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[[folder:Old Testament]]

[[WMG: {{God}}]]
->''"I will be what I will be."''
* AmbiguousGender: More common in Judaism, but present in other views. The reasoning being, why would a perfect being (who simply "is" according to the quote above) have a mortal gender identity?
* AwesomenessIsVolatile: His presence can be lethal for mere mortals.
* BadassBoast: Has quite a few, but his extended rant on his own awesomeness in Book of Job is especially notable.
%%* BigGood
* CatchPhrase: "I am The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Later He added "I am The Lord who took Israel out of bondage in Egypt". Doubles as BadassBoast.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Several actions seem a tad extreme.[[ValuesDissonance By our standards,anyway.]]
* DivineIntervention: He is divine. The Bible as a whole is about Him intervening.
* EldritchAbomination: An incomprehensible being that at one point defines himself by the extent to which he is unlike humans.
%%* FourStarBadass: "Lord of Hosts"
%%* FriendToAllChildren
* FriendToAllLivingThings: He even cares about the sparrows.
* GodIsGood: Generally seen as the baseline of morality.
* GoodIsNotNice: God loves. Sometimes the love is really, really ''tough'' love.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Literally. His presence is so great that seeing Him is almost invariably fatal.
* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: Goes with the whole "omnipotence" thing.
%%* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* IHaveManyNames: Along with a bit of SpellMyNameWithAnS and occasionally NoPronunciationGuide.
* LightTheWay: The Bible connects God to both [[LightIsGood light]] and [[DarkIsNotEvil darkness]].
* OurGodsAreDifferent: Jews, Christians, and Muslims have three different ideas. Long story short, Jews believe in one God who [[MasterRace favors them above all others]]; Christians believe in one God who is also three (except the extinct Arian sect) but does not favor any particular ethnic group; and Muslims believe in one God who plays no ethnic favorites.
%%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: A lot of this in the Old Testament.
* ThePatriarch: He's usually described as Our Father above.
%%* ThePowerOfLove: See John 3:16.
* ThereCanOnlyBeOne: The "one and true deity" [[note]]Which is pretty debated in meaning itself[[/note]] of course, but given how much He is angered at the worship of other gods as well as some weird [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment one time passages/verses]] suggest He may not be the only one. Needless to say....
* TheUnpronouncable: YHWH is not supposed to be pronounced.

[[WMG: Adam and Eve]]
->''And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creep upon the earth."''
%%* AdamAndEvePlot
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Many biblical scholars argue that Adam was the most handsome man and Eve the most beautiful woman, being directly created by God.
* TheExile: Adam and Eve were permanently banished from the Garden of Eden for disobeying God.
* DoubleStandard: Some people have put the blame solely on Eve, others on Adam.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Eve, like Adam, is naked because humans were still innocent. Until they eat the forbidden fruit and are banished from the Garden.
* MeaningfulName: Adam was the first man, his name means "man". Eve was the first woman. Her name in Hebrew means "living one" or "source of life".
* MethuselahSyndrome: Not only Adam and Eve, but plenty of their offspring. It is not until after Exodus things start to even out.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Them eating the forbidden fruit led to centuries' worth of sin and sorrow.
* SadlyMythtaken: The Bible does not call the fruit an apple. The portrayal of said fruit as an apple is a StealthPun on the Latin word ''malus''.
* SwissMessenger: Picture the most beautiful person of the preferred gender you know of. Thanks to them, you're not hanging out naked with him or her in the Garden.

[[WMG: Sentient Talking Snake, ({{Satan}} according to some traditions); sometimes named Nahash]]
->''Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field.''
* BrotherChuck: Despite causing the following: Mankind receiving knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden and being cursed, the existence of death, the existence of the entire human race, and the first evil act ever, the snake absolutely disappears off of the face of the earth after the whole "Eden" incident. It is possible that he is Satan, but Literature/TheBible is not explicit about this.
%%* TheCorrupter
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: One interpretation. Before being made to crawl upon his belly he must have had legs. What would you call a walking, talking serpent with (at least) human level intelligence?
%%* TalkingAnimal

[[WMG: Cain]]
->''"Am I my brother's keeper?"''
* BeingEvilSucks: According to Islam, he felt really bad after killing Abel but he never really repented.
%%* BiblicalBadGuy
%%* CainAndAbel: Duh, they're the TropeNamer.
%%* TheExile
* DisproportionateRetribution: Sure you may have gotten shafted in the contest, but was murder really the best way to resolve the issue?
* GreenEyedMonster: He murdered his brother because of he coveted his land.
* JokerImmunity: The ur-example. He commits the first murder and is protected from retribution ever after by his mark.
%%* NameOfCain: TropeMaker
* RedRightHand: God gave him a mark to protect him from harm, specifically anyone who might seek vengeance upon him for Abel's death. Exactly what kind of mark is not canonically specified, and interpretations vary.
* TheResenter: Bible commentators indicate that Cain was this due to his parents having been driven out of the garden of Eden.
* WalkingTheEarth: After Cain murdered his bother, he became a wanderer until he settled in the Land of Nod.

[[WMG: Abel]]
->"Why are you angry? Why that scowl on your face? If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling." [[note]] Mental note: Never talk down to Cain[[/note]]
%%* CainAndAbel: See above.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* YoungestChildWins: Slightly subverted since he dies, and Adam and Eve have another son after his death.

[[WMG: Enoch]]
->''He spent his life in fellowship with God, and then he disappeared, because God took him away.''
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Some may say he was just PutOnABus.
* BreakoutCharacter: There's a non-canonical book about him. It influenced the Book of Revelation, ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', and a lot of Christian notions about [[FluffyCloudHeaven heaven]] and [[FireAndBrimstoneHell hell]].
* PalsWithJesus -- or rather, Jesus's dad.
%%* MethuselahSyndrome

[[WMG: Methuselah]]
->''And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: [[DownerEnding and he died]].''
%%* MethuselahSyndrome: TropeNamer.

[[WMG: Nimrod]]
->''He was a mighty hunter before The Lord.''
%%* BiblicalBadGuy
* ChekhovsGunman: The nation he built, Babylon, would become a Middle Eastern power.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: His name was, for a long time, synonymous with "hunter". Now, thanks to Warner Bros. cartoons, it's used to mean someone obsessed with something.

[[WMG: Noah]]
->''There went in two and two unto Noah into the Ark, the male and the female.''
%%* CassandraTruth
* CoolBoat: The Ark, big enough to house at least two of every animal and Noah's entire family.
%%* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Cursed be Canaan!"
* ImprobableAge: Building a boat when you're 500.
* MethuselahSyndrome: The last person to live over 900.
* TheyCalledMeMad: They called me mad, but I'll show them, I'll bring two of every animal on The Ark, and [[ComedicSociopathy lets see who's laughing when they're drowning and I'm floating!]] ([[Creator/EddieIzzard Except the floating ones and the swimming ones.]])

[[WMG: Children of Israel]]
->''"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people."''
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: Literature/TheBible (Tanakh) and the Talmud acted as this.
%%* TheCommandments: Obviously.
* TheClan: Originally a confederation of tribes. Hence the term "children of..."
* {{Determinator}}: And they're still around. Really! Although ten of the original twelve tribes are unaccounted for.
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding: Several times
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Israel's history with God is basically a sine wave of loyalty and disloyalty, usually depending on the men leading them at the moment.
* IGaveMyWord : The word "testament" implies "treaty of vassalship". In other words Israel is a sub-kingdom that accepted {{God}} as their FeudalOverlord.
%%* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne
* MeaningfulName: "Israel" means [[CallingTheOldManOut one who argues with God]].
* TheMigration: To the Promised Land. The first, and the return of the exiles from Babylon
%%* ProudScholarRace
* ProudWarriorRace: At times in the Bible, though not so much afterward. Is there a Proud Survivor Race trope?
* SlaveRace: Once, they were all slaves to the Egyptians.
%%* SlaveLiberation
* TooDumbToLive: The ease with which they are led astray from God is mind-boggling, particularly given that they can usually remember seeing one of His miracles in person, or hearing about such from a close relative whenever it happens. Golden Calf incident, we're looking at you.
%%* ToughLove: Receives a lot of this, to say the least.
* YourCheatingHeart: Adultery is used as a common metaphor for idolatry.
* ZenSurvivor: Despite slavery in Egypt; being conquered by the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans; persecution by Christians for not accepting Jesus; and persecution by Nazis for being supposedly genetically inferior, they keep on keeping on.

[[WMG: Abraham]]
->''"I will bless those who bless you. But I will curse those who curse you. And through you I will bless all nations."''

* AngelUnaware: Is rewarded for entertaining three of these...with a long-awaited son in his old age
%%* BargainWithHeaven
%%* TheChosenOne
%%* CoolOldGuy
* IdiotBall: Locked his wife Sarah [[GirlInABox in a box]] while passing through Egypt, for fear that she would be taken by the Egyptians on account of [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman her beauty]]. He didn't stop to think that ''maybe, just maybe'' the box would have to pass through Customs.
* ILied: Well, more like told a half-truth: told the Egyptians (who found her in the above incident) that [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend she was his sister]]. [[ValuesDissonance (She was his half-sister, as well as his wife.)]] He did this to protect himself from being killed by the men in order to obtain her. [[spoiler: (Which they never did, even upon finding out the truth.)]] The lie causes all sorts of mayhem. [[AesopAmnesia Oh, and this happened more than once.]]
* HumanSacrifice: Abraham was almost sacrificed (according to a Midrash), but escaped. Later, he almost sacrificed Isaac, [[note]]Ishmael according to the Muslims[[/note]] but just barely didn't.
* MachoMasochism: Within this universe, he's the ur-example of one of the most common in the Old World.
* MeaningfulRename: God has him change his name from Abram (High father) to Abraham (Father of many).
%%* MethuselahSyndrome
* TheMourningAfter: Averted. After Sarah dies, he marries another (much younger) woman named Keturah. (Who some believe is his concubine Hagar, by another name.)
* PalsWithJesus: Is literally called a "friend of God."
* ParentalFavoritism:
** He preferred Isaac over Ishmael, but was ready to sacrifice Isaac[[note]]According to the Muslims, it was Ishmael who was almost sacrificed.[[/note]] to God when God told him to. Good thing [[SecretTestOfCharacter it was just a test]].
** The Genesis account indicates that Abraham actually pleaded with God for Ishmael to receive some sort of blessing from God as well. Isaac was really TheChosenOne BecauseDestinySaysSo.
* ParentsAsPeople
* SacredHospitality: God is debating whether to destroy the city of Sodom. Abraham bargains God down to letting the city survive if there are ten good men. God's messengers go to Sodom, and they meet Lot and his family. The Sodomites want to rape them. Lot's even willing to let them rape his daughters rather than these men. The city is destroyed.

[[WMG: Sarah]]
* AngelUnaware: Entertains three of these, and is rewarded with a long-awaited son
%%* CoolOldLady
%%* TheChick
* GirlInABox: Is locked in a box when passing through Egypt so that Abraham won't be killed for her.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Well, the Pharaoh sure thought so.
* GreenEyedMonster: Gets jealous of Hagar
* GoGoEnslavement: Sort of. She is taken to be one of the Pharaoh's concubines. [[spoiler: [[AuthorsSavingThrow But before he can defile her, God makes Pharaoh sick and the rest of his harem sterile, and Pharaoh gives her back to Abraham.]]]]
* LawOfInverseFertility: Her maidservant Hagar gets pregnant by Abraham by sleeping with him once; Sarah has always been infertile (which is why she gave Hagar to Abraham in the first place as per the Code of Hammurabi.)
* MeaningfulRename: Renamed from "Sarai" to "Sarah" (though both translate as [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses "Princess"]])
%%* ParentalFavoritism
%%* ParentsAsPeople
%%* PunkInTheTrunk: Literally. See "Girl In A Box"
* RichBitch: When her jealousy gets the better of her (see above) she abuses her pregnant servant.[[note]]Granted, said servant got high-and-mighty and forgot her place (or perhaps her relationship to Abraham), but it got so bad that Hagar tried to run away. The only reason she came back was because an angel told her to.[[/note]] Also, she sends Ishmael (legally ''her son'') out into the desert, not giving a rip what happens to him because she favors her biological son Isaac.
%%* SacredHospitality: See "Angel Unaware"
* TeenPregnancy: Inverted. She gets pregnant well past childbearing age.
%%* {{Tsundere}}
%%* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman

[[WMG: Ishmael]]
->''His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him.''

* HeroOfAnotherStory: He is an important patriarch to the Muslims, just as Isaac is to Jews and Christians.
%%* PutOnABus

[[WMG: Isaac]]
->''"Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of."''
* BrickJoke: His name means "To laugh" because that's what his mother Sarah did when an angel told her she will be pregnant in her old age.
* HumanSacrifice: Narrowly averted. God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son, but stopped him in the last minute. Turns out it was a SecretTestOfCharacter.
* KissingCousins, LoveAtFirstSight ''and'' PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: With his wife and cousin Rebecca.
* OutOfFocus: Of the four patriarchs, he's by far the least focused on.
* ParentalFavoritism: Abraham preferred him over his older brother, Ishmael. Granted, that was because God basically told him to. He in turn preferred Esau to Jacob
%%* YoungestChildWins

[[WMG: Rebekah]]
->''"Two nations fight in your womb. The lesser will defeat the greater, the older shall serve the younger."''

%%* GuileHeroine
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Esau's Canaanite wives "vex" her.
* ParentalFavoritism: Favored Jacob to the point of deceiving his father Isaac into giving him the better inheritance.
%%* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: With Isaac
* SacredHospitality: Offers Abraham's messenger a place to stay, plus water for himself ''and'' all his camels.

[[WMG: Esau]]
->''And he sold his birthright unto Jacob.''

* CainAndAbel: The trope might just as well have been called Jacob and Esau. Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for some porridge, Jacob tricks Isaac into giving him Esau's blessing, Esau tries to kill Jacob, Jacob runs away and comes back with gifts for Esau. End result: Esau repents, makes up with Jacob, and accepts gifts from Jacob. The thing is, it's kind of hard to tell who is Abel and who is Cain in this scenario.
* CarpetOfVirility: Esau was such a hairy man that when Jacob tricked Isaac (who had gone blind in his old age) into thinking he was Esau, he wore a goat skin to simulate Esau's hairiness.
%%* DarkSkinnedRedhead
* EvilTwin: To Jacob. (Unlike most examples, he's not truly ''evil'', just short-sighted, and he and Jacob are PolarOppositeTwins.)
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Rebekah does ''not'' like the Canaanite women he married.
* {{Polyamory}}: As many men of that time and place did, Esau was married to Adath, Basemath, and Oholibama, three local Canaanite women.[[note]]Some believe that Adath and Oholibama were the same woman renamed by Esau to curry favor with his mother, others believe they were separate entities.[[/note]]
* RatedMForManly: Why Isaac favors him over Jacob; Isaac admires Esau's [[ARealManIsAKiller hunting skill]]
* SelfMadeMan: He is not TheChosenOne, but after the TimeSkip, he already has a lot of wealth and status to his name (almost as much as Jacob)

[[WMG: Jacob/Israel]]
->''Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.''
%%* BrideAndSwitch
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: He fought God Himself[[note]]Never made clear who the stranger he wrestles with is. Some accounts say God himself, others an angel of God.[[/note]] and almost won, but God cheated by breaking his hip, after fighting him all day and all night. Jacob gained the nickname "Yisrael" which means "Struggles with God," or, the more popular translation, "Israel" means "Let God prevail" meaning he struggles with God and ''lets'' Him win.
* DysfunctionJunction: Right in the middle of one. Also applies to his relatives on this list, but he's the one who has to deal with it from all sides.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Esau forgives him for stealing his birthright and welcomes Jacob and his family warmly]]
* GroinAttack: A particularly nasty variant by said sons: convince the rapist and his people to get circumcised, then slaughter them all while they're still in pain.
* GuileHero: And ''how''. He gets it from his mother's side of the family.
%%* LikeFatherLikeSon: Better said... Like mother, like son.
%%* LoveAtFirstSight: Towards Rachel.
* ManipulativeBastard: Jacob's name means deceiver, and he is often shown using tricks to get his way. He even, at his mother's request, tricked his father into giving him the better inheritance.
* ParentalFavoritism: Jacob was Rebecca's favorite, and later Jacob preferred his (second) youngest son, Joseph. Notice a pattern here?
* RapeAndRevenge: His sons, led by Simeon and Levi, brutally avenging their sister Dinah's rape.
* MarryThemAll: With the sisters (and his [[KissingCousins cousins]]) Leah and Rachel. It wasn't his idea, though; he wanted Rachel but was stuck with Leah after the BrideAndSwitch. Like most other accounts of polygamy in the Bible, it ends badly, here in the form of an ugly SiblingRivalry.
%%* TricksterArchetype
%%* YamatoNadeshiko: In contrast to Esau.
* YoungestChildWins: According to later books in Literature/TheBible, the nation who will produce the savior of mankind will bear his name while Esau's will vanish from the earth.

[[WMG: Rachel]]
->''Rachel was lovely in form and beautiful''
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: She is described as more beautiful than her sister, who turns out to be, if not evil, then certainly angry and bitter.
%%* DeathByChildbirth: Poor Benjamin
* GuileHeroine: Stole Laban's idols and hid them in her menstruation couch.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted; her excuse for not getting up to let guards search was "It's that time of the month."
* SiblingRivalry: With Leah, because Leah was able to give Jacob lots of sons.
* YoungestChildWins: Jacob's favored wife bore his favorite sons, one of which becomes a Prince.

[[WMG: Leah]]
->''Leah had tender eyes''.
%%* BrideAndSwitch
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: It wasn't until Jacob was in his death bed does the reader find out Leah had died before him.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Conceives ''very'' easily, while her sister remains infertile for a long time.
* SiblingRivalry: With Rachel, because Rachel was Jacob's favorite wife.
%%* TheUnfavorite
%%* WhatBeautifulEyes: see quote.

[[WMG: Laban]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Not only did he trick his son-in-law into marrying both of his daughters, but he went out of his way to keep Jacob working for him.
* PureIsNotGood: His name means "White" so he is apparently without blemish or fault, yet he is a scheming bastard who used his own daughters to his advantage.
* StealthPun: Keeps culling the sheep without speckles or spots from Jacob's herds, before Jacob turns the tables on him with primitive methods of breeding.

[[WMG: Joseph, son of Jacob ]]
->''Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors.''

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Not only does the 17-year-old Joseph tell tales about his brothers to his father, he openly announces his dreams about ruling over them all and flaunts his coat as much as possible.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: "Joseph was handsome in form and appearance." Additionally, according to Muslim tradition, "One half of all the beauty God apportioned for mankind went to Joseph; the other one half went to the rest of mankind."
* BigBrotherInstinct: Joseph's reaction on seeing Benjamin for the first time in more than 20 years:
-->God be gracious unto you, my son.
* BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage: Joseph's marriage with Asenath seems to be an example of this. However, in view of Joseph's monogamy, the birth of his two sons, and the absence of any contrary statement in the Bible, it might also qualify as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage.
* ChasteHero: Resisted the advances of his master Potiphar's wife.
* ChickMagnet: {{Implied}} in the biblical episode involving Potiphar's wife. Dwelt on in much greater detail in the Quran.
* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: To conceal his true identity, Joseph uses an interpreter to speak to his brothers. This leads to a moment of BilingualBonus for Joseph, when the brothers' private conversation turns to what they did to him all those years ago.
* DramaticIrony: The brothers insist before the Vizier of Egypt that they are "honest men". They don't realise that the man they are speaking to is the brother whose death they faked after having sold him into slavery 20 years ago.
%%* DreamingOfThingsToCome
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding: Joseph's life story.
* TheGoodChancellor: He saves countless lives and livestock through his efficient administration during the seven years of famine. HarsherInHindsight, though, as his economic policies result in the State gaining ownership over all privately owned property.
* GuileHero: No matter where he is placed, Joseph finds a way to climb to the top of the organisation through sheer intelligence, charisma and competence. Also, see XanatosGambit below.
* HypercompetentSidekick: To Potiphar, his warden in prison, and eventually to Pharaoh; to the point that Potiphar and the warden felt they didn't need to supervise him, and Potiphar even lost track of all his affairs because Joseph took care of them all.
* MadeASlave: His brothers sold him into slavery.
* MatzoFever: He unwittingly infected Potiphar's wife with this.
* NotSoStoic: Despite his cold and calculating treatment of his brothers, Joseph [[ManlyTears loses his composure]] several times in private. That's before his rather public [[InelegantBlubbering outburst]] and self-revelation following Judah's RousingSpeech.
* ParentalFavoritism: He was the favorite son of Jacob, being the first child of his favorite wife. It's encouraging to note that Joseph himself systematically [[{{Averted}} averts]] this trope in relation to the upbringing of his own two children, Manasseh and Ephraim. He is even somewhat disapproving of Jacob when Jacob resorts to his old habit of [[YoungestChildWins favouring the younger child]] by giving the greater blessing to Ephraim.
* RagsToRiches: Eventually became second to Pharaoh in power, sometimes described as being a prince. (Not the same Pharaoh who enslaved the Israelites.)
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ZigZagged with. As the Vizier of Egypt, Joseph acts like TheGoodChancellor and is ultimately praised by the people for saving their lives. However, when dealing with his brothers (before having revealed his true identity), Joseph takes full advantage of his power and makes them suffer for what they did to him.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: A small-scale version: the fancy robe Jacob gave him is believed to traditionally signify a father's choice of successor as head of the family. And of course, he got the real deal when Pharaoh made him second-in-command of all Egypt.
* XanatosGambit: Precisely what Joseph had in mind during the above-mentioned cat-and-mouse game is up for debate. However, it would most likely have been something like this: '''Plan A''': (1) Joseph's brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt to buy more corn. (2) Joseph accuses Benjamin of stealing his cup and demands him as a slave. (3) The brothers, having learnt nothing from the past, agree to leave Benjamin with Joseph and go back to Canaan. (4) Joseph and Benjamin live happily ever after in Egypt. '''Plan B''': (1)-(2) are the same as before. (3) The brothers, wiser with experience, refuse to part with Benjamin, thereby indicating to Joseph that they have overcome their hatred for Rachel's sons and are ready for reconciliation. (4) Joseph reconciles with his entire family and they ALL live happily ever after in Egypt. Fortunately, it was Plan B which succeeded.
* YoungestChildWins: Naturally, in keeping with several generations of family tradition.

[[WMG: Judah]]
%%* BedTrick: Subject to Tamar's.
%%* HeroOfAnotherStory
* HeroicSacrifice: Offers himself as a slave to Joseph to save Benjamin.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Is willing to put Tamar to death for adultery despite having slept with some random prostitute himself. Upon realizing that ''she'' was the prostitute he [[WhatHaveIDone realizes his error]].
* MadeASlave: He was the one to suggest selling Joseph into slavery. Also see HeroicSacrifice.
* RousingSpeech: Judah's famous monologue in Chapter 44 proves to be the catalyst to the family's reconciliation, causing Joseph to break down in ManlyTears.
* TokenGoodTeammate - He was the one who suggested selling Joseph to slavery instead of killing him.
* WhatHaveIDone: He almost had Tamar put to death for adultery before realizing that he was the one at fault.

[[WMG: Tamar (daughter-in-law of Judah)]]
* BedTrick: Tricked Judah into sleeping with her by disguising herself as a prostitute.
* CartwrightCurse: She married Judah's first son, who died. Then she married Judah's second son, who practiced coitus interruptus and was killed by God as punishment.
%%* GuileHero
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Briefly. She impersonates a hooker as part of a ploy to get her stingy father-in-law to do as he'd agreed and provide her with a new husband.
* YoungestChildWins: Her younger son took his brother's place as first-born as they were being born.

[[WMG: Ruben]]
* BilingualBackfire: Ruben and his brothers recall their betrayal of Joseph in front of the Vizier of Egypt, who doesn't speak Canaanite, [[CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator or so they think]].
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Poor Ruben, through and through. A prime example of this trope is when Ruben tries to persuade Jacob to let Benjamin travel with him to Egypt. As an indication of his sincerity, he tells Jacob he will kill both his own sons if he can't bring Benjamin back. Needless to say, Jacob isn't persuaded.

[[WMG: Pharaoh (Genesis)]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: God gave him two prophetic dreams that Joseph interpreted.
* NoNameGiven: His real name is never given. Pharaoh is a title.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted, there are other Pharaohs mentioned. In fact, it's likely that Joseph served under multiple Pharaohs.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He was willing to accommodate Joseph's relatives in Goshen, a particularly fertile area of Egypt where they would be able to graze their flocks (and also where they would be separate from the Egyptian populace, as Egyptians tended to look down on shepherds).

[[WMG: Moses]]
->''"Let my people go!"''
* BackFromTheDead: While this would normally not apply to someone for whom they NeverFoundTheBody, he shows up again over 1000 years later in the New Testament as a spirit.
* BeyondTheImpossible: He writes about his own death.
* CueTheSun: God prolongs the day in one battle for as long as Moses held up his arms. He got people to help him hold them up.
%%* ChekhovsGun: The Staff[=/=]Snake miracle.
* DyingAlone: They NeverFoundTheBody. [[spoiler:The book of Jude in the New Testament expands on this.]]
%%* GenocideBackfire
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Given the area she came from, Its very likely that one of his wives was black. In any case, Miriam and Aaron where not happy about him marrying her, and spoke against him until God got angry at them and rebuked them.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: The TropeNamer. Ironically, he is not a perfect fit for this trope as in the actual text he knew he was an Israelite. The [[WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt movie]] changed it because of the RuleOfDrama.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When the Israelites were complaining about a lack of water, God told Moses to speak to a stone to get a spring to appear, but Moses smacked it with his staff instead. As punishment for not following God's directions exactly, he was not allowed to enter the promised land.
* ShiksaGoddess: His wife's Ethiopian, he is Jewish.
* UnstoppableRage: Got quite angry when he came back to find some of the Israelites worshiping a golden calf. Understandable. The text ambiguously implies they were having a orgy.
* UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking: He had a speech impediment, so his brother Aaron did the talking for him. This is subverted in Deuteronomy which shows how much he's changed. The whole book is Moses' eloquent last instructions to Israel before his death.

[[WMG: Aaron]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Often portrayed as a nicer person than his brother, especially in the Talmud, where he micromanages Israelite home life. His death is also given a lot more solemnity than Moses'.
* TooDumbToLive: After he had seen irrefutable evidence of God, he breaks one of the first commands He gave him: not to make any idols. Granted, he was being pressured, but it's still kinda stupid.

[[WMG: Miriam]]
->''And Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, proceeded to take a tambourine in her hand; and all the women began going out with her with tambourines and in dances.''
* {{Jerkass}}: Temporarily; She didn't like Moses's new wife and roped Aaron into helping her speak out against her. God didn't like that very much.
* SickEpisode: Punishment for her insolence; she got better.

[[WMG: Pharaoh (Exodus)]]
->''Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country."''
* {{Determinator}}: He was stubborn even before God[[note]]or the idea of God's superiority to him[[/note]] started hardening his heart.
* IgnoredEpiphany: He admitted that "this time I have sinned", that his people were wrong and God is right, told Moses that he could go, then, right after Pharaoh saw that the hail and rain were gone and everything was fine and dandy again, Pharaoh "hardened" his own heart and refused to let the Israelites go.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. He sent men to kill the Israelites kids. His own son died later.
* InfanticideBackfire: One of the infants they tried to kill survived, and this ultimately resulted in the Israelites being freed and the death of Pharaoh.
* KillItWithWater:
** Orders the first born sons of the Israelites to be thrown into the Nile river.
** He himself dies when the water of the red sea rushes back into place.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Send men to drown the infants of the people you enslaved? Your own people's children will die, including your own son, and your armies (possibly including you) will drown.
* NayTheist: He acknowledged the existence of God. He even went so far as to admits that he sinned, but he still refused to do what God said and let His people go.
* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: Attempted unsuccessfully to kill the prophesied savior by killing all male hebrew babies. Ended unknowingly raising the child himself.
* NoNameGiven: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharaohs_in_the_Hebrew_Bible#Pharaoh_of_the_Exodus His real name is never given]], as Pharaoh is just a title.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted, as there are other Pharaohs mentioned.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: He fought against God by refusing to let His people go, even after he saw proof that He exists.
* {{Pride}}: His refusal to humble himself before God cost him quite dearly, any way you slice it.

[[WMG: Joshua]]
->''And Israel served the Lord throughout Joshua's lifetime.''
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The translation directed by King James the 1st of England confuses him with Jesus at a few points. Helps that their [[NamesTheSame Name's The Same]], albeit under different naming conventions.
* CueTheSun: "And that day was unlike any other before or since, when God listened to a man" - Joshua 10:14
* {{Curse}}: He foretold that whoever rebuilds Jericho will lose both his sons in the process and this came true during the time of Ahab.
* HeroicBSOD: When the attack on the city of Ai failed followed by God telling him [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Get up! Why are you down on your face?]].
* KillEmAll: What happens to most of the cities he conquers.

[[WMG: Rahab]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: She saves the Israeli spies from being killed.
* LesCollaborateurs: A rare ''heroic'' example.
* NamesTheSame: Shares it with a mythical sea monster.
%%* SixthRangerTraitor

[[WMG: Balaam]]
->''"How can I curse those whom God had not?"''
* CruellaToAnimals: Started beating his donkey when she refused to move.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: He is later found to have been killed in an Israelite raid.
%%* {{Hypocrite}}
%%* {{Greed}}
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: He is later found guilty of encouraging Israel's enemies to seduce it into performing pagan worship.
* WhatTheHellHero: Balaam got this from a ''donkey'' of all things. [[InvertedTrope Though Balaam was not really a]] '''[[InvertedTrope hero]]'''.

[[WMG: Balaam's Donkey]]
->''Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?"''
* EvilDetectingDog: The donkey was able to see the angel. Balaam could not until the angel revealed himself. (This was not a GlamourFailure, as it was very likely intentional.)
* StubbornMule: This is probably what Balaam thought, but in reality the Donkey refused to move because she saw an angel.
* TalkingAnimal: It was due to a miracle, but it is not clear whether this literally happened or was a vision of some sort.

[[WMG: Deborah]]
->''"And I rose a mother in Israel"''.
* ActionGirl: She got her job as judge/ruler by acting when the men would not.
* AnimalThemeNaming: Her name means bee.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Deborah is the brains to Barak's Brawn; Without her at his side guiding him every step of the way, he wouldn't have gone to war.
* IronLady: She was nearly unstoppable in battle
%%* LadyOfWar: Again, how she got her job.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Certainly not intentional, but she IS the only female Judge.
* TeamMom: See the quote. She's the team mom for the entire Jewish nation.
* WarriorPoet: Her and Barak celebrate the victory over Sisera and his army by breaking into song.

[[WMG: Yael]]
->''"Come and I shall show you the man you are looking for"''
%%* {{Guile Hero}}ine: See below.
%%* ImprobableWeaponUser: Tent pegs!
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Tricks Sisera into trusting her, lulls him to sleep with warm milk, and then brutally drives a tent stake through his temples.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Jael or Yael[[note]]They are alternate transliterations and are pronounced the same[[/note]]?

[[WMG: Barak]]
->''"If you will go with me, I also shall certainly go; but if you will not go with me, I shall not go."''
* AwesomeMcCoolName: His name means "lightning".
%%* BrainsAndBrawn
* CowardlyLion: Fears going to war without God's prophetess at his side
* TheAragorn: Takes second string to Deborah, but wins the battle.
* WarriorPoet: Sings with Deborah after the battle.

[[WMG: Gideon]]
->''"You say that you have decided to use me to rescue Israel. Well, I am putting some wool on the ground where we thresh the wheat..."''
* OfferedTheCrown: After the big battle he won with only 300 men.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Initially was skeptical and wanted God to prove He is who He says he is by "putting out a fleece".
* ShamingTheMob: Gideon's father saved him when he destroyed an altar to Baal.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Refuses to be king.

[[WMG: Abimelech]]
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Tried to get his armor bearer to stab him so no one would know he was fatally wounded by a woman who dropped a rock on him.
* EvilPrince: Fancied himself as Israel's first king, although God says otherwise.

[[WMG: Jephthah]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Led a band of outlaws.
* SonOfAWhore: He was kicked out of town for it.
* TheUnfavorite: Being the son of a prostitute, his step-mother didn't like him.

[[WMG: Samson]]
->''"From this day I shall be blameless in what I do against the Philistines: For I will do you evils.''
%%* AchillesHeel: His hair.
* BadassIsraeli to be more specific. He is ''the'' strongman of Jewish myth.
* BondOneLiner: Upon killing one thousand men with a Donkey's jawbone, he made a pun on the fact that "donkey" and "heap" are homophones in Hebrew. Methods of translating this wordplay vary.
* CherryTapping: 1,000 kill count.....with a jawbone of an donkey.
* DrivenToSuicide: And God helps him with his suicide.
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: Got a haircut out of it.
* EyeScream: The Philistines stab out his eyes.
* FakeWeakness: He made up several of these to tell Delilah, after she asked the secret of his strength. Somehow he never figured out why, whenever he told her one, some Philistines would always try to use it on him...
* FatalFlaw:
** See LoveMakesYouDumb.
** And his drunkenness, which he God told him to avoid, gave Delilah the chance to cut his hair.
* GoodFlawsBadFlaws: Despite his faults, the letter to the Hebrews still cite him a great hero for his faith in God, largely due to how he repents.
* HandicappedBadass: He is blinded by his enemies after being depowered, but he later kills them all for it.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Gave this treatment to a random lion.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation One wonders]] if he was one, considering he ended up having ''two'' traitorous wives...
%%* HotBlooded: And HOW
* HumiliationConga: When the Philistines captured him, they blinded him, imprisoned him, and put him work grinding grain. They then brought him out to mock him, and have him perform for them. He gets the last laugh, though.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: His signature weapon was a donkey's jawbone.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Delilah, you manipulative bitch, we read your book!
* MacGuffin: His hair. If his head is ever shaved, he loses his strength. This is perhaps a case of divine irony since not getting a haircut is the only Nazirite vow Samson has kept, the other two being not drinking and not touching a dead thing. [[FridgeBrilliance He lost his strength not because he cut his hair but because he disobeyed God for the last time. He was also drunk when his hair was cut.]]
* MessianicArchetype: The subversion of the type. His birth is announced by an angel and raised a Nazirite (puritan Hebrew) yet broke its traditions simply because he was the ChosenOne, his battles are more like the antics of a super powered college prankster and his motivation to finally beat the Philistines was personal revenge.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Well, he sure wasn't TheCape.
%%* OneManArmy
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Kinda. He did smash the two pillars of the Philistine temple, killing over 3000.
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RedHerring: Delilah tries to find the reason for Samson's strength by asking him. He is less than helpful at first.
* StellarName: His name means "Sun".
%%* SuperStrength: The Jewish Archetype
%%* TakingYouWithMe: How his RedemptionEqualsDeath happens.
* TooDumbToLive: He eventually gives in to Delilah and tells her the secret of his strength, leading to his capture by the Philistines.
* TouchedByVorlons: The reason for Samson's strength.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Everyone knows about his hair being his AchillesHeel.
* XanatosGambit: God blessing Samson was all part of the plan.

[[WMG: Delilah]]
%%* FemmeFatale: see above
* TheDarkChick: And she doesn't HeelFaceTurn later.
%%* TheVamp: This is how she is evil.

[[WMG: The other Judges (Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Tola, Jair, Ibzan, Elon and Abdon)]]
* ChosenOne: God picked them personally.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Shamgar's weapon was an ox goad.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Ehud. "I have a message from God for you".

[[WMG: Ruth]]
->''"For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God."''
* ChekhovsGunman: It's only at the end of her story do we find out her significance, she's David's great grandmother.
%%* DeterminedWidow: See quote
* MayDecemberRomance: Boaz was much older than her, and he even says so openly.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Her story which reads like a domestic drama, is set during the action packed CrapsackWorld of Judges.
%%* PluckyGirl
* ReadyForLovemaking: After Boaz had fallen asleep on a grain heap, Ruth uncovered his feet, lied down, and waited for him to wake up with cold feet. This being ancient Israel though, consummation did have to wait until after the wedding.
%%* UndyingLoyalty: To her mom-in-law, Naomi.
%%* YamatoNadeshiko

[[WMG: Eli]]
* {{Curse}}: Through the wickedness of his sons, Eli lost favor with God and it was prophesied that all men in his family will be ruined. The priests of Nob, most were his relatives, were killed by Saul and his youngest son Abiathar, David's high priest, was exiled by Solomon for supporting a rival to the throne.
* DeathByFallingOver: After hearing of his sons' death, he fell from his chair and broke his neck. To be fair, he ''was'' already very old.

[[WMG: Samuel]]
->''The Lord called Samuel: and he answered, "Here am I".''
* LastOfHisKind: The last of The Judges.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to Saul after the latter only partially obeys the divine command to utterly wipe out the Amalekites (which included their finest animals, which Saul spared).
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
%%* WaifProphet: started as one, when he was a child.

[[WMG: Saul]]
->''"For rejecting The Lord's command, He has rejected you as king!"''
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: He [[DrivenToSuicide fell on his own sword,]] because he did not want his enemies to abuse and mock him.
* BeautyIsBad: He is described as being a beautiful king.
* FallenHero: He was good at first before he became a wicked king.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Admitted that he had treated David evilly and that David had been good to him, but he went right back to trying to kill him.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: He didn't take kindly to the fact that God was going to replace him.
* GreenEyedMonster: Was mortally jealous of David.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Had all magic users purged but went to a witch to summon the spirit of Samuel for advice on his what would turn out to be his final battle.
* LargeAndInCharge: He was noticeably taller than all the other people around.
* OfferedTheCrown: They don't call him King Saul for nothing.
* TheUriahGambit: Used it on David before David [[TropeNamer named it]].

[[WMG: Jonathan]]
->''"Your love was greater than that of a woman's!"''
* ConflictingLoyalty: Was caught between his insane father's paranoia of his best friend David.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With David. See above quote from 2 Samuel. More likely the text was referring to the [[TrueCompanions close bond of friendship]] between the two, but still. [[http://inspiredcreativity.deviantart.com/art/Old-Testament-Homosexuality-155369784?q=boost%3Apopular%20new%20testament%20homosexuality&qo=1 This essay clarifies the subject.]]
%%* NiceGuy

[[WMG: David]]
->''And David danced before the Lord with all his might.''
* AntagonistInMourning:
** David's the ''pro''tagonist, but when his opponent Saul dies he still goes further than most in mourning a man bent on killing him.
** He wept hard for Absalom too. It's understandable though, as he was his son.
* TheAtoner:
** Fasts and prays following God's judgment on him for his [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]] and subsequent [[TheUriahGambit Uriah Gambit]] to cover it up; as a result, his life and kingdom are spared but he and Bathsheba lose their first, newborn child and the rest of David's family life is extremely troubled.
** Also many passages within the Psalms attributed to him are quite repentant.
* BadassIsraeli: The original. Note: The "Star of David" is the frame of his shield.
* {{BFS}}: Wielded the sword of Goliath.
* BreakTheCutie: In his last days, he is described as "no longer feeling warmth". A stark contrast to the happy well-adjusted shepherd boy he once was.
* CurbStompBattle: Brought a gun to a swordfight (metaphorically), then cut Goliath's head off with Goliath's own sword.
%%* DavidVersusGoliath: The TropeMaker.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: He had several wives (Michal and Bathsheba being just two of them) as well as HoYay with Jonathan.
* HeroicBSOD:
** What he suffers when told that Jonathan and Saul kicked it. Self-inflicted ClothingDamage included.
** He gets another one after the death of Abasalom followed by a WhatTheHellHeroSpeech from one of his generals for mourning his enemy and hating the men who fought for him.
%%* HumbleHero
* IntimateHealing: When David was old, he could not get warm, so they got a young girl (possibly one of his wives) to care for him, which included snuggling up besides him. Oddly, [[NotWhatItLooksLike their relationship was not sexual.]]
* KickTheDog:
** See TheUriahGambit.
** Not punishing Amnon for raping his half-sister Tamar. Some texts say he didn't because he was the [[ParentalFavoritism firstborn.]]
* ManlyTears: He was a formidable warrior who cried quite a lot.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: The hypotenuse being poor Uriah.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Very narrowly averted; The only thing that stopped David from wiping out Nabal's entire house when he insulted him was quick thinking on Abigail's part. David snaps out of it and [[{{Lampshade}} thanks God]] that he was prevented from having such blood guilt on his hands.
%%* MyGreatestFailure: The whole Bathsheba incident.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Did this while in exile before he was crowned king, when the [[OhCrap King of Gath]] ([[DavidVersusGoliath Goliath]]'s hometown) recognized him as an anti-Philistine guerrilla warrior.
* OfferedTheCrown: Again, he's ''King'' David
* {{Polyamory}}: Michal and Bathsheba were just the start; he had eight total plus concubines.
* ThePurge: Killed all the men in Saul's family (except Jonathan's son) eligible for succession and even forced Saul's daughter Michal to marry him again to force an alliance with the former royal family. His last wishes (textually, if not chronologically) were for Solomon were to kill Joab and Shimei, steward of the house of Saul.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: 1 Samuel, 17:46. "This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you...!".
* PrettyBoy: "And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and withal of a fair countenance."
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: His "Mighty Men" who were mercenaries and outlaws who joined him during his years as a fugitive.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: David had the men who killed Ishbal (Saul's heir apparent) executed.
* RightfulKingReturns: Part of the conditions for the Jewish Messiah is being of his bloodline. Given David is estimated to have lived 3000 years ago, had something like 18 wives and concubines, and one of his sons had somewhere around 1000, that's [[SingleLineOfDescent a good chunk of the population, or no-one at all]].
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: David had a young girl as a ward in his old age who everyone thought was a concubine. One of his sons even asked to marry her, perhaps to subtly lay a claim to the throne. David always denied any claims of her being more than his nurse of sorts.
* SufferTheSlings: Goliath found out the hard way just how deadly they can be.
%%* TropeNamer: With Goliath.
* TwentyBearAsses: Although he only needed to bring back 100 Philistine foreskins.
* TheUriahGambit: TropeNamer, though Saul tried to pull it on him first with the Philistine Foreskins bit.
* WarriorPoet: Quite literally. Kicks ass, writes poems, dances with his people. He's even got a nickname, "The Sweet Psalmist of Israel"
* WhatTheHellHero: After the above incident with Uriah, Nathan explicitly call him on this. He repents, but it's too late, at least for his first child with Bathsheba.
%%* YoungestChildWins: Youngest of 8.

[[WMG: Abigail, Wife of David]]
->''When Abigail caught sight of David, she at once hastened and got down off the ass and fell upon her face before David and bowed to the earth. She then fell at his feet and said: “Upon me myself, O my lord, be the error; and, please, let your slave girl speak in your ears"''
%%* BeautyEqualsGoodness
%%* GuileHeroine
%%* HumbleHero
* ShamingTheMob: After her husband Nabal insulted David, David led a couple hundred men back to him, intending to wipe out his entire household. Abigail placates him with gifts of food and a heartfelt speech.
* UglyGuyHotWife:
** Nabal, Abigail's first husband, is certainly ugly... at least in personality, though Abigail's beauty is specifically stated.
** Averted with her second husband David. He was quite handsome.
%%* YamatoNadeshiko

[[WMG: Nabal]]
->''"Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Servants have been leaving their masters more and more these days."''
%%* TheAlcoholic
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DeathOfTheHypotenuse
%%* JerkAss
* MeaningfulName[=/=]UnfortunateNames: "The Fool". According to Abigail, it fit him.
* TooDumbToLive: Yes, Nabal, insult the man who went out of his way to protect your flocks and shepherds and only wants a bite of food in return, ''and'' who's got armed men accompanying him. [[SarcasmMode That'll win you his respect.]]
%%* VillainousBSOD

[[WMG: Goliath]]
->''"Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?"''
%%* TheBrute
* CurbStompBattle: Delivered by the much smaller David.
%%* DavidVersusGoliath: The TropeMaker.
* GiantMook: was stated to be around 10 feet -- tall even by modern standards.
* GlassCannon: It only took one shot from a sling[[note]]and cutting off his head while he was stunned[[/note]] to kill him.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Depending on how you interpret a passage in Genesis, he may or may not be half angel/demon.

[[WMG: Absalom]]
->''"If I had only been a judge, then this land would have justice"''.
* AssholeVictim: Both perpetrator and victim in this trope.
%%* EvilPrince: Was one of David's sons.
* KickTheSonOfaBitch: Amnon ''did'' have it coming, gotta say. Poor Tamar.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Avenged his sister's rape by killing his half-brother then goes off to plot against David's rule.
%%* RapeAndRevenge: See above.
%%* LongHairedPrettyBoy: This led to his death.
* SixthRangerTraitor: Not him, but one of David's advisers who [[VillainsNeverLie said he would "serve you as I served your father"]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He got quite a following in trying to usurp his father's role.

[[WMG: Tamar, princess of Israel]]
->''And she lived in her brother Absalom's house, a desolate woman.''
%%* BrotherSisterIncest
%%* RapeAndRevenge
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Wore one as a mark of her chastity. She tore it apart after the rape.

[[WMG: Joab]]
* KillEmAll: His solution to everything.
%%* PoisonousFriend
%%* TokenEvilTeammate
* YouKilledMyFather: His reason for killing Abner is the murder of his brother.

[[WMG: Uriah]]
* CelibateHero: He refused to have sex with his wife while a war was going on, despite royal orders.
%%* UriahGambit

[[WMG: Bathseba]]
* NakedFirstImpression: David first saw her when she was taking her clothes off to take a bath.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: David believes this of her.

[[WMG: Solomon]]
->''"Consider the lilies of the field. Not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed as well as these".''
* AuthorFilibuster: Ecclesisates. The topic, "Life Sucks".
* TheCasanova: He had [[ExaggeratedTrope seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines]], which is more than anyone else in the Bible. Also if you read the Song of Songs of Solomon, you can see that he sure knows how to sweet talk women
* ElementalPowers: According to Islamic tradition.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Wrote the Song of Songs (aka Song of Solomon), a steamy love poem(!) that got canonized as holy scripture(!!) The Radar has responded by saying it's a metaphor of ''self-sacrificing'' love between God and his people. Suuuuuuuure.
%%* FallenHero
* ILied: Nobody seriously believes he was going to cut a baby in half...
* InfantImmortality: See the Third Option below.
%%* JudgmentOfSolomon: TropeNamer.
* LonelyAtTheTop: According to Ecclesiastes, not even the wisdom he asked from God had made him happy.
* {{Polyamory}}: Again, he had a ''thousand'' women. [[LoveRuinsTheRealm Who led him to worship pagan gods, leading to the kingdom of Israel fracturing.]]
* ThePurge: Appointed as the next king and secured it by killing all his rivals including his brother and David's general Joab.
* TheSmartGuy: There was a reason why he was consulted for miles around for answers to problems.
* TakeAThirdOption: Two woman came up to him with a baby, one of the woman had accidentally smothered her own child in her sleep, and swapped it with the other woman's baby. Now both claim to be the mother of the surviving child. How does Solomon decide which woman should get the baby? He orders it to be ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe split in half]], with each woman getting one half.'' One woman, bizarrely, [[CrazyEnoughToWork is perfectly okay with this]], the other begs him to give the baby to the other woman. He gives it to the woman who actually cared about the baby. [[SecretTestofCharacter It was his plan all along, he never intended to actually cut the baby in two.]]
* YoungestChildWins: Youngest of 7, but the first son of his father's favorite wife.

[[WMG: The Queen of Sheba]]
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Debate rages to this day as to whether or not she was ever intimately involved with Solomon during her visit
* TheSmartGuy: Was pretty well-read and eloquent
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Debates about the location of Sheba range to this day.

[[WMG: Job]]
->''"The Lord gave and The Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of The Lord!"''
* CharacterFilibuster: Job and his 3 friends really liked to talk.
%%* CosmicPlaything: LITERALLY.
%%* DeusAngstMachina: Taken to [[SerialEscalation an extreme]].
%%* ReplacementGoldfish
* RulesLawyer: As [[DeadpanSnarker David Plotz]] points out, he accused God of wrongdoing, but didn't technically ''curse'' Him, as Satan had wanted.
* SmiteMeOhMightySmiter: The Satan tried to invoke this reaction, and his own wife suggested it so he could be put out of his misery. [[spoiler:It didn't work.]]
* TraumaCongaLine - UrExample: Servants rush in to inform him of the latest tragedy to plague his estate even while previous servants are ''still informing him of the one before it''.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Job's visitors keep insisting that he must have done something to deserve all his suffering, and turn on him when he denies it. In the end, God is far angrier with them than with Job, but pardons them when Job, despite everything, [[HeartwarmingMoments brings an offering on their behalf]].
%%* ZenSurvivor: And how!

[[WMG: Zimri, king of Israel]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Set his palace on fire.
* KlingonPromotion: Became King by assassination. His "reign" lasted a week. Before Judas, Zimri was the byword for traitor. Jezebel called Jehu a "Zimri".

[[WMG: Ahab]]
->''"I will purge the house of Ahab like I had done to the houses of Jeroboam and Baasha. Anyone who dies in the city will be eaten by dogs and anyone who dies in the country will be eaten by birds!"''
* CornerOfWoe: After Naboth refused to sell his vineyard to Ahab, Ahab proceeded to curl up on his couch, refuse to eat, and go into a truly royal sulk.
%%* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HeelRealization: After Elijah declared to him the fate of his family, Ahab tore his clothing and fasted, humbling himself before God.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His plan to get Jehosaphat killed in battle backfired and Ahab was killed instead.
* ManipulativeBastard: Was always scheming to displace the Davidic dynasty in Judah.

[[WMG: Jezebel]]
->''The very dogs will eat up Jezebel in the plot of land of Jezreel''

%%* ApocalypseMaiden
%%* BeautyIsBad
* {{Curse}}: Elijah fortold that Jezebel would be eaten by dogs when she died. He was right, and it gets described in gory detail.
* DisneyVillainDeath: At least the thrown out of the tower bit. What comes after, on the other hand....
* FaceDeathWithDignity: She ''knew'' that she wasn't going to survive her confrontation with Jehu, so she just put on her best clothes and got ready for whatever it'd come.
* {{Flanderization}}: Over the years her defining feature has become a [[SexIsEvil sexual, seductive nature]], when in reality she was an influential and powerful, if evil, Queen.
** NamesTheSame: she is confused with a pagan cult leader mentioned in Revelations.
%%* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* KickTheDog: After her husband failed to buy Naboth's vineyard, she just coldly arranged his death. And embarrassed him in the process.
%%* LadyMacbeth: The OlderThanFeudalism example
%%* MoralMyopia
* PoisonousFriend: Lead her husband Ahab down the path of Baal worship and is usually considered to be a bit more evil than he.
* TheDreaded: Even Elijah, who could call down fire from heaven, was scared of her.
* ThePurge: Ordered the deaths of the Israeli prophets.
* TropeNamer: Her name is associated with the {{flanderization}}.

[[WMG: Elijah the Tishbite]]
->''He went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. [[FriendToAllLivingThings And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening]]; and he drank of the brook.''
* AngelUnaware: Jewish tradition has him taking up this role. Elijah was human back in Biblical days, but he never died and, according to legend, ascended to heaven while still alive. To this day, it is believed he turns up on Earth sometimes to deliver unexpected help.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: He went to heaven in a fiery whirlwind, rather than die. When he ascended, his robes/coat fell onto his apprentice/friend/padawan Elisha, thus inventing the phrase "Taking up The Mantle of The Prophet". Many still leave a seat open for him at feasts, because they believe that he will come back. In fact, the last verse of the Old Testament refers to Elijah coming back to announce the Day of the Lord.
* BadassLongcoat: The Coat, or Mantle of The Prophet. It was instrumental in Elijah and Elisha's first meeting, Elijah threw The Coat at Elisha, who instinctively caught it. Later, Elijah parted a river with with it, just before giving it to Elisha, who also used it perform miracles.
* CleverCrows: God sent ravens to feed him.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: When he was hungry ravens would bring food to him. Despite his skill in killing people he was very good with animals and kids. It might have something to do with how he grew up in the wilderness.
* LastOfHisKind:
** He thought that he was the last surviving prophet and the last faithful person left for a while. God told him that [[YouAreNotAlone he was not alone]] and, even if he is the last prophet, he can always train some more prophets, like Elisha.
** He and Elisha were also the last major Old Testament characters to work miracles. (Though many characters in the New Testament worked miracles.)
%%* PlayingWithFire: His specialty.
* YouAreNotAlone: God showed up, not in a maelstrom of fire, not in a howling wind/hurrricane, but in a still, small voice to tell Elijah this.

[[WMG: Elisha]]
->''The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.''
* ArcWords: His last words to Elijah, "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.", were spoken to him also as he lay dying. No one knows what it means even now.
* BadassLongcoat: Given to him by Elijah, later used to part the sea, proving himself the true prophet, thus inventing the phrase "Taking up the mantle of the prophet".
* BaldOfAwesome: Never, under any circumstances, insult him for it. Ever. Forty-two youths learned this the hard way.
* BerserkButton: Never insult his mentor and NEVER mock his baldness in front of him.
* DisproportionateRetribution: 42 youths died for insulting his baldness. Not the best reaction...
* DubInducedPlothole: A nice prophet guy summoning bears to maul what King James and co. translate as "children" makes a ''lot'' more sense when you look at the actual Hebrew word and see what it means and how it was used. He was being mocked by a gang of 42 young men, which could have been a threat, especially if they were soldiers.
%%* EverythingsWorseWithBears
%%* GoodIsNotNice
* NiceGuy: Surprisingly so, especially when compared to his mentor, Elijah. While most of Elijah's miracles were powerful, violent, and fiery, Elisha's miracles were mostly to heal, save, or help people. Elijah showed thousands of people the power of God, while Elisha preached to individuals, and showed God's helpful, loving side. Just don't insult Elijah, or mock his BaldOfAwesome. However, Elisha was not good with kids, nor was he as good with animals as Elijah. Maybe it was because he was a city kid?
* ThinkNothingOfIt: he refused to take a material reward for curing Naaman of leprosy; however, his friend Gehazi, gladly took Naaman's stuff, and for that he got leprosy himself.

[[WMG: Jehu, king of Israel]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: His master the king recognized him (2 Kings 9:20) because he drives his chariot "like a madman".
* ThePurge: Killed Jezebel and all Baal priests as well as Ahab's relatives.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Appointed by God to eradicate pagan worship in Israel but his penchant for mass murder went far beyond what was expected of him.

[[WMG: Joash, king of Judah]]
* AChildShallLeadThem: Sadly, he got worse as he got older.
* MosesIntheBulrushes: Saved from being killed during his grandmother's purge.

[[WMG: Athaliah, queen of Judah]]
%%* ApocalypseMaiden
%%* GenerationXerox
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Was one kid close from destroying David's royal line.
%%* OffingTheOffspring
* ThePurge: What her father Ahab couldn't do with intrigue and manipulation, she tried to do with force.

[[WMG: Hezekiah, king of Judah]]
* IllBoy: Once was this close to death...
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job showing those Babylonian envoys all Judah's treasures, putting your nation on Babylon's hit list.

[[WMG: Josiah, king of Judah]]
%%* AChildShallLeadThem
* TheAce: The greatest king of Judah bar none.
* HeroicBSOD: He found a "Book of the Law" (possibly Deuteronomy) and ripped his clothes and mourned because he realized how far his nation had forgotten its roots.
* TragicMistake: Going to war with Egypt. He was killed in battle and Judah just couldn't recover.

[[WMG: Jeremiah]]
->''"Before you were formed I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart"''
%%* BreakTheCutie
%%* TheCassandra
%%* ChosenOne
* HeroicBSOD: Seems to be in this state every day of his life.
%%* MadOracle
* UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking: At first.

[[WMG: Hosea]]
->''"Go and get married; your wife will be unfaithful, and your children will be just like her. In the same way my people have left me and became unfaithful"''.
* ArrangedMarriage: God told him to marry an unfaithful harlot as an object lesson to Israel's idolatry.
%%* LoveMartyr
%%* MyGirlIsASlut
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to his Amos' red. He spoke out against Israel's internal spiritual problem.
%%* WorldOfCardboardSpeech

[[WMG: Jonah]]
->''The Lord spoke to Jonah and said "Go to Nineveh, that wicked city, and speak out against it". Jonah set out in the opposite direction.''
* RefusalOfTheCall: More like he didn't want to preach in the Assyrian capital which would have got him killed. [[CantRefuseTheCallAnymore He would face a trial that made him reconsider]].
* WhatTheHellHero: God did this after Jonah became upset after the people repented:
-->''But the LORD said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?”''

[[WMG: Amos]]
->''"Let justice flow like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!"''
%%* BearsAreBadNews: 5:19
%%* JusticeWillPrevail
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Hosea's blue. He was a plain spoken Judean farmer who railed against Israel's corrupt affluence.
%%* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: See above

[[WMG: Isaiah]]
->''"Though your sins are as scarlet, you shall be as white as snow"''.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: He saw 2 centuries into Israel's future. Some scholars believe these were written by other prophets and attributed them to Isaiah to increase it's authority.

[[WMG: Micah]]
->''"Nations will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks and they will war no more"''. [[note]]This was such a good verse that Isaiah quoted it[[/note]]

[[WMG: Ezekiel]]
->''They are a hard and obstinate people so I will make you as hard and obstinate as they"''.
* CelebrityIsOverrated: People finally listened to him when Jerusalem fell but it was clear to him that they have still not taken God's words to heart.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: At one point, he makes a model of Jerusalem and besieges it in the city square for about fourteen months. Another time, he shaves his head and beard with a sword, then runs about town with a portion of the hair hitting it with the sword.
* GoodShepherd: He cultivated the image of God as a shepherd better than anyone.

[[WMG: Daniel]]
->''O Daniel, a man greatly beloved.''
* BadassBookworm: A total genius (he was one of the top students at the royal academy) who interpreted the king's dreams and didn't flinch a bit when thrown into a cave of hungry lions. 99% of people would shit their pants even if they did know God will protect them).
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Which saved his life when confronted by hungry lions.
%%* GuileHero ''and'' ScienceHero
* MeaningfulRename: The Babylonians changed his name to Belteshazzar in an attempt to get him to worship Babylonian deities.
%%* TheSmartGuy
* TropeNamer: In the lions' den. Yes, this book has coined a lot of idioms.

[[WMG: Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego]]
->''"If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”''
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: When they refuse to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar's golden idol, their response is "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted. As punishment for refusing to bow down to the king's idol, these three guys get thrown into a furnace. The subversion happens when God protects them within the fire and they emerge from the furnace completely unharmed.
* MeaningfulRename: They were given new names by the Babylonian government. Their Hebrew names, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were all meant to glorify God; their new names were meant to glorify Babylonian deities. The name change was supposed to help indoctrinate them in the Babylonian religion. It didn't work.
%%* RuleOfThree: Happens a lot.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's Abednego, but everyone says Abendego.

[[WMG: Nebuchadnezzar]]
%%* TheAtoner
%%* BreakTheHaughty
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Had a dream that Daniel interpreted.
* HeelFaceTurn: Daniel 4 is his narrative outlining how it happened.
%%* KneelBeforeZod

[[WMG: Queen Vashti]]
->''"And the king ordered his wife Vashti to appear before his guests wearing her crown, that he might display her beauty before them, but she came not."''

* BeautyIsBad: Viewed by some as defiant and haughty
%%* {{Foil}}: To Esther
* MsFanservice: Averted; her husband asked her to come to his banquet to show her off, but she refused
%%* PutOnABus
* VainSorceress: She is viewed as vain and conceited for not arriving
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After she is banished from the empire, she is never mentioned again, and it is not known what happened to her.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: So beautiful that her husband wants to show her off (according to some, wearing ''nothing except'' her crown)

[[WMG: Queen Esther]]
->''"I will go to the king, even if it is forbidden. And if I perish, I perish''"
%%* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* {{Guile Hero}}ine: Used her wits and good looks to save the Jews from Haman.
%%* HotConsort
%%* HelloNurse: And how.
%%* MatzoFever
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Saves her people through her husband, the king.
%%* PluckyGirl
%%* RagsToRoyalty
%%* SecondLove: To Ahasuerus/Xerxes, the king
* SelfMadeMan: Manages to be quite successful even with a lack of miracles backing her up. Often used to drive home the point "God only helps when needed"
* StellarName: Her name means "star".
* TimeSkip: Esther's crowning was delayed by 4 years possibly because Xerxes was [[Film/ThreeHundred fighting those pesky Greeks]].
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: She was chosen as queen because she was regarded as the most beautiful woman in the Persian Empire. (Which did, in fact, stretch across much of the known world at that time.)
%%* YamatoNadeshiko

[[WMG: Mordechai]]
->"''See how the king rewards a man he wishes to honor!"''
%%* OldMaster: To Esther.
* ParentalSubstitute: He took care of Esther after her parents died when she was a little girl
* WifeHusbandry: Subverted, as he should have married her per the Jewish rules but didn't do so.

[[WMG: Haman]]
->''"Who else would the king honor aside from me?"''
* DisproportionateRetribution: Tried to institute government sanctioned genocide just because one man refused to bow to him.
%%* EvilChancellor
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Hanged on his own gallows that were built for Mordechai.
%%* KneelBeforeZod
* OhCrap: Upon realizing that his queen (Esther) is one of the very people he plans to have massacred, right when she outs him to the king.
%%* {{Pride}}
%%* SmugSnake
* VillainousBreakdown: Cried to his wife when he found out Mordechai was to be honored for uncovering a conspiracy years before.

[[WMG: Ezra]]
->''"Oh God, Lord of Israel, You are righteous!. This day you have made us a remnant."''
%%* TheSmartGuy

[[WMG: Nehemiah]]
->''"Remember The Lord, who is awesome and mighty, and fight!"''
%%* TheDeterminator

[[WMG: Lucifer (Possibly Satan, or a Babylonian king)]]
->''How you have fallen from heaven,morning star, son of the dawn! How art thou fallen from heaven,''
%%* AGodAmI
* BeautyIsBad: He was "perfect in beauty".
%%* FaceHeelTurn
%%* FallenAngel
%%* {{Pride}}
* LightIsNotGood: His name means "a shining one" or "morning-star".

[[WMG: Behemoth and Leviathan (and the Ziz; he is alluded to in 2 Chronicles)]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Their mysterious nature have made them popular in pop culture. Leviathan became the Demon of Envy.
* GagPenis: Behemoth is described as having "flesh like that of an ass".
%%* GiantFlyer: the Ziz.
%%* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Leviathan.


[[folder:New Testament]]

[[WMG: [[{{Jesus}} Christ]]]]
->''"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."''
* AngelUnaware: Appeared to His disciples after His death, but they did not recognize Him at first.
* BackFromTheDead: "But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him."
%%* BadassBeard
%%* BadassPacifist: See TheDeterminator below.
* BerserkButton: Don't treat His father's house like a marketplace. ''EVER.''
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sure, He will die for your sins, but if you ever happen to push His BerserkButton, may God help you...actually, He wouldn't.
%%* BullyingADragon: Frequently target of this.
%%* CassandraTruth
%%* CelibateHero:
* CloudCuckooLander: When asked if an adulterer should be stoned, Jesus wrote or drew something in the dirt with his finger instead of answering, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. [[ObfuscatingStupidity A lot of the time, these moments ''do'' help him make his point.]]
* CompellingVoice: He can stop storms with His voice.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: The TropeCodifier. He died at the cross to atone for mankind's sins.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Crucifixion was actually a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion standard public execution method]] in ancient Rome, but it was most definitely cruel. Certain aspects of his death were made to be crueler than usual, like the Crown of Thorns.
* {{Determinator}}: The man could. Not. Be. Stopped. Not by Legionnaires, not by crowds, not by endless humiliations and sufferings, not by death itself and all of the sins of ALL EXISTENCE.
* ForgivenessRequiresDeath: With the twist that Jesus wasn't guilty, He was dying to get forgiveness for everyone else.
%%* FriendToAllChildren
%%* FriendToAllLivingThings:
* HealingHands: He healed a lot of people, usually by laying hands on them.
* TheHero: Of the New Testament. Specifically, a GuileHero who pwned people with smarts rather than violence.
* HeroicSacrifice: Jesus had to die and suffer punishment for mankind's sins, in order to make it possible for people to be saved and not have to suffer punishment for their own sins.
%%* HumbleHero: Shows this in many ways.
%%* IncorruptiblePurePureness
%%* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Oh, yes...
* JesusWasWayCool: Many people see Him as this, despite the fact that if he wasn't the messiah [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation then he was]] [[BrutalHonesty quite frankly,]] [[AGodAmI a madman with a God complex.]]
* KungFuJesus: Despite forcibly kicking shady merchants out of the temple on more than one occasion, this is mostly averted. In fact, the people turned against Him becasue He ''wasn't'' this; they expected their Messiah to lead a revolt against Rome.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: In many Bibles, His words are written in red. Also, He is often portrayed wearing purple robes, purple being a color long associated with royalty in the West.
* LightIsGood: He could also be considered GoodIsNotNice.
* LineageComesFromTheFather: Subverted. Jesus is both the legal and biological heir of David; Legally through Joseph, but it turns out that the geneology in Luke is actually Mary's, tracing her back to David. In addition, there are a few women so well-respected that Matthew felt the need to mention them; Tamar, Bath-sheba, Rahab, and Ruth.
%%* ManInWhite: Usually.
* TheMedic: He healed a lot of people.
%%* MessianicArchetype: The TropeMaker.
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: Often took the RulesLawyer Pharisees down a notch or two.
* ThePowerOfLove: One of Jesus's most remembered teachings is to love God and to love thy neighbor. Jesus emphasizes love as ''the'' most powerful thing in the universe. ([[PowerOfTrust Faith]] and Hope being the two runners-up)
* RashomonStyle: The four gospels emphasize different sides of Jesus based on each evangelist's target audience. Matthew showed Jesus as an Expy of Moses and [[ShownTheirWork cited a myriad of Old Testament prophecies]] to really drive the whole Messiah thing home. Mark's gospel was DarkerAndEdgier because his audience was persecuted Christians. Luke's gospel is LighterAndSofter, emphasizing NiceGuy qualities of Jesus because he was targeting non-Jewish converts. John's gospel is the most mystic-like of the four and writes a HigherSelf version of Jesus to emphasize His divinity.
* ScarsAreForever: He still had the scars from His crucifixion after He rose from the dead, probably because the Apostles would not believe unless they felt them.
%%* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: His ethics in a nutshell.
* SelfRestraint: He went along with being sentenced to death.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** One of His specialties. Notable Example: saving the adulteress from stoning by basically telling those who wanted to kill her "hey you guys, [[NotSoAboveItAll it's not like you're]] [[MoralMyopia so pure either]]".
** There's also the time where the Pharisees asked if it was legal to pay taxes to Rome, hoping they could get Jesus arrested for his answer; Jesus outsmarted them with a simple answer of "if it belongs to Rome, give it to them".
* TakeThat: It's hard to read His words and not think He's talking about someone today, but He was more talking about the people of his time, their hypocrisy and blindness to injustice. But, since He's omnipotent, He very well could be talking about people today, so this can be DoublySubverted.
%%* TeamDad: For His Apostles
%%* ThanatosGambit: He gets better.
%%* TurnTheOtherCheek: TropeNamer
* TheUnreveal: In John 8, the people brought a woman who was caught in adultery in [[RunningGag yet another attempt to trap Jesus by his own words]]. To settle the dispute, Jesus wrote something in the ground that apparently blew them away and made everyone stop fighting. This is the only recorded instance of Jesus ever writing anything. But none of the books ever tell us ''what'' he wrote. Commentators have suggested that what Jesus wrote on the ground was the accusers' own sins, as a way of calling them out for hypocrisy.
* VerbalTic: In the book of John, "I tell you the truth," or "Truly, truly I say to you."
* WhamLine: "Tonight, one of you will betray me" at the last supper.

[[WMG: {{Satan}}]]
->''Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:''
* AGodAmI: He tried to place himself above God, and was struck down for his {{Pride}}.
* BigBad: The king of all big bads. He created evil in his heart and rebelled against God, and will be the first and the last Big Bad to exist. That is,[[AlternateCharacterInterpretation if you see him that way]].
* BlowYouAway: Briefly mentioned as "lord of the air".
* CompositeCharacter: In Jewish tradition, Satan is a completely different being than Lucifer, though most Christian belief seems to make them one and the same character.
* DealWithTheDevil: Quite literally. He tried to get Jesus to worship him in exchange for the world, but Jesus refused.
* EldritchAbomination: If the descriptions of the other angels are to be taken literally he started out as quite weird looking; according to {{Fanon}} he was a seraph, meaning he was a six winged being with eyes on every feather and [[BrownNote that anyone seeing his true form would burn to death]].
%%* FaceHeelTurn: The first one in all existence.
%%* FallenAngel: Again, first guy to do this.
* KneelBeforeZod: Tried to get Jesus to worship him.
* LightTheWay: His real name according to some interpretations is Lucifer, meaning "the light bringer", and [[CaptainObvious he is an angel]]. In fact, his title as "lord of darkness" isn't very supported by Literature/TheBible itself (unless you consider reptiles "dark"). Obviously LightIsNotGood when he is presented ACCURATELY as a villain.
* LightIsNotGood: Satan transforms/disguises himself as an angel of light, and the Bible says that he is evil. Lucifer means "lightbringer".
* MaliciousSlander: He is referred to as the "accuser of the brethren."
%%* TheCorrupter: To Judas at the very least. Likely to Eve.
%%* TheLancer: To God prior to FaceHeelTurn
* TheManBehindTheMan: He is the man behind the scenes powering the beast/Antichrist/lawless one's miracles, signs and wonders in the last days.
* TheMasquerade: In much of the world today. A popular quote is that Satan's greatest trick was convincing the world he doesn't exist.
* MeaningfulName: Satan means "the adversary" or "the accuser". [[BigBad Guess what his role is.]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Takes the form of a red, seven headed dragon in Revelation. Whether he really looks like this, or if he shape shifted, is not specified, may not even be literal (Revelation is [[MindScrew strange]]).
* OurGeniesAreDifferent: In Islam, he is believed to be a Jinn/Genie.
* SadlyMythtaken: Most people nowadays see him as a horned, red skinned guy with a trident and a tail, with the title: "lord of darkness". None of this is supported by the Bible. Also, he does not rule hell, nor is he actually in hell yet. While on the topic, nowhere in the Bible is hell really described.
* SatanIsGood: He started out officially working for God; sects and religions disagree on how long that gig lasted, and if he's still in the Lord's employ, or if he's now an independently malicious agent.
* SealedEvilInACan: He is not allowed in heaven.
* WeCanRuleTogether: He tries to make this deal with Jesus.

[[WMG: Joseph of Nazareth]]
* DisappearedDad: [[WildMassGuessing Theological scholars]] speculate Joseph's lack of appearance post-Nativity may be due to Joseph dying at some point.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Averted. After finding out that Mary was pregnant, he decided to (quietly) divorce her rather than make a big deal about it and have her be humiliated. That was really decent of him, considering the time and place he was in, he probably saved Mary's life (though he did come back for her).
%%* NiceGuy

[[WMG: Virgin Mary]]
->''"Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.!"''
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Became Queen of the world according to some Christian traditions.
%%* BeautyEqualsGoodness
%%* BreakoutCharacter - In Catholicism.
* {{Celibate Hero}}ine: Played straight at the time of Jesus' birth - there's a reason she got her title. Possibly averted afterward, depending on whether you translate references to Jesus' "brothers and sisters" as literal or metaphorical.
* TheChick: The most feminine figure in Christianity.
* TheChosenOne: Chosen by God out of many different young women to be the mother of Jesus. [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne She had to watch her son be humiliated and killed, and cannot do anything about it.]]
* TheHighQueen: To those who believe that she became Queen of Heaven and Queen of the World at the end of her earthly existence
* {{Humble Hero}}ine: Despite the praise Catholics heap on her, Mary herself always took care to direct attention to Jesus, rather than herself.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception states that she ''had'' to be [[PuritySue perfect]] from the very beginning in order to be a suitable mother for Jesus, and so she was spared from [[SinsOfOurFathers Original Sin]].
%%* TheIngenue
* JewishMother: Well, literally. Subverted, however, in that she isn't really a ControlFreak.
* {{Miko}}: Extrabiblical tradition has it that she was the equivalent of this (played straight) from an early age
%%* OneSteveLimit
* SomethingAboutARose: Roses are a flower associated with her, notably the most iconic prayer about her is the rosary (meaning "rose garden")
%%* TeamMom
%%* VirginPower
%%* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman
%%* YamatoNadeshiko

[[WMG: John the Baptist]]
->''And there was a cry from the wilderness...''
* BeyondTheImpossible: John the Baptist and Jesus saluted each other in the womb.
%%* HermitGuru
* OffWithHisHead: What happened to him in the end.

[[WMG: The Apostles/disciples]]
Peter, Andrew, James the brother of John, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the Lesser, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas [[InsistentTerminology the Betrayer]]. Matthias was later brought into the group as Judas' replacement. Peter, John, and Judas have their own sections below.

* FlatEarthAtheist: Thomas has this reputation if the phrase "Doubting Thomas" is anything to go by, but it's fairly unjustified: all the apostles had trouble accepting Jesus' resurrection without physical proof; Thomas was just singled out because he arrived late. In addition, Jesus readily offered said proof and they immediately believed upon seeing it.
* LiteralMinded: The Apostles were often clueless about the things Jesus taught. They thought that Jesus was coming to restore the monarchy that David started [[spoiler:even after Jesus rose from the dead]]. It wasn't until after Jesus sent the Holy Spirit that the Apostles understood everything.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with two Jameses, also with a second John (the first being John the Baptist). Played straight with Simons, as Jesus named one "Peter" - but even then, yet another Simon was involved in the crucifixion.
* RedBaron: James and John are known as the "Sons of Thunder".
%%* TheSixthRanger: Matthias
* WhatTheHellHero: Jesus did this to the disciples after they rebuked people for bringing their children to see Jesus.

[[WMG: Simon Peter/Cephas]]
->''"And I name you Peter, for you are the rock from which I will build My church"''.
%%* BadassBeard
* BadassNickname: Jesus gave him the name "Peter", which is from the Greek word for stone, "petros" ("cephas" is another Greek word meaning the same thing). How cool must that have been to have Jesus call you "Rock"? (Though, to be fair, Jesus was also quick to point out when he ''wasn't'' living up to the name.)
* CharacterDevelopment: Post-Pentecost, Peter becomes the new leader of Jesus's movement and gains maturity from it.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: He was crucified. Upside down.
* GlamourFailure: He sees through Simon Magus' scams.
* HotBlooded:
** During two accounts of Jesus's arrest scene, Peter cuts off a soldier's ear with his sword (and one of these accounts makes it clear that, yes, [[AWizardDidIt Jesus healed it]]). This is just one of the many times Peter opens his mouth and inserts his foot.
** Also, the time when Jesus tells Peter that anything he asks by faith will be granted. The first thing Peter asks for? That Jesus doesn't have to die. Jesus immediately rebukes it, repeating that his death is preordained.
* TheLancer: Jesus left Peter in charge of the movement he started. According to the Catholic Church, the whole "I'm giving you the keys to my kingdom" scene represents Peter becoming the first pope.
* LivingLieDetector: One incident in Acts has a guy named Ananias attempting to commit fraud, but Peter sees right through the con. [[LaserGuidedKarma Ananias dies on the spot.]] A few hours later, Ananias's wife, Sapphira, tried to do the same and suffered the same fate.
* OneSteveLimit: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]]. Since there was another Simon among the twelve, Jesus gave him the Peter nickname instead.
* RedOniBlueOni: Initially, Peter was the hot blooded foil to Jesus's calm demeanor, but post-Pentecost, he got better and became Paul's foil.

[[WMG: John the Apostle]]
->''"He who does not know love does not know God because God is love".''
* HotBlooded: He and James often fought over who would have a better position in Heaven, to the point where their mother had to ask Jesus in order to have them stop fighting.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jesus, if you think that "the disciple whom he loved" was him. That phrase is talking about platonic love not homosexual love
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with John the Apostle and John the Baptist.

[[WMG: Judas Iscariot]]
->''"Have you come to betray the son of man with a kiss?"''
* DrivenToSuicide: After learning that Jesus was [[DespairEventHorizon going to be executed]].
%%* EtTuBrute
%%* FaceHeelTurn: His betrayal, obviously.
%%* HeelRealization
* {{Greed}}: Interesting note, the thirty pieces of silver Judas was paid is the same amount Jewish law requires you to pay someone if you murder their slave.
%%* LesCollaborateurs: A more common villainous example.
* MeaningfulName: Judas is the Greek form of Judah, the brother who got the idea to sell Joseph into slavery.
%%* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Possibly. He stole from the poor (see below) and betrayed Jesus for money.
* StealingFromTheTill: This is noted of in John 12:6 when he is among those to complain when Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus:
--> "He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it."
* TropeNamer: To call someone a Judas is to say he is a traitor.

[[WMG: Mary Magdalene]]
%%* AlliterativeName
* CanonDisContinuity: She had a whole gospel to herself in the Gnostic texts, but it's not considered canon by any modern religions.
* DemonicPossession: Supposedly had seven demons trapped within her, until Jesus healed her.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Traditionally she has been depicted as a harlot, but this comes from [[{{Fanon}} tradition]] and not from scripture.
* OneSteveLimit: Another aversion; she shares a name with Jesus' mom.
%%* TheChick

[[WMG: Herod the Great]]
%%* AmbitionIsEvil
%%* OneSteveLimit
%%* TreacherousAdvisor: His sister, Salome.

[[WMG: Simon of Cyrene]]
%%* GotVolunteered: During the crucifixion.

[[WMG: Pontius Pilate]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Some stories say he converted to Christianity.

[[WMG: Paul (Saul) of Tarsus]]
->''"Saul, Saul, why persecute thou me?"''

* TheAtoner: When he had an epiphany on the road after witnessing Stephen's stoning, which inspired him to spread Christ's teachings.
%%* DeadpanSnarker (And how)
%%* {{Determinator}}
* HeelFaithTurn: Some interpretations speculate he was [[LightningCanDoAnything struck by lightning]].
* OffWithHisHead: Being a Roman citizen, he had the right to die in a way seen as dignified instead of the very humiliating crucifixion.
%%* OneSteveLimit
* PragmaticAdaptation: Pauline Christianity does away with Jewish laws. For instance, in addition to the [[CaptainObvious inherent pain of circumcision]], it would've made Christians ineligible to go to the gymnasium.
* SixthRanger: Thought himself as one of the Apostles.
* SelfRestraint: Was once in jail with Silas when the wall miraculously collapsed - they stayed put.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Saul is Paul's Hebrew name. Due to having dual citizenship (Jewish and Greco-Roman), Saul/Paul has two names. Since Paul is mostly shown in Greco-Roman territory, he goes by Paul.
%%* ThePowerOfLove: See Corinthians 13.
* UnwantedFalseFaith: Acts 14, Paul and Barnabus are witnessing in one Greek city and performing some miracles while they were at it. The citizens of the city were convinced that they were the Gods, Hermes and Zeus respectively and set up a whole procession to sacrificing to them as such. The apostles had to go to considerable lengths trying to make them to stop. This, in turn, made it easier for troublemakers to convince the very same citizens to attempt stoning Paul and Barnabus to death.

[[WMG: John from the Book of Revelation]]
->''"Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy... because the time is near."''
* CrypticBackgroundReference: It's never specified if this was the same John the Apostle, John Mark, or John the Evangelist, or some other unknown John. He definitely isn't John the Baptizer. Probably. Most Bible scholars and commentators are of the view that John the Revelator (as this one is sometimes called) and John the disciple of Jesus are the same person.
%%* DistantFinale: He wrote it.
%%* GainaxEnding
* MadOracle: He tends to give that impression, what with the MindScrew-y-ness of his book.
%%* NumerologicalMotif: Boy, howdy!

[[WMG: Christians]]
* AppropriatedAppellation: "Christian" was originally a slur against Jesus' followers.
* TheAtoner "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
* FiveTokenBand: Eventually will include people from every tongue and tribe, no exceptions.
%%* HeelFaceTurn
* HumbleHero Christians must be humble if they ever hope to see the kingdom of God.
%%* PalsWithJesus
* SadlyMythtaken: In addition to the numerous ones today who misquote the Bible, the term Christian appears nowhere in the Bible.
* TokenTrio: The Magi are traditionally portrayed as one: One from Europe, one from Africa, and one from India.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: There is considerable controversy over the Sign Gifts and the more mundane gifts. Paul [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower called the early church out]] on this bickering.
* WhatTheHellHero: Christians, while still alive, are still fallen. Some have shouted the name of Christ but enacted the service of Satan.

[[WMG: The Pharisees]]
->''"Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone."''
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: See quote. They followed the ceremonies of the law to a T, but they completely over looked the more important spirit of the law.
* GodNeverSaidThat: Invoked. God gave a number of general rules, but by Jesus' time these had been analyzed and quantified into strict rules by the Pharisees. When the Pharisees tried to call Jesus on his "rulebreaking", He often explained that they had over analyzed the letter of the law and missed the spirit completely. For example, the Pharisees said He violated the Sabbath's ban on work by healing someone; He explained that while the Sabbath is a day of rest it's never against God's law to help a person or show mercy on them (See Matthew 12).
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: "If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent."
* {{Greed}}: They turned the temple into a bank.
%%* HolierThanThou
* {{Hypocrite}}: Their religion was more to make then look good in front of men then out of any real love for God. For example, they got mad at the disciples for eating with unwashed hands, but they themselves plotted murder and stole from people.
* {{Irony}}: They had a reputation as being very religious. They also were some of Jesus's worst enemies.
* InsaneTrollLogic: They accused Jesus of being DemonicallyPossessed because He healed people and cast out demons.
%%* KnightTemplar
%%* LawfulStupid
* LoopholeAbuse: Sort of, [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem they had to make up a new rule to do it.]] They had a tradition that if something was declared "Corban" or "devoted to God" it was not to be used for secular use, and they would use that as a excuse not to use whatever it was to help their parents.
%%* MaliciousSlander
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Jesus called them out not only for being holier-than-thou, but for putting unnecessary restrictions on the average folk.
* RulesLawyer: And really didn't like it that Jesus' [[MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours Rule Fu Was Stronger]].
%%* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
%%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* WhatTheHellHero: [[InvertedTrope They were not really heroes,]] they only [[KnightTemplar claimed]] to be, but the Pharisees made the temple into a den of thieves and Jesus rebuked them for this.

[[WMG: ArchangelMichael]]
->''But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"''
* BreakoutCharacter: He is only mentioned a few times yet he appears in {{works}} enough to get his own page.
* FlamingSword: No mention of having one in the Bible, but often depicted with one.
%%* HumanoidAbomination: As in most angels.
* PlayingWithFire: He is often associated with fire.
* WingedHumanoid: Often depicted as this, though no mention of what he is supposed to really look like.

[[WMG: ArchangelGabriel]]
->''The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.''
* BreakoutCharacter:
** He is only mentioned a few times yet he appears in {{Works}} enough to get his own page.
** Most notable are the interpretations of Gabriel as the angel who spoke to Mohammed.
%%* HumanoidAbomination
* ShesAManInJapan: Literature/TheBible refers to him as male, but he is sometimes portrayed as female in {{Works}} and some new age beliefs. Granted, whether angels even have a sex at all is [[OurAngelsAreDifferent open to interpretation]], especially given how The Bible [[EldritchAbomination describes]] some of them.
* WingedHumanoid: Often depicted as this, though there is no mention of what he is supposed to really look like. Whatever he looks like, he scared Zechariah.

[[WMG: [[AngelicTropes Other Angels]]]]
* AngelUnaware: The angels that visited Lot and Abraham.
* {{Breakout Character}}s: Very common in {{Works}}.
%%* FallenAngel
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The Angel Of the LORD. He only spared Balaam's life for the sake of his donkey.
* FlamingSword: The cherubim guarding the way to the tree of life has one of these.
%%* GuardianAngel
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: The nephilim are believed to be the offspring of angel fathers and human mothers.
%%* HumanoidAbomination
* LightIsNotGood: In the Book of Enoch, among the fallen angels there's Shamsiel, the angel of the Sun, and many others associated with light, fire and stuff.
* MakingASplash: Ghaghiel and a few others are associated with water.
* MeaningfulName: Many of them deliver messages. In Hebrew, they're called malakhim. In Greek, they're called angeloi. Both mean "messenger".
%%* NoNameGiven: Most of them.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: More specifically, "our angels are the originals, accept no substitutes".
%%* ThePowerOfTheSun: Also Shamsiel.
%%* SadlyMythtaken: The cherubim. Boy, howdy...
* UnwantedFalseFaith: John tried to worship a angel in Revelation, but the angel told him to stop as he was just a fellow servant and told him to worship God.
%%* WingedHumanoid: Often depicted as this.

[[WMG: Zechariah, father of John the baptist]]
* TheSpeechless: He was unable to speak for a time because he did not believe the angel Gabriel when he said that he would have a son.

[[WMG: The Four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse]]
->''He broke the first seal and there appeared a rider on a horse."
%%* AntiChrist: The first horseman, possibly.
%%* {{BFS}}: The 2nd horseman
* {{Breakout Character}}s: They show up in {{Works}} enough to get their own page.
* ColorCodedCharacters: White (plague), Red (war), Black (famine) and Pale (death).
* DarkIsNotEvil: Possibly the last two, depending on your interpretation (as they were sent by Yahweh).
%%* FourIsDeath: Literally.
* GrimReaper: The 4th horseman is Death himself.
%%* {{Hellish Horse}}s
* LightIsNotGood: The first horseman on the white horse, depending on who you think he is and whether you see them as evil or not.
* ManInWhite: The one on the white horse.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "His name was Death and Hell followed behind him."
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Bad stuff happens when The 4th horseman comes around.
* SicklyGreenGlow: Death's pale horse is actually a pale ''green'' horse. Presumably because it's [[NauseaFuel rotting]].
* WhiteStallion: The rider on the white horse is the first one, but whether he is the leader or not is not said.

[[WMG: The Beasts of Revelation]]
%%* AntiChrist
* AWolfInSheepsClothing: The lamb with the tongue of a dragon is probably meant to represent this.
%%* EldritchAbomination
%%* MixAndMatchCritter
%%* PantheraAwesome: The leopard.
%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity

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[[WMG: Archangel Raphael]]
* AngelUnaware: When he first appears, he is disguised as Azarias the son of the great Ananias and is seen traveling with a blind man named Tobias. After many, many hints, including binding a demon, Raphael cures Tobias' blindness and presents himself as "the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord". He then proceeds to show him how to defeat the demon Asmodeus, who was killing every man his daugter married.
%%* BigBrotherMentor: To Tobias.
%%* HumanoidAbomination
%%* TheMedic
* WingedHumanoid: Often depicted as this, though no mention of what he is supposed to really look like.

[[WMG: Tobias and Sarah]]
%%* ChristmasCake: Sarah was in danger of becoming one because...
* DeathBySex: Her first husbands died right before the wedding night. It was a demon's fault, so Raphael fights and defeats him.
%%* KissingCousins
%%* TheDutifulSon (Tobias)

[[WMG: Antiochus IV]]
%%* BigBad: Of Maccabees
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: While it was NOT unusual to torture people, the sheer ''extremes'' and "creativity" used in the case of the seven siblings and their mom is what puts him here.
** And then God dealed him one of these in form of a just as horrible illness.
* GodEmperor: Saw himself as this. He even named himself [[AGodAmI "Epiphanes"]], the divine. Everyone else called him [[DrunkWithPower "Epimanes"]], the mad.

[[WMG: Judith]]
->''"We must destroy Israel, or its women will beguile the whole world!"''
%%* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* CanonDisContinuity: Catholics consider the book of Judith to be canon, Protestants don't.
%%* GuileHeroine
%%* LadyOfWar
* OffWithHisHead: Killed Holofernes by getting him drunk then decapitating him in his sleep.
%%* TheOjou: Type 2