So isn't it weird for two people of conflicting theological origins to hang out all night? Wonderella:
So, it turns out that All Myths Are True
; you can have breakfast with the God of Thunder, chat it up
with the Anthropomorphic Personification of Dreams
, or even have a heart to heart with The Grim Reaper
. All the while remaining totally un-conflicted about remaining faithful to the Big Guy Upstairs
or whichever major religion the characters follow; even Crystal Dragon Jesus
can hang with the Powers That Be
and get a high five.
A Crossover Cosmology is different from All Myths Are True
in that many of the cosmologies involved are themselves mutually exclusive either in world view, history, philosophy, or all of the above. The issue becomes especially thorny when polytheistic religions with large pantheons are mixed with monotheistic religions and reincarnation-based belief systems. It's rarely inadvertent, either. Black Adam getting his power from the Egyptian gods whereas his successor Captain Marvel gets them from the Greek gods (and one Biblical figure) wasn't a slip-up; neither was making both Hercules and Thor superheroes. Writers have no problem doing this to "pagan" gods, and outside the mainstream they don't have much trouble doing it to the Abrahamic God
This can be justified from the characters' viewpoint by having them point out that there's no reason they should believe that, say, Thor is a god in the same sense Yahweh is, when there are people who are flying around and summoning lightning, or are even immortal
, who are plain old Mutants
, or aliens
When taken to the extreme end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism
it may result in a Cosmology where local deities are weak and irrelevant and Eldritch Abominations
and other ancient nasties
can and do casually traipse over any local deities' shrines and followers. Even in more optimistic portrayals, one has to wonder at the fairness of a universe that allows Galactus
, and Imhotep
Some belief systems work like this; the term "henotheism" exists to describe the belief that all gods exist, but one's particular god is superior. Of course, most people who ascribe to this don't have said gods playing croquet in their backyard
. In fact, quite a few non-Abrahamic religions worked this way, as did early Judaism. The Romans believed in Jupiter, and the Egyptians believed in Ra, but the Romans didn't think believing in Ra was wrong, just not for them; they were fine with any kind of worship as long as you skipped Human Sacrifice
and paid proper respect to the gods they did recognize. They experienced some amount of confusion in this regard when trying to take over Judea.
Another option is "syncretism", where you conflate two religious concepts. The Romans did this as well by occasionally claiming other peoples' gods were their gods under different names or by combining earlier strictly Roman gods with foreign gods, hence for example, the "Gallo-Roman" god Apollo Sucellus (combining the Roman sun god with a Gaulish god of agriculture), or Tacitus writing that the Germanic tribes worshipped Hercules (Donar) and Mercury (Woten); this is why certain Roman and Greek gods are all but interchangeable today.
Variations on the Romans' logic are quite popular in attempts to resolve the massive Continuity Snarl
created by multiple similar pantheons coexisting, especially since the myths have often evolved from common ancestors
. The Magic Word in this case is "aspect" - deities who closely share an archetype
(say, Ares and Mars) are really aspects
or interpretations of the same god. This even crops up within
a lot of religions of the Loads and Loads of Characters
variety, with Ehecatl being an aspect of Quetzalcoatl
, and Kali being (sometimes) an aspect of Parvati
. Monotheistic religions either worship the single ur-God of which all
gods are aspects, or they only worship one of them.
See also All Myths Are True
, A Mythology Is True
, The Multiverse
, Lowest Cosmic Denominator
, Clap Your Hands If You Believe
, Fantasy Kitchen Sink
, Fantasy Pantheon
, Gods Need Prayer Badly
and Magical Underpinnings of Reality
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- Saint Young Men, which stars Jesus and Buddha as roommates in Japan while they take a break from their divine duties. One of the chapters has them participating in a Shinto festival, where Buddha worries that they'll be laughing stocks in Heaven if the god of the Shinto Shrine they're carrying finds out that they're there.
- Saint Seiya. Blatantly obvious in the anime, with the addition of movies and a Filler arc. To the point where greek gods, Norse gods, Buddha, and friggin' Satan fought Seiya and Co.
- And the universe was created by Big Bang, so it's possible that Athena reincarnated as a Raptor.
- High School D×D has alot of mythologies existing in this story, Ars Goetia being the most prominent example. Norse Mythology, Hindu Mythology, Greek Mythology, it's all here though apparently there's also one more mythology that even the other gods of said mythology don't know about. The name of said mythology? There is a breast god in this series.
- In Shaman King, the characters do battle with spirits from a wide variety of religions and beliefs. This includes, but is not limited to: Fairies, Archangels, Buddhist Spirits, Japanese Nature Kami, Oni, Aztec Gods, Egyptian Pyramids, Zombies, Skeletons, Mesopotamian Gods, Demons, Animals... Oh, and normal human ghosts as well.
- Bride Of Chucky, like all films in its series, features a killer doll with the soul of a serial killer transferred by voodoo ritual. In a locker at the film's beginning there is the clawed glove of an undead serial killer who kills people in their dreams due to receiving dream demons' power, a hockey mask belonging to an undead serial killer hinted at in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday at having been brought from the dead by the Necronomicon, a William Shatner mask belonging to a similar serial killer that is not undead but under an evil curse by a Druid cult, and a chainsaw belonging to a retarded cannibal that doesn't have any supernatural powers or origins at all. And if that is not enough, Chucky briefly refers to a demon created by a box with the powers of hell, implying he saw him there.
- Indiana Jones: The first movie deals with Judaism, the second has (mangled) Hinduism, the third Christianity and the fourth deals with Pre-Mayan civilization gods, who are actually inter-dimensional traveling extraterrestrials.
- The Mummy Trilogy:
- In The Mummy, Imhotep has god-like powers and is able to recreate the ten plagues, even though in the Biblical account of the Exodus story the Egyptian gods could only replicate the first two. The group of warriors who fight him, and whose ancestors gave him his power, are Muslims.
- In The Mummy Returns, the Scorpion King earned his powers and army from Anubis. And there's reincarnation, which isn't a part of any of those cosmologies. Ardeth, leader of the warriors from the first film, also states that Rick has been chosen by God to be the one who defeats the Scorpion King.
- In Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, there is no mention of what religion and/or philosophy the Chinese characters embrace, but the Dragon Emperor is a master of the Five Elements (used in a way, he seemed to come out straight from an episode of Avatar); we get some glimpses of Shangri-La, which is a Buddhist paradise (look at the statues); and Zi Yuan uses a book of magic which was already ancient at the time she cursed the Emperor and his army, written in Sanskrit. Something for everyone, really.
- There are traits of this in Pirates of the Caribbean, with influences from Aztec mythology (the coins from the first movie), Greek Mythology (Calypso), medieval folklore (the Kraken), nautical myths (Davy Jones, the Flying Dutchman and again, the Kraken) and Voudou (Tia Dalma). Non-Christian deities are referred to generally as "heathen gods", but this is mainly because nearly all the main characters are Christians (or, at least, grew up in Christian countries).
- Invoked in Oh, God! by God himself:
Jerry (reading from a list of questions): "'Is Jesus Christ the son of God?'"
God: "Jesus was my son. Buddha was my son. Mohammed, Moses, you, the man who said there was no room at the inn, was my son."
- This is inverted in the Discworld universe, where there are multiple gods and anthropomorphic personifications (the kind that exist only because people believe they should exist), and the Omnians are portrayed as odd in their insistence on a monotheistic belief system. It is often stated that several gods appear in more than one Pantheon - for example, many religions have different Thunder Gods, but they are actually all the same god, wearing different hats (He used to be separate gods, but apparently they merged as people started believing them to be the same god with a different name). The book Small Gods explores in detail the process by which gods are created and rise to be powerful.
And Dios knew that Net was the Supreme God, and that Fon was the Supreme God, and so were Hast, Set, Bin, Sot, Io, Dhek, and Ptooie; that Herpentine Triskeles alone rules the world of the dead, and so did Syncope, and Silur the Catfish-Headed God, and Orexis-Nupt.
- At one point in the book, the various sun gods are seen fighting over the sun.
- This is a justified trope in Steven Brust's Dragaera series, which takes place on a world inhabited by both humans and Tolkienesque elves called Dragaerans. The gods of this universe are merely Sufficiently Advanced Dragaerans, who while worshiped by humans are treated casually/disdainfully by members of that race. In fact, one of the main Dragaeran characters is the daughter of the major goddess of the pantheon worshiped by humans.
- Seen in American Gods by Neil Gaiman. But he shied away from most references to Judeo-Christian theology, except for the Queen of Sheba. And maybe Shadow once meets Jesus.
- There's also that extended scene with the djinn, which comes from Islamic tradition.
- One of the gods also mentions that Afghanistan's Jesus is having a rough time, and can't even get people to pick him up when he's hitchhiking.
- Everworld: every god of every mythology on Earth decides to collaborate in making a parallel universe where they could all have a sphere of influence. It really gets messy when gods from other universes, like those of the Hetwan and the Coo Hatch, start barging in.
- Lampshaded in John C. Wright's Orphans of Chaos (which features nearly the entire Greek and/or Roman Pantheon) when a character is asked something along the lines of "How can you be a Christian when you know the Greek gods exist?" Interestingly enough, the answer made sense. It's also mentioned in Titans of Chaos that other pantheons do exist but that most of their members were destroyed in the war with Chaos.
- His ''War of the Dreaming blends, among others, Celtic, Greek, Christian, Norse and Cthulian mythi.
- In Christopher Moore's Coyote Blue Anubis is Coyote's older brother. In other books set in the same universe we meet Jesus, a human who has become the god of a cargo cult, the Celtic goddesses Babd, Macha and Nemain as well as angels, demons and djinn.
- In Glen Cook's Petty Pewter Gods, not only do multiple pantheons of deities exist in the same world, but they compete for worldly prestige in order to maintain their claim on temple real estate in TunFaire's Dream Quarter. As the gods' traits and looks are dictated by their followers' beliefs, this means that the senior deities of two rival pantheons look virtually identical, because their idols were commissioned from the same craftsman, who used the same mold to cast figurines of both.
- The Dresden Files loves this trope. The Judaeo-Christian God exists—in fact, Harry's ally Michael even has a sword powered by a nail from the Cross. The gods of all other pantheons are mostly inactive but still exist and the fae play a major role in the series. The existence of chi and karma has been acknowledged. Outsiders—-Lovecraftian horrors from outside reality—exist.
- The Norse pantheon has adapted to the times, becoming a mercenary company led by Odin, with the Einherjar as the soldiers. Odin also seems to be taking an active role in Harry's own world, appearing as part of the Grey Council.
- Odin is also Kringle a.k.a Santa Claus, who, before the reveal, was thought to be Wyldfae, further blurring the distinction between the Fae and gods and demons (the kind that comes from the Nevernever, not Hell.
- In Proven Guilty, Harry specifically mentions that gods from Greco-Roman, Norse, Amerind, Africant, Australian Aboriginal, Polynesian, southeast Asian, and Hindu mythology all exist, and have been dormant for centuries. Followers of Dionysus show up in one of the short stories trying to ignite a massive drunken rampage of sports fans.
- There's also the Red Court's Lords of the Outer Night, which may or may not be Mayan gods. If they aren't, then they're impersonating them. Either way, the Mayan gods exist in the setting. Unless it was the Lords from the beginning, if that's the case, then they don't exist anymore.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
- The series mainly involves the Greek gods, but Word Of God says that the Roman gods exist as a younger offshoot of them (Janus appears in one book, but that's the extent of their involvement). Riordan's other series, The Kane Chronicles, hints that the Egyptian gods also exist in the setting. When Percy asks Dionysus whether the Abrahamic God exists, he responds that the question is "metaphysical" and that they don't know that any more than mortals do.
- And now the sequel series to Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, is bringing the Roman gods fully into the mix, along with Roman demigods.
- The Kane Chronicles seems to be rolling with them being the same reality; the end of the third book (along with the earlier reference) hints even more at the events of the two Greek series being real, and it's even setting up a potential meeting.
- Son of Sobek introduces Carter and Percy at last.
- There's also a scene in The Red Pyramid where Zia mentions that a man the Egyptians called Moshe was the only foreigner to defeat the House in a magic duel. Carter realizes it's Moses, and asks her if she's kidding. She says she would not kid about such things. Riordan has never commented further.
- And the next series, set supposedly in the same universe, features the Norse.
- When meeting his dad for the first time in a dream, Leo exclaims, "Holy Mother!" Hephaestus chides him, "It's 'holy father', boy. I would think you'd know the difference."
- Topped in The Son of Neptune by rainbow goddess Iris, who hasn't quite decided whether her personal creed should be...Buddhism or Taoism. Amusingly, Buddhism canonically sees nothing wrong with being a god and Buddhist at the same time.
- In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero's Daughter trilogy, there are Greek gods and Gnostic theology, and angels, and William Shakespeare's The Tempest to cite only the major appearances.
- In the Iron Druid Chronicles many different pantheons exist alongside each other. The protagonist is a druid who worships the Earth and pays lip service to the ancient Irish gods. The Greek god Bacchus is very powerful in Las Vegas while Native American deities still have some power in the surounding areas. The Polish witches get their powers from a moon goddess and a Viking vampire is trying to find a way to kill the Norse god Thor. Jesus and other figures from Christianity appear as a separate pantheon with Mary frequently appearing among humans to help out the poor and homeless.
- Some pantheons have additional versions that appear when the beliefs of two groups of followers diverge too much. There are dozens of versions of the Native American god Coyote. The North American version of Thor is seperate from the original Norse Thor and based primarily on the comic book character.
- In Manda Scott's Boudicca series both the Celtic gods and Mithra play significant roles. It's implied that the Roman gods no longer take an active part in things because their worship has devolved into empty ritual.
- Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen does this for a mixed bag of Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Welsh and English myths including The Morrigan, King Arthur, Merlin, Ragnarok and the Norse svart-alfar and lios-alfar.
- L. A. Banks' Neteru series has Egyptian deities like Isis, Osiris and Horus as angels in a mostly Christian Heaven. Also the various pagan deities were Nephilim, some good, some bad, most chaotic, which is why they were sealed away in a pocket dimension called the Land of Nod aka Atlantis.
- In Ruth Frances Long's The Treachery of Beautiful Things, The Fair Folk, with Oberon as king and Titania/Mab as queen, exist in the same world as Wayland — who calls Oberon Odin and Puck Loki. It also brushes on King Arthur and Sleeping Beauty.
- A. Lee Martinez's Divine Misfortune has at least walk ons by every Non-Abrahamic deity you could imagine including several entirely fictional ones.
Live Action TV
- In the Stargate Verse, there's a different group of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens behind a great many belief systems. The villainous Goa'uld seem to have the biggest piece of the pie (they're the Egyptian, Greek, and Babylonian gods, and one of them even impersonates Satan.)
- And on the flip side you have the Asgard, who through the use of Holograms represent the benevolent Norse gods.
- Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys eventually expanded from Greek mythology into demonstrating the literal existence of any and every religion's deities, including the monotheistic God and Hindu gods.
- Lampshaded in Rome, when the very religious Vorenus asks Pulo to show some respect toward the Egyptian gods because "They were powerful long before Rome was born"
- In Supernatural, a recurring character previously referred to as The Trickster (one of many) turns out to be the Archangel Gabriel, who left Heaven after the banishment of the Fallen and has been living incognito among the pagans ever since. In one episode, he's also referred to as 'Loki' by other pagan gods, including the Norse Odin and Baldur (who apparently can't tell their own family member from an imposter).
- Although it's possible that he is the original Loki...
- Considering this particular version of Odin has *two eyes*, he could be an imposter, too.
- Another thing to consider, contrary to popular modern portrayals, Loki is not related to Odin and his family at all. This troper remembers the myth stating that he showed up after Odin created Midgard from his enemy's remains. That and Loki's very nature is trickery so if they DO notice something amiss with him, then they probably chalk it up to him being up to something/messing with them.
- Stephen Marley's Chia Black Dragon trilogy Sorceress, Spirit Mirror, and Mortal Mask, take place in 2nd century China, but there also appear Indian Buddhists, ancient Egyptians (in the back story) and a few Christians. It is suggested that the mythologies and afterlives of all four religions (Chinese, Buddhist, Egyptian and Christian) all exist. In addition to the Stephen Marley's own original myths and creatures, of course
- In K.A. Applegate's Everworld series, every god from every mythology gets together, and they create a parallel universe where they all rule. Complete with mythical creatures in addition to humans and mundane wildlife. This causes some problems when every god has an extensive cult, and they're all militant. Kill the heretic for worshiping Aphrodite and not Quetzalcoatl! Furthermore, several alien gods from other universes decide to crash the party, including the god-eating god Ka Anor of the Hetwan.
- In the universe of Christopher Moore's books the First Nation Trickster God Coyote is the younger brother of the Egyptian deity Anubis, Jesus plays poker with an upstart Cargo Cult deity and there are vampires, djinn and angels, among other things.
- In S. M. Stirlings Emberverse, while not exactly working together the Christian, Celtic and Norse pantheons are all backing the Arthurtype hero in various ways against the Religion of Evil for Eldritch Abominations.
- Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian has a number of gods that would, in Howard's world become the basis of more modern deities. Crom, Lir, Babd, Macha and Nemain are all Celtic, the Hyborian Mitra becomes Mithra, who's also something of a Crystal Dragon Jesus, the Shemite Ishtar becomes the Babylonian Ishtar, the Turanian/Hyrkanian Erlik becomes the Mongolian Erlik and the Stygian Set seems to be the basis for both the Egyptian Set and Apep
- The Dark Is Rising combines Celtic Mythology and King Arthur legends with touches of Greek and Egyptian Mythology.
- Queen of the Wave, by Pepe Deluxe, mixes the Greek story of Atlantis with the pre-flood history from The Bible. It's stated that eating from the Tree of Knowledge in Eden caused mankind to attain the heights of wisdom leading directly to the society of Atlantis. At the end, when Atlantis is destroyed for its transgressions, Nepth and his family escape in an ark with two of every animal (except unicorns, which they simply forgot).
- Herodotus, some myths, and Euripides' play Helen claim that Helen of Troy was spirited away to Egypt for her safety/out of spite toward Aphrodite and Paris by Athena and Hera, where Amun-Zeus extracted her ka (Egyptian)/eidolon (Greek) (identical spirit double), which was taken to Troy with Paris unbeknownst to him (so, yes, the entire Trojan War was fought over a very pretty doppelganger). The Classical Greeks took care to draw parallels between their chief deity Zeus and the Egyptian god Amun. Being the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, that make this Older Than Feudalism.
- Also, Io was paralleled with the Egyptian Isis. In some versions of her myth, Zeus restores her to her human form when she reaches Egypt and she is thereafter worshipped by the Egyptians as the goddess Isis.
- Many demons in modern Christian mythology are thought to have originally been the gods of the Hebrews' neighbor cultures, or at the very least were given their names by Christians. Theologians have debated whether those pagan gods were supposed to be actual entities who were demons all along or whether Christians simply applied the names of those gods to demons. If the latter is the case, then it likely stemmed from efforts by Christians to further discourage people from assuming that paganism held any real weight.
- Also, the appearance of The Devil and by proxy his demons were appropriated by the Greek god Pan. This is more out of a necessity for a concrete appearance for Satan than anything — The Bible is rather scarce on physical descriptions of the Prince of Darkness aside from Revelation, whose descriptions were more symbolic than literal anyway (and at least one description of Satan is WAY too weird to be practically illustrated at that).
- This can get quite amusing in that some of the highest Angels and Saint's names come from El, the head of the Canaanite pantheon (i.e. Michael, Gabriel). On a similar note, Ba'al was also a god, before being used in one of the names of the devil (Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies).
- Not quite. The word "El" meant "god" in the languages of both the Hebrews and the Canaanites. One of the names used for God in the Old Testament, Elohim, is a grammatical variation of it. From a historical perspective the God of Israel and El of the Canaanites can even be considered local variations of the same god. When the Hebrews were polytheistic their three greatest gods were El(ohim), Yahweh and Baal, but once they turned to monotheism El and Yahweh were seen as two interpretations of the same one god while Baal was demonized for his association with Canaan. To make things more complex; this Hebrew Polytheism may itself be an Crossover Cosmology as the Judean Yahweh can be considered from a different mythological background then the Canaanite-Israeli El and Baal.
- The Early Christian Church actively encouraged its missionary Bishops to take pagan holidays and gods and reinterprate them as 'actually Christian holidays' or 'actually Christian saints'. This is how we ended up with holidays like Halloween (originally Samhain) and a December Christmas (cobbled together from such traditions as Yule, Saturnalia and the Mithraic Tauroctany) and saints like Saint Bridgette (originally a celtic goddess of childbirth).
- In the ancient world (aside from the Hebrews — see above), honoring another nation's deities was considered a friendly gesture. Cyrus of Persia, for example, paid homage to Marduk, a Babylonian god, while allowing the Jews to rebuild a temple to their own god.
- The Hare Krishna movement believes the Judeo-Christian God and the Hindu god Krishna to be the same entity.
- In both China and Japan the people have no problem accepting both the native pantheons and Buddhism.
- The Jews have incorporated a lot of elements from the Saturnalia into Hanukkah, and started claiming all the Solstice holidays of different nations come from an ancient holiday first celebrated by Adam.
Role Playing Games
- The original game lines in the Old World of Darkness all had creation myths specific to the supernatural monster they talked about (werewolves, mages, vampires, fairies, mummies, wraiths, demons) which were at times hard to reconcile if not mutually exclusive. Some were specifically Judeo-Christian, others were paganistic or had cosmologies unrelated to either. In some cases they had world views and game mechanics that said all other supernatural creatures should not exist, or that they ("they" usually being "mages") could do anything... except cure vampirism or lycanthropy.
- It should be noted that Mages could cure vampirism...it just wasn't a good idea. The Paradox backlash from that would, in all likelihood, kill the Mage stone dead. As for lycanthropy, what's to cure? Werewolves are not sick, they've always been werewolves.
- Mage having Clap Your Hands If You Believe as its key principle goes a long way though and combined with some alternate realities link the various game lines fairly well... except the vampires who are sometimes called Cainites and throughly linked with The Bible for their Back Story to being literally cursed with God. Albeit even that is dissmissable as superstistion and most "facts" in the World of Darkness were presented from a specific and unobjective point of view.
- The New World of Darkness is even more inconsistent, the werewolf and mage backstories being particularly extreme in their incompatibility. Therefore, it cheerfully (as cheerfully as the WoD gets, anyway) ignores this fact. They even lampshade the problem in the Changeling book, which contains an "Arcadia" which is a truly nasty place; the discussion of this mentions that no one knows whether it's the same "Arcadia" that Acanthus mages use to get their power. Mostly it waves this away by presenting these as mythologies which may well not be perfectly true.
- It is however subverted in Mage: The Awakening (specifically the Sourcebook Astral Realms) which has it that while every god ever believed in exists, they only do so in the Temenos (the collective human unconscious) and only have as much power as human regard affords them. Thus, a god like Anubis is powerful, though not nearly as powerful as he was, because even if he is not believed in, he is still a relevant cultural symbol. They also possess insights only into human matters (albeit to a great extent) lacking any understand of greater cosmic issues. It's pointed out that they still believe they are gods, and will not look kindly on any attempt to inform them of their true nature.
- The storyline stuff in each of the gamebooks and sourcebooks should be considered untrustworthy as every book in the series seems to be strongly based on the viewpoints of the group that it is about. Which is why references to the same group in two different sourcebooks can be completely contradictory.
- Though it's not technically a White Wolf game, the fangame Genius The Transgression also adds yet ANOTHER flavour to the mix, with geniuses being more than capable of faking deities, and having several, mutually contradictory beings of power, both past and future. Also, on a more mundane scale, they have a conspiracy that overlaps and contradicts a conspiracy from Mage: The Awakening, with both groups having once controlled much of the world. It simply says that the two grups ignore each other, and that it is curious.
- In Scion, you play the offspring of a God, and have a whole bunch of different pantheons to choose from (with the Greek, Aztec, Japanese, Egyptian, Norse and Voodoo pantheons in the core, and more in the supplements). Admittedly, they did it in a unified, focused way that makes some sense within the system and world.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Several D&D supplements, such as Complete Priest's Handbook or the various editions of Deities & Demigods, discuss methods of integrating different historical pantheons into a campaign world. Options range from ruling that different pantheons' deities are inherently blind to one another's existence, to saying that all deities are part of the same mega-pantheon, with regional pantheons simply omitting gods who are less popular locally.
- And then there's Spelljammer, Planescape, and Ravenloft, which are basically Crossover Cosmologies for nearly every one of the various Dungeons & Dragons settings. Spelljammer especially, with characters visiting Realmspace, Greyspace, Krynnspace and many other Crystal Spheres in between.
- While most canonic (Planescape) meta-mythology involves hundreds upon hundreds of deities of many pantheons interlinked in alliances or eternal cold wars, it also has things like the sacred pool of beauty being in shared ownership of several beauty/love goddesses (including Aphrodite) who as embodiments of different ideals pass their free time practicing friendly rivalry. Because why not? The smaller mortals like "high and mighty" PCs will feel, the better!
- In Rifts Earth, the mythological Pantheons each ruled directly over the civilizations that worshipped them, and clashes between the civilizations often included clashes between the Gods themselves. Most of them left the Earth a long time ago, but are starting to turn their eyes back towards their old territories, and the world at large... Except for the Egyptian gods, who are busy being the most powerful pantheon of a Medieval European Fantasy world.
- In Warhammer 40,000, there's some theories put forth In-Universe that the "old beliefs" of gods, angels, demons, etc. were either outright fabrications or simply ancient proto-psykers getting glimpses into the Warp. Then of course there's the theory that the Immortal Emperor "popped up" now and again throughout history as particularly influential people.. Jesus, King Arthur and the like, but always either a great warrior or great philosopher (or both!)
- Age of Mythology.
- Since even the most basic of random monsters in the Shin Megami Tensei universe are taken from some mythology or other, it ultimately ends up with a cast numbering in the THOUSANDS, taken from everywhere and anywhere. Inclusions range from most of the Norse, Egyptian, Roman and Chinese pantheons, to Zoroastrian gods, patron spirits of obscure, African tribes, minor demons and angels from Catholic apocrypha, and even a variety of anthropomorphic personifications. And most of them don't like you much, either.
- You can help them grow to like you, if you can convince them to aid you.
- There are a couple of demons around (not counting Yamaoka from Persona) who don't come from any mythology: Alice, Ghost Q, David, Matador, Daisoujou and Hell Biker amongst them. And even then, most of them have legit backgrounds that justify their appearance; for instance, there's an urban legend in which a girl named Alice dies and looks for children whose souls she can take to be her playmates. This is exactly what she does in Shin Megami Tensei I. It doesn't help that she's an Alice Allusion.
- World of Warcraft's pantheon contains expies of the Cthulhu Mythos, Greco-Roman, Norse, Voodoo and Mayincatec gods, as well as Native American beliefs, the elemental lords and the dragon aspects. In addition, the original Warcraft game referred to the Judeo-Christian God, but that was retconnned later into the more vague "Light". The Naaru were later introduced as the physical manifestations of the Light.
- The God of War games have included Efreet, which are of Arabic myths, and Manticores, which are of Persian myths.
- Arguably, an underlying theme throughout the Elder Scrolls series is that different, contradictory mythologies are all simultaneously true. There were some seven different endings for Daggerfall depending upon the final decision of the player; the succeeding games describe all the possible endings having occurred, despite the contradictions involved.
- Most religion in TES games seems to involve arguments about whose gods are actually gods, and which ones exist at all. Daedra are mostly seen as evil and equivalent to demons, but they're mostly shown as embodying a specific aspect rather than being either good or evil. There are also the Aedra, who are generally seen as good but don't seem to be objectively different from the Daedra in any way. Then there are the Nine Divines, except that non-humans tend to believe there are only eight of them and as of Skyrim, worship of Talos (a human and the first emperor who was previously believed to have become the ninth) has been banned entirely. The Orcish deity may or may not be a Daedra lord depending on who you ask. Traditional Dunmer worship their ancestors, but Imperial culture classes this as necromancy and tends to shun or ban it outright. More recently the Dunmer had mortals become Physical Gods, who were no more than tolerated as a religion by other cultures. As of Morrowind and its expansions, at least three out of the four are dead anyway.
- TES games also include quite a few bits of different real world mythologies. Bloodmoon and Skyrim have various aspects of Norse mythology, Redguards vary between Arabian and more eastern, Bretons are usually portrayed with a Celtic look, and Imperials are a cross between the Roman and British empires. In addition, many of the monsters are based on various bits of folklore - most prominently vampires and werewolves.
- The nations of Dominions draw from a number of real-world mythologies and historical nations, with some modern fantasy (e.g. Conan the Barbarian, H.P. Lovecraft) mixed in. The game designer is a social sciences and religion teacher, and it shows.
- High School Of The Gods operates on the premise that the deities of Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythology are students at the same high school (with Baron Samedi as guidance counselor), in the guise of human beings, and to a degree, each of the pantheons represents a different high school clique (the Egyptians being the goth and theater kids, the Norse being the preppy jocks, and the Greeks being the fun loving party animals).
- Gunnerkrigg Court mixes Native American mythology (Muut, Coyote, Glass-Eyed Men), French folklore (Renard and Ysengrin), Norse Mythology (Brynhildr appears briefly and she mentions "the old man" Odin), Chinese Mythology (Chang'e), Greek Mythology (that Minotaur), a wide variety of psychopomps and ghosts, fairies and golems.
- To a lesser (namely because of the updating schedule) extent, Dresden Codak. The Codakverse possesses, amongst other things, Egyptian gods and Toltec gods and a regular Fantasy Kitchen Sink of other absurdities.
- A plot point in The Order of the Stick, where the arguments between the different Pantheons, namely the Northern gods (based on the gods of Norse Mythology), the Southern gods (based on the animals of the Chinese Zodiac), the Western gods (based on the Babylonian pantheon), and the Eastern gods (based on the gods of Greek Mythology), who accidentally caused the Snarl, which wiped out the Eastern ones.
- Koan Of The Day mixes Buddhism, Ancient Greek philosophy, Christian morality, and language games to create a zenthesis.
- Lampshaded in this strip of The Non-Adventures of Wonderella.
- The Gods Of Arr Kelaan has several pantheons existing together, though to be fair, many of those pantheons were actually the same gods.
- This is subverted in Wapsi Square. Rather early on, we are introduced to characters who seem to be deities and mythical figures from various cosmologies, but they are all actually remnants of an ancient civilization older than the cosmology in question. One character in particular played the role of multiple deities herself.
- Sinfest has God, Jesus and Satan coexiting with Buddha and The Chinese Dragon (an embodiment of all the East Asian religions). Also one character claims to be a shaman and exhibits at least some supernatural powers when in a drugged state.
- Technically Roommates is a Mega Crossover between, with a little bit of exaggeration, all fiction in existence ever which tends to run on Clap Your Hands If You Believe and also has a pretty loose definition of fiction. So there are angels, demons and God (ala Good Omens and Dogma), The Fair Folk (from Scandinavian folklore, a Goethe poem, and a Jim Henson movie amongst others), Anthropomorphic Personifications (thanks to the works of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Moulin Rouge! etc. there are at least 3 deaths running around), Norse gods (courtesy to Marvel and the original myths) etc.):
- In the Whateley Universe, an awful lot of cosmologies seem to be there. Great Old Ones have been banished from this realm, by the ancient Sidhe (who were shredded in that war). One mutant has been given religious powers by a sacred ring of the Catholic Church, and when she heals people she spends several seconds in Hell, being tortured by Satan (or someone who says he's Satan). There are demons and devils, which are actually different kinds of entities. The Tao is actively working in mysterious ways, partly through one of the protagonists and her mentor figures. Certain students at Whateley Academy are playing hosts to some of the obligatory Greek gods (Word Of God has confirmed this, although the original author of their backstory hasn't been heard from in some years), there's a catgirl-paladin of Bast (in her capacity as a Lovecraft-inspired Elder Goddess, though the link to Egypt is bound to still be there) and the Circe is one of the Mystic Arts instructors at the school.
- Koukon Bridge features many Gods and Goddesses from various pantheons, including Greek, Japanese, Norse, Native American, and Egyptian.
- The animated Disney Hercules series frequently crosses over Greek mythology with others (especially Norse mythology); Zeus and Hera have dinner dates with Odin fairly often, Hercules stands in for Thor (right before Ragnarok is put into motion, unfortunately for everyone) and the three Fates also serve as Urd, Skuld and Verdandi (Phil refers to it as "double dipping"). Some Egyptian gods appear in one episode.
- In Gargoyles, most mythical monsters and gods turn out to be real and either based on Gargoyles, or on the Children of Oberon. In addition, the New Olympians are an island of creatures from Greek myths descended from Echidna.
- Family Guy showed Peter thank Jesus, who is then seen to state that it wasn't him, only for Vishnu to come up and quietly state that he is used to it.
- Jesus and Vishnu also appeared in Seth MacFarlane's Comedy Cavalcade, in which Jesus boasted that Vishnu didn't have a birthday as celebrated as his (Christmas).
- The Simpsons has done similar gags; God and Jesus Christ are real beings, but Vishnu sits at the center of the Earth, Buddha also dwells in heaven, Col. Sanders sits at the Lord's right hand tossing popcorn chicken into His mouth, and Sponge Bob Square Pants is an apparently manic deity.
- Samurai Jack has featured appearances of members of the Egyptian (Horus), Norse (Odin) and Hindu (Indra) pantheons although it's hinted that they might be Sufficiently Advanced Aliens. While the three deities in question charged his sword with its power it was forged by what look like Buddhist bhodisatvas (saint). Also the Big Bad is the outgrowth of a remnant of a monster that looked an awful lot like Azathoth.
- South Park has Jesus refer to his Chinese younger brother, an obscure Shout Out to the instigator of the Taiping Rebellion, who claimed this relationship for himself.
- There's also the Super Best Friends, whose ranks include Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Joseph Smith, and Muhammad.
- Super Jail: the episode "Ghosts" features the afterlife with all the spirits of the deceased inmates, shows that Superjail was once a site for Mayan human sacrifices, has a witch doctor inmate who performs a ritual on the Warden, and in the end all the dead inmates and sacrificed people are being reincarnated by Hindu deities into flowers, insects and blades of grass. Phew!