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16th Sep '17 5:34:06 PM thatboy
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* In ''VideoGame/GravityRush'' Kat's familiar is a cat, and Reven's familiar is a Raven, appropriately enough.
12th Sep '17 5:47:36 AM CaptEquinox
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This is based on the medieval belief that {{Satan}} granted demon servants (in animal form) to witches [[DealWithTheDevil as part of their pacts]]. The idea has since evolved greatly in Fantasy fiction, and even some Science Fiction settings have similar concepts ({{telepath|y}}ic pets, for example, or even a RobotBuddy, especially if [[RobotDog animal-like]]). Compare BondCreature, EmpathyPet, {{Mons}}, RightHandCat. The familiar usually acts as an AnimalEyeSpy to their master.

The familiar (short for 'familiar spirit') is so called because it stands in a close personal connection to you. It is your 'personal demon'.

See also SapientSteed and MentorMascot. Because AllWitchesHaveCats, cats are the most common variant for female magic users. In Japanese mythology, a similar creature is called a shikigami; see {{Onmyodo}} for details.

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This is based on the medieval belief that {{Satan}} granted demon servants (in animal form) to witches [[DealWithTheDevil as part of their pacts]].pacts]] and that "cunning folk" (white witches, herbalists, folk healers) were assisted by good spirits. The idea has since evolved greatly in Fantasy fiction, and even some Science Fiction settings have similar concepts ({{telepath|y}}ic pets, for example, or even a RobotBuddy, especially if [[RobotDog animal-like]]). Compare BondCreature, EmpathyPet, {{Mons}}, RightHandCat. The familiar usually acts as an AnimalEyeSpy to their master.

The familiar (short for 'familiar spirit') Today, most witches put difference between a "familiar spirit" which is more like your 'personal demon' (or daimon), and an animal "familiar" which is an animal you bond with. Sometimes the term refers to your own alter ego behaving independently; your ShadowArchetype self. In any case, the "familiar" is so called because it stands in a close personal connection to you. It is your 'personal demon'.

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See also SapientSteed and MentorMascot. Because AllWitchesHaveCats, cats are the most common variant for female magic users. Likely the second most common is a black dog, usually a small hound type, especially in the British Isles. In Japanese mythology, a similar creature is called a shikigami; see {{Onmyodo}} for details.



* In ''Literature/TheWitchesOfWorm'', Jessica believes that Worm is a witch's familiar because she can hear him talking. She has a growing certainty that he's someone ''else'''s familiar though...

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* In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/TheWitchesOfWorm'', Jessica believes that Worm is a witch's familiar because she can hear him talking.talking. And he gives her very bad advice. She has a growing certainty that he's someone ''else'''s familiar though...


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* In J.R. Lowell's 1972 thriller ''Daughter of Darkness'', little Willie Connolly is a DeliberatelyCuteChild and a super-intelligent ChildProdigy expert in cultural anthropology. Unknown to anyone, she's also an experienced and fairly powerful witch. She asks for a kitten she intends as a familiar. Her parents think she's just asking for a kitten, and her headstrong mother buys what ''she'' wants, instead; [[http://www.petmd.com/sites/default/files/breedopedia/maltese3.jpg a white Maltese puppy]]. Unfortunately, Willie's expertise doesn't extend to the fact that she could easily make the little dog her familiar -- clinching her own Cuteness Factor (evolving into TheFakeCutie as she matured) besides averting AllWitchesHaveCats. (Maybe if he'd been black she'd have gotten a clue, since black dogs are also traditional.) Using a combination of animal psychology and a cursed charm, Willie cold-bloodedly arranges to [[KickTheDog have her puppy run into heavy traffic]] in midtown Manhattan. The next day she has her kitten.
11th Sep '17 8:34:34 AM LordGro
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* The cat in, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uhh]], ''Literature/TheFamiliar''.

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10th Sep '17 6:36:20 PM PaulA
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* The titular witch in the Creator/HPLovecraft story "The Dreams in the Witch House" has a disturbing one, the human-faced, mean-spirited rat Brown Jenkins.

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* The titular witch in the Creator/HPLovecraft story "The Dreams in the Witch House" "Literature/TheDreamsInTheWitchHouse" has a disturbing one, the human-faced, mean-spirited rat Brown Jenkins.Jenkin.
10th Sep '17 2:00:03 PM Gerusz
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* The cat in, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uhh]], ''Literature/TheFamiliar''.
7th Sep '17 12:51:54 AM PaulA
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* Naturally, the titular witch in the Creator/HPLovecraft novel ''Dreams in the Witch House'' has a disturbing one, the human-faced, mean-spirited rat Brown Jenkins.

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* Naturally, the The titular witch in the Creator/HPLovecraft novel ''Dreams story "The Dreams in the Witch House'' House" has a disturbing one, the human-faced, mean-spirited rat Brown Jenkins.
27th Aug '17 1:09:50 PM nombretomado
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* The "Manas" in the ''Franchise/{{Atelier}}'' series and ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', where [[spoiler:the ''main character'' is one]].

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* The "Manas" in the ''Franchise/{{Atelier}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}}'' series and ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', where [[spoiler:the ''main character'' is one]].
23rd Aug '17 4:06:45 AM Luppercus
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* Jiji the black cat in ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' is described as a witch's familiar. Only she can talk to him and apparently every witch has one. Her inability to understand him is one of the sign that she lost her magick.
15th Aug '17 8:55:52 AM Occidensill
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* Treecats in the [[''Literature/HonorHarrington'' Honorverse]] are a scifi telempath version of familiar. Treecats are biologically telepathic within their species, and able to pick up the emotions of humans to a fairly granular level. When they encounter a suitable human, they form an intense bond with them, and for the rest of their lives the treecat and human can, at a minimum, share emotions (and the treecats can communicate knowledge of things like murderous humans via meaningful posture and gestures). The main character of the series has been able to further the bond to the point of also being able to pick up emotions. The 'rest of their lives' part had a downside for a long time in that treecats normally live around 200 human years, and would commonly suicide when their bondmate finished their normal human lifespan - in the modern days of the series, this has been mostly nullified by prolong extending human lifespans.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Averted when Tara suggests she and fellow witch Willow get a cat. Willow thinks she means a familiar but no, she just means a pet. And so [[FormallyNamedPet Miss Kitty Fantastico]] guest-stars for a few episodes before its [[NoodleIncident Noodle Incident]] in an off-screen accidental crossbow discharge.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Averted when Tara suggests she and fellow witch Willow get a cat. Willow thinks she means a familiar but no, she just means a pet. And so [[FormallyNamedPet Miss Kitty Fantastico]] guest-stars for a few episodes before its [[NoodleIncident Noodle Incident]] NoodleIncident in an off-screen accidental crossbow discharge.
1st Jul '17 9:15:02 AM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'': Scarab's talking Snake-Staff is described as the warlock's familiar in TheOtherWiki.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'': Scarab's talking Snake-Staff is described as the warlock's familiar in TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
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