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Every Daemon In 'His Dark Materials,' Ranked By How Much You Wish It Was Yours

Updated December 18, 2019 1.6k votes 280 voters 7.5k views17 items

List RulesVote up the daemons you'd want as your companions.

In Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materialseveryone born in his fantastical world is connected to a familiar-like creature known as a daemon. These creatures are an external version of who you are on the inside. Children have daemons that can change shape into anything imaginable, but once they grow up, the animals take on their final form. 

Every character in His Dark Materials has a daemon that tells the audience something about them. Witches' daemons tend to be birds because they value freedom. Lee Scoresby’s daemon is a jackrabbit and Lyra’s is a pine marten (a kind of minx), and both characters are sweet and wily. 

It's fun to think about which character’s daemon you’d have if you were born in Oxford. Vote up which daemon you’d like to call your own. 

  • Lord Asriel - Stelmaria (Snow Leopard) 1
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    Lord Asriel - Stelmaria (Snow Leopard) 

  • Lyra Belacqua - Pantalaimon (Pine Marten) 2

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  • Lee Scoresby - Hester (Arctic Hare) 3
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    Lee Scoresby - Hester (Arctic Hare) 

  • Will Parry - Kirjava (Cat) 4
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    Will Parry - Kirjava (Cat) 

  • Coram Van Texel - Sophonax (Cat) 5
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    Coram Van Texel - Sophonax (Cat) 

  • Ma Costa - Unnamed Hawk 6
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    Ma Costa - Unnamed Hawk 

  • Dr. Gerard Bonneville - Unnamed Hyena 7
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    Dr. Gerard Bonneville - Unnamed Hyena 

  • Roger Parslow - Salcilla (Terrier)8
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    Roger Parslow - Salcilla (Terrier)

  • Mrs. Coulter - Ozymandias (Golden Monkey) 9

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  • John Parry - Sayan Kötör (Osprey)10
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    John Parry - Sayan Kötör (Osprey)

  • Serafina Pekkala - Kaisa (Snow Goose) 11
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    Serafina Pekkala - Kaisa (Snow Goose) 

  • John Faa - Unnamed Black Crow  12
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    John Faa - Unnamed Black Crow 

  • Dame Hannah Relf - Jesper (Marmoset) 13
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    Dame Hannah Relf - Jesper (Marmoset) 

  • Mary Malone - Unnamed Alpine Chough14
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    Mary Malone - Unnamed Alpine Chough

  • Ruta Skadi - Sergi (Bluethroat)15
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    Ruta Skadi - Sergi (Bluethroat)

  • Fra Pavel Rašek - Unnamed Frog 16
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    Fra Pavel Rašek - Unnamed Frog 

  • Father Gomez - Unnamed Green-Backed Beetle 17
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    Father Gomez - Unnamed Green-Backed Beetle