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9th Jun '16 6:15:50 PM Give1Take2
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* Vikings: In Season 1, [[AdiposeRex King Aelle of Northumbria]] throws his captain of the guard into a SnakePit filled with plump, sleek, non-poisonous pythons. Said guard screams in terror as the calm, docile serpents slowly slither onto his lap and over his shoulder.
5th May '16 12:51:27 PM Sharlee
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This is a Terrifying Pet Store Rat. While the animal in question is often a rat, it also applies to spiders, snakes, and anything else the audience is expected to react with fear or revulsion toward, despite the animal reacting like a pet. Spiders will saunter calmly over people instead of racing along in a panic. Snakes will crawl onto people's shoulders, staring them in the face comically instead of hissing and coiling defensively. ''Non''-menacing animals can be an inversion of sorts, when an animal which should, itself, be terrified by event unfolding around it instead acts calm, content, and eager for the treat its handler is dangling just out of frame.

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This is a Terrifying Pet Store Rat. While the animal in question is often a rat, it also applies to spiders, snakes, and anything else the audience is expected to react with fear or revulsion toward, despite the animal reacting like a pet. Spiders will saunter calmly over people instead of racing along in a panic. Snakes will crawl onto people's shoulders, staring them in the face comically instead of hissing and coiling defensively. ''Non''-menacing animals can be an inversion of sorts, when an animal which should, itself, ''itself'', be terrified by event events unfolding around it in-story instead acts calm, content, and eager for the treat its handler is dangling just out of frame.
5th May '16 12:50:46 PM Sharlee
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This is a Terrifying Pet Store Rat. While the animal in question is often a rat, it also applies to spiders, snakes, and anything else the audience is expected to react with fear or revulsion toward, despite the animal reacting like a pet. Spiders will saunter calmly over people instead of racing along in a panic. Snakes will crawl onto people's shoulders, staring them in the face comically instead of hissing and coiling defensively.

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This is a Terrifying Pet Store Rat. While the animal in question is often a rat, it also applies to spiders, snakes, and anything else the audience is expected to react with fear or revulsion toward, despite the animal reacting like a pet. Spiders will saunter calmly over people instead of racing along in a panic. Snakes will crawl onto people's shoulders, staring them in the face comically instead of hissing and coiling defensively.
defensively. ''Non''-menacing animals can be an inversion of sorts, when an animal which should, itself, be terrified by event unfolding around it instead acts calm, content, and eager for the treat its handler is dangling just out of frame.
3rd May '16 10:21:01 PM Sharlee
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* In an inversion of sorts, an Unterrified Pet Store Mouse appeared in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', being fed to the scorpion-like alien creatures a scientist is raising in secret. The fact that the mouse we see the scientist pick up is ''very'' obviously pregnant, but the one shown happily waiting to be devoured alive isn't, doesn't help.

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* In an inversion of sorts, an A conspicuously Unterrified Pet Store Mouse appeared in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', being fed to the scorpion-like alien creatures a scientist is raising in secret. The fact that the mouse we see the scientist pick up is ''very'' obviously pregnant, but the one shown happily waiting to be devoured alive isn't, doesn't help.
3rd May '16 10:19:43 PM Sharlee
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* In an inversion of sorts, an Unterrified Pet Store Mouse appeared in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', being fed to the scorpion-like alien creatures a scientist is raising in secret. The fact that the mouse we see the scientist pick up is ''very'' obviously pregnant, but the one shown happily waiting to be devoured alive isn't, doesn't help.
29th Jan '16 11:53:21 AM Steinman76
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* ''Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes'' has its first onscreen victim "torn apart" by bats - portrayed by flying foxes, which are a) fruit bats and b) look like adorable flying puppies. They seem more interested in snuggling up to their human co-star for warmth than doing anything aggressive. Later in the movie, actual Terrifying Pet Store Rats make an appearance, and a woman is killed by locusts (aka ''grasshoppers'') after being covered by a concoction brewed from Brussels sprouts.
2nd Dec '15 12:49:46 PM eroock
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[[quoteright:261:[[Film/NightOfTheLepus http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lepus-bunnies_1670.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:261:[[NightmareRetardant D'awww]]... I mean, [[Film/NightoftheLepus RUN AWAY]]!]]

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[[quoteright:261:[[Film/NightOfTheLepus [[quoteright:315:[[Film/NightOfTheLepus http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lepus-bunnies_1670.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pet_store_bunnies.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:261:[[NightmareRetardant [[caption-width-right:315:[[NightmareRetardant D'awww]]... I mean, [[Film/NightoftheLepus [[KillerRabbit RUN AWAY]]!]]
18th Nov '15 5:56:57 PM Katsuhagi
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* Also occurred when [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] was supposed to sic a (real, but de-venomed) cobra on {{Wrestling/Sting}} as a match finisher, only to have the snake turn on him, but the cobra turned out to be ''too'' tame and wouldn't actually bite him, so he just held it to his face while it flailed pathetically.

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* Also occurred Occurred when [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] was supposed to sic a (real, but de-venomed) cobra on {{Wrestling/Sting}} as a match finisher, only to have the snake turn on him, but the cobra turned out to be ''too'' tame and wouldn't actually bite him, so he just held it to his face while it flailed pathetically.pathetically.
** Happened again on RAW when the snake he brought out to torment a KO'd Dean Ambrose wasn't too keen on tormenting him. And Dean [[{{Corpsing}} corpsed]] when the snake was rubbing against his face.
18th Nov '15 5:54:57 PM Katsuhagi
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* Also occurred when [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] was supposed to sic a (real, but de-venomed) cobra on {{Wrestling/Sting}} as a match finisher, only to have the snake turn on him, but the cobra turned out to be ''too'' tame and wouldn't actually bite him, so he just held it to his face while it flailed pathetically.
15th Oct '15 7:43:21 PM Katsuhagi
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* One [[http://www.webbertraining.com/photos/custom/IC%20Cal%202013_Page4.jpg PSA for sanitation]] had a caption saying "When did you last clean your phone?" and featured a leopard gecko sitting on an old-style flip phone. While clearly intended to invoke the ReptilesAreAbhorrent trope, leopard geckos are incredibly docile and make great pets, which was probably ''why'' it was picked for the advertisement. For bonus points, the leopard gecko in question is of a morph almost never seen in the wild, making its pet-ness even more obvious.

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* One [[http://www.webbertraining.com/photos/custom/IC%20Cal%202013_Page4.jpg PSA for sanitation]] had a caption saying "When did you last clean your phone?" and featured a leopard gecko sitting on an old-style flip phone. While clearly intended to invoke the ReptilesAreAbhorrent trope, leopard geckos are incredibly docile and make great pets, which was probably ''why'' it was picked for the advertisement. For bonus points, the leopard gecko in question is of a morph (color) almost never seen in the wild, making its pet-ness even more obvious.
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