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"The Enrichment Center is required to remind you that the Weighted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you and, in fact, cannot speak.... In the event that the Companion Cube does speak, the Enrichment Center urges you to disregard its advice."
GLaDOS, Portal

Take an otherwise uninteresting object, and have the other characters (or at least one character) interact with it as if it is a real character, and you have a Companion Cube. Sometimes, the object blurs the line between real and imaginary by apparently doing things which would be hard for an inanimate object to do or telling people things they shouldn't have been able to already know, but the defining characteristic is that we the audience never, ever see it move of its own volition on camera, even if it clearly must've done something.

For some reason, Companion Cubes tend to become very popular with the audience. Something to do with the Uncanny Valley, probably. Or simply because the idea of having an inanimate object being a character is funny. Or maybe because it's easy to project the best traits you can think of onto the object. Or because you can make yourself a replica at home...


Dolls and stuffed animals, especially teddy bears, are common examples, probably because they're humanoid, friendly looking, and meant to be bonded with. Typically the owner will treat it as their Confidant. Security Blankets are also common in this regard. This can be used to reinforce a character's childlike innocence (if they're meant to be sympathetic) or make them look dangerously immature (if otherwise). Beware if they start Consulting Mister Puppet!

If a character gives a weapon this treatment, expect it to have a name.

This can go wrong in fandom. Horribly, horribly wrong.

As a frightening and interesting aside, it has been demonstrated in US Army experiments that people kept in isolation have a tendency to form attachments to inanimate objects (this is why this tends to show up in Speculative Fiction a lot, where the crew personifies their starships and other objects). Sweet dreams!


If an inanimate object DOES move onscreen, it slides from this trope to Through the Eyes of Madness or Magic Realism in general. (Unless it's designed to move independently, like a Roomba or something.)

The opposite is Living Toys. Also contrast Enmity with an Object (aka "Cargo Nemesis"). If an animal or a robot interacts with an object in a romantic way, that's Animal Sweet on Object. A subtrope of this is Companion Food, when the object in question is food.


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  • This IKEA commercial, by Spike Jonze, makes fun of the phenomenon by using camera angles and editing to make it appear like a lamp is being cruelly abandoned. Appropriately, the trope is lampshaded when a spokesman chastises the audience for feeling sorry for an inanimate object.
  • Geico's "money you saved from using Geico" which is a stack of money with eyes. They have been known to do things off camera like texting.
  • One commercial for the Seattle Mariners baseball team showed designated hitter Edgar Martinez treating his bat this way, hanging out with it in the park, taking it for car rides (buckling it into the passenger seat), and even bringing it to a massage parlor. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when the bat broke. Fortunately, he found another bat that he liked just as much.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Seravy from Akazukin Chacha has a ventriloquist doll named Elizabeth. They're a couple.
  • The Angels in Angelic Layer. If you hear "it's just a doll/toy/robot", you know that person needs a dose of The Power of Friendship, despite your parents probably thinking they have a valid point.
  • Berserk:
    • In the earlier parts of the Golden Age Arc, we see Guts as a child being taught how to use a sword. He uses a two handed blade which is considerably oversized for a kid. We later see him hugging that sword like a teddy bear while he's going to sleep. Considering that he was raised in a mercenary band, blamed for the death of the only mother figure he ever had, and the abuse he suffered from the guy he considered a father figure, it's not too far fetched to believe that for Guts the sword was his only friend at that time.

      Guts is often visibly shown having trouble sleeping without a sword and claims he can't relax without it on hand. Considering the dangers he faces this concern is probably for more practical reasons, but who's to say whether the possible emotional and practical reasons can't complement each other?
    • Played for laughs with Puck and the Behelit Guts carries around. Despite being an Artifact of Doom, he affectionately calls it "Betchi."
  • Bleach:
    • Something of a subversion with the Soul Reapers' Zanpakuto swords. Each sword is part of the Soul Reaper's being, but also has its own spirit and name. We rarely see a Zanpakuto's spirit (Ichigo's Zangetsu usually only speaks to him in his own mindscape, and Renji's Zabimaru only appears a couple times), but all the principle Soul Reapers have learned their swords' names. While the swords are rarely treated as characters, in one episode Yumichika gets so mad at his he beats it against a rock. Rangiku's sword kind of rubs her the wrong way, too.
    • Any remaining elements of this are thoroughly thrown out the window in one the anime's filler arcs, where all the Zanpakutou spirits are materialized in humanoid forms and wreaking havoc.
      • In the same arc, the Zanpakuto are given even more human traits; like Yumichika's Fuji Kujaku refusing to reveal its true power because it feels insulted when he calls it that. (For reference, its actual name is Ruri'iro Kujaku.)
    • Played straight in a newer arc in which having a companion cube causes it to have certain powers. Such as a dollhouse which lets you trap people inside of it or boots that make your kicks increasingly lethal as they get dirty.
  • In Carnival Phantasm during the Grand Prix episode, Assassin displays extreme affection for the temple gate, even towards jumping out of the truck in a vain attempt to save it when Bersercar knocked it over the cliff.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • For Goku in the original Dragon Ball, it's the Si Xing Qiu (aka 4-star Ball). He believes his grandfather's spirit resides within it, going as far as calling it grandpa at several points, and is very protective of it. He refused to give it to Bulma, which is how he ended up going on a quest with her, and the most of the Red Ribbon Army Sage revolves around him looking for it. He even gives the keepsake to his son (sown into a Nice Hat)
      • Kinto'un, or Flying Nimbus as it's called in the English dub, also gets this treatment. While being a magic cloud it doesn't appear to be any sort of living, thinking creature, but Goku still often talks to and treats it like it was one of another one of his friends. In the manga, the only time it is shown to have a reaction SFX is when Gohan has a race contest against it.
    • Dragon Ball Super: Future Trunks's sword is revealed to be this for him. Despite not needing, as he's already capable as a fighter without it, having it on hand calms him down. He ultimately defeats the Arc Villain with it by letting it absorb the power of a Spirit Bomb into it, creating the technique called "Sword of Hope".
  • The lizard Ellis picks up in Episode 3 of El Cazador de la Bruja is hardly an inanimate object, but the only thing it does in the entire series, aside from belch in Nadie's face, is crawl away in the end. And there is also another matter with the Sniper Cat in the ED video, too...
  • In one episode of Full Metal Panic!, Sosuke was coaching the lousy school rugby team. He made them go through physical and mental training from hell. At the end of the training, he gave each of them a football and made them assign female names to them. Cut to one of the football players caressing his ball saying, "Don't worry, baby. I won't be rough. I won't hurt you" with a mentally disturbing smile and crazy eyes.
  • A Running Gag in Gintama is for the characters to act as though Shinpachi isn't a human wearing a pair of glasses, but rather a pair of glasses wearing a human (Which is taking a jab at his status as The Generic Guy). If his glasses are removed, it's practically guaranteed that everyone in the vicinity will start paying attention to them instead of him. It's actually worked to his advantage on a few occasions, allowing him to escape notice from enemies and sparing him from a genderbending satellite (It only targeted his glasses, which turned pink), though he complains about it regardless.
    • Hasegawa also gets this treatment with his sunglasses from time to time, though not nearly as often as Shinpachi.
  • In Gravitation, there's Ryuichi's Kumagoro, a stuffed pink rabbit that he treats like a person, and even provides a voice for. There's some speculation, though, as to whether this is real or simply an act put on by Ryuichi.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka: Tomoko is a Lonely Doll Girl because of her Friendless Background (though she doesn't treat them as actual people, more like something she can use for a Surrogate Soliloquy). Onizuka connects with her by playing dolls together, communicating through them at first rather than talking to her directly. In the Live-Action Adaptation she makes a duck puppet called Dakko that she talks to Onizuka through, and has an improv conversation with at the pageant.note 
  • Seems to be quite common in the Gundam series. Usually it starts with the pilot pleading with the Gundam to keep going during an especially tough battle, but in can escalate to them asking the machine for advice and then acting like advice has been given. Particularly, in Gundam Wing, all of the characters who pilot Gundams will talk to their machines at least once every couple of fights. In an early episode, when Quatre's about to blow up his own Gundam, Sandrock, the cockpit opens by itself, causing Quatre to wonder: "Are you telling me to get down, Sandrock?" A few of the suits also have the ZERO system, which tends to inspire insanity in the pilots who use it. That sure doesn't help.
  • Ikaros and her watermelons in Heaven's Lost Property. She is fascinated by watermelons and tends to carry one around with her. It's gotten to the point where she is growing a watermelon patch in her backyard and taking care of it like one would take care of a litter of puppies or kittens.
  • In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Kenishi's father owns a double-barreled rifle named Sebastian, which he treats more like a pet than an object. He also at one point has a heartfelt conversation with a jar of tomato sauce.
  • Played with in Kill la Kill — Senketsu is entirely sentient and capable of conversation, but only Ryuko can hear him. Thus, Mako's family quickly comes to the conclusion that Ryuko has made her Sailor Fuku into an Imaginary Friend out of a crushingly lonely Friendless Background she may or may not actually have.
    Mako: You gave your uniform a name? Boy, you must be pretty lonely to do that!
  • Yui Hirasawa from K-On! is shown to be strongly attached to her guitar, a Gibson Les Paul which she named Giita. She initially chose it because she thought it was cute, and is sometimes shown sleeping with it and dressing it up. In fact, side character Himeko once mentioned how she loves it as if it were a boyfriend.
  • Mazinger Z: Several times the characters talk to or about Mazinger-Z and Fem Bot Aphrodite A like if they were sentient beings. Sayaka actually had a Heroic BSoD when Aphrodite A was destroyed. She even hallucinated Aphrodite was calling her. And then you have Minerva-X, an actual sentient Fem Bot and Humongous Mecha could act, think and feel on her own and was programmed to be Mazinger-Z's Battle Couple, and considered Mazinger was meant to be HER Companion Cube (as Sayaka protested only Aphrodite was allowed to be Mazinger's partner).
  • Minami-ke:
    • Yamada the rock in has gained a lot of respect for a small stone.
    • Also, Chiaki's teddy bear Fujioka (at least in the first season). She talks to it quite often and viewers can only hazard a guess as to whether its reactions are real or all in Chiaki's Ahoge.
  • Molester Man sometimes acts as if "Sachiko", his onahole, is a real girl.
  • My Dress-Up Darling: Male lead Wakana Gojo often talks to a Hina doll head made by his grandfather, owing partly to his lack of friends.
  • Played for horror in Neon Genesis Evangelion, with Asuka's mother having an Asuka doll that she cradles and talks to, to the exclusion of her own daughter, because she thinks the doll is her real daughter and doesn't recognize Asuka as being her child thanks to having half of her soul torn from her body to make the second EVA. She then asks the doll to commit suicide with her, despite Asuka begging her mother to let her die with her instead of the doll. Later Asuka walks in to find both her mother and the doll dangling from the ceiling.
  • The houseplant in Noir (which may be a reference to Leon below).
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy's straw hat is a prime example.
    • The sword Wado-Ichi-Monji seems to fill this role for Zoro. It used to belong to his childhood friend Kuina—she died very young, so he carries it for both of them.
    • And for Nami, her adoptive mother's orange trees. Also notable that all three objects/types of objects are important because they were left behind by loved ones.
    • The Going Merry is treated as another member of the crew by the Straw Hats. It later turns out to be semi-sentient, as it's inhabited by a Klabautermann (a water spirit that aids sailors,) which causes its eventual destruction to be one of the biggest Tear Jerkers in the series.
  • Nekozawa's hand-puppet Beelzeneff, Tamaki's teddy, and Honey's stuffed pink rabbit in Ouran High School Host Club.
  • The mascot of the Pokémon anime, Ash's Pikachu, loves his... ketchup bottle. No, really. This seems to be taken to an extreme by fans, though, since Pikachu only demonstrated a love for ketchup in one episode, "Showdown at Dark City".
    • Became a 16-year-old Brick Joke when Pikachu was finally reunited with a bottle of Ketchup in Pokemon the Series XY.
      • Pikachu is shown with a bottle of ketchup even earlier than that, during the third episode of Advance Generation.
      • He even gets to sing an ending theme in the second season, XY&Z, where he and a group of Pikachus dance with and atop giant bottles of Ketchup.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Saitou, during his (manga) fight with Kenshin, evades Kenshin's attempt to break his sword, stating that his sword had kept him safe since the revolution, and that he wasn't about to let anyone break it. Later in the fight, Kenshin tries again, and lops it in half.
  • Done very creepily in Saiyuki with Dr Nii's rabbit toy.
  • Futaba from Seiyu's Life! has a plushie of Korori, the main character from her favorite childhood anime, whom she treats as a source of advice and comfort and occasionally voices him. Korori also acts as the series mascot and narrator, providing information about the voice acting industry for the audience.
  • Similarly like in Seiyu's Life!, Shirobako has a Miyamori's two dolls Mimuji and Roro. Like Korori above, Miyamori often voices them and talks and pretends that they talk to her as her Good Angel, Bad Angel, to the point that where we see her speaking in their voices when they aren't present. And like Korori, the two of them act as the shows series mascot and explain to the audience the industry's inner working.
  • Ikaros and her watermelons in Heaven's Lost Property. She is fascinated by watermelons and tends to carry one around with her. It's gotten to the point where she is growing a watermelon patch in her backyard and taking care of it like one would take care of a litter of puppies or kittens.
  • In Squid Girl, when Eiko's Famicom broke down, she was brought to tears, calling it her old buddy; it's been with her since childhood and was there for her through happy and sad times alike, and was "like family" to her, to the point she buried it in the garden, complete with grave marker.
    • Ika herself treats an umbrella she's given with a similar reverence, and is equally devastated when it's blown out of her hands and destroyed by a passing car.
  • The doll Emily from Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry at first heads in this direction, being Sara's only confidante. Then you find out she's alive — she's Powered by a Forsaken Child's still-living brain.
  • Strawberry Panic!'s Kagome has a teddy bear named Percival that she treats like it's alive. Being very shy, she tends to channel her feelings through the bear. After a random act of kindness from Nagisa, Kagome asks Percival "Was that a friend of yours?" (Side note: You may know the bear as something like "Oshibaru", as it was a hard name for the subbers to make out.)
  • In Sumomo Mo Momo Mo, Tenka has a soccer ball that he named Becky. She talks to him, and he often asks her for advice. She actually gives pretty good advice, too, considering she's a soccer ball...
  • When LLENN of Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online gets particularly stressed in battle, she begins to imagine her P90 submachine gun, "P-chan" speaking to her and promising to help protect her. The gun's destruction in battle sends LLENN into a vengeance-fueled Berserker Rage.
  • In Tamagotchi, Melodytchi takes her Melody Violin everywhere she goes and calls it "My Friend". It later turns out that the violin is not only as old as Melody Land (Melodytchi's home) itself, but it's also sentient.
  • Satou, the hikikomori protagonist of Welcome to the N.H.K., often hallucinates that the appliances of his apartment were talking to him and has long conversations with them. While the light novel and manga implies that the cause of this is the use of designer drugs, the anime plays it as a delirium due to Satou's social isolation.
  • In Yo-Kai Watch, while in Alcatraz Manjimutt gets a teddy bear during the prison's annual distribution, which he calls Sam. Due to his loneliness, Manjimutt deludes himself into thinking that Sam can talk and eventually walk, and only snaps back to the reality that Sam's a teddy bear when Sam's head gets ripped off during an jailbreak attempt.
  • Rebecca's Teddy Bear in Yu-Gi-Oh!, who she called Teddy-chan, despite being American. It was actually a possessed bear in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
    • The cards themselves fit the bill. Whole "Heart of the Cards" thing and all.
    • Ishizu's giant rock, the only one who understood her.
    • The tree that adopted Spectre (from his perspective) in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, as he considered it to be his mother figure, and did not take it well when it had been chopped down. further, he now treats his Sunvalon cards in much the same way, especially Sunvalon Dryatrentiay.
  • Then there's the Vulcan 300, a "toy robot" made from a pocky box, in Zatch Bell! Then again, only Gash considers it an actual person...
    • Or maybe not. Tio has her own pocky box toy, named "Valunlun". In some endings, Kanchome and Umagon are shown with green and orange pocky box toys as well, although God only knows how Umagon made his....

    Asian Animation 
  • Kuai Le Xin Xin: We have Duo Duo the bat and her pink stuffed elephant named "Da Xiang" (the Mandarin Chinese name for Elephant).
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Wonky owns a little wooden doll he used to play with and talk to as a kid. This doll was the closest thing he had to a friend as a kid, as all the other wolves perceived him as a bully and ran away whenever he appeared... that is, until Wolffy saw the doll with its head broken from Wonky accidentally dropping it and decided to fix it.
  • A literal version happens in Season 3 of Happy Heroes when Kalo takes on the form of a Rubix Cube to replace the one belonging to Careful S., after events he was directly involved in led to it breaking.

    Comic Books 
  • Cheeks, The Toy Wonder, Ambush Bug's trusty young ward is... a stuffed animal. Even when turned into an OMAC, all he does is sit there. This is made especially clear when he's cast in the role of "Sgt. Cheeks, Frontline Medic." Yeah, that was a dark time for everyone involved.
  • The Ventriloquist, a.k.a. Arnold (not Albert) Wesker is a Batman villain whose multiple personality disorder led him to carry around an aggressive mafia-esque dummy named Scarface — which became the dominant personality of the duo, abusing Wesker and ordering him around. This made Wesker a rather tragic villain, because his core personality is mild-mannered and doesn't like what Scarface is doing or the abuse Scarface heaps on him, but cannot seem to break with the idea that he and Scarface are separate individuals. In one instance, Wesker actually shoots Scarface while the dummy is still on his hand, then proceeds to not notice that his hand is bleeding.
    • At one point, when the Scarface doll is destroyed, Wesker uses a sock puppet that he called Socko in his therapy. Socko is a lot nicer.
    • The second Ventriloquist was much the same, except we were told why she'd had a mental breakdown and taken over Wesker's schtick. Unless, of course, Scarface really is the combined ghosts of all the murderers hanged on the gallows he was carved from.
  • The third incarnation of Batman villain Clayface was in love with Helena, a cheerful blonde... mannequin. In his first appearance there's a creepy yet humorous moment where he says he would have gone insane if he hadn't met her. Batman seems sympathetic by the second time they met: he pulled strings so Clayface could keep Helena in his cell at Arkham. By then, though, the spark in their relationship was gone and Clayface kinda wanted a divorce.
  • An obscure British comics hero named Dolman fought crime using remote controlled mechanical puppets. The puppets had no minds or autonomy of their own whatsoever, but Dolman would frequently use his ventriloquism skills to throw his voice and hold conversations with them, even when no-one else was present.
  • The Doomguy in the Doom comic treats his BFG-9000 as a Companion Cube.
  • Mellow Mister Monkey from Empowered. Emp claims that he protects her from bad dreams.
  • The Mother Box is a series of handheld devices used by the characters of Jack Kirby's Fourth World comic books. Each Mother Box is actually sentient and super-powered; the Forever People share one (and use it to merge into the Infinity Man when things get desperate), and another is built into the costume of Mister Miracle, who often has conversations with "her".
    • Orion the Dog of War has an even closer connection with his Mother Box. Its been shown that without the calming influence of the Mother Box not only does Orion's physical appearance start to deteriorate to match his father's looks but he also loses the ability to control his inner rage. In the Bad Future series Kingdom Come Orion has usurped his father's throne and has managed to keep his temper down even without the Mother Box. But he is by no means doing well.
    • In Seven Soldiers, Shiloh Norman reveals that he can't actually understand what his Mother Box says, but he tries to talk to it anyway to keep himself calm.
  • World manga Hollow Fields has Lucy's stuffed dinosaur (later converted into a grappling hook) Dino.
  • Incredible Hulk: In his childhood, Bruce had a stuffed doll which served as a makeshift guardian (between his abusive dad and an abusive nanny, and burgeoning D.I.D., there wasn't a lot of love in the Banner household). Years later, Bruce's mind uses an anthropomorphization of the doll as a guardian entity.
  • Deadpool has the same one that every comic book character has: his text boxes. The differences are 1. Deadpool's are yellow and 2. Deadpool often references, and occasionally speaks to these boxes as though they were not, by default, a part of him. This has further evolved — there are now two differently colored text boxes which converse with Deadpool. And occasionally refuse to speak to him.
  • Shmee, the creepy teddy bear carried by perpetual victim Squee in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Both Johnny and Squee refer to the toy speaking to them, and the things it tells them are rather disturbing (enough to get Johnny to take a knife to the toy at one point). In the follow up comic, there is a dream sequence where Shmee reveals that he is Squee's own personal trauma sponge, possibly an analog to the thing behind Johnny's wall, but this is open for interpretation since this IS All Just a Dream, Or Was It a Dream?.
  • Nooby from Pocket God has a coconut with a smiley face carved onto it named Wilson. Wilson is Nooby's most loyal friend and is sometimes seen somewhere in the background.
  • Marv has his colt 45 which he names Gladys in Sin City. When "she" first appears, Marv talks to her and we get a full backstory about the gun.
  • One of Bill Maudlin's most famous Up Front cartoons is of a cavalry sergeant about to mercy kill his mount... a jeep with a broken axle.
  • Spider-Man villain the Looter thinks the meteor that gave him his powers is alive and can talk to him. According to Spidey, he even watches TV with it.
  • In Transmetropolitan, Spider Jerusalem briefly but memorably made use of the "wise and terrible" Chair Leg of Truth while interviewing Fred Christ (with extreme prejudice). The Chair Leg was quite a fan favorite.
    • Also, Bucky and his little toy bear, Smacky.
  • In the Danish comic Valhalla, Thor has a tendency to treat Mjollnir as a pet rather than a weapon; this is most evident in the second album, when the hammer is stolen by Thrym, and Thor is close to panic because the hammer "isn't used to being alone." Of course, Mjollnir is a magical hammer, and on one or two occasions does display something resembling sentience (like when Thor tries to throw it at the Fenris Wolf, and the hammer turns around in mid-air and flies back to Thor rather than face the open jaws of the wolf).
  • Lucille from The Walking Dead is this for Negan. A baseball bat covered in barbed wire that Negan enjoys talking to about killing people while being turned on by the senseless death she causes. However, when Carl damages his Lucille, Negan declares war with him just to avenge her. This is justified. He named it after his deceased wife.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Cassie's bestie George takes her laptop with her literally everywhere and is quite upset, even if she understands the reasoning, when the thing is confiscated after it's been fused with Apokoliptian tech.
  • X-Statix's El Guapo was a mutant with the power to telekinetically control his skateboard. But when nobody else is around, he talks to it and it appears to move of its own volition; at one point they get into an argument and the board beats him. Whether the board is actually semi-sentient or he's a lunatic and doing it himself is never established.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey has an odd example: Sarge's stomach. When it's growling, Sarge often treats this as a verbal demand for food, sometimes talking to it as if it were his best buddy and sometimes arguing with it.
  • In Bloom County, Reynelda (a headless doll) serves as this for Ronald-Ann.
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Hobbes, depending on your interpretation. Aside from Calvin, the characters treat Hobbes as inanimate (though Susie has occasionally interacted with Hobbes similar to how Calvin does). When Calvin's mom laundered Hobbes, he stumbled around a bit after coming out of the drier. The creator of the strip, Bill Watterson, has stated that he does not believe Hobbes is either truly alive or a Companion Cube — and as there is no Word of God saying otherwise, it seems that Hobbes' Companion Cube status is entirely dependent on the reader of the comics.
    • On occasion, Susie treats Mr. Bun, who is always depicted as a stuffed rabbit, as real. And Hobbes is at one point disturbed by the fact that Mr. Bun appears to be in a coma. Susie plays with toys like a normal child — Calvin brings the nature of reality in the comic into question. (Not an exaggeration. Word of God states there will never be an official explanation regarding Hobbes's nature.)
    • Calvin's evil bicycle ambushed and assaulted him several times.
    • The television in Calvin's house has occasionally had thought bubbles of its own, which no-one else seems to notice.
  • In one Dilbert strip, a woman had a baby that looked like a loaf of bread, which turned out to be an actual loaf of bread.
  • Quincy from FoxTrot, despite being a live iguana, fits this trope perfectly. When Jason uses Quincy (and some old clothes) as part of a "Lone Iguana" persona, the effect is that of a guest character.
  • Funky Winkerbean, in the days before Cerebus Syndrome took over, would often have various inanimate objects in and around the school (desks, computers, a pair of leaves on a tree, even the school rock) making comments via thought balloons.
  • Garfield's teddy bear, Pooky.
  • Get Fuzzy's Satchel has taken time to name just about everything in the apartment, though usually Mr. Hands (his wristwatch) and Mr. Bones (chewtoy) appear most often.
  • The brick in Krazy Kat was, at times, presented as a character with a mind of its own; this was not unexpected in such a surreal series.
  • Madariaga, Enriqueta's teddy bear. from Macanudo. Even Fellini, her cat. talks to him as if the toy was a sentient being.
  • Mafalda: Mafalda often makes sarcastic comments to her terrestrial globe — once even tucking it in bed and acting as if it's sick! It's a tad deeper than most examples seeing as she talks to it as a stand in for the world. It can get quite Anvilicious sometimes, such as in the "sick" example. The poor thing has frequent sharp pains in its democracy.
  • In one storyline of My Cage, Norm, the main character spent a week out sick, but no one noticed, as his secretary placed a potted plant with a face and the word "Norm" drawn on the pot at his desk instead. The plant later showed up as a member of the company's softball team.
  • Peanuts:
    • Linus's security blanket, but not exactly to Linus himself. In one week-long sequence, Lucy became convinced The Blanket had sentience and was out to get her, refusing to be in the house alone with it. One strip even shows The Blanket leaping from Linus' hands to pounce on Lucy. No one else witnessed anything of the sort; as Charlie Brown commented during the riff, "I never thought she would be the first of us to crack." (Interestingly, this was the only sequence of Schulz's strips ever to be rejected by his syndicate. They have turned up in collections, but never had a newspaper "first run.")
    • Sally used to have conversations with the school building (or at least one wall of it). Eventually, the wall began to produce thought balloons expressing opinions and making observations on life and its philosophical approach to wall-ness, while occasionally dropping bricks on the heads of people he didn't like. (When the building collapsed, Sally interpreted this as the school "committing suicide.") Occasionally Charlie Brown's pitcher's mound would have thoughts and opinions as well.
  • In Pet Force, Pooky's alternate universe incarnation was extremely intelligent...although still perhaps not quite "alive", as he became "Compooky".

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: Asuka treats her Unit 02 as if it was alive and talks to it. After discovering their robots are IN FACT alive and their mother's spirits are locked within, Asuka realizes that is the reason her synch rose and her robot went berserker when she talked to it. From that point onward Shinji and Asuka start to talk to their robots more often.
  • Evangelion 303: Before starting her B-1C assignment Asuka said goodbye to her Unit-02, reassuring it that “It would be only for a little while”.
  • Naruto: The Abridged Series has "The Log" as Sasuke's invincible rival. In fact, the only creature who might have a shot at beating him is Clucky... who is a chicken! Also the "One-Foot-Tall Brick Wall" which was Naruto's response to The Log, though not a bitter rival so much as an occasional cameo sidekick and a way to keep Konohamaru and his tag-along buddies out of the story as much as possible.
    • And Kakashi has his milk carton from time to time. "Heh-heh...moo."
    • The Ren & Stimpy Show had a commercial for "Log, from Whammo!"
      • Which is parodied in AMV Hell Championship Edition. With a Naruto connection, no less!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: "The Ocean and I are getting married." They had a falling out after that but eventually they made up. Somehow.
    • Ishizu has the giant rock. It's the only one who understands her.
  • Kyon: Big Damn Hero: Kyon has his PDA, which can learn. He calls it Skynet and talks to it more than once.
  • Downplayed in The Egg Team with Teddy's Sonic plush that he obtains early on. He thinks it's cute, and makes it watch him practice his aim while he's recovering in the basement.
  • Blood and Revolution, Kenshin refers to his sword Mamosei as "he" and is a little protective.
  • Aside from Shinji himself, the first recurring characters in Shinji And Warhammer 40 K were the four miniatures with whom Shinji has several character-building conversations (a Space Marine Captain, an Eldar Farseer, an Ork Warboss, and a Chaos Lord). Then they develop their own personalities against Shinji's will. Then he starts having conversations with them entirely in his mind. Then they develop their own independent existences to the point where other characters have conversations with them (granted, those characters are Rei and Kaworu, who aren't exactly normal to begin with).
  • In The Official Fanfiction University of Middle-earth, we have Toey the toe ring, BreadLegs and RollFeet.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Progress, Princess Luna is rather attached to an antique abacus; in one chapter, her maid Sundance claims that Luna made pajamas for it and reads it bedtime stories. It became popular for a while for writers of other fanfics, especially (but not limited to) more light-hearted ones, to depict Luna with an abacus companion.
    • Another fanfic had Applejack comment that accidentally tearing her Nice Hat felt like injuring a close friend.
  • In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Harry doesn't want an owl, because of his past traumatic experience with pets, namely that his Pet Rock died. It turns out that Dumbledore killed it because of a prophecy. And he could never even figure out why this was important.
  • In the TSA: The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man occasionally talks with Carl, the gargoyle. Based on Bruce from Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
  • In Brainbent, the Fucking Ugly Stuffed Bee (aka FUSB) gets passed around to various people, with Sollux being the current holder. Also has undergone a bit of Defictionalization since several real life people have made their own.
  • In The New Retcons, Roary the stuffed tiger becomes this to Meredith Patterson. (Roary is also a Shout-Out to Hobbes of Calvin and Hobbes.)
  • Kyouko, being The Ditz, treats a Magic 8-Ball this way in You Got HaruhiRolled!.
  • Matthew's lamp is Part Right, Half Wrong, a Third Crazy. It is predictably an Ensemble Dark Horse, and supposedly gives terrible advice. However, given Matthew's status as both The Stoner and the local Cloudcuckoolander, this may or may not be justified.
  • Hivefled has a downplayed example with Gamzee and the scalemate Terezi gave him as well as the FUSB (a shout out to Brainbent, above).
  • In The Witch of the Everfree, if Sunset's narration is anything to go by, Bloomberg wasn't the only tree Applejack named.
    I groaned and leaned against an apple tree. It was probably named Rupert or Jackanape or something like that.
  • In Shattered Stars, Jaune has a tendency to talk to machines he's working on out loud (As opposed to his usual method of mentally talking to machines, since he's a Technopath), which he says was a habit he picked up during his childhood on the Beacon, since there weren't many other children around. This ranges from singing lullabies to his ship, calling an electronic lock "sexy"note , and saying "Good morning, beautiful, how'd you sleep?" to the Beacon when he wakes up... forgetting that he's now sharing a room with Pyrrha...
  • In Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future, SpongeBob's youngest son has his own jellyfish doll that he calls Mr. Jelly. Jimmy Neutron's son has his own teddy bear called Edwin Huggles.
  • In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, Grouchy, being jealous of Empath having the privilege of marrying Smurfette and enjoying intimacy with her, creates for himself a love doll named Angel that he can enjoy himself with. Nobody else except Papa Smurf knows about it, though, until the doll is somehow given life.
  • A Rabbit Among Wolves: Yuma has a bizarre fixation with the vending machine located in the White Fang building, which he calls "Vendi-chan." He goes into hysterics when Cinder destroys it.
  • In Crack Fic The Accidental (On Purpose) Marriage of Harry Potter and Broom Stroker Harry has a drunken Las Vegas wedding with his broomstick.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Boss Baby, Tim has his Lamb Lamb, which the Boss Baby makes fun of. The Boss Baby then threatens Tim through his Lamb Lamb, and their fighting eventually results in Lamb Lamb being badly ripped. At the end of the film, Boss Baby presents Tim with a repaired Lamb Lamb.
  • The Brave Little Toaster is based around this trope.
  • Jonathan's backpack gets this treatment in the first Hotel Transylvania. It is even a groomsman at Jonathan's wedding during the montage at the beginning of the second movie.
  • Scrat's acorn gets this treatment in the third Ice Age movie. When he drops it in favor of Scratte, it "sings" a sad ballad as if it has just been dumped. At the end, Scrat leaves Scratte and runs back to his beloved nut.
  • Madagascar parodies Cast Away's Wilson with "Spalding", a Spalding brand basketball.
    • Skipper marries a bobblehead doll named Lola.
  • In Monsters vs. Aliens, B.O.B., a Blob Monster, treats a plate of Jello as if it was sentient, and even flirts with it.
  • In Open Season, crazed hunter Shaw has named his shotgun "Lorraine," sings to it, and even tucks it in at night.
  • Subverting this is the entire point of Pinocchio. The title character is a wooden marionette that can walk and talk.
  • In The Princess and the Frog, Ray the Firefly has fallen in love with the Evening Star, whom he calls Evangeline.
  • Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer has the Dark Princess who dotes on and talks to a large green gemstone like a beloved pet, even yelling at it for laying on the bed. Though this doesn't stop her from throwing it into the furnace to give her starship a bit more fuel.
  • At the start of Rango, the main character, a pet chameleon, treats the toys, fake palm, and dead bug in his cage as his friends and fellow actors.
  • Penny's teddy bear, Teddy, in The Rescuers. It even becomes a plot point in the climax.
  • Toy Story is essentially what would happen if Companion Cubes were actually self-aware.
  • In Up, Carl is fastidious in preserving his house the way it was when his wife Ellie was alive, and sometimes even speaks to it as if it was her. This isn't really treated like a sign of serious psychological problems, but does demonstrate that he's failed to move on after her death.

    Films — Live Action 
  • Otto, the automatic pilot — who happens to be an inflatable doll — in Airplane!! However, Otto seems to be capable of some independent action.
  • Alvin and The Chipmunks Chipwrecked references Cast Away, where Zoe has an entire collection of sports balls with drawn faces on them which she talks to as her companions aboard the desert island.
  • In Apartment Zero, Adrian keeps Jack's corpse sitting at the table.
  • In Are We There Yet? Kevin's Galactoman figure is his single most prized companion and he won't leave the car without it after the car catches fire because he keeps his asthma inhaler in the figure's leg. Nick's bobblehead Satch is also a companion cube but he acts as more of a conscience.
  • Big Driver: Even before her breakdown, Tess was in the habit of talking to her GPS, whom she nicknamed 'Tom'. After her breakdown, she hallucinates that Tom is talking back to her. Tom is something of a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Billy Madison: "Stop looking at me, Swan!"
  • Blazing Saddles. Arch villain Hedley Lamarr has a small blue rubber frog.
    Hedley Lamarr: Daddy loves Froggy. Froggy love Daddy?
    (squeak squeak)
    Hedley Lamarr: Aaaaaahhh.... ribbit... ribbit... ribbit...
  • In Cast Away, the stranded Tom Hanks finds a Wilson volleyball and draws a face on it to give himself a companion, which he calls "Wilson." The ball was inspired by the screenwriter's experience stranding himself on a beach and discovering a volleyball that washed ashore. Wilson is basically the only justification for the main character's dialogue through most of the film. Lines were even written in the script for it, so Hanks would know exactly how to play those scenes.
  • Darkly subverted in Child's Play. Nobody but Andy believes that Chucky the doll is alive... at first.
  • In A Face in the Crowd, Lonesome Rhodes' "Mama guitar" is his inseparable companion (or so he says). It becomes heavily exploited as his trademark prop.
  • In Full Metal Jacket, Gunnery Sgt. Hartman orders all of the Marines to personify their rifles with a girl's name. The rifle creed is "My rifle is my best friend. It is my life." Pvt. Lawrence/Pyle takes this a little too far and is later seen whispering to it like a lover... before he snaps and kills the Gunny and himself.
  • Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Memphis treats one of the cars he's stealing (a make and model he has a previous history with, and has the reputation of being finicky) as a Tsundere woman, addressing her as "Eleanor".
  • In the 2007 film I Am Legend, Robert Neville sets up several department-store mannequins around the video-rental shop and talks to them as if they were people to maintain some semblance of human interaction. As a sign of his degrading sanity, he begins begging a mannequin to answer him back. Then the zombie/vampires start moving them about to mess with him.
    Fred, if you're real, you'd better tell me right now! If you're real, you'd better tell me RIGHT NOW! [gunshots] ...Damn it, Fred! DAMN IT!
  • The hero of the kung fu film Iron Chain Fighter develops this sort of affection towards his, uh, iron chain. It's the same chain that bounds him in prison for 15 years after he's made The Scapegoat, and upon escaping, took the chain along as his new weapon on a quest for revenge. He even talks to the chain while all alone at one point!
    "Oh iron chain, when can I have my long-awaited revenge? You have spend the past 15 years by my side in prison, and I will prove my innocence by using you to strangle the man who wronged me all those years ago. You are my only friend now..."
  • In the James Bond movie The Living Daylights, cellist Kara Milovy's prized instrument is almost a character itself. When Bond and Kara leave Czechoslovakia, he initially didn't want her to bring the cello since lugging it around would be a waste of time and space, but she insisted. But when the pair have to ditch their car, the cello comes in handy in the film's most memorable scene, where Bond and Kara enter Austria by sledding through the mountains in the cello case while being chased by guards. The cello even takes a bullet, and the hole is still there when Kara performs at the end of the movie.
    Bond: (sledding past an Austrian guard post): We have nothing to declare!
    Kara: Just a cello! (echos in the background)
  • Adele's cactus, "Lucy," in Kalifornia.
  • The 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl is about a man who treats a RealDoll as a real woman.
  • The Knowledge: Lillian talks to her crinoline lady on the mantelpiece, instead of to her husband.
    • DJ's Pillow Person and Mr. Woodchuck as well.
  • The Maiden Heist, being about three art museum security guards who have over the years fallen in love with one particular art piece each, brings this trope to mind.
  • A rather sad example in May. May's only friend is a china doll called Suzy, in a little glass display case. She talks to Suzy, gets advice from Suzy, tries to surprise Suzy when she gets contacts to fix her lazy eye... As the movie goes on and the already unstable May's attempts to find a real friend fail miserably, she starts to genuinely think Suzy is actually alive, and starts to hate her sometimes, blaming Suzy for her own social mishaps. Eventually May, otherwise completely alone again, decides to make it up with Suzy and be best friends again... Only for Suzy to get accidentally broken by some blind kids the next day.
  • The Really Useful Book from MirrorMask. Whether it's actually alive or not is left a little bit vague, but it's really useful. There's also Valentine's flying tower, with which he apparently had an argument.
  • In the film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Molly Mahoney is presented with a literal block of polished wood that her mysterious, eccentric employer calls the "Congreve Cube", which he indicates is extremely significant and powerful, although we're not sure how seriously to take anything he says. In at least one scene, we see her (skeptically) trying to talk to it as though it could understand her. It may or may not be a Magic Feather.
  • The Bowler's ball in Mystery Men not only serves as a focus for her power, but also provides curmudgeonly advice that only she can hear and occasionally checks corners for her... or maybe she's insane.
  • Oblivion (2013): Harper's Bubble Ship has a bobble-head figurine glued to the instrument panel that Jack calls "Bob" and occasionally talks to. He makes a point of gluing it to his fellow clone's replacement Bubble Ship's dashboard after his first one gets wrecked.
  • In The Ωmega Man, an earlier adaptation of I Am Legend, Charlton Heston speaks to mannequins as well.
  • In The Pink Panther (1963), a really drunk princess talks with the tiger carpet on which she's lying.
  • In The Professional, Léon's only friend has been a small houseplant, which he carefully waters with a squirt bottle and sets outside his windowsill each day. He says he likes the plant because it has "no roots," like him.
  • The title object in Albert Lamorisse's 1956 short film The Red Balloon sort of combines this with Magic Realism, in that it does seem to have a definite mind and will of its own.
  • Sadly encouraged in Santa Claus (1959). One of the main characters is the only son of a rich family, and they often go out socializing while leaving him home alone. The mother suggests to him that if he gets bored or lonely while they're out, he should just practice his piano lessons.
  • Scavenger Hunt (1979): Because it was the first item they obtained, the servants keep the toilet with them for the rest of the hunt as a mascot/good luck charm; naming it 'Mont Clair'. They are extremely upset when Mildred, Georgie and Selsome steal it, and when it falls out the car and smashes, Babbette screams "They killed Mont Clair!".
  • Mr. Universe and his LoveBot companion, Lenore, from Serenity.
  • The green M&M plushie becomes this for Grouchy in The Smurfs.
  • In the first stinger for Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), Robotnik, stranded on the Mushroom Planet, has made himself a new "Agent Stone" to keep him company/boss around... by taking a literal stone, carving it into the likeness of the real one, and throwing it around to go on "Rock-connaissance".
  • The dancing hula girl toy is the good luck charm of the Space Cowboys. Shown at the beginning during the failed test flight, then in a church, and finally in the shuttle.
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy: After most of the Looney Tunes cast left Tune World, Bugs Bunny made several dummies to stand in for his friends.
    LeBron: How long have you been alone here?
    Bugs: Alone? You're never alone when you've got friends like mine, doc. Ain't that right, Porky?
    LeBron: Uh... that's just a pile of pumpkins.
    Bugs: (gasp) Porky, did you hear what he just called you?!
  • Star Wars: In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren keeps the cremated helmet of his hero and grandfather Darth Vader on display in his quarters, speaking to it for guidance.
  • Stranger Than Fiction. Harold Crick's wristwatch. The guitars are also treated this way.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Sweeney Todd and his razors, as demonstrated in the song "My Friends" — just about the only Companion Cube trait they don't have is individual names.
    Speak to me, friend
    Whisper, I'll listen
  • Jeliza Rose from Tideland has a few Barbie doll heads as her only friends and companions.
  • UHF: Although he doesn't actually converse with it, Stanley has an extreme attachment to his first mop, claiming they've never been apart. He nearly panics when it's confiscated after he loses his janitorial job, and the scene where he finds it again is shot and scored like a reunion between long-lost loved ones.

  • In 1959's The World The Flesh And The Devil, with Harry Belafonte's character acquiring a mannequin and dubbing it "Snodgrass".

  • The bomber crews in The Big One name their aircraft (which is Truth in Television) and talk to them, believing that the aircraft talk back. It's unclear whether the aircraft are really supposed to be talking back or whether the crews simply imagine they are, with the "aircraft saying" what the crews might expect them to say if they were human. It should be noted that aircraft crews talking to their planes is commonplace and a surprising number of pilots think their aircraft do respond on some level to that courtesy.
  • In Etgar Keret's short story Breaking the Pig, a boy becomes emotionally attached to his piggy-bank. When the bank gets full, he "sets it free" in the field so he won't have to break it.
  • Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls by Jane Lindskold has an interesting twist — inanimate objects constantly talk telepathically to the autistic main character, Sarah. And no, she's not imagining it: they sometimes tell her useful things, like the combinations to locks and safes, or the location of hidden items.
  • By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz has Jilly and her potted plant, Fred. Fred is a stalwart, if silent, companion on whom Jilly practices her stand-up comedy routines.
  • In the Circle of Magic books by Tamora Pierce, ambient mages develop this kind of relationship with whatever material their magic comes from. Evvy, for instance, knows when rocks are "happy" and Sandry apologizes to wool fibers for frightening them — except that the inanimate materials do actually have feelings. In a more conventional example, Daja talks to the survival kit she recovers from her family's shipwreck while she's still adrift and later turns it into her mage-kit.
  • Discworld:
    • Hex the calculating machine has a Teddy Bear after the events in Hogfather. Any attempts to remove the teddy bear results in Hex refusing to work. Which leads to the wizards saying that one of the requirements for Hex to work is that it is FTB Enabled, which stands for Fluffy Teddy Bear.
    • Any time the question of why Ankh-Morpork doesn't have a king anymore comes up, it's likely that a past monarch's habit of appointing trees, flowerpots, and decapitated bodies as Privy Councilors will be cited as a reason.
    • Of the various troll street gangs from which Brick (from Thud!) has been excluded, the most abysmally stupid is Tenth Egg Street's Can't-Think-Of-A-Name gang. Allegedly, they consider a lump of concrete on a piece of string to be a gang member.
    • Men at Arms: when Detritus gets rather carried away in conscripting troops for Carrot's militia, he swears in the mannequin from the Natty Clothing menswear shop.
  • In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel named her oxygen tank "Philip," and treats "him" like an annoying pet.
  • Angerman of The Fire-Us Trilogy carries a mannequin with him, calls it Bad Guy, talks to it, beats on it, and is absolutely frickin' terrified of it. He even believes it is actively trying to hurt or kill his friends.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Juvenile novel Have Spacesuit Will Travel, the main character, Clifford "Kip" Russell, names his eponymous suit Oscar and has conversations with it. In one particular case, it even gives him a pep talk as he lays dying on the surface of Pluto. Note that though it's never mentioned outright, there's no indication that he actually believes he's talking to his suit.
    • But Patricia Wynant Reisfeld, aka "Peewee", remarks that when Kip was delirious while recovering from injuries sustained while nearly being killed on Pluto, he frequently talked to Oscar, and then answered himself, leading her to suspect he suffers from multiple personality disorder.
  • N. K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy: The Physical God Sieh has a collection of stars and planets that he's miniaturized; his favourite sun, En, doubles as a ball when he wants to play, and he speaks to it like a person. It's at least empathic enough to flare up into a red giant when they have an argument.
  • In the Norwegian children's series Knerten by Anne Cath Westly, one of the main characters is a stick that looks like a human. The other main character, a little boy, treats him like his best friend and has apparently not realised that he's inanimate. Sort of like Calvin and Hobbes, although this one is older.
  • In the original novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Sara gets a doll named Emily from her father. Sara conceives of Emily as a listening companion, even a protective good witch, who moves around and does things when no one's looking. In the original novel, Sara's father dies in India, and Sara's attachment to Emily becomes one of her few escapes from her horrible situation. Until she breaks down and screams at it "You're just a doll!" and slaps it out of its chair. Later movie adaptations cut that scene out allowing Emily to be an expression of Sarah's imagination throughout.
    • The girl in Enid Bagnold's National Velvet wants to own a stableful of horses, so she has a boxful of cutouts from magazines. She pastes them to heavy cardboard, makes saddles and bridles for them out of embroidery thread, and "rides" them on back country roads, then carefully rubs them down and puts them away. They all have names and histories.
  • In Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama series, Llama Llama has his Fuzzy Llama and in the television series often takes it with him even when going out, such as running errands for Mama Llama.
  • Mason & Dixon has a scene in which a pair of clocks have a conversation, although it could just be the narrator (who is a weirdo) speculating on what they would be saying. Somewhat more notably, there is Robert Jenkins' Ear, which, although severed and pickled in a jar, is still alive and has magical powers derived from its enormous historical significance.
  • Mercy Thompson is shadowed by an ancient magical walking stick whose initial purpose was to keep sheep healthy and ensure that all expectant sheep produced twins. Having developed a will of its own it tends to vanish and appear in places important to Mercy such as her home, office, car, and even in her hand when she really needs to hit something.
  • In Minecraft: The Island, the protagonist uses a cow, and occasionally other mobs, for self-motivation, snark, and someone to talk to.
  • As mentioned in the main article, this happens to starships a lot, often to the point where the ship itself is a main character (sometimes literally). Larry Niven invokes this trope a lot, such as with the battlecrusier INSS MacArthur in The Mote in God's Eye. A non-Speculative Fiction example would be the eponymous submarine in The Hunt for Red October, arguably the main character.
  • Ursula Vernon's novella "Nine Goblins". One of the goblins in the squad never expresses his own opinion; he merely reports on what his teddy bear says. At one point, the commander of the squad is taking the most senior members on a scouting mission and is forced to leave the bear in charge of the remainder until they get back.
  • The Doberman Hand Puppet in The Pale King, which is eventually revealed to belong to Dr. Lehrl.
  • Anne McCaffrey's book The Rowan has the title character treating her Pukha this way. The Pukha is essentially a child monitor and stuffed toy in one, but Rowan has one-sided conversations with it, even as she's clearly aware that it's an inanimate object. In fact, it's later revealed it was something of a split personality that she focused on it, so when it's destroyed it's gone. Near the end of the books, it appears her Pukha isn't quite gone and possibly a good reason why she grew up in good shape despite her Dark and Troubled Past.
    "You'd scorch your fur and blow your circuits!"
  • In Russell H. Greenan's The Secret Life of Algernon Pendleton Algernon's best friend is a china pitcher called Eulalia.
  • In the Star Wars anthology Tales from Jabba's Palace, Dumb Muscle Gartogg hauls around and talks to the dead bodies of the cook's assistant and a B'Omarr monk after stumbling onto the mystery of their murder and being tasked with solving it. Even though he did solve it eventually, he kept hauling the bodies everywhere he went because he'd gotten attached to them; they were the only people who didn't seem to mind his company.
  • Older Than Radio: A Tale of Two Cities: A somber example Played for Drama: The shoemaker's bench and tools are this for Doctor Mannete. Being incarcerated completely alone by the Evremondes for 18 years, he begged the guards for something, anything to do to distract himself from the solitude, and when the doctor received it, he was so grateful he formed an attachment with him, eh, it. Years later, Mannete’s daughter Lucy married Darnay who is secretely an Evremond and the doctor feels the compulsion to work with the shoemaker’s bench again. When Mr. Lorry talks about destroying it, Mannete refers to him as an old companion but he accedes. And in the last chapters of the books, Manette will ask for his friend again when he crosses the Despair Event Horizon. When Lorry and Miss Prost destroy the shoemakers’s bench, they also treat him like something alive:
    On the night of the day on which he left the house, Mr. Lorry went into his room with a chopper, saw, chisel, and hammer, attended by Miss Pross carrying a light. There, with closed doors, and in a mysterious and guilty manner, Mr. Lorry hacked the shoemaker's bench to pieces, while Miss Pross held the candle as if she were assisting at a murder — for which, indeed, in her grimness, she was no unsuitable figure. The burning of the body (previously reduced to pieces convenient for the purpose) was commenced without delay in the kitchen fire; and the tools, shoes, and leather, were buried in the garden. So wicked do destruction and secrecy appear to honest minds, that Mr. Lorry and Miss Pross, while engaged in the commission of their deed and in the removal of its traces, almost felt, and almost looked, like accomplices in a horrible crime.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit. Subverted in that the eponymous rabbit becomes real at the end of the story.
  • In Virtual Mode by Piers Anthony, Colene has a stuffed horse from her childhood named Maresy Doats, named after a misheard song lyric.
  • The very first Winnie-the-Pooh story makes it quite evident that Edward Bear (aka Pooh) and all of his friends are actually Christopher Robin's stuffed animals. It's justified since A.A. Milne invented the stories for his son, who had a teddy bear named Winnie, who was — incidentally — named after a real (female) bear at the zoo.
  • Warrior Cats: Jayfeather and his stick. To the point where he always looks for the stick when he needs answers, and was horrified when he almost lost it in the lake. Feeling it also seems to calm him down. JayxStick is also a very popular Cargo Ship within the fandom. The authors took notice of the Cargo Ship and killed it dead: the stick is broken in The Fourth Apprentice, by Jayfeather himself.
  • Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive): Adolin's Shardblade. He talks to it before every duel, thanking it for helping him (though acknowledging that it would do that for anyone) and reminding it about all the previous battles they fought together. Since the Shardblades are all the dead spren of the old Knights Radiant, he's half justified in doing so. Also as of Oathbringer, this seems to be paying off for him, as while Kaladin, Shallan, and Adolin are trapped in Shadesmar, the "deadeye" spren jumps on an enemy when Adolin is injured and about to be run through, and during the subsequent battle in the physical realm, she manages to tell him her name (Mayalaran) and comes to him in only seven heartbeats instead of the ten usually needed for a dead blade when he is desperate and begs her.
  • In the novel Zip by Ellie Rollins, the protagonist Lyssa Lee treats her scooter almost like how one would treat their beloved horse. She considers the scooter as something as her best friend and constantly refers to it as her trusty and loyal companion. She pets her scooter, talks to it and even reassures it whenever things are feeling hopeless on their journey, and even gave it a name, Zip, because of how fast it can go when she rides it. Zip is described like a living sentient life form with a personality of its own and not as a vehicle that is ridden from one place to another. Zip "squeals in delight" when ridden on fast by its owner, explaining excitement, "squeaked in frustration/sadness" when Lyssa turned it a certain way with how she herself was feeling or "groaned in protest" to her choices.

    Live Action TV 
  • On 30 Rock James Franco enters into a fake relationship with Jenna to cover up his actual relationship with a body pillow.
  • In Airwolf, Dom Santini treats the titular helicopter this way, referring to it as "Lady" and actually having conversations with it from time to time. Although Airwolf does have a rudimentary A.I. it is not (as far as we know) actually intelligent.
  • All That: Lori Beth Denberg's lifelong companion "The Big Ear of Corn".
  • An unsettling number of grieving pet-lovers on American Stuffers commence petting and fussing over their preserved pets when they collect them from the taxidermists'. Granted, this trope is the whole point of that side of the business.
  • Ashes to Ashes (2008) had Gene's Audi Quattro. It even got its own He's Back! moment in Season 3 opening and the scene when it was destroyed in the last episode in a hail of gunfire it arguably had more emotional depth than Viv's death in a previous episode.
  • The A-Team: In the episode "There's Always a Catch", Murdock carries around a mounted (and possibly fake) lobster,to which he talks. He calls it "Thermadore", and when Therm is broken by one of Garber's men during a fight, Murdock punches out the man who did it.
  • Baby Bop on Barney & Friends is never seen without her yellow blankie. Her theme song "My Yellow Blankie" is even about the blankie.
  • Leonard's "hugging machine" and, to a lesser extent, Howard's robotic hand on The Big Bang Theory.
  • The Brady Bunch.
    • Kitty Carry-All
    • In the last Hawaii episode, Professor Whitehead's tiki statue, Oliver.
  • Drusilla's dolls in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, including Miss Edith.
    • And then there's Spike's Buffy dummy, shortly replaced by the Buffybot.
    • Kendra has her favorite stake, Mr. Pointy.
    Kendra: Here... In case the curse does not succeed, this is my lucky stake. I have killed many vampires with it. I call it Mr. Pointy.
    Buffy: You named your stake?
    Kendra: Yes.
    Buffy: Remind me to get you a stuffed animal.
    • Buffy apparently held onto Mr. Pointy for some time, name-dropping "him" occasionally over the next couple of seasons.
  • On Card Sharks, host Jim Perry referred to the prop that held the question cards as "G2-T2", both in reference to Mark Goodson-Bill Todman productions and R2-D2. The prop was often treated as if it were a living thing, as seen here.
  • The Colbert Report: As befitting his crazed, right-wing persona, Colbert has a snub-nosed revolver he calls "Sweetness" that he talks to and seems to be in love with.
  • The trope is discussed in Community where Jeff gives a pencil a name before breaking it in two and shocking the study group as a result to show people make bonds with inanimate objects too easily.
  • In Deadwood, Al Swearengen receives an Indian man's head in a box, which he doesn't want. He first makes use of the box as a prop in a ploy, describing his plan to the head beforehand. Subsequently, he takes to delivering Surrogate Soliloquys to the head, addressing it as "Chief." As time goes on, he treats it more and more like a friend and confidant, and at one point brings it out onto the balcony and opens the box so it can "watch" the events on the street. Eventually Al's dragon Dan Dority confronts him about the issue, and Al has to assure him that he's not going crazy.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Chase: companion Steven Taylor goes back into a burning city/building to rescue Hifi, the stuffed panda ("my mascot") which has been his only company for two years of captivity.
    • The Doctor himself is very closely attached to his sonic screwdriver. When it was destroyed in a 1982 episode, he remarked "I feel as if I've lost an old friend." The Tenth Doctor reacts similarly when his sonic screwdriver gets destroyed in the episode "Smith and Jones". Martha is trying to tell him the identity of the evil old alien woman they are looking for, and the Doctor totally ignores her, aghast at the death of his sonic screwdriver. Immediately subverted when she gets his attention and he tosses the "dead" — and therefore useless — screwdriver carelessly over his shoulder.
    • In "The Girl Who Waited", Amy, who has been alone for 36 years, disarms (literally) one of the hand robots, painting a smiley face on it and calling it Rory. While it's initially taken as a sign of how distant she has become to Rory, a younger version of herself is able to remind her that it's actually because Rory is the love of her life.
    • In "The Time of the Doctor", the Doctor owns a battle-worn Cyberman head, which he calls "Handles". He can talk and presents helpful information, including decrypting a Gallifreyan code and lives with the eleventh Doctor until his, and the eleventh Doctor's, demise.
    • "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" introduces Mr. Huffle, a squeeze toy that "feels pain", or so Lucy Fletcher claims, when she uses it to interrogate the Doctor. Later, she gifts Mr. Huffle to the Doctor.
  • A sixth season episode of Drop Dead Diva has Kim representing a ventriloquist whose puppet is banned from flying.
  • Mrs. Beasley in Family Affair.
  • On the 1980s Country Music game show Fandango, hosted by Bill Anderson, the announcer role was handled by "Edgar the Talking Jukebox", a large jukebox which also held the show's question readouts.
  • In Farscape, John Crichton's favourite weapon is a Peacekeeper standard issue pulse pistol, he will risk his life to retrieve the weapon he calls Winona: "Winona would never have let me down". Similarly, when D'Argo gets a ship, he names her Lo'la in memory of his wife and becomes quite fond of her. Moya is a subversion, as she's an actual living organism.
  • In Father Ted, Father Jack and his Brick.
  • Another panel show example: Billy the Answer Head of Figure It Out.
  • Firefly
    • Jayne Cobb treats his very favorite gun, Vera, as if its a real person — so much so that he's willing to trade it for Mal's Accidental Wife. Jayne even talks to Vera, telling her that getting dressed up means she gets taken out somewhere special - in this case, she's put in a spacesuit to fire at a target through space.
    • The ship's mechanic, Kaylee, often talks about the ship Serenity as if its a real person. In the pilot movie she strokes the inside wall of the engine room and coos, "That's my good girl" after a jury-rig allowed Serenity to pull off a difficult maneuver. Mal treats her like a person occasionally, as well. In the commentary to the Big Damn Movie, Joss Whedon claims Serenity is the tenth character. And River's feet are collectively the eleventh.
  • On Fist of Fun "Lifestyle Expert" Peter's only friend was a small green toy called Donny Oddlegs. Unfortunately after Peter accidentally ate the remains of Rich's father, Donny ended up in a bin and on fire.
  • In Flashpoint, Spike is known to treat the team's bomb robot more like a pet than a piece of equipment, frequently talking to and about it as though it were a sentient creature. He even named it Babycakes.
  • Tina's old, wooden judge-selection wheel in For the People. She and her family ended up using it for their smaller decisions, and she used it up until the day her husband passed away. When it breaks she goes out of her way to get it repaired by the original creator instead of throwing it away and using a digital system.
  • Martin's chair on Frasier.
  • On Friends Joey and Chandler have named all the foosball players on their foosball table. Joey also personally named his television and chair "Stevie" and "Rosita," and Chandler even personally asks the former not to tell Joey when he mistakenly believes he's broken the latter. Phoebe has created 3D paintings which terrify everyone else and named them as well. Rachel convinces Joey that the paintings are haunted.
  • Mr. Bear in Full House.
  • Ghosts (UK): When she was alive, Kitty's best friend was a statue in the garden.
  • On Glee, Kurt has a "boyfriend pillow" named Bruce. When Rachel and Santana find out, he gets one for each of them (giving Santana's a sex change). Also a case of Aluminum Christmas Trees, as the "boyfriend pillow" is an actual item you can order.
  • In an unusual Panel Show example, in 1993 after the third time Roy Hattersley MP cancelled his appearance as a guest on Have I Got News for You on short notice, his place on Paul Merton's team was filled by a tub of lard, "imbued with much the same qualities and liable to give a similar performance," which Merton would confer with during the show. They won, in spite of the Tub being unable to confer with Merton at all, and all of their team's questions in the final 'missing words' round being in foreign languages, and, in the last case, with the entire headline blanked out.
    Ian Hislop: It is getting rather sad that I can't win against Paul when he's accompanied by a tub of lard and his questions are in a foreign language.
    • Over two decades later in 2016 there would be a similar incident, with the (former) Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. She had criticized then-Prime Minister Theresa May's choice of £1000 brown trousers, only to come under heavy criticism herself for being photographed with a £1000 brown handbag. Seeking to keep a low profile, she dropped out of the show on short notice, leading to her place being taken by (what else) a brown handbag. The handbag was wired for mic, but refused to answer any questions put to it.
  • How I Met Your Mother.
    • Marshall's car.
    • And when Marshall stayed in Minnesota to take care of his mother after his father died, Lily dressed up a pillow to look like Marshall and named it "Marshpillow".
  • Jessie: Bertram and his kitchen appliances.
  • Phil from The Last Man on Earth has a whole crew of Companion Cube balls, as a direct homage/spoof of the Cast Away example above.
  • In The League of Gentlemen, the only friends Pauline has are pens. She is quite proud of this, because she is a saddo.
  • Lost:
    • John Locke, in no uncertain terms, talks with the island and believes it has a will. Though, depending on further reveals, there may be a significant element of truth to this.
    • Claire's Squirrel Baby was outright conceived as a Take That! to Wilson from Cast Away.
  • One of Mad TV's sketches includes a fake commercial about a woman in an abusive relationship with a bottle of shampoo.
  • There is an episode in Malcolm in the Middle when Lois has a mental breakdown and starts crafting little pigs out of bleach bottles. Dozens of them. And she gives each and every one a name and background.
  • M*A*S*H: Radar's teddy bear. "My bear went off!"
  • The Mighty Boosh has the boys stranded on an island, and they start to make crude companions out of coconuts. As the boys devolve into madness, the coconut people start to take increasingly human and terrifying characteristics.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • "And, on my right, putting the case against the government, is a small patch of brown liquid."
    • Another (not completely different) sketch had a round-table discussion on customs enforcement with a duck, a cat and a lizard. The duck, cat and lizard were obviously played by wooden models, so their inability to respond to questions is unsurprising.
  • Mr. Bean's Teddy, and to some extent his car. Much of the humour comes from the inconsistent way in how he treats them — one minute gently lowering Teddy into his own miniature bed, the next absent-mindedly ripping his head off so he'll fit in the drawer. Then when his car gets run over by a tank, he kneels down in front of the wreckage as sad music plays — only to retrieve the lock and seem perfectly happy with this.
  • One of the links between two sketches in Mr. Show is the "Red Balloon" sketch which follows the Adopted Son (from the previous sketch) to the Porno Shop (the next show). Although a Jerkass, the guy seems quite cheerful to meet the Red Balloon, set to an equally cheerful song about Red Balloon being here for you and "following your balloon". . . where they gamble and go to strip clubs.
  • Mr. Young has Mrs. Strawperson, a scarecrow, to the point where she has a family (who are also inanimate) and a job as a teacher. In "Mr. Elf", she claims not to have been able to walk or talk until Slabb gave her a brain as a Christmas present, but that was just Derby's dream and so it doesn't really prove anything.
  • My Name Is Earl has a HUMAN EAR fill this role for a soldier in Korea.
  • MythBusters:
    • Buster, an oft-destroyed and rebuilt crash test dummy that the crew uses in most of their experiments. Most of the cast (and quite a few of the show's fans) jokingly treat him like a real person. They devote entire montages to lovingly dressing the busts up in a wig, glasses, bandanna, whatever's in-character for the myth's scenario. In "Escape Slide Parachute" Buster was reduced to little more than scrap metal and flesh-colored chunks when a quick release failed and he fell the full distance without his safety equipment. The reaction of the crew (especially Adam and Grant) was one of abject horror, as if a flesh and blood crew member had been severely injured.
    • Earl, the car they dropped from a crane to test "Buster 2.0". And several one-time ballistics gel dummies they named.
    • Kari's ballistics gel "Zombie Dogs". Which she was actually baby-talking to. "Aw, whosa sweet widdle doggy? Mwa!" *kisses nose*
    • In the Dynamite Surfing episode, Kari wonders if anyone else has noticed the disturbing amount of Grant robots that have been built over the course of the series.
    • During the Supersized Myths Jet Taxi segment, to make him even more animate than usual, they added a voiceover of Buster's thoughts just before they pulled his taxi behind the jumbo jet's engine exhaust: "I wonder if Mike Rowe is hiring."
    • Lucy the Moose, a 600lb rubber moose that they crashed cars into (To test the myth that speeding up before hitting a large animal will reduce the damage done to the car and driver. Busted).
  • Abby from NCIS has her mass spectrometry machine ("Major Mass-Spec") and Burt the Farting Stuffed Hippo.
    • Ducky tends to talk to the corpses he is autopsying as a mechanism for trying to get into the heads of the people when they were alive. The only time one "talks back" is when it was a deceased member of the team, as he knows what she would've said.
  • Captain Oats and Princess Sparkles of The O.C. fame. When you start warning your plastic horse of possible overtures to rape, you know you've got yourself a Companion Cube.
  • In the first Halloween Episode of The Office, Michael jokingly pretends to start taking advice from his fake second head on who should be fired. Dwight starts arguing with the fake head because it is suggesting maybe Dwight should be let go.
  • Arkwright's till from Open All Hours is an inversion. Arkwright and Granville treat it as though it's alive, but it's a malevolent being that does its best to trap your fingers every time you use it.
  • Parks and Recreation: DJ Roomba, Tom's combination of an MP3 player and a Roomba. At one point it's destroyed when Jerry steps on it causing Tom to expel grief stating that DJ Roomba was like a son to him.
  • Pixelface: In "Out of Sight", a glitch in the system renders Claireparker unable to be detected by the rest of the occupants of the console. Starting to crack up, she begins talking to the rubber duck she picked up in the last session of her game.
  • Red Dwarf: A running joke through the series is Rimmer's "relationship" with Rachel, an inflatable doll. It's been strained not only by Rimmer's inability to touch things, but also because Rachel's got a puncture. When Rimmer supposedly dies, Rachel actually "appears" at the funeral, since Lister figures she's the closest thing he had to a widow. A much earlier episode says Rimmer had previously been seeing 'Inflatable Ingrid', until Lister reveals he's been "seeing" her as well.
  • Scrubs:
    • Rowdy (and, later on, Stephen), the stuffed yellow Labrador owned by JD and Turk.
    • The Janitor's squirrel army, a massive collection of stuffed squirrels that he holds meetings with. The Janitor is a skilled taxidermist and has other animals he talks to including Bingo, a stuffed bunny who doubles as a salt and pepper shaker.
    • As a one-off gag, the Janitor calls the floors of Sacred Heart his children, and that he's given them all names.
    • JD has also made a friendship bracelet that he wears for Sasha, his motor scooter.
  • Sherlock's skull. Case in point:
    John: Have you talked to the police?
    Sherlock: Four people are dead. There isn't time to talk to the police.
    John: So why are you talking to me!?
    Sherlock: Mrs. Hudson took my skull.
    John: ...So I'm supposed to be filling in for your skull?
    Sherlock: Relax, you're doing fine.
  • In the short-lived cult TV show Sledge Hammer!, Sledge has a habit of talking to his Hand Cannon. In one episode, he hallucinates that his gun is talking back to him.
  • An odd variation appears in Soap with Bob, Chuck's ventriloquist dummy. Originally Chuck was only supposed to be a temporary character but he and Bob were so popular that the writers had to keep them. It gets to the point where all but a few of the characters forget Bob isn't a separate person, the audience will always refer to Bob as a separate character as well. All of the characters dislike Bob because of his rude behavior but like Chuck because he's very well-mannered (the except is Benson as he's one of the few sane ones; Mary, while sane, just considers Chuck as troubled).
    • Chuck's need for a Companion Cube is taken Up to Eleven when Danny hides Bob in the fridge, and Chuck quickly converts nearby fruit into ventriloquist dummies. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In the Starsky & Hutch episode "The Committee," Huggy Bear sells Starsky a ridiculously overpriced pet rock, which he swears is much better than the ones sold in stores. Starsky names the rock Ignatius and carries it around for the rest of the episode. He throws it away during the climax to get one of the villains to fire in the wrong direction, but after everyone has been arrested, he runs back to look for it.
  • A lot of TV spaceships have this trope evoked upon them; perhaps the most famous being the USS Enterprise and Millenium Falcon.
    • Both the Enterprise and the Millennium Falcon are known to have computers capable of interacting with people but of course, none of them are sophisticated enough for you to hold a conversation with. When it comes to Star Trek ships, though, Fridge Logic or even Fridge Brilliance applies: we know from holodecks, and fully sentient mechanical characters such as Data and the Doctor, that a computer with much more personality is not hard to create in the Trek Verse. If, in a world where any AI-run hologram left running long enough becomes a real person, the best the ship's operating system can do is "* Beep!* Unable to comply. Applied Phlebotinum conveniently offline," it's by design — possibly to keep it out of the Uncanny Valley.
      • In The Ultimate Computer they tried to automate the Enterprise using AI. The developer who designed the computer treated in like it was his kid. Of course, it went insane and Kirk had to talk it to death, because A.I. Is a Crapshoot.
    • Captain Janeway sometimes talks directly to her ship in Star Trek: Voyager.
    • Tom Paris in the Voyager episode "Alice" had a shuttlecraft that generated a female avatar from the Brain–Computer Interface that he could interact with.
    • The Enterprise is like a wife to Kirk and a daughter to Scotty, but everyone on the crew seems to have a certain fondness for the old girl... even Spock. Kirk in particular was so heartbroken when he had her self-destructed to keep Klingons from seizing her in ''Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
  • Dr. Bashir's teddy bear Kukalaka in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He once traded five liters of anaerobic metabolite to Jake and Nog (as part of a Chain of Deals the boys started to get a mint condition Willie Mays card from the man who outbid them at an auction) in exchange for them retrieving Kukalaka from his ex's quarters.
  • The Impala (known to fans as Metallicar) in Supernatural is considered by some to be the third main character. It features prominently throughout the series, and Dean is occasionally found to be whispering sweet nothings to it. Chuck the prophet who is heavily implied to actually be God outright calls it the most important object in the universe.
  • Oliver, Top Gear (UK) presenter Richard Hammond's beloved 1963 Opel Kadett. Despite his age and third-hand ownership, Oliver survived a one-thousand mile cross-country trip straight across the spine of Botswana, including the entirety of the Makgadikgadi Pan, the largest salt flat in the world. Hammond loved the car so much that he bought it with his own money and paid to have it shipped to Britain. To prepare to cross the Makgadikgadi Pan, the presenters were advised to remove as much weight as possible from their cars. May and Clarkson undertook the task with relish, but Hammond refused to remove anything from Oliver, outside of a spare wheel. After a while, May and Clarkson joked that it would be like asking him to cut pieces off his wife. Oliver was endangered again in the first episode of Season 12, in which the presenters did challenges in transport trucks (obUK/Commonwealth: "lorries"). One of the last ones was a hill start — starting the trucks (with their cargo in tow) on a hill without rolling backward. To inspire each other to do well, their most prized items were placed behind them. Richard's was... Oliver (with a smashing new "OLI V3R" Vanity License Plate). Hammond forfeited the challenge rather than risk his precious car, especially when his truck had no crawler gear to start on the hill with. Oliver is now a supporting character in the children's science programme Richard Hammond's Blast Lab, where 'he' has a Herbie-esque personality.
  • Martha Lou in The Torkelsons
  • Senor Guapo to Gabe in Tower Prep.
  • Margaret Lanterman (aka "The Log Lady") on Twin Peaks always carries around a small log in her arms. She seems to share a psychic connection with it, sometimes dispensing advice and visions that she claims come from the log itself. At one point she insists that Agent Cooper direct a question to the log instead of her. It's left ambiguous as to whether the log has any intelligence, but the Log Lady seems to have some otherworldly insight, and Hawk states that it "holds many spirits." The log's size and shape subtly evoke a baby, with two small nubs on the upper section where the baby's arms would be.
  • In Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Jonny has an Action Man that he named Corinthian (and later named his son after it). It is later destroyed in a fire.
    • Also, Janet has a mannequin named Jonny 2, which she has dressed exactly like Jonny. This is only featured in one episode, in which she uses it as a source of comfort when she's in labour.
  • The Umbrella Academy: Number Five is in love with 'Delores', a mannequin who was his only form of company in the post-apocalyptic wasteland for 40 years. Even after being forced to abandon her following his recruitment, he eventually goes on to reconnect with her in the past... namely by stealing her from her original department store.
  • Rex from Victorious is Robbie's ventriloquist dummy. Despite Robbie controlling him, he seems to have a mind of his own, and the other characters, while at first humoring Robbie by pretending he was a real person, eventually start believing it themselves. If Rex says or does something rude, they get mad at him and not Robbie. And the reactions they all give when he is sucked into the Turblow Jet were as if one of their closest friends was being maimed.
  • The series finale of Cheers appears to suggest that the reason Sam Malone will never be happy with any woman is because his One True Love is the Cheers bar itself.
  • The Walking Dead: Negan always carries a baseball bat covered in barbed wire that he calls Lucille. He constantly refers to the bat as a person and never goes anywhere without her. He eventually reveals that his late wife was also called Lucille, and the bat has become a surrogate for her.

  • Neil Diamond's "I Am...I Said" has in its chorus the line And no one heard at all / Not even the chair. Diamond himself has stated that the song was written at a time when he was in a hotel room feeling incredibly lonely, to the point where he really did regard the chair as his sole companion.
  • Yelle's "Best Friend" in the song "Mon meilleur ami". Her vibrator.
  • Big Black actually credited Steve Albini's Roland TR-606 drum machine as a member of the band (as "Roland").
  • Echo & the Bunnymen: Echo is a drum machine.
  • Primus' "Mary the Ice Cube" is a love song about an ice cube named Mary.
  • Diana Ross' "My Old Piano" refers to it as if it were a person.
    His international style
    Exudes an air of royalties
    His eighty eight key smile
    Is so pleasant to see


    Pro Wrestling 
  • In the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Dramatic Dream Team (DDT), several inanimate objects have held the promotion's "Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship" (a joke title defended any time at any place during any match against anyone or anything, in a parody of WWE's retired Hardcore Title and its infamous "24/7 Rule"). Several of these inanimate "performers" include Kitty-Chan (a Hello Kitty plushie), a wooden baseball bat, and — most memorably — Ladder. All of these "wrestlers" were treated by actual wrestlers and DDT performers/crew as if they were any other human competitor.
    • In fact, not one, not two, but three different Ladders have held the belt. And the baseball bat lost the title by a "KO" decision after being broken in half.
    • The 1000th champion? The belt itself.
    • Note that the WWE's Hardcore Title received this treatment at least once itself — one of the most prominent members of the Hardcore division was Al Snow, a Cloudcuckoolander who carried around a mannequin head and treated it as if it was alive, and, in Al's mind at least, Head once held the Hardcore Title after she turned on Al.
  • Of course, the WWF of the 90's and early 2000's loved this trope, too. Several wrestlers utilized Companion Cubes, such as Mankind (Socko!), and Perry Saturn (uh... mop with a wig!).
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's watch, which always told the same time.
  • Chavo Guerrero Jr. and his hobby horse that he called Pepe.
  • LuFisto's doll, ahem, mascot, Peegaboo. Until DJ Hyde had her murdered in WSU. In fact, SHIMMER's rule book allows for "managerial objects", which in turn can be "expelled" from ring side at the referee's discretion. Peegaboo at least found some company before her passing.
  • Boogeyman's disembodied heart on a necklace. He could also be found serenading to various clocks, which he always ended up smashing over his head.
  • Leva Bates has shown these tendencies at times with some of her props. She's even played Dungeons & Dragons with a few of them, albeit to demonstrate the rules to other wrestlers.
  • Eddie Brown's duct tape mannequin torso Quicksilver. Yes, he sees what you're doing, and he tells Nite-stic everything he sees.
  • Kimberly's Thing dolls in SHINE. In addition to about two dozen she keeps and regularly talks to, she also gives them out as gifts so other wrestlers can experience the joy of having one.
  • Ricardo Rodriguez's skeleton blowup doll, "Boner", who has even performed (assisted) choke slams. Boner was "killed" by Eric Watts at the 2014 NWA Vendetta Pro Zombie Walk, which saw Rodriguez attempt to perform CPR.
  • Nicole Savoy has referred to her Xbox One as her boyfriend.
  • Celtic Championship Wrestling's resident Cloudcuckoolander Bedlam Billy carries around a puppet called William who he talks to.
  • In 2017, Hiromu Takahashi of New Japan Pro Wrestling introduced the world to a stuffed cat doll named Daryl. Daryl is incredibly over even though all he does is sit in Takahashi's corner. Bad Luck Fale "killed" Daryl during the G1 Climax tournament, but he came back as good as new and is still over.
  • Eddie Kingston is a rare Played for Drama example, since he would refer to the CHIKARA Grand Championship, and even the wrestling business itself, as "she" or "her."
  • Trucker Norm carried a Teddy Bear around.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The entire premise behind ventriloquist acts.
  • Jeff Dunham frequently lampshades it during his routines. In "Arguing With Myself", he relates a story of taking his "helpers" through airport security:
    "He could've swabbed Peanut on the head, on the foot... no. In front of God and everybody, he swabs his butt, just like that! I know it's only a puppet, but... I work with the guy! There's a relationship there!"
  • Leona from Between the Lions has a plush moose named Lovey.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Zoe has a pet rock named Rocco, which she treats as alive. Elmo often scoffs at the idea, though he sometimes goes along with the charade just to get it over with.
    • Big Bird has his teddy bear, Radar (a Shout-Out to the M*A*S*H character), whom he received as a gift from Mr. Hooper.
    • Ernie has his rubber duckie.
    • Julia has Fluffster, her stuffed rabbit.
    • Even a few of the monsters have monster dolls of their own. Herry Monster has Hercules, Telly has Freddy, and Elmo has Baby David, which he named after David, the proprietor of Hooper's Store at the time, in Episode 2256.
  • Amy, The Dancing Brick in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. In theory, not totally dissimilar from Gonzo's usual acts (Yollanda, The Dancing Cheese, for example), except that "she's" not a Muppet brick; she's just a brick.
  • In Muppet Treasure Island, Squire Trelawney (Fozzie Bear) has an imaginary friend who lives inside his finger.
    "Your finger hired the crew?"
    "No, that's silly: The man who LIVES inside my finger hired the crew. Mr. Bimble"
    • Not to mention Dead Tom.
  • In Gerbert, the titular character has his stuffed toy bear, Rory.
  • Oobi's sister Uma has her doll, as shown in the episode "Babysitter!".

  • Ol' Lynchy in Comic Fury Werewolf is this. The villagers are very affectionate of it, and there were riots when it was replaced with a typical lynching platform in Game 11. It was brought back as of Game 12.
  • In Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues, Jemimah has a tree in her home garden that's she's dubbed Uke, and in general doesn't find it odd to talk to inanimate objects. In a strange variation of the usual bond that comes with this trope, Jemimah's goal is to one day 'defeat' Uke by knocking him down.
  • In Rain Quest, there's Aramu Kurokku-chan, Joel's alarm clock, who he has claimed as his waifu. Later on, Joel gives Nina his umbrella as her own companion, which they name Anburera-kun.
  • Survival of the Fittest:
    • Hannah Rose and her "magic hat".
    • Alice Jones and her stuffed rabbit (complete with a Shout-Out to Paranoia Agent) could have been counted as a borderline example, too, until she discarded it in favour of Guy Rapide's head.
    • Back in v1, we also had Cody Jenson and Loretta, a motorcycle.
    • Shawn Morrison in the Spin-Off SOTF-TV uses, of all things, a dead baby boa constrictor as one (he named it Brian Eno).
    • From another Spin-Off, we have Sycanus Appletin and Tobeyn (her teddy bear) from Virtua. It's also a rare canonical example of Cargo Ship, as she's explicitly in love with it and at one point is shown making out with it.
  • In Ultimate Chat Fic of Mutual Memeing!, Nagito and Hajime's "son" Bobstevenson (actually a pet rock) eventually joins the chat by way of Nagito switching accounts and throwing him at the keyboard, thus becoming The Unintelligible.
  • In We Are All Pokémon Trainers, Vlad and Dintel's misadventures earn the Gliscor a Salamence-shaped Pokédoll. His Trainer gives it to Nadia the Salamence, who starts talking to the plushie about her issues and her lack of confidence after being hurt and rendered unable to fly. Eventually the plushie, nicknamed "Toothless", starts answering back and providing counsel. And it's not the only one.

    Tabletop Games 
  • You'll get this from time to time in BattleTech. Canonically, Inner Sphere pilots are much more likely to get attached to their gear, on account of it often being old and full of quirks. Many 'Mechs are passed down as Ancestral Weapons, so some families train the next generation of pilots with it and pass on its legacy that way. As a result, many Inner Sphere pilots specialize in piloting one or two chassis, and sometimes one 'Mech in specific, leading to this trope when a pilot spends their entire life with a certain 'Mech to the point that they give it a name and sometimes a 'personality' based on its quirks. This is also because Inner Sphere pilots are much more likely to own their own gear than comparable Clan pilots, for whom being reassigned from one 'Mech to another depending on the needs of the unit is a fairly commonplace occurrence. Much of this is inspired by the real-life military examples below, and aircraft pilots/crews in particular.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has a feat named Familiar Item. The Item actually can be alive and have personality and ego only for the owner... and just because the owner likes it so much.
    • The Prestige Class Kensai forms a bond with a specific weapon strong enough to imbue it with magical powers. There are also ceremonies that most any character can undergo to magically/spiritually bond with the weapon of their choice. Not to mention Intelligent Items, which, being sentient, can actually form friendships with characters.
    • Occasionally subverted in that the owners find the intelligent items so annoying, given that they do not need to sleep, eat or take breath to continue talking, that they tend to be found in unfortunate places like sewers or active volcanoes.
    • Brass dragons are chatterboxes who can never get enough conversation for their tastes. As a result, some have a tendency to give nicknames and ascribe personalities to portraits, busts and similar artworks in their hoards, and happily pass the hours having one-sided conversations with these inanimate objects.
  • In GURPS handbooks, the example given for Delusion is "all purple things are alive." How big the Delusion is (how many points it's worth) depends not on the nature of the Delusion, but on how much it affects your character's behavior. In practical terms, this Delusion could range from saying hello to purple objects and patting them (Quirk or Minor Delusion) all the way up to attacking purple things on sight (Major Delusion) and refusing to talk until all of them are taken from the room.
  • Promethean: The Created has a power that allows the Promethean to create an intelligence in any inanimate object. It's mentioned that the intelligence can survive indefinitely as long as the Promethean keeps funneling a single point of Pyros into it, and that Prometheans will sometimes do this so that they don't have to be alone. Only rarely does any of their kind deride this. (In situations where loneliness isn't a concern, Prometheans sometimes use the power to create subtle spies.)
  • The Adeptus Mechanicus "Machine Cult" of Warhammer 40,000 treat all machines as if they contain sentient "machine spirits". Interestingly, actual artificial intelligences are considered anathema by the Cult Mechanicus, as it's believed that "thinking machines" nearly destroyed humanity at one point.
    • Though, it is notable that Titans, The Giant Mecha of the Warhammer universe, are Semi-sentient, with each having its own mind. On one occasion, the mind of a Titan commander is also resident inside the machine, after he dies while still linked up to it.
    • It should also be noted that Machine Spirits seem to be real, particularly in more advanced machines; Land Raider tanks in particular have a reputation for continuing fighting long after their crew has been killed. Either the vehicles genuinely are possessed, quite possible in the demon and god filled setting, or the Techpriests are building AIs into their machines without realizing it, since many machines are made by creating exact copies of ancient designs that nobody really understands anymore.
      • Some 40k media state that instead of AIs the Adeptus uses the brains of large, predatory animals as organic computers, which explains why a tank can go "feral".
    • The closest things to being "cute" in a non-ugly way in that world are the drones the Tau use. They're programmed to be loyal like puppies, and as a result the Tau consider them companions rather than, well, expendable drones (a sentiment decidedly not shared by the players).

  • Paul Hindemith's opera Cardillac is about a goldsmith who treats his creations like his own children: he sings to them, swears to protect them — and murders his customers to regain them. Indeed, he treasures his handiwork more than his life-and-blood daughter: his dying glance falls not on his heartbroken daughter, but on the beautiful gold chain hanging on her neck.
  • In Pokémon Live!, while the characters generally treat MechaMew2 like an actual Pokemon, Giovanni speaks to it as if it were alive at some points. His comments range from innocuous to parental to outright disturbing.
  • In The Rose Tattoo, according to the stage directions and author's production notes, the dummies should be poseable to make it look as if they were carrying on conversations with each other and Serafina.
  • In Shirley Valentine, bored housewife Shirley talks to her kitchen wall about her troubles because it's always there for her and nobody else in her life is interested. In the second act, when she's on holiday, a rock on the beach serves a similar confidant role.
  • Several characters in Sunday in the Park with George are played by cardboard cutouts. Most seem to be products of George's imagination, though other characters seem to interact with them. In particular, one of a pair of soldiers:
    Celeste #1: He's very quiet.
    Soldier: Yes. Actually he is. He lost his hearing during combat exercises.
    Celeste #1: What a shame.
    Soldier: He can't speak either.
    Celeste #2: Oh. How dreadful.
    Soldier: We have become very close, though.
    Celeste #1: So I see.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: "These are my friends, see how they glisten..."

  • The Pet Rock, and Chia Pets.
  • The Ball Jointed Dolls fandom.
  • The RealDoll.
    • A man in England took the Hans Bellmer route with his RealDolls and actually gave them fully fleshed-out personalities, occupations, and histories. A photo of one such doll named "Rebecca" by Bay Area photographer Elena Dorfman was featured in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
      • Since RealDoll's invention in the early 90's, this obsession has been more common than you'd think. There have been full webrings dedicated to the fictionalized characters the owners have written for their dolls, with extensive bios, journals of their lives, and galleries featuring the dolls in a variety of fashions.
  • This custom made figure.
  • Furbies - Designed to emulate a plush pet with a personality, they were in fact popular enough to warrant a revival after disappearing from the market. And though they've never threatened to stab anyone, others find them horrifically repulsive, even to the point of reacting to them with violence. Like this.
  • Most PVC figures manufactured by japanese company fall into this category.
  • Let's face it- most toys in general, even if they're not in the shape of a living creature. Dolls and stuffed animals especially.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Trilo from case 3 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All is a ventriloquist's dummy who seems to have a mind of his own. He may have been derived from the Batman character The Ventriloquist, as he also abuses his handler.
    • The series also has "Charley", a potted slender palm lily in the main character's office. It's one of the few characters from the original series to show up in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and subsequent games. "Charley" could also be a reference to "Chuck the plant", from Maniac Mansion, which became a running in-joke and appears in many adventure games afterwards, such as Day of the Tentacle and Enclosure.
  • Mr. Bear, Penny's teddy bear, from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. Since Penny is utterly, utterly Ax-Crazy, Mr. Bear comes off as rather... sinister in the process.
    Penny: Penny likes you... but Mr. Bear HATES YOU!
  • Some Angband players treat slime molds as pets rather than as food items.
    • Likewise some NetHack players and the custom-named —-Bane items, or random artifact items of popular use.
  • In Animal Crossing: Wild World, the Normal villagers all love to talk to their mop, which they call Moppina. Word of God states this reflects their slightly obsessive nature and their strong dislike for germs.
  • Boo, the Miniature Giant Space Hamster of Baldur's Gate fame, served as a biological version of this trope for the brain-addled Minsc. Although it's also entirely possible Minsc was right. It has been implied by what may count as Word of God that Boo was bought from Elminster himself.
    • It's also worth noting that canonically, Giant Space Hamsters do exist in the Forgotten Realms Settings at that point.
  • Bionic Commando 2009. Man... Okay, so, pretty much, his arm is his wife. Good lord, what else is there to say? Near the end of the game, it is revealed that Spencer's missing wife was killed and her brain was integrated into his one companion for the whole game, his bionic arm. He is in severe denial after this reveal, probably because he sees it as ridiculous as it is. The twist was severely criticized by multiple reviewers, and thus is a perfect example of handling a Companion Cube poorly.
  • In BioShock 2 you can get the Handyman Gene Tonic, which lets you spend EVE to repair friendly bots and turrets. In true mechanic fashion, it also gives names to the bots you've hacked to fight alongside you. It kind of gives you an incentive to keep those bots active given that it's you versus a city full of Splicers.
  • Cute little boy Carl Clover from Blazblue has an automaton named Nirvana that he talks to and treats like his older sister, Ada. It's animate, and is implied to be sapient... but isn't actually capable of talking. He acts like it is, anyway. Various characters can't decide if Carl's just crazy. Well, he is probably crazy, but, as it turns out, the automaton IS his sister. His father finally alluded to killing Carl's sister and using her soul to power the automaton.
  • Gehrman in Bloodborne has a ball jointed doll without a name, which she becomes Animate Inanimate Object once the Hunter arrived. Gehrman even insists you to "use" the doll.
"You're welcome to use whatever you find, even the Doll, should it please you."
Gehrman, The First Hunter
  • Borderlands has Tannis becoming attached to her tape recorder as she descends further into madness. In the sequel, she fell in love with two ceiling chairs and opposes Handsome Jack because Hyperion destroyed one of them while they were torturing her.
  • Borderlands 2:
    • Tiny Tina has two stuffed bunnies rigged with explosives whom she affectionately refers to as Mushy Snugglebites and Felicity Sexopants. Her comments regarding them are disturbingly, explicitly sexual. Also, two of the guests for her tea party sidequest are Sir Reginald, a jar with a varkid in it wearing a top hat with a monocle and mustache taped to the front, and Princess Fluffybutt, a doll with a grenade for a head.
    • Axton the Commando is in love with his Sabre Turret. He calls it "honey" and variously refers to it as his wife or girlfriend. Gaige offers to give it a proper personality at one point, a sexy action girl, but we don't know if she went through with it.
    • Shotgun-wielding bandit Marauders are best pals with their big, powerful shotguns, which they call "Shotty" or "Bucky." When injured they'll even assure the gun that they're alright.
    • Gaige repeatedly refers to her bodyguard robot Deathtrap is if it was alive and has conversations with it. It is possible that Deathtrap has true AI, but Gaige is into machines of all kinds so take what she says with a grain of salt. Finally confirmed in a DLC, where Deathtrap finally speaks for the first time, asking questions and socially interacting with the other Vault Hunters. However, since only Gaige can understand Deathtrap's machine code language, she has to translate everything he says.
  • The Male Undead Merchant in Dark Souls has a wooden basket named Yulia, which he constantly pets and talks to like it was a cat or lover. His uchigatana maybe in the basket.
  • This shows up in Devil May Cry fanfiction with the Devil Arms, but since those bear the sentient souls of the defeated demon in question, it's something of a Justified Trope. More straightforwardly, in an early scene of the fourth game, Nero and Kyrie talk about Nero's "Red Queen" sword as if discussing a female.
  • In Disco Elysium, it is possible to have conversations with several different inanimate objects, provided your Inland Empire skill is high enough, but the one that sticks out the most is your Horrific Necktie. The description treats it as an old friend, and it acts like one through the game, often urging you to stand up for yourself (sometimes at inopportune moments), expressing camaraderie, and sometimes having useful advice. It can even pull a Heroic Sacrifice as part of an improvised Molotov cocktail.
  • Dragon Age: Origins's 'feast day' DLCs adds special gifts to give to your companions, more specifically 'special gifts' and pranks. Shale's special gift is a pet rock called "Herbert". The insulting one? An uncrushable pigeon.
  • Bianca of Dragon Age II is an even more apparent instance of this trope. Varric actually holds conversations with Bianca. Bianca is a crossbow, by the way.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, Souma has his sword: sharpening it is one of his favourite activities, he refers to it in the same breath as his pet turtle Kamegorou at one point, and he takes it everywhere with him, becoming very upset when he is asked not to take it out. Luckily, he does have a government permit (somehow) to take it to school and in public, so it's not quite as inconvenient as you'd logically think, but he does notice with disappointment that others around him often seem scared of him as a result.
    • For a more extreme example, there's Shu's doll Mademoiselle, who he treats as a totally separate identity from himself, speaking through it as though she's a separate person.
  • Fallout:
    • Harold the Ghoul has the plant atop his head, Bob.
    • Vault 77, Inhabited by one man and hundreds of puppets. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Fallout: New Vegas has Davison and his long-dead bull's skull called "Antler".
    • New Vegas also gives us ED-E for the player. It's a floating robot ball that doesn't talk or have personal problems to solve like the other companions. But it has a fun nickname, plays a jingle to alert you to enemy presence, increases your detection range, has a zappy laser weapon that sets enemies on fire, and is generally adorable to watch just floating around. If you complete ED-E's sidequest, his slide in the ending notes that it stays with the Courier as a loyal companion.
      • In the Lonesome Road DLC, ED-E becomes much more emotive, revealing a deeper personality and backstory. He was the prized creation of Dr. Whitley, who fawned over ED-E, but was unfortunate enough to have been created him in the Enclave. ED-E was forcibly upgraded by another Enclave researcher, a process as painful to ED-E as anesthetic-free vivisection to a human. The last straw was when Colonel Autumn, commander of the Enclave, ordered Whitley to destroy the Duraframe Eyebots for use in the Hellfire Armor project. ED-E was forced to flee from the one man he loved to escape death, who was likely killed in the Enclave-Brotherhood of Steel war. Essentially, ED-E's story is both remarkable and tragic.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Cloud becomes this for Zack in Crisis Core post-Nibelheim partly because Zack needs to care for a living comatose Cloud and partly because Zack needs to stay sane.
    • In Final Fantasy X-2, Shuyin treats the machina superweapon Vegnagun like this. In the sphere depicting his attempt to hijack it, Shuyin speaks to Vegnagun as if it were a person, musing on how it is the only chance he has to save Lenne. It's a little disturbing how attached Shuyin has become to Vegnagun and its destructive power.
  • Catherine, a Magical Computer in a briefcase, is treated this way by the protagonist of Flower, Sun and Rain, and it never leaves his side if he can help it. Although given the setting's peculiarities, it's anyone's guess whether or not it's actually sentient.
  • In The Force Unleashed, former Jedi Master Kazdan Paratus went mad from isolation and Survivor Guilt following the fall of The Republic and hid on a secluded planet where he built a replica of the Jedi Temple out of junk. His Boss Room is a Room Full of Crazy with puppets of each member of the Jedi High Council that he's convinced are real and screams he'll protect.
  • Milla of Freedom Planet has a tree stump she named Mr. Stumpy as her only companion for much of her life (as in, from the time she lost her parents to the time she saved Carol from a cave-in). Even in the sequel, she still values it to the point she dug it up and planted it outside her laboratory.
  • Sisyphus in Hades has gone a little nutty spending eternity in Tartarus, and he's named the rock he's been forced to push as "Bouldy", treating it as his best friend and closest confidante. Zagreus can also talk to Bouldy, but unsurprisingly, Bouldy doesn't reciprocate. Gifting Bouldy some Nectar on the other hand...
  • Deirdre's ship in I Miss the Sunrise. Justified for a number of reasons; its stasis chamber kept her from going insane from emitter radiation, she was naturally inclined towards science and technology to begin with, and the other members of Purity Point shunned her, leaving her with little other companionship.
  • Not a companion per se, but Tenma from Inazuma Eleven GO is so much of a soccer freak (even more than his predecessor Endou) that he treats it like a person. In his mind, it can cry or be happy.
  • In Jolly Rover James goes a bit mad after three weeks in a locked room and has conversations with a painting of a woman, which he names Beatrice.
  • In Killzone Shadow Fall, although it is not mentioned outright, the Assault Class has an automaton combat assistant named the "Buddy Drone". In addition, in the previous installments, some other automatons, particularly the Air Support Drone (especially the Helghast variant) have designs somewhat similar to faces (as in cars, in real life). In Shadow Fall's campaign mode, the OWL also has many "pet" characteristics, with some forums on Reddit dedicated to fandom of it.
  • The 2007 Crimbo season of Kingdom of Loathing had the Bulky Buddy Box as a prize for fighting the Crimborg Elves — a reference to the Weighted Companion Cube.
    • Earlier Crimbo seasons offered the Pet Rock and the (non)functionally identical Toothsome Rock.
    • The Sombrero and Bloodfaced Volleyball as well, though they do do things...somehow. (though at least Sombrero is partially justified by being combined with a chicken's ghost.)
    • The Blood-Faced Volleyball is a direct Shout-Out to Cast Away. Though the game will reject any attempt to name your volleyball companion any form of "Wilson".
    • The Teddy Bear (and its Borg version) may qualify for this, since they don't actually do anything except block hits and get the stuffing knocked out of them. And you can name them endearing names.
  • League of Legends has Annie's stuffed bear Tibbers. Overlaps with Pet Monstrosity since he's actually a flaming demon bear who was transformed into a teddy bear by Annie's magic. Her ultimate ability lets her turn Tibbers back to normal and unleash him on her enemies.
    • Oriana's ball is a straighter example.
    • There's also Rumble's battle suit, Tristy.
    • Jinx also has some sort of relationship with Fishbones the rocket launcher. Her jokes involve her talking to it and it "talking back."
    Jinx: Hey Fishbones, should we blow something up?
    Jinx (as Fishbones): You might inconvenience people and hurt their feelings.
    Jinx: You're the worst weapon ever!
  • Left 4 Dead 2, this is Ellis's relationship with Jimmy Gibbs Junior's stock car.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there's a girl named Loone who has adopted an ancient-looking metal ball which she calls Roscoe. The ball happens to be a key to open a nearby Sheikah shrine, but she refuses to part with it unless the player brings her pictures of three different varieties of a particular enemy.
    Loone: So smooth and ancient...
  • Mad Max plays this for comedy and then for drama with Chumbucket's love for the Magnum Opus, the car he builds and maintains for Max. He speaks of it like a treasured friend, always referring to it as "she," and makes a few sexually charged allusions to working on it when Max isn't around. One character lampshades how he talks about the car like a girlfriend. Ultimately, Max reveals that he doesn't care at all about Chumbucket and plans to destroy the Magnum Opus to kill his nemesis Scrotus. Chumbucket sits on the hood, pleading with Max not to kill his precious Magnum Opus, but Max ignores him.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Zaeed flat out loves "Jessie".
    • Tali talks to her combat drone as if it's a loyal pet.
  • The cardboard box from Metal Gear Solid is referred to repeatedly as if it were a person.
    • "Take care of your cardboard box, and it'll take care of you."
    • In the world record attempt on the largest number of video game cosplayers in one area, at London Expo 2008, the Box (brought along by a Metal Gear cosplay group) was counted by the Guinness team as a character.
    • In the fourth game hiding in the box increases the rate at which Snake's psyche meter refills, implying that he finds it comforting to be in there. The trophy for it in Super Smash Bros. Brawl even notes that Solid and Liquid Snake have "a deep affection for cardboard".
  • In Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, in the Laboratory Room (Door 8), examining the testing dummy enough times will result in Junpei feeling sorry for it, and giving it the name 'Science Boy.' Similar to the Portal example, to solve the room you have to burn the mannequin. Examining it again before letting Clover out of the room (which is pouring with smoke from the burning dummy) will result in Junpei caring more about Science Boy. And upon leaving, you have to endure another of Junpei's puns:
    Junpei: (So long, mannequin... You may not have been a real man, but I always thought of you as kin...)
  • Kel in OMORI has a pet rock called Hector. Partway through the game he realizes that he has dropped Hector, and panics. Later you can find Hector, who has started a family of rocks, and Kel can take not only Hector, but his son, Hector Jr.
  • In Paradigm "superhero" The Cone (TM) has a wife who's just a mannequin in a wig. He even talks for her.
  • The Modron toy in Planescape: Torment. Initially you just start playing with it, but then you can talk to it, much to Morte's irritation. It gets better from there, to the point where Morte's final irritation is actually worth a voiced line. Also makes your character alignment more Chaotic.
  • Portal has the Trope Namer, the Weighted Companion Cube, an inanimate block with hearts printed on it. GLaDOS's comments indirectly invite the player to see it as a living thing and empathize with it, up to the point where she requires the player to "euthanize" it. She later tries to guilt-trip you for killing the Companion Cube. Doug Rattmann's graffiti seen scribbled in behind-the-scenes sections of the testing facility show that he mourns the loss of his Companion Cube. The Lab Rat comic reveals the cube actually talked to Rattmann due to his schizophrenia, and it gave surprisingly helpful advice. The whole thing is a humorous way to teach players that they'll need to carry the cube through several puzzles in order to complete them. One of the developers has stated that he based the use of the trope on a declassified CIA document which stated that people in isolation would bond with inanimate objects.
  • Portal 2 carries on the tradition by including several other Companion Cubes with updated designs, first in the early test chambers, where GLaDOS taunts you by destroying one, then reveals that she has "entire warehouses full of them," and then destroys another when you try to smuggle it out of the test chamber, which you would never think to do if she wasn't giving you hints about it. At the very end, she gives you back the original Cube, charred from its trip to the incinerator but otherwise apparently intact. Likewise, the Cube has several less noticeable cameos, including the occasional cube flying through pipes and one falling into the incinerator after GLaDOS's reactivation. You can't save it. If left alone for a while, the cube actually starts to "sing" to Chell.
  • Murasaki from Senran Kagura has her stuffed-bear-thing Bebeby. This is Played for Drama, as a tramatic childhood means Bebeby is pretty much the only person who she trusts not to betray her and isn't ashamed to show her face to. She sees Bebeby as a very close surrogate sister, and attempting to harm it will almost certainly lead to a Freak Out, followed by Murasaki's Root of Calamity activating, which is an excellent way to get yourself killed.
  • Silent Hill 4 — Serial Killer Walter believes that Apartment 302, where Henry lives, is his mother, and that he has to kill 21 people to "wake" her.
  • In Silent Scope EX, one of the bosses is piloting a helicopter with a human-sized stuffed bear in the gunner's seat (named Teddy). The game gives you an obvious weak spot, the boss's head. However if you get a headshot on the bear instead, which you have 3 second window of opportunity in the beginning and the bear's head is a bigger target than the boss's, the boss instantly dies. Also instead of the shot-through-the-skull image, the image is of the bear's head.
  • In The Sims 2, several of the Aspiration Despiration animations seem to involve your Sim talking to an inanimate object when their Aspiration meter gets too low. For example, a Knowledge Sim will start taking lectures from a volleyball wearing a mortarboard hat, while a Romance Sim will try to dance with a mop.
  • The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe introduces the Stanley Parable Reassurance Bucket as one of the new features the Narrator comes up with for The Stanley Parable 2. It's a seemingly ordinary bucket that the Narrator assures us introduces a soothing feeling in Stanley no matter what bizarre things happen. He describes Stanley as being somewhat obsessed with the Bucket, and bringing it along alters several endings, including making other characters (including the Narrator himself) fall under the Bucket's sway as well.
  • Subnautica: The player's PDA will eventually suggest deliberately creating a companion cube as a method of combatting insanity caused by isolation.
  • The enchanted pyrite parrot in Tales of Monkey Island is getting this treatment.
  • Sasha, the Heavy Weapons Guy's minigun in Team Fortress 2, as seen in the Meet The Heavy video. The ingame taunts involve him hugging the gun saying things like "Kiss me!" and "You did well!". There is also a similar unlockable gun, Natascha. It is heavily implied that the Heavy is having an affair with this gun. Seriously.
    • The Sandvich, which comes from the same update as Natascha, appears to be getting the same attention as well, with lines such as; "What's that, Sandvich? KILL THEM ALL!? GOOD IDEA!" It even got its own video.
    • Meta-example and not to the same degree, but frequent Engineer players will often grow attached to buildings that manage to survive multiple player deaths.
    • It is also revealed that the Heads in meet the Soldier are the Soldier's companion cubes.
    • According to supplementary comics, the Soldier also thinks he's part of a regiment where the other members are just bits of painted wood, but he's assigned them all distinctive personalities and talks to them as if they're real.
    • One Valve-made comic has a photo of the Heavy sleeping in his forest cabin, with Sasha lying next to him on a smaller bed. The Scout lampshades this odd situation.
      Scout: That's your gun there?
      Heavy: Yes.
      Scout: In a tiny bed. Beside your bed.
      Heavy: Yes.
      Scout: That's pretty embarrassin'.
      Heavy: I know. I must buy Sasha bigger bed.
    • The Scout himself has this affinity with the Haunted Hat. Which he dubs "Scary Hat".
      Scout: We did it, Scary Hat. You're my best friend.
  • The L-Block from Tetris won the November 2007 GameFAQs character battle. And the day after its victory, the site's daily poll was a "bonus" battle between the L-Block, the Companion Cube, the Paddle from Pong, and the ?-Block from Super Mario Bros. Question Mark Block won.
    • ?-Block is also the highest rank a GameFAQs user can achieve, other than that of a mod or admin.
  • The Touhou Project character Alice Margatroid and her army of dolls. She is even attempting to make them sentient, though hasn't had much success so far.
    • Though fandom sometimes makes her Shanghai doll and less often Hourai doll somewhat sentient. And then there's Medicine Melancholy, a sentient doll youkai. She and Alice are seen speaking in a background shot in the official manga, though nothing comes of it.
  • Sweet Tooth's motivation for entering the first Twisted Metal tournament was to find his lost best friend, Crazy Harold the Wacky Lunch Sack. Yes, it's just a paper bag.
    • Somewhat lampshaded by Calypso, even. The sheer ridiculousness of the wish completely blows his mind.
  • Aida, of Unreal II: The Awakening fame, has a magnum pistol which she calls Grace. She's even more emotionally attached to the ammunition, judging by how few bullets the game gives you for the damn thing.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Molly holds a special fondness for her ice climbing pick, which she names "Hilda."
    • Danny St. John's weapon of choice is a rifle, which he lovingly refers to as "Charlotte".
  • In the description of the "Water, Talk to Me" quest in Farmington Tales the quest-giver states that she gets so lonely while jogging that she drew a face on her water bottle and called it Bob.

  • Larxene from Ansem Retort has a skull she named Skull-Fucky. She uses Skull-Fucky in Pokémon battles (where it uses Mega Punch) and is implied to be in a relationship with the skull.
  • Mistah Beah in Applegeeks.
  • Brat-Halla here:
    "Stones are an adventurer's best friend."
  • Monsieur Smokey, Mona's childhood toy rabbit and lifelong companion, in C'est la Vie.
  • Butch R. Mann's knife as evidenced by this episode of Chopping Block.
  • Fluffy, Roger's pet rock (not the sort described below, but a rather large rock specimen from a museum) in College Roomies from Hell!!! The weird part is that while Fluffy is never shown to move, Roger claims he followed him home, and Mike later complains that Fluffy had tried humping his leg. Occasionally, Roger claims that Fluffy wants a hump massage, and describes violence as 'erosive behavior'.
  • Gordon Frohman of Concerned gets a little too attached to the gravity gun, which he calls "the claw"
  • Cwen's Quest Introduced the companion cubes more sinister cousins the Companion Pyramid and the Nemesis Cube.
  • Luna, Colin's life companion in Dragon Tails.
  • Poodle the Beating Stick, weapon of convenience wielded by Nanashi in Earthsong.
  • Homestuck:
    • Lil' Cal. As a ventriloquist's dummy he naturally qualifies, but Dave treats him with nervous deference, even fear that the puppet is watching him. Lil' Cal's cold glass-eyed stare certainly gives him an Uncanny Valley appearance, but more unsettling is that he appears to move around when Dave turns his back. However, by the time Dave is fighting Lil' Cal in hand-to-hand Strife, it is clear the puppet is not moving of its own volition. Instead, Dave's Bro is puppeteering it via Flash Step. So even if the dummy is creepy, there is nothing demonic about it, right? ... Right? Isn't that right, Lil' Cal?
    • The Harley family seems to have a strong tradition of taxidermy. Jade gets embroiled in a conversation with her Grandpa's stuffed corpse.
    • Terezi introduces us to the scalemates, stuffed animals that Terezi pretends are alive. Of course, she then proceeds to pass judgement on them, and her home is littered with their "corpses."
    • The Duttle.
      You believe you will keep your distance from the Duttle.
  • In Knights of Buena Vista, Adriana names her dice, and is sure Becky, her 20 sided, is very sorry for the Critical Failure that caused an Endless Winter.
  • In this strip of Loserz, Jodie does this with two dolls representing her friends who have been absent. It's somewhat disturbing...
  • Man-Man featured a log as a detective on TV show "Log And Order". It was a loose cannon whose implacable manner would break the most uncooperative suspects.
  • Eldora from Messenger has Icy, her stuffed cat.
  • This is how Aiden treats all cars in Misfile, whether he is right to do so is left unclear. Emily seems to have absorbed some of those qualities too judging by one strip.
  • Lucile the Gnarled Staff of Ass Whoop and (to a lesser extent) Escape Dummy, from A Modest Destiny.
    • And after Hubert asks for his cloak back from Hechter, Hechter mourns the loss of "Steve", who was "the best pet cloak I've ever had".
  • Mountain Time has Xipe Totec, a bag of topsoil that some characters talk to, make plans with, and generally treat as a friend.
  • Amed, The Hero's pet rock from My Middle Name's Adventure, who seems to move about and do amazing things when his owner is not looking.
  • Banjo the Clown, Elan's beloved Handpuppet "God" from The Order of the Stick. Of course, Banjo is functionally a real god, complete with smitings. Not to mention Giggles, God of Slapstick, Banjo's brother/nemesis.
  • The On-Cue Ball from Precocious, which is like a Magic 8-Ball...but talks! And makes fun of everyone! It even burps!
  • A storyline in Sequential Art features the Buddy Brick, a Companion Cube expy... that apparently contains electronics that force people into having this sort of reaction to it, to the point of near-Instant Sedation.
  • In Sinfest, Pooch has Bally — a ball — and Percy has Yarny — a ball of yarn.
  • Thadius, Buwaro's pet rock from Slightly Damned.
  • Sluggy Freelance: Torg has been known to start referring to things like a glow necklace and a serving tray as if they were persons, though those occasions did not last long.
  • Plant from Station V3 is a character in his own - he comments on stuff, people know he's there and he has his own thought bubbles. But he's just a potted plant. Besides getting watered, cynically thinking about things (and talking whenever it would creep members of station v3 out), he's just a part of the scenery.
  • From Tales from the Pit:
    Mark: (To copier) So we meet again, my nemesis. Today I shall make copies.
    Copier: (Thought Bubble) Not only am I out of toner. My toner register is broken as well. Bwah, ha, ha!
  • The Geckoids of tinyraygun have guns so ingrained on their culture that the loss of his firearm at the jaws of a very hungry baby alien is enough to make the hulking Tork shed a tear.
  • Phonsekal Lauroe from Tower of God loves sleeping. He loves it so much that he sees his pillow and blanket as his younger sibling.
  • The mysterious Walkyverse pseudocharacter known only as the refrigerator skull.
  • The eponymous Moo from The Wisdom Of Moo is a cow hand puppet which character Emm speaks through. The human characters understand what's going on... but the toys treat Moo as if he's his own character, even when Emm is clearly visible — or even actively brought to their attention.
  • Exaggerated for comedy in xkcd: Megan takes her pet dog to the vet, only to have to be told that a Roomba is not a dog. She also appears to later confuse it for a wild bird in the Alt Text.

    Web Original 
  • JesuOtaku and his subtitles. Until they have a falling out about their use in the Now and Then, Here and There review.
  • There are a lot of examples in lonelygirl15, most notably the purple monkey puppet, P. Monkey.
  • Subverted in the Whateley Universe, where Generator (Jade Sinclair) has a toy rabbit, a stuffed toy lion, and what looks like a Hello Kitty compact. But Jade's superpower is the ability to cast a psychokinetic copy of herself into objects, so they really are temporarily alive, and intelligent, and often very dangerous.
  • Perfect Jones, the sanest double Darkwell in Star Harbor Nights, confides in her stuffed bunny Mr. Buttons, occasionally taking him on patrol. He also doubles as her Berserk Button.
  • In Overthegun's Let's Play of Half-Life 2, he befriends a circular blade named "Sharpy" during the Ravenholm section. He carries it around with the gravity gun for at least half an hour, eschewing (the faster, easier) explosive barrels littered around, in favour of bisecting every zombie individually. He even has a brief panic attack when he thinks he's lost Sharpy.
    Sharpy's just an all-round really cool fella. You can either shoot him, like that... or stuff'll jump at you, and he'll absorb a hit for ya. How great of a guy is he, really? These fuckin' washing machines wish I'd carry them around for three loads in a row.
  • In Baman Piderman, Baman and Piderman's friends Pumpkin and Tuba... except they appear to actually be alive and at least as intelligent and Baman and Piderman themselves.
  • Ramirez the Gnome in Episode 6 of Profound Moments In Left 4 Dead 2.
  • Actor and blogger Wil Wheaton frequently posts conversations with iTunes on his Twitter feed
  • Several inanimate objects from Homestar Runner are treated as characters, like The Stick. Some of them, like Strong Bad's computers, seem to actually have minds of their own!
    • Paper actually "talks" to Strong Bad. Once, it admitted that it liked hushpuppies.
    • This was also parodied in the Strong Bad Email "Original", in which Strong Bad tells the tale of "Original Bubs", who supposedly left the series on unfriendly terms and whose absence was excused through a series of increasingly ridiculous tricks and guest stars, the most popular of which was "Onion Bubs" (just an onion with Bubs' face drawn on it).
    • Hell, even the sound made by Strong Bad's chair when he gets up has been turned into a character. Two characters, actually (The Geddup Noise and "his cousin, Chairscoot").
    • A list can be found here.
  • Hubert Cumberdale from Salad Fingers. In fact, it's used an awful lot to emphasize just how messed up Salad Fingers really is.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Paper Boy and his red bulletin board, which he uses to hide behind. He says he hates the fact that he even needs it.
  • Subverted in Red vs. Blue since, though characters interact with Andy the Bomb, who is an actual bomb, he is given a voice (and quite a nasty personality).
  • Happy Tree Friends: In "Sucker for Love", Nutty's obsession with a heart-shaped box of chocolates on display in a candy store window causes him to imagine himself marrying the box, making it breakfast, riding with it in an ambulance as it breaks water during its pregnancy (implied by the bulge in its center), and having three small boxes of chocolates as his children. Then he finds the box cheated on him, discovering the affair after seeing Lumpy (who's now a milkman) leaving their house with chocolate smeared on his lips. A quick scene shifts to Nutty in jail, where it's implied he killed Lumpy out of jealousy. When he walks in the visiting area, he meets the box of chocolates (now sporting a scarf and pair of glasses) with a dent on its side (which he may have caused after beating it in his rage from its affair with Lumpy), and expresses to it his regret for treating it. After his release from prison, they both live happily together until their old age, when the elderly box of chocolates dies by falling over and spilling its contents. Before returning to reality, the elderly Nutty stands in the rain, mourning over the box of chocolates' grave.
  • Hitler in the Hitler Rants parodies shows a bizarre amount of affection towards his office desk, as he tends to bring it along with him no matter where he goes. One parody delves into the relationship he has with his desk, explaining how he was first united with it and why he treats it as a close family member.
  • One Film Cow short features John McCain and his Vegetable Friends. Also has nice doses of Lyrical Dissonance, horror and Let's Meet the Meat if the title didn't seem creepy enough.
  • A strange justification in the second episode of Perverts On The Internet: After raiding large amounts of Mike Gibbons' booze, Kunt winds up believing that a Girl's World doll is possessed by the spirit of his dead ex-girlfriend.
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Downplayed example is Jane's toy plushy cat. Jane introduces her as such: "She's not a real cat, which makes her far more superior to any real cats." Considering Jane's lack of friends, it's understandable she bonds and still relates to her toy, but she only showed her twice and she doesn't really talk to her.
  • When there's an odd number of players for The Sharkasm Crew's Doubles tourneys, the odd player out plays with a computer-controlled player. This CPU is represented by a piece of paper with a face on it, named Sonjai.
    • Ever since Sonjai's death, a new Companion Cube named Mogo (not to be confused with the original identity of Cephalo the Pod) has replaced him.
  • The Helix Fossil in Twitch Plays Pokémon.
  • Yahtzee Croshaw reveals himself to be Not So Above It All during Let's Drown Out Euro Truck Simulator 2, where he reveals that he bought a Roomba and named it Sodbury as a surrogate for a dog, which he can't have due to his apartment complex not allowing them. He mentions that it's also a good name for a butler, and is surprisingly forgiving of the machine's flaws when Gabe points out that it missed more than a few spots. He goes as far as to just patiently accept the Roomba's shortcomings and says that he'll just clean up where it can't reach. Bear in mind that the man hates to do cleaning chores and is at best acerbic and critical with his friend Gabe.
    Yahtzee: "Now clean the place, Sodbury, and by the time I get back, if you've been very good, I'll put you back on the charger."
  • Box in Inanimate Insanity II can be classified as one of these. And this is in a world where everyone else is an Animate Inanimate Object.
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • Bowser Junior's Thomas & Friends toy. The episode, "Bowser Junior Loses Thomas!" focuses on Junior going through a deep depression when he loses it behind the couch.
    • Cody's Ken doll. Being a closeted homosexual, Cody treats him like his boyfriend.
    • In "Cody's Sister!", Cody's twin sister, Katy, owns a Barbie doll, much like how her brother owns a Ken doll. Katy hasn't even taken her Barbie doll out of its box, though.
  • Smosh Babies:
    • Ian's Miss-Hugs-A-Lot teddy bear, which he treats like his girlfriend. She has been seen in several episodes of the series, and even made a live-action appearance in the Smosh episode, "So Many Hickeys!"
    • To a much lesser extent, Anthony's Froggy doll, which only appeared in the episodes, "The Rise of the Bread Head" and "Ian's Lost Love". The former revolved around Anthony challenging Ian to get her back from the playground, guarded by Lenny, Bruce, and Melvin.
  • In Dragonball Z Abridged, after spending an indeterminate amount of time isolated in the hyperbolic time chamber, Vegeta begins talking to a volleyball with Nappa's face drawn on it.
  • In Monster Factory, The Final Pam takes a Radroach Corpse to be her son and husband. She also adopts a coffee can.
  • The Black Jack Justice episode "Now Who's the Dummy" features what is effectively a custody battle between two ventriloquists, Tom Simon and Leo Jones, neither of whom seem able to grasp that their dummies aren't actually people. When the two are face to face, Jones pulls a gun on everyone twice and has to be talked down by Simple, the dummy they're fighting over and which is currently in Jones' possession. Once that's settled, Simon's puppet, Morty, pulls his own weapon. Jack and Trixie can only lampshade the absurdity of it all.
    Trixie: The puppet has a cap gun tied to his hand!
    Jack: The nervous guy with the real gun is taking this seriously.
  • In SCP Foundation's SCP-3001, Dr. Robert Scranton has the blinking red light from an audio recorder as his only companion, and often talks to "Red" as though it were his friend.
  • Danny Gonzalez loves his giant nutcracker toy quite a bit, and keeps it in the background of his videos. In one video, he freaked out because he thought it had been magically stolen by the creators of Lily's Garden due to him mocking their ads.
  • YouTuber Patrick Willems has Charl, a coconut with googly eyes he found on a desert island in his Review of 2019 video (much to the consternation of his friends Jake and Matt.)
  • The Runaway Guys: During their Let's Play of Sonic Adventure, the guys got attatched to a mannequin of an old man that sits outside Station Square's burger shop. They then dubbed it the Old Man and attempted to take it everywhere with them, even into areas the mannequin isn't supposed to be in.
  • The 8-Bit Drummer: along with his plushies, he also has a jug and a water bottle with googly eyes that he drinks to stay hydrated during his streams.
  • Brandon Farris' co-host is a canvas portrait of a woman wearing a wedding dress, whom he has dubbed "Kelly". He accidentally received the portrait and contacted the original customer, who had received his portrait instead. Why he still has it is never explained. It has become a regular background item whenever he is doing a solo video and tends to get knocked over when Brandon either flips out from a jump scare or fails to perform a life hack correctly.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • Almost all of the residents of Ooo are composed of sentient candy, mountains, teddy bears, etc. However, in the beginning of "The Jiggler", Finn and Jake are rescuing a "family" consisting of seemingly random food, although one, a watermelon, is named Stanley. None of them are sentient, and yet they have a house and apparently they get into danger constantly.
    • Marceline and her stuffed toy monkey Hambo. It was given to her by Simon Petrikov who became Ice King as a child. In the episode "Memory of a Memory" she is seen fixing Hambo and talking to him, calling him her only friend. She loves it so much she broke up with her Jerkass boyfriend because he sold it. Later, in the episode "Sky Witch", she travels with Princess Bubblegum to retrieve it from Maja the witch and when they encounter a talking Hambo in the woods she actually believes it could be the real Hambo talking to her, until it is revealed as a trap by PB.
  • All Hail King Julien: Julien tends to talk out his own problems with Amelia, the skeletal remains of the airplane pilot, holding entire conversations although we never get to hear her responses. Even some of the other characters like Maurice have been known to do this.
  • American Dad!
    • Stan seems to have a rather intimate relationship with his gun. It "laughs" by shooting.
    • An episode featured Steve dating a girl who had a doll as a companion whom she believed was alive and could talk to her, and which she sets up on a date with Steve's friend Snot, who is not amused. When the girl thinks that Snot raped her doll, she goes as far as taking the doll to a hospital because she believes that it's pregnant. Eventually Steve and Snot write a suicide note and hang the doll from the ceiling fan, but she thinks the doll was murdered because it wasn't "her handwriting".
  • Stump from The Angry Beavers. Stump is clearly a sentient being. He just never shows any signs of life onscreen. And he even manages to communicate occasionally by Talking with Signs.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Meatwad's best friend is a Blaxploitation hero named Boxy Brown. You figure it out.
    • Meatwad has other "friends", including Dewey (a paper towel tube), Vanessa (an apple) and Jeffy (a garden hose). However, Boxy is the only one that the audience can hear speak, even though he's just a box.
      Boxy Brown: I'm just a what, bitch?
    • Boxy even helps Shake learn what it means to be black when Shake temporarily turns black after being bitten by a radioactive black man.
  • Sokka's boomerang in Avatar: The Last Airbender. But he really does always come back! Except the last time.
  • A variant in the crime "duo" of Scarface (a ventriloquist's dummy) and Arnold "The Ventriloquist" Wesker in Batman: The Animated Series. Wesker suffers from multiple-personality disorder, but Scarface comes up with all the evil schemes, and ruthlessly bullies his alter ego (whom he calls "Dummy", just to hammer home the point of who is really in charge). Even the other members of the gang fear and respect Scarface. In Justice League, there's a quick, creepy visual gag that implies giving the puppet a lobotomy with heat vision is all it takes to cure Wesker.
  • Megatron's rubber duck in Beast Wars. It has its own wiki page.
  • In a parody of Cast Away, an episode of Being Ian has Ian trapped on a sandbar and talking to polystyrene coffee cup.
  • Bob in Bob's Burgers does this on a fairly regular basis, ranging from a cutout of Keanu Reeves to a night light to the Thanksgiving turkey. It's later explained that this stems from Bob having no friends as a child, and his only toys were a bar of soap and a scrubbing pad.
  • In one episode of The Brak Show, Zorak finds Brak talking to a lobster doll named Hippo ("He's a hell of a guy!") and throws it away because he's just mean. Brak gets a replacement, Dr. Grumbles, who actually can talk, but in something of a subversion, only Zorak and Thundercleese can hear him.
  • Although he's capable of creating other sentient robot minions, Grizzle from Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot prefers the company of Mr. Beaks, a completely inanimate bird made from scrap metal that he treats as a living being.
  • Code Lyoko:
    • Aelita's doll Mister Pück, first introduced as a living elf in her dreams. It is also the basis for her Lyoko Avatar.
    • The teddy bear from the first episode, "TeddyGozilla", might also count... until it is possessed by XANA.
  • Code Monkeys has this with Todd's on again, off again girlfriend, a doll named Tiffany, who in recent episodes comes off as rather abusive.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • There are times when Tucker shares special bonding moments with his PDA, sometimes with the former treating the latter like a lover.
      Tucker: If I don't make it, tell my PDA I love her. The cell phone meant nothing to me.
    • Other technology, too.
      Tucker (Talking to a security camera in a loving voice): Hello special new friend.
  • Darkwing Duck:
    • A member of the Rogues Gallery, Quackerjack, has Mr. Banana Brain, a doll which he treats as completely real, despite speaking the doll's side of the conversation also.
      • This reached a particularly strange point in the episode "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain", in which Mr. BB becomes possessed by a demonic spirit. Even though the doll was actually moving and talking on its own for once, Quackerjack never seemed to notice much difference besides commenting on how Banana Brain's voice was deeper than usual.
      • In the revival comic, after Negaduck destroys Mr. Banana Brain, Quackerjack goes completely Ax-Crazy in response and suddenly becomes incredibly dangerous.
    • Another villain, Megavolt, is either insane or an electrical empath (both have been implied). He considers all electrical devices to be sentient beings, and many of his crimes revolve around "rescuing" or "freeing" his electrical brethren. He also gets rather upset when he goes through all the effort of setting them free and they just sit there doing nothing.
      Megavolt: (to light bulbs) Run away! Runawayrunaway! Oh no, they can't move! They've been weakened by the long servitude!
  • Dexter's Laboratory has a Suck E. Cheese's episode featuring a stuffed Monkey doll that DeeDee believes she could talk to her. Their conversations are surprisingly dark, almost veering into The Shining territory. Naturally, this is all completely accurate.
    DeeDee: What was that, Monkey? (listens intently) Yes, Monkey! I too can see into the future!
    Mom: DeeDee! Time to go! Have you seen your brother?
    DeeDee: What was that Monkey? (listens intently) Monkey says that Chubby Cheeses took him into the deepest, darkest shadows!
  • Glen's Planet-Man action figure in Dogstar.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In "The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck!", Scrooge had a clump of hair named "Whiskers" as a pet when he was a little boy, because his parents were too poor at the time to afford a dog. Scrooge finds it an embarrassing memory now, but he clearly cared deeply for Whiskers as a child.
      Downy: Oh, how Scroogey loved his Whiskers!
      Fergus: Ay, but who ended up having to walk him and feed him?
      Scrooge: It was a ball of hair!
      Fergus: How dare you talk about Whiskers like that! He was family!
    • In "Moonvasion!", Donald is revealed to have been stranded on an island for approximately a month, and at some point during that time, he made a friend out of watermelons which resembles Mickey Mouse. He even does a voice for it.
      Della: Has the melon been a thing the whole time I've been gone, or...?
      Huey: No, that's new.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Plank, a literal plank of wood with a face drawn on that Johnny carries around everywhere, is the show's main example. A very creepy one at that, as he could appear in places that Johnny 2x4 would not have had time or ability to access, including one notable occasion when it set off a Rube Goldberg Device set up by the Eds causing them to be affected rather than their intended target.
    • Kevin's treatment of his bike is sometimes shown as this. The Movie takes it to the point of being a Cargo Ship, with him repeatedly showing more concern for it than his sort-of-girlfriend Nazz.
    • Also, Sheldon, Ed's stinky hunk of cheese.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Phillip, Cosmo's (female) nickel.
    • Trixie is paired with a rock for a class project when she and Timmy are the only living beings in the room without partners.
    • Recurring villain Dark Laser has Flipsie, the flipping toy dog. Every single episode he's in, he spends at least one scene talking to Flipsie, and actually seems to take advice from him. In one episode, Foop told him to seek help - and since Foop himself isn't exactly the poster boy for sanity...
  • Rupert, Stewie's teddy bear, from Family Guy. Stewie evidently views him as... a big, muscular thong-clad man with a teddy bear head.
    • Although only shown for a few seconds in a flashback vignette, Chris's Christmas present from Brian, namely a long-dead cat, buzzing insects and all. "I'm gonna call you Sticky Head. I love you Sticky Head."
    • "More tea, Mr. Bike?"
    • Chris's zit. A little different from others in that it turns out to be sentient...and evil.
    • Peter's pet rock that urinates on the carpet.
    • Peter took a woman to prom when he was a teenager. She was apparently so obsessed with him that she never flushed the turd he left in her toilet. She is last seen sprinkling fish food into a toilet bowl asking "You hungry?"
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum has a lot of these:
    • Fanboy went to the school dance with a sentient mop, Moppy.
    • Boog treats the Chimp Chomp arcade game as if it's his girlfriend. He does the same thing with his car, Sandy.
    • Lenny acts similarly, though to a much lesser extent, with his bike, Bikey.
    • Janitor Poopatine appears to have a personal relationship with his mechanized chair, Brenda.
    • Yo's best friend is a pine cone named Ingrid. She also has a digital cat named Scampers.
  • Freakazoid!: Freakazoid once had his own sidekick named Handman in "The Sidekick Chronicles", which happened to be his own hand with eyes drawn on it, and a voice provided by his ventriloquism. What's more, Handman then had an affair with Freakazoid's other hand, who both shared a long, kissing sequence (which was graphic even for a kids show) and married among a wedding made up of the cheering, dressed hands of the guests. Despite losing his sidekick, Freakazoid hopes to gain a daughter... or an upper hand. Unlike his hand couple, however, his feet are in a very rocky relationship.
  • One episode of Gargoyles features an Unknown Rival of Goliath's who wanted revenge. He was a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of John Travolta, and talked to his bazooka, naming it "Mr. Kotter". He spends the entire episode talking about how Goliath is going to "get creamed". The bazooka? Shot pies.
    • Actually it was scripted as "Mr. Carter," but because of the character's accent, it sounded identical to "Kotter."
    • Over the course of the episode, the character flashes back to other episodes when Goliath inadvertently cost him a string of jobs, and he appears at least once more as a Quarryman (his work with Mr. Carter evidently made him feel better at the time but in the long run didn't help his grudge), but he doesn't seem to have bonded with his hammer the way he did Mr. Carter, and he does a Heel–Face Turn after Goliath saves his life. He eventually decides to go to Japan, where he thinks he can get away from Gargoyles.
  • In Gasp!, Gasp spends a lot of time talking to Diver; the diver statue at the bottom of his tank.
  • In Get Ed, Loogie has a sock puppet named Dr. Pinch who is a good deal saner than the hand that he sits on. The other characters treat him as if he's perfectly normal (Dr. Pinch, not Loogie - they know Loogie's insane). He's also capable of carrying on a full conversation while Loogie is soundly asleep, and will even maintain his voice and personality if one of the other characters picks him up... In fact he was once able to enter a computer simulation when the mind scanner was on his head.
  • In Gravity Falls episode "Headhunters", Mabel sculpts a wax statue of Grunkle Stan that Stan quickly develops a liking to. When Wax Stan is beheaded, Stan acts like he's been murdered and even goes as far as to hold a funeral for his wax effigy. After "Not What He Seems", it's implied, and confirmed by Word of God, that Stan was using Wax Stan as a replacement for his own long-lost twin brother.
  • A Jimmy Two-Shoes short had Beezy making friends with a perfectly crafted sandwich he made. Naturally, it doesn't last long.
  • While martial arts training, Johnny Bravo befriended a pebble. It was surprisingly touching.
  • Kaeloo: Olaf is "married" to an ice cube named Olga and treats it like a person.
  • Hank Hill from King of the Hill seems to be very attached to propane to the point of him affectionately nicknaming it "Lady Propane" in a few episodes. The episode "Sug Night" almost implies that he has a fetish for it.
    • In "Chasing Bobby", Hank gets very emotional about his aging pickup truck "dying" and even starts crying when he finds he's having trouble starting up the engine (what makes it even funnier is how Hank isn't very emotional when it comes to people but is consistently very much so with inanimate objects that mean a lot to him).
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Wolf has a strong connection to her staff and hates being away from it, also calling it "Stalky" when she is alone with it.
  • Slightly weird preschool TV example: Little Bear has a human friend named Emily, who in turn has a doll named Lucy, which she treats as sentient. Her intelligent talking bear friend and his likewise chatty forest buddies think talking to a doll is hilarious.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Lolly Poopdeck is a recurring minor character on the show who is always seen carrying two buckets. Originally being his ongoing job on the harbor, each new episode has him acting as if his buckets are his best pals. Ironically, he is one of the residents who appears to regard Peppermint Larry's candy wife as an inanimate object when hanging with Knuckles in the episode, "Candy Cassinova": "Hanging out with inanimate objects is ridiculous and embarrasing. Right bucket?"
  • Middlemost Post: In the DIY short, the gang makes a new 'friend' named Burt, who's made of boxes and bubble wrap.
  • Milo Murphy's Law:
    • Milo's science teacher Mrs. Murawski is oddly fixated on her hand-made desk. Occasionally, suggestive saxophone music will play as she admires it.
    • Mildred, a milk carton with a face drawn on one side, is outright treated as a person by Scott the Undergrounder, who is apparently in a relationship with her.
  • Ivan Dobsky from Monkey Dust has his space hopper which he calls Mr. Hoppy. It was implied that Mr, Hoppy was the force behind some of Ivan's crimes; having said that, the results when the prison staff took Mr. Hoppy from Ivan definitely count as Squick and probably count as pure terror: Ivan fashioned a new space hopper out of some dead guards. Needless to say, people weren't laughing at him then
  • In Moral Orel, Nurse Bendy has a teddy bear family at home she treats as actual family figures, up to making meals and talking broken child-talk with them. This is due to her loneliness and her feeling that men only want her for sex. Which is why she doesn't take it well when the Hubby teddy accidentally falls on her behind. Later on she is reunited with her real son and chooses to abandon the fake teddy-son for the real thing.
  • In Muppet Babies (1984), Camilla is a stuffed chick owned by Gonzo, who dotes on her almost as much as in regular continuity.
  • Muppet Babies (2018):
    • Gonzo's friend Potato, who is a potato.
    • In "My Buddy", Animal has a stuffed rabbit named Buddy, whom Fozzie becomes attached to when bad things happen to him.
    • Kermit has his Mega Super Ultra Robo Dinosaur action figure.
    • Fozzie has his rubber chicken, Sir Featherbrain. In "Wock-a-Bye Fozzie", he accidentally leaves it at his house during the sleepover at Miss Nanny's house, which is one of the reasons why he doesn't have a good time at the sleepover.
    • Fozzie's little sister, Rozzie has a dump truck that she calls "Gunkie".
    • Jill has her Lady Sparkle doll.
    • Summer has Nattie, a stuffed narwhal. "My Best Toy's Wedding" involves her being wed to Potato.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • "Over a Barrel": Applejack's apple tree Bloomberg gets this treatment. She buys it a private sleeping car in a train and reads it bedtime stories. Spike gets into the act when he bunks with Bloomberg to get away from the girls' night-time chatter, and apologizes in advance to the tree if he starts snoring. (This may be justified if he snores fire, however.)
    • "Party of One": Pinkie Pie has a nervous breakdown when she thinks her friends don't want to come to her parties anymore. She sets up a pile of rocks ("Rocky"), a sack of flour ("Madame Le Flour"), a bucket of turnips ("Mr. Turnip"), and a piece of lint ("Sir Lintsalot") as her new friends, and tries to throw a party with them. Pinkie Pie does their voices so well that she even gets Rainbow Dash to argue with the rocks. The most noticeable sign of Pinkie's deepening depression and insanity is that at first, she pretends that "Rocky", "Madame Le Flour" and the rest are talking to her by nudging them back and forth to create the illusion of movement. When they give her the Armor-Piercing Question, she loses any sanity she had left and her party guests seem to start moving on their own. And then the camera zooms out to reveal that the "party guests" are still inanimate, as always...
    • In" The Return of Harmony", Rarity is brainwashed by Discord into thinking a boulder is actually a giant diamond. She becomes increasingly obsessed with and protective of it, and starts calling it "Tom".
    • In "Lesson Zero", Twilight Sparkle introduces her cherished childhood toy "Smarty Pants": a raggedy old stuffed pony doll with a notebook and quill. Twilight casts an enchantment spell that makes everypony in town to be attracted to the doll, leading to a large fight between all of them over it. After the spell is lifted, every pony loses interest and leaves the doll behind, except for Big Macintosh who is (for some unexplained reason) still attracted to it and ends up running away with it.
    • In "Pinkie Pride", Pinkie's rival Cheese Sandwich has a rubber chicken he calls "Boneless", which he talks to and carries with him on his travels around Equestria. When he leaves he gives Boneless to Pinkie, only to pull out another one called Boneless Two to replace it. By the time of the Grand Finale, they're up to the sixth Boneless, now in the possession of Pinkie and Cheese's foal Lil' Cheese.
    • In "Maud Pie", the title character has a small pet rock ironically named "Boulder". This is the third rock-based companion cube depicted in this series.
      • How alive Boulder actually is is played with throughout his appearances. He's usually treated as an inanimate rock, but certain incidents throw that into question. For instance, at one point in "Maud Pie", Maud pushes him towards some food; the camera cuts away, and when it cuts back, the food is gone. No-one seems to notice.
      • In the film My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, a humanized Maud produces Boulder, explains he is hungry, and proceeds to pour a box of crackers over the rock.
      • In "The Maud Couple", Maud's new boyfriend Mudbriar has a pet stick called Twiggy. In one scene, the two put the pebble and stick next to each other on the ground and comment on how cute they are playing together.
    • Downplayed Trope in "Inspiration Manifestation". Rarity considers the titular Tome of Eldritch Lore to be an actual person, which Spike admits is pretty creepy. That said, she's never seen to try and interact with it, nor is she all that upset when the book is destroyed. (Though that's mostly because she didn't need the book by that point.)
    • In "The Mane Attraction", Pinkie Pie carries a drinking straw she named "Fernando".
    • The Movie gives us the hippogriff/seapony Princess Skystar who has two oyster shells creatively named "Shelly" and "Sheldon" as best friends.
    • In "Sounds of Silence", we are introduced to a Kirin named Autumn Blaze who has collected several of these during her years of exile including some baskets, her own shadow and one of her hooves which she sometimes draws a face on.
    • In "Frenemies", it's shown Queen Chrysalis has taken to treating a purple log like this, often speaking to it and refusing to let anyone take it from her. A bit more creepy when it's heavily implied said log is all that's left of her Evil Knockoff of Twilight from "The Mean 6".
    • And finally, from "A Horse Shoe-In", there's Phyliss, a potted philodendron that Starlight Glimmer talks to throughout the episode. When "he" ends up being trashed by Trixie, Starlight is visibly distraught.
  • Nerds and Monsters: In "Monster and Commander", Stan starts taking orders from a rock. Later, the rock apparently starts demanding a human sacrifice.
    • A more series-wide example that also counts as a Cargo Ship is Zarg's "wife", a sea monster rubber ring named "Maiden Cheena" after the label the monsters found on her when she washed on shore.
  • Numb Chucks: In "Huh Brother Where Art Thou?", Dilweed spends a year hiding in a closet to win a game of hide-and-seek. During this time, he draws a face on a bucket and adopts it as his new best friend (and continually loses staring contests to it).
  • Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar has an amorous relationship with a doll.
  • In Phineas and Ferb Dr. Doofenshmirtz's only childhood friend was a balloon with a face drawn onto it, which he talks to and calls "Balloony." In a later episode, he gets another one he names "Balloony 2."
    • In "Meapless In Seattle", Balloony returns. Apparently, he really is sentient and cares for Doofenshmirtz. Or maybe it's just his super-suit.
    • In "No More Bunny Business", Doofenshmirtz is upset when Perry the Platypus doesn't show up on schedule, and creates a new nemesis by putting a fedora on a potted plant, which he dubs "Planty the Potted Plant". It not only defeats him, but is made an agent of OWCA at the end of the episode.
  • The Pink Panther gets tricked into buying a pet rock in the short "Pet Pink Pebbles". The franchise being what it is, the rock is truly alive and grows up into a massive boulder under his care.
  • A spool of thread, which was said to be Pinky's sister in Pinky and the Brain.
    • In another episode, Pinky's actor is "married" to a sock puppet. When Brain's actor's wife kicks him out, Pinky said that his "wife" did the same... "or maybe she just fell behind the dryer."
  • Ready Jet Go!: Sean, Sydney, and Mindy all have one. Sean has his Neil Armstrong action figure, Sydney has her Commander Cressida action figure, and Mindy has her teddy bear, Stuffy Bear.
  • Parodied on The Ren & Stimpy Show with the "Log" commercials.
  • Mr. Buns from Ruby Gloom is a weird sort of cross between this and a Living Toy; when he's on-screen, he seems totally inanimate, and just to be treated as though he's a character by the other characters. But the moment he's off-screen, he seems to be genuinely animate, doing things like stealing buns or, in one case, fencing with Poe.
    • This is highlighted in "Missing Buns", when Misery shocks everyone else by claiming that Mr. Buns is just a stuffed sock and therefore irrelevant to their game of hide-and-seek. By the next morning, she concedes defeat to Mr. Buns and goes to bed.
  • Rugrats:
    • Angelica's tattered fashion doll, Cynthia, which she treats as her most valued possession. Later on in the Time Skip series, All Grown Up!, it is revealed that she still has the doll and still cares for it like she did as a child.
    • Tommy's stuffed lion, Henry, as seen in the episode, "Rebel Without a Teddy Bear," which focuses on Tommy going through a rebel phase when Didi considers throwing Henry away.
    • Chuckie's teddy bear, Wawa, as of Rugrats in Paris. It was a gift from his deceased biological mother.
    • Kimi's Superthing, a superhero doll made from an oven mitt.
    • Phil and Lil's teddy bear, Bill, as seen in the episode, "Together at Last".
  • Scaredy Squirrel has his pet plant Richard.
  • The Sheep in the Big City episode "Can't Live Without Ewe" at one point has Sheep attempt to remedy his loneliness by having conversations with a giant dust bunny.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Once Mr. Burns give an employee of the month award to... an inanimate carbon rod. Later in the same episode, a second inanimate carbon rod is hailed as the one who saved a space mission from disaster, and it ends up on the cover of Time, with the title "In Rod We Trust!" Homer is not happy. In a Continuity Nod, a much later glimpse at the nuclear plant employee chart gives us just enough time to see that Homer is right at the bottom... and the rod is his immediate superior.
    • Homer, to Bart and Lisa: "Are you kids hugging the TV?". That said, Homer himself seems to be a little too attached to the TV as well, describing it as his "secret lover" in a "Treehouse of Horror" and listing it as a member of the family alongside Maggie and the family pets in another one.
    • When Marge throws Homer out of the house he creates a replacement version out of a plant and a paper plate. He then freaks out when it falls out of the tree house.
  • Mr. Hat and Mr. Twig on South Park. At least, Mr. Garrison treats them as real characters. To the point of rushing Mr. Twig to the hospital and accusing Mr. Hat of trying to kill him. Mr. Hat in particular leans into Animate Inanimate Object territory, and despite being an inanimate hand puppet who never moves onscreen at allnote , manages to drive a truck into the side of the jail to break Mr. Garrison out. Mr. Hat also manages to vanish from Mr. Garrison's hand when Garrison refuses to take him to a Klan meeting, and later appears at said meeting.
    • Mr. Hat also managed to beat up Mr. Mackey whilst removed from Mr. Garrison's hand in "Worldwide Recorder Concert", has shown up in a sauna with John Elway, showing signs of life, and is a boss in the South Park video game, seen piloting a Giant Robot.
    • Cartman's toys in 1% are a much darker example, showing his twisted, schizophrenic mind.
  • Spliced has had a few cases, such as the coconut and tire from "Stupid Means Never Having To Say "I'm Sorry", and the eponymous pancake of "Helen".
  • Several times in Spongebob Squarepants:
    • Patrick enters a rock in the snail race. Somehow, "Rocky" wins.
    • SpongeBob's "Bubble Buddy" from the episode of the same name, though he turns out to be animate after all.
  • Spat from "All That Glitters", thought it also seems to be sentient.
  • In the episode "I Had an Accident", SpongeBob shuts himself in his house with his three "new friends" Penny (a copper one-cent piece), Chip (a potato chip), and Used Napkin (take a wild guess). He acts as though they can speak, and carries on one-sided conversations ("I could do without your sarcasm, Used Napkin!"). Patrick at least treats them as being real, tearfully commenting on Penny's beautiful singing voice, as well as thanking Chip when he 'showed them the door', an act apparently done by Spongebob tossing it at the door.
  • Mr. Krabs treats his money like they're his friends, but when the Flying Dutchman gave him the ability to talk to money, they didn't like him because he never spends them.
  • Squidward affectionately calls his clarinet "Clarie", he also sleeps with it in his bed and says good night to it.
  • Then there was the episode "To Love a Patty", where SpongeBob creates a Krabby Patty so perfect he ends up falling in love with it and refuses to eat it at all.
  • The Tick once created his own Companion Cube sidekick, Little Wooden Boy. And unfortunately was forced to burn him in order to escape the belly of a whale.
    • There was also Arthur's nemesis Handy, a hand puppet belonging to The Human Ton.
    • In the live action adaptation, The Tick converses and attempts to reason with a clogged toilet.
  • Timon & Pumbaa: In one episode, Pumbaa ditches Timon in favor of a meteorite that fell from the sky. It ends up becoming a better friend for Pumbaa (despite being a space rock) and this causes Timon to get jealous and find a new friend. The friendship is only temporary, since Timon and Pumbaa reunite again and the meteor strikes a new relationship with a cheetah.
  • In one episode of Total Drama Island, Owen has a very intense emotional bonding experience with a coconut he names "Mr. Coconut" when he believes he is stranded on a desert island and starts going crazy. Later, the other campers vote it off the island for the sake of his mental health. The last scene of the episode shows Mr. Coconut floating out to sea. The entire thing is a Shout-Out to Tom Hanks and Wilson the volleyball in Cast Away.
  • In Transformers Cybertron, Decepticon loner Lugnutz' only true friend is his trusty rifle, Dutch.
  • The T.U.F.F. Puppy episode "Mall Rat" has Snaptrap carve a face into a bar of soap and act as if it is a sentient companion, believing the soap to be a woman named Vivian.
  • Sammy, a dead rat, in Wayside. Miss Mush seems to be able to interact with him with no problem, and he routinely beats her at cards. "How you do that? You dead!"
  • Lampy (not that one), Awful Alvin's "sidekick" on Larry-boy: The Animated Series.
  • In the The Venture Bros. episode "The Revenge Society", the villain Revenge AKA Phantom Limb is completely insane, and the rest of his organization consists of various inanimate objects that he believes are people: Lady Nightshade, a woman's shoe, Chuck, a toaster, and a coffee mug named Wisdom, who he believes is a traitor and executes.
  • In an incredibly literal case of this trope, the Eliacube in Wakfu is this for Nox, who is heartbroken and obsessive enough to hear it talk back. In the end, this relationship turns ugly.
    • Though at this point its rather ambiguous whether the cube spoke to Nox, or whether he was just that insane. It's possible that Quilby, the entity inside the cube was speaking to Nox.
  • Grizzly from the We Bare Bears "Burrito" episode finds that he just can't bring himself to eat a giant burrito, which Panda and Ice Bear end up paying for (along with the other burritos when Grizz failed to complete the challenge). He takes the burrito to the movie theater, and the owners even end up charging the price of another ticket, which Panda and Ice aren't thrilled about either. Grizz gets defensive whenever Panda or Ice talks negatively about the burrito and even says its/"his" name is Burrito, not ''that'' burrito. Panda reads articles about other people obsessed with food items including an Idaho woman obsessed with a bag of potato chips, someone in Japan marrying a bowl of ramen, and someone else adopting a jar of pickles. A flashback reveals that when Grizz was rescued by a fireman as a cub, the burrito resembled the fireman's arm wrapped in a foil-like protective sleeve.
    • Panda has a body pillow of an anime girl called Miki-chan who he treats as if it were an actual person, and he's also very attached to his phone, who he calls "Cellie." In one episode, Grizz also acts as if Miki-chan were real, and another episode shows that before Panda met the other bears, he was raised alone in a sanctuary where the workers gave him a stuffed toy panda when he was lonely, which he spoke to and had conversations with, and it even helped him escape to the outside world.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: Yadina has a stuffed turtle named Dr. Zoom, who she loves very much and treats as a real person. Berby also plays with Dr. Zoom as if they're buddies, which takes this trope even farther since Berby herself is a floating electronic ball.
  • Zeroman: The judge who presides over Mayor Todd McWadd's trial in "Disorder In The Court" has a baby-head squeaky toy he named "Binky", which he is VERY attached to, often talking to it.

    Real Life 
  • The Pet Rock, a 1970s phenomenon, was based around this idea.
  • The digital pet craze of The '90s could be seen as yet another variant of this.
  • Many people have toys, porcelain dolls and security blankets for this very reason.
    • The practice is usually associated with children, but it's also quite common in adults with autism, who may experience object personification and/or trouble relating to other humans.
  • The practice of personifying ships and other forms of transportation goes back so far it's definitely Older Than Dirt and might be even as old as mankind. Many ancient cultures would ritually paint or carve eyes on the prow of ships as a way of granting them sentience, a practice still followed today in some places. Depending on the culture, ships (and other vehicles) may be personified as male or female, regardless of whether the vehicle's name implies one or the other. Of course, for the English-speaking crowd, a personified vehicle is almost always female, even if she's the USS John S. McCain.
  • In his book Water Transport, historian James Hornell mentions an old Hindu tradition which involves imbuing a protective god or goddess into a ship, taking the personification a step further. This coincides with an "opening of the eye" ceremony, in which pupils are carved into the outline of an eye to "awaken" the ship.
  • During WWI and WWII almost all aircrews named their birds, as they were assigned to fly only one. In those days production standards couldn't be as high as they were today, so every airplane had its own ticks and tricks. This was more noticeable in bombers. Nearly every B-29 bomber ever produced had its own unique flaw that would have made it inoperable. One of the design engineers, Victor Agather, had to fix 600 of these fatal flaws in a three-day time period. Every bomber's crew were the only people who could keep it flying, so they would only be paired with that aircraft, kicking off the relationship between crew and machine. Most of them even made their own extensive modifications to keep their birds flying, like waxing the props. Many bomber crews would not only refer to their airplanes as female, but went so far as to refer to the airplane's model as if it were the airplane's ethnicity. For that matter, the very fact that aircrews call their planes "birds" has overtones of this.
  • Also the subject of a psychiatry study with monkeys. Young monkeys were studied with various socialization forms: one was only socialized with its mother, one was socialized with many other monkeys, and the last was only socialized with a fur-covered board. The young monkey became extremely attached to the board.
    • Psychologist Harry Harlow performed another, similar experiment with baby monkeys, putting them in a room with two surrogate mothers. One was made of wire and gave food, while the other was made of soft cloth and didn't give food. The baby monkeys only went to the wire mother when they were hungry, and would always prefer clinging to the cloth mother. He concluded that the baby monkeys had a psychological need for comfort and love, which was extremely important to their development and growth.
  • In 2000, a ficus tree ran against incumbent Rodney P. Frelinghuysen for the 11th district New Jersey house seat... and won the election by a 4:1 ratio before being disqualified. The Ficus campaign was masterminded by Michael Moore for his TV show The Awful Truth.
    Campaign ad: Rodney wouldn't know his ass from a hole in the ground, Ficus' ass IS a hole in the ground.
  • A New Scientist article on human interactions with robotics and attempts to bridge the Uncanny Valley notes incidents of US troops in Afghanistan seeking counseling after their bomb disposal robot was destroyed by an I.E.D. Other incidences include a report that an bomb disposal robot had been stolen, in Helmand, only to find the Commonwealth solders had taken advantage of its dexterous remote control arm to take it fishing with them. Here is Washington Post article covering human-robot interactions in the military and the aforementioned incidents.
  • US Marines are made to memorize an oath that basically personifies their rifle. Presumably so that they remember to take care of the firearm and have it at their side whenever possible.
  • Utada Hikaru owns a plush bear, which she named Kuma Chan. Kuma was issued a staff pass at one of her concerts.
  • In software development, when trying to fix a stubborn bug, it is sometimes considered helpful to discuss the bug with another developer. The practice is considered useful even when the other person is completely unfamiliar with the code, perhaps not even a developer at all. The reasoning is that the act of having to explain it to another person forces you to step back from the problem a bit and challenge some of your assumptions. Lone developers will sometimes resort to discussing the problem with an inanimate object, a practice which has come to be called "talking to the Furby." And then there's rubber duck debugging...
  • One university's engineering department has a teddy bear sitting in the dean's office. If a student comes in with an engineering problem that they can't handle, they are first urged to "talk to the bear". Often, after they go over the problem with the bear, they do actually come up with a solution.
  • A number of people name their cars and talk to them. There's even a service to register your car's name and get it a birth certificate.
  • Serge Kahili King in his book Urban Shaman explains that he named his personal computer and speaks to it. "All things have their own spirit. They cooperate better if you can relate to them well."
  • It's not entirely uncommon for musicians to name their instruments, especially adolescents in high school band.
    • B.B. King's guitar Lucille may be the most famous example.
    • Willie Nelson's guitar Trigger is at least a close second.
    • Andres Segovia at times ended up with rumors of a woman in his life after booking transit tickets for his guitar — by name.
    • Stevie Ray Vaughan played a Strat which he named "Lenny" after his wife Lenora.
    • The Sisters of Mercy has only two regular members left: Andrew Eldritch and Doktor Avalanche. Doktor runs the online advice column on the Sisters' website. He's also a drum machine.
    • Often professional musicians who play a large instrument (cello, double bass, etc.) travelling by plane will book a separate seat for the instrument (mainly to avoid it getting damaged in the hold). Owing to airplane regulations, they are consequently obliged to give the instrument a name (often something like "Cello Smith") so that all seats have a corresponding name on the flight manifest. Some instruments receive junk mail from the airlines or even qualify for frequent flyer status.
  • Steam Locomotives are always referred to as she, even if they have a male name. This often causes confusion to the punters.
  • Joe Duddington apparently gently encouraged Mallard to help her break the World Steam Speed record.
  • Champion Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych talked to the ball before throwing it, among other eccentricities. Proof that the Bunny-Ears Lawyer exists in Real Life.
  • Hockey goaltender Patrick Roy was famous during his active career for naming his goalposts and talking to them, thanking them when a shot bounced off one of them instead of going in. Considering his highly successful career, he was probably on to something.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop is a company that basically caters to this trope, where children (or even grown-ups) go to the workshop and pick the skins of their stuffed animal, fluff it up themselves, put a heart in it, and proceed to give it a birth certificate and even enter it in a system quite like Amber Alert.
  • This was done to a lesser extent with adopting Cabbage Patch Kids. It's played out completely at the official Cabbage Patch Museum. Hundreds of dolls are arranged in theme rooms. The main room is the actual cabbage patch, where several times a day visitors can witness the labor and birth of a real doll out of one of the cabbages. The audience is then asked to help name the new "baby" and she is immediately put up for adoption in the gift shop.
  • In a crossover with Cargo Ship, assigning names and personalities to sexual aids is incredibly common. Even on this very wiki the term Battery Operated Companion has been used.
  • The Inanimate Object's Party, a joke political party at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that has an inflatable whale run for the position of Grand Marshall (read: Student Counsel President) every year.
  • A more serious example would be the Holy Crown of Hungary, which was assigned legal personhood and is considered the sole holder of all state powers of the monarch.
  • Delusional Misidentification Syndrome is a series of mental delusions where the identity of a person, place or thing is different or has been altered. One such delusion is called "Delusional Companions Syndrome", a condition that mostly affects Alzheimer's patients who believe inanimate objects are actually sentient.
  • With the dramatic increase in the use of robotic drones in the US military, there were a variety of concerns including the idea that soldiers might be more removed from battle or otherwise not want to use such things due to their inherent complexity in a chaotic environment (i.e. they'd be more trouble than they're worth). Well, as it turns out, this isn't exactly true...
    • One EOD squad ended up taking their bomb defusing robot out drinking with them.
    • A soldier was in tears when he brought in his squad's robot drone (nicknamed "Scooby Doo") for repairs. When told he'd just get a new drone, he replied that he didn't want a new one, he wanted Scooby Doo.
    • A soldier ran 84 yards through enemy fire to rescue a downed drone.
    • Some soldiers have been known to take their EOD bots fishing. Subverting Mundane Utility, the soldiers are not sure if they've ever actually caught a fish.
  • The custom of giving tropical cyclones human names started in 1944, when forecasters in the U.S. military started nicknaming storms after their wives and girlfriends. Giving human names to storms eliminates confusion, but it also adds a certain identity to the storms.
  • In 2007, a female swan fell in love with a swan-shaped boat
  • The several TV examples of characters using pillows as either imaginary characters or replacements for real people is based on the real life phenomenon.
  • During the meeting between Napoleon and Tsar Alexander at Erfurt in 1808, Alexander's brother Constantine apparently told one of Napoleon's aides: "I say, Monsieur Oudinot, if your august master were to give me one of his swords, I should take it to bed with me!" (the original French sounded even more like a Double Entendre, with Constantine saying "je coucherais avec elle", which is more often used to refer to the other kind of "going to bed".)
  • A woman asks her husband to take some pictures of himself with his new selfie stick as he goes about his daily routine. Cue a series of pics where the guy actually includes the stick in the pics with him, treating it like a friend or a loyal pet.
  • Similar to soldiers and their drones, the Opportunity Martian Rover (affectionately called "Oppy") held a similar place in the hearts of NASA, and nerd culture. "She" managed to last 15 years, and was even taught to sing "Happy Birthday" to herself. Her permanent deactivation on February 13th 2019 due to her heating unit being broken by a dust storm was cause for mourning in certain circles.
    • One and a half year before, after the robotic Cassini spacecraft had been disposed of by plunging her into Saturn's atmosphere, there were tears in JPL's Mission Control, as some team members had been involved in the mission for decades.
  • Roomba has a policy wherein they will repair instead of replace damaged units because people get so attached to the darn things.
  • The dakimakura, a large pillow with an image of a fictional character on it, was invented for this purpose, and children in Japan still use them as security objects. However, they are more famous among otaku, who often buy body pillows of fictional characters that they are attracted to, which overlaps with Cargo Ship.
  • Twitter user @aritsmo owns a dog whose best friend is a brick.
  • Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu has a plush Winnie-the-Pooh tissue box that follows him to competitions. If he's being interviewed or sitting at the kiss-and-cry while holding Pooh-san, it's more than likely he'll make the bear wave to the camera.
  • Taken Up to Eleven by the Robot Combat sports fanbase, among whom many of these remote-control fighting machines are far more famous by name, capabilities, reputations and (alleged) personalities than their human designers or drivers. It's not uncommon for fan mail to be addressed to the robots, c/o their build teams. Most of the teams are proud enough of their handiwork to play along, and may "Cube-ify" their creations by calling them him/her, boasting of their bots' aggressiveness, or claiming that 'veteran' machines have grudges to settle.


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Qwark acts as though his cardboard cutout is a living entity, even entrusting it to keep the Portalizer safe.

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