->''"I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant: The Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I am aware of are my commanding officer, Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, and the Lord our God."''
-->'''-- Lieutenant John Kendrick''', '''''Film/AFewGoodMen'''''

This character is a total BadAss and doesn't seem to answer to anyone. Oh, but he does. He devoutly follows none other than [[{{God}} the Big Man Himself]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment with much devotion]]. He studies the Good Book, he does what it says, won't miss services, and is often deeply conservative (or at least as conservative as someone of his ilk can possibly be). He is not necessarily Christian; his faith of choice varies widely depending on setting, and how devout he is may vary, from simply strongly to painfully religious. Basically, even the toughest badass needs to have some hope and guidance through this life.

A subtrope is BadassPreacher, when said person is himself a religious leader. See also ReligiousBruiser for when this is used as for the humor/shock value of their contrast or ChurchMilitant, when the real man fights ''for'' Jesus.

Compare and contrast KnightTemplar, WellIntentionedExtremist. After all, when you consider God to be your only authority, you're free to interpret orders however you like.

If the [[{{Jesus}} Lord Himself]] is acting like a badass, it may be JesusWasWayCool or KungFuJesus.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', though he struggles with his faith later on. Take note that the main character is something of a NayTheist (having met "God" and discovered that he's kind of a dick).
* Bartholomew Kuma of OnePiece is very powerful and is always seen carrying a Bible.
* Prussia in ''AxisPowersHetalia'' was hinted as being this back in his Teutonic Knight days.
* Zakuro Fujiwara from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' is one of the strongest [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]] on her team, a fierce warrior and NobleWolf [[AntiHero Anti-Heroine]]. She's also a practicing JapaneseChristian, attending church and wielding a whip with a cross-shaped handle. This gets [[{{Bowdlerize}} bowdlerized]] out in the dub, with the sides of the crosses removed, which led to the meme that [[DubNameChange Renee]] venerates toothpicks.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Father Alexander Anderson is a man of God through and through, [[ReligiousBruiser and second only to Alucard in badassery]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Nightcrawler was a devout Catholic and the nicest guy to ever join the ''Comicbook/XMen''. He could also kick butt when called upon to do so.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''TheBluesBrothers'' are on a MissionFromGod.
* Eli from ''HotLeadAndColdFeet''. Though played as a "soft city boy", a pacifist, and a bit of a nebbish, he routinely walks headlong into, and THROUGH, danger that would make far mightier men quail, to the point of being an ImplacableMan.
* The [[BashBrothers McManus Brothers]] from ''TheBoondockSaints'' are amazingly devout Irish-Catholics. They also assassinate drug lords, mafiosos, and other stupidly-dangerous criminals, some in broad daylight and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome once in a court of law]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight that was currently in session.]] In the sequel, mob bosses talk about how heart-attackingly scared they are of these men, not to mention their [[PapaWolf dad.]]
* ''SavingPrivateRyan'': Private Daniel Jackson was a Christian sniper who always said a quick prayer and/or kissed the cross on his necklace just before blasting some Nazi straight to hell. In the final scene, he's saying prayers ''while he's mowing down Nazis''.
* In ''TheBookOfEli'', Eli is most definitely a {{Badass}} for God. However [[spoiler:he has to learn throughout the movie to properly follow the words of the book that he so desperately wants to protect, leading to him ultimately giving up the Bible he had to save Solara's life. Although it helps that he memorized the whole thing during the thirty years he had it.]]
* Connor [=MacLeod=] ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' astoundingly remains a devout Catholic ''four hundred and fifty years'' after the very ignorance of his Catholic-kinsmen drove him out of his village for the crime of being "a witch" after returning from a mortal wound in battle. The same applies for his great-grand Nephew Duncan [=MacLeod=], also immortal and driven out by religious ignorance.
** The series also introduced RetiredBadass Darius, who's been a Catholic monk for over a thousand years.
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'': Rocky himself. Anybody else would probably also pray to Jesus if they were about to fight [[StealthPun Apollo.]]
* FullMetalJacket: [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sergeant]] [[RLeeErmey Hartman]] is proud to declare his love for the Virgin Mary, and his belief that anyone who fails to share that love is a damn communist heathen. He is, however, impressed by the Jewish private brave enough to stand up to him when he demands he declare this love too.
-->So you can give your heart to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the [[SemperFi Corps]]! Do you ladies understand?
* As shown in her biographical film ''SoulSurfer'', Bethany Hamilton.
* In the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie, Matt Murdock is shown to have a regular habit of going to Catholic confession to atone for his violence.
** His parish priest is fully aware of his dual identity, but is forbidden to disclose it due to the right of the confessional. He does wish Matt chose a different image though.
* This dialogue from ''Film/TheAvengers'':
--> [''CaptainAmerica puts on a parachute to go follow after Thor, Loki, and Iron Man'']\\
'''Natasha Romanoff''': I'd sit this one out, Cap.\\
'''Steve Rogers''': I don't see how I can.\\
'''Natasha Romanoff''': These guys come from legend, Captain. They're basically gods.\\
'''Steve Rogers''': There's only one God, ma'am, and I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like ''that''. [''jumps out'']
* Hans from ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'' is a very devout old-fashioned Christian. His faith is specifically named as the source of his confidence and tranquility, allowing him to stare death in the face without ever flinching.
* In one particularly important scene of ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Clark goes to a church and makes a confession to a priest. Clark's actual religious leanings are never made clear aside from vaguely asking if "God" is responsible for his powers when he didn't know about his alien heritage, so it's just ambiguous enough that the audience can assume what they want to assume. Writer David Goyer suggested that Clark was raised Lutheran.
* Nightcrawler from ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' is a devout Catholic who questions if his demonic appearance is a curse from God for some misdeeds that he must atone for, to the point of tattooing crosses and such.
* Sam Childers from the biopic MachineGunPreacher. He's a hard-hitting, Harley-riding manly man who's been forgiven of his past sins by the blood of Christ and now is not afraid to grab an RPG-7 stand up to the thugs that are threatening the orphanage he built.
* ''Film/PainAndGain'': Paul sure does and tries to get the half-Jewish Victor Kershaw to do so as well.
* Howie from the original ''Film/TheWickerMan'' believes in life eternal, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ, and he gets a chance to throw his faith in Lord Summerisle's face when he's about to be [[HumanSacrifice sacrificed]]. Even [[AffablyEvil Summerisle]] compliments his faith, and tells him that he'll sit with the saints in Heaven after his death.
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' opens with the conflict between the fiercely Catholic (and utterly badass) [[Creator/LiamNeeson Priest Vallon]] and the resolutely Protestant (and utterly badass) [[Creator/DanielDayLewis "Butcher" Bill Cutting]]. [[Creator/LeonardoDicaprio Amsterdam's]] discovery of his inner badass is coupled with his rediscovery of his Catholic faith; the final confrontation between Bill and Amsterdam is prefaced by intercut scenes of the two of them praying.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''TheDresdenFiles'': Michael Carpenter, Knight of the Cross. Known as "The Fist of God" to his ''friends''. We don't know what his enemies call him.
* [[BadassPreacher Father Callahan]] of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series and ''Literature/SalemsLot''.
* [[DashingHispanic Don Blas Vivar]] in ''[[{{Sharpe}} Sharpe's Rifles]]''. With just five hundred men -- only one third of them actual soldiers -- he attacks a city held by 2,000 French soldiers, and wins. Why? So he can pray in the cathedral there.
* Gordon [=McSweeny=] in Harry Turtledove's ''{{Timeline-191}}'' story line (specifically the Great War series) is the most fierce soldier on either side during the Great War, willingly leads any raid that he is ordered to make, and won the Medal of Honor at least once, possibly twice. He is also a fanatical Presbyterian, constantly scolds his men for the slightest of offences (once putting himself on report for failing to clean his mess kit, then chewing out his CO for ignoring the complaint), never fails to lambast anyone who has theological differences with his church, and prefers to use a flamethrower to "give [the Confederates and Mormons] a nice foretaste of hell before they get there."
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: In this case, Real Women Love Dronor. Daniar regularly reminds her group that Dronor is watching over them, guiding them, etc. In her book 'pray to Dronor' is a legitimate {{plan}}.
* Arthur Merriman from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* In Literature/MonsterHunterInternational, any strong religious faith can be used against certain monsters such as vampires and demons. Milo Anderson, who shares the author's Mormon beliefs, uses this to [[spoiler:pray a HolyHandGrenade into existence against a Master Vampire]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Played straight and then subverted with [[HollywoodAtheist Malcolm Reynolds]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. The first scene in the pilot episode shows us that he once was a devout believer, but the Independents' defeat at the Battle of Serenity Valley [[CynicismCatalyst breaks his faith completely.]]
** Also Shepherd Book, who is an itinerant pastor with a special ops background. He follows the Ten Commandments and [[ThouShaltNotKill doesn't kill]] [[spoiler:until his town is destroyed by an Alliance patrol ship in [[Film/{{Serenity}} the movie]]]], though the Good Book is a mite fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.
* Mr. Eko and Sayid are both shown to be religious in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Mr. Eko is a Catholic priest and has a 'Jesus Stick' covered in scripture, which he also uses to ''beat the bad guys to death with''. He's a deeply spiritual badass. Sayid is a Muslim and former Iraqi soldier and indisputable badass, but is also shown praying on at least one occasion on the island, and in his flashbacks prays in mosques.
* Seeley Booth in ''Series/{{Bones}}'' is very much a devout Catholic. He's also a former Army Ranger and still a crack sniper. [[BerserkButton And if you mess with his son Parker, his partner Temperance "Bones" Brennan or his daughter (with Bones) Christine]], he will dedicate himself to ending you.
** Arastoo, one of the Jeffersonian workers, is a devout Muslim, and once delivered a ''very'' powerful speech when someone questioned his working on a 9/11 victim's remains.
* The Reagan family on ''Series/BlueBloods'' are similarly devout Catholics. And all the men are cops (retired, in Henry and Frank's case), and Erin Reagan is a district attorney.
* Major Dick Winters of ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' - a brave, stoic, competent leader - is shown to be very religious.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The Slayer turns up at a church where vampires have taken the congregation hostage, and finds her boyfriend Riley Finn already taking charge of the crisis.
-->"How'd you get here so fast?"\\
"I didn't, I'm just late for church."
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Carlito| Colon}} gives thanks to Jesus, among other such as "everyone's favorite place Puerto Rico", [[Literature/{{Twilight}} team Jacob]] , and himself, after he steals Wrestling/JeffHardy's slammy award.
* Wrestling/MercedesMartinez states her faith in God as her reasoning for returning to Wrestling/{{WSU}} after she was paralyzed by the Midwest Militia, whose leader, Jessicka Havok, was about ready to kill her afterwards. She goes on to advise Havok to find something to pray if she hasn't already before she gets back.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible: King David. Except, y'know, he was actually Jesus' ''ancestor'' (and also the ancestor of his stepdad).
* In Literature/TheFourGospels, Jesus' twelve disciples/apostles mainly worked blue-collar jobs such as fishing and carpentry, so it's fair to assume they were [[{{badass}} manly men]]. At least one was implied to be a terrorist (the Zealots believed in violent revolution, and one disciple had that descriptor attached to his name) and another was a [[IntimidatingRevenueService tax collector]]. {{Jesus}} himself worked as a carpenter for most of his life before starting the [[MessianicArchetype Messiah gig]].
** Peter, in particular, was badass enough to pull out his sword and take on a [[AngryMob large crowd armed with swords and clubs]] sent to arrest Jesus, all by himself, until Jesus stopped him, told him off, and put a guard's severed ear back into place.
* Saints who were soldiers or warlords in life, with St. George as the most iconic example.
* In Literature/TheBookOfMormon, Mormon himself, and both seriously hardcore capitains known as [[OneSteveLimit Moroni]] kill a bunch of people, in order to protect the people of God, defend their countries, families, liberty and their right to worship God as they see fit.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' and ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'' are both full of this. Whether you favour [[ScienceFiction the distant future]] [[HighFantasy or the old ages]], it doesn't matter; these games teach you that religious belief is ridiculously {{Badass}} by filling their worlds with particularly devout {{Badass}}es.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'': The [[KnightsTemplar Paladins]] of [[CrystalDragonJesus The Church of Light]]. At least until the entire church was corrupted by evil, anyway.
* Captain Bible from ''VideoGame/CaptainBibleInDomeOfDarkness'' is a great example of this trope. He's a muscle-bound super hero who kills giant robots with just a sword... to save the inhabitants of a city from the anti-Christian lies that these robots tell them and is trying to restore Christianity to the city. Yeah, it's a [[MindScrew pretty weird]] game.
* A few ''Franchise/MassEffect'' characters tend to fit this trope.
** Ashley Williams, one of Commander Shepard's human teammates, is not only the best weapons specialist on the team, but firmly believes in God. Should the player choose so during a conversation dialogue with Ashley, she can make a quip about the old saying "There are no atheists in foxholes", to which Shepard claims to have been "in plenty of foxholes". Of course, Shepard establishes to be the ultimate badass in the galaxy by the point, due to the Commander's ascendance to the rank of Spectre.
** Matriarch Benezia, who is a religious Asari philosopher and teacher and a incredibly powerful space magician (also known as a biotic in-game).
** In the sequel, badass Drell assassin Thane Krios, who, before and after every mission, prays to his polythestic gods to aid him in his objectives, forgive him for killing, forgive the person he killed and should he die, bring him to the afterlife.
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', there are the templars, a military faction of the Chantry, the game's major religion. On a more personal level, several companions in both games are faithful Andrasteians. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Warden first meets Leliana while she's serving as a lay sister at the Lothering Chantry and ably helps fight off a group of armed men; she later claims to have been inspired to join the party by a vision from the Maker. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' there's Sebastian, a brother in the Chantry and badass archer.
* LegacyOfKain: Janos Audron is both physically imposing (tall, well-muscled, with giant black wings) and a powerful warrior-sorcerer. He's also completely, unflinchingly devoted to his God.
* Joshua Graham, from the second ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' add-on, ''Honest Hearts''. In his youth, he was trained as a missionary for the (post-apocalyptic) Church of Latter-day Saints. He was one of the co-founders of Caesar's Legion until he was disgraced and found his faith again. He also happens to be one of the strongest beings in the ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'' universe, gameplay-wise.
-->'''Joshua Graham:''' I pray for the safety of all good people who come to Zion. [[BadassPreacher But we can't expect God to do all the work.]]
* The civil war conflict in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' started because the Stormcloaks believe that Real Nords Love [[CrystalDragonJesus Talos]] (who was a man that became a god), and are outraged that TheEmpire has [[LesCollaborateurs caved to the demands]] of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] and outlawed worship of the god-man.
* In ''VideoGame/TinStarChoiceOfGames'', this comes up frequently. Nearly all of the Latter-Day Saints are both religiously-devout and master riflemen. Also, the PC can take the Religious trait, and being a USMarshal, is a {{badass}} by default.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' did this once in a ''Dog The Bounty Hunter'' parody.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Ned Flanders, considering the length of the censor bar when Homer tapes him in the shower. Also muscular build and incredible physical strength, as shown in several episodes.
** In one episode Flanders is revealed to be a senior citizen, i.e. over 65, and attributes his remarkably youthful appearance to clean living, avoiding temptation, and a daily dose of vitamin Church.
* Wolverine becomes a Christian in the 90s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[WarriorPrince Charles XII]] of the [[SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish Empire]]
* ChuckNorris. Once, when writing about the then-new phenomenon of ChuckNorrisFacts, he maintained that {{Jesus}} is the ''real'' MemeticBadass.
* Starting fairly recently, Sylvester Stallone has taken up his childhood Catholic faith once more. The missionary plot of the recent {{Rambo}} movie was partly influenced by it.
* Creator/MrT; this man averted the BlasphemousBoast with his celebrity bodyguard service's motto, and it makes him all the more BadAss for it ("The best protection short of God Himself").
* Pervasive in works dealing with The Crusades.
* George S. Patton. A hard-charging, immensely profane general who prayed and read the Bible every damn day.
** He also ordered his [[BadassPreacher Chaplain]] to write a prayer that would be distributed to the troops during the Battle of Bastogne: "Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations."
** And also believed in reincarnation, including that he was personally present in many famous past campaigns such as that of Julies Caesar, Alexander, etc.
* Dave Mustaine of Music/{{Megadeth}}.
* Orde Wingate, an eccentric British officer who helped organize Zionist militia forces and later became known as a Commando during the war (highly controversial for many say he was wasteful in lives). Wingate modeled himself after the great Hebrew warrior heroes of the Bible and his career was rather uncannily similar. He was intensely fond of rather grim [[Literature/TheBible Old Testament]]-style speech.
** "God give it to us to slay the enemies of the Jews for the enemies of the Jews are the enemies of all mankind."
* Jesus Christ arguably counts, though He was more religious to [[{{God}} His Dad]] than Himself.
* JohnnyCash. "I've been down on bended knee, talking to the Man from Galilee..."
* Robin Lee Graham [[KidHero the boy who sailed round the world]] wasn't this when he set out but became an enthusiastic Christian on his return.
* Alfred the Great was a WarriorPrince , a [[BadassBookworm scholar]] , a codifier of laws and customs, and was nominated for Sainthood.
* Don't mess with [[BadassIsraeli these guys]].
** The Jewish population of Israel is mostly secular, even if they follow some traditional Jewish cultural practices.
* The whole Muscular Christianity movement was built on this idea
* Pilgrims would hold Church service in the same building where the militia's powder was kept. Which means they could not light the stove in the middle of a New England winter. It was considered a [[MachoMasochism point of honor]] to stand straight and upright through the entire ''long'' service. When they started chattering the preacher would [[DrillSergeantNasty shout]] out something like, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Stand! And hear the word of God!]] Apparently Pilgrims thought that the way of the Lord was similar to TheSpartanWay.
** Not surprising, given the hardships the Pilgrims had to endure their first winter after landing.
* Many professional wrestlers, from the Born Again ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/{{Sting}} to the lifelong devout ChrisJericho ([[PlayingAgainstType really!]])
** And the late, great EddieGuerrero.
* Promise Keepers runs on this trope.
* Salah-ad-Din Yusuf Ibn Ayyub the Great was the Muslim version of this, as were many Muslim commanders during the era of the Crusades and onwards.
** Most, if not all, Muslim military personnel are the Islamic version of this trope.
** Khalid ibn Al-Walid is the king of the trope (the Muslim king, at least). A fiercely devout and zealous Muslim, a companion of the Muslim Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH); under his military leadership, the entire Arabian peninsula was united under the Muslim Khalifat. He is likely one of the most brilliant generals in history, being one of the three to have ''never suffered a defeat''. He was a terrifying warrior as well; a tale states that during the Battle of Muta he shattered nine swords. For his faithfulness and skill, he was named Saif-ul-Allah, meaning the 'Sword of God'. Upon his deathbed, he lamented only that he would not die a martyr for Islam.
* Filipino boxer Manny Paquiao. A devout Catholic who is currently considered as one of the best boxers, pound-for-pound wise.
* St. Ladislaus of Hungary, has ascended to MemeticBadass status even during his rule. Among other things, he is said to have cleaved a mountain in two, thus creating the Gorge of Torda, and coming back from the dead for one last battle.
* Russian MixedMartialArts champion Fedor Emelianenko is ''very'' outspoken in his faith.
* Tim Tebow and Troy Polamalu are both devout Christians (Tebow is Evangelical, Polamalu is Greek Orthodox) and pray constantly on the field.
* British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/WilliamGladstone.
* Famous film actor Creator/ToshiroMifune, a Japanese Christian of the Methodist church.
* Bethany Hamilton of SoulSurfer, while she isn't a man, obviously, but she is a {{Badass}}. ''Nothing'' will stop her from the sport she loves, not even the shark that ripped off her left arm at the shoulder.
* A significant amount of military personnel from all places and eras qualify - as the saying goes, "there are no atheists in foxholes". War has as much a tendency to make believers out of men as it does to make men out of boys, but this is not always the case, as seen here: [[http://foxholeatheists.org/]].
* ElvisPresley hated being called "The King": as far as he was concerned, the only true King was the King of Kings.
* BobDylan became a born-again Christian in the late 1970s, after which (for a period) his concerts included mini-sermons such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfc8VQvnCUk
* The Robertsons of ''Series/DuckDynasty'' are all rough-and-tumble rednecks who enjoy manly pursuits like hunting, fishing, and StuffBlowingUp. Many of them are also ordained pastors and/or have ministry degrees. There's a reason every episode ends with the group praying around the dinner table.
* Samurai were often quite strongly Buddhist, and Zen Buddhism in particular is often associated with them.
* Buzz Aldrin, [[GeniusBruiser third in his class]] at [[MilitaryAcademy West Point]], fighter pilot, [[GeniusBruiser MIT Doctor of Science in Astronautics]], and UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} astronaut who was the second man on UsefulNotes/TheMoon, was/is also a devout Presbyterian. He was the first person to perform a religious ritual on any celestial body other than the Earth, as he took communion while on the Moon using a kit he had smuggled onto the ''Eagle''.
* Ironically, many [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Hell's Angels]] and other bikers.
* Devout preacher and civil rights activist ''UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr''.
* Gary Gygax, the man who created ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', was a devout Christian.

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