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Where would we be if we didn’t have a little help every now and then? The same can be said for many fictional heroes. Without their friends, the journey surely would’ve ended a lot quicker!
1. DOROTHY GALE FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ
Lions, tigers, and…flying monkeys?! Without any special powers or knowledge about the world she was literally blown into, Dorothy would have had a pretty tricky time in Oz if it weren’t for her friends. Without Glinda the Good Witch, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy would never have made it back to Auntie Ann.
All it took was a smart brain, a big heart, and a brave soul to help this girl back home.
2. JAMES HENRY TROTTER FROM JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
James’ story starts off with tragedy. He loses his parents and winds up being cared for by his evil aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, who treat him as servant.
After finding a magical peach, he sets off on a journey away from his horrid aunts to a better life, but not without help!
On his journey, James befriends several human-sized, sentient insects, including Mr. Grasshopper, Mr. Centipede, Earthworm, Miss Spider, Mrs. Ladybug, and Glowworm.
Together they protect each other and help James on his journey to a better life. Since James is only a kid, he wouldn’t have made it without his best friends and helpful crew.
3. STANLEY YELNATS FROM HOLES
No one has worse luck than Stanley Yelnats: maybe it’s the his family curse, or maybe, it’s fate.
In an unfortunate mixup, Stanley finds himself accused of theft and sent to a detention center for boys called Camp Green Lake, which ironically is located on a completely dried up lake. He and the other juvenile delinquents are sentence to dig endless holes in order to build charater. Strange yes, exhausting, extremely! But what helps Stanley make it through are the friendships he makes, especially with the character Hector Zeroni, who’s also been down on his luck.
Little did they know that they were destined to meet, and that together, they hold the key to ending all their bad luck, as well as the strange and unjust ways of Camp Green Lake.
Without each other, there is no way things could’ve turned around.
4. MARGARET “MEG” MURRY FROM A WRINKLE IN TIME
Meg, alongside her brother Charles Wallace and her classmate Calvin O’Keefe, journey to save Meg and Charles’ missing father, but their quest could only begin with the help of the supernatural beings Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which.
And let’s not forget little Charles Wallace. With his empathetic and telepathic powers, he plays a huge roll in discovering the whereabouts of their father.