Created By: Lavalyte on May 14, 2010 Last Edited By: Lavalyte on July 9, 2010

Nice Kitty

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Every now and then The Hero runs across a big animal he would rather not disturb. It's a bear, or a tiger, or Cerberus.

Correct procedure is to back away slowly, making placatory sounds such as 'Niiiice kitty... good kitty..." then run just before the pounce.

Occaisionally the Kitty turns out to be an actual Nice Kitty..., and acts like a giant puppy.

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  • May 15, 2010
    In Octopussy, James Bond commands a tiger to "Sit!" (in Barbara Woodhouse's distinctive tone). And it does.
  • May 15, 2010
    In Yu Gi Oh Abridged Bakura tries that offscreen with a tiger. Doesn't help, obviously.
  • May 15, 2010
    In Ghostbusters when Louis Tully is confronted by the monstrous Vinz Clortho, he tries to soothe it with, "Good doggie...nice little pooch..."
  • May 15, 2010
    Complete inversion on Azumanga Daioh: The animal is tiny, not big; the character approaches it while placating it instead of backing away, and instead of it turning out to be nice, it turned out to be exactly as dangerous as it didn't look.
  • May 15, 2010
    I know I've seen this on The Simpsons with Homer doing a Phil Silvers-esque voice, but I don't know if Phil Silvers himself ever did it or not. (Or Top Cat, who was based on Silvers.)
  • May 15, 2010
    I vaguely recall Aladdin doing this upon encountering Rajah (a tiger), but I may be wrong; it's been a while.
  • May 16, 2010
    The titular lion in Secondhand Lions. Definitely a very nice kitty, she is impossibly tame, though very protective of her cub (Walter).
  • May 17, 2010
    I believe the Aladdin line is "Good kitty -- don't get too close, now," which led to claims that Aladdin was saying something like, "Good teenagers take off all their clothes now."
  • May 17, 2010
    • Disney's Aladdin. As can be heard here, starting at 8:10, Aladdin says "Down kitty...Look! A mouse!...Scat...C'mon, good kitty...Take off!...Down kitty". He also says some things I can't hear clearly because the Genie is talking.
  • May 18, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Mike in the Teaser Trailer for Monsters Inc: "Nice doggy. Nice big doggy."
  • May 18, 2010
    Oral Tradition
    • There's an old saying that goes: Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock.

    • A subversion in The Flintstones: Barney sees a Bantydactyl and cheerfully says "Here, pussy pussy" to it until it cheerfully opens its mouth and grabs him leaving only his feet exposed.

    • Avatar The Last Airbender: Aang flees a big horned gorilla thing until he realizes it's King Bumi's pet. Then he tentatively asks, "...Flopsy?" To which Flopsy responds by grabbing him and cuddling him.
  • June 22, 2010
  • If it acts like a dog, that's a sister trope.
  • July 9, 2010
    I'm just being lazy. Any more examples before I launch?
  • July 9, 2010
    You think Tim Allen's character is going to do this when he sees a dog in his first foray as Santa in The Santa Clause, but he subverts it: "Nice... teeth!"