Top 10 Fictional Religions in Movies and TV
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They might not be real religions, but we'd still place our faith in them. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 Fictional Religions in Movies and TV. For this list, we're taking a look at spiritual belief systems from film and television universes with the most intriguing lore, practices, and leaders.
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Top 10 Fictional Religions in Movies and TV
They might not be real religions, but we’d still place our faith in them. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Fictional Religions in Movies and TV.
For this list, we’re taking a look at spiritual belief systems from film and television universes with the most intriguing lore, practices, and leaders.
Even before Jesus, Moses, or any human religious figures hit the scene, God’s creatures were contemplating the purpose of their creation. After Baby Sinclair asks a controversial question, the Council of Elders decides to give dinosaur-kind a straightforward answer: They came from an all-knowing potato! Although some accept this idea with zero questions asked, others need a little more convincing. In a story that mixes great satire with great wisdom, the dinosaurs learn that religion isn’t about easy solutions or forcing your opinions on others; it’s about finding the truth in oneself.
Since “Stargate” is largely about seeking answers by crossing into the unknown, it’s natural that the franchise would work in some commentary on religion. Throughout the final two seasons of “Stargate SG-1,” our protagonists find new enemies in the Ori. With superior technology and intelligence, they attempt to pass themselves off as Gods. Their religion known as Origin makes leeway for intriguing new characters, backstories, and discussions concerning what makes a God. The Ori might be ascended beings, but they too are mere mortals in a universe of boundless possibilities.
“Stargate SG-1” (1997-2007)
#8: Church of the Fonz
Arthur Fonzarelli seemingly has all the power of a God, able to pick up chicks with a snap, fix a jukebox with a slam of his fist, and jump over a shark. In this hilarious episode of “Family Guy,” Peter spreads the wise teachings of his TV savior by starting the Church of the Fonz. However, his religion inevitably disbands in favor of churches dedicated to George Jefferson and Captain Stubing. Kirk Cameron meanwhile converts the rest to Christianity. In the end, however, Peter does reach at least one soul.
“Family Guy” (1999-2003; 2005-)
When Springfield’s taken over by a new religious movement named Movementarianism, almost the entire town is brainwashed into thinking the almighty Leader will take them to the planet of Blissonia. With her family duped, it’s up to Marge to open their eyes. Much of the humor derives from the fact that Movementarianism isn’t too different from the actual body of beliefs practiced by the Unification Church, the Peoples Temple, and even Scientology. As clever as it funny, this episode of “The Simpsons” will have you laughing, thinking, and singing “nananana Leader.”
“The Simpsons” (1989-)
#6: The Na’vi Religion
Although he arguably could have put more thought into the story of “Avatar,” James Cameron fully committed himself to making the Na’vi species as fleshed out as possible with their own distinctive culture, language, and religion. Surprise, surprise, the Na’vi’s spiritual beliefs are largely connected to nature. Their goddess is a mysterious force named Eywa who keeps Pandora’s ecosystem balanced. Even with all the myths presented in “Avatar,” it still feels like we’ve only scratched the surface of this rich world, making us even more eager for its anticipated sequels.
#5: The Way of the Prophets
While “Star Trek” typically sides with science over religion, “Deep Space Nine” puts a surprisingly large emphasis on spirituality’s benefits. Much of the series devotes focus to the Bajorans, a society that trusts in a group of wormhole aliens thought to be prophets. Over time, Starfleet Commander Benjamin Sisko forms a connection with the so-called prophets, learning some enlightening truths about them and himself. Like any religion, The Way of the Prophets isn’t without controversies, but its teachings regarding charity, humility, and faith do offer a virtuous way of life.
“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993-99)
#4: The Thuggee Cult
The second entry in the “Indiana Jones” series might not have the most accurate representation of the real-life Thuggee assassins. Regardless, the filmmaker’s approach does make for fun storytelling, not to mention one scary villain. The sight of Mola Ram (rahm) removing a sacrificial victim’s heart should be all the fuel one needs to not join his barbaric cult. However, this high priest can be quite persuasive in his venture to serve the Hindu deity, Kali Ma. He made two critical mistakes, though. He messed with Indiana Jones and betrayed Shiva.
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984)
#3: R’hllor, the Lord of Light
Just as “Game of Thrones” demonstrates the corrupt nature of politics, it also delves into the corrupt nature of religion. The Lord of Light’s fanatic followers believe that the fire god, R’hllor, is the one true idol. If you think otherwise, prepare to make a date with a burning stake. While much is still shrouded in mystery, viewers can’t wait to learn more about the Red Priestess Melisandre and her shadowy baby. Oh, and if you’ve already read the books, remember: Thou shalt not spoil anything in the comments section.
“Game of Thrones” (2011-)
In order to get off high-voltage electricity, Bender starts attending the Temple of Robotology and opening his metal heart to the Good Book 3.0. By accepting Robotology, though, he also accepts Robot Hell where the Robot Devil resides. Of all the impending religions presented in “Futurama,” Robotology amounts to the most inventive and humorous scenarios. Being machines that were created by man, you wouldn’t think robots would have much basis to form their own religion. Then again, you wouldn’t expect beer to be a proper fuel source for robots either.
“Futurama” (1999-2003; 2008-13)
Before we bow down to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Reformed Neo Buddhism
“SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-)
- Order of Aurelius
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003)
#1: Jedi and Sith Orders
The Force might bind the “Star Wars” galaxy, but it can also drive the galaxy apart depending on whether you’re Sith or Jedi. It’ll take a chosen one with a strong connection to both the light side and dark side to finally restore order. Although many feel that George Lucas ruined everything with midi-chlorians, we choose to view the Force as more of a mystical entity. It can’t be entirely explained with science, but the Force is always with us, always influencing us, and hopefully sending us on the right path.
“Star Wars” franchise (1977-)
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