These are the greatest inter-species friendships around!
It’s a tale as old as time: Beauty and the Beast, a boy and his dog, and… Tammy and Birdman?! Friends have been crossing the species boundary for as long as…well, for as long as there’s been friendship! The bestest of besties don’t have to both be human, or animal, or alien. They can be any combination of species and still be pals, thanks to the law of opposites attracting — and we do mean opposites!
Sometimes it’s a shared devotion to duty and for others, it’s an adventure that brings them together. Regardless of how they came to be, we’re glad these classic friendships were forged! To celebrate camaraderie in all its forms, we’ve compiled a list of 12 iconic inter-species friendships!
Spock and Kirk
It’s not a secret that Star Trek changed Sci-fi forever , and the friendships it forged are some of the strongest in the galaxy. Mr. Spock (half human, half Vulcan and all logical) and the red-blooded Captain Kirk are colleagues and friends, though seemingly unlikely…at first. Both men are dedicated Starfleet officers loyal to justice and equality. With their combined strengths, they can accomplish any mission. In the words of Spock to Kirk: “I have been… and always shall be… your friend.”
Winnie the Pooh and Piglet
A true inter-species classic, Pooh and his very best friend, wee little Piglet are the epitome of best friend goals. When Piglet needs to summon the courage to be brave in a crisis, he just has to look to his big bestie for some gentle encouragement. Insecure Piglet seeks reassurance from the humble bear and asks “We’ll be friends forever won’t we?” Pooh Bear’s sweet response? “Even longer.”
Han Solo & Chewbacca
The archetypal friendship between man and beast is Han Solo and his PIC (partner in crime), Chewbacca. Star Wars has plenty of inter-species (and droid) friendships, but none are stronger than a scruffy-looking nerf herder and his big walking carpet. Not only does their bond cross species, it also crosses an insane language barrier! Even if a Wookie life debt wasn’t involved, we know Chewie would never leave Han’s side. Theirs is truly a bromance that could (and should) happen in this — and every — galaxy far, far away.
Superman & Jimmy Olsen
The Man of Steel may look human, but his true identity is Kal-el, the Kryptonian. This brooding loner doesn’t call his hideout The Fortress of Solitude for nothing! Solitary Superman did manage to make himself a human friend on his new home planet though… Jimmy Olsen! The young photojournalist working for the Daily Planet and Superman become pals — despite one having a penchant for tights and the other for bowties. Their friendship stabilizes Supes when he is at his lowest, and helps remind him that while flawed, humans are inherently good.
Snoopy & Woodstock
While there are many friendships in the Peanuts universe, there are none quite as loyal as Charlie Brown’s beagle Snoopy and his yellow feathered friend, Woodstock. Here we have another pair breaking down language barriers to become a team, surviving many (often imaginary) adventures together. To quote Charlie Brown, “friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s all about the friend who comes and stands by your side in bad times.” Hang onto this friend, Snoopy — you’ve got a pal for life!
Ghostbusters & Slimer
Pet? Sidekick? Mascot? Frenemy? He’s Slimer! Even though the delightfully gooey ball of pure ectoplasm haunted Venkman, Egon, Winston, and Ray (and slimed all their equipment), their precarious friendship survived trans-dimensions. Sure, this friendship didn’t develop until the Ghostbusters cartoon, but that doesn’t make it any less real. You’ll need a super strong proton stream to drag this ghost away from his human frenemies!
Shepard & Grunt
Shep is comrade in arms with Grunt, a pure male Krogan through the Mass Effect trilogy. These battle buddies have each others back and have forged a true friendship. While combative (because what Krogan isn’t?), they are loyal friends through thick and thin. Shepard is also one of the only people who can get the cocky Krogan to apologize.
Twilight Sparkle & Spike
Everypony knows music sounds best when friends sing together! My Little Pony’s Princess Twilight Sparkle and her best friend Spike spend a lot of time together while they discover the ins and outs of friendship. Sure, Twilight has a whole herd of close friends, but none are so close as Spike.
Goliath & Elisa Maza
Not only is Elisa Maza unafraid of large, dark and brooding gargoyles, she’s in love with one! Goliath the gargoyle and Elisa may have a troubled love affair that was off to a…erm….rocky start (the rock puns are going to keep coming, fair warning), but her friendship with the entire Manhattan gargoyle clan is downright cemented. Despite a difference in species, their dual desire to protect and serve their community creates a rock solid friendship.
Olaf & Sven
This transpecies friendship takes the…carrot! And boy do we love the adorably goofy Disney duo! Reindeer Sven and magical snowman Olaf struck up an unlikely friendship over their shared love of carrots. Sven might be nonverbal and Olaf verbose, but that doesn’t stop these two from enjoying their adventures in Arendelle and beyond! Olaf even has the best quote about friendship in the entirety of Disney’s Frozen: “Some people are worth melting for.”
Birdperson & Tammy
Human female Tammy Guetermann, undercover spy for the Galactic Federation, is married to WHO?! None other than Birdman. Okay, yes, they’re technically more than friends. And sure, there was that whole she shot him… a lot… thing. But we think that can be rectified. Nothing a little universe-hopping won’t fix, and that’s sort of day to day life for their pals. We do know we will keep watching out for them on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.
Lilo & Stitch
Lilo and Stitch prove that friends come in all shapes, sizes and species! Sure Stitch is an experiment designed to cause all sorts of chaos (and steal everyone’s left shoe), but by spending time with a little girl, he learns the importance of friendship (and maybe not destroying the world). We’ll leave you with a little Disney love courtesy of the pair: Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten!