History Main / PetTheDog

6th Aug '17 10:12:17 PM BURGINABC
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{{Sub Trope}}s include PhotoOpWithTheDog, EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas, MoralityPet (a character's entire relationship with a villain is one long PetTheDog moment), and AndroclesLion (where the dog would later reward the one who petted him/her). Compare LickedByTheDog. A few ways to pet the dog include being an AnonymousBenefactor, IWasJustPassingThrough, and EvenEvilHasStandards. Demonstrating MoralMyopia could also work (if the people they favor aren't evil). Contrast KickTheDog (doing something evil to establish an evil personality, with many, many villains having both), MustMakeAmends (when a character tries to undo or atone for having [[ShootTheDog Shot The Dog]]), BaitTheDog (when this is darkly {{subverted}}).

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{{Sub Trope}}s include PhotoOpWithTheDog, EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas, MoralityPet (a character's entire relationship with a villain is one long PetTheDog moment), and AndroclesLion (where the dog would later reward the one who petted him/her). Compare LickedByTheDog. A few ways to pet the dog include being an AnonymousBenefactor, IWasJustPassingThrough, and EvenEvilHasStandards. Demonstrating MoralMyopia could also work (if the people they favor aren't evil).

Contrast KickTheDog (doing something evil to establish an evil personality, with many, many villains having both), PhotoOpWithTheDog (where it's all an act for the good publicity) MustMakeAmends (when a character tries to undo or atone for having [[ShootTheDog Shot The Dog]]), BaitTheDog (when this is darkly {{subverted}}).
15th Jul '17 7:03:32 PM Psychadelico
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In modern Hollywood circles, this is also referred to as "save the cat", with the idea being that if you show your hero stopping to save a cat stuck in a tree as his EstablishingCharacterMoment, you're putting the audience on his side forever.

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In modern Hollywood circles, this is also referred to as "save the cat", with the idea being that if you show your hero stopping to save a [[CatUpATree cat stuck in a tree tree]] as his EstablishingCharacterMoment, you're putting the audience on his side forever.
2nd Jun '17 7:11:03 AM Shadowgazer
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{{Sub Trope}}s include PhotoOpWithTheDog, EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas, MoralityPet (a character's entire relationship with a villain is one long PetTheDog moment), and AndroclesLion (where the dog would later reward the one who petted him/her). Compare LickedByTheDog. A few ways to pet the dog include being an AnonymousBenefactor, IWasJustPassingThrough, and EvenEvilHasStandards. Demonstrating MoralMyopia could also work (if the people they favor aren't evil). Contrast KickTheDog (doing something evil to establish an evil personality), MustMakeAmends (when a character tries to undo or atone for having [[ShootTheDog Shot The Dog]]), BaitTheDog (when this is darkly {{subverted}}).

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{{Sub Trope}}s include PhotoOpWithTheDog, EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas, MoralityPet (a character's entire relationship with a villain is one long PetTheDog moment), and AndroclesLion (where the dog would later reward the one who petted him/her). Compare LickedByTheDog. A few ways to pet the dog include being an AnonymousBenefactor, IWasJustPassingThrough, and EvenEvilHasStandards. Demonstrating MoralMyopia could also work (if the people they favor aren't evil). Contrast KickTheDog (doing something evil to establish an evil personality), personality, with many, many villains having both), MustMakeAmends (when a character tries to undo or atone for having [[ShootTheDog Shot The Dog]]), BaitTheDog (when this is darkly {{subverted}}).
30th Mar '17 7:59:51 AM neckpeck
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This term was coined by cynical screenwriters, basically meaning: show the nasty old crank petting a dog, and you show the audience, ''aw shucks, [[RuleOfEmpathy he's all right after all.]]'' Often used to demonstrate that a {{Jerkass}} is really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, or, if more limited, that the character is goal oriented rather than sadistic and/or thoroughly evil. If used as an EstablishingCharacterMoment then you skip right past the jerkass phase.

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This term was coined by cynical screenwriters, basically meaning: show the nasty old crank petting a dog, and you show the audience, ''aw shucks, [[RuleOfEmpathy he's all right they're not that bad of a person after all.]]'' Often used to demonstrate that a {{Jerkass}} is really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, or, if more limited, that the character is goal oriented rather than sadistic and/or thoroughly evil. If used as an EstablishingCharacterMoment then you skip right past the jerkass phase.
22nd Jan '17 8:21:50 PM Nohbody
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* PetTheDog/RealLife


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21st Jan '17 4:23:11 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah doesn't have a flowery reputation, in or out of the ring, publicly or behind the scenes. She was thought to be rotten and told anyone who listen her main motivation was money. So her jobbing to give Panther Girl Anne Casey the USA Women's Title, belt, Anne Casey who earlier that year had been shot multiple times and was thought to be out of wrestling permanently as a result, it was definitely a case of this.

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* Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah doesn't have a flowery reputation, in or out of the ring, publicly or behind the scenes. She was thought to be rotten and told anyone who would listen her main motivation was money. So her jobbing to give Panther Girl Anne Casey the USA Women's Title, Title belt, Anne Casey who earlier that year had been shot multiple times and was thought to be out of wrestling permanently as a result, it was definitely a case of this.
1st Jan '17 12:23:15 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah doesn't have a flowery reputation, in or out of the ring, publicly or behind the scenes. She was thought to be rotten and told anyone who listen her main motivation was money. So her jobbing to give Panther Girl Anne Casey the USA Women's Title, belt, Anne Casey who earlier that year had been shot multiple times and was thought to be out of wrestling permanently as a result, it was definitely a case of this.
2nd Sep '16 3:43:32 PM ShorinBJ
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Of course, this doesn't mean specifically petting a cute animal. It's just any attempt to soften the edge of a villain (or AntiHero) by showing him engaging in a moment of kindness.

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Of course, this doesn't mean specifically petting a cute animal. It's just any attempt to soften the edge of a villain (or AntiHero) by showing him engaging in a moment of kindness.
kindness, especially towards someone who can't do anything for them.
19th Aug '16 9:30:55 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Shigeo Okumura is best known for his campaigns against Mexican luchadors in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, but since he speaks Spanish quite well, the promotion keeps him around despite the trouble he causes to serve as a translator to the Wrestling/{{NJPW}}, REINA and other Japanese talents, which he does faithfully, even for baby {{face}}s like Shuri who aren't on board with his "Anti-Mexico" agenda.

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* Shigeo Okumura is best known for his campaigns against Mexican luchadors in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, but since he speaks Spanish quite well, the promotion keeps him around despite the trouble he causes to serve as a translator to the Wrestling/{{NJPW}}, REINA and other Japanese talents, which he does faithfully, even for baby {{face}}s like Shuri Syuri who aren't on board with his "Anti-Mexico" agenda.
19th Aug '16 9:19:57 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Shigeo Okumura is best known for his campaigns against Mexican luchadors in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, but since he speaks Spanish quite well, the promotion keeps him around despite the trouble he causes to serve as a translator to the Wrestling/{{NJPW}}, REINA and other Japanese talents, which he does faithfully, even for baby {{face}}s like Shuri who aren't on board with his "Anti-Mexico" agenda.
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