History Main / SeekingSanctuary

29th May '16 6:14:43 PM Ciara25
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** Incidentally, the historical rule (at least in England) was that a person could claim sanctuary in a church under specific circumstances, and often had to leave the Kingdom within a fixed time. But hey, better than getting killed by an [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry mob]].

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** Incidentally, the historical rule (at least in England) was that a person could claim sanctuary in a church under specific circumstances, and often could stay there for up to forty days, after which they either had to leave give themselves up to the Kingdom within a fixed time.authorities or be sent into exile. But hey, better than getting killed by an [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry mob]].
7th May '16 3:02:06 AM foxley
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In TheTeaser to "The Eagle's Nest", a PursuedProtagonist flees from his attackers into a monastery. He disturbs the monks at their devotions, demanding sanctuary. This ends badly for him, as the monks are actually [[BadHabits Nazis in disguise]].
7th May '16 1:27:51 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/TheCrownerJohnMysteries'': Being set in the Middle Ages in the cathedral town of Exeter, the series contains multiple examples of people attempting to use the actual law and seek sanctuary from their crimes in the church. The first novel even takes it title from the tradition: ''The Sanctuary Seeker''.
28th Mar '16 1:10:34 PM Morgenthaler
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** In one version of JasonAndTheArgonauts, Jason's mother tried to escape being raped by fleeing into the temple of Hera. She prayed three times before she was caught and raped in the temple, as a result, Hera helped Jason three times in his quest.

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** In one version of JasonAndTheArgonauts, Myth/JasonAndTheArgonauts, Jason's mother tried to escape being raped by fleeing into the temple of Hera. She prayed three times before she was caught and raped in the temple, as a result, Hera helped Jason three times in his quest.
6th Mar '16 9:52:56 AM Andyroid
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* Churches in ''VideoGame/TheFlameInTheFlood'' always make great shelters from the rain, and often have rags and alcohol (for making bandages and other items).



* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in which Homer is being chased by members of PBS who are out for blood. He eventually makes his way to the church and runs in screaming "Sanctuary! Sanctuary!" Reverend Lovejoy irritatedly questions why he bothered to even teach him the word.

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* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in which Homer is being chased by members of PBS who are out for blood. He eventually makes his way to the church and runs in screaming "Sanctuary! Sanctuary!" An irritated Reverend Lovejoy irritatedly questions why he bothered to even teach him the word.
4th Jan '16 2:24:45 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Zigzagged in VideoGame/SilentHill. The Balkan church in the first game is a straight example of this trope. It is free of monsters as is the journey to it. Other churches are not safe places - in fact the last battle of Silent Hill 3 takes place in one.

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* Zigzagged in VideoGame/SilentHill. ''Franchise/SilentHill''. The Balkan church in [[VideoGame/SilentHill1 the first game game]] is a straight example of this trope. It is free of monsters as is the journey to it. Other churches are not safe places - in fact the last battle of Silent Hill 3 ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' takes place in one.
26th Nov '15 8:06:55 PM nombretomado
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* This trope is invoked in SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''Duty Calls''. Cain, THE HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, persuades the Sisters of Battle to [[LeeroyJenkins stop blindly advancing]] by pointing that they would leave a gap in the battle line once they were slaughtered. The tyranids would pour in, charge straight to the temple, and slaughter all the refugees praying there for the Emperor's protection -- and if they wanted to report before the Golden Throne having permitted that, he wouldn't stop them. Not only do they retreat, one later thanks him for reminding them of their duty.

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* This trope is invoked in SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''Duty Calls''. Cain, THE HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, persuades the Sisters of Battle to [[LeeroyJenkins stop blindly advancing]] by pointing that they would leave a gap in the battle line once they were slaughtered. The tyranids would pour in, charge straight to the temple, and slaughter all the refugees praying there for the Emperor's protection -- and if they wanted to report before the Golden Throne having permitted that, he wouldn't stop them. Not only do they retreat, one later thanks him for reminding them of their duty.
15th Nov '15 1:01:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': After realizing [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil things have gotten out of control]], Peter goes to a church tower where he tries to free himself from [[TheDarkSide the black symbiote]]. He later learns the ringing bells generate the loud noises that are the symbiote's weakness, freeing him. This is more or less how it happened in the comics.
* The film ''Film/SometimesTheyComeBack'' has the hero and his family hide from demonically resurrected hooligans in a church. When one of the punks tries to enter the church to attack them, his limbs begin to catch fire as they pass the threshold.
* One of the Rules of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'': no Immortal can fight another on Holy Ground. ''Any'' holy ground of any religion seems to work, but churches and graveyards are the most common. Whether it's an honor system or a binding law seems to vary by show/movie. In one TV Movie, an attempt to fight in a Buddhist Temple causes [[DramaticThunder omnious thunder]] and [[WreckedWeapon the swords to break]], while in ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'', a group of [[HeroicBSOD Immortals tired of the fight]] are slaughtered on presumably (it's the subject of much debate) Holy ground. In one episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' Joe tells Duncan that the last time an Immortal killed another on holy ground was in 79 AD, in a little town named Pompeii.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/SleepyHollow'' movie, the town residents are gathered in a church for a meeting when the Headless Horseman shows up outside. The Horseman's body and weapons dissolve upon contact with consecrated ground, and it would seem that his plan to kill the heroine's father is thwarted. So the Horseman ties a rope to a stake and launches it through a window [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling Baltus Van Tassel]]. The Horseman then pulls on the rope, yanking Baltus out of the window, then he pulls on him until the father gets stuck in the fence. (Unfortunately for the father, his head is now sticking beyond the border of the consecrated ground...)
* Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'',

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* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': After realizing [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil things have gotten out of control]], Peter goes to a church tower where he tries to free himself from [[TheDarkSide the black symbiote]]. He later learns the ringing bells generate the loud noises that are the symbiote's weakness, freeing him. This is more or less how it happened in the comics.
* The film ''Film/SometimesTheyComeBack'' has the hero and his family hide from demonically resurrected hooligans in a church. When one of the punks tries to enter the church to attack them, his limbs begin to catch fire as they pass the threshold.
* One of the Rules of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'': no Immortal can fight another on Holy Ground. ''Any'' holy ground of any religion seems to work, but churches and graveyards are the most common. Whether it's an honor system or a binding law seems to vary by show/movie. In one TV Movie, an attempt to fight in a Buddhist Temple causes [[DramaticThunder omnious thunder]] and [[WreckedWeapon the swords to break]], while in ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'', a group of [[HeroicBSOD Immortals tired of the fight]] are slaughtered on presumably (it's the subject of much debate) Holy ground. In one episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' Joe tells Duncan that the last time an Immortal killed another on holy ground was in 79 AD, in a little town named Pompeii.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/SleepyHollow'' movie, the town residents are gathered in a church for a meeting when the Headless Horseman shows up outside. The Horseman's body and weapons dissolve upon contact with consecrated ground, and it would seem that his plan to kill the heroine's father is thwarted. So the Horseman ties a rope to a stake and launches it through a window [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling Baltus Van Tassel]]. The Horseman then pulls on the rope, yanking Baltus out of the window, then he pulls on him until the father gets stuck in the fence. (Unfortunately for the father, his head is now sticking beyond the border of the consecrated ground...)
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* Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'',''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'':



* The cultists in the ''Film/SilentHill'' movie did this to escape the monsters and darkness that [[spoiler: Alessa and the demon]] inflicted upon the town once nighttime rolled around.
* ''Film/LesVisiteurs'': Godefroy, a temporally-displaced medieval knight, charges into a modern-day church on a horse bellowing "Sanctuary!" It takes a full squad of riot cops to get him out.
* The eponymous (and likely [[spoiler:demon-posseed]]) vehicle in the horror film ''Film/TheCar'' is unable to follow some of its would-be victims into a cemetery.

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* The cultists in the ''Film/SilentHill'' movie did this to escape the monsters and darkness that [[spoiler: Alessa and the demon]] inflicted upon the town once nighttime rolled around.
* ''Film/LesVisiteurs'': Godefroy, a temporally-displaced medieval knight, charges into a modern-day church on a horse bellowing "Sanctuary!" It takes a full squad of riot cops to get him out.
* The eponymous (and likely [[spoiler:demon-posseed]]) vehicle in the horror film ''Film/TheCar'' is unable to follow some of its would-be victims into a cemetery.


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* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': After realizing [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil things have gotten out of control]], Peter goes to a church tower where he tries to free himself from [[TheDarkSide the black symbiote]]. He later learns the ringing bells generate the loud noises that are the symbiote's weakness, freeing him. This is more or less how it happened in the comics.
* The film ''Film/SometimesTheyComeBack'' has the hero and his family hide from demonically resurrected hooligans in a church. When one of the punks tries to enter the church to attack them, his limbs begin to catch fire as they pass the threshold.
* One of the Rules of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'': no Immortal can fight another on Holy Ground. ''Any'' holy ground of any religion seems to work, but churches and graveyards are the most common. Whether it's an honor system or a binding law seems to vary by show/movie. In one TV Movie, an attempt to fight in a Buddhist Temple causes [[DramaticThunder omnious thunder]] and [[WreckedWeapon the swords to break]], while in ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'', a group of [[HeroicBSOD Immortals tired of the fight]] are slaughtered on presumably (it's the subject of much debate) Holy ground. In one episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' Joe tells Duncan that the last time an Immortal killed another on holy ground was in 79 AD, in a little town named Pompeii.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/SleepyHollow'' movie, the town residents are gathered in a church for a meeting when the Headless Horseman shows up outside. The Horseman's body and weapons dissolve upon contact with consecrated ground, and it would seem that his plan to kill the heroine's father is thwarted. So the Horseman ties a rope to a stake and launches it through a window [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling Baltus Van Tassel]]. The Horseman then pulls on the rope, yanking Baltus out of the window, then he pulls on him until the father gets stuck in the fence. (Unfortunately for the father, his head is now sticking beyond the border of the consecrated ground...)
* The cultists in the ''Film/SilentHill'' movie did this to escape the monsters and darkness that [[spoiler: Alessa and the demon]] inflicted upon the town once nighttime rolled around.
* ''Film/LesVisiteurs'': Godefroy, a temporally-displaced medieval knight, charges into a modern-day church on a horse bellowing "Sanctuary!" It takes a full squad of riot cops to get him out.
* The eponymous (and likely [[spoiler:demon-posseed]]) vehicle in the horror film ''Film/TheCar'' is unable to follow some of its would-be victims into a cemetery.

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15th Nov '15 12:58:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* The film ''Sometimes They Come Back'' has the hero and his family hide from demonically resurrected hooligans in a church. When one of the punks tries to enter the church to attack them, his limbs begin to catch fire as they pass the threshold.

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* The film ''Sometimes They Come Back'' ''Film/SometimesTheyComeBack'' has the hero and his family hide from demonically resurrected hooligans in a church. When one of the punks tries to enter the church to attack them, his limbs begin to catch fire as they pass the threshold.



* Played very straight - to surprisingly good effect - in an episode of the New World ''Zorro'' series. While they're driving into town together, Don Diego's mentor is shot by government officials convinced he's a traitor. The only way for Diego to get him treatment is to duck into the nearby pueblo church and claim sanctuary...then try to figure out how he's going to either a] transform to Zorro without giving the secret away or b] get out of this as his meek alter ego.

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* Played very straight - to surprisingly good effect - in an episode of the New World ''Zorro'' ''Series/{{Zorro}}'' series. While they're driving into town together, Don Diego's mentor is shot by government officials convinced he's a traitor. The only way for Diego to get him treatment is to duck into the nearby pueblo church and claim sanctuary...then try to figure out how he's going to either a] transform to Zorro without giving the secret away or b] get out of this as his meek alter ego.



* Done completely straight in ''{{Terminator}}: TheSarahConnorChronicles''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''

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* Done completely straight in ''{{Terminator}}: TheSarahConnorChronicles''.
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* On an episode of ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'', an AWOL soldier takes refuge in the mess tent while Father Mulcahy is using it for a church service. Mulcahy states that he will not allow the soldier to be arrested on holy ground, and many calls are made to find out if a mess tent qualifies as a place of sanctuary. The answer comes back no, and the [=MPs=] are sent in to get the soldier, who wards them off at gunpoint. Incensed, Father Mulcahy upbraids him for defiling what he considered a house of the Lord just moments earlier by pointing a deadly weapon at someone. After Mulcahy disarms him despite being at point-blank range, the soldier feels bad and surrenders. The Army later compromised by arranging Dr. Freedman to give him psychiatric help instead of just throwing him in the stockade.

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* On an episode of ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'', ''Series/{{Mash}}'', an AWOL soldier takes refuge in the mess tent while Father Mulcahy is using it for a church service. Mulcahy states that he will not allow the soldier to be arrested on holy ground, and many calls are made to find out if a mess tent qualifies as a place of sanctuary. The answer comes back no, and the [=MPs=] are sent in to get the soldier, who wards them off at gunpoint. Incensed, Father Mulcahy upbraids him for defiling what he considered a house of the Lord just moments earlier by pointing a deadly weapon at someone. After Mulcahy disarms him despite being at point-blank range, the soldier feels bad and surrenders. The Army later compromised by arranging Dr. Freedman to give him psychiatric help instead of just throwing him in the stockade.
15th Nov '15 9:37:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Scully and a bunch of kids hide from someone inside a church; the chaser is revealed to be Satan after it turns out that he can't cross the threshold.

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* * ''Series/TheXFiles'': Scully and a bunch of kids hide from someone inside a church; the chaser is revealed to be Satan after it turns out that he can't cross the threshold.



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