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->''Hey, bulldog!''
-->-- '''Music/TheBeatles''', ''Hey, Bulldog''

This trope is prevalent in (but not exclusive to) old cartoons from the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940s]] as both WarnerBros and {{MGM}} had a surfeit of bulldog characters. Generally they were [[AngryGuardDog vicious guard dogs]] or [[TheBully bullies]], esp. toward [[PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize cats and littler dogs]].

Since a lot of the examples are in cartoons and because of the stubby snout and large jowls, the bulldog was probably used where they wanted what Preston Blair called the "[[TheBrute Heavy Pugnacious Character]]".

This is a DeadHorseTrope now. Bulldogs ''were'' vicious many years ago when they were still bred to fight bulls for sport, hence the name. When this sport was outlawed, bulldogs had their viciousness bred out of them so they could be kept as pets. It's reflected in fiction, too: Modern "mean dogs" are almost always Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, and German shepherds.

Almost AlwaysMale. Subtrope of DogStereotype.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* DonaldDuck comics have this in almost every issue. Normally it's someone climbing a fence just to notice he's landed on the bulldog territory. This is a stock scene, and is sometimes parodied. It might not be a bulldog, but an equally vicious poodle for instance, or even if the dog is just a sleeping puppy, the character is terrified.

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[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* Mr. Beefy from ''LittleNicky''.
* Subverted in the Halloween sequence in the movie ''MeetMeInStLouis''. When Tootie has to "Kill the Braukoffs," another child protests, "The Braukoffs have a fierce bulldog! She'll be torn to pieces!" After Tootie throws flour into Mr. Braukoff's face to "kill" him, the bulldog is seen quietly and unconcernedly snuffling up the flour rather than noticing Tootie at all.

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[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* Francis from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''. A little haughty, but otherwise rather nice. [[BerserkButton Just don't call him Frankie.]]
* Carface from ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''.
* Music/TheBeatles' song "Hey Bulldog" from the film ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', with animated blue two-legged, three-headed bulldogs.
* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has a bulldog on the pound where Lady is taken. He's not vicious, just a little rough around the edges.
* About halfway through the film ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'', Gnomeo is actually dragged away to the Creator/WilliamShakespeare statue in the park by one of these.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' where Luis the bulldog is actually friendly.
* Gamma from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the novel ''Literature/WhiteFang'', the wolf fights a bulldog in a dogfight.
** Cherokee the bulldog subverts this trope because he is [[http://london.sonoma.edu/Writings/WhiteFang/4chapter4.html described as neither vicious or bullying]]: "Cherokee did not seem anxious to fight. He turned his head and blinked at the men who shouted, at the same time wagging his stump of a tail good-naturedly. He was not afraid, but merely lazy."
*** He's more an instance of KillerRabbit with a side ImplacableMan, calmly wearing White Fang down to the strangling point.
* Averted with T-Bone from ''CliffordTheBigRedDog''.
* Also averted with Alfie from ''Literature/{{Survivors}}'', who's more impulsive than the other dogs. [[spoiler:Too bad he got offed by Alpha afterwards.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Harry's mean aunt, Marge, breeds bulldogs. She brings one of them named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ripper]] when she visits the Dursleys, who used to chase Harry around when he was smaller.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', DrillSergeantNasty Sgt. Silverback owns a robot bulldog, similar to the team's own robot dog TeamPet. Averted in that the team's CloudCuckoolander, Bridge, also mentioned owning a bulldog as a kid; and that both of these came from the fact that the writer/director was a dog lover who owned bulldogs as a kid himself.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, Snubbull and Granbull are basically bipedal bulldogs. Both tend to be callous bullies (although in Snubbull's case, they are actually affectionate and act mean to hide their cowardice), with their most common ability being Intimidate. Funnily enough, they're also popular pets among fashion conscious young women -- and as of Gen VI, they're pure Fairy types.
* Muggshot from ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series could be considered the epitome of this trope. A [[DumbMuscle super-tough]] [[StoneWall nigh-invulnerable]] {{Jerkass}} with [[DualWielding two]] [[{{BFG}} gigantic]] [[MoreDakka tommy guns]], he's definitely not a nice guy. Ironically, his FreudianExcuse is that ''he'' was bullied as a child.
* The Moblins in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', humanoid bulldogs that are occasional {{Mooks}} fought in the game.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Spike and his son, Tyke, from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''.
** Inverted when Spike [[PapaWolf only acts tough when defending his son]], or Tom clearly started the fight, which [[CatsAreMean often he does]].
* Spike and Hector from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
** Subverted with Marc Anthony from ''WesternAnimation/FeedTheKitty''.
** The next-generation equivalent in ''TinyToonAdventures'' is a pit bull.
* Butch from the ClassicDisneyShorts.
* Butch from the MGM Creator/TexAvery shorts starring Droopy.
** There was also the unnamed bulldog from the short "WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie", as seen above.
* Another "Butch the bulldog" is small red one in a Gene Deitch short called "Shove Thy Neighbor".
* GT from ''TurboDogs''.
* Subverted when Mr. Peabody was posing as the Yale bulldog, in order to cox a boatload of college rowers.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Catteries Not Included" features a whole army of robotic bulldogs. These were also featured in the video game adaption.
* Gibber from ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' was an anthropomorphic bulldogish dogface.
* Bluto's eyepatch-wearing bulldog in the ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Protek the Weakerist" and its remake, "Barking Dogs Don't Fite"
* Bandit from ''JonnyQuest'' appears to be a bulldog, though he's actually a bit of a scaredy cat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'', one character is a bulldog ''named'' Bully, but he's actually the harmless ButtMonkey of the show.
* Binky Barnes from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''.
* Rock Bottom from the 1950s FelixTheCat TV Show
* Earl from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.
* Ma-Mutt, Mumm-Ra's beloved pet/guard dog/minion from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''.
* Kevin from ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' will very often chase Bogus around the house, but he will sometimes assist him when there's any kind of problem.
* Pitts he bulldog in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' episode "Dog Day AfterToon."
* Averted with Jake the Dog in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. He's a bit of a BloodKnight, but mostly laid back and friendly.
* Played with in ''CreatureComforts'', where a bulldog acts as the [[InkSuitActor Claymation Suit Actor]] for a private security guard; he comes off as a fairly nice guy, despite his profession.
* Defied in one episode of ''The Busy World Of RichardScarry'': when a bulldog kid named Billy Dog joins the class, everyone think he's going to be TheBully, and avoid him. At the end of the episode they realize that he's a pretty nice guy who just looks scary.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Bulldogs are also extremely popular as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bulldog_mascots sports mascots]].
** The Cleveland Browns' official mascot may be a brownie, but it's more likely you'll see someone wearing the "Dawg" on his shirt, a big orange bulldog!
** There are also the Bulldogs who are the mascots of Yale, the University of Georgia, Gonzaga, Butler and the Citadel.
* Believe it or not, bulldogs are cited as being very friendly dogs, especially for families with children. They'd actually prefer to sleep on someone's lap and wouldn't leave their yard without a human companion.

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