That title makes me cackle so much. Lucky for all of us, this post isn’t about the creepy furries. This post is about the cute and sometimes fluffy ones.
One of my favourite tropes in fantasy is the animal companion. That cute and fluffy side kick always makes a story 1000% better. Sometimes they die and break our hearts, and other times they create some hilarious entertainment or just general good companions. Plus animals are awesome, much better than people (this is why I’m becoming a vet. To save animals, not gross humans)
Reading NEVERNIGHT made me realise I actually have a lot of favourite fictional animals. Mister Kindly (if he can count as an animal) and Bastard were only two new additions to an extensive list. And since Alise and I are struggling for post ideas, I thought I’d share some of my favourite fictional animals.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, just the ones I could think of off the top of my head. I’m probably forgetting some incredible animals. You can berate me about them in the comments.
Dove and Corr in The Scorpio Races
You bet there’s going to be a lot of horses in this list! What I love about Dove and Corr are the relationships they have with Puck and Sean, respectively. Both are gutsy horses willing to do anything for their riders, and I doubt they’d try half as hard if someone else was on their backs.
Kiki and the Sandseed horses from the Study Series
Okay so I thought I’d be nice and get the horses over with quickly for you. Kiki and the gang are hilarious and smart horses who I’m glad played such a big role in MAGIC STUDY and sequels (they weren’t in POISON STUDY). They provide some great comic relief but are also have their own unique personalities.
Abraxos from Throne of Glass
First off Abraxas is awesome because WYVERN, but his appeal goes beyond being a mythical creature. This beast is a fighter, with some extreme determination and strength, going from underdog to a leader. Plus that bond he has with Manon is amazing. They’re going to achieve amazing things (again, I haven’t read EMPIRE OF STORMS yet so please please please not even the slightest hint of spoilers)
Fleetfoot from Throne of Glass
Fleetfoot is such a cute little puppy and brilliant dog. She popped up at the perfect times in the first few books, and I really missed her in QUEEN OF SHADOWS. I’m hoping she has a bit of a bigger role in EMPIRE OF STORMS (which I haven’t read yet, and I don’t want to know a single thing about) and doesn’t die because that will break me.
Direwolves from A Song of Ice and Fire
It’s so cool that each of the Stark kids got their own wolf to grow with them. But unfortunately most are dead now, which isn’t cool. In any case the wolves were amazingly loyal and great protectors. And interesting wyrg vessels too… I really need to catch up in the books to read more about these fascinating creatures.
Buruu from The Lotus War
DID SOMEONE SAY SASSY GRIFFIN?! Buruu is a thundertiger and a badass. One of the sassiest animals you’ll even meet, he had me in stitches. He was also the source of a lot of tears with his loyalty and bravery and bloody amazingness.
Tell me about your favourite fictional animals!
If you were a fictional character, what would your animal companion be?
Mine would most likely be an equine of some variety with some awesome powers, surprise surprise. Also a sassy sarcastic little shit because we’d have to banter.
Although tbh my cat would also make a pretty interesting animal companion. He’s loud and judgemental enough.