November 9, 2012

Five Animals From Fiction I'd Love To Own

In real life, I might be a crazy cat lady. Even if I don't own dozens and dozens of them, the lifestyle just suits my personality. Few things can pull me out of a bad day faster than cuddling with one of my cats or playing with a friend's dog. That effect is maximized if there are kittens or puppies involved - I make high pitched noises and flail. This tends to happen whether I see them in real life or on the printed page or on screen on the television or internet. I like animals, okay?!

So after recently finishing my first viewing of Avatar: The Last Airbender (SO GOOD) and falling for Appa and crying repeatedly during the episodes when he was lost, I got to thinking about which other critters from fictional series and books I'd like to call my friends - I don't know if pet is exactly the right word for any of these guys.

Appa
Besides being impossibly cute and sweet, Appa is loyal and saves the day repeatedly. Aang and company would be screwed repeatedly if they didn't have the air bison to hop upon and fly away. Appa hauls them all over the nations! He's key to battle, too, and the series would have been entirely different without him.

Lockheed
I happen to adore Kitty Pryde, but even if I didn't, I'd still love her companion. The cat-sized creature is part of a dragon-like extraterrestrial race. Duh. He flies, breathes fire, and can understand human speech. He's saved Kitty's life a few times and has been her companion for years. What's not to love about a miniature almost-dragon? See more great pictures of Lockheed here.

Hedwig
As much as I respected owls, I was mostly scared of the birds of prey until I got to know Hedwig. I'm still a little frightened by them, but Harry Potter's pet, protector, and messenger at least allowed me to relate to them differently. She is fierce, and you get the impression she always knows exactly what is being asked of her. I'd never feel like I had an important enough task to give her.
Random fact: she was actually portrayed by male birds in the films because female snowy owls aren't completely white.

K-9
Just because K-9 was built instead of born doesn't make him any less awesome. He's smart, has an incredibly handy laser weapon, and can get into small places. He might require some regular maintenance, but he doesn't require walks - yay minimal clean-up! He's pretty much the perfect animal - er, animal-like - pal.

Direwolf
I can't pick just one of the Starks' direwolves - they have all shown their faithfulness and ferocity. It has to be traits of the species. Grey Wind, Summer, and Ghost have saved the lives of their humans. I can't think of a better protector. If I were going to be walking alone on the King's Road in a world like Westeros, I'd want one of these animals at my side.

Which animals from fiction do you want to bring home?

15 comments:

  1. I would argue that Hedwig is a real animal used in a fictional way.

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    1. I was choosing animals in fictional shows or books. I apologize for the confusion and perhaps not wording the title as well as I could have.

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  2. My contribution - Ohmu!
    http://non-aliencreatures.wikia.com/wiki/Ohmu

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  3. I'd love a kneazle, like Crookshanks! Or a Narnian mouse, like Reepicheep...although not both in the same house at once. :) I also love the little fire lizards from Anne McCaffrey's Pern series - like a dragon, but without all the work of a giant one!

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  4. I'm with Michelle -- a kneazle would be awesome, since I'm a cat lady to begin with! And if you've ever read Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet, well, I've always wanted a cat like Faithful.

    But if we're talking non-cats, I would totally have to agree with you on Appa!

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  5. Haha nothing wrong with liking animals! ^^ I call myself a 'cat-man' so from fiction I'd naturally want to own Jones from 'Alien'/'Aliens' ^^ A born survivor, so he is! I'd mainly show him that there are people who can handle cats decently (as much as I love the franchise, the one thing that irritates me about it is how Sigourney Weaver looks like she's nearly throttling the poor thing!)

    Also, I'd love to meet (not necessarily own) the Two Brothers (from the beautiful film of the same name)...For obvious reasons! ^^

    Also, from Bond, I'd like to meet Blofeld's cat...Maybe he's a lot nicer than Blofeld himself is! :P

    But despite all the felines, one of my favourite fictional pets is Milo from 'The Mask'...That scene where Ipkiss tells him he's going to be there for a long time just activates the ol' tear ducts!

    AM

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    1. Man, I STILL need to watch Alien.

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    2. Oh cool; you'll have to let us know what you think after you do. ^^

      (Glad I haven't really spoiled anything for you there...Though most of the impotant things are common knowledge nowadays :P Hope you enjoy!)

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  6. Falcor, clearly! And all these people agree with me, http://wholovesfalcor.tumblr.com/

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  7. What's not to like about a direwolf? Definitely on my list! I'd also like to have Shadowfax, the horse which carries Gandalf Grey across Midgard.

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    1. Shadowfax is an excellent choice!

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