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->''"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, [[Literature/TheFourGospels John 10:11-18]]''' (NIV)

The Good Shepherd is a good priest concerned about his community and the people over all, even if this means being ReassignedToAntarctica by the uncaring or corrupt bishop, being terrorized by the local gang or becoming a martyr sooner than they ever expected...

Besides spiritual guidance, he may also see to [[TheMedic medical needs]], take care of [[HeartWarmingOrphan orphans]] and [[ParentalAbandonment foundlings]], and attend to [[DyingAlone the dying]] and [[DueToTheDead dead]].

He may be a BadassPreacher because as the quote says, wolves come and the flock need protection. If all his fellows are are fighters, they are ChurchMilitant. At the other extreme he may be an ActualPacifist, ([[BadassPacifist which is no less awesome]]), and despite MenAreTheExpendableGender, attacks on him are particulary evil. When he is a military chaplain, he can encompass either type; under UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar, he is a noncombatant and required not to fight.

The SaintlyChurch is, of course, replete with them, but even the CorruptChurch may have several -- usually low-ranking, with the few Good Shepherds in the higher ranks either attempting to [[InternalReformist reform the church]] or being [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter totally oblivious to the sins of his coworkers]]. Indeed some can be found ministering to the unfortunate of the WretchedHive. Voluntarily. The downside of them acting as the GoodSamaritan is that they have many more people who need help, and indeed, TheHero may find himself needing to give more help than he gets. He may also feature as TheMissionary, in which case TheHero may find help in even less likely locations -- but again, will be limited in resources. He may also assist as the TurbulentPriest. Regardless, expect him to advocate "GodIsGood (all the time)".

Because GoodIsNotNice, he can also be the DarkShepherd, whether on occasion or frequently. Contrast SinisterMinister for the EvilCounterpart.

The PreacherMan is usually a Good Shepherd.

The word "[[{{Arcadia}} shepherd]]", due to various biblical stories, has definite positive connotations in and of itself.

Not to be confused with TheShepherd, though it's not unlikely that there's some overlap. Also do not confuse with the Creator/MattDamon film ''Film/TheGoodShepherd''.

In terms of rank, the AuthorityTropes arguably equal are BadassPreacher, CorruptCorporateExecutive, IrishPriest, PreacherMan, PedophilePriest, {{Schoolteachers}}, SexyPriest, SinisterMinister and TheVicar. For the next step down, see StudentCouncilPresident. For the next step up, see DeanBitterman.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Yun in ''Anime/{{Simoun}}''. She inspires several of the other sibyllae to start acting like this, from the quietly devout Rodoreamon to the religiously disinclined Aaeru.
* Abel Nightroad from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''. A priest/special agent for the post-apocalyptic Vatican. Abel is very kind, and through a combination of comedic melodrama and sheer feather-brainedness tends to come off as a harmless ditz. [[LetsGetDangerous If the wolves come...]]
* Father Juliano from ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'' comes off more as this despite the generally dark religious tone. He genuinely thought witches were dangerous but couldn't kill [[spoiler: Baby Robin, despite knowing what she was.]] Instead he raised her as his own and admitted that his fear of witches (the emotion driving the BigBad) is a weakness of his own heart, and no fault of the witches. He blesses TheProtagonist and encourages her endeavors.
* Nora from ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' is this trope in addition to being a literal sheep herder. She's a very nice and devout girl who used to work at a convent caring for the poor.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': According to Kyoko, Mr. Sakura (a UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian priest of unspecified denomination) was brought to tears by the troubles he read in newspapers, and preached about ways to resolve them.
* ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'': Nicoholas Wolfwood is a heroic character that dresses like a priest, hears confessions, and jokes that his cross Punisher is "full of mercy". The ''Badlands Rumble'' movie strengthens this perception because he refers to himself as "a man of the cloth".
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Alexander Anderson is a humble catholic priest that raises orphans, who adore him. Although he looks down on Protestants, he still considers them part of God's kingdom and worthy of his protection.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Sasha is a priest-type player who cares for younger players in a orphange-like set up.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[Characters/GLBlueLanternCorps Saint Bro'Dee Walker]] from ''Franchise/GreenLantern''. As his world faced imminent destruction, he gave sermons in public as his people rioted and looted in despair. Then a few started listening to him. Gradually, a few became many, and then many became all.
* Highfather of the ComicBook/NewGods serves as both temporal and spiritual leader of his people. He was originally Izaya, warrior of New Genesis, who grew tired of the constant fighting with the dark god of Apokolips, was contacted by the Source, and ended the war, founded Supertown, and continued to serve as intermediary between the New Gods and The Source. He comes complete with all-powerful shepherd's staff and Abraham Lincoln beard.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has the Archdeacon. Besides Phoebus, he really seems to be the only truly accepting authority figure around.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* Fr. Conelly from the 1930s ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces''
%%* Fr. Barry from ''Film/OnTheWaterfront''
* Fr. Merrin from ''Film/TheExorcist'' casts out demons and teaches Karras to do the same.
* Rev. Spence in ''Film/OneFootInHeaven'' is this. He is a caring and conscientious Protestant minister who tends to his flock, helping them with their problems and leading their church, never complaining when they fail to raise his salary over the years or fail to adequately maintain the parsonage that he lives in.
%%* Kiril Pavlovich from ''The Shoes of the Fisherman''
* Father Flanagan from ''Film/BoysTown'', who dedicates his life to helping troubled and impoverished young boys, eventually founding the (RealLife) "Boys Town" institution as a home for boys.
* Fr. Damien of ''Molokai'', as played by Creator/DavidWenham, fits the trope. Based on a true story; he was canonized in 2009.
* Fr. O'Malley from ''Film/GoingMyWay'' and ''Film/TheBellsOfStMarys''. a gentle soul who has dedicated himself to helping poor and troubled kids.
%%* Mr. Beebe from ''Film/ARoomWithAView''.
* Fr. Moor from ''Film/TheExorcismOfEmilyRose'' is presented as a sincere and caring person who tries to help Emily.
* Don Pietro from ''Rome Open City'', who works for the Resistance against the Nazis [[spoiler: and eventually is killed for his work]].
* Reverend Oliver from ''Film/ThePatriot''.
-->'''Reverend Oliver:''' A shepherd must tend his flock... ''[[[NiceHat snatches off wig and puts on black, broad-brimmed hat]]]'' and at times, [[BadassPreacher fight off the wolves]].
* Père Jean from ''Film/AuRevoirLesEnfants'' hides Jewish boys from Nazi Germany in his boarding school. He gives a sermon that sounds suspiciously like this.
* Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty from ''Film/TheScarletAndTheBlack'', which is BasedOnATrueStory. O'Flaherty exploits the Vatican's diplomatic immunity from Nazi Germany to shepherd [=POW=]s to safety.
* ''Film/TheBookOfEli'': Eli is a good man who teaches prayer and quotes scripture. The only thing he's lacking is formal ordination.
* Fr. Riccardo Fontana from ''Film/{{Amen}}'' has a greater understanding of 'forgiveness' than cardinals and [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Jesus' lesson about the heart of the law instead of the letter of it.]]
* In the church scene in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Clark confides in a priest about his identity and his next move. The priest encourages him to 'take a leap of faith' in regards to trusting humans.
* Parson Brown in ''Film/TheStrongMan'' is leading a campaign against the bootleggers and thugs who have turned the formerly peaceful town of Cloverdale into a WretchedHive.
* Father Malone in ''Film/TheFog''. He was horrified to learn that the actions of his Grandfather led to the deaths of a group trying to establish a leper colony. When confronted by the ghost of Blake, the man his Grandfather betrayed, he offered up himself as a HeroicSacrifice, while at the same time returning to Blake the gold his Grandfather had stolen.
* ''Film/MonsieurVincent'' is a {{Biopic}} about 17th century cleric Vincent de Paul, who in RealLife was canonized by the Catholic Church for his tireless work in helping the poor and downtrodden of France. He has to fight apathy and class prejudice all the way.

* Ayatani Zweil in Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels. He first joined them when they were heading toward the Saint's shrine, declaring that therefore they were pilgrims, and his job was providing guidance to pilgrims.
** In ''Blood Pact'', Gaunt muses over why the canterkous old priest was still with them; it was [[CrypticConversation hard to mine his wisdom]], but he held the services and faithfully attended to [[DyingAlone the dying]] and [[DueToTheDead the dead]].
** ''Necropolis'' has another example of one. When Gaunt installs a makeshift command centre in an Imperial cathedral, he clearly expects the local high priest to be enraged with the Guard disturbing the sacred place. The man of cloth calmly answers that active fight against the Chaos has more worth in the eyes of the Emperor than thousands of his prayers.
* The Bishop of Digne from ''Literature/LesMiserables''. Not only does he show Valjean hospitality when everyone else shunned him, he forgives him for stealing the silverware. He's personally responsible for Valjean's HeelFaceTurn and all the good he does thereafter.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** Reverend Mightily Oats is a bit short on faith to be exactly this, but he's a priest and one of the Good Guys, so close enough. By the end of Carpe Jugulum in which he first appears, he's gotten over his lack of faith. He appears only in the backstory of ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', but from Nutt's memories of him, he appears to have grown into the role.
** Brutha of ''Discworld/SmallGods'', whose unswerving belief in Om makes him [[spoiler: the only thing keeping Om from disappearing entirely.]] He ends up shepherding his ''own god''.
** ''Discworld/SmallGods'' also plays with the "shepherd" concept, by suggesting the Omnian church might have been different if Om's first encounter with a human had been with a goatherd:
--->"For sheep are stupid, and must be driven. But goats are intelligent, and need to be led."
** Though not religious, Granny Aching of the Chalk was an example of this trope in every other respect, the literal one included.
* The parson from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''
--> ''He was a shepherde and noght a mercenarie.\\
And thogh he hooly were and vertuous,\\
He was to synful men nat despitous,\\
Ne of his speche daungerous ne digne,\\
But in his techyng discreet and benynge.''
* The wandering septon encountered by Brienne in the fourth volume of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Mind, given the [[CrapsackWorld nature of the setting]] he'll probably turn out to be evil, or die in a horrible fashion. [[spoiler: Winds up head of the church and, as a bonus, gets to put Cersei in her place several times. He could still die horribly though.]]
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolfblade'', the Space Wolves find [[GoodSamaritan Brother Malburius]], ministering and acting as TheMedic, in the horrors of [[WretchedHive the Terra underhive]].
* Creator/MercedesLackey's novel ''Literature/TheLarkAndTheWren'' had a venial priest refuse to marry two wandering bards. A few days later the bards found one of these Good Shepherds, voluntarily exiled to a little backwater, who obliged.
* Page quote: Jesus, obviously, complete with ministering to the [[WretchedHive lepers, prostitutes and dregs]], being harassed by [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Pharisees]] and [[HeroicSacrifice becoming a sacrifice to atone for the sins of Mankind]].
** Note that Literature/TheBible specifically uses the title ''Good'' Shepherd to distinguish him from the shepherds of his day, whose profession carried with it [[AcceptableProfessionalTargets an unsavory]] [[BestialityIsDepraved reputation]].
* Literature/DonCamillo Tarocci, title character of a series of stories by Giovanni Guareschi, is the hard-fisted, hot-tempered, but good-hearted priest of an Italian village in the '50s and '60s. The local Communist party, especially the village mayor, gripe about him as a reactionary -- but they don't want anyone ''else'' performing their religious sacraments, thank you very much.
** Don Camillo is also very much a BadassPreacher. He and the mayor often [[VitriolicBestBuds settle their differences]] with their fists. (At one point the mayor leaves an unexploded WWII bomb outside Don Camillo's door with the words "Eester Gift" written on it. Don Camillo ''picks it up by himself'' and leaves it outside the mayor's door with a note that the mayor needs to work on his spelling of "Easter".)
** Some of the earlier stories make pretty clear that the local bishop at the time is also a Good Shepherd, a wise and kindly old man who, for instance, can see that the Communists in Camillo's village are basically good people even if they ''do'' claim to be atheists (except when it's time for baptisms, marriages, funerals, and the non-commercial aspects of Christmas, Easter, etc.). The Communists speak to him with respect ... and when they talk about the trouble Don Camillo gives them, it's hard to tell if they're complaining or ''[[WorthyOpponent bragging]]''.
** In one arc, the communists manage to talk the bishop into reassigning Don Camillo to another parish. The bishop replaces him with [[spoiler: a total wimp. The communists are so disgusted with the new priest that [[WeWantOurJerkBack they beg the bishop to give them Don Camillo back]].]]
* Rebbe Saunders in ''Literature/TheChosen'' is this in some ways, though he is hard to understand and something of a WellIntentionedExtremist .
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Father Forthill. Doubles as attorney for his parishioners and is a ChurchMilitant as part of the Ordo Malleus, though more a NonActionGuy to Michael's KnightInShiningArmour. Also a RetiredBadass, as his backstory includes him and a group of other seminarians hunting down and killing a vampire plaguing the town they were visiting.
* In Creator/ConnieWillis's ''Doomsday Book'', the priest faithfully ministers to the dying [[spoiler:until he succumbs to the Black Death himself]].
* In Steve Parker's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Gunheads'', Confessor Friedrich. Wulfe trusts him with his confidences -- and is particularly moved by his [[DueToTheDead retrieving the bodies of the dead from tanks]].
* Maikel Staynair, Archbishop of ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'s'' Church of Charis, radiates a strong but gentle aura wherever he goes, which only the most bigoted can deny. A common habit of his, as he walks down the alter to his pulpit, to stop and speak to people, bless those in need, and see their children, and he continues to do this even after it almost gets him assassinated. Also of note is Paityr Wylsynn, a member of the Inquisition who discharges his duties in full fairness, in stark contrast to nearly all the ''other'' members of the Inquisition.
** As of the fourth book, ''A Mighty Fortress,'' Vicar Rhobair Duchairn is making a sincere effort to become this in the wake of Grand Inquisitor Clyntahn's latest crossing of the MoralEventHorizon, largely because it's all he ''can'' do without becoming a victim of the Inquisition himself.
** Zhaysyn Cahnyr qualifies, though his actions have been off-screen until he's had to flee his archdiocese.
* In ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1634: The Galileo Affair]]'', a young man who isn't even Christian at all notes that Father Larry Mazzare "could have served as a poster model for ''Priest, Catholic, small town, finest example thereof''.". It is also frequently pointed out that while Father Mazzare is a good, but not unusual priest by 20th century standards, by 17th century standards he is a living saint.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/SpaceCadet'', when persuading the hero that an apparent accident was a real one and not a put on job to scare the candiates, someone asks him whether he has ever heard of St. Barbara, explains that she is the PatronSaint of those in dangerous occupations, and tells him that if he goes to the chapel dedicated to her, he will find that the priest is saying Mass for those who died in the accident. This convinces him, because of course the priest would not fake such a thing.
* In Mary Doria Russell's novel ''Literature/TheSparrow'', the Jesuits send linguist and priest Emilio Sandoz to minister to a newly discovered civilization in the Alpha Centauri system. Sandoz is a model clergyman -- kind, intelligent, curious, idealistic -- to the point where he is widely considered as a candidate for sainthood. Too bad he ends up undergoing one of the worst cases of BreakTheCutie EVER.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/JewelsOfGwahlur" Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian is astounded by one.
-->"No. He believes in his gods, and is incorruptible. He knows nothing about this. He will obey the oracle. It was all Thutmekri's {{plan}}. Knowing the Keshani would consult the oracle, he had Zargheba bring me with the embassy from Zembabwei, closely veiled and secluded."\\
"Well, I'm damned!" muttered Conan. "A priest who honestly believes in his oracle, and can not be bribed."
* The Reverend Septimus Harding in the Barchester novels by Creator/AnthonyTrollope.
* In Creator/LordDunsany's ''Literature/TheCharwomansShadow'', the priest frees the hero from his false shadow, explains what the EvilSorcerer did, and after the hero succeeds, provides shelter for the LoveInterest until such time as her lowly birth will not be an obstacle to their marriage.
* Abbot Radulfus from ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' series. Actually both abbots qualify, but in addition to being genuinely caring about people, Radulfus is very, very competent.
* Prior Philip [[spoiler: who eventually becomes Bishop]] in Ken Follet's ''ThePillarsOfTheEarth''. Unlike many of the other [[SinisterMinister churchmen]] and [[AristocratsAreEvil authority figures]] in the book, his religious beliefs motivate him to help the poor, forgive his enemies, and inspire others to do likewise.
* Common among medicine cats in ''Literature/WarriorCats''.
%%* Mr. Towers in Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/TheBlueCastle''
* In RickCook's ''Literature/LimboSystem'', Father Simon, whose sage advice is valued among the humans [[spoiler:and who accidentally starts converting aliens to Christianity while prisoner.]]
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'' has many Christian clergy but the character that best fits the description of 'caring for the flock and fighting off the wolves' is the ''jewish rabbi'' Ravaad. Other examples include:
** A nameless monk in a Templar base wants to stop the Crusade killing and establish a metaphorical Holy Land in western Europe. He warns Dragonetz against his paper mill idea because he knows how the Church as an organization will respond.
** Marcabru is better called a 'GoodIsNotNice Shepherd' as he's a sourpuss that can't open his mouth without making clear his disdain of everyone but he preaches self-disipline, doing God's work and never steps into KnightTemplar territory.
** The arcbishop can play this role to perfection as the most benevolent, paternal and understanding man in the world, [[spoiler: but he's actually a SinisterMinister.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has the Fat Friar, ghost of HufflepuffHouse. He's the only one to suggest giving Peeves the trouble-making {{Poltergeist}} another chance (again, and again, and again). Pottermore reveals he died because he was too nice for his own good - "senior churchmen grew suspicious of his ability to cure the pox merely by poking peasants with a stick". That, and an ill-advised habit of pulling rabbits out of the communion cup.
* The minister of St Ogg's, Dr Kenn, from ''Literature/TheMillOnTheFloss'', who donates most of his income to charitable causes and who takes Maggie into his home and employs her after she falls victim to a scandal and is ostracised by the town.
* Pete the Vicar, a minor character in ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' novel ''Literature/TheApocalypseCodex''. Bob Howard, despite being a NayTheist posing as an atheist, genuinely respects the work he does for the community; Pete, conversely, respects Bob's apparent lack of belief. Contrasts sharply with the CorruptChurch baddies, to the point that a look through their Apocrypha-heavy version of the Bible is enough to convince Pete they're not even really Christians.
* Stephen Kumalo from ''Literature/CryTheBelovedCountry'', the humble, gentle and trusting protagonists of the novel, and his friends Theophilus Msimangu and Father Vincent, Anglican priests who are devoted to spiritual and social work among the poor of Sophiatown, as well as to building friendship and reconciliation between the white and black peoples of South Africa.
* The Hakham Dawid in ''Literature/AWolfInTheSoul'' is the spiritual guide for the five students of his tiny yeshiva. He almost certainly has some sort of psychic abilities that help him seek out the people who need him most, and he is also likely the most patient person on Earth.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': A running total of benevolent clergy
** There is only one priestess to welcome Eric at the Temple of Zaticana because the others are busy volunteering. Vesta herself is friendly and helpful.
** Abbot Tolis is the leader of the international protest of Latrot's use of ordercraft to brainwash sapients [[note]] As opposed to the norm of using them to fortify city walls [[/note]] and has maintained this stance despite several attempts on his life.
** A (unnamed) priest from the Circle of Noitearc lives in Ceiha helping the locals to eek out a living by sheltering them from their oppressive government.
** Neuro is a member of the Broterhood of Death and he is introduced tracking a criminal necrocraft user. He compensates this criminal's victims as best as he can and blesses Tiza and Nolien's [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not-quite-there relationship]].
* The kind and wise imam Sheikh Bilal in ''Literature/AlifTheUnseen'' is an Islamic version of this trope.
* [[Creator/GKChesterton G. K. Chesterton's]] Literature/FatherBrown is an embodiment of Chesterton's optimism and Catholic faith, in the form of a short, unremarkable looking priest from the English countryside. Father Brown sees plenty of evil in his role as an AmateurSleuth, but he remains kind and steadfast in his faith. His early stories are largely focused on his attempts to rehabilitate the GentlemanThief, Flambeau.
* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Saint Francis of Assisi is compared to a prince, a seraphim, and a husband faithful even in the face of death in his dedication to his vow of poverty. By founding the Franciscan Order and agreeing to be laid low, Francis avoided the arrogance of his wealthy compatriots and earned the praise of the choir's of Heaven.
* Father Zosima in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' is regarded as a living saint by just about everyone who knows him, and he is indeed a deeply kind and wise person. Sadly, the people's fickleness is demonstrated when, after he dies, his body does what dead bodies do and starts to ''stink.'' According to local superstition, a saint's body should not decay, so people start gossiping horribly about what secret sins Zosima must have been hiding.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Shepherd Book from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' [[DarkAndTroubledPast is this trope]] [[HeelFaithTurn in the main narrative]]. He's the religious authority on the ''Serenity'', for what that's worth, and he gets bonus points for the name.
-->'''Shepherd Book:''' I don't care what you believe in, just believe in it.
%%* Father Francis John Patrick Mulcahy from ''Series/{{Mash}}''.
%%* The Rev. Geraldine Granger from ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley''.
* Rev Bem from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', is part of the heros' [[TheTeam team]] but is pressed into service of TheDarkSide; and having passed the test, leaves on a journey of self discovery to see if his conversion was true or false.
%%* Norman Balthus from ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''. Unfortunately, his adopted son is TheAntichrist...
%%* Rev. Alden from ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie''
* Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty in ''The Scarlet and the Black'', which is based on the real story of a priest working at the Vatican, who took in Jews and [=POWs=], hiding them from the Nazis.
* Vedek Bareil in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Allowed himself to be blamed for a massacre, so as not to destroy the people's faith in Kai Opaka, and brokered peace between the Cardassians and the Bajorans.
** Kai Opaka was herself an example. Her successor ... [[SinisterMinister not so much]].
* The Rev. Adam Smallbone in ''Series/{{Rev}}''. He may be flawed, but when it comes to it, he always does the right thing.
* Mark the hospital chaplain in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}''. He's a man of genuine faith and courage, including standing his ground when faced with vampires - and [[spoiler: holding them off. Twice.]]
%%* Eric from ''Series/SeventhHeaven''.
* Shepherd Schlag from ''Series/SeventeenMomentsOfSpring'' is a rare example of a Good Shepherd in the Soviet media because being religious at all made your life difficult in the Soviet Union, let alone being a cleric.
%%* Rev. Reuben Gregory from Series/{{Amen}}
%%* Reverend Cole in ''Series/HellOnWheels'' who is also TheAtoner for murders commited in Kansas.
* DS James Hathaway from ''Series/{{Lewis}}''. Cambridge Theology graduate who was training to be a priest before he changed careers and became a policeman. He still shows signs of being very spiritual, but has hinted at religious doubts several times.
-->'''Lewis:''' Maybe there is a god.\\
'''Hathaway:''' If I was sure of that, I wouldn't have joined the police force.
* A first episode ''Series/MrShow'' sketch has Father Jim (played by Bob Odenkirk). Unfortunately, he's also a bit of a pushover, he ends up doing whatever a {{Jerkass}} party guest tells him to do even though no one agreed to his stupid bet.
* Father Mulcahy from ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Catholic, [[IrishPriest of Irish descent,]] and endlessly compassionate, providing religious services, last rites, averting ThereAreNoTherapists for the unit, and helping out at a local orphanage in his off hours. He plays poker with the staff regularly - and donates all his winnings to the orphanage. [[BadassPreacher He also taught boxing in the CYO, has a right hook that can stop a truck (not that he'll use it, being a pacifist), and once administered a tracheotomy while under enemy fire with nothing but a pocketknife and an eyedropper tube.]] His views on the mixed religious makeup of the locals and the unit can be (and have been summed up on this very wiki) as "it's more important that you have faith than what that faith is in."
* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'': Athelstan takes his vocation seriously; his 'greatest treasure' is an unadorned Bible, and he refuses to join a threesome with Ragnar and Lagertha because of his vow of celibacy. Ragnar is so impressed with his character that he puts him in charge of the family farm while he's gone. And despite Athelstan's gradual integration into Viking society, he continues to exhibit the best traits of both the Catholic priesthood and Christianity itself, eventually becoming a MoralityChain to Ragnar and several of the other Vikings.
* ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'': Sheik Abdullah, despite seeming pretty ambiguous at first, appears to be shaping out as this. He tells his supporters not to use violence, and manages to defuse a confrontation with the military. Despite being Islamist, he thinks the Army of the Caliphate's actions are absurd and barbaric.

[[folder:Myth & Legends]]
* Myth/RobinHood: Friar Tuck is the only holyman that consistently gets good ink. He's just as heroic as Robin's Merry Men.

* Reverend Hale in Theatre/TheCrucible is initially very excited to bring the Good News to Salem, but as the hysteria grows he becomes more and more cynical until he gives up entirely and says ScrewThisImOuttaHere. The whole time he did his best to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure in the face of Abigail's fear mongering.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* Billy Lee Black in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''.
* Father Raul in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' is a catholic priest who operates a church in the worst slums of the {{cyberpunk}} metropolis Newport, doing his best to give guidance to the lost souls in the neighborhood. He is also secretly a Sentinel--member of an AncientTradition that protects the Balance--and when April inquires how his faith in Christ meshes with knowledge of the parallel, magic-driven world of Arcadia, he simply points out: "The Balance was created by ''someone'', was it not?"
* Priest Bruno in ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle''. As a support character, he can revive you from death once and sell you status recovery items.
%%* Simon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is an example of a Good Shepherd in a Corrupt Church.
* Daleyon in ''VideoGame/YsSeven'' more or less fits this description. He is a kind man who genuinely cares for other people.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Revered Mother Dorothea in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' DLC "Leliana's Song" is a kind mentor who manages to simultaneously give hope to Leliana, convince her to turn her back on her violent past, ''and'' [[TheChessmaster use Leliana's skills to retrieve state-sensitive intelligence stolen from Dorothea earlier]]. Later on, she becomes [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Divine Justinia]] and ''almost'' manages to prevent Thedas from descending into chaos before her untimely death in ''Inquisition'' (even then, it is her final orders that establish the eponymous organization that ultimately succeeds in restoring order).
** Grand Cleric Elthina of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a kindly old lady who advocates peace above all else and is a mother figure to party member Sebastian Vael. On the other hand, she prefers to put her faith in the Maker's plan instead of taking any direct action - you can warn her about the SinisterMinister under her nose ''twice'' and not get anywhere. [[spoiler:Her death sets off the civil war of Kirkwall for the final act.]]
** Mother Giselle in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is presented as one of the moderate clerics from the start and becomes the Chantry's liaison with the reformed Inquisition--even before the Chantry officially recognizes it. When you first meet her, she is organizing relief operations for the Fereldan refugees of the Mage-Templar war, and later on moves to Skyhold to provide the voice of reason and moderation to the Inquisition's leaders.
%%* Su Raja in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV''.
* Pastor Carter of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' and ''Friends of Mineral Town'' is pleasant, kind, and not above a good laugh, and he gives decent advice now and then. Same thing can go to any clergyman or woman in the series.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', nearly all of the lower-ranking priests of the Tribunal Temple count, despite the Temple itself having numerous CorruptChurch traits. Nearly all of the quests they offer involve healing the sick, delivering supplies to the poor, escorting pilgrims, and/or eliminating legitimate threats to the people of Morrowind. It isn't until you get up into the higher ranks, particularly the leadership of the ChurchMilitant[=/=]KnightTemplar Ordinators, that the corruption becomes evident.
** A lot of the priests encountered in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' tend towards this archetype. [[TheAtoner Runil]] is a priest of Arkay first encountered giving last rites over the grave of a child and comfort to her parents. [[NiceGuy Maramal]] is a friendly, community-oriented priest of Mara who will officiate your wedding, and his wife Dinya Balu is also a priestess of Mara who sends you on a quest to spread the love across Skyrim. [[GoodIsNotSoft Erandur]] is another priest of Mara [[spoiler:who used to be a follower of the Daedric prince Vaermina]] who takes it upon himself to rid Dawnstar of its nightmare plague in the name of his goddess [[spoiler:to atone for helping to cause it in the name of his Daedric prince]]. The various priests of [[WarGod Talos]] take this in a [[BadassPreacher different direction]], ministering to the populace as usual in open defiance of the infamous ban on Talos worship (which could result in their deaths by torture if the Thalmor catch them). Even the [[ChurchMilitant Vigilants of Stendarr]], no matter how you feel about them, [[WellIntentionedExtremist do what they do]] in the name of protecting humanity from the Daedra.
* ''VideoGame/Overwatch'': The Shambali Monastery is full of these.
** Zenyatta is a monk working on a mobile ministry of helping others, be they flesh or mechanical. Part of his skillset is healing his allies.
** Tekhartha Mondatta is a benevolent holy (robot) man preaching coexistence between humans and omnics.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** Ion from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is the figurehead of a rather CorruptChurch, so his power is limited. He is, however, very kind, willing to help the heroes at every turn, does not hold grudges and believes that adhering to the Score religiously is not the only course of action.
** Ange from ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'' has a reputation as a holy woman who will cure any malady or disability. She is able to make cripples walk, restore people's eyesight and rescue people at the brink of death. She is also self-sacrificing, kind to children and offers assistance to anyone in need. At the end of the game, she is seen taking care of orphans.
* Pastor Karen from ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods''. She's a very kind woman, is trying to open a homeless shelter, and gladly strikes up a friendship with Mae, despite Mae's religious beliefs (or lack thereof). She uses her faith as a tool to help people of all backgrounds, creeds, and lifestyles. [[spoiler:She privately admits her own faith in God is wavering, and she hopes that, by convincing other people to believe, she can convince herself, too.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GoblinHollow'': the local minister suppresses the WitchHunt by discussing what is appropriate for church-sponsored organizations, is perfectly pleased by the rules of no gory costumes or fortune telling (though Ben doesn't tell him those were the rules all along), and listens when he talks about D&D.
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'': Brother Linnaeus [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00111.html heading out into the dangers of the swamp]] because Quentyn tells him [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00117.html that the Gragum want to know why God not come to them.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Dissonance}}'': Pastor Peter.
-->'''Peter:''' The most important thing I've learned as a preacher... It's that it's not as important to remember [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} people's names]] so much as what they have to teach you.
* Larriki the hawkfolk priest from ''Webcomic/NahastLandsOfStrife''. In addition, he's a priest of the goddess of dawn and so likes to remind people that dawn always comes, [[DarkestHour even when it seems that there's no hope left.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Redcloak is this for the goblin species; spiritual leader and connection to their diety. Failing to live up to this for ''all goblin races'' is part of his MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
-->'''Redcloak:''' I'm the high priest of the Dark One! I'm supposed to shepherd the goblin people -- all goblins!''
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The long-deceased Lutheran pastor whose spirit lingers in the present day is a sweet old lady who serves coffee and cake to unexpected guests. Near the end of her lifetime, her chruch served as an impromptu hospital for victims of ThePlague and she invoked GreaterNeedThanMine when said church got a supply of an experimental cure that was nowhere near big enough for all of its patients.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'': The Archbishop of Canterbury is fair, neutral man in the conflicts between the followers of King Richard and Prince John and even chews out the latter when his schemes have been revealed to all.
* Father Maxi from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' started out as TheFundamentalist, but was eventually [[CharacterizationMarchesOn changed]] into a genuinely decent person with the best interests of his congregation at heart, as well as the only Catholic priest in the world who ''doesn't'' molest children.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* As a rule of thumb, all the saints qualify for this trope. Being canonized basically means they were ''very'' good shepherds.
* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] was known for being so inexplicably kind, good-hearted, loving, tolerant, and generous to all people, regardless of their faith or past actions, that he's been often thought of by many people as being more Christ-like than even some literal saints.
* During WWII, on the Greek island of Zakynthos, the Nazis ordered the local bishop, Bishop Chrysostomos, at gunpoint to go to the mayor's office and come back with a list of all the Jews on the island. The bishop came back with a list that had only two names: the mayor's name, and his own and told the Nazis "Here are your Jews. If you choose to deport the Jews of Zakynthos, you must also take me and I will share their fate."
* Another World War II example, Father Maximillian Kolbe was a prisoner in Auschwitz. Father Kolbe volunteered to replace one of the men, who had a wife and children, who was condemned to die after one of the men from the barracks went missing. He was canonized as a saint in 1982; the man whose life he saved was present.
* [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer]] was a German Lutherian pastor and anti-Nazi dissident. He expressed vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and the Jewish persecutions. Arrested in 1943, he was later convicted of being tied with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20_July_plot 20 July Plot]] against Hitler, and eventually executed less than a month before Nazi Germany surrender in 1945.
* One Father Damien stayed on the island of Molokai to tend to those with Leprosy, eventually contracting the disease himself and dying. He was canonized as a saint in 2009.
* Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty was the head of a massive operation to hide Jews and escaped [=POWs=] in Rome and the Vatican.
* Martin Luther King Jr; reverend and civil rights activist. Nothing would deter him from battling segregation and poverty in the USA and always non-violently.
* Pope Francis has been called "The People's Pope" because of his message of tolerance and ministering to the poor.
* The Reverend Wilbert Awdry - creator of the books that would later serve as the basis for [[WesternAnimation/ThomastheTankEngine Thomas the Tank Engine]]. Not only did he live a modest lifestyle in spite of the £7 million in royalties that the series earned (it was reported that he had given the majority of it to his seven grandchildren, a railway society, and various other charities), he also refused to serve in the Second World War due to his staunch Christian pacifism.
* After Music/MCHammer became a Pentecostal minister around the turn of the 21st century, the "M.C." changed from "Master of Ceremonies" to "Man of Christ". Even before that, a line in ''U Can't Touch This'' praises {{God}} for blessing him with "a mind to rhyme and two hype feet".
* During the German occupation of Europe, many Catholic priests helped Jewish fugitives against Nazi persecution by handing them forged baptism certificates.