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Inter Species Friendship
Elves and dwarves are enemies, you say? Not this time.

"I don't mind having a demon friend."
Fuka Kazamatsuri, Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten

In everyday life you're unlikely to know anyone of a different species to yourself, besides pets, and however much you might love your furry/scaly/feathered friends, the relationship probably isn't quite the same as the one you have with your bipedal ones.

In fiction, this restriction is way more lax, especially in the realms of of Fantasy and Science Ficton. Those worlds are populated by a whole host of fantastic aliens, elves, werewolves, robots, vampires, and who knows what else. It's incredibly common for people of completely different species to become close friends. Since the majority of these creatures tend to have an intelligent on par- if not greater- than that of humans, it might be stranger if people of various species didn't develop some sort of kinship. Even for species that are Always Chaotic Evil, you can expect at least one individual to throw off his hat and say My Species Doth Protest Too Much, thus joining the good guys.

Sometimes, in universes where the existence of other magical/advanced races are part of The Masquerade, or there's a lot of Fantastic Racism going on, these friendships might be more limited. This will usually allow people to comment how strange the hero(e)s' friendship is.

See Interspecies Romance, when the relationship is closer than this. Sometimes overlaps with Odd Friendship. If they are not supposed to be friends, see Forbidden Friendship.

Loyal Animal Companion is a Subtrope. See also Androcles Lion, A Boy and His X. One of these may lead to a Mayfly December Friendship.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ash Ketchum and series mascot, Pikachu, from Pokémon. Friendship, trust, and understanding between trainers and their Pokémon are recurring themes on the show.
    • Jesse and James with Meowth. This is different than any of the other examples from this show because Meowth is treated more like a equal than a Mon or pet. This is probably because he is one of the few Pokémon that speak human.
  • Rem (Shinigami) and Misa (human) of Death Note. Rem develops a platonic love for Misa and is even willing to die for her. Light (human) and Ryuk (Shinigami) also fall under this having a few Villains Out Shopping moments together, though they are of a more vitriolic type.
  • Hellsing has Integra and Pip (humans) with Alucard and Ceres (vampires).
  • Wolf's Rain had a pack of wolves and a genetically engineered flower-human hybrid.
  • Kimba and Roger Ranger from Kimba the White Lion.
  • Used in Black Jack, with a human scientist who's a friend of Black Jack adopting his last experiment (a super-intelligent deer) and treating him like a brother. It soon went From Bad to Worse.
    • Also between a young fisherman and a whale. Again, it got worse when the whale was blamed for the death of some fishermen. Unlike the scientist and the deer, they get better.
  • Dragon Ball: Goku and most of his friends. But a more prominent example is Gohan (Saiyan/Human hybrid) and Piccolo (Namekian), which looks more like an Intergenerational Friendship, but Piccolo is only four years older.
  • Several examples of this trope exists in One Piece. The most notable being Tony Tony Chopper, a reindeer who is a member of the Straw Hat Pirates and a dear friend to the other 8 Straw Hats, who are all human.
    • Luffy and Jinbe, who is a fishman.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia: America and Tony, his alien friend. They've been shown hanging out and playing video games, and America goes to Tony for help regarding the Pict invaders in the movie.
    • England and Norway with their respective magical friends might count as well.
  • In Bleach, Tousen and later his lieutenant Hisagi with the anthropomorphic wolf Komamura.
    • Ichigo (human/shinigami /Quincy) with Nel (Arrancar), and several full-blooded Shinigami like Renji and Rukia. Also, Orihime (human) with the aforementioned Rukia and the also shinigami Rangiku.
  • The demon Chrono with his human allies in Chrono Crusade.
  • San (human) and her wolf brothers from Princess Mononoke. And then there's her "mother", Morro.
  • Natsume and most of his spirit/Youkai friends in Natsume Yuujinchou, including a inukami (a wolf-like spirit) and a kitsune-kodomo (a child fox spirit).
  • From YuYu Hakusho, there is Yusuke and Kuwabara (humans) and Kurama and Hiei (demons).
  • Any friendship Mamoru in GaoGaiGar develops, as he is an alien.
  • The titular InuYasha, who is a half-demon, half-human, with Miroku and Sango, both humans, and Shippou and Kirara, both youkai.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Any human and duel spirit friendship, such as Juudai and Hane Kuriboh, Manjoume and Ojama Yellow, or Hayato and Death Koala.
  • The premise of Arashi No Yoru Ni revolves around this idea. Though whether this crosses over to Bromance or Interspecies Romance territory is up for interpretation, especially in the anime when they change Mei's gender

    Comic Books 
  • Mickey Mouse and Goofy.
  • In the X-Men there is Kitty Pryde and Lockheed the Dragon, who is her friend, not her pet.
    • Also in the X-Men there is Cyclops' father Corsair and the other Starjammers (except Hepzibah, who is his lover), each of whom belongs to a different race (except for Sikorski, who is a robot).
    • Longshot and Shatterstar - both from Mojoworld - and their teammates (except for lovers) on various X-teams.
    • Warlock and the other New Mutants.
  • Human Rick Jones and the Kree Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell as well as Genis-Vell).
  • She-Hulk and Jazinda the Skrull.
  • Most of Superman's friendships qualify, though not necessarily Clark Kent's.
  • The Wolfrider elves and their wolves in ElfQuest, partly because they can exchange feelings telepathically, and partly because they're related by blood.
  • Nextwave has a human, two superhumans, a mutant, and a robot.

    Fairy Tales 

    Fanfiction 

    Films — Animated 
  • This is common in Disney and Pixar films:
    • Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy (dog?) going back to before World War 2.
    • Genie (a genie) and Aladdin (human) in Aladdin.
    • In The Lion King, Zazu (bird) and Mufasa (lion). Also Timon (meerkat) and Pumbaa (warthog), close friends who later befriend Simba. (lion)
    • The Fox and the Hound. Between, well, a fox and a hound.
    • Lilo & Stitch, a human and a genetically engineered alien monster.
    • Brother Bear: Kenai (a human turned into a bear) to Koda (a bear cub). Alternatively, two bears and Rutt and Tuke (two moose brothers).
    • In Finding Nemo, not only do different kinds of fish get along, but they also befriend sea turtles, and species that otherwise prey on fish, such as sharks and pelicans.
    • The Jungle Book has Mowgli the human (who was raised by wolves) befriending Baloo the bear. They also friends with Bagheera the Black panther leopard.
    • Oliver & Company has Oliver the cat befriend Fagin's dogs.
    • The Rescuers, along with its sequel, involves mice talking to and befriending humans. The first even has a cat talking to and befriending both humans AND mice. The sequel also has Cody feeling very attached to Marahoute the eagle, though they can't communicate with each other.
    • Bolt has a trio of three different species: Bolt (a dog), Mittens (a cat) and Rhino (a hamster).
    • Toy Story: While Andy does not know his toys are alive, they do care a lot about him. Woody in particular gos to great lengths to return to him when separated. Said toys are also True Companions with each other.
    • The title character of Tarzan is friends with a gorilla and an elephant.
    • A Bug's Life has several different insects and arthropods as friends.
    • In Mulan Mushu the dragon is friends with Mulan (human), Crikee (cricket) and Khan (horse). Villain Shan Yu has his falcon.
  • In An American Tail, Fievel Mousekewitz (mouse) makes friends with Tiger (cat). They even have a song together.
  • In The Land Before Time, a long-neck ("Brontosaurus"), three-horn (Triceratops), swimmer (Saurolophus), flier (Pteranodon) and spike-tail (Stegosaurus) overcome their parents' generations-long racism and become True Companions. A sequel adds a sharp-tooth (Tyrannosaurus rex) to the gang and the TV series adds a Oviraptor.
  • Ice Age: Manny and Diego and Sid form one of this type of friendship with each other by the end of the first film and it continues into the second film and third film. (The unusual nature of this "herd" is duly lampshaded.)
  • Shrek, (an ogre) Donkey and eventually Puss in Boots become friends in the Shrek films.
  • The wolf-dog Balto is friends with a Russian goose and two polar bears.
  • The title character of Spirit (a horse) appears to be friends with an unnamed bald eagle and he later befriends a human.
  • Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Blade (Dhampyr) and Whistler (human)
  • Dragonheart features the friendship of a man and a dragon.
  • The original Star Wars trilogy had Han Solo and Chewbacca, the Wookie, as friends and partners.
  • As with the books, in The Hobbit, a friendship was struck up between Bilbo (a hobbit) and Gandalf (disguised as more or less human), not to mention Bilbo's friendship with the dwarves.
    • In Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship is composed of hobbits, men, an elf, a dwarf and a Maia. There was already a strong friendship between Aragorn (a human) and Legolas (an elf) and one would develop between Legolas and Gimli (a dwarf), the ones pictured above.
    • Merry and Éowyn, and Pippin and Faramir, hobbits and humans respectively, also become quite close.
  • Being a Friend to All Living Things that she was, Giselle from Enchanted was close to all her animal friends, particularly Pip the chipmunk.
  • It takes most of the film but one develops between Kirk (human) and Spock (half-Vulcan, half human) in Star Trek.
  • Sam and Bumblebee in Transformers, as well as Captain Lennox and the rest of NEST with the other Autobots.
  • Kevin Flynn and the program TRON.
  • In District 9, Wikus and Christopher, a human (in the beginning, at least) and an alien respectively.
  • Any relationship with Thor in Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Literature 
  • The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book, and the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling are full of friendships between humans and animals - Mowgli, the adopted wolf and friend of Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, and Kaa the python is only one example of many - and between different species of animals.
  • Winnie the Pooh: Features a human boy and his friends, who are toys a bear, pig, tiger, rabbit, donkey, owl, and two kangaroos. The animated series adds a gopher.
  • The Twilight books and films, which feature friendships and romance between humans and vampires, werewolves (technically shape shifters) and humans, and friendships between werewolves and vampires.
  • In the book Fire World, Rosa (A human) and Alleron (A Firebird) are friends.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship consists of representatives of five species and races (Elves, Humans, Dwarves and Hobbits, plus Gandalf the Maia). Hobbits Pippin and Merry also later become friends with the Ent Fangorn, while Gandalf numbers Gwaihir the Wind-Lord (an intelligent eagle) among his friends.
  • A number of examples from the Discworld novels, notably in the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch, starting with Detritus the Troll, Cuddy the Dwarf, and Angua the Werewolf in Men at Arms.
  • Good Omens has Aziraphale (an angel) and Crowley (a demon).
  • The Book of Night with Moon has Arhu (a cat) and Ith (a t-rex).
  • Dragonriders of Pern in which humans form lifelong bonds with intelligent dragons.
  • Animorphs has Ax, an Andalite, and the five human characters. Or four human characters and one red-tailed-hawk/human/Andalite (Tobias). The team also count Hork-Bajir and Chee among their friends and allies. Cassie even befriended a Yeerk.
  • The core premise of Dinotopia is human/saurian friendship. And human/prehistoric mammal friendship, and etc. When they're close enough, they are called "nestfriends", bringing to mind a common sight in the books: babies and children of different species being raised together, sometimes literally with time spent in nests.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie has a friendship between the eponymous mouse and the nameless protagonist.
  • Harry Potter is friends with Dobby, a house-elf, which is considered odd because most wizards treat them as inferior slaves. Before him, Regulus Black had a similar relationship with his house-elf Kreacher.
    • Harry, Hermione, Ron and a fairly large number of the Hogwarts staff are also friends with Hagrid, a half-giant. The slightly strained relationship with Hagrid's full giant brother, Grawp, might fit this trope better, though.
    • Depending on whether or not you count werewolves as a different species, all of Remus Lupin's friendships could count as this.
  • The Horse and His Boy, about the friendship between...well...
  • Lyra Belaqua (human) in His Dark Materials becomes close friends with Iorek Byrnison and Serafina Pekkala, an armoured polar bear and a witch respectively.
  • In the Inheritance quadrilogy you have riders and their dragons. You also have friendships between humans, dragons (outside their riders), elves, dwarves and werecats. Eragon (a human) in particular has several friends from other races, including Arya (an elf), Orik (dwarf) and Solembum (a werecat).
  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen includes quite a bit of this. Sometimes it's odd, others times it's not.
  • In Temeraire the bonds between dragons and their captains probably go beyond even friendship. However, even if you're not that dragon's captain, close friendships exist. One of the things that marks the Aviators apart from everybody else is that they see dragons as equals, while practically everyone else think they're just talking beasts of burden.
  • The Artemis Fowl series contains quite a lot of this, especially between human Artemis Fowl and high-tech fairy Holly Short.
  • The Second-Stage Lensmen of E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensmen series are all good friends: Kinnison of Tellus (human), Worsel of Velentia (Dragon with multiple eyes on stalks, multiple hands and arms, and a multi-compartment mind), Tregonsee of Rigel IV (Oil-drum body with four legs, four branching tentacle-arms, and no eyes or ears - uses a "sense of perception" instead), and Nadrick of Palain VII (Whose appearance cannot be described because his species has a metabolic extension into the fourth dimension). And it's hinted that these sorts of friendships are not all that unusual among Lensmen or in the Galactic Patrol in general.
  • In Don Quixote, it is mentioned that Don Quixote's horse Rocinante and Sancho's donkey Dapple develop a close bond of friendship throughout their adventures.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, any friendship involving Clark, obviously.
  • Dean (a human) and Castiel (an angel) in Supernatural. Also, Dean's brother Sam and Castiel after they grow closer over the seasons (although, to quote Castiel, he and Dean do share a more profound bond…)
    • Sam, as a child, became friends with Amelia, a kitsune who saved Sam's life. Dean, however, saw her as a threat and ultimately kills her (right in front of her son, no less) in season 7, an incident that starts creating a breach in the brother's relationship. Ironically, Sam was meant to accept anyway Dean's friendship with Benny (a vampire who helped Dean get out of Purgatory), to which Sam responds by pointing out the hypocrisy of it all after Dean's actions towards Amelia.
  • In Doctor Who, all of the Doctor's companions aside from his granddaughter Susan, as well as Romana, fall under this.
  • It's hard to imagine Star Trek without this.
  • In Babylon 5, there's a particularly odd one is between Londo (Centauri) and G'kar (Narn), who are the ambassadors of two warring species—one of which (the Centauri) had previously conquered and enslaved the other—and started out hating each other. Circumstances force them to tolerate and eventually like each other, if a bit snarkily.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spin-off Angel had several frienships between humans, vampires, werewolves, and demons.
  • Lexx had a human, a half-human lizard girl, an undead assassin, a robot head, and a living spaceship.
  • Farscape had a human, Human Aliens, and Starfish Aliens.
  • Stargate SG-1 - the Stargate team (humans) with Teal'c (a Jaffa).
    • As the series progresses, it also becomes evident that Thor really likes SG-1, particularly O'Neill. They even named the first of their new line of Starships "The O'Neill". They had to blow it up 5 minutes later, but the thought was there.
  • Tracker Mel and Cole-Although Mel is a Half-Human Hybrid, that only came out in the next to last ep of the series, so it was viewed as human and alien for most of it.
  • The Planet of the Apes series had two humans (Virdon and Burke) and an ape (Galen).
  • Roswell, with its human and alien teens.
  • In Grimm, Nick (a human/Grimm) and Monroe (a Wesen/Blutbad).
  • Teen Wolf: Stiles and Scott remain best friends despite the latter being turned into a werewolf in the pilot episode. Also, Scott's girlfriend Allison Argent, who's human, and Lydia Martin, a banshee.
    • Kali and Jennifer were pretty close in the past despite belonging to different species (the former a werewolf, the latter a druid), although they were torn apart when Kali massacred her entire pack to become an Alpha and join Deucalion, marking the druid's Start of Darkness.

    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Early in Suikoden II, the player is given the opportunity to recruit Kinnison and his dog companion (who's actually a wolf), named Shiro.
  • Yuri Lowell and Repede from Tales of Vesperia. Bonus points since Repede earns two titles specifically regarding his friendship with Yuri:
    • "Sinful Sidekick", which is earned after he witnesses Ragoh's death at Yuri's hands.
    • "Considerate Sidekick", earned after he leads Karol and the others to Yuri, for trying to strike off on his own.
  • Pretty much all of Sonic the Hedgehog's friendships fall into this. For example, there's his long-timed friendship between him, a blue hedgehog that can run at mach speeds, and Miles "Tails" Prower, a twin tailed fox... who can fly.
  • Mass Effect, where Commander Shepard can develop close, non-romantic friendships with several different kinds of aliens, and, of course, develop Interspecies Romances as well. Not to mention the ones between NCPs.
  • In Dragon Age, no matter your race, you can befriend elves, dwarves, humans, Qunari and the odd Fade spirit.
  • Metroid
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Considering humans, dinosaurs, mushrooms, and what not live all in the same kingdom it's only natural this'd show up. For a specific example, Mario and Yoshi are best friends.
    • The Paper Mario series is even more obvious about this, with its focus on storyline and the huge ammount of partners Mario has, many of them being friendly versions of Mook especies like Goombas, Koopas, Lakitus, Boos, and many others.
  • Ōkami has Amaterasu, a sun goddess in wolf form, and Issun, a Poncle.
  • The entire Nippon Ichi verse is full of these, since regular humans live side by side with angels, demons, robots, aliens, talking animals, and bipeds with animal aspects. For example: Flonne with Laharl and Etna in 'Disgaea: Hour of Darkness''.
  • Pokémon
  • In BlazBlue, we have the trio of Noel Vermillion, Tsubaki Yayoi (two humans) and Makoto Nanaya (squirrel girl). This has such a great effect that the formerly prejudiced-for-her-race Makoto is incredibly loyal to those two and makes it her mission to ensure no harms come between them, and anyone who does get horribly killed by her hands (Or so she says for the latter), and the mere thought of her friendship to them is the one thing that enables her to survive the Boundary like Hakumen, and be immune to Terumi's infamous Trolling. Unfortunately, while getting mind raped in her bad ending, it's revealed that deep down, Makoto doesn't trust Noel and Tsubaki either, and she's just waiting for them to reject her like everyone else. We'll see if this comes into play in future games.
  • The vast majority of Kirby's friendships are of the interspecies variety, due to living in a world inhabited by many different sapient species but very few of his own kind.
  • Xenoblade has several examples of this all around the world. Amongst the main party, both Riki (a Nopon) and Melia (a High Entia) have a good friendship, and also develop some close bonds with their Homs partners as the game goes on; in one case even growing into unrequited Interspecies Romance.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Most notably, Sora's friendship with Donald and Goofy.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, any friendship that involves either Panne (Taguel), Yarne (half-Taguel), Nowi (Manakete), Nah (half-Manakete) and Tiki (also a Manakete).

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventures from the Book of Virtues has two human kids, a bison, a red-tailed hawk, a bobcat, and a prairie dog.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender also has this with Aang and his sky bison, Appa. Later, he befriends Momo (his pet Lemu) as well; which isn't surprising since Aang's a Friend to All Living Things.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse has Ben with Rook, a Revonnahgander.
  • In Futurama there is Bender and Fry, and to a lesser extent the other members of the Planet Express crew. Also Zoidberg.
  • George of the Jungle comes to mind.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic the unicorn Twilight Sparkle is friends with her assistant Spike, a baby dragon. Fluttershy is friendly with most non-pony animals and beasts (which seem to be more intelligent than real-world animals), and goes on to become the first friend Discord has ever had and reform him to boot. Pony characters have also developed friendships with buffaloes, zebras and gryphons (all of which are sapient species equal to ponies).
  • Pretty much any human friendship in Transformers:
    • Starting it was Spike, his father Sparkplug and Carly in Transformers G1.
    • In Transformers Animated, there was Sari, although she turns out to be half-Cybertronian.
    • Transformers Prime has Jack, Miko and Raf. The latter two are in some ways closer to their Autobot partners than their biological family, especially Miko.
  • Adventure Time has the two main characters, Jake the dog and Finn the human. There's also Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum (the anthropomorphic candy). Really though, almost every relationship in the land of Ooo could count as this on account of the world being made up almost entirely of anthropomorphic everything (animals, food, land etc).

    Real Life 
  • They say a man's best friend is his dog. Cats, birds and horses are also common companions.
    • Really, just about any solid pet/owner friendship. Most domesticated animals quite enjoy human company.
  • Koko the gorilla used to have a pet kitten.
  • This news story tells of Gohan and Aochan - a dwarf hamster and rat snake, respectively - who peacefully share an enclosure at a zoo in Japan (or shared, most likely, due to the average lifespan of hamsters and the article being written in 2006). Gohan was intended to be Aochan's lunch when the snake refused to eat frozen rodents, but Aochan never showed any hostility, eventually taking to frozen food. They got along so well that Gohan could safely climb onto the snake's back to take naps.
  • The French racehorse Allez France shared its box with a sheep.
  • An old man named Dominic and a goose known by locals as "Maria"note  from Echo Park suddenly started following him and has been doing so ever since. The goose would even scare away people and other animals whenever they get anywhere near the old man.
  • There is a show on the channel Animal Planet called Unlikely Animal Friends that has many examples of this trope. Warthog and baby rhino, boar and cows, baboon and bush baby, etc.
    • Also happens a lot on Too Cute, particularly between kittens and dogs.
  • It turns out that goats and horses make very good friends. This is actually where the term "Getting your goat" came from: owners of racing horses would give them goats as stable companions, and sometimes before a race someone would kidnap the goat to make the horse perform poorly.
  • This grizzly bear and wolf cub, even after six year they were still together!
  • At Noah's Ark animal sanctuary in Georgia, an African lion, a Bengal tiger, and an American black bear all share the same enclosure. The three were rescued from a drug dealer's house as cubs, and they have lived together as the best of friends for over a decade, even acting out and getting distressed when sanctuary personnel tried to split them up. What makes the arrangement even more unusual is that black bears and Bengal tigers in the wild are solitary creatures who rarely associate even with their own kind.


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