Created By: deavilish21885 on September 25, 2012

Express Animal

Loyal Animal Companion can be summoned from anywhere.

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A character, usually the hero or at least one of the good guys, has a loyal animal companion, sometimes a mount. Using some type of sound, usually a whistle or some type of musical instrument, the hero can summon the animal, which dramatically rushes to their side. Confusion may set in when the viewer realizes the animal may have appeared from anywhere just as quickly as if they were just out of sight, regardless of actual distance or obstacles.
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  • September 25, 2012

    Film: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Gandalf calls Shadowfax to him with a whistle.

    Video Games: Zelda Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask - Link summons Epona with his Ocarina and Epona magically appears two seconds later.

    Twilight Princess - Same as above, only include the hawk as a summoned animal via hawk grass. Link can also howl in wolf form to summon winged creatures in the twilight realm this way.

    Skyward Sword - Link can whistle for his Loftwing from anywhere in the clouds.


    Streets of Rage Saga - Musashi summons his horse Cerbion with a whistle.
  • September 25, 2012
    I'm not 100% sure but couldnt they summon their owls this way in Harry Potter
  • September 25, 2012
    World Of Warcraft - Hunter Pets, Vanity Pets, and all Mounts appear this way. Both of the latter are effectively treated as spells.
  • September 25, 2012
    • In Dungeons And Dragons:
      • Paladins summon their mount this way once per day.
      • Druids have a series of "Summon Nature's Ally" spells (I-IX) to call increasingly powerful beasts.
      • There are a variety of magic items, such as the Bag of Tricks and the Ivory Goats, which anyone can use.
  • September 25, 2012
    In Red Dead Redemption, you can whistle anywhere to summon your horse.
  • September 25, 2012
    See also Summon Magic?
  • September 26, 2012
    Related to Just Whistle and Call On Me.
  • September 26, 2012
    In the Forgotten Realms novels, Drizz't Do'Urden had a black panther, Guenhwyvar, that he could summon from the astral plane.

    But how is this not Just Whistle?

  • September 27, 2012
    1) The hero doesn't necessarily have to save anyone, or use this to collect on any sort of debt. 2) Wouldn't this whistle or song, whatever the case, imply the expression of a bond beyond words? Just a thought.

    Definitely similar though.
  • September 28, 2012
    Summon Sidekick?

    ^^ just like that, summon?

    The difference from Just Whistle seems to be in relations between the summoner and the helper. This would be a subtrope.
  • January 31, 2013
    On Gor Tarnsmen have Tarn Whistles, which their tarn is trained to respond to even if it is many miles away. (A tarn is a large bird used as a mount.) But they're easy to lose; Tarl lost his in the very first book.
  • January 31, 2013
    • In the Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant the Ranyhyn have a limited ability to see the future. They know in advance when their rider will need them, and travel to the rider's location so that they will appear when called.
  • January 31, 2013
    In Skyrim you can summon a horse called Arvak although this is a spell.
  • February 1, 2013
    • Warcraft III: Rexxar's Misha and Far Seer wolves are summoned immediately (summoning them while still alive respawns them with full health), most other summons are not limited in number.
      • Several items exist with the same effect, instantly summoning a creature to fight for you.
    • The Legend Of Zelda Oracle Games allow you to summon your chosen animal friend with a flute just about anywhere, sometimes emerging from a screen that turns out to be a dead end.
    • A non-pet variation: in Dune, the giant Sand Worms are attracted to the surface by regular impacts (hence "walk without rythm"). Once surfaced, the Fremen use hooks to crack open a chitinous plate, which forces the worm to remain aboveground for long distances, allowing it to be ridden.
  • February 1, 2013
    In many games, followers will "jump" back to you if they get too far away. Examples of this include Fate and its sequels by Wild Tanget, and Runescape.
  • February 1, 2013
    Video Games
    • In The Lord Of The Rings Online, mounts and pets are treated as skills. You can summon your horse this way, and if you're a Lore-master you can summon your pets. If you're a Captain you can summon a human follower.

    I was going to say this was the same as Summon Magic, but that trope is for in-universe summoning magic, where it's known that the character can summon creatures from another dimension or whatever. Express Animal would be for the video game mechanic of conveniently not having to have the creature around until it's needed, and there may be a different in-universe explanation for where it comes from. In my example above the Lore-masters are supposed to have studied the speech of animals, and can talk to them or call one from nearby when help is needed.