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[-[[caption-width-right:350:"Our Father, [[AnAxeToGrind who wields an axe]], hallowed be thy name..."]]-]

->"''Not the regular Jesus, but one of the several space ones.''"
-->-- '''AltText''', ''Webcomic/WorstOfTheTimeLords [[http://community.livejournal.com/doctorwhy/70795.html #257]]''

Any fictional religion, such as those found in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy, which possesses attributes stereotypically associated with Christianity ([[ChristianityIsCatholic especially Roman Catholicism]]) -- such as priestly vestments, nuns and their habits, confessionals, the designs of houses of worship, and crosses -- but which centers on a deity other than the Christian God, like an animistic spirit or pagan-flavored god. Often there will be a {{God}} analog and/or a {{Satan}} analog but not a UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} one, although this is somewhat excusable as [[GodInHumanForm Jesus himself is also God]] according to the precept of the Trinity.

In numerous cases, in order to finalize the separation, the deity worshipped [[DivineRaceLift is a goddess]]. In these cases, she is usually just called "the Goddess." (This may be based off the common use by neo-pagan religions of this term to denote the main female deity.)

In anime, these substitutions are intended for local flavor more than specific evasive metaphors or to avoid the JesusTaboo. Western productions typically don't engage in this trope since they have to worry about offending someone; however, they may use Crystal Dragon Jesus as a satire on Christianity, in which case the offense is intended. They may also use it simply to use [[TheMiddleAges Middle Ages]] tropes without having to deal with Christianity directly. Also if one wants to use a religion that most people get the gist of, but want the setting to take place in a different world that isn't directly Earth (and thus it wouldn't make sense for the real Christianity, or any other of the Earth religions to exist), this trope is useful. For some, Crystal Dragon Jesus can be interpreted as a certain universe's projection of the omnipresent God Himself, if done right.

The name itself is a DeadUnicornTrope as few writers are willing to literally use a Crystal Dragon, but it does get the idea of random in-universe creatures. Furthermore there's the belief that [[NewAgeRetroHippie new-age]] [[PowerCrystal crystals do everything]] and it's convenient for writers who want to make a [[MessianicArchetype Christ figure]] come across.

There are also a few Crystal Dragon Islam religions. They generally share at least a few of these attributes: militant expansionism, coming from the east, and staunch monotheism.

SubTrope of FantasyCounterpartReligion. Compare: AnimeCatholicism, NunsAreMiko, HijackedByJesus, FauxSymbolism, InterfaithSmoothie, KingOfAllCosmos, FantasyPantheon. See also YouMeanXmas, GodOfGood and GodOfEvil. Not to be confused with FantasyCounterpartCulture Christianity; a key element of CrystalDragonJesus is that it keeps the trappings of Christianity but substitutes a markedly different being in the deity's role. Also not to be confused with ChurchOfSaintGenericus, which is about churches whose denomination is unmentioned to avoid audience alienation/distraction. Is usually the center of a PhysicalReligion.

It's always AGoodNameForARockBand.

Compare with LowestCosmicDenominator wherein the fictional religion is in fact a real world religion with the names changed, instead of merely ''analogous'' to a real world religion.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Manga/OnePiece'': God Eneru of Skypeia can hear (literally) everything on the whole (sky) island, and thanks to his power as [[ShockAndAwe lightning incarnate]], he can smite the people that insult or disobey him, and all of his subjects fear him like an actual god -- but then Gan Fall, Skypeia's former ruler, says that the title "god" is simply that: a title for Skypeia's ruler. Turns out Eneru is just [[PsychoElectro out of his gourd]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The false religion practiced by Father Cornello in incorporates many aspects of Roman Catholicism. This is especially noteworthy because, in later episodes of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], it is revealed that Christianity itself is a ''dead'' religion; the show implies the timelines of the fictional universe and "our" universe split about a millennium in the past, around the time alchemy was discovered.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** There is a character, Wolfwood, [[GoodShepherd who certainly dresses the way we'd expect a Protestant pastor to dress, and he does things like listen to confessions.]] There is a fair amount of analysis of the conflict between pacifist ideals and the obligation he feels to protect the innocent even if he must kill in order to do so. The major departure is the standard ludicrous weapon given to most characters; in Wolfwood's case, a portable pistol armory in the shape of a ''7-foot tall cross'' (which also has a rocket launcher and machine gun built into it), which he jokes is heavy because it's "full of mercy".
** In the anime version, it's revealed that the various Christian/Protestant trappings are more a disguise/mockery than anything else, as Wolfwood is intended to be the next [[spoiler: Chapel of the Church of the Gung-ho Guns, implicitly a cult religion created by Knives for the purpose of paying homage to him. Given this is [[AxCrazy Knives]] we're talking about, it wouldn't be that out of character.]]
* The church of Mauser in ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' has many of the Christian trappings, with a fair amount of local color.
* In ''Ropleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'', the archetypal HighFantasy anime, priests and paladins can be seen wearing crosses on their vestments/armor -- even if they worship separate gods.
* The loosely-connected spinoff ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'' heavily features the Church of Mylee, which closely resembles a crusader order, except that it's exclusively female. (Male priests of Mylee play an important part in Lodoss War as well, it's possible that there are separate orders for men and women, though there is no rule of celibacy.)
* In ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves,'' the holy symbol of Elvish priests looks an awful lot like a Greek Orthodox cross. There are also at least a few small, rather Christian-esque churches (including stained glass windows!) which may have only a single Roman Catholic-ish-looking priest and/or nun as staff, though the holy symbol seems to be more of a capital X in a circle for these. As of episode 9, there's not a whole lot of theology being discussed, though.
* The Saint Church of Ancient Belka in ''Franschise/LyricalNanoha'' even has Jesus and ShroudOfTurin analogues. Some of the reformed S3 villains end up joining the Church. Nanoha adopts a clone of their Jesus figure (Vivio) as her daughter. For their part, the Saint Church officially considers Vivio a "descendant of the Saint King", rather than a reincarnation or a Second Coming, and do not worship her (though they do refer to her as "Your Majesty").
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** The Holy See religious order is a full on Catholic Church approximation, complete with the Pope, bishops, and [[spoiler:the Inquisition]]. It is also strongly hinted at that [[spoiler: they actually worship the Godhand instead of the Four Elemental Kings, with shots of branded skeletons and Mozgus' story suggesting that the dungeon-cum-inquisition tower was rebuilt as an homage to Void's rise to the Godhand, and UsefulNotes/ThePope recognizing Griffith as the "Risen Savior"]].
** Chapter 83, the so-called "Lost Chapter," was never reprinted at the author's request because it supposedly gave too much of the story away too quickly. If you accept it as canon, you'll see that the symbol used by the Holy See wherever you would normally see a cross or crucifix in Catholicism is actually [[spoiler: a stylized representation of the Idea of Evil, also known as the God of the Abyss and the "ungodly god born of man", a powerful creation of mankind's collective unconscious whose sole purpose is to cause pain and suffering so that humanity has someone else to blame for their problems.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', there's a literal dragon-worshiping church with suspiciously cross-like sunburst symbols and temples that tend to look rather Catholic. Their god Ceiphed sacrificed himself to save the world, too, and left behind four elemental dragon gods. Large factions of the church tend to have extremist policies about what's right in saving the world.
* In ''Manga/HauntedJunction'', Haruto Hojo is selected to be one of the three members of the Holy Student Council (the others being a Shinto miko and the son of a Buddhist monk) because his father is a Christian priest. The denomination is ''extremely'' vague... the priest's vestments are similar to a Jesuit's robes but in all white, he can marry and have a family, has the icons in his church that bear a strong resemblance to the Virgin Mary, and is skilled in the ways of HermeticMagic with no qualms about teaching his son enough to make a spirit trapping spell. (Note that some rites in the Catholic Church allow priests to marry; just not the Latin rite, which is the largest.)
* In ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'', the Church is identical to the Roman Catholic church (pre-schisms), right down to its relationship with the secular government, except that in addition to God, they worship seven 'ghosts' that are more like crosses between saints and ''angels''.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' toys with this trope. The series' deity is Dios, a literal prince on a white horse, who occasionally comes down from the heavens to give Utena his strength. The antagonist is Akio ("Morning Star", as in, Satan), who clearly defines himself as Dios' evil counterpart. It turns out [[spoiler: they were once the same person who was worshiped as a god in medieval society, but were unable to listen to everyone's prayers and fulfill their duties as a deity. His sister Anthy took the blame and was symbolically crucified as a Jesus-figure, and they feel the pain of her punishment to this day, but are absolving the people of their sins]].
* ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'': The signature character (Cobra himself) goes to church to pray for the life of a badly wounded ally. He delivers a rather half-assed personal talk with God, professes that it's completely out of his character and ends by telling the holy image that he leaves the rest up to him (God), since He is clearly more qualified in the whole causing miracles department. What makes it qualify for this trope in a somewhat hilarious fashion is that the obviously Christian crucifix is mounted upside-down.
* The world of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has a dominate religious order that resembles Catholicism, with priests, nuns, and even an entire holy city called Rabona, which forbids our local AmazonBrigade from entering since they are half demon and all. You know, EVIL. 'Course it doesn't stop the actual full-blooded demons from entering the city...
* The Church in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' is heavily reminiscent of pre-Reformation Catholicism, complete with indulgences.
* The Church of the Light Spirit in ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' is essentially the flagrantly corrupt and power abusing Catholic Church of the Middle Ages. From their general teachings to their structure and even how they deal with possible threats(claim the threat is a heretic and kill them). They even dress mostly the same.
* The Church in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' is pretty much the Middle Ages Catholic Church complete with a Pope (residing in Romalia) and Christ-figure (Brimnir).
* The religion in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is mildly Judeo-Christian. The Wallists either believe that God built the mysterious walls that protect them from the Titans or that the Walls themselves are God.
** Beyond the Walls there's [[spoiler:the cult of Ymir, the Progenitor/Original Titan and Patron-Saint of the Eldian people; Ymir herself, like Andraste from ''Franchise/DragonAge'' mentioned below, seems to be a combination of a female Jesus with Joan of Arc with the ability to turn into a Titan to boot. Interestingly, for the Eldians she is revered as a goddess-savior, while for the Marleyans she is portrayed as a devil, in the opinion of Eren Kruger the truth must be somewhere in between]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The Church of Tal held an inquisition against magic and were, perhaps, the single most cohesive political entity in [[AnArc the story arc]] covered by ''The Dark''. Throw in quotes from [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Tal]] in case [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything this doesn't remind you of anything yet]]. The brilliant part is that the church's role in Terisiare's history is fairly well [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the natural consequence of the Brother's War (which left the continent divided amongst independent city states in need of a unifying force and with a healthy distrust of magic and sufficiently advanced technology that got them into this mess).
** Serra is also a CrystalDragonJesus, as a planeswalker. Serra is first introduced via Serra Angel. ''Homelands'' gives us Serra Inquisitors. But the big point for Serra is ''Urza's Saga'', with cards like Worship, Pariah, and a buttload of angels for Serra. The ''Urza's Saga'' editions of plains are all from Serra's Realm, and they feature [[FluffyCloudHeaven floating continents]]. Storyline-wise, Serra's Realm is attacked by Phyrexians (the {{Expy}} for hell), leading to Planar Collapse. A year later, the flavor text for Copper-Leaf Angel says "When Serra made angels, people called her a goddess. My angels are superior to hers." (Unless it's late in the game and you've got land to spare, they aren't). This only became more intense in the return to Dominaria set, where serran forces put church stained glass on ''everything'' from armor to weapons and celebrate her as a saviour figure.
** Avacyn from the ''Innistrad'' block is a curious example. Her church is clearly modeled after medieval Christianity, but the dogma is vastly different (for starters, afterlife is a blessed sleep, and both [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] are physical beings rather than otherworldly ones), and Avacyn herself is mankind's savior in a more direct sense, since she kills the monsters. In addition, she is essentially a moon goddess, like the Greek Selene. And a goth.
** The polytheistic settings of Theros and Amonkhet are based off historical Greek and Egyptian religions, respectively.
** The Legion of Dusk in Ixalan is based off Catholicism, as to be expected from conquistador analogues. The twist being that they are also ''vampires''; in particular, their tradition of Blood Fasts, holding off blood consumption for a while, is reminiscent of Lent and similar traditions. The Sun Empire from the same setting is based off Aztec sun-worship, but it is fairly unique in being a form of monotheism in which the sun is perceived in three distinct aspects (distinctively separated from Trinity theology by WordOfGod), which if anything is more similar to Egyptian perceptions on Khepri, Ra and Atum.
** The Orzhov from Ravnica are aesthetically based on the roman catholic church and follow a similar clerical hierarchy. Naturally, they play up the CorruptChurch angle for all its worth, being scammers of the highest order that bind their devotees into servitude. Their theology is deliberately kept vague, though it is heavily implied to be ancestor worship, and at any rate they don't deny the religious legitimacy of other religious groups like the Selesnya (aside from pointing out that they're hippies).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* That ultra-pacifist fish-worship that SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} preaches in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''.
* ''ComicBook/PlanetHulk'':
** The religion of Sakaar seems very... familiar. Particularly, their legends of Sakaarson and the Worldbreaker present a clear dichotomy resembling that between Christ and Antichrist. They also refer to "the prophet" as one to whom thanks should be given, indicating a figure similar to Muhammad, as well. Later, Axeman Bone would kill children of Shadow descent until he found the true Son of Hulk, Sakaarson, the savior.
** Korg and the Kronans' faith is basically straight up Catholicism with the words changed, down to a Mad Libbed version of the Lord's Prayer; Being stone men, instead of asking their lord to forgive their sins, they ask that He forgive their ''cracks''.
* Joe, a mysterious Tuskagee pilot, in ''{{ComicBook/Ghostopolis}}''.
* There's also a lot of comparisons between {{Superman}} and Jesus Christ, and many authors intentionally try to make Kal-El fit this trope. He has more in common with [[Literature/BookOfExodus Moses]] though.
* In ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' the Echidnas have a holy book known as "The Tomes." Knuckles' mother is seen praying in an Aurorium, a place filled with stained glass windows and dedicated to the worship of Aurora. They also have a prophecy foretelling the arrival of "The Avatar" and a "Lost Tribe" wandering the face of the planet in search of a "Promised Land." Knuckles' Great Grandfather acts as a spiritual leader for the tribe and is known as a "Mitre" or prophet. He is also known to commune with powerful incorporeal beings that only he can see.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': The Church is built on an alliance with God, represented by [[Literature/TheBible two stone tablets]] that are later destroyed. It's far from the only religion in the empire, though.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' ReviewBlog "Blog/CinnamonBunzuh" has a RunningGag where the [[SapientCetaceans overtly mystical whale]] from book #4 is called "Jesus Whale" (he migrated for your sins!) Any ContrivedCoincidence in the series is [[AWizardDidIt actually his doing]], and the blogs' creators eventually decide that all whales are actually Jesuses, and dolphins are their disciples.
* The Arcean Order from the Pokemon fanfic FanFic/BraveNewWorld is a SaintlyChurch with a direct line to the [[{{Multiverse}} Omniversal]] CelestialBureaucracy. In addition, [[TheMaker Arceus]] went out the way to invoke this trope by putting "Law Stones" on every inhabited planet.
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' continuum stories by Creator/AAPessimal, such as ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8774066/2/There-s-nothing-like-a-fresh-pair-of-eyes-is-there A Fresh Pair of Eyes,]]'' the Order of Octeday Service in the Temple of the Great God Blind Io has a suspicious amount of points in common with the Church of England's Sunday service breviary, ''The Book of Common Prayer.''
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'' plays this trope straight, but does so in a very interesting manner. The religion of the Teutsche—a strange [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior nation]] that is a sort of CultureChopSuey between UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}, UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany, and the more heroic aspects of {{Eagleland}} (Flavor 1)—is something of this. WordOfGod states that the religion is [[CrystalDragonJesus based off Christianity]], but is not it. They share the sign of the cross -- which the narrator, [[FirstPersonSmartass Jericho]], a Teutscher himself, calls ''das Kreuzzeichen'' -- wear crosses, and even refer to their deity as “God” (or "Adonai", an old Hebrew name meaning "Lord"). However, the more details the story gives about the religion, the less Christian it seems. Like how they believe that [[NameOfCain Kain]] to be a dark hero. Or, for one interesting example: "... the sixth tenant of the faith is 'you shall not murder'. It does not say 'you shall not kill'. I mean, yes, you could interchange those two things sometimes, but to murder and to kill are two different concepts. Murder is wrong. Killing is just a fact of life in this world we live in. The faith makes the distinction quite clearly. The faith teaches that there is no shame in taking somebody's life for the right reasons."[[note]]Exceptions that is true in Christianity as well, the distinction is just popularly ignored.[[/note]] And their version of the sign of cross is spoken with a different Latin phrase, which translates as "in the name of the Father, and of the Prophet, and of the Machine Spirit." Or, as it is said in the fic:
-->''In Nomine Patris, et Prophetae, et Spiritus Machinae.''
* ''FanFic/GoddessRebornChronicle'' has this not in God but in Lucifer and Veritas, the latter of which being a Gnostic figure with strong Buddhist trappings, even called The Jade Bodhisattva.
* ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'' extends the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Bajoran religion]]'s Catholic imitation to the point of including at least one major schism, implied to be similar to the Protestant Reformation or the split between Orthodox and Reform Judaism. In ''Fanfic/FromBajorToTheBlack'', Kanril Eleya refuses to follow her boyfriend to a church-backed college because they "push the Orthodox branch like it's going out of style", whereas a deceased crew member in "Fanfic/LastRights" is identified as a "secular Foundation Reformist".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The prophecy of the Chosen One fits this trope almost perfectly. Of course, what actually happens makes Luke more Christ-like, redeeming his father through his suffering and all. And knowing Creator/GeorgeLucas, that's exactly where he was going with all the "hanging" imagery in ''Empire''.
** While the particulars of the "faith" (such as it can be called one) are fairly different, Revanites do bear a certain resemblance to early Christians in their borderline underground faith and a certain redemptive undertone.
* The original ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' film franchise twists the usual take in an uncommon way. There is an ape religion centered on a prophet-like figure, The Lawgiver, whose teachings are contained on the Sacred Scrolls, but the deity above him seems to be indistinguishable from the Abrahamaic God (outside of creating all apes equal and "in his own image", of course). Religion is also unified in an organized "church" that is one and the same with the political and judge class, and whose main interest is [[CorruptChurch to keep other apes]] [[AncientConspiracy from learning that humans once dominated the planet]]. Creator/TimBurton's [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 2001 version]] turns this 180 degrees and makes the apes followers of the outright divine Semos, "the giver and origin of all life", with the sacred ruins of Calima identified as the place where Semos started creation.
* ''Film/{{Bright}}'' features Jirak, an orc version of Jesus Christ in its historical background. He is said to have united the Free Peoples to save the world from the [[EvilOverlord Dark Lord]], and he is worshiped by orcs in modern times who believe he will return to deliver his people, who are victims of [[FantasticRacism racism]] today. [[spoiler:Towards the end of the movie, its believed that Nick Jakoby is Jirak's reincarnated and their ChosenOne]].

* The theological framework in ''Literature/TheKaturranOdyssey'' is pretty straightforwardly pseudo christian: the Fossah is basically [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Aslan]] as a, well, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossa_(animal) fossa]], and is worshiped by the lemurs as their single "lord of light and dark". Katook is the ChosenOne, and redeems his people's CorruptChurch. There is an indication that other gods were worshiped in this world, but the story makes no claim to disclaim the apparent monotheism, and all magic that does not come directly from the Fossah is evidently fake.
* Thorarinn Gunnarsson's "Dragonlord of Mystara" includes one of the few literal examples: The protagonist grows up as a human orphan, but is secretly [[spoiler: a polymorphed gold dragon, son of the only dragon god and his chief cleric. In book 2, the crystal dragons of D&D are described as]] [[TranshumanTreachery transdragonists]] [[spoiler: who enhanced themselves magically and tried to conquer the word; they had been trying to achieve]] [[AGodAmI godhood]] [[spoiler:; in book 3, the protagonist - once again, the literal son of a god - apotheoses into a crystal dragon to save all mortal life from a soul-enslaving alien evil.]] However, in spite of there being a ''literal'' crystal dragon Jesus {{expy}} involved, it subverts every other defining aspect of the trope.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** the Discworld contains demons of various descriptions, in the earlier books they might be regarded as CrystalDragonJesus version of Dante’s Inferno (''Faust/Eric'') or H P Lovecraft (''Colour Of Magic'')
** Omnianism is more of a ''parody'' of aspects of Christianity, but does worship Om as a bull or an eagle (or, later, a tortoise). Later on Omnians use an image of the prophet Brutha strapped to a torture device (an iron turtle that was filled with flame) in place of a crucifix. More obliquely, in the novel ''Feet of Clay'', Pratchett writes about a conflicting dead religion from the same region as Omnianism, which, given the fact that its "priests" make Golems, might be the Crystal Dragon Jesus version of Judaism. Omnians in later books have also picked up similar habits to Jehovah's Witnesses and the Salvation Army. Note that "Omnianism" could mean "Everythingism" (Latin, ''omnia'') and the name of the Great God could be a back formation. So what? Well, since "catholic" means "universal", "catholicism" might be parsed as "everythingism" too.
** Omnianism parodies different aspects of evangelical Christianity, specifically; in ''Small Gods'', which ([[TimeyWimeyBall possibly]])takes place some considerable time before the rest of the series, it's very much parallel to the Crusades, being inclined to spread the good word by the sword and dealing rather harshly with heretics (and occasionally taking incredibly liberal definitions of "heresy"). Omnians who are chronologically post-''Small Gods'' are much less violent, and superficially resemble Jehovah's Witnesses; the City Watch books frequently mention that Constable "Washpot" Visit-The-Ungodly-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets spends all his off hours trooping door-to-door through Ankh-Morpork trying to win converts.
** The transition between the two states, changing from a singular evangelical state with autocratic rule to a constantly-schisming hodgepodge of different sects who all disagree on minor points of dogma and decorum, approximately references the breakoff of Protestant Christianity from Catholicism and its aftermath. On the Discworld, however, the expected centuries of persecution and religious civil war were prevented thanks to the reasonable approach of [[MessianicArchetype Brutha]] and the meddling of a time-traveler.
** Interestingly, although the series' Klatchians are clearly Arabs, they are not explicitly linked with Islam other than through a few throwaway references to houris. This is because "Klatch" is both a country (that's half the mythical Araby and half the modern Middle East) and a continent which is basically a stand-in for Asia. The polytheistic religion of Klatch-the-country, complete with temples covered in erotic carvings, is closer to a Crystal Dragon Jesus version of Hinduism. The Klatchians, especially in earlier books, correspond more to old portrayals of Araby, where the religion was something that encompassed paganism, satanism and (sometimes) the beliefs of pre-Islamic Arabs (these were usually made from the point of view that the Crusaders were absolutely right, of course).
** And the History Monks are Crystal Dragon Buddhism.
** The church of Blind Io (a sort of Odin/Zeus expy) fills the spot of Church of England as the religion most pay lip service to, but no one gets all that excited about, including the priests. Illustrations of Hugonon Ridcully (Chief Priest of Blind Io in Ahnk-Morpork) in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' depict him in vestments that look very Bishop-y, and include plenty of crosses (which is especially odd as his god's symbol is a hammer).
** Offlerism (despite Offler being a crocodile god who fits thematically with Egyptian gods) has some elements of Christianity, such as showing one temple having a collection for fixing the roof, a common phenomenon in old English churches, but the religion also has elements of Islam. It's particularly common in some parts of Klatch, and there's a throwaway reference to devout Offlerians avoiding alcohol. Riffing on Muslim and Jewish dietary laws, Offler forbids his followers from eating broccoli -- which is easy to follow, since no-one wants to eat broccoli anyway.
** there is also a rather tongue-in-cheek practice of offering sacrifice to Offler in the form of frying sausages (this is ALSO a very English joke, referring to the traditional Punch and Judy show, in which a crocodile steals a string of sausages). The priests fry the sausages, by which the “essence of sausagidity” ascends to Offler; this achieved, they EAT the sausages, claiming that the “empty husks... turn to ashes in their mouths”.
** The deity Nuggan is basically intended to represent all that can be bad about a religion, and is an egomaniac who constantly imposes new prohibitions on his followers/declares new things to be abominations (in contrast to Offler, he prohibits things people would actually want to do). Nugganism was the state religion of Borogravia, a {{Ruritania}} with a MedievalMorons feel, although some readers have interpreted Borogravia under Nuggan is comparable to Afghanistan under the Taliban. Among Nuggan's abominations are ''chocolate and garlic.'' A later book in the series seems to suggest Nuggan is now a small god, or a wisp of divine essence with little power or consciousness due to lack of worshipers. It's not that there are no Nugganites, but that their faith is now centered on the abominations rather than the god; it's likely he hasn't actually issued any of the recent abominations.
** An older religion still, which still appears to have adherents in modern Ankh-Morpork, is the Cenotine faith. This is the one part of the theocratic set-up that preserves the secret of making ''{{Golem}}s'' and which uses a script not unlike the Hebrew alphabet. Elsewhere it is hinted that Cenotism is a parent faith of Omnianism, or at least closely related. And Ankh-Morpork is expressly described as having ''kosher butchers''. So [[YouHaveToHaveJews somebody must follow kashrut dietary law]], or something like it...
* Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' historical fantasy series, set in an alternate Europe in like manner to Guy Gavriel Kay's works, has two fictional faiths which very loosely parallel the conflict between Catholicism and Protestantism and have many deliberate similarities to Christianity:
** The Triarctic faith worships the Living Flame, which is literally present in the body of a human avatar who doubles as the alternate Britain's monarch. It also worships the Holy Triarchy, the minor aspects of Wind, Sea and Oaks. There is a sign of the Triarchy drawn across the breast by worshipers. One of the prayers is Sabbat Mass.
** Essussiatism is a faith centered on a Pontiff, who lives in Tiberia (the equivalent of Italy). It also has abbots, saints, churches and crusades. The alternate France and Spain are staunchly Essussiate, although Fenland (the Lowlands) is Reformist. There are numbered Tenets of Essus.
* ''Literature/TheSevenRealmsSeries'' gives us the Church of Mathus, which forbids the use of magic and considers wizards to be heretics, and two briefly mentioned beings known as the Maker and the Breaker. However, the Church doesn't generally play a major role in the series. They're essentially the by-product of ill-will towards wizards brought about by the Demon King, a wizard that nearly destroyed the world a thousand years before the start of the series.
* ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'':
** Survivorism has some pretty clear parallels to Christianity. It worships a messianic figure who died and (apparently) rose again, and it's symbol is the object that killed their savior (a spear instead of a cross). However, in this case it is a deconstruction of this trope, as the prequel trilogy shows that Survivorism's savior was simply a GuileHero who planned his own death, used it to establish a religion in a ThanatosGambit, where he hoped that by dying and faking his return, he could help to defeat an evil tyrant. What he didn't realize was that his religion might last for centuries.
** In ''Literature/BandsOfMourning'', we see a Survivorist wedding, and it becomes clear it's no exception. They have pendants instead of rings, girls spreading ash instead of flowers, and the guests are segregated into bride and groom sections. Even their wedding clothes are very similar, though there doesn't appear to be any superstition about seeing the bride before the ceremony.
* Averted in the ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' novels by Creator/TadWilliams, in which the religion of Usires Aedon is clearly Christianity with the proper names search-and-replaced (he was the avatar of god, he died nailed to a tree and arose, etc.), in keeping with the books' setting in a very overt FantasyCounterpartCulture of Medieval Europe.
* In Lindsay Buroker's ''Literature/FallenEmpire'' series, the dominant faith of the Tribus Solis System is the worship of the Suns Trinity, which includes robed monks and ten commandments.
* ''Literature/NoGodsOnlyDaimons'' contains thinly disguised versions of both Christianity and Islam. Their respective cultures are . . . not getting along at the moment.
* An interesting version in ''In High Places'', one of Creator/HarryTurtledove 's Crosstime Traffic books, were the religion is an alternate universe version of Christianity. In the alternate universe the Black Death lasted longer, and in the aftermath Christians began worshiping Henri, God's Second Son. Just like with Jesus, Henri's followers use the device that killed him as their symbol. (A wheel, as Henri was stretched on a large wooden wheel and rolled down a hill, crushing him.)
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** The Faith of the Seven is closely modeled after Roman Catholicism, except they worship seven aspects instead of a Holy Trinity: the Father, Mother, Warrior, Maid, Smith, Crone, and Stranger. The faith has monastic orders, [[ChurchMilitant dormant military orders]], Cardinals (The Most Devout) and a Pope (the High Septon). It's the dominant religion of the Seven Kingdoms, supplanting the pagan religion of the "old gods", much like Christianity did throughout Europe, the difference being that worship of the old gods is still permitted (and still prevails in the Kingdom of the North) and several oaths refer to "the old gods and the new". The Faith is also the only religion invested in chivalry and knightly traditions.
** The faith of the Drowned God in the Iron Islands is very much akin to Christianity in different ways than the Faith of the Seven, being based around a god who died and came back to life, with the most important ritual being immersion in water (literal drowning and resuscitation, at least for those entering the priesthood). It's a strictly monotheistic religion that features a Satan-like adversary called the Storm God, with a dash of Franchise/CthulhuMythos added for extra creepiness.
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'':
** Located in a distant future of our own universe, the Orange Catholic (generally referred as the OC) is an echo of what used to be the Christianity on our planet. The O.C. Bible was a conglomeration of various historical religious texts, created in order to end religious disputes.
** Paul would seem to be the Fremen's Crystal Dragon Muhammed... which is all the Bene Gesserit's fault for grafting their Kwizatz Haderach bits onto the Zensunni religion. Then he becomes everybody else's Crystal Dragon Muhammed via jihad.
* ''Inverted'' in Creator/JRRTolkien's book ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Eru (God) has a lot of similarities to the Christian deity (as to be expected from a Catholic author), but the way in which his creations worship him is very different from traditional Christian practice--if you want to technical about it, he '''is''' the Christian deity. There are very few ceremonies, only a couple per year. And worship is never carried out in buildings; indeed, temples and churches are associated with evil by worshipers of Eru. In Númenórean worship, only the King or Queen could speak to Eru directly and make (bloodless) offerings, and most prayers or hymns seen in the mythology are addressed to one of the Valar (who roughly correspond to archangels or pagan gods).
** Actually, with the Valar and Maia, there is something of a hierarchy of Crystal-Dragon Angels and saints, in a rather Catholic way. And only few mortals having the line to god and the majority having to go through them is quite a Catholic understanding of prayer.
* Creator/CSLewis:
** Averted in the ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. Aslan literally ''is'' Jesus. WordOfGod (unavoidable pun) is that just as God the Son became incarnate as Jesus in our world, so he became incarnate as Aslan in Narnia. In one book the characters ask Aslan how they can continue to believe in him if he doesn't exist in their own world, but Aslan replies that he does, under a different name. This also means that the "Emperor Beyond the Sea", mentioned to be Aslan's father, would be God the Father.
** ''Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy'' averts this in a similar way. The protagonist initially thinks "Oyarsa" is the name of the Martians' pagan god; as the first book progresses, he comes to understand that it's the title of the spiritual being that governs Mars, under the authority of God, called "Maleldil" in the Martian language. The second book contains a reference to both "Maleldil" and "Maleldil the Young", presumably God the Father and God the Son.)
* TheChurch of ''Literature/TheGeneral'''s Civil Government bears a striking resemblance to Orthodox Christianity -- at least so far as rites and church buildings go. It's even got inquisitors, known as "Viral Cleansers", and heretics for them to hunt.
* In Creator/NickPerumov's ''Literature/KeeperOfTheSwords'' series of fantasy novels, there is an ''evil'' Crystal Dragon Jesus called "The Saviour", who resembles actual Jesus very much. Creepy.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** The organisation of the Aes Sedai is pretty much a {{gender flip}}ped version of the Catholic Church, with novices, habits (white dresses and shawls), solemn oaths, a Pope expy complete with Great Schism, and various claims of working in the name of the Creator.
** The Children of the Light, on the other hand, definitely resemble a merger between the Knights Templar and the Inquisition.
** And [[DestructiveSavior Rand himself]] is born to a Maiden (though [[NoManOfWomanBorn not a virgin]]), suffers wounds to his palms, takes a wound in the side from a staff (according to Tarot symbolism, iconographically the same as [[TheLanceOfLonginus the Spear of Longinus]]), and is crowned king with the Crown of Swords aka the Laurel Crown (plants + sharp points = crown of thorns).
* Charles Stross' ''Literature/TheMerchantPrincesSeries'' features [[spoiler:an alternate world in which the dominant church in Europe and eastern North America is]] a church that looks very similar to Roman Catholicism, is headquartered in Rome, but which worships Sky Father and Lightning Child--it is implied that, [[spoiler:at one point, the pagan Vikings conquered Europe entirely and a syncretistic religion built on the skeleton of the Roman Church came about]].
* Creator/GuyGavrielKay:
** In his loosely associated novels, ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'', ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', and ''Literature/TheLastLightOfTheSun'', "Jaddites" play the role of Christians in a FantasyCounterpartCulture of medieval Europe, despite the fact that Jad is a [[IncrediblyLamePun sun]] god. It gets even more confusing, though. Belief in the Jaddite Christ figure, named Heladikos, is actually a ''heresy'' of Jaddism, being the rough fantasy counterpart of Arianism. Heladikos's story resembles that of Phaeton, the son of the Greek sun god Helios, who lost control of the chariot of the sun. Jad is more of a conflation of Helios and Jehovah, then, instead of a direct Christian analogue (and maybe some Apollo, too). Off to the side, you also have the Kindath (Jews) who worship the moons, and the Asharites (Muslims) who worship the stars. Everyone thinks everyone else's choice of veneration is insane, for various reasons.
** In ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'', the king of the dwarves (and therefore the dwarven culture) is spiritually bound to a lake inhabited by a literal crystal dragon. It's not explicitly a deity, but it does decide whether the would-be king lives, dies, or goes crazy.
* The followers of Gird in ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion''. Gird's right-hand-man/saint/apostle was Luap, which is just Paul spelled backwards.
* The cult of Daniel Christ (yes, the Old Testament Daniel) in Creator/AvramDavidson's ''The Phoenix and the Mirror''.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard's [[Literature/TheTalesOfAlvinMaker Alvin Maker]] is basically Joseph Smith plus magic.
* The cult on the planet Pardal in Creator/DavidWeber 's book ''[[Literature/GenericanEmpire Heirs of Empire]]'' is this. What they're actually worshiping turns out to be a voice-activated ship's computer that's been on the planet for ages. "Initiating rite of Fire Test!" indeed.
* Dexterity Jones in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'' as well as the historical figure Rollin who was killed for his beliefs.
* Could easily have been named for Irene Radford's ''Dragon Nimbus'' series; the plot takes place on a planet with transparent dragons, and the human inhabitants worship stranded space travelers who are themselves Christians.
* The ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series seems to suffer CrystalDragonJesus MoodWhiplash. In the beginning, the main deities of the universe seem to be the 'Powers that be', which are essentially SufficientlyAdvanced {{Energy Being}}s, and not intrinsically above most creatures. Later in the series, the One is revealed - it created all things, has a terrible foe in the Lone Power, has the Powers (several of whom ''are'' archangels) working directly for it, and is the source of all life and good in the universe...
* Creator/StephenHunt's Jackelian novels have Circlism, which is a strange take on the trope as it has the form of Anglicanism but it's substance is sort of Buddhist/pantheist.
* ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' has the church of Paladine, which greatly resembles medieval Catholicism. The followers of the gods of Light even have a "holy triad" of Paladine, Mishakal and Kiri-Jolith and a "sign of the triangle" that are very similar to the Holy Trinity and Sign of the Cross.
* No Crystal Dragon Jesus in Kate Eliot's ''Crossroads'' trilogy but pretty much Crystal Dragon Everythingelse. Beltak, god of the Sirniakan Empire is a Crystal Dragon Allah, the Silvers' Hidden One is a Crystal Dragon Yahweh and the Merciful One of the Qin and the Golden Road nations they conquer is a Crystal Dragon Buddha.
* ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'':
** It is an extremely thinly-veiled allegory for the life of Jesus Christ, starring a beautiful blond human boy raised on Mars. He ends up starting his own cult and, in the end, [[spoiler: is murdered by an angry mob]] and [[spoiler: [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to a higher plane of existence]].]]
** It's worth noting that it's explicitly stated at the end of the book that Martian-raised Valentine Michael Smith was the earthly avatar of [[spoiler: the Archangel Michael]].
* Skirted in "The Longest Voyage" by Creator/PoulAnderson, where they worship the Daughter of God rather than the Son.
* ''Wrapt in Crystal'' by Sharon Shinn postulates descendants of Earth colonies who have liberally mixed aspects of Catholicism with other stuff. They think of God as female, and one order of nuns are sacred prostitutes.
* Mitra in Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian stories is often portrayed this way. While Set isn't directly analogous to Satan, he is definitely the main evil god in that universe and Mitra's followers think of him as directly opposed to Mitra in ways other gods aren't.
* In Kage Baker's ''House of the Stag'', the Star, aka the Beloved, seems like a [[OurElvesAreBetter Green Elven Jesus]], only it turns out he's more a Green Elven John the Baptist, preparing the way for the real deal: the Saint, aka The Green Witch, who is an actual star descended from the heavens.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'' duology, the setting is an AlternateHistory where Jesus was killed as a baby, forcing God to come up with a new plan. This time, he gets Mary and Joseph to adopt the one baby to survive the massacre. He becomes the Redeemer (no name is ever given) with the power to put any object or living being into another dimension (apparently, Hell). The resulting religion shares much with Christianity but has differences as well. For example, there's no Devil, and to speak of him is heresy of the highest kind. Hell is a frozen wasteland (making the well-known phrase irrelevant). The symbol of the Churches (there are two with one leader) is the Holy Pillar, to which the Redeemer tied himself before disappearing. There are bishops, monks, priests, cardinals, paladins, nuns, large cathedrals, holy wars, etc. Vatican is called Urbis for some reason. Judas was the only loyal disciple of the original twelve. Murder is not a sin unless done more than twelve times (except if involving children and elderly). Mary is hardly ever mentioned; instead, the adopted Sister of the Redeemer is as revered as him. The Antichrist is scheduled to appear before the Second Coming of the Redeemer, except he is called the Tempter.
* The Hanged Redeemer in the ''Literature/{{Cale}}'' trilogy. Played with in that Jesus of Nazareth is known, but seems to be confused with Jonah.
* The religion in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/BardicVoices'' and ''Bardic Choices'' novels could qualify as this. The church in question has many of the trappings of Medieval Christianity -- worship of a "Sacrificed God", monks and nuns, soaring cathedrals, rampant corruption with some good eggs. Specifically believers under duress whip out a "Sign of the Flame," presumably analogous to the Christian "Sign of the Cross."
* Sin Washer and his followers, the Washers in Laura Anne Gilman's ''The Vineart War'' trilogy although their power structure seems more decentralized than Catholicism, more like Presbyterianism.
* Madragore in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias''. The similarity to Catholicism extends to the various local gods of conquered lands being treated as Madragore's subjects like how various pagan gods were adapted into Catholic saints.
* The Franchise/StarWarsLegends Expanded Universe has two examples. Then again, it is a pretty big Galaxy.
** Sacred Way is an analogue of mainstream Christianity, complete with Sunday Schools (that Han Solo apparently regularly skipped) and priests that conduct services vaguely akin to Catholic Mass.
** Pius Dea, an ancient fundamentalist cult/denomination (with pseudo-Latin name) that plunged the Republic into violent crusades in the distant past.
* Tehlu in ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'' seems to be a pretty straightforward example: He created the world, impregnated a virtuous mortal woman with himself, went out preaching and killing demons, and killed himself defeating the devil on an iron wheel... At least according to the Tehlin church, who we can be pretty sure are mostly wrong. We are led to believe that Tehlu does exist, but is probably something completely different. That doesn't stop the church from wearing iron wheels like crosses, arresting people for heresy, having a mysterious secret society of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar, and holding a midwinter festival that is sort of like a cross between Christmas and Halloween.
* Rachel Hartmen has a pretty strong example in her book ''Seraphina''. The religion of Seraphina's homeland is basically identical to medieval Catholicism, with priests, psalters, saints and cathedrals. The one big difference? No God. Or gods. Just Crystal Dragon Saints.
* ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'' has a Sangheili[[note]]an Elite, for those who've only [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory played the games]][[/note]] who still worships the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] post-''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' compare them to Jesus Christ directly to a human he's negotiating with. (The human decides not to get into a philosophical debate with an alien that is physically on par with armored [=SPARTAN-IIs=].)
-->'''Avu Med 'Telcam:''' So the Halos are machines of destruction. So you say the gods themselves were killed by them. ''(leans forward)'' ''Your'' god chose to die for you and that is precisely why you revere him, yes?
* A number of works by K.J. Parker are set in a vaguely Byzantine setting, and while there isn't a clear "verse", they share some common background references. One such reference is a religion which worships the "Invincible Sun", and has seminaries, Bishoprics, and the like. In ''Literature/TheFoldingKnife'', it is indicated that worshipers will carry a rosary that includes beads and jewelry representing "Lady Moon (perhaps a Virgin Mary analogue), seven silver stars and the Invincible Sun".
* Very, very minor case in ''Literature/SummersAtCastleAuburn''. There is a mention of a god and "Lord" is a common interjection, indicating a monotheist society, but the worship of that god goes without mention aside from some wedding ceremonies.
* In Dani and Eytan Kollin's ''Unincorporated World'' the Astral Bible and the faith built around it, although only glimpsed through a few quotes and in an epilogue at the end of the series seems to be this.
* The main religion in the ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' has many overtones of this. The Pancreator is God, the Conciliator is Jesus, and the New Sun is the Second Coming. A relic of the Conciliator has the power to heal the wounded and even revive the dead while angels and saints are often referenced. [[spoiler: In this case the entire affair was deliberately engineered. The was the main character Severian who managed to acquire the relic and the resulting powers, then became the one who inspired the religion in the first place, ''then'' brought about the New Sun. All of that was possible thanks to time-travel and other such interventions courtesy of [[{{SufficientlyAdvancedAliens}} Heirogrammates]].]]
* ''Literature/DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire'' contains a very interesting example with the Truth and the Universal Assembly. [[spoiler: It is an example of a subverted trope; the entire story sets you up to believe that this is some sort of fictional future religion, when in fact it is actually Christianity itself - specifically, Catholicism, with the Universal Assembly being a direct translation of the ancient name for the Catholic Church. The story even mentions Jesus by name at the end.]]
* The religion featured in ''Literature/ThroneOfGlass'' has a single Goddess rather than a God, and her son who is a Jesus-type figure. A holiday called 'Yulemas' even celebrates the birthday of this son.
* The Levin faith, as most commonly showcased in the LightNovels of the Franchise/EvilliousChronicles, is a religion with churches, nuns, a belief in Heaven and Hell, a concept of demons, and many other Christian trappings. However, it also worships a two-headed dragon or a talking tree depending on which sect you join, making it a pretty straight example.
* In R. Scott Bakker's ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'', the religion of Inrithism is closely modeled on Christianity. Followers believe in a single God (with a side-set of lesser pagan gods, worshiped similarly to Saints) described in a holy text called the Tusk, vaguely analogous to the Torah. The prophet Inrithi shook up the pre-existing religion much like a Jesus figure, and he is worshiped as holy. Inrithi people are at war with a rival, more fiercely monotheistic and desert-dwelling religion obviously analogous to Islam. During the story, the main character pretends to be the messiah of the Inrithi while on a crusade against the religion's rivals. He becomes their MessianicArchetype when the Inrithi lords attempt to execute him by "circumfixion," but he survives, and his image on the "circumfix" (a circle instead of a cross) becomes the symbol of his movement.
* The Truffidians in Jeff [=VanderMeer=]'s ''Literature/{{Ambergris}} Cycle''
* Subverted in Creator/MargaretWeis and Creator/TracyHickman's ''Dragonships'' series. Aelon, Lord of the New Dawn, is a monotheistic deity whose church is based in a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Rome and seeks to convert the world in the name of order, civilization, and their god, but it becomes increasingly apparent that there's something a bit... off about the whole deal, particularly in how Aelon seems to ''encourage'' a KnightTemplar attitude in his followers. [[spoiler: That's because Aelon isn't a Crystal Dragon Jesus, he (or she, or it - Aelon has lots of forms) is actually the local SatanicArchetype instead]].
* Explicitly invoked from a Christian perspective in James White's ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' novel ''The Genocidal Healer'': it is stated in the novel that every sentient culture turns out to have a figure in their history clearly analogous to Jesus Christ and a Christianity-like religion.
* Averted in ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', where despite the world being fantasy, the leading faith is Christianity (Catholicism, to be exact), complete with nuns, knightly orders, Christ, twelve apostles and all that. The only difference is that there's no Vatican and instead of pope, there are two Patriarchs.
* David Weber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series features the Church of God Awaiting, a technophobic world church which is so prevalent that the concept of atheism literally doesn't exist in the planetary society. Played with in that the audience knows from the start that the teachings and holy scripture are all lies, deliberately crafted by members of the colonization mission in order to prevent the population from advancing to the point that they might be noticed by the aliens that destroyed the rest of humanity. The protagonist's mission is to break the Church's power and reveal the truth, leading to the beginning of the first-ever schism in the thousand-year history of Safehold in the second novel.
* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfCaterpillarJones'', most of the meadow's inhabitants credit the Great Owl of Light with the creation of the meadow and worship him as a God-like figure. [[spoiler:However, the Owl himself says Mother Nature made the meadow and he's simply one of her helpers, making her the real example.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', the monotheist religion has distinctly Roman Catholic visual elements, especially in their main temple. They also have a (female) pontiff and what seem to be cardinals. Clarice's V-World meetings with her anonymous Soldiers of the One contact have a noticeable resemblance to Confessional.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Faith of the Seven, the official religion of Westeros, is very reminiscent of the Catholic Church. In addition to supplanting the pagan religion of the "old gods", the Faith worships a single god with seven aspects similar to the Holy Trinity and has a hierarchy of celibate clergy including septons (priests/monks) and septas (nuns), begging brothers (friars), and elite of Most Devout (cardinals), and a single High Septon (pope) at the top. Membership, or at least lip service, is mandatory to become a knight. However, the Faith is much more subservient to the crown than the Church was in most of medieval Europe. With few exceptions, the religion is rare in both the North and the Iron Islands; the former still follows pagan rituals of the Old Gods and the latter worships "the Drowned God."
** Mirri Maz Duur mentions the religion of the Lhazareen, in which all men are one flock, watched over by the Great Shepherd. This makes them reluctant to fight others, and easy pickings for Dothraki raids, resembling pacifist Christians.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]], [[CaptainObvious obviously]]. He has been crucified or dead for multiple times, and even once said [[DarkActionGirl Tess]] refers to him as some sort of "alien Jesus".
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Origin is -- like the rest of the villains in it -- a dark alien parody of an Earth religion, in this case, the conservative fundamental Christian one (with just a few touches of Mormonism). Not only do they have their own priests and missionaries, they have their own Jesus figure (Adria) and a distinctly King James-styled holy book. The only difference: the religion's "gods" are SufficientlyAdvancedAlien EnergyBeings with a fire-and-brimstone motif. Notably, though, the main characters are quick to bring up the similarities. Mitchell, in particular, often compares the Priors and their preaching to his Bible-thumping grandmother. On the other hand, in one episode, they were [[JesusTaboo oddly hesitant]] to liken Vala's pregnancy to that of Mary's, instead comparing it to the births of King Arthur and Darth Vader. This particular case may be at least partly attributed to the RuleOfFunny. Everyone ''expects'' the cast to point out Jesus (especially with the aforementioned parallels between Origin and fundamentalist Christianity), so it's funnier when Teal'c answers with Darth Vader (a callback to Teal'c having watched ''Franchise/StarWars'' nine times since coming to Earth) instead. If you watch the rest of the cast's faces, it's clearly unexpected to them, too. As well, Mitchell suggesting Myth/KingArthur is probably partly influenced by the fact that the legend of King Arthur got them into the whole Ori mess in the first place, so it would be on his mind. Carter's reaction to Mitchell clearly show she was about to say Jesus herself. This is compounded by the fact that Mitchell has repeatedly mentioned how often he went to church with his grandma as a kid.
--->'''Vala:''' ''[about her spontaneous pregnancy]'' Have you ever heard of anything like that? ''[the rest of the team looks around hesitantly]''\\
'''Teal'c:''' Darth Vader.\\
'''Vala:''' Really? How did that turn out?\\
'''Mitchell:''' Well, actually, I was thinking about King Arthur.\\
'''Carter:''' Really?
** Mind you that Daniel also mentions how the Ancients, the good, shiny, all in white heaven like counterpart to the Ori (and creators of Humanity) changed human outlook from Fire = Good to Fire = Bad. Essentially, the Ancients showed themselves as God/Angels in shiny white armor, and depicted the Ori as the Devil/Demons with fire and brimstone hell.
** The show tended to shy away from making ANY connection to modern religion in the first few seasons. The first "gods" were either ancient Egyptian (Ra, Apophis, Seth, Heru'ur, Hathor), Greek (Chronos) or Norse (Thor). As more system lords were introduced, this rule began to waver, such as with the introduction of a Goa'uld masquerading as Satan -- and they even tried to give that one trappings of Egyptian myth (with of course, the completely wrong Goa'uld). Later we even got [[UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} Yu the Jade Emperor]] and [[UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} Amatherasu]], but Abrahamic religions remained mostly absent. This is, of course, probably due to the JesusTaboo.
* The Tenth Doctor of ''Series/DoctorWho'' seems to have deliberate Christ parallels, even excluding the very peculiar series 3 finale. In the post-s4 specials, he [[spoiler:receives notice of his own death, undergoes a final temptation (and succumbs, which Adelaide Brooke soon corrects him on), has an Agony in the Garden plea after he hears Wilf knock, and then finally -- angrily, but lovingly -- agrees to sacrifice himself, though it will be prolonged and painful and in the end he will be alone.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** The Bajoran religion uses Catholicism as a base but also incorporates elements of other faiths. Ben Sisko is the Jesus figure, although, for most of the series, he's uncomfortable with this. They also have demon like figures, the Pah-Wraiths, who were cast out of the Celestial Temple. There's also a council of cardinals, the Vedek Assembly, who elect a pope, the Kai, from among their own number. However, like Protestant clergy, Bajoran clergy are plainly not required to take a VowOfCelibacy. The Bajorans also have a month-long fasting rite called the Time of Cleansing, sort of a [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Space Ramadan]], and also used to have a FantasticCasteSystem inspired by the Hindu castes.
** The Klingon Jesus was Kahless the Unforgettable, the first Emperor, who was prophesied to return one day ([[CloneJesus he sort of did]]).
** The Vulcans, meanwhile, could be said to have Surak, the founder of their philosophy of logic, though they don't attribute any divine attributes to him. He's more of a Crystal Dragon Confucius.
* The Minbari religion from ''Series/BabylonFive'' has Valen, who was a Minbari not born of Minbari that came from nowhere, defeated the darkness, united all the Minbari peoples, brought a thousand years of peace, and is prophesied to return. He (sort of) does [[spoiler:in that he was Jeffrey Sinclair until he went a thousand years back in time and became half Minbari]].
* The Brazilian soap opera ''Series/DeusSalveORei'', a monotheistic religion analogous to Christianity is practiced by the realms of Montemor and Artena. Their deity is literally called God, but there are no crosses to be seen anywhere. The clergy does look like Catholic and Orthodox priests.

* Music/{{Queen}}'s "Mad the Swine" is narrated by a Jesus-like character: "They call me Mad the Swine, I guess I'm Mad the Swine, I've come to save you, save you." It's basically a New Testament {{expy}}, but peculiarly worded.
* Music/JudasPriest's Painkiller cycle appears to be about such a character.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Church of S'Allumer in ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'', which even has heterodoxies and heresies based on actual doctrinal disputes of historical Catholicism.
* The polytheistic religions of the various ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings usually have a lawful good deity whose religion is a direct parallel of Christianity. In particular, the church of Paladine (an almost literal Crystal Dragon Jesus who takes the form of a platinum dragon) in the ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting has many direct parallels to Roman Catholicism, including having formerly wielded an incredible amount of political power, and having had an inquisition-like purge against wizards, non-humans, and worshipers of non-Good deities (or, more accurately, non-Paladine deities). Of course, said inquisition was rather on the extreme side, and lead directly to the "departure" of the Gods in the Cataclysm, where they "dropped a mountain on the city of Istar". The Gods themselves spent quite a bit of time attempting to avoid such things. Also notable is that Paladine is Dragonlance's direct parallel to the ubiquitous dragon deity Bahamut, also a Platinum Dragon Jesus, who also takes Tyr's place in post Spellplague ForgottenRealms.
** Despite each setting having what is described as a pantheon, in many of them the idea of actual polytheism (worshipping more than one god) is treated as eccentric and indecisive at best, or blasphemous at worst. The default assumption seems to be some form of henotheism (believing in all gods of the setting, but worshipping only one) - if a worshipper of the god of fire is about to set off on a dangerous sea voyage, he either [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer prays to the god of fire to calm the sea]], or asks a follower of the sea god to pray for him.
** Setting-specific religions aside, plenty of early D&D products' artwork depicted clerics or paladins using crosses as holy symbols, or as insignia on their shields. Yes, even in comic strips where the same characters call upon "the gods" for aid in battle.
** D&D in general, especially the earlier editions, practically codified this trope. It's explicitly stated the Cleric class was based on militant medieval Catholic orders, and many of the cleric's spells were based on the miracles of Jesus and the prophets and apostles from the Old and New Testaments, but the gods of the setting materials were always a mish-mash of real-world and fictional polytheist pantheons.
** D&D has also produced an occasional Crystal Dragon Muhammad, as with the Loregiver of Zhakara or Al-Kalim of Ylaruam.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'''s Church of the Silver Flame, which has many paladins in its service and bears similar parallels to Catholicism, including ruling an entire country and leading its own inquisitorial purge against lycanthropes and their shifter cousins back in the day. It's worth noting that Keith Baker, the setting's author, designed Eberron so that clerics of a given god do not have to share that god's alignment, allowing for KnightTemplar villains among the ranks of good churches as well as {{anti hero}}es among the darker faiths. Although the Sovereign Host is farther from Catholicism in organisation than the Church of Silver Flame, it does have enough stylistic similarities to be the source of the page image.[[note]]That blue-yellow cross-thing? The symbol of the Sovereign Host as a whole.[[/note]] In fact their symbol, minus the coloring, is an old christian symbol, being described by Clement of Alexandria and other places. It also get bonus points for resembling the Coat of arms of the Church of Norway which actually is a cross [[AnAxeToGrind holding axes]].
* The Triad of ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' -- Tyr, being the oldest, ruling over the other two, despising evil and injustice, and having the most power at his command, is analogous to the Father. Ilmater, being a selfless and highly merciful god, whose clergy are encouraged to sacrifice themselves to aid those in misfortune, and whose message of hope appeals greatly to the poor and oppressed, is similar to the Son. Torm, with his inspiring courage, his sense of duty and obedience to Tyr, and his conviction in combating or destroying undead and evil forces, is much like the Holy Spirit. And then there are the [[ChurchMilitant paladin orders]], most prominently Tyr's.
** Note that Tyr is literally an aspect of the Tyr of Norse mythology. In the 4th Edition version ForgottenRealms, the Triad is broken. Tyr leaves the Realms after killing the god Helm in a duel over Tymora(!!) (then is [[KilledOffForReal killed in action]] fending off a demonic invasion), Ilmater leaves the House of the Triad for Brightwater (the home of Sune, Lliira, Sharess, and Waukeen), and Torm steps up to fill Tyr's place (assuming most of his portfolios) in the Pantheon.
** Still, "The Triad" veneration is limited. It appears when they have to present an [[ChurchMilitant united front against a threat]], e.g. as patrons of hard-pressed folk. Janessar, LaResistance in corrupt Calimshan, venerate them along with Mielikki. In recently shattered Tethyr their main feature is united Knights Kuldar order based in one combined abbey, lots of people venerate them separately. Otherwise, Tyr is ''by far'' more important than the two others. Of course, Ilmater became well-known only after joining Tyr in his first years on Toril and they complement each other well ("Tyr, X suffers greatly!"), so remain close allies. Both Lathander and Helm (though he has a setback over Time of Troubles) being about as prominent and all five of their churches frequently band together in any combinations, but [[BloodKnight Tempus]] grabs at least as much of the spotlight as any of them effortlessly. Other chaotic and neutral deities are more active than their churches, but most ''powerful'' are, probably, the ladies: Mystra (has so much power that she ''must'' lend about half to mortal "co-pilots"), Selune (one planetar per temple, ''functional or not'', is a whole celestial army on Prime), Shar (has the Shadow Weave) and Chauntea (main agricultural deity plus joined Earthmother aspect). And another "Triad" [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/The_Three bundle-venerated]] on Faerun is more from Wiccan History.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'':
** The setting features the Church of Ezra, which, despite centering on a female founder, is a faith in many ways very closely mimicking Christianity, the Catholic Church in particular. Apart from a generally very similar hierarchy, its history includes internal schisms, a branch sect mirroring the Anglican Church in the in-world version of England, and possibly very corrupt ties with an in-world version of the historical Borgias. Fanon takes this further, with devoted fan-made documentation describing the Church of Ezra's impact on the "faith of the loa" (an analogue of real world Vodun practices) in the Southern-Gothic themed domain of the setting. Faiths in Ravenloft tend to be more inclined toward actual monotheism than is common in many other fantasy settings where, while gods may rival each other or war outright, it is common that the majority still acknowledge that the others exist. Ezra herself is a martyred DistaffCounterpart Jesus, albeit a Jesus-figure without a Yahweh rather than vice versa.
** Also, the Ravenloft setting's Church of Hala has been depicted as having chaste nuns living in convents. The Order of the Guardians, though ostensibly non-denominational, also closely resembles a Christian monastic sect, right down to many followers' observing vows of silence.
** Ravenloft very specifically mentions that the gods can't (or won't) interfere directly in Ravenloft. It is ''inconsistently'' hinted that any divine powers clerics receive are, in fact, granted by the Dark Powers instead. For outlanders visiting the Domain of Dread, it is recommended that this loss of a close connection be played up to increase divine classes' sense of insecurity. Natives, who have never experienced anything else, expect the gods to be distant or absent.
** Ravenloft actually takes this trope to a new level; at least two of its deities, the Morninglord and the Lawgiver, are basically CrystalDragonJesus versions of deities from other settings. The Lawgiver is strongly implied to be Bane, the [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Faerunian]] God of Tyranny, whilst the Morninglord could be read as either Pelor (the [[TabletopGame/GreyHawk Oerthian]] God of the Sun) or Lathandar (the [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Faerunian]] God of the Sun), with evidence slightly weighed towards the latter. [[note]]The Morninglord is one of the titles given to Lathandar by his faithful worshippers.[[/note]]
* Monte Cook's "TabletopGame/{{Ptolus}}" setting has the Church of Lothian, which is quite obviously Catholicism with the serial numbers filed off. The official, if now discredited, dogma that all other gods are false ones and actually demons in disguise, the god being a mortal who became a god after death, said ascension coming as a result of death by crucifixion... the holy symbol of Lothian is basically a Celtic cross (a cross with a circle where the four arms in it) with a depiction of Lothian crucified on top, as is the most common depiction of a Christian cross.
* The World of ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' has St. Cuthbert, whose church is quasi-Catholic, and is named after St. Cuthbert of Lindesfarne, a 7th-century English saint. Maybe this is a case of Crystal Dragon Sainthood, but still... The Cuthbert of Lindesfarne and the Cuthbert of Greyhawk are connected via a printed adventure (in Dragon #100) which takes place in real-world London.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The worship of the Emperor of Mankind is always depicted as having a distinct Roman Catholic flavor. 40K fluff has it that the Emperor was born in 10,000 BC, and spent the whole of human civilization guiding humanity from the shadows until he went public round about the year 30,000 AD to lead the crusades to reunite the human space empire. There is a strong implication that he was Jesus. Took him that long to realize that Love and Peace wasn't working. Seeing as he decided on an atheistic stance before he got mauled, maybe he just realized that faith just strengthened Chaos anyway. Also, there is at least some fluff which indicates that, though he saw the value of warfare in defense of humanity, the more over the top racism and xenophobia of the Imperium crept in after his "death".
** It's also hinted that the Emperor of Mankind was Saint George in the Book "Mechanicum". The Imperium is ''huge'', and as much as they'd like to, the Ecclesiarchy can't maintain any kind of orthodoxy throughout it. Different planets have their own, vastly different, versions of the Imperial cult, which can be variants on this trope. The Cult of the people of Fenris is Crystal Wolf Norse Mythology, with the Emperor as Odin and the resident SpaceMarine base as Valhalla.
** The Cult Mechanicus has an even more literal version of this recognizing the Emperor as the Omnissiah, the physical manifestation of the machine god and part of a trinity with The Machine God, The Omnissiah, and The Motive Force.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture Holy Roman]]) Empire's main religion, the Cult of Sigmar, can be described as Roman Catholicism if Jesus was a mix of Charlemagne and Conan the Barbarian. Unlike many other examples of this trope, the Empire tolerates the open worship of the rest of Old World pantheon (basically a combo of various pre-Christian European religions), with most people praying to the appropriate god as needed; the rival Cult of Ulric is also a major political player.
* In ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'', the Vaticine Church, Objectionist, and Ussuran Orthodox Churches stand in for Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Russian Orthodoxy in Theah, a swashbuckling, sorcerous version of medieval Europe. The Vaticine Church also subtly incorporates a few elements of Islam as well. Avalon, the local version of England, even has its version of the Anglican church.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has the Lancea Sanctum, which is more Crystal Dragon Abrahamic Faiths. Their core belief is that Longinus, the soldier who stabbed his spear into Christ's side, was made a vampire with the taste of the Savior's blood, and eventually experienced the revelation that vampires were Damned by God's will, meant to harrow humanity into righteousness. The Lancea Sanctum itself is made up of many different creeds, ranging in flavor from Catholic to Protestant to evangelical to Muslim, but their core beliefs are strongly Gnostic.
** The "vampire paganism" of the Circle of the Crone sits somewhere between here and LowestCosmicDenominator; there's clearly references to real-world paganism, but it's given a unique spin.
*** Mithraism from the "Mythologies" sourcebook, however, is a case of LowestCosmicDenominator.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Winterweir}}'''s faith of Kaalon, the God of Death, bears a lot of similarities to Christianity with its focus on charity and resurrection. The Divine Covenant is another example, being essentially all the darker elements of Catholicism and none of the good.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'':
** The Seers of the Throne mostly worship [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence the]] [[AGodAmI Exarchs]] as a pantheon, with certain Ministries acting as cults devoted to a particular Exarch. The exception is [[PathOfInspiration Paternoster]], who regard the Exarchs as emanations of {{God}} (similar to the Holy Trinity) with the Exarch called the Father (who is described in a manner similar to the popular conception of God) as the first amongst them and the one they should approach directly, who was predestined to Ascend and were thus inherently divine from the beginning. Paternoster was founded by a Christian, so their beliefs are essentially a way of reconciling the Exarchs with monotheism. They also keep most of this info secret from the religious figures to stifle innovation -- not just for purposes of maintaining the {{Masquerade}}, but because they believe mortal worship would ''cheapen'' the Exarchs.
** Similarly, some quarters of the Guardians of the Veil (the Pentacle's {{masquerade}} maintainers and secret policemen) have their own CrystalDragonJesus: the Hieromagus, the one mage who will prove immune to [[WeirdnessCensor Paradox]] and lead Awakened society to enlightenment. Until he comes, they'll keep [[PoisonousFriend performing all the necessary sins to keep Awakened society functioning]], out of the belief that he will absolve them at the reckoning. Needless to say, this belief doesn't get outside the Guardians, because it would make them look ''even more frightening'' (and not in a good way) to the rest of the Pentacle Mages.
* ''The Palladium Role-Playing Game'' has a number of CDJ's in it's world, with the notable exception of The Pantheon(s) of Light and Dark, which are actually the Gods of AncientEgypt.
* While there's no particular CrystalDragonJesus in [[TabletopGame/RuneQuest Glorantha]], they do use the cross as a holy symbol. However, it's the Rune of Death (which 'coincidentally' terrifies the undead), modelled after the Sword of Humakt, [[TheGrimReaper the god of death]].
* In ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'', the Church of [[MeaningfulName Abel]] is this complete with a crucifixion (though this guy didn't come back), and purge (which continues to some extent) against anyone who isn't 100% human. The closer to the setting's present day one gets, the more tenuous the parallel becomes but it doesn't disappear completely.
* In ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun is very similar to the Roman Catholic or Orthodox Churches, in fact the Prophet Zebulon was a priest of those of those faiths, historians aren't sure which.
* In the ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' setting, the Church of Morrow is clear analogue for Christianity, especially Catholicism: It descends from a preexisting religion via a saviour-prophet (Morrow), and still worships that religion's god (or at least claims to), has saints (Ascended), a Vatican-equivalent, an emphasis on charity and generosity, and even Western-style {{Warrior Monk}}s (the Precursor Knights). It's not the only religion with a real-world equivalent, either:
* ''TabletopGame/WolsungSteamPulpFantasy'' has an Elven Charlemagne Jesus in King Justus, who rebelled against the rulers of his native Alfheim, then went to conquer the rest of the Res Empire and ended up poisoned by a traitor known only as The Eternal Wanderer.

* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays that take place in non-Christian eras have pagan gods by name, and Christian rituals and doctrines. Probably all part of the AnachronismStew.
** In ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'', they consult the oracle in Delphi, and talk about the doctrine of Original Sin.
** In ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', Hermia might have to become a nun -- dedicated to Diana.
** In ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'', the long-lost mother turns up as the abbess of a convent.
* The titular ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'' is essentially God as worshipped by [[ItMakesSenseInContext the anthropomorphic representations of a young boy's model railway.]]

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* ''VideoGame/KingsField'' features Seath, who is literally a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Crystal Dragon worshipped as the God of Sorcery]], he is the rival of Guyra, the evil Dragon God of Calamity [[spoiler: as well as being the maker of legendary sword [[InfinityPlusOneSword Moonlight]] ]]. They both reincarnated into ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', Seath becomes Seath the Scaleless, [[spoiler:the new owner of Moonlight Greatsword]] and his knowledge leads to the madness of [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/DarkSouls Big Hat Logan]], a master sorcerer who sought to harness the power of Seath, and [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII Ocerios]], the former king of Lothric]], while Guyra becomes Black Dragon Kalameet.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' has the Deep Church, a religion worshipping Aldrich. They are basically an extremely evil version of Medieval Christianity, with big, ornate cathedrals, a large priesthood headed by a Pontiff, and Evangelists who spread the word out to other areas. There are also references to witch-burning, as the Evangelists will try to "cleanse the bastard's curse" via immolation. [[spoiler: According to the Archdeacon's Robe, the Deep Church used to be the Way of White, [[FallenHero until it descended into the Deep thanks to Aldrich]].]] There's also an unnamed religion in Lothric worshipping the "Angels", who are heavily implied to be the Primordial Serpents from the first game or the Darklurker from the second game. The religion was deemed heretical by Lothric's ruling class and lead to a civil war that ruined the kingdom. The Sable Church of Londor also worships the Serpents... in particular Kaathe, the advocate for bringing about the death of Fire and the Age of Dark.
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' has ''Ormagöden'', [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eternal Fire Beast, Creamator of the Sky and Destroyer of the Ancient World]]. He appears in the intro as a terrifying monster, but is actually a BigGood. He is a PhysicalGod of HeavyMetal, and, in the lore, HeavyMetal originated from his body, as well as the elements to allow life to flourish: Metal (ores), Noise (music), Blood (water) and Fire (heat and energy).
* ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' is pretty much one big Church of the Crystal Dragon Jesus, complete with a very cliche (and entirely expected) "twist" (read anything by Lovecraft and you'll understand).
* This is extremely common in video games. ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'', ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', and ''VideoGame/LaPucelle: Tactics'' are just a few examples.
* In the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series, the local religion looks definitely as a mix between Judaism and Christianity, even though the gods are 100% pagan. It apparently began as a merging between local Native American religion and Christianity.
* Churches in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' has the ubiquitous Church of Martel, though it's really more background fluff than anything (though you do meet Martel herself a couple of times). However, the civilization of Fenrir built a huge cathedral to worship... well, Fenrir, complete with stained glass, a giant organ, and a heavy organ BGM called "Perverse Religion". By the time the game actually rolls around, the entire Fenrir civilization has risen and fallen and the cathedral's been abandoned for years, to the point where the door is heavily iced shut.
** This is given a ShoutOut in the prequel, ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', with an offhand reference to a legend about Fenrir in the icy regions. Presumably, this later sprouted into a full-fledged religion.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' has the Church of Seyfert, with churches dotting the countryside (and willing to let you rest for free) and a massive cathedral, stained glass and all, atop Mt. Farlos. When you get to Celestia, you find out that Seyfert (and [[{{Satan}} Nereid]]) are real, and that there's more to the story than a simple creation myth.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', set four millennia before ''Phantasia'', depicted a very different [[PathOfInspiration Church of Martel]], based almost directly on Roman Catholicism, Pope and all.
*** One of Colette's hand gestures when casting spells looks exactly like the sign-of-the-cross. But then, so does Keele's in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'', and he's as close to atheist as you can get when your world is bursting at the seams with nature spirits and you base your entire career on asking them to do things for you.
*** Colette has, in the [=PS2=] version, an ability called "Grand Cross" which would cause a large cross to descend upon the enemy. It is included in the sequel.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' (which takes place 2 years after ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''), the Church of Martel still exists, but to a lesser extent since the whole Chosen of Regeneration thing doesn't exist anymore (most people went to church to pray for their world to be regenerated).
*** Several scenes have the characters saying that they doubt that the church of Martel would last for much longer, which makes its existence 4000 years later surprising (or a case of the writers overlooking that small detail).
*** Not exactly... The Church of Martel in Symphonia is a very large part of daily life (because of the Chosen system) and the Tethe'alla branch especially has quite a bit of political power. Phantasia's Church of Martel, as mentioned, is there, but its clearly more of a background "fyi this world has a religion" than an active player in world affairs. So in a sense, the Church of Martel ''didn't'' last. It became less and less significant over the millenia. (And even if you don't take into account that Phantasia was made first, its Church of Martel is still very different from Symphonia's.)
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has the Order of Lorelei. Although it doesn't follow a god, but it has a prophecy known as the Score and the robes the Order members have highly resemble those of Catholic priests. The one from Mohs would be the biggest offender. It gets better- the official ordination of a Catholic priest is "presbyter," meaning "elder." Also, interestingly enough there is an actual Jesus {{Expy}} according to the [[MagicAIsMagicA physics]] and a (literal) word of god via Lorelei [[spoiler: in the form of TheHero Luke; as a replica, with Lorelei's fonic signature, he's pure seventh fonons...just like Lorelei making him the [[GodInHumanForm Other Lorelei]]. He also does a HeroicSacrifice to save the world and ([[GainaxEnding maybe]]) even comes back to life some time after.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' has the Church of Velleia, which worships the "Great Winged Whale", and yes, has a holy city and a cathedral. There's a church in each city and the main character can go into it and confess. It's really not a PathOfInspiration, though. They just have a near-monopoly on the magical weaponry, Soma, and on the curing of TheHeartless-induced Despir Sickness. Also, AllMythsAreTrue, and [[spoiler:the bishop]] is the only one who knew what was really going on the entire time and just had some [[KnightTemplar bad ideas]] on how to go about dealing with it. [[spoiler:The Winged Whale in question, however, turns out to be the villains' base.]]
* [[CorruptChurch The Divine Church]] in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'': {{God}} is Watos. Simon is Jesus. The Divine Emperor is pope. They tear down temples to build churches, like early Christianity, have inquisitions, and decide what is and is not a miracle. Interestingly [[HaveYouSeenMyGod Watos if missing]], Simon's an atheist, and Abraxas [[spoiler: is [[RageAgainstTheHeavens actually angry at whoever's upstairs]]]].
* Definitely present in the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series. Despite the fact that everyone in the party can summon mythical pagan gods to reduce their enemies to smoldering piles of ashes, they still feel obliged to go to a sanctum staffed by a suspiciously Christian-esque priest and monks to get rid of evil spirits. There's also the "Priest" and "Cleric" classes.
* There are ten of these in ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa'', the most prominent being Elore (for Humans), [[BigBad Saruin]] (for Gecklings and certain humans), and Nisa [[spoiler: (for Taralians/Terranites)]]. Even Death is a god in addition to being the brother of the BigBad.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The official religion of the [[TheEmpire Third Empire of Tamriel]] (as well as the various Cyrodiilic Empires throughout history) is the Church of the Nine (originally Eight) Divines. Though polytheistic, it draws a number of parallels to a [[SaintlyChurch particularly benevolent view]] of Christianity in terms of church hierarchy, imagery, architecture (notably Gothic), and general attitude. To note:
*** The religion is based around the worship of the Aedra, originally eight of the et'Ada ("original spirits") who sacrificed much of their divine power and very beings (including their CompleteImmortality) in order to [[CreationMyth create Mundus, the mortal plane]], after being convinced/tricked (depending on the storyteller) by the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]], Lorkhan (aka Shor, Shezarr, Lorkhaj, etc.). The Aedra would be worshiped by many different cultures (often under different names) in Tamriel, including the [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer (High Elves)]] and the ancient [[BarbarianTribe Atmorans]]/proto-[[HornyVikings Nords]]. However, the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]] ( "Wild Elves") of Cyrodiil instead tended toward Daedra worship, the et'Ada who made no sacrifices during creation and thus maintain their complete divinity. Though they technically operate on their own scales of BlueAndOrangeMorality which put them AboveGoodAndEvil, many of the Daedric Princes (the most powerful of the Daedra) tend to be [[JerkassGods extremely malevolent]] toward mortals. This led the Ayleids down some extremely dark paths, including the [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil enslavement]] and [[KickTheDog vile torture]] of Cyrodiil's native Nedic people ({{Precursors}} of most of the modern races of Men in Tamriel). St. Alessia, one of those slaves, managed to escape and prayed to the Aedra for aid. [[DivineIntervention They granted it]], and (along with the aid of [[TokenHeroicOrc rebel Ayleid lords]] and the Nordic Empire to the north) Alessia's rebel forces were able to topple the Ayleid Empire, forming the First Cyrodiilic Empire of Men. As part of her BargainWithHeaven, Alessia made the worship of the Aedra the primary religion of her new Empire. However, the church itself was a political compromise, blending aspects of the religions of all the races within the new Empire to prevent destructive infighting.
*** The TopGod of the Nine Divines pantheon is Akatosh, the "[[DragonsAreDivine Dragon]] God of Time". Akatosh is said to have been the first being to "manifest" out of the raw energy of the early universe and is also the "Father of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]]", who refer to him as "Bormah", draconic for "Father". According to some theories, they are not so much his "children" as they are [[PiecesOfGod fragments of his very being]]. Of the dragons, his "firstborn" is said to be Alduin, the draconic BeastOfTheApocalypse whose coming heralds TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. According to Nordic mythology, Alduin is simultaneously Akatosh's son ''and'' an aspect of his very being, making the Jesus connection even stronger. Akatosh is also known to create the "Dragonborn", rare mortals gifted with the immortal souls of dragons. Throughout history, Dragonborns have acted as Messianic figures (or at the very lest, as {{The Chosen One}}s). (The PlayerCharacter of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is one such Dragonborn, said to be the "Last Dragonborn".)
*** Talos is the DeityOfHumanOrigin who joined the original Eight Aedra as the "Ninth" Divine. While exactly ''how'' he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence achieved apotheosis]] is a hotly debated topic in-universe and out, but it is known that Talos is ([[MergerOfSouls at least]] [[BecomingTheMask in part]]) [[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]], the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Third Tamriellic Empire]]. Talos worshipers place great emphasis on the fact that he was once a man before he ascended as a Divine. While this emphasis in-universe is likely [[FantasticRacism racial]] in nature, one of the core concepts of Christianity is 'hypostatic union': Jesus Christ is at once both wholly human and wholly divine. (The {{Civil War}} secondary main quest to ''Skyrim'' has it's roots in the Empire's ban on Talos worship, forced onto them as part of the White-Gold Concordat by the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] under the leadership of the fascistic [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]].)
*** For additional information, please see the series' [[Characters/TheElderScrollsDivineBeings Divine Beings]] sub-page.
** The main plot of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' focuses on a trinity religion called the Tribunal, three formerly mortal {{Physical God}}s who have been at the heart of the Dunmeri (Dark Elven) [[TheTheocracy Theocracy]] for thousands of years. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the Catholic Church - hagiography, apocrypha, an Inquisition, sainthood, and the idea of a "new covenant" supplanting the older Daedric cults of the Dunmer. The Nerevarine is another Messianic figure, being the supposed reincarnation of Nerevar, along with numerous prophecies surrounding them.
** All of that said, the actual ''function'' of reality in the ''ES'' universe is quite close to ''Hinduism'' in many regards. According to several references in the [[AllThereInTheManual background lore]] as well as numerous [[WordOfGod developer written]] [[LooseCanon supplementary texts]], the universe runs in "kalpas", or cycles of time. When one ends, a new one begins. Additionally, the souls of mortals (which aren't otherwise bound to the mortal world or claimed by a specific deity) are said to enter the "Dreamsleeve", where they are broken down and recycled to be reincarnated.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', being sort of based on Arthurian legend, has a fictional religion with many parallels to Christianity; the Temple of Time resembles a Christian sanctuary, the young Zelda wears a wimple like a nun or passion bearer and the three goddesses and their Triforce can be seen as a parallel to Christianity's Holy Trinity.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime,'' Rauru, the Sage of Light, is dressed similar to a Franciscan monk.
** This was stronger earlier in the series. The "Book of Magic" in ''The Legend of Zelda'' is a "Bible" in Japan; Link's shield in the first two games bears a cross; in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' (''Triforce of the Gods'' in the original Japanese), Sanctuary is a Christian church, the kanji for the priest there are "holy father" (where Agahnim's kanji are "master of rituals"), and the artbook depicts Link in the Sanctuary, kneeling before a crucifix.
** Given the revelation that [[spoiler:that she is the human incarnation of The Goddess]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', [[spoiler:Zelda]] may actually be the biggest example of this in the franchise.
** Also, if you stretch it somewhat, the attributes of the Triforce are similar to a biblical principal. Literature/TheBible states that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, a spirit of power, and a sound mind." It also says "perfect love casts out fear." So, the Triforce's attributes--courage, power, and wisdom--basically equate to the spirit of love, the spirit of power, and a sound mind respectively.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'', North Noireism contains a patriarch, God(Eesa), and even a Jesus(Child of Eesa).
* In every ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' game, there's "The Church", with obligatory priest-collar wearing pastor and "confession" as an occasional option. But the deity they worship is, in fact, the Harvest Goddess. The HM games are generally an intentional mash-up of Japanese culture, Western farming culture, and paganism.
** More recent games have revealed that there's a Harvest Lord as well. Also, ''Harvest Moon: Island/Sun'' adds a [[{{Moe}} nun character]] into the mix of the universe's religion. In fact, the nun is coincidentally named after a [[NunsAreMikos demon hunter]].
** The original [[VideoGame/HarvestMoon1 SNES game]] makes references to multiple gods besides the Harvest Goddess. All other games dumb it down to them only worshipping one god, with occasionally the Harvest Lord popping up.
* The world of Spira in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is pretty much run by the local CDJ: Yevon. Except for the Al Bhed who are seen as heathens. To hammer the religious symbolism further, the Giant SpaceWhale BigBad is called '''Sin'''. And he is supposedly the punishment for all the bad mankind ever and regularly destroys cities. [[SummonMagic The Aeons]] are even made out to be the spirits of past summoners who were faithful to Yevon, and the only way to supposedly combat Sin. [[spoiler:However, Yevon and the religion is revealed to be a CorruptChurch and in the climax, instead of using the Final Summoning like all other {{Senseless Sacrifice}}s before to kill Sin for only one day, you tear Sin's face open with an airship cannon and go through the TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon that doubles as an [[AmazingTechnicolorBattleField Amazing Technicolor Dungeon]] inside Sin's spirit. Sin is really fucking huge and bizarre from the inside.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'''s nations all have different ways of honoring the same Goddess Altana; however, many of these are at least subtly reminiscent of Christianity, and San d'Oria's church very strongly so.
* ''VideoGame/ActRaiser'' is somewhat of an unique example, as you ''are'' Crystal Dragon Jesus, with some obfuscating Greco-Roman elements tossed in. As the one true god of the gameworld, who was sealed and forgotten as evil overtook the land, you have to revive humanity and lead them to prosperity while destroying the demons that have conquered the earth. The creators of ''Actraiser'' have been quoted saying that it was based off of Judeo-Christian monotheism. In the Original Japanese, the player's character was God and Tanzra was named Satan.
* One of the best-known video game examples may be the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series. They may not use the Crystal Dragon Jesus heavily in the plot, but every game requires players to go to "confession" in a church to save the game. The buildings are also heavily influenced by Christian churches -- large cathedral structures in the cities, and small huts with some pews and an altar in the farm villages. ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' used a Goddess, ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVII VII]]'' used a thinly-veiled analogue of the Judeo-Christian God (who was also a BonusBoss), and ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestIX IX]]'' had Zenus the Great Architect, but the rest of the games were vague about just ''what'' the deity in question was.
** In the DS remakes of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' and ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestV V]]'', the thinly veiled Catholic religion's deity is consistently called "the goddess", and many people venerate the Zenith dragon, a so-called dragon-god, along-side of the goddess as her greatest servant. The Zenith dragon lives in a sky castle with a race of winged humans who are referred to as Angels by at least one NPC in ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestIV DQIV]]''. His newly created cg appearance makes him look like he is made out of crystal or silver.
** Also, according to ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'', the well known Slime enemy from the series worship a slime equivalent of the Goddess.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series, the Church of the Holy Light is pretty much a mix between Catholic Christianity (huge cathedrals, monasteries and zealous crusaders), Buddhism (meditation and the lack of deities), and TheForce (a holy power binding all living beings together; it even comes with a hatred/insanity-based dark-side).
** However, it was averted in ''Warcraft I'', where the humans of Stormwind worshipped {{God}} and had concepts of Heaven and Hell. It was, however, since retconned into the current "nontheistic" religion of the Light. Elune might also qualify to an extent, since she's described as "the only true god(dess) in Azeroth" and had a "half-deity" son, Cenarius. (Whose father was a demigod ''stag''. {{Squick}}.)
** The belief in God in Azeroth hasn't been written out entirely though, despite the Church of the Holy Light Retcon. Many followers of the Light believe that it is a (semi-, at least) sentient being rather than an impersonal force and there have been many references to it interceding on a personal basis. The WC 3 manual also makes reference to the fact that some in Azeroth believe that the universe was created by an all-powerful being. There's enough ambiguity that you can believe either based on the material.
** There ARE beings who are more or less angels (although EnergyBeing angels) and deny being gods, claiming that they serve only "the Light" which may be THE God of Azeroth. These angels (Naaru) can be interacted with and spoken to, but generally do not intervene except in extreme cases, such as Sargeras (Satan Expy) corrupting the entire Eredar race.
* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'', the Holy Griffin Empire worships Elrath, a literal dragon, whose cult is nevertheless a thinly-veiled (or, actually, not veiled at all) stand-in for Christianity, with churches, monks, inquisitors, saints, and angels. Androgynous angels with [[{{BFS}} ridiculously huge swords]].
** ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI'' and VII had the Path of Light, complete with robed monks, cathedrals and churches that would not have looked overly out of place in medieval Europe. VIII instead focused on the Path of Light's still-extant predecessor religion, the Church of the Sun, who goes for more colorful and frail-looking architecture.
* Organized religion in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Ivalice]] has all the trappings of Christianity, specifically Catholic ritual, from the Glabados Church of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' to the Kildean religion in ''VideoGame/VagrantStory''. The latter finds ample representation in the Church of St. Iocus, a Catholic send-off in all but name that wields great political and military power, and whose sacred icon, called the Rood of Iocus, resembles a cross with four arms instead of two; also, the Cult of Mullenkamp, a heretical offshoot of the Kildean church whose adepts display an upside-down version of the Rood, called the Rood Inverse.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is especially blatant about this, to the point where it feels like all they did to Christianity is replace a few names. Start replacing "St. Ajora" with "Jesus" and see how much sense it makes. In the remake, instead of "God", you get "gods".
* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' has the Hammerites, who worship the "Master Builder", but basically look like medieval Roman Catholicism with SteamPunk trappings and the Heathen-smiting turned UpToEleven. The Hammerites undergo a schism between the first and second games, and naturally regard their offshoot brethren, the Mechanists, as arch-heretics. This is due to the Mechanists' favor of lots of automation (over only a ''little'' bit of automation) and of course, some good ol' fashioned chauvinist outrage (the Mechanists accept female acolytes). Essentially, the Mechanists are more or less a steam punk version of Protestantism; their leader is very similar to Martin Luther or John Calvin, the nobility see them as a way to make themselves richer and throw off the old religious order (much like the German nobles of the Reformation) and the Mechanists themselves are progressive whilst being arch-zealous at the same time, like many Calvinist Sects.
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', a lot of the (first) plot revolves around the conflict between the atheist Airyglyph and the highly-religious Aquaria. Despite having churches and nuns, the Aquarians worship a goddess and all the pastors are female.
** They worship a Sun God (Apris, if memory serves) and three goddesses, actually. And I ''think'' there's a male pastor in Peterny's church?
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', the hierarchs are the priests or spiritual leaders of a vaguely-defined religion with a multitude of [[TheTropeWithoutATitle unnamed gods]]. They carry staves and have ornamental robes and cast spells, so they resemble ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' clerics. The game's sequel gives them more definition, with the Knights of the Seal as the spiritual side of the organization, dedicated to the seals' continuity and defense.
* In ''VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation'', the Emmerians worship a historical figure dubbed the "Golden King", and have a huge golden statue of him bearing his armor. It is quite clear that the Emmerians hold some kind of religious awe over him similar to that of Jesus or even God, but it mainly seems to be there just to differentiate the Emmerians from the apparently secular Estovakians.
** When you take the out-of-game fluff (that is, pages upon pages of news articles, historical texts, blueprints, etc. that is always published on the web and nowhere else) into account, the Golden King seems like a thinly veiled King Arthur expy; it's just that the Emmerians are really, ''really'' fond of him. Incidentally, a handful of passing references to Christianity and Christian-derived holidays are made throughout the series.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' has the island of Fortuna, where the capital has a congregation called the Order of the Sword that worships Sparda. The architecture has a medieval feel, the {{innocent bystander}}s and RedshirtArmy wear hooded monk-style robes and the leader Sanctus looks very much like a pope. [[spoiler: The Order turns out to be a rather [[CorruptChurch corrupt]] bunch of {{Knight Templar}}s that want to Wipe The Slate Clean with a demonic invasion and the creation of a false Savior so that [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans they can usher in a new Utopia]].]]
* Though the tenets of the religion of Zakarum in the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series aren't gone into much (or at all), the architecture and appearance of the various figures makes the similarity rather obvious. Interestingly, the religion in general (especially in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'') takes more from Islam than Christianity, with its pope being known as the Que-Hegan that leads a High Council that, during the time of Diablo II, have been completely corrupted by Mephisto.
** The novels expand on the tenants of Zakarum a little more, and it's typical Christian stuff such as forsaking evil in your heart, as well as preaching gentleness and forgiveness. More cynically, the church is also said to be very open to donations.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games commonly do this, generally draping stories of "past hero" around a Bishop-class character. Usually the head deity/hero of the church will have the title of Saint. They aren't an actual God, just a really cool person. The [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Elibe games]] have Saint Elimine. ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'' has the Theocracy of Rausten. Its founder was the only person strong enough to shake off the [[{{Satan}} Demon King's]] MindControl.
** Actually played straight in ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' with the Begnion Empire. It is a theocracy whose structure is almost identical to the Catholic Church, with the Apostle serving as a female Pope of sorts and the nobles of the country akin to the College of Bishops. These individuals are more than just leaders; they are respected members of their religion, as they are believed to be chosen by the Goddess herself. They honor [[spoiler:Ashera, who is the Order component of the goddess Ashunera. Ashunera, the 'Goddess of Dawn', incidentally caused a world-wide flooding that wiped out almost all civilizations of the world after she lost control of her divine powers. The guilt caused Ashunera to split into Ashera (order) and Yune (chaos). Yune is treated as an evil figure, and even referred to as a 'dark god'. So we have the 'good' goddess, Ashera, and the 'bad' goddess, Yune. God-Satan, anyone?]]
** Although in the end it turned out [[spoiler:Yune was the good one that loved beorc and laguz while Ashera was the evil one that would rather turn all sentient beings on the planet to stone rather than have them violate her idea of Order. After Ashera's asskicking and 1200 years, Ashunera becomes whole once again.]]
** Then there is Naga from the rest of the series, who is the powerful leader of the Divine Dragons that many humans [[UnwantedFalseFaith falsely believe to be a god]] despite Naga's [[AGodIAmNot thoughts to the contrary]].
* The Order in ''{{VideoGame/Strife}}'' are a bunch of religious zealots who worship a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere and oppose all human reproduction, choosing to instead extend lifespans with cybernetic enhancements. They also rule the world and you have to help LaResistance defeat them. The only mention of other religions in the game is a single line from Richter, a "Deus" that presumably was worshipped before the development of The Order.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', the main character acts as both Crystal Dragon Jesus and Crystal Dragon Moses. [[spoiler:With The Elder and Beruga as the Satanic equivalent. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic It's that kind of game.]]]]
* Despite largely being based off Norse Myth, ''Shadowbane'' falls under this too. While the All-Father is presumed to be absent, incapacitated, or dead, prayers to saints and archons still work (much to the relief of the prelates and bishops). There's also an even more militant offshoot faith that [[KillItWithFire likes burning heretics a little too much...]]
* The ''VideoGame/SiegeOfAvalon Anthology'' '''almost''' averts this by replacing every single mention of religion with "spirits," but somehow still has crosses in the chapel. And the graveyards. And on monks' robes.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Prophecies'', the prophet who makes the titular prophecies is, quite literally, a Crystal Dragon.
** Inverted in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', where [[spoiler:Glint is murdered by her former boss Kralkatorrik. Unfortunately Glint's {{Plot Armor}} wasn't sufficient enough to warrant a [[DeathIsNotPermanent Resurrection Shrine]].]] Kralkatorrik is just as much a Crystal Dragon as Glint, but whose alignment is the exact opposite of Glints. In effect between the two Games you have a {{Crystal Dragon Jesus}}, and a {{Crystal Dragon Satan}} not to mention a {{Crystal Dragon}} {{Eldritch Abomination}}, the latter two both being the same entity.
*** With the ''Heart of Thorns'' expansion, players can explore the golden city of Tarir in Auric Basin. Tarir was founded by the Exalted, followers of Glint who shed their mortal forms to become beings of pure energy, and their attitude toward her is very much that of devoted disciples. The Zephyrites, who literally carry ''pieces of Glint's body'' in the form of crystals imbued with the Aspects of Sun, Wind, and Lightning, are also her devotees.
* In a strange variant, the [[MegaCorp Corpus]] faction of ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' are a corporate alliance based on ancient merchant guilds, but their manufacturing process is stated to be part typical factory dronemanship, part ancient ritual, because their materials are from [[LostTechnology an ancient]] [[{{Precursors}} time]]. They even have ''temples'', which they use to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwash workers.]] They worship the concept of financial profit [[CorruptCorporateExecutive at any cost]], but also seem to treat the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Void dimension]] as a sentient deity, much like the [[{{Precursors}} Orokin]] before them.
* In ''VideoGame/{{ZPC}}'', the player takes the role of a {{Rambo}}-like CrystalDragonJesus. With PsychicPowers.
* The religion of Azadi from ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' is a Crystal Dragon Islam, except that their deity is female and this religion teaches that women are the superior sex
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** The Andrastian Chantry is an amalgam of several Abrahamic faiths.
*** The Chantry itself is somewhat a mix of the Byzantine Orthodoxy and the Catholic Church. The church is lead by a "Divine" who, much like the Pope in real life, takes on a different name upon being beatified. As a departure, only women are allowed in the upper echelons of the order: there are only Revered Mothers (bishops), no male Grand Clerics (cardinals), and no male Divine, except for the schism of the religion in the [[VestigialEmpire Tevinter Imperium]] (which also allows mages to be clerics, considered extremely heretical by the Chantry of the rest of Thedas). They have also been known to call for Exalted Marches (crusades) against religious enemies.\\
The Chantry's messiah figure Andraste mixes elements of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, UsefulNotes/{{Muhammad}}, and UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc. She was chosen by [[LowestCosmicDenominator The Maker]] rather late in life to be his prophetess (Mohammed) for being exceptionally devout and a true believer (Mary, Mohammed, Joan). She then unified the factions of dissenters against the religious establishment and created an army which she led on a highly successful [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades Exalted March]] (Mohammed, Joan). She was later betrayed by some of her closest generals and advisers (Jesus) and burnt at the stake (Jesus, Joan). However, she was never regarded as a child of the Maker, nor was she ever resurrected.
*** Amusingly enough, there is an example of a cult worshiping a dragon that they believe is a reincarnation of Andraste.
** There are also the Qunari, whose teachings are a lot closer to a strand of extremist Confucianism. However in the game, they clearly stand in for the expansion of Islam into Southern Europe during the middle ages. Coming over the sea, they settled some parts of Thedas and converted the people to the Qun (Spain, Southern Balkan), which caused the Chantry to call for Exalted Marches to push them back (the crusades), and they regard it as their duty to spread knowledge of the divine law to the infidels, which goes hand in hand with expanding their empire. There are also some aspiring converts in Kirkwall in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', which causes (local) terrorists to plan attacks with weapons of mass destruction to fight the spread of the heretic techings of the Qunari.
* Played perfectly straight in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''. There is a KnightTemplar class (the Crusader), a Priest and Acolyte class, scapulars are acolyte-class armor, Holy Water can be created by the Acolyte class, many of the Priest's protective skills are named after Catholic ceremonies or liturgies, and there's even a Vatican in the city of Rachel. Very strongly Catholic-flavored. However, the NunsAreMikos, AllMonksKnowKungFu, the Pope is a cute little blonde loli, Jesus is completely unmentioned, God is hopelessly conflated with the entire ancient Nordic pantheon of Asr, and finally, underneath the Vatican, God turns out to be an EldritchAbomination -- though the Crusader skill that [[FridgeLogic literally asks God to punch the target in the face STILL WORKS ON IT]]. To sum up Ragnarok's take on God: God is Jesus is Odin is Thor is Frigga is [[EldritchAbomination Azathoth]]. The whole religious structure is so hilariously disconnected from "real" Christianity once you get past the surface, it's [[CrossesTheLineTwice incredible]].
** However, there are ''two'' different churches. Rune Midgard Kingdom has Church of Odin and Arunafeltz State has Church of Freya, which worship completely different Gods. In general, Church of Odin is treated as the better one of the two.
** Meanwhile, Church of Freya has two different factions. While one is good, the other one is borderline heretic. The heretics do horrible things, including but not limited to: [[spoiler:manipulated the Pope for their liking, froze the Pope's twin brother since he was born by threatening Guardian of Ice to do it, worked with Rekenber Corporation to build undestructible cyborg soldiers with Artificial Heart of Ymir planted into them, planned to start a war with the good factions and Rune Midgard Kingdom with those soldiers, killed every single members of Rune Midgard Kingdom royal family, kidnapped King Tristan III and killed him in an abandoned monastery.]]
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', most humans worship Saradomin, god of order. Saradominist churches and clergy have a Christian appearance to them. Zamorak, god of chaos, is treated as a Satanic figure by Saradominists but enjoys a strong following among [[AlwaysChaoticEvil certain monsters]] and some humans.
* The ''VideoGame/IronGrip'' series has Trithinism, worshipped primarily by the Fahrong nation (who even made it their official state religion). Though not much is shown of its theological nature, its history seems to mirror the developments of both [[http://www.irongrip.net/index.php?view=3963 Christianity and Islam]] in several ways. There is also some mention of a concept similar to the belief in reincarnation. Trithinite worshippers are usually portrayed (at least in ExpandedUniverse fluff) as either RapePillageAndBurn ChurchMilitant fanatics or more humble and peaceful missionaries spreading the faith by word, charity and medical treatment of the needy. GreyAndGrayMorality indeed...In addition, some levels of the second game feature Trithinite churches with paintings and small idols of the religion's One God, Sa.
* As noted, ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' as a series has played with this trope--both with the straight CrystalDragonJesus example and a Crystal Dragon ''Buddha'' variant.
** The best example is with ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' which had the Church of St. Eva. As it turns out, [[spoiler:the church ended up being "steeplejacked"--taken over from within--by the BigBad of the game, literally turning the church of the CrystalDragonJesus into a ChurchOfEvil. The parishioners are none the wiser.]]
* ''VideoGame/OgreBattle64'' features the Holy Lotus Empire, a theocracy led by a Pope which dominates its surrounding countries.
** Lotus/Lodis is responsible for nearly ''everything'' bad that happens in the series that isn't instead the result of demons. They're major antagonists in both ''VideoGame/OgreBattle64'' and ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', and a negative political influence in the backstory of the original ''VideoGame/OgreBattle.'' The only game in the series so far where they ''aren't'' antagonistic in some way is ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre: The Knight of Lodis''.
* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', Althena's temple clearly satirizes Christianity, with priestly vestments and stained glass, but the religion in general seems to be fairly decentralized, with most towns having only a statue of the Goddess as their sole religious establishment. ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' takes this several steps further, having a Christian-inspired sanctuary in many of the game's towns.
* In ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'', the primary human religion is never explored in great detail, but damn if it doesn't ''look'' like Catholicism. It is, however, a fairly CorruptChurch and during the time of the original ''Blood Omen'', was a front for a ReligionOfEvil.
* ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'' has the Amarrian religion, which is modeled on medieval Catholicism. They didn't even bother to rename God. While this is not known in-game, fluff indicates that it is actually descended from a radical Christian sect.
* The characters of ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' worship at the [[SaintlyChurch Church of the Holy Maiden]], a religion with very Catholic-style trappings.
* Humans in ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}}'' worship the Yahweh-like Highfather, who uses angels to carry messages and help humans. There are cathedrals, holy warriors, inquisitors, etc. However, the guy who really created the world and humanity is Bethrezen, an obvious version of TheDevil, except the fall was not his fault. He grows mad after 10,000 years in the world's molten core and creates demons to kill everything.
** The dwarves were created by and worship Wotan, whose name itself is an alternate spelling of [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]], complete with an explosive temper. They love runes, although that could be more Gaelic than Norse.
* In the world of ''Videogame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', the people worship a deity known as Clispaeth, who was once the leader of the setting's equivalent of the American Revolution. After he was crucified by the British army, his followers proceeded to wage war for 666 years, ultimately leading to the Cyberpocalypse.
* ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' effectively has Catholicism in the game, what with Granas (God), Valmar (Satan), a second coming, the Pope, churches and priests.The only thing missing is Jesus.
* In ''VideoGame/{{MARDEK}}'', the most prominently featured religion is the Church of YALORT, who is a dragon.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has "Xavism", a religion preached by the missionary Xavi (a stand-in for missionaries in Japan, specifically Francis Xavier), which mostly composes of acting like really {{Camp}}y {{Love Freak}}s and spouting tons of GratuitousEnglish while chanting Xavi's name as well as other oddities (apparently "Angry Kitten" is a suitable baptismal name). While it is considered a PathOfInspiration, it's also considered a faction of {{Harmless Villain}}s, though certain characters do occasionally show up as converts.
* ''Videogame/SepterraCore''. The whole thing with the son of Creator fighting the incarnation of Evil feels like this. Also, the monks from 3rd Shell have Christian habits.
* ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'' gives us the Church of The Watcher. It is divided into two denominations: the "Peteran" church and the "Jacoban" church (Essentially the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture equivalents]] of medieval Protestants and Catholics, respectively).
** An interesting example in that the game player who sits up above everything and watches the story unfold ''is'' the Watcher
* ''VideoGame/AllodsOnline'' has Tenses, who was an archmage that sacrificed himself to grant everyone immortality of the soul. The church of Tenses in Kania has trappings very similar to [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Russian Orthodox Church]]. There is also Nezeb, who is a Crystal Dragon Lenin.
* The Church of Yahvo, faith of the D'ni from the ''Videogame/{{Myst}}'' series, had its own versions of Heaven and Hell (conceived as Ages), divinely-inspired prophets, and its own foretold messiah (the Great King).
* The Anju religion mentioned in ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' is essentially [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholicism]] [[RecycledInSpace WITH BIRDS!]] To be able to enter their holy forest where all the birds live when they're not [[{{Psychopomp}} guiding souls to the afterlife]], you need to obtain a string of rosary beads, and lore says they always have a Bible on hand and worship in churches on Sundays.
* In VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V: Gods and Kings expansion pack, you can found religions and choose the beliefs of the religions. It can range from playing this trope straight, with your Shinto religion having a Papacy, making Cathedrals, and believing in a Messiah, or invert by having a Christian state religion where you believe in a Sea God, have Mosques, and think religious idols are holy.
* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', sufficiently strong pagan rulers can, under the right circumstances, reform their respective faiths, creating an organized religion with a formal priestly hierarchy and written holy texts. It's implied that these reforms are inspired by contact with and directly patterned after the Christian and Islamic religious bodies. (In this case the religions involved actually did exist but never achieved the same level of organization as Christianity and Islam in the real world.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has the Abbey of the Everyman. It has no deity, and indeed seems to be centered around a humanist ''opposition'' to the supernatural. It has a Satan analogue (the Outsider), a list of commandments for its worshipers to follow ([[http://dishonored.wikia.com/wiki/The_Seven_Strictures the Seven Strictures]]), its own form of Inquisition, and burns witches and heretics at the stake.
** The Seven Strictures and the text that accompany them seem to be based on biblical passages, especially [[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+6:16-19 Proverbs 6:16-19]], and/or the SevenDeadlySins. They are the Wandering Gaze, Lying Tongue, Restless Hands, Roving Feet, Rampant Hunger, Wanton Flesh, and the Errant Mind.
* The Church of the Divine Trinity (the word 'church' is even used on multiple occasions) in ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''. Resident deities are Venus, Aeon and the Mother, Lamia. However, it's not all it looks on the surface - the Trinity seems to be linked if not outright responsible for the continued existence of [[ArtefactOfDoom the Skull Heart]] and Skullgirls in the Canopy Kingdom, and the main figurehead of the church and avatar of Lamia is Double - a shapeshifting EldritchAbomination that disguises itself as a nun and seeks out new candidates for wielding the Skull Heart. Which is Not A Good Thing.
* The Eothasian religion from ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity''. Eothas is the god of light, the dawn, mercy, redemption, and goodness in general. Unfortunately, he also went on a crusade that ended with him [[KillTheGod dead]] by [[FantasticNuke the Godhammer]].
* The unnamed religion of ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'' is ''very'' similar to Christianity, though interestingly, it actually lacks a Jesus figure. Sunday mass, churches, crosses, and Catholic-looking vestments are all the norm (though the latter are likely a result of using the standard RPG Maker graphics pack rather than an intentional artistic decision). The main difference is that {{God}} had ''two'' children; one of them, "The Mother", gave birth to the world, while the other, "The Eater", was a lazy hedonist who only devoured his sister's creations. The society of {{Winged Humanoid}}s claim that wingless humans are the children of the Eater, and use this to persecute them.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the Healing Church is the primary religion of Yharnam, they treat Blood Ministration as a blessing, and ranked by attire: The Black Doctor, hunters who prevent the plague; The White Doctor, who handles medical knowledges; The Blood Saints, who grant their blood to the people; and The Choir, who communite with the [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]].
* The official religion of Hydeland in ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' has a lot of FantasticCatholicism tropes: a head monk based on a Franciscan Friar, a resurrection process that involves a lot of angelic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putto puttoes]] and [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cristo_velato.jpg imagery reminiscent of the veiled Christ]], holy paladins fighting demons using divine power, and the heavens providing blessings if you give a donation. However, Hydeland's figure of worship isn't a Jesus analogue but the three goddesses Althena, Jula, and Vernas, who are based on various goddesses from Myth/ClassicalMythology.
* The lore of the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' franchise is heavily steeped in old testament of Christianity, in particular the literal designs of the angels featured in the game. It also features a clear {{Heaven}} and {{Hell}}-{{Expy}} in Paradiso and Inferno, both of which are populated by [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent infernal demons]], although both are ultimately run by goddesses named Jubileus, The Creator and Queen Sheba. ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'' expands things by also introducing the {{God}} of Chaos, Aesir, who sacrificed his presence in the world to grant humanity free will. Also, while not said outright, it is strongly insinuated that classic religions do exist (what with the presence of churches and nuns), but Paradiso is only worshiped as a FluffyCloudHeaven due to the angels being basically a VillainWithGoodPublicity.
* The unnamed religion in ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' is ambiguously Judeo-Christian. They have pastors, a church with traditional Gothic architecture, pews, and stained glass, and both saints and a Pope. They also celebrate Easter and Halloween, but not Christmas. On the other hand, the symbol is an 8-pointed star, God is referred to as a "They", "Longest Night" is a solstice celebration, and the three words appearing in the sanctuary are Faith, ''Peace'', and ''Joy'' ("Hope, and Love" are the equivalent [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} fruits of the spirit]]).
* The Light in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' draws heavily on medieval Christianity for its imagery and terminology.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/HollowKnight'', [[spoiler:The Radiance]] has some parallels to Abrahamic God, only presented with a PerspectiveFlip. The calamity that destroyed the kingdom of Hallownest was in fact [[spoiler:a plague sent by the Radiance as punishment for the bugs she created and used to rule over, for abandoning her and turning to worship the King of Hallownest instead.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', a variety of faiths are parodied in the [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/27/ koans.]]
* ''Webcomic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'' has a monolithic CorruptChurch which is keen on the oppression and persecution of virtuous sexual minorities, such as the protagonists, and which worships an entity known as Godan. It is then [[AuthorTract debunked repeatedly.]]
* Blatantly used in ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'' with a GodEmperor called TITAN, who claims to have created the entire universe. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS And yes, his name is spelled with all caps every single time.]] If his followers are faithful enough, they can go to a physical place called Paradise (which is actually the name of the VIP section of {{Heaven}} in Literature/TheBible), [[TheAgeless where they can live forever in his presence.]] [[http://www.avasdemon.com/0367.php They even have holy scriptures,]] which start off immediately with a BadassBoast about TITAN.
* ''Webcomic/StrangeCandy'' features two parodies in its Fantasy-RPG story arc. The first parodies [[http://www.strangecandy.net/d/20060914.html Falun Gong.]] The other is [[http://www.strangecandy.net/d/20060725.html Hubbomadaster,]] religious zealots who derive their name from Creator/LRonHubbard, Mohamed, and Zoroaster. They "cleanse" people and launch wars on other nations for [[http://www.strangecandy.net/d/20061130.html being infidels.]] And their king uses words [[http://www.strangecandy.net/d/20071129.html like "misunderestimated."]]
** ...and with [[http://www.strangecandy.net/d/20080221.html the rest of 'em]] glued into one CannibalTribe. "[[http://www.ponju.net/index.php?showtopic=51802 omglololol!]]" It's not CrystalDragonJesus, it's simply HollywoodAtheist on board.
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' has two: the Rac Cona Daimh Church of the Sojourner, and the Human Universal Church. The former has a conventional cross and cross-in-a-fish imagery associated with it, as well as conventional pastors and churches, although the stained glass portrays a glowing god and human monk and a stag rather than the traditional Christian version. It's apparently [[WriterOnBoard fact for the universe]]. The latter is treated as being [[FantasticRacism speciest]], unpleasant to "heathens", and misguided -- to the point where an exorcism involves holy water, the use of a modesty ward like a cross, and a Latin chant that translates to "May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy" -- but not intentionally evil or cruel. The Universal Church still has a suspiciously cross-with-a-circle-looking symbol, similar to the Presbyterian cross or High cross but with crystals slapped onto the side, a pastor with priest collars, and a very church-like church.
* ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', being a FantasyKitchenSink, has not only a CrystalDragonJesus called the Good Man, it also has an equivalent of Virgin Mary. Three's also [[spoiler: an evil version of said Virgin Mary figure. She killed her myth's version of the Good Man, and looking at her face drove one of the characters partially insane.]]
* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'' considers Franchise/{{Batman}} to be a god. WordOfGod assures us that Zombie Superpowered Batman is indeed terrifying.
-->'''ComicBook/GreenLantern Batman:''' YOU'RE ALL FUCKED.
** Ironically enough, one of the persons that asks you to accept Batman as your lord and savior? [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]].
* The Church of Thrasu, the dominant religion in Kivallia in ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona''.
* ''FanFic/ChessPiece'' has the Leviathan religion, which may be the closest literal example of this trope.
* Webcomic/GeneCatlow has The Creator Of All Things and its associated religion. The related FanFic has The Nameless One and ''it's'' associated religion. WordOfGod says that the two deities are one and the same.
* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', the Sisters and Sons have a roughly similar dogma to real-world Christianity, if you replaced God with a bunny rabbit.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[FamousAncestor The Sufferer]] is pretty much a non-divine Troll Jesus (the jury's still out on whether his name is actually [[MemeticMutation Jegus]]), and the secrecy and persecution of his followers after his execution is very much like what became of Christianity following Jesus' end. The Sufferer's symbol and that of his followers (that is to say, [[WesternZodiac the Cancer sign]]) even derives from his method of execution!
** However, instead of growing in power and becoming a dominant religion, The Sufferer's religion remained a small cult, eventually fading away and nearly vanishing from history. It helps that a [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen genocidal totalitarian empress]] probably made a point of killing anyone even remotely associated with it.
** [[TeamMom The Dolorosa]] and the [[PsychicPowers Psiioniic]] can also be seen as Crystal Dragon versions of the Virgin Mary and Apostle Peter respectively. [[StarCrossedLovers The Disciple]] can be easily seen as a blend of Apostle Paul and Mary Magdalene.
* ''WebComic/SlightlyDamned'' has Gaia and Syndel, who seem to be that 'verse's equivalents of God and Satan. The similarities stop there, however.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Truth of Zod in ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' is more or less the Roman Catholic Church under a different name, with a couple of differences, namely, the lack of a Jesus, and the fact that the God they worship is a [[KingOfAllCosmos drunken bastard who likes armwrestling]] with an expy of Cthulhu.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'': Nella's ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' drama parodies this, when the Lunar Polar Bear (which is of course Jesus) saves the day and hits on the whore teacher with a heart of gold.
* What we've seen of the worship of Khersis in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' is very much like Christianity, except in a world where gods are known to speak to mortals, demons are real, and exorcism works. Considering the one passage from the Khersian holy book that's been referenced parallels the gospels directly and one creation myth says he was born of a great dragon from a crystal egg, he may be a literal "Crystal Dragon Jesus".
* Perhaps a little more literally: [[http://whyismarko.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/godzilla-nativity.jpg Godzilla]] from [[http://whyismarko.com/2011/27-worst-nativity-sets-the-annual-growing-list/ this list of Worst Nativity Sets.]]
* Discussed and possibly reconstructed in this ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[http://beneaththetangles.com/2011/05/02/puella-shoujo-madoka-magica-12-the-hope-we-find/ column.]] The writer argues that ''Puella'''s Christian subtext made it more meaningful to him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Robotology from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Coupled with Robot Judaism, whose followers believe that Robot Jesus existed and was very well programmed, but he wasn't their messiah. There's also the Lizard Space Pope, and a literal incarnation of Heaven. Basically, they really like to play with this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Santa Claus is basically used in this capacity.
** WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks uses this in a similar fashion with Jazmin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', this was the obvious purpose of Orel's short-lived dog Bartholomew, who was [[spoiler:killed because he spread too much joy to the townsfolk.]]
* Completely intentional, but the Super Adventure Club in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode, "The Return of Chef", is clearly meant to mock and mirror Scientology.
* The various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' continuities have various incarnations of the god Primus, who has been portrayed as alternately an extremely powerful but tangible being, an actual god, or a tangible Transformer creator figure whose vehicle mode just happens to be the planet Cybertron. When in his most god-tastic form, Unicron often plays the Devil to his God. Word of God suggests that The Fallen is playing this role in the live-action movies. And there's the minor detail that Optimus Prime has effectively become some kind of Robot Jesus -- sometimes referred to as Optimus Christ. Greatly aided by the fact that his tendency to die and be resurrected shortly thereafter is more or less a {{running gag}} at this point.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' is an allegory of Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', where the Devil rebels against God and is expelled from heaven. As "Lord Highest", the Dream Maker represents God, and the dark lord Zordrak represents "Satan Himself" (or "Nasta Shelfim" as he was known in the pilot episode). Planet Dreamstone resembles a cathedral, the interior of the Dream Maker's castle resembles a church, and the volcanic land of Viltheed resembles hell or {{Mordor}}.