Priests are boring, right? Not if you’ve met these film priests! They run the gamut from lounge singers on the run to furry blue mutants who teleport. Some of them are successful businessmen, and not all of them are on the side of good (but they’re still religious, so that’s got to count for something, right?).

So here are some religious folk who’ll definitely change your mind about the classic image of the stoic, uptight priest who adheres strictly to a code of conduct and prays about everything. These priests have left their indelible mark in the world of film! Like them or hate them, they’re a pretty unforgettable bunch.

1. Nightcrawler (X2: X-Men United)

Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) in X2: X-Men United. Credit: Comic Book Resources

Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) in X2: X-Men United. Credit: Comic Book Resources

You can be forgiven for forgetting that he’s a priest, since there are so many other unique character traits about him – like his blue skin, for instance. Or his horned tail. Or his teleporting abilities. He’s also an X-Man, although in X2: X-Men United he’s brainwashed for an assassination attempt. Fortunately, he comes around and helps the X-Men save the day in the end.

But yes, he’s a Catholic priest! In the comics his priesthood goes through several convoluted storylines involving illusions and plenty of retconning. You have to wonder though, since he can teleport, doesn’t that mean he can just teleport to any afterlife he wants to?

2. Silas (The Da Vinci Code)

Silas (Paul Bettany) in The Da Vinci Code. Credit: The Lone Girl in a Crowd

Silas (Paul Bettany) in The Da Vinci Code. Credit: The Lone Girl in a Crowd

Silas was the violent henchman that the villain of The Da Vinci Code sent out to hunt down our heroes. It wasn’t just his creepy visage that made him such a terror, but the fact that the would flagellate himself for his own sins! It was horrible enough reading him torture himself in the book, but to see him visually whip himself in the opening scenes of The Da Vinci Code established how much of a brute he was.

He did repent, however, so maybe he wasn’t all that bad after all.

3. Sister Mary Clarence (Sister Act, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit)

Whoopi Goldberg is Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act. Credit: Kiss My Wonder Woman

Whoopi Goldberg is Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act. Credit: Kiss My Wonder Woman

So I cheated a little – Sister Mary Clarence isn’t a priest, she’s a nun. And she’s also technically not a nun, but a lounge singer who’s in a witness protection program (as a nun). She’s literally a convent girl with the sass to back it up! Of course, she inevitably clashes with the Mother Superior (Maggie Smith), but she still manages to inject her own individuality into the church’s choir songs.

And who could forget the punny sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (the habit is the uniform that nuns wear)?

4. The 37th Dolan (The Last Witch Hunter)

The 37th Dolan (Elijah Wood) in The Last Witch Hunter. Credit: Ain't It Cool

The 37th Dolan (Elijah Wood) in The Last Witch Hunter. Credit: Ain’t It Cool

The Last Witch Hunter is one of the most underrated fantasy films, just like its priest, the 37th Dolan. He’s a meek, harmless boy who’s thrust into the role of being handler for big, muscular witch hunter, and continues being frightened and weak until the finale – where he turns on them and reveals that he’s been evil all along!

That’s right, his treachery was the big twist and he ended up almost destroying the city. Fortunately, the witch hunter prevailed, and the 37th Dolan perished without us ever learning his name.

5. Tripitaka (The Monkey King 2)

Tripitaka (Feng Shaofeng) in The Monkey King 2. Credit: Yahoo!

Tripitaka (Feng Shaofeng) in The Monkey King 2. Credit: Yahoo!

And then we have the classic, long suffering monk Tripitaka, who’s always been portrayed as a peaceful man who has surprisingly tasty (to demons) flesh. In The Monkey King 2 his story is subject to a unique spin, which sees him fully espousing his values of kindness and self-sacrifice. His friendship with the Monkey King is more developed in this film, and he seems to be a more rounded character here.

In other versions, though, he’s more like the damsel in distress.

6. Pastor To (Heaven in the Dark)

Paster To (Jacky Cheung) and Michelle (Karena Lam) in Heaven in the Dark. Credit Golden Village Cinemas

Paster To (Jacky Cheung) and Michelle (Karena Lam) in Heaven in the Dark. Credit Golden Village Cinemas

In Heaven in the Dark, Pastor To is not only a charismatic leader in a church, but also a wealthy businessman in the corporate world. Unfortunately, his success proves to be his own undoing when the manipulative vixen Michelle enters his life and then accuses him of a crime he did not commit.

The story is based on a play, and raises many questions about morality and faith.

Poster for Heaven in the Dark. Credit Golden Village Cinemas

Poster for Heaven in the Dark. Credit Golden Village Cinemas

So what could cause the downfall of such a prominent pastor? Well, you’ll have to catch Heaven in the Dark to find out what the scheming Michelle does to bring down the poor pastor!

 

Credits: Comic Book Resources, The Lone Girl in a Crowd, Kiss My Wonder Woman, Ain’t It Cool, Yahoo!, Golden Village Cinemas