Created By: JordanMarch 21, 2010
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Right Hand Attack Dog

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Just tried to send this but it disappeared, so apologies for the possible double post.

This is a contrast to the Right Hand Cat, in which the villain's pet plays a more active role- as a guard/weapon against the heroes. Expect Fluffy The Terrible in terms of naming and for the villain to be a confirmed Fluffy Tamer. Typically, villains will either show a Nightmare Fetishist streak and be oblivious to how savage their pets are, and will treat them kindly, or else, they will use the pets to Kick The Dog. Finally, as the title suggests, when the creature in question isn't a fantasy animal, it's very likely to be some kind of canine.

Examples:
  • While not a villain (despite most adaptations making him one), Hades is probably the trope originator, having the three-headed dog Cerberus guarding the underworld.
  • In Batman The Animated Series, Joker and Harley had a pack of savage hyenas which Harley would cuddle with.
  • In Avatar The Last Airbender, King Bumi was introduced pretending to be a villain (he was actually a Trickster Mentor of sorts), and his pet "Flopsie" seemed to be one of these.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Father's lair is guarded by chimera (the monstrous animal variety).
  • In The Simpsons, Mr. Burns has a pack of hounds which he likes to release on those who disturb him at home.
  • Possibly Jabba the Hutt's Sarlaac in Star Wars
  • Voldemort's gigantic pet snake, Nagini in the Harry Potter books. She also has a non-combat function as her venom helped to keep him alive prior to getting his full power back.
  • Oddly combined with Right Hand Cat in The Great Mouse Detective, as the villain, Ratigan, has a pet cat larger than himself to which he fees hapless mice.
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • March 21, 2010
    PaulA
    In Oliver & Company, the villain has a pair of vicious Dobermanns.
  • March 21, 2010
    melloncollie
    The Chechen in The Dark Knight has a pack of attack dogs. The Joker uses them later in the film.
  • March 22, 2010
    Chabal2
    Bubastis (mutant lynx) in Watchmen?
  • March 22, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Man Called Flintstone. The Green Goose and his pet sabre-tooth tiger Ferocious.

    Western Animation
    • Jonny Quest TOS episode "Dragons of Ashida". The title character had large lizards similar to Komodo dragons that he considered his pets. He used them for hunting human beings and as security for his island.
  • March 22, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Batman Beyond, Bruce isa heroic example, with his big and Dark Is Not Evil dog at his side.

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