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Madwoman of the Sacred Heart is a satirical comic-book miniseries by Alejandro Jodorowsky, with art by Mœbius.

When his wife very publicly humiliates him at his sixtieth birthday party, popular philosophy professor Alan Mangel suffers a nervous breakdown. As he is still in the midst of his breakdown, one of his students, Elizabeth, invites him to have sex with her. He reluctantly takes her up on the offer. Months later, she reveals that she is pregnant with his child, which she believes will become the new Messiah. Alan is opposed to abortion, and thus agrees to do whatever he must to make sure the child is born healthy. Elizabeth's demands grow rapidly, until he finds himself goaded into committing various dangerous or even illegal activities to keep her happy.

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  • Cuckold: The miniseries opens with Mangel finding out on his sixtieth birthday party that his wife has been cheating on him with one of his students. For added humiliation, she has sex with her paramour in the middle of the party.
  • Extreme Doormat: Much of the plot works because Alan lets everyone boss him around.
  • Fan Disservice: Early in the first volume, Alan recounts the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah's divinely-inspired copulation, and the audience is treated to the spectacle of two horrifically ancient people having sex.
  • Likes Older Men: The fact that Alan is about forty years her senior does not seem to deter Elizabeth's obsession with him.
  • Meaningful Name: Elizabeth is named for the mother of John the Baptist. Part of her obsession with Alan is because his middle name is Zechariah, the name of the Biblical Elizabeth's husband.
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  • Naturalized Name: Alan was born Alan Mangelowski, but he changed it to Mangel to downplay his Jewish heritage.
  • Potty Failure: Mangel starts suffering from nervous bowels after having to deal with Elizabeth and her possibly-criminal friends.
  • There Is Only One Bed: At one point, Alan, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph all have to sleep in the same bed.
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