Carrie: He is a priest!
Samantha: He is a hot priest!
Basically the male counterpart of Naughty Nuns: the handsome, attractive, usually young priest. Has a long tradition in western culture, dating at least to the Middle Ages. The priest is usually Roman Catholic for the added Forbidden Fruit aspects of his Vow of Celibacy, but there's still room for the handsome, single, young pastor in Protestant settings as well, with the added possibility of a happy ending.
Depending on the viewpoint of the characters, this can be played for sympathy or antipathy: Either the priest is a innocent and charismatic Good Shepherd in a Saintly Church who just can't help attracting the attentions of women (and sometimes men, too) or he is a sinister Casanova in a Corrupt Church, in which case it is often a trait of the Sinister Minister.
In terms of rank, the Authority Tropes arguably equal are Badass Preacher, Corrupt Corporate Executive, Irish Priest, Landlord, Preacher Man, Pedophile Priest, Schoolteachers, Sinister Minister and The Vicar. For the next step down, see Student Council President. For the next step up, see Dean Bitterman.
- (pictured) Father Remington of Chrono Crusade is handsome... and knows it. He happily flirts back with the younger nuns, much to Sister Kate's chagrin. He's handsome enough that Rosette — a nun herself and something of an adopted daughter to him — has a crush on him, too.
- Apparently, the reason why he's so hot in the anime is that he's a Really 700 Years Old fallen angel. (In the manga he's unnaturally youthful despite having been a teen in the 1870s due to being implanted with demonic "legion.")
- In the epilogue of the manga, it turns out that Joshua Christopher, Rosette's younger brother, becomes a priest as well and keeps his bishonen looks.
- The Church of Violence in Black Lagoon acquires one of these in season 2: Ricardo aka Rico, the Naïve Newcomer who hangs out with Eda and gets called "jackass" for referring to her as "sis" intead of "Sister".
- Miroku of InuYasha is a houshi, a wandering Buddhist monk. He's also Team Inuyasha's resident Handsome Lech and generally very popular with the ladies of any given Adventure Town — to the endless exasperation of both Sango and Inuyasha.
- Trinity Blood is full of them. Father Abel, Father Tres, Father Leon, Father Hugue, Brother Petro... even the Pope! Observe here.◊
- Nicholas D. Wolfwood in Trigun.
- Kirei Kotomine from Fate/stay night. Well, as much as a fake priest can be anyways. He's rugged and well-built for a middle aged man, while his younger self in Fate/Zero has a more traditional youthful handsomeness.
- Farther Kanae of MariaHolic has a bit of a crush on Mariya which he tries to keep to himself. Mariya spots the crush instantly and vainly glories in it.
- Frau in 07-Ghost. And Castor.
- Charley in Vassalord, though he gets it all the time from Rayflo.
- Enrico Pucci from part 6 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. His Fan Nickname is "Father Bootylicious".
- While not exactly priests, the Exorcists in D.Gray-Man could qualify.
- Ryoumei, from Yume Musubi, Koi Musubi. See here for reference. (Although that's when he's just a teenager.)
- Genjyo Sanzo of Saiyuki certainly qualifies. As does Hazel, who even thinks of himself as one, going so far as to suggest that Sanzo is attracted to him.
Gat: *upon encountering a pack of demons* Looks like we're way too noticeable.
Hazel: Well, it can't be helped. After all, we're an odd trio of two handsome men and one giant fellow.
Sanzo: No comment...
- Violinist of Hameln has Clari Nett: serious, bishonen, and devout. Unfortunately for his mental health, Hamelin has convinced himself that Clari is gay and insists on calling him rude names. And forcing Raiel to dress up as a girl to "tempt" him.
- A quote from the movie Raising Helen:
Pastor Dan Parker: I'm a sexy man of God, and I know it.
- The film The Devils is in part about sexual obsession, nuns, a priest and a walled town in France.
- Based partially on a real life event, poor guy.
- Tommy Lee Jones in Broken Vows◊ (1987). The character is this in the original novel, too.
- The young priest from the film Contact.
- Philip from Pirates of the Caribbean, complete with Shirtless Scene.
- Father Lucas Trevant from The Rite has Shirtless Scene shows his back
- In Face/Off, we see Castor Troy pose as a minister to plant a bomb in the LA Convention Center, then he does a sexy dance in front of some attractive choirgirls who are singing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus". Gotta love some Nicolas Cage.
- Russell Crowe's character Cort in The Quick and the Dead.
- Joaquin Phoenix as Abbe du Coulmier in Quills. Teaches Kate Winslet's character how to read and tries to "cure" the Marquis de Sade, both of whom obviously want to get into his frock.
Abbe: I'm not a beautiful young prospect ripe for corruption.Marquis: Don't be so sure.
- Paul McGann, who has his own personal Estrogen Brigade, played a vicar in Lesbian Vampire Killers.
- Young Jean-Paul Belmondo in Leon Morin, Priest. A young atheist woman confronts him. She ends up beaten by the obvious power of faith (and a something else beyond)◊
- Camerlengo Patrick McKenna from Angels & Demons. Ewan McGregor makes a damn fine priest.
- Gael Garcia Bernal's Father Amaro from El Crimen del Padre Amaro (based on the Portuguese novel O Crime do Padre Amaro).
- Gabriel Byrne in Stigmata.
- Nathan Fillion in Dracula 2000
- Camila: Father Ladislao is a young, dashing, handsome priest. Camila is smitten, and she's even more smitten when he reveals progressive political views similar to hers. Forbidden romance ensues.
- Montgomery Clift in Hitchcock's I Confess. The movie was a flop as a result of the controversy over the romantic themes in the film involving his character.
- Linus Roache in Priest, playing gay Father Greg.
- Jason Scott Lee's ass-kicking, vampire-hunting and absolutely gorgeous Father Uffizi in Dracula II: Ascension and Dracula III: Legacy.
- Edward Norton in as Father Brian in Keeping the Faith; Brian's friend Anna Lampshades it.
Anna: I've seen the way women look at you, even though they know you're a priest....especially when they know you're a priest!
- In the film Amen, young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana, played by Mathieu Kassovitz, is quite a looker...
- Stephen Fermoyle from the film El cardenal has a Shirtless Scene.
- Parson Sue (1912). After the titular cleric arrives in a small western town, the local young men are suddenly keen to attend church.
- In Young Lady Chatterley II, Cynthia learns that her First Love Robert has joined the priesthood. She makes it her mission to get him to at least reconsider his vocation (although she does say she would not stand in his way if it really is his calling). One of her maids remarks that a man like that becoming a priest is a criminal waste.
- Also, the bogatyr (similar to "knight errant") Alyosha Popovich from Russian folk legends may fit. While not a priest himself (he's a popovich, or priest's son: the Russian Orthodox Church allows married men to become priests), his image bears many of the stereotypes associated with priests at the time (e.g., he's cunning and well-spoken, and relies more on wits than strength). Besides his valiant deeds, Alyosha is known for his often dubious amorous escapades. Like that one time when he "disgraced" a fair maiden and received severe fisticuffs from her angry brothers. Or when he tried to trick the wife of his fellow bogatyr, Dobrynya Nikitich, into marrying him by telling her that Dobrynya's dead. It's important to note that Alyosha also gets the girl (a beautiful, loving wife) at the end.
- In medieval Europe, the supposed sexual endowment of priests was standard dirty-joke fodder:
"And what, then, is to be thought of those witches who in this way sometimes collect male organs in great numbers, as many as twenty or thirty members together, and put them in a birds nest, or shut them up in a box, where they move themselves like living members, and eat oats and corn, as has been seen by many and is a matter of common report? It is to be said that it is all done by devils work and illusion, for the senses of those who see them are deluded in the way we have said. For a certain man tells that, when he had lost his member, he approached a known witch to ask her to restore it to him. She told the afflicted man to climb a certain tree, and that he might take which he liked out of the nest in which there were several members. And when he tried to take a big one, the witch said: You must not take that one; adding, because it belongs to a parish priest."
- One joke had a wife threatening to leave her husband because of his physical inadequacy: the priest arranged to have him "inspected" by the women of the parish, through a hole in the church door. The man admitted to the priest that his wife's accusations were correct — he was, in fact, physically most men's lesser — so the two arranged for the priest, not the husband, to display himself through the hole. All the women lined up to offer their opinions — "That's not too bad," "What's she complaining about?", "That's more than my husband has!", until one woman objected: "That's the priest! I'd know him anywhere!"
- Kramer and Sprenger, in their notorious witch-hunting manual Malleus Maleficarum, accepted just such a dirty joke as a factual report of witches' stealing men's "members":
- Gösta Berling in Gösta Berling's Saga is at one point this, at least at some points in the narrative. (It's complicated.)
- Older Than Print: There are at least a few examples of both types in The Decameron.
- Mentioned in Gargantua: "The tower of a cloister makes the woman of the village more fertile."
- In Barbara Kingsolver's novel The Bean Trees, Taylor mentions that whenever she sees Father William, she has to resist the urge to flirt with him.
- The Thorn Birds — Father Ralph de Bricassart is pretty much the trope codifier, if not the trope maker. To a lesser extent, his and Meggie's son Dane was planning to follow in his footsteps.
- Father Dominic from The Mediator series by Meg Cabot is in his sixties, but Suze the heroine, frequently notices how handsome he must have been and actually still is "in that Sean Connery way".
- Julien Sorel, the Anti-Hero / Villain Protagonist of The Red and the Black.
- There is a medieval (probably 12th century) Latin poem called the "Altercatio Phyllidis et Flora" about whether knights or priests make better lovers. Guess who wins?
- The Canterbury Tales features a Friar as one of the pilgrims who loves associating with the fairer sex, and is kind enough to perform marriages which he has made necessary.
- Medieval literature in general has tons of these — in jealous husband/sexy adulterous wife stories, the wife often takes up with the local priest. Hilarity Ensues, generally.
- A number of these in the Deryni works. Bishop Denis Arilan's face is described as "handsome", and then-Monsignor (later Bishop) Duncan McLain prompts this exchange between two ladies at his cousin's ducal court:
"...I do hope he gets back in time for dinner. You've seen him, haven't you?""Ummm," the blonde woman sighed approvingly. "I certainly have. What a pity he's a priest."
- In A Song of Ice and Fire a minor character claims he used to be one of these, since a wandering priest can be quite exotic and exciting if you've never left your dad's cow farm.
- Emilio Sandoz in Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow is a particularly sympathetic example.
- Father Lorenzo Quart in Arturo Pérez-Reverte's The Seville Communion.
- The Monk Ambrosio is described as being very attractive, and is obviously popular with the ladies of his congregation.
- Aramis from The Three Musketeers and sequels.
- Inverted in The Hunchback of Notre Dame: it's not that the priest is attractive, it's that he's desperately in love with Esmeralda.
- In Purple Hibiscus, this is how Father Amadi is described by Kambili. Very frequently. In lots of detail.
- The humorous book Growing Up Catholic calls this trope "Father Whatawaste."
- Jane Austen's six novels include 3 clergymen as the heroine's winning love interest:
- Young naive Catholic curate Father Neil Boyd in the original novels for Bless Me Father is this to the Estrogen Brigade in his parish. He develops a suspicion an older and more cynical priest is pimping him out to rich widows and garnering large donations to Church funds in return.
- In the Village Tales novels, the Rector, Canon Paddick, is one par excellence (and Even the Guys Want Him), being often described In-Universe as "Becks in a biretta" (he's very High Church). His senior-most, though youngest in age, curate, Fr. Paul Campion, rowed for Keble and Oxford and is described In-Universe, by In-Universe fans, as a young Jonny Wilkinson in a backwards collar. The rest of the C of E clergy, and fubsy, ginger Mgr Folan for the RCs not so much.
- Pastor Charles Jacobs of Stephen King's Revival is noted as being quite handsome, to the point that every teenage girl in town has a crush on him. Unfortunately for them, he's Happily Married... until things start going downhill.
- Father Daniel Brophy in the Rizzoli & Isles series, thus explaining Dr. Maura Isles' attraction to him.
- Adso of Melk in The Name of the Rose is a young virginal monk (played by Christian Slater in the film) who becomes the target of a young beautiful peasant girl who proceeds to have sex with him, which affects him to the point where he starts having affections for her.
- Samantha from Sex and the City lusted after one of these. She nicknamed him "Friar Fuck".
- Keeping Up Appearances has a sexy (and married) young vicar by the name of Michael. Besides having to fight off Hyacinth's constant attempts to invite him to her social functions, he also has to fight off the advances of her sister Rose (the past-her-prime village bicycle).
- Father Peter Clifford as played by Stephen Tompkinson in Ballykissangel was seen as an example of this. In fact in a 1997 Fake Crossover for Comic Relief with The Vicar of Dibley the plot centred around Reverend Geraldine Granger attempting to get a kiss from Father Clifford.
- And after Father Clifford left the town and the show, he was replaced in by a series of handsome young priests, culminating in a dashing ex-Australian Soap Opera star.
- The handsome Latino priest in the second season premiere and finale for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles may qualify.
- Nathan Fillion (again) as Caleb from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if you can get past the creep factor.
- He apparently attracted plenty of impressionable young women in his preaching days. And then killed them in a gruesome manner for being such harlots.
- Supernatural's Winchester brothers briefly pose as priests in order to investigate a mysterious death. This is taken further in the season's gag reel when the actors show up in sleeveless priest outfits reminiscent of male strippers.
- There seems to be a subtext to the relationship between the priest on the second season of Mad Men, Father Gill (Colin Hanks; yes, as in Tom), and Peggy Olson; he's definitely a more liberal priest than the parish is used to. However, Peggy cuts off contact with Father Gill and the whole Church in general in the last episode of the season (the one during the Cuban Missile Crisis), and he hasn't been seen since.
- There was an early 1990s Saturday Night Live sketch where a woman (Julia Sweeney) goes to confess her sins in a confession booth. The priest (played by Alec Baldwin) then pulls back the screen and reveals that he's very young and handsome.
- Jane fell in love with one in Coupling, and trying to accept the no sex before marriage lifestyle was something of a Growing the Beard for the character. Then it turns out Susan knew him before he was a priest...
You had sex with my boyfriend! I haven't even had sex with him yet!
- He wasn't a priest, he was a religious broadcaster on the radio only, Steve just incorrectly assumed he was a vicar.
- Father Philip Callaghan from Poltergeist: The Legacy.
- Rickety Cricket in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia — before the gang ruined his life, that is.
- A female one of these was recently seen on What Not to Wear. Especially after the makeover, but before it, she was pretty cute, too.
- Brother Justin Crowe on Carnivàle. Of course, since he's also a Sinister Minister, the women who are drawn to him are all troubled in some way and he is not at all hesitant to exploit their weaknesses for his own benefit...
- Father Phil Intintola had a flirtation with Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos. Mostly, their flirting consisted of her making him food (particularly baked ziti) as they drank wine and watched middlebrow movies. That said, Father Phil and Carmela once very nearly got it on after a particularly wine-soaked evening, but circumstances prevented it. The flirtation ended after Carmela saw Rosalie Aprile (who had been widowed earlier that year) feeding him ziti in a chapel.
- Father Jack Landry in the 2009 remake of V has a Shirtless Scene in one episode and he had a history of touring in Iraq.
- More cute than "sexy" but Father Mulcahy from Mash wore a tight black t-shirt with his usual army uniform sometimes and looked very nice indeed.
- Mulcahy only had to give a woman the brush-off once (after she "hugged the stuffing" out of him). When he told Hawkeye about it the doctor laughed long and hard; he never expected Mulcahy to have that problem.
- In an episode of Spin City, the men play a prank on the women by cancelling the male stripper who was to attend Claudia's bachelorette party and send a Catholic priest instead. The priest happened to be rather handsome. Guess what happened.
- Invoked in Penn & Teller when they meet a self-described "porn pastor." It's not quite what it sounds like.
- The Borgias: Cesare Borgia is definitely this, and moreover he never lets the fact that he's a Cardinal get in the way of his sexual conquests (it must run in the family, seeing as he's the son of the Pope).
- Caleb has to consider his faith after flirting with Annie in Beverly Hills, 90210.
- Padre Juan de la Cruz from the critically-acclaimed Mexican telenovela El Privilegio de Amar. He is played by the very sexy and super-macho actor Cesar Evora.
- Father Antonio from Sunset Beach. His attraction to his brother's girlfriend is mutual.
- Zhaan of Farscape is a female version as a high level Delvian priestess. She differs from most versions of this trope in that Delvians are VERY sensual beings and being a priest/priestess seems to involve enhanced sexual experiences.
- Sister Paul's POV episode in Brides of Christ features Jack Delahunty ,who she meets at a wedding. It's a mutual attraction.
- Father Kieron on Hollyoaks is lusted after by several female members of the village, especially Mercedes and Michaela McQueen, and ends up having a relationship with John Paul.
- Young naive Catholic curate Father Neil Boyd in Bless Me Father is this to the Estrogen Brigade in his parish. He develops a suspicion an older and more cynical priest is pimping him out to rich widows, and garnering large donations to Church funds in return.
- Rev. Paul Coates of the small town of Broadchurch.
- Almost everyone on Vikings seems to be attracted to Athelstan — whether he realizes it is another story. Technically, he's not a priest, but a monk, but he gets the nickname 'Priest' from the vikings and essentially serves this role for them.
- Father Tomás, from Esperanza Mia. Esperanza, who poses as a nun to escape from criminals, fell in love with him. His former girlfriend, who is now enagged with his brother, still loves him as well.
- Father Gabriel of The Walking Dead has gained a lot of fan girls and is forgiven for some of his Ambiguously Evil tendencies because of his attractiveness. Since he has a few shades of Sinister Minister it may also be an example of Evil Is Sexy. Fortunately, he pulled a HeelFace Turn and hoped onboard with the idea of being a hero among the survivors. He also smiles more often now that he's regained his faith in life.
- The handsome priest in the trailer for the television series based on DC Comics the comic Preacher shows his back.
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The dashing Monsignor Brady in "The Consoler". He is very popular with the female members of his flock. Goren and Ames also discover that he is noticeably lax regarding his vow of chastity, and that he preys upon vulnerable women. He is not, however, a murderer.
- Reverend Andrew Carpenter of One Life to Live. Throughout his time on the show, several women fall madly in love with him, one of whom he married, another of whom became a borderline Yandere when he rebuffed her, and yet another who was herself married. His cousin Maggie, a postulate, could be considered a female version of this.
- Agatha Raisin: The (first) Victim of the Week in "Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate" is a hunky Anglican curate, who Ray describes as "hot a f" and Agatha describes as a "smoking hot vicar". He has the single female population of the village fawning over him.
- A female version in the Lifetime Movie of the Week "Sins And Seduction". Unlike most of this network's fare, she's actually a good person.
- Andrew Scott's priest in the second season of Fleabag has a Will They or Won't They? dynamic with Fleabag. They eventually have sex.
- There's nothing true here yet, but one of Harlem shake parodies with a sexy bearded man dressed as a priest who dances and shows his legs with black underwear and grey socks.
- Louis Jordan's "Deacon Jones" is about a Protestant minister, which cuts down on some of the impropriety. Still, he sounds like he's getting away with a lot.
Now who is it that will keep a sister singin'? (Deacon Jones)
Yes, yes, and who will keep her phone a ringin'? (Deacon Jones)
Mhm, and when she's left alone at night
Who will help her see the light?
Lordy Lord Hallelujah, Deacon Jones
- In Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer, the village rector Dr. Daly laments that he was one of these. (The events of the play demonstrate that perhaps he still is, at least to one young woman in his congregation.)
- Father Welsh in Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West. It isn't stated outright that he is "sexy", but he is at least attractive enough to make seventeen-year-old Girleen to fall madly in love with him.
- Angelo, despite being Dragon Quest VIII's resident Handsome Lech, is still an ordained member of the clergy.
- Play a Fire Emblem game. You'll probably find at least one handsome Priest, Monk, or Bishop. And yup, you can get more than one of them hook up with another character via A supports.
- Fire Emblem Elibe:
- Fire Emblem Awakening:
- Father Vincent from Silent Hill 3, depending on the player's fondness for slightly creepy, disheveled, lazy-eyed cult leaders.
- Priests in Ragnarok Online. Men have bared chests, and women wear habits with slits up to the waist. And stockings.
- Carter, from Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is these... at least, in the eyes of many fangirls. Many of them lament that he's not an eligible bachelor. Not to be confused with Carter the Archaeologist from the Wonderful Life/DS subseries.
- Teague Martin from Dishonored is an Overseer, which is the equivalent of a priest in that universe. He is noticeably better-looking than pretty much every other male character in the game.
- Sebastian Vael of Dragon Age II is tanned, blue-eyed, lean and athletic with great cheekbones... and very devoted to the Chantry and his vows. A female Hawke can romance him, but their marriage stays a celibate one (unless he and Hawke are in a rivalry, in which case he stops being a Sexy Priest and vows to take back his throne of Starkhaven).
- Every one of the Lumen Sages in Bayonetta is a young, handsome, muscular, charismatic, smooth-talking guy, and some of them radiate light. (and they're the bad guys, by the way). In fact, to drive the point home, the Big Bad of the game is named Father Balder.
- Kolyat from Mass Effect 3 is an alien priest, but he counts as one nonetheless. He looks exactly like his attractive father, Thane Krios.
- The yōkai monk Aobōzu in Onmyōji is a handsome Mr. Fanservice Bishōnen as well as a Buddhist priest.
- Far Cry 5: Though nobody ever comments on it, Joseph Seed has a body of an Olympic swimmer and is frequently shirtless to show it off. Quite remarkable for someone to qualify as this as well as the Sinister Minister.
- The VelociPastor arguably counts.
- The Nostalgia Chick did a video of the Top Ten "Hottest" Animated Guys according to a poll she took from the ladies on her Twitter and Facebook page. Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame made that list. Despite not being a priest in that particular version, he's close enough to a clergyman in context to qualify.
- The Nostalgia Critic, his brother Rob, and Malcom all dress up as holy men while he reviews a narm scene from The Devil.
- The Witch craze in Loudun, France, was started in 1632 when an amorous priest named Urbain Grandier was brought on trial for witchcraft. Said priest had earlier on publicly humiliated some local bishop named Armand Jean du Plessis and who went on to become Cardinal some time later. It is the basis of the movie The Devils mentioned above.
- There's a calendar featuring male Mormon missionaries. The things one learns from Stephen Fry...
- There's also one featuring actual priests.
- In American Roman Catholic popular culture, such priests are known as "Father What-A-Waste."
- Father Cutie is not exactly hard on the eyes, and he seems to know it.
- The Reverend Ida Auken of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark, also an MP (originally a member of the Socialist Party, later a member of the Danish Social Liberal Party) and Danish Minister for the Environment 2011-14. This being a Lutheran church, not only is a woman allowed to be a priest, but they're allowed to marry; her mother was also a priest (and a Social Democratic MP).
- Pope Benedict XVI's private secretary, Monsignor Georg Gänswein, is known throughout the Vatican as "Beautiful George" because of his good looks. Possibly the only Vatican official in history to attract the attention of the tabloids and the papparazzi (that's the photographers, NOT Sun-speak for the then-current Pontiff).
- Muslim example: Abdullah Gymnastiar, an Indonesian da'i (quite close to "minister"), well-known to Malay-speaking public. Every Muslim is allowed to marry, and he's married (twice).
- Zachary Quinto's Before/After video has him dressed up as one. Several comments from fans are of how they are going to hell for thinking that.
- Karol Woltyla, better known as Pope John Paul II. Since he became famous only as pope, an older man, he also falls under I Was Quite a Looker.
- Mariano Moreno studied to be a priest, but fell in love with a woman named Guadalupe Cuenca, so he dropped the priesthood (he had not been ordained yet, nor made any oath) and became a lawyer instead.
- And then there was Joyce McKinney, a woman so taken with handsome Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson that she abducted and raped him.
- Athanasios Diakos was originally an Greek Orthodox Christian monk who according to tradition, was considered so handsome that even an Ottoman general desired him. The ensuing altercation resulted in the official's death and Athanasios becoming a fugitive and freedom fighter.