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31st Dec '16 11:18:55 AM Xtifr
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* Pete the Vicar, a minor character in ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' novel ''The Apocalypse Codex''. Bob Howard, despite being a NayTheist posing as an atheist, genuinely respects the work he does for the community; Pete, conversely, respects Bob's apparent lack of belief. Contrasts sharply with the CorruptChurch baddies, to the point that a look through their Apocrypha-heavy version of the Bible is enough to convince Pete they're not even really Christians.

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* Pete the Vicar, a minor character in ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' novel ''The Apocalypse Codex''.''Literature/TheApocalypseCodex''. Bob Howard, despite being a NayTheist posing as an atheist, genuinely respects the work he does for the community; Pete, conversely, respects Bob's apparent lack of belief. Contrasts sharply with the CorruptChurch baddies, to the point that a look through their Apocrypha-heavy version of the Bible is enough to convince Pete they're not even really Christians.
28th Nov '16 6:28:35 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/JewelsOfGwahlur" ConanTheBarbarian is astounded by one.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/JewelsOfGwahlur" ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian is astounded by one.
22nd Nov '16 1:25:42 PM TheCuza
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* A lot of the priests encountered in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' tend towards this archetype. [[TheAtoner Runil]] is a priest of Arkay first encountered giving last rites over the grave of a child and comfort to her parents. [[NiceGuy Maramal]] is a friendly, community-oriented priest of Mara who will officiate your wedding, and his wife Dinya Balu is also a priestess of Mara who sends you on a quest to spread the love across Skyrim. [[GoodIsNotSoft Erandur]] is another priest of Mara [[spoiler: who used to be a priest of the Daedric prince Vaermina]] who takes it upon himself to rid Dawnstar of its nightmare plague in the name of his goddess. The various priests of [[WarGod Talos]] take this in a [[BadassPreacher different direction]], ministering to the populace as usual in open defiance of the infamous ban on Talos worship (which could result in their deaths by torture if the Thalmor catch them). Even the [[ChurchMilitant Vigilants of Stendarr]], no matter how you feel about them, [[WellIntentionedExtremist do what they do]] in the name of protecting humanity from the Daedra.

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* A lot of the priests encountered in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' tend towards this archetype. [[TheAtoner Runil]] is a priest of Arkay first encountered giving last rites over the grave of a child and comfort to her parents. [[NiceGuy Maramal]] is a friendly, community-oriented priest of Mara who will officiate your wedding, and his wife Dinya Balu is also a priestess of Mara who sends you on a quest to spread the love across Skyrim. [[GoodIsNotSoft Erandur]] is another priest of Mara [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who used to be a priest follower of the Daedric prince Vaermina]] who takes it upon himself to rid Dawnstar of its nightmare plague in the name of his goddess.goddess [[spoiler:to atone for helping to cause it in the name of his Daedric prince]]. The various priests of [[WarGod Talos]] take this in a [[BadassPreacher different direction]], ministering to the populace as usual in open defiance of the infamous ban on Talos worship (which could result in their deaths by torture if the Thalmor catch them). Even the [[ChurchMilitant Vigilants of Stendarr]], no matter how you feel about them, [[WellIntentionedExtremist do what they do]] in the name of protecting humanity from the Daedra.
7th Nov '16 1:17:03 AM Koveras
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%%* Father Raul in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''.

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%%* * Father Raul in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''.''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' is a catholic priest who operates a church in the worst slums of the {{cyberpunk}} metropolis Newport, doing his best to give guidance to the lost souls in the neighborhood. He is also secretly a Sentinel--member of an AncientTradition that protects the Balance--and when April inquires how his faith in Christ meshes with knowledge of the parallel, magic-driven world of Arcadia, he simply points out: "The Balance was created by ''someone'', was it not?"



* Grand Cleric Elthina of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a kindly old lady who advocates peace above all else and is a mother figure to party member Sebastian Vael. On the other hand, she prefers to put her faith in the Maker's plan instead of taking any direct action - you can warn her about the SinisterMinister under her nose ''twice'' and not get anywhere. [[spoiler:Her death sets off the civil war of Kirkwall for the final act.]]

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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Revered Mother Dorothea in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' DLC "Leliana's Song" is a kind mentor who manages to simultaneously give hope to Leliana, convince her to turn her back on her violent past, ''and'' [[TheChessmaster use Leliana's skills to retrieve state-sensitive intelligence stolen from Dorothea earlier]]. Later on, she becomes [[ThePope Divine Justinia]] and ''almost'' manages to prevent Thedas from descending into chaos before her untimely death in ''Inquisition'' (even then, it is her final orders that establish the eponymous organization that ultimately succeeds in restoring order).
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Grand Cleric Elthina of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a kindly old lady who advocates peace above all else and is a mother figure to party member Sebastian Vael. On the other hand, she prefers to put her faith in the Maker's plan instead of taking any direct action - you can warn her about the SinisterMinister under her nose ''twice'' and not get anywhere. [[spoiler:Her death sets off the civil war of Kirkwall for the final act.]]]]
** Mother Giselle in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is presented as one of the moderate clerics from the start and becomes the Chantry's liaison with the reformed Inquisition--even before the Chantry officially recognizes it. When you first meet her, she is organizing relief operations for the Fereldan refugees of the Mage-Templar war, and later on moves to Skyhold to provide the voice of reason and moderation to the Inquisition's leaders.
26th Oct '16 1:26:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* The wandering septon encountered by Brienne in the fourth volume of ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. Mind, given the [[CrapsackWorld nature of the setting]] he'll probably turn out to be evil, or die in a horrible fashion. [[spoiler: Winds up head of the church and, as a bonus, gets to put Cersei in her place several times. He could still die horribly though.]]

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* The wandering septon encountered by Brienne in the fourth volume of ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Mind, given the [[CrapsackWorld nature of the setting]] he'll probably turn out to be evil, or die in a horrible fashion. [[spoiler: Winds up head of the church and, as a bonus, gets to put Cersei in her place several times. He could still die horribly though.]]
16th Oct '16 9:58:43 AM nombretomado
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%%* Simon in ''FinalFantasyTactics'' is an example of a Good Shepherd in a Corrupt Church.

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%%* Simon in ''FinalFantasyTactics'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is an example of a Good Shepherd in a Corrupt Church.



%%* Su Raja in ''PhantasyStarIV''.

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%%* Su Raja in ''PhantasyStarIV''.''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV''.
10th Oct '16 8:11:16 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The SaintlyChurch is, of course, replete with them, but even the CorruptChurch may have several -- usually low-ranking, with the few Good Shepherds in the higher ranks either attempting to reform church or being [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter totally oblivious to the sins of his coworkers]]. Indeed some can be found ministering to the unfortunate of the WretchedHive. Voluntarily. The downside of them acting as the GoodSamaritan is that they have many more people who need help, and indeed, TheHero may find himself needing to give more help than he gets. He may also feature as TheMissionary, in which case TheHero may find help in even less likely locations -- but again, will be limited in resources. He may also assist as the TurbulentPriest. Regardless, expect him to advocate "GodIsGood (all the time)".

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The SaintlyChurch is, of course, replete with them, but even the CorruptChurch may have several -- usually low-ranking, with the few Good Shepherds in the higher ranks either attempting to [[InternalReformist reform church the church]] or being [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter totally oblivious to the sins of his coworkers]]. Indeed some can be found ministering to the unfortunate of the WretchedHive. Voluntarily. The downside of them acting as the GoodSamaritan is that they have many more people who need help, and indeed, TheHero may find himself needing to give more help than he gets. He may also feature as TheMissionary, in which case TheHero may find help in even less likely locations -- but again, will be limited in resources. He may also assist as the TurbulentPriest. Regardless, expect him to advocate "GodIsGood (all the time)".
8th Oct '16 7:02:17 PM TheFarmboy
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* The priest of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' is pleasant, kind, and not above a good laugh, and he gives decent advice now and then.

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* The priest Pastor Carter of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' and ''Friends of Mineral Town'' is pleasant, kind, and not above a good laugh, and he gives decent advice now and then.then. Same thing can go to any clergyman or woman in the series.
9th Sep '16 6:50:54 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** Tekhartha Mondatta is a benevolent holy man preaching coexistence between humans and omnics.

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** Tekhartha Mondatta is a benevolent holy (robot) man preaching coexistence between humans and omnics.
8th Aug '16 9:40:47 PM Fireblood
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* DS James Hathaway from ''Series/{{Lewis}}''. Cambridge Theology graduate who was training to be a priest before he changed careers and became a policeman. He still shows signs of being very spiritual, but has hinted at religous doubts several times

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* DS James Hathaway from ''Series/{{Lewis}}''. Cambridge Theology graduate who was training to be a priest before he changed careers and became a policeman. He still shows signs of being very spiritual, but has hinted at religous religious doubts several timestimes.


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* ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'': Sheik Abdullah, despite seeming pretty ambiguous at first, appears to be shaping out as this. He tells his supporters not to use violence, and manages to defuse a confrontation with the military. Despite being Islamist, he thinks the Army of the Caliphate's actions are absurd and barbaric.
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