Everyone loves a good uniform. They are a signifier of who you are, in a brief sense. The firefighters are protected and easily spotted, and the medics all have their scrubs. Maybe that suit means you’re doing… business. And maybe that habit is a nun’s, something the media seems to have a fascinating obsession with.
In truth, it’s pretty hard to find nuns in games who actually practice the faith, and often they’re a very different version of the real thing. Often a nun character focuses primarily on aesthetics rather than lifestyle.
seven Bridget – Guilty Gear
Guilty Gear features a delightful plethora of characters, from an American whipping his alien pal to Jack-O, creator of the famous eponymous pose. You know this one. Then there’s Bridget, who has a pretty busy backstory.
Although she took the anglicized name of an Irish god turned Christian saint, Bridget was born in England and actually has no religious association. Although he was raised as a girl to circumvent a village superstition, he is proud of who he is. The thing is, although he’s dressed in stylized nun’s clothes, he’s actually just a bounty hunter.
6 Lady with charred face – blasphemous
On the subject of blasphemy, we have Blasphemous. In a game so heavily focused on religious themes and a world ruled by cruel divine power, one could expect a lot of nuns. In truth, there are very few, confined to a single isolated convent high in the mountains.
Throughout the convent, you’ll fight a variety of enemies, many of whom are nuns living in perpetual penance. This convent, however, exists in honor of the Lady of the Charred Face – a woman so hated for her own beauty that she tried to burn her with oil. She joined the convent soon after, dedicating her life to the Three Wills.
5 Double – Skullgirls
Skullgirls is a series with a real story as complex as its own story, if not a little more. In the game however, the characters fight to acquire the Skull Heart, a powerful artifact that can grant any wish. It is a beloved fighting game that has had many ports and is still supported to this day.
Although again not strictly a nun in practice, Double takes the form of a single. They are not human, but rather a life form of seemingly divine creation whose purpose is to ensure that the Skull Heart falls into the right hands. They can actually take any form they desire, although a nun might make more sense when she lives in a cathedral.
4 Leliana – Dragon Age
Of Bioware’s many series, Dragon Age is certainly one of the most popular. Among the varied choices, deep lore, and engaging characters, there’s plenty to keep busy. Although it is set in a fictional world, the belief of the Chantry is very close to that of Christianity, of which Leliana is a devout member.
Now, one might struggle to call Leliana a nun at any point in Inquisition, playing the role of spymaster-assassin – although in the original she was simply a chantry sister in training with the greats. ambitions of Joan of Arc. Dressed in robes and brought up in a cloister, she longs to prove her faith in practice and will make poetry of it along the way.
3 Sister Adella – Bloodborne
It might be pretty tough at this point not to have heard of Bloodborne, with calls seemingly hourly asking for the PS4 exclusive to be remastered and ported to PC. It’s renowned for a reason, FromSoftware’s rendition of a gothic horror world brought to life.
As prevalent as the religion is in these genres, Bloodborne has a faith of its own in the Healing Church. In the Hypogeum Prison, players can meet Sister Adella and, ideally, bring her back to the Oedon Chapel. She’s a bit off balance, furious if you take Arianna’s blood on hers – eventually killing her and going after you with a lewd defiance.
2 The Saints – Hitman Absolution
The Hitman series has been on quite a journey. Highly successful until Blood Money, Absolution came as a soft reboot of the series. It’s become a much more linear experience, with less focus on targets and more on just killing and running. It certainly wasn’t a big change, but it did lead to a hilarious and absurd addition with The Saints.
As you might expect from the name and the rather famous trailer, the Saints were nuns, albeit only in appearance (something of a running theme in games). Actually formed as a network of all-female assassins, they would blend in as unassuming nuns, but dressed rather…slightly below. That’s a fact that may not have helped the nun disguise herself much, but none of it really mattered because Agent 47 ends up killing them all anyway.
1 Bayonet – Bayonet
It can sometimes be difficult to find the border between the homage and the original idea to Bayonetta. The game is such a blatant love letter to Devil May Cry, a series also created by Hideki Kamiya, but is a bit more outrageous than anything DMC has ever attempted.
What better way to be outrageous than murdering angels as a nun? Bayonetta begins by summoning angels as she is used to a nun, just so she can punish them. She does it again at the end of the game, and frankly, the angels deserve it for falling in love with that one again. What’s worse, however, is that the movie, Bloody Fate, reveals that Bayonetta does quite a bit, posing as a nun as a hobby.
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