A romance trope where a character is sexually attracted to or even in love with a member of the clergy (who will almost always be a SexyPriest or a [[NaughtyNuns Naughty Nun]] to justify the character's affections in the eyes of the audience). May also occur when ''both'' partners are members of the clergy (i.e., a priest and a nun, for instance).

TruthInTelevision, and justifiably common when you consider that not all religions demand vows of celibacy. Anglican and Protestant clergy, for example, are free to marry, which was one of the controversial changes in the Reformation. Moreover, married men have always been allowed to become priests (but not bishops) in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, although priests are not permitted go get married after ordination (although there are enough loopholes in certain branches of these churches that this prohibition has less weight).

Despite the common misconception, it was not ''always'' required in the Roman Catholic Church, either. For its first thousand years it was legal under church law for anyone from a local priest to the pope himself to marry and have children, though how ''acceptable'' it was considered to be varied. It was particularly common for a man seeking to join the priesthood to delay ordination until he got married, since it was usually seen as acceptable for a married man to become a parish priest (as in the Orthodox churches to this day). The practice came to an end when the Church began discovering that priests were bequeathing land to their children that belonged to the Church, not the priest--and, more annoying to the Church hierarchy, trying to bequeath their position as priest (interfering with the authority of the Pope and the bishops to make hiring decisions). Even today, most priests are not required to take a vow of chastity (that is, to not have sex) but are required by their order or diocese to be celibate (to not marry). Extramarital sex is still a sin, certainly, but like any other sin, it can be forgiven through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Confession), and it's not considered to be as severe as breaking a vow before God.

In the Victorian era a clergyman was actually considered top-notch husband material because he had a guaranteed income, social status, and probably wasn't going to spend his time fooling around with the housemaid (hopefully). On the other hand, a curate was at the very bottom of the ecclesiastical ladder, and was generally not nearly as well paid as his superiors.

In fiction, however, this trope will typically be played for drama with Catholic priests or nuns, for an added element of ForbiddenFruit to it. When a work is simply about desire for, say, a Protestant minister, the conflict around this trope tends to be lessened.

Cases where a celibate clergy member eventually reciprocates the feeling may or may not follow, though whether or not they will abandon their chastity vows, or entire vocation, to be with their beloved varies a lot.

Not related to GetTheeToANunnery, though the above trope may have played a part in the latter's origins. People who feel this way will often say "ImGoingToHellForThis."

Compare NunTooHoly. Disturbingly inverted in the figure of the PedophilePriest.
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* Eventually happens in ''OnePoundGospel'', with Kosaku falling for Sister Angela.
* ''MariaHolic'' plays with this trope when Father Kanae thinks this with [[LesYay Kanako]] but he himself is [[HotForStudent after]] [[AttractiveBentGender Mariya]].
* The basis of ''ChronoCrusade'': this is the story of a BattleCouple made of a nun named Rosette and a demon named Chrono. Cranked UpToEleven in the anime, where Rosette is also harrassed by BigBad Aion who even plants ''two'' {{Forceful Kiss}}es on the poor girl.
* In ''RecordOfLodossWar'', the Lodoss cults seem to not have objections to their priests/priestesses marrying and raising families. Therefore, you have some examples of this:
** Princess Fianna of Valis falls for Etoh, a cute young priest of Falis and Parn's best friend. They [[spoiler:get married, and become King and Queen of Valis]].
** Neese, a high-ranked priestess of Marpha, is a WidowWoman with a daughter named Laylea, meaning that her husband swore by the trope in the past.
** After [[spoiler: being released of Karla the Grey Witch's GrandTheftMe]], Laylea herself falls for Parn's BigBrotherMentor Slayn, who returns her feelings; they get HappilyMarried and then have Little Neese, who [[AscendedExtra becomes a main character]] in the second half of the TV series [[spoiler: because she's also the ApocalypseMaiden]].
** Little Neese herself seems to have kind-of a crush on Spark, TheHero.
* In ''{{Trigun}}'', HugeSchoolgirl Milly is attracted to Wolfwood, the resident BadassPreacher. [[spoiler: They even make love the night before he's killed.]]
* In ''TrinityBlood'', two different nuns show clear romantic feelings for the lead character, who's a Catholic priest. [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass And a]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction frighteningly powerful]] [[FoodChainOfEvil super-]][[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], but that's not important to this trope. It's never treated as any kind of "forbidden fruit" situation, though, because it takes place in a distant future where the Catholic Church no longer requires clerical celibacy.
* Spoofed in ''Anime/SailorMoon Super S'' alongside InterspeciesRomance, when Artemis the cat seems to have a crush on a beautiful nun named Sister Maria. [[spoiler: He was mostly fantasizing about cat marriage in a Catolic church... in front of [[NunsAreMikos one where Sister Maria volunteers]]. And then she's captured by a member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad...]]
* Very... creepily used with Father Garai and Michio Yuki from {{MW}}.

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* Even though they were never together while he headed a church, Tulip's attraction to Jesse Custer in ''{{Preacher}}'' would definitely qualify.

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* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', where the Captain falls for the nun postulant whom he's hired as his nanny.
* One of the fake trailers at the beginning of ''Film/TropicThunder'' was a parody of OscarBait films that involved two monks being sexually attracted to each other.
* ''Blood on Satan's Claw'' (aka ''The Devil's Skin'') has a horror example. The Satan worshipping school girl tries to seduce the town preacher, going so far as to strip for him. He does not give in.
* ''The Crime of Father Amaro'', inspired by a Portuguese novel of the same name. With Gael Garcia Bernal as the SexyPriest who has a relationship with the local NaiveEverygirl.
* ''Film/{{Quills}}'' has some {{UST}} between [[Creator/KateWinslet Madeleine]] and the [[Creator/JoaquinPhoenix Abbé du Coulmier]].
* In ''LoveExposure'', a woman falls for a Catholic priest.
* In ''[[Film/{{Priest1994}} Priest]]'', Robert Carlyle (playing Graham) has the hots for Linus Roache (Father Greg). It's reciprocal
* ''Pavilion of Women'', [[TheFilmOfTheBook an adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck novel of the same name.]] Though there's a romantic attraction between Madame Wu and Father Andre in the book, the film makes it much more explicit and unlike the novel, has the couple act on their feelings for each other.
* The early '70s film ''Pieces of Dreams'' involves an affair between a priest and a divorced social worker.
* Chilean movie ''Bienvenida Casandra'' ("Welcome here, Casandra!") is about the aforementioned Casandra, the local NaiveNewcomer, falling for the young priest of the village she's just arrived.
* ''Film/KeepingTheFaith'' involves a Love Triangle between a Rabbi, a Catholic priest and their childhood friend.

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* In ''Literature/TheGodOfSmallThings'', Baby Kochamma fell in love with an [[IrishPriest Irish missionary]] when she was younger.
* Pretty much the plot of ''Literature/TheThornBirds''.
* It used to be ''very'' common in the Victorian era (generally in the form of falling in love with the poor but virtuous and handsome young curate), so much so that it was a convention of novels and plays mocked by Creator/WSGilbert in two separate works: "The Rival Curates" (which eventually got turned into ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'' and featured rival poets instead) and ''Theatre/TheSorceror'' (in which the much older vicar, Dr. Daly, is adored by young Constance).
* This is the premise of the 19th century Portuguese novel ''O Crime do Padre Amaro'' ("The Crime of Father Amaro"), where it ends in tragedy.
* Sissy from ''ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'' once tried to seduce her priest, since she didn't believe in celibacy.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' book, [[TheCasanova compulsive womaniser]] Jay is first seduced as a teenage boy by the priestess of his local temple.
* In ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', Milady is a nun who has seduced a monk and left the convent, only to abandon the monk to marry Athos, only to abandon him to marry Lord de Winter, whom she poisons. She is not a nice Milady.
* A medieval ''cantiga'' (monophonic song) from Portugal tells the story of a man who went after an Abbess... to ask her to prepare him for his wedding night.
* An example of HotForPreacher where the attraction for a Puritan minister is frowned upon for leading not to marriage but to adultery (complete with a bastard child) can be found in ''TheScarletLetter''.
* Aliena in ''ThePillarsOfTheEarth'' is in love with Jack, who becomes a monk largely because he thinks she isn't.
* In ''Literature/TheSparrow'', we have Father Emilio Sandoz who is chaste, charming, funny, intelligent, Roman Catholic priest, and [[InformedAbility apparently not bad to look at]]. The Catholic schoolgirls call him ''[[SexyPriest Father What-a-waste]]'', and a main character grows to love him.
* Father Amadi from ''Literature/PurpleHibiscus'' is the main character's first crush. [[PrecociousCrush She's fifteen, and he's at least in his twenties]], but he never leads her on romantically.
* In GabrielGarciaMarquez's ''Del Amor Y Otros Demonios'' (''Of love and other demons''), Father Cayetano Delaura is the first person who treats the ''badly'' neglected Sierva Maria as a human being, and they end up attracted to each other. For worse, Sierva Marěa is [[{{Lolicon}} as much 12 years old]] (ValuesDissonance, but yeah). It's played for both {{squick}} and drama [[spoiler: and [[DownerEnding ends in tragedy]].]].
* In ''AngelsAndDemons'', [[DanBrowned Dan Brown]] has in its backstory a priest and nun who fall in love, but refuse to cast aside their vows of celibacy, but also refuse to let that stop them from reproducing. She artificially inseminates herself with his seed, becomes pregnant, and is, of course, forced out of the nunhood. [[DoubleStandard He becomes pope.]]
* In ''In This House of Brede'', Larry Bannerman and Sister Cecily. They're in love, but she loves God more. [[spoiler: He eventually marries her cousin Jean.]]
* In ''Literature/TheExorcist'', Father Karras is concerned that Chris [=MacNeil=] may view him as forbidden fruit and develop (or have already developed) an attraction for him. Whether this is accurate, baseless speculation, or even projection on his part is not clearly established, since before long [[FromBadToWorse they have far worse things]] [[DemonicPossession to worry about]].

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* On ''Series/{{Mash}}'', Father Mulcahy had this happen when he helped one of the nurses study to become a doctor.
* This would often be a running gag on ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''.
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', the sexual tension between Carmela Soprano and Father Intintola is a plot point.
* Early episodes of ''{{Soap}}'' had Corinne in love with Father Tim. He eventually left the priesthood to marry her. Then they had a demon baby; after it was exorcised it was [[PutOnABus Put On A Perambulator]].
* Brazilian SoapOpera ''Mulheres Apaixonadas'' ('Women in Love') had a subplot where a woman fell in love with a Catholic priest. Eventually she got him to abandon clergy life and marry her.
* Assumpta and Father Peter in ''Series/{{Ballykissangel}}''. Parodied in the ''FatherTed'' ChristmasEpisode in a ColdOpen daydream sequence, with Ted in Peter's place.
* On ''KungFu'' Caine was the object of this a time or two.
* Frequently in ''TheVicarOfDibley'', and in [[AllLoveIsUnrequited both directions]]. Naturally though, [[AbhorrentAdmirer the guys who are interested in Geraldine]] are nothing like [[MrFanservice the guys she's interested in herself]].
* Series/{{Angel}}'s twisted obsession with Drusilla stems from the fact that she is a "saint", as he calls it. She wants nothing more than to become a nun. Guess how that one turned out...
* Samantha in ''SexAndTheCity'' found herself a SexyPriest to lust over.
* Sister Paul's POV episode in ''Series/BridesOfChrist'' deals with her falling for Father Jack, a priest she meets at a cousin's wedding. They both decide to abandon their vocations and attempt a romantic relationship, [[spoiler: but it ultimately doesn't work out, and she decides to return to the convent]].
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/FatherTed'', where Ted believes an attractive female novelist visiting Craggy Island has developed feelings for him. Ted all but rushes through a mass and blows off a visiting group of nuns when she invites him over to her place, only for her to reveal that she's thinking about becoming a nun, and wants to get his advice on vocations.
* A case of TruthInTelevision in ''Series/TheBorgias''- both [[ThePope Rodrigo]] and [[SexyPriest Cesare]] experience this, though Cesare's lover in series one leaves him for the convent after [[MurderTheHypotenuse he murders her husband]].
* ''Series/CallTheMidwife'': Dr Turner, the widowed doctor who works with Nonnatus House, falls head over heels for the kindest, sweetest, most good-hearted character in the entire cast, and she falls just as desperately in love with him. Unfortunately for them both, that character is devoted nun Sister Bernadette. Her struggle to choose between her vows and the man she loves is a major subplot of the second series. [[spoiler:After months of struggle and heartache, she [[EarnYourHappyEnding leaves the convent to be with him]]. The series ends with them engaged to be married -- and ''finally'' on a FirstNameBasis, to boot]]!
* Happens, sort of, in an episode of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie''. The old vicar, Rev Alden, is hit on by an equally old congregant. One wouldn't exactly call this "Hot" for preacher, but it counts. They decide to marry, prompting Harriet to object, saying the old preacher should not marry. We find she was once engaged to a man who left her for the ministry.
* In ''The Last Don II'', MafiaPrincess Rose Marie has a love affair with her parish priest (played by Creator/JasonIsaacs). It does not end well for him.

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* 'Dont Mess With The Missionary Man', a song by {{Eurythmics}}.
* "Goin' Down" by ThePrettyReckless is a song about a 16 year old girl seducing a priest in a confessional, in attempt to get into heaven after killing her boyfriend.
* 'Body and Soul' by Music/ToriAmos, where the POV is of the singer seducing a priest.
* The Dutch song "De Nozem en de Non" (The Punk and the Nun) by Cornelis Vreeswijk is the (humorous) story of how the punk and the nun fell in love and are eventually separated by the police for walking on the grass.
* There is also an old Flemish folk song where the singer meets a (poor) postulante. When her parents die she becomes one of the richest people in the land, but when he comes for her she has already taken her vows and will not go with him. Different versions of this song have different endings - in one eventually she does go with him, in another he kills himself and she has a house built on top of his grave to become a recluse.

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* There was a storyline in the newspaper comic ''NineChickweedLane'' about a priest and a nun who fell for one another. They did not pursue the romance at the time, but both left the church soon afterwards, and they eventually got married.

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* In accordance with TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, the Duke in ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure'' falls in love with Isabel, a postulant for the Poor Clares. (This has quite unnecessarily scandalized some commentators.)
* In {{Euripides}}' ''Theatre/{{Hippolytus}}'', the eponymous hero is a devotee of Artemis and has dedicated his virginity to her, when his mother-in-law Phaedra falls in love with him. All ends in tears.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' there is a minor sidequest in Rivet City where a woman has eyes for the local preist's apprentice and asks for your help. Solutions include convincing him yourself, telling his boss that he's already done the nasty and get him thrown out anyway and gettng the woman some royal ant jelly (which temporerily gives a large boost to charisma at the cost of intelligence) so he actually will break his vows. [[spoiler: If you're successful you can attend their ceremony]].
* Happens more than once in ''FireEmblem'' (sometimes when certain characters support to A level) with a Monk, a Cleric or a Priest. Some cases include:
** Lena and Julian are love interests. Not to mention she was supposed to marry Prince Michalis, [[RunawayBride but decided to run away]]...
** ''Genealogy of the Holy War'': anyone who marries either the Cleric/High Priest Adean or the Bishop Claude in Gen 1, and later whoever falls for the Cleric/High Priest Lana (Adean's daughter) or the Priest Corple (Sylvia's son);
** ''Blazing Sword'': the Cleric Serra and either Oswin, Matthew or Erk; [[HoYay for some]], the Monk Lucius and Raven.
** ''The Sacred Stones'': the monk Artur and Lute, the cleric Natasha and either Seth or Joshua.
* One of the possible [[RomanceSidequest romance options]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is with Sebastian, a celibate SexyPriest.
* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', Tiz Arrior develops a crush on Agnés Oblige, who, as the Wind Vestal, is a major religious figure in the faith of the Crystals.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' has Tygra falling for Cheetara.

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* A notable case (and an inversion) is that of Renaissance painter Fra Filippo Lippi, who was a friar but apparently had little inclination for chastity. He allegedly seduced a novice from the convent of S. Margherita of Prato and employed her as a model for his Madonnas.
* There was a brothel in medieval England that catered to customers with a NaughtyNuns fetish. None of the employees were actually nuns, but they wore the full costume.
* This trope led to the fall of Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart during the [[TheEighties late 1980s]]. That, and YourCheatingHeart.
* In Chile, high-ranked lawyer [[http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clara_Szczaranski Clara Szczaranski]] fell in love with a well-known Jesuit priest and uni professor named Renato Hevia. After quite the media circus due to the objections raised by the local Cath church, he left clergy and they got married.
* Father Cutie. Yes, that is his name. To elaborate, Cutie (a popular TV personality and up-and-coming Catholic priest in his diocese) fell in love with one of his parishioners, a single mother. Eventually, because of Cutie's visibility in the media, photos of them kissing on a beach were published in a tabloid. After some reflection, Cutie chose his girlfriend over the Catholic Church, and converted to the Episcopalian faith so he could marry her ''and'' continue working as a priest. They're still HappilyMarried and have two children together.
* Martin Luther and his wife were once a Monk and Nun until that whole Protestant business.

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