Ten Animal Companions You Don’t See in Fantasy

From the wizard’s familiar to the ranger’s best friend, animal companions are a common trope in fantasy games, books, and movies. But while there are a few species that seem to get all of the love (wolves, cats, ravens, tiny dragons, etc.) there are plenty more than won’t be standing nobly beside our heroes anytime soon. Here’s ten of them…

1. Alligator – Could be risky if you forget to feed it, but having this thing curled around your chair at a tavern would definitely add to your intimidation factor, if nothing else.

2. Emu – I hear these things are actually quite fierce, but who could take you seriously with a big chicken following you around?

3. Koala – For some reason, Australian animals never make it into fantasy worlds, which is a shame. These guys are so cute!

4. Kangaroo – See number 3, also, you know he’d have bonus points in unarmed combat.

5. Sloth – This one was suggested by a fan of mine who wanted one for his assassin character, though I really hope his target isn’t going anywhere for a while.

6. Beta fish – I just like the idea of a ranger carrying around a fishbowl with him everywhere. “Raxis, what do your fishy senses reveal about this area?”

7. Elephant seal – Limited mobility, but trust me, you’d demand respect!

8. Humming bird – Likely to have a hyperactive personality, but all that speed has got to come in handy.

9. Armadillo – It comes with its own armor!

10. Cockroach – Useful for rogues trying to scout out a place. Definitely would add a negative charisma modifier though.

What other animals can you think of that don’t show up as fantasy hero companions? Comment below!

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5 Replies to “Ten Animal Companions You Don’t See in Fantasy”

      1. Good idea! I wasn’t even thinking in terms of urban fantasy or similar modern settings, but that’s a great suggestion! 🙂

  1. A skunk would make for a potent familiar. It could also be great for clearing out areas that a thief wants to rob. Perfect if your character has lost its sense of smell through some unfortunate accident!

    1. Great idea! If you’re playing D&D, you could say it has a toxic cloud ability, and if it gets to a high enough level… Cloudkill! 😀

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