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->'''Bethany:''' Christ? You knew Christ?\\
'''Rufus:''' Knew him? [[NWordPrivileges Nigga]] owes me twelve bucks.
-->-- ''Film/{{Dogma}}''

Maybe you live in a FantasyKitchenSink. Perhaps you're the proud resident of a world with a CrossoverCosmology. Whatever the case, you need to put the [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu kettle on the boil]] and biscuits on the tray because your pal Jesus, or your old buddy Krishna, is coming over for tea in twenty minutes.

This trope is about the tendency of fantastic fiction and ancient myth to have ''completely'' mundane mortals (often of the heroic variety) be on a FirstNameBasis with the movers and shakers of the universe. The reasons vary: maybe the PhysicalGod, AnthropomorphicPersonification, or ([[AffablyEvil surprisingly personable]]) EldritchAbomination have taken a liking to the character for their own reasons. Maybe their portfolios coincide a great deal, so they share the same interests. Or maybe the god just wants to chill out with someone who's not depressed due to TimeDissonance, or because they [[AGodIAmNot don't identify]] with their [[JerkAssGod vainglorious]] [[NeglectfulPrecursors "equals."]] Then again, if your hero is actively fighting {{Dracula}} and his minion TheGrimReaper across [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} several games]], it's only natural they get to get [[GoKartingWithBowser friendly after a while.]]

Whatever the case, the character has a direct line to the PowersThatBe.

Though not limited exclusively to these types of characters, the following tend to attract deific attention most often: The UnfazedEveryman and WeirdnessMagnet.

Compare GodWasMyCopilot, where this is used as TheReveal, and ReasoningWithGod, where higher powers can be talked to but only on extraordinary occasions. See also DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu, OlympusMons, and EnemiesWithDeath. If they get involved in the characters life, may become a SidekickExMachina or MonsterRoommate. If the relationship involves more than just friendship, may lead to a DivineDate. Contrast EgocentricallyReligious for conceited characters who believe themselves to be pals with Jesus. The situation can get even ''more'' interesting if Jesus' Pal happens to be a FlatEarthAtheist.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** By the end of ''Z'', not only have our heroes met three tiers of gods, the manager of hell, and sundry other beings, the main characters are also ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu more powerful than they are]].''
** They are also the ones who selected Dende as the new Guardian of Earth--basically our local God. So, not only are they pals with Jesus, but they're his bosses, mostly because AsskickingEqualsAuthority.
** The 2013 ''Battle of Gods'' movie, which restores some meaning to the word by pitting Goku against the universal God of Destruction. Not only does he declare Goku a worthy opponent despite ''beating'' him, he joined in Bulma's birthday celebration before threatening to blow up the Earth.
* In ''YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke's boss is a Really700YearsOld toddler who is charge running the afterlife CelestialBureaucracy.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', the Great Will of the Macrocosm regularly chastises Excel for getting killed, [[ResetButton forcing the Will to bring her back to life]].
* In ''SaintYoungMen'', Buddha and Jesus are roommates.
* ''SuzumiyaHaruhi''. Kyon and [[spoiler:Haruhi]]. Hell, make that ''everyone'' and [[spoiler:Haruhi]].
* [[BadassArmy First Easter Mirage Corps]] and other associates of Amaterasu dis Grand Grees Eydas IV, Emperor of Amaterasu Kingdom Demesnes from Mamoru Nagano ''[[TheFiveStarStories Five Star Stories]]'', and Amaterasu mel Gibih Lachesis Fanatic B Guiress, his [[SpaceshipGirl fatima]] and wife. While not really a local Almighty, Amaterasu is [[PhysicalGod damn close]], and there is strong indication that he's the ''grandfather'' of one.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' often has [[PhysicalGod Legendary Pokemon]] palling around with human children. And in the games, [[OlympusMons you can capture them and order them around]].
** Brandon captured not one, but ''three'' Legendary Pokemon.
** Of course, most legendary Pokémon fall pretty short of "god" status, so in most cases it'd be more like "Pals with Bigfoot."
*** Then came Arceus, at which point you capture ''God''. ''Yeah''. Unfortunately, you can't order Arceus to remake the universe in your image, or to do everything that would be cool about having God as your pet. The closest it comes is a special event in ''HG/SS'', where Arceus can give you a special Egg, which contains either Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina. The developers say Arceus does this by completely dismantling and then rebuilding the entire universe exactly as it was, except now this Egg exists.
** Ash Ketchum has never actually captured a Legendary Pokémon, but he's befriended most of them, [[spoiler:even Arceus]]. Some would say that he is more recognized by divine forces that watch over Pokémon than humans.
* ''SaintSeiya'' has Saori/Athena as [[TheOjou a rich heiress]] who also is the TeamMom to the [[FiveManBand Bronze Saints]] who protect her directly. Also, one of the Golden Saints at her service is Shaka, the reincarnation of Buddha.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' Keiichi Morisato makes a wish for a goddess to stay with him forever, and gets that wish granted by way of Belldandy, Norse goddess of the present who's daughter of a deity who is pretty much God. Her sister Urd is the daughter of Hild, the current ruler of the [[{{Hell}} other side.]]
* In the OVA continuity ''TenchiMuyo'', two of Tenchi's housemates are revealed to be part of the three Choushin goddesses who created the multiverse they live in. Sasami merged with the goddess Tsunami when she was injured as a young child, while Washu simply sealed her memory and powers away in the three power gems that she gave to her daughter Ryoko. As of the end of the 3rd OVA series, their sister Tokimi seems to be joining in on the fun as well.
** WordOfGod has seemingly stated that [[spoiler: Tokimi will eventually join in on Tenchi's [[HaremGenre Harem]]. Tenchi's batting three for three now]].
* In ''HighSchoolDXD'', the OnlyFriend Ophis considers is [[spoiler: Issei, the protagonist.]]
* Under the "surprisingly personable EldritchAbomination", we have [[NyarkoSan Mahiro]], who has attracted the affection of a certain Lovecraftian horror, namely Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos. Fortunately for Mahiro's sanity, Nyarlathotep has taken on the form of a human girl.
* Though [[spoiler: Madoka]] is [[ThePowersThatBe decidedly out of reach]] by the end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', plenty of [[{{WAFF}} fluffier fanfic or doujinshi]] has her assume this role in relation to the others ([[OfficialCouple particularly Homura]]). Apparently, the whole "Law of Cycles" thing is more of a day job. TheMovie, as part of its [[WhamEpisode upset of the status quo,]] made this somewhat canon[[spoiler:, as Madoka and Homura are now high-school classmates as well as warring deities]].
* ''Manga/InariKonkonKoiIroha'': Inari herself [[{{Shapeshifting}} no longer qualifies]] as a "mundane mortal." But her brother Touka, who only has the ability to see gods, somehow became the belligerent pal of Uka, the local fox goddess. [[GamerChick They play video games together]], and eventually develop feelings for each other.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''[[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 8]]'' takes this one step beyond. After Season 7 but before Season 8, Xander went on a bit of a vacation. During that time, Dracula found him and re-brainwashed him. During that time, they were best friends, doing all kinds of things (Xander taught Dracula how to ride a motorcycle, for example). The Slayer Organization ends up rescuing Xander, but they need Dracula's help in Season 8. It turns out that Dracula hadn't shaved, fed or dyed his hair (causing it to go grey) since Xander left. When he learns they are coming, he shaves and dyes his hair once again to look good for Xander. He pretends that everything has been fine since Xander left, but it's clear he's lying. When he mistakenly thinks Xander is asking him out on a date, he haughtily refuses in a way that can only be described as {{Tsundere}}. Basically, in the Buffyverse, ''Dracula has a crush on Xander. Dracula is gay (or bi, but that word'' ''[[NoBisexuals doesn't seem to exist in the Buffyverse)]].'' Oh, and Xander has a subconscious verbal tic because of the months of brainwashing. Whether he wants to or not, he refers to Dracula as "Master".
* Uatu The Watcher in ''MarvelComics''. Sure he isn't quite a "god," per se, nor does he ever visit our heroes at home, but we sure do see an awful lot of him, don't we?
* {{Deadpool}} once visits an alternate future where he is still around and best friends with Death.
* The MarvelUniverse and DCComics both have more than enough gods running around as superheroes. DC even has several ''angels'' running around as superheroes.
* Many characters in ComicBook/TheSandman, but mainly Hob Gadling, who is friends with the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. One (minor) goddess thinks of friendships like these as 'like falling in love with a kitten: one day you'll have to put an old cat to sleep'
* Apparently this (literally) is the premise of a Finnish Swedish-language comic called ''Ernst och Jesus''.
* In ''ComicBook/BattlePope'', the title character has Jesus for a roommate and CowardlySidekick.
* This is the point of the ''ComicBook/ChickTracts''. If you are a good Christian, you will be in a "relationship with God" and Jesus will be your friend. Which means that you will get instant results from your prayer, including giving people heart attacks. [[{{Narm}} Or something.]]
* Played with in ComicBook/TheChroniclesOfWormwood. The AntiChrist (a really nice guy who rejects his heritage) pals around with Jesus, who has brain damage from a police beating.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange is on a first-name basis with a lot of powerful entities, from the Vishanti to Eternity and even the Living Tribunal. They seldom go to him, though he has paid a house call on Agamotto once or twice.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''{{Dogma}}'', Rufus knew Jesus Christ. See the quote above.
** Rufus also claimed to be the 13th Apostle, who was left out of the records. 'Coz he was BLACK.
** Not to mention Jay and Silent Bob, who get involved with powerful cosmic entities ''without'' being related to Jesus. Or, for that matter, having half a clue what's going on! (Silent Bob probably knows what's going on, [[HeroicMime but...]])
** In ''ClerksII'', Jay is [[spoiler:a born-again Christian]], so at least he remembers his previous movies.
* In ''TheReturnOfHanuman'', Maruti the incarnation of Hanuman befriends Minku, Munni, and Daddu, until he's not allowed to play with them because he is considered to be dangerous. [[spoiler:However, they get to be friends again after Maruti saves the village from Armageddon.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Xander Harris with Dracula in the comics. Xander even taught him how to motorbike.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration:'' The ''Enterprise'' (with Picard in particular) are, much to their own irritation, pals with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Q]].
* From the point of view of his Companions, [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] could be seen like this.
** It's also slightly implied that the Doctor himself may have been this, if only by an offhand comment of him attending the 'first Easter'. "Just between you and me, what really happened was..."
** In ''The Fires of Pompeii'', [[spoiler:both the Doctor ''and'' Donna are this for a Roman family they help out. At the end of the episode, we see that the family honors the two as their household gods.]]
* The title character of ''The Book Of Daniel''.
* [[JoanOfArcadia Joan]] is either this or CosmicPlayThing depending on how you interpret her relationship with God.
* Iolus on ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', best buds with Zeus's son. He also got along pretty well with Aphrodite, too.
** While "pals" isn't the best word for most of the relationships, being on speaking terms with the gods was pretty much standard on Hercules and {{Xena}}.
** Speaking of Xena... Gabrielle was a close friend to Eli...who looked and acted like Jesus, and ushered a new, Christian-looking religion into the world.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}:'' Trance Gemini is eventually revealed to be the avatar of the sun of Tarn-Vedra and exists across multiple realities.
* An in-universe example: A ''SaturdayNightLive'' [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/98/98rbible.phtml sketch]] focuses on Jesus and his best pals Paul and, um, Barry.
* The Filipino TV series (teleserye) ''May Bukas Pa'' has a boy named Santino being best friends with Jesus, whom he 'nicknames' "Bro".
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchester brothers have befriended a couple of angels, and are at least on speaking terms with [[TheGrimReaper Death]].

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[[folder:Literature]]
* Neil Gaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' has the creatures/gods/goddesses of mythology basically chilling around with normal people. (Hell, this applies to just about anything written by Creator/NeilGaiman.)
** Jesus doesn't personally appear, but he gets a mention once; Mr. Nancy saw him having rather a rough time of things hitchhiking in Afghanistan. Not many people are pals with him there...
*** In one edition, an individual strongly implied to be Jesus (and an odd resemblence to Creator/StevenSpielberg) has a brief conversation with Shadow.
* ''{{Narnia}}:'' Aslan is Jesus in a world where paws and a mane happened to be more appropriate than hands. It's no secret. It helps that Lion!Jesus is more of a hands-on divinity than Human!Jesus. Like, coming in person to help slay the evil overlord, stopping by to break curses, makes public appearances like coronations, does birthday parties and bar mitzvahs, etc.
** To be fair to the original, Narnia's version(s) of Satan are more about overt conquest than subtle temptation and require more direct intervention.
* In the works of Creator/JRRTolkien, the Valar are like archangels, originally working in close cooperation with God (Eru), and the Maiar are like angels.
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Elves and Valar live together in Valinor. One of the Elven kings marries Melian, one of the more powerful of the Maiar (around the level of Sauron).
** In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Bilbo's (and Frodo's) pal Gandalf is actually one of a team of five Maiar sent to Middle-earth on a mission from the Valar. The [[TheDragon Witch-king]] might not really be pals with Sauron, but is presumably a close associate.
* Garion in ''TheBelgariad'' grows up as a FarmBoy type character raised by his "Aunt" and "Grandfather" who are actually [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld long-lived]] movers and shakers of the universe.
** The Voice in his head would be a better example. [[spoiler:It is the Personification of Destiny. And it is the ultimate DeadpanSnarker!]]
* Even more so in ''The Dreamers'', where the four gods of the country tend to pal around and be on first name terms with some of their subjects.
* And to round out the Eddings citations: in the ''[[TheElenium Elenium/Tamuli]]'' series, Sephrenia's younger sister is [[spoiler:an incarnation of her patron goddess Aphrael]]. And Sparhawk's daughter is [[spoiler: another incarnation of the same goddess Aphrael. Now imagine a scenario in which the two incarnations meet. The world doesn't end, but those in the know feel as though it should have.]]
* ''{{Dragaera}}'' is a major example of this - Vlad is on a first name basis with Verra the Demon Goddess, as well as Sethra Lavode, who is practically a PhysicalGod. He's also good friends with Aliera and Morrolan, who are some of the most powerful Dragaerans in the Empire.
* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Death]] of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series doesn't really have many human buddies aside from his manservant Albert and (adoptive) grand-daughter Susan, but has friendly relationships with everyone he meets outside of The Duty, such as the witches and wizards. His interactions with Granny Weatherwax are quite cordial (for her).
** Also, in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', the gods allow the Silver Horde to infiltrate Dunmanifestin and greet them as equals (the "new gods we've been hearing about"). Initially it was only a joke, but Cohen's trick with the dice seems to have earned the respect of at least a few deities.
** Nanny Ogg was Time's midwife. Literally.
** Death and the Lady have both developed an interest in Rincewind, although he doesn't actually meet them much. And nor would he want to know them any better than he already does.
** And Brutha spends most of ''Discworld/SmallGods'' chatting with the Great God Om. Who's a tortoise.
** Death is also fairly friendly towards the people he meets in his official capacity (unless they don't like cats), because his job is to make sure they get going on to the afterlife all right, but it's not a job that allows for much socialization.
** Twoflower teaches the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsemen]] ''bridge.''
* ''Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff'' toys with the trope a bit, since Biff was Jesus' best friend ''before'' he hit it big.
* In the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, Luna is a relatively ordinary human with a talent for painting. She winds up directly related to Death, Fate, Nature, and God(dess) and indirectly connected to Time, War, and Satan (via female relatives' affairs with the latter three), and it's strongly hinted that Night is an indirect ancestor of hers. See OneDegreeOfSeparation for a (hopefully) clearer narrative of all the connections in this series.
* Steven Erikson's ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is full of {{Physical God}}s, many of which hang out with mortals. Examples:
** Anomander Rake, one of the most {{Badass}} Ascendants in the world, calls the human Whiskeyjack his "friend," something he has almost never done before with any mortal or god.
** Tehol Beddict lives with his manservant, Bugg. [[spoiler:Bugg is really Mael, the Elder God of the sea. Tehol doesn't know this at first, but when he finds out, both are happy to continue the relationship they have.]]
** There are several more instances of some mortal character being revealed as a god in disguise, including Cotillion, Nightchill and the Errant.
* In Alfred Bester's lesser-known novel ''The Computer Connection,'' the main characters are literally pals with Jesus--he's one of their group, and they call him JC "so it won't sound like we're swearing."
* In the original ''{{Dragonlance}}'' trilogy, Paladine the supreme god of Good tags along with the adventurers as [[spoiler:[[EccentricMentor Fizban]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass the]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity Fabulous]]]] and pals around with [[TheFool Tasslehoff Burrfoot]].
** And then Tas proceeds to mention that fact every chance he gets.
--->'''Tasslehoff:''' "...Paladine--I'm great ''personal'' friends with Paladine, mind you--..."
* Suzie Shooter from the ''{{Nightside}}'' novels started out as a perfectly ordinary human (albeit one with twenty levels in {{Badass}} ActionGirl), but, mainly through her association with John Taylor, has gotten to meet plenty of the universe's movers and shakers. And usually, being Suzie, to stick a shotgun in their faces if they ''won't'' treat her with respect.
* In the novel {{Runemarks}}, the main character encounters, and in some cases befriends, the ''entire Norse pantheon.''
** And she's trained in magic by [[spoiler: Odin One-Eye himself.]]
* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, each of the heads of the House of Gaius in turn has a relationship (of varying nature) with Alera, the fury that represents their entire country. It's like if every United States President got advice from a manifestation of Uncle Sam.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/JobAComedyOfJustice'' the protagonist finds out that the person who was the nicest to him on his journeys was actually [[spoiler: Satan]]. He's the closest thing he has to a friend and ally.
* [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] has a personal relationship (not necessarily cordial) with a surprising number of powerful supernatural and mythological beings. In later books, even [[spoiler: Uriel, one of the four archangels,]] has taken a personal interest in Harry. Both friends and enemies have found such contacts to be cause for concern.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: [[spoiler: Kazebar used to]] be friends with [[GodIsGood Dronor.]].
* In book three of the IronDruidChronicles, Atticus has whiskey and 'fish and chips' with Jesus. The meal is then interrupted by a [[IncrediblyLamePun cabal]] of angry Jewish cabalists. When Jesus saves him immediately after, Atticus cracks up laughing that he can now claim he was [[ExactWords 'Saved by Jesus']] to any Christians who ask.
* Played straight with virtually all the Christian characters in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheLion'', as per the usual standard of many Christians today. Especially notable are Hadassah, one of the protagonists who gets a fair amount of angst mileage out of this relationship, and minor HistoricalDomainCharacter John the Apostle, who is this trope in the most literal way possible.
* Pretty much the whole hook of the IronDruidChronicles. Atticus isn't actually much more than an immortal human with the ability to go hang around the same places as various mythological beings (his magical powers apart from the immortality are all tricks that normal mortals could also pick up), but after a few thousand years of said hanging around, he actually IS on a first-name basis or at the top of the hit list with essentially every one of them.
** The literal example of the trope lies somewhere between the extremes: Jesus knows him, and seems acquaintance-level friendly, but also seems fairly exasperated by his antics.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The musical comedian StevenLynch does a song called "Craig" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPdFrW076R0]] that refers to a brother of Jesus that nobody knows about. Naturally, he's rather pissed that Jesus is known worldwide but he isn't. He doesn't have it quite so bad, though; he can't turn water into wine, but he can turn it into Coors Light, and he has "hydroponic s**t that me and Judas grow". He also cleans up with the women that follow his famous brother ("but if you have a little sister then there's room at this inn!").
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[[folder:Myth and Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: In GreekMythology, Zeus was known for his fondness of having affairs with human women.
** There were also a number of times in Greek mythology when gods and goddesses would take likings to mortals, particularly heroes on quests. As was the case with Zeus, a good number of those interests were romantic, but there were still a few cases in which the deity really respected the mortal. Notable examples include the hero Odysseus with Athena, and the hero Jason with Hera.
** Special mention goes to Baucis and Philemon, who gave [[AngelUnaware two tattered vagabonds]] a hospitable and kind welcome, only to realize they were entertaining Zeus and Hermes. The two gods were pleased with the old married couple, and set them up for life -- and then ensured that they would be together even after they died.
* Likewise Jesus in ''Literature/TheBible'' technically is God, and hangs out with fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes, etc.
** In the Gospel of John, he actually calls his Apostles "friends." And John himself was Jesus' BFF.
*** Unless you believe that Mary Magdalene was his real BFF.
* In Jewish theology, Moses is remarkable for being the only human who God spoke to as an equal.
** Oh yeah? Abraham ''haggled''. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And his grandson wrestled with Him and almost won until God dislocated his hip.]]
** David was given the title "[[RealMenLoveJesus The Man after God's own Heart!]]"
* In some Native American mythology, Coyote is God's best friend.
** In one particular story, God allowed all of the animals to change their names. Except for Coyote, because Coyote was His friend and He didn't want Coyote's name to change.
** In another story, Coyote is hanging out with God and is responsible for the diversity of humans (including the male and female genders) because he kept messing with God's basic human design. And God just let him do it, because Coyote was his friend and it would be rude to get mad at him.
** In some stories, Coyote is even singled out by God to be a more important teacher of life lessons than the other Animal People. Usually, this is because he and God are friends.
*** Of course, given that half the lessons we learn are because Coyote gets his ass handed to him because of his own dumbfuckery, it could be a case of VitriolicBestBuds.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Radio Free Vestibule's ''[[http://www.themadmusicarchive.com/song_details.aspx?SongID=5933 Kevin and God]]'' is an audio skit about God appointing a mortal named Kevin to be his new prophet, but things get derailed due to Kevin's [[TheDitz airheaded nature.]] This eventually rubs off, and God spends his time watching TV and going bowling with Kevin.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Immortals in the TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting adopt mortal identities whenever they have something to do on the mortal plane that they don't want other Immortals to notice. In the ''Wrath of the Immortals'' adventure, [[spoiler:Benekander]] does this by becoming the player characters' patron.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' tabletop RPG from WhiteWolf has the player-characters set as mundane children of the gods. Mundane until they are revealed to be children of the gods, and then slowly ascend their way from "[[BadassNormal basic mortal]]" to "AGodAmI." While still simply Scions (as opposed to Demigods or Gods), their powers basically come from being on first-name basis with their god-parents (as opposed to later, when their powers come from their own deification).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** Rosalina, who's stated to be guardian of the cosmos (if not something greater), ends up very connected to Mario and company after her debut in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. She says she'll watch over Mario from beyond the stars and, as her appearances in the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' show, she's not above joining their adventures.
** In the PlayableEpilogue of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Mario can chat with the game's equivalent of Hades and Zeus. They think he's such a fantastic guy that they tell him that when he eventually does die, he can just find them and say the word to get the fast-express to the top-rank tier of the afterlife.
* The more "normal" ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'' characters (though calling anyone in [[FantasyKitchenSink Gensokyo]] normal is just asking for trouble) in particular [[{{Miko}} Reimu]] and [[CuteWitch Marisa]] are shown to be on a friendly basis, or at least grudgingly accepting, of anything from OddJobGods to {{Physical God}}s to literal gods to people powerful enough they might as well ''be'' gods. And of course, [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption this being Gensokyo]], they have pounded them with [[BulletHell danmaku]] at least once.
** It has been mentioned that whenever Reimu summons a Shinto god (like when she summoned the material for the cold fusion experiment); they seem eager to please her; which she finds mildly annoying.
** That, and they seem to hang out with Hijiri Byakuren, after UFO.
** And Sanae lives with the gods she worships. Of course, she's also [[HalfHumanHybrid part god herself]], since one of her gods is also her many-times-great-grandmother.
* Pit from KidIcarusUprising. Granted, he's the leader of an angelic army, but he still goes by a first-name basis with every single major or minor divinity in the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'': Prophet-in-training Issun is a good pal of Ammy the Furball, aka Amaterasu, Sun Goddess and most important Shinto Deity.
** Let's not forget Ammy's other good friend [[spoiler:from her past - Waka]]!
** Her son, [[VideoGame/{{Okamiden}} Chibiterasu]], has a total of ''five'' close pals over the course of his game- the KidSamurai Kuni, the [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]] Nanami, the actress/{{miko}} Kagu, the [[spoiler: ArtificialHuman]] Kurow, and ButtMonkey Manpuku.
* In ''TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Link gets to be friends (and maybe [[ImpliedLoveInterest more]]) with Zelda, the [[spoiler: reincarnation of the goddess Hylia.]]
* ''MortalKombat'' has Raiden, God of Thunder, as a playable character. Slightly subverted as in the MK-verse the "Gods" are more [[ElementalEmbodiment Elementals]] and the position is treated like a job. Played straight in TheMovie, however.
* In ''SonicUnleashed'', Sonic's latest [[FairyCompanion companion]] is Chip, [[spoiler:who is actually [[{{God}} Light Gaia.]]]]
* ''ShinMegamiTensei'' is ''built'' on this trope. By the end of each game, your team will consist of major deities from [[CrossoverCosmology virtually every pantheon on record]], many of whom joined simply by being [[BribingYourWayToVictory bribed]] into doing so.
** [[RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy The Raidou]] [[RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Kuzunoha games]] even have a loyalty system. [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Maxing out their friendship toward you will allow them to learn new skills]], and will compel them to leave [[TearJerker parting letters and gifts]] when you decide to fuse them.
* In ''{{Pokemon}}'' you can catch [[{{God}} Arceus]] [[OlympusMons in a ball]], thus making Him your friend. Or, [[RelationshipValues if you]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential prefer]], a slave that has [[RestrainingBolt no choice but to follow your orders]].
** In the same vein, [[spoiler: the main character]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'' befriends Arceus [[spoiler: just in time for the main story's final battle, and can do it again post-game.]] It's an even better example because they doesn't even have to ''capture'' it for it to do as they say.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', [[spoiler: Hydreigon (Who's actually the Voice of Life, the embodiment of the world's will to survive)]] eventually settles into a relaxing life in Post Town and decides to join the team on a whim. [[LampshadeHanging Emolga can't help but question the latter decision.]]
* In the ''HarvestMoon'' universe, the main character is frequently on speaking terms with the Harvest Goddess, and, in some games, the Harvest King (AKA, Harvest God). In fact, you can usually ''marry'' them.
* Sora has a tendency to ''act'' this way towards people in power in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, even though he hasn't earned it. His attitude towards characters such as Mickey Mouse and Yen Sid is a casual "Hey there!" About the only one he actually seems to show some respect towards is Captain Shang from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. Riku, on the other hand, actually is pals with Mickey, though he doesn't dare try this sort of Sora-ish behavior until Mickey actually tells him that they're pals and he doesn't need to call him by his title.
* ''[[VideoGame/AgarestSenki Record of Agarest War's]]'' Borgnine, one of your first party members, is not only a playable character but also a larva, a [[OurGodsAreGreater lesser god]].
* In ''CthulhuSavesTheWorld'', you play as a {{Depower}}ed Cthulhu. Thus all the members of his party are this trope.
* Taken UpToEleven in the first two ''{{Lunar}}'' games and their remakes, where both protagonists are not only friends with the Cthulhu's, they're the love interests too!
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
** The Daedric Princes go out of their way to flatter you when you take up their quests. Most of them go so far as to proclaim you their new Champion. The only one who betrays you is [[spoiler:Mehrunes Dagon the Prince of Destruction]], and he does that to everybody. Justified since, unlike the protagonists of previous games, you are no mere mortal.
** Your companions can be said to have this relationship with the Dragonborn, since they essentially are Nirn's resident CrystalDragonJesus.
** In the "Dawnguard" {{DLC}}, the group's resident mage/[[CombatMedic healer]], Florentius Baenius, is also a priest of Arkay, the god of death. He differs from most priests in the game in that he claims that Arkay ''talks directly to him'', and you can overhear him speaking to Arkay [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple like they're an old married couple]]. The game seems to hint that he might actually be ''right''; some of the information he gives, such as how he's the person to inform you when your spouse has been kidnapped by vampires, he couldn't have known any other way...
* In ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero'', the Time Goddess approaches you in the beginning of Hero 30 to aid you in your adventure. She then becomes a member of your caravan.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} [[PlayedForLaughs For Laughs]] in the finale of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' by Zevran, who asks you to say hello to the Archdemon (the BigBad EldritchAbomination of the game) for him and laments on how it never writes him anymore.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', Milla Maxwell, who's effectively the god of Rieze Maxia and the female protagonist of the game, ends up allying with numerous humans for the sake of fulfilling her mission to protect the world. Though she's rather aloof and awkward initially, she opens up and adjusts over time, [[HumanityIsInfectious eventually behaving in a manner that's normal enough to make it easy to forget that she's supernatural at all.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' adds [[spoiler: her sister Musee]] into the mix, who's also a spirit, though readily identifiable as one due to the fact that [[PowerFloats she never walks]].
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* ''{{Sinfest}}'' practically runs on this concept. In the [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=7 first week]], {{God}} is introduced as a frequently recurring character. In the more literal sense, Jesus is shown to be good pals with Buddha.
** Jesus's attempts to befriend Seymour are a running gag. Despite all his Bible-thumping and Jesus obsession, Seymour routinely fails to recognize the real deal, and even shakes Him down for Jesus memorabilia at one point... which is an apt metaphor for [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Seymour's relationship with Christianity in general]].
* The various Deaths in ''IrregularWebcomic'' have struck up friendly relations with characters.
* ''WapsiSquare'': Monica and Shelly are on speaking terms with some very strange and powerful beings who have influenced the destiny of the entire world. In Minneapolis.
* [[WebComic/EightBitTheater Cleric]] is friend with [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/10/11/episode-1045-crossed-wires/ Jessie, lord of undeath]].
* [[WebComic/PennyArcade Gabe and Tycho]] have occasionally been shown to be ''literally'' friends with Jesus.
** And he is F'in ''Metal''.
** He also [[VideoGame/MarioKart brings the blue sparks.]]
** Despite this, Tycho maintains his atheism.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is frequently visited by mythological creatures and sometimes deities. At least, the Minotaur lives there, Coyote (that sneaky {{Trickster}} and apprentice [[PhysicalGod god]] from NativeAmericanMythology) and [[ChineseMythology Chang'e]] dropped in, and some teacher-parent meetings apparently involved Odin.
** ...because reincarnated [[{{Valkyries}} Brynhildr]] was one of the Court students -- [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=541 and a good friend of Surma and Anja]] -- and "the Old Man" personally checked her diligence.
** Antimony has spent enough time speaking with various {{Psychopomp}}s that she's become conversant in several of their languages. Apparently they like Annie's company because her (very rare) ability to see them unassisted means she's one of the few people they ever get to speak with who isn't dead, scared, and confused. Also good friends with Renard and Ysengrin and Coyote. She once mentioned the latter before the whole classroom of people who know all too well who Coyote is, but didn't happen to interact with him this closely. By the way, immediately after realizing this from their reactions happened the first time we saw her [[LuminescentBlush blushing]].
** One fine lady with personal interest in Moon affairs [[spoiler:(Chang'e)]] accidentally [[CrashIntoHello ran into]] Annie's classmate, Matt. Then lad helped her to catch the white rabbit, they had a nice chat and he ended up a little... moonstruck. She also "borrowed" his mp3 player with the full Dire Straits discography on it.
* In ''[[http://www.metalstorm.net/comics/view_all.php?series_id=1 Headbanged]]'', the main character becomes friends with Jesus after he (Jesus) borrows one of his black metal [=CDs=].
* ''[[http://www.brunching.com/billyandgod.html The Adventures of Billy and God.]]'' Should have become a series.
* Jeffrey Rowland, creator and main character of ''{{Overcompensating}}'', infrequently hangs out with YHWH and his son.
* The main heroes of ''PlanescapeSurvivalGuide'' not only end up having one-on-one training time with Thor and his ilk, but are also [[spoiler:close personal friends and allies of [[PhysicalGod The Youngest]], one of the three PowersThatBe who created the whole {{Planescape}}. Of course, it helps that they do know her - [[HaveYouSeenMyGod The Eldest is dead]] and [[GodIsEvil The Elder is evil]].]]
* Ironically, [[JerkAss Zexion]] and [[AxCrazy Axel]] are the people who are closest to Jesus in ''AnsemRetort.'' They go out drinking, use Jesus' blood as a cure for hangovers, and play Pictionary. Then again, this Jesus doesn't necessary have his head screwed on right either...
** ... though in the context of ''Ansem Retort'', the fact that Jesus's only flaw is a taste for weird porn makes him still one of the nicest characters in the series, if not ''the'' nicest. Even in ''Ansem Retort'', JesusWasWayCool.
* T-Rex of ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' frequently talks with God and the Devil, and is the only character in the strip who seems to be able to hear them.
* [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Elan and Banjo.]] Banjo even gets a "Brother," Giggles, who leaves to be the god of an orc tribe. *sniff*
* ''Russel's Teapot'' has a primary character who hangs around with Jesus and discusses theology.
* Death seems to be good friends with the main character of ''CtrlAltDel''[='=]s side comic [[http://ctrlaltdel-online.com/sillies.php sillies]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' the statue of Ganesh, an avatar of sorts containing ''part'' of the god Ganesh, is perfectly personable and quite a nice guy, as you'd expect for the remover of obstacles.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' heaven appears to operate a "my door is always open" policy as it is perfectly possible for mortals to have a friendly, down to earth relationship with Angels both before and after they are dead, regardless on where they end up after death, and it is shown that senior Angels who were once mortal enjoy an equally pleasant and informal relationship with god. Unfortunately as the gates of [[IronicHell hell]] appear to [[CardboardPrison have been replaced with revolving doors]], it is just as possible to have a relationships with {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of the SevenDeadlySins, [[NightmareFuel whether you want to or not.]]
* In early strips of ''TheDevilsPanties'', AuthorAvatar Jennie would hang out with JC and the Devil. They still make occasional appearances but not as often.
* ''HappleTea'' has this on a regular basis with a few different beings.
* In ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', Andy is dating {{Satan}}, so Casey and his girlfriend Mary have her (yes, ''her'') around the house a lot. Plus, this means Andy has a rather uncomfortable I'm-dating-your-daughter relationship with God.
* This is pretty much the entire basis for ''Webcomic/HeroInTraining''.
* The green-haired girl is pretty much the only one of [[RealityWarper minus's]] friends who is a normal human, in ''{{minus}}''.
* An odd variation in ''{{Sonichu}}'' as one comic had both God AND Jesus talk to Ivy and declare that she is to be Chris' true love. Of course, she ends up dead the next issue without even meeting Chris, so...
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'': "[[AbrahamLincoln Abraham]] told me how God is his friend, and He gave him a copy of all His powers."
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* Done in the short fiction [[http://everything2.com/node/1854104 Me and Sue and Ricky and God.]] It doesn't end well.
* Rather literal example in TheSalvationWar, with Michael-Lan and Jesus. Except here, it's Getting ''Baked'' With Jesus.
* ''[[AwesomeSeries Metal Gear Awesome]]'' and its sequel has Jesus appear to Snake's aid a couple of times.
* A relatively common occurrence in [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover multifandom roleplaying games]] which allow gods or godlike characters. In [[http://community.livejournal.com/dramadramaduck Drama Drama Duck]], for example, people like [[PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] and [[TransformersFilmSeries Mikaela Banes]] are on friendly terms with the likes of [[ObanStarRacers Jordan C. Wilde]] and [[GreekMythology Apollo]].
* Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts seem to have a direct line to Jesus in ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'', as he always responds immediately whenever they so much as say his name. This doesn't seem to help them in the slightest, though.
* A relatively common ocurrence in ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'', due to the group having saved the world from one too many {{Eldritch Abomination}}s or some of them being the "player characters", to the point the players usually have the Legendaries on their phones's Speed Dial. Examples include Gamer being pals with Mesprit, DS with [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Dialga and Palkia]], or Luke with [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Ho-Oh]]... and with Reshiram, whom he was dating.
* In ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'' Lucy and Lewis don't care much that their friend Jeannette has the powers of a god. It's deconstructed when it turns out that [[spoiler:Lucy ''does'' view Jeannette as God, and so follows her without question. When Jeannette finds out, she is not happy.]]
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* ''GodTheDevilAndBob'': Bob actually ends up playing therapist to the two most powerful beings in the universe after God forgets the Devil's birthday. Once that's resolved, he browbeats them both into cleaning up the mess they made of his garden before his family gets home.
* Jesus is a talk-show host in the early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (which is the TropeNamer, as "Pals With Jesus" is the name of his talk-show). In later episodes the boys visit him at his house in South Park.
** There's also Saddam Hussein's, er, relationship with Satan.
** And Eric Cartman's special relationship with Cthulhu.
* ''TheSimpsons'': Flanders to God! Flanders to God!]]
* Zoidberg in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' comes to Bender's execution dressed up and introduces himeslf as [[SantaClaus Santa's]] pal Jesus.
** Not forgetting Bender meeting possible God and hanging around with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Aang essentially IS Jesus of that world, and communicates with the spirits, many of which are regarded as deities. And Sokka's first girlfriend [[ItMakesSenseInContext turned into the moon]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Twilight Sparkle is a close and dear student to Princess Celestia, who personally [[IDyeGrass raises the Sun itself every day]].
** [[WordOfGod According to Lauren Faust]], Twilight's baby dragon assistant Spike was raised by Celestia, so it's not wonder he's pretty much at ease around her as well.
** Celestia is actually pretty much ready to be pals with anyone, though most don't realise this and instead panickingly try to avoid anything that might displease her. In particular, Twilight's friends from Ponyville have already met her several times, and in any case, they're kind of working for her directly in a very important capacity, as they wield the Elements of Harmony that are needed to take care of the few threats that are too much even for Celestia herself. Notably, despite her close relationship with the princess, Twilight herself is often the pony most prone to overreaction of this sort, even to the point that she's had ''multiple'' [[SanitySlippage outright mental breakdowns]] thanks to the huge amount of stress she places upon herself. The difference is that she's comfortable with just ''meeting'' Celestia if she doesn't feel she's required to perform somehow, though as the quote below demonstrates, her neurotic tendencies can lead her to believe the princess expects something of her even when Celestia clearly just wants things to be laid back.
-->'''Spike:''' I thought this was just an unofficial casual visit.
-->'''Twilight:''' There's nothing "casual" about a visit from royalty!
** Celestia's sister and co-ruler Luna, who controls the night and the Moon, has an even much harder time getting familiar with her subjects due to archaic manners and a major case of DarkIsNotEvil [[CreepyGood But Sure Looks Like It]]. In "Luna Eclipsed", she arrives in Ponyville to make the acquaintance of the citizens, but at first everyone except Twilight Sparkle only cowers in front of her. By the end, though, she's just casually hanging out with everyone.
** In the episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Fluttershy actually befriends [[spoiler: ''[[TricksterGod Discord]]'', who is basically the AnthropomorphicPersonification of ''chaos''.]]
* WonderWoman freaks out when she gets an unexpected visit from Hermes in ''JusticeLeague'', but he tells her to calm down because "You're like family."
** Parodied in the same episode when Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman are flying through what amounts to Hell, and the demons there start attacking them until they notice that Hawkgirl has ''wings'':
-->'''Hawkgirl:''' That's right, I'm an ''angel''. You can mess with me if you want to but I don't think you want to mess with [[{{God}} The Boss]].\\
The Demons fly away scared\\
'''Hawkgirl:''' If we're lucky, they'll all be that dumb.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': Not only are Billy and Mandy friends with the Grim Reaper, but the Goddess Eris pays rather a lot of visits to them, and Billy's aunt marries Nergal (who in mythology is a Babylonian god of war, pestilence, the underworld, etc, though he's presented as a pathetic demon in the cartoon).
* The episode of ''FamilyGuy'' in which Peter literally becomes friends with Jesus.
** The Grim Reaper is also a recurring character who pals around with Peter.
* ''TheRealGhostbusters'' have, within their containment unit, the avatar of a Sumerian god who takes the form of a giant marshmallow man. They sometimes let him out to fight other ghosts too big for them to handle on their own and he's buddies with TeamPet Slimer.
** They have also teamed up with the god [[spoiler: Marduk]].
* This is the entire premise behind ''ClassOfTheTitans''. Granted the protagonists are the very distant descendants of Greek heroes (some of whom were, themselves, descendants of the gods and goddesses), but for the most part, they're regular teenagers.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Jake the Dog", Jake has a hot tub party with Prismo the Wishmaster, who transcends time and space, and the Cosmic Owl, a godlike figure who always appears in premonition dreams.
** There's also Peppermint Butler, who's friends with Death and is seen golfing with Hunson Abadeer (Marceline's Dad). He and Death even show up at one of Prismo's later parties.
* Tends to occur in most ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, as Optimus Prime is, as the bearer of the divine Matrix of Leadership, generally more or less the Cybertronian Jesus (he even makes a habit of dying and coming back to life a few days later). Naturally, any bot who is friendly with him, and any TeamPet human companions he picks up, qualify for this.
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* The importance of having a "relationship with God" is a common theme in various religions.
* Parodied and played straight with T-shirts that say "Jesus is my homeboy".
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