Just like cats, man's best friend is a returning character in every genre. We've selected those video game dogs—from games both old and new—which are usually portrayed as companions; sidekicks who can both help us with minor tasks and save our asses in difficult situations.

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Rush (Mega Man series)

Angelo (Final Fantasy VIII)

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The Not-So-Awesome Dog in Duck Hunt

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K.K. Slider (Animal Crossing series)

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Dogmeat (Fallout 1-3)

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Bladewolf (Metal Gear Rising)

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Sam (Sam & Max)

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Poppy (Samurai Shodown series)

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Boney (Mother 3)

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Our Dog in Fable II and III

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Which other dog companion would you choose as the coolest? You should post your picks with visual support in the comments below.

sources: lucasta's fanart on Deviantart, Metal Gear Wiki, FF Wiki, TASVideos, CuteFloor's LP, NintyWorld, Fallout Wiki, gametrax, batman9502's LP, TehVGG's LP