!![[{{Jesus}} Jesus Christ]]

-->''"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."''

* AllLovingHero: Jesus is the TropeCodifier; in fact, this trope's former name was "The Messiah" because of him.
* AngelUnaware / GodWasMyCopilot: Appeared to His disciples after His death, but they did not recognize Him at first.
* TheAtoner: He was sent to atone for the sins of mankind.
* BackFromTheDead: "But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him."
%%* BadassBeard
* BadassPacifist: See TheDeterminator below.
* BadassPreacher: While He was pretty much nonviolent, the time He trashed the moneychangers' stalls in the temple certainly qualifies.
* BerserkButton: Don't treat His Father's house like a marketplace. Or alternatively, don't use it as a cover for cons and scamming the poor and downtrodden.
* BiggerThanJesus: Strangely enough, Jesus ''Himself'' used this trope, at least in the eyes of the Jewish priesthood at the time. From Luke Chapter 11:
--> '''Jesus:''' The Queen of the South will rise at the judgement with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom; and now one greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now one greater than Jonah is here.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sure, He will die for your sins, but if you ever happen to push His BerserkButton, may God help you...actually, He wouldn't.
* BullyingADragon: Frequently a target of this.
* CapitalLettersAreMagic: Christians (and many translations of Literature/TheBible) often capitalize pronouns referring to Jesus out of reverence for Him.
%%* CassandraTruth
* CatchPhrase: Often starts His sentences with "Verily I say unto you" ("I tell you the truth" in modern translations).
* CelibateHero: Some people think that Jesus was married, but that His wife was not mentioned in Literature/TheBible (there are also a lot of speculations about why this is). Other people see this idea as heresy.
* ChildProdigy: At about 12, Jewish boys were expected to start joining in religious discussions. At 12, Jesus was ''teaching'' at these discussions, and astonishing everyone with His understanding and answers.
* CloudCuckoolander: When asked if an adulterer should be stoned, Jesus wrote or drew something in the dirt with his finger instead of answering, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
** ObfuscatingStupidity: A lot of the time, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight these moments DO help Him make His point]].
* CompellingVoice: He can stop storms with His voice.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: The TropeCodifier.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Crucifixion was actually a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion standard public execution method]] in ancient Rome, but it was most definitely cruel. Certain aspects of His death were made to be crueler than usual, like the Crown of Thorns.
* DeadpanSnarker: If you happened to be Pharisees or Sadducee.
** More along the lines of a GentlemanSnarker.
* DealWithTheDevil: Averted, though not for lack of trying on {{Satan}}'s part. (It helped that Jesus had IncorruptiblePurePureness.)
* DependingOnTheWriter: A lot of people forget that one of the first things Jesus does in the Gospels is preach an "eye for an eye" system of law enforcement. This is, in fact, the origin of the phrase. It's quite out of line with how He's depicted at other points in the Gospels.
** ItMakesSenseInContext: He does refer to the Old Testament "eye for an eye" ethic, but then adds that it's much better to TurnTheOtherCheek.
---> '''Jesus''': You have heard that it was said "Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth." But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
%%* DescendFromAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* TheDeterminator: The man once faced down an angry mob that wanted to throw Him over a cliff, silenced them with a look and walked right through without a scratch. Heck, even death itself [[BackFromTheDead couldn't stop Him]].
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: In the midst of [[spoiler:execution by torture]], He [[BadassPacifist refused to take anesthetic]], managed to make arrangements for someone to look after His mother, reassured a penitent thief that he would go to {{Heaven}} and forgave His executioners.
* FirstLawOfResurrection: Returns three earthly days after his death.
* ForgivenessRequiresDeath: With the twist that Jesus wasn't guilty; He was dying to get forgiveness for everyone else.
* FountainOfExpies: ThisWiki gives us the CrystalDragonJesus and MessianicArchetype tropes; if the authors have encountered Christianity, they can be assumed to be Expies. Some of the most well-known, though, include [[StarWars Luke Skywalker and his father]], [[ChroniclesOfNarnia Aslan]], {{Superman}} and [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Nagisa Kaworu]]. In RealLife, many individuals have claimed to be His reincarnation.
* FriendToAllChildren: He got annoyed when His disciples tried to keep children from bothering Him, explaining that children have exemplary faith in His Kingdom.
%%* FriendToAllLivingThings
* AGodAmI: "Before Abraham was, I Am." (Double points for invoking the name of {{God}} revealed to Moses in the Old Testament.) {{Justified|Trope}}, if Jesus was, as He claimed, the Son of {{God}} Himself.
* GodInHumanForm: He claimed to be, leading to accusations of [[BlasphemousBoast blasphemy]] from the Pharisees.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Although this attitude is aimed towards {{Satan}} who tried to tempt Him, the Pharisees who were being [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrites]], and the merchants who defiled His temple.
* GoodShepherd: Jesus calls Himself this, and lives up to it, including the part about [[HeroicSacrifice laying down His life for the sheep]].
* HealingHands: He healed a lot of people, usually by laying hands on them.
* TheHero: Of the New Testament. Specifically, a GuileHero who used cleverness rather than violence.
* HeroicSacrifice / SomeoneHasToDie: Jesus had to die and suffer punishment for mankind's sins in order to make it possible for people to be saved and not have to suffer punishment for their own sins.
* HumbleHero: Shows this in many ways.
* IHaveManyNames: Jesus son of Joseph, Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus Christ, [[note]]"Christ" is a descriptive title from the Greek word ''christos,'', a translation of the Hebrew word ''[[TheMessiah mashiah]]'' meaning "anointed one", [[IAmNotShazam not His surname]]).[[/note]], the Son of Man, Jesus Son of David...
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Jesus was even tempted [[DealWithTheDevil by the Devil himself]], but didn't buckle.
* InternalReformist: Of Judaism and the law of Moses. A contested issue among His disciples, Paul argued for worldwide evangelization while Peter interpreted it as restricted to Jews. In any case, Jesus updated Yahweh's message.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Oh, yes...
* JesusWasWayCool: Many people see Him as this. He was definitely seen as this by His contemporaries.
* JewsLoveToArgue: Jesus was Jewish, of course, and much of the action in the Gospels involves Him arguing with other Jews (the Pharisees or His own disciples) about the correct interpretation of the Laws of Moses.
* JourneyToFindOneself: Jesus' 40 days and nights in the desert, sort of.
* KungFuJesus: Despite forcibly kicking shady merchants out of the temple on more than one occasion, this is mostly averted. In fact, the people turned against Him because He ''wasn't'' this; they expected their Messiah to lead a revolt against Rome.
* LargeHam: Yes.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: In many Bibles, His words are written in [[color:red:red]]. Also, He is often portrayed wearing purple robes, purple being a color long associated with royalty in the West.
* LightIsGood: He could also be considered GoodIsNotNice.
* LineageComesFromTheFather: Subverted. Jesus is both the legal and biological heir of David. Legally through Joseph, but it turns out that the genealogy in Luke is actually Mary's, ([[WordOfDante though this is never explicitly stated]]) tracing her back to David. In addition, there are a few women so well-respected that Matthew felt the need to mention them: Tamar, Bath-sheba, Rahab and Ruth.
* MagneticHero: Jesus had no trouble gathering His twelve apostles. In fact, most of them JumpedAtTheCall.
* ManInWhite: Usually depicted this way. In the Gospels themselves, His robes become pure white in the Transfiguration sequence.
* ManlyTears: "Jesus wept" (John 11:35).
* MeaningfulName: "Yahweh saves."
* MeeknessIsWeakness: Jesus actually described Himself as being "meek and lowly in heart," but He otherwise totally subverts this trope.
* MessianicArchetype: The TropeMaker.
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: Often took the [[RulesLawyer Pharisees]] down a notch or two.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: The TropeNamer and the page quote-provider. Yeah, He wasn't exactly popular in Nazareth.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** When the guy known for using His powers for good turns and curses a fig tree in a fit of anger, causing it to wither and die, you know something serious is about to go down. Sure enough, Jesus [[spoiler:went to His death]] a few days later.
** Ditto with the merchants in the temple. He goes absolutely berserk when He sees them.
* TheParagon: He told His disciples, "Love one another as I have loved you."
* ThePowerOfLove: One of Jesus' most remembered teachings is to love God and to love your neighbor. Jesus emphasizes love as ''the'' most powerful thing in the universe. ([[PowerOfTrust Faith]] and Hope being the two runners-up.)
* PsychicNosebleed: Jesus is praying at the Mount of Olives just before His arrest, and His sweat appears like drops of blood (Luke 22:44). This is actually a documented medical phenomenon in some cases of extreme stress, likely brought on by His knowledge of what's about to go down.
* RaceLift: Jesus was a Middle Eastern. He was born in Palestine, the Middle East, but, at least in Western art, he's almost universally depicted as a white person.
* RashomonStyle: The four Gospels emphasize different sides of Jesus [[DependingOnTheWriter based on each evangelist's target audience]]. Matthew showed Jesus as an {{Expy}} of Moses and [[ShownTheirWork cited a myriad of Old Testament prophecies]] to really drive the whole Messiah thing home. Mark's Gospel was DarkerAndEdgier because his audience was persecuted Christians. Luke's Gospel is LighterAndSofter, emphasizing NiceGuy qualities of Jesus because he was targeting non-Jewish converts. John's Gospel is the most mystic-like of the four and writes a HigherSelf version of Jesus to emphasize His divinity.
* PurityPersonified: In a heated debate, Jesus once asked the Pharisees, "Which of you convicts me of sin?" There was no response.
* ScarsAreForever: He still had the scars from His crucifixion after He rose from the dead, probably because the Apostles would not believe unless they felt them.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: His ethics in a nutshell. See the parable about the eye of the needle.
* SelfRestraint: He went along with being sentenced to death. He even remarked at the time that, if He really wanted to, He could summon four legions of angels to bust Him out.
** He declined to even open his mouth in his own defense while on trial. This likely has at least something to do with his track record of mopping the floor with the Pharisees' other arguments--if he'd made an active effort to rebut their accusations, it might have complicated the HeroicSacrifice.
* ShortLivedBigImpact: He preached actively for only three years and died at age 33, and here we are 2,000 years later still talking about Him. Not to mention the little matter of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} religion He started]] currently having over three billion followers worldwide.
* TakeAThirdOption: One of His specialties.
** Notable example: saving the adulteress from stoning by telling those who wanted to kill her that [[MoralMyopia it wasn't like]] they [[HolierThanThou were so pure either]].
** There's also the time where the Pharisees asked if it was legal to pay taxes to Rome, hoping they could get Jesus arrested for his answer; Jesus outsmarted them with a simple answer of "if it belongs to Rome, give it to them."
* TakeThat: It's hard to read His words and not think He's talking about someone today, but He was more talking about the people of his time, their hypocrisy and blindness to injustice. But, since He's omniscient, He very well could be talking about people today, so this can be DoublySubverted. Or, simply, his message [[{{Applicability}} is one that can speak to all people across time]].
* ThanatosGambit: He comes BackFromTheDead.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: TropeNamer.
* TheUnreveal: To settle a dispute, Jesus wrote something in the ground that apparently blew them away and made everyone stop fighting. This is the only recorded instance of Jesus ever writing anything. But none of the books ever tell us ''what'' He wrote, maybe because [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm we couldn't understand it?]]
** The incident in question is recorded in John 8, when the people brought the woman who was caught in adultery in [[RunningGag yet another attempt to trap Jesus by His own words]]. Commentators have suggested that what Jesus wrote on the ground was the accusers' own sins, as a way of calling them out for hypocrisy.
* VerbalTic: In the book of John, "I tell you the truth" or "Truly, truly I say to you."
* WhamLine: "Tonight, one of you will betray me."

!!Joseph of Nazareth

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / DisappearedDad: [[WildMassGuessing Theological scholars]] speculate Joseph's lack of appearance post-Nativity may be due to Joseph dying at some point.
** Joseph shows up in that episode when Jesus was 12 and He was in the Temple showing off his knowledge to the rabbis. Mary and Joseph were both mentioned here. After this, not much is known. Most sources say Jesus was an adult when Joseph died.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Although he is from the lineage of King David, he earns a modest and meager living as a carpenter. And his social status is essentially "a nobody." (Or, if you like, [[IncrediblyLamePun the Average Joe]].)
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Averted. After finding out that Mary was pregnant, he decided to (quietly) divorce her rather than make a big deal about it and have her be humiliated. That was really decent of him, considering the time and place he was in, he probably saved Mary's life (though he did come back for her).
%%* NiceGuy

!!The Virgin Mary

-->''"Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!"''

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Became Queen of the world according to some Christian traditions. Her "Assumption" had been floating around for centuries, but it wasn't until 1950 that the Catholic church accepted this as doctrine, replacing the original accepted theory that she went into eternal sleep or "Dormition."
%%* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* BreakoutCharacter: In Catholicism.
* {{Celibate Hero}}ine:
** Played straight at the time of Jesus' birth; there's a reason she got her title. Possibly averted afterward, depending on whether you translate references to Jesus' "brothers and sisters" as literal or metaphorical.
* TheChick: The most feminine figure in Christianity.
* TheChosenOne: Chosen by God out of many different young women to be the mother of Jesus.
** ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Has to watch her son be humiliated and killed, and cannot do anything about it.
* TheHighQueen: To those who believe that she became Queen of Heaven and Queen of the World at the end of her earthly existence.
* {{Humble Hero}}ine: Despite the point that Mary's decision to become pregnant with the Messiah would make her a very important figure to many, Mary's few recorded actions after her son's birth reflected her son's importance. Many Christians honor her greatly, as her son did, because of that very humility.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception states that she ''had'' to be pure from the very beginning in order to be a suitable mother for Jesus, and so she was spared from [[SinsOfOurFathers Original Sin]].
%%* TheIngenue
* JewishMother: Well, literally but the trope varies by the gospel.
** In Mark (the one written for a Jewish audience) she up and tells Jesus that what he's doing is crazy, along with his brothers and sisters. Jesus handily ignores her though, telling her that his ''real'' family is whoever hears God's message and listens to it.
** In the other gospels she's not a ControlFreak.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted; there are at least two other women named Mary in the New Testament alone.
* SomethingAboutARose: Roses are a flower associated with her, notably the most iconic prayer about her is the rosary (meaning "rose garden")
%%* TeamMom
* TrueBlueFemininity: Traditionally depicted wearing blue robes.
%%* VirginPower
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: In Catholic doctrine. (Her appearance is not mentioned even in passing in any of the Gospels.) Additionally, those who report seeing visions of her report that she conforms to [[BeautyEqualsGoodness whatever the ideal of feminine beauty is]] [[DivineRaceLift in their culture]].
%%* YamatoNadeshiko

!!John the Baptist

-->''And there was a cry from the wilderness...''

%%* HermitGuru
* OffWithHisHead: What happened to him in the end.

!!The Apostles/Disciples

Peter, Andrew, James the brother of John, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the Lesser, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas [[InsistentTerminology the Betrayer]]. Matthias was later brought into the group as Judas' replacement. Peter, John, and Judas have their own sections below.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Thomas has this reputation if the phrase "doubting Thomas" is anything to go by, but it's fairly unjustified. All the Apostles had trouble accepting Jesus' resurrection without physical proof; Thomas was just singled out because he arrived late. In addition, Jesus readily offered said proof and they immediately believed upon seeing it.
* LiteralMinded: The Apostles were often clueless about the things Jesus taught. They thought that Jesus was coming to restore the monarchy that David started ''even after Jesus rose from the dead''. It wasn't until after Jesus sent the Holy Spirit that the Apostles understood everything.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with two Jameses, the two Judases, and also with a second John (the first being John the Baptist). Played straight with Simons, as Jesus named one "Peter"--but even then, yet another Simon was involved in the crucifixion.
* RedBaron: James and John, the "Sons of Thunder."
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Jesus gathered together fishermen, carpenters, a tax collector and a freedom fighter.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Since many of the apostles worked in blue-collar occupations such as fishing and carpentry, it's fair to assume they were [[{{badass}} manly men]]--and [[CaptainObvious loved Jesus]], of course.
* TheSixthRanger: Matthias, who replaced Judas after his death.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Tradition states that, except for John, they were all martyred in different places around the world. Without any concrete evidence, their fates still remain vague.
* WhatTheHellHero: Jesus did this to the disciples after they rebuked people for bringing their children to see Jesus.

!!Simon Peter/Cephas

->''"And I name you Peter, for you are the rock from which I will build My church."''

%%* BadassBeard
* CharacterDevelopment: Post-Pentecost, Peter becomes one of the new leaders of Jesus's movement and gains maturity from it.
* CockADoodleDawn: Jesus predicts that this will signal Peter's FriendshipDenial. He's right.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: He was crucified. Upside down. Also counts as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, as he specifically requested to be crucified upside down; he felt he didn't deserve to die the same way as his lord. This is why one of the symbols of Christian fealty is an upside-down cross, and not a Satanic Anti-Christian symbol.
* FriendshipDenial: Peter was warned by Jesus that he will deny Him three times [[CockADoodleDawn before the rooster crows]], and a few moments later, Jesus was right. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone This didn't go well for Peter at all]].
* HotBlooded:
** During two accounts of Jesus's arrest scene, Peter cuts off a soldier's ear with his sword (and one of these accounts makes it clear that, yes, Jesus healed it). This is just one of the many times Peter opens his mouth and inserts his foot.
** Also, the time when Jesus tells Peter that anything he asks by faith will be granted. The first thing Peter asks for? That Jesus doesn't have to die. Jesus immediately rebukes it, repeating that his death is preordained.
* MeaningfulRename: Jesus gave Simon the name Peter, which means "rock," to symbolize Peter's solid faith. Catholics also take Jesus' pronouncement "On this rock I will build my church" to mean that Peter became the first Pope.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: After His resurrection, Jesus tells the women to "Go tell the disciples and Peter." This is an {{inversion}} of the trope, however, since Jesus is saying "Despite his FriendshipDenial, make sure that Peter knows he's still included."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His reaction after realizing that not only was Jesus right about his FriendshipDenial, Jesus was right there and heard him say it.
* OneSteveLimit: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]]. Since there was another Simon among the twelve, Jesus gave him the Peter nickname instead.
* RedBaron: Jesus gave him the name ''Peter'', which is from the Greek word for "stone," ''petros'' (''cephas'' is an Aramaic word meaning the same thing). How cool must that have been to have Jesus call you "Rocky"? (Though, to be fair, Jesus was also quick to point out when he ''wasn't'' living up to the name.)
* RedOniBlueOni: Initially, Peter was the HotBlooded foil to Jesus's calm demeanor, but post-Pentecost, he got better and became Paul's foil.
* TakeUpMySword: According to Roman Catholic dogma, Jesus left Peter in charge of the movement he started.

!!John the Apostle

->''"He who does not know love does not know God because God is love."''

* AndThatLittleBoyWasMe: The ending of John's Gospel reveals that the unnamed "disciple whom Jesus loved" was the NarratorAllAlong.
* HotBlooded: He and James often fought over who would have a better position in Heaven, to the point where their mother had to ask Jesus in order to have them stop fighting.
** In another example, after Jesus and his followers were rejected in a village, John and James got so angry that they asked Jesus if they could [[KillItWithFire call down fire from Heaven]] [[DisproportionateRetribution to destroy the village]]. Jesus said no, of course.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jesus, if you think that "the disciple whom he loved" was him.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with John the Apostle and John the Baptist.
* TagalongKid: Downplayed. John was the youngest of the Apostles.

!!Judas Iscariot

->''"Have you come to betray the son of man with a kiss?"''

* DeceptiveDisciple: Judas was sincere enough to make it into Jesus' inner circle of twelve, but didn't hesitate to sell Jesus out to the authorities.
* DrivenToSuicide: After learning that Jesus was [[DespairEventHorizon going to be executed]].
* EtTuBrute: See his page quote.
* FaceHeelTurn: His betrayal, obviously.
* FindingJudas: TropeNamer via the Gnostic Gospels but somewhat averted and not canon in the Four Gospels.
* HeelRealization: He regretted betraying Jesus and tried to return the bribe money. The Pharisees were not impressed.
* {{Greed}}: Interestingly, the thirty pieces of silver Judas was paid is the same amount Jewish law requires you to pay someone if you murder their slave.
* KissOfDeath: How he identifies Jesus to the Romans when they come to arrest him.
* LesCollaborateurs: A more common villainous example.
%%* TheMole
* MeaningfulName: ''Judas'' is the Greek form of ''Judah'', the brother who got the idea to sell Joseph into slavery.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After he betrayed Jesus, he had a HeelRealization and was DrivenToSuicide.
* ObviousJudas: Averted, despite being the TropeNamer. When Jesus revealed that he knew that one of the disciples was going to betray him, the others had no idea who it could be.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. He's actually one of two apostle Judases, the other who ends up going by Thaddeus.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Possibly. He stole from the poor (see below) and betrayed Jesus for money.
* StealingFromTheTill: This is noted of in John 12:6 when he is among those to complain when Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus:
--> "He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it."
* TokenEvilTeammate: John's Gospel goes out of its way to show that Judas was evil from the beginning.
* TropeNamer: To call someone a "Judas" is to say he is a traitor, hence trope names including ObviousJudas, FindingJudas, etc.


* AuthorAppeal: As an ex-tax collector, he showed much interest in money.
* EvilDebtCollector: Matthew/Levi was a repentant tax collector.
* ShownTheirWork: Quoted Old Testament passage to appeal to Jews.
%%* TheSmartGuy

!!Mary Magdalene

* AlliterativeName: '''M'''ary '''M'''agdalene.
* CanonDiscontinuity: She had a whole gospel to herself in the Gnostic texts, but it's not considered canon by any modern religions.
* TheChick: While Jesus likely had other female followers, she is the most prominent.
* DemonicPossession: Supposedly had seven demons trapped within her, until Jesus healed her.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Traditionally she has been depicted as a harlot, but this comes from [[WordOfDante tradition]] and not from Scripture.
** The harlot actually comes from a passage several chapters after her debut, who is never stated to be Mary Magdalene.
* OneSteveLimit: Another aversion; she shares a name with Jesus' mom.

!!James the Just

-->''"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."''

The younger brother of Jesus, who eventually took up leadership of Jesus's movement with Peter and John after Jesus's death and ascension.

* OneSteveLimit: He shares a name with one of Jesus' apostles. {{Averted}} if you believe the two are the same person.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Was this for the Jewish-Christians and the Christian movement during the Apostolic Age. When ideological fights between Peter and the Apostle Paul began breaking out, James was the one to settle things.
* TheMagnificent: Earned the title "The Just" by being so true to both the Law of Moses and Jesus's teachings that even non-Christians recognized him as a righteous man.

!!Herod the Great

%%* AmbitionIsEvil
%%* TheMagnificent
* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: The TropeNamer and TropeMaker.
* OffingTheOffspring: History records that he had three of his own sons executed for showing a bit too much ambition.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted by his son and successor, Herod Antipas.
* TreacherousAdvisor: His sister Salome.
* WouldHurtAChild: According to Matthew, he ordered the murder of all the male children in Bethlehem in order to kill the Messiah. ([[NiceJobBreakingItHerod It didn't work.]])

!!Herod Antipas

* AffablyEvil: Had John the Baptist imprisoned, but liked him and had him well-treated.
* ABirthdayNotABreak: On one birthday, he was forced to kill John the Baptist, whom he considered his friend. On another, he was killed for blasphemy.
* AGodAmI: During his birthday party several guests claimed he was a god and he did nothing to deny it. [[LaserGuidedKarma Bad move.]]
* IGaveMyWord: Tells his daughter he'll give her anything she wants if she dances for him. She does, then demands the head of John the Baptist.
* IncestIsRelative: Married his aunt Herodias while she was still married to his brother. John the Baptist called them out on it, and it got him imprisoned and eventually executed.
* LaserGuidedKarma: For claiming AGodAmI, he was struck down during his birthday party with a seizure, then eaten by intestinal worms.
%%* LikeFatherLikeSon

!!Pontius Pilate

* AntiVillain: Depicted as a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure mostly fair ruler]] who was caught between killing an innocent man or setting him free and risking the people's rebellion.
* BatmanGambit: When carrying out the tradition of freeing one prisoner on the Passover, he had the other choice be the criminal Barabbas in hopes that people would pick Christ over him. It didn't work.
* HeelFaceTurn: Some stories say he converted to Christianity.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: He's often depicted as the man directly responsible for ordering the death of Jesus. Actually, in the Gospels themselves, he only does so reluctantly because he has no choice.
%%* IDidWhatIHadToDo
* NeverMyFault: Hence why the "washing his hands" was done.

!!The Pharisees

-->''"Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone."''

* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: See quote. They followed the ceremonies of the law to a T, but they completely over looked the more important spirit of the law.
* GodNeverSaidThat: God gave a number of general rules, but by Jesus' time, these had been analyzed and quantified into strict rules by the Pharisees. When the Pharisees tried to call Jesus on his "rule-breaking," He often explained that they had over-analyzed the letter of the law and missed the spirit completely. For example, the Pharisees said He violated the Sabbath's ban on work by healing someone; He explained that while the Sabbath is a day of rest, it's never against God's law to help a person or show mercy on them (see Matthew 12).
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: "If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent."
* {{Greed}}: They turned the temple into a bank.
* HolierThanThou / {{Pride}}: Their besetting sins, according to Jesus.
* {{Hypocrite}}: They followed the ceremonies of the law to a T, but they completely over looked the more important spirit of the law. Their religion was more to make them look good in front of men than out of any real love for God. For example, they got mad at the disciples for eating with unwashed hands, but they themselves plotted murder and stole from people.
* {{Irony}}:
** They had a reputation as being very religious. They also were some of Jesus's worst enemies.
* InsaneTrollLogic: They accused Jesus of being DemonicallyPossessed because He healed people and cast out demons.
%%* KnightTemplar
%%* LawfulStupid
* LoopholeAbuse: Sort of; [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem they had to make up a new rule to do it]]. They had a tradition that if something was declared "Qorban" or "devoted to God," it was not to be used for secular use, and they would use that as a excuse not to use whatever it was to help their parents.
%%* MaliciousSlander
* MortonsFork: One of their preferred strategies for trying to entrap Jesus: Should we execute this woman for adultery (defying the law of Rome), or not (defying the law of Moses)? Should we pay taxes to Rome (a very unpopular idea) or not ({{Caesar}} would like to have a word with you)? (In each case, Jesus TookAThirdOption.)
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Jesus called them out not only for being holier-than-thou, but for putting unnecessary restrictions on the average folk.
* RulesLawyer: And really didn't like it that Jesus' [[MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours Rule Fu Was Stronger]].
%%* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
%%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* TokenGoodTeammate: Nicodemus. Early in Christ's ministry, he came to him in secret to ask about his doctrine. Later, he assisted with his burial.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[InvertedTrope They were not really heroes]]; they only [[KnightTemplar claimed]] to be, but the Pharisees made the temple into a den of thieves and Jesus rebuked them for this.


* BadassBeard: All have it.
* CanonForeigner: The Fourth Wise Man.
* CrossCulturalKerfuffle: Should kids in Hispanic America (especially in Puerto Rico) get their presents from Santa or the Magi? The eternal debate!
** The Magi are often pictured in Arabic headgear despite not actually being Arabs.
* TheDeterminator: Artaban spent *his whole life* trying to deliver his present to Jesus.
* NumerologicalMotif: [[RuleOfThree Three Kings, three presents.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Like traveling around the world on camel to deliver presents to the Son Of God personally.
* RuleOfThree: Naturally. (Except in "The Fourth Wise Man.")
* SamaritanSyndrome: What kept Artaban from finding Jesus.
* TokenMinority: Melchior is often depicted as being black.
** FiveTokenBand: Many depictions actually make them three different races to symbolize the entire world coming together in awe of Christ.
* WordOfDante: The Scripture doesn't say that there were three Magi exactly; that's a later tradition that probably came from them bringing three gifts.