Friend to All Living Things
A character, almost Always Female
and the heroine of the piece, is shown to be almost supernaturally innocent, sweet, altruistic, or any combination thereof, by the way that all manner of wild forest creatures flock to her. Deer will shyly eat out of her hand, chipmunks will frolic at her feet, and birds will alight on her finger, shoulder or head (and not void their bowels while doing so). Occasionally, a male is used due to St. Francis of Assisi being the patron saint of animals, in which case the character is rather shown to be wise, calm and kind-hearted. As for the animals, they will all be cute
in most examples.
Any other person approaching will break the spell and send the timid woodland animals fleeing, but not before they witness the supernatural wonder of her loving heart in action.
Sometimes the heroine has such influence over the wild creatures that they will perform small tasks for her.
In the case of gods or saints, flowers will spring up at their feet
Some works acknowledge that the ability to befriend any
living thing could be a lot more badass
than it seems. It's easy to forget that the same princess whose singing summons an entire forest full of animals could, if she so chooses, send her animal friends to beat the tar out of you. Squirrels bite and scratch, birds peck, deer kick, and heaven help you if she befriended a bear.
Being Friend To All Living Things will sometimes also mean the person is a Fluffy Tamer
, in which case they're even friends to snarling, terrifying living things.
This usually does not extend to Always Chaotic Evil
species, and virtually never towards the villain. Sometimes it does, though, developing some very interesting hero-villain interactions.
This is often parodied
. If the parody is clearly referencing the Disney Animated Canon
examples below, it falls under Disney Creatures of the Farce
, and the examples should go there. Note that, while Friend to All Children sounds
similar, it isn't necessarily the same thing—and, unlike this, is about just as likely to be a male trait as a female one.
This is a frequent attribute of the All-Loving Hero
and Princess Classic
. With females, this may be related to the myth that only a virgin girl
may approach a unicorn.
In Fan Fiction
, this is an early warning sign of a particularly blatant Purity Sue
, being tricky to play well
in a fanfic. This goes double if they also strike up an immediate friendship with characters like Tinker Bell, i.e. those who, in canon, are at best distrustful of and at worst violent towards newcomers.
Some Truth in Television
in that a number of studies suggest animals prefer women to men because of their softer voices and gentler demeanour.
of Nature Lover
A Sister Trope
to Green Thumb
, Fluffy Tamer
(a friend to dangerous living things), Nature Hero
(especially a female one).
Compare Cloud Cuckoo Lander
, Licked by the Dog
Contrast Evil-Detecting Dog
, Enemy to All Living Things
, Not Good with People
, Animals Hate Him
, Cruella to Animals
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. He calls combining animals with alchemy "the most depraved sort of alchemy there is" and Al mentions that he and his brother would always bring in stray animals a lot and beg to keep them as children. Al even spends the entire episode trying to look for a place to keep the cat. When Wrath is fooling around with a mouse and trying to torture him, Ed tells him that animals aren't his play-things and makes him release it.
- Asuka Tokugawa from E's Otherwise is always seen tending to and caring for animals. She can sense their feelings and it seems they are attracted to her instantly.
- Glen Baskerville seems to have a thing with birds. They always love to sit on his head.
- Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica counts, since her wish in the contract she made in the first world, was to save a cat that got run over by a car.
- Shion (Or Sion) of No6 is beloved by all animals, especially robot mice and dogs.
- Vash the Stampede in Trigun. Apparently the animals have never heard how dangerous he is...
- Chachamaru (the robot) in Mahou Sensei Negima!. Later, Konoka exhibits this trope as well as Fluffy Tamer.
- Umi and Sora, with countless marine and shore animals, in Children of the Sea Though the 'friendship' might be more malevolent than assumed, since those sea creatures also eat Sora and intend to do the same to Umi. It's a weird manga.
- Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess, although she talks to the machine spirits of motorcycles far more often.
- Ruka Nogi in Gakuen Alice has an animal pheromone which allows him to communicate with animals. He himself says that other than Natsume, the animals are his best friends. He genuinely loves and cares for the animals, whom he can also control. He is seen perpetually carrying a rabbit on his shoulder.
- Sakura in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. She's not exactly a Messiah but she is the linchpin in a Gambit Roulette. Her power is described as 'speaking to things that do not have voices', and therefore can communicate with ghosts and inanimate objects. The unfailingly gentle persona starts to develop cracks in the second half of the series.
- Alice (and Mokuren) in Please Save My Earth can talk to plants and animals, and makes plants grow when she sings.
- Kusanagi in X1999 (manga and TV series, the movie leaves it out) is a rare male example. A 6-feet bulk of a paratrooper sergeant hearing trees talk, feeding pigeons and befriending cats.
- Parodied in School Rumble. Harima Kenji, in a fit of despair over a broken heart, rejects civilization to live as a hermit. In time, he gains the ability to talk to wild animals and a veritable zoo follows him wherever he goes for a time.
- Dragon Ball Z has Dr. Gero's Android 16 portrayed this way. Interestingly, he had still intended to follow his programming and kill Goku, but otherwise had no particular ill feelings towards anyone else - except Cell, enemy of all living things. In the same saga, Trunks could often be seen feeding animals (usually squirrels).
- Word of God states that Android 17 would go on to become a park ranger who is merciless towards poachers.
- Gender-reversed with one of Naruto's characters, Juugo.
- Also parodied/lampshaded recently when Naruto goes through training that requires him to be still enough to balance on a stone slab on a spike. When he finally manages to do it a bird perches on his shoulder... which throws him off balance and sends him plummeting to the ground.
- Killerbee is definitely every animal's friend. Probably because they can tell how awesome he is.
- Taken to the extreme when Killer Bee comforts Kisame's freaking sword Samehada after it was weeping over its master's death.
- Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh has a scene where she dreams herself as St. Sakaki of Assisi. But there is this cat Kamineko that always keeps biting and scratching her.... Poor Sakaki. She loves animals, but most animals hate her.
- Beautifully used to send up all expectations in the Wham Episode of GUN×SWORD. Wendy meets an old man in a park who's feeding the birds. The animals are gathered peacefully around him, and birds even land on his outstretched finger. He has a pet St. Bernard, and gives a speech about dreams, adding that his own is world peace. This charming old man, loved by all the animals, is the Claw.
- Yukina, from YuYu Hakusho, was portrayed this way in her first appearances. The manga has an off-hand mention of the birds being Reikai messengers, however, and later, one of Hiei's Whole Episode Flashbacks has her make an interesting statement...which makes her a subversion of the trope, if anything.
- Caro of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha worked for the Wildlife Preservation Division before the events of the third season. In the manga that showed her time there, we see her surrounded by birds she had befriended (Not in that way), with her superiors talking about how her nature as a summoner lets her connect with animals easily.
- Monster has a rather tragic example of a man who used to be a Friend To All Living Things in the forest he grew up around. That was before he killed an innocent man in the place because he was ordered to.
- The manipulative, vindictive Freesia from Jubei-chan hangs out in the village of the cute talking animals for a bit before she sets off to collect the hero's head.
- Subverted in Sketchbook. The cats don't view Sora as such, since she always gives them expired food. Double-subverted after Sora finally gives them good food.
- Basilisk, where Hotarubi of the Iga Tsubagakure has to power to summon insects and reptiles... and use them to kill.
- Kaoru Kaidoh from The Prince of Tennis is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold/borderline male Tsundere whose soft side emerges when around puppies and kittens. In the Gakuensai no Oujisama Dating Sim, the final date with Kaidoh takes place either in an aquarium or a zoo.
- Shido Fuyuki from Get Backers, who also Speaks Fluent Animal. His girlfriend, Madoka Otowa, also picks it up; in fact, when Shido goes live with her in Madoka's Big Fancy House, Shido's beloved animals join them too.
- Jinpei in Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, big time. A prime example is in episode 18 when he blows the team's mission just to save a baby whale, getting them all in hot water with Dr. Nambu. Then there's his puma in the second series...
- Yellow from Pokémon Special. She is not only a particularly kind and gentle trainer, but she has the power to both heal and listen to the thoughts of Pokémon, which leads to her befriending just about any Pokémon that isn't being trained by an enemy.
- Hareta from Diamond and Pearl Adventure actually lived with Pokémon for most of his life, and can even make a Gallade owned by Commander Saturn smile at him.
- Lance, Yellow's Shadow Archetype, is basically Friend to All Pokemon gone wrong. He hates humans for destroying Pokemon's natural habitats and tried to wipe out mankind.
- Diamond as well. Byron even notes how he managed to quickly tame a Shieldon even he couldn't handle. He befriends Steelix, the cavern boss of Iron Island as well, and can convince legendaries to side with him.
- Nurse Joy from the mainstream series fits the profile, which is sort of a prerequisite, seeing as she's the Pokémon equivalent of a veterinarian. Of course, there's Ash; if a Pokémon doesn't like him right away, it usually will eventually. [[He's even befriended Arceus itself.]]
- America from Axis Powers Hetalia loved to play with bunnies and bison (if you count, uh, sort've dancing with them?) as a young child and befriends whales as an adult. It's so over the top that he even comes to befriend extra-terrestrials, one of which lives in his house (hi there, Tony). Nevertheless, he doesn't particularly care about global warming and whatnot. He also has a very unusual personality for this trope, especially a male version, being a Large Ham Boisterous Bruiser instead of a calm Messiah type.
- He's even friends with the unicorn England gave him, whom he can't see.
- According to some Himaruya chibis, Taiwan is one as well.
- England is a friend to all mythical creatures, which apparently only he can see. In one episode he even befriends a kappa, who laments being forgotten in his own country.
- Gon from Hunter × Hunter is a male example, especially in the first few chapters/episodes.
- It's an established rule of the setting that great Hunters are well-liked by animals. Gon's father Ging also seemed to have a way with critters.
- Appachai in History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi. Occasionally the omakes will exaggerate this, such as him thinking he only needs to stand still for the next 20 days and the birds nesting on top of his head will be gone.
- Fumina Konoe from Shakugan no Shana, when she's a sort of scout/spy form where she's acting/temporarily really as just a normal girl at the school. It would be spoilered that it's her but it's kind of really obvious. She has something of an affinity for birds, getting easily distracted by them, and they tend to love her back.
- Sara in Shokojo Sera is a straight, if somewhat realistic example. Her animal friends include a pony, a parrot, the Seminary's comic cat, the sparrows outside her attic, and even a group of mice that live in her attic.
- Parodied, (surprise, surprise) in Violinist of Hameln when Lute's entourage of birds eventually grows into a mob of adoring animals, including crocodiles, gorillas, and a boa constrictor, which prove to be difficult to shoo off. His original bird companions stick around, played fairly straight, though lampshaded by people around him.
- Used oddly in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: the last Parallel Works video shows Lordgenome was a Friend To All Living Things when he was a kid. Possibly deconstructed, in that he later decided to genetically modify the animals into his army Beastmen.
- Saint Young Men has animals gathering around Jesus and Buddha and helping them with their daily needs, even going so far as to serve themselves on plates when they're out of food.
- One chapter of Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack, "The Painting Is Dead!", features a horribly tragic version of this. Artist Go Gan is seen chatting happily with cute animals gathering around him as he paints in a jungle on a South Seas island... that's suddenly hit by the shock wave from a nearby atomic bomb test, leaving Go Gan the only survivor, surrounded by dead bodies of animals and natives, and horribly stricken with radiation poisoning.
- Also played tragically in the newer TV series. One of Black Jack's friends is a young scientist who adopts one of his former experiments, a deer with human-level intelligence, and treats him like a brother much to BJ's skepticism. When the doctor gets married, the deer's jealousy is so terrible that it attacks his "brother"'s wife and almost kills her, then keeps attacking when BJ is trying to save the poor girl. The scientist has to shoot the deer to force him back off and it disappears, never to be heard of again.
- Ataru from Urusei Yatsura, a.k.a. the most lecherous man in the universe, sometimes shows his side as a friend to all living things. He manages to hatch a fairy egg, raises a caterpillar into a fairy using the Power of Love, and saves the life of a kappa.
- Leo Aoi of Beast Master. Yuiko also tries to be, but she's just a little too enthusiastic...
- In Buddha, being one is a sign of some spiritual enlightenment or supernatural gift.
- An inverted case with Zoro in One Piece who, though he doesn't care much for animals, often finds them coming towards him. An octopus stuck on his head when he was inspecting a shipwreck. A South bird stayed near his side during Skypiea (to get his food) and his crewmate Chopper (a half-reindeer) clamps on his head when he's scared.
- Daitokuji-sensei from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (called Lyman Banner in the dub) was a self-proclaimed animal-lover. He once threatened a group of scientists who were performing cruel experiments on a monkey, and he had a pet cat named Pharaoh that he was very close to. SO close, in fact, that when he died, Pharaoh literally swallowed his soul, making him unable to depart to the afterlife. He remained inside his pet's stomach from that point on, occasionally acting as an advisor to Judai.
- Sotomura from Waratte! Sotomura-san would be late for school for the sake of the cicada that once landed on her skirt.
- In Date A Live, one of Kurumi Tokisaki's redeeming qualities is that she really loves animals... and will terminate any fool she sees mistreating them.
- Oddly, several Batman villains exemplify this trope with regard to certain animals:
- Catwoman, in several interpretations, has a feline-specific version. From the tiniest kitten to the largest tiger, there's something about her that they all instinctively trust.
- Unsurprisingly, Catman has shown a similar affinity, particularly with the big cats.
- The Penguin has a similar ability regarding birds. A Secret Origins special written by Neil Gaiman even has one of his ex-henchmen describing this with awe to a TV crew.
- Poison Ivy is a Friend To All Living Plants. (Wait... isn't she a vegetarian?)
- Subverted by Doomsday, the DC Comics character who killed Superman. In one of his first appearances, while he was still wandering aimlessly through a forest, a deer came up and nuzzled his hand. Doomsday, of course, broke the poor deer's neck. He did the same thing to a bird that landed on his palm.
- Cooch from Footrot Flats is described this way from day one, and is notable for caring for even introduced feral animals, which even Australian and New Zealander environmentalists would shoot on sight. He says that somebody's got to care for them. However, he's not a vegetarian, and makes some great cave weta sandwiches.
- In James O'Barr's graphic novel The Crow, Eric Draven is shown with all of the cats living in a tenement happily following him.
- In an interesting subversion, Eric isn't actually that knowledgeable about cats — he names one Gabriel, and it turns out he's a she. A pregnant she.
- One of Wonder Woman's more obscure powers is "Unity With Beasts," a gift from the goddess Artemis that fits this trope perfectly.
- The Silver and Bronze Age versions of Hawkman and Hawkgirl/Hawkwoman had the ability to speak with and befriend Earth birds.
- Aquaman, of course, is most famous for being able to talk to fish and other sea life.
- Subverted/parodied in Beetle Bailey — the chaplain (an appropriate sort of character for this) just had crumbs of food on his clothes that the animals liked. He's also played it more straight, as has Zero, who's innocently dumb and used to animals from the farm where he used to live.
- Parodied in Strangers in Paradise, when Katchoo dreams she's a Disney princess, despite being rather unlike that in her waking life. She charms birds and chipmunks with her singing for all of a few moments, when the dream turns nightmarish as the animals shun her for smelling of death.
- Issue #4 of Princess Natasha (based on the KOL web cartoon), Natasha uses her talent of communicating with animals to save a passel of zoo animals from the clutches of her evil uncle (who is also principal of the school she attends).
Film — Animated
- Nausicaä in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of the classic examples of this trope, perhaps even prototypical. She takes it much further than most others; she not only befriends cute wild animals but also horrifying battleship-sized insects, slavering-jawed giant dragonflies and so forth. Her compassion extends to people of all nations as well, so she really is a friend to All Living Things.
- The Garden Master in the manga is a nasty subversion of the trope, as he tends to a beautiful, perfect garden and can speak with his animals (indeed, they act as his servants.) He knows of, but cannot comprehend violence and the human need to survive, and a prolonged stay within the Garden's limits will destroy the visitor's will and cause them to forget the outside world..
- Kira from The Dark Crystal.
- Just about all Disney princesses get a forest scene where she sings and all the animals flock to her, with birds sitting on her hand or shoulder and joining in the song, making them the Trope Namers.
- Snow White is probably the Ur-example. Watch the scene on YouTube, starting around 3:20.
- Briar Rose (Princess Aurora) in Sleeping Beauty has a host of animal friends that ends up stealing the prince's clothes so they could assemble together as a kind of homemade dream prince.
- Cinderella begins with the heroine's animal friends waking her up in the morning and helping her shower and get dressed. They also make her a dress while she's too busy with her chores, and eventually end up saving the day in the end. In a deleted scene, the Prince was this as well, playing a hunting game with a deer.
- Justified in The Little Mermaid: Ariel is friend to all living sea critters, especially Flounder. Which makes a certain degree of sense, since her father is Triton, king of the sea and considers all the ocean life, not just merpeople, as his subjects. (In fact, the reason he rails against Ariel visiting "the surface" is because the barbarian humans eat fish for food.) So, after Ariel is turned into a human by Ursula and goes up top to see Eric, quite a bit of Hilarity Ensues when, following "Les Poissons", she nearly gets served Sebastian for dinner.
- More recent Disney films have tried to avoid this or make the trope a little more realistic, to varying levels of success.
- Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, for example, is friendly with birds and a tiger, but they grew up around her, so it's at least justified.
- Mulan's horse and cricket simply act like wacky sidekicks along with Mushu.
- Belle tries to talk to farm animals, but they don't seem to understand what she's saying, so it's just another reason for the townspeople to think she's insane. Even her trusty horse tries to run away when she's being attacked by wolves. She is at least somewhat friendly with birds, but they abandon her for the Beast when they see he's got more food.
- Pocahontas has her raccoon and hummingbird companions; though the weirdest moment is probably during Colors of the Wind, where she helps show John Smith the importance of understanding living creatures by picking up a bear cub in front of its mother.
- Megara from Hercules is about the only Disney heroine without any animal friends. In one scene, she even tells some cute and cuddly animals to get lost. (They turn out to be Pain and Panic in disguise.)
- Rapunzel from Tangled has a pet chameleon and manages to befriend Maximus by simply petting him and cooing over him, although the latter verges on parody with Flynn expressing disbelief that a trained horse is acting like a lovestruck puppy with her.
- There are so many parodies of these classic Disney moments that they have they have their own trope.
- Subverted in Oliver & Company: the character whom the birds help dress up in the morning is a spoiled, vain show-dog, voiced by Bette Midler, singing one of her songs of course.
- Johnny Appleseed in Melody Time. It helps that he doesn't carry any sort of weapon, but having the ability to pet a skunk takes a true air of benevolence.
- A male example from Disney; Cody from The Rescuers Down Under is good friends with a lot of animals from the Australian outback, including a kangaroo, some wombats and a giant golden eagle.
- Pictured above: Giselle from Affectionate Parody Enchanted, who's even able to make friends with all the normal pests you might find in New York City (cockroaches, sewer rats, etc.), and charms them into cleaning Robert's apartment (the "Happy Working Song" scene).
- Parodied in Shrek the Third when the princesses commit the jailbreak and raid the castle: Snow White (Amy Poehler) frolics in the woods, and starts off with a cute little song in front of two talking trees guarding one of the gates to bring a bunch of animals to her. The two trees are quite surprised when she suddenly changes to the opening riff from Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" to make them attack.
- Also parodied in the first Shrek, where Princess Fiona sings with a bird... then suddenly kills it with her voice. She then takes and cooks its eggs.
- Daria from The Princess and the Pea. She even manages to befriend a bear and name him Balthazar.
- Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon becomes this, at least to dragons. He gets to the point that he can win over the trust of virtually any dragon ( except for the humungous ones).
- Red Puckett in Hoodwinked gives a variant of this. If her song "Great Big World" is any indication, many of the creatures of the forest know her by her first name. Then again, she is their delivery girl. In that number, there's also a scene where hummingbirds carry her on her bike across a river (the Wolf, who is observing her through the bushes, comments, "Whoa! Creepy!"). After the sour encounter with the Wolf, Red tricks him into falling off a cliff by handing her hooded cloak off to these same hummingbirds.
- Flippers lampshades it by reassuring Granny that the only thing Red is guilty of is "flying a swarm of hummingbirds without a license".
- Red also apparently is a friend to woodpeckers. There's a scene where she is in a treehouse reading a travel magazine and a woodpecker flies up.
- She's also on a first name basis with Boingo, a white rabbit.
- Red is not a total Friend to All Living Things, though, as she does use physical violence on the Wolf and on Boingo at separate points in the movie.
- The Book Of Life:
- Manolo Sanchez. Given his refusal to kill bulls and giving Chuy to Maria when they were younger.
- Maria Posada has a strong love for animals and won't stand for the killing of them. As a child she convinces Manolo and Joaquin to help her free a butcher's pigs. Later, the look of dread on her face during the main bullfight is what prompts Manolo to throw down his sword. She also has the "animated girl" ability to draw flocks of birds to her and have them hang around being cute and musical.
- La Muerte. All creatures love her.
Film — Live Action
- In The Misfits, Roslyn can't stand it when Gay goes to shoot a rabbit that's eating his vegetable garden, and disapproves of the rodeo when she finds out a flank strap is used to irritate them into bucking. When she finds out that the mustangs are meant for dog food, she loses it.
- Altaira in Forbidden Planet has this ability, even charming a tiger, until she falls in love with Captain Adams.
- In M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, the identifying mark of The Healer is that he/she attracts butterflies.
- The eponymous Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a male example of this used straight in a comedy. Animals instinctively know to obey him. He suffered an Heroic BSOD and retreated to a Buddhist monastery when he failed to rescue a raccoon. He's able to get animals to protect him by using baby talk. The only exception is bats, which he absolutely hates.
- Layla from Sky High can control plants, and her mother can talk to animals.
- There's a running theme in Children of Men that animals like Theo, even the farm dogs who supposedly hate everyone. He's also the one who manages to get Kee's baby to calm down near the end.
- The title character of The Golden Child, a young Buddhist monk with mystical powers.
- One female character in Ilya Muromets (The Sword and the Dragon) is portrayed this way. In one scene she sings cheerfully, surrounded by forest animals.
- I Really Hate My Job: What does Suzy do when she spots a rat in the kitchen? Interview it, and ask how its day has been.
- Disney's Enchanted plays this very straight in the animated segment before memorably parodying it in the live-action part - by having her singing charmed vermin in New York City into cleaning Robert's apartment.
- In Seven Years In Tibet when the Buddhist monks have to build a building in their monastery, they first comb the ground of the would-be construction site in search of earth worms and carry them away to safety.
- A scene in O Brother, Where Art Thou? shows Delmar looking at a bunch of butterflies that are landing on him.
- Subverted with the blind woman in the Haters hideout in the Apocalypse film series movie Revelation, who by her own admission became a vegetarian not because she loved animals, but because she hated plants.
- Boomers life goal seems to become this he succeeds.
- Subverted in the Discworld book Moving Pictures. When sending for a new archchancellor, the wizards select Ridicully the Brown on the note that he loves nature and speaks to animals and assume that he will be very naive and easy to murder because of this trope. Turns out, he's an avid hunter, his speaking involves yelling at birds to shut up, and damn near impossible to kill to boot. He single handedly stops the University's tradition of Klingon Promotion.
- It is said that he does a lot for rare animals, mainly, keeping them rare.
- Also in Wyrd Sisters, where the population of the local forest, carnivore and herbivore alike, shows up on Granny Weatherwax's front lawn, in an attempt to silently guilt her into getting a new king of Lancre. Subverted in that her response is to say, "I don't know what's going on, but when it wears off, some of you buggers better be quick on your feet or you'll be lunch."
- Likewise, Granny's practice of leaving out food for animals she's Borrowed: it's the sort of thing this trope would do, but she'd never admit it's for any reason other than equitable payment for the temporary use of their senses. In fact, it's kind of an insight into her character; given the option, she'd just Borrow and be done with it, because she doesn't much like anyone, person or animal, but obligations are pretty central to how she works.
- Subverted in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe where one character, Ford Prefect, stands alone in a field, smiling serenely. A deer comes up and rubs against him, whereupon Ford immediately reaches out and breaks its neck. He attributes the effect to "pheromone control" and notes, "You just need to emit the right smell".
- Ford learned the technique from a couple of ex-Pralite Monks, whose devotional training gives them amazing mental control. It's specifically mentioned that most Pralite Monks leave the order "just after finishing their devotional training and just before taking their final vows to remain locked in small metal boxes for the rest of their lives."
- In Rudyard Kipling's story "The Miracle of Purun Bhagat" from The Second Jungle Book, the title character renounces his worldly goods and becomes a holy man, befriending all of the animals that live in the hills near his shrine.
- In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jerk with a Heart of Gold Mauricio Babilonia is always followed around by swarms of yellow butterflies.
- In Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy, Jaenelle, being made up of both human and animal dreams, is the catalyst for the reconciliation of the kindred and Blood when she convinces the kindred to open their realms again.
- This is a mixed blessing for Una in The Faerie Queene: On the one hand, an army of forest critters save her from being raped by Sansloy, but then they practically kidnap her and force her to stay with them so they can worship her until she's rescued by Satyrane.
- Subverted in HP Lovecraft's mythos. Nyarlatothep is described as having wild beasts licking his hands, and in some RPGs based on the mythos, it is specifically mentioned that no animal can attack him. This is probably related to his unnatural charisma and has some effect on people too (he tends to gather a large following wherever he goes). Of course he's pretty much the exact opposite of sweet and innocent.
- Also played somewhat straight in The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, where Randolph Carter befriends the cats living in the dream world. He aids them on several occasions, and is aided by them in return.
- In Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel A Little Princess, heroine Sara Crewe befriends and tames the rat who lives in her attic.
- Her other classic children's novel, The Secret Garden, has two gender-flipped examples: Ben Weatherstaff, who is good friends with the robin who leads Mary to the garden, and Purity Stu Dickon, who has tamed darn-near every creature on the moor.
- In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Gods of Mars, Thuvia can tame with her words the banths that seriously threatened the combined forces of John Carter and Tars Tarkas.
- Subverted in Darkest Powers with Derek, who tends to send animals into screaming fits of rage or fear just by being within a fifty foot radius of them. He explains this to Chloe as, being that he’s a werewolf, the animals see a human but smell something entirely different, which makes them nervous. It’s still hilarious when he mentions that a Chihuahua randomly attacked him at one point and took a chunk out of his hand, though.
- In Jim C Hines's The Princess Series, Danielle ("Cinderwench") is often underestimated because she has no obvious skills or magic. However, she can speak to animals and strongly persuade them to agree with her. Beyond that, animals simply like her, and will help her out even if she doesn't ask for (or want) their help.
- Conan the Barbarian: In "Beyond the Black River," "Zogar boasted that he could summon wild beasts to do his bidding." Then, he inverts just about all the other traits usually associated with it.
- In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero in Hell, Calvin remembers Miranda being like this, as a child, singing to an orchid to make it grow.
- Mephisto's staff summons creatures but does not make them obedient. Mephisto manages by friendliness.
- In Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series has a Badass male example. Quintus Sertorius, a renegade Roman general and brilliant tactician possess an uncanny ability to attract and tame wild animals (including an eagle at one point.) A barbarian tribe even considers him a servant of the gods after observing him feed a skittish albino fawn from his hand.
- In Gary Larson's There's a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm's Story, most of the book is the worm's father telling him a story about a human girl who is a clueless Deconstruction of the trope and it ends with the the moral that loving nature is different from knowing it.
- Cassie in Animorphs. Her affinity for critters also makes her the best morpher in the group.
- The Pemalites were biologically designed to be a Planet of Hats for this trope.
- Justified for Francis Sandow in two novels and a short story by Roger Zelazny, but only for animals he's designed, on the planets he's created. When a lizard is momentarily frightened of him in one book, it shows he's entering enemy territory.
- In Gene Stratton Porter's Freckles, Freckles. It mitigates the effect of solitude on him.
He began filling it with handfuls of wheat from his pockets. In a swarm the grain-eaters arose around him as a flock of tame pigeons. They perched on his arms and the cap, and in the stress of hunger, forgetting all caution, a brilliant cock cardinal and an equally gaudy jay fought for a perching-place on his head
- In John C. Wright's Count To A Trillion, Prince Ranier. Menelaus realizes that he should have realized that he was dead when he saw a mural of an attack from their starship: the prince would never have countenanced it for any reason.
- Rosie, the heroine of Robin McKinley's Sleeping Beauty novel Spindle's End, has the fairy-given ability to communicate with animals. Later, when she discovers that she's actually the country's missing princess (not a spoiler since the reader knows it from the get-go), the animals around her are shocked by the revelation, but immediately determine that "if she is a princess, then she is our princess."
- Trapped on Draconica: Erowin is introduced by calling out The Protagonist for attacking a scary creature, because that scary creature was caught in a poacher's trap. She dislikes violence even more than her Technical Pacifist big sister.
- Ilya in Firebird (Lackey). He's willing to eat meat, of course, but he immediately saves a nightingale from an evil water spirit and a fox from an unfortunate tree.
- Stephen Maturin in the Aubrey-Maturin series; almost any animal immediately takes to him, including sloths, wombats, dogs, cats, orangutans and aardvarks, usually with hilarious results. The only exception is a llama.
- Beren, a hero in Tolkien's The Silmarillion, is helped by forest animals to avoid capture by Morgoth's troops, and converts to vegetarianism out of gratitude.
- Gnomes, as detailed in the 1977 bestseller Gnomes, are a whole race that fits the Trope, seeing as they speak fluent Animal. They usually help animals in trouble, and are trusted by them. There are a few exceptions, however; they don't like cats and they have trouble getting along with polecats, rats, and similar animals.
- In the Tortall Universe by Tamora Pierce:
- Veralidaine Serrasri of The Immortals gets along famously with animals of all kind right from the start of the story. Somewhat unusually, she does admit to playing favorites with some species (bats and wolves) and disliking others (chickens, who she finds offensively stupid). It turns out her Wild Magic has something to do with it, making animals see her as one of them even before she can control it. And it turns out to go even further than that - of course she and animals will love each other, she's basically a nature demigoddess.
- Keladry of Protector of the Small has no wild magic, but she has a habit of taking in strays and nursing injured animals even before she goes to the palace for knight training. Once she gets there, the animals become companions and quasi-sentient helpers because Daine's proximity has made them more intelligent and therefore inclined to assist their benefactor.
- Prim in The Hunger Games. She brought home her cat Buttercup, who only likes her, as a mangy, worm-infested stray (Katniss wanted to drown him), adores her goat, Lady (Katniss prefers to think of her as a source of milk and money), and utterly failed at learning to hunt because she would cry over and want to heal any animal that Katniss shot.
- In Andre Norton's Catseye, Troy had an uncanny skill to work with animals, despite not having done so for years. He has a telepathic ability to communicate with the enhanced animals.
- Aretzes in A.L. Phillips's The Quest of the Unaligned become this as one facet of their earth magic. For example, Karetzina of Brighthollow keeps six badgers: Diamond, Jasper, Opal, Beryl, Amber, and Lord Broccoli. This is extremely important, as Alaric learns to his great frustration.
- Sings-To-Trees in Nine Goblins. The other elves might pretend they are, but who gets stuck with a problematic unicorn birth or a leaky troll at ungodly hours?
- The Rainbow Magic series has any fairy that has to do with animals, especially the Pet Fairies, Ocean Fairies, Magical Animal Fairies, and Animal Rescue Fairies. By proxy, Rachel and Kirsty are this too.
- The Underland Chronicles:
- Boots. Even the creepy-crawly ones. Kind of her 'superpower'.
- Vikus is one of a very few Underland humans who would willingly work with a rat.
- The Barre family gift in Annals Of The Western Shore gives its holder the potential to be this. It's often used to call animals so they can be hunted more easily, but Gry refuses to use it for that purpose and remains squarely within this trope.
- Jon in Alexander Key's The Forgotten Door is shown to be this to deer and a dangerous dog. He communicates with them telepathically.
- Tia in Alexander Key's Escape to Witch Mountain is this to a pair of bears and a cat. She communicates with them telepathically, too.
- Katie Welker is friends with and telepathically communicates with a neighbor's cat in The Girl with Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts.
- Margret Lechow is this to her landlady's cat (who never lets strangers touch him, but allows Margret to do so when they meet) and various farm animals in The Ark, by Margot Benary-Isbert.
Live Action TV
- Radar from M*A*S*H. The 4077's company clerk had lots of guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, and the like as pets (including at least one goat), and took excellent care of them, despite being close to the front lines in a war. His deeds involving animals have included taming a wild horse (which became Col. Potter's pet, Sophie) and saving a lamb from slaughter by getting it a military discharge.
- This was subverted in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which Willow lures a fawn to her in the forest... and she then slaughters it to collect its blood for the rite which will raise Buffy from the dead.
- Despite being very aware that she wasn't actually killing the fawn, actress Alyson Hannigan was traumatized over even having to act it out.
- An episode of Jim Henson's The Storyteller called "Sapsorrow" showed the titular princess having this power. The episode was based on the German folk tale "Allerleirauh" and featured Princess Sapsorrow having her coat made by all her animal friends.
- The Goodies. After Tim Brooke-Taylor becomes Bigfoot (his right foot has swollen from walking around the sides of mountains, looking for legendary creatures) he retreats to the wild (so people will stop laughing themselves to death over the sight of his enormous foot) and becomes friends to all the animals, who join him in a rendition of the "Bigfoot" theme song.
- Subverted in The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Goodbye bird. There's a 51% chance I wouldn't have killed you.
- The Janitor from Scrubs becomes one of these when he starts wearing a baby blue uniform. While he switches back to gray to regain his "fearitude", he's later shown wearing it off duty, and surrounded by birds again.
- Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh is one of these. He can talk to animals and is referred to as Mowgli in Flares—although he often "squanders" his gift by talking to the animals at the zoo about Gary Numan and and dressing the lion up as Adam Ant. Sometimes his boundless charisma does prove useful, however.
Howard: What about the polar bear?
Vince: Oh, we got on.
Howard: You don't "get on" with a polar bear!
Vince: We did, we just clicked!
- Carrusel has a male example. Mario Ayala has a German Shepherd and a rabbit. He had also found a stray dog that he was fond of- but returned him to the righteous owner, who then gave him the German Shepherd.
- Sookie from True Blood. Right in the first episode she is licked by a stray dog and her grandma's cat is shown purring in her arms while she's having a dream.
- Subverted in the TV Series Soap, the leader of the "Sunnies" (in-show parody of the "Moonies") is a "Lover of All Things, but [he] hate[s] mint tea."
- The title character of The Life And Times Of Grizzly Adams was like this. Some of the more aggressive predators are the exception, but Adams' grizzly bear companion, Ben, is able to deal with them.
- Snow White in Once Upon a Time, for obvious reasons.
- In the The Charmings, the Prince returns home and notices how clean their house is:
Prince Eric:' Had the animals in again?
- A weird case happened in Power Rangers in Space. A Monster of the Week named Waspicable was an ugly, bee-like creature who could blow things up with eye-beams... Who also loved flowers, animals, and children. Clearly, he wasn't cut out to be a bad guy, and it showed.
- A male example is given in Power Rangers Wild Force with Cole: a boy raised by a jungle tribe who has the ability to communicate with animals. Naturally he tries to be friends with everyone he meets.
- He even tries to reason with the Org monsters during his second battle but to no avail when he relaises orgs do not have hearts.
- Interestingly enough, Neal Caffrey. He has a soft spot for kids and animals, and as much as people try, he's too charismatic for most of them to resist.
- Within Temptation's "In Perfect Harmony" is a textbook example, apart from the subject being male.
- Close to You by The Carpenters.
Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be close to you.
- Played with in Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs. "Do I really want to be near somebody who causes birds to appear suddenly? Didn't Alfred Hitchcock do a horror movie about this?"
- Also parodied in this XKCD comic: "Wait, are those turkey vultures?"
- Ben Fold's Five's "Kate" plays on this trope, to an admittedly exaggerated effect:
She plays "Wipeout" on the drums,
The squirrels and the birds come
Gather 'round to sing the guitar
- And later, "And you can see the daisies in her footsteps," and "She never gets wet; she smiles and it's a rainbow."
Myths & Religion
- The Bible: Jesus of Nazareth is the foremost example, as he was without sin and was Crucified for the sins of all mankind, to make it possible for them to reunited with their Father in Heaven.
- Saint Francis of Assisi, according to legend. (Next to Buddha, he might be the most commonly featured figure in garden statues.)
- And Saint Martin of Porres. He's often represented with a dog, a cat, a bird and a mouse... that eat peacefully from the same dish placed at the saint's statue's feet.
- And St. Anthony and the fishes, St. Aegidius with the doe, St. Raymond Nonnatus with cats, St. Kevin of Glendalough with the blackbird nesting in his hand, St. Jerome and the lion, St. Gall with the bear, St. Agnes and the lamb — this is a very common trait in hagiology.
- Contrary to common belief, Francis of Assisi is not the only patron saint of animals. There are also Anthony of Padua (represented alongside birds), Anthony the Abbott, Nicholas of Tolentino and Blaise. More info here.
- The most well-known tenet of Jainism is veneration of all life, no matter how small.
- In Garfield:
- One strip had Garfield parody the trope, while relaxing on the farm, where a bunch of cute animals gather around him. He then says: "Walt Disney, eat your heart out."
- In an early Sunday comic, where he was out expressing that he loves all the animals in the field he was in, and invited them to his home for dinner, much to Jon Arbuckle's shock.
- In another Sunday comic, a bunch of cute woodland creatures gather around Pooky and even a rainbow appears behind them. Disgusted, Garfield says "That's even too much for me... and leaves.
- A series of Peanuts strips has Linus taking up the practice of patting birds on the head.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The Ranger and (especially) Druid classes have a version of this ability, animal empathy, but they definitely don't have to be innocent or naive.
- The Binder class from Tome of Magic in the 3.5 rules has a vestige that grants an even better ability more in keeping with this trope. Animals start with a default attitude of friendly toward the Binder when this vestige is bound. Animal Empathy, by contrast, requires a check.
- A subversion can be found in the 2E AD&D monster-books, which describe how ordinary rats or mice will emerge from hiding because they're drawn to a wererat's presence, timidly following the lycanthrope around. D&D wererats, as it happens, are Always Lawful Evil and are Friends To Nobody.
- An 2E issue of Dragon introduced the liminals, a race of Half Human Hybrids descended from water elementals with the power to befriend marine animals, especially dolphins.
- The Book of Exalted Deeds supplement for v3.5 has the prestige class "Apostle of Peace," which is this trope. It gets a lot of neat abilities, but it can't kill any living thing. The entry mentions how most apostles drink their water through a strainer to avoid swallowing any bugs.
- Vow of Peace is a Feat related to this class. It's very hard to maintain, but the benefits are incredible. Someone with this Feat is very hard to hurt; weapons shatter against her skin, and most destructive magic cannot harm her. However, not only can she not harm living things, she cannot condone an ally doing so; if one does against her wishes, she weeps, and her tears inflict a slight curse on the one causing the harm.
- One very ironic example is Vlad Drakov, the Darklord of Falkovnia in the Ravenloft campaign. While Drakov is a cruel tyrant with no concern for human life, he is a skilled falconer, and cannot bear to see his birds being hurt.
- Fey in general in the game are like this, but especially nymphs. One edition states that wildlife love them so much that they forget their instincts as far as predator and prey are concerned, and animals who are natural enemies gather together with each other simply to flock around the nymph to be petted and caressed.
- Exalted: Raksha with very high Cup Grace is this trope. And it's not even a mental compulsion. But of course, like everything Raksha, it's all fake.
- GURPS. The Animal Empathy advantage gives this quality.
- Deconstructed in Warhammer 40,000 by Nurgle, Chaos god of love and decay. Nurgle loves every living thing, equally, including maggots, viruses, and plague causing bacteria. Sentient creatures are simply outnumbered by several order of magnitude, and make for such nice homes to all the rest.
- Nobilis: everything becomes like this within the confines of the 3e Locust Court, which can end very badly when you leave if you, say, picked up a disease that your body refused to harm. Characters who want to get in on this outside said Chancel can probably get by using the Afflictions system, which allows for things such as "Animals like me (3)", which means that miracles will periodically surround the character with cheerful and happy deer and whatnot, and you will get three miracle points whenever your entourage gets you into trouble.
- The Magic: The Gathering card Beloved Chapllain is this in both flavor and function.
- In Pokémon Live!, Ash is friends to all Pokemon. His memories and pure heart even wreck Giovanni's plan by giving MechaMew2 knowledge of love and right and wrong.
- A character in the Ace Attorney series, Acro, is constantly loved and flapped around by birds. These birds even attack Phoenix when he starts accusing Acro of having done it... The birds actually desert Acro when he's at his most intense, but come back afterward.
- In the third game, Dahlia Hawthorne is similarly accompanied by a trio of butterflies most of the time. Said butterflies explode when Dahlia's true nature is revealed
- The second Investigations game gives us Souta Sarushiro/Simon Keyes, an animal tamer from the same circus as Acro. His complete and utter love for the animals around him convince everyone - Edgeworth included - that he's innocent of the murder in the prison. It's all a facade. He despises the animals and every human except for a single assassin, and his breakdown at the very end of the game reflects that with all the animals beating him up.
- The Legend of Zelda has several such characters, who were each tied to the Sacred Forest Meadow in some way:
- A Link to the Past: The ghost in the Sacred Grove is seen playing his ocarina for group of forest animals, who disappears if Link goes near him; causing the animals to scatter.
- Ocarina of Time had Saria. Though she was from Kokiri Village, she could often be found deep in the surrounding forest, near the Forest Temple, where she teaches Link her song. She explains that it allows her to communicate with the spirits in the forest and also allows her to speak to him telepathically. Which how she learns of the disturbance in the Forest Temple when she finally awakens as the Forest Sage, 7 years later.
- In Twilight Princess, Ilia is essentially an expy of Saria, who despite being the Mayor's daughter, spends more of her time in the surrounding forest, rather than Ordon Village. She's portrayed as selfless and giving: from tending to Link's horse (Epona) for him, to saving Prince Ralis when she found him collapsed in the road leading to Hyrule Castle Town.
- Amaterasu, the main character in Ōkami, takes this to the logical extreme. Not only do animals adore her, but she also makes flowers bloom wherever she steps. She's a Physical God though, so it only makes sense. Nor is it one-sided — she will stop any time, anywhere, to feed the animals she encounters on her travels, whether rabbits or tigers.
- And when you make flowers bloom near animals, they get hearts over their head and run over to Amaterasu to nuzzle up to her.
- Shows up occasionally in Final Fantasy:
- Final Fantasy VII: Aerith Gainesborough is a subversion, as she was originally portrayed as being streetwise and spunky, to contrast her outwardly feminine appearance. But as "The Compilation" was expanded on, her character was retroactively changed to being portrayed as innocent and saintly, to where she ultimately becomes the Big Good, who prevents Sephiroth and his Remnants from tainting the planet's Lifestream.
- Guy, from Final Fantasy II, is a lumbering giant of a man... who speaks squirrel, is pure of heart, and has stats that make him an ideal White Mage.
- Lenna from Final Fantasy V, to the point that she steps on poisonous plants to rescue the wind drake. She became this after learning that her mother was sick, and could only be cured by the tongue of a wind drake, which would kill it. In the end, she chose to keep the wind drake alive, if you decided to do so; if not, the King shows up to stop her.
- To a lesser extent, Krile—she's able to speak with every sentient being, but she doesn't go to the extremes that Lenna does.
- In Final Fantasy VI, this seems to be the case with Relm, who becomes instant friends with Shadow's Right-Hand Attack Dog, Interceptor. It may be subverted, however, if Interceptor is simply picking up on the fact that Relm may be Shadow's daughter. Then again, she managed to make Ultros go "D'AWWWW" and let her paint his portrait while he was in the middle of attacking your party.
- In Fable if you get your good rating high enough, butterflies start flying around you. If you get your evil rating high enough, flies do the same.
- Sakura Wars V's Diana has a specific bond to birds... they flock to her and she can't stand to see them harmed. She actually faints when served Fried Chicken at a Harlem Church. Coqulicot from the Third Game lives in a circus and is a variation on this Trope as well.
- Erana from the Quest for Glory series is a powerful mage whose goodly influence you will come into contact with throughout all of the games. Several gardens have sprung up wherever her magic is at work, causing animals to gather and exerting an influence of calm and purity over everything.
- The Wildhammer Dwarves in the Warcraft universe.
- Subverted with druidic races like Night Elves, Tauren, and Furbolgs. They're at one with nature, but in a Circle of Life way - they take pride in hunting, as it's their role in the food chain.
- Taken to the point of parody by Mylune, the dryad in Mount Hyjal.
- In World of Warcraft, there is a Druid only glyph by the name of "Glyph of Charm Woodland Creature" which, "Allows the Druid to befriend an ambient creature, which will follow the Druid for 1 hour."
- Fia from Riviera: The Promised Land is a prime example of this. She refuses to eat meat, which becomes very annoying during boss battles since you can only equip four items.
- Touhou has a few of the multitude of characters in the series fitting this trope:
- Reimu Hakurei, the main protagonist, has shown an ability up to and including feeding wild animals by hand, summoning birds via whistle and fish forming bridges under her feet.
- Satori Komeiji. Thanks to her ability to read minds, all animals love her since she can understand them. Of course, that same ability makes her feared by humans and youkai who don't like having their mind read like an open book.
- Kasen Ibara, the one-armed, horned hermit, has several exotic pets, and handles all animals well.
- B.B. Hood of Darkstalkers is a funny case—plants sprout around her, and butterflies and moles like her far more than is normal, but she does not get along with wolves. (It should be noted that she has a lot of "cute" traits and a less-than-cute personality.)
- Played even more bizarrely with Huitzil/Phobos, the local killer robot who shows to be quite fond of birds, squirrels and kids.
- Mono◊, from Shadow of the Colossus. She's got the birds and fawn and everything. Even the squirrel looking up at her.
- The "Animal Friend" perk in Fallout makes you this (somewhat). The first rank of it makes it so animal enemies won't attack you. The second makes animals attack enemies (except other animals, which they already do anyway making the 2nd rank practically useless).
- N from Pokemon Black And White, a male example and probably a deconstruction, as he was deliberately conditioned into this through brainwashing and social maladjustment, and that deconstruction is a large part of the plot. In fact, he never uses the same team of Pokemon twice, because he doesn't even capture them: he makes friends with wild Pokemon that can be found in the area and asks them to battle for him. He then releases them afterward.
- In a sense, all the player characters in the Pokémon games could count, since every Pokemon that can be obtained in the games can easily become a potential ally. Something that doesn't seem to come as easily for NPC characters.
- Morgan LeFlay in Tales of Monkey Island. Not only does she like monkeys, but she also loves cute parrots, especially one that is made of pyrite, which she says she'll keep as a souvenir once she's done with Guybrush.
- It is revealed in Chapter 3 that Santino even loves bugs, as discussed by Moose.
- Sonic the Hedgehog's initial reason for fighting Robotnik/Eggman was to save his animal friends who had been captured and used to power Robotnik's robots. In the end of the first game they are even seen frolicking through the Green Hill Zone with him. Most of his friends have shown signs of this at least once too. Justified somewhat as they're animals themselves.
- Subverted by Metal Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal. He goes through the same levels as Sonic all while freeing animals by destroying the robots they're trapped in (robots made by his own creator), much like Sonic would; but he's only going through them to track down Sonic and because they attack him first. Once he's found Sonic, the animals he's unintentionally freed jump happily around him, but he gets annoyed by this and scares them off.
- The Aurin from WildStar an entire alien species of this, male or female, animal or plant.
- Gundam Tanaka from Super Dangan Ronpa 2 is a very strange example of this, as although he is a world-renowned animal trainer and lectures anyone who will listen on the proper treatment of animals, he also believes he is a powerful Dark Wizard, aspires to rule the world, and refers to his hamsters as 'The Four Dark Gods of Destruction' This shows even in his execution scene, as the first thing he does before facing his literally incoming death is to put his hamsters out of the stampede's range so they won't be harmed.
- A rare male example is Sora of the Kingdom Hearts series, who would befriend anybody who's not trying to kill him or his allies.
- Another rare male example is Jak. Despite his Anti-Hero status, and having an "anger issue", he's a pretty nice guy who's especially good with animals.
- Henry, Sumia and Ricken from Fire Emblem Awakening. Henry is even able to communicate with animals and plants alike!
- Princess Kenny in South Park: The Stick of Truth has two abilities that call on animals. One calls a unicorn, and the other involves him singing to summon a swarm of rats. He is a princess, after all. The trope is parodied if the player messes up the action commands they have to do to make the abilities work, however, and can result in Kenny being impaled by the unicorn or devoured by the rats.
- Marsha of College Roomies From Hell. She sees it as a curse, calling it "Snow White Syndrome"....until she realizes the ballistic value. It also becomes slightly disturbing during her Freak Out!, when she goes off to murder her former best friend, riding Satan's own staff, cloaked by a massive swarm of bats.
- Subverted in Dumnestor's Heroes by Dark Lordess Tyfnee. She first appears in silhouette with what looks like a bird, a butterfly and a fawn cuddling up to her while she sings about how her broken heart will be made whole when she finds the man she's looking for. The last panel reveals that the animals are actually a bat, a moth and a hyena, and the last line of Tyfnee's song is her need for vengeance.
- Tavros from Homestuck can commune with the many creatures of Alternia, though given the nature of Alternia the results can be terrifying. Somehow remains adorable, though.
- In No Rest for the Wicked, Prince Ricardo is also known as "Dick the Picky" for his disdain for princesses. The Boy (unaware he's right in front of him) sings a song about his seeing a princess who is this, and how the prince would think she must have fleas.
- Kanryl of Ears for Elves isn't ever seen without animals of some kind, and ensures that others do not disturb any creatures.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic has a story arc featuring a Disney Princess who can attract animals with her singing. A group of goblins, originally intending to kill and eat her, realizes the usefulness of this talent.
- In Squid Row, Randie dreams of being helped by the Bluebird of Happiness and Nice Mice while cleaning up the coffee place.
- Magick Chicks parodies the trope, during the student council's camping trip in chapter 15. When Sandi notices the animals' unusual behavior and tries scaring them off, they gather around her instead. Birds even perch on her head and shoulders in time for Jacqui to snap a picture of it.
- Grace of El Goonish Shive is a downplayed version of this. Animals don't flock to her but she can befriend any animal she encounters and sometimes ask them to do things. It helps that she Speaks Fluent Animal using her antennae. She has requested ordinary squirrels to guide her to a destination, and can keep a large, agitated, wild boar calm enough to converse with it without it immediately attacking her.
- Also, Susan appears to be this in a filler strip. There is no evidence of this in canon, however, besides Jeremy.
- Whateley Universe example: Aquerna, who is kind and innocent, and has a special bond with squirrels and chipmunks. They'll do whatever she tells them to, and they'll follow her around.
- Rorschach from Saturday Morning Watchmen is "friend to the animals/When he's not clowning around!"
- Sabastian in The Graystone Saga is extremely fond of animals and takes excellent care of the horses he and Lady Gray ride. It's just people he doesn't seem to like. As he puts it, "Horses have more sense in their heads than most people."
- SCP-999 is a Blob Monster that loves all living creatures, even omnicidal eldritch abominations like SCP-682.
- In Dusk's Dawn Doodlecute's talent is allying herself with nature and plants.
- Steve Irwin loved all animals, and while he may have wrestled an awful lot of crocodiles, it was always to help them (by relocating them to safe places). He loved crocodiles so much that he felt incredibly guilty after once accidentally knocking a croc's tooth out. There wasn't an animal on Earth he was afraid to hang around (except maybe hippos), and he was extremely devoted to his dog Sui, to the very end. Irwin did say there was one type of animal that never got along with him — surprisingly, that was birds.
- He used to say that if he was ever killed by an animal, not to blame the animals because they were just protecting themselves from this scary ape-thing that was intruding on their territory.
- Another good example from Animal Planet's heyday is Jeff Corwin, who gushed and raved about every animal he came across on his show. Well, except for monkeys, but Jeff still liked them and just preferred to keep his distance so they wouldn't maul him. Due to him being a herpetologist, Jeff was especially fond of snakes and lizards, and always tried to give them a kind word and better reputation whenever he could.
- Programs such as Jeff's and Steve Irwin's were amongst the first to reflect a "human coexistence with wildlife approach", which was in sharp conflict with poachers and past practices in many parts of the world.
Two Three words: Sir David Attenborough.
- According to Ripley's Believe it or Not, Elie Gourbeyre of Nouara, France could lure any bird to her shoulder by merely crooking her finger. This lasted only from the time she was six until she was twelve years old.
- Values Dissonance: This type of character is almost Always Female... in North America and Northern Europe! In Latin America and Southern Europe... well, back then, it was a tomboy (Artemis / Diana the Greco-Roman goddess of wildlife). Nowadays it is a guy (Francesco D'Assisi). While in the USA it is often considered typical that All Girls Like Ponies—in many parts of the world this automatically marks you a tomboy.
- Well, we have Kevin Richardson as in this video.
- American TV personality and bear attack victim Timothy Treadwell really, really wanted to be this trope, and many of the film stubs he left behind show him playing with and adoring wild animals. Unfortunately (unlike Steve Irwin) he had very little practical sense for conservationism and probably did more harm than good, not to mention he was eventually killed by a bear who didn't reciprocate his fondness.
- The Nazis, ironically enough. While they commited atrocities to human beings, they focused on some of the most efficient environmental preservation methods in contemporary Europe, and part of their rhetoric inluded the preservation of nature... Likewise, Hitler himself loved dogs, and killed his own to save them from Soviet treatment, which was quite brutal.