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Token Religious Teammate

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There's this one guy or girl in the team that stands out from the other team members. They stand out because of their faith or their religious values. While many of the team members may be atheists or agnostics, or at least haven't given much thought to religion, this team member is devoted to their faith.

Regardless of whether they serve one god, or multiple gods, or some divine cosmic energy, their beliefs have defined the way they see the world and the way they respond to any given situation. This may manifest in a Thou Shalt Not Kill code or they may be a violent, psychotic character who uses their faith to justify their actions. Whatever the case, this causes the character to stand out from the other characters due to their faith. If they are Church Militant, expect them to be a Badass Preacher, a Religious Bruiser or a Technical Pacifist.


If they are Christian, they will almost invariably be Catholic. Unless they're wacky or hypocritical, in which case they'll be Protestant.

Quite often the Token Good Teammate, although psychotic examples could qualify for Token Evil Teammate. May also be the Token Wholesome.

At their worst, a Token Religious Teammate is Stupid Good or Lawful Stupid or even a Holy Hitman or Churchgoing Villain.

Compare with Real Men Love Jesus. Contrast with Secular Hero. Sometimes, they'll just be Ambiguously Christian or Ambiguously Jewish.



Anime and Manga

  • Black Lagoon:
    • Sister Eda is the only major side character who shows religious affiliation (Catholic) in an otherwise secular or atheistic Roanapur. It's subverted because not only is Eda rather irreverent, her "church" is little more than a gun cartel and an undercover CIA listening post built into a church.
    • Claude Weaver from the Greenback Jane arc says he's a Mormon, but he's private about his faith and also has problems with some tenets of his faith, primarily the whole "thou shalt not kill" thing.
  • Seikai, one of the Brave10, left the Izumo temple to pursue his own brand of Buddhism which involves worshiping all gods equally on the basis of maximizing potential protection from them. The Braves are pretty skeptical, but it does give him a Charles Atlas Superpower.
  • In the American official Gag Dub of Ghost Stories, Momoko becomes a very devoted Christian. In the original Japanese dub, she was simply psychic, but the dub needed to make her funny and explain both her powers and why she was frequently possessed by the spirit of Satsuki's dead mom.
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  • Asia Argento, Xenovia Quarta, and Irina Shidou from High School DXD. And no, being demons didn't stop the first two from being religious at all.
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic: Spartos is this in Sinbad's group of Eight Generals who also doubles as The Team Normal. Also Exaggerated with his home country of Sasan; it's apparently the only religious country in the entire world of Magi, so all religious people in this manga hail from there. This series isn't sci-fi by the way; it's a magical fantasy world based off of the 1001 Arabian Nights and has a character named Aladdin, whose name means "noble of the religion/faith". It also features characters named David and Solomon and has another country whose name looks to be derived from a Greek goddess, Artemyra.
  • Yukariko of the Mai-HiME anime as she is a nun.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE has Max Hartway, a pilot for Woolf's squadron who always prays to God for strength prior to battle.
  • Subverted in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing with Duo. Although he wears Creepy Cool Crosses and a priest's collar, he's actually a Hollywood Atheist.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • There are hints that Mezo Shoji is a Buddhist, particularly, his mentions of having "no worldly desires".
    • In Class 1-B there's also Ibara Shiozaki, a devout Christian who has a literal crown of thorns thanks to her quirk and who would rather restrain her opponents than harm them.
  • Sailor Moon: Rei Hino is this in the manga and Crystal. She takes her miko duties seriously and her dream is to become the head priestess of her family's Shinto shrine. One of her attacks is even called "Burning Mandala" (though the term ultimately originates from Hinduism).
  • Implied with Megu-nee from School-Live!. She seems rather spiritual and carries around a rosary.
  • For the Death Scythes in Soul Eater, Justin Law is this, though he takes it a step farther in that he thinks his boss, the Grim Reaper, is God. In the manga, this doesn't change, though it isn't Lord Death he's worshiping . . .

Comic Books

  • The title character in Nexus is a devout Christian (possibly Eastern Orthodox since his parents were Russian) and makes more frequent references to his faith than most of the main characters. By contrast, while his friend Judah Maccabee is introduced as a devout convert to Judaism (his name was Fred before he converted), in practice he doesn't actually talk about it that much. As a side note, Judah is an alien.
  • Victor Mancha of the Runaways was raised as a devout Catholic. Teammate Nico Minoru used to be an altar girl but has lapsed somewhat.
  • X-Men:
    • Nightcrawler is a devout Catholic despite the fact that his appearance frequently causes him to be mistaken for a demon.
    • Wolfsbane, also Catholic.
    • In one of the later iterations of the series, there is Dust, a devout Muslim who still observes niqab.
  • Among the main characters in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, only Drift, Swerve and Cyclonus are notably religious (Drift subscribes to Spectralism, Swerve is a standard Primalist, and Cyclonus is one of the few remaining Clavis Aurea adherents), and Drift disappears from the comic for quite some time following his exile. Most of the others seem to be willing to keep it private or are generally indifferent to the whole thing, and Whirl is something of a misotheist. Ironically enough, one of those shipmates who doesn't put on a particular show of faith? Even he doesn't know it, but he's Primus, the Transformers' God.
    • Inverted with Ratchet, the Token Antireligious Teammate. While he's certainly not the only nonbeliever (Skids is a Hollywood Atheist whose faith died in a horrific event, and Lug is stated to be nonreligious by Anode), nor is he the only one who mistrusts organised religion (Whirl dislikes anything that, in his words, offers forgiveness as a reward for compliance), Ratchet is the character who most enthusiastically defines himself in terms of rationalism and science and forcefully rejects any supernatural explanations. Even when they appear to be dead and in the afterlife, Ratchet is one of the most intense about finding out what it really is, which means that he ultimately saves the whole crew with a well-swung chair.

Fan Works

  • Shizune from Perfection is Overrated. Unfortunately, she also holds particularly extreme and uncompromising beliefs, and is willing to kill anyone who disagrees with her in almost any way, including the rest of the Himes.
  • Downplayed in Peace Forged in Fire. Most of the characters are Romulan and pay at least lip service to the Romulan spiritual belief in the Elements, but it's not an organized religion in the manner of Jaleh Khoroushi's Shi'a Islam. Jaleh also pointedly doesn't keep halal for practical reasons. Meanwhile D'trel's crew has Omek'ti'kallan, a Jem'Hadar First and a devout follower of "Glorious Odo'Ital" (a.k.a. Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) who frequently quotes religious maxims from a Sparse List of Rules.
  • The USS Bajor among Federation starships in Bait and Switch and related fics, due to having a crew that's about 15% Bajoran, including the captain and operations officer. They've even got a Bajoran monk for a chaplain. In "Shakedown Shenanigans" conn officer Park Jin-Soo asks Captain Kanril Eleya if she has a problem with him being Catholic (after she notices him kissing a medallion of St. Joseph of Cupertino, patron saint of pilots), and she basically says that'd be hypocritical of her.
  • This trope is often applied to works featuring Mello from Death Note, who because of owning some Catholic paraphernalia note  and a real name that hints at a heritage that would make him more likely to actually be one, is thought to be a practicing Catholic.


  • In Waterloo, Private Tomlinson (Oleg Vidov).
  • In Cowboys & Aliens, Meacham.
  • Major League:
    • The first film has Eddie Harris, the stock hypocritical Protestant, and Pedro Cerrano, the voodoo practitioner, who are often in conflict.
    • In Major League 2, Cerrano converts to Buddhism, which puts him in conflict with new outfielder Isuro "Kamikazi" Tanaka, who mocks his shallow understanding of Buddhism.
  • Holly Little from Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. In addition to Little, Sky Marshal Omar Anoke is also revealed to be religious but he is not worshipping the same god that Little was.
  • Deacon, from Red Tails, who made a point of praying to "Black Jesus'' for protection for himself and his fellow pilots.
  • Mad Max has two highway patrolmen chasing a maniac. After a crash one starts cursing and the other says that he doesn't have to "... work with a blasphemer."
  • In Smiley's People, a man is found shot in the face. A detective starts saying "Christ, Christ" and becomes sick. His superior tells him that if he has to vomit go off and do it, but no blaspheming.
  • The Avengers has Captain America make a specific reference to Christianity. Upon being told that Thor is very powerful, enough that he's considered to be a god...
    Steve: There's only one God, ma'am, and I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like that.
  • Dr Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus.
  • Bull Durham: Minor character Jimmy is an outspoken born-again Christian who is introduced trying to start a team Bible study group, to his teammates' annoyance. Surprisingly, in the third act he ends up marrying Millie, a girl who has "gone down on half the Carolina League."
  • In Star Wars: Rogue One, Chirrut Îmwe is a blind warrior from Jedha who strongly and enthusiastically believes in the Force. His buddy Baze Malbus was once a devoted believer but now thinks Chirrut is being stupid. Unusually, the Force in Star Wars is canonically and literally present in the galaxy, so Baze is less a Flat-Earth Atheist and more a Nay-Theist. Jyn is implied to be a lapsed believer, as she still has a Kyber crystal, the token of faith for Force-ism.


  • Relg in the Belgariad is a fanatic who observes strict religious rites, including stopping to pray several times a day, until the rest of the party force him to stop. He also has issues with sin, especially relationships with women, that he never entirely gets over even after he's married.
  • Constable Visit-The-Infidel-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets is this for the Watch in Discworld.
  • In The Elenium most of the main characters are Church Knights, but Bevier the Cyrinic knight is the most pious, stern and religious of the bunch, almost ending up in the Lawful Stupid ground. The other Church Knights in the group tend to have a much more pragmatic approach.
  • Everworld.
    • April
    • Jalil is an inversion as the only explicitly atheist (and anti-religious) member of the group. This had an interesting result when the gods of Everworld-Africa ordered the team to make a sacrifice to them, as Jalil and April actually teamed up in refusing.
  • I, Robot features the experimental robot Cutie, who attempts to make sense of the world around him (really little more than a space station one mile across) by turning to religious faith.
  • Robyn Mathers from Tomorrow: When the War Began. She isn't the only Christian in the group, but she's the most devout, even having a Thou Shalt Not Kill code. She eventually breaks it.
  • In the Venus Prime series, Sparta's former classmate Khalid Sayeed is a devout Shiite Muslim.
  • In The Red Tent, Zilpah is the most religious out of Jacob's wives.
  • In The Witchlands, while most characters don't place much importance on their faith, Monk Evraine is religious to the point of mild fanaticism.
  • The Martian:
    • The Hermes crew has Rick Martinez. He has a Mexican origin and he is Catholic.
    • Venkat (Vincent in the film) Kapoor from the ground crew. He is Hindu.
  • Villains by Necessity: Kaylana is the only member of the protagonists who's shown as religious (she's a druid, thus a cleric herself), though her religion worships nature rather than the gods, and seeks to keep its balance in the universe, because otherwise the world will be destroyed.
  • Inverted in Bridge to Terabithia. New Transfer Student Leslie stands out in her small-town because she was raised secular and is an atheist.

Live-Action TV

  • Lourdes from Falling Skies, who practices Roman Catholicism.
  • Zhaan from Farscape was a Delvian Pa'u or priest(ess). At one point she committed acts of violence so repugnant to her own sense of morality that she renounced her status and spent about half a season reattaining it. She was the spiritual heart of the show up until her death in early Season 3. Stark and Noranti were similarly spiritual characters.
  • Shepherd Derrial Book from Firefly is a Badass Preacher from a fictional Christian denomination (named the Order of Shepherds in the RPG). He doesn't push his beliefs on the crew (which includes at least one Buddhist and an unapologetic Hollywood Atheist, while the other crew members' preferences aren't known) unless they ask for it, but he practices what he preaches and follows the Ten Commandments to the letter. We should note here that, while The Bible is quite specific that Thou Shalt Not Kill, "it is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps."
  • In M*A*S*H, Father Mulcahy, the camp chaplain, is, as befits his position, the most devoutly religious member of the staff at the 4077th, dividing his time between giving religious guidance to the other personnel and the wounded soldiers passing through the camp (even those who are not Catholic or even Christian) and performing charitable works for local orphans. Many other characters have some religious faith, but they are not as overt about it (except when Major Burns' religious hypocrisy is being mined for laughs).
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Worf, of a sort. He doesn't actually actively worship anything but is knowledgeable about Klingon mythology, which is heavily Norse-influenced and actually misotheistic (in Deep Space Nine it's mentioned a couple times that ancient Klingon warriors killed their gods).
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
      • Major Kira in the beginning until Worf joins the crew. She's Bajoran, whose primary hat is being one of the few species in the galaxy that still has a majority of outspokenly religious citizens. They worship the Prophets, which in the series premiere turn out to be a race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens that inhabit a wormhole between the outer Bajoran system and the Gamma Quadrant.
      • In a meta sense, DS9 is this to the other Star Trek series; while most run on the idea that mankind has Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions, it takes the Bajoran religion seriously and questions where the line between "Sufficiently Advanced Alien" and "god" really is.
    • Star Trek: Voyager: Chakotay follows a bizarre mishmash of various Native American religious beliefs, which in real life was due to the show's so-called Native American adviser, Jamake Highwater, being an infamous fraud with no actual Cherokee ancestry (as he claimed).
  • Hershel from The Walking Dead. He seems to be the only character on the show so far with any serious religiosity.
  • Shirley from Community.
  • seaQuest DSV has Communications Officer Lt. Tim O'Neill, whose devout Catholicism is singled out as a plot point in a few episodes.
  • In Bones, Arastoo is the only member of the Squints to voice a religious belief (Islam). While he never tries to hide this aspect of himself, he did attempt to put on a fake accent in hopes of making the others think that he was newly immigrated to the country and would thus not give him a hard time about it. Angela is the only other Squint that shows spiritual leanings, although she seems more spiritual than religious about the matter. The only other character to emphasize a religious preference is Booth, who rarely lets an episode pass without reminding everyone that he is Catholic.
  • In the BBC's The Musketeers, Catholicism is the national religion, but (somewhat ironically) the Chivalrous Pervert Aramis is the only one amongst the Musketeers who seems to embrace it.
  • On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Elliot Stabler is a somewhat devout Catholic, and is the only member of the SVU whose religious views get any significant mention.
  • On The Mindy Project, Danny Castellano is a devout Catholic. When he and Mindy first discuss dating, he refuses because she has a boyfriend and it would be adultery. Mindy points out that not only is he divorced, he also had sex before marriage.
  • Among the National Service aircraftmen in Get Some In!, vicar's son Matthew Lilley is by far the most overt when it comes to living life according to religious guidelines. He makes a point of attending church services every week, has religious iconography on his notice board instead of the pin-ups most of his fellow aircraftmen have, ascribes unexpected good fortune to divine intervention, regards using even mild profanity such as "Blimey" as blasphemous, and plans to follow his father into the clergy after finishing his National Service. His fellow aircraftmen may not share his religious convictions, but they do respect them, unlike their Drill Instructor, Corporal Marsh, who never misses an opportunity to insult Matthew for his devotion to his faith.
  • On Scrubs, Turk is a fairly devout Christian, although not a regular churchgoer. The religious beliefs of the rest of the cast aren't really discussed, except Dr Cox who is a Hollywood Atheist and Laverne who is The Fundamentalist.
  • Rembrandt on Sliders. He frequently mentions God and openly says he's Christian. Quinn and Arturo are agnostics whilst Wade has some New Age beliefs but is never shown to be actually active in any religion.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has Mac, a Catholic with some fundamentalist leanings. This does not make him a better person.
  • Camelot: While the characters are probably all Christians (or pagans in some cases maybe) except Merlin, only Leontes is portrayed actually praying and expressing religious sentiments regularly.


  • Surprisingly for an RPG on a board that usually frowns on religious discussion, Dino Attack RPG got two spiritual characters. The first was Commander Pharisee, who believes he has a divinely-inspired right to impart justice on others. The second is Dr. Noomi Shaw, who despite being a capable surgeon tries to use prayer as a source of comfort.

Tabletop Games

  • In Dungeons & Dragons, there is a general trend for the party's Cleric or Paladin to be the lone religious, pious member of the party.
  • Lorgar (and by extension the entire Word Bearers Legion) was this for the Primarchs in Warhammer 40,000, which led to his downfall. Lorgar and his legion made very little progress during the reunification of the galaxy since they kept building churches and presenting the (very much atheist) Emperor as, well, God-Emperor. The Emperor humiliated Lorgar and his entire legion for his worship, so when it turned out there were actual gods in the Warp more than willing to be prayed to, Lorgar jumped ship.


Video Games

  • William McCall from Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. He also doubles as the Token Good Teammate.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Leliana from Dragon Age: Origins is a former spy / assassin who found religion while in hiding. In later installments, she becomes the Left Hand (i.e. personal spymaster) of the incumbent Divine and, potentially, the next Divine herself.
    • Sebastian Vael from Dragon Age II is a Former Teen Rebel whose parents shipped him off to the Kirkwall Chantry to prevent him from further embarrassing them. Bethany Hawke from the same game also is shown to be very religious, despite the Chantry's official position that free mages like her are Always Chaotic Evil.
    • Of the companions in Dragon Age: Inquisition, Cassandra Pentaghast is easily the most devout Andrastean—understandable, as she has served as the Right Hand (i.e. personal enforcer) of the Divine for most of her life (and can also become the next Divine in the ending.) In fact, she is the closest thing this series thus far has to The Paladin.
  • Of the three Pacific High School students in Rival Schools, Boman is described as a devout Christian, with the title of "Fighting Preacher". His character-specific ending in the first game even showed him staying behind in Japan as a missionary...and somehow managing to drag Edge and Gan from Gedo High along with him on his charity fundraisers!
  • Vanilla H from Galaxy Angel is the only member of the team for whom religion is really important (superficial resemblance to Catholicism plus vegetarianism).
  • Mass Effect has a few Religious Bruiser teammates:
    • Ashley Williams is eventually revealed to be this in Mass Effect. She reports having faced some prejudice for her beliefs, giving Shepard the option to say that s/he is religious, too.
    • Thane Krios from Mass Effect 2 is the most obviously religious teammate. He's introduced killing a Corrupt Corporate Executive and then saying a "prayer for the wicked"—referring to himself.
    • Though those two are the most devoted, all of the various alien characters generally believe in whatever religion their society developed. Garrus prays to the spirits in Mass Effect 3. In the same game, Liara is seething with anger when Javik tells her that her goddess was actually the Protheans. Ironic, as she had spent her life looking to the Protheans for answers.
  • Story of Seasons:
    • Not a teammate but a love interest. Maria from Harvest Moon and Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is probably the most religious person in the series that isn't a nun or priest. She worships the Harvest Goddess but the religion is a mashup of Catholicism and Paganism. She keeps her religious tone even in Magical Melody, where there isn't even a church in town anymore.
    • Her granddaughter, Maria from Harvest Moon 64 is the same, though to a lesser degree. She attends church often and plays the piano on her free days. She's less religious in future incarnations.
  • Novitiate nun Erica Fontaine in Sakura Wars.
  • In Project X Zone, Erica Fontaine is the token Catholic, with Felicia added to the mix in 2.
  • Night in the Woods has Beatrice who at times indicates ambiguously towards having religious leanings. She prays before going into the woods at the game's climax.

Visual Novel

  • Angie Yonaga from Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is an overly religious girl who kept on talking about her God (named "Atua" in the localization) throughout the game before her death and after every culprit's execution, she always talks that she will pray for them.

Web Original

  • Phase of Team Kimba and Loophole of the Whitman Lit Chix. They even have a talk about their faith in a Loophole story with Phase revealing that he is having a crisis of faith since he has lost everything: his family, his old friends, his wealth and power and protection, his long-held anti-mutant beliefs, his identity, and even his gender.
  • Tyrian Callows from RWBY is a particularly twisted villainous example. While most of Salem's followers regard her with fear and respect, Tyrian practically worships her as a goddess and "divine savior" and is absolutely devoted to her.
  • Sailor Moon Abridged: Like her manga and Crystal counterparts and unlike her anime counterpart, Raye/Sailor Mars is the only religious member of the main characters. Note that this series abridges the 90s anime and completely changes her religion altogether. Here Raye is a devout Satanist instead of a devout Shintoist. Who attends a Catholic school (this doesn't cause problems like you would think).


Western Animation

  • Tim (the talking bear with no pants) in The Cleveland Show.
  • Wonder Woman in Justice League was the only team member who was overtly religious with her faith in the Greek pantheon. Hawkgirl was openly an atheist, but the others appeared to be simply nonreligious. Superman was clearly raised Christian (most likely specifically Lutheran) and Batman was occasionally implied to be a lapsed Catholic.
  • Beyal in Monsuno.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Mentioned in "Lemon of Troy", when Bart is assigning stock war movie archetypes to his band of friends. Todd Flanders is "the quiet, religious guy who ends up going crazy."
    • Marge Simpson is clearly more involved in the church than the rest of the family. And while for example "Homer the Heretic" focuses on Homer's dwindling faith, it's obvious on several occasions that the kids wouldn't go to church unless Marge made them.
    • In the thirteenth-season episode "She Of Little Faith," Lisa converts to Buddhism and seems at least as serious about it as Marge is about Christianity . . . when the writers remember to reference it, anyway.
  • On South Park, both Kyle (Jewish) and Butters (Christian) get played this way in some episodes, though not as heavily as most examples. Basically, the entire town aside from the Broflovskis are Catholic, though it doesn't come up as often in later seasons.
    • In the movie, Kenny's mom appears to be the only person in the entire town who goes to church so as to not end up in hell when she dies and tries to convince Kenny to come with her. Everyone else only seems to go out of obligation or when they have a sudden crisis of faith. Basically, the show was inconsistent with characters' religious beliefs and it only came up when the plot called for it. While Kyle is sent to "Jew camp" in an early episode, we only see him in a synagogue in "The Passion of the Jew" and he's definitely not there to worship. His family being Jewish mostly comes up in Christmas episodes where they celebrate Hanukkah instead; other than that, they don't seem to be religious. If it wasn't for Cartman ripping on Kyle and his family all the time for being Jewish, the audience would probably never know.
    • The episode "All About the Mormons" introduced the most faithful family in all of South Park, though they're only mentioned in that episode. Of course, they were Mormons.
    • A truly disturbing example are the Woodland Critters from "Woodland Critter Christmas". They're just as passionate about their faith as the Mormon family above. Unfortunately they're Satanists. Fortunately, they turn out to just be fictional characters in a Christmas story Cartman wrote for class. But then the Imaginationland trilogy came and there was the real possibility they could hurt people IRL if they were to escape to reality.


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