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A [[AnAdventurerIsYou type of character]] who uses the assistance of [[AttackAnimal an animal]], force of nature, or just some sort of not-highly-sentient creature [[MindControl (with free will)]] to help them fight.

'''There are a few variations to this:'''
* The creature in question has befriended the Beastmaster with [[EmpathyPet a lifelong bond]], and is always by his/her side, constantly ready for combat and play.
* The Beastmaster can convince, cajole, or outright [[SetAMookToKillAMook force]] a critter/creature to fight with them via some type of influence or power. Sometimes he is also a NatureHero.
* The beast being used is [[BondCreatures actually mystical in nature]], such as an elemental or spirit, typically requiring a [[SummoningRitual pact]]; and is normally called with [[SummonMagic magic]].
* The ally is [[{{Golem}} artificial in nature]], normally [[MookMaker constructed by the master]]. Is either a RobotBuddy (a RobotMaster), or a puppet controlled by either magic or plain-old strings (a MarionetteMaster).
* The Beastmaster can [[SpeaksFluentAnimal grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals]] or telepathy and convince them or request for them to help.
* The Beastmaster can [[AnimalEyeSpy see through the eyes of animals]] and maybe even controlling it from the [[MindControlEyes inside]] with a form of mind control.

In video games, the Beastmaster either has complete control over their ally, the ally follows a "Monkey-see, monkey-do" mentality and mimics the master's actions, or the ally just does what it wants in range of its master. In the latter case the playerbase may regard the job as [[TheScrappy unpopular]] as the AI [[ArtificialStupidity isn't always very good]] at doing actions that don't kill everyone. This will normally ''not'' be the case in other forms of fiction, as no computer is directing the ally's actions, that's now the plot's job.

Due to the fact that the ally is, at best, another damage dealer/damage taker, Beastmasters are generally able to do things on their own in an MMORPG environment.

Subtropes include the following:
* DragonRider
* MarionetteMaster
* TheMinionMaster
** PestController
* {{Mons}}

AttackAnimal and/or SummonMagic are common options for the Beastmaster's WeaponOfChoice. May overlap with FluffyTamer. Not to be confused with ''Film/TheBeastmaster'', which was a 1982 fantasy movie and [[Series/{{Beastmaster}} a 90's show]] about a NatureHero, very, ''very'' loosely adapted from a [[Literature/TheBeastMaster 1959 science fiction book series]], or the {{Shoujo}} manga ''Manga/BeastMaster'', which has a completely different story.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is pretty much a multi-series embodiment of this trope. In fact, Pokémon is actually short for "Pocket Monsters", and refers to the fact that most "Pokémon Trainers" (who are humans) keep their pet Pokémon in Pokéballs and send them out either for bonding or for helping them with a particular task (like battling other trainer's Pokémon). It's the entire point of the video games as well; see below.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Kiba and the rest of the Inuzuka clan use one or more dogs.
** As the living nest of a colony of bugs, Shino is an example of a Beastmaster with ''way'' more than just one ally. His clan, the Aburame, falls under this as well.
** Several ninja make pacts with summonable creatures. Kakashi can summon dogs, Temari can summon a weasel, Jiraiya and Naruto can summon toads, Tsunade can summon slugs, and Orochimaru can summon snakes.
* Meiko Rokudo in ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'' is able to control 12 powerful ''Shikigami'' (beast-like spirits or monsters), with different abilities. However, Meiko is very powerful but also [[NaiveEverygirl ditzy]], [[NaiveNewcomer inexperienced]] and ''extremely'' [[ShrinkingViolet insecure]]; she not only considers these spirits more like pets, but is easily scared by little things (little spiders, a balloon that bangs), and then she summons instinctively enormous quantities of energy causing ''massive'' destruction. On the other hand, Meiko's mother (as the Shikigami's former master) can control all of the twelve Shikigami perfectly.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' introduced Caro Ru Luche. She has two dragons she can call into battle, her pet dragon Friedrich, and the [[PhysicalGod Dragon God Voltaire]]. She claims that she doesn't control Voltaire so much as call for his assistance if things are really desperate: it's implied that he will not answer the summons if his power is not needed.
** ''[=StrikerS=]'' also introduced her rival, Lutecia, who commands a wide variety of InsectoidAliens in combat, ranging from swarms of mechanical bugs to an insectoid MonsterKnight to {{Kaiju}} BigCreepyCrawlies.
** ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' introduced a new one in the [[CuteWitch True Witch]] Fabia Crozelg, who has an army of imp-like [[OurDemonsAreDifferent devils]] at her beck and call.
* Shido Fuyuki of ''Manga/GetBackers'' is nicknamed "Beastmaster" because of this ability. He also SpeaksFluentAnimal.
* In ''Anime/RODTheTV'' (and ''Read Or Dream''), Maggie's paper specialty is to form various creatures out of paper (such as birds for flight, or lion-like creatures for fighting)
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Paio II, who uses {{Sand Worm}}s for handling bounties and [[SkinshipGrope boobies]].
* Zazie The Beast, one of the Gung-Ho Guns in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. He controls enormous sandworms in the anime --his manga counterpart is... {{squick}}ier.
* [[Manga/HimechanNoRibon Sei Arisaka]] can physically control animals via MindControl but he can get them to do his binding, such as whistling to make a group of doves appear or merely telling them to "go to sleep" will make them instantly fall asleep.
* Katherine [=McDonald=] of ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' has three separate 'beings' of summoning, of different power levels.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has... [[ShapedLikeItself the Beast Master]], the first-mate of the Buggy Pirates. He rides [[PantheraAwesome a giant lion]] and his hat (hair?) changes from season-to-season to different animals.
** Other examples are Apis from an early {{filler}} arc and [[HalfHumanHybrid Chopper]] who can speak with animals, not to mention [[spoiler: [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess]] [[{{Woobie}} Shirahoshi]], who has the ability to telepathically summon gigantic Sea Kings]].
** [[spoiler: Luffy himself has shown shades of it ever since the timeskip: he's become so proficient at Haki that he can tame and befriend huge and/or dangerous animals in a flash.]]
** Another {{filler}} arc in the anime has Breed, whose devil fruit allows him to assert his will over other living beings after he has placed a collar on them, [[spoiler: but only if they are able to hear him make his commands. Law gets around being collared by giving himself and Luffy earplugs.]] He mainly uses this power on animals because he thinks HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' can summon other animals to help him fight or accomplish tasks he can't do on his own; he's the KingOfBeasts in his jungle after all.
* One of the ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'''s maids, Elena, has quite the way with the local wildlife. [[spoiler:A bit of foreshadowing that she's not quite human.]]
* Kouji Kouda from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has the power to command and control animals.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', UsefulNotes/SarutobiSasuke is the Brave of Grass, which means he can use the animals of the forest to fight for him. He loves all kind of animals, but birds and weasels are his particular favourites.
* [[TheStoic Norway]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is [[InterspeciesFriendship close friends with]] [[OurFairiesAreDifferent all manner of fairy creatures]], including a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent gigantic green troll]], and can send them to do his bidding. He summons his troll to try and fight [[spoiler: the [[AlternateUniverse Parallel!France]] that defeats Sweden in the ''Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010'']], sends a ghostlike creature to try and cajole his younger brother [[IJustWantToBeNormal Iceland]] [[BigBrotherInstinct to call him "big brother,"]] and sends a bunch of small, winged humanoid creatures (Boyg) to harass Iceland in order to get him to tell the other Nordics what is bothering him at one point.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'', who can command any ocean animal.
* ''Creator/MarvelComics'' own Comicbook/SquirrelGirl. If you can summon squirrels to beat Doctor Doom, Thanos, MODOK, Pluto, and even Deadpool you [[LethalJokeCharacter deserve to be on this list]].
* B'wana Beast has the power to both [[MixAndMatchCritters combine]] and command animals.
* ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' can instantly tame any cat (even big ones like tigers and lions, or genetically modified animals with cat DNA) or cat-like animals (such as [[ComicBook/TheJoker the Joker's]] hyenas).
* Mouse from ''ComicBook/TheMovement'' can control mice and rats.
* ''{{ComicBook/BPRD}}'' gives us Panya, a wheelchair-bound Egyptian mummy who can telepathically control animals and at one point also uses her powers on a profoundly retarded human.
* Gaea from the ''Comicbook/{{Noob}}'' comics, as part of her SummonMagic.
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Swordquest}} Swordquest: Waterworld]],'' the mermaid queen Aquana commands various undersea creatures in her war against the air-breathers.
* ''ComicBook/ExMachina'': The archenemy of the {{technopath}} protagonist was a beastmaster named Jack Pherson. Their powers come from the same source. While Mitchell once tried to fight crime as "the Great Machine," Pherson used his animal army for evil.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, the two brothers are each accompanied and aided by a train of animal companions--a lion, a bear, a wolf, a fox, and a hare--which they acquired by assisting the animals' parents.
* "The Three Princes and Their Beasts", collected by Creator/AndrewLang, is a similar story, only with three brothers and they each have a boar in addition to the animals previously listed.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Creator/{{Vathara}}'s ''Upon A Fiery Steed'' some of the residents of the L3 colony, and some residents of another planet visited in the story, are Beastmasters; people with the ability to communicate with, partially control and fight alongside animals. Examples shown in-story are bat-winged cat-like creatures called esmeril, hawks, dogs and lizards.
* Armani Dove of the ''[[Main/BrokenBow Broken Bow]]'' series, as befitting a child of Artemis.
* ''Fanfic/CyclesUponCycles'': This ''Franchise/MassEffect'' / ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' crossover has Beastmaster Krogan, who are able to temporarily buff nearby Zerg.
* ''Fanfic/AdorableMurderbeasts'': A fic where a SI is dropped into the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' universe with nothing but ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' to protect him. This trope is a given.
* ''FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn'': As a druid, Fluttershy can control non-sentient animals.
* Besides the canon summoners of Manga/{{Naruto}}, in ''Fanfic/DreamingOfSunshine'' [[spoiler: Ino becomes the new Chameleon Summoner and Shikako the new Deer Summoner.]]
* Chapter 8 of ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'' reveals that [[spoiler:Wolfius is a warg and an immensely powerful one at that.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In the setting of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', dragons come in various breeds, all of which are terrifying in some way (some spit acid, some throw bone shards like spears, some roar loudly enough to shatter boats...) but none more so than the Night Furies. A Night Fury can breathe fire, blend perfectly into darkness, and fly terrifyingly fast. [[TheDreaded No one has ever killed a Night Fury.]] And Hiccup, a scrawny 15-year-old--with no combat experience, no outside assistance and no previous training--was able to tame one. And fly it into battle. [[spoiler:Even after Hiccup teaches the other Vikings how to ride and bond with dragons, he's clearly the best at it.]]
--> '''Gobber:''' He has this ''way'' with the beasts...
* The ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'', set after a five year TimeSkip, presents two others of note. [[NotGoodWithPeople One hermit]] independently worked out techniques similar to Hiccup's when the latter was a baby and guards a hidden dragon sanctuary, while a [[BigBad vicious warlord]] managed to brutalize a hatchling into submission decades ago and now uses a {{Kaiju}} with mind-control powers as a linchpin in his horde of [[BeastOfBattle warbeasts]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. All the Na'vi are beastmasters to an extent, thanks to the [[FanNickname Bio-USB]].
* Dar in ''Film/TheBeastmaster''. He can telepathically communicate with animals, first seen when he mind-controls a bear to leave him and his foster-father alone and can see through the eyes of his falcon scout. And don't forget the loveable ferret scouts/thieves and the black tiger.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', Vlad III Dracula is capable of controlling thousands of bats at once and devastate massive armies with them.
* Jennifer from ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'' can telepathically communicate with insects and command them to attack people.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The mutant ability of Nina, Erik's daughter, is to talk with animals and influence their behaviour.
* Willow from ''Empire Of The Sharks'' is a "shark caller", able to suppress sharks' predatory impulses or trigger their attacks.

* Creator/AndreNorton was quite fond of this trope.
** ''Literature/TheBeastMaster'' and its sequel ''Lord of Thunder''. The protagonist, Hosteen Storm, has telepathic links with a group of genetically-engineered animals (a cat, an eagle, and a pair of meerkats).
** ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'': Troy gather some TrueCompanions, of which he is the only human member.
** ''Literature/TheZeroStone'' features Eet, kinda a cat.
** Etc.
* Fitz from Creator/RobinHobb's "[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer]]" and "Tawny Man" trilogies.
* In ''Literature/TheImmortals'' Daine the Wildmage can communicate with animals and even shapeshift into them. There are various minor characters in the Literature/TortallUniverse who either have something as small as a "knack" or even better for a specific type of animal. Daine is unique because she isn't restricted to merely one type and can even communicate with animal-like Immortals.
* Several characters in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' qualify. The Stark children all possess direwolf cubs. Hints are dropped that all of them can actually project themselves into the creature's mind, though only Bran actively develops the ability, while it remains a passive one with Jon and Arya. Also, Varamyr Sixskins, a wildling.
* In ''Literature/ShadowOps'', "Whispering" is an application of [[DishingOutDirt terramancy]] that allows the user to control animals. It is also ''very'' illegal, right up there with gate magic, entropy magic, necromancy, and creating sentient elementals, due to its sheer destructive potential. One doesn't realize how dangerous Whispering is until the person using it calls for literally every animal in range (including millions of nearby insects) to literally swarm the target.
* In Thomas Disch's "The Roaches" the main character discovered that she possessed the ability to telepathically communicate with and command cockroaches. Let's just say that it turned out to be not so good of a thing in the end...
* Gaea from the ''Literature/{{Noob}}'' novels as part of her SummonMagic.
* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Hugh Apiston is a ''Bee''master specifically. That's his peculiarity--he has a swarm of bees living in his stomach, whom he can control.
* Bestiar of ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' can communicate with and command all the rats in Wars.
* The main character of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the power to psychically command invertebrates, such as insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. She has lots of fine control over them, to the point where she can summon them unconsciously to aid her when under stress. Another character has the power to transform dogs into huge, incredibly strong Lovecraftian monsters, but she can't control them mentally. Instead, she has to train the dogs to respond to words and whistled commands, otherwise they wreak havoc when she transforms them.
* ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'': The witch Honey has the ability to train animals to obey set commands. Roland eventually uses this to train dozens of birds to be letter carriers, creating the first form of high speed communication.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheBeastmaster''.
* ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'': A character who is actually called "The Beast Master" is the BigBad. He's seen controlling many types of animals, although he tends to foil his own schemes by (for example) trying to get ants to capture his ememies. Prone to throwing tantrums when he fails- he's seen roasting a pair of pigeons at one point. Can also turn parts of his body into animals ("My powerful caterpillar arm will devour you!"), and other people into animals, who are then under his power.
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' is this way with his powers as a Dragonlord. He can call the dragons and they are bound to obey him, and it also works on their relatives the wyverns.
In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Cruella De Vil has the power to control animals.

* Many Catholic saints are associated with control over animals.
** St. Francis of Assisi, most famously in the story of him taming a wolf. It is also said he had a similar call over birds.
** St. Francis of Paola. It is even believed that God was willing to revive his pet fish and lamb after they had been accidentally killed and eaten.
** St. John Bosco is said to have had a giant, black dog who followed him, who served him.

[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** The Mutant Dinos caught and tamed by Rex, such as Trouble, became loyal to him. He could also use his ability to communicate with dinosaurs to send Mutant Dinos, even wild ones that he had not tamed, to fight for him, which he usually exploited during his clashes against Kotua and Chaos.
** Stranger teamed up with a Mutant Lizard on Adventurers' Island, who fought alongside him in battle.
** Chompy could qualify as a beast, thus giving Frozeen this role.
** Until it was revealed that [[spoiler:he was only a puppet leader controlled by the Darkitect]], Dr. Rex was the leader of the Mutant Dino army, which referred to him as Alpha Rex. With that revelation, it became clear that [[spoiler:the true Beast Master was the Darkitect.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is an aspect of many ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' classes, though the Druid is the king of it.
** There was a Beastmaster prestige class in 3.5 Edition that allowed for the mastery of magical beasts like Displacer Beasts or Grey Renders instead of animals the way a standard Ranger or Druid commanded.
** The Ranger of 4th Edition has a Beastmaster build option which allows him to fight alongside a beast that he has forged a bond with. The build even gives the ranger a ritual that he can use to raise the beast should it die in battle.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' keeps D&D's Druid and Ranger options, and throws in a Summoner class who binds his life to his beast (known as an Eidolon). While the beast in question is technically a planar outsider, the Eidolon ([[MonstrousHumanoid traditionally]]) takes the form of an animal, and as the Summoner levels up, the Summoner adds more and more abilities to his Eidolon. And if you choose the Broodmaster Archetype instead of the standard class, you can make a horde of individually weaker Eidolons that still kick plenty of ass!
** The ''Advanced Class Guide'' adds the Hunter to the mix, a Druid/Ranger hybrid class that focuses on the bond between the Hunter and their animal companion.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The players themselves may count as this if they're playing the right creatures, but there are specific character examples as well, such as the planeswalker [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=Garruk%20Wildspeaker Garruk Wildspeaker]].
** More mundanely there's the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=191064 Master of the Wild Hunt]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=140194 Wren's Run Packmaster]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=152728 Wolf-Skull Shaman]], all of which create wolfpacks around them, as does [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=169971 Turntimber Ranger]], which brings along a wolf for every fellow adventurer you summon. (One hilarious combo uses [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=227544 Xenograft]] set to Ally to produce an infinite loop, leading to an arbitrarily large Ranger and a similarly huge number of wolves.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Ogre Hunters can be accompanied by one or two trained sabertoothed tigers known as Sabertusks.
** Anyone capable of using Ghur, the Wind of Beasts -- that is, the branch of magic that focuses on control of animal life -- can be this. Examples include Imperial Amber Wizards and the Bray Shamans of the Beastmen.
* The [[SpacePirates Dark Eldar]] in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' have beastmasters with three different types of beasts, a large behemoth, [[{{Hellhound}} a beast that is halfway between two dimensions]], and a swarm of [[DeathByAThousandCuts razor winged flyers]]. The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] also do this with Squigs, a non-sentient related Orkoid creature which has a tendency to attack their handlers from time to time.
* The power of the Animalism discipline in both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' Third edition has the [[NatureHero Survival]] skill tree, which is about a quarter actual survivalism and the rest empowering the monsters and beasts of Creation and using them like {{Mons}} to fight for/with you.

* The Mask of Rahi Control grants this power in ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''.
** All Rahkshi of Rahi Control and Rahkshi of Insect Control have this power. In addition to having the powers of the aforementioned Rahkshi, Makuta can also control Rahi through Infected Kanohi.
** Roodaka and Sidorak commanded entire hordes of the spider Rahi, Visorak.
** Nokama was once able to use her Mask of Translation to speak and gain favor with an alpha Kikanalo.
** Vezon, while guarding the Mask of Life, controlled a giant spider-like creature Fenrakk, and later the Kardas Dragon.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the DLC of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', the protagonist, Connor, becomes this after drinking the Red Willow tea and gaining the power to summon three ghostly wolves.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' is built around this trope. The Hoctatian and Koppaite protagonists of pikmin can only deal scratch damage alone, and the pikmin themselves will only stand still or defend themselves without orders.
* In ''VideoGame/ARKSurvivalEvolved'' you tame dinos.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, this is a racial power of the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Bosmer (Wood Elves)]]. Known as the "Beast Tongue" ability, they can calm hostile wild animals and, in some games, even get their aid in battle. The Bosmer revere Y'ffre, essentially the god of nature, as their most important deity and it is through him that this power is power.
** [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]] are said to hold this power over the mammoths they herd. They can reportedly communicate with the mammoths, and the relationship is symbiotic and based in mutual respect. In exchange for the protection of the Giants, mammoths allow the Giants to milk them and produce cheese. There have been reports of Giants eating mammoths, but this is always "conducted with reverence" and presumably only done to mammoths who have died of natural causes or following a MercyKill.
** Spriggans, a race of [[WhenTreesAttack tree-like]] PlantPeople with a GaiasVengeance tilt, can command nearby animals to attack intruders in their domain. They are most fond of doing this with [[BearsAreBadNews bears]], and some varieties of Spriggan can even [[SummonMAgic summon a magical bear]] from thin air.
** Wolves and bears are sometimes known to have reduced hostility toward [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]] and [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent werebears]], respectively, even if they aren't in beast form. They are also sometimes known to hunt with and follow werewolves and werebears when they are in beast form. The howl of a werewolf or growl of a werebear has also been known to summon wolves or bears to aid the creature in battle.
** The "Command Creature" spell and its variants throughout the series allow the player to do this as well, with the strength of the spell corresponding to the level of creature one can command.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Animal Allegiance [[MakeMeWannaShout shout]] allows the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] to do this regardless of race. The Kyne's Peace shout makes animals not run from or attack the player.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'':
** The basic premise of the series revolves around the strategy of recruiting monsters and using them to fight other heroes and creatures.
** In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'' there is a class of heroes called Beastmasters, who control creatures of the swamp such as Hydras, Basilisks and Wyverns.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has the Beastmaster class. Also, the Dragoon class receives a pet wyvern.
** While XI is the TropeNamer, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' started the tradition. In addition to the Trainer class which used [[WhipItGood whips]] and could capture and control enemy monsters, the archery-focused Hunter could summon animals to achieve random effects. The GBA remake retroactively named the class Beastmaster, just to drive it home.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' breaks the series' traditional trend of SummonMagic (a single high-cost, high-pay-off attack) for this; Summoners can only summon a single Aeon at a time, (when Yuna does so, they replace the whole party) and control them directly. Obtaining Aeons involves [[BondCreatures a soul-binding contract between Aeon and Summoner]], and the Aeon's power grows in proportion to the Summoner's. It is also implied that they share a PsychicLink, as [[spoiler:Yuna is shown experiencing significant strain after each one is destroyed in the ending]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' has the Trainer dress-sphere.
** Beastmaster is also a class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' for Nu Mou. They play instruments to control enemy monsters, making them good matches for blue mages and hunters.
** HilarityEnsues if you force a monster through a Beastmaster to break the law and watch the monster get sent to jail.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Shadow who's dog Interceptor will randomly counterattack for Shadow, Relm has a skill called Control which allows her to take control of an enemy monster.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has Rinoa who uses her dog Angelo to assist her in LimitBreak.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' has Serah become this; after [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeating Monsters in combat]], she has a chance of receiving their Crystal, allowing them to be incorporated into the party's battle line-up. Mog claims that Serah's ability is a minor form of SummonMagic, gifted to her by Lightning (who is also seen leading a veritable army of monsters in the intro). They aren't directly controlled, but their abilities and priorities can be managed by the player. This took a bit of a strange turn with the DLC, which allowed players to unlock other characters from the first game as such monsters, including Lightning ''herself''. ''Twice''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has the Arcanist class, who eventually evolve into Summoners or Scholars. Summoners use smaller version's of the game's Summons (who in this universe are genocidal energy beings) for combat, while Scholars use fairy companions for healing.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Hunters can have animal companions that assist them in battle. The Beast Mastery talent tree works with the bond between Hunter and pet, and ultimately grants access to Exotic pets that other Hunters can't tame, such as Devilsaurs, Core Hounds, Silithids and Chimaeras.
** ''World of Warcraft'' also gives the Warlock class pets, although they are more limited in nature than the Hunter ones (Hunters can tame pretty much every animal and customize it, using it as a friend and companion; Warlocks have a set number of demons with fixed abilities and names, that are enslaved).
** Frost Mages can summon a Water Elemental as a permanent pet/companion as a perk of the Frost talent tree.
** Going into the realm of NPC's, there's the half-orc Rexxar, who is essentially a Hunter minus ArcherArchetype aspect and the Beastmastery taken up to eleven. In ''Warcraft 3'', the hero class that Rexxar belonged to is actually called the Beastmaster. All its abilities summon different kinds of animals (bear, hawk, boar, and STAMPEDING GIANT LIZARDS). Other hero types can also [[SummonMagic summon minions]], but the Beastmaster's arsenal is entirely based around it, letting him summon a self-supporting army.
** There are also the pet battles, a Pokémon-esque feature that is practically a whole game itself. The previously entirely cosmetic non-combat pets can only be used to fight other pets (either in the wild to tame them or controlled by designated Trainer [=NPCs=] and other players).
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' also features Warcraft's Rexxar, this time as a playable character. He fights alongside his [[BearsAreBadNews pet bear]] and he has various other abilities that take advantage of his menagerie of animal companions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' Druids can summon wolves and ravens, among other things.
** It also has Necromancers, who have an archetype called the "summonmancer", they are generally held to make better pure summoners then druids (Druid summons are mainly for support).
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s WitchDoctor has a few creepy-animal-based attacks, such as summonable toads and throwable jars of spiders.
** It also has the Demon Hunter, who can summon an animal companion to fight alongside them (or more depending on what gear they have).
* ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' had tamers as a skill set who depending on the circumstances could be either pretty powerful or near useless. They were commanded by typed commands or clicked ones. Tamers would need to make sure both that their pets would attack when needed and protect them when needed as well.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' had the Mastermind class, capable of calling upon a number of controllable minions. Normally, they tended to be closer to TheMinionMaster territory, but an update added an actual Beast Mastery set to the game, allowing them to summon wolves (regular and dire) and lionesses, along with using birds and insects to attack.
** In addition, the Dark Control set for Controllers and Dominators had a wolf made of darkness as its pet.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Online'' has the Squig Herder (a goblin and his pet fungus creatures), and the White Lion (an elf and his pet... white lion).
** Although in the tabletop game, the aforementioned elves are only called White Lions because they have to hunt, kill, and skin one as an initiation test. They then wear the skin as a cloak.
** They do, however, now have a chariot in which two elves ride, pulled by actual lions. That's gotta be awkward...
* You, and a very large number of the [=NPC=]s in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games are essentially Beastmasters. In fact, Pokémon is actually short for "Pocket Monsters", and refers to the fact that most "Pokémon Trainers" (you and the aforementioned [=NPC=]s) keep their pet Pokémon in Pokéballs and send them out either for bonding or for helping them with a particular task (like battling other trainer's Pokémon).
* Used in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', where the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon Trainer]] is the only character to stand in the background while his {{Mons}} are the ones who do the fighting. He has Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard, but [[MookChivalry can only use one at a time]]. The Trainer character is [[FridgeLogic a little bizarre]] since Pikachu and Jigglypuff are also playable characters, and have been since the first installment, but they don't have a Trainer controlling them; he seems to have been added to get a few more Pokémon in without [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters taking up too many character slots]].
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' contains a few different types of this. Rangers can charm certain animals that then follow them into combat, Necromancers animate undead minions from fallen enemies, and both Rangers and Ritualists can summon spirits to aid the party.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' still has the first game's Ranger class but also introduces Tyria's Ogres, who wear this trope as their Hat. Few ogres are ever seen without their pets and they often make heavy use of them in combat.
* Alchemists in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' can create and program artificial life forms (Homunculi) to fight for them. The programming bit is player side. That is, Homunculi run on a specially written coding language, which is stored in text files in the game folder. Players are encouraged to attempt to modify the AI files as they wish.
* The player in ''VideoGame/LostMagic'' can amass a small armada via careful use of the Dark Rune.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' has a few of these. Galford (with Poppy the dog), Nakoruru (with Mamahaha the falcon or Shikuru the wolf), Rimururu (with Konru ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or is it Konril?]]), an ice NatureSpirit), Cham Cham (with [[spoiler:her brother (''Tam Tam'') as]] Paku Paku the monkey), Mina (with Champuru, an annoyingly cute [[spoiler: man-eating monster in disguise]]) and even SNKBoss Mizuki (with Maju, some sort of dog-shaped demon) all feature. Oddly, of the ones listed, only Mina's is completely useless in combat. Pets in attack mode are subject to attacks, too, just in case you try sending the dog to rush through a tornado.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** Arietta the Wild from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' usually brings in her beasts whenever she fights, except when there are other God Generals around. It also helps that those beasts actually [[RaisedByWolves raised her]].
** Jao from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''. He's accompanied by wolves whenever he's alone, and in your first fight with him, he'll keep calling in more monsters to assist him if you get rid of the ones that are with him initially; it's specifically stated to be a special ability he possesses. [[ButtMonkey Ivar]] is the same and is said to have the same ability; in fact he has a Wyvern he hatched and cared for as an egg that ends up making the second boss fight with him tricky.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'', European explorers can get a canine companion that follows them around and helps them fight.
** Native Warchiefs take it to another level. They can train animals and convert treasure guardians, which frequently results in the warchief being followed around by a menagerie of jaguars, wolves, and bears.
* In ''[[VideoGame/NetHack [=NetHack=]]]'' the player character always starts out with a pet and may end up taming additional monsters. The care, feeding, and proper use of such pets is a science of its own since a number of parameters influence their behavior.
* ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'':
** Aruruu adopts the tiger Mukkur early in the storyline, which apparently carries a title and makes her 'Mother of the Forest.' A mook who tries kidnapping her finds out she is ''not'' just a helpless TokenMiniMoe princess and is brutally killed and eaten by said kitty. Mukkur is generally a pretty amiable fellow though. Later, she also makes a pet of Gacatar, some sort of small ferrety creature with special powers that allows her to perform her ultimate technique. She can talk to both and is essentially Mukkur's mother.
** The sequels have Rulutieh, princess of Kurjuy. While she has no combat ability herself, she rides into battle on her giant flightless bird, Cocopo. She can't communicate with Cocopo to the extent that Aruruu can Mukkur, but Cocopo is very protective of her and a force to be reckoned with.
* Every class in ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' has at least a basic ability to do this, with Shapers, Lifecrafters and Shock Troopers specializing in it. Somewhat unusually, you make your own monsters through genetic engineering, sacrificing [[{{Mana}} essence]] until they die or you "absorb" them.
* Free Korean {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' includes a pet feature. All pets possess a number of abilities beyond combat; including healing and carrying items. Certain pets possess additional useful and entertainment abilities such as rideable mounts, combat-oriented [[ShapeShifting transformation]], "fetching" random items, producing crafting supplies (such as wool from pet sheep), and dancing. The Mabinogi pet system is different from most, in that pets have a selectable AI, with a powerful scripting language available to create custom {{AI}}s far more complex than those used by monsters. Players can also play ''as'' their pets, instead of their characters, which is good for level grinding. Pets also grant variable stat boosts, and are subject to the same levelling, aging and hunger mechanics as player characters.
** The Dark Knight released in Generation 3 possesses the Control of Darkness skill, which allows the player to control any animal or "Fomor" (non-human sentient beings). Control is far more limited than with pets, and is predominantly combat-oriented.
** Starting with Generation 7, all players have access to a similar ability with the Taming skill. Like Control of Darkness, it allows only very basic control over the creature.
* The new Elven Warden from ''VideoGame/RunesOfMagic'' has the ability to summon a pet to help him do his fighting.
* The free-to-play Russian {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/AllodsOnline'' has the Warden archetype.
* The Beast Tamer class in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series supports monsters by increasing their stats and EXP gain with her abilities or by simply being adjacent to them and is powered up by them in the latter two games of the series. It's something of an odd case when considering that the monsters in question are perfectly sentient and differ little from the humanoid Netherworld citizens in anything but appearance.
* The Turtle Tamers in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' can be considered beastmasters. One strategy used is to increase their familiar's weight (i.e. level) with buffs and equipment.
* One of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}'' is called The Beastmaster. He's more of a beast tender, really, since his job is to raise the various beasts the Kenget Kamulos use for training. Although when encountered, he does sic a number of predators on the player before finally deciding to fight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' includes one in Mordecai, the Hunter class avatar. He uses his pet bird-of-prey Bloodwing to aid in attacking enemies.
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has DLC character Gaige, whose ability summons a giant robot called Death-Trap that can be upgraded to be more powerful.
* Lieza of ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad II'' an a gifted ability to communicate with beasts and allow them to join the party.
* The player character from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' can become a beastmaster as a class.
* The player character from ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' will be able to hatch their own dragon, after receiving a level-locked quest. This dragon can be summoned at almost any time during game-play. The player can also equip numerous pets based on their level and with different elements to help them on their journey as they level up.
* As with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', most ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' protagonists qualify.
* The Beast Master kit in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII''. It gets the special abilities of Summon Animals (a low-level druid spell) in return for the inability to use metal weapons and armour. It is generally considered to be the worst or second-worst kit in the game, its only main competitor being the [[MageKiller Wizard Slayer]].
* Matsu from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has the unique ability to summon animals to aid in her attacks, including boars, hawks, moles, bears and a white wolf.
* The summoning tree of magic in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' begins this way. Unfortunately it doesn't make for a very powerful build in and of itself.
* The Ranger specialization in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' allows characters to summon wolves, bears or enormous spiders to help out in combat.
* Greyback from ''VideoGame/BattleRealms'' has animal magnetism so strong that wild wolves will never attack him, and will instead automatically attach themselves to him as bodyguards and fight with him to the death.
* ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'' has a villain employing such methods: the last level of the dungeon of Keethrax the Black Druid is populated with animals, including kinds more dangerous than usual at that character level.
* The Lore Master class in ''Lord of the Rings Online'' can summon several species of animals, from ravens to grizzly bears to lynxes.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' doesn't have a class system, but all players are capable of being The Beastmaster if they wish, with summonable followers that can fight for them, heal them or even carry their loot, as well as purely cosmetic pets.
* Koh and his father Guy from ''VideoGames/AzureDreams'', are renowned in the game for being able to tame most monsters, even the most ferocious ones.
* The Zortroa Kinship tribe from ''VideoGames/WildArmsXF''. The whole tribe consists of people who control monsters and make them fight alongside.
* ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'' has pets that can be used in battle.
* Beastlords in ''VideoGame/FalloutTacticsBrotherhoodOfSteel''. Living in caves with radiation mutated them, gave them telepathy and also drove them insane, making them crave human meat. In battle they control various mutant animals and throw exploding beetles as grenades. They are the only enemies that cannot be [[EnemyMine recruited]] by the Brotherhood after they are defeated and things go FromBadToWorse. The Brotherhood tried to harness their ability for the common good, but concluded that they can only be useful by working to death in penal camps.
* Grineer Drahk Masters in ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'' train and use the pig-like Drahks in combat, which they can endlessly summon. Drahk Masters wear a heavy suit with padded arms much like police K9 trainers, allowing them to deflect the player's melee blows from in front; paired with their throwing mace which can [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands disarm you]], they can become highly obnoxious foes. Similarly, there's the Hyekka Masters, who utilize Kavats to attack their enemies. [[PlayerCharacter The Tenno]] train Kubrows (a monotreme dog-like creature) and Kavats (a reptilian cat-like creature) and augment them with Mods to assist them in combat, albeit only one creature at a time.
* In ''Videogame/FarCryPrimal'', the protagonist Takkar has the ability to tame prehistoric predators simply by tossing some bait, slowly approaching them and waving his hands around, letting him call upon them in battle and spy on his enemies, up to and including [[spoiler: the saber-tooth tiger that killed his brother]]. A few people even call him by the trope name.
* Represented in ''Videogame/{{Piratez}}'' by a Church unit of the same name, commanding [[Main/DemonicSpiders Chryssalids]] and [[Main/PoisonIsCorrosive Celatids]]. Also applicable to the protagonists, who can use animals like [[Main/HeroicDog dogs]], [[Main/PirateParrot parrots]] or [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking mutated Reapers]].
* ''VideoGame/Dota2'' has a few examples, including one literally called 'Karroch the Beastmaster', who worked in a cruel king's menagerie as a child. Karroch learned to communicate with the king's captive animals and led them to rebel, resulting in The Mad King's death. Gameplay-wise, Beastmaster can summon a boar to assist in combat and a hawk to scout. Worth noting that during [[VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncientsAllStars the first outing]], Karroch was actually the aforementioned [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Rexxar]], he just became Karroch to avoid copyright strikes.
** A number of other heroes can summon animals to aid in combat, most noticeably there is Sylla, the Lone Druid, who is at his most dangerous when he is fighting along side his Spirit Bear.
* [[Myth/NorseMythology Skadi]] as she appears in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' is accompanied with her pet winter wolf Kaldr, who can be ordered to attack anyone she commanded, and can generate a freezing blizzard from him and within herself.
* Stella from ''VideoGame/AsdivineHearts'' is in training to become one of these and often uses that as a cover for when people realize the wildcat traveling with the party can talk.
* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' features the Houndmaster hero, who is an ex-lawman paired with a faithful tracking hound. He and his hound support the party from the back ranks, using the hound to mark targets for attacks as well as inflict wide-ranging [[DamageOverTime bleeding]] effects. Outside of combat, the Houndmaster can have his hound stand watch, scout, and [[FuzzTherapy provide comfort]] to the rest of the party.
* ''VideoGame/{{Astal}}'': Astal gets the assistance of a bird throughout the game. He runs into this bird in the first level, where it's been captured by some crystal enemies.
* Moji from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' rides into battle on her familiar, Po-Li. Po-Li is a double-headed lizard that shoots magic spit and fire from its heads. Moji's [[LimitBreak ultimate]] turns an enemy into a tasty treat for Po-Li to snack on.

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* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'''s Menagerie can not only [[ShapeShifting can assume the shapes of animals]], she can communicate with them and command them. Brazilian hero Junglemaster controls both plants and animals. Archdruid adds weather control to Junglemaster's power set.
* ''Roleplay/DCNation'''s Fauna has this ability, bribing local raccoons to watch Dr. Thompson's clinic, gathering information from stray dogs, and so forth. She tried to use it when [[StrawmanPolitical a right-wing militia was attacking her hometown]], recruiting everything from flocks of birds to the local livestock, only to get ''soundly'' scolded by Nightwing for reckless behavior. She hadn't used it since, even though she will still talk to animals.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] student Dragonrider has a dragon she can command. She ''created'' it and gave it life. Other students like Aquerna and Arachne have command over one type of creature: squirrels and spiders, respectively.
* In ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s Photoplasty contest [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_553_28-inspirational-image-memes-revised-honesty/ 28 Inspirational Image Memes (Revised for Honesty)]], a collection of fan-made {{Fauxtivational Poster}}s, #5 is "If at first you don't succeed, command an army of birds."
* With magic people can control animals in ''Literature/TheSaints''.
* In ''Literature/{{Enter the Farside}}'', Alpha has the ability to assume the 'alpha' status of any animal near her, which means they form a pack with her as the head. She can also issue verbal commands to them that they understand, and can perform to the best of their abilities.

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Professor Moonsock acts as the animal trainer and veterinarian for Master Payne's Circus. At one point she uses her "poisonous sky wyrms" to attack a monster from the wastelands and in the novelization she is revealed to keep a full menagerie of trained animals in her wagon including an albatross that she is able to have run a line to a runaway balloon-wagon so the rest of the circus can retrieve it.
* Tavros of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' can psychically control pretty much any kind of animal or creature, including the trolls' guardian lusus. This control ''also'' extends to the enemies they fight in the Medium, ironically making [[WheelchairWoobie him]] one of the most powerful players in their session (although he [[ActualPacifist refuses to actually hurt any of them]]). Then it turns out that this power extends to '''''[[PhysicalGod Becquerel]]''''', and that he's successfully controlled said reality-warping god-dog before. And it turns out that the former [[EvilOverlord Troll Empress]]-turned-[[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Black Queen]] has similar control over the equally powerful [=GCat=].
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'''s Carrie is a master creature-handler, and teaches the practice at the academy.
* Puffington from ''Webcomic/CorgiQuest'' specializes in [[SummonMagic summoning]] creatures to fight for her, including her [[{{Familiar}} eidolon]] Sparky. Unlike most examples of this trope, she doesn't have any special control over ordinary animals.
* The Anima from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Special in this case would be the fact that they are all aquatically themed, since the Tower is filled with water-like Shinsoo.
** Not just restricted to aquatic beasts, though. It has been revealed that a few Anima seem to have a thing for creating... PeoplePuppets. So, it's a bit hard to say ''what'' an Anima truly is: MarionetteMaster or straight-up Beastmaster: you decide. Guess it's up to the individual.
* One of the three schools of magic in the ''Webcomic/{{Battlepug}}'' series falls under this trope. The hero is one such example, as is the villain Catwulf.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': Jet is a time-travelling SuperSoldier who also breeds velociraptors. Ostensibly, they are for combat duties, but in reality the feathery little fatbirds spend most of their time like pampered pets.

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* Ma'ti of ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'' can communicate and guide any creature on Earth.
* The youngest prince in ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' has this as his ability, though mostly he's only good enough to command his loyal ferret.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', Jedda's special talent is the ability to communicate telepathically with nearby animals, including those of non-terrestrial origin.
* Teebo in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}'' can summon animals and get them to fulfill specific tasks, he can also hypnotize them and understand their language.
* Beast Man out of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' although there are a handful of creatures he cannot control, such as Cringer/Battlecat.
* Fluttershy in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' can win over and command anything from a herd of rabbits to [[spoiler:a full grown dragon, a cockatrice, and even Cerberus himself]]. Unfortunately, on the rare occasion that her creature-charming fails, she suffers a fair amount of SanitySlippage and resorts to physically chasing and trapping the animals so that they may [[{{Yandere}} love her!]]
* [[WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsSindbadTheSailor Sindbad (Bluto)]] tamed a wide spectrum of beasts, from lions to dragons, even a two headed giant and a Roc!
* Zak Saturday of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' fits this to a T.
* Jar Jar [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch kriffing]] Binks, of all people, in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. The best example would be in ''Bombad Jedi'', where he befriends a [[SeaMonster Kwazel Maw]] which helps him fight off a Separatist force.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Ezra seems to have a talent for this. On numerous occasions, he uses the Force to commune with various animals (loth-cats, fyrnocks, [[SpaceWhale purrgils]]) and save the day.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Steven himself has made friends with a magical pink lion, now named Lion, which was later revealed to have been previously allied to his mother, Rose Quartz. Rose herself was shown in a flashback to own an entire pride of lions hundreds of years ago.
** Jasper is a darker take on this trope: she seeks to form an army of corrupted Gem monsters to wage war against the Crystal Gems. After ''Gem Hunt'', she's always seen with a Quartz monster in tow that she keeps in line through intimidation and physical force, and at one point [[spoiler:even forces it to fuse with her out of desperation when Smoky Quartz is beating her down.]]
* Although it was not an ability held by his original comic book incarnation, several versions of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''' Rat King possess the ability to control rats, and use them to attack. It becomes especially troublesome when fighting against Splinter, since he can control him as well.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Soundwave. One of his most distinguishing traits is the menagerie of loyal animal (and two humanoid) robots that he can release from the tape compartment that makes up his chest. Of course, they're fully sentient Cybertronians themselves who serve Soundwave out of loyalty, not because he's tamed them.
** Occasionally his Autobot counterpart, Blaster, has his own set of tape-bots as well.
* Roxy, the seventh fairy in the WesternAnimation/WinxClub, is the 'Fairy of Animals'. While initially only able to communicate with animals (such her dog, Artu), and enable them to speak with other humans, she later gains this power. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Her first use is to summon of horde of rats]] to successfully ZergRush Gantlos. In the spinoff ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfWinx'' she can even spy on people by watching through Artu's eyes.