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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })Men of the cloth serve a plethora of roles in all branches of media, both modern and ancient. They may be wise counselors, corrupt bureaucrats or confused and bumbling but generally well-intentioned old duffers. But every once in a while, a preacher crops up who is intimidating, charismatic and completely devoid of morality. These archetypal villains typically serve as the Big Bad in their respective worlds, controlling vast hordes of starry-eyed True Believers or manipulating the inner workings of their Church. He is often a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant clergyman, but there's nothing saying he can't not be a white Anglo-Saxon and there's definitely nothing saying he can't be a Catholic (especially if the setting is in the Middle Ages), and is clean-cut and perpetually smiling while delivering sermons that alternate between gentle reminders of the importance of virtue and scalding fire-and-brimstone rants commanding their followers to rise and smite heathens in the name of the Lord, amen.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })The Sinister Minister is a one-man Corrupt Church (and it's usually a man in this role, though female examples are not unheard of) in that all power typically ends up resting firmly in his hands and his hands alone as opposed to being shared out within an organization. He seldom employs Sidekicks or advisors, preferring to rely instead on his own usually very devious brain for scheming while entrusting the main grunt work to the hordes of unwashed and sanctimonious Mooks who make up the bulk of his followers.
Usually well-educated and cultured, the Sinister Minister is nonetheless unspeakably evil and regularly engages in acts of sexual depravity (or perhaps not; many a Sinister Minister is Straight Edge) and, if not outright violence, threats and intimidation. The Sinister Minister usually keeps his own hands relatively clean until late in the game when his power base is secure and he can act with impunity.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })There are typically two types of Sinister Minister. The first type is subtle and deceptive, using soft words and a friendly attitude to gain trust among his congregation; in this way, he's much like any other man of the cloth, but his true motives are anything but typical, taking advantage of that trust once he has it. The second type is far less subtle, using scare tactics in the form of fiery sermons to convince people that God is a vengeful Creator who will not hesitate to condemn "heretics" (a favorite word this villain has for anyone who disagrees with him) to the pits of Hell or even smite the world early unless they follow what he calls his ideal path. It's amazing how well this can draw people in, and if the Sinister Minister does it enough, even he might start to believe it.
The motivations of the Sinister Minister may be as simple as lust for power, though some are examples of the Church Militant and Knight Templar. A common motivation for the more religious among this trope's subjects is the Mission from God, which is often either a personal delusion on the part of the Minister or in reality a mission from a Satanic or otherwise Evil divine power. In the case of those simply out for their own gain, the Minister may be skeptical as to God's existence/power or harbor outright atheistic views.
If there is a Good Shepherd in the series, then the two are usually enemies. However, if the Good Shepherd is a Horrible Judge of Character then he might actually be a supporter of the Sinister Minister (at least until he discovers the truth).
Unmasking the Sinister Minister is a waste of time, as his followers will believe any lies and fabrications the Minister employs as a cover against the brave heroes attempting to reveal him for the monster he really is. This particular school of villainy usually meets its end violently, not through rhetoric.
The Corrupt Church tends to be rife with the likes of him, but the Saintly Church may also prove to have a few black sheep.
Not to be confused with high level government officials in Westminster-style governments — if they're a villain, they'd fall under Evil Chancellor. Also not to be confused with any high-ranking worshippers of a Religion of Evil; this Trope is for corrupt members of established and (hopefully) respected faiths.
Contrast Nun Too Holy, a trope about genuinely good members of the clergy who somehow continue to hold their offices despite being hugely obnoxious or depraved, in a lovable way. If the villain is merely pretending to be a priest or nun, then that's Bad Habits. If at least one of the things that makes the minister "sinister" is that fact that he molests children, then you're dealing with a Pedophile Priest. One who pretends to have healing powers is a Fake Faith Healer. For a priest that is simply a lecher, see Dirty Old Monk. See also the Churchgoing Villain, who does not necessarily have to be a religious leader.
In terms of rank, the Authority Tropes arguably equal are Corrupt Corporate Executive, Irish Priest, Landlord, Preacher Man, Pedophile Priest, Schoolteachers, Sexy Priest and The Vicar. For the next step down, see Student Council President. For the next step up, see Dean Bitterman.
Also a song by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Contrast Good Shepherd, Badass Preacher.
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In Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes, Mitsuhide poses as Tenkai, a monk who acts as adviser to the cowardly and easily manipulated Hideaki. Even in this guise, he barely tries to hide his sadistic nature and is still as Obviously Evil as he was in previous games.
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Doctor Krishna: In this Carnatic language Indian film, you have Swamy Haivadan Rai, a charismatic popular Hindu priest on the outside, but a greedy schemer, who ultimately murders his best friend and frames that friend’s son for it.
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Joyeux Noël: The Scottish bishop, who remarks with disgust at the fraternization the Scottish soldiers, dismisses Father Palmer's defense of it, and creates a jingoistic, xenophobic sermon for Scottish soldiers, that was actually said in Real Life.
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One of the applicants to the Evil League Of Evil on the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog DVD is the Perverse Puppet The Reverend.
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A good portion of the priesthood in Karse in the Heralds of Valdemar series. That is, until the god Vkandis got fed up with the Corrupt Church and did some rearranging, with a Bolt of Divine Retribution for starters.
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Cardinal Lucius in Anno 1404. Big Bad of the campaign and a hard difficulty A.I. in Continuous Mode.
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Zachary Malius from Happy Hell Night, though inadvertently as he is a corpse possessed by a demon.
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Sweetwater: Josiah, a self-proclaimed prophet with a small band of fanatical followers, is a bigoted, paranoid murderer.
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Donato Porpora from Tokyo Ghoul, a Catholic Priest that ran an orphanage. While beloved by the children, in reality he would use their "adoptions" to cover up murdering and eating them. When his adopted son discovered the truth, he abandoned the ruse and went on to become an infamous killer of children and Ghoul Investigators before being captured. As a prisoner in Cochlea, he serves as an informant and offers priestly counsel to Haise about his emotional problems. After his escape, he resumes wearing the robes and even wields a kagune formed from Creepy Cool Crosses.
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Castlevania series:
Graham Jones in Aria of Sorrow. Dressed like a Southern Baptist televangelist, and sounds like one too. He also shares the Knight Templar fundamentalism qualities.
In Order of Ecclesia, Barlowe. First appears to be Shanoa's mentor, but in the good ending, revealed to be the one behind attempting to revive Dracula and thus the Arc Villain. He is fought as a boss at that point.
Lords of Shadow 2 has Guido Szandor, who dresses like a Catholic Cardinal, complete with the hood. In reality, though, he is actually the leader of the Church of Satan.
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The Reverend William Stryker, an X-Men villain. He and his Corrupt Church believe that mutants are demons from Hell, and has an army of mercenaries to carry out his will. He first appeared in the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, and became a recurring villain after the success of the movies, as X2 was loosely based on said graphic novel.
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Ulysses Tiberius, a villain who appears in both Shadowchasers: Torment and Shadowchasers: Ascension, was an Air Force Chaplin before the contradictory nature of his job and the stress related to it drove him to madness, turning him into this Trope before being expelled from the service on a medical discharge. In the present he no longer fits the Trope, being a leader in the Cult of Tharizdun, confident that he Hates Everyone Equally.
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Dark Souls III:
Pontiff Sulyvahn. His title of "pontiff" means "pope", meaning he's the highest member of the Cathedral of the Deep. He even looks like The Pope with the sword. Yorshka's dialogue and the item description of the Golden Ritual Spear implies that the "pontiff" title was gained when he usurped control of Irithyll and Anor Londo from Gwyndolin and falsely declared himself the leader of the moon-worshiping religion in Irithyll related to the Darkmoon Knights.
Deacons of the Cathedral of the Deep. They look like stereotypical Catholic priests, except they're insane undead in service to a Religion of Evil.
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Jonas from the Alphas episode "A Short Time In Paradise." Somewhat subverted as he didn't really want to kill his congregation... it just happened because of his ability. Then he tries to burn them all in an attempt to destroy the Darkness within. Rosen stops him.
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Anaconda: The human villain Paul Sarone mentions that he was a priest before he decided to become an Evil Poacher. He claims he wasn't even bad at his job, he just wanted to "explore the world"... which apparently involves catching giant, man-eating snakes and feeding people to them.
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League of Legends has Elise, the Spider Queen. She leads a church dedicated to a spider god, but secretly uses her followers as food for said god so she can safely harvest its venom, which is the source of her powers.
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A fair number of these will crop up in Crusader Kings. Those who manage to be appalling even by the era's brutal standards will get the Wicked Priest trait. There's an achievement for making such a priest into the pope, and any pope with the Wicked Priest trait will face the Cadaver Synod when they die.
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There is often at least one in Fire Emblem games. One is the primary antagonist in Seisen No Keifu, another is the Anti-Climax Boss of Thracia 776, one is a miniboss in Rekka no ken, and one is a primary antagonist in Sacred Stones.
The Tellius games (Gamecube & Wii) have the Begnion senators, who are also religious figures.
However, the series also has a tendency (at least since Fuuin no Tsurugi) for the highest-ranking religious figure in the game to be benevolent, and in a couple of games, playable. One notable example from the Tellius game is Sephiran, who is the one responsible for the resurrection of Ashera and who wants everything to end, but who could also make a Heel–Face Turn and joins the heroes in the final battle against Ashera (though, good luck with that).
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Haven's Reverend Driscoll is the town's leading agitator for Fantastic Racism against the "Troubled". Apparently believing them to be cursed, he's been working to establish enough influence for he and his followers to one day wipe the Troubled out.
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Patema Inverted: Izamura's reign has religious overtones, as he's the only one in the Agian government to dress in clerical robes and rails against the inverts as being "sinners". He is also so Obviously Evil that it's a wonder how anyone can possibly think his intentions are good ones. The man is batshit insane, high on his own power, and clearly self-serving. He even ordered the death of Age's father, for having contacted a member of the "inverts" and daring to want to explore the sky. Then had Lagos captured and killed and keeps his dead body preserved in a stasis chamber. Thankfully, he meets a karmic end.
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Pryrates from Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is a priest as well as the most cliched Evil Sorcerer one can imagine. He lives in a tower which no one dares to enter, he wears scarlet robes, has a shaved head, kills a puppy as one of his character introduction scenes and has such evil vibes that the hero notices him as a bad guy right away. And the King doesn't care at all. It's pretty heavily implied that Pryrates indulges in every Villain Trope he can think of just because he knows it will creep people out.
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The Jackyl, New Age-inspired charismatic cult leader with an unmatched flair for brainwashing and mind control.
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Ozzy Osbourne's "Miracle Man", a Take That! toward Real Life Sinister Minister, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, with whom Ozzy had a feud in the eighties.
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The Outer Limits (1995):
Father Claridge from "Fear Itself" murdered a little girl and burned her corpse before blaming her brother, turning the boy into a traumatized wreck for most of his life and haunted by the experience. He ends up driven to madness by the brother's psychic powers, imagining himself burning alive.
In "The Shroud", Reverend Thomas Tilford had Marie Wells impregnated with a clone of Jesus without her knowledge. Her husband Justin was aware of the baby's true nature and went along with Tilford's plan but he gradually grew disillusioned with him. Justin comes to recognise that Tilford is not doing God's work but intends to use the baby for his own ends once he is born.
In "Revival", Luke is an alien whose species plans to enslave humanity through religion. He eats several young women and frames Ezra Burnham for the murder of Sheriff O'Brien when he tries to interfere with his plans.
In "Mindreacher", a mentally ill homeless man experiences severe hallucinations about a priest who transforms into a hideous monster with tentacles and More Teeth than the Osmond Family. The implication is that this priest molested him when he was a child.
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Father Cornello from Fullmetal Alchemist. Using alchemy and a philosopher's stone, he managed to pretend to be a miracle-worker and essentially establish himself as the leader of a theocratic government in the city of Liore. It was eventually revealed that he was himself being manipulated by the homunculi to create a 'blood seal' by using his influence over the people to kick off a bloody conflict.
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In Jane Eyre, Mr Brocklehurst is a clergyman of rich, honourable and influential family and he has quite a strong position in society, but he has a sick, twisted mind. For instance, he scares Jane with his idea of hell and horrible religious teachings and he's an extreme hypocrite. His mother founded the Lowood school as a charitable institution for orphaned girls, but he runs it as the Boarding School of Horrors of the worst kind — the pupils suffer from hunger and cold in winter. When the poor food causes a typhus outbreak that kills a large group of students, the outside world finds out about the horrors, but he's too important to be punished for his mismanagement of the school.
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Idura in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals is a priest in Parcelyte. He's noted as acting oddly after the appearance of the Sinistrals...shortly before he kidnaps Guy's girlfriend, becoming a recurring minor villain in the service of the Sinistral of Chaos.
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Discworld Noir: Mooncalf, though he's more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist than actually evil.
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High Cardinal Krozen from Eberron, senior cardinal of the Silver Flame and the most powerful individual in Thrane. Krozen is a corrupt warmonger who plays on religious fundamentalism to support his power. He's far from the worst in Thrane, though; the militant bishops in charge of the city of Thaliost (captured from rival Aundair in the backstory and never fully assimilated culturally or religiously) are infamously cruel and sadistic to the point of facing opposition from lower-ranking church members who more closely follow the religion's teachings, and in the backstory Thrane fanatics have attempted genocide against lycanthropes and committed horrific war crimes including ethnic cleansing against rival nations. Ironically, Thrane's state religion, the Silver Flame, is ''Lawful Good'' officially, but due to Eberron's unique rules on clerics' Character Alignment that has little bearing on the actual conduct of its priests and followers, much like how real religions' teachings are easily twisted by corrupt churchmen to serve their own ends.
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One of the major villains in Hawksmaid is the Abbess, who is the Sheriff of Nottingham's sister and Prince John's mistress. She conspires to help John take over the kingdom while Richard is held prisoner, and captures Matty and tortures her in an attempt to discover the location of the rubies.
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A couple of chapters of Nightmares & Fairy Tales feature a group of nuns that are anything but holy. They keep a pet demon in the attic of their convent, and as for what they feed it? Let's just say that the local adoption rate of orphaned babies has been slipping since they showed up.
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Dante and Virgil encounter many corrupt clergymen in Hell in The Divine Comedy. (To put this simply, Dante despised such people, and the punishment he portrayed them as suffering was horrid, to say the least.) There's even a section of Hell for corrupt clergy, where they are placed upside down in holes resembling baptismal fonts and have their feet burnt in a parody of baptism. Dante's Arch-Enemy Boniface VIII, a notoriously power-hungry Pope who was largely responsible for Dante's exile, is mentioned to be destined for this area of Hell even though the poem is set before his death.
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The Good Dinosaur has a rough prehistoric equivalent in Thunderclap, a vicious and deranged pterodactyl who leads an obsessive cult that deifies the storms. He speaks very much like a corrupt religious leader.
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Vorbis from the Discworld book Small Gods. Unlike some examples, though, Vorbis believes with absolute certainty that all the bad things he does to advance the church and himself are necessary according to his twisted conception of the religion. A character in the book mentions this trope, expecting that Vorbis maintains his austere image just to hide a life of luxury and indulgence, but he doesn't. It is implied that this makes him worse than a garden-variety corrupt priest, as Vorbis's crimes are driven by something stronger and more constant than self-interest.
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Annias in The Elenium by David & Leigh Eddings is a high-ranking clergyman who loudly proclaims his virtue while using bribes, threats, and outright murder in his attempt to seize the throne of the Archprelate (AKA the Pope). Later, it turns out that he's actually working for an ancient, evil god, too.
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Deliberately averted in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. While Disney's version of Frollo is significantly more evil then the novel version and also religious, his title has been changed to JUDGE Claude Frollo, with a Reasonable Authority Figure taking Frollo's original role as the Archdeacon.
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Babylon Berlin featuresa tattoo-covered mob enforcer going by the nickname "Saint Josef" (and may or may not actually be an ordained priest); He generally struts around town in a Catholic habit and biretta clutching a rosary, delivering threatening messages in the name of his Boss.
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Vincenzo Bianchi and Cardinal Genovese from the Ben Jordan games, both high-ranking Vatican officials.
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Reverend Wringhim Senior from The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, who drills into his son Robert's head that Robert has been guaranteed his salvation no matter what he does, and also uses his influence to clear Robert's name whenever he is faced with harassment and assault complaints from other people, including Robert's brother George.
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Vicar Oddie from In the Flesh is constantly preaching against zombies and who orders the parish council to do less than ethical actions.
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The Cardinal in The Three Musketeers, though he's an antagonist because he is the prime minister of France. The religious aspect of his position is irrelevant to his character and the plot.
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Bishop Maltheus from Clive Barker's Jericho. Another Well-Intentioned Extremist who used children to try and take back the Holy Land from Muslims during the Crusades. Now as a twisted servant of the First Born, he continues to keep the souls of the dead children under his command, but man, do they want revenge for what he did to them. Cruel, misguided, and seeking out 'sin' wherever he can to destroy.
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In Order of Ecclesia, Barlowe. First appears to be Shanoa's mentor, but in the good ending, revealed to be the one behind attempting to revive Dracula and thus the Arc Villain. He is fought as a boss at that point.
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In Divine Intervention, a demonic priest floating above a pentagram is a minor boss that appears occasionally.
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James Mitchell, the man behind this gimmick, did much the same act in TNA under his real name.
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A couple of these types pop up in Jack Taylor. First we have "Lucifer" the sadistic and enigmatic nun who helped to run a Magdalene laundry in 1960s Galway. Next we have the Pedophile Priest who abused and traumatized his altar boys. Father Malachy is a subversion of this—although he and Jack frequently clash, it's more out of the Father's loyalty to Jack's estranged mother over his unconventional and unwieldy lifestyle rather than some ulterior and sinister motive.
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Sister Jude from American Horror Story: Asylum is an Ambiguously Evil gender-flipped version of this trope. She's basically a Knight Templar who believes in beating the sin out of her patients (with a rather loose definition of what constitutes "sin" even by the standards of the early Sixties) but thanks to far worse people and things inhabiting Briarcliff plus her own tortured history she can be interpreted as either an Anti-Villain or Anti-Hero.
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Archbishop Gilday from the third film of The Godfather trilogy is a ruthless schemer and the mastermind behind the assassination of Pope John Paul I.
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Gatehammer Fantasy Battles: Averted per Word of God. Natter Bismarck is ambitious as Satan, about twice as ruthless and half as pleasant, but he is a genuinely devout man who believes that what he is doing is best for the Cult of Sigmar, The Empire and the people he is seeking to convert (and himself, in a "the-rising-tide-lifts-all-boats" sort of way) with no indication (yet) that he is wrong.
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ECW/MLW wrestling manager The Sinister Minister: It's his friggin' name!
James Mitchell, the man behind this gimmick, did much the same act in TNA under his real name.
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In Alias's "Rebecca, Come Home" arc, Jessica goes out to a small town in upstate New York to track down a missing girl and runs into your average fundie bigot pastor at the local church. This being Marvel, he's anti-mutant, justifying it by the fact that the word doesn't appear anywhere in Literature/The Bible, ergo God didn't create mutants, ergo they're an evil of man. Jessica chews him out because the girl reportedly claimed she was a mutant and because, in her view, religion is supposed to be about improving ourselves. He actually has no direct connection to the girl's disappearance, though: she's not a mutant, she's a lesbian and ran away to get away from her crappy right-wing hometown and be with her girlfriend.
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Future Force features a crimelord priest. He proves the lesser of two evils compared to the Dirty Cop Big Bad, and saves the hero's life at one point.
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In The Mountie, Olaf, the Orthodox priest and most powerful figure in the settlement of Merci, is in league with Cossack criminals, and part of the opium ring.
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Played for laughs in one popular MAD article, "When Priests Go Bad". (Which was followed by sequels like "When Nuns Go Bad" and "When Clowns Go Bad".)
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The Bishop of Hereford from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, who accused Robin's father of being a devil worshipper and is actually either a devil worshipper himself or someone who knows that the Sheriff of Nottingham is a devil worshiper and looks the other way.
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In The Council of Hanwell, the church in town has a sacrificial chamber in the basement and it's implied the local religion in someway includes the anomalies.
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Vampyr:
Played with Sean Hampton, who combines this trope with Good Shepherd. He is a genuinely pious individual who looks after the safety of the East End Docks' population, even after becoming a Skal. However, he becomes a lot more ghoulish and now eats on raw flesh, and if Jonathan chooses to leave him alone instead of killing or curing him, he will succumb to his condition and being forced to be put down.
Father Tobias Whitaker, on the other hand plays this trope straight, believing London is being ravished by the plague as punishment for men's sins and advocates cleansing it with fire to save it. Furthermore, it turns out he is a serial killer that has been murdering people for their lack of faith and expresses no remorse over this.
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Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark from Sin City, the most nefarious member of the city's Corrupt Church and just one member of the series resident powerful Big, Screwed-Up Family.
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Lucas Langeais of Bokura no Kiseki. He's the only priest besides the Bishop whose Reincarnation in the main plotline has yet to be revealed, and yet he's already been set up as a villain. Teshimano has memories of Lucas attacking Veronica during the Moswickian invasion, and Lucas's reincarnation is the prime suspect for the attack on Kamioka. Not to mention, when he first appears in a flashback, there is something just not right about him.
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Edward Teague on Smallville was a Well-Intentioned Extremist and former Amoral Attorney who became a Catholic priest to protect a MacGuffin at St. Christopher's church following the death of his wife Genevieve and son, Jason. Formerly a firm believer in the cult of The Traveller, he turns on Clark after the revelation that he is unwilling to kill Archenemy Lex Luthor, and tries to put them both out of his misery. One could argue that he's an Antihero, but no matter how you slice it, he's very sinister, and given the religious overtones of almost every action he takes, it ain't just an act.
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Bishop and High Inquisitor Mozgus of Berserk is an Obliviously Evil Knight Templar version, who sincerely believes that rounding people up under dubious accusations of heresy and gruesomely torturing them to death to extract confessions and repentance is his divinely sanctioned mission. As a matter of fact there are evil heretics among the refugees in St. Albion who practice cannibalism and demon worship, but his punishment falls equally on those whose only crime was having the temerity to protest against his insane witch hunt.
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The Canon on the medieval planet in Stargate SG-1 made use of creative interpretations of The Bible, the fear engendered by the Goa'uld System Lord Sokar's raids for hosts, and a lightning-summoning ring in order to maintain control over his village. When SG-1 arrived, he accused Teal'c of consorting with demons. The Priors of the Ori and their head honcho, the Doci, are pretty creepy.
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Pastor Young from The Vampire Diaries who takes over the council as of series 4 and returns it to it's original kill all vampires mission.
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The Traitor Son Cycle has two:
The Archbishop of Alba is deliberately destabilizing Alba, to the point of implicating the pregnant Queen into murder so that he gets a chance of burning her alive. He's also not-so-subtly implied to be working with Ash, the Big Bad, and without the "angel" facade that the dragon employs with his other pawns.
The Patriarch of Rhum deliberately raises an army to block Red Knight's path when the latter is trying to fight The Virus — and not because he's infected.
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Kai Winn in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, who becomes leader of a Saintly Church purely in pursuit of personal power, and somehow fools everyone except the main characters. Initially she believes that everything that goes right for her is proof she's doing the Prophets' will, and everything that goes wrong is a test, but later she decides that if the Prophets don't agree with her they're wrong, and turns to the Pah-Wraiths, the Bajoran equivalent of demons. Though, during the Grand Finale, after Gul Dukat has tricked her into releasing the Wraiths and helped him essentially become The Anti-Christ, she helps Sisko stop him. Naturally, she dies. At first, Winn expressed resentment of the Federation's presence due to their secularism. Later, when Sisko starts to embrace his role as the Emissary of the Prophets, it's more that she sees him personally as a threat to her power. After all, when the Emissary has arrived, what need is there for a Kai? It's rather akin to a scenario where the Pope is resentful of the fact that Jesus outranks him, which illustrates how much her ambition twisted her religious beliefs.
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That Mitchell and Webb Look has The Incredibly Twisted and Horrible Person Who Unaccountably Is Still A Vicar, who confronts a young couple who've only recently moved into the neighbourhood, and berates them for trying to look around the church, at length, not being particularly religious but still having some "ideas", and dismisses the ideas of love and tolerance as a fad that wasn't likely to catch on, before driving them out completely. His speech even comes with an ominous wind, and later, ominous chanting.
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Valeria Trifa from Dies Irae initially comes of as a harmless bumbling friendly priest who Can't Hold His Liquor. However that impression doesn't last long as it becomes apparent that he is quite the schemer, working to aid Reinhard. At least, that is how it initially appears. In actuality he is The Starscream, trying to wreck the plan in order to protect his surrogate daughter Rea. However he has become so twisted that he is practically trying do Reinhard's plan over and over again on a smaller scale, and is even trying to become Reinhard himself. All stemming from a deranged obsession with repenting for his sins from back when he was just a kindly priest that was gauded into killing the children he cared for.
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Brother Love, the evil televangelist/manager.
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Bishop Antony Lilliman in V for Vendetta is a child molester, as well as a cheerleader for the fascist regime.
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Dante's Inferno: The Heretics and Pagans from the Sixth Circle are dressed like demonic clergymen are capable of casting magic and are immune to Dante's Cross attacks. The backstory features a creepy smiling bishop who claimed he absolved the crusaders of all their sins - the Grim Reaper has made it clear to Dante that they were absolved of nothing.
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The main villain of the graphic novel Bikini Cowboy is Father Graves, a priest who wants to kill Whisky Jill because he doesn't approve of her lifestyle.
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Pastor Richards in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City VCPR radio station. He plans to build a giant statue for himself and his concubines, and needs your donations to do so.
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In the Diogenes Club story "The Case of the French Spy", the villain is the Reverend Mr Sellwood, a bitter Young Earth Creationist who's obsessed with destroying anything that contradicts his beliefs, not hesitating to use violence and coercion where he considers it necessary. Technically, he's no longer a qualified minister; he was disbarred after he refused to stop advocating that Charles Darwin's works should all be burned and Darwin with them.
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Deacon Blackfire from the Batman series The Cult. Abducts the homeless, uses torture to brainwash them, practices Human Sacrifice, and came close to psychologically breaking Batman himself. Might also be an immortal who predates the arrival of Christianity on the American continent, it's unclear.
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From the apocryphal Books of Maccabees, there's Jason, the corrupt high priest appointed by King Antiochus IV, who brought Greek culture into Judea and made the Jews turn from following God. He was succeeded by Menelaus, the brother of the corrupt Temple official Simon, who basically bought his position with money and was described as having "the hot temper of a cruel tyrant and the rage of a savage wild beast." He even goes so far as to put his brother Lysimachus in charge, who ends up stealing valuable items from the Temple. Also Alcimus, who was appointed by Demetrius.
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The Reverend Doctor Syn, a "mild mannered clergyman from Kent", also known as the vicious criminal "the Scarecrow", and the feared pirate Captain Clegg.
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Alexander Nevsky: The Bishop who sanctions the heinous actions of the Teutonic Knights and blesses them. Later in the movie, he drowns along with the majority of the army. There was also a Catholic priest in black robes who was playing the organs and was captured along with the Grandmaster at the end of the movie.
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Henry VI has the Bishop of Winchester, later Cardinal of Winchester, who orders his half-brother's death in an attempt to secure the crown and is noted by all other characters to be a depraved and power-hungry man. Interestingly, the current Bishop of Winchester, when Shakespeare was writing, made a substantial amount of his fortune by licensing prostitution. He also owned the land the Globe Theatre was built on...
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The Undertaker, while leading the Satanic cult-inspired Ministry of Darkness.
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At the start of The Right Stuff, the widow of a test pilot is shown cowering in fear from the saturnine black-clad priest sent to inform her of her husband's death. He's merely the Bearer of Bad News however, and not actually malevolent.
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The Man Who Knew Too Much: The assassin Mr. Drayton turns out to be a minister in his day job. He's even got a congregation!
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On Lost, a prison chaplain refused to absolve Richard for accidentally killing a doctor, in blatant violation of Church doctrine. Richard was about to be hanged, and apparently, someone wanted him softened up and scared to be sent to the New World as a slave.
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Assassin's Creed
Antonio Maffei, a Florentine monk, member of the Templar Order, and a participant in the Pazzi conspiracy.
Girolamo Savonarola, also II who not only is an extremist preacher like his real-life counterpart, but also is willing to use the Apple of Eden to subjugate Florence and spread his agenda.
There's also Rodrigo Borgia, later Pope Alexander VI, and his son Cesare, a cardinal, both given a Historical Villain Upgrade (which isn't to say the real ones were good.)
Revelations brings us Cyril of Rhodes, the rare example of an Eastern Orthodox priest. He is a member of the Templar Order and plans to assassinate patriarch of Constantinople.
Finally, in Origins, we have Hetepi, the Lizard. He is a powerful priest of Anubis and has the trust of the high priest, Pasherenptah. Since Anubis is the Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife, Hetepi's acts as the Lizard were contrary to his priestly duties.
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Xenoblade Chronicles 2: not an actual preacher, but Amalthus serves as a pope-like figure as the "Praetor" of the Vatican-esque Indoline praetorium where people worship the titans.
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Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black isn't an actual minister, but she acts as one for several inmates. An intolerant zealot, she's one of the few inmates (if not the only) that becomes less sympathetic when her backstory is revealed. She's in prison for murdering an abortion clinic nurse who criticized Pennsatucky's large number of abortions. She only became religious after the religious started supporting her and donating to her legal defense because they mistook her crime for an act of pro-life protest.
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The Blob (1988): The final scene shows Reverend Meeker having gone off the deep end, preaching a fire and brimstone apocalyptic sermon... and having kept a small piece of the Blob for the very purpose of starting said apocalypse when "the Lord will give him a sign".
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Carnivàle's Brother Justin Crowe is a super-powered example of this trope who turns out to be not only the living embodiment of evil as the Avatar of Darkness, but the fabled Usher of Destruction.
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The title character from The Monk. Ambrosio's Start of Darkness was to break his vow of chastity with a woman who disguised herself as a monk.
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In the Masters of Horror episode "The Screwfly Solution", the priest in the Canadian hospital euthanizes female patients against their will while preaching the "fundamentally evil" nature of women.
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The Cardinal Rolo vi Britannia in Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally has shades of this. While the Geass Directorate/Cult was not explicitly religious in the original series, it was much more so in the manga, with Emperor Charles declaring a religious state at the climax. The Cardinal serves as the mouthpiece for the religion throughout, and plans to kill Nunnally, Charles, and Lelouch to become the Demon King.
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In the story "Rogues in the House," Nabonidus, the Red Priest, "who was the real ruler of the city."
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Prophet Darren of The Infected is a deeply conservative man of the cloth, who is firmly against the abomination of the Infected (think mutants). As time passes, the readers learn that he also kept a commune of abused children and a vast harem made up largely of his daughters, and that he himself is an Infected with emotion-manipulating powers. The public reveal of this is enough to destroy him utterly, the protagonists barely needing to lift a finger towards his end.
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In Dragon's Crown, the Church Cover-up side-quest involves one, with the Flavor Text of the accompanying Vampire Hunter Treasure Art revealing that the local priest of the village with the Vampire problem was actually in colleagues with the Vampires after he became enamored in them, and the demon-repelling barrier he set-up was actually a cursed seal that invites the Vampires to the village.
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The Comfortable Courtesan has the Reverend Mr. Gorston, later Marquess of Bexbury, who starts off as being simply obnoxious and bigoted, and is revealed over the course of the serial to be truly villainous.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame's sexually frustrated Archdeacon, Claude Frollo. He is, however, less evil than just lustful, confused and militant.
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Following its source material, Game of Thrones has its share of these:
Season 5 presents us with the High Sparrow who has been given plenty of Adaptational Villainy and turned into a power-hungry religious fanatic who tries to eliminate anyone he deems as a threat to his religion and power. He is also an Expy of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, but much more brutal and fanatical.
Also, following High Sparrow's example, Aeron Damphair also undergoes Adaptational Villainy. While he was already an example of this in the books, he opposed the evil plan of his much more monstrous brother Euron Greyjoy and got imprisoned. In the show, he happily goes with Euron's plan to kill their niece and nephew. Admittedly, since many of their brothers have been Adapted Out, this does tones down Euron's cruelty.
In earlier Seasons, we already had an example, albeit a much less extreme and smaller. The first High Septon could qualify too seeing how he represented everything that was wrong with Faith of the Seven being greedy, fat, and not caring about the starving smallfolk—who showed how much they cared about him by literally ripping him apart during a riot.
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Sanctus from Devil May Cry 4. He is dressed like a Pope and he is the head of the Corrupt Church, Order of the Sword.
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In The Lawnmower Man, the priest who regularly beats Job with a rod. His brother confronts him, calling him a "pious asshole".
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Josiah Reed of Gun does a terrible job of convincing people he's anything but this.
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The perverted and greedy Reverend Madeley in Silent Night.
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All Father D'Aronique, and sundry other clergy of the Grail conspiracy from Preacher. Apparently entirely sincere in his beliefs. Most of the Grail personnel who appear are Knight Templars though.
While Jesse Custer is used as the page image, he is not, in fact, this trope, and is more of a Badass Preacher.
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Some notable examples in The Bible:
Eli's sons Hophni and Phineas from 1st Samuel, who not only took the best portions of the sacrifices that were meant for God, but also slept with the women who assembled at the door of the Tent of Meeting. Of course, God also holds Eli responsible for not taking strong measures against his sons abusing their power and position.
The Pharisees and Jewish leaders in the Gospels, whom Jesus denounced publicly for their actions in Matthew chapter 23. They so hated Jesus for it that they conspired to have Him be put to death.
In the third epistle of John, the apostle speaks of Diotrephes, a church head who was a malicious gossip and excommunicated members of his church for not adopting gnosticism.
From the apocryphal Books of Maccabees, there's Jason, the corrupt high priest appointed by King Antiochus IV, who brought Greek culture into Judea and made the Jews turn from following God. He was succeeded by Menelaus, the brother of the corrupt Temple official Simon, who basically bought his position with money and was described as having "the hot temper of a cruel tyrant and the rage of a savage wild beast." He even goes so far as to put his brother Lysimachus in charge, who ends up stealing valuable items from the Temple. Also Alcimus, who was appointed by Demetrius.
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Preacher in the Twisted Metal games. However, as he is loath to admit, he's not an ordained minister — no church would accept him. He's murderous, and like almost every other player character in Black, he was interned at Blackfield Asylum prior to the events of the game. He believes a demon lives inside of him, forcing him to kill; turns out he's just schizophrenic.
In the 2012 reboot, though, he's significantly less sinister (at least in the sense of being evil, since he's still really creepy and mean looking). He just wants to take out Calypso, whom he sees as the Devil himself.
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In Magic: The Gathering, Elesh Norn, Praetor of the white-aligned faction of New Phyrexia, leads her faction as Grand Cenobite (which is equivalent to the position of Pope) of the Religion of Evil called the Machine Orthodoxy.
The Church of Deals Orzhova would necessarily have a few. Pontiff of Blight, for instance.
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The Witcher series:
The Reverend from the first game; He initially seems to be a fair, if slightly rude priest, but is actually a Knight Templar psychopath. He has his own pregnant daughter thrown out of the village for refusing to follow the psycho-cult religion he does, forcing her to become a prostitute just to get by and gives children to Salamandra (who perform horrific genetic experiments on them). He then tricks his own people into believing that the (mostly) innocent mage Abigail is responsible for the recent rise in monster attacks, forming them into a howling lynch mob. He does this merely out of petty spite and prejudice, as there is no real evidence she was guilty of any wrongdoing, while at the same time he turns a blind eye to the other villagers' many misdeeds. If Geralt prevents the lynching, even after saving the village from the monsters, the Reverend will try to have him killed, again purely out of petty spite. He doesn't fight Geralt himself first, but manipulates dozens of innocent villagers to attack, willing to sacrifice the lives of his own village just because Geralt hasn't let him murder an innocent woman.
In the third game, there is Reverend Nathaniel Pastodi, the one the Concerned Citizen frames for his crimes. He's an easy frame-up, after all—he was Novigrad's head torturer for years before the Church of the Eternal Fire took over, after which he donned the frock of a cleric and was given supervision of the city morgue. He particularly enjoyed torturing women, and he pays to burn prostitutes with a hot poker just because that's what gets him off. Even when Geralt finds he's not guilty of the Concerned Citizen murders, he can still kill Nathanial, and Dandelion notes that this time, he takes no issue with Geralt being judge, jury and executioner.
Also, in the beginning of the game, there is a minor unnamed priest from the side quest "Funeral Pyres" who asks you to burn the bodies. It is later reveled that the priest himself was responsible for those deaths, and he bribes you to stay silent and you can either accept the offer or reject it, and fight the priest.
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Blackfeet of Robb Returns, the septon that incites the Faith Militant's reappearance in the Riverlands. Heavily implied to be the High Sparrow.
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Pastor Johannsen in Orphan Black, a folksy but viciously authoritarian and misogynistic cult leader who rules his commune with an iron fist, has his daughter's mouth sewn shut to punish her, and treats women as nothing more than breeding receptacles.
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Father Ted,
Bishop Brennan is a domineering bully with a secret son in America and shoves the Pope out of the way when he realises that Ted has kicked him up the arse.
Father Jack, the oldest priest on Craggy Island, is hinted to have been a paedophile as well as an incoherent violent drunk.
Several oneshot priests are this, ranging from Father Todd Unctious, who steals another priest's clothing for no real reason and tries to steal Ted's Golden Cleric Award, to Father Williams, who has apparently been running guns.
Even Ted himself in that he apparently misappropriated funding from that Lourdes thing.
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Father Jonas from Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil is an overzealous priest who kills "whores and sinners".
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Reverend Habit Morgan from the Ender's Game book War of Gifts was a real Holier Than Thou piece of shit. He beat his son Zeck regularly and found fault and sin in everyone but himself. When Zeck got taken away by the International Fleet, the IF representative was accused of infringing on the church's freedom to worship as they pleased. The rep responded by tearing open Zeck's shirt to show the congregation his bloody and scarred back. While at battle school, Ender speculates that Zeck's mother divorced her husband now that Zeck was out of his reach.
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Father Enrico Pucci from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a priest who works at a prison and uses his status and special ability to gain many of the guards and prisoners as followers and allies via his Stand ability. It is revealed later that he set up the protagonist, Jolyne, to get framed at the beginning of Stone Ocean. His ultimate goal was to achieve the power of "Heaven" and create the vampire Dio's perfect universe "for the good of mankind".
Though, sinister doesn't quite define him as everything he does is done with humble intentions. He became a true friend to Dio Brando, of all people, spending all of Stone Ocean trying to realize the dead man's dream and the tragedy surrounding Weather was meant to keep his sister safe, put his brother at a distance, and finally seal off Weather's dangerous, out-of-control ability. He can be merciless to the Joestars, for obvious reasons, several guards, and any prisoner who would steal a cross/crucifix from him, but is otherwise devout in his belief of God and a very amiable guy.
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The Veloci Pastor is about a priest who turns into a dinosaur and eats people on the streets before targeting criminals.
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Chief Rabbi Kai in !Hero: The Rock Opera, working together with Dirty Cop Officer Devlin to take down Hero.
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One of the drivers in Rides With Strangers is Father Donald. He's a creepy priest with a deep hatred for "heathens" (including homosexuals, blasphemers, and women who wear perfume) who nevertheless believes God will forgive him for his own sins... like molesting and killing young boys.
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Kingdom of Heaven takes it to the extreme. Nearly every member of the Catholic Hierarchy is a villain but the particular two examples that stand out and represent this trope are the Jerkass Priest who antagonizes Balian in the beginning of the film and the Bishop of Jerusalem who is shown to be a Dirty Coward willing to leave people of Jerusalem to die, or convert to Islam. Also, when Guy de Lusignan and the Templar Knights march on the battle of Hattin, some Catholic priests are seen giving them blessings, while going with them.
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Apocalyptica's "I'm Not Jesus" is about a kid confessing to having been sexually abused by a priest/minister/or some such figure.
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Kotomine Kirei of Fate/stay night, whose appearance and voice actor practically screams 'sinister' despite being the overseer of the Grail War and Rin's guardian — and sure enough, he ends up as the Big Bad of the first route, the one responsible for much of the grief in the second, as well as being the Final Boss in the third, even though in this route he is not as evil as in the previous routes. In Fate/Zero, he also usurps several stronger villains and ends up as the Big Bad yet again.
As detailed in Heaven's Feel, his entire reason for becoming a priest was to try and live a good life in spite of his own twisted psyche. He hoped that by doing good he would become good, but realized he was simply too broken when he witnessed his wife's death... and only regretted not being responsible for it. He really wants to know why God created him.
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Dagon: The town's priest disguises himself in a regular catholic priest's attire, but he's actually part of Dagon's Religion of Evil.
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Played mildly in Oh, God! with money-grubbing televangelist Rev. Willie Williams.
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Subverted in the Illuminatus!!-trilogy, where Padre Pederastia (a nickname, obviously) is a Camp Gay Roman Catholic priest who runs a Satanic sect in his spare time, and routinely steals the sacramental bread from his church to be used in the Satanic rituals. The sect is completely harmless, Padre himself doesn't even believe in God or Satan, and he is indeed one of the good guys.
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Brian McNeill's song "A Far North Land" portrays the Calvinist pastor Rev. John Knox as a religious zealot little better than his rival Mary, Queen of Scots.
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In The Knife of Never Letting Go, the priest of Prentisstown, a man named Aaron, pursues the main character throughout the entire book. He combines this trope with Implacable Man, surviving many, many injuries (including having his head chewed on by a crocodile) due to his religious conviction.
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Seymour Guado of Final Fantasy X. Murdered his own father for power/revenge, kidnaps the female lead and tries to force her to marry him, and widely considered to provide multiple of the hardest bosses in the game. The rest of the Church of Yevon isn't much better.
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Another aversion is Dagger's uncle, a Catholic priest, who made a guest appearance in New Mutants as a sympathetic character. (Presumably, this is why Dagger and Cloak are able to live in the Holy Ghost Church in New York with no complaints from the clergy.)
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The Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells in Blackadder II, who drowns infants at Christenings. He's also a moneylender, with a particular pleasure for dealing with recalcitrant clients with a red hot poker, and if he arrives in the morning, he tends to eat their children before getting down to business. He is also by his own admission a "colossal pervert", willing to do anything to anything, animal, vegetable or mineral. Yet despite all this, and his reputation, he's also a Villain with Good Publicity, being friends with Queen 'Liz herself, and his parishioners believe his only vice is "a little tipple before evensong".
In the first series, Blackadder himself becomes Archbishop of Canterbury in "The Archbishop", while a friar is part of Blackadder's Legion of Doom in "The Black Seal".
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Bishop Hugo in Robin of Sherwood, who is the clerical equivalent of a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
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Revered Magister in the Doctor Who serial "The Daemons" is Wicked Cultured. It will come as a complete shock to learn that he's actually The Master.
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Song at Dawn: the Arch Bishop is behind all the attempts on Dragonetz' life and schemes to undermine Emerganda's authority so he can fill his coffers and make himself a more elaborate church to berate people from. Also, he hates Jews.
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The Archbishop Lazarus in Diablo.
Diablo III's first act can be summed up as "Lazarus was corruption-worshiping, mass-murdering scum, and Leandros became the evil Skeleton King because he was dumb enough to believe Laz's every sickening word."
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Brother Blood, recurring enemy of the Teen Titans. Originally a priest somewhere in Europe, he murdered a colleague to get Jesus' prayer shawl. Currently trying to spread his bizarre cult worldwide.
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The villainous Bishop of Aquila from the film Ladyhawke, who put a demonic curse upon Etienne and Isabeau because he wanted the latter for himself and was denied.
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Agahnim from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, current poster boy for Evil Sorcerer, was referred to as a priest in the original Japanese script.
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The Dark Angels senior Chaplain Asmodai has a couple screws loose, and not in a funny way. He's a bitter, anti-social jerkass and an in-universe “Stop Having Fun” Guy. And while a Dark Angel Chaplain is expected to brutally torture captive traitors in order to make them repent and thus redeem their souls, Asmodai sorta stopped reading after the words "torture captive traitors".
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An episode of Criminal Minds had a priest who killed people using drug-laced holy water in his exorcisms, specifically targeting four people who he believed to have murdered a fellow priest while on pilgrimage.
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King's The Dark Tower series also features a rare female example: Sylvia Pittston, a large woman who establishes a Christian-like cult to the Crimson King in the town of Tull. She is even pregnant with the Crimson King's child via the Man in Black, though Roland destroys this hellspawn by forcing his gun up her vaginal tract, which drives her mad. Sylvia's influence over the town is so great that she's able to successfully convince the whole populace to attempt Roland. No one, including her, survives.
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Safehold's Church of God Awaiting has its Sinister Ministers, but the standout is its the Grand Inquisitor Zhaspahr Clyntahn, whose crossings of the Moral Event Horizon include the brutal execution of a scapegoat Archbishop, having members of his order instigate a massacre against traders and merchants of the heretic nation of Charis, and having an allied prince and his sixteen year old heir assassinated when said Prince was about to surrender to the Charisian emperor, Cayleb. Making Clyntahn especially dangerous even after all that is he has himself utterly convinced that he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist. And the fact that his religion explicitly states that good intentions based in religion justify any kind of extremism makes him even worse.
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The Rabbi from Lucky Number Slevin, who is a major crime boss in the city. He justifies his criminal activities by creative interpretation of The Bible.
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Hack/Slash gave us Father Wrath, a serial-killing undead ghoul who was a fire-and-brimstone homophobe that hid his cross-dressing homosexual urges from his congregation in his mortal life. When he tried to make out with his assistant, said assistant stove in his head with a huge crucifix. He is resurrected by an Ax-Crazy catholic schoolgirl who uses him to kill all the young partygoers at Spring Break. He is later dispatched, but his assistant takes up the cause.
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Harry Powell from The Night of the Hunter claims to be a preacher and has long talks with God, but is actually a roaming Serial Killer and Con Man, who's preferred MO is marrying wealthy widows, then killing them and stealing their possessions.
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In Robin Hood (2018), the Cardinal is part of a conspiracy with the Sheriff to ally with the Saracens and overthrow the King of England.
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Iron Maiden have "Holy Smoke", which lambasts sinister ministers—"Holy Smoke, Holy Smoke, Plenty bad preachers for the Devil to stoke"—written in response to the very public falls from grace of several anti-heavy-metal (and nearly everything else) televangelists. It alludes to several in a No Celebrities Were Harmed way—"Jimmy The Reptile" for Jimmy Swaggart, "The TV Queen" probably referring to Tammy Faye Bakker.
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Reverend Ezekiah Grimme from Deadlands. A humanitarian to boot. The game ultimately comes clean and reveals he's not even human; he's an Abomination, basically a demon that walks around in the real world in the good Reverend's shape. Has been ever since the real Reverend Grimme was murdered and eaten by his starvation-maddened flock, back before Lost Angels was really founded. The real Grimme was a whiskey priest of the highest order, but did his (admittedly not very impressive) best to care for his people and was a far cry from actual capital-E Evil
From the same game, there's Professional Killer "Deacon" Jim Miller. Unlike the real Miller, who was called "Deacon" just because he attended church and didn't smoke or drink, this version is an actual Methodist deacon when he isn't out bushwhacking people for money.
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Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier, a defrocked pastor convicted of embezzlement who begins building his own army of converts inside the prison on Oz.
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Diablo III's first act can be summed up as "Lazarus was corruption-worshiping, mass-murdering scum, and Leandros became the evil Skeleton King because he was dumb enough to believe Laz's every sickening word."
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Brimstone: The villain is a sinister unnamed protestant Reverend (Guy Pearce) who has a long track record of murder and rape and has some sort of past association with main character Liz.
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The warmongering, terrorist Reverend Steve Newland of True Blood.
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The Deacon from Astro City is the undisputed boss of all organized crime throughout the city (though he's just a mobster who adopted the "deacon" name for color). This is balanced by his greatest enemy, the Confessor, not only also being religiously themed, but actually being a real priest.
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Sister (later Mother) Petrice from Dragon Age II is a total Smug Snake and petty racist who outright admits to pulling a number of half-assed machinations to rile the people of Kirkwall up against the Qunari in an attempt to commit ethnic cleansing against the "heretical" Qunari. She succeeds, but will only live to see it if you help her, which she...doesn't exactly encourage.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Caleb, a psychotic misogynist and serial killer who used his sermons to lure impressionable young women to him and then brutally murder them. This was before he became The Dragon for the Ultimate Evil in the universe, who granted him super-strength and an army, then tasked him with massacring the Slayer Potentials and the Watchers. He took to his mission with sadistic glee, reciting twisted prayers and Biblical references as he casually broke arms, snapped necks, and put out eyes. Caleb was, bar none, the single vilest villain in Buffy canon, even surpassing Angelus in depravity and pure hatred.
His voice and mannerisms are also a direct reference to Robert Mitchum's character from The Night of the Hunter, whom some might consider to be even spookier than Caleb.
Joss Whedon defended himself from backlash by pointing out that the Church had kicked Caleb out.
And for those who would doubt the above statement about Caleb being worse than Angelus, bear in mind that Angelus is a vampire. He has no soul whereas Caleb has no such excuse for his evil.
The Anointed One's guardian, Abasalom. ("When She Was Bad")
A Catholic Priest, Josephus du Lac, wrote a number of books containing dark rituals, resulting in du Lac being excommunicated. ("What's My Line?")
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Bray Wyatt, leader of the very Manson-esque Wyatt Family who preaches about his beloved 'Sister Abigail' and, since their debut, has done a number of horrifying things from corrupting Daniel Bryan to possibly planting the seeds of betrayal in The Shield.
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There's one episode of Midsomer Murders where the murderer is the local priest, responsible for three murders. The reason for this is that (unbeknownst to his wife and the rest of the village) he'd had a kid some 20 years earlier with an unmarried woman, and said kid had died (in order to join a "club", the members made him stand tiptoe on a chair with a noose around his neck while they went off for a smoke). When one of the victims thought he was dying, he confessed to the priest, who decapitated one, burned another alive, and arrowed the last through the back. Quite a normal backstory for a resident of Midsomer County.
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The Dinosaur Lords has father Jeronimo, Emperor's confessor, who everyone agrees is creepy and who has not been seen by anyone in years. He has fundamentalist views and seems to be influencing the Emperor to start wars. Also, he's actually a Grey Angel, one of seven creatures hell-bent on wiping out humanity.
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In the third game, there is Reverend Nathaniel Pastodi, the one the Concerned Citizen frames for his crimes. He's an easy frame-up, after all—he was Novigrad's head torturer for years before the Church of the Eternal Fire took over, after which he donned the frock of a cleric and was given supervision of the city morgue. He particularly enjoyed torturing women, and he pays to burn prostitutes with a hot poker just because that's what gets him off. Even when Geralt finds he's not guilty of the Concerned Citizen murders, he can still kill Nathanial, and Dandelion notes that this time, he takes no issue with Geralt being judge, jury and executioner.
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The early 90's X-Men had a wedding between Cyclops and Jean Grey that seemed to go fine, until the minister who performed the ceremony was later revealed to be a disguised Morph working for Mister Sinister.
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In "Righteous", a short story from Dark Horse Comics' Tales of the Slayers, a pious Christian girl (who, like all the other main characters in this story, is unnamed) is called as the Slayer in a medieval village. After she successfully routs the vampire called Saint Just, the local priest, jealous of her success and popularity, denounces her as a witch and convinces the villagers to burn her at the stake.
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There are a few monsters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game that suggest this, but the most obvious example would be Darkbishop Archfiend. (Seriously, that guy is Obviously Evil.)
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Witch Hunter Robin first subverts and then defies this trope. First the Inquistioner is more of an official than a minister and less 'sinister' than 'playing bad cop' to find potential new hunters. Second is Father Juliano, Robin's foster father and grandfather, who tried to be this trope, but raising Robin mellowed him out. She's actually harder on herself than he is on her. Instead of condemning her, he blesses her.
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Zoser, the high priest in Aida, and his mooks are slowly using arsenic to kill their pharaoh.
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In Even Lambs Have Teeth, the Pastor is one of the clients of the Sex Slave ring. He visits the girls wearing a pig mask.
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Father Enrico Maxwell from Hellsing, the leader of the Iscariot Organization, definitely qualifies, being both a self-serving hypocrite and a ruthless Knight Templar. He thankfully never gets contact with regular churchgoers, though.
Alexander Anderson, a Knight Templar Up to Eleven, puts Maxwell down after he finally goes too far. That has to say something.
An earlier example in the series is the unnamed vampire priest terrorising the village of Cheddar. No other character looks (or sounds) more overtly villainous in the entire series.
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One of the earliest cinematic examples would be the Bishop of the Black Canons from The Adventures of Robin Hood, who runs the Corrupt Church and is one of the most loyal followers of Prince John. He and John both get exiled in the end by King Richard.
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The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster has the Cardinal, the Duchess' brother (Webster was more into plots than names, it seems). He conspires to have his sister killed and her kids murdered, partly in order to preserve the family honor and partly to get his hands on her wealth. He also pulls strings to have ill-gotten lands deeded to his mistress.
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Pope Innocent XLII in Grendel, who has turned the entire Catholic Church into a Path of Inspiration. He's actually an evil vampire who appeared under a different identity as the villain of a previous arc, and is plotting to blot out the Sun so that he can rule humanity and use them as bloodbags.
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 Clue (Tabletop Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Deadlands (Tabletop Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Eberron (Tabletop Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Tabletop Game: Illuminati New World Order / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 The Others (Tabletop Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 A Man for All Seasons (Theatre) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Aida (Theatre) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Aida (John/Rice) (Theatre) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Theatre: Dark Of The Moon
seeAlso
Sinister Minister
 Theatre: Ghosts / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Henry VI Part 2 (Theatre) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Inherit the Wind (Theatre) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Mozart! (Theatre) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Theatre: Nabucco
seeAlso
Sinister Minister
 Theatre: The Duchess of Malfi / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Video Game: Anno 1404 / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Arcane – Online Mystery Serial (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Assassin's Creed II (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Bubble Bobble (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Video Game: Call of Juarez / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Video Game: Choice of Games / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Video Game: Contrast Soul
seeAlso
Sinister Minister
 Video Game: Crystal Skull
seeAlso
Sinister Minister
 Dark Souls I (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Diablo (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Elona (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Enigmatis (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Hard West (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Interstate '76 (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 LOOM (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Medieval II: Total War (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Metro Exodus (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Minecraft Adventure Maps (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Pinstripe (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 SWAT 4 (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Samurai Shodown (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Video Game: Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Sins of a Solar Empire (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Tales of the Abyss (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Video Game: The Chaos Engine / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 The Last Door (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 The Legend Of Heroes Trails From Zero (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Thief (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Vandal Hearts (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Yggdra Unison (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Zero no Kiseki (Video Game) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Visual Novel: A Knights Devotion
seeAlso
Sinister Minister
 Visual Novel: Baldr Sky / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Echoes Of The Fey (Visual Novel) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Visual Novel: Rewrite / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 The Veloci Pastor (Web Video) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Webcomic: Deviantart Secret Wars / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Hero Material (Webcomic) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Webcomic: Niels / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Rain (Webcomic) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Website: Fundies Say the Darndest Things / int_eae2cd4c
type
Sinister Minister
 Wrestling: The Undertaker
seeAlso
Sinister Minister
 Criminal (Comic Book) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 The Goon (Comic Book) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 So Soars The Young Falcon / Fan Fic / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Joyeux Noël / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister
 Being Human (UK) / int_9245d989
type
Sinister Minister