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** 5[superscript:th]] edition makes summoning a familiar a first level wizard spell, potentially usable by wizards or anyone with the Ritual Caster or Magic Initiate feat.
31st Oct '17 9:11:14 PM darkemyst
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*** We later meet Mrs. Figg, another Squib, whose [[CrazyCatLady many felines]] [[SpeaksFluentAnimal serve as her scouts]].

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*** We later meet Mrs. Figg, Figg in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', another Squib, whose [[CrazyCatLady many felines]] [[SpeaksFluentAnimal serve as her scouts]].
28th Oct '17 6:47:34 PM jormis29
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* The [[JustForPun minor]] Creator/DCComics villain Klarion the Witch Boy has a cat familiar called Teekl. He can transform it into a humanoid form to use [[SeriesContinuityError him/her]] as extra muscle.

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* The [[JustForPun minor]] Creator/DCComics villain Klarion the Witch Boy ComicBook/KlarionTheWitchBoy has a cat familiar called Teekl. He can transform it into a humanoid form to use [[SeriesContinuityError him/her]] as extra muscle.
25th Oct '17 12:58:17 PM GM_3826
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', when a magician tries to summon a demon, they fail to maintain control over it, and control actually ''reverses'' the relationship, making the summoner the familiar of the demon.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', when a magician tries to summon a demon, demon and they fail to maintain control over it, and control it actually ''reverses'' the relationship, making the summoner the familiar of the demon.
20th Oct '17 9:46:31 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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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.

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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, Myth/JapaneseMythology, a similar creature is called a shikigami; see {{Onmyodo}} for details.
10th Oct '17 1:52:43 PM darkemyst
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%% ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
%% The talking cats (Luna, Artemis, and Diana) in count.
%% To a lesser extent, Rei Hino's twin crows, Phobos and Deimos. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], they have the ability to transform into Sailor Senshi themselves.
%% Also, Zirconia's familiar, Zircon.
* In ''Manga/ZatchBell'', the "mamodos" need human partners in order to use their spells.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** While [[WeaselMascot Chamo]] and Negi really don't seem to have a special bond, Negi officially makes Chamo his familiar so the latter has a valid excuse for staying at Mahora.
** While animal familiars seem to exist, as Chamo suggested becoming Negi's familiar himself, humans are more often than not the familiars of mages. The pactio system specifically is stated to be exactly this -- a master/servant relationship magically connected by the ritual. And while there are tons of people shown to be involved in a pactio, almost nobody has been shown with an animal familiar.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', Arf, the Lieze twins, Linith, and Zafira, serve Fate, Gil Graham, Precia and Hayate, respectively. [[InsistentTerminology Zafira says]] he is a "[[CallARabbitASmeerp guardian beast]]" rather than a familiar, but Arf retorts that it's the same thing. (Yuuno plays a somewhat similar role to a familiar for Nanoha in the first season, and is occasionally taken for one; in reality, he's a shapeshifting mage.)
%% The "Shadow Dragons" in ''Manga/NaruTaru''.

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%% ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
%% The talking cats (Luna, Artemis, and Diana) in count.
%% To a lesser extent, Rei Hino's twin crows, Phobos and Deimos. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], they have the ability to transform into Sailor Senshi themselves.
%% Also, Zirconia's familiar, Zircon.
* In ''Manga/ZatchBell'', the "mamodos" need human partners in order ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', all Zanpakuto spirits are this on a spiritual level to use their spells.
respective Shinigami/Soul Reaper. Learning to communicate with and subjugate the spirits within the sword are key components of receiving more power from them.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
**
Tamer Meister Exorcists in ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' are able to summon them. For the main cast, Rin has Kuro (SizeShifting Magic Cat), Izumo has two Byakko (Spirit Foxes), and Shiemi has Niichan ([[GreenThumb a greenman]]). Mephisto has Ukobach, a kitchen demon (though only in the anime), and his Umbrella hybrid, Shura has various snakes, as does Mamushi and the other Hojo family members, while Igor has many, MANY NauseaFuel inducing ghouls. Tatsuma has the phoenix Karura. Takara [[spoiler:can summon puppets]] and [[spoiler:Renzo]] has the powerful Yamantaka.
%% * ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' Keroberos as well as his [[EvilCounterpart semi-evil counterpart]] Spinel Sun.
*
While [[WeaselMascot Chamo]] and Negi really don't seem to have a special bond, Negi officially makes Chamo his familiar so the latter has a valid excuse "mon" or humanoid creatures used for staying at Mahora.
** While animal familiars seem to exist, as Chamo suggested becoming Negi's familiar himself, humans
fighting in ''Anime/CControl'' are more often than not called Assets as part of the familiars of mages. The pactio system specifically is stated to be exactly this -- a master/servant relationship magically connected by series' interest in the ritual. And while there are tons of people shown to be involved in a pactio, almost nobody has been shown with an animal familiar.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', Arf, the Lieze twins, Linith, and Zafira, serve Fate, Gil Graham, Precia and Hayate, respectively. [[InsistentTerminology Zafira says]] he is a "[[CallARabbitASmeerp guardian beast]]" rather than a familiar, but Arf retorts that
financial world, it's pretty easy to see them as Familiars, given that the same thing. (Yuuno plays people using them have made a somewhat similar role to a familiar for Nanoha in DealWithTheDevil, and some of the first season, and is occasionally taken for one; in reality, he's a shapeshifting mage.)
%% The "Shadow Dragons" in ''Manga/NaruTaru''.
Assets even look like demons.



* In ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', Recca is served by his 8 fire dragons. Kurei has Kurenai.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' Nanami's familiar, Tomoe, is a LittleBitBeastly {{Kitsune}} who doesn't like his situation one damn bit...[[MagicContractRomance at first, that is.]]



%% ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
%% Keroberos.
%% Also, his [[EvilCounterpart semi-evil counterpart]] Spinel Sun.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** ''Anime/YuGiOh:''
*** The series' monsters either subvert and plays the trope straight depending on what part of the series you're looking at. The bare basics of the card game implies the player is the master and any mon they summon acts as a temporary familiar. Some players don't add any attachment to any particular monster to such an extent and the ones that do don't necessarily add any benefits to the monster in question. The first example of a modern duelist who could see and interact with the Spirits of the monsters in his deck and felt a personal relationship with them was Raphael. It's unknown whether they actually talked back to him when he talked to them isn't known.
*** Occasionally, some cards are seen making independent choices. In the first series, the very first duel between Yugi and Kaiba, has the later attempt to cheat by putting the Blue Eyes he stole from Yugi's grandpa on the top of his deck, then drawing and summoning it instantly. The dragon immediately self destructs, allowing Yugi to call it back to his own side with Raise Dead (Monster Reborn).
*** In the Pharaoh's Memory arc where the monsters and their summoners originated from to make the modern day card game, however, it is played much more straight where the summoners can summon any ka (monster) they can access in exchange for the monster tapping into their master's ba (life energy), but every person also has a primary ka that serves as the embodiment of their soul and is not only much stronger than other kas the summoner can use, but whose well-being also affects the health of the summoner directly.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' also references a bond like the Pharaoh's Memory arc by having some duelists share such a strong bond with a particular monster that they become their spirit partners and thus can communicate with their partner from time to time. (The biggest examples are Winged Kuriboh [to Judai], Ruby Carbuncle [to Jonah], and the three Ojamas [to Manjyome], although all three of them can talk to most Duel Spirits in their decks.) ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' also shares this with certain duelists, particularly ones with powerful dragons (such as Luna with the Ancient Fairy Dragon or Yusei with the Stardust Dragon).
%% Watanuki's familiar is the fox, Mugetsu, in ''Manga/XxxHolic''.
* Tamer Meister Exorcists in ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' are able to summon them. For the main cast, Rin has Kuro (SizeShifting Magic Cat), Izumo has two Byakko (Spirit Foxes), and Shiemi has Niichan ([[GreenThumb a greenman]]). Mephisto has Ukobach, a kitchen demon (though only in the anime), and his Umbrella hybrid, Shura has various snakes, as does Mamushi and the other Hojo family members, while Igor has many, MANY NauseaFuel inducing ghouls. Tatsuma has the phoenix Karura. Takara [[spoiler:can summon puppets]] and [[spoiler:Renzo]] has the powerful Yamantaka.
* While the "mon" or humanoid creatures used for fighting in ''Anime/CControl'' are called Assets as part of the series' interest in the financial world, it's pretty easy to see them as Familiars, given that the people using them have made a DealWithTheDevil, and some of the Assets even look like demons.

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%% ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
%% Keroberos.
%% Also, his [[EvilCounterpart semi-evil counterpart]] Spinel Sun.
* Jiji the cat from ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' is Kiki's witch familiar. They have a link that allows them to communicate and apparently every witch has one.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** ''Anime/YuGiOh:''
*** The series' monsters either subvert
In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', Arf, the Lieze twins, Linith, and Zafira, serve Fate, Gil Graham, Precia and Hayate, respectively. [[InsistentTerminology Zafira says]] he is a "[[CallARabbitASmeerp guardian beast]]" rather than a familiar, but Arf retorts that it's the same thing. (Yuuno plays a somewhat similar role to a familiar for Nanoha in the trope straight depending on what part of the series you're looking at. The bare basics of the card game implies the player is the master first season, and any mon they summon acts as is occasionally taken for one; in reality, he's a temporary familiar. Some players shapeshifting mage.)
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** While [[WeaselMascot Chamo]] and Negi really
don't add any attachment seem to any particular monster to such an extent and have a special bond, Negi officially makes Chamo his familiar so the ones that do don't necessarily add any benefits latter has a valid excuse for staying at Mahora.
** While animal familiars seem
to exist, as Chamo suggested becoming Negi's familiar himself, humans are more often than not the monster in question. familiars of mages. The first example of pactio system specifically is stated to be exactly this -- a modern duelist who could see and interact with the Spirits of the monsters in his deck and felt a personal master/servant relationship magically connected by the ritual. And while there are tons of people shown to be involved in a pactio, almost nobody has been shown with them was Raphael. an animal familiar.
* In ''Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch'', familiars have both an animal and human form.
* Lucoa acts as one for Shouta in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''... kind of.
It's unknown whether they actually talked back to him when he talked to them isn't known.
*** Occasionally, some cards are seen making independent choices. In
clear that she's the first series, dominant one in the very first duel between Yugi relationship and Kaiba, has the later attempt he doesn't seem to cheat by putting the Blue Eyes he stole from Yugi's grandpa on the top get anything out of his deck, then drawing and summoning it instantly. The dragon immediately self destructs, allowing Yugi to call it back beyond proving to his own side with Raise Dead (Monster Reborn).
*** In the Pharaoh's Memory arc where the monsters and their summoners originated from to make the modern day card game, however, it is played much more straight where the summoners can summon any ka (monster) they can access in exchange for the monster tapping into their master's ba (life energy), but every person also has a primary ka
father that serves as the embodiment of their soul and he is not only much stronger than other kas the summoner can use, but whose well-being also affects the health of the summoner directly.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' also references a bond like the Pharaoh's Memory arc by having some duelists share such
a strong bond with a particular monster that they become their spirit partners and thus can communicate with their partner from time to time. (The biggest examples are Winged Kuriboh [to Judai], Ruby Carbuncle [to Jonah], and the three Ojamas [to Manjyome], although all three of them can talk to most Duel Spirits wizard.
%% The "Shadow Dragons"
in their decks.) ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' also shares this with certain duelists, particularly ones with powerful dragons (such as Luna with the Ancient Fairy Dragon or Yusei with the Stardust Dragon).
%% Watanuki's familiar is the fox, Mugetsu, in ''Manga/XxxHolic''.
* Tamer Meister Exorcists in ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' are able to summon them. For the main cast, Rin has Kuro (SizeShifting Magic Cat), Izumo has two Byakko (Spirit Foxes), and Shiemi has Niichan ([[GreenThumb a greenman]]). Mephisto has Ukobach, a kitchen demon (though only in the anime), and his Umbrella hybrid, Shura has various snakes, as does Mamushi and the other Hojo family members, while Igor has many, MANY NauseaFuel inducing ghouls. Tatsuma has the phoenix Karura. Takara [[spoiler:can summon puppets]] and [[spoiler:Renzo]] has the powerful Yamantaka.
* While the "mon" or humanoid creatures used for fighting in ''Anime/CControl'' are called Assets as part of the series' interest in the financial world, it's pretty easy to see them as Familiars, given that the people using them have made a DealWithTheDevil, and some of the Assets even look like demons.
''Manga/NaruTaru''.



* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Pearl is a squirrel/mouse-like creature created out of Pandora's bones who [[TheConfidant keeps him company]] and acts as a guarantor of Pandora's loyalty. If Pandora goes away from the shrine Zeus keeps Pearl and can harm it if Pandora tries defying him, rebounding on Pandora.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', all Zanpakuto spirits are this on a spiritual level to their respective Shinigami/Soul Reaper. Learning to communicate with and subjugate the spirits within the sword are key components of receiving more power from them.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' Nanami's familiar, Tomoe, is a LittleBitBeastly {{Kitsune}} who doesn't like his situation one damn bit...[[MagicContractRomance at first, that is.]]

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* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Pearl is a squirrel/mouse-like creature created out of Pandora's bones who [[TheConfidant keeps him company]] and acts as a guarantor of Pandora's loyalty. If Pandora goes away from the shrine Zeus keeps Pearl and can harm it if Pandora tries defying him, rebounding on Pandora.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', all Zanpakuto spirits are this on a spiritual level
''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', The gods assign names to their respective Shinigami/Soul Reaper. Learning to communicate with and subjugate the chosen spirits within to create the sword are key components bond. This allows the gods to turn them into specific item (unique to that spirit), ranging from swords to earrings that you can use for combat or [[spoiler:just let them stay at your mansion just like what Bishamon did]]. Yukine and Kazuma [[spoiler:took a level of receiving more up when they became ''Hafuri''s after they did a noble thing for their masters, like risking their lives]].
* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' pirate Charlotte Linlin, also known as Big Mom, can create such creatures as part of the
power of her Soul-Soul Fruit. She can extract pieces of soul and lifespan from them.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' Nanami's familiar, Tomoe, is
individuals. These pieces of soul can then find their way into various inanimate objects or animals and bring them to life as creatures with human intelligence known as "Homies". Big Mom always keeps three particular Homies with her: A cartoonish looking sun named Prometheus, a LittleBitBeastly {{Kitsune}} who doesn't like his situation one damn bit...[[MagicContractRomance at first, that is.]]storm cloud calld Zeus, and her bicorne hat, Napeoleon. These three are explicitly stated by Big Mom to be more powerful than normal Homies since they're given life with Big Mom's own soul. Each has powerful abilities in battle, respectively fire, lightning, and the ability to become a sword. Napeoleon has also displayed an ability to get signals from elsewhere and keep Big Mom informed on goings on around her kingdom of Totto Land.



%% In ''Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch'', familiars have both an animal and human form.

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%% * ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** The talking cats (Luna, Artemis, and Diana) all behave as familiars.
** To a lesser extent, Rei Hino's twin crows, Phobos and Deimos.
In ''Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch'', familiars the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], they have both an animal the ability to transform into Sailor Senshi themselves.
** Also, Zirconia's familiar, Zircon.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Pearl is a squirrel/mouse-like creature created out of Pandora's bones who [[TheConfidant keeps him company]]
and human form.acts as a guarantor of Pandora's loyalty. If Pandora goes away from the shrine Zeus keeps Pearl and can harm it if Pandora tries defying him, rebounding on Pandora.



%% In ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', Recca has his 8 fire dragons. Kurei has Kurenai.
* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', The gods assign names to their chosen spirits to create the bond. This allows the gods to turn them into specific item (unique to that spirit), ranging from swords to earrings that you can use for combat or [[spoiler:just let them stay at your mansion just like what Bishamon did]]. Yukine and Kazuma [[spoiler:took a level of up when they became ''Hafuri''s after they did a noble thing for their masters, like risking their lives]].

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%% * Watanuki's familiar is the fox, Mugetsu, in ''Manga/XxxHolic''.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** ''Anime/YuGiOh:''
*** The series' monsters either subvert and plays the trope straight depending on what part of the series you're looking at. The bare basics of the card game implies the player is the master and any mon they summon acts as a temporary familiar. Some players don't add any attachment to any particular monster to such an extent and the ones that do don't necessarily add any benefits to the monster in question. The first example of a modern duelist who could see and interact with the Spirits of the monsters in his deck and felt a personal relationship with them was Raphael. It's unknown whether they actually talked back to him when he talked to them isn't known.
*** Occasionally, some cards are seen making independent choices.
In ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', Recca the first series, the very first duel between Yugi and Kaiba, has the later attempt to cheat by putting the Blue Eyes he stole from Yugi's grandpa on the top of his 8 fire dragons. Kurei has Kurenai.
* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'',
deck, then drawing and summoning it instantly. The gods assign names dragon immediately self destructs, allowing Yugi to call it back to his own side with Raise Dead (Monster Reborn).
*** In the Pharaoh's Memory arc where the monsters and
their chosen spirits summoners originated from to create make the bond. This allows modern day card game, however, it is played much more straight where the gods to turn them summoners can summon any ka (monster) they can access in exchange for the monster tapping into specific item (unique to that spirit), ranging from swords to earrings that you can use for combat or [[spoiler:just let them stay at your mansion just like what Bishamon did]]. Yukine and Kazuma [[spoiler:took a level of up when they became ''Hafuri''s after they did a noble thing for their masters, like risking master's ba (life energy), but every person also has a primary ka that serves as the embodiment of their lives]].soul and is not only much stronger than other kas the summoner can use, but whose well-being also affects the health of the summoner directly.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' also references a bond like the Pharaoh's Memory arc by having some duelists share such a strong bond with a particular monster that they become their spirit partners and thus can communicate with their partner from time to time. (The biggest examples are Winged Kuriboh [to Judai], Ruby Carbuncle [to Jonah], and the three Ojamas [to Manjyome], although all three of them can talk to most Duel Spirits in their decks.) ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' also shares this with certain duelists, particularly ones with powerful dragons (such as Luna with the Ancient Fairy Dragon or Yusei with the Stardust Dragon).
* In ''Manga/ZatchBell'', the "mamodos" need human partners in order to use their spells.



%% Jiji from ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.
* Lucoa acts as one for Shouta in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''... kind of. It's clear that she's the dominant one in the relationship and he doesn't seem to get anything out of it beyond proving to his father that he is a strong wizard.
* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' pirate Charlotte Linlin, also known as Big Mom, can create such creatures as part of the power of her Soul-Soul Fruit. She can extract pieces of soul and lifespan from individuals. These pieces of soul can then find their way into various inanimate objects or animals and bring them to life as creatures with human intelligence known as "Homies". Big Mom always keeps three particular Homies with her: A cartoonish looking sun named Prometheus, a storm cloud calld Zeus, and her bicorne hat, Napeoleon. These three are explicitly stated by Big Mom to be more powerful than normal Homies since they're given life with Big Mom's own soul. Each has powerful abilities in battle, respectively fire, lightning, and the ability to become a sword. Napeoleon has also displayed an ability to get signals from elsewhere and keep Big Mom informed on goings on around her kingdom of Totto Land.
* 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.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' the mother of John's friend Chaz is some overbearing witch with an orangutan familiar. They have to off the familiar (which kills the mother) to free Chaz from his mothers oppression.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' the mother of John's friend Chaz is some overbearing witch with an orangutan familiar. They have to off the familiar (which kills the mother) to free Chaz from his mothers oppression.



* ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'': No word could describe better Jafar's parrot Iago who was more a partner-in-crime than a mere goon. According to WordOfGod there is indeed a magical bond. Specifically Jafar used to be much more hot-headed and bad-tempered but attempted through his arcane knowledge to transfer this part of him to his normal pet parrot so that he would become more reserved and more capable of concentrating on magic studies. Iago became sentient but he was too uncontrollable.
* 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 signs that she has lost her magick.



* ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'': No word could describe better Jafar's parrot Iago who was more a partner-in-crime than a mere goon. According to WordOfGod there is indeed a magical bond. Specifically Jafar used to be much more hot-headed and bad-tempered but attempted through his arcane knowledge to transfer this part of him to his normal pet parrot so that he would become more reserved and more capable of concentrating on magic studies. Iago became sentient but he was too uncontrollable.



* In ''[[Literature/TheFamiliars The Familiars]]'' series a familiar is an animal, that usually has magical abilities, with whom a wizard has found a magical connection and communicates with via spell. However, unlike most fictional works and hence the title, the series focuses mainly on, not the human wizards, but the familiars themselves. Particularly three familiars:
** Aldwyn, a seemingly ordinary cat who actually has telekinesis.
** Skylar, a blue jay who can create illusions.
** Gilbert, a tree frog who can see visions in puddles of water.
* In Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' stories, familiars are one of the few things that witches can receive through magic that sorcerers cannot. Vlad Taltos used witchcraft to obtain Loiosh, a jhereg with human level intelligence. He later gains another jhereg familiar. Lazlo, another human witch, also gains two familiars, a dog and a cat that can change into a wolf and a [[PantheraAwesome Dzur]] respectively.



* Greymalkin, Paddock and Harpier, the familiars of the witches in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
* The daemons in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' are a more intimate case, being literally ''your soul'', shaped like an animal, running around outside you.
* The ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology has Oreg, who is a person, but is magically bound to a ring that goes from father to son on the death of the father. Something inbetween a slave and a familiar, as he is a ghost, and much older than his current owner Ward, who had nothing to do with his enslavement.

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* Greymalkin, Paddock and Harpier, the familiars of the The witches in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
* The daemons in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' are a more intimate case, being literally ''your soul'', shaped like an animal, running around outside you.
* The ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology has Oreg, who is a person, but is magically bound to a ring that goes
''Literature/CityOfDevils'' and [[Literature/FiftyFeetOfTrouble its sequel]] have familiars, from father Hexene's toad, to son on the death songbirds of the father. Something inbetween Salem Sisters.
* ''Literature/TheCrimsonShadow'': All of Greensparrow's wizard minions have demonic partners.
* In J.R. Lowell's 1972 thriller ''Daughter of Darkness'', little Willie Connolly is
a slave 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.
* Haplo's dog in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' is somewhere between a familiar and a SoulJar, being Haplo's soul given independent form. There's probably some deep philosophical meaning behind the fact that Haplo's soul will run off and pilfer sausages if Haplo neglects it, but the books don't go into that.
** From the same series, [[EccentricMentor Zifnab]] and his [[NonHumanSidekick dragon]] have this kind of relationship. [[spoiler: That is to say, Zifnab is the dragon's
familiar, as he is a ghost, and much older than his current owner Ward, who had nothing to do with his enslavement.not the other way around]].



* In ''Literature/TheHollows'' novels, people using [[LeyLine ley-line]] magic can use animal familiars to help them in handling the energy of the line safely. This is somewhat hard on the familiar as an accident in handling the energy will hurt the familiar instead of its master.
** Demons use sentient beings such as humans, elves, witches or even other demons for their familiars. This is considered to be a FateWorseThanDeath and is often a result of making a DealWithTheDevil. Demonic familiars are slaves to their masters and suffer physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Even worse, the BlackMagic used by the demons creates harmful "smut" that can pollute their aura, but the demons transfer this to their familiar instead.
* Discussed briefly in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Most Magi use familiars, which leave a magical trail so they can be detected. However, Kiritsugu also uses normal cameras attached to bats as they do not leave a presence nor can a camera be tricked with magic like the brain of a familiar.

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* In ''Literature/TheHollows'' novels, people using [[LeyLine ley-line]] magic can use animal familiars to help them in handling the energy of the line safely. This is somewhat hard on the familiar as an accident in handling the energy will hurt the familiar instead of its master.
** Demons use sentient beings such as humans, elves, witches or even other demons for their familiars. This is considered to be a FateWorseThanDeath and is often a result of making a DealWithTheDevil. Demonic
Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' stories, familiars are slaves to their masters and suffer physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Even worse, one of the BlackMagic few things that witches can receive through magic that sorcerers cannot. Vlad Taltos used by the demons creates harmful "smut" that can pollute their aura, but the demons transfer this witchcraft to their familiar instead.
* Discussed briefly in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Most Magi use
obtain Loiosh, a jhereg with human level intelligence. He later gains another jhereg familiar. Lazlo, another human witch, also gains two familiars, which leave a magical trail so they dog and a cat that can be detected. However, Kiritsugu also uses normal cameras attached to bats as they do not leave change into a presence nor can wolf and a camera be tricked with magic like the brain of a familiar.[[PantheraAwesome Dzur]] respectively.



** Also, Harry refutes the idea Bob, the spirit of intelligence he has, is his familiar. The reason is, he pays Bob with raunchy romance smut.

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** Also, Harry refutes the idea Bob, the spirit of intelligence he has, is his familiar. The reason is, His reasoning being that he pays Bob ''pays'' Bob, with raunchy romance smut.smut.
* In ''EnchantedForestChronicles'' Morwen has a large number of cats, all her familiars. This is frowned upon by more traditional witches because not only is one cat more traditional, but none of her cats are black. The cats can communicate with her and she can channel their energy for spells.
* In ''[[Literature/TheFamiliars The Familiars]]'' series a familiar is an animal, that usually has magical abilities, with whom a wizard has found a magical connection and communicates with via spell. However, unlike most fictional works and hence the title, the series focuses mainly on, not the human wizards, but the familiars themselves. Particularly three familiars:
** Aldwyn, a seemingly ordinary cat who actually has telekinesis.
** Skylar, a blue jay who can create illusions.
** Gilbert, a tree frog who can see visions in puddles of water.
* In ''Literature/FactionParadox'', the prototype sapient timeships adopt the forms of animals rather than humanoids, bond with their pilots in the standard timeship manner, and are referred to as familiars.
* Discussed briefly in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Most Magi use familiars, which leave a magical trail so they can be detected. However, Kiritsugu also uses normal cameras attached to bats as they do not leave a presence nor can a camera be tricked with magic like the brain of a familiar.



* Haplo's dog in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' is somewhere between a familiar and a SoulJar, being Haplo's soul given independent form. There's probably some deep philosophical meaning behind the fact that Haplo's soul will run off and pilfer sausages if Haplo neglects it, but the books don't go into that.
** From the same series, [[EccentricMentor Zifnab]] and his [[NonHumanSidekick dragon]] have this kind of relationship. [[spoiler: That is to say, Zifnab is the dragon's familiar, not the other way around]].

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* Haplo's dog The daemons in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' are a more intimate case, being literally ''your soul'', shaped like an animal, running around outside you.
* In ''Literature/TheHollows'' novels, people using [[LeyLine ley-line]] magic can use animal familiars to help them in handling the energy of the line safely. This
is somewhere between somewhat hard on the familiar as an accident in handling the energy will hurt the familiar instead of its master.
* 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.
* The ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology has Oreg, who is a person, but is magically bound to a ring that goes from father to son on the death of the father. Something inbetween a slave and a familiar, as he is a ghost, and much older than his current owner Ward, who had nothing to do with his enslavement.
** Demons use sentient beings such as humans, elves, witches or even other demons for their familiars. This is considered to be a FateWorseThanDeath and is often a result of making a DealWithTheDevil. Demonic familiars are slaves to their masters and suffer physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Even worse, the BlackMagic used by the demons creates harmful "smut" that can pollute their aura, but the demons transfer this to their familiar instead.
* The short story ''The Innkeeper's Solution'' by Steven Piziks is set in a world where everyone gains
a familiar and a SoulJar, being Haplo's soul given independent form. There's probably at adolescence. It's generally held that the bond is stronger if it happens naturally, which doesn't stop some deep philosophical meaning behind the fact that Haplo's soul will run off and pilfer sausages if Haplo neglects it, but the books don't go into that.
** From the same series, [[EccentricMentor Zifnab]] and his [[NonHumanSidekick dragon]] have this kind of relationship.
people forcing a connection with impressive animals rather than risk getting a weak one. The main character's best friend disappears while trying to bond with a dragon. [[spoiler: That is to say, Zifnab is the dragon's It turns out any sapient race can claim a lesser creature as a familiar, not the other way around]]. and for dragons that includes humans.]]



* Greymalkin, Paddock and Harpier, the familiars of the witches in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Catarina was given Cerebus -- though he has only one head.
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Emily makes a Death Viper one to stop it from killing her.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', dragons are familars to their Imprintors (i.e hatchers), as is the case with Septimus and Spit Fyre.



* In ''Literature/FactionParadox'', the prototype sapient timeships adopt the forms of animals rather than humanoids, bond with their pilots in the standard timeship manner, and are referred to as familiars.

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* In ''Literature/FactionParadox'', the prototype sapient timeships adopt ''Literature/{{Temps}}'' short story "Someone To Watch Over Me", "familiar" is the forms traditional term for what the DPR now calls a semi-autonomous psychokinetic energy field. According to GentlemanWizard Loric, they can be cats, but the one that appears (or rather, doesn't) is just an invisible emotional force.
* In ''Literature/ThreeDarkCrowns'' most people living on the island
of Fennbirn have a gift. Naturalists are those whose gift connects them to nature - and each of them at one point (usually in childhood) gets a familiar. These range from a small woodpecker to a mountain cat, depending on the strenght of gift. Most naturalists seem to have birds or dogs as familiars but we also see a sea lion (this happens on an island, after all). Familiars share the feelings of their humans, help them in everyday life, and can fulfil their orders - but it is hard to force them to do anything against their will.
* In Creator/VernorVinge's proto-{{cyberpunk}} novella, "Literature/TrueNames", the "wizards" (hackers) of [[{{Cyberspace}} The Other Plane]] often have small, specialized programs appear as
animals rather than humanoids, bond with that they call their pilots in familiars. When Virginia, the standard timeship manner, federal officer in charge of Mr. Slippery's case, comes online, she takes a frog form and are referred pretends to as familiars.be Slip's familiar.



* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', dragons are familars to their Imprintors (i.e hatchers), as is the case with Septimus and Spit Fyre.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Catarina was given Cerebus -- though he has only one head.
* In ''EnchantedForestChronicles'' Morwen has a large number of cats, all her familiars. This is frowned upon by more traditional witches because not only is one cat more traditional, but none of her cats are black. The cats can communicate with her and she can channel their energy for spells.

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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Valerie's raven Nightshade is hers, doing things such as spy or perform small tasks she orders. She also has genuine affection for him-he's more than just a tool. Good mages also often have them. The downside however is having a familiar requires a kind of {{psychic link}}, so any harm is shared. Sam and Arcie quickly [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] the fact when Valerie takes over the group by holding Nightshade hostage until she gives up her amulet. Later, Nightshade fights some familiars of the Good mages, and kills two in one go.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', dragons are familars to their Imprintors (i.e hatchers), as Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/TheWitchesOfWorm'', Jessica believes that Worm is the case with Septimus and Spit Fyre.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Catarina was given Cerebus -- though he has only one head.
* In ''EnchantedForestChronicles'' Morwen has
a large number of cats, all her familiars. This is frowned upon by more traditional witches witch's familiar because not only is one cat more traditional, but none of her cats are black. The cats can communicate with her and she can channel hear him talking. And he gives her very bad advice. She has a growing certainty that he's someone ''else'''s familiar though...
* In ''Literature/DanteValentine: Working for the Devil'', Danny is assigned the greater demon Tierce Japhrimel, essentially the Devil's hitman, as a protector while she hunts down another demon that the Devil wants killed. Neither is given a choice in the matter, but Lucifer promises Japhrimel his freedom in exchange for the service. [[spoiler:Japhrimel eventually becomes Fallen and stays with Danny permanently.]]
* The ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series has a few characters who fit the bill. It's explained that human wizards who use magic around the house (read: [[MundaneUtility basically all of them]]) may find
their energy for spells.pets getting smarter than usual and developing strange talents due to the exposure. So far we've had a parrot and several koi with prophetic abilities, a dog who can take "walks" through alternate dimensions, a bardic cat, and (at a stretch) Dairene's sentient laptop/[[SpellBook wizard manual]] Spot. In something of a reversal, there are also perfectly normal humans who may or may not ([[TheMasquerade probably not]]) realize that their ''pets'' are wizards.



* In Creator/VernorVinge's proto-{{cyberpunk}} novella, "Literature/TrueNames", the "wizards" (hackers) of [[{{Cyberspace}} The Other Plane]] often have small, specialized programs appear as animals that they call their familiars. When Virginia, the federal officer in charge of Mr. Slippery's case, comes online, she takes a frog form and pretends to be Slip's familiar.
* The short story ''The Innkeeper's Solution'' by Steven Piziks is set in a world where everyone gains a familiar at adolescence. It's generally held that the bond is stronger if it happens naturally, which doesn't stop some people forcing a connection with impressive animals rather than risk getting a weak one. The main character's best friend disappears while trying to bond with a dragon. [[spoiler: It turns out any sapient race can claim a lesser creature as a familiar, and for dragons that includes humans.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Temps}}'' short story "Someone To Watch Over Me", "familiar" is the traditional term for what the DPR now calls a semi-autonomous psychokinetic energy field. According to GentlemanWizard Loric, they can be cats, but the one that appears (or rather, doesn't) is just an invisible emotional force.
* The witches in ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' and [[Literature/FiftyFeetOfTrouble its sequel]] have familiars, from Hexene's toad, to the songbirds of the Salem Sisters.
* In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/TheWitchesOfWorm'', Jessica believes that Worm is a witch's familiar because she can hear him talking. And he gives her very bad advice. She has a growing certainty that he's someone ''else'''s familiar though...
* In ''Literature/DanteValentine: Working for the Devil'', Danny is assigned the greater demon Tierce Japhrimel, essentially the Devil's hitman, as a protector while she hunts down another demon that the Devil wants killed. Neither is given a choice in the matter, but Lucifer promises Japhrimel his freedom in exchange for the service. [[spoiler:Japhrimel eventually becomes Fallen and stays with Danny permanently.]]
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Emily makes a Death Viper one to stop it from killing her.
* The ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series has a few characters who fit the bill. It's explained that human wizards who use magic around the house (read: [[MundaneUtility basically all of them]]) may find their pets getting smarter than usual and developing strange talents due to the exposure. So far we've had a parrot and several koi with prophetic abilities, a dog who can take "walks" through alternate dimensions, a bardic cat, and (at a stretch) Dairene's sentient laptop/[[SpellBook wizard manual]] Spot. In something of a reversal, there are also perfectly normal humans who may or may not ([[TheMasquerade probably not]]) realize that their ''pets'' are wizards.
* ''Literature/TheCrimsonShadow'': All of Greensparrow's wizard minions have demonic partners.
* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Valerie's raven Nightshade is hers, doing things such as spy or perform small tasks she orders. She also has genuine affection for him-he's more than just a tool. Good mages also often have them. The downside however is having a familiar requires a kind of {{psychic link}}, so any harm is shared. Sam and Arcie quickly [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] the fact when Valerie takes over the group by holding Nightshade hostage until she gives up her amulet. Later, Nightshade fights some familiars of the Good mages, and kills two in one go.
* In ''Literature/ThreeDarkCrowns'' most people living on the island of Fennbirn have a gift. Naturalists are those whose gift connects them to nature - and each of them at one point (usually in childhood) gets a familiar. These range from a small woodpecker to a mountain cat, depending on the strenght of gift. Most naturalists seem to have birds or dogs as familiars but we also see a sea lion (this happens on an island, after all). Familiars share the feelings of their humans, help them in everyday life, and can fulfil their orders - but it is hard to force them to do anything against their will.
* 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.
%%* The cat in ''Literature/TheFamiliar'' %% Zero Context Example
* 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.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'' the elven mage Fea has "Poopsie"... er... Ralph the toad. [[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-06-16 "Poopsie" has nightmare]].
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'': Meji has Ellis, a winged talking cat. While he's referred to as a familiar, he was apparently bought from a pet store and has little to no magical significance. He's also [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick sarcastic and abrasive]] to everybody and especially Meji.

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* General Creedy from ''Webcomic/BasketsOfGuts'' is a one to [[VillainProtagonist Lich]]. Actually, [[AmbiguousGender it]]'s just an [[TheUndead undead]] [[YouDirtyRat rat]], but it's still the most long living servant of the Lich.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'' the elven mage Fea ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' Yiska has "Poopsie"... er... Ralph the toad. [[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-06-16 "Poopsie" has nightmare]].
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'': Meji has Ellis,
three bird familiars, their skulls adorn her tarnkappe where they maintain a winged talking cat. While he's referred glamor to as a familiar, he was apparently bought from a pet store make its color match her outfit and has little she uses two of them to no magical significance. He's also [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick sarcastic send and abrasive]] to everybody and especially Meji.receive messages.



* The Hag of ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' thinks that the Shadowchild is Digger's familiar, but Digger is emphatic that this is not the case.
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'': Meji has Ellis, a winged talking cat. While he's referred to as a familiar, he was apparently bought from a pet store and has little to no magical significance. He's also [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick sarcastic and abrasive]] to everybody and especially Meji.
* ''Webcomic/{{Hemlock}}'': Lumi has had her familiar Suul for a long time, when Suul's time as a crow is over Lumi [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath eats her]] and spends ten years asleep in mourning. Eventually poor Tristan ends up her new familiar.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', familiars are a recurring theme, with John recruiting a salamander NPC and calling it Casey, then accidentally trading pets with Rose when he takes her cat. Rose then proceeds to get a small team of familiars, which she mainly uses for inventory space. [[spoiler: The bunnyKind [[WeaponOfChoice Strife Specibi]] causes the Uber Bunny to instantly align itself with John in the same vein as a familiar.]]
* ''WebComic/MyRoommateIsAnElf'' Griswold has Glen the monkey as a familiar, who is quick to point out he is not a pet.



* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', familiars are a recurring theme, with John recruiting a salamander NPC and calling it Casey, then accidentally trading pets with Rose when he takes her cat. Rose then proceeds to get a small team of familiars, which she mainly uses for inventory space. [[spoiler: The bunnyKind [[WeaponOfChoice Strife Specibi]] causes the Uber Bunny to instantly align itself with John in the same vein as a familiar.]]



* A rogue wizard on the Second Sphere in ''Webcomic/UseSwordOnMonster'' had a familiar dubbed "Edison" who took the form of a monkey wearing a bowtie and a bowler hat. It later turned out he was a Demon Lord before being summoned and bonded and ''really'' resented that, to the point of offering to re-bond with a mage from the military police hunting his master.



* The Hag of ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' thinks that the Shadowchild is Digger's familiar, but Digger is emphatic that this is not the case.
* ''WebComic/MyRoommateIsAnElf'' Griswold has Glen the monkey as a familiar, who is quick to point out he is not a pet.
* A rogue wizard on the Second Sphere in ''Webcomic/UseSwordOnMonster'' had a familiar dubbed "Edison" who took the form of a monkey wearing a bowtie and a bowler hat. It later turned out he was a Demon Lord before being summoned and bonded and ''really'' resented that, to the point of offering to re-bond with a mage from the military police hunting his master.
* General Creedy from ''Webcomic/BasketsOfGuts'' is a one to [[VillainProtagonist Lich]]. Actually, [[AmbiguousGender it]]'s just an [[TheUndead undead]] [[YouDirtyRat rat]], but it's still the most long living servant of the Lich.

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* The Hag of ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' thinks that In ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'' the Shadowchild is Digger's familiar, but Digger is emphatic that this is not the case.
* ''WebComic/MyRoommateIsAnElf'' Griswold has Glen the monkey as a familiar, who is quick to point out he is not a pet.
* A rogue wizard on the Second Sphere in ''Webcomic/UseSwordOnMonster'' had a familiar dubbed "Edison" who took the form of a monkey wearing a bowtie and a bowler hat. It later turned out he was a Demon Lord before being summoned and bonded and ''really'' resented that, to the point of offering to re-bond with a
elven mage from Fea has "Poopsie"... er... Ralph the military police hunting his master.
* General Creedy from ''Webcomic/BasketsOfGuts'' is a one to [[VillainProtagonist Lich]]. Actually, [[AmbiguousGender it]]'s just an [[TheUndead undead]] [[YouDirtyRat rat]], but it's still the most long living servant of the Lich.
toad. [[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-06-16 "Poopsie" has nightmare]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', [[WickedWitch Maja]] has a crabbit ([[CreepyCrows crow]]-[[HairRaisingHare rabbit]] [[HybridMonster hybrid creature]]) familiar. However, Maja's a BadBoss, so said familiar eventually quits.
* The villain, Mozenrath, from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}} TheAnimatedSeries'' is almost always accompanied by his loyal (if constantly bullied) flying eel familar, Xerxes, who happens to speak in a faint Peter Lorre impression.
* Appa in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' would appear just to be a LoyalAnimalCompanion to Aang, although that it has been hinted that he's more than this, and that all Avatars have an 'animal spirit guide' to help them in their life. The first Avatar, Wan, had a [[MixAndMatchCritters Cat-Deer]] named Mula, Roku, Aang's predecessor had Fang the dragon, and his successor [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] has Naga the [[MixAndMatchCritters Polar-Bear-Dog]]. They have the ability for their spirits to communicate with the next Avatar after death, and they appear to be able to share dreams.
* ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'': Scarab's talking Snake-Staff is described as the warlock's familiar in Wiki/TheOtherWiki.



* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries''. Like the live action series, the younger Sabrina and her family own a wise-talking black cat who was once a powerful wizard. A few episodes had her dealing with an witch-hating enemy whose familiar was a magic sniffing anteater. In the spin-off, "Sabrina's Secret Life", Sabrina's Alpha Bitch witch rival, Cassandra, owns a white rabbit who may also have once been human.
* Most of the TheSmurfs' magical villains often have animal companions that act more like familiars than normal pets; Gargamel's cat Azrael, Hogatha's vulture, Balthazar's raven and Chlorhydris' talking Toucan.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Lion seems to behave as a familiar to the title character. He's connected to Steven's mother in some way and he sometimes helps Steven with missions and his powers. Eventually, we discover Lion is [[spoiler:a [[RaisingTheSteaks dead animal]] who CameBackStrong thanks to Rose's powers. The same thing eventually happens to Lars.]]
** A ShowWithinAShow example, Connie's favorite book series is "Unfamiliar Familiar", a fantasy series where people in the world have animal guides as familiars.



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' in the episode "Denial", Dr. Fate and Klarion the Witch Boy are battling:

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' in the episode "Denial", Dr. Fate and Klarion the Witch Boy are battling:battling Fate takes a shot at Teekl prompting this prissy response from Klarion:



* Appa in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' would appear just to be a LoyalAnimalCompanion to Aang, although that it has been hinted that he's more than this, and that all Avatars have an 'animal spirit guide' to help them in their life. The first Avatar, Wan, had a [[MixAndMatchCritters Cat-Deer]] named Mula, Roku, Aang's predecessor had Fang the dragon, and his successor [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] has Naga the [[MixAndMatchCritters Polar-Bear-Dog]]. They have the ability for their spirits to communicate with the next Avatar after death, and they appear to be able to share dreams.
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries''. Like the live action series, the younger Sabrina and her family own a wise-talking black cat who was once a powerful wizard. A few episodes had her dealing with an witch-hating enemy whose familiar was a magic sniffing anteater. In the spin-off, "Sabrina's Secret Life", Sabrina's Alpha Bitch witch rival, Cassandra, owns a white rabbit who may also have once been human.
* Most of the TheSmurfs' magical villains often have animal companions that act more like familiars than normal pets; Gargamel's cat Azrael, Hogatha's vulture, Balthazar's raven and Chlorhydris' talking Toucan.
* The villain, Mozenrath, from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}} TheAnimatedSeries'' is almost always accompanied by his loyal (if constantly bullied) flying eel familar, Xerxes, who happens to speak in a faint Peter Lorre impression.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', [[WickedWitch Maja]] has a crabbit ([[CreepyCrows crow]]-[[HairRaisingHare rabbit]] [[HybridMonster hybrid creature]]) familiar. However, Maja's a BadBoss, so said familiar eventually quits.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Lion seems to behave as a familiar to the title character. He's connected to Steven's mother in some way and he sometimes helps Steven with missions and his powers. Eventually, we discover Lion is [[spoiler:a [[RaisingTheSteaks dead animal]] who CameBackStrong thanks to Rose's powers. The same thing eventually happens to Lars.]]
** A ShowWithinAShow example, Connie's favorite book series is "Unfamiliar Familiar", a fantasy series where people in the world have animal guides as familiars.
* ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'': Scarab's talking Snake-Staff is described as the warlock's familiar in Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' any Seraph (Malak in Berseria) that has a human as their vessel acts as such. The Seraph grants supernatural powers to the vessel and gains protection from malevolence in return. In the case of Sub-Lords to a Shepherd's Prime Lord, they get a minor boost in ability, gaining the ability to actually fight and purify hellions.
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* In ''VideoGame/GravityRush'' Kat's familiar is a cat, and Reven's familiar is a Raven, appropriately enough.
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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'.

you.

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.
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* The cat in, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uhh]], ''Literature/TheFamiliar''.

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* %%* The cat in, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uhh]], ''Literature/TheFamiliar''.in ''Literature/TheFamiliar'' %% Zero Context Example
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