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11th Apr '16 3:18:19 PM Pichu-kun
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This is a DeadHorseTrope now. Bulldogs ''were'' vicious many years ago when they were still bred to fight bulls for sport, hence the name. When this sport was outlawed, bulldogs had their viciousness bred out of them so they could be kept as pets. It's reflected in fiction, too: Modern "mean dogs" are almost always Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, and German shepherds.

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This is a DeadHorseTrope now. Bulldogs ''were'' vicious many years ago when they were still bred to fight bulls for sport, hence the name. When this sport was outlawed, bulldogs had their viciousness bred out of them so they could be kept as pets. It's reflected in fiction, too: Modern "mean dogs" are almost always Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Bull breeds, Doberman Pinschers, and German shepherds.
Shepherds.



* DonaldDuck comics have this in almost every issue. Normally it's someone climbing a fence just to notice he's landed on the bulldog territory. This is a stock scene, and is sometimes parodied. It might not be a bulldog, but an equally vicious poodle for instance, or even if the dog is just a sleeping puppy, the character is terrified.

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* DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck comics have this in almost every issue. Normally it's someone climbing a fence just to notice he's landed on the bulldog territory. This is a stock scene, and is sometimes parodied. It might not be a bulldog, but an equally vicious poodle for instance, or even if the dog is just a sleeping puppy, the character is terrified.



* Averted with T-Bone from ''CliffordTheBigRedDog''.

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* Averted with T-Bone from ''CliffordTheBigRedDog''.''Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog'', who is very friendly.




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* Jack from ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' is the pet English Bulldog. He is an aggressive guard dog towards wild animals and wary of strangers, but is friendly and protective towards his family.



* The Moblins in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', humanoid bulldogs that are occasional {{Mooks}} fought in the game.

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* The Moblins in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are humanoid bulldogs that are occasional {{Mooks}} fought in the game.



* Spike and his son, Tyke, from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''.
** Inverted when Spike [[PapaWolf only acts tough when defending his son]], or Tom clearly started the fight, which [[CatsAreMean often he does]] (and isn't always setting out to).

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* Spike and his son, Tyke, from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''.
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''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''. Inverted when Spike [[PapaWolf only acts tough when defending his son]], or Tom clearly started the fight, which [[CatsAreMean often he does]] (and isn't always setting out to).



* Binky Barnes from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''.

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* Binky Barnes from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is an anthropomorphic bulldog and is TheBully early in the series. He is later shown to have HiddenDepths such as liking ballet and having a secret soft side. Over the course of the series he becomes less and less of a bully. Subverted with his mother, who is a very nice woman.



* Believe it or not, bulldogs are cited as being very friendly dogs, especially for families with children. They'd actually prefer to sleep on someone's lap and wouldn't leave their yard without a human companion.

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* Believe it or not, bulldogs Bulldogs are cited as being very friendly dogs, especially for families with children. They'd actually prefer to sleep on someone's lap and wouldn't leave their yard without a human companion.
7th Feb '16 2:19:50 PM nombretomado
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This trope is prevalent in (but not exclusive to) old cartoons from the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940s]] as both WarnerBros and {{MGM}} had a surfeit of bulldog characters. Generally they were [[AngryGuardDog vicious guard dogs]] or [[TheBully bullies]], esp. toward [[PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize cats and littler dogs]].

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This trope is prevalent in (but not exclusive to) old cartoons from the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940s]] as both WarnerBros and {{MGM}} had a surfeit of bulldog characters. Generally they were [[AngryGuardDog vicious guard dogs]] or [[TheBully bullies]], esp. toward [[PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize cats and littler dogs]].
8th Jan '16 6:47:42 PM eroock
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->''Hey, bulldog!''

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->''Hey, bulldog!''->''"Hey, bulldog!"''
29th Nov '15 5:02:22 PM ANTMuddle
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** Inverted when Spike [[PapaWolf only acts tough when defending his son]], or Tom clearly started the fight, which [[CatsAreMean often he does]].

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** Inverted when Spike [[PapaWolf only acts tough when defending his son]], or Tom clearly started the fight, which [[CatsAreMean often he does]].does]] (and isn't always setting out to).



* Defied in one episode of ''The Busy World Of RichardScarry'': when a bulldog kid named Billy Dog joins the class, everyone think he's going to be TheBully, and avoid him. At the end of the episode they realize that he's a pretty nice guy who just looks scary.

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* Defied in one episode of ''The Busy World Of RichardScarry'': when a bulldog kid named Billy Dog joins the class, everyone think he's going to be TheBully, and avoid him. At the end of the episode they realize that he's a [[FaceOfAThug pretty nice guy who just looks scary.
scary]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' The Diamond Dogs.
28th Sep '15 6:42:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''CreatureComforts'', where a bulldog acts as the [[InkSuitActor Claymation Suit Actor]] for a private security guard; he comes off as a fairly nice guy, despite his profession.

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* Played with in ''CreatureComforts'', ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts'', where a bulldog acts as the [[InkSuitActor Claymation Suit Actor]] for a private security guard; he comes off as a fairly nice guy, despite his profession.
20th Sep '15 6:03:46 PM tropower
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* ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}} has a bulldog named Spike. On the other hand, he's the one usually bullied by Heathcliff.
** There have been various one-off bulldog characters that Franchise/{{Garfield}} has runs into on occasion.
14th Jun '15 7:14:36 PM nombretomado
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* Bandit from ''JonnyQuest'' appears to be a bulldog, though he's actually a bit of a scaredy cat.

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* Bandit from ''JonnyQuest'' ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' appears to be a bulldog, though he's actually a bit of a scaredy cat.
7th Jun '15 4:41:52 PM nombretomado
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* The main villain of the ''{{Doraemon}}'' movie "Nobita and the Haunts of Evil" is a humanoid bulldog named Dafranda. Subverted, however, with Furususu.

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* The main villain of the ''{{Doraemon}}'' ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' movie "Nobita and the Haunts of Evil" is a humanoid bulldog named Dafranda. Subverted, however, with Furususu.
5th Apr '15 4:26:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mr. Beefy from ''LittleNicky''.
* Subverted in the Halloween sequence in the movie ''MeetMeInStLouis''. When Tootie has to "Kill the Braukoffs," another child protests, "The Braukoffs have a fierce bulldog! She'll be torn to pieces!" After Tootie throws flour into Mr. Braukoff's face to "kill" him, the bulldog is seen quietly and unconcernedly snuffling up the flour rather than noticing Tootie at all.

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* Mr. Beefy from ''LittleNicky''.
''Film/LittleNicky''.
* Subverted in the Halloween sequence in the movie ''MeetMeInStLouis''.''Film/MeetMeInStLouis''. When Tootie has to "Kill the Braukoffs," another child protests, "The Braukoffs have a fierce bulldog! She'll be torn to pieces!" After Tootie throws flour into Mr. Braukoff's face to "kill" him, the bulldog is seen quietly and unconcernedly snuffling up the flour rather than noticing Tootie at all.
15th Jan '15 5:38:35 PM schoi30
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* The main villain of the ''{{Doraemon}}'' movie "Nobita and the Haunts of Evil" is a humanoid bulldog named Dafranda.

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* The main villain of the ''{{Doraemon}}'' movie "Nobita and the Haunts of Evil" is a humanoid bulldog named Dafranda.
Dafranda. Subverted, however, with Furususu.
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