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26th May '17 1:06:27 PM LadyChaos
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* Michael from ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' is convinced that he's the paragon of Godly behavior, and that his rules are as good as law. . . . and that anyone who rejects the standards his church sets deserves to die. He also believes that ''he'' is the true chosen child of God, not Etienne, and that the latter is nothing more than a heretic for even assuming he can take that role.
15th Apr '17 3:32:59 PM nombretomado
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* The proprietors of the "Hell House" in a Halloween sequence in ''SomethingPositive'' are [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christians]] who lead visitors through a haunted house that's supposed to show them the horrors of promiscuity, homosexuality, secularism, and other bogeymen of the religious right, then refuse to let them leave unless they profess Jesus Christ as their lord and savior.[[note]] Sadly, this is a real phenomenon, although they'll typically let you leave with a tract or two[[/note]] ''However'', the set-up is subverted in that the character who calls them out on their bullshit is himself a devout Christian who is disgusted at what he sees as a perversion of his faith.

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* The proprietors of the "Hell House" in a Halloween sequence in ''SomethingPositive'' ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' are [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christians]] who lead visitors through a haunted house that's supposed to show them the horrors of promiscuity, homosexuality, secularism, and other bogeymen of the religious right, then refuse to let them leave unless they profess Jesus Christ as their lord and savior.[[note]] Sadly, this is a real phenomenon, although they'll typically let you leave with a tract or two[[/note]] ''However'', the set-up is subverted in that the character who calls them out on their bullshit is himself a devout Christian who is disgusted at what he sees as a perversion of his faith.
2nd Apr '17 3:51:07 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Jesus}} Himself was particularly harsh on HolierThanThou types, calling them hypocrites who "are like a tomb whitewashed and beautiful but full of old bones and dead people". He tended to emphasize the importance of humility and self-awareness of one's own shortcomings, and often said that those who proudly perform "good deeds" in front of an audience so that everyone knows how good they are will receive no reward in Heaven, having already received all the reward they deserve.

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* {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Himself was particularly harsh on HolierThanThou types, calling them hypocrites who "are like a tomb whitewashed and beautiful but full of old bones and dead people". He tended to emphasize the importance of humility and self-awareness of one's own shortcomings, and often said that those who proudly perform "good deeds" in front of an audience so that everyone knows how good they are will receive no reward in Heaven, having already received all the reward they deserve.
7th Feb '17 9:54:12 AM kazokuhouou
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** Rev. Putty seems to be a subversion too, especially as you get closer to the end of the series. He really seems to want to inspire hope and steer people towards a righteous life, but is very understanding of alternate lifestyles and quick to admit he's human. That he has flaws and is just another guy with a job.

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** Rev. Putty seems to be a subversion too, especially as you get closer to the end of the series. He really seems to want to inspire hope and steer people towards a righteous life, but is very understanding of alternate lifestyles and quick to admit he's human. That he has flaws and is just another guy with a job. Putty's CharacterDevelopment and renewal of faith certainly helps.
7th Jan '17 2:14:21 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''ComicBook/{{Galactus}} is occasionally written like this in regards to his rightfullness in eating planets. He's also a rare justified example, as Galactus is destined to one day use the energy from the planets he destroyed to ensure that the universe gets reïncarnated, and is imperial to keep the balance between Eternity and Death.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Galactus}} ''ComicBook/{{Galactus}}'' is occasionally written like this in regards to his rightfullness in eating planets. He's also a rare justified example, as Galactus is destined to one day use the energy from the planets he destroyed to ensure that the universe gets reïncarnated, reincarnated, and is imperial to keep the balance between Eternity and Death.



* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Frollo thinks that he's better than the rest of Paris' citizens - even though the Archdeacon has to stop him from committing infanticide in the first ''ten minutes.'' He even starts his ''prayers'' by mentioning how proud of himself he is, [[PrideBeforeAFall without ever noticing the irony.]]

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* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Frollo thinks that he's better than the rest of Paris' citizens - even though the Archdeacon has to stop him from committing infanticide in the first ''ten minutes.'' minutes''. He even starts his ''prayers'' by mentioning how proud of himself he is, [[PrideBeforeAFall without ever noticing the irony.]]
11th Dec '16 11:16:34 PM HartiganBook
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If news coverage emphasizes stories with a [[PedophilePriest priest molesting a child]] more as opposed to, say, [[HotForStudent a teacher]], it is because though both hold positions of authority, priests are the ones who claim a moral superiority at the same time.

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If news coverage emphasizes stories with a [[PedophilePriest priest molesting a child]] more as opposed to, say, [[HotForStudent a teacher]], it one reason is because though both hold positions of authority, priests are the ones (usually, but not always) who claim a moral superiority at the same time.
11th Dec '16 11:15:32 PM HartiganBook
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This one is so pervasive that finding an overtly religious character in media ''and'' making him or her likable without promoting an {{anvilicious}} agenda is difficult. This is especially so if the character is genuine clergy, although you might get lucky with a kind priest or monk of some sort. Don't even think about putting one of these people in a slasher or horror movie, as they are often the first to [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality get killed]] in rather [[HowToKillACharacter nasty fashion]].

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This one is so pervasive that finding an overtly religious character in media ''and'' making him or her likable without promoting an {{anvilicious}} agenda is difficult. This is especially so if the character is genuine clergy, although you might get lucky with a kind priest or monk of some sort. Don't even think about putting If you see one of these people in a slasher or horror movie, don't get too attached as they are often the first to [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality get killed]] in rather [[HowToKillACharacter nasty fashion]].



Note: Despite the above text, this trope is not limited to religious people, as it can refer to anyone, religious or non-religious who considers themselves morally superior to others.

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Note: Despite the above text, this trope is not limited to religious people, as it can refer refers to anyone, religious or non-religious non-religious, who considers themselves morally superior to others.others and this traits has been seen in people (in fiction and real-life) of any and all ideologies.



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[[noreallife]]NoRealLifeExamplesPlease. Nearly everyone in real-life, religious and non-religious, is like this at some point and who is displaying this behavior is often subjective; for example, it has seen much overuse as a [[AssociationFallacy blanket accusation]] against religious people.
11th Dec '16 11:11:27 PM HartiganBook
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Note: Despite the above text, this trope is not limited to religious people, as it can refer to anyone, religious or non-religious who considers themselves morally superior to others.
27th Nov '16 2:10:48 PM nombretomado
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* Implied in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}: Legends In Exile'' when describing "The kingdom of the Great Lion fell, and again we did nothing, because we always found the old lion to be a bit too pompous and holier-than-thou for our tastes." This is a ShoutOut (or a TakeThat) to ''{{Narnia}}''.

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* Implied in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}: Legends In Exile'' when describing "The kingdom of the Great Lion fell, and again we did nothing, because we always found the old lion to be a bit too pompous and holier-than-thou for our tastes." This is a ShoutOut (or a TakeThat) to ''{{Narnia}}''.''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]''.
24th Oct '16 3:31:20 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "I Dream Of Smurfette", Tapper is accused of being "smurfier-than-thou" by Hefty when the two of them along with Handy and Greedy are standing together watching Smurfette go off on her business. Tapper comments on why looking at Smurfette is more important than their going about their own business.

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* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "I Dream Of Smurfette", Tapper is accused of being "smurfier-than-thou" by Hefty when the two of them along with Handy and Greedy are standing together watching Smurfette go off on her business. Tapper Tapper, who is a Christian that is far from the type who would exemplify this trope, simply comments on why looking at Smurfette is more important than their going about their own business.
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