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* ''Film/{{Agora}}'': The Parabolani are an Christian death squad devoted to kill heretics under the direction of their bishop Cyril of Alexandria. Ironically, they don't start the movie out this way being merely a brotherhood that performs charitable work like feeding the poor.

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* ''Film/{{Agora}}'': The Parabolani are an a Christian death squad devoted to kill heretics under the direction of their bishop Cyril of Alexandria. Ironically, they don't start the movie out this way being merely a brotherhood that performs charitable work like feeding the poor.

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* ''Film/{{Agora}}'': The Parabolani are an Christian death squad devoted to kill heretics under the direction of their bishop Cyril of Alexandria. Ironically, they don't start the movie out this way being merely a brotherhood that performs charitable work like feeding the poor.


* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' have the True Cross Order, a BadassArmy of Exorcists from multiple religions confronting demons and such. [[DeconstructedTrope However]], they also have FantasticRacism, at least one major member is a full-blooded demon (and a ManipulativeBastard with millennia of experience who sees and treats everyone as pawns despite nominally being "good"), and they tend to be [[KnightTemplar Knight Templars]] who started as '''[[ChildSoldier Child Soldiers]]'''. The fact they see the titular character, the resident AntiAntiChrist, as a threat might even ''make'' him a threat if they don't kill him first!

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* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' have the True Cross Order, a BadassArmy of Exorcists from multiple religions confronting demons and such. [[DeconstructedTrope However]], they also have FantasticRacism, at least one major member is a full-blooded demon (and a ManipulativeBastard with millennia of experience who sees and treats everyone as pawns despite nominally being "good"), and they tend to be [[KnightTemplar Knight Templars]] who started as '''[[ChildSoldier Child Soldiers]]'''.ChildSoldiers. The fact they see the titular character, the resident AntiAntiChrist, as a threat might even ''make'' him a threat if they don't kill him first!


* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the planet UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is an sphere of Paradise of soldiers who died for God and his Church, inhabited with a giant squadron of dead martyrs and crusaders who eternally sing God's praise in a perfect formation shaped like the cross. There, Dante meets his own ancestor Cacciaguida (who died in the Second Crusade) and other warriors of the faith like Charlemagne, Roland and Godfrey of Bouillon, as well as [[BadassIsraeli Judas Maccabeus]], who is a Jewish example.

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* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the planet UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is an sphere of Paradise of soldiers who died for God and his Church, inhabited with a giant squadron of dead martyrs and crusaders who eternally sing God's praise in a perfect formation shaped like the cross. There, Dante meets his own ancestor Cacciaguida (who died in the Second Crusade) and other warriors of the faith like Charlemagne, Roland and Godfrey of Bouillon, as well as [[BadassIsraeli Judas Maccabeus]], Maccabeus and Joshua]], who is a were Jewish example.examples of this trope.


* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the planet UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is an sphere of Paradise of soldiers who died for God and his Church, inhabited with a giant squadron of dead martyrs and crusaders who eternally sing God's praise in a perfect formation shaped like the cross. There, Dante meets his own ancestor Cacciaguida (who died in the Second Crusade) and other warriors of the faith like Joshua, Judas Maccabeus, Charlemagne, Roland, and Godfrey of Bouillon.

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* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the planet UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is an sphere of Paradise of soldiers who died for God and his Church, inhabited with a giant squadron of dead martyrs and crusaders who eternally sing God's praise in a perfect formation shaped like the cross. There, Dante meets his own ancestor Cacciaguida (who died in the Second Crusade) and other warriors of the faith like Joshua, Judas Maccabeus, Charlemagne, Roland, Roland and Godfrey of Bouillon.Bouillon, as well as [[BadassIsraeli Judas Maccabeus]], who is a Jewish example.


* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', there's an entire planet of soldiers who died for God and his Church. UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is inhabited with a giant squadron of dead martyrs and crusaders who eternally sing God's praise in a perfect formation shaped like the cross.

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* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', there's an entire the planet UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is an sphere of Paradise of soldiers who died for God and his Church. UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is Church, inhabited with a giant squadron of dead martyrs and crusaders who eternally sing God's praise in a perfect formation shaped like the cross.cross. There, Dante meets his own ancestor Cacciaguida (who died in the Second Crusade) and other warriors of the faith like Joshua, Judas Maccabeus, Charlemagne, Roland, and Godfrey of Bouillon.



* Ky Kiske in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGears'' was a former member of the Sacred Order of Holy Knights and veteran of the Holy War against the Gears. Even though the order is disbanded and he goes on to join the police force [[spoiler:and later become a king]], he is still a character largely defined by his religious devotion.

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* Ky Kiske in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGears'' ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' was a former member of the [[TheOrder Sacred Order of Holy Knights Knights]] and veteran of the Holy War against the Gears. Even though the order is disbanded and he goes on to join the police force [[spoiler:and later become a king]], he is still a character largely defined by his religious devotion.


* Marie D'Artois in VideoGame/{{Anno1404}} is ''very'' enthusiastic about leading the armies of the crusade, and she's damn good at it. This somewhat ironically makes her somewhat easier to manipulate, as she will do almost ''anything'' if adequately convinced it is what God wishes her to do: including destroy the homes of innocent people she's been lead to think are heathens.



* Anonym, a revolver-[[GunsAkimbo dual-wielding]] nun (whose stage is an empty cathedral in Hong Kong) in the ''doujin'' FightingGame ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf''. She works for the Vatican's ''Secret Club'', which opposes the heretic villains of the story.
* Marie D'Artois in VideoGame/{{Anno1404}} is ''very'' enthusiastic about leading the armies of the crusade, and she's damn good at it. This somewhat ironically makes her somewhat easier to manipulate, as she will do almost ''anything'' if adequately convinced it is what God wishes her to do: including destroy the homes of innocent people she's been lead to think are heathens.
* The Church of Elemia from ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', as evidenced by Cardinal Radolf's really nice spear. This is because [[spoiler:[[CorruptChurch Bishop Falss]] formed them with the intent to invade Platina.]]
* Elsa la Conti and Clarice di Lanza of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', a pair of nuns who work for the Western Europe Spirit Sector. Elsa has a large cross used similar to a tonfa, as well as a gun, a whip, holy water, and other weapons for dealing with demons, spirits and the like. Clarice...doesn't need any of that stuff because she herself is a demon.
* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' has the Guardian and Inhibitor bloodlines, which both are this in job description.
* TheGunslinger-turned-Reverend Ray [=McCall=] in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez''.



* The Protoss High Templars from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' qualify for this trope, since they're highly trained priests capable of summoning deadly thunderstorms out of thin air.
** The Protoss army. Their footsoldiers are called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin zealots]]. As in religious fanatics.
* The Ethos organization from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' bears certain resemblances to Catholicism, and seems to have at least their fair share of firearms.

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* The Protoss High Templars from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' qualify Likewise, in ''Sid Meier's VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'', certain AI personalities (Isabella of Spain, for this trope, since they're highly trained priests capable of summoning deadly thunderstorms out of thin air.
** The Protoss army. Their footsoldiers
example) are called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin zealots]]. As in religious fanatics.
zealots.
* The Ethos organization VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V: Gods and Kings has one religious belief called "holy warriors," which allows you to buy pre-industrial units with faith instead of gold or production. However, there is no gameplay of cosmetic differences between holy warriors or normal units.
* ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'':
** High-level Affinity units sometimes approach this
from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' bears certain resemblances to Catholicism, and seems to have at least the opposite direction -- while their fair share military pedigree is obvious, as they develop Affinities tend to go from strictly practical philosophies of firearms.development, to rigid and dogmatic ideologies, to the level of out-and-out religions. This is especially true of the Purity Affinity and its ultimate unit, the LEV Destroyer (a floating citadel/artillery unit that wouldn't look out of place on a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' battlefield). Individual Destroyers have "reliquaries" that hold items from Earth or the possessions of first-generation colonists, and bear names like "St. Germaine's Destroyer".
** Supremacy makes a decent stab at this via MachineWorship (specifically the idolization of post-human cybernetics). Of particular note is their affinity-specific victory, which involves sending military units back to [[EarthThatWas Earth]] to [[TranshumanTreachery "Emancipate" (read: conquer)]] the [[PunyEarthlings non-augmented humans]].



* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' has the Guardian and Inhibitor bloodlines, which both are this in job description.
* The Lord's Believers in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' are a faction of [[BeliefMakesYouStupid technophobic]] Church Militants. Their combat bonuses (from fanaticism!) keep them militarily competitive and, incidentally, make them scary fuckers if they manage to steal your weapons research. Which they will, because the same fanaticism makes them awesome spies (can't brainwash 'em, can't break 'em, and more than happy to die in the line of duty!). Or they just get Transcendence before anyone else and instantly win.
** Also the ''Cult of Planet'', who worship the planetary hive mind, and whose goal is to return Planet to its natural state...by any means necessary.
** The Lord's Believers are shown in Michael Ely's novel ''Twilight of the Mind'' in their single-minded war against the University of Planet and, later, Morgan Industries. Despite being technologically backward, their fanatics make great infiltrators, and they use terrorist tactics with brutal efficiency. They're also great at quickly adapting captured enemy equipment against said enemies. Ultimately, their alliance with the Human Hive results in [[spoiler:the complete obliteration of the Spartan Federation with a single [[FantasticNuke Singularity Planet Buster]], the retreat of all other leaders into a virtual world in an underground bunker, and a Planet-wide GaiasVengeance that, presumably, [[DownerEnding wipes out the rest of human civilization on Chiron]]]].
* Likewise, in ''Sid Meier's VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'', certain AI personalities (Isabella of Spain, for example) are religious zealots.

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* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' There are tons of examples in ''VideoGame/DarkAgeofCamelot,'' most notably the [[TheMedic Cleric]], [[KnightinShiningArmor Paladin]], and [[SimpleStaff Friar]] of the vaguely medieval Catholic church in Albion, and perhaps the best example in [[Myth/NorseMythology Midgard]], where even the 'wizard' classes use piety instead of intelligence to determine their spell strength, and each class has its own Norse patron deity (For example: Odin for Runemasters, Hel for Spiritmasters, Thor for Thanes, and Loki for Shadowblades).
* Party members in ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' who have a clerical background would be this. [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar are also powerful enemies in this game.]] During a random encounter, the local bishop may demand a special tithe for the right to travel his lands. Should the party refuse and attack, he will fight them along his retinue.
* In ''Franchise/DeadSpace'', by the time of [[VideoGame/DeadSpace3 the third game]], some [[ChurchOfHappyology Unitologists]] have taken up arms and are activating [[ArtifactOfDoom Markers]] everywhere they can.
* The Church of Zakarum from the ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' series
has the Guardian paladins, who were founded to protect the monks who were meant to spread the religion. For some reason, the kind, generous, armed knights were more inspiring to the populace than the monks. They faded from view once Zakarum fell under the influence of [[TheCorrupter Mephisto]] and Inhibitor bloodlines, which both are no longer put a lot of effort into converting people, only to make a comeback when the Prime Evils started attacking the mortal world, and Zakarum started converting again. This time, anyone inconvertible was deemed evil and killed. A small band, including any paladin player characters from ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', chose to go rogue, and directly confront the Prime Evils. They later discovered that the church they served was corrupt, and had to face several enemies that were themselves examples of this in job description.
* The Lord's Believers in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' are a faction
trope.
** An earlier offshoot
of [[BeliefMakesYouStupid technophobic]] the Church Militants. Their combat bonuses (from fanaticism!) keep them militarily competitive and, incidentally, of Zakarum, the Crusaders, make them scary fuckers if they manage to steal your weapons research. Which they will, because the same fanaticism makes them awesome spies (can't brainwash 'em, can't break 'em, and more than happy to die their return in the line of duty!). Or they just get Transcendence expansion to ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''. This order was originally formed two hundred years before anyone else the events of ''III'', when the corruption within the Church was noticed by a high-ranking church official. The Crusaders are tasked with finding and instantly win.
** Also
eradicating the ''Cult of Planet'', who worship corruption within the planetary hive mind, and whose goal is to return Planet to its natural state...by any means necessary.
** The Lord's Believers are shown in Michael Ely's novel ''Twilight
Church[[note]]Even though the cause of the Mind'' in their single-minded war against Church's corruption--the Prime Evil Mephisto--was slain by the University heroes of Planet and, later, Morgan Industries. Despite being technologically backward, their fanatics make great infiltrators, and ''Diablo II'', they use terrorist tactics with brutal efficiency. They're also great at quickly adapting captured enemy equipment against said enemies. Ultimately, their alliance with do not consider the Human Hive results in [[spoiler:the complete obliteration quest ended.[[/note]]. The Crusaders had disappeared into the far eastern parts of the Spartan Federation with a single [[FantasticNuke Singularity Planet Buster]], the retreat of all other leaders into a virtual world in an underground bunker, and a Planet-wide GaiasVengeance that, presumably, [[DownerEnding wipes out were initially thought lost for good, but their crusade--passed on from mentor to novice through the rest of human civilization on Chiron]]]].
* Likewise, in ''Sid Meier's VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'', certain AI personalities (Isabella of Spain, for example) are religious zealots.
generations--eventually led them back into the western world.



* TheGunslinger-turned-Reverend Ray [=McCall=] in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez''.

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* TheGunslinger-turned-Reverend Ray [=McCall=] ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'': Chen.
** "You can learn faith at the end of a sword."
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** The Templar Order exists to carry out the Chantry's (church's) will using military might. They're trained to be skilled at fighting mages,
in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez''.order to ensure that all mages in the chantry's territory (they intend to become the main religion of the world) are aligned with the chantry. By ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the Chantry has completely lost control of the Templars, as they break away feeling that their efforts haven't been greatly appreciated and that the Chantry isn't being militant enough in the current CivilWar against the mages.
** The Seekers of Truth, who answer solely to the Divine herself. They primary serve as a check and a balance to the Templar Order, working to [[InternalAffairs investigate]] any signs of corruption or dissent within its ranks. Other Seekers work to protect the Chantry from threats, both external ''and'' internal.
** On a character level, Leliana. While not an ordained member of the Chantry (she never got around to her vows), she's very open about her faith. Her skills were also learned in her life prior to finding religion, but she's not above using them in what she believes is a divinely directed mission to aid the Warden.
** Following in a similar vein, Prince Sebastian Vael in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', an ordained brother in the Chantry who takes his faith very seriously. While he's mostly pacifistic, he's not above lending his bow to help curb the more criminal elements present in Kirkwall, as well as deal with rogue Mages. He slips towards the more militant side after [[spoiler: Anders blows up the Chantry and kills the Grand Cleric. If Hawke does not execute Anders, Sebastian openly declares his intention to head to Starkaven and raise an army, then return and raze Kirkwall ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge to the ground]]''.]]
** The Qunari [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions have no deities]], but their philosophical leaders have an arm devoted to enforcing the Qun in their territory. This group is known as the Ben-Hassrath, and are considered priests rather than soldiers.
** Subverted with the Inquisition from the the third game. They were initially meant to be this as Divine Justinia was looking to assemble them to bring the warring Templars and Mages back to heel. The Breach halted these plans since it killed everyone in the gathering and the Inquisition was reborn separated from the Chantry whose purpose is to seal the Breach, find the ones responsible for opening it and restoring order to the continent. They have some religious members (including the Inquisitor if they so much choose) but the order is very secular in nature, incorporating many anti-Chantry ideals.
** The Blades of Hessarian in ''Inquisition'' are an minor example. They were an Andrastian cult that follows the example of Hessarian, the Archon of Tevinter that converted to the Chant after regretting killing Andraste and regards themselves as instruments of her wrath against the corrupt. They are initially enemies found in the Storm Coast, but under the right circumstances, they can be recruited to the Inquisition and declare their complete loyalty to the Herald of Andraste.
* The Apostles in ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' serve as elite enforcers of the theocratic [[TheEmpire Azadi Empire]]. According to one of them (who is also a playable character), they are "missionaries," "the last resort" to "bring the Word of the Goddess to unbelievers."
* The priest class of ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' is supposed to be a support class, albeit a support class that's NOT a [[SquishyWizard frail caster]] that needs to run away when danger approaches. Those bulging muscles and that oversized weapon he carries on his back isn't just for show.



* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' (''[[{{Macekre}} Devil Kings]]'' to the western gamers) one of the characters is a missionary named Xavi (Q-Ball in Devil Kings), a LoveFreak who dual-wields handcannons based on the foreign missionaries of Japan and whose goal seems to be the conversion of all of Japan (or whatever indeterminate country Devil Kings is supposedly in).
** He doesn't appear in Sengoku Basara 3, but his influence remains in the form of Sorin Otomo, a powerful regional lord and one of Xavi's most faithful disciples.
* The Apostles in ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' serve as elite enforcers of the theocratic [[TheEmpire Azadi Empire]]. According to one of them (who is also a playable character), they are "missionaries," "the last resort" to "bring the Word of the Goddess to unbelievers."
* The [[CrystalDragonJesus Church of Martel]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has an army to its own. This isn't even mentioning the Cruxis -- the Angels that said Church worships. Or their underlings. In addition there's the ChosenOne, Colette. She's [[BewareTheCuteOnes quite strong compared to her cute, religious appearance]], and she's quite the GameBreaker, if used right. Zelos also shares that title- it being one of the highest positions in the Church. He's also a very powerful fighter.
** Played again in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' - again CrystalDragonJesus Church with an army. Given, this time, it isn't just a Church - it's a country, a [[strike:country ran-by-and-pretty-much-is that church]] theocracy. The game's TheChick and the QuirkyMinibossSquad / PsychoRangers, in addition to the BigBad, as well as several other characters are from this military. Some of the non-militants, like Ion for example, have kick ass combat abilities.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' - Ormus is a religion with its own full-fledged military industrial complex, including weapons and advanced physics research.
* The Aeon Illuminate of ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' has its military wing, led by the Avatar of War. Aeon ranks are known to include Knight, Templar, and Crusader, which should tell the player plenty. If not, their enormous robotic army, navy, and air force includes the Exodus, Harbinger, Fervor, Radiance, and the dreaded Galactic Colossus, termed the Sacred Assault Bot. Oh, and their nuclear missile launcher is called the Apocalypse, and they have a rapid fire artillery shotgun called the Salvation.
* The Order of the Hammer, or Hammerites, from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series. They often pray to their God to lend them strength to fight their version of evil (Pagans and anyone that doesn't think like them).
* Paladins in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are always members of a militant religious order that varies by race. Human and Dwarf Paladins are Knights of the Silver Hand (originally the ''only'' Paladins in the game, and the terms were almost synonymous); Draenei are Vindicators; Blood Elves are Blood Knights; and Tauren are Sunwalkers. Priests count as well, though their agendas vary.
** On an organizational level, there have been several Church Militants based around the Light. In order of their creation: The Order of the Silver Hand; the [[CorruptChurch Scarlet Crusade]]; the Argent Dawn; and the Argent Crusade.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' had a priest. With a sword-slash-crucifix. And a crossbox-slash-crucifix. AND he could shoot light out of his hands. Proving that priests have secret magical powers that will be useful in the event of a secret zombie apocalypse.
** Not sure about the video game, but in the table game from which it's derived, powers are granted for mysterious reasons to seemingly incongruous and unrelated people. Many characters, left with no rational explanation for their new powers, are going to explain them the best they can based on their cultural background. In other words, if a 'typical' American suddenly was able to sprout a flaming sword and smite a vampire with it, all the while hearing voices or seeing hidden messages, what's less likely than that they would attribute it to God? And if a priest gained such powers, religious mania is a perfectly reasonable outcome.
* ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' is about a squad of monster hunters belonging to a church whose (sorta secret) purpose is destroying demons.
* The Church of Elemia from ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', as evidenced by Cardinal Radolf's really nice spear. This is because [[spoiler:[[CorruptChurch Bishop Falss]] formed them with the intent to invade Platina.]]
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'': Priest robes (prayer bonus), best mace you can find (prayer bonus), hunt giants/dragons (their bones give more prayer xp). You can take a lot less damage (Protect from x prayers) while dealing a lot more damage (Fortify Strength/Attack/etc.) And, the Monks of Zamorak, too.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Covenant, a conglomerate of alien species that embark on crusades in the name of their gods, the Forerunners, all in the name walking the path to the Great Journey.
* The priest class of ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' is supposed to be a support class, albeit a support class that's NOT a [[SquishyWizard frail caster]] that needs to run away when danger approaches. Those bulging muscles and that oversized weapon he carries on his back isn't just for show.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' features two rival shrines of {{miko}}, both of whom carry out "{{youkai}} exterminations", and Sanae Kochiya actually does so under the direct behest of her [[PalsWithJesus live-in goddesses]]. It is mentioned in ''Unidentified Fantastic Object'' that Byakuren Hijiri and her brother also performed this function, before the [[DeathByOriginStory latter died]] and the former [[FaceHeelTurn grew to favor youkai over humans]].
** And now we have Toyosatomimi No Miko, another religion-inspired fighter (Taoism) who led a sort of crusade to make Buddhism the state religion in her country while secretly practicing Taoism. This backfired a lot, since when she tried to use Taoism to ressurect later on, Buddhist monks sealed her away.
** An often-overlooked bits is that even Yuyuko and Youmu are Church Militant of a Buddhist esoteric order. Their stages are heavily based on the concept Pure Land, and their spellcards based on teachings of Buddhism (notably the aforementioned Pure Land esotericism).
* ''{{VideoGame/Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' has a variant on this: the titular group was formed after the hero Rosenkreuz and his eight closest disciples won a holy war against the Holy Empire, and became a Magi-specific order of the Orthodox Church's army. Unfortunately, the Church and the RKS seem to have come to blows ''again'' recently...

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* ''VideoGame/{{ELEX}}'' features the Clerics of Calaan; a religious police state that puts its faith in the god Calaan, [[PlasmaCannon plasma weapons]], mechs and the power of industry. They are currently locked in a war with three other factions over control of the rare element Elex.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' (''[[{{Macekre}} Devil Kings]]'' to ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
** The Mormons (now known as
the western gamers) New Canaanites) are a benevolent example. While they are known for being incredibly proficient in firearms (specifically the M1911 and the Thompson SMG) they are also known for generosity and offering help to anyone they can.
** Joshua Graham, of the ''Honest Hearts'' DLC, is a specific example. He was a New Canaanite missionary before becoming
one of the characters is a missionary named Xavi (Q-Ball in Devil Kings), a LoveFreak who dual-wields handcannons based on founders and TheBrute of Caesar's Legion. Following his failure at the foreign missionaries of Japan and whose goal seems to be the conversion of all of Japan (or whatever indeterminate country Devil Kings is supposedly in).
** He doesn't appear in Sengoku Basara 3, but his influence remains in the form of Sorin Otomo, a powerful regional lord and one of Xavi's most faithful disciples.
* The Apostles in ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' serve as elite enforcers
First Battle of the theocratic [[TheEmpire Azadi Empire]]. According to one of them (who is also a playable character), they are "missionaries," "the last resort" to "bring the Word of the Goddess to unbelievers."
* The [[CrystalDragonJesus Church of Martel]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has an army to its own. This isn't even mentioning the Cruxis -- the Angels that said Church worships. Or their underlings. In addition there's the ChosenOne, Colette. She's [[BewareTheCuteOnes quite strong compared to her cute, religious appearance]], and she's quite the GameBreaker, if used right. Zelos also shares that title- it being one of the highest positions in the Church. He's also a very powerful fighter.
** Played again in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' - again CrystalDragonJesus Church with an army. Given, this time, it isn't just a Church - it's a country, a [[strike:country ran-by-and-pretty-much-is that church]] theocracy. The game's TheChick and the QuirkyMinibossSquad / PsychoRangers, in addition to the BigBad, as well as several other characters are from this military. Some of the non-militants, like Ion for example, have kick ass combat abilities.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' - Ormus is a religion with its own full-fledged military industrial complex, including weapons and advanced physics research.
* The Aeon Illuminate of ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' has its military wing, led by the Avatar of War. Aeon ranks are known to include Knight, Templar, and Crusader, which should tell the player plenty. If not, their enormous robotic army, navy, and air force includes the Exodus, Harbinger, Fervor, Radiance, and the dreaded Galactic Colossus, termed the Sacred Assault Bot. Oh, and their nuclear missile launcher is called the Apocalypse, and they have a rapid fire artillery shotgun called the Salvation.
* The Order of the Hammer, or Hammerites, from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series. They often pray to their God to lend them strength to fight their version of evil (Pagans and anyone that doesn't think like them).
* Paladins in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are always members of a militant religious order that varies by race. Human and Dwarf Paladins are Knights of the Silver Hand (originally the ''only'' Paladins in the game, and the terms were almost synonymous); Draenei are Vindicators; Blood Elves are Blood Knights; and Tauren are Sunwalkers. Priests count as well, though their agendas vary.
** On an organizational level, there have been several Church Militants based around the Light. In order of their creation: The Order of the Silver Hand; the [[CorruptChurch Scarlet Crusade]]; the Argent Dawn; and the Argent Crusade.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' had a priest. With a sword-slash-crucifix. And a crossbox-slash-crucifix. AND he could shoot light out of his hands. Proving that priests have secret magical powers that will be useful in the event of a secret zombie apocalypse.
** Not sure about the video game, but in the table game from which it's derived, powers are granted for mysterious reasons to seemingly incongruous and unrelated people. Many characters, left with no rational explanation for their new powers, are going to explain them the best they can based on their cultural background. In other words, if a 'typical' American suddenly was able to sprout a flaming sword and smite a vampire with it, all the while hearing voices or seeing hidden messages, what's less likely than that they would attribute it to God? And if a priest gained such powers, religious mania is a perfectly reasonable outcome.
* ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' is about a squad of monster hunters belonging to a church whose (sorta secret) purpose is destroying demons.
* The Church of Elemia from ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', as evidenced by Cardinal Radolf's really nice spear. This is because [[spoiler:[[CorruptChurch Bishop Falss]] formed them with the intent to invade Platina.]]
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'': Priest robes (prayer bonus), best mace you can find (prayer bonus), hunt giants/dragons (their bones give more prayer xp). You can take a lot less damage (Protect from x prayers) while dealing a lot more damage (Fortify Strength/Attack/etc.) And, the Monks of Zamorak, too.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Covenant, a conglomerate of alien species that embark on crusades in the name of their gods, the Forerunners, all in the name walking the path to the Great Journey.
* The priest class of ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' is supposed to be a support class, albeit a support class that's NOT a [[SquishyWizard frail caster]] that needs to run away when danger approaches. Those bulging muscles and that oversized weapon he carries on his back isn't just for show.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' features two rival shrines of {{miko}}, both of whom carry out "{{youkai}} exterminations", and Sanae Kochiya actually does so under the direct behest of her [[PalsWithJesus live-in goddesses]]. It is mentioned in ''Unidentified Fantastic Object'' that Byakuren Hijiri and her brother also performed this function, before the [[DeathByOriginStory latter died]] and the former [[FaceHeelTurn grew to favor youkai over humans]].
** And now we have Toyosatomimi No Miko, another religion-inspired fighter (Taoism) who led a sort of crusade to make Buddhism the state religion in her country while secretly practicing Taoism. This backfired a lot, since when she tried to use Taoism to ressurect later on, Buddhist monks sealed her away.
** An often-overlooked bits is that even Yuyuko and Youmu are Church Militant of a Buddhist esoteric order. Their stages are heavily based on the concept Pure Land, and their spellcards based on teachings of Buddhism (notably the aforementioned Pure Land esotericism).
* ''{{VideoGame/Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' has a variant on this: the titular group was formed after the hero Rosenkreuz and his eight closest disciples won a holy war against the Holy Empire,
Hoover Dam, Caesar [[YouHaveFailedMe dismissed him...]] [[RasputinianDeath violently.]] Graham survived and became TheAtoner, after which he made his way to Zion National Park, where he preaches to, and helps defend, the native tribes. He avoids being a Magi-specific order SinisterMinister because he's a fundamentally good guy, but he's still ''scary as hell'' and not afraid to KillEmAll when it comes to his enemies.
--> '''Graham:''' I have been baptized twice: once in water, once in flame. I am the right-hand
of the Orthodox Church's army. Unfortunately, the Church Lord, and the RKS seem instrument of his vengeance... Zion may not be lost to have come to blows ''again'' recently...us after all.



* The 'Lethal Hounds' of the Garden Children from ''VideoGame/LuminousArc''.
* ''VideoGame/TwinBlades'' has a gun-and-scythe-toting nun as a player character. Said gun can shoot [[SwissArmyWeapon all kinds of crazy supernatural ammunition]], the better to halt the ZombieApocalypse in its tracks.
* Anonym, a revolver-[[GunsAkimbo dual-wielding]] nun (whose stage is an empty cathedral in Hong Kong) in the ''doujin'' FightingGame ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf''. She works for the Vatican's ''Secret Club'', which opposes the heretic villains of the story.



* There are tons of examples in ''VideoGame/DarkAgeofCamelot,'' most notably the [[TheMedic Cleric]], [[KnightinShiningArmor Paladin]], and [[SimpleStaff Friar]] of the vaguely medieval Catholic church in Albion, and perhaps the best example in [[Myth/NorseMythology Midgard]], where even the 'wizard' classes use piety instead of intelligence to determine their spell strength, and each class has its own Norse patron deity (For example: Odin for Runemasters, Hel for Spiritmasters, Thor for Thanes, and Loki for Shadowblades).
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has the Templar order. They exist to carry out the Chantry's (church's) will using military might. They're trained to be skilled at fighting mages, in order to ensure that all mages in the chantry's territory (they intend to become the main religion of the world) are aligned with the chantry. By ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the Chantry has completely lost control of the Templars, as they break away feeling that their efforts haven't been greatly appreciated and that the Chantry isn't being militant enough in the current CivilWar against the mages.
** The Seekers of Truth, who answer solely to the Divine herself. They primary serve as a check and a balance to the Templar Order, working to [[InternalAffairs investigate]] any signs of corruption or dissent within its ranks. Other Seekers work to protect the Chantry from threats, both external ''and'' internal.
** On a character level, Leliana. While not an ordained member of the Chantry (she never got around to her vows), she's very open about her faith. Her skills were also learned in her life prior to finding religion, but she's not above using them in what she believes is a divinely directed mission to aid the Warden.
** Following in a similar vein, Prince Sebastian Vael in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', an ordained brother in the Chantry who takes his faith very seriously. While he's mostly pacifistic, he's not above lending his bow to help curb the more criminal elements present in Kirkwall, as well as deal with rogue Mages. He slips towards the more militant side after [[spoiler: Anders blows up the Chantry and kills the Grand Cleric. If Hawke does not execute Anders, Sebastian openly declares his intention to head to Starkaven and raise an army, then return and raze Kirkwall ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge to the ground]]''.]]
** The Qunari [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions have no deities]], but their philosophical leaders have an arm devoted to enforcing the Qun in their territory. This group is known as the Ben-Hassrath, and are considered priests rather than soldiers.
** Subverted with the Inquisition from the the third game. They were initially meant to be this as Divine Justinia was looking to assemble them to bring the warring Templars and Mages back to heel. The Breach halted these plans since it killed everyone in the gathering and the Inquisition was reborn separated from the Chantry whose purpose is to seal the Breach, find the ones responsible for opening it and restoring order to the continent. They have some religious members (including the Inquisitor if they so much choose) but the order is very secular in nature, incorporating many anti-Chantry ideals.
** The Blades of Hessarian in ''Inquisition'' are an minor example. They were an Andrastian cult that follows the example of Hessarian, the Archon of Tevinter that converted to the Chant after regretting killing Andraste and regards themselves as instruments of her wrath against the corrupt. They are initially enemies found in the Storm Coast, but under the right circumstances, they can be recruited to the Inquisition and declare their complete loyalty to the Herald of Andraste.
* The Church of Zakarum from the ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' series has the paladins, who were founded to protect the monks who were meant to spread the religion. For some reason, the kind, generous, armed knights were more inspiring to the populace than the monks. They faded from view once Zakarum fell under the influence of [[TheCorrupter Mephisto]] and no longer put a lot of effort into converting people, only to make a comeback when the Prime Evils started attacking the mortal world, and Zakarum started converting again. This time, anyone inconvertible was deemed evil and killed. A small band, including any paladin player characters from ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', chose to go rogue, and directly confront the Prime Evils. They later discovered that the church they served was corrupt, and had to face several enemies that were themselves examples of this trope.
** An earlier offshoot of the Church of Zakarum, the Crusaders, make their return in the expansion to ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''. This order was originally formed two hundred years before the events of ''III'', when the corruption within the Church was noticed by a high-ranking church official. The Crusaders are tasked with finding and eradicating the corruption within the Church[[note]]Even though the cause of the Church's corruption--the Prime Evil Mephisto--was slain by the heroes of ''Diablo II'', they do not consider the quest ended.[[/note]]. The Crusaders had disappeared into the far eastern parts of the world and were initially thought lost for good, but their crusade--passed on from mentor to novice through the generations--eventually led them back into the western world.

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* There are tons of examples in ''VideoGame/DarkAgeofCamelot,'' most notably the [[TheMedic Cleric]], [[KnightinShiningArmor Paladin]], and [[SimpleStaff Friar]] of the vaguely medieval Catholic church in Albion, and perhaps the best example in [[Myth/NorseMythology Midgard]], where even the 'wizard' classes use piety instead of intelligence to determine their spell strength, and each class has its own Norse patron deity (For example: Odin for Runemasters, Hel for Spiritmasters, Thor for Thanes, and Loki for Shadowblades).
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has the Templar order. They exist to carry out the Chantry's (church's) will using military might. They're trained to be skilled at fighting mages, in
Gralsritter[[note]]lit. translated from German as "Grail's knight"[[/note]] is an order to ensure that all mages in the chantry's territory (they intend to become the main religion of the world) are aligned with the chantry. By ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the Chantry has completely lost control of the Templars, as they break away feeling that their efforts haven't been greatly appreciated and that the Chantry isn't being militant enough in the current CivilWar against the mages.
** The Seekers of Truth, who answer solely to the Divine herself. They primary serve as a check and a balance to the Templar Order, working to [[InternalAffairs investigate]] any signs of corruption or dissent
within its ranks. Other Seekers work to protect Congregation for the Chantry from threats, both external ''and'' internal.
** On a character level, Leliana. While not an ordained member
Sacraments of the Chantry (she never got around to her vows), she's very open about her faith. Her skills were also learned Septian Church in her life prior to finding religion, but she's not above using them in what she believes is a divinely directed mission to aid the Warden.
** Following in a similar vein, Prince Sebastian Vael in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', an ordained brother in the Chantry who takes his faith very seriously. While he's mostly pacifistic, he's not above lending his bow to help curb the more criminal elements present in Kirkwall, as well as deal with rogue Mages. He slips towards the more militant side after [[spoiler: Anders blows up the Chantry and kills the Grand Cleric. If Hawke does not execute Anders, Sebastian openly declares his intention to head to Starkaven and raise an army, then return and raze Kirkwall ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge to the ground]]''.]]
**
[[VideoGame/KisekiSeries The Qunari [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions have no deities]], but their philosophical leaders have an arm devoted to enforcing the Qun in their territory. This group is known as the Ben-Hassrath, and are considered priests rather than soldiers.
** Subverted with the Inquisition from the the third game. They were initially meant to be this as Divine Justinia was looking to assemble them to bring the warring Templars and Mages back to heel. The Breach halted these plans since it killed everyone in the gathering and the Inquisition was reborn separated from the Chantry whose purpose is to seal the Breach, find the ones
Legend of Heroes Series]] responsible for opening it investigating and restoring retrieving lost ancient artifacts across Zemuria. The order is divided into three rank; A base class called Squire, a promoted squire called Knight who is assigned to support one of twelve special (and also strongest) knights called Dominion chosen by manifestation of power dubbed as "Stigma". While investigating artifacts sound like a harmless job for normal archeologists, people in the continent. They have some religious order are capable fighters. This is justified because there is also an arguably evil [[AncientConspiracy ancient order]] which has the same purpose filled by people with inhuman strenght and fighting capabilities and both of them often cross path with each other. So far, Gralsritter members (including encountered in the Inquisitor if they so much choose) but series are in the players' side. However, the church's intention hasn't been fully revealed.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Prophecies'' the White Mantle is the theocratic government and military of Kryta after the failed Charr invasion. Unfortunately for the Krytans, [[CorruptChurch their gods happen to be a race of amoral spellcasters]].
* Ky Kiske in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGears'' was a former member of the Sacred Order of Holy Knights and veteran of the Holy War against the Gears. Even though
the order is very secular disbanded and he goes on to join the police force [[spoiler:and later become a king]], he is still a character largely defined by his religious devotion.
* ''VideoGame/GroundControl'' has the Order of the New Dawn, a powerful religious order whose followers number
in nature, incorporating many anti-Chantry ideals.
**
billions across the known worlds. For political and economic purposes, they're registered as a MegaCorp. The Blades Pax Dei ("Peace of Hessarian God" in ''Inquisition'' are an minor example. They were an Andrastian cult Latin) is the Order's military arm. The Pax Dei soldiers use priesthood ranks (e.g. the second PlayerCharacter's rank is that follows of a Deacon and is the example equivalent to a Major), and their military equipment is far ahead of Hessarian, the Archon of Tevinter that converted to the Chant after regretting killing Andraste curve. All their ground vehicles are called "[[HoverTank hoverdynes]]", and regards themselves as instruments of her wrath against the corrupt. They are initially they utilize EnergyWeapons. They're also taught to face their enemies found directly; guerrilla tactics being an anathema to a warrior of God.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Covenant, a conglomerate of alien species that embark on crusades
in the Storm Coast, name of their gods, the Forerunners, all in the name walking the path to the Great Journey.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' had a priest. With a sword-slash-crucifix. And a crossbox-slash-crucifix. AND he could shoot light out of his hands. Proving that priests have secret magical powers that will be useful in the event of a secret zombie apocalypse.
** Not sure about the video game,
but under in the right circumstances, table game from which it's derived, powers are granted for mysterious reasons to seemingly incongruous and unrelated people. Many characters, left with no rational explanation for their new powers, are going to explain them the best they can be recruited to the Inquisition and declare based on their complete loyalty cultural background. In other words, if a 'typical' American suddenly was able to sprout a flaming sword and smite a vampire with it, all the Herald of Andraste.
* The Church of Zakarum from the ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' series has the paladins, who were founded to protect the monks who were meant to spread the religion. For some reason, the kind, generous, armed knights were more inspiring to the populace
while hearing voices or seeing hidden messages, what's less likely than the monks. They faded from view once Zakarum fell under the influence of [[TheCorrupter Mephisto]] and no longer put a lot of effort into converting people, only to make a comeback when the Prime Evils started attacking the mortal world, and Zakarum started converting again. This time, anyone inconvertible was deemed evil and killed. A small band, including any paladin player characters from ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', chose to go rogue, and directly confront the Prime Evils. They later discovered that they would attribute it to God? And if a priest gained such powers, religious mania is a perfectly reasonable outcome.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Infernal}}'', [=EtherLight=] isn't technically
the church they served was corrupt, and had (instead being a more direct means for Heaven to face several enemies that were themselves examples act on Earth), but it takes stylistic cues from the church often enough to have the appearance of this trope.
** An earlier offshoot
trope. It's most noticeable in the first level, which is basically a medieval-style monastery with high-tech touches and guards who look like monks. More elite [=EtherLight=] components go for a more conventionally military theme, however.
* ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' is about a squad of monster hunters belonging to a church whose (sorta secret) purpose is destroying demons.
* In ''VideoGame/LordsOfTheRealm2'', the Bishop uses religion as an excuse to conquer lands.
* The 'Lethal Hounds'
of the Church of Zakarum, the Crusaders, make their return in the expansion to ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''. This order was originally formed two hundred years before the events of ''III'', when the corruption within the Church was noticed by a high-ranking church official. The Crusaders are tasked with finding and eradicating the corruption within the Church[[note]]Even though the cause of the Church's corruption--the Prime Evil Mephisto--was slain by the heroes of ''Diablo II'', they do not consider the quest ended.[[/note]]. The Crusaders had disappeared into the far eastern parts of the world and were initially thought lost for good, but their crusade--passed on Garden Children from mentor to novice through the generations--eventually led them back into the western world.''VideoGame/LuminousArc''.



* Elsa la Conti and Clarice di Lanza of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', a pair of nuns who work for the Western Europe Spirit Sector. Elsa has a large cross used similar to a tonfa, as well as a gun, a whip, holy water, and other weapons for dealing with demons, spirits and the like. Clarice...doesn't need any of that stuff because she herself is a demon.
* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore''. The Holy Guard of the Seven Winds, an order of paladin-type fighters from Shell Three.
* The Ikko-Ikki in ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2''. A Buddhist militant monastic order of commoner men who oppose the decadency of clan rules. They even have their own form of Buddhism, Jodo-Shinzu, which is incompatible (in game-mechanic way) with Shinto-Buddhism practiced by most of Japan. And they are ''badass''. Any faction can have WarriorMonk units, which are some of the most expensive, hardest hitting, and deadliest units in the game (outside of hero units). Their only draw back is that their monk robes [[GlassCannon aren't very good at stopping arrows.]]

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* Elsa la Conti and Clarice di Lanza of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', a pair of nuns ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'': The valkyries, who work for the Western Europe Spirit Sector. Elsa has a large cross used similar to a tonfa, as well as a gun, a whip, holy water, and other weapons for dealing with demons, spirits and the like. Clarice...doesn't need any of that stuff because she herself is a demon.
* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore''. The Holy Guard of the Seven Winds, an order of paladin-type fighters from Shell Three.
* The Ikko-Ikki in ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2''. A Buddhist militant monastic order of commoner men who oppose the decadency of clan rules. They even have their own form of Buddhism, Jodo-Shinzu, which is incompatible (in game-mechanic way) with Shinto-Buddhism practiced by most of Japan. And they
are ''badass''. Any faction can have WarriorMonk units, which are some of the most expensive, hardest hitting, and deadliest units in the game (outside of hero units). Their only draw back is that their monk robes [[GlassCannon aren't very good at stopping arrows.]]stated to serve an "evil goddess."



* One of the factions of the [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade: Warband'' mod ''VideoGame/TheReckoning'' is the Church of Our Saviour, a whole army of guys wearing monk-like clothes (except some of their higher tier units, who wear medievalish armours), with units having religious theme-naming ("novice", "member of the clergy", etc.) and led by commanders with christian titles ("pastor", "preacher", "clergyman", etc.).
* Literally every deity (and a few things that aren't deities) in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' has one, up to and including the personification of [[ThePowerOfLove Love]]. How one advances the cause of one's Church is a bit of a mystery due to the enigmatic nature of the PowersThatBe, but killing the other side usually helps.
* ''{{VideoGame/Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' has a variant on this: the titular group was formed after the hero Rosenkreuz and his eight closest disciples won a holy war against the Holy Empire, and became a Magi-specific order of the Orthodox Church's army. Unfortunately, the Church and the RKS seem to have come to blows ''again'' recently...
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'': Priest robes (prayer bonus), best mace you can find (prayer bonus), hunt giants/dragons (their bones give more prayer xp). You can take a lot less damage (Protect from x prayers) while dealing a lot more damage (Fortify Strength/Attack/etc.) And, the Monks of Zamorak, too.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'': A variation; Erica Fontaine is both a nun and a member of the Paris Assault Force; the convent she belongs to is not a military organization in and of itself.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' (''[[{{Macekre}} Devil Kings]]'' to the western gamers) one of the characters is a missionary named Xavi (Q-Ball in Devil Kings), a LoveFreak who dual-wields handcannons based on the foreign missionaries of Japan and whose goal seems to be the conversion of all of Japan (or whatever indeterminate country Devil Kings is supposedly in).
** He doesn't appear in Sengoku Basara 3, but his influence remains in the form of Sorin Otomo, a powerful regional lord and one of Xavi's most faithful disciples.
* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore''. The Holy Guard of the Seven Winds, an order of paladin-type fighters from Shell Three.
* The Lord's Believers in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' are a faction of [[BeliefMakesYouStupid technophobic]] Church Militants. Their combat bonuses (from fanaticism!) keep them militarily competitive and, incidentally, make them scary fuckers if they manage to steal your weapons research. Which they will, because the same fanaticism makes them awesome spies (can't brainwash 'em, can't break 'em, and more than happy to die in the line of duty!). Or they just get Transcendence before anyone else and instantly win.
** Also the ''Cult of Planet'', who worship the planetary hive mind, and whose goal is to return Planet to its natural state...by any means necessary.
** The Lord's Believers are shown in Michael Ely's novel ''Twilight of the Mind'' in their single-minded war against the University of Planet and, later, Morgan Industries. Despite being technologically backward, their fanatics make great infiltrators, and they use terrorist tactics with brutal efficiency. They're also great at quickly adapting captured enemy equipment against said enemies. Ultimately, their alliance with the Human Hive results in [[spoiler:the complete obliteration of the Spartan Federation with a single [[FantasticNuke Singularity Planet Buster]], the retreat of all other leaders into a virtual world in an underground bunker, and a Planet-wide GaiasVengeance that, presumably, [[DownerEnding wipes out the rest of human civilization on Chiron]]]].



* VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V: Gods and Kings has one religious belief called "holy warriors," which allows you to buy pre-industrial units with faith instead of gold or production. However, there is no gameplay of cosmetic differences between holy warriors or normal units.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
** The Mormons (now known as the New Canaanites) are a benevolent example. While they are known for being incredibly proficient in firearms (specifically the M1911 and the Thompson SMG) they are also known for generosity and offering help to anyone they can.
** Joshua Graham, of the ''Honest Hearts'' DLC, is a specific example. He was a New Canaanite missionary before becoming one of the founders and TheBrute of Caesar's Legion. Following his failure at the First Battle of the Hoover Dam, Caesar [[YouHaveFailedMe dismissed him...]] [[RasputinianDeath violently.]] Graham survived and became TheAtoner, after which he made his way to Zion National Park, where he preaches to, and helps defend, the native tribes. He avoids being a SinisterMinister because he's a fundamentally good guy, but he's still ''scary as hell'' and not afraid to KillEmAll when it comes to his enemies.
--> '''Graham:''' I have been baptized twice: once in water, once in flame. I am the right-hand of the Lord, and the instrument of his vengeance... Zion may not be lost to us after all.
* ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'': Chen.
** "You can learn faith at the end of a sword."
* In ''Franchise/DeadSpace'', by the time of [[VideoGame/DeadSpace3 the third game]], some [[ChurchOfHappyology Unitologists]] have taken up arms and are activating [[ArtifactOfDoom Markers]] everywhere they can.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Prophecies'' the White Mantle is the theocratic government and military of Kryta after the failed Charr invasion. Unfortunately for the Krytans, [[CorruptChurch their gods happen to be a race of amoral spellcasters]].

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* VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V: Gods and Kings has one The Protoss High Templars from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' qualify for this trope, since they're highly trained priests capable of summoning deadly thunderstorms out of thin air.
** The Protoss army. Their footsoldiers are called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin zealots]]. As in
religious belief called "holy warriors," which allows you to buy pre-industrial units with faith instead of gold or production. However, there is no gameplay of cosmetic differences between holy warriors or normal units.
fanatics.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
**
The Mormons (now known as Aeon Illuminate of ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' has its military wing, led by the New Canaanites) are a benevolent example. While they Avatar of War. Aeon ranks are known for being incredibly proficient in firearms (specifically to include Knight, Templar, and Crusader, which should tell the M1911 player plenty. If not, their enormous robotic army, navy, and air force includes the Exodus, Harbinger, Fervor, Radiance, and the Thompson SMG) dreaded Galactic Colossus, termed the Sacred Assault Bot. Oh, and their nuclear missile launcher is called the Apocalypse, and they are have a rapid fire artillery shotgun called the Salvation.
* The [[CrystalDragonJesus Church of Martel]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has an army to its own. This isn't even mentioning the Cruxis -- the Angels that said Church worships. Or their underlings. In addition there's the ChosenOne, Colette. She's [[BewareTheCuteOnes quite strong compared to her cute, religious appearance]], and she's quite the GameBreaker, if used right. Zelos
also known for generosity and offering help to anyone they can.
** Joshua Graham, of the ''Honest Hearts'' DLC, is a specific example. He was a New Canaanite missionary before becoming
shares that title- it being one of the founders and TheBrute of Caesar's Legion. Following his failure at highest positions in the First Battle of the Hoover Dam, Caesar [[YouHaveFailedMe dismissed him...]] [[RasputinianDeath violently.]] Graham survived and became TheAtoner, after which he made his way to Zion National Park, where he preaches to, and helps defend, the native tribes. He avoids being Church. He's also a SinisterMinister because he's a fundamentally good guy, but he's still ''scary as hell'' and not afraid to KillEmAll when very powerful fighter.
** Played again in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' - again CrystalDragonJesus Church with an army. Given, this time,
it comes to his enemies.
--> '''Graham:''' I have been baptized twice: once in water, once in flame. I am the right-hand of the Lord,
isn't just a Church - it's a country, a [[strike:country ran-by-and-pretty-much-is that church]] theocracy. The game's TheChick and the instrument QuirkyMinibossSquad / PsychoRangers, in addition to the BigBad, as well as several other characters are from this military. Some of his vengeance... Zion may not be lost the non-militants, like Ion for example, have kick ass combat abilities.
* The Order of the Hammer, or Hammerites, from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series. They often pray
to us after all.
their God to lend them strength to fight their version of evil (Pagans and anyone that doesn't think like them).
* ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'': Chen.
** "You
The Ikko-Ikki in ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2''. A Buddhist militant monastic order of commoner men who oppose the decadency of clan rules. They even have their own form of Buddhism, Jodo-Shinzu, which is incompatible (in game-mechanic way) with Shinto-Buddhism practiced by most of Japan. And they are ''badass''. Any faction can learn faith at have WarriorMonk units, which are some of the end most expensive, hardest hitting, and deadliest units in the game (outside of hero units). Their only draw back is that their monk robes [[GlassCannon aren't very good at stopping arrows.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' features two rival shrines of {{miko}}, both of whom carry out "{{youkai}} exterminations", and Sanae Kochiya actually does so under the direct behest of her [[PalsWithJesus live-in goddesses]]. It is mentioned in ''Unidentified Fantastic Object'' that Byakuren Hijiri and her brother also performed this function, before the [[DeathByOriginStory latter died]] and the former [[FaceHeelTurn grew to favor youkai over humans]].
** And now we have Toyosatomimi No Miko, another religion-inspired fighter (Taoism) who led a sort of crusade to make Buddhism the state religion in her country while secretly practicing Taoism. This backfired a lot, since when she tried to use Taoism to ressurect later on, Buddhist monks sealed her away.
** An often-overlooked bits is that even Yuyuko and Youmu are Church Militant
of a sword."
Buddhist esoteric order. Their stages are heavily based on the concept Pure Land, and their spellcards based on teachings of Buddhism (notably the aforementioned Pure Land esotericism).
* In ''Franchise/DeadSpace'', ''VideoGame/TwinBlades'' has a gun-and-scythe-toting nun as a player character. Said gun can shoot [[SwissArmyWeapon all kinds of crazy supernatural ammunition]], the better to halt the ZombieApocalypse in its tracks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' features Harrow: a dark priest themed Warframe who emphasises gunplay and is just as dangerous as any other Warframe. Additionally, Harrow is used as a worship vessel
by the time of [[VideoGame/DeadSpace3 the third game]], some [[ChurchOfHappyology Unitologists]] have taken up arms and are activating [[ArtifactOfDoom Markers]] everywhere they can.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Prophecies'' the White Mantle is the theocratic government and military of Kryta after the failed Charr invasion. Unfortunately
Red Veil [[spoiler: for the Krytans, [[CorruptChurch their gods happen to be a race of amoral spellcasters]].Rell]].



* ''VideoGame/GroundControl'' has the Order of the New Dawn, a powerful religious order whose followers number in billions across the known worlds. For political and economic purposes, they're registered as a MegaCorp. The Pax Dei ("Peace of God" in Latin) is the Order's military arm. The Pax Dei soldiers use priesthood ranks (e.g. the second PlayerCharacter's rank is that of a Deacon and is the equivalent to a Major), and their military equipment is far ahead of the curve. All their ground vehicles are called "[[HoverTank hoverdynes]]", and they utilize EnergyWeapons. They're also taught to face their enemies directly; guerrilla tactics being an anathema to a warrior of God.
* ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'':
** High-level Affinity units sometimes approach this from the opposite direction -- while their military pedigree is obvious, as they develop Affinities tend to go from strictly practical philosophies of development, to rigid and dogmatic ideologies, to the level of out-and-out religions. This is especially true of the Purity Affinity and its ultimate unit, the LEV Destroyer (a floating citadel/artillery unit that wouldn't look out of place on a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' battlefield). Individual Destroyers have "reliquaries" that hold items from Earth or the possessions of first-generation colonists, and bear names like "St. Germaine's Destroyer".
** Supremacy makes a decent stab at this via MachineWorship (specifically the idolization of post-human cybernetics). Of particular note is their affinity-specific victory, which involves sending military units back to [[EarthThatWas Earth]] to [[TranshumanTreachery "Emancipate" (read: conquer)]] the [[PunyEarthlings non-augmented humans]].
* Party members in ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' who have a clerical background would be this. [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar are also powerful enemies in this game.]] During a random encounter, the local bishop may demand a special tithe for the right to travel his lands. Should the party refuse and attack, he will fight them along his retinue.
* In ''VideoGame/LordsOfTheRealm2'', the Bishop uses religion as an excuse to conquer lands.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Infernal}}'', [=EtherLight=] isn't technically the church (instead being a more direct means for Heaven to act on Earth), but it takes stylistic cues from the church often enough to have the appearance of this trope. It's most noticeable in the first level, which is basically a medieval-style monastery with high-tech touches and guards who look like monks. More elite [=EtherLight=] components go for a more conventionally military theme, however.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'': A variation; Erica Fontaine is both a nun and a member of the Paris Assault Force; the convent she belongs to is not a military organization in and of itself.
* Literally every deity (and a few things that aren't deities) in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' has one, up to and including the personification of [[ThePowerOfLove Love]]. How one advances the cause of one's Church is a bit of a mystery due to the enigmatic nature of the PowersThatBe, but killing the other side usually helps.
* One of the factions of the [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade: Warband'' mod ''VideoGame/TheReckoning'' is the Church of Our Saviour, a whole army of guys wearing monk-like clothes (except some of their higher tier units, who wear medievalish armours), with units having religious theme-naming ("novice", "member of the clergy", etc.) and led by commanders with christian titles ("pastor", "preacher", "clergyman", etc.).
* Gralsritter[[note]]lit. translated from German as "Grail's knight"[[/note]] is an order within Congregation for the Sacraments of Septian Church in [[VideoGame/KisekiSeries The Legend of Heroes Series]] responsible for investigating and retrieving lost ancient artifacts across Zemuria. The order is divided into three rank; A base class called Squire, a promoted squire called Knight who is assigned to support one of twelve special (and also strongest) knights called Dominion chosen by manifestation of power dubbed as "Stigma". While investigating artifacts sound like a harmless job for normal archeologists, people in the order are capable fighters. This is justified because there is also an arguably evil [[AncientConspiracy ancient order]] which has the same purpose filled by people with inhuman strenght and fighting capabilities and both of them often cross path with each other. So far, Gralsritter members encountered in the series are in the players' side. However, the church's intention hasn't been fully revealed.
* ''VideoGame/{{ELEX}}'' features the Clerics of Calaan; a religious police state that puts its faith in the god Calaan, [[PlasmaCannon plasma weapons]], mechs and the power of industry. They are currently locked in a war with three other factions over control of the rare element Elex.
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'': The valkyries, who are stated to serve an "evil goddess."
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' features Harrow: a dark priest themed Warframe who emphasises gunplay and is just as dangerous as any other Warframe. Additionally, Harrow is used as a worship vessel by the Red Veil [[spoiler: for Rell]].

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* ''VideoGame/GroundControl'' has the Order Paladins in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are always members of the New Dawn, a powerful militant religious order whose followers number in billions across the known worlds. For political and economic purposes, they're registered as a MegaCorp. The Pax Dei ("Peace of God" in Latin) is the Order's military arm. The Pax Dei soldiers use priesthood ranks (e.g. the second PlayerCharacter's rank is that of a Deacon varies by race. Human and is the equivalent to a Major), and their military equipment is far ahead Dwarf Paladins are Knights of the curve. All Silver Hand (originally the ''only'' Paladins in the game, and the terms were almost synonymous); Draenei are Vindicators; Blood Elves are Blood Knights; and Tauren are Sunwalkers. Priests count as well, though their ground vehicles are called "[[HoverTank hoverdynes]]", and they utilize EnergyWeapons. They're also taught to face agendas vary.
** On an organizational level, there have been several Church Militants based around the Light. In order of
their enemies directly; guerrilla tactics being an anathema to a warrior of God.
* ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'':
** High-level Affinity units sometimes approach this from the opposite direction -- while their military pedigree is obvious, as they develop Affinities tend to go from strictly practical philosophies of development, to rigid and dogmatic ideologies, to the level of out-and-out religions. This is especially true
creation: The Order of the Purity Affinity Silver Hand; the [[CorruptChurch Scarlet Crusade]]; the Argent Dawn; and its ultimate unit, the LEV Destroyer (a floating citadel/artillery unit that wouldn't look out of place on a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' battlefield). Individual Destroyers have "reliquaries" that hold items from Earth or the possessions of first-generation colonists, and bear names like "St. Germaine's Destroyer".
** Supremacy makes a decent stab at this via MachineWorship (specifically the idolization of post-human cybernetics). Of particular note is their affinity-specific victory, which involves sending military units back to [[EarthThatWas Earth]] to [[TranshumanTreachery "Emancipate" (read: conquer)]] the [[PunyEarthlings non-augmented humans]].
Argent Crusade.
* Party members in ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' who have a clerical background would be this. [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar are also powerful enemies in this game.]] During a random encounter, the local bishop may demand a special tithe for the right to travel his lands. Should the party refuse and attack, he will fight them along his retinue.
* In ''VideoGame/LordsOfTheRealm2'', the Bishop uses religion as an excuse to conquer lands.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Infernal}}'', [=EtherLight=] isn't technically the church (instead being a more direct means for Heaven to act on Earth), but it takes stylistic cues from the church often enough to have the appearance of this trope. It's most noticeable in the first level, which is basically a medieval-style monastery with high-tech touches and guards who look like monks. More elite [=EtherLight=] components go for a more conventionally military theme, however.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'': A variation; Erica Fontaine is both a nun and a member of the Paris Assault Force; the convent she belongs to is not a military
The Ethos organization in from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' bears certain resemblances to Catholicism, and seems to have at least their fair share of itself.
firearms.
* Literally every deity (and In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' - Ormus is a few things that aren't deities) in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' has one, up to and religion with its own full-fledged military industrial complex, including the personification of [[ThePowerOfLove Love]]. How one advances the cause of one's Church is a bit of a mystery due to the enigmatic nature of the PowersThatBe, but killing the other side usually helps.
* One of the factions of the [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade: Warband'' mod ''VideoGame/TheReckoning'' is the Church of Our Saviour, a whole army of guys wearing monk-like clothes (except some of their higher tier units, who wear medievalish armours), with units having religious theme-naming ("novice", "member of the clergy", etc.)
weapons and led by commanders with christian titles ("pastor", "preacher", "clergyman", etc.).
* Gralsritter[[note]]lit. translated from German as "Grail's knight"[[/note]] is an order within Congregation for the Sacraments of Septian Church in [[VideoGame/KisekiSeries The Legend of Heroes Series]] responsible for investigating and retrieving lost ancient artifacts across Zemuria. The order is divided into three rank; A base class called Squire, a promoted squire called Knight who is assigned to support one of twelve special (and also strongest) knights called Dominion chosen by manifestation of power dubbed as "Stigma". While investigating artifacts sound like a harmless job for normal archeologists, people in the order are capable fighters. This is justified because there is also an arguably evil [[AncientConspiracy ancient order]] which has the same purpose filled by people with inhuman strenght and fighting capabilities and both of them often cross path with each other. So far, Gralsritter members encountered in the series are in the players' side. However, the church's intention hasn't been fully revealed.
* ''VideoGame/{{ELEX}}'' features the Clerics of Calaan; a religious police state that puts its faith in the god Calaan, [[PlasmaCannon plasma weapons]], mechs and the power of industry. They are currently locked in a war with three other factions over control of the rare element Elex.
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'': The valkyries, who are stated to serve an "evil goddess."
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' features Harrow: a dark priest themed Warframe who emphasises gunplay and is just as dangerous as any other Warframe. Additionally, Harrow is used as a worship vessel by the Red Veil [[spoiler: for Rell]].
advanced physics research.


* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal posit that after the Brutha reforms described in the canonical ''Discworld/SmallGods'', the horribly beweaponed and aggressive Divine Legions of Om mutated into something less ostensibly warlike, with the emphasis on the military bands playing the rousing old-tiume hymns backed by formation tambourine-rattling and collection-box-shaking, merely to ensure their continued survival in the new era. In fact, that they mutated into the Divine Legion of Salvation, an organisation rather like our own Salvation Army but taken UpToEleven. Interestingly, they went this way in canon too. [[note]]although WordOfGod is that the author considers this is coincidence, given the way Pessimal has been accused of thinking like Terry Pratchett and one or two readers have even asked - most flatteringly - if he is Terry himself trying his hand at fanfic...he is at pains to point out that he isn't. he doesn't have the money, for one thing, and writes for the fun of it. For now.[[/note]]



* ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'' has the Kamikiri tribe (Mantis Khan), who serve as the priests of the Shadowkhan, while still being as much {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s as the other tribes.



* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal posit that after the Brutha reforms described in the canonical ''Discworld/SmallGods'', the horribly beweaponed and aggressive Divine Legions of Om mutated into something less ostensibly warlike, with the emphasis on the military bands playing the rousing old-tiume hymns backed by formation tambourine-rattling and collection-box-shaking, merely to ensure their continued survival in the new era. In fact, that they mutated into the Divine Legion of Salvation, an organisation rather like our own Salvation Army but taken UpToEleven. Interestingly, they went this way in canon too. [[note]]although WordOfGod is that the author considers this is coincidence, given the way Pessimal has been accused of thinking like Terry Pratchett and one or two readers have even asked - most flatteringly - if he is Terry himself trying his hand at fanfic...he is at pains to point out that he isn't. he doesn't have the money, for one thing, and writes for the fun of it. For now.[[/note]]
* ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'' has the Kamikiri tribe (Mantis Khan), who serve as the priests of the Shadowkhan, while still being as much {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s as the other tribes.



* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/WorldOfTheFiveGods'' series features two groups of church militants. In the polytheistic Quintarian religion, men who pledge their oaths to The Son of Autumn are the Army, while those who join the order of The Daughter of Spring maintain order within the country's borders.
* The ''Literature/ChildeCycle'' series has the Friendlies, on the planets Harmony and Association, exemplify this trope. The planets constantly have wars between the various sects. Oh, the Friendlies are also hired out as CannonFodder [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Mercs]], their only major export.



* The ''Literature/ChildeCycle'' series has the Friendlies, on the planets Harmony and Association, exemplify this trope. The planets constantly have wars between the various sects. Oh, the Friendlies are also hired out as CannonFodder [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Mercs]], their only major export.



* ''Literature/EuricoThePresbyter'': The titular protagonist is a priest-turned-knight that fights for Christendom and his [[UsefulNotes/MoorishSpain land under invasion by Umayyad troops]]. It's also an notable [[TheLowMiddleAges medieval]] example that precedes UsefulNotes/TheCrusades, since the Arab conquest of the Iberian penisula took place before the Crusades themselves were declared by a few centuries.



* The short story "The Way of Cross and Dragon" by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin. The protagonist is a Catholic Inquisitor traveling among (mostly) human colony-worlds to put down heresy.



* The short story "The Way of Cross and Dragon" by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin. The protagonist is a Catholic Inquisitor traveling among (mostly) human colony-worlds to put down heresy.



* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/WorldOfTheFiveGods'' series features two groups of church militants. In the polytheistic Quintarian religion, men who pledge their oaths to The Son of Autumn are the Army, while those who join the order of The Daughter of Spring maintain order within the country's borders.



* ''Literature/EuricoThePresbyter'': The titular protagonist is a priest-turned-knight that fights for Christendom and his [[UsefulNotes/MoorishSpain land under invasion by Umayyad troops]]. It's also an notable [[TheLowMiddleAges medieval]] example that precedes UsefulNotes/TheCrusades, since the Arab conquest of the Iberian penisula took place before the Crusades themselves were declared by a few centuries.

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* ''Literature/EuricoThePresbyter'': The titular protagonist is a priest-turned-knight that fights for Christendom and his [[UsefulNotes/MoorishSpain land under invasion by Umayyad troops]]. It's also an notable [[TheLowMiddleAges medieval]] example that precedes UsefulNotes/TheCrusades, since the Arab conquest of the Iberian penisula took place before the Crusades themselves were declared by a few centuries.



* The Church of Abel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'', complete with monks who use martial arts, countless knights orders, and an Inquisition whose members more often that not are very proficient in combat (and when not, they've magic and the like at their disposal). When your CrystalDragonJesus and his followers were kicking supernatural asses elsewhere, that's something to be expected.



* TabletopGame/{{Chess}}-- at least the standard version -- gives us the Bishop. The French, however, call this piece the [[TheJester Fool]] instead, while the Russians (and Chinese in TabletopGame/{{Xiangqi}}, where it is somewhat different}} call it the elephant, and the Germans call it the runner. The piece was originally the elephant in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaturanga Chaturanga.]]
* The ''TabletopGame/CyberEurope'' expansion to Iron Crown's ''CyberSpace'' RPG introduces some hotshot special forces of the Vatican, such as the ''Apostolic Carabiniers'' SWAT unit and a Mission-Impossible-ish intelligence service, managed by Jesuits. These organizations are consistently portrayed as (reasonably) good guys, which is surprising since the authors are all Swedes.
* Within ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye,'' there are numerous churches that fit this trope. The church of [[WarGod Rondra]](goddess of honorable battle), the church of her son [[WarGod Kor]](god of war, bloodshed and mercanaries) are at the forefront, but most churches have an order or two, that is more militant than the rest of the church.
* The cleric class in virtually all incarnations and permutations of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. It seems that no matter what deity you serve, basic training in this class inevitably also covers melee combat with such weapons as your faith permits while wearing heavy armor. (Reinforced in the third and fourth editions of the game with additional combat powers, including ones specifically boosting the cleric's own butt-kicking prowess.)
** There is also an NPC Adept class, which represents something closer to your average non-combatant cleric. It's just that your average PC is most definitely ''not'' a non-combatant.
** And the Cloistered Cleric variant, who gets marginally more weapons and armor training than the average wizard. From the ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' campaign setting: Heironeous, whose clerics ''are'' soldiers, making them a literal Church Militant, Saint Cuthbert, whose followers can be ... enthusiastic at times about evangelizing, and who opposed evil with a passion, and Pholtus, whose [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus inquisitions you probably don't expect]], particularly from a non-evil church.
** And the Paladin class, which is far more combat-capable than the Cleric class, and have the signature attack of SmiteEvil(And its partner, DetectEvil), but are much more limited in spell range and have a much less powerful TurnUndead.
** And, as of 4th edition, the Avenger class, who are clerics mixed with rogues to become assassins of God.
** All clerics in the TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting are holy knights, most ordinary priests are just adepts or experts. The Church of the Silver Flame are particularly well known for their [[KnightTemplar zealotry]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''s Immaculate Order is what happens when you take this trope, add WarriorMonk, SupernaturalMartialArts, and ElementalPowers, and stir vigorously.
** Then there's [[http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Characters:Peleps_Deled Peleps Deled,]] a Water Aspected Dragon-Blood who would (and has) kill someone for disagreeing with him on the smallest and most trivial parts of the Immaculate Doctrine.
** There is also the entire Zenith Caste of Solar Exalted themselves: every Zenith is inherently a priest of the Unconquered Sun, is intended to preach the word of Heaven and inspire the masses with their raw charisma and social strength, and, given that they are [[CanonSue Celestial Exalts]], spend most of their time fighting injustice and beating the snot out of creatures of darkness, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and other enemies of Creation.



* TabletopGame/{{Chess}}-- at least the standard version -- gives us the Bishop. The French, however, call this piece the [[TheJester Fool]] instead, while the Russians (and Chinese in TabletopGame/{{Xiangqi}}, where it is somewhat different}} call it the elephant, and the Germans call it the runner. The piece was originally the elephant in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaturanga Chaturanga.]]
* The cleric class in virtually all incarnations and permutations of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. It seems that no matter what deity you serve, basic training in this class inevitably also covers melee combat with such weapons as your faith permits while wearing heavy armor. (Reinforced in the third and fourth editions of the game with additional combat powers, including ones specifically boosting the cleric's own butt-kicking prowess.)
** There is also an NPC Adept class, which represents something closer to your average non-combatant cleric. It's just that your average PC is most definitely ''not'' a non-combatant.
** And the Cloistered Cleric variant, who gets marginally more weapons and armor training than the average wizard. From the ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' campaign setting: Heironeous, whose clerics ''are'' soldiers, making them a literal Church Militant, Saint Cuthbert, whose followers can be ... enthusiastic at times about evangelizing, and who opposed evil with a passion, and Pholtus, whose [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus inquisitions you probably don't expect]], particularly from a non-evil church.
** And the Paladin class, which is far more combat-capable than the Cleric class, and have the signature attack of SmiteEvil(And its partner, DetectEvil), but are much more limited in spell range and have a much less powerful TurnUndead.
** And, as of 4th edition, the Avenger class, who are clerics mixed with rogues to become assassins of God.
** All clerics in the TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting are holy knights, most ordinary priests are just adepts or experts. The Church of the Silver Flame are particularly well known for their [[KnightTemplar zealotry]].

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* TabletopGame/{{Chess}}-- at least the standard version -- gives us the Bishop. The French, however, call this piece the [[TheJester Fool]] instead, while the Russians (and Chinese in TabletopGame/{{Xiangqi}}, where it is somewhat different}} call it the elephant, and the Germans call it the runner. The piece was originally the elephant in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaturanga Chaturanga.]]
* The cleric class in virtually all incarnations and permutations Sisters of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. It seems that no matter what deity you serve, basic training in this class inevitably also covers melee combat with such weapons as your faith permits while wearing heavy armor. (Reinforced Mercy from the ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' supplement ''Glimpse of the Abyss'' are a convent of [[AmazonBrigade Nuns With Guns]] based in the third Netherworld who hunt down and fourth editions kill those whom their Mother Superior deems to be deserving of the game with additional combat powers, including ones specifically boosting respite of death from the cleric's own butt-kicking prowess.)
** There is also an NPC Adept class, which represents something closer to your average non-combatant cleric. It's just that your average PC is most definitely ''not'' a non-combatant.
** And
suffering the Cloistered Cleric variant, who gets marginally more weapons and armor training than the average wizard. From the ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' campaign setting: Heironeous, Sisters believe life to be. Those whose clerics ''are'' soldiers, making them a literal Church Militant, Saint Cuthbert, whose followers can be ... enthusiastic at times about evangelizing, names end up on the Rolls of Mercy and who opposed evil with a passion, and Pholtus, whose [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus inquisitions you probably don't expect]], particularly from a non-evil church.
** And the Paladin class, which is far more combat-capable than the Cleric class, and have the signature attack of SmiteEvil(And its partner, DetectEvil), but
are much more limited in spell range and have a much less powerful TurnUndead.
** And, as of 4th edition, the Avenger class, who are clerics mixed with rogues to become assassins of God.
** All clerics in the TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting are holy knights, most ordinary priests are just adepts or experts. The Church of the Silver Flame are particularly well known
targeted for their [[KnightTemplar zealotry]]."deliverance" often aren't so keen on dying.



* The Sisters of Mercy from the ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' supplement ''Glimpse of the Abyss'' are a convent of [[AmazonBrigade Nuns With Guns]] based in the Netherworld who hunt down and kill those whom their Mother Superior deems to be deserving of the respite of death from the suffering the Sisters believe life to be. Those whose names end up on the Rolls of Mercy and are targeted for "deliverance" often aren't so keen on dying.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Talislanta}}'' RPG allows players to become (among other things) any one of several types of intolerant cleric. Although few have any spellcasting abilities, these classes are interesting in that they are the only characters that come with the "torture" skill.
* The parody RPG ''TabletopGame/MachoWomenWithGuns'' has only three character classes: Bimbos, Succubi, and Combat Nuns. I'm sorry, "Sisters of Our Lady of Harley Davidson". Needless to say, that game is made of raw [[RuleOfCool Awesome]].
* The ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' setting has a whole nation of these, called the Protectorate of Menoth.



* The ''TabletopGame/CyberEurope'' expansion to Iron Crown's ''CyberSpace'' RPG introduces some hotshot special forces of the Vatican, such as the ''Apostolic Carabiniers'' SWAT unit and a Mission-Impossible-ish intelligence service, managed by Jesuits. These organizations are consistently portrayed as (reasonably) good guys, which is surprising since the authors are all Swedes.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''s Immaculate Order is what happens when you take this trope, add WarriorMonk, SupernaturalMartialArts, and ElementalPowers, and stir vigorously.
** Then there's [[http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Characters:Peleps_Deled Peleps Deled,]] a Water Aspected Dragon-Blood who would (and has) kill someone for disagreeing with him on the smallest and most trivial parts of the Immaculate Doctrine.
** There is also the entire Zenith Caste of Solar Exalted themselves: every Zenith is inherently a priest of the Unconquered Sun, is intended to preach the word of Heaven and inspire the masses with their raw charisma and social strength, and, given that they are [[CanonSue Celestial Exalts]], spend most of their time fighting injustice and beating the snot out of creatures of darkness, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and other enemies of Creation.

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* The ''TabletopGame/CyberEurope'' expansion to Iron Crown's ''CyberSpace'' ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' setting has a whole nation of these, called the Protectorate of Menoth.
* The parody
RPG introduces some hotshot special forces of the Vatican, such as the ''Apostolic Carabiniers'' SWAT unit ''TabletopGame/MachoWomenWithGuns'' has only three character classes: Bimbos, Succubi, and a Mission-Impossible-ish intelligence service, managed by Jesuits. These organizations are consistently portrayed as (reasonably) good guys, which is surprising since the authors are all Swedes.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''s Immaculate Order is what happens when you take this trope, add WarriorMonk, SupernaturalMartialArts, and ElementalPowers, and stir vigorously.
** Then there's [[http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Characters:Peleps_Deled Peleps Deled,]] a Water Aspected Dragon-Blood who would (and has) kill someone for disagreeing with him on the smallest and most trivial parts
Combat Nuns. I'm sorry, "Sisters of the Immaculate Doctrine.
** There is also the entire Zenith Caste
Our Lady of Solar Exalted themselves: every Zenith is inherently a priest of the Unconquered Sun, is intended Harley Davidson". Needless to preach the word of Heaven and inspire the masses with their raw charisma and social strength, and, given say, that they are [[CanonSue Celestial Exalts]], spend most game is made of their time fighting injustice and beating the snot out of creatures of darkness, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and other enemies of Creation.raw [[RuleOfCool Awesome]].



* Within ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye,'' there are numerous churches that fit this trope. The church of [[WarGod Rondra]](goddess of honorable battle), the church of her son [[WarGod Kor]](god of war, bloodshed and mercanaries) are at the forefront, but most churches have an order or two, that is more militant than the rest of the church.



* The Church of Abel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'', complete with monks who use martial arts, countless knights orders, and an Inquisition whose members more often that not are very proficient in combat (and when not, they've magic and the like at their disposal). When your CrystalDragonJesus and his followers were kicking supernatural asses elsewhere, that's something to be expected.

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* The Church ''TabletopGame/{{Talislanta}}'' RPG allows players to become (among other things) any one of Abel several types of intolerant cleric. Although few have any spellcasting abilities, these classes are interesting in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'', complete that they are the only characters that come with monks who use martial arts, countless knights orders, and an Inquisition whose members more often that not are very proficient in combat (and when not, they've magic and the like at their disposal). When your CrystalDragonJesus and his followers were kicking supernatural asses elsewhere, that's something to be expected."torture" skill.


* ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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* ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.''Film/BatalhaDosGuararapes'': The Brazilian rebels are devoutly Catholic and loyal to the Pope, fighting to [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry drive out]] the Protestant Dutch whom they consider "heretics". Even the [[SlaveLiberation African freedmen]] and the [[BadassNative native Potiguara tribesmen]] are united by faith, praying before battle and yelling their BattleCry "For Jesus!".
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' are a variant of this trope. They don't fight the legions of hell (or at least not in any demonic implication), but they do themselves state religion as their reasoning (the 'inspirational' speech from the priest at the beginning) and go so far as to say their family prayer over their victims. It's also strongly implied they that they believe they are administering God's justice to evildoers.



* The 1998 Creator/DolphLundgren movie ''The Minion'' has the Knights Templar [[KnightTemplar (the organization, not the trope-type)]] survive into the present day as an AncientTradition tasked with preventing the awakening of the Anti-Christ. They used everything from [[PowerFist spiked cesti]] to [[{{BFG}} BFGs]].
* In ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', Creator/DolphLundgren plays a cybernetically-enhanced assassin who poses as a WarriorMonk and rants about religion while he beats on his marks.
* The vampire hunting teams from ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'' were sponsored by the Catholic Church.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' are a variant of this trope. They don't fight the legions of hell (or at least not in any demonic implication), but they do themselves state religion as their reasoning (the 'inspirational' speech from the priest at the beginning) and go so far as to say their family prayer over their victims. It's also strongly implied they that they believe they are administering God's justice to evildoers.



* ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* The vampire hunting teams from ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'' were sponsored by the Catholic Church.
* In ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', Creator/DolphLundgren plays a cybernetically-enhanced assassin who poses as a WarriorMonk and rants about religion while he beats on his marks.
* ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'' has Axe and Cross, Catholic Church-aligned organization set up to keep tabs on WitchSpecies. They have specialist prison, employ ClockPunk tech and have their own patterns of weapons - not to mention employing world's only immortal witch hunter.
* ''Film/{{Priest 2011}}'': the titular "Priests" are a team of specialised, superhuman Vampire Hunters who are so aligned with combat that they have trouble fitting in when they are not needed.
* The 1998 Creator/DolphLundgren movie ''The Minion'' has the Knights Templar [[KnightTemplar (the organization, not the trope-type)]] survive into the present day as an AncientTradition tasked with preventing the awakening of the Anti-Christ. They used everything from [[PowerFist spiked cesti]] to [[{{BFG}} BFGs]].



* ''Film/{{Priest 2011}}'': the titular "Priests" are a team of specialised, superhuman Vampire Hunters who are so aligned with combat that they have trouble fitting in when they are not needed.
* ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'' has Axe and Cross, Catholic Church-aligned organization set up to keep tabs on WitchSpecies. They have specialist prison, employ ClockPunk tech and have their own patterns of weapons - not to mention employing world's only immortal witch hunter.
* ''Film/BatalhaDosGuararapes'': The Brazilian rebels are devoutly Catholic and loyal to the Pope, fighting to [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry drive out]] the Protestant Dutch whom they consider "heretics". Even the [[SlaveLiberation African freedmen]] and the [[BadassNative native Potiguara tribesmen]] are united by faith, praying before battle and yelling their BattleCry "For Jesus!".



* [[Myth/BattleOfClavijo Santiago Matamoros]], a Spanish depiction of Saint James the Great and one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ whom the Spaniards regards as their PatronSaint and named a military order after him. According to legend, during the confrontation in Clavijo he descended from Heaven mounted on a horse with sword in hand to defeat the Emirate of Córdoba, who were demanding a tribute of 100 virgins for their RoyalHarem. Appropriately, Santiago's cross emblem [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/Cross_of_Saint_James.svg resembles a sword]].



* [[Myth/BattleOfClavijo Santiago Matamoros]], a Spanish depiction of Saint James the Great and one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ whom the Spaniards regards as their PatronSaint and named a military order after him. According to legend, during the confrontation in Clavijo he descended from Heaven mounted on a horse with sword in hand to defeat the Emirate of Córdoba, who were demanding a tribute of 100 virgins for their RoyalHarem. Appropriately, Santiago's cross emblem [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/Cross_of_Saint_James.svg resembles a sword]].


* ''ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala'' by Ben Dunn, an {{animesque}} comic focusing on a Catholic order of monster hunters. Before anime/manga (like ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'') or western comics, this series was the first to focus on such a topic.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cb/Stryker2.PNG William Stryker]], an infamous ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain, is a Christian fundamentalist televangelist who saw himself on a mission from God to save humanity from the mutants (by destroying the latter if necessary). While originally he was simply a (villainous) BadassPreacher himself, he and his church are somewhat DependingOnTheWriter, and at least some treat them more as a sort of AnimeCatholicism like Iscariot in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. During the "Second Coming" storyline, Stryker was shown to have a literal army of members from his "Church of Humanity", who used high-tech lasers and "weaponised rituals" against the mutants. There is also a version of the character in ''X-Men 2: X-Men United'' which discarded this aspect, making him a [[GovernmentConspiracy shady military officer]] instead.
** In one storyline, Nightcrawler takes steps to become a priest.[[labelnote:spoiler: - click to reveal]]It turns out he's been mentally controlled into thinking he's becoming a priest by an extremely militant vaguely Catholic organization that plans to make him pope, and then use some sort of explosive-laced communion wafer that disintegrates people. This will then be the sign that the rapture has come and Nightcrawler's image inducer will be short-circuited, revealing his demonic appearance and leading everyone to believe the anti-Christ has taken over the church. Catholics don't actually believe in the Rapture, but still... anyway, it features a very militant church attempting to effectively take over the world.[[/labelnote]]
* The ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' line of comics included the Sisters Of The Howling Commandments, an order of nuns who modeled themselves after (and possibly worshiped) ComicBook/NickFury and The Howling Commandos.
* Vol de Galle, eponymous character of ''Comicbook/TheMarquis'', is a former Catholic Inquisitor who fights demons that have infiltrated human society.
* Comicbook/{{Magdalena}} (originally from ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''), somewhat similarly, is a name passed on from generation to generation of nuns in a certain order that claims to have begun with Mary Magdalene herself.



* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', there's a new group of warrior-priests in Kerztia whose debut on political scene is the slaughter of powerful sorcerous order of Sand Masters.

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* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', there's Comicbook/{{Magdalena}} (originally from ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''), somewhat similarly, is a new group name passed on from generation to generation of warrior-priests nuns in Kerztia whose debut on political scene is a certain order that claims to have begun with Mary Magdalene herself.
* The ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' line of comics included
the slaughter of powerful sorcerous Sisters Of The Howling Commandments, an order of Sand Masters.nuns who modeled themselves after (and possibly worshiped) ComicBook/NickFury and The Howling Commandos.
* Vol de Galle, eponymous character of ''Comicbook/TheMarquis'', is a former Catholic Inquisitor who fights demons that have infiltrated human society.
* The Holy Therns in ''ComicBook/PathfinderWorldscape'' are equal parts clergymen for their PathOfInspiration, a CadreOfForeignBodyguards for the Queen of Shareen and a [[ChurchPolice police force]] responsible for rounding up [[TheHeretic blasphemers]] so they can fight in the GladiatorGames.



** The [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Blood]] are an order of [[ReligiousVampire vampire nuns]] that guards Dracula's brides.

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** The [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Blood]] are an order of [[ReligiousVampire vampire nuns]] that guards Dracula's brides. Not only they are competent {{Dark Action Girl}}s and ruthlessly fierce in their mission, their Mother Superior pilots a ''giant mecha''.



* The Holy Therns in ''ComicBook/PathfinderWorldscape'' are equal parts clergymen for their PathOfInspiration, a CadreOfForeignBodyguards for the Queen of Shareen and a [[ChurchPolice police force]] responsible for rounding up [[TheHeretic blasphemers]] so they can fight in the GladiatorGames.

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* The Holy Therns ''ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala'' by Ben Dunn, an {{animesque}} comic focusing on a Catholic order of monster hunters. Before anime/manga (like ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'') or western comics, this series was the first to focus on such a topic.
* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', there's a new group of warrior-priests
in ''ComicBook/PathfinderWorldscape'' Kerztia whose debut on political scene is the slaughter of powerful sorcerous order of Sand Masters.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'':
** [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cb/Stryker2.PNG William Stryker]], an infamous villain, is a Christian fundamentalist televangelist who saw himself on a mission from God to save humanity from the mutants (by destroying the latter if necessary). While originally he was simply a (villainous) BadassPreacher himself, he and his church
are equal parts clergymen for their PathOfInspiration, somewhat DependingOnTheWriter, and at least some treat them more as a CadreOfForeignBodyguards for sort of AnimeCatholicism like Iscariot in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. During the Queen "Second Coming" storyline, Stryker was shown to have a literal army of Shareen members from his "Church of Humanity", who used high-tech lasers and "weaponised rituals" against the mutants. There is also a [[ChurchPolice police force]] responsible for rounding up [[TheHeretic blasphemers]] so they can fight version of the character in ''X-Men 2: X-Men United'' which discarded this aspect, making him a [[GovernmentConspiracy shady military officer]] instead.
** In one storyline, Nightcrawler takes steps to become a priest.[[labelnote:spoiler: - click to reveal]]It turns out he's been mentally controlled into thinking he's becoming a priest by an extremely militant vaguely Catholic organization that plans to make him pope, and then use some sort of explosive-laced communion wafer that disintegrates people. This will then be the sign that the rapture has come and Nightcrawler's image inducer will be short-circuited, revealing his demonic appearance and leading everyone to believe the anti-Christ has taken over the church. Catholics don't actually believe
in the GladiatorGames.
Rapture, but still... anyway, it features a very militant church attempting to effectively take over the world.[[/labelnote]]
** Exodus, one of Magneto's Acolytes, used to be a [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades Crusader knight]] before he awakened his X-gene.


* The Black Order in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Willing to employ criminals, create homunculi and carry out human experimentation.]] [[CrapsackWorld And even that's not enough.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has both the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church forming their own Churches Militant to deal with the supernatural. Accusations of heresy and territorial claims mean their militants often clash if they meet, but they will sometimes delay fighting each other to fight vampires. Sometimes. Doesn't help that their trump cards display a BloodKnight mentality and will fight at the drop of a hat. The series eventually climaxes with the Vatican's 9th Crusade against the Nazis and, eventually, all of Protestant England. Enrico Maxwell, Iscariot's leader, even takes advantage of London's vulnerability to slaughter Protestant civilians, all in the name of God and the Catholic Church. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Father Anderson does ''not'' agree with that last option.]]

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* The Black Order ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': Prussia's origins as the Monastic State of UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights are acknowledged in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Willing to employ criminals, create homunculi his bio and carry out human experimentation.]] [[CrapsackWorld And even that's not enough.]]
some strips. Though God doesn't really seem to like him.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' Mozgus in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fulfills this trope together with his followers. They take great pleasure in killing and torturing "heretics" at will. There's also the Holy Iron Chain Knights, a church-serving order of warriors who are mostly ornamental but nonetheless quite capable of kicking ass.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''
has both the Anglican "Church of Violence''. While it's unclear whether its members are actually religious or are just using the Church as a front for weapons smuggling, it still doesn't stop its members from toting a [[RefugeInAudacity ridiculously massive arsenal of weapons]] such as M60 machine guns and the Catholic Church forming their own Churches Militant to deal a gold plated Desert Eagle (wielded by a 70 something nun with the supernatural. Accusations of heresy and territorial claims mean their militants often clash if they meet, but they will sometimes delay fighting each other to fight vampires. Sometimes. Doesn't help that their trump cards display a BloodKnight mentality and will fight at the drop of a hat. The series eventually climaxes with the Vatican's 9th Crusade against the Nazis and, eventually, all of Protestant England. Enrico Maxwell, Iscariot's leader, even takes advantage of London's vulnerability to slaughter Protestant civilians, all in the name of God and the Catholic Church. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Father Anderson does ''not'' agree with that last option.]]one hand).



* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Necessarius and most of the Church Organizations in Necessarius are a group of battle-priest/mages that protects England and the Puritan Church from any magical and scientific threat by using the one thing they tried to destroy in the past: Magic. They're also responsible for the compilation of Index-Librorium-Prohibitrum in Index's mind. There are three notorious Churches:
** The Anglican Church, with Necessarius.
** The Roman Catholic Church, with Agnese Forces and God's Right Seat.
** The Russian Orthodox Church, with Annihilatus. But even then, [[AntiMagic Touma]] still [[HolyHandGrenade kicked/punched many of their asses]].



* In ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', the Vatican is one of the two major world military powers, the other being the vampire-led Empire. The latter, being based in Byzantium, bears a certain resemblance to the home base of the post-schism Eastern Orthodox church.
* Nicholas D. Wolfwood, and specifically the Eye of Michael group from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. The latter are plant worshippers, which explains why they're willing to work for Knives. The representatives we see don't appear to worship anything except {{Gorn}} and MoreDakka. And posibly ForScience in the case of Original Chapel. Makes you kind of relieved that Wolfwood is so laid-back about his faith. Wolfwood introduces himself as a priest, and is carrying an large cross. When someone else tries to lift it, they comment on its heaviness. Wolfwood's response is "That's 'cause it's so full of mercy" ... which we later find out is in the form of one large automatic weapon and many handguns. Though it's never truly clear (in the anime, at least) whether he's ''really'' a priest or not.
* The organization "Solomon" from ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin''.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', which take place in the [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} same world]], have a secret church organization called the Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament that hunts down heretics, which includes undead and rogue sorcerers. The Vatican consider it heretical, due to it's use of things like magecraft.\\
It's divided into three sections
** Executors such as [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Kotomine Kirei]], are essentially the special forces, used for more precise operations
** Burial Agents are exceptional Executors that have specialized abilities like Ciel's HealingFactor, Mr. Dawn's [[GadgeteerGenius engineering]] and unparalleled exorcism, or Merem's [[DetachmentCombat De]][[OurDemonsAreDifferent mon]][[TheBeastmaster iti]][[SummonMagic on]]. There are only eight positions within the Burial Agency, and only seven are filled.[[note]]although number six is technically two people[[/note]]
** Knights like [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Riesbyfe]] are an outright military that generally brute force their problems. They are exceptionally strong, having enough strength to casually crush human skulls.
* The nuns on the Mahora campus of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' are all trained battlemages who make up school security in addition to more traditional duties.
* Altena's faction of les Soldats in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' aka "The Nuns With Guns".

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* In ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', the Vatican is one of the two major world military powers, the other being the vampire-led Empire. The latter, being based in Byzantium, bears a certain resemblance to the home base of the post-schism Eastern Orthodox church.
* Nicholas D. Wolfwood, and specifically the Eye of Michael group from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. The latter are plant worshippers, which explains why they're willing to work for Knives. The representatives we see don't appear to worship anything except {{Gorn}} and MoreDakka. And posibly ForScience in the case of Original Chapel. Makes you kind of relieved that Wolfwood is so laid-back about his faith. Wolfwood introduces himself as a priest, and is carrying an large cross. When someone else tries to lift it, they comment on its heaviness. Wolfwood's response is "That's 'cause it's so full of mercy" ... which we later find out is in the form of one large automatic weapon and many handguns. Though it's never truly clear (in the anime, at least) whether he's ''really'' a priest or not.
* The organization "Solomon" from ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin''.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''
Black Order in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Willing to employ criminals, create homunculi and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', which take place in the [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} same world]], have a secret church organization called the Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament that hunts down heretics, which includes undead and rogue sorcerers. The Vatican consider it heretical, due to it's use of things like magecraft.\\
It's divided into three sections
** Executors such as [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Kotomine Kirei]], are essentially the special forces, used for more precise operations
** Burial Agents are exceptional Executors that have specialized abilities like Ciel's HealingFactor, Mr. Dawn's [[GadgeteerGenius engineering]] and unparalleled exorcism, or Merem's [[DetachmentCombat De]][[OurDemonsAreDifferent mon]][[TheBeastmaster iti]][[SummonMagic on]]. There are only eight positions within the Burial Agency, and only seven are filled.[[note]]although number six is technically two people[[/note]]
** Knights like [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Riesbyfe]] are an outright military that generally brute force their problems. They are exceptionally strong, having enough strength to casually crush
carry out human skulls.
* The nuns on the Mahora campus of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' are all trained battlemages who make up school security in addition to more traditional duties.
* Altena's faction of les Soldats in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' aka "The Nuns With Guns".
experimentation.]] [[CrapsackWorld And even that's not enough.]]



* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has both the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church forming their own Churches Militant to deal with the supernatural. Accusations of heresy and territorial claims mean their militants often clash if they meet, but they will sometimes delay fighting each other to fight vampires. Sometimes. Doesn't help that their trump cards display a BloodKnight mentality and will fight at the drop of a hat. The series eventually climaxes with the Vatican's 9th Crusade against the Nazis and, eventually, all of Protestant England. Enrico Maxwell, Iscariot's leader, even takes advantage of London's vulnerability to slaughter Protestant civilians, all in the name of God and the Catholic Church. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Father Anderson does ''not'' agree with that last option.]]
* In ''LightNovel/IzureShinwaNoRagnarok'', the church is one of the two most influential organizations in the world and the protagonist, Raika, works for them to investigate the other organization, though he has his own reasons for doing so. The militant part comes into play when Raika displays the combat techniques they taught him, which are enough to survive against humans possessed by gods.
* Subverted in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean''. While Enrico Pucci is an evil fighter priest, it is not out of fanaticism. In fact, he is a heretic who worships an evil vampire and abuses his status as a priest.
** Church Militant still holds. As [[spoiler: his twin brother]] Weather Report (yes, that's his name) said, Enrico Pucci is not aware that he is evil. Which makes him creepier because he believes he's doing all these [[spoiler: beating up prisoners, pitting them against each other, siccing a gang on Weather Report to prevent his incestuous relationship with their little sister (both Weather and his sister were unaware of this incest), collecting Dio's sons, trying to revive the world without the Joestars...]] for the good of mankind.



* The nuns on the Mahora campus of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' are all trained battlemages who make up school security in addition to more traditional duties.



* Mozgus in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fulfills this trope together with his followers. They take great pleasure in killing and torturing "heretics" at will. There's also the Holy Iron Chain Knights, a church-serving order of warriors who are mostly ornamental but nonetheless quite capable of kicking ass.



* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has the "Church of Violence''. While it's unclear whether its members are actually religious or are just using the Church as a front for weapons smuggling, it still doesn't stop its members from toting a [[RefugeInAudacity ridiculously massive arsenal of weapons]] such as M60 machine guns and a gold plated Desert Eagle (wielded by a 70 something nun with one hand).
* Subverted in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean''. While Enrico Pucci is an evil fighter priest, it is not out of fanaticism. In fact, he is a heretic who worships an evil vampire and abuses his status as a priest.
** Church Militant still holds. As [[spoiler: his twin brother]] Weather Report (yes, that's his name) said, Enrico Pucci is not aware that he is evil. Which makes him creepier because he believes he's doing all these [[spoiler: beating up prisoners, pitting them against each other, siccing a gang on Weather Report to prevent his incestuous relationship with their little sister (both Weather and his sister were unaware of this incest), collecting Dio's sons, trying to revive the world without the Joestars...]] for the good of mankind.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': Prussia's origins as the Monastic State of UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights are acknowledged in his bio and some strips. Though God doesn't really seem to like him.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Necessarius and most of the Church Organizations in Necessarius are a group of battle-priest/mages that protects England and the Puritan Church from any magical and scientific threat by using the one thing they tried to destroy in the past: Magic. They're also responsible for the compilation of Index-Librorium-Prohibitrum in Index's mind. There are three notorious Churches:
** The Anglican Church, with Necessarius.
** The Roman Catholic Church, with Agnese Forces and God's Right Seat.
** The Russian Orthodox Church, with Annihilatus. But even then, [[AntiMagic Touma]] still [[HolyHandGrenade kicked/punched many of their asses]].
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Simoun}}'', where the church itself doesn't like that the military is forcing them to use their priestesses as killers, [[JustifiedTrope even if]] their prayers happen to be the most effective weapon Simulacrum has.

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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' The Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} setting (where ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' take place) has a secret church organization called the "Church Assembly of Violence''. While the Eighth Sacrament that hunts down heretics, which includes undead and rogue sorcerers. The Vatican consider it heretical, due to it's unclear whether its members are actually religious or are just using the Church as a front for weapons smuggling, it still doesn't stop its members from toting a [[RefugeInAudacity ridiculously massive arsenal use of weapons]] things like magecraft.\\
It's divided into three sections
** Executors
such as M60 machine guns and a gold plated Desert Eagle (wielded by a 70 something nun with one hand).
* Subverted in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean''. While Enrico Pucci is an evil fighter priest, it is not out of fanaticism. In fact, he is a heretic who worships an evil vampire and abuses his status as a priest.
[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Kotomine Kirei]], are essentially the special forces, used for more precise operations
** Church Militant still holds. As [[spoiler: his twin brother]] Weather Report (yes, that's his name) said, Enrico Pucci is not aware Burial Agents are exceptional Executors that he is evil. Which makes him creepier because he believes he's doing all these [[spoiler: beating up prisoners, pitting them against each other, siccing a gang on Weather Report to prevent his incestuous relationship with their little sister (both Weather and his sister were unaware of this incest), collecting Dio's sons, trying to revive the world without the Joestars...]] for the good of mankind.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': Prussia's origins as the Monastic State of UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights are acknowledged in his bio and some strips. Though God doesn't really seem to
have specialized abilities like him.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Necessarius
Ciel's HealingFactor, Mr. Dawn's [[GadgeteerGenius engineering]] and most of the Church Organizations in Necessarius are a group of battle-priest/mages that protects England and the Puritan Church from any magical and scientific threat by using the one thing they tried to destroy in the past: Magic. They're also responsible for the compilation of Index-Librorium-Prohibitrum in Index's mind. unparalleled exorcism, or Merem's [[DetachmentCombat De]][[OurDemonsAreDifferent mon]][[TheBeastmaster iti]][[SummonMagic on]]. There are three notorious Churches:
** The Anglican Church, with Necessarius.
** The Roman Catholic Church, with Agnese Forces
only eight positions within the Burial Agency, and God's Right Seat.
only seven are filled.[[note]]although number six is technically two people[[/note]]
** The Russian Orthodox Church, with Annihilatus. But even then, [[AntiMagic Touma]] still [[HolyHandGrenade kicked/punched many of their asses]].
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Simoun}}'', where the church itself doesn't
Knights like that the [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Riesbyfe]] are an outright military is forcing them to use that generally brute force their priestesses as killers, [[JustifiedTrope even if]] their prayers happen problems. They are exceptionally strong, having enough strength to be the most effective weapon Simulacrum has.casually crush human skulls.
* Altena's faction of les Soldats in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' aka "The Nuns With Guns".



* In ''LightNovel/IzureShinwaNoRagnarok'', the church is one of the two most influential organizations in the world and the protagonist, Raika, works for them to investigate the other organization, though he has his own reasons for doing so. The militant part comes into play when Raika displays the combat techniques they taught him, which are enough to survive against humans possessed by gods.

to:

* Nicholas D. Wolfwood, and specifically the Eye of Michael group from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. The latter are plant worshippers, which explains why they're willing to work for Knives. The representatives we see don't appear to worship anything except {{Gorn}} and MoreDakka. And posibly ForScience in the case of Original Chapel. Makes you kind of relieved that Wolfwood is so laid-back about his faith. Wolfwood introduces himself as a priest, and is carrying an large cross. When someone else tries to lift it, they comment on its heaviness. Wolfwood's response is "That's 'cause it's so full of mercy" ... which we later find out is in the form of one large automatic weapon and many handguns. Though it's never truly clear (in the anime, at least) whether he's ''really'' a priest or not.
* In ''LightNovel/IzureShinwaNoRagnarok'', ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', the church Vatican is one of the two most influential organizations in the major world and the protagonist, Raika, works for them to investigate military powers, the other organization, though he has his own reasons for doing so. being the vampire-led Empire. The militant part comes into play when Raika displays latter, being based in Byzantium, bears a certain resemblance to the combat techniques they taught him, which are enough to survive against humans possessed by gods.home base of the post-schism Eastern Orthodox church.



* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Simoun}}'', where the church itself doesn't like that the military is forcing them to use their priestesses as killers, [[JustifiedTrope even if]] their prayers happen to be the most effective weapon Simulacrum has.
* The organization "Solomon" from ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin''.



* ''ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala'' by Ben Dunn, an {{animesque}} comic focusing on a Catholic order of monster hunters. Before anime/manga (like ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'') or western comics, this series was the first to focus on such a topic.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cb/Stryker2.PNG William Stryker]], an infamous ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain, is a Christian fundamentalist televangelist who saw himself on a mission from God to save humanity from the mutants (by destroying the latter if necessary). While originally he was simply a (villainous) BadassPreacher himself, he and his church are somewhat DependingOnTheWriter, and at least some treat them more as a sort of AnimeCatholicism like Iscariot in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. During the "Second Coming" storyline, Stryker was shown to have a literal army of members from his "Church of Humanity", who used high-tech lasers and "weaponised rituals" against the mutants. There is also a version of the character in ''X-Men 2: X-Men United'' which discarded this aspect, making him a [[GovernmentConspiracy shady military officer]] instead.
** In one storyline, Nightcrawler takes steps to become a priest.[[labelnote:spoiler: - click to reveal]]It turns out he's been mentally controlled into thinking he's becoming a priest by an extremely militant vaguely Catholic organization that plans to make him pope, and then use some sort of explosive-laced communion wafer that disintegrates people. This will then be the sign that the rapture has come and Nightcrawler's image inducer will be short-circuited, revealing his demonic appearance and leading everyone to believe the anti-Christ has taken over the church. Catholics don't actually believe in the Rapture, but still... anyway, it features a very militant church attempting to effectively take over the world.[[/labelnote]]
* The ''Comicbook/{{Evangeline}}'' comics.
* The ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' line of comics included the Sisters Of The Howling Commandments, an order of nuns who modeled themselves after (and possibly worshiped) ComicBook/NickFury and The Howling Commandos.
* Robert Kirkman's ''ComicBook/BattlePope'' is about a one-man version of this trope, though he does get help from others in the task.
* Vol de Galle, eponymous character of ''Comicbook/TheMarquis'', is a former Catholic Inquisitor who fights demons that have infiltrated human society.

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* ''ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala'' by Ben Dunn, an {{animesque}} comic focusing on a Catholic order of monster hunters. Before anime/manga (like ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'') or western comics, this series was the first to focus on such a topic.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cb/Stryker2.PNG William Stryker]], an infamous ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain, is a Christian fundamentalist televangelist who saw himself on a mission from God to save humanity from the mutants (by destroying the latter if necessary). While originally he was simply a (villainous) BadassPreacher himself, he and his church are somewhat DependingOnTheWriter, and at least some treat them more as a sort of AnimeCatholicism like Iscariot in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. During the "Second Coming" storyline, Stryker was shown to have a literal army of members from his "Church of Humanity", who used high-tech lasers and "weaponised rituals" against the mutants. There is also a version of the character in ''X-Men 2: X-Men United'' which discarded this aspect, making him a [[GovernmentConspiracy shady military officer]] instead.
** In one storyline, Nightcrawler takes steps to become a priest.[[labelnote:spoiler: - click to reveal]]It turns out he's been mentally controlled into thinking he's becoming a priest by an extremely militant vaguely Catholic organization that plans to make him pope, and then use some sort of explosive-laced communion wafer that disintegrates people. This will then be the sign that the rapture has come and Nightcrawler's image inducer will be short-circuited, revealing his demonic appearance and leading everyone to believe the anti-Christ has taken over the church. Catholics don't actually believe in the Rapture, but still... anyway, it features a very militant church attempting to effectively take over the world.[[/labelnote]]
* The ''Comicbook/{{Evangeline}}'' comics.
* The ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' line of comics included
Confessor and the Sisters Of The Howling Commandments, an order of nuns who modeled themselves after (and possibly worshiped) ComicBook/NickFury and The Howling Commandos.
* Robert Kirkman's ''ComicBook/BattlePope'' is about a one-man version of this trope, though he does get help
Crossbreed from others ''ComicBook/AstroCity''. The Crossbreed in the task.
* Vol de Galle, eponymous character
particular come off as a bunch of ''Comicbook/TheMarquis'', is a former Catholic Inquisitor who fights demons that have infiltrated human society.annoying fanatics. [[HiddenDepths Initially]].



* Comicbook/{{Magdalena}} (originally from ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''), somewhat similarly, is a name passed on from generation to generation of nuns in a certain order that claims to have begun with Mary Magdalene herself.



* Robert Kirkman's ''ComicBook/BattlePope'' is about a one-man version of this trope, though he does get help from others in the task.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': The two religious knightly orders of the empire, [[CorruptChurch the Knights of the Light]] (patterned after UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar) and [[SaintlyChurch the Knights of Justice]] (patterned after UsefulNotes/TheKnightsHospitallers). [[spoiler:Eventually, the former is absorbed by the latter after they try to overthrow the emperor.]]



* The ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' comics give us the Deacon, a monster of a man who is so devout in his belief that he is saving sinners the [[MindRape Penance Stare]] has no effect on him. He eventually fights a nun-turned ally of Ghost Rider, with the PreAssKickingOneLiner of "Very well, woman. Let us pray."
* The Confessor and the Crossbreed from ''ComicBook/AstroCity''. The Crossbreed in particular come off as a bunch of annoying fanatics. [[HiddenDepths Initially]].

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* ''ComicBook/{{Crimson}}'': The Knights Templar have formed an monster-exterminating organization that broke away from the Catholic Church after their official banishment. They are an evil example, since they are portrayed as fanatics obsessed with destroying ''all monsters'' even if [[DarkIsNotEvil they are not evil]]. Their elite group, the Order of the Dragon, is even ''worse'', since they target angels to re-purpose their bodies into battle-drugs. [[spoiler:It's not until the end of the series that they form an [[EnemyMine uneasy alliance with their enemies]] to fight against the BigBad who wants to cause the end of the world]].
* The ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' comics give us the Deacon, a monster of a man who is so devout in his belief that he is saving sinners the [[MindRape Penance Stare]] has no effect on him. He eventually fights a nun-turned ally of Ghost Rider, with the PreAssKickingOneLiner of "Very well, woman. Let us pray."
* The Confessor and the Crossbreed from ''ComicBook/AstroCity''. The Crossbreed in particular come off as a bunch of annoying fanatics. [[HiddenDepths Initially]].
''Comicbook/{{Evangeline}}'' comics.



* ''ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala'' by Ben Dunn, an {{animesque}} comic focusing on a Catholic order of monster hunters. Before anime/manga (like ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'') or western comics, this series was the first to focus on such a topic.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cb/Stryker2.PNG William Stryker]], an infamous ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain, is a Christian fundamentalist televangelist who saw himself on a mission from God to save humanity from the mutants (by destroying the latter if necessary). While originally he was simply a (villainous) BadassPreacher himself, he and his church are somewhat DependingOnTheWriter, and at least some treat them more as a sort of AnimeCatholicism like Iscariot in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. During the "Second Coming" storyline, Stryker was shown to have a literal army of members from his "Church of Humanity", who used high-tech lasers and "weaponised rituals" against the mutants. There is also a version of the character in ''X-Men 2: X-Men United'' which discarded this aspect, making him a [[GovernmentConspiracy shady military officer]] instead.
** In one storyline, Nightcrawler takes steps to become a priest.[[labelnote:spoiler: - click to reveal]]It turns out he's been mentally controlled into thinking he's becoming a priest by an extremely militant vaguely Catholic organization that plans to make him pope, and then use some sort of explosive-laced communion wafer that disintegrates people. This will then be the sign that the rapture has come and Nightcrawler's image inducer will be short-circuited, revealing his demonic appearance and leading everyone to believe the anti-Christ has taken over the church. Catholics don't actually believe in the Rapture, but still... anyway, it features a very militant church attempting to effectively take over the world.[[/labelnote]]
* The ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' line of comics included the Sisters Of The Howling Commandments, an order of nuns who modeled themselves after (and possibly worshiped) ComicBook/NickFury and The Howling Commandos.
* Vol de Galle, eponymous character of ''Comicbook/TheMarquis'', is a former Catholic Inquisitor who fights demons that have infiltrated human society.
* Comicbook/{{Magdalena}} (originally from ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''), somewhat similarly, is a name passed on from generation to generation of nuns in a certain order that claims to have begun with Mary Magdalene herself.
* The ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' comics give us the Deacon, a monster of a man who is so devout in his belief that he is saving sinners the [[MindRape Penance Stare]] has no effect on him. He eventually fights a nun-turned ally of Ghost Rider, with the PreAssKickingOneLiner of "Very well, woman. Let us pray."



* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': The two religious knightly orders of the empire, [[CorruptChurch the Knights of the Light]] (patterned after UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar) and [[SaintlyChurch the Knights of Justice]] (patterned after UsefulNotes/TheKnightsHospitallers). [[spoiler:Eventually, the former is absorbed by the latter after they try to overthrow the emperor.]]
* ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'': Crucible uses his own twisted and cruel interpretation of religion to excuse his torture and murder of others, saying he's eradicating sin.



** The [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Blood]] are an order of [[ReligiousVampire vampire nuns]] that guards Dracula's RoyalHarem.

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** The [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Blood]] are an order of [[ReligiousVampire vampire nuns]] that guards Dracula's RoyalHarem. brides.
* ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'': Crucible uses his own twisted and cruel interpretation of religion to excuse his torture and murder of others, saying he's eradicating sin.



* ''ComicBook/{{Crimson}}'': The Knights Templar have formed an monster-exterminating organization that broke away from the Catholic Church after their official banishment. They are an evil example, since they are portrayed as fanatics obsessed with destroying ''all monsters'' even if [[DarkIsNotEvil they are not evil]]. Their elite group, the Order of the Dragon, is even ''worse'', since they target angels to re-purpose their bodies into battle-drugs. [[spoiler:It's not until the end of the series that they form an [[EnemyMine uneasy alliance with their enemies]] to fight against the BigBad who wants to cause the end of the world]].

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* ''ComicBook/{{Crimson}}'': The Knights Templar have formed an monster-exterminating organization that broke away from the Catholic Church after their official banishment. They are an evil example, since they are portrayed as fanatics obsessed with destroying ''all monsters'' even if [[DarkIsNotEvil they are not evil]]. Their elite group, the Order of the Dragon, is even ''worse'', since they target angels to re-purpose their bodies into battle-drugs. [[spoiler:It's not until the end of the series that they form an [[EnemyMine uneasy alliance with their enemies]] to fight against the BigBad who wants to cause the end of the world]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'': The Overseers are the militant faction of the Abbey of the Everyman. Their primary objective is to stand against the Outsider and basically anything that is supernatural. They are most notable for the creepy masks they wear, which are actually bulletproof, and the "music boxes" some of them carry, which repress any magical ability and damage anything supernatural.

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* ''Literature/EuricoThePresbyter'': The titular protagonist is a priest-turned-knight that fights for Christendom and his [[UsefulNotes/MoorishSpain land under invasion by Umayyad troops]]. It's also an notable [[TheLowMiddleAges medieval]] example that precedes UsefulNotes/TheCrusades, since the Arab conquest of the Iberian penisula took place before the Crusades themselves were declared by a few centuries.


* [[Myth/BattleOfClavijo Santiago Matamoros]], a Spanish depiction of James, son of Zebedee and one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ whom the Spaniards named a military order after him. According to legend, he descended from Heaven mounted on a horse with sword in hand to defeat the Emirate of Córdoba, who were demanding a tribute of 100 virgins for their RoyalHarem. Appropriately, Santiago's cross emblem [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/Cross_of_Saint_James.svg resembles a sword]].

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* [[Myth/BattleOfClavijo Santiago Matamoros]], a Spanish depiction of James, son of Zebedee Saint James the Great and one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ whom the Spaniards regards as their PatronSaint and named a military order after him. According to legend, during the confrontation in Clavijo he descended from Heaven mounted on a horse with sword in hand to defeat the Emirate of Córdoba, who were demanding a tribute of 100 virgins for their RoyalHarem. Appropriately, Santiago's cross emblem [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/Cross_of_Saint_James.svg resembles a sword]].


** There is also the entire Zenith Caste of Solar Exalted themselves: every Zenith is inherently a priest of the Unconquered Sun, is intended to preach the word of Heaven and inspire the masses with their raw charisma and social strength, and, given that they are [[CanonSue Celestial Exalts]], spend most of their time fighting injustice and beating the snot out of creatures of darkness, EldritchAbominations and other enemies of Creation.

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** There is also the entire Zenith Caste of Solar Exalted themselves: every Zenith is inherently a priest of the Unconquered Sun, is intended to preach the word of Heaven and inspire the masses with their raw charisma and social strength, and, given that they are [[CanonSue Celestial Exalts]], spend most of their time fighting injustice and beating the snot out of creatures of darkness, EldritchAbominations {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and other enemies of Creation.

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