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27th Nov '16 11:28:52 AM eowynjedi
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* The title character of ''Series/DoctorSynTheScarecrow''. "Scarecrow" is the frightening costume he wears to lead his gang of smugglers in Romney Marsh, evading and outwitting the British army. Syn avoids violence as much as possible (he even saves the life of a traitor by deliberately giving him dud cargo to be exposed in court and then faking a hanging to satisfy his gang) and acts as a GuileHero, but he does resort to non-lethal means a few times, such as when he mugs a press-gang for their uniforms.
20th Nov '16 1:10:28 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' has Sister Amicia, a nun of an explicitly non-militant order, who's nevertheless one of the most powerful warrior-mages in the series and saves the day more than once.
19th Nov '16 3:01:00 PM ChaoticNovelist
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This trope does ''not'' apply to preachers in certain fundamentalist churches and rarely applies to priests of medieval Catholic churches. Those are covered under ChurchMilitant and WarriorMonk -- in those tropes the whole church is, or tries to be, {{Badass}}. A Badass Preacher is a minority in his church hierarchy.

If a {{badass}} person does not belong to a church hierarchy and is instead a pious layman, he's the ReligiousBruiser.

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This trope does ''not'' apply to preachers in certain fundamentalist churches and rarely applies to priests of medieval Catholic churches. Those are covered under ChurchMilitant and WarriorMonk -- in those tropes the whole church is, or tries to be, {{Badass}}.badass. A Badass Preacher is a minority in his church hierarchy.

If a {{badass}} badass person does not belong to a church hierarchy and is instead a pious layman, he's the ReligiousBruiser.



* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', demons are the enemies. Several characters fall into the category of Badass Preacher, from the gunslinging [[YoungestChildWins Yukio]] to the [[MundaneMadeAwesome bible-reciting]] Bon (certain bible verses can banish demons. He recites the entire book of John at one in order to achieve certain victory) but the most notable and straightest example of the trope is PosthumousCharacter Shiro, who has spent his entire life resisting DemonicPossession by ''Satan'' and still finds time to be an excellent Exorcist, father and generally {{Badass}}.

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* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', demons are the enemies. Several characters fall into the category of Badass Preacher, from the gunslinging [[YoungestChildWins Yukio]] to the [[MundaneMadeAwesome bible-reciting]] Bon (certain bible verses can banish demons. He recites the entire book of John at one in order to achieve certain victory) but the most notable and straightest example of the trope is PosthumousCharacter Shiro, who has spent his entire life resisting DemonicPossession by ''Satan'' and still finds time to be an excellent Exorcist, father and generally {{Badass}}.badass.



** Anderson's top protégés are both {{Action Girl}}s and Yumie Takagi is even a {{Badass}} nun. They fight at their mentor's side, annihilate Nazi vampires with ease, and by the series' end, Heinkel even becomes a LightningBruiser regenerator like Anderson before her.

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** Anderson's top protégés are both {{Action Girl}}s and Yumie Takagi is even a {{Badass}} badass nun. They fight at their mentor's side, annihilate Nazi vampires with ease, and by the series' end, Heinkel even becomes a LightningBruiser regenerator like Anderson before her.



* The Confessor in ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is a religious-themed superhero, with a [[ChestInsignia cross on his chest]], a sidekick [[CodeName named]] "Altar Boy", and a church hideout. In his {{Backstory}}, [[spoiler:he actually was a priest...before he was turned into a ''vampire''. The cross on his chest is a "mortification of the flesh" deal, as well as causing him pain so he doesn't focus on the urge to drink blood]]. As for the {{Badass}} part, see his [[Awesome/ComicBooks Crowning Moment Of Awesome]].

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* The Confessor in ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is a religious-themed superhero, with a [[ChestInsignia cross on his chest]], a sidekick [[CodeName named]] "Altar Boy", and a church hideout. In his {{Backstory}}, [[spoiler:he actually was a priest...before he was turned into a ''vampire''. The cross on his chest is a "mortification of the flesh" deal, as well as causing him pain so he doesn't focus on the urge to drink blood]]. As for the {{Badass}} badass part, see his [[Awesome/ComicBooks Crowning Moment Of Awesome]].



** The most important are the three title characters, as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin nuns with ninja training]] and all-around {{Badass}}es. They're the latest of a long line of ninja nuns, destroying supernatural and extraterrestrial threats to the Catholic Church (in fact they were originally created to face an alien invasion that showed up late of a few centuries) with holy weapons and regularly competing for the highest kill count.

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** The most important are the three title characters, as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin nuns with ninja training]] and all-around {{Badass}}es.badas}es. They're the latest of a long line of ninja nuns, destroying supernatural and extraterrestrial threats to the Catholic Church (in fact they were originally created to face an alien invasion that showed up late of a few centuries) with holy weapons and regularly competing for the highest kill count.



* Invoked by the Derethi priests in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', who have an official uniform of TwentyFourHourArmor. However, since real armor is heavy, hot, and kind of uncomfortable, most of them go with fake, ceremonial armor instead. [[spoiler:Except Hrathen. Turns out he's [[{{Badass}} the real deal]], much to the BigBad's surprise]].

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* Invoked by the Derethi priests in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', who have an official uniform of TwentyFourHourArmor. However, since real armor is heavy, hot, and kind of uncomfortable, most of them go with fake, ceremonial armor instead. [[spoiler:Except Hrathen. Turns out he's [[{{Badass}} the real deal]], deal, much to the BigBad's surprise]].



* Creator/StephenKing has one: while Father Callahan was less-than-awesome in his original appearance in ''Literature/SalemsLot'', his consequent reappearance in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' made him considerably more {{Badass}}.

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* Creator/StephenKing has one: while Father Callahan was less-than-awesome in his original appearance in ''Literature/SalemsLot'', his consequent reappearance in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' made him considerably more {{Badass}}.badass.



* UsefulNotes/{{Mormon|ism}} history is full of these guys, going back all the way to Joseph Smith. Whether or not you agree with his religious teachings, it's hard not to take a look at his life and conclude that the man had a personal [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA list]] big enough to fill an average-sized wiki page. For example, singlehandedly stopping a runaway carriage with several members of Congress inside, and cowing a prison guard who was boasting about the way he and his buddies tortured and abused Mormon prisoners into submission with nothing but a good, strong dressing down and sheer force of charisma. And when they finally came to assassinate him, he jumped out a second-story window [[TakeMeInstead to draw the mob away from two friends who were in the room with him]]. (It worked; they both survived, one escaping ''completely unharmed''.) It goes back ''even farther'' than Joseph Smith. A lot of the most {{Badass}} guys (and some girls, too) in Literature/TheBookOfMormon were prophets or otherwise "mighty men of God." Mormon, Moroni, Helaman, Teancum, the list goes on and on.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Mormon|ism}} history is full of these guys, going back all the way to Joseph Smith. Whether or not you agree with his religious teachings, it's hard not to take a look at his life and conclude that the man had a personal [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA list]] big enough to fill an average-sized wiki page. For example, singlehandedly stopping a runaway carriage with several members of Congress inside, and cowing a prison guard who was boasting about the way he and his buddies tortured and abused Mormon prisoners into submission with nothing but a good, strong dressing down and sheer force of charisma. And when they finally came to assassinate him, he jumped out a second-story window [[TakeMeInstead to draw the mob away from two friends who were in the room with him]]. (It worked; they both survived, one escaping ''completely unharmed''.) It goes back ''even farther'' than Joseph Smith. A lot of the most {{Badass}} badass guys (and some girls, too) in Literature/TheBookOfMormon were prophets or otherwise "mighty men of God." Mormon, Moroni, Helaman, Teancum, the list goes on and on.



* [[BadassPacifist Martin Luther King]]. The man utterly pwned the state of Alabama, with just dreams and sermons. He never threw a punch or fired a shot. "Not {{badass}}" you say? He got jailed, beat up, and ultimately assassinated, [[{{Determinator}} and never blinked]]. Once. That man intentionally brought the wrath of the Segregationist Establishment down on his head in order to expose the evils of segregation (and later militarism and systemic poverty), and he had the moral superiority not to respond to his oppressors in kind.

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* [[BadassPacifist Martin Luther King]]. The man utterly pwned the state of Alabama, with just dreams and sermons. He never threw a punch or fired a shot. "Not {{badass}}" badass" you say? He got jailed, beat up, and ultimately assassinated, [[{{Determinator}} and never blinked]]. Once. That man intentionally brought the wrath of the Segregationist Establishment down on his head in order to expose the evils of segregation (and later militarism and systemic poverty), and he had the moral superiority not to respond to his oppressors in kind.
12th Nov '16 8:29:33 AM Orome
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->'''Zoe''': Preacher, doesn't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?\\
'''Book''': Quite specific. However, it is somewhat more fuzzy on the issue of ''kneecaps''.

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->'''Zoe''': Preacher, doesn't don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?\\
'''Book''': Quite specific. However, it is It is, however, somewhat more fuzzy fuzzier on the issue subject of ''kneecaps''.
26th Oct '16 7:01:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]], Lutheran pastor, well-known theologist, and member of LaResistance against NaziGermany. He not only broke off from the existing German Christians during World War II to oppose Nazism, but worked in Abwher as a double agent and plotted to assassinate Hitler. He was captured, imprisoned at Tegel prison and later executed summarily in the Flössenburg concentration camp with some fellow resistence fighters.

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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]], Lutheran pastor, well-known theologist, and member of LaResistance against NaziGermany.UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. He not only broke off from the existing German Christians during World War II to oppose Nazism, but worked in Abwher as a double agent and plotted to assassinate Hitler. He was captured, imprisoned at Tegel prison and later executed summarily in the Flössenburg concentration camp with some fellow resistence fighters.
20th Oct '16 5:41:05 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Reverend Dietrich Bonhoeffer broke off from the existing German Christians during World War II to oppose Nazism, worked in Abwher as a double agent and plotted to assassinate Hitler.



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Stein Saint Edith Stein]], a Jewish woman who became a Catholic nun and philosopher and then died in Auschwitz. There ''is'' backdraft about her as the Anti-Defamation League says the Catholic church is appropriating her death and diminishing the memory of the Holocaust; the official response is that she died ''not'' just because of her Catholic faith, but as a victim of the Nazi revenge for the Dutch Catholic Church's denouncement of Nazism.)
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Lichtenberg Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg]], Catholic priest from Silesia, who prayed for the victims of Kristallnacht and openly spoke against the Nazi euthanasia programs. This got him jailed first and then he was sent to Dachau, but he collapsed and died in the way there.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Stein Saint Edith Stein]], a Jewish woman who became a Catholic nun and philosopher and then died in Auschwitz.Auschwitz, alongside her sister Rose. There ''is'' backdraft about her as the Anti-Defamation League says the Catholic church is appropriating her death and diminishing the memory of the Holocaust; the official response is that she died ''not'' just because of her Catholic faith, but as a victim of the Nazi revenge for the Dutch Catholic Church's denouncement of Nazism.)
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Lichtenberg Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg]], Catholic priest from Silesia, who prayed for the victims of Kristallnacht ''Kristallnacht'' and openly spoke against the Nazi euthanasia programs. This got him jailed first and then he was sent to Dachau, but he collapsed and died in the way there.



** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]], Lutheran pastor, well-known theologist, and member of LaResistance against NaziGermany. He was captured, imprisoned at Tegel prison and later executed summarily in the Flössenburg concentration camp with some fellow resistence fighters.

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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]], Lutheran pastor, well-known theologist, and member of LaResistance against NaziGermany. He not only broke off from the existing German Christians during World War II to oppose Nazism, but worked in Abwher as a double agent and plotted to assassinate Hitler. He was captured, imprisoned at Tegel prison and later executed summarily in the Flössenburg concentration camp with some fellow resistence fighters.


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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubeck_martyrs The Martyrs of Lübeck]]: three Catholic priests (Johannes Prassek, Eduard Müller and Hermann Lange) and a Lutheran pastor (Karl-Friedrich Stellbrink) who were TrueCompanions and publically spoke against Nazism. They were imprisoned in 1942 and executed in 1943 for their work, and guillotined the same day and one after the other. Eyewitnesses reported that the blood of the four clergymen ''literally ran together on the guillotine and on the floor.''
8th Sep '16 6:58:57 PM Floria
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* "Padre," from ''Fanfic/ExceptItAbideInTheVine'', is an alternate version of Steve Rogers who became a Catholic priest in the 21st century. He was also Captain America during World War II, serum and everything, and still moonlights as a superhero when the world needs saving. ''Most'' of the time he's a MartialPacifist, but he makes exceptions for aliens, monsters, and HYDRA.
31st Aug '16 8:40:52 AM erforce
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** Padre Filipe in ''[[Film/TheMaskOfZorro The Legend of Zorro]]''. A scrawny-looking, unassuming priest who punches out mooks (and who braves bullets to conceal Zorro's identity)? That approaches even Zorro's level of badass.

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** Padre Filipe in ''[[Film/TheMaskOfZorro The Legend of Zorro]]''.''Film/TheLegendOfZorro''. A scrawny-looking, unassuming priest who punches out mooks (and who braves bullets to conceal Zorro's identity)? That approaches even Zorro's level of badass.
25th Aug '16 10:06:02 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]], Lutheran pastor, well-known theologist, and member of LaResistance against NaziGermany. He was captured, imprisoned at Tegel prison and later executed summarily in the Flössenburg concentration camp with some fellow resistence fighters.

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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]], Lutheran pastor, well-known theologist, and member of LaResistance against NaziGermany. He was captured, imprisoned at Tegel prison and later executed summarily in the Flössenburg concentration camp with some fellow resistence fighters.



** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigol_Peradze Saint Grigol Peradze]], Georgian Orthodox [[RenaissanceMan priest, historian, and theologist]] who while imprisoned in Auschwitz, either [[IAmSpartacus took the blame for the murder of a German officer to spare his fellow prisoners]] or willingly entered a gas-chamber [[HeroicSacrifice in the place of a Jewish prisoner who had a large family]].

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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigol_Peradze Saint Grigol Peradze]], Georgian Orthodox [[RenaissanceMan priest, historian, and theologist]] who while imprisoned in Auschwitz, either [[IAmSpartacus [[TakingTheHeat took the blame for the murder of a German officer to spare his fellow prisoners]] or willingly entered a gas-chamber [[HeroicSacrifice in the place of a Jewish prisoner who had a large family]].
25th Aug '16 10:04:24 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]], Lutheran pastor, well-known theologist, and member of LaResistance against NaziGermany. He was captured, imprisoned at Tegel prison and later executed summarily in the Flössenburg concentration camp with some fellow resistence fighters.

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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]], Lutheran pastor, well-known theologist, and member of LaResistance against NaziGermany. He was captured, imprisoned at Tegel prison and later executed summarily in the Flössenburg concentration camp with some fellow resistence fighters.



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigol_Peradze Saint Grigol Peradze]], Georgian Orthodox [[RenaissanceMan priest, historian, and theologist]] who while imprisoned in Auschwitz, either [[IAmSpartacus took the blame for the murder of a German officer to spare his fellow prisoners]] or willingly entered a gas-chamber [[HeroicSacrifice in the place of a Jewish prisoner who had a large family]].

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* ** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigol_Peradze Saint Grigol Peradze]], Georgian Orthodox [[RenaissanceMan priest, historian, and theologist]] who while imprisoned in Auschwitz, either [[IAmSpartacus took the blame for the murder of a German officer to spare his fellow prisoners]] or willingly entered a gas-chamber [[HeroicSacrifice in the place of a Jewish prisoner who had a large family]].
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