"Beauty is only skin deep. My beauty, your skin."
Someone who delights in animals suffering when used to make food and clothing from them. Someone who prefers any product which required an animal to die. Fur is not for warmth, style, or just enjoying how it feels
, it's because they know innocent creatures died for it
. Or if makeup is tested on animals
, it's not better because of any supposed advantages to the testing, but because these people know that their hair spray has also hurt innocent creatures.
Some Evil Poachers
are driven more by a hatred of animals (or possibly one particular animal
) than profit — especially in cartoons. Will most likely not include Hunting the Most Dangerous Game
in case you're wondering.
This trope is not really Truth in Television
. Sadists who tend to hurt animals directly tend to move on to hurting people. People who wear fur or eat meat are not doing so for sadistic reasons (mostly). Most animal rights activists likely don't believe this is true either, as they bank on people's compassion in many of their campaigns — not that that stops them invoking this trope in
of Strawman Political
, though it can be used simply as a Card-Carrying Villain
Compare Animal Wrongs Group
, Fur and Loathing
(a common fictional view on fur coats), Enemy to All Living Things
, Exotic Entree
. Contrast Friend to All Living Things
, It's Fake Fur, It's Fine
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- In Wolverine #18 (2011) the villain Jade Claw is introduced being served by beefcake men, using a servant as table and with the following food: "Dinner is served, Madame. Cantonese noodles with seared hummingbird hearts and caramelized butterfly brains. Grilled bull elephant tongue with shitake mushrooms and bald eagle hollandaise. Curried Tyrannosaurus Pate, imported fresh from the Savage Land. Baby Seal Soufflé a la mode. And Bacon wrapped tiger eyes sautéed, as always, in the tears of your enemies." . The "dinner" starts out ridiculous, goes on to involves mostly very endangered species and serves the plot not for a single inch.
- In "Half-Baked," in issue #40 of Tales from the Crypt, the owner of a seafood restaurant delighted in the suffering of lobsters because he considered them "ugly," a sentiment which prompted his chef to remark "Perhaps...to a lobster...it is you who are ugly, Mr. Dugan!" In a bit of karmic justice, he died in a flaming car wreck with his body split open.
- Named for Cruella de Vil, the villain of The Hundred and One Dalmatians (the basis for the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians). In the book, she drowns any kittens her cat bears, and she only keeps her cat alive for the money the cat is worth (pedigree, but the kittens are fathered by alley cats).
- Esme Squalor, a Fashion-Victim Villain from A Series of Unfortunate Events, has a fur coat specified to be made from animals killed in particularly nasty ways (although she probably didn't create it herself).
- The Glove of Darth Vader is all over this. Trioculus takes a break from pursuing our heroes to hunt animals.
- The Extinctionists in the sixth Artemis Fowl book, The Time Parodox, act like this. They are described as haters of animals that they feel are useless to humans, and they wear expensive fur coats and other animal skin clothing. In a novel twist, some are described as hating animals so much that they are vegetarians and will not eat animals. "How could I sully my body by ingesting such a disgusting creature?"
- The High Horse, in Graham Masterton's Night Wars, is a particularly squicky example of this trope (then again, it's Masterton). He wears a cape of live animals sewn together...and rides three horses stacked on top of each other and fastened by bolts.
- The third Ms Wiz book You're Nicked Ms Wiz. The antagonist is a Cruella Expy called Mrs Darcy who's leading a ring of kidnapping various cats from the neighbourhood. It's mentioned that everything she wears is made of fur - which really doesn't work out well for her when Ms Wiz casts a spell to free all the animals that made her coat.
- In the Grimms Fairy Tale Thousand Furs, the princess tries to postpone her wedding to her father (yes you read that right) by insisting she must have a coat made from the fur of every animal in the kingdom - not thinking he'd actually do it. When he does she's shocked and horrified - and makes up her mind to flee the castle at once. Though she has no objections about wearing the coat to keep herself warm.
Live Action TV
- The two stars of Absolutely Fabulous did a video where they portrayed women who wear fur as outright bloodthirsty.
- Mimi from The Drew Carey Show probably doesn't like animal suffering per se, but in one episode she insists that any cosmetic product she uses has to be "strong enough to blind a rabbit" when somebody challenges the use of an animal-testing brand.
- Not animal suffering (except that humans are animals), but on Scrubs, some of Elliot's makeup is made of baby foreskins. Oddly, this is a case of Truth in Television for many cosmetics, even cruelty-free ones because PETA doesn't care about people.
- The Endangered Species Club from The Goodies episode "Dodonuts". They only hunt endangered species because their small numbers make them hard to find. Common species of animals and birds are too abundant and therefore too easy to hunt.
- Bare Naked Ladies avterted this in one song, where they sing about how if they had a million dollars, they'd buy a fur coat - but not a real fur coat, that's cruel. Of course, they also say they wouldn't buy a real green dress because That's cruel.
- Alexa from Shape Quest, who is a scientist for the military.
- Inverted in Bob the Angry Flower, somewhat inevitably when a story focuses on an Omnicidal Maniac sentient plant. In his more moderate days Bob has discovered Vegans to be psychotic haters of all plantkind.