Nuns N' Rosaries

This trope is when all Christians are not only all Catholic, but all Roman Catholic (as opposed to Eastern Catholic or Orthodox).

Common aspects include:
  • If they're part of an order, the men will be priests with crosses, or monks with brown robes, and the women will be nuns in typical habits and wearing or holding rosaries.
  • Lay people will cross themselves and go to confession.
  • Old ladies wearing black veils will be kneeling at their pews praying the Rosary.
  • People who are very ill or dying will receive the Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites.
  • Occasionally you will see troops of little boys in suits and little girls in full bridal attire, traditional for First Holy Communion, which often takes place at Easter.
  • If the kids go to Catholic school, they wear their uniforms all day after school.
  • The icing on the cake, of course, will be the Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • Families will often be fairly large.
  • Characters who identify as Catholic, whether practicing or not, will often have a Guilt Complex.
  • Statues of The Virgin Mary, various saints, and occasionally Jesus Himself will be prominently visible and the characters pray to them, or in front of them.
  • Every Catholic church will have stained-glass windows and high gothic arches.
  • A female character may decide to become a nun.
  • Sometimes, the Catholic Schoolgirls Rule trope is discussed or played with. (Depending on the Writer, it may be deconstructed.)

In other words, just the basic stereotypical stuff. None of the complexities to confuse the audience, and especially none of the controversies (unless it's Ripped from the Headlines).

In Anime, it's related to Creepy Cool Crosses and Nuns Are Mikos.

More frequent in American and Japanese TV series/movies than in European ones.

Trope name comes from, but isn't related to, the hard rock group Guns N' Roses. It also has nothing to do with the opening theme song for Baccano!!.

Compare Hollywood Nuns.


Anime and Manga
  • Subverted in Hellsing, where one of the major conflicts is between the Protestants and the Catholics over how to deal with vampires and other demons.
    • Of course, it's the Anglican church, so you get to keep all the fancy decorative bits, and things like holy water, and there's no difficulty over Alucard's source of bullets or anything like that. Now, if England were run by Lutherans...
  • Maria†Holic is interesting in that the writers are both having fun with the Catholic Schoolgirl Lesbian Genre and are fully aware of the actual Catholic teachings. One rare serious moment has the Student Council President explaining the Catholic beliefs and how non-Christians get along in that environment. All in all, it's rather respectful to both.
  • The nun division in Mahou Sensei Negima!'s academy defense is utterly saturated with this trope. Of course, they only show up in one arc, and even then it's quite a brief one, as only 3 members are ever seen.

  • Highlander (1) has this when Macleod goes into a cathedral to pray. Lots of nuns and crossing yourself when the Kurgan bids them happy Halloween...
    • "Nuns. No sense of humour." (It is hallowed ground, though.)
  • A confessional of this type is set up in the firehouse in Ladder 49. Although this might not count, since it's one of the jokes played on the rookies.

Live-Action TV
  • In the fourth series finale of Misfits, Nadine and her protectors are all cloistered, habit-wearing nuns. There's also a running gag of Rudy trying to get through 50,000 Hail Marys in order to be forgiven his many sins.
  • You can see Fr. Mulcahy do a number of standard things in M*A*S*H. He blesses people with the Sign of the Cross, hears confessions, gives dying soldiers the Last Rites, and occasionally crosses himself. His constant charity work and fundraising through gambling are also typical.

Western Animation
  • In the episode of The Simpsons where Bart and Homer convert to Roman Catholicism, it's pretty much a cliché fest, full of nuns and confessionals. Marge imagines Catholic Heaven at one point, and sees a bunch of Irish, Mexican and Italian people partying. Not to mention, Homer's and Bart's most favourite activities were to become Bingo, pancakes, praying with rosaries, and blasting the streets with tommy-guns.

New Media
  • The blog Wear Your Mantilla briefly discusses this trope, in relation to a stock photo of an olive-skinned woman with a headcovering and a rosary.