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A [[AnAdventurerIsYou type of character]] who uses the assistance of 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, an ally that follows the "Monkey-see, monkey-do" mentality and follows the master's actions, or the ally just does what it wants in range of its master. As the AI isn't always very good at doing actions that don't kill everyone, the playerbase may regard the job as [[TheScrappy unpopular]]. This will normally ''not'' be the case in other forms of fiction, as no computer is directing the ally's actions, as that's now the plot's job.

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

Named after the Beastmaster class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''.

DragonRider, MarionetteMaster, TheMinionMaster, and PestController are specific subtropes, compare with SummonMagic also see {{Mons}}. 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 [[AndreNorton 1959 science fiction book series]], or the {{Shoujo}} manga ''Manga/BeastMaster'', which has a completely different story.
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[[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.
* The Anima from ''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.
* ''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 ''GetBackers'' is nicknamed "Beastmaster" because of this ability. He also SpeaksFluentAnimal.
* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie the TV'' (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)
* ''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 ''{{Trigun}}''. He controls enormous sandworms in the anime --his manga counterpart is... {{squick}}ier.
* [[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.
* ''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.
* ''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.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'', who can command any ocean animal.
* ''MarvelComics'' own SquirrelGirl. If you can summon squirrels to beat Doctor Doom, Thanos, MODOK, and Pluto you deserve to be on this list.
* B'wana Beast has the power to both [[MixAndMatchCritters combine]] and command animals.
* Mouse from ''ComicBook/TheMovement'' can control mice and rats.
* ''{{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.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In {{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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Appears in ''BrotherhoodOfTheWolf''.
* ''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.
* Jennifer from ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'' can telepathically communicate with insects and command them to attack people.
* In the setting of ''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 fifteen-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...
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[[folder:Literature]]
* AndreNorton was quite fond of this trope.
** ''The Beast Master'': An early literary version of this was in this science fiction novel and its sequel ''Lord of Thunder''. The 1982 movie and 90's TV show are also examples.
** ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'': Troy gather some TrueCompanions, of which he is the only human member.
** ''Literature/TheZeroStone'' features Eet, kinda a cat.
** Etc.
* Fitz from 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 George R. R. Martin's ''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 ''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...
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The Master. He is the original boss of the Hellmouth demon.
* ''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}}'' 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.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* Gaea from the ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' novels and comics, as part of her SummonMagic.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* 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.
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[[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.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is an aspect of many ''DungeonsAndDragons'' classes, though the Druid is the king of it.
** 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.
** Pathfinder keeps the 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 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 hoard of individually weaker Eidolons that still kick plenty of ass!
* In ''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.)
* Ogre Hunters in ''WarhammerFantasy Battles'' can be accompanied by one or two trained sabertoothed tigers (Sabertusks) that they have trained.
** The Amber Wizards and the Beastmen as well. In fact, anyone capable of using the wind Ghur can be this.
* The [[SpacePirates Dark Eldar]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 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 ''VampireTheRequiem''.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Mask of Rahi Control grants this power in ''Franchise/{{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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In multiple TheElderScrolls titles, Wood Elf player characters can use a power to call wild animals to aid them in combat.
** In Skyrim, the Animal Allegiance shout allows all players to do this, regardless of race and the Kyne's Peace shout makes animals not run from or attack the player.
* The ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series is this trope, the game 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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has the Beastmaster class. Also, the Dragoon class receives a pet wyvern.
** While the MMO 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/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.
* Hunters in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' 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.
** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' 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.
* ''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.
* ''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.
* ''CityOfHeroes'' has the Mastermind class, capable of calling upon a number of controllable minions. A recent update even added a powerset called Beast Mastery, enabling the player to call wolves, lions and birds aid them.
** A number of other archetypes can also summon pets or allies to aid them, with top-end powers making it available for every class. Unlike the Mastermind, however, these allies are rarely fully controllable and usually only stay for a few minutes.
* ''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).
* Most notably 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.
* ''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.
* Alchemists in ''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.
* ''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.
* ''Franchise/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.
* 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 ''[[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.
* Aruruw of ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' 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.
* Every class in ''{{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}} ''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 ''{{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.
* As with ''{{Pokemon}}'', most ''ShinMegamiTensei'' protagonists qualify.
* The Beast Master kit in ''BaldursGate II''. 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 ''{{Arcanum}}'' 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.
* ''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.
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* The ''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.
* ''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.
* 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.
* 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''
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* 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=].
* ''{{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.
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* 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.
** Occasionally his Autobot counterpart, Blaster, has his own set of tape-bots as well.
* The youngest prince in ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' has this as his ability, though mostly he's only good enough to command his loyal ferret.
* Jar Jar [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch kriffing]] Binks, of all people, in ''StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* 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!]]
* Ma'ti of ''CaptainPlanet'' can communicate and guide any creature on Earth.
* Roxy, the seventh fairy in the WesternAnimation/WinxClub, is the 'Fairy of Animals'. While intially only able to communicate with animals, 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.
* [[WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsSindbadTheSailor Sindbad (Bluto)]] tamed a wide spectrum of beasts, from lions to dragons, even a two headed giant and a Roc!
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