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A character whose pet, unfortunately, has met an untimely end. [[EnemyToAllLivingThings Just like the last one]]. [[AnimalsHateHim And the one before that]], and the one before that... Whether it's a [[AndCallHimGeorge propensity for overly-tight hugs]], [[InHarmsWay frequent life-threatening hijinks]], [[ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare complete cluelessness about pets' needs]], or [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoosadism something else entirely]], this person should ''not'' be allowed to own animals. Period.

Oddly, this trope can be played for laughs, fear, creepiness, or tragedy depending on the work.

Compare AndCallHimGeorge. See also WalkingWasteland.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In book two of ''RE:PLAY'', a fictional interview with some of the lead characters reveals that lead singer Cree has killed four hamsters, a guinea pig and one unfortunate canary. Oh, and countless goldfish. Poor bastards...
* An episode in ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' begins with some goldfish in Nobi's resident die ''again'', causing Doraemon to solve a problem by using the special paint that can create multiple types of pet from rocks.
* ''Anime/AngelTales'' has a certain foundation on this trope, as the main character's previously dead pets are resurrected as humanoid girls to serve him as guardian angels. While he was not directly responsible for their deaths (in fact they return because he cared deeply for each one of them), ''twelve'' pets dead from non-natural causes is quite a feat.
* Kagura in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Her enthusiasm combined with her incredible strength has killed her pets in the past. Fortunately [[BigFriendlyDog Sadaharu]] is huge enough and strong enough to survive.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry explains to [=McGonagall=] why he'd rather pay for his mail than buy an owl, or any familiar for that matter: "I had a pet rock once. [[EpicFail It died]]." It's later made clear that this wasn't a joke, but something that ''actually happened'', and at the very end of the story, it's revealed that [[spoiler:''Dumbledore killed it'', and he doesn't even know why other than "BecauseDestinySaysSo"]].
* According to the description of an earlier panel for ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'', Houka is this, however, it's because he didn't do what Ragyo says and put his dogs in the backyard, thus she accidentally runs them over. This happened to such an extent that he names his dogs numbers. [[https://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Kill-la-Kill-AU-XVII-Memory-Wall-467534325]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Darla Sherman from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' doesn't know how to take care of her pets and kills them. She almost kills Nemo by shaking his bag.
* ComicBook/HarleyQuinn is this way in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndHarleyQuinn''. Her dog got lost, she killed her hamster, and she killed her 'pet' plant as well.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/NataliePortman's character in ''Film/GardenState''.
-->'''Sam:''' I know it looks bad, but we've just had so many pets over the years. Besides, a lot of these were fish.
* The young Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's ''Film/{{Halloween 2007}}'' goes through pet rats very quickly.

* The Death of Rats in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' reaps the souls of a lot of mice, gerbils and hamsters that run into this. Susan has to replace the class pet at her school regularly.
** It's noted in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' that the Death of Rats isn't very busy on Hogswatch Eve, but business picks up about three days later, when all the children who got mice, gerbils, or hamsters for Hogswatch start forgetting to feed their pets.
** In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' it's revealed that Magrat has gone through quite a few familiars, invoking this trope.
* Lennie from ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', PlayedForDrama. The guy [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength doesn't know his strength]], many cute pets [[spoiler: and one important woman]] are accidentally crushed by him.
* Tonk Fah from ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''. He has a monkey, then a parrot, and they both die. [[spoiler: In this case, it's used to make him a little creepy. He's a sociopath who tortures his pets to death for fun.]]
* ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' has an abysmal track record with pets, largely because AnimalsHateHim.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* They're not exactly pets, but GOB from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has terribly bad luck with animals used in his magic acts.
* Drusilla on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Also Buffy ''"I killed my Giga Pet"'' Summers, herself.(This was part of an arc that drew parallels between these two protagonists left and right, so probably an afterthought rather than normal characterization.)
* George and Reggie from ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' are noted to be like this.
* Spencer from ''Series/ICarly'' is known for "his many dead goldfish".
* Dwight Schrute from the American version of ''Series/TheOfficeUS''.
* Cady in ''Series/{{Reaper}}''.
* There was a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' bit called "The Mellow Show" where the host would always forget to feed his pets...
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', all of Lorelai Gilmore's pets - a least until she adopts the dog Paul Anka in season 6, have died. It's a running gag, to the point where the town's people attempt to stop the dog shelter worker from giving the dog to Lorelai.

* The page image comes from the AnimatedMusicVideo for CountryMusic band Music/{{Lonestar}}'s 2004 hit "Mr. Mom". In one scene, a child chases the dog through the yard, which features a long line of pet tombstones.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', [[NatureHero Druids and Rangers]] have picked up this reputation among the player base. Since the only penalty for losing an animal companion is the ritual required to call a new one (unlike most other pets or auxiliary characters), using them as semi-disposable "meat shields" is a viable strategy.
** This tendency wound up being discouraged in Pathfinder with the Cavalier, who must go through a week-long grieving ceremony if his horse is killed.

* Stephen Spookyraven's pets tending to be strangely short lived is the [[HandWave explanation]] for why the Haunted Conservatory at [[BigBoosHaunt Spookyraven Manor]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has unlimited numbers of small undead animals for you to kill. After the May 2014 revamp of Spookyraven Manor, [[BackstoryHorror we find out why Stephen's pets kept dying]]: [[spoiler: Stephen was a budding MadScientist who used to ''practice surgery'' on stray animals, and as he grew older he started experimenting on his "pets" in an effort to keep them alive.]]
* [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] can become this in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Shepard's cabin aboard the ''Normandy'' features a fishtank, and Shepard can purchase fish from various vendors. The fish need to be fed between missions or they'll die, and have to be repurchased. Later on, Shepard's yeoman offers to take care of the fish, and from that point on it's no longer a worry. ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' introduces a rather expensive automated fish-feeder that provides the same function. Thankfully, your ''hamster'' is indestructible.
** In the Citadel DLC for the third game, Miranda can lampshade this habit after an altercation with mooks causes a fancy sushi restaurant's aquarium floor to collapse.
-->'''Miranda''': Executing marine life seems to be some sort of hobby with you.
* Invoked in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'', especially ''Save the Homeland'' and ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife Wonderful Life]]'' where the games strictly keep track of your dead pets. The more animals die in your farm, the more people will hate you.

* Ariel of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has been {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into this by the fandom even though she's only had three pets and one, the feral Melodia, is still alive, but either way she's still 1-2 on their survival rate. Fuzzy, the cat, was killed by her abusive older sister, while the other was a biogolem who she absorbed in order to escape someone trying to rape her (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* Prince Ricardo of ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'' is on his ninth horse named Artax.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Elmira in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', though it's more [[AndCallHimGeorge chronic abuse]] than negligent killing... she is such a terror that when her dead pets returned to life to get revenge on a Halloween episode short, her attempts to 'take care' and 'play' with them (which tears them apart instead--they were ''very'' rotten corpses) makes them race back to their graves while they're still (relatively) intact.
* Lisa went through about four cats in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. The last one survives though.
* Timmy from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' was this, although he was told his pets just ran away. Really, all his animals died and were buried ''in the garden'' by his dad while Timmy was away at summer-camp... [[RunningGag camp... camp...]]
** To be fair, nothing suggested that Timmy himself was that bad of a pet owner, just that he was maybe wrong in leaving [[BumblingDad his dad]] in charge of their care
** In "Fairly [=OddPet=]", he was for sure a bad pet owner. He took his pet snail to a salt factory and it died.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ScrewySquirrel'' cartoon "Lonesome Lenny", a big dopey dog named Lenny keeps accidentally killing his companions. Whenever one of them would die, he would say, "[[AndCallHimGeorge You know, I had a little friend once]], [[PleaseWakeUp but he don't move no more]]". This is an unsubtle ShoutOut to ''Of Mice And Men'', as mentioned above.
** This, by the way, was the [[KilledOffForReal last]] Screwy Squirrel cartoon.
* A variant in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where it turns out that all the Creator/ParisHilton's pets had committed suicide rather then putting up with their obnoxious owner.
* Implied to be the case with Brittany's little brother from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}, as, according to one episode, he's the reason they don't bother to name their pets anymore.
* While not a killer, Unikitty in ''WesternAnimation/{{Unikitty}}'' is so focused on the "fun" of having a pet, that she loses track of them, to the point of permanently losing them and moving onto the next pet. The castle even has a "Hall of Lost Pets" memorial hall, with pictures of all the pets Unikitty has lost, including a planted Venus flytrap.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is tragic TruthInTelevision for children who don't understand how to care for their animals and whose parents keep getting them pets because they are either:
** Just as clueless
** Unwilling to help or take over as needed
** Are used to placating a whiny kid instead of saying "no"
** Just don't care if the animals die
** A combination or all of the above
* This also happens with some ''adults'' who don't think carefully enough about all the care and attention that a pet entails, but decide to keep trying anyway. Because of this, vets commonly put [=PSAs=] out at their offices to prevent this from happening.