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[[caption-width-right:321:[[EpiphanicPrison "Remember who you are"]]]]
Character who can only be perceived by one or a small number of other characters. This character's purpose is most often to provide advice, act as a moral compass (see also CloserToEarth, NobleSavage) or substitute for MrExposition. This character may also sometimes act as a [[{{Tricksters}} Trickster]]; however, if he has super-powers then he's usually The GreatGazoo. In many cases he also acts as MissionControl. If there are two with opposing viewpoints, then you're probably dealing with GoodAngelBadAngel instead.

Ironically, the Spirit Advisor is almost never TheGhost (even if he is an [[OurGhostsAreDifferent actual ghost]]).

If someone who can't see the Spirit Advisor learns about her existence, they will inevitably try to talk to her, leading the character who can actually see her shaking his head and saying, "She's over ''there''."

See also WaifProphet, WarriorPoet, HeWhoMustNotBeSeen, DeadPersonConversation, MultitaskedConversation, ISeeThemToo, NonHumanSidekick and NotSoImaginaryFriend, and MagicalGuide.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Misao Minakami from ''LightNovel/AsuraCryin''. sort of. But well, she's the UnluckyChildhoodFriend of the main character... sort of... again.
* Yuuko in ''EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo''.
* Gonzy from ''EurekaSeven''
* Parodied in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' with a ghostly priest, of all things. He doesn't help much
* Sai in ''HikaruNoGo.''
* Menma in ''Anohana''
* Fool from ''KaleidoStar''.
* Yashima in ''{{Kamichu}}'' plays this role, since Yurie's godhood came without a manual, advisor, or even a predecessor.
* In ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', between her intended and actual birth, Seira is Lucia's Spirit Advisor.
* Amidamaru is Yoh's spirit partner in ''ShamanKing''.
** Every shaman has his own specific spirit ally, , although some spirits are more entities and elements than spirits. Additionally, not everyone is nearly as nice or listens to their spirit ally as well as Yoh does to Amidamaru.
* Lion-san in ''TwinSpica''.
* Yami Yugi/[[spoiler:Pharaoh Atem]] is [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi Muto's]] guidance through life, but he also [[SharingABody shares his body and take over for him in duels.]]
** Also during the Doma arc, we have the Dark Magician Girl, who first tells Yugi about the dragons and serves a special purpose in major duels.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Alexander the Great and Shadi guide the heroes through their tests.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' we have Daitokuji-Sensei who acts as one to Judai.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has Astral to Yuma, who gives him advice in duels, that often goes ignored.
* Hanyuu to Rika Furude in ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai]]''.
* In ''TransformersCybertron'', [[spoiler:Vector Prime has a brief stint in this role after his death in "Guardian".]]
* In ''TransformersHeadmasters'', Alpha Trion's spirit helps Optimus Prime find Vector Sigma. It doesn't go so well...
* Jack could be considered this to Oz in ''PandoraHearts''.
** [[spoiler:The previous incarnations of Glen Baskerville can be seen as this to the current ones.]]
* Subverted in ''Hottokenaino'', with [[WidowWoman Himeko]]. Her dead husband was unaware of [[UnfinishedBusiness why he hadn't passed on yet]] and initially just watched her go about her day, then [[PokeThePoodle tortured by seeing her having casual sex with strangers]] before [[FetishFuel getting off on it]] and finally getting to the "advice" part of this trope... by [[ReallyGetsAround advising her to have even MORE sex with guys]] and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy helping along her relationship with a painfully average, shy guy she has an optional arranged marriage to by.]] [[GladIThoughtOfIt Himeko doesn't explicitly hear him, but gets inspiration to act just the same]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming senses him leaving her as a sign things will be alright now.]]
* In the manga ''TheKingOfFighters: G'' (an alernate retelling of the KOF 96 game), [[spoiler: Maki Kagura]]'s spirit is this. She appears in the last volume to [[spoiler: comfort her AngstySurvivingTwin Chizuru, after she's beaten to almost death by Leopold Goenitz]]; later she's also seen inside [[spoiler: Iori Yagami]]'s mind after [[spoiler: he's barely defeated by the Japan Team, begging him to fight Goenitz with Kyo and Athena — and he does so.]]
* [[spoiler: Tung and Lily]] are this to Terry in the VideoGame/FatalFury anime specials.
* In ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', Princess Helena coaches Ririka in the use of her [[MagicalGirlWarrior Nurse Angel]] abilities via voice-over, but her appearances are mostly relegated to flashbacks and dream sequences. She's a living, corporeal {{Human Alien|s}}, but since she's [[IllGirl ill]] and lives untold light-years away she doesn't show up often.
* [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyubey]] can only be seen by a MagicalGirl or candidate for becoming one. He also gives advice and information to the girls in their struggle against Witches. [[spoiler: Granted, it's for his species' own ends and usually to the detrmient of the girls, most notably Sayaka and Kyouko, but it's still advice and everything he says is true.]]
* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': In manga that didn't make it stateside, the late Hoover appears to Shin in a dream [[spoiler:after Shin returns to Japan and takes up residence with Ryoko]].
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', Aerith's spirit appears to Cloud in visions, advising him to let go of his grief over his inability to save her. Zack's spirit later appears to Cloud during his final battle with Sephiroth, helping him reaffirm his determination to win despite being severely wounded.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/TheDCU hero ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} was created by atomically merging student Ronnie Raymond and scientist Martin Stein. In practice, this essentially resulted (at least initially) in a super-powered Ronnie with Stein acting as a Spirit Advisor.
* John Wayne appears as Jesse's Spirit Advisor in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', helping him survive his childhood ordeals and become a KnightInShiningArmor.
* The protagonist of Paul Pope's graphic novel, ''Heavy Liquid'', sees a "shadow self" whenever he uses a drug made from the titular material. It guides his escape from the [[TheMenInBlack spook]] that captures him at the end of the story, and soon after, S concludes that [[spoiler: the shadow is a non-corporeal extraterrestrial's attempt to communicate. S refers to the alien as a "radiowave spaceman" and the Heavy Liquid as his "little metal car".]]
* The Doctor, the shaman of the Planet Earth in ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'', can journey to the Garden of Ancestral Memory, where the spirits of all past Doctors (save one evil one) dwell.
* ComicBook/{{Shazam}} often counseled Billy Batson as a shade.
** He was an actual ghost in the pre-Crisis comics. After giving the power to Billy, a boulder crushed Shazam as prophesied.
* In ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'' #305, Merlin appeared to Captain Britain. Since Merlin had died in Captain Britain's own series, The Official Handbook stated that Merlin's appearance here represented an appearance by his shade.
* The Ancient One, Comicbook/DoctorStrange's mentor, becomes this after his death.
* During the first arc of his ''Comicbook/MarvelNow'' relaunch, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} gets one of these in the form of Benjamin Franklin's ghost. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Yes, really.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Swordquest}}'', the protagonists receive clues from two hooded spiritual figures, Mentorr and Mentarra.

* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'''s Gamzee is advised by Laneen and Sennir, the ghosts of two of his ancestor's victims.
* ''Fanfic/GhostghostIknowyoulivewithinme'' has a rare example where the spirit advisor is also a MagicalGirlfriend as [[Franchise/MassEffect Shepard]] acted as both roles to Garrus during his two years on Omega. They even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it.
* [[spoiler:Twilight]] becomes one to Lightning after her death in ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' fanfics, [[spoiler: Caroline]] is often seen as this for [[spoiler: [=GlaDOS=]]], only able to be heard by the one she advises. Especially concerning Chell.
* ''FanFic/{{Sight}}'': Since Zangetsu is not limited to Ichigo's Inner World, he teaches Ichigo how to fight one-on-one in the real world.
** Urahara's zanpakutou, Benihime becomes one to Ichigo, teaching him strategy, analytical thinking, shunpo and zanjutsu.
** [[spoiler: Issin's zanpakutou, Engetsu tutors Ichigo on Shiba clan history and how the Seireitei functions.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Mufasa in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', a lonely Remy, desperate for someone to talk to, imagines that the spirit of his hero, Auguste Gusteau, is his spirit advisor. However, Remy is fully aware that he is a figment of his imagination and Gusteau eventually disappears for good when Remy finally accepts that he can rely on his own judgment.
** Played for laughs, too; if Remy ever needs reminding that Gusteau is just a figment of his imagination, Gusteau does.
* A major plot point in the second ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' film. Not only does Aleu meet her's, but Balto discovers [[spoiler: his spirit guide is not only the seemingly legendary Aniu, but his own mother]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied with Sam Elliot's character in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. Picture the cheesiest cowboy you can imagine, and make him speak entirely in smarmy cliches that have little or nothing to do with the rest of the plot.
-->"Sometimes you eat the ear, and sometimes, well... the bar eats you."
* Captain Daniel Gregg in ''Film/TheGhostAndMrsMuir''.
* In ''Film/HeartCondition'', detective Jack Moony receives a heart transplant from recently murdered lawyer Napoleon Stone. Stone's ghost then pressures Moony to solve his murder.
* In ''Film/ThePhantom'' (1996), the titular character's father, the previous Phantom, acts as his Spirit Advisor.
* Woody Allen gets love advice from an imaginary Humphrey Bogart in ''Play It Again, Sam.''
* Ladies and gentlemen, the King, Elvis Aaron Presley appears to give Clarence advice in ''Film/TrueRomance.'' Played by Val Kilmer, it's not quite clear if he's a ghost or a hallucination.
* In the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy, Obi-Wan became this after he [[MentorOccupationalHazard died.]] (See also TheObiWan.) It is hinted in the prequel that Obi-Wan also learned from Yoda how to communicate with his own deceased mentor Qui-Gon Jinn.

* John in the webnovel ''[[http://www.johndiesattheend.com/ John Dies at the End]]'' serves this role when his best friend David starts becoming aware of the supernatural and questioning his own sanity. John can't appear for David directly, and thus communicates by broadcasting his words through a cell phone, a bratwurst, and a dog, in that order.
* Lasciel in the later books of ''TheDresdenFiles'' series. Although [[spoiler:Harry's bound the magical trinket Lasciel resides in, a psychic echo of her still appears in his mind and]] offers him power and advice. While Harry doesn't necessarily ''want'' the help of [[spoiler:a fallen angel who's playing a long game on him so that he ends up in Hell's coffers]], the things he encounters require him to make use of [[spoiler:her Hellfire]] and other talents.
** [[spoiler:The Archangel Uriel]] also qualifies.
** In ''Ghost Story'', [[spoiler: Harry himself]] acts as a Spirit Advisor to a young man named Fitz.
** The air spirit Bob ironically doesn't qualify since while he is a literal spirit and acts as an advisor to Harry, he is visible to other characters (no matter how much Harry might wish otherwise).
* In Creator/BarbaraHambly's ''Sisters Of The Raven'' books, Pontifer Pig is this to Pomegranate. Those who know her mostly assume that she is hallucinating about the ghost of her late pet. (In ''Circle of the Moon'', however, some consideration is given to the theory that Pontifer might have been a djinn who is managing to use Pomegranate as a host.)
* In Sharon Lee's and Steve Miller's ''Literature/LiadenUniverse'', the witches of Sintia have a formal Spirit Advisor system - each young witch has an old soul. It's not entirely clear how this works in practice, because none of the point-of-view characters has been a witch of Sintia except Priscilla, and she only becomes a point-of-view character after she leaves the order. (Officially, she was cast out for blasphemy; actually, it was because she - with her Spirit Advisor's encouragement - did the Right Thing when her superiors would have preferred her to do the Politically Convenient Thing.)
* Hettie and later [[spoiler:Marlan and Sun-dao]] in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy''.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', One Man Bucket plays this role for Mrs. Cake.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''{{Nation}}'', the Grandfathers play this role for Mau, while the Grandmothers play it for Daphne.
* The Mademoiselle loads a beta-level sim of herself into Ana Khouri's brain implants in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace''
* In ''Literature/TheGeneral'' series by Creator/SMStirling and Creator/DavidDrake, General Raj Whitehall is advised by Center, a pre-collapse-of-civilization computer (originally a traffic-control computer, but its abilities go far beyond).
** In later books of the series set centuries later, Whitehall's consciousness has joined with Center's, and now they ''both'' act as Spirit Advisors on other barbarian planets - Center as the logical fount-of-knowledge and Whitehall as the wise voice-of-experience. This puts their protege in the position of being the moderator of a PowerTrio.
* Between ''Film/ANewHope'' and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', the very green Luke Skywalker was rather actively mentored by Obi-Wan's spirit. In ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', which was both written and takes place between those two movies, Luke mentions feeling an "agreeably crawly sensation" like someone was standing with him, which he associates with his teacher. At the end of the book Obi-Wan actually briefly possessed Luke in order to fight off Darth Vader, since Luke and Leia would both have been killed otherwise. In ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'' Obi-Wan patiently helped convey to Luke what the Force needed him to do, telling him not to shoot someone who later became an ally, helping him recognize a "coiled-spring predator" sensation in certain thugs, generally trying to talk him through things. When Luke, Han, and Chewbacca are locked into separate rooms by the Hand of Judgment, Obi-Wan tells Luke that Leia is in danger, and then has to tell the boy that he's not as trapped as he thinks.
** Luke tries to figure things out on his own, [[NewMeat but he can't]], and so Obi-Wan just has to keep reluctantly giving him the next hint. ...Focus on the keypad. ...The first number is seven. *sigh* The numbers are seven seven eight one three one two. ...Now run your finger under this display frame. Take one of the blasters out of the secret compartment. ''Luke'', not the biggest one.
--> '''Luke''': "You know, you could make this whole thing a whole lot easier."
--> '''Obi-Wan''': ''Your uncle could have carried you around on his back until you were fifteen, too.''
--> '''Luke''': *grimace* "Sorry."
--> '''Obi-Wan''': ''You've taken your first steps into a larger world, Luke. But there are many, many more steps to go. I cannot carry you along your own personal path. All I can do is guide you, and teach you, and help you to find that path for yourself.''
** Obi-Wan also appears several times to Ferus Olin to advise him in ''Rebel Force''. Maybe because Olin's already a Jedi, he can manifest more easily to him than to rookie Luke.
* A Jedi spirit haunting a space station in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' can't be [[InvisibleToNormals detected by anyone who is not Force Sensitive]]. Tash arrives and ''is'', but she's untrained and can only vaguely sense him. He follows her around trying to warn her away from the many hazards, seriously spooking her in the process. Only when she manages to clear her mind and ignore her fears can he make himself properly seen and heard, and for the rest of the book he tries to help and advise her.
* Syl in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' fits this trope, she's usually only visible to Kaladin, unless she chooses to let somebody else see her, though Rock can also see her, for some reason. She helps Kaladin by providing encouragement. [[spoiler: Later we find out she's a BondCreature, an honorspren that provides Kaladin with Surgebinding abilities while gaining a capacity for thought and memory]].
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'' by DavidDrake, Garric is advised by his thousand-years-ago ancestor King Carus. A great deal of the advice actually amounts to, "Don't do what I did in a similar situation; it was a disaster because I didn't think it through."
* In ''Literature/TheNeonCourt'', Matthew is advised by [[spoiler:the dying breath of his former master, Robert James Bakker. Their relation is complicated by the fact that they killed each other.]]
* [=StarClan=] cats in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' serve this role, guiding their former Clans and cats in it that they cared about.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': After dying [[spoiler:Erowin]] takes this role until the climax.
* In ''Literature/DeepSecret,'' Rupert's {{Mentor}} Stan is allowed to come back as a ghost in order to advise Rupert, specifically in the task of choosing an apprentice. Although Stan is invisible to most people, the ''music'' he listens to is not, leading to a number of people wondering just where that classical music is coming from.
* Advice-dispensing pseudo-deities visible (or audible) to only a few people run rampant in Brandon Sanderson's {{Mistborn}} series. There's a [[OmnicidalManiac malevolent]] version in [[BigBad Ruin]], who's advice tends to run toward killing everything. More traditional benevolent advisors include the Mist Spirit/Preservation, who communicates via pointing (and stabbing); Kelsier, who won't let something as silly as death keep him from meddling; and eventually ascended [[AGodAmI Vin and Sazed]].
* In ''Literature/SoulSeekers'' Daire's is the raven.
* Galen from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]], although he doesn't talk much. [[spoiler:Agawin]] usually just describes his wants or feelings to the reader.
* In ''Literature/PetSematary'', Victor Pascow, who enters the plot as he is dying of massive head trauma after being hit by a car, attempts to warn the protagonist, Louis Creed, against using the Micmac Burying Ground by appearing to Louis in a dream. Unfortunately for just about everyone else in the story, Louis does not heed his warning.
* [[spoiler: Julia Jason Andelius]] is revealed to be this at the end of Maria Gripe's [[spoiler: "The dung-beetle flies at dusk".]] (It's revealed ''literally'' at the end, so the title is under spoilers.) [[spoiler: She owned the old summer house that the three main protagonists took care of in summer vacation, and her spirit used the home's phone to drop hints about the house's secrets to one of them via an odd chess game.]]
* Doehring Cowart, in ''Literature/CoilingDragon'', is a 5,000 year old magus who put his soul into the [[{{RingOfPower}} Coiling Dragon]]. After Linley bonds the ring to himself, he can see and speak to Doehring, whose magical tutoring allows Linley to quickly advance in power. Since he is just a spirit, Doehring is unable to affect the surrounding world, [[spoiler:at least not until he sacrifices his existence to free Linley from some assassins' trap]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' subverts this in its third season - [[spoiler:Linderman appears to have come back as a spirit advisor to various characters, but he's actually a hallucination created by Maury Parkman.]]
** In the first season, an Indian kid (East) named Sanjog has people visit him in their dreams. He fulfills his role as an unhelpful guide sputtering cryptic messages rather well. Then there's Usutu from season four. Subverted in season five with [[spoiler: Sylar popping up in Parkman's head, insulting him and trying to take over his body and abilities until he regains his own.]]
* Number Six in the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' series is usually invisible to anyone but Gaius Baltar. Her appearances are carefully crafted so that she can be seen as a figment of Gaius's imagination, although she seems to be able to physically manipulate Gaius's clothing and person, and gives Gaius information that could be interpreted as foreknowledge. In one episode, Gaius Baltar appears to a resurrected Number Six, and plays the part of ''her'' Spirit Advisor. Interestingly, neither the "real" Baltar or Number Six have any knowledge of their Spirit Advisor counterparts. At least until a recent episode, where Baltar's Spirit Advisor counterpart appears to Baltar.
** Recently, [[spoiler:Kara's father showed up to teach her two thousand year old Earth music.]]
* Mr. Ed in ''Series/MisterEd''.
* Al in ''Series/QuantumLeap''.
* Appropriately enough, God in ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' might be the ultimate Spirit Advisor.
* Marty Hopkirk in ''Series/RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'' was a Spirit Advisor whom only his partner-in-detection Jeff could see.
* Ed Chigliak of ''Series/NorthernExposure'' has a literal Spirit Advisor, an ancestral Indian spirit named One-Who-Waits.
* Bob, formerly Hrothbert of Bainbridge, in ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' TV series, is a prime example of the trope. This character is a Spirit Advisor several times over. He not only gives Harry advice on what kind of magic to do in any given situation, he assists in many cases, thanks to his spectral abilities. He also started teaching Harry magic when Harry was eleven. He was also Spirit Advisor to a number of other wizards down through the centuries, including Harry's evil uncle, Justin Morningway.
* Oliver in ''Series/SlingsAndArrows''. Geoffrey disregards a lot of his advice, though, and often that makes things turn out better than they might have if Geoffrey had listened to him.
* Seems to happen a lot on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Boone appeared to Locke in the sweat lodge.
** Charlie and Anna-Lucia have appeared to Hurley and given him advice, much to his dismay. Mr. Eko has also played chess with him.
** Christian Shephard, Jack's father, has appear before various people on the island.
** [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Jacob]], leader of the Others, of which only Ben and Locke have really interacted with.
** After [[spoiler:Jacob]]'s death, he puts on this role to guide Hurley, taking advantage of Hurley's [[ISeeDeadPeople ability to converse with the dead]]. Hurley actually compared to his appearances to [[StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi]]. Of course, he's got his own motives, good or bad, and he's more of a ManipulativeBastard than TheObiWan.
* Cassie in ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''. She is Kyle Baldwin's [[AppliedPhlebotinum promicin]]-derived ability.
* Snow White in ''TheTenthKingdom''. She calls herself a fairy godmother, but also freely admits she is actually dead (something which is never really stated about fairy godmothers). Only Virginia and Wendell (the latter either because he's gone doggy at the time or because he's her grandson) can see and speak with her--Tony cannot. She later appears in Virginia's dreams.
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Merlyn]] of ''Series/AmericanGothic''. While Caleb is not the only person who can see and speak to her, she does appear for the most part only as a ghost who advises her brother on how to stay on the straight and narrow. The others who catch sight of her or even interact with her (apart from her brief stint as a mortal in "Rebirth") are Buck (who even aside from being the BigBad has [[PsychicPowers a lot more powers]] [[{{Satan}} at his disposal]] than the average resident of Trinity) and Ben Healy. In the latter's case, this is only because Merlyn herself chooses to appear to him and [[NightmareFuel haunt his dreams]], since [[{{Blackmail}} he knows the truth about how she died]] and she's trying to appeal to his conscience so he can [[ManipulativeBastard break free of Buck's influence]]. No one else, like Gail (who is her cousin as well as Caleb's) or [[MagicalNegro Mrs. Holt]], ever sees her.
* Essentially subverted in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' with Harvey, [[spoiler: a neural clone of Scorpius jammed into John Crichton's head]], who eventually does provide some advice... after several seasons of trying to completely screw with [[spoiler: Crichton]]'s head and causing several character deaths.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Benton Fraser actually got to know his father much ''better'' after the latter's death (in the series pilot) than he ever had in life, thanks to Bob Fraser's insistence on hanging around and offering (frequently irritating and unwelcome) personal and professional advice. Fraser Sr. even sets up extradimensional living quarters (so to speak) in his son's office closet.
** We also very briefly see Ray Vecchio's deceased father doing this to Ray once or twice.
* John Scott serves as SA for Olivia on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' resulting from their PsychicLink, despite some obvious trust issues between them.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', "The Chokes", Howard Moon is saved from stage fright by the apparition of his acting coach, Montgomery Flange.
* In ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Harry Morgan has become one of these. Initially he was a {{flashback}} character, but as the series progressed, he began appearing to Dexter as a kind of [[{{Hallucinations}} hallucination]]. Dexter also has his Dark Passenger, but this is not personified in the series.
* Happens semi-frequently in ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', usually from a character who has recently died, although the writers have explicitly stated that they are figments of the particular character's imagination.
* ''Series/{{Mercy}}'' plays with both this and MagicalNegro by having Veronica hallucinate the ghost of Trey, the robber she had to shoot in the previous episode. He keeps trying to get her to run away, as well as get drunk. She finds out in the next episode that he was a serious scumbag.
* The main characters in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' can summon their dead relatives if they need help. Well, everyone except [[spoiler:Prue, of course.]]
* Lily Kane appears as this in ''Series/VeronicaMars''. She first appears to tell her brother that her murder isn't solved. She later appears and distracts Veronica from getting on a bus with a bomb on it that ended up crashing and killing everyone on board.
* Godric on ''Series/TrueBlood'' for Eric.
* The Angel Manny from the ''Series/{{Constantine}}'' tv series is SUPPOSED to be this. But as John notes, he usually shows up to chew John out, say he cannot do anything about the current problem, or any advice he does give is so cryptic it is useless. So while he is intended to be a spirit adivisor he is a very poor one.

[[folder:Mythology And Religion]]
* Believers in ancestor worship, such as Chinese folk religions, Shintō and Native American religions often believe that this literally happens.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Dead relatives in ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' are often seen visiting Earth, either to check up on the family, or give some words of encouragement to a lonely spouse, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking help one of the kids with their piano practice]]...
* Lisa Moore has started popping up again in ''FunkyWinkerbean'', albeit probably as a figment of Les's imagination.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Leva Bates heard about a way to meet a spirit guide and sought it out after losing to Mia Yim at SHINE, going on a losing streak in IWA Texas/ACW and then failing to defeat Solo Darling at Full Impact Pro, all this happening after she resolved to hold nothing back from then on. Her guide [[SpeaksInShoutOuts didn't really have any guidance to give though]].[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', ancestor spirits perform this role for the Gaia Garou.
** In one Time of Judgment scenario, Old Man Manyskins (a Nuwisha elder) is assassinated by the Nagah for stealing secrets from other changing breeds. Afterwards, he appears to his fellow Nuwisha in their dreams and shares his secret knowledge with them.


* In Creator/RichardWagner's ''[[Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen Götterdämmerung]]'', BigBad Alberich appears as Spirit Advisor to his son Hagen.
* In the play (and miniseries) ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', [[spoiler:Ethel Rosenberg appears to Roy Cohn after he is diagnosed with AIDS, though it's mainly just to torture him while he's on his deathbed (It's stated that he illegally influenced the verdict in her trial to get her executed). She fits this trope more traditionally when she helps Louis recite the Kaddish (the Jewish prayer for the dead) after Roy dies.]] Prior's ancestors fit this trope too.
* In Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Allegro'', Joe's grandmother and mother appear occasionally as Spirit Advisors to him after their deaths, though the GreekChorus serves as his all-purpose Spirit Advisor throughout the show.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prey}}'', the main character's grandfather, Enisi, is a wise Indian who keeps scolding the protagonist for his rebellious nature. Soon after the aliens attack, Enisi kicks the bucket as an alien machine eviscerates him. From there on he is the protagonist's Spirit Advisor.
* The ''ShadowHearts'' series both plays with the trope and uses it straight. In the first game, the Spirit "Advisors" are the Four Masks, fiendish entities who torment and mock those who can see them, plotting to steal their souls. Later, in ''Covenant'', Jeanne plays the role straight for Yuri. A past BigBad also appears in a dodgy HeelFaceTurn.
** In both ''Covenant'' and ''From the New World'', the Ring Soul appears, a being with power over fate. This being ''Shadow Hearts'', the main character quickly gets past their formality and makes friends with them.
* Pharos from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is a [[CreepyChild very, very creepy]] example.
** [[BigGood Philemon]] from the [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} first]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} two]] ''Persona'' games is somewhat less disturbing, though his servant Igor, who ends up replacing his boss in the [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} next]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} two]] games, looks like a freaky old man version of Pinocchio.
* In the video game ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest: Challenge Of The Warlords'', one of the last subquests involves [[spoiler: Sunspear the Minotaur going off to die in battle against an elder frost dragon. When you follow his instructions and return to your departure point, he rejoins your party as a spirit (with his Red Mana bonus now extending to battles with the undead as well as other minotaurs)]] It's never mentioned whether any of the other party members can see him.
* Mia Fey, TheObiWan, performs this function in the ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' games. Made easier by the fact that Phoenix's {{Sidekick}} Maya is a Spirit Medium and Mia's little sister, whose ''job description'' is speaking on behalf of dead people. (Actually, this often happens involuntarily, as Maya's abilities for the first game and a half are a bit hit-or-miss, and Mia's a definitely forceful personality). Later on, usually when Maya is [[DistressBall unavailable]], their Medium-prodigy cousin Pearl does similar helpful channeling.
* Both ''BatenKaitos'' and its prequel have the ''player'' act as the Spirit Advisor to the game's main character, which allows the characters to [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] without acting out of character.
* [[spoiler:Prometheus]] in ''TheConduit'' after [[spoiler: you have to destroy his body so Adams/Enlil can't make any more Drudge, and he transfers his mind into the ASE]]
* Ray in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' is a spirit advisor to another spirit. He helps Sissel figure out how to use ghost tricks.
* Zelda appears to serve this function in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', when she's not possessing a suit of armor, ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''-style.
** A better example would be the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Hero's Shade]], who teaches Link various skills throughout the game. [[spoiler:It was [[EpilepticTrees believed by many]], and eventually confirmed, that he is the spirit of Link from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', [[spoiler:Kel'thuzad]] serves as a spirit advisor in his ghost form to the undead [[spoiler:Arthas]] after his soul has been consumed by [[spoiler:Frostmourne]]. This continues until [[spoiler:Kel'thuzad is resurrected in the Sun Well]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'', [[spoiler:it's possible for Subject Delta to become this for Eleanor at the end if she absorbs his essence. In the good ending, this means he becomes her conscience as they're finally reunited. In the bad ending, Eleanor decides that his instincts are not going to waste and that [[OhCrap the world is about to change.]]]]
* Anna and [[spoiler:Kluya]], for Edward and Cecil, respectively, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
* [[spoiler:Maria]] in ''KnightsInTheNightmare'', [[spoiler:but only for [[YggdraUnion Yggdra]] Mode, which is PSP-exclusive.]]
* Francis York Morgan of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' seems to regard Zach as something around the lines of this, with the implication that he may just be asking the players themselves. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that York is the real Spirit Advisor to Zach, who created York to protect himself from trauma inflicted by BigBad Forrest Kaysen.]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' as a Cyber Elf in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''.
* [[spoiler:James [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest McCloud]]]] at the [[spoiler:[[MultipleEndings canonical]]]] end of ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' guides [[PlayerCharacter Fox]] out of Andross' CollapsingLair.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Gary Gygax in ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' ''is'' an actual ghost - he can control his visibility for individuals, as demonstrated [[http://wayofthemetagamer.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/18685 here.]]
* The Kernelsprites in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', when suitably prototyped. So far, every player has protoyped their Kernelsprite with the remains of the deceased, in essence reviving the departed in sprite mode, with all memories of their past life. Using something dead isn't strictly necessary, but Kernelsprites are preternaturally drawn to death and using something not dead is rare, with only 3 (out of 16) being shown in canon, and all of those were tier 2 prototyped with a dead person. [[spoiler: All of these sprites are ultimately fated to die a second time]].
** Some of [[spoiler: the Trolls]] die and continue to linger in pseudo-purgatory and provide advice for the remaining players.
*** Oddly the most literal definition of the trope applies to Vriska for ''WV'', as she harasses him in his dreams.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010112c Megaman, briefly]]. X and Ran also become these more cohesively to George and Megaman respectively later on, until they each are created.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'', Cub is one to Lucco [[spoiler:though he's actually just another patient in Lucco's hospital who's [[ConverseWithTheUnconscious Conversing With The Unconscious]]]].
** After [[spoiler:Lucco wakes up, Guz]] becomes one.
* In ''Webcomic/{{MYth}}: A Promise'', [[spoiler:Metis]] attempts to become this to Zeus but ''Distillation'' reveals that she failed and entrusts his guidance to [[spoiler:their daughter]] Athena.
* [[GoodAngelBadAngel Conscience Cat]] in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' may or may not be one of these. Flying talking cats are hardly outlandish by the standards of that 'verse, and the only time Conscience Cat appears in a setting there a third party would be able to see him, said third party [[{{Troll}} decides it would be more interesting not to answer whether or not he can see him.]]
* When this trope and TreacherousAdvisor meet in the same person, ''very'' bad things can happen, precisely as they do (to the emperor Luca and, particularly, his wife) in ''Webcomic/TheMeek''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
%% ''{{Theatrica}}''.
* In ''LetsPlay/PlagueAndTreacheryOnTheOregonTrail'', the ghost of [[spoiler: Sarah-Jane]] helps a blind Cyrus maneuver down the rapid river safely.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}}'' 7, a {{heroic BSOD}}ing Vegeta tries to get advice from Mufasa, but he just calls Vegeta a tool.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GuardiansOfLuna'' has Kurru, a Gurrn shaman and advisor to Carson Stone's werewolf group.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', previous Avatars act as advisors to the current position holder, although in the case of the latter's heroine as the spiritual aspects are difficult for her she doesn't really get any help from the previous Avatars until later in the first season.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Thoughtfully spoofed in the' episode "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer", where Homer hallucinates after eating "the Merciless Peppers of Quetzlzacatenango". His Spirit Advisor is a [[http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/a/a2/200px-Simpsons_Coyote.png coyote]], the trickster spirit of a number of Amerindian tribes. The distinctive voice of Homer's spirit guide is provided by legendary singer Johnny Cash. This sequence eventually leads to the infamous line "In your face, space coyote!"
** In another episode, Homer's brain conjures up the spirit of labour organizer Cesar Chavez (whom Lisa had mentioned to him earlier in the episode), except he looks like Cesar Romero because, as Chavez put it, "you don't know what Cesar Chavez looks like."
** "The Last Temptation of Homer" has Homer faced with being attracted to another woman. A guardian angel of sorts tries to advise and first takes the form of Sir Issac Newtown. As Homer has no idea who that is, his advisor then takes the form of [[HogansHeroes Colonel Klink]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'', the soul of team [[MentorArchetype mentor]] Jaga comes BackFromTheDead so he can continue giving sage advice to Lion-O.
* In the cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'', the spirit of Karate 1's biological father would occasionally appear to him, to give him a quick pep talk or to DeusExMachina him free of the bad guy's trap. Usually both.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', starting in season four, [[spoiler: 24 becomes 21's Spirit Advisor, using his ghostly movement and omniscience to exponentially increase 21's competence.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Luna has been known to act as this to troubled ponies, appearing in their dreams as they sleep and giving them advice.
* ''[[VideoGame/DantesInferno Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic]]'' - Taken literally with Virgil, the classical Roman poet. Since he is a pure spirit, he cannot help Dante fight his enemies, but can only steer him on his path to save his wife's soul through the nine circles of hell.
* In the one-hour ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "The Return Of The Revenge Of Blowhole", Skipper gets LaserGuidedAmnesia and his mind tries to conjure up a spirit guide to help him get back. It settles on [[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Alex the Lion]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter's spiritual guide is [[HappyDays The Fonz]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was a great believer is spiritualism, and apparently sought advice from his dead parents and even his dogs through séances. To his credit, this seems to have been personal advice, rather than advice on how to run the country.
* Many people believe in this, and speak with animal spirits to guide them through life. This comes from Native American culture.