Hippie Jesus

Jesus' typical outfit (the long hair, beard, sandals one. Not the sword in mouth, albino Revelations one that may or may not be him) and message (at least, parts of it - spread love and peace, leave behind your old life) nowadays makes one think of a hippie. Of course, the connection came the other way round - the hippies followed their model of Jesus.

So nowadays you often see Jesus depicted like this. Not just looking the way, but also acting much like it. Because, even in eras when short haircuts, shaven faces, and fancy suits were the norm, the character was always portrayed "looking like a hippie."

See also: Looks Like Jesus, Jesus Was Way Cool.


Anime and Manga
  • In Saint Young Men, Jesus has something of a quirky, mellow, hippie-esque personality and wears his thorns like a hippie headband. At one point a conservative old Japanese man yelled at him for being a 'longhair hippie'.

  • In Battle Pope, Jesus is a hippie sidekick of the titular character, and not anywhere near as cool as most depictions..
  • A 1970s Underground Comics series featured Jesus in the present day, constantly being made out to be a hippie (usually by people who don't like hippies).

  • The Good Omens fanfic Manchester Lost has Jesus come in as a 'Southern Hippy'. Jesus is even listed as such in the character list.

Live-Action TV
  • Referenced in Red Dwarf, when Rimmer dismisses their "High" selves as hippies.
    Kryten: Sir, you think Jesus was a hippy.
    Rimmer: He had long hair and didn't have a job! What more do you want?

  • Jesus Christ Superstar portrayed Christ and the Apostles as hippies.
  • In the stage play turned movie Godspell, Jesus and his followers are usually shown in hippie-ish or clownish (or both) type clothing...
  • One of many fictional Jesus archetypes Hedda and Mammy encounter in Jeff Whitty's play The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler is like this.
  • The Book of Mormon has Jesus speaking like a stoner.

Video Games
  • Takaya from Persona 3 Fan Nickname is hippie Jesus because he is said to bear resemblance to him by some people.
  • Not exactly Jesus himself, but quite close - Kunino-sagiri from Persona 4 is seen wearing a stereotypical hippie outfit, complete with the "peace" motif. The messianic resemblances are probably intentional considering his twisted vision of "saving people".

  • Used as a joke in You Damn Kid, when the Kid thinks if Jesus makes his second coming he should get a haircut or they'll think he's one of those damn hippies.
  • In Evil Diva, he runs a coffeehouse.
  • In The Devil's Panties, Jesus and Satan occasionally appear. Jesus wears a peace symbol instead of a cross and smokes a joint almost constantly.
  • Subverted in Shortpacked!—like most of these examples, Historical Jesus is willing to call people out about helping the needy and loving each other, but he also criticizes (Jewish) Ethan for working on Saturday and thinks Leslie's family was right to disassociate themselves with her lesbian lifestyle.
  • Somewhat Subverted in Irrelevator where the green character has a the look, with peace symbol on his shirt does drugs and is laid back. But is not a prime example of spreading love and understanding.

Web Original

Western Animation

Real Life
  • One of the apparent goals of the project to expunge "liberal bias" from the Bible backed by Conservapedia is to eliminate all hints of hippiedom from Jesus as he appears in the New Testament. And head asploding in 3...2...
  • And in Biblical Palestine, a short haircut and a clean-shaven look would have been associated with the Roman occupier, a thing which would not have won Jesus too many fans. The long hair and "hippie beard" would have been demanded of a religiously observing Jew, for one thing!