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18th Mar '17 1:26:14 PM sgamer82
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* The talking cats (Luna, Artemis, and Diana) in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' 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" needed human partners in order to use their spells.
* [[WeaselMascot Chamo]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. It's kind of a subversion, as they really don't seem to have a special bond, but Negi officially makes Chamo his familiar so the latter has a valid excuse for staying at Mahora.

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* %% ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
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The talking cats (Luna, Artemis, and Diana) in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' 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" needed need human partners in order to use their spells.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** While
[[WeaselMascot Chamo]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. It's kind of a subversion, as they and Negi really don't seem to have a special bond, but Negi officially makes Chamo his familiar so the latter has a valid excuse for staying at Mahora.



* The "Shadow Dragons" in ''Manga/NaruTaru''.
* The main character (and title character) of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' is an ordinary human guy who unexpectedly becomes the familiar of a struggling witch at a WizardingSchool.
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', the eponymous practitioners summon familiars called "landlords" to aid them in perfecting their abilities. These are basically dog spirits that wear collars to limit their powers.

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* %% The "Shadow Dragons" in ''Manga/NaruTaru''.
* The main title character (and title character) of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' is an ordinary human guy who unexpectedly becomes the familiar of a struggling witch at a WizardingSchool.
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', the ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'':
** The
eponymous practitioners summon familiars called "landlords" to aid them in perfecting their abilities. These are basically dog spirits that wear collars to limit their powers.



* Keroberos of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
** Also, his [[EvilCounterpart semi-evil counterpart]] Spinel Sun.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' subverts and plays the trope fairly straight with its monsters 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 act as a temporary familiar, although 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. (Whether they actually talked back to him when he talked to them isn't known.) In the Pharoah'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 this 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).
** 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).
* Watanuki's familiar is the fox, Mugetsu, in ''Manga/XxxHolic''.

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* Keroberos of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
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Also, his [[EvilCounterpart semi-evil counterpart]] Spinel Sun.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' subverts ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** ''Anime/YuGiOh:''
*** The series' monsters either subvert
and plays the trope fairly straight with its monsters 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 act acts as a temporary familiar, although some 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. (Whether It's unknown whether they actually talked back to him when he talked to them isn't known.) known.
*** Occasionally, some cards are seen making independent choices.
In the Pharoah's 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. directly.
**
''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' also references this 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).
** 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).
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%% Watanuki's familiar is the fox, Mugetsu, in ''Manga/XxxHolic''.



* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', all Zanpakuto spirits are this on a spiritual level to their Shinigami/Soul Reaper.
* Shows up quite a bit in ''Manga/KamisamaKiss.'' The main one is Nanami's familiar, Tomoe, a LittleBitBeastly {{Kitsune}} who doesn't like his situation one damn bit...[[MagicContractRomance at first, that is.]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', familiars are the minions of witches, the evil beings in this anime. Familiars are not that strong and don't have Grief Seeds, but they are still a threat for humans and they could become witches as well.
** Familiars becoming witches themselves [[spoiler:may, or may not, be a lie or at least an incorrect assumption on the girls' part, since we later learn witches are fallen magical girls. We never actually see a familiar being anything other than a familiar, though they can grow strong enough to continue for some time after their master dies, thus ensuring the magical girls as a whole never, over the long term, collect more energy from grief seeds than they expend.]]
* In ''Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch'', familars have both an animal and human form.
* In ''LightNovel/StrikeTheBlood'', Kojou Akatsuki being the Fourth Progenitor he has twelve familiars who are very powerful each giving him specific abilities.
* In ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', Recca has his 8 fire dragons. Kurei has Kurenai.

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', all Zanpakuto spirits are this on a spiritual level to their respective Shinigami/Soul Reaper.
Reaper. Learning to communicate with and subjugate the spirits within the sword are key components of receiving more power from them.
* Shows up quite a bit in ''Manga/KamisamaKiss.'' The main one is 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.]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', familiars ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica:'' Familiars are the minions of witches, the evil beings in this anime. Familiars are not that strong and don't have Grief Seeds, but they are still a threat for humans and as it's stated in the first episodes they could can become witches as well.
** Familiars becoming witches themselves [[spoiler:may, or may not, be a lie or at least an incorrect assumption on the girls' part, since we later learn witches are fallen magical girls. We never actually see a familiar being anything other than a familiar, though they can grow strong enough to continue for some time after their master dies, thus ensuring the magical girls as a whole never, over the long term, collect more energy from grief seeds than they expend.]]
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%% In ''Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch'', familars familiars have both an animal and human form.
* In ''LightNovel/StrikeTheBlood'', Kojou Akatsuki Akatsuki, being the Fourth Progenitor he Progenitor, has twelve familiars who are very powerful each giving him specific abilities.
* %% In ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', Recca has his 8 fire dragons. Kurei has Kurenai.



* Calcifer from ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* Jiji from ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.

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* %% Calcifer from ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* %% Jiji from ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.


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* 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.
12th Mar '17 4:02:57 PM Luppercus
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* Most of the TheSmurfs' magical villains often have animal companions that act more like familiars than normal pets; Gargamel's Azrael, Hogatha's Vulture and Chlorhydris' talking Toucan.

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* 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 vulture, Balthazar's raven and Chlorhydris' talking Toucan.
27th Feb '17 10:11:28 PM Gamermaster
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* 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.
23rd Feb '17 10:02:07 PM creader
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* Calcifer from ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* Jiji from ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.



* Calcifer from ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* Jiji from ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.
27th Jan '17 6:52:20 PM SandyGunfox
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** Familiars becoming witches themselves [[spoiler:may, or may not, be a lie or at least an incorrect assumption on the girls' part, since we later learn witches are fallen magical girls. We never actually see a familiar being anything other than a familiar, though they can grow strong enough to continue for some time after their master dies, thus ensuring the magical girls as a whole never, over the long term, collect more energy from grief seeds than they expend.]]
18th Jan '17 3:16:23 PM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'': Scarab's talking Snake-Staff is described as the warlock's familiar in TheOtherWiki.
15th Jan '17 11:25:40 AM Fireblood
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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 Good mages, and kills two in one go.
8th Jan '17 11:22:58 AM Observance
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* The daemons in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''.

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* The daemons in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''.''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' are a more intimate case, being literally ''your soul'', shaped like an animal, running around outside you.
3rd Dec '16 6:16:13 AM Smoko
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** Explicitly defied by [[spoiler:the Stormfather]], who makes it clear that he will neither be at [[spoiler: Dalinar's]] beck and call nor be transforming into any Shards.
30th Nov '16 10:08:18 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheCrimsonShadow'': All of Greensparrow's wizard minions have demonic partners.
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