- Not to be confused with Heretics of the Holy Light or .
Heretics or apostates are persons believing in or practicing religious heresy, holding beliefs and opinions at odds with that of their former religion or group.
During the Third War, a group of wretched and heretical fallen priests appeared. They once counted as the most devout amongst the clergy of Lordaeron. But, after years of constant war and suffering, they had lost their sense of the Holy Light. Now, they existed only to spread their frustration and negativity to their fellow men and women.
World of Warcraft
- The Kirin Tor and their magi have been considered heretics for centuries by the Church of the Light who has never been fond of their methods, but let them continue to exist because they don't practice dark magic and are somewhere necessary.
The Burning Crusade
This section concerns content related to The Burning Crusade.
- To some draenei, the shamanistic teachings of the Broken were considered heretics.
- Blood elves have a heritage with the Church of Light. Many were members of the church when they were high elves. Many of these went on to become light wielding priests, paladins and Blood Knights. They have also altered their philosophy from that of the Church. At first they forcibly took their power of light from a naaru.
- The naga usually revere Queen Azshara as a demigod, but a group instead worshiped Neptulon, and they were deemed heretics for it. Skar'this led them, and several bodyguards, crystal guards and emissaries appeared during the Midsummer Fire Festival.
- In their fall, the Scarlet Onslaught started deeming some of their own as heretics and apostates. Mariella Ward was among them.
Battle for Azeroth
- The followers of Zul were considered heretics. The Zandalari trolls who later rebelled against the rule of Queen Talanji were also considered as such. This may refer to the Zandalari royalty title of "God King".