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* Frollo's guards from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' features a CorruptChurch in its introductory chapters/episodes. Although Father Cornello earns the peasants' loyalty with dazzling miracles and a convincing act as a compassionate priest, his clergymen wield staves and firearms in their attempts to capture the blasphemous Ed and Al.


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** There are also the Vigilants of Stendarr, priests of the god of law and righteousness. They wander Tamriel on a fanatical, self-appointed mission to root out Daedra, the undead, and mages who consort with either.


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* In ''[[Literature/SherlockHolmes A Study In Scarlet]]'', the [[spoiler: LDS church has a secret and very ruthless force. ]]

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' continuation fics of Creator/AAPessimal, the state church of [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Rimwards Howondaland]] has opened up a local Kerk in Ankh-Morpork to serve the spiritual needs of the expatriot comunity there. People attend for a variety of reasons; it's a reminder of Home, it fosters a sense of community, especially in summer when you can have a ''braai'' afterwards, and it performs all the usual rites of passage summed up as Hatch, Match and Despatch. But people also attend because the local BOSS sector head Liutnant Verkramp is a deciated communicant and a friend of the Pastor. There is a well-founded suspicion that the secret policeman is taking attendance and noting who might look sceptical or fall asleep during the sermon. [[note]]Based on TheApartheidEra where the Dutch Reformed Church acted virtually as an arm of government, was well in with the secret police, and unashamedly preached apartheid and white supremacy from the pulpit as God's will. Since 1994, the DRC has re-thought its theology and no longer takes a white supremacist line; it's pretty much a mainstream Protestant denomination. now, anyway.[[/note]].

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' continuation fics of Creator/AAPessimal, the state church of [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Rimwards Howondaland]] has opened up a local Kerk in Ankh-Morpork to serve the spiritual needs of the expatriot comunity there. People attend for a variety of reasons; it's a reminder of Home, it fosters a sense of community, especially in summer when you can have a ''braai'' afterwards, and it performs all the usual rites of passage summed up as Hatch, Match and Despatch. But people also attend because the local BOSS sector head Liutnant Verkramp is a deciated communicant and a friend of the Pastor. There is a well-founded suspicion that the secret policeman is taking attendance and noting who might look sceptical or fall asleep during the sermon. [[note]]Based on TheApartheidEra UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra where the Dutch Reformed Church acted virtually as an arm of government, was well in with the secret police, and unashamedly preached apartheid and white supremacy from the pulpit as God's will. Since 1994, the DRC has re-thought its theology and no longer takes a white supremacist line; it's pretty much a mainstream Protestant denomination. now, anyway.[[/note]].

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' continuation fics of Creator/AAPessimal, the state church of [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Rimwards Howondaland]] has opened up a local Kerk in Ankh-Morpork to serve the spiritual needs of the expatriot comunity there. People attend for a variety of reasons; it's a reminder of Home, it fosters a sense of community, especially in summer when you can have a ''braai'' afterwards, and it performs all the usual rites of passage summed up as Hatch, Match and Despatch. But people also attend because the local BOSS sector head Liutnant Verkramp is a deciated communicant and a friend of the Pastor. There is a well-founded suspicion that the secret policeman is taking attendance and noting who might look sceptical or fall asleep during the sermon. [[note]]Based on TheApartheidEra where the Dutch Reformed Church acted virtually as an arm of government, was well in with the secret police, and unashamedly preached apartheid and white supremacy from the pulpit as God's will. Since 1994, the DRC has re-thought its theology and no longer takes a white supremacist line; it's pretty much a mainstream Protestant denomination. now, anyway.[[/note]].

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* Hammerites in the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series enforce their dogmas on the general population in areas they control. Infiltrating a prison where they hold offenders is the point of the second mission in the first game.


** The [[ScrewYouElves Thalmor]] of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' combine this with being Elven [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis]]. Part of the [[StupidSurrender White Gold Concordat]]'s terms was a ban of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] worship across the Empire. Thalmor agents are allowed to wander Imperial territory and enforce this ban, imprisoning and executing any suspected Talos worshippers they find.

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** The [[ScrewYouElves Thalmor]] of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' combine this with being Elven [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis]]. Part of the [[StupidSurrender White Gold Concordat]]'s terms was a ban of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] worship across the Empire. Thalmor agents ("Justicars") are allowed to wander Imperial territory and enforce this ban, imprisoning and executing any suspected Talos worshippers they find.find, as well as any others they deem as "dissidents" or "undesirables".


*** The [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]] Ordinators are inquisitors, Vivec City guards, guard temples and sacred sites, ensure the safety of pilgrims in Molag Amur by maintaining the Molag Mar outpost, hunt Daedra-worshippers and vampires and [[SeriousBusiness will kill you if you wear their sacred armor]]. There are also the Buoyant Armigers, elite special forces hand-picked by [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec himself, often decked out in high quality [[FantasyMetals Glass]] armor, who primarily operate inside the [[{{Mordor}} Ghostfence]]. There's also the High Ordinators, who are under the rule of Almalexia, another Tribunal deity, and then the elites of those, known as the Hands of Almalexia: Six warriors with equipment enchanted by the goddess herself. Each of whom are said to be some of the most powerful warriors in Tamriel.

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*** The [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]] Ordinators are inquisitors, Vivec City guards, guard temples and sacred sites, ensure the safety of pilgrims in Molag Amur by maintaining the Molag Mar outpost, hunt Daedra-worshippers and vampires and [[SeriousBusiness will kill you if you wear their sacred armor]]. The Ordinators are solemn and take their jobs quite seriously, frequently resulting in them being a ''shining'' example of KnightTemplar. There are also the Buoyant Armigers, elite special forces hand-picked by [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec himself, often decked out in high quality [[FantasyMetals Glass]] armor, who primarily operate inside the [[{{Mordor}} Ghostfence]]. There's also the High Ordinators, who are under the rule of Almalexia, another Tribunal deity, and then the elites of those, known as the Hands of Almalexia: Six warriors with equipment enchanted by the goddess herself. Each of whom are said to be some of the most powerful warriors in Tamriel.


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** The Ordinators in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' are inquisitors, Vivec City guards, guard temples and sacred sites, ensure the safety of pilgrims in Molag Amur by maintaining the Molag Mar outpost, hunt Daedra-worshippers and vampires and will kill you if you wear their sacred armor.
** The [[ScrewYouElves Thalmor]] of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' combine this with being elven Nazis. Part of the [[StupidSurrender White Gold Concordat]]'s terms was a ban of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] worship across the Empire. Thalmor agents are allowed to wander Imperial territory and enforce this ban, imprisoning and executing any suspected Talos worshippers they find.

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The [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]] Ordinators in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' are inquisitors, Vivec City guards, guard temples and sacred sites, ensure the safety of pilgrims in Molag Amur by maintaining the Molag Mar outpost, hunt Daedra-worshippers and vampires and [[SeriousBusiness will kill you if you wear their sacred armor.
armor]]. There are also the Buoyant Armigers, elite special forces hand-picked by [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec himself, often decked out in high quality [[FantasyMetals Glass]] armor, who primarily operate inside the [[{{Mordor}} Ghostfence]]. There's also the High Ordinators, who are under the rule of Almalexia, another Tribunal deity, and then the elites of those, known as the Hands of Almalexia: Six warriors with equipment enchanted by the goddess herself. Each of whom are said to be some of the most powerful warriors in Tamriel.
*** The [[SaintlyChurch Imperial Cult]] "Shrine Sergeants" are volunteers who take on some of the Cult's more action-oriented missions such as tracking down thieves who steal from the Cult or putting spirits responsible for hauntings to rest.
** The [[ScrewYouElves Thalmor]] of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' combine this with being elven Nazis.Elven [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis]]. Part of the [[StupidSurrender White Gold Concordat]]'s terms was a ban of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] worship across the Empire. Thalmor agents are allowed to wander Imperial territory and enforce this ban, imprisoning and executing any suspected Talos worshippers they find.


* Parodied on ''[[Series/LateNight Late Night with Conan O'Brien]]'' with a recurring skit where a couple of priests would show up and start interrogating Conan on why he hadn't been coming to church and asking other similar questions. And then their boss ({{Jesus}}, played as DaChief) would show up and tell them to cut it out.

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* Parodied on ''[[Series/LateNight Late Night with Conan O'Brien]]'' with a recurring skit where a couple of priests would show up and start interrogating Conan on why he hadn't been coming to church and asking other similar questions. And then their boss ({{Jesus}}, (UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, played as DaChief) would show up and tell them to cut it out.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Faith Militant has basically taken over as the police force of Kings landing from the Goldcloaks. They're much better at it and can't be bought off, much to the dismay of everyone who breaks the law... which just happens to be almost everyone in a city like the capital. Following the explosion of the Great Sept of Balor, where their leader the High Sparrow was located as well most (if not all) of the Faith Militant, the entire order is effectively extinguished.


* The Ordinators in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' are inquisitors, Vivec City guards, guard temples and sacred sites, ensure the safety of pilgrims in Molag Amur by maintaining the Molag Mar outpost, hunt Daedra-worshippers and vampires and will kill you if you wear their sacred armor.

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The Ordinators in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' are inquisitors, Vivec City guards, guard temples and sacred sites, ensure the safety of pilgrims in Molag Amur by maintaining the Molag Mar outpost, hunt Daedra-worshippers and vampires and will kill you if you wear their sacred armor.



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* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', the Sentinels, those of Hananja's chosen who are best suited to the path of the soldier, act as the Hetawa's elite guards.

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