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The default mascot of TheTeam and usually the most outlandish of the bunch. Can be a robot, magic animal, or in a more realistic setting, a [[TagalongKid little]] [[TokenMiniMoe girl]] much younger than everyone else. Often a SmallAnnoyingCreature.

Most of the time, the Team Pet is comic relief. For obvious reasons their mere presence can [[{{Narm}} ruin a dramatic scene]] most of the time. More seriously, their motivations for fighting may seem kinda vague, especially when they are {{Optional Party Member}}s. You wish more of them were.

If the Team Pet is an otherworldly being, it may end up as an AmusingAlien. It may also be a PetMonstrosity. In some cases of this, the TeamPet is a unique, "tame," example of a type of creature which the heroes usually fight.

{{Team Pet}}s do have their other uses, however. We hear lots of stories of dogs pulling people from burning buildings or otherwise saving their lives, for example. Also, the Team Pet can go get help if its master (or someone else on the team) [[TimmyInAWell gets in trouble]]. And a Team Pet can act as an adorable scene partner for a heartfelt SurrogateSoliloquy. It can be a SealedEvilInATeddybear if it is a NotSoHarmlessVillain once its RestrainingBolt is loosened.

GratuitousAnimalSidekick is a special category of this, often used in an AnimatedAdaptation of a live-action show. See also ABoyAndHisX, IntellectualAnimal, NearlyNormalAnimal, TalkingAnimal, and TimmyInAWell.

TagalongKid is the human equivalent to this, RobotBuddy the artificial version.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Iggy the Boston Terrier from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Played straight for the first few seconds of his introduction as he jumps on Polnareff and chews his hair, then subverted when he's shown to be just as strong as the rest of the human members of the group.
* ''Manga/AoNoFuuin'' has [[{{Unicorn}} Ou]] eventually join the protagonists, out of curiosity regarding Soko. He's not a very humorous example, more serving as an information base on Oni lore, though his ability of shaking [[RapunzelHair his mane]] to end up looking like a shaggy dog can lead to some hilarious expressions.
* In early episodes of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Pikachu, when not in battle, was usually found doing something goofy while the human characters were dealing with the situation. This was later dropped with both his and Ash's maturity.
** As the series went on, other Pokémon took the role of Team Pet from Pikachu, usually the weakest Pokémon of the female member of the party. Thus, Pikachu was succeeded by [[TheScrappy Togepi,]] [[TheDitz Torchic]], [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Aipom]], [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Piplup]], [[CuteBruiser Happiny]]. [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Axew]], and finally [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Dedenne]]. The Sun and Moon season mixes it up a little, with all of Ash's classmates having their own non-battling "pet" Pokémon.
* Menchi/Mince is Excel and Hyatt's Team Pet (and [[EatTheDog emergency food supply]]) in ''Manga/ExcelSaga''. She knows this, and always fears for her life when her rescuer/master gets those "hungry eyes".
* Kameo in ''Anime/GunXSword'' is Wendy's pet pink turtle, and can usually be found at the end of a chain around Wendy's neck. How it was attached to his shell is never revealed. Van doesn't like him very much.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has a Team Pet for the entire franchise in Haro, the little spherical robot, who, in the original series, was created by Amuro Ray. Usually a non-combatant, although in some SD Gundam games, a Haro tends to be included as a LethalJokeCharacter.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', there at least '''three'' distinct Haros:
*** An Orange Haro which co-pilots the Dynames, and by extension Cherudim;
*** A Blue Haro, which joins the orange one in co-piloting the Zabanya in [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer the movie]] (Thus earning the moniker ''"[[FanNickname Dual Core Haro]]"'');
*** And Red Haro (the next-most-"important" of the Haros after Orange Haro), which gets a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when [[spoiler:it stows away on 0-Raiser, bounces around to beat on the Innovator who stole it, and then takes control to dock with 00. [[DidntSeeThatComing Admit it, NOBODY saw that coming.]]]]
* Boota is this for ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
* Subverted and played straight in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Characters often mistakenly assume this is Chopper's role in the crew, and as a result he got a bounty of a measly 50 [[GlobalCurrency Berries]], when his fellow cremates are all in the tens or hundreds of ''millions''. He is in fact TheMedic, and a perfectly capable fighter in his own right. A straighter example is the whale Laboon, who was Team Pet of the Rumbar Pirates.
** Bepo also only has a measly bounty of 500 Berries, since the World Government assumes him to be the pet of the crew.
** And apparently, in the recent chapters, Luffy managed to tame '''a Kraken'''.
* Sadaharu from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. He is used for poop gags a lot. Also, the yorozuya combined their... powers... to become Sei-chan, the short-lived mascot of the Shinsengumi.
* Timcanpy from ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* Xiao Mei from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', at least for the little Scar party. And Black Hayate for the Mustang people.
* [[TalkingAnimal Happy]], a flying cat from ''Manga/FairyTail'' fits better as TheSmartGuy, so [[SummonMagic Plue]] fits better as Team Pet.
* Kirara from Manga/{{Inuyasha}}, a two-tailed kitten {{youkai}} who can transform into a giant saber-tooth cat when needed.
* Pandaikon from ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers''.
* Cerberus from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Although he's not cute and is primarily interested in savaging and eating the Devil Bats. There's also Butaberus, and the little Devil Bat, the actual team mascot, who doesn't physically appear in the story but handles meta explanations, omake and reader questions. There's also Baby Devil Bat, which is just a smaller, student-like version of the Devil Bat.
** WordOfGod reminds us that Cerberus is not a pet. He's a normal person who happens to be a dog. He likes to go for walks, he has his own house, and the only reason he follows Hiruma is because it's an easy way to get food.
* Karen in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Unlike many other examples, she's not primarily comic relief. Any humor value is derived from the fact a large crocodile is being carried around in someone's backpack. [[spoiler:She's also the key part of the link between Jim and Judai, leading Jim to end up sacrificing himself in an attempt to free Judai from Haou. Fittingly, Karen goes down with him.]]
** Pharaoh, the cat belongs to Daitokuji-sensei, the headmaster of the Osiris Red dorm.
* Mint in ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada''. Aisha also seems to fill this role after her introduction in episode 10.
* Subverted in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', with Mokona, who is treated as nothing more than a useful Team Pet up until [[spoiler:the end, where it's revealed that he's actually the creator of both Cephiro and Earth.]]
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has Shigure's pet mouse Tochumaru. It happens to be a competent martial artist.
* Shiina in the ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' TV series is both Miyu's talking pet of sorts and a Shinma with a ''very'' powerful eyesight.
* Ein the Welsh corgi from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. He mostly serves as a vehicle for [[AnimalReactionShot Animal Reaction Shots]], though he does get one notable chance to help the team out near the end of the series.
* Arthur the cat is probably this for the student council in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. He's used mostly for {{Running Gag}}s (his tendency to bite Suzaku at every opportunity, his tendency to incite mad chases through the school by stealing important items), but he actually does arguably save Suzaku's life near the end of the first season, when he distracts Black Knight Tamaki, who has Suzaku at gunpoint, by attacking his face.
* [[CatGirl Blair the cat]] from ''Manga/SoulEater'', who has the distinctly unique honor of being the TeamPet ''and'' MsFanservice at the same time.
-->'''Soul:''' Anyone want the sexy kitty? She's free.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gives us Chamo, the talking [[WeaselMascot ermine]]. He's also a bit of a [[MentorMascot mentor]], though.
* Shuko, the 1121st owl mascot in ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky''.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has V-8 (Asuka's pet dog) to the Sugo Asurada team. In ''ZERO'', she gives birth to puppies and in the final episode, those puppies have grown up.
* Ryo-Ohki from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' certainly belongs here, when she's not a CoolStarship.
* Akamaru from {{Naruto}} serves as the team pet for his team. The demonic Statue of the Outer Path serves this for Akatsuki with the Deva Path of Pain due to Nagato treating the Deva Path as a friend, while the statue is vessel of the ten-tails serves to absorb the tailed beasts to revive the Ten-Tails.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' has Friedrich, Caro's baby dragon who could take a more adult form during battle.
* ''Manga/HanaKimi'' has Yūjirō.
* Printemps, Jeudi's pet cockatoo in ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose''. [[spoiler:And he actually does something useful at one point, when he attacks Mathilda during breakfast [[EvilDetectingDog because he saw Mathilda]] trying to poison Jeudi with the tea]]. He also has important clues [[spoiler:regarding [the Alpen Rose song.]]
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' had Mao, a Contractor who had the ability to switch bodies. He lost his human body during an explosion and previously resided in the body of a black cat in the first season before regaining consciousness in the second season and found himself occupying Suou's pet momonga, a flying squirrel. Unlike most Team Pets, Mao (when he was in his cat form) was a useful part of the Syndicate through espionage and diversions. However, when he switches his consciousness to a squirrel, his ability to provide assistance is severely hampered by his small size, demonstrated when an enemy contractor (and a PsychoForHire) incapacitated him by grabbing his tail and taping him to his car.
* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' has Tetsuya #2, a dog. It was adopted by the Seirin High Basketball Club, and named after the main character, Kuroko Tetsuya, for their identical eyes, [[TheStoic and expression, or lack thereof]].
* Pitz, [[TheChick Hana's]] squirrel-like companion from ''Anime/CaptainEarth''.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', Poyo is this for the good guys, while Biam is this for the bad guys.
* Tao's parrot, Kokapetl, is the Team Pet in ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold''.
* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', Alicia's [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation Warp Relic]], Falarion, is a [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Small Annoying Dragon]] that is mostly there to look cute and bite things on occasion [[spoiler:[[FridgeHorror until the reveal that her missing father's soul is sealed inside it.]]]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool,'' [[EnsembleDarkhorse Bob]], Agent of HYDRA, is either Deadpool's Team Pet, best friend, or hostage. No-one is really clear on this, not even Bob or Deadpool. Since Bob's attitude towards Deadpool seems to have moved from fearful to appreciative (if not outright adoring in some places), the last one seems to be discounted. And since his reappearance in ''Deadpool'' has him being quite happy to see the merc with a mouth, it's definitely not hostage anymore. The clearest indication that Bob might no longer be considered a hostage is really that he and Deadpool don't appear to have seen each other in some time. During ''Cable & Deadpool'', Bob seems quite happy at Agency X, running around on adventures with Deadpool and referring to his capture as a liberation when all the while Deadpool has been trying to get HYDRA to pay a ransom for him (the mention of which doesn't faze Bob in the slightest, suggesting that he realizes that he's still ostensibly being held hostage). To be fair, Deadpool has never been au fait on the distinction between "friendship" and "Stockholm Syndrome". See Weasel, Blind Al, etc.
* ComicBook/XMen have Lockheed, when ComicBook/KittyPryde is on the team, most of the time. Lockheed isn't harmless, though -- when roused to fighting fury, he's single-handedly routed Brood hunter packs and utterly annihilated an entire squad of alien Sidri hunters. Both have given respectable fights to experienced X-Men. He can also speak [[spoiler:and has actually been spying on the X-Men, albeit benevolently, for quite some time]].
* ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers have ComicBook/SquirrelGirl as their Team Pet, being the youngest, goofiest and least experienced member who [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway has a tail and talks to squirrels]]. But if you want to get technical, it's really Squirrel Girl's sidekick [[strike:Monkey Joe]] Tippy-Toe, who's a full member of the group, despite being a squirrel. Yes, that kind of [[http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel squirrel.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}'' has Katten Jansson and Husmusen, a cat and a mouse who really belong to the main character's grandmother but often sneak along on adventures. Some FurryConfusion is involved here, as the cast of the comic are {{Funny Animal}}s, but Katten Jansson and Husmusen (as well as other pets and wild animals) are portrayed more like {{Talking Animal}}s who only talk among themselves. Katten Jansson and Husmusen are also usually ThoseTwoGuys when they do not star in the story.
* Back in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} both got a GratuitousAnimalSidekick, ComicBook/KryptoTheSuperdog and Ace the Bat-Hound respectively... who ended up as part of the "Legion of Super-Pets". Both were [[RetCon retconned]] out eventually for the obvious reasons, but Krypto has later returned, and so has Ace -- in the 90s run as a seeing eye dog Batman inherits from a blind Native American medicine man, and in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Krypto's actually a subversion of sorts as he has all the powers of Superman but little of the human restraint, making him a very dangerous combatant who can fight Superman's foes on even ground.
** Batman gets a Great Dane puppy in The ComicBook/{{New 52}} version of Batman and Robin named [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus Titus]].
* Glomulus the Cleaner Slug for the [[GreenLantern Orange Lantern Corps]].
* Vincent Van Goat (codenamed HAEDUS) from ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'' went from a one-shot gag character to an EnsembleDarkHorse.
* Bob the Insecticon is the Autobots' team pet in IDW's ''[[Comicbook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers Ongoing]]'' comics. Unlike most examples he's actually able to fight and at one point he takes on Ravage and ''wins''.
* Ravage himself gets treated as the team pet by [[NaiveNewcomer Nautica]] in ''Comicbook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''. She comes from a colony that doesn't have any beast-forms and therefore doesn't realize that he's fully sentient. Since she's a CuddleBug and he HatesBeingTouched, HilarityEnsues.
* Algy the dog, in ''ComicBook/ReidFlemingWorldsToughestMilkman''. He lives at the dairy, and all the milkman get upset if Mr. Crabbe doesn't include him in roll call, which Crabbe finds infuriating.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Waspinator on the Decepticon team in ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-fiction/828948-transformers-meta.html Transformers Meta.]]''
* Gull the Chocobo in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire is this to Clan Gully.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster'' has a tiger and an eagle at his command, but he also has his iconic ferrets, Kodo and Podo.
* In ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'', Bubo the mechanical owl regularly acted goofy, including flying into things and making crash-landings. However, it also led Perseus to the Stygian Witches, grabbed the Witches' Eye for him, single-handedly freed Pegasus from captivity in Calibos' camp, distracted the Kraken long enough for Perseus to arrive, and carried the bag containing Medusa's head to Perseus, allowing him to petrify the Kraken and save the day.
* ''Film/DarkStar'': Pinback thought the ship needed a mascot. [[KillerRabbit Pinback was wrong]].
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the Australian father-son pilots of Striker Eureka have an adorable English bulldog named Max. He's well loved by almost everyone in the Shatterdome, absolutely adored by [[KnightInSourArmor Chuck]], and serves as the official mascot of Striker Eureka. A decal of Max with a bomb in his mouth can be found on the uniforms of Striker's tech team, the Hansens' drive suits, and the Jaeger itself.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': R2-D2 could be considered a Team Pet. An especially useful Team Pet, though. The sequel films give us BB-8.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Buttercup to Prim, especially during the rebellion.

* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', one of the protagonists, Jake Chambers, has a pet billy-bumbler named "Oy".
** Related to that continuity, Kojak probably counts in ''Literature/TheStand''. Glen found him, then he was with Glen and Stu until they had to leave him. Later, he makes it to Boulder, goes with the final four to face Flagg, and ends up helping Stu by bringing food until Tom arrives.
* Creator/RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'':
** Festus.
** Hannibal the elephant for Camp Jupiter as a whole.
* In ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'', though the walruses are described as a nuisance, they've become one of the series' most recognizable assets, and are half celebrated by the ravine. Umberto in particular is associated with Valknut team, and even the fandom and official blog of the books is called "The Walrus Squad."
* Literature/TheFamousFive have a dog, Timmy.
* Subverted at least twice in the Literature/{{Discworld}} series, once with the Luggage (an AmusingAlien which actually ''hates'' its companions and every other life form, aside from its owner [[spoiler: and an occasional LoveInterest]]), and again with Quoth the Raven and the Death of Rats, who tend to constitute a Tag-Team Pet between the pair of them.
* ''Villainous'' example: Nagini from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the giant snake who is almost always in the company of her master, [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]], and his Death Eaters. Nagini is, however, very dangerous in her own right (being, after all, a huge and very venomous snake), and [[spoiler: she's also a living SoulJar for Voldemort]].
** For the good guys, Hedwig the owl (and to a lesser extent Hermione's cat Crookshanks) are more ordinary examples.
* ''{{Literature/Malevil}}'' has Craa, a raven spotted raiding the castle's wheat fields. Though a pest, they name and feed him as he's the only wild animal they've seen since WorldWarIII.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: Specifically Ritchie is Kalak's pet but he's mostly there for comic relief.
* Desra the mouse in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' could be considered this. She doesn't really ''do'' much, except hide in Mediochre's coat and occasionally [[spoiler: serve as a ChekhovsGun for her CrazyPrepared master]].
* Literature/DestinedToLead Onta, the onti. She often helps Gaorun as a hunting aid, but her main purpose seems to simply exist, hiss and be cute. At times.
* ''Literature/TheUltraViolets'' have Darth Odor, a genetically modified, purple skunk.
* In ''Literature/TheWitling'', Prince Pelio's pet watchbear Samadhom fills this role once they set off on their journey to the remote island. He becomes even more significant when the three [[{{Muggle}} witlings]] are stuck with only one Talented Azhiri to help them--and he's a DefiantCaptive who will kill them all at the first opportunity, since they're helpless against his PsychicPowers. Enter Samadhom, who uses his own PsychicPowers to protect the witlings.
* This is how Rutti sees the fundamentalist Christian he 'adopts' in ''Literature/TheGiddyDeathOfTheGaysAndTheStrangeDemiseOfStraights''.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Prim's cat Buttercup, especially during the rebellion.
* Mabob (short for "Thingamabob"), the alien "bird", in the later chapters of ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}''.
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' quartet, the four main characters had their dog Little Bear, which they rescued as a stray puppy in the first book from a couple of boys that were tormenting it. In the later sequel book, ''The Will of the Empress'', Little Bear has been left with a new student for company, so Chime, the living glass dragon that belongs to Tris, fills the role as Team Pet for the four.
* Bo brings her dog Utah along with her in ''Literature/{{Run}}'' when she and Agnes run away, not wanting to have to leave him with her drug-dealing mother.
* Creator/AndreNorton has the obligatory ship's cat InSpace in her novels about the ''Literature/SolarQueen''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Franchise/SuperSentai has a few of these, most notably IC the cyborg dog from ''Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman'' who [[spoiler:dies by using himself as a power circuit for the HumongousMecha, but gives the team one final TearJerker message]].
** An equally notable one is [=DaiGoyo=] from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''. Made from a paper lamp, he is a sentient LargeHam that can not only shoot disks (for training or attacking) but can grow to mecha-size and fight alongside the Origamis in battle.
* Classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' had K-9.
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': Clyde the tortoise. Also a good paperweight.
* ''Series/HumanTarget'' has Carmine the Rottweiler.
* ''Series/ImaginationMovers'' has Warehouse Mouse, a TeamPet that gets actual plot within the show.
* ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' had 790 the robot head (and briefly, Squish the cluster lizard).
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has Vincent, the clever Labrador who tends to lead the characters into trouble.
* In ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' we get Rex, a Coelurosauravus (sorta of a prehistoric gliding lizard) from the Permian anomaly. He doesn't serve much purpose, except to hang out and look cute, possibly to counter all of the NightmareFuel.
** In the later seasons we also meet Sid and Nancy, a pair of mischievous Diictodon (think reptilian gopher with beak and tusks) who were kept by Connor after their home anomaly closed. Despite being less important as characters, they seem to serve more purpose, as in one episode Sid escapes into the ARC and becomes trapped in a lab containing the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Future Fungus]], leading Connor to have to retrieve him and nearly freezing to death in the proces.
* ''Series/TopGear'' Dog, a Labradoodle bitch belonging to Richard Hammond who occasionally features on the show. Since she throws up whenever she gets in a car (which they discovered after [[HilarityEnsues taking her on a caravan holiday]]) her job is mainly to get in the way and sleep on the studio floor.
** [[FunnyBackgroundEvent And to not help herd sheep.]]
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has Myfanwy the pterodactyl.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Team Machine has the Belgian Malinois military attack dog Bear.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had the Chick and the Duck. Though aside from Joey and Chandler, [[HomoeroticSubtext who treat the birds like their own children]], no one else in the group is particularly fond of them.
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'':
** ''Series/UltramanDyna'' has Hanejiro, a small furry alien that Super GUTS first encounters when on a mission to an alien planet.
** Coco from ''Series/UltramanMax'' is a RobotBuddy that speaks in beeps and whistles. It's almost always accompanying DASH's more full-fledged robot member, [[RobotGirl Elly]].
** ''Series/UltramanMebius'' has Rimu Eleking, a {{chibi}} version of the iconic Ultra Monster Eleking that appears from time to time due to a problem in GUYS' [[{{Mons}} Maquette Monster]] creator.
* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': Cat, the kitten taken in by the household.

* Music/{{Snot}} had Dobbs, who appeared on the band's only completed studio album, ''Get Some''. Sadly, Dobbs, along with his owner, Lynn Strait, the vocalist for the band, died in a car crash in 1998.
* Music/{{Sublime}} had Louie Dog, the beloved Dalmatian of the late Bradley Nowell, who frequently joined the band on stage.
* In Phase One, ''{{Music/Gorillaz}}'' had [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Mix Monkey]] on turntable.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [=ChuChu=] in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. There's a scene late in the game where your party gets captured by [[spoiler:Krelian]] and used as bait to draw Elly out. The BigBad has the party's [[HumongousMecha Gears]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic crucified in a field]], which is meant to be somber and reflect on their possible fate. But if you have [=ChuChu=] in your party, that giant plush toy will be up there with the crucified giant robots, turning "Chu-Chu died for your sins!" into a [[MemeticMutation meme]] among Xenogears fans.
* MOMO in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''.
* Riki in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. He's also the party's [[VideogameStealing thief]] and at times the TeamDad.
* Mog, and to a lesser extent Relm, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' (although the team has an actual pet in Interceptor, Shadow's canine partner).
* Cait Sith in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' (Fits more than one stereotype, as the character is actually a robot cat [[TheMole working for the bad guys]].)
* Sazh's Chocobo chick in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.
* SwissArmyWeapon Jack in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''.
* Meemai in the first ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' game isn't a party member -- she's a little seal-like creature that rides in the neck of Xelha's shirt. And is used in several of her super moves.
** [[spoiler:And happens to be the mind of the fragmented Whale, ancient god of the Lost Ocean]]
* Boo in both the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' games was something of a pet if Minsc was in your group, though he was little more than an annoyance to many players as he took up a valuable quick item slot.
** In ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'', a hamster is named Boo in honour of Minsc's pet.
* Team Pets are common in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'': Quickie, Meredy's pet, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''; Noishe, Lloyd's Arshis companion, and Corrine, Sheena's manmade Summon Spirit, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''; Zapie, Claire's pet, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth''; Giet, Moses's pet Galf, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' (the Oresoren may also count somewhat); and Mieu, a young cheagle, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''.
* Repede in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is... a dog. That fights with a knife, but still a dog. Gameplay-wise he's a FragileSpeedster.
* Teepo in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''. He's a living doll who [[TokenMiniMoe Elize]] views as her best friend, and assists her in battle by attacking enemies or boosting her magic ability. He sometimes greets people by biting their faces (Except for Milla, for whom he chooses to invoke [[MarshmallowHell something else]]), and just does it for the heck of it, as well. [[spoiler: However, he actually has no personality of his own, and is simply voicing Elize's thoughts.]]
** Ludger's cat, Rollo, takes over this role to a degree in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2''. When he meets Teepo, they get a skit relating to this fact.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', the first party member you can recruit in the game is Poshul, a pink, [[TastesLikeDiabetes unnervingly cutesy]] [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]].
-->'''Poshul:''' Me will use my Pretty-Miracle-Power-X! Me will do it, Thergiepoo!
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** Koromaru from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': A highly intelligent dog (based on UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}}) who can summon the spirit of Cerberus to strike your foes with fire and darkness. And invoke hilariousness when he refuses to eat Yukari's cooking. He's also the one who [[spoiler: saves the team when Ikutsuki tries to force Aegis to kill them.]]
** From ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', there's Teddie, a life-sized ''teddy bear'' from the TV World who serves as your initial guide before joining your party for real. [[spoiler:He later takes a ''human'' form when in the real world, and a ''{{Bishonen}}'' at that]]. The shrine fox is a downplayed example; it's not part of the Investigation Team, but it does follow them into the TV World in order to sell them healing leaves.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' continues the trend with [[GenderBlenderName Morgana]], a talking cat who takes on a cartoony appearance in the world of the Palace, but looks like a [[OccultBlueEyes mostly]] normal feline in the real world. Between his Persona powers, knowledge of the Palace, and ability to transform into a van, he proves to be an essential part of the team.
* Cupil from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' fills this role, but doubles as Fina's weapon. To a lesser extent, the "Jester" Pow, who's Vyse's [[strike:dog]] [[CallARabbitASmeerp huskra]].
* Hans in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', a (vestigially) winged pig. Exists mostly to look [[EvenTheDogIsAshamed embarrassed]] when the protagonist flubs romantic moments in cut scenes.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'' gives us Muppy, a '''slug-like alien''' floating in a pot-shaped [=UFO=]. [[OnlySaneMan No one except Nikki]] can see that he was actually an ''alien invader''. TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheRival thinks he's ''handicapped'', and the principal who admitted him to the school? ''Transfer student'' from "Waii'ha". Everyone else? [[HilarityEnsues Hoo-boy...]]
** And, apart from being the McGuffin at the end of one chapter, he doesn't have any impact on the story at all. And, the best that the main character can get out of his RelationshipValues with Muppy? ''A pinky swear''. No, really.
* Similarly to R2-D2 in the movie example, T3-M4 from ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is essentially a very useful team pet.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a Mabari Hound that the player names themselves. All the characters that join you like the dog, even the less pleasant characters like Morrigan, Sten or [[spoiler:Loghain]].
** OTOH, Oghren seems to dislike him (becomes more obvious when he's drunk). Alistair, of all people, also has a knack for pissing off Dog. Getting too close to his food, teasing him about eating human flesh, etc. At one point, the Grey Warden can remind him that Dog is a ''warhound'' and not a puppy to be teased. The "dialogue" Alistair has with Dog also doesn't seem terribly friendly either.
*** Oghren's just annoyed that Dog doesn't agree that his wearing a saddle and serving as Oghren's personal cavalry mount is a good idea.
** The ''entire'' Mabari breed are the TeamPet of Ferelden. ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' reveals that other nations refer to Fereldans as "''The Dog-Lords''".
* Nall and Ruby of the ''Franchise/{{Lunar}}'' series. They both look like adorable winged kittens, but are [[OurDragonsAreDifferent actually baby dragons]].
* Ricky [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the monkey]] from ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', one of the party members is the main character's dog, [[LoyalAnimalCompanion Boney]], who is also the only character besides main character Lucas to appear in every chapter.
** Used to a lesser extent in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', where Ness's dog King and a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gum-chewing monkey]] both join your party for parts of the game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'''s [[DubNameChange Borongo/Saber]] is a sabrecat served as TheHero and Bianca's TeamPet. Though in the later of the game, Borongo has no more importance to the plot, and you can develop your own army of monster TeamPet.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' has Munchie, TheHero's rat pet that is very smart. It can be used to clear curtain puzzles in a dungeon. [[spoiler: It turns out very latter that Munchie is TheHero's ancestor in disguise.]]
* Pochi, the family's pet monster from ''VideoGame/LegacyOfTheWizard''.
* ''VideoGame/JetForceGemini'' has Lupus, an alien dog-like creature who has jet thrusters on his paws, which he uses to hover, and a gun turret on his back that [[{{RuleOfCool}} is replaced with the weapon the player selects somehow.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/LearningVoyage'' games, there's a purple alien named Blip who accompanies the Discovercraft Crew on their adventures. He says nothing, simply flying around, pointing things out, and occasionally face-palming at a bad joke.
* Myau from the first ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' game is a Musk Cat, a race of intelligent feline creatures capable of human speech. He can also cast healing and buffing techniques, making him a great asset in Alis' quest to defeat Lassic.
* In VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain, Snake and the Diamond Dogs have DD, a wolf-like dog that the player can take on missions and can be very useful especially with later upgrades.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in the hiatused webcomic ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' by the character Dragobo, a portmaneau character based on a dragon and a chocobo.
* Parodied in ''[[http://thosedestined.pensandtales.com Those Destined,]]'' where the Team Pet is also the party thief. Another adventurers party was less lucky, and their Team Pet is a SmallAnnoyingCreature.
* The [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20040528.html May 28, 2004 strip]] of ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' sees Virus bring a [[SonicTheHedgehog Chao]] to the team, [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] its role in the process, which is soon followed with a [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20040611.html discussion on what to name it.]] Seven strips after its introduction, it meets a demon, [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20040716.html undergoes a radical transformation,]] and becomes a bite-sized killing machine. In [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20040723.html the following strip]], it is christened "Blasphemy."
* A puppy named Pavlov in Webcomic/DrFrost is this to the psychologists in the counseling center at Yonggang University.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the non-human members of the main cast (Bun-Bun, Kiki, and Aylee) tend to fill this role, each in varying degrees (though not so much Aylee now that she's taken a mostly human form).
** Bun-Bun is actually a parody of this trope as he was specifically bought by Torg so the strip could have a cute animal...said cute animal is a murderous criminal that can take care of himself and seemingly only hangs around Torg for free food and lodging and whom orginially Torg wanted dead and/or gone (although it IS later revealed he has grown to actually really care about the main cast much later in the strip and fairly early on Torg was shown to clearly miss Bun-Bun when he was AWOL for a while). Kiki on the other hand plays this trope very straight.
* Davan's hairless, amorphous cat Choo-Choo Bear in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', odd for an otherwise (usually) non-fantastic LifeEmbellished {{webcomic}}. Sometimes seen seeping out of box, popping out of a toaster or acting as Davan's scarf or somesuch.
* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' has Chookie, some sort of {{Smurfing}} pink thing. Karn has a... [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0140.html violent reaction]] during their first encounter, but he's shown to be part of the party later anyway.
* Snookums the tentacle bunny in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', although he's mainly Molly's pet. It's notable that Molly herself started out as Bob's pet, before she turned out to be sentient and grew to human size.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Mr. Scruffy the cat becomes the Team Pet once adopted by Belkar.
** Blackwing, Vaarsuvius' raven {{familiar}}, occupied the role before, but he's more of an IntellectualAnimal, and now a full character in his own right.
* ''Webcomic/FontesRants'': Tanooki.
* In [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1037 this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' GuestStrip, Jeremy, the [[PetMonstrosity cat with hedgehog spines]], seems to fulfill this role.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', Boo is a whimsical, curious ghost inhabiting a {{Magitek}} spider pymaric. Sette and Duane's company teaches it quite a few new tricks and coaxes out some [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch10/ch10_122.html pretty impressive]] hidden depths.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In that universe, cats are used as defense tool against PlagueZombie monsters, but the crew initially didn't have one due to CuttingCorners from MissionControl (unless one counts the scout that acts a lot like one). They eventually adopt a feral kitten during the mission, which means that it can only do the basics compared to a properly trained adult and spends the rest of the time being a CuteKitten.
* You'd think Krosp the [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted cat]] from Webcomic/GirlGenius would be one of these, but he's really more of a character in his own right. The tiny robot Agatha built early on in the comic's run, Dingbot Prime, fits the mold better.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Tennyo's stuffed cabbit, which is animated anytime Generator wants. ItMakesSenseInContext. While cute and silly and usually played for laughs, the cabbit can alert Generator instanteously, and in "Christmas Crisis" demonstrated that it can be ''horrifically'' effective.
* In the Flash web browser game Epic Battle Fantasy your team has [[MeaningfulName Nolegs]] the Cat, who occasionall gives a random team member a random item. Sadly, Nolegs fits into the worthless pet category as it is rarely the item you need nor the team member who needs it.
* Joe the Cat was this to Creator/RoosterTeeth.
** Speaking of Rooster Teeth, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skrzWncSQBI Zwei]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is this for our titular heroines. [[spoiler:He's also pretty handy as a flaming projectile]].
* ''Podcast/FalloutIsDragons'' has Craggy the baby Cragodile, who mostly chews on things.
* Fussy Britches to the WebOriginal/D20Live 2014 campaign (and subsequently D20 Live in general).
* Tucker's alien baby 'Junior' briefly serves as this for Blue Team in Season 5 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
* ''WebVideo/PlayStationAccess'': Delsin Rodent is a badger puppet, who doesn't talk other than whispering in Rob's ear.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Snarf from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' is pretty well the epitome of this trope. Utterly useless in a fight except against the weakest of minions, and tends to serve as weak comedy relief. Subverted only slightly in that Snarf is actually the nanny for Lion-O before he wakes up all growed-up on Third Earth. Occasionally subverted -- but those occasions also meant that Cats who should have ''known better'' [[IdiotBall didn't.]]
* Both ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' have Silkie, the mutant silkworm.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' Snarf is much more explicitly a ''pet'': Though possessing AmplifiedAnimalAptitude, Snarf cannot speak, and instead serves as an EmpathyPet and TheConfidant for Lion-O's many {{Surrogate Soliloquy}}s. Also an EvilDetectingDog... not that KidHero Lion-O pays enough attention when Snarf tries to serve in that capacity.
* Momo in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a flying [[MixAndMatchCritters bat-like lemur]]. In contrast, Appa is a 10-ton flying bison who has been subject to serious [[ADayInTheLimelight personalized stories]] and has a strong century-long bond with the titular character, making him more of a life-long companion than a Team Pet. Momo's presence or [[ShooOutTheClowns absence]] is a firm indicator to how light-hearted and whimsical or serious and edgy the current story is. Co-creator Bryan Konietzko has admitted that he based him on his childhood cat Buddy.
* In the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the two team pets tradition continues with Pabu, the fire ferret (red panda/ferret hybrid) and Korra's polarbear-dog, Naga. Naga can't fly, but she's at least as dangerous in combat as Appa was.
* Radarr is just another element of the ClicheStorm that is ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''. Pun unintended.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', where the main characters are robots, and the team pet is usually a human.
** Spike and Daniel are the most blatant examples. Apparently, this trope is genetic.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Sari is a debatable example for her first two seasons, [[spoiler: then gets upgraded to SixthRanger after her RoboticReveal]].
** In ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'', Cab's parrot and armadillo are definite examples.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', most of the team gets their own ''individual'' pet. Bulkhead has Miko, Arcee has Jack, and Bumblebee has Rafael, and Optimus has a feral-cat-that-you-sometimes-leave-food-outside-for relationship with Agent Fowler. When Wheeljack arrives, Miko comments that "he'll need his own [pet] human".
* Faffy from ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' is a spoof of these type of creatures.
** To a lesser extent, Twinkle The Marvel Horse.
* Elvis from ''WesternAnimation/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKids'', whose major plot purpose is to cause Mr. Socrates to sneeze.
* Uni the baby unicorn from the ''[[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' cartoon.
* Lily and Sparkles from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle''.
* It would really be a disservice to call Franchise/{{Godzilla}} a team pet in ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries''; the crew prefer "TheBigGuy". They have [[RobotBuddy N.I.G.E.L]] for that.
** The earlier ''WesternANimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'', on the other hand, had Godzooky.
* Slimer in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' and ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters''. Also in ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', but since it's based purely on the film continuity, ''there'' he's an incorrigible mischievous glutton who has to be kept in a terrarium so he won't wreak comedic and comparatively harmless havoc -- one of the first major tasks in the game is to recapture him after he escapes.
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo is an example with the slight twist that he's also the protagonist.
* Rufus the naked mole rat in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Kiwi, Odd's pet dog in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', fits the role, although he's not very often involved in the FiveManBand's adventures.
* Az the Tofu, a RidiculouslyCuteCritter from '' WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''.
* Chuchu, the family dog on ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''.
* Kuma in ''WesternAnimation/PolePosition''.
* Tally-Hawk is the ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks''' mascot.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' Nibbler is the Team Pet, even if he is an AmusingAlien and IntellectualAnimal. However, in the Season 6 episode "That Darn Katz!", he gets promoted to full-fledged member of the Planet Express crew. The characters still treat him as a pet though because he enjoys it.
* ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies'' has one in the form of Bubble Puppy.
* WesternAnimation/HannaBarbera ''loves'' this trope to pieces. For instance:
** Bandit in ANY incarnation of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''. He regularly provides comic relief, as well as getting the team into trouble (and out again) and going for help.
** Sebastian is Alexandra's smartass cat on ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'', but he'll usually pitch in to help the others when needed.
** Elmo, Augie's bulldog on ''WesternAnimation/TheFunkyPhantom'', is usually engaged in a battle of wits with Mudsy's cat Boo.
** Braveheart, the misnamed St. Bernard on ''WesternAnimation/InchHighPrivateEye.''
** Mr. Cool, Fonzie's dog in ''WesternAnimation/TheFonzAndTheHappyDaysGang''.
** ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'' has two sentient examples: Woofer (a vainglorious bloodhound) and Wimper (a basset).
** ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''. Space Ghost, Jan and Jace had a highly intelligent monkey named Blip as their mascot. Blip would regularly help defeat the villains by pulling tricks on them and distracting them. He also sometimes messed up in an amusing manner at the end of an episode.
* The parody series ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles The Adventures of Mr. Incredible]]'' had Mr. Skipperdoo, a mostly useless, bespectacled rabbit.
* Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. The former is generally more useful.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'': Zak has three Team Pets, all of them cryptids, including a 7-foot tall "gorilla-cat" named Fisk, a komodo dragon (named, you guessed it, Komodo), and a pterosaur named Zon. Unlike most team pets, Zak treats them like their part of his family, including Fisk, whom he likens to an adopted brother
* Bronx in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' is the pet of the gargoyle team, and their equivalent of a [[AllAnimalsAreDogs dog]].
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has both Sphere the supercycle and Wolf the um, [[ADogNamedDog wolf]]. They both help in missions.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has Kiko the bunny. In season 1, the Trix had Pepe the duck, but [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse he disappeared after season 2.]]
* R.O.T.H. in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'', who's a {{Cute Machine|s}} / RobotBuddy. He makes these shrill, quiet shrieking noises instead of talking.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Timmy's fairy dog Sparky.
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' includes two Team Pets. Kisa is a black panther which Jedda has raised from a cub. Zuffy is a zuffoid, a small bipedal creature native to the planet Mongo; he becomes Kshin's constant companion.
** Ming's giant serpent, Mongor, is a villainous example of the same trope.
* Wamba in ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' is viewed as such by Harold despite Wamba being a human being of the Saxon ancestry like Harold. Maybe it has to do with Wamba being a jester?
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieSpySquad'' has Percy and Violet, a robot dog and cat pair who help out the agents on their missions.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has his magical pink pet lion... [[ADogNamedDog Lion.]] He is mostly comic relief, but has hidden abilities which are slowly revealed through the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieStarLightAdventure'' has Pupcorn, Barbie's pet space dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' has F.T. (Fuzzy Tomato) a mix between tomato and dog, also part of the TokenEnemyMinority.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' adopted a dog named Puppy in the latter seasons.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Wiki/TheOtherWiki refers to many military mascots, including goats, rams, antelope, ferrets, and even penguins. Maybe a penguin can be quite sensible, but the idea of having them as a pet isn't...
** On the contrary to penguins, bears can prove quite useful during military operations. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_(soldier_bear) They can help with loading the artillery for example.]]
* Since ancient Egypt, war [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_dog dogs]] have been used by the military even today.
* Any pet kept by a family unit.
* Dalmatian dogs, originally bred as coach escorts, became associated with firefighters more than a century ago. In those days, they functioned as living sirens, running ahead of fire wagons and barking to clear the way, then remained alongside the wagon to reassure/corral the horses, ensuring they wouldn't bolt from the actual fire. Once motorized vehicles replaced horsepower, the Dalmatians remained: primarily as mascots for firehouses, though also functioning as guard dogs and rat-catchers.
* Owney the Postal Dog, mascot of the U.S. Railway Mail Service from the 1890s. Considered a good luck charm by postal workers, as none of the trains which this little mutt loved to hitch lifts on ever suffered an accident.