A holy man, or a man pretending to be one,note who, despite being ostensibly above such worldly desires, is one of the most perverted members of the cast, far more lecherous than any layperson. He's constantly eyeing up and making passes at girls, and often has a sizable stash of skin mags or other pornography.
The depiction of such characters varies widely between Western and Eastern works; while manga and anime will often play it for laughs with Buddhist (or pseudo-Buddhist) monk/priest characters, Western works will usually portray such characters as depraved, hypocritical, and often outright predatory (cf. Pedophile Priest). It isn't that the Europe doesn't have its share of comedic holy lechers though, especially with older works when such humor was easier to stomach.
This is quite an old trope; in Europe, at least, the depravity, greed, and gluttony of monks have been a common theme of both angry screeds and popular jokes and comic literature going back to The Middle Ages.
Not every religion requires its priests (or the equivalent) to be celibate, with some actively encouraging them to marry and have children, and a few (notably Islam) even forbid vows of celibacy. Though it is an inherent aspect of monasticism, so for actual monks to be seeking sexual pleasure will always fit this trope.
- Miroku from Inuyasha. He would touch other girls butts and every time he meets a woman, he would ask, "Would you bear my children?" even the demons. And it's actually In the Blood, sort-of: his grandfather was once defeated and cursed by Naraku, who appeared to him as a beautiful woman. Add how Miroku was raised by yet another Dirty Old Monk after his father died, and is it any wonder that he turned out to be the local Handsome Lech? Somewhat justified though as the curse of the Wind Tunnel will eventually kill him so he only has a limited amount of time to father children in if he fails to break it.
- Ikkou Satonaka, the monastic protagonist of Ah My Buddha, can access a Super Mode fueled by lust for the many attractive Miko he lives with.
- Friar Carl in Van Helsing, but technically he's only a friar, so that makes it okay.note
- Bedazzled (1967) - A cardinal is at the Devil's going away party in his seedy nightclub and hits on Stanley who's in nun drag - earlier on Stanley wonders why the devil doesn't use a pigeon to crap on a clergyman and make him sin with anger; the devil explains 'he's on our side'.
- Brother Belcher in Carry On... Up the Khyber who has sex with women in the Indian markets that have "fallen" out of their religion. He's blackmailed into going on the mission by sending a pretty girl to catch his eye, whereupon our heroes 'accidentally' walk in on subsequent events.
- Enjo: Tayama, the abbot at a Buddhist monastery has a geisha mistress that he impregnates, and keeps pinups of geisha girls.
- In The Ribald Tales of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck not only indulges in his usual vices of gluttony, drunkenness and thievery, but receives blowjobs from wenches.
- A hunter realizes the local monastery eats rabbit every day despite not raising them, so he asks how they do it.
"Well my son, what you do is this: stick two fingers in a woman's cunny, and then down the rabbit-hole. They can't resist the smell, you see."
The hunter is surprised but decides to try it out. He goes home, sees his wife scrubbing the floor, and lifts up her dress to do as the monk said, when he hears his wife say "Hunting for rabbits again, Brother?"
- Zephaniah Cromwell in Cloud of Sparrows, though he conceals it so well that other characters believe him to be asexual.
- The Friar, Summoner, Pardoner, and Monk from The Canterbury Tales. The Pardoner isn't technically a clergyman, but he makes a brisk business selling indulgences and fake artifacts, and is heavily implied to be homosexual. The Monk doesn't even pretend to follow his monastic vows (he claims its because he's "modern") so he's more of a Sexy Priest version. The Friar tries to hide his wenching, but is so transparent that no one is fooled, and he and the Summoner, who is similarly hypocritical, trade barbs with each other over it. Perhaps also the Nun's Priest, but he denies it.
- The Decameron starts with the fourth story on the first day (which involves not one but two monks being naughty), and doesn't really let up after that. Of course, it's not that every story involves a lecherous monk, but many do—and if a monk is in a story, you can bet your bottom dollar that he's up to no good. Or that he's an idiot.
- Ambrosio, the eponymous monk of The Monk, who a) has sex with a demon disguised as a girl disguised as a monk, and b) rapes (and murders) his own sister.
- Much of Frollo's villainy in The Hunchback of Notre Dame is driven by his lust for Esmerelda.
- There are actually two of these in "The Cold Stark House", one of the Genevieve stories from Kim Newman: Antonio Udolpho, a monk of Ranald, disgraced because this trope, and the Kislevite revolutionary Prince Piotr Kloszowski (who is only pretending to be a priest of Morr, the god of dreams and death).
- In Malevil, the main character recalls his childhood priest. The Abbè Lebas is completely uninterested in the non-sexual confessions of the pre-teen boys and dismisses them with an impatient "Yes, yes. What else?". However, he wants every detail of any dirty thought or sexual action the boys might have to confess.
- Mentioned in Sharpe's Devil. Captain Ardiles describes how you can tell which is the best whorehouse in town: it's the one all the priests patronize. "And this one," he concludes, "is where the Bishop goes!"
- The very first recorded use of any variant of the word "fuck" (in this case a slightly ciphered "fvccant", mashing an English root with a Latin ending) was used in a poem called "Flen Flyys", denouncing a bunch of horny monks having sex with the women of a village called Ely.
- Used several times in Judge Dee, and Played for Drama.
- The Judge's third wife was raped by a monk who saw her defenseless (before they married, it was mostly the doing of his Top Wife to ensure the daughter of a criminal would not be condemned to a life of poverty).
- A shrine renowned for allowing unfertile women to have children turns out to be run by monks who use a decidedly non-sanctioned method to conceive.
- Averted for the most part in Brother Cadfael: two monks have fathered children (one of them being Cadfael himself), but in both cases it was before they joined the monastery (and in the second's case, he thought both girl and child had died (a thought encouraged by her mother) and waited until he thought he was dying to confess).
- The unfortunate brother Nhumrod from Small Gods, who is tormented every waking moment (and even worse in his sleeping moments) by thoughts of a luxurious nature. As he's also the master of the novitiates, he is always reminding them of the dangers of this sin (according to the older novitiates, asking him about it is quite educational, especially when he starts foaming at the mouth).
- Snuff has the Ramkin property hermit, who uses his yearly two-week vacation to go to Quirm and ensure that the fine tradition of herming is passed down from father to son.
- Brother Hieronymus in No Good Deed... is a scheming friar who drinks ale by the barrel, can't pass up a brothel to save his life, shamelessly hits on and ogles his female companion, fights, gambles, and generally abuses his position for personal and financial gain or just to get himself out of trouble when it all blows up in his face. He also sanctimoniously calls said companion out on her own loose morals.
- In The Good Soldier vejk Otto Katz is depicted as "the most perfect of army chaplains". An Austro-Hungarian World War I military chaplain who is given to drink (he's The Alcoholic of the novel where almost all characters are drinking heavily) and card games with other officers (though he's widely suspected of hiding aces up in the sleeve of his cassock by them), but he is less inclined to visiting brothels, because he has some debts there. Instead he sends his orderly to fetch him a Street Walker from time to time. His sermons and religious services are often considered quite refreshing, as his alcoholic ramblings and drunken improvisations sometimes remade a Holy Mass into an entirely new kind of show. In general he takes chaplaincy as "just a well paid profession, where a fellow like me does not have to overwork himself" (he was actually raised Jewish - which apparently had not influenced him in any way, either), but he also states that he is quite tolerant to his more religiously-minded colleagues.
- There's a variation in the New Jedi Order. Yuuzhan Vong science is more about religious doctrine and tradition than the scientific method, and master shapers - the highest-ranked scientists - are expected to live ascetic lives "above the carnal" dedicated to spirituality and knowledge. Master Shaper Kae Kwaad is a lecherous Cloud Cuckoo Lander who in between ranting incoherently and ordering nonsensical experiments spends most of his time hitting on his (young, female, attractive) apprentice Nen Yim in complete defiance of tradition, religion, and the expectations of his station. Turns out he's actually Onimi, the Supreme Overlord's jester, in disguise - in his real identity he's just as much of a pervert, but can get away with it because he's basically untouchable and doesn't have to worry about social graces anyway.
- A Song of Ice and Fire gives us:
- Thoros of Myr, technically a Red Priest of R'hllor. We say "technically", because at the start of the series, he's more like the enthusiastic wine-woman-and-song tourney buddy of Robert Baratheon's entire circle of friends than an actual priest: a years-long Crisis of Faith (and the steadfast, quiet shelving of the orders you got regarding the conversion of the Seven Kingdoms) will do that. Unlike most Red Priests, Thoros just doesn't really go in for the Blood Magic, destroying demonic idols (aka those of other gods), being Mr Uncanny at others or the whole burning-people-alive thing in any big way, even though he does occasionally pull genuine miracles out and does talk about his, eventual, renewed faith and the contradictions inherent in the human condition.
- Septon Moon in the backstory detailed at The World of Ice & Fire was a Faith Militant leader that led an uprising against the Targaryen dynasty, but his credentials as a holy man were questionable: he claimed that the only book he ever read was the Seven-Pointed Star, but nobody ever saw him quote it or reading it himself despite being able to ramble speeches for hours on end. He had such an insatiable appetite for women that he bedded a different one every night. It was widely believed that his seed could turn barren women fertile and some would go as far as offering their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters to be blessed with good fortune, which he never declined. It got to a point his followers started using images of his penis as symbol of their crusade. To his credit, he never hid his vices from his followers and started every sermon admitting that "I am a sinner".
- Thomas in The Crowner John Mysteries is a cripple who used to be a priest as his deformities left him no real career opportunities except the Church. However, his weakness for the sins of the flesh got him defrocked after an attempted liaison with the daughter of a noble. Now a mere clerk, he continues to lech after pretty women but without success.
- In the Maggody series, Brother Verber (a Protestant preacher) spends a lot of time studying pornographic magazines and videos only so as to better understand how the Devil might lead his flock astray (or at least that's what he tells himself).
Bishop: No form of sexual depravity is too low for me. Animal, vegetable or mineral, I'll do anything to anything!
- Friar Bellows, one of the seven wickedest men in England, from The Black Adder.
- From Blackadder II, the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells is a self-proclaimed "colossal pervert".
Blackadder: Fine words for a Bishop. Yes, nice to hear the church speaking out for a change on social issues.
- Father Jack and Bishop Brennan from Father Ted (the latter having fathered a son).
- Tales of the Gold Monkey. Reverend Tenboom is far more interested in the native girls than doing his duty as a priest or a German spy.
- The Borgias has several, most notably the Villain Protagonist Rodrigo Borgia himself, who is the Pope (Truth in Television).
- The Commish. Commissioner Scali uncovers a high-class escort ring, only to be bombarded with calls from politicians and important local businessmen pressuring him to drop the case. He's relieved when told there's a priest on the line, only for the priest also to express 'concern' about the case. Scali responds pointedly, "I'm sorry, but it is a crime...not to mention a sin."
- In Episode 39 "Grandstand (or: The British Showbiz Awards)" of Monty Python's Flying Circus, there is the "Dirty Vicar sketch". Here, it involves a vicar who alternates without warning from a Quintessential British Gentleman and cockney-accented, lumbering brute that tackles two women, spouting "I like tits!" and "I'd like to get my fingers around those knockers" as he actively molests them.
- "The Old Monk", by the Merry Wives of Windsor.
- Traditional Sephardic song 'El Paipero' ('Brother Pedro') gives this trope truly epic proportions.
- German medieval folk song 'Ein Mönch kam vor ein Nonnenkloster' ('A monk came to the nuns' cloister'). The title says it all. Its variant is also known as 'Es reist ein Pater' ('A Father once traveled').
- The Canadian song "Le curé de Terrebonne" has a young woman confess that she's loved men. The priest tells her a sin of that caliber can only be handled in Rome. She asks if she needs to bring her man along, the priest suggests another penance: kiss him five or six times and receive absolution. He does ask that she not go around telling people about it, as he already has enough work as it is.
- A stock character in Chinese and Japanese folklore, and maybe in other places where Buddhism is a popular religion. When it's Played for Laughs, it might be a case of Obfuscating Stupidity. The other times, it's to teach young monks of the danger of lust (usually involving some kind of literal man-eating shapeshifter demons).
- Drukpa Kunley was a legendary Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. He was known by the nickname, the Saint of 5,000 Women and his penis was called the Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom. He apparently found casual sex to be the best way to convert the members of the opposite sex to his faith, and effigies of his penis are considered symbols of good luck and fertility to this day.
- The Trope Codifier is the title character of Molière's Tartuffe. The entire plot of the play revolves around Tartuffe's lechery and general hypocrisy. The lecherous cleric is a stock character appearing in many a French farce from the middle ages.
- Subverted in the Broadway musical Tenderloin. The Rev. Dr. Brock, whose ambition is to shut down New York City's Red Light District, becomes the city's laughingstock when Lt. Schmidt produces a photograph of him in bed with a naked prostitute. However, Tommy, whose camera was used to take the photograph, is able to prove that it is a composite.
- Thoroughly Averted in Aoi Shiro with the Cool Old Guy Suzuki Yuukai. You'd think an old man living alone in a rural temple would be a lot more... invigorated being surrounded by blooming, beautiful highschool girls. To be fair, Suzuki is an acquaintance of the father of girls' teacher, so he view them (including said teacher) as granddaughters. He does become Nekata TsuNami's adoptive grandfather in some route.
- He does relate one of his parishioners calling him this when he mentions the kendo team staying there (specifically why he needs so much food. He volunteered to make dinner for the team that night).
- One sidequest in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has the Fateless One searching all of Amalur for an old monk's collection of ribald literature.
- While he's not an "old" monk, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade gives us Saul - a priest who just can't help eyeing up every woman he sees and hitting on anything with two X chromosomes.However, he never actually dates anyone - mostly due to increasingly ridiculous hijinks - and never actually sleeps with anyone. Furthermore, he takes his duties as a priest and faith in God surprisingly seriously and has a number of intellectual conversations with the atheist Igrene. It's ultimately implied that his attempted womanising is at least partly Obfuscating Stupidity: as he's been sent by the 'verse's equivalent of the Pope to keep an eye on the war raging across the land and protect Roy and, thus, play the part of a fool to make sure that he can remain beneath suspicion.
- In Rock Star Ate My Hamster, one of the irrelevant stories in The Stun is "VICAR MARRIES PORN STAR!"
- Most Westerners (and probably many in other countries as well) are well aware of the cases of child molestation by Catholic priests in the past couple decades. These even extend not only to children but to the Swiss Guard, the men who are recruited for being "young, unmarried, and of high moral standards" to protect Vatican City.
- Christian monks in the Middle Ages were known to frequent (and occasionally even run) brothels and use their social influence to coerce women into sex.
- In some cases, there was a reason that the Church ran the brothels: the law required them to do so. In the Middle Ages, majority opinion was that prostitution could not be eliminated, so it was best for a trusted institution — the Church — to ensure that it happened safely and safely out of sight (i.e. in the Red Light District). The monks may or may not have actually been customers.
- Stories and jokes about lustful monks and friars were about as popular in the Middle Ages as stories about greedy lawyers in modern America. While they shouldn't necessarily be taken as historical fact, some contemporary theological scholars like Erasmus of Rotherdham denounced these excesses in his writings so much so that he dismissed the scandal of Martin Luther's allowing Protestant clergy to marry as being no less hypocritical than the conduct of Catholic priests at the time.
- In part, this was the result of younger sons of minor nobility going into the Church as a way to maintain an elevated social status despite their lack of inherited land and titles. Obviously, people who join the clergy for political convenience rather than religious conviction are less likely to follow the Church's moral rules.
- Speaking of the Middle Ages, there were several periods where the corruption of the Church reached all the way to the top:
- The tenth and early eleventh centuries were known as the "pornocracy" (="rule of the prostitutes") in Rome, when the Pope's mistresses (frequently Roman noblewomen) and their friends (frequently the mistresses' brothers) ran Rome and the Church "by means fair and foul." At about the same time, discipline in the lower ranks was also notoriously bad, with priests, monks, and bishops regularly indulging in luxuries and other things that really ought to be off-limits to one who has taken vows of chastity and poverty.
- During The Renaissance, the Popes were once again taking mistresses and generally behaving badly. While the most famous for his womanizing (and other things) is Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia), the other Popes of the era got in on the act, as well. At the same time, most priests and lower-level ecclesiastics were not half as bad, but many bishops, most archbishops, and pretty much all the cardinals engaged in lives of luxury, intrigue, nepotism, and multiple mistresses. However, the Reformation (and consequent Counter-Reformation) put the kibosh on all that with the new rule that clergy had to be celibate and could no longer own property.
- In some areas of Europe, the local clergy just plain didn't bother with really implementing the celibacy rule for priests (the earlier ones, not the reinforcing with the Counter-Reformation). In practice, this seems to have lessened this trope — the priests apparently had less of a desire for multiple mistresses when they already were in committed long-term relationships with de-facto wives. Papal envoys were unhappy, of course, but Rome was far away and your frilla was close... similarly, jokes notwithstanding, the Orthodox church seems to have fewer issues with this kind of thing. Probably because they let priests who are already married live with their wives (they take an oath of chastity, but the word "chastity" is interpreted differently).
- During the reign of Henry VIII, the monasteries in England were first placed under very strict reformist rules, and then dissolved outright, and sexual immorality was one of the most common accusations used to bring them down. How much of this was true and how much was deliberate exploitation of the Dirty Old Monk trope by reformers/people who feared the monasteries bred plots against the King/people who thought the Crown just needed the money is somewhat unclear.
- A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka was arrested in 2008 for running a brothel.
- Grigori Rasputin, known as the Mad Monk, was famous for his bisexual promiscuity. Although, as with most things about Rasputin, these tales need to be taken with a grain of salt. He did spent some times in an Orthodox monastery, but was never formally ordained.