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Zeus must have had some great pick-up lines.
A character is romantically or sexually involved with an actual god or demigod, like Zeus
. Or even Satan
! Hey, if you're Pals with Jesus
, you can hook up with these folks pretty easily. The relationship may be short-term
; the important thing is that it involves a deity. (If the character merely has powers like
a god, that's more likely to be an example of Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex
Particularly common in some mythologies where Everybody Has Lots of Sex
— Greek Mythology is noted for this.
If the other partner is also a deity
, you have an example of a God Couple
; otherwise, it is presumably a form of Interspecies Romance
. If the relationship leads to offspring, then you have Divine Parentage
. If the question of the mortal's actual consent to the relationship is... overlooked, may fall under Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal
Compare and contrast Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?
. May occur in the Magical Girlfriend
genre. For the metaphorical version, where the deity may or may not exist and no actual romance or sex is involved, see Married To A God
. Completely unrelated to Sex God
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Anime And Manga
- Haruhi Suzumiya of Haruhi Suzumiya is forcefully romancing Kyon, who isn't quite sure who he wants. The twist is that she doesn't know that she's a Little Miss Almighty Reality Warper, and everyone else wants to keep it that way.
- Tenchi Muyo!
- Two of the three goddesses, Washuu and Tsunami, in the body of Sasami, are part of Tenchi's Unwanted Harem.
- Tokimi, the third goddess, ends up staying in his house in the very last episode (an extra episode to wrap up loose ends). It's up to interpretations if she joined the harem but given his track record, we can safely assume "yes."
- Considering Tenchi's status it's also arguably a God Couple
- Ah! My Goddess features a Goddess as a Magical Girlfriend.
- Sailor Moon is not quite a goddess, but she may as well be one in the Distant Finale, and not only does she have a token boyfriend who's always in some kind of peril, but her Five-Man Band is very devoted to her. (In the manga, Rei and Minako are shown talking about giving up ever having boyfriends because they'd rather be dedicated to protecting Usagi.)
- In the Shoujo manga Akuma na Eros, the female lead Miu literally dates Satan.
- The Miko's Words and the Witch's Incantations
- Tsumugi is revealed to be so pure, she can only survive in continuous presence of a god, such as the one who resides in her shrine. So Letty goes out, badmouthes said god, and absorbs part of her divine essence, effectively becoming a demigod herself, just so that Tsumugi can travel with her. Yeah, she's way awesome.
- Speaking of the god, she adopts Tsumugi's form and takes over the shrine so the miko can stay with Letty. She also takes Tsumugi's hidden bodyguard as a servant and spends most of her time flirting with them. Since the bodyguard had a thing for Tsumugi, this leaves her... flustered (Though apparently not unhappy).
- Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea has Ponyo's human father and sea goddess mother.
- In the spin-off of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Squee, Squee's classmate is the son of Satan. His mother didn't realize that until years into their marriage, and comments on how it's ironic as she's "always been a good Christian woman."
- Being that any number of gods from classical myth are regular players in any number of comic titles, this is a relatively common occurrence. In The Avengers, for example, Hercules is often portrayed with various lovely young women. He for instance has a romantic and sexual history with his teammates Black Widow and She-Hulk. Also apparently with Northstar.
- In The Sandman the eponymous character has his occasional romances with mortals. They don't seem to end well.
- In Lucifer, Mazikeen (a Lilim, who aren't demons, angels, humans or gods, but something in between all four) maintained a relationship with the human woman Beatrice. The Norse god-giant Bergamir woos and wins Jill Presto, and Martin gets laid with Elaine Belloc, who at that point has become the God of three universes.
- The Incredible Hercules:
- Herc manages to bed quite a few mortals, in addition to at least one other deity. Further expanded in Agents of Atlas, when Namora (one of the mortals previously noted) and Siren spend several days travelling the globe meeting with Herc's various mortal, non-super paramours after Herc's demise.
- Of course, at various points in Hercules' publication in various Marvel books, his father Zeus (as noted in the Mythology section below) is also noted (and observed) as continuing his mortal-chasing ways (he insists that his busty new secretary simply makes the best lattes). The phrase "mortal fever" was bandied about.
- The Mighty Thor: has Asgardian Thor and mortal Jane Foster, sometimes.
- Wonder Woman: Cassie Sandsmark, the second Wonder Girl (or third, depending on how one counts these things), was the daughter of Zeus and mortal archaeologist Dr. Helena Sandsmark.
- Prevalent in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction due to the presence of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, thousand-plus year old alicorns who make the Sun rise in the morning and bring the Moon out at night. They are most frequently paired off with Twilight Sparkle, who is herself an alicorn, but who is only a young adult. Princess Cadance is a borderline example, as while she is also an alicorn, she is only a little older than Twilight, and is married to Twilight's older brother. Still, while the Princesses are revered, their powers are not quite so godly as it might appear at first blush - Twilight has actually lifted the Sun herself on one occasion, and according to Word of God, before Celestia and Luna were born, unicorn mages lifted the Sun and the Moon on their own. Ponies in general are responsible for Painting the Frost on Windows, but Celestia and Luna are still seen has having a vital role in society.
- When asked if she was a devil worshiper, Elvira allegedly replied "I dated him once".
- Narrowly averted in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. The Baron and Venus engage in some serious flirting, but her husband manages to keep it from going too far.
- Grace and Bruce's relationship in Bruce Almighty counts as this, since the film sees him being granted all of God's powers.
- Discworld has a relationship between Susan and the Anthropomorphic Personification of Time, although Susan is one quarter anthropomorphic personification by adoption herself. Said anthropic personification of Time is also the son of a different anthropic personification of Time with a human man.
- She also had a brief fling with a former angel of Rock and Roll.
- The parents of pretty much all the main characters in Percy Jackson and the Olympians are Greek gods, except Grover and Rachel Elizabeth Dare. And its successor, The Heroes of Olympus. But this one mixes in the Roman pantheon of aspects as well.
- In Tides of War the Warcraft-universe novel. The protagonist Jaina Proudmoore hooks up with an ex-physical god Kalec. While in the book only a kiss happens, with the ongoing lore in the Warcraft series, something between them will happen soon.
- In The Redemption of Althalus, Althalus lives, loves, and has a child with Dweia. Dweia just happens to be that universe's mother goddess.
- The Inheritance Trilogy has plenty of examples from Yeine/Nahadoth and Oree/Shiny aka Itempas to various other mentions of humans, gods and godlings all dating/having sex with each other.
- Gardner F. Fox's Niall Of The Far Travels stories. Niall (a Conan-style barbarian) has Emalkartha, goddess of the Eleven Hells as his girlfriend.
- In Tamora Pierce's The Immortals series, Daine's mother Sarra turns out to have had a god for a lover. He cares for her so much that after her death he petitions (successfully) to have her made a goddess as well.
- In the Garrett, P.I. novel, Petty Pewter Gods, Garrett ends up being seduced by a few, including a love goddess named Star and a couple of minor godlets who can take the forms of owls.
- In The Silmarillion, the Elf Elwė marries a minor goddess, Melian. Their daughter, Lśthien, is an Elf of unusual beauty and magic power.
- A major subplot in Warbreaker involves Siri's Arranged Marriage to God-King Susebron, who is revered as a literal Physical God by his followers. Though Susebron is initially presented as a tyrant, he turns out to be a Puppet King and quite friendly, if naive, and he and Siri end up actually falling in love.
- In The Age of the Five trilogy, the god Chaia is said to have had many relationships with humans, driving some of them mad when he left them because he was capable of giving them pleasure of such unbelievable heights that afterwards they were unaffected by any other pleasure reality could offer. The main character, Auraya, has a relationship with Chaia, although ultimately never loves him and ends up breaking it off.
- At the beginning of the Books Of Swords, Mala has anonymous sex with the Emperor, who turns out to be G-d. Yambu had had a long-term relationship with him, although they'd been separated for many years by the time the series began. They do finally get married at the end of Shieldbreaker's Story.
- Any mortal dating an Incarnation could count.
- In Immortal City by Scott Speer, one of the main issues between Jackson and Maddy is that there's not supposed to be any Divine Dating going on, especially not when said relationship would make national headlines, although the trope is zigzagged: it's played straight by Maddy's parents; her mother was human, and her father was an angel, but subverted with Maddy and Jackson themselves, for obvious reasons.
- Roger Zelazny's Creatures of Light and Darkness: Although it's not revealed until much later: Wakim/Set and Megra of Kalgan. Also, at the very end, Megra and Horus the War God, child of Osiris and Isis. (Of course, Osiris and Isis are a God Couple, although no longer so at the time of the story.)
- In Tom Holt's Expecting Someone Taller, Malcolm Fisher gets engaged to a girl who is (though he doesn't know it) a Valkyrie—one of the daughters of Wotan.
- In Gail Carson Levine's book Ever, the story revolves around the efforts of mortal girl Kezi and minor god Olus to make Kezi a goddess.
- The Arabian Nights frame tale features a woman in a relationship with a djinn, although it's not exactly healthy as she takes the opportunity to cheat on him with two kings as soon as he's out of sight for a while.
- In the second book of Mistborn: The Original Trilogy, Elend Venture converts to the Church Of The Survivor for complex political reasons. One of the more uncomfortable aspects of this is that said Church regards his girlfriend, Vin, as a deity. She does not agree with this assessment.
Live Action TV
- Russell T. Davies's The Second Coming ends on a date between Judith, a normal human woman, and her life-long friend Steven Baxter, a bloke who just happened to discover he was the son of God. She ends up killing him.
- Becky, the fangirl expy, from Supernatural was dating Chuck for a while, who, as it turns out, might have actually been God.
- Almost every male god in Classical Mythology, but especially Zeus. As far as he was concerned, anything fair game. Most of the goddesses were a bit less prolific than their male counterparts, but Aphrodite also did a lot of seducing.
- There are Chinese legends and poems about shamans, male and female, gaining their power from romantic unions with spirits or deities.
- There are similarly many stories in Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio of poor, unfortunate scholars randomly ending up with hot fox spirits/ghosts/the spirit of a butterfly, etc. Such stories either end with the spirit lady being killed because she caused the scholar to get sick via life-draining sex, or the scholar and spirit living happily ever after and having several sons, all of whom become great bureaucrats.
- A Japanese story features Oumononushi, the god/spirit of Mount Miwa. Oumononushi was married to a woman called Yamato Totohimomosohime, but visited her only at night. When she asked him to show her his true form, he hid in her comb case, where she found him as a small snake. She was so alarmed, Oumononushi fled to Mount Miwa, and Totohimomosohime felt so ashamed, she used chopsticks to stab herself mortally in the genitals.
- Gilgamesh famously turned down the goddess Ishtar because he had heard what happened to her former mortal lovers.
- Norse Mythology has an example that is somewhere between this and God Couple: Skaši the Giantess, who first married Njǫršr (a Vanir, the smaller, less well known of the two Norse divine familial groupings), and then when that marriage fell apart (he loved the sea, she loved the mountains), ended up as an official lover to Óšinn. The tricky thing with which trope this is is that marrying into the Vanir/Asar was apparently enough to start counting Skaši as a goddess.
- In Dungeons & Dragons various characters date with deities. Most notably Elminister. For example, in the Forgotten Realms setting Elminster the Sage once had a romantic relationship with Mystra, the goddess of magic.
- Gods are unusually accessible in the world of Exalted, so this is a fairly common trope. Even more so if you count the Exalted, who start off human but are endowed with more than enough power to match and even surpass any god. God-blooded are people who result from this sort of thing. Some gods even go out of their way to accumulate relationships because the devotion means extra power or supernatural currency. Others use dates as part of their arrangements with mortals around them so a river god expecting a date with a local maiden once a month to keep the water running at the right speed is common to the point of unnoticeable. The Sidreal Exalted, being agents of the same office gods work for, step in if a god is being too pushy.
- Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories:
- Adell is quite cozy with Demon Overlord Rozalin, known in her previous life as "the God of All Overlords". But then, this is a Nippon Ichi game...
- In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Laharl's human mother married an overlord.
- La Pucelle Tactics
- It ends with Priere and Croix, i.e. the Dark Prince as a couple.
- Priere managed to match him later on though when she became the overlord of the local Netherworld.
- Many of the endings in Soul Nomad also qualify as Revya is a World Eater (race of beings of god like power, some of which are gods themselves). May also count for the female ending with Gig.
- It is possible in Neverwinter Nights Hordes of the Underdark to end the game as ruler of the eighth layer of Baator with power falling just short of being an actual god, and remain in a committed relationship with any of the three love interests after the close of the game.
- Eversion has a variation and major subversion in the good ending, you become an a Eldritch Abomination just so you can act out this trope.
- In Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song, the dancer Barbara catches the eye of The Minstrel, who is eventually revealed to be Elore, lord of the gods.
- Harvest Moon: Animal Parade allows the male and female main characters to date the Harvest Goddess or Harvest King, respectively.
- Prior to a patch that fixed it, in The Sims 3 you could totally woohoo with the Grim Reaper and have his awesome, pitch-black babies.
- May have occurred with The Curse of Monkey Island's Voodoo Lady. When asked about the god Quetzecoatyl she describes him as a "really nice guy, not that bloodthirsty at all. Shorter than you might think."
- In Tales of Innocence all party members and many other characters are the human reincarnations of the game world's gods, though this being a JRPG they generally shy away from admitting to relationships. A better example is the Grigori tribe are blood decendants of one of said gods, resulting from a god's relationship with a mortal, and repeated interactions with the tribe every few generations to keep the divine bloodline strong.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: It's quite possible Link ends up regularly dating a deity in mortal form after the ending of almost any game! But at least Zelda doesn't seem to know in most of those lifetimes that she is the Queen of Lesser Gods, Hylia, in mortal form...
- Lufia series:
- In Fire Emblem: Awakening, the player character has the option to marry Tiki, the daughter of the divine dragon Naga. This trope is then played straight in the Future Past DLC, as Tiki ascends to true godhood in her mother's place.
- Dating Marie in Persona 4 results in this, as she is an aspect of the primordial Japanese goddess Izanami and takes said goddess' place in the True Ending.
- One Touch of Venus is about the actual goddess Venus being in love with a barber from suburban New York.
- Andy of Casey and Andy, who's been dating Satan from around strip 50 to the current (and final) strip, 666.
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, Matt had a Meet Cute with the Chinese moon goddess Chang'e. Then she walked off with his jacket and his mp3 player. Women, huh...?
- Kubera has the High Priestess Brillith and the Fire God Agni, who form an incredibly adorable couple.
- In the Whateley Universe, Carmilla finds out that her now-deceased mother joined a cult and was the 'sacrifice' to Gothmog, demon lord of lust. Carmilla is the result. Even worse, Gothmog isn't the reason Carmilla's mom is dead.
- On South Park Satan had an abusive relationship with Saddam Hussein, Satan being the abused. Satan later hooked up with a Nice Guy named Chris, before deciding to just be with himself for a while. He later hooks up with one of his minions, which also doesn't work out.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog parodies this with the Greek-mythology-inspired "Goose God" (Exactly What It Says on the Tin) trying to woo Muriel.
- Gargoyles had an episode set in Ireland where a man is unwittingly dating the banshee. Though he later discovers he's a magical being as well, a hero destined to banish the banshee from Ireland. And Word of God states that if the series had continued the two would have fallen in love for real.
- Friendship Is Magic has a few examples.
- In one non-canon(?) American Dad! Christmas Episode, the Rapture happens and Stan blames Francine for the fact that they're left behind on Earth (she had convinced him to have sex during church). They break up and Francine meets a new guy who turns out to be Jesus Christ, back on Earth for the Second Coming and allowed to date this time around.