One man's snarling three headed dog is another man's cute little puppy.
A Fluffy Tamer is a person skilled with animals, and is especially good at the kind of snarling beasts which qualify to be called Fluffy the Terrible
. A Fluffy Tamer isn't merely good with such creatures, they are the ones most likely to name them "Fluffy" in the first place. To them, such creatures are as adorable as any kitten or similar house pet. They would either be mortally offended by the idea of What Measure Is a Non-Cute?
or hold it in completely opposite regard than your average person. The main drawback of such a pastime seems to be having to deal with consequences
and Idiot Heroes
freaking out when they see a beast and mistake Fluffy Tamer for Distressed Damsel
or something. Repeatedly
Such characters are frequently a Friend to All Living Things
. Other times this preference may only extend so far and won't encompass all
scary beasts but perhaps just a particular kind. They may also be a Nightmare Fetishist
, who finds beauty in all things terrifying.
A surefire sign of a Fluffy Tamer is speaking to such ravaging beasts in Baby Talk
getting eaten. If the Fluffy Tamer
works by being terrifying to all animals, she's less likely to call him Fluffy and more likely to name him George
. Compare Admiring the Abomination
, where the character is more impressed than afraid of Fluffy's acid spit and fifteen-inch fangs; contrast Animals Hate Him
, who may think
they're good with animals but really aren't.
See also Nightmare Fetishist
, The Beastmaster
, Domesticated Dinosaurs
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Anime and Manga
- There is a story arc in Chocotto Sister in which Choko discovers a gigantic kitty cat (a.k.a. a panther), names it Kuro (the Japanese equivalent of a black cat named "Blackie"), and doesn't get eaten.
- In the Pokémon anime, Misty is known to adore all Water Pokémon, finding even Tentacruel beautiful. The only Water Pokémon she ever disliked was Gyarados. And that had more to do with a childhood trauma than the Pokémon itself (a manga version of Misty uses a Gyarados, too). Her Fluffy Taming doesn't extend beyond Water Pokémon however, and she finds Bug Pokémon repulsive.
- She makes a guest appearance later in the series, where she uses a Gyarados - and kisses its Poké Ball before throwing it.
- It's also the same one that gave her childhood trauma. Revealed why in a spinoff episode that she, as a young baby, crawled straight into the mouth of a sleeping Gyarados! The same spinoff episode shows how she overcame her fear and befriended the Gyarados.
- Alder in Pokémon Black and White is this way too, once he quits goofing off. The guy is able to flip a Gigalith which was rampaging through a town and destroying everything over with his bare hands, after realizing it's got a nail in its foot. Throw in a Potion to heal the wound, and the thing calms right down. Of course, it didn't seem to work all the time. His Bouffalant goofed off during his battle with Ash.
- In fairness, Alder spent most of that battle asleep, so it was more Bouffalant being mad at him.
- Kukuri of Mahoujin Guru Guru reaches the fourth level of a tower made for her to train her powers, the last before she reaches the top. There she must befriend a creature named Tora Tora before she can proceed. The previous three tests Kukuri did took her three, one, and two months respectively for a total of six. She has Tora Tora giving her horsey rides before the person giving her the test is finished killing time dancing.
- Magic Knight Rayearth
- When Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu first entered Cephiro, they met a large flying fish. Umi and Fuu agree that, unlike Hikaru, their first instinct was not to pick it up and give it a hug. It's very much part of her personality: when the trio found an "injured puppy" (really one of Ascot's monsters disguised as a cute creature) Hikaru was the first to pick it up, bandage it, and care for it like it was her own dog. Even when it reverted to its true form as a whale-sized fire-breathing monstrosity, she STILL tried to get it to calm down and play nice, and was devastated when she had to put it down.
- Ascot himself makes a living out of this. His "friends" are huge caterpillar-monsters, the aforementioned canine beast, gargoyle-like creatures, etcetera. And he really cares about them, and gets very upset when the Magic Knights kill them. His whole motive for serving Zagato is because Zagato promised that his creatures would no longer be shunned.
- One Piece:
- Konoka of Mahou Sensei Negima! had this sort of reaction to a dragon once.
- While her personality is rather unlikable to others, Machi from Nagasarete Airantou is beloved by her Shikigami, who she treats as friend when all other summoners consider them mere tools. Machi's great-grandmother Yashiro is the same.
- While perhaps more of a Killer Rabbit Tamer, Tamako of Dennou Coil is the controller of the Satchii and Kyuu-chan anti-virus programs. She's also prone to giving them affection pet names like "Tama", a Japanese equivalent to "Fluffy," and praising them like one would a pet.
- Astro Boy's sister, Uran.
- Mizuki of Onidere wherever bears are involved. She can summon them at will and has gone to amusement parks and played Indian poker with them.
- Caro of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS was born with the ability to summon not one, but 2 dragons. One of them is an ancient dragon capable of wiping out a city, Godzilla-style. She does manage to befriend both of them, though, against the odds.
- Note that summon beasts are implied to be vastly more intelligent than a normal wild animal. The aforementioned ancient dragon, named "Voltaire", is also said to be a dragon god, whom Caro does not "summon" so much as call upon in times of great need.
- Misao Nanjo from Pani Poni Dash! has among her managerie squirrels, hamsters, fish, snakes, ostriches, and alligators. She absolutely adores them, gives them cutesy names based on what species they are, and the alligator once saved Becky from drowning.
- In Durarara!!, Celty turns out to have named her massive, undead, headless horse-turned-motorcycle Shooter. She thinks the way it terrifies random passers-by on the street is adorable.
- In Episode 13 of A Certain Scientific Railgun, Mitsuko Kongo arrives to a gathering with a snake wrapped around her. Everyone freaks, except Uiharu who coos over the snake and rushes over to pet it. Also, the snake wears a bow. The snake's name is Ekaterina and is Kongo's pet; a later story shows her buying whole, frozen mice from a pet shop for its food, to the disgust of the heroines.
- In Softenni, the tennis club is attacked by a ginormous bear. Kurusu fights it to a standstill, naked. Then makes it so the rest of the team (except Chitose, who's carried by the neck of her uniform in its mouth) can ride it the rest of the way up the mountain. Then Kurusu waves goodbye to the bear, calling it her friend.
- Mad Scientist Hanji Zoe attempts this with her test subjects in Attack on Titan, giving them names and treating them like adorable pets. They're definitely not tamable, but it doesn't stop her from trying.
- Light Yagami of Death Note has his Shinigami Ryuk, who he refers to as "cute" and feeds out of his hand, despite Ryuk's literally being a god of death. Not to say he treats Ryuk particularly well either, though; Light isn't known to treat anyone particularly well, and eventually his treatment of Ryuk and tendency to forget who he's dealing with bites him in the butt — making this a definite subversion.
- Kodachi Kuno of Ranma ˝ has a pet alligator called Mr. Green Turtle. She's also been seen feeding a shark like a koi.
- Demon City Shinjuku. Sayaka Ram in the 1988 OVA.
- She tames the vicious two headed mutant Doberman called Kuro just by talking to him.
- Her kindness brings peace to the Fire Demons who haunt the ruined park and allows them to pass on to the hereafter.
- In the XXXenophile story "Rescue 911 a.d.," the unnamed hero goes goes into the dragon's lair not to kill it or take its treasure but to "ease its loneliness." May not count because he's half-dragon.
- In one Marvel Adventures issue, Hercules comes by and asks the Avengers to pet-sit two of his dogs: giant monstrous underworld hounds, one with three and one with two heads (though Hercules tells them apart by their different spots...) One of them might even be the actual Cerberus. Not only does he treat them like cute puppies, so do the Avengers, who have nothing better to do and start teaching them stupid tricks.
- This is the Avengers. They're the people who put "fight off invading alien armada" on their list of 10 things to do before lunch.
- If one of them was Cerberus, the other one may have been Orthrus.
- When she and Carnage first encountered the Doppelganger, Spider-Man foe Shriek stopped Carnage from killing it because she thought it was neat, and eventually turned it into a loyal little pet. To put things in perspective, Doppelganger is an animalistic, six-armed, fanged monster clone of Spider-Man with compound eyes. It got even freakier looking when it came Back from the Dead, mostly due the photorealistic approach the artist took.
- Little Sarah Jennings, who effortlessly befriends a Hunter pair, to the point where they once abandon their post to save her from a Brute pack. Also, when the two are killed by overwhelming odds, the last one's final thoughts are of her.
- Lezaford in The Tainted Grimoire managed to have a dragon as a loyal pet.
- Played for laughs in The Horror! The Horror!, where Harry moved to Africa to start a potion-supply business and routinely handled animals ranging from dragons to a manticore to a Nundu.
- The Twilight Child: Princess Luna is one in regards to Cerberus (see Western Animation below), whom she treats like a puppy (and also calls him "Kirby").
Films — Animated
- How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup astounds his Viking community on how he is able to handle fearsome dragons without fear. However, this is because he has taken the time to seriously observe dragons and discovered that all the old negative assumptions about the beasts are wrong.
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 has Valka, Hiccup's mother, who has spent the last 20 years with dragons and thus is even more experienced as a dragon tamer. In contrast, Big Bad Drago controls dragons by dominating them through sheer force of will and cowing them into submission.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Chronicles of Riddick, the titular character is found at one point happily patting what was up until that moment a large, vicious, bear-like creature that seemed more than happy to tear into whatever it could find that stood still for long enough (which even snapped and roared at the inmate that happened upon the odd pair) with no explanation from Riddick besides a nonchalant comment of "It's an animal thing". One possibility is that because the creature possesses eye-shine similar to Riddick, it may have originated on Furya at well.
- The film Gamera The Invincible has a little boy named Kenny who befriends the titular giant turtle despite everyone else thinking Gamera's nothing more than a destructive monster.
- And, let's be honest, in the first movie that is exactly what Gamera is.
- Thorgrim, the henchman who cared for the giant snake in the movie Conan the Barbarian (1982). He was suitably pissed when Conan and friends hacked off its head.
- In the Russian movie Polosaty Reys (Striped Freight), a whole bunch of tigers and lions are set loose upon a cargo liner they've been freight by (no gore, it's a comedy). The stewardess suddenly finds herself in favor of the predators, grooms them and even manages to herd them back into their cages. Doubled since she's played by an actual tiger trainess.
- In supplemental material, it's revealed that the guy who cried after Luke Skywalker killed the Rancor in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was one of these.
- That same supplemental material reveals that Rancors are Fluffy the Terrible of the Gentle Giant variety; they're sort of like big, loveable apes with strong parental instincts. The particular Rancor from the movie fell victim to Jabba the Hutt's prejudices; because it looked big, mean, and nasty, he ordered it starved and mistreated so that it would make a good show when he threw people into it's pen. That's right, the Rancor is the Star Wars equivalent of a pit bull. If a pit bull were large enough to eat you in a single bite. They are even used as beasts of burden on their homeworld of Dathomir.
- In the 1994 live action film of The Jungle Book, Mowgli is this. The end of the film centers on him being able to look into Shere Khan's eyes and stop him in his tracks.
- The film of The Spiderwick Chronicles has the kids summon a half-puma, half-vulture gryphon who screams, roars, and beats its wings like a territorial animal about to attack. Jared and Mallory back away in a panic, have a brief chat with Thimbletack over whether it's a bird or a mammal, and look back to see Simon petting it as it lowers its head and purrs.
- Owen from Jurassic World; he's a Velociraptor behavior specialist, and he's trained a pack of them to act like his personal hunting dogs.
- Harry Potter': Rubeus Hagrid has raised a giant spider (Aragog), a baby dragon (Norbert), and a three headed dog (Fluffy). His half-giant heritage gives him some natural toughness for dealing with dangerous creatures, but it constantly gets him into trouble. Riddle used Aragog to frame him for opening the Chamber of Secrets and he bred the aggressive and dangerous hybrid Blast-Ended Skrewts.
- Lady Sybil Ramkin from Discworld is this way towards dragons. Also worth noting is she likes Nobby Nobbs when she first meets him.
- Despite all evidence to the contrary, Nanny Ogg can only see her tomcat Greebo as the sweet little kitten she first took in. This would be the Greebo that is said to be able to fight and/or rape anything up to and including a four-horse logging wagon, and has killed at least two vampires: he ate one in Witches Abroad (said vampire was in bat form at the time), and the other one in Carpe Jugulum he just attacked violently for disturbing his nap.
- Hodgesaargh, Lancre's royal falconer, is somewhat of an example, although he doesn't name his charges "Fluffy". Still, he's successfully reared the most lethal feathered hunters in the world (which is, after all half the point of falconry). He just hasn't managed to tame them completely (admittedly, this is the other half). And that's still better than some people could manage, given that Lancre's native birds of prey are described as having "a certain 'sod-you' disposition".
- This is how Letitia demonstrates she has more depth than Tiffany thought in I Shall Wear Midnight. Her reactions to a headless ghost and a screaming skeleton were to give them, respectively, a pumpkin to carry under her arm and a teddy-bear.
- In The Thrawn Trilogy, Talon Karrde keeps a pair of vornskrs, Sturm and Drang, as pets. Wild vornskrs are quite vicious and dangerous, as Luke and Mara find, but apparently surgically removing their tails curbs their aggression. Even so, Sturm and Drang are both hostile to Force-Sensitives, even if they don't make instant diving leaps of death, and won't listen to his commands to relax. Karrde does have the sense to have one of his people take the animals away when he talks to Luke.
- As soon as he learns about the hostility...
- In Otis Adelbert Kline's novel Outlaws of Mars, the hero attempts to save a Martian woman he just met from a hideous lizard monster that he sees running towards her. After he kills it the weeping woman has him arrested for killing her pet that she raised from a baby.
- In The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Sybel's collection includes some monstrous beasts, including the Dragon Gyld and Gules Lyon.
- In Dune, the Fremen use special hooks to tame and ride Sand Worms.
- In Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick's Max and Me and the Time Machine the Earl of Hampshire's daughter Lady Elizabeth kept an ill-tempered, vicious falcon named Fluff-ums.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Stark children and Jon Snow adopt a litter of Direwolf pups near the beginning of the series. The pups quickly grow into powerful beasts the size of ponies. Daenarys Targaryen hatches three dragon eggs at the end of the first book. They also grow rather quickly. Unfortunately for Daenarys, she has trouble taming them because of their increased aggression and taste for human flesh.
- The Malazan Book of the Fallen has the Hounds of Shadow, a pack of pony-sized vicious magical hounds, whom Tulas Shorn claims to have been the original master of. Forge Of Darkness, the prequel, reveals how it happened: having been presented with a pack of half-wild wolf-shapeshifting pups as war tribute, Silchas Ruin thought it a good joke to dump them on his best friend and see what happens... Tulas Shorn proved to be quite skillful at handling them, to say the least.
Live Action TV
- Dueling Shows The Addams Family and The Munsters both, due to how altogether ooky they were. The Addamses had a pet lion (Kitty Cat), an aggressive plant (Cleopatra), and Pugsley had a pet octopus. The Munsters were noted for their pet dragon, Spot, that lived under the stairs.
- Night Court had a stinger joke where Bull tells the Judge that he has a new pet and takes him to his office. It turns out to be a large crocodile and Bull notes, "I call him 'Muffin'."
Mythology and Legend
- St. Francis of Assisi and the Wolf of Gubbio.
- Advanced Dungeons & Dragons has various "Beastmaster" kits. Naturally raising Up to Eleven in settings like Dark Sun, where a dumb lizard the size of a house is but one of many usual means of transportation and the desert has more than enough powerful beasts and semi-sentient monsters one could persuade to cooperate.
- In Third Edition, a Druid could start out with a pet wolf or cobra (or, admittedly, some cuddlier critters), and after gaining experience has the opportunity to tame larger and fiercer animals, such as a 35-foot-long (10.7m) dire tiger or a Tyrannosaurus.
- Fourth Edition/Essentials introduces the Fey Beast Tamer character theme, which allows a character of any class to have a monster from the Feywild as a loyal pet. The four default ones are a Blink Dog, a Feywild Panther, a Displacer Beast, and an Owlbear.
- In the original Protectors of the Plot Continuum series, Agent Jay Thorntree gets Cuteness proximity with Watchers and Balrogs.
- In later spin-offs, many other agents exhibit this trait towards large monsters of the unfriendly and canonical variety, and nearly all agents towards minis.
- In The Impossible Man, Angela loves her pet Chupacabra, Eli. Just don't call it a Kaijumon.
- Shephard from Shepard's Mind has his little alien weapon critters, named Sparky (the shock roach), Gil (the spore launcher), and Barney (the barnacle grapple).
- The Nostalgia Critic hates "relatable" animals and they despise him right back, but give him a drooling demon dog from Star Trek and he'll descend into squeeful goo.
- The SCP Foundation, as part of their ongoing attempts to destroy Nigh Invulnerable Omnicidal Maniac SCP-682, introduced it to SCP-053, a seemingly ordinary little girl whose presence induces homicidal rage and then lethal heart attacks or seizures in those who interact with her. 682 did not attack 053 either by its own intentions or by her influence, and by the end of the experiment was tolerating being drawn on with crayons. This has raised questions about SCP-053.
- Several Craig McCracken series . . .
- The Powerpuff Girls episode "Three Girls and a Monster" features Blossom and Buttercup arguing Brains VS Brawn to deal with a new monster. Bubbles flies up to it, asks it to leave "pretty please with sugar on top" and it peacefully walks away.
- In the pilot episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Duchess is able to exert near-perfect control over an Extremosaur and even speaks to it with Baby Talk.
- In "The Pet" episode of Wander over Yonder, Wander finds the spider creature adorable naming it "Captain Tim", unknowingly after the ship captain who was eaten by the monster. Wander treats it like a pet, but even finds raising it to be a challenge ("He's stolen my heart... HE'S STEALING MY HEART!"), he and Sylvia "give" it to Lord Hater, who's also very fond of it.
- On the Futurama episode "Spanish Fry", Lrr and Nd-Nd, the fearsome rulers of Omicron Persei 8, meet Bigfoot and start gushing over it as if he were a fluffy bunny.
- The beloved pet of Avatar: The Last Airbender's King Bumi is a goat-gorilla named Flopsie.
- June also at least has shades of this, as she cuddles her Shirshu and calls it "snuffly-wuffly" in her appearance in the finale.
- The Legend of Korra has Korra with Naga. She is first person to ever tame a polarbear-dog. Said polarbear-dog is also her spirit animal.
- Lilo from Lilo & Stitch single-handedly turns a rampaging, gentically-modified alien into a loving pet. She procedes to do the same to 625 other such creatures in the series by finding "their one true place."
- And in one of the episodes, Mrs. Hasagawa has adopted and tamed multiple experiments—but she insists on calling them her 'cats' despite none of them looking any close to one.
- On The Fairly Oddparents, Cosmo has a pet hydra named Snowball.
- Also when he becomes a superhero, he gets a pet wolverine. "Tamer" might not be the best word for it though, given that the wolverine tried to kill Cosmo in his sleep.
- Batman: The Animated Series: Harley Quinn and her "babies" — the Joker's pair of snarling pet hyenas.
- Molly from Bump in the Night tries to tame the Closet Monster in "Comforting the Uncomfortable."
- Charlotte from Making Fiends has the ability to friend most, if not all, of the fiends Vendetta makes, even to the ability to taming all her guard dog puppies, and keeping them as pets.
- Noah from Total Drama World Tour. When the contestants get attacked by an angry yeti in Paris, he's able to train it to play fetch with an imaginary ball via All Animals Are Dogs. This is justified as he mentions that the trick 'always works on my dog'.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:'s Fluttershy is the Friend to All Living Things. This includes mythical creatures and giant monsters.
- In the second part of the pilot, she calmly flies up to a Manticore that had been kicking the group's butt, pulls a thorn out of its paw, and calms it down, all without a hint of fear. It licks her like a happy puppy.
- She didn't know it had a thorn, either.
- There are exceptions such as in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" where a vicious hydra is determined to devour her, and she can't do anything but flee for her life. The only thing she's legitimately afraid of is adult dragons (which further justifies her inability to deal with the aforementioned hydra). Her logic for all those other things she can face down is "because it's not a dragon", except for Spike, where the logic is "because he's tiny and adorable and not big".
- Or, more specifically 'gobble up a pony in one bite' big.
- In the Season 2 episode "It's About Time" she does meet an actual three-headed dog out of hell. She's one of two ponies in town not running for their lives, and she gives Cerberus a tummy rub.
- Season 3, Keep Calm and Flutter On. Fluttershy does the impossible and redeems Discord.
- While not as impressive as the above, there's also the matter of a fairly large bear that's been shown among her animal friends in a few episodes.
- "Trade Ya!" has Fluttershy able to calmly walk up to and calm a vicious orthrosnote just by rubbing the chin of one of its two heads, after watching it break a chain with its two heads. At the end, as part of Rainbow's deal to get a first edition Daring Do, she almost ends up going to Manehatten to spend months training the orthros because of how much it likes her, before Rainbow realizes she made a big mistake and has Twilight call off the trade.
- South Park: If Eric Cartman taming Cthulu himself to engage in mass murder doesn't qualify, nothing will.
- Among the pets owned by Ruby Gloom's Iris, we have a giant flying worm called Squig and a venus flytrap named Venus. The episode "Iris Springs Eternal" ends with her happily cultivating an entire garden of flytraps actively trying to eat her. She even successfully taught Venus to speak.
- Godzilla: The Series: Nick Tatopoulos is the only person in the world who can control his adoptive son (without having to use force or Mind Control). Said adoptive son happens to be Godzilla Junior.
- Allie from Kaijudo
- In Garfield and Friends/U.S.Acres, Wade Duck, believe it or not! In "Show Stoppers", he has a giant pet bull who he named Fido. Fido ended up chasing Orson's mean brothers away.
- Steven Universe tames a Centipeedle with chips.
- Dragons: Riders of Berk: Hiccup's reputation as a dragon trainer has been taken to Memetic Badass levels by people outside the village, to the point that he is known as The Dragon Conquerer and described as a 10ft tall giant of a man with the strength of 20.
- This is the job of César Millán as featured on the National Geographic Channel, his speciality being breeds that are (unfairly) thought of as Fluffies... Pitbulls and Rottweilers.
- Steve Irwin may not have given them cutesy names, but he definitely was good with dangerous animals.
- An episode of That's Incredible featured an otherwise normal American family that reared a brood of large cats - 10 cougars, 4 bobcats, a jaguar, and a lynx. All were treated affectionately as if they were housecats.
- Your average circus, zoo or water park animal tamer, charged with telling giant carnivorous animals to perform tricks for our amusement.
- Killer Whales come to mind, although they and pandas may be a subversion in that they are generally considered cute.
- Killer Whales also don't attack humans in wild, and most accidents involving whales in captivity had them going mad (who can blame them?) or simply forgetting their size / making a mistake (which is usually deadly for a trainer, as Killer Whale weights 7-9 tons, and human 70 - 90 kg).
- This brave fellow shows that if you raise Polistes wasps from an early age and desensitize them to your fingers they will happily eat whatever you hand them on your finger. It's implied he's not only feeding a wasp, but a queen wasp whose behavior could determine whether the colony will accept him or sting him mercilessly.
- ASPCA agent Mark MacDonald, who often appears on Animal Precinct, one of the Animal Cops series, is known as the Beastmaster (not to be confused with The Beastmaster) for his ability to calm and handle the various creatures the agents are called on to rescue.
- Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr. is this, catching a variety of nuisance animals, including wild hogs, coyotes, and snapping turtles, with his bare hands, a stick to use as a target for its teeth so he can grab them, and a sack. He usually gives them a name before he releases them back into the wild.
- Real life untrained guard dogs, kept specifically for their natural aggressive and/or violent behavior by private owners or low-budget businesses, can occasionally be an excellent example of this trope. Anyone else stepping foot near the fence faces mauling, but the keeper who bottle raised them risks only being playfully presented the remains of the latest attempted burglar by a proud tailwagging fluffy.