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The Religious Affiliation of
Other Notable Minor Comic Book Characters

Sections on this page:
- Notable Lead Characters in Non-Superhero Comics
- Additional Super-Villains and Other Antagonists
- Other Notable Minor Characters

Notable Lead Characters in Non-Superhero Comics

Character Title Publisher Religious Affiliation
David Qin Strangers in Paradise series, by Terry Moore Abstract Studio (originally Antarctic Press; briefly Homage/Image) "born again" Protestant Christian (convert)
Craig Thompson Blankets (2003), by Craig Thompson Top Shelf Evangelical Protestant Christian (lapsing)
Adam Chamberlain American Virgin series, by Steven T. Seagle DC/Vertigo Southern Baptist minister
Church Mice Church Mice, comic strip by Rev. Karl Zorowski   United Methodist Church
Francine Peters-Silver Strangers in Paradise series, by Terry Moore Abstract Studio (originally Antarctic Press; briefly Homage/Image) Methodist (lapsed; LGBT)
Dr. Ong Creature Tech (2002), by Doug TenNapel Top Shelf Christian (d.u.); former atheist
  ArmorQuest, graphic novel by Ben Avery Community Protestant
Father McHugh Black Cherry by Doug TenNapel Image Catholic (priest)
Archbishop Dolan kid's page by Timothy M. Dolan Catholic Herald Catholic (archbishop)
Mary Black Cherry by Doug TenNapel Image Catholic (conservative)
  Zion by Joan Hilty Manic D Press Latter-day Saint and Jewish
  Golden Plates by Mike Allred AAA Pop Latter-day Saint and Jewish
The Stars of David The Golem's Mighty Swing (2001), by James Sturm Drawn & Quarterly Jewish
Krolik Senne & Sanne, by Marc Verhaegen   Jewish
Ali Vimanarama DC/Vertigo Muslim
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, animated TV series and comics FOX TV/Bongo Comics Buddhist
Chacha Choudhury     Hindu
Bacchus title character of Bacchus, which ran from 1987 to 1999, by Eddie Campbell Dark Horse; Eddie Campbell; etc. pagan
Sharon Spitz Cartoon series Braceface, produced by Alicia Silverstone ABC Family Vegan/Animal Rights
Jaeger the Finder Finder, by Carla Speed McNeil Lightspeed Press Finder/Sin-Eater
Johnny C. / Nny Johnny the Homicidal Maniac series, by Jhonen Vasquez Slave Labor Graphics agnostic / Goth
Squee in Squee and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, by Jhonen Vasquez Slave Labor Graphics religious
Princess Mabelrose The Courageous Princess (2004), by Rod Espinosa Antarctic Press religious

Additional Super-Villains and Other Antagonists

The list below includes numerous additional super-villains, villains and antagonists, including many minor villains. Many of these characters have shown up in only a single issue or story arc. Most minor villains in mainstream comics are atheists, agnostic, or non-religious. The list below focuses on characters who have an identifiable religious affiliation. Frequently these minor characters were the result of a very simple idea on the part of the writer: Having heard about a particular minority religious group (i.e., Vodoun, Santeria, Buddhism, Russian Orthodoxy) or mystical tradition the writer decides to base a villain on that idea.

In other instances, villains have been created to embody a specific social issue or political debate, and have been envisioned as a "priest" or "reverend" with a group of followers. This is done in order to illustrate that the character's philosophy is not simply an idiosyncratic belief or the result of insanity, but is a position that has at least a nominally widespread following. These characters typically do not symbolize an entire denomination (although they are often depicted as Catholic or Protestant clergymen), so much as they stand for a specific idea or trait that can be found within religious groups as well within the general population.

It may seem as though the large number of explicitly religious villain indicates an anti-religious bias in mainstream comic books. Actually, the opposite is true. Since the 1930s (when Superman was created) until the present time, the proportion of Americans who profess identification with a specific organized religion has remained between 85% to 93%, with an additional 5% of the population claiming no specific religious identification, but claiming belief in God or a supreme being. Yet, the overwhelming majority (over 90%) of villains faced by mainstream superheroes have been manifestly non-religious, anti-religious or atheist.

The extreme disproportionate representation of non-religious characters among comic book villains is not mean to imply that lack of religious activity leads inexorably to villainy. It simply means that the types of individuals who become villains are most likely to be non-religious or atheist/agnostic in outlook, and that the religious villain is a relative rarity.

Known as Real Name Major Enemy Notes Publisher Religious Affiliation
  Gideon Turkel Hulk Incredible Hulk Annual #9 Marvel Episcopalian (former missionary)
The Reverend Blackburn Addison Black Panther   Marvel Southern Baptist; KKK; Dragon Circle
Reverend Skagg   Elementals based on AoG minister Jimmy Swaggart Comico Assemblies of God televangelist
Peeper Peter Quinn Captain America, Defenders, New Warriors, Wolverine radical mutant rights activist Marvel Latter-day Saint (lapsed)
  Laurel Hedare Catwoman Catwoman (2004 film), comic adaptation Warner Bros. (DC) Latter-day Saint (lapsed)
The Immortal Prester John (alias) Justice League International Justice League International v.2 #s 63-64 DC Nestorian Christian
Confessor   Maverick/Agent Zero (of Weapon X program) Maverick vol. 2 #s 1-2, 8-10 Marvel Russian Orthodox
Silver Dagger Isaiah Curwen Dr. Strange, etc. Dr. Strange vol. 2 #s 1-2, 4-5, vol. 3 #s 7, 30, 32; Marvel Team-Up vol. 1 #s 76-77; Marvel Comics Presents #s 54-59; Over the Edge #2; Deadpool vol. 3 #68 Marvel Catholic (former Cardinal)
Soul Man Father Jason McCall The Hulk Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #s 345, 399-400 Marvel Catholic priest
The Holy Father Hector Redondo The Punisher Punisher vol. 5 #s 2-7,9-12 Marvel Catholic priest
Father Doom   Captain Amazing   Dark Horse; Universal Studios Catholic priest
Cardinal Sin Perry Dennison Batman Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #3 (1993); one of the "New Bloods" DC Catholic (former priest)
Mad Monk Aelfric Werewolf by Night; Dr. Strange Werewolf by Night I#3 (3(fb), 3, Dr. Strange III#12/2 Marvel Catholic (former monk)
  Caleb Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scooby Gang   20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy; WB/UPN former Catholic priest; follower of First Evil
  Father Jack Riley Hellstorm Hellstorm #s 4-5 Marvel Catholic (excommunicated priest); Satanism
Dr Arcane Anton Arcane Swamp Thing (arch-enemy)   DC Catholic (convert)
  Drusilla Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scooby Gang   20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy; WB/UPN Catholic
Don Moroni   Spider-Man Spider-Man Annual 1979 Marvel Catholic
Crusader Arthur Blackwood Thor Thor vol. 1 #s 330-331; Avengers Spotlight #39; Cage vol. 1 #17; X-Man #48; New Avengers #s 1-4 Marvel Catholic
Young Stuff Kaitlin, Heather, Meadow, Crystal, Darcy The Specials   Regent Entertainment Catholic
Sister Ursula   Spider-Woman Spider-Woman vol. 3 #s 12-13 Marvel Catholic
Theodore Ciccone     Mafia boss; employer of Grendel ("Hunter Rose") Comico; Dark Horse Catholic
Trickster Giovanni Giuseppe Flash   DC Catholic (lapsed)
Pit Bull Gaylord Picaro DP7 DP7 #s 20-23, 27 (1988); The Draft ;Psi-Force #23, 27, 29; The War #s 1-4; Quasar #56-57; Starblast #4 Marvel (NU) Catholic (lapsed)
Vesuvius Roberto Barretti Christian Powers Society; Justice For All; I.D.A. Christian Superheroes Comic Magazine #1 Christian Knight Catholic (nominal)
The Kung-Fu Nun   Mr. Canoehead   CBC Radio Catholic nun
Sister Eucalypta   Avengers Avengers vol. 1 #171: robot agent of Ultron, posed as a nun, beheaded by Ms. Marvel Marvel Catholic nun (fake)
  Henry Clerk Dr. Zero, Michael Devlin, MERCHANTS, Order of St. George, Powerline, etc. main Shadowline villain Marvel/Shadowline Catholic (lapsed); atheist
Witch Queen of New Orleans Marie LaVeau Blade, Brother Voodoo, Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, etc. Dracula Lives #2 (1973); Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #10; (Marvel Team-Up vol. 1 #s 76-77; Marvel Fanfare vol. 1 #42; Doctor Strange vol. 3 #s 14-18; Blade: Vampire Hunter vol. 1 #s 4-5, 9; Blade: Crescent City Blues Marvel Catholic (raised); convert to Vodoun

Other Notable Minor Characters

Name Notes Publisher Religious Affiliation
Rev. Larry Varvel Supergirl's minister: Supergirl vol. 4 #s 3-5, 10-11, 15, 33, 36-37, 39, 43-44, 49; Supergirl Plus #1 DC Methodist clergyman
Sylvia Danvers Supergirl's mother; Church assistant studying for the ministry DC Methodist
Reverend Craig father of Wolfsbane and Bridgit Shane; Marvel Graphic Novel #4: New Mutants; some issues of New Mutants; X-Men #94; Cable vol. 1 minus 1; Excalibur vol. I #93 Marvel Scots Presbyterian minister
Reverend Ruching Sandman Mystery Theatre #58 (1998) DC/Vertigo Presbyterian minister
Pres. Ronald Reagan Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2-4 (1986) DC Presbyterian
Rev. Norman McCay central character in DC Universe novel Kingdom Come, based on same-titled miniseries DC; Warner/Aspect Dutch Reformed
Reverend Dinswoode Spectre, vol. 3 #45 (1996) DC Episcopalian priest
Pastor Liam uncle? of Rachel Grey, slain by Shi'ar: *D*--Uncanny X-Men#466, (named) #467 ([467(fb)], 466, 467d) Marvel Episcopalian priest
Reverend Jackson Tolliver Spectacular Spider-Man #s 107-109; Web of Spider-Man #s 41-43 Marvel Episcopalian priest
Reverend Earl James Human Target vol. 1 #1 (1999) DC Episcopalian priest
Reverend Armitage "Bagsy" Hawsley cat-burgler from Sandman Midnight Theatre #1 DC Episcopalian priest
Whitney Fordman boyfriend of Lana Lang, Clark's rival on Smallville WB Episcopalian
Susan Alamo Doc Samson II#2/2: co-founder of Holy Alamo Christian Church, corpse displayed in hopes of imminent public resurrection Marvel Alamo Christian Church
Vlad the Cosmonaut Y: The Last Man #s 11-14 DC/Vertigo Russian Orthodox
Father Richard Craemer advisor to Jim Corrigan/The Spectre and the Suicide Squad DC Catholic priest
Father Michael Bowen ally of Cloak and Dagger; Dagger's uncle; friend of Karma: Marvel Team-Up vol. 1 #100; New Mutants vol. 1 #s 23-25; The Uncanny X-Men #196; Cloak & Dagger vol. 2 #3; Strange Tales vol. 2 #s 13-17; Cloak & Dagger vol. 3 #s 1-9, 11-13; and Marvel Comics Presents #115 Marvel Catholic priest
Father Javier Sanchez brother of Firebrand: Firebrand #s 1-2, 4-6, 8-9 DC Catholic priest
Saint Brendan Dr. Strange vol. 3, #11 (backup story); Marvel Chillers #1: Brendan of Ardfert and Clonfert; lived 486-577 AD; battled and bound Modred, removed Darkhold from its tower and scattered pages Marvel Catholic priest
Rick Neilsen ("Rick the Vic") first app.: Hellblazer #63 (1993); also: #130 (more?): friend of John Constantine DC Catholic priest
Father Ramon Joquez Werewolf by Night #s 2-3 (1972); entrusted with Darkhold by Jack Russell Marvel Catholic priest
Reverend Bob Cumeo St. Mary's Church: Daredevil vol. 2 #s 71-75 (2005) Marvel Catholic priest
Father Whitney associate of Nightcrawler; Nightcrawler miniseries Uncanny X-Men #423 Marvel Catholic priest
O Padre associate of Brazilian hero Tristao (Ronald Barcelos) Noticia Agora Catholic priest
Father Artemis Haunt of Horror#2 Marvel Catholic priest
Father Kelly Swamp Thing vol. 2 #144 (1994): NYC priest DC/Vertigo Catholic priest
Father Bruegal Swamp Thing vol. 2 #148 (1994): German priest DC/Vertigo Catholic priest
Father Donald Gherard Challengers of the Unknown vol. 2 #1 (1991) DC Catholic priest
Father Timothy Sanchez Night Force vol. 2 #4 (1997): agent of Night Force DC Catholic priest
Father Rudolpho Boschelli Domino II#4: priest at Church of the Sacred Heart (in Chicago), where Domino and Lazarus were raised Marvel Catholic priest

Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters page created 27 July 2005. This page was split from the main page on 11 January 2006. Last modified 19 August 2007.


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