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->''"I do not enjoy killing, but when done righteously, it is just a chore, like any other. [[ItGetsEasier Practiced hands]] make for short work, and the Good Lord knows there is [[KillThemAll much to be done here]]."''
-->-- '''Joshua Graham''', ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''

A [[PreacherMan preacher]] who is TheHunter, or just a good fighter, who belongs to a church that ''isn't'' the ChurchMilitant. He has the ability to literally [[Film/{{Braindead}} kick arse for the Lord]].

May be a TechnicalPacifist or a MartialPacifist. May be an ActualPacifist; if so, like other Actual Pacifists, about the only thing that will goad him into violence is someone else being directly threatened with death. Even then he may simply [[BadassPacifist take every blow without flinching]] and [[TurnTheOtherCheek dare you to hit harder.]] Often looks like CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.

Sometimes he's the Christian equivalent of PapaWolf. He'll kick in the door and blow away anyone who [[BerserkButton dares harm his flock]]/congregation/head of church. It makes sense, if we are to love our neighbor and do unto others as we would have them do unto us, most would want someone - especially someone who is supposed to watch over them like a pastor - to [[BigDamnHeroes come to their rescue]] if they were being beaten, robbed, or worse; and since [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 24:11]] says "Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter" it makes sense to help not only the victims, but to help prevent the bad guys from doing something that they will [[TheseHandsHaveKilled possibly regret forever]] if and when they come to their senses. Most would want a true friend to do that for them so that they can experience a HeelFaceTurn sooner and more easily, with less guilt on their minds, [[JesusSaves though Jesus can fix that problem]].

May be someone who believes that fighting is okay under certain circumstances even when those above him in the church hierarchy don't, or someone who normally never fights who is forced to take action in an extreme situation.

This {{trope}} applies to [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholics]], Anglicans, many priests of CrystalDragonJesus, and Quakers. You rarely see Quakers in film without this trope getting invoked--though with that religion, the definition of "preacher" gets stretched. (So does the definition of "Quaker" -- they're one of the few universally pacifist denominations.) [[{{Trigun}} Wolfwood]] also counts.

If the clergyman had been a soldier, policeman, or the like before taking orders, it may overlap with RetiredBadass.

This trope does ''not'' apply to preachers in certain fundamentalist churches and rarely applies to priests of medieval Catholic churches. Those are covered under ChurchMilitant and WarriorMonk -- in those tropes the whole church is, or tries to be, {{Badass}}. A Badass Preacher is a minority in his church hierarchy.

If a {{badass}} person does not belong to a church hierarchy but still turns out to be religious, he's the ReligiousBruiser like [[Film/TheBookOfEli Eli]].

Related to TurbulentPriest who fights with his words. Subtrope of RealMenLoveJesus. If [[{{Jesus}} the Lord Himself]] is kicking ass, that's KungFuJesus.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* [[Manga/{{Trigun}} Nicholas D. Wolfwood]]. All he wants to make the people of their wretched world secure and happy, especially the children. He pursues this goal with preaching, fundraising, and swinging around a ''[[{{BFG}} cross-shaped combination machinegun/rocket launcher/pistol rack]]'' and taking down anybody in need of an asskicking. He's also a part-time assassin and in the manga, [[spoiler: a genetically-engineered killer.]]
** 'That cross is so heavy because it's full of [[MoreDakka mercy]]!'
* Father [[AlliterativeName Alexander Anderson]] from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' will screw you up twelve ways to Sunday if you even look at him wrong[[note]]At least, if you're a hellspawn or simply evil. Otherwise, Anderson's a nice guy to innocents, especially children[[/note]]. [[MemeticMutation AAAAAMEEEEEEENNNNNN!!]]
** Pretty much everyone in the Vatican Section XIII Iscariot division. Most of them were raised by [[ParentalSubstitute Anderson himself]] and are capable of cutting bloody swaths through vampire and Nazi hordes. Anderson's top protégés are both [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] and Yumie Takagi is even a {{Badass}} nun.
* There are two ex-criminal priests in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. Despite one being Japanese and one being Italian, they recognize each other through both being extensively tattooed. And badass.
* ''FushigiYuugi'' has the Suzaku Seishi Chichiri, a monk who always [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous]].
* Miroku from ''Manga/InuYasha'', an itinerant Buddhist monk with a miniature black hole in the palm of his right hand.
* Frau from ''[[Manga/ZeroSevenGhost 07 Ghost]]'' is a bishop and one of the most powerful magical users in the series, he also wields an [[SinisterScythe awesome wicked scythe]].
** For extra points? ''Undead.''
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': Genjo Sanzo
* Adam Blade from ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}''
* Baskerville in ''Manga/EtCetera'', [[spoiler:before it was revealed that it was just a cover]].
* Duo Maxwell from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' looks like one of these, but he wears the clerical collar more as a memento of the priest and nun who took care of him [[spoiler: and were killed during the war.]] Later in the ''Frozen Teardrop'' novel, he has a role in tending to a church (as does [[spoiler: his ex-wife Hilde]]), but it's more of a front for his BountyHunter work.
* ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage'': Bishop, a blind priest who is revealed to be [[spoiler:Ernst Rammsteiner, a failed Kerberos experiment who is still skilled enough to cross blades with [[DarkActionGirl Campenella Fruhling]] and survive]].
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', demons are the enemies. Several characters fall into the category of Badass Preacher, from the gunslinging [[YoungestChildWins Yukio]] to the [[MundaneMadeAwesome bible-reciting]] Bon (certain bible verses can banish demons. He recites the entire book of John at one in order to achieve certain victory) but the most notable and straighest example of the trope is PosthumousCharacter Shiro, who has spent his entire life resisting DemonicPossession by ''Satan'' and still finds time to be an excellent Exorcist, father and generally {{Badass}}.
* [[TheNameless Scar]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' was a warrior-priest of Ishvala during the war.
* Garterbelt of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': The [[RatedMForManly man]] can make a holy symbol with a dildo and a shotgun, and keeps ''a machine gun in his afro''.
* Kirei Kotomine from ''Anime/FateZero''
** Any member of the Church who is an Executor, especially members of the Burial Agency.
* Enrico Pucci from ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' is a powerful prison priest dedicated to finding a way to gain "Heaven" [[spoiler: Even if it means using a green baby and changing earths gravity and eventually transporting a child to another dimension as a result.]]
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[[folder:Board Games]]
* One of the playable hero characters in ''Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game'' is the small town of Woodinvale's priest Father Joseph; though he is a TechnicalPacifist, Father Joe can still kill zombies.
* ''Betrayal at House on the Hill'' has a priest as one of its playable characters. He has the highest Sanity stat of all the characters, and is surprisingly powerful in-game.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Jesse Custer of ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' has it in his series's title, but he may or may not count, as he's left the ministry by the time the series begins. Then again, his CompellingVoice is explicitly the Word of God.
* The Confessor in ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is a religious-themed superhero, with a [[ChestInsignia cross on his chest]], a sidekick [[CodeName named]] "Altar Boy", and a church hideout. In his {{Backstory}}, [[spoiler:he actually was a priest...before he was turned into a ''vampire''. The cross on his chest is a "mortification of the flesh" deal, as well as causing him pain so he doesn't focus on the urge to drink blood]]. As for the {{Badass}} part, see his [[Awesome/ComicBooks Crowning Moment Of Awesome]].
** Then there's his most prominent enemy, the also religiously themed [[SinisterMinister Deacon]].
* Kurt Wagner, AKA Nightcrawler in the MarvelUniverse, becomes a priest at one point, allowing for him to fall into this trope. Although most ComicBook/{{X-Men}} fans prefer to consign that particular storyline to the realms of FanonDiscontinuity.
* Chaplain Action, He-Man of the Cloth, from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. Has an eyepatch. Is...evil. And a television Preacher.
* Father Merrin from the spanish comic-book ''ComicBook/{{Fanhunter}}''. He uses Bibles ''as throwing weapons''. Bibles signed by Mike Tyson and Jet Li.
** Also X-tremo (Milton O'Roke) in the Fanhunter elseworld ''Savage Kiusap Tales''
* ''ComicBook/BattlePope'' is, as the name suggests, all about the Pope being the kicker of evil asses.
* Lawrence Verse in ''Caballistics, Inc.'' from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' is an ex-Catholic priest who was forced to give up his vocation after an incident involving, as another character put it, "the novel use of a chainsaw during the Rite of Exorcism."
* Father Boris from ''ComicBook/{{Northlanders}}''. A large, aging Russian preacher, he beats a Viking chieftain to death with his barehands while still nursing a serious injury.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chumble_Spuzz Chumble Spuzz]]'' has Reverend Mofo; a [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]], sword-wielding monkey. It's kind of hard to tell if he's a parody or just [[UpToEleven a really, really, over the top example]] (considering the [[RefugeInAudacity overall tone of the comic]], he's probably somewhere in between).
* The titular character in ''JustAPilgrim'' by GarthEnnis. Still well-steeped in badassery, he turned to the Good Book after [[spoiler: giving cannibalism a try.]]
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* [[Fanfic/TiberiumWars The Black Hand]] in general. Every one of these warrior-priests is a trained soldier, but they are also clad in heavy powered armor and typically armed with either a flame-projector or a laser rifle. Brother-Captain Allen in particular is a stand-out example, as not only will he kill you for breaking the laws of the Brotherhood, but he'll do it by yelling out your offenses while ''smashing your head on a wall'', and then throw you out a very high window.
* ''Fanfic/ThroughADiamondSky'': The epilogue indicates that Melodia became this after her HeelFaithTurn and new orders to look out for the marginalized members of Grid society. Two of her best agents were [[Music/DaftPunk the DJs at the End of Line]].
* [=StarGleam=] from ''Fanfic/StarkitsProphecy''. "ACCEPT JESUS MOTHERFUCKERS!" indeed.
* The unnamed Imperial priest from ''[[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/madhouse-a-40k-oneshot.255087/ Madhouse]]'', who gives the [[ShutUpHannibal best rebuttal ever to Chaos]].
-->''So come on, lost children. We’ve all made our choices, and now those choices have made us. I shall bring you into His light with [[KillItWithFire cleansing flame]] and prayers, and [[DeathEqualsRedemption redeem us all in death]]. Come one or come all, [[YouShallNotPass you shall not put a foot into this hallowed ground while I still draw breath.]]''
-->''For I have faith, and that is enough.''
* ''[[FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind The Warmistress of Equestria]]'': [[TheDragon Scorpan]] is an evil version of this, being a [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking leader of the Traitor Legions]] who in his spare time preaches the glories of the [[EldritchAbomination Chaos Gods]].
* ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'': Han, a.k.a. Kokuo the Horse of the Nine Terrors, became a church pastor and overseer of a soup kitchen as a way to atone for the bloodshed he helped cause during the Terrors' 365-day rampage two years earlier; yet he's still capable of fighting Gaara to a standstill when the latter confronts him. For perspective, in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' canon Han was ''the five-tails jinchuriki''.

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[[folder:Film]]
* Parodied in ''Film/HotFuzz'' where the preacher is [[spoiler: part of a cabal to keep the town clean of outsiders by killing them. When the new copper (Simon Pegg) figures it all out, he curses at Pegg ("Fuck off, grasshopper!") and even shoots him with two pistols he has hidden up his sleeves]].
* Father [=McGruder=] the Kung Fu Priest in Creator/PeterJackson's early [[{{Gorn}} splatter movie]] ''Film/{{Braindead}}''/''Dead Alive'', including the unforgettable line and page quote, "I kick arse for the ''Lord''!" Unfortunately, he gets killed shortly after. He gets better, though (if [[OurZombiesAreDifferent becoming a passive zombie]] can be considered "better").
* ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires''
* Father Barry from ''Film/OnTheWaterfront''. When the ex-prizefighter Terry Malloy is behaving in a wild and irrational fashion, Fr. Barry tries to calm him down by ''punching him in the face and knocking him across the room''. They then sit down for a nice cold beer. He is also the only character early in the film who has the guts to stand up to Johnny Friendly, the BigBad mobster.
* This does happen in ''FriendlyPersuasion'' (which is about a Quaker community and is set during TheCivilWar). This could be considered an aversion, since the main character chastises his son for getting into a fight, and then, after being unwillingly drafted, refuses to kill an enemy soldier when he has the chance.
* The Reverend in ''Film/ThePatriot'' who threw in with Mel Gibson's partisans telling his stunned congregation; 'A good shepherd must protect his flock - and sometimes chase away the wolves!'
* ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin That is all]].
* Clint Eastwood is The Badass Preacher With No Name in ''Film/PaleRider'' (1985).
* Clint is also a preacher in ''Film/ThunderboltAndLightfoot'' until the men with whom he had robbed a security company a few years earlier (with a 20MM cannon, no less!) come back looking for the loot from the robbery.
* The fake trailer for ''Film/{{Machete}}'' in ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' contains one, played by Cheech Marin. Contains the memorable line. "God has mercy...''I don't.''"
* Jacob Fuller, played by Harvey Keitel, from the movie ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn''. Having lost his faith, he regains it near the end of the movie, just in time to bless holy water, and kill some vampires with a cross made from a shotgun and a baseball bat.
-->"I'm a mean... mmm, mmm... servant of God."
* Preacher Man Bob from the Troma film ''{{Buttcrack}},'' who was pretty much the only good thing about the movie.
* The Spanish Civil War movie ''Fiesta'' (1995) has two such priests -- one for the fascists who walks everywhere with a holstered pistol, the other for the communists who picked up a rifle and shot several dozen soldiers from his bell tower.
* In Kevin Costner's ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', ''Friar'' Tuck exemplifies this when he calls out and then kills the corrupt and greedy archbishop who sided with the Sheriff.
**He was also willing to throw down against Robin and company before he joined them, and did quite well.
*** The Disney Animated movie's version qualifies as well. "GET OUT OF MY CHURCH!" indeed.
* In Errol Flynn's ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', Friar Tuck holds his own against Robin in a sword fight, and also joins Robin's men in the final battle with Prince John's knights.
* Rev. 'J.C.' Current in ''Film/BordelloOfBlood'' becomes a badass vampire slayer for a bit, mainly because the vampire prostitutes who were previously helping him keep his church running and the town clean turned on him.
* The Vicar from ''Film/LesbianVampireKillers''. Or, at least, he tries to be.
* The Street Preacher from ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic''. This comes from an overly literal reading of a line from ''Neuromancer'' in which Molly describes an assassin who came after Johnny as being so Zen that he was "like a priest." The Street Preacher dresses like a Benedictine monk and has a crucifix-shaped dagger.
* [[Creator/LiamNeeson Priest Vallon]] from ''GangsOfNewYork''.
* Padre Filipe in ''[[TheMaskOfZorro The Legend of Zorro]]''. A scrawny-looking, unassuming priest who punches out mooks (and who braves bullets to conceal Zorro's identity)? That approaches even Zorro's level of badass.
* Played slightly with Brother Gilbert in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}''. An ActualPacifist, he finds himself drawn into war against the evil King Einon... at which point it is discovered that what he lacks in poetic ability he makes up for in skill with a bow. Listening to him quoting biblical line as he plants arrows in the enemy was a mixture of funny and awesome, topped only by the moment when he ''put an arrow through Einon''. Einon got better, but still...
* A Badass Nun helped out the main character of ''Film/{{Freejack}}''. Shotgun under her habit, and quoted "praise the Lord and pass the ammo" after blowing away a couple threats.
-->"The good Lord says to turn the other cheek" (kicks assailant in the nuts) "But then, he never had to deal with dickheads like you!"
* Yin from ''ChineseGhostStory'' is a Taoist priest, and also a MasterSwordsman and KungFuWizard. And a talented rapper. Let's just say that messing with clergy and monks is by any means a bad idea there.
* Played with in ''Film/TheBookOfEli''. Although Eli is not a literal preacher, he is the closest thing to a religious figure in the post-apocalyptic world (having the only remaining copy of Literature/TheBible in your possession certainly helps). And he is so totally badass that only God can help you if you mess with him.
* For as awful as it is, the second ''TheHowling'' movie has Father Florin, who goes nuts on a gang of werewolves with a titanium axe alongside badasses like ChristopherLee and Reb Brown.
* Cort (Russell Crowe) in ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' is a reformed ex-gunfighter who still has his old magic.
* In ''Film/{{Changeling}}'', Reverend Gustav Briegleb (played by John Malkovich) is a firebreathing {{Determinator}} in his mission to expose the LAPD's wrongdoings.
* Fray Felipe is this in ''The Mark of Zorro.'' He taught Zorro to use a sword. At one point, he tells the villains he plans to "ask God to reward them according to their merits."
* The protagonist of ''Film/{{Priest}}'', who belongs to an order of vampire-fighting Badass Preachers (of both sexes).
* Sam Childers (Creator/GerardButler) in ''Film/MachineGunPreacher''. Based on a real-life preacher in Pennsylvania.
* Meacham (Creator/ClancyBrown) from ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''. He even teaches a fellow townie to shoot when [[spoiler:the fellow's wife is kidnapped by aliens.]]
* Carl (David Wenham), the friar from ''Film/VanHelsing'', provides weapons and support. He's something of a BadassBookworm of the [[TheSoCalledCoward so-called coward]] variety.
* The vampire-hunting Father Uffizi (Jason Scott Lee) in ''DraculaIIAscension'' and ''DraculaIIILegacy''.
* Hugh O'Flaherty in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_and_the_Black The Scarlet and the Black]], who walks circles around the Nazis. He also qualifies as a BadAssPacifist. Pretty much this in real life, too.
* ''Film/TheDiscreetCharmOfTheBourgeoisie''. A bishop goes to bless a dying man who he discovers was responsible for killing the bishop's parents. The bishop blesses him...and blows him away with a shotgun.
* ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow '' follows the close examination of a {{Spooky Photograph|s}} of some suspected cultists. Eventually, the camera angles and zooms to reveal a Young Priest aiming a shotgun, who, along with an Old Priest who appears to be blessing his action, is hidden behind the trees, out of the sightline of the cultists and [[CreepyChangingPainting any normal view of the photograph]].
* ''Film/RedState'': Pastor Abin Cooper, also a SinisterMinister who executes 'sinners' and 'sodomites', is a trained domestic terrorist. He joins the rest of his church during their shoot-out with the ATF, firing an assault rifle at the agents to hold off the prolongued siege.
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[[folder:Folk Lore]]
* Friar Tuck of RobinHood's band of thieves. In versions of the legend where he isn't just PluckyComicRelief, he's usually depicted as a master swordsman and skilled wrestler ([[TheBigGuy using his bulk to good effect]]), as well as a genuinely good and pious man. The badass version dates back to the [[OlderThanPrint medieval legends]]. There are even versions that have him keeping [[AngryGuardDog very large dogs]] around to do his bidding, like attack people.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/StephenKing has one: while Father Callahan was less-than-awesome in his original appearance in ''Literature/SalemsLot'', his consequent reappearance in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' made him considerably more {{Badass}}.
* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' offers at least two examples:
** The first, and most detailed, is an interview with an army chaplain who took it upon himself during the war to kill all infected soldiers (who were previously expected to kill themselves) as a holy mission. This leads to priests assuming positions of some power in Russia, which ends up as theocratic state after the war.
** The second is Sister Montoya, a hundred-pound, fifty-something nun who was apparently mid-lesson in a Sunday school class when zombies attack. The sister grabs a metal candle holder taller than she is and [[BadAssTeacher defends her young students]] by bashing some zombie heads in. She holds off the undead hordes for nine days before they are rescued by the army, in which she later enlists. [[BadassBystander This is an anecdote mentioned in passing]], which should tell you a good bit about the badassery that happens in the rest of the book.
* ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'': Jim Casey. A corrupt cop tries to shoot a rabble-rouser, and Casey [[spoiler:kicks him in the head, knocking him out, then takes the blame for the rabble-rouser's actions when more cops show up]].
* One character in Gerald Durrell's GreenAesop novel ''The Mockery Bird'' is one of the few female badass preachers; let's just leave her theology as being based around the concept of "CrazyAwesome" and leave it at that.
* ''Monte Cassino'', the [=WW2=] novel by Creator/SvenHassel. Father Emanuel isn't above getting the members of the 27th Penal Regiment to hold mass in a bunker which is being carpet-bombed, enforcing discipline with his fists, and taking part in hand-to-hand combat wielding a spade. One time when he's storming at them from a makeshift pulpit, one of them mutters that it's a pity he's a priest, because he would have made a great general.
* Father William in ''Literature/SantiagoAMythOfTheFarFuture'' is a giant of a man, largely because the only sin he allows himself is [[BigEater gluttony]] (he claims that he needs the calories to preach). He's also a BountyHunter who at one point kills a target while standing in the pulpit. It puts quite the tag on his sermon.
* Literature/DonCamillo, from the short stories and novels by Giovanni Guareschi, is one of the two strongest men in the district (the other is his FriendlyEnemy, the Communist mayor Peppone).
* Archbishop Turpin from the medieval epic ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'' is incredibly badass; he accumulates a higher body count than any other character. ''He's'' the one to give the army the order to strike, not the titular Roland. The best part? Turpin orders the strike as the army's ''penance for their sins''.
* Technically a rabbi rather than a priest, but since he was also a Christian preacher, [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]] qualifies. WhipItGood indeed. Also, the whole [[HeroicSacrifice crucifixion]] thing.
* Mightily Oats in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Early in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Mr. Nutt says, "He brought...Forgiveness." ''Late'' in ''Unseen Academicals'', it's revealed that Forgiveness, while he may have brought the concept as well, happens to be the name of ''[[ICallItVera his axe]]''. And it's implied to be the same axe from ''Carpe Jugulum'', which was transformed from a simple, ordinary axe, into a weapon that could hurt vampires, all because of his earnest faith.
--> "For Mr. Oats, the crusade against evil is not a metaphor."
** Preceded by 100 years by [[Discworld/SmallGods Brutha]], the last believer in his god, who becomes first an Archbishop, and soon after a Prophet and the Cenobiarch (the absolute leader of the church). He then reinvents the whole church, turning it from basically a militaristic and totalitarian society into a religious debating house.
* In the novel version of ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', everyone [[ItsRainingMen drops]], including the chaplain. There's even conversation about how strange it is that there were some armies where the chaplains ''didn't'' fight. The protagonist wonders why, if they were okay with soldiers fighting, they wouldn't be willing to do it themselves.
* Father Pyrlig in Bernard Cornwell's ''[[Literature/TheSaxonStories Saxon Stories]]''. A fat, middle-aged priest who [[RetiredBadass used to be a soldier]] and defeats a Viking warlord in single combat.
* Played with in Henry Fielding's ''Literature/JosephAndrews''. Most of the time, Parson Adams is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} WideEyedIdealist who never hesitates to put HonorBeforeReason. However, he is more than able to hold his ground in a fistfight, and becomes a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass when his protege Joseph is threatened.
* Father Forthill in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' may not seem terribly tough now, but in his youth as a seminarian, he and a few others heard of a vampire that had killed two people in their town, manned up, and put the bloodsucker back in its grave. Then they all got drunk and got tattoos. Note that these are ''Dresden'' vampires, the weakest of which are White Court vampires who can rip through concrete walls and tear people apart like tissue paper, and they get progressively nastier.
** Harry has to contend with a retired Army Chaplain going postal over Harry's stewardship of the Swords of the Cross.
* Father Edsel in ''Literature/TheZombiesOfLakeWoebegotten''. He's the first member of the town to kill a zombie, blowing off its head with his shotgun. He singlehandedly organizes the town's defense force, and, at the finale, uses a herd of pigs to lure all of the zombies into a baseball field full of explosives that he then sets off, destroying them all.
* Tsion Ben-Judah in the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Armageddon'', when he turns over leadership of Petra to Chaim Rosenzweig so he can preach Jesus Christ to the Jews remaining in Jerusalem while helping them to defend their city against the Global Community Unity Army on the day of Jesus's second coming.
* Relg from the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' is the leader of a heretical sect of Ul worshippers, and spends most of his time [[{{Wangst}} wangsting]] about the possible sinfulness of his actions, or ranting against the mainstream of Ul worship. He manages to beat down severe agoraphobia to follow the hero on his quest, proves to be very skilled with the horribly [[BuffySpeak mutilat-y]] knives his people favours, and at one point ''pushes a man into a rock'' (and that's into, not through) without breaking a sweat.
** The ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' gives us Patriarch Bergstern, a high ranking member of the Church who carries a battle ax, wears a helmet made from Ogre horns, and can intimidate Sparhawk into backing down from a fight.
* Several of Literature/TheIcelandicSagas remember [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thangbrand Thangbrand]], a Saxon priest and "a passionate, ungovernable man, and a great manslayer" (''Literature/{{Heimskringla}}'') who was sent as a missionary to Iceland c. 997 AD, where he killed several men for insulting or challenging him. His violent (but entertaining) methods of evangelization are told at length in ''Njál's Saga''.
* Father James in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''.
* An awful lot of prophet heroes from Literature/TheBible. Elijah, for example, is a prophet and preacher who survives living under a corrupt regime, kills a whole bunch of Baal-worshippers after proving their god false, and ''[[SuperSpeed outruns a chariot]]''. His [[Franchise/StarWars padawan]], Elisha, could command ''[[BearsAreBadNews attack bears]]''. Moses and Aaron stood up to the Egyptian Pharaoh, and would later become the chief prophet and chief priest respectively. Oh, and then there's {{Jesus}}, who when not preaching personally out-argued {{Satan}} and managed to keep enough composure while'' '''mid-crucifixion''' ''to [[BadassPacifist ask the Lord to forgive the men who killed him]].
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Thoros of Myr is a Red Priest who is not particularly interested in his own religion and has become a BoisterousBruiser. He's won a few melees and distinguished himself on the battlefield while swinging a flaming sword. Later he regains his faith and becomes even more badass.
** Aeron Damphair is a priest of the Drowned God and accompanies reaving parties. His fellow priests, the drowned men, wield driftwood cudgels as part of their get-up. He and the rest are all initiated by being voluntarily drowned and brought back to life.
** Melisandre is a Red Priestess of R'hllor and wields fire-related powers.
** Subverted by Septon Utt, a SinisterMinister who is part of a bloodthirsty mercenary company and wears chainmail over his septon robes. He's captured while cowering under a staircase and is never seen fighting.
* Invoked by the Derethi priests in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', who have an official uniform of TwentyFourHourArmor. However, since real armor is heavy, hot, and kind of uncomfortable, most of them go with fake, ceremonial armor instead. [[spoiler:Except Hrathen. Turns out he's [[{{Badass}} the real deal]], much to the BigBad's surprise]].
* ''Literature/DoctorSyn''
* Sterling E. Lanier's Per Hiero Desteen is essentially a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] [[ThePaladin paladin]].
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Aldous Gajic in the episode "Grail". Using a SimpleStaff and badassitude, he's able to take out gun-toting criminals. And he's played by David Warner.
** Delenn is a badass priestess although the religious caste really was a ChurchMilitant. Though her occupation is more as a stateswoman then a cleric. Her personality, though, is fitting for a cleric.
** Brother Theo from Season 3. He is a wise, articulate speaking man who can truly practice what he preaches by forgiving the man who murdered one of his monks and even accepts him into the Order after he was Mind Wiped. He even is able to make Captain Sheridan forgive as well, despite his anger towards the man. He also sets up an underground information network to help the resistance after Earth is taken over by a dictator. And through it all, he remains a simple, humble man.
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': Father John Maloney, the regimental chaplain, is shown administering last rites to dying soldiers in the middle of a firefight, walking about with no cover while bullets hit the ground around his feet.
* ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'': Possible subversion in The Bishop and The Warlord, a fictional light-metal band (as opposed to heavy metal) where the bishop wore a single fingerless glove along with his usual vestments and spoke metal lyrics from behind a pulpit.
* ''Series/TheBorgias'': Cardinal della Rovere, of all people, personally slaying an assassin sent after him and two highwaymen trying to rob him. Not to mention Cesare Borgia, himself a Cardinal, and notorious fighter.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Caleb, though he was part of a ReligionOfEvil.
* ''Colorado'': PlayedForLaughs example. Suor Nausicaa in the Italian comic show.
* ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'': Andy Cramed, former dice cheat and henchman of Sy Tolliver, undergoes a HeelFaithTurn after being abandoned by his boss to die of smallpox in the wilderness. Surviving, he later returns to camp as a preacher, turning the other cheek to the physical and verbal abuse of his former boss until Sy makes the mistake of mocking the Bible itself, prompting Andy to stab him: "God is not mocked, you son of a bitch!”.
* ''Literature/DoctorSyn: Scarecrow of Romney Marsh'': Dr. Syn from Disney's vastly underrated show. (Of course, when your preacher is being played by Patrick [=McGoohan=], that pretty much makes him badass by default.)
* ''Series/TheFades'': Helen, an undead hunter not adverse to breaking into houses to steal weaponry.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Zhaan is a peace-loving Delvian priestess when we meet her. However, she was imprisoned on Moya for a reason ([[spoiler: for killing her lover]]) and, as she says to Chiana, "My dear, I've kicked more ass than you've sat on."
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Shepherd Book, a quiet, unassuming preacher who either beats someone up or displays an alarming level of criminal knowledge roughly every other episode. The one time he does take up a weapon, he acknowledges that the Bible does say "Thou shalt not kill," but "it's a mite fuzzy on the subject of kneecaps." Much of his backstory is explained in the comic book.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Mister Eko. He took the place of his brother as a local village preacher, and ended up standing up to the militia who was stealing medicine from his people armed only with his big stick. Later, on the island, Still armed only with his big stick, he stood up to the smoke monster a few times.
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'': It didn't show that often, but Father Mulcahy had his moments, such as helping a wounded soldier relax and wait for treatment by punching him (the patient did throw the first punch), or convincing Greek and Turkish soldiers to stop arguing with a speech from "the book of Threats" as the clerk put it. He also disarmed a soldier ''who threatened him with a rifle at point-blank range'' once and once performed an emergency tracheotomy under enemy fire. He also routinely carried out potentially dangerous dealings with the black marketeers and in the series finale braved enemy shelling to bring a group of POW's into shelter.
** He once rode in one stretcher pod of a helicopter to balance the single, badly wounded man in the other pod. He was so frightened, he was completely unaware that they had landed even after Col. Potter started talking to him, and had gripped the pod so tightly he was unable to release his own grip.
---> It takes a brave man to be that scared and still do the job.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The Bishop.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': In [[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter episode 3]], RebelLeader Nicholas is a Catholic priest. Doesn't stop him from fighting for what he believes in:
-->'''Miles''': I thought you were all about forgiveness.
-->'''Nicholas''': ''Christ'' forgives. I'm not Christ.
* ''{{Sharpe}}'s Sword'': Father Curtis. In addition to his being an expert swordsman, [[spoiler:as El Mirador, he also acts as the center of the British spy network in the region]]. Excellent singer, too.
* ''{{Smallville}}'': [[SinisterMinister Edward Teague]] isn't that over the top an example when compared to others on this list, but he still proved himself to a physical match for BigBad and BadassNormal LexLuthor, despite being at least twenty years older.
* ''SonsOfAnarchy'': A rather more morally ambiguous version is Father Kellan, a Catholic priest and a senior figure in the [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles IRA]] -- and physically capable of hurling a man half his age across a room.
** Made even more impressive when you consider that the man he threw is a total Badass in his own right. One who had ''never'' lost an onscreen fight before that scene.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Though his first appearance is also his last, there's an argument to be made for Pastor Jim being one of these at some point or another.
** Pastor Gideon in the episode "99 Problems". Living in the early stages of the Apocalypse can make people quite paranoid, which is why Pastor Gideon takes a shotgun with him everywhere he goes. He even agrees to attempt to slay the Whore of Babylon, who can only be defeated by a servant of God.
** Jacob Karns after he killed 13 prostitutes using his HookForAHand.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': [[AxCrazy Ja]][[ViolentGlaswegian mie]] trained as a priest....
* ''TokyoGhostTrip'': [[{{Bishonen}} Kai]] [[AloofBigBrother Inui]] [[CuteButTroubled is]] [[BigBrotherInstinct more than capable]] of [[BadassAdorable kicking the Devil's ass]]. And he does, only to wed someone in the next scene.
* ''[[{{V-2009}} V]]'': Father Jack, the priest in the re-imagined series. He had been an army chaplain during the Iraq war, and protecting his congregation is one main reason he joined the Fifth Column.
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* Ivan Isaacs, the AntiHero of ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}''.
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* [[Music/{{Eurythmics}} Don't mess with a missionary man...]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praise_the_Lord_and_Pass_the_Ammunition Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition]], a popular song during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII about a Navy chaplain who manned an antiaircraft gun during the Pearl Harbor raid. In reality, this was MemeticMutation at work, as a Navy chaplain, Lieutenant (j.g.) Forgy, ''had'' said this, but he was encouraging sailors who were having to haul ammunition up from the magazine by hand, due to a power outage on the USS ''New Orleans''.
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* In ''TabletopGame/LastNightOnEarth'', the priest class is not allowed to use guns, which normally would be pretty crippling. However, unlike other characters, he does not have to discard the "Faith" card which gives him an extra die for melee and the cards stack, which can potentially make a priest the best melee fighter in the game. He also can also sacrifice one HP to stop an event card played by zombies, which can potentially save the day.
* The Long Night from ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' is MADE of this trope. Devout Evangelists believing in the everloving God? Check. Calm, unassuming men whose faithful speeches are able to hold an audience for hours? Check. Will grab holy water and a shotgun without thinking if a member of their flock is threatened by a monster? Check, check, check. On top of that, they only break out the firepower ''if they need to'' -- they believe most monsters are capable of redemption, and try to help convince them of the proper path.
** Then there are members of the Knights of the Brotherhood of St. George, who are an order within the Anglican Church devoted to fighting sorcerers. At least, [[PathOfInspiration until you find out what they really serve]].
* A standard character type in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'', with [[ReligionIsMagic actual magical powers]] being optional, but also valid.
* The Cleric class in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Clerics are usually relegated to being the team Healer and general diplomatic representatives, (being preachers and all). Take the right domains, and you're filled with more Divine Wrath than a party of Paladins, even ''if'' your god is Olidamarra (god of trickery and general non-combatant). It helps that they have the 2nd best attack progression in the game and can cast [[EarthShatteringKaboom Sodom-&-Gomorrah-style spells]] while stomping around in full-plate suits of Adamantine armor!
** And those who choose to worship someone like St. Cuthbert (the god of retribution) Heironeous (god of valor) to name just two, can kick some serious ass; clerics of both gods tend to be potent fighters. Clerics who worship Pelor (the god of the sun) aren't slouches either, and seeing as they can also have potent healing abilities, he's a popular choice.
** And if you [[CoDZilla decide to take a little feat called Divine Metamagic (Persist Spell) and start casting Divine Power,]], you '''get''' the best attack progression in the game '''as well as''' casting the said death-from-on-high magic.
** Fourth Edition features the build known as the [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=1590.0 "Zap Cleric"]]. Clerics who go around, as the article puts it, "Shooting People in the Face With Lasers."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has this effect as well, as it is based on 3.5 TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons. With the Advanced Players Guide, you can do some interesting spell destruction with divine casters.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has a wide variety of badass preachers, especially in the [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]]. How badass? Well, they gladly lead charges against aliens, mutants, and daemons with nothing but their faith, their robes, and their blessed Eviscerator-pattern chainswords and holy flamethrowers.
** The [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]] have the Chaplains, which aren't just nine-foot tall supermen wielding a full-auto grenade launcher, they are nine-foot tall supermen wielding a power-field baton with a [[BlingOfWar giant golden aquila]] on top.
** Several Chapters have their own takes on Chaplains. The SpaceWolves have Wolf Priests (Space Viking shamans that can cause storms and earthquakes), BloodAngels have Sanguinary Priests (CombatMedics tasked with watching for signs of the [[UnstoppableRage Red Thirst]], which the Chaplains then take command of those who have fallen to it), and the evil version used by the Word Bearers, who preach the twisted dogma that makes men fall to Chaos.
* [[DropTheHammer Luthor]] [[DarkMessiah Huss]], a DarkerAndEdgier {{Expy}} of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Martin Luther and Jn Hus]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''.
* The ZombieApocalypse TRPG ''AllFleshMustBeEaten'' contains a priest as one of the sample characters. His appearance is reminiscent of Jesse Custer, and he's Inspired, meaning he draws on the powers of God. One of them? "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Holy Fire]]".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' features as the foremost example the Zenith Caste of the Solar Exalted. They have access to Presence and Performance Charms that allow them to capture the hearts and souls of their audience, spreading the word of the Unconquered Sun and his virtues. They also have access to Integrity Charms that allow them to fend off the most intense of mental assaults, Resistance Charms that turn their bodies as hard as steel, and Survival Charms that make them capable of surviving in the desert for years. Oh, and their [[BattleAura Anima]] burns the undead. There's a reason Zeniths are [[FanNickname frequently nicknamed]] "KungFuJesus".
** Their corrupted equivalents, the Midnights (of the Abyssals) and the Malefactors (of the Infernals), are just like them, only twisted. The Midnights have the ability to raise the dead as mindless zombies and mostly serve the cause of [[PowerOfTheVoid Oblivion]], whereas the Malefactors follow [[TheSocialDarwinist Cecelyne the Endless Desert]] and try to establish spiritual and physical wastelands based on the rule of strong over weak.
* While the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun in ''TabletopGame/{{FadingSuns}}'' has subsects that certainly form a ChurchMilitant, there is also the Sanctuary Aeon (Amaltheans), a healer sect, and the mainline Orthodoxy, which is not particularly martial in itself (mostly relying on the other sects to be their muscle). While an Amalthean will probably never fullfill this trope, almost all of them being [[{{ActualPacifist}} actual pacifists]], an Orthodox priest ''could'' certainly be an ex-special ops veteran or somesuch, and both willing and quite able to kick a blasphemer's sorry behind into orbit.
* Drawing heavily from SpaceWestern as well as SpaceOpera tropes, ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' naturally has some badass religious leaders--for instance, Camacho's Caballeros lay claim to having a priest, a rabbi, ''and'' a preacher in their ranks, and the first two are respectable Mechwarriors and officers besides. There's also a monastery whose order comprises of nothing but current and former Mechwarriors.
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* Brother Wolf, ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' [[RecycledInSpace IN 1800s APPALACHIA]], reimagines the title character as a demon fighting preacher armed with a revolver, a knife and a rabbit-skin covered bible.
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* Father Denis in ''TheSaboteur''
-->'''Sean''': "What do you want me to do Father?"
-->'''Father Denis''': "Isn't it obvious? In the name of all that is holy, blow his f*cking head off!"
* Father Grigori from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''. After everyone else in his hometown was turned into headcrab zombies, he made it his personal mission to "free them from their torment" ... by killing them all with death traps and his rifle [[ICallItVera Annabelle]] (to his credit, he tried to remove the headcrabs first, but went with the "kill em'all" idea since removing the headcrab kills his host). So well liked, he appears in a Half-Life 2 fan-made prequel.
* The flash game ''VideoGame/DivineIntervention'' features a priest fighting in a ZombieApocalypse.
* Billy Lee Black, from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', is a three gun-toting, mecha piloting, orphanage managing priest.
* Revered Ray in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez''. One of the highlights of the game is the ability to read fiery bible passages in the middle of battle. For example riding a mine cart bible in one hand, burning dynamite in the other preaching damnation and eternal suffering. He was a [[RetiredBadass former bandit, who slaughtered his way across the West]] before finding God, and can be summed up with this quote from the Eurogamer review:
-->"Our religious fella Reverend Ray is like Lee Marvin got ''BrokebackMountain'' with Clint Eastwood, somehow managed to get him pregnant and gave birth to the hardest son of a bitch who ever walked the Earth. Who then became a preacher to repent for being the hardest son of a bitch who ever walked the Earth. And then decided, actually, God wanted him to use being the hardest son of a bitch who ever walked the Earth for a Higher Purpose."
* Paul Rawlings from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'', a priest of multiple religions, who has supernatural powers, [[GunsAkimbo wields two pistols]], has the ability to put curses on his enemies, acts very casually in the face of extreme evil and acts like he's seen it all before, kicks some major ass, and comes out with things like "It is so much easier to spread the Gospel with a full clip!" and "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!"
* Jebediah from ''TwistedMetal: Black'', driver of Brimstone, is just called "Preacher" in his profile; the demon possessing him gives his name in his intro. He's not an actual preacher (he claims the church rejected him), but in this universe, close enough. His purpose in the tournament is to get the demon out of his head. [[spoiler:His reward? Calypso reveals Jebediah's just schizophrenic. Jebediah does ''not'' [[DrivenToSuicide take it well]]]].
* Pontiff Xavi of ''Videogame/SengokuBasara'' is the head of his own self-created religion of "Xavism" (portrayed as a ParodyReligion of Catholism with elements of ScamReligion) who dual-wields large cannons in combat. While he might be both a bit of a LoveFreak and a scam artist, he's also willing to lead his faction to battle though in later games, Otomo Sorin is the de facto head of Xavism due to the Pontiff being PutOnABus. While Sorin himself is also willing to fight for his faith upon a miniature tank made in Xavi's image, he's more of a SissyVillain.
* Father Esteban Cortez from the ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' video games. He carries a longsword in the shape of the Cross and an automatic crossbow, with which he can kill vampire {{mook}}s with the least amount of fuss. His main Edge is a beam of holy power that can kill every mook it hits and does significant damage to boss monsters.
* [[TotalWar NORSE WAR CLERICS!]]
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'' has [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Bishop]], who is described in-game as "a mercenary by day and an exceedingly unpopular army chaplain by night." He spends his time in every match quoting the Bible as he blows his enemies into [[LudicrousGibs barely recognizeable chunks]]. (As an extra bonus, his voice actor, Nolan North, managed to make him sound like Creator/SteveBlum.)
* The Priest from ''DungeonFighterOnline''. Rather then using some wussy sword or gun as his main method of attacks he mans it up and goes in [[BareFistedMonk with his bare fists]]. When things get hairy, he'll take a giant cross off his back and start unleashing the wrath of God on any poor sap who dares intend to harm the weak.
* King and King II from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''.
* Many [=RPGs=] can devolve to this when your healer is the last guy up... and then manages to win the boss fight.
* Father Simon Wales from ''VideoGame/BioShock2''.
* And of course, ''who'' could forget about [[SNKBoss Leopold Goenitz of the Wildly-Blowing Wind]]? '''[[MostAnnoyingSound KOKO]] [[CatchPhrase DESU]] [[BlowYouAway KA]]'''-ing you into oblivion since [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 1996]]. [[ReligionOfEvil Repent]], for the advent of {{Orochi}} is nigh!
* Archbishop Alonsus Faol of ''Videogame/{{Warcraft}}''. Not only did the Archbishop lead his church into battle during the First War, he later founded the paladin Order of the Silver Hand.
** Paladins are not treated as specifically clergy in WorldofWarcraft, but Uther Lightbringer began as a priest.
** Shadow priests. What they lack in healing and buffs compared to other priests, they easily make up in damage.
* In ''Videogame/StarCraft'', practically the entire Protoss Fleet.
* ''VideoGame/NinetyNineNights'' gives us Klaaran. Despite seeming unfinished due to his only having three missions and no new combos past level six, he can kick goblin ass like no other. Wielding a giant, totem-esque holy symbol, he can plow through enemy ranks, summon great bolts of divine justice, and turn his weapon into a giant, ethereal scythe or hammer. He's also the only character that can't jump. Instead, tapping the jump button calls down a lightning bolt. BadAss.
* Nathan Copeland of ''[[Videogame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle No More Heroes 2]]'' is a bizarre cross of this and JiveTurkey. He struts around the stage firing rockets at you from his [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon boombox-slash-twin gauntlet]] to the sound of hip-hop, but he speaks with a chest-thumping Irish brogue about the corruption and pointlessness of modern life.
* Kotomine Kirei manages to be probably the most badass character in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', which is pretty impressive considering he has basically no superpowers not granted by Charles Atlas.
* Clerics in ''{{Rift}}'' play rather like clerics in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline''—which is to say, ''very'' [[{{Exalted}} Zenith]].
* Martin and Jauffre in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. Both are priests who are clearly competent in combat, with the former being the heir to the throne and the latter a member of the elite military team, The Blades (the emperor's personal bodyguards and spies). Although since the Order of Talos often overlaps with the Blades, it's to be expected that any Cyrodiilic Talos preacher could be a secret badass.
** Franchise/TheElderScrolls actually has a few of these, even outside its occasional ChurchMilitant religions and cults to gods of war and destruction. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', we have Erandur from the Vaermina quest and in Morrowind even normal priests of the Tribunal, not just their military Ordinators, often have powerful spells to use to disintegrate the unbeliever.
* Joshua Graham in ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas''. A Mormon Missionary and the co-founder/former [[TheDragon Legate]] of [[TheEmpire Caesar's Legion]], after [[MadeOfIron surviving]] [[RasputinianDeath being set on fire and tossed into the Grand Canyon]] by Caesar for [[YouHaveFailedMe losing the First Battle of Hoover Dam]], he rekindled his faith and rejoined the Mormon Church. He now defends the Dead Horses tribe against the White Legs, still holding onto his fury and GeneralRipper tendencies. He remains entirely willing and able to murder the hell out of anyone who makes the mistake of threatening his fellow Mormons or the tribals in their care. [[spoiler: Although depending on your actions he can be persuaded to show mercy and become less bloodthirsty, and he avoids the usual [[KnightTemplar trappings of this trope]] by being very aware of his flaws and weaknesses.]]
* Gordon, from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory2'', has a scar over his right eye, which he apparently got from fighting a ''dragon''. With his ''[[GoodOldFisticuffs bare hands]]''. He's a [[RetiredBadass pacifist]] now, but he still gets very excited over the idea of punching things.
** Gerard from ''[[VideoGame/RuneFactoryOceans Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny]]'' qualifies as well. [[spoiler: He was a former captain of an unspecified army known and was known as the "Silver-Eyed Demon," but he made a [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turn]] after looking through a town that his troops raided, and found the newly orphaned Quinn and Kelsey. Upon realizing the consequences of his actions, he adopted Quinn and Kelsey, left the army, and became a priest. In one of his friendship events, a soldier from his former army tries to convince him to join back up, and he scares the soldier stiff before explaining to him his reasons for leaving. Even [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Pandora]] is terrified of him.]]
---> '''Gerard:''' [[spoiler: Pick me up? Don't you mean lock me up? Desertion is a serious crime, after all. [[BewareTheNiceOnes That is, if you can catch me.]]]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Traveler:]]''' [[spoiler: Y-you're mistaken, sir! There isn't a man living who could best the Silver-Eyed Demon!]]
* Clerics in general in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. Of particular note is Oswald of Carim, the bishop of the goddes of sin. The FlavorText of his items go out of his way to point out that he is an inhuman swordsman. If you attack him, you'll know it is perfectly accurate.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheDrunkenPaladin'', Palmer is physically the strongest character in the game, and he's a Cardinal in the Church. Due to the nature of the game, [[{{Jerkass}} he's not exactly a pacifist]].
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar: Dark Crusade'' had Eliphas the Inheritor, Dark Apostle of the Word Bearers Legion. Although most space marines are {{Warrior Monk}}s of a ChurchMilitant by default, Eliphas is extraordinary religious even by their standards and rejected the normal imperial dogma for a ReligionOfEvil. Most of his banters with the other commanders involves either talking about the power of the dark gods, or mocking his opponents' faiths or lack thereof.
* For ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', we have L'arachel, who also qualifies as [[{{BadassPrincess}} Bad ass Princess]] and GenkiGirl as well.
* Actually, since a good part of the FireEmblem backstories are rooted in the local myths and religions, we meet ''many'' badass preachers of both genders who join the groups either as healers or as fighters/offensive magic users. ''Sacred Stones'' gives us L'Arachel, Natasha and Father Moulder. The Jugdral games give us Edain, Claude, Edain's daughter Lana (and Mana) and a well-raised Corpul (and Sharlow) in ''Seisen''; and the well-raised Safy, Tina and Sleuf in ''Thracia'' (And in the backstory, [[spoiler: Blaggi and Saint Maira]]). The ''Elibe'' games give us Saul (though he's also a HandsomeLech until it's time to get serious), Ellen and [[spoiler: Yodel]] in ''Sword of Seals''; and Lucius, [[spoiler: Renault]] and potentially Serra in ''Blazing Sword'' ([[spoiler: and Saint Elimine in the whole backstory]]).
** ''Videogame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Libra, the axe wielding war monk of Naga. He is a genuinely humble, faithful and devoted man of the cloth, and when he first appears as an NPC ally character during Chapter 9, he's likely to maul his way single-handedly through a significant chunk of the enemy units if the player doesn't hurry to recruit him. Really, the War Monk/Cleric class, which is Libra's default class is made out of this trope (and CombatMedic), even spawning the "NUNS WITH AXES!" meme in the fandom. By default, clerics and priests are non-combatants who can only heal their allies, at least until they get promoted. The War Monk/Cleric promotion allows healers to wield [[AnAxeToGrind huge two-handed axes]] in combat against their enemies. Brady is one as well, except that he isn't as much into the preacher part.
* Captain Bible from ''VideoGame/CaptainBibleInDomeOfDarkness'' is a good example. He's a [[ReligiousBruiser huge, muscular superhero]] who kills robots with a sword and bible verses in order to save the people of a city from the [[AuthorTract anti-Christian lies that they have been told]].
* From ''Franchise/DragonAge'';
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has Leliana, a former [[{{MataHari}} Bard]] who had a HeelFaithTurn and became a sister in the Chantry, who joins the Warden's party after ([[AmbiguousSituation supposedly]]) having a vision from the Maker to help stop the Blight.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Sebastian is a Prince of Starkhaven and FormerTeenRebel who found faith after being sent to the Chantry, becoming a brother. Should Hawke decide to spare [[spoiler: Anders]] during the endgame however, he turns into a ChurchMilitant and leaves the party, planning to return to Starkhaven and [[ThisMeansWar raise an army]], so he can [[BewareTheNiceOnes raze Kirkwall to the ground]].
* A good amount of the Olacion Order in ''VideoGame/RadiataStories'' are part of this trope. The members of the Order can be classified as either your standard healer priests or bare-handed martial artists. However, some of the stronger members of the Order are able to do both in combat. Miranda, Fernando, Godwin, Achilles, and Kain best exemplify this trope.
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* [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119522 Fr. Jose in MAG-ISA is highly skilled in martial arts]]. They come in handy when fighting demons.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Reverend Theo Fobius, the chaplain for Tagon's Toughs was practicing fencing -- while [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2001-03-03 somewhat outdated]], it's [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2004-12-05 good not only for showing off]].
-->'''Theo''': The grace of God knows no bounds, but my mercy has some [[EyeScream practical limitations]].
* S13 (where S stands for Seraph) in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' became a sort of [[LeParkour Parkour]] [[TheMissionary Missionary]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Bot]]. After losing his old body and being given new one by the student he consistently refers to as an angel from the first sight on.
* Father Jackey in ''LovecraftIsMissing''. CrazyPrepared for any possible encounters with [[ReligionOfEvil evil cults]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
* Larriki the [[FunnyAnimal hawkfolk]] priest in ''Webcomic/NahastLandsOfStrife''
* Goblin high priest Redcloak, from Order of the Stick.
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* Offeiriad in ''Literature/{{ARCHON}}'' is introduced holding two bloody swords after having [[spoiler:slaughtered almost the entirety of his hometown after they turned feral and began to attack each other]].
* The reverend Darren England of the ''WhateleyUniverse''. Not a mutant, maybe eighty or ninety, but ''still'' fights the forces of darkness, including being willing to tackle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s all by himself. At this point, he's pretty much a KnightTemplar, though.
* Strongly implied in the DramaticReading of ''Fanfic/MyInnerLife''
* Alexander Anderson's Abridged counterpart in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' one-off naturally takes after his predecessor.
-->'''Father Ridiculously Long Irish Name:''' [[FunetikAksent Tell-a]] me, Anderson, what is your favorite thing to do?
-->'''Anderson:''' Spreadin' the word and love of Jesus Christ to the many people of the world, teachin' peace and love for all.
-->'''FRLIN:''' [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And-a killing vam-pires?]]
-->'''Anderson:''' [[PrecisionFStrike Aah, just try to fuckin' stop me.]]
* Gabriel from ''Roleplay/AWorldBeyond'' is a walking CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
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* Monsignor Martinez, the title character of a ShowWithinAShow in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. "Vaya con Dios." In the words of Hank Hill "How did such a good cop become such a bad priest?"
* Reverend Lovejoy of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' of all people: when Flanders is [[ItMakesSenseInContext attacked by baboons,]] Lovejoy fights off the baboons, one of them while on top of a train, and rescues him. He had an interesting sermon that week:
--> '''Lovejoy:''' Baboons to the left of me, baboons to the right of me, the speeding locomotive tore through a sea of inhuman fangs. A pair of great apes rose up at me, but biff! Bam! I sent them flying like two hairy footballs. A third came screaming at me, and that's when I got mad...
--> '''Homer:''' Now ''that's'' religion!
* [[Disney/RobinHood Disney's version of Friar Tuck]] throws the sheriff out of the chapel when he takes the single coin in the poor box with a badass "GET OUT OF MY CHURCH!" and proceeds to wipe the floor with him in a staff vs. sword fight.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Chaplains The Four Chaplains]]
* William Addison, Theodore Hardy, and Edward Mellish. All three were chaplains as well, in the British Army during WWI, and all received the VictoriaCross. How does a chaplain get a VC? They all went out into active combat areas to rescue the wounded, and Hardy died as a result in 1918. The other two lived to ripe old ages.
* In WWII we have John Weir Foote, a Canadian Army chaplain who went into the disastrous Dieppe raid. He brought wounded in to the first aid station under fire, and later carried wounded men to escape craft during the evacuation. When the time came to leave or be left, he decided to stay behind and continue helping the wounded and minister to the [=POWs=] he would soon be among. He got a Victoria Cross as well.
* The Dutch missionary Father Emery de Klerk. In defense of his native parishioners in the Solomon Islands he made himself something of a warlord, ambushing Japanese patrols, sending coast watching reports, and rescuing downed fliers.
* Latter-Day Saint scholar Hugh Nibley. Serving as a missionary for two years in Germany, his major temptation was not girls but studying ancient Greek. He then went home and earns a doctorate in History. During the war, even though he went through ROTC, he enlisted in the Army, became a master-sergeant in Intelligence, assigned to the elite Order of Battle and fights in the European theater with the 101st Airborne, participating the landing at Utah Beach and a number of other key battles. What did he do after the war? Research and write about theology and history, raise a family, and serve in various positions in the LDS church.
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]] history is full of these guys, going back all the way to Joseph Smith. Whether or not you agree with his religious teachings, it's hard not to take a look at his life and conclude that the man had a personal [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA list]] big enough to fill an average-sized wiki page. For example, singlehandedly stopping a runaway carriage with several members of Congress inside, and cowing a prison guard who was boasting about the way he and his buddies tortured and abused Mormon prisoners into submission with nothing but a good, strong dressing down and sheer force of charisma. And when they finally came to assassinate him, he jumped out a second-story window [[TakeMeInstead to draw the mob away from two friends who were in the room with him]]. (It worked; they both survived.) It goes back ''even farther'' than Joseph Smith. A lot of the most {{Badass}} guys (and some girls, too) in Literature/TheBookOfMormon were prophets or otherwise "mighty men of God." Mormon, Moroni, Helaman, Teancum, the list goes on and on.
** Special mention goes to Porter Rockwell, who was given the nickname "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Destroying Angel of Mormondom]]." Read up on his life and you'll see that he earned it.
*** When accused of attempting to assassinate Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs, Porter supposedly said "I never shot ''at'' anybody, if I shoot they get shot! ... He's still alive, ain't he?"
* Saint Laurence, who is said to have been put to death for his faith on an iron grill. His response to the executioner? "[[GallowsHumor Turn me over, sir, I'm done on this side]]!" [[note]]*It's for this smartass remark that he's the Patron Saint of comedians as well as cooks[[/note]]. He then prayed for Rome's conversion and died. Laurence was sentenced to death '''for''' a previous bit of badassery. He was arrested during the Valerian persecution and ordered to surrender the treasure of the church. He asked for three days to collect the treasure, and then appeared at the court with the poor, the sick, the maimed and the blind, declaring them to be "the treasure of the church" (Yes, I know it's only a legend)
* The {{Genius Bruiser}}s from the Roman military who got converted to Christianity and were killed for it, whether their martyrdoms were hyperinflated or not. I.e.: Saint Sebastian, Saint Eustace, Saint Christopher, Saint George of Cappadocia, Saint Expeditus, Saint Alban...
** The Catholic Church refers to several of these guys as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier-saint the "Military Saints"]]. Curiously this includes St. Francis of Assisi, likely on the grounds of him being a member of the military before becoming a preacher, even spending some time as a captive.
* Christian martyrs could get a whole subcategory to themselves under this trope. While most of them weren't quite as proactive in the administration of the wrath of God as the other examples on this page, it takes some serious intestinal fortitude to not only refuse to recant under threat of incredible torture or death, but even (in one memorable case) calmly singing hymns while being ''burned alive''.
** The above applies to all but two of the original Twelve Apostles. [[note]]Judas hung himself shortly after his infamous betrayal, and John actually managed to live into old age.[[/note]] St. Peter even demanded that he be crucified ''upside-down'' because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Christ. Bear in mind that crucifixion was already considered the most shameful form of execution in Rome.
* Eric Liddel, winner of a gold medal in the 1924 Olympics. He refused on principle to run in a race that was scheduled for Sunday, then when he was rescheduled, he made his eccentricity look awesome when he won the medal in a race for which he had not properly trained. Later, during the war, he died of sickness while ministering to the needs of interned civilians in a Japanese prison camp. Eric could run FAST. So fast that once when he was hungry and it was far from a store, he ran down a rabbit, grabbed it and took it home to cook.
* Orde Wingate. A fanatical member of the Plymouth Brethren sect, an English soldier and a Zionist warrior who modeled himself after the Old Testament Hero, Gideon. While he was not a preacher officially, he might as well have been and he fits in this trope.
* [[BadassPacifist Martin Luther King]]. The man utterly pwned the state of Alabama, with just dreams and sermons. He never threw a punch or fired a shot. "Not {{badass}}" you say? He got jailed, beat up, and ultimately assassinated, [[{{Determinator}} and never blinked]]. Once. That man intentionally brought the wrath of the Segregationist Establishment down on his head in order to expose the evils of segregation (and later militarism and systemic poverty), and he had the moral superiority not to respond to his oppressors in kind.
* Badass Preachers were a major staple of the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement. Aside from Dr. King himself you had Ralph Abernathy, Jim Lawson, Kelly Miller Smith, CT Vivian, Bernard Lafayette and many others.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mose_Wright_pointing_to_J_W_Milam_in_the_murder_trial_of_Emmett_Till.jpg The Rev. Moses Wright]]. That gesture, identifying one of the men who murdered his nephew [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Till Emmett Till]], and snapped illicitly by a reporter, "signified intimidation of Delta blacks was no longer as effective as the past". Wright had "[[StaringDownCthulhu crossed a line]] that no one could remember a black man ever crossing in Mississippi". Many historians date the Civil Rights Movement as beginning at this moment.
* Malcolm X. An Islamic minister and public speaker who was willing to go to war for his rights...well, even if you don't agree with his methodology, he WAS badass. For instance, he changed his ways and became a new man twice, first as a petty crook to a upstanding, if outspokenly racially inflammatory priest, and then after his pilgrimage to Mecca, a much mellowed crusader for justice for all people ''and'' an outspoken and public opponent of the form of Islam that had ''made'' him a Badass Preacher in the first place (for which he was killed). Most people can't do that ''once!''
* There are the white Southern preachers who would invite and/or openly welcome members of black congregations to participate in their services as equals, often times causing resentment and even anger in their own congregations (and danger to themselves sin older times). Maybe a more passive example, but they still went against the grain on the principle that all Christians are brothers and sisters in God.
* Another in a Civil Rights movement, although ''not'' in America, is Desmond Tutu. He supported disinvestment of South Africa, dropping the Rand down to force the racist government to rethink their position, organized peaceful marches, and openly spoke against the position of the church on homosexuality. Awesome.
* His Holiness the Dalai Llama, holy man and Tibetan freedom fighter.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thich_Quang_Duc Thich Quang Duc]]. [[ManOnFire He set himself on fire]] in the name of religious freedom.
* Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leader of the Mexican War of Independence. When the Spanish were alerted of the separatists and started to crack them down, Miguel Hidalgo ordered the church bells to be rung and called mass, he addressed the people in front of his church, encouraging them to revolt and starting a war that lasted over a decade.
* John Chivington was an American Civil War-era minister known as the "Fighting Parson". He was a dedicated abolitionist, and he even tried to preach against slavery in the South, where such views were not exactly welcome. He had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome during one sermon where pro-slavery agitators led a mob to his church and threatened to tar and feather him. Chivington simply whipped out [[GunsAkimbo a pair of revolvers]] and said "By the grace of God and these two revolvers, I ''will'' preach here today." When the Civil War broke out, he declined a position as a chaplain in favor of a combat role. He rose to become a colonel, but after the Civil War, did a FaceHeelTurn and was forced to resign in disgrace [[HeWhoFightsMonsters for killing hundreds of Cheyenne women and children at the Sand Creek Massacre.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fray_Tormenta Fray Tormenta]]. A Mexican priest who supported his OrphanageOfLove by fighting in the lucha libre circuits. Kept his identity a secret for twenty three years so that people would take him seriously. He was the inspiration for King from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', and the movie ''NachoLibre''. Now he even serves masses with ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome his mask on]]''.
* Andrew White, aka the Bishop of Baghdad. He's been "hijacked, kidnapped, locked up in rooms with bits of finger and toe and things," and "been held at gunpoint, been attacked – the usual thing." And he has MS. And he [[RuleOfCool wears a bullet-proof vest]].
* Two words: Saint Ignatius. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16641_6-saints-who-could-kick-your-ass.html The man was cannon-proof.]]
** This also extended to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), which he founded with fellow ex-soldiers. To this day it maintains an almost military-style discipline among its members. This same society, noted for their extra vow of loyalty to the pope, would later grow in influence in the Catholic Church -- to the point that the Protestant nations in Europe derogatorily called the Superior Generals of the Jesuits "Black Popes" due to their black robes and influence. The Jesuits were also widely ackowldged to have been the de facto intelligence agency of the Catholic Church, and a highly effective one at that.
** Twelve Jesuit priests have been recognized by Yad Vashem for risking their lives to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. 152 Jesuits were killed by the Nazis, who considered the order one of its most dangerous enemies (the order was specifically targeted by the Gestapo).
* Also one of the Yad Vashem, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbishop_Damaskinos_of_Athens Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens]] of the Greek Orthodox Church openly defied the local Schutzstaffel commander of the region by writing a letter to the people of Greece to unify and protect the Jews because they are all Greeks in the end, and several other reasons (The other wiki's page has a part of his famous letter). Quietly, he ordered the churches under his control to issue false baptism certificates to Jewish Greeks trying to escape. Thousands of Jews escaped because of his help. When the local Schutzstaffel commander threatened to execute him by firing squad in response to the letter, Damaskinos gave this sarcastic reply:
-->'''Archbishop Damaskinos:''' According to the traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church, our prelates are hanged, not shot. Please respect our traditions![[note]]The hanging is referring to the lynching and hanging of Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople by a Turkish mob in 1821, the point being made that the SS commander would act in a similarly barbaric fashion if he were to carry out his threat.[[/note]]
* Boston College has a soft-spoken but no-nonsense philosophy professor named Fr. Paul [=McNellis=], who spent the early 1970s as a special-forces officer in Vietnam, where he won a Bronze Star with Valor device.
* Dr. James White, a gun-toting, motorcycle-riding Reformed apologist who can bench-press you.
* During the German occupation 1940-45, Norway's Lutheran bishops refused to submit to the political pressures of the collaborators running the government. Instead at Easter 1942, they distributed a defiant circular on their position that were read to the congregations by the vicars of almost all of Norway's churches. As a consequence, all bishops and 90% of the clergymen either resigned or were deposed and got interned in labour camps.
* Little Rock, Ark: After the assailant attacked him and his son-in-law with a poker, a 64-year-old minister shot a man dead on church grounds. The attacker had engaged in a string of assaults in an apparent drug-induced frenzy. -http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,107274,00.html
* Reverend Dietrich Bonhoeffer broke off from the existing German Christians during World War II to oppose Nazism, worked in Abwher as a double agent and plotted to assassinate Hitler.
* Martin Luther: lived through a thunderstorm in a graveyard, went on to be one of the first to stand up to the hegemony that was the Roman Catholic Church, changing the power structure of Europe forever. He was prosecuted as a heretic and before the Diet of Worms he stated : "Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen."
** There's an apocryphal story that he woke up one night to see a demon standing next to his bed. He said, "Good night," rolled over, and went back to sleep.
** He even helped carry out an elaborate [[GreatEscape plot]] to rescue a group of nuns who wished to flee their harsh, restrictive monastery in favor of the Reformist movement, by smuggling them out in herring barrels. Luther then went on to [[HappilyEverAfter marry one of them and have several children with her]].
* [[http://www.stevemcgranahan.com/index2.php Steve McGanahan aka World's Strongest Redneck]]. Also runs his own ministry.
* Thomas Muntzer, who lead the german peasants' war in 1525.
* Richard Wurmbrand. Was imprisoned for fourteen years in Communist Romania, was horrifically tortured in prison, and the last thing he does after his (eventual) release before leaving the country? Puts flowers on the grave of the man who arrested him.
* Martin Niemoeller. Theologian and U-Boat captain.
* Very shortly after the "Reginald Denny incident" that began the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, a group of young men took Fidel Lopez (a Latin-American immigrant) out of his vehicle, robbed and beat him. Reverend Newton (a local black minister) arrived on the scene and placed himself between the mob and Lopez, shouting, "[[GoThroughMe Kill him and you have to kill me too]]." He succeeded in taking Lopez to safety.
* Athanasius of Alexandria. During the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arian_controversy Arian controversy]], "If the world is against Athanasius, then Athanasius is against the world". Not only that. As Bishop of Alexandria, he was exiled three times, only to come back and take the post again. As one of the leader of the anti-Arian movement in Christianity, he may have led mobs to break up and destroy the churches of the Arians, and is said to have personally destroyed one of the altars. Defied at least two emperors. Known for his fiery hair and temper.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Jean_Bernard Father Jean Bernard]], of Luxembourg, portrayed in the awesome film of Volker Schlöndorff "The Ninth Day". Being taken out of the camp of Dachau, offered a DealWithTheDevil, tell the Nazi Hyerarch to go screw himself, and calmly go back to martyrdom in the camp (which he knew firsthandedly it was utter hell and a certain death) definitely makes you a badass preacher. Incredibly, [[MadeOfIndestructium he survived and so did his faith]], what makes him even more badass.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe]], a Polish Catholic priest who first was a missionary and thus went WalkingTheEarth for years. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo he was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp for openly speaking out against the Nazi regime through a newspaper and a private radio station, and sheltering (among others) 2,000 Jews, in a time where KangarooCourts HangingJudges summarily handed death sentences. He willingly went into the hunger bunker [[TakeMeInstead in place of of another prisoner]], a Polish woodworker who [[IHaveAFamily had a wife and kids outside.]] He continued to celebrate Holy Mass in the cell for the other prisoners, and was finally killed by a fatal injection of phenol [[MadeOfIron after all the other prisoners had already died of starvation.]] He was made a saint in October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and the man whose life he saved was there]].
* Aside of St. Maximilian Kolbe, there were ''many'' religious workers [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Religious_workers_who_died_in_Nazi_concentration_camps that were either imprisoned or killed in]] UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo for either: being members of persecuted minorities, speaking against the Nazi policies, or directly helping Jews/Roma/Catholics/etc. in distress:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titus_Brandsma Blessed Titus Brandsma]], a Dutch Carmelite priest and uni professor who died in Dachau after rallying against Nazi propaganda;
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regina_Jonas Regina Jonas]], one of the first female rabbis, who kept working for the Jewish faith in Theresienstadt before dying in Auschwitz;
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elise_Rivet Mother Elise Rivet]], a Catholic mother superior who hid people in her convent and got gassed in Ravenbruck for it;
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanne_Zwiep Nanne Zwiep]], a Dutch Reformed Church preacher who used his sermons to rally against Nazis and perished in Dachau as well;
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Stein Saint Edith Stein]], a Jewish woman who became a Catholic nun and philosopher and then died in Auschwitz. There ''is'' backdraft about her as the Anti-Defamation League says the Catholic church is appropiating her death and disminishing the memory of the Holocaust; the official response is that she died ''not'' just because of her Catholic faith, but as a victim of the Nazi revenge for the Dutch Catholic Church's denouncement of Nazism.)
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Lichtenberg Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg]], Catholic priest from Silesia, who prayed for the victims of Kristallnacht and openly spoke against the Nazi euthanasia programs. This got him jailed first and then he was sent to Dachau, but he collapsed and died in the way there.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Haining Jane Hanning]], schoolteacher and missionary of the Church of Scotland, captured in Budapest after [[MamaBear refusing to abandon the girls from the school she worked on]], and killed in Auschwitz.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A1ra_Salkah%C3%A1zi Blessed Sara Salkahazi]], Hungarian/Slovakian nun who sheltered at least 100 Jewish persons and helped them flee Budapest. After her cover was blown and some of her protegèes were captured by a local pro-Nazi group, she and other five women were summarily executed.
** and many others.
* The Right Reverend General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonidas_Polk Leonidas Polk]], C.S.A., Bishop of Louisiana who was killed at the Battle of Marietta and entombed in the University Chapel at Sewanee with his crozier in one hand and his saber in the other.
* In mid-late nineteenth century America, being a Badass Preacher for a Catholic church was often an ''obligation,'' most infamously in New York, where priests would often lead their parishioners in defense of their churches from mobs of Protestants. [[FridgeBrilliance There's a reason why so many churches are built like they're meant to withstand siege.]]
* Venetians thought Saint Mark was this, so much that they accepted him as their PatronSaint. The Venetian BattleCry was ''Vive San Marco'', which their sailors would shout while they carved up Genoans, Turks, Pirates, and such like. The heraldric emblem of St Mark was [[PantheraAwesome ''a lion'']] which shows what they thought of Saint Mark.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athanasios_Diakos Athanasios Nikolaos Massavetas.]] Born during the Ottoman occupation of Greece, he was drawn to religion from an early age, became a monk at the age of 17, and was ordained a Greek Orthodox deacon shortly afterwards. Popular tradition has it that while at the monastery, an Ottoman Pasha visited with his troops and was impressed by Athanasios's good looks, who took offence to the Turk's remarks (and subsequent proposal). The ensuing altercation resulted in the death of the Turkish official. Athanasios was forced to flee into the nearby mountains and become a klepht - a mountain bandit, like many others who resisted Ottoman rule. Soon afterwards he adopted the pseudonym "Diakos", or Deacon. His last battle established him as a national hero: with only 1500 men at his command he attempted to hold the bridge at Alamana near Thermopylae against an army of 8000 men who had been sent to crush the rebellion in southern Greece. Eventually most of Diakos's men fled; only 48 of them remained, and the managed to hold off the enemy for several hours before being overwhelmed. The heavily wounded Diakos was taken before the enemy commander, Omer Vryonis, who was so impressed by the former priest that he offered to make him an officer in the Ottoman army if he converted from Christianity to Islam. Diakos refused, and was executed by impalement - according to popular tradition he survived for three full days, laughing through his ordeal, until an irregular, out of pity and respect, shot him in the head.
* A badass of the quietly courageous variety, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien Father Damien (aka Saint Damien of Moloka'i)]] spent sixteen years ministering to and fighting for the better treatment of the residents of the leper colony on the island of Moloka'i in Hawai'i. Many clergypeople spend their lives tending the sick, but Father Damien gets a lot of extra points, because at the time, leprosy was thought to be wildly contagious, which was why people who contracted it were sent to isolated colonies and usually just left to rot (sometimes quite literally). Voluntarily going to a place that was widely believed to be certain death and hanging around the place for nearly two decades, all the while in close contact with people suffering from what was believed to be an extremely contagious, deadly disease takes some balls. And sure enough, he did eventually contract leprosy, dying of the disease in 1889.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columba Saint Columba]], a 6th century missionary and one of Ireland's patron saints. So badass, [[http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T201040/text063.html he scared off the Loch Ness Monster]].
* Jesus, while rarely violent, showed his righteous anger at the Temple Market sellers. He basically trashed the stalls and beat the sellers with cloth.
--->you have turned my father's house into a den of thieves!
* Father Joe Lacy was a Chaplain in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII who went in on D-day, and survived too. The day before landing he told the men "When you land on the beach and you get in there, I don't want to see anybody kneeling down and praying. If I do I'm gonna come up and boot you in the tail. You leave the praying to me and you do the fighting."
* Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy; as a British Army Chaplain in WW I, he earned a Military Cross for running into "No Man's Land" to drag wounded soldiers to safety, and to give Last Rites to those who were beyond saving; after the war he became Vicar of a parish in one of the worst slums of Inner London. Although gentry by birth, he strongly identified with the working class, as [[http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/w/t/t/wttwhirl.htm this hymn]] shows.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NW3RLnXmTY Rev. Wade Watts,]] who shamed a KKK leader into changing his ways. Bonus points for being a BadassPacifist.
* The Archbishop of York, [[AwesomeMcCoolname William de la Zouche]], raised a company of archers against the Scots at the CurbStompBattle of Neville's Cross, and his quick levying on his own initiative is credited with preventing a Scottish invasion of England and capturing the Scottish King David II Bruce. Another historical tradition says that he was present at the Battle of Crecy the previous year, and led some of the King's foot. On both occasions he took to the field wearing black plate armour and carrying an enormous [[DropTheHammer mace]], because he couldn't carry a sword as he was forbidden "[[ExactWords edged weapons.]]"
* Pope John Paul II during his studies for the priesthood worked with [[LaResistance the Polish Resistance]] and is credited by B'nai B'rith for saving the lives of several Polish Jews from the Nazis. He then continued fighting when the Communists supplanted the Nazis, and is now remembered along with UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher as part of the coalition of Western leaders who finally brought the SovietUnion to its knees and ended the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
** Another Pope to fall in that category was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Julius_II Pope Julius II]], known as "[[ChurchMilitant The Warrior Pope]]" who actually leaded his troops in the battlefield, masterminded battles and sieges, and wore armor. When Michelangelo was preparing to paint his picture, he said Julius needed to hold something in his hand, like a book for instance. Julius answered:
-->'''Julius II''': Nay, give me a sword, for I am a warrior, not a scholar.
** To a lesser extent, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (better known as the current Pope Francis) was a [[{{Bouncer}} bar bouncer]] in Buenos Aires before becoming a Jesuit priest.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20490_5-priests-who-turned-badass-when-things-got-critical.html?wa_user1=3&wa_user2=History&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=feature_module These guys]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsignor_Hugh_O%27Flaherty Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty]], the "Scarlet Pimpernel" of the Vatican.
* Father De Klerk, Missionary to the Solomons who remained behind when Westerners were evacuated to be with the Polynesian Christians he preached to, and then led them into battle to protect their homes.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Óscar_Romero Óscar Romero]], Archbishop of San Salvador, staunch defender of human rights in El Salvador... killed in 1980 while celebrating mass.
* [[http://www.incommunion.org/2011/12/07/st-moses-the-black-a-patron-saint-of-non-violence-by-pieter-dykhorst/ St. Moses the Black]], while celebrated now as a pacifist, was an imposing figure with quite the checkered past. Once, as a monk, he was attacked by four bandits whom he subdued and dragged to the church, where they instantly converted.
* In Italy, a man in a church who "claimed to hear voices" suddenly [[EyeScream gouged his own eyes in front of the whole church]]. Thankfully, paramedics arrived quickly. Although many of the congregation left out of horror, [[http://www.complex.com/city-guide/2011/10/church-in-italy-shocked-by-man-gouging-out-his-own-eyes-during-mass the priest continued mass for those remaining.]]
* [[http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/bishop-nicholas-loses-his-cool/ St. Nicholas of Myra]] (yes, ''that'' [[SantaClaus Saint Nicholas]]) supposedly got into a fight with the heretic Arius that ended when Nicholas clobbered Arius in the face, to the shock of the rest of the Council of Nicaea. While the story is likely somewhat apocryphal, forensic evidence shows that Nicholas did have a healed fracture in his cheekbone. This may also make him the original BadassSanta!
* When the King of Naples was overthrown by a French-inspired Jacobin faction in 1799, he fled to the safety of Palermo. Meanwhile, his advisor Cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo landed at La Cortona with just eight companions and a royalist flag, and no guns or money. Within a month, Ruffo had raised an army of 17,000 men, largely peasants (known as the Sanfedisti), and waged a surprisingly effective campaign against the Parthenopaean Republic, retaking the city of Naples itself within a few months (with some assistance from a British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson). There are a number of paintings of Cardinal Ruffo wearing what appears to be a military uniform as opposed to his cardinal's vestments, leading the Sanfedisti into battle. By all accounts, his army also contained a fair number of clergymen.
* Because of difficult and unaccessible parishes, Norway had a good lot of Badass Preachers over the years:
** ''Christian Kjeldstrup'', who singlehandedly threw a bully through a door, during the wedding of said bully.
** ''Peder Bjørnson'', who had to take a parish nobody dared to handle because of the {{wild west}} mentality there. Bjørnson solved the problem when he manhandled the strongest man in the village and threw him down a staircase. Nobody messed with him again.
** When Kjeldstrup and Bjørnson were students, there was a brawl among the theology students resulting in the three strongest successively throwing each other out: Kjeldstrup threw out Creator/HenrikWergeland, and was in turn thrown out by Bjørnson.
** ''Petter Dass'', doubling as a {{memetic badass}}, for having a harsh parish on the coast of northern Norway, and writing hymns still in use. Constantly out sailing to reach his fellow men. He was said to have whipped the devil`s ass and rode on his back all the way to Copenhagen Christmas morning.
* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mister Fred Rogers]], a Presbyterian minister who basically singlehandedly pioneered educational television out of concern that [[NewMediaAreEvil existing programming would rot brains]]. Mister Rogers once spoke up against the US Senate's threat to cut funding for public television, and in six minutes of quietly explaining his show, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome persuaded them to double it instead]]. His show, meanwhile, approached children on a level that demonstrated and encouraged integrity and respect, as well as curiosity and imagination, and was known to deal with themes such as divorce, violence, and even ''death'' (Rogers refused to employ a ReplacementGoldfish when his died, and he had a special episode after the assassination of John F. Kennedy to explain the situation to children).
* During the Carlists wars, some Navarran villages organized themselves in army led by their Vicar.
* Reggie White was an ordained Baptist minister. He was also one of the most ferocious and feared defensive lineman in his 15-year NFL career during the 1980's and 1990's, granting him the nickname "The Minister of Defense."
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