->"''You can do nothing but fall, and if you force my hand, die. But you cannot defeat me. My power is as great as my faith... and I have never believed more strongly in the righteousness of my cause!''"
-->-- '''Exodus''', ''ComicBook/XMen''

* This is a common AlternateUniverse for {{Super Hero}}es.
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' is a group of KnightTemplar superheroes.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** During the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' story arc, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s [[AntiHeroSubstitute fill-in]], ComicBook/{{Azrael}}, a.k.a. Jean-Paul Valley, was a member of the [[ChurchMilitant Order of St. Dumas]], a Templar-esque organization of assassins. The second part of ''Knightfall'', ''Knightquest'', tells the story of how Jean-Paul turned from Batman's LegacyCharacter into a Knight Templar.
** ComicBook/RasAlGhul was also this, along with his whole League of Assassins. He truly believes that he is purging evil from Gotham, and he's steadily going crazier due to the Lazarus Pit. That's a bad combination!
** Another Knight Templar, and a CanonImmigrant, was Lyle Bolton, a.k.a. Lock-Up, who, in [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]], was once the new Head of Security at Arkham Asylum, but whose methods were so harsh and extreme that everyone at the asylum was afraid of him, particularly Scarecrow. After being relieved of his post, he would go on to "arrest" those who he deemed to be at the root of Gotham's problems, including the mayor, Commissioner Gordon, reporter Summer Gleeson, and the chief doctor of Arkham before being stopped by Batman and Robin.
** Batman himself is depicted as being on the verge of becoming one many times, with Robin or Alfred usually talking him out of it.
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern''
** In the lore of the mythos, the Lanterns were preceded by a robot force known as the Manhunters. A perfect example of the trope, they are the "logical guardian machines removing free will".
** Sinestro got kicked out of the Green Lantern Corps for doing this. He had the most peaceful and orderly planet in the universe -- because he was ruling it with an iron fist.
** After ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', the Green Lantern Corps create a sort of internal security force called the Alpha Lanterns -- ''using Manhunter technology.'' This ends up biting them in the ass, eventually.
** After the events of ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', the Guardians themselves fell under this trope, creating the Third Army, who wiped out the free will of those they converted. [[TooDumbToLive And they used the power of The First Lantern to do this.]]
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'' became one of these during and after ''ComicBook/CivilWar''. This need not have happened; both sides were intended to have valid points, but the Editors failed to realise that some of the writers agreed with the Anti-Registration side, so they just [[StrawCharacter kept penning atrocity after atrocity.]] The main book had him (illegally) clone a god and set him on his former friends, resulting in the death of one. Moreover, the atrocities that didn't involve Iron Man, such as arresting ComicBook/CaptainAmerica for refusing to enforce something that isn't a law under the orders of someone who has no authority over him, also took place in the main book. It was a Knight Templar orgy from the beginning.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
** Judge Dredd himself is one of the best examples of this in the world of comics. In any given strip, there's a chance that Dredd may sentence witnesses or even the ''victim'' of a crime after they reported it to him. Notably, in the more emotional story "America", Bennett Beeny gives Dredd a witness statement [[spoiler:after he was shot ''through'' the throat by democratic terrorists]], and immediately after their conversation, the Judges are contemplating whether or not they should arrest Benny for a separate offense. [[spoiler:In that one particular instance, Dredd decides to let Beeny off the hook]].
** Judge Death takes this to its [[LogicalFallacies "logical"]] extreme: [[LogicalFallacies since all crimes are committed by the living, then life itself should be considered a crime]]. As his CatchPhrase goes, "The crime is life. The sentence is DEATH." Because of their missionary zeal and love of killing, the Dark Judges have a disturbing habit of calling their enemies "evildoers". Enemies as in the human Judges who try to stop the foursome from sadistically slaughtering the entire population of their city.
** The Democracy movement eventually resorted to acts of domestic terrorism in an attempt to oust the Judges. During the "Total War" arc, they used stolen nuclear devices to force the Judges to step down, blowing up the city one sector at a time until they cave.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': The Shakara Federation ruthlessly enforced their own sense of order and justice on the rest of the universe, becoming a mostly benevolent but still oppressive empire.
* Starr from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', a fusion of Templar attitude and Templar position and mission.
* SpiderMan has often fought a high-tech vigilante called Cardiac who targets people who commit evil and immoral acts, but find legal loopholes to ecape justice. And let's face it; a lot of people would take Cardiac's side here. His victims are [[AssholeVictim horrible men]] who rob people blind and cause innocents to suffer, but find ways to legally do it, always with selfish goals in mind. Even Spider-Man, who tries to stop him when he can, can't help but admire him a little sometimes.
** Another notable admirer of Cardiac is none other than Otto Octavius, who met the vigilante while going through something of a Templar phase himself as the ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan. Originally outraged when Cardiac stole one of his old inventions, Otto had a quick change of heart when he learned what Cardiac [[HealthcareMotivation planned to use it]] [[LittlestCancerPatient for]], and the team-up produced what was arguably Otto's most redeeming PetTheDog moment in the entire run.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''
** The {{Elseworld}} story ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' features a Kal-El who lands in Soviet Russia, is brought up as the son of Stalin, and encompasses the world in a prosperous but tightly controlled dictatorship, which deals with dissidents using robotic mind-control on the basis that, [[TechnicalPacifist hey, it's better than]] ''[[ThouShaltNotKill killing]]'' them! In the end, [[spoiler:ComicBook/LexLuthor defeats him by writing him a letter: "I'm distilling everything Superman hates and fears about himself into a '''''[[BoldInflation single sentence]].'''''" The contents of the letter: "Why don't you just put the whole WORLD in a BOTTLE, Superman?" Unusual for most Knight Templar characters, this works, and Superman breaks down and cries, realizing that he's no different from Brainiac, who shrunk down cities and put them in bottles -- the only thing Superman wasn't able to undo.]]
** In the regular Franchise/DCUniverse, the 90s incarnation of Superman's enemy Toyman is this way.
-->'''Prankster:''' Why do you do it, "Toyman"? Why do you hurt people?\\
'''Toyman:''' Because they deserve it.
** Interestingly, this Toyman was later revealed/retconned into being an android body double of the real deal, one of many (to explain away his constantly-changing appearance) whose misanthropy was the result of malfunctioning hardware. The real deal is repulsed by his double's WouldHurtAChild tendencies, though tellingly isn't repulsed enough to actually bother ''destroying'' it.
** Superboy-Prime gradually turns into a Knight Templar throughout ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', as Earth-Prime and its heroes were too amoral for him, albeit one of the decidedly hypocritical variety -- in his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of the Comicbook/TeenTitans, he memorably rants about how amoral and corrupt they are while ''literally ripping them limb from limb''.
** The Eradicator, during his early days, was this. When he first gained a humanoid form, he sought to turn Earth into Krypton by force. When he came back following ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', he sought to stop criminals his way, by flash frying them.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''
** Rorschach. His moral absolutism leads him to continue fighting crime even after superheroics have been outlawed, because evil must be punished, even if that means becoming a [[HeWhoFightsMonsters vigilante and effective serial killer]].
** [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt, a.k.a. Ozymandias]] as well.
* ''ComicBook/XMen''
** The X-Men have faced the Purifiers; a sect of Christian fundamentalists led by Reverend William Stryker. The Purifiers believe that mutants are the children of {{Satan}}, and they are fighting a holy war against them.
** HeelFaceRevolvingDoor aside, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. Full stop.
** Even more so Magneto's right-hand man [[Characters/XMenBrotherhoodOfMutants Exodus]], who gets bonus Templar points for being an ''actual'' knight templar during the [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades Third Crusade]].
** A lot of the [[MugglePower mutant-hating]] human villains, who quite sincerely fear that the super-human mutants seek to replace humanity as the planet's dominant species. (It probably doesn't help that various mutant supervillains seem dead set on [[BewareTheSuperman proving them right]].) Some of them will go to [[FinalSolution extreme lengths]] to make the world safe for humanity. One good example is the semi-obscure villain Stephen Lang, who will calmly and seriously tell a young mutant girl to her face that he's sorry, but she has to die.
--->'''ComicBook/JeanGrey:''' [[JustFollowingOrders Following orders]], [[LampShaded huh]]?\\
'''Dr. Lang:''' If you like. You -- mutantkind -- are the enemy. [[NoSympathy I'm to find a way to destroy you]].
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** At one point, the Autobots in the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' [[ComicBook/TheTransformers comic]] became like this when Grimlock became leader after one of Optimus Prime's numerous {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s.
** The Autobots also did this during the Nova Prime administration in the latest series of comics.
** Megatron in the [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW IDW comic]] adaptations of ''Generation One'' started out as this. A former gladiator[=/=]miner who got pissed at the corruption of the Autobot High Council, he gathered an army of mechs with familiar thoughts toward them and started a typical working-class revolution. However, as the revolution went, he and his army became more and more bloodthirsty and greedy and resorted to more violent methods in the war, and by the time when they finally invaded Earth, none of the original goals of the Decepticons existed. Except for, perhaps, Megatron himself. In one of the most recent comics, he is quoted as saying a rather inspirational passage -- [[spoiler:"When the word 'Weapon' is emptied of meaning, when the purpose of a weapon is impossible to grasp, when the rejection of my weapon is of significance to no-one other than myself, only then shall I remove it from my arm"]] -- Kinda awesome.
* ''ComicBook/MarshalLaw'' is one, and he knows people think of him as one. And he agrees with those people. As he himself says:
-->""A lot of people say I'm a uniformed thug, [[DiscussedTrope no better than the scum I hunt down...]]a fascist cop...a glorified Nazi...[[OverlyLongGag a legalized vigilante, handing out his own highly suspect street "justice"... someone with a pathological hatred of superheroes, reveling at the chance to beat the hell out of them.]] That sounds fair. [[ICanLiveWithThat I can live with that.]]"
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' has several examples:
** The Decepticon Justice Division are absolutely devoted to the Decepticon cause; they name themselves after the first five conquered cities, and their leader, Tarn, even quotes Megatron's inspirational lines. Their job is to kill Decepticons who are disloyal, cowardly, or disagrees with their goal. This eventually even comes to include ''Megatron himself'', after his renouncing of Decepticonism and defection to the Autobots following the events of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron''. Though when Tarn first learns of this, he briefly suffers from a VillainousBreakdown and [[DeathSeeker attempt suicide]], but the DJD's newest member, Nickel, restores his faith in the Decepticon cause and causes him to believe that the ideals they stand for are bigger than anyone, even the one who thought them up to begin with.
** Star Saber is a known religious nut who once proposed destroying all non-believers. With RobotReligion getting a big showing here, [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists]] think he's mental and kicked him out of their group. Now he works for the next example in the series...
** Chief Justice Tyrest. He started as an atheist, and he helped to make a new breed of Transformer through a process called Cold Construction. He served the committees well, and later became a judge known throughout the universe for his unyielding fairness. When sentencing war criminals, he realized that all of them were cold constructs (which Ultra Magnus dismissed as a coincidence), and exiled himself. He began [[SelfHarm drilling holes in himself to alleviate the guilt]]... and then he drilled a hole in his brain. [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Suddenly he could hear the voice of God and all the chosen in his head telling him to remove the sinful breed of Cold Constructs from existence.]] With this goal in mind he created a device to kill all those he helped to create, and recycled their parts into his army of drones.
** [[spoiler:Getaway]] was gradually revealed as this. [[spoiler: A member of the Diplomatic Corps.]] He would perform odd-jobs for the Autobot's resident manipulator Prowl. [[spoiler:Getaway]] made a lot of friends with his easy charm, but beneath that friendly exterior is a violent fanaticism. The Autobot cause is noble and just, and when Megatron makes a HeelFaceTurn, that's when he takes matters into his own hands. From trying to get the naive Tailgate killed by Megatron to prompt an execution, to ultimately [[spoiler:unleashing a months long gambit to have Megatron and anyone willing to give him a second chance, sentenced to death at the hands of the DJD]]. After all the civilizations he ruined, Megatron is the enemy and anyone who sides with him can burn with him.
* In ''ComicBook/EastOfWest'' this trope is pleasantly avoided by the Ranger who seizes power, kills off the criminal and the corrupted and promptly relinquishes power and retires.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', the Ultimate version of [[spoiler:the Psycho Man mind controls a world to feel happy and content, while the Ultimate Silver Surfer argues that they are merely happy slaves]]. Also, Dr. Doom is always working on creating his "utopia", even if it means destroying the world as we know it. Hey, it's for a good cause.
* In the indie graphic novel ''ComicBook/{{Artesia}}'', there are the Templars of Agall. These guys worship a patriarchal New God, calling those still dedicated to the matriarchal Old Goddesses heretics. It's their Islik-given duty to protect His church and slay those that oppose them. They have no respect for powerful women like the main character, and in their eyes, any woman who even seems to be dabbling in magic or herbalism deserves to be burned as a witch. Not very nice guys. And they happen to be pretty {{Badass}}.
* Baron Zemo became one after his so-called reform in ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''. Zemo crafts elaborate plans to take over the world which he claims are actually to save it. Problem of course being they all still look and sound like an EvilPlan. This runs the mile of stealing power from nations he feels too stupid to wield them, making a machine to easily destroy all nuclear weapons, and lastly to instill himself with [[AGodAmI godlike powers]] to change the world for the better. This last one blows up in his face when his teammate betrays him in revenge and just plain not trusting him to actually mean the "for the better" part.
* Shadow in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' becomes one in the "X Years Later" storylines. First, once Sonic leaves the timeline, he conquers Mobius and implements a totalitarian regime. He's eventually overthrown and put in stasis by Sonic, but then went FromBadToWorse: five years after being put in stasis, Shadow is freed by his loyalists. Understandably pissed at what happened, he proceeds to release [[spoiler: Tikhaos]] in order to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy Mobius]], so that he can rebuild society afterwards. When [[TheDragon Lien-Da]] protests, he simply [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kills her]], sics [[spoiler: Tikhaos]] on the planet, and teleports away.
* Deadlock and the order of the Knights Martial in the ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' comics are specifically stated to be inspired by the tradition of the Knights Templar.
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. The premise being "what if Franchise/TheDCU experienced a metahuman population explosion, and they became Knight Templars [[NinetiesAntiHero Nineties Anti-Heroes]] with no regard for collateral damage or civilian casualties, thus forcing the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] heroes out of retirement to set them straight?" Most notable of them is Magog. He ends up repenting though.
* The eponymous Wanderer from ''ComicBook/JustAPilgrim''. If you're a raider and you meet up with him, you'd be better off just shooting yourself - there's less talking involved.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': Jei-San's goal is to eliminate the evil in the world, but [[HumansAreFlawed there's just so darn much of it...]]Fortunately he doesn't seem to have a hair-trigger and can walk through town uneventfully, [[AxCrazy but when it's pressed...]][[spoiler:There's also the fact that he/it was born from "evil gods" which makes his definition of "evil" highly suspect.]]
* ComicBook/{{Foolkiller}} from Creator/SteveGerber's ''ComicBook/ManThing'' believes that he's on Earth to punish fools for being insufficiently godly. At least the first one did. The problem is, a ''lot'' of people have held this identity since then, and while all of them targeted "fools" the definition of that term tended to be different for each of them.
* ComicBook/TheSpectre sometimes goes this route, especially [[DependingOnTheWriter when he's portrayed]] as a completely inhuman creature that happens to use a human body as its host. He once considered annihilating New York to avenge the death of a single innocent man. DisproportionateRetribution doesn't even begin to describe The Spectre.
* Captain Rochnan, the commander of the Vatican's Warrior Monks, in ''ComicBook/LeScorpion''.
* ComicBook/ThePunisher, Frank Castle, is one of the deadliest {{Vigilante M|an}}en in the entire Franchise/MarvelUniverse, with a body count that rivals most of Marvel's villains. His watchword is PayEvilUntoEvil, and when he's on one of his many vengeance sprees, the question is not "how far will he go?", but "how fast will he get there?"
* Reverse-Flash II/Zoom/Hunter Zolomon, the EvilCounterpart to [[TheFlash Wally West]], believes he is improving the abilities of various heroes, especially Wally, by making them experience tragedy.
* Pictured in the main page, Imperius from ''ComicBook/TheInfinite''.
* Crux from ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws''. Obsessed with killing aliens? Check. Willing to go to extreme lengths to do it? Check. Honestly thinks he's the good guy, and people should praise and more over side with what he does? Check. He's so much so that he's literally perplexed when Arsenal attacks him to defend Starfire.
* Security Chief Parahexavoctal in ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' will do ''anything'' to enforce his version of keeping the peace, including opening entire embassies to the vacuum of space.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' had the Pale Horseman, a vengeful spirit who was manifested by extradimensional energy that was attracted to the populace's DarkerAndEdgier mood. He targeted all evildoers in his quest, incinerating hardened killers and jaywalkers equally.
* The Jedi Covenant in ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Their purpose is to look into the future in an attempt to prevent the Sith from returning. So when they see an enemy wearing the same envirosuit their apprentices use, naturally the only thing to do is murder them all! Lucien illustrates it best when he tells TheHero Zayne that a Jedi ''must'' be willing to kill innocents ForTheGreaterGood.
* The Five Mages in ''ComicBook/{{Birthright}}''. They are a group of magic users devoted to fight against [[EvilOverlord God-King Lore]], a demonic tyrant that covered their world [[AnotherDimension Terrenos]] in darkness. However, they abandoned the world after the fighting dragged out for too long and concluding that the struggle was lost, they moved on to Earth, took up human identities and had set up a barrier between both worlds to prevent Lore from invading Earth and doing the same thing he did to their world. They are absolutely zealous in preserving the barrier and they will use any measure available to stop Lore's agent on Earth such as threatening their innocent loved ones, summoning cleansing spirits with the propensity to cause collateral damage and butchering a group of police officers that were working with them just so that their murders can be pined on Lore's agent and turn them into national-level terrorists.
* {{ComicBook/Crimson}}:
** Appropriately enough, UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar are an organization devoted to destroying all monsters, regardless if they are good or evil. They capture TheChosenOne fated to save the world, and subject him to torture for being a vampire before trying to execute him. Their elite members, the Order of the Dragon, are somehow even '''worse''' because they hunt ''angels'' along with monsters, harvesting their body parts, turning it into drugs to enhance themselves in combat. Their logic is that the Heaven has sent angels to help them fight darklings, so its their reward to use them as any way they see fit.
** Not that the angels themselves are any better. Specifically, the Angelic Host composed of six Archangels visit mortals during Christmas to dispense judgment on them, punishing [[AllCrimesAreEqual an AIDS victim the same way as a mother who allowed her daughter to die in the cold]]. They nearly execute the main protagonist for being a vampire too if it wasn't for the timely arrival of {{Satan}}, who voted to spare him. Its quite telling how much of an assholes the angels are that the freakin' Devil looks nice in comparison.
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