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

Whether or not one believes in a god or gods, there is no denying that religion can be one heck 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.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Michel from ''Manga/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.
* ''Manga/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-and she certainly ''thinks'' it is.
* ''Manga/{{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.
* ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' is all about this. [[spoiler: Too bad 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.]]
* Everthing made by everyone in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is in the name of some God.
* In ''Manga/{{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 eponymous robot from ''Anime/TheBigO'' was "cast in the name of God."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Jei in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' thinks he's been chosen by the gods to free the world from evil; unfortunately, he and his gods have views on [[BlueAndOrangeMorality what is evil]] which do not mesh with [[AxCrazy just about everyone else's]].
* 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 on a mission from her gods to bring Amazonian peace to the Patriarch's world.
* The post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' ComicBook/DoctorFate, Khalid Nassour, is charged by [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian goddess]] Bastet with preserving the ''maat'', the cosmic order, and healing the world.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Happens often in stories set in RPG worlds such as ''TabletopGame/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.
* The enemy Elf Ragnar from ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'' believes his genocidal campaign is this. He's opposed by an atheist as Red Ranger, which makes him mad.
* ''FanFic/AshesOfThePast'': Ash literally IS on a mission from Arceus, who charges him with stopping Cyrus from recreating the world in his own image.
** Ritchie is on another one due to his destiny entanglement with Ash.
* ''FanFic/SwingingPendulum'': The Spirit King rescues Ichigo from prison when he's at the lowest point and sends him to the past with the goal of preventing Soul Society from drowning in its prejudice and save the Visored, Arrancar and Quincy.
* In ''[[FanFic/CissneisPath Cissnei's Path]]'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII fanfic, Aerith's duty to protect the Planet as the last Cetra is framed as such. Shiva mentions that Minerva (the Goddess of the Lifestream) has explicitly given the [[SummonMagic Summonings]] that they use a connection to it so that they can think and act in whatever way would best serve to aid her in the task.
* Played straight in a minor way, and massively subverted and played with in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
** It's played straight with the Hunter, who is instructed by his god to escort the four to the Twisted Temple. The practical effect of this is to force him to travel with people he can't stand (and the feeling is mutual) in the hope that they'll fight one another.
** The subversion comes with the main plot of the book. The four find themselves empowered and approached by three formidable figures who give them the Vasyn quest. The reader already knows that the three figures are actually alien students (one is a gamer) who found themselves empowering the four more or less by accident, and they don't present themselves as gods. However, the students were instructed to give the Vasyn quest to the four by the actual gods of C'hou, though they can't tell the four this. The subversion is that [[spoiler: the gamer actually set the whole thing up, playing the gods himself via messages, because he wanted to see the four in action. Oh, and he was also playing the Hunter's god too. And in a twist, the other two students, who were ''not'' in on this scheme, contacted the ''real'' gods to let them know what was going on... and they approved of it all, and made it possible for the students to send the four home at the end.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' Miss Hana does say something like this about the baby. With Blues Brothers-like DeusExMachina in the movie it does seem likely.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Neil Patrick Harris believes he's on one in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle''. Harold and Kumar aren't convinced.
* The Spaniards in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''. [[spoiler:They see the Fountain of Youth as a whole as a blasphemous insult, as only God could truly grant eternal life (and they had a point, considering [[PoweredByAForsakenChild how the Fountain worked]]), and seek to destroy it in His name]].
* ''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 ''Film/{{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 ''Film/{{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/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc'' is one of many movies concerning the life of Saint Joan of Arc, who believed she was on one.
* ''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 ''Film/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, Creator/HarveyKeitel's Charlie seeks his own redemption for his sins by looking after his friend Johnny Boy in ''Film/MeanStreets''.
* ''{{Film/Super}}'':

* 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 ''Literature/TheElenium'' 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]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' by Creator/TerryPratchett:
** ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' is repeatedly parodied in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', where the characters are "on a mission from Glod" (a dwarf), and they order "four whole fried rats and some coke"[[note]]an actual chunk of coal. Hey, a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] has to eat ''something''.[[/note]]
** 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.
** Used in ''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 [[UsefulNotes/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.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Typically there are the Knights of the Cross, three paladins who each bear a holy sword. In the hilt of their sword resides one of the Nails from the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Swords are named Amoraccius (the Sword of Love), Esperacchius (the Sword of Hope), and Fidelacchius (the Sword of Faith). Each bearer will occasionally get strange feelings and intuitions as to where they are needed to be and what may need to happen. One Knight drives from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest United States on this feeling, and, as is typical, ends up being in the right place at the right time to do some major work. The Knights do not have to serve until their death and may retire at anytime. There have been many Knights who find the right blade in a time of their need, do the mission, and set it down. It should also be noted being a devote Catholic isn't a requisite. Only one of the known knights is such a person. Others have included a flat-earth atheist (who received his Sword personally from an Archangel) and a Japanese man who became a Baptist after misinterpreting what "Meet the King" meant. He wanted to meet Elvis.
** After Harry Dresden [[spoiler:redeemed the shadow of a Fallen Angel to the point she would take a psychic bullet for him]] ArchangelUriel takes a key interest in Harry, appearing before him, and, while never one to issue orders, isn't above steering Harry to be where he can do the most good, but won't compromise Harry's Freewill to get this done. Harry, taking some issue with this, decides he should be paid and intends to send Uriel a bill, but Harry isn't so arrogant as to send Him the bill.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', Jean de Vrailly is convinced that he's communing with an angel who sends him on a mission to become the greatest knight in the world - and nab the throne of Alba in the process. [[spoiler:Little does he know that his "angel" is actually a dragon who's this world's Satan equivalent.]]
* Several characters in ''Literature/RoseOfTheProphet'' are this at various times for various reasons. The books depict a battle for control of the cosmos fought on three levels (mortals, immortals, and the deities themselves) and when the deities wish work done on the mortal or immortal plane they will entrust it to those of that plane.
** Quar sends Kaug on missions so consistently that it seems unlikely that the Efreet has time for much else. In addition to surprising the immortals of other deities, he actively supports and transports the mortal armies, waylays unwanted missionaries, collects information, and waits on some of Quars favored mortals.
** Shortly after the book starts Ahkran assigns two of his Djinn to unify the clans they are serving in marriage and to remain in the wilderness until the Rose of the Prophet blooms there.
** Auda is on a mission from his deity [[spoiler: to save him]] from the moment we first see him.
** Ariel ends up specifically assigned to keep Mathew alive.
** Sond, Pukah, and Ariel are sent on a mission to find the Lost Immortals
** Although Ahkran never explicitly states it, he definitely has an assignment for Khardan, Zorah, and Mathew for the final book and they understand it.
** Mathew in general gets a lot of assignments from deities, though he's most often unaware of them until the end. He's Prometheus's arm on another continent loaned to Akran to give his people another perspective and be a SpannerInTheWorks against Quar, he smuggles a very significant fishbowl for Zhakrin, is intended to be an arm for Astafas and ends up instrumental in rescuing another deity.

[[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.
* ''Series/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 ''Series/{{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. [[RageAgainstTheHeavens Mal's faith failed to survive the battle either.]]
* Paulo Odbelis, from the ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-eJSHoH9Fs Ultimate Fighting Match Preview]], believes that he is an instrument of God meant to spread His teachings through his fights.
* ''Series/HandOfGod'': Pernell believes he's on one to execute God's vengeance on sinners, with KD helping him.

* 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."

[[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.

[[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,[[note]]even the setting's equivalent of angels will admit when pressed that they themselves haven't ever actually seen or spoken with a god, but just assume they must exist,[[/note]] 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.

* In ''Theatre/SaintJoan'', Joan believes God has given her a mission to drive the English out of France.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many of the antagonists in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series go on the violent, rampaging sorts of missions.
** Particularly Claudia from ''VideoGame/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.
** The ''entire continent'' believes the player character is on one in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', regardless of how the character him/herself feels about it.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'''s ExcusePlot is this. The god you get it from depends on the role you play.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Aedra, who are the et'Ada ("original spirits") who sacrificed large portions of their divine power during the [[CreationMyth creation of Mundus]], the mortal plane, have been left significantly weakened compare to the Daedra (et'Ada who did not sacrifice during creation) and thus, prefer [[InMysteriousWays a lighter touch]] in dealing with mortal affairs. At most, they typically empower mortal agents to complete tasks on their behalf, and even then, they rarely directly instruct the mortal agent, preferring to guide them silently. Any acts of direct DivineIntervention are [[GodzillaThreshold typically reserved]] for dire circumstances, such as averting TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. To note prominent specific examples:
*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Knights of the Nine'' expansion, the Nine Divines empower "[[PlayerCharacter Pelinal Reborn]]" with blessings and artifacts which will allow for the defeat of [[BigBad Umaril the Unfeathered]] once and for all. The "Prophet" who starts Pelinal Reborn on this path is believed to be [[GodInHumanForm Talos]] incognito.
*** Throughout history, Akatosh (the [[DragonsAreDivine draconic]] God of Time and [[TopGod chief deity]] of the Divines pantheon]]) has empowered and sent those who are Dragonborn (mortals born with the immortal souls of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]) to serve as "[[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predators]]" to the dragons. The most impactful was his sending the "last Dragonborn" in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' just in time to foil [[BeastOfTheApocalypse Alduin]]'s taking over the world.
** The Daedra, despite maintaining their full divine power, have metaphysical restrictions (established by the Aedra) preventing them from manifesting at full power on Mundus outside of certain rare situations. Because of this, they too prefer to accomplish their goals on Mundus by employing mortal agents. Even the most malevolent of the Daedric Princes still typically reward these agents with artifacts and abilities of great power.
*** A notable example is St. Veloth, the legendary [[OurElvesAreBetter Chimer]] mystic who led his people [[DefectorFromDecadence away from the decadence]] of the Summerset Isles [[TheMigration to their new homeland]] in Morrowind. The "Good" Daedra (Azura, Boethia, and Mephala) sent him visions to influence him to reject the Aedra. Boethiah even "ate" the Aedric being Trinimac and [[HijackingCthulhu took his form]] to convince Veloth to lead the exodus.
* ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'':
-->'''The Batter''': I have a sacred mission to fulfill. I must purify the world.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', having a party member with an extremely high Faith stat can have them leave your party with one of the reasons being that they must go on a mission from God and your group simply doesn't share the same ideals.

* 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 ''{{Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/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]]''.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Optimus Primal in ''Franchise/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/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 soldier (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.]]
** In the next season, Korra's uncle, Unalaq, is a deeply-spiritual person, and justifies many of his actions with wanting to respect and please the spirits. However, [[spoiler:considering the spirit he's attempting to respect and please is [[GodOfEvil the spirit of darkness and chaos]], and his mission involves wiping out humankind as the world is overrun by dark spirits, this is ''not'' a good thing.]]

[[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.
* UsefulNotes/TheCrusades of course. The Pope tried to get the Normans off his doorstep and keep the UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire ('the Shield of Christendom') from being torn apart by its Sassanid + other enemies by declaring war on the non-believers. It worked...ish... for a while. Of course, the third Crusade ended inconclusively and then the Fourth Crusade got diverted into ''sacking Constantinople and toppling the Byzantine Empire'' (at the Venetians' behest). After that it was all downhill, though there were a further three Crusades after that. The most successful Crusades were the ones conducted in Europe, in the Reconquista, against the Baltic Pagans, and the notorious Albigensian Crusade against Catharism.
* Hong Xiuquan, a leader of the Taiping Rebellion in 19th Century China. He apparently suffered a nervous breakdown after failing the notoriously difficult Civil Service exams twice, and had a series of dreams/visions that convinced him that he was the brother of Jesus and was tasked with making China a Christian nation. He managed to take over a decent portion of southern China before his rebellion was quelled.