Created By: Earnest on February 10, 2012
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Emotion Mimicking Mascot

A character's pet has no personality, and mimics the owner's.

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Pets are very sensitive to their owners moods, often mimicking them by becoming happy, excited, or melancholy along with their owner. In TV Land though, some pets seem almost to be living emoticons for their owners' current state of mind. For example, the Right-Hand Cat of a Diabolical Mastermind will hiss along with their Evil Laugh. Another character's Head Pet will (perhaps because of the proximity to the brain) even gesticulate along with their owner.

One interesting duality is if the owner is very elegant and refined while the pet is crass. An owner being snide to someone may be echoed with the pet jeering. An owner menacing someone could be mimicked with the pet hovering hungrily over them. If both parties have pets, these pets may well act out the same scene on each other in a more comical/animalistic manner.
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  • February 10, 2012
    spudwalt
    In El Goonish Shive, Susan's little fairy doll that she got from Nanase counts, since it acts on her subconscious instincts, including randomly hugging people.
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