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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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.
Shinigami, the God of Death from Soul Eater. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 D×D, 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.
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 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.
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.
In A Different Medius, Specters are reality-warping abominations that drain the world's life-force to exist, and are generally insane beyond hope. Then there's Bebo, the only friendly Specter Buwaro and co. have met so far, who literally invites them over for tea. Of course, Bebo is Buwaro's dead biological father, so of course he'd be nice to him.
The entire premise of the Death Note fic I Won't Say. Near is mystified when pondering the fact that Kira just ruffled his hair. As is Mello when Kira makes them cocoa... Also later on in the story L invites Beyond Birthday to come join them for Christmas dinner.
A Growing Affection: Affably Evil demon Doraku has a polite dinner with a captured Hinata, Naruto, Sakura and Lee where he explains his powers (involves blood-sucking but he assures them his demon clan was the inspiration for vampires and there is no such thing) and asks them to tell him what's going on in the world.
Hard Reset: Twilight Sparkle, stuck in a time loop, spends one iteration having tea and scones with Queen Chrysalis and swapping embarrassing stories about Shining Armor. Chrysalis almost convinces Twilight that she might not be so bad after all, at least until she decides to kill her by laying eggs in her brain.
The Pony POV Series invokes this with Discord's cousin Ponythulhu, who, despite being an Eldritch Abomination is really polite and yet to do anything remotely evil. Dark World!Mane Cast seem pretty fond of him, or at the very least thing take pains to be polite to him, even after their Heel-Face Turn.
Shining Armor recounts he once attended a diplomatic meeting between Princess Celestia and Queen Tiamat, the five headed Kaiju-sized Mother Goddess and Queen of All Dragons, who Curbstomped the entire Hooviet Army by herself. According to Shining, the meeting consisted of the two rulers having polite conversation over tea, with Queen Tiamat's cups being bigger than some houses. And this seems to be a semi-regular occurrence.
In the one-shot "Setting The Record Straight", Discord's father, Havoc, visits Twilight, Luna, and Celestia in their dreams... and very politely clears up all their misconceptions about him and his family, making it clear that Discord himself is the only one who's actually outright evil. He also reveals to Celestia and Luna that their family wasn't wiped out in the war, and even takes the time to explain to Twilight where all those soapboxes keep coming from (revealing that it's not a curse, but something to be proud of). And then they play the trope to the letter, spending the rest of the dream having a tea party. Afterwards, Twilight comments on the oddity of it all.
In Zero vs Kira Cecile has this reaction upon realizing that the guyIn the Hood she just got a glimpse of was Kira and that he is offering his protection in exchange for her and Lloyd's obedience.
Arads Stardust: To those in the XCOM Universe, Twilight Sparkle is one of these with her amazing pool of magic spells that violate every known law of physics plus having enough magical strength to destroy their base if she chose to. Despite this, Twilight is quite blatantly benign and friendly towards the humans she's found herself amongst. She happily talks to them about all things they ask her, loves children's fiction, at one point needs to be coaxed into bed like a naughty little girl, and spends one chapter playing cards with some humans — and losing quite badly, because she's a terrible liar.
In crossover fic Ryuugis The Master Of Death, Harry Potter is a Humanoid Abomination whose very presence damages reality around him. He's also a nice old man, who want to drink tea and chat about how well Harry Dresden has grown up. The inconsistent, writhing shadow, the casual use of terrifying magics and Dresden's memory of their childhood encounter consisting solely of horrific pain and Potter chatting cheerfully ensure that Dresden and Murphy humour him.
The Lord of the Rings fic The Bridge Over Osgiliath has an example of this, when Aragorn is talking politely with Sauron, and while he's aware that the man he's speaking to is on the other side of the war, he only finds out at the end of their conversation exactly who he was dealing with.
Aragorn: Excuse me. I don't mean to give offense, but how did you get mixed up in Sauron's organization?"
Sauron: I'm Sauron.
Comes up in Greenfire: After Greenfire returns her lost gemstones to her and remaining cordial when she intrudes upon his lair, Rarity "thanks" him by inviting herself in and forcing him into a tea party. In this case, it's Greenfire, the powerful dragon who's feared by the populace and can kill a pony like Rarity in one swipe, as the companion who remarks how odd Rarity's lack of concern is. Eventually, it starts to grow into something more.
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...
Inverted in the third movie - Davy Jones (Lovecraftian fish-person and Grim Reaper of the sea) stomps into the stateroom of Cutler Beckett, the (entirely human) Big Bad. He's having tea with The Hero and discussing their rather shaky alliance.
In Return to Oz, Dorothy and her companions eventually confront the Nome King, a shapeshifting earth elemental that all but doubles as the mountain that contains his Supervillain Lair. As it happens, he's also a polite and warmhearted host who provides Dorothy with a meal of limestone pie and hot molten silver — up until the conditions of his game are revealed.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
SethraLavode 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 friendVlad 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 RPGNobilis 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.
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.
The hero becomes bizarre friends with the Baba Yaga in Quest for Glory IV. Provided he brings her taste of food (bones, monster goo, etc) each visit; she'll tolerate him in her hut and even chat. Even her talking skull guard on her gate is weirded out. He has to BRING FOOD; though, or she'll eat him. The skull, in this case, is totally justified in being weirded out, because to say Baba Yaga is not a nice person severely underestimates her capacity for ill will. In some versions of the traditional fable "Vasilisa the Brave", every last one of Baba Yaga's minions lets Vasilisa go free during her escape attempt, because she showed each one a gesture of kindness as she left, which was baffling and refreshing to beings that had previously only known Baba Yaga's cruelty.
The Quest for Glory example is even more bizarre by the fact that she was the Big Bad in the first game, and you utterly defeated her, humiliated her, broke her curse on the land, with her swearing revenge on you.
Her brother Theodore from the PSP version is just as dangerous in combat, and possibly even more of a Fish out of Water when it comes to dealing with human society.
And an interesting variation: when the Appriser of Deathrealizeswho hereally is and whathe will cause, and shares this information with his friends —friends with whom he had eaten ramen with, peeped on girls with, attended classes with, and enjoyed hot baths with at an onsen during a school trip. It hits them all pretty hard with the implications of all the time they've spent together. And even then, although he can willingly change back and forth into his true form, he will still sit quietly and converse with his friends about the ultimate outcome.
The Heartless of Kingdom Hearts are bloodthirsty creatures of id that want to consume the hearts of everything...and the White Mushrooms just want to play charades.
How willing members of the villainous Organization XIII are to chat with the protagonist, clever banter and light-hearted taunting included! Well, at least until Sora hits their Berserk Button.
Amongst Touhou fans, "tea parties" are a euphemism for Defeat Means Friendship, as the actual Gods and millennium-old monsters of unstoppable power (who just happen to be cute girls) all eventually wind up joining the party at Reimu's shrine that occurs in at least one ending of any given game. Said "tea at the shrine" endings have been confirmed as the canonical outcome to every game save Immaterial and Missing Power (and even then, the resident Cutethulhu decides to settle down and move in with the heroine).
The auto-name of the Squamous Gibbererfamiliar from Kingdom of Loathing always starts with Cth-, the familiar specific equipment are lozenges that increase the mucus in your throat in order to help with evil muttering, and it makes chat messages show up that basically say it is an evil elder god of some sort, but that doesn't stop it from healing you, protecting you from enemy attacks, and giving you extra adventures after using it (chances to do stuff basically).
In Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Episode 4, Doctor Norrington turns out to be a highly depowered aspect of Yog-Soggoth. He's a little snippy towards the main characters, but is mostly a mellow, amiable creature who just wants to return to his home dimension.
Halfway through Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Kain meets Vorador, a vampire many thousands of years old and credited with being the very first of the "human" vampires, creating the Soul Reaver, killing his way through most of the Circle of Nine and kicking Malek the Paladin's ass. He promptly invites Kain to dinner, and over goblets of freshly-drained blood, tells one of his many war stories; he even gives Kain a magic ring to summon him should the need arise.
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Laguna fights the Cloud of Darkness, and the cutscene after the battle has her suddenly back off when Laguna takes a moment to admire her "appearance". What follows is a civil and normal conversation where Laguna explains his reasons for fighting for Cosmos, and the Cloud of Darkness tells him where the Manikins are coming from because she's interested in how someone with his attitude towards the war will handle the information. She's an Eldritch AbominationOmnicidal Maniac, but she and Laguna actually get along fine once they take a minute to stop fighting.
The entire plot of Leviathan revolves around this. Further complicated by Cthulhu in this case going through great lengths to avoid having tea with anyone and making them appear both impressed and infuriated by Shepard's dogged persistence in tracking them down.
If Shepard manages to recruit both the Rachni and the Geth in the third game, the personnel working on the Crucible send a few emails detailing their initial freakout when they showed up, asking for maybe a little heads up the next time Shepard decides to recruit Cthulhu?!
Played for laughs in Dragon Age II - "Mark of the Assassin". Isabela claims to see Flemeth, the immortal shapeshifter with almost godlike powers, at the Hanged Man. Apparently, she threatens to turn people into toads and eat their babies if they beat her at cards.
Your Dwarf Fortress sometimes receives visiting diplomats or leaders from neighboring human lands. In some cases, the human lands are ruled by a demon posing as the avatar of the humans' deity, who is nonetheless precisely as amiable as any other human diplomat would be. Unless it gets upset by something and starts spitting poison or fire.
In The Elder Scrolls, this occurs anytime a mortal interacts with one of the Daedric Princes. Amusingly, this becomes a literal example in Sheogorath's Daedric Quest for Skyrim, where he actually is encountered sitting around a table having tea with Pelagius The Mad. Also the Skyrim quest with Sanguine the Daedric Prince of dark indulgences It starts off with you both having a drink. Then the two of you have an (Offscreen) night on the town doing drunken pranks, during which he promised to take you to a place where "Wine flows like water"
Pokémon X and Y have a feature that lets you pet your Pokemon, feed them treats, and play games with them. One of these Pokemon is Yveltal, the Pokemon personification of death. It likes it when you scratch its neck ruff. Others include: Giratina (A Pokemon most commonly compared to The Devil), Darkrai (A Pokemon that traps anything that comes close to it within endless nightmares), not to mention there are several Pokemon that steal souls or drag people to hell.
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 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 DraculaShout-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.
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.
Malphast's mother from PS238 has this effect on people. She's a high-ranking member of the Legions ofChaos 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 New York Magician, Michel, winds up talking to various Elders, Cthulhu among them. (A djinn friend of his actually works for Cthulhu.)
In the Felarya manga (warning: virtually every page contains nudity), Crisis, the giant man-eating naga (top half woman, bottom half snake), will occasionally befriend a human. Veeeeerrrrrry occasionally, though. 99.9% of the time, she'll just eat you.
An example from Homestar Runner: The Horrible Painting "likes to entertain."
This happens in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe once, when one of Los Hermanos's duplicates comes across The Blood Red King in an empty New York coffee shop. The villain hadn't even killed any of the shop's staff.
The Blood Red King: Sit down, sit down... if I had wanted to kill you, your entrails would already be hanging from the ceiling fans. Here... have a cup. It's Indonesian. Cream? Sugar?"
Zorc is considered one in this series too. Despite the fact he loves to destroy the world, he's a pretty nice guy.
While the relationships are always from subordinate to superior, most gropagas find their time spent talking with The Dark Lord Inglip to be rather pleasant.
Leo & Satan where Satan, a house-sized red horned dragon occasionally drops by from hell to hang out with Leo, a preteen boy with a trapdoor to hell in his bedroom.
Retarded Animal Babies features Satan as a recurring character. In his first appearance, Donkey brought him to Show and Tell along with thre potaters and a bucket full of pelicans. Satan brought a snowglobe
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.
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.