Beyond Lassie: 10 Best Underdog Animals in Pop Culture


Nick Trout is the author of the new novel, Dog Gone, Back Soon.

Be honest, when it comes to good books and movies, we love rooting for the underdog—the character with his back against the wall, winning against all odds—anticipating the fist-pumping sense of satisfaction and empathy that lingers long after we turn the last page.

Animal characters are no exception. In honor of National Pet Day, here are my ten favorite “underdogs” in literature and pop culture—the ones who beat the odds and won our hearts.