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->''He doesn't necessarily hit you with his sword arm. He hits you with his faith.''
-->-- ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' designer '''Andy Collins''', on 4th Edition Paladins

The Warrior Monk is a fighter defined by his or her faith, which serves as a weapon and armor the equal of any mundane wargear. He focuses his mind with sacred chants before the battle, [[SurvivalMantra quotes scripture while he smashes aside infidels]], strikes with [[MissionFromGod absolute conviction]], and fights without fear or hesitation. He is a combination of the archetype of the warrior and the archetype of the shaman. Both archetypes share the need of rites of passage.

This character is often a member of a ChurchMilitant, be it a martial-minded sect within a larger religion or the divine army of a powerful theocracy. Other Warrior Monks have more diverse backgrounds, and could hail from actual monasteries, master-apprentice relationships, or could even be self-taught. Warrior Monks may be shining examples of a religion's ideals, or in some situations may end up ''fighting'' a ChurchMilitant if the latter has become a CorruptChurch. Others may ignore religious politics altogether, doing more for their faith by acting as an example.

This character type has two usual regional variants:

* The '''Western''' form of Warrior Monk often turns out as a particularly devout KnightInShiningArmor, a heavily-armed and -armored crusader combining martial prowess with unmatched devotion to the ideals of the church (if not necessarily [[CorruptChurch the church itself]]). Expect such warriors to be referred to as {{paladin}}s or [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar templars]]. In a fantasy setting, these Warrior Monks frequently enjoy tangible signs of their deity's favor, along with a variety of [[BarrierWarrior defensive]], [[HealingHands curative]], or [[StatusBuff augmentative]] powers, overlapping with the CombatMedic's repertoire. They also occasionally have a few [[HolyHandGrenade offensive abilities]] along with [[MeditationPowerup battle skills]], too. Still, sometimes the best way to deal with a monster or evil-doer is with a good, solid blow to the head, so Western monks often arm and train with blunt weapons such as maces, warhammers and flails, especially if to overcome the vow to never shed blood literally.
* The '''Eastern''' variant are mainly Buddhist in nature, though China has its Taoists and Japan its Mikoshi and Shinto. Whether it be the saffron-robed Shaolin monks or the mountain-wandering Yamabushi or Shugenja, this seemingly-harmless, lightly-armed traveler unexpectedly displays incredible ass-kicking abilities at the sign of trouble, then gives some [[{{Koan}} words of wisdom]] to any survivors. Due to the differences between Western and Eastern religions, these Warrior Monks tend to be more contemplative mystics than dogmatic, crusading zealots, but are no less devout than their foreign counterparts; Eastern religion-based monks derive inspiration from fitness and effort connected with higher thought and understanding of themselves and the world around them, from how Gautama also was once of the warrior caste, having faithful bodyguards to protect him on his pilgrimages from danger, Bodhidharma being the original teacher of physical prowess to Shaolin, and to the mysteries of the world's dynamics, be it qi or the potential buddha in all, allowing one to understand how to flow with all of creation. When it comes to an Eastern-style Warrior Monk's powers, all bets are off: they can be wielders of a SimpleStaff, melee masters of KiAttacks, or walking avatars of [[ElementalPowers elemental destruction]].

If [[SaintlyChurch their cause is worthy enough]], these characters can be [[IncorruptiblePurePureness among the most noble heroes in the world]]. Other times, Warrior Monks can become [[KnightTemplar self-deluded extremists]] who let [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the end justify the means]]. It is also important to remember that [[ReligionOfEvil evil churches]] can have (un)holy warriors, too.

This character type is usually confined to medieval settings, though modern examples exist. See BadassPreacher for when a holy man takes up arms to protect his flock, and ChurchMilitant for religions that don't shy away from violence. Can sometimes overlap with MasterSwordsman. BareFistedMonk is a subtrope, [[AllMonksKnowKungFu and is by no means confined to Eastern-style Warrior Monks]]. May have EnlightenmentSuperpowers. Some examples of a WarriorMonk may be encouraged by their order to be a WarriorPoet.



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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' introduces Sister Schach Nouera, the {{Dual Tonfas}}-wielding Church Knight of the [[SaintlyChurch Belkan Saint Church]].
** [[spoiler:[[IntangibleMan Sister Sein]]]] is also currently training to be one under Schach as of ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX''. Her younger sisters, [[spoiler:Otto and Deed]] are also working for the church, as a female butler and nun, respectively.
** Chantez Arpinion of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is another one of Schach's students. She uses DualTonfas like her master and fights using a combination of SuperSpeed and trickery.
* The Church Knights of the Holy Empire in ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara''.
* In Manga/{{Vagabond}} the monks of the Hōzōin Temple are devout buddhists and very proficient [[BladeOnAStick spear wielders]]. Most of the common ronins who challenge them at their temple quickly get their asses handed to them. Their master, Inshun, deserves special mention for being the first to actually beat [[UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]] in a fair fight and displaying such prowess, that he made ArrogantKungFuGuy Gion Toji lose all faith in his own ability.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' we have the monks of the famous Fire Temple, who are known for their Gift of the Hermits chakra. A major technique derived from this is the Welcoming Approach: '''Thousand Armed Murder'''. Very self-explanatory.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} is very religious, and was even ordained a Catholic priest [[spoiler:[[AllJustADream in a years-long hallucination]].]] His faith allowed him to defeat Dracula where other X-Men had failed.
* The Priestesses of Hathhalla are this in ''ComicBook/{{Artesia}}''. Being women and brutally violent they also fall into DarkActionGirl.
* Thara Ak-Var from the Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} comics, she's the super-hero known as Flamebird as well as a devout follower of the Church of Rao.
* ComicBook/WonderWoman is an Amazon Princess who is also devoted to her many gods and will some times offer a peaceful hand to her enemy rather than fight them.

[[folder: Film ]]
* The eponymous character from the movie ''Film/{{Priest}}'' belongs to an Anglican/Catholic order with the sole purpose of ridding the world of vampires using knives and other pointy objects.
%%* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' fulfills this trope in all but name.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* The Thirty of Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Literature/{{Drenai}}'' series are a group of warrior monks, who spend their lives training to fight in one battle against evil where all but one of them will die. The survivor is usually sent away before the final attack or their last stand and will form the next Thirty.
* Aramis of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' was studying to become a priest.
* The Church Knights from ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'' by Creator/DavidEddings are an odd example. While technically orders of cloistered monks when not on the battle fields the normal rules of the clergy are relaxed for them. For example they can get married despite being clergy in an {{Expy}} of the medieval Catholic Church. What makes them ''really'' odd though is that in a world where ReligionIsMagic their magical powers come from the Styric Gods (and in the case of the Genedian Knights, the Troll Gods as well). It leaves them essentially straddling two religions while otherwise playing the trope (mostly) straight. Lampshaded within the books themselves when it finally dawns on them all that since 'magic' comes from gods they never really needed to go outside their own religion as the Elene god probably could have been convinced to do the same thing for them that the Styric and Troll gods do for their followers. It's concluded that the Elene god is so aloof, it's no surprise no-one thought it would be possible.
* Joscelin Verreuil from the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series belongs to an order called the Cassiline Brotherhood. Cassiline Brothers train for 10 years to beclome elite bodyguards who serve the royal family. All members swear allegiance to the Precepts of Cassiel which include celibacy.
* In some of the ''Myth/RobinHood'' stories/ballads, Friar Tuck is an accomplished swordsman and archer, and when he isn't he can usually hold his own with his fists or a staff.
* In the ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'', the Monks of Mt. Angel become this after the Change. Notable in that it is not only a conscious shift from a more traditional monk to WarriorMonk, but that they also [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] it very often.
* ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine''
** The Monastics are warriors, diplomats and assassins with high-end [[MasterofYourDomain somatocommand skills]]. The 'religion' part seems almost tacked on.
** The Priests of Khryl (and Knights of Khryl) are the KnightInShiningArmor variant of this trope and devotion to their god [[HealingFactor has]] [[SuperStrength its]] [[HealingHands benefits]]. Khryl is a god of war.
* The Abellican Church from R. A. Salvatore's ''DemonWars'' saga has ''very'' strong martial traditions (the only warrior able to consistently best elf-trained swordsmen is an Abellican monk, [[SinisterMinister albeit an evil one]]), though not all Abellican clergy follow that path.
* Archbishop Turpin in the medieval ''Literature/ChansonDeRoland''.
* Literature/TheFiveAncestors
* The villain of ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' is a literal KnightTemplar as well as an example of the trope.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': The smith priests of Fenix field "battle priests", who are present during the Battle of the Samara in ''The Baron of Maleperduys.'' Naturally, they wield war hammers.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a few:
** Thoros of Myr is a red monk of the fire god R'hllor as well as a fearsome fighter. He has overthrown many a man in a melee with his flaming sword and was famously the first warrior over the wall during the seige of Pyke. He lapsed in his faith for some time until early in the series, when he experiences a re-awakening.
** The Drowned Men are holy men of the Drowned God who are expected to take up driftwood cudgels and kick ass for the faith when heathens are about.
** The men of the Night's Watch belong to a semi-monastic order where they have to have vows of celibacy and renounce all claims to heritage and lands. Calling them monks would be a stretch, since they don't subscribe to a faith (though recruits swear their vows before the Seven or the Old Gods, whichever they choose). The celibacy vow is very lax, as they are informally allowed to have sexual relations as long as these don't produce any offspring. The recruiting has also become gradually lax as well, as they have to scrape from the bottom of the barrel and recruit mostly from convicts and criminals, whereas in better years many lords and heirs "took the Black". The Watch has become a [[TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment form of punishment]], and not a very appetizing one; in the eventuality that a criminal has to choose between jail, execution or [[ReassignedToAntarctica "taking the Black"]], most criminals would chose the alternative to the Watch.
** The Faceless Men of the House of Black and White are a monastic order based on Braavos of highly specialized and skilled assassins who are in service of the Many-Faced God, a composite god of the multiple religious facets of death. They are said to be skillful enough to achieve even better results than thousands-manned armies.
** The Faith Militant is a more straightforward example of warrior monks reminiscent of knightly orders of Christianity in the real world. Basically enforcers of the Faith of the Seven, the Faith Militant has had various conflicts with the Iron Throne because of their belief that they answer to a higher power than the Kings of Westeros, making them almost completely unaccountable, overtly zealous and unbending. The early Targaryen kings had constant problems with the Faith Militant that they could not solve through forceful means and the ensuing conflicts left innumerable deaths on both sides until peace was reached by justified concessions leading to a complete armistice of the Faith Militant; [[spoiler:then Cersei Lannister gave them leave to arm themselves again.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'', the avout, who are monks of science, logic and philosophy, have an order of the Ringing Vale, who specialize in the science of combat.
* Literature/{{Thraxas}} runs into two groups of warrior monks, unsurprisingly in ''Thraxas and the Warrior Monks''.
* In ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' all clergy of the [[ChurchMilitant Derethi]] religion are trained in monastaries where they learn combat skills, among other things. This is taken to its most extreme by [[PriestKing Wyrn's]] favorite enforcers, the Monks of Dakhor, who use a combination of BodyHorror and BloodMagic in tandem with fighting skills to make them so dangerous that opponents of the Derethi sometimes call them ''demons''.
* [[TheHero North]] from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'', who is very upfront about his faith in a world where almost no one believes in God anymore. He often prays before and after battle, and always prays for the souls of those who died in battle, whether they were his allies or enemies.
* The Michalines and later the Knights of the Anvil in Katherine Kurtz' Deriyniverse qualify.
* Literature/ElsabethSoesten's friend and companion, Brother Hieronymus, is a warrior ''friar'', who is no slouch with a sword and buckler, and studied with a master named Leonardus in his youth, whom he holds in high esteem.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Series 5 of the new series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a religious order of Clerics, who judging by the titles they hold appear to be members of a variant of Anglicanism. Refreshingly for a warrior monk order from the far future, they wear practical camouflage combat gear instead of anything overtly religious or ornate.
** It's an unusual version where TheReveal is that the soldiers are priests, rather than that the priests are soldiers.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has several. Although the Ecclesiarchy is a Church Militant that mostly restricts itself to preaching and keeping the whole Imperium fanatical, some priests and drill-abbots actually go into the field and handle some military duties alongside the [[BadassArmy Imperial Guard]], some [[StateSec Inquisitorial cells]], and most notably the [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]], who are technically a group of client institutions of the Ecclesiarchy.
** While the Adepta Sororitas have many orders dedicated to medicine, diplomacy, and scholarly pursuits, there are the Orders Militant, better known as [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]], who really play this trope straight.
** In terms of individual [[SuperSoldier Space Marine]] Chapters, there is something of a sliding scale of this trope. Most Chapters are essentially monastic and militant brotherhoods, and have their members doing little more than sleeping, eating, praying, and drilling for most of their members not at war; and are prone to shouting out mantras, litanies, invocations, and other Imperial catchphrases in the middle of battle. But in spite of this, Space Marines think of their founder and true master, normally referred to as the GodEmperor of Mankind by most of humanity, as a very powerful man and nothing else ([[AGodIAmNot going along with his own opinion on the matter]]).
*** The Black Templars, rather unsubtly, play this trope completely straight, since they're a notoriously devout and furiously puritanical chapter. They draw many elements and inspiration from the Teutonic Knights and the Knights Templar.
*** The Dark Angels and successor chapters, however, play this trope just a little less unsubtly, as they are essentially Arthurian knightly orders. However, they are less monastic than the Black Templars, whose sources of inspiration were founded on religious grounds.
*** [[IncorruptiblePurePureness The Grey Knights]], a specialized Chapter of Space Marines serving as the arm militant of the Ordo Malleus,the branch of the Inquisition that specializes in fighting Chaos, are the only faction that has never had an example of anybody turning over to Chaos, so their ranks will inevitably include some Ecclesiarchy priests and the odd Adepta Sororitas elements.
** And of course, since dark deities also occasionally flirt with this trope, darkly devout [[EvilCounterpart Chaos Space Marine]] chapters and warbands fit. Most notable is the Word Bearers legion, who are arguably the ones ultimately responsible for the state the galaxy is in, who were the first Crusaders of Chaos, opened the way to Chaos worship for every other Imperial faction, and of course remain its most fanatical followers. Ironically, the Word Bearers turned to Chaos because the Emperor rejected their worship of him, culminating in him sending the Ultramarines to demolish the cathedral city the Word Bearers built in his name and forcing them to kneel before him in subjugation. The sting and humiliation of rejection coupled with their need to worship a higher power led them to Chaos.
** [[HereWeGoAgain And finally]], Space Marine Chaplains and Dark Apostles are the spiritual leaders within Space Marine Chapters and Traitor Legions. These guys are fanatical and charismatic to the point that they become spiritual leaders of good and evil orders of Warrior Monks, which is impressive in itself.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' also gives us the Warrior-Priests of Sigmar who like to bash stuff with big hammers. Followers of Ulric are similar, but favor axes. There are also Bretonnian Questing and Grail Knights, and some Chaos warlords qualify as evil versions of this trope.
* Paladins and clerics in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', along with avengers and invokers from 4th edition. There's a monk class as well, but oddly it has significantly less religious content than the above classes. (But although the monk class is mostly [[NotUsingTheZedWord another name for a ninja]], it too has some notion of a pseudo-Buddhist spiritual path.)
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has Rhox War Monk, alias [[FanNickname Pancake]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174957 Flipper]].


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the two [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earliest]] installments of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda,'' [[LegacyCharacter Link]] was definitely this trope. (Both games feature the same Link.) He was a [[ChurchMilitant righteous warrior who had a Crucifix on his shield and carried a Holy Bible in his inventory]], and was willing to [[ThePaladin selflessly and unquestioningly risk his life to rid the world of evil]]. He used a cross to see invisible enemies, and even learned a special swordsmanship technique from a knight in in a church. Even more, one of his "magic spells" is actually represented with [[http://zeldawiki.org/File:Spell.png an image of him praying.]] Later installments abandoned this motif.
* Paladins in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe.
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' some variations apply:
** Alliance paladins play it straight - they gain they powers (either defence, healing or ass-kicking) from their faith in Light. Draenei paladins actually have encountered the Naaru, who are [[CrystalDragonJesus Crystal Jigsaw Angels]].
** Blood elves put a twist: playable paladins were initially ''forcefully'' sapping their powers from the captured Naaru, resulting in their skills being a bit DarkerAndEdgier. Then the antagonistic blood elves stole their Naaru and continued to drain powers from him in their favour. Playable elves found that they still had their powers - it was ThePlan on part of the Naaru to open them to a true Light. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration Their skills became more in-line with the Alliance versions]], though they still had their [[DarkerAndEdgier specific mount]].
** [[ExpansionPack Cataclysm]] adds [[ALoadOfBull tauren]] paladins into the mix, who, in line with their NatureHero tendencies, get their powers from the Sun.
** This also applies to a certain extent to Druids and Shamans, who are fuelled by their respective spiritual or religious organisations and who are fully capable of bringing the hurt up close and personal. This, however, is not as clear an example:
*** Druids shapeshift to fight, rather than relying on armour and weapons.
*** Shamans do not belong to a specific religious organisation but rather follow the spirits of the land directly.
* The Templar Order from ''Franchise/{{Dragon Age}}'' are basically warrior monks of the chantry.
* Priests (and maybe nuns) trained by the [[ChurchMilitant Order of Saint Lennox]] in ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'', owing to the fact that most of them are sent off as chaplains aboard Avelian warships and thus, need to know how to defend themselves during battles with {{pirates}}. And the Order served as Avelia's [[UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition Spanish Inquisition]]. v5 adds the Order of Saint Clara, which trains [[NunsAreMikos nuns]] to fight against TheLegionsOfHell and black magic, and the Order of Saint Micaela which, while specialising in exorcism, nevertheless trains its nuns in hand to hand combat, because the world in general is just dangerous.
* Sci-fi variant: the Aeon military in ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'', complete with three known ranks being Knight, Templar, and Crusader. Their leader is called the Avatar of War.
* The "Holy Warrior" from ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Dungeon Fantasy''.
* Ky Kiske of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
* Any tanker in ''VideoGame/{{Lineage 2}}'' is aligned with the god of their race, Shillien Knight/Templar is worship Shillen, while Eva Knight/Templar is favored by Eva. The exceptions being Human knights, both Paladin/Phoenix Knight and Dark Avenger has no deity, since Grand Kain is considered the [[BigBad Dark God of Destruction]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sonny}}'', near the end of the first game, Sonny and Veradux run into a [[KnightErrant Palladin on a mission]], and in the second game meet a [[ReligionOfEvil cult]] that has these as soldiers.
* The hammer-wielding, heavily armored Omniknight from ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'' fights for the service of "the Omniscience".
* The eponymous E.Y.E. of ''VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' are described as psi-cybernetic warrior monks. Interestingly, while they all follow the western form of this trope (being armor clad and fighting with guns, PsychicPowers and [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetics]] rather than martial arts), they are [[WeAREStrugglingTogether split into two factions]] because of resource shortages. While there are few other differences between them, the Culter Dei (player's faction) wear medieval European style armor, while the Jian Shang Di wear armor reminiscent of samurai or ninja. Additionally, rather than being part of a church, they are the militant arm of a group of [[MegaCorp megacorporations]] and their main purpose is to fight the [[GaiasVengeance Metastreumonic Force]], with [[DevilButNoGod no mention of any gods]]. Naturally, the whole setting is heavily inspired by ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
* The Priest AssistCharacter from ''VideoGame/MagicSwordHeroicFantasy'' is a typical white-magic user, using "light bullets" as his assist attack.
* Aldo the Cleric from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfDragons'', a muscular monk with a heavy weapon. His profile even states his dislike of bladed weapons, which is why he fights with a [[CarryABigStick mace]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' has a Female Warrior Monk who serves as the supporting NPC in the Forgotten Sanctuary. She was crippled by a demon while trying to purify the place with the [[HolyBurnsEvil Holy Symbol]] and has to rely on you to stop the Demon King's resurrection. Despite this, if you choose to stop the Demon King directly and [[TimeLimitBoss take too long fighting his Arch Demon]], [[{{Determinator}} she will still manage to fight her way through the dungeon despite her injury and successfully place the Holy Symbol on the Sanctuary's altar to wipe out the remaining demons for you]].
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper II'', monks are potent {{Magic Knight}}s with HealingHands, defensive powers, and [[ImprobableWeaponUser weaponized crucifixes]] that can bypass vampires' resurrection abilities and bring them FinalDeath. One mission sends the Keeper to wipe out one of their strongholds in the underworld.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Vigil of Stendarr is a ChurchMilitant order dedicated to the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedric Divine]] Stendarr, God of Justice, Mercy, and Compassion. They can mostly be found wandering the countryside purging supernatural threats ([[OurDemonsAreDifferent Daedra]], [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Worshipers]], vampires, lycanthropes, etc.) with their [[CarryABigStick maces]] and [[MagicKnight spells]]. Despite serving Stendarr, they aren't a group big on [[{{Hypocrite}} mercy]], and [[KnightTemplar do not discriminate]] between worshipers of the more benovolent Daedra and/or {{Friendly Neighborhood Vampire}}s. [[spoiler:Their headquarters gets wiped out by a vampire order at the start of the ''Dawnguard'' DLC]].

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the Corbettite Order, a monastic order of train running monks. Among [[SealedArmyInACan other]] [[TailorMadePrison things]], they build trains around Europa. Disrupt their schedules, harm their trains, their passengers, or Heaven help you, ''[[BerserkButton destroy their kitchens]]'' and you'll find out what the "wrath of God" really means.


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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* The Warrior Priests of the Ishval religion in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Even before he gained the ability to kill via FacepalmOfDoom, Scar was shown to be able to take on an entire platoon of soldiers with only [[BarefistedMonk his fists]].
* While not actual monks, in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', the students of Shinryuuji High School (Shinryuuji means Temple of the Dragon God) are encouraged to invoke this trope, often meditating and reciting Buddhist scriptures. Also subverted since we're often reminded that underneath their stern personas, they're really just your typical girl-crazy teenage boys.
* Sanzo from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is a perfect example.
* Anji Yukyuzan from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a fallen Buddhist priest, endowed with phoenomenal strength. He usually fights unarmed, though he carries around a shortsword resembling a buddhist prayer tool.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Urouge, a pirate modelled after the typical japanese warrior monk, along with [[PlanetOfHats his crew.]]
* Benkei Musashibou from ''Manga/GetterRobo'' is a monk who started fighting the Oni out of necessity. Even when piloting a giant robot, he still recites Buddhist prayers as a form of [[CallingYourAttacks attack-calling]].
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Seikai's both a monk and a fighter. Often as not, [[HotBlooded he starts it]].
* The antagonists from the second season of ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamThunderbolt'' are the Nanyang monks - a Buddhist cult that rules over the Earth's South Seas. Initially affiliated with The Federation, they defect and oppose both sides at the end of the One Year War, and what they lack in technological warfare, they make up with dogmatic faith [[spoiler: created by brainwashing from the leader's Newtype powers]] which goes as far as using suicide attacks.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The Kyoto and Nara ''sohei'' from ''ComicBook/{{Shi}}'' are based on the Buddhist warrior-monks of Japanese history (see "Real Life" below), but Buddhism rarely seems to come up and they act more like ninja. Interestingly, protagonist Ana Ishikawa's internal struggle to balance her ''sohei'' training and her grandfather's shaping of her into a tool of vengeance with her devout Catholicism makes her the straightest example of this trope in the comic.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/BulletproofMonk'''s protagonist. Self-explanatory.
* ''Film/BabylonAD.'' A [[GenderInvertedTrope gender inverted]] version is Sister Rebekka of the Neolite sect. Played by Creator/MichelleYeoh.
* Creator/BruceLee in ''Film/EnterTheDragon''. The first two scenes [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establish both his ass-kicking and philosophical credentials]]. (The philosophy discussion was in fact added to the script by Bruce himself.)
* Oto Tachibana from ''Film/YamatoTakeru'' is a priestess of Amaterasu who is also a potent martial artist. She also [[PlayingWithFire throws fireballs]], combining this trope with KungFuWizard.
* In ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'', Brother Silence is an elf [[AllMonksKnowKungFu kung-fu monk]] PlayerCharacter in Kevin Lodge's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign, whom Cass insists on playing despite Lodge's insistence that it's a Western European setting with no elves. Pastimes include delivering [[BarefistedMonk Stunning Fists]] and equally headache-inducing {{Ice Cream Koan}}s.


* Musashibō Benkei was a ''sōhei'' (see below) who was an important figure in the legend of the Samurai warlord Minamoto no Yoshitsune; he was Yoshitsune's retainer and trusted friend, often depicted as a man of great strength and UndyingLoyalty.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* Yao Shu in ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]''.
* The Fighting Monks of the Order of Wen the Eternally Surprised in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime''.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Shaolin Monks appear as one of the contenders on ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' vs. the Maori. [[spoiler: They win, handily]].
* The evil monks in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Tooth and Claw" were martial artists. Which was a bit out of place given that they were 19th-century Scots.
* Kwai Chang Caine, ''Series/KungFu''.
* In the ''Series/ChinesePaladin'' series, the monks of Mt. Shu are this, dedicated to exterminating evil and aiding the just and innocent. They also have a demon-expelling mantra that doubles handily as a BadassCreed. [[DrunkenMaster Mo Yixi]] and [[BigGood the Sword Saint]] from the original series, and [[TheAce Xu Chanqing]] from the sequel are primary examples.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Monk class in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Also the sohei from various editions' ''Oriental Adventures'' or ''Kara-Tur'' campaign settings.
* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' there's [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Armed_Samurai_-_Ben_Kei Armed Samurai Ben Kei,]] who naturally, is based on Musashibō Benkei.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' some Martian monasteries have a martial bent and a number of martial arts originate from them, such as Celestial Fist.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has them in both of its asian-inspired planes. In Kamigawa, based off Japan, the Budoka and Kannushi seek harmony with nature, but when the kami war rages on they're forced to fight against the very spirits they seek union with. In Tarkir, based off literally ''erverything'' but Japan, the Jeskai are more focused on personal perfection and martial arts. Upon the plane's re-writing, the Ojutai clan that replaces them are repressive, fanatical dragon-worshipping theocrats.

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* The Monk class in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' has monks who fire energy balls and later call down meteors. The exception was the two first games, but even ''they'' had religious figures in hooded robes that throw energy balls. They just happened to be called druids instead of monks.
* The "Martial Artist" from ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Dungeon Fantasy''.
* Sohei warrior monks are recruitable in both ''VideoGame/ShogunTotalWar'' and ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2''. In the second game, they are the specialty of the Uesugi clan. The Ikko-Ikki also use the Sohei as a special unit.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' gives us Liu Kang and Kung Lao. They even got a spinoff called ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Shaolin Monks]]''.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' gives us Aobōzu the Buddhist priest, and to an extent the protagonist Abe no Seimei, who is an ''onmyōji'' (practitioner of ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} onmyōdō]]'').
* The Order of Biron in ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia'' is a monastic order of Eastern-style Warrior Monks, combining spiritual teachings with martial arts training. Gala, one of your party members, is a member of the order at the beginning of the game. Unlike many examples of this trope, he wields [[AnAxeToGrind axes, clubs, and maces]].
* The Monk role in ''VideoGames/NetHack'' is a mystic martial arts expert who maintains rigorous spiritual conduct (ideally, though not always in practice.)
* Juroung from the 2014 ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' is a spiritual shaman warrior with [[MakingASplash water-based powers]] and a blind, complete belief in [[BigBad Grandmaster Meio]]'s godhood and the right of his "vision" for Earth. As his closest subordinate, he rules the Underground in his name and fights fully convinced that "his will guides" him to victory.
* Garr from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' may deceive some with his looks (he's, after all, a giant, alcohol-loving gargoyle), but he shows early hints of this like his giant beads and the praying pose he does when casting magic. Then mid-way through the game he's revealed to be part of a very devout city and he's, himself, [[ChurchMilitant part of a group of "angels" sent by God]] to eliminate evil. [[spoiler:And it turns out the "God" is none other than Myria ([[VideoGame/BreathOfFireI BOF1]]'s BigBad, and the "evil" is the series' protagonist race, the Brood/Dragon Clan.]]


[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Even if Aang of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' didn't expect to turn out this way, he certainly fits the mold.
* The monks in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.


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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* The [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Judges]] have elements of this, being (in theory) [[CelibateHero celibate]], [[TheStoic without emotion]] and fond of IDidWhatIHadToDo.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Guardian}}'' adds an original character named Imogen who is a temple swordfighter, implied to be of the same discipline as Auron, as the muscle on Lady Ginnem's pilgrimage.

[[folder: Film]]
* Jedi Knights from ''Film/StarWars'' combine Western chivalry and swordsmanship with Eastern mysticism, ascetics and acrobatics. They don't worship any deity in the usual sense, although their reverence of the Force itself fills in quite nicely. It goes as far as their headquarters being named the Jedi Temple.
* The gunslinger kick-ass "priests" in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' are also fit in this trope. They are refered as cleric and their leader is called Father.
* Soldiers in the movie ''Film/{{The Men Who Stare at Goats}}''. They refer themselves as warrior monks, using new age phrases, and their goal is to be jedi-like warriors.

[[folder: Literature]]
* The members of the eponymous organization of ''Literature/SpecialCircumstances'' come from a wide range of religions, both Western and Eastern varieties, each having their faith an integral part of their offensive and defensive capabilities.
* ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}: Journey to Chandara'' makes reference to a temple full of [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Shaolin]] ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Acrocanthosaurus]]''.
* The ''sfvantskors'', warrior-mystics of the Old Faith from ''Literature/TheChathrandVoyages'' are basically what you'd get if you mixed Eastern-style ninjas, shaolin monks, and Western-style paladins. They have a well-earned reputation for being some of the most badass warriors in their world. [[spoiler: Neda Pathkendle, also known as Neda Phoenix-Flame, sister of the main protagonist, is one]].
* The Carawen monks of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' are a religious order founded to protect the [[LegacyOfTheChosen Cahr Awen]]. As a result, they put heavy focus on combat training (a mix of Western and Eastern styles), and their mercenary branch is quite renowned for its effectiveness. Evraine and Aeduen were both trained by them, and even though the former is a healer, she's still an ActionGirl.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The Immaculate Order in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is mostly of the Eastern type, but--Exalted being the FantasyKitchenSink it is--they also have some overtones of the Western variety.
* The Brothers Battle from ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' are an odd combination. On the one hand, they're a future version of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar, complete with banking, but on the other hand, [[AllMonksKnowKungFu they're also known for the deadliest unarmed martial art in the Empire]]. Meanwhile, their characteristic PoweredArmor isn't really associated with either archetype.
* Similarly to ''Exalted'' above, in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'', [[FantasyKitchenSink having the game's setting that it has]], the two types coexist within the Church of [[CrystalDragonJesus Abel]] but the Western flavor has elements of the Eastern one (Ki attacks and the like) too.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s Regatha, the Keral Keep are a rather unique monstery focused on personal freedom and the study of pyromancy.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series has tons of these. In some games you can promote the previously [[SupportPartyMember helpless Clerics]] into badass ax-wielding men of faith. Then there's [[spoiler:the former [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]]] Gotoh, who gave men the gift of magic, from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''Videogame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem''; Celica, one of the two protagonists of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' who wields swords as well as her WhiteMagic; Frost from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem New Mystery of the Emblem]]''; and Jodel from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'', just to name a few.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' adds not one but two Warrior Monks to [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard's]] team.
** First is Samara, a member of a very rare sect of asari warriors who swear off having family or possessions beyond weapons and armor, and follow a strict Code which obligates them to protect the innocent and stop lawbreakers. Samara at one point compares herself to a KnightErrant or a samurai.
** On a more informal level, meanwhile, there is Thane Krios, a drell [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]] and devout polytheist who kills people he believes deserve to die in an effort to [[HitmanWithAHeart make the galaxy a better place]]. Best illustrated in his first lines:
--->'''Thane:''' Prayers for the wicked should never be forsaken.
--->'''Shepard:''' Do you really think she deserves it?
--->'''Thane:''' Not for her. For me.
** Neither of these are straightforwardly "holy" characters. Samara's Code takes a [[PrinciplesZealot very hardline stance]] toward crime, and though she's capable of finessing situations to keep from being forced to take unnecessary action, she makes it clear that this only goes so far. Thane's religion, meanwhile, takes the concept of a soul separate from the body a step or two beyond human faiths, to the point that he makes a clear distinction between acts of his own personal volition and acts that are performed solely by his body (for example, in the service of others, a mindset doubtless informed by the fact that he was raised as an assassin from the age of six) - he holds himself no more responsible for the latter than he would consider a gun to blame for shooting someone, a philosophy that would probably make prosecuting a drell serial killer a real headache.
* The Paladins from ''VideoGame/TheBattleForWesnoth'' are described directly as 'warrior monks' in the in-game description. While mainly Western-style, the no-religion-in-Wesnoth rule dictates that they gain their power not from any divine source, but from adherence to the philosophy of good itself. Although they are not as tough than their more mundane counterparts, the Grand Knights, they are faster, have basic healing abilities and are wield an Arcane-power infused attack that makes them extremely effective in combating Undead entities.
* The Pax Dei, the military forces of the Order of the New Dawn, from ''VideoGame/GroundControl'' is an army composed of warrior monks in a ''SciFi'' setting, from the lowliest Crusader (a basic infantryman) to a Volans (heavy HoverTank) pilot to a Paladin (an autonomously operating general). They don't have any special personal powers, but they do have heavy weapons and war machines, and plenty of AppliedPhlebotinum.
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic 7'' has a monk class that is a combination of the Shaolin and Western style of monk, with magic for good measure.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper 2'' features monks that are look like the traditional plump, brown-robed European friars, but [[AllMonksKnowKungFu possess the hand-to-hand fighting skills of Shaolin monks]]. As did the prequel's, though they focused more on healing and spellcasting (''everybody'' in the prequel did more spellcasting).
* The Monk class in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' is a cross of East and West--kung-fu with distinct Catholic motifs.
* Sulik from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' is a somewhat strange warrior who is guided by the spirits, if the Chosen One is a Good Karma character he can join his party. He gives spiritual advice for each location in the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Majesty}}'' features Monks trained at the temple of Dauros, the God of Law, who are a mashup of both varieties; they specialise in hand-to-hand combat that apparently draws from Kung-Fu, but their aesthetic is decidedly Catholic, including something very like Gregorian chanting being audible from the temple when at least one monk is resting there.
** The Paladins, also made available by building a Temple to Dauros, are rather obviously based on Joan of Arc.
* The Monk player class of ''Videogame/DiabloIII'' is a mixed example, being a martial artist who hails from the setting's equivalent of Russia and is a holy warrior in the vein of western examples.
* ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft'' brought in Monks with the Pandaria expansion, who have traits of both types.
* Akuji from the [=PS1=] game ''Akuji The Heartless'' fits this trope well. Even before his adventures in the underworld, the game establishes him as a bloodthirsty Voodoo priest who has killed LOADS of people in battle, to better perfect his magic.
* Alani from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is a [[FishPeople fish alien]] warrior monk who uses Ket, her order's martial art. Said martial art involves [[MakingASplash water manipulating]] [[{{Nanomachines}} nanotech]].
* The monks of ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' are bare-fisted fighters who wear little or no armor and use meditation and sometimes [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs hallucinogens]] to achieve understanding. They believe that one can achieve enlightenment and purify the soul through pain, and their powers are activating by spending points they get as they take damage in combat. Whether a particular monk is more Eastern, Western, or something altogether different depends on their origin culture, but the companion monk introduced in ''White March'', Zahua, hails from the Ixamitl Plains, and draws more from pre-Columbian Mexico than anything else.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the Blades have elements of this. The Blades are an AncientOrderOfProtectors who have long served the emperors of Tamriel as [[PraetorianGuard bodyguards]] and [[SecretPolice spies]]. They undergo TrainingFromHell that turns them into a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] OneManArmy with spy skills. Many Blades are also predisposed to the worship of Talos, the DeityOfHumanOrigin who is the ascended form of Tiber Septim, the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Third Tamriellic Empire and the person who re-formed the Blades after they were previously dissolved. The [[ChurchMilitant Order of Talos]] soon formed within the Blades in his service. Given that the Blades are essentially {{Samurai}} crossed with a western-style order of knights, they have traits falling on both sides of this trope's variants.
* The Shinwa are this in ''VideoGame/EarthAndBeyond'', albeit in spaceships. In truth, they seem to be warriors first, monks second, which makes sense given that they are the Jenquai military.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* An example of a kung-fu nun, [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Harkovast/index.php?p=625776 Chen-Chen]] in ''Webcomic/{{Harkovast}}'' has incredible abilities relating to her martial arts training she received as a member of a religious order.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Miko Miyazaki and the rest of the Azurite Paladins of the Sapphire Guard are Western-style Paladins from an Eastern-inspired civilization who call themselves Samurai. Miko further complicates matters by having levels in the actual Monk class.
* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': [[spoiler:Penk]], after becoming an avatar of Tectonicus.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids Next Door]]'' could fit this trope to a certain degree, though they're modeled mostly as a military organization, the kids that join them are generally taught and trained to fight to protect kids and their rights from evil, and do whatever is associated with achieveing that goal. And KND Operatives, for the most part, have an ingrained determination to fight for that cause while never giving it up. Those traits give the KND much in common with warrior monks. Essentially they're taught to fight for an ideal, though not political or religious, has been what kept the KND together and what might be the cause of how it's an organization that's been around since the 19th century.
* A very rare villainous example can be found in the Daughters of Aku from WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack. Raised and trained by the [[ReligionofEvil Cult of Aku]], they are very devout and Jack's most dangerous opponents, bar none.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Bishops and other clergy often fought in UsefulNotes/TheCrusades. It's widely believed that clerical law against spilling blood forced them to use [[CarryABigStick blunt weapons such as maces]], but this is a myth. There are a number of medieval illustrations of clerics using edged weapons, for instance, in the ''Rolandslied'' of Conrad the Priest, ''c''. 1170. Even more notably, a monk is depicted as the master in illustrations in the [[UsefulNotes/EuropeanSwordsmanship I.33 manuscript]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sohei Sohei]] of Japan and the original Shaolin monks are obvious historical Eastern variants. Famous warlord UsefulNotes/UesugiKenshin became a monk of the Buddhist god Bishamonten, and is depicted as His devout follower in both ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' and ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''.
** Much the same in Korea, where, during wartime, Buddhist monks often furnished a large number of fighters, either for government armies, or as volunteers fighting on their own against aggressors. During the 16th century Japanese invasion of Korea, this led to occasional battles where combatants on both sides were Buddhist monks.
* During the High Middle Ages, there were a significant number of these in the form of the Crusading Orders. While there were dozens, the big three, so to speak, were UsefulNotes/TheKnightsHospitallers and UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar, and the [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights Teutonic Knights]]. Not only were they militarily important, being large contingents of professional soldiers in an era where professional soldiers were a definite rarity, but they also wielded secular political and financial power (though the actual power they had was often exaggerated, particularly where the Templars were concerned). How holy these warriors were depends on how favourably you view their actions and members, but it is worth noting that they were frequently criticised in their own time for being power hungry, land hungry, and more concerned with financial/political gain than doing their Christian duty, and that the Orders weren't exactly wide-eyed idealists - the Teutons became infamous for, by the 15th century, effectively turning the crusading experience into a package tour for the young nobles of Europe.
** While the Templars are most famous for their less than holy concerns, the Teutons and Hospitallers ruled significant chunks of land on the borders of Christendom; the Teutons in central and eastern Europe, ruling first in Transylvania in the early 13th century, then moving up to found the ''Ordenstaat'' in 1230, now part of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, southern Sweden and western Russia (with the invasion of the latter including the famous 'Battle on the Ice'), nominally expanding Christendom eastwards and converting the pagans of the east. It ultimately evolved into the Duchy of Prussia and Royal Prussia in 1525, when the Grandmaster of the time decided to secularise the Order and become a Duke. The Hospitallers, meanwhile, took first Rhodes, then Malta, holding the Ottomans off in the famous 1565 Siege of Malta (albeit after the Ottomans had kicked them off Rhodes at the second time of asking in 1522), and held it until 1798, when Napoleon took it.
* On the Islamic side, ghazis and some orders of dervishes would also qualify to varying degrees. Most of the key religious figures in Islam including their founding fathers were warriors or commanders because the political situation of the time demanded it.
* In the 1380 CE Battle of Kulikovo, both Russian and an unspecified Tatar Khanate's armies put forth a [[CombatByChampion champion to decide the outcome]] without actually fighting. The Tatar champion was Temir-murza and the Russian, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Peresvet warrior monk Alexander Peresvet]]. Unfortunately, the two killed each other in the first round and an all-out battle still took place.
* Military chaplains are considered non-combatants, but carry a side arm and are often present in combat operations.
* Sikhs could be considered a mild example, as a part of the purpose of carrying a Kirpan is to prevent violence against the innocent when all else fails.
* UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc was a chaste maiden dedicated to the church, and could qualify. (Though she would more precisely be classified as a Warrior Nun.)
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaolin_monks Shaolin Monks.]]
* Clergymen provided a surprising number of guerrilla fighters during World War II, particularly in the Balkans as well as in Cold War era Latin America. Some of these zig-zagged this trope by having abandoned religion and joined communist guerrilla forces (e.g. priest-guerrillas in Tito's army and Cuba's Guillermo Sandinas), even though many still performed religious roles vis-a-vis civilian populations in the areas they controlled.
** The Latin American flavor of this was known as liberation theology, and in the politically-charged 80s it got the priests involved in hot water with the CDF (i.e. the modern Inquisition) under Cardinal Ratzinger (i.e. the future Pope Benedict XVI). Their collaboration with Marxist revolutionaries was strongly denounced. 25 years later, Pope Francis cooled off the Catholic Church's opposition to liberation theology, as he was sympathetic to their focus on poverty if not their political activism.