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->''"It's of utmost importance the pet that I get is something that's awesome and cool!"''\\
--'''[[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash Rainbow]] [[SelfDemonstrating/RainbowDash Dash]]''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

What do you give the guy with a CoolShip, CoolShades, and a CoolSword? A Cool Pet! Said pet will be completely loyal to them, to the point of death (maybe even beyond...), and may be a MacGuffin. Said pet will also have a unique appearance, and may or may not be a rare mystic animal. A bit of WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic? tends to occur since the pet will usually reflect its master in some way. Expect a cool pet to be an EmpathyPet or [[BondCreatures Bond Creature]] if there's supernatural happenings afoot.

A Subtrope of LoyalAnimalCompanion, and a frequent AllAnimalsAreDogs offender.

Common Subtropes of this include:
* Uncommonly Common Exotic Pet: It is very common for fictional characters (often with a bit of WishFulfillment thrown in) to own pets that in RealLife, are not common at all. Likely, due to the RuleOfCool, as most of us have daydreamed of owning such a pet at one point in our lives. Sometimes the pet will be [[AnimalMotifs symbolic]] of the owner in question. Commonly the creature will be [[AmplifiedAnimalAptitude more intelligent than is usual for its species]].
* Alien Pet: Why own a critically endangered animal when you can own a creature that's not of this world?
* Mythical Pet: a creature or character that is actually a powerful mythological creature but treated as a regular pet. {{Muggles}} might actually see an odd-looking peacock instead of a phoenix, a horse instead of a unicorn, etc.
* Impossible Pet: due to sloppy research, a character owns a pet whose care would lead to FridgeLogic.

This can be a TruthInTelevision since some brave souls do keep rather... exotic... pets. Some foolish souls do that too, but without actually knowing what they're doing.

Can overlap with ActionPet.

Compare and Contrast {{Mon}}s.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjWYbcbpiWA This DirecTV ad]] features a wealthy man who owns an unnaturally tiny giraffe as a pet.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''PetShopOfHorrors'':
** Count D has Q, a weird vampire bat/rabbit hybrid thing. [[spoiler: It turns out to be his grandfather.]]
** Beyond Q, all the pets the Count sells tend to qualify for this.
* A lot of characters from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' seem to have started to fit this trope since the introduction of [[GottaCatchEmAll box weapons]] to the series. Later in the story, [[DebutQueue all the guardians officially have some kind of pet]].
** Xanxus and Bester, his pet liger box weapon [[spoiler:who also shows that it's a BondCreature when it changes from a lion to said liger form when [[GoodScarsEvilScars Xanxus' scars]] show.]]
** Gokudera and Uri, who are both loose cannons with a bit of CatsAreMean.
** Even the Arcobaleno all seem to have exotic companions.
** Tsuna seems to have a little lion with a visor on its head and Dying Will flames as a mane
** Yamamoto's got a dog that carries around ''[[SwordsAkimbo three swords]]''.
** Squalo has [[ThreateningShark FLYING SHARK]].
* The main character of ''Anime/OutlawStar'' SpinOff ''AngelLinks'', Meifon Li, has a Cool Pet in the form of [[http://jasms.de/anime/angel_links/taffei.jpg Taffei]]. It [[VictoriasSecretCompartment rides around in her cleavage]], and doubles as an EmpathicWeapon by transforming into a sword when needed.
* Sakaki of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' has Maya, a wild, rare, Iriomote Cat she adopted after his mother was killed by a car.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Pen-Pen, the only happy character to ever feature in the series. He sleeps in a fridge. And also, EverythingsBetterWithPenguins. FridgeLogic, [[{{Pun}} pun intended]] as Misato spent [[spoiler: several years in [[MysteriousAntarctica Antarctica]] before and after the Second Impact.]] Why she would want a souvenir, however.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' revealed that [[WarriorPrince Hegemon Klaus Ingvalt]] had white leopards for pets, since in the land of Shutra, white leopards were considered as excellent guards.
* Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a falcon named Pet Shop able to [[AnIcePerson manipulate ice]] and to use a giant skeletal pterodactyl Stand named Horus.
* [[spoiler:Puu]] from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' [[spoiler: eventually morphs into this for Yusuke, getting its final form: a blazing phoenix]].
* Nagi Sanzenin of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has a pet tiger, Tama, who she adopted as a cub. He's able to talk, but Nagi doesn't know that.
* Kyou from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' keeps a wild boar known as Botan. For most of the story he's just a piglet, but even so, he's extremely well-behaved and trained (excepting his habit of following Kyou to school), especially for a boar that was born wild, not in captivity. In After Story (by which point he's full-grown, tusked, and fairly huge) he's even seen playing with five-year-old children!
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' has Old Lace, a genetically engineered dinosaur from the future.
* Lockjaw, the giant, teleporting bulldog belonging to Black Bolt of TheInhumans.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Ozymandias has a genetically-engineered lynx named Bubastis.
* Kitty Pryde in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' has a [[ShoulderSizedDragon small extraterrestrial dragon]] named Lockheed.
* Most DC heroes had cool pets back in the day:
** ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': Superman has KryptoTheSuperdog, a little white dog who happens to be one of the most powerful living creatures on Earth, perhaps in the whole universe. And he wears a cute little red cape. Superman also had a supermonkey named Beppo. The Kryptonian pets and several others also formed the Legion of Super-Pets in the Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} 30th century.
** Franchise/{{Batman}} had Ace the Bat-Hound
** Franchise/{{Supergirl}} had Streaky the Supercat as well as a superhorse named Comet.
** {{Aquaman}}'s infamous "talk to fish" power can make any marine life his cool pet. Topo the Octopus is perhaps the most notable.
** [[HeroicDog Rex the Wonder Dog]] surprisingly ''isn't'' this for WonderWoman - he's a completely separate character. However, the Amazons have had trained kangaroos, [[{{Pegasus}} flying horses]] and giant sharks on Themyscira over the years.
* Most of the mutants in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' were kept as cool pets at one point or another. Leatherhead was an exotic pet who was flushed down the toilet when his owners couldn't/wouldn't keep him anymore, there are the titular turtles (of course), and Master Splinter who qualifies not by being a rat, but by being a rat who ''knows martial arts''.
* Baron Winters, leader of ''NightForce'', has a pet leopard named Merlin.
* In the ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' series, Princess Luna has a possum named Tiberius. Yes, it's a reference to ''[[Franchise/StarTrek that]]'' "Tiberius".
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Lezaford in ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' has a pet dragon.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/771621 The Discworld Tarot]]'', Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes illustrates Strength by acquiring a [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy very cool companion animal indeed]].
* Characters in ''TheWorldOfTheCreatures'' get all kinds of cool animals as pets (or spirit creatures, as they are called). These can include anything from dinosaurs to aliens.
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[[folder:Films]]
%%* ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'' - need I say more?
%%* Dog in ''TheRoadWarrior''.
* Yoshi was much more ugly in the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' film. He looked like a velociraptor.
* In ''[[{{Gamera}} Gamera The Brave]]'', a small boy gets a pet turtle and names it "Toto". Guess who the turtle grows up to become...
* [[Film/{{Gremlins}} Gizmo]] is a pretty cool pet...as long as you don't break the rules.
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns'': What could possibly make Ardeth Bey ''more awesome''? Oh, look, HE HAS A FALCON.
* Blood, from ''ABoyAndHisDog'', is a genetically-modified mutt with human-level intelligence and the ability to communicate psychically with his human.
* The Robinsons get a lot of these in Disney's ''Film/SwissFamilyRobinson'', including a monkey, a baby elephant, an ostrich, and a Zebra.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Art could possibly qualify from the [[PictureBooks picture book]] ''Literature/ArtTheGeckoMakesAFriend''.
* ''{{Duumvirate}}'' and its prequel have Fido, a bioengineered white-furred canine quite a bit smarter and ''much'' deadlier than the average RightHandAttackDog, and like its owners has a taste for [[ImAHumanitarian manflesh]].
* Vlad in Steven Brust's ''{{Dragaera}}'' books has a [[ShoulderSizedDragon jhereg]] as his familiar. However, Loiosh isn't really a ''pet'' per se, since he's as smart as a human and a vibrant character in his own right. Jhereg are quite common in that region, sort of filling the position of carrion-eating pigeons.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein played with this more than once.
** ''Literature/RedPlanet'' has Willis, who is the low intelligence (compared to most people but more intelligent than a dog) pet of the protagonist Jim Marlowe. Later we find out that Willis is [[spoiler: a female Martian who will grow up to be male; and will become equal to or greater in intelligence than humans]].
** ''TheStarBeast'''s titular character is Lummox, who has been a pet to generations of the Thomas family. [[spoiler: She's actually an alien princess whose species is noted for having difficulty picking up languages other than their own, and who views the boys of the Thomas family as ''her'' pets.]]
* In Stirling Lanier's ''Hiero's Journey'', Hiero had Klootz, a giant mutated, combat-trained [[HorseOfADifferentColor riding-moose]]. Not a pet, exactly, but not quite a partner. And seriously cool.
* In AnneMcCaffrey's works:
** The [[ShoulderSizedDragon fire lizards]] in the ''DragonridersOfPern'' series.
** The ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Talents]]'' series has Barque Cats (semi-sentient space-born felines) and Coonies (raccoons genetically modified for increased intelligence and domestication.)
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'' and sequel ''Uncharted Stars'' protagonist Murdoc has Eet, improbable telepathic offspring of [[TrulySingleParent feline parthenogenesis]]. [[spoiler:She's basically a funny-looking kitten...but at the end of the second book, she {{metamorphos|is}}es.]]
* In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', this is pretty much required. The dćmon is a physical manifestaion of your soul and generally equals your badassness capacity.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry's dog Mouse is a massive (waist high on a guy who's near 7 foot tall), supernaturally tough (getting hit by van at full speed just gave him a limp), [[EvilDetectingDog evil magic detecting]], [[NearlyNormalAnimal unusually intelligent]] Tibetan Temple Dog. He's part Chinese guardian spirit, and later books reveal that not only is he ''at least'' [[IntellectualAnimal as smart as a human]], he [[ThisIsMyHuman thinks of Harry as ''his'' familiar]].
** Mister, Harry's adopted tailless house cat that's the next best thing to an average mountain lion. It's an in-Dresdenverse RunningGag that Mister "owns" the house and that Harry just lives there. Bob occasionally uses him as a mobile Spirit Jar to protect himself from sunlight. Harry speculates that Mister only allows it because he gets to see interesting places.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''JohnCarterOfMars'' books, John Carter's Woola.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' SixthRanger David has a pet cobra named Spawn and a cat that isn't afraid to throw down with eagles named Megadeth. Jake has a less exotic but no less cool pet - a golden retriever named Homer.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry Potter had Hedwig, a snowy owl, which while not as unusual as some of the examples here, still qualifies because Hedwig was far more social and generally better-behaved than any real-life pet owl could be.
** There are other owls in the Potterverse, such as Ron's Pigwidgeon.
** Dumbledore has Phoenix, Fawkes.
** Voldemort's snake Nagini.
** Hagrid has several: hippogriff Buckbeak, his threstrals, and his spider Aragog; and he had Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback for a short time.
* Skeeve from the ''MythAdventures'' series acquires a pet dragon, Gleep, at the beginning of the series. [[spoiler: Much later it's revealed that it was, in fact, the other way around.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, swamp dragons are sometimes kept as pets by the Aristocratic and wealthy. They are notoriously difficult to care for, having extremely stringent dietary and environmental restrictions, and are prone to exploding. Later books introduce Lady Sybil Ramkin, who runs a rescue shelter for unwanted swamp dragons. They're effectively a parody of pure-bred horse and dog keeping by the upper-classes; as well as exotic pet keeping in general.
* In ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy A Wizard of Earthsea]]'', Ged has an otak, a small, very shy wild creature that rides around in his hood and will tolerate almost no one else. When he's attacked at one point, it tries to protect him, screaming (this is notable because otaks have no voices). [[spoiler:Ged is heartbroken when it dies.]]
* Treecats in Literature/HonorHarrington.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** At the end of ''A Game of Thrones'', Dany gets three [[ShoulderSizedDragon baby dragons]]. A part of her plotline involves trying to find two more riders for them when they're grown. Also, dragons are the sigil of House Targaryen.
** The Stark children [[AndZoidberg and]] [[HeroicBastard Jon]] all have enormous direwolves, which are more than pets or friends - [[BondCreatures they are a part of them]]. Direwolves, the sigil of House Stark, haven't been seen in living memory. Sansa loses hers early on, unfortunately, and Arya is separated from hers.
** Skinchangers, like the Stark children, always have a cool pet of some kind to warg into. Varamyr has three wolves, a bear, and a shadowcat (the impracticality of owning the latter two is {{Lampshade}}d and {{Deconstructed}}). Orell has an eagle. Borroq has a large boar.
* DocSavage's sidekicks Monk and Ham each had one of these: Monk had a pig named Habeas Corpus, and Ham had an ape named Chemistry.
* A more mundane example than most, but Louis Kehlweiler (one of Fred Vargas' main characters) has a pet toad called Bufo.
* Ord in ''Literature/SisterAlice'' has a dozen intelligent, tame bears as pets, who have limited speech capacity. The Chamberlain estate previously had goat-like animals, which clung to sheer walls, though they are no longer around because the children [[SocietyOfImmortals kept temporarily dying from falling to their death]] while trying to ride them.
* The short story ''Snow White Pony'' by Ardath Mayhar has a little girl who gets a white pony from her parents. It's really a unicorn [[spoiler:who's been sent to restore to her the will to live.]]
* A common occurrence in TamoraPeirce novels.
** Literature/SongOfTheLioness had her loyal horse Moonlight. She also had Faithful, a talking, magical black cat that was less of a pet and more of an adviser. It turned out that Faithful was actually a constellation that comes to earth every couple of centuries to guide and help humans; centuries before, he had aided another protagonist, [[Literature/ProvostsDog Beka]], under the name of Pounce. Beka also had pets in the form of Achoo, an incredibly skilled scent-house, and Slapper, a violent pigeon that carried souls of the dead.
** At any one time, [[Literature/TheImmortals Daine]] could have dozens of these trailing after her at any one time, due to her power to speak to animals. This meant that her relationship with them was more like an equal partnership, especially since prolonged exposure to Daine's powers [[AmplifiedAnimalAptitude increased the animals' intelligence]]. She also had a little dragon named Skysong, but since [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons in this universe are as intelligent as humans]], she was more of an adopted daughter than a pet.
** Daine's influence on the palace animals also led to another protagonist, [[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Keladry]], getting a number of cool pets herself- a playful hound, an irritable gelding, and a whole flock of sparrows, all of which followed her into battle. For a while, she also had to care for a griffon, but that was a painful experience all around.
** In Literature/CircleOfMagic, there were also a couple of these; a big dog named Bear the kids rescued, a seagull Tris raised from infancy, and a sentient glass dragon.
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor has K-9, a charming little low-budget robot dog who calls him "Master" in a sweet little electronic voice and shoots lasers out of his nose. The Doctor had two versions of K-9. K-9 Mark III appeared in the short-lived spinoff ''Series/K9AndCompany'' with ''Doctor Who'' companion Sarah Jane Smith, as well as in the ''Doctor Who'' stories "The Five Doctors" and "School Reunion". Following a HeroicSacrifice, Mark III was replaced by Mark IV, who subsequently made several appearances on ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' as Sarah Jane's, and later her son Luke's, pet.
* Calum from ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' owns a badger.
* HoneyWest had a pet ocelot, Bruce.
* SPG (Special Patrol Group), the talking hamster on ''TheYoungOnes''. He even has an orange mohawk and a metal star on his forehead, [[UncattyResemblance just like his owner.]]
* ''KeyWest'': Gumbo has a pet female alligator named Tickle [sic] Pink, which he adorns with a pink ribbon around the neck. He treats her like a "swamp dog."
* Crockett (Don Johnson) of ''{{Miami Vice}}'' had a pet alligator. The actor was very careful around it as he himself said "''Tame alligator'' is a contradiction in terms."
* Dr. Maura Isles from ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_spurred_tortoise African spurred tortoise]] named Bass (after William M. Bass, the founder of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Tennessee_Anthropological_Research_Facility the Body Farm]]). In the first episode, she gives Jane a baby tortoise, which is then promptly [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse never mentioned again]].
* Discussed in Series/{{Frasier}}. Niles goes to confront Maris and she stands there, silently stroking her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocelot ocelot]].
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[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* [[ForgottenRealms Drizzt]] has Guenhwyvar, who is animal companion ''and'' nigh-immortal figurine-summoned monster at the same time.
** DungeonsAndDragons in general, with Rangers and Druids having access to such exotic animals as [[PantheraAwesome panthers]], gorillas, and even [[ShockAndAwe Shocker Lizards]], while wizards and Sorcerers can acquire things like [[OurDragonsAreDifferent tiny dragons]]. Additionally, with one version of the Leadership feat (an ability that grants you a slightly weaker cohort) can instead grant you an exotic mount or pet such as a Pegasus or a Dragon.
* [[RebelliousPrincess Miliana]] da [[ForgottenRealms Sumbria]] got some beautiful "silly bird". Let's just say there was a good reason why it was called ''"sacred, untouchable, and extremely dangerous; avoid at all cost"'' in a treatise on all sorts of flying creatures ''including literally hellish ones''.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has Dogmeat, an homage to Dog in ''MadMax''.
* Franchise/{{Pokemon}} is the king of this trope. Seriously, in recent games (IE: Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) you are given the chance to capture Arceus (the Pokémon counterpart of God). Not only that, but in [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=], the remakes of Gold and Silver, you can get that God to follow you around. Or to create for you a being who controls time, space or antimatter. "You" being a mere human. Even better in the fifth gen where you can catch among other things; an Archeopteryx, a Hydra, what is basically the ''Iron Giant'' and one that is basically Mothra
* ''KingOfFighters''' Rugal has a pet panther. His children, Adel and Rose, have a panther ''kitten'' (apparently the offspring of their father's pet).
* ''{{Medabots}}'' is also relevant, and is pretty much the {{Mecha}} version of Pokémon.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is relevant, and the PS1 game is made of awesome, although it has a shit ton of bugs and glitches. Who could forget the little handheld consoles that kicked Tamigochis out the fucking window?
* Rush, Treble, Tango, and Beat are robot animals from ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. The first two can even fuse with Mega Man and Bass respectively to make them more powerful.
* Rider in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is something of a nature/divine spirit rather than a Heroic one, and associates herself with beasts. Therefore, the 'Rider' part of her name comes in with her summoned pet, a Pegasus. Not ''the'' Pegasus, but it's still rather {{badass}} even if she only uses it once. It also ties into her true identity, but is obscure enough to not reveal it.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Shadow, with his dog Interceptor. He's a completely normal guard dog...who can block any physical attack and take no damage and whose own attacks ignore any defense.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has Rinoa's dog Angelo, who is used in her Limit Breaks and does things no normal dog is capable of.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'':
** Eiko carries around a moogle which, as it turns out, [[spoiler:is actually a summon spirit.]]
** Kuja uses a silver dragon to fly from point A to B before stealing Cid's prototype airship. The dragon turns out to be Garland's pet, but he's never seen riding it, sadly--probably because he already has a CoolAirship of his own.
** The manager of the Treno weapons shop in tries to be like Jabba the Hutt, in that he keeps a massive creature all cooped up under the shop, just to see people try to fight it.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', Jackie can summon little gremlins to do his bidding, who play about once their job is done.
* In ''{{Manhunt}}'', The Director keeps a psychotic, naked fat man with a pig's mask as a captive in a mansion attic, this is relevant to the trope, I don't care what you say.
* In ''MetalGearSolid3'', The End has a parrot which is actually catchable, killable, and edible. Upsetting the old bastard with the sight of a skeletal parrot makes him even harder to kill.
* Useful pet dogs appear in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. Yuri Lowell's pet dog Repede is more of a wolf who fights with a [[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth dagger in its mouth]] and carries a pipe with him. Repede is a fully playable character.
* ''{{Persona 3}}'': Koromaru, a dog/party member who has a unique fighting style.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The hunter class is ''built'' upon this trope - many people roll hunters just for the pets! Everything from owls to tigers to bats to dinosaurs to dragonhawks can accompany a hunter from level 10 (1 from Cataclysm) to the end.
** Other class with pets are Warlocks, who employ demonic minions.
** Unholy Death Knights have pet zombies.
** Enhancement Shamans get Feral Spirits, two ghost wolves that can be summoned temporarily to help and heal the player character.
** ''World of Warcraft'' has companion pets that any class can own. However unlike hunter pets, they don't fight (a few fights critters or certain other companions) and are really just for show. They can be anything from common pets like cats, parrots, rats and turtles, to wolves, baby dragons or even miniature versions of raid bosses.
** Among hunters, some pets are considered cooler than others, and the Beast Mastery talent specialization tree ends with the ability to tame 'exotic' beasts as well as the usual selection. Of particular note are the extremely rare Spirit Beasts, which are a highly prized exotic pet because of the difficulty in merely finding them.
* ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob.'' Literally a big white blob which shape-shifts when you feed it differently flavored jelly beans.
* The ''TeamIcoSeries'' played an interesting progression of this trope:
** In the second game, ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', you got a badass CoolHorse.
** The third game will be called, in the original Japanese, "Trico the man-eating eagle"... Because you play as [[ABoyAndHisX a boy with]], well, a [[{{Mon}} goddamn giant man-eating eagle...erm, gryphon]].
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' offered a few of these for subscribers only; hovering [[MostAnnoyingSound chattering]] critters that offered trivial perks. Many players found them a ''[[TheScrappy disincentive]]'' for subscribing.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'''s hero had a pet mouse named Munchie that loves [[BlessedAreTheCheesemakers cheese]]. After he eats certain types of cheese, [[PowerUpFood he can breathe fire or ice, heal the party, sap the enemy's defense, and other amazing powers.]] [[spoiler: It turns out to be his Dragovian grandfather.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has one of these in the form of [[ColdSniper Mordecai's]] pet, Bloodwing.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' has a wide variety of pets which can be bought for real money, ranging from the tame (ordinary birds, mini elephants, etc.) to the fearsome ([[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes venomous snakes]] and {{giant spider}}s) to the useful ([[EyeOfNewt herb]]-giving gnus and {{flying broomstick}}s) to the CrazyAwesome ([[DragonRider riding-size dragons]] and {{hellish horse}}s).
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'':
** Dr. [=McNinja=]'s sidekick, Gordito, has Yoshi, his pet velociraptor. And while she's not technically a pet, his receptionist is a gorilla.
** The gorilla receptionist has a pet kitten. That has an eyepatch.
* In ''[[ChapelChronicles The Chapel Chronicles]]'', [[http://www.chapelchronicles.com/comic/22 The Elegance of the Hedgehog]], Chapel adopts a hedgehog. She names him Rupert as a ShoutOut to Rupert Giles in Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.
* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=1169 Mel has a giant spider named Zhor]] (who is actually a magically transformed elf), and Ariel has '[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=529 squishy]]'. Zhor isn't exactly a pet, though - he's Mel's companion and [[InterspeciesRomance occasional lover.]] [[spoiler:He's also Ariel's father!]]
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'':
** There is Molly's alien [[UglyCute tentacle bunny,]] Snookums.
** All the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfeet]] living outside town have {{Unicorn}}s as pets.
* In ''TriquetraCats'', Rain has Pito-Pita Chan, a Gen 5 [[MixAndMatchCritters Splio Beast]], although in this reality it's not considered overly exotic, just uncommon (more akin to having a rabbit for a pet rather than a dog or a cat),
* Tedd of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has [[http://egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2002-07-04 Jeremy]], "a creature nature never intended."
* ''Webcomic/StrawberrySyrup'' has Sammy's dog which is a crossbedd between a pitbull and a German Shepherd and attacks anything.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[MeaningfulName Becquerel]] (or Bec for short), is Jade's pet BigFriendlyDog that also serves as her Guardian. [[spoiler: Bec also has been shown to have some impressive [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] skills, is ImmuneToBullets (he ''plays fetch'' with them), and also happens to be roughly 300 million years old.]]
* Miya Chapman of ''Webcomic/SodiumEyes'' keeps a pet [[SmallTaxonomyPools West Indian Ocean Coelacanth]] named Secant in what looks like a 30-gallon aquarium. [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute Poor fish...]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': [[UpliftedAnimal Florence Ambrose]] '''''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00463.htm was]]''''' one. [[WordOfGod She's more of a Cool Little Sister now]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Bun-bun was intended to be this, but turned out to be [[KillerRabbit killer enough rabbit]] to avert BearsAreBadNews. Kiki the ferret is still this. Aylee has been this more often than not, but now that she's taken humanoid form, the ZHOAS takes on the role, at least in Kiki's interactions with it.
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Bud seems to have a pet sea monster named [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/awful-stench/ Stinky.]]
* Virus of ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has a [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Chao]] named Blasphemy who absorbed demon DNA and is apparently smart enough to play ''Halo''. It was also mentioned that he has an [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} arco-flagellant combat cyborg]] named "Skippy" who's been in [[HumanPopsicle cryo]] since the time Virus forgot his deactivation code.
* Davan from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' owns Choochoo Bear, who is a 30-year old, boneless kitty and essentially a sapient BlobMonster, with a penchant for traveling drains in order to have various adventures.
* Mia from ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' has [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=34 Aibo]], her robotic [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=101 guide dog]] and [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=121 guardian]], making it technically her AngryGuardDog with a manual BerserkButton. Occasionally as [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=59 a household appliance]].
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* In ''TheImpossibleMan'', there's Angela's pet {{Chupacabra}}, Eli, who is a genuine [[UrbanLegends Urban Legend]] and not a [[{{Mon}} Kaijumon]].
* The ''AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety'':
** Valerie has Ari, an empathetic mini-dragon.
** Ben has Shirley the Cliche Stick, although she's less of a pet and more of a tormentor.
** Dave has Asuka, a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Luxray]].
** Stephen has a [[EldritchAbomination baby Cthulhu]]. Named [[FluffyTheTerrible Lil' C]].
* DoctorSteel's bizarre pet hamsters.
--> ''"God, you're weird."''
* Trix the Triceratops in ''Literature/ChronoHustle''.
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* Cheryl, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', owns a pet ocelot who is named Babou, in reference to Creator/SalvadorDali's pet of the same name.
* Ron's naked mole rat, Rufus, in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. Comes in very handy. Once or twice acts as a MacGuffin, too.
* Nick Tatapolous is technically Zilla Jr's owner (Zilla Jr thinks Nick is his father due to "imprinting") in ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries''.
* In ''TheSecretSaturdays'', Zak has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon komodo dragon]], a "gorilla cat" and an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithocheirus ornithocheirus]].
* In ''TheRescuers'', the baddies tend to have these. One had two alligators, another had a water monitor. Also, the good "swamp folk" have a dragonfly named "Evinrude".
* Nibbler in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. A pet that poops fuel for the CoolShip? Awesome indeed. He's also late revealed to be a member of super-intelligent species.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'': The crew of The Calico has a [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} certain giant radioactive dinosaur]]. Subverted in that he's technically not their pet, but is a very loyal ally.
* ''TheHerculoids'' had five of them. Though the Herculoids' non-human members weren't ''pets'' so much as ''soldiers''. Call Gloop or Gleep a "pet" and you might find yourself in a world o' sentient-silly-putty hurt.
* The girl ghouls from ''{{Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School}}'' have a cranky baby dragon as a pet.
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch'': Stitch. Pets don't get cooler than a genetically-engineered, super-strong, super-intelligent alien.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' own Perry the Platypus, who, for bonus cool points, is also a secret agent.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirBender'':
** Aang has Appa, a ten-ton, six-legged, friendly bison. That can ''fly''. It's implied that all, or many, people in his culture have one.
** Momo the flying lemur.
** Combustion man's hawk.
** Sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has Pabu the Fire Ferret (a super smart [[MixAndMatchCritter ferret/red panda hybrid]])
** Naga, Korra's polar bear [[HeroicDog dog]].
* JohnnyTest has Dukey, a talking dog, and Reptoslicer, a genetically altered monster that could slice and dice anything and is vicious. It also makes great salsa.
* Most of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s characters have their own cool pets:
** Twilight Sparkle has an ultra-competent owl named Owlowiscious.
** Pinkie Pie has a toothless alligator named Gummy.
** Applejack has a farm dog called Winona.
** Rarity has a cat named Opalescence.
** Fluttershy, being a FriendToAllLivingThings, has many pets, but Angel Bunny stands out as an outright sidekick to her.
** Rainbow Dash has a tortoise named Tank.
** Both Spike and Princess Celestia have a [[ThePhoenix phoenix]] for a pet (Peewee and Philomena respectively), although Spike later released Peewee into the wild to be raised by adult phoenixes.
* A RunningGag on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' was "Wanna meet ''my'' pet?" When faced with some otherwise terrifying monster, Dot would ask the aforementioned question, holding a small box in her hands. From the box would emerge a [[{{Hammerspace}} disproportionately huge]] "pet" that would terrify the first one. On at least one occasion Dot's pet was a giant Jerry Lewis with an Franchise/{{Alien}}-esque tongue (i.e. his tongue was a smaller Jerry Lewis) that said "Raar! Monster!"
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Superboy not only gets a giant mechanical alien sphere that latches onto him like a puppy in "Bereft", but he also befriends a mutated white wolf in "Alpha Male" after removing the ExplosiveLeash electric collar that was forcing it and the other mutant animals to attack him and his teammates. Miss Martian attributes this to Superboy's nature as a "stray" like them.
* Several of the princes and princess in ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' have cool pets; Hildegard has a mink, Vivian has a dragon, Amber has a peacock, James has a baboon, and Xandir has an elephant.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a large, magic pink lion with a supersonic roar. It's pretty awesome.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Quite a number of people keep exotic pets in real life. Many of these acquire exotic pets primarily for the [[RuleOfCool coolness factor]]; and are unprepared to deal with the difficult and often complex dietary and care requirements. Unlike fictional examples, this commonly results in poor health and drastically shortened lifespan; as well as animals being abandoned into the wild when their owners are unable or unwilling to continue to care for them. Many are also implicated in attacks on people, or spreading of non-native diseases and parasites to native animal populations. finding veterinarians able to treat exotic pets is extremely difficult, if not outright impossible.
* Exotic pets frequently undergo fads; where a pet which is featured on a television program or movie, or kept by a celebrity, triggers a flood of people obtaining similar pets. Fads have included pot-bellied pigs, sugar gliders, pygmy hedgehogs, and owls. These crazes usually die out quickly, and result in many abandoned or poorly treated animals.
* Occasionally, fad pets with less challenging requirements have caught on more widely. This usually results in better resources being developed, greatly decreasing the difficulty of care, and leading to even greater popularity. A classic example is the ferret, a rare exotic pet in TheEighties or TheNineties became increasingly commonplace as pre-made diet, housing, and other care supplies are more widely available.
* Major advances have been made in tropical fresh-water and salt-water fish keeping; greatly increasing their popularity.
* Some of the most commonly abandoned exotic pets are Green Iguanas, Red-Eared Slider turtles, and Burmese Pythons; with the "cool" factor being the most common motivations for Burmese Pythons in particular. They are often advertised in pet shops as "simple to care for"; and both are commonly described as "even tempered" or having a "friendly personality". While the latter part may be true, the former definitely is not. While starting small, Green Iguanas get up to 6 feet long, and have highly specialized care requirements, including a very limited diet and the need for large amounts of UV light; and require far more attention than dogs and cats to become adequately socialized. Burmese pythons will reach between 15 and 20 feet as adults, weighing between 100 and 200 pounds; and go from eating mice and rats, to eating rabbits, chickens, and pigs. Unlike dogs and cats, abandoned exotics rarely survive long in the wild, due to the dramatic differences in climate and food sources between their native environment, and where they're released. In those cases where the do survive (such as Burmese Pythons in Florida), they can quickly become an invasive species and disrupt the local ecosystem.
* Parrots are generally pretty cool pets. They're smart and social, you can train them to sit on your shoulder and do tricks, and they're pretty much the only animals that can imitate talking. However, many buyers just see the "cool" part of it without realizing what they're getting into. Parrots, especially the larger ones, are loud, demanding, and need constant attention. Caring for them is appropriately described as caring for a human toddler. And many live for several decades. Many parrots often get neglected and abandoned, often sent to zoos or animal shelters. Even smaller, easier species like parakeets need socialization to be good pets, though since they're so cheap (and thus "throwaway pets" to many) people are more willing to get rid of them.
* There are people like [[http://www.rexano.org/ Rexano]] who promote ''responsible'' ownership. Even they say how cool it is to have an exotic pet but state that not only do animals have their own temperaments and that owners have to go extra lengths to keep animals like a Caracal over just a standard cat like a Maine Coon. And that one has to socialize an animal (especially a skunk) a lot when it's young so that it will remain that way when it's older. Even ''Mountain Lions'' can be ''very'' friendly towards a responsible person they form a bond with. (It helps that Mountain Lions are more related to domestic housecats than actual lions.)
* Creator/LordByron was not allowed to keep a dog when he went to university, [[RefugeInAudacity so instead, he]] kept a {{bear|sAreBadNews}}.
* It was once commonplace for wealthy aristocrats to keep a wide variety of exotic pets. It was almost part of the "job description" of being a wealthy aristocrat.
* Several United States Presidents have also done so.
** UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson had two bear cubs.
** UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams had an alligator.
** UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren (briefly) had two [[PantheraAwesome tiger cubs]].
** UsefulNotes/BenjaminHarrison had two possums.
** UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover had two crocodiles.
** UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge, though, was the champion of this trope; his pets included a bobcat, two lions, a pygmy hippopotamus, a [[KangaroosRepresentAustralia wallaby]], a duiker (miniature antelope), and a black bear.
* Creator/SalvadorDali often traveled with his pet ocelot, Babou.
* Gilberto Shedden of Costa Rica [[http://ticotimes.com/costa-rica/crocodile-man-sarapiqui-tarzan was best friends with a large crocodile named Pocho]], swimming and playing with him, and even giving him belly rubs. Sadly, Pocho [[http://www.3news.co.nz/Costa-Rica-mourns-death-of-famous-crocodile-Poncho/tabid/417/articleID/229904/Default.aspx recently died of old age]], but in a wonderful twist, he never once attacked Gilberto, or otherwise harmed him in the 20 or so years they were together.
* Creator/ParisHilton owns a kinkajou, an exotic relative of the raccoon. It received media attention when it bit her, and criticisms over it also ensued over the fact that pet kinkajous are illegal in California, which did raise questions about how qualified she was to care for an animal with specialized care. Nonetheless, she was able to keep the kinkajou.
* Creator/MattSmith [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUX02RGfs14#t=0m16s wants a badger]]. He gets one.
* Music/NeilYoung has owned a number of bizarre pets throughout his life. He had a sugar glider in the 1960s when it was ''not'' a particularly cool thing to have. He also had a couple of bush babies, Harriet and Speedy, who would leap clear across a room to land on his shoulder. Graham Nash, clearly freaked out by this, claimed that [[UncattyResemblance Neil began to ''look'' like the bush babies after a while]].
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