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->''"You know the trope?''\\
''In storytelling it's a norm.''\\
''When a person's in trouble''\\
''A manifestation of their subconscious appears in the form''\\
''Of a Dream Ghost!''\\
''Giving advice you kind of already knew."''
-->-- '''Dr. Akopian''', ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ycLTwY_QlY ("Dream Ghost")]]

A character who can only be perceived by one or a small number of other characters. This character's purpose is most often to provide advice, act as a moral compass, or substitute for MrExposition.

If there are two with opposing viewpoints, then you're dealing with GoodAngelBadAngel instead. Ironically, the Spirit Advisor is rarely TheGhost (even if he is a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent genuine ghost]]).

If someone who can't see the Spirit Advisor learns about their existence, they will inevitably try to talk to them, leading the character who can truly see them shaking his head and saying, "He/She's over ''there''."

A rough sci-fi equivalent is the VirtualGhost, though it is usually visible to anyone. Can be the result of [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence]].

See also: WaifProphet, WarriorPoet, HeWhoMustNotBeSeen, DeadPersonConversation, FloatingAdviceReminder, MultitaskedConversation, HelpfulHallucination, ISeeThemToo, NonHumanSidekick, NotSoImaginaryFriend, CloserToEarth, NobleSavage, and MagicalGuide.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
%%* ''LightNovel/AsuraCryin'': Misao Minakami
%%* Yuuko in ''EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo''.
%%* Gonzy from ''Anime/EurekaSeven''
%%* Parodied in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' with a ghostly priest, of all things.
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'': Sai is the ghost of a Go player who becomes Hikaru's mentor. The other players think its weird how he gets so much better despite not having a living mentor, because his is dead.
%%* Menma in ''Anohana''
%%* Fool from ''Anime/KaleidoStar''.
* ''Anime/{{Kamichu}}'': Yashima plays this role, since Yurie's godhood came without a manual, advisor, or even a predecessor.
* In ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', between her intended and actual birth, Seira is Lucia's Spirit Advisor.
%%* Lion-san in ''Manga/FutatsuNoSpica''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Yami Yugi/[[spoiler:Pharaoh Atem]] is Yugi Muto's guidance through life, but he also [[SharingABody shares his body and take over for him in duels.]]
** Also during the Doma arc, we have the Dark Magician Girl, who first tells Yugi about the dragons and serves a special purpose in major duels.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Alexander the Great and Shadi guide the heroes through their tests.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' we have Daitokuji-Sensei who acts as one to Judai.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has Astral to Yuma, who gives him advice in duels, that often goes ignored.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has [[spoiler: Yuto, one of Yuya's alternate selves, become one in the Heartland arc of Episode 100, as he is able to talk to Yuya as a result of sharing a body. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], as while Yuto is sympathetic to Yuya and Yusho's goal of helping people smile with dueling, such a goal can only happen when [[GreaterScopeVillain Academia]] is permanently defeated, and forcefully takes over Yuya's body out of rage, not unlike Yami Yugi of the early manga, to fight off Edo Pheonix, Commander-in-chief of Academia.]]
%%* ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai]]'': Hanyuu to Rika Furude
* In ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', [[spoiler:Vector Prime has a brief stint in this role after his death in "Guardian".]]
* In ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', Alpha Trion's spirit helps Optimus Prime find Vector Sigma. It doesn't go so well...
* Played around with in ''Hottokenaino'', with [[WidowWoman Himeko]]. Her dead husband was unaware of [[UnfinishedBusiness why he hadn't passed on yet]] and initially just watched her go about her day, then [[PokeThePoodle tortured by seeing her having casual sex with strangers]] before [[FetishFuel getting off on it]] and finally getting to the "advice" part of this trope... by [[ReallyGetsAround advising her to have even MORE sex with guys]] and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy helping along her relationship with a painfully average, shy guy she has an optional arranged marriage to by.]] [[GladIThoughtOfIt Himeko doesn't explicitly hear him, but gets inspiration to act just the same]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming senses him leaving her as a sign things will be alright now.]]
* In the manga ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters: G'' (an alernate retelling of the KOF 96 game), [[spoiler: Maki Kagura]]'s spirit is this. She appears in the last volume to [[spoiler: comfort her AngstySurvivingTwin Chizuru, after she's beaten to almost death by Leopold Goenitz]]; later she's also seen inside [[spoiler: Iori Yagami]]'s mind after [[spoiler: he's barely defeated by the Japan Team, begging him to fight Goenitz with Kyo and Athena — and he does so.]]
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'': [[spoiler: Tung and Lily]] are this to Terry in the anime specials.
* In ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', Princess Helena coaches Ririka in the use of her [[MagicalGirlWarrior Nurse Angel]] abilities via voice-over, but her appearances are mostly relegated to flashbacks and dream sequences. She's a living, corporeal {{Human Alien|s}}, but since she's [[IllGirl ill]] and lives untold light-years away she doesn't show up often.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Kyubey can only be seen by a MagicalGirl or candidate for becoming one. He also gives advice and information to the girls in their struggle against Witches. [[spoiler: It's for his species' own ends and usually to the detrmient of the girls, most notably Sayaka and Kyouko, but it's still advice and everything he says is true.]]
* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': In manga that didn't make it stateside, the late Hoover appears to Shin in a dream [[spoiler:after Shin returns to Japan and takes up residence with Ryoko]].
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', Aerith's spirit appears to Cloud in visions, advising him to let go of his grief over his inability to save her. Zack's spirit later appears to Cloud during his final battle with Sephiroth, helping him reaffirm his determination to win despite being severely wounded.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/TheDCU hero ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} was created by atomically merging student Ronnie Raymond and scientist Martin Stein. In practice, this essentially resulted (at least initially) in a super-powered Ronnie, with Stein acting as a Spirit Advisor.
* John Wayne appears as Jesse's Spirit Advisor in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', helping him survive his childhood ordeals and become a KnightInShiningArmor.
* ''ComicBook/HeavyLiquid'': The protagonist of Paul Pope's graphic novel sees a "shadow self" whenever he uses a drug made from the titular material. It guides his escape from the [[TheMenInBlack spook]] that captures him at the end of the story, and soon after, S concludes that [[spoiler:the shadow is a non-corporeal extraterrestrial's attempt to communicate. S refers to the alien as a "radiowave spaceman" and the Heavy Liquid as his "little metal car."]]
* ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'': The Doctor, the shaman of the Planet Earth, can journey to the Garden of Ancestral Memory, where the spirits of all past Doctors (save one evil one) dwell.
* ComicBook/{{Shazam}} often counseled Billy Batson as a shade.
* In ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'' #305, Merlin appeared to Captain Britain. Since Merlin had died in Captain Britain's own series, The Official Handbook stated that Merlin's appearance here represented an appearance by his shade.
* The Ancient One, Comicbook/DoctorStrange's mentor, becomes this after his death.
* During the first arc of his ''Comicbook/MarvelNow'' relaunch, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} gets one of these in the form of Benjamin Franklin's ghost.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Swordquest}}'', the protagonists receive clues from two hooded spiritual figures, Mentorr and Mentarra.
* Luke Skywalker tries to be this to his descendant, Cade, in ''{{ComicBook/Legacy}}'', but Cade isn't always willing to listen.

* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'''s Gamzee is advised by Laneen and Sennir, the ghosts of two of his ancestor's victims.
* ''Fanfic/GhostghostIknowyoulivewithinme'' has a rare example where the spirit advisor is also a MagicalGirlfriend as [[Franchise/MassEffect Shepard]] acted as both roles to Garrus during his two years on Omega. They even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it.
* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''VideoGame/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], [[spoiler:Lilith]] dies, but shows up in this role at the end of the story and later in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]''.
* [[spoiler:Twilight]] becomes one to Lightning after her death in ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' fanfics, [[spoiler: Caroline]] is often seen as this for [[spoiler: [=GlaDOS=]]], only able to be heard by the one she advises. Especially concerning Chell.
* ''FanFic/{{Sight}}'': Since Zangetsu is not limited to Ichigo's Inner World, he teaches Ichigo how to fight one-on-one in the real world.
** Urahara's zanpakutou, Benihime becomes one to Ichigo, teaching him strategy, analytical thinking, shunpo and zanjutsu.
** [[spoiler: Isshin's zanpakutou, Engetsu tutors Ichigo on Shiba clan history and how the Seireitei functions.]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''/''Literature/TheHobbit'' FusionFic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11852303/1/Rise-of-a-Star-Knight Rise of a Star Knight]], Jaune has two, the first being [[spoiler:a version of Pyrrha, which turns out to actually be [[SoulFragment part of her aura]] that stayed with him(Long story), and eventually tells Pyrrha that, while the part of Jaune's aura that was with Living!Pyrrha saved her from death and torture, Spirit!Pyrrha manifested to save him from himself (and later [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed itself]] to save him from death.]] The second is [[spoiler:a TreacherousAdvisor and TheCorrupter, named [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Felix]], that resides in the [[SoulJar Arkenstone]], who offers him power and gives him advice that turns him against his friends and allies. Eventually, Spirit!Pyrrha steps in to stop him and allow Jaune to break free of his influence. It's revealed that Felix was actually the Mad King of Vale, and was also ''Smaug''.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Mufasa becomes one of the "great kings of the past" and advises his son on the responsibilities of his birthright from beyond the grave. He continues this in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', but that's more of a "deity talking to a GoodShepherd" thing with Rafiki.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', a lonely Remy, desperate for someone to talk to, imagines that the spirit of his hero, Auguste Gusteau, is his spirit advisor. However, Remy is fully aware that Gusteau is a figment of his imagination, and Gusteau eventually disappears for good when Remy finally accepts that he can rely on his own judgment. Played for laughs, too; if Remy ever needs reminding that Gusteau is just a figment of his imagination, Gusteau provides it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'': This is a major plot point in the second film. Not only does Aleu meet hers, but Balto discovers [[spoiler: his own spirit guide is not only the legendary Aniu, but his own mother]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'': This is parodied with Sam Elliot's character. Picture the cheesiest cowboy you can imagine, and make him speak entirely in smarmy clichés that have little or nothing to do with the rest of the plot.
-->"Sometimes you eat the ear, and sometimes, well... the bar eats you."
%%* Captain Daniel Gregg in ''Film/TheGhostAndMrsMuir''.
* In ''Film/HeartCondition'', detective Jack Moony receives a heart transplant from recently murdered lawyer Napoleon Stone. Stone's ghost then pressures Moony to solve his murder.
* In ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'' (1996), the titular character's father, the previous Phantom, acts as his Spirit Advisor.
* ''Film/PlayItAgainSam'': Woody Allen gets love advice from an imaginary Humphrey Bogart.
* ''Film/TrueRomance'': Ladies and gentlemen, the King, [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis Aaron Presley]], appears to give Clarence advice. Played by Creator/ValKilmer, it's not quite clear if he's a ghost or a hallucination.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In the original trilogy, Obi-Wan becomes one with the Force and appears to Luke as a spirit on multiple occasions, after he is [[MentorOccupationalHazard killed by Darth Vader]] in ''Film/ANewHope''. It is [[ImpliedTrope hinted]] in the prequels that Qui-Gon becomes Yoda's spirit advisor after his death; his voice is heard crying out when Yoda senses Anakin slaughtering the Tusken Raiders in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', and Yoda tells Obi-Wan that Qui-Gon will teach them the secret of spiritual immortality at the end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. [[spoiler: Yoda would later appear to Luke in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' just as the latter is hitting rock bottom to knock some sense into him.]]
* In Film/DeadLands, the protagonist is guided by the spirit of his dead grandmother.
* ''Film/{{Twixt}}'': Baltimore Hall is guided by the ghost of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe in his dreams.
* ''Film/{{Always}}'': The angel Hap explains that this is how it's done, the ones who have learned the skills are sent back to help those who are learning find their place, and send Pete's ghost to be Ted's advisor. Pete finds that, while no one can see or hear him, they do seem to pick up on the things he says and does which influences their thoughts. Initially, Pete thinks it's a game and spends as much time trolling people as helping Ted.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': In the extended cut, Riddick is visited several times by the spirit of a dead Furyan named Shirah to remind him of his heritage and his destiny: kill the Lord Marshal of the Necromongers, the man responsible for wiping out their race. She also appears in the opening and ending of ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay''.

* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'': John serves this role when his best friend David starts becoming aware of the supernatural and questioning his own sanity. John can't appear for David directly, and thus communicates by broadcasting his words through a cell phone, a bratwurst, and a dog, in that order.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Lasciel is one of these. Though Harry has [[spoiler:bound the magical trinket Lasciel resides in, a psychic echo of her still appears in his mind and]] offers him power and advice. While Harry doesn't necessarily ''want'' the help of [[spoiler:a fallen angel who's playing a long game on him so that he ends up in Hell's coffers]], the things he encounters require him to make use of [[spoiler:her Hellfire]] and other talents.
** [[spoiler:The Archangel Uriel]] also qualifies as one of these for Harry, and is significantly more benevolent about his advice (though not necessarily more polite about it).
** In ''Literature/GhostStory'', [[spoiler: Harry himself]] acts as a Spirit Advisor to a young man named Fitz.
** The air spirit Bob ironically is a light downplayed version since while he is a literal spirit and acts as an advisor to Harry, he is visible to other characters (no matter how much Harry might wish otherwise).
* In Creator/BarbaraHambly's ''Sisters Of The Raven'' books, Pontifer Pig is this to Pomegranate. Those who know her mostly assume that she is hallucinating about the ghost of her late pet. (In ''Circle of the Moon'', however, some consideration is given to the theory that Pontifer might have been a djinn who is managing to use Pomegranate as a host.)
* ''Literature/LiadenUniverse'': In Sharon Lee's and Steve Miller's story, the witches of Sintia have a formal Spirit Advisor system--each young witch has an old soul. It's not entirely clear how this works in practice, because none of the point-of-view characters has been a witch of Sintia except Priscilla, and she only becomes a point-of-view character after she leaves the order. (Officially, she was cast out for blasphemy; actually, it was because she--with her Spirit Advisor's encouragement--did the Right Thing when her superiors would have preferred her to do the Politically Convenient Thing.)
%%* ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'': Hettie and later [[spoiler:Marlan and Sun-dao]] in Karen Miller's.
%%* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', One Man Bucket plays this role for Mrs. Cake.
%%* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', the Grandfathers play this role for Mau, while the Grandmothers play it for Daphne.
* ''Literature/RevelationSpace'': The Mademoiselle loads a beta-level sim of herself into Ana Khouri's brain implants in Creator/AlastairReynolds'story.
* ''Literature/TheGeneral'' series by Creator/SMStirling and Creator/DavidDrake:
** General Raj Whitehall is advised by Center, a pre-collapse-of-civilization computer (originally a traffic-control computer, but its abilities go far beyond).
** In later books of the series set centuries later, Whitehall's consciousness has joined with Center's, and now they ''both'' act as Spirit Advisors on other barbarian planets--Center as the logical fount-of-knowledge and Whitehall as the wise voice-of-experience. This puts their protege in the position of being the moderator of a PowerTrio.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Between ''Film/ANewHope'' and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', the very green Luke Skywalker is actively mentored by Obi-Wan's spirit. In ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', which was both written and takes place between those two movies, Luke mentions feeling an "agreeably crawly sensation," like someone is standing with him, which he associates with his teacher. At the end of the book, Obi-Wan briefly possesses Luke in order to fight off Darth Vader, since Luke and Leia would both be killed otherwise. In ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'', Obi-Wan patiently helps convey to Luke what the Force needs him to do, telling him not to shoot someone who would later become an ally, helping him recognize a "coiled-spring predator" sensation in certain thugs, and generally trying to talk him through things. When Luke, Han, and Chewbacca are locked into separate rooms by the Hand of Judgment, Obi-Wan tells Luke that Leia is in danger, and then has to tell the boy that he's not as trapped as he thinks.
--->'''Luke:''' You know, you could make this whole thing a whole lot easier.\\
'''Obi-Wan:'''''Your uncle could have carried you around on his back until you were fifteen, too.''\\
'''Luke:''' ''[grimaces]'' Sorry.\\
'''Obi-Wan:''' ''You've taken your first steps into a larger world, Luke. But there are many, many more steps to go. I cannot carry you along your own personal path. All I can do is guide you, and teach you, and help you to find that path for yourself.''
** Obi-Wan also appears several times to Ferus Olin to advise him in ''Literature/RebelForce''. Maybe because Olin's already a Jedi, Obi-Wan can manifest more easily to him than to rookie Luke.
** A Jedi spirit haunting a space station in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' can't be [[InvisibleToNormals detected by anyone who is not Force-sensitive]]. Tash arrives and ''is'', but she's untrained and can only vaguely sense him. He follows her around trying to warn her away from the many hazards, seriously spooking her in the process. Only when she manages to clear her mind and ignore her fears can he make himself properly seen and heard, and for the rest of the book he tries to help and advise her.
** Playing off the hint in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Yoda is depicted conferring with Qui-Gon's spirit in several Clone Wars–era novels. In ''Literature/DarkRendezvous'', Qui-Gon provides a crucial insight into his old master Dooku's intentions, and in the ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' novelization, Yoda actually accepts a position as Qui-Gon's ''apprentice'', to learn how to pass into the Force himself. It is implied that Qui-Gon, having been a less conventional Jedi in life, will also teach Yoda how to train Luke to defeat the Emperor, which Yoda himself could not accomplish.
** At the beginning of Obi-Wan's exile in ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Qui-Gon has yet to appear to him without Yoda present, but Obi-Wan addresses him in nightly meditations, which serve as CaptainsLog entries for the reader. In the last chapter of ''Literature/DarkLordTheRiseOfDarthVader'', Obi-Wan discovers that Vader is still alive, and Qui-Gon finally speaks to him to reassure him that Luke is safe--Vader will never return to Tatooine, the planet that caused him so much pain. Qui-Gon also tells Obi-Wan not to tell Luke about his parentage "until the time is right," leading to Obi-Wan's famous MetaphoricallyTrue speech when ''he'' is a Spirit Advisor.
* Syl in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' fits this trope, she's usually only visible to Kaladin, unless she chooses to let somebody else see her, though Rock can also see her, for some reason. She helps Kaladin by providing encouragement. [[spoiler: Later we find out she's a BondCreature, an honorspren that provides Kaladin with Surgebinding abilities while gaining a capacity for thought and memory]].
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'' by Creator/DavidDrake, Garric is advised by his thousand-years-ago ancestor King Carus. A great deal of the advice actually amounts to, "Don't do what I did in a similar situation; it was a disaster because I didn't think it through."
* In ''Literature/TheNeonCourt'', Matthew is advised by [[spoiler:the dying breath of his former master, Robert James Bakker. Their relation is complicated by the fact that they killed each other.]]
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': [=StarClan=] cats serve this role, guiding their former Clans and cats in it that they cared about.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': After dying, [[spoiler:Erowin]] takes this role until the climax, by appearing to her sisters and giving advice.
* In ''Literature/DeepSecret,'' Rupert's {{Mentor}} Stan is allowed to come back as a ghost in order to advise Rupert, specifically in the task of choosing an apprentice. Although Stan is invisible to most people, the ''music'' he listens to is not, leading to a number of people wondering just where that classical music is coming from.
* Advice-dispensing pseudo-deities visible (or audible) to only a few people run rampant in Brandon Sanderson's ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' series. There's a [[OmnicidalManiac malevolent]] version in [[BigBad Ruin]], who's advice tends to run toward killing everything. More traditional benevolent advisors include the Mist Spirit/Preservation, who communicates via pointing (and stabbing); Kelsier, who won't let something as silly as death keep him from meddling; and eventually ascended [[AGodAmI Vin and Sazed]].
* In ''Literature/SoulSeekers'' Daire's is the raven.
* Galen from ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'', although he doesn't talk much. [[spoiler:Agawin]] usually just describes his wants or feelings to the reader.
* In ''Literature/PetSematary'', Victor Pascow, who enters the plot as he is dying of massive head trauma after being hit by a car, attempts to warn the protagonist, Louis Creed, against using the Micmac Burying Ground by appearing to Louis in a dream. Unfortunately for just about everyone else in the story, Louis does not heed his warning.
* [[spoiler: Julia Jason Andelius]] is revealed to be this at the end of Maria Gripe's [[spoiler: "The dung-beetle flies at dusk".]] (It's revealed ''literally'' at the end, so the title is under spoilers.) [[spoiler: She owned the old summer house that the three main protagonists took care of in summer vacation, and her spirit used the home's phone to drop hints about the house's secrets to one of them via an odd chess game.]]
* ''Literature/CoilingDragon'': Doehring Cowart is a 5,000 year old magus who put his soul into the [[{{RingOfPower}} Coiling Dragon]]. After Linley bonds the ring to himself, he can see and speak to Doehring, whose magical tutoring allows Linley to quickly advance in power. Since he is just a spirit, Doehring is unable to affect the surrounding world, [[spoiler:at least not until he sacrifices his existence to free Linley from some assassins' trap]].
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': Wither, a wraith, tries to play the spirit advisor towards Udinaas, a slave. Wither hides in Udinaas' shadow to escape capture, and offers Udinaas [[MrExposition secret knowledge]] and advice in exchange. Unfortunately, Wither is a {{Jerkass}} with delusions of grandeur, while Udinaas knows that knowing too much is bad for your health. When he eventually escapes slavery, Wither keeps hounding him and whispering pseudo-arcane revelations until Udinaas calls him out on how anyone with a working brain could come to the same conclusions. The now ex-slave points out that Wither feels cheated after he's put so much time and effort into it and now wants Udinaas to have been worth all that attention, which Udinaas isn't as he isn't willing to play along. Wither repays the insight by [[spoiler:trying to kill Udinaas in the finale of ''Literature/ReapersGale'']].
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Dengel serves as this to Eric in the first two books (''A Mage's Power'' and ''Looming Shado''), first in a HeroicHost fashion and second in a more classic fashion (Only Eric can see him, gives advice etc.) but the second time is technically "Grey Dengel" which is not the real Dengel.
* ''Literature/RainOfTheGhosts'': Rain's grandfather Sebastian is an interesting case, in that his ghost looks several decades younger than he was when he died.
* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': The Beckoner for Mirabar.
* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'': The Red Knight has Prudentia, his magic teacher, whose soul he saved from passing on by pulling her into his HappyPlace when she was killed. She advises him on magic and acts as his devil's advocate and sounding board. After [[spoiler:she sacrifices herself to save him, Harmodius helps Red Knight recreate a simulacra of her to help him with spelcasting.]]
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
** Dante is guided through Hell by the spirit of Creator/{{Virgil}}, the famous Roman poet, who is more than familiar enough with the worldly sins of all those they encounter. It is only once they see the entirety of evil and reach Purgatory that Virgil begins to falter. He still guides Dante up the mountain and teaches him, but since Virgil himself is a denizen of Hell, the continuing importance of the Angels and the growing proximity of God forces him to leave Dante once he is about to enter into Paradise.
** Beatrice, the deceased love of Dante's life, takes the Poet through the spheres of Heaven, becoming increasingly more beautiful and jovial as they further approach God. As a Saint leading a fallen mortal, Beatrice guides and teaches Dante like a mother deals with a particularly distressed child. She often knows what Dante wants to ask before he does and she always has an answer that leaves him stunned and better for it.
** Saint Bernard takes over as Dante's guides for the last two cantos so that Bernard, on the advise of the Blessed Mother, can help Dante better perceive and experience the true presence of God.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jojen Reed appears in Bran's dreams about the three-eyed crow, advising him on how to follow it.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** A subversion in the third season--[[spoiler:Linderman appears to have come back as a spirit advisor to various characters, but he's actually a hallucination created by Maury Parkman.]]
** In the first season, an Indian kid named Sanjog has people visit him in their dreams and deliver cryptic messages.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** Number Six is usually invisible to anyone but Gaius Baltar. Her appearances are carefully crafted so that she can be seen as a figment of Gaius's imagination, although she seems to be able to physically manipulate Gaius's clothing and person, and gives Gaius information that could be interpreted as foreknowledge. In one episode, Gaius Baltar appears to a resurrected Number Six, and plays the part of ''her'' Spirit Advisor. Interestingly, neither the "real" Baltar or Number Six have any knowledge of their Spirit Advisor counterparts, until an episode in which Baltar's Spirit Advisor counterpart appears to Baltar.
** [[spoiler:Kara's father showed up to teach her two-thousand-year-old Earth music.]]
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', the deceased Professor Proton has become this to Sheldon Cooper, turning up (unwillingly) in his dreams to dispense advice whenever Sheldon is having a crisis. Arthur is usually bemused to be dressed like Obi-Wan Kenobi, but is fascinated by the mandatory lightsaber.
* Mr. Ed in ''Series/MisterEd''.
* Al in ''Series/QuantumLeap'' in some sense even if he is alive and appear like an hologram from the present time.
* Appropriately enough, God in ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' might be the ultimate Spirit Advisor.
* Marty Hopkirk in ''Series/RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'' was a Spirit Advisor whom only his partner-in-detection Jeff could see.
* Ed Chigliak of ''Series/NorthernExposure'' has a literal Spirit Advisor, an ancestral Indian spirit named One-Who-Waits.
* Bob, formerly Hrothbert of Bainbridge, in ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' TV series, is a prime example of the trope. This character is a Spirit Advisor several times over. He not only gives Harry advice on what kind of magic to do in any given situation, he assists in many cases, thanks to his spectral abilities. He also started teaching Harry magic when Harry was eleven. He was also Spirit Advisor to a number of other wizards down through the centuries, including Harry's evil uncle, Justin Morningway.
* ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'': Geoffrey disregards a lot of Oliver's advice, and often that makes things turn out better than they might have if Geoffrey had listened to him.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Boone appears to Locke in the sweat lodge.
** Charlie and Anna-Lucia have appeared to Hurley and given him advice, much to his dismay. Mr. Eko has also played chess with him.
** Christian Shephard, Jack's father, has appear before various people on the island.
** [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Jacob]], leader of the Others, of which only Ben and Locke have really interacted with.
** After [[spoiler:Jacob]]'s death, he puts on this role to guide Hurley, taking advantage of Hurley's [[ISeeDeadPeople ability to converse with the dead]]. Hurley actually compares his appearances to [[Film/StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi]]. Of course, he's got his own motives, good or bad, and he's more of a ManipulativeBastard than TheMentor.
%%* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'': Cassie is Kyle Baldwin's [[AppliedPhlebotinum promicin]]-derived ability.
* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'': Snow White calls herself a fairy godmother, but also freely admits she is actually dead (something which is never stated about fairy godmothers). Only Virginia and Wendell (the latter either because he's gone doggy at the time or because he's her grandson) can see and speak with her--Tony cannot. She later appears in Virginia's dreams.
* ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'': [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Merlyn]]. While Caleb is not the only person who can see and speak to her, she does appear for the most part only as a ghost who advises her brother on how to stay on the straight and narrow. The others who catch sight of her or even interact with her (apart from her brief stint as a mortal in "Rebirth") are Buck (who even aside from being the BigBad has [[PsychicPowers a lot more powers]] [[{{Satan}} at his disposal]] than the average resident of Trinity) and Ben Healy. In the latter's case, this is only because Merlyn herself chooses to appear to him and [[NightmareFuel haunt his dreams]], since [[{{Blackmail}} he knows the truth about how she died]] and she's trying to appeal to his conscience so he can [[ManipulativeBastard break free of Buck's influence]]. No one else, like Gail (who is her cousin as well as Caleb's) or [[MagicalNegro Mrs. Holt]], ever sees her.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Harvey, [[spoiler: a neural clone of Scorpius jammed into John Crichton's head]], who eventually does provide some advice... after several seasons of trying to completely screw with [[spoiler: Crichton]]'s head and causing several character deaths.
* ''Series/DueSouth'':
** Benton Fraser gets to know his father much ''better'' after the latter's death (in the series pilot) than he ever did in life, thanks to Bob Fraser's insistence on hanging around and offering (frequently irritating and unwelcome) personal and professional advice. Fraser Sr. even sets up extradimensional living quarters (so to speak) in his son's office closet.
** We also very briefly see Ray Vecchio's deceased father doing this to Ray once or twice.
* John Scott serves as SA for Olivia on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' resulting from their PsychicLink, despite some obvious trust issues between them.
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'': In the episode "The Chokes", Howard Moon is saved from stage fright by the apparition of his acting coach, Montgomery Flange.
* In ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Harry Morgan has become one of these. Initially he was a {{flashback}} character, but as the series progressed, he began appearing to Dexter as a kind of {{hallucination|s}}. Dexter also has his Dark Passenger, but this is not personified in the series.
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'': This is usually from a character who has recently died, although the writers have explicitly stated that they are figments of the particular character's imagination.
* ''Series/{{Mercy}}'' plays with both this and MagicalNegro by having Veronica hallucinate the ghost of Trey, the robber she had to shoot in the previous episode. He keeps trying to get her to run away, as well as get drunk. She finds out in the next episode that he was a serious scumbag.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': The main characters can summon their dead relatives if they need help.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Lily Kane first appears to tell her brother that her murder isn't solved. She later appears and distracts Veronica from getting on a bus with a bomb on it that ended up crashing and killing everyone on board.
* Godric on ''Series/TrueBlood'' for Eric.
* ''Series/{{Constantine}}'': The Angel Manny is SUPPOSED to be this, but as John notes, he usually shows up to chew John out, say he cannot do anything about the current problem, or any advice he does give is so cryptic it is useless. So while he is intended to be a spirit adivisor he is a very poor one.
* '' Series/StarTrekVoyager'': [[MagicalNativeAmerican Chakotay]] can go on vision quests and talk to spirits. He also tries to teach others how to do this, with less-than-ideal results.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' did a parody of "Play it Again, Sam" built around Creator/WoodyAllen's admiration of Creator/BobHope, hoping to do a film project with him. Like Bogart in the original, he's coached by the spirit of Music/BingCrosby on how to connect with Hope.
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this to hell and back with the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ycLTwY_QlY "Dream Ghost"]]:
-->''I'm going to take you on a journey through time and space''\\
''And in the end you'll realize,''\\
''you knew the answer all along.''\\
''Honestly, it's a bit of a waste.''
* In the very short-lived ''Series/TheBookOfDaniel'', the titular character has multiple one-on-one conversations with Jesus
* ''Series/CSIMiami'' has two examples of this. One as Eric Delko receiving help from the recently deceased [[spoiler: Tim "Speed" Speedle]] on a case. Anybody familiar can [[JustifiedTrope explain this away based of Delko's bullet-across-the-head incident in an earlier season]].
** A second example is a running theme in the episode "Backfire". Calleigh Duquesne is visited by the spirit of the [[spoiler: innocent]] dead boy whose body was found inside of a burned down house. This one can't be as easily explained as Delko's.
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': Ash's dead father Brock Williams appears to him as a ghost in season 3 to provide him clues on the evil going-ons in the town.

[[folder:Mythology And Religion]]
* Believers in ancestor worship, such as Chinese folk religions, Shintō, and Native American religions, often believe that this literally happens. Whether it's animal spirits, dead relatives, or something else giving the advice varies.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'': Dead relatives are often seen visiting Earth, either to check up on the family, or give some words of encouragement to a lonely spouse, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking help one of the kids with their piano practice]]...
* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Lisa Moore has started popping up again, albeit probably as a figment of Les's imagination.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Leva Bates heard about a way to meet a spirit guide and sought it out after losing to Mia Yim at SHINE, going on a losing streak in IWA Texas/ACW and then failing to defeat Solo Darling at Full Impact Pro, all this happening after she resolved to hold nothing back from then on. Her guide [[SpeaksInShoutOuts didn't really have any guidance to give though]].

* Parodied in Fit the Seventh ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', where Zaphod Beeblebrox claims to be one for himself:
-->'''Zaphod:''' I came to myself in a dream and said "Go see Zarniwoop." Never heard of the cat before, but I seemed very insistent.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'':
** Ancestor spirits perform this role for the Gaia Garou.
** In one Time of Judgment scenario, Old Man Manyskins (a Nuwisha elder) is assassinated by the Nagah for stealing secrets from other changing breeds. Afterwards, he appears to his fellow Nuwisha in their dreams and shares his secret knowledge with them.
* If the Medium is killed in ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'', they have a choice to seance a target for a night, allowing them to rely their information for the person to will or otherwise know for the upcoming day.


%%* In Music/RichardWagner's ''[[Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen Götterdämmerung]]'', BigBad Alberich appears as Spirit Advisor to his son Hagen.
* In the play (and miniseries) ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', [[spoiler:Ethel Rosenberg appears to Roy Cohn after he is diagnosed with AIDS, though it's mainly just to torture him while he's on his deathbed (It's stated that he illegally influenced the verdict in her trial to get her executed). She fits this trope more traditionally when she helps Louis recite the Kaddish (the Jewish prayer for the dead) after Roy dies.]] Prior's ancestors fit this trope too.
* In ''Theatre/{{Allegro}}'', Joe's grandmother and mother appear occasionally as Spirit Advisors to him after their deaths, though the GreekChorus serves as his all-purpose Spirit Advisor throughout the show.
* The opera ''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew'' plays the two ghosts as a not-so-benevolent version of this. Miles can hear Quint and Flora can hear Miss Jessel, while the Governess sees both (except in the final scene) but hears neither. They are not always visible to the audience; in particular, Quint appears as no more than a silhouette in the interscene where he tells Miles to take the letter the Governess has written.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/Prey2006'', the main character's grandfather, Enisi, is a wise Indian who keeps scolding the protagonist for his rebellious nature. Soon after the aliens attack, Enisi kicks the bucket as an alien machine eviscerates him... and he shows up again as a ghost, granting the main character otherworldly powers (like not dying and spirit walking) and another Spirit Advisor in the form of a hawk, who translates alien messages.
* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series both plays with the trope and uses it straight.
** In the first game, the Spirit "Advisors" are the Four Masks, fiendish entities who torment and mock those who can see them, plotting to steal their souls. Later, in ''Covenant'', Jeanne plays the role straight for Yuri. A past BigBad also appears in a dodgy HeelFaceTurn.
** In both ''Covenant'' and ''From the New World'', the Ring Soul appears, a being with power over fate. This being ''Shadow Hearts'', the main character quickly gets past their formality and makes friends with them.
* ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest: Challenge Of The Warlords'': one of the last subquests involves [[spoiler: Sunspear the Minotaur going off to die in battle against an elder frost dragon. When you follow his instructions and return to your departure point, he rejoins your party as a spirit (with his Red Mana bonus now extending to battles with the undead as well as other minotaurs)]] It's never mentioned whether any of the other party members can see him.
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': Mia Fey, performs this function in the games. It's made easier by the fact that Phoenix's {{Sidekick}} Maya is a Spirit Medium and Mia's little sister, whose ''job description'' is speaking on behalf of dead people. (This often happens involuntarily, as Maya's abilities for the first game and a half are a bit hit-or-miss, and Mia's a definitely forceful personality.) Later on, usually when Maya is [[DistressBall unavailable]], their Medium-prodigy cousin Pearl does similar helpful channeling.
* Both ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' and its prequel have the ''player'' act as the Spirit Advisor to the game's main character, which allows the characters to [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] without acting out of character.
* ''VideoGame/TheConduit'': [[spoiler:Prometheus]] after [[spoiler: you have to destroy his body so Adams/Enlil can't make any more Drudge, and he transfers his mind into the ASE]]
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'': Ray is a spirit advisor to another spirit. He helps Sissel figure out how to use ghost tricks.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': The Hero's Shade teaches Link various skills throughout the game. [[spoiler:It was eventually confirmed that he is the spirit of Link from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', [[spoiler:Kel'thuzad]] serves as a spirit advisor in his ghost form to the undead [[spoiler:Arthas]] after his soul has been consumed by [[spoiler:Frostmourne]]. This continues until [[spoiler:Kel'thuzad is resurrected in the Sun Well]].
** Uther the Lightbringer, the revered paladin who founded and headed the Silver Hand and perished at the hands of his own pupil Arthas in ''Warcraft III'', came back as a ghost in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' to paladins who accomplished the quest to honor (Alliance)/desecrate (Horde) his grave before the revamp of the ''Cataclysm'' espansion, and gave some advices. He also came back as a ghost to give advices to Sylvanas Windrunner (Horde)/Jaina Proudmore (Alliance) and the players in the five-players Icecrown dungeon Halls of Reflection on how to defeat the Lich King (Arthas), with his spirit apparently emerging from the SoulEating sword Frostmourne.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'', [[spoiler:it's possible for Subject Delta to become this for Eleanor at the end if she absorbs his essence. In the good ending, this means he becomes her conscience as they're finally reunited. In the bad ending, Eleanor decides that his instincts are not going to waste and that [[OhCrap the world is about to change.]]]]
%%* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Anna and [[spoiler:Kluya]], for Edward and Cecil, respectively,.
%%* [[spoiler:Maria]] in ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare'', [[spoiler:but only for [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion Yggdra]] Mode, which is PSP-exclusive.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'': Francis York Morgan regards Zach as something around the lines of this, with the implication that he may just be asking the players themselves. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that York is the real Spirit Advisor to Zach, who created York to protect himself from trauma inflicted by BigBad Forrest Kaysen.]]
%%* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' as a Cyber Elf in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'': [[spoiler:James [=McCloud=]]] at the [[spoiler:[[MultipleEndings canonical]]]] end guides [[PlayerCharacter Fox]] out of Andross's CollapsingLair.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Inverted where [[spoiler: the Joker]] returns from the dead as hallucination that taunts Batman and mocks his failures throughout the game.
* In the ''VideoGame/EvilDeadRegeneration'', Necronomicon expert Professor Knowby becomes a Spirit Advisor to Ash, as the latter is the best hope of stopping a demonic invasion of Earth. Ash, naturally, calls Knowby a useless floating head.
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'': Taken literally with Virgil, the classical Roman poet. Since he is a pure spirit, he cannot help Dante fight his enemies, but can only steer him on his path to save his wife's soul through the nine circles of hell.
* Right at the beginning of ''VideoGame/INinja'', Sensei becomes a Spirit Adviser for Ninja... after the latter blindly chops his head off in a Rage Stone-infused fit.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, as revealed in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is part of the agreement the Nightingales make with Nocturnal, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheSacredDarkness Darkness and the Night]] who is also associated with Thieves and Luck. In life, Nocturnal grants the Nightingales immense power and freedom to do with it as they wish, on the condition that they ''always'' protect the Ebonmere, the conduit between her [[EldritchLocation realm of Oblivion, Evergloam]], and Mundus, the mortal plane. Deceased Nightingales then serve a "term" as the "spectral guardians" of the Ebonmere and Twilight Sepulcher, allowing them to [[DeadPersonConversation communicate with the still-living Nightingales]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'': Gary Gygax ''is'' a genuine ghost--he can control his visibility for individuals, as demonstrated [[http://wayofthemetagamer.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/18685 here.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** The Kernelsprites when suitably prototyped. So far, every player has protoyped their Kernelsprite with the remains of the deceased, in essence reviving the departed in sprite mode, with all memories of their past life. Using something dead isn't strictly necessary, but Kernelsprites are preternaturally drawn to death and using something not dead is rare, with only 3 (out of 16) being shown in canon, and all of those were tier 2 prototyped with a dead person. [[spoiler: All of these sprites are ultimately fated to die a second time]].
** Some of [[spoiler: the Trolls]] die and continue to linger in pseudo-purgatory and provide advice for the remaining players. Oddly the most literal definition of the trope applies to Vriska for ''WV'', as she harasses him in his dreams.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010112c Megaman, briefly]]. X and Ran also become these more cohesively to George and Megaman respectively later on, until they each are created.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'', Cub is one to Lucco [[spoiler:though he's actually just another patient in Lucco's hospital who's [[ConverseWithTheUnconscious Conversing With The Unconscious]]]]. After [[spoiler:Lucco wakes up, Guz]] becomes one.
* In ''Webcomic/{{MYth}}: A Promise'', [[spoiler:Metis]] attempts to become this to Zeus but ''Distillation'' reveals that she failed and entrusts his guidance to [[spoiler:their daughter]] Athena.
* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' : [[GoodAngelBadAngel Conscience Cat]] may or may not be one of these. Flying talking cats are hardly outlandish by the standards of that 'verse, and the only time Conscience Cat appears in a setting there a third party would be able to see him, said third party [[{{Troll}} decides it would be more interesting not to answer whether or not he can see him.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheMeek'': When this trope and TreacherousAdvisor meet in the same person, ''very'' bad things can happen, precisely as they do (to the emperor Luca and, particularly, his wife).
* In May's [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2492 first appearance]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', this is her intended function, as an AI augmented-reality beta program streaming from a server to Dale's Google Glass–esque spectacles, which [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2495 only the wearer can see]]. However, since she's only participating in order to [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2501 make parole from Robot Jail]], she's vulgar, sarcastic, and rude, and [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2498 her advice is terrible]]. After she and Dale warm up to each other, however, she offers some [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2511 real relationship advice]]. She later appears [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2710 incarnated as a robot]], having made parole.
* ''Webcomic/StarMares'' has a ghostly Applejack fulfilling this role to Moontear (as Twilight 'Kenobi' Sparkle was already spoken for).

[[folder:Web Original]]
%% ''{{Theatrica}}''.
* In ''LetsPlay/PlagueAndTreacheryOnTheOregonTrail'', the ghost of [[spoiler: Sarah-Jane]] helps a blind Cyrus maneuver down the rapid river safely.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}}'' 7, a {{heroic BSOD}}ing Vegeta tries to get advice from Mufasa, but he just calls Vegeta a tool.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the ghost of Ferrus Manus acts like a parody of this, repeatedly demotivating his advisee.
* In ''LetsPlay/KnudKnytlingPrinceOfDenmark'', Knud's son and heir Valdemar tends to do this to later generations of the family.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', previous Avatars act as advisors to the current Avatar. In Korra's case, the spiritual aspects of being the Avatar are difficult for her, so she doesn't get any help from the previous Avatars until later in the first season. Aang's spirit initially can only convey memories in flashes of images, and doesn't manifest himself until the season finale. [[spoiler: Problems arise at the end of Season 2, when Korra's connection with her past lives is severed when Raava is ripped from her soul and destroyed. She gets a secondary Spiritual Advisor in Uncle Iroh, who by this point has AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Spoofed in the' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E9ElViajeMisteriosoDeNuestroJomer "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer"]], where Homer hallucinates after eating "the Merciless Peppers of Quetzlzacatenango." His Spirit Advisor is a [[http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/a/a2/200px-Simpsons_Coyote.png coyote]], the trickster spirit of a number of Amerindian tribes. The distinctive voice of Homer's spirit guide is provided by legendary singer Music/JohnnyCash. This sequence eventually leads to the infamous line "In your face, space coyote!"
** In another episode, Homer's brain conjures up the spirit of labour organizer Cesar Chavez (whom Lisa had mentioned to him earlier in the episode), except he looks like Creator/CesarRomero because, as Chavez put it, "you don't know what Cesar Chavez looks like."
** [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E9TheLastTemptationOfHomer "The Last Temptation of Homer"]] has Homer faced with being attracted to another woman. A guardian angel of sorts tries to advise and first takes the form of UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton. As Homer has no idea who that is, his advisor then takes the form of [[Series/HogansHeroes Colonel Klink]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'', the soul of team [[MentorArchetype mentor]] Jaga comes BackFromTheDead so he can continue giving sage advice to Lion-O.
* In the cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'', the spirit of Karate 1's biological father would occasionally appear to him, to give him a quick pep talk or to DeusExMachina him free of the bad guy's trap. Usually both.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', starting in season four, [[spoiler: 24 becomes 21's Spirit Advisor, using his ghostly movement and omniscience to exponentially increase 21's competence.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Luna has been known to act as this to troubled ponies, appearing in their dreams as they sleep and giving them advice.
* In the one-hour ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "The Return Of The Revenge Of Blowhole", Skipper gets LaserGuidedAmnesia and his mind tries to conjure up a spirit guide to help him get back. It settles on [[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Alex the Lion]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter's spiritual guide is [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was a great believer is spiritualism, and apparently sought advice from his dead parents and even his dogs through séances. This was for personal advice, rather than advice on how to run the country.
* Around the world, people seek the guidance of ancestors, [[UsefulNotes/PatronSaints patron saints and angels]], animal guides, or gods or {{God}} through prayer and ritual.