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A group of religious people against magical powers (or something equivalent.).

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
AzureChevalier on Jan 26th 2018 at 3:28:35 PM
Last Edited By:
AHI-3000 on Mar 13th 2018 at 3:44:49 PM
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Page Type: trope

In The Bible and its related works, all supernatural phenomenon that wasn't a God-sanctioned miracle was almost always a work of The Devil, his minions, or somebody worshiping the former two.

In Urban Fantasy or Science Fiction, a group of conservative Christians (or Jews, or Muslims, or what-have-you) who see the use of powers as "blasphemous" or "the work of Satan" can be effective antagonists.

Sub-trope of Anti-Magical Faction.


Examples:

Comic Books

  • The Church of Humanity in "X-Men", showing the religious side of mutant prejudice. Of course, later retcons (as well as later interpretations, such as the movie The New Mutants) show several mutants in a decidedly more demonic light, causing the Church of Humanity to fall into the No Mere Windmill and Strawman Has a Point tropes.

Tabletop Games

  • In the backstory of Shadowrun, several religious groups came out against the rise of magic (including the return of metahumans and the Awakened to the world) without actually being or becoming Anti-Magical Factions.

Video Games

  • In Dragonfable, The Rose are specifically an anti-magical faction that views all forms of magic as evil. They attempt to capture or destroy anything and everything related to magic. However, they come off as hypocrites as they have no problem with using magical items themselves to accomplish their goals.
  • In "Witcher 3: Wild Hunt", the Church of the Eternal Flame is against any kind of magic or mysticism and uses physical force and religious coercion to slowly turn the province against mages and witches.

Feedback: 20 replies

Jan 26th 2018 at 4:25:15 PM

Would this count?

  • In Dragon Fable, The Rose are specifically an anti-magical faction that views all forms of magic as evil. They attempt to capture or destroy anything and everything related to magic. However, they come off as hypocrites as they have no problem with using magical items themselves to accomplish their goals.

Jan 26th 2018 at 5:55:42 PM

Yeah, but it says nothing about a religious component.

Jan 26th 2018 at 7:14:53 PM

No, but most examples do have a religious component. So this would be The Same But More Specific

Jan 28th 2018 at 2:17:57 AM

Tabletop Games

  • In the Back Story of the Shadowrun game, several religious organizations came out against the rise of magic (including the return of metahuman and Awakened creatures to the world) without actually being (or becoming) Anti Magical Factions.
    • Tir na NOg. In the year 2012, Pope John Paul IV denounces metahumans as abominations in the eyes of God during the traditional New Year's Message from St. Peter's Square.
    • In 2020, the Ayatollah in charge of Iran declares jihad against all metahuman races.
    • Awakenings - New Magic in 2057. Throughout the world, many individual religious communities consider the return of magic to be the work of the Devil and persecute anyone who uses it.

Jan 27th 2018 at 7:09:35 AM

Often crosses with this trope:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=en43sod0os57c0km2pakpxmc

when the first magic wielder was an Omnicidial Maniac and/or someone who wronged the leader of the group personally.

Jan 27th 2018 at 3:35:27 PM

  • In the The Witcher 3 The Wild Hunt, the Church of the Eternal Flame is against any type of magic or mysticism and uses physical force and religious coercion to slowly turn the province against mages and witches. They claim that it's about the purity of the region's souls, but the mages and witches are often wealthy with a great deal of riches and valuable relics which, after their execution, become the property of the Church of the Eternal Flame.

Jan 27th 2018 at 11:42:29 AM

@Arivne: Note that in Shadowrun the Pope's denunciation of metahumans and magic caused a schism in the Catholic Church where the Czechs, French, and Irish broke away to form their own magic-friendly Catholic Churches. And the next Pope reversed the Roman Catholic Church's position and embraced metahumans and magic, causing the German Catholic Church to split off. While Tehran was demolished by the Great Dragon Aden.

Jan 27th 2018 at 12:19:55 PM

  • The Church of Humanity in X Men, showing the religious side of mutant prejudice. Of course, later retcons (as well as later interpretations, such as the movie The New Mutants) show several mutants in a decidedly more demonic light, causing the Church of Humanity to fall into the No Mere Windmill and Strawman Has A Point tropes.

Jan 27th 2018 at 8:07:46 PM

Does this specifically have to be about Abrahamic religions? Because many fantasy settings lack monotheism.

Also, applied formatting.

Jan 28th 2018 at 3:37:49 AM

^ Usually this trope arises because of the old Abrahamic belief that magic and/or supernatural powers are "the work of Satan" since "they don't come from God". As far as I can tell, non-Abrahamic religions are more accepting of magic or the supernatural.

Really, the only example of this trope without the Abrahamic angle was a Stereotype Flip in Ah My Goddess, with the New Age/Wiccan girl thinking Belldandy and her sisters (who are angels from Heaven) are "monsters" that need to be exorcized.

I guess that sort of thing (Wiccan types being mistrustful and/or fearful of angels) could be a trope of its own.

Jan 28th 2018 at 4:19:42 PM

I should mention that psychic powers or mechanical implants or anything else like it could be substituted for magic and it would be okay.

Jan 29th 2018 at 10:39:35 AM

Well, I suppose this is different from other reasons for Anti Magical Faction...

If this is launched, it's gotta be a subtrope of Anti Magical Faction, and will need examples moved into here.

Mention that in the description.

Also check that your current examples aren't already in Anti Magical Faction?

Duplicating examples from there... Might make a case for this being a subtrope.

Hopefully scrubbing dupes if it's launched, is easy.

Jan 31st 2018 at 5:48:15 AM

Officially made a subtrope.

Jan 31st 2018 at 7:08:23 AM

The Same (But More Specific) as Anti Magical Faction.

From that trope page: "Their ideology often contains a notion that Magic Is Evil"

Jan 31st 2018 at 10:20:52 AM

I agree that this is The Same But More Specific. Remember that Tropes Are Flexible and Anti Magical Faction should be flexible enough to include this concept. If there are examples on this draft that aren't yet on AMF, then I'd suggest transplanting these ones over there (with relevant revisions as needed).

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