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Basic Trope: A perfectly normal person is friends with a divine/supernatural being.

  • Straight: Bob and Jesus have a standing date to go bowling every Saturday night.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob and Jesus share an apartment together and split chores and bills.
    • Bob is friend with almost every divine or religious being out there.
    • Bob and Jesus are lovers.
  • Downplayed: Bob and Jesus live in the same town and have met a few times, but they're not close friends.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is viewed by Jesus as in need of spiritual guidance and a general injection of fun.
    • Bob is quite a virtuous and kind man, which impresses Jesus.
    • Bob is a jerkass which is why Jesus wants to befriend him to lead him into the good way.
    • Jesus is lonely and Fluffy Cloud Heaven is quite dull. Hanging out on Earth with an average guy who isn't worshiping him is something of a relief.
    • Bob is dead and ended up in Fluffy Cloud Heaven. This trope is something most, if not all, of the denizens up there experience as a result.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob's friend Jesus only looks like Him and is frequently mistaken for Him.
  • Double Subverted: Except that Jesus is Invisible to Normals and appears as he truly is to those who can sense him, like Bob.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is invited to a huge party in the Astral Realm, where members of several pantheons will be in attendance.
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    • Bob asks a Good Shepherd how to start a friendship with Jesus, and the priest talks about prayer and good deeds only for Jesus to interrupt him. "Let's go bowling!"
  • Zig Zagged: Bob and Jesus have been friends, like, forever! Except Bob has a mental disorder and confuses a friend with Jesus, who plays along to be nice. Except that Jesus does miracles but only in front of Bob! However, Bob being an Unreliable Narrator throws doubt on it.
  • Averted: Bob and Jesus are pals... the same way Jesus is pals with every other Christian, through prayer.
  • Enforced: "We are particularly tired of those works portraying God as an unsympathetic jerkass, so we went along to incorporate Jesus into the show, as an affable and rather human person, to defy this pejorative convention."
  • Lampshaded: "Wait, you're friends with who?"
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  • Invoked: Bob strikes up a friendship with Jesus.
  • Implied: Bob's address book is seen; Jesus is on the J list.
  • Exploited: Some of the folks in Bob's town catch wind of this; now Bob is seen as a prophet or a saint that can intercede in dire situations.
  • Defied: Jesus always tries to befriend Bob, but he keeps eluding Him because he infers it would just bring lot of trouble and comedic situations to him.
  • Discussed: "Why would Jesus want a human for a best friend?" "He's Jesus, why wouldn't he?"
  • Conversed: "Which divine figure would you want as your best friend?"
  • Deconstructed: Seeing Jesus on earth, especially seeing him doing ordinary everyday things like going bowling, causes social unrest as the belief systems of Christians and especially non-christians are shattered.
  • Reconstructed: Seeing Jesus on earth, especially seeing him doing ordinary everyday things like going bowling eventually causes the Christian belief systems to be rebuilt around bowling and priests start celebrating Mass in bowling alleys. The non-christians either become Christians, Naytheists, or Flat Earth Atheists and carry on as usual.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Yup, it's the local deity. However, aside from turning the bowling alley's stale beer into good wine, there's nothing he does to affect the plot.

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