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13th Mar '16 1:06:44 PM nombretomado
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* Watanuki's familiar is the fox, Mugetsu, in ''XxxHolic''.

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* Watanuki's familiar is the fox, Mugetsu, in ''XxxHolic''.''Manga/XxxHolic''.



* In ''Flame of Recca'', Recca has his 8 fire dragons. Kurei has Kurenai.
* In ''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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* In ''Flame of Recca'', ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', Recca has his 8 fire dragons. Kurei has Kurenai.
* In ''Noragami'', ''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]].
10th Mar '16 10:50:23 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Film/ChildrenOfTheNight'': [[BigBad Czakyr]] has a familiar who takes the form of a 10-year-old boy. He's made of Czakyr's desires and is a total perv.
3rd Mar '16 9:31:16 AM Godzillawolf
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* Familiars are a branch of magic in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Porcina from G1 turns out to have originated as the familiar of a member of Hydia's family named the Glass Witch. Her witch eventually tried to eat her when [[YouHaveFailedMe she made a mistake]]...but Porcina ended up turning ''her'' to glass instead and [[DragonAscendant Porcina became a powerful force in her own right]]. The rest of Hydia's coven left the Glass Witch to her fate, as [[EvenEvilHasStandards killing one's own familiar is considered abominable even by their standards.]]
** Lemon Hearts, one of Twilight's old friends at the School for Gifted Unicorns, has lemons as her special talent. She applies this talent in [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower numerous impressive ways]], but the most impressive is using it to create a number of familiars. The most impressive of these is a {{Kaiju}}.



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29th Feb '16 10:57:41 AM penguinist
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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). Compare BondCreature, EmpathyPet, {{Mons}}, RightHandCat. The familiar usually acts as an AnimalEyeSpy to their master.

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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).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.
13th Feb '16 12:03:54 AM LordInsane
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** 3.5 had two feats that allowed summoning familiars. One, Obtain Familiar, is for arcane casters who do ''not'' have a familiar[[note]]it can be taken by someone who already can summon a familiar, but in that case all it does is allow levels of more classes to apply to the power of the familiar. In a quirk, due to how the feat and the warlock class and surrounding descriptions are written, warlocks can ''qualify'' for the feat... but their familiar would technically have the abilities as if the warlock had no levels in a familiar-granting class.[[/note]]. The other, Shadow Familar, is specifically for [[CastingAShadow shadowcasters]] (who cannot take Obtain Familiar), and gives access to a familiar with the dark template (making them less colourful, stealthier, faster and more cold-resistant than the average familiar).

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** 3.5 had two feats that allowed summoning familiars. One, Obtain Familiar, is for arcane casters who do ''not'' have a familiar[[note]]it can be taken by someone who already can summon a familiar, but in that case all it does is allow levels of more classes to apply to the power of the familiar. In a quirk, due to how the feat and the warlock class and surrounding descriptions are written, warlocks can ''qualify'' for the feat... but their familiar would technically have the abilities as if the warlock had no levels in a familiar-granting class.[[/note]]. The other, Shadow Familar, is specifically for [[CastingAShadow shadowcasters]] (who cannot take Obtain Familiar), and gives access to a familiar with the dark template (making them less colourful, stealthier, faster and faster, more cold-resistant and literally less colourful than the average familiar).
19th Jan '16 9:31:35 AM Willbyr
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-->-- Foxfire, explaining why wizards have familiars, in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''

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-->-- Foxfire, '''Foxfire''', explaining why wizards have familiars, in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''






* Len from ''{{Tsukihime}}'' and ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' is a familiar, apparently of Arcueid. In the pseudo-sequel ''Kagetsu Tohya'', it's revealed that Arcueid isn't actually her master: as a vampire, she can't form a contract with Len, so she's just looking after her. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, Shiki agrees to become her master to prevent her death from lack of mana.]]

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* Len from ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' and ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' is a familiar, apparently of Arcueid. In the pseudo-sequel ''Kagetsu Tohya'', it's revealed that Arcueid isn't actually her master: as a vampire, she can't form a contract with Len, so she's just looking after her. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, Shiki agrees to become her master to prevent her death from lack of mana.]]
14th Jan '16 2:20:37 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' the [[ElementalEmbodiment windspren]] [[spoiler: actually an honorspren]] Syl is a familiar of sorts to Kaladin, she gains sentience from their bond [[spoiler: and he gets [[GravityMaster surgebinding powers.]].]]
** [[spoiler: ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' reveals that Shallan has bonded a Cryptic (what humans call liespren) named Pattern and Jasnah is bonded with a spren of unknown nature named Ivory.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** The ten Orders of
the [[ElementalEmbodiment windspren]] [[spoiler: actually an honorspren]] Syl is a familiar of sorts to Kaladin, she gains sentience from Knights Radiant gained their powers from bonding with [[NatureSpirit spren]], though these bonds have not been seen for millennia. Each Order had a different type of spren, which granted access to two different surges, as well as other abilities. [[spoiler:Spren could also transform into Shardblades if the bond [[spoiler: and he gets was strong enough; all current Shardblades are just the corpses of dead spren, killed when the old Knights Radiant abandoned their oaths]].
** Honorspren granted access to
[[GravityMaster surgebinding powers.]].]]
Gravity]] and Adhesion, and made their Knight a Windrunner. Kaladin begins bonding one in [[Literature/TheWayOfKings the first book]], though he [[spoiler:thinks she's a simple windspren for most of the book]].
** [[spoiler: ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' reveals Cryptics (also called liespren, though they don't like that Shallan has bonded a Cryptic (what humans call liespren) named Pattern and Jasnah is bonded with a term) are the spren of unknown nature the Lightweavers, granting access to [[MasterOfIllusion Lightweaving]] and [[AlchemyIsMagic Soulcasting]]. Shallan gains one in [[Literature/WordsOfRadiance the second book]], who she names Pattern. [[spoiler:Actually she's been bonded to him since she was a child, but when her mother tried to kill her for being a Radiant, Shallan used Pattern to kill her, and Shallan was so horrified that she blocked out the entire event and tried to forget it, which nearly killed Pattern]].
** Though we don't know what they're called, small, shadow-like spren give Elsecallers access to [[AlchemyIsMagic Soulcasting]] and [[{{Teleportation}} Elsecalling]]. [[spoiler:Jasnah]] has one
named Ivory.]]Ivory, though he doesn't like it when she speaks of him to other people.
13th Jan '16 12:10:46 AM patstvtropes
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* In ''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 ''Shinki''s after they did a noble thing for their masters, like risking their lives]].

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* In ''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 ''Shinki''s ''Hafuri''s after they did a noble thing for their masters, like risking their lives]].
9th Jan '16 9:12:55 PM FF32
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1530 SCP-1530 ("A Bender's Friends")]]. A woman named Sharon used an SCP object to summon two familiars, a calico cat named Salix and a female beagle named Willow. They were her only companions, and after an escaped D-Class killed her they avenged themselves upon him.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1530 SCP-1530 ("A Bender's Friends")]]. A woman named Sharon Josephine used an SCP object to summon two familiars, a calico cat named Salix and a female beagle named Willow. They were her only companions, and after an escaped D-Class killed her they avenged themselves upon him.
9th Jan '16 3:50:14 PM Bugfragged
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* ''VideoGame/NocturneRPGMaker'' allows the player to summon random encounters as familiars after they drop a "core item". The familiar starts with the same stats as the random encounter version, but can gain levels and can customize its stats and abilities via sorcery items.

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* ''VideoGame/NocturneRPGMaker'' allows the player to summon random encounters as familiars after they drop a "core item". The familiar starts with the same stats as the random encounter version, but can gain levels and can customize its stats and abilities via sorcery items. One of the antagonists, Ristill, has Maxwell familiars that can possess a living body. The most remarkable case goes to Khaos, who created a sentient familiar who is almost exactly like a human [[spoiler:in a botched attempt to revive his lover.]]
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