Board 8 > Best of the Trope Season 2: Day 26 - Corrupt Church

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01/11/19 2:54:13 PM
Hello everyone, and welcome back to Best of the Trope!

Here are the rules. Each day, I will post a trope from TV Tropes, and each poster can name up to three examples of that trope. Whichever nomination gets the most mentions wins! Posters may also name as many Honourable Mentions as they like, but they are purely optional and will not count towards the running score. You may look at the TV Tropes page for that day's trope for examples, but you do not have to pick all your examples from the page. You can nominate whatever examples you like, as long as they qualify for the trope. Each trope will last around 24 hours before the next one goes up.

Posters may also nominate any tropes they wish to see come up during the series. This is optional, and you don't have to do it every day, or at all. Just bear in mind that I may close trope nominations temporarily if the list gets too long. Tropes will be randomly selected from the list each day, except for some occasions where I will pick a thematically appropriate trope that may or may not be on the list.

Here's the list of previous tropes, so if you wish to nominate some tropes, check on here that it wasn't previously done in Season 1.

Trope list:
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character
The Ophelia
The Drifter
Cool Pet
Reality Warper
Evil Chancellor
Pet the Dog
Those Two Bad Guys
Fighting Clown
Trap Master

Without further ado, let's get started!
01/11/19 3:03:17 PM
The winner of yesterday's trope, Quirky Miniboss Squad, was The League of Evil Exes (Scott Pilgrim), who got 4 votes.

Previous Winners:
Continuity Reboot - Batman Begins / Tomb Raider (2013)
Opposing Sports Team - Monstars (Space Jam) / Globo Gym Purple Cobras (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) / Luca Goers (Final Fantasy X)
Calling Your Attacks - Falcon Punch (Super Smash Bros.)
Arc Words - You have failed this city! (Arrow) / Bad Wolf (Doctor Who)
The Gunslinger - Roland Deschain (The Dark Tower)
Interface Screw - Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy (Yoshi's Island)
Cold Sniper - Widowmaker (Overwatch)
Signature Move - Falcon Punch (Super Smash Bros.)
Badass Santa - Santa Christ (Nostalgia Critic)
How the Character Stole Christmas - How the King Stole Christmas (Brawl in the Family)
An Ass-Kicking Christmas - Die Hard
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain - Wile E. Coyote (Looney Tunes)
Walking Spoiler - Frank Fontaine (Bioshock) / Delta (Zero Time Dilemma)
Evil Brit - V.M. Varga (Fargo)
Jack-of-All-Stats - Mario (Super Smash Bros. / Mario Kart)
Karmic Death - Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Nice Hat - Professor Layton / Hat Kid (A Hat in Time) / Indiana Jones / Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Cool Mask - Meta Knight (Kirby)
Laughably Evil - Hades (Hercules) / Damien Dharke (Arrowverse)
Badass Cape - Batman / Meta Knight (Kirby) / Doctor Strange
Fictional Video Game - Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne (Community) / Sugar Rush (Wreck-It Ralph) / eXistenZ / Wild Side (Kid Chameleon)
Earn Your Happy Ending - The Shawshank Redemption
Even Evil Has Standards - Tipping (Reservoir Dogs) / Joker realizes Red Skull is a Nazi (Batman and Captain America) / Shelly DeKiller (Ace Attorney)

Today's trope is Corrupt Church. Here is the link:

Not even the most religious of places are safe from evil. In fact, the Corrupt Church is often portrayed as much worse than a simple Supervillain Lair or secular League Of Evil, because when even holy priests and ministers turn to the dark side, they can psychologically manipulate the masses with mere superstition, so what hope is there for society? Tends to be highly influential over political leaders to stress the church's power over everyone.

Major villains from the Corrupt Church can include Sinister Ministers, heresy-crushing Inquisitors and other typical ambitious villains using a convenient power structure for their own ends. The Creepy Cathedral tends to be their base of operations. If a work is set in the modern day, then the leader of the Corrupt Church will often be a televangelist, in which case the "straw Christian conservative" aspects will be ratcheted Up to Eleven. The Strawman Conservative may be a member, or even a leader, in one of these.

TL,DR: A highly influential church that uses its power for evil.

Church of Yevon (Final Fantasy X)
The Magisterium (His Dark Materials)
Unitology (Dead Space)
01/11/19 3:11:56 PM
The Orzhov Syndicate (Magic: the Gathering)
E come vivo? Vivo!
01/11/19 3:25:07 PM
The Cola Cult (Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers)
The Movementarians (The Simpsons)
I'll get back up for good this time and I ain't comin' down...
01/11/19 3:27:37 PM
Church of Yevon (Final Fantasy X)
Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination.
01/11/19 5:00:51 PM
The Templars (Assassin's Creed)
The Faith of the Seven (Game of Thrones)
The Grail (Preacher)

Zachary Comstock (Bioshock Infinite)
The Church of Humanity (X-Men)
Khal Kirby, warlord of the Super Star Khalasar
PSN/Steam: CheddarBBQ
01/11/19 5:22:58 PM
The Order (Silent Hill)
The Grail (Preacher)
Los Illuminados (REsident Evil 4)
If the suspense doesn't kill you, something else will! -
01/12/19 3:53:03 AM
Rankings so far:
Church of Yevon (Final Fantasy X) - 2 votes
The Grail (Preacher) - 2 votes
The Magisterium (His Dark Materials)
Unitology (Dead Space)
The Orzhov Syndicate (Magic: the Gathering)
The Cola Cult (Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers)
The Movementarians (The Simpsons)
The Templars (Assassin's Creed)
The Faith of the Seven (Game of Thrones)
The Order (Silent Hill)
Los Illuminados (Resident Evil 4)
01/12/19 7:01:28 AM
The Church of Humanity
Iscariot (Hellsing)
01/12/19 8:55:54 AM
Church of Glabados (FFT)
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