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->''"We're sorry, the position of annoying talking animal has already been taken!"''
-->-- '''Donkey''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''

Odder than even an OddCouple, one of these guys isn't human! They might be an ordinary animal who's just a bit smarter than average, some form of TalkingAnimal, a RobotBuddy, a space alien, or even stranger, a normally inanimate object gifted with sentience or even locomotion (and sometimes [[CompanionCube not even that]]). Particularly useful when it comes to going for help, stealing keys when the BigBad has you locked up, or throwing the [=OFF=] switch on the ConveyorBeltODoom once he leaves the room.

In webcomics it often takes the form of the SnarkyNonHumanSidekick. May be a [[BondCreatures Bond Creature]].

This primarily applies if the sidekick is distinctly different from its buddy. Pinky from ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' is decidedly nonhuman, and the Brain's sidekick, but since the Brain is a mouse himself there's no real difference.

Compare and contrast with AmusingAlien and TokenNonHuman.



* Many years ago, Dr. Pepper did a series of commercials set "[[AfterTheEnd after the Cola Wars]]", with a human hero and his diminutive alien sidekick. In one of them, the duo walk into a bar, and the female bartender greats them with "Well, hello stranger.. and stranger yet!"

* Most {{Magical Girl}}s have one or more of these, who often overlap with WeaselMascot, MentorMascot, and/or RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** Mepple and Mipple from ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', and for that matter, ''all'' the non-human characters in ''Franchise/PrettyCure''. Cute floating critters who transform into the TransformationTrinket are a mainstay of the franchise.
** The talking cats Luna and Artemis from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
** Keroberos (Kero-chan) and Yue in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. The Clow Cards themselves could also qualify, as each card is shown to be a sentient, living thing. Also, Spinel Sun and Ruby Moon.
** Access Time and Finn Fish in ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne''. [[spoiler:Later subverted with Finn's FaceHeelTurn.]]
** The titular beings in ''Manga/ShugoChara''.
** Go, the robot-dog in ''Anime/MiracleShojoLimitChan''.
** Nubo and Cato in ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun''.
** The trio of kappa in ''Anime/PersiaTheMagicFairy''.
** Mogu and Pigu, the stuffed dinosaurs in ''Anime/MagicalStageFancyLala''.
** Posi and Nega, the alien cats in ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami''.
** Topo, the fairy spirit/purple stuffed flying squirrel in ''Anime/MagicalStarMagicalEmi''.
** Stonston the pig and Araessa the chicken in ''Manga/YumeNoCrayonOukoku''.
** Konpoco, the raccoon-looking dog in ''Anime/EsperMami''.
** Shiina from ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu''. He's also a RidiculouslyCuteCritter resembling a small pink rabbit... except when he shows the hideous, swollen eye he normally kept hidden behind one of his ears. Yeah, it's that kind of show.
** Pokota, a stuffed lion brought to life, is Himeko's in ''Manga/HimechanNoRibon'' and Erica has her sentient broomstick, Chappy.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Most, if not all {{Mons}} shows can be seen as an inversion of this, because, let's face it, it's the ''mons'' who do the dirty work and get the stuffing beaten out of them when things get hairy, leaving TheKidWithTheRemoteControl as the sidekick.
** ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}'', in particular, inverts the conventions of this trope, where the {{Mons}} are {{The Chosen One}}s and the kids are actually less crucial to the in-universe situation.
*** Bokomon and Neemon from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' really carry this vibe, being unable to transform or fight while the kids themselves transform into Digimon. (Not only were they never shown to fight in the series, the card game, which is the source of attack names for many a character who didn't do any fighting in the shows, gives their attacks as "Book of Knowledge" and "Pretend Sleep," respectively. They also share "[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Escape Dash]]." Being good strictly for comic relief and occasional exposition is ''in their programming.''
* Almost every character in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has one, with cats, dogs, fish, birds, whales, aliens, fairies and such.
* Both [[FunnyAnimal Mu]][[TalkingAnimal ta]] and [[LivingStatue Baron]] from ''Anime/TheCatReturns''. However [[spoiler:later in the film, this trope gets subverted when Haru herself starts to turn into a cat]].
* Patch (a dog), Bingo and Chuchu (mice), and Papy (a bird) in ''Anime/CinderellaMonogatari''. Misha the cat starts out as one for Cinderella's stepmother, though (in contrast to Lucifer in the Disney version) she eventually crosses over to Cinderella's side.
** An earlier anime adaptation of Cinderella, the version in ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'', gives Cinderella two pigeons named Algernon and Gwendolyn.
* Mokona the... thing... in several Creator/{{CLAMP}} works, most notably ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', and ''Manga/XxxHOLiC''.
** Mokona is Mokona! Mokona (the original one from MKR, anyway), is also apparently [[spoiler:God]].
* Lili the Fata (music fairy) in ''[[Manga/KiniroNoCorda La Corda d'Oro]]''.
* Ein from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. Different in that Ein is as intelligent as any normal human, yet otherwise a normal dog, and thus, he can't speak.
* [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Happy]], [[CatsAreSuperior Charle]], and [[PantheraAwesome Pantherlily]] are the sidekicks to [[IdiotHero Natsu]], [[BadassAdorable Wendy]], and [[CrazyAwesome Gajeel]] respectively from the manga/anime ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* Elner in ''Manga/GalaxyFrauleinYuna''. Debatably, also Yuna's three android doubles (who eventually can appear human).
* To some degree, Shippo in ''Manga/InuYasha''.
** And certainly Kirara/Kilala.
** Can't believe you forgot Jaken.
** Myoga too.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: Stardust Crusaders'' has among the protagonists Iggy, a Boston Terrier who commands the sand-based Stand The Fool. The opposition has Pet Shop, a hawk who commands the ice-based Horus. The two even duke it out one on one eventually. The fourth storyline (''Diamond Is Unbreakable'') has Stray Cat, a sentient cat-turned-flower with the power to launch bubbles, and the sixth (''Stone Ocean'') has Foo Fighters, ''a mass of plankton'' inhabiting dead ex-criminal Etro's body.
* Jonathan the baby seal from ''Anime/KaleidoStar''.
* Kir from ''Manga/KingOfBanditJing'' is a talking crow who also serve as Jing's EquippableAlly when needed.
* Hermes the talking motorcycle in ''LightNovel/KinosJourney''.
* Mylene's highly-emotive furball Guvava in ''Anime/Macross7''.
* All of the various devices and familiars in ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. In particular:
** Arf is a wolf-dog that supports Fate.
** Everyone ''thinks'' Yuuno is one of these for Nanoha because they first met when he was in ferret form.
** Friedrich, Caro's baby silver dragon.
* Chachamaru (a magic-powered gynoid) in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
** Also [[WeaselMascot Chamo]]. And Chachamaru's "sister" [[PerversePuppet Chachazero]].
* Princess Nausicaa's "fox squirrel" Teto in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. As with most {{Mons}} series, it's the non-human characters who are the real focus and are involved in the majority of the action. However, there are some who are clearly associated with a particular human or humans in a manner fitting this trope:
** Ash's Pikachu arguably fills the role best out of all the Pokémon characters in the show, since it has a highly developed relationship with Ash.
** Meowth of the Team Rocket trio (though he's an equal member of the group more than a sidekick).
** Others include Togepi for Misty (until it gets released later), Piplup for Dawn, Axew for Iris, and Pansage for Cilan.
* Ruu the monkey (to Nowa), Setra the sceptre (to Menace), and Kere-tan the snake (to Echidna) in ''Anime/QueensBlade''.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'': Chim-Chim, Spritle's chimpanzee pal.
* The Battle Spiders from the ''Anime/SpiderRiders'' anime of course.
* Ryoko and her cat/rabbit thing Ryo-Ohki from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''.
* Simon has Boota, his loyal little pig-mole, in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** While Lordgenome has [[FourStarBadass General]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Guame]] [[TheDragon The Immovable]]; who first filled almost exactly the same role and later evolved (literally) into a more direct sidekick role.
* [[PronounTrouble Lord/Lady]] Belbel in ''Manga/ThereBeyondTheBeyond'' is a rabbit-like creature who accompanies the heroes in [[ViewerGenderConfusion his/her]] capacity as a magician.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** The first case of a character having Duel Spirits as companions was Raphael during the DOMA arc of [[Anime/YuGiOh the original anime]]; he could see the spirits of his Guardian monsters and even spoke to them. (Whether or not they spoke back is unknown.)
** This became far more common in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Judai has Winged Kuriboh (later joined by the Neo Spacians), Manjyome has the Ojamas (in the manga, it's Light and Darkness Dragon), and Johan has the Crystal Beasts, Ruby Carbuncle especially.
** While not as common in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Ruka could see and talk to spirits, and had a few that could be considered sidekicks; Kuribbon was likely the most constant, with Ancient Fairy Dragon becoming a constant presence after her card was rescued from the Dark Signers.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', Yuma has Astral, but he's far more a "partner" than a "sidekick". Kaito has his RobotBuddy Orbital 7 helping him most of the time.

* Comedian/ventriloquist Creator/JeffDunham and basically any of his puppet partners (IE: Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, Achmed, etc.). Made [[CrowningMomentOfFunny all the more hilarious]] in that one of the puppets, Peanut, points out several times that well-
-->'''Peanut:''' You're arguing with yourself....[[PunctuatedForEmphasis AND LOSING!]]
** Jeff plays off this with Walter and Jose as well.

* In ''Comicbook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw'' Dusty, an anthropomorphic dog, acts as an unofficial sidekick to the human hero.
* Truly bizarre comic book example: Grant Morrison's run on ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' introduced Danny the Street, a ''[[GeniusLoci sentient transvestite boulevard]]''. "How," you may ask, "can a living street be a transvestite?" Think pink lace curtains in the windows of hardware stores.
** Note that on a bizarreness scale of 1-10 calibrated for Creator/GrantMorrison, this is running into the... Sevens or so.
* Avenger, the improbably intelligent golden eagle from ''Birdman''.
* Rufferto in ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''
* Ampersand, Yorick's Capuchin monkey in ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''.
* Redwing, partner to Creator/MarvelComics hero Comicbook/TheFalcon.
* The hero ComicBook/SquirrelGirl also has had two animal sidekicks, squirrels Monkey Joe and Tippy Toe
* A super villain, the Red Ghost, was active alongside three superpowered apes.
* The second Major Mapleleaf gained his powers from his sidekick, a horse named Thunder.
* ComicBook/{{Tintin}} has his dog Milou/Snowy. This is usually his method of escape for almost everything.
* ''ComicBook/JoZetteAndJocko'': Jocko, who is Jo and Zette's pet chimpansee.
* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''
** Spirou has a pet squirrel, Spip, with exactly the same role as Tintin's Milou.
** And the Franchise/{{Marsupilami}} in earlier books.
* Belgian comic ComicBook/{{Jommeke}} has his parrot Flip, Jommeke's best friend and human sidekick has a dog named Pekkie and the occasional sidekick twins the Miekes have a chimpansee named Choco. This leaves plenty of animal sidekicks to still get stuff done when one of them happens to get captured.
* Comicbook/KryptoTheSuperDog, is Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s Kryptonian pet.
* He was later joined by Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s pets, Streaky the Super-Cat and Comet the Super-Horse. And a long while later, by Beppo the Super-Monkey. Together, they formed the Legion of Super-Pets.
* Ace, the Bat-Hound, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s dog pet. He wore a mask because a birthmark on his face would have given him away as Bruce Wayne's dog.
* Lockjaw from ''ComicBook/TheInhumans'' group from Creator/MarvelComics. Notable for his status changing. He goes from being a supersmart intelligent teleporting canine the size of a small car to...a sentient being trapped in large-dog form. Which is horrifying considering how noble the Inhumans are supposed to be. Oddly, not only do the writers play with this fact as if they can't look him up in the reference books, so do ''the characters''.
* Lockheed, Kitty Pryde's pet miniature dragon, from the ComicBook/XMen.
** The ComicBook/XMen had a stranger version with the character Maggot, who was accompanied by Eany and Meany, a pair of [[ExtremeOmnivore matter eating slugs]]....which were his ''mutated intestines.''
* Gyro Gearloose's sentient-lightbulb "Helper" from the ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse''.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' the Wolfriders have their wolves, and the Chosen Eight from the Gliders of Blue Mountain have their giant hawks. The Preservers could also be considered non-elf sidekicks, however annoying. A borderline example in recent episodes is Dart of the Wolfriders, whose wolf Kimo is actually a shapeshifting elf, and also his boyfriend.
* Skink, Ethan's sidekick in ''ComicBook/{{Scion}}''.
* Giselle's pet squit in ''Mystic''.
* Carson the Muskrat from ''Webcomic/DorkTower''.
* Kevin from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' had an unnamed pet wolf.
* Often used in the AnthologyComic ComicBook/TheBeano most well known with the pairing of [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]] and Gnasher. But is also used with other characters such as Calamity James and his pet Alexander Lemming.
* Chameleon Boy of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} had Proty (best described as a shape-shifting blob of Silly Putty).
* Spot (the eponymous 'Monster') in ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster''.
* Old Lace, the pet deinonychus of Gertrude Yorkes of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}.
* Two examples from ''Big Bang Comics'':
** Mr. US, the equivalent of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, had a dog sidekick named Dogtag in his original incarnation. Dogtag was originally just a stray who wouldn't leave him alone -- Mr. US made the name up on the spot when the dog followed him into a bad guy hideout. ("Uh, that's my sidekick... Dogtag!")
** In the other instance, Hummingbird, a combination of ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and ComicBook/TheAtom, had Edgar the raven. Of some note is the fact that Edgar is ''larger'' than Hummingbird, who [[ModeLock is permanently stuck at a maximum height of six inches]].
* The MAX incarnation of the ComicBook/{{Foolkiller}} had Jester, a large Rottweiler mix who was vicious to enemies but a BigFriendlyDog to innocents.
* ''ComicBook/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' gives us Pete, the unearthly hell-beast (former) servant of Lo Pan which swears its loyalty to Jack Burton following its previous master's demise.
* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' Lagoon Boy introduces his new rather intelligent loyal animal companion, a giant fishlike crustacean thing with tentacles and several rows of serrated teeth. He calls him [[FluffyTheTerrible Spot]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction {{Fanfic/Silent Knight}}. [[spoiler:Spike and/or Twilight Sparkle are the heroes, and Chirp is the mute ''human'' sidekick. Makes ya think, don't it...?"]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Most (if not all) [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon animated Disney films]]human heroes and heroines have a pantheon of these (besides a sub-array of generic Adorable Woodland Critters). The only aversion is ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', which has no non-human sidekicks. Examples include:
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'''s conscience Jiminy Cricket is considered by many to be not only the first Non Human Disney sidekick in a long line of many, but also the first wise cracking sidekick who used (what was at the time) modern humor and colloquialisms. To boot, he was also voiced by a radio star who many households at the time would've been able to distinguish: Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards. In this movie there's also Figaro and Cleo, nonhuman sidekicks to Gepetto.
** ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'': Sasha the bird, Sonja the duck, and Ivan the cat to Peter.
** ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': Gunpowder the horse to Ichabod Crane, and Cyril Proudbottom the horse to J. Thaddeus Toad (while Mole, Water Rat and Angus [=MacBadger=] are bipedal, clothes-wearing FunnyAnimals just like Toad, Cyril is a quadrupedal, naked TalkingAnimal).
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': The mice, two of who perform the aforementioned key-stealing chores so well in that it's become the best-loved scene from that movie.
** ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': The March Hare to the Mad Hatter.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': The three good fairies to Aurora.
** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': Archimedes the Owl to Merlin.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'': Baloo, Bagheera, and the vultures to Mowgli.
** ''Disney/TheRescuers'': Both Bernard and Bianca are considered sidekicks to the human children they helped in both films. Also the Albatross brothers, the Swamp folk, Evinrude the dragonfly, and Marahute the eagle.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'': Gurgi.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish and Scuttle the seagull. Not to mention Max the dog, though he inexplicably can't speak like the aforementioned three can.
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': The enchanted castle appliancess, led by a clock, a teapot and a candelabra. {{Subverted}} at the end, as they are all reverted to humans under a magic spell.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': The Genie, Abu the monkey, and the Carpet to Aladdin. Iago the parrot joins them in the sequels after his HeelFaceTurn.
** ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' has Meeko the raccoon, who has his own sidekick, a hummingbird.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Achilles (a horse) to Phoebus, Djali (a goat) to Esmeralda, and three gargoyles to Quasimodo.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': Phil and Pegasus.
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Mushu the guardian. Also, in non-speaking roles, a lucky cricket, a horse, a dog and a falcon.
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': Defied; Kuzco angers Bucky the squirrel, who then wakes up the local jaguar pack, and later [[SuddenlyFluentInGibberish tells]] PunchClockVillain Kronk where to find him. Also inverted with Kuzco and Pacha themselves.
** ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': Morph. Dr. Delbert Doppler and B.E.N. fit the bill as well.
** ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': The singing frogs, Carl the robot, and Tiny the TyrannosaurusRex.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Louis and Ray from are sort of an odd example, considering the human protagonists are also in the form of frogs during the majority of the movie.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Maximus the horse and Pascal the chameleon. Maximus was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] a Basset Hound but was changed to a horse while keeping his [[AllAnimalsAreDogs canine traits]] because it was funny.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Olaf the talking snowman and Sven the reindeer (who is also Kristoff's adopted brother).
** ''Disney/BigHero6'': Baymax is a robot, while the rest of the eponymous team consists of humans.
** ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': [=HeiHei=] the chicken is Moana's cute (if [[TooDumbToLive dimwitted]]) animal sidekick, a point that gets lampshaded when Maui says Moana must be a [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess princess]] because she has a sidekick. Moana actually seems to only tolerate him [[TheFriendNobodyLikes at best]]. Contrary to [[AdvertisedExtra advertisements]], Pua the piglet is not actually Moana's sidekick for most of the film. He stays on the island while Moana goes sailing, and thus is only present at the very start and at the very end.
:: There's also sidekicks of the villains.Examples include[=:=]
** ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': An unnamed raven to the Evil Queen.
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'': Gideon the cat to J. Worthington "Honest John" Foulfellow the fox and the Phantom Blot-esque minions to the Coachman.
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': Chernabog's demons.
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'': The bloodhounds to [[TheGhost Man]].
** ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': The weasels to Mr. Winkie. They reappear in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' where they serve Judge Doom.
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': Lucifer the cat to the evil stepmother.
** ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' The Siamese cats to the film's human villain.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Diablo the raven to Maleficent.
** ''Disney/TheRescuers'': Brutus and Nero to Madame Medusa from the first film, and Joanna the goanna to [[EvilPoacher Percival McLeach]] from the second.
** ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'': Chief to Amos Slade.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'': Creeper, the Gwythaints, and the Cauldron Born to the Horned King.
** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Fidget the bat to Professor Ratigan.
** ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'': Roscoe and Desoto the dobermans to Sykes.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Flotsam and Jetsam to Ursula.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Iago the parrot to Jafar.
** ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': Percy the pug to Governor Ratcliffe.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': Pain and Panic, the Fates, the Hydra, the Titans, and the Cyclops to Hades.
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Hayabusa the falcon Shan Yu.
** ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': Agent Wendy Pleakley to Dr. Jumba Jookiba, and Captain Gantu to Doctor Jacques von Hamsterviel in [[WesternAnimation/LiloandStitchtheSeries the series]].
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': The Friends from the Other Side to Doctor "The Shadow Man" Facilier.
** ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': DOR-15 to Michael "Bowler Hat Guy" Yagoobian.
** ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'': Junior the bison to Alameda Slim.

* Creator/{{Pixar}} uses this as well:
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': A bit of an odd case. Technically all of the protagonists are non-human, but in the ShowWithinAShow "Woody's Roundup", Bullseye the horse is this to Woody. He also serves as this to the other toy characters, since he's the only one who [[FurryConfusion isn't anthropomorphized.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'': Double subversion, in that not only is the non human sidekick TheProtagonist, but he has his own small human sidekick (or psychotic delusion - you decide). Truth be told, one might argue that Linguini is Remy's non-rodent sidekick because Remy is the brains of the pair.
** ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': M-O (a cleaner robot) and the cockroach to WALLE, a trash-compacting robot.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'': Dug and Kevin.

:: The villains have them as well, naturally.[=:=]
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Scud the pit bull to Sid Phillips.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'': Charles Muntz's dogs.

* Altivo the horse is this to the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.
* Villains get these in many films-- see Rasputin's bat Bartok in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}.''
* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry themselves in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie''. Also, The Fat Dog on a Skateboard for [[Creator/TonyJay the villain.]]
* Perhaps the biggest abuse of this trope is the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI''. ''Every single major character'' has a sidekick, and they're mostly animals. The animals have little role in the plot besides comic relief.
* ''Creator/HayaoMiyazaki''
** The, already quoted above, "fox squirrel" Teto in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
** Jiji the black cat in ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.
** In ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Yubaba the witch is served by a bunch of lesser spirits, including three body-less heads and a human-headed bird. After Yubaba's son and bird servant get transfigured int a "mouse" and "humming bird", respectively, they become Chihiro's sidekicks.
** Calcifer the fire spirit and Heen the dog from ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', the titular ogre has the talking Donkey as his sidekick. In the sequels he also gets Puss-in-Boots. Lampshaded by Donkey in ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2''.
--> '''Donkey:''' Im sorry, the position of annoying talking animal has already been filled.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Han Solo and Chewbacca. R2-D2 and C-3PO also work for the group as a whole.
* ''Film/ABoyAndHisDog'' features the titular boy and dog duo, which shares a telepathic bond.
* ''Film/{{Beastmaster}}''. Seeing as his best friends are a tiger, a hawk, two ferrets and so forth, NonHumanSidekick sums up the entire concept of the movies and the show.
* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'': The robots TARS and CASE to the human crew.
* Stanley Ipkiss's dog Milo in ''Film/TheMask''.
* Possibly subverted in ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'', a story of two cursed lovers, a man who is a wolf by night and a woman who is a hawk by day.
* Dog in ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior''
* The monkey in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' - does help him out in two occasions
* Mr. Shoop's dog Wondermutt in the rather silly '80s Mark Harmon vehicle "Film/SummerSchool". Wondermutt also has (and loses), his own NHC, a severed Raggedy Andy doll head called Bob.
* Roger plays a natural sidekick to Eddie Valiant in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* Hey Man in ''Film/RockOfAges''.
* Diaval the raven in ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'' despite being transformed into a human man for a good potion of the film.
* ''Film/AlienNation'' pairs an alien cop with a human cop who is prejudiced against aliens.
* In the bizarre 1928 short comedy film ''Film/ThereItIs'', [=MacNeesha=] the Scotland Yard detective is accompanied by his investigative partner, [=MacGregor=] the fly. [=MacGregor=] lives in a matchbox and has his own little magnifying glass to look for clues.

* Keeley from ''Literature/GreystoneValley'' is a tiny dragon who can be quite handy thanks to her speed and occasional habit of sneezing fireballs.
* Several in ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'', although Mary Anne's cat Tigger is probably the most frequently showcased partly because Mary Anne, unlike the others, is an only child.
* ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'': the main characters are elves(well Sha-ra is never specified but heavily implied to be one) and a [[PettingZooPeople winter bear]] but they all speak and act like a family. But Alk finds an [[HorseOfADifferentColor ahmel]] and they become good friends and becomens his sidekick, and only [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Alk]] can speak to it. [[spoiler: But sadly the ahmel is [[NightmareFuel eaten alive]] early in the 2nd book... but they get new ones like wolves, eagles and a dragon as the story progresses.]]
* A number of these occur in the Creator/TamoraPierce [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] series.
** Alanna and Faithful, a black cat who is possibly a God avatar. Has PurpleEyes.
** Daine - justified in this case, as Daine is [[SpeaksFluentAnimal can speak]] [[NatureHero to animals]]. Her two closest non-human partners are Cloud, her pony, and Kitten, a baby dragon. A partial list of her other companions includes the cat, badger, and platypus gods, cats, dragons, Stormwings, basilisks, a marmoset, wolves, hyenas, bats, various birds, a squirrel, a ferret, and a [[spoiler:massive array of undead dinosaurs.]]
* In ''Four Seasons for Little People'', the squirrel appears in almost of the illustrations with the human children, probably serving as a visual gag.
** Kel makes it a point to always be kind [[NiceToTheWaiter to both animals and non-noble humans]], something not always approved of in her time and has an array of animal friends unmatched by any character other than Daine; interestingly, there Kel has more recurring animal friends than ''Daine''. She rescues a massive temperamental horse going for the slaughter, temporarily fosters a very hostile baby griffin at great personal risk, adopts a flock of sparrows, and has a dog who has accounted for a number of deaths in battle.
** Aly takes this to the next level, as she [[spoiler: [[InterspeciesRomance marries a crow who could turn into a man]], Nawat]].
** Bekah Cooper has a cat that is hinted to be the same cat that Alanna possesses - though Bekah lived a number of generations before Alanna.
* Conrad had Bortan, a mutated armoured dog for a pet (not really a sidekick as he's not there till the end of the book), in ''...And Call Me Conrad''
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, first Twoflower and then Rincewind are followed about by the trusty [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Luggage Luggage,]] one of the best animated objects ''ever.''
** Additionally, [[TheGrimReaper Death]] of the same series has the Death of Rats, a dark-robed rat skeleton that preforms the function of death for small rodents, and his horse Binky.
** It may be stretching the definition, but Tiffany Aching's loyal Nac Mac Feegles may also count.
** Greebo in the witch novels certainly does (except when HumanityEnsues). There's also Errol the swamp dragon in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', who briefly becomes the Watch mascot.
** Keith in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' has the titular Maurice (a cat) and the educated rodents. Although Maurice would insist that the "stupid-looking kid" is ''his'' sidekick.
* In Steven Brust's Literature/{{Dragaera}} books, Vlad Taltos has a jhereg familiar Loiosh, who looks like a miniature wyvern and acts as a ServileSnarker.
* Toto from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. The Scarecrow definitely qualifies, as an inanimate object brought to life. Cowardly Lion is also a legit example, being a sentient feline in the original. He is later joined by the Hungry Tiger, who in a rather startling bit of kiddy-fantasy ''noir'' openly longs to 'eat fat babies', but can't because he has a conscience.
** The ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' series also contains the Patchwork Girl (a large stuffed doll), Jack Pumpkinhead (a mannequin), the Glass Cat and the Sawhorse, all of which become sentient via the magical -- and later outlawed -- Powder of Life. There's also mention of accidents with a phonograph and a bearskin rug. It seems that every mundane animal (except Toto) that makes the trip to Oz ends up talking, such as Billina the hen, Jim the horse, Eureka the kitten, and the Wizard's piglets.
*** In ''Tik-Tok of Oz'' Dorothy finally realizes this; Toto then reveals that he can talk, he just doesn't much feel like it and prefers their dynamic with him remaining non-verbal.
* Tock (a literal '''watch'''dog) and the Humbug (an oversized beetle) in ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth''.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Prophet, Tiecelin's talking raven in ''Reynard the Fox''. "Doom!"
* The Stark kids' direwolves in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
* Wolf, of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness''.
* Grimya the [[TalkingAnimal telepathic mutant]] [[NobleWolf wolf]] from Louise Cooper's ''Literature/{{Indigo}}'' series.
* Let's not forget Gurgi from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''. He's not human, but what he is exactly is never really clear.
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' is full of these. The most common Shanir trait is [[BondCreature being bound to animals]], which means they're a NonHumanSidekick.
** Jame is always accompanied by Jorin, an ounce (small hunting cat). Jorin, blind from birth, uses Jame's eyes to see, while Jame sometimes gets sensory impressions from Jorin's senses of smell and hearing. Jorin also warns Jame when he becomes aware of danger, though Jame sometimes ignores them to her detriment.
** Shade and her adder, Addy
** Gorbel and his silly-looking dog, Twizzle.
** All the Falconeers: Tarn and Torvo, and later Turvie. Mouse and Mick and Mack.
** Torisen and Yce, though she's... [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent kind of human]], and gets more so with age.
* Mogget and the Disreputable Dog in Creator/GarthNix's Literature/OldKingdom series.
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series gives the GoldenTrio each a pet. Then there is Fawkes the pheonix, who is definitely is this for Dumbledore. Voldemort also seems to play this straight with his snake Nagini, but it's subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler: she's a horcrux]].
* The ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'' has two martins.
* Jordan and Ixil from Creator/TimothyZahn's ''Literature/TheIcarusHunt''.
* This page has been around how long, and no one has mentioned [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Pip and Flinx]] yet?
* Greyn from ''Literature/SecretofDragonhome'' fits this very well as a wolf. Given Melayne's power to speak to animals, he also acts as a mentor towards the end of the book.
* Horus and Jack from Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Seven Ancient Wonders'', Horus being a Perigrine Falcon.
* Kazairl in the ''Literature/{{Shadowleague}}'' books.
* Somewhat part of this trope, as the protagonist isn't really human, In ''[[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Tale of the Body Thief]]'', the vampire Lestat adopts a stray dog, not for food, keeps him as a pet.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance'', pirate Jet Nebula has a faithful droid called Clunker as companion, who can't talk (or even beep R2-style) but can use a military sign language for communication.
* Curdle the milk carton in ''Literature/UnLunDun''.
* Tobias and Ax in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. Technically speaking, neither one of them is human but Tobias ''used'' to be. He's soon stuck in Hawk form.
* The cat Bastet in several of the early Literature/AmeliaPeabody novels, even though these are mysteries, not fantasies. She is amazingly, though not quite supernaturally, intelligent and loyal. When she eventually dies at an advanced age, other cats show up sometimes her descendants, sometimes just adopted strays to continue the tradition, though only her daughter comes close to her calibre. By the way, the stories mostly take place in Egypt and the cat Bastet is ''always'' referred to as "the cat Bastet," ''never'' just "Bastet," as if even the very unsuperstitious Emersons wanted to be careful that she not be mistaken for any other Bastet.
* In the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series, the Companions (essentially avatars of the gods or souls of previous Heralds in horse form), Firecats (former Sons of the Sun reincarnated in cat form), and the Hawkbrother's bondbirds can function as sidekicks. Some Shin'a'in may consider their battlesteeds to be this.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "To Build A World", Oscar.
* Two cases pop up in ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}''. In the main books, there's Bix the ''Protoceratops'', although she probably wouldn't take too kindly to being called a sidekick, and in the prequel ''First Flight'', there's Fritz, a floating robot head who lost his body in a junkyard.
* Played with in Kafka's "Cares of a Family Man", in which a nameless narrator has a little wooden thing that follows him around and talks to him; the narrator isn't exactly fond of little Odradek, and in fact thinks he's a little creepy, especially since the creature has been around as long as he can remember without ever aging.
** Also from Kafka, the unfinished "Blumfeld" tells the story of an elderly bank clerk that discovers that he is being stalked by a pair of magical bouncing balls of energy that he can't get rid of.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Wispy is a cat who follows Benji and (unwillingly) assists in his schemes.
* In ''Literature/HalfWorld'', Melanie's sidekick is a talking stone rat named Jade Rat.
* Tobimar (human) and Poplock (intelligent toad) in ''Literature/TheBalancedSword''. Though Poplock will probably claim that Tobimar is ''his'' sidekick.
* From ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' we have Harry Dresden's two pets slash roommates, Mister the Cat and Mouse the "West Highland Dogasaurus" as Harry once described him.
* In the ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', Mallory has Gavin, a talking, snarking basilisk, who is in fact the point of view character in a lot of scenes involving Mallory.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series features Oy the billy-bumbler in 5 of the 7 books, beginning with the 3rd one, ''Literature/TheWasteLands''. A billy-bumbler looks like a blend of dog, raccoon, and muskrat, with golden-ringed eyes and a long tail that rolls up. Oy is remarkably intelligent and can speak English to a limited extent (he understands it better than he speaks it). He is fiercely loyal and brave, and counts as a full member of the ''ka-tet'' band of gunslingers.

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* Twiki from ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''
** Also Dr. Theophilus, although given that he's a sentient AI charged with helping run the affairs of humanity one could argue an inversion in this case.
* The Bear from ''Series/BJAndTheBear''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The dragons to Daenerys.
* [=KITT=] from ''Series/KnightRider''
** Or is Michael KITT's sidekick, considering how often KITT gets Michael out of trouble?
* Austrian series ''Series/InspectorRex'' may be a unique example in that the dog is the main character.
* K-9 in ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Also usually inverted with the Doctor and his companions: he's a nonhuman with generally human sidekicks.
** The [[LivingShip TARDIS]] as well.
* On ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'' the main character, Jaye, often receives cryptic advice from many supposedly inanimate objects, including a wax lion, a puppet chamaeleon, a wind-up penguin, and a teddy bear in a barrel.
* Salem on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.
* Fraser's deaf half-wolf Diefenbaker in ''Series/DueSouth''
* Brisco's horse Comet in ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr''
* [[TheSpock Spock]]. Possibly a TropeCodifier.
* Muffit the robotic dog in the classic ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}''.

* [[TyrannosaurusRex Chompy]] and [[RobotBuddy PBB]], Frozeen's sidekicks from ''Roleplay/AlphaTeamMissionDeepFreezeRPG''.
* Trouble, a tamed Mutant Lizard, was Rex's sidekick in the early days of ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. Laxus the Martian could also be considered Andrew's sidekick.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Companions in ''TabletopGame/{{Heroine}}'' are not ''required'' to be non-human, but most of them are, anyway, because it's just more fun. The eponymous Heroine is usually the only TokenHuman in the group.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In the ''Clyde and Seamore'' shows at Ride/SeaWorld, Seamore is Clyde's sea lion sidekick.

* ''Videogame/Portal2'' has RobotBuddy [[IdiotBall Wheatley]], who guides [[HeroicMime Chell]] through the facility and helps her stay under [[BigBad [=GLaDOS=]]]'s radar. [[spoiler: However, after Wheatley [[FaceHeelTurn betrays you]], you get [[EnemyMine [=GLa=]]][[BalefulPolymorph DOS]] instead (or rather, [=GLaDOS=] in a potato). She's not much of a sidekick (she can't move, can't help you with puzzles, and barely has the energy to think), but she does offer some useful insights and is a big help during the FinalBoss]].
* Clank, Ratchet's RobotBuddy from the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series. Of course, Ratchet ain't human either...
** And in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked Deadlocked]]'', there is Merc and Green. Similar to the ''Kingdom Hearts'' example below, they spend almost the entire game fighting alongside Ratchet.
* The nameless dog in ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'', who catches the ducks you shoot, not returning it to you (it probably ate it). When you can't shoot any ducks, he'll laugh at you, as if mocking your 'stupidity'. Nevertheless, it remains one of the earliest, and still most hated video game character ever. [[TheScrappy No wonder there's versions of the game where you can shoot the dog...]]
** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rN4yDNj5ME&feature=related video]] probably contains the best [[ShootTheDog Shoot The Damn Dog]] ever. Too bad it's only hack.
* Wang Koh-San's pelican, Heoh-Heoh from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 3''
* Safiya's familiar the winged golem Kaji from the ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' expansion ''Mask of the Betrayer.''
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[TheWoobie Tali]] named her combat drone. In context, this is a holographic ball of light a little bigger than a basketball that is temporarily summoned by engineers to attack enemies.
** It's also TWO [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to characters from Creator/BioWare's much ealier game ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII''.
* Mieu in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is a cheagle that can do things for the party such as break stones and breathe fire.
* Hanpan in ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]''.
* Dogmeat, in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series.
** Later, ED-E and Rex. Also, (technically) Fawkes, RL-3, Lily, Raul, and Charon. And maybe Jericho, judging by his comment about "growing a fourth arm."
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'', European explorers can get a dog to help them fight. Like the explorer himself, this dog cannot be permanently killed.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' has one of these in the form of Munchie. He solves puzzles on his own and can assist you in battle with the right items. Not bad for a mouse. [[spoiler: He's actually the hero's grandfather in disguise but then again both him and the hero are dragons that have taken human form.]]
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' introduced Mamaha (Nakururu's falcon) and Poppy (Galford's dog). Later games added occasional others (Paku Paku, Cham Cham's monkey, for one). And then the last one let you play AS Poppy.
* The dog of ''VideoGame/FableII''. So much so it became a back of the box feature.
* The Felynes in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', who for all intents and purposes are cats of human intelligence that can talk and stand on their hind legs. You can hire them as chefs, and as companions in battle. Although they're very talkative in the form of text, in-game they just sound like cats. This makes it a little jarring when your companion gets attacked by something (especially if you happen to be a fancier of cats), even though they can just burrow underground to recover from injury, while you don't get that luxury. Thankfully, Felynes bailing to heal in this manner don't count against your faint tally.
** Felynes are town support [=NPCs=] at best in ''Tri'', unlike the other games. Your ally this time around is instead a Shakalaka, a little humanoid that is never seen without a mask. This one answers to Cha-cha. For those of you who miss your Felynes, there's a False Felyne mask you can get for Cha-cha... if you don't mind a less-than-friendly [[StuffBlowingUp fireworks display]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' has Marche with Montblanc, Ritz with Shara, Mewt with Babus, and possibly, Doned with Nono and Cid with Ezel.
* Your Creature in VideoGame/BlackAndWhite
* Is Boo the sidekick of [[BoisterousBruiser Minsc]] or is Minsc Boo's sidekick?
* In VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft your characters can gain up to 150 different Non-Combat or Companion pets, most of which are miniature animals that follow your character around - cats, snakes, frogs and the like. Some are machines, tame miniature monsters, or meta-game characters such as a mini-Diablo. There are rewards for collecting as many as you can. As a reverse of the trope, one non-combat pet awarded for participation in a tournament is called the Argent Squire/Argent Gruntling - which is a human or orc (depending on your faction) who will carry a flag for you and, with an expensive upgrade, act as a store, bank or mailbox.
** Also, the Hunter Class is basically built around this trope.
*** And Warlock.
* ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky'': Foster and Joey, the talking, sentient robot.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' allows you to have a Mabari War Hound as one of your companions, whose default name is "Dog". A popular fan name is "Barkspawn", thanks to [[Webcomic/PennyArcade a certain webcomic]].
** Ascended to being semi-canonical in the Darkspawn Chronicles DLC - at the very least, that's what Alistair would name him, given the chance.
* You acquire several non-human companions in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', including friendly versions of the normally hostile Goomba, Koopa, Bob-omb, Boo and Lakitu.
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', you get an air spirit named Madam Flurrie who helps you [[spoiler:when you fight the Three Shadow Sirens and get her necklace back]], and a Shadow Siren named Vivian [[spoiler:who had decided to go over the MoralEventHorizon and ]]helps Mario when his identity was stolen by Dooplus. [[spoiler:But she didn't know it was him before.]] When Mario squares off with Dooplus, she runs away for three turns, then does a HeelFaceTurn to help Mario.
** Outside of ''Paper Mario'', depending on the game one of two characters may act as a sidekick to the Bros. In the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games, starting with the third, it's Starlow, a Star Sprite; and in other games it's Yoshi, a... Well, Yoshi.
* Archimedes in ''VisualNovel/{{Suika}}'' plays this role for Ojou. [[spoiler:That is, until he moves on to Chitose and sacrifices his life so she doesn't die during surgery.]]
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** Teddie in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' is an interesting version. He starts off as a teddy bear thing, [[spoiler:but gains a human body when in the real world]]. Though he's not a sidekick per se, he has a high regard for the protagonist, whom he calls "Sensei", and his Social Link is the only non-group one that ranks up automatically.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Morgana. Inside the Metaverse, he's a cartoony cat thing. In the real world, he takes the form of a regular cat. Unlike Teddie, Morgana is constantly at the protagonist's side, even at ''school''.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'', Bao-Dur is always accompanied by a small flying orb with built-in laser. You yourself have the option of three robotic sidekicks, plus several alien ones.
* In ''VideoGame/LaPucelleTactics'', your entire party lineup aside from plot-essential humans consist of monsters you've recruited in the field.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', it could be said that Missile is Sissel's sidekick. [[spoiler: However, it turns out that Sissel is a cat, thus meaning that all this time Sissel has been ''Lynne's'' sidekick.]]
* Plenty of these in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series
** In the first three games, Donald Duck and Goofy are this to Sora, as they fight alongside him right from the moment they met. And several various [[GuestStarPartyMember Guest Star Party Members]] are also non human, including [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the Beast]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]].
*** Of course, in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Atlantica]] and the [[Disney/TheLionKing Pride Lands]], Sora's not a human, either, as he becomes a merman and lion, respectively, in those worlds. And all three of them are computer programs in [[Film/{{Tron}} Space Paranoids]], though they resemble their original species underneath the [[TwentyFourHourArmor armor]] they wear. Tron himself looks human, but this is due to taking on the appearance of his [[spoiler: (and Rinzler's)]] original user: Dr. Alan Bradley.
*** Then, in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'', the trio become plastic toys in one world. [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Woody and Buzz]] are party members here, too, and they're certainly not humans either.
** As of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', [[{{MickeyMouse}} King Mickey]] can be considered one to Riku
** Throughout ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', Sora and Riku can train [[{{Mon}} Dream Eaters]], who serve as this (particularly Meow Wow and Komory Bat, their respective starters).
* As the image at the top of the page shows us, ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' provides a good example in Daxter, who ironically enough, started off as a human boy before being turned into an ottsel at the beginning of the first game. [[spoiler:At the end of the third game, [[LightIsNotGood Veger]] is also turned into an ottsel, and becomes this to [[BigEater Kliever]] by force]].
* Gloop the mimic slime from ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'', who joins Owen early in his quest.
* The transforming genju from ''VideoGame/DungeonMakerIITheHiddenWar''.
* The main character in ''Escape from Thunder Island'' and its sequel, ''Rita James and the Race to Shangri La'' had a hyper-competent, one-eyed monkey named Marbles as a sidekick.
* In the later ''Mystery Trackers'' games every Mystery Trackers agent has a pet of some sort, usually with special powers. The main character's own pet is a small dog they freed from being chained to a lamp post in ''Mystery Trackers 3: Black Isle''.
* Fidget from ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' counts, as she's smaller and less anthropromorphized then the main character, Dust.
* In ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'', there's Jaq and Gus in Cinderella's world, and Abu in Jasmine's world, as well as the Pixie.
* Both ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' and ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'' give the titular hero Gouto-douji, a feline companion who happens to be extremely well acquainted with the Devil Summoner profession's every aspect. [[spoiler:It's stated he's actually the drifting spirit of the first [[LegacyCharacter Raidou Kuzunoha]], who commited some unspecified sin and as a result is cursed to mentor every Raidou until their ultimate death. Gouto-douji is actually the name of the curse anchoring him in the world of the living.]]
* The Imp in ''Videogame/WitchesLegacy'' used to be Lynn's dog until Elisabeth got her hands on him. Now he sits on the hint button and helps the player with other tasks that Carrie might not otherwise be able to achieve. He even gets his own ADayInTheLimelight when he has to save Carrie, Lynn and Edward in the bonus chapter of ''Hunter and the Hunted''.
* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', the talking bird Bonto is the first character to join you on your adventure, though he doesn't do so when you first meet.
* When playing as Rosalina in ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii'', a yellow Luma floats alongside you, and it typically giggles or gives an excited squeal whenever you do an aerial trick.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' (specifically 3rd edition) gave several character classes some variety of animal companion as a built in feature. And any class might acquire one with proper feat selection. In 4th edition, only the Ranger class retained the option.

* George, the huge-eyed larval bit of monster kibble who can only emit the noise 'Meep,' is Evi's sidekick in ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace''. And eventually [[spoiler: the much more bashful Hulking Shyster joins him in this role.]]
* While Krosp better fits into the SnarkyNonHumanSidekick trope, the Jager trio of Dimo, Maxim, and Oggie from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' fit into this trope, considering they're monstrous constructs who have an almost puppy-like devotion to Agatha to the point that they'll break into dangerous cities to aid her and/or look after anyone she considers an ally or friend.
** And there are the dingbots.
* Molly the Peanut Butter Monster in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.'' Or, for that matter, her pet, [[UglyCute Snookums the Tentacle Bunny.]]
* Blackwing the raven, Vaarsuvius' familiar in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. He only shows up, in V's own words, when Vaarsuvius acknowledges Blackwing's existence. Since V apologized for being such a terrible master and has been treating Blackwing with more respect, he could become a more straight example of this trope in the future.
* Conrad the vampire and the unnamed zombie from ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName''. Conrad's more whiny and the zombie's more stoic, so neither of them are really [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Snarky Non Human Sidekicks]].
** Now there's also Toni [[spoiler:the werewolf]] and Veser [[spoiler:the half-selkie]].
* Bob the Crab serves as the immoral foil to both the GM's workaholic personality, and Denise who is the voice of reason in the Las Vegas Tsunami of [[http://www.thedugs.com The Dugs]].
* Boo and Sushi from ''Webcomic/{{Springiette}}''
* Hugo the rat from ''ComicStrip/CaptnCrazy''.
* ''Webcomic/WickedAwesomeAdventure'' supplies each of the playable characters with one or more live teddyanimals that function as upgradeable sidekicks.
** JET also carries around a real mouse.
* While the main characters of ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' are not humans, but, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin goblins]], Dies Horribly has a non-goblin sidekick: Klik. Maybe K'Seliss and Kin counts, too.
* Mia from ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' has [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=34 Aibo]], her robotic [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=101 guide dog]] and [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=121 guardian]], making it also her AngryGuardDog, but with a manual BerserkButton.
** And occasionally as [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=59 a household appliance]].
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' has both Snuffy the pooch and Chairman Jack the giant sparrow, which the Everyman [[ThePowerOfCreation creates]] or [[RealityWarper uplifts]] to serve as his allies. He also upgrades them to {{cyborg}}s.
* ''Webcomic/TheBlackBrickRoadOfOZ'''s Straw Shawn is a living scarecrow, and he's the first person to join Dorothy's party.
* In ''Webcomic/PennyBlackfeather'', Princess the parrot is credited by the other characters with anything from being a pretty birdie to being the secret mastermind directing the plot. [[spoiler: But, playing with this trope, she's actually an enchanted woman.]]
* ''Webcomic/HeroesOfThantopolis'' Xisea (a cat-spider ghost) and Trickster (an anthropomorphic bird) are Cyrus's best buds in the City of the Dead.

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* The Cheat from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
** Technically, Strong Bad is non-human but The Cheat still counts.
* Dusty from ''WebAnimation/MattNDusty''.
* The Bamblebee.
* Kumo from ''WebAnimation/AcedemySugoiSeiun''.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Evil Balloon towards Dave.
** Sand Snake towards Lisa.
** Chilly towards Autmn.
** Perry towards Snake.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Appa and Momo from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Appa's a giant flying six-legged bison, and Momo's a flying lemur. They're animal companions with just slightly higher than normal intelligence.
** [[http://mimg.ugo.com/201107/3/7/5/203573/korra-with-polar-bear-dog.png Naga the polar bear dog]] and Pabu the Fire Ferret from SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
** In general, every Avatar has at least one animal companion, with whom they share an unbreaking bond. Aside from the aforementioned companions, Aang's predecessor as the Avatar, Roku, had a dragon named Fang.
** In ''The Legend of Korra'', Zuko gained a non-human sidekick in his dragon Druk.
* Snarf from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''.
* Plank from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' and Donkey.
* Rufus, Ron's naked mole rat from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
** And a living DeusExMachina to boot.
* Slimer on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''.
* There is also "Creator/HannaBarbera"'s LOVE of this trope. You couldn't have a Hanna Barbera cartoon at one point in time without a wacky/annoying non-human sidekick. Mr. Cool (Fonz and the Happy Days Gang), Godzooky (Godzilla animated series), Doing (Mork & Mindy cartoon), Sgt. Squealy (Laverne & Shirley in the Army), Dribbles (Harlem Globetrotters) and so on and so forth.
* Faffy and, to a lesser extent, Twinkle the Marvel Horse in ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''.
* Radarr, the blue-monkey creature from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', plays the role of co-pilot and constant companion to Aerrow, the leader of the heroic Storm Hawks.
* Capt. [=HuggyFace=] in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''.
* Every DTV {{Franchise/Barbie}} movie seem to have one.
* Fetch, Loud Kiddington's dog on ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!''
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''. Bandit is the Quests' TeamPet dog. He gets Jonny into trouble as often as he gets him out of trouble.
* Custard in the 2002 ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' series.
* Blip from ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''.
* Brain from ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. [[RightHandCat Mad Cat]] had his moments as well; how often does the EvilGenius tell his pet cat to launch the missiles, anyway?
* The television show ''WesternAnimation/GetEd'' had no less than four examples of these, spread out evenly amongst the protagonists and antagonists. Series BigBad Mr. Bedlam had a computer AI named Kora who tended to function as the system administrator for his evil empire (while also giving snarky comments on the side). Similarly his toaster apparently grew a skinny body to become the robot Crouch who tended to be somewhat less snarky and more of a suck-up but who nonetheless seemed to be the one who helped designed the vehicles for the evil mooks. One the good guys' side the title character wound up acquiring Torch for his flying surf board, a sentient navigational program that helps to keep Ed in the loop as to his surroundings. Perhaps oddest of all is CloudCuckoolander Loogie's sidekick Dr. Pinch, a catfish puppet decked out in a doctor's outfit. While the idea that Loogie suffers from disassociative identity disorder can be used to explain Dr. Pinch's animated nature, this troper can't help but remember the episode where, in order to sneak into Bedlam's firewall protected Virtual Reality World after each one was locked out, the good guys wound up placing the VR interface on Pinch's head (read that, PINCH'S head, not Loogie's) and the puppet was able to enter the virtual world (as a puppet on BEDLAM'S arm no less) with his personality completely present. Even team brain [[TheSmartGuy Fizz]] wasn't able to come up with an explanation for this.
** Also, there was one episode where Dr. Pinch got put on someone else's arm (Was one of the guys, can't remember which) and still had the same personality and voice.
* In two of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' cartoon series from the 70's, there were non-human sidekicks belonging to the "junior" superheroes. First, there was Wonderdog, sidekick to Wendy and Marvin in the original cartoon series. Then there was Gleek the monkey, sidekick to Zan and Jayna, the wonder twins.
* During ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' Wishology trilogy, [[AlienAmongUs Mark]] is actually declared Timmy's sidekick.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' - Zak has three - Komodo the komodo dragon, Fisk the gorilla-cat, and Zon the pteradactyl.
* Liz from the ''Literature/MagicSchoolBus''.
* Zeek to WesternAnimation/{{Fishtronaut}}.
* Jake the dog from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* The eponymous ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends''. Vendetta's sidekick is a giant hamster named Grudge.
** Also, one episode in the webseries, she had replaced grudge with another in-human sidekick, named Rubella.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' (who isn't human, but if [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] can be listed here, he can too) has his RobotBuddy GIR, and gains another - just before the series was cancelled - in Minimoose.
* All three of Seth [=MacFarlane=]'s animated series (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy, WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'') feature a NonHumanSidekick, who is also a SnarkyNonHumanSidekick most of the time. ''Family Guy'' has Brian, Peter's talking dog and best friend. ''American Dad'' has both Roger the alien and Klaus a goldfish with the brain of a German spy. And in ''The Cleveland Show,'' Cleveland's best friend is a bear.
* ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder'': Blue Falcon had Dynomutt.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Fry has Bender; Zapp has Kif; Farnsworth has Zoidberg.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Mr. Garrison has Mr. Hat/Mr. Twig.
** Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo.
** Towelie.
** Music/JenniferLopez[=/=]Mitch Conner (Cartman's hand puppet in "Fat Butt & Pancake Head").
** K-10, who, thanks to time distortions, later became KIT-9 and COCKA-3.
* Bronx in the animated series WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} is a aversion to this trope according to WordOfGod, being unable to speak and rarely showing any emotion or intellectual understanding. Within the show, it is eventually revealed that Bronx behaves no differently than any {{muggle}} of his species. Fans generally agree, and don't like the suggestion of Bronx as a 'sidekick' in the sense of this trope.
* Spike is this for Twilight Sparkle in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Angel ''might'' count as this for Fluttershy as well, as he seems worlds more intelligent than most of the other animals.
* Peg has her feline pal Cat in their show ''WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat''.
* Djali in ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameBurbankAnimation'', of course. Also, Clopin has a green parrot.
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'': Kisa (a panther) and Zuffy (a zuffoid) are the respective Non-Human Sidekicks of Jedda and Kshin.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Lion, Steven's...well, [[ADogNamedDog lion]]. Doubles as a {{Familiar}}.
* Shows up in Filmation's ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''. In order, we have:
** [[LadyOfWar She-Ra]] had the winged unicorn Swiftwind, which by extension meant [[SecretIdentity Adora]] had Spirit.
** White witch [[IneptMage Madame Razz]] had her sentient broom... Broom.
** [[FauxActionGirl Bow]] had [[DeadpanSnarker Kowl]].
** [[EvilOverlord Hordak]] even had a sidekick of his own in the form of [[TheImp Imp]].
** [[MadScientist Modulok]] tried to create his own. The first time failed thanks to his subject escaping, but the second resulted in his permanent sidekick, the robot Multi-Bot.
* Even if not Japanese, MagicalGirl type heroes must have cute critters as sidekicks and guides. In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug,'' Ladybug and others like her have small critters called 'kwamis' that give them their powers by merging with the TransformationTrinket.
* The {{WesternAnimation/WITCH}} team's sidekick is a 'passling' called Blunk who has the natural ability to find portals.
* Beatrice the [[TalkingAnimal talking bird]] in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' is this to Wirt and Greg.