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Emergency Multifaith Prayer

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One of these has to work!
Buddha, Zeus, God! One of you guys, do something! Satan, You owe me!
Professor Farnsworth in Futurama, "The Farnsworth Parabox"

When times are truly desperate and Prayer Is a Last Resort, someone will not only pray, they'll pray to any god or gods out there, in order to cover all their bases.

A particularly Crazy-Prepared person might even carry around holy symbols and relics of multiple faiths, and have memorized prayers to go with each one, just in case they ever need divine help.

Often overlaps with Silly Prayer.


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    Comic Strips 
  • Willie And Joe has one strip where Joe asks an allied Arab or Indian soldier if he knows any good Muslim prayers; as Joe puts it, "I don't wanna miss any bets."

    Films — Animation 
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya: In the film adaptation, when Kyon realizes he is stuck in an alternate universe where Haruhi is not present and the SOS Brigade doesn't exist, begins crying out to Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed (and H. P. Lovecraft) to save him.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Mummy (1999): When facing Imhotep approaching him, Beni starts praying using Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu icons and prayers. It's not until he reaches Judaism that Imhotep recognizes the Hebrew language as "the tongue of the slaves" and spares Beni's life in exchange for his services.
  • The titular hero of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby does this when he thinks he's on fire.
    Ricky Bobby: Help me, Jesus! Help me, Jewish God! Help me, Allah!
  • During a tense moment in Mad Max: Fury Road, one of the runaway brides begins muttering to herself and making gestures. When asked what she's doing, she states she's praying.
    Praying to who?
    Praying to anyone who's listening!

  • Going Postal: When Moist von Lipwig is standing on the gallows for what he believes will be his execution, he delivers a "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner that impresses the hangman:
    Moist: I commend my soul to any god that can find it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Big Storm Episode of Superstore, Tornado, Glenn, a Christian, prays in the tornado. When that doesn't work, he tries many other gods and is quite surprised and confused when the storm stops after praying to Allah.
  • Downplayed in Kaamelott, where King Arthur (who was sent away from Britain and raised by the Romans before becoming king) still prays to Mars, despite being a Christian. The Lady of the Lake calls him out on it, but he turns it right around by pointing out that neither the local gods she represents nor God have been much help either concerning this whole "quest for the Grail" thing. Among others, they've yet to give a clear definition of what it is (it might be a cup that held Jesus' blood or a burning stone) or where they're supposed to look.
  • Game of Thrones: Inverted by The Dreaded pirate Euron Greyjoy as a Blasphemous Boast:
    Euron Greyjoy: I am the godliest man ever to raise sail! You serve one god, Damphair, but I serve ten thousand. From Ib to Asshai, when men see my sails, they pray.
  • When Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is suffering from Laser-Guided Amnesia and is hiding from vampires, he starts saying the prayers of every religion he can think of — because he can't remember which one he actually follows.
  • The True Blood minisode "Jason" has the title character (who is not the most astute in religious matters) begging for help from God, Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Allah, "Confusion" note , Buddha, scientology, aliens and "that lion from Narnia."
  • Criminal Minds: Not prayer exactly, but when Garcia receives her remote back from Mateo Cruz in the episode "Angels," she declares "Thank you, Jesus, Buddha, and Allah! I like to cover my bases."

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Death Guard fell to Nurgle this way: they were trapped in the Warp and were struck with a plague so horrifying that they eventually broke down and begged the aid of any divinity to spare them. Nurgle (who'd sent the plague in the first place) turned them into Plague Marines, inhumanly tough and pain-resistant abominations that are more cancer than flesh.
  • A weaponized variant appears in Hunter: The Vigil with Task Force: VALKYRIE's Compound Rounds, which are bullets that include trace elements of everything known to be harmful to various supernatural threats. This includes cold iron, salt, gold, silver, wood slivers, holy water, communion wafer crumbs, and various plants and herbs. They do enhanced damage against pretty much every type of creature.

    Video Games 
  • In Conquests of Camelot, Camelot's chapel has separate altars dedicated to Jesus Christ and Mithras. You need to pray to both of them or the one you ignored will smite you.
  • In Prison Architect, you can build a Chapel or "Multi-Faith Prayer Room" and hire an NPC to perform Spiritual Guidance services that can calm your inmates. Said NPC is randomly selected from a number of real-life religions and a new one is picked for every service that occurs. A random spiritual leader will also meet with any prisoners you execute.
  • In King of Dragon Pass, certain crisis situations allow the clan to propitiate "appropriate" enemy gods not part of the Orlanthi pantheon. Specifically, Malia, goddess of Disease and a member of the Unholy Trio, and Daga, god of Drought. It has a chance of working, but it's generally a bad idea.
  • In Civilization: Beyond Earth, a technology research quote from the spiritual Kavitha Thakur is a devotional prayer that beseeches Seraphim, Cherubim, Devas, Yakshas, and Fravashi in service to the Lord Creator, implicitly blending this trope with Interfaith Smoothie.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, after Hagakure witnesses Junko (actually Mukuro disguised as her) being murdered in front of all of the students and thus the reality of the situation sinks in, he claps his hands and shouts "I'm begging you! God, Buddha, Mother Earth, God of Space, King Neptune, come save me!"note 

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • In an episode, Lisa prays to Buddha, Jesus, and SpongeBob when she's stuck in the trunk of a car.
    • Another episode has Homer praying to Jesus, Allah, and Buddha while being chased by a rhino.
    • Downplayed example, but in another episode, Todd Flanders, while having a crisis of faith, prays for Ned's life to Jesus and Buddha, just in case.
  • Futurama: The page quote comes from the start of the episode "The Farnsworth Parabox", when one of Professor Farnsworth's experiments goes horribly wrong and, in agony, he starts begging various deities to help him. Calling upon Satan apparently does the trick since he survives the ordeal.

    Real Life 
  • Elvis Presley was known to wear a necklace with a cross, star of David, and Hebrew Chai symbol on it; when asked about this, he said he didn't want to miss out of Heaven on a technicality.
  • The last act of the Viking King Rollo the Walker (who founded Normandy and who had converted to Christianity for political reasons) before he died was to donate 100.000 silver coins to the Church and to sacrifice 100 prisoners to Odin.
  • Doctor Haing S. Ngor (Star of The Killing Fields) wrote in his autobiography of making a prayer to several deities during his being tortured by the Khmer Rouge.


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Help Me Tom Cruise!

Ricky Bobby cries out to Jesus, Jewish God, Allah, Tom Cruise (and his witchcraft), and Oprah Winfrey, anyone to help put out the invisible fire!

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