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30th Jul '16 5:59:10 PM nombretomado
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* DaveBarry joked about this in a column, when he writes that cats secretly plot how to be made heirs to their owners' millions and then bump them off.

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* DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry joked about this in a column, when he writes that cats secretly plot how to be made heirs to their owners' millions and then bump them off.
4th Apr '16 5:33:14 AM Berrenta
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15th Mar '16 3:42:01 PM Willbyr
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3rd Mar '16 9:57:16 PM Pichu-kun
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' involved a murdered senior woman who left her a $12 million inheritance to her Shih Tzu instead of her children.
20th Nov '15 6:21:08 AM Scorpion451
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* Some species of pets in particular will almost require this. If an adult human buys a young parrot or tortoise, it will likely outlive its owner. Not crazy, just responsible with an animal that can live 60+ years. Given the number of pets who end up at kill shelters or waiting for adoption at rescue centers because an owner (old or young) died, the idea of providing a trust is quite reasonable.

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* Some species of pets in particular will almost require this. If an adult human buys For certain long-lived pet species, this becomes less "crazy", and more "responsible": a young parrot or tortoise, it tortoise adopted by an adult human owner will likely outlive its owner. Not crazy, just responsible with an animal that can live 60+ years. said owner by several decades or more. Given the number of such pets who end up at kill shelters or waiting for adoption at rescue centers (or even kill shelters) because an owner (old or young) died, the idea of providing a trust to ensure they are well cared for is quite reasonable.not only reasonable, but an ethical obligation.
29th Oct '15 4:24:42 AM StFan
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' comic ''The Inheritance of Rantanplan'' has the guard dog Rantanplan inherit a fortune from a former convict, and becomes a target for the Dalton Brothers since Joe Dalton is next in line.
* ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe'': Poncho's brother Orlando is this, having inherited vast fortune from his deceased owner, an oil baron.

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[[folder:Comedy]]
* The ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' comic ''The Inheritance of Rantanplan'' has the guard dog Rantanplan inherit Creator/DavidCross had a fortune from a former convict, hilarious bit once about rich people who die and becomes a target for the Dalton Brothers since Joe Dalton is next in line.
* ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe'': Poncho's brother Orlando is this, having inherited
leave their vast fortune from his deceased owner, an oil baron.fortunes to their cats.
-->"And all my money goes to Miss Cinderella, so she can live in luxury, like the princess she is. Also, fuck the homeless."



[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* There is one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV2nV2kRdTE Soviet Russian propaganda movie]] (based on a poem by Sergey Mikhalkov) where a rich American lady dies in a car crash, and her dog inherits her entire fortune. Then the dog goes on to become a socialite, a congressman and then even the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]]. All because of the [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]].

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[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There is one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV2nV2kRdTE Soviet Russian propaganda movie]] (based on The ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' comic ''The Inheritance of Rantanplan'' has the guard dog Rantanplan inherit a poem by Sergey Mikhalkov) where fortune from a rich American lady dies in a car crash, former convict, and her dog inherits her entire fortune. Then becomes a target for the dog goes on to become a socialite, a congressman and then even the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]]. All because of the [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]].Dalton Brothers since Joe Dalton is next in line.



[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', the title felines are to be the main beneficiaries of their owner's will in order to keep them looked after. Edgar, the butler, eavesdrops on the conversation and then decides to try to off the cats in question as he was to receive the rest when the cats died. Incidentally, it did "[[InsaneTrollLogic address]]" the issue of him just waiting for the cats to die: he assumes that each cat really [[CatsHaveNineLives has nine lives]]. And, for some reason, that the four cats will live consecutively. He's not very bright.
** Ironically, she implies at the end that she intended to leave the butler a sizable sum himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFearlessFour'', Aunt Wanda combines this with OnOneCondition: her estate goes to her family, but only if they take care of her cat Gwendolyn, who inherited Aunt Wanda's "treasure," a pair of incredibly valuable jewels. The family decides to kill Gwendolyn when they get tired of caring for her and frustrated that she won't tell them where the jewels are.
* In ''MillionaireDogs'', a woman left her fortune to her several animals while her nephew and her niece got nothing. The evil duo then tricked the animals out of the house and tried to keep them out for 48 hours in a row so they could invoke an obscure law to claim the inheritance to themselves.

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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', the title felines are to be the main beneficiaries of their owner's will in order to keep them looked after. Edgar, the butler, eavesdrops on the conversation and then decides to try to off the cats in question as he was to receive the rest when the cats died. Incidentally, it did "[[InsaneTrollLogic address]]" the issue of him just waiting for the cats to die: he assumes that each cat really [[CatsHaveNineLives has nine lives]]. And, for some reason, that the four cats will live consecutively. He's not very bright.
** Ironically, she implies at the end that she intended to leave the butler a sizable sum himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFearlessFour'', Aunt Wanda combines this with OnOneCondition: her estate goes to her family, but only if they take care of her cat Gwendolyn, who
''ComicStrip/PoochCafe'': Poncho's brother Orlando is this, having inherited Aunt Wanda's "treasure," a pair of incredibly valuable jewels. The family decides to kill Gwendolyn when they get tired of caring for her and frustrated that she won't tell them where the jewels are.
* In ''MillionaireDogs'', a woman left her
vast fortune to her several animals while her nephew from his deceased owner, an oil baron.
* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'': [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090426 Parodied in one strip]] where 3000-year-old wizard Urza dies
and her niece got nothing. The evil duo then tricked leaves his vast fortune and holdings to his cats. There is some litigation expected from his thousands of children, but the animals out of the house and tried to keep them out for 48 hours in a row so they could invoke an obscure law to claim the inheritance to themselves.fact that "Urza's Cats" are ten-meter-tall cybernetic killing machines might complicate things.



[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* There is one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV2nV2kRdTE Soviet Russian propaganda movie]] (based on a poem by Sergey Mikhalkov) where a rich American lady dies in a car crash, and her dog inherits her entire fortune. Then the dog goes on to become a socialite, a congressman and then even the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]]. All because of the [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', the title felines are to be the main beneficiaries of their owner's will in order to keep them looked after. Edgar, the butler, eavesdrops on the conversation and then decides to try to off the cats in question as he was to receive the rest when the cats died. Incidentally, it did "[[InsaneTrollLogic address]]" the issue of him just waiting for the cats to die: he assumes that each cat really [[CatsHaveNineLives has nine lives]]. And, for some reason, that the four cats will live consecutively. He's not very bright. Ironically, she implies at the end that she intended to leave the butler a sizable sum himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFearlessFour'', Aunt Wanda combines this with OnOneCondition: her estate goes to her family, but only if they take care of her cat Gwendolyn, who inherited Aunt Wanda's "treasure", a pair of incredibly valuable jewels. The family decides to kill Gwendolyn when they get tired of caring for her and frustrated that she won't tell them where the jewels are.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MillionaireDogs'', a woman left her fortune to her several animals while her nephew and her niece got nothing. The evil duo then tricked the animals out of the house and tried to keep them out for 48 hours in a row so they could invoke an obscure law to claim the inheritance to themselves.
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* This [[spoiler:was the reason a rich woman was murdered by her servants]] in ''OnceUponACrime''.
* In the film ''{{Gordy}}'', an old man disinherits his daughter in favor of a talking pig because of her decision to become a model. This happens just ''after'' the pig and his human friend have wrecked her career by innocently causing her trap for them to backfire.

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* This [[spoiler:was is the reason a rich woman was is murdered by her servants]] servants in ''OnceUponACrime''.
''Film/OnceUponACrime''.
* In the film ''{{Gordy}}'', ''Film/{{Gordy}}'', an old man disinherits his daughter in favor of a talking pig because of her decision to become a model. This happens just ''after'' the pig and his human friend have wrecked her career by innocently causing her trap for them to backfire.



* The 1951 film ''YouNeverCanTell'' started with a dog inheriting a fortune and immediately being killed and his caretaker suspected. The dog's spirit is sent back to earth as a "humanimal", detective Rex Shepherd (Dick Powell), to, errr sniff out the crime.
* ''Film/{{Garfield}}'''s IdenticalStranger in [[{{Sequelitis}} the second Movie]] is this.
* ''Film/TheRichestCatInTheWorld'': Oscar Kohlmeyer left five million dollars to his cat Leo. Oscar's nephew would receive twenty-five thousand dollars [[OnOneCondition if he didn't contest the will]].
** Of course, Leo was a particularly special kind of cat. He could talk for one thing, and was also as smart as a human. In fact, it was his advice that got Oscar his millions in the first place. However, the only people who knew about this are (were?) Oscar, and later on some kids that Leo befriended.

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* The 1951 film ''YouNeverCanTell'' ''Film/YouNeverCanTell'' started with a dog inheriting a fortune and immediately being killed and his caretaker suspected. The dog's spirit is sent back to earth as a "humanimal", detective Rex Shepherd (Dick Powell), to, errr sniff out the crime.
* ''Film/{{Garfield}}'''s ''Film/{{Garfield}}'': Garfield's IdenticalStranger in [[{{Sequelitis}} the second Movie]] is this.
* ''Film/TheRichestCatInTheWorld'': Oscar Kohlmeyer left five million dollars to his cat Leo. Oscar's nephew would receive twenty-five thousand dollars [[OnOneCondition if he didn't contest the will]].
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will]]. Of course, Leo was is a particularly special kind of cat. He could can talk for one thing, and was is also as smart as a human. In fact, it was is his advice that got Oscar his millions in the first place. However, the only people who knew knows about this are (were?) Oscar, and later on some kids that Leo befriended. befriends.



** This forms a major part of the plot in ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. Near the beginning of the book, Topsy Lavish leaves her shares in the Ankh-Morpork Royal Bank to her dog, Mr. Fusspot... and leaves the dog to Moist von Lipwig, with a note that Moist will be targeted by the Assassins' Guild if Moist should decline to take care of the dog.
*** There's hints in the book that this wasn't done out of eccentricity, but because she wanted Moist to run the bank. She couldn't give him the shares directly, since he couldn't be both Postmaster General and Master of the Mint (which was part of the Bank). (She at ''least'' wanted to keep him alive, as her contract with the Assassins' Guild keeps anyone else from taking out one on Moist, and [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Assassins' Guild's standards]] will keep them from actually fulfilling one on Mr. Fusspot.
* The adult novel ''The Mystery of the Fat Cat'' by Frank Bonham featured a variant of this trope. A [[UnclePennybags wealthy old lady]] left her estate and [[BigFancyHouse house]] to her cat for the rest of its natural life, under the care of a trustee; after the cat's death the house is to go to the city for a park. The book opens with the protagonists becoming suspicious of how long the cat has lived under the guardian's care, and they [[YouMeddlingKids start to investigate]].

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** This forms a major part of the plot in ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. Near the beginning of the book, Topsy Lavish leaves her shares in the Ankh-Morpork Royal Bank to her dog, Mr. Fusspot... and leaves the dog to Moist von Lipwig, with a note that Moist will be targeted by the Assassins' Guild if Moist should decline to take care of the dog.
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dog. There's hints in the book that this wasn't done out of eccentricity, but because she wanted Moist to run the bank. She couldn't give him the shares directly, since he couldn't be both Postmaster General and Master of the Mint (which was part of the Bank). (She at ''least'' wanted to keep him alive, as her contract with the Assassins' Guild keeps anyone else from taking out one on Moist, and [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Assassins' Guild's standards]] will keep them from actually fulfilling one on Mr. Fusspot.
* The adult novel ''The Mystery of the Fat Cat'' by Frank Bonham featured features a variant of this trope. A [[UnclePennybags wealthy old lady]] left her estate and [[BigFancyHouse house]] to her cat for the rest of its natural life, under the care of a trustee; after the cat's death the house is to go to the city for a park. The book opens with the protagonists becoming suspicious of how long the cat has lived under the guardian's care, and they [[YouMeddlingKids start to investigate]].



* In an episode of ''BlackBooks'', Bernard's landlady died and left the building to her cat. Which led Bernard to try and hire someone to off the cat.
* On ''RescueMe'', Tommy's father marries a rich woman and hopes to inherit her fortune when she suddenly dies. After an extensive spending spree, the family finds out that he inherited $50,000, and the rest was left to her various cats.

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* In an episode of ''BlackBooks'', ''Series/BlackBooks'', Bernard's landlady died and left the building to her cat. Which led Bernard to try and hire someone to off the cat.
* On ''RescueMe'', ''Series/RescueMe'', Tommy's father marries a rich woman and hopes to inherit her fortune when she suddenly dies. After an extensive spending spree, the family finds out that he inherited $50,000, and the rest was left to her various cats.



* Occurs in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBvbzQfMNik#t=1m47s this]] [[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppets News Flash]] where the will was contested by the cat and the son over the inheritance of the estate [[spoiler:of 10,000 rubber mice.]]
* In ''KickinIt'', Bobby Wasabi was once told something he didn't believe and his answer was saying it was rich like his dog will be once he dies.

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* Occurs in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBvbzQfMNik#t=1m47s this]] [[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppets News Flash]] where the will was contested by the cat and the son over the inheritance of the estate [[spoiler:of 10,000 rubber mice.]]
* In ''KickinIt'', ''Series/KickinIt'', Bobby Wasabi was once told something he didn't believe and his answer was saying it was rich like his dog will be once he dies.



[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': Occurs in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBvbzQfMNik#t=1m47s Muppets News Flash]] where the will is contested by the cat and the son over the inheritance of the estate [[spoiler:of 10,000 rubber mice.]]
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* Subverted in ''TheFrantics'' sketch "Last Will and Temperament". After the will's executor bequeaths inheritances (mostly consisting of [[RunningGag boots to the head]]) to the surviving family members, the will goes on to state that the deceased leaves his cat his entire, vast... boot to the head. Cue [[ThatPoorCat agonized meow]]. The rest of the fortune actually goes to "The people of Calgary, [[AcceptableTargets so that they can afford to move someplace decent]]."

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* Subverted in ''TheFrantics'' ''Radio/TheFrantics'' sketch "Last Will and Temperament". After the will's executor bequeaths inheritances (mostly consisting of [[RunningGag boots to the head]]) to the surviving family members, the will goes on to state that the deceased leaves his cat his entire, vast... boot to the head. Cue [[ThatPoorCat agonized meow]]. The rest of the fortune actually goes to "The people of Calgary, [[AcceptableTargets so that they can afford to move someplace decent]]."



[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
* Creator/DavidCross had a hilarious bit once about rich people who die and leave their vast fortunes to their cats.
-->"And all my money goes to Miss Cinderella, so she can live in luxury, like the princess she is. Also, fuck the homeless."

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[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Creator/DavidCross had a hilarious bit once about rich people who die and leave their vast fortunes ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'': The wealthy Henry Milton leaves his fortune to their cats.
-->"And all my money goes to Miss Cinderella, so she can live in luxury, like the princess she is. Also, fuck the homeless."
his six pet ferrets.



[[folder:Webcomic]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' - The wealthy Henry Milton leaves his fortune to his six pet ferrets.
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* This is part of the concept of ''{{Catscratch}}'': the main characters are a trio of talking cats who inherit their owner's vast fortune after her death.
* The Droopy cartoon ''Millionaire Droopy'' revolved around this, with a bulldog rival of Droopy's trying to bump him off or otherwise get rid of him.
* In a flashback episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Marge and Homer are looking for a new house, and one of the houses they look at is full of cats, who apparently inherited the place from its late owner. In fact, the Realtor even goes so far as to say that not only do the cats own the house, Marge and Homer would be their tenants.
** Another episode of The Simpsons has Mr. Burns naming his pet tortoise as a benefiary of his will.
* This was the plot of the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon ''The Million-Dollar Cat''. Tom inherited a million dollars that [[OnOneCondition he can only keep if he never harms an animal, "not even a mouse"]]. Jerry takes the opportunity to exploit this and not only mooches as much as he can, he actively torments Tom (moreso than usual, at least). Tom eventually snaps and tries to clobber Jerry, breaking his role of TheVoiceless to question his own actions:
-->''(violence stops)''\\

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* This is part of the concept of ''{{Catscratch}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'': the main characters are a trio of talking cats who inherit their owner's vast fortune after her death.
* The Droopy WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} cartoon ''Millionaire Droopy'' revolved revolves around this, with a bulldog rival of Droopy's trying to bump him off or otherwise get rid of him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
**
In a flashback episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', , Marge and Homer are looking for a new house, and one of the houses they look at is full of cats, who apparently inherited the place from its late owner. In fact, the Realtor even goes so far as to say that not only do the cats own the house, Marge and Homer would be their tenants.
** Another episode of The Simpsons has Mr. Burns naming his pet tortoise as a benefiary beneficiary of his will.
* This was the plot of the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon ''The Million-Dollar Cat''. Tom inherited inherits a million dollars that [[OnOneCondition he can only keep if he never harms an animal, "not even a mouse"]]. Jerry takes the opportunity to exploit this and not only mooches as much as he can, he actively torments Tom (moreso (more so than usual, at least). Tom eventually snaps and tries to clobber Jerry, breaking his role of TheVoiceless to question his own actions:
-->''(violence stops)''\\-->(''violence stops'')\\



''(violence resumes)''
* Garfield once inherited the Klopman Diamond but the bad luck curse surround it led Garfield into selling it and the money the buyer gave him for it went into the repairs Garfield's home needed because of the curse.
* One ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' cartoon featured a wealthy couple who left their fortune to their mice. The couple's nephew tried to have their will invalidated but the judge ruled that they were in perfect mental condition (albeit one can doubt that while taking a look at the will). The nephew didn't take it well and ended up being arrested. He soon escaped and decided to steal his uncle and aunt's mansion by dragging it with his bicycle. Fortunately Mighty Mouse restored it to its rightful place.
* PreciousPupp once believed he'd inherit a fortune and a dog named Mauler would get everything [[OnOneCondition if something happened to Precious]]. After Mauler tried (and failed) to kill Precious several times, Precious' mistress got her new glasses and found out she misread the will. Mauler was the main inheritor and Precious was the secondary one. Precious' Muttley-like laughter was a sign of upcoming payback.
* Sylvester is left a fortune in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Heir-Conditioned". To his dismay, Elmer Fudd becomes his financial advisor and wants him to invest the fortune while Sylvester wants to spend it.
* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes "Dough-Ray-Me-ow" a pet parrot learns he's second in line to inherit his master's wealth, behind Heathcliff, a big doofus of a cat who obliviously survives several attempts on his life by the parrot.
* Mabel of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', when faced with impending death[[note]]her braces got caught in the screen door[[/note]], declared that she intended to leave everything she owned to Waddles, her pet pig.

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''(violence resumes)''
(''violence resumes'')
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': Garfield once inherited inherits the Klopman Diamond Diamond, but the bad luck curse surround surrounding it led Garfield into selling it and the it. The money the buyer gave him for it went into the repairs of Garfield's home home, needed because of the curse.
* One ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' cartoon featured features a wealthy couple who left their fortune to their mice. The couple's nephew tried tries to have their will invalidated but the judge ruled rules that they were in perfect mental condition (albeit one can doubt that while taking a look at the will). The nephew didn't doesn't take it well and ended ends up being arrested. He soon escaped escapes and decided to steal his uncle and aunt's mansion by dragging it with his bicycle. Fortunately Mighty Mouse restored restores it to its rightful place.
* PreciousPupp WesternAnimation/PreciousPupp once believed believes he'd inherit a fortune and a dog named Mauler would get everything [[OnOneCondition if something happened to Precious]]. After Mauler tried tries (and failed) fails) to kill Precious several times, Precious' mistress got gets her new glasses and found finds out she misread the will. Mauler was is the main inheritor and Precious was is the secondary one. Precious' Muttley-like laughter was is a sign of upcoming payback.
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:
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Sylvester is left a fortune in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Heir-Conditioned". ''Heir-Conditioned''. To his dismay, Elmer Fudd becomes his financial advisor adviser and wants him to invest the fortune while Sylvester wants to spend it.
* ** In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes "Dough-Ray-Me-ow" ''Dough-Ray-Me-ow'', a pet parrot learns he's second in line to inherit his master's wealth, behind Heathcliff, a big doofus of a cat who obliviously survives several attempts on his life by the parrot.
* Mabel of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', when faced with impending death[[note]]her death (her braces got caught in the screen door[[/note]], declared door), declares that she intended intends to leave everything she owned owns to Waddles, her pet pig.



** As well as [[http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37820841/ns/today-today_people?GT1=43001 Gail Posner.]]
* Some species of pets in particular will almost require this. If an adult human buys a young parrot or tortoise, it will likely outlive its owner. Not crazy, just responsible with an animal that can live 60+ years.
** Given the number of pets who end up at kill shelters or waiting for adoption at rescue centers because an owner (old or young) died, the idea of providing a trust is quite reasonable.

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** * As well as [[http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37820841/ns/today-today_people?GT1=43001 Gail Posner.]]
* Some species of pets in particular will almost require this. If an adult human buys a young parrot or tortoise, it will likely outlive its owner. Not crazy, just responsible with an animal that can live 60+ years.
**
years. Given the number of pets who end up at kill shelters or waiting for adoption at rescue centers because an owner (old or young) died, the idea of providing a trust is quite reasonable.



22nd Oct '15 12:40:32 AM PaulA
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* In the ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' episode "Craig's Will", old Mr Craig leaves his fortune to his dog instead of his nephew. The nephew is satisfied to wait until the dog dies and the fortune passes to him, but his girlfriend, who'd been looking forward to a share, decides to take matters into her own hands.
30th Sep '15 10:40:40 PM eyebones
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Some rich people give their fortune to their relatives [[WillAndInheritanceTropes when they die]] (though in the media, it's often OnOneCondition). Some leave their fortune to charity. And some eccentric types leave their money to... their beloved dog. Or cat, or fancy rat, or parrot, or whatever.

That's the concept behind the Pet Heir plot. Often HilarityEnsues as the new caretakers of the pet (usually the protagonists) struggle to keep the pet alive despite the efforts of unscrupulous sorts (frequently family who were deemed {{Inadequate Inheritor}}s) who are next in line to inherit should "anything unfortunate" happen to the pet in question. Why the alternative heirs are in such a rush to inherit, and can't simply wait for the pet's natural lifespan to expire, is seldom addressed.

Legally, of course, animals cannot own money or property, and domesticated animals are, themselves, property; but a testamentary trust for an animal's care could be set up, and all the estate's assets could go to that trust. Which would leave the trustee in control of the assets.

There are cases of TruthInTelevision for this trope, oddly enough. Or not, if the pet in question is a parrot or a similarly long-lived pet critter.

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Some rich people give their fortune to their relatives [[WillAndInheritanceTropes when they die]] (though in the media, it's relatives, often OnOneCondition). Some OnOneCondition, and some leave their fortune to charity. And some Then there are the eccentric types who leave their money to... to their beloved dog. Or dog, cat, or fancy rat, or parrot, or whatever.

whatever other critter it might be that they treated like a pet.

That's the concept behind the Pet Heir plot. Often HilarityEnsues as the new caretakers of the pet (usually the protagonists) struggle to keep the pet alive despite the efforts of unscrupulous sorts (frequently family who were deemed sorts, that is, {{Inadequate Inheritor}}s) Inheritor}}s who are next in line to inherit should "anything unfortunate" happen to the pet in question. Why the alternative heirs are in such a rush to inherit, and can't simply wait for the pet's natural lifespan to expire, is seldom addressed.

Legally, of course, animals cannot own money or property, and domesticated animals are, themselves, property; but a testamentary trust for an animal's care could be set up, and all the estate's assets could go to that trust. Which would leave the trustee in control of the assets.

question.

There are cases of TruthInTelevision for this trope, oddly enough. Or not, not so oddly, if the pet in question is long-lived, like a parrot or a similarly long-lived pet critter.
parrot.
26th Aug '15 7:06:11 PM nombretomado
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* Occurs in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBvbzQfMNik#t=1m47s this]] [[TheMuppetShow Muppets News Flash]] where the will was contested by the cat and the son over the inheritance of the estate [[spoiler:of 10,000 rubber mice.]]

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* Occurs in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBvbzQfMNik#t=1m47s this]] [[TheMuppetShow [[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppets News Flash]] where the will was contested by the cat and the son over the inheritance of the estate [[spoiler:of 10,000 rubber mice.]]
2nd Aug '15 7:45:27 AM DrFraud
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* In Francis M. Nevins' "Dogsbody" a rash of pet poisonings was attributable to a disgruntled nephew who felt he was more deserving of his uncle's fortune than the formerly-stray dog who was liked better than the deceased's relatives.

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* In Francis M. Nevins' "Dogsbody" a rash of pet poisonings was attributable to is the work of a disgruntled nephew who felt he was feels he's more deserving of his uncle's fortune than the formerly-stray dog who was liked better than which the deceased's deceased preferred to his relatives.
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