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->'''The Doctor''' ''(addressing the TARDIS)'': What do you think, dear? Where shall we take the kids this time?
->'''Amy''': It's always you and her, isn't it? Long after the rest of us have gone. A boy and his box, off to see the universe.
->'''The Doctor''': You say that like it's a bad thing. But honestly, it's the best thing there is.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]"

A heartwarming story told through the ages: Something unique enters a young man's (or woman's) life, and they form a bond that changes them forever, usually starting them down the path to adulthood.

What that something ''is'', however, varies widely. From the classic [[CanineCompanion "A Boy and His Dog"]], all the way to... Well, keep reading, you'll see.

Be warned, however, that whatever X is can easily fall victim to DeathByNewberyMedal, [[InterruptedCooldownHug especially]] if it's of the huge and/or monstrous variety.

See also InterspeciesFriendship. Compare InterspeciesRomance and MagicalGirlfriend, if relation with X is romantic and AttackAnimal for less innocent partnerships.



[[folder:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/SheAndHerCat'' : She and, umm, her cat?
* ''LightNovel/AsuraCryin'': Tomoharu and His Ghost Misao.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': Kagura and her über-cute, head bitting inugami, Sadaharu.
** Also Katsura and his man-disguised-as-duck, Elizabeth.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': A Boy and His {{Shinigami}}.
** Admittedly, the Shinigami is promising all along to kill the boy one day, while the boy quite calmly uses the Shinigami's apple addiction to get things from him (and [[spoiler:the Shinigami ends up fulfilling his promise to murder the boy]],) but still.
** Also played straight with a Girl and Her {{Shinigami}} where the Shinigami not only loves the girl but is willing to die for her.
* ''Anime/{{Heroman}}'' - A Boy and His GiantRobot... [[RecycledInSpace IN AMERICA]].
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'': A Boy and His One-Thousand Year Old Go Master Ghost. And, yes, Go is a traditional Japanese board game, ok?
* Manga/UshioAndTora: A boy and his tiger demon. ('Tora' means 'tiger' in Japanese.)
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': A (Total Loser) Boy and His Insanely Powerful and Intelligent Ex-Hitman Home Tutor... Who Happens to Look Like a One-Year-Old.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': A Boy and His [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot]] / [[spoiler:Mother]].
* ''Anime/BtX'': A boy and his mechanical Kirin... Named X.
* ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}'': A Boy and His Over-Possessive [[{{Moe}} Moe-Blob]] That He Found in His Fridge. Seriously.
* ''Magic Ban Removal!! Manga/HydeAndCloser'': A Boy and His Magical, Talking, Texas Chainsaw-Wielding Teddy Bear.
* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'': A boy and His Alien Parasite.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' and a slew of others make up A Boy and His {{Mons}}.
* ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'': A Boy and His Giant Robot.
* ''VideoGame/BlueDragon: RalΩGrad'': A Boy and His Blue Shadow Dragon.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': A Boy and His [[spoiler:Demon]] Butler.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': A Boy and His [[WeaselMascot Ermine]].
** Alternately, 31 Girls and Their Wizard.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'': The second season really starts looking like A Boy and His Duck.
** Or is it A Duck and Her Boy?
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'': A Girl and Her [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demon]].
* ''Anime/SonicX'' became [[SpotlightStealingSquad A Boy and His Anthropomorphic Gang]], especially for the first season.
* ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'': A Girl and Her Cute, Cuddly Dragon. It gets worse.
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. 14 Kids and Their HumongousMecha. Does it get worse? Yes.
* ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'': A Boy and His Zombie... Girlfriend.
* ''Manga/TasogareOtomeXAmnesia'': A Boy and His Lovesick Ghost.
* ''Anime/SpiderRiders'': A Boy and His Giant Sized Spider.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': A Boy and His Six-Hundred-Year-Old Samurai Spirit.
* The Creator/ADVFilms advertisements for ''Anime/AllPurposeCulturalCatGirlNukuNuku'' described it as: "The heartwarming story of a boy and his cat... And a major military equipment manufacturer."
* ''Manga/MyDearMarie'': A Boy and His RobotGirl. ([[RoboticSpouse Built in the image of his secret crush]].)
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': A Boy and His Witch. Lelouch himself says that he feels this way late in the series when C.C. asks if he regrets their meeting and the [[WellIntentionedExtremist dark path]] he's taken as a result.
* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'': A MagicalGirl and Her Osakan-accented Winged Mouse.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': A Girl and Her Ferret in the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first series]]; A Girl and Her Wolkenritter in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs the second]]. Loli and their badass combat powers in both. More like "[[PersonOfMassDestruction A girl and her world-destroying boom stick]]."
* ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'': : A Girl and Her Bumbling Apprentice Fairy Roommate.
* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'': A boy and His CatGirl [[ActionGirl Bodyguard]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': A Boy and His 3000 Year-old Egyptian Pharaoh Spirit.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': A Girl and Her Bodyguard with NoSocialSkills.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': A Girl and Her [[EquippableAlly Scythe]].
* ''Daisuki [=BuBuChaCha=]'': A Boy and His [[{{Magitek}} Ride-in Toy Car, that's possessed by the spirit of his now-deceased dog]].
* ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' begins as the classic "A Boy and His Dog" variety, with the pair of them trying to take down a monstrous bear. [[GenreShift Then the dog goes feral and the story focuses on the dogs' war against said gigantic bear]].
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': A Boy (later a man) and His AI Supercomputer-equipped [[CoolCar Cool Race Car]].
* ''Anime/OutlawStar'': A Boy and His Souped-up LostTechnology Spaceship.
* ''Anime/RoujinZ'': A Bo-- Old Gentleman and His [[PsychoPrototype Bed]].
* ''Chikyuu Misaki'': A Girl and Her Mini-Nessie. (Which turns into a small boy when kissed.)
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': A Boy and his Flying Cat.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' A Boy and His Living Suit of Armor. (Containing His Brother's Soul.)
* ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'': An Orphan Girl and Her Robotic Living Weapon Protector.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': A boy and his [[spoiler:alien]] girlfriend, and their [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot]] [[spoiler:who happens to be the StarfishAliens equivalent of a MagicalGirl]].
* ShakuganNoShana: A girl and her longevity boyfriend.
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': Two girls and their magical forest spirit.
* ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'': A CuteWitch and her cat.
* ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'': A boy and his fish-girl.
* ''Anime/RahXephon'': A boy and his vaguely Mayan pseudo-giant-robot.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': A girl and her loyal immortal bodyguard.
* ''Anime/ModelSuitGunplaBuildersBeginningG'': A boy and his Gunpla. Along with other Model Suit pilots.
** Same apples to ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', being its SpiritualSuccessor of sorts.
* ''[[Manga/BlueExorcist Ao No Exorcist]]'': A demon boy and his Sith (no, not ''[[Franchise/StarWars that]]'' Sith) cat demon that increases and decreases in size.
* ''Manga/KarakurizoushiAyatsuriSakon'': A boy and his puppet.
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'': A boy and his [[ArtificialHuman PC]].
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': A {{Bifauxnen}} And Her {{Lovecraftian Superpower}}ed [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire]].
* ''Manga/KOn'': A girl and her guitar. [[ICallItVera Gitah!]]
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'': A boy and his guardian angel... [[{{Yandere}} except she's not so good at the "guardian" part]].
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': A Boy and his [[CthulhuMythos Outer God]].
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qCbiCxBd2M Out of Sight]]'', a short Taiwanese animation about a girl and her [[spoiler: seeing-eye]] dog.
* ''Anime/TheTibetanDog'': A boy in the Tibet praire and his Tibetan mastiff dog.
* ''[[NininGaShinobuden Ninin ga Shinobuden]]'': An apprentice ninja girl and her spherical yellow flying shapeshifting perverted... [[TheImp thing]].
* ''Anime/OruchubanEbichu'': An OfficeLady and her hamster.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': A girl and her sentient, vampiric SailorFuku.
* ''Manga/InariKonkonKoiIroha'': A girl and her Shinto deity.
* ''Anime/SpaceDandy'': A man-boy and his [[DelinquentHair sweet hairdo]]... '''[[RecycledInSpace IN SPAAAAAAACE!]]'''
* ''YokaiWatch'': A boy with a ghost-finding watch and his ghost friend.
* ''Manga/MakaiOuji'': A Boy and his 72 Demons.
* ''Manga/{{Kuro}}'': A girl and her monster cat.
* ''Manga/Sgt.Frog'': A Boy and his Frog-Like Alien Bent On World Domination.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/XMen''
** The origin story of Maggot (a South-African mutant whose digestive system was two semi-autonomous slugs that could eat anything) was titled "A Boykie and His Dinges." Translated from the South-African slang the flashback was written in, that's "A Boy and His Things."
** Kitty Pryde and Lockheed, a Girl and her Dragon. Subverted with the discovery that Lockheed is a sentient and intelligent creature, forced to spy on the X-Men for SWORD.
* MarvelComics' ''EarthX'' series had Bruce Banner in the body of a child and the Hulk separated from him into a creature that follows him around. A Supergenius Boy and His Rampaging Green Monster.
** Alex Ross has said the visual was based on the obscure Marvel characters ''Moon Boy And Devil Dinosaur'', who were A ''Homo habilis'' Boy and His Tyrannosaurus. ([[ArtisticLicensePaleontology Yes...]])
* The comic book series ''Top Dog'' had a dog who was also a spy. Around ''almost'' everyone else, however, he had to pretend to be a regular dog.
* In a scene from ''ComicBook/TheBadger'', Norbert pets Lamont, his North American "Buffalo." The villain promptly comments, "Ain't that sweet? '''A Deranged Individual and His Bison.'''" (Hey, at least he was biologically accurate.)
* Marvel's ''Sentinel'': A Boy and His Giant Robot.
* DC's ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster''.
* Used in Marvel's ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' series (v2 #92) in the story "I'll be your best friend!". The cover declared that the story starred "Cannonball's little brother Josh... and his pet Sentinel!"
* Yet Another Boy and His Sentinel: Tom Skylark and Rover in the "Here Comes Tomorrow" storyline in ''ComicBook/NewXMen''.
* ''A Boy and his 'Bot'' by Gary Thomas Washington.
* C.O.P.S. #5 centered on Bowser and his cyborg dog Blitz, and Bowser/Rex Pointer's memories of his first dog, Maxie.
* A somewhat dark example in SpiderMan: A man and his symbiotic costume from space.
* Brian K. Vaughn's ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'': A boy (well, adult male ProfessionalKiller; same difference) and his vicious, alien, telepathic, lie-detecting cat.
* ''{{Franchise/Tintin}}'': A boy and his dog.


[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'': In this ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fic you have a boy -[[TheHero human warrior Beren]]-, a girl -[[ActionGirl Elvish princess Luthien]]- and a wolfhound -Huan-.
* Given that ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is a ScriptFic of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', the premise is still A Boy and His Tiger.
* For some reason, many ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' writers, including the author of the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', like the concept of An OppositeSexClone And Her Ghostly Werewolf.
* The [[spoiler: main pairing]] of ''Fanfic/BlizzardStorm'' gives us Eric and [[spoiler: Sakido]], a human soldier and his [[spoiler: demon girlfriend]]
* The plot of ''[[http://www.100megspop2.com/kayasps/main/mikehero.html Scar The Unsung Hero]]'' is Scar bonding with a human boy.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/BigHero6'': Hiro and Baymax; a boy and his robotic healthcare companion.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Kristoff and Sven (A Boy and his Reindeer). On the other side of the coin, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf (2 Girls and their Snowman).
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. A boy and his secret pet dragon.
* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'': A boy and his giant golden eagle.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'': A boy and his monster dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'': An elderly sloth and her [[spoiler:giant sperm whale]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': A Boy and His Giant Robot.
* WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}: Linda and Blu; a girl and her blue macaw parrot.
* Disney/{{Aladdin}} has a boy and his monkey. A boy and his genie and carpet fit somewhat, but not quite as well (or perhaps the pairing should be "a genie and his carpet"); Genie and Carpet weren't with Aladdin from the beginning the way Abu was. Not only the protagonist, but also [[LoveInterests Princess Jasmine with her tiger]] and [[BigBad Jafar with his talking parrot Iago]], have their own animal companions.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'': A Girl and Her Pig. Maria's best friend is her pet pig of ten years, Chuy.
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'': A Girl (Riley) and Her Emotions.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TwoBrothers'': A boy and his tiger, and also a hunter and his tiger.
* ''Film/{{Babe}}'': A Boy and His Pig. Well, An Old Man and not A Boy, but it fits.
* Japanese film ''Film/GameraTheBrave'': A Boy and His Baby Turtle Turned [[{{Kaiju}} Daikaiju]].
* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' established A Boy and His Alien as a dream for a generation.
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' A Boy and His Car, with something thrown in about a robot war.
* ''Film/LetTheRightOneIn'': A Boy and His Vampire.
* ''Film/FreeWilly'': A Boy and His Killer Whale.
* ''Hachi: A Dog's Tale'': A professor and his dog, which is based on...
* ''HachikoMonogatari'': A man and his dog.
* ''Main/MarleyAndMe'': A man and his untrainable dog.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': A Boy and His Killer Robot.
* ''Film/{{Fido}}'': A Boy and His Zombie.
* The [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] classic ''Film/ABoyAndHisDog'' is about a young man and his psychic canine mentor.
* While we are on the topic of dogs, ''Film/OldYeller''.
* The French film ''The Fox and the Child'': A Girl and Her Fox.
* Played straight in Disney's ''[[Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney Homeward Bound]]'' films (a boy and his dog plus a girl and her cat). Though most of the time it works the other way around, a dog/cat and their boy/girl.
* ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'': A Boy and His Sentient Alien Spaceship.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal''. Fizgig,a dog-like alien belongs to Kira, the -ahem- only FEMALE Gelfling left alive.
* I believe ''Film/SixStringSamurai'' counts as A Man and His Boy.
* ''Film/TankGirl''. Technically, A Girl And Her X. But she "calls" the tank to her at one point.
* The first ''Film/{{Casper}}'' film: the story of a girl and her ghost... and her dad, played by President Lone Starr.
* ''Film/AirBud'' series: A boy and his dog... that plays basketball, football, soccer, baseball, and volleyball.
* ''Born to be Wild'': [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys A boy and his gorilla]].
* ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'' has a girl and her (giant) gorilla.
* ''The Invisible Boy''. A boy and his playmate, a robot ([[ForbiddenPlanet Robby the Robot]]).
* ''Kes'': A boy and his falcon.
* ''Film/KingKong2005'': A gorilla and his woman.
* ''Film/{{Congo}}'': A man and his talking gorilla.
* ''Film/MysteryTeam'': A boy and his [[TitleDrop Mystery Team]].
* ''Film/TheRedBalloon'': A boy and his red balloon.
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster'': A man and his Panther, Eagle, and two Ferrets.
* ''Film/{{Ted}}'': A boy and his teddy bear, who comes to life. But what happens when they grow up?
* ''Film/FarFromHomeTheAdventuresOfYellowDog'' a boy and his dog, again.
* ''Film/FlyAwayHome'': A girl and her geese.
* ''Film/TheWaterHorse'': A boy and his, um, plesiosaur-thing.
* ''Film/TooMuchTheRobotWithAHeart'': A girl and her robot.
* ''Film/OperationDumboDrop'': A Vietnamese boy and his elephant.
* ''Film/{{Paddington}}'': A boy and his bear. Jonathan get very attached to Paddington.

* An UrExample is ''Hayy ibn Yaqzan'', a 12th-century Arabic novel, where an abandoned boy on a desert island is raised by a gazelle, who forms a parental bond with the human child.
** From roughly the same era, we have the [[KingArthur arthurian novel]] ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvain,_the_Knight_of_the_Lion Yvain, the Knight of the Lion]]'' by Creator/ChretienDeTroyes, which is the story of a knight who befriended a lion.
* ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'' incorporates this trope a lot. Usually it's [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His Dragon]] although [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her Dragon]] pops up almost as frequently (if not more). David gets many a dragon sidekick as the series progresses: G'reth, Golly, and even [[spoiler: SharingABody with Grockle]]. But Gadzooks definitely takes home the medal. Lucy has Gwendolen and Zanna has [[spoiler: Gretel]].
* ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' has one in Ptolemy and Bartimaeus, they'd have died for each other...[[spoiler:one did]] . Then there's Nathaniel and Bartimaeus that comes after Ptolemy dies (way after, 2000 years plus), though they may not be an example as they both loath each other until the end and continuously argue (hilariously) throughout the whole three books.
* The ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series: A Boy and His Dragon. Or, possibly, A Dragon and His British Naval Officer. While not guiding Laurence into manhood, Temeraire does mark a significant shift both in his life and understanding of the world. The series also has several other variants on the trope, such as An ActionGirl and Her Dragon, An ActionMom and Her Dragon, A Dragon and Her [[EvilOverlord Conqueror of Continental Europe]], A Dragon and His [[CoolOldGuy Overweight Middle-Aged]] [[TheCaptain Captain]]; etc.
* Interestingly [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in ''Literature/TheNeverEndingStory'', where a Boy and His Horse relationship is early driven to [[DeathByNewberyMedal a moving end]]... only to be replaced with a better partner, when TheHero finds a much more interesting companion, turning the trope into A Boy And His Dragon (and DragonRider, incidentally).
* ''Literature/{{Dogsbody}}'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones is almost a standard A Girl and Her Dog story. Except that it's told from the perspective of the dog, who is actually a reincarnation of the guardian spirit of the star Sirius.
* The ScienceFiction novel ''[[Literature/NewKashubiaSeries A Boy and His Tank]]'' is a play off this trope.
* Both ''Literature/JacobTwoTwo and the Dinosaur'' (Mordecai Richler) and ''Henry Hollins the Dinosaur'' were A Boy and His Dinosaur stories.
* The Creator/HarlanEllison story ''A Boy and His Dog'' twists this trope: [[spoiler: The boy is a serial rapist and the dog helps him find victims. The boy really does seem to love him, and finds his dog . . . food.]]
* The book ''A Kestrel for a Knave'' (adapted for film as ''Kes'') follows A Boy and His... well, you can guess, can't you? [[spoiler: It also falls prey (no pun intended) to DeathByNewberyMedal.]]
* ''The City and the Stars'': A Boy and His Noncorporeal Psychic Superintelligence from [[{{Precursors}} Before Civilization Fell]]. But really, Hilvar is an adult with a penchant for strange pets. Nonetheless, his people are psychics, and that allowed him to make contact with Vanamonde.
* Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/{{Narnia}}'', one of the books is titled ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'', which sometimes plays the trope straight and sometimes inverts it, as the boy is not always in charge, and is less experienced in the ways of the world than the former warhorse.
** In a similar manner, Maurice and Keith in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' are A Cat and His Boy.
** Another Discworld novel, ''Discworld/TheTruth'', gives us Gaspode and Foul Ole Ron, who are essentially A Dog and His Insane Hobo.
** Very similarly to ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', in Fredric R. Stewart's ''Literature/{{Cerberon}}'', the eponymous unicorn has been George's best friend his entire life. The novel opens with George clearly in command, but by the end it's Cerberon who is in charge. In a ShoutOut to Creator/CSLewis, Cerberon's mother is named Jewel, after the unicorn in TheLastBattle.
* From Creator/RobertAHeinlein's works:
** ''Literature/TheStarBeast'': A Giant Talking Space Lizard and Her Boy.
** ''Literature/RedPlanet'': A Martian Larval Form and Her Boy.
** ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel'': An Extragalactic Alien Peacekeeper and Her Two Wards.
* In one of RobertRankin's ''Brentford'' stories Omally (always spelled without the apostrophe, for some reason) refuses to die without his faithful Marchant. Pooley [[LampshadeHanging comments,]] "A boy and his bike! I feel sick!"
* Christopher Paolini's ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': A Boy and His Dragon.
* The ''Norby'' books: A Boy and His Little Cute Robot.
* Steinbeck's ''Literature/TheRedPony''.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series features Boys and Girls and Their Talking Horses (and Occasionally Other Animals, Too).
** In her ''Literature/DragonJousters'' quartet, the only way to have a truly tame [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]] (instead of one you merely keep placid with drugs) is to hatch it and raise it from the egg. Love ensues.
** In her ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series, specifically ''The Wizard of London'' and ''Home from the Sea'', characters Nan and Sarah have familiars, Neville the raven and Grey the parrot, respectively.
* Flinx and Pip, of Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series, is a straight example. Flinx is TheEmpath, and Pip is an Alaspinian miniature dragon, or minidrag, that forms a [[BondCreatures psychic bond]] with him as a child. She amplifies his empathic powers and does a pretty fair job of protecting him.
* Given that it's usually young-ish teens who Impress, the entire premise of Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' is a Boy/Girl and their Dragon.
* ''Literature/{{IQ}}'' a Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration book written by John De Lancie, Q snarkily refers to Picard and Data as "A boy and his computer".
* Creator/TamoraPierce loves this trope. There are two instances of A Girl and Her Cat (incidentally the same cat), followed by A Girl and her Every Animal In Existence, Including [[spoiler:Skeletal Dinosaurs]] and a Baby Dragon, But Especially the Badger God, A Man and His Skeletal Dinosaur, A Girl And Her Horse, Sparrows, Griffin, and Small Children, A Girl And Her Crows, and A Girl and her Pigeons. And that's just in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse''. The Literature/CircleOfMagic adds A Boy And His Plants and A Girl And Her Starling to the list.
* Walter Farley's ''Literature/TheBlackStallion'' series is very much A Boy And His Horse. So was his ''Island Stallion'' series.
* ''Literature/TheEnormousEgg'': A boy and his Triceratops.
* Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'': A Girl and Her Advanced AI Tutor Book.
* ''Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog'': A Girl and her [[CanisMajor gargantuan dog]]. One of the songs on the tribute album for the Scholastic animated series is titled "A Girl and Her Dog."
* ''Literature/HaroldAndThePurpleCrayon'': A boy and his magical crayon.
* Literature/BlackDogs: A girl and her dog... soldier.
* Literature/{{Shiloh}}: Classic boy and his dog scenario.
* ''Literature/OldYeller'', another classic "boy and his dog". Both of the above are [[DeathByNewberyMedal Newbery winners]]. Or losers, in the animal's case.
* Mary O'Hara's ''My Friend Flicka'': A Boy and His Horse.
* ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' - A girl and her pig at least at the beginning. Then it becomes "a pig and his spider".
* ''Literature/{{Faust}}'': An old man and his (literal) demons.
* EdgarPangborn, "Tiger Boy". The [[WalkingTheEarth wandering]] youth seems kind and gentle but lets his tiger perform euthanasia on the old and sick. This leads to a tragic ending.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' has elements of "A Girl and her [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot killer sentient metalworking badass]] [[BearsAreBadNews polar bear]]" to it, but as people are born with part of their soul external in the form of an animal-shaped daemon, it also has this as the basis for most of their entire society.
* Charles Stross: ''[[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/fiction/boy3.html A Boy and his God]]''
* Marguerite Henry's ''King of the Wind'': a boy and his horse.
* In Creator/KateDiCamillo's ''Literature/BecauseOfWinnDixie'', a girl and her dog.
* ''The Adventures of Electronic'' by E. Veltistov: A boy and his Robot Twin.
* David Weber's "Literature/HonorHarrington" series starts out as "a girl and her telepathic alien cat" and follows her career in the space navy.
** The ''Literature/StephanieHarrington'' series is about one of Honor's ancestors as a young girl who was the first human to bond with a Treecat.
* Jake and Oy from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series: A boy and his billy-bumbler.
* ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'': A boy and his ... well, guess.
* ''Literature/WhereTheRedFernGrows'': A tragic story of a boy and his hound. Dogs.
* ''Literature/IfYouGiveAMouseACookie'': A boy and his mouse.
* [[RamonaQuimby Henry Huggins]] and his dog Ribsy.
* ''The Ribbajack'' features Miggy Mags and her pet mongoose, Sailor.
* ''Literature/TheYearling'': a boy and his fawn.
* ''Literature/DannyAndTheDinosaur'': a boy and his dinosaur.
* ''Literature/DearDragon'' series: a boy and his dragon.
* ''Literature/CowgirlKateAndCocoa'' a girl and her horse.
** For that matter, every single PonyTale is of this format.
* ''Literature/JulieOfTheWolves'' a girl and her wolves
* ''Literature/MySideOfTheMountain'' and its sequels: a boy and his falcon
* ''Literature/DickWhittingtonAndHisCat''
* ''Literature/ImagineSomeday'': A boy and his griffin.
* ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'':
** Henry is bonded with the bat Ares.
** Luxa and her bond bat, Aurora.
** At the end of ''Gregor the Overlander'', Gregor bonds with the bat [[spoiler: Ares]].
* In ''Literature/WitchellASymphony'', Tavin and his Cello count. The cello isn't exactly alive, but... it's not exactly not, either.
* ''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' has a story about a boy who tries to domesticate Night-Hounds.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has a boy and his owl. [[spoiler: The owl dies.]]
* ''Literature/DearMrHenshaw'': A boy and his dog. [[spoiler: He doesn't get to keep it]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': A Boy and His Four (or Five) Possessing Demons.
* One of the main plotlines in the short-lived SpeculativeFiction series ''{{Surface}}'' was A Boy and His Sea Monster.
* ''Johnny Socko and his Giant Robot''.
* ''{{Series/Flipper}}'': A Boy and his Dolphin.
* ''Series/{{Lassie}}'': A Boy and his Dog.
* ''SkippyTheBushKangaroo'': A Boy (Sunny) and his Kangaroo (Skippy).
* For a lot of fans, Series/DoctorWho ([[GenreBusting along with a lot of other things]]) is the story of a Time-Lord and his sentient police box shaped Time-Machine.
** The trope is even called out by name in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]:
--> '''Amy''': It's always you and her, isn't it? A boy and his box, off to see the universe.
** And that episode implies that the story is equally as much about a TARDIS and her Boy, as she points out whilst in [[LivingBodySuit Idris' form]].
--> '''Idris''': Then you stole me. And I stole ''you''.
--> '''Doctor''': I ''[[InsistentTerminology borr]][[BlatantLies owed]]'' you.
--> '''Idris''': Borrowing implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ''[[TrueCompanions ever]]'' give you back?
* Boxey and his robotic dog Muffit in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''.
* ''Series/{{Fury}}'': a boy and his horse
* ''Series/MyFriendFlicka'' a girl and her horse.
* On ''Series/DogWithABlog'', Stan is the family dog, but its mostly a girl and her dog with Avery. Although he was Tyler's wingman and vice versa. Just so we're clear, a talking dog put up with the annoying female dog of a hot girl his owner likes and later makes Tyler go on a date with a very annoying girl with a poodle that Stan likes. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': A boy (Ravi) and his lizard (Mr/s. Kipling).
* ''Series/CrashAndBernstein'': A boy (Wyatt) and his puppet (Crash).
* ''Literature/{{Willard}}'' : A boy and his rats.

* YellowOstrich with the song "Whale"
* Referenced in the title of the epic TearJerker, "A Boy and his Frog". [[TheMuppets The boy is Jim Henson, and the Frog is Kermit]].
* Carbon Leaf's song "A Girl and Her Horse".

[[folder:Musical Theater]]
* MeAndMyDick: A boy and his anthropomorphic body parts.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': A Boy and His (stuffed) Tiger.
* ''RedAndRover'': A Boy and His Dog.
* ''CowAndBoy''.
* ''BloomCounty'': A Boy and His Penguin. (Originally. This angle was swiftly dropped when Opus became the EnsembleDarkHorse.)
-->Binkley Jr.: I for one think it's uniquely wholesome. A boy and his penguin!\\
Opus: A penguin and his boy!\\
Binkley Sr.: Two dips and a dad.
* Both versions of ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis ]][[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS the Menace]]'': A Boy and His Dog.
* ''{{Lio}}'': A boy and his giant land squid.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The dark comedy/horror TabletopGame ''TabletopGame/MonstersAndOtherChildishThings'' puts a twist on this by making it A Boy and His Dark and Malevolent Forgotten God/Reality-Rending Extradimensional Horror/etc., rather than the relatively cute and benign monsters that are the standard when monsters are used in this plot.
* A number of archetypes in ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'' feature a hulking animal sidekick of some description. The Monster Tamer would be the standout, however.
* In TabletoGame/MagicTheGathering, the [[NobleSavage Gruul]] frequently have these. The FlavorText of [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Predator%27s+Rapport&v=card&s=cname Predator's Rapport]] sums it up pretty well. "Other guilds say the Gruul are savages, no better than the beasts we live with. I say we've found friends who won't stab us in the back." —Domri Rade

* ''Literature/WarHorse'': a boy and his horse.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'': A girl and reality-warping sword. Who also happens to be her boyfriend.
* One ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' [[{{Yonkoma}} 4-koma]] aptly sums up the series as "A Girl And Her Doll". Said "doll" is a combat android with the power of a fleet....
* The ''Videogame/ABoyAndHisBlob'' franchise. The original games, on the NES and the UsefulNotes/GameBoy, had more of a sillier, irreverent tone than a traditional "boy and his x" work. The Wii {{Revival}}, on the other hand, was deliberately designed to milk this trope for every last [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] drop. How many games can boast a dedicated "hug" button?
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'': A Plumber and His [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously cute Dragon]].
* ''Videogame/BlueDragon'': A Group of Children and Their [[LivingShadow Sentient Shadows]].
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Children and Their Monsters. The starter Pokémon are meant to be this the most. Especially ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Yellow]]'', with A Boy And His Pikachu.
** The ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' games are also an example of this; The mon that is first in your party walks around and interacts with you. Sometimes they [[FridgeHorror ''playfully nip at your feet'']]. Even worse, imagine some of the sharper ones [[http://fluffysquirrel.deviantart.com/art/Scyther-Love-157957274?q=boost%3Apopular%20scyther&qo=14 poking you.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'',
** President Eden's radio messages frequently mentions his childhood, when he and his dog roamed and rambled. Subverted somewhat [[spoiler: when it turns out President Eden is actually an insane AI and never actually had a childhood]].
** "A boy and his dog" fits the Lone Wanderer pretty well though.
** In fact, according to WordOfGod the whole ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' sagas are based basically half in the ''Film/{{Mad Max}}'' universe and the other in ''Film/ABoyAndHisDog'', with the latter even "approved" by the grumpy "if you steal from me I will sue you!" ''Creator/HarlanEllison'', since he is friend with some of the boys from the staff of Black Isle Studios/Obsidian Entertainment from long time ago
* The ''Vault Dweller'' from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' has the ability to recruit the first Dogmeat in the series, a dog from a town close to Vault 13 and one of the first to visit (and, by canon, he did).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' the Chosen One can recruit K9 (no relation with the Series/DoctorWho character) or Robodog, two cybernetic dogs (and, WordOfGod, he did) He can also recruit the same Dogmeat from the first game again [[spoiler: (although the dog died according the canon events that took place in Fallout 1)]], but this is only through a rare special encounter (Cafe of Broken Dreams) which is more an easter egg/joke for all the fans of the saga. Oh, and there is Pariah, another dog companion from a special encounter (A lone surviving dog), but this one is "jinxed" (intentionally in-game, but also buggy in general) so is preferable to avoid as a team partner
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''
** The Courier in can get the optional quest of repairing Rex, a worn-out cybernetic dog, and traveling around with him. And there is Roxie, a female cyberdog, in the DLC ''Old World Blues''.
** The Courier can also travel with ED-E, a salvaged Eyebot built by the Enclave. In ''Lonesome Road'', the final DLC of the ''New Vegas'', ED-E becomes your sole companion, has a significantly large role and even engages in "[[IntelligibleUnintelligible conversations]]" with the Courier.
* Playing ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'' as a High Elf White Lion could lead to A Boy And His Small Albino Attack Lion.
* ''VideoGame/TheMaw'' is a Small Blue Alien and His Unstoppable Gelatinous Eating Machine. [[spoiler: Despite the innate potential for it in that premise, it surprisingly ends without a turn for the dark: the game ends with Frank, the small blue alien, finally having to leave Maw as Maw becomes a living planet and then eats the camera.]]
* ''MegaManStarForce'': A boy and His EnergyBeing Alien FusionDance Partner.
** Before that however, there's VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork, about a boy and his PET ("P-E-T", or [=PErsonal=] Terminal, his artificially intelligent, cell phone/computer thingy).
*** [[spoiler:Who happens to be his twin brother.]]
** In the original game, Mega Man and his red robot dog Rush.
*** In later games in the original series, Bass and his purple robot wolf Treble.
* ''VideoGame/GuardiansCrusade'' has a boy and his baby dragon. Emphasized since you have to take care of it and treat it right, so the attachment can extend to the players.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', the ''only'' member of the player party who averts this is Galuf.
** Faris and Syldra are a "Boy and his Dragon" [[spoiler: except later the hero discovers that Faris is actually a girl crossdressing]].
** Lenna and Hiryu are a Princess and her Dragon, except this dragon flies rather than swimming.
** Bartz and Boko are a Boy and his Chocobo.
** Krile and her unnamed wind drake are the same deal as Lenna. They bonded after Krile's parents went to the desert to save it and died in the process.
* VideoGame/TeamIcoSeries have this in all of their games (as of yet):
** ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'': A boy and his... Yorda? Though she is a human girl you interact with her like she was a pet who you can hold hands with '''[[PuppyLove a lot]]'''.
** ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'': A man and his faithful horse.
** ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'': A boy and his [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant, horned, battle-scarred, winged, badass griffin chick... thing]].
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': A boy and his robot sister, or alternately boy and his (clap)loops.
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'': A world-hopping boy and his InvoluntaryShapeshifting dog.
* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'': A very scared girl and ''her'' dog.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': A boy and his absurdly-powerful MagicalGirlfriend, [[SheIsTheKing Kingette]] [[KingArthur Arthur]].
** Also, a girl and [[spoiler:[[FutureBadass her from-the-future]] partner and possible love interest]], a boy and his stolen-from-his-sister-chance-at-greatness, a girl and her giant, a man and his new love-interest, and a man and his stolen partners. A Master and his/her Servant.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', which is very much a "Kids and Their Dog" plot - from the perspective of the dog. And he repeats the process whenever he parts ways with one kid and meets another, to boot.
* ''SpyroTheDragon'': A dragon and his dragonfly.
* The Human Noble origin story in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': "A boy/girl and his/her warhound."
* ''DeadToRights'' A ruthless CowboyCop and his [[GroinAttack Crotch-biting]] Throat-tearing Husky.
* ''SummonNight'' Swordscraft Story: A KidHero and their [[HappinessInSlavery slave]]-[[{{Mon}} monster]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'': A boy and his dog.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' Claudia, the resident CuteMute, has one in the form of the ''Black Titan'' a [[spoiler: seemingly]] magically crafted sentient suit of armor, gift of her late parents. Since Claudia can't fend for herself alone in the CrapsackWorld she inhabits, and the Black Titan needs to feed on evil souls, the Titan keeps himself alive by dispatching Claudia's potential enemies. However [[spoiler: the Titan is revealed to be made with the reanimated corpse of a mute assassin, seeking redemption by helping a girl with his same affliction, and growing fonder to her in time]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'': A boy/girl and his/her dragon.
* ''VideoGame/DanballSenki'': A boy and his tiny mecha with ridiculous power for its size.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'': A boy and his female dragon.
* MajinAndTheForsakenKingdom: A boy and his Majin. (A Majin is apparently a large troll-like thing. Go play the game, you'll see.)
* ''Get Dexter'': An android and the podocephale who ate the top of his plastic skull.
* ''Astal'': A boy and his bird.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': A girl and her cube
* ''{{Persona 3}} [[UpdatedRerelease Portable]]'' gives a girl and her dog with the female protagonist's new [[TarotMotifs Strength Arcana]] [[RelationshipValues Social Link]].
* ''VisualNovel/DRAMAticalMurder'' A boy and his [[ChipCheezum dog shaped robot buddy]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' A girl (Maria) and her hedgehog (Shadow).
* Two cases in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'': a boy and his cat-dog (Sora and Meow Wow), and a young man and his bat (Riku and Komory Bat). Similar to Pokémon, this would soon grow into "two young men and their monsters", though the two respected starter Dream Eaters qualifies the most, [[spoiler: as a cutscene in the climax proofs]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': A man and his robot sidekick.
* ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax'': [[VideoGame/{{Persona3}} A boy and his dog]].
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': Minsc and Boo. Of course, Minsc is a slightly deranged but good-hearted BoisterousBruiser, who considers Boo to be his much wiser mentor, and Boo is a (possibly) miniature Giant Space Hamster. [[note]] Giant Space Hamsters are a playable race of roughly human intelligence in ''Spelljammer'' which canonically exists in the same setting as ''Baldur's Gate'', and shrinking spells aren't unheard of in the setting. However, it's also very possible that Boo is a regular hamster and that Minsc has just taken a hit to the head too many. Boo's actual status is left deliberately ambiguous. [[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'': A girl and her undead gunslinger bodyguard.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''[[http://lolilovesvenom.livejournal.com/ A Girl and Her Venom]]''. We're not kidding.
* Webcomic ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' did a story arc called [[http://thewotch.com/?epDate=2007-07-18 A Girl and Her Blob]].
* ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'': A(n Elf) Boy and His Dragon.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': A girl and her all-powerful god dog.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': A 12-year-old Mustachioed Gunslinger Sidekick and his Raptor, Yoshi.
* ''Webcomic/{{Broodhollow}}'': A neurotic insurance salesman and his adorable bat.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{HERO}}'' -- though the cat initially appears to fulfill the role, it stays behind when the protagonist enters the watchtower.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Bob initially adopted the tiny Molly the Monster as a pet. He had no idea she would prove to be intelligent and grow to human size. He now treats her as a daughter. Molly now has her own pet alien tentacle monster, Snookums.
* ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed''.
* ''Webcomic/BreakpointCity'' has Ben (boy) and Dan (dog). Hmm... note the letters.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''- A Halfling (or A Sexy Shoeless God of War (And Cooking)) And His Cat. Previously, A Powerful Old Man And His Cat (the same cat, in fact). Perhaps it's more A Cat and His Owners.
* ''Webcomic/CatNine'': A boy and his cat girl.
* ''Webcomic/DawnOfTime'': A girl and her triceratops.
* ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'': A girl and her raccoon.
* ''WebComic/{{Jix}}'': A girl and her alien. (Though Lauren is actually in her late teens when the comic starts and is currently in her early twenties.)
* ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'': A hipster and his pig.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionDuck'': A boy and his duck.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfShanShan'': A boy and his dog-shaped backpack, who talks, although no one else can hear it.
* ''Webcomic/NerfThis'': A boy and his [[http://nerf-this.com/what-friends-do/ monster]].
* ''[[http://www.webtoonlive.com/description/3+Level+Combination 3 Level Combination]]'': A boy and his robot.
* ''Webcomic/MaxOveracts'': A boy and his ventriloquist dummy.
* ''Webcomic/LifeSketch'': A girl and her magic sketchbook.
* ''WebComic/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'': A girl and her unicorn.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Nessie and her swamp dragon. She had summoned swamp creatures to fetch for her, and given them treats, but this one attached itself to her. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0133/ She named it Oggy]]. And when she went off to the big city, [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0147/ it cried at the prospect of being left behind]], so she brought it.
* The ''{{Franchise/Buildingverse}}'' webcomic ''Children And Monsters'' is about [[MegaCrossover fictional children and their monsters or other interesting companions]]. The main characters are [[{{Film/Labyrinth}} Toby Williams]] and his Goblins.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Cody Jenson, the villain of V1, has this with him and his bike. However, instead of starting him down the path to manhood, [[MoralEventHorizon it starts him down the path]] [[AxCrazy to insanity]].
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick has this complaint about ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' and other dragon movies, seeing as how most girls loved dragons (or at least she did) and women never factor in the films.
** On that note, there are actually a couple properties which feature "A Girl and Her Dragon"- see [[Literature/TortallUniverse The Immortals]] and JaneAndTheDragon.
* ''TheHappiestMonster'' is about a girl who meets a monster and makes friends with it [[spoiler:before getting eaten by its babies]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oSCX78-8-q0 A Boy and His Atom]], a sixty second film made at IBM. About a boy. And his atom. Made by moving individual atoms. SO COOL.
* ''Literature/TheLostThing'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RUHNun_lgc a boy and his... Thing]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}}'' parodies ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' with Buzzkill as the robot and Louie as Hogarth.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Dreamy Dud: A boy and his dog. First animated example (1915).
* Bobby Bumps: A boy and his very cynical [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]]. Second animated example (also 1915), but started earlier as a (slightly differently named) comic strip.
* Dinky Doodle: A boy and his [[FunnyAnimal humanized dog]] (1924), living with the cartoonist that created them (so also "a cartoonist and his cartoon wards").
* Sammy And Sausage: A British boy and his [[FunnyAnimal British humanized dog]] (1928), living with the cartoonist that created them. Rather transparent foreign Expy of DinkyDoodle.
* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and Pluto: A boy (mouse) and his dog. First FunnyAnimal character to regularly own a nonhumanized animal as a pet; ribbed about it to this day.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': A boy (Arnold) and his pig (Abner).
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': A boy and his magically shapeshifting dog friend.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': A Boy And His Flying Bison And Flying Lemur. Also mentions two separate instances of A Man And His Dragon.
** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' brings us A Girl and Her Polar-Bear Dog, and later, A Boy And His Cat-Deer.
* Arguably inverted on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. Mr. Peabody's initial impetus for adopting Sherman was that, as a dog, he needed a boy to feel complete.
** Specifically, the idea is that it's "A Dog and His Boy".
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had [[BatmanInMyBasement A Boy and His Batman]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had an episode of A Boy and His Giant Robot. Also A Girl and Her Boy (Who Is A Robot). A broody old man and his badass dog, and a whole episode dedicated to a boy and his badass dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'': A Boy and His Cat-Gorilla, Mutated Komodo Dragon and Pterosaur.
* As usual, Creator/HannaBarbera has a few entries:
** ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'': A Boy and His Dog.
** ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'': A Boy and His Cowardly Talking Dog.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'': A Boy and His Rock Ape.
** ''WesternAnimation/FrankensteinJr.'': A Boy and His Giant Robot.
** ''Wonder Wheels'': A Boy and His Secretly Sentient Motorcycle.
** ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'': A Boy, A Girl, and Their Monkey.
** ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'': Ditto.
* ''WesternAnimation/JaneAndTheDragon'': Pretty obvious one here -- A Girl and Her Dragon. He helps her as she trains to become the first girl knight in the kingdom.
* Marrow and Rover in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' are A Girl and - yes- Her Giant Robot.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': A Girl And Her Alien(s). In the original film, Stitch was adopted by her by pretending to be a dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' has quite a few examples: A Kangaroo and His Dinosaur (Austin and Boy in "Caveman's Best Friend," the ultimate example), a Moose and His Burro (Tyrone and Molasses in "Horsing Around"), a Penguin and His Bath Mitten (Pablo and Mitty in "Robin Hood the Clean"), and A... [[CartoonCreature Thing]] and Her Dolphin (Uniqua and Sea Squirt in "The Great Dolphin Race").
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': A Boy (Ron) and His Naked Mole Rat (Rufus).
* ''ReBoot'': A Boy and his NighInvulnerable (and [[AngryGuardDog cranky]])[[PersonOfMassDestruction Dog of Mass Destruction]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'': A Girl and Her Horse (Rainbow Brite/Starlight, Stormy/Skydancer, and later on, Krys/On-X)
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb:'' Two Boys and Their [[AnimalSuperheroes Secret Agent]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Platypus]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants:'' A Sponge and His Snail.
** The episode "My Pretty Seahorse" is A Sponge and His Seahorse.
* WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes and Cerbee, his pet monster dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Sam directly mentions this trope twice, once with "A boy and his snow beast." and another time saying the more common "A boy and his dog..." before following it up with "... Somehow, it's not supposed to be this weird."
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': A dog and his kindly old mistress (and curmudgeon old master)
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': A girl and her mutated silk worm. Though at first it was a Beast Boy and his mutated silkworm, it appears Silkie grew more attached to Starfire in later episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'': A dog and his boy.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': A boy and his sentient metal sphere (which later turns out be a [[spoiler: flying motorcycle]]) [[spoiler: and a giant albino [[NobleWolf wolf]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' has Jimmy and his mechanical canine, Goddard.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with ''Soccer Mummy'', a [[ShowWithinAShow film within the show]] in which a reanimated Egyptian mummy joins a little league soccer team and teaches a young boy to believe in himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': A Girl (Mabel) and Her Pig (Waddles).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'': A boy and his horse... and [[TheProtagonist another horse]] who did not want to be owned by anyone but warmed up to the boy by the end of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight Sparkle and Spike are a [[VagueAge girl/young lady]] and her baby dragon.
* ''WesternAnimation/NedsNewt'': A boy and his giant shapeshifting amphibian.
* ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'': A boy and his talking MasterOfDisguise snake.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'': A boy and his talking dog--it's even in the theme song.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'': A gremlin (Bogus) and his fourth-grade boy (Tommy).
* ''WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat'': A girl named Peg and her cat named Cat.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'':
** An Original Eliatrope (Yugo, Chibi, Qilby, Nora, Mina, and Glip) and his/her Dragon sibling (Adamai, Grougaloragran, Shinonome, Efrim, Phaeris, and Baltazar), though only the first pair really qualify for the spirit of this trope since little things like death [[spoiler:and being sealed away in limbo for being an evil jerk in Qilby's case]] have torn apart the other pairs.
** There's also a knight (Sadlygrove/Tristepin) and his demon sealed in a sword (Rubilax). It takes most of the series for the demon to accept [[FireForgedFriends that they really have become friends]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'': A Cat Boy and his Snarf. And then later also Cat Twins and their Snarf.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrDimensionpants'': A (superpowered) boy and his talking Unicorn.
* ''WesternAnimation/JingleAllTheWay'': A boy and his husky dog. The sequel adds a girl and her husky dog.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iNREDY7Vx8 A boy and his duck]].
* Bradley Nowell of {{Sublime}} and Louie Dog, his dalmatian. Bradley wrote a song Lou Dog Went to the Moon. When Louie was stolen,Bradley was inconsolable. Laid on his couch for about a week and cried. He sand Lou Dog Went to the Moon into his answering machine. There are several songs that mention Louie Dog, including: Doin Time, Garden Grove/Garbage Grove, and What I Got. Bradley missed Louie Dog so much he had flown to the East Coast on the original Warped Tour. When Louie Dog died, several years after Bradley, the family buried a phial of his ashes with Bradley, and scattered the rest at the same surf spot they scattered Bradley's. To this day the band, now dubbed Sublime with Rome sells Louie Dog shirts at concerts.
* A man and his horse. [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Viggo Mortensen]] has such a love for horses that he bought the two steeds he rode in LOTR and one of the horses that played Film/{{Hidalgo}}. He also reportedly bought the stallion that played [[WhiteStallion Arwen's horse]] and gave it to the stunt double.
* [[http://www.nylana.org/RRACI/hachiko.htm Hachiko]] the dog earned fame in Japan for returning each day to the train station where his master last departed before dying. The Japanese people were so touched that they gave him a statue outside of Shibuya Station, exactly where he would sit.
* [[http://www.greyfriarsbobby.co.uk/story.html Greyfriars Bobby]] was a constable's watchdog who lived in and around the graveyard where his master was buried for 14 years.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRszilkSVhA A boy and his venomous rat snake.]]
* The perhaps even stranger story of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZwTFWyI4Ho&feature=relmfu Cambodian boy and his 5 meter, 120 kg (16 ft, 260 pounds) python]], which has been adopted as a [[CoolPet house pet]]. Why the snake [[TheFarmerAndTheViper hasn't tried eating him]] in all those years is anybody's guess. Somehow the snake [[ItCanThink seems to have figured out]] that the parents will continue to provide it with food and safety so long as it does not harm any of them.
* MichaelJackson was famous (and occasionally infamous) for his intense bond with a wide variety of pets, especially in his younger years. Rats, cats, dogs, even a chimpanzee. He reportedly preferred animals to people, having found in them a source of unconditional love and friendship that fame and family did not bring him.
** Jackson also sang the song "Ben," which was about... a [[Film/{{Willard}} boy and his rat]].