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* Averted in ''Series/CallTheMidwife''. For one thing, the nuns in question are Anglican, not Catholic. For another, although they do wear habits, the habits are Fifties-esque (when the show is set) and dark blue, not black--although the more [[AfraidOfDoctors iatrophobic]] residents of Poplar will still call them "penguins" when they're being derisive. And their names are [[TeamMum Sister]] [[SilkHidingSteel Julienne]], [[BattleaxeNurse Sister]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Evangelina]], [[{{Adorkable}} Sister]] [[TheReliableOne Bernadette]], and [[TheComicallySerious Sister]] [[CloudCuckoolander Monica Joan]] -- not a Mary in sight (although they are all saints' names). And finally, besides being nuns, they are ''midwives'' and ''nurses'' with full modern training--arguably, they are nurses first and nuns second.

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* Averted in ''Series/CallTheMidwife''. For one thing, the nuns in question are Anglican, not Catholic. For another, although they do wear habits, the habits are Fifties-esque (when the show is set) and dark blue, not black--although the more [[AfraidOfDoctors iatrophobic]] residents of Poplar will still call them "penguins" when they're being derisive. And their names are [[TeamMum Sister]] [[SilkHidingSteel Julienne]], [[BattleaxeNurse Sister]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Evangelina]], [[{{Adorkable}} Sister]] [[TheReliableOne Sister Bernadette]], and [[TheComicallySerious Sister]] [[CloudCuckoolander Monica Joan]] -- not a Mary in sight (although they are all saints' names). And finally, besides being nuns, they are ''midwives'' and ''nurses'' with full modern training--arguably, they are nurses first and nuns second.


* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[TheATeamS2E3TheOnlyChurchInTown The Only Church in Town]]", the A-Team traveled to Ecuador to help a group of nuns (including Face's former One True Love from college) in full stereotypical-looking habits protect their mission from a bunch of nuns. Of course, the full habits helped Face and Murdock sneak into the mission to do reconnaissance work. Also, Face's old flame had taken the name "Sister Theresa" and she fit into the second temperament.

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* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[TheATeamS2E3TheOnlyChurchInTown "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E3TheOnlyChurchInTown The Only Church in Town]]", the A-Team traveled to Ecuador to help a group of nuns (including Face's former One True Love from college) in full stereotypical-looking habits protect their mission from a bunch of nuns. Of course, the full habits helped Face and Murdock sneak into the mission to do reconnaissance work. Also, Face's old flame had taken the name "Sister Theresa" and she fit into the second temperament.

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** Also averted in the original ''Series/LawAndOrder''; in an episode where a nun is accused of molesting one of the homeless children in her care [[spoiler:it's later revealed to actually be a priest]], before she's accused, she comes to visit one of them being held in jail for shooting up a store. She's also dressed like a regular, middle-aged woman, and when Logan asks her if nuns have a curfew, she retorts, "It went out with the penguin suit".


* DressCode: They will wear the full "penguin suit" habit most of the time (though there are a few exceptions; e.g., an [[WomanInWhite all-white]] habit, or much more rarely, the occasional plainclothes nun). Young nuns-in-training might wear just the wimple (the headpiece and/or veil, hence why it's called "TakingTheVeil"), to let the audience know they're still in the pupal stage. (Postulants are rank beginners: they become novices after about six months in basic training.)

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* DressCode: They will wear the full "penguin suit" habit most of the time (though there are a few exceptions; e.g., an [[WomanInWhite [[VirginInAWhiteDress all-white]] habit, or much more rarely, the occasional plainclothes nun). Young nuns-in-training might wear just the wimple (the headpiece and/or veil, hence why it's called "TakingTheVeil"), to let the audience know they're still in the pupal stage. (Postulants are rank beginners: they become novices after about six months in basic training.)


* The two nuns in ''{{Film/Doubt}}'' fit the two different temperaments pretty well.
** But their order wore bonnets instead of the stereotypical squarish cornettes and veils over a tight-fitting coif cap. They are the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in New York and were founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint.

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* The two nuns in ''{{Film/Doubt}}'' fit the two different temperaments pretty well.
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well, but their order wore bonnets instead of the stereotypical squarish cornettes and veils over a tight-fitting coif cap. They are the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in New York and were founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint.




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* ''Film/DarkAngelTheAscent'': The nuns whom Veronica meets on the street are in full habits (which look more Orthodox than Catholic incidentally), and offer her a shelter for the night in a church since they think she's homeless. Service work like this is more likely something religious sisters would do, the latter don't wear habits, but simple clothes with perhaps a modest headdress. Even assuming they were nuns, full habits ordinarily are only worn inside of a convent or at mass.


* In ''Film/TheSongOfBernadette'' the Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction fit this exactly, but they're a real order and it's a matter of historical record. The film producers sent a request to the mother-house at Nevers, France for a copy of the pattern for the exact habit worn at the time Bernadette was there. In fact, ''The Song of Bernadette'' is almost certainly one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s for this trope.

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* In ''Film/TheSongOfBernadette'' the Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction fit this exactly, but they're a real order and it's a matter of historical record. The film producers sent a request to the mother-house motherhouse at Nevers, France for a copy of the pattern for the exact habit worn at the time Bernadette was there. In fact, ''The Song of Bernadette'' is almost certainly one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s for this trope.


* The monstrous SociopathicHero Marv, of ''ComicBook/SinCity'', claims to have feared and respected the nuns at his school, to the point where he named his HandCannon after one of the m and claim it's almost lived up to its namesake. One of the possible reasons why he mostly never [[WouldntHitAGirl hits women]].

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* The monstrous SociopathicHero Marv, of ''ComicBook/SinCity'', claims to have feared and respected the nuns at his school, to the point where he named his HandCannon after one of the m them and claim it's almost lived up to its namesake. One of the possible reasons why he mostly never [[WouldntHitAGirl hits women]].


In real life, of course, there are as many varieties of nuns as there are branches of Christianity. For one thing, most modern nuns seldom wear the full habit anymore. The exceptions are mostly old-fashioned contemplative orders, and even they don't wear them all the time; habits are expensive and difficult to wash, and thus a nun might have only one habit to use on occasion. They usually just wear the wimple and a plain grey or black dress, and some orders don't even require that much and have their sisters wear modest street clothes (usually the teaching and/or service-oriented orders, for example the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St. Joseph). Every order also has its unique habit, and not all of them are black and white. Carmelite nuns wear brown, for example. Nuns also vary in temperament, but many viewers who grew up in Catholic schools (particularly before TheSeventies) may remember the "[[SternNun scary nuns]]" most vividly.

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In real life, of course, there are as many varieties of nuns as there are branches of Christianity. For one thing, most modern nuns seldom wear the full habit anymore. The exceptions are mostly old-fashioned contemplative orders, and even they don't wear them all the time; habits are expensive and difficult to wash, clean, and thus a nun might have only one formal habit to use on occasion.for special occasions. They usually just wear the wimple and a plain grey or black dress, and some orders don't even require that much and have their sisters wear modest street clothes (usually the teaching and/or service-oriented orders, for example the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St. Joseph). Every order also has its unique habit, and not all of them are black and white. Carmelite nuns wear brown, for example. Nuns also vary in temperament, but many viewers who grew up in Catholic schools (particularly before TheSeventies) may remember the "[[SternNun scary nuns]]" most vividly.


* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' had nuns in full habits, but in keeping with its setting in a candy-colored RetroUniverse, the habits were blue and white instead of black and white. (The Sisters of Mary of the Eucharist, Trinitarians of Mary and Sisters of Life, among others, really do wear blue and white. Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, a contemplative order, actually wear ''pink''.)

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* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' had nuns in full habits, but in keeping with its setting in a candy-colored RetroUniverse, the habits were blue and white instead of black and white. (The Sisters of Mary of the Eucharist, Trinitarians of Mary and Sisters of Life, among others, really do wear blue and white. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_Adoration_Sisters Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Sisters]], a contemplative order, actually wear ''pink''.)



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* In an episode of ''Series/ThatGirl'', Ann (Creator/MarloThomas) meets a folk-singer and urges her to start a musical career. The singer declines, and Ann doesn't learn why until she tracks down the young woman -- to her convent, where she wears her habit rather than her plainclothes. (Terre Thomas, Marlo's sister, played the sister. [[note]]And their father, Creator/DannyThomas, played a Father.[[/note]])


* A plainclothes nun appears on ''Series/{{Chopped}}'', alongside a Catholic priest, a rabbi, and a youth pastor, in the episode with the theme of religious people and ingredients from TheBible, or religious cultural practices.

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* A plainclothes nun appears on ''Series/{{Chopped}}'', alongside a Catholic priest, a rabbi, and a youth pastor, in the episode with the theme of religious people and ingredients from TheBible, Literature/TheBible, or religious cultural practices.


* DressCode: They will wear the full "penguin suit" habit most of the time (though there are a few exceptions; e.g., an all-white habit). Young nuns-in-training might wear just the wimple (the headpiece and/or veil, hence why it's called "TakingTheVeil"), to let the audience know they're still in the pupal stage. (Postulants are rank beginners: they become novices after about six months in basic training.)

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* DressCode: They will wear the full "penguin suit" habit most of the time (though there are a few exceptions; e.g., an all-white habit).[[WomanInWhite all-white]] habit, or much more rarely, the occasional plainclothes nun). Young nuns-in-training might wear just the wimple (the headpiece and/or veil, hence why it's called "TakingTheVeil"), to let the audience know they're still in the pupal stage. (Postulants are rank beginners: they become novices after about six months in basic training.)


* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' had nuns in full habits, but in keeping with its setting in a candy-colored RetroUniverse, the habits were blue and white instead of black and white. (The Sisters of Mary of the Eucharist and Sisters of Life really do wear blue and white.)

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* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' had nuns in full habits, but in keeping with its setting in a candy-colored RetroUniverse, the habits were blue and white instead of black and white. (The Sisters of Mary of the Eucharist Eucharist, Trinitarians of Mary and Sisters of Life Life, among others, really do wear blue and white.white. Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, a contemplative order, actually wear ''pink''.)



** Played straight with the nurses at St. Ann's, the local mental hospital. They're not just in habits, they're in the all-white ones with huge headpieces.

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** Played straight with the nurses at St. Ann's, the local mental hospital. They're not just in habits, they're in the all-white ones with huge headpieces.headpieces, and are probably meant to be Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul.



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* ''Film/{{Novitiate}}'' has the contemplative Sisters of the Blessed Rose (fictional). Since this is the early 60s, they wear the full "penguin" outfit, in fact one of the plot points is the controversy over dispensing with these traditions in light of the Second Vatican Council.



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* A plainclothes nun appears on ''Series/{{Chopped}}'', alongside a Catholic priest, a rabbi, and a youth pastor, in the episode with the theme of religious people and ingredients from TheBible, or religious cultural practices.

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