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* ''Film/ParadiseNow'' has a chilling, ironic ShoutOut to Da Vinci's ''Last Supper''. When Khaled and Said eat a supposedly last time with the preparers of their suicide bombings, for some reason they all cluster on the far side of the long table, facing the camera.


* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'': The stories written by Creator/KenPenders are pretty bad about this. His Knuckles spin-off series has had gratuitous Christ allegory and imagery, forced Nazi comparisons, and Holocaust quotes. Yes, in a ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' comic. The Holocaust quotes in particular were so unrelated to the story that they were presented as off-panel lines in the intro pages and notably don't fit in the comic's canon.

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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'': The stories written by Creator/KenPenders are pretty bad about this. His Knuckles spin-off series has had gratuitous Christ allegory and imagery, forced Nazi comparisons, and Holocaust quotes. Yes, in a ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' comic. The Holocaust poem quotes in particular were so unrelated to the story that they were presented as off-panel lines in the intro pages and notably don't fit didn't match what was shown in the comic's canon.actual story.


** The whole third game is a reimagining of Dante's Inferno. For example, the third level has Dante fight Cerberus--and who guards the third circle of hell?

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** The whole [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening third game game]] is a reimagining of Dante's Inferno. For example, the third level has Dante fight Cerberus--and who guards the third circle of hell?


* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':

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** The opening scene of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' shows Snake (who had at this point abandoned his dream of having a normal life in order to fight against [[HumongousMecha Metal Gear]] proliferation, as his 'duty to the coming generations') throwing himself off a bridge with his legs together and his arms outstretched in a wide crucifix pose. He's in [[InvisibilityCloak Active Camo]] at this point, so the effect is made even more extreme by the fact that all that's visible is the outline of his long-haired, nearly-naked silhouette. Oh, and an ethereal choral song plays as he does it. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen For a while during development]], it would have been more extreme, with Snake wearing a brilliant white parachute that would spread out behind his body like a pair of angel wings. A lot of the symbolism is mollified, though, by the fact that when he lands on the surface of the Tanker there's a big HomageShot to, of all things, ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.

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** The opening scene of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' shows Snake (who had at this point abandoned his dream of having a normal life in order to fight against [[HumongousMecha Metal Gear]] proliferation, as his 'duty to the coming generations') throwing himself off a bridge with his legs together and his arms outstretched in a wide crucifix pose. He's in [[InvisibilityCloak Active Camo]] at this point, so the effect is made even more extreme by the fact that all that's visible is the outline of his long-haired, nearly-naked silhouette. Oh, and an ethereal choral song plays as he does it. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen For a while during development]], it would have been more extreme, with Snake wearing a brilliant white parachute that would spread out behind his body like a pair of angel wings. A lot of the symbolism is mollified, though, by the fact that when he lands on the surface of the Tanker there's a big HomageShot to, of all things, ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.


** Since he's in the Vatican, he's actually [[IncrediblyLamePun Parting the Red See]].

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** Since he's in the Vatican, he's actually [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} Parting the Red See]].


* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' are notorious among VideoGames for being chock-full of religious symbolism. Matters are complicated by the fact that the core story really ''is'' based around religious symbolism--''Xenogears'' in particular is heavily inspired by the Gnostic interpretation of Christianity. The creators have published writings that explain every symbol and layer of the story.
** Some of this was lost in translation. The Elementals were named for four of the nine choirs of angels. Cherubina (Kelvena), Throne (Tolone), Seraphita and Dominia. Mr. Inferiority Complex Ramsus has a phonetic Japanese spelling that makes his surname pronounced like Rameses. And Miang's surname is a shout-out to Eve (Hawwa/Chavah).
** Since it's so deeply ingrained in the story and how things play out, it's obvious the writers of Xenogers DO understand Gnosticism... they just happened to twist it beyond recognition.
** ''Xenosaga'' is much more guilty of this, tossing around heady religious, philosophical, scientific and literary references willy-nilly that serve little to no coherent symbolic purpose - e.g. the series of [[SuperRobot Super Robots]] named after the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
** Much of ''Xenosaga's'' symbolism can be understood if the gamer can significantly bend their understanding of some of the key concepts of Jungian psychology, quantum physics, and Judeo-Christian theology. If this isn't possible... then the whole thing is just a mess of references that are probably best left not understood.
** ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles1'', ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', and ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' all have plenty of Biblical symbolism, with varying degrees of relevance. This is lampshaded near the end of ''2'', when Malos finds out [[spoiler:that the true names of the three Aegises]] were Logos, Ontos, and Pneuma (Greek for Mind, Body, and Soul). When Malos asks what those names mean, he is snarkily told that they mean the people who created them were pretentious fools.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' The ''Xeno-'' meta-series of [=JRPGs=] by Creator/MonolithSoft are notorious among VideoGames for being chock-full of religious symbolism. symbolism, some of it more meaningful than others. Matters are complicated by a mix of translation issues obscuring some of the genuine {{Meaningful Name}}s and references as well as the fact that the core story really ''is'' based around religious symbolism--''Xenogears'' and the first ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles1'' in particular is are heavily inspired by the Gnostic interpretation of Christianity. The In some cases the creators have published writings that explain every symbol and layer of the story.
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** Some ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' generally good about having its religious references bear some kind of this was lost in translation. The thematic connection either to their namesake or within the game. For example, the Elementals were are named for four of the nine choirs of angels. angels, with Cherubina (Kelvena), Throne (Tolone), Seraphita and Dominia. Mr. Inferiority Complex Ramsus has a phonetic Japanese spelling that makes his surname pronounced like Rameses. Ramses (also known as Ozymandias, of LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair fame). And Miang's surname is a shout-out to Eve (Hawwa/Chavah).
** Since it's so deeply ingrained in
(Hawwa/Chavah). That said, some of the story religious references can be fairly gratuitous. For example, several nations are inexplicably named after months of the Jewish calendar, while an infamous late-game scene involves the crucifixion of a bunch of robots and how things play out, it's obvious ''even the writers of Xenogers DO understand Gnosticism... they just happened to twist it beyond recognition.
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** ''Xenosaga'' ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' is much more guilty of this, tossing around heady religious, philosophical, scientific and literary references willy-nilly that serve little to no coherent symbolic purpose - e.g. the series of [[SuperRobot Super Robots]] named after the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
** Much
Israel. Admittedly those same motifs appeared in a similar fashion in ''Xenogears'', but with the added context of referring to particular genetic lineages that the TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness were hoping to exploit, which ''Xenosaga'' lacks. Some of ''Xenosaga's'' symbolism can ''can'' be understood if the gamer can significantly bend their understanding of some of the key concepts of Jungian psychology, quantum physics, and Judeo-Christian theology. If this isn't possible... then the whole thing is just a mess of orphaned references that are probably best left not understood.
understood, not helped by the series' admittedly chaotic development resulting in it being cut by half.
** ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles1'', ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles1'' and ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' have handfuls of Biblical symbolism here and there, usually meaningful, but ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' all have plenty is particularly full of Biblical symbolism, it, with varying degrees of relevance. In Japanese, the Aegis is known as the Holy Grail, and Pyra's goal of reaching Elysium is explicitly referred to as Paradise. This is also lampshaded near the end of ''2'', when Malos finds out [[spoiler:that the true names of the three Aegises]] were Logos, Ontos, and Pneuma (Greek for Mind, Body, and Soul). When Malos asks what those names mean, he is snarkily told that they mean the people who created them were pretentious fools.


* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', SNKBoss Goenitz is a priest, and in his waiting for turn animation, he is seen reading a book (presumibly a Bible). He serves and awaits the return of a powerful, supernatural entity who would bring TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, who ended reincarnating in a the body of a boy named Chris; and to top it, he would throw phrases like "pray to your god" before fighting. In addittion, the SpinOff dating simulation games ''Days of Memories'' has him, Chris and Shermie wearing {{cr|eepyCoolCrosses}}ucifixes. Also, Kyo wears a black shirt with a cross in the NESTS saga.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', SNKBoss Goenitz is a priest, and in his waiting for turn animation, he is seen reading a book (presumibly a Bible). He serves and awaits the return of a powerful, supernatural entity who would bring TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, who ended reincarnating in a the body of a boy named Chris; and to top it, he would throw phrases like "pray to your god" before fighting. In addittion, the SpinOff dating simulation games ''Days of Memories'' has him, Chris and Shermie wearing {{cr|eepyCoolCrosses}}ucifixes.crucifixes. Also, Kyo wears a black shirt with a cross in the NESTS saga.


* At a Q&A session, the writer/director of ''WesternAnimation/WeAreTheStrange'' admitted to viewers that the CreepyCoolCrosses were put in just as an afterthought or because he thought it'd look cool.

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* At a Q&A session, the writer/director of ''WesternAnimation/WeAreTheStrange'' admitted to viewers that the CreepyCoolCrosses crosses were put in just as an afterthought or because he thought it'd look cool.


* CreepyCoolCrosses

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* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', the [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within a Show]] ''Film/{{Cleaver}}'' invokes this trope; for no real reason the movie closes on a close-up shot of a crucifix and a cornicello (a Southern Italian talisman in the shape of a little horn), to (in the words of [[{{Malaproper}} Little Carmine]]) "juxtapose the sacred and the propane [sic]". Why ''Cleaver'', a [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Mob movie meets paranormal flick meets revenge film]], might need this is anybody's guess.

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* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', the [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within a Show]] ''Film/{{Cleaver}}'' ''JustForFun/{{Cleaver}}'' invokes this trope; for no real reason the movie closes on a close-up shot of a crucifix and a cornicello (a Southern Italian talisman in the shape of a little horn), to (in the words of [[{{Malaproper}} Little Carmine]]) "juxtapose the sacred and the propane [sic]". Why ''Cleaver'', a [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Mob movie meets paranormal flick meets revenge film]], might need this is anybody's guess.


* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'': The stories written by Creator/KenPenders are pretty bad about this. His Knuckles spin-off series has had gratuitous Christ imagery, forced Nazi allegories, and Holocaust quotes. Yes, in a ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' comic. The Holocaust quotes in particular were so unrelated to the story that they were presented as off-panel lines in the intro pages and notably don't fit in the comic's canon.

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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'': The stories written by Creator/KenPenders are pretty bad about this. His Knuckles spin-off series has had gratuitous Christ allegory and imagery, forced Nazi allegories, comparisons, and Holocaust quotes. Yes, in a ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' comic. The Holocaust quotes in particular were so unrelated to the story that they were presented as off-panel lines in the intro pages and notably don't fit in the comic's canon.

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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'': The stories written by Creator/KenPenders are pretty bad about this. His Knuckles spin-off series has had gratuitous Christ imagery, forced Nazi allegories, and Holocaust quotes. Yes, in a ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' comic. The Holocaust quotes in particular were so unrelated to the story that they were presented as off-panel lines in the intro pages and notably don't fit in the comic's canon.


* Ads for TV series with a sufficient ensemble cast occasionally riff on Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper". To name just two examples the final seasons of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' shall be mentioned.

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* Ads for TV series with a sufficient ensemble cast occasionally riff on Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper". To name just two examples examples, the final seasons of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' shall be mentioned.

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*** "Sepher Sephiroth" is Hebrew for "the book of Sephiroth"[[note]]the word "sephiroth" itself also means something like "lists" or "accounts", so it's possible that it's not referring to a Kabbalist in this usage.[[/note]]. This name was likely picked because it had a mystical source and had "Sephiroth" in it, but it doesn't change the fact that one of the most infamous enemies in the game is named "Book".

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