They're godlike, they're (usually) all related, and they're stuck together. Since they're so powerful that none of them can significantly hurt the others (most of the time), the plot is mostly about their sibling squabbles and Big Screwed-Up Family moments.
Examples:Comic Books Literature
- The main characters of Diana Wynne Jones's The Game. Then again, they're all characters from Greek mythology, so...
- Eight Days of Luke takes a similar approach to the Norse pantheon. Archer's Goon covers an original pantheon.
- The House of the Gods, Dunmanifestin, in Discworld, to the point where priests relay "revelations" that sound a hell of a lot like the plot of a soap opera.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians has hints of this going on in the background, whenever Percy deals with the Gods.
- The Greek gods in Everworld spend most of their time lounging around Mt. Olympus either partying or getting into sudden, violent arguments with each other so strong storms and whirlwinds suddenly appear from their anger. They keep this up even as the armies of a god-eating abomination are massing outside their house.
- Several of Tom Holt's novels:
- Expecting Someone Taller has Wagner's version of the Germanic Gods as one big, messed-up family.
- Odds and Gods has gods from multiple pantheons, mostly all living in a retirement home, and still all squabbling.
- Michael Moorcock's Dreamers at the End of Time trilogy involves immortal, terribly jaded superhumans dealt with in this way.
- Esther Friesner's Temping Fate has gods and anthropomorphic personifications (e.g. the Fates) like this, with rebellious teenage demigods, curmudgeonly elder gods, and so on.
- Robert Sheckley's Godhome features gods who are mostly retired until a mortal manages to accidentally phone them—which stirs up old family squabbles and jealousies.
- The Greek gods live amongst mortals as a dysfunctional family in the short-lived series Valentine.
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess had many humorous episodes where the Greek gods were portrayed as this. Possibly the Trope Codifier.
- Any number of old-school pantheons.
- Loki makes a bet. Hilarity Ensues. Sometimes, he lost or risked something that belonged to another god (for example, in the origin of Sleipnir, where the other gods forced him to sabotage his opponent).
- The Gods of Arr-Kelaan - Though the stories turn serious quickly.
- Homestuck falls into this during Hivebent... and gets deconstructed.
- Rahball's hysterical The Pantheon, begun in 2000, could be the original trope namer.
- "Three of Earth's mightiest heroes... Gathered together under one roof... to face the challenge of everyday life! Ladies and Gentlemen, the Justice Friends".
- On The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, the episode "Dysfunction of the Gods" has Sam and Max trying to patch up Zeus and Juno's marital problems when their latest spat about Zeus's wandering eye nearly brings about The End of the World as We Know It.