Created By: Synchronicity on April 25, 2012

Turn To a Life Of Religion

A character becomes extremely devout after experiencing something.

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A character (bonus points if they were previously shown to have little to no regard for religion, if their religion is discussed at all) experiences something big, drastic, or life-changing. Maybe they just lost all their life savings, or maybe they saw someone commit suicide. Or maybe they just felt really, really bad. Whatever the case, these characters have a tendency to turn out extremely pious by the time they're done with the necessary soul-searching.

Sometimes an indicator of Break the Haughty. Taking the Veil (still in YKTTW) is a subtrope.
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  • April 25, 2012
    Koveras
    Supertrope to Heel Faith Turn, where a criminal repents after finding religion.
  • April 25, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Parodied in Arrested Development where George Sr converts to Judaism and later, Christianity. He doesn't take these conversions seriously enough to actually, er, learn anything about either faith.
  • April 25, 2012
    peccantis
    Theater:
    • In Avenue Q, Lucy the Slut (and that's an apt name) experiences a penny to the head thrown from the top of Empire State Building. Result: she turns into a goody-goody, religious girl. Her puppet's previously sultry, lowered eyelids are removed off-stage to make her eyes look brighter.
  • April 25, 2012
    Dawnwing
    Literature:
    • In Warrior Cats, Mudfur decides to become the RiverClan medicine cat (the Clan's healer/religious leader) after his mate and kits die and he decides that he has no taste for battle anymore.
  • April 25, 2012
    TonyG
    On the Futurama episode "Hell Is Other Robots", Bender finds religion after becoming addicted to electricity and becomes extremely pious. The others get tired of the new Bender and conspire to have him go back to being a sleazy lowlife, after which Bender gets sent to Robot Hell.
  • April 25, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Happened to Bekhesh, the Tavlek Mercenary in Farscape, who in repentance for his brutality, joined the same religious order that one of his victims had been part of. It happened offscreen, though.
  • April 25, 2012
    TMOverbeck
    I think this needs a better title. Maybe "Baptism By Plot Twist" or something like that?
  • April 25, 2012
    Synchronicity
    ^^^^^^^ Related to, but not necessarily a subtrope. Remember, religion is not always presented as a good thing. ^ That's only if the religion in question involves baptism.
  • April 27, 2012
    TBeholder
    Why not... The Convert?

    ^ the only possible difference is if the subject already was in a religion - possibly another, or different thread of the same.
  • April 27, 2012
    Frank75
    The story goes that Martin Luther decided to become a monk after he was almost killed by a lightning. And later, he became dissatisfied with the Catholic church and started Protestantism, but that's another story.
  • April 27, 2012
    TBTabby
    An episode of Metalocalypse has Murderface considering religion after nearly dying in a car accident.
  • April 27, 2012
    DunDun
    ^^^^ Faith Heal Turn could be a possible title, since it would allude to this tropes connection with Heel Faith Turn and the other face-heel-turning tropes.

    I'm not sure where to put the description-edit that I wrote up, so I'll just put it here. Sorry if that's kind of a douche move (I have to leave soon): "A character experiences a life-changing happening, but instead of turning good or bad, they turn to a faith; it could be any faith, so long as it is a spiritual path. Bonus points if said character was shown to have little-to-no regard for religion.

    The reason for this newfound faith could be anything from losing all their life savings to watching a group of teens commit masse suicide and anything beyond.

    It should be noted that this trope applies regardless of whether or not the faith makes them "a better person," so long as the character is very pious after their conversion."
  • October 16, 2013
    Synchronicity
    ...bump?
  • October 16, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
    ...It seems identical to Heel Faith Turn. No supertrope or anything.
  • October 16, 2013
    StarSword
    Heel Faith Turn is "Character turns good because of getting religion". Likewise, Faith Heel Turn is "character goes evil". This is similar but independent of both.
  • October 16, 2013
    foxley
    In an episode of Bronx Zoo, a science teacher becomes a born again Christian after nearly being killed by a collapsing roof. He gets into trouble as he stops teaching evolution and starts teaching creationism in his class.
  • October 17, 2013
    Koveras
    ^^ I would word it differently: in Heel Faith Turn, the character was evil/criminal before finding religion (hence the "Heel" in the title), but repents afterwards. Here, the character may be a good person beforehand, but the events lead him to leave the secular world behind and devote his life to prayers.
  • October 17, 2013
    JonnyB
    Implied to be the case with Shepherd Book in Firefly; confirmed in the comics.
  • October 17, 2013
    Frank75
    Helene from the story "Die fromme Helene" by Wilhelm Busch. After her lover/cousin gets killed. She doesn't give up alcohol though, which will lead to her death. (A common topic in Busch's work.)
  • October 17, 2013
    DAN004
    This trope does not require the guy to be a Heel before turning into faith. Clear enough.
  • October 17, 2013
    gallium
    Character Gets Religion

    Live Action TV

    • On The Borgias, Ursula is wracked by guilt and winds up becoming a nun after her boyfriend, Cesare, kills her husband in a duel.
  • October 17, 2013
    arbiter099
    The plot of Bioshock Infinite is kickstarted when Big Bad Comstock finds God, seeking atonement after taking part in the Battle of Wounded Knee, and preventing this conversion is the key to making sure that none of the atrocities he's responsible for never happened. Unfortunately, because of Alternate Universes, Player Character Booker Dewitt is Comstock with Comstock's Baptism the point of divergence between the two. Drowning Booker at his Baptism is the only way to kill Comstock once and for all.

    to me, this reads like a Missing Supertrope for "something drives the character into religion" with Faith Heel Turn the Villain + God = Good Guy subtrope.
  • October 17, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of The Commish one of a trio of boys who had committed a murder years before (and it had gone unsolved) decided to become a priest in order to make up for his crime.
  • October 18, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Call Of Cthulhu supplement The Asylum and Other Tales, adventure "The Asylum". God-Bespoke Johnson was originally a normal man who trapped animals for a living and wasn't particularly religious. One night he came upon a proto-shoggoth ripping apart his partner Dave Bowen. The sight drove him insane, and he became a religious fanatic who constantly preaches to anyone who will listen to him.
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