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The Doctor: [addressing the TARDIS] What do you think, dear? Where shall we take the kids this time?
Amy: It's always you and her, isn't it? Long after the rest of us have gone. A boy and his box, off to see the universe.
The Doctor: You say that like it's a bad thing. But honestly, it's the best thing there is.

A heartwarming story told through the ages: Something unique enters a young man's (or woman's) life, and they form a bond that changes them forever, usually starting them down the path to adulthood.

What that something is, however, varies widely. From the classic "A Boy and His Dog", all the way to… well, keep reading, you'll see.

Be warned, however, that whatever X is can easily fall victim to Death by Newbery Medal, especially if it's of the huge and/or monstrous variety.

See also Interspecies Friendship. Compare Interspecies Romance and Magical Girlfriend, if relation with X is romantic and Attack Animal for less innocent partnerships.


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  • X-Men
    • The origin story of Maggot (a South-African mutant whose digestive system was two semi-autonomous slugs that could eat anything) was titled "A Boykie and His Dinges." Translated from the South-African slang the flashback was written in, that's "A Boy and His Things."
    • Kitty Pryde and Lockheed, a Girl and her Dragon. Subverted with the discovery that Lockheed is a sentient and intelligent creature, forced to spy on the X-Men for SWORD.
    • All-New Wolverine brings us Gabby and Jonathan, a Girl and her Wolverine.
  • Marvel Comics' Earth X series had Bruce Banner in the body of a child and the Hulk separated from him into a creature that follows him around. A Supergenius Boy and His Rampaging Green Monster.
    • Alex Ross has said the visual was based on the obscure Marvel characters Moon Boy And Devil Dinosaur, who were A Homo habilis Boy and His Tyrannosaurus. (Yes...)
  • The comic book series Top Dog had a dog who was also a spy. Around almost everyone else, however, he had to pretend to be a regular dog.
  • In a scene from The Badger, Norbert pets Lamont, his North American "Buffalo." The villain promptly comments, "Ain't that sweet? A Deranged Individual and His Bison." (Hey, at least he was biologically accurate.)
  • Marvel's Sentinel: A Boy and His Giant Robot.
  • DC's Stanley and His Monster.
  • Used in Marvel's What If? series (v2 #92) in the story "I'll be your best friend!". The cover declared that the story starred "Cannonball's little brother Josh... and his pet Sentinel!"
  • Yet Another Boy and His Sentinel: Tom Skylark and Rover in the "Here Comes Tomorrow" storyline in New X-Men.
  • A Boy and his 'Bot by Gary Thomas Washington.
  • C.O.P.S. #5 centered on Bowser and his cyborg dog Blitz, and Bowser/Rex Pointer's memories of his first dog, Maxie.
  • A somewhat dark example in Spider-Man: A man and his symbiotic costume from space.
  • Brian K. Vaughn's Saga: A boy (well, adult male Professional Killer; same difference) and his vicious, alien, telepathic, lie-detecting cat.
  • Tintin: A boy and his dog.
  • Many, many examples in girl's comics. To name but a few examples:
    • "Humpy Bumpy" from Bunty—a girl and her Loch Ness Monster.
    • "Elsie's Elephant" from Mandy—a girl and her elephant.
    • "Sue's Fantastic Fun-Bag!" from Jinty—a girl and her magic handbag.
    • "Palomo" from Tammy—a girl and her horse.

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  • An Ur-Example is Hayy ibn Yaqzan, a 12th-century Arabic novel, where an abandoned boy on a desert island is raised by a gazelle, who forms a parental bond with the human child.
  • The Last Dragon Chronicles incorporates this trope a lot. Usually it's A Boy and His Dragon although A Girl and Her Dragon pops up almost as frequently (if not more). David gets many a dragon sidekick as the series progresses: G'reth, Golly, and even Sharing a Body with Grockle. But Gadzooks definitely takes home the medal. Lucy has Gwendolen and Zanna has Gretel.
  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy has one in Ptolemy and Bartimaeus, they'd have died for each other... one did. Then there's Nathaniel and Bartimaeus that comes after Ptolemy dies (way after, 2000 years plus), though they may not be an example as they both loath each other until the end and continuously argue (hilariously) throughout the whole three books.
  • The Temeraire series: A Boy and His Dragon. Or, possibly, A Dragon and His British Naval Officer. While not guiding Laurence into manhood, Temeraire does mark a significant shift both in his life and understanding of the world. The series also has several other variants on the trope, such as An Action Girl and Her Dragon, An Action Mom and Her Dragon, A Dragon and Her Conqueror of Continental Europe, A Dragon and His Overweight Middle-Aged Captain; etc.
  • Interestingly played with in The Never Ending Story, where a Boy and His Horse relationship is early driven to a moving end... only to be replaced with a better partner, when The Hero finds a much more interesting companion, turning the trope into A Boy And His Dragon (and Dragon Rider, incidentally).
  • Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones is almost a standard A Girl and Her Dog story. Except that it's told from the perspective of the dog, who is actually a reincarnation of the guardian spirit of the star Sirius.
  • The Science Fiction novel A Boy and His Tank is a play off this trope.
  • Both Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur (Mordecai Richler) and Henry Hollins the Dinosaur were A Boy and His Dinosaur stories.
  • The Harlan Ellison® story A Boy and His Dog twists this trope: The boy is a serial rapist and the dog helps him find victims. The boy really does seem to love him, and finds his dog… food.
  • The book A Kestrel for a Knave (adapted for film as Kes) follows A Boy and His... well, you can guess, can't you? It also falls prey (no pun intended) to Death by Newbery Medal.
  • The City and the Stars: A Boy and His Noncorporeal Psychic Superintelligence from Before Civilization Fell. But really, Hilvar is an adult with a penchant for strange pets. Nonetheless, his people are psychics, and that allowed him to make contact with Vanamonde.
  • C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, one of the books is titled The Horse and His Boy, which sometimes plays the trope straight and sometimes inverts it, as the boy is not always in charge, and is less experienced in the ways of the world than the former warhorse.
  • In an inversion similar to that in The Horse and His Boy, in Fredric R. Stewart's Cerberon, the eponymous unicorn has been George's best friend his entire life. The novel opens with George clearly in command, but by the end it's Cerberon who is in charge. In a Shout-Out to C. S. Lewis, Cerberon's mother is named Jewel, after the unicorn in The Last Battle.note 
  • In a similar manner, Maurice and Keith in the Discworld novel The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents are A Cat and His Boy.
    • Another Discworld novel, The Truth, gives us Gaspode and Foul Ole Ron, who are essentially A Dog and His Insane Hobo.
  • From Robert A. Heinlein's works:
  • In one of Robert Rankin's Brentford stories Omally (always spelled without the apostrophe, for some reason) refuses to die without his faithful Marchant. Pooley comments, "A boy and his bike! I feel sick!"
  • Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle: A Boy and His Dragon.
  • The Norby books: A Boy and His Little Cute Robot.
  • Steinbeck's The Red Pony.
  • Mercedes Lackey's works:
    • The Heralds of Valdemar series features Boys and Girls and Their Talking Horses (and Occasionally Other Animals, Too).
    • In her Dragon Jousters quartet, the only way to have a truly tame dragon (instead of one you merely keep placid with drugs) is to hatch it and raise it from the egg. Love ensues.
    • In her Elemental Masters series, specifically The Wizard of London and Home from the Sea, characters Nan and Sarah have familiars, Neville the raven and Grey the parrot, respectively.
  • Flinx and Pip, of Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth series, is a straight example. Flinx is The Empath, and Pip is an Alaspinian miniature dragon, or minidrag, that forms a psychic bond with him as a child. She amplifies his empathic powers and does a pretty fair job of protecting him.
  • Given that it's usually young-ish teens who Impress, the entire premise of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern is a Boy/Girl and their Dragon.
  • I, Q a Star Trek: The Next Generation book written by John De Lancie, Q snarkily refers to Picard and Data as "A boy and his computer".
  • Tamora Pierce loves this trope. There are two instances of A Girl and Her Cat (incidentally the same cat), followed by A Girl and her Every Animal In Existence, Including Skeletal Dinosaurs and a Baby Dragon, But Especially the Badger God, A Man and His Skeletal Dinosaur, A Girl And Her Horse, Sparrows, Griffin, and Small Children, A Girl And Her Crows, and A Girl and her Pigeons. And that's just in the Tortall Universe. The Circle of Magic adds A Boy And His Plants, A Girl And Her Starling, A Girl And Her Lightning Blooded Glass Dragon and A Girl And Her Mountain Spirit to the list.
  • Walter Farley's The Black Stallion series is very much A Boy And His Horse. So was his Island Stallion series.
  • The Enormous Egg: A boy and his Triceratops.
  • Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age: A Girl and Her Advanced AI Tutor Book.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: A Girl and her gargantuan dog. One of the songs on the tribute album for the Scholastic animated series is titled "A Girl and Her Dog."
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon: A boy and his magical crayon.
  • Black Dogs: A girl and her dog... soldier.
  • Shiloh: Classic boy and his dog scenario.
  • Old Yeller, another classic "boy and his dog". Both of the above are Newbery winners. Or losers, in the animal's case.
  • Mary O'Hara's My Friend Flicka: A Boy and His Horse.
  • Charlotte's Web: A Girl and Her Pig—at least at the beginning. Then it becomes A Pig and His Spider.
  • Faust: An old man and his (literal) demons.
  • Edgar Pangborn, "Tiger Boy". The wandering youth seems kind and gentle but lets his tiger perform euthanasia on the old and sick. This leads to a tragic ending.
  • His Dark Materials has elements of A Girl and Her Killer Sentient Metalworking Badass Polar Bear to it, but as people are born with part of their soul external in the form of an animal-shaped daemon, it also has this as the basis for most of their entire society.
  • Charles Stross: A Boy and his God
  • Marguerite Henry's King of the Wind: a boy and his horse.
  • In Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie, a girl and her dog.
  • The Adventures of Electronic by E. Veltistov: A boy and his Robot Twin.
  • David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series starts out as "a girl and her telepathic alien cat" and follows her career in the space navy.
    • The Stephanie Harrington series is about one of Honor's ancestors as a young girl who was the first human to bond with a Treecat.
  • Jake and Oy from The Dark Tower series: A boy and his billy-bumbler.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: A boy and his… well, guess.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows: A tragic story of a boy and his hound. Dogs.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: A boy and his mouse.
  • Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy.
  • The Ribbajack features Miggy Mags and her pet mongoose, Sailor.
  • The Yearling: a boy and his fawn.
  • Danny And The Dinosaur: a boy and his dinosaur.
  • Dear Dragon series: a boy and his dragon.
  • Cowgirl Kate And Cocoa a girl and her horse.
    • For that matter, every single Pony Tale is of this format.
  • Julie of the Wolves a girl and her wolves
  • My Side of the Mountain and its sequels: a boy and his falcon
  • Dick Whittington and His Cat
  • Imagine Someday: A boy and his griffin.
  • The Underland Chronicles:
    • Henry is bonded with the bat Ares.
    • Luxa and her bond bat, Aurora.
    • At the end of Gregor the Overlander, Gregor bonds with the bat Ares.
  • In Witchell A Symphony, Tavin and his Cello count. The cello isn't exactly alive, but... it's not exactly not, either.
  • Awake in the Night Land has a story about a boy who tries to domesticate Night-Hounds.
  • Harry Potter has a boy and his owl. The owl dies.
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw: A boy and his dog. He doesn't get to keep it.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Six Siblings and Their Wolves. Results vary, both for the kids and the wolves.
    • A Girl and Her (three) Dragons.
  • The Luck of Brin's Five is a "Boy and his Alien" story — but set on the alien planet of Torin, with an Earthman playing the role of the alien who needs to be hidden from the authorities and helped back to his mothership.
  • The Magic School Bus: A teacher and her lizard.
  • The Witchlands has a girl and her pet mountain bat (AKA dragon).
  • Castaways of the Flying Dutchman: A boy and his dog.
  • A Dog's Purpose is this type of story from a dog's point-of-view. It follows a dog being reincarnated several times and its life with humans. To emphasise this, the protagonist often refers to his main owner Ethan as "the boy".
  • Dinotopia: Arthur Denison and Bix, a scientist and his Protoceratops. There's also Will Denison and Cirrus, a boy and his Quetzalcoatlus. In fact, nearly every human in the series has a prehistoric animal companion.

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  • Wilfred is about the misadventures of a young man and his neighbor's dog... who looks like a man wearing a dog suit for some reason.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O: A Boy and His Four (or Five) Possessing Demons.
  • One of the main plotlines in the short-lived Speculative Fiction series Surface was A Boy and His Sea Monster.
  • Johnny Socko and his Giant Robot.
  • Flipper: A Boy and his Dolphin.
  • Lassie: A Boy and his Dog.
  • Skippy the Bush Kangaroo: A Boy (Sunny) and his Kangaroo (Skippy).
  • For a lot of fans, Doctor Who (along with a lot of other things) is the story of a Time-Lord and his sentient police box shaped Time-Machine.
    Amy: It's always you and her, isn't it? A boy and his box, off to see the universe.
    • And that episode implies that the story is equally as much about a TARDIS and her Boy, as she points out whilst in Idris' form.
    Idris: Then you stole me. And I stole you.
    Doctor: I borrowed you.
    Idris: Borrowing implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?
    • For the Fourth Doctor and later for Sarah Jane Smith, a boy/girl and his/her robotic dog (K9)
  • Boxey and his robotic dog Muffit in Battlestar Galactica (1978).
  • Fury: a boy and his horse
  • My Friend Flicka a girl and her horse.
  • On Dog with a Blog, Stan is the family dog, but its mostly a girl and her dog with Avery. Although he was Tyler's wingman and vice versa. Just so we're clear, a talking dog put up with the annoying female dog of a hot girl his owner likes and later makes Tyler go on a date with a very annoying girl with a poodle that Stan likes. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Jessie: A boy (Ravi) and his lizard (Mr/s. Kipling).
  • Crash and Bernstein: A boy (Wyatt) and his puppet (Crash).
  • Willard : A boy and his rats.


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  • The dark comedy/horror Tabletop Game Monsters and Other Childish Things puts a twist on this by making it A Boy and His Dark and Malevolent Forgotten God/Reality-Rending Extradimensional Horror/etc., rather than the relatively cute and benign monsters that are the standard when monsters are used in this plot.
  • A number of archetypes in Big Eyes, Small Mouth feature a hulking animal sidekick of some description. The Monster Tamer would be the standout, however.
  • In Magic The Gathering, the Gruul frequently have these. The Flavor Text of Predator's Rapport sums it up pretty well.
    Domri Rade: Other guilds say the Gruul are savages, no better than the beasts we live with. I say we've found friends who won't stab us in the back.


    Video Games 
  • Transistor: A girl and reality-warping sword. Who also happens to be her boyfriend.
  • One Xenosaga 4-koma aptly sums up the series as "A Girl And Her Doll". Said "doll" is a combat android with the power of a fleet…
  • The A Boy and His Blob franchise. The original games, on the NES and the Game Boy, had more of a sillier, irreverent tone than a traditional "boy and his x" work. The Wii Revival, on the other hand, was deliberately designed to milk this trope for every last drop. How many games can boast a dedicated "hug" button?
  • Super Mario World: A Plumber and His Ridiculously cute Dragon-Dinosaur.
  • Blue Dragon: A Group of Children and Their Sentient Shadows.
  • Pokémon:
  • In Fallout 3:
    • President Eden's radio messages frequently mentions his childhood, when he and his dog roamed and rambled. Subverted somewhat when it turns out President Eden is actually an insane AI and never actually had a childhood.
    • "A boy and his dog" fits the Lone Wanderer pretty well though.
    • In fact, according to Word of God the whole Wasteland and Fallout sagas are based basically half in the Mad Max universe and the other in A Boy and His Dog, with the latter even "approved" by the grumpy "if you steal from me I will sue you!" Harlan Ellison®, since he is friend with some of the boys from the staff of Black Isle Studios/Obsidian Entertainment from long time ago
  • The Vault Dweller from Fallout has the ability to recruit the first Dogmeat in the series, a dog from a town close to Vault 13 and one of the first to visit (and, by canon, he did).
  • In Fallout 2 the Chosen One can recruit K9 (no relation with the Doctor Who character) or Robodog, two cybernetic dogs (and, Word of God, he did) He can also recruit the same Dogmeat from the first game again (although the dog died according the canon events that took place in Fallout 1), but this is only through a rare special encounter (Cafe of Broken Dreams) which is more an easter egg/joke for all the fans of the saga. Oh, and there is Pariah, another dog companion from a special encounter (A lone surviving dog), but this one is "jinxed" (intentionally in-game, but also buggy in general) so is preferable to avoid as a team partner
  • Fallout: New Vegas
    • The Courier in can get the optional quest of repairing Rex, a worn-out cybernetic dog, and traveling around with him. And there is Roxie, a female cyberdog, in the DLC Old World Blues.
    • The Courier can also travel with ED-E, a salvaged Eyebot built by the Enclave. In Lonesome Road, the final DLC of the New Vegas, ED-E becomes your sole companion, has a significantly large role and even engages in "conversations" with the Courier.
  • Playing Warhammer Online as a High Elf White Lion could lead to A Boy And His Small Albino Attack Lion.
  • The Maw is a Small Blue Alien and His Unstoppable Gelatinous Eating Machine. Despite the innate potential for it in that premise, it surprisingly ends without a turn for the dark: the game ends with Frank, the small blue alien, finally having to leave Maw as Maw becomes a living planet and then eats the camera.
  • Mega Man Star Force: A boy and His Energy Being Alien Fusion Dance Partner.
    • Before that however, there's Mega Man Battle Network, about a boy and his PET ("P-E-T", or PErsonal Terminal, his artificially intelligent, cell phone/computer thingy).
      • Who happens to be his twin brother.
    • In the original game, Mega Man and his red robot dog Rush.
      • In later games in the original series, Bass and his purple robot wolf Treble.
  • Guardian's Crusade has a boy and his baby dragon. Emphasized since you have to take care of it and treat it right, so the attachment can extend to the players.
  • In Final Fantasy V, the only member of the player party who averts this is Galuf.
    • Faris and Syldra are a "Boy and his Dragon" except later the hero discovers that Faris is actually a girl crossdressing.
    • Lenna and Hiryu are a Princess and her Dragon, except this dragon flies rather than swimming.
    • Bartz and Boko are a Boy and his Chocobo.
    • Krile and her unnamed wind drake are the same deal as Lenna. They bonded after Krile's parents went to the desert to save it and died in the process.
  • Granblue Fantasy has a lampshaded example with Ippatsu: A Man and His Ramen.
  • The Team Ico Series have this in all of their games (as of yet):
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • BlazBlue: A boy and his robot sister, or alternately boy and his (clap)loops.
  • Secret of Evermore: A world-hopping boy and his Involuntary Shapeshifting dog.
  • Haunting Ground: A very scared girl and her dog.
  • Played with in Ōkamiden, which is very much a "Kids and Their Dog" plot—from the perspective of the dog. And he repeats the process whenever he parts ways with one kid and meets another, to boot.
  • Spyro the Dragon: A dragon and his dragonfly.
  • The Human Noble origin story in Dragon Age: Origins: "A boy/girl and his/her warhound."
  • Dead to Rights A ruthless Cowboy Cop and his Crotch-biting Throat-tearing Husky.
  • Summon Night: Swordcraft Story: A Kid Hero and their slave-monster
  • MOTHER 3: A boy and his dog.
  • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Claudia, the resident Cute Mute, has one in the form of the Black Titan a seemingly magically crafted sentient suit of armor, gift of her late parents. Since Claudia can't fend for herself alone in the Crapsack World she inhabits, and the Black Titan needs to feed on evil souls, the Titan keeps himself alive by dispatching Claudia's potential enemies. However the Titan is revealed to be made with the reanimated corpse of a mute assassin, seeking redemption by helping a girl with his same affliction, and growing fonder to her in time.
  • DragonFable: A boy/girl and his/her dragon.
  • Danball Senki: A boy and his tiny mecha with ridiculous power for its size.
  • Drakengard: A boy and his female dragon.
  • Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom: A boy and his Majin. (A Majin is apparently a large troll-like thing. Go play the game, you'll see.)
  • Get Dexter: An android and the podocephale who ate the top of his plastic skull.
  • Astal: A boy and his bird.
  • Portal: A girl and her cube.
  • Persona:
    • Persona 3 Portable has a girl (the female protagonist) and a dog (Koromaru) with the female route's Strength Arcana Social Link.
    • Persona 4: Arena Ultimax has the fearsome tag-team of a boy (Ken) and his dog (Koromaru), both returning from Persona 3.
    • Persona 5 has a boy (the protagonist) and a cat (Morgana) with the Magician Confidant. For bonus points, the cat was even created specifically for the purpose of aiding the boy.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • A girl (Maria) and her anthropomorphic hedgehog (Shadow).
    • A rabbit (Cream) and her Chao (Cheese).
    • A cat (Big) and his frog (Froggy).
  • Two cases in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance: a boy and his cat-dog (Sora and Meow Wow), and a young man and his bat (Riku and Komory Bat). Similar to Pokémon, this would soon grow into "two young men and their monsters", though the two respected starter Dream Eaters qualifies the most, as a cutscene in the climax proofs.
    • Or just the Kingdom Hearts series as a whole, a boy (Sora) and his duck and dog (Donald and Goofy, respectively), as well as a young man (Riku) and his mouse (King Mickey).
  • Tekken:
    • A man (Lee Chaolan/Violet) and his robot sidekick (Combot).
    • A girl (Li Xiaoyu) and her Panda.
    • An old man (Heihachi) and his bear (Kuma).
    • A girl (Jane) and her robots (Jack-2 and Gun Jack).
  • Baldur's Gate: Minsc and Boo. Of course, Minsc is a slightly deranged but good-hearted Boisterous Bruiser, who considers Boo to be his much wiser mentor, and Boo is a (possibly) miniature Giant Space Hamster. note 
  • Gungrave: A girl and her undead gunslinger bodyguard.
  • Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure: A boy and his flying golden bell monkey.
  • The Flame In The Flood: A girl and her dog, travelling down a raging river in post-societal America.
  • In ClayFighter 63⅓, there's Houngan, a Witch Doctor with his rubber chicken.
  • Eagle Island features a young man (Quill) and one of his two owls (Koji) as the protagonists on a journey to save the other owl (Ichiro).
  • Club Penguin: Your penguin and his puffle(s).
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel: A boy and his sentient Super Robot.

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  • The Happiest Monster is about a girl who meets a monster and makes friends with it before getting eaten by its babies.
  • Mystery Skulls Animated has the founder of the Mystery Skulls paranormal investigation group Vivi and her glasses wearing "dog" Mystery.
  • A Boy and His Atom", a sixty second film made at IBM. About a boy. And his atom. Made by moving individual atoms. SO COOL.
  • Ducktalez parodies The Iron Giant with Buzzkill as the robot and Louie as Hogarth.
  • DSBT InsaniT: There are several examples of this.
    • Dave and Evil Balloon are A Boy and His...Evil Balloon.
    • Lisa and Sand Snake are A Girl and Her Sand Snake.
    • From episode 5 onwards, Autmn and Chilly are A Girl and Her Chinchilla.
    • From episode 5 onwards, Snake and Perry are A Snake and His Parrot.
  • Dreamscape: Kai and CHEN are A Boy and His...Giant Cyborg Chameleon Guardian.

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    Western Animation 
  • Code Lyoko: Odd and Kiwi: A boy and his dog. Later, Jérémie has Kiwi 2: A boy and his robot dog.
  • Dreamy Dud: A boy and his dog. First animated example (1915).
  • Bobby Bumps: A boy and his very cynical talking dog. Second animated example (also 1915), but started earlier as a (slightly differently named) comic strip.
  • Dinky Doodle: A boy and his humanized dog (1924), living with the cartoonist that created them (so also "a cartoonist and his cartoon wards").
  • Sammy And Sausage: A British boy and his British humanized dog (1928), living with the cartoonist that created them. Rather transparent foreign Expy of Dinky Doodle.
  • Mickey Mouse and Pluto: A boy (mouse) and his dog. First Funny Animal character to regularly own a nonhumanized animal as a pet; ribbed about it to this day.
  • Doug: The eponymous boy and his dog (Porkchop).
  • Rugrats: A baby (Tommy) and his dog (Spike).
  • Rocko's Modern Life: A wallaby (Rocko) and his dog (Spunky).
  • Hey Arnold!: A boy (Arnold) and his pig (Abner).
  • Adventure Time: A boy and his magically shapeshifting dog brother.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • A Boy And His Flying Bison And Flying Lemur.
    • Also mentions two separate instances of A Man And His Dragon.
    • Sequel Series The Legend of Korra brings us A Girl and Her Polar-Bear Dog, A Boy and His Fire Ferret, and later, A Boy And His Cat-Deer.
  • Arguably inverted on Rocky and Bullwinkle. Mr. Peabody's initial impetus for adopting Sherman was that, as a dog, he needed a boy to feel complete. Specifically, the idea is that it's "A Dog and His Boy".
  • Batman: The Animated Series had A Boy and His Batman.
  • Batman Beyond had an episode of A Boy and His Giant Robot. Also A Girl and Her Boy (Who Is A Robot). A broody old man and his badass dog, and a whole episode dedicated to a boy and his badass dog.
  • The Secret Saturdays: A Boy and His Cat-Gorilla, Mutated Komodo Dragon and Pterosaur.
  • As usual, Hanna-Barbera has a few entries:
  • Jane and the Dragon: Pretty obvious one here — A Girl and Her Dragon. He helps her as she trains to become the first girl knight in the kingdom.
  • Marrow and Rover in Wolverine and the X-Men are A Girl and - yes- Her Giant Robot.
  • The Backyardigans has quite a few examples: A Kangaroo and His Dinosaur (Austin and Boy in "Caveman's Best Friend," the ultimate example), a Moose and His Burro (Tyrone and Molasses in "Horsing Around"), a Penguin and His Bath Mitten (Pablo and Mitty in "Robin Hood the Clean"), and A... Thing and Her Dolphin (Uniqua and Sea Squirt in "The Great Dolphin Race").
  • Kim Possible: A Boy (Ron) and His Naked Mole Rat (Rufus).
  • ReBoot: A Boy and his Nigh Invulnerable (and cranky)Dog of Mass Destruction.
  • Rainbow Brite: A Girl and Her Horse (Rainbow Brite/Starlight, Stormy/Skydancer, and later on, Krys/On-X)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • Twilight Sparkle and Spike are a girl/young lady and a baby dragon. Twilight also has a pet, an owl named Owlowiscious.
    • Pinkie Pie and her baby alligator, Gummy.
    • Maud Pie and her pet rock, Boulder.
    • In fact most of the main characters have a pet - notable exceptions being Scootaloo and the Crystal Empire monarchy. Even Princess Celestia has her phoenix, Philomena; and in the comics Princess Luna gets an oppossum, Tiberius.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Two Boys and Their Secret Agent Platypus.
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • A Sponge and His Snail.
    • The episode "My Pretty Seahorse" is A Sponge and His Seahorse.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: The titular character and Cerbee, his pet monster dog.
  • Danny Phantom: Sam directly mentions this trope twice, once with "A boy and his snow beast." and another time saying the more common "A boy and his dog..." before following it up with "... Somehow, it's not supposed to be this weird."
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: A dog and his kindly old mistress (and curmudgeon old master)
  • Teen Titans: A girl and her mutated silk worm. Though at first it was a Beast Boy and his mutated silkworm, it appears Silkie grew more attached to Starfire in later episodes.
  • Young Justice: A boy and his sentient metal sphere (which later turns out be a flying motorcycle) and a giant albino wolf.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius has Jimmy and his mechanical canine, Goddard.
  • The Simpsons:
    • A boy (Bart) and his greyhound (Santa's Little Helper).
    • A girl (Lisa) and her cat (Snowball II).
    • Parodied with Soccer Mummy, a film within the show in which a reanimated Egyptian mummy joins a little league soccer team and teaches a young boy to believe in himself.
  • Gravity Falls: A Girl (Mabel) and Her Pig (Waddles).
  • Ned's Newt: A boy and his giant shapeshifting amphibian.
  • Sanjay and Craig: A boy and his talking Master of Disguise snake.
  • Johnny Test: A boy and his talking dog—it's even in the theme song.
  • Mr. Bogus: A gremlin (Bogus) and his fourth-grade boy (Tommy).
  • Peg + Cat: A girl named Peg and her cat named Cat.
  • Wakfu:
    • An Original Eliatrope (Yugo, Chibi, Qilby, Nora, Mina, and Glip) and his/her Dragon sibling (Adamai, Grougaloragran, Shinonome, Efrim, Phaeris, and Baltazar), though only the first pair really qualify for the spirit of this trope since little things like death and being sealed away in limbo for being an evil jerk in Qilby's case have torn apart the other pairs. Though they'll be back, as Qilby states that he's revived several times.
    • There's also a knight (Sadlygrove/Tristepin) and his demon sealed in a sword (Rubilax). It takes most of the series for the demon to accept that they really have become friends. Later on, the demon does free himself and has to be stopped.
  • Thunder Cats 2011: A Cat Boy and his Snarf. And then later also Cat Twins and their Snarf.
  • Dr. Dimensionpants: A (superpowered) boy and his talking Unicorn.
  • Sarah & Duck: A girl and her duck.
  • Atomic Puppet: A boy and his talking sock puppet who used to be a superhero. Though AP is more of a roommate and combat partner.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The eponymous character and his magical lion.
    • Starting from "Gem Harvest", two gem aliens and their living dog-like pumpkin.
  • Sitting Ducks: A duck (Bill) and his parrot (Jerry).
  • The Wild Thornberrys: A girl and her chimpanzee.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: A cat and his legged fish.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • An old lady (Granny) and her cat (Sylvester), bird (Tweety), and dog (Hector).
    • Taz-Mania has a Tasmanian devil (Taz) and his turtle (Dog).
    • The Looney Tunes Show has a rabbit (Bugs) and his Tasmanian devil (Taz).
  • Boo Boom! The Long Way Home has a boy and his five animal friends: a horse, a dog, a cat, a rooster and a bee.
  • Ready Jet Go!: An alien boy and his rabbit-kangaroo-dog-cat hybrid.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Three boys, a girl and their dragon.
  • Ben 10: A boy and his watch (Omnitrix) which can turn him into 10+ aliens.
  • Godzilla: The Series: A scientist and his adopted Kaiju son.
  • Mina and The Count has Mina, a young girl, and her best friend The Count, a 700 year old vampire that originally snuck into her room with the intention of seducing her and draining her of blood (only to find out that she was not even a teenager yet). While at first abhorrent to her company, episodes beyond the pilot have him liking her.
  • Beetlejuice: Lydia Deetz, grade-schooler Perky Goth, and her best friend (a secret to her parents and human friends) the eponymous Beetlejuice, consistent trouble maker and "Ghost with the Most" from the Cloudcuckooland afterlife realm of the Neitherworld.
  • The Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "Ollie and Frank" was about a Child Prodigy named Ollie creating a playful and obedient Frankenstein dog named Frank.
  • The Crumpets had an episode of A Boy and His Worm.

    Real Life 
  • In 344 BC, a 12 or 13 year old Macedonian prince named Alexander (later Alexander the Great) was the only one, who was able to tame a black horse named Bucephalus. The horse served Alexander in all of his battles and died during the last one. When he died (according to some at the same hour as Alexander), the Macedonian ruler named a city after his beloved steed: Alexandria Bucephalous.
  • Bradley Nowell of Sublime and Louie Dog, his dalmatian. Bradley wrote a song Lou Dog Went to the Moon. When Louie was stolen, Bradley was inconsolable. Laid on his couch for about a week and cried. He sang Lou Dog Went to the Moon into his answering machine. There are several songs that mention Louie Dog, including: Doin Time, Garden Grove/Garbage Grove, and What I Got. Bradley missed Louie Dog so much he had flown to the East Coast on the original Warped Tour. When Louie Dog died, several years after Bradley, the family buried a phial of his ashes with Bradley, and scattered the rest at the same surf spot they scattered Bradley's. To this day the band, now dubbed Sublime with Rome sells Louie Dog shirts at concerts.
  • A man and his horse. Viggo Mortensen has such a love for horses that he bought the two steeds he rode in LOTR and one of the horses that played Hidalgo. He also reportedly bought the stallion that played Arwen's horse and gave it to the stunt double.
  • Hachiko the dog earned fame in Japan for returning each day to the train station where his master last departed before dying. The Japanese people were so touched that they gave him a statue outside of Shibuya Station, exactly where he would sit.
    • There's now a statue that depicts Hachiko and his owner, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, reunited.
  • Greyfriars Bobby was a constable's watchdog who lived in and around the graveyard where his master was buried for 14 years.
  • The perhaps even stranger story of the Cambodian boy and his 5 meter, 120 kg (16 ft, 260 pounds) python, which has been adopted as a house pet. Why the snake hasn't tried eating him in all those years is anybody's guess. Somehow the snake seems to have figured out that the parents will continue to provide it with food and safety so long as it does not harm any of them.
  • Michael Jackson was famous (and occasionally infamous) for his intense bond with a wide variety of pets, especially in his younger years. Rats, cats, dogs, even a chimpanzee. He reportedly preferred animals to people, having found in them a source of unconditional love and friendship that fame and family did not bring him.

Alternative Title(s): A Girl And Her X