Bethany: Christ? You knew Christ?Maybe you live in a Fantasy Kitchen Sink. Perhaps you're the proud resident of a world with a Crossover Cosmology. Whatever the case, you need to put the kettle on the boil and biscuits on the tray because your pal Jesus, or your old buddy Krishna, is coming over for tea in twenty minutes. This trope is about the tendency of fantastic fiction and ancient myth to have completely mundane mortals (often of the heroic variety) be on a First-Name Basis with the movers and shakers of the universe. The reasons vary: maybe the Physical God, Anthropomorphic Personification, or (surprisingly personable) Eldritch Abomination have taken a liking to the character for their own reasons. Maybe their portfolios coincide a great deal, so they share the same interests. Or maybe the god just wants to chill out with someone who's not depressed due to Time Dissonance, or because they don't identify with their vainglorious "equals." Then again, if your hero is actively fighting Dracula and his minion The Grim Reaper across several games, it's only natural they get to get friendly after a while. Whatever the case, the character has a direct line to the Powers That Be. Though not limited exclusively to these types of characters, the following tend to attract deific attention most often: The Unfazed Everyman and Weirdness Magnet. Compare God Was My Copilot, where this is used as The Reveal, and Reasoning with God, where higher powers can be talked to but only on extraordinary occasions. See also Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?, Olympus Mons, and Enemies with Death. If they get involved in the characters life, may become a Sidekick Ex Machina or Monster Roommate. If the relationship involves more than just friendship, may lead to a Divine Date. Contrast Egocentrically Religious for conceited characters who believe themselves to be pals with Jesus. The situation can get even more interesting if Jesus' Pal happens to be a Flat-Earth Atheist.
Rufus: Knew him? Nigga owes me twelve bucks.
Rufus: Knew him? Nigga owes me twelve bucks.
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Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball:
- By the end of Dragon Ball Z, not only have our heroes met three tiers of gods, the manager of hell, and sundry other beings, the main characters are also more powerful than they are.
- They are also the ones who selected Dende as the new God of Earth. So, not only are they pals with Jesus, but they're his bosses, mostly because Asskicking Equals Authority.
- The 2013 Battle of Gods movie, which restores some meaning to the word by pitting Goku against the universal God of Destruction. Not only does he declare Goku a worthy opponent despite beating him, he joined in Bulma's birthday celebration before threatening to blow up the Earth.
- This is furthered in Dragon Ball Super, where both Beerus and Whis regularly drop by for tasty food, and Goku later catches the attention of Zen'ō, the Top God of the Dragonball-verse, who decides that Goku would make a great friend. Later deconstructed with Zen'O, as Goku being friends with him blinds Goku to how Zen'O's innocent, childlike nature actually makes him insanely dangerous give his power level (guy could wipe out the whole multiverse with ease) and that maybe the warnings Beerus and Whis have been giving him about not reminding Zen'O about a multiversal tournament have a point. Goku is horrified when Zen'O decides all losing universes in the tournament will be destroyed.
- In YuYu Hakusho, Yusuke's boss is a Really 700 Years Old toddler who is charge running the afterlife Celestial Bureaucracy.
- Excel Saga, the Great Will of the Macrocosm regularly chastises Excel for getting killed, forcing the Will to bring her back to life.
- In Saint Young Men, Buddha and Jesus are roommates.
- Haruhi Suzumiya. Kyon and Haruhi. Hell, make that everyone and Haruhi.
- First Easter Mirage Corps and other associates of Amaterasu dis Grand Grees Eydas IV, Emperor of Amaterasu Kingdom Demesnes from Mamoru Nagano Five Star Stories, and Amaterasu mel Gibih Lachesis Fanatic B Guiress, his fatima and wife. While not really a local Almighty, Amaterasu is damn close, and there is strong indication that he's the grandfather of one.
- Pokémon often has Legendary Pokemon palling around with human children. And in the games, you can capture them and order them around.
- Pyramid King Brandon captured not one, but three Legendary Pokemon. Tobias has at least two. Noland is a close friend of an Articuno, although it's not actually on his team.
- Ash Ketchum has never captured a Legendary Pokémon, but he's befriended most of them, even Arceus. Some would say that he is more recognized by divine forces that watch over Pokémon than humans.
- In the Sun and Moon anime, Ash makes such a good impression on Tapu Koko without realizing it that it gives him a Z-Ring on the first night. The next day, it teaches him how to use Gigavolt Havoc.
- Saint Seiya has Saori/Athena as a rich heiress who also is the Team Mom to the Bronze Saints who protect her directly. Also, one of the Golden Saints at her service is Shaka, the reincarnation of Buddha.
- In Ah! My Goddess Keiichi Morisato makes a wish for a goddess to stay with him forever, and gets that wish granted by way of Belldandy, Norse goddess of the present who's daughter of a deity who is God (read: "The Almighty"). Her sister Urd is the daughter of Hild, the current ruler of the other side.
- In the OVA continuity Tenchi Muyo!, two of Tenchi's housemates are revealed to be part of the three Choushin goddesses who created the multiverse they live in. Sasami merged with the goddess Tsunami when she was injured as a young child, while Washu simply sealed her memory and powers away in the three power gems that she gave to her daughter Ryoko. As of the end of the 3rd OVA series, their sister Tokimi seems to be joining in on the fun as well.
- In High School D×D, the Only Friend Ophis considers is Issei, the protagonist.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san: Under the "surprisingly personable Eldritch Abomination", we have Mahiro, who has attracted the affection of a certain Lovecraftian horror, namely Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos. Fortunately for Mahiro's sanity, Nyarlathotep has taken on the form of a human girl.
- Though Madoka is decidedly out of reach by the end of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, plenty of fluffier fanfic or doujinshi has her assume this role in relation to the others (particularly Homura). Apparently, the whole "Law of Cycles" thing is more of a day job. The Movie, as part of its upset of the status quo, made this somewhat canon, as Madoka and Homura are now high-school classmates as well as warring deities.
- Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha: Inari herself no longer qualifies as a "mundane mortal." But her brother Touka, who only has the ability to see gods, somehow became the belligerent pal of Uka, the local fox goddess. They play video games together, and eventually develop feelings for each other.
- Karin from UQ Holder! knew Jesus back in the day. They probably haven't been on speaking terms since she sold him out to the Romans.
- Downplayed in Lyrical Nanoha. Vivio Takamachi isn't actually a divine being, but she (or rather, the woman she's cloned from) is worshiped by a major religion. Technically, all of her friends and family (four of whom are members of the very church that worships her) are this by default.
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 8 takes this one step beyond. After Season 7 but before Season 8, Xander went on a bit of a vacation. During that time, Dracula found him and re-brainwashed him. During that time, they were best friends, doing all kinds of things (Xander taught Dracula how to ride a motorcycle, for example). The Slayer Organization ends up rescuing Xander, but they need Dracula's help in Season 8. It turns out that Dracula hadn't shaved, fed or dyed his hair (causing it to go grey) since Xander left. When he learns they are coming, he shaves and dyes his hair once again to look good for Xander. He pretends that everything has been fine since Xander left, but it's clear he's lying. When he mistakenly thinks Xander is asking him out on a date, he haughtily refuses in a way that can only be described as Tsundere. Basically, in the Buffyverse, Dracula has a crush on Xander. Dracula is gay (or bi, but that word doesn't seem to exist in the Buffyverse). Oh, and Xander has a subconscious verbal tic because of the months of brainwashing. Whether he wants to or not, he refers to Dracula as "Master".
- Uatu The Watcher in Marvel Comics. Sure he isn't quite a "god," per se, nor does he ever visit our heroes at home, but we sure do see an awful lot of him, don't we?
- Deadpool once visits an alternate future where he is still around and best friends with Death.
- The Marvel Universe and DC Comics both have more than enough gods running around as superheroes. DC even has several angels running around as superheroes.
- Many characters in The Sandman, but mainly Hob Gadling, who is friends with the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. One (minor) goddess thinks of friendships like these as 'like falling in love with a kitten: one day you'll have to put an old cat to sleep'
- Apparently this (literally) is the premise of a Finnish Swedish-language comic called Ernst och Jesus.
- In Battle Pope, the title character has Jesus for a roommate and Cowardly Sidekick.
- This is the point of the Chick Tracts. If you are a good Christian, you will be in a "relationship with God" and Jesus will be your friend. Which means that you will get instant results from your prayer, including giving people heart attacks. Or something.
- Played with in The Chronicles Of Wormwood. The Anti Christ (a really nice guy who rejects his heritage) pals around with Jesus, who has brain damage from a police beating.
- Doctor Strange is on a first-name basis with a lot of powerful entities, from the Vishanti to Eternity and even the Living Tribunal. They seldom go to him, though he has paid a house call on Agamotto once or twice.
- Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich, who is about as normal as you can get, is on a real-identity basis with both Daredevil and Spider-Man.
- Meet Verity Willis, Living Lie Detector and social recluse (think about that power a bit and you'll get why), from Loki: Agent of Asgard neighbour and Only Friend of (the 3rd) Loki and through them acquaintance of at least Thor Odinson, Lorelei, Sigurd (The Ever-Glorious), and Valeria Richards, also trusted ally of Latveria (how to get on every terrorist watchlist in one easy step).
- Child of the Storm has Harry as the Jesus figure who people are pals with, what with him being the demigod son of Thor (who had been incarnated as James Potter. Long story). Said friends mostly take this in their stride, aside from one or two occasions when the whole We Are as Mayflies thing is brought up, though the Christmas Special features Harry complaining about how, when they went to a carol service, Carol sniggered at him the whole way through 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'. Apparently the line 'hail the incarnate deity' set her off.
- The final chapter of Red Jewel Diaries uses this as the punchline to a scene when an evangelical member of the Saint Church tries to get Lutecia to turn to religion.
Lutecia: (To her mother) I think someone was trying to set me up with Vivio.
Films — Animated
- In The Return of Hanuman, Maruti the incarnation of Hanuman befriends Minku, Munni, and Daddu, until he's not allowed to play with them because he is considered to be dangerous. However, they get to be friends again after Maruti saves the village from Armageddon.
Films — Live-Action
- In Dogma, Rufus knew Jesus Christ. See the quote above. He also claimed to be the 13th Apostle, who was left out of the records. 'Coz he was BLACK.
- In Clerks II, Jay is a born-again Christian, so at least he remembers his previous movies.
- A non-canon short, shown as promotion for Thor: Ragnarok during the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, "reveals" that during the events of Captain America: Civil War Thor was in Australia palling around with a regular guy called Darryl, being roommates and bothering him at the office.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Xander Harris with Dracula in the comics. Xander even taught him how to motorbike.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Enterprise (with Picard in particular) are, much to their own irritation, pals with Q.
- Doctor Who:
- From the point of view of his Companions, the Doctor could be seen like this. He's an immortal, time-travelling alien who fights terrifying monsters for fun...and also pops round for tea every now and then.
- It's also slightly implied that the Doctor himself may have been this, if only by an offhand comment of him attending the 'first Easter'. "Just between you and me, what really happened was..."
- In The Fires of Pompeii, both the Doctor and Donna are this for a Roman family they help out. At the end of the episode, we see that the family honors the two as their household gods.
- The title character of The Book Of Daniel.
- Joan of Arcadia: Joan is either this or Cosmic Play Thing depending on how you interpret her relationship with God.
- Iolus on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, best buds with Zeus's son. He also got along pretty well with Aphrodite, too.
- While "pals" isn't the best word for most of the relationships, being on speaking terms with the gods was standard on Hercules and Xena.
- Speaking of Xena... Gabrielle was a close friend to Eli...who looked and acted like Jesus, and ushered a new, Christian-looking religion into the world.
- Andromeda: Trance Gemini is eventually revealed to be the avatar of the sun of Tarn-Vedra and exists across multiple realities.
- An in-universe example: A Saturday Night Live sketch focuses on Jesus and his best pals Paul and, um, Barry.
- The Filipino TV series (teleserye) May Bukas Pa has a boy named Santino being best friends with Jesus, whom he 'nicknames' "Bro".
- In Supernatural, the Winchester brothers have befriended a couple of angels, and are at least on speaking terms with Death. And as of the season 11 ender, they hang out with God and eventually help Him and His sister overcome their relationship issues. Oh, and Lucifer, too.
- The whole point of the [adult swim] series Black Jesus, in which Jesus is a homeless guy living in a van in Compton, California.
- Neil Gaiman's American Gods has the creatures/gods/goddesses of mythology basically chilling around with normal people. (Hell, this applies to just about anything written by Neil Gaiman.)
- Jesus doesn't personally appear, but he gets a mention once; Mr. Nancy saw him having rather a rough time of things hitchhiking in Afghanistan. Not many people are pals with him there...
- In one edition, an individual strongly implied to be Jesus (and an odd resemblence to Steven Spielberg) has a brief conversation with Shadow.
- The Discworld series:
- Death doesn't really have many human buddies aside from his manservant Albert and (adoptive) grand-daughter Susan, but has friendly relationships with everyone he meets outside of The Duty, such as the witches and wizards. His interactions with Granny Weatherwax are quite cordial (for her).
- Also, in The Last Hero, the gods allow the Silver Horde to infiltrate Dunmanifestin and greet them as equals (the "new gods we've been hearing about"). Initially it was only a joke, but Cohen's trick with the dice seems to have earned the respect of at least a few deities.
- Nanny Ogg was Time's midwife. Literally.
- Death and the Lady have both developed an interest in Rincewind, although he doesn't meet them much nor would he want to know them any better than he already does.
- And Brutha spends most of Small Gods chatting with the Great God Om. Who's a tortoise.
- Death is also fairly friendly towards the people he meets in his official capacity (unless they don't like cats), because his job is to make sure they get going on to the afterlife all right, but it's not a job that allows for much socialization.
- Twoflower teaches the Four Horsemen bridge.
- Don Camillo often has a conversation with Jesus himself whenever he is close to a crucifix (and even with the Virgin Mary once in the first movie). The Christ does not respond to him when he is overwhelmed by anger though.
- Dragaera is a major example of this - Vlad is on a first name basis with Verra the Demon Goddess, as well as Sethra Lavode, who is practically a Physical God. He's also good friends with Aliera and Morrolan, who are some of the most powerful Dragaerans in the Empire.
- In the original Dragonlance trilogy, Paladine the supreme god of Good tags along with the adventurers as Fizban the Fabulous and pals around with Tasslehoff Burrfoot.
- And then Tas proceeds to mention that fact every chance he gets.
Tasslehoff: "...Paladine—I'm great personal friends with Paladine, mind you—..."
- And then Tas proceeds to mention that fact every chance he gets.
- Iron Druid Chronicles: Atticus isn't much more than an immortal human with the ability to go hang around the same places as various mythological beings (his magical powers apart from the immortality are all tricks that normal mortals could also pick up), but after a few thousand years of said hanging around, he's on a first-name basis or at the top of the hit list with essentially every one of them.
- The literal example of the trope lies somewhere between the extremes: Jesus knows him, and seems acquaintance-level friendly, but also seems fairly exasperated by his antics.
- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal toys with the trope a bit, since Biff was Jesus' best friend before he hit it big.
- Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen is full of Physical Gods, many of which hang out with mortals. Examples:
- Anomander Rake, one of the most badass Ascendants in the world, calls the human Whiskeyjack his "friend," something he has almost never done before with any mortal or god.
- Tehol Beddict lives with his manservant, Bugg. Bugg is really Mael, the Elder God of the sea. Tehol doesn't know this at first, but when he finds out, both are happy to continue the relationship they have.
- There are several more instances of some mortal character being revealed as a god in disguise, including Cotillion, Nightchill and the Errant.
- Narnia: Aslan is Jesus in a world where paws and a mane happened to be more appropriate than hands. It's no secret. It helps that Lion!Jesus is more of a hands-on divinity than Human!Jesus. Like, coming in person to help slay the evil overlord, stopping by to break curses, makes public appearances like coronations, does birthday parties and bar mitzvahs, etc.
- In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Valar are like archangels, originally working in close cooperation with God (Eru), and the Maiar are like angels.
- In The Silmarillion, Elves and Valar live together in Valinor. One of the Elven kings marries Melian, one of the more powerful of the Maiar (around the level of Sauron).
- In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo's (and Frodo's) pal Gandalf is one of a team of five Maiar sent to Middle-earth on a mission from the Valar. The Witch-king might not really be pals with Sauron, but is presumably a close associate.
- The Belgariad:
- Garion grows up as a Farm Boy type character whose "Aunt" and "Grandfather" are Time Abyss sorcerers in direct service to the Gods, and who shares his head with the Personification of Destiny.
- While the pantheon was physically present on the planet, the god Belar liked to spend his down time partying with his worshipers. Belgarath finds him irritatingly likable when they meet.
- Even more so in The Dreamers, where the four gods of the country tend to pal around and be on first name terms with some of their subjects.
- And to round out the Eddings citations: in the Elenium/Tamuli series, Sephrenia's younger sister is an incarnation of her patron goddess Aphrael. And Sparhawk's daughter is another incarnation of the same goddess Aphrael. Now imagine a scenario in which the two incarnations meet. The world doesn't end, but those in the know feel as though it should have.
- In Alfred Bester's lesser-known novel The Computer Connection, the main characters are literally pals with Jesus—he's one of their group, and they call him JC "so it won't sound like we're swearing."
- Suzie Shooter from the Nightside novels started out as a perfectly ordinary human (albeit one with twenty levels in Action Girl), but, mainly through her association with John Taylor, has gotten to meet plenty of the universe's movers and shakers. And usually, being Suzie, to stick a shotgun in their faces if they won't treat her with respect.
- In the novel Runemarks, the main character encounters, and in some cases befriends, the entire Norse pantheon.
- And she's trained in magic by Odin One-Eye himself.
- In the Codex Alera series, each of the heads of the House of Gaius in turn has a relationship (of varying nature) with Alera, the fury that represents their entire country. It's like if every United States President got advice from a manifestation of Uncle Sam.
- In Robert A. Heinlein's Job: A Comedy of Justice the protagonist finds out that the person who was the nicest to him on his journeys is Satan. He's the closest thing he has to a friend and ally.
- The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden has a personal relationship (not necessarily cordial) with a surprising number of powerful supernatural and mythological beings. In later books, even Uriel, one of the four archangels, has taken a personal interest in Harry. Both friends and enemies have found such contacts to be cause for concern.
- It's gotten to the point where in Skin Game, Harry winds up coming face to face with Hades himself... who wants to personally shake his hand and wish him luck, because he sympathizes with Harry on multiple levels (stuck doing thankless jobs that you constantly get flack for and that are misunderstood by most.) Also, they both love big dogs.
- Trapped on Draconica: Kazebar used to be friends with Dronor..
- In book three of the Iron Druid Chronicles, Atticus has whiskey and 'fish and chips' with Jesus. The meal is then interrupted by a cabal of angry Jewish cabalists. When Jesus saves him immediately after, Atticus cracks up laughing that he can now claim he was 'Saved by Jesus' to any Christians who ask.
- Played straight with virtually all the Christian characters in The Mark of the Lion, as per the usual standard of many Christians today. Especially notable are Hadassah, one of the protagonists who gets a fair amount of angst mileage out of this relationship, and minor Historical-Domain Character John the Apostle, who is this trope in the most literal way possible.
- In Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles the main characters are on a first name basis with a number of Egyptian gods who are treated more like old friends than embodiments of primordial forces. Of course, since the Egyptian Gods, having been working with their family for literally thousands of years, they are family friends. The goddess Bast was their house cat and the dwarf god Bes served as their chauffeur.
- In Riordan's other series about the Greek gods: Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus the wine god Dionysus served as camp director, Hermes runs a delivery service, Iris runs her own organic store, and the main character has a father-son relationship with Poseidon. However, this trope only barely applies to some of these relationships and averted in many others. The Olympians are such Jerk Ass Gods they either are not friendly with mortals or demand to be treated like gods and mortals to act like mortals.
- A Mage's Power:
- In Jo Walton's Thessaly series, all of the adults know who Athena is, even when she's pretending to be one of the children of the city.
- The Cosmere: In Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive) Hoid casually mentions having had drinks with Tanavast, who was the bearer of the Shard Honor and one of the sixteen most powerful entities in the Cosmere—as well as worshiped as the one and only omnipotent god on Roshar. At another point, he implies that the only woman his age on the planet is Cultivation, another of those sixteen most powerful entities (as well as Honor's girlfriend), and cheerily says they never really got along. Other things he says make it clear that he knew all the Shardholders both before and after they took up their Shards.
- In the Strauss Ex Machina song Vacation in the Vatican, the pope is "the voice of the Lord / and the leader of the world"... and also secretly a very close friend of the protagonist (who appears to be nothing more than an Average Joe. Perhaps inspired by hanging out with the protagonist, the Pope does use his divine voice of God to create world peace.
- The musical comedian Steven Lynch does a song called "Craig"  that refers to a brother of Jesus that nobody knows about. Naturally, he's rather pissed that Jesus is known worldwide but he isn't. He doesn't have it quite so bad, though; he can't turn water into wine, but he can turn it into Coors Light, and he has "hydroponic s**t that me and Judas grow". He also cleans up with the women that follow his famous brother ("but if you have a little sister then there's room at this inn!").
Myth and Religion
- Older Than Feudalism: In Greek Mythology, Zeus was known for his fondness of having affairs with human women.
- There were also a number of times in Greek mythology when gods and goddesses would take likings to mortals, particularly heroes on quests. As was the case with Zeus, a good number of those interests were romantic, but there were still a few cases in which the deity really respected the mortal. Notable examples include the hero Odysseus with Athena, and the hero Jason with Hera.
- Special mention goes to Baucis and Philemon, who gave two tattered vagabonds a hospitable and kind welcome, only to realize they were entertaining Zeus and Hermes. The two gods were pleased with the old married couple, and set them up for life — and then ensured that they would be together even after they died.
- The Bible: Judaism, and later Christianity, are filled with stories that basically go: "Hello, humble and/or morally questionable person; the creator of the universe wants a chat with you!"
- Jesus technically is God, and hangs out with fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes, etc. In the Gospel of John, he calls his Apostles "friends" and John himself was Jesus' BFF.
- Moses is remarkable for being one of the few who God spoke to as an equal.
- Abraham haggled with God.
- Abraham's grandson wrestled with Him and almost won until God dislocated his hip.
- David was given the title "The Man after God's own Heart!"
- In some Native American Mythology, Coyote is God's best friend.
- In one particular story, God allowed all of the animals to change their names. Except for Coyote, because Coyote was His friend and He didn't want Coyote's name to change.
- In another story, Coyote is hanging out with God and is responsible for the diversity of humans (including the male and female genders) because he kept messing with God's basic human design. God just let him do it, because Coyote was his friend and it would be rude to get mad at him.
- In some stories, Coyote is even singled out by God to be a more important teacher of life lessons than the other Animal People. Usually, this is because he and God are friends. Given that half the lessons we learn are because Coyote gets his ass handed to him because of his own dumbfuckery, it could be a case of Vitriolic Best Buds.
- Immortals in the Mystara Dungeons & Dragons setting adopt mortal identities whenever they have something to do on the mortal plane that they don't want other Immortals to notice. In the Wrath of the Immortals adventure, Benekander does this by becoming the player characters' patron.
- Erin Tarn, the hero/narrator of Rifts, is ridiculously well-connected. Her most powerful personal friend is the goddess Isis!
- The Scion tabletop RPG from White Wolf has the player-characters set as mundane children of the gods. Mundane until they are revealed to be children of the gods, and then slowly ascend their way from "basic mortal" to "A God Am I." While still simply Scions (as opposed to Demigods or Gods), their powers basically come from being on first-name basis with their god-parents (as opposed to later, when their powers come from their own deification).
- Super Mario Bros.
- Rosalina, who's stated to be guardian of the cosmos (if not something greater), ends up very connected to Mario and company after her debut in Super Mario Galaxy. She says she'll watch over Mario from beyond the stars and, as her appearances in the Mario Kart series and Super Mario 3D World show, she's not above joining their adventures.
- In the Playable Epilogue of Super Paper Mario, Mario can chat with the game's equivalent of Hades and Zeus. They think he's such a fantastic guy that they tell him that when he eventually does die, he can just find them and say the word to get the fast-express to the top-rank tier of the afterlife.
- The more "normal" Touhou characters (though calling anyone in Gensokyo normal is just asking for trouble) in particular Reimu and Marisa are shown to be on a friendly basis, or at least grudgingly accepting, of anything from Odd Job Gods to Physical Gods to literal gods to people powerful enough they might as well be gods. And of course, this being Gensokyo, they have pounded them with danmaku at least once.
- It has been mentioned that whenever Reimu summons a Shinto god (like when she summoned the material for the cold fusion experiment); they seem eager to please her; which she finds mildly annoying.
- That, and they seem to hang out with Hijiri Byakuren, after UFO.
- And Sanae lives with the gods she worships. Of course, she's also part god herself, since one of her gods is also her many-times-great-grandmother.
- Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising. Granted, he's the leader of an angelic army, but he still goes by a first-name basis with every single major or minor divinity in the game.
- Ōkami: Prophet-in-training Issun is a good pal of Ammy the Furball, aka Amaterasu, Sun Goddess and most important Shinto Deity.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Link gets to be friends (and maybe more) with Zelda, the reincarnation of the goddess Hylia.
- Mortal Kombat has Raiden, God of Thunder, as a playable character. Slightly subverted as in the MK-verse the "Gods" are more Elementals and the position is treated like a job. Played straight in The Movie, however.
- In Sonic Unleashed, Sonic's latest companion is Chip, who is actually Light Gaia. Justified in that for most of the game, Chip doesn't even know he's Light Gaia due to Sonic crash landing right on top of his head, giving him amnesia.
- Shin Megami Tensei is built on this trope. By the end of each game, your team will consist of major deities from virtually every pantheon on record, many of whom joined simply by being bribed into doing so.
- The Raidou Kuzunoha games even have a loyalty system. Maxing out their friendship toward you will allow them to learn new skills, and will compel them to leave parting letters and gifts when you decide to fuse them.
- In Pokémon you can catch Arceus in a ball, thus making Him your friend. Or, if you prefer, a slave that has no choice but to follow your orders.
- Unfortunately, you can't order Arceus to remake the universe in your image, or to do everything that would be cool about having God as your pet. The closest it comes is a special event in HG/SS, where Arceus can give you a special Egg, which contains either Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina. The developers say Arceus does this by completely dismantling and then rebuilding the entire universe exactly as it was, except now this Egg exists.
- In the same vein, the main character in Pokémon Conquest befriends Arceus just in time for the main story's final battle, and can do it again post-game. It's an even better example because they doesn't even have to capture it for it to do as they say.
- In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Hydreigon (who's actually the Voice of Life, the embodiment of the world's will to survive) eventually settles into a relaxing life in Post Town and decides to join the team on a whim. Emolga can't help but question the latter decision.
- In the Harvest Moon universe, the main character is frequently on speaking terms with the Harvest Goddess, and, in some games, the Harvest King (AKA, Harvest God). In fact, you can usually marry them.
- Sora has a tendency to act this way towards people in power in the Kingdom Hearts games, even though he hasn't earned it. His attitude towards characters such as Mickey Mouse and Yen Sid is a casual "Hey there!" About the only one he actually seems to show some respect towards is Captain Shang from Mulan. Riku, on the other hand, actually is pals with Mickey, though he doesn't dare try this sort of Sora-ish behavior until Mickey actually tells him that they're pals and he doesn't need to call him by his title.
- Record of Agarest War's Borgnine, one of your first party members, is not only a playable character but also a larva, a lesser god.
- In Cthulhu Saves the World, you play as a Depowered Cthulhu. Thus all the members of his party are this trope.
- Taken Up to Eleven in the Lunar games and their remakes. Protagonists in this series are not only friends with divine beings, they're the love interests too!
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
- The Daedric Princes go out of their way to flatter you when you take up their quests. Most of them go so far as to proclaim you their new Champion. The only one who betrays you is Mehrunes Dagon the Prince of Destruction, and he does that to everybody. Justified since, unlike the protagonists of previous games, you are no mere mortal.
- Your companions can be said to have this relationship with the Dragonborn, since they essentially are Nirn's resident Crystal Dragon Jesus.
- In the "Dawnguard" DLC, the group's resident mage/healer, Florentius Baenius, is also a priest of Arkay, the god of death. He differs from most priests in the game in that he claims that Arkay talks directly to him, and you can overhear him speaking to Arkay like they're an old married couple. The game seems to hint that he might actually be right; some of the information he gives, such as how he's the person to inform you when your spouse has been kidnapped by vampires, he couldn't have known any other way...
- In Half-Minute Hero, the Time Goddess approaches you in the beginning of Hero 30 to aid you in your adventure. She then becomes a member of your caravan.
- Invoked For Laughs in the finale of Dragon Age: Origins by Zevran, who asks you to say hello to the Archdemon (the Big Bad Eldritch Abomination of the game) for him and laments on how it never writes him anymore.
- In Tales of Xillia, Milla Maxwell, who's effectively the god of Rieze Maxia and the female protagonist of the game, ends up allying with numerous humans for the sake of fulfilling her mission to protect the world. Though she's rather aloof and awkward initially, she opens up and adjusts over time, eventually behaving in a manner that's normal enough to make it easy to forget that she's supernatural at all.
- In Guacamelee!, you become pals with the Devil. Granted, it's an Enemy Mine situation, at least at first. In the end credits he's shown partying along with everybody else, including the village friar (though the Devil was turned into a rooster by the Big Bad, so the friar might not be aware of who he is).
- In South Park: The Stick of Truth, the player can become Facebook friends with Jesus, who will even give him a rosary to summon him, once per day, to get rid of a group of enemies.
- Sinfest practically runs on this concept. In the first week, God is introduced as a frequently recurring character. In the more literal sense, Jesus is shown to be good pals with Buddha.
- Jesus's attempts to befriend Seymour are a running gag. Despite all his Bible-thumping and Jesus obsession, Seymour routinely fails to recognize the real deal, and even shakes Him down for Jesus memorabilia at one point... which is an apt metaphor for Seymour's relationship with Christianity in general.
- The various Deaths in Irregular Webcomic! have struck up friendly relations with characters.
- Wapsi Square: Monica and Shelly are on speaking terms with some very strange and powerful beings who have influenced the destiny of the entire world. In Minneapolis.
- Cleric is friend with Jessie, lord of undeath.
- Gabe and Tycho have occasionally been shown to be literally friends with Jesus.
- And he is F'in Metal.
- He also brings the blue sparks.
- Despite this, Tycho maintains his atheism.
- Gunnerkrigg Court is frequently visited by mythological creatures and sometimes deities. At least, the Minotaur lives there, Coyote (that sneaky Trickster and apprentice god from Native American Mythology) and Chang'e dropped in, and some teacher-parent meetings apparently involved Odin.
- ...because reincarnated Brynhildr was one of the Court students — and a good friend of Surma and Anja — and "the Old Man" personally checked her diligence.
- Antimony has spent enough time speaking with various Psychopomps that she's become conversant in several of their languages. Apparently they like Annie's company because her (very rare) ability to see them unassisted means she's one of the few people they ever get to speak with who isn't dead, scared, and confused. Also good friends with Renard and Ysengrin and Coyote. She once mentioned the latter before the whole classroom of people who know all too well who Coyote is, but didn't happen to interact with him this closely. By the way, immediately after realizing this from their reactions happened the first time we saw her blushing.
- One fine lady with personal interest in Moon affairs (Chang'e) accidentally ran into Annie's classmate, Matt. Then lad helped her to catch the white rabbit, they had a nice chat and he ended up a little... moonstruck. She also "borrowed" his mp3 player with the full Dire Straits discography on it.
- In Headbanged, the main character becomes friends with Jesus after he (Jesus) borrows one of his black metal CDs.
- The Adventures of Billy and God. Should have become a series.
- Jeffrey Rowland, creator and main character of Overcompensating, infrequently hangs out with YHWH and his son.
- The main heroes of Planescape Survival Guide not only end up having one-on-one training time with Thor and his ilk, but are also close personal friends and allies of The Youngest, one of the three Powers That Be who created the whole Planescape. Of course, it helps that they do know her - The Eldest is dead and The Elder is evil.
- Ironically, Zexion and Axel are the people who are closest to Jesus in Ansem Retort. They go out drinking, use Jesus' blood as a cure for hangovers, and play Pictionary. Then again, this Jesus doesn't necessary have his head screwed on right either...
- ... though in the context of Ansem Retort, the fact that Jesus's only flaw is a taste for weird porn makes him still one of the nicest characters in the series, if not the nicest. Even in Ansem Retort, Jesus Was Way Cool.
- T-Rex of Dinosaur Comics frequently talks with God and the Devil, and is the only character in the strip who seems to be able to hear them.
- Elan and Banjo. Banjo even gets a "Brother," Giggles, who leaves to be the god of an orc tribe. *sniff*
- Russel's Teapot has a primary character who hangs around with Jesus and discusses theology.
- Death seems to be good friends with the main character of Ctrl+Alt+Del's side comic sillies.
- In Digger the statue of Ganesh, an avatar of sorts containing part of the god Ganesh, is perfectly personable and quite a nice guy, as you'd expect for the remover of obstacles.
- In Jack heaven appears to operate a "my door is always open" policy as it is perfectly possible for mortals to have a friendly, down to earth relationship with Angels both before and after they are dead, regardless on where they end up after death, and it is shown that senior Angels who were once mortal enjoy an equally pleasant and informal relationship with god. Unfortunately as the gates of hell appear to have been replaced with revolving doors, it is just as possible to have a relationships with Anthropomorphic Personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins, whether you want to or not.
- In early strips of The Devil's Panties, Author Avatar Jennie would hang out with JC and the Devil. They still make occasional appearances but not as often.
- Happle Tea has this on a regular basis with a few different beings.
- In Casey and Andy, Andy is dating Satan, so Casey and his girlfriend Mary have her (yes, her) around the house a lot. Plus, this means Andy has a rather uncomfortable I'm-dating-your-daughter relationship with God.
- This is the entire basis for Hero In Training. The heroes hang out with the high and mighty.
- minus: The green-haired girl is the only one of minus's friends who is a normal human.
- An odd variation in Sonichu as one comic had both God AND Jesus talk to Ivy and declare that she is to be Chris' true love. Of course, she ends up dead the next issue without even meeting Chris, so...
- Axe Cop: "Abraham told me how God is his friend, and He gave him a copy of all His powers."
- Shortpacked!: Re-resurrected Jesus works at the toy store with the rest of the cast. And officiates at weddings.
- In Unsounded, when the undead Duane finally maintains his lucidity when his soul enters the Khert, the timeless vault of all humanity's past and future memories and the gods-forged infrastructure of reality, he is greeted by the legendary demon Lady Ilganyag. When he rejects her offer of help, she distracts him by making his fleshless, lifeless corpse aroused.
- Taken Up to Eleven In Team Fortress 2, after dying to a wound left by an gray mann robot, Scout ends up in Heaven, where God eagerly awaited him, saying he is a big fan of him (or at least acting like one), even requesting to see him flex and makes a deal with him, when, instead of destroying the world for not having their women sleep with Scout, he'll send Scout back to Earth to try again till he dies on December 4, 1987. Yes, this is actually what happened. The comics can just be that weird.
- Done in the short fiction Me and Sue and Ricky and God. It doesn't end well.
- Rather literal example in The Salvation War, with Michael-Lan and Jesus. Except here, it's Getting Baked With Jesus.
- Metal Gear Awesome and its sequel has Jesus appear to Snake's aid a couple of times.
- A relatively common occurrence in multifandom roleplaying games which allow gods or godlike characters. In Drama Drama Duck, for example, people like Phoenix Wright and Mikaela Banes are on friendly terms with the likes of Jordan C. Wilde and Apollo.
- Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts seem to have a direct line to Jesus in Sailor Moon Abridged, as he always responds immediately whenever they so much as say his name. This doesn't seem to help them in the slightest, though.
- A relatively common ocurrence in We Are All Pokémon Trainers, due to the group having saved the world from one too many Eldritch Abominations or some of them being the "player characters", to the point the players usually have the Legendaries on their phones's Speed Dial. Examples include Gamer being pals with Mesprit, DS with Dialga and Palkia, or Luke with Ho-Oh... and with Reshiram, whom he was dating.
- In Funny Business Lucy and Lewis don't care much that their friend Jeannette has the powers of a god. It's deconstructed when it turns out that Lucy does view Jeannette as God, and so follows her without question. When Jeannette finds out, she is not happy.
- God, the Devil and Bob: Bob actually ends up playing therapist to the two most powerful beings in the universe after God forgets the Devil's birthday. Once that's resolved, he browbeats them both into cleaning up the mess they made of his garden before his family gets home.
- Jesus is a talk-show host in the early seasons of South Park (which is the Trope Namer more or less, as "Jesus and Pals" is the name of his public access talk show). In later episodes the boys visit him at his house in South Park.
- There's also Saddam Hussein's, er, relationship with Satan.
- And Eric Cartman's special relationship with Cthulhu.
- The Simpsons: Flanders to God! Flanders to God!]]
- Zoidberg in Futurama comes to Bender's execution dressed up and introduces himeslf as Santa's pal Jesus.
- Not forgetting Bender meeting possible God and hanging around with him.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Aang essentially IS Jesus of that world, and communicates with the spirits, many of which are regarded as deities. And Sokka's first girlfriend turned into the moon.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
Spike: I thought this was just an unofficial casual visit.Twilight: There's nothing "casual" about a visit from royalty!
- Twilight Sparkle is a close and dear student to Princess Celestia, who personally raises the Sun itself every day.
- According to Lauren Faust, Twilight's baby dragon assistant Spike was raised by Celestia, so it's not wonder he's at ease around her as well.
- Celestia is ready to be pals with anyone, though most don't realise this and instead panickingly try to avoid anything that might displease her. In particular, Twilight's friends from Ponyville have already met her several times, and in any case, they're kind of working for her directly in a very important capacity, as they wield the Elements of Harmony that are needed to take care of the few threats that are too much even for Celestia herself. Notably, despite her close relationship with the princess, Twilight herself is often the pony most prone to overreaction of this sort, even to the point that she's had multiple outright mental breakdowns thanks to the huge amount of stress she places upon herself. The difference is that she's comfortable with just meeting Celestia if she doesn't feel she's required to perform somehow, though as the quote below demonstrates, her neurotic tendencies can lead her to believe the princess expects something of her even when Celestia clearly just wants things to be laid back.
- Celestia's sister and co-ruler Luna, who controls the night and the Moon, has an even much harder time getting familiar with her subjects due to archaic manners and a major case of Dark is Not Evil But Sure Looks Like It. In "Luna Eclipsed", she arrives in Ponyville to make the acquaintance of the citizens, but at first everyone except Twilight Sparkle only cowers in front of her. By the end, though, she's just casually hanging out with everyone.
- In the episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Fluttershy befriends Discord, who is basically the Anthropomorphic Personification of chaos.
- Wonder Woman freaks out when she gets an unexpected visit from Hermes in Justice League, but he tells her to calm down because "You're like family."
Hawkgirl: That's right, I'm an angel. You can mess with me if you want to but I don't think you want to mess with The Boss.
- Parodied in the same episode when Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman are flying through what amounts to Hell, and the demons there start attacking them until they notice that Hawkgirl has wings:
The Demons fly away scared
Hawkgirl: If we're lucky, they'll all be that dumb.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Not only are Billy and Mandy friends with the Grim Reaper, but the Goddess Eris pays rather a lot of visits to them, and Billy's aunt marries Nergal (who in mythology is a Babylonian god of war, pestilence, the underworld, etc, though he's presented as a pathetic demon in the cartoon).
- The episode of Family Guy in which Peter literally becomes friends with Jesus.
- The Grim Reaper is also a recurring character who pals around with Peter.
- The Real Ghostbusters have, within their containment unit, the avatar of a Sumerian god who takes the form of a giant marshmallow man. They sometimes let him out to fight other ghosts too big for them to handle on their own and he's buddies with Team Pet Slimer.
- They have also teamed up with the god Marduk.
- This is the entire premise behind Class of the Titans. Granted the protagonists are the very distant descendants of Greek heroes (some of whom were, themselves, descendants of the gods and goddesses), but for the most part, they're regular teenagers.
- Adventure Time:
- In "Jake the Dog", Jake has a hot tub party with Prismo the Wishmaster, who transcends time and space, and the Cosmic Owl, a godlike figure who always appears in premonition dreams.
- There's also Peppermint Butler, who's friends with Death and is seen golfing with Hunson Abadeer, the show's Satan equivalent. He and Death even show up at one of Prismo's later parties.
- The Party God isn't so much a "friend" as "that guy who always crashes your parties uninvited and won't take the hint to leave," but he does have a fairly casual relationship with the protagonists. Ice King also beats him up once.
- Tends to occur in most Transformers series, as Optimus Prime is, as the bearer of the divine Matrix of Leadership, generally more or less the Cybertronian Jesus (he even makes a habit of dying and coming back to life a few days later). Naturally, any bot who is friendly with him, and any Team Pet human companions he picks up, qualify for this.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes: Jimmy thinks of Lucius as a friend. Lucius wishes Jimmy would leave him alone. Jimmy is also best friends with Lucius' son Beezy.
- The importance of having a "relationship with God" is a common theme in various religions.
- Parodied and played straight with T-shirts that say "Jesus is my homeboy".