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He can't be without it.

"AAAAAAAUGH! I need my blanket! I admit it! Look at all of you! Who among you doesn't have an insecurity? Who among you doesn't depend on someone, or something, to help you get through the day? Who among you can cast the first stone? How about you, Sally? You with your endless "Sweet Babboos"? Or you, Schroeder? You with your Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven?! And you, Lucy, never leaving Schroeder alone, obsessing over someone who doesn't care if he ever sees you again? What do you want?! Do you want to see me unhappy? Do you want to see me insecure? Do you want to see me end up like Charlie Brown?! Even your crazy dog, Charlie Brown. Suppertime, suppertime, suppertime! Nothing but suppertime 24 hours a day! ARE ANY OF YOU SECURE?!"

As defined on The Other Wiki, "A security blanket is any familiar object whose presence provides comfort or security to its owner, such as the literal blankets often favored by small children."

When you deal with small children, it is a common sight to see them carrying something such as a blanket or stuffed toy. In fact, some children are attached to this object to the point of making it a Companion Cube. There are numerous reasons for this, but the simplest and most common is the fact that, as the definition above says, it provides comfort to the owner.

While blankets are perhaps most common, the Security Blanket can be any object. A toy, a pillow, some kind of trinket. Can also be a type of Magic Feather, giving its owner a bit of confidence where otherwise they would have none. It has also been used, from time to time, to provide cover for a Macguffin.


If the character is separated from their Security Blanket, or it is otherwise destroyed before they're ready to let go, expect the crying and Inelegant Blubbering to commence ad nauseam. Especially, in Real Life.

Can overlap with Girls Love Stuffed Animals. Compare Living Emotional Crutch and the Companion Cube. May be a #1 Dime.


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  • Chef Boyardee: Abby and Bridget still have their Blankies, despite trying to pretend they don't. According to Abby's blanket, she is acting like she is too old to have a Blankie but not for Boyardee Ravioli. (Which makes one wonder how one can outgrow canned Ravioli.)

     Anime & Manga 
  • Attack on Titan: Junior High: Armin has a pink futon called Bigbee that he always has wrapped around himself. He becomes upset if it is taken away from him.
  • A bit twisted in Berserk, since Guts's security blanket is his BFS. He says that he's more at ease when he has it on hand and has a hard time sleeping without it. Of course, he had a very nice time sleeping without it when he was with Casca....
  • Subverted in Black Butler. Ciel says he can't sleep without his preferred pillow, but it was just an excuse to hide the blood on Sebastian's chest.
  • Sawyer throws a fit and then goes unresponsive in Black Lagoon when she loses her Ultravoice.
  • Himeno, the main character of A Centaur's Life still needs to have Mr. Steppy, the bathroom stool she used to use as a child, with her when she uses the bathroom at home.
  • A bit subtle, but Celty from Durarara!! seems to feel this way about her PDA; whenever she's really stressed she holds onto it really tight. Probably justified because it's the only way she can communicate without her head (and possibly because Shinra gave it to her).
  • Erio Towa, the Hikikomori main character of Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl finds it difficult to interact with people without having herself wrapped securely in a futon. Even after getting over the worst of this she finds it soothing.
  • Miko from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is incapable of sleeping without her childhood blanket, even bringing it with her on school trips. Onodera is quick to point out that this isn't normal behavior for a teenager and that she should probably seek professional help. She also listens to "Hot Guys Encourage You" CDs to help her calm down in stressful situations.
  • In Pokémon, Ash's Krokorok loses its confidence when its Cool Shades are taken away from it. Later in XY, the gang encounters a Pangoro, rendered almost catatonic when Clemont's Chespin accidentally burns its bamboo leaf.
  • In Rebuild of Evangelion, Asuka Langley Shikinami is awfully attached to her little red doll... Which is either ironic or creepy when you recall how Asuka Langley Soryu felt about dolls in the original series.
  • In Sands of Destruction, Kyrie claims he never lets his Animal-Eared Headband out of sight. Of course, this is probably less to do with feeling personally attached to it and more that it keeps him from facing the brunt of the Fantastic Racism of the land.
  • Nodoka from Saki can't sleep without her stuffed penguin, Etopen. She's also encouraged to hug it when she plays Mahjong with other people, just as she does online, with the hope of improving her skill.
  • Kiri Komori's blanket in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. The episode where she loses it references Linus.

     Comic Books 
  • The title character of Empowered has her old stuff monkey doll, named Mellow Mr. Monkey. She insists that he has the power to prevent her from having bad dreams. A certain chapter told from the viewpoint of her boyfriend reveals that it doesn't prevent her from having nightmares, it just prevents her from remembering them.

     Fan Works 
  • A Chance Meeting of Two Moons: Literal example with Artemis, who tends to sometimes bury himself under a fortress of clothes and blankets in his closet.
  • In the Frozen (2013) modern AU fanfic A Snowflake In Spring, Elsa's braid functions as such. She clings to it when nervous or insecure - a great deal of the time - and occasionally covers her mouth with it. Her relying on it less and less is one of the signs that Anna is succeeding in coaxing her out of her shell.

     Film — Live Action 
  • Blazing Saddles:
    Hedley Lamarr: Where's my froggy?! Where's my froggy?!
    Daddy loves froggy. Froggy love daddy?
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy has a small teddy bear that she cuddles for comfort at night following her nightmares of past incarnations.
  • In Best in Show, one of the contestants in the dog show is extremely high-strung (like her owners) and can't function without a specific toy called a "Busy Bee."
  • Amanda from Change of Habit is very attached to her Raggedy Ann doll and gets upset if anyone tries to take it away.
  • Final Destination 5: Glasses-wearing Olivia goes to get eye surgery when she asks if she can have the stuffed bear sitting in the corner of the room. The ophthalmologist performing the procedure says that the bear is meant for little girls... as well as some bigger girls.
  • In L: change the WorLd, Maki has a pink teddy bear that provides comfort for her when ever she's in distress.
  • Laura's backpack in Logan has shades of this. She carries it with her in almost every scene, and gets very clingy and protective of it when Logan tries to nose through it without permission.
  • In Mario (1984), Mario carries his stuffed coyote everywhere. At one point he accidentally drops it off a boat and endangers his life jumping after it.
  • A sad example in The Nanny Diaries: Grayer carries around one of his dad's business cards, which Annie refers to as "a security blanket." Annie questions what kind of culture it is, when a child does this.
  • Leo Bloom in The Producers always had a small piece of his blue blankie in his jacket pocket.
  • In Mr. Mom, Jack Butler's child Kenny carries around a security blanket, which after a heartfelt talk with his dad he ends up discarding.
  • In Ted, Ted himself is a Deconstruction of what happens when the common wish of a child that his Security Blanket was really alive comes true. Even into adulthood John is reliant on Ted to the detriment of his relationship with Lori.

  • In the Arthur and D.W. books, and the television series, Dora Winifred "D.W." Read had "blankie." One of the books and television stories centered around its being lost. One of the title cards in the televisions series depicts her wearing it as a superhero cape.
  • In Discworld, blankets are the primary form of defense against bogeymen. You can either put it over your own head so they won't notice you, or put it over their head to make them think they don't exist.
    • Not a blanket, but Esk in Equal Rites finds comfort in having her wizard's staff close at hand, even when it's disguised as a broom and isn't doing anything to help her.
  • The protagonist of Feline Therapy has anxiety about multiple aspects of their life, and their best coping mechanism is when their best friend Sasha drapes their jacket over them. This jacket is crucial to the story's climax, as a desire to return the gesture restores Izzy's humanity.
  • Drea from Harmonic Feedback used to have a gray blanket named Mr. Fuzzy that she took everywhere. One of the first things she notices about Justin is that his eyes are the same color as Mr. Fuzzy. As a teenager. she has a blue lunchbox that serves the same purpose.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein 's Have Space Suit – Will Travel, Peewee admits she can't sleep at night without her doll Madame Pompadour, even as she admits, "I'm perfectly aware that it's just a doll; I've understood the pathetic fallacy for — oh, years and years!"
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it is important to know where your multi-purpose towel is. At all times.
  • Older Than Radio: Jane Eyre's childhood attachment to her doll:
    "It puzzles me now to remember with what absurd sincerity I doted on this little toy, half fancying it alive and capable of sensation. I could not sleep unless it was folded in my night-gown; and when it lay there safe and warm, I was comparatively happy, believing it to be happy likewise."
  • MARiiMO has Expo Ernie, a stuffed toy Tammy's parents picked up at the 1986 World Fair in Vancouver. She slept with him throughout her childhood and into adulthood. After her parents died, he was her only companion. When Mariimo is activated, Tammy gives Ernie to her, and she becomes obsessed with him. Later, Tammy realizes that she and Mariimo have both taken Ernie's place as each other's friend.
  • Kevin Henkes's picture book, Owen, is about a boy mouse named Owen who carries around a dirty, torn and raggedy yellow blanket that he's named "Fuzzy." His parents and neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, all worry about him carrying it, especially since he's starting school soon. They first try to have him, on the neighbor's advice, give it up to the "blanket fairy," but Owen refuses to put it under his pillow. Then they try the "vinegar trick", where they put his favorite corner in vinegar to which Owen responds by picking a new favorite corner and rubbing the smelly corner in dirt until it no longer stinks. They finally try a hard line, only for Owen to break down and have a crying fit. In the end, his mother makes a part of the blanket into handkerchief that Owen carries with him, a solution that satisfies everyone.
  • Jack from There's More Than One Way Home always carries a black pawn in his pocket to fidget with. He gets very upset if he's separated from his pawn.
  • Wicked Good: As a little boy, Rory wouldn't go to day care without his dump truck, its wheels worn down from spinning.

     Live Action TV 
  • The Boys (2019): When Homelander was growing up, his blanket was his only source of comfort in an otherwise cold and loveless laboratory environment.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy's Security Blanket is apparently her favorite stake, Mr. Pointy. This stake was originally the favored stake of Buffy's fellow Slayer, Kendra, who gave it the name.
      "I guess I don't really have a security blanket...unless you count Mr. Pointy."
    • Buffy uses this trope to explain to a social worker why Spike needs to grab a blanket before leaving the house in daylight.
    • The Angel writers mocked how much Spike needed his coat to boost his self esteem. When it gets exploded in "The Girl In Question", he gets upset and Angel points out he pulled it off a dead slayer.
  • Broad City has Abbi's stuffed toy Bingo Bronson, which Abbi and Ilana both hold onto during unpleasant medical procedures.
  • In an episode of Castle, the title character figures out that the kidnapping of a young girl had to be an inside job because the kidnapper took the girl's security blanket (a plush bunny) as well.
  • In Clarissa Explains It All, it's revealed that Clarissa's brother, Ferguson, still sleeps with his blankie. She was able to sabotage his election for class president by releasing a picture of him with it throughout the school.
  • Stephanie Tanner from Full House had Mr. Bear. Even after the character outgrew carrying the toy it remained a common sight in her bedroom.
  • On Gilligan's Island, Mr. Howell sleeps with a teddy bear, the fact that he needs it being one of his most visible weaknesses.
  • In Honey West, Honey's ocelot Bruce has a baby blanket and attacks anyone who tries to take it away.
  • Murr from Impractical Jokers has one that was supposedly made by his grandmother, and he takes it everywhere he goes.
  • In M*A*S*H, Radar slept with a teddy bear (likely to symbolize his childlike innocence) which he was always a little embarrassed about. However, in the episode where he left the cast (where his going-away party was cancelled due to an emergency rush of wounded shipped in and he had to leave without saying goodbye to anyone) he leaves it behind so they can remember him; Hawkeye and the others find it in the last scene.
    • They place it in the time capsule, representing all the soldiers who came there as boys and left as men.

     Newspaper Comics 
  • When Baby Blues' oldest child was a baby, she was inseparable from her "Boo-Boo Bankie".
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Hobbes. Bill Watterson purposely left it ambiguous as to whether Hobbes was an Imaginary Friend or some magical Living Toy. This aspect of their relationship is showcased most clearly in the series of strips in which Calvin and his parents go to a wedding (with Hobbes being left behind) and come home to find their house has been robbed. Calvin goes into an absolute panic, worried that the robbers might have stolen Hobbes.
  • When Doc Boy visits Jon in a Garfield story arc, it's revealed he hasn't been able to sleep until his mother gives him his old blanket. Also, Garfield has Pooky the teddy bear, and his own blue blanket.
  • Linus and his blue blanket from Peanuts are perhaps the most famous example, and also the Trope Namer as The Other Wiki credits the series for the term "security blanket." An early '60s set of strips showed Linus having a full on nervous breakdown in the time it took for the blanket to run through the washer and dryer. In a Pet the Dog moment for her, Lucy rushes to get it to him before he completely collapses into catatonia. In a less kind moment, Lucy takes the blanket away from him and buries it in an undisclosed location. Linus spends around a week of strips going increasingly-less-quietly nuts and digging up everyone's lawns to try to find it. When Charlie Brown, trying to be helpful, offers to let him borrow a dishtowel, Linus responds "Would you offer a starving dog a rubber bone?" Charles Schulz claimed that Linus' blanket was inspired by blankets like this that his own children carried around, and claimed that he had no idea that he would end up coining the term "security blanket" as a result of it. Funnily enough, Linus eventually began quietly outgrowing it, and in the latter years of the comic the blanket rarely appeared.

     Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street::
    • Ernie has his rubber duckie. He even has a song about it.
    • Sonny Friendly had his teddy bear in The Crying Game Show. The winner of this game show segment was whoever cried the hardest in reaction to the story he told, so when the teddy bear was revealed as the grand prize, Sonny Friendly ended up crying harder than any of the contestants - including the winner, Pierre Blue - and he ended up winning the game over Pierre.

  • The plot in Cirque du Soleil's Mystère kicks off when two babies (played by adults) lose their loveys — a big red ball for the male, a toy snail for the female — and venture out into the world to find them.

     Video Games 
  • Sunday from ClaDun is extremely shy and paranoid around others. The only thing that truly gives her comfort is her sword.
  • Captain Charlie from Pikmin 3 brings a rubber duck with him on every mission because he considers it good luck. His odd love of it becomes an amusing Running Gag.
  • Iris from Sakura Wars, as a result of her being cut off from society by her parents due to her psychic powers, starts off withdrawn and scared of everyone (particularly in the anime adaptation) and holds on to her teddy bear, Jean-Paul.
  • Murasaki from Senran Kagura has a blue bear doll called "Bebeby" who she carries with her whenever she goes outside. It also acts as a Companion Cube for her.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles X, the Zaruboggans are very possessive of their Gorkwa staves, as they are the only way they can safely consume voltant away from their homeworld of Bedun. One of their rites of passage has young Zaruboggans go on pilgrimages to claim their own Gorkwa, which are said not to be made by the Zaruboggans (who in turn claim that Golbogga left them on Bedun). When Arsenican has a child born on Mira (who is seemingly trapped there with the rest of them), the adults realize they may need to make some cultural adjustments to cope with their new home for the time being due to being deprived of the resources their homeworld provided in abundance (in the mean time, Orleron has get by with a Gorkwa taken from another deceased Zaruboggan).


     Web Original 
  • LissySandwich of The Bowlingotter Show has a water bottle and a stuffed Cookie Monster, either of which she holds in front of her eyes during scary moments in horror games.
  • Homestar Runner: According to the Strong Bad Email "bedtime story", The Cheat has a "security... um, item" in the form of "The Denzel", a dirty old sponge covered in bandages and a crudely-drawn face.
  • The official manga for RWBY seems to hint that Ruby Rose wears her cloak with her school uniform as a manner of this trope. Weiss just thinks she just picks and chooses when to be panicky around crowds.
  • In We Are Our Avatars, Asagi Asagiri has Wildcat, her BFG. When it was nearly taken away from her by DNP, she went into a Corner of Woe.

     Western Animation 
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Possession", the Wattersons' old fridge turns out to be a magical storage for emotions and good memories that Richard values too much to let go, until Nicole and Granny Jojo convince him otherwise.
  • After being Trapped In Amphibia, Anne's phone becomes one for her. Not because she's a Phoneaholic Teenager, but because her phone has all of her photos and videos from back home.
  • In the second season of Code Lyoko, Aelita finds a stuffed elf that she recognizes as "Mr. Puck" for some reason, which makes her nightmares go away. It is later revealed that it was a gift from her father, Franz Hopper.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: The Sandman himself can't sleep because he loses his teddy bear.
  • Cow from Cow and Chicken had one in "Cow's Magic Blanket" until Chicken lets the other kids know and they mock her for this, resulting in Cow throwing it away. Then she tells Chicken that blanket was Supercow's source of power and that, without it, there's no Supercow. Upon overhearing this, Red Guy started hurting the other kids, until Chicken rescued the blanket.
  • Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory has a teddy bear named Foozeems. In "Down In The Dumps", when Dexter throws it away, Dee Dee has an Angst Coma of sorts in which she acts like a zombie and repeats "Foozeems, Foozeems, Foozeems" over and over, so Dexter has to go on a quest to retrieve it.
  • Steve of Detentionaire has a lucky towel, which he calls Bub-bub. It has been in his family for generations and is covered in sweat and dirt, but he still carries it around with him everywhere and is absolutely devastated when Bub-bub is stolen. Steve is not only in High School, but also one of the toughest jocks you'll find there. Steve is not ashamed of Bub-bub in the least.
  • Dragon Tales:
    • Cassie's little brother Finn has one.
    • Her little sister Kiki also has one in the form of a purple fruit that she calls "Squishy". When Ord accidentally squishes Squishy, Kiki, who is already in a foul temper for other reasons, gets hysterical. Ord, feeling bad, insists on getting a new Squishy for Kiki; while he and Max are doing so, Kiki makes do with Zak's head though she immediately releases him when she sees Ord carrying the new Squishy.
  • Franklin, the turtle in the books and TV series by the same, had a blue one. At one time, he took it everywhere with him, though eventually he only slept with it. Late in the series, in Back to School With Franklin, he gave it to his little sister, Harriet, who later lent it to Beaver's little brother, Kit.
  • Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are revealed to have one each in The Powerpuff Girls episode, "Pet Feud." Eventually, in the episode "Cover Up", Buttercup was convinced to let it go and passed it to Professor Utonium.
    • Also, Bubbles has her stuffed octopus called Octi, who sometimes gets the Companion Cube treatment, a fact taken advantage of by HIM in one episode.
    • It's a little known fact that Buttercup has another security blanket, which is a stuffed crocodile that she snuggles with while she's asleep.
    • In the comic book story "Bow Jest" (DC Comics, #20), this happened to Blossom when she loses her hairbow in a battle against Princess Morbucks. Buttercup yanks Blossom's chain by stealing it, and Mojo Jojo deduces that the bow must contain some intangible power since Blossom can't function without it. Of all people, it's Bubbles who sets things right and lights a match under Blossom's butt about it.
      Bubbles: It's just a stupid bow!! You're still a Powerpuff Girl whether you have it or not!!
  • In Rugrats, Angelica's ratty old doll Cynthia is her security blanket. She goes ballistic when the babies lose it.

     Real Life 
  • As noted above, "security blanket" originated with Peanuts; insurance companies quickly adopted the term.
    • So did Microsoft, using the term for security features in its Distributed Component Object Model.
    • Project Linus also took the idea and ran with it. Volunteers with this non-profit organization sew, knit, crochet, and quilt security blankets for children and teenagers who are hospitalized or suffer other traumatic experiences.
  • Zooey Deschanel has become known for almost always wearing tights, though it's only been recently that she revealed in an interview that this is mainly because tights are her security blankets.
  • Children often have a stuffed animal or other toy they can't do without. Plenty of adults have stuffed animals, toys, or blankets they need, too. Many of these adults never let go of their childhood security blankets, but some of them developed a reliance on a stuffed animal or blanket in response to trauma or because the item was given by a loved one. Many adults with mental illnesses like anxiety and depression or a disorder like autism rely on security blankets as well (holdovers from childhood or otherwise).


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