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->'''Lucideus:''' Have you been hurting your fellow mortals?
->'''Priest:''' Oh, certainly not. All that we do is for their own good.
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->'''Lucideus:''' Let me ask this way: ''Are you setting people on fire?''
->'''Priest:''' On fire for ''God!''
->'''Lucideus:''' I think we need to talk about this.

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->'''Lucideus:''' Have you been hurting your fellow mortals?
->'''Priest:'''
mortals?\\
'''Priest:'''
Oh, certainly not. All that we do is for their own good.
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->'''Lucideus:'''
good.\\
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'''Lucideus:'''
Let me ask this way: ''Are you setting people on fire?''
->'''Priest:'''
fire?''\\
'''Priest:'''
On fire for ''God!''
->'''Lucideus:'''
''God!''\\
'''Lucideus:'''
I think we need to talk about this.



'''Note:''' To correctly identify who may be doing this fallacy in RealLife relies on an understanding of the religion in question and irrefutable proof of personal motives. A lack of either results in heated arguments. As such, '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease''' [[noreallife]]

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'''Note:''' To correctly identify who may be doing this fallacy in RealLife relies on an understanding of the religion in question and irrefutable proof of personal motives. A lack of either results in heated arguments. As such, '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease''' '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''

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* Judge [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny Claude Frollo]] from the Disney adaptation of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is initially HolierThanThou, until his lust for Esmeralda becomes an obsession, and he decides forcing her into a "be mine or you will burn" ScarpiaUltimatum would be worth going to hell over. In public, he still maintains a KnightTemplar image and uses that to try to achieve his goals.

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* Judge [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny Claude Frollo]] from the Disney adaptation of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is initially HolierThanThou, until his lust for Esmeralda becomes an obsession, and he decides forcing her into a "be mine or you will burn" ScarpiaUltimatum would be worth going to hell over. In public, he still maintains a KnightTemplar image and uses that to try to achieve his goals.



-->'''Rich Man''': Master! What must I do to have eternal life?
-->'''Jesus''': Go forth and maximize profits.

-->'''Israelite''': You say the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. But when exactly will it be?
-->'''Jesus''': When you deregulate the banking industry.

-->'''Man with palsy''': Please help me. I've been this way for over 20 years.
-->'''Jesus''': I'm sorry. I cannot heal your preexisting condition. He'll have to pay out of pocket.

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-->'''Rich Man''': Man:''' Master! What must I do to have eternal life?
-->'''Jesus''':
life?\\
'''Jesus:'''
Go forth and maximize profits.

-->'''Israelite''':
profits.\\\
'''Israelite:'''
You say the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. But when exactly will it be?
-->'''Jesus''':
be?\\
'''Jesus:'''
When you deregulate the banking industry.

-->'''Man
industry.\\\
'''Man
with palsy''': palsy:''' Please help me. I've been this way for over 20 years.
-->'''Jesus''':
years.\\
'''Jesus:'''
I'm sorry. I cannot heal your preexisting condition. He'll have to pay out of pocket.



* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'':
** Vorbis from ''Discworld/SmallGods'' is an interesting example: he legitimately thinks that he's doing the will of the Great God Om... but Om knows there's only one person left who even believes he exists, and it's not Vorbis. [[spoiler:It takes dying for Vorbis to figure out that he'd been listening to his own distorted thoughts the entire time, and the realization breaks him.]]
** Similarly, Dios in ''{{Discworld/Pyramids}}'' isn't exactly HidingBehindReligion, seeing as [[spoiler:he came up with most of those gods himself to teach people the right way to do things over seven thousand years, and has become too stuck in his ways to do otherwise]]. When Djelibeybi gets kicked into another dimension and the gods start manifesting, it causes no end of trouble for the priests, since belief requires their absence.
** The secondary antagonist of ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is a ConArtist who intends to blackmail [[BoxedCrook Moist von Lipwig]], and assumes the persona of a priest of Om while he's in town. [[spoiler:The gods don't take kindly to this and said blackmailer has a pair of springloaded false teeth that don't fit. And the goddess of things-stuck-in-drawers owes Moist from ''Discworld/GoingPostal''...]]

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* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'':
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** Vorbis from ''Discworld/SmallGods'' ''Literature/SmallGods'' is an interesting example: he legitimately thinks that he's doing the will of the Great God Om... but Om knows there's only one person left who even believes he exists, and it's not Vorbis. [[spoiler:It takes dying for Vorbis to figure out that he'd been listening to his own distorted thoughts the entire time, and the realization breaks him.]]
** Similarly, Dios in ''{{Discworld/Pyramids}}'' ''Literature/{{Pyramids}}'' isn't exactly HidingBehindReligion, seeing as [[spoiler:he came up with most of those gods himself to teach people the right way to do things over seven thousand years, and has become too stuck in his ways to do otherwise]]. When Djelibeybi gets kicked into another dimension and the gods start manifesting, it causes no end of trouble for the priests, since belief requires their absence.
** The secondary antagonist of ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' ''Literature/MakingMoney'' is a ConArtist who intends to blackmail [[BoxedCrook Moist von Lipwig]], and assumes the persona of a priest of Om while he's in town. [[spoiler:The gods don't take kindly to this and said blackmailer has a pair of springloaded false teeth that don't fit. And the goddess of things-stuck-in-drawers owes Moist from ''Discworld/GoingPostal''...''Literature/GoingPostal''...]]



* Creator/RASalvatore featured a number of such characters as villains in his later ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, all of whom were high-ranking clerics of various good-aligned deities who extorted money out of the poor for fake healing, raped children (a blatant reference to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal that was big in the news at the time), and otherwise were despicably evil. At the end of ''Literature/TheSellswords'' Artemis Entreri goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against such clerics of Selune.\\
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* Creator/RASalvatore featured a number of such characters as villains in his later ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, all of whom were high-ranking clerics of various good-aligned deities who extorted money out of the poor for fake healing, raped children (a blatant reference to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal that was big in the news at the time), and otherwise were despicably evil. At the end of ''Literature/TheSellswords'' Artemis Entreri goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against such clerics of Selune.\\
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* For the most part, averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': horrible things done in the name of religion are done in the belief that such things are right ([[WorldHalfEmpty and given the setting]], they ''are''). If anyone is committing atrocities HidingBehindReligion, they're usually secretly dedicated to the Chaos god they really work for, and when the Inquisition finds out...
** There is the case of the genestealers, however, who infest and subvert as large a part of the population as they can to their cause in preparation for the main Tyranid attack, and are often disguised as splinter Imperial cults.

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* For Reverend Noah Howerton from the most part, averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': horrible things done in the name of ''Roleplay/HonorableHogwarts'' forum roleplaying game an OmnicidalManiac who is using religion are done in the belief to make his followers help him eliminate all other magic-users so that such things are right ([[WorldHalfEmpty he's the only wizard left and given the setting]], they ''are''). If anyone is committing atrocities HidingBehindReligion, they're usually secretly dedicated to the Chaos god they no others can challenge him. He doesn't really work for, and when the Inquisition finds out...
** There is the case of the genestealers, however, who infest and subvert as large a part of the population as they can to their cause
believe in preparation for the main Tyranid attack, and are often disguised as splinter Imperial cults.God.



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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** For the most part, averted: horrible things done in the name of religion are done in the belief that such things are right ([[WorldHalfEmpty and given the setting]], they ''are''). If anyone is committing atrocities HidingBehindReligion, they're usually secretly dedicated to the Chaos god they really work for, and when the Inquisition finds out...
** There is the case of the genestealers, however, who infest and subvert as large a part of the population as they can to their cause in preparation for the main Tyranid attack, and are often disguised as splinter Imperial cults.
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1662 "Not-Tengu"]] apparently feigns offense at the notion that it's not ok to brainwash people into being his devoted followers. [[spoiler:As it turns out, he's not some supernatural creature like most of the comic's antagonists he's human, and used to be an average jerk before gaining superpowers. He knows full well it's wrong, and operates on the belief that [[ItsAllAboutMe he deserves everything he wants]].]]
-->'''"Not-Tengu"''': A "''cult''"? Honestly, such intolerance of other people's beliefs.
-->'''Ellen''': ''You enslave minds!''
-->'''"Not-Tengu"''': And I believe that's okay.

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1662 "Not-Tengu"]] apparently feigns offense at the notion that it's not ok OK to brainwash people into being his devoted followers. [[spoiler:As it turns out, he's not some supernatural creature like most of the comic's antagonists he's human, and used to be an average jerk before gaining superpowers. He knows full well it's wrong, and operates on the belief that [[ItsAllAboutMe he deserves everything he wants]].]]
-->'''"Not-Tengu"''': -->'''"Not-Tengu":''' A "''cult''"? Honestly, such intolerance of other people's beliefs.
-->'''Ellen''':
beliefs.\\
'''Ellen:'''
''You enslave minds!''
-->'''"Not-Tengu"''':
minds!''\\
'''"Not-Tengu":'''
And I believe that's okay.



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* Reverend Noah Howerton from the ''Roleplay/HonorableHogwarts'' forum roleplaying game an OmnicidalManiac who is using religion to make his followers help him eliminate all other magic-users so that he's the only wizard left and no others can challenge him. He doesn't really believe in God.
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* Reverend Noah Howerton from the ''Roleplay/HonorableHogwarts'' forum roleplaying game an OmnicidalManiac who is using religion to make his followers help him eliminate all other magic-users so that he's the only wizard left and no others can challenge him. He doesn't really believe in God.
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-->'''Francine''': What's happening?!\\
'''Donovan''': The Rapture. Turns out there ''is'' a God.

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-->'''Francine''': -->'''Francine:''' What's happening?!\\
'''Donovan''': '''Donovan:''' The Rapture. Turns out there ''is'' a God.



* ''WesternAnimation/Castlevania2017'': The Bishop's supposed goals of helping the people are nothing but hollow lies for him to get away with murder and heartlessness, and he actually takes advantage of Dracula's rampage to increase his own power and standing within the Church. [[spoiler:In the end, God Himself is so disgusted with the Bishop's actions that He [[GodIsDispleased withdraws His protection]] and allows Dracula's demons to kill him.]]
-->'''Bishop''': Gresit will be the last great city in Wallachia. For all intents and purposes, [[IAmTheNoun I will be the Church]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/Castlevania2017'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania|2017}}'': The Bishop's supposed goals of helping the people are nothing but hollow lies for him to get away with murder and heartlessness, and he actually takes advantage of Dracula's rampage to increase his own power and standing within the Church. [[spoiler:In the end, God Himself is so disgusted with the Bishop's actions that He [[GodIsDispleased withdraws His protection]] and allows Dracula's demons to kill him.]]
-->'''Bishop''': -->'''Bishop:''' Gresit will be the last great city in Wallachia. For all intents and purposes, [[IAmTheNoun I will be the Church]].





* Vorbis from ''Discworld/SmallGods'' is an interesting example: he legitimately thinks that he's doing the will of the Great God Om... but Om knows there's only one person left who even believes he exists, and it's not Vorbis. [[spoiler:It takes dying for Vorbis to figure out that he'd been listening to his own distorted thoughts the entire time, and the realization breaks him.]]

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Vorbis from ''Discworld/SmallGods'' is an interesting example: he legitimately thinks that he's doing the will of the Great God Om... but Om knows there's only one person left who even believes he exists, and it's not Vorbis. [[spoiler:It takes dying for Vorbis to figure out that he'd been listening to his own distorted thoughts the entire time, and the realization breaks him.]]

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* ''Series/TheDeadZone'': The series' BigBad is a corrupt, manipulative, womanizing sociopath with an encyclopedic memory of scripture who represents himself in public as deeply religious. In contrast, Reverend Gene Purdy is a genuinely religious character who at first seems sinister but over the course of the series proves to be compassionate and well-intentioned, albeit prone to a lot of internal conflict over the ethically questionable decisions he makes from time to time.

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* ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' reveals this to be OlderThanPrint, as there are a ''lot'' of religious individuals involved in the journey (it is, after all, a pilgrimage), and just about every single one is a hypocrite to some degree. Most of them dress richly and appear quite well-off, several are all but stated to have visited brothels or had affairs, and a couple are even described as extorting people or using their positions to get money. (The only real exception is the Clerk, who does seem to take his position seriously.) Most obviously, there's the Friar and the Summoner, who both hate each other and call each other out for not living up to their stations (the Friar thinks the Summoner is a greedy conman, the Summoner thinks the Friar is a corrupt lecher), but aren't really able to defend ''themselves'' aside from claiming the other guy is way worse.


* Creator/RASalvatore featured a number of such characters as villains in his later ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, all of whom were high-ranking clerics of various good-aligned deities who extorted money out of the poor for fake healing, raped children (a blatant reference to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal that was big in the news at the time), and otherwise were despicably evil. The problem was that due to the way the rules of the Forgotten Realms worked, such behavior would quickly draw the attention of the deities the clerics followed, resulting in removal of their magic and quite likely a BoltOfDivineRetribution. This made the plots of the stories feel rather out of place.

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* Creator/RASalvatore featured a number of such characters as villains in his later ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, all of whom were high-ranking clerics of various good-aligned deities who extorted money out of the poor for fake healing, raped children (a blatant reference to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal that was big in the news at the time), and otherwise were despicably evil. The problem was that At the end of ''Literature/TheSellswords'' Artemis Entreri goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against such clerics of Selune.\\
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[[PlotHole Unfortunately for Salvatore]],
due to the way the rules of the Forgotten Realms worked, gods in the realms (as mandated by TopGod Ao) such behavior would ought to quickly draw the attention of the deities the clerics followed, resulting in removal of their magic and quite likely a BoltOfDivineRetribution. This made (It ''is'' possible for an opposing deity to masquerade as the plots of the stories feel rather out of place.purported deity and grant spells in their stead, though.)


* Judge Claude Frollo from the Disney adaptation of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is initially HolierThanThou, until his lust for Esmeralda becomes an obsession, and he decides forcing her into a "be mine or you will burn" ScarpiaUltimatum would be worth going to hell over. In public, he still maintains a KnightTemplar image and uses that to try to achieve his goals.

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* Judge [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny Claude Frollo Frollo]] from the Disney adaptation of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is initially HolierThanThou, until his lust for Esmeralda becomes an obsession, and he decides forcing her into a "be mine or you will burn" ScarpiaUltimatum would be worth going to hell over. In public, he still maintains a KnightTemplar image and uses that to try to achieve his goals.


* Creator/RASalvator featured a number of such characters as villains in his later ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, all of whom were high-ranking clerics of various good-aligned deities who extorted money out of the poor for fake healing, raped children (a blatant reference to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal that was big in the news at the time), and otherwise were despicably evil. The problem was that due to the way the rules of the Forgotten Realms worked, such behavior would quickly draw the attention of the deities the clerics followed, resulting in removal of their magic and quite likely a BoltOfDivineRetribution. This made the plots of the stories feel rather out of place.

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* Creator/RASalvator Creator/RASalvatore featured a number of such characters as villains in his later ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, all of whom were high-ranking clerics of various good-aligned deities who extorted money out of the poor for fake healing, raped children (a blatant reference to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal that was big in the news at the time), and otherwise were despicably evil. The problem was that due to the way the rules of the Forgotten Realms worked, such behavior would quickly draw the attention of the deities the clerics followed, resulting in removal of their magic and quite likely a BoltOfDivineRetribution. This made the plots of the stories feel rather out of place.

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* Creator/RASalvator featured a number of such characters as villains in his later ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, all of whom were high-ranking clerics of various good-aligned deities who extorted money out of the poor for fake healing, raped children (a blatant reference to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal that was big in the news at the time), and otherwise were despicably evil. The problem was that due to the way the rules of the Forgotten Realms worked, such behavior would quickly draw the attention of the deities the clerics followed, resulting in removal of their magic and quite likely a BoltOfDivineRetribution. This made the plots of the stories feel rather out of place.

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* ''Series/TheBoys2019'': Homelander is a minister and makes a big deal of saying he's doing God's work. It's pretty clear though he just finds this a useful belief to invoke.


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* Vorbis from ''Discworld/SmallGods'': justifies himself as doing the will of the Great God Om... but Om knows there's only one person left who even believes he exists, and it's not Vorbis.
** Vorbis is debatable: he isn't consciously hypocritical. He truly believes, but not in Om. [[spoiler:He doesn't even realize this himself until after his death.]]

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* Vorbis from ''Discworld/SmallGods'': justifies himself as ''Discworld/SmallGods'' is an interesting example: he legitimately thinks that he's doing the will of the Great God Om... but Om knows there's only one person left who even believes he exists, and it's not Vorbis.
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Vorbis. [[spoiler:It takes dying for Vorbis is debatable: he isn't consciously hypocritical. He truly believes, but not in Om. [[spoiler:He doesn't even realize this himself until after to figure out that he'd been listening to his death.own distorted thoughts the entire time, and the realization breaks him.]]



** The secondary antagonist of ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is a ConArtist who intends to blackmail [[BoxedCrook Moist Lipwig]], and assumes the persona of a priest of Om while he's in town. [[spoiler:The gods don't take kindly to this and said blackmailer has a pair of springloaded false teeth that don't fit. And the goddess of things-stuck-in-drawers owes Moist from ''Discworld/GoingPostal''...]]

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** The secondary antagonist of ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is a ConArtist who intends to blackmail [[BoxedCrook Moist von Lipwig]], and assumes the persona of a priest of Om while he's in town. [[spoiler:The gods don't take kindly to this and said blackmailer has a pair of springloaded false teeth that don't fit. And the goddess of things-stuck-in-drawers owes Moist from ''Discworld/GoingPostal''...]]

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* Pope Zera Innocentus of ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'', and possibly the entire hierarchy of the Church of Granas, is this. He knows for a fact that GodIsDead and so plans to resurrect, and then bond with, Valmar during the Day of Judgement. His last line is particularly telling:
--> Pope Zera: In the end... was I the only one... I was afraid would be judged... wanting?


* Archbishop De Villiers of the Terraist Church in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. Even though the Church was a PathOfInspiration, most of its clergy genuinely believed in their tenets of Earth being sacred and were well-known for their asceticism. De Villiers however believed nothing of that and saw the Church as simply a tool to seize power. During one episode, he was shown secretly indulging in hard liquors.

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* Archbishop De Villiers of the Terraist Church in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. Even though the Church was a PathOfInspiration, most of its clergy genuinely believed in their tenets of Earth being sacred and were well-known for their asceticism. De Villiers however Villiers, however, believed nothing of that and saw the Church as simply a tool to seize power. During one episode, he was shown secretly indulging in hard liquors.



** In ''Suore Ninja'', the higher-ups of the church are so corrupt that when UsefulNotes/ThePope Constantin Vitalian announces he met God ''a cardinal resigns on the spot''. There are a few exceptions, however, including Pope John Paul I (who Constantin Vitalian believes was ''killed'' for being incorruptible, at least until he finds out that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he was eaten by a T-Rex that had chased Constantin Vitalian through time when he tried to use a holy item to cheat at a lottery]]) and José Maria Bergoglio (who in this comic was not elected Pope, Constantin Vitalian taking his place).
** ''Jenus of Nazareth'' has the Second Coming of Jesus trying to restore good and order in the Church and the world... And Pope Benedict XVI not only opposes him, but [[BigBad he and his predecessors are the whole reason for the Second Coming]].

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** In ''Suore Ninja'', the church higher-ups of the church are so corrupt that when UsefulNotes/ThePope Constantin Vitalian announces he met God ''a cardinal resigns on the spot''. There are a few exceptions, however, including Pope John Paul I (who Constantin Vitalian believes was ''killed'' for being incorruptible, at least until he finds out that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he was eaten by a T-Rex that had chased Constantin Vitalian through time when he tried to use a holy item to cheat at a lottery]]) and José Maria Bergoglio (who in this comic was not elected Pope, Constantin Vitalian taking his place).
** ''Jenus of Nazareth'' has the Second Coming of Jesus trying to restore good and order in the Church and the world... And Pope Benedict XVI not only opposes him, him but [[BigBad he and his predecessors are the whole reason for the Second Coming]].



* Judge Claude Frollo from the Disney adaptation of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is initially HolierThanThou, until his lust for Esmeralda becomes an obsession, and he decides forcing her into a "be mine or you will burn" ScarpiaUltimatum would be worth going to hell over. In public, he still maintains a KnightTemplar image, and uses that to try to achieve his goals.

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* Judge Claude Frollo from the Disney adaptation of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is initially HolierThanThou, until his lust for Esmeralda becomes an obsession, and he decides forcing her into a "be mine or you will burn" ScarpiaUltimatum would be worth going to hell over. In public, he still maintains a KnightTemplar image, image and uses that to try to achieve his goals.



* In ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', Lieutenant Kendrick claims being Christian in his testimony, but simultaneously exposes his absolute absence of compassion.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' Season 2: The reverend mother turned to Christianity after she got drunk as a teenager and ran someone over. Fifty years later, she still thinks of herself as that teenage sinner who couldn't own up to murder.

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* In ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', Lieutenant Kendrick claims being to be Christian in his testimony, testimony but simultaneously exposes his absolute absence of compassion.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' Season 2: The reverend mother turned to Christianity after she got drunk as a teenager and ran someone over. Fifty years later, she still thinks of herself as that teenage sinner who couldn't own up to murder.
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** The trope gets played straight with about half of the Church of God Awaiting. The entire Inquisition, especially its leader, use blackmail, espionage, assassination, murder, and coercion for its little problems, like declaring an (unofficial) jihad/crusade to destroy the main character's kingdom. Once the war gets started, though, they ''really'' kick it in high gear. Doing little things like [[spoiler:build Nazi-style concentration camps for "discovering heritics"]] and [[spoiler:launch a "partisan revolution" in an ''allied country'' (unsurprisingly, those parts of it which the rebels don't take quickly cease to be allies)]].
** Zhaspahr Clyntahn could be considered a case of this combined with TheFundamentalist. Since he's highly prone to [[BelievingTheirOwnLies believing his own lies]], his HidingBehindReligion often takes the form of deciding on a response to some threat to his personal power, using whatever logic he needs to use in order to make it appear he's acting in the name of God's Church, and proceeding to genuinely believe whatever logic he's come up with.

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** The trope gets played straight with about half of the Church of God Awaiting. The entire Inquisition, especially its leader, use blackmail, espionage, assassination, murder, and coercion for its little problems, like declaring an (unofficial) jihad/crusade to destroy the main character's kingdom. Once the war gets started, though, they ''really'' kick it in high gear. Doing little things like [[spoiler:build Nazi-style concentration camps for "discovering heritics"]] heretics"]] and [[spoiler:launch a "partisan revolution" in an ''allied country'' (unsurprisingly, those parts of it which the rebels don't take quickly cease to be allies)]].
** Zhaspahr Clyntahn could be considered a case of this combined with TheFundamentalist. Since he's highly prone to [[BelievingTheirOwnLies believing his own lies]], his HidingBehindReligion often takes the form of deciding on a response to some threat to his personal power, using whatever logic he needs to use in order to make it appear he's acting in the name of God's Church, Church and proceeding to genuinely believe whatever logic he's come up with.



* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' Season 2: The reverend mother turned to Christianity after she got drunk as a teenager and ran someone over. Fifty years later, she still thinks of herself as that teenage sinner who couldn't own up to murder.



* Uncle Ezra from the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "A Fitting Punishment" is a cruel and greedy funeral director who hides behind a veneer of piousness for his clients. Most of his bibilical quotes don't even come from Literature/TheBible, which gives away that he's a phony, but what really defines his character is [[spoiler:crippling and later murdering his orphaned nephew, simply because he didn't want the extra burden]].

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* Uncle Ezra from the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "A Fitting Punishment" is a cruel and greedy funeral director who hides behind a veneer of piousness for his clients. Most of his bibilical biblical quotes don't even come from Literature/TheBible, which gives away that he's a phony, but what really defines his character is [[spoiler:crippling and later murdering his orphaned nephew, simply because he didn't want the extra burden]].



* Theatre/{{Tartuffe}} of Creator/{{Moliere}}'s homonymous play is one of the most famous example in francophone countries, in which his name is a synonym for that trope, practically equivalent to being a TropeNamer ([[IResembleThatRemark that it stirred up a lot of controversy from the religious crowd at the time didn't help]]).

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* Theatre/{{Tartuffe}} of Creator/{{Moliere}}'s homonymous play is one of the most famous example examples in francophone countries, in which his name is a synonym for that trope, practically equivalent to being a TropeNamer ([[IResembleThatRemark that it stirred up a lot of controversy from the religious crowd at the time didn't help]]).



* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1662 "Not-Tengu"]] apparently feigns offence at the notion that it's not ok to brainwash people into being his devoted followers. [[spoiler:As it turns out, he's not some supernatural creature like most of the comic's antagonists he's human, and used to be an average jerk before gaining superpowers. He knows full well it's wrong, and operates on the belief that [[ItsAllAboutMe he deserves everything he wants]].]]

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1662 "Not-Tengu"]] apparently feigns offence offense at the notion that it's not ok to brainwash people into being his devoted followers. [[spoiler:As it turns out, he's not some supernatural creature like most of the comic's antagonists he's human, and used to be an average jerk before gaining superpowers. He knows full well it's wrong, and operates on the belief that [[ItsAllAboutMe he deserves everything he wants]].]]



* Reverend Lovejoy from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. When [[ChurchOfHappyology the Movementarians]] gain popular momentum, Lovejoy is so quick to give up on trying to promote Christianity that when Marge shows up at his church, he is soaking it in gasoline, presumably to cash in on {{insurance fraud}}. He also seems not to be that good at preaching moral decency to his own family, if his [[GossipyHens gossipy wife]] and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative daughter]] are anything to go by, and when the latter reminds him of past misdeeds of her own, he just plugs his ears and pretends not to hear anything. He blames it on years of having to put up with Ned Flanders, which put him off his job more than off his faith and made him, in his own words, "[[StoppedCaring stop caring.]] Fortunately, it was [[TheEighties the Eighties]], [[TakeThat so no one noticed]]." His name is also doubly {{ironic|Name}} since he's not particularly loving or joyful.
** A recurring theme about him is that he seems to be {{only in it for the money}}. In "The Monkey Suit", he doesn't care about pushing creationism into school like [[TheFundamentalist Ned]] wants until his wife tells him they might be able to profit from it. He also displays little knowledge of the Bible most of the time, or doesn't care about it.

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* Reverend Lovejoy from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. When [[ChurchOfHappyology the Movementarians]] gain popular momentum, Lovejoy is so quick to give up on trying to promote Christianity that when Marge shows up at his church, he is soaking it in gasoline, presumably to cash in on {{insurance fraud}}. He also seems not to be that good at preaching moral decency to his own family, if his [[GossipyHens gossipy wife]] and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative daughter]] are anything to go by, and when the latter reminds him of past misdeeds of her own, he just plugs his ears and pretends not to hear anything. He blames it on years of having to put up with Ned Flanders, which put him off his job more than off his faith and made him, in his own words, "[[StoppedCaring stop caring.]] Fortunately, it was [[TheEighties the Eighties]], [[TakeThat so no one noticed]]." His name is also doubly {{ironic|Name}} since he's not particularly loving or joyful.
** A recurring theme about him is that he seems to be {{only in it for the money}}. In "The Monkey Suit", he doesn't care about pushing creationism into school teachings like [[TheFundamentalist Ned]] wants until his wife tells him they might be able to profit from it. He also displays little knowledge of the Bible most of the time, time or doesn't care about it.



'''Donovan''': The rapture. Turns out there ''is'' a God.

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'''Donovan''': The rapture.Rapture. Turns out there ''is'' a God.


* Big Jim from ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' appears to do this. While Pastor Lester Coggins appears to be a sincere example of TheFundamentalist, Renny wears his religious tendencies like a suit of political armor that he can take off or put on depending on the circumstances, going so far as to [[spoiler:kill Pastor Coggins when he decides that God probably isn't okay with their helping to run one of New England's largest meth labs]].

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* Big Jim from ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' appears to do this. While Pastor Lester Coggins appears to be a sincere example of TheFundamentalist, Renny wears his religious tendencies like a suit of political armor that he can take off or put on depending on the circumstances, going so far as to [[spoiler:kill Pastor Coggins when he decides that God probably isn't okay with their helping to run one of New England's largest meth labs]].labs, in fact probably the largest in the world]].


* Hugo from ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun" may very well be this. While we don't actually know much about his motivations, [[spoiler:harems of young men and women, fabricating supposedly Godly miracles, sleeping with four of the main cast (who are all male), and arranging demon-worshiping death matches]] are all far from what 13th Century Catholicism preaches, especially considering that his status as one of the well-respected Knights Templar allows him to get away with most of it.

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* Hugo from ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun" ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' may very well be this. While we don't actually know much about his motivations, [[spoiler:harems of young men and women, fabricating supposedly Godly miracles, sleeping with four of the main cast (who are all male), and arranging demon-worshiping death matches]] are all far from what 13th Century Catholicism preaches, especially considering that his status as one of the well-respected Knights Templar allows him to get away with most of it.


* ''WesternAnimation/Castlevania2017'': The Bishop's supposed goals of helping the people are nothing but hollow lies for him to get away with murder and heartlessness, and he actually takes advantage of Dracula's rampage to increase his own power and standing within the Church. [[spoiler:In the end, God Himself is so disgusted with the Bishop's actions that he [[GodIsDispleased withdraws His protection]] and allows Dracula's demons to kill him.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/Castlevania2017'': The Bishop's supposed goals of helping the people are nothing but hollow lies for him to get away with murder and heartlessness, and he actually takes advantage of Dracula's rampage to increase his own power and standing within the Church. [[spoiler:In the end, God Himself is so disgusted with the Bishop's actions that he He [[GodIsDispleased withdraws His protection]] and allows Dracula's demons to kill him.]]

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