RealLife saints who have been invoked as patrons in fiction.

Many such saints have many legends accrete about a bare kernel of fact, such as a name listed as a martyr. Real legends that help explain their patronage may also be included below.
----
* The Virgin Mary, who is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_apparition astonishingly active in her post-Biblical activities]], according to pious legend. She is, among other things, patroness of the United States (the US being hostile to Catholics until [[JohnFKennedy one became President]], the American Church must have figured that they needed the biggest guns they could find). She is also the patroness of Mexico. Known by [[IHaveManyNames a myriad of titles]] -- you can find an "Our Lady of" just about ''anything''.
* Saint Agnes, patron saint of girls
* Saint Anthony (of Padua -- there are others), known as the Saint of Miracles; patron saint of Portugal, the postal service, elderly people and the oppressed, among many other things. Best known as the finder of lost things due to his prodigious memory.
* Saint Barbara, patron saint of those in dangerous occupations (including [[RedsWithRockets Russian rocketeers]]).
** She is the patron saint of all occupations where imminent and violent death is ubiquitous, including miners, artillerymen, military engineers and steelworkers.
* Saint Bernadette, patron saint of the sick and poverty-stricken.
* Saint Cecelia, patroness of musicians.
* Saint Christopher, who [[IFightForTheStrongestSide carried Christ across a river]], patron saint of travellers, and a medal of whom is usually featured in a car, is often the butt of car-related jokes.
* Saint Dismas, the traditional name of the thief crucified to Jesus's right. Patron of thieves
* Saint Dymphna. Historically, there is evidence of a martyr of this name. She picked up a legend of having repulsed her father's attempts to murder her -- like the FairyTale "All Kinds of Fur" Literature/{{Donkeyskin}}, and their variants -- and is the patroness of the insane and emotionally disturbed.
* Saint Francis of Assisi, the humble [[FriendToAllLivingThings lover of peace and nature]], patron saint of animals and the environment, merchants, and the Cub Scouts.
* Saint George, the [[GeniusBruiser preacher, legionary, and dragon-slayer]], patron saint of England, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, [[OverlyLongGag Catalonia]], Georgia, and...screw it, let's just say half of Europe; a ridiculous number of cities; [[TankGoodness armored units]]; and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the Boy Scouts]].
* Saint Jerome, patron saint of translators - with good reason; that he translated the Bible (which, whatever one may think of it or the beliefs described therein, is an extremely complex, long and culturally detailed book) would already be quite a feat even WITH computers and translation memory software and so on; imagine [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome WITHOUT, BY HAND]]. Considered to be one of the fathers of the Church for that precise reason.
* Saint JoanOfArc, co-patron saint of France (Saint Denis is the original patron) and archetypal ActionGirl, the JeanneDArchetype.
* Saint Jude, unfortunate victim of the [[OneSteveLimit One Yehuda Limit]], patron saint of Lost Causes. [[Film/TheUntouchables And police officers.]]
* Saint Mark, [[Literature/TheFourGospels the Evangelist]], patron of Egypt, Venice, and barristers/litigators.
* Saint Martha (of Bethany). Patron saint of housewives. Also legendarily attributed with having killed a dragon.
* Saint Michael the Archangel, highly regarded for being a KnightInShiningArmour and general of God's army. Patron saint of police officers.
** The Church also recognizes two other Archangels and designates them as saints along with Michael: Gabriel, the messenger angel who informed Mary that she was pregnant with the Messiah, and Raphael, featured in the Book of Tobit [[note]]which is found only in the Catholic Bible, and in the Apocrypha[[/note]], who is associated with healers and the protection of travelers.
* Saint Nicholas, a.k.a. SantaClaus (a lot of [[RecursiveTranslation Multilingual]] MemeticMutation was involved), who surreptitiously gave gold to the poor, patron saint of children; also patron of (repentant) thieves and of bankers, moneylenders, and financiers (including pawnbrokers--hence the three golden orbs.)
* Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. As there are no snakes native to Ireland, this is taken to be [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolic]] of driving out the pagan influences (that, or he was [[JustSoStory very, very thorough]]).
* Saint Peter, portrayed as standing at the [[FluffyCloudHeaven Pearly Gates of heaven]] and acting as God's bouncer, as it were. Famously crucified ''upside-down'' (which is why if you wear an upside-down cross to be "Satanic," [[DanBrowned you are doing it wrong]][[note]]An upside-down ''crucifix'', on the other hand, since it actually displays Jesus Christ, is still very much is a sacreligious symbol though, so be careful with this one.[[/note]]). Patron of the Papacy, as he also has the distinction of being [[UrExample the first]] [[ThePope Pope]].
* Saint UsefulNotes/ThomasMore, patron saint of politicians, statesmen, and lawyers.
* The Internet claims as patron saints Gabriel, Charles Borromeo, and (officially) Isidore, who began work on the ''Etymologiae'', a GreatBigBookOfEverything, in the 7th century CE.
* ...and other saints with [[OddJobGods unusual patronage]]. There can be a lot of overlap in patronage, particularly in issues that cause people to pray a lot.
----