This character is a total badass and doesn't seem to answer to anyone. Oh, but he does. He devoutly follows none other than God Himself with much devotion. He studies the Good Book, he does what it says (unlike fanatical extremists, who often don't actually follow their own religious teachings despite claiming that they do), won't miss services, and is often deeply conservative (or at least as conservative as someone of his ilk can possibly be). He is not necessarily Christian; his faith of choice varies widely depending on the setting, and how devout he is may vary - from strongly to painfully religious. Basically, even the toughest badass needs to have some hope and guidance through this life.
A subtrope is Badass Preacher, when said person is a religious leader. See also Religious Bruiser for when this is used as for the humor/shock value of their contrast, or Church Militant, when the real man fights for Jesus. Conversely, the Holy Hitman will quote As the Good Book Says... while he guns people down.
Compare and contrast Knight Templar, Well-Intentioned Extremist. After all, when you consider God to be your only authority, you're free to interpret orders however you like. Also has been known to overlap with Churchgoing Villain.
- Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist, though he struggles with his faith later on.
- Bartholomew Kuma of One Piece is very powerful and is always seen carrying a Bible.
- Prussia in Axis Powers Hetalia was hinted as being this back in his Teutonic Knight days.
- Zakuro Fujiwara from Tokyo Mew Mew is one of the strongest Magical Girls on her team, a fierce warrior and Noble Wolf Anti-Heroine. She's also a practicing Japanese Christian, attending church and wielding a whip with a cross-shaped handle. This gets bowdlerized out in the dub, with the sides of the crosses removed, which led to the meme that Renee venerates toothpicks.
- Hellsing: Father Alexander Anderson is a man of God through and through, and second only to Alucard in badassery.
- Possibly Mello from Death Note, in a Byronic Hero sorta way.
- Nightcrawler was a devout Catholic and the nicest guy to ever join the X-Men. He could also kick butt when called upon to do so.
- Gender-flipped example: Wolfsbane of the New Mutants was a mutant lycanthrope, but was also a devout Presbyterian, and often prayed in church in her civilian identity.
- Daredevil is often presented as a devout Catholic; in fact, his faith and how he deals with it while being a vigilante is a main source of drama in his comics.
- The Chick Tract The Sissy discusses this trope: two tough guys rib on a trucker's "Jesus Saves" bumper sticker, until they get a good look at him and find that he's twice their size. Rather than give them a beating, the trucker treats them to dinner and explains that being a Christian doesn't make you a sissy and that Jesus Was Way Cool. It would have had a surprisingly insightful moral about not judging people by appearances and respecting others' religions if the trucker didn't abandon that topic halfway through to explain how everyone who doesn't accept his particular brand of Christianity is destined for hell.
- Red Sonja is unparalled Action Girl and fiercely devoted to the goddess Scathatch, which makes sense since said deity is the source of her fighting prowess and Sonja is regarded as her human champion.
- Ultimate Captain America is much more religiously fervent than the Mainstream to the point of mentioning his faith in the Christian God during battle.
- The Blues Brothers are on a Mission from God.
- Eli from Hot Lead and Cold Feet. Though played as a "soft city boy", a pacifist, and a bit of a nebbish, he routinely walks headlong into, and THROUGH, danger that would make far mightier men quail, to the point of being an Implacable Man.
- The McManus Brothers from The Boondock Saints are amazingly devout Irish-Catholics. They also assassinate drug lords, mafiosos, and other stupidly-dangerous criminals, some in broad daylight and once in a court of law that was currently in session. In the sequel, mob bosses talk about how heart-attackingly scared they are of these men, not to mention their dad.
- Saving Private Ryan: Private Daniel Jackson was a Christian sniper who always said a quick prayer and/or kissed the cross on his necklace just before blasting some Nazi straight to hell. In the final scene, he's saying prayers while he's mowing down Nazis.
- In The Book of Eli, Eli is most definitely a badass for God. However he has to learn throughout the movie to properly follow the words of the book that he so desperately wants to protect, leading to him ultimately giving up the Bible he had to save Solara's life. Although it helps that he memorized the whole thing during the thirty years he had it.
- Connor MacLeod Highlander astoundingly remains a devout Catholic four hundred and fifty years after the very ignorance of his Catholic-kinsmen drove him out of his village for the crime of being "a witch" after returning from a mortal wound in battle. The same applies for his great-grand Nephew Duncan MacLeod, also immortal and driven out by religious ignorance.
- The series also introduced Retired Badass Darius, who's been a Catholic monk for over a thousand years.
- Though the Big Bad of Ladyhawke is a Sinister Minister who has corrupted the Church of Aquila, the movie avoids the implicit Take That! qualities of an evil and hypocritical religious figure because, by contrast, the heroic characters are genuinely faithful, devout and God-fearing.
- Rocky: Rocky himself. Anybody else would probably also pray to Jesus if they were about to fight Apollo.
- Full Metal Jacket: Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is proud to declare his love for the Virgin Mary, and his belief that anyone who fails to share that love is a damn communist heathen. He is, however, impressed by the Jewish private brave enough to stand up to him when he demands he declare this love too.
"So you can give your heart to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the Corps! Do you ladies understand?"
- As shown in her biographical film Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton.
- In the Daredevil movie, Matt Murdock is shown to have a regular habit of going to Catholic confession to atone for his violence. His parish priest is fully aware of his dual identity, but is forbidden to disclose it due to the right of the confessional. He does wish Matt chose a different image though.
- It's heavily implied that the MCU Captain America was brought up as an Irish Catholic, leading to this dialogue from The Avengers (2012):
[Captain America puts on a parachute to go follow after Thor, Loki, and Iron Man]
Natasha Romanoff: I'd sit this one out, Cap.
Steve Rogers: I don't see how I can.
Natasha Romanoff: These guys come from legend, Captain. They're basically gods.
Steve Rogers: There's only one God, ma'am, and I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like that. [jumps out]
- Sergeant Rock Colour Sergeant Bourne in Zulu quotes Psalm 46 before the battle.
- Hans from Seven Psychopaths is a very devout old-fashioned Christian. His faith is specifically named as the source of his confidence and tranquility, allowing him to stare death in the face without ever flinching.
- In one particularly important scene of Man of Steel, Clark goes to a church and makes a confession to a priest. Clark's actual religious leanings are never made clear aside from vaguely asking if "God" is responsible for his powers when he didn't know about his alien heritage, so it's just ambiguous enough that the audience can assume what they want to assume. Writer David Goyer suggested that Clark was raised Lutheran.
- Nightcrawler from X2: X-Men United is a devout Catholic who questions if his demonic appearance is a curse from God for some misdeeds that he must atone for, to the point of tattooing crosses and such.
- Sam Childers from the biopic Machine Gun Preacher. He's a hard-hitting, Harley-riding manly man who's been forgiven of his past sins by the blood of Christ and now is not afraid to grab an RPG-7 stand up to the thugs that are threatening the orphanage he built.
- Pain and Gain: Paul sure does and tries to get the half-Jewish Victor Kershaw to do so as well.
- Howie from the original The Wicker Man (1973) believes in life eternal, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ, and he gets a chance to throw his faith in Lord Summerisle's face when he's about to be sacrificed. Even Summerisle compliments his faith, and tells him that he'll sit with the saints in Heaven after his death.
- Gangs of New York opens with the conflict between the fiercely Catholic (and utterly badass) Priest Vallon and the resolutely Protestant (and utterly badass) "Butcher" Bill Cutting. Amsterdam's discovery of his inner badass is coupled with his rediscovery of his Catholic faith; the final confrontation between Bill and Amsterdam is prefaced by intercut scenes of the two of them praying.
- Free State of Jones: Newt and Moses both appear to be devout Christians, invoking God at numerous points (not unexpected for the time and region).
- Alex Murphy was an devout Irish Catholic before he was killed and resurrected as RoboCop. In fact, in RoboCop 2, it's stated that this is one of the reasons why he didn't snap and kill himself unlike the RoboCop 2 subjects.
- The Raid is a Muslim version. Officer Rama spends most of the film beating the crap out of gangsters who have taken over a tower block, but the first thing we see him do is saying his morning prayers.
- Vlad in Dracula Untold is still a Christian after becoming a vampire, as seen when he prays in a church for the necessary strength to resist. The fact the cross has no effect on him due to not having drunk any blood also counts.
- Master and Commander: Jack Aubrey, Captain of HMS Surprise, twice acts as chaplain to his crew when presiding over the Burial at Sea of dead crew members (including one who was Driven to Suicide).
- The Dresden Files: Michael Carpenter, Knight of the Cross. Known as "The Fist of God" to his friends. We don't know what his enemies call him.
- Father Callahan of The Dark Tower series and Salems Lot.
- Don Blas Vivar in Sharpe's Rifles. With just five hundred men — only one third of them actual soldiers — he attacks a city held by 2,000 French soldiers, and wins. Why? So he can pray in the cathedral there.
- Gordon McSweeny in Harry Turtledove's Timeline-191 story line (specifically the Great War series) is the most fierce soldier on either side during the Great War, willingly leads any raid that he is ordered to make, and won the Medal of Honor at least once, possibly twice. He is also a fanatical Presbyterian, constantly scolds his men for the slightest of offences (once putting himself on report for failing to clean his mess kit, then chewing out his CO for ignoring the complaint), never fails to lambast anyone who has theological differences with his church, and prefers to use a flamethrower to "give [the Confederates and Mormons] a nice foretaste of hell before they get there."
- Trapped on Draconica: In this case, Real Women Love Dronor. Daniar regularly reminds her group that Dronor is watching over them, guiding them, etc. In her book 'pray to Dronor' is a legitimate plan.
- Arthur Merriman from ''The Last Dragon Chronicles'.
- Monster Hunter International
- Any strong religious faith can be used against certain monsters such as vampires and demons. Milo Anderson, who shares the author's Mormon beliefs, uses this to pray a Holy Hand Grenade into existence against a Master Vampire.
- Earl Harbinger isn't very religious himself, but he does pray and makes it clear that he thinks if there's a God, he's just doing His work protecting people from monsters. Part of his training to master his werewolf side was achieved by reading the Bible from cover to cover and mediating on it while on a deserted island, and the fact the man who helped him master that side was a devout Catholic probably helped in that respect.
- Solomon Kane, Robert E. Howard's Puritan swordsman who wanders the world with no goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. He undergoes some angst on whether to use an African magic staff that has undeniable effect on supernatural creatures, but is clearly not of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
- All the action protagonists in James Byron Huggins's novels.
- In Victoria, this is generally held to be true in the Confederation, where atheism is seen as an opium for weak and immature characters. Military protagonist John Rumford is a strong Christian believer, who derives great strength from his faith and his complete conviction that he has Providence on his side and is fighting for righteousness and truth, and this is also true of several other characters.Of course, considering said Confederation is a reactionary, border-line theocratic government, this devotion manifests in some not so positive ways.
- Played straight and then subverted with Malcolm Reynolds. The first scene in "Serenity" shows us that he once was a devout believer, but the Independents' defeat at the Battle of Serenity Valley breaks his faith completely.
- Also Shepherd Book, who is an itinerant pastor with a special ops background. He follows the Ten Commandments and doesn't kill until his town is destroyed by an Alliance patrol ship in the movie, though the Good Book is a mite fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.
- Game of Thrones: Ned is a devout follower of the Gods of the First Men and Children of the Forest though he is religiously tolerant. His wife Catelyn is a devotee of the Faith of the Seven, and their children were raised in both faiths, with Robb marrying Talisa before a Septon despite being King in the North, and Sansa being initially strong in the Faith of the Seven.
- Mr. Eko and Sayid are both shown to be religious in Lost. Mr. Eko is a Catholic priest and has a 'Jesus Stick' covered in scripture, which he also uses to beat the bad guys to death with. He's a deeply spiritual badass. Sayid is a Muslim and former Iraqi soldier and indisputable badass, but is also shown praying on at least one occasion on the island, and in his flashbacks prays in mosques.
- Seeley Booth in Bones is very much a devout Catholic. He's also a former Army Ranger and still a crack sniper. And if you mess with his son Parker, his partner (later wife) Temperance "Bones" Brennan or their children, he will dedicate himself to ending you.
- Arastoo, one of the Jeffersonian workers, is a devout Muslim, and once delivered a very powerful speech when someone questioned his working on a 9/11 victim's remains.
- The Reagan family on Blue Bloods are similarly devout Catholics. And all the men are cops (retired, in Henry and Frank's case), and Erin Reagan is a district attorney.
- Major Dick Winters of Band of Brothers - a brave, stoic, competent leader - is shown to be very religious.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Slayer turns up at a church where vampires have taken the congregation hostage, and finds her boyfriend Riley Finn already taking charge of the crisis.
"How'd you get here so fast?"
"I didn't, I'm just late for church."
- Walker, Texas Ranger:
""Y'know, there's a lot of people out there that really need the martial arts."
"That's not the only thing they need..." (pulls out a Bible)
- Black Lightning: Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning is a devout Christian who honestly believes that his powers are a gift from God. Turns out they're due to the ASA's experiment with an illegal vaccine. However, he is the only given that vaccine who didn't die, so perhaps it was a gift from God after all.
- Shaka Zulu: Zigzagged. Shaka shows fascination with the Jesus myth, although he wonders how someone touted to be the "King of Kings" could die such an ignominous death by being crucified. He sees parallels in Jesus being betrayed by those closest to him, but he eventually concludes that Jesus died so that Shaka could inherit the powers given to him from the heavens.
- Star Trek tends to espouse secular humanism (if not state-sponsored atheism), but there are exceptions.
- Worf, son of Mogh in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine devoutly follows a version of Klingon warrior philosophies, especially those from the legends of Kahless. Amusingly, though, he also once mentions a legend that ancient Klingon warriors slew their actual gods for being "more trouble than they were worth". (There's another version discussed in the Klingon marriage rite where the first Klingon man and woman destroyed the gods by the beating of their joined hearts.)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- In "Emissary", station commander Captain Benjamin Sisko is made the "Emissary" of a race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens viewed as deities by the native Bajorans. He's initially uncomfortable with this role but becomes a deeply spiritual man by the end of the series and finally ascends.
- His first officer, Major/Colonel Kira Nerys, fought in the Bajoran Resistance against the Cardassian occupation forces for over a decade. Like most of her people, she, too is deeply religious.
- The Outer Limits (1995): In "Afterlife", Stiles is a former soldier who steadfastly refused to go through with an assassination, accept death, or kill people even when they're trying to murder him. This all seems to be based on his Catholic beliefs.
- King Arthur, unsurprisingly; his first appearances have him bearing an icon of the Virgin Mary in his eighth battle against the Saxons and the cross itself on his shield (or shoulder) in the climactic Battle of Badon Hill. Later developments would add nuance to his role as a holy warrior, as he's frequently cast in an antagonistic role against churchmen who would go on to become saints.
- Robin Hood has a variation; he's deeply devoted to Mary Magdalene.
- Intelligent wrestling fans know the The Iron Sheik has nothing but good to say about the God and the Jesus.
- When not wrestling Mark Briscoe is sometimes seen wearing an "I love Jesus" hat, only with a Heart Symbol in place of love. And he and Jay don't care if Kevin Steen is the antichrist of pro wrestling, dem God fearing country boys are gonna beat the hell out his faction.
- Carlito gives thanks to Jesus, among other such as "everyone's favorite place Puerto Rico", team Jacob, and himself, after he steals Jeff Hardy's slammy award.
- Mercedes Martinez states her faith in God as her reasoning for returning to WSU after she was paralyzed by the Midwest Militia, whose leader, Jessicka Havok, was about ready to kill her afterwards. She goes on to advise Havok to find something to pray to if she hasn't already before she gets back.
- The Bible: King David. Except, y'know, he was actually Jesus' ancestor (and also the ancestor of his stepdad).
- In The Four Gospels, Jesus' twelve disciples/apostles mainly worked blue-collar jobs such as fishing and carpentry, so it's fair to assume they were manly men. At least one was implied to be a terrorist (the Zealots believed in violent revolution, and one disciple had that descriptor attached to his name) and another was a tax collector. Jesus himself worked as a carpenter for most of his life before starting his ministry.
- Peter, in particular, was badass enough to pull out his sword and take on a large crowd armed with swords and clubs sent to arrest Jesus, all by himself, until Jesus stopped him, told him off, and put a guard's severed ear back into place.
- Saints who were soldiers or warlords in life, with St. George as the most iconic example.
- In The Book of Mormon, Mormon himself, and both seriously hardcore capitains known as Moroni kill a bunch of people, in order to protect the people of God, defend their countries, families, liberty and their right to worship God as they see fit.
- Diablo II: The Paladins of The Church of Light. At least until the entire church was corrupted by evil, anyway.
- Captain Bible from Captain Bible In Dome Of Darkness is a great example of this trope. He's a muscle-bound super hero who kills giant robots with just a sword... to save the inhabitants of a city from the anti-Christian lies that these robots tell them and is trying to restore Christianity to the city. Yeah, it's a pretty weird game.
- A few Mass Effect characters tend to fit this trope.
- Ashley Williams, one of Commander Shepard's human teammates, is not only the best weapons specialist on the team, but firmly believes in God.
- Matriarch Benezia, who is a religious Asari philosopher and teacher and a incredibly powerful space magician (also known as a biotic in-game).
- In the sequel, badass Drell assassin Thane Krios, who, before and after every mission, prays to his polythestic gods to aid him in his objectives, forgive him for killing, forgive the person he killed and should he die, bring him to the afterlife.
- Shepard him/herself is able to profess belief in God during one side conversation with Ashley in the first game. (S/he also has the option to say that Ashley should keep her belief to herself, or simply say she has the constitutional right to believe as she likes.)
- In Dragon Age, there are the templars, a military faction of the Chantry, the game's major religion. On a more personal level, several companions in both games are faithful Andrastians. In Dragon Age: Origins, the Warden first meets Leliana while she's serving as a lay sister at the Lothering Chantry and ably helps fight off a group of armed men; she later claims to have been inspired to join the party by a vision from the Maker. In Dragon Age II there's Sebastian, a brother in the Chantry and badass archer.
- Legacy of Kain: Janos Audron is both physically imposing (tall, well-muscled, with giant black wings) and a powerful warrior-sorcerer. He's also completely, unflinchingly devoted to his God.
- Joshua Graham, from the second Fallout: New Vegas add-on, Honest Hearts. In his youth, he was trained as a missionary for the (post-apocalyptic) Church of Latter-day Saints. He was one of the co-founders of Caesar's Legion until he was disgraced and found his faith again. He also happens to be one of the strongest beings in the Fallout universe, gameplay-wise.
Joshua Graham: I pray for the safety of all good people who come to Zion. But we can't expect God to do all the work.
- In The Elder Scrolls, with Nirn being such a World of Badass, there are plenty of "manly men" (at least from the point of view of their culture) warrior-types around and nearly all are devoutly religious to at least one deity (or set of deities). To note:
- The Imperials of Cyrodiil have created no fewer than four empires, with two spanning most-or-all of Tamriel, on the backs of their elite Imperial Legions. While they do allow for native religious practices to continue in conquered lands, they also require their provinces to allow free worship in the Church of the Nine Divines. Of them, Akatosh, the chief deity and God of Time is held in the highest regard, but Stendarr (the God of Justice and Mercy) is also held in quite high regard. With the apotheosis of Tiber Septim, founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire, into the Ninth Divine Talos (the God of War and Good Governance), Talos has also become a prominent deity in their faith.
- The Nords of Skyrim are perhaps the proudest of Proud Warrior Races, and are still quite religious. While they have a long history as some of the greatest supporters of the Empire, they still practice elements of their old religion in which the chief deity is Shor (aka Lorkhan, Shezarr, Shep, etc.), the "dead" creator god of the ES universe. Any Nord worth their salt hopes to die in glorious battle so their soul can spend eternity in Shor's hall in Sovngarde. When Tiber Septim, who was (in Imperial dogma) a Nord originally named Talos Stormcrown, ascended (possibly with others) as Talos, he immediately shot to the top of the Nordic pantheon. In Skyrim, the Civil War conflict began when the Empire, as a result of the treaty with the Aldmeri Dominion to end the Great War, accepted terms which included a ban on Talos worship that also allows Thalmor agents to patrol the Empire's lands to enforce it. As any "true" Nord would rather die than stop worshiping Talos, this led the Stormcloak faction into seceding from the Empire and fighting to be come an independent nation. Many other Nords, while they dislike the ban, believe that no "true" Nord would abandon a long-time ally like the Empire.
- In Tin Star (Choice of Games), this comes up frequently. Nearly all of the Latter-Day Saints are both religiously-devout and master riflemen. Also, the PC can take the Religious trait, and being a U.S. Marshal, is a badass by default.
- Bayek, the main protagonist in Assassin's Creed Origins is a Medjei warrior and fiercely devout to the Egyptian gods, in a stark contrast to previous games' protagonists, who tended to be atheistic due to learning about the Apples of Eden and the Ones That Came Before.
-  - Jesus can be summoned on the battlefield to spray the enemies with hail of machinegun fire. Pay attention to the New Kid while he does that. He'll be crossing himself, and when Jesus is about to leave, NK will put his palms together in a pious gesture.
- Memetic Mutation has seen fit to expand the Captain America scene to other Avengers:
Captain America: Met two gods, still a Christian.
Iron Man: Met two gods, still an atheist.
The Hulk: Met two gods, beat the crap out of both.
- South Park did this once in a Dog The Bounty Hunter parody.
- The Simpsons: Ned Flanders, considering the length of the censor bar when Homer tapes him in the shower. Also muscular build and incredible physical strength, as shown in several episodes.
- Wolverine becomes a Christian in the 90s X-Men cartoon.
- American Dad!:
- Stan Smith is a CIA agent, super buff, Rated M for Manly, and is a devout Episcopalian.
- The Christian Weightlifters from "Escape From Pearl Bailey" can count as this.
- Parodied in The Boondocks when Huey describes the typical plot of a Tyler Perry expy's films. A woman is attracted to a handsome, light skinned gardener who loves Jesus. Her abusive dark skinned husband on the other hand hates Jesus.
- Fred Rogers, of the Badass Pacifist type of real man.
- Charles XII of the Swedish Empire.
- Chuck Norris. Once, when writing about the then-new phenomenon of Chuck Norris Facts, he maintained that Jesus is the real Memetic Badass.
- Starting fairly recently, Sylvester Stallone has taken up his childhood Catholic faith once more. The missionary plot of Rambo was partly influenced by it.
- Mr. T; this man averted the Blasphemous Boast with his celebrity bodyguard service's motto, and it makes him all the more badass for it ("The best protection short of God Himself").
- Denzel Washington is the son of a Pentecostal preacher, and makes it a point to regularly read his Bible and pray. Appropriate, for the star of The Book of Eli.
- Pervasive in works dealing with The Crusades.
- George S. Patton. A hard-charging, immensely profane general who prayed and read the Bible every damn day. He also ordered his Chaplain to write a prayer that would be distributed to the troops during the Battle of Bastogne: "Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations."
- Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.
- Orde Wingate, an eccentric British officer who helped organize Zionist militia forces and later became known as a Commando during the war (highly controversial for many say he was wasteful in lives). Wingate modeled himself after the great Hebrew warrior heroes of the Bible and his career was rather uncannily similar. He was intensely fond of rather grim Old Testament-style speech.
"God give it to us to slay the enemies of the Jews for the enemies of the Jews are the enemies of all mankind."
- Jesus Christ arguably counts, though He was more religious to His Dad than Himself.
- Johnny Cash. "I've been down on bended knee, talking to the Man from Galilee..."
- Robin Lee Graham the boy who sailed round the world wasn't this when he set out but became an enthusiastic Christian on his return.
- Alfred the Great was a Warrior Prince , a scholar, a codifier of laws and customs, and was nominated for Sainthood.
- The whole Muscular Christianity movement was built on this idea
- Pilgrims would hold Church service in the same building where the militia's powder was kept. Which means they could not light the stove in the middle of a New England winter. It was considered a point of honor to stand straight and upright through the entire long service. When they started chattering the preacher would shout out something like, Stand! And hear the word of God! Apparently Pilgrims thought that the way of the Lord was similar to The Spartan Way. Not surprising, given the hardships the Pilgrims had to endure their first winter after landing.
- Many professional wrestlers, from the Born Again Shawn Michaels and Sting to the lifelong devout Chris Jericho (really!) And of course the late, great Eddie Guerrero.
- Promise Keepers runs on this trope.
- Most, if not all, Muslim military personnel are the Islamic version of this trope. Partly because Jesus Himself is considered the penultimate prophet in Islam, and the Qu'ran speaks of Him in high regard.
- Salah-ad-Din Yusuf Ibn Ayyub the Great was the Muslim version of this, as were many Muslim commanders during the era of the Crusades and onwards.
- Khalid ibn Al-Walid is the king of the trope (the Muslim king, at least). A fiercely devout and zealous Muslim, a companion of the Muslim Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH); under his military leadership, the entire Arabian peninsula was united under the Muslim Khalifat. He is likely one of the most brilliant generals in history, being one of the three to have never suffered a defeat. He was a terrifying warrior as well; a tale states that during the Battle of Muta he shattered nine swords. For his faithfulness and skill, he was named Saif-ul-Allah, meaning the 'Sword of God'. Upon his deathbed, he lamented only that he would not die a martyr for Islam.
- Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. A devout Evangelical who is currently considered as one of the best boxers, pound-for-pound wise.
- St. Ladislaus of Hungary, has ascended to Memetic Badass status even during his rule. Among other things, he is said to have cleaved a mountain in two, thus creating the Gorge of Torda, and coming back from the dead for one last battle.
- Russian Mixed Martial Arts champion Fedor Emelianenko is very outspoken in his faith.
- Tim Tebow and Troy Polamalu are both devout Christians (Tebow is Evangelical, Polamalu is Greek Orthodox) and pray constantly on the field.
- Four-time British Prime Minister, and arch-enemy of Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone. His devout faith led him to bringing many London prostitutes off the street over the decades, giving them shelter and necessities, and protecting them from pimps.
- Bethany Hamilton isn't a man, obviously, but she is a badass. Nothing will stop her from the sport she loves, not even the shark that ripped off her left arm at the shoulder.
- A significant amount of military personnel from all places and eras qualify - as the saying goes, "there are no atheists in foxholes". War has as much a tendency to make believers out of men as it does to make men out of boys.
- Elvis Presley hated being called "The King": as far as he was concerned, the only true King was the King of Kings.note
- Bob Dylan became a born-again Christian in the late 1970s, after which (for a period) his concerts included mini-sermons such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfc8VQvnCUk
- The Robertsons of Duck Dynasty are all rough-and-tumble rednecks who enjoy manly pursuits like hunting, fishing, and Stuff Blowing Up. Many of them are also ordained pastors and/or have ministry degrees. There's a reason every episode ends with the group praying around the dinner table.
- Alvin York, who left the ravaged French countryside as the most decorated American soldier of World War I, was a devout Christian. Originally a drinker and hell-raiser, he experienced a religious conversion and 1915 swore off drinking and fighting and became a pacifist. Though he at first tried to claim conscientious objector status, he was drafted anyway and his commanding officers reassured him of the morality of his participation in the War. After a 10 day leave and period of intense prayer, he became convinced of his mission and believed God would keep him safe. He used the royalties from the bio-pic based on his life to open a Bible college.
- Samurai were often quite strongly Buddhist, and Zen Buddhism in particular is often associated with them. There were also Christian Samurai, like Dom Justo Takayama Ukon, who may soon become the first Samurai Saint.
- Kevin Sorbo, who is very proud of his Christian heritage but unfortunately has his roles in Hollywood limited due to his devout beliefs.
- Buzz Aldrin, third in his class at West Point, fighter pilot, MIT Doctor of Science in Astronautics, and NASA astronaut who was the second man on The Moon, was/is also a devout Presbyterian. He was the first person to perform a religious ritual on any celestial body other than the Earth, as he took communion while on the Moon using a kit he had smuggled onto the Eagle.
- Ironically, many Hells Angels and other bikers.
- Devout preacher and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.. The actor who portrayed him in Selma, David Oyelowo, is a Christian as well and in fact has said God called him to play Martin Luther King Jr.
- Terry Crews, best known for playing the Scary Black Man in his work, is a Christian in real life.
- Tyrant and The Kingdom (2007) star Ashraf Barhom is a Christian.
- Power Rangers:
- Jason David Frank is heavily open about his Christian faith and even founded the Jesus Didn't Tap MMA clothesline.
- Jessica Rey, AKA the white Wild Force Ranger, has an MBA, is an author, has her own clothing and swimsuit lines, and is proud of her Christian faith.
- Johnny Yong Bosch is himself devoutly religious, calling God a personal influence and Jesus one of his heroes.
- Kenneth Branagh, probably one of the greatest Shakespeare directors out there, is a Christian and became so after hearing one of his childhood heroes Laurence Olivier reading the Bible.
- Scott Derrickson, acclaimed horror movie director and director of the Doctor Strange film is a Christian and says his faith very much influences how he does his films.
- Henry Flagler, the man who helped Florida become civilized and built the railroad that goes from St. Augustine to Key West, was a born-again Christian and deliberately put architectural mistakes in the tilings and other parts of the building as he felt God was the only perfect thing in existence.
- David Livingstone, who explored much of Africa on behalf of The British Empire and who opposed chattel slavery his entire life.
- Despite playing a number of sinister characters like Dracula, Christopher Lee was Catholic and spoke out against the occult. Fittingly, one of his few heroic roles, Nicolas in The Devil Rides Out, was a devout man of God.
- Hugh Jackman, badass both on and off-screen, is a devout Christian in real life.
- Daran Norris, the voice of Timmy's dad on The Fairly OddParents!.
- In contrast to the abrasive and alcoholic characters he plays in many of his roles, Bradley Cooper is a Catholic and hasn't touched alcohol in years.
- Dwayne Johnson is a Christian and has said his faith has played a role in his success. D'aww...
- Richard Kiel was a devout Christian and concluded his autobiography with an invitation to pray and join the faith.
- Russell Crowe. He even has expressed hope in being baptized.
- Director David Ayer is a Christian and created the character of Eli Sunday in Fury to give a realistic depiction of faith in World War II.
- Martin Freeman, despite being known for swearing like a sailor, is a devout Roman Catholic.
- A surprising amount of web reviewers, most notably Lewis Lovhaug, Allison Pregler and MarzGurl. The creator of Infamous Animation is Christian as well, which he mentions in his review of the 2007 The Ten Commandments animated film.
- Chris Pratt is a Christian and said the birth of his son Jack restored his faith in God.
- Andrei Tarkovsky was a born-again Christian and deeply religious, with his diaries being filled with prayers.
- Ricardo Montalban was a devout Catholic who described faith and family as the most important aspects of his life. One gag in The Naked Gun was changed at his polite request, as he found naming a hospital "Our Lady Who Never Got The Pickle" to be disrespectful.
- Todd Beamer was one of the passengers on Flight 93 who formulated the plan to take control of the plane from the hijackers. Moments before rushing the cockpit, he led the other passengers in reciting the Lord's Prayer and Psalm 23.
- Alice Cooper, the king of shock rock, is a devout born-again Christian.
"Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that's a tough call. That's rebellion."