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"What is this place; filled with so many wonders
Casting its spell that I am now under?
Squirrels in the trees, and the cute little bunnies...
Birds flying free, and bees with their honey..."

A character, often but not Always Female and The Hero(ine) of the piece, is shown to be almost supernaturally innocent, sweet, altruistic, or any combination thereof, by the way that all manner of wild forest creatures flock to her. Deer will shyly eat out of her hand, chipmunks will frolic at her feet, and birds will alight on her finger, shoulder or head (and not void their bowels while doing so). If the character is male (usually in reference to St. Francis of Assisi being the patron saint of animals) he will instead be shown as wise, calm and kind-hearted. Any other person approaching will break the spell and send the timid woodland animals fleeing, but not before they witness the supernatural wonder of his or her loving heart in action.

As for the animals, they will all be cute in most examples. This usually does not extend to Always Chaotic Evil species, and virtually never towards the Big Bad. Sometimes it does, though, developing some very interesting hero-villain interactions. Sometimes the heroine has such influence over the wild creatures that they will perform small tasks for her. In the case of gods or saints, flowers will spring up at their feet.


Some works acknowledge that the ability to befriend any living thing could be a LOT more impressive than it seems. It's easy to forget that the same princess whose singing summons an entire forest full of animals could, if she so chooses, send her animal friends to beat the tar out of you. Being Friend To All Living Things will sometimes also mean the person is a Fluffy Tamer, in which case they're even friends to snarling, terrifying living things.

This is often parodied. If the parody is clearly referencing the Disney Animated Canon examples, it falls under Disney Creatures of the Farce, and the examples should go there.

A frequent attribute of the All-Loving Hero and Princess Classic. Although a Common Mary Sue Trait it does not necessarily make a character such. With females, this may be related to the myth that only a virgin girl may approach a unicorn. While Friend to All Children sounds similar, it isn't necessarily the same thing—and, unlike this, is about just as likely to be a male trait as a female one.


A Sub-Trope of Nature Lover. A Sister Trope to Green Thumb, Fluffy Tamer (a friend to dangerous living things), Nature Hero (especially a female one) and Nature-Loving Robot (When the character is a robot). Compare Cloud Cuckoo Lander, Licked by the Dog, and Good Taming, Evil Taming. Contrast Evil-Detecting Dog, Enemy to All Living Things, Not Good with People, Animals Hate Him, Bad People Abuse Animals, and Cruella to Animals.

This is not to be confused with Animal Lover. While most Friends to All Living Things are Animal Lovers, they are not the same trope. Basically, an Animal Lover likes animals (but animals don't necessarily like them back), while a Friend to All Living Things is liked by animals (but doesn't necessarily like them back).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ekoda Ren in Anne Happy. More specifically, friend to all-female things. She is a Chick Magnet to the point that female animals are constantly drawn to her, and thus is often seen followed by cats and dogs or with little birds landing on her shoulders.
  • Basilisk, where Hotarubi of the Iga Tsubagakure has to power to summon insects and reptiles... and use them to kill.
  • Black Jack: "The Painting Is Dead!" features a horribly tragic version. Artist Go Gan is seen chatting happily with cute animals gathering around him as he paints in a jungle on a South Seas island... that's suddenly hit by the shock wave from a nearby atomic bomb test, leaving Go Gan the only survivor, surrounded by dead bodies of animals and natives, and horribly stricken with radiation poisoning.
  • In Buddha, being one is a sign of some spiritual enlightenment or supernatural gift.
  • Umi and Sora, with countless marine and shore animals, in Children of the Sea Though the 'friendship' might be more malevolent than assumed, since those sea creatures also eat Sora and intend to do the same to Umi. It's a weird manga.
  • Asuka Tokugawa from E's Otherwise is always seen tending to and caring for animals. She can sense their feelings and it seems they are attracted to her instantly.
  • Ruka Nogi in Gakuen Alice has an animal pheromone which allows him to communicate with animals. He himself says that other than Natsume, the animals are his best friends. He genuinely loves and cares for the animals, whom he can also control. He is seen perpetually carrying a rabbit on his shoulder.
  • In Goddess Creation System Xiaxi competes with warrior princess Ming Zhu in a hunting competition to nonlethally subdue wolves. Her opponent puts out one's eye, knocking it unconscious but not killing it. When she turns around, she sees Xiaxi's wolf acting like a big friendly puppy towards her.
  • Beautifully used to send up all expectations in the Wham Episode of GUN×SWORD. Wendy meets an old man in a park who's feeding the birds. The animals are gathered peacefully around him, and birds even land on his outstretched finger. He has a pet St. Bernard, and gives a speech about dreams, adding that his own is world peace. This charming old man, loved by all the animals, is the Claw.
  • Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto:
    • Sakamoto went to great lengths to save a bird that had been blown away in a storm while they were trying to outpace each other and is seen visiting it in later scenes. In one episode he got himself sent to the hall so he could feed it.
    • When a wasp invaded the classroom, everyone screamed for someone to kill it, but Sakamoto just told it to behave, skillfully fended it off with a compass, caught it, and put it out of a window.
    • When his classmates in home economics found a slug in some lettuce, he appeared to break this track record by making a show of sprinkling salt and other seasonings on the slug until it disappeared... then proved that it was a ruse by carefully washing the slug off and putting it outside with a gentle admonishment for choosing a bad spot to "play hide and seek".
  • In the anime/manga of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, animals in general appear to be fond of Arslan. Hawks Azrael and Surush, especially Azrael, seem to be more of Arslan's pet than Kishward's. Kishward lampshades this and comments that the hawks know the goodness in Arslan's heart.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • America loved to play with bunnies and bison (if you count, uh, sort've dancing with them?) as a young child and befriends whales as an adult. It's so over the top that he comes to befriend extra-terrestrials, one of which lives in his house (hi there, Tony). Nevertheless, he doesn't particularly care about global warming and whatnot. He's even friends with the unicorn England gave him, whom he can't see. He also has a very unusual personality for this trope, especially a male version, being a Large Ham Boisterous Bruiser instead of a calm Messiah type.
    • England is a friend to all mythical creatures, which apparently only he can see. In one episode he even befriends a kappa, who laments being forgotten in his own country.
  • Gon from Hunter × Hunter is a male example, especially in the first few chapters/episodes. It's an established rule of the setting that great Hunters are well-liked by animals, as Gon's father Ging also seemed to have a way with critters.
  • The half-demon Gyu-oh from the anime Inuyasha also has this ability. Unlike the other half-demons, he is a pure human during the day and a pure demon at night. As a human, he is so pure that wild birds settle on his body. However, when the night falls, they fly away and he transforms into his demonic form.
  • Appachai in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Occasionally the omakes will exaggerate this, such as him thinking he only needs to stand still for the next 20 days and the birds nesting on top of his head will be gone. Particularly interesting in that he is a two meter tall, musclebound man who goes by the moniker Death God of the Underground Muay Thai World.
  • Caro of Lyrical Nanoha worked for the Wildlife Preservation Division before the events of the third season. In the manga that showed her time there, we see her surrounded by birds she had befriended (Not in that way), with her superiors talking about how her nature as a summoner lets her connect with animals easily.
  • Monster:
    • A tragic example is a man who used to be a Friend To All Living Things in the forest he grew up around. That was before he killed an innocent man in the place because he was ordered to.
    • Played straight with the main character Dr. Tenma, who is also the Messiah himself. When he's talking to the aforementioned guy after (of course) saving his life, a finch lands on his arm. It is cute.
  • Naruto:
    • Parodied/lampshaded when Naruto goes through training that requires him to be still enough to balance on a stone slab on a spike. When he finally manages to do it a bird perches on his shoulder... which throws him off balance and sends him plummeting to the ground.
    • Killerbee is definitely every animal's friend. Probably because they can tell how awesome he is. Taken to the extreme when Killer Bee comforts Kisame's sword, Samehada, after it was weeping over its master's death.
  • Shion (Or Sion) of No. 6 is beloved by all animals, especially robot mice and dogs.
  • One Piece:
    • Apis from the Filler Warship island arc, has the Devil Fruit power Whisper-Whisper Fruit, which grants her the ability to talk to them. So naturally, she befriends a dragon.
    • An inverted case with Zoro, who, though he doesn't care much for animals, often finds them coming towards him. An octopus stuck on his head when he was inspecting a shipwreck. A South bird stayed near his side during Skypiea (to get his food) and his crewmate Chopper (a half-reindeer) clamps on his head when he's scared.
    • Nami and Usopp count as well. In Strong World, Nami befriends the electric duck Billy and is disgusted at Shiki mutating the other animals into monsters. Nami also is happy to see Mohmoo again despite it's connection to Arlong (Nami also attracts pervy animals like Eyelash the camel and Scissors the giant crab). As for Usopp, he actually tamed massive tarantulas when he was young. Ironic since he is a massive coward when it comes to everything else.
    • In the Wano arc, Tama plays this very straight as she befriends komainu (a mythical Japanese lion dog thing) and Hihimaru (a giant baboon). Tama's unnamed Devil Fruit even gives her the power to produce food that is capable of taming animals and even animal-humans.
  • PandoraHearts: Glen Baskerville seems to have a thing with birds. They always love to sit on his head.
  • Alice (and Mokuren) in Please Save My Earth can talk to plants and animals, and makes plants grow when she sings.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Yellow is not only a particularly kind and gentle trainer, but she has the power to both heal and listen to the thoughts of Pokémon, which leads to her befriending just about any Pokémon that isn't being trained by an enemy.
    • Diamond as well. Byron even notes how he managed to quickly tame a Shieldon even he couldn't handle. He befriends Steelix, the cavern boss of Iron Island as well, and can convince legendaries to side with him.
  • Of course, there's Ash: if a Pokémon doesn't like him right away, it usually will eventually. He's even befriended Arceus itself.
  • There's also Brock, who has been known to convince wild Pokémon to approach when they're hurt, and who has expressed interest in becoming a Pokémon doctor.
  • James interestingly enough is one of these, completely in spite of him technically being a bad guy. It probably helps that he's more of a Punch-Clock Villain and sucks at his job anyway. All of his Pokemon absolutely adore him, he in turn dotes on his Pokemon like a fussy dad, and on more than one occasion he has legitimately captured Pokemon just by asking them nicely if he could.
  • Exagerated with Goh, to the point that he managed to befriend - or outright got all the attention of - a Galar Pokémon Grookey conveniently wandering around Vermilion City (in Kanto) into his room at Cerise's Lab while he was asleep and while he very conveniently was having a dream where his whole family was Rillaboom.
  • Hareta from Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure! actually lived with Pokémon for most of his life, and can even make a Gallade owned by Commander Saturn smile at him.
  • Sarah in Princess Sarah is a straight, if somewhat realistic example. Her animal friends include a pony, a parrot, the Seminary's comic cat, the sparrows outside her attic, and even a group of mice that live in her attic.
  • Saint Young Men has animals gathering around Jesus and Buddha and helping them with their daily needs, even going so far as to serve themselves on plates when they're out of food.
  • Parodied in School Rumble. Harima Kenji, in a fit of despair over a broken heart, rejects civilization to live as a hermit. In time, he gains the ability to talk to wild animals and a veritable zoo follows him wherever he goes for a time.
  • Fumina Konoe from Shakugan no Shana has something of an affinity for birds, getting easily distracted by them, and they tend to love her back.
  • Studio Ghibli does this a lot, not surprising given Hayao Miyazaki's frequent message about caring for nature.
    • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind:
      • The titular Nausicaä is one of the classic examples of this trope. She's a kind person whose compassion extends to people of all nations and to animals as well She takes it much further than most others; she not only befriends cute wild animals but also horrifying battleship-sized insects, slavering-jawed giant dragonflies and so forth, so she really is a friend to All Living Things.
      • The Garden Master in the manga is a nasty deconstruction of the trope, as he tends to a beautiful, perfect garden and can speak with his animals, but cannot comprehend violence and the human need to survive, and a prolonged stay within the Garden's limits will destroy the visitor's will and cause them to forget the outside world.
  • Tentomushi no Uta has an example in the main protagonist Hiyoko Isshuu, who frequently hangs around with animals and even desires to be a veterinarian when she grows up.
  • Sakura in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-. She's not exactly a Messiah but she is the linchpin in a Gambit Roulette. Her power is described as 'speaking to things that do not have voices', and therefore can communicate with ghosts and inanimate objects. The unfailingly gentle persona starts to develop cracks in the second half of the series.
  • Ataru from Urusei Yatsura, a.k.a. the most lecherous man in the universe sometimes shows his side as a friend to all living things. He manages to hatch a fairy egg, raises a caterpillar into a fairy using the Power of Love, and saves the life of a kappa.
  • Parodied in Violinist of Hameln when Lute's entourage of birds eventually grows into a mob of adoring animals, including crocodiles, gorillas, and a boa constrictor, which prove to be difficult to shoo off. His original bird companions stick around, played fairly straight, though lampshaded by people around him.
  • Kusanagi in X1999 (manga and TV series, the movie leaves it out) is a rare male example. A 6-feet bulk of a paratrooper sergeant hearing trees talk, feeding pigeons and befriending cats.
  • Daitokuji-sensei from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (called Lyman Banner in the dub) was a self-proclaimed animal-lover. He once threatened a group of scientists who were performing cruel experiments on a monkey, and he had a pet cat named Pharaoh that he was very close to. SO close, in fact, that when he died, Pharaoh literally swallowed his soul, making him unable to depart to the afterlife. He remained inside his pet's stomach from that point on, occasionally acting as an advisor to Judai.

    Comic Books 


  • All creatures of the sea instinctively recognize Aquaman as their king, and he can communicate with them.
  • Subverted/parodied in Beetle Bailey — the chaplain (an appropriate sort of character for this) just had crumbs of food on his clothes that the animals liked. He's also played it more straight, as has Zero, who's innocently dumb and used to animals from the farm where he used to live.
  • Catwoman, in several interpretations, has a feline-specific version. From the tiniest kitten to the largest tiger, there's something about her that they all instinctively trust.
  • Unsurprisingly, Catman has shown a similar affinity, particularly with the big cats.
  • The Penguin has a similar ability regarding birds. A Secret Origins special written by Neil Gaiman even has one of his ex-henchmen describing this with awe to a TV crew.
  • Poison Ivy is a Friend to All Living Plants. She is often depicted as being motivated by a desire to protect them, and they will do her bidding.
  • The Silver and Bronze Age versions of Hawkman and Hawkgirl/Hawkwoman had the ability to speak with and befriend Earth birds.
  • The Death of Superman: Subverted by Superman villain Doomsday. In one of his first appearances, while he was still wandering aimlessly through a forest, a deer came up and nuzzled his hand. Doomsday, of course, broke the poor deer's neck. He did the same thing to a bird that landed on his palm.
  • One of Wonder Woman's more obscure powers is "Unity With Beasts," a gift from the goddess Artemis that fits this trope perfectly.


  • Ant-Man, his wife The Wasp and later Scott Lang can summon and they have a good relationships with ants of kinds, they often go underground to hives and take rides on them. Though they’re not above sacrificing hundreds of ants in kamikaze attacks or making a makeshift raft with them drowning heaps of ants.
  • Sub-Mariner aka Namor, of course, adores ocean life and is much more amicable with sea creatures than anything that walks on land (with the sole exception of Sue Storm). Though on the Squick side Namor also has no qualms with getting very personal with all kinds aquatic life.
  • Squirrel Girl is a friend to every Squirrel and can summon them at will to attack her foes or foil villain's plans, as Doctor Doom learned the hard way.
  • Wolverine zigzags this trope, on one hand, he’s killed a lot of bears that have attacked him and once used a polar bear's hide as warmth but on the other hand he gets along fantastically with his own namesake animals as well as wolves and dogs. This love for canines stretches back to Wolverine's past where he had pet dog named Callie which Logan adored, then his illegitimate brother slit its throat to spite him. As an adult Wolverine bonded with a pack of Wolves and lived with them for multiple years until WW1, Wolverine can even sense animals's feelings which is one of his more bizarre powers.


  • In The Crow, Eric Draven is shown with all of the cats living in a tenement happily following him. In an interesting subversion, Eric isn't that knowledgeable about cats — he names one Gabriel, and it turns out he's a she. A pregnant she.
  • Issue #4 of Princess Natasha (based on the KOL web cartoon), Natasha uses her talent of communicating with animals to save a passel of zoo animals from the clutches of her evil uncle (who is also principal of the school she attends).
  • Parodied in Strangers in Paradise, when Katchoo dreams she's a Disney princess, despite being unlike that in her waking life. She charms birds and chipmunks with her singing for all of a few moments, when the dream turns nightmarish as the animals shun her for smelling of death.

    Comic Strips 
  • Zero from Beetle Bailey loves animals and they love him. He once wouldn't throw away the camouflage he had applied to his fatigues because birds had built a nest in it. Other strips see him feeding birds or squirrels who dance for him in return.
  • Footrot Flats: Wal's best friend Cooch, although, unusually for this trope, he isn't a vegetarian and will kill animals to eat. At one point he removes swarming bees from Wal's house by walking up with neither protective gear nor smoke, tugging the branch, and dumping the swarm into a cardboard box, and seems to get away without any stings.
  • Garfield:
    • One strip had Garfield parody the trope, while relaxing on the farm, where a bunch of cute animals gather around him. He then says: "Walt Disney, eat your heart out."
    • In an early Sunday comic, where he was out expressing that he loves all the animals in the field he was in, and invited them to his home for dinner, much to Jon Arbuckle's shock.
    • In another Sunday comic, a bunch of cute woodland creatures gather around Pooky and even a rainbow appears behind them. Disgusted, Garfield says "That's even too much for me..." and leaves.

    Fan Works 
  • In Weasley Girl, an AU where Ron Weasley was born a girl, Veronica "Ronnie" Weasley is this, combined with Fluffy Tamer—according to Word Of God this being a case of Flanderization of how animals in canon would occasionally take a liking to Ron for no particular reason. Ronnie's penchant for befriending animals does not extend to humans, though; she's got too much of Ron's temper, insensitivity, and foot-in-mouth syndrome for that.
  • Ill Met by Moonlight: Due to his supernatural heritage, Steven possesses a natural magnetism when it comes to animals, strays, and birds following him around. This seems to be a form of vampiric hypnosis that Steven unconsciously emits, unintentionally doing this to the werewolf Amethyst.
  • Carried over from the source material, Lydia is this in the Contractually Obligated Chaos series. She is able to communicate with animals and tends them when they're injured, and they in turn aid her as they're able. It becomes a plot point in later installments.
  • Amy in the Sonic the Hedgehog fic Fallen Angel has a way with (non-Funny Animal) animals. Growing up a friendless orphan, she had a lot of free time on her paws and spent it playing with animals.
  • In Girl Genius fanfic Raised by Jägers, Agatha grows up in Mama Gkika's Jager hospital and the Mechanicsburg sewers. As such she has contact with a lot of strange Spark-made constructs and critters, and her compassion towards them is a defining character trait.
  • Aurora's male counterpart Bryan (Prince Rory) in the Sleeping Beauty Rule 63 fanfic The Prince and the Spindle. Not only is he friends with the forest animals, but protects them from hunters. He meets Princess Petra after having his owl and bird friends steal her bow and arrow, assuming she was hunting, but she tells them its just for show so she could leave the castle.
  • Deconstructed in A Visit to the Pet Shop. From an outside perspective, someone who tries to dunk his fingers in the snapping turtle pond despite all the warning signs looks like a suicidal idiot who shouldn't be allowed to have a pet. Even though the turtle lets Aziraphale pet her, the store owner fears for the safety of his pet snake (his 'pet' is actually Crowley, who can take care of himself).

    Films — Animation 
  • The Book of Life:
    • Maria Posada has the ability to draw flocks of birds to her and have them hang around being cute and musical.
    • La Muerte. All creatures love her.
  • The Disney Princesses are famous for this.
    • Snow White is probably the Ur-example. Watch the scene on YouTube, starting around 3:20. She's a sweetheart, and friendly woodland creatures flock to her when she's upset, and even help her with housework
    • Cinderella begins with the kind heroine's animal friends waking her up in the morning and helping her shower and get dressed. They also make her a dress while she's too busy with her chores, and eventually end up saving the day in the end. In a deleted scene, the Prince was this as well, playing a hunting game with a deer.
    • The gentle Briar Rose (Princess Aurora) in Sleeping Beauty has a host of animal friends who steal the prince's clothes so they could assemble together as a kind of homemade dream prince.
    • Beauty and the Beast: Downplayed. Birds flock to Belle, but they abandon her for the Beast when they see he's got more food, and her trusty horse likes her well enough, but tries to run away when she's being attacked by wolves. Belle tries to talk to farm animals, but they don't seem to understand what she's saying, so it's just another reason for the townspeople to think she's insane.
    • The open-minded Pocahontas is a particularly intense example. She has her raccoon and hummingbird companions; though the weirdest moment is probably during Colors of the Wind, where she helps show John Smith the importance of understanding living creatures by picking up a bear cub in front of its mother. She's even friends with a willow tree.
    • Downplayed with Rapunzel from Tangled, who has a pet chameleon and manages to befriend Maximus, although she goes out of her way to do so by petting and cooing over him in order to convince him to postpone his capture of Flynn for a day so he can take her to see the floating lights for her birthday. It helps that Maximus is a trained horse with intelligence that at least matches that of an average human, and possibly exceeds it, who can be reasoned with when talked to. He even becomes an actual member of the Royal Guard and becomes friends with his former enemy, Flynn Rider, after the latter reforms.
    • Downplayed Trope with the compassionate Anna from Frozen, whose horse flees when it gets spooked during a quest to rescue Anna's sister and kingdom, but who also manages to attract and befriend a group of baby ducks during "For the First Time in Forever", can tame Hans's horse and quickly befriends Kristoff's reindeer Sven.
    • Ralph Breaks the Internet has an Homage when the Disney Princesses are quizzing Vanellope. At one point, Cinderella asks, "Do animals talk to you?" As she says this, she is flanked by Jasmine petting Rajah and Pocahontas with Meeko on her arm, all while Cinderella herself is carrying Gus and one of the female mice in her hands and has Jaq and the birds from her film perched all over her.
  • Disney also gave us a rare male example in the form of Antonio Madrigal from Encanto. Like all of his family members (except for Mirabel), he gains a magical superpower when he turns five years old. In his case, it's the ability to talk to animals. He quickly befriends toucans, coatimundis, capybaras, tapirs, and even a jaguar, which lets him ride around on its back.
  • Jailbreak from The Emoji Movie. She removes her wig and hat to reveal her crown and then uses some of her princess powers to summon a ride home. First she whistles sweetly and dances and then whistles more authoritatively. As the Twitter icon flaps into view, High Five exclaims, "Birds do love princesses! It's not a myth."
  • The Princess Melisande from The Flight of Dragons. Sir Orin says that her purity, grace, and innocence is an inspiration. She can summon the Silver Owls of the Full Moon through her singing only.
  • Red Puckett in Hoodwinked!, if her song "Great Big World" is any indication. Many of the creatures of the forest know her by her first name, but she is their delivery girl. In that number, there's also a scene where hummingbirds carry her on her bike across a river (the Wolf, who is observing her through the bushes, comments, "Whoa! Creepy!"). After the sour encounter with the Wolf, Red tricks him into falling off a cliff by handing her hooded cloak off to these same hummingbirds. Flippers lampshades it by reassuring Granny that the only thing Red is guilty of is "flying a swarm of hummingbirds without a license". Red is not a total Friend to All Living Things, though, as she does use physical violence on the Wolf and on Boingo at separate points in the movie.
  • Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon becomes this, at least to dragons. He gets to the point that he can win over the trust of virtually any dragon (except for the humongous ones).
    • He actually does at least earn the tolerance of the good Bewilderbeast in the second movie, simply by not being an asshole to him or any of his wards. The Red Death from the first movie is a vicious cannibal that even her own brood is afraid of her, and in the sequel, Hiccup is simply incapable of overriding the sheer amount of abuse the Bad Bewilderbeast had suffered under Drago's command.
    • Must be genetic as Hiccup’s mother Valka unlike of the vikings cared deeply for dragons to point where she refused to return to Berk after being carried off by one and lived among them. Valka is delighted that her son shares her ministrations and eventfully returns home knowing everyone now loves dragons as much as she does.
  • Lilo Pelekai in the Lilo & Stitch franchise is able to befriend most alien creatures, primarily Stitch and many of Jumba's other genetic experiments, who are mostly animalistic in behavior.
  • Johnny Appleseed in Melody Time. It helps that he doesn't carry any sort of weapon, but having the ability to pet a skunk takes a true air of benevolence.
  • In My Little Pony: A New Generation, Hitch Trailblazer has the uncanny ability to inspire devotion in any animal he meets, whether he wants it or not.
  • Subverted in Oliver & Company: the character whom the birds help dress up in the morning is a spoiled, vain show-dog, voiced by Bette Midler, singing one of her songs of course.
  • Daria from The Princess and the Pea. She even manages to befriend a bear and name him Balthazar.
  • A male example from Disney; Cody from The Rescuers Down Under is good friends with a lot of animals from the Australian outback, including a kangaroo, some wombats and a giant golden eagle.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The eponymous Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a male example of this used straight in a comedy. Animals instinctively know to obey him. He suffered an Heroic BSoD and retreated to a Buddhist monastery when he failed to rescue a raccoon. He's able to get animals to protect him by using baby talk. The only exception is bats, which he absolutely hates.
  • The White Queen in Alice in Wonderland (2010) is beloved by people, animals, and even furniture.
  • Star in American Honey is shown to have a connection with animals, even insects. She captures a bee trapped indoors and sets it free outside, and later has a moment where she interacts with a bear.
  • Bloodthirsty: Grey is a vegan who refuses to eat meat out of concern for animals, and is upset when she accidentally kills a rabbit while backing up her car. This makes her hallucinations of devouring animals while turning into one especially disturbing for her, with an increasing craving to eat meat. She eventually kills a mouse while Vaughn urges her on.
  • There's a running theme in Children of Men that animals like Theo, even the farm dogs who supposedly hate everyone. He's also the one who manages to get Kee's baby to calm down near the end.
  • In Cinderella (2015), Ella befriends any animals she meets, including the mice in the cellar or their old family horse. She also saves a stag that the prince is hunting by warning it of his approaching party. She goes so far as to even forgive Lady Tremaine, who had treated her horribly (especially since the death of her father) for practically the whole film.
  • Corky Romano: Corky is a Kindly Vet who adores animals, repeatedly going out of his way to befriend or help them. When a client wants her cantankerous, sick old cat euthanized, Corky refuses as he just can't kill any living thing. He's an extremely nice, goofy man whom most animals seem to instantly like.
  • Disney's Enchanted plays this very straight in the animated segment before memorably parodying it in the live-action part — by having her singing charmed vermin in New York City into cleaning Robert's apartment.
  • Altaira in Forbidden Planet has this ability, even charming a tiger, until she falls in love with Captain Adams.
  • In Green Mansions, Rima (Audrey Hepburn) is a jungle girl who cares deeply about the animals in the rainforest, especially the fawn that follows her. In Real Life, Hepburn raised the fawn as a pet at her home to better bond with it for the filming.
  • Harry Potter
    • Rubeus Hagrid, a Gentle Giant Fluffy Tamer, loves all kinds of creatures and especially ones with massive talons, fangs, scales, and poisonous stings. Hagrid was heartbroken when his Hippogriff buckbeak was put to death in the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, then was overjoyed when he escaped and Hagrid was a weeping mess when Aragog his Giant Spider died in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Hagrid also gets along with domestic animals like his beloved boarhound Fang, looked after Ron's pet rat Scabbers ( Peter Pettigrew was just hiding in Hagrid's hut) and Hagrid is the one who got Headwig the owl for Harry in the first place.
    • Newton Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gives Hagrid a run for his money when it comes to this trope as he is such a Fluffy Tamer he keeps dozens of superbeasts (some of which are classified as untameable) in his suitcase at all times and goes around the globe protecting them from wizards as a Zoologist. The only time we see Newt flip out in Fantastic Beasts is when his creatures are taken from him by the American Ministry of Magic, Newt even yells hysterically that they're harmless as he's being pulled away. At one point Newt even Invokes Humans Are the Real Monsters, stating that being in New York City his creatures are in danger while surrounded by the most dangerous beasts of all.
    • Luna Lovegood invokes this in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with the Thestrals as unlike in the books she literally goes out and feeds them raw meat barefoot.
    • Neville with Trevor his toad and assorted magical plants.
  • Help!: Algernon claims to be this.
    Algernon: I work better with animals. They trust me, you see. I should have gone into vivisection.
  • The Hunger Games: Primrose "Prim" Everdeen. Animals love her. The family cat, Buttercup, only responds positively to her.
  • One female character in Ilya Muromets (The Sword and the Dragon) is portrayed this way. In one scene she sings cheerfully, surrounded by forest animals.
  • I Really Hate My Job: What does Suzy do when she spots a rat in the kitchen? Interview it, and ask how its day has been.
  • In Jurassic World, Velociraptor-trainer Owen Grady shows genuine care for every dinosaur he encounters and has somehow managed to train four of the most dangerous animals on Earth. He is the only person the raptor sisters won't kill on sight. However, when it comes to the Indominus rex, even Owen doesn't want anything to do with it. He calls Claire and InGen out for isolating and mistreating it, and beyond his general suspicion of a novel hybrid, his disgusted dialogue with Claire amounts to "Thanks to you guys, it's too late for anything to make friends with this one."
  • In M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, the identifying mark of The Healer is that he/she attracts butterflies.

  • Animal Inn: Val's never met an animal that didn't like her. Even Gigi the capuchin monkey in Book 3, despite her misbehaving, does genuinely like Val.
  • Animorphs: Cassie gets along swimmingly with all the animals at her farm, and has such affinity for critters that it makes her the best morpher in the group. Shes also quite dismayed to find that her friends think she'd put the lives of animals over their own. Note that it wasn't even a question of killing an animal but eating a polar bear's leftovers (a dead baby seal).
  • The Barre family gift in Annals of the Western Shore gives its holder the potential to be this. It's often used to call animals so they can be hunted more easily, but Gry refuses to use it for that purpose and remains squarely within this trope.
  • Stephen Maturin in the Aubrey-Maturin series; almost any animal immediately takes to him, including sloths, wombats, dogs, cats, orangutans and aardvarks, usually with hilarious results. The only exception is a llama.
  • In Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy, Jaenelle, being made up of both human and animal dreams, is the catalyst for the reconciliation of the kindred and Blood when she convinces the kindred to open their realms again.
  • In Andre Norton's Catseye, Troy had an uncanny skill to work with animals, despite not having done so for years. He has a telepathic ability to communicate with the enhanced animals.
  • Conan the Barbarian: In "Beyond the Black River," "Zogar boasted that he could summon wild beasts to do his bidding." Then, he inverts just about all the other traits usually associated with it.
  • Cthulhu Mythos:
    • Subverted with Nyarlatothep, who is described as having wild beasts licking his hands, and in some RPGs based on the mythos, it is specifically mentioned that no animal can attack him. This is probably related to his unnatural charisma and has some effect on people too (he tends to gather a large following wherever he goes). He's the exact opposite of sweet and innocent.
    • Played somewhat straight in The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, where Randolph Carter befriends the cats living in the dream world. He aids them on several occasions, and is aided by them in return.
  • In The Dark Artifices is the shadowhunter Tiberius Blackthorn. He has the ability to make even wild animals quickly trusting, and to be touched and taken away by him, much to the chagrin of his older brother Julian.
  • Inverted in Darkest Powers with Derek, who tends to send animals into screaming fits of rage or fear just by being within a fifty foot radius of them. He explains this to Chloe as, being that he’s a werewolf, the animals see a human but smell something entirely different, which makes them nervous. It’s still hilarious when he mentions that a Chihuahua randomly attacked him at one point and took a chunk out of his hand, though.
  • Discworld:
    • Subverted in Moving Pictures. When sending for a new archchancellor, the wizards select Ridicully the Brown on the note that he loves nature and speaks to animals and assume that he will be very naive and easy to murder because of this trope. Turns out, he's an avid hunter, his speaking involves yelling at birds to shut up, and damn near impossible to kill to boot. He single handedly stops the University's tradition of Klingon Promotion. It is said that he does a lot for rare animals, mainly, keeping them rare.
    • In Wyrd Sisters the population of the local forest, carnivore and herbivore alike, shows up on Granny Weatherwax's front lawn, in an attempt to silently guilt her into getting a new king of Lancre. Subverted in that her response is to say, "I don't know what's going on, but when it wears off, some of you buggers better be quick on your feet or you'll be lunch."
    • Geoffrey in The Shepherd's Crown is a straight example; a strict vegetarian who hates the idea of hurting any living creature, he has a keen insight into animals and an amazing calming effect on them. Including humans.
  • The Divine Comedy: In her first appearance, the gardener of Eden is surrounded by friendly nature. She lightly stands on yellow and red flowers, the birds sing a perfect harmony with the leaves, and the trees blow in the breeze lightly enough to keep the peace of Matilda's garden.
  • In Dragon Bones, some of the heroic characters show traces of this. Ward is very good with horses, and manages to befriend the fierce stallion that killed his father. Oreg even befriends and talks to a rat-like species of ... ship vermin. Both agree that the Basilik the villain used against them is a beautiful creature, but should better be kept behind bars, so to speak. Their ability to befriend wildlife is limited. It may have something to do with the fact that they both have dragon blood, dragons in this setting being sentient creatures that can communicate with humans ... why would that ability be limited to humans?
  • In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu, a "wild man" created by the gods from clay, initially lives peacefully among the deer and gazelles of the wilderness. After he becomes civilized, however, he loses this aptitude, and the animals now fear him as they would any ordinary human.
  • This is a mixed blessing for Una in The Faerie Queene: On the one hand, an army of forest critters save her from being raped by Sansloy, but then they practically kidnap her and force her to stay with them so they can worship her until she's rescued by Satyrane.
  • The Girl from the Miracles District has a Rare Male Example in Robin. Animals love him, and his very presence seems to give them a high — which ends up being a tad problematic when he has to go board a ferry and the bomb-sniffing dogs are overjoyed to be in his presence.
  • Katie Welker is friends with and telepathically communicates with a neighbor's cat in The Girl with Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts.
  • Gnomes, as detailed in the 1977 bestseller Gnomes, are a whole race that fits the Trope, seeing as they speak fluent Animal. They usually help animals in trouble and are trusted by them. There are a few exceptions, however; they don't like cats and they have trouble getting along with polecats, rats, and similar animals.
  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Gods of Mars, Thuvia can tame with her words the banths that seriously threatened the combined forces of John Carter and Tars Tarkas.
  • The Hobbit:
    • Beorn is a Nature Hero and WereBear who keeps many animals on his plantations, all of whom directly serve with the animal speaking Beorn. Beorn is a vegetarian, doesn't use anything made from dead animals, and lives off a diet of honey and cream from his huge bees. The only animals Beorn will kill are the innately evil Wargs/Wolves, those animals Beorn will kill and skin without hesitation.
    • Thranduil is described as being surrounded by birds and animals when he is first seen. This helps establish that although he has a hard exterior because of being betrayed and abandoned, he genuinely does have a good heart. This is also Tolkien making a conceptual link between ruling a nation and stewardship of the land. Thranduil is not just the King of the elves, but also the caretaker of the forest: not only responsible for the well-being of his subjects, but also for maintaining the balance of nature. His grief at his wife's passing is distracting him from both his ability to rule his people, and his ability to maintain the forest.
  • Prim in The Hunger Games. She brought home her cat Buttercup, who only likes her, as a mangy, worm-infested stray (Katniss wanted to drown him), adores her goat, Lady (Katniss prefers to think of her as a source of milk and money), and utterly failed at learning to hunt because she would cry over and want to heal any animal that Katniss shot.
  • A minor example in Kushiel's Legacy. The novice Liliane looks after the animals of the monastery and its visitors. The main characters' horses trail faithfully after her when she meets them and seem to prosper in her care. It's implied that at some point she suffered a head injury and is "simple" because of it; one character describes her as being touched by the gods.
  • In Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel A Little Princess, heroine Sara Crewe befriends and tames the rat who lives in her attic.
  • In Lord of the Rings, Treebeard and the Ents are this. Merry and Pippin convince them to attack Isengard by pointing to how Saruman has been destroying wildlife. This book also has Tom Bombadil and Goldberry who are very much this trope. Aragorn's healing powers and charisma work on animals as well as people, although he doesn't go out of his way to befriend animals they tend to like him a lot. This reveals him as a descendant of Luthien, and thus the royal line of Númenor. There is also a bond between the Maeras and the Kings of Rohan: the Maeras are semi-divine horses, created by Yavanna. Shadowfax, the white horse Theoden rides into battle at the end of Return of the King is descended from the Maeras. He actually survives the battle, and goes with Gandalf to the Undying Lands. Pretty much universally in Tolkien's mythos: animals like good guys and don't like bad guys.
  • In Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series has a badass male example. Quintus Sertorius, a renegade Roman general and brilliant tactician possess an uncanny ability to attract and tame wild animals (including an eagle at one point.) A barbarian tribe even considers him a servant of the gods after observing him feed a skittish albino fawn from his hand.
  • In Rudyard Kipling's story "The Miracle of Purun Bhagat" from The Second Jungle Book, the title character renounces his worldly goods and becomes a holy man, befriending all of the animals that live in the hills near his shrine.
  • Sings-To-Trees in Nine Goblins. The other elves might pretend they are, but who gets stuck with a problematic unicorn birth or a leaky troll at ungodly hours?
  • In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jerk with a Heart of Gold Mauricio Babilonia is always followed around by swarms of yellow butterflies.
  • In Jim C Hines's The Princess Series, Danielle ("Cinderwench") is often underestimated because she has no obvious skills or magic. However, she can speak to animals and strongly persuade them to agree with her. Beyond that, animals simply like her, and will help her out even if she doesn't ask for (or want) their help.
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero in Hell, Calvin remembers Miranda being like this, as a child, singing to an orchid to make it grow. Mephisto's staff summons creatures but does not make them obedient. Mephisto manages by friendliness.
  • Aretzes in A.L. Phillips's The Quest of the Unaligned become this as one facet of their earth magic. For example, Karetzina of Brighthollow keeps six badgers: Diamond, Jasper, Opal, Beryl, Amber, and Lord Broccoli.
  • Subverted in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, where Ford Prefect stands alone in a field, smiling serenely. A deer comes up and rubs against him, whereupon Ford immediately reaches out and breaks its neck. He attributes the effect to "pheromone control" and notes, "You just need to emit the right smell". Ford learned the technique from a couple of ex-Pralite Monks, whose devotional training gives them amazing mental control. It's specifically mentioned that most Pralite Monks leave the order "just after finishing their devotional training and just before taking their final vows to remain locked in small metal boxes for the rest of their lives."
  • The Secret Garden has two gender-flipped examples: Ben Weatherstaff, who is good friends with the robin who leads Mary to the garden, and Dickon, who has tamed darn-near every creature on the moor.
  • Beren, a hero in Tolkien's The Silmarillion, is helped by forest animals to avoid capture by Morgoth's troops, and converts to vegetarianism out of gratitude. Luthien is also an example. Her (supernatural) charisma also works on animals.
  • Rosie, the heroine of Robin McKinley's Sleeping Beauty novel Spindle's End, has the fairy-given ability to communicate with animals. Later, when she discovers that she's actually the country's missing princess (not a spoiler since the reader knows it from the get-go), the animals around her are shocked by the revelation, but immediately determine that "if she is a princess, then she is our princess."
  • Another Rare Male Example in The Spirit Thief with Eli and spirits. His success as a thief comes from the fact that spirits absolutely adore him and will bend over backwards to do what he asks them for, and he's friends with them in turn.
  • In A Tale of..., Snow White's Wicked Stepmother deconstructs this trope. From her POV, it seems like Snow White has gone mad due to her father's death, to the point where she takes comfort in talking to woodland creatures.
  • In the Tortall Universe by Tamora Pierce:
    • Veralidaine Serrasri of The Immortals gets along famously with animals of all kind right from the start of the story. Somewhat unusually, she does admit to playing favorites with some species (bats and wolves) and disliking others (chickens, who she finds offensively stupid). It turns out her Wild Magic has something to do with it, making animals see her as one of them even before she can control it. And it turns out to go even further than that — of course she and animals will love each other, she's basically a nature demigoddess.
    • Keladry of Protector of the Small has no wild magic, but she has a habit of taking in strays and nursing injured animals even before she goes to the palace for knight training. Once she gets there, the animals become companions and quasi-sentient helpers because Daine's proximity has made them more intelligent and therefore inclined to assist their benefactor.
  • The Underland Chronicles: Boots has this as her 'superpower', even extending to the creepy-crawly ones.
  • Lissa Dragomir from Vampire Academy. She loves animals and they love her. She has her roommate's cat cozying up to her, and heals a raven. That is why Victor and Natalie Dashkov brutalize animals — to see if she can work her spirit magic on them. Unfortunately they tend to be beyond help when she finds them, and the one time they're not beyond help Rose stops her from healing them.
  • Villains by Necessity: Kaylana is always very concerned for the wellbeing of animals she encounters, far more than she is toward humans or other sapients, and relates to their concerns generally. In turn, they're drawn to her and will help Kaylana in various ways. It's downplayed, and due to her power as a druid.
  • Justified for Francis Sandow in two novels and a short story by Roger Zelazny, but only for animals he's designed, on the planets he's created. When a lizard is momentarily frightened of him in one book, it shows he's entering enemy territory.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Beverly Hillbillies: Elly May Clampett is an Outdoorsy Gal from the Ozarks who can effortlessly befriend any animal, from deer to eagles and bears. She can even convince a bird and a cat to get along, although she has mixed results in convincing her animal friends to play nice with her human family.
  • This was subverted in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Bargaining Part 1" in which Willow lures a fawn to her in the forest...and she then slaughters it to collect its blood for the rite which will raise Buffy from the dead.
  • In the The Charmings, the Prince returns home and notices how clean their house is:
    Prince Eric: Had the animals in again?
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Deet starts her journey as an animal caretaker in the Grottan caves. Being attacked by Darkening-affected creatures does nothing to quell her love for animals, which continues even after she reaches the surface. Whenever she can, she tries to befriend all the creatures she meets. Which makes her becoming a Walking Wasteland after absorbing the Darkening to save her friends all the more tragic.
    Deet: (running from a Spitter) "I used to get along with animals!"
  • The Goodies. After Tim Brooke-Taylor becomes Bigfoot (his right foot has swollen from walking around the sides of mountains, looking for legendary creatures) he retreats to the wild (so people will stop laughing themselves to death over the sight of his enormous foot) and becomes friends to all the animals, who join him in a rendition of the "Bigfoot" theme song.
  • Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh can talk to animals and is referred to as Mowgli in Flares — although he often "squanders" his gift by talking to the animals at the zoo about Gary Numan and and dressing the lion up as Adam Ant. Sometimes his boundless charisma does prove useful, however.
    Howard: What about the polar bear?
    Vince: Oh, we got on.
    Howard: You don't "get on" with a polar bear!
    Vince: We did, we just clicked!
  • Legends of Tomorrow gives us Amaya Jiwe. A woman with the ability to harness the abilities of and communicate with animals thanks to the totem she wears around her neck. She even manages to calm a rampaging T. rex at one point, and an angry, giant telepathic gorilla at another point.
  • Odd Squad: Those working in the Creature Control department often fall under this trope. One such person is Agent Ocean, who runs the Creature Room at Precinct 13579 and is a Fluffy Tamer who cares for all sorts of odd creatures, to such an extent that he is more than willing to risk his own life to give one a chance at survival. It helps that he's also incredibly laid-back, and hardly anything fazes him.
  • A male example is given in Power Rangers Wild Force with Cole: a boy raised by a jungle tribe who has the ability to communicate with animals. Naturally he tries to be friends with everyone he meets, including the Org monsters during his second battle, but to no avail when he realizes orgs do not have hearts.
  • The Janitor from Scrubs becomes one of these when he starts wearing a baby blue uniform. While he switches back to gray to regain his "fearitude", he's later shown wearing it off duty, and surrounded by birds again.
  • An episode of Jim Henson's The Storyteller called "Sapsorrow" showed the titular princess having this power. The episode was based on the German folk tale "Allerleirauh" and featured Princess Sapsorrow having her coat made by all her animal friends.
  • Subverted in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, where Cameron says this line after attempting to get a bird to land on her.
    Cameron: Goodbye bird. There's a 51% chance I wouldn't have killed you.
  • Sookie from True Blood. Right in the first episode she is licked by a stray dog and her grandma's cat is shown purring in her arms while she's having a dream.
  • Musashi Haruno from Ultraman Cosmos, a Martial Pacifist who hopes that some day humans and kaiju will be able to coexist peacefully, as he believes that giant monsters have the right to live in peace so long as they don't deliberately disrupt the peace of other beings. Cosmos himself thinks the same way, which is probably why he picked Musashi as his human host. In fact they've even successfully befriended a few of the monsters they've subdued over the course of the series.
  • Ultraman X gives us Musashi's Spiritual Successor in Daichi Oozora, who has many of the same dreams and ideals — also shared by his titular Ultra. Since most of the kaiju in the series are normally in Sleep-Mode Size, Daichi and X keep them in that form and work towards bonding with the creatures and eventually reviving them to their full size.
  • White Collar: Interestingly enough, Neal Caffrey has a soft spot for kids and animals, and as much as people try, he's too charismatic for most of them to resist.
  • Why Women Kill: Bertram Filcott is an Affably Evil variant. Despite being a Serial Killer (albeit of the Obliviously Evil variety), he's well-liked in his community, and has a day job as a vet, which he's quite good at. The narrator notes that the animals under his care genuinely love him. In a dark twist, this makes him very good when it comes time to put a sick or injured pet down—he doesn't like it, but it is very much part of the job, and he's comforting and gentle to both the animal and the owner. While he works, he makes the pet comfortable and gives a sweet speech about how loved they are, and how now their pain can end. He's also quick to assure the grieving owner that it's more merciful to let the pet die painlessly than have them live in pain. It just so happens he applies the exact same logic when deciding whether or not to kill a human.
  • Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman talks with dogs and birds several times. In "The Girl from Ilandia", she gives telepathic commands to the eponymous Ilandian's rescued dog, Tiger. He is apparently imbued by Wonder Woman with the intelligence to understand fairly complex orders and carry them out. Tiger even tracks down Diana Prince rather than Wonder Woman, although he did it by scent.
    Wonder Woman: Tiger, you take care of her and if she's in trouble you come and find me. Understand?
    Tiger: barks (and later carries out these orders to the letter)
  • 7 Yüz: Gökçe of "Biyolojik Saat" has a soft spot for cats, but loves all animals and goes out of her way to help those in need. She quickly demonstrates her aptitude for understanding animals when she captures and calms a perturbed kitty in Metin's apartment.

  • Close to You by The Carpenters.
    Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near?
    Just like me, they long to be close to you.
  • Ben Fold's Five's "Kate" plays on this trope, to an admittedly exaggerated effect:
    She plays "Wipeout" on the drums,
    The squirrels and the birds come
    Gather 'round to sing the guitar
    • And later, "And you can see the daisies in her footsteps," and "She never gets wet; she smiles and it's a rainbow."

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible: Noah managed to get two of every species of every animal to get onto a giant ship and to live peacefully with each other for forty days and forty nights.
  • Saint Francis of Assisi loved animals and, according to legend, the feeling was mutual; he preached to birds, tamed a wolf, and even recreated the Nativity scene. This led to his being named the patron saint of animals. (Next to Buddha, he might be the most commonly featured figure in garden statues, often shown surrounded by birds and other critters.)
  • And Saint Martin of Porres. He's often represented with a dog, a cat, a bird and a mouse... that eat peacefully from the same dish placed at the saint's statue's feet.
  • In the Nart Sagas, Warzemeg assists a number of creatures on his quest to rescue Psatina: an injured hawk, a trapped wolf, a stranded catfish, and baby birds threatened by a snake. For his kindness, they promise to return the favor when he calls.
  • In Greek Mythology, Melampus showed kindness to a dead mother snake as a child, giving it a funeral and raising its young. In gratitude, the baby snakes licked his ears, allowing him to understand animal speech. He eventually won a kingdom and a wife with his powers.

  • Invoked on a postcard sold in the Third Reich which shows Adolf Hitler hand-feeding two roe deers (animals proverbial for their shyness), captioned "Der Führer als Tierfreund" ("The Führer as a friend to the animals"). The picture was taken around 1936 by Hitler's official photographer Heinrich Hoffmann.

  • The Adventure Zone: Balance, Magnus Burnsides is absolutely nuts about animals, especially dogs. He also shows serious reluctance every time he needs to kill an animal, even in self defence. He even hesitates to harm a Hunger-corrupted rhinoceros, which is essentially a mindless mass of destructive energy that was once an animal.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Binder class from Tome of Magic in the 3.5 rules has a vestige that grants an even better ability more in keeping with this trope. Animals start with a default attitude of friendly toward the Binder when this vestige is bound. Animal Empathy, by contrast, requires a check.
    • A subversion can be found in the 2E AD&D monster-books, which describe how ordinary rats or mice will emerge from hiding because they're drawn to a wererat's presence, timidly following the lycanthrope around. D&D wererats, as it happens, are Always Lawful Evil and are Friends to Nobody.
    • An 2E issue of Dragon introduced the liminals, a race of Half Human Hybrids descended from water elementals with the power to befriend marine animals, especially dolphins.
    • Fey in general in the game are like this, but especially nymphs. One edition states that wildlife love them so much that they forget their instincts as far as predator and prey are concerned, and animals who are natural enemies gather together with each other simply to flock around the nymph to be petted and caressed.
  • The Magic: The Gathering card Beloved Chapllain describes a character who charms "all the birds and beasts."
  • Nobilis: everything becomes like this within the confines of the 3e Locust Court, which can end very badly when you leave if you, say, picked up a disease that your body refused to harm. Characters who want to get in on this outside said Chancel can probably get by using the Afflictions system, which allows for things such as "Animals like me (3)", which means that miracles will periodically surround the character with cheerful and happy deer and whatnot, and you will get three miracle points whenever your entourage gets you into trouble.
  • Rifts plays with this trope with the Simvan Monster Riders. They have psionic powers that makes all creatures of animal inteligence level se them as friends. They refuse to violate this trust so they preffer to hunt inteligent prey.
  • In Tales from the Floating Vagabond, characters with the Doolittle Effect can instantly befriend all but the most aggressive animals. The downside is that animals tend to follow the PC around, seeking their attention and affection.

  • In Into the Woods, Cinderella frequently talks to birds, and they appear to understand her. It's apparently not typical behavior, though, as when she asks the birds to carry out tasks for her, Little Red Riding Hood incredulously asks "You can talk to birds?"
  • In Pokémon Live!, Ash is friends to all Pokemon. His memories and pure heart even wreck Giovanni's plan by giving MechaMew2 knowledge of love and right and wrong.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney has three characters like this, except all of them turn out to be the culprits in their respective cases.
    • Acro is constantly loved and flapped around by birds. These birds even attack Phoenix when he starts accusing Acro of murdering the ringmaster (he did, but he was aiming for someone else). The birds desert Acro when he's at his most intense, but come back afterward.
    • In the third game, Dahlia Hawthorne is similarly accompanied by a trio of butterflies most of the time. Said butterflies explode when Dahlia's true nature is revealed.
    • The second Investigations game has Souta Sarushiro/Simon Keyes, an animal tamer from the same circus as Acro. His complete and utter love for the animals around him convinces everyone — Edgeworth included — that he's innocent of the murder in the prison. He’s the client for the second case, so Edgeworth has to defend him. It's all a facade. He has absolutely no sense of trust in anyone except for a single assassin and his seeing-eye dog. Everyone else is just someone to be used to get his revenge on the conspiracy that ruined his life, and his breakdown at the very end of the game reflects that with all the animals beating him up. And while techincally he's not lying about not being the killer for the murder in the prison, he most certainly manipulated the real killer into taking action.
    • Played straight with a defendant and heroic cutie Sasha Buckler from Dual Destinies. She adores every creature and has a sweet bond with the whale, which she adorably sings to sea shanties, uses an anchor-shaped whistle to issue tricks to her whale, and even wears arm floats when she can swim. Also played straight with her equally pretty predecessor, Azura Summers who is shown using a whistle to sing with her whale friend. Then there's her boyfriend who is another seemingly Nice Guy culprit. Of course there's the fact he never actually killed the victim and the supposed murder was a total accident, not to mention, he does genuinely like all the animals in the aquarium save for one orca he blames for the death of his girlfriend, the aforementioned Azura. He later makes amends with that orca when he learns Azura actually died due to the heart condition she had. So in a sense he's somewhat Double Subverted.
  • Gundam Tanaka from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a very strange example of this, as although he is a world-renowned animal trainer and lectures anyone who will listen on the proper treatment of animals, he also believes he is a powerful Dark Wizard, aspires to rule the world, and refers to his hamsters as 'The Four Dark Gods of Destruction' This shows even in his execution scene, as the first thing he does before facing his literally incoming death is to put his hamsters out of the stampede's range so they won't be harmed.
  • Rapunzel is this in the Dark Parables series, being the blessing conferred upon her by the nature goddess Flora. She not only gets along with everything living, but she has Swiss-Army Tears which can heal all injuries, and is immune to the Enemy Of All Living Things powers of her little sister Belladonna.
  • Darkstalkers: B.B. Hood is a funny case — plants sprout around her, and butterflies and moles like her far more than is normal, but she does not get along with wolves. (It should be noted that she has a lot of "cute" traits and a less-than-cute personality.)
  • The eponymous protagonist of Dropsy. Humans see his monstrous appearance and are convinced he's a Monster Clown (he's not), but animals generally like him and trust him implicitly — indeed, his dog and the other two Loyal Animal Companions he picks up during the game are necessary to solve puzzles, and Dropsy cares for them in turn. Dropsy also seems to be able to understand their speech, though he is mute himself.
  • The player character in the Endless Ocean games is this, as he/she befriends and learns about various sea life by petting it. The second game subverts it a little by allowing you to get attacked, but you defend yourself with a stun gun which explicitly has healing properties rather than anything lethal.
  • In Fable if you get your good rating high enough, butterflies start flying around you. If you get your evil rating high enough, flies do the same.
  • The "Animal Friend" perk in Fallout makes you this (somewhat). The first rank of it makes it so animal enemies won't attack you. The second makes animals attack enemies (except other animals, which they already do anyway making the 2nd rank practically useless).
  • Hermes, before he became Fandaniel in Final Fantasy XIV is a tragic example. He loves all his creations in Elpis, and is incredibly distraught when his fellow Ancients decide which lives or dies. When one of his creations, Meteion, reports that every star in the universe her sisters visited is either dead, dying, or destroyed immediately upon arrival and snaps, Hermes himself becomes overwhelmed by existentialism and allows Meteion to escape to the edge of the universe, kickstarting the conflict of the main storyline of the first eight years of the game.
  • Henry from Fire Emblem: Awakening. He is even able to communicate with animals and plants alike!
  • Princess Kenny in South Park: The Stick of Truth has two abilities that call on animals. One calls a unicorn, and the other involves him singing to summon a swarm of rats. He is a princess, after all. The trope is parodied if the player messes up the action commands they have to do to make the abilities work, however, and can result in Kenny being impaled by the unicorn or devoured by the rats.
  • Touhou:
    • Reimu Hakurei, the main protagonist, has shown to feed wild animals by hand, summon birds via whistle, and when the fairies tried to trick her into walking into a lake fish spontaneously formed a bridged under her feet.
    • Satori Komeiji. Thanks to her ability to read minds, all animals love her since she can understand them. Of course, that same ability makes her feared by humans and youkai who don't like having their mind read like an open book.
    • Kasen Ibara, the one-armed, horned hermit, has several exotic pets, and handles all animals well.
  • Warcraft: In World of Warcraft, there is a Druid only glyph by the name of "Glyph of Charm Woodland Creature", which "Allows the Druid to befriend an ambient creature, which will follow the Druid for 1 hour."
  • Yes, Your Grace: Princess Cedani is natural at taming wild animals, with her record by the end of the game consisting of a snail, a hedgehog, a fox and a bear cub. Unfortunately, she's also a Chronic Pet Killer and the last of the list is the only one that can potentially still be alive by the end of the game.

    Web Animation 
  • In Dusk's Dawn Doodlecute's talent is allying herself with nature and plants.
  • Rorschach from Saturday Morning Watchmen is "friend to the animals/When he's not clowning around!"


    Web Original 
  • In Dream's "3 Hunters Finale Rematch" video, Dream seems to get help from animals at every turn. The first portion of the video has him tame wolves that he uses to counter the hunters' own wolves (though this trope is later called into question when he kills one of his own). He also uses a strider to get through the Nether (and later steals one of the hunters' own). When he leaves the Nether and is left to fall to his death, he is later saved by a horse (as clicking on a horse to ride it negates fall damage). And then, when swimming away from the hunters, he gets four dolphins on his side, giving him a massive speed boost. And Dream outright lampshades this trope, referring to himself in the bonus video as a Disney princess.
  • In Little Nuns, the nun with the curly lock turns out to be a prodigy in animal raising and befriending. Not only does she have decent knowledge of all the animals she stumbles upon, she also raised an ostritch until it hatched and is on good terms with the monastery's stable animals too. Her parents ran a farm and animal sanctuary, which explains where she gets it from.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Wife: Simone, the titular manic-pixie, is concerned for animals and she starts rescuing them from a pet shop in the episode "Something for Profit". When she throws an under-sea-themed dinner party for her husband Chance, she claims their pet fish Morrissy insisted to join them, too.
  • Ping Ping from Savage Divinity is an ancient turtle larger than a T. rex, who eats Kraken on the side. Despite this she goes out of her way not to hurt anyone undeserving and has baby rabbits sleeping in her shell on occasion.
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-999 is a Blob Monster that loves all living creatures, even omnicidal eldritch abominations like SCP-682.
  • Whateley Universe example: Aquerna, who is kind and innocent, and has a special bond with squirrels and chipmunks. They'll do whatever she tells them to, and they'll follow her around.

    Western Animation 
  • Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender, as the Avatar, automatically bonds with animals and spirits of all types. His successor, Korra, was the first person to ever tame a polar bear dog and became quick friends with Pabu. Avatar Wan could also fall under this: after not eating for days he finds a Catdeer caught in a net; instead of eating it he rescues it from a group of hunters. This Catdeer resultingly becomes his loyal companion Mula. Wan was devoted to protecting all life, as when Raava and Vaatu were fighting he wanted them to stop due then endangering the lives of animals and spirits.
    • Other Air Nomads seem to follow in Aang's tradition. His grandchildren especially all seem to have this trait to varying degrees. Jinora is able to bond with the spirt animals as she first meets them, Ikki is able to organize a tea party with baby sky bison after first meeting them, and Meelo goes from playing with a single flying lemur to training an entire flock of them to land in sync.
  • Betty Boop — and since Everything Talks in her cartoons, "living things" encompasses everything from bedroom furniture to trees and flowers.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers:
    • Ma-Ti, and not necessarily an extension of his Heart Power; in his introduction sequence he calmly faces a jaguar about to eat his future pet monkey Suchi and manages to save the latter without throwing an attack against the former.
    • The girls of the Five-Man Band are a bit like this as well. In her first appearance the Tsundere Linka is seen playing music for a bunch of birdies, who then bring her the Wind Ring; during hers, Team Mom Gi is wind-surfing and playing with a dolphin as she gets the Water Ring.
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost has the titular character try to make friends with anyone (humans and animals). At least most of the cartoons will have Casper trying to befriend an animal.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Numbuh Three loves animals (showing maternal affection towards some of them) and they adore her. Even the Crazy Cat Lady's trained attack cats show affection toward her, much to the villain's dismay.
    • Numbuh One seems to have a way with animals too in "Operation: F.E.R.A.L.", where he befriends a herd of Rainbow Monkeys (large ones) and at the end of the episode, sics them on the Delightful Children.
  • The Cramp Twins:
    • Dirty Joe is a magnet for animals who like him for the way he smells. However, he seems rather indifferent towards them and flees when a herd of animals are chasing after him.
    • Lucien's case depends on the episode. He loves animals and sometimes he gets along with them, but he usually doesn't have much luck. In "Homeless Joe", he only attracts animals after he makes himself smell bad.
    • Lucien's friend Tony is better with animals than him because of his upbringing. He tamed Mrs Winkle's puppies with relative ease and helped them befriend Lucien.
  • Mocked again in Drawn Together, where one team loses their food privileges and makes do by tricking Princess Clara into singing so they can eat the adorable woodland creatures that show up whenever she does. Also a subversion, as Princess Clara is not very friendly.
  • Missy from The Fairly OddParents is very kind and friendly to everybody regardless of their character and she even has butterflies fluttering around in the episode "Finding Emo."
  • To a certain extent, Emily from the children series version of The Future Is Wild. Then again, it's more like she's the friend of species she wants to be friends with, though almost invariably any animal species she wants to contact with becomes friendly with her.
  • Grojband: Laney appears to be friendly to all animals, even feral flame rats and bees.
  • Jana of the Jungle often communicates with the animals of the rain forest, and they obey her commands, especially when innocent people need to be rescued.
  • Kaeloo: The titular character is a Nature Lover who loves animals, plants and even non-living things. This aspect of her character is taken so far that one time, a mutated giant insect tries to attack her friends and Kaeloo stops Mr. Cat from killing it because it deserves to be loved.
  • Blythe Baxter from Littlest Pet Shop (2012) loves to spend time talking and interacting with the LPS regular residents and any visiting pet that stops by as the episode's guest animal of the week.
  • Charlotte from Making Fiends is so good that even Vendetta's artificially created fiends cannot help but become her friends.
  • Mia from Mia and Me is able to bond with unicorns in Centopia, which are said to be shy around most other elves, and also understands their language. Panthea's pet cat, Ziggo, also seems less hostile towards her compared to other characters that aren't Panthea. This aspect of her character is even more pronounced during the second season, when Mia is staying at her grandfather's farm during her summer vacation, getting along with the animals there and even bonding with a horse that had difficulty trusting humans due to his bad experiences with his previous owners.
  • Molly of Denali: Tooey is an animal whisperer who takes good care of multiple huskies. He wishes to be a musher like his father someday.
  • In Moral Orel, who better than God to have this power? In the opening sequence, a bluebird lands on God's finger and it has to be flicked away.
  • Mr Krbec and his Animals: Kindly Mr Krbec loves animals. He has a tom-cat, befriends an owl and a jackdaw and later becomes a beekeeper. In turn, his animals adore him.
  • Mr Scatterbrain in The Mr. Men Show is always seen with an animal friend which he pulls out of nowhere.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Fluttershy certainly gets along with the animals, acting as a loving mother figure to everything in the animal kingdom. Justified, as it's her job to care for the animals surrounding the town, be they cute bunnies or the guardian of the underworld. And even animals who have never met her before fear her stern gaze or a harsh scolding from her; everything from a full-grown dragon to a cockatrice that was turning her to stone has backed down. Her tendencies gets explored in the episode "Bats!", where Fluttershy tries to defend fruit bats from being driven off of Applejack's farm, even when they are going to destroy her crops. While it takes some persuasion, Fluttershy is ultimately portrayed as in the right. "The Best Night Ever" reveals that it's actually Serious Business for her. She becomes determined to make friends with all the animals in the Gala's Garden whether they like it or not.
      Fluttershy: You're...going to LOVE ME!
    • Spike as well, though not to the intensity of Fluttershy. He stands up to other dragons to defend baby phoenixes at the cost of the friendship with them he desperately wanted, he's absolutely delighted by the sight of the breezies, and he's very possibly the first Equestrian ever to actually trust, befriend, and stand up for a changeling. Even his relationship with the ponies counts, as most dragons are irreverent to ponies at best.
  • PAW Patrol: Birds really like Marshall.
  • The Perils of Penelope Pitstop: Penelope Pitstop often uses animals to escape her perils.
  • Samurai Jack: Unless he's hunting for food or needs to defend himself, Jack shows all animals he encounters, both Earthly and otherworldly, plenty of respect that they seem comfortable around him.
  • Parodied in an episode of The Simpsons: Homer briefly has a spiritual awakening after seeing God in a dream had while skipping church. As he talks to Lisa about this, several animals light on his hands and shoulders. Smash Cut to Homer in the shower, the animals still there.
    Homer: Guys, please, will you give me five minutes?
  • All The Smurfs in general are friends of all animals (except Azrael) and animals try to help them, although Papa Smurf and Nat are the more nature-oriented.
  • Stan Marsh of South Park is a more jaded and snarky example, but he definitely qualifies, even more so than Butters. He refused to shoot a rabbit as early as Season 1, gave up entirely on meat for baby cows, and was the only one determined to stop the Japanese from killing whales and dolphins. The Stick of Truth calls back on this with his dog Sparky accompanying him in battle, and he feels guilty when he decapitates the head of a zombified version of Princess Kenny's unicorn. In "Woodland Critter Christmas", he (reluctantly) protects the Woodland Critters from an evil mountain lion. He is dismayed to learn the mountain lion he killed had cubs and is even more horrified when the Critters were trying to give birth to the Anti-Christ and were actually Satanic Worshipers. He does end up teaming up with the mountain lion cubs.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars has Jar Jar Binks, of all people, befriending a sea monster to help stop a Separatist occupation.
  • Ezra Bridger from Star Wars: Rebels can use the Force to bond with animals, including savage creatures like fyrnocks. As the seasons pass he improves greatly, surpassing his mentor in the scope and depth of connection, and by Season 4, he's gotten strong enough to attract wild animals Disney Princess-style even when he's not consciously trying to. Unusually for this trope, he's also used it with The Dark Side, channeling his anger and fear into nearby creatures to drive them mad with rage and sic them on enemies.
  • Rose Quartz from Steven Universe saw the beauty in all things, no matter how "gross" or undesirable others might view them, which caused her to lead a rebellion against her Homeworld to defend Earth and all its life from being wiped out. It's ultimately deconstructed however, as Rose views all non-gem life largely the same, either as something cute and silly that she can have fun with or something simple and helpless that she needs to protect. When confronted with the fact that humans experience the same complexity and intensity of emotions that gems do, she has no idea how to react.
    • Steven himself seems to have inherited his mother's love of life in all its forms. He's quick to establish a bond with Lion, befriends a goat which he names "Steven Jr", and even holds a door open for a crab at one point. He treats humans, Gems, and animals all with the same degree of respect.
  • Inexplicably, Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) is able to make the pigeons of New York do his bidding, and his kindest moments in the series are usually with animals.
  • Friend to Other Living Things example: In Tom and Jerry, all nonhuman, non-cat animals instinctively side with Jerry and will protect him from Tom's attacks.
  • Total Drama:
    • Bridgette is a vegetarian, finding creatures to be friends and not food. In World Tour she befriends a bear.
    • Beth, being raised on a barn, also gets along well with many of the animals. Her favorite one is her pet pig whom she calls Big Bertha. She even claims to have signed up for Total Drama Island so she can find a boy who likes barn animals as much as her.
    • Izzy seems to get along better with animals than people, befriending prairie dogs, camels, beavers, and a snake with ease (although the last one bit her).
    • A very interesting twist on Alejandro's character. While he usually feigns friendship with nearly every contestant, up until they out live their usefulness and he betrays them, he does have an unusual handle over animals.
    • From the second generation cast, Dawn is arguably one of the biggest examples of this on the show. She spends most of her free time interacting with various creatures. Even the mutant animals seem to like her.
    • From the third generation cast, there's Ella, who can tame animals just by singing to them.
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race: Ennui is liked by animals without trying. This helps him catch rabbits easily in "Down And Outback" and put the rings on a narwhal's horn in "Lord Of The Ring Toss". However, there are also animals who fear the Goths, like komodo dragons.
  • Transformers:
    • Prowl of Transformers: Animated isn't only a male-version, he's a giant alien robot. The savage Dinobots listen when Prowl speaks (... well, sometimes). He even has a room with a hole in it that has a tree growing through.
    • Beachcomber, from the original cartoon, seems to have a special connection with birds, and even learned their language!
  • The Kratt brothers in Wild Kratts; no animal is even slightly wary of these two humans.
  • Winx Club: Roxy is the fairy of animals, so every animal from a bird to a white tiger loves her. (Yes, she picks up a white tiger cub and pets it like it's a good little kitty.)
  • Zeta from The Zeta Project is a rare male robot example. Animals can sense the hostile intent of several humans in the series, but since Zeta is an Actual Pacifist and gentle person, they gravitate to him.

    Real Life 
  • Steve Irwin loved most animals, and while he may have wrestled an awful lot of crocodiles, it was always to help them (by relocating them to safe places). There wasn't an animal on Earth he was afraid to hang around (except maybe hippos), and he was extremely devoted to his dog Sui, to the very end. Irwin did say there was one type of animal that never got along with him — surprisingly, that was birds. He used to say that if he was ever killed by an animal, not to blame the animals because they were just protecting themselves from this scary ape-thing that was intruding on their territory. Unfortunately, after Steve Irwin died in a freak accident with a stingray while diving, many people forgot/ignored this and went on stingray killing rampages.
    • His family carries on the tradition, with widow Terri and kids Bindi and Robert continuing his legacy at the Australia Zoo. Robert in particular seems to have inherited his father's way with animals, as he frequently feeds the crocs and posts many videos on his Twitter account in which he engages with various creatures. Betsy the curlew isn't entirely fond of him, but he's working on her "anger management" issues.
  • Bob Ross from The Joy of Painting would often times show the audience wounded or orphaned animals that he and a local lady would take care of until they were old enough or healed enough to be released back into the wild. Bob would also often tell stories on the show about all the animals he had living in and around his house in Florida. He said he would release the animals into the wild, but they would often times stick around anyway and partake in the food he kept leaving out for them.
  • André the Giant loved animals and kept many on his North Carolina ranch because he liked that, unlike people, they didn't stare at him all the time.
  • According to Ripley's Believe it or Not, Elie Gourbeyre of Nouara, France could lure any bird to her shoulder by merely crooking her finger. This lasted only from the time she was six until she was twelve years old.
  • Values Dissonance: This type of character is almost Always Female... in North America and Northern Europe! In Latin America and Southern Europe... well, back then, it was a tomboy (Artemis / Diana the Greco-Roman goddess of wildlife). Nowadays it is a guy (Francesco D'Assisi). While in the USA it is often considered typical that All Girls Like Ponies — in many parts of the world this automatically marks you a tomboy.
  • American TV personality and bear attack victim Timothy Treadwell really, really wanted to be this trope, and many of the film stubs he left behind show him playing with and adoring wild animals. Unfortunately (unlike Steve Irwin) he had very little practical sense for conservationism and probably did more harm than good, not to mention he was eventually killed by a bear who didn't reciprocate his fondness. His life was dramatized in Grizzly Man.
  • Capybaras are known for getting along quite well with other species, even cats (who usually hunt rodents).
  • Kelvin Peña, aka Brother Nature, has made an entire vlogging career out of being able to befriend any animal he comes across.