Found family is definitely my top favorite trope! I also love animal sidekicks and desert settings. And mentor-mentee relationships. I just listed all of yours. XD
Hmm, some others I like are shy/antisocial protagonists (as long as it’s portrayed well), siblings who are best friends, the reluctant adoptive parent and mischievous adoptive child, the creepy and mysterious villain, and the villain with a tragic past.
In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river