Playing With: A Boy and His X
: Human forms an emotional bond with a non-human friend.
- Adam, a 7-year-old boy, has a close animal friend.
- Adam becomes friends with a robot.
- Adam becomes friends with a paranormal creature.
- Adam becomes friends with something that is either living, unliving yet still moving, undead, or inorganic but sentient.
- Adam becomes friends with an inanimate object.
- Adam gets an alien friend. They get such an emotional and physical bond that their life is dependent on each other and at the end, they fuse together.
- Adam has an alien friend who has a Ridiculously Cute Critter friend.
- Other characters besides Adam also have non-human friends.
- Adam has more than one "X".
- Adam becomes friends with everything.
- Adam and his "X" are not unusually close.
- Adam would consider his dog a friend, but his bonds with his human friends are closer.
- Adam lives in an area where many people have non-human best friends.
- Adam's life is such that he needs his "X".
- Adam is a lonely misfit (bullied/abused, disabled, etc.) and his "X" is his only friend.
- Adam has just moved into town and doesn't know anyone yet, so for now, his only friend is his pet.
- Adam really likes and is good with animals, aliens, or whatever the "X" is. If it's an inanimate object, he might have a collection or a deep interest.
- Adam has a ghost alien friend. However, it turns out to be a hologram prank by bullies.
- The creature turns on Adam.
- Adam is delusional and the creature is imaginary.
- Double Subverted:
- Zig Zagged: Adam is friends with "X", it turns out that it's a hologram, but it turns out the hologram was contacting the REAL "X", and then you find out he's in a psychiatric hospital.
- Adam has no "X".
- Adam doesn't consider his "X" a friend; he only likes it as a pet.
- Enforced: "We need a cute animal to capture female audiences. Let's give Adam a pet."
- "Here's a new pet. You'll become best of friends, I bet!"
- "This is my best friend, Squeaky the mouse. He understands me, and unlike you, he loves me."
- Invoked: Adam says, "I'm so lonely, I wish I had a companion of some kind." Cue the "X".
- The "X" hangs around Adam for the sake of getting treats.
- Adam is naughty and uses his "X" as a scapegoat.
- Defied: Adam refuses to like the new companion.
- Bob wonders why a human-like behavior to non-alien friend causes a great affection compared to normal human/human friendship.
- "You know, you're really that kind of child who could use a non-human friend"
- Conversed: "Wow, I love Adam's new puppy! I hope they show it more, and they become really close."
- Implied: Adam is seen happy around his X fairly often, but he never talks about it.
- The family doesn't pay attention to Adam and his "X" is his only friend.
- Alternatively, once the parents discover that Adam has an X, they pay their attention to X only.
- The family exploits or seeks to end their relationship.
- Adam is depressed after his mouse dies of old age.
- As time goes on, Adam and his "X" start to drift apart.
- Adam is the only human with a non-human sidekick and has to cope with it.
- Adam eventually learns to have friends other than his "X".
- After his mouse dies, Adam gets a pet with a longer life span, such as a cat or a dog.
- Adam's bond with his "X" is strengthened after the "X" saves Adam's life.
- Adam has a dog, and meets a girl with a cat. They become best friends, and so do their pets.
- Played For Laughs:
- Played For Drama:
- Plotted A Good Waste: Not applicable. (This trope is always intentional.)
- Unparodiednote : At first, Adam and his "X" look like aliens, but it turns out that they are in disguises.
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