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31st May '17 10:38:54 AM thatother1dude
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** Lion seems to behave as a familiar to the title character. Lion's origins are still mysterious, but he's connected to Steven's mother in some way and he sometimes helps Steven with missions and his powers.

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** Lion seems to behave as a familiar to the title character. Lion's origins are still mysterious, but he's He's connected to Steven's mother in some way and he sometimes helps Steven with missions and his powers.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.]]
30th May '17 10:14:23 AM Aviculors
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Suigetsu, upon seeing Manda the giant demon snake, says "So this is Orochimaru's Familiar..."

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Suigetsu, upon seeing Manda the giant demon snake, says "So this is Orochimaru's Familiar..."Summoning Jutsu allows a ninja to make a personal pact with a race of [[FunnyAnimal Funny]] TalkingAnimal that become their close allies.
20th May '17 8:13:07 AM Willbyr
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20th May '17 8:12:56 AM Willbyr
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20th May '17 8:12:34 AM Willbyr
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* The [[IncrediblyLamePun 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 [[IncrediblyLamePun [[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.
18th Apr '17 12:57:02 AM Alia_of
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* 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.
7th Apr '17 4:56:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Mama Odie has a snake, Juju.

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* In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Mama Odie has a snake, Juju.
5th Apr '17 6:32:20 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.

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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.



* OlderThanSteam: Accounts of witches with familiars go back to the 1500s.

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* OlderThanSteam: Accounts of witches with familiars go back to the 1500s. ''Literature/TheBible'' also speaks of sorcerers who have familiar spirits, condemning them to death.
4th Apr '17 3:09:05 AM SebastianGray
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/File:Cherubim2.jpg Cherubim]] are vat-grown infants who have mechanical wings and propulsion devices installed, as well as bio-programming to make them intelligent enough to take orders. Controlled through their master's Mind Impulse Unit, Cherubim are used to help carry equipment, ferry messages, [[ChurchMilitant sing devotional hymns]], spy on their master's enemies, or just flutter around and be decorative symbols of purity. Unless they go feral, that is -- their bio-programming is partially derived from pigs and other animals, so there's a small chance a Cherub will flip out and start lunging at throats. Yes, it's not enough that they're lobotomized clone-babies, they may also kill you.
** Other types of Familiars in ''40K'' include Servo Skulls (skulls of particularly loyal seravnts of the Imperium fitted with an antigravity generator and a machine spirit so that they can continue to serve even in death) and Psyber Eagles or Ravens (cybernetically modified birds that share a psychic link with the owner). Chaos gets daemonic Familiars, mutated creatures and the likes. Eldar psykers are sometimes accomanied by Gryxes, which are catlike creatures that are sensitive to psychic energy, but it's not quite clear whether they're Familiars or just pets.
** Given that the Eldar Farseers are in many ways likened to witches (In fact, that's what the Imperium calls them) the "witches cat" ought to be a familiar.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/File:Cherubim2.jpg Cherubim]] ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
*** Imperial psykers
are vat-grown often accompanied by a familiar of some sort that boosts their psychic abilities. These range from cybernetic and cloned birds (usually in the form of ravens or two-headed eagles) to the more macabre Cherubim (vat-grown infants who have mechanical wings and propulsion devices installed, as well as bio-programming to make them intelligent enough to take orders. Controlled through their master's Mind Impulse Unit, Cherubim are used to help carry equipment, ferry messages, [[ChurchMilitant sing devotional hymns]], spy on their master's enemies, or just flutter around installed) and be decorative symbols of purity. Unless they go feral, that is -- their bio-programming is partially derived from pigs and other animals, so there's a small chance a Cherub will flip out and start lunging at throats. Yes, it's not enough that they're lobotomized clone-babies, they may also kill you.
** Other types of Familiars in ''40K'' include Servo Skulls
Servo-Skulls (skulls of particularly loyal seravnts servants of the Imperium fitted with an antigravity generator and a machine spirit so that they can continue to serve even in death) and Psyber Eagles or Ravens (cybernetically modified birds that share a psychic link with the owner). death).
*** The familiars used by
Chaos gets Sorcerers generally take the form of small mutated beasts of daemonic Familiars, mutated creatures and the likes. Eldar that will either enhance their sorcerous powers and/or fight to protect their masters.
*** [[SpaceElves Eldar]]
psykers are sometimes accomanied by Gryxes, which are catlike able to form a mental bond with the lynx-like creatures that are sensitive to psychic energy, but it's not quite clear whether they're Familiars or just pets.
** Given that
known as Gyrinx. This mental bond enhances all the Eldar Farseers are in many ways likened psyker’s mental abilities from their PsychicPowers to witches (In fact, that's what the Imperium calls them) the "witches cat" ought to be a familiar.their basic speed of thought.
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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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.
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