Badass clergymen who are minorities amongst a meeker lot would be Badass Preachers instead. Also not to be confused with the actual Christian concept of the Church Militant which comprises all believers still on Earth, as compared with the Church Triumphant, the believers in Heaven. Here, the "militant" refers not to actual violence but the spiritual combat that believers undergo to thwart the Devil and his temptations so as to become a member of the Church Triumphant. The moral questions surrounding the idea of religious authorities advocating violence have been around since the beginning of monotheism.
Polytheistic religions generally don't result in Moral Dissonance , instead delegating war behavior to deities who are specifically devoted to kicking ass.
Monotheistic religions, on the other hand, have always had the problem of reconciling a loving God assuming He is loving to begin with with the specifically unloving human behavior that is intrinsic to warfare. Sometimes it is based on the idea that wrongdoers and criminals, domestic or cosmic, lose variably some or all of the protection of God and society because of their bad actions and therefore should come quietly or be defeated. There is the philosophy that self defense and the defense of others from bad guys--out of love for others—is acceptable and just in God's sight.
It must also be understood that soldiers face death every day, and naturally have a vested interest in spiritual pursuits. Also, in general, non-Christian religions portrayed as Church Militants are usually frowned upon. Church Militants often make use of Smite Evil. The smitees may not appreciate this, and may strike back, e.
Has some overlap with Naughty Nuns , often in the form of 'Nunsploitation' films. One of the groups you may ask Who You Gonna Call? Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account. For, besides the things that have been said, the nature of peoples is variable; and it is easy to persuade them of something, but difficult to keep them in that persuasion. And thus things must be ordered in such a mode that when they no longer believe, one can make them believe by force.
Though God doesn't really seem to like him. Mozgus in Berserk fulfills this trope together with his followers. They take great pleasure in killing and torturing "heretics" at will. There's also the Holy Iron Chain Knights, a church-serving order of warriors who are mostly ornamental but nonetheless quite capable of kicking ass.
Black Lagoon has the "Church of Violence''. While it's unclear whether its members are actually religious or are just using the Church as a front for weapons smuggling, it still doesn't stop its members from toting a ridiculously massive arsenal of weapons such as M60 machine guns and a gold plated Desert Eagle wielded by a 70 something nun with one hand.
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However , they also have Fantastic Racism , at least one major member is a full-blooded demon and a Manipulative Bastard with millennia of experience who sees and treats everyone as pawns despite nominally being "good" , and they tend to be Knight Templars who started as Child Soldiers. The fact they see the titular character, the resident Anti Anti Christ , as a threat might even make him a threat if they don't kill him first!
A Certain Magical Index. They're also responsible for the compilation of Index-Librorium-Prohibitrum in Index's mind. The Russian Orthodox Church, with Annihilatus. Chrono Crusade features a religious order whose role is to serve as the Church Militant. As one might expect, the main character is a member of said order.
The Order tolerate Rosette's Deal with the Devil on the grounds that 1 he's a sweetheart, okay? Until Remington is forced to stage Chrono 's death in the manga. Her immediate superiors don't object, but the higher-ups have gotten twitchy. Good times had by all as the good Father more or less pounds Chrono in the head with the situation after cool hints don't work. The Black Order in D. Willing to employ criminals, create homunculi and carry out human experimentation.
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And even that's not enough. The Ishvalans in Fullmetal Alchemist have warrior-priests, followers of Ishvala who are also martial arts experts.
It was stated that during the Ishval rebellion an unarmed Ishvalan warrior-priest could take down 10 fully armed Amestrian soldiers. Scar was a particularly strong one.
Hellsing has both the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church forming their own Churches Militant to deal with the supernatural. Accusations of heresy and territorial claims mean their militants often clash if they meet, but they will sometimes delay fighting each other to fight vampires. Doesn't help that their trump cards display a Blood Knight mentality and will fight at the drop of a hat. The series eventually climaxes with the Vatican's 9th Crusade against the Nazis and, eventually, all of Protestant England.
Enrico Maxwell, Iscariot's leader, even takes advantage of London's vulnerability to slaughter Protestant civilians, all in the name of God and the Catholic Church. Thankfully, Father Anderson does not agree with that last option. In Izure Shinwa No Ragnarok , the church is one of the two most influential organizations in the world and the protagonist, Raika, works for them to investigate the other organization, though he has his own reasons for doing so. The militant part comes into play when Raika displays the combat techniques they taught him, which are enough to survive against humans possessed by gods.
While Enrico Pucci is an evil fighter priest, it is not out of fanaticism. In fact, he is a heretic who worships an evil vampire and abuses his status as a priest. Church Militant still holds. As his twin brother Weather Report yes, that's his name said, Enrico Pucci is not aware that he is evil. Which makes him creepier because he believes he's doing all these beating up prisoners, pitting them against each other, siccing a gang on Weather Report to prevent his incestuous relationship with their little sister both Weather and his sister were unaware of this incest , collecting Dio's sons, trying to revive the world without the Joestars There is also Vivio , literal Saint King of that church , though she hates being called by her rank And she IS called so.
On a regular basis. The nuns on the Mahora campus of Mahou Sensei Negima! The original Moetan book's entry for the word "priest" recalls this trope: "The priest has a cross-shaped bazooka. By episode 5 of Mnemosyne , Mimi has retired to a solitary life of a Buddhist nun. Thanks to various problems that an immortal faces , her temple is outfitted with a laser cage , and other immortal nuns who happen to know how to use guns and katanas. The mainstream Vatican consider it heretical, due to it's use of things like magecraft. It's divided into the following sections: Executors such as Kotomine Kirei , are essentially the special forces, used for more precise operations.
Dawn's engineering and unparalleled exorcism, or Merem's De mon iti on. There are only eight positions within the Burial Agency, and only seven are filled. They are exceptionally strong, having enough strength to casually crush human skulls. The Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament are tasked with the recovery, researching, and management of holy relics; one particularly notable job is to inspect any claims of the Holy Grail, since it's central to Christian doctrine.
Despite this, the Assembly is the lowest of the Holy Church's agencies. Puella Magi Madoka Magica : Kyouko was one in the backstory. And the witch Elsa Maria has a fair amount of Christian imagery, and secondary material suggests she views herself this way. Subverted with Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 's Duo Maxwell; though he wears a priest's collar and kicks a lot of ass, he doesn't actually practice any religion. In his backstory he was an orphan raised in a church, but one day tells the priest he doesn't believe in God but he does believe in the God of Death because "I've never seen a miracle, but I've seen lots of dead people!
He wears the collar as a tribute to the priest and nun who raised him.
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Nicholas D. Wolfwood, and specifically the Eye of Michael group from Trigun. The latter are plant worshippers, which explains why they're willing to work for Knives. The representatives we see don't appear to worship anything except Gorn and More Dakka.
- Shades of Grey (Meegan Jones Stories Book 2).
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And posibly For Science! Makes you kind of relieved that Wolfwood is so laid-back about his faith. Wolfwood introduces himself as a priest, and is carrying an large cross. When someone else tries to lift it, they comment on its heaviness. Wolfwood's response is "That's 'cause it's so full of mercy" Though it's never truly clear in the anime, at least whether he's really a priest or not.
In Trinity Blood , the Vatican is one of the two major world military powers, the other being the vampire-led Empire. The latter, being based in Byzantium, bears a certain resemblance to the home base of the post-schism Eastern Orthodox church. Rurouni Kenshin : The anime featured original villain Muto Shogo, an Christian samurai that believed to be the reincarnation of Amakusa Shiro see real-life section below and lead an army of devout followers to rebel against the Meiji administration.
He was so badass that he managed to best Kenshin in their first duel.
Subverted in Simoun , where the church itself doesn't like that the military is forcing them to use their priestesses as killers, even if their prayers happen to be the most effective weapon Simulacrum has. The organization "Solomon" from Witch Hunter Robin. Comic Books. The Confessor and the Crossbreed from Astro City. The Crossbreed in particular come off as a bunch of annoying fanatics. The Badger had a recurring character named "Sister Twister", a reformed Nazi transexual nun.
There's also a Sister Twister who was in the latest incarnation of the Suicide Squad. A woman with distorted features and the power to painfully contort other peoples' bodies, she found God and became a nun.
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