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1An organization of persons dedicated to enforcing a [[TheChurch particular religion]]'s laws, in a role similar to (or overlapping with) civil law enforcement. This is almost always in cases where there is no separation between religious and secular authorities, but not necessarily: it could be a Secret Society maintaining a {{Masquerade}}, in which case the Church Police are not their religion's public face, but rather a kind of SecretPolice. They may do double-duty as monks (or priests) and cops. Sometimes they are even styled after monastic orders.²²Very likely to be a StateSec. {{Knight Templar}}s and {{Church Militant}}s are to be found among their ranks. May be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s. They are frequently FacelessMooks in hooded robes. Often a symptom of the PathOfInspiration, the CorruptChurch, or on the far extreme, the ReligionOfEvil. However, on occasion these groups aid the protagonists. SubTrope of ChurchMilitant. May be led by a SinisterMinister.²²This trope also covers the closely related phenomenon of "internal" religious police, a very similar group as this, but strictly working within their own religious community and having no connection to an external state apparatus, and little or no jurisdiction over non-members.²²Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* In ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', the AX and the Inquisition conduct investigatory, espionage, and covert operations for the papacy. [[ Including hunting vampires]].²* ''Manga/{{Dokuro}}'': Takeo was the most deadly assassin of the Nirvana Church of Creation's security department's elite Canis division, before turning on them.²* ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* The Warrior Monks who enforce Cardinal Trebaldi's edicts in ''ComicBook/LeScorpion''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* In the ''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 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]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film]]²* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'': Although not specifically the judicial arm of a Church or theocracy, the government in Libria invokes an awful lot of religious imagery and titles: the Tetragrammaton Council is headed by "Father," the Grammaton "Clerics" are the elite policemen, and so on.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' stories. The United Church has agents that hunt down wrongdoers in several novels. To be fair, though, the Church is basically a pan-galactic Unicef rather than a religious organization.²** ''For Love of Mother-Not''. Agents of the Church's Moral Operations branch pursue Flinx.²** In ''Bloodhype'', Kitten Kai-sung and the Tolian named Porsupah are agents of the Church's Intelligence Arm sent to the planet Repler to investigate the trade in the illegal drug bloodhype.²* In ''Literature/InheritanceTrilogy'' the order of Intempas has Order Keepers to protect the laws.²* In ''[[Literature/SherlockHolmes A Study In Scarlet]]'', the [[spoiler: LDS church has a secret and very ruthless force.]]²* In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', each branch of the Church has its own enforcement, usually a sort of armed police with an intelligence wing. The Church also has an overall army.²* In ''Literature/{{Kraken}}'', all of London's cults have armed wings, usually former soldiers who defend their cult and hunt down apostates. Some, such as the Church of God Kraken, have "apocalypse brigades" designed as a last-ditch, kamikaze defense of the congregation. Others, like the Dharma Buddhists and the Chaos Nazis, are entirely militant.²* The short story ''[[ A Word For Heathens]]'', by Canadian sci-fi author Creator/PeterWatts, features brutal descriptions of a future totalitarian theocracy that artificially boosts the religious centers of the brains of it's shock troops in order for them to feel ''righteous'' as they slaughter innocents.²* The Faith Militant in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': They are the military arm of the Faith of the Seven. In the book ''A Feast for Crows'' they are shown to be acting in a rather police-like manner.²* As much as Big Brother and the Party had replaced God and religion in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', the Thought Police would count as this trope, similar to the Telegrammaton Clerics in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''.²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live Action Television]]²* ''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.²* ''Series/TheTribe'':²** The Chosen, and in particular their Praetorian Guard, both of whom were of the FacelessMooks in hooded robes variety. They were a religious cult that worshipped the slain Zoot as a God, and extolled the virtues of "power and chaos." They were led by a SinisterMinister, the Guardian, and his lieutenant.²** In the final episode, members of another hooded, robed tribe were briefly shown; however, it was not established if the costume served a religious purpose, though it might have been meant to connect them visually to the distinctive outfits of the Chosen.²* The Ori made use of these in ''Series/StargateSG1''.²* [[ChurchOfHappyology Synthiotics/New Realism]] in the cyberpunk miniseries ''Series/WildPalms'' had two versions, really both extensions of the same authority, that of the Church's founder, Senator Kreutzer: one was a well-dressed bunch of thugs in suits who beat up and silenced people (they worked more or less directly for the Senator's crypto-fascist political organization, the Fathers); the other was a group more closely affiliated with the Senator's religious role as founder of Synthiotics: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything They dressed like naval sailors]] and accompanied young demagogue Coty Wyckoff.²* The "Lawgivers" of the planet Beta III in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, "Return of the Archons," were humanoid drones in monk-like hooded robes whose function within [[HiveMind "The Body"]] was to enforce the will of Landru (the computerized descendant of the planet's so-called greatest philosopher).²* The Divine Order in the series ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' and its TV Movies had such a force, but as their society was a more traditional theocracy, they were more or less the same as the League of 20,000 Planet's regular military (Priests, however, were sometimes shown and more frequently implied to have some kind of police-like authority, though we mostly saw them tending to His Divine Shadow).²* The ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' ran afoul of several of these in their AlternateUniverse-hopping adventures. Of particular note was an Earth where America was controlled by a fundamentalist religious group that outlawed modern technology and science, and employed a network of police and spies to confiscate advanced technology.²* In the ''[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus MontyPython]]'' sketch "Bishop on the Landing" a family finds a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dead bishop on their landing]]. They debate whether to call the church or the police, so they call the Church Police.²** "Nobody expects UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition!"²** There is also The Bishop, a crimefighter who stops clergymen from being murdered... or at least he would [[TheCavalryArrivesLate if he ever got there in time]].²* The militant Sons of Ares cult in the reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' series. It's possible that given the henotheistic nature of their society, other Gods and Godesses have similar militant followings. The Sons of Ares were shown raiding Baltar's cult's compound using paramilitary tactics and weapons in retaliation for what the other Colonials perceived as an attack on their Gods by Baltar and his followers. Adama's and Tigh's reactions to hearing their name indicated that the group had a violent history in Colonial society. They were later shown on patrol, bearing arms and intimidating the residents of Dogsville.²* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has The Nebari Establishment, another example of a totalitarian society where service to the State is the State Religion, and employs agents who will do anything to advance the Establishment's goals, including "Mind-Cleansing" other species and rebellious members of their own kind. Their behavior regarding "the greater good" borders on religious reverence. In their case, the "salvation" (re-integration) of non-comformists is a matter of MindControl technology. Of course, the Nebari are a race of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, with the few Nebari encountered away from their homeworld being either ruthless government agents like Varla or rogue non-conformists like Chiana.²* 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 (UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, played as DaChief) would show up and tell them to cut it out.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Inquisition and sub-branches such as the Ordo Malleus and the Adeptus Arbites. They're the one's charged with monitoring for heresy, eliminating those who flout the Emperor's Law and so on. Space Marines and Sisters Of Battle are {{Church Militant}}s.²* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' has The Sabbat, a vampire organisation which apes the practices of the Catholic Church, and has its own Inquisition, who're responsible for ensuring ''ritae'' are performed correctly, that Sabbat officials conduct themselves properly and for rooting out heretics, infiltrators and demon-worshippers.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, the Templar Order enforces the [[TheChurch Chantry]]'s BanOnMagic across all lands. Also, the Seekers of Truth (another) functions as InternalAffairs for the Templars themselves.²** The [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Qunari]] (who are actually a religion rather than the species typically called qunari and technically kossith) have the Ben-Hassrath, who are spies in non-qunari lands as well as enforcers of qunari ideological purity; you meet one in the ''Mark of the Assassin'' DLC.²** And now that both the Templars and the Seekes of Truth have [[Literature/{{Asunder}} gone rogue]], ItsUpToYou to build a new Inquisition to bring back order in [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the third installment]].²* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''²** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':²*** 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.²*** 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.²** 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, as well as any others they deem as "dissidents" or "undesirables".²** 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.²* 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.²* The Warrior Monks in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' are nothing more than the personal army of [[TheTheocracy the church of Yevon]], keeping the capital of Spira and the dignitaries of the church safe [[spoiler: and wiping out people who snuff around Yevon's dirty secrets.]]²* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', the Oracle Knights. Technically the [[ChurchMilitant standing military]] of the theocratic city-state of Daath, but Daath controls the religion followed by the entire world (centered around The Score, a prophecy which will bring the world universal prosperity), and officials of the Order of Lorelei priesthood who are able to read The Score operate in every major city worldwide. As such, the Oracle Knights can and do pursue threats to the Order of Lorelei internationally, and are allowed to do so because no one wants to cause an international incident with the church that controls access to The Score. Early in the game, it is shown that this occasionally causes conflict and resentment with local military forces.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* The Star Org in ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' are partially semi-official police (especially on Last Resort station) and partially the ChurchMilitant of the [[ChurchOfHappyology Endless]].²* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', the [[ Kyorl'solenurn clan]]'s wardens, judicators, etc. arrest and conduct field executions of the "tainted" and "corrupt" - often, much to the other clans' annoyance.²[[/folder]]²----


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