Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?
I met a ghost, but he didn't want my head,
He only wanted to know the way to Denver.
I met a devil, but he didn't want my soul,
He only wanted to borrow my bike awhile.
I met a vampire, but he didn't want my blood,
He only wanted two nickels for a dime.
I keep meeting all the right people—
It's big. It's scary. It's horrible.
It is so much more powerful than you that it could kill you without thinking, or maybe just
by thinking, and it has just invited you to have a nice cup of tea and a bun. For whatever reason, be it sinister and self serving or just misunderstood
, the big horrible scary thingy
treats you in a friendly manner.
This can lead to some troubling questions of etiquette. While traditionally one uses the fork on the far left for salad, it's frequently unclear to the mortal in this situation how this rule is modified by Alien Geometries
. And what does a mind warped beyond human understanding consider tasteful dinner conversation? These problems are magnified by the fact that among Eldritch Abominations
it is almost universally considered an appropriate response to breaches of etiquette to reach across the table (hypocritical as that may seem) and eat one's dining companion. To make things easier, they usually prefer two cubes of sugar, and a drop of virgin blood for creamer.
Similar to Pals with Jesus
, but here we have the added weirdness that the creature seems scary. Compared to Enemies with Death
, where the menacing cosmic figure is hostile
but this is a welcome (if weird) reprieve. Related to No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine
and Villain over for Dinner
, but here the other party seems genuinely friendly. Often used to show the Villain is Affably Evil
or an Anti-Villain
. May be part of an Enemy Mine
. If things go beyond this, you may be in Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?
territory. A distant relative of Go-Karting with Bowser
. If you didn't know it was that bad until after
you had tea, it's ... a twisted subversion of God Was My Copilot
? Monster Roommate
is similar, but more permanent.
An Eldritch Abomination
is not necessarily evil
. There's every chance that the creature is misunderstood and actually friendly. Even if it doesn't follow any known laws of reality, it's not a certainty that it's evil.
Sometimes happens in Lovecraft Lite
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Anime and Manga
- The sukiyaki party with the Friday Fellows in Uchouten Kazoku has shades of this but really every and any tense conversation with Benten feels like this trope.
- A somewhat eerie scene in Spirited Away in which Chihiro has a very pleasant tea and cake with the Yubaba's less evil but identical sister Zenibaba, as well as a No-face, which had previously been a horrible gooey monster that was eating people whole and alive at the bathhouse.
- In Shakugan no Shana Shana's god-like master, Alastor the Flame of Heaven, contacts Yuji's mother via phone. She has no idea who he is besides Shana's "legal guardian" and a deep voice on the other line. They have a rather relaxed discussion on child-rearing techniques together, as Shana and Yuji goggle at what's going on.
- Haruhi Suzumiya is built on this, with Kyon befriending a Reality Warper who is at serious risk of re-writing the universe. .
- Soul Eater:
- Shinigami, the God of Death. He was never a villain, but he used to have a frightening voice and appearance. Since, he has switched to a comical one with a stylized skull mask and giant cartoon hands to avoid scaring the children at the school he started. This becomes slightly more appropriate, and funny, considering he really is an Eldritch Abomination personifying the 'madness of the rule of law' yet currently hangs out in his very pleasant-looking (or weird, it's like the sky..indoors, with windows) office holding the odd tea party with his Equippable Ally for company.
- Excalibur. Everyone who meets him is too annoyed by his antics to be intimidated by the fact that they are talking to one of the most powerful creatures in existence.
- In Slayers Next, Lina sits down and eats with the Big Bad as he makes an offer to her.
- And almost became good friends with the bigger one. As his kind goes, Xellos is benevolent in his own way — volunteers information when it's not against his orders (or his lulz) and even saved humans when didn't need to. He is only one notch below Dark Lords themselves in raw power, and the worst the humans get when he messes with them just for fun? A little frustration and indirect property damage. While in an encounter with lowliest Monster humans are lucky if they don't have their heads bitten off... slowly.
- In their first meeting with Father, the Big Bad of Fullmetal Alchemist, he is friendly to Ed and his friends and heals their injuries. This isn't because he's a nice guy; it's because he is so powerful that there's nothing they could do to stop him and because (as he tells them) he sees them as useful pawns for carrying out his evil plan.
- Ironically, at the exact same time, Mustang is actually having tea with Wrath, while the homunculus explains some Back Story and outlines a little of the Evil Plan. Same as Father, Wrath has no interest in killing Mustang since he is a valuable human sacrifice, and pretty much just wants to lay things out on the table so Mustang will get enough answers to placate him for the time being and will also understand just how screwed he is and presumably back off. Which of course doesn't really work.
- Negi Springfield of Mahou Sensei Negima! actually nurses the super evil 6 million dollar bounty vampire-mage that wants to suck him bone-dry A.K.A.) Evangeline A.K. McDowell back to health after she gets the flu. In her cute little cottage full of stuffed animals while her robot maid serves tea. This is immediately after she faints while attempting to attack him. It's somewhat subverted in that she's easily powerful enough to kick his ass, but a combination of Power Limiter and the aforementioned flu keep her from actually doing it. Negi lampshades the absurdity of the situation, saying that he came expecting to fight her and ended up caring for her instead.
- He also had tea with Fate. And then got into a fight with him over their beverages of choice. Negi, being British, prefers tea, while Fate, who according to what is likely a cover story comes from Istanbul, sticks with coffee.
- Fate is remarkably fond of this, really. During his fight with Rakan, he ended it by warping reality so that they were at a tea party. Rakan tries to punch, bam, he's suddenly holding a cuppa and wearing a formal suit. It isn't "did I just have tea with Cthulhu'', but "did Cthulhu just stop fighting and force me into a tea party"?
- This would lead to a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Hercule/Mr.Satan in Dragon Ball, when he hangs out with the world-destroying Buu long enough to convince him that being nice to people is more fun than killing them.
- Ronnie Sukiart from Baccano!! is a nigh-omnipotent alchemist-cum-Eldritch Abomination with a true form that has freaked out even the most jaded of men. Isaac and Miria introduce him to dominoes. Serious Business ensues.
- In an episode of Gintama, an alien moves in next door that is huge, green-skinned, red-eyed, horned, fanged, and generally scary. He also sells flowers, which the gang refuses to believe. They then spend the episode trying to figure out his dastardly plan, while he tries to be neighborly. And he does literally invite them in for tea.
- Gungrave when Blood War (seriously, that's his name) has a smoke with Brandon Heat and offers him the chance to join him on 'his battlefield,' having been impressed earlier by Brandon's skills. The whole scene, with Brandon's protégé hitman being held at gunpoint by necrolised humans, (basically nigh-on invincible zombies) while Blood War attempts to be all chummy, is quite surreal.
- In Spiral, Eyes Rutherford, at this point of the 'good guys', and Kanone, who's just spent several volumes attempting to kill almost everyone else, single-handedly sent the whole main cast to hospital in the process, twice in Eyes' case, and got out of it all without a scratch… have a merry tea party. Then again they're both Blade Children and both seem to think it's a perfectly normal thing to do.
- Angol Moa, the wielder of the planet-busting Lucifer Spear in Sgt. Frog and the one prophesied to destroy the world, is far too kindhearted to actually do so.
- Umineko: When They Cry has this happening as the story unfolds. The villains and the hero are passing time in a small tea room...while watching the brutal events surrounding the island murders unfold. This is especially the case with Beatrice, as she starts to develop friendship with Battler (most apparent in EP 3), and her demon pals show up and make the small tea room quite lively at times.
- According to Nanoha A's', the only thing that can stop a world-destroying Book of Darkness is a good ol' hug applied directly to its Anthropomorphic Personification and a new name. Though several tons of ass-kicking applied to its Enemy Without helped too.
- Hild's debut in Ah! My Goddess. She's the ruler of all demons, her appearance in the anime is given ominous music to odd to her ominous entrance, and then she goes and hugs her daughter Urd. Skuld is terrified of her while Belldandy explains to Keichi how strong Hild is, and then Hild hugs Belldandy and Skuld, and then she flirts with Keichi. Oh, she also turns out to be Hot as Hell, but that's expected. Given the true nature and appearances of beings like gods and demons, the entire series has been running with this trope from the very first chapter.
- Petshop Of Horrors takes this trope and runs with it. The protagonists: an ancient Chinese being and his menagerie of monsters and mythical beasts, and an LA cop who wants to arrest him for gruesome murders. They drink tea, eat strawberry cake, and provide Ho Yay.
- Shinji takes a bath with and has a sleepover with Cthulhu in Neon Genesis Evangelion episode 24: Knockin' On Heaven's Door. It leads to a lot of Ho Yay. Averted in the manga, where Shinji finds Cthulhu a little too creepy to do anything but keep at arm's length.
- In Shaman King, Big Bad Hao has coffee with his younger brother, the main protagonist, Yoh. Although Yoh himself takes this lightly, the people around him are shocked that he can act so casually with him.
- In High School DXD, Odin decides to pay a visit to Issei's house while drinking tea and leering at Rias' and Akeno's breasts. Then later on, Ophis, known as the Infinite One also hangs out at Issei's home. Even earlier in the series, the night before and the night after the classroom visits at the Kuoh Academy, Sirzechs Lucifer himself has dinner with Issei's parents, and stays at their house overnight.
- The Banquet of Kings in Fate/Zero. The war has already begun, but Saber, Rider and Archer decide to drink wine together while discussing their definitions of what is a true king.
- Pretty much the entire point of Haiyore! Nyarko-san, which reveals that the malign deities of the Cthulhu Mythos are space aliens and can be quite pleasant once you get to know them. The title character is Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos, who appears as a beautiful, energetic teenage girl who makes friends easily due to her honest, outgoing nature and endless cheer (and came to Earth because she fell in Love at First Sight with Ordinary High-School Student Mahiro Yasaka). She's quickly joined in Mahiro's household by Cthuguha the Living Flame and Hastur the Yellow King, who are an Emotionless Gamer Girl and Cute Shotaro Boy respectively.
- In Naruto, Killer B and the Hachibi (whose real name is Gyuki) have this kind of relationship and they are Vitriolic Best Buds. Well, the Hachibi lives inside of Killer B, but they often argue about trivial things. So as Naruto and Kurama the Kyubi in later chapters.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Bulma's birthday party gets a couple of unexpected guests: the God of Destruction Beerus and his assistant Whis. Nobody except Vegeta is actually aware that they're gods, but they're still very friendly and polite and mingle well with the other guests...until Mr. Buu pisses off Beerus by rudely scarfing all the pudding. At that point he decides to destroy the Earth, curb-stomping the Z-Fighters and even slapping Bulma (though in his defense, she slapped him first). After things are resolved by a fight with Goku, Beerus apologizes to Bulma for his rude behavior, says that he had a good time at the party, and hopes that she'll be gracious enough to invite them to her next party. She agrees, and promises that next time she'll make sure there's more than enough pudding for everyone.
- In The Sandman, the eponymous character is equally skilled at being a good host and delivering (usually undeserved) fates worse than death. Death, Sandman's sister, is one of the nicest, most likable people you will ever meet, even if it's not for a while. In The Books of Magic Death and Tim Hunter have a day at the beach talking about life in general, being friends. This while in the process of collecting one of Tim's friends whose life really had ended.
- Darkseid does this a lot. He's happily been mugged and took notes on it, just for the novelty. And he's always unfailing polite and cordial. Just... if he actually has plans for you, don't assume they're nice.
- In Justice League International, this happened to Oberon when he inadvertently ended up barging in Darkseid's inner chambers, and finding himself alone with the Dark God of Apokolips… who promptly suggested he join him for a cup and talk about good old times while he got a new change of clothes.
- Darkseid crashes on Mr. Miracle's armchair in front of the TV and helps himself to a glass of wine before inviting Scott to watch porn of his wife. Another time he has a nice pleasant conversation with Mary Marvel on her couch and convinces her to agreeably turn evil.
- The first issue of Sovereign Seven has Darkseid drop by to recover something that was stolen from him, but ends up having coffee, much to the shock and awe of the main characters.
- In one issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, during the "Wolves At The Gate" arc, Xander and Renee go to seek Dracula's help, and have afternoon tea with him. Indeed, by this point it is hinted that almost all of Xander's relationship with Dracula is based on this. It was shown that after Season 7 but before 8 Xander was brainwashed by him again and they became best friends (they kept each other company and Xander taught him how to ride a motorcycle). When Buffy and two of the now activated Slayers showed up to rescue him Dracula at first wouldn't let him go, but decided he belonged with his friends and they had an, to quote the wiki, "emotional farewell".
- In the comic Ontot Kukkulat ("Hollow Hills") by Finnish graphic novelist Petri Hiltunen (sadly untranslated to English) the climax is set when the protagonists seek to conquer back an ancient troll-fort from an Eldritch Abomination Gorai that took it over centuries ago. At the last minute they decide to try negotiating before the attack. Just then Gorai appears in all its Gigerian glory, and remarks how that pretty thought saved their lives, gives an encouraging, if bizarre monologue, and leaves the planet Earth for good.
- The Death Jr. series also features Death Sr., who looks upon his work in a purely impersonal way and is happily married and with a son in his personal life. Neither are really evil or villainous, it's just that, well, they're the incarnations of death.
- Cable & Deadpool: Deadpool, Cannonball and Siryn (after some dimension hopping adventures looking for Cable) wind up on a farm in the House of M temp reality. There, evil geneticist Mr Sinister invites them to have a home-cooked roast dinner with him and his genetically engineered baby (baby Cable) at his farmhouse. Except the food was poisoned.
- Blossom enlists Mojo Jojo's help in defeating the Micro-Puffs in "Micro-Managing" (issue #68 of The Powerpuff Girls, DC run). The two shake hands in the last panel.
- Malphast's mother from PS238 has this effect on people. She's a high-ranking member of the Legions of Chaos but is perfectly nice and friendly and very keen on helping her son's friends, though sometimes in return for a 'harmless' favour or two.
Films — Animated
- According to Monsters, Inc., the Abominable Snowman is actually a very welcoming host, who often wonders why he wasn't known as the 'Adorable Snowman', or the 'Agreeable Snowman'. He also happens to be very good at making (ostensibly) lemon snowcones.
- In Finding Nemo, Bruce the 'vegetarian' shark and his friends try to live by the motto "Fish are friends, not food." They invite their fishy friends to meetings dedicated to changing the negative shark image, and actually become good friends of Dory and Marlin after a while. They just have to take care that none of them smells blood...
- The short animated film of the children's book Lost and Found features a boy and a penguin rowing to the South Pole. Near their goal, they are shipwrecked in a storm - or at least their boat is inverted, they are unconscious on top of it, and their luggage is floating next to them in the water. Cue horrific octopus that rises from the depths and plucks them up on its tentacles... then shakes out the boat and deposits all neatly within before pushing it on its way and waving goodbye. Given that R'lyeh is allegedly near the South Pole, this seems an appropriate fit, especially since we never see the entire octopus...
- On a similar subject, The Legend of the Titanic. Honestly, once you get past the insult to tragic historical events, the Author Tract, the biological errors and implausibility, the idea of a giant octopus single-handedly (multi-tentacledly?) preventing one of the most massive ships ever designed from sinking is vaguely awesome.
Films — Live-Action
- Discworld examples:
- In The Light Fantastic, Rincewind goes to the house of Death to rescue Twoflower, only to find him teaching the Horsemen of the Apocalypse how to play bridge.
- This is Death in general. His house even has a kitchen and dining room, so the rare living guests can have a nice meal, if they don't mind the weird dimensions, the monochrome-ness of the place, and Albert's cooking. He's also a Rare Male Example (for a given value of 'male') of a crazy cat person, is Intrigued by Humanity and does a difficult and often unpleasant but very necessary job with compassion and professionalism.
- Also used in Guards! Guards!, when the dragon King invites the Guild leaders to a banquet to discuss policies of the new regime. Subverted in that, while the dragon doesn't harm anyone at the time, all of the food provided to the guests is extremely fattening.
- In Soul Music, Susan is playing the role of Death (to the extent that the Rite of Ashk'Ente summoned her instead of him). The wizards don't take her seriously, so she attempts a Deathly glare. Ridcully invites her to breakfast.
- Tshup Aklathep, Infernal Star Toad with A Million Young. It does not mean to harm its victims, it just shows them pictures of its children until their brains implode or they commit suicide, whichever happens first.
- A slightly odd (read TOTALLY FREAKING WEIRD) version of this is the dinner scene at the end of the book version of Hannibal. A similar scene opened Red Dragon; Hannibal is having a dinner party, possibly feeding his guests people. Later his friend Will Graham shows up to ask for advice and when Hannibal steps out, he looks at a book and realizes Hannibal's the killer he's been looking for.
- In Lucius Shepard's vampire detective novel The Golden, the protagonist meets the Patriarch, father of all the vampires. He's a charming, whimsical, Byronic character, except when his disguise slips.
- In Sword of Truth Kahlan goes to a certain meddling witch with an intention to kill her if she so much as looks at her the wrong way. Of course, the witch offers her tea. Later she also remarks that Kahlan didn't even consider the possibility of poison in the tea.
- In The Dresden Files:
- In Summer Knight, Harry goes to meet Mother Winter and Mother Summer, entities of such power that they could destroy him with a stray thought. They act like archetypal concerned grandmas and Harry has a pleasant chat with them.
- Then there's the time Harry goes to a party run by a vampire who's just trying to find an excuse to kill him and has peaceful encounters with a lot of powerful baddies — one of which is Ferrovax, a dragon wearing legionnaire armor he's kept around from his time in Rome and who makes Harry feel like his head is gonna explode by saying just a part of his true name.
- Harry literally has tea with Odin in Changes.
- In Small Favor, Harry has a pleasant conversation with Eldest Gruff, one of Summer's enforcers, who has killed three members of the Senior Council by himself and took down a Denarian with one shot.
- Cold Days is basically this trope, the book. Harry chats with every single Queen of Faerie by the end, plus the Erlking, Odin, and Santa Claus, although it turns out Odin is Santa.
- They're not exactly having tea but circumstances in The Gathering Storm conspire to have Rand al'Thor and Ishamael have a fairly friendly chat. You know, in comparison to their other chats.
- Happens in a Lovecraft story: Randolph Carter, hero of "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", gets to have a chat with Nyarlathotep in person. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that, even though the Crawling Chaos is outwardly friendly, he hardly has Carter's best interests in mind. In "Through The Gates of the Silver Key", it's Yog-Sothoth.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Quite literally in And Another Thing...: Hillman Hunter, director of the planet Nano, when he is holding interviews with many deities to find a new god for everybody to worship. Hilarity Ensues when Hillman Hunter realizes Cthulhu is (sort-of) dead and Cthulhu curses him off when he is forced to leave; he writes on the application "NO CALLBACK".
- In Life The Universe And Everything, Trillian and Arthur have a nice friendly chat with the pulverized, space-borne remains of Hactar, a supercomputer that wants to destroy the Universe. He even creates an image of a tea table for them, although it's just a trick of the light.
- Sethra Lavode from Steven Brust's Dragaera books has power that rivals or perhaps exceeds the gods, was around when humanity was just beginning to discover this thing called "civilization", and is the most powerful sorcerer in a world of extremely powerful sorcerers. She likes to have her friend Vlad over for a nice dinner from time to time.
- In Malazan Book of the Fallen, Tehol Beddict's servant is an Elder God in disguise. Making this less "Did you just have tea with Cthulhu?" and more "Were you just served tea by Cthulhu?"
- The Maximum Ride books have the Krelp, enormous sea cucumber-like things the size of planes, which are actually pretty beneficial to the heroes.
- In the Infocom novel Wishbringer, our hero accidentally wanders into the lair of that bloodthirsty scourge of the Zork universe, the grue... where he has a pleasant chat with the grue in question, who even provides some helpful directions. And then later on he brings by his enemies as an afternoon snack. Who says it doesn't pay to be polite to adventurers? This is absolutely not the case in the game itself, where your best options are to provide it with a warm blanket and raid its fridge.
- Dracula. Sure, there was clearly something creepy going on, but it takes a while before Jonathan Harker actually decides he wants to leave, and the Count remains friendly around him right up until he starts attempting escape.
- As quoted above, the Shel Silverstein poem "Monsters I've Met."
- In A Study in Emerald the protagonists have a friendly meeting with Queen Victoria, who speaks perfectly good English with a slight buzzing noise, and is kind enough to heal the narrator's injury.
- In Star Trek: Gemworld, the Eldritch Abomination responsible for the Negative Space Wedgie threatening the planet Gemworld is actually responsive to diplomacy. Deanna Troi is able to negotiate a peace with it, convincing the intelligence to call off its attack.
- The climax of Geoph Essex's Lovely Assistant elicits a Did We Just Have a Chat With Cthulhu? moment that even includes a clean white tablecloth and maybe a waiter (heard but not seen). Though it's all just an abstract psychic language that Jenny and the creature use to communicate, and the creature isn't really Cthulhu at all.
- In Magic Bleeds, book 4 of the Kate Daniels series, the heroine has Erra, the Plaguebringer of Babylonian myth, in her house for tea. The myth is wrong and he is a she. And Kate knows her just a bit too well.
- Toby's friendship with the Luidaeg in the October Daye novels.
- J. R. R. Tolkien's poem The Lonely Troll is this. The title character, rather than being a fierce predator and marauder like most trolls, is lonely and just wants to be friends. When he comes into town, everyone runs away from him, except for Perry-the-Winkle, whom he takes home to tea and then teaches him the secret of baking the best bread.
- Very minor example in A Clockwork Orange where the burgeoning sociopath Alex has a short and relatively friendly conversation with his corrections officer Mr. Deltoid (yes?), one of the few times in the book where he treats somebody decently, and he actually offers tea. This probably has something do with Alex's Wicked Cultured nature.
- In the first Black Company novel by Glen Cook, Croaker and several of his fellows are running a covert operation to catch an important enemy wizard. Just after Croaker puts the kettle on in their hideout, they're interrupted by the Limper, a powerful (undead?) sorcerer and rival to their own patron, Soulcatcher. Croaker automatically places a cup of tea in front of the Limper, and the Limper is taken aback enough to just drink it. This is roughly equivalent to a common Gondorian soldier sharing a drink with a Nazgul. They've even shared a few meals with Soulcatcher!
- American Gods. Pretty much happens throughout the whole novel.
- Unique has this at the end. Each of the guests there considers the others to be the Cthulhu in question. Did you just share barbecued meat with a werewolf? Did you just reminisce about old times with a vampire? Did you get some sage advice from a Magi? Are you really pulling out the old scrap book of old friends to show to the hunters to compare notes and figure out who killed who!?
- Doctor Who
- Kronos at the end of the serial The Time Monster.
- The encounter with the White Guardian at the opening of The Ribos Operation.
- LOST nearly does this, back when there was enough mystery surrounding Henry Gale to make Kate's beach-side breakfast with him scary enough to be an example of this. And in the sixth season, you have to assume that our heroes have had at least one casual meal with the Smoke Monster during their journey with him. In fact, even if they haven't had tea with the guy, they seem to forget what exactly he could turn into at any given moment and still strike up normal conversations with him as if he actually is John Locke.
- Death has a knack for doing this (mostly with Dean), since he has a love for fast food. (Because that stuff will kill you, one assumes.) However it is NOT a comedy bit, as Death is friendly (or rather, not actively malevolent) primarily because he's so far beyond anything else in the series that he genuinely doesn't worry about anything. He's not even more than mildly perturbed regarding the death-defying shenanigans of the protagonists, assuring them cheerfully that eventually they won't come back.
- The lighter version is pretty common in the series as well. Crowley at one point literally has dinner with a group of mortals in the course of bargaining away all of their souls, and the Alpha vampire and head Leviathan are both fond of a bit of a friendly chat with opponents occasionally. Generally more on the played-for-laughs end of the spectrum.
- The Year Without a Santa Claus After being denied help by the cackling anthropomorphic Embodiment of Cold, and threatened by the furious and vengeful Embodiment of Heat, our heroes are left with no options but to beg an audience of the Mightiest of Them All, the Personification of the Natural Forces of the Very Universe, Mother Nature. And She gives them all a nice little snack.
- In the fourth season of Farscape, Crichton is introduced to Einstein, a representative of the mysterious Ancients. It's demonstrated that Einstein is capable of controlling time, manipulating wormholes, and creating strange and eldritch pocket dimensions for use as meeting grounds; as such, after being warned that Einstein may have to kill him, Crichton is a little bit surprised when Einstein uses all his godlike powers to provide a lecture on wormhole physics.
- In Reaper the Devil tends to pop in and out to Sam whenever there's an escaped soul, or want to talk to Sam. Presumably, this is because Sam is his favorite child.
- Stargate SG-1: Does it count as this if an ascended being is taking your lunch order?
- Practically ALL of the powerful beings in Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel. Illyria doesn't seem to have mastered human etiquette (or have any desire to), but you can have a chat with her, and there was the time she played video games with Drogyn. All of Wolfram and Hart abides by politeness, but make no mistakes about their ambitions. Glorificus has quite a few non-hurty conversations with Buffy, though largely because until the end nothing Buffy did could scratch her. Even the First Evil and the evil preacher Caleb popped in just to chat in a friendly way under truce. They always let you know that the next time they came there would be blood, though.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Really the crew could ask themselves this after half of their adventures with Q. Eventually, Picard is more annoyed than stressed when he invariably runs into Q again.
- A fairly common occurrence in Grimm. Most wesen, when meeting Nick, immediately have an Oh, Crap moment to which Nick usually just brushes off and continues with his day/investigation. The having tea bit comes in when Nick helps the very creatures a traditional grimm would typically murder without a second thought. Most of his wesen friends were terrified/wary of him when they first met.
- One example involves Juliette's college roommate Alicia fleeing her abusive husband and staying at Juliette and Nick's place. Nick is happy to help, even when he discovers that she is a Fuchsbau (a fairly benign fox-like Wesen). He reveals is to Juliette, and she tries to confront her friend with it, only for the friend to deny that she has any idea what a "Wesen" is. Finally, Juliette blurts out that Nick is a Grimm, causing her friend to immediately freak out and try to run away (imaging finding out that your college roommate's nice guy boyfriend is a boogeyman for your kind with a penchant for decapitation). On the other hand, once Juliette proves that the Wesen don't scare her, after Alicia's abusive husband, a cat-like Klaustreich, woges in front of her, and Nick scares him away (the guy wasn't afraid of Nick the Cop, but Nick the Grimm...), Alicia realizes that Nick is not your typical Grimm.
Mythology and Religion
- Fairy tales from several different cultures all seem to include one myth in which a horrible baby-eating hag, Death itself, or some similar beast either adopts a foundling or takes a mentor role (such as "Death as Godfather"), and generally proves benevolent to the child.
- Ananta Shesha, lord of all nagas, according to the Bhagavata Purana, is a gigantic serpent with a thousand heads. So huge that it can hold all the planets in its hoods. Not only can it spew venom, but it also breathes fire. It's also one of the few beings that will remain after the destruction of the universe. While that sounds like a fearsome Eldritch Abomination, Shesha is a good deity. It prefers to sing and praise the glories of Vishnu, who sleeps on its back, rather than cause destruction with its venom and fire breath. Many Hindu gods have forms that look less than comfortable and still are helpful to mortals—at least, ones approaching them properly. Kali once saw a toddler lying on a wasteland she just made... picked up and began to breast-feed him. Yes, right in that form, usually depicted with some blood dripping from the tongue stuck out between fangs.
- Christianity. One good look at God kills you stone dead because no evil, no matter how small, can exist in His presence. One of the basic tenets of the religion is to have a personal, one-on-one relationship with Him, and this is the basis of prayers; it's meant to be this trope exactly. In fact, Jesus was A Form You Are Comfortable With/Heroic Sacrifice so this could happen. It's also generally agreed God's got a great sense of humor. Angels are said to look terrifying: vaguely humanoid creatures with four heads, hooved feet and six wings (the classic "angel" picture was actually inspired by Valkyries). They're OK chaps that spend the first few minutes trying to calm down the mortal they appear to (they invariably introduce themselves with something on the lines of "Be Not Afraid"); when they're sent as messengers rather than guardians.
- Islam has more or less the exact same thing going with angels, which are, if anything, even more Eldritch than the ones described in The Bible. The second sura (chapter) of The Qur'an to be revealed (Al-Muddathir—"The Cloaked One"—Sura 74 in the modern order) starts with the words of God trying to comfort Muhammad (the aforementioned "cloaked one") upon the sight of the angel Gabriel, who was delivering the message on God's behalf. (To be a bit flippant, it basically goes, "Oh, it's just an angel, so stop cowering behind that cloak of yours and spread the Word!")
- Much of the action of the Tabletop RPG Nobilis can revolve around this. (The Player Characters, of course, also have god-like powers relative to mortals and other lesser beings.)
- "Having tea with the moon" is Fan Speak among Nobilisers for campaigns that center on quirky social interaction.
- In GURPS, the Weirdness Magnet drawback means that your character is well… a Weirdness Magnet. This doesn't necessarily put you in danger. The horrible eldritch entities may find you to devour the incredibly rare artifact you didn't know was concealed inside you. Or they may invite you over for tea. Entertainingly, the points you gain from taking the Weirdness Magnet disadvantage is exactly enough to purchase the 'Unfazeable' Advantage, which means that your character isn't fazed by this sort of thing.
- Occasionally happens in Exalted, where many of the greatest threats to creation are bound by various treaties and/or wish to project an image of respectability for at least the time being. Nobody wants to explain why they turned down an invitation to a little soiree hosted by Eye and Seven Despairs at which Ligier will be in attendance.
- And if anyone's likely to experience this, it's the Eclipse Caste. Thanks to old pacts sealed back in the First Age, they can engage in diplomatic negotiations with gods, elementals, ghosts, demons and The Fair Folk, all under a banner of peace. This can lead to things like attending a dance party with five of Malfeas's component souls, joining the Raksha for high tea with a side of maiden's tears, or enjoying a trip to the theater with a bloodthirsty god of serial murder.
- Considering the power level Solar Exalted can bring, who is taking the role of Cthulhu?
- Can happen in Changeling: The Lost; The Fair Folk may turn you into a vicious hunting dog, or they may just want you to join them for a tea party that lasts for seven centuries. If you come back with the intention of kicking their teeth in, their reaction runs the gamut from crushing you to death to welcoming you back with open arms and presents for their star pupil. (Occasionally, both.) Sometimes, they can become human enough to actually have tea with you as a person, which can make interactions with them retroactively tea with Cthulhu.
- The Immortal God Emperor of Mankind in Warhammer 40,000 got up to this a lot back before he was stuck on life support.
- This occurs at the resolution in the tale of Old Man Henderson, the only person to win Call of Cthulhu. While both Henderson and Elder God Hastur lie dying as result of the former's brilliant plan to kill the latter, Henderson lights up a blunt and offers it to Hastur. Hastur accepts. The two spend the last minute of their lives having a friendly conversation reflecting on the bittersweet ironies that led to their deaths.
- Gunnerkrigg Court
- Antimony Carver (a twelve-year-old girl) and Coyote (an ancient trickster god of incredible power), act friendly and seem to more or less treat each other as equals. Word of God holds that one of the reasons Coyote likes Antimony is because she doesn't hesitate to shrug him off. To her ethereal sight he looks much like someone peering into a fishbowl would — if that fishbowl were our three-dimensional space... and she has no problems riding on his back or playing a prank on her teacher together.
- Prior to Coyote, Antimony was acquainted with a number of psychopomps, whom she'd follow and talk to during their visits to the hospital where she lived (to claim the patients who didn't make it). In particular, the Guide of Insects, Ketrak, is apparently quite friendly, but Kat was freaked out upon introduction (though he's supposedly a comforting sight to his intended audience).
- The Order of the Stick:
- One time instance, Elan meets up with a Squid Thingy and the two end up playing a friendly game of Scrabble. In this case, Elan, being The Ditz didn't have anything of interest to the creature, and so he was in no danger.
- The paladin O-Chul made friends with the Monster in the Darkness (generally suspected to be a young Eldritch Abomination). He taught it about honor, courage, and logic (via the board game Go), and the Monster traded dinners with him (being a prisoner, O-Chul was fed gruel; the Monster, a valued ally to the villains, was fed beef stew, which he happily shared in exchange for gruel). They even have a tea party together.
- Retrospectively, Durkon having tea with Minister Malack comes across as this thanks to the later reveal that Malack is a vampire. The reveal makes what originally seemed to be a friendly meeting come across on second read as a Dracula Shout-Out. For extra points, the "bloodwart" tea that Malack served was not a tea made from the (misspelled) plant bloodwort. Rather, it was a tea made from blood and warts.
- This Drowtales scene. Mel is a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold / Crazy Cat Lady, not the villain, but this qualifies because she is scary and because Ariel was told she was a monstrous rapist. Mostly because she IS monstrous, but Ariel is her daughter, whose kidnapping by Mel's mother caused her to go psycho
- In Sluggy Freelance, Torg is kidnapped by an Arachnaseuse, a spider-like monster from the Dimension of Pain that ... gives him a relaxing massage.
Arachnaseuse: How do you feel now, mortal spec of meat-flesh?
Torg: Terrific! Wow, my neck can, like, turn 45 degrees more than before! That was awesome!
Arachnaseuse: Thank you, mortal spec of meat-flesh!
- There's also a whole dimension (an alternative version of the Dimension of Pain) where the demons capture you and serve you delicious food. Mind you, the weight gained from the demon food never comes off, and you'll be enslaved for eternity if you can't pay.
- Death and the Maiden is about Mercedes, a young woman who has a Will They or Won't They? relationship with Death.
- Hello Cthulhu.
- Death was one of Ship's old teachers in Count Your Sheep, from whose expert tutelage Ship gets much of his prodigious sedative skill. In one flashback, Death pokes fun at Ship because they've run into one another while Ship is on a coffee run.
- User Friendly: Several of the Main Cast, and with Cthulhu himself nonetheless! He still maintains his malevolence.
- The toddler-ized Rose from Torchwood Babiez ends up having a tea party with Satan. Of course, this is partially due to the fact that she doesn't seem to know it's Satan.
- The Shadowchild in Digger is, technically, a soul-eating demon. But it's so gosh-darned cute. It wants to be your friend!
- Digger instinctively feels all gods are dangerous and best not meddled with but is eventually forced to grudgingly admit the Statue of Ganesh is a good guy. Digger's unease is probably at least somewhat assuaged by the statue's own insistence that whatever his mystical properties might be, he is not, in fact, the actual god Ganesh, and while Ganesh is probably a very nice guy himself, he can't say for sure because he's just a statue who's never met the guy.
- Which is an interesting way to phrase it, since the statue has been known to channel Ganesh from time to time. Including one instance where he tries to bless Murai and Digger's journey, and Digger cuts him off because she doesn't have time for the formalities. Murai's reaction is priceless.
- After Terezi accidentally scratches Disk 2 of Homestuck, you, the reader, take it to Doc Scratch for repairs. He offers you candy, and narrates the comic for a while. He's a very good host, you see.
- Doc Scratch asks Rose to think of him fondly, like visiting a beloved uncle who offers her candy. She's... kind of disturbed, actually, which is impressive given it's Rose.
- One of these was implied to have occurred between doomed-timeline John and Typheus right before the latter killed the former.
- Jade and Davesprite confirm that Denizens will speak with players who sequence-break to them. This is how Jade bargained for Echidna's quills (and advice on breeding frogs), and how Davesprite got Caeldfwlch from Hephaestus (twice; he had to take it back to Hephaestus for repairs).
- The Noble Circle of Horrorterrors appear to be this, as they communicate with Derse dreamers to offer advice and guidance on the game, and they don't appear to bother anyone travelling through the Furthest Ring, where they reside. Though the jury is still out on whether they're truly as benign as they've been presenting themselves. Some have theorized they're only being helpful because Lord English is killing them, giving them and the heroes a common foe.
- This and Did You Just Romance Cthulhu? are the entire point of Ow, my sanity. On one memorable occasion, Dave GMs a game of Call of Cthulhu played by actual Lovecraftian entities.
- Most encounters with supernatural beings in Wapsi Square go like this. Monica alone has sat down for tea and cookies with a sphinx, discussed careers with one of the other two gorgons from the Medusa myth (the gorgon turned out to be Monica's biggest fan), and gone clubbing with the entities responsible for the destruction of an ancient, advanced civilization.
- The Buildingverse: The question should be phrased in Roommates as "Did We Just Go Hunting (and not as prey) With a Trickster Godnote , a Fair Folk Death Avatarnote and a Legendary King?" and the answer is thanks to the Monster Roommate sure they did, one of them even won a free wish. Or "Did Some Actual Humanoid Abomination Just Invite James to Poker?" And in its spin-offs: Girls Next Door "Did Sarah just spent Christmas with An Ice Person of Mass Destruction and Satan?", Superintendent "Did We Just Spent Christmas With a Legendary Sorceressnote ?" and Only A Dream "Did Sarah just have tea with the probably most powerful Fairy King and Queennote ?".
- In one Nodwick story, the party is captured by a cult let by an Eldritch Abomination who belongs to a species that are the power source for crystal balls. The creature then wants to talk to Nodwick specifically, because it feels that, being a henchman, he's the only one who'll understand its plight. (Apparently, this guy is Genre Savvy enough to realize that Nodwick is the Only Sane Man in his group, something that often tends to be true with henchmen in general in this reality.)
- All of the Old Gods were changed when they invaded our reality in Cthulhu Slippers, but Cthulhu in particular seems kind of…nice.
- The Shadow Hog in Invader Zim is a god for everything porcine. It is large, creepy, and powerful... and it becomes fast friends with Gaz.
- H.P. Lovecraft himself has coffee with Cthulhu in The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" couch sequence.
- Bender has a nice, intelligent discussion. With God. Or the remains of a satellite that collided with God, creating a sentient nebula. Either one is possible. My good chum.
- The second movie introduces Yivo: at first this seems to be a universe-wide example of this trope, but it turns out to be Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?.
- The Powerpuff Girls usually fight the giant monsters that try to wreck Townsville, but as seen in the episode "Major Disaster", they're friends with at least one of them.
- South Park
- The episode "Mysterion Rises" has Eric Cartman/Coon befriending the Dread Lord Cthulhu himself, with a simultaneously awesome and terrifying Totoro-esque journey.
- The boys have hung out with Satan's son, while Satan himself threw a big Halloween party.
- In one episode of Aladdin: The Series, Al and company try to protect a city from Zemhir the Destroyer, a giant rhino-like being who comes to destroy a city every night. Genie finds Zemhir's lair, goes in... and ends up having a pleasant conversation him over tea, as he's really a nice guy whose "rampages" are caused by magic dancing shoes he's wearing.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- The Darkness from The Fairly OddParents "Wishology" special turns out to be a harmless Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold.
- Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "Once Upon A Planet". Several characters end up roasting marshmallows with the dragon that was trying to kill them a few minutes earlier.
- In Fish Hooks, the main characters fall in a shark tanks and one of the sharks says, "I'm having you for dinner!" Cut to everyone sitting down to a nice dinner with the sharks.
- In Spongebob Squarepants the Flying Dutchman has to crash in Spongebob's house till his ghost ship gets fixed.
- In Star Wars: The Clone Wars when the Power Trio got stuck on Mortis, the Father, embodiment of the Balance of the Force had Anakin as a guest on a stormy night.
- The Adventure Time episode "Jake the Dog" has Jake hanging out in a hot tub with Prismo, an extradimensional entity who lives at the centre of The Multiverse and grants Jerkass Genie wishes, and the Cosmic Owl, who grants people prophetic dreams of their own death. He becomes good friends with the former.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Discord is a phenomenally powerful God of Evil and the worst threat the characters have ever faced. In the Season Three episode "Keep Calm And Flutter On", Discord is released to be reformed and befriended by Fluttershy, living in her house and having a dinner party with the ponies who imprisoned him. However, Fluttershy is only doing it because Princess Celestia herself requested it, and Discord is only playing along until he can find a way out. until the reformation works. In the Season 4 Finale it is revealed that he and Fluttershy continue to have tea visits and picnics on a weekly basis.
- A Robot Chicken Star Wars sketch showed a deal that Lando made with the empire: dinner with Darth Vader and Boba Fett.
- Dave Barry once wrote a gag based on this. If women made computer games, instead of killing everything you saw, you could ask the bug-eyed monster where the exit is. Surprised that you don't want to kill it, the monster would take you home, serve you snacks, and start showing you pictures of its larvae.
- As for etiquette, an old proverb says 'When you sup with the Devil, use a long spoon.'—-he is no respector of persons, but evidently has a soft spot for table manners.
I do so love having visitors.
Tea? But of course!
By the way... you have such lovely eyes, could I keep them?
Oh, you say you need them?
All right, you can keep your eyes. I didn't realize you humans can't get them replaced.