Every now and then TheHero runs across a big animal he would rather not disturb. It's a bear, or a tiger, or Cerberus.

Correct procedure is to back away slowly, making placatory sounds such as 'Niiiice kitty... good kitty..." then run just before the pounce.

Occasionally the Kitty turns out to be an actual Nice Kitty, and acts like a [[AllAnimalsAreDogs giant kitten]].

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Complete inversion on ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': The animal is tiny, not big; the character approaches it while placating it instead of backing away, and instead of it turning out to be nice, it turned out to be [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily exactly as dangerous as it didn't look.]]
** Said character is Sakaki, a KindheartedCatLover who has the [[AnimalsHateHim world's worst luck with cats]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Aladdin says "Down kitty...Look! A mouse!...Scat...C'mon, good tiger... Take off and go!...Down kitty".
** By the way, the "Good tiger... Take off and go!" part is one of the movie's most infamous {{Mondegreen}}s.
* Mike in the Teaser Trailer for ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': "Nice doggy. Nice ''big'' doggy."
* You think Creator/TimAllen's character is going to do this when he sees a dog in his first foray as Santa in ''Film/TheSantaClause'', but he subverts it: "Nice... teeth!"
* In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', Film/JamesBond commands a tiger to "Sit!" (in Barbara Woodhouse's distinctive tone). And it does.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' when Louis Tully is confronted by the monstrous Vinz Clortho, he tries to soothe it with, "Good doggie...nice little pooch..."
* The titular lion in ''Film/SecondhandLions''. Definitely a very nice kitty, she is impossibly tame, though very protective of her cub (Walter).
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' - stranded in the middle of nowhere in pitch dark, Pee-Wee hears nearby growling and nervously goes "nice kitty..." When he turns on a light, he finds himself surrounded by big predatory animals that absolutely don't belong in the American desert southwest.
* ''Disney/TheAristocats'': "Nice doggy, nice doggy, roll over, play dead!"
* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', [[TrappedBehindEnemyLines Twombly]] feels the need to address a donkey trotting down the street near him:
-->'''Twombly''': Nice donkey.
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[[folder:Oral Tradition]]
* There's an old saying that goes: "Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In a ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder King's Quest V]]'' death, Graham says "nice birdie" to a roc hatchling about to eat him. [[spoiler:Of course, that death is averted if he [[MercyRewarded gave the remaining meat to an eagle]] and grabbed the pendant on the roc's nest before the egg hatched.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A subversion in ''TheFlintstones'': Barney sees a Bantydactyl and cheerfully says "Here, pussy pussy" to it until it cheerfully opens its mouth and grabs him leaving only his feet exposed.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Aang flees a big horned gorilla thing until he realizes it's King Bumi's pet. Then he tentatively asks, "...Flopsy?" To which Flopsy responds by grabbing him and cuddling him.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' shows Patrick trying to do this with a lionfish...while trying to lure him away with sausage. But he eats the sausage, so this fails.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Bakura tries that offscreen with a tiger. [[TheChewToy Doesn't help, obviously.]]
* In ''YuGiOhGXTheAbridgedSeries'' Jaiden attempts this with a dog that mauls him off screen.
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