the Revolution to the malign influence of "[[ValuesDissonance jew brokers]]" which sowed the seeds for the far more deadly anti-semitic conspiracy theory. Make no mistake, the Illuminati conspiracy theory was started by religious and constitutional monarchists who thought secular democracy was the most evil thing ever.

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* If you're wondering how the historical Illuminati achieved such a prominent place in conspiracy lore, it's largely because the Illuminati's disbandment was followed shortly by UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution. The TropeCodifier is the book ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_Illustrating_the_History_of_Jacobinism Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism]]'' by right-wing Catholic priest Abbé Augustin Barruel. Barruel blamed UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment as a malign and foreign influence on France, stating that the French people were content being subjects of their King and that evil secret socities under their Illuminati, Freemason and Jacobin front introduced foreign ideas like democracy and liberty. This book was supremely popular and was even picked up by English statesman Edmund Burke who also attributed the Revolution to the malign influence of "[[ValuesDissonance jew brokers]]" which sowed the seeds for the far more deadly anti-semitic conspiracy theory. Make no mistake, the Illuminati conspiracy theory was started by religious and constitutional monarchists who thought secular democracy was the most evil thing ever.


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