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9th Apr '17 7:55:37 AM CheeseDogX
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* In ''Film/TheSixthSense'', Malcolm follows Cole to a church. He explains the concept of sanctuary to the boy as a way of breaking the ice.
22nd Jan '17 4:43:11 PM Xtifr
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* In the SteeleyeSpan song "John of Ditchford", the title character claims sanctuary at Wooten Church after killing Henry Felip. The church coroner tells him he must accept exile, and so he takes a heavy cross (indicating he's still under sanctuary) and heads for the coast. He gets a mile before being killed, presumably by Henry's son, who's already killed the other members of the gang.

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* In the SteeleyeSpan Music/SteeleyeSpan song "John of Ditchford", the title character claims sanctuary at Wooten Church after killing Henry Felip. The church coroner tells him he must accept exile, and so he takes a heavy cross (indicating he's still under sanctuary) and heads for the coast. He gets a mile before being killed, presumably by Henry's son, who's already killed the other members of the gang.
1st Jan '17 7:05:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AmericanGothic'' plays around with this trope in the episode "Inhumanitas,". Caleb believes he will be safe from Buck's evil influence by taking shelter in the church, but the sheriff not only has no issues whatsoever stepping into the sanctuary and relentlessly pursuing his attempts to corrupt the boy, but he is even able to [[spoiler:exert DemonicPossession on him]], proving [[GoodIsImpotent how little the forces of holiness can touch him]]...until Merlyn [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome lays a delicious smackdown on him]]. The fact that the parish priest had [[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul]] and was attempting to break free of the deal may have had something to do with why Buck was first untouchable, then vulnerable.

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* ''AmericanGothic'' ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' plays around with this trope in the episode "Inhumanitas,". Caleb believes he will be safe from Buck's evil influence by taking shelter in the church, but the sheriff not only has no issues whatsoever stepping into the sanctuary and relentlessly pursuing his attempts to corrupt the boy, but he is even able to [[spoiler:exert DemonicPossession on him]], proving [[GoodIsImpotent how little the forces of holiness can touch him]]...until Merlyn [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome lays a delicious smackdown on him]]. The fact that the parish priest had [[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul]] and was attempting to break free of the deal may have had something to do with why Buck was first untouchable, then vulnerable.
25th Dec '16 6:59:28 PM TheBigBopper
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* Happens several times in ''Anime/{{Berserk}}'' with innocents running to the nearest church to escape whatever demons happen to be roaming around. [[CrapsackWorld Unsurprisingly]] this fails more often than not. The only real time it worked was where at first the demons managed to easily get into the church, but were chased off by a magical barrier erected by a witch.

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* Happens several times in ''Anime/{{Berserk}}'' ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' with innocents running to the nearest church to escape whatever demons happen to be roaming around. [[CrapsackWorld Unsurprisingly]] this fails more often than not. The only real time it worked was in Enoch village during the troll invasion, where at first the demons trolls managed to easily get into the church, but were chased off by a the little witch Schierke's magical barrier erected by a witch.barrier.
30th Sep '16 4:49:26 PM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. PlayedForLaughs when Lucifer offers a priest a PlaceOfProtection. Cut to several nuns descending a staircase in what appears to be a candle-lit crypt...until they throw off their veils to reveal themselves as strippers in [[DenOfIniquity Lucifer's nightclub]]. Fortunately the priest is entirely unruffled by Lucifer's attempts to expose him to temptation.

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* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. PlayedForLaughs when Lucifer offers a priest a PlaceOfProtection. Cut to several nuns descending a staircase in what appears to be a candle-lit crypt...until they throw off their veils to reveal themselves as strippers in [[DenOfIniquity Lucifer's nightclub]]. Fortunately the priest is entirely unruffled by Lucifer's attempts to expose him to temptation.
temptation. Lucifer incidentally can walk into a church no problem (he is an angel, after all).
30th Sep '16 4:46:00 PM JackG
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* In one episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the reverse occurs, when a group of vampires decide to prove that they have enough courage to invade a church on a Sunday morning. This involves the symbolism of the church as a sanctuary--the vampires used to believe in such an idea, but their attitude toward it changes to mockery once they are inside the church. Possibly there are other kinds of religious symbolism, but an attempt to figure out what they are will, quite disappointingly, end in WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
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In one episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Who Are You?" the reverse occurs, when a group of vampires decide to prove that they have enough courage to invade a church on a Sunday morning. This involves the symbolism of the church as a sanctuary--the vampires used to believe in such an idea, but their attitude toward it changes to mockery once they are inside the church. Possibly there are other kinds of religious symbolism, but an attempt to figure out what they are will, quite disappointingly, end in WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic.WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic.
** In "Shadow", Glory sends her cobra-demon to seek out the Key in all the holy places in Sunnydale, naturally assuming the monks will have placed it there. As it turns out, they have a more practical form of protection in mind, by turning the Key into Buffy's little sister.




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* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. PlayedForLaughs when Lucifer offers a priest a PlaceOfProtection. Cut to several nuns descending a staircase in what appears to be a candle-lit crypt...until they throw off their veils to reveal themselves as strippers in [[DenOfIniquity Lucifer's nightclub]]. Fortunately the priest is entirely unruffled by Lucifer's attempts to expose him to temptation.
30th Jul '16 12:32:16 PM Gamermaster
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* It wasn't uncommon for this to be [[DefiedTrope defied]] in {{WorldWarII}}, often by the Nazis. Forget hauling criminals out of churches, they would [[MoralEventHorizon trap people inside and ''burn the building down''!]]

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* It wasn't uncommon for this to be [[DefiedTrope defied]] in {{WorldWarII}}, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, often by the Nazis. Forget hauling criminals out of churches, they would [[MoralEventHorizon trap people inside and ''burn the building down''!]]
10th Jul '16 6:05:20 PM nombretomado
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* This ironically happens in ''{{Claymore}}'', where the main protagonists take refuge in a holy city that actively shunned them only seven years ago.

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* This ironically happens in ''{{Claymore}}'', ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', where the main protagonists take refuge in a holy city that actively shunned them only seven years ago.
1st Jul '16 7:53:01 PM nombretomado
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', Jern flees the HumanSacrifice and his mentor's murderers to a location protected by a godling. It's a classic sanctuary: anyone, regardless of crime, may find shelter there.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', Jern flees the HumanSacrifice and his mentor's murderers to a location protected by a godling. It's a classic sanctuary: anyone, regardless of crime, may find shelter there.
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]].
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