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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.
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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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    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Trope Maker is probably Lassie Come Home, about a Yorkshire boy and the collie that won't be separated from him. Spawned five sequels, multiple reboots, multiple TV shows, cartoons, a manga...
  • Two Brothers: A boy and his tiger, and also a hunter and his tiger.
  • Babe: A Boy and His Pig. Well, An Old Man and not A Boy, but it fits.
  • Japanese film Gamera the Brave: A Boy and His Baby Turtle Turned Daikaiju.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial established A Boy and His Alien as a dream for a generation.
  • Transformers A Boy and His Car, with something thrown in about a robot war.
  • Let the Right One In: A Boy and His Vampire.
  • Free Willy: A Boy and His Killer Whale.
  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale: A professor and his dog, which is based on...
  • Hachiko Monogatari: A man and his dog.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: A Boy and His Killer Robot From The Future.
  • Fido: A Boy and His Zombie.
  • The post-apocalyptic classic A Boy and His Dog is about a young man and his psychic canine mentor.
  • While we are on the topic of dogs, Old Yeller.
  • The French film The Fox and the Child: A Girl and Her Fox.
  • Played straight in Disney's Homeward Bound films (a boy and his dog plus a girl and her cat). Though most of the time it works the other way around, a dog/cat and their boy/girl.
  • Flight of the Navigator: A Boy and His Sentient Alien Spaceship.
  • Subverted in The Dark Crystal. Fizgig,a dog-like alien belongs to Kira, the—ahem—only female Gelfling left alive.
  • I believe Six String Samurai counts as A Man and His Boy.
  • Tank Girl. Technically, A Girl And Her X. But she "calls" the tank to her at one point.
  • The first Casper film: the story of a girl and her ghost… and her dad, played by President Lone Starr.
  • Air Bud series: A boy and his dog… that plays basketball, football, soccer, baseball, and volleyball.
  • Born to be Wild: A boy and his gorilla.
  • Mighty Joe Young: A girl and her (giant) gorilla.
  • The Invisible Boy: A boy and his playmate, a robot (Robby the Robot).
  • Kes: A boy and his falcon.
  • Congo: A man and his talking gorilla.
  • Mystery Team: A boy and his Mystery Team.
  • The Red Balloon: A boy and his red balloon.
  • Ted: A boy and his teddy bear, who comes to life. But what happens when they grow up?
  • Far From Home The Adventures Of Yellow Dog: A boy and his dog, again.
  • Fly Away Home: A girl and her geese.
  • The Water Horse: A boy and his, um, plesiosaur-thing. Angus discovers a large egg along the shores of Loch Ness, which hatches into the titular creature.
  • Too Much: The Robot With a Heart: A girl and her robot.
  • Operation: Dumbo Drop: A Vietnamese boy and his elephant.
  • Paddington: A boy and his bear. Jonathan get very attached to Paddington.
  • Keanu: A gangster and his kitten.
  • Monster Trucks: The story of a boy and a subterranean creature that lives in his truck.
  • Joey: A boy and his baby kangaroo.
  • A.X.L. is a film about a teen boy named Miles who finds a highly-advanced military-created Robot Dog in a junkyard. The two form an unbreakable bond, but his creators want him back.
  • Kauwboy: A boy and his jackdaw.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • Heralds of Valdemar: While bond-animals of various sorts are common throughout the series, the one that fulfills the trope most strongly is the Companions. These are magical horses (that are later revealed to be spirit-guardians given mortal form) who seek out and bond with children who would make suitable Heralds. This moment of bonding marks the start of their journey towards maturity, and the bond is so strong that the death of either Herald or Companion almost invariably leads to the death of the other.
  • Humanx Commonwealth: Flinx is an empathic, genetically altered mutant who, in his early life, forms a psychic bond with an Alaspinian miniature dragon (minidrag for short) named Pip. The species naturally forms such bonds in the wild, and is rarely known to do so with humans. However, due to Flinx's unique nature, Pip acts as an amplifier and focus for his powers in addition to being a fierce protector.
  • Dragonriders of Pern: Dragons Impress at hatching, and the ritual is a rite of passage for Pernese youth. This forms a lifetime bond that marks the beginning of a youngster's training as a dragonrider and their growth into maturity and their role as protectors of the planet.
  • 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.
  • 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, Hedwig. Harry adopts Hedwig when he enters the magical world, and she becomes his pet and personal mail carrier. The owl dies saving Harry from the Death Eaters, marking the end of Harry's childhood.
  • 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 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.
  • Timmy Failure: A boy and his polar bear. It's implied the polar bear might just be an Imaginary Friend, however.
  • Family Skeleton Mysteries: Georgia and Sid are "A Woman and Her Ambulatory Skeleton".

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Crash and Bernstein: A boy (Wyatt) and his puppet (Crash).

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    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.

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    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.
  • League of Legends: Nunu and Willump, the Boy and his Yeti.
  • Ian's Eyes: A blind boy and his seeing-eye dog.

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    Web Animation 
  • 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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    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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").
  • 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)
  • Danny Phantom: Sam directly mentions this trope a couple of times. First when Danny meets a ghost dog (the same episode where Valerie becomes an important reoccuring character) and is trying to tame him.
    Sam: A boy and his dog. Somehow, it's not supposed to be this weird.
    • The second is a "boy and his snow beast", presumably referring to Permafrost.
  • The Simpsons parodies this 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.
  • Ned's Newt: A boy and his giant shapeshifting amphibian.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Dr. Dimensionpants: A (superpowered) boy and his talking Unicorn.
  • Steven Universe: The eponymous character and his magical lion, who he found in the desert. Lion followed him home, and became his Stealth Mentor.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): A Girl And Her X

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