Animal Chick Magnet

This trope is about the fact that women seem to be naturally fond of animals, and tend to show more interest in a man who has one or more.

Compare Pick Up Babes With Babes, Cuteness Proximity.


  • An ad for... something ... oh yeah, Mike's Hard Lemonade, has some men running a beagle puppy rental booth for this purpose.

  • This kind of thing happens often enough in Pokémon.

  • The Swedish movie Hundtricket (The Dog Trick) has this as its main premise.

Live-Action TV
  • How I Met Your Mother: Barney harnesses the power of a ridiculously cute teacup pig to get women into his apartment.
  • Road Rules season 7 "Latin America": Abe Ingersoll used Menudo, the group's pet Chihuahua, to meet girls.
  • Will & Grace, Jack used Will's dog to pick up guys.
  • One episode of Top Gear had Hammond doing an experiment regarding which was a better "girl magnet", a flashy sports car or a retriever puppy (named Killer). The puppy won by a mile. All who approached fell under the spell of the Cuteness Proximity and didn't even notice the car.

Newspaper Comics
  • After noticing that the women around him all liked birds, Jon of Garfield slammed an ice cream cone into Garfield's face to look like a beak, and asked a passerby if she wanted to pet his parrot. She asked if it talked, and the strip ended with Garfield thinking "The stories I could tell, lady."
    • There's another early comic where Jon takes Garfield on a walk through the park, hoping to invoke this trope. After Garfield half-strangles one lady with his leash and traumatizes another's dog, Jon decides "back to the drawing board".
    • While on a date, Jon reveals to Liz that he keeps a picture of Garfield as a kitten in his wallet, and Liz becomes enamored enough with Jon to cover his face in Lipstick Marks. This is largely justified, since Liz works as veterinarian.
  • A strip from The Far Side had a man test this theory, by taking a pet alligator for a walk in the park. It ended up eating another woman's poodle.

Video Games
  • According to party banter in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, the tabby kitten Ser Pounce-A-Lot serves as this for Anders.
    Oghren: Women are drawn to you when you play with that cat.
    Anders: Like moths to a flame. Women like it when men show affection for small, fuzzy, defenseless beings. Like you.

  • In Urban Underbrush, Blair rejects the notion of letting the rabbits get some girls on the grounds it attracts a poor quality.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: And implied and downplayed version. The Denmark portion of the Just Before the End prologue focuses on a man from mainland Denmark who is on a ferry to drop his cat at his sister's place on Bornholm island before an important business meeting. His presence at the meeting gets compromised when sudden travel restrictions mean the boat won't be making its return trip. The story ends with him getting fired by his Mean Boss over the phone, and getting cheered up by the boat waitress who had previously chewed him out for his initial rude reaction to the news of the travel restriction. What is shown of their conversation includes the waitress noticing his cat and calling him cute. The Danish member of the main cast is that pair's great-grandson.

Western Animation
  • Johnny Bravo tries this by buying an emu. Goes about as well as expected.
  • In an episode of American Dad!, Steve wants to get a dog for this purpose. His dad brings him home an old, weak, dying, 20-year old dog. Steve reluctantly takes it, and gets mocked by some passing girls. However, he sees this as a positive since a girl "noticed him".
  • Gender-flipped in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Mispercieved Monotreme", where Candace appropriates her brothers' pet platypus after her crush Jeremy mentions that "you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat animals" and invites her to his charity pet-wash.
  • Teen Titans: Beast Boy tried a form of this when he sees two girls giving attention to a cute dog and turns into a dog hoping for the same treatment. However, since his dog form is green and smells like old pizza, he didn't get the intended response.

Real Life