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->''"It doesn't matter in'' Film/{{Gladiator}} ''that Romans didn't use dogs on the battlefield, or that the dog disappears from the movie immediately afterward. It's a very simple equation: The good guys are whichever team the dog shows allegiance to, because the dog would never make that kind of mistake, especially if it's an'' '''adorable''' ''dog."''
-->-- ''Cracked.com'', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19183_6-tricks-movies-use-to-make-sure-you-root-right-guy.html "6 Tricks Movies Use to Make Sure You Root for the Right Guy"]]

A tool often used by media makers to help make sure you empathize with the party that they want you to empathize with.

The surest way to show that a hero is undeniably a hero and an awesome guy, is to show him hanging out and totally loving his dog. It's his dog. Who ever heard of an awesome dude that doesn't love his dog?

Think of this trope as being the physical manifestation of PetTheDog. If a character has a dog which is [[MoralityPet around him constantly and whom he is always nice, respectful, and loving to]], then that means a scene literally cannot go by in which he does not PetTheDog. So of course he must be noble and good at heart. Villains who are cruel enough to [[KickTheDog mess with the dog]], on the other hand, can expect full-on retribution from the hero in question.

The dog in question is frequently a CanineCompanion, sometimes also a PostApocalypticDog. See also EvilDetectingDog, for some of the logic behind this. See also HeroicDog.

Contrast RightHandCat and RightHandAttackDog, compare KindheartedCatLover.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One of the many early hints that DarkMagicalGirl Fate of ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was a lot nicer than she first [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience appeared to be]] was [[PetTheDog how much she dotes on her]] wolf {{familiar}}, Arf.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': Though more of a borderline VillainProtagonist, Lucy has a soft spot for dogs; it was the brutal killing of a puppy she had bonded with that triggered her StartOfDarkness.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Played with when it comes to Roy Mustang. He gives a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny famous speech]] about his love of dogs, but the reason he gives for this affection is that you can treat them like crap and they'll still be loyal to you.
** Played straighter with his [[TheLancer Lancer]], Riza Hawkeye. She's the owner of the puppy that inspired Mustang's speech about dogs.
* Keith Goodman/Sky High of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' likes to spend his spare time walking his dog, John.
* Played with in ''Manga/HayateXBlade'' with [[AloofAlly Mikado]] [[FriendlyEnemy Akira]]. [[spoiler:Immediately after she gives up her need for her father's approval, the root of her antagonistic actions, she is shown to have a dog.]]
* In ''Manga/SpiderManJ'', a manga adaptation of Spider-Man, gives Peter a pet dog named Par, along with cat named Leo and a bird named Don. Their names, when said together (as 'Leopardon') form a shoutout to an old Super Sentai show about Spidey.
* ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has Cheese, Anpanman's pet dog. He found Cheese as a stray when he was a little boy, and was the first creature he gave part of his head to to eat.
* ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' depicts dogs more positively than cats. After all, the heroine loves her pet dog Herb. Herb even helps her [[EvilDetectingDog detect evil]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' - Heero Yuy presents himself as an emotionless killer, but even he turns into a softy around animals, especially dogs. One scene involves him playing fetch with a pair of dogs on the beach and encouraging Quatre to join in, commenting on their ability to [[EvilDetectingDog sense a person's true character.]]
* All the girls in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' have a thing for Taromaru, though Taromaru [[AnimalsHateHim doesn't like Miki much]]. In the manga she never even ''met'' Taromaru as he is a minor PosthumousCharacter, though one chapters cover does show Miki photographing a puppy who doesn't seem to like her.
* Ash Ketchum from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has a canine Rock-type Pokémon called [[NobleWolf Lycanroc]]. The two have been friends since it was a Rockruff and before it officially joined Ash's team. Of course, Ash is well-known as a friend to ''all'' Pokémon, canine or otherwise.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', Billy Butcher may be a general jerk and super killer, but he genuinely loves his [[BigFriendlyDog inaptly named British Bulldog Terror]], and he usually serves to [[MoralityPet show Billy's more human side]]. [[spoiler: When Jack From Jupiter kills Terror, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Billy completely loses it]]]].
-->'''Billy:''' [[spoiler: [[MadnessMantra "Why did you kill my dog, Jack? Why did you kill my dog, Jack? Why did you kill my dog, Jack?"]]]]
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', where [[ByronicHero Rorschach]] clearly doesn't have a high opinion of dogs at all. [[spoiler: When he discovers that two dogs owned by a kidnapper were fed the child's body as means of disposing of the evidence, he promptly kills them.]] Though calling Rorschach a hero is [[NinetiesAntiHero a bit of a stretch]].
** Played straight with [[CoolOldGuy Nite Owl I]]'s dog Phantom, which marks him as the most mentally stable person in the entire cast.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** ComicBook/{{Superboy}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Superman}} and his dog companion [[Comicbook/KryptoTheSuperdog Krypto]].
** Krypto also becomes Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s pet when she arrives on Earth. In alternate universe story ''Superman #149'' in which Superman gets murdered by Lex Luthor, Supergirl becomes Krypto's sole owner when she takes over her cousin's job. In most continuities, though, Supergirl's pet is a cat named Streaky.
** In ''ComicBook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' Kara tries to make friends with Krypto, but Krypto doesn't appear to like her. She is upset about it. [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Later they become friends]].
** In the [[ComicBook/Supergirl2011 Post-Flashpoint continuity]], Krypto was the House of El's family dog. Kara [[http://67.media.tumblr.com/fa01b618422e64ce358b77c34f1340bd/tumblr_nvk91eMqTr1rzxk34o1_1280.png is delighted]] when she learns that he also survived.
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman, Supergirl and Krypto fight and have fun together.
** In ''ComicBook/TheSupermanAdventures'' story "Old Wounds", Superman has a lot of fun having Krypto around (thanks to one of Mxy's tricks) before the dog's superpowers emerge.
* Krypto inspired Creator/BillFinger to add Ace the Bat-Hound to the [[Characters/BatmanAndBatFamily Batman Family]].
* Franchise/TinTin and his CanineCompanion Snowy.
* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} got a dog in the first issue of his late 2012 ongoing after he saved him from being shot at by some thugs while he was unarmed (the dog took a liking to Barton because he gave him a slice of pizza) and ended up getting hit by a car because of it. The dog, while now severely banged up, is seen living with him by the second issue. For added points, the dog's called [[ContrivedCoincidence Arrow]], but he thinks of changing that name.
* Uncle Sam, the collie CanineCompanion to the protagonist of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI serial ''ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill''. Even though they're in the middle of a war, both Golden Eyes and Bill dote on Uncle Sam constantly. In contrast, the German patrol that spots Uncle Sam shoots at him.
* ComicBook/{{Impulse}} had a pet Jack Russell Terrier named Dox.
* Kamala from ''Comicbook/MsMarvel2014'' doesn't have her own dog. But when Lockjaw, the big friendly Inhuman dog, gets sent to help her out for a bit she falls in love with him. It helps that not only is he adorable, but he is the size of a small car and can teleport, great assets in a fight.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'': [[BattleCouple Beren and Luthien]]'s most loyal companion and friend is Huan, a huge and noble wolfhound.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': [[AntiHero Asuka]] has [[CanineCompanion an old bulldog pet]] following her around. He began to hang out with her because he noticed that [[BloodKnight she was a fighter]] just like him.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'', [[TheCape Taylor]] makes masks -called Wonder Masks- that grant people super-powers. When she manages to make Wonder Masks for [[AntiVillain Rachel]]'s dogs, everyone who have fought alongside Taylor want to get a "Wonder Dog".

* [[AntiHero Not so much a hero as a protagonist]], but the eponymous main character of ''Film/JohnWick'', after the death of his wife, receives a gift from her from beyond the grave: a Beagle puppy, whom she ordered delivered to him before her death to keep him company and help him deal with his grief. John is shown to be ''very'' loving of the puppy... then the bad guys [[KickTheDog kill her]]. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Bloodshed ensues]].
* As pointed out in the Website/{{Cracked}} article above, at the beginning of ''Film/{{Gladiator}},'' the German peasants are the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Ragtag Bunch Of Misfit]] underdogs fighting against the all-powerful invading Romans in an attempt to protect their homeland. Problem is, the movie wants you to root for the Romans, because that's the side the protagonist, Maximus, and TheGoodKing, are on. Solution? Give them a dog. Even if it doesn't make any sense.
* Prince Eric from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. This is, in fact, the entire reason why we know he's PrinceCharming in the beginning. The first thing we see him do is affectionately play with his dog, and hardly fifteen minutes later he nearly gets himself killed saving his dog's life.
* Film/MadMax1 is different from the other road warriors. Because he has a dog, and that makes him a good guy. Said dog is absent in the sequels, however.
* Stanley and his dog Milo in ''Film/TheMask''.
* Robert Neville's last (living) companion in the 2007 film adaptation of ''Film/IAmLegend'' is his trusty German Shepherd, Sam.
* In ''Film/ShootEmUp'', the hero Smith refuses to kill the BigBad's dog, Duchess, claiming "I like dogs." He later adopts Duchess as his own.
* Carl ends up adopting Dug as he prepares to rescue Russell in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. Or at least accepting that Dug has adopted him as his "Master".
* Creator/ChuckNorris's ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade''.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'': Sam Flynn has a lot of anger issues, [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob no actual day job]], few social contacts, and no direction for his life. His stalwart companion is a "rescue" dog named Marv who gets rewarded with a cheeseburger [[spoiler: for helping him prank his dad's company]].
* Almost every Creator/MelGibson movie has his character either owning a dog or being on friendly terms with one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' MK is clearly very fond of her dog; Ozzie.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', the Kents have a pet dog named Shelby when Clark is a child, and another dog named Dusty when Clark is an adult. Away from the Kent farm, Clark is shown petting dogs... [[MissingTrailerScene in trailers]].
* Chuck and Hercules Hansen in ''Film/PacificRim'' bring their English bulldog Max with them to the Hong Kong Shatterdome -- the first hint that Chuck is more than the JerkAss he appears to be is him being nice to his dog. Mako is also seen being affectionate with Max and he's the official decal for Striker Eureka's tech team, drive suits, and PR mascot.
* In ''Film/{{Dune}}'' (1984) Creator/PatrickStewart actually charges into action against the evil Harkonnen while clutching a pug dog to his chest. Mind you that's not the safest position for a dog to be in...
* In ''Film/{{Defendor}}'' film Defendor has a small figurine of a dog in his truck with word "Defendog" written under it, maybe implying an imaginary sidekick dog.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Eggsy forms a tight bond with his canine companion, J.B.
* ''Film/CrimsonTide'': YMMV on how heroic [[TheCaptain Captain]] [[AntiHero Ramsey]] is, considering that [[BloodKnight he almost starts World War III]], but there's no denying that he loves his dog. His [[MartialPacifist more reasonable]] [[NumberTwo XO]] Hunter also has a dog whom he's fond of.

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles:'' Harry Dresden has a [[CanisMajor rather large dog]] named Mouse who happens to be an EvilDetectingDog and a descendant of a Chinese guardian spirit.
** In an interesting type of {{foil}}, the god Hades himself is shown as a dog lover, doting on his beast Cerberus, whose name, as he points out, means 'Spot'. [[spoiler: This is one of the signs that he's not a bad guy [[EverybodyHatesHades despite his reputation]], and ends up helping Dresden out.]]
* Subverted in George Eliot's ''Literature/DanielDeronda''. Grandcourt supposedly adores dogs. In reality, he torments them (mentally, not physically), in ways that tell us something about how [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic he intends to treat his wife]].
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Beren and Lúthien win the loyalty of of Huan, the hound of Valinor, even though he is their enemy's dog.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Invoked with an entire ''family'' of heroes. In the first chapter, the five Stark children and their bastard brother find six orphaned direwolf pups, which will grow up into mighty wolves. There are four males and two females; one of the males an albino outcast. Naturally, the bastard adopts the albino, the three Stark boys take the other males, and the two Stark girls take the females. The wolves become their closest companions, reflecting each child's personality, fate, and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent more]].
** Downplayed with Sandor Clegane, the Hound, who loves dogs far more than he likes people but who is by no means heroic. In the case of the Cleganes, ItRunsInTheFamily. The man who earned House Clegane the title was a Lannister dog-handler and the family crest is or, three dogs passant sable (or in plain English, three black running dogs on a yellow field).
* Played straight in {{Literature/Deerskin}}: The heroine's sighthound has been her [[NonhumanSidekick only real friend]] for most of her life. [[spoiler:(The evil king makes a point of [[KickTheDog kicking the poor beast]] right before [[ParentalIncest crossing]] the MoralEventHorizon.)]] And the WisePrince is more at home in the kennel than in the royal court.
* Gilbert Markham with his dog Sancho in ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'' -- he even gives his girlfriend's young son one of his puppies. Creator/AnneBronte loved to make use of this trope, as also seen in ''Literature/AgnesGrey''.
* Haplo in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle''. An unusual example because [[spoiler:the dog is the literal manifestation of Haplo's soul]].
* ''Literature/ABoyAndHisDog'': It's just him and his dog AfterTheEnd. Oh, wait! There's a girl that also survived. Then again, this is Creator/HarlanEllison writing, so the boy is [[SubvertedTrope hardly a hero]].
* In ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Well Of Ascension]]'' Vin takes advantage of this trope by having her [[VoluntaryShapeshifter kandra]] companion take the form of a dog.
* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell likes small dogs that remind him of the one he had to abandon in his youth; as an adult he acquires a number of them and calls them all Bella after that first pet. He genuinely sympathizes with Anne Boleyn when she's crying over the fatal (and suspicious) fall of her spaniel from a window and knows very well not to suggest she just get a new one.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS2E9TheDogWhoKnewSuperman The Dog Who Knew Superman]]", Superman instantly bonds with Corky, a dog he rescued from a well.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angel, which is lampshaded by Angelus, who offers to send Angel "to that big puppy pound in the sky" as revenge for all those puppies he's saved. PlayedForLaughs when Gunn assures him that he'll get along fine with The Conduit as long as he likes cats. Whoops.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The direwolf is the sigil of House Stark and each member of the newest generation (Robb, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon) receive one as a pet.
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "The Hunt", a man is killed along with his dog while hunting and they wander the afterlife. Eventually they reach the gates of Heaven, but he is refused entry when the attending angel says he can't take this dog. He promptly refuses to go. [[spoiler:Turns out that the Devil was trying to trick him into going to Hell, but by refusing to abandon the pooch he gets to take it into the real Heaven.]]
* Shorty and his crew in ''Series/PitBoss'' do, too, unsurprisingly.
* In ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', Danny is more than willing to adopt the orphaned dog of a dead customs agent. He even forces Steve to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ride in the backseat of the Camaro]] while the dog rides up front with him.
* Captain Janeway from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has Molly, an Irish Setter. An early moment in the pilot episode has her convincing her fiancé to care for the pregnant Molly while she's gone (which turns out to be far longer than either of them had anticipated).
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', Captain Jonathan Archer absolutely adores his pet beagle Porthos. In "A Night in Sickbay", he's willing to throw away humanity's burgeoning relations with the Kreetassans when Porthos becomes infected with a virus after visiting their planet. Admittedly, it's not a very good episode but it does illustrate how much he loves his dog.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' protagonist Will rescued and adopted 6 stray dogs at various points in his life. While he's anxious and unsociable around people, his interactions with the dogs bring out a kinder and more cheerful side to him.
* During the second season of ''Series/PersonOfInterest,'' John and Finch pick up and start taking care of Bear, a Belgian military dog they stole from an Aryan Nation cell, and regularly feature him in some of the more light-hearted semi-comedic moments of the show.
* K-9, the robotic dog from ''Series/DoctorWho''
* In ''Series/CasesOfTheFirstDepartment'', Maj. Vaclav Plisek says he likes animals, and he thinks that a victim's disappeared dog is an important lead in the case, which proves to be right. He later adopts the dog because the victim's mother couldn't take him (she had a flat full of cats). Brandy appears in several subsequent episodes, just being cute or biting his colleagues.
* Sam from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' loves dogs. He's adopted at least two dogs over the course of his life and doesn't keep them mostly due to his dangerous and nomadic lifestyle. Averted with Dean who, due to his experiences with hellhounds, dislikes dogs.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': in "Chain Reaction", after bluffing his way into Senator Robert Kinsey's house, O'Neill wastes no time befriending Kinsey's dog, which turns out to be useful when [[spoiler:a password is the dog's name.]][[note]]In real life, the dog actually belonged to Richard Dean Anderson.[[/note]]
* In {{Series/Longstreet}}, Mike has a seeing eye dog named Pax. In the pilot, he was initially against having a dog, not out of hate; but because to him it was a reminder of his blindness. However he comes to love Pax and is devastated when [[spoiler: Pax nearly dies of a fatal stab wound.]]
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** Discused in "Rabbit in a Snowstorm". When Matt shows up to work sporting a bruise over his right eye from his fight with the Russians in the previous episode, Foggy and Karen suggest he get a seeing-eye dog.
-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' You need a dog.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' ''[smiles]'' I'm not getting a dog.
-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' What, you don't like dogs? Who doesn't like dogs?
-->'''Karen Page:''' I--I love dogs.
-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' ''Everybody'' loves dogs.
** While he is a very violent AntiHero who kills criminals with extreme prejudice, [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] adopted a dog the Kitchen Irish had been using for fights after he machine-gunned the previous owners. Its arguably one of the few things he is still emotionally attached to as Finn and the other Kitchen Irish get Frank to confess where he hid their money he had stolen by threatening to kill the dog. He does confess, knowing full well the money's been booby-trapped with a bomb.
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Fi}}'', Deniz rescues his Göksel from a drughouse and shelters him in his home. Then he unquestioningly goes back and helps rescue his beloved dog Çomar, too.

* Podcast/DiceFunk: Anne loves to cuddle Jayne in her Dire Wolf form.

* Inverted in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame''. None of the good guys are ever mentioned having pets or any relation with animals, but both of the main villains-{{Satan}} and Thomas Crimp-have dogs which they care for surprisingly well.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Lance Romenel, Power of Records, in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' has a Newfie dog named Fezzik of which he is very fond. He also serves as a {{Psychopomp}} for other people's dogs on a volunteer basis, despite his Estate having nothing to do with dogs.
* Zigzagged in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. On the heroic side, you have the Space Wolves, where the hero is a seven-foot-tall Space Viking and his dog is a wolf the size of a rhino. On the villainous side, you have Flesh Hounds of Khorne, {{Hell Hound}}s that live to rip and slaughter, and Beasts of Nurgle, which is what happens when you take the personality of a BigFriendlyDog and put it in the body of a slug the size of a van that oozes acid.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Every ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' protagonist:
** Ninten from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 1}}'' has a dog named Mick.
** ''Videogame/{{EarthBound}}'' gives us a very old dog named King, who's been Ness's pet since the day he was born.
** Good old Lucas and Boney in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''.
* Galford, the All-American hero from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' has his loyal pet dog as a combat gimmick.
* ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' has an AntiHero {{Jerkass}} protagonist, a compulsive liar and cheat, who however not only does he pick up a dog companion early in the game, [[spoiler:but he sheds a genuine tear and vows revenge when the dog is killed by a monstrous minion of the apparent Big Bad.]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. B. B. Hood has a puppy she takes with her everywhere, even to Hell. Considering [[FauxAffablyEvil her personality]], it's probably another thing meant to [[TheFakeCutie lull her enemies into a false sense of security]] long enough so that she can stab them, gut them, riddle them with bullets, and sell their body parts on the black market.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear''
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': [[TheWoobie Otacon]] loves dogs and Snake is known to keep a team of Huskies, as he dabbles as a musher. However, Snake is not above murdering dogs which get in his way, much to Otacon's horror. [[TheVamp The villain Sniper Wolf]] also keeps a pack of wolf-dogs, referring to them as her family. Otacon indicates that [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter this is an example that she is, in fact, a nice person,]] though Snake is very doubtful of this.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', Big Boss can rescue a wolf pup whose mother had been killed. The pup is named DD and goes on to become the Diamond Dogs' mascot, complete with his own eyepatch to match his adoptive father.
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'', you're given a dog that follows you around and alerts you to the presence of buried treasure. You can praise it, give it treats, and play catch with it. Of course, the same as with your general morality, whether you treat the dog with such kindness is wholly up to you.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', one of your possible companions is a strong Mabari warhound, and if you choose Human Noble origin, he's been with you for years. On the other hand, [[spoiler:WellIntentionedExtremist Teyrn Loghain also used to have a dog that he loved dearly, as he will reveal if you choose to recruit him near the end, and have him in your party with the dog.]]
** Ferelden culture loves dogs in general and particularly the majestic [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Mabari Mabari Hound]] for their strength, courage, and intelligence (which is implied to be on the same level as humans). The capital city of Denerim is even compared to the Mabari, and the term "Dog Lords" is used as a slur for Fereldens by other cultures.
*** A bit of lore in the third game has a warning to a new ambassador to Ferelden that using the term could cause a major incident. Not because it's a slur, but because they might interpret it as their dogs being insulted. Directly insulting their dogs would likely start a war.
** The Hawke family can have their own mabari warhound in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' (if you get the ''Black Emporium'' DLC). Even your most moody party members can't help but like him, though Anders states that he's immune to his charms due to being a cat person. This is par for the course; the Hawkes are Fereldans.
** Cullen in the ''Trespasser'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' adopts a Mabari (or, as is typical, the Mabari adopts him). And again... [[RunningGag Cullen is a Fereldan]].
** According to Fereldan folklore the savior Andraste had a [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Codex_entry:_Andraste%27s_Mabari loyal Mabari]] that got cut out of the canon version of her story. Andraste was, of course, Ferelden.
* Shadow of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' and Rinoa of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' both have dogs that assist them in combat, though Shadow is an AntiHero and Rinoa is a heroine.
* Sora, of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', pals around with King Mickey's dog Pluto in the first few hours of the game. In VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII, his girlfriend Kairi spends an even longer time befriending the dog.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', Sora's starter [[{{Mon}} Dream Eater]], Meow Wow, is a cat-dog hybrid with an AmbiguousGender. And he gets along with it very well, [[spoiler: as the final cutscene shows]].
* We've got the crocadog in ''[[{{VideoGame/JakIIRenegade}} Jak II: Renegade]]'', who's only loyal to [[{{TheHero}} Jak]] [[spoiler: and his younger self]]. Of course, Jak is [[{{FriendToAllLivingThings}} good with animals]]...
* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore''. Grubb builds his own RobotDog, Runner, his best friend. [[spoiler: When Runner went missing, and was later found with Led, she and Grubb started bickering about which of them was his owner]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', one member of S.E.E.S. is Koromaru, an albino shiba inu who is taken in and cared for after he is discovered to have a Persona of his own and becomes the TeamPet. Shinjiro bonds quickly with Koromaru and cooks fancy meals for him. A female PlayerCharacter in the game's PSP port can forge a Social Link with him. Furthermore, in ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax'', Koromaru fights alongside Ken Amada.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', Chie explains to the PlayerCharacter in her Social Link that she and her best friend, Yukiko, met as children over a dog that Yukiko's parents wouldn't let her keep, so Chie took care of the dog instead. In the [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime adaptation]], Chie even has a picture of the dog, [[https://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Chie_Satonaka?file=Chie_has_a_picture_of_her_pet..jpg who has grown into a big ol' pupper]].
* Protagonist of VideoGame/InazumaEleven GO! Tenma has [[OldDog Sasuke]], a dog he rescued when it was still a puppy.
* The wannabe hero ''{{VideoGame/Nightshade}}'' is, fittingly, a huge dog fan ("What a pretty woofums!"). Cats don't agree with him, though.
* Abel from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. More than one of his post-fight quotes are about his wish to have a pet dog, him wondering if he can go buy a pup collar after the match, etc. [[spoiler: In Super ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', he ''does'' adopt a cute little pup.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' gives your heroes a loyal attack/scouting dog, which you control for a few sequences..
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', dogs and cats naturally like Link, partially because he can turn into a wolf and communicate with them. To add extra awww they are the only living thing you can pick up without throwing.
* Brick from the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series may be a gigantic, hugely-muscled, BloodKnight SociopathicHero, but he still loves dogs. In the first game he wears the paw of his deceased dog on a necklace as a TragicKeepsake. In the second game a second paw is added, since he had gotten another dog in between games that was killed by Nisha because she knew it was the only way to really hurt him. In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', where Nisha is PromotedToPlayable, it's revealed that [[spoiler:when she was a child she had a dog that she loved very much, and was forced to put it down when it went berserk after being bitten by a venomous creature. The incident scarred her and caused her to develop a hatred of cute animals, puppies in particular.]]
* In ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'', the heroine (and only remotely sane character) is symbolized by dogs - most obviously, her pet puppy. She often cuddles this puppy and gives him treats; in fact [[spoiler:the dog's murder is partly what motivates her to fight the BigBad]]. The other, less moral, characters are symbolized by different animals and the BigBad extolls at great length [[spoiler:her]] ''specific'' hatred of dogs. Like, there are multiple diary entries where [[spoiler:she]] does nothing other than talk about how filthy and inferior to her they are.
* The Houndmaster of ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' is clearly attached to his Irish Wolfhound and is by far the most heroic of the assorted adventurers you can choose from. His damage animation shows him shielding his hound from harm with his own body, and his battle quips mostly revolve around praising and reassuring his hound. The bond is mutual, many of the Houndmasters battle and camp skills highlight the hound's dedication, with abilities like "lick wounds" and "therapy dog" for healing and reducing stress. As a duo, they are the most stoic unit [[spoiler: when facing the prospect of being sacrificed to the Heart of Darkness]]
-->"Steady, girl. If we're called, we answer."
* The protagonist of every main-series ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' game can have a CanineCompanion; The [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Vault Dweller]], [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Lone Wanderer]] and [[VideoGame/Fallout4 Sole Survivor]] even have dogs from the [[LegacyCharacter same bloodline]]! Considering the [[CuttingOffTheBranches canonical events]] are almost invariably the Good and/or Lawful options, this trope is in full effect.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey''. The Shiba Inu that shows up in some of the kingdoms will follow Mario around after it unearths a treasure.
* Orisa in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. She's one of the more straightforwardly heroic characters, with her main purpose being protecting the civilian population of Numbani. One of her emotes is to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st4oDs1Bxkc take out a puppy and play with it]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'', ComicBook/KryptoTheSuperdog and Ace the Bat-hound are ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}'s dogs, respectively.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'' has the title characters. Though it's debatable if Puppycat counts as a dog.
* In ''Webcomic/TheGlassScientists'', Jekyll is a dog person front and centre and he loves all dogs whether they're alive, Church Grims or werewolves.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has Zwei, Ruby and Yang's pet corgi puppy, being sent to stay with the heroines for a while midway through Volume 2. {{Subverted|Trope}} humorously by [[CatGirl Blake]], who takes an instant dislike to him. [[AlphaBitch Weiss]], [[PetTheDog however]], [[CutenessProximity loves him to bits]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Korra has a giant Polar Bear-Dog named Naga.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'', one of the superheroes on the RealityTV show, [[ShowWithinAShow "The World's Mightiest Heroes"]] has a CanineCompanion, who ends up [[DarkHorseVictory winning the competition]]. Later, when that superhero gets married, the dog is his Best Man.
* Where would Mickey Mouse be without his beloved dog Pluto?
* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', the only nice guy in [[CrapsackWorld Miseryville]], has a dog named Cerbee.
* The paladin Artix from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' has the same cute Pomeranian dog as his real-life counterpart. Daimyo can be obtained as a mascot for player characters, too.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Orel Puppington had a dog he named Bartholomew who he ended up loving . . . [[SeriousBusiness more than JESUS.]] When the adults found out, [[spoiler:they put him down]]. Later Orel believes he hears Bartholomew [[spoiler:while flatlining]]. During the [[spoiler:DistantFinale, Orel and his family own a dog similar to Bartholomew]].
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'': Although he doesn't own an actual dog, Mike's car (which is very important to him) is named Mutt [[AnimalMotifs and is very dog-like]], including his bobblehead dog on the dashboard.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'', Firestar/Angelica Jones has her adorable pet lap dog [[FormallyNamedPet Ms Lion]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Superboy has [[ADogNamedDog Wolf]]. Kid Flash and Artemis also have a dog post-TimeSkip.
* It's never been seen in-show, but Noah from ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Island]]'' has several times been mentioned to have a golden labrador.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe,'' Snake Eyes has Timber, a wolf whose life he saved and who then loyally followed him around afterward.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Applejack owns a dog named Winona.

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