Gratuitous Animal Sidekick
"The rabbit is cuddly! Kids like little cuddly sidekicks! I mean, the rabbit... it's a time-tested... okay, the rabbit bites."
The insertion of an animal sidekick into a property that normally wouldn't be expected to have one. Often an example of Executive Meddling
, particularly on Animated Series
, in an attempt to have a Kid-Appeal Character
May be a Heroic Dog
as well. Compare with Cousin Oliver
, Team Pet
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- Superboy had Krypto in his Silver Age comics, who also appeared in the 1960s Superman/Batman animated series. In 2005, the Last Dog of Krypton made his move to center stage on TV in Krypto the Superdog.
- Not to be outdone, Batman had Ace the Bathound back during the Silver Age.
- In 1948, the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, was suddenly given a canine sidekick in Streak, the Wonder Dog. Not only did Streak share GL's title, but the dog actually became the top-billed star of the series! Streak also served as the prototype for DC's other, subsequent wonder dog (Rex the Wonder Dog), who would operate without a superhero partner.
- Thoroughly lampshaded, spoofed, gnawed on, buried and piddled on by Discworld's "Gaspode the Wonder Dog."
- One of the CBS Executive memos to the producers of Gilligan's Island was that Gilligan should aquire a pet dinosaur. Seriously.
- Punky Brewster got Glomer, a "magical friend from the end of the rainbow", in her Animated Adaptation. Never mind the fact that she already had her dog Brandon.