The Doctor (addressing the TARDIS): What do you think, dear? Where shall we take the kids this time?
Amy: It's always you and her, isn't it? Long after the rest of us have gone. A boy and his box, off to see the universe.
: You say that like it's a bad thing. But honestly, it's the best thing there is.
A heartwarming story told through the ages: Something unique enters a young man's (or woman's) life, and they form a bond that changes them forever, usually starting them down the path to adulthood.
What that something is
, however, varies widely. From the classic "A Boy and His Dog"
, all the way to... Well, keep reading, you'll see.
Be warned, however, that whatever X is can easily fall victim to Death by Newbery Medal
if it's of the huge and/or monstrous variety.
See also Interspecies Friendship
. Compare Interspecies Romance
and Magical Girlfriend
, if relation with X is romantic and Attack Animal
for less innocent partnerships.
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Anime & Manga
- She And Her Cat : She and, umm, her cat?
- Asura Cryin': Tomoharu and His Ghost Misao.
- Gintama: Kagura and her über-cute, head bitting inugami, Sadaharu.
- Also Katsura and his man-disguised-as-duck, Elizabeth.
- Death Note: A Boy and His Shinigami.
- Admittedly, the Shinigami is promising all along to kill the boy one day, while the boy quite calmly uses the Shinigami's apple addiction to get things from him (and the Shinigami ends up fulfilling his promise to murder the boy,) but still.
- Also played straight with a Girl and Her Shinigami where the Shinigami not only loves the girl but is willing to die for her.
- Heroman - A Boy and His Giant Robot... IN AMERICA.
- Hikaru no Go: A Boy and His One-Thousand Year Old Go Master Ghost. And, yes, Go is a traditional Japanese board game, ok?
- Ushio and Tora: A boy and his tiger demon. ('Tora' means 'tiger' in Japanese.)
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: A (Total Loser) Boy and His Insanely Powerful and Intelligent Ex-Hitman Home Tutor... Who Happens to Look Like a One-Year-Old.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: A Boy and His Giant Robot / Mother.
- Bt X: A boy and his mechanical Kirin... Named X.
- Potemayo: A Boy and His Over-Possessive Moe-Blob That He Found in His Fridge. Seriously.
- Magic Ban Removal!! Hyde And Closer: A Boy and His Magical, Talking, Texas Chainsaw-Wielding Teddy Bear.
- Parasyte: A boy and His Alien Parasite.
- Digimon, Pokémon, Monster Rancher and a slew of others make up A Boy and His Mons.
- Gigantor: A Boy and His Giant Robot.
- Blue Dragon: RalΩGrad: A Boy and His Blue Shadow Dragon.
- Black Butler: A Boy and His Demon Butler.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: A Boy and His Ermine.
- Alternately, 31 Girls and Their Wizard.
- Princess Tutu: The second season really starts looking like A Boy and His Duck.
- Or is it A Duck and Her Boy?
- Chrono Crusade: A Girl and Her Demon.
- Sonic X became A Boy and His Anthropomorphic Gang, especially for the first season.
- Narutaru: A Girl and Her Cute, Cuddly Dragon. It gets worse.
- Bokurano. 14 Kids and Their Humongous Mecha. Does it get worse? Yes.
- Sankarea: A Boy and His Zombie... Girlfriend.
- Tasogare Otome X Amnesia: A Boy and His Lovesick Ghost.
- Spider Riders: A Boy and His Giant Sized Spider.
- Shaman King: A Boy and His Six-Hundred-Year-Old Samurai Spirit.
- The ADV Films advertisements for All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku described it as: "The heartwarming story of a boy and his cat... And a major military equipment manufacturer."
- My Dear Marie: A Boy and His Robot Girl. (Built in the image of his secret crush.)
- Code Geass: A Boy and His Witch. Lelouch himself says that he feels this way late in the series when C.C. asks if he regrets their meeting and the dark path he's taken as a result.
- Card Captor Sakura: A Magical Girl and Her Osakan-accented Winged Mouse.
- Lyrical Nanoha: A Girl and Her Ferret in the first series; A Girl and Her Wolkenritter in the second. Loli and their badass combat powers in both. More like "A girl and her world-destroying boom stick."
- A Little Snow Fairy Sugar: : A Girl and Her Bumbling Apprentice Fairy Roommate.
- Omamori Himari: A boy and His Cat Girl Bodyguard.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: A Boy and His 3000 Year-old Egyptian Pharaoh Spirit.
- Full Metal Panic!: A Girl and Her Bodyguard with No Social Skills.
- Soul Eater: A Girl and Her Scythe.
- Daisuki BuBuChaCha: A Boy and His Ride-in Toy Car, that's possessed by the spirit of his now-deceased dog.
- Ginga Nagareboshi Gin begins as the classic "A Boy and His Dog" variety, with the pair of them trying to take down a monstrous bear. Then the dog goes feral and the story focuses on the dogs' war against said gigantic bear.
- Future GPX Cyber Formula: A Boy (later a man) and His AI Supercomputer-equipped Cool Race Car.
- Outlaw Star: A Boy and His Souped-up Lost Technology Spaceship.
- Roujin Z: A Bo— Old Gentleman and His Bed.
- Chikyuu Misaki: A Girl and Her Mini-Nessie. (Which turns into a small boy when kissed.)
- Fairy Tail: A Boy and his Flying Cat.
- Fullmetal Alchemist A Boy and His Living Suit of Armor. (Containing His Brother's Soul.)
- Brigadoon: Marin and Melan: An Orphan Girl and Her Robotic Living Weapon Protector.
- Eureka Seven: A boy and his alien girlfriend, and their Giant Robot who happens to be the Starfish Aliens equivalent of a Magical Girl.
- Shakugan no Shana: A girl and her longevity boyfriend.
- My Neighbor Totoro: Two girls and their magical forest spirit.
- Kiki's Delivery Service: A Cute Witch and her cat.
- Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea: A boy and his fish-girl.
- RahXephon: A boy and his vaguely Mayan pseudo-giant-robot.
- Blood+: A girl and her loyal immortal bodyguard.
- Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G: A boy and his Gunpla. Along with other Model Suit pilots.
- Ao No Exorcist: A demon boy and his Sith (no, not that Sith) cat demon that increases and decreases in size.
- Karakurizoushi Ayatsuri Sakon: A boy and his puppet.
- Chobits: A boy and his PC.
- Hellsing: A Bifauxnen And Her Lovecraftian Superpowered Vampire.
- K-On!: A girl and her guitar. Gitah!
- Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan: A boy and his guardian angel... except she's not so good at the "guardian" part.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san: A Boy and his Outer God.
- Out of Sight, a short Taiwanese animation about a girl and her seeing-eye dog.
- The Tibetan Dog: A boy in the Tibet praire and his Tibetan mastiff dog.
- Ninin ga Shinobuden: An apprentice ninja girl and her spherical yellow flying shapeshifting perverted... thing.
- Oruchuban Ebichu: An OL and her hamster.
- Kill la Kill: A girl and her sentient, vampiric Sailor Fuku.
- Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha: A girl and her Shinto deity.
- Space Dandy: A man-boy and his sweet hairdo... IN SPAAAAAAACE!
- Yokai Watch: A boy with a ghost-finding watch and his ghost friend.
- Makai Ouji: A Boy and his 72 Demons.
- The origin story of Maggot (a South-African mutant whose digestive system was two semi-autonomous slugs that could eat anything) was titled "A Boykie and His Dinges." Translated from the South-African slang the flashback was written in, that's "A Boy and His Things."
- Kitty Pryde and Lockheed, a Girl and her Dragon. Subverted with the discovery that Lockheed is a sentient and intelligent creature, forced to spy on the X-Men for SWORD.
- Marvel Comics' Earth X series had Bruce Banner in the body of a child and the Hulk separated from him into a creature that follows him around. A Supergenius Boy and His Rampaging Green Monster.
- Alex Ross has said the visual was based on the obscure Marvel characters Moon Boy And Devil Dinosaur, who were A Homo habilis Boy and His Tyrannosaurus. (Yes...)
- The comic book series Top Dog had a dog who was also a spy. Around almost everyone else, however, he had to pretend to be a regular dog.
- In a scene from The Badger, Norbert pets Lamont, his North American "Buffalo." The villain promptly comments, "Ain't that sweet? A Deranged Individual and His Bison." (Hey, at least he was biologically accurate.)
- Marvel's Sentinel: A Boy and His Giant Robot.
- DC's Stanley and His Monster.
- Used in Marvel's What If? series (v2 #92) in the story "I'll be your best friend!". The cover declared that the story starred "Cannonball's little brother Josh... and his pet Sentinel!"
- Yet Another Boy and His Sentinel: Tom Skylark and Rover in the "Here Comes Tomorrow" storyline in New X-Men.
- A Boy and his 'Bot by Gary Thomas Washington.
- C.O.P.S. #5 centered on Bowser and his cyborg dog Blitz, and Bowser/Rex Pointer's memories of his first dog, Maxie.
- A somewhat dark example in Spider-Man: A man and his symbiotic costume from space.
- Brian K. Vaughn's Saga: A boy (well, adult male Professional Killer; same difference) and his vicious, alien, telepathic, lie-detecting cat.
- Tintin: A boy and his dog.
Films — Animated
- Big Hero 6: Hiro and Baymax; a boy and his robotic healthcare companion.
- Frozen: Kristoff and Sven (A Boy and his Reindeer). On the other side of the coin, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf (2 Girls and their Snowman).
- How to Train Your Dragon. A boy and his secret pet dragon.
- The Rescuers Down Under: A boy and his giant golden eagle.
- Frankenweenie: A boy and his monster dog.
- Ice Age: Continental Drift: An elderly sloth and her giant sperm whale.
- The Iron Giant: A Boy and His Giant Robot.
- Rio: Linda and Blu; a girl and her blue macaw parrot.
- Aladdin has a boy and his monkey. A boy and his genie and carpet fit somewhat, but not quite as well (or perhaps the pairing should be "a genie and his carpet"); Genie and Carpet weren't with Aladdin from the beginning the way Abu was. Not only the protagonist, but also Princess Jasmine with her tiger and Jafar with his talking parrot Iago, have their own animal companions.
- The Book of Life: A Girl and Her Pig. Maria's best friend is her pet pig of ten years, Chuy.
Films — Live-Action
- Two Brothers: A boy and his tiger, and also a hunter and his tiger.
- Babe: A Boy and His Pig. Well, An Old Man and not A Boy, but it fits.
- Japanese film Gamera - The Brave: A Boy and His Baby Turtle Turned Daikaiju.
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial established A Boy and His Alien as a dream for a generation.
- Transformers A Boy and His Car, with something thrown in about a robot war.
- Let the Right One In: A Boy and His Vampire.
- Free Willy: A Boy and His Killer Whale.
- Hachi: A Dog's Tale: A professor and his dog, which is based on...
- Hachiko Monogatari: A man and his dog.
- Marley and Me: A man and his untrainable dog.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day: A Boy and His Killer Robot.
- Fido: A Boy and His Zombie.
- The post-apocalyptic classic A Boy and His Dog is about a young man and his psychic canine mentor.
- While we are on the topic of dogs, Old Yeller.
- The French film The Fox and the Child: A Girl and Her Fox.
- Played straight in Disney's Homeward Bound films (a boy and his dog plus a girl and her cat). Though most of the time it works the other way around, a dog/cat and their boy/girl.
- Flight of the Navigator: A Boy and His Sentient Alien Spaceship.
- Subverted in The Dark Crystal. Fizgig,a dog-like alien belongs to Kira, the -ahem- only FEMALE Gelfling left alive.
- I believe Six String Samurai counts as A Man and His Boy.
- Tank Girl. Technically, A Girl And Her X. But she "calls" the tank to her at one point.
- The first Casper film: the story of a girl and her ghost... and her dad, played by President Lone Starr.
- Air Bud series: A boy and his dog... that plays basketball, football, soccer, baseball, and volleyball.
- Born to be Wild: A boy and his gorilla.
- Mighty Joe Young has a girl and her (giant) gorilla.
- The Invisible Boy. A boy and his playmate, a robot (Robby the Robot).
- Kes: A boy and his falcon.
- King Kong (2005): A gorilla and his woman.
- Congo: A man and his talking gorilla.
- Mystery Team: A boy and his Mystery Team.
- The Red Balloon: A boy and his red balloon.
- The Beastmaster: A man and his Panther, Eagle, and two Ferrets.
- Ted: A boy and his teddy bear, who comes to life. But what happens when they grow up?
- Far From Home The Adventures Of Yellow Dog a boy and his dog, again.
- Fly Away Home: A girl and her geese.
- The Water Horse: A boy and his, um, plesiosaur-thing.
- Too Much: The Robot With a Heart: A girl and her robot.
- Operation: Dumbo Drop: A Vietnamese boy and his elephant.
- Paddington: A boy and his bear. Johnathan get very attached to Paddington.
- An Ur Example is Hayy ibn Yaqzan, a 12th-century Arabic novel, where an abandoned boy on a desert island is raised by a gazelle, who forms a parental bond with the human child.
- The Last Dragon Chronicles incorporates this trope a lot. Usually it's A Boy and His Dragon although A Girl and Her Dragon pops up almost as frequently (if not more). David gets many a dragon sidekick as the series progresses: G'reth, Golly, and even Sharing a Body with Grockle. But Gadzooks definitely takes home the medal. Lucy has Gwendolen and Zanna has Gretel.
- The Bartimaeus Trilogy has one in Ptolemy and Bartimaeus, they'd have died for each other...one did . Then there's Nathaniel and Bartimaeus that comes after Ptolemy dies (way after, 2000 years plus), though they may not be an example as they both loath each other until the end and continuously argue (hilariously) throughout the whole three books.
- The Temeraire series: A Boy and His Dragon. Or, possibly, A Dragon and His British Naval Officer. While not guiding Laurence into manhood, Temeraire does mark a significant shift both in his life and understanding of the world. The series also has several other variants on the trope, such as An Action Girl and Her Dragon, An Action Mom and Her Dragon, A Dragon and Her Conqueror of Continental Europe, A Dragon and His Overweight Middle-Aged Captain; etc.
- Interestingly played with in The Never Ending Story, where a Boy and His Horse relationship is early driven to a moving end... only to be replaced with a better partner, when The Hero finds a much more interesting companion, turning the trope into A Boy And His Dragon (and Dragon Rider, incidentally).
- Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones is almost a standard A Girl and Her Dog story. Except that it's told from the perspective of the dog, who is actually a reincarnation of the guardian spirit of the star Sirius.
- The Science Fiction novel A Boy and His Tank is a play off this trope.
- Both Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur (Mordecai Richler) and Henry Hollins the Dinosaur were A Boy and His Dinosaur stories.
- The Harlan Ellison story A Boy and His Dog twists this trope: The boy is a serial rapist and the dog helps him find victims. The boy really does seem to love him, and finds his dog . . . food.
- The book A Kestrel for a Knave (adapted for film as Kes) follows A Boy and His... well, you can guess, can't you? It also falls prey (no pun intended) to Death by Newbery Medal.
- The City and the Stars: A Boy and His Noncorporeal Psychic Superintelligence from Before Civilization Fell. But really, Hilvar is an adult with a penchant for strange pets. Nonetheless, his people are psychics, and that allowed him to make contact with Vanamonde.
- C. S. Lewis's Narnia, one of the books is titled The Horse and His Boy, which sometimes plays the trope straight and sometimes inverts it, as the boy is not always in charge, and is less experienced in the ways of the world than the former warhorse.
- From Robert A. Heinlein's works:
- In one of Robert Rankin's Brentford stories Omally (always spelled without the apostrophe, for some reason) refuses to die without his faithful Marchant. Pooley comments, "A boy and his bike! I feel sick!"
- Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle: A Boy and His Dragon.
- The Norby books: A Boy and His Little Cute Robot.
- Steinbeck's The Red Pony.
- Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series features Boys and Girls and Their Talking Horses (and Occasionally Other Animals, Too).
- In her Dragon Jousters quartet, the only way to have a truly tame dragon (instead of one you merely keep placid with drugs) is to hatch it and raise it from the egg. Love ensues.
- In her Elemental Masters series, specifically The Wizard of London and Home from the Sea, characters Nan and Sarah have familiars, Neville the raven and Grey the parrot, respectively.
- Flinx and Pip, of Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth series, is a straight example. Flinx is The Empath, and Pip is an Alaspinian miniature dragon, or minidrag, that forms a psychic bond with him as a child. She amplifies his empathic powers and does a pretty fair job of protecting him.
- Given that it's usually young-ish teens who Impress, the entire premise of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern is a Boy/Girl and their Dragon.
- I, Q a Star Trek: The Next Generation book written by John De Lancie, Q snarkily refers to Picard and Data as "A boy and his computer".
- Tamora Pierce loves this trope. There are two instances of A Girl and Her Cat (incidentally the same cat), followed by A Girl and her Every Animal In Existence, Including Skeletal Dinosaurs and a Baby Dragon, But Especially the Badger God, A Man and His Skeletal Dinosaur, A Girl And Her Horse, Sparrows, Griffin, and Small Children, A Girl And Her Crows, and A Girl and her Pigeons. And that's just in the Tortall Universe. The Circle of Magic adds A Boy And His Plants and A Girl And Her Starling to the list.
- Walter Farley's The Black Stallion series is very much A Boy And His Horse. So was his Island Stallion series.
- The Enormous Egg: A boy and his Triceratops.
- Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age: A Girl and Her Advanced AI Tutor Book.
- Clifford the Big Red Dog: A Girl and her gargantuan dog. One of the songs on the tribute album for the Scholastic animated series is titled "A Girl and Her Dog."
- Harold and the Purple Crayon: A boy and his magical crayon.
- Black Dogs: A girl and her dog... soldier.
- Shiloh: Classic boy and his dog scenario.
- Old Yeller, another classic "boy and his dog". Both of the above are Newbery winners. Or losers, in the animal's case.
- Mary O'Hara's My Friend Flicka: A Boy and His Horse.
- Charlottes Web - A girl and her pig at least at the beginning. Then it becomes "a pig and his spider".
- Faust: An old man and his (literal) demons.
- Edgar Pangborn, "Tiger Boy". The wandering youth seems kind and gentle but lets his tiger perform euthanasia on the old and sick. This leads to a tragic ending.
- His Dark Materials has elements of "A Girl and her killer sentient metalworking badass polar bear" to it, but as people are born with part of their soul external in the form of an animal-shaped daemon, it also has this as the basis for most of their entire society.
- Charles Stross: A Boy and his God
- Marguerite Henry's King of the Wind: a boy and his horse.
- In Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie, a girl and her dog.
- The Adventures of Electronic by E. Veltistov: A boy and his Robot Twin.
- David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series starts out as "a girl and her telepathic alien cat" and follows her career in the space navy.
- The Stephanie Harrington series is about one of Honor's ancestors as a young girl who was the first human to bond with a Treecat.
- Jake and Oy from The Dark Tower series: A boy and his billy-bumbler.
- How to Train Your Dragon: A boy and his ... well, guess.
- Where the Red Fern Grows: A tragic story of a boy and his hound. Dogs.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: A boy and his mouse.
- Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy.
- The Ribbajack features Miggy Mags and her pet mongoose, Sailor.
- The Yearling: a boy and his fawn.
- Danny And The Dinosaur: a boy and his dinosaur.
- Dear Dragon series: a boy and his dragon.
- Cowgirl Kate And Cocoa a girl and her horse.
- For that matter, every single Pony Tale is of this format.
- Julie of the Wolves a girl and her wolves
- My Side of the Mountain and its sequels: a boy and his falcon
- Dick Whittington and His Cat
- Imagine Someday: A boy and his griffin.
- The Underland Chronicles:
- Henry is bonded with the bat Ares.
- Luxa and her bond bat, Aurora.
- At the end of Gregor the Overlander, Gregor bonds with the bat Ares.
- In Witchell A Symphony, Tavin and his Cello count. The cello isn't exactly alive, but... it's not exactly not, either.
- Awake In The Night Land has a story about a boy who tries to domesticate Night-Hounds.
- Kamen Rider Den-O: A Boy and His Four (or Five) Possessing Demons.
- One of the main plotlines in the short-lived Speculative Fiction series Surface was A Boy and His Sea Monster.
- Johnny Socko and his Giant Robot.
- Flipper: A Boy and his Dolphin.
- Lassie: A Boy and his Dog.
- Skippy The Bush Kangaroo: A Boy (Sunny) and his Kangaroo (Skippy).
- For a lot of fans, Doctor Who (along with a lot of other things) is the story of a Time-Lord and his sentient police box shaped Time-Machine.
Amy: It's always you and her, isn't it? A boy and his box, off to see the universe.
- And that episode implies that the story is equally as much about a TARDIS and her Boy, as she points out whilst in Idris' form.
Idris: Then you stole me. And I stole you.
: Borrowing implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever
give you back?
- Boxey and his robotic dog Muffit in the classic Battlestar Galactica.
- Fury: a boy and his horse
- My Friend Flicka a girl and her horse.
- On Dog With A Blog, Stan is the family dog, but its mostly a girl and her dog with Avery. Although he was Tyler's wingman and vice versa. Just so we're clear, a talking dog put up with the annoying female dog of a hot girl his owner likes and later makes Tyler go on a date with a very annoying girl with a poodle that Stan likes. Hilarity Ensues.
- Jessie: A boy (Ravi) and his lizard (Mr/s. Kipling).
- Crash And Bernstein: A boy (Wyatt) and his puppet (Crash).
- Willard : A boy and his rats.
- The dark comedy/horror Tabletop Game Monsters And Other Childish Things puts a twist on this by making it A Boy and His Dark and Malevolent Forgotten God/Reality-Rending Extradimensional Horror/etc., rather than the relatively cute and benign monsters that are the standard when monsters are used in this plot.
- A number of archetypes in Big Eyes, Small Mouth feature a hulking animal sidekick of some description. The Monster Tamer would be the standout, however.
- In Magic: The Gathering, the Gruul frequently have these. The Flavor Text of Predator's Rapport sums it up pretty well. "Other guilds say the Gruul are savages, no better than the beasts we live with. I say we've found friends who won't stab us in the back." —Domri Rade
- Transistor: A girl and reality-warping sword. Who also happens to be her boyfriend.
- One Xenosaga 4-koma aptly sums up the series as "A Girl And Her Doll". Said "doll" is a combat android with the power of a fleet....
- The A Boy and His Blob franchise. The original games, on the NES and the Game Boy, had more of a sillier, irreverent tone than a traditional "boy and his x" work. The Wii Revival, on the other hand, was deliberately designed to milk this trope for every last heartwarming drop. How many games can boast a dedicated "hug" button?
- Super Mario World: A Plumber and His Ridiculously cute Dragon.
- Blue Dragon: A Group of Children and Their Sentient Shadows.
- In Fallout 3,
- President Eden's radio messages frequently mentions his childhood, when he and his dog roamed and rambled. Subverted somewhat when it turns out President Eden is actually an insane AI and never actually had a childhood.
- "A boy and his dog" fits the Lone Wanderer pretty well though.
- In fact, according to Word of God the whole Wasteland and Fallout sagas are based basically half in the Mad Max universe and the other in A Boy and His Dog, with the latter even "approved" by the grumpy "if you steal from me I will sue you!" Harlan Ellison, since he is friend with some of the boys from the staff of Black Isle Studios/Obsidian Entertainment from long time ago
- The Vault Dweller from Fallout 1 has the ability to recruit the first Dogmeat in the series, a dog from a town close to Vault 13 and one of the first to visit (and, by canon, he did).
- In Fallout 2 the Chosen One can recruit K9 (no relation with the Doctor Who character) or Robodog, two cybernetic dogs (and, Word of God, he did) He can also recruit the same Dogmeat from the first game again (although the dog died according the canon events that took place in Fallout 1), but this is only through a rare special encounter (Cafe of Broken Dreams) which is more an easter egg/joke for all the fans of the saga. Oh, and there is Pariah, another dog companion from a special encounter (A lone surviving dog), but this one is "jinxed" (intentionally in-game, but also buggy in general) so is preferable to avoid as a team partner
- Fallout: New Vegas
- The Courier in can get the optional quest of repairing Rex, a worn-out cybernetic dog, and traveling around with him. And there is Roxie, a female cyberdog, in the DLC Old World Blues.
- The Courier can also travel with ED-E, a salvaged Eyebot built by the Enclave. In Lonesome Road, the final DLC of the New Vegas, ED-E becomes your sole companion, has a significantly large role and even engages in "conversations" with the Courier.
- Playing Warhammer Online as a High Elf White Lion could lead to A Boy And His Small Albino Attack Lion.
- The Maw is a Small Blue Alien and His Unstoppable Gelatinous Eating Machine. Despite the innate potential for it in that premise, it surprisingly ends without a turn for the dark: the game ends with Frank, the small blue alien, finally having to leave Maw as Maw becomes a living planet and then eats the camera.
- Mega Man Star Force: A boy and His Energy Being Alien Fusion Dance Partner.
- Before that however, there's Mega Man Battle Network, about a boy and his PET ("P-E-T", or PErsonal Terminal, his artificially intelligent, cell phone/computer thingy).
- Who happens to be his twin brother.
- In the original game, Mega Man and his red robot dog Rush.
- In later games in the original series, Bass and his purple robot wolf Treble.
- Guardian's Crusade has a boy and his baby dragon. Emphasized since you have to take care of it and treat it right, so the attachment can extend to the players.
- In Final Fantasy V, the only member of the player party who averts this is Galuf.
- Faris and Syldra are a "Boy and his Dragon" except later the hero discovers that Faris is actually a girl crossdressing.
- Lenna and Hiryu are a Princess and her Dragon, except this dragon flies rather than swimming.
- Bartz and Boko are a Boy and his Chocobo.
- Krile and her unnamed wind drake are the same deal as Lenna. They bonded after Krile's parents went to the desert to save it and died in the process.
- Team Ico Series have this in all of their games (as of yet):
- BlazBlue: A boy and his robot sister, or alternately boy and his (clap)loops.
- Secret of Evermore: A world-hopping boy and his Involuntary Shapeshifting dog.
- Haunting Ground: A very scared girl and her dog.
- Fate/stay night: A boy and his absurdly-powerful Magical Girlfriend, Kingette Arthur.
- Also, a girl and her from-the-future partner and possible love interest, a boy and his stolen-from-his-sister-chance-at-greatness, a girl and her giant, a man and his new love-interest, and a man and his stolen partners. A Master and his/her Servant.
- Played with in Ōkamiden, which is very much a "Kids and Their Dog" plot - from the perspective of the dog. And he repeats the process whenever he parts ways with one kid and meets another, to boot.
- Spyro the Dragon: A dragon and his dragonfly.
- The Human Noble origin story in Dragon Age: Origins: "A boy/girl and his/her warhound."
- Dead to Rights A ruthless Cowboy Cop and his Crotch-biting Throat-tearing Husky.
- Summon Night Swordscraft Story: A Kid Hero and their slave-monster
- Mother 3: A boy and his dog.
- In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Claudia, the resident Cute Mute, has one in the form of the Black Titan a seemingly magically crafted sentient suit of armor, gift of her late parents. Since Claudia can't fend for herself alone in the Crapsack World she inhabits, and the Black Titan needs to feed on evil souls, the Titan keeps himself alive by dispatching Claudia's potential enemies. However the Titan is revealed to be made with the reanimated corpse of a mute assassin, seeking redemption by helping a girl with his same affliction, and growing fonder to her in time.
- Dragon Fable: A boy/girl and his/her dragon.
- Danball Senki: A boy and his tiny mecha with ridiculous power for its size.
- Drakengard: A boy and his female dragon.
- Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom: A boy and his Majin. (A Majin is apparently a large troll-like thing. Go play the game, you'll see.)
- Get Dexter: An android and the podocephale who ate the top of his plastic skull.
- Astal: A boy and his bird.
- Portal: A girl and her cube
- Persona 3 Portable gives a girl and her dog with the female protagonist's new Strength Arcana Social Link.
- DRAM Atical Murder A boy and his dog shaped robot buddy
- Sonic the Hedgehog A girl (Maria) and her hedgehog (Shadow).
- Two cases in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance: a boy and his cat-dog (Sora and Meow Wow), and a young man and his bat (Riku and Komory Bat). Similar to Pokémon, this would soon grow into "two young men and their monsters", though the two respected starter Dream Eaters qualifies the most, as a cutscene in the climax proofs.
- Tekken: A man and his robot sidekick.
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax: A boy and his dog.
- A Girl and Her Venom. We're not kidding.
- Webcomic The Wotch did a story arc called A Girl and Her Blob.
- Chasing the Sunset: A(n Elf) Boy and His Dragon.
- Homestuck: A girl and her all-powerful god dog.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: A 12-year-old Mustachioed Gunslinger Sidekick and his Raptor, Yoshi.
- Broodhollow: A neurotic insurance salesman and his adorable bat.
- Averted in HERO — though the cat initially appears to fulfill the role, it stays behind when the protagonist enters the watchtower.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Bob initially adopted the tiny Molly the Monster as a pet. He had no idea she would prove to be intelligent and grow to human size. He now treats her as a daughter. Molly now has her own pet alien tentacle monster, Snookums.
- A Girl and Her Fed.
- Breakpoint City has Ben (boy) and Dan (dog). Hmm... note the letters.
- The Order of the Stick- A Halfling (or A Sexy Shoeless God of War (And Cooking)) And His Cat. Previously, A Powerful Old Man And His Cat (the same cat, in fact). Perhaps it's more A Cat and His Owners.
- Cat Nine: A boy and his cat girl.
- Dawn of Time: A girl and her triceratops.
- Sandra and Woo: A girl and her raccoon.
- Jix: A girl and her alien. (Though Lauren is actually in her late teens when the comic starts and is currently in her early twenties.)
- The Word Weary: A hipster and his pig.
- Question Duck: A boy and his duck.
- The Adventures of Shan Shan: A boy and his dog-shaped backpack, who talks, although no one else can hear it.
- Nerf This: A boy and his monster.
- 3 Level Combination: A boy and his robot.
- Max Overacts: A boy and his ventriloquist dummy.
- Life Sketch: A girl and her magic sketchbook.
- Phoebe And Her Unicorn: A girl and her unicorn.
- In Tales of the Questor, Nessie and her swamp dragon. She had summoned swamp creatures to fetch for her, and given them treats, but this one attached itself to her. She named it Oggy. And when she went off to the big city, it cried at the prospect of being left behind, so she brought it.
- The Buildingverse webcomic Children And Monsters is about fictional children and their monsters or other interesting companions. The main characters are Toby Williams and his Goblins.
- Dreamy Dud: A boy and his dog. First animated example (1915).
- Bobby Bumps: A boy and his very cynical talking dog. Second animated example (also 1915), but started earlier as a (slightly differently named) comic strip.
- Dinky Doodle: A boy and his humanized dog (1924), living with the cartoonist that created them (so also "a cartoonist and his cartoon wards").
- Sammy And Sausage: A British boy and his British humanized dog (1928), living with the cartoonist that created them. Rather transparent foreign Expy of Dinky Doodle.
- Mickey Mouse and Pluto: A boy (mouse) and his dog. First Funny Animal character to regularly own a nonhumanized animal as a pet; ribbed about it to this day.
- Hey Arnold!: A boy (Arnold) and his pig (Abner).
- Adventure Time: A boy and his magically shapeshifting dog friend.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: A Boy And His Flying Bison And Flying Lemur. Also mentions two separate instances of A Man And His Dragon.
- Arguably inverted on Rocky and Bullwinkle. Mr. Peabody's initial impetus for adopting Sherman was that, as a dog, he needed a boy to feel complete.
- Specifically, the idea is that it's "A Dog and His Boy".
- Batman: The Animated Series had A Boy and His Batman.
- Batman Beyond had an episode of A Boy and His Giant Robot. Also A Girl and Her Boy (Who Is A Robot). A broody old man and his badass dog, and a whole episode dedicated to a boy and his badass dog.
- The Secret Saturdays: A Boy and His Cat-Gorilla.
- As usual, Hanna-Barbera has a few entries:
- Jane and the Dragon: Pretty obvious one here — A Girl and Her Dragon. He helps her as she trains to become the first girl knight in the kingdom.
- Marrow and Rover in Wolverine and the X-Men are A Girl and - yes- Her Giant Robot.
- Lilo & Stitch: A Girl And Her Alien(s). In the original film, Stitch was adopted by her by pretending to be a dog.
- The Backyardigans has quite a few examples: A Kangaroo and His Dinosaur (Austin and Boy in "Caveman's Best Friend," the ultimate example), a Moose and His Burro (Tyrone and Molasses in "Horsing Around"), a Penguin and His Bath Mitten (Pablo and Mitty in "Robin Hood the Clean"), and A... Thing and Her Dolphin (Uniqua and Sea Squirt in "The Great Dolphin Race").
- Kim Possible: A Boy (Ron) and His Naked Mole Rat (Rufus).
- ReBoot: A Boy and his Nigh Invulnerable (and cranky)Dog of Mass Destruction.
- Rainbow Brite: A Girl and Her Horse (Rainbow Brite/Starlight, Stormy/Skydancer, and later on, Krys/On-X)
- Phineas and Ferb: Two Boys and Their Secret Agent Platypus.
- Spongebob Squarepants: A Sponge and His Snail.
- The episode "My Pretty Seahorse" is A Sponge and His Seahorse.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes and Cerbee, his pet monster dog.
- Danny Phantom: Sam directly mentions this trope twice, once with "A boy and his snow beast." and another time saying the more common "A boy and his dog..." before following it up with "... Somehow, it's not supposed to be this weird."
- Courage the Cowardly Dog: A dog and his kindly old mistress (and curmudgeon old master)
- Teen Titans: A girl and her mutated silk worm. Though at first it was a Beast Boy and his mutated silkworm, it appears Silkie grew more attached to Starfire in later episodes.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle: A dog and his boy.
- Young Justice: A boy and his sentient metal sphere (which later turns out be a flying motorcycle) and a giant albino wolf.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius has Jimmy and his mechanical canine, Goddard.
- Parodied in The Simpsons with Soccer Mummy, a film within the show in which a reanimated Egyptian mummy joins a little league soccer team and teaches a young boy to believe in himself.
- Gravity Falls: A Girl (Mabel) and Her Pig (Waddles).
- Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron: A boy and his horse... and another horse who did not want to be owned by anyone but warmed up to the boy by the end of the film.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Twilight Sparkle and Spike are a girl/young lady and her baby dragon.
- Ned's Newt: A boy and his giant shapeshifting amphibian.
- Sanjay And Craig: A boy and his talking Master of Disguise snake.
- Johnny Test: A boy and his talking dog—it's even in the theme song.
- Mr. Bogus: A gremlin (Bogus) and his fourth-grade boy (Tommy).
- Peg + Cat: A girl named Peg and her cat named Cat.
- An Original Eliatrope (Yugo, Chibi, Qilby, Nora, Mina, and Glip) and his/her Dragon sibling (Adamai, Grougaloragran, Shinonome, Efrim, Phaeris, and Baltazar), though only the first pair really qualify for the spirit of this trope since little things like death and being sealed away in limbo for being an evil jerk in Qilby's case have torn apart the other pairs.
- There's also a knight (Sadlygrove/Tristepin) and his demon sealed in a sword (Rubilax). It takes most of the series for the demon to accept that they really have become friends.
- ThunderCats (2011): A Cat Boy and his Snarf. And then later also Cat Twins and their Snarf.
- Dr Dimensionpants: A (superpowered) boy and his talking Unicorn.
- Jingle All the Way: A boy and his husky dog. The sequel adds a girl and her husky dog.
- A boy and his duck.
- Bradley Nowell of Sublime and Louie Dog, his dalmatian. Bradley wrote a song Lou Dog Went to the Moon. When Louie was stolen,Bradley was inconsolable. Laid on his couch for about a week and cried. He sand Lou Dog Went to the Moon into his answering machine. There are several songs that mention Louie Dog, including: Doin Time, Garden Grove/Garbage Grove, and What I Got. Bradley missed Louie Dog so much he had flown to the East Coast on the original Warped Tour. When Louie Dog died, several years after Bradley, the family buried a phial of his ashes with Bradley, and scattered the rest at the same surf spot they scattered Bradley's. To this day the band, now dubbed Sublime with Rome sells Louie Dog shirts at concerts.
- A man and his horse. Viggo Mortensen has such a love for horses that he bought the two steeds he rode in LOTR and one of the horses that played Hidalgo. He also reportedly bought the stallion that played Arwen's horse and gave it to the stunt double.
- Hachiko the dog earned fame in Japan for returning each day to the train station where his master last departed before dying. The Japanese people were so touched that they gave him a statue outside of Shibuya Station, exactly where he would sit.
- Greyfriars Bobby was a constable's watchdog who lived in and around the graveyard where his master was buried for 14 years.
- A boy and his venomous rat snake.
- The perhaps even stranger story of the Cambodian boy and his 5 meter, 120 kg (16 ft, 260 pounds) python, which has been adopted as a house pet. Why the snake hasn't tried eating him in all those years is anybody's guess. Somehow the snake seems to have figured out that the parents will continue to provide it with food and safety so long as it does not harm any of them.
- Michael Jackson was famous (and occasionally infamous) for his intense bond with a wide variety of pets, especially in his younger years. Rats, cats, dogs, even a chimpanzee. He reportedly preferred animals to people, having found in them a source of unconditional love and friendship that fame and family did not bring him.