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->'''Film/JamesBond:''' Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned...\\
'''Q (disguised as a Greek priest):''' That's putting it mildly, 007!
-->-- ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''

Religious clothing is visually arresting, and [[GoodShepherd priests, nuns, and monks certainly are perceived to have an inherent moral authority]]. In fiction, scoundrels will dress up as a religious figure as a part of a disguise. This can be used for comedic or dramatic effect. The clothing of the Catholic Church is used for the most part, since all ChristianityIsCatholic in the movies.

A villain who actually ''is'' a priest is probably a SinisterMinister.

Compare NunTooHoly, where a character is ostensibly part of a religious order, but doesn't seem too concerned with observing its tenets or restrictions.



* In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQbXeAycblU The Crunchie Train Robbery]]", the preacher reading his bible turns out to be another outlaw planning to steal the Crunchies.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* At the beginning of the ''Manga/BlackCat'' anime, we see Train shooting and beating up what appears to be a priest at prayer and a bunch of nuns. Then they whip off the habits to reveal that they're actually terrorists with machine guns.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' features The Church of Violence, an illegal arms smuggling operation disguised full-time as a church.
* Holo in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' dresses as a nun occasionally. Or more accurately, she dresses in habit that is very nun-like without actually belonging to any denomination -- she wouldn't want actual Church officials to ask about her credentials. In Season 2, Amati refers to Holo as a "nun of convenience", having taken no formal vows or affiliated herself with any church. The novels state that women travellers do this to attempt to avoid trouble, assisted by nuns regularly hiding their denomination while travelling to avoid sectarian violence.
* Kei of the ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' is something of a mistress of disguise. She's used the nun disguise at least twice (interesting, since she's the "bad girl" of the LovelyAngels).
* Duo in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in his backstory: he was an orphan who had been adopted by a priest that made him wear the clothes as part of leading him into becoming one himself (having been an orphan and a scoundrel adopted by a priest himself), and continued to wear the style after he had been murdered by the Alliance troops.
* Justin Law in ''Manga/SoulEater'' (technically not a Catholic priest, but worships Shinigami-sama [[spoiler:although he becomes a SinisterMinister by betraying the crap out of everyone later on in the manga. Being a man of the cloth only extends as far as wearing the cloth, it seems.]])
* The assassin pretending to be a priest who takes Manji's confession in the first chapter of ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal''.
* The reverend in the western (as in, with cowboys) {{Shojo}} manga ''Manga/{{Miriam}}''. He's not a real reverend, for one thing, having killed the real one and taken his place years ago. He's also a sexual predator who tried to take advantage of 17-year old protagonist Douglas when he took sanctuary in the church, ''and'' he works for a local crimelord. He eventually leads the protagonists into a trap... and reveals that ''he's'' the BigBad.
* Played straight in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', with a fake priest (and fake European) who command Christians to produce more guns to avoid hell and reach paradise, so he can sell them. Of course he also kidnaps and threatens to kill (forcing her to marry him) at least one woman.
* Sonia Shaflnarz of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. The characters continually call her 'Sister' despite knowing her name, and her acting nothing like an actual sister.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' Isaac and Miria dress up as a priest and a nun as one of their many, many crazy thieving schemes. [[IdiotHero Firo]] seems to completely buy it and apologizes for his earlier rude behavior, saying he didn't realize they were with the church.
* Nicholas D. Wolfwood in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', hired gun and man of the cloth. Though not without sin, at least he doesn't preach what he doesn't practice.
* Donato Porpora from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. This infamous and sadistic Ghoul once posed as a Catholic Priest, and ran an orphanage in order to gain access to his [[ChildEater preferred prey]]. While pretending to be a loving caretaker to the children, he would pretend to adopt them out and then brutally murder them -- the scraps of his meals were then used to make [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies treats]] for the remaining children. His entire scheme came crashing down when one of the children walked in on him butchering a corpse, and it happened to be the one child that he [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes genuinely considered]] his son. This surviving child would grow up to be Investigator [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Koutarou Amon]], who continues to have massive daddy issues.
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'' occasionally invokes this for comic effect, such as the minor character, Miss Catherina in the Whiskey Peak arc using her habit to pose as an innocent civilian to catch the protagonists off-guard before attacking with her poison-spraying cross.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Flintheart Glomgold dressed up as a nun in Creator/DonRosa's ''The Last Lord of Eldorado''. [[RuleOfFunny Humorously]], despite ''having a beard'', he was only discovered when he got into a fight, because the real nuns learned better style than that [[AllMonksKnowKungFu in their judo classes]]. (Scrooge wasn't fooled for an instant, though.)
* The hero of the franco-belgian comic ''ComicBook/{{Soda}}'' is a NYPD cop who is afraid to tell his mom his job, because she has heart problems, and keeps her believing her son is a clergyman. He usually switches his clerical outfit for street clothes as soon as possible, but more often than not things conspire to force him to keep it and do his police work dressed as a priest.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity''
** The pre-eminent crime lord is the Deacon, who dresses and acts like, well, a deacon. It's not a disguise, however, but simply part of his motif.
** It also fits well with his ArchEnemy, The Confessor. [[spoiler:Who is also a vampire, but... a surprisingly nice guy.]]
* In one ''ComicBook/GhostRider'' story has Johnny Blaze telling his back-story on a confessional before telling the priest that he knows that he is just a crook and giving him the taste of {{Hellfire}}.
* In one ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' story, the Penguin is disguised as a Russian Orthodox priest while undercover on a mission in Russia.
* In one ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' comic, Jonah dresses as an army chaplain in order to get the drop on some outlaws. However, he gets buried in a rockslide and [[AmnesiaDanger loses his memory,causing him to believe he really is the chaplain]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'', Cap'n Blaze and his gang disguise themselves as monks when they set up an opium farm inside a monastery.
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'':
** In "La Machine", the ringleaders of the eponymous criminal organisation are posing as monks and operating out of a monastery.
** 'Father' Lamont in "Milord", who poses as a priest in order to abduct girls for a porn and snuff film ring.
** In "The Grim Joker", the murderous Goodchild brothers masquerade as a pair of vicars.
* In one "Homer the Reluctant Soul" storyline of ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur'' set in the Dark Ages, the villain was a bandit who killed a bishop and took his place, gaining his authority (which given the time period, was a lot).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler: "Father" Evergreen Road, who poses as a preacher but is really a con artist heavily involved in the black market.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/ThePilgrim'', Charlie, an escaped convict on the run, puts on the first clothes he's able to steal. Naturally, it's a Protestant minister's vestments.
* One of Robert Mitchum's most iconic roles was in the 1955 film noir ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'', in which he plays the "Reverend" Harry Powell, a thief, con artist, and serial killer who poses as a priest and marries his executed cellmate's widow to get his hands on the man's hidden loot, but finds himself stymied by the dead man's young children.
* In ''The Wrath Of God'', Mitchum again plays a phony priest, this time a turn-of-the-century bandit in a BananaRepublic south of the border. We discover that he is not ''really'' a priest when he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome whips a Tommy gun out of a guitar case and riddles a bar full of soldiers with hot lead]]. We later learn that he also carries a pistol in his [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] and a switchblade in his crucifix.
* ''Film/JamesBond'': Q dresses up as a Greek Orthodox priest (complete with false beard) in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
* Brigitte Nielsen disguises herself as a hot nun to assassinate a guy in ''DoubleOKid''.
* In ''Film/TwoMulesForSisterSara'', Creator/ShirleyMacLaine's character dresses up as a nun while escaping from the French. It also helps her get help from Creator/ClintEastwood's character.
** Another Clint Eastwood example : in ''The Enforcer'', Harry Callahan and his female partner go into a church during their investigation into a terrorist group. The female partner suddenly shoots a nun, having noticed that she was wearing bright red nail polish. Turns out she was also wearing a pump-action shotgun.
* Whoopi Goldberg hid out as a nun in a convent from hit men in the movie ''Film/SisterAct''.
* ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'' has the Angels disguised as nuns. And that's the sound of Theology flying out the window.
* At the end of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Jack Sparrow is [[LongList having his crimes announced]] just before he is about to be hanged. These include "impersonating [[TheVicar a cleric of the Church of England]]", provoking a smile of amused reminiscence from Jack.
* The basic premise of ''Film/NunsOnTheRun'' is that the "nuns on the run" aren't really nuns. (They also aren't really women, making this a combination of BadHabits and DisguisedInDrag.)
* Done twice in the ''Film/CannonballRun'' movies. In the first movie Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. play a pair of racers who dress up as Catholic priests, and in the second two women dressed as nuns (they're showgirls in a production who were at a restaurant, still in costume) end up accompanying two men dressed as soldiers (who are disguised for an edge talking to the police). The men slowly realize that these women don't behave quite like nuns...
* ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'': The [[ManchurianAgent brainwashed assassin]] disguises himself as a priest to assassinate the Presidential candidate of one of the leading parties of the United States.
* "Film/IConfess": Otto Keller commits a murder while disguised as a priest.
* ''Film/{{Assassins}}'' (1995). Contract killer Robert Rath (driving a [[NotMyDriver stolen taxi]]) is searching for rival hitman Miguel Bain. On hearing that a priest wants a cab to take him to the airport, Rath instantly says "That's him", implying that it's an old assassin's trick.
* In ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfGod'' Creator/HumphreyBogart doubles as Father O'Shea. He even get's some divine blessing for it.
* ''Mafia!'' (1998). "[[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} Say hello to my little friend]]." The very tall priest has a midget assassin hidden under his coat.
* Sheldon Sands from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' dresses as a Catholic priest, replete with extremely fake beard, for a {{confessional}} scene.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Musketeers_(film) The Four Musketeers]]'' (1974). Milady de Winter dresses as a nun to get into a nunnery and strangle Constance.
* In his introductory scene in ''Film/FaceOff'', Castor Troy disguises himself as a priest in order to plant a biological bomb in the Los Angeles Convention Center. He then takes a little extra time to dance to a choir singing the Hallelujah chorus and grope a choir-girl.
-->'''Castor Troy:''' You know, I never really enjoy the Messiah. In fact I think it's fucking ''boring''. But your voice makes even ''hack'' like Handel... seem like a ''genius''.
* In ''Film/TopHat'' [[spoiler:Bates disguises himself as a priest so he can void the marriage between Dale and Alberto. Dale is only marrying Alberto out of desperation because she wants to stop herself from loving her friend's husband- well, who she thinks is her friend's husband.]]
* This guise fails in ''[[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather 3]]'' as the old mafia boss recognises the assassin sent to kill his guest Michael Corleone.
* Kambei's introductory scene in ''Film/SevenSamurai'' has him rescuing a child from a hostage situation by cutting off his topknot and having monks shave his head and lend him some robes. In his guise as a monk, he brings food so that the hostage-taker will lower his guard, and then rushes in and kills the hostage-taker and saves the child.
* In ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'', [[TheGrimReaper Death]] disguises himself as a priest to trick the knight into telling him his next move in the [[ChessWithDeath the game of chess for the knight's life]].
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'': In his first time out in the mask, the [[LegacyCharacter new]] Franchise/{{Zorro}} runs into a church for sanctuary, and the priest, an old friend of the original Zorro, hides him in the confessional booth. He find himself improvising his way through a confession with [[LoveInterest Elena]], who is there to confess, well, feelings of lust for Zorro.
* ''Film/AngelsAndDemons''. The Illuminati killer dresses as a priest when dumping a fatally stabbed victim in the middle of St Peter's Square.
* In ''Film/{{Parker}}'', Parker dresses as a priest during the first heist in order to persuade the security guard to open the door for him.
* In the Creator/PamGrier movie ''Film/BlackMamaWhiteMama'', Grier's character has escaped prison transport, still chained together with another inmate. They waylay two nuns and rob them of their habits, which they then put on on top of their prison clothes. The habits have wide enough sleeves to hide the chain connecting their wrists as long as they walk close together.
* In ''Film/{{Marmoulak}}'', Reza the Lizard, a notorious criminal, spends most of the movie disguised as a mullah while on the run from the law after escaping prison.
* In ''The Counterfeit Traitor'', a woman is tricked into betraying herself by a Gestapo agent who pretends to be a priest taking confessions. This was based on true incidents and the woman in real life (as in the movie) was shot by a firing squad. The confessional incident might be in the movie only.
* In ''Film/FinalJustice'', the bad guy dresses up as a monk and hides in a church, but his cover doesn't last long after he tries to brush off a hysterical woman in the confession booth with "sure, sure, whatever you want." So the cop after him is able to spot him, leading to a painfully long chase scene with the hero pursuing the villain in a monk outfit through the streets of Malta, followed by a painfully long chase scene with the hero pursuing the villain in a monk outfit in boats.
* ''Film/JohnWick'' walks into a Russian Orthodox church and casually kneecaps the priest, then [[BloodStainedGlassWindows shoots several mooks in the congregation]]. Then we see the 'priest' has tattooed knuckles and is swearing like a sailor. The church is actually a front for TheMafiya.
* ''Film/VetHard'': When freeing Koen out of prison, Bennie for some reason comes dressed as a priest into the prison. He is visibly nervous (it's unclear if this is because of the prison-escape action in general, or because the [[AxCrazy violent]] criminal SirSwearsALot Bennie has qualms about dressing as a priest) and fidgets a lot with the Christian cross on a chain he carries, which notably attracts the attention of a prison guard, who gives him a look seeming to question why a man of the Faith is treating the Christian cross so unrespectfully.
* Oh, boy, ''Film/SpyHard''. Agent WD-40 Dick Steele makes his way into the Our Lady of the Never Had The Pickle Convent to rescue the BondGirl of the film. He ends up stealing a habit to disguise himself as a nun. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Film/BreakheartPass'', Rev. Peabody [[spoiler:is really an undercover Secret Service agent]].

* Favoured disguise of Carlos the Jackal in ''Literature/TheBourneSeries''. He starts referring to himself as the "monseigneur from Paris" (monseigneur being used as a honorific title for priests in the Roman Catholic Church) and hangs out in churches. Bit ironic for a Marxist, who later converted to Islam in real life.
** A "Monseigneur" (or "monsignor") is actually the chief priest of a parish.
* This was a favourite trick of Franchise/{{Zorro}}.
* Done by Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo in his Abbe Busoni persona.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes [[MasterOfDisguise disguises himself]] as a Nonconformist clergyman in "A Scandal in Bohemia" and an as an old Italian priest in "The Final Problem."
* Literature/EnolaHolmes Subverted because she's not ''bad'', per se, but Enola [[MasterOfDisguise disguises herself]] as a nun to wander the streets of London's worst neighborhoods at night, giving food and clothing to the poor, without fear of being caught by the police - or her brothers.
* In the Creator/SvenHassel novel "O.G.P.U Prison" Porta and Tiny hire a hitman called "[[MeaningfulName Happy Release]]" who dresses up like a parson, complete with "soul remover".
* ''The Sicilian'', a novel by Mario Puzo. After the bandit Guiliano foils one assassination attempt, TheMafia send a hitman disguised as a priest, who tries to get Guiliano alone to "hear his confession". Guiliano laughs and points out that his sins are all over the newspapers, so what's the point of confessing them in private? His bodyguard then searches the priest's effects and finds a silenced pistol. The priest assumes that he'll be released unharmed, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity as the previous assassins were]], but Guiliano is infuriated by this violation of the confessional and tells the hitman he's got thirty seconds to make his peace with God before he dies (in the movie the fake priest is crucified and dumped at the BigBad's door).
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Done in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' by Cribbins, a former partner-in-crime of Moist von Lipwig.
** Similarly, in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', Messrs. Pin and Tulip dress as a priest and a "Vestigial Virgin" respectively in order to locate and dispose of a witness to their crime.
* One of the Jackal's disguises in ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'' is that of a Danish clergyman.
* Richard Marcinko's book ''Holy Terror'', in which his SEAL team goes up against a plot to blow up St. Peter's Basilica. Both the Islamic terrorists and the [=SEALs=] disguise themselves as various ministers, priests, and nuns-with no shortage of snarkiness from [[AuthorInsertFic Demo Dick]] about the unlikeliness of their disguises.
* ''Literature/{{Malevil}}'' has Fulbert. Aside from a gaudy silver cross he doesn't dress like a priest and he is unwilling to discuss his credentials as an ordained holy man as well. He convinced La Roque and once they entrusted him with their weapons and food he became their oppressive SinisterMinister. Later it's revealed that he has [[BecomingTheMask Become The Mask]] and believes [[spoiler: his cruelty and Vilmain's marauders]] to be a NecessarilyEvil sent by God.
* In the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' series, the priests of the Thirteenth (the Crooked God) including the protagonist disguise themselves as priests of the twelve more respectable Gods.
* A couple of times in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' by Creator/TamoraPierce.
** In the second ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' book, revolutionaries occasionally disguise themselves as priests of the Black God since the vestments completely obscure the wearer's face.
** Beka does the same thing in the second ''Literaure/ProvostsDog'' book when she's hiding from the Rogue ''and'' Lord Lionel. Subverted in that, while not a priest, she does work for the Black God, so she has a legitimate right to wear the vestments--as she says when her friend worries that she's going to incur the Black God's wrath for doing so.
* ''The Wrath of God'' by Creator/JackHiggins (made into the above-mentioned movie starring Robert Mitchum). Van Horne is a bank robber who goes round in 1920's Mexico dressed as a priest with a Thompson submachine-gun in his Gladstone bag. When given a choice between the firing squad and killing a local despot, he's forced to play the priest over the long term and starts BecomingTheMask.
* Villains disguising themselves as clergymen or nuns is a common tactic in the novels of Creator/JTEdson. Examples occur in ''The Remittance Kid'', ''The Sheriff of Rockabye County'' and ''Diamonds, Emeralds, Cards and Colts''.
* Lin Chung dresses as an Anglican clergyman in ''The Castlemaine Murders'' to allow him to pass without comment in white society. Literature/PhryneFisher finds the sight of him in clerical garb quite arousing.
* The first assassination in the opening chapter of ''Literature/NeverSendFlowers'' has a killer disguised as a nun shooting a General (who is visiting the pope in Vatican) in a scooter drive-by.
* Literature/{{Parker}} dons clerical garb when he opens a series of bank accounts in ''Flashfire''.
* Donald J. Sobol (best known as the creator of ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'') wrote a [[Literature/TwoMinuteMysteries short story]] that ended up featuring one of these as the solution. A detective is in a small cafe drinking coffee when a bank robbery occurs, and three people--a fireman, a limo driver, and a nun--come running in to escape the havoc. They all order different drinks, with the nun asking for a cup of coffee; after the hubbub ends, the three leave the cafe. The detective asks for a second cup of coffee, prompting the waiter to give him "the mug without a lipstick stain." The gumshoe quickly determines that nuns aren't allowed to wear lipstick, and realizes that the "nun" was actually an accomplice to the robbery.
* The villains in the final installment of the Literature/PennyParker series, ''[[Recap/PennyParkerBookSeventeenTheCryAtMidnight The Cry at Midnight]]'', disguise themselves as monks.
* Literature/FatherBrown, either deliberately or coincidentally, has examples as BookEnds:
** In the very first story "The Blue Cross", Flambeau pretends to be a fellow clergyman so that he can rob Father Brown of the titular item of valuable religious regalia. Father Brown rumbles him because he [[CriticalResearchFailure argues for moral relativism]] during their conversation.
** In the very last story "The Vampire of the Village", TheVicar of a small English village turns out to be a criminal imposter. Father Brown quickly rumbles him because [[ChurchOfSaintGenericus he doesn't know much about Church of England doctrine]] and displays characteristics of several incompatible church factions at the same time.
* Used twice in the ''Literature/ElsabethSoesten'' series:
** In ''No Good Deed...'', Elsabeth is forced to disguise herself in a monk's habit to escape pursuit by a corrupt abbot. She keeps the cowl raised and lets her partner, Brother Hieronymus, do all the talking to disguise the fact she's a woman.
** In ''Bait And Switch'', Hieronymus disguises Maerten as a novitiate to help them break into a castle. Maerten later takes advantage of the disguise to escape.
* In ''Literature/AShillingForCandles'', the con man Herbert Gotobed makes his first appearance dressed as a monk. It turns out that he is genuinely, though not sincerely, a member of a small religious order, which he joined with the intention of sweet-talking his way into a position of authority from which he could embezzle its assets.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** TheMaster takes over the village of Devil's End as their charismatic new vicar, Mr. Magister.
** The Meddling Monk isn't really a monk, either.
* Sydney and Nigel dress up as monks/nuns in ''Series/RelicHunter''.
* In the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "The Assassin", the (male) assassin Piedra dresses up as ''a nun'' to try and assassinate an archbishop. It's a double whammy since Mac has dressed up as the archbishop.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has fun with the ''Final Justice'' example listed above.
-->'''Mike:''' Guess he's a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelonious_Monk felonious monk.]]\\
'''Crow:''' (''[[LamePunReaction disgusted sigh]]'')
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Sophia and Blanche fall for a ConArtist's scam at a shopping mall after asking a nun nearby for advice, not knowing that the "nun" is actually the con artist's partner. The assumption, naturally, is that a mark would trust a pleasant-looking nun, and it does work. The audience catches on after Sophia and Blanche walk away, and the nun lights up a cigarette.
* ''Series/TheATeam'':
** Face wore a clerical collar as a disguise. It was somehow enough to cause people to perceive him as [[ChristianityIsCatholic a Catholic priest]].
** In a Season 2 episode, Face and Murdock had to disguise themselves as [[WholesomeCrossdresser nuns]] in order to help protect a missionary convent in Ecuador from some evil thugs.
* Used in an episode of ''Series/FamilyMatters'', wherein Steve, Eddie, and Waldo are infiltrating a convent. Don't ask.
* In ''Series/TheNewAvengers'' episode "The Eagle's Nest", a group of Nazis disguise themselves as monks.
* In the first episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' Mindy thought Mork was a priest lost in the woods. Turned out he was wearing a regular black suit with white shirt and tie, but he put it on backwards.
* This is used in ''Series/AlloAllo'' multiple times.
** Herr Flick and Smallhousen are disguised as monks and trapped in a building for several episodes.
** [=LeClerc=] is disguised as a priest once: as to sneak in a saw to Rene and others so they can escape from prison.
** Crabtree was disguised he could void the marriage between René and the resistance leader [[spoiler:except it was Edith.]]
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'':
** In one episode, Dom and Caitlin disguise themselves as a Catholic priest and nun respectively to get inside a Latin American prison. For some reason, they also put on awful Italian and Irish accents respectively. Seriously, just because your surnames happen to be Santini and O'Shannessy...
** In another episode a terrorist pretends to be a priest.
* In the opening of season 2 of ''Series/LazyCompany'', UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle (his hostage) dress up as nuns to pass through an American checkpoint, moustaches and all. It works in that it gets Hitler close enough to the soldiers that he can shoot them without resistance.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'''s Carmelita/Sister Mary Francis is apparently a prostitute who wears a nun disguise.
* Brennan's con artist father does this in ''Series/{{Bones}}''.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''.
** In "The Distant Fire", a contract killer approaches Robert [=McCall=] asking him to help avert the assassination of a politician's wife, who's a former LoveInterest of both men. The assassination is to be committed on the steps of a cathedral, and the killer is shown standing among the crowd disguised as a priest.
** The terrorist in the TwoPartEpisode "Blood and Wine", however in this case it's also linked to his motivation, as he hates the Church because his father committed suicide after being excommunicated. He plans to commit mass murder by serving a poison in the wine at a Catholic mass.
* Emerson, Chuck and Ned disguise themselves as "Vatican investigators" to look into the murder of a nun in the ''Series/PushingDaisies'' episode "Bad Habits". Emerson adopts the pseudonym "Father Mulcahy" ([[ShoutOut as from M* A* S* H]]) while Chuck calls herself "Sister Christian" ([[ShoutOut a reference to]] the song). Note that their rather obvious aliases are partly responsible for their being discovered, in an excellent example of the intended deceived not being as thick as the protagonists thought.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** Nate dresses up as a Catholic priest in "The Wedding Job". It is interesting because he was actually studying to be a priest at one point before becoming an insurance cop and later thief.
** We also get Hardison as a priest and Parker as a nun in "The Beantown Bailout Job".
** "The Miracle Job" features a variation on this: Nate is trying to help out an old friend, now a Catholic priest, against that friend's will. The friend demands Nate see him in the confessional so they can talk in private about what's going on. Nate goes along with it -- but sits in the priest's side of the box. After their conversation is over and the priest leaves, [[spoiler:Nate lingers in the priest's half long enough that the mark's assistant comes in to give his confession, which allows Nate-pretending-to-be-the-priest to push the assistant towards publicly exposing the mark later in the episode.]]
* Michael Westen of ''Series/BurnNotice'' does the same thing to discredit a mark when he brings unexpected backup.
* In the ''Series/QueenOfSwords'' episode "Honor Thy Father", the Queen disguises herself as a nun to break two prisoners out of jail.
* Earl and Randy from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' are shown in a flashback in a jail dressed as a priest and a nun, presumably after they were arrested for committing a crime in those outfits. (By the way, both are men--so yes, Randy was a man crossdressing as a nun.)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Angelus first encountered Drusilla when he was killing a priest in a confessional; she entered the other compartment unaware of what was going on, and he pretended to be the priest during her confession. It turns very creepy very fast, as she's very religious and he tries to convince her that her visions make her inherently doomed to damnation.
** Caleb in turn started out as a genuine SinisterMinister, but [[WordOfGod Joss Whedon]] has confirmed that despite his outfit, this guy is definitely no longer a priest.
* In the ''Series/KnightRider'' episode "The Ice Bandits", Michael infiltrates a monastery that diamond thieves are using as a front for a clinic that specializes in plastic surgery.
* In 21st-century ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', the Cavil-model Cylons tend to adopt priestly identities when infiltrating Colonial society. Included here instead of SinisterMinister as it seems likely that they didn't go to the lengths of actually being ordained, although it's never clearly stated on-screen.
* In ''Series/WildBoys'', the bushranger Captain Moonlight masquerades as Preacher Scott in order to gain access to polite society.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "A Sacred Trust", Jones disguises himself as a nun in order to trap a murderer.
* In "Literature/AtBertramsHotel" in the ITV series ''Series/{{Marple}}'', Canon Pennyfather turns out to be a Nazi war criminal in disguise.
* In the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Cardinal," the BigBad has taken over a monastery as part of his scheme for power. His soldiers are disguised as monks, and his Major is disguised as a nun.
* ''Series/FatherTed''. Craggy Island can be viewed as a leper colony for the Irish Catholic Church's bad bargains. Father Ted Crilly is posted there for theft and embezzlement. Father Dougal because of the incident with the nuns at Blackrock. And Father Jack for being... Father Jack. Periodically other priests with personality issues join them. And their bullying, lecherous, supervisor, Bishop Brennan, is not much holier either.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', three foreign assassins are the only prisoners in what appears to be a monastery, with their guards dressed as monks. The advantage of this is not discussed.
* ''Series/HighlanderTheSeries'' sees this come up, quite naturally since Holy Ground is the only refuge for Immortals who don't want enemies coming for their head. Played with directly in the episode "Homeland," in which an Immortal Norseman named Kanwulf disguises himself as a local priest, committing several murders in the process of searching for an axe Duncan took from him over three centuries earlier.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "The Sicilian Encounter", MI6 agent Michael Hagerty poses as a monsignor to infiltrate a Mafia wedding.
* ''Series/Knightmare'': One of Lord Fear's plans involved disguising himself as the monk Brother Strange to trick a dungeoneer. At first he told Sylvester Hands to do it ("Take this old habit - it's the only dirty one you haven't got"), but Hands was too dim to understand the plan, so Fear decided to do it himself.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Classic adventure "Action Aboard: Adventures on the King Richard". The space pirate Nightshade masquerades as a nun to infiltrate the starship King Richard.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''The Asylum and Other Tales'', adventure "The Mauretania". A Bolshevik agent pretends to be a priest to get close to a Russian count for an assassination attempt.

* OlderThanSteam: Done by the Duke of Vienna in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure''.
* In Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'', Faustus tells Mephistophilis to appear to him in the guise of a Franciscan friar.
* In the operetta ''Les Mousquetaires au Couvent'', the two titular musketeers dresses as priests to meet their beloveds, who are pupils in the titular convent.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Altair exhibits this in the trailer for ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'': he kills somebody, then quietly shuffles with [[LostInACrowd a group of monks that are dressed like him]]. The guards can't find him. This is also done in the game itself to move quickly but undetectably. This is addressed in-game later, by a paranoid leader, who starts accusing monks of supporting the assassins due to their similar wardrobe helping said assassins move through towns easier. Though the robes do look similar, one wonders how the guards don't notice the 10 lbs of knives and other sharp implements that are stuck all over the ''outside'' of the outfit. Even more hilarious is the fact that the paranoid guy kills a real monk while Altair is ''in the crowd''. Not paranoid ''enough'', it would seem.
** Happens more literally in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' and ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' where the Templars have infiltrated the Catholic Church in a bid for power over the people. Many of your targets are high up "holy" men; culminating in you beating up the Pope.
* In one chapter of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'', your character discovers that [[spoiler:the old church he is visiting to see a religious relic is actually home to a cult that worships an ancient evil.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/GabrielKnight Sins of the Fathers]]'' has Gabriel Knight wear a black shirt, and a priest's collar, and mousse his hair in order to convince an old lady he's a priest. [[FridgeLogic Never mind that if he shows up without said shirt or collar, the lady won't recognize him, even though he might later on pull the trick anyway, not even taking into account the moussed hair thing.]] [[FridgeBrilliance It's a good thing she's blind as a bat.]]
* The Acolyte class' costume in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}''
** In one of the missions of ''[[VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney Blood Money]]'', this is an option -- you're infiltrating a "hick" wedding in the swamps of Louisianna, to assassinate the groom and the father of the bride (leaving the bride with a healthy inheritance, one might perceive). One of the more showy (if unwise) ways to execute the groom is to take out the priest, steal his clothing, and then call the 'dearly beloved' together for the final ceremony... and then pull out a gun in the middle of the ceremony. Ideally right after the "Till death do you part" bit. (This will get you involved in a dangerous gunfight, since most of the guests are armed, but has the advantage of confirming your suspicions - the bride will be heard saying "Well, FINALLY!" when you gun down her groom.)
** The sequel ''[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]]'' had a trailer featuring a hitsquad of female assassins called The Saints who wear nun habbits as disguise. They take these off when going into combat wearing latex fetish outfits with insanely high-heeled platform boots underneath, keeping their veils on. As if to make fun of this, the trailer shows them quickly being taken out by the main character. To add insult to injury later trailers try to play up how badass and dangerous the woman are including showing them fighting in a jungle in those outfits. However, like the original trailer, they are not really dangerous in the game either.
* Though not a Christian example, Rao from ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' is a cross between this and MsFanservice when it's revealed that [[spoiler:the real priestess Rao is dead, and Ninetails assumed her form to infiltrate Sei-An and obtain the power of Himiko's crystal ball.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' dresses up as a nun in the beginning of the game... and kills angels while still wearing that outfit. And after beating the game, you may buy the outfit as an alternate costume.
* A slight twist on the trope occurs in ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' were the main character, Wei, infiltrates a Shaolin monastery by disguises himself as a monk, and talks his way past the real monks by spouting {{Ice Cream Koan}}s at them.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Batman disguises himself as a priest at the beginning of one episode to sit in at the deathbed confession of a sick mobhead to learn the name of the man hired to kill his parents, Joe Chill.
* Though not ''technically'' an example, the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode [[spoiler:Sock Opera has a scene where Dipper (at the time, possessed by Bill) dresses as a reverend for Mabel's sock-puppet opera to get closer to the journal.]]
* Parodied in "Gone Maggie Gone," an episode of ''TheSimpsons''. After Homer inadvertently lets Maggie be adopted by a group of nuns, he and Lisa travel to their convent to get her back. Homer declares that there is absolutely ''no way'' he is going to disguise himself as a nun to enter...and Lisa says that's fine, as she's going to do it herself. Homer is taken aback and reveals that he already has the costume ready to go.
* {{Series/Frisky Dingo}}: Stan and Simon insist on wearing Nun outfits for a ZanyScheme just so they could call it "[[OverlyPreparedGag operation bad habit]]". Killface is not amused.