Created By: randomsurfer on January 29, 2011 Last Edited By: randomsurfer on May 5, 2011
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Formally Named Pet

A pet which has Mister or Missus as its first name.

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Updates have been rolled. Other suggested titles: Mr Pet, Mister Pet (with a redirect from Missus Pet). Still Needs a Better Description.

How do you show that your pet is special? When you want to go above and beyond a normal pet name, a formal title is the easiest way to add some sophistication. He's not just Fluffernutter, he's Mister Fluffernutter! You can usually expect such a pet to be a little lap dog or a pampered kitty.

Often overlaps with Mr. Muffykins. The Right-Hand Cat is often a Formally Named Pet.

Examples:

Advertising
  • In this ad for Petsmart a man has an unseen pet named Mr. Barkey von Schnauzer.

Anime & Manga

Comic Books

Film

Games

Literature
  • Harry Potter: Filch has a pet cat, Mrs Norris.
  • In the Discworld book Making Money, Topsy Lavish's dog and eventual chairman of the bank is named Mr Fusspot.
  • Peter S. Beagle's Tamsin features a cat simply named Mister Cat.
  • From T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (and thus also from Cats), the magical Mr. Mistoffelees (the only one of all the cats in the book/musical to be named that way).
  • Harry Dresden's cat is named simply Mister.
  • Pippi Longstocking has her little monkey, Mr Nilsson.

Live Action TV Brittany on Glee has a cat named Mr. Tubbington.

Newspaper Comics

Video Games
  • Bioshock. Little Sisters call their pet Big Daddy "Mr. Bubbles".

Web Comics
  • Mr. Scruffy, Lord Shojo's cat in The Order of the Stick.
  • Sluggy Freelance: After surviving a horrible explosion, Bun-Bun temporarily loses his memory and is adopted by a family that renames him Mr. Fuzbutt.
  • This strip from Eerie Cuties mentions an ancient vampire queen who had a kitty named Mr. Boodles.

Western Animation

Questions/other comments

  • Would Mr. Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street count, do you all think? He's not a pet, and after his family showed up he was renamed into Aloysius Snuffleupagus, "Snuffy" to his friends.
  • Can't we expand this to official titles so that it includes Chairman Meow?
  • Literature: Noboru Wataya from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is named after the protagonist's brother in law.
    • Random Surfer asks: what if anything does "Noboru Wataya" mean? If it's not "Mr. Smith" or some such, I don't think it counts.
  • True Grit: The cat's name is General Sterling Price, after the American Civil War general of the same name.
Community Feedback Replies: 47
  • January 29, 2011
    smashingmelons
    The Monarch keeps the taxidermied corpse of his old cat, Mister Mostly Mittens, in his dining room. Apparently, it had three white paws and one not-white paw (hence "mostly").
  • January 29, 2011
    Scooter007
  • January 29, 2011
    Sheora
    Mr. Muggles, the Pomeranian from Heroes.
  • January 29, 2011
    LostLenore
    In the Discworld book Making Money, Topsy Lavish's dog and eventual chairman of the bank is named Mr Fusspot.
  • January 29, 2011
    Sheora
    Mr. Tinkles, the cat villain of Cats And Dogs.
  • January 29, 2011
    AmazinglyEnough
    In Tales Of Monkey Island, Hemlock Mc Gee has a cat named Miss Prettywhiskers.
  • January 29, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Would Mr. Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street count, do you all think? He's not a pet, and after his family showed up he was renamed into Aloysius Snuffleupagus, "Snuffy" to his friends.
  • January 29, 2011
    TTurtle
    Peter S Beagle's Tamsin features a cat simply named Mister Cat.
  • January 29, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Maybe you can just call the trope Mr Pet
  • January 29, 2011
    foxley
    Mr Cat from Kid Vs Kat
  • January 30, 2011
    Arivne
    Web Comics
  • January 30, 2011
    AFP
    Can we call this Mister Pet (maybe with a redirect for Missus Pet. Or heck, do it the other way around, it works either way)?
  • January 30, 2011
    JoeG
  • January 30, 2011
    Akivara
    Would other titles work, such as that cat General Something-or-other (I forget its name but I remember it was General) from True Grit, or is it only Mr/Mrs/Miss?
  • January 30, 2011
    Duncan
    From T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (and thus also from Cats), the magical Mr. Mistoffelees. (the only one of all the cats in the book/musical to be named that way).
  • January 30, 2011
    Evalana
    • In Dan Vs. "The Animal Shelter," Dan takes home a kitten and names it Mr. Mumbles.
  • January 30, 2011
    EdnaWalker
  • January 30, 2011
    randomsurfer
    @Akivara: Not having seen True Grit (original or remake) I was unaware of any example like that; having just now looked it up it seems that the cat was named after the real General Sterling Price, which may or may not disqualify it. Let us contemplate that.

    This also probably says something about the personality of the owner of the animal in question; I'm not quite sure what though.
  • January 30, 2011
    SweetMadness
    See also Mister Muffykins.
  • January 30, 2011
    robybang
  • January 30, 2011
    Sheora
    @Edna: Isn't Cartman's cat Kitty-Kitty?
  • February 3, 2011
    mayofspace
    Can't we expand this to official titles so that it includes Chairman Meow?

    Literature: Noboru Wataya from the Wind-up Bird Chronicle is named after the protagonist's brother in law.
  • February 3, 2011
    Siranae
    Sluggy Freelance: After surviving a horrible explosion, Bun-Bun temporarily loses his memory and is adopted by a family that renames him Mr. Fuzbutt.
  • February 3, 2011
    elwoz
    I have the impression that the Right Hand Cat is often a Mister Pet.
  • February 3, 2011
    Indalecio
  • February 4, 2011
    Koveras
    Harry Dresden's cat is named simply Mister. Does that count?
  • February 4, 2011
    TooBah
    In the movie Big Fat Liar, movie producer Marty Fox has a stuffed monkey named Mister Funnybones that he's... oddly attached to.
  • February 4, 2011
    JeddtheJedi
    Mr Muggles, from Heroes.
  • February 4, 2011
    Sheora
    This trope would probably be best named Mister Pet. I too think we should expand it to include titles like Sir as well. As long as it's something formal like that.

    Maybe someone else can remember what the commercial was for, but there was a commercial about a year ago that a guy was calling for a pet with a really stupid name. It was Mister-Fuzzy-Von-Shnauzer, or something ridiculous like that. The point was something about being able to undo poor decisions.
  • February 7, 2011
    Sheora
    Has this been abandoned? I'll take it over and launch it, but I've never done one before... so I don't know if I'd do things right.
  • February 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Not abandoned, I just like to let my ykttws simmer for a long time. OTOH if you feel strongly about doing it, I'm not calling No Launching Please; ergo it's Up For Grabs by definition.
  • February 7, 2011
    Sheora
    Oh okay then. I'll probably write a description for you anyway. I feel like if I think about it for a minute I can do a fine one.
  • February 7, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    Mister Soichiro from Maison Ikkoku.
  • February 7, 2011
    peccantis
  • February 7, 2011
    foxley
    If other titles count, B.A.'s cat in Knights Of The Dinner Table is Colonel Prowler.
  • February 8, 2011
    Arivne
    Video Games
    • Bioshock. Little Sisters call their pet Big Daddy "Mr. Bubbles".
  • February 8, 2011
    Sheora
    Okay, here's a working description for you. As I mentioned, I'm new to this so I don't know if it's OK for me to edit this in, or if I should just leave it to randomsurfer.

    How do you show that your pet is special? When you want to go above and beyond a normal pet name, a formal title is the easiest way to add some sophistication. He's not just Fluffernutter, he's Mister Fluffernutter! You can usually expect such a pet to be a little lap dog or a pampered kitty.

    Often overlaps with Mister Muffykins.
  • February 8, 2011
    Evalana
    • In one episode of Phineas And Ferb, Doofenshmirtz took in a cat and named it Mr. Fluffypants, after his uncle Fluffypants.
  • February 8, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Candace had a bunny for one episode of Phineas And Ferb that she called Mr. Cutie Patootie. Turned out he was an enemy agent trying to find Perry's lair.
  • April 29, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Bump.
  • April 30, 2011
    artofcheatery
    Another Buffy example: Drusilla's dog, is 'Ms Sunshine'
  • April 30, 2011
    Arivne
    Web Comics
  • May 4, 2011
    Cassis
    Brittany on Glee has a cat named Mr. Tubbington.
  • May 5, 2011
    Ardiente
  • May 5, 2011
    Atz
    • Jarad has a pet Gyarados named Mr Fish in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things.
    • Housepets has at least ten cats called Mr Bigglesworth, due to their owner being a Crazy Cat Lady. They all look the same, though they're not related and some are female. They occasionally mess with other pets who don't know there's more than one.
  • May 5, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • May 5, 2011
    leechee
    How Not To Write A Novel mentions this as something that is overdone
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