Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (Typically defined as the continents of UsefulNotes/NorthAmerica and UsefulNotes/{{Europe}}, though UsefulNotes/SouthAmerica and UsefulNotes/{{Oceania}} can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it is not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who is "Western" and who is not. Several countries in the Americas, particular in UsefulNotes/TheCaribbean, have notable West African and Indian influences due to most inhabitants of those countries being descendants of African slaves and Indian laborers brought there by European colonists, and several countries in Southern Europe like Albania, Bosnia and Spain also have notable Islamic influences in their cultures due to the Moors, Ottoman Empire and the region's close proximity to North Africa and the Middle East). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus terrorists from those countries could be considered either Western or Eastern, depending on what part of the country they are from and/or whether you consider them European or Asian.

Generally, a "Western terrorist" is a terrorist fighting for something that has been an issue in the West for a long time - an ideological offshoot, for better or worse, of the legacies of the European feudal system, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, or the scientific revolution launched in the seventeenth century, like anarchism, communism, Christian religion, environmentalism, nationalism, or racism, as opposed to an issue most strongly associated with another culture (like non-Christian religion, which of course raises the fascinating question of whether to classify [[StereotypeFlip Israeli terrorists]] as Middle Eastern or Western. Same with South African terrorists, which could be classified as either African or Western). Bear in mind that an apparently non-Western terrorist group may be secretly led by Western terrorists acting as TheManBehindTheMan. For example, this would be the case if an apparent Islamic terrorist group turned out to be part of a secret neo-Nazi plot to provoke World War III (unlikely, yes, but stranger things have happened).

{{Creators}} may opt to draw from RealLife terrorism cases, from Anders Breivik to the Oklahoma City bombers Timothy [=McVeigh=] and Terry Nichols, to the [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles long-running intercommunal strife in Northern Ireland]], instead of the arguably more topical example of [[UsefulNotes/WarOnTerror Middle Eastern terrorists]]. They may find Western terrorism more interesting than its counterparts in the rest of the world, simply because it is much more multidimensional in scope. Additionally, using Western villains often seems like an easy way of skirting any racial or ethnic UnfortunateImplications (though many Middle Easterners ''are'' of Caucasian descent, or at least look it). However, there is also danger with this approach: if used in improbable contexts, or to replace non-Western terrorists in an adaptation or update, the use of Western terrorists can start to look like a cheap case of AcceptableTargets or PoliticallyCorrectHistory.

Some groups of Western Terrorists that have appeared in media and news are various AnimalWrongsGroup, whose actions have been dubbed [[EcoTerrorist eco-terrorism]]. There are also [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia groups]]. Other examples include extreme nationalists, racial supremacists, violent leftists, religious radicals and separatist movements. UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland is a notable example - a definitely European dispute, with white Christians involved in sectarian violence which included riots and violence. (On the other hand, the Irish Republican terrorist/resistance movement is definitely anti-colonialist, and anti-colonialism is usually thought to be a non-Western theme.) A similar notable example are the conflicts between Russians and Chechen separatists in the Russian republic of Chechnya. In recent years, there are those who commit terrorism in the West as lone wolves without being affiliated with known established terrorist organizations; often they are [[AxCrazy psychopathic]] [[TeensAreMonsters young people]] subscribing to some nihilistic ideology that makes sense only to them (Jared Loughner and James Holmes being two high-profile examples).

Another good source of Euro-villainy is the post-Soviet weaponmonger. This person may be a fascist, but usually they [[TerroristsWithoutACause serve no cause other than the creation of chaos]], a [[WarForFunAndProfit self-sustaining market]] for their endless supplies of nukes, viruses, and other deadly toys for [[FriendToPsychos their more ideologically minded customers to use on each other]]. In series where such black-market dealers and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s exist, they inevitably prove to be ''more'' dangerous than the Islamists/neo-Nazis/''revolucionistas''/etc. to whom they're selling weaponry. Newer ones however prefer to [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain reinstall the old Soviet Regime]] without the communist ideals and instead aim for a rule resembling more that of Ivan the Terrible.

This trope should not be confused with ''partisans'' - resistance groups who fight regular military forces (in other words, guerrillas). Unlike terrorists, partisans are perfectly legal under international law - if ''and only if'' they have a chain of command, some means of identification from a distance, and carry their weapons openly. Otherwise, they are unlawful combatants. Note, this doesn't prevent characters from calling their attacks ''terrorism'' despite their legal legitimacy. Partisans are covered here on Wiki/TVTropes as LaResistance. To be a true terrorist, one must both be ideologically motivated and engage in what is widely recognized as violent criminal behavior.

Partially TruthInTelevision, in the United States; you are seven times more likely to be killed by a homegrown political extremist than an Islamic fundamentalist. In fact, the most common form of American terrorism is by environmental extremists, though usually this doesn't harm anyone (since they avoid it).

For terrorism-related {{sister trope}}s, see AfricanTerrorists, FarEastAsianTerrorists, and MiddleEasternTerrorists. Some Western Terrorists are also TerroristsWithoutACause. Often overlaps with YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters, especially when the Western Terrorists are portrayed as Irish or white supremacist. See also WhiteGangBangers.



[[folder: Conspiracies]]
!!Includes Western TerroristsWithoutACause, and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s.

* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' deals with a lot of these groups. The most prominent was ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}, led by Cap's ArchEnemy, the [[ThoseWackyNazis Red Skull]], which was bent on tyrannical world domination. He also tangled with the likes of AIM (dedicated to establishing a global technocracy), ULTIMATUM (dedicated on establishing a world without national borders of any kind), and the Secret Empire (modern-day fascists revealed to be led by none other than [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/RichardNixon]] though this was later retconned).

* ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'': Part of the reason that no one was surprised at who the real villain was. Casting [[spoiler:Sean Bean]] made for a ''much'' more successful RedHerring; thanks to this trope, everyone already knew the Middle Eastern fellow was going to be innocent.
* In Creator/JohnWoo's second American HeroicBloodshed movie ''Film/FaceOff'', Castor Troy seems to fit this trope.
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', the villain Ra's al-Ghul, an Arab in the source material, is shown first to be East Asian, later revealed as [[spoiler: a decoy for a Caucasian]]. His ninja students, however, [[McNinja are pretty diverse]]. And in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the Joker (who, unlike other incarnations of the character, is a "normal" man in clown makeup, so his Caucasian skin tone is often visible) is repeatedly referred to as a terrorist, which is half-true. While he mostly does needlessly destructive things for his own amusement, he does have some ideas and beliefs (albeit ones spawned from a definitely psychotic, apolitical mind) about [[AnarchyIsChaos chaos and anarchy]]. Likewise, in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane (who comes off as something of a follower of French-style neo-Jacobinism) seems to be European, but born in India and his followers are diverse; and he was a light-skinned South American mestizo (or maybe even a Spaniard) in both his original comics incarnation (where he was motivated solely by a campaign of revenge against [[FreudianExcuse a "giant bat" that terrified him as a child]], a quest which led him straight to Batman) and in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. Lastly, [[spoiler: Talia al-Ghul is French, or at least partly French (and played by a French actress).]]
* The ''Franchise/DieHard'' series ([[spoiler:though in all the terrorists are actually thieves]]), with the villains being German in the first and third, and American in the other two (in the second, with the help of BananaRepublic dictator).
* ''Film/IronMan'':
** In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony Stark is imprisoned by the Ten Rings, Afghan terrorists hiding in caves inspired by Al Qaeda, but not explicitly Islamic or even entirely Middle Eastern (the Ten Rings actually has different cells of different races). It turns out that his capture was orchestrated by his white business partner Obadiah Stane, who later has the Afghan terrorists executed.
** In ''Film/IronMan3'', Ben Kingsley's "Mandarin" turns out to be a totally stoned British thespian named Trevor Slattery, playing an in-universe caricature. The real mastermind is Aldrich Killian, who wants to [[WarForFunAndProfit play both sides of the War on Terror from behind the scenes]] by disguising accidents involving former soldiers treated with Extremis as terrorist attacks, to coerce the government into using Extremis. To make things more confusing, ''Film/AllHailTheKing'' reveals there ''is'' a real Mandarin out there...but we're not likely to see him any time soon.
* The movie versions of ''Film/ResidentEvil'' has the Umbrella Corp. dedicated to causing a massive zombie epidemic for no particular reason.
* ''[[Film/TheNakedGun Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult]]''
** The Rocco Dylan gang are terrorists, but they are all Americans of northern European descent (except for Papshmir, a man of [[NonSpecificallyForeign vaguely Eurasian descent]], who serves as the liaison to their bosses) and do not appear to be particularly religious. They talk like characters from a 1940s FilmNoir story and are [[OnlyInItForTheMoney concerned first and foremost with making money]] - though their bosses, who are explicitly mentioned to be "Arab terrorists", want Dylan and his posse to detonate a nuclear device inside [[spoiler: the pavilion in Hollywood where the Academy Awards ceremony is being held]] for the purpose of "embarrassing the United States."
** There's also a humorous example at the beginning set in a train station (and inspired by ''Film/TheUntouchables'', believe it or not), where President UsefulNotes/BillClinton and Pope John Paul II get caught in a crossfire involving TheMafia, Islamic terrorists, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "deranged postal workers."]] It's obviously supposed to be a [[GambitPileup Thirty Xanatos Pileup]] - and anyway, it turns out to be [[AllJustADream just a nightmare]] that Frank Drebin soon wakes up from.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/TrueLies''. The film's antagonists from the get-go are the Crimson Jihad, a partly Islamic, partly anti-colonialist terrorist organization led by Salim Abu Aziz, the "Sand Spider." The Crimson Jihad threaten to detonate a nuclear bomb in Florida if their demands are not met. The terrorists are all of Middle Eastern or North African descent, but they've got an accomplice in the form of Juno Skinner, a female American millionaire art collector. While Skinner obviously has nonwhite ancestry[[note]]She is played by Tia Carrere, an actress of partly Chinese and Filipino descent.[[/note]], her features are not Semitic at all. And she's not a Muslim; indeed, her face is always visible and she [[ShowSomeLeg shows quite a bit of leg]] throughout the movie. Furthermore, when Schwarzenegger's Harry Tasker demands to know why Skinner is scheming against her own country, she assures him she doesn't care at all about the Crimson Jihad's cause; she's just [[OnlyInItForTheMoney in it because Aziz is paying her a lot of money]]. Skinner's role is to help the terrorists smuggle bombs into the U.S. by concealing them within hollowed-out ancient Persian reliefs that are (or were) part of her antiquities collection.
* The Foot Clan in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', are portrayed as gun-toting pro-American terrorists instead of being the [[FarEastAsianTerrorists Far East Asian Terrorist]] ninja cult from the original source.
* In a 1926 film from the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], ''Film/MissMend'', the bad guys are Americans who have organized a terrorist conspiracy to use biological and chemical weapons against Bolshevik Russia.
* In ''Film/TheRock'', the bad guys are a group of disgruntled American soldiers.
* The protagonist of Creator/MichelangeloAntonioni's ''Film/ZabriskiePoint'' is Mark (Mark Frechette) who along with a bunch of friends takes over a college building by force of arms and provokes a police confrontation in the seventies. Notably the actor Mark Frechette was a real-life radical who years after the film became an armed robber, was imprisoned for the crime, and died in prison in a freak accident.

* Though not the main villain, the very Middle Eastern character The Hassassin of ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' is replaced in the movie by a generic (though very creepy) Caucasian villain for hire in the movie version.
* Colin Forbes' novel "The Year Of The Golden Ape" alleges that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) is in fact a collection of mercenaries recruited from various swarthy-skinned nations by the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia as part of a plan for World Domination through manipulation of oil supplies; the plan is ultimately foiled when a plot to destroy San Francisco with a nuclear bomb aboard an oil tanker is foiled by the San Francisco Police Department SWAT Team, and the Saudi oil Minister is assassinated by MOSSAD.

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* The villains of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'s'' Day [[spoiler:2 were a conglomerate of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]] in the oil business, as well as a German arms dealer called Max, all of whom hired Peter Kingsley to give a nuclear device to Islamic terrorists and frame three Middle Eastern countries for the act so the United States could invade these countries and secure a steady supply of oil in the Caspian Sea.]]
** To quote [[ this handy article]], "But Bauer's ass-kicking takes place in a landscape straight out of the '70s, in which America's terrorist enemies are enabled by (in no particular order) [[spoiler:a cabal of businessmen hoping to foment a Middle Eastern war and benefit from skyrocketing oil prices; a group of hawkish Cabinet officials who plot to remove from office (or assassinate) their dovish superiors; a Nixonian chief executive who permits terrorist attacks on American soil as a pretext for U.S. military intervention in Central Asia; and an endless host of traitors inside America's antiterrorism outfit.]]"
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' used this trope (together with the Trek cliche of evil admirals) in "Homefront", in which a Changeling attack on Earth turns out to have been orchestrated by Admiral Leyton, the head of Starfleet Operations, as an excuse to tighten security for when the real attack inevitably comes. Sisko foils his plans -- learning in the process that there ''are'' Changeling infiltrators on Earth (but only 3), watching all this with amusement.
** While not human (although she is played by a Caucasian actor), Kira is an admitted former terrorist. As her acts of terrorism were against [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor]], [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters she was still a good guy]]. [[GreyAndGreyMorality At least as far as anyone on DS9 is a 'good guy'.]] Part of what kept her sympathetic as a character was that, while she still feel her terrorist actions were justified by the occupation, she never took any pleasure in killing and many of the more brutal attacks she carried out still haunt her.
* The TV-movie ''Meltdown''. Former US soldiers faking an attempt to blow up a nuclear power plant to make a statement. "Our terrorist is GI Joe."
* The unaired pilot for ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' gave Ted's radioactive power to an Arab terrorist character. This plotline was dropped for the actual pilot and given to Ted, a white American. One result is that connected events (the train derailment, some of Isaac's paintings) become disconnected and random, while in the original pilot, they were all connected by the terrorist story.
* Fan favorite [[TerroristsWithoutACause Sark]] from ''Series/{{Alias}}''
* A particularly {{Anvilicious}} episode of ''Series/WithoutATrace'' featured a precocious young boy who built a bomb to make a point that the country wasn't protected enough after his mother was killed in 9/11 (similar to one theory behind the anthrax letter guy's motivation). Additionally, the boy's only friend [[BreakTheCutie tortures him in his basement]] to make him reveal where he hid the bomb.
** The irony being that there was no bomb (the kid made the whole thing up, as kids are apt to do), but the torture session embittered him so much that afterward he built a real one.
* Kyle Hobbes in ''Series/{{V 2009}}''.
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'': The Patriots for a Free Society in the "Terror on Skis" episode seem to fit this trope. Their motivations seem to be muddled.
* For its first two seasons, ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'' revolves almost entirely around a conspiracy of epic proportions set in motion by a US-American terrorist group labelled "Sandstorm" more than twenty years prior to the events of the series. Their ultimate goal is [[spoiler:to expose and put an end to corruption and power abuse. While a noble goal per se, their plans to achieve it involve plunging the entire US into chaos, making large parts of it uninhabitable by detonating dirty bombs in major population centers, and replacing the current government with people of their choosing]]. Sandstorm's fighters are exceedingly well trained[[note]]they're led by an ex-Special Forces general and count a great many former elite soldiers among their numbers[[/note]], funded and equipped, they're fanatically devoted to their cause, and they'll stop at absolutely nothing to achieve their goals.

* It's difficult to confirm, but the narrators of the 1984 Music/IronMaiden song "2 Minutes to Midnight" appear to be this kind of terrorist; they sing "Kill for gain or shoot to maim / But we don't need a reason." The album art for this song portrays Eddie (the band's skull-faced mascot) as an Arab terrorist, which paradoxically both makes the possibility more likely and muddies it a great deal.

* ''VideoGame/EndWar'' has Russian forces disguising themselves as "The Forgotten Army", who "are" a band of soldiers from various nations misused by the US and Europe.
* The main antagonists in the LightGunGame ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis 4'' are at first presumed to be the European terrorist organization [[FunWithAcronyms W.O.L.F.]], or [[MeaningfulName Western Order Liberation Front]], but later the terrorists are revealed to be a group of disgruntled US soldiers called the Hamlin Battalion, but their reason for trying to destroy the US is unknown, other than the fact that the BigBad Gregory Barrows was given poor treatment in the military.
--> '''Captain Rush:''' [[PatrioticFervor "You took an oath of loyalty to your country!"]] \\
'''Jack Mathers:''' "That oath meant nuthin'!"
** In the fifth game, [[spoiler: [[RogueProtagonist Robert Baxter]] is revealed to be this.]]
* Like with the movie example, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'''s Umbrella Corporation, when they weren't screwing up on their own causing accidental biological disasters, tended to have rogue dissatisfied or just plain crazy researchers cause these problems. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil6 6]]'' have since seen Umbrella become "Neo-Umbrella", which isn't so much a revival of the multinational biotech corporation as much as it is a terrorist organization trying to destroy the world ForTheEvulz.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Leon is set against Los Illuminados, a Spanish cult who kidnapped the President's daughter Ashley Graham for ransom, but simultaneously plan to use her to commit bioterrorism with the goal of world domination. They also have an entire militia with the intention of an armed invasion of the United States, complete with battleships. Leon explicitly calls them terrorists at one point.
* The Nostra corporation in the reboot of ''VideoGame/SpyHunter''.
* Although [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Ouma]] from ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' is more of a [[FarEastAsianTerrorists Far East Asian Terrorist]] group, there is also a North American branch in ''[[VideoGame/ProjectXZone Project X Zone 2]]'' and Sheath is one of its members.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has FOXHOUND, a former US Special Operations unit whose main members include a British-American super soldier clone, a Native American shaman and heavy weapons specialist, a female Kurdish sniper, a Russian gunslinger and interrogator, a Russian psychic, and a Mexican master of disguise, and the Genome Soldier mooks are all Americans.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' has the Shadow Operatives, who wear gold masks and [[spoiler:are a Illuminati group posing as a extremist splinter faction of the Czech Augmented Rights Coalition, lead by Ukrainian war veteran Viktor Marchenko. They are being used to frame the ARC for terrorism and get the Human Restoration Act passed so that all augmented people are forced to move to Rabi'ah in Oman, which doesn't have the resources to handle that many people and will most likely get them all killed.]]
* The console version of ''VideoGame/RainbowSix 3'' had Venezuelan terrorists led by [[spoiler:Juan Crespo, who's plan was to start an oil crisis and use it as a power grab to become the president of Venezuela, and he would then cut off the US oil supply, selling the oil on the black market so he could rake in huge personal profit. A Saudi friend of his in the meantime would then start terrorist attacks against the US and frame the Saudis for it, allowing him to take over in Riyadh once the US steps in]].
* The ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series has the Rebel Army, led by General Donald Morden, a Canadian former Vice Admiral of the Regular Army who went insane and rogue as a result of his son being killed in a Central Park bombing caused by an intelligence failure.

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* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Snuke", a parody of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' where Cartman (playing the role of Jack Bauer) is convinced the new Muslim kid in school is a terrorist, and tips off the government. Turns out there ''is'' a terrorist plot going on in South Park, but it involves Russian mercenaries trying to distract the government with a nuclear device planted in Hillary Clinton's crotch while America's oldest enemies (the ''British'') stage a naval assault.
* In ''GIJoe'', COBRA was always referred to as a "terrorist" organization, even though it was closer in every way to James Bond's SPECTRE or Nick Fury's HYDRA than anything resembling modern terrorism (western or otherwise). The comic version of the franchise portrayed COBRA as tapping into the frustrations of lower to middle-class white Americans, even making Cobra Commander into a former used car salesman. COBRA also tended to use [[TownWithADarkSecret ordinary, all-American small towns named Springfield]] as secret headquarters.
* The Eco-Villains of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' are this. One, such as Looten Plunder, crossing over into the realm of WhiteCollarCrime. Three--Plunder, Greedly and Sly Sludge--are just rich, myopic pricks who only really care about money (though they occasionally make quips about loving to pollute.) and Dr. Blight was out-and-out insane and wanted to cash in on dangerous, experimental technology. Exceptions were Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem, both {{mutant}}s, and Zarm, a GodOfEvil. [[CrapsackWorld Verminous Skumm wants humanity to live in miserable and chaotic conditions]], [[ILoveNuclearPower Duke Nukem wants humanity to be mutated like himself]], and [[ForTheEvulz Zarm wants to destroy the world]].

[[folder:{{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s]]
!!Note, the trope does not cover all reactionary militias. Only those who conduct violent, illegal actions to further their ideology count as examples.

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* La Eden of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', a ultra-conservative political group within the AEU. They attempt to stop Celestial Being through random public attacks. One of the few groups in season one to be considered outright evil.

* The Big Bads in the sadly Vin Diesel-less ''Film/XXxStateOfTheUnion'' were of the right-wing military splinter ideology type.
* The villains of ''Film/ArlingtonRoad'' are implied to be this.
* The villains in ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' were fanatical far right-wing extremist.

* The villains in the book "Firestorm" were whites with a revolutionary war motif who wanted to rid the US of foreigners.

[[AC:Live-Action Tv]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' must deal with a [[RenegadeSplinterFaction radical faction]] of ''Military At Home ([=MAH=])'', a group of nationalists who wanted America to focus on internal affairs (fighting crime and illiteracy) instead of foreign affairs. Interestingly, the members of the group were rich, well-to-do people living in a gated community.

* The John Brown Army, headed by Emile Dufraisne, from ''Creator/TomClancy's VideoGame/SplinterCellDoubleAgent''.
* The NSF of ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' fame started out as those.
* The Anarchiste Libertaire Armee in ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterTheOmegaStrain''.
* Rudy Brewer, one of Max's neighbors back in Hoboken in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', stocked his apartment with what appears to be nothing but the ingredients for home-made fertilizer bombs. One interactive item in his apartment is a manifesto. His appearance and mannerisms imply that he's a Vietnam vet with PTSD.
* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'', there's the group behind the entire game's plot, [[spoiler:50 Blessings]]. Long story short, their goal was [[spoiler:to keep America "strong" by sabotaging any and all attempts at diplomacy with the Soviet Union, mostly by targeting Russian Mafia members in the United States that had reason to want better Soviet-American relations.]]

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* MECH from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', a military black ops group who are aware of the Autobots' presence on Earth and hate them, seeking to develop weapons to exterminate all Cybertronians on Earth.

[[folder:Racial Supremacists]]
!!Includes [[ThoseWackyNazis Neo-Nazis]] and white, ethnic, or [[FantasticRacism Anti-fantastic]] supremacists.

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' have Blue Cosmos, a radical anti-[[GattacaBabies Coordinator]] group with some serious funding and political backing. They're one of the factions that end up escalating the war into outright genocide.

* Most of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'''s terrorist enemies are Conspiracy-type organizations, but the Sons of the Serpent fit more into this category. Think [[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]] if he were a murderous and genuinely bigoted psychopath, and you have a good idea of what the organization stands for.
* Any comic by Creator/FrankMiller will inevitably have Nazi henchmen. Oddly enough, they rarely, if ever, make racist remarks. In fact, a Neo-Nazi in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is shown working for BigScaryBlackman Manute and alongside a dwarf with no trouble.

* The [[Film/TheSumOfAllFears film adaptation]] of Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'' replaced the Muslim terrorists of the novel with Neo-Nazis. According to the production staff, this was because shooting had actually wrapped on the film before 9/11, and, at the time, they felt the idea of a successful Muslim attack of that scale on the U.S. was far-fetched. It was apparently ''less'' farfetched to have the said Neo-Nazis be a bunch of wealthy businessmen, led by an Austrian billionaire, who hope to provoke a nuclear war between the USA and the Russian Federation in order to pave way for their takeover.
* In the film ''The Peacemaker'', a white Bosnian Serb tries to suicide bomb New York City with a backpack nuke.
* The Creator/NicolasCage movie ''Film/{{Next}}'' did this, with the bad guys being a group of apparently Francophone Europeans.
* In the UK, Channel 4 aired an original drama called ''Gas Attack'' about a Neo-Nazi organizing an anthrax attack on a council estate full of Kurdish asylum seekers (highly ironic, as Kurds are considered by most ethnographers to be "Aryans"), as part of the Neo-Nazis' plan to force the government to deport all immigrants, homosexuals and non-white British people from the country.
* The neo-Confederate survivalist faction in ''Film/BluesBrothers2000'' (obviously a counterpart to the Nazi faction in the original ''Blues Brothers'' movie) appear to be more anticommunist and anti-Jewish than racially supremacist. However, they do display a banner that reads: "White Power."

* Tom Clancy has quite a few examples, most of the ''Literature/NetForce'' series.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, the Death Eaters are essentially a terrorist organization. Their main goals are based on their [[ANaziByAnyOtherName very Nazi-esque]] FantasticRacism.
* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' has the Landwehr, a neo-Nazi group who emphasize Nietzschean philosophy and actually manage to take over much of the Midwest as [[FallenStatesOfAmerica the United States collapses]] due to decades of economic, demographic and cultural decay. They serve as an evil counterpart and foil to the protagonist faction, the Christian Marines, who are themselves a relatively more sympathetic take on the RightWingMilitiaFanatic concept.

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* In a ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off audio adventure, the villain (who desires to remove non-British from Britain) uses mind control to get people to blow themselves up shouting "THIS IS FOR MY PEOPLE!" Regardless of the nationality, he gets the press to cover it as a Muslim extremist (In the first instance, a Scot blew himself up, and was said on the news to be a Muslim student) or other non-British to cause riots and swell public support for his anti-foreigner agenda.
* A bunch of skinheads came damn close to assassinating the president in ''Series/TheWestWing''. Although they weren't actually trying to assassinate President Bartlett, but rather his bodyman, Charlie Young. Though technically they were trying to kill him for political reasons (he was black and was dating the president's white daughter).
* An episode of ''Series/CrossingJordan'' had a terrorist bombing committed by a Westerner upset that the U.S. was not "protecting against terrorism enough" and wanted to prove it.
** There's an element of RippedFromTheHeadlines to this: the [[ anthrax case]] shortly after 9/11 remains unsolved, but the only major suspect has been an American virologist who would have had similar motives.
* The Drazens, the employers of [[TheDragon Ira Gaines]] in ''Series/TwentyFour'''s Day 1, consisted of [[spoiler:Slobodan Milosevic's lieutenant Victor Drazen and his two sons]].
* In "The Big Explosion" episode of ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'', a white supremacist steals dynamite from a construction site and plans to use it to blow up an integrated elementary school during school hours. Sgt. Friday and Officer Gannon must use trickery to find the TNT.

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* Both WWE and TNA have featured some nonwhite (but still Western-inspired) racial supremacist gangs over the years, including Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination (Black, although there were some Latino and Anglo token members) and Mexican America (Chicano). Tatanka became something of a militant American Indian extremist (very) late in his career, although he acted alone and never spouted rhetoric against non-Indians (just ''for'' Indians).

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* Alamos 20,000 from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' is the umbrella organization that controls the Humanis Policlub, Human Nation, the Ministry of Mankind, the Free Human Brotherhood, and the Sapient Army, among other less-notable groups. Their first public act was to firebomb a church ''with napalm''. They also bombed the Sears Tower and blamed metahumans for it. They want to eliminate metahumanity and the Awakened and retake North America for white heterosexual Anglo-Saxon humanity. One of [=A20K=]'s Central Executive is a [[BoomerangBigot self-hating troll]].

* The Order in the first ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune'' game.
* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix 3: Raven Shield'' had neo-Nazis as bad guys.

[[folder:Western religious terrorists]]
!!Usually radical Christians, but converted Islamic terrorists of Western origin also qualify

* Joseph, who destroys the Machine in ''Film/{{Contact}}''.
* In ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}'', Steven Arthur Younger is a nuclear weapons expert and ex-military man who has converted to Islam and changed his named to Mohammed Yusuf Atta. He planted three nuclear bombs in three different US cities. The FBI and other agencies must get him to tell them where the bombs are - they achieve this by relying on a lot of JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
* Barry in ''Film/FourLions'', a radicalized white Muslim convert who spends the film trying to plan a suicide bombing with his group of friends.
* ''Film/JusticeLeague2017''. The hostage takers that Franchise/WonderWoman takes down in her BatmanColdOpen.
-->'''Black Clad Beta:''' ''(in Lasso of Truth)'' We're a small group of reactionary terrorists. We know that sin has brought on this plague of aliens.
-->Cut to '''Black Clad Alpha:''' ''(opening his suitcase to reveal an IncrediblyObviousBomb)'' This is Man's best hope. Down with the modern world, back to the Dark Ages and the safety of holy fear.

* Played with in Robert Zubrin's ''The Holy Land''. The terrorists are explicitly American, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything but given that they act out of religious fanaticism manipulated by greedy politicians, use student visas to infiltrate the Western Galactic Empire, and sabotage passenger spacecraft to kill huge numbers of innocent civilians]], the readers are probably meant to view them otherwise.
** Used in a more meta- way later on. Even though all of the terrorists are Americans, the Western Galactic Empire is afraid of accusations of discrimination, and its own (Western) people are accused of terrorism by government and media at least as often as the Americans are.
* The Western half of the two terrorist factions engaging in EvilVersusEvil in Literature/TheOregonFiles book ''Sacred Stone'' want to use a nuclear weapon to blow up Mecca and destroy Islam. It is a rather unique set-up of this, since the head of the organization is not stated to believe in the superiority of any one religion or race, he just [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge really]] ''[[DisproportionateRetribution really]]'' hates Islam and Muslims.
* The Republic of Gilead in ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' was founded by a Protestant theocratic group that assassinated the US President and the entire Congress in a FalseFlagOperation before establishing a repressive dictatorship.

[[AC:Live-Action Tv]]
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' dealt with two Western, non-Arab converts to Islam who decided to become suicide bombers. Which may in turn have been inspired by the RealLife case of John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban".
* Also a plot point in episodes of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' and ''Series/CriminalMinds'', where an Arab-born leader recruits Americans to carry out suicide missions.
* An ''Series/EleventhHour'' episode had a group attacking the Philadelphia transit system. In this case our bad guys are... ''Belgian''? Though in this case, they are Islamic converts after the pattern of Lindh, mentioned above.
* The Angelican Sons of Phineas from ''Series/{{Spooks}}''.
* Season [[spoiler: 2]] of ''Series/TwentyFour'' used this for an actual, solid twist. The sister of a woman marrying a Muslim boy she met at college in London starts to suspect that he may have ties to a terrorist group. [[spoiler: Turns out he's innocent; it's her sister the ''bride'' who's been converted and embraced radical Islam.]]
* Trying to figure out if a U.S. Marine captured in Afghanistan has been converted/brainwashed into one or not is at the center of ''Series/{{Homeland}}'''s plot.
* One ''Series/SilentWitness'' episode was based around the team hunting down an extremist Islamist terrorist who happened to be a white convert (British of Eastern European descent.)

[[AC:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Wyatt Family, while not explicitly Christian, seem to be some sort of strange quasi-Christian/neo-Pagan/what the hell? hillbilly cult; one of them wears the mask of a sheep, a common motif in both Christianity and Judaism. Ironically, they are NotSoDifferent from a group they count among their bitterest enemies: The Shield, also a terrorist group, who are [[{{Hypocrite}} constantly ranting about being "the hounds of justice," even though they never do anything that is just]].

[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* Winternight from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' was a Norse apocalypse cult that tried to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt several times. Their last kick at the can contributed to Crash 2.0, which involved EMP bombs (to cripple the Matrix) and conventional nuclear weapons (to crack open major fault lines). Although the cult's leadership was all killed and most of their activities terminated with extreme prejudice, Winternight continues to taint people's views of Norse magical traditions.

[[folder:Left Wing Radical Terrorists]]
!!Typically Soviet-supported DirtyCommunists, but other Left-wing radicals are also possible

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* A bonus comic (''[[{{Pun}} Cross Fire]]'') in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' features a communist group (hinted to consist of former Soviet officials), having brutally attacked a Catholic meeting and stolen millions from the Vatican, trying to buy weapons in a Berlin hotel (presumably to continue their anticlerical campaign). They are [[ChurchMilitant dealt with efficiently]].

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* The DC Comics villainess Plastique started out as a violent Quebec separatist (likely inspired by the Front de libération du Québec) whose first story involved threatening to suicide bomb a newspaper.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica:''
** Milton Josh Elker worked himself ragged to provide a better life for his family and never stopped believing in the American Dream, but he unfortunately never got anywhere in life and died penniless. His son, Larry, became convinced that the "American Dream" was nothing but a falsehood propagated by the elite to keep the lower class in line, so he became Everyman, a vigilante who would exemplify the struggles of the common man, with his first act of business being the assassination of the "false idol" Captain America.
** U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. and its leader Flag-Smasher are self-styled "anti-nationalists" whose goal is a united world without borders and unhindered freedom of information, a dream which they will go to almost any extreme to achieve, with one of their more memorable exploits being the attempted destruction of numerous historic monuments in what was intended to be a symbolic strike against patriotism. The fourth and current Flag-Smasher introduces himself by shooting and blowing up a gala being held in honor of a controversial Republican senator while also having viruses attempt to deal with things like the No Fly List, America's electronic banking sanctions, and the [=NSA=].
** The Bombshells in ''[[ComicBook/NickSpencersCaptainAmerica Captain America: Sam Wilson]]'' are a group of radical leftist students who attempted to assassinate a conservative speaker because she was giving a guest lecture on the topic of border security in their campus. They embody many characteristics associated with "[[SoapboxSadie social justice warrior]]" archetype such as using words like "safe space", "trigger warning", "privilege" and so on.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher:''
** A crossover between ComicBook/SpiderMan and ComicBook/ThePunisher pitted the two against the People's Liberation Front, described as a left-wing terrorist group. The organization's exact goals were left vague, as the story mainly dealt with the Hitman, a prominent mercenary who they had hired to help them.
** ''Punisher: P.O.V.'' involved a pair of BombThrowingAnarchist [[NewAgeRetroHippie New-Age Retro Hippies]] who used clumsily-assembled homemade explosives to hold banks for ransom, blowing them up if their demands weren't met (and sometimes even when they were). While the duo claimed to be all about power to the people and bringing down The Man, it was clear that they were just a pair of lazy idiot stoners who never spent any of their ill-gotten gains on anything other than booze, drugs, and women.
** Mr. Payback from ''ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank'' was a self-declared champion of the underclass who decided to declare war on Wall Street and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, blowing and shooting them up with a reckless abandon that led the Punisher to kill him after it became obvious that Payback barely cared about collateral damage, at one point shrugging off the fact that his rampages had resulted in the deaths of at least four innocent people with what amounted to "they died for the greater good."

* ''Film/TheEnforcer'' pits Film/DirtyHarry against the fictional People's Revolutionary Strike Force, a Marxist terrorist cell ([[spoiler:that turns out to be a ploy for extorting ransom from people; "[[TerroristsWithoutACause they don't actually believe in any of that shit]]"]]) supposedly inspired by the real-life Symbionese Liberation Army.
* Implied in ''Film/RedEye'', where the villain's terrorist employers all speak Russian amongst each other.
* The German film ''Film/TheBaaderMeinhofComplex'' is about the Red Army Faction, a real-life far-left terrorist group that was active in Germany in the 1970s.

* ''Literature/JackRyan'':
** ''Literature/PatriotGames'' featured the fictional Ulster Liberation Army, a Marxist splinter faction of the Provisional IRA, who were assisted in the US by Alex Dobbins and his group of terrorists (who roughly resemble the Black Panthers in general purpose), and assist the ULA in an attack [[spoiler:on Ryan's house, where the Prince Charles {{Expy}} and his wife are visiting.]]
** ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'' features Marvin Russel, a member of the American Indian Movement, that assists the Arab terrorists in setting up for their attack in the US, [[spoiler:detonating a nuclear weapon at the Super Bowl. He wasn't aware of the plan, however, and was killed [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness when he was of no further use to the Arabs]].]]
*** Also the Arabs themselves, who're mentioned as members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (a left-wing radical group that operated in the 1970s and 1980s). And who are also helped by German terrorists from the Red Army Faction. The whole plot of the book is about the terrorists the Soviet Union used to support finding themselves cut adrift by TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, and reacting by trying to [[spoiler:destroy the Soviet-American detente.]]
** Other novels still mention or feature them, albeit not as the main heavies. In ''TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', it's mentioned that several SDI research scientists in Europe have ended up killed by "left-wing gangs," the implication being that they were acting as deniable executioners in hits ordered by the Kremlin. In ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger'', the real-life Colombian group M19 appears a couple of times - it's mentioned that TheCartel has thoroughly subverted it, and is able to use one of its shooters to kill [[spoiler:the visiting U.S. ambassador and FBI director]]. In ''Literature/RainbowSix'', various European left-wing terrorists serve as mooks - the main villains hire them to carry out several terrorist attacks in order to [[spoiler:cause a panic that they hope will cause authorities to hire one of their companies to provide security at the upcoming Olympics, where the company will be able to infect visitors from all over the world with a deadly pandemic]]. The main villains are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]], but are motivated by [[spoiler:environmentalist beliefs]], and as such, qualify as left-wing terrorists themselves. Finally, Clancy's portrayal of the IRA, throughout the series, tends to emphasize their left-wing radicalism rather than their Irish nationalism (with the less Marxist, more Catholic/nationalist members tending to be more reasonable). All in all, these are among the most common villains of the Jack Ryan universe, and also among the most loathsome. They tend to be detached ideologues with ZeroPercentApprovalRating among the people they're trying to "liberate," and tend to induce EvenEvilHasStandards among their Soviet handlers (who, at best, see them as expendable idiots, and at worst, consider it disgraceful for their government to work with them at all).

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of the U.S. version of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2008}}'' featured the 1970s student-radical group the Weathermen claiming responsibility for (fictional) bomb attacks on former colleagues of Gene Hunt. Though they were a real left-wing terrorist group, they never attacked New York police in this manner.
* The organization run by "General Ludd" in the episode of ''Series/TheBlacklist'' of the same name was a militant group trying to bring about the downfall of American capitalism.
* ''{{Series/Guerrilla}}'': The faction of British Black Panthers Jas and Marcus are with, plus the IRA and the German Marxist group they seek help from. Also a member of the Quebecois separatist/Marxist FLQ is introduced.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': In "Revolution", Nichols and Eames have to find a former member of the Bader-Meinhof Gang who has decided to reignite his ideological struggle on the streets of New York.

* The fictional Citizen's Liberation Order for a Democratic Society (CLODS) in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' magazine. The CLODS' leader, Field Marshall Arnold Marighella was named ''MAD'''s "Underground Revolutionary" of The Year.

* In the cancelled ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Patriots'', the antagonists were a terrorist group called "True Patriots", who judging by their methods and motivations are a militarized, fanatic version of Occupy Wall Street.

!!Also includes {{Animal Wrongs Group}}s who engage in terrorism. Generally thought to be on the Left, but usually not socialist or communist.

* A superpowered eco-terrorist group fought the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' a lot in the early days of their original series.
* This is the basic modus operandi of Ras al'Ghul and Poison Ivy in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Ras al'Ghul wants to wipe out the majority of the human race and eradicate most, if not all, human technology in order to let the world recover from the harms humanity has inflicted upon it, vowing he and his family will then rule over the "reborn" Earth as god-emperors and make a new Eden from it. Poison Ivy's entire character revolves around her vendetta against humans harming nature, swinging back and forth between committing "standard" eco-terrorist strikes against polluting corporations and the like and attempting to commit genocide on the entire human race, with occasional dabbling in things like feeding humans to {{Man Eating Plant}}s for her own sick pleasure.

* Subverted in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack.'' The three hot chicks claim to be from an extreme animal rights group and recruit Jay and Silent Bob to liberate an animal research facility, but the mission is really a cover for a jewel heist.

* The Phoenix group in ''Literature/RainbowSix'', along with CorruptCorporateExecutive John Brightling.
* An animal-rights activist group schemes against a genetic-engineering experiment involving a mouse at the climax of Zadie Smith's ''Literature/WhiteTeeth''. While they are hardly violent (they plan on disrupting the presentation by standing up and spewing eco-propaganda), they do end up inadvertently cooperating with a radical fundamentalist Islamic group (really a glorified street gang of South Asians and some Blacks with vague ties to Islam) who also do not want the mouse to be genetically upgraded, and are willing to commit murder to see this is so. Absurdly, these two would have been (again inadvertently) joined by a ''third'' radical group - a completely non-violent sect of Jehovah's Witnesses of West Indian descent - but they were unable to get into the pavilion where the presentation was being held, so instead they protest outside the building by loudly singing hymns.
* Woggle in ''Dead Famous'' by Creator/BenElton is a reality show contestant who's initially presented as merely an antisocial and very unhygienic hippy - until it's revealed that he was part of an AnimalWrongsGroup who were involved in terrorism, and has served time in jail for violently assaulting a teenage girl who got in his way during hunt sabotage. He also ends up [[spoiler:blowing up the house that the contestants were living in; but gets the time wrong, as he's been living in an underground tunnel for days with no way of telling the time, so the house is now empty and no one's hurt.]]
* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': The bomber is considered to be one by the FBI, as his profile does not match that of conventional terrorists.

* As an excuse to quit the SceneryCensor around Mariska Hargitay's pregnancy, an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' had Benson going undercover with eco-terrorists for an off-screen arc.
* An episode of the British medical drama ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' which would have begun with a Muslim carrying out a suicide bombing was rewritten so that the bombing was committed by [[AnimalWrongsGroup animal rights extremists]].
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Empty Planet" has an anti-technology bomber who believes that the world is going to be overtaken by robots if we don't do something about it. [[spoiler: Really, though, he was just trying to live out the plot of a novel because he (wrongly) believed the book's author was his mother and that somehow his crimes would serve to unite them.]]
* We're led to think an eco-terrorist group are the villains of ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'''s second season premiere, "One Wrong Move". Turns out to be a remnant of said group and the brainwashed daughter of two former members.
* A save-the-whales extremist tried to destroy a submarine on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', believing that naval sonar and other signaling was disrupting whales' migration and breeding.
** An environmental group is suspected of planting a bomb on an oil drilling platform. While they turn out to be eco-terrorists responsible for a number of arsons, they did not bomb the oil platform. The bombing could have resulted in a massive environmental disaster which is the last thing they want.
* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Surface Warfare" environmental activists sabotage naval exercises off the shores of Florida.

[[AC:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/MinimumSecurity'' has the main characters committing acts of eco-terrorism but it is treated in a heroic manner.

[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'', one of the minor Nova teams in the Player's Guide is Greenwar, which sits between here and AnimalWrongsGroup, since it's not shy in the slightest about using its nova members to commit acts of murder and MindRape.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'''s FUZZ activity might have an eco-terrorist attack (with said eco-terrorists attacking people and vehicles with [[KillItWithFire flamethrowers]]) as one of the events that the player has to take care of. Given [[PoliceBrutality the nature of FUZZ]], this can only go [[KillEmAll one way]]...
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has Team Plasma, based in the Pokéverse equivalent of New York City. The organization is hellbent on spreading the message that training Pokémon is wrong no matter what methods they have to use.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' features Team Flare, which is from the Pokémon version of France, and wants to destroy every Pokémon and all of humanity save for a select few in order to save the planet from resource exhaustion and recreate a more "beautiful" world.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Lana and Archer must defend a pipeline from an eco-terrorist plotting to blow it up.

[[folder:Multiple[=/=]Unique Cases]]
[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* The [[spoiler: three Titan Shifter [[TheMole spies]]]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' are definitely terrorists from a pseudo-Germanic nation, engaging in organized attacks to destabilize their enemy while [[spoiler: infiltrating the ranks of the military]]. However, the exact nature of their motivations and cause remain unknown other than the fact it went from a campaign of extermination to attempting to kidnap the LivingMacGuffin once they learned of his existence.

* The titular character of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', a {{Deconstruction}} of the BombThrowingAnarchist, qualifies. Whether he is simply an AntiHero, a WellIntentionedExtremist, or a villain is likely to depend to a large extent on the reader's political views (V expresses that he considers himself the Monster); WordOfGod indicates that this is intentional. However, given that, typical of Moore's BlackAndGreyMorality, he is the opposition to the openly fascist Norsefire régime, which crosses the MoralEventHorizon several times, he is likely to be viewed significantly more sympathetically than a large number of other examples on this list.

* ''Film/DayNightDayNight'' deliberately cuts out the section where the propaganda video is produced (we just see the preparation for it). The composition of the group is practically a lampshade-hanging: it contains not only whites (apparently of American origin), but blacks, asians, even a deaf terrorist with a sign-language interpreter! The initial backdrop for the video is a bunch of dudes with AK-47s mostly covered in black, somewhat like a niqab with only part of the face showing. That backdrop is switched for an even more generic black fist. The protagonist often speaks quietly (subtitles are necessary for viewing) addressed to "you", presumably God, but we get no information about the actual religious beliefs of any characters. No exposition or context is given in the film, the viewer is thrown into the deep end with characters who've already decided on a course of action and don't waste time discussing their motivation.
* The Fishes from ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'' are dedicated to ensuring England is open to immigrants, as opposed to the government's fascist but well-meaning policies. They have committed terrorist bombings in the past, but claim to have stopped after a bombing in Liverpool. It's left ambiguous whether they still bomb or if the government is framing them, though they are still willing to kill law-enforcement and even [[spoiler: assassinate their own leader in exchange for a more radical one]] to advance their goals. Would qualify for Left-Wing terrorists, however since the film takes place in a ChildlessDystopia it falls more into the Unique category.
* The Red Triangle Gang - the band of terrorist scum (one of whom resorts to the stereotypically Arab technique of strapping dynamite to his chest) working for The Penguin in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' - are an interesting case. Though on the surface they appear to be just a bunch of [[GangOfHats costumed psychopaths]], there are a number of clues in the film suggesting they just might be communists or communist sympathizers. Most obviously, there is their gang symbol (which some of them even have painted or tattooed on their faces), which strongly evokes the red triangle used by anti-fascist groups in Europe. [[note]] It was the insignia sewn into the jumpsuits of political (usually communist) prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps. [[/note]] But they also are never shown stealing anything, they ''love'' using mindless violence to cow bourgeois society into submission (a key belief of the more perverted incarnations of Marxism-Leninism), they dress as circus performers (a form of entertainment strongly identified with Russia), and the Penguin makes them live in the most spartan, anti-bourgeois settings possible (first a bitterly cold Arctic zoo exhibit, then an abandoned and nearly empty office building, and then the zoo exhibit again). And to top it all off, [[AllThereInTheScript in the movie's original script]] a character outright calls them [[CoolVersusAwesome "carny Bolsheviks."]] On the other hand, they ''do'' end up being used as pawns in a political scheme launched by a ''very'' capitalist millionaire department-store owner who has slowly gained influence over the Penguin; and the Penguin himself increasingly grows fond of the finer things of Gotham City life as he becomes complicit in the political scheme, wearing a fine suit and sipping champagne.
* RIFT from ''Film/{{Transcendence}}''. We're introduced to them organizing a country-wide attack on labs working on artificial intelligence, using means such as poisoned cakes, bombs, and Will getting shot by a poisoned bullet. They are an EvilLuddite group that believe that AIIsACrapshoot and are willing to commit wanton murder and mass destruction to prevent A.I. research from getting any results, and later to prevent Will Caster's VirtualGhost from helping mankind. [[spoiler: They even consider kicking the planet back to the middle ages technology-wise (regardless of how many people died because of this) as an acceptable sacrifice to destroy the Caster A.I. The movie ends without us finding out if they became a KarmaHoudini or not (although it was hinted that they wouldn't).]]

* The villains in some of the ''Literature/RogueWarrior'' books (Marcinko claims they are based on real life but one novel has Portland torn apart, so it's safely fictional) has ''ties'' to Muslim terrorists (allowing for a scene in which Dick Marcinko blows away Arabs) but completely unrelated goals. Red Cell and Task Force Blue were domestic traitors, SEAL Team Alpha was government insiders for the Chinese, Violence of Action was Neo-Nazis, Vengeance was the children of a soldier who died under Marcinko in Vietnam. Green Team was global terrorism with the BigBad an Islamist sympathizer, and Designation Gold was the Russian Mafiya and American traitors in a plot to boost the Russians in Israel and Syria.
* ''The Trigger'' by Creator/ArthurCClarke and Michael Kube-[=McDowell=] uses fictional examples of Conspiracy [=/=] Terrorists Without a Cause and Reactionary Militias, and an apparently real-life but rather obscure one, Los Macheteros (terrorists for Puerto Rican independence.) Wouldn't be so noticeable if Eastern and Middle Eastern terrorists weren't absent.
* Ernst von Salomon's ''It Cannot Be Stormed'', released in 1932, makes an early and unusual example. The peasant movement in the novel does not have its own political agenda, protesting against unjust taxes and economic exploitation instead of thinking to overthrow the government, although they seek support among political opposition, including the National Socialists and Communist party. Beside peaceful methods of resistance, like tax boycott, some members of the movement plant bombs in public buildings, but even then they make sure that the explosives are harmless to people. One of their demonstrations turns violent only after a policeman attacks one of the peasants carrying the movement's flag.
* Project Mayhem from ''Literature/FightClub'' is an anarchist group which [[spoiler: seeks to destroy the world's credit card companies to bring humanity back to the stone age.]]

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* The villains of most episodes of the short lived television show ''Threat Matrix'' were Western Terrorists.
* The Sci-Fi Channel Original Series ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' frequently used Western terrorists, including Swiss and Canadian terrorists.
* Various episodes of ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** The unnamed terrorist cell in the "Lo-Fi/Mayhem" two-parter is given no real background, with its members being of various races and ethnicities. It attempts to pull off an [[GambitRoulette overly complex plot]] to kill a single politician who has Secret Service protection, and may have been the US President or Vice President. However, all of the terrorists commit suicide to evade capture, and one says that since they don't fear death, they'll win in the end, thus implying they were Islamic extremists.
** In "Amplification" the assistant of an eccentric scientist (who had created a new, more powerful strain of anthrax) kills his mentor in an argument and plans to unleash the anthrax to show how unprepared America really would be in the face of a terrorist attack (though in actuality he was just a spiteful little man who wanted to take revenge on places where he was rejected, one of which was a military research facility).
* Several of the disruptive events of the Pattern, on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' would technically rank as state-sponsored terrorism against the United States ''by the alternate United States''.
* The IRA in ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''. This is an interesting example since, while the UK and US governments consider the IRA terrorists, they are usually depicted as LaResistance in American pop culture.
* By their own admission, the protagonists of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. Hunted by law enforcement as such, though their goal is to prevent the creation of Skynet, their means are still attacks on private and federal property, kidnapping, sabotage and even outright murder.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'':
** In first season episode "''Shadow''", a civilian contractor onboard an nuclear attack submarine (SSN) holds the sub ransom, through his lap top computer, with which he supposedly can activate charges or to have them explode automatically unless he stays online.
** Doubly subverted in "''Rogue''" where the Literature/RogueWarrior {{Expy}} and his men, not only captures a nuclear attack submarine (SSN), as per orders, but also takes it to sea and threatens to attack UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} unless a ransom is paid. Turns at that the end that the intentions were honorable: a wakeup call to make officials aware of the threats posed by terrorists such as UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden...
* The primary {{Arc Villain}}s in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'''s third season: Vigilance, a group violently opposed to [[BigBrotherIsWatching government surveillance]] that likes to dramatically quote the Founding Fathers. In one episode they end up in a MeleeATrois with the heroes and the government agency that commissioned The Machine to analyze illegal ELINT and identify threats to national security. Their arc comes to an end along with the season when [[spoiler:it is revealed that they were just pawns for the private intelligence company Decima; after Vigilance forces the government to shut down the program handling The Machine's terrorism intelligence, Decima stages a terrorist attack of its own and frames Vigilance for it, persuading the government to revive the program using Decima's own machine, Samaritan. Once it comes online, Decima executes a purge, killing all of the remnants of Vigilance left behind in the wake of their staged attack]].
* Over the course of the series, ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had episodes involving a number of these. They ran the gauntlet from radical anti-abortion bombers, a right-wing militia based out of the suburbs committing armored car robberies to fund their activities and one instance of a murder committed by a young white American-born man who wanted to become a radical Islamic terrorist. There was also an Islamic terrorist cell who ''pretended'' to be a white racist group as a means of killing a fellow Muslim who would have revealed their plans to commit an attack.
* A gang of these set off the plot in the series ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'', when they attempt to ransack a military depot and instead let loose some dormant aliens, who take over their bodies.

* Richard Thompson's song about terrorism, "Guns are the Tongues," seems to be about the IRA (he's said the organization is meant to be generic, but the checkpoint they blow up is in Glengary and there are other hints). Who the terrorists are, though, is really incidental - the point of the song is that there are other reasons besides ideological fervor one might become a terrorist (in this case, being seduced and rather mentally unbalanced to begin with) and that the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters freedom fighter/brutal terrorist line is really very subjective if it exists at all]].
** However, he does have a song sung from the perspective of a Muslim extremist suicide bomber, "Outside of the Inside".

[[AC:Newspaper Comics]]
* The ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' story "The Vampire of Malvescu" featured Europe's Fist, a terrorist group dedicated to striking back by committing a retaliatory act of terrorism for every act of Middle Eastern terrorism committed against Europe.
* The UK Daily Star comic strip version of "Judge Dredd story arc "Wierdies!" featured a neo-fascist group modelled on the English National Front, called the "Normal Fringe" (NF, geddit?) who hated people who had had radical surgery, altering their appearance; they were led by a Hitler lookalike called Adolf Soso, described as "a socially inadequate idiot who not only talks to, but actually loses arguments with, himself".

[[AC:Role-playing Games]]
* While the specific nationalities of the members of Danya's terrorists in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has so far remained unknown (though judging by the names, at least one is Swedish), most of the terrorists look distinctly Western and have Western names. So far we've only seen one Asian terrorist, a Vietnamese woman.
* The first ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' RP features homegrown terrorists who invade Pelvanida with the express goal of stealing some supplies to build an [[CoolGate Einstein-Rosen Bridge]].

* The ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'' series uses a Russian with a vendetta and various groups of Marxist/eco-terrorist groups out of Latin America and Mexico. Ironically, they're used by a bunch of Oil Corporations to take over the Earth. There also appear to be corporate security and Islamic terrorists among them, too.
* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'', most of the characters of the Brotherhood of Nod, a mysterious terrorist organization, are Westerners. Their only Middle Eastern character, Hassan, turns out to be a double agent working for the GDI, and is later defeated and executed by the Brotherhood. They combine Radical, Religious, and arguably Ecological terrorism.\\
The second and third give most of them Eastern European or Oriental names: Anton Slavik, Oxana Cristos, Killian Quatar, Ajay, Marcion, etc. The Eastern overtones are quite obvious in their peculiar brand of architecture (a sort of uber-modernist meld of Islamic and Orthodox Christian), their religious views, and the fact that they're most active in Eastern Europe (Kane has a thing for Sarajevo). By the third game calling them a terrorist group is a bit of a stretch, they're basically the legitimate government of the parts of the world the UN-backed GDI has abandoned.
* Cordis Die, Raul Menendez's terrorist organization from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' is rather difficult to classify. On the surface, they make themselves out to be a populist faction that seeks justice for the oppressed 99%, taking several cues from the Occupy Wall Street movement, but in reality, they serve simply as a means for their Nicaraguan narco-terrorist leader to take revenge on the West for the devastation of his country and the death of his sister. It has members all around the world, and they do indeed include insurgent groups in Yemen and Afghanistan, but the vast majority of their armed forces consist of Cuban mercenaries, who are, in turn, commanded by a white British guy.
* In ''VideoGame/RainbowSix Vegas'', the terrorists of that game consist largely of Americans, though led by a Mexican and Mexicans and other Latin-Americans are involved. The reason for their assault on UsefulNotes/LasVegas is a complete mystery. [[spoiler: At first. Later on, it is revealed their attack on Las Vegas is nothing more than a diversion to steal an experimental weapon from a hidden base located under a Hoover Dam expy. The terrorist leader is revealed to be a member of Rainbow, who is seeking revenge for perceived slights and trying to make a lot of money selling the weapon off.]]
* From ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'', EXALT is a terrorist organisation/conspiracy that has chosen to oppose your elite alien-hunting organisation, taking advantage of the alien invasion to steal secrets, weapons, and technology in order to fulfill their aim to conquer the world and bring it under their control. They are primarily European/American-looking terrorists dressed sharply with scarves obscuring their faces, and are armed with modern and advanced weapons comparable to what XCOM fields.
* [[spoiler:Cyrus Temple]] in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV''. The events of [[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird the previous game]] cause him to become disillusioned with the United States and he joins an anti-American terrorist group bent on launching a nuke at Washington, DC.
* Group 9 of Gallahad's Watch in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfSimCity''. [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Little is known about them]], beyond John Gallahad being the only thing standing between them and victory, [[BullyingADragon and they're about to piss him off.]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' have Team Snagem and Cipher, who are based in the Pokéverse equivalent of Arizona, steal Pokemon from their trainers, turn them into heartless killing machines that even attack trainers and plan to use them to TakeOverTheWorld.
* ''VideoGame/SplinterCellBlacklist'' has the Engineers, who are mentioned to be borderless and want to force the US to pull out of every country they are stationed in by attacking major US cities. While most of the higher-ups are Arabs, their leader is British, and the regular mercenaries include Americans, British, Mexicans and Russians.

* A Dutch fireworks safety campaign portrayed a stereotypical, ostensibly Islamist terrorist group who commit atrocities with the use of fireworks as explosives. Because of concerns over racism and offense, the campaign was re-branded to make the characters extremist Flemish separatists who now operate in Belgium where they can easily obtain illegal fireworks.