Protagonist and Friends
A title that consists of the main character's name with "And Friends" or some variationnote attached to the end of it. This is commonly justified, as these type of shows are often adapted from more than one franchise (Garfield and Friends having Garfield and U.S. Acres, for example). This is extremely common in children's shows and sitcoms, the latter usually being the Syndication Title. A Sub-Trope of My Friends... and Zoidberg and Character Title. Could also be considered a form of a Spotlight-Stealing Title.
Examplesnote :Anime and Manga
- The fourth episode of Hetalia: The Beautiful World is called Russia and Friends.
- Tama and Friends
- Little Lulu and her Little Friends (shortened to just "Little Lulu" in English dubbed compilation movie).
- One Big Nate book is titled "Big Nate And Friends".
- Jughead and Friends is a spin-off of Archie Comics.
- The Astérix book Obelix and Co.
- Referenced in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, where Jaqueline notes that if the show gets any more Brainstorm-centered, it would have to be renamed "Dr. Brainstorm and Friends".
- Barney & Friends
- Ray Rayner and his Friends
- Carol Burnett and Friends, the Syndication Title of The Carol Burnett Show
- Carol and Company, a short-lived Carol Burnett show post-Carol Burnett Show. An Anthology sitcom where the actors stayed the same from week to week but each episode's story & characters were completly different.
- Laverne & Shirley & Company, the Syndication Title of Laverne and Shirley
- Van Dyke and Company, a Dick Van Dyke variety show from the 1970s. Featured early TV appearance by Andy Kaufman.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? parodied this as a rejected show title.
"It's now time for 'Drew and Friend.'"
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? includes an in-universe example in the television show Buster Friendly and His Friendly Friends, a talk show presenting a philosophy counter to the empathy-based religion of Mercerism that most of humanity has embraced.
- Garfield Goose and Friend (later changed to ...and Friends). Garfield is a sockpuppet who thinks he's King of the United States, his "friend" is real person Frazier Thomas, whom Garfield appointed Admiral of the Royal Navy and Prime Minister.
- Sam and Friends, the Washington, D.C.-based show of the late '50s that launched the career of Jim Henson and The Muppets.
- Garfield and Friends
- My Little Pony 'n Friends also used the above justification, adapting no less than four toy lines.
- Rocky & His Friends, the name of Rocky and Bullwinkle for its first two seasons.
- The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends adapted the books of Beatrix Potter, only a couple of which had Peter Rabbit in.
- Parodied with the "Coon And Friends" gang on South Park, so-named because Cartman wants his superhero alter ego, The Coon, to get top billing. This came back to haunt him when he was kicked out of the club for his selfishness by the others, who still kept the name to piss him off for fun.
- Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (later just Thomas and Friends), adapted from The Railway Series and altered to make Thomas the Breakout Character.
- Parodied in the Freakazoid! segment "Freakazoid and Friends" which lists through a number of allies and co stars in the show (to the tune of the Animaniacs theme song) some of which aren't even real.
- Captain N: The Game Master's Syndication Title was Captain N & the Video Game Masters.
- Oliver & Company, Disney's animated film very loosely based on Oliver Twist.
- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was an animated show in the '80s featuring the eponymous hero, Ice Man from X-Men and Canon Immigrant Firestar who would later move to the comics and join the New Warriors and The Avengers.
- In the late '70s Hanna-Barbera syndicated several of its cartoon series under the title Fred Flintstone and Friends.
- Parodied on The Simpsons when Bart mentions a short-lived Itchy & Scartchy & Friends show and shows Lisa some of the "friends" made for it.