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1st Nov '17 8:46:31 PM PaulA
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* Creator/AndreNorton's Beastmaster novels, such as ''The Beast Master'' and ''Lord of Thunder''. Hosteen Storm was a Beastmaster who could telepathically command several animals. One of them was a sandcat named Surra who was highly effective in battle.

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* Creator/AndreNorton's Beastmaster novels, such as ''The Beast Master'' novels ''Literature/TheBeastMaster'' and ''Lord of Thunder''.''Literature/LordOfThunder''. Hosteen Storm was a Beastmaster who could telepathically command several animals. One of them was a sandcat named Surra who was highly effective in battle.
11th Sep '17 8:26:13 AM MarqFJA
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This trope is likely derived from domestic animals which were used for their attack abilities (dogs being the most obvious). See the RealLife section for more details. Using a "weapon" like this often implies that a character is either nature loving and generally [[IncorruptiblePurePureness an all around good person]] who [[EvilDetectingDog animals trust]], a genius ([[MadScientist possibly mad]]) who can create or control such things or evil, by virtue of "enslaving" them.

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This trope is likely derived from domestic animals which were used for their attack abilities (dogs being the most obvious). See the RealLife section for more details. Using a "weapon" like this often implies that a character is either nature loving nature-loving and generally [[IncorruptiblePurePureness an all around good person]] who [[EvilDetectingDog animals trust]], a genius ([[MadScientist possibly mad]]) who can create or control such things or evil, by virtue of "enslaving" them.
6th Sep '17 12:45:25 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Clannfear are a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] with animalistic intelligence and the general appearance of [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs raptors]] with frills and beaks. They are known to serve in Mehrunes Dagon's (the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]]) LegionsOfHell in this capacity.
9th Jul '17 12:34:22 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' brings us the [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Varren varren]], which are not only vicious, deadly creatures ''without'' outside influence, but which are also trained and used as attack animals by groups such as the krogan, as well as batarian mercenaries.
* Dogmeat and Rex in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', one of the Scavengers has an attack Yao Guai, and the Enclave uses Deathclaws in this manner.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' brings us the [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Varren varren]], which are not only vicious, deadly creatures ''without'' outside influence, but which are also trained and used as attack animals by groups such as the krogan, as well as batarian mercenaries. They resemble fish-like dogs with their large and round eyes, scaly skin, and huge fangs on a quadrupedal body, which is why they're called "fishdogs".
* Dogmeat in the''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. Usually a stray dog, Dogmeat becomes a loyal (if [[ArtificialStupidity not smart]] CanineCompanion that stops being helpful around mid-game as his only attacks are biting and his his points are poor. The Dogmeat of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' had allegedly died after he ran into a force field and disintegrated.

* Dogmeat and Rex in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. ** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', one of the Scavengers has an attack Yao Guai, and the Enclave uses ''tried'' to use Deathclaws in this manner.manner. The Deathclaws had to use remote controls implants and as a safety feature they were designed to [[ExplosiveCollar detonate after a certain range]]. The Lone Wanderer can hack the terminal near them to reconfigure the targeting parameters.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}'' has Rex, the second oldest companion in game, and only German Shepard alive past the Great War (if you choose to ignore the looks of the dogs in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''). His companion quest revolves around him and the Courier finding him a replacement brain. ''New Vegas'' also has the Fiend leader Violet and her dogs of whom she's very protective of (and with the second level of the Animal Friend perk can lead to her death). The Fiend's head honcho Motor-Runner has two dogs called Bone Gnash and Gnash Bone that sit before his throne.
** Raiders tend to use mangy, sickly, and viscous dogs as protection and means to flush out targets.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has Mutant Hounds, dogs subjected to being dipped in vats of the Forced Evolutionary Virus to become hulking green monsters just like their Super Mutant masters, who treat them as guard and hunting dogs. In ''Far Harbor'' Nate/Nora can purchase three of them to guard settlements.
31st May '17 8:25:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'':

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26th Apr '17 3:42:06 AM SebastianGray
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Tyranids are an entire species created to serve as weaponry, controlled by other species, which are seen as the same family as the weapons.
** Also from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are the Orks. They are believed to be created by a group of beings called Brain Boyz as a weapon against the Necrons. They are quite effective weapons against them, unfortunately the same is true of everyone else. Of course technically the Brain Boyz were themselves created to be their controllers by the [[{{Precursors}} Old Ones]].
** Squigs are small, aggressive critters that Orks frequently keep as pets and train to attack people on command. The largest of all squigs is the massive Sqiggoth, which grows to be as big as a Baneblade tank.
** The Chaos Demons have beastly feral demons that are more animalistic. Khorne has Flesh Hounds a cross between a dog and a lizard, Nurgle has Beasts of Nurgle butt ugly wretches that have dog like intellect, Tzeentch has Screamers flying manta rays with tusks, and Slaanesh has Fiends of Slaanesh which are centaur like creatures with lobster like claws and scorpion tails.
** The Kroot of the Tau Empire have a few evolutionary sub-species that are more animalistic. The dog like Kroot hounds, and the gorilla formed Krootox.
** The legion that became the War Hounds (now known as the World Eaters) were named that by the Emperor because their ferocity in battle reminded him of the white war hounds employed by a warrior tribe in northern Terra.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' the Warriors of Chaos have Chaos warhounds, hounds mutated by chaos to be vicious killing machines. They are bigger than regular dogs, and have horns on their heads.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Tyranids Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', the forces of Chaos have Chaos Warhounds, hounds mutated by Chaos to be vicious killing machines. They
are an entire species created to serve bigger than regular dogs, and have horns on their heads.
** [[TheLegionsOfHell Chaos Daemons]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' use beastly animalistic daemons
as weaponry, controlled by other species, attack animals during battle. Khorne has [[{{Hellhound}} Flesh Hounds]], a cross between a dog and a lizard; Nurgle has Beasts of Nurgle, slug-like wretches that have [[AllAnimalsAreDogs dog like a intellect]]; Tzeentch has Screamers, [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial flying manta rays]] with tusks; Slaanesh has Fiends of Slaanesh which are seen [[MixAndMatchCritters centaur like creatures with lobster like claws and scorpion tails]].
** TabletopGame/Warhammer40000:
*** The lesser [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] bioforms act
as attack animals for the same family as larger, more intelligent synapse creatures. These handlers are both more individually intelligent and capable of interfacing with the weapons.
** Also from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are
HiveMind at greater distances, giving psychic "commands" to the Orks. They are believed to be created by a group of beings called Brain Boyz lesser creatures as a weapon against the Necrons. They are quite effective weapons against them, unfortunately the same is true of everyone else. Of course technically the Brain Boyz were themselves created to be their controllers by the [[{{Precursors}} Old Ones]].
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long as they remain nearby.
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Squigs are small, aggressive critters that Orks [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] frequently keep as pets and train to attack people on command. The largest of all squigs is the massive Sqiggoth, which grows to be as big as a Baneblade tank.
** *** [[PrivateMilitaryContractors The Chaos Demons have beastly feral demons that are more animalistic. Khorne has Flesh Hounds a cross between a dog and a lizard, Nurgle has Beasts of Nurgle butt ugly wretches that have dog like intellect, Tzeentch has Screamers flying manta rays with tusks, and Slaanesh has Fiends of Slaanesh which are centaur like creatures with lobster like claws and scorpion tails.
** The Kroot
Kroot]] of the [[TheFederation Tau Empire Empire]] have a few evolutionary sub-species that are more animalistic. The dog like Kroot hounds, and the gorilla formed Krootox.
** The legion
Krootox, that became the War Hounds (now Kroot train to act as attack animals during battle.
*** The [[SuperSoldier XII Astartes Legion]] were originally
known as the War Hounds[[note]]subsequently renamed the World Eaters) were named that by the Emperor Eaters[[/note]] earned their name because their ferocity in battle reminded him [[GodEmperor the Emperor]] of the white war hounds employed by a warrior tribe in northern Terra.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' the Warriors of Chaos have Chaos warhounds, hounds mutated by chaos to be vicious killing machines. They are bigger than regular dogs, and have horns on their heads.
Terra.
24th Apr '17 11:54:27 AM pvsage
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* Pom of ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'' fights primarily with her sheep puppy companion, and has other puppies and a momma and poppa sheepdog she can summon for bigger attacks.

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* Pom of ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'' fights primarily with her sheep puppy companion, and has other puppies and a momma and poppa papa sheepdog she can summon for bigger attacks.
24th Apr '17 11:53:48 AM pvsage
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* Pom of ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'' fights primarily with her sheep puppy companion, and has other puppies and a momma and poppa sheepdog she can summon for bigger attacks.
10th Apr '17 2:56:25 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'', we have Mayu Shiina with her pet ferret Myu, and Misuzu Kamio with her pet crow Sora; both girls can command their pets to attack.

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* In ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'', we have ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'' has Mayu Shiina with her pet ferret Myu, and Misuzu Kamio with her pet crow Sora; both girls can command their pets to attack.attack.
* The hero of ''VideoGame/EightEyes'' is a fencer and falconer. His falcon, Cutrus, can only attack other enemies when the player specifically orders it to do so.
6th Mar '17 5:46:39 AM Sharlee
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* In the historical mystery story "The Sorrow Of Senusert The Mighty", nobles set out to hunt down 'the Drunkard', a lame lioness that's been killing peasants. Their usual hunting strategies fail when the animal ignores their spearmen and ''specifically'' targets the archers, including a noble who's recently eluded assassination. Inspection of the carcass reveals that her paw had been deliberately maimed when young, and a choke-collar used repeatedly thereafter, indicating this trope applies and she'd been trained to kill the nobleman.
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