Some characters are frightening enough to scare some people. Some characters are frightening enough to scare most people. Some characters, though, are frightening enough that they can reduce even [[AngryGuardDog fierce or aggressive guard dogs]] to whimpering, cowering puppies, just by looking at them, or even just by ''being there''.

It may be that the character is [[TheBigGuy big]], or [[JerkAss mean]], or [[{{Villains}} evil]], or [[TheGrotesque scary-looking]], or simply badass. It may be any combination of those qualities. It doesn't even have to be a person, although it usually is. It ''cannot'' be a case of a supernatural evil leaking through a failed shield or glamour, though; that's GlamourFailure. This trope isn't limited to dogs, either. The critter that backs down may be any critter, as long as it's established it's a badass in its own right.

Not related to the TropeyTheWonderdog family of tropes.

Contrast with GlamourFailure, when the scary one is supernatural in some way, and EvilDetectingDog, which covers the normal ability of dogs to tell whether some one is nice or not. Also compare with AnimalReactionShot. Often used together with AnimalsHateHim.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Fan-translated manga ''Manga/CodeBreaker''- One of the Code Breakers frightens dogs into submission, and they come up to lick his hand when he beckons them. The other one scares them so badly they refuse to approach. This is used to show us which one still has a soft spot in his cold heart, and which one is a through-and-through psycho.
* In the anime version of ''Manga/AliceAcademy'', The FriendToAllLivingThings Ruka Nogi's favorite rabbit ran away from him when he got {{Brainwashed}}.
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', Medaka pulls this off not out of choice, but [[ParodySue because animals are frightened by her overwhelming power.]] When she was in primary school, she took a field trip to the zoo, not ''one animal'' showed its face! In one story arc where the heroes infiltrate a science lab and find a facility full of animals that ''don't'' run away, Medaka [[{{Squee}} flips out]] and acts like a little kid, wanting to tour all the "cages".
* In Osamu Tezuka's ''Manga/{{Buddha}}'', Ananda, the half-brother of Devadatta, was gifted by the devil Mara after his father offered him in exchange for sparing his life. As a result, Ananda possessed an aura that made the most vicious animals turn tail and run away in fear, including dogs and tigers trained to kill him.
* In ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'', one of the minor parasites masquerading as a human manages to scare off a rampaging LION that had escaped from the zoo with his presence alone. Said lion had already killed several people. Unfortunately, while initially frightened at first, the lion attacks the parasite anyway both because it could not conceive being intimidated by a human, and because it ignored its stunted survival instincts. It gets its head turned into a pile of blood pudding for its efforts.
* One of the first memorable moments in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is Shanks scaring off a giant eel to cement how much of badass he is. Later Luffy does it similarly with a bison. Much later, it's revealed what they did was a form of Haki that only a select few are capable of doing.
* One of the ways ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' and various other characters deal with the various monstrous beasts is through the sheer force of their intimidation that frightens said beasts into submission.
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', the [[HellHound Black Hound]] Oslo is frightened by Ban and Meliodas when he senses their respective KillingIntent and AnimalBattleAura.
* In ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', Wamuu the Pillar Man intimidates a pair of vicious vampiric horses into obedience with a simple stare.
* Early on in ''LightNovel/BladedanceOfElementalers'', Est completely stops Rinslet's ice wolf spirit in its tracks of attacking Kamito by simply moving her hand in front of it. She even completely tames the animal in 3 seconds.

* In a ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} crossover, Deadpool is hired to kidnap Daredevil's partner, Foggy Nelson. To do show, he disguses himself as a balloon delievery man and enters their lawfirm. Foggy's dog starts barking at him, so he yells "SIT!" and the dog backs down.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* [[CastingAShadow Enjin]] in ''FanFic/TheBridge'' has a proximity effect. Every animal within a hundred meter radius of [[HumanoidAbomination it]] is sent running for their lives. The forest going completely quiet is a warning sign that it's gotten close.
* ''Fanfic/TheHaddockChronicles'': Dragons are naturally very jumpy around Elsa, and this was ''before'' her big secret was revealed to the island.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Shrek scaring that little white fluffy dog in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'': Rodney's pet/invention faces off against Madame Gasket, who just sneers at it, causing it to short-circuit. It does get over its fear in the very next scene though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' has an example of a dog being scared by ''another dog'': Snowy, a tiny Wire Fox Terrier, makes a ferocious Rottweiler twice his size whimper and roll over on its back by merely barking at it. A minute later, the Rottweiler is seen [[BigFriendlyDog playing with Snowy]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', the dog barks at the ''TyrannosaurusRex'', which promptly turns around. Dog hides and whimpers loudly. Then it gets eaten. Dog house and all.
* In ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'', the Ringwraith asks the first hobbit it sees where to find Baggins. Said hobbit's dog barks, then whimpers and hides inside the house.
* In ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'' the titular character breaks into [[spoiler:Paul Krendler]]'s house, and the fairly imposing dog takes one look at him and starts to back down and whimper. The film just about gets away with it, since it is possible that the dog is just a pet rather than a guard dog, and it would make sense that the dog would smell the psychopath's lack of fear. In any case, it's a lot more convincing than a scene later in the film (and book) where [[spoiler:specially bred and trained killer pigs refuse to attack him, apparently because he is just that awesome.]]
** The latter scene is explained in the novel. [[spoiler:The pigs are trained to attack a screaming man. Hannibal is again showing no fear, so they ignore him in favour of the wounded man trying to run away from them.]]
* While the trailer for ''Film/TheWaterHorse'' has the titular giant sea monster only scaring off a bulldog, The film on the other hand, takes a darker turn as the sea monster, already turned violent and wild by the constant threats on its life, ominously rises in front of the barking dog and prepares ready to kill it before cutting into another scene. The dog isn't seen anywhere after that.
* The Thing-dog in ''Film/TheThing1982'', when it reveals its true form, terrifies the other sled dogs so utterly that one of them tries to tear open the chain-link fencing of its pen in a desperate attempt to escape the mutating horror, to no avail.
* Completely averted in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'' where the Beast of Gévaudan, a gigantic armored creature trained by a secret cult into putting fear in the hearts of peasants in the French countryside, is itself mauled to death by a pack of wolves led by the alpha that had survived the previous slaughter of its pack by hunters blaming them for the attacks done by the Beast.
* In the thriller/horror ''Film/TheRelic'', a police officer sends his two beloved German Shepherds, Castor and Pollux, to eagerly hunt down the Kothoga within the dark tunnels of the natural history museum. The monster tears apart Castor, leaving Pollux a whimpering wreck when he is found by his handler, who is shortly after killed by the Kothoga while the poor dog looks on. When the monster appears again, the dog wastes no time hightailing it out of there as quickly as it can.
* In the short film adaptation of Creator/StephenKing's ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes The Road Virus Goes North]]'', the protagonist is dumbfounded as to why dogs bark madly at him wherever he goes. They're [[EvilDetectingDog actually disturbed by the cursed picture he's got in his car]]. When the Road Virus himself appears, a dog falls instantly silent except for a few terrified whimpers.

* Inverted in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Going Postal]]'': Moist Von Lipwig is able to [[spoiler: control some dogs as he originates from the same country as them, and thus knows the commands to give them. ''Or so he thinks...'' It turns out the dogs weren't Lipwigzers. [[MagicFeather The power was in Moist the whole time!]]]]
** Werewolves in general have power over dogs, though it's largely the power to make them cower and look as inedible as possible.
** Horses are deathly afraid of Mr. Nutt, from ''Unseen Academicals'', although he can stop them from panicking and compel their obedience with the Horseman's Word. They aren't any less scared, though, as the footnotes from ''Lords and Ladies'' make clear.
* There's an official ''Franchise/MetalGear'' {{Novelization}} where Snake, at one point, covers himself in "panther musk" and roars at a group of guard dogs to scare them away.
* The Nazgûl from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' frighten Farmer Maggot's large, fierce guard dogs.
* In ''Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld'', dogs and other canines dislike werewolves intensely. Not only do werewolves smell like intruders, but the combination of human and canine scents is plain unnatural. In ''The Awakening'' Derek says that large dogs instantly back off and run away after a half second staredown, but yippy little lapdogs will invariably attack him.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' ExpandedUniverse manga ''The Rise of Scourge'', it's explained that Bone first met [[PsychoForHire Scourge]] because of rumors (which Scourge himself had spread) that Scourge defeated a dog in combat. Bone and another cat named Brick got Scourge to fight another dog that had been terrorizing cats around the town. While at that point, Scourge wasn't the all-powerful cat known to fans, his badass-looking shadow was able to scare away the dog and earn him the respect of Bone.
* In Creator/{{Clive Barker}}'s "Literature/RawheadRex" a pony refuses to go into its stall because it could [[EvilDetectingDog sense the presence of the titular demon waiting inside]], and is so terrified that it craps itself.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Vigilante serial killer Series/{{Dexter}} tends to terrify animals of all types.
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues''' Sgt. Belker makes a dog back down by barking at it.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' debunked the myth that smelling like wolf urine will cause this effect. Er, how much do Grant and Tory get paid to do this stuff?
* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' TV movie ''Big Bird in China'' has Big Bird's dog, Barkley, accompany him on a trip to Beijing. While they are visiting the Great Wall, Barkley begins incessantly barking in a state of paranoia for no apparent reason - until we see that a grotesque mythological demon called the Monkey King (who is actually a good guy and there to help Big Bird solve a mystery, although he ''is'' a bit of a {{Jerkass}}) is constantly appearing, disappearing and reappearing, frightening Barkley.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' from White Wolf games has a Gift called Smell of Man that can have that effect.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} In Leman Russ']] backstory it's said that the disguised Emperor caused one of Leman's wolves to cower in fear, while the other was too stupid to do so.

* [[AllThereInTheManual The Encyclopedia]] in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' games seem to imply that Zhang Liao is capable of this, being so feared due to his badassery that even ''crying children'' shut up when they saw him.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa2'': Peko Pekoyama frightens animals with her very presence. Peko herself just wants to pet them, she's a nice girl who wouldn't hurt a fly [[spoiler:unless it dared to threaten her master Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu.]]

* In ''Webcomic/ParadigmShift'', Kate [=McAllister=] has used the fact that she's a werewolf to teach some dogs not to mess with her.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Fluttershy from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She's normally the resident ShrinkingViolet, unless you [[BerserkButton hurt her friends]]. She stood up to a dragon and a cockatrice. Special mention to doing it by staring the cockatrice down, a creature with the ability to have whatever look into it's eyes be TakenForGranite.
** Averted in the First Season finale, where the animals at the Gala just didn't seem to like her. And then it's played straight when she snaps...
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Batman}}'', before she became the Joker's assistant, Harley was able to cow his two vicious hyenas by commanding them to sit.
* A variation in the {{Animated Series}} of Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians, where Cadpig (who is the runt of the litter) was able to emotionally manipulate a group of vicious guard dogs by cruelly pointing out their flaws and weaknesses until they became a whimpering pile with self-esteem issues. {{Beware The Nice Ones}} indeed.
* An earlier episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Spike, the family dog, make a crazy bulldog (who had been spending part of the episode ripping through its chain to get at Tommy and his friends) run back into its doghouse in fear because he was wearing a scary mask.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', BigBad Amon/Noatak is revealed to be a bloodblender who, along with his brother Tarrlok, was trained by his father to get revenge on Republic City and the Avatar by forcing him to bloodbend animals. Among those animals were a pack of wolves which he used to control like marionettes, lifting them up in the air, dragging them to the ground, making them stand on their hind legs, and even making them bow towards him like servants, all of this while they were helpless and whimpering in fear. In the middle of this training, he temporarily broke his hold on them, where they took this opportunity to run away from him as fast as possible, only for Noatak to reestablish his hold and drag the terrified wolves back for more twisted bloodbending displays.
* When {{Rich Bitch}} Gemini Stone and her family temporarily go broke and are forced to share rooms with Sabrina in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'', Salem is forced to share space with her ill-tempered dog. He momentarily becomes his chew toy before Salem is quick to make clear that trying to chase a former megalomaniacal warlock whose still got some of his magic is a VERY BAD IDEA. Gem's dog quickly learns to behave from then on.
* In the Mr. Bean cartoon "Mime Games", [[EnemyMime a stereotypically face-painted street mime won't stop following Mr. Bean around]], even slipping into the back seat of the taxicab he takes home from the park and sneaking into his house, where he proceeds to help himself to Bean's food - and all of this [[DisproportionateRetribution because Bean didn't pay him for his performance back in the park]] (a performance that Bean didn't enjoy or even ask for in the first place). Bean isn't aware of the mime's presence until he walks through his front door and turns around - but his pet cat notices the mime following Bean out of the taxi and snarls suspiciously (making this overlap with EvilDetectingDog, except that the mime isn't evil - just a pest). The mime makes a grotesque face at the cat, [[ThatPoorCat causing it to yowl and jump into the air in a panic]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Some cartoons directed by Creator/BobClampett, like ''Goofy Groceries'' and ''Wagon Heels'', have a gag where one character roars at another, only for the other to roar back even louder, causing him to shrink down and become a crying baby.
** The gag was also used in the [[WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther Pink Panther]] short ''It's Pink, But Is It Mink?''