Black Comedy Animal Cruelty

Normally, animal cruelty is a serious topic and is presented as such in most works. However, this is not the case with these instances in some works, which play animal cruelty for laughs.

This may lead to a Dude, Not Funny! moment if other characters in the work are disgusted by another character joking about animal cruelty. However, it's slightly less disturbing if the abused animal is a Jerkass who gets a karmic punishment at the hand of the abuser.

Compare Bad People Abuse Animals and Amusing Injuries. Also related to That Poor Cat, which is a comedic Stock Sound Effect of an animal in distress (most often a cat yowling in fear or pain). The oblivious version is And Call Him "George"!. A subtrope of Black Comedy and a form of Comedic Sociopathy.

For instances where one animal abuses other animal, it only counts as this trope when the abuser is higher on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism than the victim, but not when the two animals are equally anthropomorphic.

Examples

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     Anime and Manga 
  • One Piece: At first, Boa Hancock kicking a cat out of her way is played as horrific, but then later, after it's revealed that she's a Broken Bird beneath all her harsh attitude, she's then shown kicking a puppy and a baby seal and it's Played for Laughs.

     Fan Works 
  • In Total Drama Genesis, for one challenge, the teams have to fish the seven deadly fish to make "kung-fu soup". The Molting Eagles send in Cynthia to deal with it. It is Played for Laughs, particularly because the fish were established as jerks.

     Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin: Iago the parrot endures a lot of violence from Jafar - most apparent in the scene where he is violently smashed between a door closed by Jafar in a way that would kill a normal bird and clearly hurts Iago. However, Jafar never seems to have the intent to hurt Iago per se, it's more that he, out of his narcissism, doesn't care about Iago at all and treats him recklessly.
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie: When George and Harold introduce their bullying principal Mr. Krupp, their brief show of just how nasty he can be is a handmade comic of him torching a kitten (with a censor bar over it.)
  • In both Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a little elderly lady named Nana brutally beats up Alex, a fully-grown male lion, calling him a "bad kitty".
  • In Shrek, during their Falling in Love Montage, Shrek and Fiona catch a frog and a snake, and inflate them with their breath to turn them into floating balloons.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • The Boondock Saints has a scene where Rocco accidentally murders his girlfriend's cat when his pistol goes off, causing him and the brothers to panic. Once they regain their composure, Rocco asks "Is it dead?"
  • A Fish Called Wanda: Ken repeatedly tries to kill the old woman who is going to testify against George but accidentally kills her dogs instead. This is made funnier by the fact that Ken loves animals and is horrified whenever he accidentally kills one of the dogs.
  • In Nine Lives (2016), two security guards decide to tase a cat, and this is portrayed as being funny.
  • A Shot in the Dark: Inspector Clouseau, while going undercover as a hunter, angrily shoots the crow that's splattered on him... and is immediately arrested for hunting without a license.

     Literature 
  • In Life, the Universe and Everything, Ford Prefect mentions that he went insane once while stranded on ancient Earth and took up animal cruelty as a hobby. He claims to be responsible for the evolution of the giraffe, though just how is left to the reader's imagination.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The Muppet Show has Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone, little sentient balls of fluff that Marvin "plays" like a xylophone. At least one guest star found it appalling, and more often than not Marvin got his comeuppance, like when he played "Witch Doctor" and a real witch doctor turns him into one of his Muppaphone creatures.

     Newspaper Comics 

     Web Animation 
  • asdfmovie 9:
    Mother: Jimmy, take out the dog.
    Jimmy: [puts on sunglasses and draws a gun] Yes, mother.
    [Jimmy shoots. The dog yelps. Jimmy and his mother are splattered in blood.]
    Mother: ...for a walk, Jimmy!

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     Western Animation 
  • In Archer, Cheryl keeps a pet ocelot named Babou in very poor, miserable conditions, in an empty room in her family mansion. Archer refers to the ocelot's room as "Meowschwitz".
  • This was prominent in earlier episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head. Standout examples include them playing baseball with a frog, painting a cat, blowing up insects with fireworks and sticking Tom Anderson's poodle in a tumble dryer. When MTV censors started coming down on the show's content, this was one of the first things to go.
  • The title character in the Tex Avery cartoon "The Cat that Hated People" goes through all manner of abuse, including, but not limited to: having bags tied to his paws, getting grabbed by the tail and getting swung back and forth, almost getting cut in half with an axe, getting stepped on repatedly, kicked, and hammered into the ground - all of it played for laughs.
  • Family Guy:
    • Probably because he has "human" qualities, almost anything that happens to Brian Griffin counts as this. For instance, Stewie beating up Brian comes to mind.
    • In "Episode 420", Peter tries to shave Quagmire's new cat with a straight razor, and he ends up killing it.
  • Early Mickey Mouse cartoons are full of this, with Mickey playing animals like musical instruments by making them squeal. Steamboat Willie is the most famous example; it includes a sow played like an accordion, a cat having its tail pulled and then swung around, and a goose squeezed like a bagpipe.
  • The Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon episode "Ren Seeks Help" has an extended flashback of a young Ren torturing a frog in grotesque ways: first shoving firecrackers up its butt, then running it over with his tricycle, then hooking it up to a car battery, then mutilating it with a chainsaw. After all that, Ren refuses to kill the frog, and we see that the frog is still alive 10-20 years later, living in horrible agony.
  • The Simpsons:
    • A photo from "Dog of Death" shows Homer strangling Santa's Little Helper.
    • Near the end of "Goo Goo Gai Pan", Homer gets bitten by a baby panda, causing him to strangle it while yelling "I'll endanger you!". He is, in turn, strangled by its mother.
    • A scandalous photo from "Homerazzi" shows Homer strangling a deer.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • Whenever Mammy Two Shoes beats up Tom (usually with a broomstick), it will be Played for Laughs.
    • The Gene Deitch shorts have Tom's master punishing him by beating the crap out of him, searing his face in a grill and deafening him with his gun.

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