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- Michel from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch has been convinced that killing humans and turning the world into Mordor is a Mission From God. His actual purpose, planted by a Man Behind the Man, is far different.
- Kaitou Saint Tail was a Kaitou that righted wrongs against the devout by stealing back their stolen goods. It's heavily implied that she got her Magical Girl powers from God.
- Hellsing even has the phrase painted in the organization weaponry. ("We Are On A Mission From God!")
- Their Catholic counterpart Iscariot believes this as well.
- Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne is all about this. 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 Saint Seiya is in the name of some God.
- In Amakusa 1637, it looks like the six Time Travellers were Trapped in the Past 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 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt 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 The Big O was "cast in the name of God."
- Jei in Usagi Yojimbo thinks he's been chosen by the gods to free the world from evil; unfortunately, he and his gods have views on what is evil which do not mesh with 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."
- Wonder Woman is on a mission from her gods to bring Amazonian peace to the Patriarch's world.
- The post-Flashpoint Doctor Fate, Khalid Nassour, is charged by Egyptian goddess Bastet with preserving the maat, the cosmic order, and healing the world.
- Happens often in stories set in RPG worlds such as Dungeons & Dragons with active patron deities.
- The enemy Elf Ragnar from Power Rangers GPX believes his genocidal campaign is this. He's opposed by an atheist as Red Ranger, which makes him mad.
- Ashes of the Past: 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.
- Swinging Pendulum: 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 Cissnei's Path, a Final Fantasy VII 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 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 With Strings Attached:
- 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 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.
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- Neil Patrick Harris believes he's on one in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Harold and Kumar aren't convinced.
- The Spaniards in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
- The Blues Brothers 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 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 Cool Car performs stunts that should be outright impossible, and survives every possible pratfall and mishap right up until they don't need it anymore, 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 Plot Armor disappears, and they face the consequences for all the laws they broke in the course of the mission.
- The protagonist of The Book of Eli. ("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").
- The Boondock Saints 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!"
- 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. And then it gets weird when the kid and father, who think they are destroying demons, turn out to be right.
- In From Dusk Till Dawn, 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 "mean mother...hmmm hmm servant of God".
- An extreme example would be the So Bad, It's Good Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter. Jesus' second coming happens in part because God wants him to fight sunlight-immune vampires that prey on lesbians.
- Deconstructed in Kingdom of Heaven 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.
- The Messenger is one of many movies concerning the life of Saint Joan of Arc.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail 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 Oh, God! films, with John Denver and Louanne Sirota selected to be God's messengers.
- Ruth's father in 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 Season of the Witch.
- In Miss Nobody, Sarah Jane believes that St. George is guiding her exploits. Considering that she's a Serial Killer who 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, she certainly didn't have St. George's favor.
- Somewhat disillusioned by the Catholic Church, Harvey Keitel's Charlie seeks his own redemption for his sins by looking after his friend Johnny Boy in Mean Streets.
- The Stephen King novel 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, Under the Dome, Chef Bushey and 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 any means necessary. Of course, they are actually just stoned out of their minds on meth, but 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 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...sort of.
- Discworld by Terry Pratchett:
- The Blues Brothers is repeatedly parodied in Soul Music, where the characters are "on a mission from Glod" (a dwarf), and they order "four whole fried rats and some coke"note
- Done more literally with the Great God Om in Small Gods 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 Choose someone else...")
- Discworld looks at the whole Mission from God idea more seriously in Carpe Jugulum, 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 Monstrous Regiment, in which 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 FBI group of John Ringo's Special Circumstances 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 Lois McMaster Bujold's 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 The Dresden Files:
- 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 redeemed the shadow of a Fallen Angel to the point she would take a psychic bullet for him Archangel Uriel 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 The Traitor Son Cycle, 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. Little does he know that his "angel" is actually a dragon who's this world's Satan equivalent.
- Several characters in Rose of the Prophet 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 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 Spanner in the Works 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.
- Eli Stone is about a lawyer who gets messages from God through a brain aneurysm. In the form of musicals that involve whoever's around him at the moment.
- Joan of Arcadia is given a Mission from God (for real) in every episode.
- 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 Necro Non Sequitur caused by Sam's possession and subsequent loss of a Bad Luck Charm.
- Orphan Black: The conspiracy trying to kill the clones is made up on 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. Mal's faith failed to survive the battle either.
- Paulo Odbelis, from the Key & Peele sketch Ultimate Fighting Match Preview, believes that he is an instrument of God meant to spread His teachings through his fights.
- Hand of God: 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."
- Certain games, most notably Dungeons & Dragons, 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 The Dragon.
- Eberron, which mostly has non-interventionist deities,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...well, fundamentally because it was his...and so open war against the other nations was the only righteous course. The Succession Crisis 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 Exalted, more or less all the PCs are on a Mission From either a God, Omnicidal Maniac ghosts, Eldritch Abominations, or a giant robot who is also an Eldritch Abomination. Of course, they don't have to do what their patrons tell them (if they talk to them at all). They could just kill them.
- The hunters of Hunter: The Reckoning start their missions when the Messengers send them a direct message about the true state of the world and reveal the monsters lurking behind human guises.
- The protagonists of 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 Vampire: The Requiem believes that vampires are damned by God for a reason — to scare mortals from the path of sin and harrow them back to righteousness.
- Many of the antagonists in the Silent Hill series go on the violent, rampaging sorts of missions.
- Particularly Claudia from Silent Hill 3, who just can't seem to shut up about that wonderful God of hers.
- Age of Mythology 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, 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 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. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, 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.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword turns it into a bit more of a Mission For Goddess, since 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 Final Fantasy XIII are this trope in essence. That said, the l'Cie don't have much in terms of motivation for completing their Focus 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 Leliana of Dragon Age: Origins believes she's on one.
- The entire continent believes the player character is on one in Dragon Age: Inquisition, regardless of how the character him/herself feels about it.
- A couple different recruitable cohorts in Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir (Umoja, druid of Ubtao, and Soraevora Aeravand, favored soul of Angarradh) were ordered to help fight the Big Bad by their gods.
- Oracle of Tao, 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. Even the author doesn't know.
- In Star Control II, 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 Plot Coupon without any trouble.
- NetHack's Excuse Plot is this. The god you get it from depends on the role you play.
- In The Elder Scrolls series you often end up doing missions from the Daedric Princes. In most (though not all) cases you're free to ignore them with no consequences, but the rewards for completing them tend to be pretty good.
The Batter: I have a sacred mission to fulfill. I must purify the world.
- In Final Fantasy Tactics, 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 The Order of the Stick, Redcloak's actions are all based on a plan given to him by his patron deity, the Dark One.
- Then there's 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 Angel Eye from Rice Boy 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.
- Played With in Dubious Company. The temple elder shoos the heroes out, claiming they are now on a mission for Phred. He really just didn't want them sponging off the temple.
- Optimus Primal in Transformers: Beast Machines 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 The Simpsons 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 The Legend of Korra, 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. 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, considering the spirit he's attempting to respect and please is 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.
- 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 tried to get the Normans off his doorstep and keep the Byzantine Empire ('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.