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22nd May '17 2:44:14 PM Kaiseror
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* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': Angel [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome pendants]] and weapons have a ProtectiveCharm that burn demons and damned souls and when a demon is injured by a holy weapon it leaves a black scar. However the "evil" part of this trope is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] as there are multiple [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch good]] demons. We also see that demons can enchant items to have a similar effect on angels making it an InvertedTrope.
22nd May '17 1:11:44 PM Prometheus117
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* Aku's AchillesHeel in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; Jack's divinely powered sword is one of the few things that can hurt him, and he is shown to have great difficulty controlling or combating other divine powers (such as being driven off by a water goddess in "Jack and the Gangsters").

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* Aku's AchillesHeel in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; Jack's divinely powered sword is one of the few things that can hurt him, and he is shown to have great difficulty controlling or combating other divine or magical powers (such as being driven off by a water goddess in "Jack and the Gangsters").Gangsters" [[spoiler:and the Scotsman's Celtic magic being able to block direct hits from his attacks in the Season 5 finale]]).
12th May '17 1:33:20 PM Dravencour
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In worlds with multiple ideas of what counts as "holy"--like, for example, [RealLife this one]]--this can play in a few ways, such as:

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In worlds with multiple ideas of what counts as "holy"--like, for example, [RealLife [[RealLife this one]]--this can play in a few ways, such as:
11th May '17 7:43:48 PM Linda58
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* Holy water will burn demons in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Bobby apparently sanctifies all the drinks he offers people in order to weed out those who are possessed.

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* Holy water will burn demons in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Bobby apparently sanctifies [[ProperlyParanoid all the drinks drinks]] he offers people in order to weed out those who are possessed.possessed.
** Azazel however is so powerful that he is completely immune to holy war.
5th May '17 10:17:18 AM CASCHero
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* In ''Dracula: Ruler of the Night'' its stated that "newborn vampires" are largely affected by holy objects because their bodies are still adapting to the vampirism and holy power being overwhelming to them in that state, though over time they will gain immunity as they adapt to darkness.
3rd May '17 1:36:37 AM Nintendoman01
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In worlds with multiple ideas of what counts as "holy"--like, for example, [[RealLife this one]]--this can play in a few ways, such as:

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In worlds with multiple ideas of what counts as "holy"--like, for example, [[RealLife [RealLife this one]]--this can play in a few ways, such as:


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* ''[[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Wisdom and Courage]]'': While they can't kill her, Zelda's Light Arrows cause Veran ''horrible'' pain, and during the final battle, the Master Sword emits a holy light that actually hurts her.
9th Apr '17 6:42:18 PM iowaforever
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* Aku's AchillesHeel in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; Jack's divinely powered sword is one of the few things that can hurt him, and he is shown to have great difficulty controlling or combating other divine powers (such as being driven off by a water goddess in "Jack and the Gangsters").
8th Apr '17 5:16:47 AM StFan
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* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has holy silver crosses melted down to make his vampire-destroying bullets. And then there's that one time where he can't be bothered to wait for the melted silver to be cast into bullets...
** Alucard himself is affected by stuff of this nature (most notably Anderson's blessed blades), but is so ridiculously powerful that he can generally shrug it off.

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* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has holy silver crosses melted down to make his vampire-destroying bullets. And then there's that one time where he can't be bothered to wait for the melted silver to be cast into bullets...
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bullets... Alucard himself is affected by stuff of this nature (most notably Anderson's blessed blades), but is so ridiculously powerful that he can generally shrug it off.



* Holy water acts like acid to demons in ''[[Manga/BlueExorcist Ao No Exorcist]]'', so it also affects the half-demon main character. This leads to a rather amusing scene where the Exwires are soaked down with the stuff to protect them, and the person doing the soaking very purposefully avoids Rin, awkwardly explaining it as "He's allergic to holy water." Which, technically speaking, is true, but...
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', holy water and crosses hurt demons, as does prayer. Issei accidentally damages himself when he tries to chant a Buddhist mantra, and Asia often damages herself by praying to God (until Issei persuades ArchangelMichael to allow her and Xenovia to pray). In fact in the Phoenix arc, [[spoiler:this is Issei's trump card against Riser, using a cross and holy water to boost his attacks to nullify Riser's regeneration.]]
** This is an interesting example within the setting, as demons [[DarkIsNotEvil are actively and sincerely trying to shed their negative image]] and [[LightIsNotGood there's plenty of dickish people running around with holy artifacts]].
** In the setting, this weakness is a strictly physically defined one, too. Spells and items with holy properties will hurt a Devil no matter what kind of person they are, and Fallen Angels are still perfectly capable of using Heaven's signature Holy Lightning. [[spoiler:Issei's above-mentioned trump card is specifically having to [[CursedWithAwesome "sacrifice"]] his left arm and have a dragon-flesh one grafted on instead. [[CaptainObvious Dragons aren't Devils]].]]

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* Holy water acts like acid to demons in ''[[Manga/BlueExorcist Ao No Exorcist]]'', ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', so it also affects the half-demon main character. This leads to a rather amusing scene where the Exwires are soaked down with the stuff to protect them, and the person doing the soaking very purposefully avoids Rin, awkwardly explaining it as "He's allergic to holy water." Which, technically speaking, is true, but...
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', holy water and crosses hurt demons, as does prayer. Issei accidentally damages himself when he tries to chant a Buddhist mantra, and Asia often damages herself by praying to God (until Issei persuades ArchangelMichael to allow her and Xenovia to pray). In fact in the Phoenix arc, [[spoiler:this is Issei's trump card against Riser, using a cross and holy water to boost his attacks to nullify Riser's regeneration.]]
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]] This is an interesting example within the setting, as demons [[DarkIsNotEvil are actively and sincerely trying to shed their negative image]] and [[LightIsNotGood there's plenty of dickish people running around with holy artifacts]].
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artifacts]]. In the setting, this weakness is a strictly physically defined one, too. Spells and items with holy properties will hurt a Devil no matter what kind of person they are, and Fallen Angels are still perfectly capable of using Heaven's signature Holy Lightning. [[spoiler:Issei's above-mentioned trump card is specifically having to [[CursedWithAwesome "sacrifice"]] his left arm and have a dragon-flesh one grafted on instead. [[CaptainObvious Dragons aren't Devils]].]]



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* Creator/SarahSilverman has a joke about religious harmony where she says that her Catholic boyfriend doesn't care that she's Jewish; in fact, he gave her his St. Christopher medal. "He says if it doesn't burn through my skin it will protect me."
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* The [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Imperium of Man]] proves to be even more effective than other religions and their holy artifacts in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6453599/1/Warslayer Warslayer]]'' due to the offensive nature of their faith. [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander's]] armor is covered in holy icons that burn any demon or vampire who sees them (as opposed to Christian ones which require a demon/vampire touch them). And when Faith is [[CameBackStrong resurrected as a Living Saint]], her holy power is so great that Angel is warned not to hold his son directly for a few days after Faith holds him due to the infant temporarily becoming a holy artifact.

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* The [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Imperium of Man]] proves to be even more effective than other religions and their holy artifacts in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6453599/1/Warslayer Warslayer]]'' due to the offensive nature of their faith. [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander's]] armor is covered in holy icons that burn any demon or vampire who sees them (as opposed to Christian ones which require a demon/vampire touch them). And when Faith is [[CameBackStrong resurrected as a Living Saint]], her holy power is so great that Angel is warned not to hold his son directly for a few days after Faith holds him due to the infant temporarily becoming a holy artifact.



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* A {{Downplayed}} example in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''--while the Ark of the Covenant is stored in a [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] crate, it burns the swastika off the crate.

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* A {{Downplayed}} example in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''--while ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' -- while the Ark of the Covenant is stored in a [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] crate, it burns the swastika off the crate.



* In ''StarWars'', the ability Force Light banishes darkness around the user, and even has the potential to sever the connection of Dark Siders and the Force.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the Silmarils, as pure and holy objects containing the light of the Two Trees, burn anything evil. When the villainous werewolf Carcharoth swallows one, the pain causes it to go insane. Similarly, when AntiVillain Maedhros and Maglor finally manage to recapture them, after spending the entire book trying to kill anyone who has one and steal it back, the Silmarils burn their hands. This causes Maedhros to commit suicide and Maglor to wander the shores of Middle-earth forever in self-imposed penance. A Silmaril also burns BigBad Morgoth for life and robs him of his ability to change shape.

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* In ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', the ability Force Light banishes darkness around the user, and even has the potential to sever the connection of Dark Siders Dark-Siders and the Force.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'':
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Silmarils, as pure and holy objects containing the light of the Two Trees, burn anything evil. When the villainous werewolf Carcharoth swallows one, the pain causes it to go insane. Similarly, when AntiVillain Maedhros and Maglor finally manage to recapture them, after spending the entire book trying to kill anyone who has one and steal it back, the Silmarils burn their hands. This causes Maedhros to commit suicide and Maglor to wander the shores of Middle-earth forever in self-imposed penance. A Silmaril also burns BigBad Morgoth for life and robs him of his ability to change shape.



* In KristineKathrynRusch's ''Fey'' novels, holy water dissolves Fey. Even a cloth that's been stored close to some holy water turns out to be a slow killer. The twist is that [[spoiler:holy water is only deadly to fey because a human who was desperate for a weapon threw some at an attacking fey, and inadvertently used a forgotten magic to transform it into a weapon that would only work against them.]]

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* In KristineKathrynRusch's Creator/KristineKathrynRusch's ''Fey'' novels, holy water dissolves Fey. Even a cloth that's been stored close to some holy water turns out to be a slow killer. The twist is that [[spoiler:holy water is only deadly to fey because a human who was desperate for a weapon threw some at an attacking fey, and inadvertently used a forgotten magic to transform it into a weapon that would only work against them.]]



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* Creator/SarahSilverman has a joke about religious harmony where she says that her Catholic boyfriend doesn't care that she's Jewish; in fact, he gave her his St. Christopher medal. "He says if it doesn't burn through my skin it will protect me."
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, the Inquisitors of Ordo Malleus (aka. the daemon hunters) use a variety of holy objects to harm daemons, including the Incinerator, which uses this trope in the most literal sense: It's a flamethrower that fires ''Holy Promethium'' (Imperial equivalent of blessed napalm)! Not only it will reduce daemons into puddles of goop, but it's just as effective against more mundane enemies.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' universe, the Inquisitors of Ordo Malleus (aka. the daemon hunters) use a variety of holy objects to harm daemons, including the Incinerator, which uses this trope in the most literal sense: It's a flamethrower that fires ''Holy Promethium'' (Imperial equivalent of blessed napalm)! Not only it will reduce daemons into puddles of goop, but it's just as effective against more mundane enemies.



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* The ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' between [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] and Comicbook/{{Spawn}} mentioned that holy weapons forged in heaven are one of the few things that could injure the latter hellspawn. [[spoiler:This meant that only the godly Blade of Olympus could deal actual damage to him in the fight since most of Kratos' arsenal were made with earthly materials]].

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* The ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' between [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] and Comicbook/{{Spawn}} mentioned mentions that holy weapons forged in heaven are one of the few things that could can injure the latter hellspawn. [[spoiler:This meant that only the godly Blade of Olympus could can deal actual damage to him in the fight since most of Kratos' Kratos's arsenal were made with earthly materials]].



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* Happens to Black Mage of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', although it is rather [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/12/12/episode-1203-maligned/ underplayed.]]
** BM: "I appear to have come AFLAME."
** Thief's reaction is equally amusing. "Ahh! I think the idiot celestial who made this thing forgot that handles aren't made out of pain."

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* Happens to Black Mage of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' when the party picks some holy loot, although it is rather [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/12/12/episode-1203-maligned/ underplayed.]]
** BM: "I appear to have come AFLAME."
** Thief's
]] Fighter's reaction is equally amusing. "Ahh! amusing ("Ahh! I think the idiot celestial who made this thing forgot that handles aren't made out of pain.""), but not as much as Black Mage's.
--->'''Black Mage:''' I appear to have come AFLAME.



-->'''Erwin:''' You know that's holy water you're sitting in, right?
-->'''Evilphish:''' It burns! It burns!
-->'''Dust Puppy:''' Erwin, it's just Vanilla Coke.
-->'''Evilphish:''' '''[[Funny/WebComics IT BURNS! IT BURNS!]]'''

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-->'''Erwin:''' You know that's holy water you're sitting in, right?
-->'''Evilphish:'''
right?\\
'''Evilphish:'''
It burns! It burns!
-->'''Dust
burns!\\
'''Dust
Puppy:''' Erwin, it's just Vanilla Coke.
-->'''Evilphish:'''
Coke.\\
'''Evilphish:'''
'''[[Funny/WebComics IT BURNS! IT BURNS!]]'''



--> "Holy water?"
--> "Heavens, no! Muriatic acid."

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--> "Holy water?"
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-->"Holy water?"\\
"Heavens, no! Muriatic acid."



* Carmilla of the WhateleyUniverse isn't exactly evil, but her ancestors are [[CosmicHorror Great Old Ones]] and in her first stories she is vulnerable to standard vampire weaknesses.

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* Carmilla of the WhateleyUniverse ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' isn't exactly evil, but her ancestors are [[CosmicHorror Great Old Ones]] and in her first stories she is vulnerable to standard vampire weaknesses.



* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-]][[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1983 1983]][[HumanoidAbomination -2]] can be destroyed by shooting them with silver bullets while reciting a prayer from any religion, so long as the prayer is sincere.

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* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-]][[http://www.''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1983 1983]][[HumanoidAbomination -2]] SCP-1983-2]] are {{Humanoid Abomination}}s that can be destroyed by shooting them with silver bullets while reciting a prayer from any religion, so long as the prayer is sincere.



* BaitAndSwitch in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->'''Peter Griffin''': [as two New Yorkers begin to feud at church] Fellas, this is God's house...and the Patriots kick off in about 45 minutes, so can we move this along?\\
'''New Yorker''': Patriots suck!\\
'''Peter Griffin''': [gasps] Blasphemy! [splashes Holy Water in the guy's face, creating a sizzling sound]\\
'''New Yorker''': Ahh! Ahh! It burns! Ah, Jeez! [cutaway to a scientist in his laboratory, opening a package]\\
'''Scientist''': Holy water? Where's that acid I ordered?

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* BaitAndSwitch in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->'''Peter Griffin''': [as ** BaitAndSwitch in an episode:
--->'''Peter Griffin:''' ''[as
two New Yorkers begin to feud at church] church]'' Fellas, this is God's house...house... and the Patriots kick off in about 45 minutes, so can we move this along?\\
'''New Yorker''': Yorker:''' Patriots suck!\\
'''Peter Griffin''': Griffin:''' [gasps] Blasphemy! [splashes ''[splashes Holy Water in the guy's face, creating a sizzling sound]\\
sound]''\\
'''New Yorker''': Yorker:''' Ahh! Ahh! It burns! Ah, Jeez! [cutaway ''[cutaway to a scientist in his laboratory, opening a package]\\
'''Scientist''':
package]''\\
'''Scientist:'''
Holy water? Where's that acid I ordered?



3rd Apr '17 2:50:05 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' Claire and Rosemary trick a vampire into drinking holy water melting him from the inside out.
29th Mar '17 3:22:23 PM margdean56
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* ''Victorian Undead 2'' featured this when the hunters find Dracula's dwelling and confront the vampirized Lucy and his brides. While the brides are repelled by the trinkets, it barely affects Lucy since she comments that it takes faith from both sides for it to work. Dracula's brides come from an olden time where this was more prominent and thus are more affected. While Lucy, a woman from the modern times, can least stay composed since she's more "enlighten" as she says. Granted however it still prevents her from attacking the hunters and ultimately she has to retreat when the brides are killed and she finds herself cornered.

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* ''Victorian Undead 2'' featured this when the hunters find Dracula's dwelling and confront the vampirized Lucy and his brides. While the brides are repelled by the trinkets, it barely affects Lucy since she comments that it takes faith from both sides for it to work. Dracula's brides come from an olden older time where this faith was more prominent and thus are more affected. While Lucy, a woman from the modern times, can least stay composed since she's more "enlighten" "enlightened," as she says. Granted however it It still prevents her from attacking the hunters and ultimately she has to retreat when the brides are killed and she finds herself cornered.
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