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Just a Pilgrim is a comic series by Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezequerra. It follows the tale of a mysterious Christian in a Post-Apocalyptic setting. The storyline, however, is anything but Christian. It also has a sequel, Pilgrim: Garden of Eden, and a movie adaptation.


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  • After the End: The world has been reduced to a desert by the sun expanding into a red giant.
  • Anti-Hero: The Pilgrim, though by the end of the first story arc he's arguably more of a Villain Protagonist. He gets better at the end of the second.
  • Anyone Can Die: And they almost all do, too.
  • The Atoner: The Pilgrim. Somewhat Deconstructed in that his "atonement" is actually just running away from his mistakes instead of really making up for them - meaning he ends up repeating them.
    Pilgrim: ...So the Bible's true 'cause it says so in the Bible, that it? I think I got a bridge I can sell you, Father.
    Preacher: Heh. It's true because you feel it's true, my friend. Because you believe and accept it in your heart. People go looking for God outside— for proof, for signs of his existence in the material world—when they really should be looking inside. In here.
    Pilgrim: An God's inside you, Father?
    Preacher: He is.
    Pilgrim: You don't doubt, you don't question—you kin go on an' do what yore s'posed to, an He'll take care of the rest?
    Preacher: He will. Why do you ask?
    Pilgrim: Just thinkin'. Seems a bit like the Army.
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  • Badass Longcoat: Pilgrim's Duster. Also: Castenado's pirate coat.
  • Badass Normal: Pilgrim
  • Bad Boss: "Thassa good lad, to die for Castenado."
  • Biblical Motifs: Dozens, but one of the funniest is Christine being given an apple by her pet snake Ozzie in the garden.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: For a Christian, Pilgrim is pretty harsh. Forget bible-thumping, if you reject God, he says you're possessed and shoots you. Though his antagonists tend to be cruel pirates and omnicidal parasites.
  • Blob Monster: Sliders.
  • Blood Knight: The Pilgrim. Actually how he developed his skills - a semi-Sociopathic Soldier who was part of a elite unit that participated in actions all over the globe.
  • Brick Joke: the lost case of sausages Cameron is looking for in ‘’ Garden of Eden’’. It’s a major Mood Whiplash, when he excitedly announces he found it right after the others found out the pilgrim had just cooked them the body of their dead friend and pretended it came from a carrion bird. After the sliders destroyed most of their food.
  • Catchphrase: "You and me, Lord. You and me."
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    • Also Castenado's "Oh dear," which is often immediately followed by some poor bastard getting butchered Crossed-style.
  • Crapsack World: In a desertified Earth hit by the sun's expansion into a red giant, the entire environment is filled with hostile wildlife mutated from intense solar radiation with humanity reduced to ragged survivors who are frequently hounded by raiders. The sequel, Garden of Eden, has a group of scientists planning to launch a rocket into outer space after having analyzed the impossibility of maintaining a civilization on Earth.
  • Dirty Coward: Dirk, who makes a disgustingly quick and disgustingly Face–Heel Turn after the buckers capture him, as well as a few other prisoners who tried to do the same earlier.
  • Disability Superpower: Castenado's eyes have been burned out of his head by the sun. However, his hearing and sense of smell are so good, he can track a person without needing to see their spoor. How he got so hideously dismembered (Two hook-hands, two peg-legs, no eyes and no genitals) is anyone's guess.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: The biblical apocalypse has clearly begun, with the sun being much hotter, no more sea, a "dark time unlike any other before or shall ever be again," and strange and dangerous monsters and corrupt humans roaming the land. However, most people scoff at Pilgrim's faith (which is just another piece of evidence).
  • Foil: Billy’s dad and the pilgrim, best exemplified by their respective speeches when debating whether to make a stand at the Titanic.
  • Good Shepherd: while religion itself and the pilgrims interpretation of it get savages, the chaplain who converted the pilgrim at the asylum was a well-meaning Nice Guy who died in a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Pilgrim, but he's not proud of it by a long shot.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Those taken over by the "Sliders".
  • Good Parents: John and Carla to Billy, while he does come to view the pilgrim as being able to protect him better he does regret letting them see this.
  • Groin Attack: Used by Pilgrim against Castenado, who cheerily informs him that there's "Nothin' there!"
  • Infant Immortality: consistently averted.
  • Killed Offscreen: all of the sliders victims.
  • Knight Templar: Pilgrim kills a Bucker (raider) as he's grovelling and repenting of his sins.
    • Even worse, the sole reason he hooked up with the refugee group was to use them as bait for Castenado's Buckers, which in the end results in the death of everyone in either group save the Pilgrim. Pilgrim sees this as just another part of his "holy mission."
  • Mark of Shame: Pilgrim branded himself on the left eye with the cross of the mental hospital chaplain (who saved his life during the Burn) when he repented.
  • "Noah's Story" Arc: The role of the ark is taken by a space shuttle containing genetic sequences of thousands of animals so life can be started elsewhere, as the planet is now under the control of sentient mind-controlling jellyfish.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Pilgrim's Freudian Excuse. He and the other three members of his team were stranded on a life raft for over a hundred days. He was the only survivor, and developed a taste for it.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Type "PS": Rather than being shot in the head, they have to be shot in the heart, which has been replaced by a parasite evolved from a bioluminescent jellyfish. The light from the parasite glows through a hole in the chest, and the victim's mouth and eyes.
  • Pirate: Castenado takes it Up to Eleven, being a pirate with no eyes, two peg legs, and two hook hands.
    • Sky Pirate: They use cannibalized helicopters for their raids.
  • Puppeteer Parasite /People Puppets: Sliders
  • Rage Against the Heavens: When a little girl gets infected with a Slider parasite, Pilgrim loses his faith and shouts obscenities to God.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Subverted, Pilgrim reverts to Atheism before he dies.
  • Red Shirt Army: all of the convoy of refugees besides Billy, his parents and dirk (only four of the others are named and three of them after they’ve been killed). The scientists in the Marianas trench tend to have more dialogue but again several are unnamed and only two survive.
  • Ribcage Ridge: "This is where the giants came to die"
  • Saharan Shipwreck: With a speedboat, an Aircraft Carrier, and the Titanic. Yes, that Titanic.
  • Shout-Out: Pilgrim's entire design, his face in particular, is very reminiscent of the Saint of Killers from Preacher. Not that surprising since Ennis wrote both comics.
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: Most of the characters in the second volume, who are trying to finish the final preparations for a Homeworld Evacuation before the sliders can wipe them out.
  • Take Our Word for It: See the "Squick" entry.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Dirk is convinced that he is The Hero despite being a Small Name, Big Ego Dirty Coward.

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