->"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a [[TropeNamer mission from God]]."
-->--'''Elwood Blues''', ''TheBluesBrothers''

Whether or not one believes in a god or gods, there is no denying that religion can be one hell of a powerful motivator.

Sometimes a character or group of characters are (or come to believe that they are) chosen for a specific mission by their god. Sometimes they are called upon to help people in need (or maybe just [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether bring members of a band back together]]), or to unite a divided country. But sometimes their mission takes on a more violent form, with the characters kicking ass or even killing for their god.

Whether or not the mission is justified depends largely on the fruits of their work, but it's worth knowing that it takes a special kind of person in order to avoid becoming so [[HolierThanThou caught up in one's religious fervor]] that they lose sight of what they are actually doing to the world and take things too far, becoming {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, or at worst, [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]].

This is both a case of TruthInTelevision, as people from all over the world have gone on Missions From God, both in real life and in fiction, changing the world both for the better and for the worse. Who was right and who was wrong concerning such missions is a subject of much controversy, and while good examples of such missions definitely exist, we are more familiar with misguided missions that take things too far, such as witch-hunts and past and present-day holy wars.

See also {{Church Militant}}s, who are ''always'' on a mission from God.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & manga]]
* Michel from ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has been convinced that [[KillAllHumans killing humans]] and turning the world into {{Mordor}} is a Mission From God. His actual purpose, planted by a ManBehindTheMan, is far different.
* ''KaitouSaintTail'' was a {{Kaitou}} that righted wrongs against the devout by stealing back their stolen goods. It's heavily implied that she got her MagicalGirl powers from God.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'' even has the phrase painted in the organization weaponry. ("[[GratuitousEnglish We Are On A Mission From God]]!")
** Their Catholic [[KnightTemplar counterpart]] Iscariot believes this as well.
* ''KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' is all about this. Too bad [[spoiler: that the angel who was sent to help her has been brainwashed by the devil, so she will bring the caught demons to HIM instead of God! Turns out the suspicious black angel was actually her stand-in, rather than a bad guy.]]
* In ''TokyoGodfathers'' Miss Hana does say something like this about the baby. With Blues Brothers-like DeusExMachina in the movie it does seem likely.
* Everthing made by everyone in ''SaintSeiya'' is in the name of some God.
* In ''{{Amakusa 1637}}'', it looks like the six {{Time Travel}}lers were TrappedInThePast via God's will so they can prevent a massacre. Seika, one of the girls, says this openly, but the others aren't fully convinced.
* All of the mandates to eliminate ghosts in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' literally come directly from God himself. Of course, the Anarchy sisters, being the bitches that they are, are always less than reluctant to carry them out, even though there was never really any retribution for not doing so.
* The titular ''Anime/BigO'' was "cast in the name of God."
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[[folder:Comic books]]
* Jei in ''UsagiYojimbo'' thinks he's been chosen by the gods to free the world from evil; unfortunately, he also thinks that [[AxCrazy just about everyone]] is evil.
* The 1980s comic ''Evangeline'', about a secret agent/commando nun in the 23rd Century, had the tagline, "She really ''is'' on a mission from God."
* WonderWoman is one a mission from her gods to bring amazonian peace to the Patriarch's world.
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[[folder: FanWorks]]
* Happens often in stories set in RPG worlds such as TableTop/DungeonsAndDragons with active patron deities.
** In FanFic/TheTabulaAvatarUniverse quests by Shar and Talona to characters like [[VideoGame/BaldursGate Viconia]] and [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights Chantry]] set up a lot of the action, sometimes being rewards in and of themselves. Shar and her friends occasionally also take active roles, rather than just being the quest givers.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Neil Patrick Harris believes he's on one in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle''. Harold and Kumar aren't convinced.
* The Spaniards in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: On Stranger Tides''.
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' go on a mission to reunite their old band for a gig to raise the money to save the old Catholic home where they grew up. For obvious reasons, the brothers consider this to be a mission from God, as seen in the quote above. (Or as Akroyd keeps pronouncing it, "Mission from [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Gaaahd]].") And a number of miraculous (or nearly-so) events work in the Brothers' favor, strongly suggesting that someone upstairs really is helping them. For example, their CoolCar performs stunts that should be outright impossible, and survives every possible pratfall and mishap right up until they don't need it anymore, [[CriticalExistenceFailure at which point it immediately falls to pieces.]] Then, at the ''exact moment'' the Brothers complete their mission and receive a receipt for the tax payment, their divine PlotArmor disappears, and they face the consequences for all the laws they broke in the course of the mission.
* The protagonist of ''Film/TheBookOfEli''. ("And you did all this because a voice told you to?" "I know what I hear, I know what I heard, I know I'm not crazy, I didn't imagine it").
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' is about two Irish Catholic brothers who believe they are on a mission from God to kill evil men and become vigilantes.
** This belief appears to extend to the neighborhood by the second movie.
* The kung-fu priest from Peter Jackson's zombie comedy ''{{Braindead}}'' certainly qualifies: "I kick arse for the Lord!"
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. Not the angels but pretty much everyone trying to stop them. Interesting in that this particular Mission from God doesn't actually ''come from God'', who is missing at the time, although it does come from the ''voice'' of God, Metatron. More of a Mission For God.
* In ''{{Frailty}}'', Matthew [=McConaughey's=] family is commanded by God to destroy demons. One of the kids sees "destroy demons" to mean "kill people," hence the drama. [[spoiler:And then it gets ''weird'' when the kid and father, who think they are destroying demons, turn out to be ''right''.]]
* In ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', during the height of the protagonists' siege by vampires, bank robber Seth Gecko turns to Jacob Fuller, minister with a crisis-of-faith, and asks him if he's a "faithless preacher or a mean motherfucking servant of God?" He responds that he's a [[GoshDangItToHeck "mean mother...hmmm hmm servant of God"]].
* An extreme example would be the SoBadItsGood ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter''. Jesus' second coming happens in part because God wants him to fight sunlight-immune vampires that prey on lesbians.
* Deconstructed in ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' by the Hospitaller. He says that throughout his life he's seen various madmen and killers proclaim their actions as the will of God, and he also observes a short way into the movie that even though a number of Templars are dying for what the Pope would command them to do, Jesus probably wouldn't want them to do it.
* ''Film/TheMessenger'' is one of many movies concerning the life of Saint Joan of Arc.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' is a comedic telling of one of the best-known Arthurian legends, in which the protagonists are on a mission from God (literally) to find the Holy Grail.
* Done literally in the first two ''OhGod'' films, with John Denver and Louanne Sirota selected to be God's messengers.
* Ruth's father in ''Film/{{Paul}}'', believing the eponymous hero to be a demon, declares that he is on a mission from God to rescue his daughter.
* This is what drives the plot of ''Film/SeasonOfTheWitch''.
* In ''Film/MissNobody'', Sarah Jane believes that St. George is guiding her exploits. Considering that she's a SerialKiller who [[KlingonPromotion murders her co-workers to create job openings for her to fill]], she might just be insane. Her commentary over the final scene implies that, at the very least, [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath she certainly didn't have St. George's favor]]]].
* Somewhat disillusioned by the Catholic Church, HarveyKeitel's Charlie seeks his own redemption for his sins by looking after his friend Johnny Boy in ''Film/MeanStreets''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/{{Desperation}}'' is about a small child named David Carter being forced by God to destroy the evil entity Tak with the help of a group of strangers. Other characters point out how needlessly cruel it is for God to drag David out into the desert and get his family killed before asking him to do that.
** In another King novel, ''Literature/UnderTheDome'', Chef Bushey and [[spoiler:Andy Sanders]] ''believe'' that they are on a mission from God to keep a meth lab out of the hands of the 'bitter men' from town by [[StuffBlowingUp any means necessary]]. Of course, they are actually just stoned out of their minds on meth, but [[spoiler: that doesn't keep them from going through with it]].
** There's a lot of that going around in ''Under the Dome''. Jim Rennie believes that the titular dome cutting off the town so that he can rule it with an iron fist is God's will. And Junior Rennie at one point decides that God will not allow him to die if he's taking care of a couple of young kids. The fact he intends to [[spoiler: cut a bloody swathe through anyone who stands between him and the kids doesn't seem to enter into it.]]
* Sparhawk and his friends are on a Mission From Goddess in the ''{{Elenium}}'' trilogy of books. Done with a twist, because the goddess in question is not the deity they worship (the knights are members of the story world's equivalent of the Catholic Church, and worship a god), and they don't realize for a long time who's pulling the strings. It's actually something of a concert effort...[[ItMakesSenseInContext sort of]].
* Parodied in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' by Creator/TerryPratchett, where the characters are "on a mission from Glod" (a dwarf).
** Which is presented as a reference to the page quote from ''TheBluesBrothers''. It happens again later on, when they order "four whole fried rats and some coke". (And a previous book, ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', had a parody of the "108 miles to Chicago" line.)
*** It should also be clarified that the aforementioned coke was neither drugs nor soda, but an actual chunk of coal. Hey, a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] has to eat ''something''.
** Done more literally with the Great God Om in ''Discworld/SmallGods'' who, while trapped in the form of a one-eyed tortoise, went on a roadtrip with a minor acolyte from one of his temples. (From the back cover copy, "But what Brutha wants, really wants, is for his God to [[TheChosenOne Choose]] someone else...")
** Literature/{{Discworld}} looks at the whole Mission from God idea more seriously in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum,'' where Granny tells a young priest that she's better off unconverted because if she ever ''did'' gain faith in a god, the next thing she'd do would be to start a Holy War and/or Inquisition.
** Also used in the Discworld novel ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', in which [[spoiler: Wazzer is given a mission by the country's Duchess (who is not technically a goddess but might as well be) to lead the nation's armies, much like Joan of Arc.]]
* The titular [[AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]] group of Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/SpecialCircumstances'' series is this, more or less, kicking supernatural ass in support of Good (all varieties, not just the Judeo-Christian God).
** In the sequel, it's revealed that the Vatican has a special forces team for countering supernatural threats.
* In the first two of Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/{{Chalion}} novels, the protagonists find that being given a Mission from the Gods is a rough ride.
--> '''Ugemat''': But you are the tool. You are not the work. Expect to be valued accordingly.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/EliStone'' is about a lawyer who gets messages from God through a brain aneurysm. [[RuleOfCool In the form of musicals that involve whoever's around him at the moment.]]
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' is given a Mission from God (for real) in every episode.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Dean Winchester appears to be one after his resurrection, or at least so the Angels say. It eventually turns out to be a subversion of the trope, because the angels are openly described (by both the show's creators and characters in canon) as dicks and none of them are answering to God throughout S4.
** The villain in "Bad Day At Bad Rock" started thinking he was on one after he managed to track down Sam Winchester through a series of remarkable coincidences and believed them to be signs from God. It was actually just a NecroNonSequitur caused by Sam's possession and subsequent loss of a BadLuckCharm.
* OrphanBlack: The conspiracy trying to kill the clones is made up on [[spoiler: religious fanatics who think clones are unnatural, including one of the clones, who believes herself to be the original.]]
* Sort of used in the pilot of ''{{Firefly}}''. During the battle in Serenity Valley:
--> '''Bendis:''' We're going to die. You know that.
--> '''Sgt Reynolds:''' We're not going to die, Bendis. You know why? Because we are so. Very. Pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die.
** Apparently, Bendis wasn't as pretty as Mal. He dies.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Long Arm and Butchie from ''My Brother's Blood Machine'' are told by their deluded mother that they have a mission from God: To become Death. The thing is, they're not certain how to collect souls. So, they build a giant corpse-mangling apparatus called the Blood Machine.
* On Dream Evil's ''Dragonslayer'' album, the opening track of "Chasing the Dragon" mentions in the first verse that the hero has "a mission sent from God."
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[[folder:Professional wrestling]]
* Wrestling/DaizeeHaze's feud with the Seven Star Sisters in Wrestling/{{Shimmer}} was apparently started by an order from Mother Earth to destroy all inferior wrestlers and prove she was the best.
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[[folder:Tabletop games]]
* Certain games, most notably ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', may use this as the basis for any number of plots. Whether it's a player-character paladin or cleric literally receiving a mission from his or her god, or the [=PCs=] undertaking a mission on the church's behalf in return for being healed or even resurrected, the Mission From God is a ready explanation as to why the players have to track down a specific MacGuffin or destroy TheDragon.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', which mostly has non-interventionist deities, still has examples of this, although usually it's missions from the priesthood or from a being or beings who are merely revered as a deity such as the Undying Court or Vol. Most destructively, Thalin of Thrane came to the conclusion that it was the will of the Silver Flame that he be King of Galifar and the appointment of his sister to the throne was an affront to his religion, which of course was the only true one because...[[TheFundamentalist well, fundamentally because it was his]]...and so open war against the other nations was the only righteous course. The SuccessionCrisis resulting from this and two other rulers deciding to rebel for their own reasons lasted for nearly a century and got a lot of people killed.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', more or less ''all'' the {{PC}}s are on a Mission From either a God, OmnicidalManiac ghosts, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, or a giant robot who is also an EldritchAbomination. Of course, they don't ''have'' to do what their patrons tell them ([[TheGodsMustBeLazy if they talk to them at all]]). [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu They could just kill them]].
* The hunters of ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' start their missions when [[PowersThatBe the Messengers]] send them a direct message about [[CrapsackWorld the true state of the world]] and reveal [[GlamourFailure the monsters lurking behind human guises]].
* The protagonists of ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' are the children of the gods, who first truly receive their powers when their absent parents appear to them and draft them into the war against the Titans.
* The Lancea Sanctum from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' believes that vampires are damned by God for a reason -- to scare mortals from the path of sin and harrow them back to righteousness.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Many of the antagonists in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series go on the violent, rampaging sorts of missions.
** Particularly Claudia from ''SilentHill3'', who just can't seem to shut up about that wonderful God of hers.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' loosely follows this trope. The hero, Arkantos, is on a mission for Poseidon at the beginning, then gets around to helping Osiris and Thor, before finally settling with Zeus. The twist here is that the Big Bad is also on a mission from a god -- Poseidon and technically, Kronos. He also gets help from Set and Loki.
* Likewise, [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] was originally on a mission from the gods of Olympus. It...didn't go so well.
* This is more or less the premise of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstone}}'', in which the player characters are on a mission to save their goddess (and world) from complete annihilation.
* Depending on which installment of the series is being examined, some of the ''Zelda'' games may qualify for this. The actual importance of the three Hyrulean goddesses on the plot varies from one game to another. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', however, consistently refers to Link as being "the hero chosen by the goddesses," suggesting that in that installment at least, he is on a Mission From Goddesses.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' turns it into a bit more of a Mission ''For'' Goddess, since [[spoiler:Zelda is the living incarnation of the goddess Hylia]].
* Though not ''exactly'' gods, the Foci that the fal'Cie assign to humans-turned-l'Cie in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' are this trope in essence. That said, the l'Cie [[MortonsFork don't have much in terms of motivation]] for [[TakenForGranite completing]] their Focus [[OurZombiesAreDifferent or not]].
** In the ENGLISH trailer for the Sequel, Lightning apparently give herself one, saying (paraphrased): "I'll forever hold up the memory of you, Lindzei."
* Recruitable character [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' believes she's on one.
* A couple different recruitable cohorts in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir'' (Umoja, druid of Ubtao, and Soraevora Aeravand, favored soul of Angarradh) were ordered to help fight the BigBad by their gods.
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'', Ambrosia gets a mission from God. Reconstructed, as one of the key conflicts of her quest is whether or not what she is seeing (and in fact her quest itself), is caused by madness. [[spoiler: [[ShrugOfGod Even the author doesn't know]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', you, the player, can pretend to be an alien race's god and send them on one of these, which gets them out of your way and allows you to get a PlotCoupon without any trouble.
* NetHack's ExcusePlot is this. The god you get it from depends on the role you play.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series you often end up doing missions from the daedric princes.
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[[folder:Web comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Redcloak's actions are all based on a plan given to him by his patron deity, the Dark One.
** Then there's [[LawfulStupid Miko]], who ''thinks'' she's on a mission from the twelve gods....
* Stanley the Tool of ''{{Erfworld}}'' believes that it is the will of the Titans that he gain all of the Arkentools.
** On the other side of the war, Ansom's belief that royal privilege has been ordained by the Titans underlies his determination to eradicate Stanley.
* The One Electronic, Calabash, and [[spoiler:Angel Eye]] from ''RiceBoy'' have been hired by a being who calls himself God to find the Fulfiller who will realize a particular prophecy, in exchange for eternal life.
--> '''T-O-E''': Well, Cal and I are... agents of God, or something like that.
* PlayedWith in DubiousCompany. The temple elder shoos the heroes out, ''[[BlatantLies claiming]]'' they are now on a mission for ''[[RandomNumberGod Phred]]''. He really just didn't want them sponging off ''[[TheCasino the temple]]''.
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[[folder: Web original]]
* Lady Gray, in ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga'', is on a quest at the behest of the five gods. It's said of her that she answers to them alone; the fact that she's regarded as being above the laws of mortal men is just part of the reason she's a HeroWithBadPublicity.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Optimus Primal in ''{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' believes he is on a mission from Primus to restore organic life to Cybertron. Tankor tampers with the Oracle to subvert this.
* Parodied in an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' that tells the story of Joan of Arc. Joan (Lisa) is captured and put on trial by the English. She calls on God as a witness, who states that he did, in fact, tell her to lead the French to victory. An English/Scottish solider (Groundskeeper Willie) stands up and claims that God told him to lead the English to victory over the French. God embarrassingly admits he never expected them to be in the same room together and quickly leaves.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Equalist leader Amon claims to be on a divine mission to supplant the Avatar and bring balance to the world by completely eliminating Bending. He seemingly proves this by demonstrating the ability to ''remove'' bending, which he claims was given to him by the spirits themselves. [[spoiler:He's lying. Amon himself is a bender, and the removal of bending he displays is an extension of his bloodbending capabilities.]]
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[[folder: Real life]]
* A remarkable case is that of the Quaker Mary Fisher, much persecuted in her native England and then in America for her beliefs, who walked 900 miles from Venice to Edirne to meet the Ottoman sultan Mehmet IV, believing that God wished her to carry a message to him. She was graciously received by the sultan, who listened to her respectfully and offered to take her back to Istanbul with him.
* The crusades, of course. The Pope declared war on the non-believers and expected everyone to go fighting them. Suddenly nearly all of Europe preparred to invade the Middle East. '''Seven''' times.
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