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God Couple

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A rare shot of Zeus and Hera not at each other's throats.

I sing of golden-throned Hera whom Rhea bare. Queen of the Immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the sister and wife of loud-thundering Zeus,—the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympos reverence and honour even as Zeus who delights in thunder.
Homeric Hymn 12 to Hera (translation: Evelyn-White)

This is when two god-like characters (be they actual gods or merely extremely powerful) become a couple.

Might be a Battle Couple. Very likely experiences Eternal Love. For the other type of "couple," see Super Couple. A subtrope of Divine Date, which may only involve one actual god.


Examples:

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     Anime & Manga  

     Comic Books  
  • Quite a few DC What Ifs pair Superman and Wonder Woman, giving the impression that the authors consider it Better Than Canon. For example:
  • In a Shout-Out to the above examples, PS238 revolves around the son of expies of Superman and Wonder Woman, with the twist that he has no powers. His parents are deep in denial.
  • On Marvel's side, there was a What If/alternate universe story where Thor and Storm hooked up. God of thunder and goddess of the storms; their love literally cracked the world.
  • In the CrossGen universe, every couple between the First, Secundae, Atlanteans, and Sigil-Bearers, with special nods to Altwaal/Raamia, Evinlea/God-Emperor Charon, and anything involving Miranda Cross.
  • The Incredible Hercules Really Gets Around in general, so it's no surprise that several paramours have been of divine origin. He's been confirmed to have bedded Snowbird (divine servant of Inuit gods), Queen Alflyse of Svartheim (dark elf of Norse legend, and certainly well beyond mortal power level), and his wife Hebe (daughter of Zeus and Hera, Greek goddess of youth). It's strongly suggested that he's been with several female jotuns (Norse giants) simultaneously, and he has hit on other female divinities when the opportunity presented itself (including Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele... while the world was being consumed by the Chaos King).

    Fan Fiction 
  • TD and Celestia eventually strike one up in TD the Alicorn Princess, after he accidentally ends up taking Twilight's place and ascends as an alicorn.
  • In A.A. Pessimal's Discworld fic, Anoia (Goddess Of Things That Get Stuck In Drawers) has forged an alliance with Cephut, the resourceful God of Cutlery, on the grounds that somebody has to manufacture the things that get stuck in kitchen drawers (Cephut) and if somebody else contrives for them to stick in there (Anoia) this generates an upward synergetic circle of benefit to both deities. Everybody wins.
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia fandom, it's very common to see the Nations paired up together.
  • In the Pony POV Series, Strife, the Draconequus of Conflict and Natural Selection, and Mortis, the Alicorn of Death and Rebirth, fell in love and got married. Apparently Ponythulhu was the ring bearer at their wedding.

    Films — Animated 
  • Xibalba and La Muerte from The Book of Life, seem to swing in and out of this; they both love to make bets and Xibalba always cheats, leading to them becoming estranged until La Muerte takes him back.
  • All-Star Superman featured Bar-El and Lilo who both have the same powers as Supes when they arrived on Earth.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Hancock deals with the aftermath, as the titular character recovers his memory and meets his ex.

    Literature 
  • In the Ursula K. Le Guin short story "The Birthday of the World", the God of a particular country is a married brother-sister pair. Upon the death of either husband ("God Himself") or wife ("God Herself"), the remaining partner ceases to be God and two of their children marry and become God in their turn.
  • Orb/Gaia and Parry/Satan in Incarnations of Immortality. Also, arguably Fate's occasional affairs with Chronos or Mars.
  • Almost all of the Valar in Tolkien's Legendarium are part of couples, Manwë/Varda and Aulë/Yavanna being the most significant. Out of the 14 Valar, only Ulmo and Niënna are single. Melkor (if you count him) too, after a bad breakup with a giant spider over some jewelry.
  • In the Tairen Soul series, truemates are always equal in power to their other half, so this happens comparatively often. One example is Shan and Elfeya- an incredibly talented warrior and mage, respectively- who were and are beloved heroes of the Fey. Their daughter, Ellysetta, was also this trope with her truemate.
  • In The Dresden Files, the Summer Lady Lily and her Knight Fix become lovers. As living representations of the season, their power is vital to the continued function of the world.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Two Qs mated in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They were in human form at the time, so their baby was also human (but matured into a Q as she aged)
    • And another couple in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. In this case it was, in fact, as Qs and their creation of a fully Q offspring was considered a much bigger deal.
  • Tales from the Darkside episode "Let the Games Begin". An angel and a devil have a contest over who gets a dead person's soul. At the end they give into their growing attraction to each other and get together.
  • On Dollhouse, this is Alpha's plan at the end of season 1. It doesn't go well.

    Mythology 
  • From Greek myth:
    • Before he married Hera, Zeus had a succession of relationships, some of which sometimes were described as marriages, with various goddesses: Metis, Themis, Eurynome, Demeter (another sister of his), Mnemosyne, and Leto. But often the marriage to Hera was seen as the only 'proper' one (Hera being the goddess of marriage, among other things), and it certainly was the most enduring and was treated by the Greeks as the archetype humans should aspire to. According to myth, when Zeus and Hera married all other gods assembled to reverence them and give them presents. By all accounts, it was an impressive affair. As George O'Connor recounts it in the Graphic Novel Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory:
    The wedding night of Zeus and Hera lasted three hundred years. For what meaning does time have to those who are both ageless and deathless? Those three hundred years were the happiest time for all who dwelled on the entire Earth. For when the gods are happy, all is happy.
    • Zeus and Ganymede were often given offerings together by the Greeks. The relationship had more staying power than most of Zeus' innumerable other conquests, given Ganymede's ascension to godhood, his set place in Olympus and his evading a horrific end by Hera, so it's safe to say that they count.
    • Another of Zeus' mortal lovers who was achieved godhood was Semele; here however it was largely because of the intervention of her son Dionysus who went down to Hades to bring her back. As an immortal her name became Thyone. Semele's sister Ino, who had acted as Dionysus' nurse, also became a goddess under the name Leucothea.
    • Hades and Persephone.
    • Poseidon and Amphitrite (a Titaness).
    • The story of Apollo and Hyacinthus may have been this originally. While generally referred to as simply a prince of Sparta, scholars believe Hyacinthus originally was a minor nature deity of an early pagan religion that was replaced by the Greek religion.
    • Aphrodite and Ares are often portrayed as lovers but sometimes termed man and wife. However, more usually it was said that Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, so it became pretty funny when he would catch them in the act with an unbreakable iron net.
    • Typhon and Echidna, as children of Gaia and Tartarus, are a monstrous take on this.
  • Roman Mythology as usual largely oriented itself after the Greek myths, thus Zeus' equivalent Jupiter is married to Juno, Pluto to Proserpina, and Neptune to Salacia. Mars, the Roman god of war and agriculture, however, was somewhat different from his Greek counterpart Ares, and was usually paired with the war-goddess Bellona, who is variously described as his wife, sister or daughter.
  • In Polynesian mythology, Pala-Mao and Kumi-Kahi, both of which male, as well as many others.
  • Egyptian Mythology had Isis and Osiris.
    • Egyptian mythology actually had each god and goddess being partnered up with a deity compatible to them. You don't find many single gods of Egypt.
  • Norse Mythology: Óðinn and Frigg, Þór and Sif, Loki and Angrboða (this is God on Giant action technicallynote )
  • Hindu Mythology has many examples, but probably among the most well-known are Shiva and Parvati.
    • Another well-known example would be Vishnu and Lakshmi. Oftentimes, devotees will make a request to Vishnu through Lakshmi, because it is said that he will not refuse a request from her.
  • Izanagi and his wife, Izanami, the creator deities of Japan according to Shintoism in Japanese Mythology.

     Tabletop Games  

  • Given the nature of the game, this is practically inevitable in Exalted.
    • It's also a major part of the roles of the Exalted in the First Age. Lunars were meant to be the consorts and companions of Solars, and Solar-Lunar marriages were the norm.
    • There is also a divine couple with Plot Device level significance, namely The Ebon Dragon and the Scarlet Empress. Depending on what kind of Exalt you are, you might want to stop their nuptial, or prevent others from doing so.
  • One of the more well-known pairings comes from the Forgotten Realms setting, Kelemvor, God of Death; and Mystra, Goddess of Magic, are a couple. An interesting example in that both deities were mortals who met and formed a relationship during the Time of Troubles, which carried over after they ascended. The relationship was public knowledge among the laity, going so far as to have joint ceremonies and rituals between their respective priesthoods. During the Trial of Cyric, though, the relationship was broken off after their competence and impartiality was brought into question: Kelemvor went out of his way to reward heroic souls who died and punish the cowardly and evil, leading to a break in the Balance Between Good and Evil; while Mystra began withholding magic from evil spellcasters, to much the same result.
  • While several of the classic mythological pairings are featured in Scion, it's taken for granted that they're willing to overlook the occasional dalliances with mortals that lead to the title characters. In one case, however (that of Vishnu and Lakshmi), the book actually lists a few ways to produce Scions of either that don't require infidelity. (Shiva and Parvati... well, let's just say Parvati isn't thrilled about her husband's "yoga classes" in the World.)

    Webcomics 
  • Two characters in Antiheroes are the twin sons of a God Couple, specifically a powerful fiend and an equally powerful celestial. The in-laws were not happy.
  • Digger has (in the Backstory) She-Is and He-Is. It did not turn out well.
  • Kubera: Sagara, who used to be an item with Vasuki, as both are sura. It has been stated that many sura have had relationships with each other.

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    Western Animation 
  • Gargoyles featured literal God Couple Oberon and Titania. It's implied they split at some point, but clearly reconciled by the time Oberon appears near the end of Season 2.


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