While ruminating on the nature of the concept of a sidekick recently, I realized that a lot of our favorite imaginary folk have decidedly non human best friends.  Han Solo has Chewbacca, Chameleon Boy has Proty II, Walter Nebicher has Automan.  Heck, there was even that girl who fell in love with Autobot Powerglide, although there were other issue at play there.  When it comes to fictional friends, the idea that they have to be human (or even humanoid) becomes a secondary concern.  Experiment 626, better known as Stitch, probably said it best when he reminded us that “Ohana means family”, regardless of your number of legs or whether you were created in a lab, leading to today’s oxytocin-bonded query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) notes that, growing up when I did, I’m having a hard time choosing between KITT from ‘Knight Rider’ and V.I.N.Cent from ‘The Black Hole’, making me think I want a friend with a high-falutin’ accent whose job is to education me, asking: Which non human best friend in fiction would you want to be your constant companion?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Terriermon from Digimon. He’s a weird little bunny thing that can turn into a weird larger bunny thing with gun hands, another larger armored bunny (which also comes in a golden form through Digi-Egg armor) and a bunny mecha.

    Alternately, K-9 from Doctor Who. Doesn’t matter which version, just gimme a retro robot dog from the future.

    • I am 42 year old guy, and whenever Terriermon digivolves and his partner says something to the effect of “Hey, he has pants now!” I giggle.

  2. Jake the dog from Adventure Time. He would safely help me get over my terrible fear of heights. Having a magic dog would probably drop the rate of human stupidity in my general area significantly as well.

  3. Hmm, if it was constant companion, then probably some super advanced A.I. like Cortana from HALO games. It would be super useful in many ways: Work, studies, figuring out best odds for sports betting etc.

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