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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.

Just a Pilgrim provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Catch-Phrase: "You and me, Lord. You and me."
    • Also Castenado's "Oh dear," which is often immediately followed by some poor bastard getting butchered Crossed-style.
  • Crapsack World
  • 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.
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  • 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).
  • 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".
  • Grey 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.
  • Groin Attack: Used by Pilgrim against Castenado, who cheerily informs him that there's "Nothin' there!"
  • 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 a mental hospital chaplain's cross 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.
  • Ribcage Ridge: "This is where the giants came to die"
  • Saharan Shipwreck: With a speedboat, an Aircraft Carrier, and the Titanic. Yes, the 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.
  • Take Our Word for It: See the "Squick" entry.


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