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Security Blanket
He can't be without it.
AAAAAAAUGH! I need my blanket! I admit it! Look at all of you! Who among you doesn't have an insecurity? Who among you doesn't depend on someone, or something, to get through the day? Who among you can cast the first stone? How about you, Sally? You with your endless "Sweet Babboos"? Or you, Schroeder? You with your Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven?! And you, Lucy, never leaving Schroeder alone, obsessing over someone who doesn't care if he ever sees you again? What do you want?! Do you want to see me unhappy? Do you want to see me insecure? Do you want to see me end up like Charlie Brown?! Even your crazy dog, Charlie Brown. Suppertime, suppertime, suppertime! Nothing but suppertime 24 hours a day! ARE ANY OF YOU SECURE?!

As defined on The Other Wiki, "A security blanket is any familiar object whose presence provides comfort or security to its owner, such as the literal blankets often favored by small children."

When you deal with small children, it is a common sight to see them carrying something such as a blanket or stuffed toy. In fact, some children are attached to this object to the point of making it a Companion Cube. There are numerous reasons for this, but the simplest and most common is the fact that, as the definition above says, it provides comfort to the owner.

While blankets are perhaps most common, the Security Blanket can be any object. A toy, a pillow, some kind of trinket. Can also be a type of Magic Feather, giving its owner a bit of confidence where otherwise they would have none. It has also been used, from time to time, to provide cover for a Macguffin.

If the character is separated from their Security Blanket, or it is otherwise destroyed before they're ready to let go, expect the crying and Inelegant Blubbering to commence ad nauseum. Especially, in Real Life.

Can overlap with Girls Love Stuffed Animals. Compare Living Emotional Crutch and the Companion Cube.

May be a Number One Dime.

Examples

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  • Chef Boyardee: Abby and Bridget still have their Blankies, despite trying to pretend they don't. According to Abby's blanket, she is acting like she is too old to have a Blankie but not for Boyardee Ravioli. (Which makes one wonder how one can outgrow canned Ravioli.)

Anime & Manga
  • Nodoka from Saki can't sleep without her stuffed penguin, Etopen. She's also encouraged to hug it when she plays Mahjong with other people, just as she does online, with the hope of improving her skill.
  • Asuka Langley Shikinami is awfully attached to her little red doll in Rebuild of Evangelion...
    • Which is eiher ironic or creepy when you recall how Asuka Langley Soryu felt about dolls in the original series.
  • Sawyer throws a fit and then goes unresponsive in Black Lagoon when she loses her Ultravoice.
  • A literal example: Phonsekal Laure from Tower of God and his pillow and blanket.
  • Kiri Komori's blanket in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. The episode where she loses it references Linus.
  • A bit twisted in Berserk, since Guts's security blanket is his BFS. He says that he's more at ease when he has it on hand and has a hard time sleeping without it of course, he had a very nice time sleeping without it when he was with Casca....
  • Subverted in Black Butler. Ciel says he can't sleep without his preferred pillow, but it was just an excuse to hide the blood on Sebastian's chest.
  • Erio Towa, the Hikikomori main character of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko finds it difficult to interact with people without having herself wrapped securely in a futon. Even after getting over the worst of this she finds it soothing.
  • Yumekui Merry's Merry Nightmare panics when she misplaces her Nice Hat.
  • Himeno, the main character of Centaur no Nayami still needs to have Mr. Steppy, the bathroom stool she used to use as a child, with her when she uses the bathroom at home.
  • A bit subtle, but Celty from Durarara!! seems to feel this way about her PDA; whenever she's really stressed she holds onto it really tight. Probably justified because it's the only way she can communicate without her head (and possibly because Shinra gave it to her).
  • In Pokémon, Ash's Krookorok loses its confidence when its Cool Shades are taken away from it. Later in XY, the gang encounters a Pangoro, rendered almost catatonic when Clemont's Chespin accidentally burns its bamboo leaf.

Fan Fiction

Film
  • Leo Bloom in The Producers always had a small piece of his blue blankie in his jacket pocket.
  • Blazing Saddles:
    Hedley Lamarr: Where's my froggy?! Where's my froggy?!
    Daddy loves froggy. Froggy love daddy?
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy has a small teddy bear that she cuddles for comfort at night following her nightmares of past incarnations.
  • In Best in Show, one of the contestants in the dog show is extremely high-strung (like her owners) and can't function without a specific toy called a "Busy Bee."
  • In L: change the WorLd, Maki has a pink teddy bear that provides comfort for her when ever she's in distress.
  • In Ted, Ted himself is a Deconstruction of what happens when the common wish of a child that his Security Blanket was really alive comes true. Even into adulthood John is reliant on Ted to the detriment of his relationship with Lori.
  • In Mr. Mom, Jack Butler's child Kenny carries around a security blanket, which after a heartfelt talk with his dad he ends up discarding.
  • A sad example in The Nanny Diaries: Grayer carries around one of his dad's business cards, which Annie refers to as "a security blanket." Annie questions what kind of culture it is, when a child does this.

Literature
  • In Discworld, blankets are the primary form of defense against bogeymen. You can either put it over your own head so they won't notice you, or put it over their head to make them think they don't exist.
    • Not a blanket, but Esk in Equal Rites finds comfort in having her wizard's staff close at hand, even when it's disguised as a broom and isn't doing anything to help her.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it is important to know where your multi-purpose towel is. At all times.
  • In The Egypt Game, Marshall carries around a stuffed octopus called Security.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein 's Have Space Suit – Will Travel, Peewee admits she can't sleep at night without her doll Madame Pompadour, even as she admits, "I'm perfectly aware that it's just a doll; I've understood the pathetic fallacy for — oh, years and years!"
  • Older Than Radio: Jane Eyre's childhood attachment to her doll:
    "It puzzles me now to remember with what absurd sincerity I doted on this little toy, half fancying it alive and capable of sensation. I could not sleep unless it was folded in my night-gown; and when it lay there safe and warm, I was comparatively happy, believing it to be happy likewise."
  • In a way, the six-fingered sword serves this function for Inigo in The Princess Bride (not in the movie so much). He's really rather lost without it. This has more meaning than many examples of the trope, since his father made it and was killed over its worth.
  • In the Arthur and D.W. books, and the television series, Dora Winifred "D.W." Read had "blankie." One of the books and television stories centered around its being lost. One of the title cards in the televisions series depicts her wearing it as a superhero cape.

Live-Action TV
  • Stephanie Tanner from Full House had Mr. Bear. Even after the character outgrew carrying the toy it remained a common sight in her bedroom.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy's Security Blanket is apparently her favorite stake, Mr. Pointy. This stake was originally the favored stake of Buffy's fellow Slayer, Kendra, who gave it the name.
    "I guess I don't really have a security blanket...unless you count Mr. Pointy."
    • Buffy uses this trope to explain to a social worker why Spike needs to grab a blanket before leaving the house in daylight.
  • Finn seemed to have one of these in Glee which he called his "gee gee."
  • In an episode of Castle, the title character figures out that the kidnapping of a young girl had to be an inside job because the kidnapper took the girl's security blanket (A plush bunny) as well.
  • In M*A*S*H, Radar slept with a teddy bear (likely to symbolize his childlike innocence) which he was always a little embarrassed about. However, in the episode where he left the cast (where his going-away party was cancelled due to an emergency rush of wounded shipped in and he had to leave without saying goodbye to anyone) he leaves it behind so they can remember him; Hawkeye and the others find it in the last scene.

Newspaper Comics
  • Linus and his blue blanket from Peanuts are perhaps the most famous example, and also the Trope Namer as The Other Wiki credits the series for the term "security blanket."
    • Charles Schulz claimed that Linus' blanket was inspired by blankets like this that his own children carried around, and claimed that he had no idea that he would end up coining the term "security blanket" as a result of it.
    • Funnily enough, Linus eventually began quietly outgrowing it, and in the latter years of the comic the blanket rarely appeared.
  • Another comic strip example: when Baby Blues' oldest child was a baby, she was inseparable from her "Boo-Boo Bankie".
  • When Doc Boy visits Jon in a Garfield story arc, it's revealed he hasn't been able to sleep until his mother gives him his old blanket.
    • Also, Garfield has Pooky the teddy bear, and his own blue blanket.
  • Calvin has Hobbes, of course. (Bill Waterson purposely left it ambiguous as to whether Hobbes was an Imaginary Friend or some magical Living Toy.) This aspect of their relationship is showcased most clearly in the series of strips in which Calvin and his parents go to a wedding and come home to find their house has been robbed.

Theatre
  • The plot in Cirque du Soleil's Mystere kicks off when two babies (played by adults) lose their loveys — a big red ball for the male, a toy snail for the female — and venture out into the world to find them.

Video Games
  • Sunday from Cla Dun is extremely shy and paranoid around others. The only thing that truly gives her comfort is her sword.
  • Iris from Sakura Wars, as a result of her being cut off from society by her parents due to her psychic powers, is extremely withdrawn and scared of everyone and holds on to her teddy bear, Jean-Paul.
  • Captain Charlie from Pikmin 3 brings a rubber duck with him on every mission because he considers it good luck. His odd love of it becomes an amusing Running Gag.

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Western Animation
  • Buttercup needed one in The Powerpuff Girls episode, "Cover Up." Eventually she was convinced to let it go and passed it to Professor Utonium. Also, Bubbles consistently has Octi, who sometimes gets the Companion Cube treatment, a fact taken advantage of by HIM in one episode.
    • In the comic book story "Bow Jest" (DC Comics, #20), this happened to Blossom when she loses her hairbow in a battle against Princess Morbucks. Buttercup yanks Blossom's chain by stealing it, and Mojo Jojo deduces that the bow must contain some intangible power since Blossom can't function without it. Of all people, it's Bubbles who sets things right and lights a match under Blossom's butt about it.
      Bubbles: It's just a stupid bow!! You're still a Powerpuff Girl whether you have it or not!!
  • In Rugrats, Angelica's ratty old doll Cynthia is her security blanket. She goes ballistic when the babies lose it.
  • Franklin, the turtle in the books and TV series by the same, had a blue one. At one time, he took it everywhere with him, though eventually he only slept with it. Late in the series, in Back to School With Franklin, he gave it to his little sister, Harriet, who later lent it to Beaver's little brother, Kit.
  • Cow from Cow and Chicken had one in "Cow's Magic Blanket" until Chicken lets the other kids know and they mock her for this, resulting in Cow throwing it away. Then she tells Chicken that blanket was Supercow's source of power and that, without it, there's no Supercow. Upon overhearing this, Red Guy started hurting the other kids, until Chicken rescued the blanket.
  • Cassie's little brother Finn has one in Dragon Tales.
  • Deedee from Dexter's Laboratory has a teddy bear named Foozeems. When Dexter throws it away, Deedee has an Angst Coma of sorts in which she acts like a zombie and repeats "Foozeems, Foozeems, Foozeems" all over, so Dexter has to go on a quest to retrieve it.
  • In PB&J Otter, Baby Butter had her "bankie."
  • In the second season of Code Lyoko, Aelita finds a stuffed elf that she recognizes as "Mr. Puck" for some reason, which makes her nightmares go away. It is later revealed that it was a gift from her father, Franz Hopper.
  • Steve of Detentionaire has a lucky towel, which he calls Bub-bub. It has been in his family for generations and is covered in sweat and dirt, but he still carries it around with him everywhere and is absolutely devastated when Bub-bub is stolen. Steve is not only in High School, but also one of the toughest jocks you'll find there. Steve is not ashamed of Bub-bub in the least.

Real Life


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